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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.

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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.

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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,

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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,

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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What the civil rights movement teaches us about this moment | Ft. Jesse Jackson

The name Jesse Jackson evokes a range of reactions in the United States of America, but his cultural impact is undeniable. Over his decades in the public eye, his words and actions have made an indelible impression on the national consciousness. From controversial spiritual leader to one-time presidential candidate, the iconoclast´s unvarnished perspective on these volatile moments in history is the focus of today´s compelling conversation. 2:07 The Longest Struggle After spearheading the fight for equality for decades, the Reverend Jesse Jackson has practically become synonymous with race relations in America. Commonly viewed as an incendiary presence, the roots of

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Being funny in unfunny times | Ft. Kim Whitley

Actress and comedian Kym Whitley has been hit hard by the Covid-19 crisis.  These ¨interesting times¨ have fundamentally altered her personal life as well. 2020 has brought on a profound period of evolution for this longtime TV star.  She sits with us today to share perspective on personal growth in trying times. TIMESTAMPS 0:40 Strengthened through Shared Struggle Like most of us, Kym Whitley has had both friends and family members affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic uncertainty. As a result, finding any sense of normalcy has proven a challenge. Enduring such difficult moments while retaining a creative

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