Introducing: The Listening Lounge

SERIES A on "WHITENESS" in 6 parts
Wednesdays April 19 + 26, May 3, 10, 17 + 24
8PM at Studio 34 • 4522 Baltimore Avenue
RSVP by emailing ""
A free event • 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.

During the listening part you can do whatever helps you stay engaged: bring your dinner, a knitting project, notebooks for drawing and writing, or just recline on a couch. The discussion part will be facilitated with a few guiding questions.

T.O. Philly hosts this first series of the Listening Lounge with a focus 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. We ask for RSVPs to get a sense of how many people will attend—Email "" to let us know when you'll come.

(and what we didn't.)

Week One • April 19

"The Architect of Hollywood" (99% Invisible #255) 

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. 

"How Race Was Made" (Seeing White, Part 2)

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. 

EXTRA: "Reporting on Whiteness"

The How Sound podcast interviews John Biewen about his Seeing White series for Scene on Radio.

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