The Mainline Podcast

The Mainline Podcast

The Mainline Podcast is the official podcast for the Mainline, an independent, women-led alt-news and culture source based in Atlanta, Ga. The Mainline Podcast features exclusive interviews with movement builders, community activists, and creators to tell the stories that are regularly glossed over in mainstream media.

Episodes

February 20, 2020 25 min
Atlanta-based indie publication the Mainline's founding editor Aja Arnold is joined with Shut Up Mary's host Mary Carol in the Mainline's first-ever podcast with a proper (or maybe improper) introduction to the mag, starting in 2016 following the election of President Donald Trump. Original music by the Spins - Produced by Dan Wakefield.
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Preceding the ninth Democratic presidential debate, Aja and Mary are joined by the Mainline’s managing editor and Virgo moon Jamie Jones to discuss the idea that maybe we, as a collective, have been wrong about a lot of stuff for a long time.
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March 2, 2020 79 min
Aja is joined by Mainline contributors Elliot Fullerton and Katherine Paist to discuss the current political climate and the 2020 presidential election and general discontent. As we near Super Tuesday in this year's primaries and the masks come off, we discuss what it means to hold our leaders accountable, no matter what party they are in.
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Aja and Mary are joined by voting rights nonprofit Fair Fight Action's organizing director Hillary Holley to discuss Georgia's recent senate bill SB 463 — yet another anti-voting rights bill that saw quick legislation as the state prepares for its upcoming primary election. The three back up and discuss the importance of focusing on local politics in the midst of national political crisis overload, the realities of voter su...
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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold and rapidly evolves, Aja takes the time to chat with friend Meghan Dowlen, of local band Material Girls and co-founder of local organization My Illegal Body. Originally recording as a regular convo, the two decided it should be shared to help people get a better understanding of what's happening, how people are experiencing the pandemic and the abrupt changes that are coming along wi...
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In continuing the Mainline's COVID-19 coverage, Aja speaks with organizer and advocate Tim Franzen of Housing Justice League Atlanta on the phone to discuss the shifts we can expect in the coming days, their effects on the state and national scale, and what we can do as things develop. This episode includes resources for people who want to support local businesses hurting, particularly in the restaurant industry, as well as inf...
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March 22, 2020 70 min
In another installment of our COVID-19 series, Aja catches up with Mike Berdan, frontman of New York-based noise/experimental/punk outfit Uniform. While NYC is in lockdown and Atlanta braces itself for more news, the two focus on acceptance and recovery as we all approach whatever lies ahead. Spoiler alert: Both are sober addicts in recovery. Traditions are broken, but we're staying sober in a global pandemic, so whatever.
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March 23, 2020 65 min
In this episode, Aja speaks with Atlanta-based reiki practitioner and health coach, Gail Turner-Cooper. The two not only discuss how we are all going to survive this, but how we can shift our perspective to help us heal and cope along the way. A much needed break from the daily drama download in the news and a peek into new healing practices and attitudes instead.
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March 24, 2020 65 min
Aja is joined by Atlanta-based immigration attorney Jessie Calmes who works primarily with those who have been detained and are awaiting deportation. Jessie lends valuable insight into what it's like behind the scenes and the newsreels when it comes to our immigration communities and detention centers, pre-COVID and during COVID. Keep an eye out for more updates from Jessie as things develop.
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After seeing Algiers perform the "Last Show on Earth" in Atlanta on March 14, a day in the crux of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S., Aja catches up with Frankie & Lee over the phone a couple weeks later after they were all settled into quarantine. The three discuss how the pandemic has affected the band specifically, the music industry as a whole, and where all this might be going.

That show in Atlanta was Algiers...
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Aja is joined by Latino Community Fund Georgia's civic participation coordinator, Michelle Zuluaga. Although the two originally scheduled this podcast in February to discuss the 2020 U.S. Census and LCF's work, the scope of everything has vastly changed due to the outbreak and spread of COVID-19 in the U.S. Aja & Michelle still cover the census and LCF's work with Latinx communities in Georgia, but now from the pers...
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In this episode, Aja checks back in with Housing Justice League Atlanta and organizer Tim Franzen. This time, they are joined by Sanae of HJL and Israel, who is just one of many Georgians who has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The four cut to the chase and answer the question that is now regularly being raised: should we do a rent strike? Here, Housing Justice League give us a rundown of the resources available to renters ...
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April 3, 2020 67 min
Aja touches base on what's happened in Georgia this past week during the COVID-19 crisis after Gov. Brian Kemp (finally) lays down a statewide stay-at-home mandate and the story gets picked up in national news. Atlanta-based drag artist/performer/musician/organizer Taylor Alxndr joins the show to discuss their experience during quarantine, namely being confronted with internalized capitalism and all its ramifications as a creat...
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About a month into quarantine, Aja catches up with Stephanie Luke (the Coathangers, NRCSSST) and Dan Dixon (PLS PLS, NRCSSST) to discuss their new album and facing the unknown in the music industry as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold.
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Still deep in quarantine (is it week five or six? Doesn't matter), Aja gets to catch up with longtime activist and organizer Glenn Carroll of Nuclear Watch South, better known as No Nukes Y'all. On this special Earth Day episode, the two take the time to cover a lot of ground concerning the issues of nuclear power plants and nuclear weapons arsenals in Georgia, and how that relates to climate change and our mother Earth. Al...
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Aja catches up with longtime Atlanta indie music staples Nikki Speake and Anna Kramer of Nikki & the Phantom Callers to discuss their latest album, 'Everyone is Going to Hell (But You & Me),' released on April 3. Before the interview, Aja touches on current topics surrounding Georgia during the COVID-19 crisis, including Gov. Kemp's decision to "re-open Georgia" and Stacey Abrams' official statement ...
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May 6, 2020 75 min
This week, Aja catches up with Atlanta-based photojournalist Ryan Vizzions, best known for his work in documenting the historical Dakota Access Pipeline protests at Standing Rock in his 2019 book 'No Spiritual Surrender: A Dedication to the Standing Rock Movement.' More recently, Ryan and his work were involved in putting public pressure on Atlanta officials to enforce restrictions on the Beltline during the coronavirus out...
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May 20, 2020 53 min
Aja catches up with indie folk artist Sara Rachele to discuss her upcoming album, 'Scorpio Sun,' out June 26 via Angrygal Records. The two also discuss experiential learning, the music industry as it stands during great uncertainty throughout the COVID-19 crisis, and possible plans for the future... at least as much as we can surmise right now. Please visit www.saveourstages.com to support the NIVA and to tell your legislat...
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May 28, 2020 37 min
This week, Aja catches up with political artist Joseph Guay, perhaps best known for his Border Wall exhibit in Atlanta, the "Missed Attendance" exhibit about the Parkland school shootings, or his "Remnants of the Human Condition" exhibit featuring a piece about Trayvon Martin. This interview was recorded following Ahmaud Arbery's shooting in Brunswick, Ga., in the county Joseph grew up, and was published a few d...
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Voting is still something we should do and is another form of protest. With the Black Lives Matter swelling into bigger numbers we've ever seen, it's safe to say all those involved are more or less becoming bottom-line voters with a number one priority being the protection of Black lives, criminal justice reform, and racial equality. We went ahead and did the research of the candidates through the lens of BLM, so movement b...
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