Next for LGBT Movement; Rikers Tragedy; Music and Poetry

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This August Friday, catch up with some of our recent favorite conversations including Tavis Smiley on Michael Jackson and James McBride on James Brown, three poetry lessons, the heartbreaking, deeply reported story of Kalief Browder from Jennifer Gonnerman, and what's next for the LGBT movement now that marriage equality is the law of the land.

  • Carlos Ball, law professor at Rutgers University, Newark, and the editor of After Marriage Equality: The Future of LGBT Rights (NYU Press, 2016), surveys scholars and activists on where the LGBT movement goes next;
  • PBS NewsHour science correspondent Miles O'Brien talks about the Jupiter orbit and what it means;
  • Jennifer Gonnerman, staff writer for The New Yorker and the author of Life on the Outside: The Prison Odyssey of Elaine Bartlett, discusses prison reform and about the recordings she made while doing her original reporting in commemoration of the suicide of Kalief Browder, a young man who spent three years on Rikers Island without being convicted of a crime;
  • Tavis Smiley, host of PBS's Tavis Smiley and Public Radio International's The Tavis Smiley Show, and the co-author of Before You Judge Me: The Triumph and Tragedy of Michael Jackson's Last Days (Little, Brown and Company, 2016) talks about the impact Michael Jackson, and Muhammad Aii, had on his own life and America;
  • James McBride, journalism professor at NYU, musician, the author of the novel The Good Lord Bird, the memoir The Color of Water and Kill 'Em and Leave: Searching for James Brown and the American Soul (Spiegel & Grau, 2016), tells James Brown's story and what it explains about American culture even now;
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  • Three of the master poets from our April series, Vijay Seshadri, Gregory Pardlo, and Tracy K. Smith share their insights and offer assignments to our poet-listeners.

These interviews originally aired earlier this year. Links to the unedited audio are here: