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The Decline of Bernie Sanders and the Rise of Covid-19
March 12, 2020 10:50 PM PDT
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Pop the Left is a biweekly livestream with Douglas Lain, author of "Bash Bash Revolution" and publishing manager for Zero Books, and C Derick Varn, author of Apocalyptics and slush pile reader for Zero Books. This episode will cover the fast decline of the Bernie Sanders campaign, the Covid-19 global pandemic, and the future of the left and of liberal modernity.

Super Tuesday Election Special
March 05, 2020 03:16 PM PST
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We are mirroring this podcast from the Emancipation Network/Alpha to Omega podcast.

"A very special Emancipation Network all-star panel with Ben Burgis of Zero Books discuss the recent poor showing by Bernie Sanders in the US primaries.

What does it mean for politics?
What does is mean for socialist/communist politics?
Is Jake actually a meme?"

Pop the Left: The Communist Manifesto (pt. 2)
March 04, 2020 04:10 PM PST
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In this episode of Pop The Left, Derick and Doug discuss the background to the Communist Manifesto: What circles were Marx and Engels moving in during the 1840s? What were their demands? What did “socialism” and “communism” mean to them, and what was their relationship to republicanism? Stay tuned for part two! This is part two of the conversation. There remains about 20 minutes of chat that I will release for patreon supporters.

Zero Squared #229: Indefinite Life Extension? (pt 2)
March 01, 2020 10:56 PM PST
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Aubrey De Grey is the founder of the SENS Research Foundation, an organization developing medical interventions to repair the damage the body does to itself over time. Stated more directly, Aubrey de Grey and his organization aim to defeat aging. In 2016 I interviewed him for the book "Advancing Conversations: Aubrey de Grey." here is the second part of the audio recording of that interview.

It’s Sunday, March 1st, 2020 and I’m Douglas Lain the publisher of Zero Books and the host of this podcast.

If you enjoy our podcasts support us on Patreon. Our Patreon supporters usually get access to two podcasts a week, audio versions of our youtube videos, as well as occasional Pop the Left specials. Zero Books book club members get access to Zero Books titles each month as well as a chance to join in a discussion with Zero Books authors.

Pop the Left: The Communist Manifesto [teaser]
February 26, 2020 10:04 PM PST
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In this episode of Pop The Left, Derick and Doug discuss the background to the Communist Manifesto: What circles were Marx and Engels moving in during the 1840s? What were their demands? What did “socialism” and “communism” mean to them, and what was their relationship to republicanism? Stay tuned for part two!

Zero Squared #229: Indefinite Life Extension? [teaser]
February 17, 2020 02:26 PM PST
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Aubrey De Grey is the founder of the SENS Research Foundation, an organization developing medical interventions to repair the damage the body does to itself over time. Stated more directly, Aubrey de Grey and his organization aim to defeat aging. In 2016 Douglas Lain interviewed him for the book "Advancing Conversations: Aubrey de Grey." The first part of the audio recording of that interview is available now for our Patreon supporters.

Pop The Left #1 (pt 2): 1848 [teaser]
February 12, 2020 12:15 PM PST
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Doug and Derick continue their discussion on the revolutions of 1848 and how the contemporary left is perhaps faced by issues and problems more analogous to the nineteenth century’s than those of the twentieth.

In order to listen to the entirety of this episode support us on Patreon.

Pop the Left #1: What Happened in 1848
February 06, 2020 12:24 PM PST
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In this episode of Pop The Left, Derick and Doug discuss the contradictions in premodern Europe that led to the revolutions of 1848 and give a rundown of the major events of that year. Stay tuned for part 2 for a more in-depth investigation of 1848 and its repercussions.

The History of the American Left #1: Bourgeois Radicalism and the British Empire of Liberty
February 02, 2020 04:15 PM PST
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Matt Cavagrotti is the host of a new Zero Books series with the straight forward title "The History of the American Left."

The first episode features a conversation with Postdoctoral Fellow James Vaughn. Vaughn taught at the University of Texas at Austin and held a postdoctoral fellowship at Yale University. His first book, The Politics of Empire at the Accession of George III (Yale, 2019), provides a revisionist account of British imperial expansion and politics during the eighteenth century. Another book, The East India Company and the English Revolution, c. 1640–1714 (Primus), will be out next year.

Zero Squared #228 [teaser]: Should We Cancel When the Courts Won't?
January 27, 2020 11:50 AM PST
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Sandy Baldwin is the author of “The Internet Unconscious: On the Subject of Electronic Literature,” and was a professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology until a newspaper reported that he’d been arrested and charged with a misdemeanor based on the WEST VIRGINIA COMPUTER CRIME AND ABUSE ACT, a law regarding harassing and threatening communications by computer, cell phones and electronic communication devices. This charge was a downgrade offered by prosecutors after Baldwin had been arrested for a felony charge of soliciting a minor via computer. Baldwin is the guest on this podcast in order to discuss what our social responsibility is regarding platforming people after such an event and the degree to which the decisions of the courts should lead social attitudes and consequences for those accused and convicted.

If you enjoy listening to the Zero Books podcast you should support us on Patreon. Our patrons will be getting access to this entire conversation while only a teaser will be released on the main feed. Supporting us on Patreon keeps our digital content coming.

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