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An inside look into the field of architecture told from the perspective of individuals that are leading the industry. This motivational series grants unique insight into the making of a successful design career, from humble beginnings to national recognition. Every week, featured guests share their personal highs and lows on their journey to success, that is sure to inspire audiences at all levels of the industry. Listening to their stories will provide a rare blueprint for anyone seeking to ...
 
AAWW Radio is the podcast of the Asian American Writers' Workshop, an NYC literary arts space at the intersection of migration, race, and social justice. Listen to AAWW Radio and you’ll hear selected audio from our current and past events, as well as occasional original episodes. We’ve hosted established writers like Claudia Rankine, Maxine Hong Kingston, Roxane Gay, Amitav Ghosh, Ocean Vuong, Solmaz Sharif, and Jenny Zhang. Our events are intimate and intellectual, quirky yet curated, and d ...
 
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In the anthology Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today's Feminism!, Daisy Hernandez and Bushra Rehman have collected a bold group of emerging writers whose prescient and intimate writing paints an expansive portrait of the experience of being women and femmes of color. The first edition of the anthology became an instant classic in 2002, and…
 
More thoughts from Lonnie and I on George Harrison videos with special guest, Brandon Moore (http://www.brandonhmoore.com/) - writer, producer, director, editor and winner of the Genero.tv competition that resulted in an official music video for "What is Life". Brandon tells us about his process, the behind-the-scenes info and how the project refle…
 
Our series Radical Thinkers places radical academics directly in conversation with trailblazing writers, poets, and artists, creating and nurturing two-way dialogues that will interrogate some of the most pressing issues facing Asian and Asian diasporic communities today. Featuring an interdisciplinary lineup of scholars and creatives, these unexpe…
 
The WTWF crew dives into their favorite George Harrison videos. Lonnie, Ethan and I talk about two of our favorite clips from George Harrison's solo career. Stick around for Thursday (or maybe Wednesday) for a bonus show where we reveal our top choices, and begin a new February tradition that will last until the cows come home!…
 
We're celebrating the release of Lee Isaac Chung's critically acclaimed film Minari, a tender portrait of a Korean-American family that moves to an Arkansas farm in search of their own American Dream. Today’s podcast features audio from our pre-release screening talkback with director Lee Isaac Chung and novelist Min Jin Lee.…
 
Friend of the show Danny Kristensen returns to discuss the trials and tribulations of staying Fab during the pandemic. Our discussion meanders in several directions, including the Beatles and Galveston (and KCOH and Ray Charles); February 9, 1964; Gerry and the Pacemakers; The Fourmost, Billy J. Kramer and more.…
 
Join the Asian American Writers’ Workshop for the official launch of Te-Ping Chen’s extraordinary debut short story collection, Land of Big Numbers. Assured and immersive, the stories in Land of Big Numbers move confidently between the United States and China, shifting from realism to magical realism, and forming intimate portraits that draw from C…
 
Have you ever let your fingers do the walking (through the bins, on eBay, or at a local record show) and wonder what exactly you are looking at? This week the WTWF talk through the "non-canonical" Beatles releases. Hamburg, Sheridan, exploitation discs (ripoffs), and the latest addition to the bunch - the Public Domain CDs.…
 
What are the radical possibilities of catalyzing cross-racial feminist solidarities, imaginations, and substantive realities? What revolutions must we create within ourselves to dismantle our prejudices, discrimination, and silences to create the world we want to see? Today’s podcast features audio from our recent event Siblings in Liberation, Blac…
 
March 25, 1966 the Beatles went into Robert Whitaker's studio for a most unusual photo session. By the end of the afternoon, the photographs that would become "a somnambulent adventure" were complete. Through the intervention of Alan Livingston, John Lennon, Brian Epstein, and Ron Tepper, with six months, one of these images would soon become one o…
 
AAWW and London-based writer April Yee present a reading with two of the UK’s leading poets: Will Harris (RENDANG) and Romalyn Ante (Antiemetic for Homesickness). Following their reading, Will and Romalyn examine how Asian identity is constructed outside of the United States and discuss the ways British colonialism and capitalism continue to shape …
 
Before the diversion down McCartney III road, Ethan and I were talking about the "Traveling Wilburys" DVD. We return to that topic, covering the videos from Vol I and Volume 3, ruminate on the "Nobody's Child" video (and Apple/The Beatle wives involvement), and ponder the miracles of extended 12-inch remixes.…
 
Join the Asian American Writers’ Workshop for our first event of the new year: a joint paperback launch of Gish Jen’s The Resisters and Meng Jin’s Little Gods. These two novels, released in early 2020, sketch out a dystopian near future that takes aim at several current catastrophes, and examine history, absence, and the passage of time as filtered…
 
Paul McCartney, MPL, Paul Dugdale and DONE+DUSTED present Paul McCartney Live at the Cavern - a concert film covering Paul McCartney's 2018 return to the "Best of Cellars". The concert occurred in the midst of "Egypt Station" promotion, but premieres on television (in the UK at least) as part of the promotion for "McCartney III". Tune in to hear ou…
 
In November 2020 we co-hosted a screening with Film Forum of the documentary AGGIE, on the life of philanthropist Agnes Gund, founder of the Art For Justice Fund. Following the screening, we co-hosted a talkback with activists and Art For Justice grantees Adnan Khan and Mahogany Browne, and producer Tanya Selvaratnam, moderated by Rachel Kuo. Today…
 
This week we dive into the McCartney III interviews and video presentations. We talk about a selection of items from the last few months, including interviews from both British and American television, music videos (traditional, animated and lyric varieties) and the special preview MPL released for the forthcoming 6-part miniseries with Paul and Ri…
 
Author Kavita Das joins Jafreen Uddin, Executive Director of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop in conversation about her book, Poignant Song: The Life and Music of Lakshmi Shankar. Shankar, who was Grammy-nominated, was the most prominent Indian female musician in the movement that brought Indian music to the West in the late 1960’s. This event,…
 
2020 may have been a year to forget, but there is no stopping the Beatles world. Although the headlines were filled with both cancellations/delays, Paul and Ringo did manage to give us new music, and some nifty archival releases from the band and the solo artists that came from it.By Ed Chen, Ethan Alexanian and Lonnie Pena
 
December 28, new episode! We flip the disc (and the order) and continue our roundtable look at McCartney III. Once again Kit O'Toole (Talk More Talk) and Mitch Axelrod (Fab 4 Free 4 All) join our regulars. Ring out the old, ring in the new and go "Deep Down" on Paul Mccartney's December 2020 album with the five of us!…
 
McCartney III has been out a week, and most of us are settling into our opinions, and we present them to you. Today: Side A (at least as it appears on some versions of the disc). Our panel? Kit O'Toole, Mitch Axelrod, Ethan Alexanian, Lonnie Peña and Ed Chen. Stick around for side B (and an announcement) later this holiday season!…
 
We're launching a new virtual event series at AAWW. Presented quarterly, these virtual “fireside chats” will feature a renowned Asian diasporic author in conversation with our Executive Director Jafreen Uddin, sharing updates from AAWW, and discussing AAWW from a writer’s perspective. This series will kick off with a conversation led by R. O. Kwon,…
 
Dozens of years ago, the Wilburys got it right. "Look into the future / With your mystic crystal ball / See if it ain't yellow / See if it's there at all". This week Ethan Alexanian and I discuss the film made for the Warner's sales force: "Whatever Wilbury Wilbury", and the DVD film "True History of the Traveling Wilburys".…
 
What is it like playing the material of Paul McCartney/Wings live on stage? Ardy Sarraf (The Fab Four, Wingsband) returns as we continue our discussion from last week. Is it difficult to find a musician to portray "Linda McCartney?" What would it take to recreate the "Lumpy Trousers" tour? Do the songs from McCartney I and McCartney II translate to…
 
This fall, the Asian American Writers’ Workshop is celebrating the art of the essay. Featuring longtime poets and fiction writers with debut essay collections out this year, this conversation will take an intersectional look at Asian American identity, genre, gender, race, publishing, and the way the essay form allows writers to dance, dodge, spar,…
 
December 7, new show! Ardy Sarraf of "The Fab Four" joins the show (ably guest hosted by Ethan Alexanian) as discuss a vast number of topics. The dangers of improper footwear, Las Vegas Mania, playing the Rutles for Eric Idle, The Fab Four's Christmas record / upcoming live stream and more!By Ed Chen and Lonnie Pena
 
AAWW, Kundiman, & Kaya Press combine to bring acclaimed novelist Ed Lin together with pioneering YA author of FINDING MY VOICE and co-founder of AAWW Marie Myung-Ok Lee, in conversation to celebrate the release of Ed Lin’s YA debut, DAVID TUNG CAN’T HAVE A GIRLFRIEND UNTIL HE GETS INTO AN IVY LEAGUE COLLEGE (Kaya Press, October 2020). Moderated by …
 
Ethan Alexanian guest hosts for a bit while Lonnie Pena deals with real life. This week, we continue our ongoing anticipation of "McCartney III", and talk about the box sets ad deluxe editions we think are on the horizon in the next ten years. An EP collection? Handmade films box? "Broad Street" deluxe combo set? We hypothesize on all of those and …
 
We're celebrating the launch of Kazim Ali’s newest poetry collection, The Voice of Sheila Chandra. Following a reading from Ali’s innovative and musical new collection, he will be joined in conversation by Sheila Chandra and Rajiv Mohabir to discuss sound, silence, and embodied art-making practice, as they reflect on Ali’s poetry, Chandra’s music, …
 
Fifty years ago George Harrison unleashed "All Things Must Pass" to an unsuspecting world. Meanwhile, twenty six (andabit) years ago Strawberry Records unveiled the delights of George Harrison's first runthroughs for the album. This week we talk a bit about the former and a lot about the latter. Do you believe me?…
 
We’re very excited to bring you an audio long read of “Shithole Country Clubs” an essay by Nina Sharma, recently published in The Margins. Named an Editor’s Pick at Longreads, “Shithole Country Clubs” is a hilarious and critical essay about Trump's New Jersey country club — the very golf club where he recently infected everyone with Covid-19 — and …
 
Pt. 2 of the WTWF look at the third part of the ABC Anthology. Queen of All Beatles Media Kit O'Toole and Ethan Alexanian join us once again as we finish our trip back in time to a Thanksgiving 25 years ago, when we were reminiscing of a time 25 years before that. To paraphrase the man himself: "It's great, you downloaded it, it's another bloody ep…
 
Two weeks with friends of the show Ethan Alexanian (Fans on the Run) and Queen of all Beatles Media Kit O'Toole. What do they have in common? Each of them took part in previous shows covering the US (and Canada) network television premiere of the Beatles Anthology on A-Beatles-C. This week and next, you get four fab hosts talking about that Thursda…
 
The Asian American Writers’ Workshop is thrilled to celebrate the launch of Akwaeke Emezi’s new book THE DEATH OF VIVEK OJI and the recent release of Elizabeth Acevedo’s CLAP WHEN YOU LAND and WRITE YOURSELF A LANTERN: A JOURNAL INSPIRED BY THE POET X. The two authors read from their new works and have a moderated conversation with writer and Berke…
 
A bit of a Beatles news wrap-up. Lonnie and I run through the announcement and promotion in the lead up to McCartney III, go through Sean's appearances in support of "John Lennon: Gimme Some Truth", and finish up with our thoughts on the new mixes, the book and being surrounded with the 5.1/ATMOS audio.…
 
Antony Rotunno (Glass Onion: On John Lennon) rejoins the show for pt. 2 of our look at John Lennon compilations through the years. "Peace, Love Truth, Karma and a Working Class Hero Icon." Which of these sets are worthwhile, and which should only be picked up if you have the cash to complete your collection!…
 
Tina Chang and Mira Jacob join the Asian American Writers’ Workshop to celebrate the paperback releases of their books Hybrida and Good Talk. Following a reading from their work, they will speak to the intersections of their experiences and creative practices, discussing race, motherhood, and hybrid storytelling structures.…
 
Between the box sets, film soundtracks and compilations, there have been over a dozen repackagings of John Lennon on CD. This week, Antony Rotunno (Glass Onion, On John Lennon) joins the show as we start our consideration of these collections as we start to consider "Gimme Some Truth" (or as "Friends" might call it: "The one from 2020")…
 
On this episode we are excited to repost a recent episode of Asian Americana, a podcast about Asian American culture and history hosted and produced by Quincy Surasmith. Letters for Black Lives is an ongoing crowdsourced effort to create and translate multilingual and culturally-aware resources that open a space for families and communities to have…
 
Part two of our discussion with Sam Whiles (Paul or Nothing) covering the ties that bind. 1970 was John's turn to react to the dissolution of the Beatles. Meanwhile, George dedicated himself to "All Things Must Pass" and Ringo went further into Nashville. The lesson? Although both John and Paul had bid adieu to "The Beatles" as an entity, the four …
 
Bercy Chen Studios Founders, Thomas Bercy & Calvin Chen, join the podcast to discuss their design process of the incredibly unique Edgeland House, how acting as the developer allows them access to create more affordable housing, and working at a variety of scales from highly detailed single family residence to large scale multi-family projects…
 
AAWW hosted the launch for K-Ming Chang’s debut novel, Bestiary, with a reading and conversation with K-Ming and Franny Choi. Exploring the ways writing about girlhood can reinvent our definitions of community and lineage, and the ways we can grapple with and imagine beyond threats of violence that often shape daughterhood, this conversation delves…
 
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