11/15/15: A Conversation with Detroit Fire Commissioner Eric Jones

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An in-depth conversation with Detroit’s new Fire Commissioner Eric Jones. We talk with him about what he sees as the most urgent needs for firefighters and emergency medical technicians, and get his thoughts on how to improve the Department. Episode 4407.

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6/25/17: Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti on DPSCD / Detroit 67: Perspectives

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The new superintendent of the Detroit Public Schools Community District, Dr. Nikolai Vitti, talks with Stephen Henderson about his priorities for the district, teachers, academics and student enrollment. Episode 4536.

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Motown the Musical / Human Trafficking

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Legendary Motown founder Berry Gordy returns to Detroit for "Motown The Musical," the stage production about his storied life. Episode 4528.

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4/16/17: The Intersection / Bookstock 2017

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A year-long media project looking at the social and economic conditions that sparked the 1967 Detroit uprising is released as a book. Episode 4527.

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4/2/17: Detroit Public Schools Community District / Mass Incarceration

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On the next American Black Journal, Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) Interim Superintendent Alycia Meriweather is here to talk about the DPSCD programs and initiatives that took place during her tenure. Episode 4525.

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1/22/17: Ceasefire Detroit / Detroit Repertory Theatre

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Law enforcement, church leaders and community groups team up to fight gun violence and gang crime in Detroit. Plus, a venerable neighborhood theatre in Detroit celebrates a milestone anniversary. Episode 4516.

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10/25/15: African-American 490 Challenge / Live6 Alliance

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A coalition of African-American women’s groups comes together to raise money to get more than 1,000 abandoned rape kits processed. We have details on this new campaign that’s bringing awareness to sexual assault. Plus, we have a special report on the Detroit neighborhood long known for its commercial corridor, and the new plans to revitalize the area. Episode 4404.

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3/13/16: MDOT Trailblazer / 1967 Detroit

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In honor of Women’s History Month, we celebrate the trailblazing achievements of MDOT’s first African-American female Southwest Region Engineer. Plus, details on two major projects that are taking a look back at the 1967 Detroit rebellion and how far the City has come nearly 50 years later.

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2/21/16: Special Interview for Former Black Panther Party Leader Kathleen Cleaver

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Host Stephen Henderson interviews Kathleen Cleaver, Emory University Professor of Law and former Communications Secretary of the Black Panther Party. Episode 4420.

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1/10/16: Black Lives Matter / Pray the Violence out of Detroit

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We devote the entire program to a frank discussion – and a search for answers – to the violence tearing apart the black community. From black-on-black crime to the lethal force used by police officers, we talk with community activists about what can be done to stop the violence and deaths. Episode 4414.

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6/28/15: South Carolina Church Shootings

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As the nation struggles with the racist-fueled murders of nine black churchgoers in South Carolina, we devote our entire half-hour to a frank discussion about hate crimes, civil rights, and gun laws. Episode 4330.

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5/24/15: A Conversation with Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy

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Host Stephen Henderson talks in-depth with Prosecutor Kym Worthy about the criminal cases she’s prosecuted, including the high-profile corruption trial of former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. Episode 4327.

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5/3/15: Baltimore Violence / M-1 Rail Project

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The city of Baltimore erupts in violence after the funeral for a black man who died while in police custody. We explore the troubling recurrence of black deaths at the hands of police by looking at law enforcement reform. Plus, construction on the M-1 Rail Project in Detroit has kicked into high gear and we check on its progress. Episode 4324.

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4/5/15: Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence / Tribute to Viola Liuzzo

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Host Stephen Henderson talks with one of Michigan’s newest congressional members, Brenda Lawrence, about her leadership role on Capital Hill and how she plans on driving the Democratic agenda. Plus, Wayne State University is awarding its first ever posthumous honorary degree to slain civil rights activist Viola Liuzzo. Episode 4320.

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January 18, 2015: National March for Justice / Heart Disease and African-American Women

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Thousands converged on the nation’s capitol last month to march for justice and human rights, in light of the killings of unarmed black males. Our guest is a Detroiter who made the trip, and he shares his experiences. Plus, we have some life-saving information for African-American women, and a brand new segment of On This Day Detroit. Episode 4313.

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