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The Brief Podcast
70 minutes | a month ago
018 Attica prison uprising
We are joined by historian Heather Ann Thompson who talks about her Pulitzer Prize winning book about the uprising and massacre at New York’s Attica Prison in September 1971. And we feature an old interview with a central-figure from the Attica uprising, Splitting the Sky recorded in 2004.
63 minutes | 3 months ago
017 Revenge capitalism & the drug war
We speak with Max Haiven, the author of Revenge Capitalism, about the opioid crisis and its roots in neoliberal empire and Garth Mullins, host of Crackdown podcast, about drug user-led resistance to the drug war.
47 minutes | 7 months ago
016 Pirates (1650 - 1730)
The Golden Age of Piracy and the disruption of early capitalism on the seas. We speak with Marcus Rediker about pirates, the pirate ship and the revolutionary Atlantic.
57 minutes | 8 months ago
015 NBA wildcat strike
We speak with DAVE ZIRIN about the wildcat strikes in pro sports; and with MAC SMIFF about 100 days on the streets in Portland. On The Bookend, it's VICKY OSTERWEIL on her new book, In Defense of Looting: A Riotous History of Uncivil Action
58 minutes | 10 months ago
014 Riots and abolition
Demonstrations continue across the United States against police violence and increasingly against the institution itself. We speak with Vicky Osterweil and Zoé Samudzi about riots, looting and abolishing the police.
48 minutes | 10 months ago
013 Israeli annexation
Israel moves with White House-backing to declare sovereignty over their illegal West Bank settlements and annex the Jordan Valley border. We speak with Ali Abunimah about deepening Israeli apartheid in Palestine.
55 minutes | a year ago
012 Uprising in America
The United States is rocked by protests against police violence as hundreds of thousands march from coast to coast. We are joined from New York by Margaret Kimberley and from Boston by Benjamin Dixon.
71 minutes | a year ago
011 Bolsonaro's Brazil
Brazil’s new far-right government plunges the country into fascism. We speak with Brazilian scholar and activist, Diana Aguiar, about the downfall of the Worker’s Party and the rise of Jair Bolsonaro.
66 minutes | a year ago
010 Canada's Saudi arms deal
Saudi’s $14B weapons contract puts Canadian armoured vehicles on the frontlines of the war in Yemen. We are joined by Anthony Fenton to discuss the machinations of Canada’s junior-partner imperialism.
54 minutes | a year ago
009 India crackdown
India jails students, writers, and rights activists as the media works in effective coordination with the government inflaming sectarian divides, suppressing dissent and lionizing Modi. We speak to Shalini Gera and Freny Manecksha about India’s Hindutva crackdown.
63 minutes | a year ago
008 Kashmir siege
Kashmir’s autonomous status is revoked by India’s far-right government and the military occupation is tightened with a total communications blackout. We speak with Ather Zia and Mohamad Junaid about the resistance in Jammu and Kashmir.
55 minutes | a year ago
007 Delhi pogrom
India’s sectarian citizenship law set off months of protests that were met by government-incited mobs sacking markets, neighbourhoods and mosques as police looked on. We are joined by Kavita Krishnan to discuss the Delhi pogrom and right-wing nationalism in India.
34 minutes | a year ago
006 Bernie 2020
Bernie Sanders' presidential bid has run into a wall, as the COVID-19 pandemic puts the Democratic Party primary campaign into suspended animation. We are joined by George Ciccariello-Maher to discuss grassroots mobilization and electoral politics.
51 minutes | a year ago
004 Taliban pact
The Taliban and the White House have signed an agreement that would ultimately see US troops withdraw from Afghanistan. After two decades of war, tens of thousands killed, and trillions spent - the US stands to leave a ruined Afghanistan in defeat.
65 minutes | a year ago
003 Blockade standoff
Police move in on the Mohawks at Tyendinaga, setting off a further wave of blockades, disruptions and direct action from coast to coast. Anna Zalik joins us to discuss the oil and gas industry, and Gord Hill talks indigenous resistance.
27 minutes | a year ago
002 Blockades expand
After the RCMP raided and dismantled the Wet'suwet'en roadblocks, rail, port and transportation blockades have spread across Canada in solidarity. And they are growing.
58 minutes | a year ago
001 Pipeline blockade
The Wet’suwet’en evict Coastal GasLink, who are trying to build a gas pipeline through their territory. We discuss the context of their struggle against the Canadian state and corporations, and talk with Jeffrey Monaghan about the policing of Indigenous movements. Thanks to Michael Toledano for the audio of Freda Huson delivering the Wet'suwet'en eviction notice and Praxis Media for the excerpt of Dr. Roland Chrisjohn from Hoping against Hope.
1 minutes | a year ago
The Brief: Tracking the Empire trailer
Coming Soon! The Brief: Tracking the Empire is a new podcast co-produced by Nora Barrows-Friedman, Jon Elmer, Justin Podur, and Pierre Loiselle. Hear about the empire and its adversaries through a strictly anti-imperialist lens. From prison breaks to land defenders, climate chaos to the wars, we’ll take you in and out of the battlefields and ecological wastelands of the planet. Follow us on Twitter @TheBriefpod
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