Shows: May 7, 2018

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Integrating NYC schools

Although the courts struck down segregation laws long ago, the informal structures of inequality have become entrenched through softer borders social exclusion.

In New York City, most public school kids are black, Asian or Latino, but the schools are among the most highly segregated in the country. And only one in four New Yorkers live in a neighborhood that could be considered racially diverse. We talk to Sarah Camiscoli, an organizer with Integrate NYC, which is leading the #StillNotEqual campaign, about how to promote meaningful integration in city schools.


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Taxi workers face labor crisis

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New York’s cabbies are running on empty these days as they plunge into economic and social crisis driven by the rideshare industry. A recent spate of driver suicides has prompted long-overdue reform bills at the City Council. Advocates now want to see various measures to help regulate and contain the growth of the industry. We speak witth Bhairavi Desai of New York Taxi Workers Alliance about what’s at stake in their campaign to protect drivers’ labor rights.

This interview was first broadcast on Dissent Magazine's Belabored podcast.


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Writers, Bodies and Migration

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An excerpt from the Asian American Writer’s Workshop: The Body and Migration, with Vi Khi Nao, Brandon Shimoda, Celina Su, and moderated by Dorothy Wang. The writers reflect on their experiences as Asian Americans in diaspora, their definitions of avant garde and/or experimental writing, and the implicit expectation of writing 'Asian American' poetry and literature.

We finish with live poetry from Wendy Xu from another AAWW event, the launch of the Go Home! anthology, and Fong Tran's spoken word on education and consciousness.

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