LIFTED by Rise Collaborative

7 EpisodesProduced 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.

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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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