THE TIGHT ROPE

“The Tight Rope” is an intellectually riveting audio-visual podcast featuring co-hosts Dr. Cornel West and professor Tricia Rose. Dr. West often famously remarks, “I’m a Bluesman in the life of the mind, and a jazzman in the world of ideas.” It is in this spirit of navigating the balance between hope and uncertainty in order to live a present, improvisational, and joyful life that we invite you to join Dr. West and professor Rose on “The Tight Rope.” Dr. Cornel West is Professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy at Harvard University. Professor Tricia Rose is director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America at Brown University.

In unfiltered conversations with their esteemed guests, the co-hosts provide context, feedback, and guidance, helping us to adjust our moral compasses and find equilibrium in this tumultuous world. This podcast highlights the professors’ combined expertise to encourage critical thinking, self-reflection, and human connection through joy and laughter as we find our footing on “The Tight Rope.”

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Latest Episode

Mayim Bialik: ‘S*** got deep with me and Cornel West’

Mayim Bialik delves into the long history of solidarity amongst the Jewish people and Black Americans, and details her dismay at the state of racism in America, her upbringing as a staunch advocate for social justice, and her perspective on the apparent contradictions between her faith and her political ideologies.


Recent episodes

Henry Louis Gates Jr. (Pt.2) – The Black Church

In the second part of our conversation, Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. further explores his new documentary “The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song.” The new series reveals the broad history and culture of the Black church and explores African American faith communities on the front lines of hope and change.

Henry Louis Gates Jr. (Pt.1) – The Black Church

In the first part of our conversation, Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. explores the community’s powerful connection to Christianity in his new documentary “The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song.” The new series reveals the broad history and culture of the Black church and explores African American faith communities on the front lines of hope and change.

DeRay Mckesson – Policing is the laziest response

This week, civil rights activist DeRay Mckesson highlights some alarming statistics about police violence, which continued unabated in 2020 despite nationwide protests, and recounts his years as a teacher, connecting his pedagogical practice to his calling as an activist.

Charles Blow – The Devil You Know

Acclaimed journalist and op-ed columnist for the New York Times Charles M. Blow walks “The Tight Rope” with Dr. Cornel West and professor Tricia Rose, and shares a grand geopolitical vision for Black America from his new book, “The Devil You Know.”

Max Alvarez – The Tight Rope on The Real News

In this special episode, Dr. Cornel West and professor Tricia Rose walk “The Tight Rope” with Max Alvarez, editor-in-chief of The Real News Network, a nonprofit, viewer-supported center for digital journalism dedicated to telling the stories that matter to movements fighting against systems of oppression.