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Jul 5, 2021

It started when some men tried to strong-arm Tio Hardiman into paying his brother's debt. Skills he applied out of necessity on the streets of Chicago have now become the effective tools of globally recognized Violence Interrupters community-based mediation program. It was not a straight shot by any means. Along the way he dropped out of high school, dealt with addiction and the kinds of troubles that often befall undirected youth.

Tio Hardiman is the Executive Director of the nonprofit Violence Interrupters. The organization promotes a public-health model of gang intervention scientifically proven to reduce killings and violence.

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About this podcast: In each episode, a Brother reflects on his life; explores the experience of being a Black man in America; shares his interactions with law enforcement; and answers the signature question "If America was a woman, what would you say to her? You won't find a collection of conversations with Black men like this anywhere else. Hear their wisdom. Be inspired.

Host, Rahbin Shyne, is an author, educator, creative and avid half-marathon walker. Original music by Malachi Mott.