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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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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.

    Parable of the Talents: Epilogue

    Parable of the Talents: Epilogue

    Larkin/Asha meets her “charismatic, dangerous, heathen” mother, Lauren. Our understanding of the timeline deepens. Marc’s duplicity continues to cause discord and heartbreak. And Earthseed does, finally, take root among the stars.

    Toshi and adrienne break down the epilogue of Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Talents. And offer some final questions (of this series!) for you and your people to consider. 

    Follow us on twitter @oparables, and support us on Patreon at Octavia's Parables. Visit our website at readingoctavia.com for transcripts and more.

    We'll be back later in August with a conversation with Alexis Pauline Gumbs. And later, we'll be launching our exploration of the Wild Seed series. Stay tuned. 

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Parable of the Talents: Chapter 21

    Parable of the Talents: Chapter 21

    All about Larkin. The final chapter. She’s living in New York. Reconnected with uncle Marc, and the church. She knows her mother’s identity, with mixed awareness. Some of her childhood dreams have come true. And yet. Meanwhile, Lauren is gathering her people, with seduction and a chance at a purpose. And still, always, hunting for her daughter.

    To survive, know the past. Let it touch you. Then let the past go.

    Toshi and adrienne break down Chapter 21 of Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Talents. And as always, offer questions for you and your people to consider. Back next week, with the epilogue. 

    Follow us on twitter @oparables, and support us on Patreon at Octavia's Parables. Visit our website at readingoctavia.com for transcripts and more.

    • 57 min
    Parable of the Talents: Chapter 20

    Parable of the Talents: Chapter 20

    Larkin meets her uncle Mark. Her smooth, beautiful, lying uncle Mark. Mark lies about Lauren, her path, her life, a lie of her death. Meanwhile, Lauren is on the move, reenergized. Finally, with a travel companion and collaborator in Earthseed. Earthseed rising.

    Toshi and adrienne break down Chapter 20 of Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Talents. And as always, offer questions for you and your people to consider.

    Follow us on twitter @oparables, and support us on Patreon at Octavia's Parables. Visit our website at readingoctavia.com for transcripts and more.

    • 48 min
    Parable of the Talents: Chapter 19

    Parable of the Talents: Chapter 19

    Larkin’s childhood, young adulthood. Her dream-mapping, her world-building bloom and are punished. Meanwhile, Lauren searches, to exhaustion. Allie tries to plant the seed that her daughter may never return. But Lauren’s search continues, with a new young ally.

    Toshi and adrienne break down Chapter 19 of Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Talents. And as always, offer questions for you and your people to consider.

    Follow us on twitter @oparables, and support us on Patreon at Octavia's Parables. Visit our website at readingoctavia.com for transcripts and more.

    • 51 min
    Parable of the Talents: Chapter 18

    Parable of the Talents: Chapter 18

    A chapter heavy with Marcus. Octavia revisits the politics of attractiveness. Lauren asks Marcus for help finding Larkin. He can’t hear her, he won’t hear her. Lauren gets a vital clue, but at a deep cost.

    Toshi and adrienne break down Chapter 18 of Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Talents. And as always, offer questions for you and your people to consider.

    Follow us on twitter @oparables, and support us on Patreon at Octavia's Parables. Visit our website at readingoctavia.com for transcripts and more.

    • 54 min
    Parable of the Talents: Chapter 17

    Parable of the Talents: Chapter 17

    Once again, we travel with Lauren and with Larkin. Larkin searches to understand her mother. Lauren searches for Larkin, alone despite herself. The children of Acorn are still missing, almost all of them. Lauren braves a Christian America shelter, navigating her terror and trauma. And she sees a familiar, unwelcome, hypocritical face.

    Toshi and adrienne break down Chapter 17 of Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Talents. And as always, offer questions for you and your people to consider. Big, deep questions this week. 

    Follow us on twitter @oparables, and support us on Patreon at Octavia's Parables. Visit our website at readingoctavia.com for transcripts and more.

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
653 Ratings

653 Ratings

AdultPapersPodcast ,

Personally Transformative

This is the podcast of my dreams, literally. It’s a course in the socially relevant points of one of
my favorite authors that is ALSO practically useful for my own transformative justice practice.

HowardTur ,

A deep dive into a very intense story that is chilling to hear in 2021

Chapter by chapter review of the books along with social commentary and suggstions for how people can understand teh lessons from the books and apply them to their lives

seshiro ,

Great literary podcast

Using a novel as a frame for political discussion is a good setup. Hope they or others cover other works by Butler in the future! Butler needs to be taught more in schools.

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