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Addicted to Race 88: What Harold and Kumar says about race and gender

by Carmen Van Kerckhove

Update: I’m listening to it now and it seems like there’s a bit of lagging/shifting going where it sounds like I’m constantly cutting Jenn off mid-sentence. Sorry folks, that’s just Skype acting up.

addicted to raceWe’re ba-ack! The hiatus lasted a little longer than I thought it would, but Addicted to Race is here again. We’ve got some new theme music (thanks, Garageband!) and I bought a new mic, so hopefully the sound quality has improved a bit.

For those of you who are new to this blog, Addicted to Race is New Demographic’s podcast about America’s obsession with race.

Here’s a rundown of what you’ll find in this episode:

Is “Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay” really the best thing ever to happen to Asian-American cinema? Carmen and Jenn Fang discuss this stoner comedy’s implications on race and gender. Also, does Barack Obama believe in the American flag? We break down the politics of patriotism as it’s playing out in this presidential race.

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Guest co-host Jenn Fang blogs at Reappropriate: a blog focusing on issues of race, gender, and grassroots activism as they affect the formation of the Asian American sociopolitical identity.

Duration – 57:58
File Size – 26.7 MB
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Addicted to Race announcement: Going on hiatus

by Carmen Van Kerckhove

addicted to raceAddicted to Race is New Demographic’s weekly podcast about America’s obsession with race.

This is not so much a new episode as a special announcement that Addicted to Race is going on hiatus for awhile. We’ve been “on the air” pretty much continuously for about two and a half years.

Don’t worry, this is not the end of the show! I definitely plan on coming back to it next year with some new ideas for the format, including some experimentations with video, but taking a hiatus will really help me get some other time-sensitive New Demographic projects off the ground. Then I can come back to the podcast with a clear mind and implement some new ideas.

Thanks everyone for all your support, and I look forward to rejoining you again soon!

Duration – 4:22
File Size – 4.1 MB
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Addicted to Race 87: Race, TV, and Gossip

by Carmen Van Kerckhove

addicted to raceA brand-new episode (No. 87) of Addicted to Race is out! Addicted to Race is New Demographic’s weekly podcast about America’s obsession with race.

Carmen and Lauren Williams discuss the dichotomy in television representations of people of color, and how gossip blogs and magazines treat celebrities of color differently than white celebrities. This episode features the song “They Call Me Mr. Tibbs” by Cinematic, courtesy of Spectre Entertainment.

Lauren is the editor of Stereohyped, a black current events, gossip, and culture blog, the winner of a Black Weblog Award for Best New Blog. Her opinions on racial issues have been featured on NPR and in the Washington Post and Baltimore Sun. She has an unhealthy obsession with celebrity culture but can get her serious on when the situation warrants. Don’t get her started on any of the three Bs — Beyonce, Barack Obama, or blackface. She’ll never shut up.

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Duration – 37:30
File Size – 34.4 MB
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Addicted to Race 86: James Watson’s racism

by Carmen Van Kerckhove

addicted to raceA brand-new episode (No. 86) of Addicted to Race is out! Addicted to Race is New Demographic’s weekly podcast about America’s obsession with race.

Carmen interviews Dr. Joseph L. Graves, author of the book The Race Myth: Why We Pretend Race Exists in America. They discuss the recent controversy over scientist James Watson’s comments about the intellectual inferiority of black people. Watson won a Nobel prize for being one of the people responsible for discovering the structure of DNA.

Dr. Joseph L. Graves is the Dean of University Studies and a professor of biology at North Caroline A&T State University. He is the author of the books The Emperor’s New Clothes: Biological Theories of Race at the Millennium, Rutgers University Press, 2001, 2005 and The Race Myth: Why We Pretend Race Exists in America, Dutton Press, 2004, 2005. Dr. Joseph Graves, Jr. received his Ph.D. in Environmental, Evolutionary and Systematic Biology from Wayne State University in 1988. In 1994, he was elected a Fellow of the Council of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for his pioneering work in establishing the genetic and physiological controls of aging. His research concerns the evolutionary genetics of postponed aging and biological concepts of race in humans, with over fifty papers and book chapters published, and appearances in six documentary films on these general topics. He has been a Principal Investigator on grants from the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation and the Arizona Disease Research Commission.

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Duration – 22:49
File Size – 9.3 MB
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Addicted to Race 72: Body Image and Race

by Carmen Van Kerckhove

addicted to raceA brand-new episode (No. 72) of Addicted to Race is out! Addicted to Race is New Demographic’s weekly podcast about America’s obsession with race.

Carmen and Latoya discuss body image for women and how it correlates to race. This episode features the song “Feel The Change” by Baba & Yako, courtesy of Spectre Entertainment Group.

Overly opinionated and a prime candidate for MAA (Media Addicts Anonymous), freelance writer and blogger Latoya Peterson lives, learns, loves, and blogs – and then wakes up each morning to do it all over again. She currently contributes to online gaming magazine Cerise, and contributes weekly posts to Racialicious.com. She is also the head of content development at www.entersoundbooth.com, and blogs about hip-hop culture as PlentyProphylactics. Latoya also maintains two blogs of her own housed through her website, www.alteregomaniacs.com. Skilled in interviewing, creative non-fiction, and editorial content, Latoya Peterson spends her time researching trends and obscure connections between topics. Current projects include Messaging in the Media (an analysis of gender messaging through magazines), a project that analyzes the global influence of hip-hop culture, and a short project on trends in manga.

Articles mentioned in this episode:

  • End Run: How a few black publishers are making a play for the Maxim man
  • Healthy, my ass: Many blacks love big women, but having a rump the size of Buffie the Body’s can put women at risk for disease.

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Duration – 1:12:25
File Size – 67.9 MB
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Addicted to Race 71: No Homo, Black Marriage

by Carmen Van Kerckhove

addicted to raceA brand-new episode (No. 71) of Addicted to Race is out! Addicted to Race is New Demographic’s weekly podcast about America’s obsession with race.

Carmen and Dumi discuss the “no homo” phenomenon, as well as BET’s recent episode of “Meet the Faith,” which focused on the state of black marriage.

Guest co-host L’Heureux Lewis, who is also known as Dumi, just completed his PhD in Sociology and Public Policy at the University of Michigan. A native of West Haven, CT he received a Bachelor’s from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA. In the fall, he will begin as an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Black Studies at the City College of New York. His research interests are wide ranging and he has studied racial identity, multiraciality in the color blind era, mental health functioning, racial discrimination, and educational inequality. Dumi also blogs at BlackatMichigan.com.

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Duration – 41:30
File Size – 38.1 MB
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Addicted to Race 70: Michelle Obama

by Carmen Van Kerckhove

addicted to raceA brand-new episode (No. 70) of Addicted to Race is out! Addicted to Race is New Demographic’s weekly podcast about America’s obsession with race.

Carmen and Sylvia discuss how race, gender and feminism are intersecting in some of the recent media coverage about Michelle Obama, wife of presidential candidate Barack Obama.

Guest co-host Sylvia is a pseudonymous blogger in Baltimore, MD. She is currently a law student, and she writes about a variety of issues, including race and gender, human rights, and pop culture at The Anti-Essentialist Conundrum. She also blogs at AfroSpear, a newly formed online think tank devoted to developing solutions and to discussing issues related to the African Diaspora.

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Duration – 1:00:00
File Size – 56.9 MB
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Addicted to Race 69: Minorities and Politics

by Carmen Van Kerckhove

addicted to raceA brand-new episode (No. 69) of Addicted to Race is out! Addicted to Race is New Demographic’s weekly podcast about America’s obsession with race.

It’s another all listener feedback episode as we continue our semi-hiatus here at Addicted to Race:

  • Jason, a new listener, calls in with his thoughts on the show
  • Liam McGrath encourages us to ask ourselves why we are here. Why do we listen to this podcast? Why are we engaged in these conversations? What do we want to accomplish?
  • Latoya Peterson comments on some recent news items on people of color and politics, including Condoleezza Rice’s dating life. Oooooo! :)

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Duration – 24:37
File Size – 10.0 MB
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