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Sen. Cory Booker joined Shelby and Ike to discuss his proposed policies as a Democratic candidate* for 

President, policies, he argues, that will bring the country back together. He believes that his appeal to African-Amercian voters makes his candidacy viable and that Hilary Clinton's 2016 loss was partly due to her failure to appeal to the lived experiences of the diverse nature of the Democratic Party. And he describes how his engagement in the African-American community drives his policy. 

*As of January 13, 2020, Senator Cory Booker has suspended his campaign.

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We Are Not a Monolith welcomes Mayor Pete Buttigieg to talk about his Douglass Plan, the firing of Darryl Boykins, the first African-American police chief of South Bend, Indiana, and the challenges of bringing togehter a country divided along so many lines. 

Music by Joytribe recorded live at KBOO.

Saving MLK

Jan 25, 2019
Michele Boykin

Marguerite Cordice married Dr. John Cordice in 1948. Ten years later, Dr. Cordice would save the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., an act for which he will be remembered. However, as an african-american surgeon, he broke barriers his entire life. Marguerite remembers their life together.

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By the time American troops got to Europe in 1917, African-Americans had an established, but not celebrated history in military service of our country. In 1862, under the direction of Thomas Wentworth Higgenson, the sworn abolitionist and literary heartthrob of Emily Dickinson, the first federally authorized Black military unit, the First South Carolina Volunteers, went to war.

Today I am recommending the 2013 Pulitzer Prize winning biography The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss.