The Downtown Writers Jam Podcast

What started out as a streaming audio show at Wired in 2000 morphed into this little program in my tiny corner of the Internet.

Author and publisher Brad King hosts The Downtown Writers Jam Podcast, this hour-long, one-on-one interview program where authors discuss the horrible choices they made in life that led them down the road to writing. Sometimes there is whiskey. Oftentimes there is cursing. But always entertaining. (My friends wouldn’t lie to me, right?)

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Episode 32: Vikki Tobak: Writer, photographer, curator, and storyteller, Vikki Tobak left Detroit for New York City and found herself at the center of the nascent hip-hop scene in 1991. Her new book Contact High: A Visual History of Hip-Hop will change the way you think and talk about the music that shook up America.


About Vikki Tobak

VIKKI TOBAK is a journalist whose writing has appeared in The FADER,  Complex, Mass Appeal, Paper Magazine, i-D Magazine, The Detroit News, Vibe, and many others. She is a former producer and columnist for CBS Marketwatch, CNN, Bloomberg News, TechTV and other leading media organizations. Vikki is also the founding curator of FotoDC’s film program, and served as the art commissioner/curator for the Palo Alto Public Art Commission in Silicon Valley.

She has lectured about music photography at American University, The Kennedy Center, VOLTA New York, Photoville, Schomburg Center, Chicago Cultural Center and the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. “Contact High: A Visual History of Hip-Hop” will open as an exhibition at Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles April 2019. 

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