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Prairie Fire!

Prairie Fire!

By Ben Burke
Prairie Fire is a podcast about leftist history.
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Episode 13 - The Irish Left w/ Diarmuid Flood
Diarmuid Flood of RISE in Ireland and the Rupture Radio podcast joins me to discuss the historical backgrounds and the current situation of the contemporary Irish left.  Listen to Rupture Radio:
November 20, 2020
Episode 12 - How Green Was My Valley
A short discussion on John Ford's 1941 film "How Green Was My Valley", noted for its depiction of labor organizing and its merit as a film.
October 21, 2020
Episode 11 - Opportunism and Missed Opportunities w/ Brace Belden
Brace Belden of praxis and podcasting fame joins me to chat about missed opportunities of the left throughout history and opportunism in the American left today.
October 10, 2020
Episode 10 - Rosa Luxemburg w/ Luka of @Luksemburgist
I'm joined by Luka, also known as @Luksemburgist on twitter, to talk about everyone's favorite Marxist, Rosa Luxemburg. 
October 4, 2020
Episode 9 - Populism and Progressivism w/ Wallace Milner
Portland State YDSA chair Wallace Milner comes on to share the nuanced history of the populist and progressive movements in the U.S. and their relation the left.  Donate to Portland DSA's mutual aid fund:
September 18, 2020
Episode 8 - U.S. Interventionism in Latin America w/ Chris Pichardo
Chris Pichardo joins me to talk about U.S. interventionist foreign policy in Latin America. Follow Chris on instagram @pchardo. Donate to the fundraiser for Jacob Blake's medical expenses: Donate to the Milwaukee Freedom Fund: Abolish the police.
August 24, 2020
Episode 7 - The Religious Right w/ Matt Christman
Matt Christman of Chapo Trap House joins me to talk about the history and theology of the "Religious Right" in the United States. DSA Religion and Socialism Working Group:
August 12, 2020
Episode 6 - Thomas Sankara w/ Jordan Stewart
I discuss the life of Thomas Sankara and his revolution in Burkina Faso with Austin DSA member Jordan Stewart. Check out Jordan's band: Find your local chapter of DSA:
August 6, 2020
Episode 5 - Moral Panics w/ Kenzo Shibata
A discussion with CTU Executive Board member, former Chicago DSA Executive Committee member, and, most importantly, fellow podcaster, Kenzo Shibata about the history of moral panics in the U.S.  Follow Kenzo @KenzoShibata on Twitter, listen to his podcast Class Time, and visit his Patreon at
August 5, 2020
Episode 4 - Antifa
In memory of Garrett Foster.
July 28, 2020
Episode 3 - Weather Underground w/ Freyr Miller
I discuss the history of radical leftist group Weather Underground w/ Texas A&M YDSA organizer Freyr Miller.  Find and donate to your local bail fund:
June 22, 2020
Episode 2 - "Operation PBSUCCESS", the Coup in Guatemala
A discussion about the history of the 1954 U.S. instigated coup d'etat in Guatemala. Donate to the Minnesota Freedom Fund:
May 28, 2020
Episode 1 - Trotsky and the Left Opposition w/ Ruy Martinez
I discuss the history of Leon Trotsky and the Left Opposition w/ Austin DSA and Harvard YDS organizer Ruy Martinez.
May 26, 2020