18 episodes

The podcast about politics, science/tech, philosophy, and whatever else it'll take to get us out of this mess. Let's demand a brighter future together!

Solarpunk Now‪!‬ Luka D.

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 8 Ratings

The podcast about politics, science/tech, philosophy, and whatever else it'll take to get us out of this mess. Let's demand a brighter future together!

    Ecology is Radical: A People’s History of Environmentalism

    Ecology is Radical: A People’s History of Environmentalism

    This Earth Month, we’re looking back on the history of environmental radicalism. Brian Tokar is a teacher, activist, and writer who’s been involved in the movements he writes and teaches about since the 70s. We discuss how leftism and environmentalism came together, why ecology matters for the left, and what lessons we can learn from these traditions and put into practice today.Support Solarpunk Now!: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/solarpunkcastFor show notes and more info about this episode, c...

    • 1 hr 2 min
    When the Aliens Land, Invite Them to Dinner: Ruthanna Emrys on Monsters, First Contact, and Hope

    When the Aliens Land, Invite Them to Dinner: Ruthanna Emrys on Monsters, First Contact, and Hope

    What happens when a solarpunk world is visited by aliens?Ruthanna Emrys writes stories for monsters - stories that challenge the role of the monster as something “other,” something to be feared. Her latest novel, A Half Built Garden, is a story of high-stakes interspecies negotiations, of hope and progress despite immense challenges, and of bridging the divide between the familiar and the alien.Ruthanna Emrys (website, and links to buy the book): http://ruthannaemrys.com/Support Solarpunk Now...

    • 59 min
    Bringing Theory Beyond the Academy: Strange Matters Magazine

    Bringing Theory Beyond the Academy: Strange Matters Magazine

    The editors of Strange Matters Magazine want your reading experience to feel like meeting a grad student friend for coffee. Meaning: they explain the most exciting parts of their research, give you all the hot gossip in their field, skip the jargon and elitism, and still deliver the information in a rigorous manner. Strange Matters publishes a variety of genres and viewpoints, all committed to “a new culture of open-minded inquiry on the Left.” In this episode I chat with two Strange Matters ...

    • 1 hr 32 min
    From Capitalist Realism to a Solarpunk Reality

    From Capitalist Realism to a Solarpunk Reality

    After the 2023 Solarpunk Conference, my fellow panelists and I got together for a follow-up. Our panel, From Capitalist Realism to a Solarpunk Reality, discussed the thought and action necessary to bring solarpunk to life. In this episode, we expand on these ideas and develop connections between our related areas of research. Featuring Joey of The Fire These Times, Ariel of Solarpunk Presents, and Andre of HydroponicTrash.Support Solarpunk Now!: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/solarpunkcastFor s...

    • 1 hr 28 min
    AI is Already Existential: The Case for an Anti-fascist Resistance

    AI is Already Existential: The Case for an Anti-fascist Resistance

    AI, as it currently exists, already poses immediate risks. We don’t need to wait on the singularity for AI to become existential – the resistance starts now! In this episode, Dan McQuillan (Goldsmiths Department of Computing) critiques AI from an informed, technical basis. We explore the risks of currently existing models, from shaping our subjectivities to eradicating marginalized groups. And finally, Dan makes the case for an anti-fascist alternative: radical care as the antidote to careles...

    • 1 hr 33 min
    Fashioning the Future: Why Accessible Fashion Matters

    Fashioning the Future: Why Accessible Fashion Matters

    AJ is a fashion designer who focuses on making accessible fashion: clothing for diverse bodies, abilities, and genders. AJ offers his view of the problems with the fashion world, how he’s navigated fashion as a trans man with disabilities, and how his design processes challenges harmful norms. We’ll also hear some great ideas for making fashion part of a brighter future!Support Solarpunk Now!: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/solarpunkcastFor show notes and more info about this episode, click her...

    • 58 min

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