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We're launching the second season of podcast One with Farai, diverse voices including Gloria Steinem, Joi Ito, and Melissa Harris-Perry
We're launching the second season of podcast One with Farai, diverse voices including Gloria Steinem, Joi Ito, and Melissa Harris-Perry
193 backers pledged $36,172 to help bring this project to life.

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Hey there -- want to hear brilliant people explain how their work meshes and clashes with their personal lives? Surprises, revelations; intellectual stimulation? That's what we do on the audio program One with Farai, and you -- our community -- are just as important as every guest we interview.

https://soundcloud.com/onewithfarai/gloria-steinem-equality-for-all

Media outlets are slashing diversity; we are fighting back.

The first season of One with Farai from PRI Soundworks included guests who were black, white, biracial, East Asian, South Asian, Native American; gay and straight; U.S. born, immigrant, and non-American. This is our world right now, and definitely our future. We deserve to see ourselves fully represented. We shouldn't have to settle for media that is dumbed-down and doesn't show our true, fantabulous, colors.

But content isn't free! With your help, we can make D.I.O. (Do It Ourselves) media that points the way to a future where we are all represented in the news media, the economy, and society at large.

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Who Am I?

For the purposes of the greater good, I'll let someone else toot my horn -- the versatile and award-winning actor Delroy Lindo, whose credits include The Cider House Rules and Spike Lee's Malcolm X.

When we spoke, we also focused on why he'd returned to university to get a masters' degree exploring the WWII Jamaican-British "Windrush Generation," which included his mother.

Many of you know me from my work on television (staffer at CNN, ABC, and freelance/guest on BET, FOX, HBO, and MSNBC), radio (NPR, KALW, WNYC); as an author of five-books-and-counting; as the founder of an early website, Pop and Politics (1995-2010); and as a print journalist whose body of work ranges from Newsweek to Spin, Vibe, The Guardian, and The New York Times. I'm doing independent media precisely because this is where I can bring you long-form conversations about future-forward issues, both from people you've long known and admired as well as those you should know.

We can make media more representative and diverse, more intimate, smarter, and have a good laugh too.

One with Farai offers the antidote to the sound-bite. But since we're all busy, you can listen to a 2 minute sizzle reel from Season One here:

And this is our PRI Soundworks show page (please SUBCRIBE on iTunes):
http://bit.ly/OWF_show

I love people most of all -- both those I interview and those I broadcast/write for. 

This podcast is about how global visionaries blend life, work, and passion. We hear how Gloria Steinem embraces her "family of choice"; how Adam Merced/DJ Mode, helped raise his sister in the projects in the Bronx and became an international producer and music supervisor for the Knicks; and what Joi Ito of MIT's Media Lab learned from his transcultural childhood. 

We don't dumb down. I respect you too much to do that. We tackle complex ideas, like what Ito (below) thinks of bioengineering and immortality.

Coming up this season: guests including bestselling authors Lalita Tademy and Richard Kadrey, and European political strategist Simon Vaut.

As a journalism professor at New York University as well as author and broadcaster, we need to model new ways for the next generation of journalists to produce serious, financially  sustainable content.  We at One with Farai are part of a movement to create those models, including PRX/Radiotopia; The Futuro Media Group/Maria Hinojosa; The Laura Flanders Show; and Daniel Alarcon, whose Radio Ambulante Unscripted is also part of the PRI Soundworks network.

Social Media Rocks -- Help Us Get the Word Out

Please Tweet/FB to anyone you know who cares about independent media and increasing diversity of voices we hear on important topics.

You can post a link to this campaign to Facebook, Tumblr, or other platforms.

A suggested Tweet is :

Please support the #OneWithFarai podcast Kickstarter: diverse media incl Gloria Steinem, @Joi Ito, @MHarrisPerry bit.ly/Fund_OneWithFarai

Get personal and creative with your message and rally our community.

Thuderclap.It -- Advanced Ninja Social Media.

A Thunderclap is a one-time-only permission for us to send a message to your followers. Please join the One with Farai Thunderclap, which will send the message below on 11/12, so you have an easy way to tell your friends about us. 

Just so you know, the  message (AGAIN, please sign up with the link above or repeated below) will read: “Suport One With Farai podcast: Gloria Steinem, Joi Ito, Melissa Harris-Perry. Diverse global visionaries! No limits! http://thndr.it/1tbervP

Linked above or copy this:  bit.ly/OneWithFarai_Thunderclap

============WADDAYA NEED THE MONEY FOR? ======

Our goal is a modest $35,000. If we don't reach that, we don't get any funds

As someone who did improv for years in college and after (sometimes Amy Poehler kindly let me join her onstage at UCB's Asscat years ago), I really love live events. I am jonesing to take this podcast into a room full of people. I want to get the same cross-section of brilliance we do in studio on stage. Shows and podcasts from Radiolab to the Nerdist to Snap Judgment know the value of "live." (Hint: you can also make money doing this, and content requires cash money to produce.) 

One with Farai is part of the PRI Soundworks podcast brand. We're in partnership -- which means PRI gives us funding (deep bow; thank you!), but that we must raise at least half the money. Meeting this Kickstarter goal covers our basic Season Two costs and gives us a chance to get on a stage near you. (We can have a glass of wine after.)

My big-dream is to raise enough money to do podcasting AND.  What exactly does that mean?

  • First of all -- podcasting AND live events — which generate revenue.
  • Podcasting AND cutting the longer content into short pieces for local stations.
  • Podcasting AND terrestrial radio specials.
  • Podcasting AND video.

We are winning.

We have already gotten some long-form terrestrial radio airing of the podcast; and are starting to produce short-form segments for public radio member stations. But again -- none of this is free.

So: we need you. Right here, right now. To fund brilliant conversations; diverse, sustainable media; and spread the word.

We can broadcast forward-thinking content across this country and across the globe. And maybe we can quite literally meet you where you live. But only with your help.

When you support us, you get bragging rights. You will have helped turn a dream into reality -- about serious journalism that is still fun and definitely diverse -- for the good of all involved.

Much love and thank you for the support,

Farai and our ace producer, Devin Maverick Robins -- from One With Farai, a part of PRI Soundworks

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Oh --  here are some images of our incentives, because that's part of this fabulous Kickstarter thing. For a taste of the digital audio downloads, be sure and listen to the audio clips linked to every photo. Re: lectures, you can find plenty of samples of me online speaking at colleges and appearing on cable and network TV. And here's a talk I did at TedxBrooklyn a couple years ago about gentrification and the power of Hello. So the photos pertain to our few non-digital incentives. (I couldn't exactly put a plate of home cooked food on the site. I mean -- if I could, I would...but...)

Innovating Women (avail as print or eBook incentive)
Innovating Women (avail as print or eBook incentive)
The Farai-brary
The Farai-brary
President Mandela and Rev. Jackson
President Mandela and Rev. Jackson

 (This is --deliberately -- a photograph of a photograph, marked up to make it not-easily-replicable online. I assure you the original + color/contrast correction + archival framing = mwah!)

Risks and challenges

We've already produced one season of One with Farai. We need your funds to complete season two... and go live on stage! Of course, we risk having started something amazing and not being able to grow it to scale. Your contributions will ensure that's not the case! Thank you again.

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    The Nomination: For just one dollah one dollah -- pitch us who you want to hear on One with Farai. Nominate our next guest. We'll tally up all the entries, apply editorial discretion (!!!!), and see if we can book your fave.

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    Season One Download: All 14 episodes in one download, including MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry, technologist Joi Ito, actors Delroy Lindo and Wendell Pierce, and activist Urvashi Vaid. Plus the Nomination.

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    Exquisite Audio Download: A Kickstarter EXCLUSIVE. Each guest ends their interview by surprising the next guest -- whose identity they don't know -- with a question. We cut a reel of the Season One questions and answers. It's 20 minutes of WOW. Based on the art game "exquisite corpse," we just call it Exquisite. Plus the Nomination.

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    eBook of Innovating Women: The Changing Face of Technology. Farai's latest book, co-authored with Vivek Wadhwa, on how women are winning the gender wars in STEM fields. Plus the Nomination.

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    Double Download: The eBook of Innovating Women PLUS all 14 episodes of Season 1 of One With Farai. And of course the Nomination.

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    A print, paperback copy of "Innovating Women: The Changing Face of Technology" signed by Farai. Plus the Season One download and the Nomination.

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    Live Podcast at the Schomburg (Harlem, New York) -- single tix. We are putting together a live spring podcast from the Schomburg Center, which curates and produces dialogues on Black American culture. You get ONE reserved seat, plus the Season 1 download, the Exquisite download, and The Nomination. Date TBD.

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    Live Podcast at the Schomburg (Harlem, New York) -- TWO tix. We are putting together a live spring podcast from the Schomburg Center, which curates and produces dialogues on Black American culture. You get TWO reserved seats, plus the Season 1 download, the Exquisite download, and The Nomination. Date TBD.

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    The "Farai-brary" -- signed print copies of four of my books: "The Color of Our Future"; the novel "Kiss the Sky"; "Trust: Reaching the 100 Million Missing Voters"; and "Innovating Women." PLUS the Triple Download and the Nomination. Shipping free in the U.S. Inquire at OneWithFarai@gmail.com for International Shipping.

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    Handpicked Global Farai Photo: I've been taking photographs around the world for decades, hitting 26 countries (in N & S America, Africa, East and South Asia, and Europe) and 48 States. I will deliver an 11'x14" professionally printed, matted, signed and framed photograph from my travels. You who choose this will get to view online and pick from a selection of photographs after the Kickstarter ends. Each photograph will be no more than a limited edition of 5, and numbered as such. U.S. shipping free. Contact OneWithFarai@gmail.com for int'l shipping costs and stipulations on the limited editions.

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    The Farai Supporter: Your name in acknowledgments in the 20th Anniversary edition of "Don't Believe the Hype: Fighting Cultural Misinformation About African-Americans," and 2 signed copies of the updated book. PLUS the Triple Download and the Nomination. Thank you for supporting my 25 years of work on diversity in media.

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    A thank you -- individual, corporate, or foundation -- in the credits on all Season 2 episodes of One With Farai. Contact OneWithFarai@gmail.com for additional details and stipulations. PLUS the Triple Download and the Nomination.

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    An underwriting spot for your company or foundation in the credits on all Season Two episodes of One With Farai. PLUS the Triple Download and the Nomination. Please contact OneWithFarai@gmail.com for details.

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    Madiba and the Reverend: Limited edition, framed photo I took in 2001 at Nelson Mandela's house with Rev. Jesse Jackson. The copy you see below is deliberately poor quality so it will not be reproduced without permission. You will get a 20"x30" professional print, with President Mandela's face more visible and all color correction; plus archival matting and framing; signed on the front; in a limited and numbered edition of 5. You'll also get a handwritten note from me about what I learned from meeting one of the greatest men of our era, may he rest in peace. (PLUS the Triple Download and the Nomination.) U.S. shipping included. Email OneWithFarai@gmail.com for costs outside U.S.

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    Dinner and a Podcast. Imagine an intimate meal for four followed by a socio-cultural serenade, otherwise known as a home-cooked meal at Farai's house in Brookly plus, on site, a podcast interview with a fascinating guest. Farai considers cooking an art and pleasure, having made a Moroccan feast for 22 this summer. We'll have an intimate dinner (respecting your dietary choices) and then gather for a professional recording of an episode of One with Farai at her Brooklyn home. We may be able to do YOUR home if you prefer... if not in New York, host is responsible for staff travel and lodging. Date and location by mutual arrangement between April 2015 and May 2016. Maybe you'll be our first live show! For more details and stipulations, contact OneWithFarai@gmail.com. (And yes, you get the Triple Download and The Nomination.)

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    "Future of" Lecture: Farai will deliver a speech to your group on the future of work and jobs in America; or the future of media; or the future of race. All transportation and lodging costs paid by hosts if not in New York City; date in 2015 arranged by mutual agreement. PLUS the Triple Download and the Nomination. Contact OneWithFarai@gmail.com for more details and stipulations.

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    Your Oral History. I've documented my family's oral history, some of which aired on NPR. A radio engineer and I will come to your location (travel and lodging paid by host) and spend up to two days gathering the oral history of your family or whoever you select. We'll edit into a digital download (plus CDs) shareable with anyone you want. A gift that will last generations. Date must be arranged by mutual agreement within April 2015-May 2016. PLUS the Triple Download and the Nomination. Contact OneWithFarai@gmail.com for additional details and stipulations.

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