Tania and Paul take a break from solving racism to bond over their mutual fondness for S.E. Hinton's book, "The Outsiders", as well as Francis Ford Coppola's epic film version. It's a battle to out-geek each other... but who will reign as Nerd Supreme? You make the call... and STAY GOLD, everybody!!
We talk about the Philando Castile verdict, the controversy around Chicago theatre critc Hedy Weiss' bigoted review of a new show at Steppenwolf Theatre and we let Bill Maher, another chicago critic and Norman Lear in on the fact that they can't use the n-word. And we dissolve into a wildly inapproriate laughing fit for the ages.
An amazing & short little snippet from our interview with Jacqueline Battalora, on how "whiteness" was introduced to humanity by the 1% of Colonial America... and why average British dudes decided to embrace "whiteness". Sex! Violence! Power! This one's got it all-- and it's barely 10 minutes long!
We get to be one of the cool kids when we talk to our friend Paul Oakley Stovall. Paul is a multi-hyphenate powerhouse who was on the Advance Team for the Obama campaign and administration, worked on Bernie Sanders campaign, writes for Survivor's Remorse on the Starz network, sings like an angel, had a play (Immediate Family) directed by Phylicia Rashad and loves to "poke the bear" on FB. He tells us a story about how a fight with an ex turned into a racially charged nightmare, shares details about his time with the Obamas, weighs in on whether the Democratic party screwed Bernie Sanders and breaks down White privilege like a boss. Did I mention he's cool?
Christian Picciolini became a Nazi skinhead at 14, a white supremacist leader at 16, and spent the rest of his teens as a "celebrity" in the skinhead punk sub-culture. He renounced his affiliations at 22, spent the last two decades working to promote peace, and now runs an organization called "Life After Hate," dedicated to helping kids escape from racial extremist white cults. We've learned on "Race Bait" that the notion of the "white race" is a made-up construct... but the hate is very real. And seems to be growing. Tune in for an interesting, challenging and important discussion.
A planned episode on "Black-ish" turns into a heated discussion of "12 Years a Slave." Tania and Paul accidentally create a new method for navigating thorny discussions on race. "Black racism" may not be a thing... but that doesn't keep white people from feeling emotionally oppressed when the conversation gets real. The "Race-O-Meter" gets put through its paces... even before it has a name. Final verdict: awkward discussions can be productive, as long as everyone is keeping score!
We talk with author Jacqueline Battalora the author of Birth of A White Nation: The Invention of White People and Its Relevance Today who shares historical proof that White people are made up. Tania is very excited about this. Jackie is a White woman who was a Chicago cop and is currently a lawyer and a sociology professor, in addition to being an anti-racist activist. Get ready to have your mind blown!
In this bonus episode you'll hear another part we cut from our interview with the brilliant Lesley Williams (episode 13) where Lesley talks about Moby Dick in a way that will make you sound super smart at your next cocktail party.
BONUS Episode: What do Scandal, Hunger Games, Harry Potter, American Girl Dolls and Black Nazis have to do with racial equity?
In this bonus episode you'll hear the part we cut out of our interview with Evanston librarian Lesley Williams (episode 13) where we talk Scandal, Hunger Games, Harry Potter, American Girl Dolls and Black Nazis. That's right, black nazis.
Do the depictions of race in "To Kill A Mockinbird" hold up 50 years later? Is Atticus Finch a Trope or a Treasure? Alert your English teacher: Tania and Paul discuss the movie based on Harper Lee's classic novel! Also: Cranky Librarian verdict will make you angry, and yet another child, Jordan Edwards, is killed by police.