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How to Survive the End of the World

How to Survive the End of the World

By How to Survive the End of the World
Join Autumn Brown and adrienne maree brown, two sisters who share many identities, as writers, activists, facilitators, and inheritors of multiracial diasporic lineages, as well as a particular interest in the question of survival, as we embark on a podcast that delves into the practices we need as a community, to move through endings and to come out whole on the other side, whatever that might be.

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Justice at the Detroit Podcast Festival
This is a Detroit love affair of an episode. For How To Survive's first appearance at the Detroit Podcast Festival, we invited two Detroit based warriors for justice - 313 Liberation Zone's PG Watkins (ultimate_paygee) and Detroit Justice Center's Amanda Alexander (@A_S_Alexander). We discuss visions, abolition, and the unique ground that Detroit is for practicing our beliefs. TRANSCRIPT - HTS ESSENTIALS SUPPORT Our Show on Patreon PEEP us on IG TWEET @ us
October 22, 2020
Charlene Carruthers for President: Facing Election Resistance
We are reposting this episode to help you prepare for and understand the ways to engage electoral politics. We are also committing this week to honoring the indigenous peoples of the lands we live on in future intros. The Brown Sisters sit down with the brilliant Charlene Carruthers (@CharleneCarruthers), author of Unapologetic and founder of the Chicago Center for Leadership and Transformation, to talk about staying grounded, rigorous, and rooted in community, as the election cycle ramps up.  TRANSCRIPT - HTS ESSENTIALS SUPPORT Our Show on Patreon PEEP us on IG TWEET @ us
October 15, 2020
Beyond Survival
For this week's episode, Autumn and adrienne sit down with Ejeris Dixon (@ejeris) and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha (@brownstargirl), the editors of Beyond Survival: Strategies and Stories from the Transformative Justice Movement. We discuss book touring, their journeys to this work, and transformative justice in this time. TRANSCRIPT - HTS ESSENTIALS SUPPORT Our Show on Patreon PEEP us on IG TWEET @ us
October 8, 2020
Being with Terror (with updated audio)
An earlier version this episode contained some misaligned audio. Sorry about that! The sisters turn and face the terror and grief of living through times of great transition and turning. We call in special guest Malkia Devich Cyril (@culturejedi) to help us learn to hold grief. TRANSCRIPT - HTS ESSENTIALS SUPPORT Our Show on Patreon PEEP us on IG TWEET @ us
October 1, 2020
Election in End Times
We are reposting the Brown sisters 2018 conversation with  Three Point Strategies,’ Jessica Byrd (@JessicaLBYRD) and Kayla Reed (@iKaylaReed) from Action STL. We cover basically everything we need to know about engaging in the electoral process, especially this corrupt age, with our eyes on freedom. TRANSCRIPT - HTS ESSENTIALS SUPPORT Our Show on Patreon PEEP us on IG TWEET @ us
September 24, 2020
True Journey Is Return
Autumn and adrienne return to each other. Ursula le Guin wrote, "true journey is return", and in this conversation the sisters discuss the many ways they are returning to each other and this time, this podcast. They introduce new structures and segments for the coming season, including the Flume of Rage, Top Culture and more. TRANSCRIPT: - --- TOP CULTURE Autumn's picks TV: Orphan Black MUSIC: Billie Eilish IG: Benny Drama BOOK: Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi adrienne's picks MUSIC: Cardi B - WAP feat. Megan Thee Stallion  TV: I May Destroy You MUSIC: Tobe Nwigwe/The Pandemic Project IG: majimb.o TV: P-Valley BOOK: Whatever Happened to Interracial Love? by Kathleen Collins TV: Lovecraft Country --- HTS ESSENTIALS SUPPORT Our Show on Patreon PEEP us on IG TWEET @ us
September 17, 2020
Guest Podcast: Tomi Adeyemi Crafts Fantastic Worlds with Words
Before we come back with a full fall slate of episodes, we want to share this episode of Your Attention Please from Hulu and IHeartRadio. In 2019, Tomi Adeyemi followed up her best-selling debut novel, Children of Blood and Bone, with another installment in the Legacy of Orïsha series, Children of Virtue and Vengeance. Readers have fallen in love with Adeyemi's stories, which are magical and transporting but also so resonant in today's world. In this episode, Kimberly chats with Tomi about believing your dreams are possible, having the right people on your team, and bad spinoffs. And, naturally, Tomi has all the best metaphors for life. TRANSCRIPT - -- HTS ESSENTIALS SUPPORT Our Show on Patreon PEEP us on IG TWEET @ us
August 27, 2020
The Auburn Conversation
adrienne and Autumn were recipients of Auburn Seminary’s 2020 Lives of Commitment Award, which celebrates women of moral courage. This episode is an audio recording of the Auburn Conversation, a live event bringing the honorees together to discuss how we use our power to build liberated futures. This conversation is moderated by Minister Candace Simpson, and features honorees Autumn Brown, gina Breedlove, Lynne Twist, Rabba Sara Hurwitz, Holly Fogle, and Monika Estrada Guzman. You can watch discussion here - TRANSCRIPT - HTS ESSENTIALS SUPPORT Our Show on Patreon PEEP us on IG TWEET @ us
August 14, 2020
Queer Astrological Technologies, Live from the 2020 AMC!
adrienne and Autumn are joined once again by the incomparable queer astrologer, Chani Nicholas (@chaninicholas), author of You Were Born For This, in the opening plenary of the 2020 Allied Media Conference. Their giddy, love-filled conversation spans the gamut from how we sit with hard astrology, to how we work with and shape our collective purpose using the queer feminist technology of the stars. TRANSCRIPT - HTS ESSENTIALS SUPPORT Our Show on Patreon PEEP us on IG TWEET @ us
August 1, 2020
On Listening
This episode is a bit different, a three part exploration of listening featuring a short interview with Sterling Toles, and the reading of two pieces adrienne wrote, one on listening for men and the other on listening for white people. We hope it is of use. 1) A Word for White People + Resources 2) Listening with Sterling (The actor in this piece was played by the brilliant, Reg Flowers). 3) Relinquishing the Patriarchy + Resources --- You can hear The Best Advice Show wherever you listen to podcasts.  --- HTS ESSENTIALS SUPPORT Our Show on Patreon PEEP us on IG TWEET @ us
July 20, 2020
Guest Podcast: Fortification
As our summer break continues, we're so excited to feature an episode from our friends at the Fortification podcast.  Future: Spiritual and political mandates for our future The conversation began with these questions: Where is this present moment taking us? What can we radically imagine for our future survival knowing what we know now? In times of crisis, seemingly impossible ideas become imaginable. What does or might the economy of healthcare, the collective practice of care, look like on the other side of this? What is your best and worst case scenario? What is the spiritual mandate of this new time? What is our charge moving forward? Learn more about the guests. Find a transcript of the conversation. This episode is part of a series in collaboration with Cara Page, Susan Raffo and Anjali Taneja. Learn more about their work at Healing Histories;Disrupting the Medical Industrial Complex. Editing by Wazi Maret, transcription support by Kolenge Fonge and music by Abhimanyu Janamanchi. SUBSCRIBE to Fortification to hear more incredible content. 
July 8, 2020
Guest Podcast: Tarot for the End of Times
2020 is an Emperor Year, a 4 year, so we thought it would be particularly helpful to uplift episode 7: The Emperor, from Tarot for the End of Times, hosted by Sarah Cargill, to give us some sense of what we're facing and what we are feeling. SUBSCRIBE to Tarot for the End of Times, wherever you listen to pods.  --- The Emperor's sacred fire has the capacity to assist in performing great acts of human compassion and nurturance, as well as the power to destroy all that it touches. This episode teaches us about walking this razor's edge.  TRANSCRIPT
July 2, 2020
Introducing - Parable of the Sower: Chapter 1
A podcast diving into Octavia E Butler’s Parable of the Sower/Talents, hosted by Toshi Reagon and adrienne maree brown. Produced by Kat Aaron. SUBSCRIBE TO OCTAVIA'S PARABLES WHEREVER YOU LISTEN TO PODCASTS. Support the show.
June 25, 2020
Apocalypse Survival Skill #10: Lessons
Autumn and adrienne reunite for the finale episode of the miniseries. We create a collective altar and read aloud the names of beloveds lost inside the pandemic. We pull lessons from content and process of creating the miniseries. And we discuss the incredible transformation unfolding in this very moment, from the epicenter of Minneapolis outward across the globe. Music by Tunde Olaniran, Chad Crouch and Mother Cyborg. HTS ESSENTIALS SUPPORT Our Show on Patreon PEEP us on IG TWEET @ us @adrienne @Autumn
June 12, 2020
Apocalypse Survival Skill #9: The Right to Defend Ourselves
We live in a fundamentally violent society. We have the human right to defend and protect ourselves, but for many of us the means of doing so seem inaccessible. How do we protect and secure our communities as conditions deteriorate? Autumn speaks to security and firearms expert Rashid McCall of the firm Opposition Research, for insight into the challenges and opportunities facing oppressed people who want to practice self-defense. This episode is dedicated to George Floyd, may he rest in power. SHOW LINKS The National African American Gun Association  HTS ESSENTIALS SUPPORT Our Show on Patreon PEEP us on IG TWEET @ us @adrienne @Autumn
May 29, 2020
Apocalypse Survival Skill #8: Casa de Salud
We survive by building the new world in the shell of the old, and our new world will need a health care system. How do we transition from a health care system rooted in extraction and profit, to a health care system rooted in justice? We turn to family physician Anjali Taneja, Executive Director of Casa De Salud, a clinic on the forefront of providing justice-driven, accessible health care in Albuquerque, for wisdom and vision in the midst of the pandemic. SHOW LINKS Fortification Podcast HTS ESSENTIALS SUPPORT Our Show on Patreon PEEP us on IG TWEET @ us @adrienne @Autumn
May 23, 2020
Apocalypse Survival Skill #7: The Internet is a Place
Now more than ever we are relying on the internet to satisfy our basic needs and desires. This begs the question, what are apocalypse survival skills for the internet? How do we use the internet as a tool for survival? How do we maintain safety for our communities and our movements for social change when so much of that work must now happen digitally? And what exactly is the internet, anyway? For answers, we turn to digital security expert and organizer for change, Bex Hong Hurwitz of Tiny Gigantic. (episode image by Nicole Starosielski) HTS ESSENTIALS SUPPORT Our Show on Patreon PEEP us on IG TWEET @ us @adrienne @Autumn
May 16, 2020
Apocalypse Survival Skill #6: The OODA Loop
We bring you part two of Autumn’s interview with So and Pinar, the love organism behind Queer Nature. We discuss the potential dangers of being on the move in an apocalyptic situation, and how to mitigate them. We also talk about extractive versus visionary responses to apocalypse, and the transformative potential of thinking and acting collectively inside of chaos. So and Pinar created a guide highlighting important concepts from this and the previous episode, so feel free to open it and follow along as you listen. HTS ESSENTIALS SUPPORT Our Show on Patreon PEEP us on IG TWEET @ us @adrienne @Autumn
May 7, 2020
Apocalypse Survival Skill #5: Tactical Hope
What behaviors and choices make the difference between life and death in a disaster? What are the skills that will matter most in a crisis, and how do we learn them? Autumn interviews the brilliant founders of Queer Nature, who lead workshops and immersions teaching survival skills and natural crafts. In the first of two conversations, Queer Nature drops wisdom on how the mind and body respond to crisis, how non-human systems can be our allies, and what trauma has to do with our survival. Music by Tunde Olaniran, Kaela Drew and Mother Cyborg. SHOW NOTES  Deep Survival OODA Loop Window of Tolerance HTS ESSENTIALS SUPPORT Our Show on Patreon PEEP us on IG TWEET @ us @adrienne @Autumn
May 1, 2020
Apocalypse Survival Skill #4: Braiding Seeds
Any scenario of systemic collapse involves a question of how we sustainably feed ourselves and our communities. For a visionary answer, Autumn turns to the illustrious team at Soul Fire Farm, and their co-founder Leah Penniman. Autumn and Leah discuss the science of land rehabilitation, the political power of farming, and how to start growing food wherever you are. Music by Tunde Olaniran, Alex Fitch and Mother Cyborg. SOUL FIRE STUFF Ask A Sista Farmer  Sowing the Seeds of Food Justice Reparations Map HTS ESSENTIALS SUPPORT Our Show on Patreon PEEP us on IG TWEET @ us @adrienne @Autumn
April 23, 2020
Apocalypse Survival Skill #3: Where There is No Doctor
We continue our miniseries with a conversation about how we access medicine, health, and healing when our under-resourced and fragile medical systems are overwhelmed. Autumn interviews community herbalist Lauren Giambrone, about plant medicine and home remedies that build our immune systems and fight infections, as well as kitchen witchery and other forms of ancestral medicine that can keep us safe and healthy. Music by Tunde Olaniran and Mother Cyborg. EPISODE LINKS Where There Is No Doctor Good Fight Herb Co. Get Radical, Boil Roots Nodding Thistle and Rose Milk ESSENTIALS SUPPORT Our Show on Patreon PEEP us on IG TWEET @ us @adrienne @Autumn
April 17, 2020
Apocalypse Survival Skill #2: Making Home
During this time of economic collapse, many of us are wondering how we will create and maintain homes, if and when we can’t afford to rent or buy. One answer is to take over vacant homes and buildings, an activity commonly known as squatting. In this episode, Autumn interviews Vikki Law, a prison abolitionist and squatters’ rights activist. Vikki takes us deep inside the story of how vacant buildings in New York City that started out as squats in the 70s and 80s, became permanent homes for their residents. @LVikkiml music by Mother Cyborg and Tunde Olaniran and Trans Alp. - @endoftheworldPC @adriennemaree @meansagittarius
April 10, 2020
Apocalypse Survival Skill #1: Shelter in Place
We kick off the Apocalypse Survival Miniseries with a special focus on social distancing inside the pandemic. Autumn interviews long time New Yorker Maryse Mitchell-Brody ( about mutual aid, networks of care, and the practice of grief and love, in the time of self quarantine. ESSENTIAL MARYSE LINKS: - @endoftheworldPC @adriennemaree @meansagittarius
April 2, 2020
Staying In with Emily and Kumail
Beloved Survivors, as we work away on our upcoming survival mini-series, we have another special guest treat to share. You might know Kumail and Emily from their collaboration on the 2017 film, The Big Sick. Now they have a super relevant new podcast not about the Coronavirus, but rather about the do’s and don’ts of staying inside during this extremely bizarre situation we find ourselves in. Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani are both writers who work from home. Emily was a therapist and currently is a chronically sick person (see: The Big Sick) who often has to quarantine herself, and Kumail is her main caretaker. The podcast features movie, TV, and video game recommendations along with advice from these long time experts working from home and staying indoors. They also call their friends and family to check in and offer tips on how everyone is keeping their heads on straight while socially isolating. All proceeds from the podcast go to charities for people hardest hit by the virus. To listen to the show, just search for Staying In with Emily and Kumail in Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you listen. We hope you find some comfort here.
March 27, 2020
This is Irresistible!!!
Meet Irresistible: a community of practice in collective healing and social change. Formerly known as Healing Justice Podcast, their show is all about a commitment to justice and to our own lives that is compelling, joyful, and irresistible. Their library of conversations and practices celebrates the many traditions of movement leaders, cultural workers, and spiritual teachers who remind us to embody the liberation we are pursuing and who show us that our movements for justice can and must be expansive, vibrant, and fully alive. Because we are so much more than resistance -- we are irresistible. Learn more at Transcript:
March 24, 2020
Hello Beloved Survivors: Talk To Us
We're here today to ask you a question. What are your strategies for intimacy and connection to other humans during this time of social distancing? We're working on a survival series we're planning to release next month and we want you to be part of it. If you're comfortable with us using your voice in the show consider the following. Using the voice memo app on your phone, record your strategies for intimacy and connection to other humans during this time of social distancing and then email it to us at HowToSurvivePod @ GMAIL dot COM. thanks and love, team hts
March 18, 2020
Coronavirus: Wisdom from a Social Justice Lens
In this bonus episode from Healing Justice Podcast, we bring you advice about how to adapt your travel and gatherings, timely medical information, invocations, grounding practices and reflections from the March 7, 2020 webinar: COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Preparation for People Living with Chronic Illnesses in the United States. Unlike much of what we’re seeing in the media and public discussion, this virtual gathering centered the wisdom and life experiences of people who live with chronic illnesses and disability. The voices you'll hear are: - Kate Werning, Director, Healing Justice Podcast - Maryse Mitchell-Brody - JD Davids, strategist and storyteller, The Cranky Queer - Evvie Ormon, a healer, facilitator and generative coach from Emergent Phoenix Consulting - Crissaris Sarnelli, MD, a primary care/family doctor and healer from Harlem, NY - Elandria Williams, Executive Director and trainer, PeoplesHub - The poetry of Dori Midnight (read by Crissaris) ** Full episode transcript - *** Access the full list of resources with more information at ***
March 12, 2020
Guest Podcast: Decolonizing the Crone
North Carolina Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green drops blessings like ripe mango into our laps. Walls breathe a heavy sigh of relief as she shreds the puny narratives we have about who we are and our power to reanimate and reclaim our medicine... our magic. She calls forth specters who resemble our own shadows and reminds us that we can, that we have no choice but to reknit ourselves back together with the medicine that never left us. It sits at the back of our throats waiting for release. It burns. It illuminates. She says... “Medicine is dark and thick like blood” She asks... “Where does your creative medicine intertwine with your work?” She ponders... “How do you court your muse?” She chides... “An anorexic muse is a dying muse” She proclaims... “Medicine informs the muse, the muse informs the medicine. It is a sacred symbiotic relationship” Thank you Mama Jaki. I feel like I left my body several times during our conversation. Thank you for spoon feeding me back myself when I was 5 years old, wise and believed in my own magic.. And so it is on the dark side of the moon.
February 19, 2020
Guest Podcast! - Possibilities Podcast featuring adrienne marie brown
Guest Podcast: Possibilities Podcast This episode features a rich, laughter filled conversation with social justice facilitator and New York Times best-selling author of Pleasure Activism, adrienne maree brown! We talk about the trust, transformation, being satisfiable, radical honesty and rejection, creative practice, god and the healing power of sitting on Octavia Butler's face. Music by LAL and Pantayo. Follow us on instagram @possibilitiespodcast p.s.- book mentioned by adrienne is Fumbling Towards Repair by Mariame Kaba and Shira Hassan. -- - @endoftheworldPC @adriennemaree @meansagittarius
February 5, 2020
It's Hard Out Here for a Prophet
Surprise! In honor of Martin Luther King Jr’s holiday, and to herald the arrival of black history month, we bring you this very special episode, and interview with two black luminaries of the Buddhist world, Lama Rod Owens (@LamaRod1) and reverend angel Kyodo williams (@ZenChangeAngel). We talk with them about their collaborative work, Radical Dharma, and how going inward helps us transform the world. music by Yaul and Mother Cyborg - @endoftheworldPC @adriennemaree @meansagittarius
January 22, 2020
Flowers After the War
The Brown Sisters wrap season 3 with a reflection on what they are proud of from the last year and the last decade, and what intentions they are setting for the year ahead. Plus a teaser of season 4! music by Tunde Olaniran and Mother Cyborg - @endoftheworldPC @adriennemaree @meansagittarius
January 10, 2020
Bending Towards the Future with Toshi Reagon
The Brown Sisters are coming to you live from the Majestic Theater in Boston, in a gorgeous event sponsored by Emerson College. We welcome back to the show the brilliant musician, composer and activist Toshi Reagon to discuss the Parable Opera and what Octavia Butler’s work can teach us about finding each other and bending towards a just future. music by Tunde Olaniran and Mother Cyborg - @endoftheworldPC @adriennemaree @meansagittarius
December 24, 2019
Sashay Away from Supremacy with Matt McGorry
The Brown Sisters sit down with actor, activist and avid reader Matt McGorry (@MattMcGorry) to discuss unlearning supremacy, loving our bodies and being responsible with our platforms. music by Tunde Olaniran and Mother Cyborg - @endoftheworldPC @adriennemaree @meansagittarius
December 6, 2019
Charlene Carruthers for President: Facing Election Resistance
The Brown Sisters sit down with the brilliant Charlene Carruthers, author of Unapologetic and founder of the Chicago Center for Leadership and Transformation, to talk about staying grounded, rigorous, and rooted in community, as the election cycle ramps up. @CharleneCarruthers music by Tunde Olaniran and Mother Cyborg - @endoftheworldPC @adriennemaree @meansagittarius
November 20, 2019
Raising Superheroes
On this episode, we bringing you an interview from @thebigwepodcast featuring adrienne and Autumn. What do our superpowers teach us about our longings? How do we create spaces for young people to fully step into their voices and power? Join our juicy conversation about love, parenthood, imagination, youth, magic, and longing as we explore the new scifi show “Raising Dion. Visit for full show notes.
November 7, 2019
It’s a Process
The Brown Sisters are finally reunited in conversation, where they discuss rigor, resilience, and discovering creative process in the midst of change and transition. music by Tunde Olaniran. - @endoftheworldPC @adriennemaree @meansagittarius
October 31, 2019
Future Economics Part 2: The Solidarity Economy
Back in March 2018, adrienne and Autumn recorded Future Economics Part 1: The Money Talk, an intimate conversation about class, wealth, and debt. They knew they wanted to return with a conversation about the Solidarity Economy. Recently autumn was interviewed by the Next Economy Now podcast, where she discussed the solidarity economy, worker cooperatives, and why Americans struggle so much with cooperation. We are cross posting that episode here as a continuation of our future economics series. music by Tunde Olaniran and Mother Cyborg - @endoftheworldPC @adriennemaree @meansagittarius
October 17, 2019
This World Is Ours to Build
We’re baaaaack! Sort of. Autumn and adrienne continue to be juggling busy schedules, so we return for the second half of our 2019 season with a recording from the archives. In this episode you will hear Autumn’s keynote address to the 2018 Indigenous Women and Women is Color Student Summit, titled “This World is Ours to Build.” music by Tunde Olaniran and Mother Cyborg - @endoftheworldPC @adriennemaree @meansagittarius
October 3, 2019
Guest Podcast 3! - Parenting for Liberation: We Live for the We
For our third guest podcast, we are cross posting a conversation hosted by our friend podcast Parenting for Liberation. This summer PFL, with the Underground Railroad and LOOM, invited Erica Chidi Cohen to moderate a conversation between adrienne (on Pleasure Activism) and Dani McClain, author of We Live for the We: The Political Power of Black Motherhood. music by Tunde Olaniran - @endoftheworldPC @adriennemaree @meansagittarius
September 20, 2019
Guest Podcast 2! - Beyoncé's Witchy Virgo Season
Our guest this week is A Little Juju podcast, teaching us the witchy wisdom we need to survive these times. Here's an excerpt we found highly relevant for Virgo Season - so we're releasing it in the window between Beyoncé and adrienne's birthdays! music by Mother Cyborg and Tunde Olaniran - @endoftheworldPC @adriennemaree @meansagittarius
September 5, 2019
Guest Podcast 1! - Raising Rebels
Raising trans and queer babies is a fundamental survival strategy for all possible futures. This episode drops us into a sweet conversation between mamas raising queer and trans little ones. Enjoy! music by Mother Cyborg and Tunde Olaniran - @endoftheworldPC @adriennemaree @meansagittarius
August 15, 2019
ima ima boss bitch
As they prepare to go on break for August and September, adrienne and autumn offer listeners a window into what’s been going on behind the scenes, and what’s to come. music by Mother Cyborg and Tunde Olaniran - @endoftheworldPC @adriennemaree @meansagittarius
July 31, 2019
What Time It Is, with Movement Generation
The sisters have wanted to interview Movement Generation since they conceived of this podcast. Recently, adrienne got to hear Michelle Mascarenhas-Swan give a talk on how we got to this moment of climate apocalypse. generative somatics gave us permission to share the talk, so adrienne sat down with Michelle for a quick corner-of-a-busy-room interview to frame the talk up. The worldview here will be a reference for all future podcasts. Listen up! music by Mother Cyborg and Tunde Olaniran - @endoftheworldPC @adriennemaree @meansagittarius
July 17, 2019
Sister Interview on Pleasure Activism
Autumn guides adrienne into deeper vulnerability around her NY Times bestselling book Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good. show notes: music by Mother Cyborg and Tunde Olaniran - @endoftheworldPC @adriennemaree @meansagittarius
July 3, 2019
Live Show, U of M
Hopefully this is better late than never. The sound quality on this show wasn't up to @muzachary's standards, but the cost/benefit analysis of having Alexis Pauline Gumbs ( AND amb's fresh NY Times bestseller feelings AND some nibbling love was just too delectable, so the sisters persisted. Hope you enjoy! music by Mother Cyborg and Tunde Olaniran - @endoftheworldPC @adriennemaree @meansagittarius
June 19, 2019
Leaving Michael Jackson?
Autumn and adrienne talk with DJs, @iamrimarkable, @djkuttinkandi, and @larumorosa about Michael Jackson in the wake of the Leaving Neverland documentary. This is a tender, tough conversation. music by Mother Cyborg and Tunde Olaniran - @endoftheworldPC @adriennemaree @meansagittarius
June 5, 2019
Is Hodor the Real Hero of GOT? (Let Them Eat Spoilers)
adrienne and Autumn discuss the highs and lows, surprises and disappointments, and the visionary fashion, of the final season of Game of Thrones. music by Mother Cyborg and Tunde Olaniran - @endoftheworldPC @adriennemaree @meansagittarius
May 21, 2019
Browns at Brown: A Live Show
The Brown sisters, live at Brown University, with a special guest and lots of feelings. Happy Mother's Day to all who mother! music by Mother Cyborg and Tunde Olaniran - @endoftheworldPC
May 12, 2019
A Spoilerific Dive Into NK Jemisin's Apocalypse
The Brown Sisters read NK Jemisin's Broken Earth trilogy and remembered they knew her and could maybe maybe get a real conversation. Here, they gush and fawn and interrogate with a genius. music by Mother Cyborg and Tunde Olaniran - @endoftheworldPC
May 1, 2019
Laurence McKeown, Prisoner to Playwright
Laurence McKeown was our gracious host and patient teacher in Northern Ireland - here he tells some of his epic awesome story from teenager to IRA revolutionary and hunger striker to poet and playwright. music by Mother Cyborg and Tunde Olaniran - @endoftheworldPC LINKS AND BOOKS:
April 17, 2019
An Uneasy Peace
Autumn and adrienne share stories from their visionary fiction journey through Northern Ireland, what they learned from the legacy of the conflict, and the possibility of repair in the aftermath of harm. music by Mother Cyborg and Tunde Olaniran - @endoftheworldPC
April 3, 2019
Disability Justice for the Apocalypse: Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarsinha Gets Us Together
Prolific writer Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarsinha is a queer disabled femme writer, organizer, performance artist and educator of Burgher/Tamil Sri Lankan and Irish/Roma ascent. She visits us to discuss disability justice lessons and examples in relationship to her latest book Care Work. music by Mother Cyborg and Tunde Olaniran - @endoftheworldPC
March 20, 2019
Wait, it's 2019!
The Brown sisters look ahead at 2019 with dreams of glory. music by Mother Cyborg and Tunde Olaniran and the song, "True Love" written by Michaela Harrison ( - @endoftheworldPC
March 6, 2019
2018 From Trash to Treasure
The Brown sisters find the magnificent treasures of culture and life lessons amongst the dumpster firescape of 2018. Listen for our faves of everything, with a hint of vulnerability and a flash of wisdom. fan art from the brilliant, Kelly Seacrest ( music by Mother Cyborg and Tunde Olaniran - @endoftheworldPC
December 19, 2018
The Practice of Freedom: A Conversation with Siwatu-Salama Ra and Rhonda Anderson
We are humbled and honored to speak with Siwatu-Salama Ra, an environmental activist based in Detroit who was wrongfully imprisoned while pregnant, and her mother Rhonda Anderson, about prison, survival, and practicing freedom. Music by Mother Cyborg and Blue Dot Sessions - @endoftheworldPC
December 6, 2018
Awww Shucks: How Do We Prepare for Climate Apocalypse?
Our first advice column! Music by Tunde Olaniran and Mother Cyborg - @endoftheworldPC
November 21, 2018
The Practices We Need: #metoo and Transformative Justice Part 2
Today the Brown sisters talk with transformative justice practitioner Mariame Kaba (@prisonculture) and get our minds blown with frameworks and breakthroughs on how to really address harm and grow beyond it. Music by Mother Cyborg - @endoftheworldPC
November 7, 2018
Elections in End Times #BlackNovember
Join the Brown sisters for a conversation with Three Point Strategies' Jessica Byrd and Kayla Reed. We cover basically everything we need to know about engaging in the electoral process, especially this corrupt age, with our eyes on freedom. CHECK OUT THESE LINKS! Music by Tunde Olaniran and Mother Cyborg - @endoftheworldPC
October 24, 2018
Apocalypse Survival Skills #1: Grow and Preserve
In this episode, our resident inexpert gardener, Autumn, talks us through the trials of garden management and the glory of food preservation. Music by Tunde Olaniran (his new album, "Stranger", is out now!) and Mother Cyborg - @endoftheworldPC
October 17, 2018
The Apocalypse We Live In : State Violence and Repression
Join us for a difficult conversation about how we sustain movements under state violence and repression. Music by Tunde Olaniran (his new album, "Stranger", is out now!) and Mother Cyborg - @endoftheworldPC
October 10, 2018
Dr. Ford's Dignity
We must define our own victories in this daunting political climate. Music by Tunde Olaniran and Mother Cyborg - @endoftheworldPC
October 2, 2018
The Impossible Things About Us
In this episode, the brown sisters explore the impossible things about us, and how getting in right relationship with ourselves, our vulnerability, and our purpose might help us heal from the inevitable burnout of trying to be perfect in a world designed to crush us. Music by Tunde Olaniran and Mother Cyborg - @endoftheworldPC SHOW NOTE: During this episode we mention the amazing new book, Feminism and Intersectionality in Academia - Women’s Narratives and Experiences in Higher Education | Stephanie Anne Shelton | Palgrave Macmillan
September 26, 2018
Black Love: A Day at the Museum
Autumn and adrienne are back from their summer break. In this episode, the Brown sisters share their powerful experience at the National Museum of African American History & Culture and the National Portrait Gallery, and the lessons they took away about black apocalypse, black resilience, and black love. Music by Tunde Olaniran and Mother Cyborg - @endoftheworldPC
September 12, 2018
And We Out!
adrienne and Autumn check in around summer plans. (We're taking July and August off and will be back at it come September.) Music by Tunde Olaniran, Mother Cyborg and Invincible. - @endoftheworldPC
July 3, 2018
How to Survive Live in Detroit
Every year in June, social justice organizers, artists, and media makers from around the country (and beyond) gather in Detroit for the Allied Media Conference. Autumn and adrienne sat down on day 3 of the event, with over 200 activists, and held our first ever live show. We talk about sisterhood, survival, and liberation through pleasure. HEADS UP: Become a patron this month to get a limited run APOCALYPSE POTION, handcrafted by Dori Midnight! (If you're already a patron, you get the potion too! We'll be in touch.) Music by Tunde Olaniran and Mother Cyborg Image by Emily Yue - @endoftheworldPC
June 19, 2018
The Apocalypse We Need: #metoo and Transformative Justice Part 1
This episode is the first in a series of conversations about #metoo and the apocalypse of patriarchy and rape culture. In this first conversation, adrienne and Autumn share about the personal impact of the #metoo movement on our lives and the questions it is spurring in us. Content warning that this episode includes discussion of sexual violence. HEADS UP: Become a patron this month to get a limited run Apocalypse Potion, handcrafted by Dori Midnight! (If you're already a patron, you get the potion too! We'll be in touch.) Music by Tunde Olaniran and Mother Cyborg - @endoftheworldPC
June 5, 2018
Your People Will Find You: The Octavia Butler Legacy Network
"The act of writing itself was a kind of therapy." - Octavia Butler The Brown sisters sat down with the brilliant team at the Octavia E Butler Legacy Network to learn about their Octavia scholarship, digging into Octavia's papers at the Huntington Library, weaving the pattern, and upcoming ways to engage your Octavia love. Music by Tunde Olaniran and Mother Cyborg - @endoftheworldPC
May 22, 2018
In the Pattern
"When her enemies came to kill her, she knew more about surviving than they did about killing." - Octavia Butler, Wild Seed The Brown sisters geek out over Octavia Butler's Patternist series, finding lessons and practices around technology, telepathy, relationships, morality and how novels lead to each other. Spoilers! Music by Tunde Olaniran, Mother Cyborg and Blue Dot Sessions - @endoftheworldPC
May 8, 2018
Reshaping Apocalypse
In this episode, adrienne interviews Autumn about apocalypse in the popular imagination, the myths and realities of disasters and their aftermath, and shaping a family towards survival, cooperation, and hospitality. Music from Tunde Olaniran, Mother Cyborg and Blue Dot Sessions - @endoftheworldPC
April 24, 2018
4/20 SPECIAL: The People's Peanut Butter
Get high with amb for 4ty minutes and 20 seconds (4/20 special). Music by Tunde Olaniran, Mother Cyborg and Blue Dot Sessions - @endoftheworldPC
April 20, 2018
Taking Root Amongst the Stars with Chani Nicholas
"Our destiny is to take root amongst the stars." - Octavia Butler The Brown sisters go behind the night sky with one of our favorite astrologers, Chani Nicholas. We reflect on how to relate to and draw upon astrology as we move through change, relationship and movement building. Music from Mother Cyborg - @endoftheworldPC
April 10, 2018
Future Economics Part 1: The Money Talk
For this episode, Autumn and adrienne peel back the layers of story, assumption and shame around class, debt and money. This is the first of an on-going series that will look at post apocalyptic economics. Additional music from Tunde Olaniran, Mother Cyborg and Blue Dot Sessions - @endoftheworldPC
March 27, 2018
There’s a New World Comin’ with Toshi Reagon
In today’s episode, the Brown sisters interview the legendary Toshi Reagon about the making of the Parable of the Sower Opera, a production years in the making, based on the dystopian novel by Octavia E. Butler. We caught Toshi in the midst of the New York premiere of the opera, and we talked with her about turning earthseed into song, lessons from her mother, and the necessity of creative practice. Additional music from Blue Dot Sessions - @endoftheworldPC
March 13, 2018
The Wisdom Body
In this episode the Brown sisters explore their shared practice of tarot reading, from what it is, to how they use it, to what it has to do with survival and justice. Episode includes 2018 readings! Music by Tunde Olaniran and Blue Dot Sessions - @endoftheworldPC
February 27, 2018
44 Minutes on Wakanda
The Brown sisters went to Wakanda! Afterwards we recorded 44 minutes of gushing, SPOILERIFIC processing of the movie! Why 44? Because that's how much room we had on our SD card, and Shuri wasn't there to help us. Come, listen to us cover mad topics breathlessly! - @endoftheworldPC - Music by Tunde Olaniran and Blue Dot Sessions
February 24, 2018
Shitting Our Pants
The Brown Sisters are back! In our kickoff of Season 2, we share our gratitude and lessons from the pilot season, teasers of what is coming your way this year, and let you in on the way this podcast is transforming our sistership. - @endoftheworldPC - Music by Tunde Olaniran and Blue Dot Sessions
February 13, 2018
Grieving, Loving Ursula Le Guin
Writer Ursula K. Le Guin died last week. She was 88. adrienne reflects on her relationship with the god, the writer, the thinker, the mother. (with an excerpt from Ursula K. Le Guin accepting the National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters at the 65th National Book Awards on November 19, 2014). @endoftheworldPC - Music by Blue Dot Sessions
January 29, 2018
Star Wars: A Spoiler Extravaganza
Bonus Episode! Autumn and adrienne went to see Star Wars: The Last Jedi and couldn't let the year end with a somewhat tipsy spoiler extravaganza on this radical cultural offering. Join them in their parents basement AFTER seeing the movie. - @endoftheworldPC - Music by Tunde Olaniran and Blue Dot Sessions
December 29, 2017
A Breathing Chorus with Alexis Pauline Gumbs
"To get along with God, consider the consequences of your behavior." - Octavia Butler, Earthseed Verses We are so excited to bring to you a conversation with our amazing comrade, our inspirational thought-leader, Alexis Pauline Gumbs. Alexis is a prolific writer, collage artist, lover and one of the black feminist thinkers we look to most to guide our own thinking and processes. Her latest opus is M Archive: After the End of the World. Music by Tunde Olaniran and Blue Dot Sessions - @endoftheworldPC
December 20, 2017
Decolonize the Body
We are Earthseed. We are flesh—self aware, questing, problem-solving flesh. We are that aspect of Earthlife best able to shape God knowingly. We are Earthlife maturing, Earthlife preparing to fall away from the parent world. We are Earthlife preparing to take root in new ground, Earthlife fulfilling its purpose, its promise, its Destiny. - Octavia Butler, Earthseed verses Our bodies, right now at this moment are both colonizers on this planet and our bodies are also colonized spaces on this planet. In this episode we get into talking about why getting in a right relationship with our bodies is key to getting in right relationship with the planet. Music by Tunde Olaniran and Blue Dot Sessions - @endoftheworldPC
December 12, 2017
Completion Matters
"To survive, let the past teach you. Past customs, struggles, leaders and thinkers. Let these help you. Let them inspire you, warn you, give you strength. But beware, God is change. Past is past. What was cannot come again. To survive, know the past, let it touch you, then let the past go." - Octavia Butler, Earthseed When we talk about the end of the world, we need to think about what is ending. This episode is about exploring endings large and small. Music by Tunde Olaniran and Blue Dot Sessions -
December 5, 2017
Let the Ancestors Speak
We want you to know more about who we are. We thought one way to do that is to open a window on to our creative practices of writing fiction, which leads into a conversation about channeling our ancestors. We believe we're in an imagination battle right now and that we're living in a world, and in power dynamics, someone else created. So, it's our responsibility to counter-imagine what we actually want and need to create futures that are viable for more and more of us. And some of the work of creating those futures is writing fiction. -- Music by Tunde Olaniran and Blue Dot Sessions
November 28, 2017
God is Change
Welcome to the pilot season of How to Survive the End of the World. This first season is us learning what this show wants and needs to be, and giving listeners a chance to get to know us. We dive deep pretty quickly so come prepared to feel your feelings. -- Music by Abishai, Tunde Olaniran, Audiobinger, Kaela Drew, Blue Dot Sessions, Alex Fitch.
November 21, 2017
Trailer: This is how to survive the end of the world
How to Survive the End of the World is a new podcast hosted by sisters Autumn and adrienne maree brown. The Brown Sisters are learning from the apocalypse with grace, rigor and curiosity. Autumn Brown is a queer science fiction writer, a theologian, a mother of dragons, and healing justice facilitator for social movements living in rural Minnestoa. adrienne maree brown is a writer, facilitator of black liberation work, auntie extraordinaire, doula and pleasure activist. -----
November 7, 2017