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Where’s My Jetpack?!

66 EpisodesProduced by No Fate ProjectWebsite

A politics and pop culture podcast, with sci-fi and socialist leanings. Hosted by Derek Johnson and Ani White. Produced by the No Fate Project. jetpack.zoob.net

66 Episodes | 2019 - 2022

May Day bonus: History of Chinese-Australian working class struggle

May 1st, 2022

46:58

For our May Day bonus episode, we interview director Liam Ward on the history of Chinese-Australian working class struggle, as addressed in his documentary Do Nothing and Do It Well (2021).

Syria Between the Politics of Life and the Geopolitics of Death: An interview with Yasser Munif

March 15th, 2022

1:12:44

We interview Syrian academic and activist Yasser Munif on his book The Syrian Revolution: Between the Politics of Life and the Geopolitics of Death.

Russian Invasion of Ukraine: An interview with Eric Draitser

March 12th, 2022

1:33:15

We interview Eric Draitser of CounterPunch Radio on the Russian invasion of Ukraine. To find more of Eric's work please visit patreon.com/ericdraitser

Anti-Fascist Movie Reviews

November 27th, 2021

2:08:27

We review classic satirical anti-fascist movies: The Great Dictator (1940), The Producers (1967), Cabaret (1972), Starship Troopers (1997), and Dredd (2012). 

Thumbnail image from The Great Dictator.

Kaiju Cycle 7: The Crawling Chaos

November 13th, 2021

15:41

Nathaniel Derby Pickman's logs on the triumph of the Crawling Chaos, the Tall Man, the Walking Shadow.  

Opening poem performed by Durante Haire for LibriVox. 

Thumbnail image by Jens Heimdahl. 

More info at …

Halloween P2: Favourite horror movies each decade with guest Tyler West

October 31st, 2021

1:02:48

Part 2 of our Halloween retrospective: Ani and guest Tyler West of Haunting The Studio pick their favourite horror movies of the 1990s-2020s …

Halloween P1: Favourite horror movies each decade with guest Tyler West

October 30th, 2021

1:40:40

Happy Halloween! Ani and guest Tyler West of Haunting the Studio pick their favourite horror movies of each decade. In this part we cover the …

Halloween Bonus: Social Reproduction Feminisms & Horror, a talk by Jo Isaacson

October 29th, 2021

1:24:53

For a Halloween bonus this year, we’re hosting a talk by Jo Isaacson on Social Reproduction Feminisms and Horror. 

Jo writes academic and popular …

Kaiju Cycle 6.5: Interpretation

October 28th, 2021

18:26

No Fate Project report (cont'): Reading between the lines and boiling down the contemporary relevance of Dyer's diary. Like total nerds. 

Diary full …

Kaiju Cycle 6: Scripture

October 27th, 2021

1:02:43

No Fate Project report: we finally unearth the details of Dyer's doomed 1930s expedition to Antarctica. We interpet the diary's contemporary relevance at tinyurl.com/interpretation-anchor

Thumbnail image from François …

Kaiju Cycle 5: Rampage

September 28th, 2021

19:32

As the four remaining kaiju converge on Syria, and a separatist Silicon Valley cartel seizes control of California, our hero Derek Johnson receives …

Is there a 'middle class' or 'Professional-Managerial Class'?

September 25th, 2021

1:23:25

The idea of a middle class has popular currency, with everyone from factory workers to millionaires self-identifying as 'middle class.' Meanwhile, …

Rocketeer Retrofuturistic Retrospective Part III

August 29th, 2021

44:46

On the 30th anniversary of the Rocketeer's release, the long-delayed third part of our Rocketeer review (the first two parts can be found in our first ever episode Wanting to Believe, and our 2019 Xmas bonus episode). 

July hiatus

July 24th, 2021

0:39

An announcement to our regular listeners that due to personal circumstances, the Where's My Jetpack podcast is not releasing a July episode. 

We'll …

Pride #3: Edgy Queer Ultra-Left Sampler

June 26th, 2021

16:48

Samples from the last 50+ years, from a queer ultra-left perspective. 

Thumbnail image: Quote from The Raspberry Reich (2004 feature film). 

More …

Pride #2: Plus-size gay Latino actor Harvey Guillen

June 19th, 2021

1:40:39

Pride Month #2: a retrospective on the work of plus-size gay Latino actor Harvey Guillen, particularly reviewing vampire sitcom What We Do in the …

Pride #1.5: Steven Universe w Ivy (continued)

June 12th, 2021

1:35:02

Second of a two-part retrospective on the queer-friendly family TV show Steven Universe, with guest superfan Ivy Decker.  Thumbnail: Derek as Greg Universe <3  More info at jetpack.zoob.net

Pride #1: Steven Universe w guest Ivy Decker

June 5th, 2021

1:21:14

First of a two-part retrospective on the queer-friendly family TV show Steven Universe, with guest superfan Ivy Decker. 

Thumbnail image: Ivy cosplays as Garnet, from Steven Universe. 

More info at jetpack.zoob.net

Kaiju Cycle 4: Clash of the Kaiju

May 30th, 2021

13:31

An update on the emergence of real life kaiju (strange beasts), particularly a battle between two Destroyers and two Protectors in the Mojave desert. 

Biden-era socialist strategy

May 29th, 2021

1:38:01

We discuss Biden-era socialist strategy with two guests, NY Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) members Hakan Yilmaz and Robert Cuffy. 

Thumbnail image from Yahoo News. 

More info at jetpack.zoob.net

May Day bonus: All About My Mother (and her comrades)

May 1st, 2021

12:52

A May Day story: the Rank and File Teachers' Organisation (RAFTO) in 1980s Aotearoa/New Zealand. 

Trigger warning for discussion of rape culture, and …

Kaiju Cycle 3: Three Weddings and Countless Funerals

April 25th, 2021

16:03

An update on the emergence of real-life kaiju in our timeline, including the formation of three new pairs: two Protectors, two Destroyers, and two …

The Author is Undead: Audience interpretation and authorial intent

April 24th, 2021

1:37:20

We discuss the question of who determines meaning: author, audience or both? 

Then we conclude with a review of Godzilla vs Kong (2021), with guest kaiju superfan Jase Short. 

Thumbnail art by Makar Malicki. 

More info …

Godzilla vs Kong review w guest Jase Short

April 9th, 2021

44:37

We review Godzilla vs Kong, with guest kaiju superfan Jase Short. Discussion ranges from style vs substance (which will triumph?!), to a deep dive on …

Kaiju Cycle 2: Emu War II: First Blood

March 29th, 2021

13:08

An update on the emergence of real-life kaiju in our timeline, including the clash between the North American Bird of Prey and Australian Mega-Dromaius, a decisive battle in Emu War II. 

Thumbnail art by JuggaloICP

Syrian Revolution 10th anniversary: Razan Ghazzawi interview

March 15th, 2021

46:55

On the 10th anniversary of the Syrian Revolution, we interview exiled Syrian-Palestinian scholar-activist Razan Ghazzawi. 

More info at

Bonus: Byron Clark on the far right in Aotearoa/New Zealand

March 14th, 2021

35:12

March 15th is the second anniversary of the Christchurch far-right terrorist attack. We honour the dead, and fight for the living.

Accordingly, we're hosting a talk by video essayist Byron Clark on the state of the …

Bonus: Lebanese, US and Latin American movements

March 10th, 2021

26:45

Over March, we're hosting a series of talks recorded at the annual conference of Fightback Aotearoa/Australia (fightback.org.nz), on the 23rd of January 2021. 

In this session, Lebanese Canadian writer and activist Jade …

Bonus: Veteran activist Sue Bradford on left organisational futures in Aotearoa/New Zealand

March 7th, 2021

19:57

Over March, we're hosting a series of talks recorded at the annual conference of Fightback Aotearoa/Australia (fightback.org.nz), on the 23rd of January 2021. 

This talk, by veteran Aotearoa/New Zealand activist Sue …

Is Free Speech Racist?

February 27th, 2021

1:19:40

We interview Irish scholar-activist Gavan Titley on his book Is Free Speech Racist? 

More info at jetpack.zoob.net

Waitangi Day bonus: Constitutional transformation in the context of Aotearoa/New Zealand's indigenous history

February 5th, 2021

40:40

Waitangi Day is Aotearoa/New Zealand's commemoration of the signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, the treaty between indigenous Māori and the Crown. This Waitangi Day, we broadcast a talk by Erin Matariki Carr, a lawyer of …

Are Tankie Politics Racist?

January 30th, 2021

1:00:36

Ani discusses tankie* politics and alternatives with returning guest Gayaal Iddamalgoda (a socialist, trade unionist, and migrant rights  advocate). …

All anti-fascist transcripts online!

January 15th, 2021

0:46

Thanks to all who contributed, we have now transcribed and released all 10+ hours of anti-fascist interviews, which can be found at tinyurl.com/jetpack-transcripts

Kaiju Cycle 1: A Very Kaiju Christmas

December 26th, 2020

15:42

No Fate Project report on the surprise emergence of seven real Kaiju* in our timeline, across seven continents.  
*Japanese word for ‘strange beast’, …

Kaiju Movies and Ecology

December 26th, 2020

1:41:44

Happy (war on) Christmas 💚

This month kaiju* superfan Jase Short guest-stars, as we review six kaiju flicks, focusing on the ecological themes of …

Red-Brown Zombies: The Complete Story

December 8th, 2020

2:14:23

9 reports from the No Fate Project, about the war against the zombie plague.  

Fourth-Wall Breaking Disclaimer: This arc was conceived before   COVID-19, with the first part being broadcast in November 2019. It is …

Bonus: Deus Ex

November 29th, 2020

10:03

No Fate Project Report No 9: A dark horse in the race turns the tide against the zombie plague. 

More info, and previous entries at jetpack.zoob.net

If you like what we do, and can spare some cash, please contribute …

Our Insectoid Ancestors: Quatermass and the alien behind the familiar

November 28th, 2020

1:23:46

We review the classic BBC sci-fi Quatermass serials written by Nigel Kneale, and their adaptations. Quatermass was immensely influential on Doctor Who, The X Files, and John Carpenter's work among other sci-fi  and …

Bonus: US Elections & Australia/Aotearoa New Zealand News

November 11th, 2020

44:42

Just a bonus episode with our takes on some recent news. 

Thumbnail image by: thesackoftroy. 

Music by Tryad, Beethoven. 

Citations and further info at jetpack.zoob.net 

Anti-fascist transcription crowdfunding campaign …

Crowdfunding update: First transcripts released!

November 9th, 2020

1:47

You can find our first batch of anti-fascist episode transcripts at jetpack.zoob.net 

And as always, the crowdfunding page is at FireFund.net/Jetpack, with about 3 weeks to go in the campaign. 

Music: Waltz in the …

BALLBUSTERS II: UTOPIA

October 31st, 2020

28:22

Content warning: Castration, immature content. 
A broadcast from Timeline B, the utopian timeline: the Halloween sequel nobody asked for (because you were too afraid to ask), on a topic certain of our listeners might …

Against the Fascist Creep: Interview with Alexander Reid-Ross

September 26th, 2020

59:06

We interview Professor Alexander Reid Ross, author of Against The Fascist Creep

Fund transcription of this and other anti-fascist interviews here:
FireFund.net/Jetpack

More info at jetpack.zoob.net

Let’s Play Tell Me Why (ain’t nothing but a heartache)

September 23rd, 2020

1:12

We’re playing through interactive drama Tell Me Why, to promote our anti-fascist transcription project:
tinyurl.com/youtube-tellmewhy
FireFund.net/Jetpack

Bonus: Climax!

September 22nd, 2020

12:02

No Fate Project report: shit just got real. The zombie plague has begun.

For background on the IRL Red-Brown Zombie Plague, the infection of far right ideas on the left:
tinyurl.com/daphne-redbrownzombies

Fund …

Crowdfunding: Anti-fascist & anti-racist interview transcription project - FireFund.net/jetpack

September 6th, 2020

2:26

We're launching a crowdfunding campaign to transcribe our anti-fascist and anti-racist interviews, paying transcribers at market rates:
FireFund.net/jetpack 

Music: Better Days - Lakey Inspired

Bonus: All power to the imagination!

August 30th, 2020

16:28

Our latest No Fate Project report: new developments in multiverse theory! 

Headphone warning: high-pitched sound at 5.35-5.45. 

More info at …

Crises of US Capitalism: Interview with DSA Afrosocialists member Robert Cuffy

August 29th, 2020

1:43:05

We interview DSA Afrosocialists member Robert Cuffy, on the triple crises of US Capitalism: Covid-19, the Floyd Rebellion & economic recession. More info at  jetpack.zoob.net

Bonus: Donlevy is exactly what he seems...

July 25th, 2020

12:33

The latest report on the fight against the Red-Brown Zombie Plague,  broadcasting from the No Fate Project HQ in Antarctica. This month we document the strangeness of working for Professor Donlevy, everyone's second …

Hate in the Time of COVID: Interview with slackbastard (AKA Andy Fleming)

July 25th, 2020

1:40:49

We interview prominent Australian anti fascist writer Andy Fleming, AKA slackbastard. Info and links at jetpack.zoob.net 

Red Brown Zombies: The story so far

June 28th, 2020

1:30:13

Fourth-Wall Breaking Disclaimer: This arc was conceived before COVID-19, with the first part being broadcast in November 2019. It is based on Daphne Lawless' concept of the Red-Brown Zombie Plague, the infection of far …

Life is Strange: Choices and Consequences

June 28th, 2020

1:38:40

Happy Pride on the 51st anniversary of the Stonewall Riot! This month we bring you an analysis of the extremely gay Life is Strange game series, focusing on choices and consequences. 

We conclude with an update on the …

COVID-19: For a #JustLockdown

May 1st, 2020

1:06:18

COVID-19 demands an internationalist response, rather than an expansion of repression. On May Day, or international workers day, we bring you an interview on just lockdown with migrant worker advocate Gayaal …

DRUGS (and mental health)

April 19th, 2020

1:30:55

This month on 420 day we’re discussing DRUGS (and mental health), from Acid Communism to psychiatry. We also include a mysterious tape sent back to us by the No Fate Project, recounting the future zombie plague. Fourth …

Syrian Revolution and Counter-Revolution: An interview with Joseph Daher

March 15th, 2020

1:27:29

On March 15th, the anniversary of the Syrian Revolution, we bring you an interview with Joseph Daher of the Alliance of Middle East and North African …

Star Wars: Episode X: The Wasted Opportunity

February 20th, 2020

2:12:34

The Last Jedi is the best entry in the sequel trilogy, and Luke is the  best part! Enjoy these and other spicy hot-takes in our first episode of  2020, in which your hosts Derek and Ani review the Disney Star Wars …

Xmas Bonus: Errol Flynn Exposed + Rocketeer Retrofuturistic Retrospective P2 + The Rocketeer and the Mystery of Betty Page +

December 25th, 2019

1:08:35

As an Xmas present, we're releasing not one but two bonus episodes, one audio one video. Firstly this right here, featuring three segments that were previously limited to patrons, all focused on the movie Rocketeer and …

Thanos Was Wrong: Populationism and Ecosocialist Alternatives

December 10th, 2019

1:39:06

Our December episode addresses populationism and ecosocialist  alternatives, plus reviews of Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) and …

Red-Brown Zombies Part 3

November 28th, 2019

1:37:38

For the final entry in our Red-Brown Zombie three-parter, guest Tyler  West outlines a history of the far right in Aotearoa/New Zealand, then  we conclude with a review of Terminator: Dark Fate. No fate but what we …

Red-Brown Zombies Part 2

November 28th, 2019

2:26:26

For the second part of our three-parter on Red-Brown Zombies - the  infection of far right ideas on the left - we pivot to the Belly of the  Beast, the US of A. We interview Peter Soeller of fashbusters.com on dirtbag …

Red-Brown Zombies Part 1

November 20th, 2019

2:41:27

The first of a three parter on Red Brownism - the infection of far right politics on the left. We interview NZ socialist Daphne Lawless, followed by …

Ballbusters

October 31st, 2019

54:06

Content warning: Ballbusting, castration, transphobia. This Halloween we're dealing with a topic certain of our listeners might find truly scary... …

Conspiracy Theories and Xenophobia

September 28th, 2019

2:34:38

We interview Christchurch video essayist Byron Clark about his research on conspiracy theories and the far right, followed by a retrospective on The …

Death Star PR: Is all corporate media propaganda?

August 18th, 2019

1:35:14

We’re back with the second episode of Where’s My Jetpack, a politics and pop culture podcast with sci fi and socialist leanings. This episode …

Wanting to Believe

July 20th, 2019

2:47:43

The inaugural episode of Where's My Jetpack, a politics and pop-culture podcast with sci fi and socialist leanings. Your hosts Derek Johnson and Ani …

Where's my Jetpack ?! Trailer

June 17th, 2019

9:09


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