The Fire These Times is a weekly independent podcast launched by Joey Ayoub at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.
How do we build the new in the shell of the old? How do we tackle global warming and its associated crises? How do we build bonds across nation states and groups? How do we make it easier to imagine the end of capitalism than the end of the world?
Each week, Ayoub, alongside insightful guests, delves into a myriad of topics, spanning from anti-fascism to internationalist solidarity, from the principles of degrowth and postgrowth to the optimistic realms of Solarpunk, and the realities of places ranging from Syria to Taiwan, Ukraine to Bosnia, and Ethiopia to Argentina.
With The Fire These Times, Ayoub’s ambition is clear: to forge connections with activists, scholars, writers, and other unique voices. Together, they challenge conventional binaries and intertwine stories from around the globe, promoting a united front in a world often marked by division.
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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 title of this podcast and its visual identity reference my love for books: 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. He’s the one who says that “one sees clearly only with the heart. What is essential is invisible to the eye”.
I hope this podcast offers you a sense of companionship as we find our way together and make sense of this hyper-connected, information-saturated world.
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 I started in 2011. For an archive of my writings, please visit joeyayoub.com. I also have a carrd profile with a bunch of links.
You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll try and respond within the week. If I haven’t responded within a week feel free to send a reminder please!