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Not Your Cup of Chai

Not Your Cup of Chai is a podcast by Kiran Opal, featuring commentary and rants, discussions, and interviews with various friends and guests. We usually cover topics in politics, culture, news stories, and activism, all from an international, progressive, socialist and no-nonsense lens.
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Feb 19, 2017

Not Your Cup of Chai is a podcast by Kiran Opal, featuring commentary and rants, discussions, and interviews with various friends and guests. We usually cover topics in politics, culture, news stories, and activism, all from an international, progressive, socialist and no-nonsense lens.

If you like what you hear, please support this podcast with a small monthly pledge on Patreon.

Your support and love are greatly appreciated! ☕️❤️☕️

Supporters of Not Your Cup Of Chai receive bonus episodes and other rewards:
www.patreon.com/notyourcupofchai

 

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In Episode 15, I speak with Conner Habib again (check out our previous discussion too), who is an educator and sex workers' rights advocate. Conner is one of those rare people who sees things from multiple, unique and colourful perspectives, and relentlessly asks us to think hard about "What If We Win?!"

We have a nice long conversation about what it means to have a creative vision of what we want as activists in the world - what we want to see happen beyond just 'resistance' - what kind of society we want to help create.

We share some laughs, and consider how to rethink, and possibly reconcile with, people who may have messed things up along the way to the Era of Trump, but who may now be waking up to how things are and have been. 

Conner and I also have fun exploring possibilities for a different socioeconomic future, and discussing things like sexual liberation, how to rethink spaces for housing and agriculture, what political activists can get from spiritual practices, and even how to talk to animals, trees, and rocks!

 

Show notes:

~ From Conner's blog: Creativity and Resistance: An exercise for your activism

~ Conner's upcoming class: What Is The Occult? (March 12)

~ Recommended by Kiran: The Century of the Self (Full documentary)
http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/the-century-of-the-self
From topdocumentaryfilms.com:
"The Century of the Self, written and produced by Adam Curtis, is an exhaustive examination of his theories on human desire, and how they're applied to platforms such as advertising, consumerism and politics."

~ Recommended by Kiran: Das Rad (The Rocks) (Short film)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-7y3B8DjGw
Das Rad is a 2003 German animated short film written and directed by Chris Stenner, Arvid Uibel and Heidi Wittlinger.

 

Happy listening!
-Kiran

 

 

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Follow us on Twitter

Not Your Cup Of Chai: https://twitter.com/@NYCOChai
Kiran Opal: https://twitter.com/@KiranOpal

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Check out bonus episodes & rewards
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❤️ Support This Podcast Via Patreon! ❤️

 

Feb 11, 2017

Not Your Cup of Chai is a podcast by Kiran Opal, featuring commentary and rants, discussions, and interviews with various friends and guests. We usually cover topics in politics, culture, news stories, and activism, all from an international, progressive, socialist and no-nonsense lens.

If you like what you hear, please support this podcast with a small monthly pledge on Patreon.

Your support and love are greatly appreciated! ☕️❤️☕️

Supporters of Not Your Cup Of Chai receive bonus episodes and other rewards:
www.patreon.com/notyourcupofchai

 

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In Episode 14, I speak with Trevor Hill whose video from a CNN townhall where he questioned Nancy Pelosi's views on capitalism went viral recently. Trevor and I discuss the value of reading primary texts on Marxist thought, instead of relying only on mainstream sources that are often distinctly or discreetly anti-socialist, and the growing realization, especially among younger Americans, of the value of Marxist thought and critique of capitalism. We also chat about how in order to be successful, today's socialist and far left movements have to actively and explicitly ensure that everyone is part of the revolution, including leftist black and brown people, women, and LGBTQ people, and people of all backgrounds, cultures, and abilities.

 

 

Show notes:

~ Follow Trevor on Twitter:
https://twitter.com/SpawnofGluten

~ Watch the clip of Trevor asking Nancy Pelosi about capitalism:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MR65ZhO6LGA

 

~ Listen to Episode 11 where Wendi Muse talked about the history of far left socialist movements and black civil rights movements.
http://notyourcupofchai.libsyn.com/ep-11-racial-politics-from-king-to-trump-with-wendi-muse-not-your-cup-of-chai-podcast

 

~ Some primary texts available for free, by Marx, Engels and others:

Marx Engels Selected Works (marxists.org)
https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/sw/

Marx and Engels' Writings (eserver.org)
http://marx.eserver.org

Books by Karl Marx (Project Gutenberg)
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/author/46

Books by Friedrich Engels (Project Gutenberg)
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/author/47

 

 

Happy listening!
-Kiran

 

 

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Follow us on Twitter

Not Your Cup Of Chai: https://twitter.com/@NYCOChai
Kiran Opal: https://twitter.com/@KiranOpal

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Check out bonus episodes & rewards
www.patreon.com/notyourcupofchai

❤️ Support This Podcast Via Patreon! ❤️

 

Feb 4, 2017

Not Your Cup of Chai is a podcast by Kiran Opal, featuring commentary and rants, discussions, and interviews with various friends and guests. We usually cover topics in politics, culture, news stories, and activism, all from an international, progressive, socialist and no-nonsense lens.

If you like what you hear, please support this podcast with a small monthly pledge on Patreon.

Your support and love are greatly appreciated! ☕️❤️☕️

Supporters of Not Your Cup Of Chai receive bonus episodes and other rewards!
www.patreon.com/notyourcupofchai

 

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In Episode 13, I speak with Anoa Changa again (check out our previous discussion too), who is Editor At Large for Progressive Army. We discuss the Women's March, the Muslim Ban, and how grassroots movements, local electoral politics, and local organizing while networking nationally are important. Anoa shared a bit about her experience going to the Women's March and to an airport rally to protest the Muslim Ban. This was a nice chat and it emphasizes the need to start looking past some differences within activism and learn to appreciate those who are showing up, no matter where they started.

 



Happy listening!
-Kiran

 

 

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Follow us on Twitter

Not Your Cup Of Chai: https://twitter.com/@NYCOChai
Kiran Opal: https://twitter.com/@KiranOpal

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Check out bonus episodes & rewards
www.patreon.com/notyourcupofchai

❤️ Support This Podcast Via Patreon! ❤️

 

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