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Exploring our changing cities. One street corner at a time. This season we are going to Burning Man. From KALW 91.7FM in San Francisco.

Find us online at www.theintersection.fm and on Twitter @IntersectionFM

THE INTERSECTION David Boyer

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 177 Ratings

Exploring our changing cities. One street corner at a time. This season we are going to Burning Man. From KALW 91.7FM in San Francisco.

Find us online at www.theintersection.fm and on Twitter @IntersectionFM

    Update: BURNING MAN confronts GLOBAL ISSUES

    Update: BURNING MAN confronts GLOBAL ISSUES

    As the media portrays 2023's Burning Man as a hellscape, THE INTERSECTION at Burning Man revists the work of a group of Burners at the 2019 event. They felt that the overwhelmingly white community wasn't living up to its self-proclaimed principle of Radical Inclusion. Find out what has changed and what hasn't.

    And, as you are bombarded with online click bait about 70,000 people being stranded in the desert, I encourage you to listen to the nine-episode season of THE INTERSECTION at Burning Man. You’ll hear the stories of an insanely creative, giving, conscious, and unconventional community. 
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    Go to THE INTERSECTION.FM to learn more about the series.

    To learn more about Erin Douglas, founder of @blackburnerproject and the lead artist of Black! Asé, check out the project's website. 

    For all things Favianna Rodriguez, head to Favianna's website.
    The photo that accompanies this episode was taken by Erin Douglas. a.k.a. @aphotochick

    • 1 hr
    BLACK LIVES MATTER meets BLACK ROCK CITY

    BLACK LIVES MATTER meets BLACK ROCK CITY

    One of the principles guiding Burning Man is "Radical Inclusion." Basically, all are welcome. But, the temporary city that Burners build in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert has never been racially diverse. Just 1% of Black Rock City self-identifies as Black. In this episode of THE INTERSECTION at Burning Man, we explore why there's been a disconnect between racial and radical inclusion, and what some Burners, like Oakland Activist and Artist Favianna Rodriguez, are doing to change that.
     
    This episode was edited by Lisa Morehouse. And engineered for your listening pleasure by Gabe Grabin with music from Erik Pearson and Blue Dot Sessions.

    Special thanks to Jenee Darden, Jonathan Davis and Jessie Weiner. And of course to the folks at Que Viva and the Burning Man Project.
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    • 56 min
    PRESENT meets PAST at Burning Man

    PRESENT meets PAST at Burning Man

    Burning Man is known for a lot of things: The art. The parties. The wooden man that’s set on ablaze every year. But most Burners don’t know much about the history of the land or its original inhabitants: the Pyramid Lake Paiutes 

    In this episode of THE INTERSECTION, reporter Lucy Kang explores the Piautes and their relationship to Burning Man. 

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    You can support the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe through Comfort & Joy's fundraising campaign on Facebook.

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    This episode is a co-prodction of KALW and KPFA. It was edited by David Boyer and engineered by Gabe Grabin with theme music from Erik Pearson. Songs from the album Circle Dance Songs of the Paiute and Shoshone by Judy Trejo ARE courtesy of Canyon Records. "Sweet Betsy From Pike" was performed by Zelmer Ward and Vester Whitworth. 
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    • 28 min
    REVELRY meets REVERENCE at Burning Man

    REVELRY meets REVERENCE at Burning Man

    Deep in the Black Rock Desert, way beyond the theme camps and the effigy that gives Burning Man its name, there’s another elaborate wooden structure: it blends art and architecture, inside and out. And, arguably, it’s the sacred and spiritual center of the event.

    Burners simply call it “The Temple.” “Grief” is perhaps the most apparent emotion expressed and experienced here. That specific grief that comes with losing a loved one and the more diffuse grief that can come with simply being alive on this planet at this moment. 
    Why is there such attachment to a temporary structure that’s little more than wood and nails? Reporter Jonathan Davis went in search of the answer.

    • 39 min
    DESERT meets DEFAULT at Burning Man

    DESERT meets DEFAULT at Burning Man

    Burning Man is known for its massive, Instagram-friendly art installations that are a stark contrast to the beige, desert backdrop. There are also many smaller projects, labors of love that can easily get lost. In this installment, THE INTERSECTION discovers one of them. To the naked eye, it looks like an old phone on a dusty table. Curious folks at Burning Man pick up the receiver. What awaits them on the other end is totally unexpected.
    Thr project is The Phone Experiment™; it's the creation of David Cooper, a coder-slash- comedian who lives in San Francisco. He was kind enough to give us access to more than 24-hours of recorded conversations.
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    Producer: David Boyer
    Editors: Ben Trefny, Lisa Morehouse, Gabe Grabin
    Engineer: Gabe Grabin
    Music: Erik Pearson
    Associate Producer: Jonathan Davis
    Special thanks to the Pigmalions, Versed, BMIR and all the peeps who shared a moment and/or a story.
    Produced with the technical and emotional support of KALW, and the financial support of SF Arts Commission and California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the NEH.

    • 24 min
    • video
    VIDEO: WILL meets WAY at Burning Man

    VIDEO: WILL meets WAY at Burning Man

    What's it like to be in a wheelchair or have mobility issues on the playa? Photojournalist Morgan Lieberman spent the week with Rat Lady and Mobility Camp. And if you haven't listened to the full episode, consider this a teaser.
     
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    • 6 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
177 Ratings

177 Ratings

wasabilos ,

Hero!

This is one of the most amazing Burner projects to date. Well done. Thank you.

Shower Queen ,

Thank you!

I’ve been so bummed this year not having our home built. Your work brought me back and closer to my community. I really needed this. Thank you for your work. We will return. )🔥(

Sisterrat ,

Going beyond the crosswalk

I ain’t no scholar but I think I recall one of my more schooled friends talking about Tolstoy’s knack for making the everyday strange. Boyer’s exploration of intersections of all dimensions is deeply engaging.

This latest season on Burning Man is a great trip.

I am curious as to what intersection will be explored next season.

My two cents: Newtonian world view VS Quantum Field Theory

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