AAS Podcast

Our podcast, formerly known as the AAS21 Podcast,  acts as a conversation around the field of African American Studies and the black experience in the 21st century. We focus on the political, economic, and cultural forces that shape our understanding of race within America. We invite you to listen as we explore outcomes, question dominant discourse, and consider evidence instead of myths. The podcast is recorded and co-produced by Elio Lleo and Anthony Gibbons at Princeton University.

  • [AAS Podcast] Season 2, Episode 1: "COVID-19 in Black America"

    Friday, Feb 19, 2021
    In our inaugural new episode, Ebun and Mae take a deep dive into questions about the impact of COVID-19 on communities of color. From cultural responses to lockdown and the need for a government response to creating a more just and inclusive public health system, our host break down multiple dimensions of the pandemic and point toward some resources to learn more.
  • [AAS Podcast] Episode #17: Legacy and Racialized Politics

    Friday, Sep 6, 2019
    by Department of African American Studies
    We sit down with Eddie Glaude Jr. and Julian E. Zelizer, Author, and Professor at Princeton University, to discuss the challenges of balancing and teaching within the academic and public media arena. They then explore the historical cycle of racialized politics displayed by President Donald Trump and its impact within America as we approach the 2020 Elections
  • [AAS21 Podcast] Episode #16: Black Bodies, White Gold

    Tuesday, Apr 30, 2019
    In this episode, Prof. Eddie Glaude discusses with Professor Anna Arabindan-Kesson her application of research on textiles, music, and photography for her upcoming work Black Bodies White Gold. Professor Kesson, an Art Historian at heart, reveals the history and connections of blacks and cotton and their turbulent history across America and Europe. Not only does she examine the economic equivalence, in which enslaved people and cotton were commodities in the eyes of the law, but she also explores how it physically framed the way a slave looked, and in turn felt. Ultimately with this research, her goal is to examine how this history complicates what it means to be free and black in today’s world.
  • [AAS21 Podcast] Episode #15: The Influence of Ancient Ethiopia

    Tuesday, Mar 12, 2019
    In this episode, Eddie Glaude sits down with Professor Wendy Belcher to discuss her recent book. Prof. Belcher reveals her connection to Ethiopia, and how her life experiences of growing up white in Africa seep through her perspective and understanding. Professor Belcher explains how her curiosity pushed her to research, archive, and translation ancient Ethiopian writing; becoming the foundation of her recent book, The Life and Struggles of Our Mother Walatta Petros: A Seventeenth-Century African Biography of an Ethiopian Woman.
  • [AAS21 Podcast] Episode #14: Inspiring Change in Trump's America

    Tuesday, Jan 29, 2019
    As we step into 2019, Professor Eddie Glaude, Jr. and Associate Professor Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor discuss and review the political climate of America. Professor Taylor points out the importance of continuing to organize and mobilize social activism, like Black Lives Matter, with the understanding that a single objective is more significant than the different political views. Dr. Glaude highlights the deep fear and "Shock and Awe" around President Trump's current administration and policies. Professor Taylor warns of the dangers of moving forward as a nation with an "anything but Trump" perspective; how it lowers the expectations for parties and continues to perpetuate similar issues. Agree or disagree? Listen, share and let us know what you think.
  • [AAS21 Podcast] Episode #13: Black Pulp Fiction’s Uncanny Origins

    Tuesday, Jul 10, 2018
    AAS 21 is a podcast conversation about the books and ideas animating the field of African American Studies in the 21st Century and the political, economic, and cultural forces that shape our understanding of race and racial groups. We invite you to listen as we “read” how race and culture are produced globally – looking past outcomes to beginnings, questioning dominant discourses, and considering evidence instead of myth. The podcast is recorded and produced at Princeton University in the Department of African American Studies.
  • [AAS21 Podcast] Episode #12: Reimagining Science and Technology

    Wednesday, Mar 28, 2018
    Welcome to the AAS 21 Podcast. I'm Eddie Glaude, and I'm the Chair of African American Studies here at Princeton University. I'm delighted to have joined us today Professor Ruha Benjamin. She's in Social Professor here in the Department of African American Studies and a Faculty Associate in the Program on History of Science, the Center for Health and Wellbeing, the Program on Gender-- Gender and Sexuality Studies, the Program in Global Health and Health Policy, and the Department of Sociology at Princeton. Her research focuses on the social dimensions of science, medicine, and technology; race-ethnicity and health; knowledge and power. She's the author of People's Science: Bodies and Rights on the Stem Cell Frontier.
  • [AAS21 Podcast] Episode #11: The Making of the Modern Black Diaspora

    Monday, Feb 19, 2018
    Professor Guild specializes in 20th century African-American social and cultural history, urban history, and then making of the modern African Diaspora with particular interest in migration, black internationalism, black popular music, and the black radical tradition.
  • [AAS21 Podcast] Episode #10: The Pulse of Black Life in the Long 19th Century

    Friday, Dec 15, 2017
    Hello. I'm Eddie Glaude and I'm the chair of the Department of African-American studies here at Princeton University. And welcome to the African-American Studies podcast. Today I'm delighted to have as our guest my new and wonderful colleague, Professor Autumn Womack. Professor Womack specializes in 19th century and early 20th century African-American literature with a particular research and teaching focused on the intersection of visual technology, race and literary culture. She's currently at work on a brilliant book entitled, at least right now--

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