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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.

    Ep 246 - On the Line with Zohran Kwame Mamdani

    Ep 246 - On the Line with Zohran Kwame Mamdani

    From the isolation of our homes, AirGo is presenting a series called On the Line, which focuses on the COVID-19 pandemic and the people putting their bodies on the line to help us all survive and heal. Since early April, we've been hopping on the line with front line workers in different spheres to talk about what their work looks like right now, and what we can do to help as we isolate our physical bodies at home.

    This episode's heads to the East Coast to chop it up with Zohran Kwame Mamdani. Zohran is currently running for a NY State Assembly seat representing Astoria, Queens. He's been endorsed by DSA, and a wide swath of other progressive and to the root coalitions. He's also one of Kiss' oldest friends. Zohran talks about how he's shifted his campaign into a mutual aid project, the lessons he learned as a foreclosure prevention counselor, the shortcomings of representative politics, and his high school vice presidential campaign.

    Support Zohran's campaign!: https://www.zohranforassembly.com/

    Recorded 5/21/20 in Chicago
    Music from this week's episode:
    Park - Isaiah Rashad

    • 54 min
    Ep 245 - Climate Changemakers Vol. 3 with Anton Seals, Jr.

    Ep 245 - Climate Changemakers Vol. 3 with Anton Seals, Jr.

    Climate Changemakers is a 5-part 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. This month's Climate Changemaker is Anton Seals, Jr. Anton is the Lead Steward of Grow Greater Englewood, a social enterprise focusing on building a equitable and resilient local food system that fosters protections of vacant land in divested communities and focuses on connecting those residents with community wealth building opportunities. In this wide-ranging conversation, Anton talks about the connections and unique challenges of reshaping Black Chicagoans' relationship to food, as well as how the structures and pathologies of power limit this transformative work.

    Learn more about Grow Greater Englewood: growgreater.org

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

    • 47 min
    Ep 244 - On the Line with death doula Emmy Colon

    Ep 244 - On the Line with death doula Emmy Colon

    From the isolation of our homes, AirGo is presenting a series called On the Line, which focuses on the COVID-19 pandemic and the people putting their bodies on the line to help us all survive and heal. Since early April, we've been hopping on the line with front line workers in different spheres to talk about what their work looks like right now, and what we can do to help as we isolate our physical bodies at home.

    This week's guest is Emmy Colon. Emmy is a certified death doula–don't worry, she explains what that means, just in case you've never heard of it before. She describes what her work entails, how the rituals and industries around death are impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, how grief as a collective process extends far beyond losing someone you love, and some thought processes that can help all of us understand how we may be grieving in this time.

    Learn more about her work: https://www.formidablecg.com/
    Connect with Emmy: https://www.instagram.com/la_zurda_chi/?hl=en

    Recorded 5/19/20 in Chicago
    Music from this week's show:
    Park - Isaiah Rashad

    • 53 min
    Ep 243 - On the Line with Zama of DCH1 Amazonians United

    Ep 243 - On the Line with Zama of DCH1 Amazonians United

    From the isolation of our homes, AirGo is presenting a series called On the Line, which focuses on the COVID-19 pandemic and the people putting their bodies on the line to help us all survive and heal. Over the next few weeks, we'll be hopping on the line with workers in the health care, educational, governmental, organizing, and prison abolition spheres to talk about what their work looks like right now, and what we can do to help as we isolate our physical bodies at home.

    This episode's guest is Zama, one of the founders and lead organizers of DCH1 Amazonians United. He and his comrades have been bringing together workers and fighting for better conditions in the Amazon Fulfillment Center on 28th and Western here in Chicago. He talks about how the work evolved, connecting with other Amazon worker groups around the world, and how they've been forced to push the fight forward during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Follow DCH1 Amazonians United: https://www.facebook.com/DCH1United/

    Recorded 5/13/20 in Chicago
    Music from this week's show:
    Park - Isaiah Rashad

    • 58 min
    Ep 242 - On the Line with Asiaha Butler of RAGE Englewood

    Ep 242 - On the Line with Asiaha Butler of RAGE Englewood

    From the isolation of our homes, AirGo is presenting a series called On the Line, which focuses on the COVID-19 pandemic and the people putting their bodies on the line to help us all survive and heal. Over the next few weeks, we'll be hopping on the line with workers in the health care, educational, governmental, organizing, and prison abolition spheres to talk about what their work looks like right now, and what we can do to help as we isolate our physical bodies at home. This episode's guest is Asiaha Butler, the cofounder of the Resident Association of Greater Englewood, aka RAGE. Asiaha talks about the pandemic-related shift in the communal development of the mind RAGE does, how she's built a food distribution system for the seniors in Englewood, and how she creates communal development while fighting against displacement.

    Big thanks to AirGo Alum Tonika Lewis Johnson for the connection!

    Support the work of RAGE Englewood: https://ragenglewood.org/

    Recorded 5/9/20 in Chicago
    Music from this week's episode:
    Park - Isaiah Rashad

    • 47 min
    Ep 241 - On the Line with Pura of the Little Village Solidarity Network

    Ep 241 - On the Line with Pura of the Little Village Solidarity Network

    From the isolation of our homes, AirGo is presenting a series called On the Line, which focuses on the COVID-19 pandemic and the people putting their bodies on the line to help us all survive and heal. Over the next few weeks, we'll be hopping on the line with workers in the health care, educational, governmental, organizing, and prison abolition spheres to talk about what their work looks like right now, and what we can do to help as we isolate our physical bodies at home. This episode's guest is Pura of the Little Village Solidarity Network/Red de Solidaridad de La Villita. Pura and her comrades have led the fight to raise awareness and demand the shutdown of a series of immigrant youth detention facilities run by influential Chicago nonprofit Heartland Alliance, in which COVID-19 has been running rampant. Pura details the information they've gathered about the carceral conditions inside, how the dozens of documented COVID-19 cases have changed life inside these baby jails, the direct action tactics and strategies that LVSN takes, and how we can contribute to this urgent fight.

    Learn more and support LVSN: https://www.facebook.com/LaVillitaSolidaridad/

    Recorded 5/7/2020 in Chicago
    Music from this week's episode:
    Park - Isaiah Rashad

    • 44 min

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amazing guests. intentional, vulnerable, humanizing conversations. endearing hosts. A+

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