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The Chauncey DeVega Show is the official podcast of Salon.com politics writer Chauncey DeVega. On a weekly basis the show features a relaxed and free-form conversation with artists, authors, musicians, researchers, academics, journalists, activists, as well as Hollywood actors and directors.
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Jul 30, 2015

Psychiatrist David Reiss is the guest on this week's episode ofThe Chauncey DeVega Show. David and Chauncey first connected in a previous podcast discussion of the passing of the late great professional wrestler "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes.

 
This is a continuation of that great discussion and David does some great sharing and teaching.
 
David is a mental health practitioner who in addition to his private practice and consulting has worked very closely with athletes from a range of backgrounds including professional wrestling. 
 
David and Chauncey have a fun and wide ranging conversation that is not just good fun for those folks interested in the theater and drama of professional wrestling, but includes insight about America's broken mental healthcare system, police brutality, concussions and sports, over diagnosis of PTSD, and the over medication of the American public. David also shares some great stories about the great personalities and interesting people he encountered while working at horse racing tracks while in medical school back in the not too distant past. 
 
As a bonus for this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, David and Chauncey reconnected to discuss the recent Hulk Hogan racism imbroglio. 
 
In this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Chauncey also briefly shares his thoughts on the de facto murders of Sandra Bland and Samuel Dubose, is very angry about the killing of Mr. Cecil the Lion, and pitches some ideas for reality TV shows while watching the horrific Dating Naked. 
 
Chauncey also gives an update to the Sherlock Holmes-like mystery that he has been investigating in his neighborhood A hint: Chauncey has actually seen one of the people involved in the mysterious tale of "letters thrown out of windows in the middle of the night by a person who may or may not be a prisoner". 
Jul 23, 2015

There are two guests on this week's installment of The Chauncey DeVega Show. It is full of goodness, teaching, learning, and great conversations.

 
The first talk features Jonny Campbell. He has directed HBO's recent miniseries Casual Vacancy based on the work of Harry Potter's J.K. Rowling. 
 
Campbell also directed the zombie TV series In the Flesh on the BBC, in addition to the classic Dr. Who episode Vincent and the Doctor.
 
This conversation was great fun. Chauncey and Jonny have a great dialogue and to and fro about the choices that a director makes in helping to create a final product, the choices one makes in terms of adapting a book to film, life lessons learned in the business, advice for intrepid screenplay and script writers, the zombie genre, and other related matters.
 
The second part of the podcast is a sit down at the virtual bar with brother Mr. Bill Fletcher Jr. 
 
Mr. Fletcher is the former director of the activism and advocacy group known as TransAfrica. He has also been on the editorial staff of the print and online magazine known as Black Commentator. Bill is a wonderful guest. He also shares some great mentoring, wisdom, advice, and guidance about social advocacy work, aging gracefully, the importance of labor unions to American progress, labor, the color line, and how social change workers can maintain positive energy in the face of adversity.
 
Great stuff.
 
In this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Chauncey also updates folks about his local neighborhood Sherlock Holmes mystery, his cooking mistake and (then) salvation from last week's podcast, and gets angry about all of the noise that seems to occur whenever he wants to do his promos and outros for The Chauncey DeVega Show.

 

Jul 16, 2015

Historian Gregory Downs is the guest on this week's edition ofThe Chauncey DeVega Show. Dr. Downs is the author of the new book After Appomattox, which offers an analysis of the post Civil War era South, Reconstruction, American freedom, and the struggle for African-Americans to defend their newly one gains in the face of white racial terrorism. Professor Downs' new book is an excellent history of American politics and a corrective to misunderstandings about the Civil War and its aftermath. Dr. Downs also writes for The New York Times in its on-going series on the American Civil War. 

Gregory does some great teaching and sharing in this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. He disabuses Chauncey--in a very nice way--of some of his misconceptions about the United States Constitution and its relationship to chattel slavery, shares his thoughts on writing for a popular audience in The New York Times, and explains the particular historical relationship that Black America has with the United States government and why the Black Freedom Struggle can be described as being "emancipated into the arms of the State". 
 
Chauncey and Greg also do some sharing about graphic novels and other "popular" depictions of American history. 
 
In this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Chauncey also talks about the Bill Cosby sex scandal and the misunderstood racial politics of The Cosby Show, shares some thoughts about Ta-Nehisi Coates' new book, and tells a tale of intrigue and crime while applying his Sherlock Holmes-like powers of detection and investigation to solve a local mystery.
Jul 9, 2015

Documentary filmmaker Shan Nicholson is the guest on this week's edition of the podcast known as The Chauncey DeVega Show.

His new film Rubble Kings, explores the gang culture of New York during the 1970s and how it gave birth to hip-hop music and culture. Rubble Kings is also an excellent documentary about young people's political activism, a great and exciting examination of social change and youth culture, and a fun exploration of what I like to call "hidden history".

Friend of the podcast Bill the Lizard also stops by as well. Chauncey and Bill the Lizard talk about the new Terminator: Genisys movie, banter about their Star Wars: Episode 7 anxieties, and recap their online Skype role-playing game session with the traditional dice, pen, and paper game Pendragon.

In this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Chauncey tells us about going to the Socialism 2015 conference in Chicago, taking on some emotional baggage from listening to folks who have lost loved ones to police thuggery and murder, and how he was told that he is also too sexy and well-dressed to take the Socialist women for a ride on Space Mountain.

Chauncey also shares a story about braving bacterial meningitis to escort a random stranger to the hospital, and gives some tips to young black folks who hang out with colorblind white public mouth bloviating racists.

The friends and kinds folks who donated to the June fundraising drive that is used to support The Chauncey DeVega Show and ChaunceyDeVega.com are also given proper thanks in this new installment of the podcast.

This episode was a nice and fun opportunity to do some catching up after a brief 2 week hiatus, to recharge the emotional batteries, and to have a few laughs with a good friend.

Jun 25, 2015

Jonathan Lethem is the featured guest on this week's installment of the podcast known as The Chauncey DeVega Show.

He is the author of many award winning books including Dissident GardensThe Fortress of Solitude, and Motherless Brooklyn.

Jonathan conducted a master class and did some wonderful sharing about the culture of disreputability, the movie They Live, race and class, generational politics, and shared some stories about growing up in a pre-Disneyfied New York City.

This episode also features a conversation with psychologist Dr. David Reiss about the loss of the great and amazing professional wrestler known as "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes, and why his death has hit fans of the sport so hard, and the reasons that so many people felt a personal connection to him.

In addition, portions of this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show were recorded in the very moments when The Charleston Massacre was a "breaking news event" on the cable news networks.

Instead of editing out those segments, they have remained in the show as a type of archive and online testimony to the power of that moment. At the end of this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Chauncey reflects on the week's happenings since The Charleston Massacre, the news cycle, the Right-wing hate media, and the GOP's efforts to derail any conversation about white domestic terrorism, guns, and toxic white masculinity.

Jun 11, 2015

Ali Abunimah is the guest on this week's edition of the podcast known as The Chauncey DeVega Show.

He is an internationally known human rights activist and author whose work focuses on the struggle for the Palestinian peoples' full rights and freedom. Ali Abunimah is also the co-founder of the essential website Electronic Intifada

In this great conversation, Ali and Chauncey talk about many issues. They include the global colorline and human rights, the United States' militarized police, the relationship between Israel and America's police and military, the Israel lobby and American politics, the limited space in the corporate media for truth-telling, and how to maintain hope and positivity while doing social change work.

Chauncey also talks about his recent essay on racial battle fatigue, colorblind white liberal racism, and McKinney, Texas's police thuggery against young black and brown children at a local pool. 

Jun 4, 2015

Dr. Henry Giroux is the guest on this week's edition of the podcast known as The Chauncey DeVega Show.

He is the author of numerous books such as the recent The Culture of Organized Forgetting.

He is also an essential voice in this time of trouble, neoliberalism, austerity, and cruelty.

Dr. Giroux has been a great guide for my work here on WARN and ChaunceyDeVega.com.

I am Padawan. He is Master Yoda. Our conversation is instructive, open, and honest because of that fact.

In this episode, I also share my thoughts on religious fundamentalism, Christian fundies, sexual guilt, and the Duggar molestation scandal.

Do I hold back? Never. No mercy. They do not deserve it.

In this episode of the podcast known as The Chauncey DeVega Show, Henry and I discuss neoliberalism, race, justice, capitalism, police thuggery, and the culture of disposability and cruelty.

Dr. Giroux and I also vibe around public pedagogy, teaching, life, and share some war stories about the political space that is the classroom.

May 28, 2015

Leonce Gaiter is the guest on this installment of the podcast known as The Chauncey DeVega Show.

Leonce is the author of I Dreamt I Was in Heaven: The Rampage of the Rufus Buck Gang

He is a straight shooter and a real talker.

This is a great and honest conversation where Chauncey and Leonce have a real salon. There is no agenda or prepared set of questions in the conversation between Leonce and Chauncey: this is spontaneous, honest, and direct truth-telling without a filter.

We call this "grown folks talk".

The Chauncey DeVega Show has had some generous guests, and amazing moments of learning. This episode is one for the books.

In this episode, Leonce and Chauncey discuss notions of black male honor, revenge, and self-respect. What does it mean to be black, male, and brave? Why is American society afraid of black folks who claim their honor and self-respect?

How do movies that are revenge fantasies like Tarantino's Django, and commercial hip-hop, fit into America's collective imagination, anxiety, and fear about black manhood, respectability, and honor?

How do people of color navigate elite white spaces such as Harvard University, and what does that teach us about the color line? Why does black male self-respect and honor scare so many white folks?

Leonce also shares some great insights about writing, race, and the Old West.

Chauncey does some sharing in this episode about Memorial Day, Confederate white trash, thug cops, the Waco outlaw motorcycle riot and shooting, Barack Obama, and his recipe for frying pork chops.

May 21, 2015

Historian David Krugler is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show.

David is the author of the new book 1919, The Year of Racial Violence: How African Americans Fought Back.

Dr. Krugler's work is an exciting intervention against a narrative of African-American passivity in the face of white racial pogroms and other violence in the post World War One era. Black America has used a range of means to resist white supremacy. "Non-violence" has come to dominate public memory about the Black Freedom Struggle. Great work such as David's is helping a broader public to learn what black Americans have always known: African-Americans fought back with honor and dignity against the violence that was visited upon them by Jim and Jane Crow, the white mob, and the racial state.

Dr. Krugler and Chauncey discuss the Black Freedom Struggle, why and how the legacy of African-American resistance to white racial violence has been erased in the American public memory, some of the great stories of resistance that David uncovered in his research, and what prompted the nationwide white on black racial terrorism of 1919 and its relationship to Whiteness.

David and Chauncey also talk about the former's great book on American civil defense during the Cold War and how racism even impacted the United States' preparations for defending against a nuclear war.

Friend of WARN Bill the Lizard also stops by to talk about the great new movie Mad Max: Fury Road.

And of course, Chauncey gives an epic recounting of how he damn near broke his leg before going to see Mad Max: Fury Road and what the recovery has been like so far.

May 14, 2015

Robert Neer is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show.

He is a historian at Columbia University and the author of Napalm: An American Biography.

Robert's work is a incisive and unique example of the history of objects and how that type of social history can illuminate broader questions of politics, life, and society.

Napalm: An American Biography is more than the history of a horrific weapon: it is an insight into American war fighting, inventions, and foreign affairs.

Dr. Neer and Chauncey talk about the history of napalm, its inventors, the moral questions that (should) govern the use of technology and science, the Vietnam War, American power, and the symbolism and meaning that have been constructed around such an iconic and terrifying weapon in both the world's and America's public imagination.

Chauncey also shares his thoughts on Tom Brady and "Deflategate", the Oklahoma tornadoes and the Amtrak train crash, how Republican racism has hurt America's infrastructure in the Age of Obama, and a frightening encounter with an entitled student who was moved to gross anger by a discussion of wealth inequality and consumerism. 

May 7, 2015

Joe McKinney is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show.

He is the author of such popular zombie horror books as Dead CityApocalypse of the DeadFlesh Eaters and The Zombie King.

Mr. McKinney is also a police officer in San Antonio, Texas with expertise in disaster and emergency management.

Joe's professional police expertise and mastery of the zombie horror genre make his work uniquely exciting and compelling.

This makes for a great conversation as Chauncey and Joe discuss all things zombies in this week's episode of the podcast known asThe Chauncey DeVega Show

Joe and Chauncey talk about world building in speculative fiction, the challenges of managing the State's response to natural and other types of disasters, the chaos of a confused and frightened public, how a zombie outbreak would likely be responded to by the police and other authorities, fast versus slow zombies, chasing naked drunk suspects down the street, his approach to the craft of writing, and other related zombie goodness.

Chauncey also shares his thoughts on Freddie Gray and racism beat ambulance chasers, gives some respect to the Washington Post's Radley Balko, getting love from Mark "the Incredible Hulk" Ruffalo and the WWE's Paul Heyman on Twitter, the new Avengers movie, and surrendering to the necessity of wearing under eye concealer makeup. 
Apr 27, 2015

This special episode of the podcast known as The Chauncey DeVega Show features two conversations from Chicago's 2015 Comic and Entertainment Expo.

The first conversation is with Max Brooks.

He is the author of the zombie tome and landmark work World War Z. His most recent project is the graphic novel The Harlem Hellfighters. It explores the history of one of America's most storied combat units and how their struggle for dignity and honor in the face of Jim and Jane Crow America is one of the most important, yet little known, histories of the colorline in the United States.

Max Brooks and Chauncey chat about the challenge of creating a graphic novel that also tries to be historically accurate where possible, Will Smith's adapting The Harlem Hellfighters as a Hollywood project, the epic book World War Z, and favorite reads from his childhood.

The second conversation features Bill Willingham.

He is the the author of such comic book series as the multiple Will Eisner award-winning series Fables, as well as Jack of FablesElementals, and Fairest.

Bill Willingham and Chauncey talk about the narrative arc of Fables, Bill's patience and generous listening to fans of his work, how Fables is an insight into his personal values, and offers some wisdom and advice for journeyman writers, artists, and other folks who want to work as professionals in the comic book industry.

Apr 23, 2015

Keli Dailey is the guest on this week's packed full of goodness installment of The Chauncey DeVega Show.

She is the host of News Hangover, an online comedy news series.

News Hangover is smart, sharp, and funny as Keli and her guests use comedy and satire as a means to talk about current events, social justice, and other related topics. Keli is also a journalist who worked at the U-T San Diego newspaper as a food writer. She is a Stanford grad and self-described "black hipster".

This makes for a great conversation as Chauncey and Keli connect the dots on a range of issues from life on the "racism beat", to learning the craft of comedy, the challenges of talking to young people about feminism and race, popular culture, Louis C.K. and the movie Pootie Tang, as well as the challenges of putting together a show like News Hangover.

This episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show was done just as the story about the video-recorded murder of Walter Scott by a thug cop in South Carolina was breaking as a national news item. Chauncey and Keli share an organic moment where they talk about the unending wave of white on black police and vigilante violence in the United States.

Friend of the podcast, Bill the Lizard, also joins the show as he and Chauncey discuss the new trailer for the movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Chauncey also shares his thoughts on the Michael Dyson versus Cornel West fracas, going to see legendary comic Dick Gregory, and a funny email about "race play" and kink that he received earlier this week.

Apr 14, 2015

Professor Claire "Tenured Radical" Potter is the guest on this installment of the podcast known as The Chauncey DeVega Show.

Dr. Potter is a scholar of American Studies, history, and popular culture.

She is a Professor of History at The New School and is the author/editor of several books including War on Crime: Bandits, G-Men and the Politics of Mass Culture and the forthcomingBeyond Pornography: How Feminism Survived the Age of Reagan.

As the "Tenured Radical" she is perhaps best known for her column at The Chronicle of Higher Education and as a scholar at the forefront of public pedagogy and its intersection(s) with digital media and democracy.

Claire has also been a friend of The Chauncey DeVega Show for some time. She has also been a great booster and supporter of Chauncey DeVega's other online work.

Dr. Potter is very sharp, witty, and wise.

This makes for a great conversation on the newest installment ofThe Chauncey DeVega Show.

In this new episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Claire and Chauncey talk about police brutality and life in New York in the shadow of the Eric Garner case, the perils, joys, and challenges of public pedagogy and intellectual work; and share some fun stories about the naughty, titillating, and scintillating things that can be found in famous folks' personal archives and collections.

Chauncey and Claire also talk about how Times Square was made into Disney World and the relationship between feminism and anti-pornography crusades.

Chauncey DeVega also cuts a not short opening promo about the killing of Walter Scott by the thug cop Michael Slager in South Carolina and does a bit of reading and reflection on the great essay The Police Are America's Terrorists.

Apr 3, 2015

Dr. Jeffrey T. Sammons and Dr. John H. Morrow Jr. are the guests on this week's installment of The Chauncey DeVega Show where we discuss their new book "Harlem's Rattlers and the Great War".

They are both starred scholars.

Jeffrey T. Sammons is Professor in the Department of History at New York University and the author of Beyond the Ring: The Role of Boxing in American Society. John H. Morrow, Jr., Franklin Professor of History at the University of Georgia, is the author of several books, including The Great War: An Imperial History.

It has been more than 100 years since the beginning of World War One. In many ways, much more so than is generally understood by the American general public, World War One, "The Great War," has profoundly shaped the present. This is also true of the global colorline.

This conversation on The Chauncey Devega Show about World War One and one of the United States' most legendary and accomplished military units--the "Harlem Hellfighters"--is a wonderful lens into some "hidden" American history of which (unfortunately) too few are aware.

In this new episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Chauncey and his conversation partners Jeffrey Sammons and John Morrow talk about separating myth from fact regarding World War One and African-American military service, why World War One is understudied in America's schools, how the "Harlem Rattlers" came to be known as the "Harlem Hellfighters", the struggles and unique challenges faced by The Harlem Rattlers/Hellfighters as a unit, their experiences in Europe as one of America's most distinguished and accomplished military units, as well as how Jim and Jane Crow impacted its heroes upon their return stateside.

Jeffrey and John also share their opinions about how the story of the legendary Harlem Hellfighters is being adapted for a movie starring Will Smith--one that is based on a graphic novel by Max Brooks.

Mar 27, 2015

Rosalyn Dischiavo, founder of the Institute for Sexual Education and Enlightenment is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show.

This is a fun and interesting conversation that began several years ago when Dr. Dischiavo reached out to Chauncey DeVega with some questions about a blog post he shared regarding the colorline, kink, sexuality, and "race play".

That series of emails planted the seeds for Dr. Dischiavo's good sharing on The Chauncey DeVega Show.

Roz and Chauncey discuss issues of power, race, and sexual role-playing in the boudoir, the new movie and books 50 Shades of Grey, if online pornography is "harming" young people, how to give "the talk" about "the birds and the bees" to our children, the importance of communication to sexual intimacy and pleasure, and the shadow of Dr. Kinsey.

Roz also helps Chauncey to figure out if his parents did a good job preparing him to take the ladies on Space Mountain.

This is a jam packed full of goodness podcast episode as Chauncey also chats with Bryan, a fellow smart mark and friend, about this weekend's WWE Wrestlemania event.

Mar 19, 2015

Adilifu Nama, Professor of African-American Studies at Loyola Marymount University and expert on race and popular culture is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show.

Adilifu has written several books including Black Space and Super Black.

He has also written a forthcoming book on the films of Quentin Tarantino.

In this fun episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Adilifu and Chauncey take a long and winding walk along the colorline and its intersections with race, popular culture, and science fiction. 

Adilifu and Chauncey discuss their mutual discovery of a love of science fiction and film, how to reconcile white supremacy and science fiction as fans who are people of color, talked about their fear of the comic book store and the Whiteness of geek and nerd culture, and shared thoughts on Django: Unchained, teaching film, and the existential dilemmas of "blackness".

Chauncey and Adilifu also share their favorite horror movies--hint: one of them is the recent pathology porn film "Precious"--and mutual love of Clint Eastwood's revisionist Western classic "Unforgiven".

Chauncey shares some thoughts about Ferguson and his recent appearance on Ring of Fire TV, rants about incompetent tech support for his new HD webcam, talks about white Right-wing domestic terrorists, and reads a passage from Ethiop's classic essay "What Shall We do With the White People?"

Mar 12, 2015

David Greven, professor and expert on Star Trek is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show.

David is the author of numerous books including Gender and Sexuality in Star Trek: Allegories of Desire in the Television Series and Films.

He is also Professor of English Language and Literature at the University of South Carolina.

In this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, David and Chauncey talk about the Star Trek TV and film universe and how it both represents and struggles with questions of gender, sexuality, and race.

David and Chauncey also discuss Kirk and Spock's "brotherly" love, Trek's problems with representing black masculinity,Voyager as a show where questions about gay and lesbian rights and agency were channeled via the holographic doctor, Data as a sexual being, and many other Star Trek related topics.

Chauncey and David also reminisce about their favorite childhood toy disappointments and the joys of watching early and mid 1980s New York television stations such as Channel 11 and Channel 9.

Chauncey DeVega offers some thoughts about the Oklahoma fraternity racism imbroglio and the Department of Justice's two reports on Ferguson.

Mar 5, 2015

Journalist and political analyst Paul Rosenberg is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show.

Paul is a contributing writer to news outlets and websites such as Salon.comAlternet, and Al Jazeera. He is also the senior editor of Random Length News. Mr. Rosenberg also runs the website Merge Left.

Paul is a sharp and amazingly insightful observer of American (and global) politics. He is also very patient as he sits down with Chauncey DeVega under the learning tree.

In this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Paul and Chauncey discuss how to keep hope alive in an era of broken politics, neoliberalism, and austerity. Paul also explains to Chauncey how "principled non-voting" is not an effective strategy and actually works in the interest of the plutocrats and the 1 percent.

Paul and Chauncey also talk about how blogging and social media have changed journalism, why Obama is so malleable and weak in the face of Republican racism and obstructionism, and why the Democrats lost the midterm elections and are impotent in the face of the GOP's "drown the government baby in the bathtub" thuggery and irresponsible politics.

Chauncey DeVega also offers some reflections and thoughts on the passing of the one and only Mr. Leonard Nimoy.

Feb 5, 2015

For this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, I had the great opportunity to talk with Mr. Frank Schaeffer.

He is a frequent guest on MSNBC, Free Speech TV, and many other radio and TV outlets.

Mr. Schaeffer possesses gifted insight on the rise of the Christian Right in the United States. As a young man, he was there as his father, along with the likes of Jerry Falwell, laid the groundwork for the influence of the Christian Right on the Republican Party. Frank has shared those experiences in his New York Times best-selling book Crazy for God.

I have been a longtime admirer of Frank Schaeffer's honesty and truth-telling. In this conversation, he and I talk about the rise of Christian Fascism and its threat to American democracy, the popularity of the movie American Sniper, how the useful idiots of the Religious Right are duped, his insights into the unholy union between the plutocrats and the Christian Right, and touch on matters of faith, spirituality, and religion as they relate to Mr. Schaeffer's new book Why I am an Atheist Who Believes in God.

Jan 30, 2015

For this, the second episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show of 2015, I chatted with Dr. Mickey Hess about the life and times of the legendary hip-hop artist Ol' Dirty Bastard.

Mickey took on the challenge of tracking down Dirty's family, friends, and fellow members of the seminal hip-hop group The Wu-Tang Clan for his new book The Dirty Version: On Stage, In the Studio, and In the Streets With Ol’ Dirty Bastard.

Hess's hip-hop vision quest paid off with a book full of great stories and insights about Ol' Dirty Bastard (aka Russell Jones). In this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Mickey separates myth from fact. How did ODB feel about fame? What was it like hanging out with Dirty's dear friend and fellow member of the Wu-Tang Clan, Buddha Monk, at a Houlihan's restaurant? How did Dirty's drug and alcohol use impact his art and life? Did ODB's time in prison lead to his untimely death?

Mickey and I also talk about ODB's unbelievable adventures such as lifting a car off of an injured child, crashing the Grammys, and of course taking a limousine with his family to cash their monthly welfare check.

Jan 22, 2015

To begin 2015, The Chauncey DeVega Show will feature two shows focusing on hip hop music. 

Our first guest for 2015 is Jack Hamilton. He is a contributing writer at Slate magazine, and also an Assistant Professor of American Studies and Media Studies at the University of Virginia.

I am a member of the hip hop generation. My own work focuses on race, hip hop, and the politics of popular culture. It is always wonderful to chat with a fellow traveler such as Jack Hamilton.

In this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Jack and I talk about the life and legacy of the late, great, MC known as The Notorious B.I.G., the current state of hip hop music, the occasion of how many seminal hip hop albums are now 20-years-old, teaching popular music in the classroom, writing about music for Slate, the colorline and black music, and how/if the conversion from analog to digital has changed--in a negative way--publics' relationships with popular music, as well as the complicated role of the white critic in black music.

Dec 23, 2014

For this, the sixth episode of the third season of The Chauncey DeVega Show, I had the good fortune to chat with Tim Wise.

Tim is one of the United States' leading anti-racist educators and activists. He is the author of numerous books including Dear White AmericaWhite Like MeSpeaking Treason Fluently, and Between Barack and a Hard Place. In addition to speaking engagements stateside and internationally, Tim is a frequent guest on MSNBCCNN, and other media outlets. Tim's website can be found here.

In this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Tim and I talk about the grind of travel, the merits (or not) of reading email and online comments, what it is like to have Nazi pen pals, pathetic black conservative race hustlers, his recent appearance on CNN's Headline News Network, his new documentary Colorblind: The Rise of Post-Racial Politics and the Retreat from Racial Equity, and why the Age of Obama has driven so many white folks--especially on the Right--into a state of mouth-frothing madness.

The format for The Chauncey DeVega Show is that of a virtual bar or salon where two folks sit down and chat with the conversation going where it does naturally. Tim and I have talked over the years via email: this new episode of the podcast series is an extension of that dialogue.

Dec 17, 2014

For this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, I had the great opportunity to talk with Jason Colavito. Our conversation is a real treat and gem for ghetto nerds and those others who are interested in fringe history and other types of "alternative" knowledge systems.

Jason is an expert skeptic whose work appears on his eponymous website jasoncolavito.com. He is the author of numerous books. Jason has also appeared in documentaries and other media where he offers up his direct, clear, and reality based expertise on mythologies and magical thinking such as the ancient aliens hypothesis, the theory of Atlantis, and the myriad of distortions and lies about human events that have come to populate the History Channel and its auxiliary H2.

As Jason and I discuss in this most recent episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, our world is full of wonder and amazing discoveries. Thus, there is no reason to lie, obfuscate, and generate from the ether, fringe histories, ancient aliens, and other like mess. Our world and universe is amazing enough without the need to create fictions that soothe our egos as opposed to nurturing the intellect.

In this wide ranging and very educational conversation, Jason and I discuss why the ancient aliens hypothesis is so compelling, the faux rigor and "scientific" approaches used by the fringe history community, the fixation that white supremacists have with UFO's, Vikings, and giants, the Afrocentic dreams of how black Africans discovered the "New World", and the oft discussed case of Betty and Barney Hill, an interracial couple who were supposedly kidnapped by extraterrestrials in the 1960s.

Dec 9, 2014

The police killer of Eric Garner is free. The police killer of Michael Brown is free. The police killer of 12-year-old Tamir Rice was a documented incompetent and a member of a racist Cleveland police department: he too is still free.

Even more grotesque--American police departments do not keep accurate documents noting how many people they actually kill in a given year. America may not have the "desaparecidos" of her Southern neighbors; yet, the allusion is a chilling one that hints at the power of bureaucracies to make people disappear into nothingness because the state deem acts of violence against those individuals to be "within the law".

In all, America's police are the primary means through which state violence is rendered on black and brown communities, as well as the poor.

What should a person of color do when they encounter the police? How can you ensure that you, your loved ones, friends, and community members best survive an encounter with the criminal justice system--what is the new Jim and Jane Crow?

In this, the fourth episode of Season Three, on the podcast known as The Chauncey DeVega Show, I had the great opportunity to chat with Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist Mr. Nick Chiles.

He is the author of the new book Justice While Black and current editor of the Atlanta Black Star newspaper.

Written with attorney Robbin Schipp, Nick's new book JusticeWhile Black is both an excellent (as well as accessible) history of the racist origins of America's police system, and a invaluable step by step guide for how to navigate the entrapping maze that is the American legal system and the many ways that it can (and will) ruin the lives of those people it encounters.

In our conversation, Mr. Chiles summed up the crisis and conundrum that is when the colorline encounters the American legal system as follows: just because it is within your Constitutional rights to do a thing does not mean that a given cop will respect those rights.

In this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Nick and I discuss what to do when a police officer stops you, how answering no more than the basic questions you are legally obligated to is the smart move, how families can cause chaos and trouble if you are arrested, the dangers of the plea bargain, the foolish hysteria around common sense "black respectability politics", tales of black lives ruined by the system, and if he watches "crime porn" such as The First 48 television show.

Nick also clears up some of Chauncey DeVega's misconceptions about what he should do if the police demand to search his car.

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