The Lift Up

The Lift Up

By Tamara Crawford and Vina Orden
A monthly transatlantic conversation hosted by Tamara Crawford and Vina Orden about books, writing, identity, and representation, centered on marginalized voices and stories.
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Episode 3 - THERE THERE: On the violence of silence & the privilege of culture
Hosts Tamara and Vina discuss Tommy Orange's 2018 debut novel, There There, which delves into the lives of twelve "urban Natives" from Oakland who grapple with their personal and collective histories, identities, and relationships. As Americans celebrate Independence Day on July 4, we thought it all the more important to remember (in the words of one of the characters Dene Oxendene), "for Native people in this country, all over the Americas, it's been developed over, buried ancestral land, glass and concrete and wire and steel, unreturnable covered memory. There is no there there."
35:38
July 1, 2020
BONUS Interview with Gina Apostol, Part 2
In Part 2 of our interview with the writer Gina Apostol, whose novel Insurrecto was featured this month on The Lift Up, we discuss gate-keeping in the publishing industry; the economics of writing; and the importance of doing the work that’s within your desire, even—or especially if—it does something to counter the system.
28:30
June 24, 2020
BONUS Interview with Gina Apostol, Part 1
Writer Gina Apostol joins hosts Tamara and Vina for a conversation (in two parts) about her fourth novel, Insurrecto, as well as football (or soccer, to American listeners); the Pilipino as a hyper-postmodern hyper-human; and the importance of activism and long-term organizing for meaningful social change.
34:13
June 17, 2020
Episode 2 - INSURRECTO: Histories, realities, & other confusions
In the lead-up to Philippine Independence Day on June 12, hosts Tamara and Vina discuss Gina Apostol's Insurrecto, exploring the forgotten Philippine-American War through the mediated lenses of Pilipina translator Magsalin and American filmmaker Chiara Brasi.
35:36
June 3, 2020
Episode 1 - Allow Us to Introduce Ourselves
Who are Tamara and Vina, and why did they start The Lift Up? Listen to find out more about your hosts and their motivations in starting this monthly literary podcast...
07:41
May 13, 2020
The Lift Up - Trailer
Welcome to The Lift Up -  a transatlantic conversation about books, hosted by Tamara Crawford and Vina Orden.
00:37
May 6, 2020