Episode 13: Building Unions & Busting Borders with Dr. Tracy Ferrell

On this episode we are joined by Dr. Tracy Ferrell from CU Boulder. We discuss the challenges and opportunities around labor organizing in academia, the campus experience under Covid, and her research around immigration and medical marijuana patients. We also talk about the power of stories to inspire empathy and break down borders. After the interview, Emily envisions a self-sustaining system and Sarah attempts to quote Ram Dass and Jason Molina with questionable accuracy. Oh yeah, and I guess there was an election or something? Soooo we hope you enjoy profanity.

What the Folk · Episode 13: Building Unions & Busting Borders with Dr. Tracy Ferrell

Episode 12: Good Vibes Only with Melody Walker

Happy (?) day after election day! We recorded this episode in October, so we made some bad predictions with our guest, musician Melody Walker, mostly involving aliens. We also talk about Front Country’s fantastic new album, Impossible World, which is out now for your ears’ enjoyment. But that’s just for starters in this lively and insightful discussion, which includes performative class and inclusion in country music, the potential futures of the music industry in a post-Covid world, self-accountability, and a pitch for a Christopher Guest-style comedy about paranoid militias. Good vibes all around!

Featured songs are “Amerikan Dream” and “Broken Record” by Front Country, courtesy of the artist.

What the Folk · Episode 12: Good Vibes Only with Melody Walker

Episode 11: Slashing Police Funding Starts at Home with Alex Scott

***AUDIO NOTE: There was an issue with Sarah’s track, sorry for the fuzz!***

CONTENT WARNING: DISCUSSION OF SEXUAL ASSAULT

We’re joined by Alex Scott, a 7th generation Oklahoman, a former public school teacher, an active community organizer, and candidate for Oklahoma State Senate. In 2018, she became the youngest member to ever serve on the Norman, OK City Council, ousting a well-funded incumbent on a shoestring budget and grassroots power. We discuss the importance of getting involved locally, the terrifying pushback she has received for her actions, and how she got ripped off a flagpole at a certain Tulsa rally for someone who shall remain unnamed (see episode 1A for more on that). Follow Alex on Twitter: @ RealAlexScott

Then afterwards Emily and Sarah discuss their husky, wildfire smoke soaked voices, riff more on the idea of local action, and Sarah uses the word “magic” a whole bunch.

What the Folk · Episode 11: Slashing Police Funding Starts at Home with Alex Scott

Episode 10: Be Your Own Oracle with Lola Darling

Happy Episode 10 of What the Folk! We’re joined by the fabulous and multi-talented Lola Darling for a conversation about how art can heal and how to live your life as an act of resistance. We also get a preview of her new musical oracle project! From Lola’s struggle to claim her own identity to Covid on the reservations, from Kerrville Folk Festival to Mardi Gras, this episode is an emotionally honest and eye-opening journey.

What the Folk · Episode 10: Be Your Own Oracle with Lola Darling

Episode 9: Why Not Both? with Clayton Ickes

On this episode, we are taking a trip with Clayton Ickes, president of Psychedelic Club. We talk about our tendency to see psychedelics as a “savior,” what a legit psychedelic renaissance would look like, and wrestle with thorny issues of colonization and privilege vis-à-vis movements around drug liberation. Oh, and there’s some light discussion of Japanese death cults. Afterwards, Emily and Sarah break down our weird tendency to make people into saviors, specifically in regards to RGB (fare thee well), and discuss how easy it is to make a reasonable, nuanced point that is well received on social media.

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What the Folk · Episode 9: Why Not Both? with Clayton Ickes

BONUS! Episode 8: Freaking Out About Press Freedom (or) Why We Give a Shit About Assange

On this special bonus episode we are discussing the extradition hearing of Julian Assange with our friends Lee Camp and returning What the Folk champion Eleanor Goldfield. This episode is entirely focused on the case, so should be a good primer for anyone who is wondering, “Why, with all the things going on in the world, should I also give a shit about this?”

Make sure to check out Lee and Eleanor’s pod, Common Censored!

What the Folk · BONUS! Episode 8: Freaking Out About Press Freedom (or) Why We Give a Shit About Assange

Episode 7: Striking Back at Empire Privilege with Brittany DeBarros

Join us for an enlightening discussion with Brittany DeBarros, Organizing Director of About Face: Veterans Against the War. We talk about her journey from soldier to activist, how to address oppressive patterns in movement building, what happens when we win, and how to hold multiple truths at once. We also touch on the joys of task forces and the musical “Hamilton.” Stick around if you want to hear Emily and Sarah reflect further on the idea of imperial privilege — unless you’re a fan of Colin Powell, but, in that case, I’m not sure why you’re even listening to this podcast.

What the Folk · Episode 7: Striking Back at Empire Privilege with Brittany DeBarros

Episode 6: Escaping Revolving Doors with Lauren Flynn

Settle in for this deep dive with songwriter, musician, yoga teacher, activist, writer and all-around conscious renaissance woman Lauren Flynn. This interview covers a lot of territory — how to live your activism, how to deal with narcissists, and how to turn trauma into passive aggressive country songs, to name just a few highlights. It’s all about working on the internal to affect the external. After the interview, stay tuned if you want to hear a classic Emily Army story and hear Sarah reference Robert Anton Wilson because she’s heady like that.

What the Folk · Episode 6: Escaping Revolving Doors with Lauren Flynn

Episode 5: Unforgetting History with Eleanor Goldfield

We are joined by journalist, performance artist, activist and general doer of amazing shit Eleanor Goldfield! Settle in for this great conversation about mutual aid, her new (and excellent) documentary Hard Road of Hope, and how we keep up our creativity and hope in these troubling times. After the interview, stay tuned for Emily and Sarah’s thoughts on imagining a better world, especially if you enjoy subtle metaphors that describe national politics as a hit-and-run car accident and counter-hegemonic resistance as “poking at holes” (Seriously, are we not doing phrasing anymore?)

What the Folk · Episode 5: Unforgetting History with Eleanor Goldfield

Episode Four: Dancing on the Ruins with Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson

We sit down with the awesome Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson, Co-Executive Director of the legendary Highlander Center, for an inspiring and motivating talk about movement building, solidarity economics, liberation practices and real deal education. This interview had us practicing our dance moves to shimmy on the ruins of the old world, so you don’t want to miss it if you’re needing some fuel for your fire. Then Emily gives a post-PDX protest report, and she and Sarah discuss ways to “get in where you fit in” to support M4BL.

P.S. We’d suggest a What the Folk drinking game where you take a shot every time Sarah says the word “consciousness” — but that would likely render you unconscious.

Featured music is by our own Emily Yates!