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Where Is America One Year After George Zimmerman’s Acquittal?

Family of Trayvon MartinJuly 15, 2014 – Segment 3

We reflect upon the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the killing of Trayvon Martin, a verdict which was handed down a year ago this week. With: Edward Wyckoff Williams, Contributing Editor at The Root and Political Contributor and Special Correspondent with AlJazeera America; and Dr. Raymond Winbush, Director of the Institute for Urban Research at Morgan State University.


What Do SCOTUS, Paula Deen & George Zimmerman Say About Race in America?

Voting Rights RallyNovember 25, 2013 – Hour 1

We examine  race in American culture today, looking at the Supreme Court decision on voting rights, the Paula Deen controversy, and the George Zimmerman trial. Joining us are:

  • Jeff Menzise, senior researcher at the Institute for Urban Research at Morgan State University,
  • Derek Musgrove, assistant professor in the Department of History at University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC),
  • Marta Mossburg, columnist for the Baltimore Sun,
  • and Jason Silverstein, Ph.D. student in anthropology at Harvard University.

This segment originally aired July 1, 2013.


Edward Wyckoff Williams On The New Trayvon Martins

new trayvons_ben crump_largeOctober 23, 2013 – Segment 3

Edward Wyckoff Williams, contributing editor for The Root and commentator of MSNBC and Al Jazeera America, joins us to discuss his latest article, Black Boys Are Not Safe on Our Streets. In it he interviews Benjamin Crump,  attorney for Trayvon Martin’s family, about the recent brutal slayings of two young black men.



An Update From Legal Counsel For Trayvon Martin’s Family

A Million Hoodies March Protests Death Of Trayvon MartinAugust 26, 2013 – Segment 4

We close out the show with a phone interview with Natalie Jackson, local attorney for the family of Trayvon Martin.



Zimmerman Verdict Commentary From Gyasi Ross

MartinAugust 16, 2013 – Segment 4

Gyasi Ross, member of the Blackfeet Tribe and attorney representing tribes for Crowell Law Offices-Tribal Advocacy Group, joins us for a commentary on the Zimmerman verdict. He is the author of an article called 1,000 Trayvons: All People of Color Must Unite to Stop the Slaughter.


Edward Wyckoff Williams: “Why The Right Cheers The Zimmerman Verdict”

Edward Wyckoff WilliamsAugust 13, 2013 – Segment 2

In our continuing analysis of what the murder of Trayvon Martin means for America, we talk to Edward Wyckoff Williams, columnist, political analyst, and Contributing Editor to The Root, about his article, “Why the Right Cheers the Zimmerman Verdict.”

He also discusses a federal judge’s decision that found the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policies violate the constitutional rights of minorities.


Rinku Sen: “The Racist Mind”

Rinku SenAugust 9, 2013 – Segment 4

In our continuing analysis of what the murder of Trayvon Martin means for America, we close out the week with Rinku Sen, President of the Applied Research Center and publisher of Colorlines, who recently wrote an article titled “The Racist Mind.”

Marc also says goodbye to Producer Bobby Marvin Holmes on his last day with the show.


Commentary On Zimmerman Verdict

matthew.simmermon-gomesAugust 7, 2013  – Segment 3

We continue our series of commentaries on the Zimmerman verdict, with Matthew Simmermon-Gomes, Master of Letters in Renaissance and Early Modern Studies and student in the Centre for Early Modern Studies at the University of Aberdeen. He wrote a blog post titled “An Open Letter to Whites About the Black Community and the Trayvon Martin Case” which you can read here.


Oliver Semans: Trayvon Martin, Stand-Your-Ground Cowards and Border-Town Murders

Renee Vaughan holds a sign that mocks the "G. Zimmerman River Oaks Stand Your Ground" group as it holds a demonstration to oppose a march led by Houston community activist Quanell X in the River Oaks community in Houston, Sunday, July 21, 2013. The Dueling groups of protesters converged on the wealthy Houston neighborhood Sunday in reaction to George Zimmerman's acquittal on July 13 in the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, James Nielsen)August 6, 2013 – Segment 2

We talk with Oliver Semans, an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe and Executive Director of Four Directions, who wrote an article for Indian Country Today titled, “Trayvon Martin, Stand-Your-Ground Cowards and Border-Town Murders.”


Alafair Burke: Jury Instruction & The Zimmerman Verdict

Alafair BurkeAugust 1, 2013 – Segment 4

We close the show with a commentary on Trayvon Martin and the George Zimmerman trial from Alafair Burke, Professor at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University and author of If You Were Here. Burke argues that the way in which the judge gave the jury instructions influenced the verdict.




Zimmerman Verdict Commentary – Mychal Denzel Smith

trayvon-protestJuly 31, 2013 – Segment 2

We begin a series of commentaries on the aftermath of the Zimmerman verdict. We are joined by Mychal Denzel Smith, blogger at and Knobler Fellow at the Nation Institute, who wrote recently wrote a piece called Our Lives on the Line in which he asked “how long are we supposed to remain calm when the laws we are called on to respect are an open assault on our humanity?”

We’re also joined by Dr. Lester Spence, Associate Professor of Political Science and Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University, and Center for Emerging Media Scholar in Residence.


Stand Your Ground Law

July 29, 2013-Segment 2

We turn our focus to the controversial “Stand Your Ground” law. Joining us for this conversation will be John Nichols, writer for The Nation magazine; Danielle Belton, editor-at-large of Clutch Magazine Online; Jacob Sullum,; and Horace Cooper, writer and legal commentator.



Who We Were At Seventeen

TrayvonJuly 19, 2013 – Segment 2

Actor and social commentator Keith Snipes sits in as host for Marc Steiner. In light of the Zimmerman verdict, we’ll speak with a number of men about who they were at the age of 17, the age that Trayvon Martin was when he was killed by George Zimmerman last year. We’re joined by:

  • John Bullock, Professor of Political Science at Towson University,
  • Justin Gladden, Broadcast Operations Manager for WMJF-LP at Towson University and co-director of Live Young Blood, and
  • Lawrence Brown, political activist and public health consultant and Assistant Professor of Public Health at Morgan State University.


George Zimmerman Not-Guilty Verdict: Where Do We Go From Here?

George Zimmerman TrialJuly 15, 2013 – Hours 1 & 2

Listen to our two-hour special on the verdict in the George Zimmerman murder trial. A jury acquitted Zimmerman of all charges related to the killing of Trayvon Martin. We will discuss what this decision means, especially with regard to race and the justice system. You will hear from a number of guests, including:


Update: George Zimmerman Murder Trial

George Zimmerman

July 11, 2013 – Segment 1

We start the show with an update on the George Zimmerman murder trial from Corey Dade, contributing editor of The Root, where he has been covering the trial.


National & International Roundtable: Edward Snowden And NSA Surveillance, George Zimmerman Trial, & More

G. Zimmerman

July 8, 2013-Segment 2

We shift to a national and international roundtable. Our guests include: Dr. John Bullock, professor of Political Science at Towson University; Dr. Anne McCarthy, Dean of the Business School at Hamline University in Minneapolis; and Dr. Lawrence Brown, assistant professor of Public Health at Morgan State University.



National News Roundup: Supreme Court, Immigration & The Zimmerman Trial

George Zimmerman TrialJune 28, 2013 – Segment 2

We shift to a national focus with a roundtable discussing the week’s headlines including the Supreme Court rulings, the Senate’s immigration bill, and the George Zimmerman trial. Joining our roundtable is:

  • Arun Gupta, founding editor of The Indypendent magazine and  the Occupy Wall Street Journal;
  • Tony Campbell, president of Marylanders for Coherent & Fair Representation, Inc.;
  • Edward Wyckoff Williams, political analyst and contributor to The Root;
  • and Avis Jones-DeWeever, Host of “Focus Point with Avis Jones-DeWeever,” a production of New Visions New Voices.

George Zimmerman Trial Begins

June 24, 2013-Segment 1

George-ZimmermanWe began the week with the high-profile trial of George Zimmerman, accused of second-degree murder in the shooting death last year of Trayvon Martin. We will contextualize the trial with regard to its implications about issues of race and racism in the U.S. Our guests include:Edward Wyckoff Williams, columnist, political analyst, and Contributing Editor toThe RootAura Bogado, who writes about racial justice, Native rights and immigration for The Nation; and Douglas Colbert, professor of Law at University of Maryland’s Carey School of Law.






Trayvon Martin’s Family Attorney Gives Update On Zimmerman Trial

Trayvon Martin's ParentsJune 21, 2013 – Segment 1

We speak with Ben Crump, attorney representing Trayvon Martin’s family, and Edward Wyckoff Williams, contributing editor to The Root, about the trial of George Zimmerman. A jury has finally been selected, and we discuss the larger implications of the outcome of this trial.








George Zimmerman Trial Update


June 12, 2013 – Segment 3

We get an update on the George Zimmerman trial from Corey Dade and Edward Wyckoff Williams, Contributing Editors for The Root. George Zimmerman is on trial for the murder of Trayvon Martin in Florida.



Weekly News Round-up: George Zimmerman, Washington Football Name, & Att. Gen. Eric Holder

Attorney General Eric HolderMay 31, 2013 – Segment 3

It’s time for our weekly news round-up on the latest headlines including the controversy surrounding the George Zimmerman trial for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, Washington Redskins name, US Attorney General Eric Holder. We are joined by:


Update On George Zimmerman Trial For Shooting Death Of Trayvon Martin

George ZimmermanMay 31, 2013 – Segment 2

We have an update on George Zimmerman and his second-degree-murder trial  in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin from Jenée Desmond-Harris, staff writer and White House correspondent for The Root.




One Year Since Trayvon Martin’s Death

One Year Since Trayvon Martin's Death

February 26, 2013 – Segment 1

Today marks the anniversary of the tragic death of 17-year old Trayvon Martin, who was shot and killed by a neighborhood watch coordinator in a gated community in Sanford, Florida – an event that sparked national and international attention and scrutiny.

Today we look back at the year since Trayvon’s death, with Edward Wyckoff Williams, columnist and political analyst whose column “Elevating the Dialogue” appears in The Grio, The Root, and Slate, and Christina Coleman, News and Politics Editor for Global Grind.