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Robin Kelley on love, study, and struggle

Originally published: Literary Hub - The Quarantine Tapes Podcast by Paul Holdengraber (August 5, 2020)   | 

Hosted by Paul Holdengräber, The Quarantine Tapes chronicles shifting paradigms in the age of social distancing. Each day, Paul calls a guest for a brief discussion about how they are experiencing the global pandemic.

Today on episode 91 of The Quarantine Tapes, Paul Holdengräber and historian Robin Kelley discuss a long view of the ongoing crises in the U.S., how to slow down in this moment, and the importance of keeping the big picture in mind. They talk in-depth about issues of racial capitalism, environmental justice, and a culture of care. In their discussion, Paul and Robin call out influences like Thelonious Monk and Cedric Robinson and take time to hear about the three words that guide Robin’s approach to his work: love, study, struggle.

Robin D. G. Kelley is the Gary B. Nash Endowed Chair in U.S. History at UCLA. His books include Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original (2009), Africa Speaks, America Answers: Modern Jazz in Revolutionary Times (2012), Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination (2002), and Hammer and Hoe: Alabama Communists During the Great Depression (1990).

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