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At times when people accepted the status quo without question, some rebels have dared to resist. When a cause is noble, it often pays to be unpopular.

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At times when people accepted the status quo without question, some rebels have dared to resist. When a cause is noble, it often pays to be unpopular.

    Introducing The Women

    Introducing The Women

    Every week, host Rose Reid interviews changemakers, disruptors, and trailblazers from all over the world and across the aisle. The Women is now available wherever you get your podcasts. Listen here.
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    • 2 min
    BONUS: Anticolonial Resistance with Dr. Priyamvada Gopal

    BONUS: Anticolonial Resistance with Dr. Priyamvada Gopal

    Stay tuned for season 2 of Unpopular! In the meantime, enjoy this episode with Dr. Priyamvada Gopal, author of the book "Insurgent Empire: Anticolonial Resistance and British Dissent," stops by the show to discuss how enslaved people and people who lived in the British colonies were not just passive subjects of British oppression. Dissenters at home in the U.K. and abroad rejected the tyranny of imperialism and actively rebelled against the empire, uniting different oppressed groups and insurgents along the way.

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    • 56 min
    BONUS: Women in Slave Revolts with Dr. Rebecca Hall

    BONUS: Women in Slave Revolts with Dr. Rebecca Hall

    Enslaved women were involved in uprisings, even though prominent narratives of revolts focus on the actions of men. In this bonus episode, Yves speaks with Dr. Rebecca Hall about the reasons why women have not been widely recognized in the history of slave revolts and about some of the enslaved women who participated in rebellions. 
     
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    • 42 min
    Richard Wright: Hurling Words Into Darkness

    Richard Wright: Hurling Words Into Darkness

    “I knew that I lived in a country in which the aspirations of black people were limited, marked-off. Yet I felt that I had to go somewhere and do something to redeem my being alive.” – Richard Wright, from “Black Boy.”
    Richard Wright’s writing was controversial. His work was both praised as improving race relations and criticized as perpetuating dangerous stereotypes of Black people in the United States. James Baldwin took issue with Wright’s novel “Native Son” and protest fiction’s reductionist approach to race relations and Black humanity. Wright’s work ignited conversations about race and about the treatment and perspective of Black Americans. But the role of this literary protest in bettering Black lives and futures was disputable. 
    Today’s episode wraps up season one of Unpopular. We’ll be back in October. But in the meantime, be on the lookout for bonus episodes. And don’t forget to share, rate, and review the show.
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    • 35 min
    Hans and Sophie Scholl: A Call to Action

    Hans and Sophie Scholl: A Call to Action

    Nazi Germany was oppressive, racist, and barbaric. Dissidents were arrested and killed under the Nazi regime. Still, vocal opponents of the government emerged. Some of them were involved in the White Rose, a nonviolent resistance group that distributed leaflets informing people of the Nazis’ atrocities and urging them to break their silence. Two people involved in that group were a sister and brother named Sophie and Hans Scholl. 
     
    In this episode, we trace the Scholls’ path to resistance and look back on their efforts, which were cut short when the Nazis ordered their execution. What’s the value of spreading awareness against the state when it’s so massive, powerful, and unrelenting?
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    • 28 min
    Vincent Ogé: Privilege and Protest

    Vincent Ogé: Privilege and Protest

    Vincent Ogé was a free man of color in Saint-Domingue, or modern-day Haiti, in the mid- to late-18th century. He petitioned for the rights of wealthy free men of color – a class distinct from free Black slaves – but he upheld the institution of slavery. Ogé was not a revolutionary, and it’s hard to know the degree to which self-preservation, internalized racism and white supremacy, classism, ego, and compassion informed his decisions, separately. But his activism and sensationalized execution set the stage for the extension of rights to free men of color and heralded the uprising of enslaved people in Saint-Domingue. 
     
    His resistance isn’t a model to follow to a T. It was exclusionary and executed at the expense of more marginalized and mistreated people, under the specific circumstances of that time. What Ogé did do was challenge racist colonial practices and advocate for the civil rights of an exclusive group of people of color. The question is, how can we put our specific privileges and powers to work in a meaningful way? 
     
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    • 29 min

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