Octavia's Parables

By adrienne maree brown & Toshi Reagon

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 Oct 19, 2020

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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.

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Parable of the Sower: Chapter 19
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An earthquake. Scavenging, a killing. Choosing kindness despite the danger. And new travelers join Lauren.

adrienne and Toshi dig into Chapter 19 of Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Sower. And as always, offer questions for you and your people to consider.

Support the production and transcription of this show on Patreon, at patreon.com/oparables. And follow us on Twitter at @oparables.


Reading: Here's the Paris Review article Toshi mentions, Staging Octavia Butler in Abu Dhabi

Oct 26, 2020
Parable of the Sower: Chapter 18
3588

Our trio are on the road. They rest, as possible. They talk, and learn in conversation. The beginnings of an Earthseed.

adrienne and Toshi dig into Chapter 18 of Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Sower. And as always, offer questions for you and your people to consider.

Support the production and transcription of this show on Patreon, at patreon.com/oparables. And follow us on Twitter at @oparables.

Oct 19, 2020
Parable of the Sower: Chapter 17
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Everything turns. Our travelers start to get good at where they are. A fire, an ocean. Embrace diversity, or be destroyed by those who see you as prey.

adrienne and Toshi dig into Chapter 17 of Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Sower. And as always, offer questions for you and your people to consider.

Support the production and transcription of this show on Patreon, at patreon.com/oparables. And follow us on Twitter at @oparables.

Oct 12, 2020
Parable of the Sower: Chapter 16
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Our travelers learn from each other, walking miles. Lauren shares some secrets, and she kills. They can’t afford denial. 

As always, Toshi and adrienne offer questions for you and your people to consider. 

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Oct 05, 2020
Parable of the Sower: Chapter 15
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Lauren, Harry, and Zahra grieve, share, prepare to move. We go to Hanning Joss. We start to learn some of the ingredients of survival. Because Lauren intends to survive.

adrienne and Toshi dig into Chapter 15 of Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Sower. As always, with questions for you and your people to consider. 

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Sep 28, 2020
Parable of the Sower: Chapter 14
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Things fall apart. The compound is attacked. Lauren flees - does what she trained herself to do.  Death. despair. Allies where you find them. The episode where everything changes. 

Toshi and adrienne dig deep into Chapter 14 of Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Sower. The episode that, in some way, is why we’re doing the podcast. With questions for you and your people.

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Sep 21, 2020
Parable of the Sower: Chapter 13
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A funeral for Lauren’s father. The Garfields go to Olivar. A fire, theft. Loss all around. 

Toshi and adrienne offer thoughts and questions about Chapter 13 of Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower.


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Links:

Bernice Johnson Reagon, They Are Falling All Around Me


Sep 14, 2020
Parable of the Sower: Chapter 12
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The Garfield family goes to Olivar. And Reverend Olamina goes missing. 

adrienne and Toshi share all the big feelings sparked by Chapter 12 of Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Sower. Alternative timeline grief, the non-linearity of waking up, goodbyes in uncertainty.

Sep 07, 2020
Parable of the Sower: Chapter 1 1
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Break-in, theft and a rape at the compound. Olivar is recruiting. Lauren names the Books of the Living.

adrienne and Toshi offer thoughts and questions on Chapter 11 of Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower. 


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Some slinks from the episode:

How to Survive the End of the World Show w/ Chani Nicholas 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WlTsLXqmzN0&t=2435s   


Closing Ceremony With Toshi Reagon and Leah Penniman

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0hJqLAEuto&t=446s  


Ruby Sales

http://www.spirithouseproject.org/aboutruby.php  


Aug 31, 2020
Parable of the Sower: Chapter 10
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Keith comes and goes, sharing food, bringing money. Then, he's killed. 

Toshi and adrienne dig into a gut punch chapter of Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Sower. And offer questions for you (and your people) to consider. 

Support the production of this show on Patreon, at Octavia's Parables. And follow us on twitter, at @oparables.

Aug 24, 2020
Parable of the Sower: Chapter 9
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Keith continues to spend time outside. He takes a gun, he brings cash. He comes and goes, sparking violence in the home. 

adrienne and Toshi dig into Chapter 9 of Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Sower. And offer questions for (and your people) to consider. 

This whole book carries a content warning. But know, this chapter is a lot. 

You can support this podcast (and our new transcripts!) at patreon.com/oparables. And follow us on Twitter, at @oparables

Aug 17, 2020
Parable of the Sower: Chapter 8
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Tracy Dunn is still gone. Bianca Montoya is pregnant. Keith goes outside. Toshi and adrienne dig in to a big, heavy chapter of Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Sower. Plus, as always, questions for you (and your people) to consider. 

Support this show on Patreon, at Octavia's Parables. (We're working on transcripts!)

Follow us on Twitter, at @oparables.

Aug 10, 2020
Parable of the Sower: Chapter 7
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Lauren names Earthseed. She creates her survival pack. Can Mars bear life? And Lauren turns 16. Toshi and adrienne consider Chapter 7 of Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Sower. And we offer questions for you (and your people). 


Support the production of this podcast on Patreon, at Octavia's Parables.

And follow us on Twitter at @oparables

 

Aug 03, 2020
Parable of the Sower: Chapter 6
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Joanne tells on Lauren. Lauren and her father look into the abyss. A brief moment of play. And the rabbits are stolen. Toshi and adrienne break down Chapter 6 of Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Sower. And we offer questions for you (and your people) to discuss. 

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Follow us on twitter at @oparables

Jul 27, 2020
Parable of the Sower: Chapter 5
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Rain. Free water. Amy Dunn is killed. Lauren opens up to her friend, cautiously. Toshi and adrienne dig into Chapter 5 of Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Sower. And as always, we offer questions for you (and your people) to consider.

This episode also features a song, The Water, by Toshi Reagon and Destiny Hemphill. The Water is based in the poem Apocalypso Song #8, The Water Chants, After overhearing Toshi Reagon. 

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Follow us on Twitter at @oparables.   

Jul 20, 2020
Parable of the Sower: Chapter 4
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Amy Dunn lights a fire. Lauren gets new neighbors. We learn about target practice. Toshi and adrienne break down Chapter 4 of Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Sower, with questions to consider. 

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Jul 13, 2020
Parable of the Sower: Chapter 3
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Toshi and adrienne dig into Chapter 3 of Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Sower. An astronaut dies on Mars. Mrs. Sims dies at the compound. A new president is elected. We meet the pyros. And as always, questions for you (and your people) to consider. 

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Jul 06, 2020
Parable of the Sower: Chapter 2
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Toshi and adrienne break down Chapter 2 of Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Sower. The first trip outside the compound, the baptism, and our first window into hyperempathy. As always, questions for you (and your people) to discuss and consider. 

Support the production of this show on Patreon, at Octavia's Parables.

Follow us on Twitter at @oparables

Jun 29, 2020
Parable of the Sower: Chapter 1
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We dive in, with a summary of the first chapter of Parable of the Sower, our analysis, and questions for you (and your people) to consider.

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Jun 22, 2020
Trailer
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This is for you: you students, you organizers, you voters. You who have always meant to read the Parables. You who wonder about our destiny. You searching for pragmatic ways to survive with your people. You Earthseed. 

On Octavia E. Butler's birthday, this June 22nd, we are launching a podcast all about the Parables for this moment. One chapter a week, through the 2020 election and beyond. Join us. 

Hosted by Toshi Reagon and adrienne maree brown. 

Produced by Kat Aaron. 

Jun 16, 2020