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Jan 8 2019 17:11
What podcasts do you listen to?

On my spotify, I have the following listed under 'podcasts': Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill, Chapo Trap House, Jacobin Magazine's The Dig, and Working Class History. I'm really only a fan of the last one.

I think spotify has a very limited amount of leftist podcasts. Maybe I should use itunes or soundcloud?

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Jan 8 2019 18:56

Could try various offerings from Channel Zero or the A-Radio Network? At the Cafe and Living the Dream both have strong libcom links. Could also have a look through The Final Straw's links section and IGD's podcast tab. I can try and come up with a fuller list of ones I sometimes listen to, but that should give you a fair amount to look through.

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Jan 8 2019 22:42

Living The Dream and Working Class History are both great.

David Harvey’s new anti-capitalist podcast is cool:
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/david-harveys-anti-capitalist-chroni...

At The Cafe is off to a promising start.

Novaramedia’s Lockdown podcast on prison abolition and related issues is really good.
https://novaramedia.com/2018/11/30/policing-by-consent/

Politics Theory Other is not quite libcom enough but is well done and interesting:
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/politics-theory-other/id1370561641?m...

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I listen to a massive amount of podcasts, mostly because it helps my work day go by.

Leftist: Chapo Trap House, Street Fight Radio, The Dig, What A Hell of a Way To Die, Working Class History, The Nostalgia Trap

History: Behind the Bastards, Standoff, Revolutions, Crimetown, Slow Burn, Ridiculous History, LBJ's War, Stuff You Missed in History Class, BBC's Witness, In Our Time

Sports: The Ringer NBA Show, Locked On Bulls, The Bill Simmons Podcast, Baseball History Podcast, The Ringer MLB Show, 30 For 30

Investigative/Murder/Mystery: Up and Vanished, Dr. Death, The Dream, A Murder on Orchard Street, Heaven's Gate, Cover-up, Red Handed, Suspect Convictions, Someone Knows Something, In the Dark, Death In Ice Valley

News/Current Events: Caliphate, Harpers, Economic Update, The Archaeology Channel Audio News, Intercepted, BBC Global News Podcast, Fresh Air, NYT's The Daily, FiveThirtyEight Politics

Movies: Friendly Fire

Science/Astronomy: Astounding Universe, Big Picture Science, BBC's Discovery

Misc: Stuff You Should Know, Curious City

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Jan 9 2019 17:15
Fozzie wrote:
At The Cafe is off to a promising start.

Talking of At the Cafe (pronounced "caff") you also have the pleasure of listening to my dulcet Mancunian tones grin

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Jan 9 2019 21:24

I really like to use "Castbox" on my phone which is a pretty good app that allows you to search for podcasts, add them to a list of your favourite podcasts and then download them manually or automatically on to your phone. I've been able to find even really small podcasts on it.

You don't have to sign up for or anything (although I think you can make an account and sync it with your computer). Make sure that it doesn't use mobile data though.

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Jan 13 2019 15:45

I found another podcast called Fully Automated. I listened to one episode where they were discussing the Situationists.

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Jan 20 2019 11:00

Quick round-up of workplace/syndicalist-type podcasts: Wobcast is a new one from Canadian wobs around the Organizing Work blog, the UK wobblies who do New Syndicalist have one called Talking Shop, as recently reviewed in Freedom, under the "not libcom but still interesting" category there's Labour Days, which as the name suggests is a bit more left Labour/trot-leaning but still worth a listen for indepth discussion of workplace struggles past and present.

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Jan 20 2019 15:53

The bbc r4 friday night comedy and this one:
https://revolutionaryleftradio.libsyn.com/jean-paul-sartre-albert-camus-...

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Jan 20 2019 18:29

Just listening to the BBC's The Hurrican Tapes about the fitting-up of the boxer Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter in 1967 for the triple murders in New Jersey.

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Just listening to the BBC's The Hurrican Tapes about the fitting-up of the boxer Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter in 1967 for the triple murders in New Jersey.

I guess I may as well...

https://youtu.be/_JG2-Z_QMO0

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Jan 25 2019 15:30

I like https://kpfa.org/program/letters-and-politics/ it's talk between authors and the host about their book, it's not socialist although they are sometimes on the show but more historical

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Feb 2 2019 23:03

I tried looking for Wobcast on my podcast app but the two options were for The Minnesota Vikings, so I'm guessing that's not the one :)Did find the New Syndicalist one though.

Audible Anarchist now has a podcast platform https://audibleanarchism.podbean.com/

I listen to a lot of podcasts some not mentioned are Working History by the Southern Labor Studies Association, its largely interviews with academics about books and studies so its a bit dry, but it does cover slavery, reconstruction, early attempts at racially inclusive unions and associations. One of my favourites was an episode about the widespread mutiny and resistance to conscription into the Confederate army.
https://southernlaborstudies.wildapricot.org/page-18076

Resonance which uploads audio books and essays, https://resonanceaudiodistro.org/list-of-available-audiozines/

I've also found the Final Straw, Solecast and the Ex-worker which are news and interview podcasts, a bit like Its Going Down's podcast.

Oh and I've been surprised with the BBC's History podcasts like In Our Time, Witness and History Hour, they all sometimes cover topics like revolts and socialist personalities, including some overlooked areas. Though sometimes it disappoints pretty badly, like their 1968 Witness special which was from the perspective of a riot policeman at the time.

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Feb 3 2019 14:08

Dunno how I managed to fuck that wobcast link up, but it should have gone here. Also on stitcher and itunes, if you use those? Apparently the name shows up as "organizing work" rather than "wobcast", so maybe that's the problem.

I'd definitely plug the Final Straw as being among the best anarchist media projects, they've been putting out quality stuff on a regular weekly basis for years now.

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Feb 3 2019 14:58

Revolutions is a podcast by a historian. Series 1 is a detailed look at the English Civil War.

Of interest although not explicitly revolutionary in its perspective.

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/revolutions/id703889772?mt=2&i=10001...

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Feb 3 2019 17:12

Some more leftist podcasts I've recently discovered on spotify:

The Regrettable Century

Aufhebunga Bunga

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Feb 3 2019 21:34
R Totale wrote:
Dunno how I managed to fuck that wobcast link up, but

Thanks, I found it now, I think part of the problem is there's a lot of podcast apps out there which have their own algorithms and deals with other platforms etc. I used to use an app that could find anything, even podcasts that hadn't been updated since 2004 or so like Ian Bone's Anarchy in the UK, anyone remember that one? But unfortunately it had a habit of locking up and making me restart my phone.

Now I use Pocketcasts, which seems a bit more limited, but runs really well. I was able to find Audible Anarchist shortly after the podcast went up but someone using Breaker (never heard of that one) had to copy the RSS feed directly into his app to get it.

I also second the recommendation for Revolutions podcast, its currently covering the Mexican revolution after a short series on the Paris Commune, I don't always agree with his conclusions but its very thorough.

He also did a podcast called the History of Rome that covered the mythical founding of Rome to the collapse of the Western Roman Empire. It was very interesting but it also covered topics like social history including the Social War and the Servile Wars.

https://thehistoryofrome.typepad.com/

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Feb 10 2019 13:31

I I used to listen to The Gulliotine. But I’m pretty sure that has been ended by the hosts.

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Feb 10 2019 17:20
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I I used to listen to The Gulliotine. But I’m pretty sure that has been ended by the hosts.

I believe one of the hosts turned out to be a pretty terrible person, so the other, Breht, ended it. Breht still does the revolutionary left radio podcast and theres a few other podcasts associated with it.

I started listening to the rev left radio podcast when Working Class History were invited on to talk about the Spanish Civil War and thought it was quite good, but then there was a 3 hour long episode about Stalin (with some Stalinists) who argued that the Ukrainian famine never happened, it was all made up, and Stalin did nothing wrong. Kind of spoiled it a bit for me.

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Feb 10 2019 17:36

Yes, one of the guillotene co-hosts, Mr Bones who I thought was just an internet handle but apparently he's a published author under that name so its at least a proper pseudonym was exposed as a rapist. It resulted in him being ejected from his niche's in American politics including that podcast.

On Revleft radio, I was put off by memories of Revleft forum but apparently its had some good episodes and some terrible ones, I guess it depends on the guests. I'm in a transcriber group with a guy who used to support the podcast but apparently its lately stagnated.

The Discourse Collective, a podcast I'd liked early on in its run had a problem where its main audience and interview base were what's known as "Left Twitter" which ranges from really great to the scum of the earth. So there were episodes I liked followed by some kind of cheerleader spewing conspiracy theories. They also had some group dramas including their most active member being exposed as a massive creep, though he quickly got the boot the release schedule dived.

The group folded shortly after with the two remaining members reading through early anarchist theory like God and the State and Conquest of Bread.

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Feb 18 2019 11:05

New ACG "At the Cafe" podcast - interview with Anarchist Research Group member on Post Work:
HERE

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Mar 1 2019 18:24

First episode of a new and surprisingly great UK podcast on the far right:

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/12-rules-for-what/id1453687129?mt=2

https://soundcloud.com/12rulesforwhat

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Mar 20 2019 21:35

Bit of a dull question, and apologies if this is just me being thick, but if I try to listen to 12 Rules... through my phone's browser, I don't seem to get the little thing that shows how far through you are, and allows you to skip forward and back, which is fairly vital if you don't get through the whole thing in one go and need to go back and find your place. Does anyone else find this, or is everyone else listening to it through a specialised podcast app or what? I swear I can listen to other stuff hosted on soundcloud without having that issue, so it must be something to do with how they've set it up.

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Mar 20 2019 21:50

Yeah RT, I get this on various things too. Pretth certain but it must be how things are uploaded.

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Mar 20 2019 22:57

i use my computer and it was fine, maybe if you try a differant browser it would work?
i usaly use chrome on the phone for podcasts, but firefox probably works too

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Mar 21 2019 14:38

The Anarchist Communist Group has two new At the Cafe podcasts out - one on parliamentary or representative democracy and the other on revolutionary internationalism. You can listen to them HERE

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Mar 21 2019 17:57

Bad Gays podcast is good:
https://badgayspod.podbean.com/

History of gay people who were terrible people. First episode on SA main man Ernst Roehm.

Huw Lemmey is one of the presenters.

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R Totale wrote:
Bit of a dull question, and apologies if this is just me being thick, but if I try to listen to 12 Rules... through my phone's browser, I don't seem to get the little thing that shows how far through you are, and allows you to skip forward and back, which is fairly vital if you don't get through the whole thing in one go and need to go back and find your place. Does anyone else find this, or is everyone else listening to it through a specialised podcast app or what? I swear I can listen to other stuff hosted on soundcloud without having that issue, so it must be something to do with how they've set it up.

Yeah, that sounds like a browser/webplayer they upload to issue. I use pocketcast to listen on my phone and most of the time I listen to a podcast online the interface and playback is different for each podcast.

For example, the Podbean player just has a stop/start button and a timeline https://audibleanarchism.podbean.com/

But the embedded player
http://reddebreksbowl.blogspot.com/2019/03/green-anarchism-by-corin-bruc... also has time skip buttons and a speed rate.

And on my app I can go back ten seconds or skip ahead 30 seconds, change speed, queue up other eps and set a sleep function.

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Mar 28 2019 15:16

Really enjoy The Wobcast

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Apr 22 2019 08:52

Been listening to the first three episodes of from Below, https://frombelowpodcast.com/

Its interesting and so far seems to be covering other topics that most of the other US based podcasts cover.

I've also been very impressed with CrimethInc's audiobook about border violence, No Wall They Can Build https://crimethinc.com/podcast

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Apr 22 2019 13:58

One I've only just discovered is Laborwave: https://www.listennotes.com/podcasts/laborwave-revolution-radio-laborwav... They seem to mostly interview anarchist/syndicalist type people and have a fair bit of coverage of IWW stuff, but then there's one episode where they interview someone from the CPUSA, which seems like a slightly odd choice. Still, if you're looking for libertarian-leaning US class struggle coverage might be worth a listen.