A podcast from Antenna Works exploring the ideas that flow in and out of New Orleans.
“Being treated like you’re normal is like living in a storm and being graded on the amount of sunshine you produce.”
That’s what Lil’ Jay says in Té V. Smith’s new young adult novel, Exit Ticket. It’s about the relationship between a black student named Lil’ Jay and his white teacher, Mr. Warrington. And in this moment in time? It kinda feels like the two of them have a lot teach all of us. About showing up. And about listening.
2020 is asking us questions. How will we answer? How will we each show up to this conversation?
But there’s something this 2020
Té calls it The Shift.
Té V. Smith is a writer and educator based out of New Orleans and Brooklyn. He can be found on Instagram and Twitter @tevsmith.
The song “Living In” was recorded by The Asylum Chorus on their 2017 ep “Take a Piece” Written & arranged by Sybil Shanell & Roan Smith: theasylumchorus.bandcamp.com/album/take-a-piece
Instagram @iamsybilshanell & @theasylumchorus
“Single Coil” was recorded by Will Bolton for the 2017 album Night Paths: wilbolton.bandcamp.com
Black Lives Matter protest sounds:
Portland: Tim Kahn
Zurich: Astounded, Christopher J Astbury, Switzerland
Editorial support provided by Shea Shackleford, Katie Fernelius and Bob Snead. Cover art by Amanda Cassingham-Bardwell. This piece was produced by Marie Lovejoy for the Antenna::Signals Podcast.
This podcast is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, The Louisiana Division of the Arts, Arts Council New Orleans, The RosaMary Foundation, Morris Adjmi Architects and most importantly by individuals like you. You can subscribe to support this and all other Antenna programming, which includes publications delivered right to your doorstep.
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When I say the word “drainage,” what do you think of?
Do you think about the rain rushing down the street into the gutter?
The way water does or does not flow into and out the city?
Or do you think about the drainage of resources? Economic? Environmental? Emotional?
Right after Katrina, the population of New Orleans decreased by more than half. Every year since, while it never got back to pre-K levels, it's steadily risen. Until these past couple of years.
And in 2015, ten years after the storm, there were 100 thousand less black residents than in 2005.
We’re losing people.
These stats got me thinking about all of the iterations of this concept of drainage. So I talked to a few people about it, and here’s what they had to say.
The voices you heard in this piece were, in order of appearance Sunni Patterson, Ramiro Diaz, David Weinberg, Rebecca Duckert, Pericles Papadopoulos, Lisanne Brown, Kerrie Stewart, Liz Beeson and Shauna Leone. Special thanks to Ramiro Diaz of Waggoner and Ball for anchoring us in his work around sustainable urban water management. Music heard is the song “Love in the Time of Cholera” by Anna Roznowska. Marching Band sounds from The Roots of Music. Many thanks to all who contributed. The piece was produced by Marie Lovejoy for Antenna.
This podcast is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, The Louisiana Division of the Arts, Arts Council New Orleans, The RosaMary Foundation, Morris Adjmi Architects and most importantly by individuals like you. You can subscribe to support this and all other Antenna programming, which includes publications delivered right to your doorstep. More at antenna.works/subscribe
Conversations with New Orleans-based composer and performer Dylan Trần.
More about him can be found on his website (www.dylantranmusic.com), his Instagram @DylanTranMusic, and on his YouTube page here: www.youtube.com/channel/UCtc8dxZ3fMau-itaHxR4n1w
Featuring sounds from the following:
"String Quartet No. 1 on Vietnamese Themes" (Movements 1 - 3) -- by Dylan Trần and performed by the MUSAICA Chamber Ensemble
"Grandmother" -- words by Paula Gunn Allen, arranged by Dylan Trần and performed by the Loyola University New Orleans SSAA Choir under Dr. M. Frazier
"Agnus Dei", "Psalm 56", and "Kyrie" from Mass in E -- arranged by Dylan Trần
"Spain" -- by Arm Candy
"Teenagers" -- by My Chemical Romance
"Una Furtiva Lagrima" - performed by Enrico Caruso, 1904
"Mad Scene" from Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti -- performed by Dame Joan Sutherland
"Strings" -- by MaxLandergard
Originally uploaded on September 5th 2019.
End of the Line
Perspectives on death, grieving, storytelling, memory, and the many ways in which they all intersect.
Voices: Laurie Dietrich, Louis Benedetto, Jr., Emilie Staat, AnnieLaurie Erickson, HAL 9000, and just a bit from David Benedetto and Bob Snead.
Sounds: Ping Pong Melody by thatjeffcarter-was-here; Street Car sound recorded by Sarah Holtz; Osborne Avenue by Tin Hat Trio; Last Dance by Donna Summer; Lacrymosa from Mozart’s Requiem; Libera Me & In Paradisium from Faure’s Requiem; and the 2nd Movement of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2
Segment with AnnieLaurie Erickson was produced, recorded and edited by Bob Snead. This episode was produced, recorded, and edited by David Benedetto.
Photo of Jane Whitmer by AnnieLaurie Erickson, 2019.
Originally uploaded on July 11th 2019.
In this episode David speaks with a former public defender and an arts-based initiative out of Philadelphia that are both working to address problems that stem from the U.S. Justice and Prison system-- often in novel ways. Uploaded on May 20th 2019.
More information about the People's Paper Co-op: http://peoplespaperco-op.weebly.com/
More on KATIE AND THE BLACK ROBIN HOOD: https://platformsfund.org/project/katie-and-the-black-robin-hood/
More on John Richie: http://www.johnrichiefilms.com/
More on Albert Woodfox and the Angola 3: https://angola3.org/
This month's episode revolves around transformation, disguise, and the many ways both creep into our work-- and lives. Featuring performances and musings from Maurice Carlos Ruffin, Shaina Monet, Skye Jackson, and more!
Segments taken from:
"We Cast A Shadow" by Maurice Carlos Ruffin
"In Hamburg with The Negro Avenged" by Shaina Monet
"An Imitation of Life (Because Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" by Skye Jackson
Poems by NOCCA Students Naomi Addler and Elijah Zittler