USA

THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 169: The Crisis in Black Politics w/ Briahna Joy Gray

In the history of American politics, there has never been a movement rooted in improving the lives of working class and poor Americans that did not include Black people. What are the consequences of contemporary Black electoral Black politics being rooted in the corporate right wing of the Democratic party with a large number of White progressives to its left? We will ask former Bernie Sanders communication director, Briahna Joy Gray that question and more.


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THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 153: The Left Response to Critical Race Theory w/ Dr. Paul Mocombe

Many liberals and progressives have been circling the wagons defending Critical Race Theory as a part of the new “Culture War.” The desire to defend these ideas stems from the reactionary right wing using Critical Race Theory as the new boogie man that is harming the narrative of American Exceptionalism conservatives so desperately cling to. In this episode we will discuss the assertions of Critical Race Theory and inquire: Do these theories challenge capitalism and wealth hierarchies? Or is this simply a plea for more liberal anti racism that seeks to diversify the ruling class as the overall pie shrinks for the rest of the nation?


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IRAN

THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 152: The Aftermath of the Iranian Revolution w/Eskandar Sadeghi-Boroujerdi and the Saturday Crüe

In 1979, the Iranian Revolution upended the political order of the Middle East, sweeping from power the country’s pro-American monarch, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. The forces that coalesced to ouster the Shah from power were broad, but it was the country’s religious establishment, under the leadership of Ayatollah Khomeini, that were ultimately able to take power and establish an “Islamic Republic”. This week on This Is Revolution we take a deep dive into the Iranian Revolution and its aftermath.


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PERU

THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 151: Peru's Continued Struggle for Democracy w/ Camilo Gomez

Peru’s long struggle for democracy continues with their current presidential election. A nation that has overcome a series of corrupt leaders, military coups and deadly Civil War within the last 30 years, will the election of Pedro Castillo, a former elementary school teacher and socialist, over the daughter of former Peruvian dictator Alberto Fujimori can be Peru’s moment to break free of their western economic shackles?


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USA

THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 150: Sports, Race and Class w/ Adolph Reed, Jr.

Like all forms of entertainment in the United States, sports has a particular way in which racial identity is showcased often to maintain the hierarchies that plague American society. In this episode we will examine racism in sports and ask, "Does the utility of race in American sports serve the needs of the ruling class?"


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THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 149: Examining the Torture Machine w/ Flint Taylor and the Saturday Crüe

Much emphasis has been made in recent history on the unjustified homicide of Black citizens by police malfeasance. Another major source of police abuse has been the use of torture by police to elicit confessions and general cooperation by citizens. In this episode we will talk to former Black Panther Fred Hampton's Lawyer, Flint Taylor about his 50-year battle against police abuse and torture and inquire if police reform is truly possible.


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COLOMBIA

THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 148: Colombia's Battle for Economic Humanity w/ Ajamu Baraka and Charo Mina Rojas

Currently in Colombia protesters are facing brutal reprisals by the U.S. backed regime. Like in many countries in the global south the austerity imposed state policies to protect the ravages of capitalism post 2008 crash are causing citizens from broad sectors of society to form coalitions to challenge government agendas to bleed the poor even further to cover for the abuses of capital that have brought forth the push towards austerity. On this episode, we will investigate Colombia's battle for economic humanity.


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COLOMBIA

THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 147: The Selective Memory of Empire: The Forgotten History of Central America w/ Aviva Chomsky

In Aviva Chomsky’s latest book, “Central America’s Forgotten History: Revolution, Violence and the Roots of Migration” she speaks of collective memory by saying: “All memory is, in a sense, constructed. As individuals or as members of groups, we privilege some memories over others, and we create coherent and meaningful stories and understandings of our past and present out of fragments of memory.


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THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 146: The Rise of Automation and the Future of Work w/ Aaron Benanav, Dr. Asatar Bair and the Saturday Crüe

John Maynard Keynes' vision for a shortened work week and more time for leisure is not just a vision for an aristocratic elite, but what Keynes thought would be a reality for all. It was Keynes utopian vision of what we could achieve under capitalism. Keyes couldn’t have predicted the rise of neoliberal economics in the 70’s and the presidency of Reagan in the U.S. and Thatcher in the UK that went to war on labor rights. The gig economy and “hustle culture” promote longer work hours. The tech world is filled with stories of people feeling forced to put in over 50-60 hours per week. But, with the rise automation and technology are we truly on the precipice of robots taking our jobs? Is capitalism automating us out of work? Or is automation the pathway to a communist utopia?

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THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 145: Who Will Protect Us From the Guardians w/ Director Billie Mintz

As the Boomer Generation hits retirement age, we're looking at a 68 trillion dollar transfer of wealth to the younger generation. THE GUARDIANS is a revealing investigative documentary set in Las Vegas, Nevada that exposes allegations of corruption within the Nevada Guardianship and Family Court systems involving the legal kidnapping of elderly people.

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THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep.144: Janani Ramachandran a Progressive Running For State Assembly

Special Election Stream w/ Janani Ramachandran There is a special election for California State Assembly District 18 because the person that held that seat, Rob Bonta, became the State's Attorney General. We'll be speaking with one of the candidates running in the primary election that going down June 29th, progressive Democrat Janani Ramachandran.


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SYRIA

THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 143: Stefan and the Rojava Revolution w/ The Saturday Crüe

The Syrian civil war has been one of the bloodiest civil wars of the decade leaving hundreds of thousands dead and millions displaced. The war is often portrayed as being between a ruthless secular dictatorship and an opposition that has, over the years, come to be dominated by the most brutal and hardline Islamist groups, most notably ISIS. However, in Syria’s predominantly Kurdish inhabited North East, known locally as “Rojava”, a different political force emerged.


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USA

THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 142: How Municipal Politics Help Shield Law Enforcement From Accountability w/ Max Felker-Kantor

The fight against police violence has become a central part of the political discourse in contemporary America post George Floyd. Remedies from police cameras, challenging police unions, and tampering down the use of the police officers Bill of Rights have been suggested to cut down on the numbers of police killings of unarmed civilians. But there are institutional mechanisms that also have a strong role in providing cover for police when they abuse their power and cause harm to civilians. In this episode we will ask: "How does Municipal Politics help shield police from accountability?" 


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THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 141: The Neoliberalization of Affordable Housing w/ Tracy J. Rosenthal and the Saturday Crüe

Before Nomadland, won for best film there was a sweep of a homeless encampment near the theater. The film details the journeys of a woman who becomes housing insecure due to not just the closing of a factory, but the entire town that houses the workers as well. A despondent irony that the presence of actual homeless people would ruin the glamorous red-carpet catwalk that the film industry’s elite grace on Awards night.

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THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 140: Drug War for Empire w/ C. Derick Varn

With Trump out of office, talk of the Border Wall Construction has stopped for the time being. But does that mean that the United States stance on its Drug Policy and has Mexico changed? How has the war on Leftist movements in Latin America created some of the most violent paramilitary drug cartels in recent history?


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USA

THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 139: Race, Infrastructure, and Capitalism w/ Josiah Rector and Keith Pluymers

From the Flint water crisis to Newark, Jersey water privatization schemes, capitalism is fostering multiple environmental, economic, and health crises affecting the working class and poor around their drinking water. Are these realities rooted in a problem of "systemic racism," or are these factors further examples of how capitalism is cannibalizing the poor and working class while larger segments of Black America are part of that class? We will discuss race, capitalism and infrastructure in this episode.


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PALESTINE

THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 138: Changing Attitudes Towards Palestine: Activism and the Narrative Shift w/ Joseph Farag

The recent flare up in violence in Israel and the occupied territories has one again thrust the Palestinian question into the forefront of the global news cycle. Until recently spokespersons for the Israeli government as well as their supporters in the West have successfully sought to frame the conflict as a struggle against Palestinian terrorism. However, with this latest round of fighting that narrative seems to be breaking down.

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THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 137: Canceling Comedians w/ Ben Burgis

"Cancel Culture," and the culture wars in general, are obstructing the ability to produce a political project that addresses the material needs of poor and working class Americans in the current age of constricting capitalism. Professor Ben Burgis in his new book, "Cancelling Comedians While the World Burns," attempts to chart a way out of this morass by offering a critique of the contemporary left that illustrates the internal obstacles that make expanding its political reach difficult.

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