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Episode 82: All Up In The Kool-Aid

For this episode, Ty and Daphne discuss recent news and the second Democratic debate. They begin by catching up (00:30) and discussing “Oh Lawd” news (9:30)—including the Lollapalooza stampede (10:00), updates to the Equifax settlement (12:00), an unusual string of burglaries in NY (13:50), Reagan’s racist comments (15:40), and a school-yard dodgeball arrest (19:40). Ty and Daphne then discuss the rise in domestic terrorism and mass shootings in the Trump era (24:00). The hosts then have a  conversation about politics and the second Democratic debate. In addition to sharing their overall impressions and discussing key debate highlights (35:50), they discuss how racial dynamics are shaping interactions between candidates (37:50), Biden’s presidential run (39:40), attacks on Obama’s record (41:25), what candidates can realistically accomplish in the first term (44:45), Biden’s continued lead in the polls (47:49), and the tactics candidates use to avoid answering tough questions (51:41). Ty and Daphne close by fact-checking debate claims, including Gillibrand’s statements about Biden’s 1981 op-ed (57:42) and Tulsi Gabbard’s attack on Kamala Harris’ criminal justice record (1:02:27).  

 

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Episode 81: Debate 2 Pregame Report

For this episode, Ty and Daphne discuss recent events, news, and politics. They begin by catching up (00:30) and discussing “Oh Lawd” news (3:00)—including how anti-immigration efforts are impacting US citizens (3:28), police misconduct at an HBCU (9:00), a 66-year-old public official’s Tupac obsession (12:41), continued anti-black hiring discrimination in the US (15:20), the Equifax data breach settlement (18:45), and zombie chicken (22:00). After discussing Meek Mill’s overturned conviction (25:45) and updates to A$AP Rocky’s case (25:54), Ty and Daphne turn their attention to politics. First, they discuss key takeaways from the Mueller hearings (28:30), past and future issues with election interference (31:42), and the partisan fight over election security (37:24). They then have a conversation about the lineup and key issues for the second Democratic primary debate (39:05). Specifically, they discuss Warren’s recent legislation on student loan forgiveness (40:30), Bernie’s ’Medicare for All’ versus Biden’s ‘Public Option’ proposals (41:58), and Kamala Harris’ black higher education and entrepreneurship agenda (50:00). They close by discussing what to expect from Biden, Harris, and Booker during the second debate (57:45) and who qualifies for the fall debate stage* (1:01:20).

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Episode 80: From A$AP to Xenophobia

For this episode, Ty and Daphne discuss recent events, entertainment news, and politics. They begin by catching up (00:30) and discussing “Oh Lawd” news (4:31), including controversial comments by a University of Pennsylvania Professor (4:57), methanol poisoning in Costa Rica (10:05), the “storm Area 51” raid (17:30), the Russian FaceApp (21:53), ‘Slave Play’ (25:19), and a Making the Band comeback (27:52). Ty and Daphne then turn their attention to entertainment news and discuss Eddie Murphy’s $70 million Netflix deal (32:30), Disney Plus and the future of online streaming (34:40), The Lion King and Beyonce’s new album (39:01), and ASAP Rocky’s controversial comments and imprisonment in Sweden (42:00). They then have a conversation about politics. Specifically, they discuss Donald Trump's offensive comments and chants about 'The Squad' (51:15), the stages of genocide and the seriousness of the current political moment (56:40), and details about the second Democratic primary debates (1:06:00).  

 

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Episode 79: New Deals and Old Tricks

Today’s episode focuses on the history of U.S. social policy and its role in exacerbating black-white economic inequality. The goal of this episode is to counter the political narrative that “a rising tide lifts all boats” and highlight the importance of targeted social policy in the 21st century. After briefly catching up (00:30), Ty and Daphne begin by discussing the broken promises and unfilled potential of the Reconstruction era (9:15). They then have a conversation about the Great Depression and the racial impact and legacy of New Deal legislation (15:55), including the Agricultural Adjustment Act (18:05) and the National Housing Act (21:45). Ty and Daphne also discuss the GI Bill and the government’s role in establishing the white-middle class following WWII (27:45). The host then turn their attention to the Great Recession and its impact on African American neighborhoods and families (41:00) and the potential student loan crisis (1:02:20). They close by discussing recent policy proposals and the importance of race-specific legislation in the future (1:08:34). 

Episode 78: Busing & #BlackGirlMagic

For this episode, Ty and Daphne discuss politics, entertainment, and sports. They begin by catching up (00:30) and discussing “Oh Lawd” news (5:50), including the #FluBell ice cream incident (6:18), racism in the not so friendly skies (9:00), and a shocking ruling by a New Jersey judge (11:10). Ty and Daphne then turn their attention to politics and discuss the Kamala Harris/Joe Biden post-debate beef (19:35), Kamala Harris backtracking on issues and the Black perspective on busing (24:45), pandering to versus engaging with Black voters (31:45), and Kamala Harris’ plan to end the racial homeownership gap (35:05). They then have a conversation about Chris Brown and anti-blackness in Black music (44:07), Kanye West’s potential reality show (52:26), and the Little Mermaid controversy (53:24). They close by discussing sports, including Coco Gauff’s Wimbledon performance (1:01:27) and Kawhi Leonard’s NBA shakeup (1:05:44). 

 

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Episode 77: Debate Season

For this episode, Ty and Daphne discuss recent news and give their take on the first Democratic primary debates. They begin by catching up (00:30) and discussing “Oh Lawd” news (5:38), including Adidas diversity issues (6:28), a shocking Alabama indictment (12:08), Walmart layoffs (17:27), and Chick-Fil-A’s extraordinary customer service but questionable politics (20:34). Ty and Daphne then turn their attention to the Democratic primary debates. Specifically, they discuss their overall reaction to the debates (30:46), the candidates who stood out and fell flat (33:02), and the potential lineup of the second and third debates (38:36). They then have a conversation about whether homophobia will prevent Mayor Pete from rallying the black vote (46:22), what we can learn from Marianne Williamson (54:55), election poll trolling (57:43), post-debate attacks on Kamala Harris (59:25), and the importance of individual sacrifice for the common good (1:03:43). We close by discussing the recent Supreme Court decisions on gerrymandering and the 2020 census (1:14:40). 

 

 

Episode 76: Let the Political Hunger Games Begin

For this episode, Ty and Daphne discuss current events, news, and how to prepare for the Democratic primary debates. They begin by catching up (00:30) and discussing “Oh Lawd” news (6:15), including an airline passenger’s Twilight Zone experience (7:04), a $40 million divorce (9:49), a hacker’s successful ransom request (13:10), the evolutionary effects of cellphone usage (19:49), and an investigation into Philadelphia police officers’ offensive social media posts (27:50). Ty and Daphne then turn their attention to politics. Specifically, they discuss Mitch McConnell’s remarks on reparations (32:40), their hopes for the 2020 democratic debates (36:15), topics you should research before watching the debates (42:12), strategies for finding a candidate that aligns with your values (44:00), recent Trump news (46:35), and the latest Kavanaugh/Supreme Court headlines (52:14).

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Episode 75: Black Cultural Centers w/ Director Renee Thomas

Black cultural centers (BCCs), primarily located at predominantly white colleges and universities, emerged in the 1960s and 1970s during the civil rights movement.  BCCs provide students across the country with meaningful opportunities to grow as scholars and leaders in the African American community. For today’s episode  we learn more about these important institutions by interviewing Ms. Renee A. Thomas, the director of the Purdue University Black Cultural Center. Renee Thomas has over 20 years of experience in higher education administration with expertise in program development, student services, and community engagement. During our conversation, we discuss the history of BCCs and social context for which they emerged (41:27) and the unique history of the Purdue University Black Cultural Center (44:35). We then have a conversation about the continued relevance and potential criticisms of race-specific cultural centers on college campuses (50:26), myths and misconceptions about BCCs (55:06), and BCCs as both safe spaces and educational institutions (1:02:00). We close by discussing the process of establishing new BCCs (1:06:50) and the impact of the Purdue University BCC on the broader community (1:09:15).

 

Other Topics Include:

00:30 - Catch up with Ty and Daphne

4:45 - BhD “Oh Lawd” News

35:05 - Introduction of the Topic

39:05 - Learn More about Renee A. Thomas

57:18 - Purdue University BCC Programming

1:12:30 - Ty and Daphne Reflect on the Interview

 

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Episode 74: The Food Truck Scholar w/ Ariel D. Smith

In recent years, the United States has experienced a revolution in the food service industry with the rise of food trucks. The mobile food movement has not only taken over cities across the country, but food trucks are also increasingly becoming a staple in popular culture. Today we interview Ariel D. Smith, The Food Truck Scholar, about her research on the growing food truck movement, especially among Black entrepreneurs. During the interview, we discuss Ariel’s research on the Black food truck movement (20:21), the distinguishing characteristics of Black food entrepreneurs (22:18), and regional differences and cultural fusion in Black food truck cuisine (25:22). We also have a conversation about the rise of food truck culture in Black popular media (27:52), the link between hip hop and the Black food truck movement (33:53), collaboration and competition among Black food entrepreneurs (39:21), and Ariel’s favorite food trucks (49:58).

 

Other Topics:

00:30 - Catch Up with Ty and Daphne

04:40 - BhD “Oh Lawd” News

14:24 - Introduction of the Topic

15:45 - Learn more about Ariel D. Smith

42:32 - Ariel’s Next Steps

53:58 - Ty and Daphne reflect on the interview

 

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Episode 73: When They See Us

For this episode, Ty and Daphne discuss current events, news, and Ava DuVernay’s When They See Us. They begin by catching up (00:30) and discussing “Oh Lawd” news (7:09), including a vigilante shooting (“citizen’s arrest”) in Clayton County, Georgia (7:45), a lab owner falsifying drug and paternity tests (12:30), a strip club loving Catholic school principal (16:37), the NYPD “Rap” unit (22:25), and the Virginia Beach mass shooting (33:37). Ty and Daphne then focus their attention on the Central Park Five case and Ava DuVernay’s When They See Us. Specifically, they discuss their reactions to the Netflix miniseries (39:00), research on false confessions (45:22), tips on interacting with police during an interrogation (47:15), the serial rapist responsible for the Central Park jogger rape (49:30), and updates on the Central Park Five and the individuals responsible for their prosecution (50:40).  

 

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