Audio Blog: How We Can Prevent Bullying from the Ground Up

October 20, 2010 by Jessica Acee · Comments Off
Filed under: Politics, podcast 

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This installment of the Imagine2050 audio blog takes a look at bullying among our youth.  Recent suicides across the country have once again drawn attention to the taunting, teasing, and harassment that occurs in our schools and online. We have to put an end to this crazy notion that kids suffer through bullying because it’s part of growing up.  In this episode a veteran teacher and school principal offers his thoughts on the subject and we discuss the Obama Administration’s new anti-bullying initiatives. Read more

Audio Blog: Freedom of Religion Defines America

August 10, 2010 by Jessica Acee · Comments Off
Filed under: American Identity, Politics, podcast 

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If you’ve watched the network news lately, you’ve probably seen coverage of the proposed Mosque and Islamic Cultural Center near the former site of the World Trade Center towers.

A huge amount of prime time space has been given to protesters of the Mosque, a group that includes Tea Party members, anti-Islamic activists and, sadly, the Anti-Defamation League or the ADL.  The ADL is a long-standing Jewish civil rights organization that released a statement in opposition to the planned Mosque and Cultural Center.

While the ADL’s statement is disappointing to say the least, it shouldn’t overshadow the Jewish community as a whole that has come together in support of the Islamic Cultural Center by writing blogs, letters to the editor and organizing rallies and press conferences. Read more

Audio: December 2009 Blogcast

December 3, 2009 by Noah Chandler · 1 Comment
Filed under: American Identity, podcast 

This month we meet with another activist fighting for the basic civil right called marriage. As you probably know, here in California Proposition 8 passed late last year and court challenges have not been successful in overturning the discriminatory law forbidding same-sex marriage. So, like it was about 40 years ago for interracial couples, same-sex partners cannot enter into civil read more

Audio: March 2009 Blogcast

March 24, 2009 by Noah Chandler · 2 Comments
Filed under: American Identity, podcast 

As you have most likely read on the 2050 blog, there has been some heavy anti-immigrant activity in Arizona lately. Many of the people caught in this war on immigrants are the regions Native (American) population. In light of this population, it begs the question, who IS the immigrant? And is someone’s ‘immigrant status’ really the issue? But now I’m getting a read more

Audio: (Part 2) One Be Lo on Hip-hop and Being American.

February 25, 2009 by Noah Chandler · Comment
Filed under: American Identity, Culture, Immigration, podcast 

What does it mean to be “Hip-Hop”? What does it mean to be “American”? In part two of our visit with Michigan-based hip-hop artist One Be Lo, we get his take on both of these questions and what he feels they have in common. We also get treated to two more songs from this positive hip-hopper.

Diversity. Strength. Global Community.

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Audio: (Part 1) Hip-hop artist One Be Lo talks music, youth, and empowerment.

February 17, 2009 by Noah Chandler · 1 Comment
Filed under: Culture, Immigration, podcast 

During this month’s hip-hop show “Stop the Circus. Stop Arpaio!” in Phoenix, Arizona, I got a chance to sit down with the popular underground hip-hop artist One Be Lo. So join us as we get the positive scoop from this positive artist as he looks at identity, hip-hop culture and youth. He was also kind enough to share read more

Audio: Stop Arpaio, Stop the Circus!

February 11, 2009 by Noah Chandler · Comment
Filed under: Culture, Immigration, podcast 
Wordsworth Works the Crowd With Positive Rhymes

This week I’ve been in the area of Phoenix, Arizona documenting the organizing efforts of the young people here as they take a stand against the recent human rights abuses committed by read more

Audio: November 2008 Blogcast!

November 27, 2008 by Noah Chandler · 2 Comments
Filed under: American Identity, podcast 


Come along with me this month as we take part in a rally for same-sex marriage rights. You might ask, what does same-sex marriage have to do with identity? I’d answer, a whole heck of a lot! First of all, it clearly challenges a dominant idea of what it means to be a man or a woman in the United States. Second, if some people have fewer rights than others, are they read more

Audio: September 2008 Blogcast

September 19, 2008 by Noah Chandler · 1 Comment
Filed under: American Identity, podcast 

Around the globe people have always immigrated from one country to another. The U.S. is a unique place in that our nation was founded on exactly that movement of people. Since day one a multitude of cultures and ethnicities have made the United States home. In my eyes, this mix of people defines exactly what it means to be American.
However, even with that history there remains a read more

Audio: August 2008 Blogcast

August 21, 2008 by Noah Chandler · 5 Comments
Filed under: American Identity, Culture, Immigration, podcast 

Welcome to the August 21, 2008 edition of the Imagine 2050 audio podcast. This week we take to the streets in Oakland, California for an engaging exploration of what it means to be American. I feel the need to give thanks to the participants this month as here they were minding their own business and I come up to them with some tough questions about identity. I mean if they had been at read more

Audio: 2050 Blogcast - July 2008

July 17, 2008 by Noah Chandler · 3 Comments
Filed under: American Identity, podcast 

(Image gratefully borrowed from tomsaint’s photos on flicker.com/creativecommons)

This month I bring you some audio that I captured during a summer trip the Middle East. What you will hear is an interview that I did with a person I met along my travels. Her name is Nadine and she was born in Lebanon and her parents are Syrian. The catch is that her family read more

Audio: 2050 Inaugural Blogcast!

June 16, 2008 by Noah Chandler · 3 Comments
Filed under: American Identity, podcast 

Yes! The Imagine 2050 podcast is here. It’s a simple beginning for a wonderful project and I look forward to growing right along-side all of you.

This week we are at the screening of a documentary film in San Francisco. The film, Calavera Highway, is a deeply touching movie that follows a Mexican-American family as its seven brothers’ grapple with identifying their read more