Wednesday, March 06, 2013
Jody Williams, anti-landmine activist, and author of My Name is Jody Williams: A Vermont Girl's Winding Path to the Nobel Peace Prize, talks about her activism and her work on women's issues through the Nobel Women's Initiative.
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Executive producer Mark Weiss talks about the documentary “A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet,” along with Lois Gibbs, who led the protests at Love Canal, started the Center for Health, Environment & Justice, and is featured in the film. Inspired by the book of the same name by Philip Shabecoff and informed by advisers like the biologist E. O. Wilson, the film chronicles the environmentalism movement. It opens at Cinema Village March 1.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
By Charis Conn
This dramatic live broadcast from 1939 is a seminal moment in American jurisprudence and political history: the pardon of Tom Mooney, a tireless labor activist wrongly condemned to death in 1917 for a fatal bombing, after he served 22 years in prison.
Monday, February 18, 2013
By Charis Conn
Amiri Baraka died January 9th after weeks of failing health. He was 79. A playwright, poet, critic and activist, Baraka was one of the most prominent and controversial African American voices in the world of American letters. Speaking at the Overseas Press Club ( and airing on WNYC) in 1965 following the release of his Obie award-winning play The Dutchman, Baraka presented himself as a no-nonsense artist who was not about to compromise his message for anyone. The talk catches Baraka (still known as Leroi Jones) at the height of his radical voice in the 1960s and is critical because it was delivered just four days before the assassination of Malcolm X.
The writer and activist LeRoi Jones (who would later be known as Amiri Baraka) speaks here on February 17, 1965, four days before the assassination of Malcolm X, an event that catapulted him from a charismatic Greenwich Village maverick into a radicalized black nationalist in Harlem.
Wednesday, January 02, 2013
William Hewitt, environmental activist and the author of A Newer World: Politics, Money, Technology, and What's Really Being Done to Solve the Climate Crisis, looks for reasons to be optimistic about climate change fixes.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Harry Belafonte and Peter Coyote talk about the benefit concert “Bring Leonard Peltier Home,” which they are hosting along with Pete Seeger, on December 14 at the Beacon Theatre. The concert features performances by Jackson Browne, Bruce Cockburn, Jennifer Kreisberg, Bill Miller, Margo Thunderbird, and guest speakers Peter Matthiesson, Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, Peter Coyote, and former Amnesty International President Jack Healey. Leonard Peltier is a celebrated Native American activist and humanitarian imprisoned since the mid-1970s for his involvement with controversial incidents at Wounded Knee and Oglala, South Dakota, including the shooting deaths of two FBI agents. He has has been designated a political prisoner by Amnesty International.
Wednesday, November 07, 2012
David Rothenberg talks about his varied life, which has included Broadway's bright lights, prison riots, political campaigns, civil rights sit-ins, and a Central American civil war. He’ll talks about his memoir Fortune in My Eyes: A Memoir of Broadway Glamour, Social Justice, and Political Passion.
Friday, September 28, 2012
Carlos Andrés Gómez, poet, actor, activist and the author of Man Up: Cracking the Code of Modern Manhood, wants to redefine masculinity and offer young men options beyond the hyper-masculine scripts he says they see as their only options.
Tuesday, August 07, 2012
Sarah Henry, chief curator at the Museum of the City of New York, wraps up the Activism NY Facebook project from the MCNY and the BLS, and hears from listeners about New York City's activist past. New York Times Magazine contributor Jonathan Mahler, author of the article "Oakland: the Last Refuge of Radical America," discusses Oakland as a center of activism.
Thursday, August 02, 2012
Sister Simone Campbell, the Executive Director of Network, a National Catholic Social Justice Lobby, talks about being a progressive voice in the Catholic community, this summer’s nine-state Nuns on the Bus tour, and what the Vatican’s recent rebuke of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious means for the mission of nuns in this country.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
In his first national broadcast interview since arriving in the United States, Chen Guangcheng talks about the intersection between human rights and disability rights in the United States and in his native China.
Monday, May 21, 2012
United States Congressman John Lewis discusses how his experience as a leader of the Civil Rights Movement can offer guidance on how to live virtuously and work to change the world. In Across That Bridge: Life Lessons and a Vision for Change, Lewis revisits the lessons of the 1960s to help the electorate once again confront questions of social inequality.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng's daring escape from house arrest late last month set off a round of diplomatic tug-of-war between Chinese and American officials attempting to conduct high level strategic talks. After at first agreeing to stay in China, Chen changed his mind, publicly declaring his desire to leave the country last week. Details of Chen’s travels to the U.S. have not been finalized, but behind the scenes, intense negotiations and preparations continue. Jerome Cohen has been working to help make arrangements for Chen to travel to the US to study at NYU, and has been in touch with Chen regularly.
Tuesday, May 01, 2012
The labor holiday May Day has its origins in the US but is more widely-celebrated around the world. Today, Occupy Wall Street is calling for a day of action and a general strike. We check in on the day's events, the state of Occupy, and the history of May Day with:
- Jesse LaGreca, early Occupy organizer and blogger for Daily Kos
- Cecily McMillan, northeast regional organizer of the Young Democratic Socialists and Occupy activist
- David Graeber, an American anthropologist at Goldsmiths College, University of London, and author of DEBT: The First 5,000 Years
- Todd Gitlin, professor of journalism and sociology at Columbia University and author of the new e-book Occupy Nation
- Lawrence Weschler, director of the New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU and author of Uncanny Valley: Adventures in the Narrative
Plus, your calls. Are you striking today? What do you make of the state of Occupy? What's the role of May Day here compared to the rest of the world?
Friday, April 27, 2012
Journalists have become increasingly reliant on digital technology in their work, but weak or nonexistent digital security measures open their sources to risk of exposure. Brooke speaks to journalist Matthieu Aikins about the need for reporters to take more precautions to protect their digital information, especially in conflict areas.
Monday, April 02, 2012
In the summer of 2009, Van Jones, special adviser on the environment and green jobs to President Obama, faced a media firestorm. It was fueled by investigations into his past. Jones, a committed environmental activist and civil rights attorney, resigned the following September. "On the eve of historic fights for health care and clean energy, opponents of reform have mounted a vicious smear campaign against me. They are using lies and distortions to distract and divide," he said at the time. Since Jones resigned over two years ago, President Obama has faced mounting criticism from environmental activists, while contenders for the GOP nomination claim that the president is too extreme in his efforts to protect the environment.