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Recent Programs

Fixing democracy: a user’s guide

The asymmetries between the Democratic and Republican parties are many these days–in the media, in their infrastructures, and in the way they seek and use power. Author Caroline Fredrickson tells us about the flaws in our current system, and how we can restore our democracy.

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Fourth of July Special

With lyrics “written by God”, the Battle Hymn of the republic has inspired American hearts and minds for generations. A ballad sung since the civil war by soldiers, slaves, and social justice activists alike, its history tells a story of our country. We talk to Harvard historian John Stauffer about his book, The Battle Hymn of the Republic.

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Before Stonewall: Documenting LGBT history

In 1969 patrons of the gay bar, the Stonewall Inn, were fed up with police raids and they fought back. But leading up to that breaking point were decades of history and activism. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots we talk to Robert Rosenberg , co-director of the 1984 documentary, Before Stonewall.

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Joe Neal: Civil rights pioneer

Neal came from sharecroppers in Louisiana, and made his way to the air force and then Las Vegas, NV, where he became the first and longest-serving African American state senators in the state’s history–always fighting for justice and equality.

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Radio Activism

Since election day 2016, countless people have become politically active for the first time in their lives … or would like to but aren’t sure what to do. If that’s you, this podcast is for you. It’s also for activists who are leading the movements on issues of fairness, justice, and democracy.

Some of the programs will be about the latest news. Others will give history and deep background about how we got to this point in history. Some will be with well-known leaders; most will be with amazing people you’ve never heard of. All the shows offer ideas and solutions, and ways — big and small — that you can get involved.
We welcome your input, questions, and ideas!