Shows: March 18, 2013

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Mapping Muslims - Ongoing Surveillance in NYC

A new report exposes the impacts of the systematic surveillance of Muslim communities in New York City by the NYPD. Since 2001, the NYPD has been operating a surveillance program arguing that it's an essential tool in preventing terrorism. The report entitled "Mapping Muslims", released last week by several groups including the Muslim American Civil Liberties Coalition, claims there is no evidence to back this up and that in fact, the program creates a climate of fear impacting the everyday life of Muslims living in New York City. To hear more about the report, we're joined by one of its authors, Diala Shamas of the CUNY - Creating Law Enforcement Accountability & Responsibility (CLEAR) project.

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Red Baraat's Brave New Beat

Since its formation in 2008, Red Baraat’s distinctive sound has been attracting energetic audiences to clubs, festivals, and packed college auditoriums worldwide. The 8-piece band blends North Indian bhangra rhythms, hip hop beats, and jazz and funk inflections by combining the dhol, an Indian double-sided drum, with horns, vocals, and percussion. Red Baraat’s new album, Shruggy Ji, follows its 2010 debut Chaal Baby and the digital-only Bootleg Bhangra. With one track sung entirely in Hindi and another that the band describes as playing “like a Tarantino car chase,” the music is sure to raise you up out of your chair and get you dancing! Listen to tracks from the new album as well as our interview with band members Sunny Jain and MiWi La Lupa discussing their musical influences, how their sound and lineup have evolved, and their deep love of New Orleans.

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