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Focusing on issues, not tweets, Raw Story and AlterNet’s Joshua Holland and Liz Preza talk politics with academics, newsmakers and progressive journalists.

May 24, 2014

May 24, 2014 Show

We have a theme for this week's show -- a lineup inspired by Ta-Nehisi Coates' eloquent case for reparations for slavery and Jim Crow.

First up, we have Dalton Conley, a sociologist at NYU and author of Being Black, Living in the Red: Race, Wealth and Social Policy in America. Conley has studied how the black-white wealth gap -- the lasting legacy of institutional racism in the past -- limits the opportunities of African-Americans being born today.

Then we'll speak with William Darity, Jr., a professor of African-American studies and economic at Rutgers who has long argued for reparations.

Finally, we'll be joined by Rachel Black, a senior research fellow at the New America Foundations asset-building program to talk about, well, asset-building.

Also, classic Blues!

Playlist:
Willie Dixon: "Spoonful"
Roy Brown: "Hard Luck Blues"
Sam Lightnin' Hopkins: "Cotton"
Albert Collins: "If Trouble Was Money"

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