15 episodes

Veteran community organizer Marie Nahikian hosts The Usable Past, where activists share their stories of past and present organizing for better housing, food, banks, jobs, environmental and social justice. A Brooklyn resident, Marie most recently worked with U.S. Housing & Urban Development under President Obama and has participated in building 5,000 affordable homes in Washington, DC, Philadelphia, and New York. Marie has been a neighborhood, civil rights, housing and labor organizer, a community journalist, and in 1977 was a founder of WPFW-FM Pacifica radio in Washington, DC.

The Usable Past with Marie Nahikian Marie Nahikian

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Veteran community organizer Marie Nahikian hosts The Usable Past, where activists share their stories of past and present organizing for better housing, food, banks, jobs, environmental and social justice. A Brooklyn resident, Marie most recently worked with U.S. Housing & Urban Development under President Obama and has participated in building 5,000 affordable homes in Washington, DC, Philadelphia, and New York. Marie has been a neighborhood, civil rights, housing and labor organizer, a community journalist, and in 1977 was a founder of WPFW-FM Pacifica radio in Washington, DC.

    Philadelphia's Garden Path AdVENTURES 2022

    Philadelphia's Garden Path AdVENTURES 2022

    Many of today's ventures grow out of Philadelphia's rich history of community gardens that were started in a "formal" way in 1974. This conversation, hosted by Marie Nahikian, highlights the growth of gardening ventures in Philadelphia, particularly with entrepreneurs who are growing food, supporting gainful employment in gardens and creating unique community open spaces. Is there is a distinct possibility of building a strong, inclusive and more equitable ecosystem.

    • 52 min
    Earth Day 2021-Where are We Now?

    Earth Day 2021-Where are We Now?

    Alerts of the urgent Pennsylvania environmental issues - air, water, fracking, no regulatory powers in government officials. Marie Nahikian hosts an Earth Day panel of environmental experts and activists at the Venture Cafe, University Science Center in Philadelphia. Voices include Shilynn Black-Sankofa Farm, Steve Greenspan-POWER, Russel Zerbo-Clean Air Council, Russell Hicks-EbonySuns & Insight to the Light

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Episode 12: Brooklyn Underhill Stories: All Global Soul

    Episode 12: Brooklyn Underhill Stories: All Global Soul

    A long time resident on Brooklyn's Underhill Avenue shares story of Cheryl's Global Soul: a small-minority-woman-LGBTQ owned business is the heart of a block "making it" despite no start-up capital, gentrification and a pandemic.

    • 46 min
    Episode 11: Daughter of Brooklyn Finds the Circus

    Episode 11: Daughter of Brooklyn Finds the Circus

    The Usable Past explores past stories that inform the present. Brooklyn Underhill Stories are about life on Underhill Avenue & Eastern Parkway including black artists, entrepreneurs, a changing community. A black Brooklyn woman becomes an international circus star.

    • 45 min
    Episode 10: Special Edition-MY U.S. Capitol 1-06-2021

    Episode 10: Special Edition-MY U.S. Capitol 1-06-2021

    A Washington, DC resident had a personal relationship with the U.S. Capitol Building, ranging from arrests to haircuts to John & Yoko Lennon.

    • 6 min
    Episode 9: Brooklyn Moves Water

    Episode 9: Brooklyn Moves Water

    For 20+ years, a diverse community of Brooklyn women (and a few men), have learned from Torello Cabrol how to build a community workout with love, care and respect for each other.

    • 42 min

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