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Podcasts, readings, lectures and events: big ideas and radical discussion from authors and collaborators with Verso Books

    Verso Book Club Podcast | Jules Gill-Peterson

    Verso Book Club Podcast | Jules Gill-Peterson

    In this second episode of the newly launched Verso Book Club Podcast, Jules Gill-Peterson sits down with our host, Eleanor Penny, to discuss her new book A Short History of Trans Misogyny.

    In this incisive account of the invention of trans panic, A Short History of Trans Misogyny challenges the notion of transmisogyny as simply an attempt to mock or undermine a trans woman’s femininity - instead situating its origin in the violence of the colonial state, and it’s attempts to consolidate its control over the populations it subjugated.

    Sign up to the Verso Book Club here tinyurl.com/5n67t9tr

    • 40 min
    Abolition Is Now | Leah Cowan & Lola Olufemi

    Abolition Is Now | Leah Cowan & Lola Olufemi

    This week on The Verso Podcast we’re going to be thinking about the relationship between feminism and the carceral system. For a growing number of people the prospect of an abolitionist future - in which police and prisons are obsolete, and are not seen as the answer to all social ills - is an obviously desirable one. But to others, the notion of an abolitionist society is not only unworkable, but deeply irresponsible. Leah Cowan and Lola Olufemi sat down with our host, Eleanor Penny, to address our preconceptions about where violence comes from, what we think it looks like, and how we might tell the difference between protection and liberation - covering topics ranging from the history of feminist movements, to transphobia, police violence, the NGO sector, borders, and biological destiny.

    You can find Leah's new book "Why Would Feminists Trust the Police?: A tangled history of resistance and complicity" here: tinyurl.com/yc6spv52

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Building the Ark: The Life and Legacy of Mike Davis | Ruth Wilson Gilmore and Owen Hatherley

    Building the Ark: The Life and Legacy of Mike Davis | Ruth Wilson Gilmore and Owen Hatherley

    This week on The Verso Podcast Eleanor Penny is joined by Ruth Wilson Gilmore and Owen Hatherley to look at the unflinching work of writer, urban theorist and historian Mike Davis.

    Verso x The Dig LIVE Podcast in London with Jeremy Corbyn, Laleh Khalili: tinyurl.com/bj2zx265

    You can find Mike Davis' works here: tinyurl.com/3pse83y3

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Verso Book Club Podcast | Brett Christophers

    Verso Book Club Podcast | Brett Christophers

    In this debut episode of the Verso Book Club Podcast, Brett Christophers sits down with our host, Eleanor Penny, to discuss his new book, The Price is Wrong, which challenges conventional wisdom by proposing a fresh perspective on the intersection of markets and the environment. Christophers argues that the slow progress toward sustainability isn't due to the cost of renewable energy, but rather the lack of profitability in environmental preservation. As renewable technologies become more affordable, private investment hesitates to embrace green initiatives.

    Imagine being able to ask an author about their book: what motivated them, what hurdles they faced, and what's next on their agenda. With the Verso Book Club Podcast, this becomes a reality. Each month, Eleanor will facilitate conversations with a Verso Book Club author, who will be joining the show to answer listener questions about their work. Your questions will be read out on the show, bringing us one step closer to the books we love.

    Sign up to the Verso Book Club here tinyurl.com/5n67t9tr

    • 34 min
    Verso x The Dig LIVE Podcast with Jeremy Corbyn & Laleh Khalili

    Verso x The Dig LIVE Podcast with Jeremy Corbyn & Laleh Khalili

    On Friday July 26th Jeremy Corbyn MP joins Verso Books and The Dig podcast for a live conversation at London’s Union Chapel.

    TICKETS: https://unionchapel.org.uk/venue/whats-on/versothe-dig-live-podcast-with-jeremy-corbyn-laleh-khalili

    As we enter the era of polycrisis, from climate breakdown to deepening global inequality and the daily horrors unfolding in Palestine, Eleanor Penny (host of the Verso Podcast) and Daniel Denvir (host of The Dig) will sit down with former leader of the U.K Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn, and academic and author Laleh Khalili, for an urgent discussion on the future of international politics.

    How do we counteract the global rise of the far right? What can we learn from the global movement against the war on Palestine? And are there grounds for hope in these burgeoning forms of international solidarity?

    We’re also thrilled to welcome the Macrodose podcast for an opening act to this event. Guest host Dalia Gebrial will be joined by political scientist Thea Riofrancos, climate justice activist Asad Rehman and anthropologist Jason Hickel to discuss the decline of the unipolar world, the climate crisis and green colonialism, and the future of global capitalism.

    https://linktr.ee/macrodosepodcast

    • 1 min
    Value In Motion | Beverley Best & Aaron Benanav

    Value In Motion | Beverley Best & Aaron Benanav

    This week on The Verso Podcast we’re taking a deep dive on the labour theory of value. From David Ricardo, to Adam Smith, to Karl Marx, it's a topic that economists have been fighting over for hundreds of years - and it's high time The Verso Podcast joined the fray. Our host, Eleanor Penny, sat down with Beverley Best and Aaron Benanav to discuss AI, surplus population, and the relationship between the concept of value and commodity fetishism.

    Grab Aaron's book "Automation and the Future of Work" here: tinyurl.com/mr8tv48u

    Pre-order Beverley's book "The Automatic Fetish: The Law of Value in Marx's Capital" here: tinyurl.com/4h47mh6v (release: 21/05/24)

    • 1 hr

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