Solecast w/ Cindy Milstein on Rebellious Mourning

Cindy Milstein Rebellious Mourning Interview

Todays Solecast is with Cindy Milstein on her new book out on AK Press, Rebellious Mourning.  Cindy is a long time anarchist organizer, author and participant in the Institute For Anarchist Studies.  In our interview we discuss how mourning, empathy and grief can shape our revolutionary efforts, as we talk about various examples & pieces in her book.   Follow her on twitter, instagram and check out her website.  

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More on Rebellious Mourning(On AK Press):

"We can bear almost anything when it is worked through collectively. Grief is generally thought of as something personal and insular, but when we publicly share loss and pain, we lessen the power of the forces that debilitate us, while at the same time building the humane social practices that alleviate suffering and improve quality of life for everyone. Addressing tragedies from Fukushima to Palestine, incarceration to eviction, AIDS crises to border crossings, and racism to rape, the intimate yet tenacious writing in this volume shows that mourning can pry open spaces of contestation and reconstruction, empathy and solidarity. With contributions from Claudia Rankine, Sarah Schulman, David Wojnarowicz, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, David Gilbert, and thirty-two others. Also includes a 32-page color insert featuring artists like Jet Chalk, Oree Originol, Melanie Cervantes and Jesus Barraza, and more.

Cindy Milstein is the author of Anarchism and Its Aspirations, co-author of Paths toward Utopia: Graphic Explorations of Everyday Anarchism, and editor of the anthology Taking Sides: Revolutionary Solidarity and the Poverty of Liberalism. "

Solecast: Efrim Manuel Manuck of Godspeed You! Black Emperor

Efrim Manuel Manuck Pissing Stars

Today's episode is with Efrim Manuel Manuck from Godspeed! You Black Emperor / Silver Mount Zion.  Efrim and his comrades have been making radical, innovative and genre defying music for over 2 decades, fusing post-rock, punk ethos and classical aesthetics.   Efrim’s new album Pissing Stars is out now on Constellation records.

In this interview we discuss:

  • His new album Pissing Stars
  • His relationship with anarchism and radical politics
  • Thoughts on having a kid in these times
  • What it means to maintain a career in music with a semblance of integrity
  • How people in North America are lost people adrift on a stolen continent
  • The trauma of the Bush years
  • The influence of religious imagery and poetry in his work
  • A story about their run in with the FBI and some fucked up cop in Oklahoma 

Solecast "Medicinal Herb Garden 101 w/ Stephanie Syson"


In this episode of Solecast I sit down with Stephanie Syson from Biodynamic Botanicals/ Colorado Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute. Stephanie is a permaculturist, educator, gardener, & herbalist.  She also hosts a show on Colorado Public Radio called "Living Permaculture." In this interview we talk about herbalism, plants, permaculture and all the basics you need to get started with planting & cultivating your own medicine garden. 

Also discussed:

Growing Avocados & tropical fruit in the Rockies w/ climate battery greenhouses
Herb Spirals (a permaculture design for planting perennial herbs)
Human evolution & our co-evolution with plants
Some comments on "invasive species” vs "native plants”

Plants Stephanie discusses & recommends :


Lemon Balm (Bonus)

(get these at Strictly Medicinal Seeds


Check out Stephanie's podcast "Living Permaculture" w/ Jerome Ostentowski

Learn more about Biodynamic Botannicals & The Colorado Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute

Solecast w/ Radical Underground On Let Them Eat Sand


This is an interview I did on Radical Underground Podcast about my new album.  Radical Underground is a global music podcast that highlights revolutionary music  from around the world.  Old supporters were quick to comment that this is one of the best interviews they've heard me do, these folks asked in depth questions based around the lyrics and what they understand/share politically about my work.  We spent most of the interview really digging into the themes and inspirations behind the album and also talked about the creative process on how the songs were written and the beats were made.  Highly informative and fun conversation with one of my favorite podcasts.  

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Solecast: w/ Dr. Bones on Insurrection, Egoism, & Taking Back The World


In this episode of the Solecast I talk with Dr. Bones.  Dr. Bones is an anarchist / egoist-communist, an occultist, and gonzo journalist.  He writes often for Gods and Radicals and is creator of The Conjure House.  He recently launched a new radical news talk show called “The Guillotine” with Revolutionary Left Radio and recently dropped a book called “Curse Your Boss, Hex The State, Take Back The World.”  

In this interview we discuss:

His approach to writing & gonzo journalism
Max Stirner & Egoism
The tensions between nihilism, insurrection and building capacity
Psychology of mass media &  psychological warfare
His new podcast(w/ Rev Left Radio), The Guillotine
What we can learn from other non traditional leftist traditions
The precarity of modern life and where things are heading

Music: "We Don't Get Tired We Get Even" by Pat The Bunny


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Let Them Eat Sand:

10,000 years of the failed experiment called civilization. 80 years till cities start disappearing into the ocean. 15 years till the Oglala aquifer is depleted and America’s breadbasket is a desert. 1421 people killed by cops in 2017. 1 year of Donald Trump.

Rising Fascism. Rising wealth inequity. Generations lost to memes and smartphones. Political discourse that reifies inequality & alienation. Brave resistance from Standing Rock to Trumps Inauguration. Heavy repression from Standing Rock to Trumps Inauguration.

Rapid gentrification displacing working people. All out attacks on all marginalized communities. The building of walls and jails. Apocalyptic forest fires, floods and storms. A totalitarian state.

An "apocalypse" that isn't coming, but already here.

Solecast: w/ the pedestrian on Identity, Aesthetics, & Not Giving A Fuck


In this edition of the Solecast I speak with the pedestrian.  pedestrian is a scholar, rapper and  co-founder of anticon records.  He is one of my oldest and best friends and has always been somewhat of a mentor to me.  I recently released his album unIndian II on Black Box Tapes and we will soon be announcing a vinyl edition of the record.   This podcast also features him reading some of his poems throughout the episode.  

We cover a wide range of topics:

- Identity
- California and armageddon
- Growing up in an apartheid state
- Anecdotes about anticon
-The Folk Tradition
- His relationship with radical politics
- His new album unIndian II
- The importance of Project Blowed & The Goodlife Cafe
- How fucked up the world of academia is
- The #MeToo movement
- Our mutual friend DJ Stef who recently died suddenly

Solecast: W/ Kalyn Heffernan of Wheelchair Sports Camp


In this episode of the Solecast I sit down with Kalyn of Wheelchair Sports Camp.  Wheelchair Sports Camp is a hip-hop band out of Denver that makes light-hearted yet politically charged rap songs with a dope live band setup.  The lead singer in the group, Kalyn is a disabled queer with a condition called osteogenesis imperfecta.  Her condition is sometimes described as “fragile bones” and she has had over 100 fractures, this really took me by surprise because I have been in many marches  & situations with her where shit could have easily gone sideways, but that doesn’t deter her. 

We talk about her evolution in activism from participating in Occupy,  Black Lives Matter,  Standing Rock and her own personal/political journey that lead her to examine the plight of disabled people.  She discusses learning about the history of disabled folk and how her music has brought her into community with disabled people all over the world.  We talk about her recent tour through Mexico.  She also talks about her experience as a music teacher at Youth on Records, the organization started by The Flobots.      

Pick up their new album "No Big Deal" out now on Strange Famous Records:



Solecast: Long Live The Olympia Fracking Blockade


In this episode of the solecast I chatted with 4 participants from the Olympia Fracking Blockade, an occupation that shut down the port of Olympia for 2 weeks in November 2018.   We take a look back on the occupation in the wake of its raid. 

In this interview we discuss:

The history of shutting down the Olympia Port from anti-war resistance to environmental actions
The subtle beauty of occupations and how they serve many purposes
The importance of blockades vs symbolic acts
The role of music & dance in building a culture of resistance at the blockade
How Freedom Of Information Act requests can inform actions
Perspective on the decision to not resist the eviction
Critical discussion of things that the people I talked to think could have been done better
Tons of amazing and informational anecdotes from the blockade

For more information visit the Olympia Stand Fedbook & Twitter

Solecast: Kill The Activist In Your Head w/ Scott Crow


Scott is a long time organizer and activist and is best known as a co-founder of the Common Ground Relief Effort in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrine.  Common Ground is the subject of his seminal book, “Black Flags & Windmills."  His upcoming book “Setting Sights” is available for pre-order now on PM Press. 

In this episode we have a critical and informative discussion with Scott Crow about new ways of thinking beyond resistance towards a politics of possibilities.   We discuss some of the pitfalls of “activism” and the toxic subculture that can tend to exist within in  it.  Scott explains about how the vocabulary we use can alienate us from our goals and the world we want to build.  We talk some shit about Alex Jones, right wing media and the dangers of it as well.  

For more information on Scott, follow him on twitter, check out his website and pre-order his new book “Setting Sights” on PM  Press.  

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K Death of Moodie Black on Noise-Rap, The Moodhouse, & Coming Out As Trans

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On this episode of the Solecast I sat down with K Death of Moodie Black.  Moodie Black is a noise-rap group out of Minneapolis and is one of my favorite rap acts in North America.  K-Death hosts a podcast called the Moodhouse.  We talk about their upcoming album “Lucas Acid,” their take on hip-hop and the music industry.  K-Death came out a few years ago as trans, and is my first friend to do break out of the gender binary.  They talk about their experiences as a youth exploring gender fluidity before having the language for it and debunking myths associated with transgender.  K-Death discusses the experience of being a trans person of color and navigating this racist transphobic world.    


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Pick up their albums on Fake Four

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Solecast & Final Straw on Political Prisoner Support, J20, The Situationists, Sci-Fi & CZN.


Final Straw is one of the longest running anarchist radio shows in North America focusing on anarchist struggle and political prisoner support(among many other things).  Bursts and I have been working closely together over the past year on the Channel Zero Podcast Network and while he was in town for the North American Anarchist Black Cross Conference we had a chance to hang out in my yard before the weather got cold and talk some shit.

We talked about:

CZN and its aspirations
J20 Repression
Political prisoner support
Why the Anarchist Black Cross is so awesome
The Situationists and folk traditions In music
Science fiction books we are geeking out on
Much more!  

Check out the final straw on twitter, I-tunes and their website.

Solecast: Erin Gallagher on Hacking Public Opinion, Twitter Bots & Cyborgs


On todays episode I do an in-depth with Erin Gallagher.  Erin is a truly independent journalist who has been tracking and studying the phenomena of twitter bots, their human operators ( herein referred to as 'cyborgs'), and "hacking public opinion."   We go in depth on how social media bots engage in dark propaganda campaigns to sway elections and more.  We talk about how information cascades through our networks and manipulates public opinion.  We talk about specific cases going back as far as 2012 in places like South Africa, South Korea and Central/South America.  We also discuss "Patriotic Programmers" and other actors who are spreading fake news & divisive propaganda with an (often)  extreme right wing agenda.   For more information on this subject follow Erin on Twitter or Medium and check out the following articles:

South Korea spy agency admits trying to rig 2012 presidential election

Sepulveda "How To Hack an Election"

Federal Election Board Denies Bots Exist

Patriotic programmers

I Bought A Bot Army For $100

Erin Gallagher's Mapping of Fake Antifa Accounts Made With Gephi

Music: Sole & DJ Pain 1 "Teachings Of Ice Cube(Memory Remix" 


Solecast March Fundraiser

For the month of March The Solecast is doing a flash fundraiser selling T-shirts, tote bags and hoodies.  Grab some merchandise in the sole store.

In 2017 The Solecast went from having a few hundred followers to thousands and continues to grow every day.  What began as a humble exploration of philosophy, art and its intersection has expanded to informational episodes explaining everything from how to plant a garden to create a FOIA request, to exploring rare histories and taking theory out of the ivory towers and into our lives.  

So far I’ve put out about 70 episodes, which are never about current event or news and are always meant to be timeless long form interviews that go deep.   Although this project is coming from an anarchist perspective, I interview anyone who I think has something to offer people who are looking to learn more about how to truly effect change in the world, to better our circumstances and most importantly spread and popularize radical ideas… which is humanity’s only hope if we wish to survive this century.

All of this is a lot of work.  I work alone on this project, doing all the research for the interviews, editing, producing, tracking down and booking the guests, creating the artwork, managing the social media bullshit and making sure that each episode is interesting, informative and original.  This year I want to push this project even further, do more with it and dedicate more time to it.   This March we are doing flash fundraiser by selling hoodies, t shirts and tote bags to amass resources for 2018.   If you'd like to support this project you may do so by picking up any of these fine goods:

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Reportback From Puerto Rico w/ Frank Lopez of Submedia


In this edition of The Solecast I speak with Frank Lopez about his recent trip to Puerto Rico. We discuss the failure of the state to act quickly enough and the devastation he witnessed.  We talk about  how the people of Puerto Rico are helping themselves and how anarchists have launched mutual aid projects in the region.  We discuss his recent initiative to get water filters & supplies to folks on the ground, to donate click here.  We also talk about the need for radical media and how Submedia plans to grow their operation in the wake of getting their PayPal shut down by the alt-reich.

Donate To Submedia's fund to provide Water Filters, Solar Panels, & More
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Music at the end is a live performance of Ceschi performing "Ojalå"

The Solecast & Revolutionary Left Radio on Radical Philosophy, Organizing, Music & Parenting


The first collaborative podcast episode with another podcaster.  Revolutionary Left Radio is one of my favorite podcasts, its an incredible resource for history, in depth discussions honing in on specific schools of leftist thought and interviews with academics from various political backgrounds.   Check it out here.  

In this podcast we discuss:

Discussion about political development
What various strains of radical theory can learn from each other
The difference between organizing in Omaha and Denver
The goals and lessons of our podcast projects
White rappers & hip-hop
Approaching parenting with radical politics


SOLECAST 50 W/ Mckenzie Wark on General Intellects, The Anthropocene & Is Capitalism Over?

Mckenzie Wark General Intellects

Solecast 50 is a discussion with New School professor, philosopher and author Mckenzie Wark.  Wark is renowned as one of the forest theorists today who have dove into the works of the Situationists and built upon the ideas in interesting ways.   His new book that we discuss in this interview is called “General Intellects” but his past few books; “Telethesia” “Molecular Red” and “Beach Beneath The Streets” are all great reads.  

In this interview we discuss:

His new book, General Intellects  & his last book “Molecular Red"

The anthropocene in the wake of recent hurricanes & floods 

Technology, what is it & how has it changed us 

Neoliberalism in Iraq

The politics of exclusion

Do we still live under capitalism?

A discussion of relevant science fiction novels

General Intellects Verso



Solecast 49 w/ Dan Arel "On Atheism, Fascism & Helicopter Rides"

Dan Arel

Solecast 49 is with author, journalist, and host of the “Danthropology Podcast," Dan Arel.  Dan is best known for his atheist-themed books “The Secular Activist” and “Parenting Without God.”  Unlike most of the so called “new atheists” who have found themselves promoting Islamophobia and reactionary views that prop up empire, Dan stands apart from he pack by putting forward a more compassionate and nuanced atheism.  We talk about how that solidarity informs his writings and why under Trump he has found himself throwing in with the anti-authoritarians who have been militantly resisting the Trump Regime.  

Also discussed in this interview:

  • The problems within the “new atheist” movement and its leading voices.

  • Christian “Terrorism"

  • A discussion of Noam Chomsky’s ill informed critiques of anti-fascism

  • Trans-humanism

  • The generalization and widespread adoption of antifa tactics

  • Atheist parenting

Solecast 48 "Report Back From Charlottesville w/ Pat & Wendy of Unicorn Riot"

Solecast 48 Is a discussion with Pat and Wendy of Unicorn Riot. These two were on the ground for the events in Charlottesville providing media coverage for Unicorn Riot. They provide a blow by blow account of what they saw & experienced in this harrowing & disgusting display of white supremacy and fascist violence. They talk about being continuously physically harassed throughout the weekend, the horrors they witnessed, how they dealt with it and how it compared to covering previous large scale events like Standing Rock or Pikeville. Unicorn Riot has been the target of racist trolls for years, so this has given them a unique perspective on who these people are, what they stand for and how this movement has evolved over to the point that its at now.  

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Music by Godspeed! You Black Emperor

Solecast 47 w/ P.O.S. On Anarchy, Life & Work

Solecast 47 is with rapper, anarchist, and Doomtree OG, P.O.S.  P.O.S. dropped a new album this year called Chill, Dummy that is out now on Doomtree Records. We Talk about anarchy and the influence that early Crimethinc had on his thinking and his approach to life.  P.O.S. is a member of a long-standing rap collective called Doomtree and we discuss how a group of artists & friends can function as a collective  and succeed.   We talk about general shifts happening in culture and in society.  He goes in depth about his life-altering kidney surgery which is a beautiful testament to the values of mutual aid and solidarity, but also the effect this had on him.    P.O.S. is a thoughtful, nuanced and honest dude and we cover a lot of ground in this interview.  

If you wanna learn more about POS check out his last few albums Chill, Dummy,  We Don’t Even Live Here, and his new project with Sims, SHREDDDDERS.