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Interchange – Unfounded America: Taking Out the Myth with the Trash

Margaret Bourke-White, You Have Seen Their Faces.  "Family at table eating," Okefenokee Swamp, Georgia.

For “Unfounded America” we’re joined by Nancy Isenberg author of the popular and provocative new book, White Trash: The 400-year Untold Story of Class in America. Laura Miller writes of the book in Salon: Tapping into scores of sources, Isenberg traces the emergence of the white-trash stereotype from its roots in British beliefs that the working class was truly a …

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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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Islamic Center of Bloomington Fights Growing Anti-Muslim Sentiment

The mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando has again brought anti-Muslim sentiment to the fore in mainstream and social media, as well as from major politicians like Donald Trump. The shooter in Orlando was a practicing Muslim and reportedly told 911 dispatchers that he was carrying out the attack on behalf of the leader of the Islamic State. …

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Interchange – Racist Revolutionaries: The Alt-Right Uprising?

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Our opening song for this program, “Racist Revolutionaries,” is a counter-statement: “Money Jungle” from three greats of Jazz, Duke Ellington, Max Roach, Charles Mingus. As has come to be “SOP” here, we like to choose music illustrative of our program; sometimes this comes from a sideways angle, but it’s usually fairly direct that the music reflects the content. For this …

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Interchange – “No Excuses” Schools: Broken Windows Theory Goes to School

Detria Mills and Justin Campbell work on the floor with their fellow eighth-graders at a KIPP academy in metro Atlanta. Students get classrooms and desks when they demonstrate they have earned them by meeting their student goals. (AJC.com)

I’m joined by author and educator Jim Horn to discuss his latest book, Work Hard, Be Hard: Journeys Through No Excuses Teaching. Horn explores the ideological contexts for the creation and spread of “no excuses” charter schools with a primary focus on the Knowledge Is Power Program or KIPP. “No Excuses” means schooling that focuses on psychological interventions aimed to …

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Interchange – Louis Farrakhan: The Last Radical Conservative


Louis Farrakhan, Black Lives Matter, and the future of black political leadership in the United States. I speak with Freddie deBoer about his Harper’s Monthly article “The Charmer” and the way Farrakhan’s “Million Man March” served as both a show of force and an example of resistance and separation from white America, prefiguring both the Occupy Wall Street and Black …

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Interchange – Tracking Subversives: Alan Wald On the Development of the Literary Left

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According to or my guest, Alan Wald, the aim of the literary radical is “to endow history with meaning.” Literary radicalism is less a noun than a verb….It’s a work in progress, an evolving tradition of activism and commitment obsessed with its own identity. Its orders, its achievements, its efficacy.* We track three “subversives” in our program and offer their …

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Interchange – The United States of Apartheid: Gerald Horne On the White Supremacist Project


For tonight’s show, “The United States of Apartheid,” we welcome Gerald Horne. It would be something of an understatement to call Gerald Horne a prolific author; he has more than 30 books and over 100 scholarly articles to his credit. The Wikipedia entry describes his work further: While many of Horne’s books use a celebrated, intriguing or politically engaged individual …

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Interchange – Targeting the Vulnerable: Charter Legislation and Urban School Districts


This conversation was excerpted for the program, “Darker than Blue: The Failure of School Integration.” This is the full conversation between Interchange host Doug Storm and Joe Johnston, an assistant professor of sociology at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, who earned his doctorate at Indiana University in Bloomington studying how and why Kentucky has not enacted any state charter laws …

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Interchange – Darker Than Blue: The Failure of School Integration


“Darker Than Blue” is in three parts. The first is an excerpt of a conversation I had with with Joe Johnston, an assistant professor of sociology at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, who earned his PhD at Indiana University in Bloomington studying how and why Kentucky has not enacted any state charter laws in education. He studies Jefferson County schools …

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