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13 EpisodesProduced by Rise CollaborativeWebsite

A podcast by Rise Collaborative. Through short profiles of different people and their stories, LIFTED aims to capture the various perspectives of a community in modern America.

13 Episodes | 2018 - 2019

Rolling Slow

June 6th, 2019


How do you start a mass movement? In this case, all it takes is the distant ring of a bicycle bell. And it begins: around one thousand people on …

Train-a-Bull Dogs / Trainable Dogs

May 30th, 2019


Nuggs is a dog. He was picked up by the City of Buffalo Animal Shelter as a stray. His hobbies include shaking toys, crunching on bones really …

Hop Hop: The Superego

May 23rd, 2019


Musician Jaz Frazier performs as her superego Hop Hop, which gives her license to let loose and be “weird and extreme” on stage. But there’s a lot of groundwork that goes into writing the songs she performs. And making …

Getting High on As and Bs

May 16th, 2019


Lisa has experienced homelessness and addiction. She’s at the Matt Urban Hope Gardens, which provides housing for once chronically homeless women. But she’s not a resident…

Kickin' Ass On Wheels With a Queen City Roller Girl

May 9th, 2019


Roller Derby is a sport that is becoming increasingly popular in Western New York. We’re rolling with Sigourney Cleaver, a skater in Buffalo’s Queen …

LIFTED Season 2 Preview

April 25th, 2019


We're back! It's been a while, but since you last heard from us, we've been hearing more from you. In Season Two of LIFTED, there are even more real-life stories to be heard, experiences to explore, and stereotypes to …


October 11th, 2018


In this bonus episode, we hear more from Rick Smith, businessman and owner of Silo City. In 1940, Rick’s grandfather founded a textured metal company. Rick talks about his experiences growing up knowing that he was …

Frontiersman of Silo City

October 4th, 2018


In 2006, Rick Smith bought an abandoned industrial site now known as Silo City. At one time, it was the biggest grain port on the planet. But the grain industry has long since croaked in Buffalo, and most grain …

All About The Beer

September 27th, 2018


Vandra Ruppel is Buffalo’s first female head-brewer, but she doesn’t like to focus on that. She just focuses on making good beer. 

8 Year Wait

September 20th, 2018


In 2014, Nadeen Yousef and her family arrived in the USA as refugees. She now runs her own business ‘Macrame by Nadeen’ from Buffalo’s West Side Bazaar. But it took 8 years to get here.

Forging a Future

September 13th, 2018


Andrew Chambers found an anvil in his father’s workshop, and eventually decided to become a blacksmith. What does Andrew think the future holds for …

The Art of Compromise

September 6th, 2018


George K. Arthur has had a prolific political career. George takes us back to 1963 to explain how a favor to a friend and a small merry-go-round set …

LIFTED Preview - Released Sept 6 2018

August 30th, 2018


A weekly podcast of real-life stories brought to you by Rise Collaborative. LIFTED profiles the people and perspectives in an American community. …

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