In today’s episode, Rick and Sam are joined by singer-songwriter Larry Long to discuss the role of music in promoting social justice and building community. Through stories and conversation, they examine music as a tool to build and create common bonds, which bring together generations and cultures, inspire change, and power transformation.

Lifelong social justice advocate, Larry Long is a singer-songwriter, poet, educator, organizer, activist, and storyteller. Long’s work has taken him from rural Alabama to the Lakota communities in South Dakota. He has given voices to struggling Midwest farmers, embattled workers, and veterans. He was the troubadour on the American Agriculture Movement Tractorcade to Washington DC for parity, ran with Oceti Sakowin children on the Run For Freedom from Standing Rock to the prison in Sioux Falls, performed on Soviet/American peace cruises along the Volga and Mississippi Rivers, sang for Mrs. Rosa Parks at the 45th anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott and organized the Mississippi River Revival, a decade long campaign to clean-up the Mississippi river. Through a curriculum called Elders’ Wisdom, Children’s Song, Larry has honored over one-thousand elders of many nations with youth in story and song from throughout the United States.

Long is the Executive Producer of the award winning documentary “Dodging Bullets: Stories of Survivors of Historical Trauma” and co-host of ‘Conspiracy of Goodness’ heard every Monday morning on radio at 8:30 AM (CT).   

Larry Long is a recipient of the prestigious In The Spirit of Crazy Horse Award, Bush Artists Fellowship, Pope John XXIII Award, Leadership In Neighborhood Fellowship (St. Paul Companies), and Sustainability Award for his work in forgotten communities.

Sam Scinta is President and Founder of IM Education, a non-profit, and Lecturer in Political Science at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and Viterbo University.

Rick Kyte is Endowed Professor and Director of the DB Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership at Viterbo University. 

Music compliments of Bobby Bridger- “Rendezvous” from A Ballad of the West