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This edition: Civil Rights: Old School/New School

Episode Details

Original tape date: January 12, 2015.

First aired: January 14, 2015.

First, while the civil rights retrospective film, 'Selma' takes off, Brian talks to activists from the #BlackLivesMatter and police reform movements that have risen to prominence in recent months. The question is - how might we put these movements in historical context? To discuss, Millennial Activists United cofounder Brittany Ferrell on Skype from Ferguson, Missouri; Black Alliance for Just Immigration executive director, Opal Tometi; and organizer with New Yorkers Against Bratton, Josmar Trujillo.

Then - in our public intellectual segment where we explore new research with the power to change minds and public policy - a study tells a "twin peaks" story showing those who saw their incomes rise the fastest between 1987 and 2008 were the top earners in wealthy countries and a growing middle class in Asia while inequality deepens in the U.S.

Next, in 1965 a march with Martin Luther King Jr. from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama preceded the passage of the Voting Rights Act. Stephen Somerstein was there with a camera. He shares his photos soon to be on display at the New York Historical Society.

And finally, New York is getting a hip hop museum. Joining us to discuss the story behind the project and the roots of the 30-plus year old sub-culture that changed the world, JT Thompson, Chairman and Executive Director of the Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum.

Guest List

Brittany Ferrell Co-Founder, Millennial Activists Untied

Branko Milanovic Presidential Fellow, The Graduate Center/CUNY

Stephen Somerstein Documentary Photographer, somerstein.com

JT Thompson Chairman, Executive Director, Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum

Opal Tometi Executive Director, Black Alliance for Just Immigration

Josmar Trujillo Founder, New Yorkers Against Bratton

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