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30 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Octavia Butler. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Octavia Butler, often where they are interviewed.

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30 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Octavia Butler. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Octavia Butler, often where they are interviewed.

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Sometimes the best way to deal with today's world is to look to the future. Octavia Butler created worlds and stories rooted in the struggles we still face today, climate change, racism, and sexism. But her powerful, hopeful approach did what all the best science fiction does– make us quest for a better tomorrow.

Sep 29 2020 · 1hr 6mins
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Octavia Butler's Kindred

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Ariel, Alex, and Rashida sit down to talk about the book Kindred, a 20th century slave narrative about a woman who is transported back in time to the slave plantation of her ancestors. They discuss the book and the author, the MacArthur Fellow and science fiction legend, Octavia Butler, and the importance of the hard work of confronting history.

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Aug 10 2020 · 1hr 7mins

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Octavia Butler's "Book of Martha"

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Come round children for the time has COME! As a thank you to our listeners for getting us to 25 ratings and reviews on Apple Podcasts, here is the literal first EVER footage of the Colored Pages Book Club where we discuss Octavia Butler's short story, "Book of Martha". Literally the first thing we ever recorded...

And...whew chile, the glow up lmao.

Despite its humble beginnings, the episode is still a rather interesting one that we hope you all enjoy

Aug 08 2020 · 43mins
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Kindred by Octavia Butler

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This month we took a break from bonkers books to read just a very solid novel, Kindred by Octavia Butler.

Works mentioned include:

* Hood Feminism by Mikki Kendall

* Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

* Harriet Tubman's Daring Raid:  https://thenib.com/harriet-tubman-s-daring-civil-war-raid/

* The Thirteenth film by Ava Duvernay

* Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James

* Gateway to Freedom by Eric Foner

* The End of Policing by Alex Vitale

* The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

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Jul 15 2020 · 1hr 5mins

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Ep. 282: Do Good to Feel Good, Bruce Feiler Suggests Two Questions to Ask Yourself to Help Manage Transitions, and a Spotlight on Octavia Butler

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We discuss why one way to overcome COVID-19 listlessness is to do good for other people, explore some Know-Yourself-Better questions to help manage tough transitions with Bruce Feiler, and shine a spotlight on author Octavia Butler.

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Jul 15 2020 · 41mins
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Foremothers | Day 21 | Octavia Butler

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As we close out this 21-day series, and prepare for the next (yes, there is more of this goodness to come) we end not by looking back, but by looking forward as we examine the life and legacy of the extraordinary writer, Octavia Butler, a Black woman who dared to imagine a future that centered Blackness and the voices and experiences of Black women.  The invitation into her sci-fi world was an invitation for all of us to think beyond the drab expectations of a cruel reality that does not see our magic or power,  to create a future that makes space for all of our glorious gifts to be on full display.

The godmother of Afrofuturism. Octavia Butler was a pioneer who traveled from the future to warn us and prepare us for a time such as this. She knew what would happen if power went unchecked, if the earth continued to be neglected, and if the wealthy were allowed to cannibalize the poor. She knew. And throughout her illustrious career as a science fiction writer, which included her winning every major award in her field, she tried to warn us. Today we listen. Today we acknowledge that an awkward Black girl with an almost paralyzing shyness was given the gift to foretell the future and that she wrote it all down in a series of masterpieces that literally read like a blueprint for survival.
Disclaimer: We do not own the rights to the music or speech excerpt played during this broadcast. Original content can be found here:

Janelle Monáe - Q.U.E.E.N. feat. Erykah Badu: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEddixS-UoU

Octavia Butler on Charlie Rose: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1W9CNwl2e8

Jun 30 2020 · 34mins
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382. Black Lives Matter: Announcements, Octavia Butler, and Tochi Onyebuchi (Reading Rangers)

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#BlackLivesMatter, Black Lives Matter, BLACK LIVES MATTER, oh my! Jen and Shaun return (sorta) to the Reading Rangers format to discuss our latest announcement about the direction of the show for the remainder of 2020 AND to examine Octavia Butler’s “Bloodchild” and Tochi Onyebuchi’s Tor.com essay, “I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream.” This one is […]
Jun 08 2020 · 1hr 19mins
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"Speech Sounds" by Octavia Butler

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Imagine a plague that ravages the world and impairs the ability of humans to communicate with one another. What kind of society would we have? Who would take power and how would they hold it? What would the world be like for the powerless? How would children adapt and survive? In "Speech Sounds," Octavia E. Butler invites us to consider these questions - and helps us look for rays of hope in even the bleakest of landscapes.

Octavia Butler (1947-2006), the daughter of a shoeshine man and a housemaid, went from a poor but proud childhood to becoming "the grand dame of science fiction." Known for her physically and mentally tough black heroines, her work combines the dynamism of invented worlds with astute observations of race, gender, sexuality, and power.

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Apr 23 2020 · 58mins
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Octavia Butler

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Bullies, race, social class, rejection, nothing could stop the remarkable ascent of the first black science fiction writer, Octavia Butler, from transforming herself from a shy, awkward introvert to shy, awkward award winning author. All that and more about this groundbreaking talent in this week’s History: The Shequel. Hosted by Erin and Mercy.

Apr 13 2020 · 35mins
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A Return to Octavia Butler

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We're back in 2020 with a look at one of the authors who inspired this whole project: Octavia Butler. In this brand new episode we return to and build on our very first discussion of her amazing works Parable of the Sower (1993) and Parable of the Talents (1998). This time we add our reflections on one of her most famous, and most intense, novels, Kindred (1979). A powerful voice in science fiction, speculative fiction, and Afrofuturism, Octavia Butler should be read by anyone interested in transformational and liberatory movements.

For more about what Butler can mean to movements today, check out the anthology Octavia's Brood: Science Fiction from Social Movements

Link to discussion on the unfinished Parable of the Trickster:


Feb 10 2020 · 57mins