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We Rise 

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We Rise brings you stories, interviews, and music to nourish our imaginations in service of collective liberation. Guided by Toni Cade Bambara’s call to make the revolution irresistible, each show explores the practice of solidarity in today’s freedom movements.

Please note, our first 15 episodes aired on KPFA’s sister station KPFB. We Rise is also featured on KPFA’s Area 941.

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A We Rise Production

The Birth Bruja Podcast

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The Birth Bruja Podcast brings you radical, transformative, empowering birthwork in all its nuances.  Reproductive justice, racial justice, reclaiming ancestral wisdom, decolonizing the birth space- here, my friends…we go deep.

Join us each month as we chat with activists, scholars, healers, community wellness workers, birthing folk and beyond to explore topics from their roots to their leaves.

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Created and hosted by Eri Guajardo Johnson

Produced by We Rise Production

Feral Visions 

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Welcome to Feral Visions, a decolonial feminist radio hour brought to you by Liberation Spring!


Tune in for consciousness-raising, analysis, current affairs, and unlearning from some of the most provocative visionaries in our movements. 

Transcripts for this podcast is in progress, make a contribution to the We Rise Patreon to help us complete this endeavor!

Created and hosted by Anjali Nath Upadhyay

Produced by We Rise Production


Somos Semillas, We Are Seeds

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A podcast about Indigenous Sovereignty

& Collective Storytelling

This creative collaboration with indigenous poet & scholar Erika Murcia invites us to explore inquiries about living with greater purpose, presence & rootedness.

In this 5-episode series, we’ll deconstruct the ways we connect to each sacred element -Water, Fire, Wind, Earth, and Ether. Together we have been weaving stories that gather and recall our ancestral memories. We have invited voices of sacred feminine and two-spirit leadership from various communities of the diaspora.

We’ll learn about the journeys of our guest storytellers, including astrologer Karina Falcon, Dr. Uzo Nwankpa , and healer, steward, and guardian Ember Phoenix. Our theme song is Sumergirse by La Clave de Sol. Muchas gracias, thank you for listening! Invite your comadres, aunties, relatives and extended communities to listen to our stories!

Transcripts for Somos Semillas, We Are Seeds

Join us for Somos Semillas: Consciousness Rooting & Storytelling Circles autumn 2023. Apply by October 16th!

A Sanadora Practica Creativa & We Rise Production

Somos Semillas

The Real Work

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The Real Work is a 6-episode audio miniseries exploring transformative justice as a tool for preventing, addressing, and healing harm in Bay Area theater and beyond. Over the course of one year, nearly thirty local theater makers gathered monthly to learn together about transformative justice, under the facilitation of Mia Mingus, co-founder of the Bay Area Transformative Justice Collective. This podcast series documents our learnings with an aim to share out and grow our collective capacity to practice transformative justice, especially in our arts and activist spaces.

This project is supported by an Investing in Artists Grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation & the City of Oakland’s Cultural Funding Program, and was incubated with initial support from CalShakes.

Go to The Real Work landing page for all information on this project including transcripts & resources!

Did We Go Too Far?

Did We Go Too Far?

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Amidst extraordinarily uncertain times, many of us wonder: what futures are we moving toward? What realities are we creating? Movement Generation’s new podcast Did We Go Too Far? takes on presidents, parenting in a pandemic, and offers perspectives on queer ecology, black land & liberation, and being okay with the unknown. Hosts Tré & Layel speak with a spectrum of guests – including Leah Penniman, Gopal Dayaneni, Charlene Carruthers – with humor and lightness as well as the realness and depth we need to survive and thrive through this deeply transformational time, a.k.a. The Apocalypse.

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A Movement Generation & We Rise Production

Music by Los Nadies mixed by DiaspoRADiCAL


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TheatreFIRST is an arts-as-activism organization.

This podcast series is an extension of our commitment

to the art and practice of collective liberation. With each episode, we delve into the themes, characters, and critical questions central in our live theater productions, and explore how they relate to our world and our communities.

Featured guests include theatremakers, artists, activists, actors, playwrights, community leaders, and more.

Because, the revolution does not end on stage.
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A We Rise Production in collaboration with TheatreFIRST


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ABUELITO is a podcast that speaks about the secrets

and hardships that are both hidden and revealed to first-generation immigrants and their children as a result of diaspora through the lens of first-generation Uruguayan-American, Tachi. This 3-part mini-series explores how much of cultural memory and trauma is inherited generation-to-generation and how the heritage is further complicated by having both the oppressed and oppressors in our lineage.

Scripts for Abuelito

A We Rise Production in collaboration with Noelle Viñas

This project is supported by an Investing in Artists Grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation & the City of Oakland’s Cultural Funding Program.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, this project was unable to continue in it's original iteration of 3 podcast episodes.

This project continues to evolve and grow through theater, conversations, storytelling and beyond.

Follow the work of Noelle Viñas.


Given the extreme violence of our political climate, our mental health is of tremendous importance…

But – what does it mean to be mentally, emotionally healthy? Why, in fact, are we made to think our mental, emotional, and physical health are separate?  Whose idea was that? What are the cultural roots of “suicide”?  And how is suicide understood differently across cultures?

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First Voice Media

Aired 7.16.2018 on Full Circle KPFA 94.1FM 

A feature from the event Living On Ohlone Land which took place in August of 2017 in occupied Huchiun, known by settlers as Oakland, California. Indigenous women leaders discuss building reciprocity with local indigenous communities.


This feature was produced with permission from speakers and event organizers.

A We Rise Production

Elements of this vox pop aired 1.12.2018 on Full Circle KPFA 94.1FM: Native Americans Making a Difference 

The shellmound is a sacred Ohlone burial site in Huchiun, which is currently occupied by the Bay Street Mall. Attendees spoke out on "Black Friday" about why they were there and why it is vital to protect indigenous sacred sites.

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Recorded 7.9.2019

Cal Shakes partnered with Causa Justa :: Just Cause to host a community meal and civic dialogue called "Is Capitalism Killing Us?" inspired by our production of The Good Person of Szechwan.

Hosts: SK Kerastas and Tierra Allen. Guests: Aimee Suzara, Ronald Flannery, and Anjali Lynn Nath Upadhyay.

We Rise Production in collaboration with Cal Shakes and Causa Justa. Recorded and edited for Asides: the Cal Shakes podcast.


Transcript available.

Recorded 7.15.2019


Cal Shakes hosted a community meal and civic dialogue about the role of joy in our movement building, our resistance, and our art. The conversation was inspired by our production of House of Joy by Madhuri Shekar.

Guests: Madhuir Shekhar, Kimiya Shokri, CiCi Jevae, and Cal Shakes community partner RYSE Youth Center.

We Rise Production in collaboration with Cal Shakes. Recorded and edited for Asides: the Cal Shakes podcast.


Transcript available.

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