Meet The Staff

In the 21st century media market, there are countless political shows obsessed with snark, minutiae, and personal infighting. We created our show, Not Safe For Wonks, with a different vision – a desire to look at a bigger picture through the lens of cultural and emotional forces that create sweeping changes in our world.

Our diverse team comes from around the country looking for stories that show people how problems arise in national politics, as well as help them discover and claim their own power over the process – usually through acting locally. We publish shows twice a week, on Mondays and Fridays, to a dedicated following of hundreds of eager, listeners that prefer humanity and direct action to clickbait and despair.

Leia Rose

Leia Rose is a Texas based trans lesbian writer and host of Not Safe For Wonks specializing in contemporary politics and the politics of media. Introduced to political activism by the 2016 Sanders campaign, she has since involved herself in local and national causes, from managing a City Council run to helping flip her state’s Senate.

She describes herself as an incomprehensible post-left synthesis anarchist. After being accepted into college two years early, she is now working towards a degree in History. She was inspired to found Not Safe For Wonks after connecting with supporters of Presidential Candidate Marianne Williamson. In her free time, she watches movies and maintains a love-hate relationship with video games.

Brandyn Buchanan

Brandyn Buchanan is a host of Not Safe For Wonks whose interest in politics dates back to his youth, when his grandmother involved him in Jim Webb’s unlikely campaign for US Senate.

In the years afterward, Brandyn helped local Democratic campaigns in his own state of Georgia while settling into a career as a freelance copywriter, helping local businesses create instructional videos and direct response copy.

He’s currently the 2020 chair for Metro Atlanta DSA, and has no time to do anything else tbh.

Kennedy Cooper

Kennedy Cooper is a host of Not Safe For Wonks. Kennedy has a long history of political activism and began protesting and organizing at a young age. Long before they could vote, Kennedy was organizing student protests against the Iraq war and other issues too important to wait to be an adult to solve.

Since then, Kennedy has worked with a variety of non-profit organizations and political causes, especially in the areas of peace activism, sustainable agriculture, and LGBTQ+ rights. Kennedy lives in Albuquerque, NM and works in independent media production and small-business development. When not ranting into a microphone you can often find them out hiking and camping in NM’s many mountain ranges.

Rachel Kahn

After accumulating a few degrees worth of expensive but pointless degrees, Rachel Kahn decided to obey her thirst and focused on her true calling, telling other people what to think about current events.

Rachel is a web developer with multiple pieces of PC children’s software under her belt and an organizer who helped spearhead the highly successful Metro Atlanta DSA Covid-19 response committee (despite getting it herself right now).

If she’s on an episode she is probably talking about “community” organizing on the most local levels, giving communities the financial tools and personal connections to survive crisis.

She’s a mom, which is also nice most of the time.

Ren Fox

Ren Fox is the editor of Not Safe For Wonks, based in New York. They are involved with grassroots organizing and grassroots campaigns in their area. They have a Bachelor’s in Literature, and specialize in criticism and analysis of children’s literature.

Their future graduate studies will be focused on Information and Library Science. They describe themself as an eco-anarchist. 

In their free time, Ren enjoys reading and playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Lao Tong

Lao Tong is a producer for Not Safe for Wonks based in Southern California. Lao has a Bachelor’s in philosophy and is particularly interested in political and theological theories of subjectivity.

They are currently a co-chair of DSA Ventura County. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Lao has delivered food to fieldworkers across Ventura County and helped organize mutual aid networks.

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