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The Brief Podcast

The Brief Podcast: Tracking the Empire

Interviews and analysis on uprisings and resistance

with Nora Barrows-Friedman and Jon Elmer

Feb 26, 2023

Israel steps up its military attacks targeting a new generation of Palestinian fighters in the West Bank. Nora Barrows-Friedman and Jon Elmer are joined by Justin Podur to discuss the implications of the internal crisis in Israel and the ramping up of violence against Palestinians.

Jan 11, 2023

Anti-Racist Action was unified behind a basic principle: "We go where they go. Whenever fascists are organizing or active in public, we’re there." What began as street fighting in the punk scene soon developed into a militant direct action network with chapters across the US and Canada. Authors, KRISTIN SCHWARTZ...

Nov 6, 2022

The US Constitution (1787) was written in the face of three significant insurrections: Indigenous resistance to colonization; revolts of the enslaved; and an armed uprising of farmers. It was drafted to protect property against the threat of political and economic justice. In part three of our trilogy on rebellions of...

Oct 5, 2022

Resistance by enslaved Africans before and after the Declaration of Independence  played a critical role in the origins of the US. Historian Gerald Horne joins us to discuss the fierce and persistent fight for abolition in the mainland slave colonies of the US. 

We will look at three of Professor Horne's books on the...

Sep 6, 2022

The trans-Atlantic slave ship was part factory, part prison, part war machine and it was a critical component in the establishment of race, class and capitalism in the Americas. MARCUS REDIKER is back on the show to discuss his book, The Slave Ship: A Human History, the first dedicated account of the vessel and the...