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a podcast discussing current events, theory, and action through a radical lens.

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a podcast discussing current events, theory, and action through a radical lens.

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70 Ratings
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Brain candy

By not kid proof - Nov 18 2018
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An intelligent, educational, enlightening series. I really appreciate it.

Great!

By Anarchist Bastard - Sep 30 2018
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I heard the third episode, then binge listened to all available. Great discussion.

iTunes Ratings

70 Ratings
Average Ratings
58
4
1
2
5

Brain candy

By not kid proof - Nov 18 2018
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An intelligent, educational, enlightening series. I really appreciate it.

Great!

By Anarchist Bastard - Sep 30 2018
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I heard the third episode, then binge listened to all available. Great discussion.
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Coffee with Comrades

Latest release on Jan 21, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: Episode 29: "Seize the Means of (Re)Production"

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CW: Brief, general discussions of abuse.

In this week’s edition of Coffee with Comrades, Pearson sits down with Meg, a community organizer and activist in Orlando, to talk about Marxist feminism and reproductive justice. Pearson and Meg cover a host of topics: the limits of women's studies at neoliberal universities, Planned Parenthood, liberal feminism, Christian Evangelicals, bodily autonomy, Roe v. Wade, studying to struggle, and how we can make our organizing spaces safer for comrades of all genders. So pour yourself a cup of coffee and enjoy Episode 29: “Seize the Means of (Re)Production.”

Check out Orlando Workers League on Twitter and Facebook.

Intro: "I Ain't Got No Home in this World Anymore" by Woody Guthrie

Interlude: "Pro Life?" by War on Women

Outro: "Clever Girl" by Sharptooth

PS. Stick around 'till the very end for some bloopers!

Jan 22 2019

1hr 25mins

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Rank #2: Episode 21: "The Opposite of Addiction is Community” feat. Michael Laufer

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In this week’s edition of Coffee with Comrades, Pearson sits down for Pt. 2 of a conversation with Michael Laufer of 4 Thieves Vinegar Collective to discuss cryptoanarchy, addiction, harm reduction, atomization, a new folk medicine, and even how the National Liberation Front of Vietnam made coffee!

If you haven't already, be sure to check out Episode 14: "Science is a Human Right" for some context.

Follow Michael Laufer on Twitter.

Visit 4 Thieves Vinegar Collective's website.

Intro: "I Ain't Got No Home in this World" by Woody Guthrie

Interlude: "Virus" by Deltron 3030

Outro: "Share the Body" by Silent Planet

Nov 20 2018

56mins

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Rank #3: Episode 24: "How Do We Transcend?"

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In this week's edition of Coffee with Comrades, Pearson sits down for a conversation on black existentialism with James and Vanessa. But first, some current events:

This episode, we discuss being, essence, double-consciousness, decolonization, identity politics, and transcendence as we dig into work of Frantz Fanon and Lewis Gordon in a conversation with James and Vanessa on black existentialism.

Follow Vanessa on Instagram.

Check out James's website.

Intro: "I Ain't Got No Home in this World" by Woody Guthrie

Interlude: "Redemption Song" by Bob Marley

Outro: "Alright" by Kendrick Lamar

Dec 11 2018

56mins

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Rank #4: Episode 51: "Decolonization is Not a Metaphor" ft. IAF-FAI

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In this edition of Coffee with Comrades, we sit down with our friends in the Indigenous Anarchist Federation to discuss indigeneity and decolonization. But, first, some current events:

Today, we share Pt. I of a special two-part conversation with two comrades from the IAF-FAI, Bad Salish Girl and The Green City. We sat down to talk about indigeneity, decolonization, abolishing whiteness, and timeless revolution. Keep your eyes peeled for Pt. II, which will be live July 16, 2019.

Music:

  • Intro: “I Ain’t Got No Home in this World Anymore” by Woody Guthrie
  • Interlude: "Meso Murica" by War of Icaza
  • Outro: "Walking with the Dead" Savage Fam & Alas

Jul 02 2019

1hr 32mins

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Rank #5: BONUS: "Revolution in Rojava"

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Hey, y'all!

In this special bonus episode of Coffee with Comrades, we share a Florida State University Center for Participant Education lecture and discussion on the Revolution in Rojava. Due to current events, we felt it was urgent to get this episode out ASAP. Please feel free to share it widely and follow along with the PowerPoint. To find out more about solidarity demonstrations in your area, follow Defend Rojava and check out the Internationalist Commune.  

Music: 

  • Intro: “I Ain’t Got No Home in this World Anymore” by Woody Guthrie 
  • Interlude: “Sunrise Over Rojava" by Lee Brickley
  • Outro: “Rojava" by David Rovics

Oct 08 2019

58mins

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Rank #6: Episode 61: "Anarchy or Annihilation"

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To commemorate Mel's transition to greener pastures, today we're sharing our discussion of Post-Scarcity Anarchism by Murray Bookchin. Enjoy!

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  • Interlude: "Chemical" by the Devil Wears Prada
  • Outro: "Free Mind//Open Spirit" by Hundredth

Nov 12 2019

1hr 8mins

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Rank #7: Episode 59: "On Revolutionary Violence"

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In this episode of Coffee with Comrades, we discuss Hannah Arendt's seminal essay, "On Violence," from her collection Crises of the Republic. You can find a highlighted .pdf copy here!

Music: 

  • Intro: “I Ain’t Got No Home in this World Anymore” by Woody Guthrie 
  • Outro: “Universal Language" by Stick to Your Guns

Oct 22 2019

1hr 1min

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Rank #8: Episode 18: "A People's History of Halloween" feat. Nestor of Black Banner Magic

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Get ready for a spooky, jam-packed episode of Coffee with Comrades. Bree is back! What’s more, we have our comrade Nestor on the show from Black Banner Magic to talk about witchcraft, the devil’s night, and the secret history of Halloween. But first, some current events:

Nestor from the Black Banner Magic podcast joins us on the show to talk about Halloween’s roots in Gaelic paganism, the rebellious mischief that the holiday foments, the Great Rebellion of Detroit and the ensuing string of Devil’s Night arsons, and American capitalists’ taming of the festivities into a tepid celebration of consumerism and excess. To find out more about the Devil's Night, read this stellar essay on the subject from Mask magazine. Please consider supporting Black Banner Magic on Patreon, where ⅔ of every dollar raised goes to the Omaha Freedom Fund!

Follow Black Banner Magic on Twitter.

Support Black Banner Magic on Patreon.

Listen to the Black Banner Magic Podcast.

Intro: “I Ain’t Got no Home in this World” by Woody Guthrie

Outro: “Devil’s Night” by Motionless in White

Oct 30 2018

1hr 23mins

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Rank #9: Episode 50: "Fuck Theory, Do Shit!"

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In this one-year anniversary episode of Coffee with Comrades, Pearson and Mel get retrospective and introspective. After looking back at 50 episodes of the program, Pearson and Mel dive into a discussion of new media and the left. But, first, some current events!

This week might just be the most polemic episode of Coffee with Comrades yet! After talking about social media under a capitalist mode of economics, Pearson and Mel diagnose some of the problems with new media on the left (and with podcasts, in particular.) Afterward, Pearson and Mel outline a number of practical, material solutions to these dilemmas that can begin to build revolutionary infrastructure right here, right now.

In short, “Fuck theory, do shit!”

As per usual, stick around ‘til the very end of the episode for some goofy-ass bloopers.

Music:

  • Intro: “I Ain’t Got No Home in this World Anymore” by Woody Guthrie
  • Interlude: “Big Mouth” by Citizen
  • Outro: “Echo and Dust, Pt. I” by Greyhaven

Jun 18 2019

1hr 24mins

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Rank #10: Episode 56: "Revolutionary Left Roundtable"

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Hey, y'all!

We got a jam-packed episode for you today filled with various friends and comrades from the Revolutionary Left Radio Federation of podcasts, including Breht from Rev Left Radio & Red Menace, Brendan from Marxism & Moshpits, and Alyson from Red Menace. This episode is the second half of a conversation that initially premiered as Ep. 2 of Marxism & Moshpits, "Punk culture, leftism, & lifestylism." But, first, some announcements!

First recorded when Pearson was visiting Omaha, NE this past March, today's episode features various comrades in the Revolutionary Left Radio Federation. We convene for a roundtable discussion on music, science, socialism, spontaneity, insurrection, anarchism, Marxist-Leninism, party-building, and so much more. Alyson jumps in at the end to offer her two cents, as well. We hope y'all enjoy this whirlwind conversation as much as we did.

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Sep 10 2019

1hr 42mins

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Rank #11: Episode 60: "A Future for All Earth's Critters" ft. Vegan Vanguard

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Hey, gang!

Apologies in advance, but we were unable to include our Current Events section in today's episode. Due to some technical difficulties with the new MacOS, none of our audio engineering software is cooperating with us. Regardless, we hope you enjoy this stellar conversation we had with Mexie from The Vegan Vanguard about biocentrism and universal emancipation.

Nov 05 2019

1hr 22mins

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Rank #12: Episode 45: "Q&A, Aye?"

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Hey, y'all!

Check out this bonus episode of Coffee with Comrades, previously recorded as a Q&A to thank our Patreon supporters.

Music

  • Intro: “I Ain’t Got No Home in this World Anymore” by Woody Guthrie
  • Outro: “Fascists Don't Cry” by CRASHprez

May 21 2019

1hr 11mins

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Rank #13: Episode 54: "Shit-Posting is Counterrevolutionary" ft. Srsly Wrong

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In today's episode, we hang out with the Wrong Bois, Shon and Aaron, of Srsly Wrong. But first, some current events:

- Pearson laments the abysmal 2019 DSA National Convention.

- White supremacy and misogyny transform once more into violent mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton.

- Rose City Antifa resolves to defend Portland from the fascist creep.

- A federal judge refused to consider fining Chelsea Manning $1,000/day.

- 680 people were arrested by ICE this past week at a poultry farm. 

- India is stripping Kashmir of its autonomy.

- The protests in Hong Kong rage on. We can all learn from the tactics of our comrades.

Shon and Aaron join us for a discussion of extremely online leftism, sectarian shenanigans, prefiguration, and Mr. Fred Rogers.

Music:

- Intro: "I Ain't Got No Home in this World" by Woody Guthrie

- Interlude: "Red & Black" by the String-Bo String Duo

- Outro: "Empty Heads" by Stick to Your Guns

Aug 13 2019

1hr 51mins

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Rank #14: Episode 20: “The Glorious Proletarian Renaissance" feat. Breht Ó Séaghdha

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We’ve got a jam-packed episode of Coffee with Comrades for you this week. We were joined by Breht Ó Séaghdha of Revolutionary Left Radio and The Guillotine to talk about “Culture” by Terry Eagleton. But first, some current events:

We spend the rest of the episode discussing the cultural analyses of Terry Eagleton, dissecting “American culture,” historical repression, revolutionary ruptures, unfounded and arbitrary authority, neoliberalism, Hollywood, Buddhism, academia, and building an authentic leftist culture.

You can follow Breht on Twitter and be sure to check out Revolutionary Left Radio and The Guillotine, as well. You can also support both shows on Patreon.

If you like what you hear, follow us on Twitter or check out our website.

Intro: “I Ain’t Got No Home in this World” by Woody Guthrie

Interlude: “Propaganda” by Dead Prez

Outro: “The House Always Wins” by Stray From the Path

PS. Stick around 'till the very end for goofy bloopers at Pearson's expense.

Nov 13 2018

2hr 7mins

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Rank #15: Episode 15: “Solidarity, Not Charity” feat. Mutual Aid Disaster Relief

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In this early edition of Coffee with Comrades, Pearson sits down for a conversation with Jimmy Dunson of Mutual Aid Disaster Relief. But first, in the absence of our beloved Bree, Pearson invites friend-of-the-show and all-around-solid comrade, Sam, on for a discussion of current events:

Jimmy and Pearson talk about Mutual Aid Disaster Relief, autonomous response in the wake of Hurricane Florence, how communities can organize and prepare for disasters both social and ecological, and how folks can build infrastructure and dual-power.

  • Follow Mutual Aid Disaster Relief on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Visit Mutual Aid Disaster Relief’s website.
  • Donate to support the vital work of Mutual Aid Disaster Relief.
  • Follow Sam on Twitter.

Intro: “I Ain’t Got No Home in this World” by Woody Guthrie

Interlude: “Idioteque” by Radiohead

Outro: “Human Carrying Capacity” by Harm’s Way

Sep 30 2018

56mins

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Rank #16: Episode 57: "Look for New Weapons"

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This week, we critique the climate strike. But, first, some current events.

What are the limitations of the strike as a model? How do we move from symbolic protest to direct action? What tools/methods are best suited to combating climate change and capitalist hegemony?

Music: 

  • Intro: “I Ain’t Got No Home in this World Anymore” by Woody Guthrie 
  • Interlude: “Strangers" by City and Colour
  • Outro: “Downfall" by Architects

Sep 24 2019

1hr 5mins

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Rank #17: Episode 62: "Fire Walk With Me" ft. Stray From the Path

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Solidarity with the people of Bolivia! Check out the following excellent resources to find out more about the ongoing Christian fascist coup.

This week, we host a conversation with Tom and Craig from the band Stray From the Path. We chat about their new record, Internal Atomics, past political controversies, and why actions speak louder than words.

Music:

  • Intro: "I Ain't Got No Home in This World" by Woody Guthrie
  • All other music by Stray From the Path

Nov 19 2019

1hr 10mins

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Rank #18: Episode 53: "Caucus Circus"

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In this edition of Coffee with Comrades, Pearson and Mel are joined by John of the Chicago South-Side DSA, Chicago IWW, UC Labor Council, National Nurses United, and Tenants United, Hyde Park to chat about the upcoming 2019 DSA National Convention. But, first, some current events:  

John chats with us about organizing in Chicago, the major caucuses in the DSA, the “big tent” approach to building a mass movement, the evolution of the DSA, ideological tension, diversity of tactics, and the struggles ahead. 

Music: 

  • Intro: “I Ain’t Got No Home in this World” by Woody Guthrie 
  • Interlude: “Burn it Down ft. Caleb Shomo” by Silverstein 
  • Outro: “Fortune Teller” by Stray From the Path

Jul 30 2019

1hr 43mins

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Rank #19: Episode 58: "An Exceptional Lack of Innocence" ft. Danny Haiphong

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Hey, y'all!

This week, we weren't able to record a current events segment, but we did wanna share one urgent bit of news with you. The Trump Admininstration announced it would be officially pulling U.S. troops out of North Eastern Syria, essentially green-lighting the invasion of territory held by Rojava's revolutionaries. Pearson shares the SDF general command's statement on the matter and urges international solidarity demonstrations.

Danny Haiphong joins us for the hour to chat about the book he co-authored, American Exceptionalism and American Innocence: A People’s History of Fake News—From the Revolutionary War to the War on Terror. We critique about U.S. imperialism and discuss the ways the U.S. asserts its innocence even as it manipulates and exploits geopolitics.

- Pick up a copy of American Exceptionalism and American Innocence!

- Follow Danny on Twitter.

- Check out Black Agenda Report online.

Music: 

  • Intro: “I Ain’t Got No Home in this World Anymore” by Woody Guthrie 
  • Interlude: “This is America" by Childish Gambino
  • Outro: “Actions Not Words" by Stray From the Path

Oct 08 2019

1hr 10mins

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Rank #20: Episode 46: "Love Letters to the Future"

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This week, we go off-script and talk about one of the greatest creative joys of humankind: poetry. But, first, current events.

In this wide-ranging discussion, we talk about poetry, liberation, the creative process, self-critique, historicity, legacy, and blurring the past, present, and future. Plus, we read some of our own poetry for you on the show. Stick around ‘till the very end for some bloopers.

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Music:

  • Intro: “I Ain’t Got No Home in this World Anymore” by Woody Guthrie
  • Outro: “Rose Quarts/Fulton Street I” by La Dispute

May 28 2019

1hr 39mins

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