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Radicalize Me

Radicalize Me

By Joe Messina
Elections alone don't change the world. Join host Joe Messina and go beyond the headlines as we talk to the brave activists and organizers on the ground, and learn what steps the rest of us can take to get involved and affect real change.
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Will Nguyen: The Star Trek Communist
Will Nguyen is a member and advocate of Socialist Revolution, the US wing of the International Marxist Tendency (IMT), which aims to educate the world about socialism. With enough recruits, they hope to bring down the current capitalist world order in favor of a humanist, worker-controlled system that will uplift all people around the world. It's bold, but I believe you'll see why this mission is worth your while once you listen to Will. Will is also known online as The Star Trek Communist, and often uses the in-universe politics to explain how to improve our world, which I find deeply relatable as a Trekkie political junkie myself.  Follow Will on Twitter Socialist Revolution International Marxist Tendency Support us on Patreon
September 15, 2021
Setoiyo Gives Back
Setoiyo is a comedian and old friend from Philadelphia. He drops in to talk about how he's serving his community in troubled times. Follow Setoiyo on Twitter @Setoiyo1 @ThemBoysPod We're now on YouTube! Check out the first video here Patreon "Overthrow Santa Claus" by Joe Messina Watch on YouTube Listen on Spotify Purchase on BandCamp
December 15, 2020
Norman Solomon and the Persistence of Activism
Norman Solomon is a veteran activist and the founder of Roots Action and the Institute for Public Accuracy Subscribe to Joe on YouTube to catch his new music video release on Friday, December 11 Sources The Guardian - “Anti-fascists linked to zero murders in the US in 25 years” CSIS - “The Escalating Terrorism Problem in the United States” Type Investigations - “Domestic Terror in the Age of Trump”
December 01, 2020
Alex Riccio: Anti-Capitalist Workaholic
Alex Riccio is a labor organizer and the host of Laborwave Radio on YouTube and all the familiar podcast platforms. LWR YouTube LWR Apple Podcasts Leave Joe a voice message and/or donate Joe's Music, In the Navajo Nation, Anarchism Has Indigenous Roots | The Nation
November 24, 2020
Chris The Plumber
Chris is an organizer from South Carolina. He is one of the hosts of the Real Politik podcast, and joins us this week to talk about leftist organizing post-Trump and the importance of local races. Real Politik Spotify Real Politik Patreon Leave Joe a message or donate to the show at
November 17, 2020
Dissociated in Canada
Bethany is a peer mentor from Toronto and runs the Dissociative Society of Canada. Donate Follow Leave the show a voice message or donate at, or contact the show at
November 10, 2020
Betty Smithsonian Hits The Streets
Betty is a comedian based in Philly, and an old friend of mine. We start out with a check in from October 2020, then you'll hear our conversation from June 2020. We talk about her experience getting tear gassed by police during a peaceful protest in Philly, and how the movement stemming from George Floyd's murder inspired her to fight for racial justice.  You can follow Betty's work at and on Facebook @bettyjsmithsonian1 Follow @GwenSnyderPHL on Twitter for updates about Philly protests. She is also a great organizer herself and helped lead the Occupy Wall Street movement in Philly. Thanks to Anchor as always for their amazing free podcast hosting Leave us a message or donate at Original music by Joe Messina Twitter @joe_messina Instagram @joe_messina1
November 03, 2020
Zach Hill, Part III: Fight The Power
Here is the third and final installment of my interview with Zach Hill, host of New Deal Democracy on Anchor and everywhere. In this episode, we talk about the George Floyd protests and much more. Enjoy! New Deal Democracy Featured Cause: Justice Democrats Joe's music
October 27, 2020
John Reed: Millennial American
John Reed is a political consultant and one of the three hosts of Millennial America, a podcast on Anchor and everywhere else. On each episode, John and co-hosts Isaac Rogers and Holly Block discuss the news and the state of the Democratic Party. Their forward thinking and emphasis on how to take action make the show a great companion to Radicalize Me. Go have a listen! Millennial America  Follow them on Twitter: @MOTUS2020 Joe's music: Donate to Radicalize Me or leave us a voice message
October 20, 2020
Don't F*ck This Up, America: Special Edition Bonus Guilt Trip
Here are my hopefully not boring thoughts about the election. Nicholas Black, "Just Vote" Support the show or leave us a voice message here Joe's Music
October 19, 2020
Zach Hill, Part II: What's Next For Leftists?
Part 2 of 3 of my talk with Zach Hill, the host of New Deal Democracy available on Anchor and every podcast service. In this episode, we get into the political area of our conversation, including the way forward for the left, third parties, and more. New Deal Democracy It's Going Down: Mutual Aid List Donate to Radicalize Me or leave us a voice message Joe's Music
October 13, 2020
2020 Presidential Debate Special #1 with Max Barth
Joe and Max give their first thoughts immediately following the first debate between Trump and Biden. Neither of them completely devolved into obscenities, so that's something! Am I talking about Joe and Max or Trump and Biden? Yes. Twitter: @joe_messina @HeIsMaxBarth Instagram: @joe_messina1 @maxcbarth
October 06, 2020
Clare Kennedy Brings the Kindness
Clare Kennedy is a podcaster and activist who practices radical kindness. We talk about her giving circle, Dining For Women, whose members educate each other on various international causes and mutually make donations, and her show, Clare Kindness Podcast. Get on it! Clare Kindness Podcast Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) - Donate! Join! Volunteer! Original music by Joe Messina All of Joe's music Thanks to
September 29, 2020
Zach Hill, Part I: Education
Zach Hill is the host of the podcast New Deal Democracy. In Part I, we talk about our teaching experience, his alternative route to a career in education, and current problems with the US education system. New Deal Democracy: Joe's music: Original music by Joe Messina
September 22, 2020
Gregory Joseph Saves Our Stages
Gregory Joseph is a comedian and activist currently serving as Communications Director for the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, and a leading advocate for the Save Our Stages Act. Twitter: @whoisfrogjoseph @ncadp @nivassoc Instagram: @whoisfrogjoseph @ncadp_ @nivassoc Theme song and "We Can Afford It (The Single Payer Song)" by Joe Messina
September 15, 2020
BONUS: Max Barth Check-In #2
Max Barth returns to the show to give updates about his work sending postcards to voters, and share his thoughts on the dumbest election of our lifetimes. Follow Max Twitter: Medium: Listen to Jackson Moe: Listen to Joe: Give to Tom O'Sullivan for Medical Aid and protective gear in the Midwest: Give to Milwaukee Freedom Fund:
August 31, 2020
Exploring the Modern Labor Movement with Alex Catsoulis
Alex Catsoulis is a Communications Specialist with the California Labor Federation. We talk about how the CLF sets goals for California unions,  how racial justice intersects with the modern labor movement, and why all Californians should vote NO on Proposition 22. Learn more about the CLF and No on Prop 22 here Donate to Senator Ed Markey's reelection campaign here Donate to the ACLU here Find Joe's EP Rageonomics here
August 18, 2020
Ten Demands for Justice with Awkword
Awkword is a rapper and activist spreading the word about Ten Demands for Justice, one of the most comprehensive plans out there for defunding police and reinvesting in communities.  Ten Demands for Justice: Awkword's music: Herald News: Joe's new EP:  Spotify Apple Music SoundCloud BandCamp
August 03, 2020
Matt Dundas Does It All
Matt Dundas is a New England-based comedian and veteran of the environmental organization Oceana and the US Public Interest Research Group. We talk about how he got involved in environmental activism and why you might want to vote for Joe Biden (even though he sucks). Thanks to Anchor as always Original Music by Joe Messina Listen to my new EP for free at Or buy it for just $4 at
July 20, 2020
Jaya Sundaresh Fills You In
Jaya Sundaresh is an independent journalist based in Schenectady, NY. She is the editor of Them & Us Media. We talk about the intersection of activism and journalism, and her coverage of the recent protests. Click here to support her work if you can. Thanks as always to Original music by Joe Messina
July 06, 2020
Chris D'Agostino Does The Work
Chris D'Agostino is head of policy for Sunrise Movement in Massachusetts. We talked about what led him to do this work, and what you can do to contribute even if you don't make it your career. Original Music by Joe Messina
June 22, 2020
Yasmeen Khader Reaches Out
Yasmeen Khader is an activist based in Boston. She talks about how she has approached organizing events supporting Black Lives Matter in recent weeks, and offers some tips for anyone who would like to do the same. The next event she worked on is Boston Stands With Black Lives, Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 3pm. Original music by Joe Messina You can find my other music here Thanks to Anchor as always
June 15, 2020
Yoel Bitran Deprograms You, Part II
The rest of my interview with Yoel. There's a lot going on and we both had a lot to say about it.
June 08, 2020
Yoel Bitran Deprograms You, Part I
Yoel Bitran is a labor organizer based in Orlando, Florida. We talked about how unions work, and how workers (like you!) can reach out for their support in unionizing their own workplaces. In Part II, we get more into the protests set off by the murder of George Floyd. Links: "The Black Art of Escape" NY Magazine article by Casey Gerald @thegirlwithfood thread linking to mutual aid funds Thanks to Anchor for their amazing free hosting services Original music by Joe Messina
June 04, 2020
Nato Green Organizes The World
Nato Green is a labor organizer and comedian based in San Francisco. Find out more about the Service Employees International Union here, and check out his comedy at Employee Rights Under the National Labor Relations Act Rights of Nonunion Employees Original Music by Joe Messina
June 01, 2020
BONUS: Max Barth Check-In
Max Barth is a comedian who has worked in politics and the service industry, and he's also my long time friend and comedy writing partner. We talk about the dull reality of quarantine life, and get a little more into electoral politics vs. activism. Find Max online: Twitter @HeIsMaxBarth Instagram @maxcbarth Jackson Moe
May 25, 2020
Seth Fisher Builds Power
Seth Fisher is a programmer and organizer based in Philly. We talked about his own struggles that led him to organizing, the ups and downs in his attempts to form unions, and his new website that will help get groceries to communities in need during the COVID-19 crisis. Seth offers tips on how to get started in activism by identifying achievable goals and joining up with existing organizations. Joe's solo music Jackson Moe Underwritten by Original music by Joe Messina.
May 18, 2020
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May 13, 2020