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A podcast diving into Octavia E Butler's Parable of the Sower/Talents, hosted by
Toshi Reagon and adrienne maree brown. Produced by Kat Aaron.

Octavia's Parables adrienne maree brown & Toshi Reagon

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    • 4.9 • 785 Ratings

A podcast diving into Octavia E Butler's Parable of the Sower/Talents, hosted by
Toshi Reagon and adrienne maree brown. Produced by Kat Aaron.

    Mind of My Mind: Chapter 12 & Epilogue

    Mind of My Mind: Chapter 12 & Epilogue

    It can’t be postponed, can’t be avoided. Mary and Doro must face off. Mary tries to send the Patternists away, but she’s too late. She does not anticipate surviving. And yet, and yet. Can the power of the many confront the power of the one?

    We are invited, as always, to urgent questions. Have you learned to fight while in the battle? How could we bring our opposition into our pattern? What is the cost of freedom?

    You can support Octavia’s Parables on Patreon - we are ad-free and independent, and your support helps us stay that way. We appreciate you! Transcripts are at readingoctavia.com, and you can follow us on Twitter @oparables, and on Instagram (finally!) at @oparables.

    • 51 min
    Mind of My Mind: Chapter 11

    Mind of My Mind: Chapter 11

    Mary tries to obey Doro, she does. But sometimes obedient intent isn't enough. Pausing the pattern is killing her. The showdown is inescapable. The patternists, once reluctant and resentful, refuse to leave Mary’s side.

    We are invited, again, to pressing questions. Have you met someone afraid of your power? Do you understand your power, individually? Collectively? What size pattern sustains you, what can you hold?

    You can support Octavia’s Parables on Patreon - we are ad-free and independent, and your support helps us stay that way. We appreciate you! Transcripts are at readingoctavia.com, and you can follow us on twitter @oparables, and on instagram (finally!) at @oparables.

    • 40 min
    Mind of My Mind: Chapter 10

    Mind of My Mind: Chapter 10

    The original pattern members - the first family - spread out, then draw close. Mary and Karl unshield, meld, lose control, find themselves. They decide to have a baby, despite the Patternists struggling around children. But Doro is still seeking to control the Pattern, and the tension between him and Mary comes clear. For us, in our world, these questions of control and transition are urgent - and for Mary, too.

    You can support Octavia’s Parables on Patreon - we are ad-free and independent, and your support helps us stay that way. We appreciate you! Transcripts are at readingoctavia.com, and you can follow us on twitter @oparables, and on instagram (finally!) at @oparables.

    • 49 min
    Mind of My Mind: Chapter 9

    Mind of My Mind: Chapter 9

    A beast of a chapter. Two years have passed. The pattern is enormous, and still growing. Mary continues to weave and transition latents. She has taken over towns, and their non-telepathic residents - the patternists control the “mutes,” and use them as slaves. Doro is confident he can still control Mary, and all those in her pattern. But Emma is not as sure.

    You can support Octavia’s Parables on Patreon - we are ad-free and independent, and your support helps us stay that way. We appreciate you! Transcripts are at readingoctavia.com, and you can follow us on twitter @oparables, and on instagram (finally!) at @oparables.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Mind of My Mind: Chapter 8

    Mind of My Mind: Chapter 8

    After Mary’s show of force, the group cooperates - for the most part. But the biggest surprise is Clay, a life-long latent, who is now in transition. As Mary begins to bring other latents into the pattern, Doro feels his breeding project slipping out of his control. He watches “with carefully concealed emotions of suspicion and envy.”

    You can support Octavia’s Parables on Patreon - we are ad-free and independent, and your support helps us stay that way. We appreciate you! Transcripts are at readingoctavia.com, and you can follow us on twitter @oparables, and on instagram (finally!) at @oparables.

    • 45 min
    Mind of My Mind: Chapter 7

    Mind of My Mind: Chapter 7

    Mary calls a meeting of the pattern members. Emotions are high: resignation, resentment, fear and anger. Some try to challenge Mary, and learn quickly just how much control over them she has. She is coming into her power, and likes it.  

    You can support Octavia’s Parables on Patreon - we are ad-free and independent, and your support helps us stay that way. We appreciate you! Transcripts are at readingoctavia.com, and you can follow us on twitter @oparables, and on instagram (finally!) at @oparables.

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
785 Ratings

785 Ratings

Hays Exp 1 ,

Change

Where has this podcast been? Why didn’t I find it sooner? Going through Parable of the Sower for the third time just to be able to read along.

Leonb4 ,

Getting me through quarantine

I love this podcast! I just finished with the Parables episodes and now I have to read the other books to catch up. This is required listening for our day and age!

Ashleyoftheriver ,

Good discussion but some misinformation about current society

I like the discussion of the book and the questions the hosts pose related to the subject matter. Throughout though the hosts make some incorrect statements regarding our current society. An example is the myth that we already have enough housing and building more apartment buildings are not necessary. Gentrification caused by not enough housing. We are in the midst of a historic housing crisis and need construction of more homes, especially multi family homes from duplexes to tall apartment buildings. We need both market rates and subsidized housing. Numerous studies show that market rate housing brings rents down. Add the affordable and social housing to that and rents might stabilize. Combine with rent control and things might become better for renters. Arguing against more apartment buildings is just going to make the world Butler writes about come about faster.

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