SERIES A on "WHITENESS" in 5 parts (posted below)
Wednesdays April 19 + 26, May 3, 10 + 24
8PM at Studio 34 • 4522 Baltimore Avenue • West Philly
A free event • • Snacks provided • Donations welcome
The Listening Lounge is a weekly radio hangout. Every Wednesday we listen to some podcast material on a particular topic, and then talk about it together. This pilot series focuses on the racial construction of "whiteness" from an anti-racist perspective. Each week's audio will carry historical and current events into a discussion on the blocks, in-roads, and action steps toward dismantling racism.
Anyone can come to any number of sessions, and Studio 34's lounge is open all evening leading up to the event. Email "firstname.lastname@example.org" with any questions or feedback.
WHAT WE LISTENED TO
(and some extra things to hear on your own)
Week One • April 19
When Paul Williams was born in 1894, Los Angeles was a small downtown, surrounded by bean fields and orange groves, but it was changing and growing fast. Williams worked on all kinds of projects, including commercial and institutional ones, but he was particularly well known for his residential architecture. He designed a number of homes for Hollywood stars, including Frank Sinatra’s bachelor pad and a mansion for Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. The city gave Paul Williams a lot of opportunities he wouldn’t have had anywhere else in America at the time...although Williams still had to work harder than his white peers.
For much of human history, people viewed themselves as members of tribes or nations but had no notion of “race.” Today, science deems race biologically meaningless. Who invented race as we know it, and why? *Episode features bonus commentary from Chenjerai Kumanyika.
The How Sound podcast interviews John Biewen about his Seeing White series for Scene on Radio.
Week Two • April 26
Hornedjitef was a priest who died around 2,250 years ago, and he designed a coffin that, he believed, would help him navigate his way to the afterlife. Little did he know that this afterlife would be as a museum exhibit in London.
Chattel slavery in the United States, with its distinctive—and strikingly cruel—laws and structures, took shape over many decades in colonial America. The innovations that built American slavery are inseparable from the construction of Whiteness as we know it today. *Episode features bonus commentary from Chenjerai Kumanyika.
Week Three • May 3
What Davey Kim did in the eighth grade, when he went to the regional level spelling bee with his best friend, might be spelled R-E-V-E-N-G-E, and also S-O-L-I-D-A-R-I-T-Y.
“All men are created equal.” Those words, from the Declaration of Independence, are central to the story that Americans tell about ourselves and our history. But what did those words mean to the man who actually wrote them? *Episode features bonus commentary from Chenjerai Kumanyika.
Week Four • May 10
When it comes to America’s racial sins, past and present, a lot of us see people in one region of the country as guiltier than the rest. Producer John Biewen speaks with some white Southern friends about that tendency. *Episode features bonus commentary from Chenjerai Kumanyika.
Many residents of Mankato, Minnesota grow up knowing next to nothing about the town’s most important historical event: the largest mass execution in U.S. history. In this documentary, one resident goes back to Minnesota to explore what happened, and why Minnesotans didn’t talk about it afterwards.
Week Five • May 24—Coming soon!