First Voices Radio

07/31/22 - Kerri Kelly

August 03, 2022 Tiokasin Ghosthorse
First Voices Radio
07/31/22 - Kerri Kelly
Show Notes

Tiokasin talks with Kerri Kelly, author of American Detox: The Myth of Wellness and How We Can Truly Heal, (North Atlantic Books, 2022). The book dives deep into wellness culture and economy while asserting a central thesis: When we are preoccupied with our own pursuit of wellness, we fail to see and work toward a culture of collective care and wellbeing that actually works for everyone.

Kerri is an activist, wellness disruptor and the high-profile, well-connected founder of CTZNWELL, a movement that is democratizing well-being for all. A community organizer and wellness activist, Kelli is recognized across communities for her inspired work to bridge transformational practice with social justice. Her leadership has inspired a movement that is actively organizing around issues of racial and economic justice, healthcare as a human right, civic engagement and more. Kerri is a powerful facilitator, TED speaker, and host of the prominent podcast CTZN. For more information: and

Production Credits:
Tiokasin Ghosthorse (Lakota), Host and Executive Producer
Liz Hill (Red Lake Ojibwe), Producer
Malcolm Burn, Studio Engineer, Radio Kingston, WKNY 1490 AM and 107.9 FM, Kingston, NY
Tiokasin Ghosthorse, Audio Editor

Music Selections:
1. Song Title: Tahi Roots Mix (First Voices Radio Theme Song)
Artist: Moana and the Moa Hunters
Album: Tahi (1993)
Label: Southside Records (Australia and New Zealand)

2. Song Title: Star People
Artist: Vince Fontaine's Indian City
Album: Code Red (2021)
Label: Rising Sun Productions, Inc. (Winnipeg, Manitoba), to be re-released by Warner Music Canada on Sept. 30, 2022

3. Song Title: All Men Choose the Path They Walk
Artist: Archie Roach
Album: The Tracker (Soundtrack) (2002)
Label: Mushroom Records

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