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THE URBAN CONNECTION is the weekly public affairs show hosted by LEONARD BIRDSONG, former Law Professor, former diplomat and former federal prosecutor.

Each week, LEONARD BIRDSONG welcomes interesting guests to discuss important issues affecting the urban community. Don't miss a minute of THE URBAN CONNECTION each week here on TalkZone!
Upcoming Episodes
 
July 12, 2020
Growing Food at Home
The trend of growing your own food at home is hot, thanks in part to the uncertain times we live in. This week, Leonard talks to Marjory Wildcraft, an expert in gardening and sustainable living, for some useful tips you can use.
 
July 19, 2020
Helping Kids To Navigate Through Life
This week, Leonard is joined by Kenya Nicholas, the author of an upcoming series of books, "Life Books for Kids: Real Life Lessons." She explains basic life lessons that parents need to install in their children.
 
July 26, 2020
Innovation in Clothing
Leonard's guest this week is Mychelle Bell, a clothing designer who has created a line of clothes made from innovative organic and plant-based fabrics that are better for our body. She explains the many benefits of this new and creative approach.
 
August 02, 2020
Pro-American Immigration
Each year, over a million people immigrate to America. This week, Leonard talks with former United States diplomat and immigrant to America, Dr. George Farag. He is the author of "Pro-American Immigration: Common Ground in our Immigration Strategy." Dr. Farag discusses gaps in our immigration policies, and suggests practical solutions to close these gaps.
Recent Episodes
 
July 05, 2020
Diversifying Diplomacy
Ambassador Harriet Elam-Thomas an accomplished black woman who beat the odds and challenged the status quo. Inspired by the strong women in her life, she followed in the footsteps of the few women who had gone before her in her effort to make the Foreign Service reflect the diverse faces of the United States
 
June 28, 2020
Racism, Policing and America's Future
2020 has been a difficult and traumatic year in America. This week, Leonard welcomes Arva Rice, the President and CEO of the New York Urban League, to talk about racism, policing and where we go from here as a country.
 
June 21, 2020
The Other Madisons: A President's Black Family
For thousands of years, West African men and women have recited the stories of their people. This week, Leonard with a woman who treasures this family tradition, and shares the story of her bloodline as a descendant of President James Madison and his slave.
 
June 14, 2020
The Killing of George Floyd: Is America Ready for Change?
The nation has seen unprecedented upheaval and mass protests in the wake of the killing of George Floyd. Is America finally ready for change? Nita Wiggins joins Leonard to discuss what has happened and how the tumult of the past few weeks may help America.
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