The Freedom Plow - A Podcast By NCOBPS

The Freedom Plow - A Podcast By NCOBPS
The National Conference of Black Political Scientists (NCOBPS) is hosting this podcast series called “The Freedom Plow” in recognition of its 50-year anniversary . The poet Langston Hughes said that when times get hard and it seems like dreams have been deferred, we must keep our hands on the Freedom Plow and Hold On! Hold On!

Arm in Arm, Stronger Together: Labor Organizing on College Campuses
Mar 31 • 52 min
This episode of the Freedom Plow podcast looks at labor organizing on college campuses such as unionization and collective bargaining; struggles for better wages and social benefits; and campaigns against privatization. These battles have been propelled…
Black Politics, Neoliberalism, and Class Consciousness
Feb 2 • 76 min
In this episode of the Freedom Plow, we talk to Dr. Cedric Johnson about a wide range of topics including neoliberalism, reparations, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign. Dr. Johnson is Associate Professor of…
Blacks, Public Opinion, and the 2018 and 2020 Elections
Jan 14 • 52 min
This episode of the Freedom Plow looks at black public opinion and the 2018 and 2020 elections. Dr. Ray Block is Associate Professor at Penn State University and the co-author (with Sekou Franklin) of Losing Power: African Americans and Racial…
Dr. Kathie Stromile Golden and the Value of International Education and Study Abroad Programs
Dec 27, 2019 • 36 min
In this episode of the Freedom Plow, Dr. Kathie Stromile Golden talks about the value of international education and study abroad programs as well as her unlikely path from small-town Louisiana to world-wide traveler. Dr. Golden is the Provost and Senior…
From the Bayou to the Bay: Robert C. Smith and the Evolution of Black Politics
Dec 23, 2019 • 68 min
Dr. Robert C. Smith, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at San Francisco State University, is one of the country’s best minds on black politics. Dr. Smith has authored and co-authored a dozen books. His final book, which will be published next year…
Five Years After the Police Killing of Tamir Rice
Nov 25, 2019 • 63 min
Five years ago, 12-year old Tamir Rice was shot and killed by a police officer in Cleveland, Ohio. Rice, who was playing with a toy pellet gun, was shot by the officer within two seconds after he got out of his police car. The incident was the latest in a…
African Americans and the Politics of Immigration in the U.S. South
Nov 23, 2019 • 52 min
This episode of the Freedom Plow podcast explores African Americans and the politics of immigration in the U.S. South. We have two guests. Dr. Niambi Carter is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Howard University. She is the author of American…
State Preemption, Takeover, and Black Politics
Nov 10, 2019 • 55 min
This episode of the Freedom Plow podcast looks at state takeover and preemption. In recent years, state lawmakers have undermined local governments across the country, especially black and Latino-governed cities and school districts. The guests for this…
Radical Self-Care and Blacks in the Academy
Oct 27, 2019 • 44 min
This episode of the Freedom Plow looks at radical self-care and blacks in the academy. Our guest is Dr. Julia Jordan-Zachery. She is the Chair of the Department of Africana Studies at the University of North Carolina – Charlotte. She is the author of…
Norris Henderson, the Angola Special Civics Project, and the Voice of the Incarcerated/Formerly Incarcerated
Oct 15, 2019 • 13 min
In this episode of the Freedom Plow Podcast, we interview Norris Henderson, one of Louisiana’s prominent criminal justice advocates. Mr. Norris is the founder and executive director of Voice of the Experienced (VOTE). He spent 27 years in prison on a…
Dr. Christina Rivers & Inside-Out Prison Exchange Programs
Oct 15, 2019 • 39 min
In this episode of the Freedom Plow Podcast, we talk to Dr. Christina Rivers, Associate Professor of Political Science at Depaul University. Several years ago, as part of her broader research interest in mass incarceration, she began teaching courses in…
Charisse Burden-Stelly and the Black Radical Tradition
Oct 8, 2019 • 42 min
Dr. Charisse Burden-Stelly is an Assistant Professor of Africana Studies and Political Science at Carleton College. She is one of the country’s foremost experts on the black radical tradition. She has an impressive research portfolio examining blacks and…
Blacks and the Politics of Gentrification
Oct 7, 2019 • 59 min
In this podcast, we look at gentrification and its impact on public health, affordable housing options, and political representation. We have three guests for this episode. Dr. James Jennings is Professor Emeritus at Tufts University and is one of the…
Michelle Boyd and InkWell Academic Writing Retreats
Oct 3, 2019 • 38 min
Michelle Boyd, PhD is an award-winning writer and scholar, a writing coach and retreat facilitator, and the founder of InkWell Academic Writing Retreats. She spent the first part of her career studying the political significance of black racial identity.…
The Freedom Plow Podcast
Sep 20, 2019 • 1 min
See for more information about NCOBPS. Listening devices can determine the quality of the sound. The theme song is “Freedom” by Lizz Wright.