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Why Race Matters Podcast

Host and Producer Angela Fitzgerald engages in extended one-on-one conversations to elevate issues of importance affecting Wisconsin’s Black communities. Guests include artists, community organizers, and health professionals, along with those whose layered, lived experiences highlight Black struggle and overcoming. The conversations took place on the rooftop of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art in downtown Madison, Wisconsin.

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2021 PODCASTS

Women and Barriers After Incarceration

Women and Barriers After Incarceration

Angela sets the context for Black women's overrepresentation in Wisconsin's criminal justice system and speaks with Carmella Glenn about the roadblocks and solutions for Black women leaving incarceration.

EP. 8 | LENGTH: 37:07

Black Artists and Appropriation

Black Artists and Appropriation

Angela and dance artist Papa-Kobina Brewoo discuss in-depth how Black artists are underrepresented within the same artistic spaces they were instrumental in creating.

EP. 7 | LENGTH: 48:29

Maternal Health and Birth Equity

Maternal Health and Birth Equity

Tracey Russell, a certified doula, explains racial disparities in maternal health, and the context for birth equity.

EP. 6 | LENGTH: 27:45

Black Farming and Land Ownership

Black Farming and Land Ownership

Robert Pierce expounds on the direct link between food sovereignty and the health of Black communities.

EP. 5 | LENGTH: 41:21

The School-To-Prison Pipeline

The School-To-Prison Pipeline

Rudy Bankston speaks with Angela about his wrongful conviction and life sentence at age 19 as powerful personal testimony to the harm inflicted by the school-to-prison pipeline.

EP. 4 | LENGTH: 01:10:50

Civic Engagement and Representation

Civic Engagement and Representation

Angela speaks further with Tatiyana Benson in an expansive conversation about Black political representation, voting and elections, policy reform, and civic engagement.

EP. 3 | LENGTH: 28:55

Mental Health, Trauma and Black Communities

Mental Health, Trauma and Black Communities

An extended conversation between Angela and Myra McNair, discussing the interweaving phenomena that give rise to mental health struggles within Black communities.

EP. 2 | LENGTH: 35:02

Angela's Journey and Why Race Matters in Wisconsin

Angela's Journey and Why Race Matters in Wisconsin

Angela expands on the motivation behind Why Race Matters in this teaser of the upcoming season, describing the call to action she felt after the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police.

EP. 1 | LENGTH: 3:20