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We Want the Airwaves

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. (Photo of Nia interviewing Gabby Rivera by Tecpatl DeSequoia.)

Dec 28, 2015

Comedian W. Kamau Bell discusses his past FX show (Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell), his upcoming CNN show (United Shades of America), moving his family back to the Bay Area, and teaching his daughters "in this family, we stand up".

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Dec 22, 2015

In part 2 of my interview with tech activist Lynn Cyrin, we discuss anti-Black racism at Facebook, Google, Dropbox and Reddit. Lynn explains why Facebook won't change its "real names" policy and how Quirrel (the social network she is building with CollectQT) will be better/queer-friendlier.

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Dec 5, 2015

Black trans woman tech activist Lynn Cyrin discusses being homeless in SF, crashing fancy tech events, and crowdfunding enough money to get a place her own (after moving to Portland).

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Nov 1, 2015

Indigenous multimedia artist Grace Rosario Perkins discusses Thin Leather, a series of paintings she collaborated with her dad on, the whiteness/maleness of the music program at Mills College, and UIUC's racist school mascot. She is part of the Black Salt Collective which has a show at SOMArts called Visions into...


Oct 9, 2015

micha cárdenas has been on the cutting edge of using technology for social change since the Myspace days. In this interview she discusses virtual sit-ins, designing an app to help immigrants find water in the dessert, and being one of few trans Latinas with a PhD.

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