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Sunstorm with Alicia Garza & Ai-jen Poo


Sunstorm is an audio salon hosted by two of America’s leading organizers, Alicia Garza and Ai-jen Poo, where they talk to their friends and heroes about how women stay powerful and joyful amidst the chaos of life in America today.

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Telling Stories with Alfonso Cuaron

Oct 19 • 19:50

This episode is a Special Sunstorm Live Conversation with Academy Award Winning directory Alfonso Cuaron in celebration of our friends at Participant being honored by the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Participant uses the language of cinema to inspire social change....

Reprise: Making Empathy Go Viral with Heather McGhee

Aug 3 • 30:22

When Heather McGhee isn’t fighting for justice, writing, teaching, and raising her son, she’s daydreaming about biscuits (butter only, please). She tells Alicia and Ai-jen how she got involved with economic policy advocacy, what she learned about the intersection of racism and inequality after the 2008 financial crisis, and how becoming a parent made her work even more urg...

What We’ll Carry Forward with Ai-jen and Alicia

Jul 6 • 26:06

From the power of moms to the importance of trusting ourselves, Ai-jen and Alicia reflect on the insights that expanded our minds—and our worlds—this season. Thanks to our brilliant guests, we’ve thought more about how engaging and fighting for our communities can be part of everyday life. We’ve gone deep on the idea that care isn’t transactional, but a radical tool for tr...

Normalcy Is a Scam with Alice Wong

Jun 29 • 29:30

Through The Disability Visibility Project and other channels, Alice Wong’s work has challenged beliefs about what disability is—and who disabled people are. She explains the far-reaching impact of the disability rights movement, how it has sharpened other avenues of activism, and how the broader progressive movement falls short when it comes to inclusion and accessibility....

Tired and Excited with Baratunde Thurston

Jun 22 • 33:09

Between the pandemic and life, “How to Citizen” host Baratunde Thurston is tired. But he’s also optimistic and motivated about where the world can go—if we get ourselves right. He breaks down his concept of ‘citizen’ as a verb, and why he chooses to citizen by checking on his neighbors and digging into the minutiae of municipal budgets. He also shares stories about his lat...

Laughing Means We’re Alive with Margaret Cho

Jun 15 • 29:25

Comedian, actress, and all-around legend Margaret Cho explains why she’s focused on enlarging the story of American history by delving into anti-Asian violence in season two of her podcast, “The Margaret Cho.” She also gets real about pandemic life, the surprising upsides of virtual Pride celebrations, and how the LGBTQ+ community’s resilience during Covid echoes that of t...

Learning From Nature with Tara Houska

Jun 8 • 28:46

Attorney and Giniw Collective co-founder Tara Houska is on the front lines of activism—literally. A veteran of the Standing Rock resistance, she has spent the past three years with other water protectors in a Northern Minnesota resistance camp, working to stop the massive Line 3 pipeline project. She explains why her philosophy of land defense goes beyond protecting natura...

Manifesting Shine with Tunde Oyeneyin

Jun 1 • 28:58

Peloton instructor Tunde Oyeneyin can motivate anyone, including the thousands of people who follow her workouts. She explains how she learned to grapple with self-doubt and listen to her inner voice in order to manifest her dreams, and why it’s so important to trust the process, wherever it may lead. As she tells it, her late mother Veronica was the one who taught her to ...

Being the First of Many with Errin Haines

May 25 • 28:42

Journalist Errin Haines (The 19th*, MSNBC) has been busy covering the 2020 election, frontline workers’ stories, the pandemic’s disproportionate impact on caregivers, and police violence—it was her reporting that made Breonna Taylor’s murder national news. She explains why she’s unlearned the idea that we have to figure everything out on our own, how seeing the impact of c...

Learning As We Go with Ai-jen and Alicia

May 18 • 31:05

There’s some light at the end of the pandemic tunnel (go get those shots if you can, fam) and 2020 elections are done. So, what now? What have we learned, and what do we still need to figure out? Ai-jen and Alicia reflect on the way we came together when everything fell apart, and how America has finally acknowledged that caregiving is essential infrastructure. As conversa...

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