10 episodes

Crip Times A Podcast Series

Disabled people have long been experts at staying at home, and getting creative with new ways to stay in community with one another. At the beginning of the COVID-19 lockdown, many of us were wondering how we could maintain the sense of intimacy and connection that we get from gathering in crip arts spaces. Out of this desire, Crip Times was born: a new interview podcast series produced and hosted by Yousef Kadoura, Kayla Besse, and Kristina McMullin. Crip Times is a project of Bodies in Translation and Tangled Art + Disability and hosted on Andrew Gurza’s Wheels on the Ground podcast network.

Crip Times Kayla Besse/Yousef Kadora & Kristina McMullin

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Crip Times A Podcast Series

Disabled people have long been experts at staying at home, and getting creative with new ways to stay in community with one another. At the beginning of the COVID-19 lockdown, many of us were wondering how we could maintain the sense of intimacy and connection that we get from gathering in crip arts spaces. Out of this desire, Crip Times was born: a new interview podcast series produced and hosted by Yousef Kadoura, Kayla Besse, and Kristina McMullin. Crip Times is a project of Bodies in Translation and Tangled Art + Disability and hosted on Andrew Gurza’s Wheels on the Ground podcast network.

    Crip Times Episode 10: The Ryan O’Connell Episode

    Crip Times Episode 10: The Ryan O’Connell Episode

    Episode Notes
    It’s the season finale of Crip Times! Buckle up for lots of LOLs and too many puns. This week, Kayla, Kristina, and Andrew are joined by Ryan O’Connell, creator, writer, and star of Netflix’s Special. He’s done other stuff too but ughhh, who cares?

    We talk about cerebral palsy, the power of authentic disability representation, pushing the envelope of gay and disabled sexuality on screen, pandemic challenges specific to disabled people, and the ‘well-meaning’ ableism that can show up when we’re just trying to live our lives.

    We move into a conversation about storytelling as activism, and the challenges of learning and growing in your disability politics in a very public way. How do you tell authentic stories, without catering to an abled audience? How do we deal with internalized ableism, and the feeling of ‘needing to do more’? How do we push back against societal messaging that one marginalized story is enough?

    For a full transcript of this episode, as well as helpful links and key quotes, visit the Bodies in

    Translation Website:
    https://bodiesintranslation.ca/crip-times-a-podcast-series/

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Crip Times Episode 9: The Jenna Reid Episode

    Crip Times Episode 9: The Jenna Reid Episode

    Episode Notes

    On this episode, Kayla and Kristina are joined by Jenna Reid for a conversation that feels like a bolt of energy to our weary pandemic souls. Jenna speaks about Mad Movements, their histories, their teachings, and how embracing Madness can support the goal of abolition. We discuss the role of Madness in bringing an ethic of care to academia, the (in)accessibility of online activism, and the politics of working from bed.

    Jenna speaks about her art practice, emphasizing the need to embrace slowness into not just our society, but also our own lives - what might a rejection of productivity bring to our activism and community building?

    We end the conversation speaking about how to honour our rage, and how to find joy and love in the face of social injustice.

    For a full transcript of this episode, as well as helpful links and key quotes, visit the Bodies in

    Translation Website: 
    https://bodiesintranslation.ca/crip-times-a-podcast-series/

    • 52 min
    Crip Times Episode 8: The Shannon Finnegan Episode

    Crip Times Episode 8: The Shannon Finnegan Episode

    Episode Notes

    Have you ever thought of alt-text as poetry? What about lounging as a form of protest? This week, Kayla and Kristina are joined by Shannon Finnegan, a multidisciplinary artist making work about accessibility and disability culture. The conversation begins with Shannon sharing the importance of centering other disabled artists and thinkers in their work, and how interdependence can be an aesthetic approach.

    We speak about the presence (or absence) of alt text in institutions and our personal practices, with a focus on Shannon’s “Alt Text as Poetry” project, how embracing their own access needs for the first time led to prioritizing the disability experience in their work, and how the work of access is everyone’s responsibility. We speak about disability art as a rejection of hostile architecture, through some of Shannon’s activist artwork: “Anti Stairs Club Lounge.”

    We move into how rest, care, and humour show up both in our process and practice. We end our conversation with a desire for more spaces for Crip communities to form, and as always, we spoke about JOY! 

    For a full transcript of this episode, as well as helpful links and key quotes, visit the Bodies in

    Translation Website: 
    https://bodiesintranslation.ca/crip-times-a-podcast-series/

    • 1 hr
    Crip Times Episode 7: The Gloria C. Swain Episode

    Crip Times Episode 7: The Gloria C. Swain Episode

    Episode Notes
    Welcome back to Crip Times! We hope you were able to find some moments of rest over the few weeks since you last heard from us.

    This week, Yousef and Kristina talk to Gloria Swain about making art as an older, Mad, Black, female artist and activist, the barriers in society and the sector. Gloria speaks about how her art and curatorial practices are part of the healing process for her. We talk about dancing as an integral part of art and healing processes (we love Gloria’s dancing on her Instagram page!)

    We speak about Gloria’s artistic legacy, changes we want to see in the future of the Canadian art sector, and how we may go about making those changes. Gloria speaks about how the support she’s received in the art sector has impacted her practice. We wrap up this episode speaking about what Gloria is working on right now, how you can find her, and Gloria shares some words of wisdom we can all find peace in. 

    For a full transcript of this episode, as well as helpful links and key quotes, visit the Bodies in Translation Website: 
    https://bodiesintranslation.ca/crip-times-a-podcast-series/

    • 38 min
    Crip Times Episode 6: The Jess Watkin Episode

    Crip Times Episode 6: The Jess Watkin Episode

    Episode Notes
    “It was interdependent magic. Like it really felt like magic.”

    Happy solstice! They’re the four best friends anyone could have.

    On the last Crip Times episode of 2020, all three hosts (Kayla, Kristina, Yousef) are joined by Jess Watkin, an artist, activist, academic, dramaturg, and most importantly, friend of the pod. 
    We spend some time laughing about how we all became friends through our various crip encounters, access intimacy, and what Jess’ work as an artist and disability dramaturg actually entails. Jess speaks about her upcoming projects, and the legacies of interdependence that brought her to the place she is today. This episode ends with Jess’ dreams for the future of performance, with suggestions we could all bring into our 2021 plans. 

    We’ll be back with new episodes of Crip Times on January 11 until then, thank you for allowing us to share these episodes with you, they really feel like magic. 

    For a full transcript of this episode, as well as helpful links and key quotes, visit the Bodies in

    Translation Website: 
    https://bodiesintranslation.ca/crip-times-a-podcast-series/

    • 55 min
    Crip Times Episode 5: The Jeff Thomas Episode

    Crip Times Episode 5: The Jeff Thomas Episode

    Episode Notes
    This week, Kayla and Yousef are joined by Jeff Thomas, a Governor General Award-winning Indigenous photographer. Jeff provides us with some background on his photographic work which began in the 1970s as a response to the representation of Indigenous people through historical photography, and how it has grown and changed since becoming disabled.
    Jeff talks about turning photographs used for propaganda into tools of revitalization, and how he’s trying to continue the storytelling tradition in his family, blending this with new technologies such as 3D scanning and drones.

    In his work Indians on Tour, Jeff explains how he plays with Indigenous presence where it wouldn’t otherwise be visible, by photographing miniature figurines all over the world.

    For a full transcript of this episode, as well as helpful links and key quotes, visit the Bodies in Translation Website: 
    https://bodiesintranslation.ca/crip-times-a-podcast-series/

    • 41 min

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