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June 27, 2020

Bill Withers: Just As He Is

A deep look into the late Bill Withers early life in music that set up the making of his debut album, "Just As I Am."  Originally produced in 2006, the program features Withers in candid interview clips, as well as his friend, Bobby Womack, drummer James Gadson, and journalist Anthony DeCurtis.  Hosted by Nadine Nassar.
Bill Withers died from heart complications in Los Angeles on March 30, 2020, at age 81.


June 20, 2020

Talking to White Kids About Race and Racism

Many white parents have never learned how to talk about race and racism with their kids.  That silence perpetuates racism—but it can be hard to know how to start.  In this hour-long program we hear how white parents, families, and teachers can learn to show up for racial justice in a way that will make a difference for generations to come. The program explores a wide variety of approaches with kids of all ages.

We'll hear from parents, racial justice experts, and teens all providing perspectives on these necessary and challenging conversations, with a focus on how white parents can actively interrupt the racist messages and stereotypes that children as young as three years old are already starting to pick up.

Host Dr. Anne Hallward combines compelling storytelling with practical expert guidance to give listeners the tools they need to start their own courageous conversations.

June 13, 2020

Credit Intelligence Squared U.S.

Intelligence Squared U.S.
Has the Electoral College Outlived its Usefulness?

Five American presidents — two in the last 20 years — have assumed office without winning the popular vote. As the nation gears up for another contentious presidential election, some are calling for an end to the Electoral College. They argue that the college subverts the will of the American people by unfairly prioritizing rural and swing states over the nation’s majority. But others say the Electoral College, which the Founders established in the Constitution, is necessary to ensure voters in less populous states have a voice in picking our president.

June 6, 2020

Separate and Unequal - Ignoring America's Racism 

Credit Image by: LBJ Library
President Johnson with Kerner Commission

This documentary examines the findings of the Kerner Commission, which was created to address the inequities that were the root cause of the riots and civil disturbances of the summer of 1967. The commission’s recommendations were largely ignored, which has contributed to an ever-more divided country. The documentary also examines attitudes about race in today's America, including its impact on education, housing, joblessness, and police relationships.

The documentary was produced in 2016, in cooperation with the Detroit Journalism Cooperative.  The partnership includes Michigan Radio, WDET, Detroit Public Television, Bridge Magazine and New Michigan Media. Support for the Detroit Journalism Cooperative comes from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Ford Foundation and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Brian is a Spokane native who has been interested in sound technology ever since playing with a reel-to-reel deck as a kid. He learned radio broadcasting on KSFC, before it was part of Spokane Public Radio but still was part of the broadcasting program at Spokane Falls Community College. Brian also studied radio at Clatsop Community College in Astoria, Oregon, where he featured new age and fusion jazz on his own show. He admits that at heart he is a news junkie, which fits in well with his work Saturday mornings as regional host for NPR's Morning Edition.
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