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Welcome to the Sow Edible Farm Podcast. Join our family as we build our permaculture sustainable farm and off grid homestead. With nature as our example, we are shaping the farm with edible food forests, perennials, hugelkulture beds, swales, and keyline water systems. We share our experience in beekeeping and animal husbandry where we pasture raise ducks, chickens, and pigs through the use of rotational grazing and all natural care. As first time farmers, we are learning how to work the lan ...
 
For our regular listeners of Extremely Offline: It’s been a while! Since we effectively closed down XO, the world has gone to shit. We’re not necessarily saying the one caused the other, but just in case, we’re bringing the pod back, but under a new name. Zaid and I, along with our friend Shant Mesrobian, have launched a new show on YouTube called “The Backchannel,” and we’re going to stream it here as an audio podcast, as well. The format is a little different, and a little looser, than XO, ...
 
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The U.S. Department of Education takes Princeton literally, but maybe not seriously. Education Secretary Betsy Devos is opening an investigation into Princeton University following the president's claim that racism persists at his university. Is Devos's civil rights investigation just trolling or is there a more serious point to be made about how c…
 
*Please support us on Patreon to help keep this channel going* https://www.patreon.com/TheBackchannel National Public Radio recently featured a provocative new book called "In Defense of Looting," which is exactly what it sounds like. It wasn't long before every corner of the Internet was picking it apart, sharing absurd material from the text of t…
 
Kenosha isn't just a place where riots broke out after a controversial police shooting. With the media and the President of the United States converging on the Midwestern town, we invited journalist Steve Horn, who grew up there, to tell us about the Kenosha we don't know. We explore the town's history, economy, culture, and political climate in an…
 
WTF is happening in Portland? A lot of Americans are asking themselves that as protests and riots have now rocked the city for over 80 days following the death of George Floyd. Reason contributor Nancy Rommelman, a former Portland native who has reported on the demonstrations from the ground, joins us to lay out what's happening. Read her latest di…
 
Is the Democratic Party serious about addressing wealth inequality? During negotiations with Republicans about upcoming coronavirus stimulus packages, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer wants to repeal the cap on the federal deduction for state and local taxes, which would primarily benefit the wealthiest Americans. Shant and Zaid discuss the w…
 
It increasingly feels like parts of the left and right agree that they should be able to dictate your personal morality, forcing you to adopt certain norms and values. One new study suggests that this is because parts of the far-right and woke left share the same "Dark Triad" personality traits -- including narcissism, Machiavellianism, and psychop…
 
The right has spent years arguing that immigrants don't assimilate well into American culture, while the left has played up America's flaws, arguing that the country simply isn't as desirable as we're told. What if they're both wrong? On this episode, Zaid and Shant talk about a recent piece Zaid wrote for the online magazine Persuasion, in which h…
 
Why is the left starting to act more like the right? To answer that question, The Backchannel is joined by two of the country's most prominent left-of-center writers: Rolling Stone's Matt Taibbi and The Intercept's Glenn Greenwald. The five of us discuss how puritanical attitudes have become so prominent on the progressive left. If you enjoy our sh…
 
The U.S. is experiencing an unprecedented surge in gun purchases by first-time gun buyers amid the pandemic and a period of civil unrest. We talk about why it's happening and what studies show the long-term consequences could be. Studies: Pandemics, Protests and Firearms: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3593956 Ecological and Cu…
 
Facing a well-funded challenger from within her own party, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) dispatched a mailer pointing out that he is backed by a number of out-of-state big donors who made their fortunes on Wall Street. An article in Vice News quickly pointed out that every donor listed is Jewish, leading to complaints by some that these mailers are antise…
 
Former Ohio Republican governor John Kasich will get a starring role at the Democratic Party's national convention this year. Meanwhile, a group of former Republican consultants are making big bucks with the Lincoln Project, a Super PAC blanketing the airwaves attacking Trump. The left, understandably, feels like it's lost control over the election…
 
Has the National Labor Relations Board gone woke? A ruling by an all-male, all-Republican three-member panel says that employees who use offensive language during a labor dispute can now be fired for that language. Zaid Jilani, Leighton Woodhouse and Shant Mesrobian discuss whether this move towards political correctness is actually cover to make i…
 
Faced with large scale protests and a dire economy, cities around America are defunding their police services. Everywhere from Baltimore to Seattle to Portland are considering large cuts or have passed large cuts in the recent weeks and months since the protests started after the death of George Floyd. Many would argue these cuts would improve poli…
 
Journalist Michael Tracey joins The Backchannel to talk about his trip interviewing people whose businesses were destroyed by rioting. Tracey's interviews highlight the human impact of the riots, demonstrating how many working class people and immigrants suffered from the consequences.By Zaid Jilani and Leighton Woodhouse
 
For our regular listeners of Extremely Offline: It’s been a while! Since we effectively closed down XO, the world has gone to shit. We’re not necessarily saying the one caused the other, but just in case, we’re bringing the pod back, but under a new name. Zaid and I, along with our friend Shant Mesrobian, have launched a new show on YouTube called …
 
Planting, chipping, mulching, and irrigation has been the themes this month. Join us as we share all the happenings on our homestead including our NEW irrigation system that is making watering and fertilizing super simple! Resources: (with affiliate links) Weather Station Our Irrigation Set ups! 4 zone Irrigation timer 12 zone controller and 6 zone…
 
Spring has sprung on the homestead and today we share all the new seeds/plants we are looking forward to in 2020 as well as many steps we take to prep our garden for planting. In this episode we also answer listener questions and discuss how we use permaculture principles in our vegetable gardens. Resources: Plant SALE- Seminol Pumpkins, thornless …
 
Including our Kids in our Gardening and Cooking allows us to teach them SO many important life skills, including encouraging healthy eating! While most of us want our kids in the Garden and in the Kitchen, the reality of doing so can sometimes feel impossible. Today we are joined by one of my favorite people, Leah Webb from Deep Rooted Wellness to …
 
With Andrew Yang's insurgent bid for the presidency in the headlines, many are asking what it means to be Asian-American in today's America. To start with, what do we mean when we say "Asian-American"? Does it mean being descended from the world's most diverse continent? Is there a distinct Asian-American culture or politics? I'm Zaid Jilani and my…
 
Do you want to fill your pantry with a years worth of food? Me too! In this episode we get to chat with Melissa K. Norris from Pioneering Today Podcast about everything from planning how much to grow, to tracking your harvests, and even a peak at what our food storage looks like in our own homes! This episode is packed with so much great informatio…
 
Soil building is the 'secret sauce' to a thriving and productive garden. In this episode we share with you a simple 3 step process that you can do RIGHT NOW to prep your soil for spring. In the farm update we discuss getting the farm ready for winter including this handy checklist I made just for you!) and OUR first skunk story. Hope you enjoy! Res…
 
Today we chat with Tamara from the Roo Apron about how the Roo Apron came to be, what it’s like to create and distribute a product, and how the company has grown over the years. For all of you that are working hard to live your dream, you will love this story of perseverance! Resources: Check out the Roo Apron on their website: www.RooApron.com 20%…
 
“Cancel culture” is the less-than-perfect name for the tendency of extremely online people to form mobs and publicly shame others in response to perceived cultural and political transgressions, from sending racist tweets to selling food of a culture that’s not your own. Sometimes it’s celebrities who are cancelled for choosing a “problematic” role …
 
Ever wonder what it takes to put on a big conference? How long does it take to plan and how much money do these things cost anyways? Join us in this episode as we discuss all this and more with Amy from Homesteaders of America. Resources: Homesteaders of America Conference 2019 Conference Details including Kidsteader classes and Tickets Homesteader…
 
We’re living through an era of enormous transition, most significantly from a world governed by free market fundamentalism to something new — something we can’t yet quite discern and which could take radically different forms depending on the political decisions we make as a society. Two of the founding scholars of sociology, Karl Marx and Max Webe…
 
Plant and Seed Varieties Matter and are one of the keys to simplifying your garden experience. In this episode, we discuss choosing strong genetics in your seeds and plants, seed saving tips, and why we choose the types of seeds that we do when planting out our gardens. Also in the farm update, we talk about our end of summer harvest, fall garden p…
 
Today we chat with Meg and Ben from Hollar Homestead about their search for the perfect place to call home. It has been 2 years since we last chatted with the Hollar's and it is amazing how much they have accomplished! If you would like to listen to the first interview, I have linked it here. In this episode here are some of the fun things we talk …
 
Health care in America remains one of the most important issues for partisans on every side, as costs continue to rise with no end in sight. Adam Gaffney, President of Physicians for a National Health Program, believes that the best way to tackle this problem is through a single-payer health care system, in which everybody receives health insurance…
 
Today we chat with Noelle Fuller from UGarden Herbs all about how to have a healthy relationship with your skin and the Sun. In this episode we discuss: Roles of our skin Things that Damage our skin Healing and Protecting our skin with a holistic approach The role digestion plays in our skin Importance of Hydration Safer Sun Exposure Benefits of th…
 
July's Democratic primary debates were an opportunity for the progressive and more establishment factions of the party to hash out their differences and present voters with different visions going into the 2020 presidential elections. Bill Scher is a veteran of liberal politics who has been involved in left-of-center organizing since the early 2000…
 
There's no one who knows the mood of voters who attend presidential campaign events more than the political reporters who are on the trail. While pundits in DC and New York opine on what voters are supposed to care about, these reporters are actually on the ground taking the temperature of the electorate in realtime. Daniel Marans, a reporter at th…
 
In this episode we share how to set up a simple irrigation system run off of timers as well as an update on all the happenings around the farm. It is also listener question time, where we answer questions on soil building, mulch, caring and planting in food forests and orchards, and much more!
 
One of the most influential novelists in the United States is the late Ayn Rand. The Russian-born author's works inspired generations of right-leaning intellectuals, from former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan to former Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. Rand's popularity stems from her simple creed that selfishness is a virtue. In …
 
With more and more Americans going to college every year, there are increasing demands that the federal government step in and make higher education more affordable and tackle burgeoning student debt. But some on the conservative side argue that increasing federal aid will only make the problem worse by contributing to runaway inflation of tuition …
 
Today we chat with Jason from Sow the Land about Digital Homesteading. Jason and his lovely wife Loraine share their adventures of leaving the city life in search for a more minimal and intentional life on You Tube, instagram, and Sow the Land podcast. In this episode Jason shares their story and covers topics such as: getting started in You Tube E…
 
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