Tavis Smiley and Cornel West
Tavis Smiley and Cornel West join Kim McLarin for a provocative conversation on race, black leadership, and accountability.
Capturing Black Life: A Conversation with Photo Historian Deborah Willis
Photographer and photo historian Deborah Willis discusses her life and work.
Searching for Sally Hemings: A Conversation with Author Annette Gordon-Reed
2010 MacArthur "Genius" Award recipient Annette Gordon-Reed. (Originally broadcast January 8, 2009) Before winning the MacArthur award, Professor Gordon-Reed sat down for a lengthy interview on Basic Black to discuss her book, The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family.
Jazz and Rock Drummer Cindy Blackman
Basic Black host Kim McLarin speaks with jazz and rock drummer Cindy Blackman.
Poetry & Conversation with Afaa Michael Weaver
Poet Afaa Michael Weaver talks about the life stories that inspire his work.
A Conversation with Boston Superintendent Carol Johnson
Superintendent Carol Johnson joins host Kim McLarin in a conversation about her goals for the Boston public school system and the challenges that she faces.
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September 20, 2013
Basic Black opens the season with a frank conversation on the Boston Mayor's race and how the outcome impacts communities of color. We'll also take a look at the historic nature of the race, as race and gender have played out in the campaign leading to the primary and general elections.
- Callie Crossley, WGBH Radio and TV Host
- Phillip Martin, senior reporter, WGBH News
- Kim McLarin, assistant professor of writing, literature, and publishing, Emerson College
- Wesley Lowery, political reporter, The Boston Globe
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