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Rhythm Nation with Peter Marks
57 minutes | Mar 1, 2022
The depths of South African house music (Episode 35)
On today's show, I share my own experience of some recent travels I had to South Africa and then playing a mix of South African house music, including some new records I picked up. The week I spent in South Africa exceeded my expectations in almost every respect. It’s more naturally beautiful than the photos make it out to be and I was moved by the history in ways I didn’t anticipate. However, what shocked me the most was “deep house” music being bigger in South Africa than I could have ever imagined. The more I learned about the history of the place, the better I felt I understood the phenomenon.
70 minutes | Feb 16, 2022
History of house music with Cee White (Episode 34)
House music is bigger than ever in America, yet the story of its origins are widely unknown outside of the heads who follow the records. We have a member of our organization who saw it unfold first hand. Cee White was coming of age in Chicago in the late 1980s right as house music was taking shape and came on the program to talk about it. We’ll hear stories of going to the music’s namesake venue “The Warehouse”, listen to the records that moved the floors in the early days, and hear what has stuck with him to this day.
57 minutes | Jan 31, 2022
Vision Of Portland With Vadim Mozyrsky (Episode 33)
In our third interview with candidates for Portland City Council Position #3, we chat with Vadim Mozyrsky about his vision for Portland. Vadim works as an Administrative Law Judge in the field of disability law and has spent his life advocating on behalf of underserved communities with a focus on immigrant and refugee populations and issues of disability rights. Mozyrsky, a Jewish refugee from Kiev, Ukraine, fled anti-Semitism arriving in the United States in 1979.
54 minutes | Jan 12, 2022
Eye of the Tiger with Jamie McLeod-Skinner (Episode 32)
Oregon's Kurt Schrader has taken the most money from the fossil fuel and pharmaceutical industries as almost any Democrat in congress. Jamie McLeod-Skinner is challenging him in the primary in Oregon's 5th District on May 16th. From repairing schools in war torn countries to developing climate protection policies in Silicon Valley to wildfire recovery in Oregon, Jamie has a record of producing solutions and models for people-centered leadership. We’re going to talk about her plans for the 5th district and also about the music stories that lead her there.
48 minutes | Jan 5, 2022
Oregon People’s Rebate with Antonio Gisbert (Episode 31)
The Oregon People’s Rebate is an initiative petition qualifying for the November 2022 election that will rebate about $750 to every Oregonian, every year. This would mean putting about $3,000 in the pockets of a family of four and is projected to significantly address childhood poverty if it passes. The revenue to fund the rebate comes from increasing the minimum tax rate for big Wall Street corporations after $25 million of Oregon revenue to 3%. Currently, their minimum tax rate is less than 1%, which is among the lowest rates in the country. The effort is being led by my guest and fellow Rhythm Nation member, Antonio Gisbert.
58 minutes | Dec 14, 2021
Texture of Portland with Rene Gonzalez (Episode 30)
Rene Gonzalez is a Portland based lawyer, small business owner, and youth soccer organizer who’s deep roots in Oregon have motivated him to stand up for change at this critical juncture. He’s running against our last guest, Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty, for her seat on the Portland City Council. Our hope with this interview is to better inform voters about their options for city governance and hear different perspectives on the most important issues facing our city. For more information on Rene and his campaign, visit his website at https://reneforportland.com/
58 minutes | Dec 7, 2021
“What’s Going On” with Jo Ann Hardesty (Episode 29)
Portland, Oregon will never be the same after the events of the past two years. To City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty, that’s a good thing in some ways. In our wide-ranging conversation that touched on music venues, police budgets and homelessness, Commissioner Hardesty outlined a vision for a more equitable Portland that she hopes will woo voters more than fear based messages when she runs for re-election in May of 2022. On the show, Commissioner Hardesty also told me the story of how music brought her and kept her in Portland and also how Marvin Gaye’s 40-year-old classic “What’s Going On” continues to inspire her to this day. https://www.rhythmnation.us/podcast/29
51 minutes | Nov 9, 2021
30 years of rave community with Manoj Mathew (Episode 28)
Manoj Mathew (@dj_manoj_pdx) is a Portland-based electronic music promoter and DJ who has been throwing raves in Portland since 1991. Manoj and I have been in touch a lot lately as we’re planning a Rhythm Nation event together on November 20th at his venue Epicenter. As we’ve been talking through the event, it became clear that Manoj’s approach to putting on events is deeply personal to the point that it borders on spiritual, so I wanted to get the full story on his views on dance music communities as I think it relates so strongly to the community organizing we do at Rhythm Nation. It happens to include some great stories and tracks of early west coast raves that I think you’ll really enjoy.
50 minutes | Aug 24, 2021
Re-opening schools with Michelle DePass (Episode 27)
Michelle DePass is the current chair of the Portland school board who is currently focused on the unenviable task of re-opening public schools during the onset of the delta variant. It’s an incredibly tough job given that she has to weigh our constantly changing scientific understanding of delta against the varying opinions of thousands of concerned parents. In the episode, we talk through the thoughtful approach she and the board are taking to ensure our students and teachers are healthy. We also touch on lighter topics, such as the artistic path that led her to public office, the roller discos that are getting her through the pandemic, a playlist of her go-to jams and how we can get high school students dancing again.
65 minutes | Aug 11, 2021
Leading by example with Megan Andricos (Episode 26)
Megan Andricos, also known as DJ Sappho, is a queer event producer and musical artist based out of Portland, Oregon. She’s a founding member of Rhythm Nation and has been a huge inspiration for me. She’s inspired me musically through our studio collaborations and from her blowing my mind many times listening to her DJ. But deeper than that, Megan has shown me through leading by example how to throw inclusive and welcoming events and how to do community engagement through music. We discussed this leading by example theme during this member spotlight episode of Rhythm Nation. We also discussed representation in electronic music, Megan’s journey growing up as a queer woman in South Texas, her new record label Koritsi Komma Records and how our own missteps in the past inspire us to give back to the community. For a playlist and more information, check out https://www.rhythmnation.us/podcast/26
62 minutes | Jul 21, 2021
Collective moments with Deena Barnwell (Episode 25)
Deena Barnwell is a DJ and stalwart purveyor of great music in the ever-changing Portland music scene. She worked at local community radio station KBOO 90.7 as the station’s Urban Music Director from 1998-2018. On the show, we talk about what brought her to hip hop, what's she's learned as a woman working in the music industry and the collective moments through music that have the power to transform. At the end of the show, we go through a playlist of top-shelf hip hop jams that inspired her. Find Deena's work at: https://soundcloud.com/thesoundbox https://www.mixcloud.com/deenab1/ https://www.instagram.com/soundboxpdx/ Playlist and more info at https://www.rhythmnation.us/podcast/25
68 minutes | Jun 16, 2021
Courageous conversations with Eric Ward (Episode 24)
Eric Ward (@BulldogShadow) is the Executive Director of the Western States Center, a social change organization that works to strengthen inclusive democracy. He’s also a former member of the band Sublime and has firsthand experience with racism and violence in the 1980’s LA punk scene. On the show, we talk about how songwriting is a form of “courageous conversation”, which Eric firmly believes is how we move forward as a society. We end by going through a playlist of Eric’s favorite “courageous conversation” songs that got him through the pandemic. For a playlist of Eric's music and links to his work, visit https://petermarks.us/podcast/24
42 minutes | May 20, 2021
Healing through storytelling with Sara Kenigsberg (Episode 23)
Sara Kenigsberg was the supervising producer on both the Biden-Harris campaign and the Bernie Sanders campaign for president. Before that she helped start up a video team at MoveOn in June 2016 and was an early producer at both NowThis and HuffPost. She continues to work as a producer and digital strategist for a number of media and advocacy groups. On the show, we talk about the craft of political storytelling and the healing power of stories and self-care. For a playlist of Sara's music, visit https://petermarks.us/podcast/23
233 minutes | May 7, 2021
Green New Deal Party (Episode 22)
On Earth Day 2021, Rhythm Nation held a Green New Deal Party with a panel of climate experts and musical performances from @maarquii, @cay-horiuchi and Cee White (in that order) This is a recording of the entire event that was livestreamed from Holocene. The Green New Deal is both a specific piece of legislation, but also a framework for dealing with climate change through bold and equitable investment. It was introduced. by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in 2019 and re-introduced in a bill last month that calls for a decade-long mobilization to achieve a zero emissions economy, create good paying jobs, and invest in communities of color and low-income neighborhoods. It’s the first proposal to seriously confront climate change at the scale necessary to address it and it’s popular with the vast majority of voters. Perhaps most significantly, though, it's having a clear and beneficial influence on nearly every other Democrat-backed climate policy that's not called the Green New Deal. While the Biden administration does not endorse an explicit “Green New Deal”, per se, the stated goals of his administration would achieve many parts of a Green New Deal. The Biden Sanders Unity Task force, which included representative Ocasio-Cortez and Sunrise Movement co-founder Varshini Prakash, increased the ambition of the Biden Administration’s climate goals to achieve 100% clean energy by 2035 and carbon neutrality by 2050. Pieces of a Green New Deal with these goals in mind are already making their way through congress in the form of the Biden infrastructure package and a number of other proposals. Just like the original New Deal, which was not one piece of policy but a collection of policies, a Green New Deal will be a number of pieces of legislation on a state level but also a local level. Unlike the original New Deal, which made no substantive effort to rebuild in an equitable manner and explicitly left Black people out of key pieces of legislation like the GI Bill, a Green New Deal must tackle equity head on. In this moment, there’s an appetite for bold change on climate justice and racial justice unlike anything we’ve seen in our lifetimes. You can be a part of that change. To show you how, listen to the event and hear from a panel of local and national Green New Deal leaders about the path forward. For more information, visit https://petermarks.us/podcast/22
50 minutes | Apr 21, 2021
DJs For Climate Action with Eli Soul Clap (Episode 21)
Eli Goldstein is one half of the DJ and production duo @soulclap, which has built an international reputation for their dance music over the past 20 years. Throughout his music career, Eli has played key roles on music activism projects, including DJs for Climate Action and more recently “Rave the Vote”. On the show, Eli and I talk about how his experience as a DJ, producer and record label owner brought him to activism. For links to Eli's music and events as well as a playlist of his jams, visit https://petermarks.us/podcast/21
60 minutes | Mar 9, 2021
Rhythm Nation Mixtape Vol. 1 (Episode 20)
The 20th episode of Rhythm Nation drops today! This 60 minute party mix weaves together the best jams selected by my podcast guests so far along with jams that have been getting me through these strange last 12 months. Rhythm Nation has been a really gratifying project for me during these strange last six months. I’m so thankful for all the guests and other folks who have taken time to be involved in it. To the next 20 episodes! Tracklist: Sam Cooke - A Change Is Gonna Come (Episode 12 - Nina Turner) Meshell Ndegeocello - Hot Night (Episode 2 - Anne Marks) Skull Snaps - It's A New Day (Episode 4 - Mia Fermindoza) Lauryn Hill - Doo Wop Jay Prince - LINK UP Mura Masa, Octavian - Move Me (Episode 5 - Shabd Singh) Nas - If I Ruled the World (Episode 14 - Shasti Conrad) D.N.A. Feat. Suzanne Vega - Tom's Diner The Freedom Riders - I'm On My Way (Episode 13 - Josh MacPhee) Reptaliens - Listening The Notorious B.I.G. - Notorious Thugs (Episode 15 - Teffanie Hale) Om Unit - Transformation The Internet - Girl (Episode 6 - Misty Rebik) Om Unit - Testimony Alicia Keys - We Gotta Pray (Episode 3 - Skipper Osborne) Amber Mark - Lose My Cool Change - Lets Go Together Fantasia - Lose to Win (Episode 12 - Nina Turner) Jex Opolis - Subsystem Bullion - Yawn Killer Mike - The Time Is Now Gil Scott-Heron - B Movie (Episode 1 - Bill Brewster) Toots & the Maytals - Revolution (Episode 16 - Tyler Evans)
102 minutes | Feb 24, 2021
Medicare For All Rave (Episode 19)
On February 20th, Rhythm Nation hosted a “Medicare for All Rave” at Holocene featuring a panel of Medicare for All leaders from across the state to discuss the current strategy to make Oregon the first state to implement a single-payer system. Following that was live musical performances streamed from Holocene, including one from @theoryhazitofficial included in this podcast. Over 500 people joined the livestream and took collective action. Even if you missed it, you can learn and join the fight at https://www.oregonaction.net/healthcare-for-all
193 minutes | Jan 27, 2021
Inauguration Celebration (Episode 18)
On January 20th, we celebrated the end of the Trump era, the end of the majority leader McConnell era and the passing of Oregon's landmark ballot measures by chatting with the leaders who made them happen. We talked about the importance of staying involved and how to do so, then celebrated with a dance party live streamed from Holocene. It was a truly special event that included a cameo from @berniesanders official and felt like the closest thing to an actual party in nearly a year. Expect more live events like this, starting next month! Panelists: Anthony Johnson, Devon Downeysmith, Sam Chapman, John Bethencourt DJs: @chantidarling, @sappho-presents-chingo, @lincolnup, Deena B's cut for copyright reasons. Sorry, had to have been there! More info at http://petermarks.us/podcast/18
43 minutes | Jan 4, 2021
Georgia on my mind with Drake Hunt (Episode 17)
Drake Hunt is a college activist and a rising leader of the Sunrise Movement, the nation’s leading youth activism organization centered around climate justice. On the episode, we talk about the Drake's upbringing in Georgia, the upcoming Senate runoff and Sunrise Movement's youth organizing taking place in the state. We also go through a playlist of jams that inspired Drake's activism. For links to Drake's work and a playlist of his music, visit https://petermarks.us/podcast/17
49 minutes | Dec 22, 2020
Designing Bernie with Tyler Evans (Episode 16)
Tyler Evans was the lead designer of the Bernie 2020 campaign and continues to play that role in the Friends of Bernie Sanders PAC. On the show we talk about how much of the work he’s produced for Bernie has been directly inspired by album art. We also dive through an eclectic playlist of mostly metal bands that inspired his activism journey. For links and images of tyler's work as well as playlist of the music playled in this episode, visit http://petermarks.us/podcast/16
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