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Interchange – Lynchings on Loop: How Terror Goes Viral

Anti-lynching banner flew outside NAACP headquarters in midtown Manhattan from the early 1900s until 1938. (LIBRARY OF CONGRESS/COURTESY OF THE NAACP)

Courtney Baker on the double-edged power of images of black suffering and death. For “Lynchings on Loop” Courtney Baker, author of Humane Insight: Looking at Images of African American Suffering and Death joins us to talk about the history of images of black pain, the malleable and incomplete nature of the image, and how to proceed in our current media-saturated …

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Interchange – Focus on Apartheid: The Photojournalism of Margaret Bourke-White

Men at "antipass" protest, near Johannesburg, 1950  Margaret Bourke-White/Time-Life/Getty Images

As a photographer for Life and Fortune magazines, Margaret Bourke-White traveled to Russia in the 1930s, photographed the Nazi takeover of Czechoslovakia in 1938, recorded the liberation of Buchenwald a the end of World War II, and documented “Calcutta streets strewn with putrefying corpses decaying in the heat and being consumed by bloated vultures” in the aftermath of the 1946 …

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Interchange – Ghosts, Dogs, and the Law: On Constructing Criminality and Negating Persons

bk cover with dogs dayan

The law is a kind of haunting. In single words the history of slavery and denigration can be discovered. And it’s through these words, through the retention of their meaning in their original application, through that first life where they did their original work, that they haunt us. Our program is a conversation with Colin Dayan, author most recently of …

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Interchange – Midsummer Sensibility: Gigging in the Theater

Photo Courtesy of the
IU Department of Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance. Jenny McKnight and David Kortemeier appear courtesy of Actors' Equity Association

We’re joined by four professional actors who will appear courtesy of the Actors’ Equity Association in these two productions which are running on alternating nights from July 8 through the 23rd. They are David Kortemeier, Amanda Catania, Grant Goodman, and Jenny McKnight. I’ll warn you that the conversation is very fluid, alternating focus from Midsummer to Sense. Consistent throughout though …

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Interchange – Redneck Muslim: A Special Episode of the Hijabi Diaries

yes we can hijabi

Tonight in lieu of Interchange we’re going to share another special episode of the local podcast The Hijabi Diaries. This one is called Redneck Muslim and explores one woman’s lifelong attraction to organized Religion. Host Aubrey Seader offers the life story of one woman, her name is Dawn, a member of the Bloomington Muslim community, who has practiced three very …

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Interchange – The Hijabi Diaries: Muslim Women Speaking for Themselves

Anna Maidi and Aubrey Seader are interviewed by the Indiana Daily Student for a story about their Muslims of Bloomington project. (TAE-GYUN KIM / INDIANA DAILY STUDENT)

For today’s Interchange we bring you a special anthology episode of the local podcast “The Hijabi Diaries” which is a joint production of the Islamic Center of Bloomington and friends Aubrey Seader and Anna Maidi. Seader writes of the project on her website that she and Maidi, started hearing more and more anti-Muslim rhetoric coming out of the mouths of …

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Interchange – The Graphically Radical Paul Buhle

Cartoon Paul Buhle by Steve Chappell

Our music tonight, at the suggestion of our guest, comes from The Fugs, formed in 1963 by the poets Ed Sanders and Tuli Kupferberg and Ken Weaver. And we open with, “Here Comes the Levellers,” which is from the Reagan Era release No More Slavery. Our guest is Paul Buhle, one of the foremost historians of American Radicalism and the …

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Interchange – The Radical Democracy of Henry David Thoreau: A Conversation with Branka Arsic’

Sunrise on Walden Pond

What may seem surprising as you listen is the way in which Thoreau’s understanding of death and life can inform our own considerations of what it means to live by an ethics of inclusion and acceptance of differences and to eschew what is given to us politically and socially as measured, hierarchical, and standardized forms of “knowing.” All this is …

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Interchange – For Want of a Better Choice: The Faux Feminism of Hillary Rodham Clinton

thumbs up HRC

It’s thought that to get a woman in the White House would be an achievement for all women everywhere, a kind of trickle-down feminism. In the run-up to the 2016 presidential election, the mantle of feminist elect has descended on Hillary Clinton and dissent seems tantamount to political betrayal. A new book, False Choices: The Faux Feminism of Hillary Rodham …

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Interchange – Pitching Poetry: Recalculating Charles Bernstein

Susan Bee, Recalculating, 2010. Oil on linen, 16 x 20 inches. Courtesy of the artist and A.I.R. Gallery.

This show features the most recent work of Charles Bernstein, the inestimable Charles Bernstein, to whom I might append title, à la James Brown, “the hardest working man in poetry.” Which is just to say, Charles Bernstein walks and talks the walk and talk. If you know anything about poetry since the 1980s you must know at least something of …

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