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Texas Standard: January 5, 2016

He once called him a buffoon with the fear mongering arguments of a child. Now, a top Hispanic leader is joining the Trump team. Our conversation today. Also massive protests and reports of looting in cities all across Mexico as parts of the country come to a virtual standstill. We’ll hear what’s behind it. And…

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Texas Standard: September 20, 2016

First there was the arrest. Then the jailhouse death. Global outrage over the incident. Now comes the Sandra Bland Act. What it could mean, today on the Texas Standard. As the nation focuses its attention on threats from abroad, law enforcement launches a multipronged crackdown on a made in Texas terror group with entirely different…

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Kenny Braswell (Ep. 37, 2016)

In Black America producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. speaks with Kenny Braswell, Executive Director of Fathers Incorporated and author of Daddy, There’s A Noise Outside. Mr. Braswell is also Director of The National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse.

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Kenny Braswell (Ep. 14, 2016)

Producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. speaks with Kenny Braswell, executive director of Fathers Incorporated and author of Daddy, There’s A Noise Outside.

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Oliver Lake (9.13.15)

Oliver Lake is an American jazz saxophonist, composer, and poet who co-founded The World Saxophone Quartet in 1977. In this edition of Liner Notes, Rabbi and jazz historian Neil Blumofe talks about the way in which Lake’s music offered a portal for us to understand the civil rights movement and social justice through art. When…

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V&B: Max Roach and The Art of Emancipation

“Progressive art,” said Salvador Dali. “Can assist people to learn not only about the objective forces at work in the society in which they live, but also about the intensely social character of their interior lives. Ultimately, it can propel people toward emancipation.” I’m not sure Max Roach would agree with that, but he definitely…

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Strange Fruit (4.19.15)

“Strange Fruit” is a song, made famous by Billie Holiday, who would often sing it to close her shows when she would perform, discouraging applause from the audience when she sang it. Holiday had a difficult time recording the song, but upon the urging of her friends at Commodore Records, she recorded it for the first…

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