The Streets Dept Podcast features conversations with the creative minds shaping the world around us from street artists to poets, activists to politicians, small business owners to community organizers. The podcast is hosted by street art blogger, Conrad Benner.
Rick Krajewski On The Power And Possibility Of The PA State House
On today’s episode host Conrad Benner is joined by Rick Krajewski. Krajewski is a State Representative running for his second term serving PA’s 188th District. He is a progressive Democrat in a PA Congress which has Republicans in control of both chambers of the state legislature. As he comes to the end of his first two-year term and runs for his second, we discuss the obstacles and opportunities of working in this congress, especially over the last two years with the added challenges created by Covid. And we talk about his goals for a second term, one he'll likely serve if he beats his Primary challenger in the coming May 17th elections.
Alexandra Hunt On Running For Congress
On today’s episode host Conrad Benner is joined by Alexandra Hunt. Hunt is a public health researcher, a girls’ soccer coach, an advocate for social, racial, economic, and environmental justice, and an organizer who’s running for election to the United States House of Representatives from the 3rd district of Pennsylvania. Running to the left of her Democratic opponent in this month’s Primaries, Hunt has employed her past experience to develop an out-of-the-box campaign that’s currently raised nearly $500,000 and earned lot of national and international attention.
Ugly Art Films On Kickstarting A Filmmaking Career
On today’s episode host Conrad Benner is joined by Elijah Crawford and Zach Miscavage, Co-Owners of Ugly Art Films. In just over a year after Ugly Art's conception, the company has produced over 18 projects with artists nationally, including music videos, a not-yet-released interview series, commercial work, and more. Together we talk about how the pair met to start a filmmaking effort, how they've developed their signature style, and what's on deck as they plan their first short film, "The Cure for Depression"!
Anne Ishii Talks Queerness, Love, Art, and Leadership
On today’s episode host Conrad Benner is joined by Anne Ishii! Anne is a writer based in Philadelphia and New York, as well as the Executive Director of Asian Arts Initiative. Anne also owns and runs MASSIVE GOODS, a fashion brand and manga publisher. Together we talk about queerness, love, art, leadership, and so much more!
Josh Pellegrini on Photography, NFTs, and Building Creative Communities
On today’s episode host Conrad Benner is joined by Philly-based artist Josh Pellegrini. Josh talks about finding an artistic community through his sobriety. Leaving his nursing career to become a full-time photographer. And what he's learned with his newfound success in NFTs.
Jonathon Stalls and The Fight For Pedestrian Dignity
Today on the podcast host Conrad Benner talks with Denver-based walking artist and pedestrian advocate, Jonathon Stalls. In 2010, Jonathon spent 242 days walking across the United States. Since then he's built a grassroots walking movement focused on cultivating connections to others, to the places we live, and to ourselves. One of his latest efforts: creating content for his wildly popular Pedestrian Dignity TikTok page that explores good and bad public design across the world.
Boom! Big for the illadelph
From Blog to the Airwaves Streets Dept is 5 stars all the way!
Great Local Podcast
Great local podcast brought to you by a true Philadelphian. Great job Conrad.
The Podcast We Need
A fantastic podcast brimming with local pride that I feel if more people listened to we could have even more art and better urbanization in the city. Each interview helps to highlight people who deserve highlighting and allows for a life long local to learn about other locals making their mark on the city. Highly recommend to anyone really, not just Philly people, because each episode is really able to go above that and just be super insightful.