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OBSCENE is a new podcast hosted by Maya Contreras (EMMY winning Brewed in NY, PBS, ) discussing systemic inequalities that have allowed discrimination to flourish in the United States. We’ll examine discriminatory policies while discussing the history, influences, and future of those policies that directly impact womxn and marginalized groups. Through stories and interviews with experts, you'll be given new insights into the challenges facing womxn and marginalized communities. Through an in ...
 
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Today's interview with Shaina Harrison with NYAGV Shaina on grief and trauma communities deal with due to gun violence: "I think you know when I think about trauma, and especially working in the communities that I serve, I understand that the young folks that I'm working with don't want, they don't have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, right? They, …
 
In this Episode of Obscene, I spoke with Julia Davis, Director of Youth Justice and Child Welfare for Children’s defense fund in New York. She helped me break down what’s in the American Rescue Act, whom it helps, and who it leaves out. We also examine what policies could truly protect and aid children and their families, not just to recover, but t…
 
Ashlee Marie Preston is a Trans Rights Advocate, Cultural Creative & Founder of You “Are Essential”. Ashlee is the first trans woman to become editor-in-chief of a national publication, Wear Your Voice Magazine, and she has just launched a voter mobilization initiative with Human Rights Campaign President, Alphonso David called My Vote is My Voice.…
 
Shannon Watts is the founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America—the nation’s largest grassroots gun violence prevention group, with chapters in all 50 states effecting change at the local, state and national level. Her book, Fight Like a Mother: How a Grassroots Movement Took on the Gun Lobby and Why Women Will Change the World, was rel…
 
Denise Oliver-Velez has been a political activist and community organizer, was in the Civil Rights movement, women's movement, and AIDS activism movement, and was a member of both the Young Lords Party and the Black Panther Party in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Denise is currently a Contributing Editor for the progressive political blog Daily Ko…
 
Dr. Merseth discusses language barrier obstacles are still in place for eligible voters even with the language provision in the Voting Rights Act. Dr. Julie Lee Merseth's interests are situated in the field of American political behavior with a dual and overlapping focus on race and immigration. Her research is especially animated by questions of h…
 
Dr. Carol Anderson is a Professor of African American Studies at Emory University and author of White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Nation's Divide, a New York Times Bestseller, Washington Post Notable Book of 2016, and a National Book Critics Circle Award winner. She is also the author of One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression is Destroying …
 
Rebecca Cokley is the director of the Disability Justice Initiative at American Progress, where her work focuses on disability policy. Most recently, she served as the executive director of the National Council on Disability (NCD), an independent agency charged with advising Congress and the White House on issues of national disability public polic…
 
A discussion with the NARF Staff Attorney Jacqueline De León on Native American Rights Fund's (NARF) comprehensive study entitled, “Obstacles at Every Turn: Barriers to Political Participation Faced by Native American Voters.” Jacqueline De León is an enrolled member of the Isleta Pueblo. As a staff attorney at Native American Rights Fund better kn…
 
Perry Grossman, is Voting Rights Attorney. He focuses on litigation and advocacy efforts concerning voting rights and election law issues. Perry’s cases include New York Immigration Coalition v. U.S. Department of Commerce, the successful challenge to the Trump Administration’s efforts to put a citizenship question on the 2020 Census; League of Wom…
 
While Voter Suppression and Disenfranchisement have a deep impact on elections, Dr. Bernard L. Fraga research found that there still a gap in voter participation amongst marginalized groups even if voting barriers were removed. We discuss this and his book "The Turnout Gap" in this interview. Dr. Bernard L. Fraga is a political scientist who studie…
 
On December 31, 2019, the World Health Organization’s office in China heard the first reports of a previously-unknown virus behind a number of pneumonia cases in the city of Wuhan. On March 11, 2020 that virus, now named COVID-19 better knowing as the Coronavirus outbreak was now characterized as a pandemic by the World Health Organization. Today t…
 
Maya Contreras interviews political wonk Stephen Robinson. Stephan is a writer and social kibbitzer based in Portland, Oregon. He's on the board of the Portland Playhouse theater and writes for the immersive theater Cafe Nordo in Seattle. "Wonkette is an American online magazine of topical satire and political gossip, established in 2004 by Gawker …
 
Hello, I’m your host Maya Contreras and welcome to a new season of obscene. This is a special holiday episode, the official new season of Obscene will start the first week of January 2020 were I’ll be talking to candidates running for office, voting rights, and policy issues you should be on the lookout for at the ballot box and so much more. Befor…
 
Except from the Episode: "Hello everyone! It’s me, Maya Contreras, host of Obscene podcast! On the last episode, you heard an excerpt of my interview with Ben Williams of the Princeton Gerrymandering project. Here is the full episode. I hope you’ll enjoy it. On June 27th, The Supreme Court essentially blocked the citizenship question from being add…
 
Excerpt from this episode: "It’s the 4th of July, and I know a lot of folks out there aren’t feeling very patriotic, and I completely empathize. It’s difficult to feel patriotic given what is happening at the border, with reproductive rights, and when there are military tanks rolling down the streets of DC that took over $2.5 million dollars away f…
 
On Episode 11 of Obscene, Host Maya Contreras interviews Reproductive Justice Advocate, Renee Bracey Sherman on the importance of Abortion Storytelling, Abortion Funds, and Abortion Access. "Renee Bracey Sherman is a Chicago-born, Midwest-raised activist, writer and reproductive justice activist committed to the visibility and representation of peo…
 
Episode 11 is with Jalessah Jackson. What is Reproductive Justice? Host Maya Contreras takes a deep dive on this subject with Jalessah Jackson, Georgia Coordinator at SisterSong. "Jalessah Jackson is a mother, womanist, and interdisciplinary scholar of training whose research explores the connections between popular culture and critical theories of…
 
Excerpt from Episode: What we need in 2020 is something that we’ve never had in the history of this country, a Women President and a Women Vice President. Its clearer than ever that we need a woman at the top of the ticket, and you won’t find anyone who agrees with that notion more than Rebecca Sive. Rebecca Sive is a speaker and commentator on wom…
 
Excerpt from episode: "I want to look at the media’s playbook. I want to know why the media crafts or goes with a script, I wanted to know how the media influences our elections, their biases, and their “game framing” of political news and media coverage. Luckily I got to speak with Dr. Regina Lawrence, Associate Dean, SOJC-Portland, and Director o…
 
From Obscene podcast host Maya Contreras: "In this episode, I want to talk about the impact the media is having when they are missing the frames to see the big picture of women in politics and women in power. For the interview today, I speak with Dr. Valerie Sperling, Professor of Political Science at Clark University. Dr. Sperling teaches a variet…
 
Excerpt from this episode: "Today I want to highlight one program that has had a positive impact on incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women, called Defy Ventures. Defy’s vision 'is to end mass incarceration and cycles of recidivism by using entrepreneurship as a tool to transform legacies and human potential'. Before I speak to Defy Ventures’ …
 
On March 31st OBSCENE podcast will air the first of a three-part series about inclusion or lack there of in the entertainment and media industries. It's clear there are many leading actors and producers worried about being 'replaced' by actors of color and more inclusive stories. Take a look at what Pat Sajak said about it: I remember a time when y…
 
Interviews with Dustin Jones, board member for the Center for Independence of the Disabled, NY (CIDNY) and Rebecca Cokley, a leading disability rights activist in the United States. Rebecca is the Director for Disability Policy at the Center for American Progress policy institute in DC. She previously served as the Executive Director of the Nationa…
 
On the last episode of Obscene my guests and I touched upon a policy that could have assist generations of Americans in poverty. That vetoed policy was the Comprehensive Child Development Act of 1971, was designed to establish a comprehensive domestic system of child care. In this episode we discuss why Black women are 3.4 times more likely to die …
 
OBSCENE Host Maya Contreras talks about childcare and poverty with the following experts: DR. JILL QUADAGNO (F.S.U.) SHIMICA GASKINS (CHILDREN'S DEFENSE FUND) SUKI GRAVES M.Ed. DR. JESSICA YOUNG (AMERICAN UNIVERSITY) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoicesBy Authentic Podcast Network
 
Myths are very revealing. They reveal who we as a society based on the stories we are telling; well, it depends on who is telling the story, doesn’t it? For better or worse, many mythologies act as instructional guide books of do's and don't. I revisit destructive and helpful myths currently influencing our society and policy. On this first season …
 
A short excerpt from Episode One premiering January 20, 2019 Episode One (excerpt): Pandora to Yoko: Mythology and Contempt Maya Contreras reading: “When sorrows come, they come not single spies. But in battalions!” - Hamlet, Act IV, Scene V. (Press conference with Yoko Ono) That was Yoko Ono in 1971 speaking in front of small group of reporters. S…
 
Here are seven books that I read this year that expanded my understanding of American history that is often white washed, pun intended. I hope these books not only broaden your horizons, but empower you, and your advocacy work. Happy New Year. The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated Americaby Richard Rothstein Stamped…
 
Hi It's Maya Contreras, your host of Obscene. Since it’s about to be a holiday weekend I thought instead of my regular weekly preview I would dedicate this weekly spot to all of the activists and advocates that never seem to have a day off. "‘Twas a few nights before Christmas, through many cities and townsMany advocates were quietly workingSurvivi…
 
This quick preview clip is from an interview with Dr. Hazel Levy. Dr. Levy is one of the guests throughout this 7-part podcast series premiering January 20, 2019. Preview clips and teasers every Sunday night. Dr. Hazel Levy is a professor of biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology, and embryology at the University of Florida (UF). She is the f…
 
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