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Welcome to Back in America, the podcast!
Stanislas Berteloot 0:23
I’m your host, Stan Berteloot. Twenty-four years ago, I was living in Washington, D.C. and studying at the University of Maryland. In August 2016, I came back to America, this time with my family. It was just a few months before Trump’s election, I noticed how the country had changed. I believe that two major crises have determined the shape of what the country is today: the terrorist attack on 9/11 and the subprime economic crisis of 2008.
Then came Trump, a man loved by half the country for being an anti-elite, playing tough and speaking his mind, and hated by the other half for pretty much the same reasons. Trump has polarized America and the world at large, pushing ever further what we thought was possible in the political sphere: lies and mediocrity being the new normal. …
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If you’re tired of arguing with strangers on the internet, try talking with one of them in real life. Welcome to back in America, the podcast
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"COVID-19 has created a worldwide public health crisis, and the resulting lockdowns and social distancing measures have sent most country’s economies into a severe downturn. …
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If you’re tired of arguing with strangers on the internet, try talking with one of them in real life.
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This is the second episode dedicated to the George Floyd mural in Minneapolis. If you haven’t listened to episode one yet, an interview of the lead artist Cadex Herrera, I strongly recommend you do so before listening to this episode.
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Eric Marsh 0:43
So my name is Eric Marsh. I am a community activist and father and located in the city of Philadelphia. …
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This is part one of two episodes dedicated to the drug fraud mirror. If you want to see a picture of the mural, go to the podcast website at back in America the podcast.com I am Stan Berteloot, and this is back in America. The death of George Floyd, a black man killed by a Minneapolis police officer has triggered protests against police brutality, police racism, and lack of police accountability. Three days after Floyd’s death, a group of artists painted a mural on the cup full building at the corner of where Josh Floyd was killed on May 25. The artists started at about 7 am on May 28, and finished the mural at 5:30 pm. The same day. Most of us have seen the image of the mural since almost every American TV station, live stream the drums Floyd funeral, whose backdrop was a digital version of this mural. Inspired by this work, artists across the globe started producing a similar tribute to George Floyd, and a digital database of such art as gathered, a repository of 1324 pieces of art so far. My guest today is one of the leading artists behind this iconic mural of George Floyd, the man who immigrated to the United States from Belize when he was 19 today at 45 he walks As an elementary school behavior or specialist, and social justice is his passion. …
Back in America explores the American’s identity, culture, and values.
In this podcast, journalist Stan Berteloot explores American life stories from his French perspective and questions the way we understand this nation.
Each episode explores why and how Americans do what they do. While easy and entertaining to listen to, Stan doesn’t shy away from difficult and personal questions and explores issues from different angles and perspectives. Every topic is game; politics, social issues, climate crises, gender issues, racial issues, sex, and diversity… and everything else in-between.
Provocative ideas for inquisitive and open-minded listeners.
These soundbites are taken from 12 episodes of Back in America, recorded between November 2019 and August 2020. They are representative of the diversity of the guests and of the topics addressed. …
John Michael Greer 0:13
When the pandemic is over, everyone will say, Oh, isn’t it nice to be back to normal, but it’s not quite normal and it never will be.
You also have an older set of American values that date back to the frontier period. You have the attitudes that were much more common before we became a wealthy society, we are now attitudes that focus on hard work and individualism not as a way to amass vast amount of wealth but amount, to the best ways to get by with minimal interference, either to or from other people. …
Hello, Marina Ahun or Ahun-Babaeva, Welcome to back in America.
Marina, you are an artist and I would like you to tell me about your art. How would you describe your art style
I have different art styles different. I move back and forth between two styles: realistic presentation of subject matter and abstract, and between two mediums.
When I’m looking for urban street scenes that will become a realistic painting, I use watercolor. When I do abstract painting, I use oil. And I have no idea what the painting is going to look like when things the painting dictates its own source. …
While President Trump has been calling the Coronavirus the Chinese virus and while the US is facing unprecedented protests against police violence and racial discrimination, Back in America is examining how these events have affected the Chinese Community.
In this episode, I speak with Cecilia Birge a former Montgomery, NJ mayor, a form bond analyst on Wall Street, now a head coach and a member of the Princeton High School Speech and Debate Team.
Cecilia shares her experience organizing fundraising with the Chinese community to help local first responders.
For us, she revisits her childhood in Chineses labor camps. As a student in Bejing during the Tiananmen Protests, she talks of her fear at the time and the turmoil in the city. …
Stanislas Berteloot 0:01
I have recorded my first interview with Mark Charles on May 22 three days before the murder of George Floyd. Since then, protests across the nation have forced white Americans to confront the darker, racist history of this nation. I called back mark to ask him how he felt when he first saw the video of the arrest and of the death of the black Man
Mark Charles 0:28
Wednesday morning, I forced myself to watch the entire video of the murder of George Floyd. And it was painful. It was gut-wrenching.
Not only did you have a white police officer over this black man holding his knee on his neck as a black man was crying out, just to be able to breathe. But there are other people black people women watching this pleading with the officer to take his knee off to let them intervene to check his pulse to come in. He was keeping them at bay with mace, threatening to mace them. And there was another officer standing guard keeping them on the sidewalk. And in the midst of this one of the women who were there, she wasn’t on camera, but you could hear her voice and she said something to the effect of how do you call the cops on the cops. And that’s the challenge people of color face in this nation is our country believes that it has these institutions white America remembers that there are institutions that have been established to protect them. The police forces, the government, even the military, and people of color, have the lived experiences that throughout history these institutions have been used to oppress them, enslave them and even kill them. And once you realize that once you see that and you see the injustice happening right in front of you, it’s what do you do? Where do you turn? Who do you cry out to? …
I am Stan Berteloot and this is Back in America, a podcast where I explore American’s identity, culture, and values.
My guest today is a candidate running as an independent for president of the United States. A man who’s not white, not black but a dual citizen of The United States and The Navajo Nation.
For three years he lived with his family in a one-room hogan with no running water or electricity out in a Navajo reservation. He dreams of a nation where ‘we the people’ truly means ‘all the people’.
Yet as we prepare to celebrate Memorial day he reminds us of the “ethnic cleansing and genocide” the United States carried against the indigenous peoples of this land. …