Birth of the New

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End of the world getting you down? We may never truly know what the future holds, and to some of us, the looming threat of an apocalypse is the most effective birth control. In this episode of Popaganda, Soleil digs into parenting and the end of the world: whether that means a total lifestyle change or global environmental calamity.

First, she talks with Chicago DSA podcast producer Eleanor Russell about the ways in which reproductive justice is tied with economic justice. Then, she discusses the revelatory work of Octavia Butler and her imaginings of the future with essayist Jade Sanchez-Ventura. Along the way, she muses about Cormac McCarthy’s book, The Road; familiar dystopias; and Cardi B’s drive to have it all.

SHOUT-OUTS

Talkin’ Socialism, the official podcast of the Chicago DSA.

You can read Jade Sanchez-Ventura’s brilliant essay, “Raising Babies in End of Days,” over at Mutha Magazine.

Here’s more info on the anthology, Octavia’s Brood.

More on the racist undercurrents of overpopulation discourse.

The Revolutionary Women book of stencils mentioned by Jade.

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