Ear to the Pavement is a podcast about radical urban social movements. We feature interviews with people who are thinking, writing, working, and organizing on the front lines of transformative urban planning and policy.
The Antiracist Movement and the Class Question, with Bill Fletcher, Jr.
The tension between race and class that continues to bedevil the American left flared up recently when a talk that prominent scholar Adolph Reed was slated to give to the New York City chapter of DSA was cancelled. The skirmish created such a ripple it was covered by the New York Times. But what really lies beneath this dustup? Author and labor activist Bill Fletcher, Jr. reflects on how the left handles differences within its own ranks, whether the antiracist movement really has a class problem, the need for both allies and comrades (and the difference between the two), and what needs to change if the left is serious about building real power.
Bill Fletcher, Jr.: http://billfletcherjr.com/
Adolph Reed: https://nonsite.org/author/adolph-reed
New York Times article: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/14/us/adolph-reed-controversy.html
Deconstructing #MeToo: JoAnn Wypijewski on Sex, Power, and the Politics of Fear
In Episode 16, the third in a series about books related to #MeToo, Allison talks with NYC-based journalist JoAnn Wypijewski about her recent book, "What We Don't Talk About When We Talk About #MeToo: Essays on Sex, Authority, & the Mess of Life," published by Verso. In this collection, spanning thirty years of reporting on scandals from Abu Ghraib to the Harvey Weinstein saga, Wypijewski reveals our tendency to flatten complex stories in pursuit of villains and victims, in the process forging a "poisoned solidarity" that actually undermines the possibility of true social justice.
JoAnn Wypijewski: https://www.thenation.com/authors/joann-wypijewski/
"What We Don't Talk About When We Talk About #MeToo: Essays on Sex, Authority, & the Mess of Life": https://www.versobooks.com/books/3178-what-we-don-t-talk-about-when-we-talk-about-metoo
Deconstructing #MeToo: Yasmin Nair on "Catch and Kill"
In Episode 15, the second in a series about books related to #MeToo, Allison talks again with Chicago-based writer, academic, and activist Yasmin Nair about "Catch and Kill," Ronan Farrow's 2019 book reconstructing his efforts to report the Harvey Weinstein story. Nair brings her decades of experience at the intellectual intersection of gender and politics to "Catch and Kill," which is at once a chronicle of the Weinstein scandal, a story about journalism itself, and an attempt by Farrow to redraw his own complicated family story. But what kind of a #MeToo narrative does this book weave, and, at the dawn of a new decade, are we standing triumphant in the movement's victories, or in its crumbling ruins?
Yasmin Nair: http://yasminnair.com/
"Catch and Kill": https://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/ronan-farrow/catch-and-kill/9780316486668
Repurposing the Webs of Infection as Webs of Connection, with Mindy Thompson Fullilove
In Episode 14 of Ear to the Pavement, Allison talks with professor and author Mindy Thompson Fullilove about how her past work on public health crises such as 9/11 and the AIDS epidemic is informing her current thinking about the coronavirus pandemic, and why we need to "remember, respect, learn, and connect" in these difficult and frightening times.
Mindy Fullilove: https://www.newschool.edu/milano/faculty/mindy-fullilove/
Mindy Fullilove's blog: http://mainstreetnj.blogspot.com/
Snake Emojis, South Carolina, and the State of the Sanders Campaign, with Bill Fletcher, Jr.
In Episode 13 of Ear to the Pavement, Allison talks with author and labor activist Bill Fletcher, Jr. about the Bernie Sanders campaign's victories and mistakes, why Sanders failed to win over black voters in the South, the Sanders-Warren rift, and where the progressive movement needs to go from here.
Bill Fletcher, Jr.: http://billfletcherjr.com/
Deconstructing #MeToo: Yasmin Nair on "She Said"
In this episode, the first in a series about books related to #MeToo, we talk with Chicago-based writer, academic, and activist Yasmin Nair about "She Said," the 2019 book by New York Times reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey. Nair situates "She Said" within the current journalism economy, as well as within the messy politics of #MeToo, and provides trenchant analysis of the book's strengths and shortcomings. Nair also recently talked with Trevor Beaulieu on the Champagne Sharks podcast about the Influencer Industrial Complex: https://soundcloud.com/champagnesharks/cs-245-influencer-industrial-complex-pt-1-feat-yasmin-nair-02042020
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Thoughtful and thought provoking
Ear to the Pavement is a podcast for anyone interested in progressive planning practice and community activism. The guests bring critical perspectives and first hand experience fighting against injustice and inequality. The episodes are often related to current events and provide a way to process and combat apathy in the current political climate. One of my favorite podcasts for my daily commute!
Woody Allen’s Publicist?
The episode about RonanFarrow’s book was the most ridiculous drivel I’ve ever heard. Simply a promotion of Woody Alllen and nothing more.
Truly meaningful topics
This podcast fills the gap of meaningful discussion around progressive planning issues by tapping into a variety of topics. Very good!