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Air Date: 03/07/2017

Today we look at the dangerous myths of individualism and the American Dream™, some of their origins and some of their consequences

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Show Notes

Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill

Ch. 2: Act 1: Cultural influences on our perspective of self w/Gish Jen - Think Again - Air Date 3-4-17

Ch. 3: Song 1:  Different People - No Doubt


Ch. 4: Act 2: You are not as free as you think you are w/Raoul Martinez - @thisishellradio - Air Date 2-24-17

Ch. 5: Song 2:  The system - Abscondo


Ch. 6: Act 3: Individualism in the prosperity gospel brand of Christianity - Ideas from CBC - Air Date 1-8-17

Ch. 7: Song 3:  Southern Baptism - Richard Gilks


Ch. 8: Act 4: The cold war propaganda of anti-collectivism w/Gish Jen - Think Again - Air Date 3-4-17

Ch. 9: Song 4:  Knock Yourself Out - Jon Brion


Ch. 10: Act 5: The myths of the autonomous individual and free markets w/Raoul Martinez - @thisishellradio - Air Date 2-24-17

Ch. 11: Song 5:  Drums of Freedom - Theo Bard


Ch. 12: Act 6: Training is all that matters - A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain

Ch. 13: Song 6:  Perpetuum Mobile - Penguin Cafe Orchestra


Ch. 14: Act 7: An ignorance of history bolsters acceptance of anti-regulation individualism - You are not so smart - Air Date 2-24-17

Ch. 15: Song 7:  Making Progress - Freedom's Progress


Ch. 16: Act 8: The dangerous myth of the American Dream w/Raoul Martinez - @thisishellradio - Air Date 2-24-17

Direct download: 1085_Individualism_Air_Date_3-7-17_Ad_Free_Rerun_-_9-22-17_20.54.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00pm EDT

Air Date: 09/19/2017

Today we look not so much at hurricanes and the climate science behind them (though we touch on that as well) but focus more on what we can see more clearly when it’s illuminated by so-called “natural” disasters, the structural inequality and legacies of decision-making that make these disasters worse than they need to be

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Show Notes

Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill

Ch. 2: Act 1: Mark Hertsgaard: It's not politics, it's science - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 9-13-17

Ch. 3: Song 1:  Celestial Navigation - Aeronaut


Ch. 4: Act 2: What is environmental racism and environmental justice? - #PoliticallyReactive with @wkamaubell and @harikondabolu - Air Date 9-7-17

Ch. 5: Song 2:  Vibrant Canopy - Origami


Ch. 6: Act 3: Breaking News Consumer's Handbook: U.S. Storm Edition - On The Media - Air Date 9-1-17

Ch. 7: Song 3:  Shift of Currents - Aeronaut


Ch. 8: Act 4: Disasters call attention to inequalities if we care to notice - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 9-1-17

Ch. 9: Song 4:  Le gris, le bleu, d'une profonde humilité - Monplaisir


Ch. 10: Act 5: Preventing future floods with data and regulation - @DecodeDC - Air Date: 09-14-2017

Ch. 11: Song 5:  Moon Bicycle Theme - American Moon Bicycle


Ch. 12: Act 6: The Human Causes of Natural Disasters - Popaganda from @BitchMedia - Air Date 12-8-16

Ch. 13: Song 6:  Waltz of the Renegade - Art Of Escapism


Ch. 14: Act 7: #ProtectNEPA to #ProtectOurVoice on the Environment via @ProtectNEPA - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 15: Song 7:  Inessential - Bayou Birds


Ch. 16: Act 8: Dr. Michael E. Mann on attribution science and the tactics of inaction and delay - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 9-13-17


Voicemails

Ch. 17: How selfishness helps people excuse authoritarian leaders - Annie from Alabama

Ch. 18: RT is not Pro-Trump propaganda - Keith from New Hampshire

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 19: Final comments on the start of the conversation about The Vietnam War on the BotL Network

Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone

(Additional music from Blue Dot Sessions


Activism:

TAKE ACTION:

Get involved with the NEPA Works campaign to protect your voice!

Read about pending legislation that chips away at NEPA, share it, and call Congress (try Stance) to stop it

Read and share NEPA success stories from every state

Follow NEPA Works on Twitter @ProtectNEPA

Use the #ProtectNEPA and #ProtectOurVoice on social media 

EDUCATE YOURSELF:

We will not be silenced. Stand up for a strong NEPA! (Earth Justice)

Trump CEQ rolls out plans for swift NEPA reviews (Governors' Wind & Solar Energy Coalition)

US people of color still more likely to be exposed to pollution than white people (The Guardian)

Christine Todd Whitman: How Not to Run the E.P.A. (New York Times)

Boston Communities Unite to Democratize Their Economy (Next City)

Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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Direct download: 1134_Climate_Air_Date_9-19-17_-_9-19-17_19.26.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00pm EDT

Air Date: 09/15/2017

Today we look at the history and structures of authoritarianism and explore how they relate to at Trump campaign and administration

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Show Notes

Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill

Ch. 2: Act 1: It can't happen here Part 1 - Ideas from the CBC - Air Date 1-17-17

Ch. 3: Song 1:  Another Promise Kept - Art Of Escapism


Ch. 4: Act 2: Conservative Evan McMullin on spotting the dangers of authoritarianism - Primary Concerns from @NewRepublic - Air Date 1-4-17

Ch. 5: Song 2:  Hundred Mile - K2


Ch. 6: Act 3: Opposing conservative policies and authoritarianism - Who. What. Why. - Air Date 2-11-17

Ch. 7: Song 3:  On Our Own Again - The Pine Barrens


Ch. 8: Act 4: It can't happen here Part 2 - Ideas from the CBC - Air Date 1-17-17

Ch. 9: Song 4:  Zombie With A Heartbeat - Midnight Maps


Ch. 10: Act 5: Historian Timothy Snyder on the prospect of tyranny in America - This is Hell - Air Date 4-29-17

Ch. 11: Song 5:  Homegrown - The Pine Barrens


Ch. 12: Act 6: Why Arpaio's Pardon Could Trigger Constitutional Crisis - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 08-29-17

Ch. 13: Song 6:  The Summit - K2


Ch. 14: Act 7: Full Frontal Is Scared: Masha Gessen Edition - Full Frontal with Samantha Bee - Air Date 1-18-17


Voicemails

Ch. 15: Weighing the balance of harms regarding free speech - Anthony from Illinois

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 16: Final comments clarifying and then muddling the issue of free speech, hate speech and the argument for reducing harm

Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone

(Additional music from Blue Dot Sessions


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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Direct download: 1133_Fascism_Air_Date_9-15-17_-_9-15-17_19.57.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00pm EDT

Air Date: 09/12/2017

Today we look at the combination of racism and cold political calculations that went into the decision to hold 800,000 DACA recipients hostage in order to placate the GOP’s scared white base and create leverage to force through funding for the southern board wall (also to placate the GOP’s scared white base)

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Show Notes

Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill

Ch. 2: Act 1: Shining City - Emerson Collective

Ch. 3: Song 1: N/A


Ch. 4: Act 2: These Are The Faces Of DACA Recipients In Danger Of Deportation - @nowthisnews - Air Date 9-2-17

Ch. 5: Song 2:  Headlights/Mountain Road - The Contessa 


Ch. 6: Act 3: The Misleading Rhetoric Around DACA - On The Media - Air Date 9-8-17

Ch. 7: Song 3:  Great is the Contessa - The Contessa


Ch. 8: Act 4: Understanding what DACA does—and doesn’t—mean for recipients - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 9-8-17

Ch. 9: Song 4:  Horizon Liner - The Pine Barrons


Ch. 10: Act 5: Clarifying immigrant access to social programs - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 8-7-17

Ch. 11: Song 5:  Vengeful - Warmbody


Ch. 12: Act 6: Tell Congress: Dreamers are #HeretoStay. Pass the #DreamAct NOW via @UNITEDWEDREAM - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 13: Song 6:  This Fickle World - Theo Bard


Ch. 14: Act 7: The story of Sheriff Joe Arpaio - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 9-1-17

Ch. 15: Song 7:  Planting Flags - K4


Ch. 16: Act 8: Trump Defends Pardoning GROTESQUE Racist Joe Arpaio As Hurricane Harvey Made Landfall - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 09-06-17

Ch. 17: Song 8:  Midday - Pecan Grove


Ch. 18: Act 9: The DEPLORABLE Reason Trump Ended DACA - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 09-06-17


Voicemails

Ch. 19: Drug Episode Response - Alan from Connecticut

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 20: Final comments on the inability for some conservatives to see beyond bad laws

Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone

(Additional music from Blue Dot Sessions


Activism:

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Take action right now & sign up for updates at WeAreHereToStay.org

You can also call and tweet Congress with DreamActToolkit.org

EDUCATE YOURSELF

The Dream Act of 2017 (National Immigration Law Center)

Black, Undocumented And Fighting To Survive (Huffington Post)

How Higher-Education Leaders Are Fighting for DACA (The Atlantic)

Relatives of Undocumented Children Caught Up in ICE Dragnet (Mother Jones)

The White House Isn’t Sharing Dreamers’ Info With ICE, But Another Threat Looms (Mother Jones)

DACA Pits Trump Against His Own Administration (The Atlantic)

Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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Direct download: 1132_Immigration_Air_Date_9-12-17_-_9-12-17_21.45.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00pm EDT

Air Date: 09/08/2017

Today we look at our vapid media landscape and see how it lead, some would say inevitably, to the election of someone like Donald Trump

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Show Notes

Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill

Ch. 2: Act 1: The destruction of facts - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 3-14-17

Ch. 3: Song 1:  Damage - Jimmy Eat World


Ch. 4: Act 2: The Weaponization of 'Fake News' - The Breach - Air Date 8-29-17

Ch. 5: Song 2:  Le mystère de contre jour - David Ari Leon


Ch. 6: Act 3: The search for truth-commited journalism falls down at both ends - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 3-31-17

Ch. 7: Song 3:  Honesty - Billy Joel


Ch. 8: Act 4: Koch Donor Network Funds Propaganda Like Breitbart, Films & Pretty Much Everything You Can Think Of - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 06-30-17

Ch. 9: Song 4:  Laugh So You Don't Cry - Andy Davis


Ch. 10: Act 5: The Trouble With Reality Part 2 - On the Media - Air Date 5-17-17

Ch. 11: Song 5:  Zissou Society Blue Star Cadets / Ned's Theme (Take 1) - Mark Mothersbaugh


Ch. 12: Act 6: Joshua Green on how Bannon has changed politics for the worse - Primary Concerns from @NewRepublic - Air Date 7-25-17

Ch. 13: Song 6:  You're Not In On the Joke (iTunes Session) - Cobra Starship


Ch. 14: Act 7: How "The Apprentice" Helped Make Trump President - Popaganda from @BitchMedia - Air Date 4-13-17

Ch. 15: Song 7:  Million Dollar Loan - Death Cab For Cutie


Ch. 16: Act 8: The Trouble With Reality Part 1 - On the Media - Air Date 5-17-17


Voicemails

Ch. 17: The first and second amendments - Issac from Valencia, CA

Ch. 18: Oppression never dies, it always transforms itself and resurrects itself - V from Central New York

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 19: Final comments on the evolution of systems of oppression

Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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Direct download: 1131_Propaganda_Air_Date_9-8-17_-_9-8-17_19.16.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00pm EDT

Air Date: 09/05/2017

Today we look at just a couple of the major international conflicts Donald Trump is severely under-qualified to navigate

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​Show Notes

Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill

Ch. 2: Act 1: Andrew Bacevich on the neoconservative-laid groundwork for President Trump - The Dig - Air Date: 08-23-2017

Ch. 3: Song 1: Directions - Josh Rouse


Ch. 4: Act 2: Trump About To Surpass Obama's EIGHT YEAR Civilian Death Toll - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 07-18-17

Ch. 5: Song 2: Suffering of the Innocents - Squire Tuck


Ch. 6: Act 3: Andrew Bacevich: Trump's Handling of N. Korea, His First National Security Crisis, is Very Troubling - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 08-10-17

Ch. 7: Song 3: One - Apocalyptica


Ch. 8: Act 4: Bruce Cumings with a historical perspective on the most irresponsible thing Trump has said - Jacobin Radio (@jacobinmag) - Air Date 8-28-17

Ch. 9: Song 4: Fire and Fury - Ian Rivers


Ch. 10: Act 5: Middle East expert Juan Cole on why the US is stuck in Afghanistan - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 8-22-17

Ch. 11: Song 5: Silent Colonialism - Valentina


Ch. 12: Act 6: Phyllis Bennis on the questions we don't ask about what we should do in Afghanistan - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 8-25-17


Voicemails

Ch. 13: Hard to believe that Charlottesville is the ACLU's fault - Nick from California

Ch. 14: The sexist angle on fighting words and media personalities inciting violence - Katherine from Bloomington, IL

Ch. 15: Thoughts on needed restrictions of 2nd amendment - Craig from Ohio

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 16: Final comments introducing a bonus clip from Politically Re-Active

Bonus Clip: The problem is the 2nd amendment - Politically Reactive - Air Date 8-24-17

Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone 


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Direct download: 1130_Foreign_Policy_Air_Date_9-5-17_-_9-5-17_16.40.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00pm EDT

Air Date: 02/27/2015

Today we take a look at not only the destructive forces at work within the drug war but also look deeper at the causes of addiction and drug abuse that could change all of your preconceived notions on the topic and maybe even our society as a whole

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Show Notes

Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill

Ch. 2: Act 1: Drug War Alternatives That Work • Overcriminalized #2- Substance Abuse •- @bravenewfilms - Air Date: 10-9-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Once There Was a Hushpuppy - Beasts of the Southern Wild (Music from the Motion Picture)


Ch. 4: Act 2: Tracking cars movements in real time as part of the DEA drug war - Le Show (@theharryshearer) - Air Date: 2-1-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Don’t Worry, We'll Be Watching You - Making Mirrors


Ch. 6: Act 3: DC mayor stands up for voters on legal pot, defies congressional GOP - Rachel @Maddow Show - Air Date: 2-26-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: Gateway Drug - Dancing In The Streets


Ch. 8: Act 4: Challenge everything you know about drugs - @allinwithchris Hayes - Air Date: 03-05-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: Big Mistake - Fair Ain't Fair


Ch. 10: Act 5: Johann Hari (@johannhari101): Everything We Know About the Drug War & Addiction is Wrong Part 1 - @democracynow - Air Date: 2-4-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: Strange Fruit (1939 Single Version) - 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Billie Holiday


Ch. 12: Act 6: Poverty drives the demand for opiates - Economic Update with @profwolff - Air Date: 11-17-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: Poverty (Single Stereo) - That Did It! - The Duke Recordings, Vol. 3


Ch. 14: Act 7: Johann Hari (@johannhari101): Everything We Know About the Drug War & Addiction is Wrong Part 2 - @democracynow - Air Date: 2-4-15

Direct download: Rerun_Drugs_Air_Date_9-1-17_-_9-1-17_20.16.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00pm EDT

Air Date: 08/29/2017

Today we look at the systemic problem with advertiser-driven, for-profit media and how billionaires have begun exploiting the system to their own benefit even more

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Show Notes

Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill

Ch. 2: Act 1: Corporate corruption of news and the Access of Evil - We Are Here - Air Date 2-18-17

Ch. 3: Song 1:  Machine - David Ari Leon


Ch. 4: Act 2: Sinclair & the Growing Reach of Conservative Media - On the Media - Air Date 5-11-17

Ch. 5: Song 2:  The Maelstrom - Jim Guthrie


Ch. 6: Act 3: Sponsors underwriting their own puff pieces - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 2-24-17

Ch. 7: Song 3:  Hallelujah - Vitamin String Quartet


Ch. 8: Act 4: Pro-Trump Network Sinclair Set to Become Nation's Biggest Broadcaster as FCC Weakens Ownership Rules - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 05-09-17

Ch. 9: Song 4:  Pas Si Simple - Yann Tiersen


Ch. 10: Act 5: Media Consolidation is a Huge Problem and Even FDR Foresaw it as One - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 07-11-17

Ch. 11: Song 5:  Nothing Else Matters - Apocalyptica


Ch. 12: Act 6: Craig Aaron on Sinclair Takeover - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 8-11-17

Ch. 13: Song 6:  End of the World - Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin


Ch. 14: Act 7: Jeremy Scahill on the greatest trick the devil ever pulled - All Governments Lie

Ch. 15: Song 7:  Dawn Departure, Jefferson County - Black Prairie


Ch. 16: Act 8: Gawker and the New Era of Media Censorship - On The Media - Air Date 8-11-17


Voicemails

Ch. 17: Just banned fascism in my house - Kevin from Louisiana

Ch. 18: Arguing against free speech fundamentalism - Dave from Olympia, WA

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 19: Final comments on the absurdity of fundamentalism in all its forms

Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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Direct download: 1129_Media_Air_Date_8-29-17_-_8-29-17_21.33.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00pm EDT

Air Date: 08/25/2017

Today we look at the constant struggle between the freedom to speak and the necessary limits placed on that freedom due to the rights of others to not be substantially harmed by that speech

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Show Notes

Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill

Ch. 2: Act 1: WSJ Reports: ACLU Rethinks Defending Hate Groups Protesting with Guns - Wochit News - Air Date 8-17-17

Ch. 3: Song 1: N/A


Ch. 4: Act 2: ACLU Will No Longer Defend Hate Groups Protesting With Firearms - MSNBC

Ch. 5: Song 2:  Confronting the Wolf (Bonus Track) - Jim Guthrie


Ch. 6: Act 3: Understanding the line between free speech and hate speech - BackStory - Air Date 8-23-17

Ch. 7: Song 3:  Freedom of Speech - John Mellencamp


Ch. 8: Act 4: I was a prominent neo-Nazi. Ignoring white extremists is a mistake. - Vox - Air Date 4-14-17

Ch. 9: Song 4: N/A


Ch. 10: Act 5: Nazis Don't Get Free Speech! - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date 08-22-17

Ch. 11: Song 5:  Harm - David Francey


Ch. 12: Act 6: Understanding who joins Antifa - Trumpcast from @Slate - Air Date 8-18-17

Ch. 13: Song 6:  Together we fight alone - Darlings


Ch. 14: Act 7: How Do We Define Hate Speech? - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date 8-21-17

Ch. 15: Song 7:  Nothing Is Good Enough (Instrumental) - Aimee Mann


Ch. 16: Act 8: Antifa: A Look at the Antifascist Movement Confronting White Supremacists in the Streets - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 08-16-17

Ch. 17: Song 8:  Enemy At the Gate - The Twinkle Brothers


Ch. 18: Act 9: How not to fall for fascist rhetoric - 1943 US War Department


Voicemails

Ch. 19: Free speech absolutism - Ryan in Minneapolis, MN

Ch. 20: Free speech absolutism is bullshit - Zach from Atlanta, GA

Ch. 21: Railing against free speech would be a gift to the right - Todd from Delaware, OH

Ch. 22: Recommending Chomsky video - Elizabeth from North Carolina

Ch. 23: The Constitution is not a suicide pact - Will from Mississippi

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 24: Final comments on free speech, hate speech and the ethics of responding to a violent breach of the social peace treaty

Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone


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Direct download: 1128_Free_Speech_and_Anti-Fascism_Air_Date_8-25-17_-_8-25-17_21.19.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00pm EDT

Air Date: 08/22/2017

Today we look at what may be the violent death throes of white supremacy. As Trump and the GOP embolden white supremacists to action and violence, the rest of the country is awoken to the need to deal swiftly and decisively with the relics of our racist past 

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Show Notes

Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill

Ch. 2: Act 1: Keri Leigh Merritt on the underlying purposes of white supremacy - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 8-18-17

Ch. 3: Song 1:  Out With the Old - Casa Di Mondo


Ch. 4: Act 2: The history of the raising of Civil War monuments - @offkiltershow - Air Date 8-18-17

Ch. 5: Song 2:  RACIST MONUMENT SING-A-LONG - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 05-06-17


Ch. 6: Act 3: American racism during Jim Crow inspired and helped legitimize the Nazis - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date 6-24-17

Ch. 7: Song 3:  Nazi (Live) - Chumbawamba


Ch. 8: Act 4: The homegrown practice of honoring a history of white supremacy - Backstory - Air Date 8-18-17

Ch. 9: Song 4:  A Dose of White Supremacy - Neffe Odom Kragh-Muller


Ch. 12: Act 5: Descendant of Robert E. Lee Wants to Bring Down the Statues - @RedactedTonight w: @LeeCamp - Air Date 08-19-17

Ch. 13: Song 5:  Trapped (Live) - Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band


Ch. 14: Act 6: The white supremacist standard intimidation strategy  - Frangela: The Final Word - Air Date 08-15-2017

Ch. 15: Song 6:  Civil War - Guns N' Roses


Ch. 16: Act 7:  The role of the Republican Party to embolden white supremacists - Code Switch - Air Date 8-16-17

Ch. 17: Song 7:  Shame - Ophelia of the Spirits


Ch. 18: Act 8: WATCH: Trump And White Supremacist Parrot Same Talking Points - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 08-18-17

Ch. 19: Song 8:  Where Do You Stand? - Willie Nelson


Ch. 19: Act 9: A view from the local synagogue - Backstory - Air Date 8-18-17

Ch. 19: Song 9:  American Land - Bruce Springsteen


Ch. 20: Act 10: Send a Letter: It’s Time to Take Down Confederate Monuments via @splcenter- Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 19: Song 10:  Activism - Shihan


Ch. 21: Act 11: On the need to restrict harmful speech and white identity politics - #PoliticallyReactive with @wkamaubell and @harikondabolu - Air Date 8-17-17


Voicemails

Ch. 22: Do we know the motivations for the creation of white supremacy? - Kyle from Portland, WA

Ch. 23: Mighty Network feedback! - Alan from Connecticut

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 24: Final comments on continuing a conversation about freedom of speech

Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone


Activism:

TAKE ACTION

Locate Confederate monuments near you with SPLC’s interactive map

Write a letter to the editor demanding the removal of Confederate statues in your community 

Get involved in the action calling for the removal of Confederate statues in the U.S. Capitol 

Read the SPLC’s “10 Ways to Fight Hate: A Community Response Guide” to prepare, strengthen and heal your community in the face of hatred.  

EDUCATE YOURSELF

I'm a black Southerner. I had to go abroad to see a statue celebrating black liberation. (Vox)

Provocative ‘Free Speech’ Rally In Boston Railroaded By Counterprotesters (Huffington Post)

ACLU Will No Longer Defend Hate Groups Protesting With Firearms (Wall Street Journal)

The Real Story Behind All Those Confederate Statues (Mother Jones)

Nazis Don’t Seem to Understand How Free Speech Works (GQ)

Imagine if these people ever faced actual oppression. (Twitter thread by @JuliusGoat)

Trump goes off script, and white supremacists cheer (Politico)

Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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