This brand new podcast comes from one of the most interesting and thought provoking theory projects in the US, the Belli Research Institute, and takes on topics of mental health, policing, so-called madness, and mass shootings.

We are very pleased to say we finished the first episode of our new podcast “The Underbelli”. Episode one features us and some of our friends reading from Sasha Durakov’s “Schizo-Genesis // Mad Apocalypse: The Story of the Psycho,” which you can read here. Schizo-Genesis is a text in which Sasha Durakov attempts to situate psychiatry within the history of policing, trace its relation to various ideas of “normality,” and question its premises and assumptions. He ultimately argues that we should not fear madness, but recognize its elasticity and consider it from new, and often contradictory, angles. It’s in two parts, so make sure you listen to them in order.

Our first few podcast episodes will likely be similar to this: readings of our texts with audio enhancements. But there’s a reason we aren’t calling it an audio book project. In the near future, we will branch out and do oral histories and narratives of under-discussed topics of concern for us around mental health, sex work, policing, and surveillance.

We are so excited to share this with the world! Please contact us if you have recommendations or feedback of any kind!

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Belli Research Institute
The Belli Research Institute for Critical Thots is an experimental platform for thotties and babblers writing during wartime. Belli, Latin for both 'of the war' and 'in the war', alludes to the totality of civil war in which everyone is a partisan and no existing conditions are exempt. The critical thots at BRI explore difference, contradiction, and fissure in political frameworks as fruitful sites for learning and experimentation. Nothing short of the total abolition of this world.