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A podcast about the cultural politics of the paranormal. Where Karl Marx shakes his fist at the Loch Ness Monster and Bigfoot speaks to us about the legacies of colonialism. We discuss the contemporary obsession with all things supernatural through a socialist, feminist lens and ask what our strange experiences and beliefs tell us about the society we live in.

The Worker's Cauldron David Roddy& Mercedas Castillo

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A podcast about the cultural politics of the paranormal. Where Karl Marx shakes his fist at the Loch Ness Monster and Bigfoot speaks to us about the legacies of colonialism. We discuss the contemporary obsession with all things supernatural through a socialist, feminist lens and ask what our strange experiences and beliefs tell us about the society we live in.

    Witchcraft and Women's Liberation Part 3: Feminist Spirituality and Magical Politics

    Witchcraft and Women's Liberation Part 3: Feminist Spirituality and Magical Politics

    In this episode of "The Workers Cauldron," we delve into the intersection of feminist paganism and direct action through the lens of Starhawk and her cohorts' activism against nuclear power in the 1980s.
    We navigate the rich history and dynamic landscape of the feminist pagan movement, exploring how spiritual practices intertwined with feminist ideals fuelled a potent form of activism. Drawing on the writings of Starhawk, a prominent figure in both feminist and pagan circles, the episode unpacks the significance of reclaiming feminine power in the face of environmental destruction and patriarchal oppression.

    Bonus features: Anarcha-Feminism, EcoFeminism, Spiritual Feminism, Socialist Feminism, all the feminisms.

    Sources:

    Barbara Epstein, Political Protest and Cultural Revolution: Nonviolent Direct Action in the 1970s and 1980s

    Starhawk, Dreaming the Dark: Magic, Sex, and Politics
           The Spiral Dance: a Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess

    Cynthia Eller: Living in the Lap of the Goddess: The Feminist Spirituality Movement in America

    Margot Adler, Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshippers, and Other Pagans in America Today

    Merlin Stone: When God Was a Woman

    Carol Christ and Judith Plaskow (ed): Womanspirit Rising: A Feminist Reader in Religion

    Susan Griffin, Woman and Nature: The Roaring Inside Her

    Peggy Kornegger: Anarchism: The Feminist Connection

    Françoise d'Eaubonne, Le Féminisme ou la Mort
    Ynestra King: The Ecology of Feminism and the Feminism of Ecology



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    Witchcraft and Women's Liberation Part 2: The Susan B. Anthony Coven no. 1

    Witchcraft and Women's Liberation Part 2: The Susan B. Anthony Coven no. 1

    On this episode of The Workers Cauldron, we discuss the schism between radical and cultural feminists in the 1970s. We focus on the life and works of Z Budapest, who founded the Susan B. Anthony Coven no. 1 in 1970, the first of many covens devoted to what she termed “Dianic Wicca.” This reformulation of Wicca was staunchly feminist and believed men could only be initiated into the craft when true gender equality was won.

    Sources:

    Cynthia Eller, Living in the Lap of the Goddess: The Feminist Spirituality Movement in America
    Alice Echols, Daring to Be Bad: Radical Feminism in America 1967-1975

    Margot Adler, Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshippers, and Other Pagans in America Today

    Kristy S. Coleman, Re-riting Woman: Dianic Wicca and the Feminine Divine


    Julia Kubula, Teaching “Bad Feminism”: Mary Daly and the Legacy of ’70s Lesbian-Feminism

    Shai Feraro, “The Goddess is Alive. Magic is Afoot.”: Radical and Cultural Feminist Influences on Z Budapest’s Dianic Witchcraft During the 1970s–1980s


    Zsuzsanna E. Budapest, My Dark Sordid Past As A Heterosexual: First Destiny

    Deborah Netburn, This feminist witch introduced California to Goddess worship

    Roz Kaveney, Why won't pagans accept trans women?
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    Witchcraft and Women's Liberation Part 1: The Story of the Women's International Terrorist Conspiracy from Hell

    Witchcraft and Women's Liberation Part 1: The Story of the Women's International Terrorist Conspiracy from Hell

    In this episode, we tackle the contentious Radical Feminist movement, particularly the actions of the Women's International Terrorist Conspiracy from Hell, aka W.I.T.C.H. We discuss the shifting political ideas of W.I.T.C.H co-founder Robin Morgan and consider how the contradictions within radical feminism--a movement of women who criticized the root of patriarchal society-- gave way to cultural feminism, which held the seeds of a burgeoning feminist spirituality movement.

    Sources
    Jo Freeman, WITCH

    Redstockings, Miss America Protest

    WITCH Manifesto,

    Robin Morgan, Goodbye to All That
    Sisterhood is Powerful, An Anthology of Writings from the Womens Liberation Movement

    Elizabeth Gould Davis, The First Sex

    Matilda Joslyn Gage, Woman, Church and State

    Alice Echols, Daring to be Bad: Radical Feminism in America 1967-1975

    Ronald Hutton, The Triumph of the Moon: A History of Modern Pagan Witchcraft


    Susan Brownmiller, In Our Time: Memoir of a Revolution





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    A Brief Conversation with Brenda Salguero from Monstras

    A Brief Conversation with Brenda Salguero from Monstras

    We are publishing a more relaxed episode this month as we prepare for the next series. Brenda Salguera of the Monstras: Latinx Monsters and Folklore podcast joins us to discuss the strange case of flying humanoids(but maybe illegal gold miners with jetpacks) In Loreto, Peru that made headlines last month.

    Sources from Radio Programas del Perú:
    "They are aliens!": Loreto residents denounce the presence of strange beings that attack them at night

    Loreto: Police and Navy arrived at community where residents reported presence of aliens

    Prosecutor's Office believes it is likely that illegal miners are behind the appearance of "strange beings" in Loreto















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    Teresa Urrea: Rebel and Saint

    Teresa Urrea: Rebel and Saint

    This month, Dr. Jennifer Koshatka Seman joins us to talk about her book Borderlands Curanderos: The Worlds of Santa Teresa Urrea and Don Pedrito Jaramillo. We focus on the life of Teresa Urrea, a folk saint and spiritual healer in late 19th century Mexico that inspired indigenous and poor workers from the borderlands of Mexico to rise up against the Presidency of Porfirio Diaz.



    Jennifer Koshatka Seman, Borderlands Curanderos: The Worlds of Santa Teresa Urrea and Don Pedrito Jaramillo

    Charles Wollenberg, Working on El Traque: The Pacific Electric Strike of 1903


    Brandon Bayne, From Saint to Seeker, Teresa Urrea's Search for a Place of Her Own


    Barbara June Macklin and N. Ross Crumrine, Three North Mexican Folk Saint Movements


    Gilbert M. Joseph and Jurgen Buchenau, Mexico's Once and Future Revolution, Social Upheaval and the Challenge of  Rule since the Late Nineteenth Century, Chapter Two, Porfirian Modernization and its Costs.

    Telegrams, Multiculturalism: Are We Celebrating or Appropriating? (Guest Post by Dr. Jennifer Koshatka Seman)

    David Dorado Romo, Ringside Seat to a Revolution: An Underground Cultural History of El Paso and Juarez, 1893-1923,

    Nicole M. Guidotti-Hernández, Unspeakable Violence: Remapping U.S. and Mexican National Imaginaries

    Paul Vanderwood, The Power of God Against the Guns of Government: Religious Upheaval in Mexico at the Turn of the Nineteenth Century 



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    Peru's Problem with Pishtacos

    Peru's Problem with Pishtacos

    There is a peculiar phantom rumored to haunt the rural roads of the South American Andes. The pishtaco takes the form of a tall, well-dressed white man who steals the fat from the bodies of the region's indigenous inhabitants. We explore how this monster was born out of the horrors of colonization and how it recreates itself throughout the history of Peru as the personification of oppression.

    Sources:
    Mary Weismantel, Cholas and Pishtacos: Stories of Race and Sex in the Andes
    Ernesto Vasquex Del Aguila, Pishtacos: Human Fat Murderers, Structural Inequalities and Resistances in Peru
    Anthony Oliver-Smith, The Pishtaco: Institutionalized Fear in Highland Peru
    Peter Gose, Sacrifice and the Commodity Form in the Andes 
    The Guardian: Gang 'killed victims to extract their fat'

    Time,  Peru's Fat-Stealing Gang: Crime or Cover-Up?

    Democracy Now: Peruvian Police Accused of Massacring Indigenous Protesters in Amazon Jungle






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Did ghosts help the suffragette movement? Is Bigfoot racist? Why have I never seen the chupacabra and Subcomandante Marcos in the same room at the same time?

This exploration on the confluence is leftist politics and the paranormal is the podcast I never knew I needed

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