Dead Rabbits Podcast
Episode 18: On Shame & Writing

Episode 18: On Shame & Writing

May 16, 2019
Welcome to the eighteenth episode of the Dead Rabbits Podcast, brought to you by persons eponymous (corporations are people too, people-bunnies), for which we've invited David Olimpio, Editor in Chief of Atticus Review and author of the stunning, memoiristic collection of linked nonfictions, THIS IS NOT A CONFESSION. Today we'll be talking about his hostile takeover of Atticus Review (kidding, he bought it fair and square -- but seriously, corporations are people too, rabbit-folk), the heartbreaking yet tragedy-defying experiences embedded within his book, and, of course, we'll get a reading from David, which is sure to remind you why we do this work. 
 
The transcript of this episode is available here for our Deaf & Hard of Hearing Community.
 
Episode 17: Minorities in Publishing

Episode 17: Minorities in Publishing

May 9, 2019
Welcome to the seventeenth episode of the Dead Rabbits Hour, brought to you by -- you guessed it -- Dead Rabbits. We welcome arts and social activist virtuoso Jenn Baker, host of the podcast Minorities in Publishing, contributing editor at Electric Literature, and many more things that you'll hear during her highly decorated introduction. Today we'll be talking about Jenn's work as a podcast host and activist for POC writers, editors, and artists, the responsibility of presses small and large to give voice to minority writers, and, as has become custom, we'll get to hear Jenn read some of her incredible prose.
 
The transcript of this episode is available here for our Deaf & Hard of Hearing Community.
Episode 16: Cease & Desist

Episode 16: Cease & Desist

May 2, 2019
The Dead Rabbits Podcast is bursting with ebullience over our latest episode featuring the co-creators and -hosts of Amazon Book Club, perhaps the funniest literary podcast out there right now. Tune in to hear an impromptu sample of the ABC podcast -- i.e. us picking a ripely self-published book on Amazon and providing unparalleled insight as we read its first page -- and a discussion of the podcast's risks, which include receiving cease and desist letters from disgruntled contestants. 
 
The transcript of this episode is available here for our Deaf & Hard of Hearing Community.
 
 
Episode 15: Voices on Addiction

Episode 15: Voices on Addiction

April 25, 2019

The Dead Rabbits podcast is turning fifteen episodes old. To celebrate, we've invited Britt Canty, co-founder of the Brooklyn-based reading series HIP Lit, board member for Epiphany Lit Mag, and a fine writer of prose. Today we talk all of these things and more, ending with a reading from 'One More Conversation,' an essay recently published in The Rumpus's Voices on Addictions column -- a stunning piece about how Britt navigated the relationship with her father and his alcoholism. 

The transcript of this episode is available here for our Deaf & Hard of Hearing Community.

Episode 14: My father was right to leave

Episode 14: My father was right to leave

April 18, 2019
For the fourteenth episode of the Dead Rabbits Podcast we invite Dave Wiswell, comedian extraordinaire and victim of the true artist's necessarily depraved upbringing (kidding but not kidding). After giving and overview of his spectacular new YouTube show, Pop-up Interviews, Dave delves into his trajectory as a comedian, taking us on a tragicomic tour of his rise as a comedian and, hilariously, the nearly implausible litany of foibles and contretemps that came with his first few years of trying to settle in New York City. So gather round and give a gander as we expand on our fuckery-filled quest for literary and artistic community. 
 
The transcript of this episode is available here for our Deaf & Hard of Hearing Community.
Episode 13: Please don’t tell me about your dreams

Episode 13: Please don’t tell me about your dreams

April 11, 2019
Welcome to the thirteenth installment of the Dead Rabbits Podcast. We'd like to reintroduce Jared Pollen -- an Original Rabbit -- whose first collection of stories is debuting with Crowsnest, an imprint of Political Animal, a journal dedicated to high-level political discourse. In the vein of writers such as Don DeLillo and Christopher Hitchens, Jared's writing strikes an uncannily subtle brand of literary satire that at opportune moments dips almost imperceptibly into incisive sociopolitical commentary. Along with fellow O.R. George Sawaya, we talk Jared's inspirations, approach to writing, and end with a reading from one of the collection's stories. 
 
The transcript of this episode is available here for our Deaf & Hard of Hearing Community.
 
 
 
Episode 12: 90% of the population is not lesbians

Episode 12: 90% of the population is not lesbians

April 3, 2019

For the twelfth episode of the Dead Rabbits Podcast we invite Annie Krabbenschmidt, a writer of creative nonfiction and comedy, whether performative or simply written. Annie read her essay, "Apple Cider Donuts," at a recent reading - we were blown away, so much that we invited her on to talk about her work, which is a particle collider of human complexity. She makes it look easy, using nothing but honesty, humor, and precision to tell how difficult it was to discover her sexuality and share it with those she needs most.

The transcript of this episode is available here for our Deaf & Hard of Hearing Community.

Episode 11: The Mighty Oat

Episode 11: The Mighty Oat

March 21, 2019

For this eleventh episode of the Dead Rabbits Podcast, your fearless leader and arbitrarily-selected host, Brian Birnbaum, teams up with his producer(s), Katie Rainey, to welcome Christopher Gonzalez, a writer of fiction and nonfiction, editor at Barrelhouse Magazine, and digital production associate at Macmillan. After dedicating roughly half the episode to Chris's newly exalted status as an oat milk influencer, we move on to the writing community's love affair with Twitter, sexual realization in today's society, and take a moment to hear Chris read a flash fiction piece that will put you in the mood for seafood & sex & sadness. 

The transcript of this episode is available here for our Deaf & Hard of Hearing Community. 

Episode 10: Total Recall 2

Episode 10: Total Recall 2

March 14, 2019
In this tenth episode of the Dead Rabbits podcast we bring back the OG Dead Rabbits, Devin Kelly, George Sawaya, and Jared Marcel Pollen, to discuss technological disruption's impact on the future of writing and art. Beginning with House of Cards' origins in big data, your faithful host, Brian Birnbaum, and his gang of perishing bunnies navigate such topics as robot art, big data's potential impact on art, and the creative market's fate in the face of algorithmic advancement -- including the movies such algorithms would personalize for each of us podcasters (#TotalRecall2 #TogetherWeCanDoThis). 
 
The transcript of this episode is available here for our Deaf & Hard of Hearing Community.
 
 
 
Episode 9: Dear Baby

Episode 9: Dear Baby

March 7, 2019

Episode 9 of the Dead Rabbits Podcast features two of our favorite writers and reading series co-hosts: Meher Manda is a poet and journalist from Mumbai with an MFA from The College of New Rochelle; Chelsea Asher is a writer of fiction with an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, and the Editor-in-Chief of Lumina Journal. Both co-host the Angry Reading Series, which takes place at Grill on the Hill right here in NW Harlem. Together, the three of us talk writing, anger, and more, ending with a round of improvised poems addressed, "Dear baby..."

The transcript of this episode is available here for our Deaf & Hard of Hearing Community.