Heather Roberson Gaston

Episode 3: Talking Technology, Part One

In the episode, we discuss the rights impacts of communications technology, paying particular attention to issues of technology privacy and technology freedom. Our guest is Daniel Kahn Gillmor, senior staff technologist at the Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project of the American Civil Liberties Union.

Episode 2: Finding Freedom, Founding Freedom (special Black History Month episode)

In honor of Black History Month, Talking Human Rights welcomes special guest Christina Proenza-Coles, author of the groundbreaking new book, American Founders: How People of African Descent Established Freedom in the New World (NewSouth, March 2019). 

Please join us for this expansive conversation exploring the contributions of African-Americans to the story of human rights and freedoms. 

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Heather Roberson Gaston

Talking Human Rights host and creator Heather Roberson Gaston is a writer, adviser, and educator in the field of human rights. She holds an undergraduate degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of California at Berkeley; a Master’s in Human Rights from Columbia University; and a Certificate in the Advanced Study of Central and Eastern Europe from the Harriman Institute. 

Heather co-authored Macedonia: What Does it Take to Stop a War? a graphic novel based on an early solo research trip to the Balkans as an undergraduate. She is now working on a narrative work exploring the many lives and deaths of the Israeli-Palestinian peace movement, for which she spent the better part of a year living and working in Israel and the West Bank.


Special guest for Episode 2, Christina Proenza-Coles holds a dual PhD in Sociology and History from the New School for Social Research. She is the author of American Founders: How People of African Descent Established Freedom in the New World (NewSouth, March 2019). 

Christina is a former Assistant Professor of the Atlantic World/African Diaspora at Virginia State University, and has spent her career studying and writing on American culture and history while living and working in Miami, New York, Havana, and Charlottesville, Virginia. 

You can order her book here. If you’d like a quick read from Christina, we recommend this piece from the Daily Beast. You can also find her on Twitter and Instagram at @proenzacoles. 

Sibet Partee

Sibet Partee is Talking Human Rights’ fearless Assistant Producer and Editor. A graduate of University of Virginia where she studied English Literature and co-founded UVA’s podcast network, Sibet has worked on all aspects of the Talking Human Rights launch.

Based in New York City, Sibet also acts in various productions and is studying improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. Sibet is credited as series assistant producer and editor, a catchall title that (Heather writes) doesn’t do justice to the full range of her talents in episode planning, social media advising, mic training, and other training and consulting that turns out to be necessary for Heather who has been out in the field interviewing people for 15 years, but has never done so on air. If you would like to see more of Sibet’s work and if you would like to hire Sibet for your podcasting needs, head on over to sibet.com

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Episode 1.5: Yemen and How to Stop a War — Special Update

Join Talking Human Rights host Heather Roberson Gaston and guest Kate Gould, Legislative Director of Middle East Policy for the Friends Committee on National Legislation, for this special update on current efforts in the U.S. House and Senate to end U.S. support of the devastating Saudi-led war in Yemen.

Advocates for Middle East peace, along with key members of the U.S. Congress, have been working steadily to block weapons sales to Saudi Arabia, to invoke the War Powers Resolution of 1973 to end military support of the war in Yemen, and to reassert the power of Congress to legislate on these matters. Their efforts are finally beginning to pay off. In this episode and on this website, we’ll give you a very doable seven-minute task to support these efforts and bring an end to this horrible war. Please join us.

Episode 1: Talking Yemen and How to Stop a War

Since March of 2015, Saudi Arabia has led a devastating attack on its neighbor to the south, Yemen – a war made possible by military, logistical, and intelligence support from the United States. This attack, and the accompanying blockade, has led to the worst humanitarian disaster in the world today, leaving millions on the brink of starvation and thousands dead and dying from preventable diseases. What can be done to stop this devastation?

Enter our guest, Kate Gould, who in her capacity as Legislative Director for Middle East Policy for the Friends Committee on National Legislation (the Quaker lobby) has been at the forefront of efforts to end U.S. support for the war in Yemen, working with members of the U.S. Congress and their constituents to stop arms sales and to end all US military involvement in this devastating war.