Octavia's Parables

By adrienne maree brown & Toshi Reagon

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 Feb 23, 2021


 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 Talents: Prologue & Chapter 1
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We're back! We rejoin the Earthseed community at Acorn. They have held the land, they have made a home. But they are in the slow apocalypse. And we have a new, unnamed narrator.

Toshi Reagon and adrienne maree brown launch us into Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Talents. And as always, offer questions for you and your people to consider. 


Events:

Toshi is doing a set of music featuring some songs from the Parable of the Sower opera, on March 6th at 8pm EST. Link here, free registration required.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2021-octavia-e-butler-literary-society-conference-the-confluence-tickets-137554937521?fbclid=IwAR3NleUL_t2wxDPx9rmtOEMidwodmLyaTyhy9Hp6_Vi_eEFQSMiUKDrsF-E


For UK listeners, adrienne is giving a keynote address at the Barbican Festival, on March 5th. Link here: 

https://www.barbican.org.uk/whats-on/2021/event/new-suns


Follow us on twitter @oparables, and support us on Patreon at Octavia's Parables.


Mar 01, 2021
Parable of the Sower: Chapter 25
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Our travelers land. But not as they expected. They grieve, and they live. They sow seeds.

adrienne and Toshi close out Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower, with the final chapter of this crucial work. And as always, offer questions for you and your people to consider.

adrienne and Toshi will be on Instagram Live on 12/16, at 6 pm EST, talking about Parable of the Sower, this podcast journey, and what's to come. Tune in here, at adrienne's Instagram page

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

We will be back in February with Parable of the Talents.

Links:

More info on Alexis Pauline Gumbs's God Is Change Octavia Immersion is here: https://sangodare.podia.com/octavia 

Dec 14, 2020
Parable of the Sower: Chapter 24
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A fight. A death. Navigation, negotiation. And moving through fire.

Toshi and adrienne engage with the lessons in Chapter 24 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.

Dec 07, 2020
Parable of the Sower: Chapter 23
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A watcher falls asleep. New folks join, through stealth and play. Our travelers work to balance trauma and kindness.

Toshi and adrienne engage with the lessons in Chapter 23 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.

Nov 30, 2020
Parable of the Sower: Chapter 22
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The travelers confront some grim moments, and grim realities. Lauren and Bankole build, and disclose. 

Toshi and adrienne grapple with the griefs and joys in Chapter 22 of Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower. And as always, offer questions for you and your people to consider. Note, this whole book carries a trigger warning, but this chapter contains some particularly disturbing scenes.

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

Nov 23, 2020
Parable of the Sower: Chapter 21
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Lauren and Bankole build. The travelers settle briefly, with intention. The individualness of humans is manifest.

Toshi and adrienne engage with the complexity of the moment, in this reality and in Chapter 21 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.

Nov 16, 2020
Parable of the Sower: Chapter 20
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No rest. A gunfight. Bankole rescues a child. Our travelers find evidence of community.

adrienne and Toshi dig into Chapter 20 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.

Nov 02, 2020
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
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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. 

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

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. 

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


CW: transphobic language. In the episode, adrienne equates Lauren dressing as a man for safety on the road with being trans. It was brought to our attention that this language was transphobic. 

adrienne says, "I asked for guidance on this and learned that what I should have said was that 'Lauren was transgressing gender or expressing gender expansively as an act of resistance and survival.' We will add this warning and note. Thanks for helping me learn this. I'm sorry for the impact on you and anyone else harmed by this misstep."

Thank you to Ryan li and waywardnegro on IG for helping us learn on this. 

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.

Support production and transcription of this show on Patreon, at Octavia’s Parables. And follow us on twitter at @oparables

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. Follow us on twitter at @oparables, and support our show on Patreon at Octavia’s Parables. Links: Bernice Johnson Reagon, They Are Falling All Around Me Transcript: https://www.dropbox.com/s/y1gpz7eiqguvg9m/Octavia%27s%20Parables%20chapter%2013%20transcript.docx?dl=0
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. Transcript: https://www.dropbox.com/s/k7l6k5rkzj5lm05/Octavia%27s%20Parables%20chapter%2012%20transcript.docx?dl=0
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.  Support this show on Patreon, at Octavia’s Parables. And follow us on twitter at @oparables. Some links 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   Transcript: https://www.dropbox.com/s/pn8ixeuyuy039sq/Octavia%27s%20Parables%20chapter%2011%20transcript.docx?dl=0
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. Transcript: https://www.dropbox.com/s/9y44h3ie1bigo0n/Octavia%27s%20Parables%20chapter%2010%20transcript.docx?dl=0
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.  Transcript: https://www.dropbox.com/s/wbpyy773u9bk9zq/Octavia%27s%20Parables%20chapter%209%20transcript.docx?dl=0
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. Transcript: https://www.dropbox.com/s/6ucuh12up9dk9od/Octavia%27s%20Parables%20chapter%208%20transcript.docx?dl=0
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 Transcripts: https://www.dropbox.com/s/dnsxl706jnxpzhw/Octavia%27s%20Parables%20chapter%207%20transcript.docx?dl=0
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.  Support the production of this show on Patreon, at Octavia's Parables.  Follow us on twitter at @oparables. Transcript: https://www.dropbox.com/s/jbewfwurwpsd5w9/Octavia%27s%20Parables%20chapter%206%20transcript.docx?dl=0
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.  Support the production of this show on Patreon, at Octavia's Parables.  Follow us on Twitter at @oparables.   Transcript: https://www.dropbox.com/s/g7tx2rspmg2gfcm/Octavia%27s%20Parables%20chapter%205%20transcript.docx?dl=0
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.  Support the production of this show on Patreon, at Octavia's Parables.  Follow us on Twitter at @oparables. Transcript: https://www.dropbox.com/s/9kn2w9f16pp986l/Octavia%27s%20Parables%20chapter%204%20transcript.docx?dl=0
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.  Support the production of this show on Patreon, at Octavia's Parables.  Follow us on Twitter at @oparables.  Transcript: https://www.dropbox.com/s/19djg0eziwu7c73/Octavia%27s%20Parables%20chapter%203%20transcript.docx?dl=0
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. Transcript: https://www.dropbox.com/s/34wmuh0bu4myq2p/Octavia%27s%20Parables%20chapter%202%20transcript.docx?dl=0
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. Support the production of this show on Patreon, at Octavia’s Parables Follow us on Twitter at @oparables Transcript: https://www.dropbox.com/s/tdh0h3ic5hyedij/Octavia%27s%20Parables%20chapter%201%20transcript.docx?dl=0
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