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Episode 1063

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Jul 6 2019

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Sophie Lewis

Another family is possible: On the radical horizon of gestational politics.

Theorist Sophie Lewis explores the radical horizon of gestational politics - from the brutal physical and social costs of 'natural' pregnancy's labor, to the liberatory promises of a new, re-ordered society built on poly-maternalism, children's liberation, gender abolition and true care for all people.

Sophie is author of Full Surrogacy Now: Feminism Against Family from Verso.



Ben Burgis

The left should be able to change people's minds. Don't change my mind.

Writer Ben Burgis explores the use and misuse of facts, feelings, reason and argument in the modern discourse - as conservative media grifters occupy the realm of debate with cheap gimmicks and lazy reactionary appeals, the left must be able to talk logically and confidently about leftism, with people on our side, and the people who need a little convincing.

Ben is author of Give Them an Argument: Logic for the Left from Zero Books.



Esther Sullivan

Inside America's mobile home housing crisis.

Sociologist Esther Sullivan examines the precarious nature of housing in American mobile home parks - where community-wide evictions and punitive municipal planning threaten the security of working class people trying to build stable lives within the nation's largest source of affordable housing.

Esther Sullivan is author of from Manufactured Insecurity: Mobile Home Parks and Americans’ Tenuous Right to Place from University of California Press.



Jeff Dorchen

The Astrocrats: Against the Disney magic bullshit of Marianne Williamson.

In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen peeks beyond the celestial veil at candidate Marianne Williamson, a deeply shallow magical thinker, a self help guru for people who can afford help, a clown in an already packed clown car driving off a cliff. Enough, c'mon you know this is dumb.

Read the transcript here