adrienne marie 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.
Squeak is on the boards! The DJ, producer, and West Side native swings by with a very special guest (his daughter Xuri) to talk about the rise of Pivot, getting comfortable with himself, learning through experience, and much more. Plus stay tuned at the end for a special cameo in the commercial!
Trina Reynolds-Tyler is an organizer, community builder, restorative justice facilitator, and graduate student at UChicago’s Harris School of Public Policy. She also works at the Invisible Institute, a journalism production studio founded by Jamie Kalven (who was on the show a couple weeks back). She talks about the University’s relationship to her childhood and neighborhood, learning from experience, wrestling with defining success, and much more.
Richard Wallace is breaking down our economy. And not just explaining it–like trying to break it down into pieces and rebuild it more equitably. He’s the founder of Equity and Transformation (EAT), an organization that works with individuals operating in the informal economy to uplift the faces, voices, and power of the vast disenfranchised and excluded Back workforce in Chicago. He’s also a member of the now-defunct but incredibly influential Chicago rap group BBU, and a contributing member to the Hoodoisie.
Cathy Cohen brings the pieces together beautifully. She is a professor at UChicago, a long-time organizer, a founding board member and former co-chair of the board of the Audre Lorde Project in NY, on the board of Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press as well as the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS) at CUNY, and the founder of Black Youth Project, a website devoted to Black youth from which BYP-100 emerged. She is also truly the big homie. We learned so much in this one–come learn with us.
Jamie Kalven fights for his neighbors. He’s a journalist, human rights worker, and founder of the Invisible Institute, a journalism production studio based on 62nd and Dorchester. He comes into the studio ready to swing through the years with Damon and Daniel, and shares his thoughts on guerilla journalism, his years working out of an apartment at Parkway Gardens, transparency and data, and much more. Definitely a deep dive!
Southpaw Swade is a mensch, to get Yiddish about it. The Florida-born, Chicago-based rapper and producer shares podcast space with a grace not often seen, and is truly a joy to talk to. He recently put out his Three Piece EP, which is available everywhere. Get tuned in, and make sure to stay tuned at the end for some bonus Hebrew Israelite conversation!
Essence McDowell is a communications strategist, organizer and co-author of Lifting As They Climbed: Mapping a History of Black Women on Chicago’s South Side. Working in collaboration with AirGo alum Mariame Kaba, Lifting As They Climbed maps dozens of locations across Chicago's South Side and connects them to the Black women who have shaped the histories of Chicago. She talks about the project, understanding her role in relation to the archive, and much more!