Shows: November 17, 2014

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Myanmar, Human Rights and President Obama’s Visit

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This past week, President Obama visited Myanmar, meeting with key officials including the President Thein Sein and Aung San Suu Kyi. While the US has warmed relations with Myanmar considerably in in the last four years, critics of the Burmese government continue to cite human rights abuses, internal displacement and persecution of the countries minorities. In particular, groups Kachin people in the North are in armed civil conflict with the Burmese army and the Rohingya in the West who are Muslim are being persecuted and corralled in camps for internally displaced peoples. Tonight, we interview Khin Omar on the latest situation following President Obama’s visit, and the state of human rights in Myanmar. Khin Omar is the Coordinator of the Burma Partnership, a network of regional and Burma Civil Society organizations.

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Brown, Trans, Queer and Disability Justice with Kay Barrett

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Kay Barrett is a 2009 Campus Pride Hot List artist, 2013 Trans Justice Funding Project Panelist, and 2013 Trans 100 Honoree. Barrett is a poet, performer, and educator, navigating life as a disabled pin@y-amerikan transgender queer in the U.S. with struggle, resistance, and laughter. K. has featured on colleges & stages globally; Princeton University, UC Berkeley, Musee Pour Rire in Montreal, and The Chicago Historical Society. K’s bold work continues to excite and challenge audiences. K. has facilitated workshops, presented keynotes, and contributed to panels with various social justice communities. Honors include: 18 Million Rising Filipino American History Month Hero 2013, Chicago’s LGBTQ 30 under 30 awards, Finalist for The Gwendolyn Brooks Open-Mic Award, Windy City Times Pride Literary Poetry Prize 2009. Their contributions are found in Poor Magazine, Kicked Out Anthology, Trans Bodies/Trans Selves, Windy City Queer: Dispatches from the Third Coast, Make/Shift, Filipino American Psychology, Asian Americans For Progress, The Advocate, and Bitch Magazine. K. turns art into action and is dedicated to remixing recipes. See their online swerve on twitter @kulandaybarrett or his website, kaybarrett.net

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Remembering Sorouch Farazmand, Arash Farazmand and Ali Eskandarian

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On November 11, 2013, in Brooklyn, the shocking news broke of a murder-suicide in the early hours of the morning. Iranian musicians Soroush Farazmand and Arash Farazmand of the band the Yellow Dogs, who had sought asylum in the US, and singer/songwriter Ali Eskandarian were shot and killed by fellow Iranian musician Ali Akbar Mohammadi Rafie, who then turned the gun on himself. Tonight, we replay segments of Saara Azadi’s segment in memory of the work of these young musicians and honor the impact they had on not only the indie-music scene, but also on the close-knit Iranian community in NYC.

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