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. 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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    Ep. 19 - Happy Father's Day ft. Larone Ellison

    BrownTown talks all things Fatherhood, gender roles, co-parenting, and—of course—toxic masculinity with friend, academic, and father Larone Ellison on this special day.

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    Ep. 17 - Happy Mother's Day ft. Jamie Nesbitt

    BrownTown chops it up with friend, journalist, and mother Jamie Nesbitt about all things motherhood, relating to our mothers as adolescents and adults, and the importance of our mothers on this special day.

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