108 episodes

Ashes Ashes is a podcast about the end of the world. Each week we explore a new systemic or apocalyptic issue that society is facing now or will have to deal with in the coming decades. Through this we hope to draw the listener to the conclusion that our overarching economic and political systems are inherently flawed. Once that fact is accepted, it's that much easier to do something about it.

Find episodes, full transcripts, links, and more at https://ashesashes.org.

Ashes Ashes Ashes Ashes

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 151 Ratings

Ashes Ashes is a podcast about the end of the world. Each week we explore a new systemic or apocalyptic issue that society is facing now or will have to deal with in the coming decades. Through this we hope to draw the listener to the conclusion that our overarching economic and political systems are inherently flawed. Once that fact is accepted, it's that much easier to do something about it.

Find episodes, full transcripts, links, and more at https://ashesashes.org.

    Face Off

    Face Off

    Episode 107 - "Face Off"
    We're back with more discussions about facial recognition and the draconian world we're quickly building. Updating our previous discussion with new information out Clearview AI, the 2020 protests, coronavirus and our new masked world, and much more. We're thrilled too have a special interview with fashion designer, activist, and technologist Kate Bertash to discuss the implications of facial surveillance and how we can start to fight back. A lot to unpack so sit back and hit play.

    Chapters

    04:47 - Intro stats
    06:23 - What is facial recognition?
    09:14 - Why should we care?
    20:20 - Faults in the system
    35:16 - Clearview AI
    45:48 - Consumer facial recognition
    49:40 - Benefits of Facial Recognition?
    54:37 - Fear
    56:21 - Facial tracking in the home
    58:58 - Interview with Kate Bertash
    01:22:29 - Over-surveillance of communities of color
    01:29:08 - THOSE WHO RESIST: Artists, Technologists, Legislators

    A full transcript will be available as well as detailed links and sources (plus credits and more) on our website ashesashes.org.

    Find more information along with relevant news and links on your favorite social network @ashesashescast.

    CC BY-SA 4.0

    • 1 hr 49 min
    Human Nature

    Human Nature

    Episode 106 - "Human Nature"
    This week we get back to the basics with an episode about climate change and the many people waking up to it. Join us as we explore everything from a new European report on need for renewable energy to fuel economic growth to the work archaeologists are doing on how humans have always had an impact on the earth. A dive into humans, nature, and our place in the world.

    Chapters

    02:48 - Progress on 20 Global Sustainability Goals
    14:39 - Failure to respond
    19:13 - MEDEAS Report in Europe
    25:37 - Faith in science restored?
    31:29 - Short term gains, long term pains
    39:32 - What's coming: migration, heat, crop loss, and more
    53:40 - Brazil mayors cut trees for election
    59:48 - Money is the root of all evil
    1:01:11 - Debt jubilee
    1:04:18 - Economic theory disproves climate change
    1:13:03 - Deep Anthropocene
    1:33:34 - What to Do

    A full transcript will be available soon and detailed links and sources (plus credits and more) are on our website ashesashes.org.

    Find more information along with relevant news and links on your favorite social network @ashesashescast.

    CC BY-SA 4.0

    • 1 hr 41 min
    School's Out

    School's Out

    Episode 105 - "School's Out"
    Friend of the podcast Moriah sits down with us to discuss life as a grad student during the pandemic. Then, we dive into Wendell Berry, a brief history of the start of some universities, the school-to-sports pipeline, competition in the workforce, and we ask what is the purpose of education anyway? Join us on a meandering walk down the hallway of another broken system (don't worry, we'll be back on this soon for deeper dives).

    Chapters

    03:44 Moriah Catches Up
    23:47 Degrees for Cops
    27:16 Profits Over Education
    30:50 Sports
    47:24 Packers
    51:33 What Are People For?
    01:12:21 Land Grant Universities
    01:48:42 What is the Purpose?

    Detailed links and sources (plus credits and more) are available on our website ashesashes.org.

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    CC BY-SA 4.0

    • 2 hr 1 min
    This Land Is My Land

    This Land Is My Land

    Episode 104 - "This Land Is My Land"
    You might be surprised how much our cities and streets are designed to keep people out. From spikes on sidewalks, baby shark music in our parks, to gates, buzzers, bouncers, water, deeds, and a whole bunch of clowns, and more! Why are our places designed to be so hostile to common enjoyment and peace? Why is it so important for white people to wall themselves off from the rest of the world? What does it mean to live in places designed like prisons on the eve of historic climate calamities? These and other questions are all explored as we contemplate and reflect on the crazy world that's driving us all nuts!

    Chapters

    01:12 Some things that make cities terrible
    18:58 Exclusion connected to racism
    35:31 Origins of "Family Values"
    40:47 Whiteness is self-destruction
    46:42 Real estate market exclusion
    1:01:59 Clown Town
    1:05:01 Clown Music
    1:13:34 Anti-Cruisin' USA and more examples
    1:26:57 Gated communities, escapism, and climate change

    Detailed links and sources (plus credits and more) are available on our website ashesashes.org.

    Find more information along with relevant news and links on your favorite social network @ashesashescast.

    CC BY-SA 4.0

    • 1 hr 54 min
    Minimum Justice

    Minimum Justice

    Episode 103 - "Minimum Justice"
    Mandatory minimums, three strike rules, and other similar laws were created to strengthen the "justice" system and make us safer - but have they done the opposite? This week we interview newly minted activists working to free a man caught up in this system and explore in detail the how's and why's of this tragedy of justice.

    Chapters

    04:18 Disparities in Sentencing
    13:26 Justice for Willie Simmons
    29:10 Interview Takeaway
    31:01 The ones who get away with it
    42:05 Mandatory Sentencing and Unintended Consequences
    01:09:08 We live in a b******t society
    01:18:21 Why do prisons exist? Reading from Ruth Wilson Gilmore
    01:30:21 "Justice" versus Justice: What can we do

    A full transcript will soon be available as well as detailed links and sources (plus credits and more) on our website ashesashes.org.

    Find more information along with relevant news and links on your favorite social network @ashesashescast or follow our live shows at twitch.tv/ashesashescast.

    CC BY-SA 4.0

    • 1 hr 38 min
    The Then, The Now, and The Next

    The Then, The Now, and The Next

    Episode 102 - "The Then, The Now, and The Next"
    We've been away for a while and this episode exists to fill in the gap. Catch up with us as we discuss what we've been up to, a small state of the world, and the big question of where do we go from here?

    We hope you've been healthy, happy, and working towards a better future because we've certainly been (well - maybe we haven't been totally happy).

    Chapters

    01:07 Patreon
    03:01 Where ya been
    10:41 Organizing
    20:47 Daniel and the Land
    24:17 Quarantine
    30:33 Work and Connections
    36:26 What next?

    Detailed links and sources (plus credits and more) on our website ashesashes.org.

    Find more information along with relevant news and links on your favorite social network @ashesashescast.

    CC BY-SA 4.0

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
151 Ratings

151 Ratings

ChrisScott1984 ,

Love It

Thanks for the dialogue guys, love the open conversations. It's definitley important for all of us to integrate these ideas into our own daily conversations and make them a priority. Keep it up!

I do mountains ,

RIP

This was consistently one of the best, most important, well-researched podcasts out there. It was a must-listen every week.

Unfortunately it really appears to be dead. They briefly tried a comeback this year, but there’s no hope. At a time when we need this podcast more than ever, it is MIA.

l_evangeline_42069 ,

Favorite podcast

Always well researched and eye-opening. I appreciate the wide variety of topics and it’s always interesting to see how they are all interconnected. Anytime I see a shipping container I think of y’all.

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