Alicia Olatuja (Ep. 25, 2019)
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On this week’s program, In Black America producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. speaks with vocalist, composer and arranger Alicia Olatuja, who combines elements of Classical, Jazz, Blues and R&B in her latest recording, Intuition: Songs From the Minds of Women.

Black History Year
Black History Year
Limina House, PushBlack
The Power of the Black Voter with Nse Ufot
Welcome to Season 2 of Black History Year. In everything we do at PushBlack, we’re always asking, “How do we work together to make things better for Black people?” In this season of the Black History Year podcast, we’re stepping to that challenge in an even bigger way. We have episodes that’ll open eyes to new ideas about reparations, criminal justice reform, and the ways Black cooperative economics can help us strengthen our communities and build wealth. And we’re gonna reconnect to the beautiful parts of our culture found in our food and spiritual practices. 12 episodes. Twice as much Black History as our first season! So make sure you tell your people that we’re back and let’s get to it. In our season kick-off, we're sitting down with the amazing Nse Ufot, the executive director of the New Georgia Project, where she’s working to get eligible voters registered and participating in our democracy. We know there is A LOT going on around voting rights. Nse is _exactly_ the right person to get us focused on what’s important. It was a great conversation and we're really happy to have her with us to kick off season two. This podcast is produced by PushBlack, the nation’s largest non-profit Black media company. PushBlack exists because we saw we had to take this into our own hands. _You_ make PushBlack happen with your contributions at Black History Year dot com. Most people do 5 or 10 bucks a month, but everything makes a difference. Thanks for supporting the work. Special thanks to Detroit’s Motor City Woman Studio and Andrea Daniel. The Black History Year production team includes: Tareq Alani, Patrick Sanders, Cydney Smith, William Anderson, Jareyah Bradley, Brooke Brown, Shonda Buchanan, Eskedar Getahun, Leslie Taylor-Grover, Abeni Jones, and Akua Tay. For Limina House, our producers are Jessica Rugh Frantz and Sasha Kai Parker, who also edits the podcast. Black History Year’s Executive Producers are Julian Walker for PushBlack and Mikel Ellcessor for Limina House. _Useful links:_ The New Georiga Project Georgia My Voter Page
47 min
GirlTrek's Black History Bootcamp
GirlTrek's Black History Bootcamp
Morgan Dixon + Vanessa Garrison
Day 11: Thomas Dorsey
Precious Lord, take my hand. Be with me this week as I walk in my purpose. Show me where I’ve lost expectancy. Deal with the places in my life where I’ve settled, gotten off track, or completely lost my way. Help me to trust your promises. Teach me to walk with wisdom and discernment. I am an heir. Teach me to act like one, pray like one, and believe like one. Give me holy gumption. Give me the presence of mind to be a witness through all of my words and actions. Let me never be blinded by the limitations of my physical circumstances. Help me to see beyond. Put a song in my heart as I walk through the day, welcoming and receiving with open arms the goodness that I know you have in store for me.   *Spiritual Warrior of the Day:* “There is no music like that music, no drama like the drama of the saints rejoicing, the sinners moaning, the tambourines racing, and all those voices coming together and crying holy unto the Lord. I have never seen anything to equal the fire and excitement that sometimes without warning, fills a church, causing the church … to rock. – James Baldwin This is a story about the father of gospel music. This is a story about a man who carried the rhythm and blues of southern pain all the way north to Chicago and combined it with the scripture of God to create a new sound that would express the joys and sorrows, hopes and despairs, and most of all - the collective faith -  of Black people. This is a celebration of the spiritual warrior, Thomas Dorsey. Thomas Dorsey introduced the world to a new genre of music that would forever play as the soundtrack to the worship experience of Black people. His legendary life included authoring one of the most celebrated songs in the history of music, Precious Lord, written after losing both his wife and newborn son during childbirth. In that dark moment, this man called out to God in anger and God answered back, pouring into him a love song that would forever soothe the world. That’s how powerfully God can transform your pain into purpose. Today’s walk will be a timely reminder for anyone who had forgotten. You might be in your darkest hour right now, but Thomas Dorsey’s story teaches us to keep holding on. There is life after death and in each day, always, a possibility of goodness. Come get everything that you need today. We will be on the virtual sidewalk ready to walk and talk it all out. Join GirlTrek’s Black History Bootcamp - The Prayer Edition at to receive specially curated emails with prayers, survival tips, speeches + dedicated songs to listen to for each episode. Together we will discover the stories of 21 spiritual warriors. Disclaimer: We do not own the rights to the music played during this broadcast. Original content can be found here: He Brought Us - Delois Barrett Campbell and the Barrett Sisters: Precious Lord - Thomas A Dorsey: Precious Lord - Aretha Franklin:
56 min
The Daily
The Daily
Social Media and the Hunter Biden Report
Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have invested a significant amount of time and money trying to avoid the mistakes made during the 2016 election. A test of those new policies came last week, when The New York Post published a story that contained supposedly incriminating documents and pictures taken from the laptop of Hunter Biden. The provenance and authenticity of that information is still in question, and Joe Biden’s campaign has rejected the assertions. While YouTube largely did nothing, Facebook deprioritized the Post story and Twitter initially moved to ban all links to the piece on its platform. Those actions infuriated some Republican lawmakers and conservative media figures, who accused the social networks of censorship and election interference. We speak to Kevin Roose, a technology columnist for The Times, about how the episode reveals the tension between fighting misinformation and protecting free speech. Guest: Kevin Roose, a technology columnist for The New York Times. For more information on today’s episode, visit  Background reading:  * Here’s Kevin’s full report on the efforts by Twitter and Facebook to limit the spread of the Hunter Biden story. * The New York Post published the piece despite doubts within the paper’s newsroom — some reporters withheld their bylines and questioned the credibility of the article. * Joe Biden’s campaign has rejected the assertions made in the story.
25 min
MPR News with Kerri Miller
MPR News with Kerri Miller
Minnesota Public Radio
What happens if Roe v. Wade is overturned?
Roe v. Wade has guaranteed a constitutional right to abortion in the United States for nearly five decades. But a conservative Supreme Court could overturn the landmark 1973 decision. If this happens, access to abortion could be determined in state legislatures across the country. Most Americans oppose overturning Roe v. Wade and want abortion to remain legal. But public views are complex, with most Americans showing support for limitations on abortion, including how late in a pregnancy abortions can be performed. * With Roe v. Wade on the line Some states take steps to protect abortion rights At least 21 states have already passed laws prohibiting or restricting abortion, though they are currently unenforceable due to Roe v. Wade. For example, Alabama’s law, which passed in 2019, allows abortion only when the fetus has a lethal abnormality or there’s a serious health risk to the mother. Another half dozen states, mostly in the South, have passed laws that would prohibit abortions after doctors detect a fetal heartbeat, usually around the sixth to eighth week of pregnancy. In some ways, the focus on Roe v. Wade has obscured the fact that access to abortion in the U.S. is already uneven. The number of clinics that offer abortions has steadily declined. Many states already enforce restrictions such as requiring parental notification or consent for minors or mandated counseling, ultrasounds and waiting periods. Tuesday, MPR News host Kerri Miller talked to a legal scholar and a historian about how state politics could soon become much more important in determining the legal right and access to abortion. Guests: * Mary Ziegler is a professor at Florida State University College of Law and author of “Abortion in America: Roe v. Wade to the Present.” * Karissa Haugeberg is an associate professor of history at Tulane University. Editor’s Note (Oct. 20, 2020): This post has been updated with a new guest. Stacie Taranto was not able to join the conversation. To listen to the full conversation you can use the audio player above. Subscribe to the MPR News with Kerri Miller podcast on: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify or RSS.
48 min
The Pulse
The Pulse
The Hidden Costs of Science
In science, we tend to focus on the destination, not the journey. But for every big breakthrough, every historic discovery, there are countless contributions that no one notices: the forgotten grunt workers, research that came to nothing, even lives lost in the pursuit of progress. Today’s episode is about the hidden cost of science — the price of doing business that we rarely think about. We hear stories about the mental health toll of graduate school, the literal cost of research, and the environmental impact of scientific progress. Also heard on this week’s episode: * J’Nese Williams — a historian of Modern Britain and lecturer at Stanford University — tells the story of the enslaved workforce that built the botanical garden on the tropical island of St. Vincent. She did some of her research on this topic during a fellowship at the Linda Hall Library in Kansas City, Missouri. * We talk with diabetes researcher Antentor Hinton Jr. about learning to say no, and his tips for succeeding and thriving in graduate school. * Each year, universities spend millions of dollars on a hidden cost: access to research and scientific journals. But that’s starting to change thanks to the Open Access movement. Reporter Liz Tung talks with University of California librarian Jeffrey MacKie-Mason about what’s changing and why. * Many scientists are passionate about the use of animals in their research. They feel empathy for the animals, but they also believe that this work is necessary, and serves a greater purpose. Reporter Jad Sleiman explores this complicated relationship.
49 min
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