Podcast Episodes

  • ABC #124: Wobblies & Zapatistas (A Review)
    In which I talk about the book Wobblies & Zapatistas from PM Press, in particular violence vs. nonviolence, and the idea of “accompaniment.” You can hear my previous thoughts on ...
  • ABC #123: Music from Tough Old Bird
    In which I talk with Matthew and Nathan Corrigan from the acoustic duo Tough Old Bird. This episode also contains an exclusive performance of their song “Fossils.” — This show is only ...
  • ABC #122: Poetry Fridays with Carolee Bennett
    In which Carolee Bennett reads her poetry. Carolee lives in Upstate New York, where — after a local, annual poetry competition — she has fun saying she was the “almost” ...
  • ABC #121: Let’s Reopen! And Die!
    In which I harness the power of reading to decide that reopening is a mistake. Plus, a little music from Smith & Crane. — This show is only possible because of people ...
  • ABC #120: Farwa Reads with Farwa Zaidi
    In the premiere of A Brief Chat‘s new first Wednesday book chats, Farwa Reads, reader and reviewer Farwa Zaidi talks about the following books: Cutting School by Noliwe Rooks How to be ...
  • ABC #119: 3 Minutes Of Buddhism
    In which I introduce you to 3 Minutes Of Buddhism, a new podcast project I launched in cooperation with the UK’s Religious Resources Centre. — This show is only possible because of ...
  • ABC #118: Finding My Father (Again)
    In which I talk about my biological father and about why I wrote to him this week after many, many years. — This show is only possible because of people like you. ...
  • ABC #117: Poetry Fridays with Albert Glover
    In which the wonderful and somewhat mysterious poet Albert Glover reads from his forthcoming book, Gone as Well. Albert’s statement about himself: “The poet Charles Olson, my best teacher and mentor, ...
  • ABC #116: Music From Deep Dyed
    In which I talk with John Hintz and Aylin Sengul from the German band Deep Dyed. This interview also includes their first single, “Blue Levitate Hours.” Check them out on ...
  • ABC #115: An Overview Of The Pandemic
    In which I take you through a “kitchen table summary” of this article by Ed Yong in The Atlantic that details very clearly where we’re at in this pandemic. — This show ...