Aired: November 2, 2018

American Dissent: Making the Decision to Fight

What happens when we push back against injustice? When we stand up for what we think is right? Does the Constitution protect us? All of us? From the Founding era to the present, everyday Americans have shaped our nation by going against the grain, even when they faced tough consequences. Hosted by With Good Reason’s Kelley Libby, this series explores the history and promise of one of our most fundamental liberties.

“Making the Decision to Fight” is the second episode in the series.

American Dissent is a production of James Madison’s Montpelier and With Good Reason at Virginia Humanities.

Later in the show: Hosted by Virginia Humanities, the Virginia Center for the Book, and With Good Reason radio, “On the Beat: Local Journalism, Truth, and Democracy” is part of the “Democracy and the Informed Citizen” initiative, administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils. The initiative seeks to deepen the public’s knowledge and appreciation of the vital connections between democracy, the humanities, journalism, and an informed citizenry. We thank The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for their generous support of this initiative and the Pulitzer Prizes for their partnership.  This program was also part of the 2018 Roanoke Valley Reads initiative.

 

  • Intro (3 min.)

    With: Kelley Libby and Norma Ramirez

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  • Strike (10 min.)

    With: Justin Reid (Virginia Humanities)

    We take a field trip to a former high school in small town Virginia where students as young as 12 years old helped start the movement for integration of public schools.

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  • “Our resistance is our existence.” (14 min.)

    With: Norma Ramirez (Fuller Theological Seminary)

    We talk with one of six people suing the Trump administration for rescinding DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), a program that allows people who came to the U.S. as undocumented children to receive a renewable work permit.

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  • On the Beat: Local Journalism, Truth, and Democracy (24 min.)

    With: Monica Hesse (The Washington Post), Beth Macy (The Roanoke Times), Eric Eyre (Charleston Gazette-Mail), Dr. Reginald Shareef (Radford University)

    Journalists and authors Monica Hesse and Beth Macy join Pulitzer Prize recipient Eric Eyre in a discussion of important issues impacting communities nationwide—including the opioids crisis and the effects of economic decline on rural communities—and the vital role of local journalism to an informed citizenry. The discussion is moderated by Dr. Reginald Shareef.

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