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Philosophers’ Roundtable: Predictions About The Political, Cultural & Social Changes Of 2015

FERGUSON, MO - AUGUST 12:  Demonstrators protest the killing of teenager Michael Brown on August 12, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Brown was shot and killed by a police officer on Saturday in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. Ferguson has experienced two days of violent protests since the killing but, tonight's protest was peaceful.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)January 5, 2015 – Segment 4

We will host our first Philosophers’ Roundtable of 2015. Our panel of guests includes: Dr. Lester Spence, Associate Professor of Political Science and Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University, Center for Emerging Media Scholar-in-Residence, and author of Stare in the Darkness: The Limits of Hip-Hop and Black Politics; Dr. Desiree Melton, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Notre Dame of Maryland University; and Dr. Joe Pettit, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies Advisor at Morgan State University.


This Week in the City Paper: Top Tens

top tenDecember 17, 2014 – Segment 4

We look at this week’s issue of the Baltimore City Paper with City Paper Senior Editor Baynard Woods. This week’s issue is their Top Ten issue. We discuss their top ten lists and Baynard’s article on the shifting relationship between Baltimore protestors and police.

Beyond Ferguson: Moving Towards Societal Change & Talking To Kids About Race

african-american-kidsDecember 17, 2014 – Segment 2

We host a special discussion on lessons from Ferguson and practical advice for parents on how to talk with their children about race and societal change.

With: the Rev. Dr. Heber Brown, community activist, pastor of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church and Executive Director of Orisha’s Cross Freedom School; Dr. Kimberly Moffitt, Associate Professor of American Studies at University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) and co-editor of Blackberries and Redbones: Critical Articulations of Black Hair/Body Politics in Africana Communities; and Dr. Karsonya “Kaye” Whitehead, Assistant Professor of Communication and Affiliate Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland, and author of Notes from a Colored Girl: The Civil War Pocket Diaries of Emile Frances Davis and the forthcoming Letters to My Black Sons: Raising Boys in a Post-Racial America.


Police Violence & The Legal System’s Failure To Respond To Ferguson, NY & Cleveland

protestDecember 8, 2014 – Segment 2

We host a panel discussion on race and racism in the U.S., specifically looking at police violence and the legal system’s failure to respond to civilian killings in Ferguson, New York and Cleveland with: A. Adar Ayira, Project Manager of the More in the Middle Campaign for Associated Black Charities and facilitator and analyst at Baltimore Racial Justice Action, a program of Fusion Partnerships; and Doug Colbert, Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Carey Law School.

National News Roundup: Ferguson, Attorney General Holder Targets Racial Profiling & Bill Cosby Resigns From Temple

Eric HolderDecember 3, 2014 – Segment 3

We host a National News Roundup. Our panel will discuss Attorney General Eric Holder’s announcement of a plan to target racial profiling; Bill Cosby’s resignation from the Temple University Board; and the contingent of St. Louis-area police union members who are providing security to former officer Darren Wilson.

Our guests are: Dr. Tara Bynum, Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Towson University; Dr. Jared Ball, Associate Professor at Morgan State University’s School of Global Journalism and Communication, co-Editor of Malcolm X: A Lie of Reinvention and author of I Mix What I Like: A Mixtape Manifesto; and Tyrone Keys, author, public affairs strategist and public relations expert.

Media Roundtable: Ferguson, Don Lemon, Climate Change and NPR & Fox News

don lemon

December 2, 2014 – Segment 2

We host a Media Roundtable. Our panel of guests will discuss topics to include: NPR’s drastic cut-back on its environmental and climate change team; CNN correspondent Don Lemon’s comment about marijuana in Ferguson; the power of Fox News; and the coverage of the events in Ferguson.

Our guests are: Robert McChesney, author and professor of Communications in the Center for Global Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, co-author of Dollarocracy: How the Money-and-Media-Election Complex is Destroying America and author ofDigital Disconnect: How Capitalism Is Turning the Internet Against Democracy;Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist E.R. Shipp, Journalist-in-Residence and Associate Professor of Journalism at Morgan State University; Richard Prince, author of Richard Prince’s Journal-isms, an online column on diversity issues in the news business; and author, filmmaker and Coppin State University professor D. Watkins.

What The Ferguson Grand Jury Decision Says

Rioting erupts in Ferguson, Missouri after police involved shooting of an unarmed teenNovember 25, 2014 – Segment 2

We will look at the decision of the Grand Jury in St. Louis, MO, that decided not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, who fatally shot unarmed teenager Michael Brown in August, with: Missouri State Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal (St. Louis County – District 14), who has been attending the protests in Ferguson since the beginning; Dr. Lawrence Brown, public health consultant and Assistant Professor of Public Health in the School of Community Health and Policy at Morgan State University; Mothyna James-Brightful, Visionary Director for Heal A Woman To Heal A Nation and Cameron Miles, Director of Mentoring Male Teens in the Hood.


National News Roundup: President Obama On Immigration & Pending Ferguson Decision

Obama Immigration SpeechNovember 24, 2014 – Segment 3

We host a National News Roundup, with topics to include President Obama’s speech last week and executive actions on immigration policy, and the pending Grand Jury verdict in Ferguson, Missouri. With: Dr. Richard Vatz, Professor of Rhetoric and Communication at Towson University’s Department of Instructional Leadership and Professional Development; Imara Jones, Host of CaffeineTV, an online daily news brief, and Economic Justice contributor for; and Michelle Chen, Contributing Editor at In These Times, Associate Editor at CultureStrike, and co-producer of “Asia Pacific Forum” on Pacifica’s WBAI and Dissent Magazine’s “Belabored” podcast.

Ferguson Update: Still No Grand Jury Decision

FergusonNovember 19, 2014 – Segment 2

We get an update on the current political climate in Ferguson, Missouri, with Missouri State Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal, St. Louis County-District 14, who has been out at the protests since they began.


Awaiting the Ferguson Grand Jury Decision: What Are The Implications of the Possible Outcomes?

Ferguson ProtestNovember 17, 2014 – Segment 2

The country is braced for the Grand Jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri, regarding whether to indict a police officer who shot and killed unarmed teenager Michael Brown on August 9. We examine the possible outcomes in this case and their implications.

Our panel of guests includes: Edward Wyckoff Williams, Contributing Editor at The Root and Political Contributor and Special Correspondent withAlJazeera America; Megan Sherman, producer at the Real News Network; and Dr. Lawrence Brown, activist, public health consultant, and Assistant Professor of Public Health in the School of Community Health and Policy at Morgan State University


From Ferguson to Gaza: Black & Palestinian Communities and Activism

palestine gazaOctober 23, 2014 – Segment 3

We discuss the growing synergy between African American and Palestinian activists in the U.S., and discuss the points of unity and tension within Black and Arab communities. We are joined by academic, author, and activist Dr. Steven Salaita; and the Rev. Dr. Heber Brown, community activist, Pastor of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church, and Executive Director of Orisha’s Cross Freedom School.



Update on Ferguson from Young Journalists and Activists


October 20, 2014 – Segment 2

We get an update on events in Ferguson, Missouri, with a number of young journalists and activists who recently returned from that troubled city: freelance reporter Michelle Zei; Muna Mire, intern for The Nation; Ralikh Hayes, executive assistant for the Real News Network and and Board President of the Baltimore Algebra Project; and Megan Sherman, producer at the Real News Network.   



Latin@s and Ferguson

solidarityAugust 22, 2014 – Segment 5

We discuss how Latin@s are viewing the uprising and police repression in Ferguson with Marisa Franco, Leader of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network’s Not One More Campaign.


Martin Luther King III on Ferguson

mlk3August 22, 2014 – Segment 2

We’re joined for a special conversation by Martin Luther King III. We speak on the events in Ferguson, Missouri, following the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown by the Ferguson police.