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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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40 Ratings
Average Ratings
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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+

Best weekly hand curated episodes for learning

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AirGo

Latest release on Dec 29, 2020

Best weekly hand curated episodes for learning

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

Updated by OwlTail 18 days ago

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
Music from this week's show:
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
Music on this week's show:
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
Music from this week's show:
#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
Music from this week's show:
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
Music from this week's show:
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
Music from this week's show:
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
Music from this week's show:
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
Music in this week's show:
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
Music from this week's show:
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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