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Urban Roots
Urban Roots
Deqah & Vanessa

Urban Roots is hosted by Deqah Hussein (historic preservationist and urban planner) and Vanessa Quirk (journalist and producer). Urban Roots is a... more

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Episodes

Decatur: Carolyn Cortner Smith

Throughout its history, Decatur, Alabama has produced a number of unapologetically bold, creative, and “difficult” women who weren’t afraid to... more

03 Jul 2024 · 28 minutes
Decatur: First Missionary Baptist

The city of Decatur, Alabama is home to many historic Black churches, including one with a particularly rich history: First... more

19 Jun 2024 · 39 minutes
Ohio River to Freedom: New Richmond

Today New Richmond is a charming town along the Ohio River with a relatively tiny Black population. But for a... more

18 Jun 2024 · 23 minutes
Ohio River to Freedom: Ripley

Black Underground Railroad agents lived perilous lives. Because they could be killed or jailed for their work, they hid any... more

17 Jun 2024 · 27 minutes
BONUS: Preservation for the People w/ Dr. Kwesi Daniels

HAPPY PRESERVATION MONTH! To celebrate, we wanted to share with you a new podcast that we think you’ll love: Preservation... more

28 May 2024 · 56 minutes
BONUS: Justin Garrett Moore on Humanities in Place

EXCITING NEWS…Season 3 is coming soon! If you’re not subscribed to our podcast or our newsletter, please do so now!... more

09 Apr 2024 · 1 hour, 21 minutes
BONUS: Moving at the Speed of Trust (w/ Zahra Ebrahim)

Housekeeping first! Please give to our GoFundMe Campaign – we need your help to earn $5,000 by December 31: https://www.gofundme.com/f/urbanistmedia We’re... more

12 Dec 2023 · 1 hour, 11 minutes
BONUS: Rukaiyah Adams on Reimagining Community Wealth

Today, pod squad, you’re in for a treat: Rukaiyah Adams is one of our favorite, most inspiring people on the... more

14 Sep 2023 · 1 hour, 29 minutes
Juneteenth Cincinnati Shorts: Marian Spencer

To celebrate Juneteenth, Urbanist Media's Urban Roots podcast has partnered with Cincinnati Public Radio (WVXU)⁠ to bring you Juneteenth Cincinnati... more

30 Jun 2023 · 1 minute
Juneteenth Cincinnati Shorts: Union Baptist Cemetery

To celebrate Juneteenth, Urbanist Media's Urban Roots podcast has partnered with Cincinnati Public Radio (WVXU)⁠ to bring you Juneteenth Cincinnati... more

22 Jun 2023 · 1 minute
Juneteenth Cincinnati Shorts: Sarah Fossett

To celebrate Juneteenth, Urbanist Media's Urban Roots podcast has partnered with Cincinnati Public Radio (WVXU)⁠ to bring you Juneteenth Cincinnati... more

15 Jun 2023 · 1 minute
Juneteenth Cincinnati Shorts: Intersectionality at the Cotton Club

To celebrate Juneteenth, Urbanist Media's Urban Roots podcast has partnered with Cincinnati Public Radio (WVXU)⁠ to bring you Juneteenth Cincinnati... more

08 Jun 2023 · 1 minute
Juneteenth Cincinnati Shorts: Regal Theatre

This year, Urbanist Media's Urban Roots podcast partnered with Cincinnati Public Radio (WVXU)⁠ to celebrate Juneteenth! Juneteenth Cincinnati Shorts are weekly, 90 second tributes to... more

01 Jun 2023 · 1 minute
TRAILER: The Lost City of Vanport

Located between Vancouver, Washington and Portland, Oregon, Vanport was a temporary wartime housing project built in 1942 to support the... more

26 May 2023 · 4 minutes
TEASER: Sarah Thomas and the Clooneys

A few weeks ago, we got to sit down with Nick Clooney, famous broadcaster and father of George, and his... more

23 May 2023 · 1 minute
BONUS: Brent Leggs on Raising Millions for Black Heritage

Today on the pod, we have a conversation with one of the biggest contributors to African American Preservation alive today...  Brent... more

24 Apr 2023 · 1 hour, 15 minutes
BONUS: Revitalizing Urban Main Streets

Happy April Fool's...but it's no April fools here...today, we’re 100% introducing you to two boss women doing dope work with... more

01 Apr 2023 · 16 minutes
BONUS: Preservation Through Podcasting

The tables are turned! Your hosts, Deqah and Vanessa, were recently interviewed by Nicholas Sikellis for his podcast, The Intangible,... more

08 Mar 2023 · 29 minutes
BONUS: Supporting Resilient Communities in Texas

Today, we’re introducing you to two all-star women we met at HAANDS —  the Historic African American Neighborhood and District... more

30 Jan 2023 · 14 minutes
BONUS: Preserving Black Heritage in L.A.

Rita Cofield is an associate project specialist working on the Los Angeles African American Historic Places (LAAAHP) at the Getty... more

11 Jan 2023 · 23 minutes
BONUS: Forging a Path for Preservation-Based Economic Development

Lejuano Varnell is the co-founder of the Historic African American Neighborhood and District Summit, HAANDS, and the executive director of... more

13 Dec 2022 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
BONUS: Reflecting on HAANDS and the future of our pod

We’re back from the Historic African American Neighborhood and District Summit (HAANDS) and we’re still buzzing! Deqah and Vanessa discuss... more

29 Nov 2022 · 16 minutes
BONUS: Bringing "HAANDS" Together to Preserve Black Neighborhoods

Elijah Davis is the co-founder of the Historic African American Neighborhood and District Summit, HAANDS, for short. HAANDS brings together... more

10 Nov 2022 · 22 minutes
BONUS: Institutional Investors & Housing

As you may remember, our first season explored the history of three African American neighborhoods in Cincinnati. We explored the... more

05 Nov 2022 · 16 minutes
BONUS: Vishaan Chakrabarti on Community Preservation

We’re trying something new: bringing you bonus content to keep Urban Roots in your feeds (and hearts?) between seasons! First up... more

04 Oct 2022 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Black Indy Part 2: Reclaiming Indianapolis' Black History

In the 1950s and 1960s, Ms. Jean Spears was a young mother and burgeoning preservationist. She saved antiques from houses... more

14 Aug 2022 · 26 minutes
Black Indy Part 1: Madam C.J. Walker and the Rise and Fall of Indiana Avenue

Madam C.J. Walker was a brilliant entrepreneur who built a haircare empire and became the first African American woman millionaire.... more

31 Jul 2022 · 26 minutes
Remembering Biddy Mason Part 2: Building Black L.A.

In our previous episode, we told you the first half of Biddy Mason’s remarkable story: how she was born into... more

17 Jul 2022 · 25 minutes
Remembering Biddy Mason Part 1: Long Road to Freedom

In the spring of 2013, Laura Voisin George was in the reading room at the Huntington library when she came... more

03 Jul 2022 · 26 minutes
Unearthing Black History in Brooklyn: Green-Wood Cemetery’s Freedom Lots

Founded in 1838, Green-Wood Cemetery is one of the earliest (and most famous) rural cemeteries in America. Its grandiose, park-like... more

19 Jun 2022 · 24 minutes
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BONUS: Vishaan Chakrabarti on Community Preservation
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We’re trying something new: bringing you bonus content to keep Urban Roots in your feeds (and hearts?) between seasons! First up is a... more