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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

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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'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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Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner
Three civil rights activists murdered by the Ku Klux Klan in 1964 have been posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.. A leading Palestinian activist has been jailed in her what supporters call a selective prosecution..Imprisoned journalist and former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal has filed a lawsuit challenging a new Pennsylvania law he says violates his free speech..President Obama has issued his strongest statement to date in favor of a free and open Internet..And the killing of unarmed teen-ager Michael Brown remains an international issue. CHECK THE REAL NEWS.

Nov 16, 2014, 21:38

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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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Driving Ms. Claire
Senator McCaskill, My intent in writing is to register alarm at your intrusion into the machinations of the Department Of Justice. Specifically, I am informed that you requested of Mr. Holder’s agency that an investigation into St. Louis County’s municipal court and police practices be discontinued.
By Ruth-Miriam Garnett

Nov 24, 2014, 22:33

The 411
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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Stealing Black Votes

Nov 11, 2014, 22:36

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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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Headlines:Police Gone Wild
And More 411: Human Rights Watch: Israel Committed War Crimes...Cuba To Help Fight Ebola...Darren Wilson Testifies Before the Grand Jury..Another Witness to the Shooting of Michael Brown Comes Forward...Utah Police Questioned in Killing of Black Man...SIL, Iran, Money in Politics, Justice Appointments and Environmental Policy...9-11 Group Launches New Ad Campaign and Film Premiere..Oklahoma City Police Officer Accused of Sexually Assaulting Eight African-American Women...NRA Show Lauds Post-Katrina Racist Mobs.. And more...Check the REAL news!

Sep 23, 2014, 13:57

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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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Justice For Central Park 5
This Daily News headline was typical of the racist coverage and police handling of the Central Park jogger case.
And More 411: New York City Finalizes Central Park 5 Settlement..U.N. Experts: Detroit’s Mass Water Shut-Off Violates Human Rights...Relatives of U.S. Drone Strike Victims Won’t Appeal Court Ruling..State Dept. Dropped Blackwater Probe After Manager Threatened to Kill Investigators..Civil Rights Activists Join Nissan Worker Protest During "Freedom Summer" Commemoration..Report Calls for a New Freedom Summer To Empower Disenfranchised Blacks in the South..Report: U.S. Deported Over 72,000 Parents of U.S.-Born Children in 2013..And MUCH more! Check the news!

Jul 5, 2014, 15:11

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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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The Struggle Continues!
DC-area and Ferguson activists took the mike at the Dec. 13 march led by the Rev. Al Sharpton. Pictured: Ericka Totten, DeRay McKesson, Johnetta Elzie and Leon Kemp.
LISTEN: 'ON THE GROUND' DECEMBER 18, 2014: FROM DC TO OAKLAND AND BEYOND, THE NATION HAS BEEN SHAKEN TO ITS CORE by protests over police terror against African Americans, the broken criminal justice system and, increasingly, against the economic apparatus underpinning the injustice. These were hot topics for the thousands of activists and protests who descended on the nation’s capital for a march led by the Rev. Al Sharpton and for activist gathering RootsCamp. And, for this final "On The Ground" show for 2014, they are hot topics as we look back at 2014 and forward to 2105 with author and activist Gerald Horne. Headlines and more.

Jan 6, 2015, 16:13

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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.

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