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The Final Straw

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The Final Straw works to bring new music and new ideas to it's audience. A mixed-format show, The Final Straw presents a dynamic mix of music from around the world alongside interviews concerning radical political, social, economic and environmental issues. The hosts, Bursts O'Goodness & William, hope to make radical content more accessible to a wider and wider audience. Content suggestions are always welcome.

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Aug. 31 2014

Streaming at AshevilleFM from 3am EST on September 1st through September 8th, 2014, then podcasting at Also airing this week on KOWA-LPFM in Olympia, WA, KWTF in Bodega Bay, CA, KXCF in Marshall, CA, and WCRS-LP Columbus Community Radio 98.3 and 102.1 FM

This week we get to speak with Amélie Trudeau and Fallon Rouiller. Amelie and Fallon, alongside Carlos Lopez Marin, make up the 5E3, who are being charged by the mexican state for an arson of a Nissan dealership and the neighboring ministry of communication and transportation in January of this year. We talk about prison, freedom, dignity, solidarity and more. For more info on the case of the 5E3, check out our episode of August 10th, 2014, where you can find links to sources of their writings and updates.

Next is the final half of the interview with Alexander Abbasi, a Palestinian-American living and studying in the U.S. We discuss a wide range of topics, starting off with our own personal views on political development, the decolonization of people and landbases and the resiliancy of people in the face of widespread murder and oppression by governments.


Aug. 24 2014

Streaming at AshevilleFM from 3am EST on August 25th through August 31st, 2014, then podcasting at Also airing this week on KOWA-LPFM in Olympia, WA, KWTF in Bodega Bay, CA, KXCF in Marshall, CA, and WCRS-LP Columbus Community Radio 98.3 and 102.1 FM

If you're in the asheville area, there will be a vigil at Pack Square in downtown at 6pm tonight, Sunday the 24th of August for those who've lost their lives at the hands of pigs, such as Michael Brown, the unarmed black man gunned down by pigs in Ferguson and A.J. Marion, gunned down by asheville pigs who've just been cleared of charges.

This episode features two conversations. The first is with Ben Turk, anarchist, playwrite and prison abolitionist. We chat briefly about the upcoming North American Anarchist Black Cross conference in Colorado, about what folks can expect if they go and how to support the event.

After that, a conversation with Alexander Abbasi. Alex is a palestinian-american from Los Angeles, an activist in the BDS (that's boycott, divest and sanctions movement against the Israeli occupation of Palestine) and a student at Harvard's divinity school. We talk about decolonization, the uprisings in Ferguson, the struggle to liberate Palestine from the occupation by Israel and what solidarity and liberation might look like.

Initially, when I (Bursts) contacted Alex for this conversation I was attempting to suss out what anarchists in Palestine had to say about the seige of Gaza by Israel, the national question, what Anarchism looked like to them and what how that might differ from the U.S. context. That's a conversation I'm still looking to have. Alex was kind enough to have a conversation but it went in a different, albeit worthwhile direction as is clear when one listens to the questions that I ask. While Alex is
not as familiar with anarchism as we would have liked and we don't agree with
everything he says, we (The Final Straw) do feel like he had a lot of great stuff to say and we feel like the conversation was very much worthwhile. We hope that you enjoy it. The second half of it will be featured in an upcoming episode and will be linked here soon.

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Aug. 17 2014

Streaming at AshevilleFM from 3am EST on August 18th through August 24th, 2014, then podcasting at Also airing this week on KOWA-LPFM in Olympia, WA, KWTF in Bodega Bay, CA, KXCF in Marshall, CA, and WCRS-LP Columbus Community Radio 98.3 and 102.1 FM

It's been a week since the police shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black man in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. The images and sounds of the struggle in the streets have ripped open the mainstream media to dialogue around police use of force, discrepancies between how different races and classes in the U.S. experience that force and the lack of transparency and legitimacy on behalf of law enforcement. Solidarity has been expressed from communities around the world, even by folks in Gaza, with the people of Ferguson and the family of Mr. Brown who've suffered this loss and continually live under the gun of the state in Missouri.

This week we talk to Luka, a white anarchist from St. Louis who's been going to Ferguson and meeting folks and being in the streets with them, building relationships. Ferguson is a majority black city whose police force is 94% white. Luka talks about their experience of conversation with and struggle alongside of folks from a personal more than political standpoint, across racial lines. Luka gives a narrative of the days between the shooting of Mike Mike through Friday evening (08/15/14), when we spoke. There's discussion of police and protest tactics and how they've changed in the face of a week of gassing and rubber bullets met with molotovs and rocks.

To catch perspectives from anarchists in the St. Louis area, check out

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Thanks, bud!

One of the best interviews you've had in my opinion. Zerzan is brilliant. I'm surpised that more global anti-civilaztion actions and insurrection weren't discussed. It was a very tangential show, but what do you talk about when you only have an hour right? It was good.

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