Today’s episode is all about podcasting with two disabled podcasters: Bri M. and Thomas Reid. Bri is the creator of the Power Not Pity podcast and Thomas is the creator of Reid My Mind. Both Bri and Thomas share why they love podcasting and how this medium allows them to tell stories and connect with people in a new way.
Bri. M is a Black, Jamaican-American, queer, non-binary, disabled alien-prince from The Bronx. Ze’s pronouns are ze/zir. Ze started zir radio adventures ten years ago while in college. Over time, ze hosted three radio shows and loved every minute of it. When ze left college, ze stayed in the world of entertainment: bustin’ ass at music venues, working with record labels, and collaborating with cultural workers such as Climbing PoeTree and DK Killian. Ze was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis four and a half years ago and since then has vowed to connect and lift up zir community in any way ze can. Most recently, ze presented a Disability Justice workshop at the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls, and Bard High School Early College. Now, Bri wants to amplify the voices of disabled people through the stories and perspectives of those ze interviews.
In 2004, while working as an IT developer, Thomas Reid (T.Reid) lost his sight as a result of Cancer. Disturbed by the lack of accessibility he helped launch a local advocacy organization. He’s been involved in state and federal level advocacy projects focusing on a wide range of accessibility topics including telecommunications, web and information access.
Soon after becoming blind, T decided to pursue a dormant interest in audio production. In 2014 he was selected as a recipient of the Association of Independence in Radio New Voice Scholarship. During that same year he began his podcast Reid My Mind Radio featuring profiles of interesting individuals and personal stories of his own experience adjusting to blindness.
T is especially interested in using stories to help begin altering the myths and misconceptions about disability.
Thomas, a native of the Bronx New York, currently resides in the Poconos, PA with his wife and two daughters. When he’s not making audio, Reid enjoys music, public speaking, writing, swimming and watching audio described movies.
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Cheryl Green, Audio Producer and Text Transcript
Alice Wong, Writer, Producer, Interviewer
Lateef McLeod, Introduction
Mike Mort, Artwork
Theme Music (used with permission of artist)
Song: “Dance Off”
Artist: Wheelchair Sports Camp
“Management” and “Without You—Audio Mainline Ambient Mix” by Ketsa. (Source: freemusicarchive.org. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 License.)
“Sneaker Chase” by Podington Bear. (Source: freemusicarchive.org. Licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 International License.)