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    Reince Priebus exclusive interview

    Reince Priebus exclusive interview

    WASHINGTON (VOR) – The RNC held a commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington on Monday, and the chair, Reince Priebus, talked with me about the over-criminalization of Black youth and the over-incarceration of Blacks in this country. VOR’s Carmen Russell-Sluchansky and I discuss the RNC’s messaging,...
    Ending religious mistreatment of children

    Ending religious mistreatment of children

    WASHINGTON (VOR)— “Spare the rod and spoil the child,” is a saying many parents cite as justification for instilling discipline and obedience into their children through corporal punishment. However, in cases where religious parents take authority and discipline too far, resources to help the abused children may be scarce. Unfortunately,...
    NSA surveillance programs 'no laughing matter' for US, reporter says

    NSA surveillance programs ‘no laughing matter’ for US, reporter says

    WASHINGTON – U.S. citizens learned last week from reporting by The Guardian newspaper that for the better part of the last decade the U.S. government has been spying on millions of citizens who are not suspected of terrorism. Host Jamila Bey spoke with reporter Ed Brayton and security and civil...
    From Emmett to Trayvon, cases of civil rights draw filmmaker's attention

    From Emmett to Trayvon, cases of civil rights draw filmmaker’s attention

    WASHINGTON (VOR) – For many, the trial of George Zimmerman, the Florida man facing second-degree murder charges after shooting unarmed teen Trayvon Martin last year, has raised a number of questions, including on the issue of race and civil rights. Zimmerman has maintained that he shot Martin, who is African...
    From Pentecostal to Muslim to atheist, rapper breaks down religious barriers

    From Pentecostal to Muslim to atheist, rapper breaks down religious barriers

    WASHINGTON – From Zack Kopplin’s quest to improve the state of science education in the United States to the abuses of unchecked power as granted to the clergy, atheist rapper and musician Landon Tombstone Taylor has a lot to talk about—and more specifically rap about. Host Jamila Bey spoke with...
    World demands Bangladesh to stop jailing people for blasphemy

    World demands Bangladesh to stop jailing people for blasphemy

    WASHINGTON – Blasphemy laws across the world are driving arrests and imprisonment of atheists and those who don’t adhere to the predominant religion of their region. A planned protest, on Thursday against the country of Bangladesh, has been postponed in the wake of this week’s garment factory fire which has...
    Expert: Cruz should have thought twice before proposing amendment

    Expert: Cruz should have thought twice before proposing amendment

    WASHINGTON — Two senators have an angry confrontation over funding and China’s abortion policies. Voice of Russia’s Carmen Russell-Sluchansky talks with Jamila Bey: Download Senator Mary Landrieu (D. LA) is taking Ted “McCarthy” Cruz (R. TX) to task over his efforts to create an amendment that would deny funding to...
    Oscars Night Tainted With Misogyny and Social Media Attack on Child Actress

    Oscars Night Tainted With Misogyny and Social Media Attack on Child Actress

    WASHINGTON – Talk of the Oscars on Sunday night quickly went from the glam and glitter to the misogynistic and malicious as critics jumped on Oscars host Seth MacFarlane before hurling their anger at the satirical news website The Onion for calling Oscar-nominated 9-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis the “C” word on Twitter. For The...
    Progressive Activist Returns to DC Airwaves

    Progressive Activist Returns to DC Airwaves

    WASHINGTON – Longtime progressive activist, broadcaster and boxing manager Rock Newman is returning to the D.C. airwaves this weekend with a new show called the Rock Newman Show. Host Jamila Bey spoke with Newman to discuss his return and what issues he plans to tackle.
    "How to Be Black" Baratunde Thurston

    “How to Be Black” Baratunde Thurston

    Standup comedian, author of “How to be Black,” and creator of the soon-to-be-released CultivatedWit.com, Baratunde Thurston spends time talking with Jamila about his projects, his book and his name.  Much like the other Harvard graduate who gave up the nickname “Barry,” to use his given name, Baratunde is enjoying an...
    "Unorthodox" Deborah Feldman

    “Unorthodox” Deborah Feldman

          Author Deborah Feldman discusses her memoir “Unorthodox” and her life since leaving her conservative Jewish Brooklyn Satmar community. From her childhood being raised by her Holocaust survivor grandparents, to her struggles to be a good Hasidic wife, and finally to her ultimate realization that she could not...
    Deep South Documentary

    Deep South Documentary

    “Deepsouth” explores the lives of those affected by HIV in the American South.  Filmmaker, Lisa Biagiotti turned her camera onto the hidden faces of the part of the country most deeply affected by the AIDS/HIV epidemic.  Amid budget cuts and a crumbling economy, those living with the disease and those...
    Canada vs US Healthcare

    Canada vs US Healthcare

      Jamila talks with blogger and Canadian Health Economist, Ian Cromwell, about the distinctions between the US and Canadian health care systems.  In the wake of the Supreme Court decision to uphold President Barack Obama’s Affordable Healthcare Act, Cromwell explains why it may not be a fitting protest for those...
    Bomani Armah- He's Not a Rapper!

    Bomani Armah- He’s Not a Rapper!

      “Not a Rapper” and funny philosopher Bomani Armah joins me to discuss his opinions about the modern state of hip-hop and what he thinks is so funny.
    Rock Beyond Belief at Fort Bragg

    Rock Beyond Belief at Fort Bragg

      Secular soldiers at Ft. Bragg say they’ve been discriminated against for not taking part in religious activities and were incensed when they were forced to attend a Billy Graham, Junior concert with the express purpose of converting them.  It’s been an uphill battle, but they’re hosting “Rock Beyond Belief,”...
    Nick Ashford and Jerry Lieber Obit

    Nick Ashford and Jerry Lieber Obit

      Murray Horwitz, lyricist, director and Tony Award-winning playwright, joins Jamila to remember the songwriting legends Nick Ashford and Jerry Lieber, who died hours apart from one another.  Horwitz knew and worked with both artists.  

    Paul Provenza “Satiristas”

      “Satiristas: Comedians, Contrarians, Raconteurs & Vulgarians,” is the book by Paul Provenza and Dan Dion in which comedians talk about life and the world as they see it.  Provenza says some of the most profound observances should be attributed to the folks tasked with making us laugh.
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    Clear eyes full hearts can choose

    Clear eyes full hearts can choose

    WASHINGTON (VOR)— What do you get when a bunch of devoted Americans decide to raise some money to help the women of the Lone Star State protect their constitutionally protected right to reproductive choice? From 7-10 Eastern tonight, you get a “Pop-Up Telethon” at LadyPartsJustice.com! Comedians Sarah Silverman and Lizz Winstead will be hosting an...
    Science, politics and race

    Science, politics and race

    By Jamila Bey WASHINGTON (VOR)—We have two special guests today to discuss the need for inclusivity in science realm. Dr. Danielle Lee, The Urban Scientist, is a biologist and expert in animal behavior, mammalogy, and ecology. Dr. Chris Emdin is an Associate Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University. Both join the Sex Politics And Religion...
    Wikler's ‘The Good Fight’

    Wikler’s ‘The Good Fight’

    WASHINGTON (VOR)— Progressive news talk media has been left wanting since the demise of the Air America Radio network, which existed just from 2004-2010. The network launched the career of Rachel Maddow, proved that Chuck D was far more than a definitive rap artist–he is a consummate intellectual as well–and helped comedian Al Franken rise...
    ‘Illegal, or Just Sleazy?’

    ‘Illegal, or Just Sleazy?’

    WASHINGTON (VOR)— A viral comedy video is illustrating to New York state residents that women often don’t get the same legal protections as men. The video is set as game show, “Illegal or Just Sleazy?”, which asks New Yorkers if various scenarios break the law. The actress playing the contestant role does a convincing job...
    Diversity in news

    Diversity in news

    WASHINGTON (VOR)— A number of disturbing stories in the news this week have required analysis in terms of race and gender. From the locker room “banter” that saw the suspension of a Miami Dolphins football player, to the Washington Post column criticizing interracial families, to the coalition of New York women’s rights groups whose viral...
    Women’s vote 2013

    Women’s vote 2013

    WASHINGTON (VOR)— Melissa Fabello, editor of “Everyday Feminism” and a sexuality educator, makes her debut on SPAR with Jamila. The two look at the gubernatorial race in Virginia and the Mayoral race in New York City, assessing what women and those voting for women’s interests may wish to consider as the country sees its population...
    Louisiana vouchers--for more segregation as well as less science

    Louisiana vouchers–for more segregation as well as less science

    WASHINGTON (VOR)— For the first time since starting to cover the issue of school vouchers in Louisiana, the show will not be arguing about science standards! Dr. Kevin Welner, the Director of the National Education Policy Center joins me to talk about Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal’s fight against the US Department of Justice. Download audio...
    Kerry Washington hosts SNL

    Kerry Washington hosts SNL

    WASHINGTON (VOR)— Last Saturday night brought some relief for all who are tired of watching a man in a dress on SNL whenever the skit calls for a black woman character.  “Scandal” star Kerry Washington brought her acting chops to the late night sketch fest, and unfortunately, left something to be desired. Arguing that the...
    Black girls rock

    Black girls rock

    WASHINGTON (VOR)— The BET network aired the annual “Black Girls Rock” awards ceremony. “The Griot” called the celebration the “antidote” to negative media portrayals of African-American women. Music journalist Shannon Barbour joins me to talk about the ceremony and also about the myth that there hasn’t been a talented black female lyricist, producer and artist...
    Greece v. Galloway preview

    Greece v. Galloway preview

    WASHINGTON (VOR)— Tomorrow the Supreme Court hears a case which can be summarized thus: Will a New York town be able to start its municipal meetings with prayers? Host of Due Diligence and frequent SPAR partner Carmen Russell-Sluchansky joins me to argue why this case may not be as clear to decide as State/Church absolutists...
    ‘American Promise’

    ‘American Promise’

    WASHINGTON (VOR)— Seun Sommers and Idris Brewster were admitted to the prestigious Dalton School in New York City as five year-olds. Brewster’s parents, Joe Brewster and Michelle Stephenson, are filmmakers, and for thirteen years they chronicled their son and his friend’s lives in and out of Dalton. The resulting film, “American Promise” tells stories about...
    A very racist Halloween!

    A very racist Halloween!

    #BlackTwitter strikes again! When a trio posted on social media a photo of themselves dressed up as “Robbin’ da Hood,” “George Zimmerman” with fingers pointed as if a gun toward, a bloody-hoodied, black-faced “Trayvon Martin,” folks inundated the workplaces of at least two of the posers with e-mails, phone calls and social media messages. Joining me...