Witness Stones: Commemorating The Lives of Enslaved People In Connecticut

How should we remember painful events in our history? There are more than 70 Witness Stones installed throughout our state. The markers commemorate the lives of the enslaved people that lived in Connecticut. This hour, we talk to the founder of this project and hear about a potential Witness Stone to remember an enslaved woman…

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LISTEN: Rebecca Carroll On ‘Surviving The White Gaze’

At first, Rebecca Carroll’s childhood in rural New Hampshire seemed idyllic. But as a Black child raised by adoptive white parents, her life became much more complicated. “It essentially was the white gaze,” Carroll told NEXT . “It was the world my parents created, the way they wanted it to look, without any indication of…

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LISTEN: Katharine Morris On Using L.O.V.E. To Tackle Environmental Racism

Cities around New England have declared racism a public health crisis. Scholar-activist Katharine “Kat” Morris is especially interested in the intersection between racism, health and environmental justice — something she talked about in her 2019 TEDxUConn talk . Morris noted that a fifth of Connecticut’s pollution is concentrated in five cities where the majority of…

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New Englanders Bring Targeted Approach To Reparations Movement

People have been making the case for reparations for Black Americans for decades, and there are signs of forward movement. President Joe Biden has expressed support for a federal bill that would study the issue, and the new COVID-19 relief legislation includes several billion dollars to help Black farmers. In New England, some groups are…

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LISTEN: Anti-Asian Hate And The Inextricable Link Between Racism And Sexism

Following the killings of eight people in Atlanta, including six Asian women, Caroline H. Lee wrote a commentary for WBUR’s blog Cognoscenti responding directly to news reports that said it was “unclear” whether the killings were motivated by racism. Her commentary is titled, “ Call The Shootings In Atlanta What They Were: Targeted Violence Against…

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More Than 12 Angry Men: Creating Diverse Juries In Our State

The Connecticut Supreme Court wants to ensure that jury pools are diverse and representative of our communities. That could mean striking restrictions of who is allowed to serve on a jury. This hour, Chief Justice Richard Robinson joins us to answer our questions and yours about jury duty in our state. When jury trials resume,…

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The Adventures Of Venture Smith

Venture Smith was enslaved when he was just a boy. He was eventually able to buy his freedom and the freedom of his family. His iconic story of will, perseverance and strength, is central to Connecticut’s history. This hour, we dive into to the biography of Venture Smith and the history of slavery here in…

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Mass Audubon Confronts Legacy Of Its Namesake As Nation Reckons With Race

The Massachusetts Audubon Society’s Boston Nature Center in Mattapan offers a home to more than 150 species of birds. And a winter afternoon offers up evidence of a few of them: Three-toed footprints of wild turkeys dot snowy paths like small dinosaur tracks; and in the leafless trees, robins and white-throated sparrows chirp as they flit…

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Growing Frustration On Campus Over How Hate And Harassment Incidents Are Handled

Young Black and brown women living in a multicultural dorm at Boston College said they were startled awake in the middle of the night earlier this month as two white students ran through their hall, banging on doors and trashing the place. There’s growing frustration over how that and other incidents have been handled on…

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The Adventures Of Venture Smith

Venture Smith was enslaved when he was just a boy. He was eventually able to buy his freedom and the freedom of his family. His iconic story of will, perseverance and strength, is central to Connecticut’s history. This hour, we dive into to the biography of Venture Smith and the history of slavery here in…

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