How to Survive the End of the World

The Brown Sisters

Join Autumn Brown and adrienne maree brown, two sisters who share many identities, as writers, activists, facilitators, and inheritors of multiracial diasporic lineages, as well as a particular interest in the question of survival, as we embark on a ...Show More
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A Spoilerific Dive Into NK Jemisin's Apocalypse

44:25 | May 1st

The Brown Sisters read NK Jemisin's Broken Earth trilogy and remembered they knew her and could maybe maybe get a real conversation. Here, they gush and fawn and interrogate with a genius. music by Mother Cyborg and Tunde Olaniran - https://www.pat...Show More
Laurence McKeown, Prisoner to Playwright

1:42:34 | Apr 17th

Laurence McKeown was our gracious host and patient teacher in Northern Ireland - here he tells some of his epic awesome story from teenager to IRA revolutionary and hunger striker to poet and playwright. music by Mother Cyborg and Tunde Olaniran - ...Show More
An Uneasy Peace

1:00:42 | Apr 3rd

Autumn and adrienne share stories from their visionary fiction journey through Northern Ireland, what they learned from the legacy of the conflict, and the possibility of repair in the aftermath of harm. music by Mother Cyborg and Tunde Olaniran - ...Show More
Disability Justice for the Apocalypse: Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarsinha Gets Us Together

57:49 | Mar 20th

Prolific writer Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarsinha is a queer disabled femme writer, organizer, performance artist and educator of Burgher/Tamil Sri Lankan and Irish/Roma ascent. She visits us to discuss disability justice lessons and examples in relati...Show More
Wait, it's 2019!

46:13 | Mar 6th

The Brown sisters look ahead at 2019 with dreams of glory. music by Mother Cyborg and Tunde Olaniran and the song, "True Love" written by Michaela Harrison ( - More
2018 From Trash to Treasure

1:04:07 | Dec 19th, 2018

The Brown sisters find the magnificent treasures of culture and life lessons amongst the dumpster firescape of 2018. Listen for our faves of everything, with a hint of vulnerability and a flash of wisdom. fan art from the brilliant, Kelly Seacrest ...Show More
The Practice of Freedom: A Conversation with Siwatu-Salama Ra and Rhonda Anderson

57:04 | Dec 6th, 2018

We are humbled and honored to speak with Siwatu-Salama Ra, an environmental activist based in Detroit who was wrongfully imprisoned while pregnant, and her mother Rhonda Anderson, about prison, survival, and practicing freedom. https://www.freesiwat...Show More
The Practices We Need: #metoo and Transformative Justice Part 2

59:49 | Nov 7th, 2018

Today the Brown sisters talk with transformative justice practitioner Mariame Kaba (@prisonculture) and get our minds blown with frameworks and breakthroughs on how to really address harm and grow beyond it. Music by Mother Cyborg - More
Elections in End Times #BlackNovember

1:15:26 | Oct 24th, 2018

Join the Brown sisters for a conversation with Three Point Strategies' Jessica Byrd and Kayla Reed. We cover basically everything we need to know about engaging in the electoral process, especially this corrupt age, with our eyes on freedom. CHECK O...Show More
Apocalypse Survival Skills #1: Grow and Preserve

35:44 | Oct 17th, 2018

In this episode, our resident inexpert gardener, Autumn, talks us through the trials of garden management and the glory of food preservation. Music by Tunde Olaniran (his new album, "Stranger", is out now!) and Mother Cyborg - More
The Apocalypse We Live In : State Violence and Repression

1:04:09 | Oct 10th, 2018

Join us for a difficult conversation about how we sustain movements under state violence and repression. Music by Tunde Olaniran (his new album, "Stranger", is out now!) and Mother Cyborg - @e...Show More
Dr. Ford's Dignity

12:32 | Oct 2nd, 2018

We must define our own victories in this daunting political climate. Music by Tunde Olaniran and Mother Cyborg - @endoftheworldPC
The Impossible Things About Us

56:24 | Sep 26th, 2018

In this episode, the brown sisters explore the impossible things about us, and how getting in right relationship with ourselves, our vulnerability, and our purpose might help us heal from the inevitable burnout of trying to be perfect in a world desi...Show More
Black Love: A Day at the Museum

1:28:42 | Sep 12th, 2018

Autumn and adrienne are back from their summer break. In this episode, the Brown sisters share their powerful experience at the National Museum of African American History & Culture and the National Portrait Gallery, and the lessons they took away ab...Show More
And We Out!

27:19 | Jul 3rd, 2018

adrienne and Autumn check in around summer plans. (We're taking July and August off and will be back at it come September.) Music by Tunde Olaniran, Mother Cyborg and Invincible. - @endofthew...Show More
How to Survive Live in Detroit

1:06:28 | Jun 19th, 2018

Every year in June, social justice organizers, artists, and media makers from around the country (and beyond) gather in Detroit for the Allied Media Conference. Autumn and adrienne sat down on day 3 of the event, with over 200 activists, and held ou...Show More
The Apocalypse We Need: #metoo and Transformative Justice Part 1

47:58 | Jun 5th, 2018

This episode is the first in a series of conversations about #metoo and the apocalypse of patriarchy and rape culture. In this first conversation, adrienne and Autumn share about the personal impact of the #metoo movement on our lives and the questio...Show More
Your People Will Find You: The Octavia Butler Legacy Network

1:02:18 | May 22nd, 2018

"The act of writing itself was a kind of therapy." - Octavia Butler The Brown sisters sat down with the brilliant team at the Octavia E Butler Legacy Network to learn about their Octavia scholarship, digging into O...Show More
In the Pattern

53:19 | May 8th, 2018

"When her enemies came to kill her, she knew more about surviving than they did about killing." - Octavia Butler, Wild Seed The Brown sisters geek out over Octavia Butler's Patternist series, finding lessons and practices around technology, telepath...Show More
Reshaping Apocalypse

56:58 | Apr 24th, 2018

In this episode, adrienne interviews Autumn about apocalypse in the popular imagination, the myths and realities of disasters and their aftermath, and shaping a family towards survival, cooperation, and hospitality. Music from Tunde Olaniran, Mother...Show More
4/20 SPECIAL: The People's Peanut Butter

40:20 | Apr 20th, 2018

Get high with amb for 4ty minutes and 20 seconds (4/20 special). Music by Tunde Olaniran, Mother Cyborg and Blue Dot Sessions - @endoftheworldPC
Taking Root Amongst the Stars with Chani Nicholas

1:03:05 | Apr 10th, 2018

"Our destiny is to take root amongst the stars." - Octavia Butler The Brown sisters go behind the night sky with one of our favorite astrologers, Chani Nicholas. We reflect on how to relate to and draw upon astrology as we move through change, relat...Show More
Future Economics Part 1: The Money Talk

1:08:40 | Mar 27th, 2018

For this episode, Autumn and adrienne peel back the layers of story, assumption and shame around class, debt and money. This is the first of an on-going series that will look at post apocalyptic economics. Additional music from Tunde Olaniran, Moth...Show More
There’s a New World Comin’ with Toshi Reagon

49:21 | Mar 13th, 2018

In today’s episode, the Brown sisters interview the legendary Toshi Reagon about the making of the Parable of the Sower Opera, a production years in the making, based on the dystopian novel by Octavia E. Butler. We caught Toshi in the midst of the Ne...Show More
The Wisdom Body

1:07:56 | Feb 27th, 2018

In this episode the Brown sisters explore their shared practice of tarot reading, from what it is, to how they use it, to what it has to do with survival and justice. Episode includes 2018 readings! Music by Tunde Olaniran and Blue Dot Sessions - en...Show More
44 Minutes on Wakanda

45:04 | Feb 24th, 2018

The Brown sisters went to Wakanda! Afterwards we recorded 44 minutes of gushing, SPOILERIFIC processing of the movie! Why 44? Because that's how much room we had on our SD card, and Shuri wasn't there to help us. Come, listen to us cover mad topics b...Show More
Shitting Our Pants

37:23 | Feb 13th, 2018

The Brown Sisters are back! In our kickoff of Season 2, we share our gratitude and lessons from the pilot season, teasers of what is coming your way this year, and let you in on the way this podcast is transforming our sistership. - endoftheworldsho...Show More
Grieving, Loving Ursula Le Guin

11:23 | Jan 29th, 2018

Writer Ursula K. Le Guin died last week. She was 88. adrienne reflects on her relationship with the god, the writer, the thinker, the mother. (with an excerpt from Ursula K. Le Guin accepting the National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguished Co...Show More
Star Wars: A Spoiler Extravaganza

54:46 | Dec 29th, 2017

Bonus Episode! Autumn and adrienne went to see Star Wars: The Last Jedi and couldn't let the year end with a somewhat tipsy spoiler extravaganza on this radical cultural offering. Join them in their parents basement AFTER seeing the movie. - endoft...Show More
A Breathing Chorus with Alexis Pauline Gumbs

1:11:50 | Dec 20th, 2017

"To get along with God, consider the consequences of your behavior." - Octavia Butler, Earthseed Verses We are so excited to bring to you a conversation with our amazing comrade, our inspirational thought-leader, Alexis Pauline Gumbs. Alexis is a pr...Show More
Decolonize the Body

58:12 | Dec 12th, 2017

We are Earthseed. We are flesh—self aware, questing, problem-solving flesh. We are that aspect of Earthlife best able to shape God knowingly. We are Earthlife maturing, Earthlife preparing to fall away from the parent world. We are Earthlife preparin...Show More
Completion Matters

38:27 | Dec 5th, 2017

"To survive, let the past teach you. Past customs, struggles, leaders and thinkers. Let these help you. Let them inspire you, warn you, give you strength. But beware, God is change. Past is past. What was cannot come again. To survive, know the past,...Show More
Let the Ancestors Speak

57:03 | Nov 28th, 2017

We want you to know more about who we are. We thought one way to do that is to open a window on to our creative practices of writing fiction, which leads into a conversation about channeling our ancestors. We believe we're in an imagination battle ...Show More
God is Change

50:14 | Nov 21st, 2017

Welcome to the pilot season of How to Survive the End of the World. This first season is us learning what this show wants and needs to be, and giving listeners a chance to get to know us. We dive deep pretty quickly so come prepared to feel your feel...Show More
Trailer: This is how to survive the end of the world

02:59 | Nov 7th, 2017

How to Survive the End of the World is a new podcast hosted by sisters Autumn and adrienne maree brown. The Brown Sisters are learning from the apocalypse with grace, rigor and curiosity. Autumn Brown is a queer science fiction writer, a theologian...Show More