At The Intersection

At The Intersection

www.at-the-intersection.com
A podcast about two friends investigating what happens at the intersection of culture, identity, and policy. Hosted by Brian Kennedy and Marion Johnson. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/at-the-intersection/support


Primaries, Electability, and Self-Fulfilling Prophecies
Nov 20 • 77 min
Brian & Marion are BACK in the studio to talk about the already interminable 2020 election season and how primaries work. They also dive into the concept of “electability,” which has come to mean “appealing to imaginary but somehow very important white…
The Evolution of Voter Suppression
Jul 22 • 62 min
Brian & Marion are back from their unscheduled hiatus with something light and frothy for the summer: voter suppression! They delve into the history of gerrymandering, current disenfranchisement, and the swindling of a Supreme Court seat. They also go on…
Dr. Ciara Zachary and Black Maternal Health
May 27 • 73 min
Brian & Marion talk to public health expert Dr. Ciara Zachary about how systemic racism is killing Black mothers at an alarming rate. (They also go on a semi-relevant tangent about facial recognition software, so look forward to that coming up again in a…
Gentrification, or Revitalization?
May 6 • 54 min
Brian & Marion discuss the hottest trend that’s showing up in cities from D.C. to Brooklyn to Durham, NC — gentrification! They get into the difference between gentrification and revitalization, what your responsibility is as an individual to fight…
From Punchline to Protagonists: Blackness in Horror
Apr 22 • 66 min
Brian & Marion dive into the surprisingly rich and complicated history of Black representation in horror movies, starting with The Birth of a Nation and ending (for now) with Us. Marion has a LOT to say about Dr. Robin R. Means Coleman’s new Shudder…
Listener Questions
Apr 8 • 43 min
Brian and Marion answer your questions! Well, technically *answered* - this episode was recorded in December, so the takes aren’t as piping hot as they could be; but they’re still pretty hot so what is your damage? Be sure to vote us in as Best Local…
The Reparations Episode
Mar 25 • 73 min
Brian & Marion finally dedicate a whole episode to reparations. They talk historical context, cultural opposition, and how reparations has gone from a throwaway to a presidential litmus test in ten years. They also discuss how each presidential candidate…
Talila Lewis and Disability Justice
Mar 11 • 68 min
Marion talks to disability justice activist Talila A. Lewis about the often erased or ignored intersections of disability and other marginalized identities. They also talk about the myth of productivity as a value, and a deeper form of reparations.…
Legacy, Opportunity, and the Green New Deal
Feb 25 • 56 min
Brian & Marion dive into the historical and cultural context of the Green New Deal, America’s latest stimulus proposal triggered by a specific crisis - in this case, climate change. They also refuse to check any acronyms before or during the episode, so…
Edgar Villanueva and Decolonizing Wealth
Feb 11 • 48 min
Brian & Marion talk to philanthropist and author Edgar Villanueva about his book Decolonizing Wealth. They get into the role philanthropy can play in solving wealth inequality, how to protect your own energy as a Black or brown person in a white space,…
Fyre Fest: White Privilege and Modern Colonialism
Jan 28 • 54 min
Brian & Marion are back with an emergency episode about Fyre Festival and what we’ve all learned from the Hulu and Netflix documentaries. Of course that means getting into the history of the Bahamas and breaking down how Billy McFarland ain’t nothin new.…
Dr. Jessica Barron and Surviving White Spaces [LIVE Crossover With Black Future Manifest(o)]
Nov 12, 2018 • 52 min
For their first crossover episode, Brian & Marion are joined by Micah and Mariah of Black Future Manifest[o] in front of a live audience! Together they talk to the brilliant Dr. Jessica Barron, author of The Urban Church Imagined, about her research on…
Affirmative Action, Anti-Blackness, and the Model Minority Myth
Oct 22, 2018 • 56 min
Marion & Brian discuss the latest court case challenging Affirmative Action and how the model minority myth is steeped in anti-Blackness and harms us all. Brian also struggles (and fails) to ramble off 200 years of history in 5(ish) minutes. Become a…
Environmental Racism: When The Storm Hits
Oct 8, 2018 • 77 min
Brian & Marion talk Hurricane Florence…and Matthew, and Maria, and Katrina, and how the narrative when hurricanes hit predominantly Black and brown communities is always the same. They then talk to activist and community organizer Omisade Burney-Scott…
Student Loans: The Struggle is Real
Sep 9, 2018 • 63 min
We’re back! In recognition of Back to School season, Brian & Marion stress themselves all the way out by talking about student loan debt. Theirs, yours, and everybody else’s. Turns out, the way the system is set up means that Black and brown families are…
Live from Durham, it’s Black August!
Aug 19, 2018 • 39 min
Brian & Marion go to Black August in the Park! For At The Intersection’s first live episode, recorded in Durham Central Park, they talk to attendees about the number one block party/family reunion/cookout of the year, how we’re celebrating our Blackness,…
Self-Made in America: The Bootstraps Myth
Jul 29, 2018 • 70 min
Brian & Marion break down the myth of the self-made billionaire and how it’s tied up in racism, sexism, and capitalism. They also get into why the myth is still so comforting to so many of us, despite the fact that we will never be wealthy. Finally, tax…
#EverybodyBlack: The Bonds of the Diaspora
Jul 15, 2018 • 64 min
Brian & Marion compare their experiences of being Black in America as a descendant of enslaved Africans and a first generation African American, respectively. They also discuss why everyone in the African Diaspora is always rooting for everybody Black,…
Cancelled: All Your Faves are Problematic
Jul 2, 2018 • 68 min
Brian & Marion open up about their personal problematic faves vs. the people who have landed on their ‘cancelled’ lists, and what makes it difficult to let a fave go. They also investigate who’s allowed to have second chances (hint: it’s usually rich…
We’re Brown, We’re Queer, We’re…Not Here?
Jun 18, 2018 • 62 min
Brian & Marion talk about the falling rate of LGBTQ representation on the big screen, and how important it is to see honest, relatable portrayals of queer Black and brown people in media, especially in a political climate that criminalizes every single…
Language and White Supremacy
Jun 4, 2018 • 76 min
Brian & Marion talk “the n-word,” free speech, and how language can be used as a weapon to protect white supremacy. They also talk to policy analyst and immigrant rights advocate Victoria Crouse about the renewed interest in making English the official…
Donald Glover, Beyonce, and The New Black Renaissance
May 21, 2018 • 62 min
Brian & Marion dive into the 21st-century Black Renaissance we’re blessed to be living in, covering everything from “This Is America” to Beychella to DAMN. Then they throw back to the originator - the Harlem Renaissance - and read each other quotes by…
Janelle Jones and White Progressive Myths
May 7, 2018 • 42 min
Brian & Marion talk to economics expert Janelle Jones about the meaning of equity and how we actually achieve it. Surprise - reparations come up. Janelle also gives us some real talk about how white progressives continue to uphold white supremacy by being…
Darrick Hamilton, Reparations, and a Federal Job Guarantee
May 2, 2018 • 32 min
Brian & Marion talk to Professor Darrick Hamilton about the federal job guarantee proposal that he helped create, and about how we want our reparations. Brian also slips in an unnecessary dig at Indiana Jones for what must be the thousandth time. —- This…
Equal Pay Day - the intersection of sexism and racism
Apr 10, 2018 • 64 min
Brian & Marion discuss the many layers of discrimination found in the gender wage gap and why women of color get left out of the wage gap conversation. Brian shares some advice for men in a new game called Don’t Be That Guy. —- This episode is sponsored…
March Madness - Should college athletes be paid?
Apr 4, 2018 • 60 min
Brian & Marion debate the financial, ethical, and political implications of paying college athletes for their labor. (Spoiler alert: people’s opinions on the matter are often guided by race.) Marion also learns that Canadians play American football. —-…
Guns, Race, and Hypocrisy - Pt. 2
Mar 15, 2018 • 72 min
In Part 2 of this episode, Brian & Marion reminisce about the mass shooting events that loom large in their memories, and discuss where the gun control movement could go next. Marion also talks to her friend Marcus, a veteran and life-long gun owner,…
Guns, Race, and Hypocrisy - Pt. 1
Mar 7, 2018 • 48 min
In Part 1 of this episode, Brian & Marion explore the long history of American gun culture and how the gun debate has been racialized since the beginning. They cover the Black Panther Party, Clint Eastwood, Ronald Reagan, and a George R.R. Martin-style…
Black Panther - How policy and culture created Wakanda
Feb 26, 2018 • 56 min
Brian & Marion dive into the most important movie of the 21st century, Black Panther. They discuss cultural influences and impact, the importance of nuanced and human portrayals of Africans in the media, the historical context that Black Panther draws…