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The Takeaway

Revisiting Tiananmen Square 25 Years On

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Twenty five years ago today, student protests in the Chinese capital turned violent when troops closed in on civilians demonstrating for democratic reforms in Tiananmen Square.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Tributes: Paul Robeson, Jr.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Paul Robeson, Jr. had the deeply resonant voice of his father, as well as the tall build of the former actor, singer, and civil rights activist.  And he spent a lifetime working to preserve that legacy.  He not only wrote two books about his father, but created an archive of his writings and films at Howard University, and accepted a Grammy on his behalf in 1998.  Paul Robeson, Jr. died at the age of 86. Leonard last spoke with him in August of 2001. 

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On The Media

A Study Suggests Online Activism Doesn’t Work, But The Truth is Probably More Complicated

Friday, April 18, 2014

A recent study seems to confirm what most of us already suspect - that Facebook activism isn’t likely, on its own, to lead to real world consequences. Researchers looked at the “Save Darfur” Facebook group and found that despite having 1.2 million members, the group only raised $100,000. That works out to a donation rate of 0.24 percent.

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The Takeaway

Inside the World of Corporate Idealism

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Can you work for one of the world's largest oil companies and still advance the causes of climate change and human rights? Former BP Oil employee Christine Bader says yes. In fact, nowadays she says that there is a whole army of corporate idealists working to fight the good fight to prevent the next Deepwater Horizon explosion—all from within the corporate world. 

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The Takeaway

Folk Legend & Activist Pete Seeger Dies at 94

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

A tall serious looking man with an inner smile, legendary folk singer and activist Pete Seeger touched the lives of several generations. His death at age 94 simply remind us that the movements he set in motion go on and cannot be stopped. There is no silencing of Pete Seeger. Today The Takeaway remembers the life and legacy of the legendary Pete Seeger, along with Dr. Alan Chartock, President and CEO of WAMC/Northeast Public Radio.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

“Band of Sisters” and Activist Nuns

Friday, January 17, 2014

Filmmaker Mary Fishman discusses her documentary “Band of Sisters,” the story of two nuns who advocate for the rights of immigrant detainees and deportees in and around a Chicago-area deportation center. The film follows sisters who continue their mission as organic farmers, environmental attorneys, peace activists, holistic health care practitioners, and more, even in the face of obstacles and threats cast by government agencies, the military, and the hierarchy of the Catholic church. It’s playing at Cinema Village.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Pink Sari Revolution in India

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Poor and illiterate, married around the age of 12, pregnant with her first child at 15, and prohibited from attending school, Sampat Pal has risen to become the leader of a women’s brigade numbering in the tens of thousands.

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Conducting Business

Protesting or Praising, Classical Music Fans Become Activists Online

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

In this Conducting Business podcast, a look at how political-style web advocacy has moved into the realm of classical music and the arts, from the Minnesota Orchestra to the Metropolitan Opera.

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Soundcheck

The 'Artivism' Of Beat Making Lab

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

The community-centered project Beat Making Lab merges arts and activism around the world.

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Soundcheck

Harry Belafonte's Activism And Jay Z Beef; Beat Making Lab; Moreland And Arbuckle

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

In this episode: Even at 86, acclaimed singer, activist, and actor Harry Belafonte is still making plenty headlines with his recent endorsement of New York City mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio and his long-standing public standoff with rapper Jay Z. Writer Keli Goff joins us to talk about the activism of the "King of Calypso."

Then, the creators of Beat Making Lab talk about their portable electronic beat-making kits that they send to developing countries with the intention of improving communities.

And Wichita, Kansas roots rockers Moreland And Arbuckle perform songs from its new concept album based around 16th century explorer Coronado.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Dancing in the Street, Activist Song

Friday, July 12, 2013

Mark Kurlansky tells how the song “Dancing in the Street” became an anthem for a changing America. It was released in the summer of 1964—the time of the Mississippi Freedom Summer, the Berkeley Free Speech Movement, the beginning of the Vietnam War, the passage of the Civil Rights Act, and the lead-up to a dramatic election. Kurlansky’s book Ready for a Brand New Beat explains how “Dancing in the Street” became an activist anthem.

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On Being

Gordon Hempton — The Last Quiet Places: Silence and the Presence of Everything [remix]

Thursday, July 04, 2013

Gordon Hempton says that silence is an endangered species. He defines real quiet as presence — not an absence of sound, but an absence of noise. The Earth, as he knows it, is a "solar-powered jukebox" and quiet is a "think tank of the soul."

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On Being

[Unedited] Gordon Hempton and Krista Tippett

Thursday, July 04, 2013

Gordon Hempton says that silence is an endangered species. He defines real quiet as presence — not an absence of sound, but an absence of noise. The Earth, as he knows it, is a "solar-powered jukebox" and quiet is a "think tank of the soul."

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Erich Fromm, Love's Prophet

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Lawrence J. Friedman talks about Erich Fromm, a political activist, psychologist, psychoanalyst, philosopher, and one of the most important intellectuals of the 20th century. The Lives of Erich Fromm: Love’s Prophet, is the first study of Fromm's influences and achievements, and revisits his most important works.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Bradley Manning Trial; Library Advocacy; NJ Primaries

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

The Espionage Act is at the heart of the Bradley Manning trial, which started this week, and the Justice Department investigations into media leaks. Fred Kaplan of Slate and Steve Coll of The New Yorker talk about the connections. Plus: library advocates on their work; it’s primary day in New Jersey; researchers look into the effects of Sandy; and Stephen Dubner of Freakonomics on tipping.

The Takeaway

Bono and the Polarizing Face of Celebrity Activism

Monday, June 03, 2013

Is there a more polarizing contemporary rockstar than Bono? For some, the U2 frontman's international relief efforts epitomize what can be accomplished when a celebrity harnesses his fame to tackle global problems. But for others, Bono's self-appointed role as the definitive celebrity activist is a narcissistic venture that does as much harm (if not more harm) than good for the people he purports to be helping.

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The Takeaway

Supreme Court to Decide Five Landmark Cases, Bono and Celebrity Activism, Protests in Turkey

Monday, June 03, 2013

Is Silicon Valley Good for the World? | Supreme Court to Decide Five Landmark Cases | Bono and the Polarizing Face of Celebrity Activism | Joss Whedon on His New Film 'Much Ado About Nothing'

The Leonard Lopate Show

Paul Farmer Speaks to the Next Generation

Monday, May 20, 2013

Paul Farmer, co-founder of Partners In Health and Chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, discusses working in Haiti, health and human rights, and his role as a voice for global health equity and social justice. His new book, To Repair the World: Paul Farmer Speaks to the Next Generation, is a collection of speeches about the encouraging ways to improve the lives of the billions of people around the world without access to health care, safe drinking water, decent schools, and other basic human rights.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Lives of Erich Fromm

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Lawrence J. Friedman talks about Erich Fromm, a political activist, psychologist, psychoanalyst, philosopher, and one of the most important intellectuals of the 20th century. The Lives of Erich Fromm: Love’s Prophet, is the first study of Fromm's influences and achievements, and revisits his most important works.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Adventures of a Bipolar Cartographer

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Sascha Altman Dubrul, writer, activist, musician, and author of Maps to The Other Side: the Adventures of A Bipolar Cartographer, discusses his latest book, a memoir of his experiences with bipolar disorder and his activism.

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