Verbal fireworks: Slam poet Alix Olson

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Spoken word artist Alix Olson calls her voice her “weapon of choice”, and her powerful work contains equal doses of humor, anger and compassion. A champion slam poet, Olson introduced the urban literary genre to Europe at Rotterdam’s Poetry International Festival. As an activist, she’s been honoured for her commitment to social justice in Washington D.C. At the same time, a conservative women’s organisation put her on their list of the Ten Most Dangerous Women in America.

Producer: David Swatling

Broadcast: October 24, 2005