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19. Speaking On Capturing the American Zeitgeist
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19. Speaking On Capturing the American Zeitgeist

We’re mixing it up this week with a special reflection on a video art piece from Girls Write Now Community Manager Jesse Jagtiani. Mentor Tatyana White Jenkins leads an inquisitive and informative discussion with Jesse about the process and inspiration behind her fourth installment of her video series “An American Tale.” Initiated in 2008 before the election of former President Obama, “An American Tale” investigates Boston and New York voters’ political consciousness in the last three presidential elections. Listen to learn more about Jesse’s videography roots in Germany, her plans for the upcoming 2024 election installment, and the common narratives she’s beginning to uncover at the polls over the last 16 years.

Music by Jaya Rao-Herel

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Speaking in First Draft
Speaking In First Draft is an interview podcast platforming the current and next generation of storytellers from the nonprofit Girls Write Now. Released in March 2023, members of the Girls Write Now community share a draft of one of their works in progress and discuss both the writing process and what creative expression looks like to them. Listeners will have the opportunity to engage with the inner machinations and perspectives of writers, producers, and artists from a diversity of episodes and stories.