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Where’s My Jetpack?!

Where’s My Jetpack?!

By No Fate Project
A politics and pop culture podcast, with sci-fi and socialist leanings. Hosted by Derek Johnson and Ani White.

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Where’s My Jetpack?!

Dodgy Things We've Believed
We discuss our dark pasts. Edited by's Zarah Meneses.
September 29, 2022
COVID and Disability: Part 2
We conclude our discussion of disability rights in the age of COVID. Edited by Lindsay Curtis. Further credits at
September 03, 2022
COVID and Disability: Part 1
We discuss disability rights in the age of COVID. Edited by DJ Panda and Lindsay Curtis. Further credits at
September 03, 2022
Trans Rights
For our second Pride Month episode, Ani discusses trans rights with guest Lidia Grigorut. We apologise for the audio quality issues.
June 28, 2022
Pride in the Philippines
Ani interviews RJ from Mindanao, Philippines on LGBT struggles there. Note: This was recorded before the national election of Ferdinand Marcos Jr. More info at
June 18, 2022
May Day: History of Chinese-Australian working class struggle
For our May Day bonus episode, we interview director Liam Ward on the history of Chinese-Australian working class struggle, as addressed in his documentary Do Nothing and Do It Well (2021).
May 01, 2022
Syria Between the Politics of Life and the Geopolitics of Death: An interview with Yasser Munif
We interview Syrian academic and activist Yasser Munif on his book The Syrian Revolution: Between the Politics of Life and the Geopolitics of Death.
March 15, 2022
Russian Invasion of Ukraine: An interview with Eric Draitser
We interview Eric Draitser of CounterPunch Radio on the Russian invasion of Ukraine. To find more of Eric's work please visit, and to support Ukrainian resistance please donate to  Thumbnail image via iNews
March 12, 2022
Anti-Fascist Movie Reviews
We review classic satirical anti-fascist movies: The Great Dictator (1940), The Producers (1967), Cabaret (1972), Starship Troopers (1997), and Dredd (2012).  Thumbnail image from The Great Dictator.
November 27, 2021
Kaiju Cycle 7: The Crawling Chaos
Nathaniel Derby Pickman's logs on the triumph of the Crawling Chaos, the Tall Man, the Walking Shadow.   Opening poem performed by Durante Haire for LibriVox.  Thumbnail image by Jens Heimdahl.  More info at
November 13, 2021
Halloween P2: Favourite horror movies each decade with guest Tyler West
Part 2 of our Halloween retrospective: Ani and guest Tyler West of Haunting The Studio pick their favourite horror movies of the 1990s-2020s (1920s-1980s covered in Part 1).  Full list of movies at  Image from Scream (1996)
October 31, 2021
Halloween P1: Favourite horror movies each decade with guest Tyler West
Happy Halloween! Ani and guest Tyler West of Haunting the Studio pick their favourite horror movies of each decade. In this part we cover the 1920s-1980s, followed by the 1990s-2020s to be covered in Part 2.  Thumbnail image from Videodrome (1983).  Full list of movies and further info at
October 30, 2021
Halloween Bonus: Social Reproduction Feminisms & Horror, a talk by Jo Isaacson
For a Halloween bonus this year, we’re hosting a talk by Jo Isaacson on Social Reproduction Feminisms and Horror.  Jo writes academic and popular pieces on horror and politics. She is a professor of English at Modesto Junior College and a founding editor of Blind Field Journal. Her book Stepford Daughters: Tools for Feminists in Contemporary Horror is forthcoming from Common Notions Press. She is the author of The Ballerina and the Bull (2016) from Repeater Books, has published widely in academic and popular journals, and runs the Facebook group, Anti-capitalist feminists who like horror films.  This talk was originally hosted by UCI Critical Theory, so thanks to them.  Image from The Stepford Wives (1975)
October 29, 2021
Kaiju Cycle 6.5: Interpretation
No Fate Project report (cont'): Reading between the lines and boiling down the contemporary relevance of Dyer's diary. Like total nerds.  Diary full text at, read out at Painting by Giovanni Paolo De Agostini.
October 28, 2021
Kaiju Cycle 6: Scripture
No Fate Project report: we finally unearth the details of Dyer's doomed 1930s expedition to Antarctica. We interpet the diary's contemporary relevance at  Thumbnail image from François Baranger's illustration of HP Lovecraft's At The Mountains of Madness.  More info and credits at
October 27, 2021
Kaiju Cycle 5: Rampage
As the four remaining kaiju converge on Syria, and a separatist Silicon Valley cartel seizes control of California, our hero Derek Johnson receives worrying news from Antarctica. Violence ensues.  Image by MasterChiefSnake
September 28, 2021
Is there a 'middle class' or 'Professional-Managerial Class'?
The idea of a middle class has popular currency, with everyone from factory workers to millionaires self-identifying as 'middle class.' Meanwhile, the concept of a 'Professional-Managerial Class' has recently gained currency on the left.   But is there a middle class? Is this the same thing as the 'petite bourgeoisie', or the 'Professional-Managerial Class'? What might the answers to these questions mean for those of us who aim to challenge class society?   More info at
September 25, 2021
Rocketeer Retrofuturistic Retrospective Part III
On the 30th anniversary of the Rocketeer's release, the long-delayed third part of our Rocketeer review (the first two parts can be found in our first ever episode Wanting to Believe, and our 2019 Xmas bonus episode). 
August 29, 2021
July hiatus
An announcement to our regular listeners that due to personal circumstances, the Where's My Jetpack podcast is not releasing a July episode.  We'll be back in August with the long-delayed final part of our Rocketeer Retrofuturistic Retrospective, an extended review of the overlooked superhero film The Rocketeer, which was released 20 years ago this year, in 1991.  Stay safe, and be kind, unless you're dealing with fascists and exploiters. Have a lovely weekend.  Music: Better Days, by Lakey Inspired
July 24, 2021
Pride #3: Edgy Queer Ultra-Left Sampler
Samples from the last 50+ years, from a queer ultra-left perspective.  Thumbnail image: Quote from The Raspberry Reich (2004 feature film).  More info at or
June 26, 2021
Pride #2: Plus-size gay Latino actor Harvey Guillen
Pride Month #2: a retrospective on the work of plus-size gay Latino actor Harvey Guillen, particularly reviewing vampire sitcom What We Do in the Shadows, and criminally overlooked teen drama Huge.  Thumbnail image, of Harvey Guillen by Valentina Vee.  More info at or
June 19, 2021
Pride #1.5: Steven Universe w Ivy (continued)
Second of a two-part retrospective on the queer-friendly family TV show Steven Universe, with guest superfan Ivy Decker.  Thumbnail: Derek as Greg Universe
June 12, 2021
Pride #1: Steven Universe w guest Ivy Decker
First of a two-part retrospective on the queer-friendly family TV show Steven Universe, with guest superfan Ivy Decker.  Thumbnail image: Ivy cosplays as Garnet, from Steven Universe.  More info at
June 05, 2021
Kaiju Cycle 4: Clash of the Kaiju
An update on the emergence of real life kaiju (strange beasts), particularly a battle between two Destroyers and two Protectors in the Mojave desert.  Thumbnail art by @JCRev4 on twitter.  More info at
May 30, 2021
Biden-era socialist strategy
We discuss Biden-era socialist strategy with two guests, NY Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) members Hakan Yilmaz and Robert Cuffy.  Thumbnail image from Yahoo News.  More info at
May 29, 2021
May Day bonus: All About My Mother (and her comrades)
A May Day story: the Rank and File Teachers' Organisation (RAFTO) in 1980s Aotearoa/New Zealand.  Trigger warning for discussion of rape culture, and workplace abuse.  Thumbnail image from Broadsheet Issue 113 (1983): Education Issue. More info at
May 01, 2021
Kaiju Cycle 3: Three Weddings and Countless Funerals
An update on the emergence of real-life kaiju in our timeline, including the formation of three new pairs: two Protectors, two Destroyers, and two Sapphic scientists.  Thumbnail image by Nicholas Roerich.  More info at
April 25, 2021
The Author is Undead: Audience interpretation and authorial intent
We discuss the question of who determines meaning: author, audience or both?  Then we conclude with a review of Godzilla vs Kong (2021), with guest kaiju superfan Jase Short.  Thumbnail art by Makar Malicki.  More info at
April 24, 2021
Godzilla vs Kong review w guest Jase Short
We review Godzilla vs Kong, with guest kaiju superfan Jase Short. Discussion ranges from style vs substance (which will triumph?!), to a deep dive on 'real-world' hollow earth theory, to ranking the Legendary MonsterVerse.  More info at
April 09, 2021
Kaiju Cycle 2: Emu War II: First Blood
An update on the emergence of real-life kaiju in our timeline, including the clash between the North American Bird of Prey and Australian Mega-Dromaius, a decisive battle in Emu War II.  Thumbnail art by JuggaloICP.  More info at
March 29, 2021
Syrian Revolution 10th anniversary: Razan Ghazzawi interview
On the 10th anniversary of the Syrian Revolution, we interview exiled Syrian-Palestinian scholar-activist Razan Ghazzawi.  More info at
March 15, 2021
Bonus: Byron Clark on the far right in Aotearoa/New Zealand
March 15th is the second anniversary of the Christchurch far-right terrorist attack. We honour the dead, and fight for the living. Accordingly, we're hosting a talk by video essayist Byron Clark on the state of the far right in Aotearoa/New Zealand, two years later. This was originally recorded at the annual conference of Fightback Aotearoa/Australia (, on the 23rd of January 2021.  Thumbnail image, taken at Al Noor Mosque, from AFP.
March 14, 2021
Bonus: Lebanese, US and Latin American movements
Over March, we're hosting a series of talks recorded at the annual conference of Fightback Aotearoa/Australia (, on the 23rd of January 2021.  In this session, Lebanese Canadian writer and activist Jade Saab speaks about the Lebanese and regional uprisings, while Mexican-American socialist Erin Rocio speaks about social movements in the US and Latin America.  Thumbnail image of Lebanese uprising from Al Jazeera.
March 10, 2021
Bonus: Veteran activist Sue Bradford on left organisational futures in Aotearoa/New Zealand
Over March, we're hosting a series of talks recorded at the annual conference of Fightback Aotearoa/Australia (, on the 23rd of January 2021.  This talk, by veteran Aotearoa/New Zealand activist Sue Bradford, concerns organisational futures for the left.  The thumbnail image, of Bradford at a protest held by Auckland Action Against Poverty, was taken by Jason Oxenham for Newstalk ZB.  You can find out more information on our podcast at
March 07, 2021
Is Free Speech Racist?
We interview Irish scholar-activist Gavan Titley on his book Is Free Speech Racist?  More info at
February 27, 2021
Waitangi Day bonus: Constitutional transformation in the context of Aotearoa/New Zealand's indigenous history
Waitangi Day is Aotearoa/New Zealand's commemoration of the signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, the treaty between indigenous Māori and the Crown. This Waitangi Day, we broadcast a talk by Erin Matariki Carr, a lawyer of Ngāi Tūhoe and Ngāti Awa descent. The talk was originally delivered at a conference held by Fightback Australasia, on the 23rd of January this year. Thumbnail art by Tamatea Kopua, from the Report of Matike Mai Aotearoa – The Independent Working Group on Constitutional Transformation.  More info at
February 05, 2021
Are Tankie Politics Racist?
Ani discusses tankie* politics and alternatives with returning guest Gayaal Iddamalgoda (a socialist, trade unionist, and migrant rights  advocate). We touch on the history of the mass Sri Lankan Trotskyist  movement, the left in the Philippines, and the Syrian Revolution among  other topics - arguing in sum that tankie politics erase the rich legacy of  struggle in the majority world.  *Supporting 'actually existing socialist' states such as China and 'anti-imperialist' states such as Iran.  More info, including sources at
January 30, 2021
All anti-fascist transcripts online!
Thanks to all who contributed, we have now transcribed and released all 10+ hours of anti-fascist interviews, which can be found at
January 15, 2021
Kaiju Cycle 1: A Very Kaiju Christmas
No Fate Project report on the surprise emergence of seven real Kaiju* in our timeline, across seven continents.   *Japanese word for ‘strange beast’, popularised by Godzilla.   Original thumbnail art by Jared P Foust, see our Facebook for full size images!
December 26, 2020
Kaiju Movies and Ecology
Happy (war on) Christmas 💚 This month kaiju* superfan Jase Short guest-stars, as we review six kaiju flicks, focusing on the ecological themes of these genre classics. We conclude with a No Fate Project report, on the surprise emergence of real Kaiju in our timeline.  *Japanese word for ‘strange beast’, popularised by Godzilla.  More info, as always, at  Thumbnail art by Jared P Foust, check out our Facebook for full size image.
December 26, 2020
Red-Brown Zombies: The Complete Story
9 reports from the No Fate Project, about the war against the zombie plague.   Fourth-Wall Breaking Disclaimer: This arc was conceived before   COVID-19, with the first part being broadcast in November 2019. It is   based on Daphne Lawless’ concept of the Red-Brown Zombie Plague, the   infection of far right ideas on the left:  More info at
December 08, 2020
Bonus: Deus Ex
No Fate Project Report No 9: A dark horse in the race turns the tide against the zombie plague.  More info, and previous entries at  If you like what we do, and can spare some cash, please contribute financially at
November 29, 2020
Our Insectoid Ancestors: Quatermass and the alien behind the familiar
We review the classic BBC sci-fi Quatermass serials written by Nigel Kneale, and their adaptations. Quatermass was immensely influential on Doctor Who, The X Files, and John Carpenter's work among other sci-fi  and horror. We discuss Quatermass' themes including humanism, pacifism,  paranoia, and the alien behind the familiar.  More info at, including links to free streaming Quatermass serials.  If you like what we do and have some spare cash, please contribute financially at
November 28, 2020
Bonus: US Elections & Australia/Aotearoa New Zealand News
Just a bonus episode with our takes on some recent news.  Thumbnail image by: thesackoftroy.  Music by Tryad, Beethoven.  Citations and further info at  Anti-fascist transcription crowdfunding campaign at
November 11, 2020
Crowdfunding update: First transcripts released!
You can find our first batch of anti-fascist episode transcripts at  And as always, the crowdfunding page is at, with about 3 weeks to go in the campaign.  Music: Waltz in the Moonlight - Tryad
November 09, 2020
Content warning: Castration, immature content.  A broadcast from Timeline B, the utopian timeline: the Halloween sequel nobody asked for (because you were too afraid to ask), on a topic certain of our listeners might find truly scary.  First Ballbusters episode, our highest-rated ever, available at Thumbnail art by @pachonhdz_/ on instagram, with a background by Allqn on Reddit More info at
October 31, 2020
Campaign update: Anti-fascist transcription crowdfunding
Just an update on our crowdfunding campaign at
October 12, 2020
Against the Fascist Creep: Interview with Alexander Reid-Ross
We interview Professor Alexander Reid Ross, author of Against The Fascist Creep.  Fund transcription of this and other anti-fascist interviews here:  More info at
September 26, 2020
Let’s Play Tell Me Why (ain’t nothing but a heartache)
We’re playing through interactive drama Tell Me Why, to promote our anti-fascist transcription project:
September 23, 2020
Bonus: Climax!
No Fate Project report: shit just got real. The zombie plague has begun. For background on the IRL Red-Brown Zombie Plague, the infection of far right ideas on the left: Fund accessible vaccination against the IRL Red-Brown Zombie Plague here: More info at
September 22, 2020
Crowdfunding: Anti-fascist & anti-racist interview transcription project -
We're launching a crowdfunding campaign to transcribe our anti-fascist and anti-racist interviews, paying transcribers at market rates:  Music: Better Days - Lakey Inspired
September 06, 2020
Bonus: All power to the imagination!
Our latest No Fate Project report: new developments in multiverse theory!  Headphone warning: high-pitched sound at 5.35-5.45.  More info at 
August 30, 2020
Crises of US Capitalism: Interview with DSA Afrosocialists member Robert Cuffy
We interview DSA Afrosocialists member Robert Cuffy, on the triple crises of US Capitalism: Covid-19, the Floyd Rebellion & economic recession. More info at
August 29, 2020
Bonus: Donlevy is exactly what he seems...
The latest report on the fight against the Red-Brown Zombie Plague,  broadcasting from the No Fate Project HQ in Antarctica. This month we document the strangeness of working for Professor Donlevy, everyone's second favourite alcoholic mad scientist.  More info at
July 25, 2020
Hate in the Time of COVID: Interview with slackbastard (AKA Andy Fleming)
We interview prominent Australian anti fascist writer Andy Fleming, AKA slackbastard. Info and links at 
July 25, 2020
Red Brown Zombies: The story so far
Fourth-Wall Breaking Disclaimer: This arc was conceived before COVID-19, with the first part being broadcast in November 2019. It is based on Daphne Lawless' concept of the Red-Brown Zombie Plague, the infection of far right ideas on the left:
June 28, 2020
Life is Strange: Choices and Consequences
Happy Pride on the 51st anniversary of the Stonewall Riot! This month we bring you an analysis of the extremely gay Life is Strange game series, focusing on choices and consequences.  We conclude with an update on the war against the coming zombie plague, including how we ended up recording this episode in Antarctica.  More info, including links at
June 28, 2020
COVID-19: For a #JustLockdown
COVID-19 demands an internationalist response, rather than an expansion of repression. On May Day, or international workers day, we bring you an interview on just lockdown with migrant worker advocate Gayaal Iddamalgoda. We conclude with a review of Saving Blighty by Jim Jepps, the best ever Brexit time travel novel. Detailed info and links at
May 01, 2020
DRUGS (and mental health)
This month on 420 day we’re discussing DRUGS (and mental health), from Acid Communism to psychiatry. We also include a mysterious tape sent back to us by the No Fate Project, recounting the future zombie plague. Fourth wall break: our zombie plague arc was conceived before COVID-19, with the first entries being aired in November 2019, it's intended as a commentary on Red Brownism not actual viruses... visit for links and detailed info
April 19, 2020
Syrian Revolution and Counter-Revolution: An interview with Joseph Daher
On March 15th, the anniversary of the Syrian Revolution, we bring you an interview with Joseph Daher of the Alliance of Middle East and North African Socialists. We also bring a  report on Aotearoa/New Zealand's Protect Ihumātao struggle, including Ani's experiences at the  site. More info including links at
March 15, 2020
Star Wars: Episode X: The Wasted Opportunity
The Last Jedi is the best entry in the sequel trilogy, and Luke is the  best part! Enjoy these and other spicy hot-takes in our first episode of  2020, in which your hosts Derek and Ani review the Disney Star Wars  reboot from The Force Awakens onward. To quote the Honest Trailer for  Last Jedi, “a series about balance and non attachment will be  worshipped, hated on, and obsessed over until it’s not even fun to talk  about anymore.” Don’t @ us, your hate makes us stronger. More info, including credits and relevant links at
February 20, 2020
Xmas Bonus: Errol Flynn Exposed + Rocketeer Retrofuturistic Retrospective P2 + The Rocketeer and the Mystery of Betty Page +
As an Xmas present, we're releasing not one but two bonus episodes, one audio one video. Firstly this right here, featuring three segments that were previously limited to patrons, all focused on the movie Rocketeer and backstory: these are Hollywood Underbelly - Errol Flynn Exposed, the second part of our Rocketeer Retrofuturistic Retrospective Review, and finally the Mystery of Betty Page. Secondly look out for our special Xmas video episode: A Tale of Two Podcasters, a story of love that crosses borders, available at
December 25, 2019
Thanos Was Wrong: Populationism and Ecosocialist Alternatives
Our December episode addresses populationism and ecosocialist  alternatives, plus reviews of Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) and  nuclear-themed BBC miniseries Edge of Darkness (1985) discussing the  ecological themes of each. More details at
December 10, 2019
Red-Brown Zombies Part 3
For the final entry in our Red-Brown Zombie three-parter, guest Tyler  West outlines a history of the far right in Aotearoa/New Zealand, then  we conclude with a review of Terminator: Dark Fate. No fate but what we  make! More info on
November 28, 2019
Red-Brown Zombies Part 2
For the second part of our three-parter on Red-Brown Zombies - the  infection of far right ideas on the left - we pivot to the Belly of the  Beast, the US of A. We interview Peter Soeller of on dirtbag leftism and related issues, and fellow anti-fascist Jae Em  Carico on his work. More details at
November 28, 2019
Red-Brown Zombies Part 1
The first of a three parter on Red Brownism - the infection of far right politics on the left. We interview NZ socialist Daphne Lawless, followed by a Romero Living Dead retrospective, and a guest review by Radiculture of zombie game The Last Of Us.
November 20, 2019
Content warning: Ballbusting, castration, transphobia. This Halloween we're dealing with a topic certain of our listeners might find truly scary...
October 31, 2019
Conspiracy Theories and Xenophobia
We interview Christchurch video essayist Byron Clark about his research on conspiracy theories and the far right, followed by a retrospective on The X Files. More info at
September 28, 2019
Death Star PR: Is all corporate media propaganda?
We’re back with the second episode of Where’s My Jetpack, a politics and pop culture podcast with sci fi and socialist leanings. This episode features a friendly debate on whether all corporate media is propaganda, drawing on the Herman/Chomsky propaganda model. Visit for more information and full credits.
August 18, 2019
Wanting to Believe
The inaugural episode of Where's My Jetpack, a politics and pop-culture podcast with sci fi and socialist leanings. Your hosts Derek Johnson and Ani White bring you the following segments: 00:00 – Pop quiz: An introduction to your hosts and our interests 1:05:07  – Furious Political Thought: A discussion of averted futures, drawing  on David Graeber’s Of Flying Cars and the Declining Rate of Profit,  including a critical take on Fully Automated Luxury Communism and a case  for ecosocialism. 1:59:11 – Retrofuturistic Retrospective on  overlooked 90s movie The Rocketeer, including multiple tangents (part 1  of 2, to be concluded in our second episode). 2:22:33: Ani reports back on a 21-day socialist seminar in the Philippines.  The episode features the following music: Where's My Jetpack - Radio Free Babylon Scientist - Big Rick Queer as in Fuck You - Dog Park Dissidents Various - Lakey Inspired Blueshift - Airglow Carinosa - Sylvia La Torre Ala Ala Ay Ikaw - Eddie Peregrina Brush Filter Beat - therealtheremin Articles referenced: The Conquest of Space in the Time of Power, Eduardo Rothe for the Situationist International Of Flying Cars and the Declining Rate of Profit, David Graeber 5 Best Movies with Jetpacks in them, The Retroist  Where's My Jetpack is produced by the No Fate Project. Please support our work Contact us at
July 20, 2019
Where's my Jetpack ?! Trailer
“Where’s My Jetpack?!” is a politics and pop-culture podcast with sci-fi and socialist leanings, hosted by Derek Johnson and Ani White. A short list of topics we plan to cover includes: ongoing revolutions in the Middle East and North Africa, 50s BBC sci-fi serials, fighting nationalism and fascism, masculinity in comics, frontlines of the contemporary union movement, choice mechanics in the Life is Strange games, feminism for the 99%, John Carpenter, contemporary socialist political programme, superheroes getting kicked in the balls, alternatives to Red-Brownism, and Nigerian zombie movies. Basically, this podcast is about everything we find interesting. If that sounds like a good time, please sign up to our patreon (please we’re skint and have already laid down some cash for this project lol): The podcast goes live in July. Website: Produced by the No Fate Project Until then, check out
June 17, 2019