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International Women’s Day: Pussy Riot and On a Night of a Thousand Stars


On this International Women’s Day, we’re discussing influential women not in the U.S. First, Renee walks us through Pussy Riot’s activism and how they have been a delicious thorn in Putin’s side for many years. Then, Mariquita reviews Andrea Yaryura Clark’s debut novel, On a Night of a Thousand Stars, and talks about how it was framed by Argentina’s Dirty War of the 70s and early 80s.

Books Mentioned: 

Read & Riot: A Pussy Riot Guide to Activism by Nadya Tolokonnikova

What About Tomorrow?: An Oral History of Russian Punk from the Soviet Era to Pussy Riot by Alexander Herbert

Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot by Masha Gessen

On a Night of a Thousand Stars by Andrea Yaryura Clark

Cantoras by Carolina de Robertiis

Also mentioned:

Yasi’s TikTok about the history of Ukraine and Russia

Steph’s blog post: My Riot and Riot Grrrl Nostalgia

Punk Prayer – Pussy Riot (video)

RollingStone article: “Pussy Riot’s Nadya Tolokonnikova: ‘Fuck Putin. I Hope He Dies Soon’”

Andrea Yaryura Clark’s Instagram: @andreaclarkbooks

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This episode was edited and produced by Renee Powers on the ancestral land of the Dakota people.

Original music by @iam.onyxrose

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Renee Powers founded Feminist Book Club in 2018 to provide a space for intersectional feminists to learn, grow, and connect. When not reading or running the biz, you can find her drinking coffee and trying unsuccessfully to teach her retired racing greyhound how to fetch. Favorite genres: memoir, contemporary literary fiction, short stories

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