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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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Subscribe on Apple Podcasts! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/airgo/id1016530091

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 278 - The Mentorship Suite Vol. 4: Kesho Scott, Part I

    Ep 278 - The Mentorship Suite Vol. 4: Kesho Scott, Part I

    AirGo is excited to present The Mentorship Suite, a series of episodes exploring the joys, contradictions, and radical possibilities of this often fraught term. On this episode, we have the honor and privilege to talk with the person who most directly shaped our commitment to movement, humanity, and liberation: the inimitable Kesho Scott. A former Black Panther and longtime professor of Sociology and American Studies at Grinnell College, Kesho breaks down the stages of mentorship, the foundations of a humanizing mentorship relationship, her own experience being mentored by Grace Lee Boggs and Jimmy Boggs, and so much more. The conversation was too good to cut, so we're dropping the first half this week and will have the second half next week. Levitate with us!

    SHOW NOTES
    Grace Lee Boggs - https://www.ucpress.edu/book/9780520272590/the-next-american-revolution

    Jimmy Boggs - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/748147.Revolution_And_Evolution_In_The_Twentieth_Century

    Angela Davis - https://airgoradio.com/airgo/2021/1/14/episode-270-angela-davis

    Stokely Carmichael - https://snccdigital.org/people/stokely-carmichael/

    Walter Rodney - https://www.versobooks.com/books/2785-how-europe-underdeveloped-africa

    Audre Lorde - https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/audre-lorde

    Exterminate All the Brutes - https://www.hbo.com/exterminate-all-the-brutes

    Republic of New Afrika - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republic_of_New_Afrika

    League of Revolutionary Black Workers - https://www.revolutionaryblackworkers.org/

    Gloria Anzaldúa - https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/gloria-e-anzaldua

    Huey Newton - https://www.zinnedproject.org/news/tdih/huey-p-newton-born/

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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Sawyer Seminar Vol. 2 - Survival Economies w/ Rich Wallace and Nik Theodore

    Sawyer Seminar Vol. 2 - Survival Economies w/ Rich Wallace and Nik Theodore

    AirGo is partnering with UIC's Social Justice Initiative to present The Sawyer Seminar, a series of conversations hosted by UIC scholars entitled Radical Care, Real Alternatives. On this second episode, we hear from Nik Theodore, a professor at UIC and Director of the UIC Center for Urban Economic Development, and AirGo fam Rich Wallace, who is the Director of EAT (Equity and Transformation) Chicago. In conversation with Prof. Stacey Sutton, they break down the concept and implications of the informal economy, and dive deep into the stories they cultivated as part of their new report entitled Survival Economies(https://www.eatchicago.org/survival-economy-report).

    SHOW NOTES

    Survival Economies Report - https://www.eatchicago.org/survival-economy-report

    EAT Chicago - https://www.eatchicago.org

    National Domestic Workers Alliance - https://www.domesticworkers.org/

    National Day Laborer Organizing Network - https://ndlon.org/

    UIC’s Great Cities Institute - https://greatcities.uic.edu/

    UIC Scholars for Social Justice - sji.uic.edu/

    • 41 min
    Climate Changemakers is Returning for Season 2! Plus Season 1 Reflections

    Climate Changemakers is Returning for Season 2! Plus Season 1 Reflections

    We're very excited to announce that Climate Changemakers is returning for Season 2! A partnership between AirGo and Elevate, an organization that seeks to create a just and equitable world in which everyone has clean and affordable heat, power, and water in their homes and communities, Climate Changemakers features conversations with Environmental Justice workers from across the U.S. who are leading the fight against climate change and environmental racism.

    To get the podcast juices flowing, we've compiled our Season 1 guests' responses to the question "What should Elevate and its peers be doing differently to move the work forward?," and are sharing their reflections with you today. Stay tuned for a new episode every month and make sure to subscribe to, rate, and review Climate Changemakers!

    • 15 min
    Ep 277 - The Mentorship Suite Vol. 3: Shanna Benjamin

    Ep 277 - The Mentorship Suite Vol. 3: Shanna Benjamin

    AirGo is excited to present The Mentorship Suite, a series of episodes exploring the joys, contradictions, and radical possibilities of this often fraught term. On this episode, we travel into the AirGo origin story to talk with the professor who brought us together–the brilliant Shanna Benjamin. An incredibly significant mentor for both Dame and Kiss, Shanna is the author of the recently published Half in Shadow: The Life and Legacy of Nellie Y. McKay. She talks about being mentored by Nellie McKay, how she approaches her work in and out of the classroom, and her memories of young Damon and young Daniel.

    SHOW NOTES
    Norton Anthology of African American Literature - https://wwnorton.com/books/9780393911558

    Half In Shadow: The Life and Legacy of Nellie Y McKay - https://uncpress.org/book/9781469662534/half-in-shadow/

    Henry Louis Gates - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Louis_Gates_Jr.

    Barbara Ransby - https://hist.uic.edu/profiles/ransby-barbara/

    Wanda Coleman - https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/wanda-coleman

    Ken Warren - https://english.uchicago.edu/people/kenneth-warren

    The Black Interior by Elizabeth Alexander - https://www.graywolfpress.org/books/black-interior

    The Sovereignty of Quiet by Kevin Everod Quashie - https://www.rutgersuniversitypress.org/the-sovereignty-of-quiet/9780813553108

    Combahee River Collective - https://www.blackpast.org/african-american-history/combahee-river-collective-statement-1977/

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    📸 by James Brown

    • 1 hr 29 min
    Ep 276 - The Mentorship Suite Vol. 2: Tanji Harper

    Ep 276 - The Mentorship Suite Vol. 2: Tanji Harper

    AirGo is excited to present The Mentorship Suite, a series of episodes exploring the joys, contradictions, and radical possibilities of this often fraught term. On this episode, we talk with Tanji Harper, the Artistic Director of youth dance ensemble and organization The Happiness Club. Tanji breaks down how ego disrupts care for young folks, the ways that she's learned to support the people she's trying to serve, the exhaustion of this work and world, and the temporality of mentorship.

    SHOW NOTES
    Support the Happiness Club: http://www.thehappinessclub.com/donate.html

    Book Blu Rhythm Collective: https://www.facebook.com/Blurhythmchicago/

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    📷 by Tom Gavin for Vocalo

    • 1 hr
    Ep 275 - The Mentorship Suite Vol. 1: Jacinda Bullie

    Ep 275 - The Mentorship Suite Vol. 1: Jacinda Bullie

    AirGo is excited to present The Mentorship Suite, a series of episodes exploring the joys, contradictions, and radical possibilities of this often fraught term. We kick it off with the suite's co-curator Jacinda Bullie, who is the co-founder of youth arts and healing organization Kuumba Lynx. Jacinda breaks down why she bristles at the term "mentor," what she's learned from the folks who have helped her grow, how she approaches her contribution to the youth at KL, and much more.

    SHOW NOTES
    Kuumba Lynx - https://www.kuumbalynx.com/

    Healthy Hood Chi - http://www.healthyhoodchi.com/

    Inipi Sweat Ceremony - http://aktalakota.stjo.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=8671

    Assata: An Autobiography - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/100322.Assata

    A Taste of Power by Elaine Brown - https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/913316.A_Taste_of_Power

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    • 1 hr 12 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
77 Ratings

77 Ratings

riribex ,

Angela Davis (part one)

Love the debrief, loved the episode — AND it would be great if she returned for a part two. That might be the most relaxed I’ve ever heard her! Similarly with Eve, you two really foreground convos in a way that opens guests up! Deep and hilarious. Thank you!

ca_6 ,

Go-to for abolitionist political education

Damon and Kiss are real activists doing the work and bringing us along with them. This podcast is a treasure trove for new and old leftists and abolitionists alike. It’s beautiful to see cis men honoring and lifting the voices of Black feminist leaders always.

Jimmy Crutches ,

The realest

For those of us who live in Chicago and love equality, poetry, hip-hop, social justice, love, awesomeness in general, Airgo is the podcast for the people.

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