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I SEE U with Eddie Robinson

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I SEE U is a unique new program that gives voice to those who have often been unheard. Hosted by Houston Public Media’s Eddie Robinson, I SEE U explores cultural identity through the stories of people and places that have been transformed by the effects of long-standing biases. Eddie guides fascinating conversations with newsmakers who share their personal histories, their struggles and their triumphs. In listening, we learn to empathize and hopefully experience a few ‘a-ha’ moments for ourselves.

I SEE U is a unique new program that gives voice to those who have often been unheard. Hosted by Houston Public Media’s Eddie Robinson, I SEE U explores cultural identity through the stories of people and places that have been transformed by the effects of long-standing biases. Eddie guides fascinating conversations with newsmakers who share their personal histories, their struggles and their triumphs. In listening, we learn to empathize and hopefully experience a few ‘a-ha’ moments for ourselves.

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United States

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I SEE U is a unique new program that gives voice to those who have often been unheard. Hosted by Houston Public Media’s Eddie Robinson, I SEE U explores cultural identity through the stories of people and places that have been transformed by the effects of long-standing biases. Eddie guides fascinating conversations with newsmakers who share their personal histories, their struggles and their triumphs. In listening, we learn to empathize and hopefully experience a few ‘a-ha’ moments for ourselves.

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English

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Episodes

22: Coalitions of Color

10/22/2021
According to new census data 95% of the population growth in Texas was from communities of color and Texas is a majority minority state. Latinos and African Americans are the largest minority groups in the state and have the potential to wield enormous political power if they can build and maintain successful coalitions. On this episode, we explore examples of Black/Latino coalition building past and present. We’ll chat with former Harris County Clerk Chris Hollins whose work with Harris...

Duration:00:52:24

21: Grown and Trill

10/15/2021
Often seen as an expression of youth culture, hip hop as a musical genre is almost FIFTY! That means that hip hop’s earliest fans are also aging. Now parents, professionals, and caregivers, they are asking: can you be fully adult—Grown—and stay true to the love of the music that shaped your childhood? In Houston hip hop culture, the word Trill, which is a combination of the terms true and real, is used to describe people and things that are authentic and rooted in the culture. On this...

Duration:00:52:16

20: Race & the City

10/8/2021
Our geography defines our understanding of the world as much as anything else. National and state boundaries and even city streets define the areas that mark what is home, what is safe, and where we belong. The ability to make choices about where you want to live also shapes what schools you attend, your level of access to parks and green space, and your commute to work. There is one neighborhood characteristic that does not happen by accident—racial composition. Discriminatory lending...

Duration:00:52:32

Dr. Melanye Price takes the helm as guest host of ‘I SEE U’

10/6/2021
Town Square with Ernie Manouse airs at 3 p.m. CT. Tune in on 88.7FM, listen online or subscribe to the podcast. Join the discussion at 888-486-9677, questions@townsquaretalk.org or @townsquaretalk. How do we tell the stories of diverse communities, some of which have been overlooked or often seen through biased lenses? I See U with Eddie Robinson is Houston Public Media’s newest talk show and podcast that focuses on those stories about cultural identity, social justice, and how people...

Duration:00:50:17

19: Women of The Revolution

10/1/2021
The legendary Prince created an iconic band known as, The Revolution. Not only did the early '80s group incorporate an energy and sound that threw off music radio programmers worldwide, but The Revolution also consisted of overwhelming talent that embraced notions of diversity and inclusion with members from different backgrounds, ethnicities, races and sexual orientations. Two band members -- Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman -- were romantically involved with each other and had kept their...

Duration:00:53:22

18: To Be Young, Gifted and Gay

9/24/2021
His song mashup featuring a popular Rihanna track mixed with a vintage Luther Vandross classic threw the internet music world into a frenzy! Celebrities and hip-hop artists quickly showered him with accolades and overwhelming social media support. Now, Jamir Reece Davis, aka AMORPHOUS, has become a much sought-after music producer, having released an EP called, "Things Take Shape." But how long will this momentum last? And as an openly gay artist, how will this impact his career in a...

Duration:00:52:39

17: Prison Sells and Comedy Shows

9/17/2021
Comedian Ali Siddiq spent six years in a maximum-security penitentiary on a 15-year sentence for trafficking cocaine. Siddiq discovered his voice to make people laugh behind bars. And now, he's found success all over the country and across the globe with his laid-back, sometimes stand-up, comic storytelling about being locked up, fatherhood and racism. Though he's appeared on major outlets like Comedy Central, Showtime, HBO and BET, he is reluctant to leave the city of Houston -- a place...

Duration:00:52:40

16: Four The Love of Rocky

9/3/2021
Film composer Vince DiCola had never scored an entire movie before in the mid-80s. But once actor/director Sylvester Stallone heard a few of his demo tracks for Rocky IV, he decided to hire DiCola for the gig. That film ended up being one of the most financially successful movies of the Rocky franchise. In fact, earlier this summer, Stallone announced a re-release of the film with a "Director's Cut," to hit theaters in November. Join host Eddie Robinson as he chats candidly with the...

Duration:00:53:09

15: An 'Afghan' League of Her Own

8/27/2021
Born in Afghanistan, Nadia Nadim was only 11 years old when the Taliban executed her father, who was an Army General. Her mother, along with Nadia's four sisters, ended up fleeing through neighboring Pakistan with a fake passport, before eventually arriving in Denmark -- the country she now calls home. From living in a refugee camp to winning a title for a national French soccer team, Nadia's journey to becoming an international football star seems to be the perfect ingredient for a motion...

Duration:00:52:17

14: Digital Dance School Playgrounds

8/20/2021
There's a Spanish teacher at Bellaire High School in southwest Houston who's using a unique method of connecting with his students inside the classroom. He's creating digital dance videos on TikTok and Dubsmash as his way of building stronger relationships with his students and developing an enhanced learning environment. His dance moves have earned him hundreds of thousands of social media followers and national media coverage. But is this new teaching strategy really working? Should...

Duration:00:53:03

13: The Radical Forgiveness of Anthony Graves

8/13/2021
Arguably, the state of Texas' most famous death row exoneree, Anthony Charles Graves spent nearly 20 years in prison for a brutal crime that he did not commit, including 12 years on death row -- all while receiving two execution dates. Since his release more than a decade ago, Graves has been working extensively with the justice system that mistakenly put him behind bars in the first place! Join us for one of the most riveting episodes of I SEE U, as former inmate Anthony Graves speaks...

Duration:00:52:20

12: Band of (Rhythm and Blues) Brothers

8/6/2021
Grammy-award winning mega-producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis admit to I SEE U that they have nothing to prove and yet, so much to say. Although the duo had been working together for over 35 years -- writing and producing hits for other artists, they've finally released a studio album with their own marquee. 'Jam and Lewis: Vol 1,' showcases top-charting vocalists like Toni Braxton, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, Usher, Boyz II Men and The Sounds of Blackness. The iconic producers reveal to...

Duration:00:52:46

11: An Olympic Legend Among Us

7/30/2021
As Track And Field athletes prepare their mark and get set to run for the gold in Tokyo, six-time Olympic medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee connects with I SEE U from her native East St. Louis to observe this weekend's competitive rounds. At the Seoul Summer Olympics in 1988, she became the first woman to win back-to-back gold medals in the grueling heptathlon event, as well as the first African-American woman to win an Olympic medal in the long jump. Founder and CEO of the Jackie...

Duration:00:52:36

10: Black A I = Artificial Inclusion

7/23/2021
A young computer scientist who grew up in Mississippi is focusing her efforts on fairness and identifying biases in technology. Though she's working in Atlanta as an artificial intelligence researcher for Amazon, she's reinvesting much of her earnings towards the development of a multi-million dollar innovation center that's set to transform her native downtown Jackson. Dr. Nashlie Sephus is also CEO of The Bean Path -- a non-profit that works to bridge the "tech gap" in communities where...

Duration:00:52:23

9: Vietnamese Fishermen v. the KKK

7/16/2021
In 1981, militant Klansmen in East Texas waged a terror campaign against recently immigrated Vietnamese fishermen who were trying to make a living near Galveston Bay. As tensions heated up, some began to label the conflict a "race war." But a legal argument brought justice to the vulnerable community of Vietnamese refugees. Join us we take you on a journey through the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico featuring 87-year-old South Vietnamese army colonel, Nguyen Van Nam; his son Michael; and...

Duration:00:52:21

8: Ebony and Ivory in Systemic Harmony

7/9/2021
Chaka Khan, Phil Collins, Robert Palmer, Angela Bofill and Steve Winwood are just a few names who've landed hit after hit while working with veteran keyboardist David Frank and guitarist/vocalist Mic Murphy. But the talented duo worked largely under the radar for years. Both Murphy and Frank created their musical magic and pioneering sound not only for other artists but also for themselves, under the name, THE SYSTEM, with popular songs like, "Don't Disturb This Groove," and "You Are In My...

Duration:00:49:17

7: Nothing But The T.R.U.T.H. Project

6/25/2021
The T.R.U.T.H. Project is a non-profit in Houston that works to educate and mobilize LGBTQ+ communities of color and their allies, with resources that promote mental, emotional and sexual health through the arts. The group's founder, Kevin Anderson, recently received a grant to produce a new digital documentary entitled, "Black Boy Symphony." Shot at the Deluxe Theatre in Houston's historic downtown 5th Ward, the film explores the lives of several gay men of color in the wake of a global...

Duration:00:54:02

6: Here Comes The Son

6/18/2021
As an only-child growing up in the early '70s in rural Mississippi, I SEE U's Eddie Robinson admired his mom and dad. Family meant the world to him -- it gave him a deep sense of belonging. But years later, when he came out to them as gay during a phone call, his religious parents shut off all communication with him. But it was his father who finally broke the silence and expressed how much they loved and supported him. Years later, Eddie made a promise to his dad that he'd be a...

Duration:00:51:30

5: Rise Up, Down in Mississippi

6/11/2021
What is it about strong, Black Women of the South? You may very well discover the answer in our interview with acclaimed actress and Mississippi-native, Aunjanue Ellis. Remarkably, she's been working in the film and television industry for over 25 years, starring in movies like, "The Help," "Ray," Lifetime's "The Clark Sisters," Netflix miniseries "When They See Us," and most recently, HBO's "Lovecraft Country." In many of her acting roles, Ellis' characters are bold, fierce, audacious -...

Duration:00:51:29

4: They're GHANA Get Away

6/4/2021
Earlier this year in an interview with Oprah Winfrey, singer Stevie Wonder described his plans to move permanently to Ghana, West Africa. Weeks later, comedian Dave Chappelle said he was inspired by Wonder to do the same. There's a sudden trend of Americans who are leaving the United States and relocating to a foreign country -- Americans like the Jones family. 50-year-old Tony Jones, a former Milwaukee police officer, said 'enough is enough!' Blaming racism, harassment from law...

Duration:00:51:30