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. 30 - Holistic Health & Fitness Against Fascism ft. Mel Phillips

    BrownTown invites trauma-informed yoga teacher Mel Phillips to the discussion around holistic health, access to wellness care, and the ways in which we challenge systems of oppression in seemingly apolitical industries. What does equity and liberation look like in the allied health continuum? Together, using SoapBox's Fitness Against Fascism series as model, we extrapolate the connections between social justice and holistic health at various levels.

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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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    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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    Ep. 12 - Self Love & Self Care

    BrownTown on BrownTown. We take a step back to discuss the importance of self love, self care, and self understanding. In order to do right in the world, we must first do right by ourselves.

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    Ep. 9 - Chi DNA: Art in Activism ft. Charles Preston

    BrownTown sits down with Charles Preston, activist, journalist, artist, and creator of Church on the 9 to discuss the effects of drill rap and art that engages in politics and its importance on our revolution.

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    Ep. 8.3 - Sexism in Mixed Company

    Part 3 of 3 featuring all Episode 8 guests. Using Part 1 and 2 as a springboard, BrownTown attempts to take on gender, sexism, feminism, and masculinity in mixed company of men and women. Unfortunately, a practical interruption causes the conversation to go awry yet allows for further dialogue regarding said issues and much more.

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    Ep. 8.2 - Everyday Feminism & Fighting the Patriarchy

    Part 2 of 3 featuring Jamie Nesbett, Madison Zielinski, and Joanna Preston. Female guests school BrownTown on gender, sexism, and feminism in the midst of recent sexual allegations coming out in Washington, Hollywood, and...well...everywhere.

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    Ep. 8.1 - Toxic Masculinity & Resisting with Privilege

    Part 1 of 3 featuring Larone Ellison. BrownTown adds to the conversation around gender, sexism, and toxic masculinity in the midst of recent sexual allegations coming out in Washington, Hollywood, and...well...everywhere.

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    Ep. 7 - Public Health & The Death Gap ft. Jessica Puri

    BrownTown is joined by Jessica Puri, a public health professional in Chicago, to discuss the social determinants of health and how their disparities are affected by segregation, education, income and more.

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    Ep. 6 - The Real Color in Sports

    BrownTown takes a moment to talk about Colin Kaepernick, the meaning behind his movement and the underlining dangers that have always existed for athletes who, having a platform, decide to speak out about injustice. Originally recorded July 2017.

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    Ep. 5 - Hip-Hop in the Age of Spin ft. Genta Tamashiro

    BrownTown is joined by audio engineer Genta Tamashiro as the group shares some whiskey and discusses some of hip-hop's influences, effects on culture, and the problem we all face in an oversaturated generation.

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    Ep. 4 - Decoding Trumpism

    BrownTown drinks Honey Jack to sweeten up their conversation on neoliberalism, Reaganomics, the white working class, and the coding/decoding of "whiteness." All terms are deconstructed in the context of the 2016 presidential election. Originally recorded April 2017.

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    Ep. 3 - Happy Birthday, Malcolm X

    On May 19th, BrownTown raises their glasses to Malcolm X Day. Unfortunately, this is not widely known. Listen as the gang unpacks Malcolm's misunderstood legacy, his likeness with Martin Luther King Jr., and infer what he may say today.

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    Ep. 2 - Trump's First 100 Days

    BrownTown's take on President Donald Trump's first 100 days in office. (Yes, it's only been 100 days.) We laughed, we cried, we drank.

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    Ep. 1 - Black & Brown Representation in Media

    Join BrownTown's first ever podcast and raise a glass with us as we drink, laugh, and talk about racial representations on Atlanta, Moonlight, Get Out, and the recent Star Wars films to name a few.

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