THE HOST

Esther Iverem is a multi-disciplinary artist, writer, producer and curator. Her diverse body of work, which includes a show on Pacifica Radio, three books, two digital media projects and several visual art exhibits, is about social justice and human existence—its history, current state and possible futures. Her work is also about the environment, including its mysteries extending into the universe.

She is creator, producer and host of ‘On the Ground: Voices of Resistance From the Nation’s Capital’ on Pacifica Radio, founder of the pioneering Black website SeeingBlack.com and a founding member of DC Poets Against the War/Split This Rock. She is a recipient of numerous awards and honors, including a National Arts Journalism Fellowship at Columbia University. Her latest book, Olokun of the Galaxy, uses poetry and images to tell a story of Olokun, an African spirit for the deepest ocean, and to honor the Earth’s ecosystem and the millions who perished during or descended from the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. She is also the author  We Gotta Have It: Twenty Years of Seeing Black at the Movies (Hachette Book Group) and two other books of poems, The Time: Portrait of a Journey Home and Living in Babylon (Africa World Press).

Since 2010, her fiber and multi-media works have been featured in two one-woman shows, several group shows and acquired for personal collections She has curated two shows at DCAC—the District of Columbia Arts Center, including, in 2013, “Emancipation: Meditations of Freedom,” to mark the 250th anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. In her recent work, she interrogates physical and economic violence against people and violence against the planet. Herseries of contemporary Olokun Yoruba spirit figures — on which her book is based — carry images of African Americans killed by state violence and features Olokun as a water protector who proclaims that “Water is Life.” Before working as an independent writer and artist, she was a staff writer for The Washington Post, New York Newsday and the New York Times. She is a native of Philadelphia, a graduate of the University of Southern California and Columbia University, and lives in Washington, DC.

9 thoughts on “THE HOST

  1. Greetings Esther,
    Great show today. It actually made me re-think my recycling skepticism. You know “the world’s already missed up, what difference is my little bit going to make.” ” As busy as we are who has time to sort trash.” So I would make a half-hearted attempt to recycle ( when it was convenient.) But you’re right. When you add it up it makes a big difference. Thanks to you and your guests I’m a recycling convert. I appreciate your good works. Peace and Love!

  2. Dear Esther,
    YOU can do NO wrong in My eyes !!! I LIVE for your show , Always interesting and You are such a perfect host. I Live to hear You & ‘ what’s at stake ‘ , the TWO most interesting shows on PFW !!! Thank you for the work that you do !!! Another ” John in Virginia ” !!!!

  3. Greetings, I would like to know the web site of your guests today on Girls and there bodies. I have a granddaughter who needs this information. pls.write back.

  4. Hi Mitch,
    Thank you for your feedback. My general policy for this show is to not interrupt or cut off callers so I did not want to do what right-wing hosts routinely do, if they take progressive callers at all. Since you are a regular listener and supporter, you are probably aware of this policy and aware that each caller is given a time limit, which does not allow for one caller to take up time with a personal on-air debate. Rather than shameful, my handling of a person with not only odious comments but also fascist and racist comments, was actually quite measured and commendable. I stand with the dead young man and his family and community and have my own definitions of what is shameful–and, more important, what is dangerous. Thank you for listening.

  5. Regarding today’s show: I’m disappointed in your response to John from Virginia. To be sure, you aired a call expressing a point of view differing from your own, but you could have handled the caller far more diplomatically. First, you dismissed the caller without engaging in dialog with him. Second, if you made any attempt to conceal your, let’s just call it “dislike” for the caller, you did not succeed. Third, you proceeded to refute his statements AFTER he was off the air, thereby denying him a chance to discuss his views. Fourth, you raised the possibility of his having been paid by a right-wing think tank for making his call. That was shameful: you have no more evidence of this than he did of the claims he was making.

    Don’t get me wrong: I like the show overall, and I’m a regular listener to the station. But you could have done much better with this.

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