Category Archive: Podcast

Las Cafeteras: Political Folk for the Soul

Air date: 4/30/2018   Las Cafeteras, the Chicano band from LA, and what I like to think of as unapologetic political folk music for the soul! They brilliantly mix traditional son jarocho with… Continue reading

Brenda Rufener: Homeless Youth

Air date: 4/30/2018 Brenda Rufener’s debut YA novel, Where I Live,  follows the story of Linden Rose, a clever and witty teenager who lives at her school in successful secret. Despite this challenge,… Continue reading

Nidhi Chanani: Empowerment Through Fantasy

Nidhi Chanani is a survivor. She survived a traumatic childhood and the loss of her first baby. That doesn’t stop her from finding and celebrating the beautiful, everyday moments. That’s how she created… Continue reading

Shanthi Sekaran: Un/documented Motherhood

Shanthi Sekaran is the author of the novel “Lucky Boy”, about adoption, immigration and motherhood, in Berkeley, CA. Two mothers’ paths cross unexpectedly due to their love for this boy, Ignacio – the lucky… Continue reading

Celeste Ng: Motherhood Across Boundaries

The last time I spoke with Celeste Ng was for her debut novel, Everything I Never Told You, which won critical acclaim and in fact was featured in one of the first episodes… Continue reading

Alia Malek: Syria, Inside and Out

  Alia Malek is the author of The Home that was Our Country: A Memoir of Syria, in which she she weaves the personal history of her family – particularly her maternal grandmother –… Continue reading

Bomba Estéreo Rocks Indigenous Roots

Back in August, the day before their latest digital album was released, Bomba Estéreostopped by Portland to start their extensive international tour. This new album, Ayo, differs from previous ones with heart-wrenching melodies… Continue reading

Rene Denfeld: On humanizing trauma

Rene Denfeld won critical acclaim for her first novel, The Enchanted, inspired by her experience as an investigator on death penalty cases. Her second novel, The Child Finder, is the story of missing children:… Continue reading

Vanessa Grubbs: Racial Disparities in Kidney Transplants

Dr. Vanessa Grubbs is one of the rare few black doctors in nephrology (specializing in the kidney) and that’s just the beginning. She recently published a book looking at racial disparities in kidney… Continue reading

Jonny Sun Explores Human Nature

Jonathan Sun is a doctoral student in Urban Studies at MIT – but he’s better known as @jonnysun, the alien character twitter phenomenon with nearly 500,000 followers. Jonny Sun’s profile self-describes as “aliebn… Continue reading