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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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Jan 28, 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 12, I (Kiran) speak with Michael Graham, senior writer and editor at Progressive Army. Michael & I chat about what Progressive Army is and what is coming in this progressive indie media world. We discuss whether a person can work in an industry or company like the military, defense contracting, or banking, and still be a progressive activist.

How do you balance doing what you have to do pay the bills, and helping out in progressive causes to make the world a little better?

We discuss various ways that busy people can also be part of progressive causes and movements, and the importance of listening to, watching, reading, and supporting independent media in the age of Trump.

 

Show notes:

~ Read Michael's posts on Progressive Army:
http://progressivearmy.com/author/mgraham

~ Follow Michael on Twitter:
https://twitter.com/BLUpfront



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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❤️ Support This Podcast Via Patreon! ❤️

 

Jan 18, 2017

Welcome to Not Your Cup of Chai, a podcast hosted by Kiran Opal and Bisha K. Ali where we discuss feminism, politics, war, and social and cultural news, from an intersectional, no-BS lens.

Please support our work by pledging for us on Patreon. Your support and love are greatly appreciated! ☕️❤️☕️

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

 

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Episode 11 is a special episode to mark an historic week in US history - a week that starts with Martin Luther King day, and ends with the presidential inauguration of Donald Trump.

In this episode, I (Kiran) speak with Wendi Muse, a scholar in the field of racialized politics, authoritarian regimes, and leftist movements, about the history of racial politics, civil rights, and the intersections of those movements with anti-imperialist movements.

We also discuss how race - and other identity categories - have been deployed lately in service of the imperialist wars of neoliberal capitalism. Wendi brings her immense knowledge of scholarly works, historical context, and lived experience to a topic that is now more relevant than ever.

 

Show notes:

~Daniel José Camacho's excellent piece: How King’s political vision became politically irrelevant
https://www.christiancentury.org/blog-post/how-king%E2%80%99s-political-vision-became-politically-irrelevant


~Wendi's Storify of the #LeftPOC hashtag she started:
https://storify.com/wendimuse/leftpoc


~Penny M. Von Eschen's book: Race against Empire: Black Americans and Anticolonialism, 1937–1957
https://www.amazon.com/Race-against-Empire-Anticolonialism-Collectifs/dp/0801482925/


~Wendi's response to Joan Walsh's erasure of Black and Brown Leftists
https://twitter.com/MuseWendi/status/820696535608492032


~What’s Missing When We Talk about Russiagate | by Wendi Muse
http://progressivearmy.com/2017/01/10/whats-missing-talk-russiagate/


~Matthew Yglesias's article where he's "OK" with poor people in Bangladesh dying in garment factories because they're poor: "Different Places Have Different Safety Rules and That's OK"
http://www.slate.com/blogs/moneybox/2013/04/24/international_factory_safety.html


~Muslim Americans Express Disappointment Over Debate Rhetoric Tying Muslims to Terrorism
http://www.nbcnews.com/news/asian-america/muslim-americans-express-disappointment-over-debate-rhetoric-tying-muslims-terrorism-n663431


~NAACP's tweet lauding hug between Michelle Obama and George W. Bush
https://twitter.com/NAACP/status/780090407602548736


~Obama's farewell speech
http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-obama-farewell-speech-transcript-20170110-story.html


~Why Did the US Drop 26,171 Bombs on the World Last Year?
https://www.thenation.com/article/why-did-the-us-dropped-26171-bombs-on-the-world-last-year


~Angela Davis rallies activists at MLK commemoration
http://citizensmediaresource.blogspot.com/2017/01/trump-trying-to-make-america-white-again.html

 


~~~Further Reading~~~


More books recommended by Wendi:
Black Morocco: A History of Slavery, Race, and Islam (African Studies)
https://www.amazon.com/Black-Morocco-History-Slavery-African/dp/1107651778/


~Tell This in My Memory: Stories of Enslavement from Egypt, Sudan, and the Ottoman Empire
https://www.amazon.com/Tell-This-My-Memory-Enslavement/dp/0804788642/


~Black Star, Crescent Moon: The Muslim International and Black Freedom beyond America
https://www.amazon.com/Black-Star-Crescent-Moon-International/dp/0816675864


~Geographies of Liberation: The Making of an Afro-Arab Political Imaginary
https://www.amazon.com/Geographies-Liberation-Afro-Arab-Political-Imaginary/dp/1469612887


~Rebel Music: Race, Empire, and the New Muslim Youth Culture
https://www.amazon.com/Rebel-Music-Empire-Muslim-Culture/dp/0375424903


~Black Crescent: The Experience and Legacy of African Muslims in the Americas
https://www.amazon.com/Black-Crescent-Experience-African-Americas/dp/0521600790





Happy listening!
-Kiran & Bisha

 

Not Your Cup Of Chai - with Kiran Opal and Bisha K. Ali - A podcast where an activist & a comedian cut through all the bullshit & discuss politics,feminism, war, culture all with an intersectional lens.

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Follow us on Twitter

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

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

❤️ Please Support Our Work Via Patreon! ❤️

 

Jan 11, 2017

Welcome to Not Your Cup of Chai, a podcast hosted by Kiran Opal and Bisha K. Ali where we discuss feminism, politics, war, and social and cultural news, from an intersectional, no-BS lens.

Please support our work by pledging for us on Patreon. Your support and love are greatly appreciated! ☕️❤️☕️

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

 

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In Episode 10, we talk about some changes coming up on our podcast, as Bisha takes her comedy show on the road all the way to Edinburgh Fringe festival!

We then get into a deep, nuanced discussion about White Feminism (sometimes also called Neoliberal Feminism), a particular brand of feminism that is often misunderstood. We talk about what White Feminism means and what it does not mean. We also consider whether "people of colour" can be White Feminists.

We then explore how "Muslim" has become a racialized identity, and how "Islam is not a race" is used as an excuse for instrumentalizing Muslim identities in service of White Supremacism and imperialism. We also talk about what "Intersectionality" means to us. And we ponder why any LGBTQ, black, Jewish, Latinx or Muslim people would vote for Trump.

 

Show notes:

~Blog: This Is What I Mean When I Say "White Feminism"

~Also listen to Kiran interviewing Conner Habib in Episode 6.

~"Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality,. Identity Politics, and Violence Against. Women of Color." Original paper by Kimberle Crenshaw (pdf)



Happy listening!
-Kiran & Bisha

 

Not Your Cup Of Chai - with Kiran Opal and Bisha K. Ali - A podcast where an activist & a comedian cut through all the bullshit & discuss politics,feminism, war, culture all with an intersectional lens.

..........................................................................

Follow us on Twitter

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

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

❤️ Please Support Our Work Via Patreon! ❤️

 

Jan 3, 2017

Welcome to Not Your Cup of Chai, a podcast hosted by Kiran Opal and Bisha K. Ali where we discuss feminism, politics, war, and social and cultural news, from an intersectional, no-BS lens.

Please support our work by pledging for us on Patreon. Your support and love are greatly appreciated! ☕️❤️☕️

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

 

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In Episode 9, I (Kiran) interview Hala Abdullah, a Saudi poet and the co-founder of the Riyadh Writing Club. We discuss the experiences of being a writer and a woman in Saudi Arabia, and the art and literary scene in other Gulf countries as well. Hala also shares one of her poems during the interview as a treat for me and you!

 

Show notes:

~Hala Abdullah's blog.

~Hala's book "Strip"

~Hala's TED Talk (*TED Poem)

~Riyadh Writing Club blog

~Contact info for the Club:
inquiries@riyadhwritingclub.com
or 7allo@riyadhwritingclub.com



Happy listening!
-Kiran & Bisha

Not Your Cup Of Chai - with Kiran Opal and Bisha K. Ali - A podcast where an activist & a comedian cut through all the bullshit & discuss politics,feminism, war, culture all with an intersectional lens.

..........................................................................

Follow us on Twitter

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

..........................................................................

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

❤️ Please Support Our Work Via Patreon! ❤️

 

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