On this Episode

Chicago "treasure," poet and community organizer Kevin Coval visits The Upside to talk about the intersection of poetry, personal history and inclusivity.

In this episode, hear about how Coval's self-directed curiosity led him to his calling and spawned the nationally-recognized Louder Than a Bomb, the world's largest youth poetry festival. How a desire to add to the dominant historical narrative taught him to stand firm in the pursuit of his dreams. Plus, Coval weighs in on how listening to the stories of others is the key to understanding the world.

Listen in as host Brad Keywell sits down with Coval to discuss Chance the Rapper, the significance of the language around us, and why Jay-Z's albums belong in high school English classes.

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