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Sights & Sounds: Jason McDonald

Sights and Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene through the eyes and ears of local artists. During the pandemic, we're offering suggestions for ways to experience art and culture from home. On this episode, host Jenee Darden speaks with  Jason McDonald, a local glassblower in Oakland and competitor on the second season of the reality show "Blown Away." 

KRS-One "Between Da Protests" 

Hip Hop legend KRS-One released his 23rd album Between Da Protests. He explores a range of revolutionary themes across 13 tracks, with banging beats. 
"One Night In Miami"
The film is a fictional account of an amazing night when Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, Sam Cooke and Jim Brown came together after Ali’s historic 1964 Miami fight. The film finds the legends talking about their place in the civil rights movement and the culture shifts of the 1960s. Actress Regina King is the director. Stream it on Amazon Prime. 

"Black Sun" by Rebecca Roanhorse
This is the first book in Roanhorse's fantasy series "Between Earth and Sky" trilogy. "Black Sun" is inspired by ancient pre-colonized civilizations, celestial prophecies and magic.

Jason McDonald is a glassblower and attends the California College for the Arts. Watch him compete on season two of the Netflix series "Blown Away."

Jeneé Darden is an award-winning journalist, author, public speaker and proud Oakland native. She is the executive producer and host of the weekly arts segment Sights & Sounds as well as the series Sights + Sounds Magazine. Jeneé also covers East Oakland for KALW. Jeneé has reported for NPR, Marketplace, KQED, KPCC, The Los Angeles Times, Ebony magazine, Refinery29 and other outlets. In 2005, she reported on the London transit bombings for Time magazine. Prior to coming to KALW, she hosted the podcast Mental Health and Wellness Radio.
Precious has lived in and loved the Bay Area since 2012 when she moved from Atlanta, Georgia. Her reporting interests include the politics of race and gender and pop culture as a reflection of our changing cultural landscape. Prior to joining KALW, Precious worked with a variety of community development, social impact and economic equity focused organizations. Before moving to the Bay Area, she practiced law in her hometown.