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Author: Host Nicholas De Genova

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Metropolis Rising takes you on a journey that reveals the critical insights and imaginative power born of each guest's personal stories. Professor Nicholas De Genova engages big ideas by focusing a fine-grained lens on the formative experiences that have shaped his guests’ perspectives, exploring how their individual biographies have intersected with history and shaped how they have intervened in social and political struggles. These conversations become a record of the history of our times and a provocation for changing how we live.
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In Episode 2 of Metropolis Rising, my guest is Latinx artist Martin Sorrondeguy (also known as Martin Crudo).  Martin is best known as the founder, lead singer, and lyricist of the Latinx hardcore punk bank, Los Crudos, who quickly came to have an impact around the world.  The lyrics of the band’s songs spoke politically to the Latinx experience in the United States but also responded to popular struggles across Latin America.  The band originated in the 1990s in the Pilsen neighborhood, the center of the political and cultural life of Chicago’s Mexican community, where Martin grew up.  Later, Sorrondeguy moved on to other musical projects, including the queercore punk band, Limp Wrist, and most recently a solo electronic dance music project called NRRRV.  Martin is also an accomplished photographer.   
On the first episode of Metropolis Rising, our guest is Maya Schenwar.  Maya is editor-in-chief of the social justice news website, TruthOut.  Following the one-year anniversary of her sister Keeley’s death at the age of 29, Maya reflects on Keeley’s struggles with drug addiction, her life in and out of prison beginning when she was 14 years old, the delivery of her first child in prison, and the enduring inspiration of Keeley’s resistance against the cruel injustices that shaped her experience. Much of Maya’s work focuses on prison and related topics. She is an activist journalist who has authored numerous essays and several books.  Her latest book is called Prison By Any Other Name.
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