Month: March 2013

Former “Quiverfull” adherents discuss marriage without birth control

On the eve of major decisions about gay marriage, Jamila Bey takes a look at a form of marriage that puts procreation before everything else.

Voice of Russia’s Jamila Bey talks with Vyckie Garrison, blogger at No Longer Quivering, Joe Sands from Incongruous Circumspection, andBruce Gerencser:

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Bloggers and former adherents to the patriarchal “Quiverfull” movement talk about what it was like living as part of families that eschewed birth control, working wives, and even the consideration of their wives’ health in pursuit of the ideal Christian family.


Expert: Cruz should have thought twice before proposing amendment

Two senators have an angry confrontation over funding and China’s abortion policies.

Voice of Russia’s Carmen Russell-Sluchansky talks with Jamila Bey:


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 the European Union due to China’s abortion policies. Bey says that Cruz should have “had a nap” before making this resolution, since nobody on the floor would have supported it.


Facebook exec’s new book fails to address African American women

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s book, “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead,” continues to be hotly debated across the country. While many people see lessons that can be taken and applied across the work spectrum, critics of Sandberg say that her book doesn’t adequately address a majority of working American women.

Host Jamila Bey spoke with journalist and commentator Mary C. Curtis and attorney-turned-political commentator and writer Jeneba Ghatt about how the concepts of “Lean In” can be applied to African American women.


How rampant plagiarism negatively affects American news consumption

Every so often news consumers and producers come across the headlines that for many journalists feel like a punch to the gut, “(Insert publication name here) suspends reporter Joe Schmoe (a fake name) for plagiarism.”

For some journalists, this punch stings not for any ill will about the fate of said reporter but for the potential damage across the board to the credibility of all journalists and all publications. In a digital age, it is becoming faster and easier to identify quotes and passages lifted without attribution, and yet, the problem persists.

To address this problem, the American Copy Editors Society will debut the National Summit on Plagiarism and Fabrication at its upcoming national conference on April 5.

Host Jamila Bey spoke with Teresa Schmedding, deputy managing editor/digital operations with the Daily Herald and president of ACES, to discuss how rampant plagiarism and fabrication negatively affect the news that Americans consume.



Experts: CPAC needs to focus on compassion, not numbers

This year’s CPAC focuses on changing the Republican message to reach out to women and African Americans.

Voice of Russia’s Jamila Bey and Carmen Russell-Sluchansky talk about their impressions of this year’s CPAC:


In the edition, Russell-Sluchansky and Bey critique Republican outreach, which gives the impression that it’s driven by a need for higher voting numbers rather than actually caring about people.

Bey says that the Republican party wants to be “more inclusive”, with a message of “tolerance”. However, she, like many other black women, “does not want to be tolerated” in the face of support for things such as Stop and Frisk and decreased access to medical care.


In Ohio rape case, ‘never said no’ does not mean consent

The trial involving two teenagers accused of raping an intoxicated teenager has divided the small community of Steubenville, Ohio, as some rally behind the accused perpetrators, stars of the local football team, while others say the victim was too drunk to protest.

The issue has been further complicated by the fact that some 40 high schoolers looked on as the girl was carried from party to party, snapping cell phone photos and taking cell phone videos but never intervening, calling authorities or even putting an end to the abuse.

Host Jamila Bey spoke with Beth Presswood, host of the Godless Bitches podcast, to discuss the case.


Atheist group denied permission to march in Kansas City St. Patrick’s Day Parade

After being denied permission to participate in Kansas City’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade, the Kansas City Atheist Coalition will be holding an “Ask an Atheist” even on a street near the parade route.

Host Jamila Bey spoke with Coalition President Sarah Hargreaves and Vice President Josh Hyde to discuss the denial and their alternative parade activity.



NYPD shooting victim’s vigil turns violent in Brooklyn

 Protests and chaos have erupted in New York City this week after two plainclothes police officers shot and killed 16-year-old Kimani Gray, who police alleged was pointing a gun at them, on Saturday in the East Flatbush section of Brooklyn.

Police have arrested more than 45 people through three nights of protests as the community continues to question the police account of what happened.

Host Jamila Bey spoke with Danny Gold, a Brooklyn-based freelance journalist who has been covering the protests, to talk about the impact they’re having on the city.



TV analyst threatened with rape via social media after discussing rape prevention

Television news analyst Zerlina Maxwell has received racist abuse, death threats and threats of rape online after a Fox News appearance in which she suggested that guns and arming women is not the solution to rape.

Instead, she said that teaching men and boys to not rape, instead of placing the responsibility upon women to ensure they are not allowing themselves to be victimized is a better plan.

Host Jamila Bey spoke with Rhett Walker, a campus training coordinator with Men Can Stop Rape, Amanda Marcotte, a journalist with RH Reality Check and Pandagon, and Pia Glenn, an actor and Twitter activist, to discuss the myriad issues that this unfortunate backlash against Maxwell raises.

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Arkansas women feel under attack after new abortion law passes

After the Arkansas state legislature put into place the most restrictive abortion law in the United States last week, giving a woman just 12 weeks to obtain an abortion, pro-choice groups everywhere are protesting the law.

Host Jamila Bey spoke with Jamie Goswick, a humanist minister who is part of a group protesting the law, to discuss the story.



Lawyer: Duvalier’s 25 years in exile won’t take back pain from Haitians

Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier, the brutal leader of Haiti until his oust in 1986, has returned to Haiti to face charges of fraud and political violence, but he’s claiming he can’t stand trial because of medical distress.

Host Jamila Bey spoke with Brian Concannon, Jr., human rights lawyer and director of the Institute for Justice & Democracy, to consider how Duvalier might be brought to justice.


Atheists hope to raise political profile at annual convention

Atheists from across the country will gather in San Francisco this weekend for the National Atheist Party Convention and one topic the group hopes to address will be how to raise the political profile of one of the nation’s largest growing demographics in the religion category.

Host Jamila Bey spoke with Troy Boyle, president of the National Atheist Party, to discuss the weekend’s agenda.