NOVEMBER 4: The New Map: America, Redrawn and Reconceived
On Wednesday November 3rd, Pop & Politics brought panelists, a live audience and web viewers to talk about the roles race, rage, and the economy played in the the 2010 midterms. Guests included actress Rosie Perez (visit her arts organization here ), blogger Reihan Salam with The National Review, Princeton professor Melissa Harris-Perry, youth activist Erica Williams, and WNYC’s The Takeaway reporter Todd Zwillich.
You can watch video of the program below and download a transcript of the show. Or click on the audio player below to stream the audio.
We also had a lively on-line conversation; click on the Cover It Live player below to scroll through a recap of the show highlights and viewer comments. And finally, listeners from the audience and the web prepared questions for Farai and the panelists, but there wasn’t time to get to them all. The questions are after the jump, take a look and join the discussion.
Here are the questions that didn’t make the conversation. If you think you have an answer, use the comment section to respond.
‘Why Didn’t Obama put his massive ground troops to work sooner to help re-elect Democrats?”
“What major gaffes can we expect from the Republicans in the House as they seek to repay loyalty to the Tea Party?
- Maitefa, Brooklyn
“There were no African Americans elected to the Senate. What do Tea Partiers and the GOP do to advance minority participation?”
“What will happen to the moderates left in the Republican party? With the party now moving further to the right, where do they fit in?
- Stephanie Walsh, Jersey City/Ft. Lauderdale
“How will Allen West (Black Republican Congressman-elect from Florida) fit in with the Congressional Black Caucus?”
- Norris McDonald
“Doesn’t the Tea Party realize that America is built on the fundamental foundation of immigration?”
- Charles Mabheka, City College of New York
“Candidates need so much money to become part of the process and then become beholden to those who funded them. Is there any prospect of this changing?”
- Troy Johnson, Harlem, New York
“What effect will the defeat of prop 19 have on the future of marijuana legislation, both at the state and federal levels?”
- Eric, Washington D.C.
“I liked what the caller from the Colorado Tea Party said about this not being about Republicans or Democrats (and I would add Tea Party) thing! She said it’s about rolling up our sleeves and getting work done. If we want to get the American Dream back, what common ground do these three groups have going forward? ”
- Megan Browne, Brooklyn
“How does the “Bloomberg Effect” (multi-billionaires spending millions to win elections) influence future elections?”
- Ron Kavanaugh, The Bronx
“What is it going to take for legislators to openly condemn, challenge and ultimately abolish Don’t Ask Don’t Tell? Why do you think this is still such a contentious issue for Americans, regardless of class, race and gender?”
- Jake Weingarten, 22, Chelsea, New School Student
“Since the election of Obama, I feel like we have come to see how post-racial America is NOT. How important is America’s “true” feelings about race going to affect the future of how we approach racial inequalities in America?”
- Jonathan Boe, Crown Heights, Brooklyn