The Fire These Times is a weekly independent podcast and project launched by Joey Ayoub at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in March of 2020. It has since grown into a team of activists and writers who are working on various interconnected projects under the umbrella of The Fire These Times.
Born out of a desire to explore transformative ideas amidst global upheavals, this podcast seeks answers to pressing questions: How can we build the new in the shell of the old? And how do we make it easier to imagine the end of capitalism than the end of the world?
Every week, listeners are invited to journey with Joey Ayoub, Daniel Voskoboynik, Ayman Makarem, Leila Al-Shami and their distinguished guests as they navigate a wide spectrum of topics. We try our best to embody values of internationalism from below, intersectional feminism, anti-imperialism from the periphery and anti-fascism. We are anarchists, socialists, solarpunks and other lefties who passionately believe in a better tomorrow.
The Fire These Times is where you’ll find Ukrainians and Palestinians, Hongkongers and Lebanese, Tigrayans and Bosnians and more uncovering commonalities and shared experiences, fostering a dialogue on building stronger bonds and collective action moving forward.
Join the conversation and be part of this growing community! We hope this podcast offers you a sense of companionship as we find our way together and make sense of this hyper-connected, information-saturated, crisis-laden world.
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My goal is to make this project financially sustainable so that I can work on producing valuable content on a regular basis such as this podcast, the newsletter, my essays, various online resources and hopefully eventually video essays as well.
If you like what I do, please consider supporting this project with only 5$ a month (or 50$ a year) on Patreon or on BuyMeACoffee.com. You can also do so directly on PayPal if you prefer. Patreon is for monthly/yearly, PayPal is for one-offs and BuyMeACoffee has both options.
In addition to the labor required to produce the podcast and online resources, donations go towards research material, technical stuff, paying translators and artists, and other you-need-to-pay-to-get-things-done stuff. Patreon also takes a cut.
The Fire Next Time is a book by James Baldwin in which he warned that civilization is not destroyed by the wicked but by the spineless, and the fox is a nod to the fox in Le Petit Prince who winds up being the young character’s companion as he finds his way.
If you like the content of this podcast you can also check out The Fire These Times newsletter. In that newsletter, which I release on a quasi-monthly basis, I reflect on some of the topics discussed on this podcast and try to take them a bit further. The newsletter is free and you can get it by simply subscribing directly here.
Art by Wenyi Geng. Music by Ibrahim Youssef (2020-2022) and Rap And Revenge (2023 -)
A previous incarnation of the podcast was called Hummus For Thought, named after a blog Ayoub started in 2011.
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