Covering Seattle

Episode 8

Published on:

24th Jan 2020


008: Meet Ijeoma Oluo

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Seattle-based author Ijeoma Oluo tells us about her new book, Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America. Also: Virginia’s ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), the state of America’s left-wing before the 2020 election, makeup and style as self-care, and Seattle choreographer Dani Tirrell’s upcoming performance of ‘Black Bois.”

By the Sound is produced and edited by Sarah Mayes. Episode 008 is hosted by Chelsea Alvarez, Aisha Hauser, and Sarah Mayes. You can support the show and learn how to join our community at:


Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America  

So you Want to Talk About Race

Black Bois

Equal Rights Amendment

Sister Pie (Detroit, MI)

Wrap Life (Brooklyn, NY)

Amy Kennedy, graphic designer

Episode 7

Published on:

17th Jan 2020


007: Meet Shannon Perez-Darby

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Activist and author Shannon Perez-Darby speaks on discord in activist communities, patterns of domestic violence, creating accountability, the role of government & law, and developing transformative justice. Then Sarah and Aisha discuss how Star Wars has framed their lives, before reviewing episode IX of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

Episode 007 is hosted by Aisha Hauser and Sarah Mayes. You can support the show and learn how to join our community at:

“’I Get by With a Little Help from My Friends’: Ending Domestic Violence One Friendship at a Time” by Shannon Perez-Darby, in Friendship as Social Justice Activism: Critical Solidarities in a Global Perspective 

“The Secret Joy of Accountability: Self-Accountability as a Building Block for Change” by Shannon Perez-Darby, in The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Partner Violence in Activist Communities

“Queers Kissing and Accountability” by Shannon Perez-Darby, in Learning Good Consent: On Healthy Relationships and Survivor Support

“‘Hey, I Thought You Were Gay:’ On Supporting Our Loved Ones Without Giving Up Ourselves” by Shannon Perez-Darby in Trans-Kin: A Guide for Family and Friends of Transgender People

The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism by Naomi Klein

“In The Heat Of The Moment: How Intense Emotions Transform Us” on Hidden Brain

Building Accountable Communities Video Series (via Barnard College)

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

The Mandalorian

Episode 6

Published on:

10th Jan 2020


006: Meet Raven Juarez

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Seattle artist, presenter, and educator Raven Juarez shares stories about her artwork, and describes scenes from her life. She also tells us about the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education, which she practices in her daily work as a Lead Preschool Teacher. Raven then joins in a conversation about Seattle’s recent successes and remaining challenges on the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Episode 006 is hosted by Aisha Hauser and Sarah Mayes. You can support the show and learn how to join our community at:


Raven Juarez Art

Raven Juarez on Instagram

Kehinde Wiley: “A New Republic” at SAM (April-May 2016)

Roaring Mouse Creative Arts Studio

The Hundred Languages of Children: The Reggio Emilia Experience in Transformation, by Carolyn Edwards, Lella Gandini, and George Forman

Bambini: The Italian Approach to Infant/Toddler Care, by Lella Gandini

Loose Parts: Inspiring Play in Young Children, by Lisa Daly

Beautiful Stuff! : Learning with Found Materials, by Lella Gandini and Cathy Weisman Topal

Fairy Dust Teaching

Teacher Tom

Finding Fred

Broad City

New signage could make Seattle more accessible for pedestrians with disabilities

Americans with Disabilities Act - Findings, Purpose, and History 

Vanessa Rodriguez’s VR Accounting Services

Episode 5

Published on:

3rd Jan 2020


005: Meet Kirsten Harris-Talley

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Former Seattle City Councilmember Kirsten Harris-Talley describes how both compassion and complexity have informed her career working for progressive reforms. She also has lots to say about our local arts scene. Also this week, Chelsea demonstrates how the movie CATS broke her. Finally, we talk about Beyoncé Black St. James and the most talked about homelessness conference of the last decade.

Episode 005 is hosted by Chelsea Alvarez, Aisha Hauser, and Sarah Mayes. You can support the show and learn how to join our community at:


CATS (2019)

Insecure (HBO)

The 51-day City Council member

Surge: Mobilizing Communities for Reproductive Justice

In the Works

Black Performer at Homeless Conference Exposes the Limits of Empty White Cosmopolitanism

What to Expect at a Shabbat Dinner

The future is now

Episode 4

Published on:

27th Dec 2019


004: Meet Amelia Bonow

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This week we welcome our first guest! Cofounder of Shout Your Abortion, Amelia Bonow, shares the wisdom and insight she has gained in the four years since #ShoutYourAbortion evolved from a hashtag to become a nonprofit organization. Also this week, Sarah and Aisha start our conversation about the 2020 Democratic primaries, and Aisha tells us about Ahamefule J. Oluo’s new show, “Susan.”

Episode 004 is hosted by Aisha Hauser and Sarah Mayes. Please support the show and join our community at:

“Pete Buttigieg is a Lying MF,” by Michael Harriot

Black Womxn For

Ahamefule J. Oluo Premieres His Creative Capital Project, Susan, at On the Boards

“Susan” at Under the Radar Festival (NYC, Jan. 8-13, 2020)

“Susan” at The Clarice (UMD, Feb 7-8, 2020)

Support Shout Your Abortion

The book: “Shout Your Abortion” (paperback)

Watchmen (HBO)

Show artwork for By the Sound

About the Podcast

By the Sound
Seattle's community-invested podcast
Chelsea Alvarez, Aisha Hauser, and Sarah Mayes meet with the brightest minds in Seattle and the PNW for storytelling, new ideas, and inspiration. The hosts discuss art and pop culture, as well as local news and politics.

By the Sound is a community-invested podcast that uses listener donations to support the show's guests and co-hosts while building community for listeners. You can join our Seattle-based community at

About your hosts

Sarah Mayes

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A lifelong political nerd, Sarah Mayes has worked for four lawmakers; most recently at Seattle City Council. Sarah earned her BA in History from Reed College, and has spend nearly half of her life working in libraries. Sarah is a transgender woman, and a single mother of two boys. She has lived in Seattle since 2006.

Aisha Hauser

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Aisha Hauser is a self proclaimed LOUD TALKER, both literally and figuratively. As an accomplished religious educator, facilitator, author and advocate of equity and justice, she has made waves calling out bullshit in all its forms. One friend named her a "Purveyor of Joyful Shitstorms."
Along with working to dismantle institutional racism, Aisha LOVES to teach, train and talk about healthy sexuality! Aisha is an approved trainer for the Our Whole Lives sexuality education program. This is a sex affirming and sex positive program offered in Unitarian Universalist and United Church of Christ congregations all over the U.S. and Canada.
Aisha was born in Egypt and has lived in five different states and three different countries.