Change Everything

A podcast from The Leap

Change Everything is a podcast by people who are freaking out about climate, racism, and inequality… and thinking through solutions as big as the crises we face.

Each month, hosts Maya Menezes and Avi Lewis will dig into a theme related to the intersecting crises of climate, racism and inequality, with the help of guests from movements across Canada and around the world. They’ll discuss politics and policy, social movements and social change, and how they fit together. It’s time to change everything. So join us, subscribe to the podcast, and tell us what you think.

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Alan Gerth, Pat Dohaney, Donald Cole, Heather Ashdown, Kevin Delaney, Lisa Baird, Susan Anderson,Chantal Denis, Stuart, and  Bill Reid, 

August 7 2020

Black Queer Life Across the Diaspora:Rubbing Up Against the Limits of Political Imagination

We’re thrilled that this episode is guest-hosted by Rinaldo Walcott, a professor of Women and Gender Studies at the University of Toronto (and a member of The Leap’s board). Rinaldo speaks with Nairobi-based scholar Keguro Macharia, author of the new book Frottage: Frictions of Intimacy across the Black Diaspora (2019), about diaspora, gender, Black feminism, intimacy, gardening, extreme weather, Afropessimism, and more.

We’re thrilled that this episode is guest-hosted by Rinaldo Walcott [@blacklikewho], a professor of Women and Gender Studies at the University of Toronto (and a member of The Leap’s board).

Rinaldo speaks with Nairobi-based scholar Keguro Macharia [@keguro_], author of the new book Frottage: Frictions of Intimacy across the Black Diaspora (2019). As Rinaldo explains in the opening, he “wanted to have this conversation at this time because Black queers and Black queer life is so central to our contemporary political moment in the Movement for Black Lives. But Black queer life remains still largely silent in Black studies and politics generally.” Macharia’s work, he adds, “has much to offer our contemporary understanding of the cross-national Black politics in the Movement for Black Lives right now.”

Rinaldo and Keguro talk about the African diaspora, gender, Black feminism, intimacy, gardening, extreme weather, Afropessimism, and more.

Check out Keguro’s book here, and his blog, Gukira With(out) Predicates, here.

Special thanks to Aluma Sound for our theme music. Please support this podcast by contributing to our Patreon account, and read more about The Leap.

May 8 2020:

Naomi Klein, Coronavirus Capitalism, and a People’s Bailout Now!

For our first podcast episode of the pandemic, we take a step back and examine the big picture — and who better to guide us than The Leap’s co-founder Naomi Klein. In a wide-ranging conversation, we explore the perils and possibilities of this political moment, from the unprecedented ways that Silicon Valley is benefiting from the pandemic, to the radicalizing power of “essential work.”

We need a People’s Bailout: a response to the pandemic that builds from emergency to transformation. For our first podcast episode in this new landscape, we take a step back and examine the big picture — and who better to guide us than The Leap’s co-founder Naomi Klein [@NaomiAKlein].

Naomi has been immersed in exciting new research and analysis on what disaster capitalism looks like in a time of pandemic, contagion, and surveillance, and how social movements and new labor organizing are pointing to ways out of the crisis. In this episode, she explores some of it publicly and in depth for the first time. From the unprecedented ways that Silicon Valley is benefiting from the pandemic, to the radicalizing power of “essential work,” it’s a wide-ranging conversation on the perils and opportunities of this political moment.

For more on what a People’s Bailout could look like, check out peoplesbailout.ca.

Special thanks to Aluma Sound for our theme music. Please support this podcast by contributing to our Patreon account, and read more about The Leap.