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Empathy Media Lab’s podcast explores questions around labor, political economy, art, and culture.

Producer and host @EvanMatthewPapp explores unique topics in thematic channels that include Profiles of Producers in the Labor Radio Podcast Network, Policy Dialogues with the University Of Maryland School of Public Policy, the #PowerStrugglePodcast with Jerry Lightfoot, and EML's Harmony of Interest with topical deep dives, interviews, and audio stories.

The goal is to increase solidarity by universalizing the struggles of our human condition while outlining public policy solutions that address the most intractable challenges of today through collective action for a more progressive future.

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Empathy Media Lab’s podcast explores questions around labor, political economy, art, and culture.

Producer and host @EvanMatthewPapp explores unique topics in thematic channels that include Profiles of Producers in the Labor Radio Podcast Network, Policy Dialogues with the University Of Maryland School of Public Policy, the #PowerStrugglePodcast with Jerry Lightfoot, and EML's Harmony of Interest with topical deep dives, interviews, and audio stories.

The goal is to increase solidarity by universalizing the struggles of our human condition while outlining public policy solutions that address the most intractable challenges of today through collective action for a more progressive future.

    158. African Perspectives: Ako Essan Emile Shares his Experience Growing up in Cote d’Ivoire

    158. African Perspectives: Ako Essan Emile Shares his Experience Growing up in Cote d’Ivoire

    Ako Essan Emile is from Cote d’Ivoire and is currently based in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as a Senior Project Manager for Search For Common Ground.  Ako was a 2019 Obama Foundation Leader for Africa. He was also a 2019 Institute for Economics and Peace Ambassador, and a 2015 Young African Leaders Initiative Washington Fellow.
    I met Ako around the 2015 elections in Cote d’Ivoire to document Ako’s work around a community radio station promoting peaceful messages ahead of the country’s presidential election. That experience taught me a lot about the history of Cote d’Ivoire and I’m lucky to have become friends with Ako Essan Emile. You can see a video of his work here.
    In this conversation, we discuss:
    Growing up in Cote d’Ivoire and the influences that led him to peacebuilding;
    His experience during the violence following the 2010 election and his work peacebuilding around the 2015 elections;
    Policies that can improve the economic prosperity for the people of Cote d’Ivoire;
    His essay titled, What if Houphouët-Boigny was not the man of peace we were made to believe?; and
    What Americans should know about Africa.
    You can follow Ako’s work through the following links:
    seniorako.wordpress.com 
    https://twitter.com/seniorako 
    ABOUT EML
    Empathy Media Lab is produced by Evan Matthew Papp and we are a proud member of the Labor Radio Podcast Network. Support media, authors, artists, historians, and journalists, who are fighting to improve the prosperity of the working class. 
    Website - https://www.empathymedialab.com/ 
    All Links: https://wlo.link/@empathymedialab   
    #Africa
    #CotedIvoire
    #HarmonyOfInterest
    #PoliticalEconomyMatters
    #LaborRadioPod
    #1U
    #UnionStrong

    • 53 min
    157. Homeless Advocate Brian Carome CEO Street Sense Media - End Homelessness in Washington, D.C.

    157. Homeless Advocate Brian Carome CEO Street Sense Media - End Homelessness in Washington, D.C.

    Brian Carome is Chief Executive Officer of Street Sense Media. Street Sense produces journalism, film, theater, photography, audio, illustration, and more, all for the purpose of providing economic opportunity for and elevating the voices of people experiencing homelessness.
    The mission of Street Sense is to end homelessness in the Washington, D.C. area by empowering people in need with the skills, tools, and confidence to succeed, using a range of media platforms to raise awareness and spotlight solutions to homelessness.
    Brian joined the staff of Street Sense in November 2011. He has over 20 years of experience at non-profit homeless service and child welfare agencies in the Washington, D.C. metro area. 
    In this conversation, we discuss:
    Brian’s background and how he got involved with homelessness issues;
    What is Street Sense Media for those who have never heard of it;
    How the pandemic has impacted the vendors and the organization;
    What it means to criminalize homelessness;
    President Biden’s efforts to fund more housing initiatives through Housing and Urban Development led by Secretary Marcia Fudge;
    What are the most important considerations for people who are passing a homeless person in need; and
    How can people support Street Sense Media at www.StreetSenseMedia.org.
    Follow Street Sense on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/streetsensedc) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/streetsensedc).
    On a side note, one of my first videos over a decade ago during OccupyDC at Freedom Plaza was with Street Sense Vendor L Morrow reading a poem he wrote and published in Street Sense. 
    ABOUT EML
    Empathy Media Lab is produced by Evan Matthew Papp and we are a proud member of the Labor Radio Podcast Network. Support media, authors, artists, historians, and journalists, who are fighting to improve the prosperity of the working class. 
    Website - https://www.empathymedialab.com/ 
    All Links: https://wlo.link/@empathymedialab   
    #Homelessness
    #Poverty
    #HarmonyOfInterest
    #PoliticalEconomyMatters
    #LaborRadioPod
    #1U
    #UnionStrong

    • 20 min
    156. Behind the velvet curtains with AFI’s Todd Hitchcock - Labor Goes To The Movies

    156. Behind the velvet curtains with AFI’s Todd Hitchcock - Labor Goes To The Movies

    Chris talks with Todd Hitchcock, Director of Programming at the American Film Institute Silver Theatre and Cultural Center. In Part 1 of our chat with Todd, he talks about how AFI has kept the movies coming during the pandemic, and we get a peek behind the glitz and glamour of attending star-studded film festivals at Cannes, Berlin and Toronto, as Todd reveals some of the workaday details of being a film programmer at one of the nation’s premier movie art houses.
     


    Today’s show also includes the trailer for Work Songs, which opens the 2021 DC Labor FilmFest this week.


     


    The new film Haymarket: The Bomb, the Anarchists, the Labor Struggle is being screened free online now by the Global Labor Film Festival Network, and includes two online discussions with director Adrian Prawica on May Day, Saturday, May 1, one at 8p Eastern time with labor historians Joe McCartin (Georgetown University) and Steve Brier(CUNY School of Labor), the other at 8p Pacific time with Labor Studies Professor Dana Frank (UC Santa Cruz).


     


    Produced by Chris Garlock. Video edited by Evan Papp.


     


    @AFISilver @dclabor @LaborHeritage1 @GeorgetownKILWP @JosephMcCartin @stevebrier @DCLaborFilmFest @LaborRadioNet


    #LaborRadioPod


    #AdrianPrawica


     

    • 41 min
    155. Author Nicole McCandless's new children’s book Down on James Street - Published by Hard Ball Press

    155. Author Nicole McCandless's new children’s book Down on James Street - Published by Hard Ball Press

    Overview of Down on James Street
    James Street is alive with the sound of jazz! In 1930‘s Pittsburgh, Dorothy wants to dance the Lindy Hop. She finds the perfect partner in a young boy named George. They are having the time of their life…until the police storm the dance hall and shut it down for interracial dancing...with their bully clubs.
    Dorothy has faced racial prejudice all her life, and she’s not giving up on the dance, while George comes face to face with his own white privilege. He must choose between going home or joining Dorothy in the fight to keep the dance alive.
    Buy your copy: http://hardballpress.com/little-heroes.html 
    About the Author Nicole McCandless
    I was raised by a few hard-working, fiery women. They passed down a love of reading
    and gave me the confidence to put words on the page. I’ve had many different jobs, including grocery store clerk, hostess, retail cashier, waitress, and labor organizer. I recently dove into a life of writing and raising up two humans. I love reading by myself in bed and with my kids on the floor. Other things I love include Ben, our sisters, being outside, dancing, singing, snacks, the changing of seasons, and sending people I love things in the mail. For more information, visit https://www.nicolemccandless.com/.
    About the Illustrator Byron Gramby
    Art school dropout to graduating magna cum laude from Point Park with a Bachelors in Psychology. Not content to leave his stories in the trash, Byron has self-published four other children’s stories over the years, along with two graphic novels. When he’s not creating children’s books, he’s taking a departure from children’s books to write dark, ambient synth tracks or equally grim comics. For more information, visit https://byrongramby.wordpress.com/.
    Down on James Street is published by Hard Ball Press - Tim Sheard is the Executive Editor of Hard Ball Press
    Veteran nurse Timothy Sheard is a writer, publisher, mentor to writers and union organizer with the National Writers Union, UAW Local 1981. After writing 7 mystery novels featuring hospital custodian-shop steward Lenny Moss, he launched Hard Ball Press to help working class people write and publish their stories. Timothy believes that when workers write and tell their stories, they build rank and file solidarity and union power, as well strengthening the fight for social justice solidarity. Their stories help to combat the anti-labor and anti-working class assaults by the One Percent. Hard Ball Press is the premier publisher of working class life.
    You can watch EML’s interview with Tim Sheard here: https://www.empathymedialab.com/post/pandemic-nurse-s-diary-a-tribute-to-healthcare-workers-fighting-covid-19 
    About Empathy Media Lab
    The Harmony of Interest series explores ideas that positively shape our world. 
    Empathy Media Lab is produced by Evan Matthew Papp and we are a proud member of the Labor Radio Podcast Network. Support media, authors, artists, historians, and journalists, who are fighting to improve the prosperity of the working class. 
    All Links: https://wlo.link/@empathymedialab 
     

    • 17 min
    154. American Prospect’s Robert Kuttner on Biden’s 100 Day Speech, Industrial Policy, and the Fed Reserve

    154. American Prospect’s Robert Kuttner on Biden’s 100 Day Speech, Industrial Policy, and the Fed Reserve

    Robert Kuttner is co-founder and co-editor of The American Prospect and professor at Brandeis University’s Heller School. 
    He is an author of twelve books and his latest book is called The Stakes: 2020 and the Survival of American Democracy.  He was a founder of the Economic Policy Institute and serves on its Board and Executive Committee.
    His previous positions have included national staff writer and columnist on The Washington Post, chief investigator of the U.S. Senate Banking Committee, executive director of President Carter’s National Commission on Neighborhoods, and economics editor of The New Republic.
    In this conversation, we discuss:
    President Biden’s 100 day speech to Congress;
    His article Making Industrial Policy Work;
    How FDR used the Federal Reserve in the original New Deal based on Robert’s keynote event with the Living New Deal titled From the Original New Deal to the Green New Deal; and
    The need to democratize the Federal Reserve Regional Banks and rein in Wall Street. 
    You can support Robert’s work by buying one of his books at www.Robertkuttner.com and by signing up for The American Prospect’s free newsletter at www.prospect.org. 
    ABOUT EML
    Empathy Media Lab is produced by Evan Matthew Papp and we are a proud member of the Labor Radio Podcast Network. Support media, authors, artists, historians, and journalists, who are fighting to improve the prosperity of the working class. 
    Website - https://www.empathymedialab.com/ 
    Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/empathymedialab 
    Twitter - https://twitter.com/empathymedialab 
    Twitch - https://www.twitch.tv/empathymedialab 
    Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/empathymedialab/ 
    Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/EmpathyMediaLab/ 
    Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/company/11307472/admin/ 
    Youtube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnL9xRky2ubsOLp-BuYGZhg
    Podcast -https://empathymedialab.podbean.com/ 
    Apple - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/empathy-media-lab
    Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/6orzgkgpUVadqigQKC5WDq?si=KyaQUurBRMuu2cjT91CSxg 
    Google Podcasts - https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkLnBvZGJlYW4uY29tL2VtcGF0aHltZWRpYWxhYi9mZWVkLnhtbA?ep=14 
    Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/Empathy-Media-Lab 
    Stitcher - https://www.stitcher.com/show/empathy-media-labs-podcast 
    #HarmonyOfInterests
    #PoliticalEconomy
    #LaborRadioPod
    #1U
    #UnionStrong
    #FederalReserve
    #IndustrialPolicy

    • 30 min
    153. HAYMARKET: The Bomb, The Anarchists, The Labor Struggle - Labor Goes To The Movies

    153. HAYMARKET: The Bomb, The Anarchists, The Labor Struggle - Labor Goes To The Movies

    Chris and Elise talk with director Adrian Prawica about his new film Haymarket: The Bomb, the Anarchists, the Labor Struggle, which is being screened free online this coming week by the Global Labor Film Festival Network, which will also include two online discussions with Adrian on May Day, Saturday, May 1, one at 8p Eastern time with labor historians Joe McCartin (Georgetown University) and Steve Brier (CUNY School of Labor), the other at 8p Pacific time with Labor Studies Professor Dana Frank (UC Santa Cruz).
    Adrian is an award-winning cinematographer, director, video producer, and content creator. Based in Chicago, his work in journalism, documentary and advertising has been seen on major television networks in the United States and abroad by millions of viewers. He’s done everything from Super Bowl commercials to award-winning documentary films; he’s a certified Phantom Flex high speed camera operator and tech, and he works with both the Arri Alexa, and RED cameras, and we talk about how technology has democratized filmmaking. Adrian was born in Poland and immigrated to the United States at the age of ten, and we also explore how that background has informed his filmmaking.
    You can also celebrate May Day by watching Work Songs (we interviewed director Mark Street on our April 9 show); get your tickets here. And stay tuned for updates very soon on the upcoming 2021 DC Labor FilmFest line-up!
    Produced by Chris Garlock. Video edited by Evan Papp of Empathy Media Lab.
    @AFISilver @dclabor @LaborHeritage1 #AdrianPrawica @GeorgetownKILWP @JosephMcCartin @stevebrier

    • 46 min

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