63 episodes

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 ‱ 710 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.

    Wild Seed: Chapter 14 & Epilogue

    Wild Seed: Chapter 14 & Epilogue

    Anyanwu and Doro find an uneasy peace. But Doro will not, cannot, understand or respect what is sacred to Anyanwu: those she loves. She is done.

    But yet again, Anyanwu chooses life. At the end, she draws boundaries and makes compromises. Is this survival?

    Toshi and adrienne break down the final chapter and epilogue of Octavia E. Butler’s Wild Seed. And as always, offer questions for you and your people to consider.

    We’ll be back in a few months, with Mind of My Mind. And we’re working on merch! So check out our Patreon for more info soon.

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

    • 51 min
    Wild Seed: Chapter 13

    Wild Seed: Chapter 13

    Conflict with Doro, and a suicide. Anyanwu, in her grief, returns to the sea to heal. And when she comes home, Doro is waiting. She finds strange comfort in this long-known being, and as always, danger.

    Toshi and adrienne break down chapter 13 of Octavia E. Butler’s Wild Seed. And as always, offer questions for you and your people to consider.

    What would look different in the US if we had enough space for the grief that we’re currently holding? How vulnerable are we when we are tired?

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

    • 51 min
    Wild Seed: Chapter 12

    Wild Seed: Chapter 12

    Doro left his son with Anyanwu, to marry her daughter. But the son, Joseph, is a sly, vicious, untenable danger. A murderer, a rapist. Only the leopard can respond.

    Toshi and adrienne break down chapter 12 of Octavia E. Butler’s Wild Seed. And as always, offer questions for you and your people to consider.

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

    • 38 min
    Wild Seed: Chapter 11

    Wild Seed: Chapter 11

    Forward in time. Doro has been hunting Anyanwu for decades. He finds her, her children, generations of her line. All she has built, he wants. Yet again, she compromises to keep her people safe. And yet again, there is so much he fails to understand.

    Toshi and adrienne explore chapter 11 of Octavia E. Butler’s Wild Seed. And as always, offer questions for you and your people to consider. 

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

    • 46 min
    Wild Seed: Chapter 10

    Wild Seed: Chapter 10

    A short but fierce chapter. Funerals for Nweke and Isaac. Doro’s emotions push him to change bodies. Anyanwu’s emotions push her to flee. As a dolphin, as a bird, she finds a new clarity, and finally, finally a new sense of her own power. If not partners, then adversaries.

    Toshi and adrienne explore chapter 10 of Octavia E. Butler’s Wild Seed. And as always, offer questions for you and your people to consider.

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

    • 33 min
    Wild Seed: Chapter 9

    Wild Seed: Chapter 9

    We learn more about Doro’s childhood, and more about Anyanwu and Isaac’s love. Nweke’s transition continues with Anyanwu’s support. But Doro’s breeding program doesn’t go to plan. Isaac, Nweke, and everyone come to grief.

    Toshi and adrienne explore chapter 9 of Octavia E. Butler’s Wild Seed. And as always, offer questions for you and your people to consider.

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

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
710 Ratings

710 Ratings

MLGXYZ ,

Engaging, Intriguing, and Motivating

This podcast is amazing. I see, hear, and feel the spiral of wisdom moving from Octavia through Toshi, adrienne, those who make the podcast possible, and those who have grown crops from the seeds that Octavia E. Butler offered. After every episode I feel gratitude and more skilled at navigating this world justly. The music is absolutely beautiful. Thank you!

wheatie m ,

A gift

this podcast is a gift. like three angels holding your hand as you walk through the apocalypse.. wrapping you in love and teaching you how to look it in the face. to feel all of it.. and continue onward with visions, possibility, and dreams. thank you Toshi, Adrienne, and Octavia. so grateful for the wisdom you share..

hilapower ,

A Grounding Practice in a time of flux.

Thank you for bringing this series to life!

This podcast is a deep dive into a book about strength, perseverance, and survival, while the main characters are trying to grow and maintain their humanity during the apolcalyse.

I mean this is in best way possible
 this podcast must be what bible study and discussion groups must be like for devout Christians.

Adrienne and Toshi are the coolest, most down to earth, hosts! Their analyses and invitations to explore the topics for ourselves have invited some deep introspection. I hadn’t explored any of their work until this podcast, but I’ve fallen deeply in love with what I know about them now, and look forward to learning more.

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