who raised you?
ep 0. Who Raised You?
ft. Treasure Shields Redmond
& Karen (Jia Lian) Yang
Treasure Shields Redmond and Karen (Jia Lian) Yang are the co-hosts of Who Raised You? Podcast. We met while engaging in civil disobedience at The Muny's performance of Aida on the third anniversary of the murder of Michael Brown. We open this first episode with a Who Raised You? inaugural poem. Treasure has a chat with her father, the poet laureate of East St. Louis, Eugene Redmond, while Karen has a chat with her mother, an artist and Bible study teacher in San Jose, California. Sit down and join us for a kitchen table chat about Who Raised You? Podcast Season One.
ep 1. the sound of dissent
ft. Koach Baruch Frazier
Koach Baruch Frazier is impossible to miss in St. Louis. His drumming has been called the "heartbeat of the movement" and he shares his spiritual leadership in his synagogue and on the streets. He is part of Justice Beats, which drums for protests and did 49 days of drumming in honor of those killed in the Pulse massacre. Join us for a kitchen table chat about remembering to breathe, the music of black church and Judaism, and revolutionary listening.
ep 2. drag
ft. Joss Barton
Joss Barton and Treasure Shields Redmond met at a poetry reading at Goodie House, a St. Louis intersectional literary scene serving truth, fire, love and free wine and snacks. Treasure was blown away by this fierce, beautiful Latinx woman, and they have been friends ever since. Join us for a kitchen table chat about growing up queer and adopted in rural Missouri, fashion and political expression, and how the queer imagination liberates its damn self.
ep 3. don't touch my hair
ft. De Nichols
De Nichols and Karen (Jia Lian) Yang studied Social Work together at the Brown School of Social Work of Washington University in St. Louis. Since then, De did the "big chop" and has embraced her hair as her crown. Treasure and De have roots in Memphis, so join us for a kitchen table chat about appearance and "professionalism," the Memphis hair scene and black power movement, and the importance of being unapologetically yourself.
ep 4. church & state
ft. Brittini Gray (Ree Belle)
// coming soon!
Brittini Gray (Ree Belle) and Karen (Jia Lian) Yang attended Eden Theological Seminary together. They've grown leaps and bounds through those years, being formed as faith leaders in the midst of the Ferguson uprising. Join us for a kitchen table chat about faith-based organizing, twists and turns in our callings, and holding space for the questions.
ep 5. the master's tools
ft. Sunni Hutton // coming soon!
Sunni Hutton and Treasure Shields Redmond are poets and educators. Treasure has been impressed by Sunni's leadership in Socialist Alternative and knew that Sunni would be able to speak about "The Master's Tools" with respect to politics, poems, and education. Join us for a kitchen table chat about growing up poor and black in Kinloch in St. Louis County, attending Vanderbilt and navigating Teach for America, and how she decided to stay in St. Louis to do the work.