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Hello Somebody

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Hello Somebody! Senator Nina Turner is back with a powerful podcast that brings together some of her most influential and inspirational friends, as well as everyday people doing good work on behalf of social justice and human rights. The show will touch on fierce themes from perseverance to resistance, Nina and her guests will share, ignite and conspire for better.

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Hello Somebody! Senator Nina Turner is back with a powerful podcast that brings together some of her most influential and inspirational friends, as well as everyday people doing good work on behalf of social justice and human rights. The show will touch on fierce themes from perseverance to resistance, Nina and her guests will share, ignite and conspire for better.

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Hello Somebody

Latest release on Jan 22, 2021

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The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: Lets Organize with Elaine Brown

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Former leader of the Black Panther Party, Chairwoman Elaine Brown retells the incredible story of Michael Lewis convicted of a 1997 murder at age 13 in Atlanta and sentenced as an adult to life in prison. Through this young man’s experience (one of millions), Senator Turner and Chairwoman Brown look at the chilling system of incarceration in this country, the criminalization of Black people, how there has been no effort to change the design of this country AND MORE. (Elaine Brown is so hot in this episode, she burns.it.down. Hello Somebody!)

Learn more about Elaine Brown’s work including Mother’s Advocating Juvenile Justice and National Alliance for Radical Prison Reform: http://www.elainebrown.org/about.html

Michael Lewis:


1994 Crime Bill: https://www.aclu.org/blog/smart-justice/mass-incarceration/how-1994-crime-bill-fed-mass-incarceration-crisis

Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia: https://www.masshist.org/thomasjeffersonpapers/notes/



Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II by Douglas Blackman


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Jan 22 2021



Rank #2: Let's Slay the Dragon

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Recorded in August 2020, we're republishing LET'S SLAY THE DRAGON because less has changed than more -- and we need a reminder.

On July 27, 2020, Medicare For All, which SNT is a large proponent of, was voted down. She’s pissed, she’s fired up, she’s calling on Jesus to help us rise up, to help us unite, to help us get to a day of reckoning that says ‘No’ to a corporatist system that has run amok. Through a call to us and to progressive organizations, she makes a plea for Choice, Challenge and Change – that we be disruptors to reform and to revolutionize our entrenched system that does harm. She asks us to look at the evils we must abolish short-term (neofascism in the white house) and the long-term (neoliberalism of our nation) and to slay the dragon that is preventing the change to come. Hello Somebody.

Warren Gunnels 



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Jan 14 2021



Rank #3: Let's Get Ella Bakered with Dr. Barbara Ransby

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Our former history professor SNT prophesizes with respected historian, author, activist, intellectual and educator, Dr Barbara Ransby. These two history teachers make an intersectional analysis on where we’ve been and where we’re going by looking specifically at the Black woman’s experience in America and how that affects ALL people. Looking back to our foremothers and sisters like Ella Baker and Anita Hill, Turner and Ransby – bonded in defense of ourselves – present an educational prelude to how we must reimagine society in a fundamental way to see a future that embraces equality across race, class, gender, economics and wealth. Hello Somebody!

Ella Baker & the Black Freedom Movement : A Radical Democratic Vision by Dr Barbara Ransby


African American Women in Defense of Ourselves Organization (several links)




Daisy Bates and the Little Rock Nine


 Teachers for Social justice


Chicago Teacher’s Union


Zinn Education Project – Curriculum for Teachers


What is Owed by Nikole Hannah-Jones, NYT Magazine


Dr Ransby’s Reading Recommendations:

Are Prisons Obsolete by Angela Davis


Captive Nation: Black Prison Organizing in the Civil Rights Era by Dan Berger


Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy by Dr Heather Ann Thompson  


Black against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party by Joshua Bloom & Waldo E. Martin Jr.


Worldmaking after Empire: The Rise and Fall of Self Determination by Adom Getachew


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Jan 07 2021



Rank #4: Let's Be First for What Is Good with Dr Victoria Dooley and Councilwoman Tara Samples

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SNT hangs with her girlfriends (Dr D and Councilwoman T) to shoot the sh*t on what matters: HOPE, health care, vaccinations and joining the Angry Black Girls Club for free! Jump on this joy ride that hits the pinnacles and the valleys of friendship, evolution, the heart of Black women, and what has been (a sucky) 2020. Hello Somebody!


Protesters outside Councilwoman Sample’s home 


Dr Victoria Dooley, MD


Vaccine Equity Task Force


Henrietta Lacks




Racial bias in pain assessment


Wage theft



Local Ohio Love: Fashions by Fowler 


North Union Farmer's Market


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Dec 31 2020



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Rank #5: Let's Over Love with Dr. Cornel West

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Nina has a philosophically lyrical conversation with Dr Cornel West, author, philosopher, activist and whom she refers to as an “intergalactically known intellectual.”

Under the guise of comparing the blues to our painful current times, this Blues Brother and Blues Sister get low down and dirty about love – that type of bounce-back love that is needed to heal our current catastrophe, that type of love that the Blues songs encapsulate so well and that type of blues that Black folks have been singing since 1870. This episode will have you pressing rewind – just like any good song – so you can catch that “Doc West” melody, that phrasing, that messaging that will feed your soul in this time that is full of heartache but capable of compassion, creativity, smiles and styles. Get on this train, put your headphones on … and listen.  


Blues created by black community 1870s


Race Matters by Dr Cornel West https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/643717/race-matters-25th-anniversary-by-cornel-west/

“Justice not Revenge”- Kimberly Jones Quote and Speech https://www.rev.com/blog/transcripts/kimberly-latrice-jones-blm-video-speech-transcript

 Dr. Jill Stein


 Kanye West- running for president https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/05/entertainment/kanye-west-running-for-president-trnd/index.html

 Debra Messing incident https://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/lifestyle-buzz/debra-messing-used-stacey-abrams-to-attack-nina-turner-%E2%80%94-and-it-backfired/ar-BB16vjF3


“You cannot lead people if you do not love people”- Dr. Cornell West

WC Handy - St. Louis Blues

Ma Rainy-Black Eye Blues

Bessie Smith - Downhearted Blues

Muddy Waters - Hootchie Coochie Man

Jimi Hendrix— Freedom

John Coltrane – A Love Supreme

Stevie Wonder – Love’s in Need of Love Today

BB King - The Thrill is Gone

Marvin Gaye - National Anthem

The Ohio Players - I Want to Be Free and Ohio

Gerald Levert— Baby Hold On to Me

Sly & The Family Stone

Teddy Pendergrass – Joy written by Calloway Brothers of Midnight Star

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Dec 24 2020



Rank #6: Let's Cut the Mic with Joy Marie Mann & Patrick Cote

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Senator Turner (aka “Nina Berner”) talks political parody with guests Joy Marie Mann and Patrick Cote, authors of the book, The Yass Kween Chronicles: Coverage of the First Annual Resistance Forum. With chapters like, “The Caucasity of it All”, “Trickle Down Feminism” and “Make America Blue Again”, these three laugh to keep from crying as they discuss what inspired this cathartic book: the absurdity that is the reality of politics today. Listen in and learn why this book of malarky should be THE stocking stuffer you’re looking for this holiday season.

Note: While recorded in Summer 2020, to listen now in December is a trip worth taking. #HelloSomebody


Get The Yass Kween Chronicles here and learn more about Joy and Pat: https://www.savageandpat.com/

1984 by George Orwell


Find Joy Marie on Twitter - @Savagejoymarie1 & Joy’s Podcast can be found: 


Patrick can be found on twitter - @PatTheBerner

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Dec 17 2020



Rank #7: Let's Get Beast with Josh Hollingshead

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Feeling stressed and sedentary? We’ve got you covered! Our Hell-Raising Hula Hooper talks fitness with certified trainer (and cousin), Josh Hollingshead of Power Fitness. With exceptional tips on everything from relaxation, to how to age gracefully, to three workouts you can do from home quarantine, after this episode, you’ll learn how to be a B.E.A.S.T.! *

*Being Exceptional Always Starts Today!


Find Josh online here: 




FB: https://www.facebook.com/Powerfit87

IG: @power_fit87 - https://www.instagram.com/power_fit87/ , @beastkids216 - https://www.instagram.com/beastkids216/

Film: The GameChangers 


And because SNT understands, we offer this for those weak moments: 



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Dec 10 2020



Rank #8: Let’s Take No Sh*t with Mayor Carmen Cruz

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Senator Turner and Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz Soto, two proudly maladjusted women from the Island of Misfits, talk power and responsibility in this poignant episode that inspires us all to do great things and to take no shit. Recorded just prior to the start of the George Floyd uprising, their impassioned discussion on using your voice (no matter the size of your personal platform) to speak truth to power during crisis is gravely profound and will make you grab your own bullhorn if you haven’t already.

Follow Mayor Cruz:

Espanol: https://sinmiedopr.com/inicio/Espanol

English: https://sinmiedopr.com/en/home/

Twitter: @CarmenYulinCruz

If you'd like to support the show head to Patreon for bonus content, insider videos, AMA and a whole lot more: 


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Dec 03 2020



Rank #9: Let's Be Thankful - A Thanksgiving Message

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Senator Turner has a special Thanksgiving message just for you!

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Nov 26 2020



Rank #10: Let's Understand What's Done in Our Name with Major Danny A. Sjursen

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Senator Turner and Maj. Danny A. Sjursen (author, historian, anti-war progressive) break down the very real and very alarming state of how our government defines safety and how toxic masculinity fuels it. These two are both done being polite as they discuss the impending threat of current-day civil war, because as Major Sjursen says, "The veneer of civilization is very thin." Listen to this chilling episode today. #HelloSomebody


Learn about Major Danny A. Sjursen, his books, (Patriotic Dissent: America in the Age Of Endless War & Ghost Riders of Baghdad), podcast, Fortress on a Hill, and more here: 


Rep. Tulsi Gabbard 


Rep. Max Rose 


Code Pink: Women for Peace 


Iraq War


Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki


Yemen children in crisis KEEP THIS LINK??


A. Philip Randolf


Randolph Bourn


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Nov 26 2020