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Nia King's trying to figure out if her dream of making a living as an art activist is beyond reach. In this podcast, she seeks advice from other political queer artists, trans artists, and artists of color who seem to have figured out how to make art and make rent without compromising their values.

We Want the Airwaves Nia King

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 41 Ratings

Nia King's trying to figure out if her dream of making a living as an art activist is beyond reach. In this podcast, she seeks advice from other political queer artists, trans artists, and artists of color who seem to have figured out how to make art and make rent without compromising their values.

    118: Queer & Trans Comics & Zines

    118: Queer & Trans Comics & Zines

    A panel featuring four of Nia King's favorite artists: Sawyer Lovett, Joe Hatton, Vo Vo, and Cristy C. Road. Zines played a crucial role in reducing social isolation for many of us, whether we were one of the only punks of color in our scene (Nia in Boston, Joe in the Dakotas, and Vo in Sydney, Australia), or the only gay in our rural Virginia town (Sawyer). Cristy C. Road discusses growing up in Miami's predominantly Black and brown punk scene and using zines to process heartbreak and trauma.
    Other important zinesters that received shout-outs (or should have include):
    Mimi Thi Nguyen Jackie Wang Lauren Jade Martin Suzy X Osa Atoe Adee Roberson Lawrence Lindell Breena Nuñez Ajuan Mance the Queer Zine Archive Project Jenna Freedman/the Barnard Zine Library this list truly never ends. Shout out to Amirah Mizrahi for the transcription and Maliha Ahmed for running tech.

    • 1 hr 29 min
    117: Ten Year Anniversary Episode, pt. 1

    117: Ten Year Anniversary Episode, pt. 1

    We Want the Airwaves celebrates 10 years with a panel featuring six of the artists from Queer & Trans Artists of Color, Volume Three: Anthony J. Williams, Kamal Al-Soylaylee, Joamette Gil, Venus Kii Thomas, Qwo-Li Driskill, and Osa Atoe! (This is the first part of a two-part episode, so you will only hear Ant, Kamal, and Jo on it.) This panel is co-hosted by Maliha Ahmed, co-editor of Queer & Trans Artists of Color, Volume Three, and sponsored by the Aydelotte Foundation, Black Studies, Film & Media Studies, and the Libraries at Swarthmore College. Art by Gabriela Riveros and Dan Nosheny. Tune back in next month for part two!
    Read the transcript here.
    Support the podcast here.

    • 43 min
    116: No Hay Tos

    116: No Hay Tos

    In this very special CROSSOVER episode, I interview the hosts of the Mexican podcast No Hay Tos (in English after they interviewed me for their own show in Spanish). Beto and Héctor, both long-time Spanish teachers, discuss their own language-learning journey, what they love about podcasting, and some of the challenges of teaching. Check out their podcast at nohaytospodcast.com. Read the transcript of this interview at scribd.com/artactivistnia. Support the podcast at patreon.com/artactivistnia.

    • 50 min
    115: Simi Kadirgamar

    115: Simi Kadirgamar

    Sri Lankan-American Tamil trans woman reporter and martial artist Simi Kadirgamar is the guest on this month's podcast episode. In it, we discuss her reported/illustrated zine on the Indian and Pakistani occupation of Kashmir, a family that peddles Brazilian Jiu-jitsu training to police all over the world, and why she chose hate groups and the far-right as her beat. Shout out to my BFF Amirah for introducing me to this amazing woman! Read the transcript at scribd.com/artactivistnia. Support the podcast at patreon.com/artactivistnia.

    • 42 min
    114: Briyana D. Clarel

    114: Briyana D. Clarel

    Singer, dancer, actor: Briyana Clarel is a triple threat! In this episode, the Black, nonbinary theater artist discusses growing up in South Jersey, racism at Princeton, and learning to love musical theater, sketch comedy, and a capella. Read the transcripts at scribd.com/artactivistnia. Support the podcast at patreon.com/artactivistnia.

    • 39 min
    113: Princess Harmony

    113: Princess Harmony

    Afro-Latina trans woman essayist Princess Harmony stops by the podcast to discuss her writing for Black Girl Dangerous, Wear Your Voice and Workers World. We also discuss what's missing in reporting about the opioid pandemic, the different types of medication-assisted treatment available and whether rehab is a scam. Read the transcript at scribd.com/artactivistnia. Support the podcast at patreon.com/artactivistnia.

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
41 Ratings

41 Ratings

DessertPizza1 ,

Fire!

In the midst of a super discouraging week, in the midst of a traumatic year, this podcast lifted my spirits way up. I found it because I was looking for interviews with Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasimha and am so sad I didn’t know about it before. It’s an amazing archive of brilliant voices. I wish I was still teaching so that I could use it in the classroom. Thank you so much for your work, Nia!

415perra ,

y’all interviewed my vogue teacher

this is such an important archive of our stories . thank you for doing this work it is not only relevant to modern culture but also historical and timeless.

lmr1977 ,

Wonderful!

We Want the Airwaves is such a great podcast, full of thoughtful conversations (about art, gender, sexuality, race, about how people exist and how they express themselves) conducted with humor. A gem.

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