Professor Eddie Glaude Jr

Tips for Existence
‘These people, Trump, McConnell, they have no interest in governing. They only want to rule’.

Professor Eddie Glaude Jr
Tips for Existence Episode 22
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Eddie Glaude Jr is the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor and chair of the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University, New Jersey.  He is one of the most pre-eminent voices in the US on the American experience, particularly in looking at black communities, the country’s historical relationship with race and the challenges democracy faces. He is a regular contributor to a MSNBC and a range of news networks and the is the author of a number of acclaimed books such as Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul, and In a Shade of Blue: Pragmatism and the Politics of Black America. His latest book is a New York Times Bestseller, Begin Again : James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Today. It searing indictment of racial injustice in America – inspired by the life and work of James Baldwin that takes it’s title from a Baldwin quote, ‘Not everything is lost. Responsibility cannot be lost, it can only be abdicated. If one refuses abdication, one begins again’.


Once the meaning of it all was simple, if at times also cruel and/or barbaric. The Universe was made by a god, sometimes omnipotent, sometimes fractious, sometimes both. Now, as we explore the Universe and start to explain ourselves, the Universe has started to lose it single meaning and we have to find individual meanings ourselves. This is Tips for Existence where Robin Ince talks to cosmologists, composers, astronauts and authors about what gives them meaning.
Clips included in the show: James Baldwin on The Dick Cavett Show, Eddie on MSNBC here, here, here, here and here, James Baldwin’s ‘Pin Drop‘ speech, clip from I Am Not Your Negro, Democracy Now election night coverage 2016, George Wallace’s inauguration speech, clip from SpiderMan: Into the Spiderverse, Cheerios adNobody Loves Me But My Mother by BB King, James Baldwin on Love and Sexuality, Poor, Black and Gay – James Baldwin, Nikki Giovanni and James Baldwin: A ConversationDjango Jane by Janelle Monae, I Can’t Breathe by H.E.R.

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