Episode 25 - From Punchline to Protagonists: Blackness in Horror

Brian & Marion dive into the surprisingly rich and complicated history of Black representation in horror movies, starting with The Birth of a Nation and ending (for now) with Us. Marion has a LOT to say about Dr. Robin R. Means Coleman's new Shudder documentary Horror Noire, and Brian surprises everyone by giving a world-class history lesson. They also answer that eternal question - what's your favorite scary movie?

Click here to listen, or find the mp3 below!

Episode 23 - The Reparations Episode

Brian & Marion finally dedicate a whole episode to reparations. They talk historical context, cultural opposition, and how reparations has gone from a throwaway to a presidential litmus test in ten years. They also discuss how each presidential candidate so far has answered the reparations question; and discover that right now, Marion doesn’t particularly care for any presidential candidates or perennial almost-candidate Joe Biden. Click here for the episode, or find the mp3 below!

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Episode 22 - Talila Lewis and Disability Justice

Marion talks to disability justice activist Talila A. Lewis about the often erased or ignored intersections of disability and other marginalized identities. They also talk about the myth of productivity as a value, and a deeper form of reparations. Click here to listen, or find the mp3 below!

Transcript available here, and find more about Talila's work here.

Episode 21 - Legacy, Opportunity, and the Green New Deal

Brian & Marion dive into the historical and cultural context of the Green New Deal, America's latest stimulus proposal triggered by a specific crisis - in this case, climate change. They also refuse to check any acronyms before or during the episode, so fact check them at your leisure. Also also, this is their one-year anniversary episode! Click here to listen, or find the mp3 below!

Nominate us for Best Local Podcast!

Nominate At The Intersection for Best Local Podcast in Indy Week's Best of the Triangle ballot!

Top nominees in each category advance to the final round of voting in April. So for now, we just need y'all to show us some love in the Out and About section for Best Local Podcast. And don't forget to nominate other dope Black-owned businesses in other sections as well!

Click here to get to the ballot, and hit the “nominate” button next to “At The Intersection”!

Episode 20 - Edgar Villanueva and Decolonizing Wealth

Brian & Marion talk to philanthropist and author Edgar Villanueva about his book Decolonizing Wealth. They get into the role philanthropy can play in solving wealth inequality, how to protect your own energy as a Black or brown person in a white space, and why all of us are responsible for each other's healing. Obviously they talk about reparations too - what you think this is? Click here to listen, or find the mp3 below!

You can find Decolonizing Wealth and the "decolonizer" t-shirt at decolonizingwealth.com!

Episode 19 - Fyre Fest: White Privilege and Modern Colonialism

Brian & Marion are back with an emergency episode about Fyre Festival and what we’ve all learned from the Hulu and Netflix documentaries. Of course that means getting into the history of the Bahamas and breaking down how Billy McFarland ain’t nothin new. Marion also coins a new phrase despite Brian’s insistence that another version of it already exists, and Brian pronounces the word “Bahamian” correctly exactly once. #Millennials, amirite? Click here to listen, and click below for the mp3!

Episode 18 - Dr. Jessica Barron and Surviving White Spaces [LIVE Crossover with Black Future Manifest(o)]

For their first crossover episode, Brian & Marion are joined by Micah and Mariah of Black Future Manifest[o] in front of a live audience! Together they talk to the brilliant Dr. Jessica Barron, author of The Urban Church Imagined, about her research on people of color in white spaces that want to use them to appear progressive and multiracial. Click here to listen, and find the mp3 below!

On Black Future Manifest[o], Micah Gilmer and Mariah M. talk to leaders and community members working against racism, patriarchy, and capitalist exploitation to not only imagine but create a better future for ALL Black people. Follow them at @blackfuturepod!

This episode was recorded at The Vault in Durham, North Carolina.


Episode 16 - Environmental Racism: When The Storm Hits

Brian & Marion talk Hurricane Florence...and Matthew, and Maria, and Katrina, and how the narrative when hurricanes hit predominantly Black and brown communities is always the same. They then talk to activist and community organizer Omisade Burney-Scott about her time in her hometown of New Bern, NC after Florence hit. Finally, 1.5 rants from Marion round out the episode. Click here to listen!, and click below for the mp3!

Episode 15 - Student Loans: The Struggle is Real

We're back! In recognition of Back to School season, Brian & Marion stress themselves all the way out by talking about student loan debt. Theirs, yours, and everybody else's. Turns out, the way the system is set up means that Black and brown families are passing intergenerational debt down to their college-bound kids instead of building intergenerational wealth. Marion manages not to go on an anti-Bernie rant and we're all really proud of her. Marion does still go on an anti-capitalist rant, and Brian conjures up the spirit of Kanye West, because we gotta be who we are in this world. Click here to listen, or click below for the mp3!

Episode 14 - Live from Durham, it's Black August!

Brian & Marion go to Black August in the Park! For At The Intersection's first live episode, recorded in Durham Central Park, they talk to attendees about the number one block party/family reunion/cookout of the year, how we're celebrating our Blackness, and how -- or whether -- everyone wants their reparations. Click here to listen, and get the mp3 below!

Episode 13 - Self-Made in America: The Bootstraps Myth

Brian & Marion break down the myth of the self-made billionaire and how it's tied up in racism, sexism, and capitalism. They also get into why the myth is still so comforting to so many of us, despite the fact that we will never be wealthy. Finally, tax policy expert Misha Hill stops by the studio to drop some knowledge on exactly how our economic and fiscal systems are set up to prevent any kind of self-made wealth, and to share how she wants her reparations. Click here to listen, and click below for the mp3!

Episode 12 - #EverybodyBlack: The Bonds of The Diaspora

Brian & Marion compare their experiences of being Black in America as a descendant of enslaved Africans and a first generation African American, respectively. They also discuss why everyone in the African Diaspora is always rooting for everybody Black, the different ways we internalize white supremacy, and how reparations will solve a whole lotta problems. Click here to listen!

Episode 11 - All Your Faves are Problematic

Brian & Marion open up about their personal problematic faves vs. the people who have landed on their ‘cancelled’ lists, and what makes it difficult to let a fave go. They also investigate who’s allowed to have second chances (hint: it’s usually rich white people) and how deeply embedded power dynamics make it hard to hold those people accountable for the harm they’ve caused. EVERYTHING IS LOVE gets sneaked in there too. Click here to listen.

Episode 10 - We're Brown, We're Queer, We're...Not Here?

Brian & Marion talk about the falling rate of LGBTQ representation on the big screen, and how important it is to see honest, relatable portrayals of queer Black and brown people in media, especially in a political climate that criminalizes every single one of those adjectives. Sadly, Marion is forced to call out her longtime fave Donald Glover for participating in one of today's hottest trends, "Word of Gay." Happy Pride Month! Click here to listen.

Episode 9 - Language and White Supremacy

Brian & Marion talk "the n-word," free speech, and how language can be used as a weapon to protect white supremacy. They also talk to policy analyst and immigrant rights advocate Victoria Crouse about the renewed interest in making English the official language, and what the actual fallout from legislation like that could be. Click here to listen!