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Farai has combined media, technology, and socio-political analysis during her 20-year career as an award-winning author, journalist, professor, and lecturer. She is a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. She was also a spring 2012 fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics. She frequently …

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Since 1995, when she began appearing on cable news as an analyst for CNN, Farai Chideya has given thousands of speeches and hosted hundreds of events. Her bookings have included Ivies Harvard and Yale, large state universities and regional colleges, events at the United Nations and on Capitol Hill, and …

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Bigger Than Technology: An Interview with Joi Ito on One with Farai

Joi Ito

Joi Ito

Joi Ito, director of the MIT Media Lab, explains how a sense of play and experimentation inform their cutting-edge work.

As a child, Joi Ito went back and forth between Japan and US cities, including Detroit, forging an international identity; a fascination with technology; and also for community. He explains how passions including DJing and the multip

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August 21, 2014 One No Comments

Living History, Exploring Nature: An Interview with Betty Reid Soskin on One with Farai

Betty Reid Soskin

Betty Reid Soskin

At 92, Betty Reid Soskin is the oldest full-time National Parks service ranger, teaching about racial and gender equality as well as nature.

National Parks ranger Betty Reid Soskin has worked for women’s an

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August 15, 2014 One No Comments

Music (and Dance) for All: An Interview with Bill Bragin on One with Farai

Bill Bragin and Farai Chideya

Bill Bragin and Farai Chideya

Bill Bragin, the director of public programming for the famed Lincoln Center, on bringing free and adventurous music, dance, and art to all.

Farai Chideya speaks with Bill Bragin, the Director of Public Programming for  (Read More...)

August 8, 2014 One No Comments

Five must-reads about #Ferguson and #MikeBrown

Here are excerpts from five articles or Twitter streams that help approach the many facets of the civil rights crisis in Ferguson, Missouri following the police killing of Mike Brown; the national protests; and the intervention of different groups of/associated with Anonymous.

1. What I Saw in Ferguson by Jelani Cobb, The New Yorker

High among the redundancies on display in Ferguson is that Tracy Martin, whose son Trayvon was killed by a neighborhood-watch volunteer two years ago, agreed three weeks ago to participate in an annual Peace Fest event scheduled for Sunday. Martin, who is from the area, will be appearing in an atmosphere radically different from the one that was anticipated. Two years ago, national protests raged as people counted the number of days that had lapsed with no arrest in the killing of Trayvon Martin. In a parking lot just outs

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August 15, 2014 Blog No Comments

Without Anger There is Only Sadness: Reflections on the Killing of Mike Brown

Evocative piece by Amy Davidson

Amy Davidson in the New Yorker

I do not want to know who Mike Brown is. I do not want him to become real to me. I do not want to empathize with his family…. not sympathize, but empathize. That is: to feel a visceral connection to another, to feel a pain that is not theirs but which is yours yet shared. Mike Brown, shot dead by police; brought under international scrutiny by activists online and off. Mike Brown, teen. Dead. Unarmed. Familiar to us. Too familiar.

I don’t want to crawl into the skin that empathy wraps around me, because it demands so much. I suspe

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August 13, 2014 Blog No Comments

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Discover Magazine: The Bypass Cure

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Worth a read — this Discover Magazine article on how the Roux-en-Y bypass technique for weight loss can literally cure diabetes overnight.

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Mayor Bloomberg to Talk Climate Change

Via Politico: At 1:30 p.m. tomorrow, New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg will deliver a major speech in Brooklyn’s Navy Yard outlining the risks New York City faces from climate change and the steps the city should take to protect neighborhoods.

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Notebook: Climate Change and New York

Watch the video of this panel on climate change and Sandy. Columbia University scientist Klaus Jacob said “On a nice sunny day in the year 2100, the water level will be almost as high as it was during Sandy.”

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Consumer Culture and Freedom

Consumer culture is not freedom.

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Voter Suppression: It’s Real. Now What Do We Do About It?

Voting lines in Florida. AP/Alan Diaz via TheDailyBanter.com

“Many vivid anecdotes of purported voter fraud have been proven false or do not demonstrate fraud,” says the Brennan Center for Justice. A new article by Roger Simon of Politico blows open GOP plans to block the vote.

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Giving Thanks 2012

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A long list of gratitude for things that are both beautiful and troubling — all of them are part of our world, and our lives, our realities.

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A Hot New Musical About the Search for Home

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Because the story is about a black woman and not a black archetype or stereotype, anyone who loves the art of theatre and the place where struggle meets the sublime can relate to GIRL shakes loose her skin. I don’t know when it will hit the stage next, or what major theatrical producer will step up to bankroll it, but I’ll be there.

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Should President Obama Push for Criminal Justice Reform?

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Head on over to the Columbia Journalism Review’s site to read my piece on the President and criminal justice reform. Now that the election is over, these questions are more imperative than ever.

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Why the “Foreign Policy” Debate Wasn’t One

Please go to The Root and check out my piece on why the “foreign policy” debate was nothing of the sort….

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Politically Viral: Videos to Watch

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Props to Thanh Tan for her article about the GOP Washington State gubernatorial candidate bringing it Gangnam Style; plus Sesame wants Big Bird out of Obama ad.

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