About This Show
Imagine Otherwise is a podcast about the people and projects bridging art, activism, and academia to build better worlds. Episodes offer in-depth interviews with creators who use culture for social justice, and explore the nitty-gritty work of imagining and creating more just worlds.
Most Recent Episode
Episode 020: April Lynn James
Episode 020 of the Imagine Otherwise podcast. Cathy Hannabach interviews April Lynn James. April is a Writer, Performer and Designer of Whimsical Things. Her research interests include 18th-century music, baroque dance, and operas composed by women. Madison Hatta is her alter ego who writes and declaims whimsical sonnets on such things as madness, Time, career & family dysFUNction, and the importance of drinking tea. Together, they have published a book called Madison Hatta’s Book of Unreasonable Rhymes and together host the show Twinkle Bat Variations. As April and Madison explain, scholars and Hatters have something in common: an ability to become obsessed with an idea and take it all the way to its logical (or illogical) conclusion. An obsession with the Mad Hatter leads April out of depression and down the rabbit hole. One obsession lead to another, as April met her alter ego, and found the keys that unlocked the door to the garden where her deep well of joy lay buried beneath piles of family drama. Using playful poetry, precise prose, and tea, April and Madison’s work answers the question, “Why should this seemingly sensible African-American woman, and holder of a PhD from Harvard, need to follow Alice down the rabbit hole?”