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53 minutes | Sep 19, 2021
Uniting Service Industry Workers w/ Adam Schurman
Joel is joined by Adam Schurman of the Grand Rapids Service Industry Workers Coalition. They discuss GRSIWC’s efforts to unite service industry workers in Grand Rapids, Michigan. GRSIWC and On Guard Magazine are hosting an two events at Riverside Park on 9/26 & 9/27. For more details, follow @grsiwc on Instagram.
57 minutes | Sep 7, 2021
Dismantling DTE w/Greg Woodring
Joel chats with Greg Woodring of Ann Arbor for Public Power. A2P2 is an organization working to bring municipal power to Ann Arbor. You can learn more about them and how to get involved by going to their website: annarborpublicpower.com A2P2 is holding a fundraiser on Thursday, September 9 at Burns Park in Ann Arbor from 5pm - 9pm. For more details, check out their Facebook event. If you're interested in getting involved or have questions about starting a similar campaign in your town, please email them at email@example.com .
64 minutes | Jan 25, 2021
Drinkin' Dirty River Water in Michississippi
Jeremiah & Joel delve into the murky waters of the Flint Crisis and Snyder's recent criminal charges, the Boogaloo Boys, and the how Michigan is a looking glass for the Biden administration. Ex-Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder And 8 Others Criminally Charged In Flint Water Crisis, NPR Michigan's solicitor general says the state may file more indictments against former Gov. Rick Snyder in the Flint water case, Business Insider Ex-Gov. Rick Snyder pleads not guilty as nine face charges in Flint water crisis, Detroit Free Press Detroit: Artists Fight Felonies for Painting “Free the Water” on Tower, Democracy Now! Detroit Rocked by Teachers’ “Sickout” Protesting Dire Conditions Under Emergency Management, Democracy Now! Flash Floods https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jiEWgU1VYLk https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2018/06/18/upper-peninsula-flooding/709406002/ https://www.michigan.gov/formergovernors/0,4584,7-212-96477_90815_57657-471038--m_2012_1,00.html https://www.michigan.gov/formergovernors/0,4584,7-212-96477_90815_57657-473847--,00.html Snyder considers use of National Guard for road projects amid labor dispute, Crain’s Detroit Business Water expert: McLaren Flint’s Legionnaires’ disease problem made worse by Flint water crisis, ABC12 How Mike Pence Made Indiana’s HIV Outbreak Worse, Politico Issue 5, Build Spike Flint’s water with a Libertarian Message, Michigan Libertarian Party
65 minutes | Jan 4, 2021
Growing Revolutionary Roots w/ Kevin Zak
Jeremiah & Joel spoke with Kevin Zak of Turnip Greens Radio about agricultural under capitalism vs socialism, farming in the South, and more! You can follow Turnip Green Radio on Twitter @TurnipGreensRadio and support them by becoming a Patreon supporter at patreon.com/turnipgreensradio. Check out their farm on Instagram @opensourcefarm. As always, you can follow us on Twitter @MichRobin and support us at patreon.com/michiganrobin.
93 minutes | Dec 31, 2020
A People's History: Trippin' in Copper Country
This episode is part one of our new series, A People's History of Michigan. We'll be discussing strikes, rebellions, and Indigenous stories through these episodes. This episode is about the Italian Hall Disaster and the strike between the Western Federation of Mine Workers and the Calumet & Hecla Mining Company in Calumet, Michigan. The disaster happened on Christmas Eve 1913, left 73 people dead, 60 of whom were children, was popularized by Woody Guthrie in the song 1913 Massacre. If you like what we do, consider tossing us your pocket change at patreon.com/michiganrobin.
71 minutes | Dec 20, 2020
The Rusted Sickle w/Phil Christman
On this episode we were joined by Phil Christman, author of Midwest Futures. Our conversation delved into the book and general concept of the fabled midwest. From colonization to climate change and everything, we roamed the rusty, but not forgotten, political landscape in search of answers. You can buy Phil's book, Midwest Futures, from Belt Publishing or wherever fine books are sold. Phil also helps with the Prison Creative Arts Projects. If you're interested in helping edit the work of prisoners, reach out to him. You can find Phil on Twitter @phil_christman and at his website, philipchristman.com. If you like what we do, consider tossing us your pocket change at https://www.patreon.com/michiganrobin.
108 minutes | Dec 14, 2020
86 Capitalism w/On Guard Magazine
Welcome to another episode of The Robin! We’re joined by our friends Sam & Juice of On Guard, a new magazine based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. On Guard focuses on workers’ rights, mutual aid stories, and personal experiences in the kitchens and coffee shops of Grand Rapids. You can find them on Instagram at onguardmag. To share your story, reach them at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for listening, we hope you enjoy!
64 minutes | Dec 6, 2020
Dark Secrets at the Bottom of Millennium Park
Recorded on October 6, 2020 - Jeremiah and Joel talk about the impacts Covid is having in Michigan, anxiety over political violence and the dark secrets at the bottom of Millennium Park.
98 minutes | Nov 29, 2020
Sobering Thoughts in Beer City, USA
Jeremiah and Joel discuss mutual aid, the Furniture Strike of 1911 and how it lost steam, and the Motorcycle Diaries. They also talk about Covid and Thanksgiving and end with Jeremiah playing some unmastered and unnamed tunes.
100 minutes | Nov 22, 2020
Jeremiah and Joel return after many long and strange months off the air. This episode was originally recorded on March 11, 2020. In it, the two discuss the implications of Bernie's loss in Michigan, Abdul El-Sayed's failed bid for the Democratic nomination for the 2018 gubernatorial race, and where to go from here (well, there).
80 minutes | Apr 25, 2019
Necessary Beauty w/ Samantha Geovjian Clarke, Part 2
*This is part 2 of a conversation between Samantha and Joel. You can find links to part 1 here: patreon.com/DirtyPinkoCommie* Climate change got you freaked out? Joel and Samantha (@ComicWisdom) of Dirty Pink Commie (@dirtypinko) delve into how we can spiritually think about and handle it. From reconnecting with our bodies to paying attention to the natural world more carefully, we talked about mud, witchy shit, and apocalyptic feelings. In addition to hosting Dirty Pinko Commie, Samantha is an incredible poet. You can read it in Tears Shed With Purpose. Jeremiah and Joel have been a bit busy. Joel wrote an article for Build about The Robin. You can read in in Issue 5! Samantha was the editor for the article.
93 minutes | Apr 25, 2019
Necessary Beauty w/ Samantha Geovjian Clarke, Part 1
*This is part 1 of a 2 part conversation between Samantha and Joel.* Climate change got you freaked out? Joel and Samantha (@ComicWisdom) of Dirty Pink Commie (@dirtypinko) delve into how we can spiritually think about and handle it. From reconnecting with our bodies to paying attention to the natural world more carefully, we talked about mud, witchy shit, and apocalyptic feelings. In addition to hosting Dirty Pinko Commie, Samantha is an incredible poet. You can read it in Tears Shed With Purpose. Jeremiah and Joel have been a bit busy. Joel wrote an article for Build about The Robin. You can read in in Issue 5! Samantha was the editor for the article.
63 minutes | Mar 7, 2019
First Reformed: Part 2, Strafing the Oil Companies
Joel and Jeremiah discuss First Reformed, the problems in it, and what ecosocialist organizing can look like. They discuss the Green New Deal and the need to organize tenant and worker unions to ensure its successful implementation.
62 minutes | Mar 4, 2019
First Reformed: Part 1, Cabin Fever
Jeremiah and Joel delved into Paul Schrader's film, First Reformed, but not before they talk about ecosocialism! Joel has begun to haunt Jeremiah's dreams. Editor's note: Edward R Murrow made the CBS documentary, "Harvest of Shame." We apologize for our narrator's fuzzy recollections. There's a part two where we'll review the film. We had to re-record it though as the first take was faaaaarrrr toooo depressing. There will be spoilers.
60 minutes | Feb 24, 2019
Anger & Courage: Valve Turning w/Michele Naar-Obed
Joel interviewed Michele Naar-Obed of Four Necessity about their recent action in Minnesota. Four Necessity turned off Enbridge's Lines 3 & 4 on February 4. They discuss the history of valve turning and other obstructionist actions, the Catholic Workers' movement, and the reason they undertook this action. You can donate to their legal fund below! Four Necessity Donate: 4necessitymn.wixsite.com/valveturners/donate Twitter: @4necessity Instagram: @4necessity Line 9: thelinknewspaper.ca/article/vanessa-grays-calls-for-allies-against-pipelines Line 6B & MICATS: michigancats.org Climate Direct Action: democracynow.org/2016/10/12/climate_direct_action_activists_halt_flow
61 minutes | Feb 6, 2019
The Trouble Is... w/Sam & Soren
Jeremiah and Joel plunge into climate change and the many fucked up things about it with Sam Zacher and Soren Dudley of The Trouble. The Trouble is an online magazine devoted to covering tactics and policy around climate change. If you're involved in climate change activism, feel free to submit at the-trouble.com/write! As always, if you enjoy what we do, consider becoming a supporter at patreon.com/michiganrobin.
58 minutes | Feb 5, 2019
Baby Beer Cherubs
Part 2 of our Let's Get This Bread episode wherein Jeremiah & Joel violate copyright law to bring you the definitive guide to the 2020 election. Check out the Eyes Left episode about Tulsi Gabbard! If you like what we do, consider becoming a Patreon supporter at patreon.com/michiganrobin! We'll be back tomorrow with a new interview with the folks over at The Trouble!
46 minutes | Jan 26, 2019
Let's Get This Bread
Joel and Jeremiah made it back from a trip to Chicago and it left them with a lot of thoughts. They talk about settler-colonialism, DSA, and post-industrial possibilities.
59 minutes | Jan 16, 2019
Arsenal of Democratic Socialism w/Jessica Newman
Joel & Jeremiah spoke with Jessica Newman of Detroit DSA about the Green New Deal, disrupting the auto prom, and more! If you're thinking about attending their event this Friday, take a minute to hear about the history of Poletown, the layoffs, and demands of Detroit DSA and their partners. If you can't attend, be sure to read and sign their statement! Check out Detroit Green New Deal for more info! If you're interested in attending, you can meet up at the Transcending Monument at 5pm, Hart Plaza, there will be a march to Cobo Hall and demonstration. Be sure to bundle up! If you can't make it before 5:30p, you can meet everyone at Cobo Hall. Be sure to follow Detroit DSA on Twitter and Facebook for updates or to ask any other questions!
60 minutes | Jan 3, 2019
Ecosocialism or Bust w/ Ashik Siddique
On this episode, Joel speaks with Ashik Siddique, a member of the DSA Ecosocialist Working Group and the Metro DC chapter. They discuss ecosocialism, degrowth, internationalism, and whether an environmentally oriented social democracy would be prudent given the timelines of climate change. If you'd like to learn more about the DSA's Ecosocialist group, check them out here and on Twitter! If you enjoy our show, consider becoming a supporter at patreon.com/michiganrobin.
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