It’s going to take weeks, probably months before Traitor Radio formally launches. That’s a long time between now — the week of Donald Trump’s inauguration — and our first broadcast.
In the meantime, we want to recognize how things feel today. The fear, the anxiety, maybe even the hope. So whether or not you ever listen to an episode of Traitor Radio, whether or not you donate to help us get off the ground, whether or not the nuclear/zombie apocalypse takes us all before summer comes, take a few minutes to honor how you feel this week.
Ask yourself these questions:
- Where do you live, what do you do, and who is in your family today?
- How do you feel today?
- What are you afraid of today?
- What are you hopeful about today?
- What do you want to be different about your community or your country two years from now?
- What do you want to be different about you two years from now?
Write down the answers on a piece of paper, seal it up, and mail it to yourself, or hide it in a nearby ficus. E-mail your response to yourself, or exchange responses with a friend. We’re going to ask y’all to revisit your answers in two years or so, just before the 2018 midterm elections. These days feel really unpredictable; fear and anxiety can become normalized, and can be numbing. It’ll be important to remember what this week was like as we gear up to go to the polls again.
If you are able and willing, you can also fill out a Traitor Time Capsule Google form, which will share your time capsule with the Traitor Radio team; we’ll hang on to it for you, and we might contact you about appearing on a future episode of the show. (So, if you want to keep your time capsule to yourself, don’t send it to us!)
Wherever you put your answers, try to make it a safe place, because at Traitor Radio, we’ll ask you to revisit your answers during the first week of November 2018 — the week of the midterm elections here in the United States. We’ll probably have a lot to talk about then, and we’re looking forward — apprehensively, anxiously, hopefully — to it.