After two weeks off to focus on the consumption of turkey, mashed potatoes and jello salad, we’re back in the AM 1700 studio this Saturday evening at 6:00 to talk about everything from the recent demands made by representatives of EMU’s black student body, to the climate talks currently taking place in Paris. If you’re up for it, we’d love to have you join us… Here’s a high level, minute-by-minute breakdown of what you can expect if you tune in.
BLACK STUDENT DEMANDS AT EMU: As of today, according to the site The Demands, black students on 67 U.S. college campuses have made formal demands of their university administrators. While some of these demands have focused on the removal of specific officials, like we just saw at the University of Missouri, and the renaming of certain university buildings, like at Yale, most, according to a recent analysis done by FiveThirtyEight.com, are more broad and structural in nature. “The most common demands, according to our analysis,” says FiveThirtyEight’s Leah Libresco, “have been for schools to increase the diversity of professors, offer sensitivity training to students and faculty members, and create or expand support for cultural centers on campus.” And, during our first segment, we’ll be talking with Eastern Michigan University students Darius Simpson and Daryl Holman about “The Black Student 10-Point Plan” that has been proposed for Eastern. Among other things, we’ll talk about how the plan was drafted, what the response from EMU administration has been thus far, and what their next steps will be if the university does not comply. [As FiveThirtyEight points out, at more than a quarter of the schools where such demands have been made, they’ve been accompanied by “a deadline by which school administrators needed to agree or respond, or else face escalations of protests.”] And, of course, we’ll be going through the plan point by point.
YPSI’S REAL ROSIE THE RIVETERS: At 6:30, we’ll be joined by local historian Matt Siegfried for a new installment of everyone’s favorite local AM radio history feature, “The People’s History of Ypsilanti with Matt Siegfried.” In this edition, we’ll be looking behind the myth of the Willow Run bomber plant, and the “Rosie the Riveters” who worked there during World War II, and discussing what life was really like at the plant. “The workers lived in shacks without water,” said Siegfried recently, “while the tax payers built Henry Ford a factory, a railroad and a highway. Henry Ford then walked away from the plant after black UAW members, who were responsible for the militant campaign to force Ford to hire black workers, were elected to Ypsilanti City Council in 1945.” So, if you want to hear the truth about the so-called “Arsenal of Democracy,” how many of the real “Rosies” fought integration, and how local Fourth of July celebrations throughout the war were cancelled for fear of race riots, be sure to tune in.
DRAWING THE CLIMATE CHANGE BATTLE LINES, FROM PARIS TO MICHIGAN: At 6:45, we’ll be joined in the studio by 350.org’s Ethan Wampler and University of Michigan undergrad Jim Stehlin, organizers of the December 12 Michigan Climate March. During our discussion about the local response to global climate change, we’ll also be joined on the phone by U-M professor Dr. Ricky Rood, who will be talking with us, among other things, about current research into how we address the problems of climate change. And, if everything goes according to plan, we’ll also have a prerecorded conversation with Dr. Paul Edwards, the author of A Vast Machine: Computer Models, Climate Data, and the Politics of Global Warming, who is presently on the ground in Paris with U-M’s student delegation.
UNVEILING THE NEW MONKEY POWER TRIO: And, at about 7:30, because I just got the new Monkey Power Trio record in the mail, and haven’t yet been able to listen to it, as I don’t have a working record player, I thought that I’d play a few songs in the studio and discuss them with local musicologist Jim Cherewick, who assures me that he will give a “painfully honest” critique. And, if time allows, we may even call up a few members of the band and ask them what the hell they were thinking.
And, here, thanks to AM 1700 senior graphic designer Kate de Fuccio, is this week’s poster, in case any of you want to print copies and distribute them in the Meijer’s parking lot.
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