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This edition: Expanding the Image of African Art

Episode Details

Original tape date: November 19, 2012.

First aired: November 21, 2012.

When there’s no light or heat, should FEMA float wifi blimps above the trouble to coordinate relief and keep us in touch? That’s just one idea from people who think about a digital defense against disaster. Joining us, three tech experts leading the charge on this front: Personal Democracy Media founder Andrew Rasiej, NY Tech Meetup managing director, Jessica Lawrence. And via Skype,'s technology manager, Michael Badger.

It was less than two weeks after hurricane Sandy hit. The Beach Channel High School football team from the Rockaways had been blown apart by the storm, some players camping out in cold, dark apartments, others living with family and friends far from home. But before the storm, the Beach Channel Dolphins had made it to the playoffs and were scheduled to play Port Richmond High. Though fewer than 15% of the student body managed
to get to their temporary high school for classes, the team somehow got to the big game. On the show to tell us about the team that would not forfeit, reporter Geoff Decker, who covered the story for the publication “Gotham Schools”, and Justin Zemser, co-captain of the “Beach Channel Dolphins.“

Why, 40 years after the civil rights movement and laws designed to make things right, are America’s neighborhoods still largely segregated? Nikole Hannah-Jones, an investigative reporter with the non-profit news outlet, ProPublica recently completed a two-part investigation into what could be called, “apartheid-lite.” It’s a sobering look at the federal government’s failure to enforce a little known desegregation provision of the 1968 Fair Housing Act. Hannah-Jones’s year-long investigation goes a long way toward explaining why we are still living apart.

With fresh ideas and inventive exhibits, major mus
eums in the United States are challenging outdated perceptions many of us hold about African Art. Yes, wood-carved masks are still in vogue in the “ancient civilizations wing,” but today one can also enjoy modern multimedia works by African artists on display at places like the David Krut Gallery in Chelsea, the Newark Museum in New Jersey and at the Smithsonian Museum of African Art” in Washington, D.C. Joining us, two guests in the forefront of expanding the image of African Art. Christa Clarke is senior curator of the Arts of Africa and the Americas at the Newark Museum. Moroccan-born artist, Lalla Essaydi is here too. She has work on display now and makes her home here in New York City.

Guest List

Michael Badger Organizer, Occupy Sandy relief effort

Christa Clarke Senior Curator, Arts of Africa and the Americas, Newark Museum, Co-editor, Representing Africa in American Art Museums: A Century of Collecting and Display

Geoff Decker Reporter

Lalla Essaydi Moroccan-born artist

Nikole Hannah-Jones Investigative reporter, ProPublica

Jessica Lawrence Managing Director, NY Tech Meetup

Andrew Rasiej Entrepreneur/Technology Strategist, Founder of Personal Democracy Media

Joaneath Spicer Exhibit Curator, “Revealing the African Presence in Renaissance Europe”

Justin Zemser Co-Captain, Beach Channel Dolphins football team, Student, Beach Channel High School, Rockaway Park NY

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