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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. Find more episodes at artactivistnia.com.
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Dec 25, 2016

Usually on We Want the Airwaves I interview queer and trans artists of color about their lives and their work, but sometimes I get to interview an artist I really admire who is not queer or trans. Hari Kondabolu is one of those people. In this interview we discuss being on @midnight, his friendship with W. Kamau Bell, and why he loves Oakland and recorded his album Waiting for 2042 there. Intro music is Twenty Years On by Safe. Please support the indiegogo campaign for our East Coast book tour!

Dec 10, 2016

In this talk-show style live podcast recording, Nia interviews Elena Rose about how Sojourner Truth NEVER said "Ain't I a woman?", Juba Kalamka about meeting Kanye when he was fifteen, Lexi Adsit about running an all trans women of color comedy program, and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha about the perks of making it "big time".

Read the transcription at scribd.com/artactivistnia.
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Oct 31, 2016

Black trans woman musician and performance artist Star Amerasu discusses the ups and downs of her last few years, from sex working and living in a transitional housing program/SRO to touring Europe and North America and getting paid "coins" to perform her music for international audiences. She credits her success to cheap rent, good friends, and a job with flexible hours.

Read the transcript at scribd.com/artactivistnia.

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Oct 10, 2016

Star Amerasu is a queer Black trans woman in a binary art world. In this interview, she discusses overcoming trauma through performance art, growing up in six different states, and the politics choosing to live or die. She makes art to remind herself, in the words of Miss Major, that she’s “still fucking here!”

Read the transcription at scribd.com/artactivistnia. Support the podcast at patreon.com/artactivistnia.

Sep 3, 2016

Hani and Uzma are the co-hosts of my FAVORITE podcast, The Bollywood Project. In this interview, we discuss our favorite women in Indian cinema, from actresses to directors to screenwriters and even fictional characters. We also discuss queerbaiting, colorism, and movies with missed opportunities for feminist endings. (We spoil a bunch of movies, including two of my faves: Gunday and Ishaqzaade.)

Read the transcript at niaking.tumblr.com.

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Aug 8, 2016

Mixed-race Arab trans woman poet, educator, and activist Trish Salah has a lot of work to be proud of. In this talk, she maps out her trajectory, from being part of a militant labor union in graduate school to protesting pinkwashing at the World Out Games, to becoming politicized around trans issues in a Toronto activist community that was led by sex workers and poor folks.

Read the transcript at scribd.com/artactivistnia. Support the podcast at patreon.com/artactivistnia.

Jul 16, 2016

East Bay Express-turned-Guardian reporter Sam Levin doesn’t consider himself an artist or an activist, but in this interview I try to convince him otherwise, while also trying to get him to teach me everything he knows about journalism. We debate whether “the truth has a liberal bias,” discuss the differences between covering the local news for an alt weekly and covering the Western US for an international publication, and talk about why people across the world should/do care about what happens in Oakland.

Read the transcript at scribd.com/artactivistnia.

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Jul 2, 2016

Sam Levin didn't chose crime. Crime chose him. The baby-faced Daily News intern-turned-Guardian reporter talks what makes a good reporter and his own journey to becoming one: talking to people on the worst day of their lives, dodging lawsuits, and running into people he's reported on at parties. Oh yeah, and that one time he chased Lindsay Lohan around a bowling alley.

Read the transcript here.

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Jun 6, 2016

Multiracial, multigender, multimedia artist Neve Be(ast) discusses sex work, #branding, and being the disabled Black punk Lana Del Rey.

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Apr 3, 2016

Sri Lankan/Irish queer disabled femme writer Leah Lakshmi and I discuss her new memoir, Dirty River, racism in the publishing industry, and whether it's better to fight your way into the mainstream or just do your own thing on the outside. Photo by Heidi Andrea Restrepo Rhodes.

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Mar 4, 2016
  • Queer Black zinester and punk musician Osa Atoe discusses writing a Black punk zine (Shotgun Seamstress), touring with an all girl band (The New Bloods), and growing up Nigerian-American in D.C. in the 90s.

Read the interview at scribd.com/artactivistnia. Support the podcast at patreon.com/artactivistnia.

Feb 8, 2016

Queer Chicano/Native filmmaker Rob Fatal and I discuss how we come to understand who we are when parts of our history are denied us. We also take an in-depth look at his film Mi Familia, about the Ute/Apache side of his family, and discuss why post-apocalyptic cinema appeals to him as a Chicano/Native filmmaker.

Read the transcript at scribd.com/artactivistnia. Support the podcast at patreon.com/artactivistnia.

Jan 3, 2016

Cuban-American lesbian novelist and journalist Achy Obejas discusses growing up in the Midwest with her dad in a mental hospital, her racially-mixed mom trying to pass as white, and Confederate flag-sporting neighbors. We also discuss racism in the arts, corruption in Chicago, and the decline of print journalism.

Read the transcript at scribd.com/artactivistnia. Support the podcast at patreon.com/artactivistnia.

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