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The Comments Section: As the news editor for Giant Bomb, a video game news and reviews site, Patrick Klepek has received his share of online harassment, from the comments to Twitter to his personal email. But he’s a white dude in a position of influence. What kind of harassment do less established writers and people in the community particularly women and minorities face? Klepek talks to us about his recent work to call attention to toxic conversations online and how to make the Internet a (slightly) nicer place.
Hip-Hop and Social Innovation: Lake Michigan to the world! South African hip-hop artist Mhligo has been using hip-hop and performance in his home township of Umlazi outside of Durban to organize young people around social issues that effect them. He joins us along with David Flynn, founder of From the Roots a non-profit that does similar work, where Mhligo is a fellow, to invite us to a productive party on Saturday.
Coya Paz: The doctor is in! We’re gonna double check the Supreme Court’s ruling on Affirmative Action, see if we all have enough to eat, and play a game of Racist or Not Racist when it come to religious iconography.
Saviour?: We are joined by the fabulous Esther Armah, journalist, talk show host, and playwright to talk about her most recent play Saviour?, about race, privilege, and entitlement. It is playing at the eta Creative Art Foundation right now. We’ll also talk about representation of women of color in the media.
Council of Feminist Thought: Mixing it up on the Council today are Cassandra Gaddo from Step Up Women’s Network and comedian Liza Treyger. Topics on tap: the criminalization of pregnant women for drug use, a sex ed news roundup, and the female heroes and superheroes that miiiight hit the big screen.