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Basic Black: The "Fiscal Cliff" and Your Wallet

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Business | Politics


Originally broadcast December 7, 2012.

If no measures are taken, in less than a month the United States will "fall off the fiscal cliff." Among other things, this means that the Bush tax cuts and the payroll tax cut will expire, extended unemployment benefits will end, and Medicare would lose nearly $11 billion from its budget. Many experts believe that going over the cliff would lead to another recession. What does this mean for people of color? The middle class? The poor?

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Basic Black LIVE: Coakley vs. Brown & A Review of Barack Obama's First Year

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

(Originally broadcast January 21, 2010)  This week our panel takes a look at the outcome of the Massachusetts special election for U.S. Senate; later in the program, a review of President Barack Obama's first year in office.

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Basic Black LIVE: Massachusetts Politics

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Business | Health | Politics

(Originally broadcast February 4, 2010)   Our panelists discuss Senator Scott Brown and the African American community and then take a look at the beginning of the Massachusetts gubernatorial campaign.

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Basic Black Live: The Passage of Universal Health Care Legislation

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Health | Politics

(Originally broadcast March 25, 2010)  This week, Basic Black explores the impact of the passage of universal health care reform legislation - especially its impact on communities of color and the violent reaction from opponents to the legislation. 

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Basic Black Live: The Massachusetts Race For Governor

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Mass Decision 2010: The Race for Governor

(Originally broadcast October 21, 2010)  Our panel:  Phillip Martin, senior investigative reporter, WGBH Radio; Carlos Henriquez, candidate, 5th Suffolk District; Callie Crossley, host of The Callie Crossley Show, 89.7; Russell Holmes, candidate, 6th Suffolk District; Latoyia Edwards, anchor and reporter, New England Cable News.

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Basic Black Live: Countdown To The Massachusetts Race for Governor

Black Boston | Business | Health | Politics

(Originally broadcast October 28, 2010)  Our panel looks at all the issues in play with less than a week to go before Massachusetts makes its choice for governor.

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Basic Black Live: Looking Ahead to the Second Obama Administration

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Business | Politics


January 25, 2013

President Obama officially began his second term of office on January 20th.  In his inaugural address to the nation the following day, his focus was on the strengths and promises of America.  In this Basic Black conversation, we explore the challenges, the goals, and the demands for the second Obama administration.




Photo:  Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts administers the oath of office to President Barack Obama during the inaugural swearing-in ceremony at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Jan. 21, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Sonya N. Hebert)

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Basic Black Live: Breaking Down the "State of the Union"

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics


February 15, 2013:

This week, with the State of the Union, President Barack Obama delivered his first major address after his second inaugural speech.  Most polls showed a favorable reception to the speech, which emphasized domestic issues including raising the minimum wage, voting reform, and a bigger push on passing immigration legislation.  But with a divided Congress and a country of competing constituencies, how much can be accompanied in a lame duck Obama presidency?




(Photo:  President Obama delivers the State of the Union Address, February 12, 2013.  Official White House photo, Chuck Kennedy.)

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Basic Black After the Broadcast: The GOP and Communities of Color

Black Boston | Politics


April 26, 2013

After the broadcast, the conversation turned to the GOP's efforts towards outreach to communities of color.  (The video of the television broadcast will be available the week of April 29.)


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Basic Black Live: History in the Headlines

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics


May 3, 2013

Tonight on Basic Black history in the headlines: a report this week concluded that for the first time ever, black voter turnout surpassed that of white voters.  We'll look at the national and local implications.  And in sports, NBA player Jason Collins revealed he is gay; as the first professional athlete to do so, it's history, but is it news?



(Photo: Jason Collins.  Kwaku Alston for Sports Illustrated.)

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