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Aliya Pabani (Host)
is a Toronto-based artist and audio producer. Previously, she was host of Canadaland’s arts and culture podcast, The Imposter.
Aliya has produced audio work for BBC 4’s Short Cuts from Falling Tree Productions, the Toronto Biennial of Art, and her piece “Singing on the Line” will be featured in the Barbican’s upcoming Soundhouse ‘cinema for listening’ program. She’s currently working on We Are Not the Virus, a doc podcast that draws on the 4 elements—earth, water, wind, and fire—to explore aspects of life in Toronto’s encampments during the pandemic, through the stories of residents.
Pabani is a co-founder of POC in Audio, a searchable database of hundreds of POC audio makers from around the world.
Chenjerai Kumanyika (Host)
(@cathatweetdown) is a researcher, journalist, and organizer who works as an assistant professor in Rutgers University’s Department of Journalism and Media Studies. His research and teaching focus on the intersections of social justice and emerging media in the cultural and creative industries. He has written about these issues in journals such as Popular Music & Society, Popular Communication, Pedagogy and Education, and more.
Dr. Kumanyika is also the Collaborator for Scene on Radio's Season 2: "Seeing White" and Season 4: “The Land That Never Has Been Yet.” He is the Co-Executive Producer and Co-Host of Uncivil, Gimlet Media’s Peabody award-winning podcast on the Civil War. He has also been a contributor to The Intercept, Scene on Radio, Transom, NPR’s Code Switch, All Things Considered, and more, and he is a news analyst for Rising Up Radio with Sonali Kolhatkar.er.
As an organizer, Chenjerai is on the executive committee of 215 People's Alliance, and a member of the Philadelphia Debt Collective and affiliate of the Media Inequality and Change Center.