What is Dispatch from the Desert Planet?
The short? A podcast. The long? An activist art project masquerading as a podcast. Every episode takes real news/media/philosophical thought and translates it to a future tyrannical dystopia. Unfortunately, most of the time, not much translation is necessary. We call it accurate fiction.
Best of all it's a Black written podcast that focuses on amplifying BIPOC voices.
Where can I find the sources for issues discussed in each episode?
Links and sources are in the show notes. For any additional clarity feel free to get in touch.
How can I help?
Ko-fi tips and subscriptions and Venmo donations help keep this project alive. Funding will be put toward equipment, paying contributing artists, and anything else necessary for smooth production. If you'd like to donate something specific like equipment or fair trade coffee for the "office" reach out to us via email.
How can I help for free?
1. Download the episodes/subscribe. Do guerrilla style downloading. Steal your roommate/partner/sibling/parent’s phone and download it while they’re in the bathroom. Force it on strangers like it’s a 2014 U2 album. (Kidding about force, consent is important even when it comes to podcasts.) You don’t need a special app or anything. Just use Spotify or iTunes or whatever you usually turn to for music. The number of downloads (of each episode) and subscriptions makes a big difference.
2. Rate and Review (on Apple Podcast especially!)
3.Share, share, share, share. Share on Instagram, on Twitter, on Facebook even. If you’re a person trying to get through your day and some asshole at the bus stop tells you you should smile more say, “the only thing that really makes me smile is listening to Dispatch from the Desert Planet. It’s a podcast!” and then keep talking about it until they slither back into the hole they crawled out of. If you’re on a Zoom date with someone that won’t stop talking about Joe Rogan you could grit your teeth or you could decide to MATCH THAT ENERGY and make us your Rogan. Scream our handle from the mountaintops next time you're on a hike just in case anyone is out there listening.
How can I get involved?
If you're an artist that would like to work with the podcast send us an email! We don't accept donations of time or art. At Dispatch from the Desert Planet we feel very strongly about paying every contributor, albeit humble payments, so it might take some time before we can raise enough money to solicit your services but we're always looking for new voices. Put "artist inquiry" as the subject.
I have a small business/brand, can I advertise on the Pod?
Yes, absolutely! Well, almost absolutely. If your business aligns with the values of Dispatch from the Desert Planet we would love nothing more than to put together and advertising package for you. Send us an email with "sponsorship inquiry" as the subject. We work with sliding scale rates and are open to mutual promotion particularly when it comes to BIPOC projects.