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Romanistan

By: Jezmina Von Thiele and Paulina Stevens
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  • Do you love rebels? Do you want to live in a place where outcasts shine their brightest? Welcome to Romanistan! We're your friendly neighborhood Gypsies, celebrating Romani identity and outcast culture, and practicing good diplomatic relations with other marginalized communities. We love the rebels who are living their truth, even if it clashes with tradition. We also love tradition and honoring our roots. This podcast is for everyone who loves and supports Roma & related groups, and anyone who feels like a misfit and wants to uplift others to create a beautiful community. We feature pioneers in culture, fashion, art, literature, music, activism, cuisine, and everything good. We adore the intersections of gender, sexuality, spirituality, ability, and identity. We cover all topics, from the difficult to the glorious. Let's sit crooked and talk straight. Hosted by Paulina Verminski and Jessica Reidy. We reclaim the slur Gypsy, but if you aren’t Romani, we prefer you don't use it. xoxo.The Romani people are a diasporic ethnic group originally from northwest India, circa the 10th century. Now, Roma live all over the globe, and due to centuries of oppression, slavery, genocide, and other atrocities, Roma are still fighting for basic human rights. We seek to raise awareness of who Roma are, and highlight Romani resilience, creativity, & culture. 

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  • Robin Badaire, The Scarlet Witch, and Romani comic book characters
    Feb 12 2024

    Welcome to season 4, our 4 year anniversary, and Valentine's Day! We're celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Scarlet Witch by talking with Robin Badaire about Romani comic book character representation in Marvel and DC!

    Robin Badaire is a writer and an artist of Cale Romani descent from Boston, Massachusetts. As an avid reader of comic books and graphic novels, Robin has spent the better part of a decade writing, researching, and speaking out about the representation of Romani people and history in American superhero comics. In addition to consulting and editorial work, Robin runs a webpage where they pen critical essays and answer questions about Romani subjects in comics and other pop culture, which gained notoriety amongst the Marvel fandom during the release of Marvel Studios' WandaVision, which featured whitewashed depictions of prominent Romani characters. Drawing on their background in both fine arts and digital illustration, Robin also uses tarot illustrations, cosplay photography, and fanart to perpetuate more authentic and inclusive images of Romani characters.

    • BDS reference links: https://bdsmovement.net/boycott-captain-america; https://bdsmovement.net/Act-Now-Against-These-Companies-Profiting-From-Genocide
    • Robin's Writing at Scarlet Wiccan
    • Art & cosplay Instagram and Twitter
    • Video essay on WandaVision, whitewashing, and the history of the Scarlet Witch, on which Robin served as a consultant and script editor 
    • Robin's Medium essay about the 60th anniversary of the Scarlet Witch

    Thank you for listening to Romanistan podcast.

    You can find us on Instagram and Facebook @romanistanpodcast, and on Twitter @romanistanpod. To support us, Join our Patreon for extra content or donate to Ko-fi.com/romanistan, and please rate, review, and subscribe. It helps us so much. 

    Follow Jez on Instagram @jezmina.vonthiele & Paulina @romaniholistic. 

    Keep an eye out for our upcoming book on Romani fortune telling published by Weiser Books available October 2024. 

    Email us at romanistanpodcast@gmail.com for inquiries. 

    Romanistan is hosted by Jezmina Von Thiele and Paulina Stevens

    Conceived of by Paulina Stevens

    Edited by Cherub

    With Music by Viktor Pachas

    And Artwork by Elijah Vardo

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    1 hr
  • Holidaze
    Dec 18 2023

    Welcome to our holidaze episode,  featuring a special short story “Black Friday” by Caren Gussoff Sumption.

    We also recommend Jewish Voice for Peace for more information on how to demand a ceasefire in Gaza. https://www.jewishvoiceforpeace.org/

    Happy holidays to everyone! Check out Jez’s tarot reading in Bustle on navigating the holidays, and listen to Foretold featuring Paulina. We’ll be back from hiatus on Valentine’s Day!

    Thank you for listening to Romanistan podcast.

    You can find us on Instagram @romanistanpodcast, and on Facebook under the same name, and on Twitter @romanistanpod. Join our Patreon for extra content. 

    We started a Ko-fi fundraiser to help us grow. Our goal is to release more episodes more often, and we would eventually like to expand so we can produce content by other Romani & Sinti creators. We are hoping to cover production costs, like paying for our hosting site, website, editing and producing, and all the rest. We would love it if you could contribute and spread the word. The link, Ko-fi.com/romanistan, is in our bio on Instagram, and will be in the show notes

    Please rate, review, and subscribe. It helps us so much. 

    If you would like to advertise with us, email us at romanistanpodcast@gmail.com. We offer sliding-scale for Romani, Sinti & related businesses, so reach out!

    You can find Jez on Instagram @jezmina.vonthiele, and on Twitter, TikTok, and Patreon, and you can find Jez’s vintage and curiosities shop Evil Eye Edit on Instagram @evileyeedit & Etsy.

    You can find Paulina Verminski on Instagram @_paulina_v_ and at https://romaniholistic.com/. Follow Paulina’s store, Romani Holistic, in Newport Beach, CA, on Instagram @romaniholistic 

    Romanistan is hosted by Jessica Reidy/Jezmina Von Thiele and Paulina Verminski

    Conceived of by Paulina Verminski

    Edited by Cherub

    With Music by Viktor Pachas

    And Artwork by Elijah Vardo

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    35 mins
  • Romanistan Hiatus!
    Nov 6 2023

    We’re writing a book! So we’re going on a little hiatus through November so we can make our deadline. Our book will be on Romani fortune telling and will be published by Weiser Books October 2024. In the meantime, catch up on our past 3 seasons. We’ll be back in December. ❄️ 

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a very chalenging podcast

I like the comparison with land ownership and Romani poeple and how much of access of land ownership it is incentive to own land. The similar happend with Romani people with end of 19th century with abolition of slavory in Romania who were forced to live with their landlords till the beginning of the socialism era.

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