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Special Series: Beyond #MeToo

Sexual harassment and gender discrimination have been met with a grassroots response in the #MeToo moment.

In response, WNYC is producing "Beyond #MeToo", a special series of national conversations focused on what we need to do as a society to remedy widespread sexual harassment.

This special series will cover the workplace, corrective responses, how we raise and educating our children in this environment and the role of men in the solution.

Listeners can expect to hear from teens and parents, politicians and artists, corporate leaders and blue-collar workers.

Tune in on KALW, January 22, 23 and 25 at 6pm.

Episode 1: The Corrections
Crime and punishment, truth and consequences. Is it possible to standardize our responses to sexual harassment, so that we have a more fair and even system of punishment? The wildly uneven responses range from removing a creator’s work from the public sphere (Kevin Spacey, Louis CK) to ignoring their misdeeds (Roman Polanski). Senator Al Franken resigns, Donald Trump is president. 

Episode 3: Our Kids
What must parents and teachers do to raise kids who understand how to respect one another and refrain from harassing behavior? What do we tell our kids about what they’re hearing and reading now? Is it realistic to think we can nip harassment in the bud?

Episode 4:  The Men
Kai Wright hosts a discussion by and with mostly men about the role of men in ending sexual harassment. If men are the problem, they must be part of the solution.  How has male behavior changed, and is it consistent with male attitudes? Can change occur voluntarily, or must it be mandated by legal or company policies?

Matt Martin was KALW’s general manager from 2006 through 2018. Under his leadership, KALW grew into one of the most productive and innovative stations in public radio. Programs launched at KALW during Matt’s tenure as GM include the award-winning local newsmagazine Crosscurrents, the design podcast 99% Invisible, and the Spanish-language narrative journalism program Radio Ambulante. He helped create the station’s Audio Academy, a year-long program aimed at developing new talents in public radio, and led the first broad-based strategic planning process in the station’s history.