ATR 101 – Michelle Obama, Homophobia Among Blacks

What’s wrong with Salon running an article about Michelle Obama’s ass? Why do we either obsess over the Obamas’ sexuality or pretend it doesn’t exist? Is Prince a homophobe? What happens when religion, homophobia, and race intersect?

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Andrea (AJ) Plaid runs The Cruel Secretary, where she blogs about race, gender, and sex. Andrea has been quoted in the Washington Post and Chicago Tribune regarding the decline of the NAACP, African Americans’ protectiveness toward Senator Barack Obama, and the rift between white feminists and feminists of color in defending Michelle Obama against racist and sexist media attacks. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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ATR Premium 10 – Paul Kivel – Preview

What do white people stand to gain by fighting racism? How do we demonstrate that gains for women, people of color, and other so-called minorities don’t necessarily come at the expense of white males? What unique perspectives can whites bring to conversations about race? I’ll be speaking to Paul Kivel, author of Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice about all of these issues.

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Paul Kivel is a violence prevention trainer and co-founder of the Oakland Men’s Project, a nationally recognized multicultural organization dedicated to helping people understand the roots of violence in our society and seek positive solutions. Through his lectures, workshops, trainings and writings, Kivel works to end male violence and build alliances across lines of race, gender, class, sexual orientation and age.

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ATR 100 – Yes We Did

What does an Obama presidency mean for the future of race in America? Has something fundamentally shifted in our society? What new challenges lie ahead?

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Guest co-host Kai Chang is a technology entrepreneur and independent blogger living and working in New York City and southwestern Connecticut. Kai was born in Buffalo, New York, and has lived in Montreal, Canada; Los Angeles, California; Hong Kong; and the Szechuan province of China. Kai blogs at www.zuky.net, as well as at the new pro-migrant community blog The Sanctuary.

Duration – 31:02
File Size – 21.9 MB

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ATR 99 – Last Podcast Before Election!

How successful was Obama’s 30-minute infomercial? What did we make of Colin Powell’s endorsement? As progressives, how do we balance idealism vs. pragmatism? In other words, why vote for Obama instead of the Green Party ticket?

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Guest co-host Mat Johnson was born to an Irish American father and an African American mother, and grew up inspired by both literary traditions. He attended graduate school at Columbia University. Johnson has written two novels, including Hunting in Harlem (2004, winner of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in fiction), about the area’s gentrification, and a nonfiction book, The Great Negro Plot. His work addresses contemporary race and social issues with wicked humor. His latest work is the graphic novel Incognegro, and you can find his blog at Niggerati.

Duration – 59:11
File Size – 41.7 MB

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