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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

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.

    103: BL Shirelle

    103: BL Shirelle

    BL Shirelle of Die Jim Crow Records discusses the challenges of recording and releasing music by incarcerated artists. She also shares stories of dealing drugs, doing time and raising kids with her wife. (Photo by Verse.)
    Support the podcast at patreon.com/artactivistnia.
    Transcript coming soon.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    102: Oliver Spencer / St. Sol

    102: Oliver Spencer / St. Sol

    Black queer Philadelphia-based musician and visual artist Oliver Spencer (known musically as St. Sol) discusses growing up between North Carolina and Okinawa, how their dad's military service impacted their life, and finding the space to be weird in (an arts) high school. We also talk about the whiteness of art school(s), not letting perfectionism hold you back, and using music to assert your humanity. Photo by Georgia Wescott.
    Read the transcript at scribd.com/artactivistnia.
    Support the podcast at patreon.com/artactivistnia.

    • 44 min
    101: Joyce Hatton

    101: Joyce Hatton

    Black asexual zinester and cartoonist Joyce Hatton discusses their comic Locks and their zines Trust the Knife and Grief. Joyce is a survivor of breast cancer, homelessness, and a suicide attempt, so this episode gets pretty heavy. We also talk about the concept of "trauma porn" (which is not actual porn), when illustrations come easier than words, and their love of birds. Here is a link to the Vivek Shraya article I reference in this episode. Buy Joyce's work here.
    You can support the podcast at patreon.com/artactivistnia.
    Transcript coming soon.

    • 53 min
    August 2019 announcements

    August 2019 announcements

    1.) I'm taking a break from the podcast. I'll be back in October.
    2.) I'm moving to Philly. Please hit my up if you have leads on any jobs!
    3.) The book launch for Queer & Trans Artists of Color, Volume 3 is October 19th at East Bay Booksellers in Oakland, featuring Anthony J. Williams, Luna Merbruja and Paradise Khanmalek. PLEASE DONATE so we can hire ASL interpreters for the event. Thank you! Launch party GoFundMe: https://bit.ly/2NMcsFK

    • 1 min
    100: Mey Rude

    100: Mey Rude

    Bisexual trans Latina writer Mey Rude discusses growing up in Idaho, getting kicked out of her church family, and how comics helped her find her queer- and trans-ness. Read the transcript at scribd.com/artactivistnia. Support the podcast at patreon.com/artactivistnia.

    • 48 min
    99: Aja Archuleta

    99: Aja Archuleta

    Two-Spirit mestiza musician Aja Archuleta discusses growing up in a big Mexican family with deep Denver roots, discovering her Indigenous identity, and why "Two-Spirit" now fits her better than "trans". She also shares how her love of music evolved: from playing piano in Catholic school to discovering the how much fun noise-punk could be to making massage music. Photo by Kristin Cofer.
    Read the transcript at scribd.com/artactivistnia.
    Support the podcast at patreon.com/artactivistnia.

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Customer Reviews

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.

Gishmilish ,

Great show, needs better sound engineering

I love this show, but the levels are set so low I can barely hear it, so it's not practical to listen to if I'm not somewhere absolutely silent, with my ipad pressed to my ear. So frustrating, because it features really interesting people.

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Thank you!!!

This is so wonderful and necessary - such an amazing oral history

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