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A radio show, podcast, and radical media hub showcasing culture workers reshaping Chicago for the more equitable and creative. Listen to longform humanizing conversations with artists, organizers, performers, comedians, scholars, and more who are reimagining Chicago and beyond toward liberation. Hosted by Damon Williams and Daniel Kisslinger.

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A radio show, podcast, and radical media hub showcasing culture workers reshaping Chicago for the more equitable and creative. Listen to longform humanizing conversations with artists, organizers, performers, comedians, scholars, and more who are reimagining Chicago and beyond toward liberation. Hosted by Damon Williams and Daniel Kisslinger.

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So much love for this

By chi meg neb - Jan 17 2020
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This podcast is so full of love, beauty and resistance. This podcast feeds my soul.

best pod around

By /ev/ - Dec 20 2019
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amazing guests. intentional, vulnerable, humanizing conversations. endearing hosts. A+

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So much love for this

By chi meg neb - Jan 17 2020
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This podcast is so full of love, beauty and resistance. This podcast feeds my soul.

best pod around

By /ev/ - Dec 20 2019
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amazing guests. intentional, vulnerable, humanizing conversations. endearing hosts. A+
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AirGo

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A radio show, podcast, and radical media hub showcasing culture workers reshaping Chicago for the more equitable and creative. Listen to longform humanizing conversations with artists, organizers, performers, comedians, scholars, and more who are reimagining Chicago and beyond toward liberation. Hosted by Damon Williams and Daniel Kisslinger.

Rank #1: Ep 187 - adrienne maree brown

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adrienne maree brown is brilliant. She is a Detroit-based organizer, doula, facilitator, community builder, and writer of seminal books Emergent Strategy and Pleasure Activism. While in town for a talk at the Chicago Humanities Festival, adrienne swings by AirGo to talk with the guys about her birth work, learning from Grace Lee Boggs, fluidity, and much more. Plus, Damon and Daniel geek out about how dope she is.

Recorded 5/4/19 in Chicago
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Juice - Lizzo

May 09 2019

1hr 31mins

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Rank #2: Ep 222 - Debbie Southorn

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Debbie Southorn knows how to throw down. Debbie is the cofounder of the city's Black and Pink chapter, was a central figure in the #NoCopAcademy campaign, and is a founding member of We Are Dissenters, a new group activating students toward anti-militarism and anti-war organizing on college campuses. She also works at the American Friends Service Committee, a century-old Quaker social justice organization. We talk about her path into the work, DINOSAURS, dealing with serious burnout, the impacts of militarism, and more.

Follow Debbie: http://twitter.com/madlittledebbie
Check out We Are Dissenters: http://wearedissenters.org

NOTE: Leave AirGo a rating and review! It helps new folks find the show, and gives us the validation we deeply crave.

Recorded 1/27/20 in Chicago
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I Can See It - Darksunn

Feb 13 2020

1hr 38mins

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Rank #3: Ep 236 - Climate Changemakers Vol. 2 with Juliana Pino

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Climate Changemakers is a 5-part podcast series, showcasing and celebrating leaders in equity work and climate action across Illinois, presented by Elevate Energy. This episode's guest is Juliana Pino, the policy director at the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO) in Chicago. At LVEJO, Juliana analyzes, researches, and advocates for environmental justice, climate justice, and economic justice in local, state, and federal environmental policy. Recorded back in Early March, Juliana discusses the challenges that COVID exacerbates in Little Village and other environmentally unjust communities.

NOTE: This was recorded before the recent demolition of the HILCO smokestack in Little Village. Juliana discusses the site of the demolition, but the devastating demolition had not yet happened. To learn more about the demolition and it's effects, check out this recent episode of the Hoodoisie, featuring Juliana: https://www.facebook.com/thehoodoisie/videos/1122529154767343/

Learn about Elevate Energy and their 20th anniversary: www.elevateenergy.org/

Check out LVEJO:
www.lvejo.org

Apr 23 2020

1hr 2mins

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Rank #4: Ep 60 - Monica Trinidad

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Monica Trinidad's work as a visual artist and organizer has been pivotal in shaping the ways art and activism cocreate in this moment, movement, and city. The co-founder of For The People Artists Collective, she has illustrated how communal art-making is necessary for our fights and for our spirits.

Recorded 9/16/16
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Casanova- @lostclubmusic
Complejo de Salvador Blanco - Cochina

Sep 22 2016

1hr 3mins

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Rank #5: Ep 18 - Saba

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Based on Saba's breakthrough project ComfortZone, one can't help but feel like the chords of his music underpin the drastic growth he's made professionally over the last 15 months. The mainstream rap publication system is starting to take notice, leading to some recent features, but Saba's power stems from the stage–his Comfortzone Live shows have gotten bigger and better, bringing young people across the city together for a joyous musical celebration. Not bad for a self-proclaimed shy kid.

Recorded live Thursday 11/19/15
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LightningDog - @SabaPivot
SmthnThtIWnt - @SabaPivot
Whip (Areyoudown) - @SabaPivot
Marbles - @SabaPivot
Across 110th Street - Bobby Womack
Butter (feat. Jamila Woods) - @SabaPivot

Nov 20 2015

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Rank #6: Ep 56 - Daniel Kay Hertz

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Why are your house, block, and city the way that they are? Daniel Kay Hertz has some ideas, and he's excited to share them with you. Hertz is an urban planner and Chicagoan who breaks down and reshapes housing and transportation policy in ways that illuminate how this city works, and often doesn't work. Get your crash course with the sexiest AirGo episode of all time.

Recorded 8/25/16 in Chicago, IL
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#1 - @Lefty_Loosey

Aug 25 2016

1hr 7mins

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Rank #7: Ep 215 - #BYPSpotlight with Asha Ransby-Sporn

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Black Youth Project has joined forces with AirGo for a year-long #BYPSpotlight series, featuring our favorite Black academics and activists. This month’s #BYPSpotlight episode features Asha Ransby-Sporn, an organizer, movement worker, and National Organizing Co-Chair for Black Youth Project-100. She also was one of the central organizers who pushed Columbia University to divest from private prisons over the past few years. We talk community organizing basics, what are some ways to bring people into the work, how we can begin to rethink our relationship to land, designing her hypothetical commune, and her relationship with her mom Barbara Ransby (who was the first #BYPSpotlight guest).

Show Notes:
BYP-100 - https://byp100.org/
Columbia Prison Divestment -https://www.columbiaspectator.com/the-eye/2018/04/24/asha-rosa-ransby-sporn-on-how-to-make-columbia-divest-from-private-prisons/
She Safe, We Safe: https://www.shesafewesafe.org/

NOTE: Please subscribe, rate, and review AirGo on your podcast app! Help Amplify this conversation with a tax-deductible donation to AirGo: http://airgoradio.com/donate

Recorded 11/22/19 in Chicago
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The Ludovico Technique - Tab Anitek

Nov 28 2019

1hr 14mins

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Rank #8: Ep 173 - David Stovall

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David Stovall is a professor at UIC whose work focuses on reshaping education and the school-to-prison nexus (which he explains, don't worry). He's also just a very good dude. We take a deep dive into classrooms, shaping our definitions of abolition, and much more.

Recorded 2/29 in Chicago

Jan 31 2019

1hr 29mins

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Rank #9: Ep 178 - Charlene Carruthers

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Charlene Carruthers is with the shits. She has served as the founding National Director of BYP-100, an activist member-led organization of Black 18-35 year olds dedicated to creating justice and freedom for all Black people, for the last five years, and is the author of Unapologetic: A Black, Queer and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements. She talks about stepping out of her role at BYP-100, stepping into the next chapter, and much more.

Recorded 2/13/19 in Chicago
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Mirror, Mirror - Diamond Ortiz

Mar 07 2019

1hr 12mins

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Rank #10: Ep 6 - Ethos

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Ethan "Ethos" Viets-VanLear is a poet, organizer, peace-circle keeper and prison abolitionist hailing from Rogers Park on the north side of Chicago. Whether he's performing on stage or marching through the streets, Ethos has established himself as one the boldest voices in the city. His organizing work has allowed him to travel the world at a young age, including a trip to Switzerland where h testified on police torture at the United Nations as a part of the delegation We Charge Genocide. Ethos is also the lead vocalist of the new band Thy Neighbors, who are set to release their debut EP.

Aired 8/13/15
Music on this week's show:
Through the Way - Blazo
Pray 2 God - Goodbye Tomorrow
I'd Rather Be With You - Bootsy Collins
Black N Mild - Thy Neighbors
Meat Grinder - Madvillain

Thanks to:
WHPK 88.5FM
Ben Niespodziany (@neonpajamas)

Aug 14 2015

59mins

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Rank #11: Ep 211 - Monica Cosby

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Monica Cosby is an organizer, activist, and mother who was incarcerated for 20 years in the state of Illinois. She now works for the Westside Justice Center, is the lead organizer of Moms United Against Violence and Incarceration, and is a wonderful and valuable spirit in the Chicago movement community. She talks about growing up in Uptown, the lessons about liberation and abolition she learned while inside, the transition after coming home, and a very special moment that makes Damon cry.

Recorded 10/23/19 in Chicago
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Well and Good - Podington Bear

Oct 31 2019

1hr 18mins

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Rank #12: Ep 166 - Benji Hart

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Benji Hart is ready and willing to get reflective. They have a wonderful conversation with Damon and Daniel about emergent understandings of liberation, growing toward loving their blackness, voguing and its history, and much more. They’re a freelance artist, educator, workshop leader, and retreat facilitator based here in Chicago.

Dec 13 2018

1hr 18mins

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Rank #13: Ep 202 - Vivien Sansour

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Vivien Sansour is in love. The open-hearted, brilliant artist, documentarian, and founder of the Palestine Heirloom Seed Library brings an open heart and critical mind to the studio for a wonderful conversation about trust, making space to feel alive, climbing the terraces of Palestine, snowy owls, and why she's jealous of trees. Plus, a very nice compliment to end the show that made Damon and Daniel cry. This one is a must listen!

Recorded 8/20/19 in Chicago
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One Last Try - Chicken Jones

Aug 29 2019

1hr 40mins

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Rank #14: Ep 229 - Qurissy

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Back before the world turned upside down, Dame and Kiss kicked it in LA with the wonderful Qurissy, a Chicago native and member of the community here who recently moved to Los Angeles. Qurissy is a portrait photographer, designer, art director, and visual creator whose photography has shone a lens on so many members of the arts world in the city that we showcase and celebrate. She's the Art Director at Gumbo Media, a multimedia company that curates content, experiences, and services to expand the narrative of Black life. We talk about her transition to LA, cohabitating with her boo (who's an AirGo alum), developing one's eye, and much more. Plus, some damn good jokes from the guys and a little constructive feedback time, since Qurissy is a regular listener of the show. Get in the pre-pandemic time machine!

Follow Qurissy: http://instagram.com/qurissy

Recorded 2/3/2020 in Los Angeles
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Uptown - Podington Bear
Rebelion - Joe Arroyo

Apr 02 2020

1hr 39mins

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Rank #15: Ep 201 - #BYPSpotlight with Barbara Ransby

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Black Youth Project has joined forces with AirGo for a year-long #BYPSpotlight series, featuring our favorite Black academics and activists. First up is Barbara Ransby, whose footprint on the Chicago and global social movement landscape is inimitable. A Professor of History, Gender and Women's Studies, and African American Studies at UIC, Barbara has grounded both organizing and scholarship for liberation in the lineages and lessons of Black women. She wrote the highly acclaimed biography Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement: A Radical Democratic Vision, as well as two other books, and is the driving force behind the R3 Coalition, which has pushed forward some of the most meaningful coalition-building Chicago has seen in recent years.

Recorded 7/14 in Chicago
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We Came Down - Superpoze

Aug 22 2019

58mins

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Rank #16: Ep 149 - Morgan Malone

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Morgan Malone is an organizer, idea cultivator, and solutions engineer. Based in Englewood, she's a Commissioner with the Cook County Commission on Social Innovation, and is a Program Manager with Teamwork Englewood's Englewood Quality of Life Plan. She swings by to talk about reimagining on a block-by-block basis and much more.

Recorded live 8/16/18 at WHPK 88.5FM in Chicago
Music from this week's show:
Son Shine - @fessgrandiose

Aug 17 2018

59mins

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Rank #17: Ep 197 - Sam Bailey

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Sam Bailey is directing into the right direction. The Brown Girls co-creator, director, and actor is getting pretty damn close to finding her footing after the whirlwind that was the release of the hit web series and a subsequent move to LA, and has been guiding the ship for TV shows, music videos, and two features that are currently in development. She talks about the three acts since the whirlwind, bringing her people with her, and learning how to get what she needs. Plus, some excellent Alec Baldwin and Michael B. Jordan slander/love to start the show.

Recorded 7/16/19 in Chicago
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tmlton - Igil

Jul 25 2019

1hr 26mins

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Rank #18: Ep 48 - Avery R. Young

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When Avery R. Young gets going, joy starts shining, and it's next to impossible to stop it–not that you would want to. A Cave Canem fellow, he is a fixture of Chicago's creative community, and has been reshaping language and community in new, remarkable ways on stages and in classrooms for years. Combining song, poetry, and interviews about race and politics, his most recent project "booker t. soltreyne" is an album and archival project that reflects on how old pedagogies and processes of racism still exist in the Obama Era.

Recorded live 6/23/16 at WHPK88.5FM in Chicago
Music from this week's show:
Waiting - tnight/tmrw
Cauleen's Joint - @averyryoung
Icarus - April Fools feat. @averyryoung
Ham Sammich(Is) - @Averyryoung

Jun 23 2016

59mins

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Rank #19: Ep 49 - We 'Go Live

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A couple weeks ago, when we put on We 'Go Vol 2: A Chicago Showcase and Celebration, we were fortunate enough to have the good folks over at Postloudness come through and record the show in its entirety. On this week's episode we share the audio from the exciting, soul-restoring evening, including performances by AirGo alumni E'mon Lauren, Fati Asghar, Kevin Coval, @defcee, @LAVanGogh, @deathViaLove, and @jamilawoods.

Recorded live 6/30/16 at WHPK 88.5FM in Chicago
Thanks to Postloudness for recording the live event and providing the audio.

Jun 30 2016

1hr 3mins

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Rank #20: Ep 43 - Shani Crowe

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Shani Crowe is an interdisciplinary artist from the South Side of Chicago. Her newest exhibition, Braids, is a series of portraits of Black women whose hair has been braided and styled into "a variety of original looks and wearable works of art." She joins Damon and Daniel to talk about the project, her lineage as a visual artist, and more.

Recorded live 5/19/16 at WHPK88.5FM in Chicago
Music on this week's show:
Breakdance Lesson N.1 - @kaytranada
Braid My Hair - Mario
BLK Girl in the Auditorium - @JBambi
All Falls Down - Kanye West

May 19 2016

59mins

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Climate Changemakers Vol. 8 - Olga Bautista

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Climate Changemakers is a podcast series showcasing and celebrating leaders in equity work and climate action across Illinois, presented in celebration of the 20th anniversary of nonprofit organization Elevate Energy.

On this eighth and final episode of Climate Changemakers, Dame and Daniel are joined by Olga Bautista of the Chicago Southeast Side Coalition to Ban Petcoke. In response to decades of pollution and environmental destruction by industry in her home neighborhood on the Southeast side of the city, Olga banded together with other community members to fight for environmental protections from and cleanup of Petcoke, a toxic byproduct of oil refinement that was poisoning the air she and her family were breathing. The coalition successfully fought the Koch brothers, who were forced to dispose of the petcoke in a less destructive manner. She talks about the devastation of industrial pollution, learning to collect the necessary data herself, the unique challenges of having a set at the redevelopment table during a pandemic, and much more.

SHOW NOTES
Exit Zero - www.goodreads.com/book/show/24898568-exit-zero
COPD - www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-condit…es/syc-20353679
NRDC - www.nrdc.org/
Nancy Loeb - www.law.northwestern.edu/faculty/prof…s/NancyLoeb/
Invest South/West - www.chicago.gov/city/en/sites/invest_sw/home.html
Great Cities Institute - greatcities.uic.edu
Poor People's Campaign - www.poorpeoplescampaign.org

Nov 25 2020

1hr 3mins

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BONUS - Spill the Tea: a #DefundCPD Discussion

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In the midst of a pandemic, Mayor Lightfoot is threatening to punish aldermen and the communities they represent if they do not vote for her racist and regressive budget. There is a lot to unpack, from Lori increasing the share of funding for the police department to her telling the Black Caucus that voting against her budget means they shouldn’t expect investment from the city for their wards, and so much more… and that ain't right!

Listen to the audio from a Facebook Live conversation on Saturday, November 21st at 12pm between Kennedy from @uwfillinois, Damon from @letusbreathe773, Ald. Rossana Rodriguez, CTU's Stacy Davis Gates, Amika "Big Tree" Tendaji, and organizers from Good Kids Mad City spill the tea on Lori’s fake progressive, anti-Black budget. Stay tuned this week as we share more info on the folks who will be joining the conversation and ways to demand alderpeople vote no and #BootTheBudget!

Sign up to phonebank or textbank to help #DefundCPD at bit.ly/2020Chibudget.

#SpillTheTea #BootTheBudget #TakeBackTheBudget #DefundCPD

Nov 22 2020

1hr 43mins

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BONUS - Ending Money Bond Collage

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On this bonus episode, we're partnering with our good friends over at the Chicago Community Bond Fund to share a collage of audio from a series of virtual townhalls hosted by the Coalition to End Money Bond. Recorded this fall, the conversations explored the different imperatives for ending money bail, and connected elected representatives with lawyers, organizers, and advocates who are leading the fight.

SHOW NOTES
Plug into the fight at http://endmoneybond.org

Send a letter to you legislator in support of the Pretrial Fairness Act: bit.ly/pretrialfairnessletter

Watch all three townhalls at the Coalition's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/endmoneybond/videos/

Chicago Community Bond Fund: https://chicagobond.org/

Nov 20 2020

22mins

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#GoBack - Standing Rock in 2016

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Each month this year, we're going to revisit an episode from the 260+ episodes in the AirGo Archives and bring that conversation back to the forefront. This month, we're revisiting one of the most impactful moments in modern social movement history–the encampment at Standing Rock in 2016. Kiss and a cohort of other Chicago folks brought supplies from Freedom Square in November, and had the privilege to spend a few days there. Upon their return, Kiss sat down with Kristiana Colon, who had been with him on the trip, to talk about the experience. The episode also features selections from the podcast Voices of Standing Rock, reproduced with the creator's permission.

SHOW NOTES:
Listen to all of Voices of Standing Rock: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/voices-of-standing-rock/id1173368814

Get connected to Oceti Sakowin, a group that formed during the encampment and has led the fight for indigenous sovereignty and environmental justice: https://www.facebook.com/OcetiSakowinCamp

Nov 19 2020

1hr 2mins

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Cottage Groove #14 - LoveTape

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A little love from AirGo resident DJ Kiss aka DJ Empathy, who brings you this amorous mix full of serenades, laments, soul sharing, and bops. Fun fact: this mix is named for the "love tapes" that his dad used to make for his mom when they were dating. Fall in love with this soundtrack!

Music in this mix:
Donnie Outthaway - Smino
Ea'alah - Spillage Village x JID x Earthgang
Sandstorm - Mereba x JID
Black Treasure - Zara McFarlane
Superficial - CJ Run x Yourbeautifulruin
Ooh Nah Nah - SiR x Masego
Long Nights - 6lack
Darlin' - Tobi Lou
Manifesto Remix - Melo Makes Music x Kota the Friend
Jane - Southpaw Swade
Love - Kendrick Lamar x Zacari
Shea Butter Baby - Ari Lennox x J. Cole
Mushroom Chocolate - QUIN x 6lack
Wild Irish Roses - Smino
Borderline (An Ode to Self-Care) -Solange x Q-Tip
Got 'Til It's Gone - Janet Jackson x Q-Tip x Joni Mitchell

Nov 12 2020

42mins

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Ep 265 - Unelectable Vol. 3: Abolition Democracy

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Unelectable is an live podcast event series that engages electoral politics through the filter of radical imagination. Come chop it up with us, imagine new worlds, and help us build our Unelectable platform!
AirGo and Black Youth Project are using the 2020 election cycle to have tangible conversations about impactful issues dismissed as being too big or unrealistic by mainstream political media. We want to expose the tensions that come from engaging electoral work as a liberatory pathway, reconciling complex contradictions within our movements and communities.

The third and final event in the series, taking place just a few days before the 2020 election, focuses on the liberatory potential of Abolition Democracy, and how the seeds of this future are being sowed today. The conversation is cohosted by brilliant organizer Asha Ransby-Sporn, and features State Senator Robert Peters, community builder Jay Travis (formerly of KOCO), and EAT Chicago founder Rich Wallace.

SHOW NOTES
DefundCPD campaign - https://www.instagram.com/defundcpd/

Abolition Democracy by Angela Davis - https://www.akpress.org/abolitiondemocracy.html

Ruth Wilson Gilmore - https://www.gc.cuny.edu/faculty/core-bios/ruth-wilson-gilmore

W.E.B. Du Bois - https://hutchinscenter.fas.harvard.edu/web-dubois

Breathe Act - https://breatheact.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/The-BREATHE-Act-V.16_.pdf

Tanya Watkins of SOUL - https://www.soulinchicago.org/

Nov 05 2020

1hr 28mins

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BONUS - Breakin' Down the Budget with #DefundCPD

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On October 21st, Lori Lightfoot addressed Chicago and let us know where her priorities lie. She ignored 87% of Chicagoans that took the budget survey and instead advocated for increased police spending and ensured she allocated plenty of $ for her 13 press aides.

After the CPD Budget Hearing on 10/29, join #DefundCPD organizers Kennedy (@uwfillinois) and Damon Williams (@damon_af) to break down all of Lori's budget tricks, learn about budget processes, and talk through how we collectively move forward during this budget cycle.

NOTE: This is audio of an IG Live from 10/30/20 between Damon and Kennedy Bartley, the Legislative Director of United Working Families.

Learn more about Kennedy here: https://www.unitedworkingfamilies.org/news/2019/8/25/meet-kennedy

Join the #DefundCPD campaign: https://actionnetwork.org/forms/sign-on-to-demand-defunding-of-the-chicago-police-department?source=direct_link&

Nov 01 2020

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#GoBack - Ravyn Lenae in 2015

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Each month this year, we're going to revisit an episode from the 260+ episodes in the AirGo Archives and bring that conversation back to the forefront. This week, we're heading back to 2015 to talk with one of the best singers of we've ever heard. When 16 year-old Ravyn Lenae came up to the WHPK studio, she had recently released her first EP Moon Shoes, and it was becoming clear that she had an absurdly bright future that was becoming closer and closer. Since then, she's released multiple acclaimed projects, relocated to LA, signed to Atlantic Records, and toured the world. And she's still really nice to us, which we appreciate.

SHOW NOTES
Listen to her EP Crush here: https://www.ravynlenae.com/

Make a tax-deductible donation today and become an AirGo Amplifier: airgoradio.com/donate

Oct 31 2020

1hr 1min

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Climate Changemakers Vol. 7 - Tonika Lewis Johnson

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Climate Changemakers is a podcast series showcasing and celebrating leaders in equity work and climate action across Illinois, presented in celebration of the 20th anniversary of nonprofit organization Elevate Energy.

On this penultimate episode of Climate Changemakers, Damon and Daniel talk with artist, community builder, and Chicago gem Tonika Lewis Johnson. A lifelong Englewood resident, she helped co-found the Resident Association of Greater Englewood (R.A.G.E), whose mission is to “mobilize people and resources to force positive change in Englewood through solution-based approaches." She is also a lead co-founder of the Englewood Arts Collective, established in 2017 to help artistically “reframe the narrative” of Englewood. Her Folded Map Project, which brings together "map twins" from opposite sides of the city, has been widely acclaimed as both an artistic project and a flashpoint in the fight against structural racism. She talks about the ways that the project has evolved, what she's learned from it about our collective relationships to land, what she imagines in the demolished spaces across her neighborhood, and much more.

SHOW NOTES
Cooked Survival by Zip Code - www.pbs.org/independentlens/vid…rvival-by-zip-code/

Open Lands Tree Stewardship project - www.openlands.org/trees/

Go Green on Racine - gogreenonracine.com/

Folded Map Action Kit - www.foldedmapproject.com/submit

Oct 30 2020

58mins

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Ep 264 - The Education Suite Vol. 7: What We Learned with Eve Ewing

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AirGo is excited to present The Education Suite, a collection of episodes focusing on the liberatory histories and futures of education. This suite is co-curated by AirGo fam and general genius Eve Ewing, a professor and poet whose work is at the forefront of public conversation around the ways our education system has harmed Black and Brown young people, and the ways that our school buildings connect to larger systems of inequity across the country.

For the final episode of this suite, we check back in with Eve to discuss what we've learned. She brings some questions for the guys to make sure they were listening, shares some useful tips for your apocalypse knapsack, and fills us all with the warmth and introspection she is always sharing.

SHOW NOTES
Audre Lorde - https://alp.org/about/audre

Parable of the Sower-inspired Go Bag - https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Hhrd4PO6Dr_N64AIe5BFzgz7jC782PnpF2r0QnV_CCk/edit?usp=sharing

Pierre Bourdieu - https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=d_lp40IAAAAJ&hl=en

WEB Dubois - https://hutchinscenter.fas.harvard.edu/web-dubois

Paulo Freire - https://www.freire.org/paulo-freire/

Jimmy & Grace Lee Boggs - https://www.boggsschool.org/grace-and-jimmy

Ella Baker - https://ellabakercenter.org/who-was-ella-baker/

Bob Moses - https://snccdigital.org/people/bob-moses/

Chezare Warren - https://www.chezarewarren.com/

Elizabeth Todd-Breland - https://hist.uic.edu/profiles/todd-breland-elizabeth/

Oct 29 2020

1hr 15mins

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BONUS - Somewhere in Wiscansin with Maira Khwaja & Trina Reynolds-Tyler

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Recently, the guys very carefully and joyously headed to an isolated house in Wisconsin for a planning and decompression weekend with movement stalwarts and wonderful spirits Trina Reynolds-Tyler and Maira Khwaja. We turned the mics on toward the end of the weekend to talk about the last time the four of us hung out, what we learned, and some of what we're wrestling with.

Find out more about Trina and Maira's work at http://www.tmproductions.org/

Oct 26 2020

47mins

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Ep 263 - The Education Suite Vol. 6: Janie Pochel of Chi-Nations Youth Council

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AirGo is excited to present The Education Suite, a collection of episodes focusing on the liberatory histories and futures of education. This suite is co-curated by AirGo fam and general genius Eve Ewing, a professor and poet whose work is at the forefront of public conversation around the ways our education system has harmed Black and Brown young people, and the ways that our school buildings connect to larger systems of inequity across the country.

This episode features Janie Pochel, the cofounder and guiding force behind Chi-Nations Youth Council. The Council is a community organization that create a supportive open environment for Native youth to raise awareness of cultural identity and promote a healthy lifestyle through arts, activism, and education. She breaks down the lessons learned through land and place-based education, the necessity of Black and Indigenous solidarity, how modern schooling has been a genocidal tool, and how she cares for the youth she serves.

SHOW NOTES
Support the work of Chi-Nations Youth Council - https://chinationsyouth.weebly.com/donate.html

Good Kids Mad City - https://www.gkmcenglewood.com/donate

Janie's interview in South Side Weekly - https://southsideweekly.com/chicago-native-american-organizer-intersection-black-lives-matter-decolonization/

Subscribe, rate, and review AirGo on Apple Podcasts -https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/airgo/id1016530091

📷 by Adam Sings in the Timber - https://singsinthetimber.com/

Oct 22 2020

1hr 3mins

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BONUS - They Finessin’ Us: An Abolitionist Budget Conversation

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On the eve of Lori Lightfoot’s budget speech, Bella BAHHS (@bellabahhs) and Damon Williams (@damon_af) address the inherent violence within our political systems and discuss how defunding the police is a step toward getting our people and communities what they need. #DefundCPD #DefendBlackLives

This audio is from an IG Live between Damon and Bella Bahhs. Follow her at http://instagram.com/bellabahhs.

Plug into the campaign today! https://linktr.ee/defundcpd

Oct 21 2020

59mins

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Ep 262 - The Education Suite Vol. 5: SA Smythe

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AirGo is excited to present The Education Suite, a collection of episodes focusing on the liberatory histories and futures of education. This suite is co-curated by AirGo fam and general genius Eve Ewing, a professor and poet whose work is at the forefront of public conversation around the ways our education system has harmed Black and Brown young people, and the ways that our school buildings connect to larger systems of inequity across the country.

This episode's guest is poet, translator, and transdisciplinary scholar SA Smythe. SA is a professor at UCLA, and is one of the organizers of the Cops Off Campus Campaign, which aims to remove police and policing from all University of California campuses by September 2021. They join the show to talk about the campaign, the challenges and unique potential of forging a truly public university, how the campaign connects to their study of Blackness in the Mediterranean, reaching toward diasporic power rather than national citizenship, and MUCH, MUCH more.

Recorded 9/29/20
SHOW NOTES:

Support the Cops Off Campus campaign - https://www.instagram.com/uc_ftp/

Nick Mitchell - https://cres.ucsc.edu/faculty/regular-faculty.php?uid=nmitchel

Sarah Haley - https://afam.ucla.edu/faculty/sarah-haley/

Shana Redmond - https://schoolofmusic.ucla.edu/people/shana-redmond/

Ruthie Wilson Gilmore - https://www.gc.cuny.edu/faculty/core-bios/ruth-wilson-gilmore

Dylan Rodriguez - https://twitter.com/dylanrodriguez?lang=en

Sisters Uncut - http://www.sistersuncut.org/

Paul Gilroy - https://www.ucl.ac.uk/institute-of-advanced-studies/professor-paul-gilroy

Gwendolyn Brooks - https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/gwendolyn-brooks

June Jordan - https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/june-jordan

Ashon Crawley - https://religiousstudies.as.virginia.edu/faculty/profile/atc8g

Frantz Fanon - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frantz_Fanon

Oct 15 2020

1hr 28mins

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Ep 261 - The Education Suite Vol. 4: L'Heureux Dumi Lewis-McCoy

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AirGo is excited to present The Education Suite, a collection of episodes focusing on the liberatory histories and futures of education. This suite is co-curated by AirGo fam and general genius Eve Ewing, a professor and poet whose work is at the forefront of public conversation around the ways our education system has harmed Black and Brown young people, and the ways that our school buildings connect to larger systems of inequity across the country.

On this episode, we get to know Prof. L'Heureux Dumi Lewis-McCoy. He's a professor at NYU, where his work focuses on the racial entanglements, contradictions, and challenges for students of color in suburban schools. He breaks down the myths we hold about the suburbs, the unique violences of catholic schools, where the potential for fugitivity in the cul-de-sacs might be, and who we should be listening to about what young people need.

SHOW NOTES
Catholic Schools and the Common Good: https://books.google.com/books/about/Catholic_Schools_and_the_Common_Good.html?id=zHzW6NVwS0sC

Free Write Arts & Literacy: http://freewriteartsliteracy.org/

Jacob Faber on Redlining: https://www.nyu.edu/about/news-publications/news/2020/august/new-deal-housing-programs-dramatically-increased-segregation--ne.html

Yonkers PowerLab: https://www.thepowerlabny.com/

Show Me a Hero: https://www.hbo.com/show-me-a-hero

Chezare Warren: https://www.chezarewarren.com/

Project NIA: http://project-nia.org/

Bianca Baldridge: https://www.biancabaldridge.com/

Bettina Love: https://bettinalove.com/

Robin DG Kelley: https://soundcloud.com/airgoradio/ep-255-the-abolition-suite-vol-4-robin-dg-kelley

Daniel Black: http://danieloblack.com/about-daniel/

Make a tax-deductible donation today and become an AirGo Amplifier: https://airgoradio.com/donate

Oct 08 2020

1hr 17mins

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#GoBack - Stretch and Bobbito in 2015

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Each month this year, we're going to revisit an episode from the 260+ episodes in the AirGo Archives and bring that conversation back to the forefront. This month, we're revisiting our convo with Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Garcia, the legendary duo behind the underground radio show that first brought many of hip hop's biggest stars onto the airwave. Dame and Kiss had the chance to sit down with Stretch and Bob back in 2015, when AirGo was still a baby and the brilliant documentary Stretch and Bobbito: Radio that Changed Lives first came to Chicago. It was a bit of a funhouse mirror as the four of them talked hip hop, independent radio-making, classic 90s rap tales, and finding one's place in the culture. Since 2015, the duo has hosted several podcasts (including What's Good for NPR), released a wonderful album together, and continued to rock with each other tough through thick and thin.

SHOW NOTES:
Stretch and Bobbito: Radio that Changed Lives - https://stretchandbobbito.com/

Rock Rubber 45s - https://rockrubber45s.com/

No Requests - https://www.uprisingmusicnyc.com/stretch-and-bobbito

Sep 25 2020

38mins

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Climate Changemakers Vol. 6 - Ramon Etc. of The Love Fridge Chicago

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Climate Changemakers is back, baby! Dame and Kiss return for another three conversations with some of Illinois' most impactful environmental justice and sustainability movement workers, showcasing their work and sharing what lessons they've learned. This episode is with Ramon Etc. aka Radius, the founder of the Love Fridge Chicago, a mutual aid network that sets up community-run, free-food fridges across the city of Chicago. He talks about how the network emerged, his relationship with food, and how we can build a more embodied and sustainable relationship to our food system.

SHOW NOTES:

Check out Ramon's music -
SEEN (Etc Records/ARR sound)
https://radiusetc.bandcamp.com/album/seen

Sense x Radius (Etc Records)
https://senseradius.bandcamp.com/album/the-live-archive-2-era-of-the-tec

Partner Organizations -
eric aka manny is on the team and runs flatlands press
https://www.instagram.com/flatlands_press/

lisa armstrong is a head/og designer
https://www.instagram.com/lisastrongarms/

charlotte cohen is main web related designer/etc
https://www.instagram.com/charlottecohen/

Feed The Crib/Del dia chicago
https://www.instagram.com/feedthecrib/ https://www.instagram.com/deldiachicago/

Grocery Run Club
https://www.instagram.com/groceryrunclub/

grow greater englewood
https://www.instagram.com/growgreaterenglewood/

bronzville kenwood mutual aid
https://www.instagram.com/bk_mutualaid/

stephanie dunn/starfarm
https://www.instagram.com/stephaniedunn8318/

Gotham Greens
https://www.instagram.com/gothamgreens/

Urban Growers Collective
https://www.instagram.com/urbangrowerscollective/

Thankful For Chicago
https://www.instagram.com/thankfulforchicago/

Chef Chanell
https://www.instagram.com/chefchanell/

Back to school boxes
https://www.instagram.com/backtoschoolboxes/

Bobcat eats
https://www.instagram.com/bobcateatsfoodwasteprogram/

kitchfix
https://www.instagram.com/kitchfix/

Moms Chicago
https://www.instagram.com/momschicago/

Sep 24 2020

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Ep 260 - Education Suite Vol. 3: Dr. Dave Stovall

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AirGo is excited to present The Education Suite, a collection of episodes focusing on the liberatory histories and futures of education. This suite is co-curated by AirGo fam and general genius Eve Ewing, a professor and poet whose work is at the forefront of public conversation around the ways our education system has harmed Black and Brown young people, and the ways that our school buildings connect to larger systems of inequity across the country. On this episode, we chop it up with AirGo fam Dr. Dave Stovall, a professor at UIC who works with community organizations and schools to address issues of equity, justice and abolishing the school/prison nexus. He breaks down the distinction between education and schooling, histories of education spaces and their destruction, fugitivity, and much more.

SHOW NOTES:
The People’s Grab n Go - https://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/the-peoples-grab-n-go-oral-history
Bettina Love of the Abolitionist Teaching Network - https://abolitionistteachingnetwork.org/
The Lost Education of Horace Tate by Vanessa Siddle Walker - https://thenewpress.com/books/lost-education-of-horace-tate
Paulo Freire - https://www.freire.org/paulo-freire/
Lavalas Movement - https://nacla.org/article/fanmi-lavalas-political-project
Prof. Christopher Span - https://education.illinois.edu/faculty/christopher-span
Gloria Ladson-Billings - https://naeducation.org/our-members/gloria-ladson-billings/
Dionne Danns - https://education.indiana.edu/about/directory/profiles/danns-dionne.html
Black Teacher Project - https://www.blackteacherproject.org/
Rethinking Schools - https://rethinkingschools.org/
Raise Your Hand IL - https://www.ilraiseyourhand.org/

Sep 17 2020

1hr 9mins

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Cottage Groove #13 - Ghetto Sage Apprecation Mix

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Sometimes you just gotta celebrate the 🐐. On this edition of our Cottage Groove series, Kiss aka DJ Empathy brings together a whole bunch of deep cuts and collabs between the brilliant Saba, Noname, and Smino. The trio, who by forming the group Ghetto Sage recently joined the hip hop lineage of starting supergroups that don't follow through with albums, are three of the best artists of their generation and deserve all the 💐. Get into it!

Songs in this mix:
Häagen Dazs - Ghetto Sage
Spin Move - Dreamville x Bas x Saba x Smino
Future Plans Pt. III - Saba x Noname
Food for Thought - Ikon x Saba x Noname x Malcolm London
Amphetamine - Smino x Noname
Shadow Man - Noname x Phoelix x Saba x Smino
Sacrifices - Dreamville x Earthgang x Saba x Smino x J Cole
Smellin Like a Re-Up - Smino
Living Single LEAK - Chance the Rapper x Smino
Counterfeit - Noname x Chelsea Reject x Phoelix x Saba
Church / Liquor Store - Saba x Noname
Riot - Saba x Trapo
How You Feel - C-Sick x Noname x Saba
Kolors - Smino x Monte Booker
The Truth - Mick Jenkins x Noname (Prod. Saba)
Black Alabaster - XVRHLDY x Saba x Noname
Realer than Most - Mick Jenkins x Dally Auston x Saba x Noname
Secondhand Smoke - Saba x Noname
Dead Friends - Kirk Knight x Noname x Thundercat
Ace - Noname x Smino x Saba

Sep 16 2020

46mins

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Ep 259 - The Education Suite Vol. 2: Uplift Sessions

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AirGo is excited to present The Education Suite, a collection of episodes focusing on the liberatory histories and futures of education. This suite is co-curated by AirGo fam and general genius Eve Ewing, a professor and poet whose work is at the forefront of public conversation around the ways our education system has harmed Black and Brown young people, and the ways that our school buildings connect to larger systems of inequity across the country. On this episode, we go into the classroom at Uplift High School, a social justice CPS school in Uptown that Dame and Kiss taught a 10-week block at in the spring of 2019. Hear from the students of Uplift about what freedom means, what they want to learn about, how they know when to lead and when to follow, and much more.

SHOW NOTES

HUGE thanks to Justin Barnes for his work editing the audio from our sessions at Uplift!

Thanks to Zain Bullie for hosting us in his class. Check out our On the Line episode with him: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ep-237-on-the-line-with-zain-bullie/id1016530091

Support amazing organization Kuumba Lynx: https://www.kuumbalynx.com/

Subscribe, rate, and review AirGo on Apple Podcasts: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/airgo/id1016530091

Donate to AirGo: airgoradio.com/donate

Sep 10 2020

55mins

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So much love for this

By chi meg neb - Jan 17 2020
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This podcast is so full of love, beauty and resistance. This podcast feeds my soul.

best pod around

By /ev/ - Dec 20 2019
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amazing guests. intentional, vulnerable, humanizing conversations. endearing hosts. A+