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Interchange – The Authoritarian Creep

As a follow-up to last week’s program, “The Elected Coup,” tonight we confront The Authoritarian Creep. I should note that I spoke with both of our guests last Thursday (2/2) and as mindless speed seems to be the name of Donald Trump’s game (a la Italian Futurism), this show may already be behind the times! SEGMENT ONE: Lessons from Local …

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Interchange – The Elected Coup

Our latest President tweets out “policy” and executive orders and his national security advice is coming from Breitbart blogger, Steve Bannon. This morning’s tweets: ‘Nancy Pelosi and Fake Tears Chuck Schumer held a rally at the steps of The Supreme Court and mic did not work (a mess)-just like Dem party!’ ‘When will the Democrats give us our Attorney General …

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Interchange – Sharing Patchwork: The Quilts of Southwest China

This is our first show under the Trump Administration and it seems appropriate as we’ve discovered President Trump wants to wall out the world, heighten police powers, and restrict or eliminate altogether arts funding. This is relevant here as The Quilts of Southwest China received some of its funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities which is on the …

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Interchange – We Decline: Inaugurate the Revolution

As we head into the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump, a local group says “NO, in Thunder”: No to the erosion of civil liberties and the end of any semblance of a democratic society. We welcome organizers of Inaugurate the Revolution, a group seeking to transfer power into the hands of the disenfranchised, and to dismantle the systems of oppression …

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Interchange – The Capitalized Womb: The Slave-Breeding Industry in America

We begin with “My Old Kentucky Home” by 19th century songwriter Stephen Foster, performed by Paul Robeson. Sung like a love song to the state of Kentucky by the Derby crowd at Churchill Downs, its real historical meaning is bleaker. The lyrics portray heartbreak: A man, sold down the river to work at a sugar plantation in the deep south, …

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Interchange – The Sound of Resistance: Protest or Pose

“Protest or Pose” begins a series of programs under the heading The Sound of Resistance. Joining me in the studio is Rasul Mowatt, associate professor in The School of Public Health and the American Studies Department at Indiana University. We’ll look at three songs: “Strange Fruit” sung by Billie Holiday (and recently sampled by Kanye West); “We Almost Lost Detroit” …

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Interchange – Unmanning Sex: Meghan Murphy on Radical Feminism

Have feminists always been pro-prostitution? Since when has supporting pornography been considered a pro-sex feminist position? And why has feminism seemingly become a catch-all for any and all gender equality issues? Meghan Murphy, the founder and editor of the online feminist media outlet Feminist Current, leads us through the re-radicalizing of feminism: starting with a tour through the individualized, all-inclusive, …

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Interchange – Desperately Seeking Solutions: Fixing Economic Inequality

With President-elect Trump soon to take office, America is faced with a grim irony: many voters with economic grievances about a “rigged system” helped Trump win office, and yet given his major appointments so far, it seems unlikely that our next president will do anything to fundamentally address those problems — and it seems likely he’ll make them worse. Assuming …

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Interchange – Our Father Frankenstein

Mary Shelley’s novel of 1818, Frankenstein, Or, the Modern Prometheus, seems to me to clang like a hammer blow against a bell that tolls our self-inflicted doom. To quote Victor Frankenstein– None but those who have experienced them can conceive of the enticements of science. In other studies you go as far as others have gone before you, and there …

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Interchange – Facing America at Standing Rock

Even elementary schools are now teaching what was always factual about the conquest of this land mass–Northern Europeans came and murdered as many indigenous people as possible. Treaties were made to be broken. Herded onto desolate reservations, dying by the thousands en route, the native people of this land were treated as one race of lesser beings–portrayed as devils and …

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