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The Voices on the Side podcast centers stories of marginalized identities as an antidote to white supremacy. Our guests have a variety of backgrounds. Some are thought leaders actively focused on the fight for collective liberation while others share stories rooted in their personal history. As people of the global majority, we all resist oppression through our insistence to live, create, and be seen and heard. We explore narratives to remind us of our shared humanity.

Voices on the Side Leah Kim

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 25 Ratings

The Voices on the Side podcast centers stories of marginalized identities as an antidote to white supremacy. Our guests have a variety of backgrounds. Some are thought leaders actively focused on the fight for collective liberation while others share stories rooted in their personal history. As people of the global majority, we all resist oppression through our insistence to live, create, and be seen and heard. We explore narratives to remind us of our shared humanity.

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    Voices on the Side with Leah Kim is a podcast centering marginalized identities as an antidote to oppression and supremacy. We invite a variety of guests to be in conversation together, from revolutionary thinkers, writers, and artists to folks and friends sharing stories rooted in their personal history. 

    We share our hope in imagining a freer and safer future for all — an existence that is rooted less in individuality and more in community. Our themes include collective liberation, decolonization, and solidarity with the oppressed. 

    If you’re enjoying and learning from our show, please consider rating, reviewing, and following. You can also support us on our Patreon and follow Leah on Instagram.

    • 4 min
    Building Capacity with Tiffany Wong

    Building Capacity with Tiffany Wong

    Tiffany is an artist whose work is centered on liberation. Through her painting, writing, and music, she leads with so much love for humanity. She reminds us that hope is a discipline, no different to the discipline and practice that goes into any creative process.

    We talk about what it means to truly be in community, and how challenging this can be while we are beholden to existing in oppressive systems. Tiffany challenges the model minority myth (and even made a T-shirt!) and how this separation of marginalized identities creates and upholds harm. 

    Our conversation also dives into lots of feelings, from collective horror as we bear witness to what is happening in Palestine, Congo, Sudan, and elsewhere in the world to the impact of unhealed trauma to how we imagine and create a more sustainable world. Tiffany talks about the importance of building the capacity to hold our heartbreaks alongside our hope — together.

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    • 1 hr 21 min
    Beyond Colonial Spirituality with Paris Abbas

    Beyond Colonial Spirituality with Paris Abbas

    Paris is a mother, yoga teacher, and doctor. Born in Russia of Iranian descent, Paris has Muslim and Jewish family while she herself is a practicing Hindu. Perhaps this is why she embodies tolerance through different identities and ideologies. 

    Amidst a resounding silence throughout the yoga and wellness world, Paris has been a steady and unapologetic voice for humanity. In our conversation, we talk about the rupture that is happening when people who consider themselves spiritual turn away from the live-streamed suffering of others. We talk about this being colonial spirituality, extracted from its cultural context and roots, rife with toxic positivity and spiritual bypassing. 

    Paris explains that it is precisely because of her yoga practice and study of yoga principles that she feels she must center the oppressed and call for the liberation of all. It is the difference between being connected to your heart and coming from ego. 

    Please enjoy the at once down-to-earth and ethereal — Paris. 

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    • 1 hr 13 min
    Liberating from Normalization with Joon Ae 준애 HK

    Liberating from Normalization with Joon Ae 준애 HK

    Joon Ae is a Korean adoptee, mother, and writer. Estranged from her adoptive family, community means everything to her. She cultivates intersectional and justice-centered spaces such as Constellation and Voices and recently held an auction for the Abu Dayer family to escape genocide. If you enjoy and learn anything from this episode, please consider donating — even $1 helps.

    Joon Ae and I talk about the need to de-normalize adoption and the beauty of a chosen family, and she refers to Kit Myers’ forthcoming book, The Violence of Love. We also talk about trauma and trauma mining. For our extended conversation on mental health, please consider joining the podcast’s Patreon, starting at just $3.

    We challenge the existing systems of oppressive ideologies and academia, and Joon Ae reminds us of the importance of also envisioning and creating what could be. Abolition isn’t just an ending…it’s a beginning of something different. 

    Please enjoy the vibrant and honest — Joon Ae.

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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Radiating Humanity with Yuval

    Radiating Humanity with Yuval

    Yuval is an Israeli, anti-zionist Jew, an artist, a writer, a dancer but most importantly — a human. He hosts the Emergent Wisdom podcast, which explores current events and the challenges of being human through the lens of ecology and mysticism. He is dedicated to the liberation of love, land, and Eros — which we talk about in this episode.



    Hearing Yuval speak is at once grounding and uplifting. As we acknowledge the horrors of colonialism and genocide, Yuval invites us to stay connected to our souls, each other, and the Earth. I love that he describes the inherently contradictory nature of being human as a cosmic dance, a dance that can and will bring us all to collective liberation.



    Yuval’s experience growing up in Israel and serving in the Israeli military provides unique insight into Zionism and his path to liberation from Zionism. He gives me hope that we as humanity can keep joining together until we are all free.



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    • 1 hr 15 min
    Interrupting the Narrative on Palestine with Amanda Gelender

    Interrupting the Narrative on Palestine with Amanda Gelender

    Amanda is a Jewish, queer, anti-zionist writer and poet. Her words have been clarifying, educational, and ultimately — liberating. Witnessing the genocide in Gaza, where the population is over 1 million children, I personally have unearthed a courage that I haven’t ever felt as a woman of color in this country. It’s felt scary at times, especially as people I had considered friends yelled at me and called me antisemitic. I am so grateful for voices like Amanda’s that remind me that it is right to align with oppressed people globally. 
    Our conversation is — as Amanda encourages us all to be — unapologetic in telling the truth. Amanda’s linguistic clarity and pointedness are a powerful call for all of us to understand and speak what we know to be true, even — or perhaps especially — as it goes against the mainstream narrative. 
    We talk about the weaponization of Jewish trauma, the whitewashing of colonialism, and the importance of listening to and learning from Palestinians. On that note, I wanted to share a couple resources recommended by Amanda: a lecture by Abdaljawad Omar and an essay by Mohammed El-Kurd. Due to the deep-seated anti-Palestinian racism here in the west, we also recognize that sometimes it takes non-Palestinian voices like ours to bring people into the conversation.
    So, welcome. I’m so glad you’re here and I hope you will enjoy the radically honest — Amanda.
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    • 1 hr 7 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
25 Ratings

25 Ratings

ja.hk ,

Important conversations with real people doing the work!

Voices on the Side feels like such a community project with so many on-the-ground people who are doing real work in justice movements! Leah is so smart and informative, and yet she maintains such a loving, friendly, casual conversation style. These interviews are like listening in on really smart friends in the flow of a deep conversation: authentic, easy, and so very insightful. Put this on your podcast list, so you can listen regularly!

Shengbot ,

A much needed voice at this time!

Leah is an incredibly thoughtful and heartfelt writer, speaker, and interviewer who is able to draw out profound and thought-provoking discussion from her guests. The topics are incredibly important in these times and have given me such hope and new perspective when I’m feeling dismal. So grateful for this podcast as an important guide in my own journey of decolonization, activism, and ultimately, liberation.

Grant Headley ,

Journey to Understanding and Action

Voices On The Side presents intimate conversations that convey the through line from personal investigation and connection to the community and change that is possible and for systemic oppression to be called out and alternatives offered in different realms of society from health, media, art. Leah is especially powerful along with her guests in uncovering the current genocide in Gaza with many historical and personal accounts that blows away the corporate owned press paradigm.

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