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PODCAST: The Black Presidency

Mar 02, 2016
CATEGORY: Society, U.S.A.

The “Aspen Ideas to Go” podcast is a weekly show featuring fascinating speakers who have presented at the Aspen Ideas Festival and other public programs offered by the Aspen Institute — including Aspen Words, the Alma and Joseph Gildenhorn Book Series, and various events around the country. For a curated listening experience, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or listen to each episode on the Aspen Ideas website.

In his book "The Black Presidency," Michael Eric Dyson explores the powerful, surprising way the politics of race have shaped Barack Obama’s identity and presidency. How has President Obama dealt publicly with race —as the national traumas of Tamir Rice, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Freddie Gray, and Walter Scott have played out during his tenure? What can we learn from his major race speeches about his approach to racial conflict and the black criticism it provokes?

Dyson is a professor of sociology at Georgetown University. A former factory worker, an ordained Baptist minister and a onetime church pastor. This episode features his conversation with the Aspen Institute CEO and president Walter Isaacson. They spoke as part of the Alma and Joseph Gildenhorn Book Series at The Aspen Institute.


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By Marci Krivonen, Associate Editor and Producer, Public Programs