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Renters Radio is a weekly live-streamed podcast that discusses the most important issue facing Boston: The Rent is Too Damn High! We also go into local, national, and global news while critiquing the neoliberal hell world our generation finds itself inheriting. Hosted by Lauren Pespisa formerly of The Young Jurks and Evan George from Boston DSA.

Latest Episodes

Renters Radio 2/17: Gabriela Cartagena from P.U.E.B.L.O, Suffolk Downs, and Souza-Baranowski Prison Violence

Lauren and Evan are back with a Suffolk Downs Update from our caller Gabriela Cartagena of P.U.E.B.L.O. She fills us in on the fight for affordable housing in East Boston, go to https://www.reclaimboston.org/mayor_walsh_suffolk_downs_petition to demand an emergency meeting with Marty Walsh! We also talk about the ongoing violence against the men incarcerated at Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center, and the disturbing stance the guards and warden have taken on it.

91 MIN2 d ago
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Renters Radio 2/17: Gabriela Cartagena from P.U.E.B.L.O, Suffolk Downs, and Souza-Baranowski Prison Violence

Renters Radio: Iowa Caucus Edition

Lauren and Evan change it up and go national! Covering live results from the Iowa Caucus, before it turned into a dumpster fire. We have a special guest caller Warren Lynch, with insight and intel as the results come in! Lauren finally decides to give her endorsement to Bernie Sanders for president! Feel the Bern!

62 MIN2 w ago
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Renters Radio: Iowa Caucus Edition

Renters Radio 1/27/20 : "The Affordables"

Lauren and Evan AKA "The Affordables" release the hounds with a call in show, and get some great callers. We hear from Stephen Mahood about the gentrification situation in East Boston and we talk about Tom OBrien, the developer in charge of the Suffolk Downs plan. Also we talk about the mysterious Texas billionaire funding the project, Bruce Harrison Jr! Armani White calls in, candidate for state committee and gives us the scoop on the work he’s been doing in Roxbury.

114 MIN3 w ago
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Renters Radio 1/27/20 : "The Affordables"

1/20/20 Special Guest Jordan Meehan for Mass State Rep Suffolk 17th

Lauren and Evan have special guest Jordan Meehan in studio discussing his run for Mass State rep for Suffolks 17th district (Allston-Brighton!) He just dropped a sweet housing bill of rights that aims to protect renters like never before! We also talk MBTA, Green New Deal and of course, Rent Control! Check out Jordan's campaign at www.jordanforma.com.

65 MINJAN 22
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1/20/20 Special Guest Jordan Meehan for Mass State Rep Suffolk 17th

Rent Control special with Jivan Sobrinho-Wheeler 12/15

We're back of a second dose of Renters Radio, because it's Rent Control Week! We have special guest Cambridge City Councilor Jivan Sobrinho-Wheeler in studio talking about rent control, affordable housing and what's in store for Cambridge now that he's elected!

36 MINJAN 16
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Rent Control special with Jivan Sobrinho-Wheeler 12/15

1/13/20: Rent Control Special with Mass Alliance of HUD Tenants

Lauren, Evan, Herb and Ben Simon are back from vacation bringing in the new year with our favorite topic: Rent Control! We have a super informative caller, Michael Kane from the Mass Alliance of HUD Tenants (www.maht.org) and we are talking about 30 years of organizing tenants on a building level, housing subsidies, and the big bill lifting the ban on rent control in Massachusetts going before the state house Jan, 14 2020. It's a new year, and it's time for rent control in Massachusetts! We also tell vacation stories, Ben Simons boujee trip to France, Evans Spirit Air fiasco in Puerto Rico, and Herbs geeky adventures at SuperMAGFest. Remember to support Bill H.3924 at the state house and stay tuned as we keep fighting for rent control now and affordable housing forever!

105 MINJAN 14
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1/13/20: Rent Control Special with Mass Alliance of HUD Tenants

Renters Radio EMF-Mas Special

We are celebrating the holidays with friends of the show Ben Simon and Sophia Belle. Lauren celebrates "EMF-mas" talking about the issues that started getting us all activated to fight for Rent Control - the loss of our special artist space, EMF in Central Sq. We talk about what happened, what the greedy developer John DiGiovanni did to kick us out, and how Ben and Sophia and tons of Cambridge artists and musicians organized to fight to keep culture alive in Cambridge. Featuring original music from Home Despot and Toby Tantrum. Merry EMF-Mas everyone!

98 MINJAN 7
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Renters Radio EMF-Mas Special

Renters Radio 12/30/19

Last episode of the decade! And what a decade it was! We go through Laurens top 10 Boston protests of the decade, remember the legacy of the late Boston City Councilor Chuck Turner, review the new Cats movie, and Evan goes off on the MBTA one last time to end 2019 right. See you next year!

116 MINJAN 2
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Renters Radio 12/30/19

Renters Radio 12/16/19: Lee Nave Jr

Lauren and Evan bring in our first in-studio guest, the one and only Lee Nave Jr! Known for his city council campaign, the #NaveWave is now the policy director for newly elected city councilor Liz Breadon. We talk about all things Allston-Brighton, affordable housing, nasty development projects, the BPDA and what we have in store for rent control in Allston Rock City for 2020!

87 MIN2019 DEC 19
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Renters Radio 12/16/19: Lee Nave Jr

Renters Radio 12/9/2019

Redlining is headlining! This episode of Renters Radio has Evan and Lauren getting into the history of the racial segregation that defined Bostons neighborhoods. We also talk about a recent Pyrrhic victory in Cambridge, the landmarking of the EMF building, with special insight from Dan Totten. Also featuring friend of the show Rod Webber talking about his latest criminal mischief, the Art Basel Lipstick Banana incident. Good times all around!

89 MIN2019 DEC 11
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Renters Radio 12/9/2019

Latest Episodes

Renters Radio 2/17: Gabriela Cartagena from P.U.E.B.L.O, Suffolk Downs, and Souza-Baranowski Prison Violence

Lauren and Evan are back with a Suffolk Downs Update from our caller Gabriela Cartagena of P.U.E.B.L.O. She fills us in on the fight for affordable housing in East Boston, go to https://www.reclaimboston.org/mayor_walsh_suffolk_downs_petition to demand an emergency meeting with Marty Walsh! We also talk about the ongoing violence against the men incarcerated at Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center, and the disturbing stance the guards and warden have taken on it.

91 MIN2 d ago
Comments
Renters Radio 2/17: Gabriela Cartagena from P.U.E.B.L.O, Suffolk Downs, and Souza-Baranowski Prison Violence

Renters Radio: Iowa Caucus Edition

Lauren and Evan change it up and go national! Covering live results from the Iowa Caucus, before it turned into a dumpster fire. We have a special guest caller Warren Lynch, with insight and intel as the results come in! Lauren finally decides to give her endorsement to Bernie Sanders for president! Feel the Bern!

62 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Renters Radio: Iowa Caucus Edition

Renters Radio 1/27/20 : "The Affordables"

Lauren and Evan AKA "The Affordables" release the hounds with a call in show, and get some great callers. We hear from Stephen Mahood about the gentrification situation in East Boston and we talk about Tom OBrien, the developer in charge of the Suffolk Downs plan. Also we talk about the mysterious Texas billionaire funding the project, Bruce Harrison Jr! Armani White calls in, candidate for state committee and gives us the scoop on the work he’s been doing in Roxbury.

114 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Renters Radio 1/27/20 : "The Affordables"

1/20/20 Special Guest Jordan Meehan for Mass State Rep Suffolk 17th

Lauren and Evan have special guest Jordan Meehan in studio discussing his run for Mass State rep for Suffolks 17th district (Allston-Brighton!) He just dropped a sweet housing bill of rights that aims to protect renters like never before! We also talk MBTA, Green New Deal and of course, Rent Control! Check out Jordan's campaign at www.jordanforma.com.

65 MINJAN 22
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1/20/20 Special Guest Jordan Meehan for Mass State Rep Suffolk 17th

Rent Control special with Jivan Sobrinho-Wheeler 12/15

We're back of a second dose of Renters Radio, because it's Rent Control Week! We have special guest Cambridge City Councilor Jivan Sobrinho-Wheeler in studio talking about rent control, affordable housing and what's in store for Cambridge now that he's elected!

36 MINJAN 16
Comments
Rent Control special with Jivan Sobrinho-Wheeler 12/15

1/13/20: Rent Control Special with Mass Alliance of HUD Tenants

Lauren, Evan, Herb and Ben Simon are back from vacation bringing in the new year with our favorite topic: Rent Control! We have a super informative caller, Michael Kane from the Mass Alliance of HUD Tenants (www.maht.org) and we are talking about 30 years of organizing tenants on a building level, housing subsidies, and the big bill lifting the ban on rent control in Massachusetts going before the state house Jan, 14 2020. It's a new year, and it's time for rent control in Massachusetts! We also tell vacation stories, Ben Simons boujee trip to France, Evans Spirit Air fiasco in Puerto Rico, and Herbs geeky adventures at SuperMAGFest. Remember to support Bill H.3924 at the state house and stay tuned as we keep fighting for rent control now and affordable housing forever!

105 MINJAN 14
Comments
1/13/20: Rent Control Special with Mass Alliance of HUD Tenants

Renters Radio EMF-Mas Special

We are celebrating the holidays with friends of the show Ben Simon and Sophia Belle. Lauren celebrates "EMF-mas" talking about the issues that started getting us all activated to fight for Rent Control - the loss of our special artist space, EMF in Central Sq. We talk about what happened, what the greedy developer John DiGiovanni did to kick us out, and how Ben and Sophia and tons of Cambridge artists and musicians organized to fight to keep culture alive in Cambridge. Featuring original music from Home Despot and Toby Tantrum. Merry EMF-Mas everyone!

98 MINJAN 7
Comments
Renters Radio EMF-Mas Special

Renters Radio 12/30/19

Last episode of the decade! And what a decade it was! We go through Laurens top 10 Boston protests of the decade, remember the legacy of the late Boston City Councilor Chuck Turner, review the new Cats movie, and Evan goes off on the MBTA one last time to end 2019 right. See you next year!

116 MINJAN 2
Comments
Renters Radio 12/30/19

Renters Radio 12/16/19: Lee Nave Jr

Lauren and Evan bring in our first in-studio guest, the one and only Lee Nave Jr! Known for his city council campaign, the #NaveWave is now the policy director for newly elected city councilor Liz Breadon. We talk about all things Allston-Brighton, affordable housing, nasty development projects, the BPDA and what we have in store for rent control in Allston Rock City for 2020!

87 MIN2019 DEC 19
Comments
Renters Radio 12/16/19: Lee Nave Jr

Renters Radio 12/9/2019

Redlining is headlining! This episode of Renters Radio has Evan and Lauren getting into the history of the racial segregation that defined Bostons neighborhoods. We also talk about a recent Pyrrhic victory in Cambridge, the landmarking of the EMF building, with special insight from Dan Totten. Also featuring friend of the show Rod Webber talking about his latest criminal mischief, the Art Basel Lipstick Banana incident. Good times all around!

89 MIN2019 DEC 11
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Renters Radio 12/9/2019
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