After the debut of Platemark, the most pressing listener questions had to do with the positionality statement. That’s where Shafer and Levy introduce themselves by clarifying their gender, sexuality, and race (Shafer: cis-het white woman, pronouns used are she/her; Levy: cis-het white man, pronouns used are he/him). This bonus episode tackles the issue of positionality as well as the land acknowledgments (Shafer: Baltimore is on the land of the Piscataway Conoy people; Levy: Cleveland is on the ancestral land of the Erie people). There is a lot to unpack and it is uncomfortable. But that is the point.
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Platemark series one
Co-hosts: Ann Shafer and Ben Levy
Producer: Ann Shafer
Theme music: Michael Diamond