This Endless Summer mix was made by members of Brooklyn-based band Sharkmuffin (Tarra Thiessen, Natalie Kirch, Sharif Mekawy and Davey Jones, to be exact) for all the days we will be chilling at the Jersey Shore.
Sticks and stones may break my bones but words—words stick around forever and have the power to really hurt or help us. On this episode, we have four stories about reclaiming language... and the difference between turning a slur into an empowering identity and just hurling around an epithet. The show begins with a look at the recent victories for the Change the Mascot campaign. Then, musician Simon Tam discusses his fight to trademark the name of his band, The Slants. Writer, activist, and Criptiques editor Caitlin Wood joins us to discuss the word "crip" and its power. The show wraps up with comedian Jamie Kilstein of Citizen Radio, telling a story of how NOT to reclaim a word and his thoughts on atheism's bro culture.
Individual show segments and more ways to listen are below the cut.