Identity and Equity

Aspen Ideas to Go Podcast: Exercise in Radical Empathy

January 7, 2016  • Tricia Johnson, Guest Blogger

The “Aspen Ideas to Go” podcast is a weekly show featuring fascinating speakers who have presented at the Aspen Ideas Festival and other public programs offered by the Aspen Institute — including Aspen Words, the Alma and Joseph Gildenhorn Book Series, and various events around the country. For a curated listening experience, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or listen to each episode on the Aspen Ideas website.

Clint Smith is a high school educator, a Harvard University PhD candidate, and a slam poet. In a series of spoken-word performances, Smith confronts inequality in American society. His poetry touches on black parenting, social justice, and violence against kids of color. Following his performance, three high school students from the Southeast Washington, DC, area are interviewed about how they experience systemic inequality in their neighborhoods.

Tricia Johnson is editorial director of public programs at the Aspen Institute.