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May 31, 2020
Vicky Osterweil on the False Prophets of US Left Media: How Riots expose the Distance between Jacobins and 'Jacobin'May 31, 2020
Prior to the brutal Police murder of George Floyd, I spoke w. writer Vicky Osterweil ( Read her essay: In Defense of Looting ) to discuss why the US Left Media (at least those with money or fame) are so bad at centering the voices of those in struggle both overseas (in places like Hong Kong, India, West Papua or Xinjiang) and domestically (the complete erasure of the Black Lives Matter Movement). Vicky discusses...
May 25, 2020
Writer Yi-Ling Liu on Blued: How the World's Largest LGBTQ App was built in China & the Limits of Tolerance in the PRCMay 25, 2020
I was fortunate to speak with writer Yi-Ling Liu on her outstanding piece in New York Times Magazine on Blued: How a Dating App Helped a Generation of Chinese Come Out of the Closet Our conversation touches on several issues - The truly remarkable story of Blued's Founder Geng Le - The wax and wane with which LBGTQ rights and acceptance have occurred in China under the...
May 17, 2020
Writer & Researcher Mita: On Anarchism, Mutual Aid & What the Western Left could Learn from Indonesia (Conclusion)May 17, 2020
We were thrilled to speak with Writer and Researcher Aria Danaparamita or Mita (Twitter: @mitatweets) , for a two part conversation on Indonesia, Covid-19 and Political Economy. In part 2 of our conversation, we discuss the ways Anarchists, Socialists and ordinary people are coming together to help one another, after being abandoned by capitalists and the state. Mutual Aid, Direct Action and other progressive tactics are...
May 11, 2020
Writer and Researcher Mita: On Indonesia , Covid-19 & The Hidden Violence of the Status Quo (part 1)May 11, 2020
We were thrilled to speak with Writer and Researcher Aria Danaparamita or Mita (Twitter: @mitatweets) , for a two part conversation on Indonesia, Covid-19 and Political Economy.In part one of our conversation we look at Indonesia through the increasingly irrelevant lens of liberalism. Covering Indonesian Leader Jokowi, The current politics of Indonesia, how Covid-19 has caused crisis or has simply revealed the hidden violence of Capital and the State....
May 06, 2020
Minicast w. Washington Post's Regine Cabato on Press Freedom in the PhilippinesMay 06, 2020
This is a "Mini-cast" w. the Washington Post's Regine Cabato on Press Freedom in the Philippines and her thoughts on what its like to do journalism in the country. We discuss the state's targeting of Maria Ressa, Troll Farms and how it feels to be a journalist in the Philippines. For more of Regine's work please check out her Twitter at @RegineCabato or her page at the Washington Post: ...
May 04, 2020
Regine Cabato of the Washington Post on The Philippines, Covid-19 and Global CapitalismMay 04, 2020
To understand how Covid-19 is impacting the Philippines, we were joined by Regine Cabato of the Washington Post. Our conversation centers on the domestic impact Covid-19 has had on the Philippines and the at times brutal response of Leader Rodrigo Duterte. We also discuss how the Philippines, which is deeply integrated into global immigration and migrant labor, is a reflection on Capitalism. Is a 'return to normal' a solution? Or was 'normal' the problem to...
May 01, 2020
Haeryun Kang on the Nth Room Scandal, Digital Harassment and Sexual Violence in South Korea (Content Warning)May 01, 2020
CONTENT WARNING - The content within this episode is graphic, refers to assault and may be triggering to some listeners. Listener discretion is advisedWe spoke w. Journalist Haeryun Kang on the Telegram 'Nth Room' Scandal and a contemporary history of the misogyny, digital violence and real-life harassment that South Korean Women have endured.For as brilliant as South Korea has been in handling Covid-19, it deserves scrutiny and criticism for the violence and harassment of women that the government has...
Apr 27, 2020
Why aren't we Talking About Vietnam's Success w. Covid-19? Guests: Mike Tatarski of Saigoneer & Academic Mai TruongApril 27, 2020
To better understand Vietnam's stunning success in managing Covid-19, I spoke to Vietnam-based Journalist Mike Tatarski, and Academic Mai Truong of the University of Arizona.Mike's interview is the first half. We discuss the timeline of Covid-19 in Vietnam, the measures the government put into place and his impressions as an American abroad of Vietnam's competency, compared to the disastrous response of the United States.Mai's interview is the second half. We discuss Vietnam's...
Apr 24, 2020
The End of Shinzo Abe? - Michael Penn of Shingetsu News on The Political Fallout of Covid-19 in Japan.April 24, 2020
This is a conversation w. Michael Penn: President of Shingetsu News Agency. We discuss Covid-19's impact on daily life, the economy and labor in Japan. We also analyze the political fallout for Shinzo Abe, who has dominated politics in the country seemingly forever. Could Covid-19 be his downfall? It's a fascinating conversation. For more with Michael and Shingetsu News (which does wonderful progressive reporting in Japan) you can head to their website: ...
Apr 20, 2020
The Thai Enquirer's Jasmine Chia: The Failures of Capitalism & The State in Thailand under Covid-19April 20, 2020
I was thrilled to speak w. Jasmine Chia of the Thai Enquirer on Thailand's Government, its Capitalist class and why both these dominating actors have offered such weak and inept responses to Covid-19. In our conversation we discuss Thai Healthcare, the political economy that motivates both Thai Government and Thai Capital, the growing hostility behind many Thai Citizens and a increasingly misanthropic government, and the stark divide between rural and urban Thailand being exacerbated by...