Interference Archive is a social space, exhibition venue, and open stacks archive of movement culture, based in Brooklyn. Audio Interference is a podcast dedicated to the activists, artists, and organizers whose histories make up the archive.


  • Audio Interference 75: Kent State and Jackson State

    Audio Interference 75: Kent State and Jackson State

    30/04/2020 Duração: 20min

    On April 30th, 1970, US President Richard Nixon announced the expansion of the Vietnam War into the neighboring country of Cambodia. This resulted in a wave of student strikes across the country throughout the month of May, 1970. On May 4th, the US National Guard opened fire on student protesters at Kent State University in Ohio. Eleven days later, Mississippi state police opened fire on student protesters at Jackson State University, a historically black college. Together, six students were killed in the shootings. In this episode, an Interference Archive volunteer, Jen Hoyer, interviews activist Dennis O'Neil. Dennis grew up in New York City and was a student at New York University in May, 1970. He tells us about the events leading up to the student strike, as well as the aftermath of the shootings at Kent and Jackson State. This episode is part of a forthcoming exhibit at Interference Archive about the 50 year anniversary of the student strikes of May, 1970. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this exhibit

  • Audio Interference 74: We The People Wont Go

    Audio Interference 74: We The People Won't Go

    16/04/2020 Duração: 42min

    This Episode is a recording of the event “We the People won’t go: LES Artists on the Squatter Movement.” Amy Starecheski moderates a discussion with Seth Tobocman, Fly, and Maggie Wrigley. They share their experiences as both squatters and artists in the LES of NY in the 80’s. They talk about the role of art in the fight to stay in the neighborhood, in the fight for affordable and safe housing for themselves and their neighbors. To see more of Seth Tobocman's work: To read about Maggie's book: An Architecture of Change, Building a Better world: To see more of Fly's work: This panel was a part of an exhibition and series of events at the archive in Oct 2019-Feb 2020 called Building for Us: Stories of Homesteading and Cooperative Housing. Audio Interference is produced by the Interference Archive, an all volunteer run archive of social movement material. Music: "Stuck in New York" Thre

  • Audio Interference 73: Ghost Bikes

    Audio Interference 73: Ghost Bikes

    25/02/2020 Duração: 15min

    "We don't want to have to put up ghost bikes anymore." 27 cyclists were killed in New York City in 2019, more than twice as many as in 2018. In this episode of Audio Interference, we speak with volunteers Ellen Belcher and Steve Scofield from the New York City chapter of Ghost Bikes, who install street memorials for cyclists who have been killed in traffic violence. We travel with them up to 125th to install a bike and learn about the history and current movement of Ghost Bikes. For more information on the memorials in NYC and around the world, check out their website: Thank you to Steve Scofield and Ellen Belcher for speaking with us. To learn more about the 27 cyclists who lost their lives in 2019, we recommend this profile by Gothamist: Music and Audio in this Episode: - Detailing by Blue Dot Sessions Produced by Interference Archive.

  • Audio Interference 72: Dissident Island

    Audio Interference 72: Dissident Island

    31/01/2020 Duração: 18min

    “Areas that are now very affluent in London like Notting Hill or Camden Town, these would have been full of squatted places. Literally streets, like whole blocks of terraced housing that were squatted. From the 1960-70s onward there’s lots of people that ended up in possession of properties having initially squatted there.” Dissident Island is an anarchist radio show broadcasting on the first and third Friday of every month from the London Action Resource Centre. Since 2007, Dissident Island has covered anarchist life in London, including the rise and fall of squatted social centers, and the Dissident Island archives offer a picture of the way squatters have changed the city, and the ways in which they’ve been affected by new laws and policing. Dissident Island also presents benefit shows in squatted venues, produces a zine, and offers radio workshops. This episode includes excerpts from an interview with Patrick Evans, one of the creators of Dissident Island, as well as clips from the show. The voice

  • Audio Interference 71: Protect Oak Flat

    Audio Interference 71: Protect Oak Flat

    15/01/2020 Duração: 22min

    In this episode of Audio Interference, we speak with Vanessa Nosie, activist, and Carrie Curley, activist and artist, about the Apache Stronghold and their spiritual movement to protect Oak Flat from the foreign mining company Resolution Copper. A huge thank you to Carrie Curley, Vanessa Nosie, Naelyn Pike, Wendsler Nosie, and the Apache Stronghold for their important and determined fight to protect their land, and for the important message this has for indigneous communities around the world, and for all communities, regarding the way we should respect and relate to our land, environment, and to each other. Thank you Amy Harwood for your support and audio from the walk that is part of this episode. Thank you Cruz for your production help. We encourage you to call your Senators and Representatives to be sure they support the protection of sacred sites. Ask them to sign on as sponsors of the Save Oak Flat Act, which would repeal the land exchange bill. Save Oak Flat Act:

  • Audio Interference 70: Citation and the Archive

    Audio Interference 70: Citation and the Archive

    21/11/2019 Duração: 33min

    AK Thompson is an author, activist, and social theorist. Over the summer, he came to Interference Archive to speak about his newest book, Premonitions. Drawing on that material, he explored the For accompanying slides, visit: Music: Better Things by Cool Runnings Produced by Interference Archive

  • Audio Interference 69: What a DJ really is

    Audio Interference 69: What a DJ really is

    05/11/2019 Duração: 54min

    Audio Interference 69: What a DJ really is —- Microbroadcasting with Radio CPR and Prometheus Radio Project The following is a recording of an event that happened in july of 2019. Archive volunteer Colin moderated a conversation with founding members Marnie Brady, Amanda Huron, and Athena Viscusi of radio CPR a pirate radio station in Mt. pleasant D.C. and Petri Dish, of Radio Mutiny and Prometheus Radio Project. Speaker Bios: Marnie Brady / DJ Poinsettia launched the Neighborhood Power Hour as part of Radio CPR, Washington, DC where she converged her work in community organizing for immigrant rights, land, & housing with action research interviews & mix tapes over the airwaves. As part of Radio CPR, Marnie started a tech club to learn more about how sound travels. Now in Brooklyn, Marnie is part of the organizing committee for the national Homes for All campaign. She’s starting a job as assistant professor in politics & human rights at Marymount Manhattan in the fall. DJ Maude Ontario (AKA Amanda Huron)

  • Audio Interference 68: Brooklyn Pirate Radio

    Audio Interference 68: Brooklyn Pirate Radio

    13/10/2019 Duração: 54min

    You can’t see them, but the skies above New York City hold a tangle of transgressive, culture-bearing radio signals. They’re sent from secret rooftop transmitters and pulse imperceptibly across the five boroughs, bringing familiar sounds to simple FM radios in homes and shops throughout tight-knit immigrant neighborhoods. These underground stations are often called pirates for broadcasting on the FM band without a government-issued license.In this episode, we’re sharing excerpts from an event at Interference Archive in July, which featured a conversation between David Goren and Joan Martinez. The event was presented in relation to our summer exhibition, Resistance Radio: The People’s Airwaves, which looked at the history of radio as a medium for grassroots movements and their organizing work. David Goren is an award winning radio producer and audio archivist based in Brooklyn, NY. He’s created programming for the BBC World Service, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Wall Street Journal magazine, NPR’s Lost and Fou

  • Audio Interference 67: Interference Archive on Radio Survivor

    Audio Interference 67: Interference Archive on Radio Survivor

    19/09/2019 Duração: 01h09min

    Audio Interference is excited to be bringing you an episode from a guest podcast, Radio Survivor. Radio Survivor is a group of individuals organized to shed light on the ongoing importance of radio. They have a weekly podcast where they interview people involved in wide-ranging and international community radio efforts. Back in July 2019, Interference Archive volunteers Celia Easton Koehler and Elena Levi spoke with Jennifer Waits and Eric Klein of Radio Survivor about our latest exhibition at Interference Archive. It’s called Resistance Radio: The People’s Airwaves and it’s about the history of radio as a medium for grassroots movements. They spoke with Radio Survivor about the stations, communities and contexts featured in the exhibition, and the process, labor, and networks involved. Some of the seeds of our research actually came from Radio Survivor interviews! Resistance Radio is on view at the archive through September 29. If you are in New York, come check it out during our open hours: Thursda

  • Audio Interference 66: Poor Peoples Campaign

    Audio Interference 66: Poor People's Campaign

    29/06/2019 Duração: 17min

    In this episode, we’re speaking with activists, organizers, musicians and artists who are a part of The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. The movement is building on the Poor People’s Campaign of 1968, a national movement led by Reverend Dr Martin Luther King Junior to unite the poor. We focus our conversation on the role music and art plays, and has played, in this movement. A huge thank you to Ciara Taylor, Pauline PIsano, and Charon Hribrar for speaking with for this episode. To learn more about the Poor People’s Campaign, visit their website at To download a copy of the songbook, produced by the Poor People’s Campaign with artwork by Justseeds collective: This episode coincides with the exhibition at Interference Archive Everybody’s Got A Right To Live: The Poor People’s Campaign 1968 & Now:

  • Audio Interference 65: Library Freedom Project

    Audio Interference 65: Library Freedom Project

    02/05/2019 Duração: 15min

    In the past few weeks, regular listeners to the podcast have heard an episode on community internet, and another celebrating libraries. This week, we’ll combine the best of both worlds. Today, we'll chat with Alison Macrina, Founder and Executive Director of the Library Freedom Project, an organization that’s making an impact in local communities, helping reduce the harm that people face online from hackers, law enforcement and major corporations. We’ll learn of the organization's showdown with the Department of Homeland Security and hear of its efforts to scale up to a library near you. To learn more about Library Freedom Project and Library Freedom Institute, visit Music in this episode (“Dusting,” “Stilt,” “Borough” & “Hickory Interlude”) by Blue Dot Sessions - Produced by Interference Archive.

  • Audio Interference 64: Community Networks

    Audio Interference 64: Community Networks

    26/04/2019 Duração: 29min

    In today’s episode, we’ll learn about community networks around the world, including NYC Mesh, FunkFeuer, and Rhizomatica. Community Networks offer local communities the opportunity to own and control their communication infrastructure. To learn more about NYC Mesh visit To learn more about Rhizomatica, including projects outside of Oaxaca, Mexico, visit To learn more about FunkFeuer, visit Thanks to Jonathan Dahan, Myf Ma, Aaron Kaplan, and Peter Bloom for speaking with us for this episode. Music: Onward & Upward by junior85. Produced by Interference Archive.

  • Audio Interference 63: Radical Access 2

    Audio Interference 63: Radical Access 2

    31/03/2019 Duração: 25min

    We’re back to continue our series on radical, community libraries! In this episode, we chat with Ola Ronke Akinmowo of the Free Black Women’s Library, Dev Aujla of Sorted Library, and Jen Hoyer and Daniel Pecoraro from our own Interference Archive library. To learn more about the Free Black Women’s Library, stay up to date about future pop ups, and find out where to donate books, visit her site, follow the library on social media @thefreeblackwomenslibrary, and consider supporting the project via Patreon. Here’s a short list of reading recommendations from Ola Ronke: Audre Lorde, Gloria Naylor, Buchi Emecheta, Pat Parker, June Jordan, Nnedi Okorafor, especially Who Fears Death, Octavia Butler, especially Parable of the Sower, Zora Neale Hurston, especially Dust Tracks on the Road, This Thing Around My Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Sula by Toni Morrison, Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi, Things We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons, All About Love by bell hooks, Heads of the Colored People by Nafissa Thompson-Spires,

  • Audio Interference 62: Alison Alder

    Audio Interference 62: Alison Alder

    02/03/2019 Duração: 15min

    This episode features an interview with artist and collector Alison Alder, recorded last summer when Alison visited New York. Alison Alder is a visual artist whose work blurs the line between studio, community and social/political art practice. Her formative years as an artist were spent working in the screen-printing workshops of Megalo (Canberra) and Redback Graphix (Wollongong/Sydney) where she was co-director from 1985–1993. The next major period of her art practice was spent working within Indigenous organisations in the Northern Territory, primarily for Julalikari Council in Tennant Creek. Alder received an International Year of Tolerance Fellowship from the Australia Council in recognition of her work toward social justice and equity through art practice. Alder is currently Head of the Printmedia and Drawing Workshop at the Australian National University School of Art. Alison is also the organizer of Interference Archive's current exhibition, Hi-Viz: Australian Political Posters 1979-2019. Hi-Viz, a

  • Audio Interference 61: 7K or Strike!

    Audio Interference 61: 7K or Strike!

    17/02/2019 Duração: 19min

    The Professional Staff Congress, the union of the faculty and staff at the City University of New York, is currently bargaining a contract which includes a flagship demand of seven thousand dollars per course for adjunct faculty — which would finally earn many adjuncts a living wage and push forward a national conversation about funding for public education. Various adjunct organizers are trying to push the union towards a strike in order to win the demand, but they have faced resistance from union leadership, as striking is illegal for public sector workers in New York State and comes with tremendous risks. Organizers in favor of a strike have united under a campaign they have called, "7K or Strike!" In this episode, we hear from various union members about how they believe they will win this demand. To learn more about the 7K demand itself and the daily reality for adjuncts at CUNY, you can listen to episode 51, titled: "Adjunctification at CUNY". Music: La Fatigue et l'Insupportable Bonheur du Prochain

  • Audio Interference 60: Radical Psychology at Alternate U

    Audio Interference 60: Radical Psychology at Alternate U

    25/01/2019 Duração: 30min

    This episode of Audio Interference features highlights from an event at the archive with Keith Brooks and Phil Brown, in which they shared their experiences in the critical psychology movement that was a part of the revolutionary environment at Alternate U. Phil and Keith helped set up the organization Psychologists for a Democratic Society (an offshoot of Students for a Democratic Society), which published a newspaper under the same name. Radical psychology and the politics of mental illness were an important part of social movements in the 1970s and 1980s, and central issues in free education experiments, including Alternate U. In 1970, Keith Brooks ran a course called Towards a Radical Psychology, centered around psychology in the context of the global liberation struggle and the questions of “what is its role and whose side is it on?” Phil Brown ran a course called Demystification of Contemporary Psychology, challenging what he called the “Myth of Mental Illness.” Music: "The Birds & The Bees" by The

  • Audio Interference 59: Politics of Sound

    Audio Interference 59: Politics of Sound

    31/12/2018 Duração: 01h09min

    In this episode of Audio Interference, you'll hear a recording of an event held at the archive in October of 2018. The event was called “Politics of Sound: Listening to the Archive,” and it was a discussion about the various ways archiving sound can be a political act, including how sound archives can support organizing work, and how sound collections can contribute to the creation of historical memory, broadening the range of stories that are part of our collective history. Speakers included Natiba Guy-Clement, Special Collections Manager at the Brooklyn Public Library, home of the Civil Rights in Brooklyn Oral History Collection; Daniel Horowitz, oral historian and poet, currently working on a historical memory project based in Bay St Louis, Mississippi; Samara Smith, Associate Professor at SUNY, who documented the sounds of Occupy Wall Street; and Mario Alvarez, one of the creators of Columbia Life Histories, a series of oral history interviews with graduate students at Columbia University. For more inf

  • Audio Interference 58: Radical Access

    Audio Interference 58: Radical Access

    08/12/2018 Duração: 25min

    “Our lending policy is: as many books as you want, for as long as you want. We want people to take the time to live with the books as long as they need to, to figure out how they fit into the larger picture of how they live.” -- Dawn Finley, FLOW In this episode, we ask the questions: What does it mean to be a radical, community library? What are the goals, responsibilities, and impacts of such an organization? We do so through conversations with Laura Moulton of Streetbooks, Melissa Marturano of Books Through Bars, Dawn Finley of FLOW, and Julia of the ABC No Rio Zine Library. To learn more about Streetbooks visit their website at— and read this NYT article about them: To learn more about Books through Bars visit their website at— Read an interview with founder vikki law—

  • Audio Interference 57: Free Education!

    Audio Interference 57: Free Education!

    15/11/2018 Duração: 32min

    “I think we were interested in finding a true story. We were interested in telling the truth, not to make a propaganda film and not to make a film that would make people feel heroic. We wanted to make a film that was both sympathetic to the project and its goals and purposes, and at the same time was realistic about the world that it was operating in.” - Robert Machover In this episode we speak with Norman Fruchter and Robert Machover about their collaboration as filmmakers and instructors at the Free University of New York (FUNY), a 1960s experiment in radical education. Fruchter presented a course called ‘Film Form: Propaganda into Art’, and Machover offered a workshop with the aim of producing a film collectively under the title ‘Filmmaking’. This led to creation of the film Dog Burning at Noon, a short clip of which plays during the episode. This episode also includes a discussion of and short clip from Machover and Fruchter’s 1966 film Troublemakers, which chronicled a group of young activists who work

  • Audio Interference 56: WTO Protests, Seattle 1999

    Audio Interference 56: WTO Protests, Seattle 1999

    31/10/2018 Duração: 28min

    “I remember walking home from that huge protest and feeling this sense of huge hope in the air...And it was just really exciting and it felt like things actually could change.” --Becca Shaw Glazer In this episode, we speak with activists who participated in protests against the World Trade Organization in the 1990s and 2000s. The 1999 Seattle protest against the WTO is often seen as the beginning of a worldwide anti-globalization movement and the Indymedia movement. About 40,000 people took to the streets to express their dissent, and protestors successfully blocked delegates from entering the convention center, delaying the meeting. The protests became known as “The Battle of Seattle” because of the police violence that ensued in response. We focus on the protests that took place in Seattle, and then share an interview with someone who participated in WTO protests in Cancun, one of the protests that took place globally as a result. A huge thank you to our interviewees for speaking with us for this epi

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