Drop Sodexo! An interview with student activists
Can students really do anything about prison abolition? How do we organize for real change on campuses, and create lasting effects, despite everyone asking us to keep our heads in our studies? Did you know that the companies that provide the very food some university students eat (such as the French company Sodexo) are large contributors to the Prison-Industrial complex? Listen to “Drop Sodexo! An Interview” to hear Shanawar Zahoor Butt (Pitzer ‘21) in conversation with Sophie Peters (Scripps ‘20), Alex Hammond (Pomona ‘20), and Griffin Cloud Levine (Pomona ‘19), three members in the movement to drop the company Sodexo at the Claremont Colleges. Hear about the struggles and triumphs that came with the movement to drop the company, how to keep a movement going when students graduate, and about what students and activists face in our rapidly changing world.
April 3, 2021
Making It Work Ep 7: Break the Screen
Not all Zoom calls are created equal! We’re living so much of our lives online these days, but creative approaches can help make these meetings less strained and more engaging. The Hive's Shannon Randolph and Fred Leichter fill us in on some of the ways they’ve experimented with improving their remote interactions, like mixing the “virtual” and “real,” incorporating online tools and taking advantage of new opportunities. Making It Work is KSPC's series to help you be at your physical and emotional best during the pandemic. Through conversations with members of the 5C community, we gather easy, user-friendly ways to make life better while staying at home, whether it's staying busy, getting creative, meditating or just keeping a positive outlook.
August 21, 2020
Pomona College Humanities Studio presents Desert Island Discs
If you were to be cut off from the bulk of your music library — stranded on a desert island, say — what are the eight discs that might sustain you? Join Vassar professor and New Yorker staff writer Hua Hsu, and CSULB professor, DJ, and podcast host Oliver Wang, for a conversation about the long-running BBC Radio program “Desert Island Discs” (about which Hsu wrote for the New Yorker in March). Hsu and Wang will discuss the BBC series and talk about a few of their own “must-have” tracks as well. Hua Hsu is associate professor of English at Vassar College. He is the author of A Floating Chinaman: Fantasy and Failure Across the Pacific (Harvard University Press) and has been a staff writer at the New Yorker since 2017, where he writes about culture and ideas. Oliver Wang is associate professor of sociology at California State University, Long Beach. For more than 25 years he’s been an active DJ; his popular music criticism is available both in scholarly venues (Legions of Boom, Duke University Press) and more popular outlets, such as his work for NPR Music and his years of hosting podcasts — first “Pop Rocket” and, since 2017, “Heat Rocks.”
August 6, 2020
Making It Work Ep 6: Loaf Story
Staying at home gives us a chance to reset some of our food habits and try new things — there’s no better time than the present to rethink how we eat! Pomona nutritionist Liz Ryan explains some principles of mindful eating from the shopping cart to the stove and the snack drawer. Plus, Pomona student Makeda Bullock Floyd recounts her own food learning experience in quarantine. Making It Work is KSPC's series to help you be at your physical and emotional best during the pandemic. Through conversations with members of the 5C community, we gather easy, user-friendly ways to make life better while staying at home, whether it's staying busy, getting creative, meditating or just keeping a positive outlook.
August 5, 2020
Making It Work Ep 5: Turn Down the Dial
Life is pretty different during the pandemic, and some of the new situations we face might be emotionally taxing or cause more anxiety than usual. It can be helpful to understand where these emotions come from, how they affect us and what we can do about them. Pitzer professor of psychology Marcus Rodriguez suggests some tips for responding more effectively to strong feelings and difficult moments. Making It Work is KSPC's series to help you be at your physical and emotional best during the pandemic. Through conversations with members of the 5C community, we gather easy, user-friendly ways to make life better while staying at home, whether it's staying busy, getting creative, meditating or just keeping a positive outlook.
July 29, 2020
Making It Work Ep 4: Surround Sound
Life is full of sound, and it's easy to tune most of it out — but taking some time to listen to the world around us can help us reflect on what we've been missing all along. Pomona music professor Alfred Cramer and student Benjamin Cote talk about exploring soundscapes and how you can presence yourself through a soundwalk or any kind of listening experience, right where you are. Making It Work is KSPC's series to help you be at your physical and emotional best during the pandemic. Through conversations with members of the 5C community, we gather easy, user-friendly ways to make life better while staying at home, whether it's staying busy, getting creative, meditating or just keeping a positive outlook.
July 22, 2020
Making It Work Ep 3: Make Up Your Mindfulness
Meditation and mindfulness practices don’t require you roll out the yoga mat or clear your mind perfectly every time — they’re about centering yourself in whatever ways work throughout the day. Pomona assistant dean Paola Ruiz-Beas talks about how she learned to incorporate mindfulness throughout her own life and leads us in a guided meditation. Making It Work is KSPC's series to help you be at your physical and emotional best during the pandemic. Through conversations with members of the 5C community, we gather easy, user-friendly ways to make life better while staying at home, whether it's staying busy, getting creative, meditating or just keeping a positive outlook.
July 15, 2020
Making It Work Ep 2: Getting Scrappy
Creative, green reuses of your food can benefit your body, your mind and the earth. The farm managers at Pomona's Organic Farm explain how some of the techniques they use can work in your home, too – including regrowing vegetables, making a stock from scraps, composting and growing basil. Making It Work is KSPC's series to help you be at your physical and emotional best during the pandemic. Through conversations with members of the 5C community, we gather easy, user-friendly ways to make life better while staying at home, whether it's staying busy, getting creative, meditating or just keeping a positive outlook.
July 8, 2020
Making It Work Ep 1: Life Athletics
If you're trying to find ways to learn how to take care of yourself, it turns out that the world of sport is a great place to start. Pomona Professor of Physical Education JoAnne Ferguson tells us about some "sports life coaching" tools to improve your personal wellness while you stay at home, including "emotional cardio," the ten moments, and her four core tips for P.E. students and athletes. Making It Work is KSPC's series to help you be at your physical and emotional best during the pandemic. Through conversations with members of the 5C community, we gather easy, user-friendly ways to make life better while staying at home, whether it's staying busy, getting creative, meditating or just keeping a positive outlook.
July 1, 2020
Hear For You
Welcome to Hear For You! This project explores the topic of the feminized voice as it operates for four college-aged participants. Using collaged interviews and an improvised recording of five vocalists, it examines how cultural ideas of the voice affect both conceptions of our sounds and our selves. Special thanks to Emma Ambler, Rose Gelfand, Valerie Jackman, and Cassidy Yueh for sharing their time and stories with me. I am so grateful to have connected with such wonderful people in the process of this project and hope that it was a mutually special experience. Thank you to my talented pals, Esi Igyan, Mario Juarez, Maya Goodwin, and Julia Sun, for lending their voices and laughter. To hear more, check out Mood Swing A Cappella wherever you stream music! Video credit: "Talking While Female" (NPR, The Changing Lives of Women Series, 2014). Lastly, thanks to Amanda Martinez for her amazing logo design! I would love to keep creating a safe space for people to feel heard. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have feedback about the project or any ideas about what I should do next. Thanks for listening! - Rowen Light-Wills
March 9, 2020
Larry the Fox Interviews Dave Tull
Larry the Fox brings you an interview with drummer/singer/vocalist/composer/bandleader Dave Tull! The interview originally aired live on KSPC on Thursday, January 16, 2020 during Larry's "All That Jazz" program.
February 26, 2020
Disability Justice Day - Shirley and Rose Talk Fat and Disability Liberation!
Join Scripps College juniors Shirley Zhong and Rose Gelfand on a journey of learning about the intersectional and interconnected natures of fat and disability studies, and discuss how fat and disabled communities can find power together! Shirley is a Feminist Gender and Sexuality Studies major passionate about critical disability studies and animation. For Disability Justice Day Shirley invited her friend Rose to discuss her art and activist work for fat liberation. Rose is a poet, dancer, and student from Richmond, California. Last year Rose published a series of three original zines, which explore the intersections of fatness, queerness, dance, the internet, sexual violence, desirability politics and embodied experience. She also is a member of Fat Rose, a fat liberationist movement group that aims to connect fat liberation with all other liberation movements.
December 13, 2019
Larry the Fox Interviews Claremont Mayor Corey Calaycay
Larry the Fox returns to KSPC with the All That Jazz Revival show, featuring an interview with the City of Claremont Mayor Corey Calaycay on Saturday, October 19, 2019. They spoke about the mayor's early start in local politics, challenges of the job, current issues in Claremont and much more. (note: music selections were edited out due to copyright protections)
October 22, 2019
Indigenous Peoples' Day - "Protecting the Sacred: Indigenous Environmental Justice in California"
For our final Indigenous Peoples' Day interview, we'll be broadcasting a panel discussion titled Indigenous Environmental Justice in California, which happened on Monday 10/3 at Pitzer College. The panel is between Pitzer Professor Angela Mooney D'Arcy, and Joyce Stanfield Perry and Rebecca Robles, three Acjachemen activists and community leaders, who speak about their work to protect Acjachemen sacred lands.
October 16, 2019
Indigenous Peoples' Day - Dr. Noelani Goodyear-Kaʻōpua
Dr. Noelani Goodyear-Kaʻōpua (she/her) is a Kanaka Maoli from O‘ahu, Hawaiʻi. She is professor and chair of the political science department at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, where she teaches Hawaiian and Indigenous politics. Noe has published articles and books on Hawaiian social movements, Indigenous education and decolonial future-making, including The Seeds We Planted: Portraits of a Native Hawaiian Charter School (2013), A Nation Rising: Hawaiian Movements for Life, Land and Sovereignty (2014), The Value of Hawaiʻi, 2: Ancestral Roots, Oceanic Visions (2014), and Nā Wāhine Koa: Hawaiian Women for Sovereignty and Demilitarization (2019). She is a co-founder of Hālau Kū Māna public charter school and an active board member for the Kānehūnāmoku Voyaging Academy and Hui o Kuapā Keawanui, both of which use Native Hawaiian ocean-based technologies and practices to help create resilient Indigenous futures. Her academic and activist work are part of a lifetime commitment to aloha ‘aina. Her most treasured role is being a mom to her three children. In this interview, Priya Prabhakar and Dr. Goodyear-Kaʻōpua talk about Dr. Goodyear-Kaʻōpua’s ancestral lineage of Hawai’ian freedom fighters that caused her to do what she does today, Indigenous futurisms and inspirations from Afrofuturisms and Octavia Butler, the struggle against the building of the TMT telescope on the sacred mountain of Mauna a Wākea, her various books that focus on the struggle for Hawai’ian sovereignty, and the Indigenous concept of “ea."
October 16, 2019
Indigenous Peoples' Day - Micky Huihui
Hawai‘i People's Fund is a publicly supported community fund established in 1972 to provide grants to progressive grassroots social change organizations working in Hawai‘i. They are a unique partnership of donors, activist grantmakers and grantees committed to positive social change and a more equitable distribution of wealth, resources and power. Hawai‘i People's Fund assists groups considered too small, too new, or too controversial by traditional funding agencies. Hawai‘i People's Fund brings together those who want to invest in justice with those who are actively pursuing justice in a united vision for social change. Their philosophy of community-based strategic philanthropy offers a unique alternative to traditional charitable giving. Individuals who contribute to Hawai‘i People's Fund are investing in their community's future by supporting projects that seek out the root causes of social problems and pose new solutions. Priya Prabhakar has the honor of speaking to Micky Huihui, the executive director of the Hawai’i People’s Fund about how HPF subverts the hegemonic white savior paradigm of Western NGOs, their work with over 800 community-based organizations committed to social change, settler-colonialism in Hawai’i, and more.
October 16, 2019
Indigenous Peoples' Day - Votan Henriquez
Votan Henriquez (he/him) is a Los Angeles native of Maya and Nahua roots, who blends the knowledge of his ancestry, graphic design, street art, and awareness of the issues facing Native people today. He expresses his voice primarily on city streets in the form of large scale murals and street art, to create artworks which blend contemporary arts techniques with old Mayan symbology and Native American imagery. He is also the owner and founder of NSRGNTS, a collective and brand that uses Indigenous oral tradition, resistance and Native accomplishments to add strength to Indigenous resilience. He's had the opportunity to do artist in residences in Germany, Ecuador, United Arab Emirates, and throughout the U.S. His murals of resistance have created dialogue and broadened the conversations of Indigenous peoples' right to exist, thrive and practice self-determination. He is featured in the permanent exhibition at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles as a contributor to shapring L.A.'s art history. He has also been awarded (with NSRGNTS) to a proclamation by the city of Duluth, Minnesota, which honors the water protector/MMIW's mural painted on the American Indian Community Housing Organization's building. The four story mural has positively and profoundly affected the Native community. In this interview, Priya Prabhakar and Votan talk about the beginnings of NSRGNTS being inspired by the Zapatista uprising in 1994, the importance of street art in Indigenous resistance, his piece “Autoimmune Disease”, and the impact that Votan’s art had on Indigenous communities in other countries. You can check out his store, NSRGNTS, at http://nsrgnts.storenvy.com/ or on their Instagram page, @nsrgnts.
October 16, 2019
Indigenous Peoples' Day - Dr. David Uahikeaikaleiʻohu Maile
Dr. Uahikea Maile (he/him) is a Kanaka Maoli scholar, activist, and practitioner from Maunawili, Oʻahu. He is an Assistant Professor of Indigenous Politics in the Department of Political Science and Affiliate Faculty in the Centre for Indigenous Studies at the University of Toronto. He has published in the journals of Native American and Indigenous Studies and Cultural Studies Critical Methodologies, and has forthcoming articles in Hūlili: Multidisciplinary Research on Hawaiian Well-Being and American Indian Culture and Research Journal. He also has contributed chapters in the recently published edited collections Detours: A Decolonial Guide to Hawaiʻi and Standing With Standing Rock: Voices From the #NoDAPL Movement, with another chapter forthcoming in the edited collection Biopolitics, Geopolitics, and Life: Settler States and Indigenous Presences. Maile’s research interests include: history, law, and activism on Hawaiian sovereignty; Indigenous critical theory; settler colonialism; political economy; feminist and queer theories; and decolonization. His book manuscript, Nā Makana Ea: Settler Colonial Capitalism and the Gifts of Sovereignty, examines the historical development and contemporary formation of settler colonial capitalism in Hawai‘i and gifts of sovereignty that seek to overturn it by issuing responsibilities for balancing relationships with ‘āina, the land and that which feeds. In this interview, Priya Prabhakar and Dr. Maile talk about his piece "Precarious Performances: The Thirty Meter Telescope and Settler State Policing of Kānaka Maoli” in the magazine Abolition, the struggle against the building of the TMT telescope, his theoretical framework of capitalist-colonialism, media representation of Indigenous Hawai’ian folks, transnational solidarity between Palestine and Hawai’i in divestment work from the settler-states of the United States and Israel, and more.
October 16, 2019
Indigenous Peoples' Day - Carolann Jane Duro Mataweer
Carolann Duro (they/them) is a student at Scripps College majoring in Sociology. They are from the Maara'yam (Serrano) and Kumeyaay tribe on their father’s side and Spanish, British, and Irish on their mother's side. They like to spend their free time collecting records with their dad, creating YouTube videos, playing with their husky, and reading lots of books and novels. They hope to one day pursue higher education in Sociology and get their PhD and also attend a language revitalization program. Priya Prabhakar interviews Carolann about their summer project, their process of learning the Serrano language, along with forming solidarity with other Indigenous folks at the Living Language Circles. They also talk about the violent erasure of Indigenous languages, and the importance of intergenerational learning.
October 16, 2019
MOMS - Interview on Dazed Daydream
Listen to MOM‘s In-Studio and interview recorded on December 11, 2018, on Dazed Daydream with DeeJayQ. MOMS’s story began in 2015 when high school friends Hanjun Bae and Nick Kim started recording songs in Bae’s bedroom in their hometown of Los Angeles. The duo has since become a four-piece, adding The Venisons members Steven Guillen as drummer and Julio Barajas as second guitarist. MOMS’s androgynously whispered vocals, jazz-like guitars and drums, and heavily warm bass playing draws influence from bands like the Pixies, Portishead, and Sparklehorse. Born of immigrant parents, their Korean background is a recurring theme in their music.
June 24, 2019
Disability Awareness Day - Interview with Dr. Amanda Apgar
Today is Disability Awareness Day! KSPC Claremont is centering dialogue around disability activism, the politics of disability, and those intersections with community building on and off campus through our programming on air today, April 3rd. Tune in for podcasts, interviews, and messages highlighting the critical work for disability awareness, all throughout our daytime programming. We are excited to air an interview with Dr. Amanda Apgar today, who is a Lecturer in Gender and Women’s Studies who will be discussing her pedagogy and research regarding disability and queerness, her specific research in ‘special needs’ parenting memoirs, and how the frameworks of capitalism threaten disability rights.
April 11, 2019
Disability Awareness Day - Interview with Alexis Alvarez
Today is Disability Awareness Day! KSPC Claremont is centering dialogue around disability activism, the politics of disability, and those intersections with community building on and off campus through our programming on air today, April 3rd. Tune in for podcasts, interviews, and messages highlighting the critical work for disability awareness, all throughout our daytime programming. We are excited to air an interview with Alexis Alvarez today, who is a staff attorney at Legal Aid at Work on the Disability Rights Program. She will be talking about her work representing people with disabilities facing discrimination in employment and unequal access to government programs and services, especially for low-wage workers of color. She will also talk about how the current administration threatens disability rights through the privatization of healthcare.
April 11, 2019
Centering Black Voices in Media: Interview with Lola Smallwood Cuevas
Lola Smallwood Cuevas is a project director at the UCLA Labor Center an an expert on unions, employment discrimination and the black working-class, specifically in Los Angeles. She directs the Los Angeles Black Worker Center, a project of the UCLA Labor Center which is the first worker center in California focused on solving the Black job crisis. The BWC aims to build power among black workers to create greater access to quality jobs, address employment discrimination, and transform industries that employ black workers. Smallwood Cuevas previously served as the political and community coordinator for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1877 and she has helped build a dynamic Black community partnership with a largely immigrant union. She's co-authored the Labor Center's publication, Women's Work: Los Angeles Homecare Workers Revitalize the Labor Movement, and wrote a chapter in the 2010 book Black Los Angeles: American Dreams and Racial Realities. TRANSCRIPTION: https://docs.google.com/document/u/1/d/1bwoFbrBKjeYPAUUdhZ3XdTK8zRkzvgka6VkYUi3zcOY/edit
April 11, 2019