Summer Schedule 2016
Writers on Writing
Tune In This Week
“Writers on Writing” Radio Show
With Dr. Brenda M. Greene, Executive Director of
The Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, CUNY
WNYE 91.5 FM
Sundays, 7 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Listen online at www.wmecradio.com
July 24, 2016: Amiri Baraka – originally aired September 9, 2007
In this rebroadcast, Dr. Greene interviewed Amiri Baraka, poet, playwright, novelist, essayist and cultural worker, and discussed his book Tales of the Out & the Gone, a collection of short stories on political wars, revolutionary struggle, issues of class and race. In this collection, Baraka examines, critiques, and poses dilemmas for addressing ongoing challenges in our society. The interview offers his reflections on these issues.
July 31, 2016: Peniel E. Joseph — originally aired December 14, 2014
Dr. Brenda Greene talks with Dr. Peniel E. Joseph, who is currently the Barbara Jordan Chair in Political Values and Ethics and Founding Director, Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, LBJ School of Public Affairs and professor of history, University of Texas at Austin. Joseph is author of the book Stokely: A Life, a biography of the charismatic Stokely Carmichael aka Kwame Ture, a giant of the Civil Rights Movement. Dr. Brenda Greene and Professor Joseph discuss the motivation behind his writing of the biography Stokely: A Life; and the highlights and pivotal events of this well-researched and important biography.
August 7, 2016: Michael Eric Dyson — originally aired June 15, 2014
Dr. Greene interviews Michael Eric Dyson, cultural critic, sociologist and minister on race, politics, education, and the arts. Dyson reflects on the experiences that led and motivated him to become a public intellectual. As one of the foremost contemporary public intellectuals, whose rhetorical swiftness is legendary, Dyson is a regular commentator on MSNBC, CNN, and NPR. Greene asks him to reflect on the concept of a post-racial versus post-racist society, the role of the musician as a social critic, and the impact of hip-hop and youth culture in our society.
August 14, 2016: Lalita Tademy — originally aired February 8, 2015
Dr. Greene talks with New York Times best-selling author Lalita Tademy about her new novel, Citizens Creek, an evocative story about an enslaved man who possesses an extraordinary gift to master languages and buys his freedom after serving as a translator during the American Indian Wars The book follows the life of Cow Tom and his granddaughter, Rose, who sustains his legacy of courage. Greene and Tademy also discuss the extensive research and writing process that Tademy used in creating this work.
August 21, 2016: Bridgett M. Davis — originally aired February 1, 2015
Dr. Brenda Greene talks with author Bridgett M. Davis about her most recently published book, Into the Go-Slow. Davis’s debut novel, Shifting through Neutral, was a finalist for the 2005 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. Into the Go-Slow is the story of twenty-one-year-old Angie who is consumed by thoughts of the death of her sister, Ella, who died years earlier in Nigeria. On impulse, Angie travels to Lagos and begins to retrace Ella’s steps and uncovers some harsh truths. Davis’s intimate tale captures the pain of living vicariously and the exhilaration of finding yourself.
August 28, 2016: Jamal Joseph — originally aired July, 27, 2014
Dr. Brenda Greene interviews Jamal Joseph, writer, director, producer, poet, activist, and educator. Joseph is the author of Panther Baby: A Life of Rebellion & Reinvention (Algonquin Books), an intimate account of his coming of age within the Black Panther Movement and recounts his compelling and illuminating personal odyssey.
September 4, 2016: Craig Wilder — originally aired Dec. 15 and Dec. 22, 2013
Dr. Brenda Greene talks with Dr. Craig Steven Wilder, professor of American history at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, about his book Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities. In his well-researched and revealing book, Wilder examines the connection between our leading and prestigious academic institutions and slave labor; and how slave labor provided financial support to those colleges. “The academy never stood apart from American slavery,” Wilder writes in the book. “In fact, it stood beside church and state as the third pillar of a civilization built on bondage.”
September 11, 2016: Kiese Laymon — originally aired Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015 and Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015
Dr. Brenda Greene interviews Kiese Laymon, author of the novel Long Division and a collection of essays, How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America, which Dr. Greene describes as a “tour de force.” Laymon lays bare the roots of racism, of what it is like to grow up as a Black man in Southern America. The conversation focuses on his motivation for writing the book, his discussion of the people who influenced him as a writer and reader, his journey from Mississippi to Vassar, the impact of the South on hip-hop, and his message to writers and young people.