Small Joys is a series of conversations between best-selling writer and Columbus-native Hanif Abdurraqib and creative people of all stripes about what keeps them going.
In each episode, Hanif talks with artists and writers about what fuels the creative process and discusses the little pleasures that help sustain us in our daily lives.
Raeghan Buchanan is artist and writer whose debut comic book, The Secret History of Black Punk: Record Zero, celebrates overlooked figures in music history. At a live WOSU event, Raeghan and Hanif talked about the history of punk, how they discover new music and why getting ice cream near a cemetery is not the best first date idea.
Chef Avishar Barua talks to Hanif about creating a welcoming restaurant experience, expanding the definition of barbeque, and favorite things to order at Taco Bell.
Opera singer Lawrence Brownlee talks with Hanif about the similarities between tennis and singing, commissioning work from Black composers, and finding time for family as a touring musician.
Artist April Sunami talks with Hanif about how different regions of the world have their own palette, watching the 1977 miniseries "Roots" and the joy of cleaning.
Novelist Stephen Markley talks with Hanif about injecting humor into tragic stories, writing for TV and being a diehard Cleveland Cavaliers fan.
Hip-hop producer, DJ, and college professor J Rawls talks with Hanif about digging in the crates, looking for new sounds, and bringing turntables into the classroom.
Quick dose of creative energy.
Loved the first episode. Hearing about creative people is so engaging. The interview was tight without lacking depth. Great length. Excellent music. Overall a wonderful show.