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Diet Soap Podcast #63: Radical Unschooling
June 24, 2010 02:18 AM PDT

Author and unschooling advocate Dayna Martin is the guest this week and we discuss her book Radical Unschooling - the revolution has begun, the idea of an intellectual or literary canon, the pros and cons of television, and Captain Von Trapp's whistle. This episode also contains ignorant chickens, vanished messengers, and reminiscences about family life with a Titanic fanatic. Also I thank everyone who has backed my "Pick Your Battle" Kickstarter project. There are 19 days left.

Diet Soap Podcast Supplement: Real Food
June 20, 2010 10:44 AM PDT

Barth Anderson is known as the blogger El Dragón at the Fair Food Fight, he is also a novelist and short story writer. Barth and I discuss farms, chickens, and the real food movement. Also featured in this episode is my collaged version of a blog entry about my children's trip to Disneyland and a song and letter of complaint regarding Breakfast Cereals performed by and written to Hussalonia. And, of course, I urge you to pledge to my Kickstarter campaign. Finally, I forgot to mention but want to dedicate this episode to our now deceased chicken Amber, a chicken who clung to life inside her cardboard box.

Diet Soap Podcast Supplement: Ideology and Consciousness
June 13, 2010 09:48 PM PDT
KMO gets me to admit that the Diet Soap podcast is really just a strange reflection of his podcast the C-Realm. It is, in fact, through its identification with the distorted mirror image that is Diet Soap that the C-Realm forms its subjectivity. Follow? We also discuss his book and Kickstarter campaign Conversations on Collapse, politics, and collapse. Ron Strickland, Number 6, Terrel Seltzer (from the Situationist film Call it Sleep), Neo, Rowdy Roddy Piper, and Mandy Patinkin can be heard on the collages that feature the music of Sondheim, Tears for Fears, and the Bad Plus. If you'd like attend a Pick Your Battle/Psychogeographic wander and potluck in the Woodstock neighborhood send an email to douglain at dietsoap dot org and let me know. I'm planning to wander en masse on July 10th.
Diet Soap Podcast #61: A Post-Traumatic Age?
June 10, 2010 03:11 AM PDT

Artist and activist Daniel Shea is the guest this week and we discuss the Vietnam war, post-traumatic stress, and the need for social change. You'll also hear the themes from the Mickey Mouse Club, MASH, and Foxtrot Tango Alpha. Jane Fonda and Slavoj Zizek can be heard in this podcast. I also read aloud the names of those who have pledged to the writing of my psychogeographic, foraging, (anti)self-help book and Kickstarter campaign, and I show up for the Titanic factoid and describe our overdetermined Titanic dream.

Diet Soap Podcast Supplement: Ideology and Fruit Trees
June 06, 2010 11:34 PM PDT

In this Diet Soap supplemental podcast I talk to Bob Hatton from the Portland Fruit Tree Project and edit together a collage featuring talk of manufactured consent and ideology. I want to encourage people to pledge to my kickstarter campaign for the writing, printing, and distribution of a radical self-help book on how to "Pick a Battle."
Music in this podcast includes Chris Isto White's cover of Moonglow, Tibet2Timbuk2's Lotus Born, and Ani DiFranco and Utah Phillip's cover of the internationale.

Diet Soap Podcast #60: Romanticism is a Noun
June 03, 2010 09:58 AM PDT

Short story writer Brett Cox is the guest this week as we discuss publishing, 'zines, and romanticism. Also this week is music from Steve Reich and theme music from the PBS children's program Reading Rainbow and the BBC's Rainbow. The voices of Philip K. Dick, Robert Crumb, and Isaiah Berlin can be heard. In the end I thank those who have pledge to my Kickstarter campaign in Romper Room fashion, and introduce Miriam with her Titanic Factoid.

Diet Soap Podcast Supplement: Ideology and Nature
May 30, 2010 11:31 AM PDT
Urban Scout is the guest on this Pick Your Battle Supplemental to the Diet Soap podcast. As I move along in the project of writing a radical self-help book that uses urban foraging efforts as a jumping off point for organizing and joining in conversation with the permaculture efforts here in Portland I'll be uploading these supplements to the main Diet Soap podcast to keep you updated on my thinking and progress. Also I want to urge everyone to help out with a pledge to the Kickstarter campaign to fund this project. If you can comfortably pledge a few dollars to this project then I urge you to do so, if not then your moral support is much appreciated.
Diet Soap Podcast #59: Radical Homemakers
May 27, 2010 01:15 AM PDT

The guest this week is the author Shannon Hayes and we discuss her book Radical Homemakers which leads to more conversation about the need to make real world connections as we seek community as a solution to the multi-dimensional crisis we find ourselves enmeshed in. Also featured are sound collages set to television theme songs from the 70s. You'll hear the theme to Wonder Woman, Rhoda, and Laverne and Shirley along with a Titanic Factoid from the boiler room. Donations to the Pick Your Battle Kickstarter campaign are still welcome and encouraged, and I want to say hello to the Vanished Messenger and to the people behind the Fifth Estate. In the weeks to come keep your ipods tuned to this station as I will be releasing a few supplemental podcasts on the subject of urban foraging, fruit trees, and the politics of an escape pod.

Diet Soap Podcast #57: Dream
May 13, 2010 01:51 AM PDT

Stephen Duncombe, the author of the book Dream: Re-imagining Progressive Politics in an Age of Fantasy is the guest this week and we discuss the notion of ethical spectacles, progressive dreams, and the imagination as a political tool. The music of Chris Isto White is featured again this week, including the surreal nonsense song Ceci N'est Pas L'Isto. You'll also hear collaged up versions of Fame and Dream a little Dream. Plus a child's view of the Titanic disaster. The Kickstarter campaign for my surreal, new age, fantastical, fruity, transitional, self-help book Pick Your Battle is coming right along. If you look to your right you'll see it's almost 30% funded. Pledges are most welcome.

Diet Soap Podcast #55: The Economics of Needs and Limits
April 29, 2010 01:44 AM PDT
Frank Rotering is the guest this week and we discuss his Economics of Needs and Limits, the limits of Marxism, and the timidity of the intellectual class especially in regards to the official story of 911. Along with a Zulu, Tuvan, and Utah Phillips/Ani DiFranco version of the Internationale, the music this week includes a collaged up version of Xanadu, Chris "Isto" White's "Hitler Masturbating in a Tub," and Hussalonia's "Song of Interactive Voice Response Answering Service." I also mention my appearance on Jon Armstrong's If You're Just Joining Us Podcast, the De-Growth conference in Vancouver, BC, my story Noam Chomsky and the Time Box, and my Pick Your Battle Kickstarter project. If you'd like a copy of the Chomsky short story you can pledge a dollar or more to the Pick Your Battle Project. And Miriam is on hand to tell us the story of Titanicat.

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