Cover image of Octavia Butler

Octavia Butler

52 Podcast Episodes

Latest 25 Mar 2023 | Updated Daily

Episode artwork

Parable of the Sower (A novel by Octavia Butler)

Fermented Fiction

What up Fermented Folks! This week we continue to amplify our fellow creatives from the African American community. We shall do so by discussing one of the most legendary and foundational Black Authors OF ALL TIME: Octavia Butler.  Come on over and join us for thoughts, debates, and beers!  As always, thank you so much for listening! If you like what we’re getting up to you can check out more of our stuff and follow us at these links: Want to actually WATCH us do this show? We have a Youtube! Check it out here :) https://www.youtube.com/@cascadewriters/featured Follow us on Twitter: @cascadewriters @claytonvermulm @cpointon @aharmlessweirdo @tvermulm Check out Our Group on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/201864976517252 Check out our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cascadewriters And read Clay’s writing at: clayvermulmfiction.com Thanks for being here everyone, See you next week :)

1hr 18mins

14 Feb 2023

Episode artwork

S E1088: In Class with Carr, Ep. 117: Our Response To Gun Violence (and Octavia Butler's Archives)

This Is Karen Hunter

Dr. Greg Carr weaves a discussion about the current state of violence in America with Octavia Butler's works "Parable of the Sower" and "Parable of the Talents." #InClasswithCarr #OctaviaButler #massshootings JOIN KNARRATIVE: https://www.knarrative.comSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

2hr 15mins

6 Jun 2022

Similar People

Episode artwork

“Speech Sounds” by Octavia Butler

The Monster She Wrote Podcast

Octavia Butler’s “Speech Sounds” imagines a world that has been ravaged by a disease. The illness ravages the brain especially, attacking the ability to process and use language. For our protagonist, who used to be a history professor, losing the ability to read and write has hit especially hard. Recommended in this episode: Ruth Ware audiobooks and Outer Range NEXT UP: “Harry” by Rosemary Timperley  Please rate and review us, or better yet, tell a friend.  Our social media is @MonsterWrote on Twitter and Instagram. Our email is monsterwrote@gmail.com. This episode was produced and researched by Lisa and Mel. Theme music is “Misconception” by Nicolas Gasparini, used with permission.


3 May 2022

Episode artwork

Woman of Notable Mention - Octavia Butler

Outside Voice Inside

Meet the hosts of Outside Voice Inside:   Synitta Walker Delano: mother of the grandest SuperNova (Bug), writer, philosopher, and future bookstore owner and Tamara Joyner: writer, educator, and future restaurant owner. Episode 006 - Octavia Butler Listen to us during Women's History Month discussing our relationship to notable women throughout history. For more information on Octavia Butler read up on her here: https://www.octaviabutler.com/ Our Relationship w/Music This Week: Labrinth "I'm Tired feat. Zendaya" (Season 2 of Euphoria sdtrk), IAMNOBODI "An Idea", Paris Price "Round the Way", and Dutch Brown "Send Em" Be sure to SUBSCRIBE! Follow us on Instagram and Twitter: Outside Voice Inside - @ovipodcast Synitta Walker Delano - @theepurpleonion Tamara Joyner - @iamtam_savage (Instagram) and @tam_savage (Twitter) Listen to us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, and Audible.

1hr 3mins

9 Mar 2022

Most Popular

Episode artwork

Can your estranged child love you after being apart? "Parable of the Talents" Octavia Butler

Da Bruhs BookShelf

Will your children love you after being stripped away from you at birth and indoctrinated into a religion that opposed your belief system.

1hr 12mins

7 Mar 2022

Episode artwork

Queen Octavia Butler

So Pretentious... a podcast

So PretentiousTwo friends talking about the intersections of popular culture, society, and the world. And yes, there are spoilers.Episode 31, Queen Butler: Today we discuss the legendary sci-fi writer, queen Octavia Butler with our special guest Taneisha Duggan.Sleeping OnHelder: Superman '78 and Batman '89Taneisha: Local talent Vivian: Only Murders in the Building Moment in Self Care Helder: Surviving and having space to do nothingTaneisha: NappingVivian: Doing less Shout outsHelder: Greg Tate and HartBeat EnsembleTaneisha: Eugene MortonVivian: Black folks Social mediaTwitter SoPretentious2LivelyVivianHelderMiraInstagramSoPretentiousPodcastLivelyVivianHelderMira

1hr 29mins

19 Feb 2022

Episode artwork

Octavia Butler's 1979 sci-fi, historical fiction novel is still relevant today

Talk of Iowa Book Club

Host Charity Nebbe and expert readers discuss Octavia Butler's "Kindred."

10 Feb 2022

Episode artwork

Bookwaves/Artwaves – February 3, 2022: Art Spiegelman – Octavia Butler

KPFA - Bookwaves/Artwaves

Bookwaves/Artwaves is produced and hosted by Richard Wolinsky.Links to assorted local theater & book venues BookwavesArt Spiegelman, co-editorr of the series “Little Lit,” and author of “MAUS” and “MAUS II”, in conversation with  Richard A. Lupoff, aired originally on December 7, 2000.On the day before Holocaust Remembrance Day, the McMinn County Board of Education voted 10-0 to ban Art Spiegelman’s graphic novel memoir of his father’s experiences during the Holocaust, MAUS, from county classrooms.One of the most important records of the Nazi extermination of Jews during World War II, MAUS, by virtue of his graphic nature — as well as its use of mice as Jews and cats as Nazis, has been a necessary history book since its publication in 1980.In this interview aired on December 7, 2000 on Richard Wolinsky and Richard A. Lupoff’s Cover to Cover program (the forerunner to Bookwaves) while Richard Wolinsky was on vacation, Spiegelman mostly discusses “Little Lit,” which translates fairy tales into comic book form. He also talks about the history of comics, about underground comics, and about MAUS. Richard A. Lupoff (1935-2020), along with co-hosting Probabilities and Cover to Cover with Richard Wolinsky, was a noted science fiction and mystery writer, and the author of a history of comic books, All In Color for A Dime.This interview has not aired in over twenty years, and was digitized and edited in 2022 by Richard Wolinsky.Image from Art Spiegelman’s inscription on Richard Wolinsky’s copy of MAUS II.Complete interview. Review: “Swept Away” at Berkeley Rep’s Peets Theater through March 6, 2022. BookwavesOctavia Butler and Richard A. Lupoff in 1983.Octavia Butler (1947-2006) in conversation with Richard Wolinsky and Richard A. Lupoff, recorded in 1983.Octavia Butler, who died in 2006 at the age of 58, was one of the giants of modern science fiction. Winner of multiple awards for her short fiction and novels, her work explored issues involving gender, race, and power and featured protagonists often at odds with their societies. At the time she began writing, there were no other African-American women writing in the field, but she was not merely a pioneer: she was a master of the genre. Her first novel, Patternmaster, was published in 1976 and was followed by a series of sequels. Along with those books, she wrote a stand-alone novel, Kindred in 1979. It’s a masterpiece, a time travel story of a modern African American woman suddenly finding herself in the racist antebellum South.By 1983, with her handful of novels and a growing reputation within the field, she made a visit to a science fiction convention in San Jose California, where she met up with Richard Wolinsky and his co-host Richard A. Lupoff. At that time, she had yet to win her first Hugo or Nebula Award, and was still unknown outside the field. This interview was the first of two recorded with Octavia Butler.Complete 1983 Interview.  Complete 1998 Interview.  Review: “Freestyle Love Supreme” at ACT’s Geary Theater through February 13, 2022.Book Interview/Events and Theatre LinksNote: Most in-person events require proof of full vaccination for all audience members over 12 and masks. Many venues will require proof of boosters starting February 1, 2022. Shows may unexpectedly close early or be postponed due to actors’ positive COVID tests. Other shows have already been cancelled (see below). Check the venue for closures, ticket refunds, and vaccination status requirements before arrival. Dates are in-theater performances unless otherwise noted. All times Pacific Standard Time.Book StoresBay Area Book Festival  Bay Area Book Festival, May 7-8, 2022,Book Passage.  Monthly Calendar. Mix of on-line and in-store events.Books Inc.  Mix of on-line and in-store events.The Booksmith   Monthly Calendar. On-line events only. Center for Literary Arts, San Jose. Danielle Valore Evans, Feb. 3, 7 pm; Esme Weijun Wang, March 10, 7 pm.Kepler’s Books  On-line Refresh the Page program listings. Live Theater CompaniesAlter Theatre. Upcoming: Snag by Tara Moses.American Conservatory Theatre Freestyle Love Supreme at the Geary Theater through February 13, 2021.Aurora Theatre This Much I Know postponed until September, 2022. Please contact the box office for refunds.Awesome Theatre Company. On-line now: The Jersey Devil Play, on Vimeo.Berkeley Rep Swept Away, January 9 – March 6, 2022.Brava Theatre Center: See page for updated listings.BroadwaySF: Touring companies: The Band’s Visit, January 11 – February 6, 2022, Golden Gate.Broadway San Jose: Rent 25th Anniversary Tour, April 8-10, 2022.California Shakespeare Theatre (Cal Shakes)  Romeo y Juliet May 25 – June 19, 2022.Central Works Escape From the Asylum by Patricia Milton, Mar 19–Apr 17, at the Berkeley City Club.Cinnabar Theatre. Amy and the Orphans begins February February 11.Contra Costa Civic Theatre Anton in Show Business by Jane Martin, March 4-20, 2022.Curran Theater: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child playing now.Custom Made Theatre Zac & Siah, or Jesus in a Body Bag postponed.42nd Street Moon. Fun Home, February 3-22. 2022, Gateway Theater. Full Moon Friday cabaret, live & streaming, January 28, 8 pm: featuring Moon veterans, and local Bay Area artists Martín Rojas Dietrich and Noel Anthony Escobar,Landmark Musical Theater. You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, March 11 – April 10.Lorraine Hansberry Theatre. Upcoming schedule to be announced.Magic Theatre. The Kind Ones by Miranda Rose Hall, February 2-20. Colman Domingo, live at the Strand, Feb. 14, 8 pm as a benefit for the Magic.Marin Theatre Company Pass Over by Antoinette Chinonye Nwandu, January 27 – February 20.Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts Upcoming Events Page.New Conservatory Theatre Center Dot by by Colman Domingo, March 4 – April 3. Getting There by Tipika Guha has been cancelled.Oakland Theater Project. 2022 season starts with Shakespeare’s The Tempest, February 11 – March 6, 2022, at FLAX art & design, 1501 MLK, Oakland.Pear Theater. In Theater: Mountaintop by Katori Hall, January 21 – February 13, 2022.PianoFight. Calendar of shows. Expansion to The Flight Deck in Oakland. SF Sketchfest, January 7-23.Ray of Light: Upcoming shows to be announced.San Francisco Playhouse. Twelfth Night, a musical adaptation. On Demand extended through January 29, 2022. Heroes of the Fourth Turning January 26 – March 5, in theater only.SFBATCO  I, Too, Sing America on the main stage, January 28 – February 13. See website for upcoming streaming and in- theater shows.San Jose Stage Company: Strange Courtesies by L. Peter Callender, scheduled to open in January, has been rescheduled to spring, 2023. Coming next: August: Osage County, March 30 – April 24, 2022.Shotgun Players. Babes in Ho-lland has been cancelled. Contact the ticket office for refunds. Passing Strange by Stew, March 5 – April 10.The Breath Project. Streaming archive.The Marsh: Calendar listings for Berkeley, San Francisco and Marshstream.Theatre Rhino Staged Reading: Kingdom by Michael Allen Harris, February 9, 7 pm, 4229 18th St., SF. Hold Me the Forgotten Way, now streaming. Free staged reading: Kingdom by Michael Allen Harris, Tuesday Feb 8, 7 pm. 4229 18th St. SF, or on Zoom. Streaming: Essential Services Project, conceived and performed by John Fisher, all weekly performances now available on demand;  Saturday, February 12, 5 pm: Bedroom on Zoom or Facebook Live, live from New York. SHARK!, conceived and performed by John Fisher, live performance only, Sunday Feb. 27, 2 & 4 pm EST, 12 St. Marks Place, NYC.TheatreWorks Silicon Valley. Hershey Felder as Chopin, scheduled to open in January, has been postponed until August 17, 2022. Sense and Sensibility, a musical, music and lyrics by Paul Gordon, March 9 – April 3, Lucie Stern Theater, Palo Alto, also available streaming.Word for Word. See webpage for WORD for WORDcast streaming availability.Misc. Listings:BAM/PFA: Current film series.Berkeley Symphony: Renew, first Symphonic Concert of the 50th Anniversary Season, Sunday Feb. 6, 4 pm. Zellerbach Hall.Chamber Music San Francisco: Calendar, Feb. 13 – May 8, 2022.Dance Mission Theatre. On stage events calendar.Oregon Shakespeare Festival: Calendar listings and upcoming shows.San Francisco Opera. Calendar listings, January 16 – June 10, 2022.San Francisco Symphony. Calendar listings.Playbill List of Streaming Theatre: Updated weekly, this is probably the best list you’ll find of national and international streaming plays and musicals. Each week has its own webpage, so scroll down.National Theatrical Streaming: Upcoming plays from around the country.Filmed Live Musicals: Searchable database of all filmed live musicals, podcast, blog.If you’d like to add your bookstore or theater venue to this list, please write Richard@kpfa.orgThe post Bookwaves/Artwaves – February 3, 2022: Art Spiegelman – Octavia Butler appeared first on KPFA.


3 Feb 2022

Episode artwork

083 Marion Hill on "Parable of the Sower" by Octavia Butler

Best Book Ever Podcast

It’s always a delight to talk to one of the readers I admire most: returning guest of the show Marion Hill. Today, Marion joined me to talk about the sci-fi classic “Parable of the Sower,” and we had a great discussion about repeated readings, what makes a book sci-fi, and how Octavia Butler transcends any genre. Support the Best Book Ever Podcast on Patreon Follow the Best Book Ever Podcast on Instagram or on the Best Book Ever Website Do you have a book you want to tell me about? Go HERE to apply to be a guest on the Best Book Ever Podcast. Host: Julie Strauss Website/Instagram Guest: Marion Hill Instagram/Website Discussed in this episode: The Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler (After we recorded this episode, I spotted this haunting graphic novel version of the book) The Autobiography of Malcolm X as told to Alex Haley Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community? by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson The Fifth Season by NK Jemison The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. LeGuin The Dispossessed by Ursula K. LeGuin Kindred by Octavia Butler Parable of the Talents by Octavia Butler Artpace Gallery, San Antonio, Texas Wild Seed by Octavia Butler (Listen to Marti Dumas tell me about Wild Seed on Episode 030) The Little Country by Charles de Lint Memory and Dream by Charles de Lint (Listen to Marion’s tell me about this book on Episode 008) Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison Discussed in our Patreon Exclusive clip All the Seas of the World by Guy Gavriel Kay The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead Sag Harbor by Colson Whitehead (Note: Some of the above links are affiliate links, meaning I get a few bucks off your purchase at no extra expense to you. Anytime you shop for books, you can use my affiliate link on Bookshop, which also supports Indie Bookstores around the country. If you’re shopping for everything else – clothes, office supplies, gluten-free pasta, couches – you can use my affiliate link for Amazon. Thank you for helping to keep the Best Book Ever Podcast in business!)


24 Jan 2022

Episode artwork

What if God's relevance has expired? Octavia Butler's 'Parable of the Sower'

Da Bruhs BookShelf

In a world of a collapsed economy, drug addiction and illiteracy are at an all-time high, a 15 yr old black girl Lauren Olamina finds herself leading a group of strangers to a safe space while creating and converting people to religion and belief that she came up with through her observation from journaling how the world had changed and where God fits in all of this. 

1hr 18mins

17 Jan 2022