The Lit Review is a longform podcast series hosted by Monica Trinidad and Page May, two Chicago-based organizers. Each episode, Monica and Page lead semi-informal conversations with organizers and community members about their most influential book that has helped them develop their political analysis and theory of change. In some cases, we talk to the authors themselves, breaking down the importance of their own book journey.
The Lit Review podcast recognizes that political study is not always accessible for a variety of reasons: financial limitations, academic jargon, low literacy rates, time barriers, and more. Each episode will focus on collectively reflecting on a book to the best of our abilities, talking through key concepts and vocabulary, and nerding out on main ideas and questions raised in the books.
Our goal is to be a resource to our communities, bringing key information out of these books and into the masses during moments of urgency and rapid-response activism and organizing.
ABOUT: the hosts
Monica Trinidad and Page May have been co-strugglers since 2014, commencing their friendship by traveling to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland to charge the U.S. with genocide alongside 6 other young Black organizers in November of 2014.
Since then, they've participated in several campaigns, efforts, and direct actions together in Chicago, including the most recent No Cop Academy campaign.
Their nerdery and love for books has led them to launch this podcast series as an additional resource to offer their community in this time of desperation, struggle, and movement.