22 episodes

Interviews from a multicultural perspective that question the way we understand America

Back in America Stan Berteloot

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Interviews from a multicultural perspective that question the way we understand America

    Jessica Baxter - Princeton High School Principal - Adjusting to remote learning during the coronavirus pandemic

    Jessica Baxter - Princeton High School Principal - Adjusting to remote learning during the coronavirus pandemic

    I am Stan Berteloot and this is Back in America. Today I am speaking via Skype with Princeton High School Principal Jessica Baxter.Jessica, as most school leaders across the globe, is faced with the challenging task of adjusting to the reality of the Coronavirus pandemic.When the school closed, initially for two weeks on March 16 putting in place remote learning was only part of what had to be done. The staff at PHS had to ensure that every kid had access to a computer and the Internet. Curriculums had to be adjusted for kids to learn online.Strategies had to be put in place to ensure well being of students.Jessica, when we prepared this interview you told me that you are reassessing and re-planning what you do, not day to day, but minute to minute.Thank you for taking the time to speak with Back in America and to share your experience keeping Princeton High School strong for the students and their families.Jessica's book suggestionsDaring Greatly, by Brown, Brene, Ph.D. Tell Me Who You Are: Sharing Our Stories of Race, Culture, & Identityby Winona Guo, Priya Vulchi

    • 30 min
    Richard Heinberg: on building resilient communities - transitioning away from fossil fuels - Coronavirus - Collapse (effondrement)

    Richard Heinberg: on building resilient communities - transitioning away from fossil fuels - Coronavirus - Collapse (effondrement)

    Collapse means that our fossil fuel-based civilization, cannot sustain itself and will fail. 

    • 40 min
    Ron Menapace - Homestead Princeton - From Pharma to business owner: Challenges and opportunities in America

    Ron Menapace - Homestead Princeton - From Pharma to business owner: Challenges and opportunities in America

    Ron Menapace owner of Homestead #Princeton talks about his experience from corporate America working in sales for a #Pharma company to creating a home décor and furniture store in Princeton. He shares his challenges competing against large online retailers and the commoditization of furniture as well as his fears of a business slowdown due to the #Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. 

    • 25 min
    Trailer - Back in America - A podcast questioning our understanding of America

    Trailer - Back in America - A podcast questioning our understanding of America

    TrailerHi, my name is Stan Berteloot. I'm a French journalist living in Princeton, New Jersey and I'm the host of Back in America.In this podcast, I explore what makes America, America. To do this. I've met with black activists, abuse survivors, men questioning traditional masculinity, business people, teachers, gay dancers, and politicians"Well I love America, I think they're very few places in the world. Where are young foreigners can come And be established on a completely equal footing to people who grow up in the culture""At no point in time in the history of this country was a black man allowed to be fully seen and to fully represent himself as a man""To be American to me is to make your dreams truly come true I mean, I dreamt of being a principal dancer. being gay and married to a man and having children. That was my dream when I was little.""I was 12. We were also expected, just as we would have if we had been in Mexico is to help contribute to the family and so we went to work in the fields.""We were all sold a lie that holding in our feelings and not sharing them not talking about them equated with manhood""My father was a nuclear engineer and while he was a brilliant man. He was also a monster. My abuse started very young when I was a toddler.""This young lady. Fade in a meeting which was right on the money. You always talk to us about living in the past or can we get away from the past? How can we get away from the past when the past presents itself in the present?"In this podcast, I want to understand why people do the things they do. What drives them? And how this culture and this country, is influencing them. Don't miss upcoming episodes of Back in America.Subscribe now wherever you get your podcast! 

    • 2 min
    Carole Jury - 'La femme de...' se réinvente aux Etats-Unis et devient artiste peintre | In French

    Carole Jury - 'La femme de...' se réinvente aux Etats-Unis et devient artiste peintre | In French

    Je suis Stan Berteloot et vous écoutez Back in America, un podcast où j’explore la société américaine à travers des parcours de vie hors du commun !Cette interview est pour la première fois en français.Mon invitée est la peintre française Carole Jury. Carole vit à Princeton dans le New Jersey depuis cinq ans. Elle est à l’origine du groupement « Women Artists I From France to USA ». Hyper active, et de plus en plus sollicitée, elle expose aux quatre coins des Etats-Unis, en Europe et à Dubaï.La peinture a toujours eu une place centrale dans la vie de cette femme de 44 ans, mais l’art restait un hobby, une passion jusqu’à son installation à Princeton, dans le New Jersey avec son mari Kamel et ses trois enfants.Avant de signer sa lettre de démission, Carole était responsable de la communication d’une grande entreprise de l’industrie chimique et pour elle l’idée de rester à la maison, loin de ses racines et sans sa propre identité, était une perspective inédite et difficile.Lorsque nous avons préparé cet entretien, Carole m’a dit, “Je suis devenue ‘la femme de mon mari’. Ne plus avoir de profession c’était comme perdre mon identité.”En effet d’après le baromètre Humanis-Lepetitjournal.com seuls 14% des professionnelles envoyées à l’étranger sont des femmes, qui partent en solo pour un tiers d’entre elles. En conséquence, dans 91% des cas, le conjoint d’expatrié est une femme, qui met très souvent sa carrière entre parenthèses.Par ailleurs, malgré un niveau d’études élevé (un bac + 4 et trois langues parlées dans 72% des cas), seule la moitié des conjoints qui veulent travailler – ils sont 8 sur 10 – trouve un emploi sur place.C’est donc dans ce contexte que Carole devient consultante en communication pour des entreprises françaises installées aux Etats-Unis.Mais la peinture ne te quitte pas et, un an après son arrivée, elle s’y consacre à temps plein.Sa recommandation de livre :L'amie prodigieuse, Elena Ferrante Sa présence en ligne :Le site web de Carole JuryFacebookInstagramTwitter 

    • 40 min
    Princeton University Janitor & Mailman Tommy Parker Talks of Reparations and Civil Rights

    Princeton University Janitor & Mailman Tommy Parker Talks of Reparations and Civil Rights

     Today I am speaking with someone who wants to be a voice for the voiceless. Someone passionate about civil justice. I am talking with Thomas Parker or Tommy, as he likes to be called. Tommy is 67. He was hired as a janitor in 1979 by Princeton University and joined the Print and Mail Services of the University in 1983.In 2011 The University recognized your social engagement with the Martin Luther King Day Journey Award, for Lifetime Service for your role as an advocate and adviser to co-workers and your dedication to community service.Indeed you work hard both at the university and in the community where you lead numerous organizations to help the underprivileged.In the early nineties, you organized, with the Labor Relations Director Fred Clarke the first Labor & Management Committee on campus to help with day to day processes of contract enforcement and mutual considerations for bargaining unit protection under the collective bargaining agreement. Today, you are the president of Princeton’s Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 175.Freedom RidersIn this interview, Tommy talks about the Freedom Riders who were civil rights activists who rode interstate buses into the segregated southern US in 1961 and after to challenge the non-enforcement of the Supreme Court decisions which ruled that segregated public buses were unconstitutional. The Southern states had ignored the rulings and the federal government did nothing to enforce them. The first Freedom Ride left Washington, D.C. on May 4, 1961.Reparations for SlaveryI ask Tommy about what he thinks of Reparations to the African American and he mentions the 40 acres and a mule, which is part of Special Field Orders No. 15, a post-Civil War promise proclaimed by Union General William Tecumseh Sherman on January 16, 1865, to allot family units, including freed people, a plot of land no larger than 40 acres (16 ha). However, according to Wikipedia, Freed people widely expected to legally claim 40 acres of land (a quarter-quarter section) and a mule after the end of the war. Some freedmen took advantage of the order and took initiatives to acquire land plots along a strip of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida coasts. However, Lincoln's successor, President Andrew Johnson explicitly reversed and annulled proclamations such as Special Field Orders No. 15 and the Freedmen's Bureau Act. Thomas Parker books suggestions are:Man Child in the Promised Landby Claude BrownI Know Why the Caged Bird Singsby Maya Angelou 

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

Carole Jury artist ,

Congrats!

Thank you to Back of America! It was a great interview and very professional! I had a lot of fun!

JL Saint-Just ,

Unique

This is great podcast. Stan is a great listener! Love the podcast with the Zen carpenter.

mzgrimes ,

Eye Opening Topics with Engaging Discussions

I was introduced to your podcast through our mutual friend, Jon. When I listened to the first interview, I had a little difficulty following along, as your accent is a bit heavy on the French... ;-)
After tuning in to all the episodes to date, I’m happy to say your accent is not longer a barrier! I’ve been very fortunate to have lived a middle-class life, and not had to face the hardships that some of your guests have had to endure. Your topics of discussion have truly opened my eyes to diversity. Thank you, Stan, for bringing these much needed discussions to the public forum. (I immediately recognized Jon’s voice in your intros. So fun!) Keep ‘em coming! Best regards, Missy Grimes

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