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These are...not optimistic times for most Americans. Across the world, the dangers of climate change and the terror of creeping authoritarianism present an increasing danger to all of us. After covering this degeneration for four years, Robert Evans went looking for hope. He found it in the unlikeliest of places: Northeast Syria, in a region known as Rojava that’s become host to a feminist, anti-authoritarian revolution.


When you’ve heard about these folks in the mainstream media, they’re usually just described as the “Syrian Kurds”, and credited with beating ISIS. They did, in fact, beat ISIS. But their military successes were just part of the story. In The Women’s War, Robert will introduce listeners to dozens of men and women fighting a war for the future of the human soul. 

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These are...not optimistic times for most Americans. Across the world, the dangers of climate change and the terror of creeping authoritarianism present an increasing danger to all of us. After covering this degeneration for four years, Robert Evans went looking for hope. He found it in the unlikeliest of places: Northeast Syria, in a region known as Rojava that’s become host to a feminist, anti-authoritarian revolution.  When you’ve heard about these folks in the mainstream media, they’re usually just described as the “Syrian Kurds”, and credited with beating ISIS. They did, in fact, beat ISIS. But their military successes were just part of the story. In The Women’s War, Robert will introduce listeners to dozens of men and women fighting a war for the future of the human soul.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
What would you do if the government collapsed? Over the last eight years, the men and women of North-East Syria have had a chance to answer that question for themselves. Using the political theories of an American anarchist and a Kurdish terrorist, they've built a feminist oasis in the middle of the world's most brutal war. Music: "Bella Ciao" by Astronautalis (feat. Subp Yao & Rickolus) Footnotes: Bella Ciao: A “Kurdish Anthem” Made in Italy, Has Become a Global Sensation The PKK: Coming Down from the Mountains (Rebels)  Revolution in Rojava: Democratic Autonomy and Women's Liberation in Syrian Kurdistan Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Sneaking Into Utopia

Sneaking Into Utopia

2020-04-0137:381

Robert Evans and Jake Hanrahan are ready to enter Rojava, but first they have to navigate the maze of Iraqi bureaucracy. When they cross the border, they learn that everything may not be as rosy as it sounded from the outside Music: "Bella Ciao" by Astronautalis (feat. Subp Yao & Rickolus) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
How does law and order work in a system based on anarchist political theory? In this episode, Robert visits a court for ISIS prisoners and talks to one of the top Judges in Rojava. Music: "Bella Ciao" by Astronautalis (feat. Subp Yao & Rickolus) Episode Transcript: https://www.thewomenswar.com/ Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
A Town For Women

A Town For Women

2020-04-1540:233

In Rojava, the desire to build a society free of misogyny has led to the creation of an entire village just for women. From this place, Jinwar, they seek to heal themselves and then their society. Episode Transcript: https://www.thewomenswar.com/ Music: "Bella Ciao" by Astronautalis (feat. Subp Yao & Rickolus) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
In this episode, we visit an all-women farming commune and a group of grandmas who have taken the task of local law enforcement into their own hands. Episode Transcript: https://www.thewomenswar.com/ Music: "Bella Ciao" by Astronautalis (feat. Subp Yao & Rickolus) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
In this episode, we travel to the city of Raqqa to meet the male and female co-presidents in charge of its defense and embed with a mixed-gender military unit in the streets of the Islamic State's former world headquarters.  Episode Transcript: https://www.thewomenswar.com/ Music: "Bella Ciao" by Astronautalis (feat. Subp Yao & Rickolus) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
The Women Warriors

The Women Warriors

2020-05-0651:301

In this episode, we visit a training base for Rojava's all-female militia, and talk to young soldiers about their transition from life as slaves of ISIS, to armed revolutionaries fighting for their freedom. Episode Transcript: https://www.thewomenswar.com/ Music: "Bella Ciao" by Astronautalis (feat. Subp Yao & Rickolus) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
The End of the Women's War

The End of the Women's War

2020-05-1301:13:233

Robert, Jake and Khabat interview ISIS brides and their victims in an attempt to understand how Rojava's utopian dreams can co-exist with the brutal realities of terrorism and justice. Music: "Bella Ciao" by Astronautalis (feat. Subp Yao & Rickolus) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Comments (9)

Day Dreamer

great show

May 27th
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Will Shogren

So, dubious leftist sources beat "scholarly publications" to the punch? I'll be relieved when Evans finally stops routinely punching left.

May 13th
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Jess Hart

Evan's is a gifted journalist and this is a fascinating story.

May 12th
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Mario A.

learned a lot from this podcast

May 8th
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Robert Evans

Another world class podcast .

Apr 29th
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N Me

Mr. Evan's, I do so enjoy Behind the Bastards & it is through it that I know of your travel to & reporting on & in conflict, war-torn areas. I admire & appreciate your courage & willingness to cover & give voice to those who are too often ignored. Great work you're doing Sir.

Mar 25th
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