In this month’s episode, LoM hosts Vanessa Dominguez and Ethan Conley-Keck sit down with Dr. Corey J. Miles, former Diversity Fellow at Augustana College and current Assistant Professor of Sociology and Africana Studies at Morgan State University in Baltimore.
The interview covers Dr. Miles’s research, a sociological ethnography of rural black American hip hop. Freestyle hip hop, Miles shows, is a diverse and inclusive genre (or more accurately, “culture”) that allows artists to depict the black experience free from the constraints of “white” English language. Miles discusses the relationship between hip hop (socially constructed as “black music”) and over policing and mass incarceration, the issue of authenticity for artists, and hip hop’s “democratic” and liberatory power.
The 2019-20 school year begins next week, and that means that Lives of the Mind will be back shortly with a new season!
This upcoming season really began in May, when we recorded some fantastic interviews we’re excited to share with you! Here’s a sneak peak of what’s to come:
Prepare yourself to learn about a diverse range of topics–everything from paleontology to the Oscars. Our first episode will feature Dr. Amanda Tiffany, an alumna from Augustana College who works with the CDC. Another interviewee, Dr. Rebecca Heick, studies public health policy, and will discuss her various careers in health and disaster fields. We will also hear from Dr. Kelsey Arkle who works as a conservation paleobiologist. These women are just a few of the exciting episodes we have ready, and there will be more to come!
Please let us know if there is anyone you want to hear from or any topics that you want us to investigate. New episodes will begin streaming soon!
This new website has been a long time coming. When Ethan Conley-Keck and I got together to plan the future of Lives of the Mind (LoM) after Dr. Zargar’s departure and the podcast’s separation from the honors program, we hoped to someday create a website as a centralized place for all things LoM. There were a lot of hoops to jump through–the student organization formation process, recruiting new members and a faculty adviser, securing a budget, getting an email address, etc. Things really started to gain traction once we contacted WVIK, Quad Cities NPR, for help. Jared Johnson‘s assistance has been invaluable, and episode production quality has soared with access to the Doris and Victor Day Broadcast Center’s studios.
The future of LoM
As we near the end of the 2018-19 school year, Lives of the Mind will go on a summer hiatus making the close of our first “season,” which ran (irregularly) through the structural/bureaucratic chaos of 2017-19. This fall we plan to start releasing episodes bi-monthly. Season 2 will run from September of 2019 to May of 2020. We already have a number of great interviews recorded and can’t wait to share them with our listeners! I’m so excited for what’s to come, especially taking on the role of managing this new website and leaving behind the old one. Look out not only for new podcast episodes, but also blog posts and other content made possible by the freedom of this new site!
Also make sure to check out this month’s episode released today, a fantastic interview I recorded recently with Dame Frances Cairncross, a prolific British journalist!
The fine print
We’ve switched podcast hosts from SoundCloud to Blubrry Podcasting, which means we have a new RSS feed. To continue getting the latest content, you’ll need to re-subscribe to the podcast in whatever way works for you. We’re on iTunes, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, and (soon) Spotify and TuneIn. Head over to the Subscribe page for details on how to stay up to date.