1980x465 TSR logo

Podcast with Areva Martin

Thought provoking interviews with the nation’s leading experts, newsmakers and influencers on race, politics, pop culture, the law, current affairs and issues of the heart.

960x1080 Areva Martin 3
960x1080 Areva Martin 3
1980x465 TSR logo

Podcast with Areva Martin

Thought provoking interviews with the nation’s leading experts, newsmakers and influencers on race, politics, pop culture, the law, current affairs and issues of the heart.

THE SPECIAL REPORT | Podcast Archives

With Areva Martin

images

From Tina Turner to Sweetie Pies | Robbie Montgomery and black excellence

Although perhaps best known these days as the mind behind St. Louis institution Sweetie Pie’s restaurant, Robbie Montgomery’s public life extends back decades. She began her career touring with certified hit-makers such as Stevie Wonder and the Rolling Stones before starting her current chapter as a restaurant owner. The soul singer and soul food lover sits down today to discuss how early struggles fueled her ongoing pursuit of happiness. 0:47 Rhythm and Blues Over a long and colorful career in entertainment, Robbie Montgomery has collected a cornucopia of unforgettable stories. She recounts her time as a cornerstone of the Ike

Listen Now »
Systemic inequities in society have never been clearer than in recent years, and the COVID crisis has helped force this reality into focus. Neonatologist Dr. Brian Sims has long carried an understanding of how socioeconomic factors impact health outcomes through his professional life. An Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Alabama (Birmingham), Dr. Sims has dedicated himself to human development from its earliest stages. He sits down today to express the essentiality of black doctors in modern medicine. 0:37 The Earliest Inequities Most Americans would be appalled to learn how racism in society can truly impact an individual’s life from birth. In conjunction with his colleagues at the university, Dr. Sims recently produced a sobering report on the nation’s infant mortality rates by race. The comprehensive study specifically examined infant mortality rates among black babies along with the race of the caring physician. Disturbingly, these rates reflect a lower level of care for babies born to black parents when attended to by doctors outside of their own ethnicity. 2:28 Clearing the Air While the raw numbers from the study are cause to consider the impact of inequality on institutions, Dr. Sims cautions against blanket judgments. In his words, the goal for black mothers is always to find an outstanding physician regardless of their ethnicity. However, he places the onus on doctors to remain communicative and clear throughout the prenatal process. Patient comfort is integral to the treatment equation, and excellence in these matters is something that must be demanded of every medical professional. 4:28 Dangerous Ideas Despite great strides in the medical field for both black doctors and black patients, the specter of racism continues to haunt the profession. Asked to dispel any myths that linger in the field, Dr. Sims points to a recent study that indicates that pain tolerance among black patients is perceived as higher. Racist beliefs such as these facilitate inadequate care, less consistent outcomes, and a lower quality of care for black patients. His conclusion is striking in its simplicity: any patient that exhibits a given symptom should be treated the same way. 6:41 Reimagining Integration While a plethora of policies should at least in theory prevent disparate health outcomes like these, there are hard limits for policy in practice. Dr. Sims highlights the uncomfortable truth that it is impossible to provide the most effective care for people you lack care for. He emphasizes the importance of individual integrity to enduring progress on this front. Doctors should be interacting with the communities they serve from the first stages of training. By humanizing those who may one day be patients, a higher standard of care comes naturally. 11:09 Rebirth and Redemption Dr. Sims stops short of calling the results of his research an indictment of the medical field in America. For this consummate medical professional, the ideal lies in ensuring a consistent standard of care for every patient. Like justice, medicine should be blind. The work he and his colleagues do is aimed at correcting oversights, conscious or subconscious, that may affect patient outcomes. By promoting a fuller understanding of inclusivity in medicine, Dr. Brian Sims strives to build confidence in the medical field among all Americans. Connect with Dr. Brian Sims: Email- bsimsmd@uab.edu LinkedIn- https://www.linkedin.com/in/brian-sims-5a37b2175/

Why black doctors are so important for the health of black babies | Ft. Dr. Brian Sims

Systemic inequities in society have never been clearer than in recent years, and the COVID crisis has helped force this reality into focus. Neonatologist Dr. Brian Sims has long carried an understanding of how socioeconomic factors impact health outcomes through his professional life. An Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Alabama (Birmingham), Dr. Sims has dedicated himself to human development from its earliest stages. He sits down today to express the essentiality of black doctors in modern medicine. The Earliest Inequities Most Americans would be appalled to learn how racism in society can truly impact an individual’s life

Listen Now »
The 92nd anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King´s birthday is a poignant opportunity to consider the impact of his legacy. Systemic inequality continues to define the nation he lived and died for. It’s been nearly half a century after his assassination on April 6, 1968. But old tensions continue to bubble to the surface. America has never truly healed from its original sin. Award-winning author Beverly Jenkins approaches this moment in our history with clear eyes. Today, she joins Areva for a compelling and timely conversation on a dream deferred. 33:56 Yesterday is Tomorrow The murder of Dr. King at the height of his campaign for a more peaceful and united future made an indelible impression on Jenkins. In her teenage years at the time, the author saw this violent final rebuke of King´s idealistic visions as reflective of public opinion of the leader. In her view, Dr. King would be appalled, if unsurprised by the America of today. The Capitol Raid of January 6th stands as a particularly stark reminder of the country´s bloody past. A violent rejection of democratic, inclusive principles has shaped the nation since its inception. 34:56 Civil Rights Radicals Condemning the hypocrisy of those who would ask for unity without accountability as ¨nauseating,¨ Jenkins does not mince words in assigning responsibility. The past half-decade in America has been fraught with angry, divisive rhetoric chiefly stoked by one end of the political spectrum. Conservatives have steadily stoked the flames of chaos, sowing fear and resentment in public spaces. For the Detroit native, these are echoes of her experience with the Civil Rights Era, where those who desired justice for all were called ¨dangerous radicals.¨ 36:39 Steeped in History The prolific author of 41 books gains much of her renown by giving a platform to the undiscovered black experience. She credits this focus to growing up with black history as a major element of her home life, sparking early appreciation for the contributions of the unsung heroes in America´s story. Not only centering her narratives on black characters, she also chooses settings that emphasize their rich and diverse culture. Her reverent yet relevant approach is widely credited with expanding the horizons of the familiar romance novel. 39:30 Beyond Black Pain When Beverly Jenkins made her first endeavour into the industry, she quickly discovered there was no ready-made space for her vision. Media executives in the 90s placed a much higher premium on black pain than black pride, leading to an oversaturation of negative images. The author made it her mission to create spaces for black fulfillment in fiction as well as in fact, extolling the virtues of stories driven by love. While crediting trailblazers such as Elsie Washington for opening the door, Jenkins acknowledges her position in the genre. 54:39 Doctor´s Orders Discussing the legacy of Dr. King at length, the author highlights the transformative power of creating chances for others to thrive. By taking the hard-won opportunities endowed to us by our forebears and using them to pull those behind us up, we build a better world. In her own work, she seizes every opening to elevate and celebrate voices that might be silent without her amplification. Beverly Jenkins considers herself part of the change Dr. King was able to bring to the world, and recognizes her role in bringing about his still-distant dream. Connect with Beverly Jenkins: Website- https://beverlyjenkins.net/ Twitter- https://twitter.com/authorMsBev Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/AuthorBeverlyJenkins/

What MLK would make of the USA in 2021 | Ft. Author Beverley Jenkins

The 92nd anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King´s birthday is a poignant opportunity to consider the impact of his legacy. Systemic inequality continues to define the nation he lived and died for.  It’s been nearly half a century after his assassination on April 6, 1968. But old tensions continue to bubble to the surface.  America has never truly healed from its original sin.  Award-winning author Beverly Jenkins approaches this moment in our history with clear eyes. Today, she joins Areva for a compelling and timely conversation on a dream deferred. Yesterday is Tomorrow The murder of Dr. King at the

Listen Now »
Darrion Cockrell

Hope in dark times can come from the most unlikely places | FT. Darrion Cockrell

On a program known for centering stories, the journey of Darren Cockrell stands out as especially compelling. Transcending inauspicious beginnings to eventually become the 2021 Educator of the Year in Missouri, the St. Louis native has ample perspective on striving for success. Today, Cockrell joins Areva Martin to explore unlocked potential, promises fulfilled, and what a commitment to educating every child could mean for our future. 1:08 School of Hard Knocks This teacher’s first few years on the streets of St. Louis were an educational experience all their own. After losing both parents by the time he was of school-age,

Listen Now »
1200px Natasha trethewey2

Finding poetry in our moment of crisis | Ft. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey

A Pulitzer Prize winner and former US Poet Laureate, Natasha Trethewey has developed a high-profile platform for her perspective. Although her poetry gained her an initial following, she hopes to spark difficult conversations by putting her personal story in prose. Hers is a journey fraught with turbulence, from grappling with black womanhood in America to losing her most reliable role model for the challenge at just 19. This anxious moment in our history moment give her insights added gravitas in this emotionally charged edition of the podcast. Timestamps: 2:08 A Rudderless Ship Against the backdrop of a global health crisis,

Listen Now »
1200px John Fugelsang

The fight for the future | Ft. John Fugelsang

Actor, comedian, and political commentator John Fugelsang is a lifelong liberal excited to see his vision of the world come closer to reality. Growing up in Arizona gave him an impossible to ignore look at conservative culture and how it can evolve over time through the effort of a population. With the political atmosphere across the nation fraught with tension, Fugelsang turns his attention to what comes next for this wide ranging conversation on current events 6:43 A Circle of Corruption As one of the most unconventional administrations in American history comes to a close, the outgoing President’s immediate circle

Listen Now »
Debby Irving

How to Change America One Student at at Time | Ft. Debby Irving

Long ago, Debby Irving dedicated her life to making the world a more enlightened place, one lesson at a time…ironically, she ended up becoming the student. Her career as an educator changed her view of the racial dynamics that define life in America. In this thought-provoking discussion, Irving endeavors to deconstruct the concept of ¨whiteness¨ and highlight the inherent danger of white ignorance. 0:39 Each One Teach One Although Debby Irving´s book, ¨Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race,¨ was released in 2014, the cultural atmosphere of 2020 makes it more relevant than ever. Conceived as

Listen Now »
img 1

This reformed KKK member says this is how you defeat Trumpism | Ft. Christopher Buckley

Gaining a new perspective can be a life-changing experience.  But few Americans understand this better than Christopher Buckley. After serving his country in the War on Terror, Buckley developed what he called ¨an addiction to hate¨ leading him into the clutches of the Ku Klux Klan. The now-former member of the ¨Georgia White Knights¨ grew to benefit from the privilege of perspective, with his recent op-ed for CNN gaining national attention. The reformed white supremacist visits us today to discuss a path forward through understanding. 0:18 A Clear Statement of Intent Although the so-called ¨Million MAGA March¨ did not technically

Listen Now »
Omarosa Manigault by Gage Skidmore

The Last Days of the Mad King | Ft. Omarosa

From the entertainment world to the political sphere, Omarosa Manigault-Newman holds an undeniably unique position in our cultural moment. The Apprentice cemented her as a powerful voice in contemporary culture. Today´s conversation details her ascension to the White House alongside former Apprentice host President Trump, including firsthand accounts of chaos in the West Wing. 1:18 The Mad King In her new book ¨Unhinged,¨ Omarosa pulls no punches when describing the dysfunction running rampant in the nation´s highest halls of power. While serving as personal assistant to President Trump, she frequently encountered the chief executive´s racism and sexism. The President retaliated

Listen Now »
JohnTwitterProfilePic

Saving Christianity from Donald Trump – Ft. Pastor John Pavovlitz

In America Christianity has become increasingly associated with the Republican Party.  John Pavlovitz is a Christian pastor, an author and activist known for his social and political writings. His popular blog Stuff That Needs to be Said is read by millions. He has two books out one bearing the same name as his blog, and is a collection of some of his most widely read and beloved essays on faith, politics and greed. His second book, A Bigger Table was recently re-released. We’re so happy today to be welcoming John to the show, and having an opportunity to sit down

Listen Now »
download 1

Why the black community will be targeted during the election | Ft. Rev. Al Sharpton

The Reverend Al Sharpton has never shied away from speaking truth to power, and in these unfamiliar hours his voice may have never been more important. After making an indelible impact on the social justice movement in recent decades, his perspective gains tremendous gravity in today´s conversations. In this electrifying edition, the civil rights icon sits with Areva Martin to deliver his views from the front in the ongoing fight for true freedom. TIMESTAMPS 2:01 Hard Truths The Reverend speaks on finding himself in a place of hope even as difficult discussions continue to unfold in practically every aspect of

Listen Now »
440px Dolores Huerta 2019 cropped

Why “essential workers” have been made invisible in America | Ft. Dolores Huerta

The word ¨legendary¨ can be overused, but Dolores Huerta´s role in the story of labor, racial, and women´s equality truly merits the term. Fighting at the side of the equally iconic Cesar Chavez, Huerta was instrumental in winning worker protections that transformed life in America for migrant workers. Over half a century later, she continues her work in defending the rights of the people that power our modern society. Today´s compelling conversation with Areva offers her pertinent perspective of the COVID-19 crisis at the ground level. 3:13 Essentially InvisibleAs the numbers clearly show, the fallout from COVID disproportionately affects people

Listen Now »
Scroll to Top