Episode 1.1: Welcome to the Resistance


Toby, Meg and guest host Clark Knowles discuss themes of resistance in three very different dystopian novels and explore how fictional narratives are helping real-life protestors define their cause.


THE FICTION: Toby reread George Orwell’s 1984. Pick up a copy at your favorite local bookstore or, if you prefer, on Amazon… where it seems to be back in stock. Clark told us about The Fifth Season, a Hugo-winning novel by N. K. Jemisin. Meg talked about A Wrinkle In Time, a classic young adult novel that’s about to become a movie.

IRL: Pretty much every major news organization is covering protests, boycotts and other acts of resistance. We’re fond of this project by The Guardian.  Meg mentioned supporters of President Trump who viewed their votes as acts of resistance. Here’s a project from The Washington Post about that. We also talked a lot about Standing Rock. Here’s a quick primer on the events leading up to the protests there, plus this column on how journalists could have covered the story better. And here are some of the amazing photos we mentioned. Finally: A Q&A with Jemisin about the backlash her work received from the alt-right.

Photo credits: (L) Alisdare Hickson via Flickr; (R) Sage Ross via Wikimedia. Both images used under Creative Commons 2.0.


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