Category Archives: Episodes

CS 144: The Revolution Will Not Be Sexualized Pt. 2 feat. Yasmin Nair (1/10/2019)



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Today we’re joined by Yasmin Nair (https://twitter.com/NairYasmin). Dr. Yasmin Nair is a freelance writer, activist, academic, and commentator.  The bastard child of queer theory and deconstruction, Nair has numerous critical essays, book reviews, investigative journalism, op-eds, and photography to her credit.  She has appeared in publications like In These Times, Monthly Review, The Awl, The Chicago Reader, GLQ, The Progressive, make/shift, Time Out Chicago,The Bilerico Project, Windy City Times, Bitch, Maximum Rock’n’Roll, and No More Potlucks.

Nair’s writing and organising address issues like neoliberalism and inequality, queer politics and theory, the politics of rescue and affect, sex trafficking, the art world, and the immigration crisis.  Her work also appears in various anthologies and journals, including Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex, False Choices: The Faux Feminism of Hillary Rodham Clinton, Singlism: What It Is, Why It Matters and How to Stop It, Windy City Queer: Dispatches from the Third Coast, Arab Studies Quarterlyand Gay Press, Gay Power: The Growth of LGBT Community Newspapers in America. Yasmin’s website can be found at http://www.yasminnair.net.Discussed in this episode:

Co-produced & edited by Aaron C. Schroeder / Pierced Ears Recording Co, Seattle WA (piercedearsmusic@gmail.com). Opening theme composed by T. Beaulieu, Closing theme produced by Dust Fingaz https://soundcloud.com/dustfingaz/


CS 143: The Revolution Will Not Be Sexualized Pt. 1 feat. Yasmin Nair (1/10/2019)



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Today we’re joined by Yasmin Nair (https://twitter.com/NairYasmin). Dr. Yasmin Nair is a freelance writer, activist, academic, and commentator.  The bastard child of queer theory and deconstruction, Nair has numerous critical essays, book reviews, investigative journalism, op-eds, and photography to her credit.  She has appeared in publications like In These Times, Monthly Review, The Awl, The Chicago Reader, GLQ, The Progressive, make/shift, Time Out Chicago,The Bilerico Project, Windy City Times, Bitch, Maximum Rock’n’Roll, and No More Potlucks.

Nair’s writing and organising address issues like neoliberalism and inequality, queer politics and theory, the politics of rescue and affect, sex trafficking, the art world, and the immigration crisis.  Her work also appears in various anthologies and journals, including Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex, False Choices: The Faux Feminism of Hillary Rodham Clinton, Singlism: What It Is, Why It Matters and How to Stop It, Windy City Queer: Dispatches from the Third Coast, Arab Studies Quarterlyand Gay Press, Gay Power: The Growth of LGBT Community Newspapers in America.

Yasmin’s website can be found at http://www.yasminnair.net.

Discussed in this episode:

Co-produced & edited by Aaron C. Schroeder / Pierced Ears Recording Co, Seattle WA (piercedearsmusic@gmail.com). Opening theme composed by T. Beaulieu, Closing theme produced by Dust Fingaz https://soundcloud.com/dustfingaz/


CS 139: Slave Play Discussion, Part 2 (12/18/2018)



Today we discuss the new upcoming play “Slave Play” and try to place it into the larger context of white liberals and the black creators they enlist to provide them with trauma porn.DIscussed in this episode:

Intro song: “Deep End” by BenjiFlow. You can find playlist of songs used in episodes on Spotify at https://open.spotify.com/user/tbilzie/playlist/5emXF3iqhZLU6IuszSRvun?si=xpTnnAbSSVKv3jTXg86XCg.Co-produced & edited by Aaron C. Schroeder / Pierced Ears Recording Co, Seattle WA (piercedearsmusic@gmail.com)


CS 135: From the River to the CNN (12/04/2018)



This free episode debuted first to Patreon subscribers for 24-48 hours before being unlocked and made free to everyone on the main podcast feed. This will be the norm for all free episodes going forward. To become a Patreon subscriber for $5/month and get early access to this episode and over 50 archived past subscriber-only episodes, go to http://patreon.com/champagnesharks.

Today we discuss various topics from beefing with Talib Kweli on Twitter to Marc Lamont Hill getting fired from CNN. Unfortunately we have to end the episode on a somber note as well.

Co-produced & edited by Aaron C. Schroeder / Pierced Ears Recording Co, Seattle WA (piercedearsmusic@gmail.com)


CS 134: Homeless Epidemic in LA (11/26/2018)



Today is a D. Mills solo episode discussing homeless epidemic in LA.

Patient Dumping: The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights chose to focus on Enforcement of the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act for its annual 2014 Statutory Enforcement Report. This report examined compliance with the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA), a federal law that requires Medicare-participating hospitals to treat emergency medical conditions of any person regardless of capacity to pay, and makes unlawful the discharge of patients prior to stabilizing any medical condition. The purpose of EMTALA is to prevent hospitals, states and/or localities from prematurely discharging indigent people in need of emergency care and transporting them to other entities, a practice colloquially called “patient dumping.” Specifically, the Commission’s report focused on disabled individuals with a psychiatric medical condition. The examination resulted in five observations:

• Hospitals are not keeping adequate data on such patients

• There is insufficient regulatory oversight

• There should be non-punitive methods of obtaining accurate treatment reports on patients

• Hospitals do not have sufficient funds to comply with EMTALA in treatment of patients

• Hospitals and their staffs need more training and education in this area

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CS 130: Black Portland and Slave Privilege feat. Kenny (@BlackSportsNW) (11/16/2018)



Today Kenny (http://twitter.com/BlackSportsNW) joins us to talk about Portland and one of the weirdest Twitter takes we’ve seen in a while.

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A thread summarizing the slave privilege conversation: https://twitter.com/RickyRawls/status/1062845621000921089

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Co-produced & edited by Aaron C. Schroeder / Pierced Ears Recording Co, Seattle WA (piercedearsmusic@gmail.com)Opening theme composed by T. Beaulieu. Closing theme composed by Dustfingaz (https://www.youtube.com/user/TheRazhu_)


Teaser for CS 129: Charleston vs. Pittsburgh (11/13/2018)



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This is the first solo episode I’ve done in a while. I discuss various things about the Charleston, SC Black church shooting by Dylann Roof and the Pittsburgh, PA Jewish synagogue shooting by Robert Bowers.

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Intro music is “Sun Scope” by Maricopa. All songs that have been or eventually will be used on this show can be found in our monster Champagne Sharks Spotify playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5emXF3iqhZLU6IuszSRvun


CS 128: Reunited (11/02/2018)



Mike is back and for the first time in a while all three Sharks are sitting in at once.

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Co-produced & edited by Aaron C. Schroeder / Pierced Ears Recording Co, Seattle WA (piercedearsmusic@gmail.com)Opening theme composed by T. Beaulieu. Closing theme composed by Dustfingaz (https://www.youtube.com/user/TheRazhu_)


CS 127: Walking the Plank Pt. 1 feat. Malika Bee (10/23/2018)



This free episode debuted first to Patreon subscribers for 24-48 hours before being unlocked and made free to everyone on the main podcast feed. This will be the norm for all free episodes going forward. To become a Patreon subscriber for $5/month and get early access to this episode and over 50 archived past subscriber-only episodes, go to http://patreon.com/champagnesharks.

In Part 1 of a 5-part series, D. Mills discusses with guest Malika Bee how the educational system affects Black students and families specifcially, but families in general.


Teaser for CS 125: Transracial Adoptions feat. Mark Sejong (@snbatman) (10/08/2018)



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Today we welcome Mark, a South Korean transracial adoptee who was raised by White American parents and has a lot of thoughts on issues involving transracial adoption. Mark writes and podcasts over at Plan A magazine (http://planamag.com).