verschwommenes Mikrophone hinter einer rot blau gemusterten Fläche | blurred microphone behind a red and blue pattern

HOPEPUNK PODCAST: „THE HANDMAID’S TALE“

Presenter Donnie O'Sullivan turns dystopian serial narratives into hopeful stories. Today: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’.

How does the story of a patriarchal, fundamentalist theocracy become a story of hope? With the help of Donnie O'Sullivan the dystopian "The Handmaid's Tale" from acclaimed author Margaret Atwood becomes a hopeful utopia, dealing with, among other things, gender issues, aspects of feminism and individualism. Don’t believe it can be done? Take a listen!

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PROTAGONISTS

Donnie O’Sullivan
Donnie O’Sullivan
MODERATOR

In the media industry for over 15 years Donnie is a scriptwriter for commercials, creative director and editor for MTV, Florida TV and Rocket Beans TV. In the podcast "Guesteliste Geisterbahn" he tells stories from his life.

Judith Vogt
Judith Vogt
AUTHOR

Alone or with co-author and husband Christian, Judith writes fantasy and science fiction novels, such as Germany's first ‘hopepunk’ novel "Wasteland". She podcasts, translates, edits, writes role-plays - and has received several awards.

James Sullivan
James Sullivan
AUTHOR

James was born in West Point (Highlands, New York) and grew up in Germany. He studied English, German and general linguistics. James writes fantasy novels ("The Elves") and science fiction ("The City of Symbionts").

The Umweltbank as a Partner

The Umweltbank is a generous sponsor of our Hopepunk podcast as part of ‘Signals of Hope’ and the FBM20. We asked the Umweltbank, four questions about hope:

‘Hope’ & ‘Future’ form an inseparable word pair. What about the word pair ‘Banking’ & ‘Future?’

In our eyes, banking & future go hand in hand. Through investments and financing, banks have an enormous influence on the purposes for which their clients' money is used - and thus banks actively shape the future. In the best case, banks support projects and companies that have a positive impact on society and the environment.

What concrete opportunities does the Umweltbank offer to shape a hopeful future?

We only finance sustainable projects that make a concrete contribution to the sustainability goals of the United Nations. This could be a wooden house, a kindergarten or a solar park. By financing these future-oriented projects, we are actively committed to future topics such as the expansion of renewable energies and ecological and affordable housing.

This podcast is called Hopepunk Podcast. When you describe your bank what aspect would you consider ‘Punk’?

The fact that we have been combining sustainability with economic success for over 20 years is pretty ‘Punk’. At the beginning we were often looked down on by larger banks, but nowadays all banks have to deal more and more with sustainability... now those banks that looked down on us are looking up to us.

Now we want to send your personal Signal of Hope to the world. Please complete this sentence: Hope is ...

... the seed of sustainability

DIVE DEEPER

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Logo Frankfurter Buchmesse | Logo Frankfurt Bookfair

FRANKFURTER BOOK FAIR – SPECIAL EDITION 2020

The Frankfurter Book Fair Schedule, a day long digital BOOKFEST, an extensive conference program, the large ARD Book Fair stage in the ‘Frankfurt Festhalle’, the ‘Blue Sofa’ and much, much more.

PARTNER

Logo des Partners Umweltbank | Logo of the partner Umweltbank

CAN A FUND IMPROVE THE WORLD?

The UmweltBank combines finance with ecological responsibility. With the savings deposits of its customers, projects in renewable energy, ecological construction and organic farming have been realized...

ESSAY

Logo vom Hopepunk Manifesto | Logo of the Hopepunk Manifesto

HOPEPUNK MANIFESTO BY ALEXANDRA ROWLAND

The inventor of the genre ‘Hopepunk’ explains in her essay what it’s all about.

BOOK

Buchcover Wasteland von Judith und Christian Vogt | Bookcover Wasteland by Judith und Christian Vogt

JUDITH & CHRISTIAN VOGT: „WASTELAND“

The first German-language hopepunk novel: a woman with a motorcycle - a man with a baby - a gang with a bucket-wheel excavator - a dystopia with a gripping end-time setting.

BOOK

Buchcover Parable of the Sower von Octavia E. Butler | Bookcover Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler

OCTAVIA E. BUTLER: ‘PARABLE OF THE SOWER’

This post-apocalyptic novel of hope and terror follows the tradition of ‘The Handmaid's Tale’.

ARTICLE

Historisches Gemälde mit Menschen im Schnee | historical painting with people in the snow

UNDERGROUND RAILROAD

The Underground Railroad was a network of secret routes and safe houses in the US during the early to mid-19th century, and used by enslaved African-Americans to escape into free states and Canada.

BOOK

Buchcover Der Report der Magd von Margaret Atwood | Bookcover The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood

THE HANDMAIDS TALE

Margaret Atwood’s celebrated vision of a totalitarian state is the model for the successful TV series ‘The Handmaids Tale’ and is considered a milestone in modern feminist literature.

BOOK

Buchcover Die Stadt der Symbionten von James A. Sullivan | Bookcover Die Stadt der Symbionten written by James A. Sullivan

JAMES SULLIVAN: „DIE STADT DER SYMBIONTEN“

After an alien invasion the earth is contaminated. The last humans live in an AI-controlled city. Gamil can communicate with the AIs, and one day he intercepts some mysterious chatter...