Flashback from the Blackboard Jungle

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Jan 042017
Flashback from the Blackboard Jungle

To promote CLASH! I’ve spoken at the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, on dozens of radio and television programs, and on more college campuses than I can count. But Carleton College, tucked among the cornfields of Northfield, Minnesota, holds a special place in my heart. I’ve spoken there twice now, and both times met incredibly thoughtful […]

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Sep 152014
Split Identities on "To the Best of Our Knowledge"

For years, I’ve tuned in to PRI’s “To the Best of Our Knowledge” most Sunday nights as I make a soup for the week. So imagine my delight to be a guest on TTBOOK to discuss Clash! and how people navigate their many and often conflicting cultural identities. The line-up for the episode, called “Split Identities,” was […]

Don’t Lean In More; Lean On Men

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Dec 042013
Don't Lean In More; Lean On Men

American women are leaning in. We now earn more degrees, hold more managerial and professional positions, and in many cities earn more money than do men. And yet we still make up only 17 percent of the U.S. Congress, lead only 3.6 percent of the Fortune 500, and earn only 77 cents for the same […]

Oct 042013
TEDx: From Independence to Interdependence

I was chuffed to give a talk about CLASH! at the inaugural TEDx Pacific Palisades, whose theme was “From_____ to _____.” I shared, among other things, tales of my harrowing transition from working-class Memphis to Yale, a photograph of my grandmother with 17-year-old me, and the story of how I got mixed up with Hazel Rose […]

Aug 212013
Thinking Aloud in Dallas

Why do African Americans have the highest levels of self-esteem in the U.S.? Why don’t tiger cubs wither in the grips of their tiger mothers? Is your brain a plant or a computer? I answer these questions and more on KERA’s “Think” with the redoubtable Krys Boyd, to the delight of my friends in Dallas. Click here […]

Jul 232013
What Your Music Says About You

I sat down with radio legend Ronn Owens in his San Francisco studio to discuss CLASH! Ronn’s daughter is a country music lyricist in Nashville, and so I told him about my and Hazel’s studies of rock and country music lyrics, which show that rock music roils with themes of independence, while country music lilts […]

Jul 152013
Talking Race in Florida

Miami public radio’s “Topical Currents” hosted CLASH! authors Alana and Hazel on the eve of the Trayvon Martin case decision, wherein we explained not only why Blacks still think they are judged by the color of their skin, but also why they are right. We also had time to talk about less controversial topics, like religion and […]

Jul 052013
On Truth, Beauty, and Justice

In this radio interview on Wisconsin Public Radio’s “The Joy Cardin Show,” Alana fields questions from several articulate callers, including one who asked, “Why can’t we all just get over our cultures and agree to the underlying, fundamental Platonic ideals of truth, beauty, and justice?” Hear Alana’s response, as well as her thoughts on whether people are […]

May 162013
CLASH! on MSNBC's The Cycle

MSNBC’s “The Cycle” featured CLASH! on May 16. Alana talked about religion, politics, and why migrating from Tennessee to San Francisco makes you lose weight and change your hair. Special bonus: smart hosts Touré, S.E. Cupp, Ari Melber, and Krystal Ball. Click this post to watch the clip. N.B. When Alana says “global working,” she means “global warming.” Total […]

May 072013
I Said "Base Rate Fallacy" on the Radio

Conservative radio host Stu Taylor and I discussed race, class, and gender. Although I had to open the can of statistical reasoning, no one got hurt. Instead, we both did a good job of demonstrating how to negotiate the clash of independence and interdependence.  Click this post to hear a recording of our May 12 […]