Today on The Solecast I speak with activist, author and asst professor at Naropa University, Stephen Polk. In this conversation we'll discuss his contribution to the book Globalism and Localization: Emergent Solutions to Ecological and Social Crises. Stephen talks about global warming and the need for permaculturists to inform the large scale changes that will need to be made in cities to mitigate its effects. Stephen wants people to think hard about what "power" means, "how do we get it, how do we exercise it, what do we do with it? He also writes about the need for all permaculture designs to consider the political domain to their work, to always ensure front-line communities maintain access to food and the city, to design in ways that don't aid gentrification. He also talks about his anti gentrification work, his involvement in the Queen City Housing Coop and the possibilities of using Neighborhood Associations to influence outcomes. We cover a lot of ground in this interview and a number of other topics connected to these issues.
This is a provocative interview and very timely, pick up the book Globalism and Localization: Emergent Solutions to Ecological and Social Crises. here.
In this Solecast I sit down with Eamon from the Radical People Podcast. The Radical People Podcast does in depth interviews about direct action campaigns and the individuals behind them. He gets deep into the life stories of people and what brings them to radical politics, and radical action. His interviews range from fighters in Rojava, water & land defense, international abortion providers at sea and much more. We talk about his work, his personal story and political evolution and his current life as an anarcho-podcaster, living that farm life.
You can subscribe to his podcast here, support him on patreon and follow him on twitter.
A talk between myself and DJ Pain 1 about our new album that we are crowdsourcing for called No God Nor Country. In this conversation we talk about our creative process, some of the things we’ve learned from our travels; the best of times and the worst of times. We talk about food, advice for people trying to be self sufficient and what’s been on in our lives ately. Much of the talk is about the motivations, inspirations and approaches we took to creating this new album. In this episode we preview 2 new songs, one is an unreleased track that didn’t make the cut called “Everything Must Go” and the other is “Extremist.” To help us get it out, pre-order it now via kickstarter.
In today’s episode i will be doing an in-depth “how to” episode with my homey Evan Doukas from Colorado. Evan is a preacher, a permaculturist, a father, a musician and also publishes homesteading/permaculture videos through his youtube channel, The Colorado Garden. In this episode Evan breaks down how to build a “Climate Battery Greenhouse” step-by-step. A climate battery greenhouse uses the heat from the earth to grow fruits and veggies from tropical & Mediterranean regions in temperate climates. For more information check out Evan’s youtube page documenting his work with his. For more background info on these check out this prior Solecast with Stephanie Syson from Colorado Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute.
Evan was kind enough to pass on his notes that he used to source for specific materials and data for building his greenhouse. We’ll include them here so you can check them out, and hopefully they will be of use to you as well:
My greenhouse is approx 14'x11'x9'
=1386 ft3 (cu ft)
Using the formulas given by Sunny John, i estimated that I needed approx 225 linear ft of subterranean tubing.
So, take 15-20 percent of the cu ft number, and that is how many feet of tubing you ideally want underground.
*Note, all tubing lengths used should be equal in length to ensure an even amount of airflow..
In my greenhouse there is an approximate total of (only) 120 linear ft of tubing.
The tubing is in 3 flat rows of 4 10-ft lengths that are spaced approximately 12 inches apart on all sides.
In regards to air movement, you want to move a minimum of 128 cubic feet per minute (CFM) with my 1386 ft3 greenhouse.
So, take approx. 10 percent (or a little less) of the cu ft number, and that is the CFM fan you want to use.
The fan I used is an (8”) corded in-line air duct booster fan by Suncourt with a Suncourt variable speed controller ($45) ($30)
I used 8” galvanized ductwork ($50)
For plenums I used taped buckets, but I did it again for a similar room I would use 55-gallon plastic drums on either end. (free to $150)
2 Thermostats (1 for low temperature threshold and 1 for high temperature threshold), used something like: “JOHNSON CONTROLS
Line Volt Mechanical Tstat for Heating and Cooling, 120 to 277VAC” (cheaper then but now $210 for 2)
Roofing top layer: Used 9 Sequentia Super 600 Residential Fiberglass Panels ($325)
For underground tubing: 4” corrugated and perforated ADS pipe ($150 for 200 linear ft)
*Drain sleeve optional – did not use
(WHOLE GREENHOUSE WAS BUILT FOR APPROX $875 + Lumber = No more than $2K total)
(SUBTERRANEAN HEATING AND COOLING SYSTEM WAS BUILT FOR APPROX $700)
Subterranean heating items:
And a 24” for a little added height if needed - http://www.lowes.com/pd_36398-85334-GV1336_0__?productId=3134339&Ntt=imperial+8-in+duct&pl=1¤tURL=%3FNtt%3Dimperial%2B8-in%2Bduct&facetInfo=
Variable speed controller for fan - http://www.smarthome.com/suncourt-vs200-plug-in-variable-speed-fan-controller.html
ADS Pipe (Lowe’s cheapest – 100ft):
Snap-in ends to screen?: SHOULDN’T NEED
Drain sleeve (100ft):SHOULDN’T NEED
Possible solutions for thermostat: (call them) http://www.littlegreenhouse.com/accessory/controls.shtml
Sunny John recommends this (don’t know how it works): http://www.grainger.com/product/JOHNSON-CONTROLS-Line-Volt-Mechanical-Tstat-4E047
Steel 55 gallon drums (Lafayette - $10 ea):
Mathematics of layout:
Approx 225 linear ft of tubing
Approx 128 minimum CFM fan
A great example showing a clever design with reflective panels concentrating the winter sunlight into an above ground pond to heat the greenhouse at night.
and more from the same manuf., as well as solar “central air” system:
CO supplier of Lexan and acrylic
Underground greenhouse and heating
The good heavy duty corrugated fiberglass panels are Super 600. Eplastics.com and others
Solar cooling and heating system, everything needed $3,450:
Corrugated (Perforated) irrigation tube
Christmas lights (i.e. 25 Bulb C9 Incandescent Transparent Light Set – Clear)
Tubular heaters? Find out wattage
Lean to recycled greenhouse with outline of process:
Calculated that 112 cfm or a little over 100 cfm is needed. Verify again before purchasing fan but here is link for appropriately powered fans:
No God Nor Country is Sole and DJ Pain 1’s third album. Its a record about carving out a meaningful life of joy and resistance in uncertain and oppressive times. Since their last album, sole had a kid, bought a farmhouse in Maine, and Pain 1 also bought a house, as his career as an educator, producer and music mentor continues to accelerate. Over the last few years, the pair has recorded dozens of songs, thrown away all the songs that weren’t poignant or musically solid enough and kept the best songs, the songs that speak to most to the current state of affairs.
This record is a major step forward for their song writing, production and overall aesthetic, and while the record has strong anti-authoritarian themes it also explores existential questions: what it means to be a parent, the emptiness of fame and careers, what resistance means amid everyday life. Although the album title is an expression of atheism and anarchism, the album is more of a testament to fighting for liberation and fulfillment while living in uncertain times.
The precarity of the music business is a major theme of this album and albums past, and fittingly, all of Sole and Pain 1's albums have been DIY releases without investors, large labels or PR machines behind them. Both musicians handle the heavy lifting and deliver the music directly to the listeners, without whom these albums would literally not exist.
Do you want to help get this album out? An act as simple as a pre-order can cover the manufacturing costs, the creation of the record, the production of videos, the mixing and mastering and publicity. If they exceed the initial pre-order goals it will give this record-- their strongest, most timely and possibly most important album yet-- the fighting chance it needs to reach more listeners in a world of noise.
Back it on kickstarter here.
This episode of the Solecast is a re-air from Podcast panel at the 2019 Montreal Anarchist Bookfair. This panel was hosted by Mugs and its participants were From Embers, Rebel Beat / Changing On The Fly, Intersection’elle, and myself. We discussed anarchist podcasts in general, their role in the movement, Channel Zero, and the sort of feedback we have gotten from our projects. The conversation took some interesting philosophical turns as we talked about privacy, identity and alienation, among other subjects. We also got some great questions from people in the audience about prison abolition, starting a new podcast and how to handle the feedback and permission of interviewees. Much love to the Montreal Anarchist Bookfair for inviting us in for this awesome discussion and for its amazing work keeping this vital infrastructure going for 20 years!
This episode of the Solecast I sit down with Stephen Barstow, aka The Extreme Salad Man to talk about his work documenting and popularizing rare edible plants. We are also joined by Aaron Parker from Edgewood Nursery who introduced me to Stephen's work and also grows and sells a lot of these plants.
In this conversation we talk about his book "Around the World In 80 Plants," his website Edimentals.com and his lifelong quest to research, catalogue, grow and experiment with thousands of rare edible plants from around the world. We get into his origin story as a vegetarian in meat-centric Norway uncovering the growing potentials in his region through foraging. He talks about his travels around the world learning about how these plants are grown, used and then bringing those plants home to cultivate. For anyone who is bored with growing the same old shit, or interested in permaculture/forest farming his work is inspiring, informative and coverers a much wider range of vegetables then are commonly discussed in permaculture and market farming.
My guest co-host for this interview, Aaron from Edgewood Nursery sells a lot of the plants and seeds for the perennial plants that Stephen promotes, check out his website at Edgewood-Nursery.com.
In this episode of the Solecast I speak with Lee Reed. We talk about his new album “Before & Aftermath” out now on Strange Famous records and his previous album “Steal City” EP which was a benefit for the Hamilton Tenants Union. Lee is one of the longest working rappers in Canada and has a unique and often aggressive rapping style consisting of anti-capitalist prose, well researched topical concept songs shining light on the excesses of capital and people fighting back over updated boom bap style beats. This is a fun conversation between two rapper homies, we talk about everything from economic collapse, Canadian Politics, why some Canadian rappers have the strangest names and much much more.
He is about to embark on his first European tour w/ Kay The Aquanot, if you’re on that side of the pond check them out.
In this episode of the solecast i speak with Will Bonsall about his book “Will Bonsall’s Essential Guide To Radical Self Reliance” and discuss ideas on vegan homesteading and “sustainability.” Will is a pioneer of “veganic” farming which is very similar to permaculture farming practices but without animals and focusing mostly on staple crops. We talk about some of his favorite companion planting pairs for growing things like carrots, broccoli, cabbage, onions, beans etc. We also talk about the Scatterseed Project which is dedicated to preserving heirloom seeds and promoting them. We also chat a bit about his fantasy novel, Through The Eyes Of A Stranger that imagine a more ecological society, and how that informs his approach to life(and vice versa). This is a great interview for anyone interested in farming, living off the land and self reliance. If you are vegan/vegetarian and you’ve been hearing your whole life that when capitalism ends you’ll have to eat deer, Will’s work is proof that another way is possible.
In this episode of the solecast I speak with Phil Neel. Phil is the author of Hinterland, a new book out on University of Chicago Press that examines what class conflict looks like as we zoom outward from the financial hubs and downtowns to the rural, suburban and exurban communities. In this conversation we talk about how logistics function on a global scale as capital has become diffuse and what this says about the way our system functions. Phil talks about places like Ferguson and Anaheim as examples, and gives context as to why things break down in these locations and what it means for the present & future. We talk about climate disaster, the nuances of so called “Trump Country”, and the importance of analyzing data instead of projecting our own ideas onto situations. We end the conversation with some take-aways from the book and how it can inform our thinking (and our actions).
In this episode of the Solecast I speak with my longtime friend Ceschi. I really can’t say enough good things about this guy, when my career was in the dumps his label had my back and brought me back from the dead… He has gone on to make some of my favorite music to come out of the indy rap scene and is a one of a kind performer blending rap, punk and folks into a unique and compelling package. In 2019 he is releasing a trilogy of records and then ending the “ceschi” monicker, so like our coastal island cities and marginal desert eco systems… catch it before its gone!
In this conversation we cover a lot of ground. We talk about his roots in the bay area, his motivations, his relationship to revolutionary politics and why he does what he does. We discuss how his experience in prison has made him a more empathetic person and he gets into his criticisms of the left, the right and these sick modern times. We talk about race, indie hip hop, Marxism, his label Fake Four and so much more. We close the interview with some live performances from his forthcoming projects.
his new record Sad Fad Luck is available at sadfatluck.com
In this episode of the solecast i speak with anarchist rap innovators Drowning Dog And Malatesta. As far as I know them and Test Their Logik are some of the first rappers to come out and really rep anarchy front and center. They’ve been making music together for about 2 decades and have self released a number of ground breaking records, like Got No Time , Black Cat and their most recent “Sick Of This Shit”
Now living in Berlin by way of Italy and San Francisco we have an awesome in depth and highly informative conversation about a myriad of topics. The main thrust of our conversation is how their music relates to anarchist politics and radical struggle and what they’ve learned and seen living and traveling in all these different places. We talk about the importance of food, of multi generational spaces and why its important to have a more romantic view of daily life. We talk about the legacy of radical struggle and squat culture in Europe and some of the complexities of it. They highlight some of their favorite revolutionary projects they’ve encountered, talk about the pitfalls of fetishizing struggles elsewhere without considering context and most importantly how they approach their art and what its origins are…
In this episode of the Solecast I chat with Jasper Bernes. Jasper is the author of "We Are Nothing And So Can You" which is an epic poem inspired by the global uprisings around 2010. Jasper is also the editor of Commune Mag and we have a conversation about that project, its goals, and the ongoing discussions about "the commune" and what it means. We also talk about an excerpt from his forthcoming book about Agriculture, Logistics and Revolution and have a look-back on the Occupy movement and how intoxicating that moment was(for some people). Excellent episode which combines 3 of my favorite things: farming, poetry and philosophy.
In this episode of the solecast I chat with Abby Martin of The Empire Files. Abby is a grassroots independent journalist who has worked previously for RT, Telesur and helped found Media Roots. Her show Empire Files does in depth analysis on the US empire with wide ranging guests from Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz, Chris Hedges, and Noam Chomsky to name a few. Due to US sanctions on Venezuela Telesur’s funding of Empire Files was cut off so now they continue that work and are a 100% viewer funded operation. This is a wide ranging and at times funny conversation with some huge takeaways. There were many things Abby articulated in this interview I’ve never heard articulated elsewhere. Abby’s vantage point has given her a one of kind approach and analysis that you will not hear anywhere else.
In this podcast we discuss:
How the “fake news” narrative has negatively impacts independent journalists
The ways corporate media algorithms & clickbait are shaping our world
Making sense of Donald Trump’s foreign policy
The strange evolution of conspiracy culture
A recent historical backdrop to the Venezuela situation and her recent personal experiences there
How NGO funding models impacts “independent media”
The importance of art and nature to remain grounded in the fight
This episode of the solecast I chat with Carla Bergman and Nick Montgomery about their new(ish) book out on AK Press, “Joyful Militancy.” This book is a critical examination of the toxicity that seems to be so common within activist subculture. They talk about the (potential) influences that schooling, religion, hierarchy, and empire has on our lives and how it can even seep into our organizing. The text is full of nuance and offers many pathways for how we can look at and work through these tendencies within ourselves, our spaces and our communities. They talk about how militant joy, art, and practices that empower us all to thrive can make our movements stronger and healthier. This book is a must read and The Solecast highly recommends this for reading groups to open up conversations on how we can rid ourselves of rigid radicalism, and open up the possibilities for joyful militancy.
On this episode of the Solecast I talk with Aaron Parker of Edgewood Nurseries about some unusual edible trees to use in your backyard garden, orchard or food forest. We get in depth about tree care, disease resistance, picking which species of trees to grow in your area and how to propagate them. This is a long interview, he answers some audience questions about growing fruit trees, controlling pests and dealing with water distribution. He also lays out his approach to creating polycultures of mutually beneficial plants for trees. This is the second time Aaron has been on the Solecast, last time we talked about perennial veggies. To order some seeds, trees or plants hit him up at Edgewood Nursery Online Store and follow him on the gram.
In this episode I premiere a mellow new track “Measuring My Cage” from my upcoming album Destituent, that is available for pre-order here.
Preview of my new single “Battle Rap Against Oblivion” and announcing my new album Destituent. Pre-order a copy here. I’ve teamed up with Fake Four to release it on vinyl, cd, & digital formats. All physical copies come with professionally printed full color zines of the lyrics (original artwork by sole).
An awesome in depth and thoughtful conversation on the Two Paychecks podcast about my thoughts on art, anarchy, race, the origins of my podcast, modernity, survivalism and more. Check out the Two Paychecks Podcast here.
In this Solecast I took a trip down to Soulfolks Records in Biddeford, Maine to interview Rory Ferreira, the artist formerly known as Milo. Milo is a rapper, producer, poet, shopkeeper, and member of the Ruby Yacht Collective. Milo has a wide ranging catalogue of rap songs which are experimental, poetic and informed by study of his craft and literature. Milo infuses a sense of wonder into his work, toying with the medium and keeps his work engaging without playing into the music industry or its pseudo-hype machine.
In this interview we discuss:
How growing up around a preacher helped shape his approach to rap & philosophy
How poetry informs his work
Maine life and why connection to nature is so important
His time working as a farmer
His politics (he wants Black folks to win)
Why Ruby Yacht shits on police
Why he opened a record store in 2018, in Maine.
His mother, Shay Stewart Bouley
In this Solecast I chat with Chris Steele Aka Time. Time is an anarchist rapper/writer/journalist/podcaster from Denver , Colorado. He publishes regularly through Truthout and collaborated with Noam Chomsky on his recent “Occupy” book. He just dropped a new album and is currently working on books about the history of anarchist repression and an anthology on Common Ground w/ Scott Crow.
In this interview we talk about:
His band Calm’s new album, “Things I Learned While Dying In Denver”
How anarchism influences his journalism
Themes on his new album; empathy, housing, subverting capitalism & white supremacy
His new podcast called “TimeTalks”
His experience in academia
Thoughts on how white rappers should engage in a black art
Random shit talking anecdotes about FTP marches and Denver in general