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Symptomatic Redness: Russia, Russia, Russia
December 06, 2018 10:30 AM PST
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C Derick Varn interviews Sean Guillory from the podcast "Sean's Russia Blog" about US Russiaphobia, the lingering trauma of Donald Trump, and the new xenophobia.

Sean's Russia provides a space for the academics and other thinkers to express their views and contribute to the larger public discussion on the region and gives the public access to a growing body of research that is becoming more and more important as tensions in the region flare. The aim is to "paint a picture of Eurasia in all its complexity."

Zero Squared #179: Fully Automated Revolution?
November 29, 2018 11:56 AM PST
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This week’s podcasts features a conversation with Benjamin Reynolds, whose book The Coming Revolution was published last June by Zero Books. We discuss Fully Automated Luxury Gay Communism, value theory, labor vouchers, and socialism as a political project.

If you’re a fan of this podcast you should consider becoming a patron of the cast through our Patreon page as you’ll gain access to a second podcast every week and, starting in the new year, you’ll get access to a monthly member’s only video tutorial on socialism, philosophy or both. We have several big projects in mind for 2019 including our Realizing Philosophy series, a series of podcasts outlining the history of the socialist left, and the production of longer documentary-style videos. Supporting us on patreon will both make these efforts possible and give you the opportunity to both listen to and watch what we come up with. We currently have just about 500 patrons. Our next goal is to get to six hundred.

I should also point out that Benjamin Reynolds books is the current Zero Books Book Club title, so if you enjoy this podcast you should consider signing up for the book club through patreon.

Zero Squared #178: The American Left Tradition
November 22, 2018 01:50 PM PST
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Harvey J Kaye is currently the Director of the Center for History and Social Change at the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay. He is the author of The Fight for the Four Freedoms, Thomas Paine and the Promise of America, "Why do Ruling Classes Fear History" and Other Questions and many other books, including one that we are currently negotiating to publish through Zero Books. That book is tentatively entitled Take Hold of Our History: Make America Radical Again. Harvey Kaye, thanks for coming on the Zero Books podcast.

This episode features an introduction recorded from the Lain family Thanksgiving Day dining room table.

If you like this week’s podcast you should support us on Patreon. Patreon supporters receive access to a second podcast every week. Our patrons are helping us continue and expand our online production including doing more podcasts like Symptomatic Redness and expand the content on our youtube channel.

Zero Squared #177: The Beauty of Class
November 15, 2018 10:26 AM PST
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Walter Benn Michaels is a well known literary theorist and the author of political books such as The Trouble with Diversity: How We Learned to Love Identity and essays like The Beauty of a Social Problem. He is a controversial guest and one I was glad to talk to especially in the context of the reaction to my video critiquing intersectionality.

If you like this week’s podcast you should support us on Patreon. Patreon supporters receive access to a second podcast every week. Our patrons are helping us continue and expand our online production including doing more podcasts like Symptomatic Redness and expand the content on our youtube channel. We currently have 493 patrons and we’re hoping to reach 500 patrons by this time next week.

Inside Zero Books #82: The Facebook Economy
November 11, 2018 02:57 PM PST
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Zero Books author Rob Larson returns to discuss his most recent writing project on the digital landscape and capitalism. We discuss Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, MySpace, and Usenet and the utopian promise of this series of tubes known as the internet. How much of the US GDP comes from digital content? Does Mark Zuckerberg own our identities? Are we all unpaid laborers producing content for Google?

Zero Squared #176: Bolsonaro and the Limits of Anti-Corruption
November 08, 2018 12:38 PM PST
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Michael Brooks is the host of the Michael Brooks Show, the co-host of the Majority Report, and now an author for Zero Books. In this episode, we discuss the election of Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil and the rising right-wing populism around the world.

If you like this week’s podcast you should support us on Patreon. Patreon supporters receive access to a second podcast every week. If you’re curious about it then watch this space this coming weekend as we’ll be releasing a special edition of Inside Zero Books with Rob Larson that will be available for everyone in order to entice you to support us. Our patrons are helping us continue and expand our online production including doing more podcasts like Symptomatic Redness and expand the content on our youtube channel. We currently have 493 patrons and we’re hoping to reach 500 patrons by this time next week.

Zero Squared #175: A Report from Brazil
October 31, 2018 10:30 PM PDT
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Mateus Grazina is a 27 year old brazilian artist living in São Paulo working on a television show for the Cartoon Network about a school aged penguin named Oswaldo. He is part of what might be called the algorithmic left and in this episode of the podcast we discuss the 2018 presidential election in Brazil, the campaign and victory of the far right candidate Jair Bolsonaro, the recent struggles and the judicial coup that struck the Brazilian Worker’s Party, and the consequences of both the Brazilian recession and the carwash scandal.

If you like this podcast consider supporting us on patreon. Our patreon supporters are helping us continue to produce this podcast and our youtube videos.

Zero Squared #174: The Left Through the Looking Glass
October 25, 2018 11:12 AM PDT
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Terry Newman is currently an MA student in the Media Studies Department at Concordia University in Montreal. She is a Teaching Assistant in Concordia’s Engineering Department and the author of Through the Looking Glass at Concordia University.

It’s Wednesday, October 25th, 2018 and I’m Douglas Lain the publisher of Zero Books and the host of this podcast.

We’ve started a Zero Books reading group for our patrons. It runs $15 a month on Patreon and this month’s book is Stuart Walton’s Neglected or Misunderstood: Introducing Theodor Adorno. All of our supporters get access to the Symptomatic Redness and Alternatives podcasts, and patrons who donate five dollars a month or higher get access to Inside Zero Books podcast as well, which means they get access to a second podcast every week. Patreon supporters are helping us continue to produce our youtube channel and other online projects like our online Capital reading group which will be revived this month as well.

Zero Squared #173: The Kavanaugh Show Trial
October 17, 2018 08:04 PM PDT
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Professor Heidi Matthews is Assistant Professor of law at Osgoode Hall Law School, where she Co-Directs the Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime and Security. In this week’s podcast she stops by to discuss her essay in the conversation “Why the Kavanaugh hearings were a show trial gone bad” We’ve started a Zero Books reading group for our patrons. It runs $15 a month on Patreon and this month’s book is Stuart Walton’s Neglected or Misunderstood: Introducing Theodor Adorno. All of our supporters get access to the Symptomatic Redness and Alternatives podcasts, and patrons who donate five dollars a month or higher get access to Inside Zero Books podcast as well, which means they get access to a second podcast every week. And if you like this week’s podcast you might drop by our Patreon to hear Heidi Matthews discuss Kavanaugh and the law. Patreon supporters are helping us continue to produce our youtube channel and other online projects like our online Capital reading group which will be revived this month as well.
Zero Squared #172: A Swedish Utopia
October 10, 2018 09:51 PM PDT
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Mir Bal is the host of the A Lost Cause podcast out of Sweden, he is also a former social worker turned barista, an immigrant, and a socialist. He joins the Zero Books podcast in order to discuss immigration to the Swedish Utopia and why the Scandinavian Model really is a worker’s paradise...or maybe that’s not the conclusion we reached.

If you haven’t already supported us on Patreon you’re missing out on a second podcast every week and if you haven’t joined the Zero Books reading group then you’re missing out on a chance to discuss Adorno. We’re edging up towards 500 patrons so now is a good time to join in.

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