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Where’s My Jetpack?!

Where’s My Jetpack?!

By Derek Johnson
A politics and pop culture podcast, with sci-fi and socialist leanings. Hosted by Derek Johnson and Ani White.

Produced by the No Fate Project.

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Rocketeer Retrofuturistic Retrospective Part III

Where’s My Jetpack?!

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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). 
44:47
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
00:40
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 jetpack.zoob.net or tinyurl.com/q-ultra-blog
16:49
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 jetpack.zoob.net or tinyurl.com/harvey-blog
01:40:39
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
01:35:03
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 jetpack.zoob.net
01:21:15
June 5, 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 jetpack.zoob.net
13:31
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 jetpack.zoob.net
01:38:02
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 jetpack.zoob.net
12:52
May 1, 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 tinyurl.com/kaiju3-blog
16:03
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 jetpack.zoob.net
01:37:21
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 jetpack.zoob.net
44:37
April 9, 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 jetpack.zoob.net
13:09
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 jetpack.zoob.net
46:55
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 (fightback.org.nz), on the 23rd of January 2021.  Thumbnail image, taken at Al Noor Mosque, from AFP.
35:12
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 (fightback.org.nz), 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.
26:46
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 (fightback.org.nz), 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 jetpack.zoob.net
19:57
March 7, 2021
Is Free Speech Racist?
We interview Irish scholar-activist Gavan Titley on his book Is Free Speech Racist?  More info at jetpack.zoob.net
01:19:40
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 jetpack.zoob.net
40:40
February 5, 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 jetpack.zoob.net
01:00:37
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 tinyurl.com/jetpack-transcripts
00:46
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!
15:42
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 jetpack.zoob.net.  Thumbnail art by Jared P Foust, check out our Facebook for full size image.
01:41:45
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: tinyurl.com/daphne-redbrownzombies  More info at jetpack.zoob.net
02:14:24
December 8, 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 jetpack.zoob.net.  If you like what we do, and can spare some cash, please contribute financially at patreon.com/jetpack1917
10:04
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 jetpack.zoob.net, including links to free streaming Quatermass serials.  If you like what we do and have some spare cash, please contribute financially at patreon.com/jetpack1917
01:23:46
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 jetpack.zoob.net  Anti-fascist transcription crowdfunding campaign at FireFund.net/Jetpack
44:43
November 11, 2020
Crowdfunding update: First transcripts released!
You can find our first batch of anti-fascist episode transcripts at jetpack.zoob.net  And as always, the crowdfunding page is at FireFund.net/Jetpack, with about 3 weeks to go in the campaign.  Music: Waltz in the Moonlight - Tryad
01:48
November 9, 2020
BALLBUSTERS II: UTOPIA
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 tinyurl.com/ballbusters-i Thumbnail art by @pachonhdz_/ on instagram, with a background by Allqn on Reddit More info at jetpack.zoob.net
28:22
October 31, 2020
Campaign update: Anti-fascist transcription crowdfunding
Just an update on our crowdfunding campaign at FireFund.net/Jetpack
02:09
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: FireFund.net/Jetpack.  More info at jetpack.zoob.net
59:07
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: tinyurl.com/youtube-tellmewhy FireFund.net/Jetpack
01:12
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: tinyurl.com/daphne-redbrownzombies Fund accessible vaccination against the IRL Red-Brown Zombie Plague here: FireFund.net/Jetpack More info at jetpack.zoob.net
12:03
September 22, 2020
Crowdfunding: Anti-fascist & anti-racist interview transcription project - FireFund.net/jetpack
We're launching a crowdfunding campaign to transcribe our anti-fascist and anti-racist interviews, paying transcribers at market rates: FireFund.net/jetpack  Music: Better Days - Lakey Inspired
02:27
September 6, 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 jetpack.zoob.net 
16:28
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  jetpack.zoob.net
01:43:05
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 jetpack.zoob.net
12:33
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 jetpack.zoob.net 
01:40:49
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: tinyurl.com/daphne-redbrownzombies
01:30:14
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 jetpack.zoob.net
01:38:41
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 jetpack.zoob.net
01:06:19
May 1, 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 jetpack.zoob.net for links and detailed info
01:30:56
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 jetpack.zoob.net
01:27:30
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 jetpack.zoob.net
02:12:34
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 jetpack.zoob.net/2019/12/25/a-tale-of-two-podcasters/
01:08:35
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 jetpack.zoob.net
01:39:07
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 jetpack.zoob.net
01:37:39
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 fashbusters.com on dirtbag leftism and related issues, and fellow anti-fascist Jae Em  Carico on his work. More details at jetpack.zoob.net
02:26:26
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.
02:41:27
November 20, 2019
Ballbusters
Content warning: Ballbusting, castration, transphobia. This Halloween we're dealing with a topic certain of our listeners might find truly scary... jetpack.zoob.net
54:07
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 jetpack.zoob.net
02:34:38
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 jetpack.zoob.net for more information and full credits.
01:35:14
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 patreon.com/jetpack1917 Contact us at jetpack1917@gmail.com Facebook.com/JetpackCommunism Twitter.com/Jetpack1917 jetpack.zoob.net
02:47:44
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): patreon.com/jetpack1917 The podcast goes live in July. Website: Jetpack.zoob.net Produced by the No Fate Project Until then, check out https://soundcloud.com/fashbusters
09:10
June 17, 2019