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Monkeywrench was a radio program aired on KUCI 88.9 FM in Irvine, UC Irvine's independent, underground radio station. The program featured music from across the punk spectrum and interviews with activists, artists, musicians, and organizers working to create a better world in Orange County and beyond. The program broadcasted from midnight to 2 AM every Tuesday morning (Monday night) after originally broadcasting every Saturday from 8 PM – 10 PM, starting April 8, 2017 and ending on March 27, 2018 (with a hiatus in between). Subscribe to the RSS feed to be notified about new interviews (if the program is resurrected elsewhere or in another form)!

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Table of contents

Season 2 (2018)

Rose Regina — technology, security, and privacy

Rose Regina

Rose Regina is a media and digital security activist who has worked on a wide range of campaigns, from Indymedia collectives to Occupy groups and related work abroad. Currently, she works with the Tactical Technology Collective in Berlin. Tactical Tech has created a wide range of projects aimed at helping activists function efficiently, safely, and privately, as well as understand the footprints they leave that may jeopardize their work. Some of their most significant projects include Security in-a-box, a step-by-step guide to using encryption, Me and My Shadow, through which people can see the digital traces they and their devices leave behind, and Exposing the Invisible, a series of films, interviews, and resources introducing novel forms of investigation.

Broadcast March 27, 2018.


I am graduating from medical school and moving to Rochester, New York to begin emergency medicine residency, as crazy and wonderful as that is. Sadly, however, that makes this the last show — at least, the last to be aired on KUCI.

As such, I wanted to share some podcasts and blogs that help me stay sane (for other recommendations, see these below). These aren't all anarchist, or even political, but they all are phenomenal in some variety of antiauthoritarian, radical fashion and help me get through our sometimes unsettling world. I hope they help you do the same.

I hope these help you stay safe, happy, and radical.

Book, other writing, and film club picks of the week:

Discussed in this interview:


  1. BABYMETAL — KARATE — Metal Resistance
  2. Knuckle Puck — Wall to Wall (Depreciation) — Copacetic
  3. Bad Cop / Bad Cop — Wild Me — Warriors
  4. Gland — Fuck Cops — Neurotica
  5. Zeke — County Jail — Hellbender
  6. Propagandhi — Stick the Fucking Flag Up Your Goddam Ass, You Sonofabitch — How to Clean Everything
  7. The Thermals — St. Rosa And The Swallows — The Body, the Blood, the Machine
  8. McCafferty — Scotland — Yarn
  9. Pentimento — Just Friends — Inside the Sea
  10. Such Gold — Two Year Plan — Misadventures
  11. State Champs — Simple Existence — The Finer Things
  12. Polar Bear Club — Screams in Caves — Clash Battle Guilt Pride
  13. Perfect Pussy — Driver — Say Yes to Love
  14. Green Dreams — Poor Man — Rich Man Poor Man
  15. Lemuria — Pleaser — Pebble
  16. Drug Church — Weed Pin — single
  17. Hot Mulligan — *whispers* Thank You — Pilot
  18. Into It. Over It. — Pinky Swear — 52 Weeks
  19. MC Frontalot — Secrets from the Future — Secrets from the Future
  20. David Rovics — Riot Dog — Ten New Songs
  21. Phil Ochs — Love Me, I'm a Liberal — Phil Ochs in Concert

Ben Passmore — anarchism and comics

Ben Passmore

Ben Passmore is a prolific anarchist comics artist from New Orleans. His work alternately takes place in vividly colored science-fiction punch-em-up universes, such as his comic DAYGLOAYHOLE, and the real world, where his writing stands against racism and other forms of oppression. Recently, his comic Your Black Friend won the prestigious Ignatz Award for Outstanding Comic of 2017. His recent work covers the removal and anti-racist defacement of confederate statues, personal resistance against the KKK and other fascist organizations, philosophy, and many other topics. You can hear about upcoming comics, read more in depth analyses, and support his work via his Patreon page. He currently resides in Philadelphia.

Broadcast March 20, 2018.


Book club picks of the week:

Some other excellent Ben Passmore comics:

Discussed in this interview:


  1. Wingnut Dishwashers Union — Urine speaks louder than words — Burn the Earth, Leave It Behind
  2. Days N' Daze — Fuck It — Rogue Taxidermy
  3. Ceschi — Prison Sporks — Ceschi/Pat the Bunny split 12"
  4. Andrew Jackson Jihad — Sad Songs (Intermission) — Knife Man
  5. Old Notes — Rocco — With a Heavy Heart
  6. Gulfer — Be Father — Dog Bless
  7. Gender Roles — Gills — Lazer Rush
  8. Anamanaguchi — Helix Nebula — Power Supply
  9. Math the Band — Positive Stress — GET REAL
  10. Atom and His Package — Seed Song — Redefining Music
  11. Aldious — One Way — Radiant A
  12. Terrible Love — Torch the Fields — Doubt Mines
  13. Single Mothers — Bolt Cutters — Our Pleasure
  14. Frightened Rabbit — Swim Until You Can't See Land — The Winter of Mixed Drinks
  15. Moose Blood — Such a Shame — I Don't Think I Can Do This Anymore
  16. Jawbreaker — Do You Still Hate Me? — 24 Hour Revenge Therapy
  17. Propagandhi — Apparently, I'm a "P.C. Fascist" (Because I Care About Both Human and Non-Human Animals) — Less Talk, More Rock
  18. Ho99o9 — Neighborhood Watch — single
  19. Vic Mensa — 16 Shots — There's Alot Going On

Lisa Fithian — horizontal organizing

Lisa Fithian

Lisa Fithian is an experienced activist who has worked on campaigns for organized labor, war opposition, economic justice, and many others over the last four decades. She contributed significantly to the Occupy movement, the World Trade Organization and anti-corporate-globalization movements, and multiple struggles against United States imperialism overseas, such as against Nicaragua and Israel. She remains dedicated to horizontal organizing and practical solidarity against oppression. She remains involved with Organizing for Power, Undoing White Supremacy Austin, and the People's Institute for Survival and Beyond.

Broadcast March 13, 2018.


Book club picks of the week:

Related books, articles, and lectures:


  1. Tiny Moving Parts — Stay Warm — Celebrate
  2. Gulfer — Judy Froster — Dog Bless
  3. Chon — Sketch — Woohoo!
  4. Consolidated — Animal Rights / Abortion Rights — Play More Music
  5. KMFDM — Revolution — Nihil
  6. Consolidated — Accept Me for What I Am — Play More Music
  7. The Birthday Massacre — The Dream — Violet
  8. You Love Her Coz She's Dead — This Is a Raid — You Love Her Coz She's Dead
  9. Propagandhi — Things I Like — Failed States
  10. Touché Amoré — Benediction — Stage Four
  11. oso oso — Track One, Side A — Real Stories of True People, Who Kind of Looked Like Monsters...
  12. Mom Jeans — shred cruz — Split with Graduating Life
  13. Arms Aloft — A Fistful of Zlotys — Sawdust City
  14. The Pogues — Sit Down by the Fire — If I Should Fall from Grace with God
  15. Heatmiser — Plainclothes Man — Mic City Sons
  16. Chad VanGaalen — Sing Me 2 Sleep — Skelliconnection
  17. ミラクルミュージカル (Miracle Musical) — The Mind Electric — Hawaii: Part II
  18. Firekid — Magic Mountain — unreleased
  19. Movits! — Sammy Davis Jr. — Ut Ur Min Skalle

Anna Steiner and Ryan Dal Porto — punk and public health

Ryan Dal Porto Anna Steiner

Anna Steiner and Ryan Dal Porto are organizers of Punks with Lunch, a West Oakland harm reduction and homelessness outreach collective. Both Steiner and Dal Porto grew up in the Bay Area punk scene, and their organization stays true to the punk DIY and antiauthoritarian ethics. Additionally, both have worked extensively in public health with marginalized populations, Dal Porto with the San Francisco Department of Public Health and San Francisco AIDS Foundation, and Steiner formerly with the California Department of Public Health and now with the Transitions Clinic Network, where she works with people recently released from incarceration. Dal Porto continues to play punk music, currently with He-Gassen.

Broadcast March 6, 2018.


Book club picks of the week:


  1. The Acorn — Two By Two — Little Elms
  2. Bad Cop / Bad Cop — Retrograde — Warriors
  3. Mighty Ships — Raincheck — The Coastal Midwest
  4. Rival Schools — Used for Glue — United by Fate
  5. Aviator — Head Noise — Head in the Clouds, Hands in the Dirt
  6. The Front Bottoms — Peace Sign — Going Grey
  7. Stage Kids — Jafari's Revenge — Killer Tofu
  8. you you you all the same — 今朝の空は (the sky this morning) — 砂の堤防 (embankment of sand)
  9. Haisuinonasa (ハイスイノナサ) — logos — 動物の身体 (animal body)
  10. La Dispute — How I Feel — Searching for a Pulse / The Worth of the World
  11. Touché Amoré — WeHateFredPhelps.com — Demo
  12. the cabs — わたしたちの失敗 (our failure) — 再生の風景 (Regenerative Landscape)
  13. qpd — 森 (woods) — nicapono
  14. Washington — How to Tame Lions — I Believe You Liar
  15. Wye Oak — Civilian — Civilian
  16. Frank Zappa — Willie the Pimp — Hot Rats
  17. He-Gassen — Shoot Clean, Fuck Safe — He-Gassen
  18. Subcarpați — Frunzulita iarba deasa — Pielea de Gaina

Cindy Milstein — anarchism and gentrification

Cindy Milstein

Cindy Milstein is a prolific anarchist activist and street scholar who has worked from San Francisco to Montreal and beyond on antiauthoritarian and anticapitalist projects. They played key roles in the formation of the Institute for Anarchist Studies and the Renewing the Anarchist Tradition conference, and have been integral to many other collectively-run DIY spaces, notably Station 40 in San Francisco, the Interference Archive in Brooklyn, and the Institute for Social Ecology in Vermont. Cindy's scholarship draws on her participation in Occupy Philly, the 2012 Quebec student/social strike, Eviction Free San Francisco, and Coffee Not Cops, among other social movements. This activism has culminated in the books Anarchism and Its Aspirations, Taking Sides: Revolutionary Solidarity and the Poverty of Liberalism, Rebellious Mourning: The Collective Work of Grief, and the popular Lexicon pamphlet series. Her most recent projects are the Institute for Advanced Troublemaking anarchist summer camp in Massachusetts and Solidarity & Defense, Huron Valley, in their home base of southeast Michigan.

Broadcast February 27, 2018.


Book club picks of the week:


  1. Sincere Engineer — Corn Dog Sonnet No. 7 — Rhombithian
  2. Thin Lips — Total Separation — Riff Hard
  3. Lemuria — Dogs — Get Better
  4. War on Women — YDTMHTL — Capture the Flag
  5. awakebutstillinbed — life — what people call low self-esteem is really just seeing yourself the way that other people see you
  6. The 1975 — Sex — Sex
  7. At the Drive-In — One-Armed Scissor — Relationship of Command
  8. Slow Bloom — Sarcaphaguts — Hex Hex Hex
  9. Single Mothers — Rollercoaster — Our Pleasure
  10. Mutoid Man — Gnarcissist — Helium Head
  11. Iron Chic — Invisible Ink — You Can't Stay Here
  12. Arms Aloft — What a Time to Be Barely Alive — What a Time to Be Barely Alive
  13. Kali Masi — Some Friends — Wind Instrument
  14. Refused — Dawkins Christ — Freedom
  15. Architects — Gone With the Wind — All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us
  16. Listener — There's Money in the Walls — Being Empty: Being Filled
  17. Mother Mother — Neighbour — Touch Up
  18. Tinariwen — Tenere Taqqim Tossam — Tassili

Faye and Fred Kamiab — leftist activism in Iran

Faye Kamiab

Faye and Fred Kamiab* are leftists from Iran who participated actively in resistance to both the Shah and the Islamic Republic. In 1953, a CIA-backed coup d'état overthrew the democratically-elected government of Mohammad Mosaddegh after he nationalized the oil industry, threatening Western business interests. That regime, led by Mohammad Reza Shah, was later deposed by fundamentalist clerics in 1979 who created an even more repressive and brutal regime known as the Islamic Republic, which continues through today. Under both governments, leftist organizing of any kind was heavily repressed; the Islamic government continues to severely represses cultural norms and expression which they deem inconsistent with their rigid interpretation of Imamiyya Shi'ah Islam.

Broadcast February 20, 2018.


Book club picks of the week:


  1. Bondage Fairies — I will never love you — Alfa Gag Cp Wifi
  2. War on Women — Jordan — War on Women
  3. awakebutstillinbed — fathers — what people call low self-esteem is really just seeing yourself the way that other people see you
  4. Mouse on the Keys — Spectres De Mouse — An Anxious Object
  5. Floral — Cars — Floral
  6. Stage Kids — Cyniculture — Killer Tofu
  7. loqto — 155 — 1st demo
  8. Mirror — FAAR — Split with Low-Pass
  9. Low-Pass — AR — Trimurti
  10. Toe — C — The Book About My Idle Plot on a Vague Anxiety
  11. tricot — Tokyo Vampire Hotel — 3
  12. Aldious — ノスタルジック (Nostalgic) — Female Warrior / ノスタルジック / fragile
  13. Kamikaze Girls — Teenage Feelings — Seafoam
  14. Kaki King — Bone Chaos In The Castle — Dreaming of Revenge
  15. Oddnote — Money Comes, Money Goes — Oddnote
  16. Ampline — It Will Evaporate — Passion Relapse
  17. Mohammad-Reza Shajarian — Del-e Majnoon — unknown
  18. Bassnectar — So Butterfly (Beats Antique remix) — Noise vs. Beauty Remixes

Ian McDonald — veganism

Ian McDonald

Ian McDonald is a biochemist, BBC producer, vegan, and creator of the Vegan Option podcast. Since 2011, he has merged meticulously researched and well-produced journalism and veganism, exploring contentious issues such as vegan pets, palm oil and veganism, and many others. Most notably, he created Vegetarianism: The Story So Far, a 15-episode history of vegetarianism and veganism from the earliest records in 600 BCE through to the present day.

Broadcast February 13, 2018.


Book/film club picks of the week:

Related article:


  1. Listener — Pent Up Genes — Being Empty: Being Filled
  2. Single Mothers — Long Distance — Our Pleasure
  3. PEARS — Mollusk's Mouth — Human Movement
  4. Kali Masi — Jejune — Wind Instrument
  5. Iron Chic — My Best Friend (Is a Nihilist) — You Can't Stay Here
  6. Dillinger Four — Minimum Wage is a Gateway Drug — Civil War
  7. Refused — New Noise — The Shape of Punk to Come
  8. War on Women — Say It — War on Women
  9. la luna — Outdoor Voice — Always Already
  10. Jeff Rosenstock — USA — POST-
  11. Gnarwolves — Shut Up — Outsiders
  12. Sylvan Esso — Coffee — Sylvan Esso
  13. Camping in Alaska — dragon ball z budokai tenkaichi 4 — please be nice
  14. Propagandhi — Adventures in Zoochosis — Victory Lap
  15. Choir of St. Mary's Nottingham — Rev. Cowherd's Plea Against Flesh-Eating — unreleased
  16. Capsule — I wish You — PLAYER
  17. Armadillo Man — Better Run — unreleased

Kristian Williams — police brutality and abolitionism

Kristian Williams

Kristian Williams is an anarchist activist, scholar, and author living in Portland, Oregon. His work has largely focused on the worst facets of American society: the institutional racism, violence, and corruption of the police, and the widespread use of torture by domestic and international United States forces both. He was an active member of Rose City Copwatch for many years and remains involved in community activism and union organizing. His most recent books include an extensively-updated reprint of his seminal work, Our Enemies in Blue, and his collection of essays on the police, Fire the Cops!

Broadcast February 6, 2018.


Book club picks of the week:


  1. The Smith Street Band — Wipe that Shit-Eating Grin Off Your Punchable Face — single
  2. Propagandhi — Potemkin City Limits — Supporting Caste
  3. Tiny Moving Parts — Feel Alive — Swell
  4. Andrew Jackson Jihad — Distance — Knife Man
  5. Rat Kid Cool — On One Wing — Year of the Rat
  6. Hop Along — How Simple — Bark Your Head Off, Dog
  7. Citizen — In The Middle of It All — As You Please
  8. Sylvan Esso — Die Young — What Now
  9. Alpha Male Tea Party — Have You Ever Seen Milk? — Health
  10. The Hotelier — Your Deep Rest — Home, Like Noplace Is There
  11. Hotel Books — Where We Sleep Is Where We Dream — Run Wild, Stay Alive
  12. Into It. Over It. — Logan Square — IIOI/KOJI
  13. RM Hubbert — Car Song — Thirteen Lost & Found
  14. Pet Symmetry — Mostly Water — Vision
  15. Tom Robinson Band — Long Hot Summer — Power in the Darkness
  16. KRS-One — Sound of da Police — Return of the Boom Bap
  17. Mic Crenshaw — A Lot of Us — Thinking Out Loud

Mic Crenshaw — anti-racist and anti-fascist activism

Mic Crenshaw

Mic Crenshaw is a hip hop artist and activist now living in Portland, Oregon. Originally from Chicago and Minneapolis, Crenshaw grew up in the hardcore punk scene as white supremacist groups began co-opting the punk and skinhead subcultures. His organizing and active resistance against neo-Nazis in the Midwest culminated in the founding of Anti-Racist Action alongside other prominent anti-fascist anarchist groups such as Love and Rage and the Revolutionary Anarchist Bowling League. Among his current activist projects are several which focus on local economic justice and international solidarity with musicians in Africa through his organization Globalfam. His latest album is Earthbound.

Broadcast January 30, 2018.


Book club picks of the week:

Related articles:


  1. Tiny Moving Parts — Applause — Swell
  2. Propagandhi — Devil's Creek — Failed States
  3. Camping in Alaska — why can't i be snowing? — please be nice
  4. KMFDM — A Drug Against War — Angst
  5. Refused — Elektra — Freedom
  6. The Fall of Troy — Ex-Creations — Manipulator
  7. Beach Slang — Punks In a Disco Bar — A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings
  8. Ampline — Captions — Passion Relapse
  9. Terrible Love — Doubt Mines — Doubt Mines
  10. Kamikaze Girls — KG Go to the Pub — Seafoam
  11. la luna — Withdrawal of Consent — Always Already
  12. Thin Lips — Never Again — Riff Hard
  13. Sorority Noise — Rory Shield — Forgettable
  14. Lemuria — Pants — Get Better
  15. Gnarwolves — Car Crash Cinema — Outsiders
  16. Knuckle Puck — Pretense — Copacetic
  17. Morning Glory — Gimme Heroin — The Whole World Is Watching
  18. Mic Crenshaw — Obvious — Hope and Danger
  19. Mic Crenshaw — The Movement — Earthbound
  20. Run the Jewels — Don't Get Captured — RTJ3

Margaret Killjoy and Sadie the Goat — anarchism and pop culture

Margaret Killjoy

Margaret Killjoy and Sadie the Goat (not pictured) are authors, editors, and collaborators of The Anarcho-Geek Review, an online journal of pop culture analysis from an anarchist and (largely) tongue-in-cheek perspective. The journal's articles excoriate and celebrate film, video games, television, and literature, deconstructing the capitalist, patriarchical, racist, and transphobic contents of our society's media, while still loving as much as there is to enjoy. Outside of the Anarcho-Geek Review, Killjoy is a prolific author of fiction, nonfiction, and comics. Her most recent publication is The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion, which centers on an anarchist community in Iowa and its struggles against surrounding supernatural forces.

Broadcast January 23, 2018.


Book club picks of the week:

Discussed in this interview:


  1. Andrew Jackson Jihad — The Michael Jordan of Drunk Driving — Knife Man
  2. Pat the Bunny — Make total destroy — Probably Nothing, Possibly Everything
  3. The Homeless Gospel Choir — Luxury Problems — Luxury Problems
  4. Days N' Daze — Damaged Goods — Days N' Dazy/Broken Bow split
  5. The Front Bottoms — The Plan (Fuck Jobs) — Back on Top
  6. Nada Surf — Blankest Year — The Weight Is a Gift
  7. Rat Kid Cool — No Fucks — Year of the Rat
  8. Japanther — First of All — Beets, Limes & Rice
  9. Morning Glory — Suicide for Jennicide — Know Your Rights: This Is... Revolution Rock
  10. Shelter — Civilized Man — Mantra
  11. Bondage Fairies — Satan you and me II — Alfa Gag Cp Wifi
  12. Sabrepulse — A Girl I Know — Chipbreak Wars
  13. crashfaster — anthem — disconnect
  14. Crim3s — still goin — single
  15. Propagandhi — Name And Address Withheld — Potemkin City Limits
  16. Bad Cop / Bad Cop — Broken — Warriors
  17. Against Me! — Black Me Out — Transgender Dysphoria Blues
  18. Rome — Cities of Asylum — The Hyperion Machine
  19. Nnamdi Ogbonnaya — S Club 27 — Audiotree Far Out

Susholtz, Lynn — art and community organizing

Susholtz, Lynn

Lynn Susholtz is an artist and community organizer from San Diego, California. Since 1979, she has been working to improve public spaces, regain community control of neighborhoods, and make art accessible and participatory. Her work includes the award-winning Stone Paper Scissors art studio, several books (including Voices: Mapping the Hood and Object Lessions: Teaching Math Through Visual Art), many educational and developmental programs, and the Art Produce community cultural center, among her numerous art pieces.

Broadcast January 16, 2018.


Book club picks of the week:


  1. Rise Against — The Eco-Terrorist in Me — The Black Market
  2. Antillectual — Europe, This Is Your Final Countdown — Engage!
  3. Propagandhi — Laughing Stock — Victory Lap
  4. Melvins — The Kicking Machine — Nude With Boots
  5. Aviator — There Was a Light (It Went Out) — Head in the Clouds, Hands in the Dirt
  6. PEARS — Hey There, Begonia — Human Movement
  7. Gnarwolves — A Gram Is Better Than a Damn — CRU
  8. Stay In — Being Nice — Come Home Sidney, Kids Miss You
  9. RVIVR — Animal Hands — RVIVR
  10. Hightide Hotel — Vertigo Chamber — Naturally
  11. Moose Blood — Talk In Your Sleep — I Don't Think I Can Do This Anymore
  12. Into It. Over It. — Pilsen — IIOI/KOJI
  13. Tiny Moving Parts — Always Focused — Pleasant Living
  14. The Front Bottoms — Vacation Town — Going Grey
  15. Rat Kid Cool — Always the Same — Year of the Rat
  16. The Long Winters — The Commander Thinks Aloud — Ultimatum
  17. Lucinda Williams — Compassion — Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone
  18. Rubberbandits — Horse Outside — Serious About Men

Arizmendi, David — union organizing

Arizmendi, David

David Arizmendi is an experienced community and labor organizer whose significant works include founding Proyecto Azteca, a housing assistance program on the Texas–Mexico border, and extensive advocacy with migrant laborers and their communities in both California and Texas. He has organized with the American Federation of Teachers and the United Farm Workers (alongside Cesar Chavez), directed the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board, and founded the Education and Legal Defense Fund within the National Farm Worker Service Center, among his other efforts. He has received numerous awards for his work and currently is an Associate Professor of Sociology at South Texas College.

Broadcast January 9, 2018.


Book club pick of the week:


  1. Bad Cop / Bad Cop — Womanarchist — Warriors
  2. War on Women — Broken Record — Improvised Weapons
  3. Bikini Kill — New Radio — New Radio
  4. Propagandhi — Cop Just Out of Frame — Victory Lap
  5. The Sainte Catherines — Ring of Fire = 4 Points — Dancing for Decadence
  6. RVIVR — Shaggy — The Tide b/w Shaggy
  7. Moose Blood — Pups — I'll Keep You in Mind, from Time to Time
  8. The Way Out — Cops — Automatic Writing
  9. Pet Symmetry — Please Don't Tell My Father that I Used His 1996 Honda Accord to Destroy the Town of Willow Grove, Pennsylvania In 2002 — Two Songs About Cars. Two Songs with Long Titles.
  10. The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die — Getting Sodas — Whenever, If Ever
  11. Talk, Tired Thanatoid — Nineteen — Sunflowers Bitter as Ocean Water
  12. The Hotelier — In Framing — Home, Like Noplace Is There
  13. Ramshackle Glory — Vampires are poseurs (song for the living) — Die the nightmare
  14. Apes of the State — Strangers — This City Isn't Big Enough
  15. Mal Blum — New Year's Eve — Every Time You Go Somewhere
  16. Paquito D'Rivera & Trio Corrente — Song for Maura — Song for Maura
  17. Black Flag — TV Party — Damaged

Season 1 (2017)

Gina Shepard — prison literature and solidarity

Gina Shepard

Gina Shepard is one of the founders and primary organizers of the Prisoners Literature Project, a prisoner support organization based in the San Francisco Bay Area. The organization is all-volunteer and sends books to prisoners throughout the United States. Founded at Bound Together Books, the San Francisco anarchist bookstore, the Prisoner Literature Project has been operating for over 30 years. The work of Gina and her colleagues have promoted education, culture, community, love, and support for thousands of inmates.

Broadcast June 17, 2017.


For the last show of the season, instead of book club picks, I thought I'd share some podcasts that I follow to hopefully help you stay informed, engaged, and radicalized:


  1. Anamanaguchi — My Skateboard Will Go On — My Skateboard Will Go On
  2. The Thermals — Returning to the Fold — The Body, the Blood, the Machine
  3. Propagandhi — Resisting Tyrannical Government — Less Talk, More Rock
  4. Arms Aloft — The Decline of Midwestern Civilization — Sawdust City
  5. Polar Bear Club — Eat Dinner, Bury the Dog and Run — Sometimes Things Just Disappear
  6. Pup — Yukon — Pup
  7. The Dandy Warhols — Bohemian Like You — Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia
  8. Tigers Jaw — Plane vs Tank vs Submarine — Tigers Jaw
  9. Tiny Moving Parts — Common Cold — Celebrate
  10. Into It. Over It. — Upstate Blues — Intersections
  11. Mother Mother — Neighbour — Touch Up
  12. The Weakerthans — One Great City! — Reconstruction Site
  13. Say Hi — Let's Talk About Spaceships — Numbers & Mumbles
  14. Sorority Noise — Leave the Fan On — You're Not as ____ as You Think
  15. The Hotelier — Dendron — Home, Like Noplace Is There
  16. Sam Cooke — Chain Gang — Swing Low
  17. Apologies, I Have None — Bent Strings — Two Sticks and Six Strings
  18. White Lung — Paradise — Paradise
  19. P.O.S. — Music for Shoplifting — Ipecac Neat
  20. The Jezabels — A Little Piece — Dark Storm
  21. Gil Scott-Heron — The Revolution Will Not Be Televised — Pieces of a Man

Gabe Rosales — music, gangs, and prisons

Gabe Rosales

Gabe Rosales is a musician from San Juan Capistrano, whose creative works range from death metal to funk and hip hop and who has played with musicians ranging from George Lynch to Jennifer Lopez. Throughout his musical career, he has involved himself in protest movements and used his skills to raise conciousness and support causes he believed in. He has been heavily influenced by his personal experiences of incarceration, and he is currently pursuing scholarly work in law and criminology. His latest album is Vital Nonsense.

Broadcast June 10, 2017.


Book club picks of the week:


  1. The Pissed-Officers — Be Nice to Bikes — Save the Ants
  2. King Krule — Easy Easy — 6 Feet Beneath the Moon
  3. Tiny Moving Parts — Happy Birthday — Celebrate
  4. The Homeless Gospel Choir — Normal — Normal
  5. Set Your Goals — Like You to Me — This Will Be the Death of Us
  6. White Lung — Narcoleptic — Paradise
  7. This Is a Standoff — Graveyards — Be Disappointed
  8. The Flatliners — Bury Me — Dead Language
  9. The Taxpayers — The Windows Break — To Risk So Much for One Damn Meal
  10. Carlton — Thinkin Bout You (Frank Ocean cover) — YouTube release
  11. Mansions — Seven Years — Dig Up the Dead
  12. Nana Grizol — Cynicism — Ruth
  13. Dios Trio — Get Slept — Litter Box Sessions
  14. Dillinger Four — Thanks For Nothing — More Songs About Girlfriends and Bubblegum
  15. Onsind — Never Trust a Tory — Anaesthesiology
  16. Gabe Rosales — Overflow — Vital Nonsense
  17. Propagandhi — Lotus Gait — Failed States
  18. War on Women — Swagger — War on Women
  19. Los Campesinos! — The Sea Is a Good Place to Think of the Future — Romance is Boring
  20. The Books — Smells Like Content — Lost & Safe

A. M. Stapp — anarchist practice and radicalization

April Stapp

April Stapp is an anarchist and sociologist whose work centers on understanding the motivations and process by which people join radical movements, develop deeper views on structural violence and oppression, and most importantly, act to change those structures to something much better. She has participated in many forms of activism herself in addition to her scholarship, including in the Occupy movement and in community gardens. Finally, her work, both as a scholar and a mother, explores feminism, parenting, and how those influence and are influenced by radical politics.

Broadcast June 3, 2017.


Book club picks of the week:


  1. Apes of the State — Plate Glass Apology — This City Isn't Big Enough
  2. Johnny Hobo and the Freight Trains — New Mexico Song — Love Songs for the Apocalypse
  3. Ghost Mice — Free Pizza for Life — Pretty Hot split
  4. Days N' Daze — Misanthropic Drunken Loner — Rogue Taxidermy
  5. Ceschi / Pat the Bunny - Stiches Unplugged — Ceschi/Pat the Bunny split 12"
  6. The Homeless Gospel Choir — With God on Our Side — Luxury Problems
  7. The Goodness Sakes — Forgot My Grief — The Goodness Sakes
  8. Andrew Jackson Jihad — Truckers Are the Blood — Can't Maintain
  9. Defiance, Ohio — I'm Against the Government — The Calling
  10. The Mountain Goats — Crows — Devil in the Shortwave
  11. Frightened Rabbit — Head Rolls Off — The Midnight Organ Fight
  12. Kaki King — Pull Me Out Alive — Dreaming of Revenge
  13. Jake Tittle — Different Language — single
  14. P.O.S. — sleepdrone/superposition — single
  15. Wingnut Dishwashers Union — Proudhon in Manhattan — Burn the Earth, Leave It Behind
  16. The Hold Steady — Positive Jam — Almost Killed Me

Paul Buhle — history of the radical left

Paul Buhle

Paul Buhle is a noted historian of the radical left in the United States, lishing dozens of books on the International Workers of the World, the New Left, radicalism in the arts, blacklisting, and many other topics. He was also a first-hand player in many of the areas he documents, working with the Students for a Democratic Society in the 1960s and 1970s and active in opposition to the Vietnam War. He helped found the journal Radical America, the paper of SDS, and has written extensively in many of the United States' leading newspapers and radical publications. He has taught at Goddard College, the Rhode Island School of Design, and for many years at Brown University.

Broadcast May 27, 2017.


Book club pick of the week:


We were extremely fortunate this week to have a live band for the first time on Monkeywrench: Cantell! They played an amazing live set and I'm incredibly excited to hear their album come out, and you can find their current demo on their website.

Live setlist from Cantell:

  1. Cantell — Take Your Ass Home
  2. Cantell — Deception
  3. Cantell — Metanoia
  4. Cantell — Welcome to the Slaughter
  5. Cantell — Embrace the Madness
  6. Cantell — Waiting for the Sun
  7. Cantell — Lights Out
  8. Cantell — Join Forces

Break tracks:

  1. War on Women — Swagger — War on Women
  2. Skating Polly — Louder in Outer Space — New Trick
  3. Gnarwolves — History is Bunk — CRU
  4. Perfect Pussy — I — I have lost all desire for feeling
  5. Pet Symmetry — Stare Collection — Vision
  6. Saint Vernon — Calloused — demo
  7. Billy Bragg — The World Turned Upside Down — Brewing Up with Billy Bragg

Alex Grishaver — community organized emergency services

Alex Grishaver

Alex Grishaver is a Field Member of the Bay Area Mountain Rescue Unit, known by its acronym BAMRU, a search and rescue team based in the San Francisco Bay Area. BAMRU is an all-volunteer nonprofit unit that is self-organized and operated by community members who believe in its mission. With the unit, he has responded to missing person emergencies in the full range of environments present in California: high altitudes, snow and ice conditions, wildernesses, technical rescue, and urban environments. He formerly was the unit's Operations Officer, overseeing the unit's rescue capabilities, and presently serves on the unit's Board of Directors. You may also recognize him from the Rusty's Rug Lube commercials that precede each interview.

Broadcast May 20, 2017.


Book club picks of the week:


  1. Dillinger Four — Jingle for the Product — Civil War
  2. Title Fight — YourEyeAh — The Last Thing You Forget
  3. Iron Chic — Cutesy Monster Man — Not Like This
  4. Bully — I Remember — Feels Like
  5. The So So Glos — Inpatient — Kamikaze
  6. The Total Bettys — I'll Fix It — Peach
  7. Great Grandpa — Teen Challenge — Plastic Cough
  8. The Orphans — For An Old Kentucky Anarchist — Raise the Youth
  9. White Lung — I Beg You — Paradise
  10. Touché Amoré — Just Exist — Is Survived By
  11. Propagandhi — Without Love — Supporting Caste
  12. War on Women — Jordan — War on Women
  13. The Mountain Goats — Tulsa Imperative — Bowery Ballroom, 2007-10-01
  14. Into It. Over It. — No Amount Of Sound — Intersections
  15. Japandroids — In A Body Like A Grave — Near to the Wild Heart of Life
  16. Fugazi — Waiting Room — 7 Songs
  17. Atom and His Package — If You Own The Washington Redskins, You're A Cock — Redefining Music

scott crow — anarchism and anti-fascism

scott crow

scott crow is a longstanding anarchist and animal rights activist based in Austin. He is well-known internationally for his work founding the Common Ground Collective, a highly effective disaster relief organization which responded to neighborhoods in New Orleans devastated by Hurricane Katrina, and his book, Black Flags and Windmills, which detailed the formation and operations of that organization. He has continued to be an outspoken voice for anarchist action, anti-fascism, solidarity, and animal rights.

Broadcast on May 13, 2017.


Book club picks of the week:


  1. Propagandhi — Unscripted Moment — Failed States
  2. Charly Bliss — DQ — Guppy
  3. Waterparks — Stupid for You — Double Dare
  4. The Menzingers — Burn After Writing — On the Impossible Past
  5. Comeback Kid — Didn't Even Mind – Die Knowing
  6. Architects — From the Wilderness — All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us
  7. Save Us from the Archon — dearest forgetful, I have — L'Eclisse
  8. Watsky — Sloppy Seconds — Cardboard Castles
  9. The Lonely Forest — We Sing In Time — Arrows
  10. The Hotelier — Housebroken — Home, Like Noplace Is There
  11. Faux Foe Fox — No. 1 — FFF (unreleased)
  12. Sorority Noise — A Portrait Of — You're Not as ____ as You Think
  13. Hop Along — Sister Cities — Weathervane session, 2013
  14. The Front Bottoms — Twin Size Mattress — Talon of the Hawk
  15. Skinny Puppy — Pro-Test — The Greater Wrong of the Right

Maria Yang — prisons, homelessness, and mental illness

Maria Yang

Maria Yang is a psychiatrist and writer based in Seattle. Her blog, formerly known as In White Ink, takes a compassionate, insightful, and unflinching look at her work with the Seattle homeless and in the Seattle jails, as well as personal narratives that illuminate the richness of human thoughts and emotions. Her topics often focus on the experiences of her patients, the structural and actual violence they all too often face, the inequalities in our medical system, and insights for better clinical practice. Her writing does not shy away from the complexity of poverty and mental illness, but rather finds the humanity of her subjects by walking alongside them in their suffering.

Broadcast May 6, 2017.


Book club picks of the week:


  1. I Love Your Lifestyle — My Yard — We Go Way Back
  2. Sorority Noise — No Halo — You're Not as ____ as You Think
  3. JPNSGRLS — Mushrooms — Circulation
  4. Pup — Reservoir — Pup
  5. Camping in Alaska — i just want to kickflip into the sunset and disappear — please be nice
  6. Algernon Cadwallader — Casual Discussion In A Dome Between Two Temples — Some Kind of Cadwallader
  7. American Football — My Instincts Are the Enemy — American Football (LP2)
  8. Foxing — The Medic — The Albatross
  9. The Thermals — A Pillar Of Salt — The Body, the Blood, the Machine
  10. Tigers Jaw — June — spin
  11. We Were Promised Jetpacks — Quiet Little Voices — These Four Walls
  12. Charly Bliss — Percolator — Guppy
  13. American High — 1.17.61 — Bones in the Attic, Flowers in the Basement
  14. The Mountain Goats — Against Pollution — We Shall All Be Healed
  15. Nomak — Anger of the Earth — Calm
  16. Moon Hooch — Contra — Contra
  17. Ramshackle Glory — First song — Die the nightmare

Enrique Morones — immigration; Massimo Marini — homelessness

Enrique Morones

Enrique Morones is the founder and director of Border Angels, a nonprofit in San Diego dedicated to supporting undocumented migrants to the United States, most particularly from Mexico, and to advocacy on their behalf. The organization began in 1986 with water drops along the Mexican border to prevent death from exposure and dehydration as migrants pass through the desert. He and his colleagues have successfully blocked the actions of far-right, racist vigilante groups which attempt to stop migrants, such as the Minuteman Project. He has been awarded Mexico's Human Rights Award and Ohtli Award, which honors Latino leaders who have contributed significantly to the Mexican and Latin American diaspora.


Massimo Marini

Massimo Marini is a longstanding Orange County activist and anarchist whose primary work has been organizing amongst homeless residents of the Santa Ana Civic Center. He has worked as a union organizer, with Occupy Santa Ana, the Orange County Catholic Worker, the Orange County Needle Exchange Program, Copwatch, and the Orange County Anarchist Bookfair. In each case, his efforts are organized on non-hierarchical lines, emphasizing solidarity and resistance against oppression.

Tune in for our conversations about immigration, Trump, police and ICE, organizing against racism, homelessness in Orange County, community organizing on anarchist lines, Catholic Workers, and other insights on the red and black.

Both broadcast April 22, 2017.


Book club pick of the week:


  1. The Rebel Spell — I Am A Rifle — Four Songs About Freedom
  2. Propagandhi — Supporting Caste — Supporting Caste
  3. Beach Slang — Throwaways — The Things We Do to Find People Who Feel Like Us
  4. The Gaslight Anthem — The '59 Sound — The '59 Sound
  5. Red City Radio — We Are The Sons Of Woody Guthrie — To the Sons & Daughters of Woody Guthrie
  6. RVIVR — Spider Song — The Beauty Between
  7. Polar Bear Club — Heart Attack At Thirty — Sometimes Things Just Disappear
  8. Ceschi / Pat the Bunny — This City Is Killing Me — Ceschi/Pat the Bunny split 12"
  9. Bobby Joe Ebola and the Children MacNuggits — Life Is Excellent — F
  10. McCafferty — Bottles and Cans — I Hate My Body
  11. Bangers — Making Friends — Small Pleasures
  12. Latterman — If Batman Was Real, He Would Have Beaten The Crap Out Of My Friends — We Are Still Alive
  13. The Sainte Catherines — Confessions Of A Revolutionary Bourgeous — Dancing for Decadence
  14. Jawbreaker — Boxcar — Etc.
  15. The Front Bottoms — 12 Feet Deep — Rose
  16. Into It. Over It. — No Good Before Noon — Proper
  17. Into It. Over It. — Midnight: Carroll Street — Proper
  18. Zero Down — Never Gonna Be the Same — With a Lifetime to Pay
  19. The Refreshments — Banditos — Fizzy Fuzzy Big and Buzzy

Kim Stanley Robinson — fiction and activism

Kim Stanley Robinson

Kim Stanley Robinson is a science fiction author originally from Orange County, famous for numerous works, including the Mars Trilogy, 2312, and the Three Californias Trilogy, which imagines three possible futures of Orange County and the rest of Southern California. He has won numerous awards, including science fiction's highest honors, the Hugo and Nebula awards (both multiple times) as well as the Locus Award, Ignotus Award, Robert A. Heinlein Award, and many others. His writing focuses heavily on nature, political and social possibilities, and futures after the environmental or military catastrophes which threaten our present world. His latest book, New York 2140, came out in spring 2017, and is set on a flooded New York City after global climate change led to significant ocean rise.

Broadcast April 15, 2017.


Book club pick of the week:


  1. Set Your Goals — The Few That Remain — This Will Be the Death of Us
  2. RVIVR — Wrong Way/One Way — The Beauty Between
  3. Propagandhi — Today's Empires, Tomorrow's Ashes — Today's Empires, Tomorrow's Ashes
  4. The Weakerthans — Aside — Left and Leaving
  5. The Menzingers — Lilith Avi — Hold On, Dodge
  6. Restorations — New Old — LP2
  7. The Murderburgers — Lung Capacity — The 12 Habits of Highly Defective People
  8. Into It. Over It. — Discretion & Depressing People — Proper
  9. The Hotel Year — Still Water Spectacle — It Never Goes Out
  10. Mischief Brew — O, Pennsyltucky! — O, Pennsyltucky!
  11. The Smith Street Band — Run Into the World — More Scared of You Than You Are of Me
  12. Life Without Buildings — The Leanover — Any Other City
  13. fago.sepia — 18 — Gulfer / fago.sepia
  14. Listener — Wooden Heart — Wooden Heart
  15. Pup — Reservoir — Pup
  16. Fall on Your Sword — Shatner of the Mount — YouTube release

Michael Marquesen — needle exchange

Michael Marquesen

Michael Marquesen is the Director of Prevention Programs for the Los Angeles Community Health Project, formerly known as Clean Needles Now!, one of the largest needle exchange programs in Los Angeles. He has been working for the agency for 17 years; LACHP itself has been in operation since 1992, making it one of the oldest needle exchanges in the United States and the first needle exchange in California. He is a former injection drug user himself and member of the punk community, playing in many punk and power pop bands in the 1980s and 1990s.

Broadcast April 8, 2017.



  1. War on Women — Servilia — War on Women
  2. Propagandhi — Purina Hall of Fame — Today's Empires, Tomorrow's Ashes
  3. Arms Aloft — Irish Coffee — Sawdust City
  4. All Get Out — Sideways — Nobody Likes a Quitter
  5. Dowsing — Feeling Better — Okay
  6. The Smith Street Band — Surrender — Throw Me in the River
  7. The Thermals — Returning to the Fold — The Body, the Blood, the Machine
  8. This Town Needs Guns — 26 Is Dancier Than 4 — This Town Needs Guns
  9. This Is a Standoff — The Light Is Still On in Broadmoor — Be Disappointed
  10. Animals as Leaders — CAFO — Animals as Leaders
  11. You Love Her Coz She's Dead — Pull Out the Nails — You Love Her Coz She's Dead
  12. I Set My Friends on Fire — Things That Rhyme With Orange — You Can't Spell Slaughter Without Laughter
  13. Math the Band — Wear Wolf Fever — Banned the Math
  14. White Lung — Hungry — Paradise
  15. The Front Bottoms — Maps — The Front Bottoms
  16. Daucus Karota — The Stranger — Shrine
  17. Minor Threat — Seeing Red — Minor Threat
  18. Ramshackle Glory — Of ballots and barricades — Die the nightmare

Guest sets

One of the joys of working at a radio station is getting to play on your friends' and colleagues' shows, either when they can't make it or switching songs. Here's some of the sets I've played on other shows.

June 10, 2017: Home and Away

  1. Nanobii — Popsicle Beach — single
  2. Technikore — Sun Is Rising — Sun Is Rising
  3. Lumin8 — Rivers Flow in You (Yiruma remix) — single
  4. Sub Focus — Out of the Blue — Torus
  5. High Contrast — Headlock (Imogen Heap remix) — single
  6. Singularity — Fracture — Breathe
  7. Pegboard Nerds — Here It Comes — single
  8. Technikore — Need Your Medicine (Gregor le DahL and Mansy remix) — single
  9. No Left Turn — Listen Up — single
  10. Coyote Kisses — Binary Suns (John Williams remix) — single
  11. Birdy Nam Nam — Abbesses — single

  12. Shawn Wasabi — Pizza Rolls — YouTube release
  13. Mord Fustang — Super Meat Freeze — single
  14. You Love Her Coz She's Dead — Paraffin — Superheroes
  15. Nhato — Magic — Voodooism
  16. Mitis — Touch — Touch
  17. Scott Brown — Elysium — single
  18. Madeon — Pop Culture — YouTube release
  19. Katy B — Broken Record — On a Mission
  20. Kelpe — Age Sculpture — Sea Inside Body
  21. Heartsrevolution — Switchblade — Switchblade
  22. Tomtempi — Not Allowed to Sleep (Hangover edit) — single
  23. Artificial Latvamäki — It Is Not Now Either — It Is Now Also Not
  24. Helios — Pearls — Yume

May 25, 2017: KUCI punk music night

Every so often, KUCI hosts music nights to introduce DJs to genres they're not as familiar with and to get everyone together — radio is surprisingly solitary, especially if you have a late night show. The nights are hosted by the genre assistants (that is, the folks who curate collections of music and decide what to add to the station's library). As the punk genre coordinator (a responsibility I share with the excellent Tommy DeSilva), here's the set I played:

  1. Set Your Goals — The Fallen... — This Will Be the Death of Us
  2. Arms Aloft — Skinny Love — Sawdust City
  3. Math the Band — Four to Six — GET REAL
  4. RVIVR — Wrong Way/One Way — The Beauty Between
  5. The Front Bottoms — Skeleton — Talon of the Hawk
  6. The So So Glos — Inpatient — Kamikaze
  7. The Murderburgers — Lung Capacity — The 12 Habits of Highly Defective People
  8. The Thermals — A Pillar of Salt — The Body, the Blood, the Machine
  9. White Lung — Down It Goes — Deep Fantasy
  10. Propagandhi — Dear Coach's Corner — Supporting Caste

Tommy's set was also awesome:

  1. Ramones — Cretin Hop — Rocket to Russia
  2. Angel Du$t — Ready 2 Receive U — Rock the Fuck On Forever
  3. Descendents — Hope — Milo Goes to College
  4. The Menzingers — Bad Catholics — After the Party
  5. Buzzcocks — Ever Fallen In Love? — Singles Going Steady
  6. Jeff Rosenstock — Wave Goodnight to Me — WORRY
  7. Aquabats — Super Rad — The Fury of the Aquabats!
  8. Tigers Jaw — Guardian — spin
  9. Black Flag — Nervous Breakdown — Nervous Breakdown — EP
  10. Sorority Noise — Where Are You? — You're Not as ____ As You Think
  11. Bad Religion — American Jesus — Recipe for Hate

April 8, 2017: Hard and Heavy on the PM

  1. Architects — Downfall — All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us
  2. Cloudkicker — The Discovery — The Discovery
  3. Helion Prime — Life Finds a Way — Helion Prime
  4. Dragonforce — Through the Fire and Flames
  5. Shoko Nakagawa — Sorairo Days — Sorairo Days
  6. Ladybaby — Nippon Manju — Nippon Manju
  7. You Love Her Coz She's Dead — Pull Out the Nails — You Love Her Coz She's Dead
  8. Dirtyphonics — Walk in the Fire — Irreverence
  9. Dear Seattle — The Meadows — single
  10. Planes Mistaken for Stars — Fucking Tenderness — Prey
  11. Propagandhi — Back to the Motor League — Today's Empires, Tomorrow's Ashes
  12. Arms Aloft — The Truth Is Out There — What a Time to Be Barely Alive

  13. My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult — A Daisy Chain 4 Satan (Acid and Flowers Mix) — Confessions of a Knife
  14. Tengger Cavalry — Cavalry in Thousands — Tengger Cavalry
  15. Scale the Summit — Odyssey — The Migration
  16. The Contortionist — Language I: Intuition — Language
  17. Animals as Leaders — CAFO — Animals as Leaders
  18. Swan Sex — The Poorly Executed Hanging of Dr Pangloss — Swan Sex
  19. PHFAT — EGODETH — Happiness Machines
  20. At the Drive-In — Pattern Against User — Relationship of Command
  21. Igorrr — Tendon — Nostril
  22. The Algorithm — floating point — Brute Force
  23. DJ Lobsterdust — It's Fun to Smoke Dust (Queen vs. Pastor Gary Greenwald vs. Midfield General) — Best of Bootie 2008


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