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The Kathleen Wells Show

From the monthly archives:

January, 2014


Board member, Tiffany Johnson, Talks about A New Way of Life Reentry Project and Prison

post image A New Way of Life Reentry Project is a non-profit organization in South Central Los Angeles with a core mission to help women and girls break the cycle of entrapment in the criminal justice system and lead healthy and satisfying lives. As a community advocate, A New Way of Life: provides housing and reentry support for women and children, advocates for the human and civil rights of people in prison and people with past convictions and builds leadership of formerly incarcerated women. In 2010, the founder of ANWOL, Susan Burton, was CNN's 2010 hero.

Ms. Johnson first heard about A New Way of Life Reentry Project (ANWOL) on the grounds of Central California Women’s Facility (CCWF), while serving a 15 to life sentence. After 10 years of incarceration, she contacted ANWOL to ask if a bed would be available if she became eligible for parole. The founder, Susan Burton, wrote back, extending a bed in her home. Although there was a place in the community for Tiffany, it took an additional 6 years before she was released. True to her word, Ms. Burton had a bed available and on April 28, 2010, Tiffany walked through the doors of ANWOL to start her new life. It was a cultural shock being back in society, but through ANWOL’s guidance and connections, she went on to begin a career in electrical assembly and live on her own. In 2011, Tiffany was asked to become a board member of A New Way of Life. In December of 2013, she left her career in electrical assembly to join ANWOL’s staff as a full-time community organizer for All of Us or None-Southern California (AOUON-SC).


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Kathleen Talks Politics and the Chris Christie Scandal

post image Plus, open phones at 1-888-909-1050, to discuss anything political.
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Honorable South African Counsel General, Cyril Ndaba, Talks South Africa

post image CYRIL SIBUSISO NDABA the Consul-General of South Africa to the Great state of California and stationed in Los Angeles, was born on February 1, 1959 in the coastal city of Durban. He received his early education in Durban and enrolled for tertiary education at the University of Zululand for law studies in 1978

Today, we discuss Mandela and his legacy. The future for Black South Africans regarding jobs and economic prosperity and Palestine.
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Dr. Carl Hart Talks Drugs and How The War on Drugs has been an Utter Failure

post image Dr. Carl Hart is a neuroscientist and an Associate Professor of Psychology in both the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology at Columbia University, and Director of the Residential Studies and Methamphetamine Research Laboratories at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. A major focus of Dr. Hart’s research is to understand complex interactions between drugs of abuse and the neurobiology and environmental factors that mediate human behavior and physiology. He is the author or co-author of dozens of peer-reviewed scientific articles in the area of neuropsychopharmacology, co-author of the textbook, Drugs, Society, and Human Behavior, and a member of a NIH review group. Dr. Hart was recently elected to Fellow status by the American Psychological Association (Division 28) for his outstanding contribution to the field of psychology, specifically psychopharmacology and substance abuse. In addition to his substantial research responsibilities, Dr. Hart teaches undergraduate and graduate courses and was recently awarded Columbia University's highest teaching award.

Dr. Hart's latest book is: High Price. High Price is the harrowing and inspiring memoir of about a man who grew up in one of Miami’s toughest neighborhoods and, determined to make a difference as an adult, tirelessly applies his scientific training to help save real lives.

Young Carl didn't see the value of school, studying just enough to keep him on the basketball team. Today, he is a cutting-edge neuroscientist—Columbia University’s first tenured African American professor in the sciences—whose landmark, controversial research is redefining our understanding of addiction.

In this provocative and eye-opening memoir, Dr. Carl Hart recalls his journey of self-discovery, how he escaped a life of crime and drugs and avoided becoming one of the crack addicts he now studies. Interweaving past and present, Hart goes beyond the hype as he examines the relationship between drugs and pleasure, choice, and motivation, both in the brain and in society. His findings shed new light on common ideas about race, poverty, and drugs, and explain why current policies are failing.
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