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Our Body Politic LIVE

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM on Thursday, December 15, 2022
Crawford Family Forum, 474 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena
A mustard yellow promotional graphic with black palm trees the bottom. A portrait of Farai Chideya, a Black woman, is in a circle next to a radio tower silhouette with overlapping text saying Public Radio Palooza 2022.

Our Body Politic is coming to LA for a special live show! Host Farai Chideya (she/her) will talk with two brilliant guests: “adulting” expert New York Times bestselling author Julie Lythcott-Haims (she/her) and MacArthur Genius tech expert Dr. Safiya Noble (she/her). Artist and vocalist Monica Martin (she/her) joins with a solo performance from her latest single “Go Easy Kid”. This is the final event in our Public Radio Palooza series and we’re sending it off in style. Join us for a special celebratory toast afterwards and take home a limited-edition commemorative poster.

Our Body Politic is produced and distributed by Diaspora Farms. It can be heard on 89.3 KPCC, Sundays at 6:00 p.m. and at any time wherever you listen to podcasts. 

This event is part of KPCC’s Public Radio Palooza, a year-long celebration of all the ways public radio brings us together, featuring some of the most legendary and innovative creators in the public media landscape.

I listen critically to stories about our human journey, and track the data on people, governments, and our global society. My own human journey has taken me to 30 countries, 49 states, and to cover every Presidential election since 1996.

Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, I grew up with family from all walks of life and opinions — military, art school, educators, and civil servants. Every Thanksgiving after dinner, we would hotly debate the issues of the day – from abortion, to transgender rights, to the Vietnam War – and then move on to dessert.

That’s my American side. My paternal Zimbabwean side, which I first visited at age four and then in adulthood over the past two decades, gave me an increasingly rich perspective on race, culture, politics and economics from an African diasporic and trans-Atlantic perspective.

Today, I work both behind the scenes and in public forums on questions of media equity — meaning, the ways in which media can serve rural and urban Americans; people of all races and national backgrounds, and gender — for the health of civil society. My most recent book, The Episodic Career, is about how we must be psychologically self-employed (including being aware of dynamic shifts in our workplaces, industries and economy) in order to pivot, grow, earn and thrive. On camera and on the air, I talk on a variety of broadcast outlets about politics, demographics and cultural analysis. I also write my own data- and reporting-rich stories.

Before that, I was the host of NPR’s News and Notes, a reporter for ABC News, a political analyst for CNN, a host for the Oxygen Network, a consumer data and privacy reporter for The Intercept, and a reporter for Newsweek magazine. I was awarded a National Education Reporting Award, a North Star News Prize, and a special award from the National Gay and Lesbian Journalists Association for coverage of AIDS.

I also travel the world to talk about my research and experiences to public media audiences, civic institutions, universities, and more. You can watch some of my talks here.

Julie Lythcott-Haims believes in humans and is deeply interested in what gets in our way. Her work encompasses writing, speaking, teaching, mentoring, and activism.

She is the New York Times bestselling author of How to Raise an Adult which gave rise to a popular TED Talk. Her second book is the critically-acclaimed and award-winning prose poetry memoir Real American, which illustrates her experience as a Black and biracial person in white spaces. Her third book, Your Turn: How to Be an Adult, has been called a “groundbreakingly frank” guide to adulthood.

Julie holds degrees from Stanford, Harvard Law, and California College of the Arts. She currently serves on the boards of Black Women’s Health Imperative, Narrative Magazine, and on the Board of Trustees at California College of the Arts. She serves on the advisory boards of LeanIn.Org, Sir Ken Robinson Foundation and Baldwin For the Arts.

She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her partner of over thirty years, their itinerant young adults, and her mother.

Dr. Safiya U. Noble is an internet studies scholar and Professor of Gender Studies and African American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where she serves as the Co-Founder and Faculty Director of the UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry (C2i2). She holds affiliations in the School of Education & Information Studies, and is a Research Associate at the Oxford Internet Institute at the University of Oxford where she is a Commissioner on the Oxford Commission on AI & Good Governance (OxCAIGG). In 2021, she was recognized as a MacArthur Foundation Fellow (also known as the “Genius Award”) for her ground-breaking work on algorithmic discrimination. In 2022, she was recognized as the inaugural NAACP-Archewell Digital Civil Rights Award recipient. Dr. Noble is a board member of the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative, serving those vulnerable to online harassment, and the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, the nation’s oldest Black think tank. She is the author of a best-selling book on racist and sexist algorithmic bias in commercial search engines, entitled Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism (NYU Press), which has been widely-reviewed in scholarly and popular publications.

Monica Martin is a Chicago-born singer-songwriter who grew up in rural Wisconsin, mostly waiting for Billie Holiday videos to load on back-country dial-up or making trips in a busted Geo Metro to watch punk shows in Milwaukee. Trained as a hairdresser, she didn’t have musical plans beyond joke singing harmonies over the radio. She fronted the acclaimed experimental-folk-pop sextet, PHOX, formed just outside Madison, Wisconsin. Eventually, Monica moved to LA because “Wisconsin is cold as f*ck”. She found herself a little periwinkle casita and is feeling freer than ever in the city of misfits. She’s presently at work putting melodies to her “explorations in romantic f*ckery” with lowkey pop songs with blue note whispers, some golden-era Hollywood dramatics, and psychedelic flickers courtesy of a theremin. Monica is still figuring out who she is, but quite happy to share her cautionary tales: “I made hundreds of mistakes so you don’t have to.” After a good long think, Monica has decided to release the first song from a new collection. It’s called “Go Easy Kid”.

In order to ensure the health and safety commitments we have made with our guests, staff, and artists, event attendees must present a photo ID and proof of COVID vaccination (including booster) before entering the building. Masks are strongly encouraged while indoors during all events. Health and safety measures are subject to change. By attending a KPCC/LAist program as an in-person attendee, you agree to assume all risk associated with attending this event, including potential exposure to COVID-19, as permitted by applicable law. Questions? Contact

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