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The Top Rank podcast - co-hosted by best friends Isabel Flower and Marcel Rosa-Salas - is a process-oriented research platform, centered on highlighting people of diverse backgrounds who are driving, shaping and challenging their fields, and the world around them. Every month, Isabel (a journalist and editor) and Marcel (a cultural anthropologist and marketing professor) delve into insightful conversations with leading thinkers about cultural politics, consumer culture, and social justice. Check us out on Instagram and Twitter @toprankpodcastinfo@toprankpodcast.com

Latest Episodes

Episode 33: Dating and creating on her own terms: A conversation with @LifewithJRDN

As mega media companies merge, and social media platforms siphon us into echo chambers, independent content creation remains one of the most empowering aspects of our current moment. Those with access to a computer and wifi connection can develop and distribute their own media - and point of view - with a sense of urgency, creativity and scale that was once thought to be unimaginable. @lifewithjrdn is a writer, curator of the Instagram account @true_to_us and host of the podcast “Dating in NYC. Her work spans everything from lifestyle and fashion blogging, to bold IGTV videos on sex positivity and safety. Check out Jourdan's work http://www.lifewithjrdn.com/ https://www.instagram.com/lifewithjrdn/ https://www.instagram.com/datinginnycpod/ https://www.instagram.com/true_to_us/

55 minAUG 20
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Episode 33: Dating and creating on her own terms: A conversation with @LifewithJRDN

Episode 32: Latinx Art: Artists, Markets & Politics with Professor Arlene Dávila

It is impossible to separate the workings of the art world – and what these institutions deem valuable — with the compounding racist, sexist, and classist ideas that run through American society. For artists who identify with the pan-ethnic category of Latinx, institutional marginalization in the contemporary art world brings forth urgent questions around the politics of identity, the marketing of ethnicity, and the future of arts institutions. To unpack these dynamics, we spoke to cultural anthropologist and NYU professor Dr. Arlene Davila, about her new book, "Latinx Art: Artists, Markets and Politics" from Duke University Press. Our listeners get 30% off their purchase of "Latinx Art" on the Duke University Press website by using the code "E20DVILA" at checkout https://www.dukeupress.edu/latinx-art Follow Professor Davila on Twitter @ArleneDavila1

48 minAUG 3
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Episode 32: Latinx Art: Artists, Markets & Politics with Professor Arlene Dávila

Episode 31: Reinventing tech education with The Knowledge House

Tech is one of the biggest, fastest changing, and most in-demand industries in terms both of services and of jobs. It is also a fraught and largely yet-to-be traversed territory, that comes with many critical and even existential questions, from AI and automation to privacy and surveillance. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought the role of technology in our lives into high relief, while also forcing us to totally reimagine the workplace, as countless careers are becoming remote, perhaps indefinitely. On this episode, we spoke with Jerelyn Rodriguez (@jerelyn_r) & Joe Carrano (@joeknows718), founders of The Knowledge House—an education organization in the Bronx that offers technical training and professional development to youth and young adults. Their programming provides students with the skills to pursue of range of careers in the tech industry, from data science to web design. Check out The Knowledge House at https://www.theknowledgehouse.org/ and on social media @TheKnowledgeHouse

58 minJUL 4
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Episode 31: Reinventing tech education with The Knowledge House

Epsiode 30: Warriors in the Garden on the Power of Protest

Over the past few weeks, starting in Minneapolis and spreading across the US and the globe, people have taken to the streets to express their fury, grief and immense collective frustration at a broken system built upon genocide, exploitation, racial capitalism and police brutality—a system that has resisted the same demands for change over generations. We are in the midst of an enormous cultural shift in the ongoing struggle for liberation for Black people, as well as all people of color, and, as always, some of the most important work is being led by young people voicing their demands for the future. For our 30th episode, we spoke with Kiara Williams, Gaya Rajesh and Cindy Kamtchoum of Warriors in the Garden—a newly-founded collective of New York activists dedicated to nonviolent protest and combating police brutality and all forms of systemic oppression—about their take on the moment. Follow @warriorsinthegarden on IG to join the movement https://www.instagram.com/warriorsinthegarden/

52 minJUN 26
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Epsiode 30: Warriors in the Garden on the Power of Protest

Episode 29: On Surveillance with Professor Sareeta Amrute

We are all being watched. From our phones to our Facebook activity, our data is being collected—and, in many cases, sold—to target us with ads, predict our identities and interests, determine our credit worthiness, and even evaluate our propensity for commiting crimes. In the midst of a crucial moment in conversations about surveillance and public “safety,” we talked with Sareeta Amrute, associate professor of anthropology at the University of Washington and director of research at NYC think tank Data & Society, to discuss the history of the data and surveillance economies and what’s at stake now.

66 minMAY 11
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Episode 29: On Surveillance with Professor Sareeta Amrute

Episode 28: Diversity Inc. A Conversation with Pamela Newkirk

“Diversity”—in particular, the lack of it—has become a buzzword in the past two decades, especially within the realms of education, entertainment, and corporate America. Companies and institutions alike are spending millions of dollars on programs to make their ranks more inclusive and reflective of ever-shifting demographics. Yet, as journalist and professor Pamela Newkirk (@ptnewkirk) argues, diversity remains “conspicuously lacking” in these contexts, both despite of and, in some ways, because of the efforts to confront it. On this episode, we speak with Professor Newkirk about her new book “Diversity, Inc: The Failed Promise of a Billion-Dollar Business,” and the paradoxes, pitfalls and potential of business-driven approaches to rectifying social inequality. Check out Pamela Newkirk's book here: https://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/pamela-newkirk/diversity-inc/9781568588230/ Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @ptnewkirk

57 minAPR 21
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Episode 28: Diversity Inc. A Conversation with Pamela Newkirk

Episode 27: Redefining Sustainability in Unsustainable Times

If the ongoing COVID-19 crisis has unveiled anything, it is the sheer unsustainability of our contemporary conditions. Just a few weeks ago, life as we knew it was “normal,” but that sense of normal was a world already in crisis, in which the sustainability of life on Earth was being sacrificed again and again for capital gain. On this episode, we spoke with Whitney McGuire & Dominique Drakeford, founders of Sustainable Brooklyn, about the story behind their friendship and organization, and what sustainability means in these uncertain times. Check out Sustainable Brooklyn: https://www.sustainablebk.co/ @sustainablebk @whitneymcguire @dominiquedrakeford Follow the @toprankpodcast on SoundCloud and iTunes for more episodes

49 minAPR 6
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Episode 27: Redefining Sustainability in Unsustainable Times

Episode 26: Jessica Lynne of ARTS.BLACK on reimagining art criticism

After a brief hiatus as we transitioned into this new year and decade, we are back in the booth with Jessica Lynne, a writer and cultural critic from coastal Virginia and co-founder of ARTS.BLACK, an online journal that publishes art criticism from Black perspectives. We spoke with Jess about the craft of criticism, the relationship between research, love and vulnerability, and the art of finding balance. Find Jessica online at @lynne_bias. https://www.jessicalynne.co/ https://arts.black/

49 minMAR 4
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Episode 26: Jessica Lynne of ARTS.BLACK on reimagining art criticism

Episode 25: On making history with Professor Maria Cotera

Who has the power to write history and how has the digital age transformed this process? On this episode, we speak with Professor Maria Cotera about her approach to grassroots community history-making with the Chicana por mi Raza Digital Memory Collective, an ongoing Chicana feminist history project documenting the oral histories and personal archives of women across the U.S. We speak with Professor Cotera about the politics of producing knowledge, the role of social media in new modes of archiving, and practical tips for independent scholars interested in pursuing their own research. Professor Cotera is an Associate Professor in the Department of Women’s Studies and the American Culture Department at the University of Michigan. You can learn more about Chicana Por Mi Raza here: http://chicanapormiraza.org/about

60 min2019 NOV 4
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Episode 25: On making history with Professor Maria Cotera

Episode 24: Salome Asega on Speculative Design

Salome Asega is a NYC based artist, educator and researcher whose work engages with the intersection of technology, design and social justice. Currently, she is the Technology Fellow at the Ford Foundation's Creativity and Free Expression program area, and a director of Powrplnt, a digital art community organization for youth in Brooklyn. On this episode, we chat with Salome about her dynamic interdisciplinary career, how her childhood has shaped her practice, and the political urgency of deploying design principles to imagine a more just present & future. Keep up with Salome here http://www.salome.zone and on IG @computers_puting

39 min2019 SEP 4
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Episode 24: Salome Asega on Speculative Design

Latest Episodes

Episode 33: Dating and creating on her own terms: A conversation with @LifewithJRDN

As mega media companies merge, and social media platforms siphon us into echo chambers, independent content creation remains one of the most empowering aspects of our current moment. Those with access to a computer and wifi connection can develop and distribute their own media - and point of view - with a sense of urgency, creativity and scale that was once thought to be unimaginable. @lifewithjrdn is a writer, curator of the Instagram account @true_to_us and host of the podcast “Dating in NYC. Her work spans everything from lifestyle and fashion blogging, to bold IGTV videos on sex positivity and safety. Check out Jourdan's work http://www.lifewithjrdn.com/ https://www.instagram.com/lifewithjrdn/ https://www.instagram.com/datinginnycpod/ https://www.instagram.com/true_to_us/

55 minAUG 20
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Episode 33: Dating and creating on her own terms: A conversation with @LifewithJRDN

Episode 32: Latinx Art: Artists, Markets & Politics with Professor Arlene Dávila

It is impossible to separate the workings of the art world – and what these institutions deem valuable — with the compounding racist, sexist, and classist ideas that run through American society. For artists who identify with the pan-ethnic category of Latinx, institutional marginalization in the contemporary art world brings forth urgent questions around the politics of identity, the marketing of ethnicity, and the future of arts institutions. To unpack these dynamics, we spoke to cultural anthropologist and NYU professor Dr. Arlene Davila, about her new book, "Latinx Art: Artists, Markets and Politics" from Duke University Press. Our listeners get 30% off their purchase of "Latinx Art" on the Duke University Press website by using the code "E20DVILA" at checkout https://www.dukeupress.edu/latinx-art Follow Professor Davila on Twitter @ArleneDavila1

48 minAUG 3
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Episode 32: Latinx Art: Artists, Markets & Politics with Professor Arlene Dávila

Episode 31: Reinventing tech education with The Knowledge House

Tech is one of the biggest, fastest changing, and most in-demand industries in terms both of services and of jobs. It is also a fraught and largely yet-to-be traversed territory, that comes with many critical and even existential questions, from AI and automation to privacy and surveillance. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought the role of technology in our lives into high relief, while also forcing us to totally reimagine the workplace, as countless careers are becoming remote, perhaps indefinitely. On this episode, we spoke with Jerelyn Rodriguez (@jerelyn_r) & Joe Carrano (@joeknows718), founders of The Knowledge House—an education organization in the Bronx that offers technical training and professional development to youth and young adults. Their programming provides students with the skills to pursue of range of careers in the tech industry, from data science to web design. Check out The Knowledge House at https://www.theknowledgehouse.org/ and on social media @TheKnowledgeHouse

58 minJUL 4
Comments
Episode 31: Reinventing tech education with The Knowledge House

Epsiode 30: Warriors in the Garden on the Power of Protest

Over the past few weeks, starting in Minneapolis and spreading across the US and the globe, people have taken to the streets to express their fury, grief and immense collective frustration at a broken system built upon genocide, exploitation, racial capitalism and police brutality—a system that has resisted the same demands for change over generations. We are in the midst of an enormous cultural shift in the ongoing struggle for liberation for Black people, as well as all people of color, and, as always, some of the most important work is being led by young people voicing their demands for the future. For our 30th episode, we spoke with Kiara Williams, Gaya Rajesh and Cindy Kamtchoum of Warriors in the Garden—a newly-founded collective of New York activists dedicated to nonviolent protest and combating police brutality and all forms of systemic oppression—about their take on the moment. Follow @warriorsinthegarden on IG to join the movement https://www.instagram.com/warriorsinthegarden/

52 minJUN 26
Comments
Epsiode 30: Warriors in the Garden on the Power of Protest

Episode 29: On Surveillance with Professor Sareeta Amrute

We are all being watched. From our phones to our Facebook activity, our data is being collected—and, in many cases, sold—to target us with ads, predict our identities and interests, determine our credit worthiness, and even evaluate our propensity for commiting crimes. In the midst of a crucial moment in conversations about surveillance and public “safety,” we talked with Sareeta Amrute, associate professor of anthropology at the University of Washington and director of research at NYC think tank Data & Society, to discuss the history of the data and surveillance economies and what’s at stake now.

66 minMAY 11
Comments
Episode 29: On Surveillance with Professor Sareeta Amrute

Episode 28: Diversity Inc. A Conversation with Pamela Newkirk

“Diversity”—in particular, the lack of it—has become a buzzword in the past two decades, especially within the realms of education, entertainment, and corporate America. Companies and institutions alike are spending millions of dollars on programs to make their ranks more inclusive and reflective of ever-shifting demographics. Yet, as journalist and professor Pamela Newkirk (@ptnewkirk) argues, diversity remains “conspicuously lacking” in these contexts, both despite of and, in some ways, because of the efforts to confront it. On this episode, we speak with Professor Newkirk about her new book “Diversity, Inc: The Failed Promise of a Billion-Dollar Business,” and the paradoxes, pitfalls and potential of business-driven approaches to rectifying social inequality. Check out Pamela Newkirk's book here: https://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/pamela-newkirk/diversity-inc/9781568588230/ Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @ptnewkirk

57 minAPR 21
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Episode 28: Diversity Inc. A Conversation with Pamela Newkirk

Episode 27: Redefining Sustainability in Unsustainable Times

If the ongoing COVID-19 crisis has unveiled anything, it is the sheer unsustainability of our contemporary conditions. Just a few weeks ago, life as we knew it was “normal,” but that sense of normal was a world already in crisis, in which the sustainability of life on Earth was being sacrificed again and again for capital gain. On this episode, we spoke with Whitney McGuire & Dominique Drakeford, founders of Sustainable Brooklyn, about the story behind their friendship and organization, and what sustainability means in these uncertain times. Check out Sustainable Brooklyn: https://www.sustainablebk.co/ @sustainablebk @whitneymcguire @dominiquedrakeford Follow the @toprankpodcast on SoundCloud and iTunes for more episodes

49 minAPR 6
Comments
Episode 27: Redefining Sustainability in Unsustainable Times

Episode 26: Jessica Lynne of ARTS.BLACK on reimagining art criticism

After a brief hiatus as we transitioned into this new year and decade, we are back in the booth with Jessica Lynne, a writer and cultural critic from coastal Virginia and co-founder of ARTS.BLACK, an online journal that publishes art criticism from Black perspectives. We spoke with Jess about the craft of criticism, the relationship between research, love and vulnerability, and the art of finding balance. Find Jessica online at @lynne_bias. https://www.jessicalynne.co/ https://arts.black/

49 minMAR 4
Comments
Episode 26: Jessica Lynne of ARTS.BLACK on reimagining art criticism

Episode 25: On making history with Professor Maria Cotera

Who has the power to write history and how has the digital age transformed this process? On this episode, we speak with Professor Maria Cotera about her approach to grassroots community history-making with the Chicana por mi Raza Digital Memory Collective, an ongoing Chicana feminist history project documenting the oral histories and personal archives of women across the U.S. We speak with Professor Cotera about the politics of producing knowledge, the role of social media in new modes of archiving, and practical tips for independent scholars interested in pursuing their own research. Professor Cotera is an Associate Professor in the Department of Women’s Studies and the American Culture Department at the University of Michigan. You can learn more about Chicana Por Mi Raza here: http://chicanapormiraza.org/about

60 min2019 NOV 4
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Episode 25: On making history with Professor Maria Cotera

Episode 24: Salome Asega on Speculative Design

Salome Asega is a NYC based artist, educator and researcher whose work engages with the intersection of technology, design and social justice. Currently, she is the Technology Fellow at the Ford Foundation's Creativity and Free Expression program area, and a director of Powrplnt, a digital art community organization for youth in Brooklyn. On this episode, we chat with Salome about her dynamic interdisciplinary career, how her childhood has shaped her practice, and the political urgency of deploying design principles to imagine a more just present & future. Keep up with Salome here http://www.salome.zone and on IG @computers_puting

39 min2019 SEP 4
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Episode 24: Salome Asega on Speculative Design
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