The Urban Connection with Leonard Birdsong

The Urban Connection with Leonard Birdsong

Each week, Leonard Birdsong welcomes interesting guests to discuss important issues affecting the urban community. The Urban Connection is a bi-weekly public affairs podcast hosted by Leonard Birdsong, former Law Professor, former diplomat and former federal prosecutor.

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December 21, 2021 22 min

Today Leonard speaks with Eddie Goodman who has a number of solutions to help black owned businesses to prosper." He is the creator of the EarnOurTrust app.

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This time Leonard talks to Dr. Enoh Ukpong, an author from Nigeria who believes the power of Drive, Discipline and Determination. 

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Clayton Moore a retired police officer who has written a book titled ; 'Good Cop, Black Cop: Guilty Until Proven innocent.

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Today Leonard speaks with the author of the bestselling book ,"Unlocking Your Super Life: A Guide To a healthier and Happier You"

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Mr. Omar L. Harris is a  bestselling award-winning author who is also a corporate leader who has a new book: "Be A J.E.D.I. Leader, Not a Boss.

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Lorraine Justice, PhD, is an internationally known designer, speaker, and author.


She specializes in helping leaders and teams responsible for complex development initiatives maximize their likelihood of success.

Lorraine has been at the forefront of design and technology for decades. She is an internationally known design educator, Fellow of the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA), and serves on the editorial board for 6 ...

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October 18, 2021 24 min

On this week's episode, we discuss and celebrate the accomplishments of African-Americans in the medical field, with the doctor who helped wipe out smallpox in India. Her name is Dr. Cornelia Davis, and her book is Searching for Sitala Mata: Eradicating Smallpox in India.

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October 14, 2021 24 min

Have you ever been down in life? Really down? This week, we will hear the inspirational story of a man who faced some of the toughest challengers you can imagine and he'll have some helpful advice.

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October 11, 2021 23 min

 This week, Leonard talks with author, Nadine Roberts Cornish, about the surprising challenges of caregiving. She shares her personal story and the many important lessons she learned in caring for her aging mother.

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October 6, 2021 24 min

Noted law professor Patricia Broussard discusses the practice of female genital mutilation, or FGM. Although it is a cultural tradition in many African and Middle Eastern countries, she argues that it is clearly a form of torture, and needs to be outlawed.

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September 28, 2021 25 min

This week, Leonard gets a first-hand account of a man who led a family drug empire that spanned the entire East Coast. But when he ended up in prison, he found the love of Jesus through a surprising source, and turned his life around.

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September 23, 2021 24 min

 On this week's program, we speak with a young African-American lawyer who says racism can be disrupted by relationships. If you will risk forging friendships with those who do not look like you, it will change the way you see the world, and that could change the world.

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September 21, 2021 22 min

This week, Leonard talks with Isaac Alexis, a medical doctor who works with addiction patients. His latest book is "The Chronicles and Conquesting STEM of Queen Sheba." He outlines our nation's ongoing problems with opioids and how the pandemic has affected the addiction crisis in America.

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Separate but equal. You may be familiar with the phrase, but do you know it's origin? We speak with Steve Luxenberg an award winning author, whose book is about the landmark Supreme Court case of Plessy v Ferguson, and America's journey from slavery to segregation.

Plessy v. Ferguson, the Supreme Court case synonymous with separate but equal, created remarkably little stir when the justices announced their near-unanimous dec...

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July 27, 2021 24 min

Dr. Christopher Hall shares his personal story of surviving the foster care system and discovering his love of math and science in high school. He said while he was attracted to education and becoming a productive member of society, his brother grew up in similar circumstances but chose a life of gangs and crime and was eventually sentenced to 1300 years in prison.

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July 22, 2021 24 min

Leonard continues his conversation with Lisa Skinner, a behavioral expert in the field of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, to learn about possible steps to prevent the disease.

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July 20, 2021 24 min

 Leonard talks with Lisa Skinner, a behavioral expert in the field of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, to learn about ways to recognize the problem.

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