Bourbon 'n BrownTown

Bourbon 'n BrownTown

SoapBox Productions and Organizing's affiliate podcast pairs critical analyses of media, culture, politics, and everyday happenings with the tastiest of spirits. With the occasional help of Chicago’s most talented and creative activists, filmmakers, academics, and social entrepreneurs, BrownTown (friends and SoapBox colleagues Caullen Hudson and David A. Moran) unpacks current events, social issues, and gives personal insight into various topics. Find more at Follow @SoapBoxPO and #BourbonNBrownTown on all social media.

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    Ep. 29 - Code Switching ft. Heavy Crownz

    BrownTown again welcomes Heavy Crownz, rapper and educator, to the conversation around the nuances, personal experiences, and real life implications of code switching.

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    Ep. 28 - Fighting for Women's Rights through Faith, Policy, & #MeToo ft. Zoe Goodman

    BrownTown listens, learns, and sheds light on the ongoing fight for women's rights with Zoe Goodman, social justice advocate, abortion clinic escort, and certified confidential victim advocate for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. Through personal experiences in faith, changing public policy, and #MeToo, the friends discuss the nuance and robust process of intersectional movement building for gender equity.

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    Ep. 27 - New Years 2019: A Retrospective ft. Genta Tamashiro

    BrownTown on BrownTown. We take a step back to reflect on the year 2018 as well as the very inception the podcast to remember the good, the bad, and the ugly. With the help of audio engineer and dearest friend Genta Tamashiro, BrownTown raises a glass with all of you as we look back at some of the realest moments with some of the dopest people around. Here's to 2019!

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    Ep. 26 - Coalition-building & #NoCopAcademy ft. Monica Trinidad & Debbie Southorn

    BrownTown chops it up with Monica Trinidad and Debbie Southorn, organizers in the youth-led, adult-supported #NoCopAcademy campaign and coalition in Chicago. The group discusses the pros and cons of coalition-building, the current state of the campaign, as well as their journey into grassroots organizing and activism. Originally recorded October 8, 2018.

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    Ep. 25 - *LIVE AT DEPAUL* Chi DNA: Exile, Refuge, & Displacement ft. Jessica Puri & Heavy Crownz

    BrownTown travels to the DePaul University Honors Program as guests of their ongoing Speaker Series in the first-ever live recording event. With the help of Nigerian-born Public Health professional Jessica Puri and rapper/educator Heavy Crownz, the gang explores the notions of exile, refuge, and displacement locally and globally. They discuss the connections between international crises, intracommunal violence, and disenfranchisement in Chicago as well as the cultural representations they manifest. This is the first Chi DNA Speaker Series event. Originally recorded October 5, 2018.

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    Ep. 24 - International Privilege & Resisting with Comedy ft. Quinn Wilson

    BrownTown goes behind the scenes with frequent film collaborator, traveler, social entrepreneur, comedian, and overall good dude, Quinn Wilson. The team discusses various forms of privilege and the role of media, comedy, and pop culture in this new age of mass consciousness and activism.

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    Ep. 23 - Hip-Hop 2.0 ft. Fiendsh

    BrownTown tackles the current state of hip hop once again with the help of featured artist and Thailand native Fiendsh. The three talk new releases, the importance of art in changing the narrative, and everything in between. Originally recorded July 2018.

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    Ep. 22 - Anti-oppressive Librarianship & Access to Information ft. Kristyn Caragher

    BrownTown converses with public librarian and creator of the Infollectuals Discussion Series, Kristyn Caragher. She expands our knowledge of public access to and exchange of information, liberatory-minded programming, ways to challenge the status quo in her field, and the ever-present intersection of libraries and social justice.

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    Ep. 21 - Welcome to the Gun Show

    BrownTown examines the ongoing gun control debate surrounding violence in America. As mass shootings are sadly nothing new, we interpolate this uniquely American phenomenon, which finds itself at the intersection of capitalism, militarism, white supremacy, and toxic masculinity. Through the examples, we attempt to deconstruct the typical, simplistic narrative around gun policy, noting that our efforts to curve violence must be holistic, incremental, and radical in its approach if we are to truly get free.

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    Ep. 20 - Juneteenth

    BrownTown takes on Juneteenth, the oldest known celebration of the end of American slavery. We recognize this important day as a tribute to our ancestors’ sacrifices and experiences. But in a history full of false promises, what does true liberation look like?

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