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Tangazo is a meeting place where we share ideas and explore efforts to improve our human conditions and quite simply make our lives better. All are welcome, none will be judged, but all are challenged to look beyond ourselves and our notions of how others think about issues of cultural​,​ political and social significance. We are building bridges of communication between the many groups that make up the St​. L​ouis Metropolitan Region by sharing and reflecting on the stories and lives of a diverse group of guests.

Host and Producer: Hank Thompson
Guest Hosts: Tim Person, Rev. Darryl Gray & Mike Jones
Technical Producers: Kevin Melter, Frankie Meixner, Ryan Voelkel, Jeron Wilson, Matt Patston, Jon Valley

Sep 9, 2021

Join host Hank Thompson as he discusses the arrival of Afghan immigrants in the Saint Louis area. Hank is joined by International Institute CEO Arrey Obenson, third ward Alderman Brandon Bosley, sixth ward Alderwoman Christine Stroer Ingrassia, and fifteenth ward Alderwoman Dr. Megan Green.

Obenson estimates that Saint Louis will be getting as many as one thousand Afghan immigrants or more in the near future. Today’s guests acknowledge the importance of being welcoming to immigrants and the benefits to the community that would be brought upon their arrival.

The panel also takes a look at how, especially in northern wards, resources for people of color have not been adequately supplied. It is necessary now more than ever for the government to focus on providing aid to historically impoverished communities of color, thereby enabling Afghan immigrants to also have access to necessary resources when they arrive.


Alderman Brandon Bosley of the third ward


Alderwoman Dr. Megan Green of the fifteenth ward


Alderwoman Christine Stroer Ingrassia of the sixth ward


International Institute CEO Arrey Obenson


Hank Thompson


Podcast Editor and Curator is Kevin Melter, with Production Support from Ryan Voelkel and Jon Valley.