By CrimethInc. Ex-Workers’ Collective
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Welcome to the Ex-Worker: an audio strike against a monotone world! This twice-monthly podcast explores a wide range of anarchist ideas and action. In each episode, we take an in-depth look at a different topic, introducing various manifestations of the struggle for liberation, and round it off with news, reviews, profiles of current anarchist projects, upcoming events, and more. If you're curious about anarchist visions of freedom—or if you dream of a world off the clock—tune in!
||Explicit#54: Anarchist Resistance in the Trump Era||What will resistance look like in the Trump era? What role can anarchists play? In Episode 54 of The Ex-Worker podcast we grapple with these questions as they will unfold on January 20 and beyond. It’s true, we incorrectly predicted a Clinton...||1/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#53: “Anti-Globalization” Walking Tour of Washington, D.C.||Our first walking tour! Protesters descending on Washington, D.C. to #DisruptJ20 are stepping into a long history of resistance in the belly of the beast. One of the most innovative and powerful cycles of protest in the nation’s capital was the...||1/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#52: An Ex-Voter's Guide to the 2016 Presidential Election||We know you’ve been on the edge of your seat, waiting for see which candidate will receive the Ex-Worker’s endorsement for president this year. In Episode 52, we offer an Ex-Voter’s guide to the 2016 election, including an analysis of the risks...||11/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#51: Anarchism, Voting, and Direct Action: An Audio Zine||Do anarchists vote? If not, how do we express our voice and participate in changing society? What’s the problem with elections and representative democracy? In this special Election Day audio zine,we describe why electing representatives robs us of...||11/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#50: The History and Future of Prison Strikes and Solidarity||As we build momentum towards the September 9th national prison strike, we want to reflect on lessons learned from past generations of prison rebels, as well as how we can maintain energy on September 10th and beyond. In Episode 50 of the Ex-Worker,...||9/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#49: September 9th National Prison Strike||The Ex-Worker is back! And just in time, because a potentially historic national prisoner strike is just around the corner. In our 49th episode, we discuss the upcoming September 9th strike to end prison slavery, with an interview with the...||8/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#48: From Democracy to Freedom Audio Zine||Welcome back to the Ex-worker! We’re eschewing our typical format once again to bring you our second audio zine, a production of Crimethinc.’s new text From Democracy to Freedom. This release coincides with the announcement of an online platform...||4/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#47: Introducing the Anarchist Critique of Democracy||Is Democracy what we’re fighting for, as anarchists? In episode 47 of the Ex-Worker Podcast, a contentious debate between Clara and Alanis on this topic sets the stage for an upcoming, in-depth engagement with the topic of Democracy. In...||3/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#46: International Anarchist Reflections on the New Year||What do anarchists around the world think is in store for the new year? In Episode 45, we began our 2015 year in review, focusing on the US. In this episode, we share reflections on developments in 2015 and from anarchists in Chile, Finland, Brazil,...||2/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#45: 2015 Year in Review!||In our first episode of the new year, the Ex-Worker looks back over 2015 and its highlights, lowlights, and everything in between. We summarize some of the year’s key news developments, including tech developments and struggles around gender,...||1/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#44: To Change Everything - International Panel Discussion||In our 44th episode of the Ex-worker, and our final episode of 2015, we bring you a live audio recording from the last stop of the recently wrapped-up To Change Everything tour, an international panel discussion featuring stories and lessons from...||12/27/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#43: Borders and Migration, Part I: Europe's "Refugee Crisis"||One of the major news stories of 2015 has been the flow of hundreds of thousands of migrants from Syria and beyond into Europe, and the social and political crises this has precipitated. In this episode, we'll take a look at Europe's so-called refugee...||12/6/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#42: Anarchism in Finland, Global Updates||In this episode of the Ex-worker, we take another spin around the world, bringing you several short features focusing on various aspects of the global struggle against domination. We'll share an interview with a Finnish anarchist, who tells us about...||11/15/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#41: Anarchism in Belarus, Czech Republic, Korea, and Beyond||In this episode, the Ex-Worker explores connections between anarchism, repression and resistance across the world in countries that rarely appear in the radical limelight. We share an interview with an Anarchist Black Cross chapter in Belarus,...||9/15/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#40: Struggles Against White Supremacy and Police Since Ferguson||It's been a year since rage over Michael Brown's murder catalyzed an anti-racist and anti-police rebellion that spread from Ferguson around the country. How can anarchists interpret the trajectory of the struggles against white supremacy that have...||9/3/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#39: The Rojava Revolution, Part II||In the latest episode of the Ex-Worker, we continue our discussion of the unfolding social revolution in the autonomous Kurdish territories of Rojava. Building on our coverage in Episode 36, we share two interviews themed around international...||7/29/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#38: Anarchism in Lake Worth, Florida||How do anarchists organize outside of major cities? In Episode 38 of the Ex-Worker, we offer a profile of anarchism in Lake Worth, a small coastal town in southern Florida with a surprisingly active and vibrant culture of resistance. Participants in...||7/1/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#37: The Hambacher Forest Occupation||In this episode, the Ex-Worker offers an in-depth profile of the struggle to defend the Hambacher Forest. In the Rhineland coal country of western Germany, a group of angry locals, environmentalists, anarchists and squatters have converged to...||6/14/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#36: The Rojava Revolution||The Ex-Worker is back! We may have taken a break, but social struggles and resistance across the world have not. In this episode, we focus on the unfolding social revolution in Rojava or western Kurdistan, where an ambitious set of political,...||5/18/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#35: To Change Everything Audio Zine||Welcome back to the Ex-Worker! In celebration of the second anniversary of the podcast, and the resistance unfolding around the world from Baltimore to Milan and beyond, we’re releasing our first audio zine! CrimethInc.’s ambitious new...||5/4/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#34: Staying Safe So We Can Be Dangerous Together||In our 34th episode, we follow themes of repression, security, and resistance through several different short features. In celebration of former Green Scare prisoner Eric McDavid's release after nine years inside, we reflect on the lessons of his case...||2/12/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#33: The Ex-Worker's 2014 Year in Review||From the Ukrainian revolution and war with Russia to the Bosnian uprisings, ISIS/Rojava/Kobane conflicts, the Brazilian World Cup protests, anti-police riots in Ferguson and beyond … 2014 was one hell of a depressing, inspiring, roller coaster...||1/20/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#32: White Supremacy and Capitalism, From 1492 to Ferguson||Rebellion has erupted around the country in the aftermath of grand jury decisions to allow the murderers of Mike Brown in Ferguson and Eric Garner in New York to go free without legal charges. Why did this happen, when authorities knew that this would...||12/18/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#31: Live from the Carrboro Anarchist Book Fair!||Clara and Alanis attended the Carrboro Anarchist Book Fair on November 22nd, 2014, and decided to try an experiment: recording an episode of the Ex-Worker in front of a live anarchist audience! We started off with our usual Hot Wire news, and then...||11/29/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#30: Anarchism in Chile, Part II||The Ex-Worker keeps our eyes to the south as we continue our in-depth exploration of anarchism in Chile. While our last episode sought to provide context and history, this episode delves into two recent cases of repression by the Chilean State against...||11/11/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#29: Anarchism in Chile, Part I: From Popular Power to Social War||On September 11th, while patriotic Americans waved flags and listened to speeches, a few thousand miles south, Chileans massed in the streets and clashed with police on the anniversary of the 1973 military coup. Our 29th episode begins a two-episode...||10/9/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#28: Anarcha-Feminism, Part II: Early Critiques and Visions||In Episode 26, we shared a panorama of dramatic stories from the lives and struggles of 19th and early 20th century anarchist women... but we didn't focus much on their ideas. In the second episode of our three-part series on anarcha-feminism, the...||9/14/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#27: Anti-Police Riots in Ferguson||Since the murder of Mike Brown by police on August 9th, Ferguson, Missouri has been the site of intense riots, looting, and clashes with police. In this episode, we share accounts from participants and reflections on the rebellion, as well as an...||8/24/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#26: Anarcha-Feminism, Part I: Introduction and Herstory||What is anarcha-feminism, and what contribution has it made to both feminism and anarchism? In this episode we kick off a series exploring anarcha-feminism in the past and present. After framing the issue and dealing with some thorny questions around...||8/6/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#25: The Brazil World Cup Protests||The recent World Cup prompted widespread protests across Brazil. In our 25th episode, we discuss why these protests took place, who participated, and how they connected to the uprisings of the last year. We share an audio collage of protest voices, an...||7/16/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#24: Communization||From the incendiary writings of The Invisible Committee prompting arrests on charges of rail line sabotage in France, to the calculated analysis of Theorie Communiste and Aufheben, we may have skipped a few things in our previous two episodes about...||7/1/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#23: May '68 and the Situationist International||Another May Day come and gone! After we catch up on how radicals around the world celebrated it in the streets this year, we'll turn back the clock a few decades to a particularly notorious May: Paris in 1968. The strikes and riots that nearly toppled...||5/31/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#22: Ukraine||This week on the Ex-worker, we're responding to a few listener requests and presenting an analysis of the situation in Ukraine, largely borrowed from our recent feature The Ukrainian Revolution and the Future of Social Movements. We'll also hear an...||4/23/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#21: Communism and Socialism, pt.2||We're back with the second installment of our exploration of anarchism's complicated relationship with communism. Ex-worker's Russia correspondents Misha and Anastasia come to us through the fuzzy airwaves of history, reporting live from the...||4/10/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#20: Communism and Socialism, pt.1||It turns out we have a lot to say about our relationship to communism, so we're breaking this theme segment up into a two-parter. We'll start off our gargantuan exploration by covering some basic definitions of communism and socialism, and...||3/26/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#19: Anarchists In Revolt, From Bosnia to Peru||Our discussion of communism will have to wait … because post-socialist Bosnia is erupting in rebellion! In this episode, we share two interviews with anarchists from the Balkans reflecting on the current uprisings, along with recent updates and...||3/4/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#18: What Anarchism Isn't, Pt 1: Libertarianism and Anarcho-Capitalism||Anarchism ain't what it used to be … if you search iTunes or Youtube these days, you'll find defenders of capitalism and private property claiming the A word more than ever. In our 18th installment of the Ex-Worker, we kick off a two episode...||2/12/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#17: Conspiracy! State Repression Strategies and Anarchist Resistance||As we complete this episode, trial is about to begin for the NATO 3, Chicago anarchists facing domestic terrorism charges after being entrapped by informants during a 2012 protest summit. To understand the case and its context, the Ex-Worker explores...||1/24/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#16: Back to Black||It's a new year and a new episode of the Ex-Worker! In our sixteenth installment, we backtrack a little to cover our biggest topic ever: what is anarchism? What pathways led today's rebels to embrace anarchy, and what does it mean to them? We'll hear...||1/12/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#15: The Ex-Worker Holiday Special||In our first-ever holiday special, Clara and Alanis take a whirlwind tour through two hundred years of blistering anarchist critiques of religion and morality. From romantic poets to guillotined dynamite artists, from Enlightenment philosophers to...||12/16/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#14: Squat the World!||In this episode, Alanis and Clara allegedly break into an abandoned building to begin a conversation about squatting--and why it's so important to anarchists. This episode includes two interviews--one with participants in a squatted social center in...||12/1/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#13: Ones and Zeroes, Scoundrels and Heroes||Some radicals believe the internet prefigures a decentralized utopia; others foresee a new digital feudalism of total management and surveillance. In this episode, Clara and Alanis take on the recent CrimethInc. feature "Deserting the Digital Utopia,"...||11/18/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#12: Remembering Means Fighting||Anarchist resistance to fascism has a long and colorful history. Our second episode on anti-fascism looks into how anarchists fought against Franco in the Spanish Revolution and beyond. We share an exciting interview with Occupied London about fascism...||10/24/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#11: Never Forgive and Never Forget||Recently murdered Greek anti-fascist rapper Killah P is just the latest casualty in a worldwide surge of fascist violence. In this episode, we analyze contemporary fascism and the resistance anarchists have mounted to it, including the history of...||10/8/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#10: Are The Issues The Issue?||Building on our previous exploration of insurrectionary anarchism, our tenth episode examines how these ideas apply to environmental struggles today, as we share excerpts from a debate about "The Issues Are Not The Issue," a critical discussion of...||9/19/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#9: No Time to Wait||We've thrown around the term insurrectionary anarchism in recent discussions, so in our ninth episode we seize the moment and dive headlong into this tendency, exploring where it came from and what it looks like today. We also review the classic...||9/3/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#8: Prison Abolition and Community Accountability||To conclude our series focusing on prisons and police, our eighth episode looks into strategies to dismantle the prison industrial complex and to hold each other accountable without the state. We interview members of Critical Resistance and Support...||8/25/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#7: The June 2013 Rebellions in Brazil||In our seventh episode of the Ex-Worker, we turn south to focus on the massive rebellions that broke out across Brazil in June. We share excerpts from the in-depth report we published from Brazilian anarchist comrades that traces a timeline of the...||8/4/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#6: Making Police Obsolete||So we're still not lovin' the cops—but how do we live without them? In our sixth installment of the Ex-Worker, we follow up on our last two episodes about prisons and police with a discussion of how to stay safe without the state. We also hear a...||7/21/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#5: Still Not Lovin' the Police||In this episode, the Ex-Worker takes a crack at the police; we speak with Kristian Williams, the author of Our Enemies in Blue, and members of East Atlanta Copwatch. Join us for news from around the world and a review of To the Indomitable Hearts: The...||7/10/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#4: Prisoners of the World Unite||In this episode, we at the Ex-Worker's Collective steal enough hours from our jobs to discuss the state of the US prison system, the prison abolition movement, and the destruction of prisons. A comrade from supermax lock up and Midwest Pages to...||6/16/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#3: Luddites and Lockdowns and Lugals Oh My!||A short radio play about the Luddites kicks off our theme segment for this episode of the Ex-Worker, launching us into an exploration of the vibrant history and ideology of Green Anarchism. Alanis and Clara also bring us word from an activist fresh...||6/3/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#2: Work and the Anarchist Critique of Capitalism||Why is this podcast called "the Ex-Worker"? In this episode, hosts Alanis and Clara discuss work and how it works with a friend in a cafe, in the first installment of our series exploring anarchist critiques of capitalism. Episode two also features a...||5/19/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#1: Haymarket and the History of Mayday||In this first episode, hosts Alanis and Clara explore the 1886 Haymarket affair and the anarchist roots of Mayday. Also includes news from resistance around the world, a profile of the Lucy Parsons Center in Boston, a review of the journal Modern...||4/30/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
--Gets better with each new episode
Potential listeners don't feel let down by some insular content, awkward delivery or dry feel in the first couple of episodes--they quickly improve with each new episode becoming more dynamic, engaging, thoughtful, mature and accessible even to unfamiliar listeners.
Full of hard-hitting, no compromise anti-capitalist and anarchist thought, review and discussion aimed to show you that the world we want IS possible and what projects, activists and media are out there right now fighting to bring it closer.
If I can ask for anything, it's too just keep up the great momentum and include more pieces and information aimed at combating skeptical arguments against our philosophies and practices from the mainstream public and professionals as well as practical advice on things we can all do and take part in to push the movement forward where we all want it to go.
Another great project from our comrades in CrimethInc.
Awesome! Radical! Engaging!
I'm really glad this podcast is out there. Every so often I try to find something about anarchism in the podcast world and it's extremely limited. Not many anarchists are willing to engage with this type of media, and fewer are willing to take the risk of producing something like this. Thanks!
This podcast is fun to listen to, contains great content, and I've also really appreciated the interviews. I know it's just getting started–so I'm glad to be around to hear the ways it grows and improves over time.
See you in the streets ;)
Rye 'n Clover
Answer to the never ending stream of polarizing media
Tells it like it is. Rather than trapping conversations in a narrow spectrum of discourse it grabs social and world issues head on. Don't let the mainstream commentary fool you, if you want freedom listen up