This week we did something a little different. We interviewed Father Greg Boyle of Homeboy Industries. While he is not a grown-up punk kid, he is a grown-up we respect on many levels.
His lifetime commitment to helping people who are in the margins is truly an inspiration. Big thanks to Father Greg for coming on! We hope you enjoy this as much as we enjoyed the interview.
In the face of law enforcement tactics and criminal justice policies of suppression and mass incarceration as the means to end gang violence, Father Greg and parish and community members adopted what was a radical approach at the time: treat gang members as human beings.
In 1988 they started what would eventually become Homeboy Industries, which employs and trains former gang members in a range of social enterprises, as well as provides critical services to thousands of men and women who walk through its doors every year seeking a better life.
Father Greg is the author of the 2010 New York Times-bestseller Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion. His 2017 book is the Los Angeles Times-bestseller Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship.
He has received the California Peace Prize and been inducted into the California Hall of Fame. In 2014, the White House named Father Boyle a Champion of Change. He received the University of Notre Dame’s 2017 Laetare Medal, the oldest honor given to American Catholics.
This week we talk to Bay Area artist Miriam Klein Stahl about punk rock, teaching, resistance art, and much, much more.
Miriam Klein Stahl is an artist, educator and activist and the New York Times-bestselling illustrator of Rad American Women A-Z and Rad Women Worldwide . In addition to her work in printmaking, drawing, sculpture, paper-cut and public art, she is also the co-founder of the Arts and Humanities Academy at Berkeley High School where she’s taught since 1995. As an artist, she follows in a tradition of making socially relevant work, creating portraits of political activists, misfits, radicals and radical movements. As an educator, she has dedicated her teaching practice to address equity through the lens of the arts. Her work has been widely exhibited and reproduced internationally. Stahl is also the co-owner of Pave the Way Skateboards, a queer skateboarding company formed with Los Angeles-based comedian, actor, writer and skateboarder Tara Jepson. She lives in Berkeley, California with her wife, artist Lena Wolff, daughter Hazel, and their dog Lenny.
Patrick O’Neil is the author of the memoir: GUN, NEEDLE, SPOON (Dzanc Books, 2015), and another version in France under the title HOLD-UP (13e Note Editions, 2013). His writing has appeared in numerous publications including: Juxtapoz, Salon, The Weeklings, The Fix, After Party Magazine, The Nervous Breakdown, and Razorcake.
On this episode Kevin and Joshua sit down with Daryle Lamont Jenkins and talk about his early days as a punk, his work with One People’s Project, fighting Nazis, Antifa, and much, much more.
Daryle is an American political activist, best known for founding One People’s Project, an organization based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that is closely aligned with the antifascist movement. Jenkins serves as its Executive Director.
This week we sit down with Gabe Meline to talk about writing zines, booking Green Day in High School, the Sonoma county fires, and more!
Gabe Meline is KQED Arts’ Senior Editor. He entered the world of journalism at age 15 as the editor of a photocopied zine, and has since earned awards from the Society for Professional Journalists, the Online Journalism Awards, the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies and the California Newspaper Publishers Association. Prior to KQED, he was the editor of the North Bay Bohemian and a touring musician. He lives with his wife, his daughter, and a 1964 Volvo in his hometown of Santa Rosa, CA. Find him on Twitter at @gmeline.
This week we sit down with ProPublica staff reporter A.C. Thompson.
His stories, which often examine the criminal justice system, have helped lead to the exoneration of two innocent San Francisco men sentenced to life in prison and the prosecution of seven New Orleans police officers. In addition to working as a print and web journalist, Thompson has reported extensively for television, serving as a producer and correspondent for the PBS documentary series Frontline. His life was fictionalized on the HBO show “Treme.”
Season 2 is starting with a bang as we Welcome Larry Livermore to the show. Something tells us, this is going to be good. Not only do we get to interview one of our favorite people we get to do so from the comfort of our new studio.
We sat down and had a conversation with Blake Schwarzenbach from Jawbreaker We discussed being the new kid all the time, art, music, cats, parents, low points and high points. It is well worth a listen. We expected more from him. We got it and then some.