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Photo courtesy of Ijeoma Oluo/modified from original

An awkward conversation with her white mother about “good white people” inspired Ijeoma Oluo

Micia Mosely joins Joseph Pace for a conversation about how to speak with Bay Area youth - and adults - about race.  

Courtesy of Detroit Free Press

In the summer of 1967, more than 150 riots broke out in Black communities across the country, protesting racial injustice. President Johnson then called a special commission to investigate, which produced an unusual document, called the Kerner Report, which analyzed the reasons why Black communities were frustrated and rising up.

Philosophy Talk: James Baldwin and Social Justice

Feb 13, 2018

How can we harness truth and love to create a more just society?


Should there be limits to violence in the service of liberation?


Philosophy Talk: Fractured Identities

Jan 23, 2018

How do you construct a coherent identity when you don’t feel like you fit in anywhere?


The Stoop: Angry Black woman

Jan 22, 2018
ILLUSTRATION BY NEEMA IYER

For decades, Black women have been stereotyped as being "loud" and "dramatic" and often asked to quote "tone it down" — especially in the workplace.

On the next Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with renowned architect Carl Anthony about the racial history of architecture and urban design.

Philosophy Talk: Race Matters

Oct 27, 2017

What could be controversial about a movement insisting that Black lives matter too?  


Courtesy of Catalyst Project, via their Facebook

At a time of increasing racial polarization in the United States, white people who want to provide support across racial and ethnic differences are often confronted by complex issues of privilege and sensitivity.

Philosophy Talk: Humanity violated

Aug 18, 2017

What makes us sometimes view the other as less than fully human?


Your Call: Can nonprofits survive the real estate crisis?

Jun 29, 2017
photo by flickr user Eric Richardson

  

In an increasingly tough real estate market, how can vital community based organizations survive?

 

Your Call: The High Cost of Summer

Jun 28, 2017
Photo by flickr user amira_a

  

For many working families, summer isn’t a break at all--in fact, with school out, it can be the most difficult and expensive time of the year.

Philosophy Talk: Racial Profiling and Implicit Bias

Jun 27, 2017

Is it human nature to react to new objects on the basis of visible traits and past experiences?


We’ll have a conversation with Kamau Bell, a critically acclaimed socio-political comedian about his new book The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell.

 

On the September 19th edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with history professor Nancy Isenberg about her new book White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America.

Bay Area Voices on Racial Injustice: "Breathing and black"

Aug 9, 2016
Photo by Justine Lee.

We continue with our series of essays by Bay Area residents reflecting on race in America. 

Philosophy Talk asks about Identity Politics

Jul 15, 2016

Is Identity politics the problem or the solution to what divides us? 


Does affirmative action undermine the achievements of those who are supposed to benefit from it?

New KALW podcast selected for NPR workshop

Apr 11, 2016
Photograph by Olivia Henry.

A new podcast from KALW has been chosen to participate in NPR's first-ever Audio Storytelling Workshop.

The project was one of twelve selected from more than 100 proposals by public media creators across U.S. and beyond. Applicants were asked to pitch ideas that "break traditional formats and reach new audiences."

Is it a privilege or a right to be treated as you deserve to be?

 


On today’s episode of “Crosscurrents,” we are talking about identity. We have heard how people, whether intentionally or not, can “pass” as another race, just by the sound of their voice. Passing can also be a full-time, physical endeavor. The United States has a long history of African Americans who chose to live as white in their daily lives. 

This Saturday and Sunday, BART will stop service between West Oakland and Embarcadero stations for track repairs. For all alternate travel options for this weekend, call 5-1-1 or visit 511.org. Do not fear, we have a few unique suggestions to help you plan your weekend, which ever side of the BART tube that you find yourself.

Kevin Jones

 

Around 20 teenagers are settling into a classroom at this year’s Bayview Youth Summit. After a few minutes, they’re quiet, eyes focused on someone their own age, who’s leading a Race and Racism workshop.

“This is like an example of how African Americans are portrayed in the media,” says a youth moderator. “Even in Disney.”

Liz Mak

All week long, we've been playing this sound, and asking you to guess what exactly it is and where exactly in the Bay Area we recorded it.

Daily news roundup for Monday, April 27, 2015

Apr 27, 2015

Meet the Misfits Behind the Last Black Man in San Francisco // Hoodline

"The title of the upcoming film The Last Black Man In San Francisco makes an obvious statement about the city losing its black population. It's down more than a third over the last two decades to just 6.3 percent, as of the 2010 census.

"But it’s also making a broader point: that with increasing uniformity in race and culture, the city could stop being a creative engine for the world."

flickr user Florida International University


In the auditorium of Willard Middle School, about 300 people have gathered, many of them sitting on those rickety school bucket chairs, the ones that make most adults hunch over awkwardly. Sitting on stage in front of a tattered green velvet curtain is an eight member panel; a combination of husbands and wives, comedians and scholars, teachers and students.

Daily news roundup for Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Mar 18, 2015
Carlos Avila Gonzalez / The Chronicle

Here's what's happening in the Bay Area as curated by KALW news.

UC Berkeley black students demand fixes to 'hostile’ climate // SF GATE

"Black students at UC Berkeley often feel isolated and even oppressed, says a campus group that wants the nation’s premier public university to step up recruitment of African American students and improve support for them.

Philosophy Talk asks: Should hurtful words be forbidden?

Mar 14, 2015

Some words, like n****r, ch*nk, and c*nt, are so forbidden that we won't even spell them out here. Decent people simply don't use these words to refer to others; they are intrinsically disrespectful. But aren't words just strings of sounds or letters? Words have life because they express ideas. But in a free society, how can we prohibit the expression of ideas? How can we forbid words? Where does the strange power of curses, epithets, and scatological terms come from?

FSFSF: Kevin Avery's "black white guy" voice

Mar 4, 2015


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