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’Radicals in Conversation’ is a monthly podcast from Pluto Press, one of the world’s leading independent, radical publishers.

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’Radicals in Conversation’ is a monthly podcast from Pluto Press, one of the world’s leading independent, radical publishers.

    Workers Can Win: On Strike in 2022

    Workers Can Win: On Strike in 2022

    In 2022, workers have taken strike action on a massive scale, and many more are in the process of balloting to take strike action. In Britain, NHS workers, postal workers, criminal barristers, rail workers, university lecturers and many more have all walked out in the face of attacks on pay, pensions and working conditions. Amidst the cost of living and energy crises, spiralling inflation and the grim prospect of another recession, the need to fight such battles is urgent and acute. 
    In October, Pluto published Workers Can Win: A Guide to Organising at Work. Written by long-time labour organiser Ian Allinson, this nuts-and-bolts guide to organising your workplace argues that organising builds confidence, capacity and collective power - and with power we can win change.
    Ian joins us on the show this monthto talk about some of the key themes and ideas within the book. We’re also joined on the panel by Siobhan Aston, an NHS nurse based in Scotland, who is involved in grassroots organising within her union, the Royal College of Nursing (RCN).
    We discuss long term grievances around pay and working conditions in the NHS, new developments in anti-union legislation, and how people can show their solidarity with striking workers.

    • 53 min
    RIC in-haus: Is Socialism Possible in Britain?

    RIC in-haus: Is Socialism Possible in Britain?

    Radicals in Conversation in-haus is a new podcast series collaboration between Pluto Press and Bookhaus, an independent bookshop in Bristol. RIC in-haus is recorded on location at Bookhaus. The bookshop’s ‘in-haus’ events programme features authors of some of the most exciting radical nonfiction being published today.
    In episode 5, Andrew Murray speaks about his new book, Is Socialism Possible in Britain?: Reflections on the Corbyn Years (Verso, 2022). The book analyses Jeremy Corbyn’s tenure as Labour leader and the prospects for parliamentary socialism in a post-Corbyn Britain. A veteran of the Stop the War Coalition, Andrew Murray was seconded to Corbyn’s office from the Unite trade union, and he offers here an insider’s view of the most radical period in Labour’s recent history. 
    Andrew is in conversation with Darran McLaughlin from Bookhaus. They discuss the difference between the 2017 and 2019 elections, the Labour Party's Brexit woes, and the threat Corbyn posed to the political and economic establishment. In assessing what went right and what went wrong, Andrew also offers his thoughts on what might be done differently next time, if socialism is ever to be possible in Britain.

    Buy the book: bookhausbristol.com/shop

    • 51 min
    Hope in Hopeless Times: Fighting the Hydra of Money

    Hope in Hopeless Times: Fighting the Hydra of Money

    Amidst the global pandemic, war, environmental catastrophe, the cost of living crisis, and where victories for anti-capitalist forces are few and far between, it can feel like we are living in well and truly hopeless times. But as Marxist philosopher John Holloway argues in his new book, the times may indeed be hopeless, but we must still have hope.
    Hope in Hopeless Times is the the final instalment in a trilogy which Holloway began 20 years ago with Change the World Without Taking Power, and which continued with Crack Capitalism. He joins us on the panel this month to discuss hope, identity politics, and the consequences of commodity exchange as a form of social relations. We also talk about COP27, the infamous Liz Truss mini-budget and the case for abolishing money altogether.
    Hope in Hopeless Times, Change the World Without Taking Power and Crack Capitalism are all available to buy from plutobooks.com. Podcast listeners can get 50% off with the coupon PODCAST. 

    • 1 hr 1 min
    RIC in-haus: Against Borders

    RIC in-haus: Against Borders

    Radicals in Conversation in-haus is a new podcast series collaboration between Pluto Press and Bookhaus, an independent bookshop in Bristol. RIC in-haus is recorded on location at Bookhaus. The bookshop’s ‘in-haus’ events programme features authors of some of the most exciting radical nonfiction being published today.
    In episode 4, Gracie Mae Bradley and Luke de Noronha are in conversation with Nayya Raza from Bookhaus, about their new co-authored book, Against Borders: The Case for Abolition. They discuss the history and impact of border regimes, 'non-reformist reforms', and offer a utopian vision of the future in which borders - and the logic that underpins them - have been abolished. 

    Buy the book: bookhausbristol.com/shop

    • 56 min
    Mussolini’s Grandchildren: Fascism in Contemporary Italy

    Mussolini’s Grandchildren: Fascism in Contemporary Italy

    Giorgia Meloni’s Fratelli d’Italia, or Brothers of Italy, emerged from the Italian general election earlier this week with around 26% of the vote. Although it has been a junior partner in previous coalition governments, this is the first time that the party, which traces its lineage back to Mussolini and the post-war fascism of the Italian Social Movement (MSI), has become the largest political force in the country.
    Surging to prominence in recent years, Fratelli d’Italia has waged a fierce culture war against the Left, polarised political debate around World War II, and sought to redeem historical fascism, legitimise its political heirs and ultimately shift the terrain of mainstream politics to the right. Now poised to take power, many in the international community are asking how this has happened. 
    We are joined on the show by David Broder, author of Mussolini’s Grandchildren: Fascism in Contemporary Italy, to analyse the situation in Italy in the wake of the election.
    Mussolini's Grandchildren is published in March 2023. Pre-order it today through plutobooks.com. 

    • 50 min
    RIC in-haus: Neither Vertical nor Horizontal

    RIC in-haus: Neither Vertical nor Horizontal

    Radicals in Conversation in-haus is a new podcast series collaboration between Pluto Press and Bookhaus, an independent bookshop in Bristol. RIC in-haus is recorded on location at Bookhaus. The bookshop’s ‘in-haus’ events programme features authors of some of the most exciting radical nonfiction being published today.
    Episode 3 features Rodrigo Nunes, author of Neither Vertical nor Horizontal: A Theory of Political Organization (2021), in conversation with Birgân Gökmenoğlu, an Affiliated Research Fellow in the Department of Sociology at the London School of Economics. Their discussion covers topics including the climate crisis, leadership, network theory and the mobilisation of a rightwing political ecology around Roe v. Wade.

    Buy the book: bookhausbristol.com/shop

    • 45 min

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29 Ratings

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Wonderful

Such a brilliant and clever podcast with insightful interviews, always learn so much. Thank you!

SanCarlaLV ,

Brilliant pod

David Olusoga needs his own platform. The man is a mine of consciousness and it needs sharing with a wider audience far more regularly. Discovered the pod thanks to following David on twitter but I am now a regular Pluto Press listener. Great content, more power to your collective bow!

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More like this please

If only this podcast was produced more frequently… brilliant and enlightening discussions. I look forward to future podcasts.

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