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As the Israel/Hamas conflict continues, what is media’s role? You may know Sonali Kolhatkar from her drive-time show ‘Uprising with Sonali” and then “Rising Up With Sonali” on KPFK/Pacifica Radio and Free Speech TV, but it was her narrative storytelling with the women of RAWA, the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan, that Kolhatkar first made her national mark. Across the globe, reporting shapes political and cultural landscapes — and Kolhatkar believes that done right, storytelling can affect policy and advance social justice. She lays out examples in her new book from City Lights, “Rising Up: The Power of Narrative in Pursuing Racial Justice”. An award winning independent journalist, Kolhatkar has joined forces with YES! Magazine as Racial Justice Editor and host of a new weekly, “YES! Presents: Rising Up With Sonali” which she calls an “anecdote to the doom and gloom of mainstream news.” In this unique conversation Kolhatkar and Flanders exchange notes, and share experiences covering the stories that others don’t. What’s changed, what’s changing in the media coverage of Palestinians and Israelis? All that, plus a commentary from Laura on intimacy and reporting.
“. . . Solutions journalism can fuel a hope and a promise that if there are people here doing this about their problems, I can do the same.” – Sonali Kolhatkar
“. . . The world’s attention is on the Palestinian people and Israelis . . . How do we center the complex humanity of people that we are told are totally different from one another?” – Sonali Kolhatkar
- Sonali Kolhatkar: Racial Justice Editor, YES! Magazine; Author, Rising Up: The Power of Narrative in Pursuing Racial Justice
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“Rising Up: The Power of Narrative in Pursuing Racial Justice” by Sonali Kolhatkar, Learn More Here / Get the Book
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Related Articles and Resources:
• The Growing Pains of a Changing Nation, by Sonali Kolhatkar, YES! Magazine Read Here
• Center for Popular Democracy Learn More Here
• From Picket Lines to Plot Lines, by Sonali Kolhatkar, YES! Magazine Read Here
• How to Build Solidarity Across Difference, Sonali Kolhatkar, YES! Magazine Read Here
• Watch Sonali Kolhatkar’s 2014 Tedx talk, “My journey from astrophysicist to radio host” Watch Here
Featured ‘Music in the Middle’ of the Podcast:
“The Shadow Thief” by Nickodemus featuring Alsarah from the album Soul and Science courtesy of Wonderwheel Recordings. Listen & Learn More
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