55 episodes

A journey through a diverse collection of remarkable communities and movements figuring out how to build power, solidarity, and connection in a world beset by disasters — both natural and human-caused.

From hurricanes to earthquakes to wildfires to reactionary political and economic scourges, The Response's audio documentaries and interviews highlight some of the most inspiring stories out there and pave a path towards the better world we know is possible.

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A journey through a diverse collection of remarkable communities and movements figuring out how to build power, solidarity, and connection in a world beset by disasters — both natural and human-caused.

From hurricanes to earthquakes to wildfires to reactionary political and economic scourges, The Response's audio documentaries and interviews highlight some of the most inspiring stories out there and pave a path towards the better world we know is possible.

    Stop Cop City with Jesse Pratt López & Nolan Huber-Rhoades

    Stop Cop City with Jesse Pratt López & Nolan Huber-Rhoades

    For the past couple of years, the City of Atlanta, George, has been pushing forward a project nicknamed “Cop City” — a tactical training compound featuring a mock city which has been referred to as a kind of war base where police will learn military-style maneuvers. The 90 million dollar compound would be built on somewhere between 60 and 300 acres of forest in Atlanta — a space known as the Weelaunee Forest, one of the largest urban forests in the country. 
    As a result of this controversial and extremely unpopular development, a grassroots response has taken shape to stop “Cop City.” One of the responses has been by those known as forest protectors, forest defenders, or tree dwellers — activists who have camped out in the forest hoping to stop the clearcutting, bulldozing, and destruction of the forest from happening. On January 18th, one of these forest protectors, known by their forest name “Tortuguita,” or “Little Turtle” was killed by police during a raid in the forest. 
    This killing has launched the story of “Cop City” — and the grassroots movement fighting against it — into national and even international headlines. In this episode of The Response we’ve brought on two individuals who are part of that movement to break things down for us. 
    Jesse Pratt López is a photographer, documentarian, and organizer involved in the stop cop city movement based in Atlanta. Nolan Huber-Rhoades is a community journalist and filmmaker currently working on a documentary on “Cop City” who has also been covering the events since April of 2021. 
    What are the forces behind “Copy City”? What has the community response looked like — not just to the development itself but also to the brutal police response which has terrorized those protecting the forest? And how does the Stop Cop City movement bring together police abolition, climate change, land back, surveillance capitalism, and the right to protest all in one place? We explore all of these questions and more in this episode with Jesse and Nolan.
    Resources:
    The Atlanta Solidarity Fund GoFundMe for Family of Manuel "Tortuguita" Páez Terán Food not bombs Atlanta Community Movement Builders Defend the Atlanta Forest Little Turtle's War published by Bitter Southerner You can find Jesse Pratt López on Twitter and Instgram & Nolan Huber-Rhoades on Twitter and Instagram.
    Episode credits:
    Host, producer, and editor: Robert Raymond Presenter and executive producer: Tom Llewellyn Theme Music: “Meet you on the other side” by Cultivate Beats Make sure to follow The Response on Twitter and Instagram for updates, memes, and more. Our entire catalog of documentaries and interviews can be found at theresponsepodcast.org or wherever you get your podcasts.
    Please rate and review us on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.
    The Response is a podcast series from Shareable.net.

    • 59 min
    Mutual Aid and Police Accountability with Tha Hood Squad

    Mutual Aid and Police Accountability with Tha Hood Squad

    From a chicken coop providing omelet breakfasts to underserved communities, to a network of farms stretching from Oakland to East Palo Alto, to a night watch program aimed at keeping the police accountable and protecting marginalized communities from police violence, to providing grassroots disaster relief during the most recent storms in the Bay Area — The Hood Squad seems to do it all. 
    In this episode, we’ve brought on JT, Savage, and Nay from The Hood Squad, a mutual aid and police accountability organization based out of the Bay Area. Through their six principles of peace, love, harmony, balance, unity, and justice, the Hood Squad aims to shift the systematic oppression which has targeted the disenfranchised communities of the world. 
    We discuss their origins as a grassroots art and media collective, their expansion into a very broad array of mutual aid work including police patrols or “night shifts” and disaster relief work, and how the Hood Squad reinvests into their community with farming and training for self-sufficiency, self-awareness, and communal responsibility.
    Follow Tha Hood Squad on Instagram, Facebook, and Youtube. And support their work at thahoodsquad.com
    Episode credits:
    Host, producer, and editor: Robert Raymond Presenter and exectuvie producer: Tom Llewellyn Theme Music: “Meet you on the other side” by Cultivate Beats Make sure to follow The Response on Twitter and Instagram for updates, memes, and more. Our entire catalog of documentaries and interviews can be found at theresponsepodcast.org or wherever you get your podcasts.
    Please rate and review us on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.
    The Response is a podcast series from Shareable.net exploring how communities are building collective resilience in the wake of disasters

    • 38 min
    Survival of the Richest with Douglas Rushkoff

    Survival of the Richest with Douglas Rushkoff

    Today on the show, we’ve brought on Douglas Rushkoff to talk about his new book, Survival of the Richest: Escape Fantasies of the Tech Billionaires.
    Douglas is Professor of Media Theory and Digital Economics at Queens/CUNY and a research fellow at the Institute for the Future. Named one of the world’s ten most influential intellectuals by MIT, he hosts the Team Human podcast and has written many award-winning books including: Team Human, based on his podcast, as well as the bestsellers Present Shock, Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus, Program or Be Programmed, Life Inc, and Media Virus. 
    He coined such concepts as “viral media,” “screenagers,” and “social currency,” and has been a leading voice for applying digital media toward social and economic justice. 
    In this interview we explore the strange, dark expressions of AI futurism and tech utopianism growing within the billionaire class. Island bunkers, missions to mars, the Metaverse and the impulse to escape in the face of looming climate and social collapse. These are the fantasies of the rich and powerful, but there is an alternative path for humanity, one anchored in mutual aid, disaster collectivism, and human interdependence. We’ll explore all of this and more in this episode.
    Episode credits:
    Host and exectutive producer: Tom Llewellyn Presenter and editor: Robert Raymond Theme Music: “Meet you on the other side” by Cultivate Beats Make sure to follow The Response on Twitter and Instagram for updates, memes, and more. Our entire catalog of documentaries and interviews can be found at theresponsepodcast.org or wherever you get your podcasts.
    Please rate and review us on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.
    The Response is a podcast series from Shareable.net exploring how communities are building collective resilience in the wake of disasters  

    • 42 min
    [RE-RELEASE] Documentary #1: A Radical Approach to Disaster Relief

    [RE-RELEASE] Documentary #1: A Radical Approach to Disaster Relief

    How do we respond to natural disasters? What comes to mind? Large relief organizations like the American Red Cross? Or perhaps the Federal Emergency and Management Agency? Well, those images are certainly part of the story — but they're not the whole story. In our new podcast series, The Response, we aim to share a perspective that isn't extensively covered in the mainstream media. Specifically, we ask the question: how do communities come together in the aftermath of disasters — often in the face of inadequate official response — to take care of each other?
    In the first-ever episode of The Response, we began to answer that question by taking a deep dive into the Rockaways Peninsula in New York City, to explore how, in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, a grassroots network of activists and volunteers emerged to coordinate one of the most effective relief efforts in the city. The group became known as Occupy Sandy, and in this episode, we tell their story, focusing on the personal narratives of three New Yorkers who were thrown into this spontaneous relief effort. We'll explore how, in the midst of the unfolding catastrophe, unlikely friendships were formed, deep bonds were cultivated, and a perhaps dormant side of New York City was awakened — one based on collectivity, mutual aid, and solidarity.
    Episode Credits:
    Producer, writer, audio engineer: Robert Raymond Executive producer and host: Tom Llewellyn Field producers: Paige Ruane and Jack McDonald Music by:
    Chris Zabriskie Pele Lanterns The Response is a podcast series from Shareable.net exploring how communities are building collective resilience in the wake of disasters

    • 30 min
    Common Humanity Collective with Genean

    Common Humanity Collective with Genean

    Today on the show, we’ve brought on Genean from Common Humanity Collective — a mutual aid organization based out of California’s Bay Area.
    When the pandemic began in 2020, it felt like there was a huge spike in mutual aid efforts — in fact we did an entire series of episodes on many of the community-led responses to COVID that year including an audio documentary that highlighted the work done by a local chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America, or DSA, in Chico, California.
    But where are things now? What have mutual aid organizations, and the left more broadly, learned from the last couple of years? How do we continue to make sure that the mutual in mutual aid remains a central pillar of our efforts? And how can we politicize our work within the communities we’re engaging with? 
    We explore these pressing questions in this week’s interview — along with a lot other stuff on mutual aid and ways to plug in.
    Episode credits:
    Host and editor: Robert Raymond Presenter and executive producer: Tom Llewellyn Theme Music: “Meet you on the other side” by Cultivate Beats Additional Resources:
    Check out Common Humanity Collective and get more information on their air purifier build coming up on December 17th and their mask build on January 22nd on their website. And make sure to follow them on Twitter, Instagram, and on Mastadon.
    Make sure to follow The Response on Twitter and Instagram for updates, memes, and more. Our entire catalog of documentaries and interviews can be found at theresponsepodcast.org or wherever you get your podcasts.
    Please rate and review us on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.
    The Response is a podcast series from Shareable.net exploring how communities are building collective resilience in the wake of disasters

    • 33 min
    Disaster Dispatch: Earthquakes in Indonesia with Meena Palaniappan

    Disaster Dispatch: Earthquakes in Indonesia with Meena Palaniappan

    This week, we’re bringing you the first installment of a new series that we'll occasionally produce: Disaster Dispatches. Each dispatch focuses on a specific disaster and will feature a short conversation with someone within or near a specific disaster zone who can provide insight into how things look on the ground and, in many cases, share first-hand accounts of the response.
    First up, we have Meena Palaniappan joining us once again, this time to talk about the recent 5.6 magnitude earthquake that struck the city of Cianjur, which is in the West Java region of Indonesia, on Nov 21st.
    Meena Palaniappan is the Founder and CEO of Atma Connect. She's an Ashoka Fellow, Fulbright Fellow, and awardee of the Million Lives Club. Since 2014, Meena has led Atma Connect to become a globally recognized technology company focused on helping vulnerable people connect, neighbor-to-neighbor, by sharing practical information and solutions, taking collective action, and building community resilience.
    AtmaConnect built and deploys AtmaGo, a neighborhood-level mobile app in Indonesia and Puerto Rico for users to share real-time information and solutions to better prepare for disasters, improve their access to basic needs, and address chronic vulnerabilities. AtmaGo has reached over 10 million people in Indonesia and Puerto Rico.
    Make sure to check out our full-length interview with Meena, where we take a deep dive into her work with Atma Connect more broadly.
    Episode credits:
    Host and editor: Robert Raymond Presenter and executive producer: Tom Llewellyn Theme Music: “Meet you on the other side” by Cultivate Beats Make sure to follow The Response on Twitter and Instagram for updates, memes, and more. Our entire catalog of documentaries and interviews can be found at theresponsepodcast.org or wherever you get your podcasts.
    Please rate and review us on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.
    The Response is a podcast series from Shareable.net exploring how communities are building collective resilience in the wake of disasters

    • 14 min

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