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Bushwick Junction
Hosted by Asha Saluja. Here we are in Bushwick. How did we get here? Bushwick Junction is an interview-style show in which guests tell the stories of their lives as a series of decisions. Starting at the beginning, host Asha maps the road between birth and airtime, focusing on the big choices that led us to where we are. Is our destination fated, or can our direction at any given junction change our course forever?
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About Asha Saluja

Asha is from Miami and lives in Brooklyn. She likes sad music, glitter, and every bar in Bushwick. This show was inspired by her lifelong struggle with decisions large and small.

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  • Episode 28 - Cher Walks Away
    by Asha Saluja on December 7, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    Audio producer Cher Vincent tells us about the courage it took to walk away from what she thought was her path, not once but twice: first, getting into her dream medical school but deciding not to go, then, leaving the career she chose instead in education. But when you're as curious about the world as Cher is, you never run out of options. Listen →

  • Episode 27 - Amit Feels Abundance
    by Asha Saluja on November 21, 2018 at 3:11 pm

    Amit Khera breaks the Bushwick Junction mold to focus on ONE big decision: his decision to found Soul Collective, a directory of conscious community-based events in NYC. Listen →

  • Episode 26 - Billy Blooms Late
    by Asha Saluja on November 8, 2018 at 6:52 pm

    Billy Crosby's tone is deceiving: in this episode, he tells us his heavy lifestory with a lighthearted ease. He felt isolated as a young person, got fired from his dream job, got married and divorced two times over, and battled addiction and depression all the while. Why so cheerful, then? Because in recent years, Billy has found comfort and success as a radio DJ and visual artist, proving to us that after all great struggles lie better things. Listen →

  • Episode 25 - April's Almost-Realities
    by Asha Saluja on September 18, 2018 at 11:42 pm

    April Soetarman is an experience designer, architect, and creator of art experiments with code, words and guerrilla street art at WeirdSideProjects.com. One of her latest projects feels right at home on Bushwick Junction: it's an exhibit called the Museum of Almost Realities, a collection of artifacts from the life you might have had. We talk about April's almost realities, and how she decided on the ones that actually occurred. Listen →

  • Episode 24 - Maria Improvises
    by Asha Saluja on September 5, 2018 at 4:51 pm

    Conceptual artist and professional DJ Maria Chavez shares the story of her life's work in sound. From a condition at birth that affected her relationship to sound, to a not-quite-satisfying experience in the Houston underground electronic scene, Maria knew she needed an artistic outlet that made room for her indidviduality. So when she discovered abstract turntablism, the practice became the center of the career, taking her all over the world to perform and teach about improvisation. Listen →

  • Episode 23 - Chicago Speaks From The Heart
    by Asha Saluja on August 28, 2018 at 5:43 pm

    Chicago Figueroa is a barber and musician who's on a mission to be happy. We talk through Chicago's past lives as a raver, a goth, an audio engineer, and a female-presenting person before taking hormones and getting top surgery. Listen as we talk through taking your well-being into your own hands, and jam to Chicago's band, Permanant Wave. Listen →

  • Episode 22 - Christian Is All Entropy
    by Asha Saluja on July 17, 2018 at 11:00 pm

    Christian Larson-Sokaris is a social entrepreneur and software developer living in Brooklyn. Before that he was a fundraiser and consultant for non-profits, and before that a lobbyist and advocate in the fields of civil rights and criminal justice reform. He found these fields after leaving behind his adolescent dream of being an academic, as well as a brief stint in young adulthood as an artist and sculptor. He talks about the thread underlying these seemingly disparate jobs: a fascination with the systems that control us. Listen →

  • Episode 21 - Sam Walks Out
    by Asha Saluja on June 27, 2018 at 9:51 pm

    Musician and actor Samuel Cieri realized something important younger than most: no one can stop you from walking out of the life prescribed to you and choosing one that makes you happy instead. He first exercised this knowledge by walking out of high school and never returning. He tells us about the unconventional life that followed, working as a piano player, a motorcycle salesman, and in a touring musical before dedicating his life to songwriting for his current project, Nicotine Dolls. Listen →

  • Episode 20 - Rinat Is A Kite
    by Asha Saluja on June 20, 2018 at 9:32 pm

    Rinat Sherzer, social entrepreneur and founder of Of Course Global, spent much of her adulthood following her heart around the world. From using her engineering degree to become a bartender, to leaving behind a successful career to travel, to uprooting her life from Israel to the US, she's made plenty of decisions that didn't make sense to everyone around her. She tells us how she learned to love that about herself. She also observes that her non-traditional life experiences served her in finding her exact professional niche, one that didn't even exist yet in the years she spent afloat. Listen →

  • Episode 19 - Pam Joins #CLOSErikers
    by Asha Saluja on June 5, 2018 at 1:34 am

    Pamela Villa Kundu, a Latina living in New York by way of Mexico, Miami, and Chicago, tells us how she decided to leave a career in finance to work in criminal justice advocacy, starting with the campaign to close Rikers Island. Listen →

  • Episode 18 - Persephone Runs For Office
    by Asha Saluja on May 16, 2018 at 10:20 pm

    Persephone Sarah Jane Smith has so many substantial junctions to share that it's impressive how seamlessly she wove between them in an hour. She tells us about joining the military, leaving it, coming out as trans, and deciding to run for City Council representing Brooklyn's 37th District. Listen →

  • Episode 17 - Evan Rounds It Out
    by Asha Saluja on May 16, 2018 at 10:09 pm

    We have lots of multi-hyphenates on this show, but Evan's combo is particularly impressive: he's both an engineer and an artist. He tells us how life took him from South Central LA to Brooklyn, and about rounding out his life to better integrate his varied interests. Listen →

  • Episode 16 - Tara Knows A Lot Of Badasses
    by Asha Saluja on May 6, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    Don't let the title mislead you: Tara is most certainly a badass herself. She's a social justice-oriented educator who tells us about leaving behind a career in IT to teach, about her philosophy around building a community in the classroom, and about all the women in education and the arts who helped her along the way. Listen →

  • Episode 15 - Uluç Pays It Forward
    by Asha Saluja on April 24, 2018 at 1:59 pm

    Uluç Ulgen, host of RFB podcast Murmur, talks about a tough childhood as an immigrant in Minnesota. His alienation led to a love of music, which in turn led to him once falling onto Prince. Yes, that Prince! The real story here though is one of self-reflection in adulthood, and the adoption of a framework that would allow Uluç to pay forward kindnesses that got him to the life he enjoys in NYC. Listen →

  • Episode 13 - Deaf Poets Find Each Other In The Magic City
    by Asha Saluja on March 24, 2018 at 2:01 am

    Sean and Nico make up Deaf Poets, a Miami band recently transplanted to Brooklyn. They tell us about finding each other in grade school art class, getting their start together in the Miami music scene, finding their sound, and pushing each other out of their comfort zones. Listen →

  • Episode 11 - Nick Has A Lot Of Energy
    by Asha Saluja on February 27, 2018 at 11:45 pm

    Nick Brennan tells us about the pivots in his professional life - leaving college to become a touring musician, then leaving that life for a career in politics and news - and about the personal undercurrents that paved the way for them. Listen →

  • Episode 10 - Elann Chooses Radio
    by Asha Saluja on February 23, 2018 at 11:15 pm

    Actor, director, and fellow RFB host Elann Danziger describes his pivot between creative fields as a young adult: he started life as an actor, but was seduced by college radio. He tells the story of returning to acting, and eventually to directing, while keeping his passion for audio alive too. Listen →

  • Episode 9 - Orie Gets Back To His Roots
    by Asha Saluja on February 11, 2018 at 10:15 pm

    Television reporter and fellow RFB host Orie Givens tells the story of pursuing the career he'd always known he wanted, but not until the exact moment he was ready for it. Listen →

  • Episode 8 - Vanessa Goes With Her Gut
    by Asha Saluja on January 29, 2018 at 7:15 pm

    Vanessa Ide talks about her knack for instinctive decision-making, starting with a version of herself she chose not to become at the age of 14. Listen →

  • Episode 7 - Shamia Says "Okay"
    by Asha Saluja on January 24, 2018 at 4:15 pm

    Shamia Casiano describes her decision not to succumb to darkness after a terrible loss at age 16. Instead, she summoned all her determination and took a series of small steps to embrace happiness and build her self-esteem. Years later, she's still enjoying the fruits of this labor. Listen →