The Iron Heel

The Iron Heel

A three-part audio drama podcast, adapted from the 1908 dystopian novel by Jack London, which he described as “socialist propaganda.” Set in a world in which the oligarchs form a fascist regime in America, told from the perspective of two young socialist lovers, Ernest and Avis Everhard. Anotonia Meredith, a historian from a utopia in the far future, provides dubious historical context. A mixture of romance, rhetoric, and revolution, accompanied by the folk music of the IWW Songbook. Written/directed by Edward Einhorn and produced by Untitled Theater Company No. 61. The Iron Heel “serves up food for thought with an appealing heart-on-sleeve warmth. You may well find yourself humming some of those tunes on the way out.” - The New York Times

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April 15, 2021 5 min

A trailer for the three-part audio drama, based on the 1908 book by Jack London.  Written and directed by Edward Einhorn, produced by Untitled Theater Company No. 61.  Trailer sound designed and edited by Ian W. Hill with music and arrangements by Richard Philbin.  To be released in full on May 1, 2021 

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Part One of our adaptation of Jack London's dystopian novel, the first modern book of that genre, written as a socialist propaganda piece in 1908. ?Jack London envisions a world in his near future in which the oligarchs form a fascist regime in America, told from the perspective of Avis & Ernest Everhard (Tori Rulle and Mike Iveson Jr), two young socialist lovers. Antonia Meredith (Yvonne Roen), a historian from a utopia in...

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April 29, 2021 51 min

Part Two of our adaptation of Jack London's dystopian novel, the first modern book of that genre, written as a socialist propaganda piece in 1908.  Jack London envisions a world in his near future in which the oligarchs form a fascist regime in America, told from the perspective of two young socialist lovers, Avis & Ernest Everhard (Tori Rulle and Mike Iveson Jr). Antonia Meredith (Yvonne Roen), a historian from a utopia in...

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April 29, 2021 52 min

Part Two of our adaptation of Jack London's dystopian novel, the first modern book of that genre, written as a socialist propaganda piece in 1908. ?Jack London envisions a world in his near future in which the oligarchs form a fascist regime in America, told from the perspective of two young socialist lovers, Avis & Ernest Everhard (Tori Rulle and Mike Iveson Jr). Antonia Meredith (Yvonne Roen), a historian from a utopia in...

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November 11, 2021 28 min

The full interview with Dr. Eric Loomis, expert on the history of the labor movement.  Author of A History of America in Ten Strikes, Empire of Timber: Labor Unions and the Pacific Northwest Forests, and Out of Sight: The Long and Disturbing Story of Corporations Outsourcing Catastrophe.

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November 12, 2021 20 min

The full interview with Academy-Award winning filmmaker Deborah Shaffer, whose work includes the documentary The Wobblies.  During the 80’s Shaffer focused on human rights in Central America and Latin America, directing many films including Witness to War: Dr. Charlie Clements, which won the Academy Award for Short Documentary in 1985, and Fire From the Mountain and Dance of Hope, which both played at the Sundance Film Festival. Sh...

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November 12, 2021 49 min

The full interview with Jay Williams, author of Author Under Sail, a three volume biography of Jack London, as well as The Oxford Handbook of Jack London.

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