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As we navigate the balance between hope and uncertainty, we invite you to join Dr. Cornel West & Professor Tricia Rose on The Tight Rope, a weekly program where we welcome listeners and guests as thought collaborators.

The Tight Rope is rich in creative, unfiltered dialogue on topics ranging from culture, art, and music to the contours of systemic racism, philosophy, the power of Socratic self-examination, and the possibilities of a peaceful and just world. Our innovative and interactive format will highlight the professors’ combined expertise to encourage critical thinking, self-reflection, and human connection as we navigate The Tight Rope.

The Tight Rope SpkerBox Media

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 575 Ratings

As we navigate the balance between hope and uncertainty, we invite you to join Dr. Cornel West & Professor Tricia Rose on The Tight Rope, a weekly program where we welcome listeners and guests as thought collaborators.

The Tight Rope is rich in creative, unfiltered dialogue on topics ranging from culture, art, and music to the contours of systemic racism, philosophy, the power of Socratic self-examination, and the possibilities of a peaceful and just world. Our innovative and interactive format will highlight the professors’ combined expertise to encourage critical thinking, self-reflection, and human connection as we navigate The Tight Rope.

    Legendary Saxophonist Sonny Rollins on Broken Record

    Legendary Saxophonist Sonny Rollins on Broken Record

    We’re sharing an episode from our friends over at Broken Record. On Broken Record, acclaimed producer Rick Rubin, bestselling author Malcom Gladwell, and former New York Times editor Bruce Headlam talk with the musicians you love about their lives, inspiration, and craft. In honor of Black Music Month this June, we’re sharing Justin Richmond’s conversation with Sonny Rollins.   

    The legendary saxophonist and composer talks about one of his first big gigs playing alongside other jazz icons like Bud Powell and Fats Navarro. He also explains why he no longer actively listens to music, and for the first time ever, Rollins talks about how Charlie “Bird” Parker is the reason he kicked drugs.   

    You can hear more from Broken Record at https://podcasts.pushkin.fm/brbmm?sid=roperollins.

    • 38 min
    Grammy Award Winning Artist PJ Morton On Broken Record

    Grammy Award Winning Artist PJ Morton On Broken Record

    We’re sharing an episode from our friends over at Broken Record featuring one of our past guest on The Tight Rope, Grammy-award winning artist and Maroon 5 keyboardist PJ Morton.   

    On Broken Record, acclaimed producer Rick Rubin, bestselling author Malcom Gladwell, producer Justin Richmond, and former New York Times editor Bruce Headlam talk with the musicians you love about their lives, inspiration, and craft.   

    In honor of Black Music Month this June, we’re sharing Bruce Headlam’s interview with Grammy-award winning artist and Maroon 5 keyboardist PJ Morton. PJ talks to Bruce Headlam about what it was like growing up as a preacher’s son and how his relationship with gospel music has impacted the way he makes music. He also talks about being a recovering workaholic, and his friendship with the great Stevie Wonder.   

    You can hear more from Broken Record, from our friends at Pushkin Industries, at https://podcasts.pushkin.fm/brbmm?sid=pjrope.

    • 37 min
    Dr. Cornel West on Talk Easy

    Dr. Cornel West on Talk Easy

    We're sharing a special episode from our friends at Talk Easy with Sam Fragoso. Talk Easy is a different kind of interview podcast, a space for guests to slow down and share how they arrived at the place they are today—and where they hope to go tomorrow. Rigorously researched and irrepressibly curious, Talk Easy hosts dialogues driven by compassion with artists, activists, and politicians.

    On this episode, Dr. Cornel West talks to Sam about his Robin Hood-like sensibility, discovering our purpose from womb-to-tomb, and the legacy of being a "jazz man" who fights for justice, love and freedom.

    You can hear more episodes of Talk Easy at https://link.chtbl.com/tightropetalkeasy

    • 47 min
    The Tight Rope Final Episode: Reflecting on a Year of Love, Wisdom, and Fortitude

    The Tight Rope Final Episode: Reflecting on a Year of Love, Wisdom, and Fortitude

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    In the final episode of The Tight Rope, Cornel West and Tricia Rose reminisce on all of the wonderful guests and poignant moments we’ve had this past year. Tune in to learn why the show is ending as we take a journey through our favorite moments.

    We are eternally grateful for everyone who has supported The Tight Rope and hope you stay connected with us. To get updates and learn what’s next for SpkerBox Media, subscribe to our newsletter at spkerbox.com.

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    Credits:

    Creator/EP: Jeremy Berry

    EP/Host: Cornel West

    EP/Host: Tricia Rose

    Producers: Allie Hembrough, Ceyanna Dent, Dustin Hodge

    Coordinating Producers: Lindsey Schultz, Christian Ware Berry

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    • 51 min
    Purple Rain: Prince's Legacy Lives On (Re-Release)

    Purple Rain: Prince's Legacy Lives On (Re-Release)

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    As we prepare for our final episode of The Tight Rope next week, we wanted to take it back to where it all started. Please enjoy this re-release of our very first episode.

    In this profound episode, Cornel West and Tricia Rose use Prince's iconic "Purple Rain" to explore a spectrum of topics. Join us for an in-depth discussion on race, gender fluidity, justice, resilience and excellence.



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    Previous video episodes on our Youtube!



    Credits:

    Creator/EP: Jeremy Berry

    EP/Host: Cornel West

    EP/Host: Tricia Rose

    Producers: Allie Hembrough, Ceyanna Dent, Dustin Hodge

    Coordinating Producers: Lindsey Schultz, Christian Ware Berry

    Beats x Butter (IG: @Butter_Records)

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    • 58 min
    Marc Lamont Hill on Why He Debates Conservatives: Critical Race Theory, Bill Cosby, and More

    Marc Lamont Hill on Why He Debates Conservatives: Critical Race Theory, Bill Cosby, and More

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    Marc Lamont Hill, award-winning journalist and host of Black News Tonight, walks The Tight Rope this week! Join us for a profound discussion on debating extreme conservatives, Bill Cosby’s recent release from prison, and being grounded by a deep love of Black people.

    Dr. Marc Lamont Hill is currently the host of Black News Channel's primetime show, Black News Tonight as well as the Coffee & Books podcast. An award-winning journalist, Dr. Hill is the author or co-author of six books, as well as the Steve Charles Professor of Media, Cities, and Solutions at Temple University.

    Since his days as a youth in Philadelphia, Dr. Hill has been a social justice activist and organizer. Today, his research agenda focuses on the intersections between culture, politics, and education in the United States and the Middle East.



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    Credits:

    Creator/EP: Jeremy Berry

    EP/Host: Cornel West

    EP/Host: Tricia Rose

    Producers: Allie Hembrough, Ceyanna Dent, Dustin Hodge

    Coordinating Producers: Lindsey Schultz, Christian Ware Berry

    Beats x Butter (IG: @Butter_Records)

    #TheTightRope

    #CornelWest

    #TriciaRose

    #SpkerBoxMedia

    • 17 min

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