Keeping Things Alive Podcast


The Keeping Things Alive Podcast amplifies progressive voices in Western New York & beyond. Hosted and produced by Laura M. Evans (@keepthingsalive). Music by Madison Rich (@madisonjrich)


  • 069 Tito Ruiz

    069 Tito Ruiz

    26/08/2020 Duración: 01h02min

    Tito Ruiz is an artist and the owner/founder of Tru Ink Media LLC. Tito’s art focuses on the use of visual imagery in advocacy. He works to create alternative narratives to the portrayals of protesters by mainstream media. In this episode, Tito and Laura talk about his photography exhibit "Hope Rebellion & Justice", the story of Wardel Meech Davis, how media impacts and is impacted by current events, & more. Cover art photo by Bobby Morgan.

  • 068 Christian Parra

    068 Christian Parra

    21/07/2020 Duración: 01h14min

    Christian Parra is the City of Buffalo Community Organizer for Citizen Action of New York and a member of Free the People WNY, a coalition of activists, organizers, and attorneys that envisions a world free from the violence and death of mass incarceration. In this episode, Laura and Christian talk about Free the People WNY's demands to hold police accountable in Buffalo and Erie County, community organizing, life in Buffalo, the Bronx, Alaska, and Puerto Rico, & more.

  • 067 Myles Carter

    067 Myles Carter

    19/06/2020 Duración: 46min

    Myles Carter is a father and activist who was maliciously tackled by Buffalo police on camera as he was being interviewed during a peaceful protest in Buffalo, NY. He is currently advocating and working for the release of Deyanna Davis from the Erie County Holding Center. Please listen to this episode to hear Myles tell Deyanna's story and the stories of other specific black lives that matter in Buffalo, NY.

  • 066 Adam Bojak

    066 Adam Bojak

    09/06/2020 Duración: 01h41s

    In this episode, Laura speaks with Adam Bojak about tenant rights, the Black Lives Matter protests, defunding the police, & more. Adam Bojak is a tenants’ rights attorney who has spent years working with Buffalo residents in order to help them fight back against their bad landlords and ensure they know their rights; he has also helped homeowners facing the loss of their houses due to bank foreclosure. He is running as a Democrat for NY Assembly District 149, and the Primary Election is June 23, 2020. Please get out and vote (or sign up to get an absentee ballot by June 12th!).

  • 065 Black Lives Matter

    065 Black Lives Matter

    02/06/2020 Duración: 35min

    In this episode, Laura discusses the protests happening in Buffalo NY and around the country, demanding justice for George Floyd and the many other black and brown human beings who have died at the hands of the police. She talks about how the protests are connected to covid-19, systemic oppression, and the slow violence that is environmental racism.

  • 064 Season 5 Welcome

    064 Season 5 Welcome

    18/05/2020 Duración: 40min

    Welcome to Season 5 of the Keeping Things Alive Podcast! In this episode, Laura talks about intentions for the season, life during covid-19, and thoughts about the new Michael Moore/Jeff Gibbs documentary, Planet of the Humans.

  • 063 Coronavirus Special

    063 Coronavirus Special

    31/03/2020 Duración: 53min

    A special episode about COVID-19, where Laura has a conversation with John Washington about the current global pandemic. John is a community organizer with People's Action and has been on the podcast before (Episodes 48 and 60). This conversation took place on March 30, 2020 in Buffalo, New York, USA.

  • 062 Season 4 Wrap

    062 Season 4 Wrap

    17/11/2019 Duración: 01h05min

    Season 4 has come to a close! Listen to Laura's reflections on each episode of Season 4, three book recommendations, and Laura's conversation with Emily Louis (owner of Live Inspired Events) about community energy planning, starting a small business, and more.

  • 061 Youth Climate Action

    061 Youth Climate Action

    17/09/2019 Duración: 46min

    Ilyas, Aniyang, and Sophia are three members of the WNY Youth Climate Council, which formed in early 2019 with the mission "to elevate youth voices and bring concrete climate action to the various communities of Western New York." In this episode, Laura talks to Ilyas, Aniyang, and Sophia about why climate action, community organizing, and intergenerational solidarity are so important as we face our global climate emergency.

  • 060 John Washington

    060 John Washington

    23/08/2019 Duración: 01h03min

    John Washington, Co-Director of Organizing at PUSH Buffalo, is a community advocate and activist for social, economic, and racial justice in Buffalo, New York and beyond. In Episode 48, John reviewed a 2018 election ballot, and now he is back to talk about his path, interests, and work. In this episode, Laura and John talk about Marvel comics and Afro-futurism, tenants rights, the upcoming City of Buffalo property tax assessment, and more.

  • 059 NYs New Climate Law

    059 NY's New Climate Law

    22/07/2019 Duración: 23min

    New York now has the most progressive climate justice legislation in the United States! The Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) is the result of years of community organizing across the state by NYRenews, a coalition of organizations committed to climate justice. In this episode, Laura reads the opening statements of both the CLCPA and the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969.

  • 058 Climate Jobs  Justice

    058 Climate Jobs & Justice

    10/06/2019 Duración: 32min

    It's time for New York to pass the Climate and Community Protection Act! Hear from NYRenews Climate Justice Organizer Geo Hernández (who has a home base at PUSH Buffalo and in Buffalo, NY) as we enter into the final days of the 2019 New York legislative session (it ends on June 19th). Laura and Geo talk about environmental racism, climate justice, the CCPA, and Tuesday's bus trip to Albany.

  • 057 Andrew Marcum - Disability, Accessibility,  Inclusion

    057 Andrew Marcum - Disability, Accessibility, & Inclusion

    09/06/2019 Duración: 59min

    Andrew Marcum, PhD, teaches Disability Studies for the City University of New York and works at the Center for Self Advocacy in Buffalo. In this episode, Laura and Andrew talk about the history of disability rights in the U.S., the importance of public transit, accessibility, & more.

  • 056 Dennice Barr - Public Transit for the People

    056 Dennice Barr - Public Transit for the People

    09/06/2019 Duración: 01h02min

    Dennice Barr is the President of the Fruit Belt Advisory Council, a board member of the Coalition for Economic Justice, and a member of Buffalo Transit Riders United (BTRU). In this episode, Laura and Ms. Barr talk about the state of Buffalo's public transit system, people power, & more.

  • 055 Lindsay Cross - Florida Land  Wildlife Conservation

    055 Lindsay Cross - Florida Land & Wildlife Conservation

    14/05/2019 Duración: 55min

    Lindsay Cross is the Public Lands Advocate for the Florida Conservation Voters. She has worked for nearly two decades in Florida as an environmental scientist and conservation advocate. In this episode, Lindsay and Laura talk about environmental education, the importance of connecting wildlife habitat, red tide, & more.

  • 054 Manuela Baron - Living Sustainably  Being the Girl Gone Green

    054 Manuela Baron - Living Sustainably & Being the Girl Gone Green

    03/03/2019 Duración: 01h08min

    Manuela Baron is The Girl Gone Green, a blogger and YouTube creator who lives her values by living a zero waste, minimal, plant based life with intention. She shares her experiences and knowledge online, which has inspired a community of people around the world to live more sustainably. In this episode, Laura and Manuela talk about Red Tide, minimalism, straw bans, & more.

  • 053 Rob Webster - Marine Degradation, Animals,  Personal Responsibility

    053 Rob Webster - Marine Degradation, Animals, & Personal Responsibility

    24/02/2019 Duración: 40min

    Rob Webster is the Co-Founder / CEO / Director of Operations of Planet Love Life, whose mission is to "continue to provide education of marine debris, promote sustainable living, and to help preserve our planet's natural environments through the love and respect for life." In this episode, Laura and Rob talk about the causes & effects of plastic pollution in the ocean, what is being done to address this devastating problem, and how people can contribute by changing their consumption habits.

  • 052 Rodney Rainey - Community, Workforce,  Music

    052 Rodney Rainey - Community, Workforce, & Music

    17/02/2019 Duración: 54min

    Rodney Rainey is the PUSH Buffalo Workforce Coordinator and a lifelong West Side of Buffalo resident. He also creates underground rap and hip-hop music and is writing a memoir of his life experiences. In this conversation, Laura and Rodney talk about work experiences, music, looking forward to 2019, and much more. Intro and outro beats by Lonnie Barlow.

  • 051 Solstice Special

    051 Solstice Special

    21/12/2018 Duración: 01h06min

    Episode 51 of the Keeping Things Alive Podcast is a special episode in celebration of the 2018 Winter Solstice, and features Rebecca Strong’s conversation with Lynda Schneekloth and Laura Evans about the art and psychology of activism.

  • 050 Season 3 Wrap

    050 Season 3 Wrap

    07/11/2018 Duración: 40min

    Season 3 has come to an end! In this episode, Laura goes through each episode of Season 3 to explain some of the backstory and what is talked about with each guest. There is also some thoughts on Charles Eisenstein's new book "Climate: A New Story" and the Juliana v. U.S. lawsuit.

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