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Saturday, November 3, 2012

Huge Power Podcast - Episode #2 - A Conversation with Professor Robert Haworth

Intro Transcript
         From Ann Arbor, Michigan, this is episode 2 of the Huge Power Podcast.  My name is Reagan M. Sova.  My guest for this episode is Dr. Robert Haworth (pictured above), who is an assistant professor in the Department of Professional and Secondary Education at West Chester University in Pennsylvania.  He has published and presented internationally on anarchism, youth culture, informal learning spaces, and critical social studies education, and he is the editor of Anarchist Pedagogies: Collective Actions, Theories, and Critical Reflections on Education, a book published this summer by PM Press.  I will link to that book and Dr. Haworth’s PM Press author page in the notes for this show.  Without further ado though, you’ll hear Robert Haworth and me discuss his youth in the California punk rock scene, democratic structures and breaking with the logic of capitalism, Anarchist Pedagogies, Pierre Kropotkin, and cultural representations of anarchism.

Outro Transcript 
         You just heard Dr. Robert Haworth and me discuss, among other things, Anarchist Pedagogies: Collective Actions, Theories, and Critical Reflections on Education.  He is the editor of that book, and it is available now on PM Press.  My sincere thanks once again to Dr. Haworth for coming on the podcast.  The music you heard in this episode was the song “Timer” by Lilys which featured Noam Chomsky talking about why someone would bother living.  The latter overdubbed in by me.  You also heard the songs “Miserlou” by Dick Dale and His Del Tones, “Repetition” by Quasi, “Chill” by EPMD, “I found the F” by Broadcast, and this episode of Huge Power will conclude with the song “Mistake” by D+.  The song playing right now is “Landfill” by the band Hospital Garden.  In just a moment, I’ll conclude this 2nd episode of Huge Power with the Huge Power petition of week. 
          The Huge Power petition of the week reflects my own viewpoints and not necessarily those of my guests.  It is one that I created on entitled The New York Times: Investigate the Health Crisis in Fallujah.”  Ross Caputi, writing for The Guardian newspaper, says, "Ever since two major US-led assaults destroyed the Iraqi city of Fallujah in 2004, Fallujans have witnessed dramatic increases in rates of cancers, birth defects and infant mortality in their city. Dr Chris Busby, the author and co-author of two studies on the Fallujah heath crisis, has called this 'the highest rate of genetic damage in any population ever studied.' ... Yet, one of the most severe public health crises in history, for which the US military may be to blame, receives no attention in the United States."  A study written about by the late Patrick Cockburn in The Independent found rates of cancer in Fallujah after US bombing to be higher than those recorded in Hiroshima post-atom bomb.  Please take a moment to sign the petition.  You can find a link to the petition, as well as links to the articles in the Guardian and the Independent in the notes for this show. My name is Reagan M. Sova.  Thank you for listening to the Huge Power Podcast. 
Zach de la Rocha of Rage against the Machine interviews Noam Chomsky on Regeneration TV, a project co-founded and co-operated by Robert Haworth.


  1. This will surely be really helpful to students who want to have a deeper understanding on the concepts and ideas of capitalism and anarchism. By any chance, is there's a possibility that the interview could be made available online?

    1. It is available online, a podcast is a recorded conversation that can be downloaded. Young people are not quite aware of these ideas. Its better to inform them at a young age because capitalism is common in America and its likely that they will encounter this when they venture into business.

    2. Education is really important in present day society, but just how exactly do we realize the amount of education to be able to which we could say it is of the best quality? It could be difficult for people to decide, especially once we are discussing our youngsters and the sort of education we wish them to own.

  2. Hi Herman,
    I believe you can listen to the episode right from my blog here, although some browsers don't support soundcloud (those without adobe or something? Wish I knew more about computers!). If a box with an orange play button does not appear below the title of the post, then your browser needs some sort of update to play the episode. You could also try downloading it onto a device from another computer. Hope that helps! Thanks for your interest!

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