Bread and Roses- Cornel West, Vijay Prashad and Clennon King!

For today’s show you’ll hear clips from filmmaker Clennon King’s talk in which he explored the racial tension in St. Augustine, Florida in the early 1960s. The majority of the show includes highlights of Cornel West’s lecture at Smith College on February 11, 2016. West addresses racism, intersectional feminism and police brutality. In addition, clips from the panel talk titled “Journalism in Springfield’s Diverse Communities” and the “Upheaval in the Middle East and Syria’s Refugee Crisis” with Vijay Prashad are included. Enjoy!

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LISTEN: HOST Elliot Tarry

The ideology and issues of pride raised by the Black Power Movement of the mid-sixties through seventies was expressed by the music of that era. In this KPFA produced documentary Ricky Vincent explores the music and history of Black Power and the Black Panther Party.


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Bread and Roses- AFSC’s 32nd Annual MLK Celebration, Voices from Springfield and more!

Today’s show includes excerpts from a Guantanamo Bay talk by Attorney Stewart Eisenberg and clips from the All Are Welcome Here discussion with Congressman Jim McGovern and people from the community. In addition, audio from AFSC’s 32nd annual 2016 Martin Luther King Day Celebration is included. Speakers Reverend Doctor Jacquelyn Smith-Crooks, Malcolm Torrejon Chu and Dr. Trevor Baptiste draw connections between the 1960s Civil Rights’ Movement and the present-day Black Lives Matter movement. Finally, you’ll hear clips from the first panel talk from the 4 part lecture series Voices of Springfield where speakers, Synthia Mitchell and Jay Minkarah talk about the “Food Desert” in Mason Square.

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Bread and Roses- Activism By and About Women of Color

This installment of Bread and Roses includes talks by activists Vanessa Lynch, Yessica Gonzalez, Marina Valesquez, Andrea Richie and Janet Mock, from various colleges in the Valley. Yessica Gonzalez discusses her identity as a queer undocumented woman of color and Andrea Richie addresses police brutality towards Black women. The show concludes with a clip from Janet Mock’s Smith College talk about transgender rights for Black women.

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Bread and Roses- Naomi Klein!

Various talks done in the Pioneer Valley, such as Naomi Klein’s Hampshire College lecture about her new book, This Changes Everything are in the show. Clips of Dr. Yasser Abu and Ran Goldstein’s talk about the mental and physical health crisis facing children in Gaza are also included. The show concludes with two Prison Radio recordings by Mumia Abu Jamal and Shakaboona. Enjoy!

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Steve Soitos on African-American Detective Fiction

HOST: Joel Saxe

Writer and literary scholar Stephen Soitos discusses some of the major themes of his award-winning book, The Blues Detective: A Study of African American Detective Fiction. Published by University of Massachusetts Press in 1996, it offers a ground-breaking analysis of what was a largely unchartered genre of Black American fiction.  Steve shares some of his life story, including 1960s activism that led this white working class guy from New Bedford to take up the study of African American literature.


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Bread and Roses – November 6, 2015

Paki Wieland’s show

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