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The Heinz Endowments’ Grant Oliphant shares the unique journeys of leaders in and around the social justice movement as they tell their stories of community and possibility. Often moving, sometimes funny, and always inspiring accounts of how they came to believe that together we can be a more just region, state, country and world.
||ExplicitLifting the arc: Hazelwood’s Tim Smith & grassroots energy bring a new future to this riverfront community S01EP20||The story of Hazelwood is a familiar one: A vibrant riverfront community with an industrial past flourished until the late 1980s when the steel industry bottomed out, leaving longtime residents with a decimated economy. But this archetypal American s||7/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSan Juan, PR Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz: speaking truth to power, green energy & her grandmother’s enduring impact. (S01EP19)||San Juan, Puerto Rico Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz is the star of a grainy 8mm home movie that shows her as a toddler in her mother’s arms. Off-screen, her father asks what she wants to be when she grows up. Her answer: “Alcalde de San Juan” – t||7/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitTruthful Art: Jasiri X on Trayvon Martin, Antwon Rose Jr. & the cross-section of unity that gives him hope. (S01EP18)||Jasiri Oronde Smith’s mom knew what she was doing when she chose the first name for her baby boy, the Swahili word for “brave.” That baby grew up to be lauded hip-hop artist and activist Jasiri X. As a co-founder of 1Hood Media, a collecti||7/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitLove Canal’s accidental environmentalist Lois Gibbs on the movement she sparked & what today’s activists need to know to save our world (S01EP17)||In 1978, Lois Gibbs was a young mother with a child in a school that was found to be built over a toxic chemical waste dump site. Lois gained international attention and incredible momentum in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s as she led the fight for en||6/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitWhat the Eyes Don't See: Mona Hanna-Attisha & Flint’s lead water crisis. (S01EP16)||“Flint is a story about what happens when the very people that are charged with keeping us safe care more about money or power than they do about you or your children,” says Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha. Known as “Dr. Mona,” the pediatrician came t||6/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe 45 Words that Define Us: Max King on a First Amendment under fire, why we let rights slip away & how we can save them (S01E15)||One of the most fundamentally important sentences for the United States of America is this: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the pr||6/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEnvironmental justice superhero Mustafa Santiago Ali and the Hip Hop Caucus are shifting minds and votes one community at a time. (S01EP14)||It is no understatement to say that Mustafa Santiago Ali is a superhero in the environmental justice world. He earned his stripes serving in the Environmental Protection Agency for more than two decades, becoming a founding member of the Office of Envir||6/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBorn for Storms: Angela Blanchard was a rock during Houston’s Hurricane Harvey & now she’s out to change the world for good (S01EP13)||The late-summer evening of Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, is forever etched in Angela Blanchard’s mind. National Weather Service maps showed increasingly ominous swirls of blue, green, yellow and red hovering over the Gulf of Mexico as the force of Hurrican||5/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitNew Power: Author Henry Timms explains what it is, how to get it & why it’s changing our hyper-connected world. (S01EP12)||For most of recorded history, the rules of power were clear: Power was something to be seized and then guarded at any cost. This "old power" was owned by a tiny fraction of humankind, and beyond reach for the vast majority of people. But the ubiquito||5/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBrick by brick: Steve Shelton got his second chance & now he makes certain others have a shot at their own redemption (S01EP11)||In the summer of 1972, The Staple Singers’ “I’ll Take You There” was a No. 1 hit, the Watergate scandal was in the news, and “The Godfather” was the top movie. Steve Shelton has his own vivid memory of that time: He was 12 years old, riding||5/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSpinning our moral compass: Rabbi Ron Symons on why centuries-old traditions may be the secret to navigating race, wage & immigrant issues. SE01E10||Rabbi Ron Symons grew up a few train stops away from vibrant, multi-cultural Manhattan in New York City. He now shares his world view of accepting everyone as part of his leadership role at the Center for Loving Kindness and Civic Engagement, an initiat||5/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitR2-D2, Illah & Ethics: How robotics & AI genius Illah Nourbakhsh was inspired to use his superpowers for good SE01E09||Illah Nourbakhsh’s journey began with his birth in Iran, and has since taken him around the world as a leader in robotics and artificial intelligence. The Carnegie Mellon University robotics professor and director of the Community Robotics, Education||5/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCircles of love: Tammy Thompson draws on her own remarkable journey in her work to break poverty trauma cycles (S01EP08)||Tammy Thompson was nine when she and her family left a West Virginia coal mining town for the promise of a good-paying job and a new life in Pittsburgh. They shot through the Fort Pitt tunnels, where on the other end the golden bridges and sparkling lig||4/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitHumor, Rap, Poetry & Love: the New Muslim Cool of Hamza Perez (S01E07)||“God writes straight with crooked lines” is a popular adage that has been used to describe the journey of Hamza Perez, and he good naturedly agrees. With a life story that’s movie script-worthy, Hamza has walked his path with humor, humility, musi||4/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitA Story of Two Wilsons: Janis Burley Wilson grew up in an arts-loving family in playwright August Wilson’s hometown, and now she leads his namesake Center for African American Culture. (S01E06)||Two Wilsons – Janis Burley Wilson and playwright August Wilson – have intersected in ways both meaningful and magical. The first Wilson is Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson, and the present-day Wilson is Janis Burley Wilson, who leads||4/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitFrom Miami to the Midwest: Change Agency’s Betty Cruz has made it her life’s work to make her city a welcoming place for immigrants. (S01E05)||All across the Untied States, cities that grew out of the industrial age were founded on the strength of immigrants who provided power to steel mills, gave rise to majestic buildings and infused life into its streets and neighborhoods. While today’||4/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCenter for Coalfield Justice’s Veronica Coptis and her fight for one rural America county’s environmental justice (S01EP04)||Those living in rural towns where coal has long been the backbone of their economy and culture are often doubly hit with the realities of the shrinking industry: jobs are disappearing while the environmental and health aftereffects of mining adversely a||3/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitActor/writer David Conrad’s long journey home, identity of place, and the key role artists play in shaping our future (S01 EP03)||Actor/writer David Conrad discusses why the most striking sound in an industrial town is silence, where his own creative plans will take him next and the integral role the arts play in the future of our communities and nation. Actor (Wedding Crasher||3/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitKazakhstan candy, a Wisconsin dairy farm, PBS and innovative investigative news: the fantastic journey of PublicSource Exec. Director Mila Sanina (S01EP02)||Born in the Soviet Union and raised in Kazakhstan – with stops at a Wisconsin dairy farm and CNN and PBS News Hour along the way - Mila Sanina’s journey to leadership in the investigative news field is extraordinary. As Executive Director of PublicS||3/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPost-9/11 vets' unique role in a more perfect union w/ Nick Grimes of Veterans Breakfast Club (S01EP01)||The role post-9/11 vets can play in bridging racial and cultural divides comes to light as Veterans' Breakfast Club's Nick Grimes talks about his journey with The Heinz Endowments' Grant Oliphant in the inaugural episode of We Can Be. Learn about the||2/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
You had me at the inaugural episode...
Truth be told, I have subscribed to many podcasts that sit in my queue waiting to be played next. We Can Be will not be one of those. After hearing only the inaugural episode I am a fan. Intelligent human conversation that opened my heart and mind. What a phenomenal guest to kick things off. I want to know more and will be back. Thank you for building another bridge to humanity in Pittsburgh.