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Each week, Joey Ayoub brings you conversations at the intersection of politics, culture and the environment. Named after the James Baldwin book 'The Fire Next Time', this is a podcast about tackling the 21st century.


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Each week, Joey Ayoub brings you conversations at the intersection of politics, culture and the environment. Named after the James Baldwin book 'The Fire Next Time', this is a podcast about tackling the 21st century.


How to support: https://thefirethisti.me/support << Show Less
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Quick Update: Back in October! Quick update everyone: The Fire These Times will be back in October 2022 as I am taking a much-needed break in August and September.
Patreon supporters will continue getting new episodes. You can become a Patreon supporter with monthly or yearly donations.
You can also find it on Twitter @firethesetimes, Instagram @firethesetimes and TikTok @thefirethesetimes. Joey Ayoub can be found on Twitter @joeyayoub and Instagram @joeyayoub91. The newsletter is available on Subtack @ thefirethesetimes.substack.com
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Quick Update: Back in October! Quick update everyone: The Fire These Times will be back in October 2022 as I am taking a much-needed break in August and September.
Patreon supporters will continue getting new episodes. You can become a Patreon supporter with monthly or yearly donations.
You can also find it on Twitter @firethesetimes, Instagram @firethesetimes and TikTok @thefirethesetimes. Joey Ayoub can be found on Twitter @joeyayoub and Instagram @joeyayoub91. The newsletter is available on Subtack @ thefirethesetimes.substack.com
120/ Russian Imperialism, Cynical Discourse and Life Amidst War w/ Mariam Naiem & Romeo Kokriatski This is a conversation with Ukrainian researcher Mariam Naiem and journalist Romeo Kokriatsk. We spoke about the ongoing situation in Ukraine, the history of Russian imperialism, cynical online discourse and life amidst war.
You can support The Fire These Times on Patreon with a monthly or yearly donation. You can also find it on Twitter @firethesetimes, Instagram @firethesetimes and TikTok @thefirethesetimes. Joey Ayoub can be found on Twitter @joeyayoub and Instagram @joeyayoub91. The newsletter is available on Subtack @ thefirethesetimes.substack.com
The Fire These Times will be back in October!
Recommended Books:

Imperial Knowledge: Russian Literature and Colonialism by Ewa M. Thompson
Katerina by Taras Shevchenko
I'm Not Stiller by Max Frisch
119/ Lessons on the Path to Radicalization w/ Andrew Sage & Emmi Bevensee This is a conversation with Andrew Sage of the Andrewism YouTube channel and Emmi Bevensee about our respective journeys towards political radicalization.
You can support The Fire These Times on Patreon with a monthly or yearly donation. You can also find it on Twitter @firethesetimes, Instagram @firethesetimes and TikTok @thefirethesetimes. Joey Ayoub can be found on Twitter @joeyayoub and Instagram @joeyayoub91. The newsletter is available on Subtack @ thefirethesetimes.substack.com
Recommended Books:
Emmi:

Hench by Natalie Zina Walschots
The Private Eye by Brian K. Vaughan and Marcos Martín, Muntsa Vicente
Light from Uncommon Stars by Ryka Aoki

Andrew:

Anarchy Works by Peter Gelderloos
Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire
Prefigurative Politics: Building Tomorrow Today by Paul Raekstad and Sofa Saio Gradin
118/ Bosnia, False Histories and Fact-Free Politics w/ Edin Hajdarpašić This is a conversation with Edin Hajdarpašić, associate professor of history at Loyola University Chicago. He wrote an essay called "What Use Is Fact-Checking Against Fact-Free Politics?" which was the basis for our conversation.
You can support The Fire These Times on Patreon with a monthly or yearly donation. You can also find it on Twitter @firethesetimes, Instagram @firethesetimes and TikTok @thefirethesetimes. Joey Ayoub can be found on Twitter @joeyayoub and Instagram @joeyayoub91. The newsletter is available on Subtack @ thefirethesetimes.substack.com
Recommended Books:

Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History by Michel-Rolph Trouillot
Bosnian Studies: Perspectives from an Emerging Field by Dzeneta Karabegovic and Adna Karamehic-Oates
Beekeeping in the End Times by Larisa Jasarevic
117/ The Impossible Cities: Hong Kong & Beirut w/ Karen Cheung This is a conversation with Karen Cheung, author of the book "The Impossible City: A Hong Kong Memoir." As you'll hear, we ended up finding a lot of things in common between our two cities and experiences.
You can support The Fire These Times on Patreon with a monthly or yearly donation. You can also find it on Twitter @firethesetimes, Instagram @firethesetimes and TikTok @thefirethesetimes. Joey Ayoub can be found on Twitter @joeyayoub and Instagram @joeyayoub91. The newsletter is available on Subtack @ thefirethesetimes.substack.com

Recommended Books:

Hong Kong Without Us:A People's Poetry edited by The Bauhinia Project
Girl in a Band by Kim Gordon
Either/Or by Elif Batuman
116/ Climate Futures and Post-Normal Fiction w/ Andrew Dana Hudson This is a conversation with Andrew Dana Hudson, a speculative fiction writer, sustainability researcher, editor and futurist and the author of "Our Shared Storm: A Novel of Five Climate Futures."
It's also his second time on The Fire These Times.
Andrew also has a newsletter called solarshades.club which publishes every other Sunday with updates on his work, process, and material reality.
Support: Patreon.com/firethesetimes
Substack: thefirethesetimes.substack.com
Twitter: twitter.com/fireTheseTimes
Instagram: instagram.com/firethesetimes
TikTok: tiktok.com/@thefirethesetimes
Recommended Books:

The Ministry Of The Future by Kim Stanley Robinson
How to Blow Up a Pipeline by Andreas Maln
Phase Change: Imagining Energy Futures edited by Matthew Chrulew

Kim Stanley Robinson's review of Our Shared Storm: "Hudson has found a way to strike together the various facets of our climate future, sparking stories that are by turns ingenious, energetic, provicative, and soulful"
115/ Seeking Refuge on the World's Deadliest Migration Route w/ Sally Hayden This is a conversation with Sally Hayden, an Irish journalist and writer. A foreign correspondent, she has reported from Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda and Rwanda. Her book My Fourth Time, We Drowned, an investigation into the so-called migrant crisis in Europe, was published in 2022.
Support: Patreon.com/firethesetimes
Substack: thefirethesetimes.substack.com
Twitter: twitter.com/fireTheseTimes
Instagram: instagram.com/firethesetimes
TikTok: Tiktok.com/@thefirethesetimes
Recommended Books:

A Stricken Field: A Novel by Martha Gellhorn
What Strange Paradise by Omar El Akkad
The Volunteer: One Man, an Underground Army, and the Secret Mission to Destroy Auschwitz by Jack Fairweather

Sally Rooney said this about the book: “The most important work of contemporary reporting I have ever read. Every citizen of the European Union has not only a right, but also a responsibility, to learn about the realities described in this book. I hope that Sally Hayden’s work can help to begin a radically new and overdue discussion about Europe’s approach to migration and borders.”
114/ Nostalgia in the Periphery w/ Efe Levent x Mangal Media This is a conversation with Efe Levent, editor-in-chief at Mangal Media about their recent 'Nostalgia in the Periphery' project.
Support: Patreon.com/firethesetimes
Substack: thefirethesetimes.substack.com
Twitter: twitter.com/fireTheseTimes
Instagram: instagram.com/firethesetimes
TikTok: Tiktok.com/@thefirethesetimes
Recommended Books:

Nostalgia in the Periphery by Mangal Media
The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanagihara
The Time Regulation Institute by Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar
Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu
113/ A View on Ukraine, Hong Kong & Tiananmen, from Taiwan w/ Wen Liu & Brian Hioe This is a conversation with Wen Liu and Brian Hioe, authors of the piece "From Taiwan to Ukraine" on Spectre. This episode was co-hosted by Romeo Kokriatski, co-host of the podcast "Ukraine Without Hype."
Support: Patreon.com/firethesetimes
Substack: thefirethesetimes.substack.com
Twitter: twitter.com/fireTheseTimes
Instagram: instagram.com/firethesetimes
Recommended Books:

Reorienting Hong Kong's Resistance Leftism, Decoloniality, and Internationalism, edited by Wen Liu, JN Chien, Christina Chung, Ellie Tse
The People's Republic of Amnesia: Tiananmen Revisited by Louisa Lim
The Impossible City: A Hong Kong Memoir by Karen Cheung
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