The Scene with Chantal Thomas

The Scene is an audio magazine covering an eclectic mix of politics, arts, culture, books and issues of the day. With host Chantal Thomas. Biweekly every other Friday, at 10am ET, on WRFI 88.1 Ithaca, 91.9 Watkins Glen.


June 17, 2022 – Eric Miller on the Tulsa Race Massacre Reparations Lawsuit: Eric Miller, one of the lawyers on the case for reparations for the victims of the 1921 Tulsa race massacre, speaks about the case and the struggle for reparations. Read more about the Tulsa case here. Listen to the episode here.

July 1, 2022 – Rachel Rebouché on the Post-Roe Era; Robert Hockett on Inflation: The Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization is the focus of this week’s interview with Rachel Rebouché; next, Robert Hockett discusses the connections between current inflation, the pandemic, and inequities in economic globalization. Listen to the episode here.

July 15, 2022 – Justice Albie Sachs on the Struggle for Liberation in South Africa: A freedom fighter and icon of the modern human rights movement, former South African Constitutional Court Justice Albie Sachs discusses coming of age under apartheid and his vision of “soft vengeance.” Listen to the episode here.

July 29, 2022 – Steve Yale-Loehr on the Broken Immigration System: Immigration and refugee lawyer Stephen Yale-Loehr talks about the work he does to make a difference in the lives of immigrants and their families. Read about his collaboration, “Green Card Stories,” here. Listen to the episode here.

August 12, 2022 – Pete Myers on the Fight for Decent Work: The vote to unionize three Starbucks locations in Ithaca was followed by an abrupt shutdown. Pete Myers of the Tompkins County Workers Center discusses the Starbucks workers movement and gives updates on the local campaign for a living wage. Listen to the episode here.

August 26, 2022 – Leila Amineddoleh on the Restitution of Looted Art: Art and cultural heritage lawyer and professor Leila Amineddoleh speaks about the law and ethics of recovering looted art in situations ranging from British conquest to the Nazis. Listen to the episode here.

September 9, 2022 – Tawab Danish on Exile from Afghanistan: Human rights and constitutional law professor Tawab Danish speaks about life in his home country of Afghanistan following the seizure of power by the Taliban, and about the personal and communal upheaval brought about by regime change. Listen to the episode here.