Third Rail Eps 15: National issues felt locally

In this episode of Third Rail we break down two conversations happening nationally and on a local level. First, by examining the mid-term elections and how the results will affect Central Brooklynites. Then in the wake of the resurfacing of rape accusations against Bill Cosby– we question if we should be indicting the “art” along with the “artist.”


Ben Ndugga-Kabuye, New York City Organizer, Black Alliance for Just Immigration
Alan Smith, Associate Director of Networked Initiatives, Roosevelt Institute Campus Network


1. Nat’l Politics, Local Perspective: Following the mid-term Congressional elections, the national political landscape has shifted dramatically. Though it’s been widely reported on, most of us don’t have an idea of how that affects life in Central Brooklyn? What does that mean for private citizens and also for organizations doing local work?

2. Art on Trial: Recently, the public was reminded of decades of accusations of sexual abuse by comedian Bill Cosby. These kinds of accusations against Cosby, and before him against artists like R. Kelly and Woody Allen, make it difficult for us who enjoy social justice to consume their art without feeling personally conflicted. Do we indict the art along with the artist?

3. “Tell em why you mad” Roundup

**We recorded this podcast two weeks before the indictment decisions came down in Ferguson and here in NYC, hence our title.

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