Well Reds: A Left Book Podcast
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Join comedian Charlie Demers (author of Property Values, The Horrors and Vancouver Special) for a monthly podcast engaging with fiction and non-fiction books of interest to the left. Find us on Twitter @Well_Reds and online at ricochet.media. 'Well Reds' broadcasts out of Vancouver (Coast Salish Territories), Canada. Produced by André Goulet and mastered by Chris Hernandez at Studio Petit Palais in Montréal (Mohawk and Algonquin Territories), Québec.
||CleanEp21 The Well Reds Holiday Special: End of Year Reflections||On the December episode of the Well Reds podcast, it's a group effort as host Charlie Demers welcomes a galaxy of international stars to help him say "until next time"! As we prepare to step away from the mic for a break, thanks to the thousands of...||12/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp20 'A New Hope for Mexico' w/ journalist Dawn Paley||On the November episode of the Well Reds podcast, host Charlie Demers welcomes journalist and academic Dawn Paley (author of 'Drug War Capitalism' from AK Press) for a wide-ranging conversation on Mexican President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador's||11/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWell Reds: October Apologia||On a spooky October mini episode of the Well Reds podcast, hair-raising host Charlie 'Drag Me To Hell' Demers is very sorry for the delay. Look for Charlie's chilling conversation with returning guest 'Sinister' Samir Gandesha (Director at Simon...||10/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp19 'The Chapo Guide to Revolution' w/ writer Vyas Saran||On the September episode of the Well Reds podcast, host Charlie Demers welcomes writer and policy researcher Vyas Saran (Macleans, Vancouver Sun, policynote.ca) for a conversation on 'The Chapo Guide to Revolution: a Manifesto Against Logic, Facts and..||9/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp18: Eva Dolan's 'This is How it Ends' w/ noir author Sam Wiebe||On the August episode of the Well Reds podcast, host Charlie Demers welcomes returning guest and noir writer Sam Wiebe (author of 'Cut You Down', 'Invisible Dead') for a conversation on Eva Dolan's tale of community activism, mystery and possible...||8/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp17: Asad Haider's 'Mistaken Identity: Race and Class in the Age of Trump' w/ writer Am Johal||On the July episode of the Well Reds podcast, host Charlie Demers is joined by Am Johal, Director of Simon Fraser University's Vancity Office of Community Engagement and co-author of 'Sweetness of Life: A Tar Sands Tale' (w/ Matt Hearn and Joe Sacco)...||7/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp16: 'Hope Lies in the Proles: George Orwell and the Left' w/ journalist Leigh Phillips||On this not-Canada-Day-themed episode of the Well Reds podcast, host Charlie Demers is joined by journalist Leigh Phillips (bylines in Jacobin, The Guardian/author of 'Austerity Ecology: a Left Defense of Growth') for a smooth, sultry and wide-ranging..||6/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp15: 'Prisoner of Love' w/ BC Federation of Teachers' Shanee Prasad||Happy summer, listeners! Teacher's Christmas is coming as Shanee Prasad of the British Columbia Federation of Teachers member representing workers of colour in NC Federation of Labour Executive Council joins host Charlie Demers for a conversation...||5/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp14: 'Property Values', Chapter 1 feat. Charlie Demers||Join host Charlie Demers for a special May Day episode as he celebrates the podcast's first birthday with a live reading from his new novel 'Property Values' (Arsenal Press). Linking drug gang violence on Vancouver's Lower Mainland with the...||4/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp13: 'Communism for Kids' w/ SFU Inst. of the Humanities Director Samir Gandesha||Children of the world have nothing to lose but their chains in the March episode of Well Reds! Join Simon Fraser University Institute of the Humanities Director Samir Gandesha and Juno-award-nominated host Charlie Demers for a gritty and granular...||3/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp12 Live Show: Sam Wiebe on Vancouver Noir (Galiano Island Books Literary Festival)||On a special live episode, host Charlie Demers is joined by award-winning mystery writer Sam Wiebe (Last of the Independents, Invisible Dead) for a conversation on regret, revenge, real estate and 'Vancouver Noir' at the Galiano Island Books Literary...||2/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWell Reds Sells Out: The Cultch presents 'Broken Tailbone'||On this special bonus episode of Well Reds, host Charlie Demers speaks with celebrated writer and performer Carmen Aguirre on intimacy, politics, culture, salsa, Marxism and the hidden dance halls of Canada. This episode features strong themes and...||2/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWell Reds Sells Out: The Cultch presents 'No Foreigners'||On this special bonus episode of Well Reds, host Charlie Demers speaks with Hong Kong Exile's Milton Lim, fu-GEN Theatre's David Yee and Theatre Conspiracy's Tim Carlson on loss, resilience and the Chinese diaspora. Their new multidisciplinary...||2/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp11: David Chariandy's 'Brother' feat. Charlie Demers in Conversation w/ Charlie Demers||On episode 11 of Well Reds it's a one man TOUR-DE-FORCE as host Charlie Demers walks a solo tightrope of COMEDY and PATHOS! In this MASTERCLASS on podcasting without a net, join Charlie for a DEEP DIVE DISCOURSE on David Chariandy's long-awaited,...||1/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp10: Red Christmas w/ Rev. Christine Boyle on Wallace Shawn's 'Night Thoughts'||On this special extra-length yuletide episode, United Church Canada minister Rev. Christine Boyle joins host Charlie Demers for a conversation on playwright Wallace Shawn's 2017 collection of essays 'Night Thoughts'. Also: Site C and the BC NDP....||12/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp9: Tariq Ali's 'Fear of Mirrors' w/ SFU Director of the Center for Global Political Economy Geoff Mann||On this episode, host Charlie Demers is joined by Geoff Mann, author of 'In The Long Run We Are All Dead' and Director of the Center for Global Political Economy at Simon Fraser University, to discuss the story of an East German family whose lives...||11/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp8: China Miéville's 'October: The Story of the Russian Revolution'||On this episode, host Charlie Demers is joined by guest Roxanne Panchasi, Associate Professor of History at Simon Fraser University, for a discussion on China Miéville's acclaimed 'October: The Story of the Russian Revolution'. Editings and...||10/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp7: From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation||Dr. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor writes on Black politics, social movements, and racial inequality in the United States. Earlier this year, she was targeted by online threats and abuse after Fox News and other outlets waged a campaign in response to a...||8/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp6: Canada 150 + Ryan McMahon = Podcasting 101 for Charlie and Derrick||It’s our long-awaited July double episode! Comedian, writer, and podcast producer extraordinaire Ryan McMahon joins Derrick and Charlie to discuss Tom King’s “The Inconvenient Indian” and Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas’ “Red: A Haida Manga.”||7/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp5 - South of Eden||In this episode Charlie and Derrick tackle their first work of fiction, discussing the hilarious and haunting "Son of a Trickster" by Eden Robinson. Editing by André Goulet, who recently won the NCCRA Best in Podcasting award for his work as host...||6/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp4 - Cleveland Rocks||In this episode, Derrick and Charlie discuss Harvey Pekar's 'Not The Israel My Parents Promised Me.' Editing and production: André Goulet. Extro Music: "Joe Hill," by Paul Robeson. Big thanks to our official bookseller: Galiano Island Books...||6/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp3 - Mad About You||Episode 3 of Well Reds features Charlie and Derrick discussing Pankaj Mishra’s Age of Anger -- a sprawling, ambitious, and challenging work of political analysis and intellectual history. Editing and production: André Goulet. Extro Music: "Joe...||5/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp2 - Every Rosa Has Its Thorns: Red Rosa, A Graphic Biography of Rosa Luxemburg||Rosa Luxemburg was one of the outstanding and heroic figures of the international socialist movement. In this episode, Charlie and Derrick discuss the depiction of her life in the magnificent graphic biography by Kate Evans. Editing and production:...||5/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp1 - Home on Deranged||Readers of the world, unite! The inaugural Well Reds left book podcast episode features a discussion of Amitav Ghosh's magisterial and challenging book, The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable...||5/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Super smart, legitimately funny
Is it comedy? Literary criticism? Left political philosophy? A squinty glimpse into the weeds of BC politics? It sure is! Not every episode is equally compelling, but at its best it is as good as anything out there on any of these topics. I hope it keeps going, and takes up some more widely read texts.
This podcast is so great!
I had no idea Charlie is a lefty! This is a great, smart, and funny podcast. It's Canadian as hell, but good for the rest of us too. I wish Derrick would come back, maybe someday? Anyway, listen!