Popaganda: Chaos

Chaos. We spend so much energy trying to avoid it. Both in politics and in our personal lives, things rarely go as planned. That doesn’t stop us from trying, from willing and working to make things people and countries fall in line. But often chaos is just what we need.

After, there’s a lot of things that could use some shaking up.

In an essay published last year in The Nation, Toni Morrison wrote in praise of chaos. She said, “Like failure, chaos contains information that can lead to knowledge—even wisdom.” Chaos is the theme of our winter issue, which is hitting subscribers’ mailboxes right about now. This episode highlights three writers from the issue: Bani Amor on the human causes of so-called “natural” disasters, Sarah Jaffe on her book Necessary Trouble: Americans in Revolt, and Cate Young on the trend of ironic misandry. Listen in!




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• The band featured on this episode is Y La Bamba. Check out their awesome new album, Ojos del Sol
• The photo of the aftermath of Ecuador’s 2016 earthquake is by UNICEF (Creative Commons). 
• The Male Tears mug photo featured on Soundcloud is from Look Human.

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by Sarah Mirk
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Sarah Mirk is the former host of Bitch Media’s podcast Popaganda. She’s interested in gender, history, comics, and talking to strangers. You can follow her on Twitter

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