29 episodes

join niki franco (venus roots), a community organizer, writer, and facilitator of spaces for collective study, as she leans into conversations of radical truth-telling with artists, theorists, and organizers living in a world of rigid binaries and multiple truths. she navigates the urgency of solidarity, ancestral preservation, and dismantling systems of oppression that inform and deform our lives.


@venusroots
www.venusroots.com

Getting to the Root of it with Venus Roots niki franco

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 83 Ratings

join niki franco (venus roots), a community organizer, writer, and facilitator of spaces for collective study, as she leans into conversations of radical truth-telling with artists, theorists, and organizers living in a world of rigid binaries and multiple truths. she navigates the urgency of solidarity, ancestral preservation, and dismantling systems of oppression that inform and deform our lives.


@venusroots
www.venusroots.com

    Who Is Wellness For? With Fariha Róisín

    Who Is Wellness For? With Fariha Róisín

    In this episode, Niki interviews Fariha Róisín, author of Who Is Wellness For? In the conversation, the two discuss the role of dignity in affirming one’s healing in the face of trauma, colonialism, capitalism, and other systems of oppression. They also unpack the relationship between spiritual warfare, commodification of wellness, and the corporate industries that intentionally invisibilize the violence behind popular wellness trends and practices.

    Audio disclaimer: I encourage you to listen on your laptop or car, as there is a bit of background noise coming from Fariha's audio. Otherwise, enjoy this tender conversation.

    • 1 hr
    Pandemic Ain't Over, with Elea Chang

    Pandemic Ain't Over, with Elea Chang

    In this episode, Niki interviews Elea Chang, disability justice advocate, community organizer, and artist. The two discuss the capitalist notion of the "pandemic being over," and the ways in which disability justice offers a pathway of care, solidarity, and safety in these uncertain times. In this, they also discuss the limitations of representation and identity politics in an economy that commodifies it all.

    Elea is the creator of Disabled and Here, an interview and stock images celebrating disabled BIPOC.

    • 49 min
    Connection in a Digital World, with Annika Hansteen-Izora

    Connection in a Digital World, with Annika Hansteen-Izora

    In this episode, Niki interviews Annika Hansteen-Izora, an art director, poet, and designer. The two reckon with the interests (profit, militarism, white supremacy, ableism - to name a few) that dictate social media platforms, algorithms, and the digital world at large, in a time where we are all spending hours on end on apps. Drawing from Afro-Futurism, Afro-Nowism, and speculative fiction, the two envision what communities centered in care and safety may look and feel like.

    • 48 min
    Returning to Self and One's Art, with Melissa Denizard (MELLY)

    Returning to Self and One's Art, with Melissa Denizard (MELLY)

    In this episode, Niki interviews musician and political educator, MELLY. The two discuss the political characteristics of creating art and cultural production, as well as navigating vulnerable life changes imposed by immigration, heartbreak, and pandemic isolation.

    Melissa Denizard is a political educator, writer, documentarian, and burgeoning pop star. She uses an interdisciplinary approach to teach political education rooted in pop culture, history, and contemporary politics. Melissa's work has been recognized by Natalie Portman, Odley Jean, Refinery29, XoNecole, and Brut Media.

    • 53 min
    Indigenous Resistance As An Antidote to Climate Crisis, with Nick Estes

    Indigenous Resistance As An Antidote to Climate Crisis, with Nick Estes

    In this episode, Niki interviews Nick Estes, Indigenous scholar, writer, and co-founder of The Red Nation. The two reflect on 2021's Jan 6th insurrection and some notable political differences between the political economy of the US vs socialist economies in the Global South. They also offer some critiques on the new Netflix sensation, Don't Look Up, while centering the need for Indigenous resistance as an antidote to the climate crisis.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Hands Off Cuba, with Manolo De Los Santos

    Hands Off Cuba, with Manolo De Los Santos

    In this episode, Niki interviews Manolo De Los Santos, a Caribbean popular educator and the two discuss the November 15th protests in Cuba, what narratives we should be mindful of in hopes of supporting the lives of Cuban people on the island, and the dangers of advocating for US intervention.

    Manolo is the co-executive director of The People's Forum in NYC.

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
83 Ratings

83 Ratings

Customer 2547 ,

Trust this.

This is a voice I trust. I enjoy the scholarship, vulnerability, eloquent rage and sisterhood in every show. Thank you 🙏🏾

Jadejojo ,

an enlightening experience

to be brief, this podcast is an amazing opportunity to expand perspective, to ground yourself in the perspectives that seek to support historically marginalized and oppressed communities. it asks some important questions and doesn't impose answers and for that, it is one of my favs!!

mariana peñaloza ,

a must listen for all

Niki’s timing is impeccable and brilliant. Each episodes ushers us into the important and pressing conversations we need to have with ourselves and with each other in community. Tracing the organizing and intellectual traditions of our elders, Niki unmoors the realities of our present and asks us to imagine more for ourselves. I can’t think of a better podcast to listen to. It brings me joy, laughter, wisdom while also guiding me into a reflective moment after each episode. Truly amazing.

Top Podcasts In Society & Culture

iHeartPodcasts
Joe Rogan Experience Review podcast
KUOW News and Information
Glennon Doyle & Cadence13
Michael Hobbes & Peter Shamshiri
This American Life

You Might Also Like