Monique Morris, SING A RHYTHM, DANCE A BLUES & Ben Ehrenreich on the California Wildfires

We talk with social justice scholar Monique Morris about her new book, Sing a Rhythm, Dance a Blues: Education for the Liberation of Black and Brown Girls.

Then, as fire season in California becomes ever longer and more intense, some are saying the profit-driven utility ownership model just isn’t working. We talk with Ben Ehrenreich about his article in the Nation, “California Is Burning—Nationalize PG&E.”

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Monique Morris
When we last talked with Monique Morris, it was about her acclaimed book Pushout, The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools. Now, in her new book Sing a Rhythm, Dance a Blues, Morris re-imagines what education might look like if schools placed the thriving of Black and Brown girls at their center.

She brings together research and real life through interviews, case studies, and the testimonies of remarkable people who work successfully with girls of color. The result is an inspiring guide to moving away from punishment, trauma, and discrimination toward safety, justice, and genuine community in our schools.

Monique W. Morris is an award-winning author and social justice scholar with three decades of experience in the areas of education, civil rights, juvenile and social justice. In addition to Sing A Rhythm, Dance A Blues, she is also the author of Pushout and several other books.

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Ben Ehrenreich
As California battles catastrophic wildfires, questions are mounting about whether profit-driven utility companies like Pacific Gas and Electric are really up to the task of dealing with them. Last week, Francesca spoke with Ben Ehrenreich of the Nation magazine about his recent article, “California Is Burning—Nationalize PG&E.”

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About Francesca Rheannon

Francesca Rheannon is an award-winning independent radio producer. In addition to hosting Writer's Voice, she's a freelance reporter for National Public Radio and its affiliates. Recipient of the prestigious Nancy Dickerson Whitehead Award for reporting on substance abuse issues for her news series, VOICES OF HIV, produced for 88.5 WFCR public radio in western Massachusetts. She is also finishing a book on Provence (PROVINCE OF THE HEART) and working on a memoir of her father, THE ARGONAUTS.