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The history of conservative media with Nicole Hemmer, author of Messengers of the Right
In this interview, I talk to Nicole Hemmer, author of the book Messengers of the Right: Conservative Media and the Transformation of American Politics. In this conversation, we talk about the history of conservative media in the US. Nicole is also the host of a popular history podcast called Past Present, which talks about the historic parallels of top news stories.
We talk about its roots in anti-war activists and its anti-New Deal stance/ We talk about the rise of outlets such as Human Events, National Review, and others bringing in a socially acceptable version of conservatism, that still holds true today. This was in contrast to the brash anti-civil rights, and anti-integration ethos of the 1950s/1960s.
We also talk about the role of talk radio in the 1970s leading to the growth of conservative podcasts today. In addition, this interview talks about how conservative media frames narratives and how it shapes public policy goals using media. This includes Ronald Reagan’s efforts in the 1980s to eliminate general standards along the fairness doctrine and the role of the 1996 telecommunications act. We also talk about the role of former talk radio Rush Limbaugh on conservatism and the model he set forth in the 1990s. We end this conversation by talking about the role of YouTube and social media plays now in conservative media.
*ALSO, my apologies on my microphone. I have it fixed now, but at times during the interview, my audio spikes and falls at times.
2:45 - Who is Nicole Hemmer?
3:15 - How did Nicole get into history?
4:24 - How did her book Messengers of the Right happen?
6:30 - What about the 1940s that brought about the rise of conservative media?
8:49 - How the role of television and 1950s culture played in conservative media being alt-media
11:10 - The creation of ‘Liberal media’ claims in the 1950s as a political identity?
13:30 - Conservative wasn’t always the GOP historically
15:00 - How the 1960s changed everything in media and the role of media
18:00 - The nomination of Barry Goldwater and his long-term impact on conservatives
22:20 - The impact of Richard Nixon on conservatives
25:30 - Vice President Spiro Agnew’s 1969 speech directly using conservative media jargon and the mainstreaming of ‘liberal bias’
28:16 - How conservative media destroyed journalism’s world of impartiality and objectivity
32:16 - The rise of talk radio and its impact on conservative media
37:00 - The rise of Rupert Murdoch
42:00 - Tucker Carlson and punditry in conservative media
45:40 - How the internet has changed conservative media
49:00 - How conservative podcasting is taking over the internet
51:40 - Conservative culture wars are having their moment in controlling the narrative
54:20 - Nicole’s other podcasts
55:20 - Nicole’s next book on 1990’s conservativism post-Ronald Reagan
57:00 - What’s something about Nicole that people misconstrue about her.
58:45 - What’s making her happy
Running for office in 'The Stacey Abrams' district - Special interview with House District 90 candidate Dr. Michelle Schreiner
In this interview of the King Williams Podcast, I talk to Dr. Michelle Schreiner. Dr. Schreiner is one of two candidates in the June 21st runoff to represent HD90 aka 'The Stacey Abrams' district. (Interview starts at 3:00)
HD90 formerly HD89 (via the controversial fall 2021 statewide redistricting) is one of the most demographically diverse districts in metro Atlanta both racially and economically. The district includes both the city of Atlanta and DeKalb County. This district includes on the DeKalb side parts of unincorporated Decatur, Panthersville, Cedar Grove, Conley, Gresham Park, and parts of Ellenwood. While parts of Atlanta include East Lake, Kirkwood, East Atlanta, Lake Claire, Edgewood, Piney Grove, and parts of Candler Park.
In this conversation, we talk about Dr. Schreiner's motivations for running, the most pressing issues of the district, and address the needs of a very diverse district. This includes the needs of south DeKalb such as the various environmental waste corridors in the area, the 'cop city' controversy happening in that part of the district, and lack of economic development. We also talk about the issues on the northern side of the district including concerns over housing affordability, bad roads, and concerns over rising violent crime.
We talk about Michelle's upbringing in metro Atlanta after leaving her native Puerto Rico at a very young age as well as what it would mean to be potentially the only Latina in the state legislature this year.
If you want to know more about Michelle you can visit her website https://www.michelle4georgia.com/. Or you can also check out her Instagram account or Twitter page. Also please check the Secretary of State's website to check your voter registration status.
Teaching unapologetically and unafraid in Georgia with Shivy Brooks
In this episode of the King Williams Podcast, I talked to Alfred 'Shivy' Brooks. Shivy is a public school teacher, activist, and influencer who advocates for teachers in Georgia. In this interview, we talk about what life-changing event made him decide to be a public school teacher.
We also talk about why men, especially Black men aren't moving into and staying in the profession long enough to make a difference. We also talk about the recent attacks by the current state GOP on stopping the accurate teaching of history and intimidating teachers through a series of new laws. Shivy also gives his thoughts on why the school board is one of the most important positions in Atlanta, as well as why there aren't any educators o the board.
Please read my guest newsletter entry from Slyvia Johnson and listen to my podcast episode on Georgia's bogus CRT bills.
Shivy recently ran for public office by challenge, near 20-year incumbent in the city of Atlanta last year prompted by his own students. In addition, we talk about his growing online platform of 50,000+ Instagram followers and how he advocates for educators across the country. We also talk about his now-viral t-shirt of 'I'm the teacher Fox News warns you about' from his t-shirt line Alfred's Laundry.
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My apology for my mic levels, I'm slowly getting this right!
Georgia 2022 Primary Recap with Fred Hicks
I talk to political strategist Fred Hicks of HEG Consulting in this interview. We recap the 2022 Georgia Primaries that happened on Tuesday. In this conversation, we talk about the overall takeaways of the primaries including:
Why Fred thinks voters didn’t reject the message of Trumpism, they just rejected Trump. And is the big lie still a viable strategy?
Why Abrams can’t run her 2018 campaign or run a national campaign against Kemp
We break down the special questions on the Democrat and Republican ballots. Including why Buckhead cityhood still isn’t dead.
What are the chances of the Dem starting 5: US Senate, Governor, Lt. Governor, Secretary of State, and Attorney General
Surprises in all three Cobb cityhood initiatives failed with voters
Atlanta’s latest TSPLOST vote
Thoughts on the GOP ads this cycle
The Stonecrest special mayors election
The SD07 election of Beth Moore vs Nabilah Islam
The tight race in HD90, ‘the Stacey Abrams’ district between Saira Draper and Michelle Schreiner
The Business of Fashion with Lauren Sherman
In this interview, I speak to Lauren Sherman, Chief Correspondent for The Business of Fashion. Lauren has been covering the fashion industry for over 15 years including stints at Conde Nast and Forbes. Since joining The Business of Fashion in 2015, Lauren has become one of the most definitive voices on the intersections of fashion and business.
We talk about the role of fast fashion, the dominance of LVMH, and the differences in the levels of 'luxury'. We also talk about the rise of celebrity beauty brands including the success of the Kardashians and Rihanna. Lauren explains why Rihanna's Fenty Beauty worked, while the fashion arm hasn't. In addition to the differences in the growth of fast fashion brands Shien and FashionNova. Including whether the $100 billion dollar valued Shein is the first truly global Chinese clothing brand.
We also discuss the role of streetwear in the overall fashion industry, including the impact of Supreme, Virgil Abloh, and Kanye West. Alongside the three big threats to the overall fashion industry and what is the one thing about the fashion industry, she would change.
We walk about Lauren's new podcast, The Debrief, a podcast on the business of fashion as well as her upcoming book on the history of Victoria's Secret.
If you want to follow Lauren, you can on Twitter @lapresmidi, as well as follow The Business of Fashion on Instagram and Twitter.
I also wrote an article for my newsletter back in August of last year that also pairs well with this interview --Butter.ATL’s takeover of Krystals is the evolution of branded content - 8/28/2021.
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The AJC's pivot to video with Joseph Ferguson host of AJC: In Context
In this interview, I talk to the AJC's Joseph Ferguson (@Joseph_Fergie). Joseph is the creator and host of the AJC's video series AJC: In Context. AJC: In Context is an explainer series about news related to metro Atlanta. It's one of the AJC's newer ventures into the digital space and is a reference of my own when creating content.
In this conversation, we talk about Joseph's journey into video production, how he ended up at the AJC, and how he pitched them on creating a video series. We also talk about the creator economy, and what traditional media companies misunderstand about video. We also spend time talking about the recent acquisition of Twitter, a hub for journalists and Black creativity in Black Twitter. Including what would Joseph's strategy if he were Elon Musk as well as what the threat of ownership of Twitter means for both the journalism community and Black Twitter. We also talk about his stutter, something he's overcome to become a great creator.
You can watch videos of AJC: In Context on Facebook and on YouTube. The interview starts at 2:00.