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Publisher Douglas Lain (former podcaster behind Diet Soap) interviews authors from Zero Books and beyond. Zero Book authors include Eugene Thacker (In the Dust of This Planet), Nina Power (One Dimensional Woman), Dan Hind (Magic Kingdom), and many others. This is a literary podcast that aims at radical philosophy. You'll hear discussions about Marxist economics, critical theory, cultural criticism and feminism from some of the world's most opinionated writers.
||ExplicitSymptomatic Redness: A Regrettable Century Part One [teaser]||On our Patreon feed, you can hear the full interview with the hosts of the A Regrettable Century Podcast. The Regrettable Century podcast subscribes to what's called "revolutionary pessimism." The hosts describe themselves as both humanist and pessimis.||1/19/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitZero Squared #184: Heidegger, Video Games, and Control||Liam Mitchell is the author of the book “Ludopolitics: Video Games against Control” which came out from Zero Books in December and he’s the guest this week as we discuss Heidegger, universal reason, and video games such as Skyrim, Zelda,||1/16/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSymptomatic Redness: Haider’s “Mistaken Identity” pt. 2||Symptomatic Redness is a podcast about political economy and historical analysis hosted by C. Derick Varn and Amogh Sahu and this week's podcast features the second half of a discussion of Asad Haider's book "Mistaken Identity.||1/12/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitZero Squared #183: Hegel, Gradualism, and Revolution [Teaser]||Ben Burgis Returns this week as we discuss Hegel’s logic and his critique of gradualism, the question of revolutionary transition, and whether or not Charlie Brown is bald. If you’re a patron of the Zero Books podcast and you’re listening to the P||1/10/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSymptomatic Redness: Haider’s “Mistaken Identity”||Symptomatic Redness is a podcast about political economy and historical analysis hosted by C. Derick Varn and Amogh Sahu and this week's teaser features a discussion of Assad Haider's book "Mistaken Identity.||1/6/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitZero Squared #182: Holding Onto Enlightenment Values?||C Derick Varn is the guest this week as we finally got around to discussing our differences on the topic of liberal values and the future of the enlightenment project. Specifically, we discussed Immanuel Kant’s essay “What is Enlightenment?||1/3/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitZero Squared Christmas Special||This episode of the Zero Books podcast features a conversation with Harvey Kaye about the British Marxist Historians. It is also a holiday special and you can hear the Lain family reacting to the annual endurance of the Star Wars Holiday Special in thi.||12/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitZero Squared #181: Yellow Vests and the Left||Margaret Kimberley is a columnist and editor for the Black Agenda report and a longtime friend of the podcast. This week she returns to discuss Yellow Vests, open borders, inequality and the need to develop an alternative to capitalism.||12/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitZero Squared #180: Give Them An Argument||Ben Burgis is a philosophy professor at Rutgers, a science fiction writer whose work has appeared in publications such as Tor.com and in Prime Books, and he is most importantly the author of Give Them An Argument: Logic for the Left which is due out ne.||12/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSymptomatic Redness: Russia, Russia, Russia||C Derick Varn interviews Sean Guillory from the podcast "Sean's Russia Blog" about US Russiaphobia, the lingering trauma of Donald Trump, and the new xenophobia. Sean's Russia provides a space for the academics and other thinkers to express their views.||12/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitZero Squared #179: Fully Automated Revolution?||This week’s podcasts features a conversation with Benjamin Reynolds, whose book The Coming Revolution was published last June by Zero Books. We discuss Fully Automated Luxury Gay Communism, value theory, labor vouchers,||11/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitZero Squared #178: The American Left Tradition||Harvey J Kaye is currently the Director of the Center for History and Social Change at the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay. He is the author of The Fight for the Four Freedoms, Thomas Paine and the Promise of America,||11/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitZero Squared #177: The Beauty of Class||Walter Benn Michaels is a well known literary theorist and the author of political books such as The Trouble with Diversity: How We Learned to Love Identity and essays like The Beauty of a Social Problem. He is a controversial guest and one I was glad .||11/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitInside Zero Books #82: The Facebook Economy||Zero Books author Rob Larson returns to discuss his most recent writing project on the digital landscape and capitalism. We discuss Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, MySpace, and Usenet and the utopian promise of this series of tubes known as the internet.||11/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitZero Squared #176: Bolsonaro and the Limits of Anti-Corruption||Michael Brooks is the host of the Michael Brooks Show, the co-host of the Majority Report, and now an author for Zero Books. In this episode, we discuss the election of Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil and the rising right-wing populism around the world.||11/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitZero Squared #175: A Report from Brazil||Mateus Grazina is a 27-year-old Brazilian artist living in São Paulo working on a television show for the Cartoon Network about a school-aged penguin named Oswaldo. He is part of what might be called the algorithmic left and in this episode of the podc||10/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitZero Squared #174: The Left Through the Looking Glass||Terry Newman is currently an MA student in the Media Studies Department at Concordia University in Montreal. She is a Teaching Assistant in Concordia’s Engineering Department and the author of Through the Looking Glass at Concordia University.||10/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitZero Squared #173: The Kavanaugh Show Trial||Professor Heidi Matthews is Assistant Professor of law at Osgoode Hall Law School, where she Co-Directs the Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime and Security. In this week’s podcast she stops by to discuss her essay in the conversatio||10/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitZero Squared #172: A Swedish Utopia||Mir Bal is the host of the A Lost Cause podcast out of Sweden, he is also a former social worker turned barista, an immigrant, and a socialist. He joins the Zero Books podcast in order to discuss immigration to the Swedish Utopia and why the Scandinavi.||10/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSymptomatic Redness: Scientific Socialism and Cold Stars||Amir of Cold Dark Stars joins C Derick Varn to discuss the over-complexity of capitalism, planning, and understanding dynamic systems. Amir is a Ph.D. student in theoretical astrophysics trying to resist the tyranny of over-specialization.||10/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitZero Squared #171: Pssst…Socialists Oppose Reaction||The following podcast was recorded at the request of a former Zero Books author named Nicolas Hausdorf after I mentioned on my blog that, in light of the positions he'd taken in essays written for a reactionary online journal,||9/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitZero Squared #170: The Revolutionary Subject?||Peter Hudis is a professor of the Humanities at Oakton Community College, he is the author of several books including Marx’s Concept of the Alternative to Capitalism, Frantz Fanon: Philosopher of the Barricades,||9/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitZero Squared #169: #MeToo Heresy?||Aimee Terese is a socialist, a law student, the co-host of the Dead Pundits Society, and a #Metoo heretic. She is also the guest on this week’s episode of Zero Squared. I want to remind listeners that Zero Books produces two podcasts every week,||9/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSymptomatic Redness: Michael Brooks and Derick Varn||This week's Symptomatic Redness features Michael Brooks and C Derick Varn as they debate and discuss the American radical left under Trump. Should the left turn to the democrats again? If not, what realistic opportunities or strategies might we take up.||9/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitZero Squared #168: Chapo on Libtards, Logic, and Revolution||Virgil Texas and Matt Christman are two of the five co-hosts from the hugely popular leftist podcast Chapo Trap House and they stopped by the Zero Books podcast this week to discuss their new book The Chapo Guide to Revolution: A Manifesto Against Logi.||9/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Mediocre and crypto-conservative
I used to like Zero, even was a Patreon subscriber for a bit (one of very few women, which should tell you something for a leftist podcast).
I grew tired of the recycled, shallow takes on viral culture war topics from half-baked intellectuals and the left wing of anti-SJW crankery. Sometimes an individual guest is interesting, but overall it’s worth skipping.
Hard theory explained
Generally quite engaging, very good host and smart guests. Warning: you might end up wanting/needing to read something.
I remain utterly baffled how someone doesn’t utterly despise Marxist or Marxian ideas. This is like listening to a podcast from some other planet where they haven’t already produced so much material and spiritual rot. But I will say I enjoy the discussions, and I’ll keep listening.