The Leftscape Podcast: ‘Analysis: Poetry of Justice (Episode 61)’

Analysis, a spoken word poet and lover of justice and human rights, hails from Baltimore, MD. A sense of activism shines through all he does, be it his public speaking, his work as a rad bookseller, minister, and educator, his poetry performances across the Mid-Atlantic and New England, or when he is hosting Red Emma’s Mother Earth Poetry Vibe at Red Emma’s in his home city. Hear him read from his chapbook, Somewhere Through the Haze, and speak to a range of experiences including his conservative streak as a youth, anti-Apartheid work in Southern Africa, revolutionary Christianity, and his passion for progressive action.

In the All the News We Can Handle segment, Wendy SheridanMary McGinley, and Robin Renée discuss the sudden U.S. withdrawal of troops from Syria, the Nobel Prize in Economics given to Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo, and Michael Kremer for their experimental approach toward poverty alleviation, and the passing of Essie Mae Washington-Williams. Some very unexpected personal news also came up in the last week: Mary’s husband Alan suffered a stroke. A fund has been started to help defray enormous medical bills and other expenses.

Wendy introduces the new Geekscape segment and true to geek form, she begins with a discussion of Star Trek. Its early credo of “infinite diversity in infinite combinations” is the jumping off point. A longer version of this conversation will be available at no cost on the Leftscape Patreon page. At the top of the show, the co-hosts chat about days to celebrate or recognize including National Mole Day, National Food Day, United Nations Day, Frankenstein Day, National Financial Crime Fighter Day, Pumpkin Day, Black Cat Day, National Chocolate Day, Oatmeal Day, Hermit Day, and World Stroke Day. Birthday mentions of the week go to Ang Lee, Pelé, Martin Luther King III, Drake, Katy Perry, Pablo Picasso, Hillary Clinton, Seth MacFarlane, John Cleese, Bill Gates, Frank Ocean, Julia Roberts, and Bob Ross.

The Leftscape – the shape of progressive conversation: “Analysis: Poetry of Justice (Episode 61)

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