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As we navigate the balance between hope and uncertainty, we invite you to join Dr. Cornel West & Professor Tricia Rose on The Tight Rope, a weekly program where we welcome listeners and guests as thought collaborators. The Tight Rope is rich in creative, unfiltered dialogue on topics ranging from culture, art, and music to the contours of systemic racism, philosophy, the power of Socratic self-examination, and the possibilities of a peaceful and just world. Our innovative and interactive for ...
 
In Man in the Window, Paige St. John, a Pulitzer Prize winning investigative reporter has uncovered never before revealed details about the man who would eventually become one of California's most deadly serial killers. From Wondery and the L.A. Times comes a new series that traces his path of devastation through his victims' eyes.
 
ABOUT: With over 13 years in Bangkok Thailand, Emanuel Skinner has become a household name and a house music icon locally and abroad. Originally from San Francisco and now a Phuket local sharing his vision and sound all across South East Asia . With over 20 years experience filling the best and biggest venues from Jakarta, Singapore, China, India, to South Korea, Bangladesh to Malaysia, the Maldives, Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam and all over Thailand (Chang Mai, Koh Tao, Koh Samui, Phuket, Pat ...
 
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Become a member of our Patreon family for full episodes, behind-the-scenes access and more exclusive content until December 31, 2021! You can sign up here at https://www.patreon.com/thetightropepod OR, Donate to the show here! In the final episode of The Tight Rope, Cornel West and Tricia Rose reminisce on all of the wonderful guests and poignant m…
 
The latest DCEU movie is here - THE Suicide Squad! Can director James Gunn, known mixing gore with humor, score another critical kill with this misfit group of outlaws or will this be another dead body on the floor? Intro - Dustin: Buying a house - Alex: Shang Chi early reviews and played Twelve MinutesTL:DL - Shang-Chi nets $90million opening week…
 
Become a member of our Patreon family for full episodes, behind-the-scenes access and more exclusive content! You can sign up here at https://www.patreon.com/thetightropepod OR, Donate to the show here! As we prepare for our final episode of The Tight Rope next week, we wanted to take it back to where it all started. Please enjoy this re-release of…
 
The latest DCEU movie is here - THE Suicide Squad! Can director James Gunn, known mixing gore with humor, score another critical kill with this misfit group of outlaws or will this be another dead body on the floor? Intro - Dustin: Summer coming to an end - Alex: Rising Sun board gameTL:DL - Metal gear solid bug speed run (https://www.ign.com/artic…
 
Become a member of our Patreon family for full episodes, behind-the-scenes access and more exclusive content! You can sign up here at https://www.patreon.com/thetightropepod OR, Donate to the show here! Marc Lamont Hill, award-winning journalist and host of Black News Tonight, walks The Tight Rope this week! Join us for a profound discussion on deb…
 
Loki has come to a conclusion after a thrilling 6 episode extravaganza, and now we ask ourselves... how was the journey? Alex and Dustin talk characters, stories and beyond!Intro - Dustin: The beach - Alex: Masters of the Universe and TransformersTL:DL - Take-two prepares to double slate of games in the next three years (https://www.ign.com/article…
 
Become a member of our Patreon family for full episodes, behind-the-scenes access and more exclusive content! You can sign up here at https://www.patreon.com/thetightropepod OR, Donate to the show here! Why did 2x WNBA Champion Renee Montgomery opt out of the 2020 season? In this throwback episode, Renee sits down with the professors to discuss why…
 
Become a member of our Patreon family for full episodes, behind-the-scenes access and more exclusive content! You can sign up here at https://www.patreon.com/thetightropepod OR, Donate to the show here! This week, we’re thrilled to welcome Professor Teodros Kiros, leading authority on moral and African philosophy and dear colleague of Dr. Cornel We…
 
Loki has come to a conclusion after a thrilling 6 episode extravaganza, and now we ask ourselves... how was the journey? Alex and Dustin talk characters, stories and beyond!Intro - Dustin: Escape Room - Alex: Board gamesTL:DL - The Steam DeckQuestions from Twitter - Top 4 Nickelodeon cartoonsMain Topic - Loki Series Review - Review of the final epi…
 
Become a member of our Patreon family for full episodes, behind-the-scenes access and more exclusive content! You can sign up here at https://www.patreon.com/thetightropepod OR, Donate to the show here! What is love? Is it the virtue we need the most right now? This week, the professors take on the most powerful virtue, love. Tune in to learn why l…
 
Become a member of our Patreon family for full episodes, behind-the-scenes access and more exclusive content! You can sign up here at https://www.patreon.com/thetightropepod OR, Donate to the show here! Two-time Academy Award-winning actress, author, and activist Jane Fonda joins the professors for a fiery conversation on taking action against inju…
 
Become a member of our Patreon family for full episodes, behind-the-scenes access and more exclusive content! You can sign up here at https://www.patreon.com/thetightropepod OR, Donate to the show here! In this exciting collaboration with Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives and HITRECORD, Kenneth Morris, Jr. walks The Tight Rope. Kenneth Morris, …
 
Become a member of our Patreon family for full episodes, behind-the-scenes access and more exclusive content! You can sign up here at https://www.patreon.com/thetightropepod OR, Donate to the show here! In the second installment of our series of virtues, Cornel West and Tricia Rose dive into the true meaning of integrity. Tune in to learn why the p…
 
The 3rd Marvel TV series makes its way to Disney+ with popular anti-hero Loki (Tom Hiddleston). Is the trickster god of mischief and chaos able to carry a series on his own? Lets talk about it!Intro - Dustin: Summer! - Alex: Excel Spreadsheets and programmingTL:DL - E3 2021 - Favorite game of E3Questions from Twitter - You're in a horror movie and …
 
This week on The Tight Rope, the professors are joined by Dr. Gina Paige, co-founder of African Ancestry. African Ancestry is the world leader in tracing lineages of African descent with a database of over 30,000 indigenous African DNA samples. Join us for a rich discussion on why Black people are the original victims of identity theft and how Afri…
 
00:01- Opening Remarks09:35- Love Island coming back and other stuff we’ve watched17:31- Friends Reunion22:10- Cruel Summer23:49- Mare of Easttown29:20- Gossip Girl trailer31:07- Movies we’ve seen (Spiral) (Quiet Place 2) (The Devil Made me do it)46:52- Ariana Grande gets married47:42- Music out right now52:46- Dalton’s soapbox55:32- Kardashian sho…
 
This week on The Tight Rope, Stokley Williams opens up about founding Mint Condition, his new solo project Sankofa, and why he considers himself a sonic healer. Tune in to learn Stokley’s favorite songs of his career and the influences that helped him develop his signature style. Stokley is a GRAMMY-nominated vocalist, songwriter, producer, and mul…
 
Killer Mike walks The Tight Rope this week for an unfiltered conversation on knowing your worth and giving back to your community. Mike shares personal stories about the people who shaped him as an artist and inspired his activism. Tune in to hear why Mike dedicated his career to uplifting others and inspiring the next generation of artists. Plus, …
 
To listen to the full episode with Roxane Gay, please visit our Patreon! This week, New York Times Bestselling author, professor, editor, and social commentator Roxane Gay walks The Tight Rope. Gay and the professors discuss the devastating attacks on Palestine and why so many public figures are afraid to speak out. Plus, learn why Gay felt called …
 
Dr. West and Professor Rose push each other as they reflect on the murder of George Floyd and its sustained significance one year later. Become a member of our Patreon family for BTS access and more exclusive full episodes! You can sign up at https://www.patreon.com/thetightropepod. Please share our content with your friends & family by following u…
 
This week Professor and activist Dr. Maulana Karenga joins the professors to discuss his relationship with Malcolm X, his beliefs about what is necessary to develop a true sense of Black identity, and Kawaida-- his interpretation of ancient Egyptian ethical thought as a living tradition and a useful philosophical option for critical reflection on t…
 
Recorded on December 17th, 2020, with the holiday spirit close at hand, Dr. West and Professor Rose welcome Father Michael Pfleger, long-time Senior Pastor of The Faith Community of Saint Sabina to reflect on the state of our democracy and his beliefs on the role of faith communities in the fight for social justice, especially at the community leve…
 
After the smash hit that was WandaVision, can Disney capture the same magic as before with a more grounded second outing into the small screen Marvel Cinematic Universe? Alex and Dustin review the 6 episode series that aired on the streaming platform Disney+.Intro - Dustin: Vaccine Shots - Alex: Call of Duty: WarzoneMain Topic - The Falcon and the …
 
It's time to finally see the WB Mortal Kombat gritty reboot. Full of blood, guts and gore, does this revamp of the campy classic hold up in to today's modern audiences or does it suffer a fate worst then a fatality?Intro - Dustin: Pokemon Snap - Alex: Running ChallengeMain Topic - Mortal Kombat (2021) - Twitter length review - Fatality warning - - …
 
This week Professor Jeffrey Stout, longtime friend and colleague of Dr. West joins us on The Tight Rope to talk about virtues and the political significance of friendships. Tune in to hear Dr. Stout recount his experiences teaching with Dr. West and how their intellectual pursuits led to their bonds of brotherhood. Jeffrey Stout is a theorist of de…
 
This week, former Mayor of New Orleans and self-proclaimed “white southerner,” Mitch Landrieu, sits down with the professors to discuss how his upbringing in the south was centered around building community with his Black neighbors, as opposed to building a sense of superiority. Landrieu describes his belief that we must truly fix America, not just…
 
The newest Mortal Kombat, set to release in 2021 from Warner Brothers has it's root in the past. The long lost past of 1995. Alex and Dustin are testing their might to see if this gem stands the test of time. Will they achieve a flawless victory or lose their souls forever?Intro - Dustin: Allergies - Alex: Injury/WarzoneTL:DL News - Video game sale…
 
In part 2 of their conversation, @HakiMadhubuti and the Professors continue their conversation answering the question “How can we best pass on the legacy of institution building?” Tune in for Professor Madhubuti’s answer as well as his reading of his poem “Liberation Narratives.” A leading poet and one of the architects of the Black Arts Movement, …
 
Become a member of our Patreon family for full episodes, behind-the-scenes access and more exclusive content! You can sign up here at https://www.patreon.com/thetightropepod OR, Donate to the show here! Follow The Tight Rope on Social Media! Patreon | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook Become a member of our Patreon family for BTS access and more exclu…
 
This week, @HakiMadhubuti joins the Professors for a conversation about his body of work and how he was, as one of his books is entitled, Taught By Women. Describing Gwendolyn Brooks as his “cultural mother,” Professor Madhubuti talks about the importance of the mentorship he received through his relationship with her and how he came to believe tha…
 
The battle of the titans is finally here and streaming on HBO Max, Godzilla vs Kong! Who will come out on top? The titan kind of the monsters or the giant ape from Skull Island? It's time to throw down in the latest WB movie in the kaiju Monster-verse.Intro - Dustin: Santa Clarita Diet - Alex: Running lolTL:DL News - Xbox to buy discord: https://ww…
 
This week, Bob the Drag Queen joins the professors for a conversation about love-- love of self, love of community, and love of one’s fellow humans-- and all of the obstacles that arise in the process of giving or receiving this love when a person doesn’t fit within certain “norms.” Together, they explore the power of being celebrated for who you a…
 
As Women’s History Month comes to a close and Black Women’s History Month begins, we revisit some of our favorite moments with the powerful women we’ve had on The Tight Rope. With this compilation, we hope to celebrate the strength and wisdom of women across generations and identities, join us in our tribute to our honored guests and women everywhe…
 
In a special edition of The Tight Rope, Dr. Cornel West provides closing thoughts on his “ridiculous situation at Harvard” with respect to his being denied tenure at the institution. Join Dr. West and Professor Tricia Rose as they discuss the finality of Dr. West’s decision to leave Harvard and return “home” to Union Theological Seminary. Follow Th…
 
It's happening folks. This is not a drill, this is not a dream. The Snyder Cut of Justice League is here and you can stream it on HBO MAx. Warner Brothers poured a lot of money to finish up the mythical version of the 2017 Justice League movie and released the 4 hour titan of a film upon the masses. Booyah!Intro - Dustin: Got a Fitbit - Alex: EA Ga…
 
The professors invite Rapsody to discuss the legacy of the Black music tradition and how it continually reiterates itself within “new genres” creating a cultural archive. Additionally, Rapsody discusses her journey ‘making it’ in the business without compromising her vision for her artistry and the stories she wants to tell. As they discuss both th…
 
On the 62nd anniversary of the Broadway premiere (March 11, 1959) of Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, Dr. West and Professor Rose reflect on the Black literary tradition as they focus on the legacy of both Lorraine Hansberry and Gwendolyn Brooks as revolutionaries and exemplars who are often misunderstood as the “Darlings of the White Libe…
 
Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum joins Dr. West and Professor Rose on The Tight Rope to talk about the critical importance of having curriculums, educators, and school communities that are dedicated to affirming and embracing students of color in general and Black students in particular. She explains the fundamental tenets of this practice in terms of what…
 
And that's all she wrote! WandaVision, the first small screen adaption of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to come out of Disney+, finishes the 9 episode mini series. Now it's time to look back and put it all together. Was the series a burst of super hero drama or a flop that landed hard in reality?Intro - Dustin: Running - Alex: Fitbit and Metal Gear…
 
In this episode of The Tight Rope, the Professors welcome acclaimed actor Mayim Bialik to join them in conversation. Together they engage in a nuanced discussion of Mayim’s positionality as both a female in Hollywood and as a devout, proud member of the Jewish faith. Delving into the long history of solidarity amongst the Jewish people and Black Am…
 
Intro- Dustin: Nintendo Direct- Alex: FitbitQuestions from Twitter- What your favorite villain about you? https://screenrant.com/mcu-what-your-favorite-villain-says-about-you/Main Topic - Spoiler free impressions -- Spoiler warning -- - What's going on in Westview - How will the show end - Predictions for the MCU after WandaVision…
 
In a special edition of The Tight Rope, Dr. Cornel West speaks freely about his “ridiculous situation at Harvard” with respect to his being denied tenure at the institution. Join Dr. West and Professor Tricia Rose for a conversation as they reveal some of the possible underlying reasons for the rejection and as they dredge up the bedrock systemic i…
 
In the second installment of a 2-part conversation, Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. steps back on The Tight Rope to further explore his new documentary The Black Church - This is Our Story, This is Our Song. The series reveals the broad history and culture of the Black church and explores African American faith communities on the frontlines of hope and …
 
Today's Tight Rope Special Edition features the Lucas Brothers -- co-writers for the new film JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH -- and actor Lil Rel Howery who had a powerful cameo in the film. JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH -- directed by Shaka King and produced by Ryan Coogler and Charles King -- tells the story of Fred Hampton, Chairman of the Illinois B…
 
In the first installment of a 2-part conversation, Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. begins by exploring his own lineage and African American history in general to draw connections to the community’s powerful connection to Christianity in his new documentary The Black Church - This is Our Story, This is Our Song. The series reveals the broad history and c…
 
This week, civil rights activist DeRay Mckesson steps onto “The Tight Rope” with Dr. Cornel West and professor Tricia Rose to talk policing and pedagogy. DeRay highlights some alarming statistics about police violence, which continued unabated in 2020 despite nationwide protests and the outcry of a multicultural coalition of concerned citizens. Rec…
 
Marvel has depute its first small screen outing on Disney+ with WandaVision, the latest offering from the MCU in over a year. Will this mini-series fill the superhero void in our hearts? Find out dear listeners on the latest Our DnA Podcast!Introduction- Dustin: Kong vs Godzilla- Alex: GameStop STONK!TLDR News - Snyder cut release date - Complete c…
 
In this episode, acclaimed journalist and op-ed columnist for the New York Times, Charles M. Blow, walks The Tight Rope with Dr. Cornel West and Professor Tricia Rose. The author of bestselling memoir Fire Shut Up in My Bones shares a grand geopolitical vision for Black America in his new book, The Devil You Know. The new text is an unsettling mani…
 
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