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A year end political state of the world with the one and only Jimmy Dore on AEWCH 53!

27 Dec

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Friends,

I’m ending my first full year of podcasting with a review of the current political climate, featuring none other than the passionate and hilarious Jimmy Dore. Jimmy is the host of the über-popular The Jimmy Dore Show, one of the most incisive political news shows of our time. Jimmy was also a member of The Young Turks (the second Young Turk on the show, after Hasan Piker on AEWCH 36), and his comedy special, Sentenced To Live, is available on iTunes and Amazon. Also, Jimmy is a fellow Patreon-er, and you can support his Patreon here.

Jimmy and I talk about his transition from comedy to new commenter to target of smear campaign. We also go into free speech and its pitfalls, the absence of foundational questions in the media, why Trump’s America doesn’t start with Trump and censorship doesn’t start with Alex Jones, how post-Trump we’ll still have all the same problems, how capitalism relies on war, and what we can do as individuals and a culture to change things ASAP.

 

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Arabs in Hollywood are dangerous. Good! Punisher: War Zone director Lexi Alexander on AEWCH!

12 Dec
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Friends,
Lexi Alexander is a heroic figure in Hollywood: She’s an incredible director, a fierce activist, and known for her generosity to marginalized creators. Lexi and I talk about themes that are considered dangerous in Hollywood, especially violence, sex, and Arabness. We also talk about violence and melodrama, men breaking down in movies, masculinity, why monogamy is perverse, age of consent laws, sex education and sexual imagery, slimy DMs, Arab representation in media and US culture, the construction of Arab identity, how Islamophobes exploit feminism and LGBT rights to attack Muslims, the benefits and problems of unions in Hollywood, and more!
* Note: Sorry about the sound on this episode, if you noticed. There was a huge hiss running through, which I remedied with help from the excellent folks at Nostalgia Trap. But the thing sounds a little, um, opaque and bass heavy. It gets a but better around 19:00. I suggest you turn the treble up on your settings for this, and then it sounds much better! And if you didn’t notice, well, then, thank you!
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How To Destroy The Patriarchy: Muslim feminist author and radical, Mona Eltahawy, on AEWCH 50, the best episode of AEWCH ever!

4 Dec

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Friends,

On my favorite episode of AEWCH so far, I speak with feminist author and radical, Mona Eltahawy. Mona is the author of Headscarves and Hymens: Why The Middle East Needs A Sexual Revolution, a book which has shaken the Arab world, feminist discourse, and also, on a personal note, has changed my inner life. Mona articulates what patriarchy is — and why it is our urgent task to resist it — better than anyone I’ve ever read or spoken to. Even if you have some resistance to the term (*ahem* hello, bros), Mona will help you see why this framing is so important. .

Mona and I talk about:

  • our sexual assaults and how we recovered and transmuted them into action
  • what patriarchy is, exactly, and how it enables and protects power
  • why enthusiastic consent is a problem (and how our consent is violated every day)
  • the urgent and political task of pleasure
  • why masculinity is a desire and the Brett Kavanaugh meltdown, where white male rage comes from
  • the way white people (particularly white women) pathologize Muslims (particularly Muslim women) without confronting their own issues
  • what we can learn about consent from porn performers
  • why sex isn’t and is special and why a sexual revolution is so important
  • the “trifecta of patriarchy and misogyny”
  • why we need to reject monogamy as a default relationship structure
  • why we don’t have to say “everything is political” to fight bullshit
  • how patriarchy hurts men too

I am so excited and proud to share this episode with you.

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In Which I Am ALMOST Converted To Marxism. Malcolm Harris – author of Kids These Days: The Making of Millennials – on AEWCH!

27 Nov
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Friends,
I’ve never met anyone quite as Marxist as writer and activist Malcolm Harris; at least not anyone I liked talking to this much. Malcolm and his excellent book, Kids These Days: Human Capital and the Making of Millennials, are utterly convincing arguments for Marxism. And his writing creates a powerful portrait of difficult times, and contextualizes the challenges millennials face, rather than just bemoaning kids.
On a hot Philadelphia day, Malcolm and I discussed the culture context millennials struggle in, why school is forced labor and homework is a hellscape, why academics fuck their own books over, the childhood ultimate ninja athlete challenge, why Only Fans can turn adult performers into bosses, whether or not anything exists outside the market, how homosexuality was exploited by capitalism (*cough* Grindr *cough*), why class relations predate capitalism, the history of (some) Marxists leaving out other struggles, why all workers “think of England” and none are overpaid, why protest does and does not matter, how we can’t usefully talk about fighting capitalism as violence, and what tactics we could be developing.
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Fighting oppression is the most human thing of all: George Ciccariello-Maher on AEWCH + A special thank you episode!

20 Nov

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Friends,

Very happy to have the incisive and forcefully anti-capitalist presence of George Ciccariello-Maher – scholar, activist, writer, Marxist – on AEWCH this week.

We break down what dialectics are, if you’re unfamiliar. Then we talk about the Cuban revolution, why liberal centrists are a total failure, how we can’t expect to resolve every contradiction, why Marxism needs anti-imperialism, how inner struggle translates into action, how a skewed focus on our wounds can stop us from doing what needs to be done in the world, why solidarity requires struggle, Hegel vs the individual (AKA Geo vs Conner), whether or not everything is political, the value of Stormy Daniels, how struggle exists outside of capitalism, and what we can actually DO with all this theory.

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BONUS!

I’ve posted an extra audio-only thank you episode for all my listeners and patrons.

I talk about how the podcast came to be (it was half Abby Martin and half tarot reading, believing it or not), why porn performers make almost no money, and what’s to come with both AEWCH and my patreon!

Here you go:

Capitalism VS Wanting To Want Wanting: Psychoanalytic Theorist Todd McGowan on AEWCH!

9 Nov
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Friends!
Psychoanalytic theorist Todd McGowan is one of my favorite thinkers. He’s the author of many of my favorite theory books, including Enjoying What We Don’t Have: The Political Project of Psychoanalysis and Capitalism and Desire: The Psychic Cost of Free Markets. He’s also a professor of English and Film Studies, and the co-host (with Ryan Engley) of the excellent theory/philosophy podcast, Why Theory.
We break down psychoanalytic terms for people new to the concepts. We also talk about why Freud matters now more than ever, how psychoanalysis lens applies to politics, Wittgenstein as a bridge between analytic and continental philosophy (don’t worry, we explain what those are), how capitalism works, why we need to want what we want, christianity and psychoanalysis, solipsism, symbiosis, why disseminating ideas matters, the important and dismissible Slavoj Žižek, and what constitutes clothing in a nudist colony, among other things.
One of my favorite things about this episode is the way that Todd and I find a balance with each other’s ideas. I had so much fun talking with him.
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Until next time!
XO
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Conner talks with one of his intellectual and artistic heroes: Cap’n Jazz & Joan of Arc frontman, Tim Kinsella. Music, the occult, creativity, disruption – all on AEWCH 43!

2 Oct

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Friends,

Joan of Arc, Cap’n Jazz, Owls, and Make Believe frontman Tim Kinsella has long been a source of creative inspiration for me. So it was such an honor to have him on the show, and a pleasure to talk with him. The conversation is wide-ranging, but also intense.

We talk about music, of course; but also the occult, how art happens to us and why, the merits of making audiences uncomfortable, why utopia motivates us, modernism and ghosts.

As always, the show notes are on my patreon, click here to go deeper into the stuff we talk about!

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The End Of Privacy (And How To Make It A Good Thing) on AEWCH 41!

11 Sep
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Keeping with my promise to do some sex & sexuality-themed episodes, this time I’m talking about privacy and secrecy, how “invasion of privacy” is another name for “extraction of labor,” why we need to smash out cognitive dissonance around those concepts, how old notions of privacy have been seized by corporations, why we think of corporations as people, social media, and what happens if we smash the old version of privacy and move into a notion of being more public.
Show notes are now available for everyone, and you can find them here.
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My old trainer, Craig Reynolds.

“Where are the writers who are tearing into Kellyanne Conway?”: Rabih Alameddine on AEWCH!

21 Aug
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Friends,
This week’s guest, Rabih Alameddine, is one of the greatest writers of our time. His novels, including the masterpiece, The Hawkawati, and the National Book Award nominee, An Unnecessary Woman are stories about storytelling, resistance, love, and art.
Rabih and I talk about how and why art is political (and when that fails), why writers write about writers, JM Coetzee fumbling sweetly over gayness, the anti-intellectualism of American writers vs the pretensions of European ones, the connection between the art we consume and the politics we have, the disconnect between Americans and literature. Rabih calls Milo “Yanni,” thinks over what AIDS did to gay politics and culture, and we both talk about disgusting people.
As always, show notes are available for patrons of the show.
Love! CH

Conner Habib/Young Turks/Chap Traphouse Form A Sexy Political Voltron

26 Jul

Friends, I’m on Chapo Trap House (the biggest socialist media outlet in the US), talking about sex workers’ rights and why the Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA), also known as the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA), have been disastrous for sex worker safety and livelihood.

And I’m also getting political with The Young Turks – By having their handsomest superstar, Hasan Pike on Against Everyone with Conner Habib!

 

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Me + Hasan Piker from the Young Turks, connect our political and emotional development. Hasan is smart, hedonistic, and compassionate.

We talk about bullying, the hyper-regulation of culture, enthusiastic consent,  why the context of someone’s entire body of work and life matters, Roseanne, Jon Ronson, the nightmare of straight men/straight women relational dynamics, and what we can do to improve the world.

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