Not About You
By Levi Weinhagen
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Not About You is a podcast about identity and social justice. I’m the producer and host of the show and I wanted to make a show where a white, straight, cis-gendered man (that’s me) connected with folks with different lived experiences from my own about the ways parts of their identities bump up against injustices. We’ll be talking about race, gender, religion, representation, protests, politics, relationships and more. My hope is that this series leads to more conversation and interaction. I want folks who are hesitant or new to standing in these struggles to feel more comfortable showing up for change and asking questions. I want underrepresented voices to have new ways to be amplified and supported. I’ve set up a voicemail line, 612-361-9261, where you can share comments, suggestions and personal stories of your own that may be used in future episodes of the podcast. If you tell me which episode you’re responding to, that will help me make follow up episodes with voicemail responses. Call 612-361-9261 with your questions, comments or stories.
||ExplicitCat Polivoda | Season 3 Episode 5||"Someone else's body is not yours to police!"||10/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitFiliberto Nolasco Gomez | Season 3 Episode 4||Filiberto talks names, culture, identity and music||9/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitNot About You 3 minute sampler||A short sample of the show||5/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitResmaa Menakem | Not About You Season 3 : Episode 3||Resmaa talks 'My Grandmother's Hands' & so much more!||4/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTricia Heuring | Not About You Season 3 : Episode 2||What does it mean to be "automatically American?"||3/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAshley Fairbanks | Not About You Season 3 : Episode 1||Ashley Fairbanks is an Anishinaabe artist, organizer, and digital strategist.||3/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitYom Kippur sermon by Carin Mrotz 2017||Carin Mrotz presented this Yom Kippur sermon in Minneapolis at the Shir Tikvah Synagogue in 2017 The text as prepared for delivery: In preparing, I asked my self: What do I want to say to you. What do I need you to know, today, on Yom Kippur. And who...||10/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitWhiteness | Not About You special episode 20||What do white people need to do about white supremacy?||9/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitRebecca Kling | Not About You Season 2: Episode 9||Rebecca Kling talks art, advocacy & transgender activism||6/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBharti Wahi | Not About You Season 2 : Episode 8||Bharti talks about rural Minnesota, systems change & racism||6/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEric Pogi Sumangil | Not About You Season 2 : Episode 7||Pogi talks about representation on stage||5/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPH Copeland | Not About You Season 2 : Episode 6||PH Copeland talks about building community and understanding self||5/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitJess Banks | Not About You Season 2 : Episode 5||Jess Banks talks ablism, activism and pain||5/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitKareem Tabsch | Not About You Season 2 : Episode 4||Kareem talks about why representation in art & life matters||5/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitTimothy Iverson | Not About You Season 2 : Episode 3||Timmy Iverson talks about being gay, nerdy & visibly disabled.||4/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitTaj Ruler | Not About You S2 : E2||Taj Ruler talks about having to tell people she's bi-racial||4/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCarin Mrotz | Not About You Season 2 : Episode 1||Carin Mrtoz talks anti-semitism, whiteness and resistance||4/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitNOT ABOUT YOU | Season 1 Trailer||Clips from all 10 episodes of Season 1||12/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitNOT ABOUT YOU | Episode 10 Sarah White||Sarah White talks about all the unacknowledged work black women do||12/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitNOT ABOUT YOU | Episode 9 Alfonso Wenker||Alfonso Wenker talks about cultural competency & recentering experiences||12/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitNOT ABOUT YOU | Episode 8 Regina Mustafa||Why are there so many misconceptions about Muslim-Americans?||12/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitNOT ABOUT YOU | Episode 7 Hannah||Why do pronouns matter?||12/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitNOT ABOUT YOU | Episode 6 Heid Erdrich||The pain of "passing" & the seedy darkness of pumpkin spice||12/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitNOT ABOUT YOU | Episode 5 Noel Nix||You're one of the "good" ones||11/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitNOT ABOUT YOU | Episode 4 Peggy Flanagan||Cultural appropriation and hurtful "praise" of Native Americans||11/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitNOT ABOUT YOU | Episode 3 Kathy Mouacheupao||What does it mean to be a Hmong-American?||11/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitNOT ABOUT YOU | Episode 2 Javier Morillo||Puerto Rican Independence, Unions, Equal Marriage||11/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitNOT ABOUT YOU | Episode 1 Jun-Li Wang||Where do you REALLY come from?||11/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Brave and inspiring
Levi and "Not About You" are reminders for me to move forward with difficult conversations even though I'm afraid to do so. This podcast is well worth your time.
This most recent interview with Resmaa Menakem is the first Not About You episode that I've listened to and it makes me want to go back and listen to all the rest. I appreciate Levi's thoughtful, courageous questions and the humor that he brings which seems to create a sense of movement and ease amidst heavy conversations.
I really loved the question asked about what brought Resmaa into this work and then Resmaa's response that mama told him that this is how he has always been ... that didn't choose this work, ancestors chose him. As someone who has recently learned the meaning behind my name and how that reflects the work that I'm here to do, I felt draw to the story Resmaa told of his name.
The book My Grandmother's Hands has been a huge gift as I work to heal generational trauma and white body supremacy in my family line. I recently used an ancestor visioning exercise from the book with some peers and have had profound experiences that have significantly impacted my life and kin for the better. Thank you, Resmaa, for this resource!
Thank You Levi!
Too often artists separate themselves from the world and the diverse cultures that exist in our glorious globe. Levi’s humanity is a gift to the Twin Cities community and through this podcast the world at large. Thank you Levi!