Groundings
Groundings
Sep 8, 2020
The Anti-Black, Anti-Communist Academia
Play episode · 1 hr 20 min

Dr. Charisse Burden-Stelly discusses the history and institutionalization of Black Studies, the often overlapping relationship between anti-communism and anti-Blackness, and the 'elision' of political economy in capitalist academia. 

Moreover, she also talks about 'academic McCarthyism', academic celebrities, ideological battles, and the current state of Black Studies. 

[cover image: student activist Don McAllister beaten bloodied and arrested by pigs during San Francisco State College protests, 1968]

Millennials Are Killing Capitalism
Millennials Are Killing Capitalism
Millennials Are Killing Capitalism
Becoming Kwame Ture with Amandla Thomas-Johnson
In this episode we interview Amandla Thomas-Johnson, about his new book, Becoming Kwame Ture. Amandla Thomas-Johnson is a British-born writer of African-Caribbean descent. He is based in Dakar, Senegal, from where he covers West Africa. He has reported from a dozen countries, and has covered social movements from Trinidad and Tobago to Chile to Mauritania. He has worked for the BBC, The Guardian, Al-jazeera, and Channel 4, among others. Amandla discusses the myopic historical view US historiography has of Kwame Ture (who the US generally remembers as SNCC activist Stokely Carmichael), limiting his life’s work predominantly to the 16 years he lived in the US rather than looking at it from a wholistic and international perspective. In the conversation, we cover Ture’s Pan Africanism, his relationship to Sékou Touré and Kwame Nkrumah, and the development of the All African People’s Revolutionary Party (AAPRP). We talk about his commitment to Palestinian solidarity and support for social movements around the world. We also discuss Ture's involvement in attempts to return Kwame Nkrumah to power in Ghana, and his involvement in the Democratic Party of Guinea (PDG). Along the way Amandla tells fascinating stories, including Ture’s connections to the lives of figures such as Ho Chi Minh, Fidel Castro and Amilcar Cabral. This conversation and the book, reveal pats of the life, politics and organizing of Kwame Ture that have largely been neglected by most biographers operating from a US centric lens.
48 min
The Tight Rope
The Tight Rope
SpkerBox Media
#Debate After Party Briahna Joy Gray, Ron Daniels, and John Fetterman
Cornel West and Tricia Rose hosted a Presidential Debate After Party with special guests Briahna Joy Gray, Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, and Dr. Ron Daniels. Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman is a democratic socialist and was once dubbed "America's coolest mayor" by the Guardian. He says his state is where the presidential election will be decided and updates us on the situation there. Briahna Joy Gray was the National Press Secretary for Bernie Sanders' 2020 presidential campaign. A Jill Stein voter in 2016, she publicly said she would not endorse Joe Biden in the general election. She hosts a new podcast with @ChapoTrapHouse co-founder @VirgilTexas called @BadFaithPod. Dr. Ron Daniels is a political veteran both as a candidate, when he was a presidential candidate in 1992, and as a consultant, when he was deputy campaign manager for Jesse Jackson in 1988. He is also founder and president of the Institute of the Black World 21st Century. Set a reminder so you are notified when we're going live. https://www.thetightropepodcast.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thetightropepod Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thetightropepod Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/thetightropepod Host: Cornel West Host: Tricia Rose Creator/EP: Jeremy Berry Coordinating Producers: Allie Hembrough and Ceyanna Dent Producer: James Artis Beats x Butter (IG: @Butter_Records) #TheTightRope #CornelWest #TriciaRose #Debate #PresidentialDebate #Debate2020 #ChapoTrapHouse #Pennsylvania #Reparations #Election2020 #Biden #Trump
1 hr 32 min
By Any Means Necessary
By Any Means Necessary
Radio Sputnik
Biden Trump Prepare for Final Debate (Thankfully) As Contentious Election Approaches
On this episode of By Any Means Necessary hosts Sean Blacmon and Jacquie Luqman are joined by Bob Schlehuber, peace-building activist and co-host of Political Misfits on Radio Sputnik to discuss the final presidential debate, whether muted mics will silence Trump or Biden as they spar over SCOTUS nominees and the possibility of the Democrats adding more justices should Biden win, whose foreign policy is more hawkish, and whether any of it will sway voters one way or the other this close to the election. In the second segment, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Joel Ibrahim and Lillian House, organizers with the Party for Socialism and Liberation in Denver to discuss the outrageous and excessive charges filed against them stemming from their activism in demanding justice for Elijah McClain, the targeting of protesters in Aurora that is used to silence dissent, the deplorable conditions in Aurora jails during COVID, and the resilience of the organizing work that continues for Joel, Lillian, and others even under threat of massive state repression. In the third segment Sean and Jacquie are joined by Steve Forester, Immigration Policy Coordinator for the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti to discuss a marked uptick in deportation flights to Haiti recently, the impact on the coronavirus on these proceedings and the ripple effects of the Trump administration’s deeply anti-immigrant policies. In the final segment Sean and Jacquie are joined by Kendrick Jackson, Civic and Social Innovation expert to discuss the upcoming presidential debate, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser petitioning to pull millions from healthcare and workforce funds to pay police overtime costs, the latest in music and how systemic change is needed to improve the relationship between communities and elected officials. debate Election2020 Aurora ElijahMcClain Haiti ICE
1 hr 51 min
Best of the Left - Progressive Politics and Culture, Curated by a Human
Best of the Left - Progressive Politics and Culture, Curated by a Human
BestOfTheLeft.com
#1376 Tell Stories, Not Myths: America is a Force But Not Always For Good
Air Date 10/21/2020 Today we take a look at some of the many zany foreign misadventures the United States has had over the past 100 years. And by "zany misadventures" I mean the naked pursuit of capitalism at any cost, the support of military coups and other undemocratic overthrows of foreign governments and wars for oil and resources in an unabashed attempt to keep America wealthy and the rest of the world less so - all while maintaining an anti-imperial, pro-democracy, pro-freedom, live-and-let-live poker face. Be part of the show! Leave us a message at 202-999-3991 or email Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Transcript BECOME A MEMBER! (Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content) EPISODE SPONSORS: MACK WELDON | GROUND.NEWS/BEST IF YOU’RE GOING TO SHOP AMAZON: Amazon USA | Amazon CA | Amazon UK SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: The bipartisan empire machine that runs the United States - Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill - Air Date 9-26-18 Trump lies all the time but he's also continuing one of the great lies of America Ch. 2: Empire Unhinged with Aslı Bâli & Aziz Rana - The Dig - Air Date 6-11-20 Dan interviews returning guests Aslı Bâli and Aziz Rana on the long history behind the crisis of American imperial legitimation that has become so manifest amid the pandemic. Ch. 3: American Empire Part 1 - Scene on Radio - Air Date 4-29-20 “America” and “empire.” Do those words go together? If so, what kind of imperialism does the U.S. practice, and how has American empire changed over time? By host and producer John Biewen, with series collaborator Chenjerai Kumanyika. Ch. 4: Ghosts of Mossadegh: The Iran Cables, U.S. Empire, and the Arc of History - Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill - Air Date 11-20-19 The Intercept’s investigative series The Iran Cables offers historical insight into Iran’s operations in neighboring Iraq, which are informed by the bloody history of the Iran-Iraq War, the U.S. invasion, and subsequent occupation of Iraq Ch. 5: 2020 Hindsight on Iraq - Open Source with Christopher Lydon - Air Date 1-9-20 America's "original sin" in the Middle East: the CIA's (and Britain's) coup d'etat in Iran in 1953. Ch. 6: American Empire Part 2 - Scene on Radio - Air Date 4-29-20 “America” and “empire.” Do those words go together? If so, what kind of imperialism does the U.S. practice, and how has American empire changed over time? By host and producer John Biewen, with series collaborator Chenjerai Kumanyika. Ch. 7: Voting Is Not Enough - 2 WEEKS LEFT, GET OUT THE VOTE - Best of the Left Take action! Click the title and/or scroll down for quick links and resources from this segment. For more, visit Bestoftheleft.com/2020Action. Ch. 8: American Empire Part 3 - Scene on Radio - Air Date 4-29-20 “America” and “empire.” Do those words go together? If so, what kind of imperialism does the U.S. practice, and how has American empire changed over time? By host and producer John Biewen, with series collaborator Chenjerai Kumanyika. Ch. 9: The Always Stumbling US Empire - Citations Needed - Air Date 10-25-17 "Stumbling", "sliding", "drawn into" war––the media frequently assumes the US is bumbling its way around the world. The idea that the United States operates in “good faith” is taken for granted for most of the American press. Ch. 10: The Other 9/11: Part One - Making Contact - Air Date 9-3-13 Before 2001, there was another 9/11. In 1973, a military coup backed by the United States, overthrew the Chilean government and ushered in seventeen years of brutal dictatorship. In the first of a two part series; we hear stories of the Chilean 9/11. Ch. 11: Empire Unhinged with Aslı Bâli & Aziz Rana Part 2 - The Dig - Air Date 6-11-20 Dan interviews returning guests Aslı Bâli and Aziz Rana on the long history behind the crisis of American imperial legitimation that has become so manifest amid the pandemic. VOICEMAILS Ch. 12: Domestic focus is about setting a good example - Chris from San Diego Ch. 13: Thoughts on right-wing vs left-wing anarchism - Alex Ch. 14: Fighting for legitimacy - Dave from Olympia, WA FINAL COMMENTS Ch. 15: Final comments on the dangers and paranoia that come with illegitimate power TAKE ACTION! TheLastWeekends.org SwingLeft.org/funds FieldTeam6.org VoteSaveAmerica.com Voting problems? Call 866-OUR-VOTE or 866OurVote.org EDUCATE YOURSELF & SHARE The Billion-Dollar Disinformation Campaign to Reelect the President (The Atlantic) Behind in the Polls, Republicans See a Silver Lining in Voter Registrations (The New York Times) Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions): * Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr * Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent * Activism Music: This Fickle World by Theo Bard * Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com SUPPORT THE SHOW Listen Anywhere! Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com
1 hr 12 min
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