College friends and classmates at the University of Louisville, Jaison Gardner and Dr. Kaila Story host a weekly podcast called Strange Fruit: Musings on Politics, Pop Culture, and Black Gay Life. In their podcast, they aim to discuss controversial issues in a real and meaningful way. Both Jaison and Kaila are involved in LGBTQ equality in Louisville – they each sit on the board of Louisville Pride and have been active in the Fairness Campaign, Kentucky’s leading statewide organization working toward LGBTQ dignity and equality.
“We source some of our show topics from what’s going on around us — what’s making headlines in the mainstream news or on social media,” Jason said. “We also love to chat with authors of interesting books and thought-provoking online essays/think pieces. Often times, folks will pitch show ideas to us, or ask us if they can come on the show to talk about an issue or a project.” Kaila added: “Both of us are so pleased that the podcast medium was created to connect individuals and communities together that might not ever connect in real life.”