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How to Survive the End of the World

70 episodes - English - Latest episode: 1 day ago - ★★★★★ - 983 ratings

Join Autumn Brown and adrienne maree brown, two sisters who share many identities, as writers, activists, facilitators, and inheritors of multiracial diasporic lineages, as well as a particular interest in the question of survival, as we embark on a podcast that delves into the practices we need as a community, to move through endings and to come out whole on the other side, whatever that might be.

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Apocalypse Survival Skill #9: The Right to Defend Ourselves

May 29, 2020 00:23 - 44 minutes - 40.4 MB

We live in a fundamentally violent society. We have the human right to defend and protect ourselves, but for many of us the means of doing so seem inaccessible. How do we protect and secure our communities as conditions deteriorate? Autumn speaks to security and firearms expert Rashid McCall of the firm Opposition Research, for insight into the challenges and opportunities facing oppressed people who want to practice self-defense. This episode is dedicated to George Floyd, may he rest in pow...

Apocalypse Survival Skill #8: Casa de Salud

May 23, 2020 00:48 - 55 minutes - 50.9 MB

We survive by building the new world in the shell of the old, and our new world will need a health care system. How do we transition from a health care system rooted in extraction and profit, to a health care system rooted in justice? We turn to family physician Anjali Taneja, Executive Director of Casa De Salud, a clinic on the forefront of providing justice-driven, accessible health care in Albuquerque, for wisdom and vision in the midst of the pandemic. SHOW LINKS Fortification Podcast ...

Apocalypse Survival Skill #7: The Internet is a Place

May 16, 2020 01:24 - 1 hour - 62.6 MB

Now more than ever we are relying on the internet to satisfy our basic needs and desires. This begs the question, what are apocalypse survival skills for the internet? How do we use the internet as a tool for survival? How do we maintain safety for our communities and our movements for social change when so much of that work must now happen digitally? And what exactly is the internet, anyway? For answers, we turn to digital security expert and organizer for change, Bex Hong Hurwitz of Tiny G...

Apocalypse Survival Skill #6: The OODA Loop

May 07, 2020 16:45 - 1 hour - 69.4 MB

We bring you part two of Autumn’s interview with So and Pinar, the love organism behind Queer Nature. We discuss the potential dangers of being on the move in an apocalyptic situation, and how to mitigate them. We also talk about extractive versus visionary responses to apocalypse, and the transformative potential of thinking and acting collectively inside of chaos. So and Pinar created a guide highlighting important concepts from this and the previous episode, so feel free to open it and fo...

Apocalypse Survival Skill #5: Tactical Hope

May 01, 2020 15:18 - 1 hour - 70.3 MB

What behaviors and choices make the difference between life and death in a disaster? What are the skills that will matter most in a crisis, and how do we learn them? Autumn interviews the brilliant founders of Queer Nature, who lead workshops and immersions teaching survival skills and natural crafts. In the first of two conversations, Queer Nature drops wisdom on how the mind and body respond to crisis, how non-human systems can be our allies, and what trauma has to do with our survival. M...

Apocalypse Survival Skill #4: Braiding Seeds

April 23, 2020 20:32 - 45 minutes - 41.6 MB

Any scenario of systemic collapse involves a question of how we sustainably feed ourselves and our communities. For a visionary answer, Autumn turns to the illustrious team at Soul Fire Farm, and their co-founder Leah Penniman. Autumn and Leah discuss the science of land rehabilitation, the political power of farming, and how to start growing food wherever you are. Music by Tunde Olaniran, Alex Fitch and Mother Cyborg. SOUL FIRE STUFF Ask A Sista Farmer  Sowing the Seeds of Food Justice ...

Apocalypse Survival Skill #3: Where There is No Doctor

April 17, 2020 13:00 - 1 hour - 58.8 MB

We continue our miniseries with a conversation about how we access medicine, health, and healing when our under-resourced and fragile medical systems are overwhelmed. Autumn interviews community herbalist Lauren Giambrone, about plant medicine and home remedies that build our immune systems and fight infections, as well as kitchen witchery and other forms of ancestral medicine that can keep us safe and healthy. Music by Tunde Olaniran and Mother Cyborg. EPISODE LINKS Where There Is No Doc...

Apocalypse Survival Skill #2: Making Home

April 10, 2020 01:15 - 47 minutes - 43.8 MB

During this time of economic collapse, many of us are wondering how we will create and maintain homes, if and when we can’t afford to rent or buy. One answer is to take over vacant homes and buildings, an activity commonly known as squatting. In this episode, Autumn interviews Vikki Law, a prison abolitionist and squatters’ rights activist. Vikki takes us deep inside the story of how vacant buildings in New York City that started out as squats in the 70s and 80s, became permanent homes for th...

Apocalypse Survival Skill #1: Shelter in Place

April 02, 2020 18:40 - 1 hour - 61 MB

We kick off the Apocalypse Survival Miniseries with a special focus on social distancing inside the pandemic. Autumn interviews long time New Yorker Maryse Mitchell-Brody ( about mutual aid, networks of care, and the practice of grief and love, in the time of self quarantine. ESSENTIAL MARYSE LINKS: https://doc...

Staying In with Emily and Kumail

March 27, 2020 10:00 - 8 minutes - 7.46 MB

Beloved Survivors, as we work away on our upcoming survival mini-series, we have another special guest treat to share. You might know Kumail and Emily from their collaboration on the 2017 film, The Big Sick. Now they have a super relevant new podcast not about the Coronavirus, but rather about the do’s and don’ts of staying inside during this extremely bizarre situation we find ourselves in. Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani are both writers who work from home. Emily was a therapist and ...

This is Irresistible!!!

March 24, 2020 08:00 - 8 minutes - 7.49 MB

Meet Irresistible: a community of practice in collective healing and social change. Formerly known as Healing Justice Podcast, their show is all about a commitment to justice and to our own lives that is compelling, joyful, and irresistible. Their library of conversations and practices celebrates the many traditions of movement leaders, cultural workers, and spiritual teachers who remind us to embody the liberation we are pursuing and who show us that our movements for justice can and must ...

Hello Beloved Survivors: Talk To Us

March 18, 2020 18:59 - 1 minute - 1.89 MB

We're here today to ask you a question. What are your strategies for intimacy and connection to other humans during this time of social distancing? We're working on a survival series we're planning to release next month and we want you to be part of it. If you're comfortable with us using your voice in the show consider the following. Using the voice memo app on your phone, record your strategies for intimacy and connection to other humans during this time of social distancing and then ema...

Coronavirus: Wisdom from a Social Justice Lens

March 12, 2020 15:50 - 1 hour - 65.5 MB

In this bonus episode from Healing Justice Podcast, we bring you advice about how to adapt your travel and gatherings, timely medical information, invocations, grounding practices and reflections from the March 7, 2020 webinar: COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Preparation for People Living with Chronic Illnesses in the United States. Unlike much of what we’re seeing in the media and public discussion, this virtual gathering centered the wisdom and life experiences of people who live with chronic illn...

Guest Podcast: Decolonizing the Crone

February 19, 2020 10:00 - 55 minutes - 127 MB

North Carolina Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green drops blessings like ripe mango into our laps. Walls breathe a heavy sigh of relief as she shreds the puny narratives we have about who we are and our power to reanimate and reclaim our medicine... our magic. She calls forth specters who resemble our own shadows and reminds us that we can, that we have no choice but to reknit ourselves back together with the medicine that never left us. It sits at the back of our throats waiting for release. It ...

Guest Podcast! - Possibilities Podcast featuring adrienne marie brown

February 05, 2020 14:06 - 1 hour - 61.8 MB

Guest Podcast: Possibilities Podcast This episode features a rich, laughter filled conversation with social justice facilitator and New York Times best-selling author of Pleasure Activism, adrienne maree brown! We talk about the trust, transformation, being satisfiable, radical honesty and rejection, creative practice, god and the healing power of sitting on Octavia Butler's face. Music by LAL and Pantayo. Follow us on instagram @possibilitiespodcast p.s.- book mentioned by adrienne is Fumb...

It's Hard Out Here for a Prophet

January 22, 2020 16:28 - 55 minutes - 51.1 MB

Surprise! In honor of Martin Luther King Jr’s holiday, and to herald the arrival of black history month, we bring you this very special episode, and interview with two black luminaries of the Buddhist world, Lama Rod Owens (@LamaRod1) and reverend angel Kyodo williams (@ZenChangeAngel). We talk with them about their collaborative work, Radical Dharma, and how going inward helps us transform the world. music by Yaul and Mother Cyborg - www.endoftheworldshow.o...

Flowers After the War

January 10, 2020 00:58 - 49 minutes - 45.2 MB

The Brown Sisters wrap season 3 with a reflection on what they are proud of from the last year and the last decade, and what intentions they are setting for the year ahead. Plus a teaser of season 4! music by Tunde Olaniran and Mother Cyborg - @endoftheworldPC @adriennemaree @meansagittarius --- Send in a voice message:

Bending Towards the Future with Toshi Reagon

December 24, 2019 21:52 - 59 minutes - 54.3 MB

The Brown Sisters are coming to you live from the Majestic Theater in Boston, in a gorgeous event sponsored by Emerson College. We welcome back to the show the brilliant musician, composer and activist Toshi Reagon to discuss the Parable Opera and what Octavia Butler’s work can teach us about finding each other and bending towards a just future. music by Tunde Olaniran and Mother Cyborg - @endoft...

Sashay Away from Supremacy with Matt McGorry

December 06, 2019 16:21 - 54 minutes - 49.9 MB

The Brown Sisters sit down with actor, activist and avid reader Matt McGorry (@MattMcGorry) to discuss unlearning supremacy, loving our bodies and being responsible with our platforms. music by Tunde Olaniran and Mother Cyborg - @endoftheworldPC @adriennemaree @meansagittarius --- Send in a voice message:

Charlene Carruthers for President: Facing Election Resistance

November 20, 2019 15:02 - 45 minutes - 41.9 MB

The Brown Sisters sit down with the brilliant Charlene Carruthers, author of Unapologetic and founder of the Chicago Center for Leadership and Transformation, to talk about staying grounded, rigorous, and rooted in community, as the election cycle ramps up. @CharleneCarruthers music by Tunde Olaniran and Mother Cyborg -

Raising Superheroes

November 07, 2019 21:20 - 46 minutes - 43.4 MB

On this episode, we bringing you an interview from @thebigwepodcast featuring adrienne and Autumn. What do our superpowers teach us about our longings? How do we create spaces for young people to fully step into their voices and power? Join our juicy conversation about love, parenthood, imagination, youth, magic, and longing as we explore the new scifi show “Raising Dion. Visit for full show notes. --- Send in a voice message:

It’s a Process

October 31, 2019 15:22 - 1 hour - 58.8 MB

The Brown Sisters are finally reunited in conversation, where they discuss rigor, resilience, and discovering creative process in the midst of change and transition. music by Tunde Olaniran. - @endoftheworldPC @adriennemaree @meansagittarius --- Send in a voice message:

Future Economics Part 2: The Solidarity Economy

October 17, 2019 13:24 - 38 minutes - 35.6 MB

Back in March 2018, adrienne and Autumn recorded Future Economics Part 1: The Money Talk, an intimate conversation about class, wealth, and debt. They knew they wanted to return with a conversation about the Solidarity Economy. Recently autumn was interviewed by the Next Economy Now podcast, where she discussed the solidarity economy, worker cooperatives, and why Americans struggle so much with cooperation. We are cross posting that episode here as a continuation of our future economics serie...

This World Is Ours to Build

October 03, 2019 15:52 - 43 minutes - 39.9 MB

We’re baaaaack! Sort of. Autumn and adrienne continue to be juggling busy schedules, so we return for the second half of our 2019 season with a recording from the archives. In this episode you will hear Autumn’s keynote address to the 2018 Indigenous Women and Women is Color Student Summit, titled “This World is Ours to Build.” music by Tunde Olaniran and Mother Cyborg - @endoftheworldPC @adrienne...

Guest Podcast 3! - Parenting for Liberation: We Live for the We

September 20, 2019 15:07 - 1 hour - 92.1 MB

For our third guest podcast, we are cross posting a conversation hosted by our friend podcast Parenting for Liberation. This summer PFL, with the Underground Railroad and LOOM, invited Erica Chidi Cohen to moderate a conversation between adrienne (on Pleasure Activism) and Dani McClain, author of We Live for the We: The Political Power of Black Motherhood. music by Tunde Olaniran - www.endofthewor...

Guest Podcast 2! - Beyoncé's Witchy Virgo Season

September 05, 2019 18:18 - 16 minutes - 15.2 MB

Our guest this week is A Little Juju podcast, teaching us the witchy wisdom we need to survive these times. Here's an excerpt we found highly relevant for Virgo Season - so we're releasing it in the window between Beyoncé and adrienne's birthdays! music by Mother Cyborg and Tunde Olaniran - @endoftheworldPC @adriennemaree @meansagittarius --- Send in a voice message...

Guest Podcast 1! - Raising Rebels

August 15, 2019 16:33 - 44 minutes - 40.7 MB

Raising trans and queer babies is a fundamental survival strategy for all possible futures. This episode drops us into a sweet conversation between mamas raising queer and trans little ones. Enjoy! music by Mother Cyborg and Tunde Olaniran - @endoftheworldPC @adriennemaree @meansagittarius --- Send in a voice message:

ima ima boss bitch

July 31, 2019 10:00 - 26 minutes - 24.7 MB

As they prepare to go on break for August and September, adrienne and autumn offer listeners a window into what’s been going on behind the scenes, and what’s to come. music by Mother Cyborg and Tunde Olaniran - @endoftheworldPC @adriennemaree @meansagittarius --- Send in a voice message:

What Time It Is, with Movement Generation

July 17, 2019 23:04 - 52 minutes - 47.8 MB

The sisters have wanted to interview Movement Generation since they conceived of this podcast. Recently, adrienne got to hear Michelle Mascarenhas-Swan give a talk on how we got to this moment of climate apocalypse. generative somatics gave us permission to share the talk, so adrienne sat down with Michelle for a quick corner-of-a-busy-room interview to frame the talk up. The worldview here will be a reference for all future podcasts. Listen up! music by Mother Cyborg and Tunde Olaniran - ww...

Sister Interview on Pleasure Activism

July 03, 2019 18:49 - 1 hour - 61.7 MB

Autumn guides adrienne into deeper vulnerability around her NY Times bestselling book Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good. show notes: music by Mother Cyborg and Tunde Olaniran - @endoftheworldPC @adriennemaree @meansagit...

Live Show, U of M

June 19, 2019 19:45 - 1 hour - 88.9 MB

Hopefully this is better late than never. The sound quality on this show wasn't up to @muzachary's standards, but the cost/benefit analysis of having Alexis Pauline Gumbs ( AND amb's fresh NY Times bestseller feelings AND some nibbling love was just too delectable, so the sisters persisted. Hope you enjoy! music by Mother Cyborg and Tunde Olaniran - @endoftheworldPC @adri...

Leaving Michael Jackson?

June 05, 2019 16:10 - 47 minutes - 43.9 MB

Autumn and adrienne talk with DJs, @iamrimarkable, @djkuttinkandi, and @larumorosa about Michael Jackson in the wake of the Leaving Neverland documentary. This is a tender, tough conversation. music by Mother Cyborg and Tunde Olaniran - @endoftheworldPC @adriennemaree @meansagittarius --- Send in a voice message:

Is Hodor the Real Hero of GOT? (Let Them Eat Spoilers)

May 21, 2019 21:02 - 58 minutes - 53.6 MB

adrienne and Autumn discuss the highs and lows, surprises and disappointments, and the visionary fashion, of the final season of Game of Thrones. music by Mother Cyborg and Tunde Olaniran - @endoftheworldPC @adriennemaree @meansagittarius --- Send in a voice message:

Browns at Brown: A Live Show

May 12, 2019 17:50 - 1 hour - 72.4 MB

The Brown sisters, live at Brown University, with a special guest and lots of feelings. Happy Mother's Day to all who mother! music by Mother Cyborg and Tunde Olaniran - @endoftheworldPC --- Send in a voice message:

A Spoilerific Dive Into NK Jemisin's Apocalypse

May 01, 2019 14:01 - 44 minutes - 40.7 MB

The Brown Sisters read NK Jemisin's Broken Earth trilogy and remembered they knew her and could maybe maybe get a real conversation. Here, they gush and fawn and interrogate with a genius. music by Mother Cyborg and Tunde Olaniran - @endoftheworldPC --- Send in a voice message:

Laurence McKeown, Prisoner to Playwright

April 17, 2019 14:43 - 1 hour - 94 MB

Laurence McKeown was our gracious host and patient teacher in Northern Ireland - here he tells some of his epic awesome story from teenager to IRA revolutionary and hunger striker to poet and playwright. music by Mother Cyborg and Tunde Olaniran - @endoftheworldPC LINKS AND BOOKS: https://www.iris...

An Uneasy Peace

April 03, 2019 13:31 - 1 hour - 55.6 MB

Autumn and adrienne share stories from their visionary fiction journey through Northern Ireland, what they learned from the legacy of the conflict, and the possibility of repair in the aftermath of harm. music by Mother Cyborg and Tunde Olaniran - @endoftheworldPC --- Send in a voice message:

Disability Justice for the Apocalypse: Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarsinha Gets Us Together

March 20, 2019 15:21 - 57 minutes - 53 MB

Prolific writer Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarsinha is a queer disabled femme writer, organizer, performance artist and educator of Burgher/Tamil Sri Lankan and Irish/Roma ascent. She visits us to discuss disability justice lessons and examples in relationship to her latest book Care Work. music by Mother Cyborg and Tunde Olaniran - @endoftheworldPC --- Send in a voice message:

Wait, it's 2019!

March 06, 2019 14:41 - 46 minutes - 42.4 MB

The Brown sisters look ahead at 2019 with dreams of glory. music by Mother Cyborg and Tunde Olaniran and the song, "True Love" written by Michaela Harrison ( - @endoftheworldPC --- Send in a voice message:

2018 From Trash to Treasure

December 19, 2018 15:02 - 1 hour - 58.8 MB

The Brown sisters find the magnificent treasures of culture and life lessons amongst the dumpster firescape of 2018. Listen for our faves of everything, with a hint of vulnerability and a flash of wisdom. fan art from the brilliant, Kelly Seacrest ( music by Mother Cyborg and Tunde Olaniran - @endoftheworldPC --- Send in a voice message:

The Practice of Freedom: A Conversation with Siwatu-Salama Ra and Rhonda Anderson

December 06, 2018 03:30 - 57 minutes - 52.3 MB

We are humbled and honored to speak with Siwatu-Salama Ra, an environmental activist based in Detroit who was wrongfully imprisoned while pregnant, and her mother Rhonda Anderson, about prison, survival, and practicing freedom. Music by Mother Cyborg and Blue Dot Sessions - @endoftheworldPC --- Send in a voice message:

Awww Shucks: How Do We Prepare for Climate Apocalypse?

November 21, 2018 14:33 - 51 minutes - 47 MB

Our first advice column! Music by Tunde Olaniran and Mother Cyborg - @endoftheworldPC --- Send in a voice message:

The Practices We Need: #metoo and Transformative Justice Part 2

November 07, 2018 16:50 - 59 minutes - 54.8 MB

Today the Brown sisters talk with transformative justice practitioner Mariame Kaba (@prisonculture) and get our minds blown with frameworks and breakthroughs on how to really address harm and grow beyond it. Music by Mother Cyborg - @endoftheworldPC --- Send in a voice message:

Elections in End Times #BlackNovember

October 24, 2018 14:02 - 1 hour - 69.1 MB

Join the Brown sisters for a conversation with Three Point Strategies' Jessica Byrd and Kayla Reed. We cover basically everything we need to know about engaging in the electoral process, especially this corrupt age, with our eyes on freedom. CHECK OUT THESE LINKS! Music by Tunde Olaniran and Mother Cyborg - https://www.endoftheworld...

Apocalypse Survival Skills #1: Grow and Preserve

October 17, 2018 15:02 - 35 minutes - 32.8 MB

In this episode, our resident inexpert gardener, Autumn, talks us through the trials of garden management and the glory of food preservation. Music by Tunde Olaniran (his new album, "Stranger", is out now!) and Mother Cyborg - @endoftheworldPC --- Send in a voice message:

The Apocalypse We Live In : State Violence and Repression

October 10, 2018 16:52 - 1 hour - 58.8 MB

Join us for a difficult conversation about how we sustain movements under state violence and repression. Music by Tunde Olaniran (his new album, "Stranger", is out now!) and Mother Cyborg - @endoftheworldPC --- Send in a voice message:

Dr. Ford's Dignity

October 02, 2018 13:44 - 12 minutes - 11.5 MB

We must define our own victories in this daunting political climate. Music by Tunde Olaniran and Mother Cyborg - @endoftheworldPC --- Send in a voice message:

The Impossible Things About Us

September 26, 2018 16:02 - 56 minutes - 51.7 MB

In this episode, the brown sisters explore the impossible things about us, and how getting in right relationship with ourselves, our vulnerability, and our purpose might help us heal from the inevitable burnout of trying to be perfect in a world designed to crush us. Music by Tunde Olaniran and Mother Cyborg - @endoftheworldPC SHOW NOTE: During this episode we mention the amazing new book, Feminism and Intersectionality in Academia -...

Black Love: A Day at the Museum

September 12, 2018 15:16 - 1 hour - 81.3 MB

Autumn and adrienne are back from their summer break. In this episode, the Brown sisters share their powerful experience at the National Museum of African American History & Culture and the National Portrait Gallery, and the lessons they took away about black apocalypse, black resilience, and black love. Music by Tunde Olaniran and Mother Cyborg - @endoftheworldPC --- Send in a voice message:

And We Out!

July 03, 2018 21:13 - 27 minutes - 25.1 MB

adrienne and Autumn check in around summer plans. (We're taking July and August off and will be back at it come September.) Music by Tunde Olaniran, Mother Cyborg and Invincible. - @endoftheworldPC --- Send in a voice message: