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Nooze Hounds: Justin Jones-Fosu on the Struggle to Empathize

Episode 41

Justin Jones-Fosu
Justin Jones-Fosu appears on ‘Nooze Hounds.’ (Photo by Ryan Pitkin)

On episode 41 of the Nooze Hounds podcast, Justin and Ryan are joined by Justin Jones-Fosu, author of The Inclusive Mindset. Jones-Fosu discusses how inclusion-centered work pushes back against the effects of social isolation. We also discuss myriad topics ranging why empathizing can be harder than “othering” to how Jones-Fosu’s upbringing in an immigrant Ghanaian family influenced his interest in the work he does now. 


We’re also joined on this episode by Queen City Nerve digital editor Lea Bekele, who is mostly just along for the ride, but if you really listen close she does say a couple things. Ryan recently spoke with Justin Jones-Fosu about his new book for a Queen City Nerve feature.

In the second half of the podcast, we discuss recent news that journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones was denied tenure by the UNC Chapel Hill Board of Trustees, despite a recommendation from the university’s journalism department. The story plays into a few hot topics related to Jones-Fosu’s work, from critical race theory to cancel culture.  

We also touch on the recent beefing between the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, though we have to process that one together since we all came into it blind. 

Remember you can catch us on Spotify and other places where you find podcasts, and be sure to check out Queen City Podcast Network for a slew of other great Charlotte podcasts that aren’t quite as good as ours but pretty damn close. Find past Nooze Hounds episodes here

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