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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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#OneWithFarai — Alec Ross on Middle-Class Woes in a Global Economy

We’re bringing you highlights from the One with Farai podcast as we continue to ask for your support for our Kickstarter campaign. Our podcast brings you diverse, visionary voices about the future of America and the world… the kind of information you need to be an informed person and citizen.

Alec Ross, former diplomat and globalization expert

Former Diplomat Alec Ross spoke to us about the pressures on working-and middle-class Americans in a globalized economy. He served as Senior Advisor for Innovation at the State Department; grew up in West Virginia and now lives in my hometown of Baltimore

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Alec Ross, in his own words:

“It’s never been more difficult to be work

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November 13, 2014 Blog No Comments

Thank You For Your Service, Veterans

I want to thank all the veterans in my family for their service (and there are quite a few), and also for teaching me about their world through their different perspectives on military life and war. Two of my uncles served in Vietnam, in different capacities, with very different experiences. Sitting at the dinner table when they told their stories, and sometimes disagreed deeply, helped me think more thoughtfully about sacrifice, morality, the ability to reflect on and understand the past.

To my knowledge, someone related to me on my mother’s side has been in every major war back to the Civil War, when my grandmother’s then-young grandfather was a water boy. I don’t pretend to know what war or military service are like. But I listen. And I’m glad they speak and help me learn. Thank you, for everything. And to all the veterans today, thank you as well.

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November 11, 2014 Blog, Featured No Comments

Gloria Steinem Launches Season Two of “One With Farai” — And We Need Your Support

On Thursday October 23, we launch the second season of the Podcast One With Farai with an intimate interview with feminist pioneer Gloria Steinem. Gloria has supported my career and my growth as a person. And now I need your support to continue this project. One with Farai is part of the movement to prove independent media has incredible power — and is cost-effective and sustainable.

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“We think that masculine and feminine roles are inevitable, and therefore dominance and passivity or obedience are the norm, and that digs a trench in our brains for race and class and caste, and everything else.

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October 21, 2014 Blog No Comments

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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One With Farai

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

21 Aug 2014

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 …

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

15 Aug 2014

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 and civil rights; run a “race record” music store; and now helps tell the history of gender and industry …

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

8 Aug 2014

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 Lincoln Center, about what it takes to bring great music and art to crowds for free… and also …

Equality — A Survivor’s Guide: An Interview with Urvashi Vaid on One with Farai

1 Aug 2014

Activist Urvashi Vaid talks about how LGBT politics relate to other rights struggles, plus her journey surviving two rounds of cancer. Farai Chideya speaks with Urvashi Vaid, author of books including “Virtual Equality” and a professor at Columbia Law School. Born in India, raised in America, she details how LGBT issues connect …

First Nations Filmmaking: An Interview with Bird Runningwater on One with Farai

25 Jul 2014

Bird Runningwater of the Sundance Institute on innovations in Native and indigenous film. Farai Chideya speaks about the work of the Sundance Institute – the mentoring, training, and career-building sister to the Sundance Film Festival – with its Native American and Indigenous Program Director, Bird Runningwater.

Digital Diplomacy and Global Economy: An Interivew with Alec Ross on One with Farai

18 Jul 2014

Author and former U.S. diplomat Alec Ross on globalization Alec Ross helped define “digital diplomacy”, and logged nearly a million air miles for work — as Senior Advisor of Innovation to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. He talked with Farai Chideya about technology and the future of globalization.