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Punk Rock Pariah with Grendel & Greg
61 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 120 - 2020 Presidential Election Preview
On Episode 120 of Punk Rock Pariah, Grendel sits down with PRP Political Contributor Paul West to talk about the upcoming Presidential vote, widespread voter suppression, stolen elections, the potential for violence, and so much more.
7 minutes | 3 months ago
Black Lives Matter
BLACK LIVES MATTER. PERIOD. This is an unparalleled time in modern history where the masses are standing up against the systemic racism and white supremacy upon which our country has been built. The question we must all ask ourselves is whether we are part of the solution or part of the problem. We must be consistently listening, learning, educating ourselves, and acting upon what we have learned. In her book Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?, Beverly Daniel Tatum says, "[A] genuine commitment to interrupting racism is a long-term commitment...We all need community to give us energy, to strengthen our voices, and to offer constructive criticism when we stray off course." So we call upon all of our listeners to be that energy. The best way to work towards being that energy is to start by educating ourselves. Even the most learned among us must be constantly evolving, which is part of the "lifelong commitment" that Beverly Daniel Tatum mentions above. In light of this, we wanted to share some of our favorite resources we have come across: 1) Black Lives Matter Resources are available HERE; 2) The Black Lives Matter At Schools 2020 Teaching Curriculum Resource guide for teaching K-12 is available HERE; and 3) The Social Justice Film Festival has put together a list of films, books, and resources that you can access HERE. We also wish to share a few book recommendations of our own. Below this message are six of our favorites for learning about being anti-racist and/or a better understanding about the conditions against which the Black Lives Matters Movement is currently fighting. Please try to seek out a black-owned bookstore to purchase them. We recommend L.E.M.S., located right here in Seattle, or take a look at this list put together by the African American Literature Book Club. In the words of Ibram X. Kendi, from his book How to Be an Antiracist, "One either allows racial inequities to persevere, as a racist, or confronts racial inequities, as an antiracist. There is no in-between safe space of “not racist.” The claim of “not racist” neutrality is a mask for racism." Freedom is a Constant Struggle by Angela Y. Davis "In these newly collected essays, interviews, and speeches, world-renowned activist & scholar Angela Y. Davis illuminates the connections between struggles against state violence and oppression throughout history and around the world. Reflecting on the importance of black feminism, intersectionality, and prison abolitionism for today's struggles, Davis discusses the legacies of previous liberation struggles, from the Black Freedom Movement to the South African anti-Apartheid movement. She highlights connections and analyzes today's struggles against state terror, from Ferguson to Palestine." How To Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi "In his memoir, Kendi weaves together an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law, and science--including the story of his own awakening to antiracism--bringing it all together in a cogent, accessible form. He begins by helping us rethink our most deeply held, if implicit, beliefs and our most intimate personal relationships (including beliefs about race and IQ and interracial social relations) and reexamines the policies and larger social arrangements we support. How to Be an Antiracist promises to become an essential book for anyone who wants to go beyond an awareness of racism to the next step of contributing to the formation of a truly just and equitable society." So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo "In So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo guides readers of all races through subjects ranging from intersectionality and affirmative action to “model minorities” in an attempt to make the seemingly impossible possible: honest conversations about race and racism, and how they infect almost every aspect of American life." From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor "In this stirring and insightful analysis, activist and scholar Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor surveys the historical and contemporary ravages of racism and persistence of structural inequality such as mass incarceration and Black unemployment. In this context, she argues that this new struggle against police violence holds the potential to reignite a broader push for Black liberation." White By Law 10th Anniversary Edition by Ian Haney López "In the first edition of White by Law, Haney López traced the reasoning employed by the courts in their efforts to justify the whiteness of some and the non-whiteness of others, and revealed the criteria that were used, often arbitrarily, to determine whiteness, and thus citizenship: skin color, facial features, national origin, language, culture, ancestry, scientific opinion, and, most importantly, popular opinion. Ten years later, Haney López revisits the legal construction of race, and argues that current race law has spawned a troubling racial ideology that perpetuates inequality under a new guise: colorblind white dominance. In a new, original essay written specifically for the 10th anniversary edition, he explores this racial paradigm and explains how it contributes to a system of white racial privilege socially and legally defended by restrictive definitions of what counts as race and as racism, and what doesn't, in the eyes of the law. " Pedagogy of the Oppressed: 50th Anniversary Edition by Paulo Freire "First published in Portuguese in 1968, Pedagogy of the Oppressed was translated and published in English in 1970. The methodology of the late Paulo Freire has helped to empower countless impoverished and illiterate people throughout the world. Freire's work has taken on especial urgency in the United States and Western Europe, where the creation of a permanent underclass among the underprivileged and minorities in cities and urban centers is increasingly accepted as the norm."
46 minutes | 9 months ago
Episode 117 - Punk Rock Pariah Presents Break Down the Walls No.3 - Amelia Noor-Oshiro, MPH
On Episode 117 of Punk Rock Pariah, Grendel and Greg present the third episode of "Break Down the Walls." "Break Down the Walls" is a five episode podcast mini-series about suicide prevention, focused on how we can best support loved ones and friends in need. On Episode #3 we speak with Amelia Noor-Oshiro, MPH, a PhD Student in Social & Behavioral Sciences in the Department of Health, Behavior & Society at Johns Hopkins University. The three talk about structural oppression and its role in suicidal ideation, personal responses to mental health and suicide, the struggles of people of color - specifically Muslim people - and other marginalized communities, and social justice. Learn more about Amelia and her work at her website, https://www.amelianooroshiro.com/ And check out her YouTube channel, The Muslim Suicide Researcher here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOH7r4Yg_egTF15GnDtfJBA Content Warning: Suicide and Death Additional resources for listeners... USA: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Europe: International Association for Suicide Prevention Australia: Roses in the Ocean Black Dog Institute The views and opinions expressed in this episode are those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of any other agency, organization, employer or company. Assumptions made in the analysis are not reflective of the position of any entity other than the speaker(s). Because we are critically-thinking human beings, these views are subject to change, revision, and rethinking at any time.
43 minutes | 9 months ago
Episode 116 - Punk Rock Pariah Presents Break Down the Walls No.2 - Corbin J. Standley
On Episode 115 of Punk Rock Pariah, Grendel and Greg present the second episode of the new mini-series they are making called "Break Down the Walls." "Break Down the Walls" is a five episode podcast mini-series about suicide prevention, focused on how we can best support loved ones and friends in need. On Episode #2 we speak with Corbin J. Standley, a Ph.D. student and University Distinguished Fellow in the Ecological-Community Psychology program at Michigan State University, who serves on Michigan's State Suicide Prevention Commission and as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Michigan Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The three talk about intersectionality in suicide research, the impact that coronavirus has had upon mental health, ways to impact public policy surrounding suicide prevention, and so much more. Learn more about Corbin and his work at his website, http://www.corbinjstandley.com/. Content Warning: Suicide and Death Additional resources for listeners... Australia: Roses in the Ocean Black Dog Institute Europe: International Association for Suicide Prevention USA: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention National Suicide Prevention Lifeline The views and opinions expressed in this episode are those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of any other agency, organization, employer or company. Assumptions made in the analysis are not reflective of the position of any entity other than the speaker(s). Because we are critically-thinking human beings, these views are subject to change, revision, and rethinking at any time.
42 minutes | 9 months ago
Episode 115 - Punk Rock Pariah Presents Break Down the Walls No.1 - Jessica Foard
On Episode 115 of Punk Rock Pariah, we introduce a new series we are making called "Break Down the Walls." "Break Down the Walls" is a five episode podcast mini-series about suicide prevention, focused on how we can best support loved ones and friends in need. On Episode #1 we speak with Jessica Foard, Volunteer and former Co-chair of Advocacy for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Utah Chapter about her heartfelt personal experiences and perspectives. Content Warning: Suicide and Death Additional resources for listeners... Australia: Roses in the Ocean Black Dog Institute Europe: International Association for Suicide Prevention USA: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention National Suicide Prevention Lifeline The views and opinions expressed in this episode are those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of any other agency, organization, employer or company. Assumptions made in the analysis are not reflective of the position of any entity other than the speaker(s). Because we are critically-thinking human beings, these views are subject to change, revision, and rethinking at any time.
40 minutes | 10 months ago
Episode 114 - Johnny Crowder of Cope Notes
On Episode 114 of Punk Rock Pariah, Greg and Grendel sit down with Johnny Crowder, founder of Cope Notes and the band Prison. The three talk about Johnny's music history, starting Cope Notes (a company that provides daily text messages that combine peer support and positive psychology to help improve mental and emotional health), life during Coronavirus, and so much more. Tune in now! TW: Suicide and mental health
57 minutes | 10 months ago
Episode 113 - Taking Care of Ourselves & Others in the Time of Coronavirus
On Episode 113 of Punk Rock Pariah, Grendel & Greg talk about their perspectives on the Coronavirus; mental and physical health during isolation; how to best take care of ourselves and others during a time of great uncertainty; and looking forward, what happens "after."
35 minutes | 10 months ago
Episode 112 - Live from the Epicenter of the American Coronavirus Outbreak
On Episode 112 of Punk Rock Pariah, Greg and Grendel talk about the beginnings of a pandemic; life on the ground in Seattle, Washington; and building community, rather than responding with fear, in the face of Coronavirus. Resources for local workers and small businesses: https://www.riseupbelltown.com/post/covid-19-critical-updates-resources-for-local-workers-and-small-businesses Resources for those unemployed by Coronavirus: https://www.uwkc.org/news/unemployed-due-to-coronavirus-pandemic-heres-where-to-get-help/ Resources for artists and communities: https://www.nwfolklife.org/covid19resourcelist/
62 minutes | a year ago
Episode 111 - Elizabeth Warren Visits Seattle
On Episode 111 of Punk Rock Pariah, Grendel plays the Elizabeth Warren rally and Q&A at the Seattle Center on March 22nd. He then discusses the content of the rally, contrasts and compares it to the Bernie Sanders rally at the Tacoma Dome earlier in the week, and breaks down his thoughts on the state of the Democratic primaries.
60 minutes | a year ago
Episode 110 - Our Journey to find Bernie (Sanders)
On Episode 110 of Punk Rock Pariah, Greg and Grendel talk about their trip to Tacoma, WA with 20,000 other people to watch Bernie Sanders speak. They compare their impressions of the event, talk about other Democratic candidates, play Bernie's entire speech, and Greg endorses Bernie Sanders in the 2020 Democratic Primaries. Tune in now!
58 minutes | a year ago
Episode 109 - MLK, Planned Obsolescence, and War with Iran
On Episode 109 of Punk Rock Pariah, Greg and Grendel talk ridiculous laws, Trump Impeachment, War with Iran, new movies, the passing of Neil Peart, and so much more. Listen now!
89 minutes | a year ago
Episode 108 - Grendel & Greg Interview Steel Fighters
On Episode 108 of Punk Rock Pariah, Grendel and Greg sit down with Rich, Colin, and Craig, three steel fighters involved with Medieval combat and fighting. They have a ton of fun talking the sport, the competitions in which they compete, the nerdy pop culture that entertains them, and their upcoming event "Metal Meets Metal" in Seattle on Sunday, January 26th. For more information on Metal Meets Metal, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/701342023606903/ For tickets, visit: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4107815
57 minutes | a year ago
Episode 107 - Irish Accents, 2020 Democrats, & Voting Against Your Own Self-Interest
On episode 107 of Punk Rock Pariah, Grendel and guest co-host Paul West (who has been living abroad for a year) talk European thoughts on America, Mass Transit, Urban Living, American Gun Violence & Kids, Elizabeth Warren, the 2020 Democrats, and so much more!
59 minutes | a year ago
Episode 106 - I Saw U, Wellness, & Faking Your Own Death
On episode 106 of Punk Rock Pariah, Grendel and Greg talk dating apps, intimacy and relationships, the greed and pettiness of Morrissey, Metallica's late career being absolutely awful, I Saw U's, and so much more! They are also joined by special guest host, Sarah. Regular segments include "Greg Dates."
59 minutes | a year ago
Episode 105 - Booing Donald Trump, Halloween, & Conservative Scam Artists
On Episode 105 of Punk Rock Pariah, Grendel and Greg talk best horror films, Halloween candy, Greg touring Australia, Donald Trump getting booed, and so much more. They are also joined by special guest host, Sarah.
44 minutes | a year ago
Episode 104 - Geronimo Ruiz
On episode 104 of Punk Rock Pariah, Greg and Grendel return to the topic of Chile and interview Geronimo Ruiz about what's happening on the ground in the country. They hit on the history of Chile, what sparked the current unrest, protesters being gravely injured and disappeared, and so much. This is an important listen for every American to get a better understanding of the develpoments in Chile. Along with this episode, Geronimo wrote an essay for our listeners to better explain the ongoings there. We present it to you in it's entirety here: Beforehand, I think is important to generate a political context of Chile in order to understand a little what is happening here. Chile is a South American country, the longest in the world, and with very varied climates, its capital is Santiago de Chile, it is in a valley in the central area of the country, basically it is the city where 80 percent of the population lives. Is country with an economy based on raw materials, mining, agriculture, services but industry destroyed over the past 30 years. A country where immigrants from different sides are conjugated, mostly descendants of Spanish and native people, with some important migratory waves, English, German, Italian and Croatian and new ones coming from the same American countries as Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, Haiti and Venezuela, who escaping from the their contingencies or looking for better life opportunities. Believing this is a kind of social-economic paradise but founding many problems and dichotomies of a neoliberal system where the basic needs of people are not met. Historically, had a dictatorship imposed in 1973 with the help of the administration of the United States shift and ended in 1990 through vote. This regime consisted of the overthrow of a legitimately elected socialist government imposing the foundations of what we know today as a neoliberal model. I have the impression of Chile; it was and potentially until today a field of experimentation and social laboratory for neoliberalism. So, from 1990 to date, we have had several governments with different political prisms that have only perpetuated the social differences between a political-economic class and the base and middle classes. While it is true throughout these years there have been concrete experiences of social improvements that can meet the basic demands of the people. Simultaneously and in parallel, the perpetuation of the benefit of a few over many is present, where we have millionaires to the German standard and poor to the Mongolian standard. Where the middle class lives to solve their problems through the capacity of indebtedness for life We have the worst statistics related to mental health, the highest rates of suicide in adults older people in the world, because they cannot pay their cost of living with the current pension system In summary, we have a constitution established in dictatorship in 1980 and the perpetuation of benefits to a privileged class supported by a benefactor state that does not make relevant investment in socially relevant sources of concern. Currently, as a result of a popular uprising that began with the demonstrations of secondary students who massively began to evade the payment of the subway ticket, It began a spark of a general social uprising, full of demonstrations that has spread by almost four weeks and that has a percentage of the population manifesting in the streets for different demands, but with a common denominator a system that for 30 years has failed to meet or meet the basic demands of the people: Quality Health, Decent Wages, corruption cases of the political class have real sanctions, the usurpation of natural resources, among others. --- For more amazing photos from Chile like the one above, visit GaryGo on Instagram at @garygophoto or click this link here
44 minutes | a year ago
Episode 103 - Phillipe Arama of Remission on Chile
On episode 103 of Punk Rock Pariah, Grendel and Greg interview Phillipe Arama of the band Remission about the major unrest in Chile and the push to stop an authoritarian regime. From marching in the streets to people being disappeared, the three talk about everything that is currently going on there. To hear more from Phillipe's band Remission, go to: https://remissionhc.bandcamp.com/ For more amazing photos from Chile like the one above, visit GaryGo on Instagram at @garygophoto or click this link here
67 minutes | a year ago
Episode 102 - Halloween Season, the Emoluments Clause, & Why Words Matter
On the 102nd Episode of Punk Rock Pariah, Greg & Grendel discuss Halloween season, the difficulties that people with disabilities face, the flailing Democrats, and so much more!
60 minutes | a year ago
Episode 101 - Anti-semitism, Homelessness, & American Breakfast Exceptionalism
On Episode 101 of Punk Rock Pariah, Grendel and Greg talk about Anti-semitism and Israel, American exceptionalism when it comes to breakfast and toilet paper, what one local company is doing for the homeless, and so much more. Listen now and subscribe!
59 minutes | a year ago
Episode 100 - It's Our 100th Episode!!
On the 100th episode of Punk Rock Pariah, Greg and Grendel talk about Trump knowing nothing about hurricanes, the Democratic party's misguided priorities, unions, veganism, and so much more. There are also updates on #AUnitedFront and the Impossible Burger at Burger King. To listen to our previous episodes, subscribe on your favorite podcasting app or visit punkrockpariah.com.
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