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Racism, toxic inequality, persistent poverty, climate change: these are big serious problems, and if you believe they require big audacious solutions, then this is the podcast for you. Hosted by Angela Glover Blackwell, Founder-in-Residence at PolicyLink, Radical Imagination focuses on radical solutions to our society’s most pressing problems. It features conversations with thinkers and changemakers from multiple fields working to deliver equity wins at scale.Tune in to Radical Imagination, for stories and solutions that are fueling change.

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Racism, toxic inequality, persistent poverty, climate change: these are big serious problems, and if you believe they require big audacious solutions, then this is the podcast for you. Hosted by Angela Glover Blackwell, Founder-in-Residence at PolicyLink, Radical Imagination focuses on radical solutions to our society’s most pressing problems. It features conversations with thinkers and changemakers from multiple fields working to deliver equity wins at scale.Tune in to Radical Imagination, for stories and solutions that are fueling change.

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Reimagining Democracy: Radical Imagination in Practice

5/9/2024
Democracy isn’t dead, it just needs to be reimagined so that all of us can flourish. And that requires radical imagination! Angela Glover Blackwell, host of the Radical Imagination podcast, has a new podcast: Reimagining Democracy for a Good Life! In this six-part series, Angela, along with an array of guests, seeks to find the essential elements of a strong, inclusive multiracial democracy in, perhaps, one of the most unlikely places: Los Angeles. Find out more at https://www.policylink.org/reimagining-democracy.

Duration:00:04:46

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Revolutionary Leadership

1/18/2024
Ever wonder who will carry the torch of change into the future of American politics and environmental action? Be inspired by two trailblazers whose leadership and determination exemplify what's needed to ensure a more equitable and sustainable future for all. Juan Ramiro Sarmiento of Run for Something discusses how the organization reshapes the political sphere by supporting young, diverse candidates in key, down-ballot local and state elections. Transitioning from the ballot box to the courtroom, we are joined by the formidable Talia Hernandez, whose environmental activism takes on a legal dimension as she and other committed youth take on Montana's reliance on fossil fuels.Revolutionary Leadership is a powerful illustration of the broader fight for our planet's future and embodies the hope that defines the ethos of our season finale. Tune into Radical Imagination as we dive into the stories and solutions that are fueling change. www.radicalimagination.us

Duration:00:22:53

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Reclaiming Outdoor Spaces

12/29/2023
Venture with us into an episode where Rue Mapp of Outdoor Afro and Ronda Chapman from the Trust for Public Land discuss their efforts to reconnect Black communities with nature's joys and healing powers. Their stories weave a narrative tapestry that celebrates culture, fosters community, and uplifts Black voices in the outdoor spaces.While both Rue and Ronda bring to light the systemic racism that has long kept outdoor spaces out of reach for many, each, in their individual efforts, also stitches a roadmap toward repair and reclamation. Together, their visions converge on a future where the laughter of children playing in parks and families gathering in green spaces is not a privilege for a few but a common melody for all. Through powerful storytelling and relentless advocacy, this episode is an ode to the beauty of perseverance and the collective effort to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to find solace, adventure, and a sense of belonging under the canopy of shared skies. Tune into Radical Imagination as we dive into the stories and solutions that are fueling change. www.radicalimagination.us

Duration:00:28:17

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Rebooting AI for Language Learning

12/15/2023
Discover the powerful role of artificial intelligence in preserving indigenous languages in our latest episode, where I, Angela Glover Blackwell, engage in a compelling discussion with Keoni Mahelona, the talented CTO of Te Hiku Media. We delve into the rich history of the Māori people, uncovering the injustices they've faced and the ways AI is paving the way toward the revitalization of their language. Get ready to be intrigued and enlightened as we discuss how Te Hiku Media is disrupting traditional systems using AI to ensure the preservation of the Māori language.We also explore the pivotal role of children in this linguistic renaissance, highlighting the emergence of Māori language immersion schools. The conversation takes a deeper turn as we grapple with the contentious issue of data sovereignty in the world of AI. Can we truly decolonize AI to prevent the exploitation and colonization of indigenous data? The essence of this episode lies in the exploration of AI's significant role in fostering equity, justice, and the preservation of indigenous languages. This isn’t just a conversation about technology; it’s about history, culture, equity, and most importantly, the future. Tune into Radical Imagination as we dive into the stories and solutions that are fueling change. www.radicalimagination.us

Duration:00:22:38

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Revolutionizing Education with Afrofuturism

12/1/2023
Get ready to be inspired by revolutionizing education. Our guest, Ja'Sonta Roberts, the offsite programs manager for Assemble, takes us on a journey through a new STEAM curriculum that’s infused with Black history and Afrofuturism. This dynamic approach, developed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, helps students envision their future selves as innovators and leaders. We dive deep into the heart of this progressive curriculum, exploring how Afrofuturism is woven into lessons, the value of representation, and how this approach is shaping a brighter, more inclusive future for education.Envision a lesson about Hair Pride or an Afrofuturist Utopian City, and you'll begin to appreciate the beauty of this innovative approach. This isn't just a curriculum—it's a movement, one that's more relevant now than ever in our current political climate where the teaching of Black history is under scrutiny. Listen to Ja'Sonta's inspiring experience developing this program, the impact it's made, and how it's not only transforming education but also preparing the next generation for a future where they can thrive in any field. This isn't just a conversation—It's a call to action for a more inclusive, equitable future. Tune into Radical Imagination as we dive into the stories and solutions that are fueling change. www.radicalimagination.us

Duration:00:27:52

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Remaining Vigilant for Clean Water

11/17/2023
What if the nearest source of clean water was miles away from your home? Picture a world where access to this basic necessity is not a given, but a struggle. That's the reality for many in the Navajo Nation, and our guest, Cindy Howe, director of the Navajo Water Project at DigDeep, knows it all too well. Yet her passion for bridging the water divide shines through as she talks about the importance of local leadership and collaboration in addressing this crisis, while fighting the recent Supreme Court ruling against the Navajo Nation's water rights. This episode is enriched with stories of joy and relief as families experience running water in their homes for the first time. It promises to be a compelling look at the human right to clean water and the fight to secure it. Tune into Radical Imagination as we dive into the stories and solutions that are fueling change. www.radicalimagination.us

Duration:00:17:41

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Realizing Spatial Reparations

11/2/2023
Can you imagine a world in which we not only acknowledge the systemic injustices tied to housing and land disparities but actively rectify them? Join us as we engage in a profound conversation with Rasheedah Phillips, Afrofuturist and Director of Housing at PolicyLink to explore spatial reparations -- a transformative approach to rectifying historical wrongs. We journey through local initiatives like those in Evanston, Illinois, demonstrating the possibilities of reparations targeted at specific communities. We also bridge the connection between spatial reparations and movements like the landback movement, emphasizing the holistic approach required to address deep-rooted injustices. The pursuit of spatial reparations is a journey toward a more equitable future. It is a journey that requires us to acknowledge the past, understand the present, and imagine a future where everyone has access to housing, resources, and opportunities. It is a journey that we can all be a part of and one that will undoubtedly shape the future of housing justice. Tune into Radical Imagination as we dive into the stories and solutions that are fueling change. www.radicalimagination.us

Duration:00:20:23

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Relentless for Climate Justice

10/20/2023
In this episode of Radical Imagination, we hear from Doris Brown, co-director of West Street Recovery, to unravel this mystery. She lifts the veil on how systemic inequities, housing, infrastructure, and government funding are all intertwined with climate issues. Her work in Houston, particularly in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, has led to community organizing that transformed devastation into platforms for change. A fascinating journey from a community of 12 to over 100 members in the Northeast Action Collective, they've managed to fix over 400 homes in the span of five years. Hear about their ingenious 'Hub Houses' for crisis response and how they became relentless advocates for infrastructure funding. Then, we shift gears as we introduce Anthony Giancatarino, a strategy partner at Taproot Earth. He provides a fresh perspective on climate solutions by discussing their unique People's Movement Assembly process. This breaks away from the conventional mold and instead pairs communities at the forefront of climate change with researchers and academics - a true testament to co-creation. Relentless for Climate Justice is a celebration of community action, a gentle reminder that change is possible when we come together for a cause. Join us on this inspiring journey. Tune into Radical Imagination as we dive into the stories and solutions that are fueling change. www.radicalimagination.us

Duration:00:31:32

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Redesigning Our Nation for All

10/3/2023
If we are to realize a radically inclusive, thriving, multiracial democracy, we must lay claim to that future, raise our voices, and use our collective power to redesign a nation that truly works for all. Tune in for a stirring discussion with Michael McAfee, President & CEO of PolicyLink, as we unpack the significant impact of President Biden's Executive Orders on racial equity and how they can be wielded to effect real change. We discuss the impact of Black voters turning out in record numbers in the 2020 election, joined by young voters and people who were demanding action to achieve racial justice; and the ways We the People compelled our federal government to reckon with race and to take action that bends the ark toward justice and fairness. Tune into Radical Imagination as we dive into the stories and solutions that are fueling change. www.radicalimagination.us

Duration:00:20:09

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AI, Afrofuturism, Activism & More: Season 5 Coming Soon!

9/22/2023
Are you ready to be inspired, provoked, and galvanized into action? Prepare yourself for a stimulating journey, as we kick-start Season 5 of Radical Imagination! I’m your host, Angela Glover Blackwell, and this season, we dive deep into the minds of activists, artists, educators, and leaders who are not just dreaming big but are also crafting innovative solutions for transformative change.Our guests range from those using cutting-edge technology to preserve cultural languages and traditions, to educators pioneering an Afrofuturist high school curriculum. We explore movements to create land and housing justice and lift up the passionate young activists leading the charge toward a sustainable planet. Join us as we chart paths toward a radically inclusive, multiracial democracy, and envision a more equitable nation and a better world! Coming soon on Season 5 of Radical Imagination!Tell your family, friends and community! Tune into Radical Imagination as we dive into the stories and solutions that are fueling change. www.radicalimagination.us

Duration:00:02:21

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Afrofuturism & Housing Justice

11/25/2022
"If we have any hopes of fundamentally breaking away from the patterns of the past and rupturing the inadequate present, the future can no longer be envisioned only by those with the privilege of time and space to imagine. It can no longer be constructed within a bootstraps narrative of personal responsibility and self-determination that treats only some as deserving of a roof over their heads. Our measure of progress must rely on how much we can transform our values to provide broad scale and equitable access to housing opportunities for all.” In this episode, Angela talks to PolicyLink Housing Director Rasheedah Phillips — Afrofuturist, attorney, tenant organizer, policy advocate, and interdisciplinary artist. Listen in as Angela and Rasheedah discuss how time can be created, reclaimed, resourced, and redeemed; and the ways that we, collectively, must operate from a place of temporal abundance versus temporal scarcity. Tune into Radical Imagination as we dive into the stories and solutions that are fueling change. www.radicalimagination.us

Duration:00:22:12

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Alternatives to 9-1-1

11/4/2022
Non-police emergency response remains an extremely relevant topic, even though we're seeing strong pushback against the Defund the Police movement -- including from those who were initially supportive. Yet police, throughout the country, continue to remain at odds with the communities they are supposed to protect. In this episode, Angela discusses the potential of emergency triage that doesn’t involve police intervention with Brandon Anderson, an abolitionist and founder of the police reporting network Raheem and Arturo Carrillo, an emergency mental health clinician in Chicago, who is pushing for a more robust mental health support system. Tune into Radical Imagination as we dive into the stories and solutions that are fueling change. www.radicalimagination.us

Duration:00:24:08

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Great Resignation or Great Revolution?

10/7/2022
Since the pandemic, people have quit their jobs in record numbers, with around 47 million people leaving their jobs in 2021. Many of these workers are Black and Latinx; many of them women. In this episode, we examine what it means to have a healthy relationship with work, and we hear a radical new way to define the role of work in our lives. Angela speaks with Sarah Jaffe, the author of "Work Won't Love You Back," and welcomes back Saru Jayaraman, founder of One Fair Wage. Tune into Radical Imagination as we dive into the stories and solutions that are fueling change. www.radicalimagination.us

Duration:00:20:41

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The World Reimagined

9/15/2022
The history of the trans-Atlantic trade of enslaved Africans has been rewritten, sanitized, flat out misrepresented, and often obscured by the lens through which we observe history. As a society, when we need to get a more enlightened look at ourselves and the world around us, we turn to the vision of artists. This week’s guest Ashley Shaw Scott Adjaye is artistic director of the World Reimagined -- a national public art project in the United Kingdom that explores the history & legacy of the trans-Atlantic trade of enslaved Africans; and presents a forward-looking approach to reframing history as an essential element toward solidarity and greater inclusion. Tune into Radical Imagination as we dive into the stories and solutions that are fueling change. www.radicalimagination.us

Duration:00:20:12

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Land Justice

8/19/2022
While reparations and reparative justice are just a talking point for some people, there is a growing movement in our country to reconnect Black people with land and property that was illegally stolen from them or their ancestors. In this episode of Radical Imagination, we learn about the radical movement for land justice– a blueprint for policy change that could pave the way for reparations for Black families nationwide. Host Angela Glover Blackwell speaks with Kavon Ward – poet, activist, and the founder of 'Where is My Land?'. Kavon has been a leader in today's fight for reparations; helping win a landmark victory around justice for Bruce's Beach in Southern California. Kavon Ward's courageous work is a reminder of how important the times are for achieving justice. Tune into Radical Imagination as we dive into the stories and solutions that are fueling change. www.radicalimagination.us

Duration:00:26:53

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Land Back

7/29/2022
Today on Radical Imagination, Clyde Prout III, chairman of the Colfax Todd’s Valley Consolidated Tribe in California, tells the remarkable story of how his tribe reclaimed land stolen by the government nearly half a century ago. Native people were violently displaced from their ancestral homelands throughout US history, as land was stolen and sold to private owners, made “public” in the name of preserving natural resources, or set aside for agriculture and recreation. We’ll also hear from Jeff Darlington, the director of the Placer Land Trust, about the partnership that made it possible for the tribe to take back their land and restore it through traditional cultural and ecological knowledge. Tune into Radical Imagination as we dive into the stories and solutions that are fueling change. www.radicalimagination.us

Duration:00:24:20

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Repatriation

7/14/2022
Since becoming the first Sub-Saharan African country to win independence from a colonial power, Ghana has been an inspiration to Black Americans to return to Africa. For many, it's a brief journey. We're changed by what we learn about the culture and our collective past. And that informs our lives and our work when we return home. But other people stay. They make vital contributions to the culture, the economy, and the nation's future. We hear from two Black women -- Renee Neblett the Founding Director of the Kokrobitey Institute and Tonya C. Saafir-Ankomah, Esq. (aka Sista Yaa) Founder of the Sankofa Repatriation Assistance Program and African Diaspora 126+, -- who repatriated to Ghana to start better lives for themselves and help pave the road for others in the Diaspora wishing to do the same. Tune into Radical Imagination as we dive into the stories and solutions that are fueling change. www.radicalimagination.us

Duration:00:24:53

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Radical Healing

6/30/2022
Even today, when many of us are in pain because of systemic inequities, we tend to hold ourselves personally accountable for the trauma we bear. And we think of healing as individual work. The season 4 debut of Radical Imagination upends these myths and frees us of the emotional burdens we shouldn't have to carry alone. Host Angela Glover Blackwell speaks with Prentis Hemphill, a writer, therapist, and the founder of the Embodiment Institute, about the revolutionary idea of collective trauma and how it can help us heal our selves, our relationships, our communities, and our society. Tune into Radical Imagination as we dive into the stories and solutions that are fueling change. www.radicalimagination.us

Duration:00:22:47

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Season 4 Launching This Month

6/21/2022
Radical healing. Afro-futurism. Repatriation of stolen land. Housing justice. Black Americans returning to Ghana. Bold alternatives to work and policing. On Season 4 of Radical Imagination we transcend the borders of geography and policy to explore transformative ways of healing and repairing the sins of the past, and how they interconnect with the revolutionary work of creating a just, equitable future.Coming this month! Tune into Radical Imagination as we dive into the stories and solutions that are fueling change. www.radicalimagination.us

Duration:00:01:31

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Cancel Debt

9/17/2021
Debt continues to drown millions of young people, families, and retirees, especially Black and Brown communities who bear a disproportionate impact. In this episode of Radical Imagination, host Angela Glover Blackwell speaks with Astra Taylor, a filmmaker, activist and the director of the Debt Collective, a membership union who are calling for the cancellation of all types of debt. Tune into Radical Imagination as we dive into the stories and solutions that are fueling change. www.radicalimagination.us

Duration:00:23:51