South Side Talks
By Julian Johnson
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So much of what is said and written about Chicago's South Side is negative. South Side Talks is changing that narrative. The South Side is more than headlines and statistics. South Side Talks brings you stories that represent ALL of the South Side. Stories of joy, pain, success, failure, humor, and everyday life. By telling these stories, it allows the residents of the South Side to be seen as they are and should be—as regular people who face life with the same ups and downs as anybody else.
||CleanEpisode 5 - Finish The Sentence||In this episode, South Sider and founder of the Haitian American Museum, Elsie Hector Hernandez, shares her story of how a trip to Haiti made her determined to change the narrative told about her home country.||2/7/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4 - I Was More||This episode picks up where the last one left off. We suggest you listen to them in order. At age 18, Marshan Allen was sent to prison with real murderers where he was supposed to spend the rest of his life. But he was determined that it would not be the end of his story. So he fought for his freedom.||12/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3 - Law of Accountability||It’s easy to pathologize and label people and places when you don’t know their story. In this episode, Marshan Allen tells his story of how he went from being a kid who enjoyed riding his bike to facing life in prison at age 15.||12/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2 - Planting In The Desert||In this episode, DeAndre Brooks tells his story of how he came to be running a farm in Englewood that grows fresh produce in a food desert.||11/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1 - Back To Roseland||In this episode, Roseland native Rayshauna Gray tells her story of how she went from Roseland to Harvard, but not in the way that you'd expect.||10/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPreview - We're Changing The Narrative||Preview of South Side Talks||10/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Breaks down walls.
Julian Johnson's South Side Talks uses one of the oldest methods of communication, storytelling, to break down walls (physical, geographical, and institutional) that separate us. He knows how to tell a story and how to give others the little bit of lift to tell theirs. The music in this podcast is also pretty great! I love this podcast and you will too.
Julian Johnson’s Southside Talks offers a glimpse into the soul of folks who call
Chicago home. The stories, laced with unexpected twists and turns, will endear you to the characters and inspire you to tell your story too.
Listening to the Law of Accountability, I experienced a range of emotions. The host’s demeanors is always respectful. He lets the guests tell their story in their own way. Keep the positive narratives coming!