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This edition: Freedom Films: Human Rights Watch Festival

Episode Details

Original tape date: June 17, 2013.

First aired: June 19, 2013.

The annual Human Rights Watch film festival is underway, through June 23rd. Brian interviews the directors and a subject of three stellar films, including: “deep south,” about the HIV/AIDS epidemic battering the southeast; “An Unreal Dream: The Michael Morton Story,” about an innocent man who served nearly 25 years in a Texas prison after being wrongly convicted of murdering his wife; and “Tall as the Baobab Tree,” a fictional account of child marriage in a Senegalese village and, HRW’s choice to close out this year’s festival on June 23rd.

Citi-Bike is 3 weeks old in New York City. Brian looks at what’s needed to help this 6,000-bike system become a significant third form of public transportation. Guests include: MetroBike founder, Paul DeMaio via Skype from Alexandria, VA and Frank Hebbert, director at Open Plans.

In this week’s Public Intellectual, where we highlight new research that changes our thinking and public policy, a Pew study shows women are now the primary or sole breadwinners in four of 10 households with children. Brian gets reaction, not all of it positive, from guests, Carmella T.M. Marrone, founder of the Women & Work program at Queens College; Hunter College anthropologist Ida Susser, author of “Norman Street, Poverty & Politics in an Urban Neighborhood”; and via Skype from Princeton University, professor Imani Perry of the Center for African-American Studies.

Guest List

Lisa Biagiotti Director, "deepsouth"

Paul DeMaio Founder , MetroBike, LLC

Frank Hebbert Director, OpenPlans

Monica Johnson Cast Member, "deepsouth"

Carmella Marrone Executive Director, Women and Work, Queens College/CUNY

Dr. Imani Perry Professor, Center for African-American Studies, Princeton University

Al Reinert Director, “An Unreal Dream: The Michael Morton Story”

Dr. Ida Susser Professor of Anthropology, Hunter College and CUNY Graduate Center

Jeremy Teicher Director, “Tall as the Baobab Tree"