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A podcast about the foolish pursuit of life, clarity and context.

    Ep 031 — Not Me, Us (Part II of II)

    Ep 031 — Not Me, Us (Part II of II)

    Quote:
    "It's a heated field." —Otto Pippenger
    About:
    A two-part story about a campaign trying to unseat Speaker Nancy Pelosi from her congressional seat leads to a much larger reckoning for the left.
    Show Notes:
    [00:30] “The Layers of Heaven” by Jovica [01:10] “Coulis Coulis” by The Blue Dot Sessions [03:45] On Senator Amy Klobuchar, sporks combs and salads  [04:00] “Grizzlies” by Mary Riddle [04:30] “The second most important race” to watch [06:30] Full results of San Francisco’s 2020 Primary elections Respect to Craig Sager  [06:45] h/t Dorris Burke [07:30] Follow Jasper Wilde [08:50] Read Jasper’s 4,300-word essay here [09:20] “Vik Fenceta” by The Blue Dot Sessions [10:30] Recent progressive wave in San Francisco San Francisco’s problem with needles Light reading on San Francisco’s homeless problem More on the Bay Area housing crisis [11:30] Light reading on: [12:35] “Dusting” by The Blue Dot Sessions [13:00] Related: AOC’s shoes and sneakers [17:05] Follow Otto Pippenger And a recent interview on the split within the Democratic party [19:20] A past read on Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez Shahid’s reply [22:10] Liz Croydon’s sexual harrasment allegations against Shahid Buttar from The Intercept from Mission Local from The San Francisco Chronicle and it’s earlier reporting from The Humanist Report from Rolling Stone’s Useful Idiots Podcast a counter-narrative to Elizabeth Croydon’s Medium essay a response from the Shahid campaign [23:10] Coverage of the allegation: [23:45] More from The Intercept’s Akela Lacy on the allegations and its impact on the Shahid Buttar campaign [36:45] “Tarte Tarin” by The Blue Dot Sessions  [37:15] Gloria Berry’s defense of Shahid Buttar [42:00] Follow Akela Lacy for more political coverage [44:30] Amy Klobuchar didn’t eat a salad with a spork, it was actually a comb [54:20] “Swing That Horn” by Mary Riddle more at thisissomenoise.com/ep-31  

    • 56 min
    Ep. 030 — Not Me, Us (Part I of II)

    Ep. 030 — Not Me, Us (Part I of II)

    Quote:
    "I'm a progressive, yeah." —U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
    About:
    A two-part story about a campaign trying to unseat Speaker Nancy Pelosi from her congressional seat leads to a much larger reckoning for the left.
    Show Notes:
    [00:30] “The Layers of Heaven” by Jovica [01:00] Light reading on Agatha Bacelar [01:05] “Coulis Coulis” by The Blue Dot Sessions [01:45] Light reading on the progressive movement [01:50] Light reading on Tom Gallagher [02:00] Light reading on Medicare for All, The Green New Deal and US Militarism [02:50] “Swing That Horn” by Mary Riddle [04:15] A profile of Shahid Buttar (@shahidforchange / @Sheeyahshee) And the results [04:45] That time Shahid Buttar ran against Nancy Pelosi in 2018 [05:20] “Exquisite Motion” by The Blue Dot Sessions  His EFF background A rapper and singer A poet A music producer and DJ His 2016 Buring Man DJ set His appearance on Russia Today’s “Breaking the Set” [05:25] Light reading on Shahid’s background [06:15] Related: Burning Man sucks Reason #1029492 [06:20] Related: “Freedom Music” by Irfan Rainy & Baba Israel And when it ended [08:45] Remember the Bernie Sanders Presidential campaign  Mission Local His early coverage of Shahid’s campaign and here Spoiler alert: his later coverage of the campaign And a reminder to go back and listen to the Frisco series, Part I here [09:20] More on Joe Eskenazi [10:55] “Setting Pace” by The Blue Dot Sessions   The tearing up of speeches The #resistance movement The performative criticism What Shahid tweeted [11:00] More on the clapback Related reading and viewing Her wheeling and dealing on Obamacare [11:20] More on Nancy Pelosi’s history in politics More on her vote on Iraq War Related: Her handling of Bush impeachment Her votes on national security Her stance against progressive movement Her 2019 interview on 60 Minutes [12:50] Her votes on Iraq Wars More on Green New Deal [13:10] More on Medicare for All [13:20] “The Cornice” by The Blue Dot Sessions Related Instagram trends [16:45] h/t @doorsoftunisia [18:20] Follow Otto Pippenger [18:30] Light reading on SF Supervisor Dean Preston  [18:45] Related: Rise of the DSA   [21:00] Related: The recent drug overdose epidemic in the San Francisco Bay Area [23:20] Light reading on San Francisco City College accreditation fight [26:40] Follow Jasper Wilde  [29:15] Light reading on Bernie Sanders 2016 campaign and feminism [29:50] “Setting Pace” by The Blue Dot Sessions  [30:00] For more on the specialty coffee scene, listen to “Bougie Coffee” Bay Area coffee roaster’s sexual assault and harassment scandal [30:25] Related: SCAA’s expo in Dubai [34:00] More on Shahid’s backstory [34:30] Related: Pelosi’s support of government surveillance more at thisissomenoise.com/ep-30 [38:15] Listen to Part II here  

    • 38 min
    Ep 029 — For the Culture, Part II

    Ep 029 — For the Culture, Part II

    Quote:
    “Where do you want to start?” —Farhad Azad
    About:
    Afghanistan has far too often been referred to as a place where countries go to die, it is a graveyard of empires.
    This moniker has been cited so many times and for so long that it’s unclear who first said it. Even the Afghan community will recite this pride. But what a title like this fails to convey is that while this might be a country responsible for the many tombstones of others, it very well is also a moratorium of progress for itself, a state in perpetual arrested development.
    This is also a cemetery for countless Afghans who, in more modern times, failed to see any empire rise.
    Why do some countries get to debate their histories while others have their legacy determined by outsiders? And what gets lost along the way?
    This is Part II of a multi-part story on how history, current events, and culture all complicate the Afghan identity. 
    Show Notes:
    [00:30] “The Layers of Heaven” by Jovica [00:45] The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini [00:50] The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis [01:15] Re: Is it hard to have fun when you have a library card? [01:20] More on Jamil Jan Kochai (@jamiljankochai) Read his book, 99 Nights in Logar Read his New Yorker story [01:35] The renovation project on the West Sacramento Public Library [02:35] Listen to Part 1 here [02:50] A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini  [03:10] Sea Prayer by Khaled Hosseini  [03:15] “Mirrored Seduction” by Walt Adams [04:40] SparkNotes for The Kite Runner  [05:05] The Kite Runner movie trailer [07:50] “Attan-Khatme Zanzeri” s/o to the original “afghan-music.com”  [09:50]  Books here: Afghanistan: A Short History of Its People and Politics by Martin Ewans The Dressmaker of Khair Khana by Gayle Lemmon Killing the Cranes: A Reporter's Journey through Three Decades of War in Afghanistan by Edward Girardet Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism in Central Asia by Ahmed Rashid Zinky Boys: Soviet Voices from the Afghanistan War by Svetlana Alexievichy Directorate S: The C.I.A. and America's Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan by Steve Cole Horse Soldiers: The Extraordinary Story of a Band of US Soldiers Who Rode to Victory in Afghanistan by Doug Stanton [11:55] “Walk Like an Egyptian” cover by The Cleverlys [12:20] Light reading on Napoleon’s conquest of Egypt Related reading here [12:35] French Suite No. 2 in C Minor [13:20] Light reading on the late Edward Said [13:30] A recent review of Orientalism by Edward Said [13:45] “Choose Your Outfit” by Colors of Illusion [14:10] Edward Said with the Media Education Foundation in 1998 [15:20] More on Farhad Azad and afghanmagazine.com [16:10] “Over the Dunes” by Jon Sumner [16:55] Light reading on Nader Shah [17:10] Light reading on the Pashtuns More on Pashtunwali Light reading on Ahmad Shah Durrani [20:05] “Portobello Road” by David Celeste [20:30] More on Dr. Nivi Manchanda (@ManchandaNivi) Her blog on the disorder of things Her book, Imagining Afghanistan: the History and Politics of Imperial Knowledge  A Q&A on her book [21:00] Light reading on the British East India Company [21:10] Light reading on the geopolitical context of the 1800s [21:50] An Account of the Kingdom of Caubul, and its Dependencies in Persia, Tartary, and India [22:30] Some of Dr. Manchanda’s other writings “The Imperial Sociology of the ‘Tribe’ in Afghanistan” “Queering the Pashtun: Afghansexuality in the homo-nationalist imaginary” [23:45] “Fairy’s Fear” by Deskant  [26:30] “Leavy Quickly” by Alan Carlson-Green [26:35] Light reading on the US-Afghan war [26:50] Light reading on the Great Game [27:00] “Oh Motherland” by Sight of Wonders  [27:25] “Devil’s Disgrace” by Deskant [27:35] Light readin

    • 45 min
    Ep. 028 — For the Culture, Part I

    Ep. 028 — For the Culture, Part I

    The first part of a multi-part series on Afghanistan and how culture, current events, and history complicate identity and what it means to be from there.

    • 50 min
    Ep. 027 — For the Culture: A Prologue

    Ep. 027 — For the Culture: A Prologue

    This is a prologue to a multi-part series about the Afghan diaspora in America reclaiming their past and trying to grow from the present. It’s a story about culture, identity and authenticity.
    Show Notes:
    [00:30] “The Layers of Heaven” by Jovica [00:55] Hit rewind. (freesound.org / cognitu perceptu) [01:00] “Our Son the Potter” by The Blue Dot Sessions [01:10] When LeBron James threw up his arms at J.R. Smith [01:20] The hit song of Summer 2017 [01:30] Why the Game of Thrones finale was awful The teaser to Season 7 for old times sakes [01:45] Brigette Gabriel’s call to “protest” More on Brigette Gabriel [02:10] The Southern Poverty Law Center’s take on ACT for America [02:15] Saturday, June 10, 2017, “anti-sharia protests” take place across the country [03:15] Dispatch from an “anti-sharia protest” in Santa Clara, Calif. (h/t @SarRavani) [06:25] More on the 2017 Portland train incident Related: The Story of a Hate Crime [06:40] The surge of hate crimes that followed shortly after the 2016 election See here, here, here and here [09:00] Light reading on no-go-zones. [09:10] Light reading on Dearborn, Mich. [09:40] “Cupcake Marshall” by The Blue Dot Sessions  [12:15] Light reading on “white genocide” [14:40] “Verdigris” by The Blue Dot Sessions [16:20] This is a throwback to the original prologue of this podcast. It’s meta. [16:50] Light reading on that third culture wave. [17:20] Spoiler alert: no. [17:30] Afghan National Anthem performed on TOLO TV

    • 19 min
    We Too Shall Pass

    We Too Shall Pass

    In mere weeks, this country has seen COVID-19-related deaths rise past casualty totals for past wars and surprise attacks, sometimes passing those records daily. It seems like every day is filled with death.

    But this isn’t the first time humanity has faced a pandemic. And this isn’t the first time society has reckoned with death. Is this a punishment? Or is God to blame?

    • 53 min

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