Verso Podcast

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Podcasts, readings, lectures and events: big ideas and radical discussion from authors and collaborators with Verso Books

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  • Reactionary Democracy: How racism and the populist far right became mainstream

    Reactionary Democracy: How racism and the populist far right became mainstream

    02/07/2020 Duración: 01h01min

    Co-organised by the IPR, PoLIS, Verso and Surviving Society Aurelien Mondon and Aaron Winter speak to co-hosts of the Surviving Society podcast, Chantelle Lewis and Tissot Regis; chaired by Dr Fran Amery.

  • Sinews of War and Trade: Laleh Khalili speaks to Rafeef Ziadah

    Sinews of War and Trade: Laleh Khalili speaks to Rafeef Ziadah

    13/05/2020 Duración: 45min

    Sinews of War and Trade: Laleh Khalili speaks to Rafeef Ziadah by Verso Books

  • The Socialist Manifesto: Bhaskar Sunkara in conversation with Dawn Foster

    The Socialist Manifesto: Bhaskar Sunkara in conversation with Dawn Foster

    08/07/2019 Duración: 01h08min

    In the current race to be Democratic presidential candidate, a socialist is in second place. Meanwhile, in the UK, Jeremy Corbyn’s left-led Labour Party has revived a political idea many had thought dead. But what, exactly, is socialism? And what would a socialist system look like today? Bhaskar Sunkara is joined by journalist and author Dawn Foster to examine the key ideas behind his new book, The Socialist Manifesto. In The Socialist Manifesto, Bhaskar Sunkara, editor of Jacobin magazine, argues that socialism offers the means to achieve economic equality, and also to fight other forms of oppression, including racism and sexism. The ultimate goal is not Soviet-style planning, but to win rights to healthcare, education, and housing and to create new democratic institutions in workplaces and communities. The book both explores socialism’s history and presents a realistic vision for its future. A primer on socialism for the twenty-first century, this is a book for anyone seeking an end to the vast inequities

  • Revolting Prostitutes: The Fight for Sex Workers’ Rights

    Revolting Prostitutes: The Fight for Sex Workers’ Rights

    27/11/2018 Duración: 58min

    Juno Mac and Molly Smith in conversation with Frankie Mullin about how the law harms sex workers—and what they want instead Do you have to think that prostitution is good to support sex worker rights? How do sex worker rights fit with feminist and anti-capitalist politics? Is criminalising clients progressive—and can the police deliver justice? In Revolting Prostitutes, sex workers Juno Mac and Molly Smith bring a fresh perspective to questions that have long been contentious. Speaking from a growing global sex worker rights movement, and situating their argument firmly within wider questions of migration, work, feminism, and resistance to white supremacy, they make clear that anyone committed to working towards justice and freedom should be in support of the sex worker rights movement.

  • New Dark Age: James Bridle and Ben Vickers on Technology and the End of the Future

    New Dark Age: James Bridle and Ben Vickers on Technology and the End of the Future

    16/07/2018 Duración: 01h14min

    What is technology trying to tell us in an emergency? James Bridle, in conversation with Serpentine Galleries CTO Ben Vickers, discusses 'New Dark Age' and the dark clouds that gather over our dreams of the digital sublime. As the world around us increases in technological complexity, our understanding of it diminishes. What is needed is not new technology, but new metaphors: a metalanguage for describing the world that complex systems have wrought. We don’t and cannot understand everything, but we are capable of thinking it. Technology can help us in this thinking: computers are not here to give us answers, but are tools for asking questions. Understanding a technology deeply and systemically allows us to remake metaphors in the service of other ways of thinking – without claiming, or even seeking to fully understand – and to ask the right questions to guide us through this new dark age. The discussion, presented in collaboration with Serpentine Galleries and the Goethe-Institut, also featured a performanc

  • Tariq Ali discusses May 68 on BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking, February 2018

    Tariq Ali discusses May '68 on BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking, February 2018

    23/03/2018 Duración: 53min

    1968 was one of the most seismic years in recent history -- Vietnam, the Prague spring, Black Power at the Olympics and protests on the streets of Paris and London. This interview is part commemoration, part reassessment. What remains of that turbulent time and where can we discern its features in our political landscape today?

  • Anna Feigenbaum Discusses Tear Gas at Wooden Shoe Books

    Anna Feigenbaum Discusses Tear Gas at Wooden Shoe Books

    14/02/2018 Duración: 01h05min

    Discussion with author Anna Feigenbaum about Tear Gas, which tells the story of how a chemical weapon went from the battlefield to the streets.

  • Extreme Cities: The Peril and Promise of Urban Life in the Age of Climate Change by Ashley Dawson

    Extreme Cities: The Peril and Promise of Urban Life in the Age of Climate Change by Ashley Dawson

    07/11/2017 Duración: 45min

    A conversation with writer and professor Ashley Dawson on his latest book, Extreme Cities. Here, he presents a disturbing survey of the necessarily ecological history of global urbanization and industrialization, as well as the unstable futures they are producing. As much a harrowing study as a call to arms Extreme Cities is a necessary read for anyone concerned with the threat of global warming, and of the cities of the world. The book is available for sale at Verso Books: https://www.versobooks.com/books/2558-extreme-cities

  • The End Of Policing: A conversation with Alex Vitale

    The End Of Policing: A conversation with Alex Vitale

    12/10/2017 Duración: 45min

    Among activists, journalists, and politicians, the conversation about how to respond to and improve policing has focused on accountability, diversity, training, and community relations. Policing is an institution whose primary function is the creation and reproduction of massive inequalities. In "The End of Policing," Alex Vitale reveals the tainted origins of modern policing as a tool of social control. The expansion of police authority is inconsistent with community empowerment, social justice—even public safety. Law enforcement has come to exacerbate the very problems it is supposed to solve. The best solution to bad policing may be an end to policing. The End of Policing is 40% off until Sunday, October 15 at 11:59PM PST (US only): https://www.versobooks.com/books/2426-the-end-of-policing

  • The Ontological is Political: Timothy Morton in conversation with Verso Books

    The Ontological is Political: Timothy Morton in conversation with Verso Books

    27/09/2017 Duración: 01h14min

    Timothy Morton discusses the political idea of the collective, subscendence, solidarity, fighting Nazis, and lots more. Humankind: Solidarity with Non-Human People, by Timothy Morton, is out now.

  • Interview with Antony Loewenstein, author of Disaster Capitalism

    Interview with Antony Loewenstein, author of Disaster Capitalism

    14/08/2017 Duración: 01h08min

    In this episode of the Verso podcast, journalist Antony Loewenstein discusses his book, Disaster Capitalism: Making a Killing Out of Catastrophe. Loewenstein trav­els across Afghanistan, Pakistan, Haiti, Papua New Guinea, the United States, Britain, Greece, and Australia to witness the reality of disaster capitalism. He discovers how companies cash in on or­ganized misery in a hidden world of privatized detention centers, militarized private security, aid profiteering, and destructive mining. What emerges through Loewenstein’s re­porting is a dark history of multinational corpo­rations that, with the aid of media and political elites, have grown more powerful than national governments. In the twenty-first century, the vulnerable have become the world’s most valu­able commodity. Antony Loewenstein is an independent Australian journalist, documentary maker and blogger who has written for the BBC, the Nation and the Washington Post. He’s a weekly Guardian columnist and the author of three best-selling books,

  • Futurability: Franco “Bifo” Berardi on the Verso Podcast

    Futurability: Franco “Bifo” Berardi on the Verso Podcast

    12/07/2017 Duración: 57min

    Franco “Bifo” Berardi discusses his new book, Futurability, with editor Federico Campagna. Renowned Italian Marxist theorist and activist “Bifo” Berardi talks about political impotence, the tool of humiliation and the victory of Donald Trump, his experience coming of age in '68, and why we are drawn to the concept of populism in the current political moment. Stuck between global war and global finance, between identity and capital, we seem incapable of producing the radical change that is so desperately needed. Meanwhile the struggle for dominance over the world is a battlefield with only two protagonists: the forces of neoliberalism on one side, and the new order led by the likes of Trump and Putin on the other. How can we imagine a new emancipatory vision, capable of challenging the deadlock of the present? Is there still a way to disentangle ourselves from a global order that shapes our politics as well as our imagination? Overcoming the temptation to give in to despair or nostalgia, Berardi proposes t

  • Frédéric Lordon  Cédric Durand: Internationalism and Democracy after the Eurozone Crisis

    Frédéric Lordon & Cédric Durand: Internationalism and Democracy after the Eurozone Crisis

    09/03/2017 Duración: 01h26min

    The NYU Department of Sociology Presents: "Internationalism and Democracy after the Eurozone Crisis" Monday, January 30thSince 2008, Europe has been mired in an institutional and political crisis that shows no signs of abating. If the 2008 financial meltdown shook the Eurozone to its foundations, the combination of austerity and the uneven recovery of member-states in its wake has once again brought questions of sovereignty and democracy to the fore. The consequence has been a series of escalating conflicts over Europe's future, exemplified by the tensions that surrounded the imposition of drastic austerity measures on the populations of Greece, Italy, and Spain, and by last summer's "Brexit" vote in the UK. Meanwhile, in many countries, growing hostility to the EU has fueled the rise of xenophobic and Euroskeptic forces on the far right, as parties like the French National Front have managed to gain traction with nationalist appeals that stress opposition to global financial elites, immigrants, and Islam.

  • Juliet Jacques and Nina Power in conversation

    Juliet Jacques and Nina Power in conversation

    03/11/2016 Duración: 56min

    In July 2012, aged thirty, Juliet Jacques underwent sex reassignment surgery—a process she chronicled with unflinching honesty in a Guardian column. Trans, her critically acclaimed memoir, tells us of her life to the present moment: a story of transition and becoming herself through the cruxes of writing, art and identity. Join Juliet Jacques and Nina Power, philosopher, critic and feminist, in conversation at Foyles about Trans, the rapidly changing world of gender politics, self-definition and narrating life. "I believe that there are as many gender identities as there are people; all unique, all constantly being explored in conscious and unconscious ways"—Juliet Jacques

  • John Berger at 90

    John Berger at 90

    31/10/2016 Duración: 01h18min

    John Berger has revolutionised our understanding of art, language, media, society, politics and everyday experience itself since his landmark book and TV series Ways of Seeing over forty years ago. As the internationally influential critic, novelist, film-maker, dramatist and, above all, storyteller enters his ninetieth year, the latest Verso podcast in collaboration with the London Review Bookshop celebrates his life and work. Gareth Evans is joined by Tom Overton, editor of Landscapes: John Berger on Art, Yasmin Gunaratnam, editor of A Jar of Wild Flowers, and Mike Dibb, film-maker and director of Ways of Seeing, to explore Berger's art and politics, the evolution of his own way of seeing, and its enduring relevance. Several books are being published this autumn in tribute to Berger, who is Author of the Month at the London Review Bookshop: - Landscapes: John Berger on Art edited by Tom Overton (Verso), a companion volume to Portraits: John Berger on Artists - A Jar of Wild Flowers edited by Yasmin Guna

  • The Leveller Revolution - John Rees on the Jeremy Vine Show

    The Leveller Revolution - John Rees on the Jeremy Vine Show

    25/10/2016 Duración: 13min

    The Levellers, revolutionaries that grew out of the explosive tumult of the 1640s and the battlefields of the Civil War, are central figures in the history of democracy. In this thrilling narrative, John Rees brings to life the men—including John Lilburne, Richard Overton, Thomas Rainsborough—and women who ensured victory at war, and brought England to the edge of radical republicanism. From the raucous streets of London and the clattering printers’ workshops that stoked the uprising, to the rank and file of the New Model Army and the furious Putney debates where the levellers argued with Oliver Cromwell for the future of English democracy, this story reasserts the revolutionary nature of the 1642–48 wars, and the role of ordinary people in this pivotal moment in history. The legacy of the Levellers can be seen in the modern struggles for freedom and democracy across the world. https://www.versobooks.com/books/2129-the-leveller-revolution

  • Against Everything: Mark Greif and Brian Dillon in conversation

    Against Everything: Mark Greif and Brian Dillon in conversation

    11/10/2016 Duración: 51min

    From the tyranny of exercise to the crisis of policing, via the sexualization of childhood (and everything else), Mark Greif’s Against Everything is an essential guide to the vicissitudes of everyday life under twenty-first-century capitalism and a vital scrutiny of the contradictions arising between our desires and the excuses we make. In a wide-ranging conversation for the latest Verso podcast in collaboration with the London Review Bookshop, Mark Greif and Brian Dillon discuss modes of critique and cultural forms, and the role of the intellectual in stripping away the veil of everyday life. Against Everything: On Dishonest Times by Mark Greif is available now: https://www.versobooks.com/books/2256-against-everything Mark Greif is a founder and editor of n+1 magazine. Brian Dillon is a writer and critic. He is UK editor of Cabinet magazine, and teaches critical writing at the Royal College of Art.

  • The Storyteller: Fiction  Form—Howard Caygill, Sara Salih and Matthew Charles join the editors

    The Storyteller: Fiction & Form—Howard Caygill, Sara Salih and Matthew Charles join the editors

    26/09/2016 Duración: 01h33min

    The Storyteller (Verso, 2016) gathers the fiction of the legendary critic and philosopher Walter Benjamin, best known for his groundbreaking studies of culture and literature, including Illuminations, One-Way Street and The Arcades Project. His stories revel in the erotic tensions of city life, cross the threshold between rational and hallucinatory realms, celebrate the importance of games, and delve into the peculiar relationship between gambling and fortune-telling, and explore the themes that defined Benjamin. The novellas, fables, histories, aphorisms, parables and riddles in this collection are brought to life by the playful imagery of the modernist artist and Bauhaus figure Paul Klee. Howard Caygill Professor Of Modern European Philosophy at Kingston University and author of the forthcoming Kafka: In the Light of the Accident (Bloomsbury, 2017), Sara Salih, Professor of English at the University of Toronto, and Matthew Charles, Lecturer in English, Linguistics and Cultural Studies at the University of

  • The Lamentations of Zeno: A conversation with Ilija Trojanow

    The Lamentations of Zeno: A conversation with Ilija Trojanow

    29/06/2016 Duración: 48min

    Writers and artists are grappling with social and political effects of our warming planet by telling stories of fear and dread, of warning and disaster, of encouragement and hope. Written by Bulgarian-German novelist and renowned travel writer Ilija Trojanow, The Lamentations of Zeno is a “topical polemic about global warming and climate change,” an extraordinary evocation of the fragile and majestic wonders to be found at a far corner of the globe. It tells the story of Zeno Hintermeier, an idealistic glaciologist working as a travel guide on an Antarctic cruise ship, encouraging the wealthy to marvel at the least explored continent and to open their eyes to its rapid degradation. Now in his early sixties, Zeno bewails the loss of his beloved glaciers, the disintegration of his marriage, and the foundering of his increasingly irrelevant career. Troubled in conscience and goaded by the smug complacency of the passengers in his charge, he plans a desperate gesture that will send a wake-up call to an overheat

  • The Storyteller: Walter Benjamin

    The Storyteller: Walter Benjamin

    07/06/2016 Duración: 58min

    The Storyteller: Tales out of Loneliness gathers for the first time the fiction of Walter Benjamin, edited and translated by Sam Dolbear, Esther Leslie and Sebastian Truskolaski. His stories revel in the erotic tensions of city life, cross the threshold of dreamworlds, celebrate the ludic, and delve into fortune-telling. Taken together, the novellas, fables, histories, aphorisms, parables and riddles in this collection illuminate the themes that defined Benjamin’s work. In the latest Verso podcast in collaboration with the London Review Bookshop, Esther Leslie, Marina Warner and Michael Rosen join Gareth Evans to discuss his experimentation with form and the themes that run throughout Benjamin’s creative and critical writing, his concepts of storytelling, pedagogy, and the communicability of experience. To read the editors' introduction to The Storyteller & to WIN FREE BOOKS, visit the Verso blog: http://www.versobooks.com/blogs/2675-walter-benjamin-the-storyteller-the-verso-podcast-in-collaboration-with-

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