Beats, Rhymes and Laughs: Culture As a Tool for Racial Justice

Artists and creative people have always used culture as a tool for social change. On this edition, excerpts from a panel on racial justice, culture and politics featuring some of today’s most insightful and outspoken artists.  
Special thanks to Applied Research Center, Colorlines and the Facing Race Conference 2012

Direct download: MakingCon_130130_Ax.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:37pm PDT

Dam Shame: Rivers and Resistance

As we look for a solution to global energy problems and a way out of the limate crisis- some are turning to dams and hydroelectric power as a source of “green” energy. But at what cost? Massive dams are being built and considered all over the world, despite mounting concern over their economic, environmental and human impacts. On this edition, we’ll take a closer look at the damage caused by hydropower projects, and we’ll visit a community trying to keep their culture and homeland free from the destructive influence of river dams.

Direct download: MakingCon_130123_Ax.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:07pm PDT

In the Shadow of the Wall: From Gaza to Arizona

More than two  decades after the fall of the Berlin wall, what have we learned about barriers that separate people? In dozens of countries around the world, millions of people live beside border walls. These heavily militarized and closely watched areas can be dangerous places to be. On this edition, from Palestinian farmers struggling to make a living next to the Israeli wall, to shootings at the fence that divides the US and Mexico. Living in the shadow of the wall…

Direct download: MakingCon_130116_Ax.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:57pm PDT

Human Rights: Not Just for Humans (& Corporations) Anymore?

Corporations have the same rights as people. But do our communities and natural ecosystems have any rights? How about our bodies, cells and genetic material? Thomas Linzey and Katherine Davies argue that in order to defend our bodies and our environment, they must be given rights under the law.

Direct download: MakingCon_130109_Ax.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:10am PDT

Art is Our Weapon: A Conversation With Climbing Poetree

Alixa and Naima are two poets who together make up Climbing PoeTree, an award winning performance duo. Mixing poetry and politics they seek to use their words to educate and inspire. On this edition, we hear performances by Climbing PoeTree and hear how their performances have evolved over the years.

Direct download: MakingCon_130102_Ax.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:43pm PDT



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