the fire these times



My name’s Joey Ayoub. I am a writer, editor, researcher and photographer. I am originally from Lebanon with mixed Palestinian, Italian and Argentinian heritage, and I currently live in Switzerland. I have a thing for cinema, languages and the natural world.

Welcome to The Fire These Times, a podcast dedicated to the (very) easy task of tackling the 21st century. It is a project born out of my conviction that doing so requires an interdisciplinary and intersectional approach to understanding our complex world.

In these episodes I bring you conversations at the intersection of politics, history, philosophy, culture, science, and all the fun stuff in between. It is named after James Baldwin’s book The Fire Next Time.

The Fire These Times is available on Apple Podcasts, Anchor, Breaker, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Radio Public, Spotify, Pocket Casts, Castro, Vurbl and RSS. More to come!

The Fire These Times is also on YouTube.

If you like what I do, please consider supporting this project with only 1$ a month on Patreon or on You can also do so directly on PayPal if you prefer. Patreon is for monthly, PayPal is for one-offs and BuyMeACoffee has both options.

A previous incarnation of the podcast was called Hummus For Thought and the website still exists now as a monthly newsletter. For an archive of my writings, please visit I also have a carrd profile with a bunch of links.

You can also follow the podcast on Twitter.

I can usually be reached by email and I try and respond within a couple of days!

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Music by Tarabeat, Logo design by Carl Farra.

Featured image (Patreon, Twitter) is a scene from the movie Arrival directed by Denis Villeneuve, based on the short story “Story of Your Life” by Ted Chiang. Both movie and short story happen to be one of my favorites in each genre.

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