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24 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Astra Taylor. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Astra Taylor, often where they are interviewed.

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24 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Astra Taylor. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Astra Taylor, often where they are interviewed.

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ASTRA TAYLOR on Voting, Democracy, and People Power /206

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In past US general elections, about 60% of the eligible population voted, and while this may be the year that changes, it’s been shown that democracy is suffering globally - with total declines not just in participatory voting, but in political rights and civil liberties. This leaves us wondering, do we truly yearn for democracy? Are elections our only avenue for democratic participation? This week we are joined by the indomitable Astra Taylor who reminds us that “elections matter, but they are not synonymous with democracy”. As we find ourselves in the thick of an overloaded election year; we’ve all been thinking about what voting does and doesn’t accomplish, or whether or not it inadvertently upholds the system driving our demise. Is voting simply harm reduction at best? How can we engage in democratic processes beyond the ballot box?

Astra Taylor is a filmmaker, writer, and political organizer. She is the director of three acclaimed philosophical documentaries: What Is Democracy?, Examined Life, and Zizek!, all of which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. Taylor is the author of the American Book Award winner The People’s Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age, her latest book -- Democracy May Not Exist, but We’ll Miss It When It’s Gone -- is just out in paperback and audiobook. Named a “New Civil Rights Leader” by the LA Times, she co-founded the Debt Collective, a groundbreaking membership organization that has won over a billion dollars of debt relief for poor and working people.

Music by Tan Cologne and Leyla McCalla. Visit our website at forthewild.world for full the episode description, references, and action points.
Oct 28 2020 ·
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Politics Theory Other //Covid-19 and transforming the global food system w/ Astra Taylor and Troy Vettese

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Astra Taylor and Troy Vettese join me to talk about their recent article in the Guardian in which they argue that the principal driver of zoonotic diseases is the factory farming of animals and that the covid19 pandemic shows that we need to transition away from a meat-centred global food system. We also talked about an article Troy co-wrote in Jacobin, entitled The Climate Crisis and COVID-19 Are Inseparable.

Jul 19 2020 · 36mins

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#92 Covid-19 and transforming the global food system w/ Astra Taylor and Troy Vettese

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Astra Taylor and Troy Vettese join me to talk about their recent article in the Guardian in which they argue that the principal driver of zoonotic diseases is the factory farming of animals and that the covid19 pandemic shows that we need to transition away from a meat-centred global food system. We also talked about an article Troy co-wrote in Jacobin, entitled The Climate Crisis and COVID-19 Are Inseparable.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/apr/16/coronavirus-covid-19-pandemic-food-animals https://www.jacobinmag.com/2020/05/climate-change-crisis-covid-coronavirus-environment
Jul 18 2020 · 36mins
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ASTRA TAYLOR, What is Democracy? Is it alive and well?

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ASTRA TAYLOR takes democracy seriously. In her documentary WHAT IS DEMOCRACY? and the companion book, Democracy May Not Exist, But We’ll Miss It When It’s Gone, she explores its early roots as well as its current embattled state. She reminds us that real democracy—fully inclusive and egalitarian—has never existed. Both ancient Athens and the original US were slave states. Can we restore rule of the people to the current American rule of the wealthy? Can democracy handle big challenges like the Coronovirus pandemic and climate change?
May 20 2020 · 59mins

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Hot & Bothered Podcast: Debt vs. Democracy, with Astra Taylor

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Under the weight of COVID-19, every lie we’ve been told about how the economy works is busting open, and our institutions are revealing themselves to be incapable of offering a path to recovery. Worse yet, many governments are using the crisis as a pretext for a punishing return to austerity. 

Why? The answer can be summed up in one word: debt, an issue that Astra Taylor has spent the last several years organizing around as co-founder of the Debt Collective. Also a prolific writer and documentarian, Astra is the author most recently of Democracy May Not Exist, but We’ll Miss It When It’s Gone and director of the companion film What Is Democracy? She has recently written about both the food system and debt crises as they intersect with the pandemic (and climate change, too).

On this week’s show, Kate and Daniel talk to Astra about what the coronavirus pandemic has to do with eating meat, whether we really need a technocratic savior, why debt relief is inherently tied to democracy, and more. Kate and Daniel also take a look at the toxic record of Larry Summers, and why Democrats shouldn’t let him anywhere near the party platform.





Check out the full Hot & Bothered archive here. Hot & Bothered is produced by Colin Kinniburgh. Music: Mercurias Meet Victor Rice, “Carregar (Instrumental),” courtesy of Total Running Time.

If you like the episode and want to hear more from Kate and Daniel, sign up as a monthly member at patreon.com/hotbotheredclimate today. It’s thanks to those who are able to contribute that we’re able to make the podcast free for anyone to listen to. 

Paying members will get access to perks like a monthly happy hour with Kate, Daniel, and friends, a free ebook of A Planet to Win: Why We Need a Green New Deal by Kate Aronoff, Alyssa Battistoni, Daniel Aldana Cohen, and Thea Riofrancos, and much more. And as a special thank you to everyone who’s able to pitch in right away, supporters who sign up by May 1 will automatically get bumped up to the next subscription tier. 

So don’t hesitate: sign up on Patreon today.

Further reading

Kate: Don’t Let Larry Summers Block Climate Progress Again (The New Republic) 

Progressive groups call on Biden to remove Summers as economic adviser (J. Edward Moreno, The Hill)

Petition: Tell Joe Biden to remove Larry Summers as economic advisor (Sunrise Movement and Justice Democrats)

Astra: The Covid-19 pandemic shows we must transform the global food system (with Jan Dutkiewicz and Troy Vettese, The Guardian)

Kate: The World Order Is Broken. The Coronavirus Proves It. (The New Republic) 

Astra: Cancelling student debt was always the right thing to do. Now it’s imperative (The Guardian)

Astra: Bad ancestors: does the climate crisis violate the rights of those yet to be born? (The Guardian)

Why Mitch McConnell Wants States to Go Bankrupt (David Frum, The Atlantic) 

The Fed could undo decades of damage to cities. Here’s how. (Destin Jenkins, Washington Post)

Daniel and Dan Kammen: Climate crisis will deepen the pandemic. A green stimulus plan can tackle both (The Guardian)

The Debt Collective

The post Hot & Bothered Podcast: Debt vs. Democracy, with Astra Taylor appeared first on Dissent Magazine.

Apr 30 2020 · 1hr 8mins
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What is Democracy? Astra Taylor says it's worth fighting for

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Canadian-American filmmaker and writer Astra Taylor admits that for most of her life the term "democracy" held little appeal. But when she took on the what-is-democracy question, her inquiry turned into a belief that while it may not fully exist, democracy is still worth fighting for.
Mar 11 2020 · 54mins
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Fighting for democracy from the bottom up | Astra Taylor, Pt 2

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Filmmaker, writer and activist Astra Taylor sets out to answer a question we rarely ask: what is democracy? Her conclusion: democracy doesn't exist — at least, not quite. And yet, she says, it's still worth fighting for. Taylor takes us on a walking tour in New York searching for the meaning of democracy. Part 2 of a two-part series.
Mar 10 2020 · 54mins
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Daniel Denvir interviewed by Astra Taylor

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Daniel Denvir shamelessly interviewed on his own podcast by Astra Taylor about All-American Nativism.

Upcoming events:

1/24 All-American Nativism Brooklyn book launch with Aziz Rana facebook.com/events/606979320053356/
1/27 Race for Profit: A Conversation with Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor [Live Dig interview in Providence] facebook.com/events/1416403061860397/
1/28 Rhode Island Students for Bernie Kickoff Rally with Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor and Linda Sarsour facebook.com/events/618607768707911/

Book tour (more to be announced soon!):

1/31 Providence facebook.com/events/2432419893664520/

2/24 Philly facebook.com/events/462775997752533/

2/26 DC at solidstatebooksdc.com

2/28 Baltimore facebook.com/events/509390186368309/

3/4 Boston at tridentbookscafe.com

3/11 New Orleans: All-American Nativism and A Planet to Win double book event with Thea Riofrancos at octaviabooks.com

3/17 Austin at monkeywrenchbooks.org

3/18 Dallas at deepvellum.org
Jan 24 2020 · 1hr 54mins
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The Dig: Daniel Denvir interviewed by Astra Taylor

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Daniel Denvir shamelessly interviewed on his own podcast by Astra Taylor about All-American Nativism.

Upcoming events:

1/24 All-American Nativism Brooklyn book launch with Aziz Rana facebook.com/events/606979320053356/

1/27 Race for Profit: A Conversation with Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor [Live Dig interview in Providence] facebook.com/events/1416403061860397/

1/28 Rhode Island Students for Bernie Kickoff Rally with Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor and Linda Sarsour facebook.com/events/618607768707911/

Book tour (more to be announced soon!):

1/31 Providence facebook.com/events/2432419893664520/

2/24 Philly facebook.com/events/462775997752533/

2/26 DC at solidstatebooksdc.com

2/28 Baltimore facebook.com/events/509390186368309/

3/4 Boston at tridentbookscafe.com

3/11 New Orleans: All-American Nativism and A Planet to Win double book event with Thea Riofrancos at octaviabooks.com

3/17 Austin at monkeywrenchbooks.org

3/18 Dallas at deepvellum.org

Jan 24 2020 ·
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Astra Taylor and David Graeber: Democracy May Not Exist, But ...

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In her latest book, Astra Taylor – ‘a rare public intellectual, utterly committed to asking humanity’s most profound questions yet entirely devoid of pretensions’ (Naomi Klein) – argues that democracy is not just in crisis, but that real democracy, inclusive and egalitarian, has never existed. Democracy May Not Exist but We’ll Miss It When It’s Gone (Verso) aims to re-examine what we mean by democracy, what we want from it, and understand why it is so hard to realise. Taylor was in conversation with David Graeber, author of Bullshit Jobs and Professor of anthropology at the London School of Economics.

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Dec 18 2019 · 1hr 6mins
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