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The 411 Last Updated: Jul 14th, 2015 - 00:54:03

The 411
What is Race and Racism?
LISTEN:'ON THE GROUND,' JULY 9, 2015. AS THE TERM “WHITE SUPREMACY” IS UTTERED PERHAPS FOR THE FIRST TIME SO COMMONLY IN THE U.S., THE PSYCHIATRIST DR. FRANCES CRESS WELSING PACKS THE ROOM FOR A TALK ABOUT RACE AND RACISM….AND WILL THE JULY 13 WHITE HOUSE CONFERENCE ON AGING TAKE ACTION ABOUT THE CRISIS IN CARE FOR OUR ELDERS? AND ADDRESS THE LEGACY OF SLAVERY AND JIM CROW THAT CONTINUES TO SHORTCHANGE HOMECARE WORKERS?

Jul 14, 2015, 00:36

The 411
Fighting the Power
LISTEN:'ON THE GROUND' JULY 2, 2015. The attorney for Freddie Gray’s family urges Black law students to be strong advocates for the Black community. Also, should the United Nations pressure the U.S. about terrorist attacks against African Americans?. Guests and Voices: Gerald Horne and William H.”Billy” Murphy delivering the 36th annual memorial lecture to the Charles Hamilton Houston Law School Preparatory Program. Headlines and more include Bree Newsome, who was arrested after removing the confederate flag from the state capitol grounds in South Carolina.

Jul 8, 2015, 00:13

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Vigils and Action for Justice
LISTEN:'ON THE GROUND' JUNE 25, 2015. African Americans and the entire nation join in a collective wake after the assassination of nine African American church members by a White supremacist in Charleston. The immediate impact is that the racist symbol of the confederate flag is being brought down all over. But is that flag removal enough for justice? Voices from a massive street vigil held on Juneteenth, June 19th, on U Street in Washington, DC.

Jul 8, 2015, 00:01

The 411
150 YEARS OF JUNETEENTH
LISTEN:'ON THE GROUND' JUNE 18, 2015.
THE 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF JUNETEENTH INTERSECTS WITH AN INCREASINGLY URGENT BLACK LIVES MATTER MOVEMENT
AND THE MASSACRE OF NINE AFRICAN-AMERICANS BY AN AVOWED WHITE SUPREMACIST…AND CAN PEOPLE POWER OVERCOME THE CORPORATE STATE AND THE TPP? THIS MONTH’S INSTALLMENT OF ‘THE F-WORD. Also headlines. Guests and Voices: Lynae Pindell of Baltimore Say Her Name, Hari Jones and Gerald Horne.

Jul 7, 2015, 23:32

The 411
The Toll on Women and Girls
LISTEN:'ON THE GROUND' JUNE 11, 2015. As the latest case incident of police brutality, this one against a Black girl in Texas, is viewed by millions across the world, we spend the hour focused on women and girls here in the DMV, the nation and around the world.

Jul 7, 2015, 23:08

The 411
A Talk on State Violence
strong>LISTEN:'ON THE GROUND' JUNE 4, 2015.
An exclusive broadcast of the full, historic program held during April 2015 at Howard University—”From Ferguson to Ayotzinapa: A Conversation Between Communities on State Violence”. The program brought together the Black Lives Matter Movement and the families of the 43 disappeared students from the Ayotzinapa rural school in Mexico and featured DC Ferguson’s and WPFW’s own Eugene Puryear, Sandra Macias of Ayotzi43—DC, Maria Luisa Rosal of School of America’s Watch, It also included Comfort Oludipe from Mothers Against Police Brutality as well as Families of Ayotzinapa’s Disappeared students. visiting from Mexico: Anayeli Guerrero de la Cruz, Clemente Rodriguez Moreno and Felipe de la Cruz Sandoval.

Jul 7, 2015, 22:58

The 411
Genocide in Iraq?
LISTEN:'ON THE GROUND' MAY 28, 2015: A talk with Abdul-Haq al-Ani, author of Genocide in Iraq, volumes one and two. The subtitle for the first book is, THE CASE AGAINST THE UN SECURITY COUNCIL AND MEMBER STATES and the subtitle for the second book is “THE OBLITERATION OF A MODERN STATE. Plus headlines about the #StopTheFercus actions against fracking at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Jul 7, 2015, 22:26

The 411
'White Like Me,' Part 2
LISTEN: 'ON THE GROUND' MAY 21, 2015: PART TWO OF OUR DISCUSSION WITH TIM WISE, about his new, powerful documentary, WHITE LIKE ME: RACE, RACISM AND WHITE PRIVILEGE IN AMERICA. Plus, the descendants of Black Civil War soldiers march up Pennsylvania Avenue, marking the sesquicentennial of the Grand Review Parade and the end of the Civil War.

Jul 7, 2015, 21:50

The 411
'White Like Me' Part 1
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

The 411
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

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MARCHING 250 MILES FOR JUSTICE
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
THE FIGHT FOR $15
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
FROM FERGUSON TO AYOTZINAPA
'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

The 411
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

The 411
'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

The 411
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

The 411
Hands Off Venezuela
LISTEN: 'ON THE GROUND' MARCH 12, 2015:
VENEZUELA A NATIONAL THREAT?
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

The 411
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

The 411
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

The 411
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

The 411
Cuba and the New 'Cold War'
LISTEN: 'ON THE GROUND' FEBRUARY 12, 2015: WHAT WILL A NEW “COLD WAR” MEAN FOR THAWING US-CUBA RELATIONS? A NEW EXHIBIT TAKES A SPIRITUAL JOURNEY THOUGH THE DIASPORA AND A NEW OSCAR-NOMINATED MOVIE,”TIMBUKTU” FOCUSES ON AFRICA. Headlines on DC celebration for release of the Cuban 5 and more. Guests and voices: Gerald Horne, Allen Uzikee Nelson, Januwa Moja, Joseph Torres and Alicia Jrapko.

Feb 17, 2015, 21:12

The 411
Whose Power? Our Power!
LISTEN: 'ON THE GROUND' FEBRUARY 5, 2015:
THE PLANNED TAKEOVER OF DC’s ELECTRIC UTILITY BY A NUCLEAR GIANT
On this first day for us of the Winter Fund Drive, we’re talking about a FAR LARGER MONTHLY bill—our electric bill. You may not know about it but there is a planned multi-billion dollar takeover of PEPCO—Washington, DC’s electric power utility—by Exelon, a Chicago-based nuclear energy giant. And you also might not know that the conventional wisdom in conventional political circles is that this planned merger is ALL BUT A DONE DEAL. But a diverse coalition of citizen groups, environmentalists and other social justice organizations are saying NOT SO FAST. This coalition, called Power DC, is urging DC residents and other concerned citizens of the DMV to write the DC Public Service Commission by March 26th. If this merger goes through, activists say DC’s electric bills will be higher and service will be even less reliable than under PEPCO.

Feb 17, 2015, 20:53

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Exploring Dystopia as our Reality
LISTEN: 'ON THE GROUND' JANUARY 29, 2015:
EXPLORING DYSTOPIA AS OUR REALITY

When it comes to state violence, surveillance and repression, is our reality stranger than fiction? Today we’re introducing our new arts and politics segment for each fourth Thursday of the month. Today, we’ll consider literature and movies that depict a dystopia—defined as a society characterized by human misery and oppression. We’ll talk to a teacher whose students are exploring how WE are living in a dystopia. GUESTS AND VOICES: Sheryl Byfield, Margaret Flowers, Kevin Zeese and Medea Benjamin. Headlines on TPP protests and more.

Feb 3, 2015, 01:05


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