By Every Measure: a new podcast from 88Nine

By Every Measure: a new podcast from 88Nine

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By Every Measure podcast hosts Tarik Moody and Reggie Jackson will be answering your questions about systemic racism during a live virtual event on Monday, November 9 at 4 p.m. Save your spot here and submit your questions below!


In 2019, Milwaukee made national headlines when it became the first U.S. city to call systemic racism a public health crisis. A year later, Milwaukee, and the world, are experiencing another public health crisis in COVID-19; and the effects of systemic racism can be seen in the way the virus is disproportionately affecting Black citizens.

Both crises have culminated in a public reckoning, with the community asking itself two questions: “How did we get here? And how can we fix it?”

In “By Every Measure,” 88Nine Radio Milwaukee’s (WYMS-88.9 FM) new podcast, award-winning data expert and research journalist Reggie Jackson and 88Nine’s Director of Digital Strategy & Innovation Tarik Moody explore systemic racism in various sectors of Milwaukee, looking closely at how those systems were formed and how they can – and need – to be changed.

Using data, the series examines the immense disparities that are systemically woven into the Black experience in Milwaukee, making it one of the worst cities in the nation for its Black residents, by every measure.

Episodes

Episode 1: Systemic Racism

A scene from a Black Lives Matter protest this June in Milwaukee

Hosts Reggie Jackson and Tarik Moody detail how racism was declared a public health crisis in Milwaukee — following Jackson’s article “Systemic Racism 101: Dear America, I Can’t Believe What You Say Because I See What You Do” published on Milwaukee Independent — and explain the distinction between racism and systemic racism.

If you’d like to learn or talk more about the content of Episode 1 of “By Every Measure,” please utilize our resource and conversation guide.

You can find a transcript of this episode here.


Episode 2: Criminal Justice System & Police

This year’s historic global movement for social justice and police reform hit its apex, mere miles from Milwaukee, in Kenosha, WI. Hosts Tarik Moody and Reggie Jackson analyze the police shooting of Jacob Blake, the latest example of police violence getting widespread attention.

Then, they ask a retired Milwaukee Police Department captain for her perspective on how to combat systemic racism in the criminal justice system.

If you’d like to learn or talk more about the content of Episode 2 of By Every Measure, please utilize our resource and conversation guide.

You can find a transcript of this episode here.

Episode 3: Housing

Home ownership rates are moving in the wrong direction for Black people, showing little improvement in present-day Milwaukee compared to the 1960s.

Hosts Tarik Moody and Reggie Jackson show how the government intentionally kept Black people from buying homes and building generational wealth. Then, Tarik learns about an undercover testing program designed to sniff out housing discrimination.

If you’d like to learn or talk more about the content of Episode 3 of By Every Measure, please utilize our resource and conversation guide.

Episode 4: Racial Wealth Gap

The typical white family has 10 times the wealth of the typical Black family and seven times the wealth of the typical Latinx family.

Hosts Tarik Moody and Reggie Jackson explain how this income disparity was created and how it affects Milwaukee’s ability to attract and retain Black professionals. Then, Tarik talks to two entrepreneurs from the private sector working to close the racial wealth gap.

If you’d like to learn or talk more about the content of Episode 4 of By Every Measure, please utilize our resource and conversation guide.

You can find a transcript of this episode here.

Episode 5: Education

In 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously in the landmark case Brown vs. Board of Education that state-sanctioned segregation of public schools was a violation of the 14th Amendment. But in the years to come, integrating schools met constant resistance, persisting into the 1970s in parts of the country. Today, our public schools systems remain highly segregated, separated along socioeconomic lines, not by law.

In this episode, hosts Tarik Moody and Reggie Jackson look at how school segregation remains in place today, plus examine the school to prison pipeline and how schools are funded. Then, Tarik talks with Danae Davis of Milwaukee Succeeds, a local leader who has dedicated her career to eliminating disparities in education.

If you’d like to learn or talk more about the content of Episode 5 of By Every Measure, please utilize our resource and conversation guide.

You can find a transcript of this episode here.

Episode 6: Health

With a global pandemic as the backdrop, hosts Tarik Moody and Reggie Jackson analyze health disparities Black people face in America, including bias in healthcare, infant mortality and COVID-19.

Then, Tarik assembles a panel of experts from MIT, Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin and the City of Milwaukee Health Department to examine possible solutions.

If you’d like to learn or talk more about the content of Episode 6 of By Every Measure, please utilize our resource and conversation guide.

About Reggie Jackson

Reggie Jackson is a research journalist, data expert, educator and business owner. As a journalist, he has written dozens of data-driven articles for the publication Milwaukee Independent. Jackson has also served as a race relations expert for CNN, Wisconsin Public Radio, NPR, Reuters News Service, the BBC and several statewide news channels. Reggie also co-owns Nurturing Diversity Partners, a company that works with businesses on equity training; and serves at the head griot for America’s Black Holocaust Museum, founded in Milwaukee.

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Radio Milwaukee's podcast By Every Measure explores the undeniable data of systemic racism in Milwaukee