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Seg. 1: Super Bowl Ads. Seg. 2: Veronica Clay

Segment 1: The crossroads of Super Bowl ads and social commentary.

After a year of socially-minded commercials from corporations like Nike and Gillette, this year's Super Bowl ads were comparatively tame. In this conversation, we look at how tensions around politics and identity played a role (or didn't) in the biggest marketing event of the year.

Segment 2, beginning at 37:40: local poet reflects on personal experience with police.

Meet a local poet who illustrates the complex relationship between the police and people of color through spoken word poetry.

  • Veronica Clay, spoken word poet
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