As the library asks, "What do you geek?" I geek science fiction, fantasy, the outdoors, critical race theory, politics, organizing, among other things. Mostly, I geek history. So I've tied all that together into one podcast. Change Over Time is a podcast using historical thinking to explore geekiness. Sometimes I’ll be reporting from the field. Other times I’ll explore how different ideas, theories, or methods used by historians can be used by non-historians. I’ll also release edited pieces of oral histories I’ve done with interesting people. Sign up for the Alternative Historian newsletter to keep up to date.
Geeking with Ed Hall
Part of the joy of oral history is talking with interesting people. This series, Geeking with…, features great conversations with fascinating folks. Edward Austin Hall is a perfect person for the first launch.
Ed is a writer, editor, poet, and journalist living in Atlanta. He co-edited Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0989141144/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0). I talked with Ed as part of an oral history project of authors of color of speculative fiction.
In addition, Ed and I have recorded talks where we’ve discussed all manner of geekdom, but that’s for a different episode.
This is part of Change Over Time, a history podcast where I historically think about things I geek. I’m Daniel Horowitz Garcia, the Alternative Historian.
You can find more information at changeovertimepodcast.com.
Dhalius, "Wonderful Canvas of Life”
Sean Hayes, “Alabama Chicken”
Dhalius, “Todos Somos Una Sola Vida Grandiosa”
Art of Escapism, “Don’t Feel So Low”
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The mid-term elections are days away, but what happens after? Actually, there are a lot of people who’ve been doing work for a long time. This episode of Change Over Time features two of them. Emery Wright and Stephanie Guilloud are co-directors of Project South, a national organization working to build social movement. Stephanie and Emery talk about the mission of Project South, what’s drives them, and the need to be one’s whole self. They also talk about the need for organization, vision, and hope.
This episode launches the Feeling Political series on Change Over Time. Feeling Political explores the interaction between politics, emotions, and action. More information at changeovertimepodcast.com.
Check out Project South at projectsouth.org.
Also check out Rebel Diaz, they do the music at the end of the episode, at rebeldiaz.com.
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In a small, non-descript strip mall in the middle of a university neighborhood in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico is a comic book shop. The shop is loud, the tables small. The owner, Gilberto Lopez-Arroyo is neither. His is a stocky man whose voice carries over the cacophony in the store, Capitan Granuja Comics & Games. For a few weeks last year Gilberto’s comic shop became a center of calm. Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico hard. College students were stranded, not knowing what happened to their families. They came to Capitan Granuja to charge their phones and play some games. Gilberto welcomed them all into his capsule of geekdom. This is Change Over Time and the latest installment of the Aftermath series, a look at Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria through the lens of my family. We talk about geeks, and how the community can help even when you don’t know it can.
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On January 28, 2017 Donald Trump signed an executive order banning certain people from certain countries from coming into the US. Popularly called a Muslim Travel Ban, the order was met with immediate nationwide protests. This is a selection of interviews from the Atlanta airport protests held on January 29, 2017.
As this episodes goes online the administration is preparing to define transgender people out of existence, the attack on immigrants continues, Flint, Michigan still doesn’t have clean water, and Puerto Rico and other hurricane impacted areas are on their own. There's a lot of political work to do, and Feeling Political takes a look at how to do it.
This episode is part of the Feeling Political series, a collection that examines the intersection of feelings, politics, and action. Future episodes of Change Over Time in this series will talk about organizing strategies, visions for a new future, and maybe even hope. Stay tuned and check in regularly at changeovertimepodcast.com
Feeling Political: Mom and Walda
When the Inauguration came I did the only reasonable thing I could think of: I ran to my mommy. We will hear from Doña Edna, a retired RN, former union member, Independista, and my mom. Also, I interviewed Walda Katz-Fishman. Walda is a professor and one of the founders of Project South (www.projectsouth.org). She doesn’t pull any punches in this episode about what the political situation is going to be. But she also speaks plainly about what we need to do. This episode is another in the Feeling Political series, a collection that looks at the interaction of emotion, politics, and action. You can find out more about the series as well as this podcast, Change Over Time, at changeovertimepodcast.com. You can find me at alternativehistorian.com
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Change Over Time is featuring another in the Feeling Political series, a collection about feelings, politics, and action. This episode features Rita Valenti and Bruce Dixon. Rita, a former board member of Project South and state legislator, thinks we should be asking better questions. Bruce, a writer and editor with Black Agenda Report as well as an activist with the Georgia Green Party, has thoughts on what we should fight for and how we should do it. Find out more at changeovertimepodcast.com.
The Aftermath was the beginning, for me as a fan
The first aftermath episode where Daniel Horowitz Garcia interviews his mother about the weeks (and months) after Puerto Rico was devastated by hurricanes is not only engaging, human, and important, it's also edited really, really well.
Interspersing the authentic voice of someone who has lived through the aftermath of a natural disaster along with her family and neighbors with the expertise of someone well-versed in the more general/academic realities of how humans tend to behave in the wake of a life-changing (and neighborhood-changing, and nation-changing) event like a hurricane helped me remain fully engaged in the episode, and also helped structure my understanding of the experiences and issues at hand...including helping me to know better what I'm looking for as I read reports and news from afar and try to understand better what the situation is like on the ground for people in Puerto Rico still trying to rebuild.
The episode content would have been enough for me to be interested in listening to at least several episodes of this podcast, probably even if the episodes had been longer than the perfect length that they are. The production quality, thoughtfulness, and heart shown in the first episode I listened to, and the willingness to go beyond the (awesome) surface stories about neighbors coming together to help one another into analysis of what that might mean about humanity, and what it might mean about the political future for Puerto Rico, is what has made me a subscriber.
Thanks, Daniel Horowitz Garcia! I look forward to hearing what you want to talk about next.
Worth your time
Short segments are insightful, surprising, human and holistic.
From the first few seconds Daniel's voice commands you to listen and be present. His voice and tone lets the listener know the topic he's discussing is serious. You can tell he isn't interested in talking to you, Daniel wants you to feel the experience he is having. He is immersing you in the story via the audio clips and displaying storytelling skills. This is very well produced podcast, his audio production was amazing!