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Episode 61, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

Writer and cultural worker Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha discusses her transformative justice memoir Dirty River, how queer brown and disabled people write themselves into history, how you can bring ritual into your writing practice, and the value of letting your writing develop slooooowly—like a sourdough starter.


Episode 60, Manuel Cuellar

Dancer and professor Manuel Cuellar talks about how queering Mexican folkloric dance lets him create the communities he wants to inhabit, how Indigenous knowledge production provides a vital alternative to traditional universities, and why embodied vulnerability and the generative power of wounds is how Manuel imagines otherwise.


Episode 59, Lynn Comella

Writer and professor Lynn Comella covers the fierce women and queers who jump started the feminist sex toy revolution, how scholars can up their public engagement game (not to mention why they need to), pragmatic advice for writing a crossover or trade book, and how feminist, fat-positive, and trans-justice sexual cultures are key to how Lynn imagines otherwise.


Episode 58, Sara Bernstein

Cultural studies scholar and writer Sara Bernstein shares why she started a digital magazine focused on fashion and politics, why public engagement and community projects are the future of education, and how becoming a public scholar is allowing Sara to imagine otherwise.


Episode 57, Alice Hom

Community builder and historian Alice Y. Hom talks about the political and personal process of starting a history podcast about queer and trans people of color, what nonprofits and community organizations face in the coming years, and how self-care and community care are at the core of how Alice imagines otherwise.


Episode 56, Elizabeth Chin

Dancer and ethnographer Elizabeth Chin discusses the simultaneous freedom, fun, and vulnerability inherent in writing about oneself, how dance is fantastic preparation for academic work, how she makes space for her whole self amidst a busy academic career, and how teaching kids how to make stuff is how Elizabeth imagines otherwise.


Episode 55, Shaka McGlotten

Professor Shaka McGlotten talks about the erotic relationship we often have to the things that we study as well as how that always necessitates both desire and loss, how students can harness the power of Afrofuturism and speculation to combat white supremacy and climate change, and how queer and trans communities of color can use voguing, drag, and what Shaka calls "Black Data" to imagine and create new worlds.


Episode 54, Yaba Blay

What racial and gender norms are baked into our concepts of professionalism? How can we push ourselves to expand our definition of what "counts" as knowledge production? What does it mean to honor blackness in all its possible forms? In Episode 54 of the Imagine Otherwise podcast, host Cathy Hannabach talks with cultural producer Yaba Blay about how beauty culture and colorism shape her publicaly engaged approach to scholarship, how being an insider/outsider in the academy allows one to...


Episode 53, Elicia Gonzales

How can we put reproductive rights in conversation with racial and economic justice? How are queer Latinx communities and other queers of color leading the field in comprehensive, queer-positive sex education? What can we do to make space for multiply marginalized people within ALL advocacy organizations? In episode 53 of the Imagine Otherwise podcast, host Cathy Hannabach interviews Elicia Gonzales about how reproductive justice organizations can better incorporate intersectionality (and...


Episode 52, Karen Tongson

What can popular music teach us about migration and cultural change? How can pleasure and joy help us redefine what it means to be a "serious" intellectual? How might the study of music and of place inform one another? What might be stimulating or even transformative about the sprawl of Southern California? In Episode 52 of the Imagine Otherwise Podcast, host Cathy Hannabach interviews writer and professor Karen Tongson about music and its relationship to place, the migratory and melodic...


Episode 51, Aileen Suzara

What role does food play in building sustainable communities? How might cultural traditions challenge us to think differently about the environment and public health interventions? What roles do cooking and culinary entrepreneurship play in social justice work? In Episode 51 of the Imagine Otherwise podcast, host Cathy Hannabach interviews chef and eco-educator Aileen Suzara her journey into professional cooking, the familial stories she has uncovered connecting land to community and...


Episode 50, Lakshmi Ramgopal

Host Cathy Hannabach interview Lakshmi Ramgopal about Lakshmi's musical journey through Indian classical Carnatic music, electronica, and Riot Grrrl; what colonial subjects under the Roman Empire can teach us about contemporary geopolitics; and how she curates art exhibits that imagine more just worlds.


Ep 49, Adeline Koh

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Ep 48, Yolanda Wisher

Cathy Hannabach interviews Yolanda Wisher about poetry as a community engagement practice; blending academic, artistic, and activist experiences in one's everyday work; and how building a world where everyone is able to find and utilize their gifts is key to her way of imagining otherwise.


Episode 47, Nia King

Host Cathy Hannabach interviews Nina King about her podcast "We Want the Airwaves"; her work as a queer artist of color; her choice to pursue the self-publishing route for her book projects; and the importance of paying queer and trans artists of color for their creative labor.


Episode 46, Shanté Paradigm Smalls

Host Cathy Hannabach interviews Shanté Paradigm Smalls. Shanté is a performer and performance studies scholar who works at the intersection of blackness, popular culture, and critical theory. They are an assistant professor of Black Literature and Culture at St. John’s University in the Department of English. Shanté is currently writing a book called Hip Hop Heresies: Queer Aesthetics in New York City, which won the prestigious 2016 CLAGS Fellowship Award for Best First Book Project in...


Episode 45, Tanisha C. Ford

Host Cathy Hannabach interviews Tanisha C. Ford. Tanisha C. Ford is an Associate Professor of Black American Studies and History at the University of Delaware. She is the author of the book Liberated Threads: Black Women, Style, and the Global Politics of Soul (Univ. of North Carolina Press, 2015), which narrates the powerful intertwining histories of the Black Freedom movement and the rise of the global fashion industry. Tanisha studies social movement history, feminist issues, material...


Episode 44, Heath Fogg Davis

Episode 44 of the Imagine Otherwise podcast. Host Cathy Hannabach interviews guest Heath Fogg Davis. Heath is a scholar-activist whose work in classrooms, boardrooms, community centers, and media seeks to alleviate discrimination and inequality. Heath is an associate professor of political science at Temple University, where he teaches courses on anti-discrimination law, democratic political theory, and the politics of race, gender, and sexuality. He is the author of the new book Beyond...


Ep. 43: Marcella Ernest

Episode 43 of the Imagine Otherwise podcast. Host Cathy Hannabach interviews guest Marcella Ernest. Marcella is an Ojibwe interdisciplinary artist and scholar. She creates soundscapes with poetic imagery and abstract narratives. The collision of electronic media, ethnographic archival materials, found footage, unique sound design and film and photography is what Marcella uses as a foundation to create. She uses these renderings to translate critical issues of gender, family, memory, and...


Episode 42: Solomon Enos, Abigail Romanchak, and John Hina

Episode 42 of the Imagine Otherwise podcast. Host Cathy Hanabach interviews guests Solomon Enos, Abigail Romanchak, and John Hina, artists featured in the 'Ae Kai Culture Lab. 'Ae Kai is organized by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center (APAC). Following 2016’s transformational Culture Labs— CrossLines in Washington, DC and CTRL + ALT in New York City—‘Ae Kai will continue APAC’s practice of community building through curated art making. 'Ae Kai is the biggest Culture Lab to...


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