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27 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Jesse Jackson. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Jesse Jackson, often where they are interviewed.

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27 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Jesse Jackson. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Jesse Jackson, often where they are interviewed.

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Why Jesse Jackson Matters

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Join your host Hermene Hartman as she talks with David Masciotra , Author of the new book “I Am Somebody, Why Jesse Jackson Matters”. We are honored to also be joined by the legend himself, Reverend Jesse Jackson Sr. Today we discuss the life of Reverend Jackson and the impact his work has had on civil rights and the fight for equality for black people and others.

David explains why Reverend Jackson is one of the most important civil rights figures of the 20th century. From his work with Dr. Martin Luther King, to his work to import the civil rights movement from the south to the northern states, to his many other pursuits that have lead to improved rights and equality for black people and other underrepresented groups in America.

We talk about how Reverend Jackson’s work enhanced the influence and prevalence of the Democratic party and how his work, which David Masciotra calls “the sociology of equality”, was decades ahead of the party. David explains how Reverend Jackson transformed the demography and ideology of the Democratic party.

Finally we talk to the legend himself. Reverend Jackson explains the influence he had when he ran for president and changed the democratic party forever. He talks about why he ran for president, in order to sew seeds of hope and inspiration for black people in America, to show them that black people had the power to influence real systemic change in this country.

We talk about how Reverend Jackson's work has always involved two key factors. To call out injustices against black people and others, and also to work within the political system to change laws in order to create equality and inclusion for all people.

Tune in to hear this important discussion with a living legend as we discuss all this and much more.


Reverend Jesse Jackson Sr.


David Masciotra- Author

"I Am Somebody" - Why Jesse Jackson Matters


Host/Executive Producer

Hermene Hartman

N'DIGO STUDIO Supported By The Chicago Community Trust

Special Thanks To The Swissotel Chicago

Closed Caption Sponsored By Illinois Lottery

Technical Producer/Editor

Erik Hammond

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Clear Vision Multimedia

Associate Producer

Joi Mitchell


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Nov 19 2020 · 27mins
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BONUS EPISODE - Music Talks B-Side with Jesse Jackson - Review of Letter to You - Bruce Springsteen

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As well as doing Music Talks every two weeks , each month or so I catch up with my friend Jesse Jackson,  who is the host of the Set Lusting Bruce Podcast, and we review the latest release in the Springsteen Archive Series of live concerts. 

 We talked two days after the release of Letter to You and needless to say that's where the conversation started. Given several people have pinged me asking for my thoughts on the new album I thought it would be fun to share the chat Jesse and I had on here. 

 I hope you enjoy and if you have any feedback whatsoever please let me know at musictalkspod@outlook.com 

Oct 28 2020 · 20mins

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Author of, ‘I Am Somebody: Why Jesse Jackson Matters’, David Masciotra

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Oct 16 2020 · 23mins
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Hayley and the Knobs on Terry's Jesse Jackson's interview and Chris Mack's video about the UK/U of L basketball game

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Hayley and the Knobs on the interview Terry did with Jesse Jackson a few minutes before the start of the show, tonight's presidential debate, Chris Mack doing what most helpful for Coach Cal to get the UK/U of L basketball game get played (we even got comments from Matt Jones)...
Sep 29 2020 · 27mins

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Songs of your life - Jesse Jackson

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Eleven Questions about Springsteen songs but you can only use each song only once - this time it's Jesse's turn on the hot seat.

1.     Song I hate

2.      Song that I think is overrated 

3.      Song that is underappreciated

4.      Song that I love

5.      Song that you can listen to over and over again

6.      Song that made me fall in love with Bruce

7.      Song that changed my life

8.      Song that surprised me

9.      song that is a Guilty Pleasure

10.   Song I wish I had seen live

11.   Great Song to see live

Sep 28 2020 · 33mins
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How Many Podcast Crossover - BOYL Jesse Jackson

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One of Jesse's other podcasts is "How Many" where he and some friends discuss pop culture topics.  Here is another episode of a series of episodes where the guys pick the "bands of their life." 

The boy's favorite Sports Talk Station The Ticket has a segment each week where they have a guest pick the bands of their life.  Eleven Questions and you can only use an artist/band once.   In this episode,  I share my list. 

  1. Band I hate (I don’t get)
  2. Band that I think is overrated
  3. Band that is under appreciated
  4. Band that I love
  5. Band that you can listen to over and over again
  6. Band that made me fall in love with music
  7. Band that changed my life
  8. Band the surprised me
  9. Guilty Pleasure
  10. Band I should have seen live by now
  11. Great Band to see live
Sep 19 2020 · 29mins
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Rev. Jesse Jackson: Keeping Hope Alive

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The one and only Rev. Jesse Jackson is on the podcast!!

I cannot exaggerate the respect I have for Rev. Jackson. When I found out that Dr. Adam Clark and I were going to be visited by Rev. Jackson and Dr. Grace Ji-Sun Kim I was beyond thrilled.

The brand new book, Keeping Hope Alive is out now in PRINT and in AUDIO. Since the book is a collection of sermons and speeches, I found the audiobook extremely compelling. I don’t think I have teared up and been so full of hope washing dishes with Rev. Jackson in my ear.

If you want to join the Black Theology reading group then just head over here and sign up. It is pay-what-you-can and all the content is archived on the group page, so you can catch up or go at your own pace.


This episode is sponsored by the brand new book from Upper Room Books…

Rally: Communal Prayers for Lovers of Jesus and Justice.

Both a cry for action and a comfort for our anxious souls, Rally addresses issues of social justice through lament and celebration. Using a call-and-response format, the litanies in this resource were created to unite us in prayer and common mission. Rally provides words for concerned Christians who yearn to lift their voices to God with their community to confront injustice in its many forms:

racial and gender inequality • economic disparity • white privilege • abuse of power • violence • mistreatment of migrants and refugees • people pushed to the margins of society

The selections in this resource evoke hope and connection, guiding us as we sift through the headlines, lament the destruction of the earth, and ask for the grace to love alike though we don’t think alike. God commands us to love one another in a way that values each member of the human family. Without exception.

Aug 21 2020 · 1hr 15mins
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Episode 25 - Jesse Jackson - The Anniversary Edition

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This episode is entitled The Anniversary Edition because 12 months to the day I published the first edition of Music Talks, with my guest Steve Clayton. 

As I have stated several times most Podcasts don’t get past Episode 7. This is a very important milestone for me and I am incredibly grateful to everyone who has listened over the past year and for the great support I have had. 

Downloads are now running at 1000 per month and that is way above what  I was targeting a year ago. More important than numbers though are the new friendships that have been made and the existing friendships that have been deepened. This is one of the most joyful, fulfilling things I have ever done and for that I am immensely grateful.

To mark this milestone, I wanted a special guest and I have one. As I say at the start of the episode,  without Jesse Jackson and his encouragement and support, I would not be podcasting, and Music Talks would not exist. I went on to Jesse’s Podcast “Set Lusting Bruce” in June 2018 as a guest and everything followed from there. 

Jesse is 61, with deep southern roots in Louisiana and has lived in Dallas since 1986. His dad was in the military and so he moved around a lot growing up including a stint in Germany. He & his wife Linda are celebrating 40 years together this year and they are proud parents to Chris, 31. 

 As you would guess Jesse has a deep love of Mr Springsteen, as well as Podcasting, Comic Books and Dr.Who. As you will hear he is also one of the nicest guys you could ever meet. 

We covered a lot of musical ground in this episode as you can hear on the Playlist below. 

Enjoy 😊


Jun 25 2020 · 1hr 8mins
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Rev. Jesse Jackson

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Today on the show we welcome one of America’s foremost civil rights, religious and political figures, Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr.  This episode is part of an ongoing series about the Emmy Award winning Gospel television program, JUBILEE SHOWCASE, that was a who’s-who of Gospel Greats in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, and its outspoken civil rights activist producer and host, Sid Ordower. 

This episode is filled with excellent Gospel Music from JUBILEE SHOWCASE!

Host Steve Ordower sat down with Rev. Jackson for a documentary interview about this vital piece of American Culture at Rainbow PUSH on the south-side of Chicago, the headquarters of an organization Rev. Jackson founded years ago that merged Operation PUSH (People United to Save Humanity), and the National Rainbow Coalition.  The mission of this merged organization is to protect, defend, and gain civil rights by leveling the economic and educational playing fields, and to promote peace and justice around the world.

Before this, Rev. Jackson worked closely with Dr. King becoming a full-time organizer for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and was soon after appointed to direct the critically important Operation Breadbasket program. 

Over the past forty years, Rev. Jackson has played a pivotal role in virtually every movement for empowerment, peace, civil rights, gender equality, economic and social justice.

Jun 02 2020 · 45mins
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Jesse Jackson: The Rainbow Coalition

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In 1984, the Rev. Jesse Jackson had little hope of winning the Democratic Party presidential nomination. He was a Black man without the backing of the African American political establishment; a Civil Rights veteran in an era of corporate triumphalism and Top Gun patriotism.

But to the cries of “Run, Jesse, run," Jackson launched an improbable campaign for the White House. He assembled a 'Rainbow Coalition' of supporters who not only changed the face of the Democratic Party but changed the perception of who could be a national presidential candidate - making the winning campaign of Barack Obama possible three decades later.

WARNING: This episode contains racial epithets used to provide historical and journalistic context.

May 07 2020 · 54mins