31 episodes

The 730 Podcast explores how mental health issues intersect with Black culture, told through the lens of a black man living with bipolar disorder.

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The 730 Podcast explores how mental health issues intersect with Black culture, told through the lens of a black man living with bipolar disorder.

    Episode 30: Journeyman

    Episode 30: Journeyman

    Nafis Ricks – a Philly native, former professional basketball player, and mental health advocate – joins 730. He discusses how a childhood marred by gun violence and trauma took him on a long journey to Coach Cuonzo Martin, a man he credits for changing the trajectory of his life forever.

    • 42 min
    Episode 29 (Pt. 2): Negotiating Humanity

    Episode 29 (Pt. 2): Negotiating Humanity

    On the second installment of Episode 28, Jule Hall details his experience as a student with the Bard Prison Initiative (BPI); what prompted his interest in German studies; how hip-hop artists like Nas gave a voice to and helped people maintain a sense of dignity on the inside; and the challenges confronting formerly incarcerated individuals upon re-entering society.

    RELATED LINKS & RESOURCES:
    Visit Netflix to watch the Emmy-nominated docuseries College Behind Bars to learn more about BPI and all the inspiring individuals who have journeyed through the program.

    • 39 min
    Episode 28 (Part 1): Negotiating Humanity

    Episode 28 (Part 1): Negotiating Humanity

    On the first installment of Episode 28, Wali is joined by his friend Jule Hall, a 2011 graduate of the Bard Prison Initiative (BPI). Jule shares what it was like to grow up on the violent streets of Brooklyn’s Brownsville section and how he managed to navigate a 20-plus year prison sentence.

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    RELATED LINKS & RESOURCES:
    Visit Netflix to watch the Emmy-nominated docuseries College Behind Bars to learn more about BPI and all the inspiring individuals who have journeyed through the program.

    Visit https://bpi.bard.edu/support-bpi/ to support the BPI's efforts to fight mass incarceration and recidivism.

    Follow BPI on Instagram @bard_prison_initiative. 

    • 43 min
    Episode 27: Legacy

    Episode 27: Legacy

    Wali sits down with his friend and fellow educator Serenity J. Smith. She opens up about navigating her mother’s battle with schizoaffective disorder and how she’s used travel as a form of therapy.

    • 49 min
    Episode 26: Brothers@

    Episode 26: Brothers@

    Dariel Vasquez and Harry A. Johnson Jr. join 730 to discuss their journeys and what prompted them to form Brothers@ – a youth mentorship program for young men of color – they founded while undergraduate students at Bard College.
    Follow Brothers@ on Instagram @brothersat_
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    Episode 25: Passing The Baton

    Episode 25: Passing The Baton

    Just three days after Brandon Bernard's execution, Keith LaMar (a wrongfully convicted death row prisoner at the Ohio State Penitentiary) returns to 730 and shares his thoughts on Mr. Bernard's execution; Trump and defund the police; and a new book club he's kicked off with high school students in NYC through his Native Sons Literacy Program.

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    Listen to Episode 20: Love Is the Only Freedom



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    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
70 Ratings

70 Ratings

_Emily_H_S ,

Powerful. Thoughtful. Informative.

We need more conversations like these in our media, schools, homes, and beyond.

Ricandee1 ,

So informative

We came across this podcast while doing research on the Kieth Lamar case and we started binge listening to all of the episodes! It’s extremely well made, great quality, and so informative. We are fellow podcasters so we are picky on what we listen to. Topics are interesting and definitely worth subscribing to. Thanks for the work you do, we have learned from you!

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katharinkat ,

Important and Timely

This podcast transcends race and gender as it highlights barriers to mental health care in a relevant and honest manner, courageously replacing the stigma and shame of mental health issues with empowered information.

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