Podcast Reveals Topics That Can Influence and Motivate an Artist’s Work
COLUMBUS, OHIO, JUNE 15, 2021 – WOSU Public Media is launching a new podcast entitled Small Joys with Hanif Abdurraqib with host, poet and bestselling author, Hanif Abdurraqib.
“I saw this podcast as a unique opportunity to talk to and learn from artists with local roots,” said Abdurraqib. “I also saw it as an opportunity to have open and candid conversations with people that didn’t feel like traditional interviews – getting to the heart of what has kept people going in the past year. WOSU was the perfect platform for this, as a station that is tapped into the community here and has been serving it for many years, and I’m glad they offered me this opportunity to collaborate.”
Across eight episodes, Abdurraqib talks with writers and artists about what inspires them – an intriguing deep-dive that will interest fans of literature, music, comic books, pop culture and anyone with an affinity for the arts. New episodes drop weekly on Tuesdays:
- Poet and writer Maggie Smith
- Artist and filmmaker Cameron Granger
- Writer Saeed Jones
- Comic book writer and illustrator Jeff Smith
- Novelist Nick White
- Drummer and composer Dr. Mark Lomax, II
- Children’s author Carlotta Penn
- Music producer Angel Lopez (Lopez has produced for performers including Justin Timberlake, Kayne West, Coldplay, Mariah Carey, Chance The Rapper and many others.)
Hanif Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. He is a bestselling author and frequent contributor to NPR and The New York Times. His book, Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to A Tribe Called Quest, became a New York Times Bestseller, was a finalist for the Kirkus Prize, was longlisted for the National Book Award and was named one of the best non-fiction books of 2019 by New Yorker magazine. His latest book is A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance. The title of the podcast, “Small Joys,” is taken from one of Abdurraqib’s essays.
Episode 1 of Small Joys with Hanif Abdurraqib is available to stream now at: wosu.org/smalljoys, on the WOSU mobile app, at NPR One or wherever you listen to podcasts.
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