This Week with David Rovics

This Week with David Rovics

This podcast features audio essays, interviews, concerts, and new topical songs.

Episodes

September 24, 2022 60 min

Here's the podcast version of the livestreamed concert from my living room I gave for the internet earlier today.  There were a couple brief interruptions in the feed, but I have it here as it happened live, unedited.

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With the demise of the British queen I found myself obsessively reading everything I could find about the time she gave an award to the Australian monarchist who dissolved Gough Whitlam's administration in 1975.

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A written version of this podcast can be found in this weekend's edition of Counterpunch. 

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September 1, 2022 15 min

K. Rambo, the recently-hired Editor in Chief of the local Portland paper, Street Roots, apparently thinks anonymous Twitter trolls engaging in a cancellation campaign are a legitimate source of public opinion, and that if you interview someone, that means you agree with their views. This is my response to Rambo, which you can also find in written form in this weekend's edition of Counterpunch.

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August 30, 2022 2 min

On August 30th, 2019, a young man named Elijah McClain was killed by a gang of police in his home town of Aurora, Colorado, for being Black. #TDIH #PeoplesHistory #BlackLivesMatter

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August 27, 2022 60 min

The main theme of this incarnation of my monthly Last Saturday livestreamed concert series is songs about the history of this month.  Here's the MP3 version of the concert that I streamed live on Twitch, Twitter, YouTube and Facebook on August 27th, 2022.

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When fascism comes to America, it will delivered by a midwife called the Progressive Industrial Complex.

You can find this in written form in today's edition of Counterpunch, as well as in both written and podcast forms at davidrovics.com/thisweek.

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Have you heard about the hundreds of people arrested in the UK for breaking into weapons factories and smashing equipment? Here's the podcast version of the piece you can find in written form in today's edition of Counterpunch. #FreePalestine

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The news is once again full of talk about the Espionage Act of 1917.  Here are some thoughts on connections between the "transportation" of the Tolpuddle Martyrs to Australia for taking a secret oath, and the extradition of Julian Assange to the USA under the draconian Espionage Act.

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August 13, 2022 3 min

The apologists for US imperialism call it "whataboutism."  Here's a song for them.  I challenge anyone to find a single word in this song (prior to the last line) that doesn't involve something the people of occupied Ukraine and the people of occupied Palestine have in common.

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August 12, 2022 68 min

John Coleman of the Apocatastasis Institute interviewed me about what I've been up to over the past couple years, and about the state of the modern-day left, such as it is.  I spent a lot of time talking about the Progressive Industrial Complex.  Not sure what that is?  I'll explain.

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The most inspiring thing I've heard about in a long time are the folks all over the UK going around with sledgehammers, smashing equipment at arms manufacturer, Elbit Systems, under the banner of Palestine Action.  For inspiration and information, check out palestineaction.org and follow them on Instagram and Twitter.

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There is a gorgeous 8-song album in Spanish just out from Abraham Roman of Mexico City, which you can stream or download for free from the website of Mexico's Ministry of Culture.  Here is track 8, which is Roman's brilliant Spanish translation of "St Patrick Battalion."

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My latest musical effort at attempting to briefly elucidate some of the salient points relating to the ongoing transnational persecution of Julian Assange.

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A few days ago I shared Chet Gardiner's solo acoustic recording of this song that I wrote a few months ago. Here is a full band recording of the song that he's just shared with me, which leaves me that much more excited about the prospect of making a record with Chet and other musicians in Hawaii this winter, if all goes as planned...

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If you've never heard of a musician named Chet Gardiner, here's a fine introduction.  This is his solo acoustic version of a song I wrote a few months ago, which he recorded at his home studio in Hawaii.  

Both the bassy resonance of Chet's voice and his delivery reminds me very much of the last recordings Johnny Cash made, which I think were brilliant. Chet's fingerstyle DADGAD guitar playing is so evocative as wel...

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July 2, 2022 4 min

It's been interesting to hear in recent mainstream news reports all of the open speculation about the Saudi government's role in the 9/11/2001 attacks in the US.  An old friend of mine knew Mohamed Atta.  He tried to tell the FBI, but they weren't interested.  After years of living on the road, in fear of being killed for knowing too much, he decided it was time to contact me and tell me his story, the basic details of ...

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June 30, 2022 22 min

The most recent round of attacks against me online from my cancellation campaigners are because I sang at the wrong conference. In this podcast I explore that kind of response to an artist allegedly doing the wrong gig.

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June 30, 2022 22 min

The most recent round of attacks against me online from my cancellation campaigners are because I sang at the wrong conference. In this post, I explore that kind of response to an artist allegedly doing the wrong gig.

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While Merrick Garland goes to Ukraine and makes plans to prosecute Russian war crimes, the hypocrisy of his Justice Department's ongoing pursuit of the extradition of Julian Assange for exposing US war crimes -- under the draconian and anti-democratic Espionage Act of 1917 -- becomes increasingly outrageous.

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