Dr. Peniel Joseph On Fighting Systemic Racism

Dr Peniel Joseph, Professor of Public Affairs at the University of Texas

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Dr. Peniel Joseph

Today we were honored to have Dr. Peniel Joseph on the show.  He is a professor at the University of Texas’ LBJ School of Public Affairs and is the director for the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy.  He was kind enough discuss with us the systemic racism in Austin and how we can fight to change them.  Rather than try to condense his words into a brief blog post, we encourage you to listen to the entire interview below.  But, he did recommend several books worth mentioning if you are, like ourselves, are trying to learn more.

His own book, The Sword and the Shield: The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.

How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X Kendi.

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

Thick: And Other Essays by Tressie McMillian Cottom


That Guy

On an infinitely less important note, You Know What You Should Do On Your Diet Guy, don’t be That Guy.  Jason has been crushing it on his weight loss odyssey, and for him the key has been simple.  His nutritionist tells him what to eat and he eats it.  But that hasn’t stopped his friends from questioning the program.  He was explaining to one of his friends about how he either eats a protein bar for breakfast, or if he has time, he can have two bacons and four eggs.  He friend suggested he swap that for grilled chicken and spinach, and pestered Jason until he agreed to ask his nutritionist if that was acceptable.  Short answer, yes, but it then you have to adjust how much protein is in your dinner.  And that’s why Jason doesn’t ask questions and just sticks to the plan.

[Producer’s Note: Or Jason could just quit and eat pizza and ice cream for breakfast]


I Love You Call

As a sign of the times, we’ve pivoted the I Love You Call from calling random business to calling your loved ones who might need an extra boost in these trying times.  Today we called listener Kelly’s friend Mark.  Kelly is a bartender and Mark has been one of her regulars for years now.  Since the coronavirus ruined 2020, she obviously hasn’t been able to see him. Like Deb, Mark is a huge Stephen King fan so she was looking forward to discussing King’s new book, If It Bleeds.  If you’ve got someone who could use some extra love these days, let us know!

You can listen to more I Love You Calls from Deb here.


Daily Morale Boosters

Ben & Jerry’s crushing it like usual.

Seth Rogen has a simple message for anyone who comes at him with “All Lives Matter”.

This one’s a classic.


Jason And Deb Review Things

This one was dangerously close to becoming a lost episode. Jason and Deb take turns cutting Producer Nick’s hair to see who would make the better barber.

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Help Us Find A Forever Home For Braidy

Unfortunately Deb is having to re-home her dog Braidy.  Click through for details and pics of sweet Braidy, but let us know if you or someone you know can help.



Since donations of food from grocery stores and manufactures are way down, the Central Texas Food Bank is having to purchase way more food than usual.


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