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Showcasing Strong Young Voices from Chicago and beyond. Thursdays at 12PM on WHPK 88.5FM in Chicago. Hosted by Daniel Kisslinger and Damon Williams.

Latest Episodes

Ep 205 - Bill Ayers

Bill Ayers has had a ton of different chapters in the tome of his life, and they’ve all led him to be a damn good person. He is a life-long movement worker, education theorist, author, and former leader of radical group The Weather Underground. He talks about his understanding of our contemporary political moment, how we processed becoming an international symbol of terrorism during the 2008 presidential race, how he makes peace with the dialectics and contradictions we’re all swimming in, and much more. This is definitely one for the archive, and one to dig into. Recorded 9/13/19 in Chicago Music on this week's show: The Dogon Lights - Aneybara

99 MIN1 days ago
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Ep 205 - Bill Ayers

Ep 204 - Johari Noelle

Johari Noelle is wise beyond all of our years. The singer and songwriter was such a gracious and thoughtful guest on the show, talking through her music-making process, upbringing, how she stays present, the complex beauty of being a TWIN(!), and much more. You can listen to her newest project Things You Can’t Say Out Loud now, and catch her on September 25th at Virgin Hotel Chicago. Music from this week's show: Show Me - @joharinoellemusic

67 MIN1 weeks ago
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Ep 204 - Johari Noelle

Ep 203 - Lawrence "Binkey" Tolefree

Binkey’s back! The Chicago host, MC, beatboxer, comic, and community stalwart spent the last four years living abroad in Thailand, before returning home a couple weeks ago. He tells some incredible stories about his travels, connecting with his birth parents, being a “good” person in airquotes, and much more. Plus, Daniel says the word Kemet, which is well worth the price of admission. Recorded 9/4/19 in Chicago Music from this week's show: Photo by RJ Eldridge

89 MIN2 weeks ago
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Ep 203 - Lawrence "Binkey" Tolefree

Ep 202 - Vivien Sansour

Vivien Sansour is in love. The open-hearted, brilliant artist, documentarian, and founder of the Palestine Heirloom Seed Library brings an open heart and critical mind to the studio for a wonderful conversation about trust, making space to feel alive, climbing the terraces of Palestine, snowy owls, and why she's jealous of trees. Plus, a very nice compliment to end the show that made Damon and Daniel cry. This one is a must listen! Recorded 8/20/19 in Chicago Music from this week's show: One Last Try - Chicken Jones

100 MIN3 weeks ago
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Ep 202 - Vivien Sansour

Ep 201 - #BYPSpotlight with Barbara Ransby

Black Youth Project has joined forces with AirGo for a year-long #BYPSpotlight series, featuring our favorite Black academics and activists. First up is Barbara Ransby, whose footprint on the Chicago and global social movement landscape is inimitable. A Professor of History, Gender and Women's Studies, and African American Studies at UIC, Barbara has grounded both organizing and scholarship for liberation in the lineages and lessons of Black women. She wrote the highly acclaimed biography Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement: A Radical Democratic Vision, as well as two other books, and is the driving force behind the R3 Coalition, which has pushed forward some of the most meaningful coalition-building Chicago has seen in recent years. Recorded 7/14 in Chicago Music in this week's show: We Came Down - Superpoze

58 MINAUG 23
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Ep 201 - #BYPSpotlight with Barbara Ransby

Episode 200 - Securing the Mailbag

For our 200th episode(!), Damon and Daniel reflect on the show, and their growth as mediamakers, organizers, and humans. Plus, past guests share their questions for the guys. It's a celebration! Here's to many more episodes moving forward. Recorded 8/13/19 in Chicago Music from this week's show: Self - Noname

84 MINAUG 16
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Episode 200 - Securing the Mailbag

Ep 199 - AirGo Live! #BYPSpotlight with Tribble and Tasha

AirGo is back for our second episode in front of a live audience! This time, we're excited to launch our #BYPSpotlight, a collaboration with Black Youth Project, a website and resource hub examining the attitudes, resources, and culture of the young, urban black millennial. Over the next year, AirGo and BYP will be co-curating a set of episodes featuring young Black Chicagoans bettering their communities through research and direct engagement. On this live show, the audience talks about their dreams coming true with Damon and Kiss, and then we’re joined by guest cohost Tribble and the wonderful musician Tasha, who pops by in the midst of preparing for a stellar set at Pitchfork the following weekend. Thanks to Citlalin Gallery, BYP, Windmill Ginger Brew, and our great crew of Associate Producers for making the show possible! Recorded 7/17/19 at Citlalin Gallery in Chicago

46 MINAUG 9
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Ep 199 - AirGo Live! #BYPSpotlight with Tribble and Tasha

Ep 198 - Tiffany Walden

Tiffany Walden is the cofounder of The Triibe, a digital media platform showcasing innovative content to reshape the narrative of Black Chicago. Born out of a bedroom sublet in 2017, The Triibe mixes journalism, documentary film, and curation to showcase, celebrate, and explore the stories and strands of Black Chicago. A seasoned reporter, she "strives to humanize Black people, Black places and Black things in a way that would make Lorraine Hansberry smile." In a very frank and honest conversation, Tiffany discusses the challenges of building a business while creating, the importance of her partnership with cofounder Morgan Elise Johnson, the history of media literacy and distrust in Black communities, and much more. Recorded 7/23/19 in Chicago Music from this week's show: Acme Coke - Roger Plexico

87 MINAUG 2
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Ep 198 - Tiffany Walden

Ep 197 - Sam Bailey

Sam Bailey is directing into the right direction. The Brown Girls co-creator, director, and actor is getting pretty damn close to finding her footing after the whirlwind that was the release of the hit web series and a subsequent move to LA, and has been guiding the ship for TV shows, music videos, and two features that are currently in development. She talks about the three acts since the whirlwind, bringing her people with her, and learning how to get what she needs. Plus, some excellent Alec Baldwin and Michael B. Jordan slander/love to start the show. Recorded 7/16/19 in Chicago Music from this week's show: tmlton - Igil

86 MINJUL 26
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Ep 197 - Sam Bailey

#GoBack - Ric Wilson in 2015

As part of AirGo's coverage of Pitchfork Music Festival, which is taking place July 19-21 at Union Park in Chicago, we're releasing two #GoBack episodes with AirGo Alums who are playing at the fest. Ric Wilson was the third guest ever on AirGo, back in August 2015. He had just released a boombapy rap project called Penny Raps, and was still really plugged into local organizing work with We Charge Genocide. He's now preparing to release his first full-length album, has modeled in multiple national campaigns, and had a feature cameo as himself in an episode of Netflix series Easy. Also, listen to Ric's return episode from August 2017: https://soundcloud.com/airgoradio/ep-104-ric-wilson-returns

62 MINJUL 18
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#GoBack - Ric Wilson in 2015

Latest Episodes

Ep 205 - Bill Ayers

Bill Ayers has had a ton of different chapters in the tome of his life, and they’ve all led him to be a damn good person. He is a life-long movement worker, education theorist, author, and former leader of radical group The Weather Underground. He talks about his understanding of our contemporary political moment, how we processed becoming an international symbol of terrorism during the 2008 presidential race, how he makes peace with the dialectics and contradictions we’re all swimming in, and much more. This is definitely one for the archive, and one to dig into. Recorded 9/13/19 in Chicago Music on this week's show: The Dogon Lights - Aneybara

99 MIN1 days ago
Comments
Ep 205 - Bill Ayers

Ep 204 - Johari Noelle

Johari Noelle is wise beyond all of our years. The singer and songwriter was such a gracious and thoughtful guest on the show, talking through her music-making process, upbringing, how she stays present, the complex beauty of being a TWIN(!), and much more. You can listen to her newest project Things You Can’t Say Out Loud now, and catch her on September 25th at Virgin Hotel Chicago. Music from this week's show: Show Me - @joharinoellemusic

67 MIN1 weeks ago
Comments
Ep 204 - Johari Noelle

Ep 203 - Lawrence "Binkey" Tolefree

Binkey’s back! The Chicago host, MC, beatboxer, comic, and community stalwart spent the last four years living abroad in Thailand, before returning home a couple weeks ago. He tells some incredible stories about his travels, connecting with his birth parents, being a “good” person in airquotes, and much more. Plus, Daniel says the word Kemet, which is well worth the price of admission. Recorded 9/4/19 in Chicago Music from this week's show: Photo by RJ Eldridge

89 MIN2 weeks ago
Comments
Ep 203 - Lawrence "Binkey" Tolefree

Ep 202 - Vivien Sansour

Vivien Sansour is in love. The open-hearted, brilliant artist, documentarian, and founder of the Palestine Heirloom Seed Library brings an open heart and critical mind to the studio for a wonderful conversation about trust, making space to feel alive, climbing the terraces of Palestine, snowy owls, and why she's jealous of trees. Plus, a very nice compliment to end the show that made Damon and Daniel cry. This one is a must listen! Recorded 8/20/19 in Chicago Music from this week's show: One Last Try - Chicken Jones

100 MIN3 weeks ago
Comments
Ep 202 - Vivien Sansour

Ep 201 - #BYPSpotlight with Barbara Ransby

Black Youth Project has joined forces with AirGo for a year-long #BYPSpotlight series, featuring our favorite Black academics and activists. First up is Barbara Ransby, whose footprint on the Chicago and global social movement landscape is inimitable. A Professor of History, Gender and Women's Studies, and African American Studies at UIC, Barbara has grounded both organizing and scholarship for liberation in the lineages and lessons of Black women. She wrote the highly acclaimed biography Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement: A Radical Democratic Vision, as well as two other books, and is the driving force behind the R3 Coalition, which has pushed forward some of the most meaningful coalition-building Chicago has seen in recent years. Recorded 7/14 in Chicago Music in this week's show: We Came Down - Superpoze

58 MINAUG 23
Comments
Ep 201 - #BYPSpotlight with Barbara Ransby

Episode 200 - Securing the Mailbag

For our 200th episode(!), Damon and Daniel reflect on the show, and their growth as mediamakers, organizers, and humans. Plus, past guests share their questions for the guys. It's a celebration! Here's to many more episodes moving forward. Recorded 8/13/19 in Chicago Music from this week's show: Self - Noname

84 MINAUG 16
Comments
Episode 200 - Securing the Mailbag

Ep 199 - AirGo Live! #BYPSpotlight with Tribble and Tasha

AirGo is back for our second episode in front of a live audience! This time, we're excited to launch our #BYPSpotlight, a collaboration with Black Youth Project, a website and resource hub examining the attitudes, resources, and culture of the young, urban black millennial. Over the next year, AirGo and BYP will be co-curating a set of episodes featuring young Black Chicagoans bettering their communities through research and direct engagement. On this live show, the audience talks about their dreams coming true with Damon and Kiss, and then we’re joined by guest cohost Tribble and the wonderful musician Tasha, who pops by in the midst of preparing for a stellar set at Pitchfork the following weekend. Thanks to Citlalin Gallery, BYP, Windmill Ginger Brew, and our great crew of Associate Producers for making the show possible! Recorded 7/17/19 at Citlalin Gallery in Chicago

46 MINAUG 9
Comments
Ep 199 - AirGo Live! #BYPSpotlight with Tribble and Tasha

Ep 198 - Tiffany Walden

Tiffany Walden is the cofounder of The Triibe, a digital media platform showcasing innovative content to reshape the narrative of Black Chicago. Born out of a bedroom sublet in 2017, The Triibe mixes journalism, documentary film, and curation to showcase, celebrate, and explore the stories and strands of Black Chicago. A seasoned reporter, she "strives to humanize Black people, Black places and Black things in a way that would make Lorraine Hansberry smile." In a very frank and honest conversation, Tiffany discusses the challenges of building a business while creating, the importance of her partnership with cofounder Morgan Elise Johnson, the history of media literacy and distrust in Black communities, and much more. Recorded 7/23/19 in Chicago Music from this week's show: Acme Coke - Roger Plexico

87 MINAUG 2
Comments
Ep 198 - Tiffany Walden

Ep 197 - Sam Bailey

Sam Bailey is directing into the right direction. The Brown Girls co-creator, director, and actor is getting pretty damn close to finding her footing after the whirlwind that was the release of the hit web series and a subsequent move to LA, and has been guiding the ship for TV shows, music videos, and two features that are currently in development. She talks about the three acts since the whirlwind, bringing her people with her, and learning how to get what she needs. Plus, some excellent Alec Baldwin and Michael B. Jordan slander/love to start the show. Recorded 7/16/19 in Chicago Music from this week's show: tmlton - Igil

86 MINJUL 26
Comments
Ep 197 - Sam Bailey

#GoBack - Ric Wilson in 2015

As part of AirGo's coverage of Pitchfork Music Festival, which is taking place July 19-21 at Union Park in Chicago, we're releasing two #GoBack episodes with AirGo Alums who are playing at the fest. Ric Wilson was the third guest ever on AirGo, back in August 2015. He had just released a boombapy rap project called Penny Raps, and was still really plugged into local organizing work with We Charge Genocide. He's now preparing to release his first full-length album, has modeled in multiple national campaigns, and had a feature cameo as himself in an episode of Netflix series Easy. Also, listen to Ric's return episode from August 2017: https://soundcloud.com/airgoradio/ep-104-ric-wilson-returns

62 MINJUL 18
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#GoBack - Ric Wilson in 2015