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'White Like Me'
LISTEN: 'ON THE GROUND' MAY 14, 2015:"WHITE LIKE ME: RACE, RACISM AND WHITE PRIVILEGE IN AMERICA is the new documentary by activist, educator and author TIM WISE. And the Million Moms march hits the DMV.

May 20, 2015, 00:34

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War at Home, War Abroad
LISTEN: 'ON THE GROUND' MAY 7, 2015:THE WAR AT HOME, THE WAR ABROAD. We spend the hour with writer and activist Gerald Horne, discussing the the Baltimore uprising, police brutality and economics, including the priorities for U.S. spending, war and the Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty. GUEST: Professor Gerald Horne. OTHER VOICES: Maria Hamilton, founder of the Million Moms March. Headlines and more. First week of spring fundraiser.

May 13, 2015, 17:31

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Baltimore's Real 'Looting'
'ON THE GROUND,' APRIL 30, 2015: THE DEATH OF FREDDIE GRAY, ECONOMIC VIOLENCE AND THE ‘LOOTING’ OF THE BLACK COMMUNITY. More so than other cases in this recent spate of deaths at the hands of police, Freddie Gray’s death has allowed the aperture to widen to take in the larger picture of economic violence, the life-suffocating impact of systemic unemployment, lack of education and opportunity and the looting of Black communities. Guests: Latoya Francis-Williams and Brother Cliff of Kuumba Report Online. Also, the complete eulogy for Freddie Gray, deliveredl by the Rev. Jamal Bryant.

May 13, 2015, 16:53

The 411
LISTEN: 'ON THE GROUND' APRIL 23, 2015: MARCHING 250 MILES FOR JUSTICE As the DMV becomes the focus for the latest death in police custody, 100 marchers in the March2Justice descend on the nation's capital to stop police violence and murder. Guest: Linda Sarsour of the New York Justice League. Other voices: Jasiri X, Charles Rangel (D-New York), Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), family members of those slain by the police, including Martinez Sutton, brother of Rekia Boyd, shot by an off-duty Chicago police officer.

Apr 29, 2015, 00:07

The 411
LISTEN: 'ON THE GROUND' APRIL 16, 2015: LOW-WAGE WORKERS IN DC JOIN THE FIGHT FOR $15 NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION. And the #MARCH2JUSTICE heads to Baltimore and DC from New York. Guests and voices: Delvone Michael, Lisa Brown, Cynthia Murray, the Rev. Graylan Hagler, the DC Labor Chorus, Ayanna Gregory and more.

Apr 29, 2015, 00:04

The 411
'ON THE GROUND,' APRIL 9, 2015: FROM FERGUSON TO AYOTZINAPA, TO SOUTH CAROLINA, THIS WEEK IS ALL ABOUT PEOPLE OF COLOR IN THE AMERICAS AND STATE VIOLENCE.. Also, DC’s homecare workers are joining fast food workers and other low-wage workers in the national Fight for $15. Guests and voices: Parents and family members of the 43 missing students from Mexico: Anayeli Guerrero de la Cruz, Clemente Rodriguez Moreno and Felipe de la Cruz Sandoval. Plus, DC homecare workers Michael Thompson and Paula Wilson.

Apr 28, 2015, 23:48

Heart to Heart is Back!
Our Heart to Heart advice column is back! Send your letters about relationship issues (romantic, family, job, etc.) to and Patricia Elam will respond with compassion, wisdom and realness. Read the first letters here.

Feb 17, 2015, 22:32

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Voices: National Poetry Month
LISTEN: 'ON THE GROUND' APRIL 2, 2015: VOICES OF POETS AND GERALD HORNE At the start of National Poetry Month, touted as the largest literary celebration in the world, voices of poets on today’s show. And Gerald Horne joins us to discuss the latest media excursion into race. Guests and voices: Gerald Horne, ELPJ, Tomkat, Niki Herd,DC’s Youth Slam Team: Hannah Smallwood, Gaelyn Smith, Mili Mehari, Bobbi Johnson, Shayla Johnson and Kenya Newsome.

Apr 7, 2015, 23:08

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'No' to War, 'Yes' to Dalit Rights
LISTEN: 'ON THE GROUND' MARCH 26, 2015: IN FRONT OF THE WHITE HOUSE, PROTESTERS SAY “NO’ TO WAR WITHOUT END AND THE DALIT PEOPLE ELEVATE THEIR STRUGGLE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS at an historic conference and demonstration. Guests and voices: Carl Dix, Cindy Sheehan, David Swanson, Vidya Karuna, Zoe Sherinian,Mikuak Rai. Headlines and more.

Apr 7, 2015, 22:23

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The 'Pre-Fascist' Society
LISTEN: 'ON THE GROUND' MARCH 19, 2015: A TOWN HALL FOR DC HOMECARE WORKERS AND AUTHOR SAM ANDERSON ON THE ‘PRE-FASCIST’ SOCIETY. Economist and author Julianne Malveaux moderates a town hall about the plight of DC homecare workers and this month’s installment of “The F word” with author, activist and educator Sam Anderson. Guests and Voices: Julianne Malveaux, Sam Anderson, Robert Reich. Headlines on upcoming actions on the Trans Pacific Partnership, the “Spring Rising” anti-war protest and an historic conference and demonstration for Dalit rights.

Mar 24, 2015, 22:05

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Hands Off Venezuela
So what’s up with President Obama declaring Venezuela to be a threat to the United States? We talk to Arturo Viscarra of School of America’s Watch and hear a program produced by the Hands off Venezuela Coalition. Guests and voices: Arturo Viscarra, Anthony Gray, Mark Weisbrot, Heather MacIntosh, Joanna “Tigress” Rowley.

Mar 24, 2015, 21:48

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Racist and 'Unconstitutional'
LISTEN; 'ON THE GROUND, MARCH 5, 2015; AS THE NATION PREPARE TO COMMEMORATE THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF BLOODY SUNDAY, a NEW JUSTICE REPORT reveals a systematic attempt to deprive African Americans of their constitutional rights. Also, the documentary “India’s Daughter,” about the shame of rape culture in India, is banned in that country. Guests and Voices: U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, Gerald Horne, Brian Becker. Headlines and more.

Mar 24, 2015, 21:31

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Black Farmers Speak!
LISTEN: 'ON THE GROUND' FEBRUARY 26, 2015: BLACK FARMERS CONVERGE ON THE DMV AND WANT YOU TO KNOW MORE about food, SUSTAINABILITY and the loss of Black FARM land. Dori Maynard, a champion of media diversity, joins the ancestors and activists get ready to take on AIPAC and ISRAEL’S PRIME MINISTER, Headlines on Cove Point activists, the victory for net neutrality and more. Guests and Voices: Richard Prince, Dori Maynard, Tim Wu, Steve Norris, Michael Stewart and Michael Byfield. Headlines and more.

Mar 24, 2015, 21:02

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Black History and State Violence
LISTEN: 'ON THE GROUND' FEBRUARY 19, 2015: BLACK HISTORY AND STATE VIOLENCE. During Black History Month 2015, the Black Lives Matter Movement forces us to examine the long history of physical and economic violence by the state against African Americans…A conversation for this month’s installment of “The F Word” with veteran activists and educators Rosemari Mealy and Sam Anderson…Also, Venezuelans commemorate the one-year anniversary of the orchestrated violence and destabilization within their country. Headlines on Moral Mondays, Blackstone and more. Other voices: Luci Murphy, the Rev. William Barber and Pablo LaParra. Week 3 of Winter Fundraiser.

Mar 24, 2015, 20:48

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Order Esther Iverem’s We Gotta Have It: Twenty Years of Seeing Black at the Movies. 1986-2006. An essential overview of the “New Wave” in Black cinema—a complex, often surprising perspective on art, society, and history.  More than 400 reviews, plus essays and interviews from your favorite movie critic.

Early raves for We Gotta Have It:

"Esther Iverem brings a voice that is deft, insightful and good-humored to the subject of African American culture."
      --Tavis Smiley

"Esther Iverem… is, hands down, one the smartest cultural critics of her generation. This wonderful romp through the last two decades of black-subject films will have you visiting your local video store on the regular.  It’s one of those book we gotta have."
      --Robin D. G. Kelley

"The work of African American filmmakers continues to out pace critiques and commentary by African American film critics. Esther Iverem closes this gap.
      --Warrington Hudlin

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