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.

Shows

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. (original air date: June 17, 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. (original air date: July 2, 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. (original air date: July 15, 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. (original air date: July 29, 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. (original air date: August 12, 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. (original air date: August 26, 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. (original air date: September 9, 2022)

Loadbang on Making New Music: The members of New York City-based new music chamber group loadbang (Andy Kozar on trumpet(s), William Lang on trombone, Adrian Sandi on bass clarinet, and Tyler Bouque on baritone voice) speak about mixing and making new music from classical and contemporary genres and sounds. Listen to the episode here. (original air date: October 7, 2022)

Nathaniel Hendrickson on Collaborative Art in the Anthropocene: Artist and curator Nathaniel Hendrickson discusses how they are designing ways of making art that shift away from individualism and towards collaboration with human and non-human others, as a way of responding to ecological challenges of our time. Listen to the episode here. (original air date: October 21, 2022)

Al-An deSouza on Photography as Elegy: Artist and photography professor Al-An deSouza discusses their exhibition, Elegies of Futures Past, at Cornell University’s Johnson Museum of Art, and its meditations on family memory, colonial empire and diasporic identity. Listen to the episode here. (original air date: November 4, 2022)

Bob Hockett on the Economy Post-Midterm Elections: Financial and economic regulation expert Bob Hockett discusses how the November 2022 midterm elections might affect the Biden Administration’s ability to implement its economic policies; and how to interpret rising inflation in light of record corporate profits. Listen to the episode here. (original air date: November 18, 2022)

Ovidiu Marinescu on Finding Cosmopolitan Sounds for Contemporary Classical Music: Cellist, composer, conductor, and professor Ovidiu Marinescu discusses how he draws from influences across space and time – from 13th century Persia to 21st century New Orleans – to create musical experiences that are both sincere and imaginative. Listen to the episode here. (original air date: December 16, 2022)

Bob Hockett on the Nation and Political Economy: Financial and economic regulation expert Bob Hockett returns to the show to discuss the recently introduced Congressional bill that he helped to create, the National Development Strategy and Coordination Act of 2022, and how to harness the public sector for progressive economic ends. Listen to the episode here. (original air date: December 30, 2022)

Luis Aguirre-Torres on the Urgency of Climate Justice: The former Director of Sustainability for the City of Ithaca, Luis Aguirre-Torres, discusses his work with the Green New Deal, the roadmap to achieving climate policy change that is equitable, and the centrality of transforming our economic models through expansion. Listen to the episode here. (original air date: January 13, 2023)

Judge Dennis Davis on the Prospects for South African Social Democracy: Judge Dennis Davis, legal scholar and jurist of the High Court of Cape Town, South Africa, discusses the reasons for the continuing and pervasive inequality and insecurity of today’s South Africa, almost thirty years after the country’s triumphant defeat of apartheid and embrace of democracy. Listen to the episode here. (original air date: January 27, 2023)

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