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A podcast about what we learn when facts and dystopian fiction start to look the same. Join dystopian novelist Toby Ball, journalist Meg Heckman and assorted guests as they talk about authoritarianism, free speech, environmental decay and what it means to commit acts of resistance. Also: Power, privilege, freedom and – perhaps most importantly of all – hope.

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A podcast about what we learn when facts and dystopian fiction start to look the same. Join dystopian novelist Toby Ball, journalist Meg Heckman and assorted guests as they talk about authoritarianism, free speech, environmental decay and what it means to commit acts of resistance. Also: Power, privilege, freedom and – perhaps most importantly of all – hope.

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By Lexbookie - Mar 01 2018
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Love this podcast and it’s concept. I just caught on to how good it was just in time for the ‘season’ to end. ☹️ I hope RFD comes back for another season, because it’s awesome!

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By Porky237 - May 18 2017
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Excellent new podcast Timing is perfect

iTunes Ratings

30 Ratings
Average Ratings
30
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0

More please!!

By Lexbookie - Mar 01 2018
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Love this podcast and it’s concept. I just caught on to how good it was just in time for the ‘season’ to end. ☹️ I hope RFD comes back for another season, because it’s awesome!

Radio Free Dystopia

By Porky237 - May 18 2017
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Excellent new podcast Timing is perfect
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Radio Free Dystopia

Latest release on Aug 18, 2017

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

Updated by OwlTail 2 days ago

Warning: This podcast has few episodes.

This means there isn't enough episodes to provide the most popular episodes. Here's the rankings of the current episodes anyway, we recommend you to revisit when there's more episodes!

Rank #1: Episode 3: Going Rogue

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Secret messages and subversive communication are nothing new, but when social media gets added to the mix things get interesting. Toby and Meg get help understanding this phenomenon from Mark S. Luckie, the former head of media for Reddit and, before that, manager of journalism and media for Twitter. They discuss the real-life rise of rogue and alt Twitter accounts, plus how Toby uses secret messages in his own novels. Also: The beginning of what's sure to be a long and ongoing conversation about The Handmaid's Tale and what happened when a marketing campaign for Amazon's Man in the High Castle went just a little sideways. #handmaidstale #resistanceradio #altgov

P.S. Mark Luckie has a really cool new project underway. Check it out at souledoutcinema.com.

May 06 2017

49mins

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Rank #2: Episode 4: The Handmaid's Tale

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Is Hulu's adaptation of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale feminist? Hell yes! But it's also a story about patriarchy, misogyny and a society built around state-sanctioned rape. Toby and Meg get help exploring these themes and others from Dr. Robin Hackett, an associate professor of English and Women's Studies at the University of New Hampshire. Robin's specialities include literary modernism, Virginia Woolf, feminist theory, queer theory and LGBTQ literature - so she's pretty much the perfect guest host.

We also talk a little about the often-overlooked 1990 film adaptation and get additional insights via emails from listeners Mary, D'Anne, Cameron and Laurie.

Also: Toby gets in a fight with his microphone, Meg runs through the first-ever Fact Check Edition of The News from Dystopia, and Robin recommends we all read Swastika Night by Katharine Burdekin.
#handmaidstale, #feminism, #dystopia

May 17 2017

50mins

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Rank #3: Episode 9: The end... for now, plus thoughts on Charlottesville

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The season one finale was supposed to be about The Handmaid's Tale and some soon-to-be released dystopian movies, but Toby and Meg decided to talk about #Charlottesville instead.
P.S. You'll notice that this episode is short. That's because we'd like you to spend some time listening to a few podcasts that will help you better understand structural racism in America. Meg talks about this a bit in the episode, but here are some links if you want to check them out right away:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/bonus-pod-charlottesville/id1230148653?i=1000391013305&mt=2

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/charlottesville-and-white-people/id1250180134?i=1000391051159&mt=2

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/charlottesville-and-the-white-supremacists/id1188724250?i=1000391039597&mt=2

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/a-monumental-problem/id1188724250?i=1000391124573&mt=2

Aug 18 2017

24mins

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Rank #4: Episode 8: Young adult edition ... or why dystopian novels are so popular among teens and tweens

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It's peak summer reading season, so Toby and Meg spent some time thinking about why books with dystopian themes appeal to young adults. They get help from YA author Susan Moger and Book Riot contributor Liberty Hardy. Also: Actual kids with great book suggestions, a look ahead to new dystopian titles coming this fall and a tangent about a little New Hampshire town with a (very) interesting history.
#YA #reading #dystopia

Jul 14 2017

48mins

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Rank #5: Episode 7: This Perfect Day and our imperfect real-life relationship with technology

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The relationship between human beings and technology is ripe with dystopian undercurrents - so ripe that Toby and Meg talked to two guests instead of the usual one. Together, they ponder parallels between modern technology and This Perfect Day, a 1970 technocratic dystopian novel by Ira Levin. Also: Wardrobe advice from Alexa, emerging issues in civil liberties and a whopper of a News from Dystopia segment.

P.S. We're still looking for suggestions from you (or your kids) about dystopian novels that appeal to teens and tweens. Send us an email or voice memo at radiofreedystopia@gmail.com.
#data #privacy #dystopia

Jun 30 2017

57mins

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