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Edition #492

Dumb as the fossils we burn

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Act 1: Rocks - Mark Fiore

Song 1: Sanitarium (Welcome Home) - Apocalyptica

Act 2: Fracking linked to well contamination - Green News Report

Act 3: Watch It, Gas Hole - Thom Hartmann

Song 3: Home - Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

Act 4: Nuclear and the climate - Le Show

Song 4: As Long As the Grass Grows - Randy Wood

Act 5: Island's Recovery May Set Example For Gulf Residents - NPR

Song 5: Dudeman - Viktor Krauss

Act 6: Exxon Paleontologists Call For Increased U.S. Fossil Production - The Onion

Song 6: La Paix - Amadou & Mariam

Act 7: 2011 sets weird weather record - Green News Report

Song 7: Knock yourself out - Jon Brion

Act 8: Mark Moffett - Colbert Report

Song 8: Mexico - James Taylor

Act 9: Safe, clean, too cheap to meter - Le Show

Song 9: Go sadness - Shout Out Louds

Act 10: More weird weather, new records set - Green News Report

Voicemails:

Thoughts on the future of climate change - Dominic from Castle Rock, Colorado

Responding on federal funding of Planned Parenthood - Patrick from Dallas

Details on government reimbursements for non-profits - Shane from Cleveland, OH

Voicemail Music: 

Turtle (Bonobo Remix) - Pilote

Ghostwriter - Rjd2

Final comments on Stitcher.com and DonateYourAccount.com

Bonus Voicemail:

Deeper understanding reaction to Bin Laden - Andrew from NY

Bonus iPhone/iPod Touch App Content:

How green is my country? - Need to Know

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Edition #491

Land of the free, home of the brave

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Act 1: Supreme Court: Private Prison Guards - Young Turks

Song 1: Chain gang - Sam Cooke

Act 2: Supreme Court Takes a Power Drill to the Fourth Amendment - The Progressive

Song 2: Let my love open the door - Pete Townsend

Act 3: Michigan State Police Copying Data from Cell Phones: Mark Fancher of ACLU - David Pakman

Song 3: Strawberry Fields Forever - Ben Harper

Act 4: Bill James on history of crime - Colbert Report

Song 4: Kids - MGMT

Act 5: Thomas Tamm  Obama's Retro-Active Immunity Outrageous - Democracy NOW!

Song 5: Wait up (Boots of danger) - Tokyo Police Club

Act 6: Obama Executive Order On Miranda Rights - Young Turks

Song 6: What we've got - Emilyn Brodsky & Anthony da Costa

Act 7: Obama's Domestic Spying Binge - The Progressive

Song 7: Karma police - Radiohead

Act 8: Police On Lookout For Poorly Drawn Man - The Onion

Song 8: Once around the block - Badly Drawn Boy

Act 9: Chertoff Company Porno Scanners Emitting 10 Times Radiation We Were Told - David Pakman

Song 9: La Réalité - Amadou & Mariam

Act 10: The Answer to Police Brutality - Lee Camp

Song 10: Rambo Theme - Brian Tyler

Act 11: American Corrections - Mumia Abu-Jamal

Song 11: Folsom Prison Blues (Live) - Johnny Cash

Act 12: Jury Selection Proving Difficult In Trial Of 'The Jury Killer' - The Onion

Song 12: Good Ol' Fashion Nightmare - Matt & Kim

Act 13: Patriot Act Extension Makes Me Miss Feingold - The Progressive

Song 13: Logical song - Supertramp

Act 14: McCain Bill to Allow Indefinite Detention Without Miranda or Charges for Any Reason - David Pakman

Voicemails:

Reaction to newest religion episode and promo for waterforsudan.org - Marianna

Reaction to Citizen Radio and consistency - Eric from York, PA

Voicemail Music: 

Loud Pipes - Ratatat

Turtle (Bonobo Remix) - Pilote

Final comments on criticizing Obama and seeing the bigger picture

Bonus Voicemails:

Yet another youth reaction to Bin Laden's death - Brett from Omaha

Thoughtful response to Bin Laden - Jason from Rupert Idaho

Comparisons of reactions to Bin Laden and 9/11 - Daniel from CA

Thoughts on bringing Bin Laden to the US for trial - Ashley from Syracuse, NY

Bonus iPhone/iPod Touch App Content:

Nailed Em- Mark Burett - Colbert Report

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Edition #490

A 1-year oil spill retrospective

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Act 1: Coffee safety at BP - Wait wait don't tell me

Song 1: The ocean - The Bravery

Act 2: Oil spill and GOP fundraising - Rachel Maddow

Song 2: The funeral - Band of Horses

Act 3: The oil is missing - Colbert Report

Song 3: Hammer - Emma's Revolution

Act 4: The strife aquatic - Daily Show

Song 4: Someone Keeps Moving My Chair - They Might Be Giants

Act 5: Gov. covers up BP oil spill worst case scenario - Young Turks

Song 5: Dreaming of you - The Coral

Act 6: RFK Jr. discusses similarities between Exxon and BP oil spills - Ring of Fire

Song 6: The killing moon - Echo & The Bunnymen

Act 7: All's well that ends well - Michael Blum - Colbert Report

Song 7: Beautiful life - Ace of base

Act 8: Repeal of drilling moratorium - Countdown

Song 8: Here is goes again - OKGO

Act 9: The upshot for BP - Le Show

Song 9: Shake it - Metro Station

Act 10: The Gulf of Mexico one year later - Thom Hartmann

Song 10: The dead heart - Midnight oil

Act 11: BP oil spill anniversary - Obama's failure - Young Turks

Voicemails:

Call for amazement - Chris the carpenter from Cap Cod, Mass

Voicemail Music: 

Loud Pipes - Ratatat

Final comments introducing Louis C.K. clip

Post-show clip:

Everything is amazing and nobody's happy - Louis C.K. on Conan O'Brien

Bonus iPhone/iPod Touch App Content:

The Killing Fields - Vietnamese Fisherman - Daily Show

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Edition #489

A broken system gears up for another round

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Act 1: Is a two party system really democracy? - Lee Camp

Song 1: A change is gonna come - Sam Cooke

Act 2: Progressives United, Russ Feingold - Colbert Report

Song 2: United we stand - The Brotherhood of Man

Act 3: 1st GOP presidential debate - David Pakman

Song 3: Common sense - Flunk

Act 4: Why Newt wont be president - Young Turks

Song 4: Me Vs. Maradona Vs. Elvis - Brand New

Act 5: Fast Dive - Daily Show

Song 5: You're not going anywhere - Brad Sucks

Act 6: Catching Newt red-handed - Mario Solis-Marich

Song 6: A Mi Manera (My way) - The Gipsy Kings

Act 7: Radical 2012 GOP Candidate - Santorum - MSNBC

Song 7: Losers - The Cardigans

Act 8: Corp Constituency - Colbert Report

Song 8: I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That) - Meat Loaf

Act 9: Not playing nice with Obama - Citizen Radio

Voicemails:

See you on May 22nd! - Matthew in Denver

Bin Laden got what he deserved - Dominic from Castle Rock, Colorado

Data wins out, call to action on what we can do - Ron from outside Philly

Good for the sake of good regarding religion - Carter from Denver

Voicemail Music: 

Ghostwriter - Rjd2

Stairway to heaven - Vitamin String Quartet

Final comments on the difference between funding of the Chamber of Commerce and Planned Parenthood

Bonus Voicemails:

Personal experience about Bin Laden - Robin from NYC

Show suggestion: Planet Money podcast - Matthew from San Francisco

Bonus iPhone/iPod Touch App Content:

AV Referendum voted on - BBC News Quiz

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Edition #488

Examine, critique, ridicule and defend

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Act 1: Verdict on Jews: Not Guilty! - The Bugle

Song 1: Diamond (Remix) - Klint

Act 2: John Paul II made a saint for good press - Counterspin

Song 2: Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley

Act 3: Is this war or is this hearts? - This American Life

Song 3: Christians and Pagans - Dar Williams

Act 4: Jesus surprises '700 Club' with walk-on appearence - The Onion

Song 4: Rejoice - Andrew Jackson Jihad

Act 5: Divining doomsday: An old practice with new tricks - NPR

Song 5: Its the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) - Vitamin String Quartet

Act 6: Allison Warden from WeCanKnow.com - David Pakman

Song 6: Me and God and Jesus - Crooked Roads Band

Act 7: France's anti-burqa law enforced - BBC News Quiz

Song 7: Oh my God - Ida Maria

Act 8: Big Mohammed's house - Daily Show

Song 8: True Faith - New Order

Act 9: FBI: Muslims may be creating nuclear families - The Onion

Song 9: Nuclear Family - Trentalange

Act 10: Rep. Keith Ellison explains liberty and justice for all - C-SPAN

Voicemails:

Another youth reaction about Bin Laden - Shane from Philadelphia

How to argue the climate change issue - Patrick

Redeemed myself by playing 'What is Love?' - Michael From Glenn Bernie

Voicemail Music: 

Ghostwriter - Rjd2

Turtle (Bonobo Remix) - Pilote

Final comments on the new BotL iPad app and my new promotion to Stitcher Smart Radio at www.stitcher.com/BEST

Bonus Voicemails:

Thoughts on a primary candidate against Obama - Chuck in Salt Lake City

Reaction to Bin Laden's death - Michael From Glenn Bernie

Bonus iPhone/iPod Touch App Content:

Statue Of Jesus - Colbert Report

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Edition #487

Things are complicated

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Act 1: What we should really be asking - Lee Camp

Song 1: ThunderCats - Orchestral Theme Medley

Act 2: What will the "War on Terror" look like now? - The Breakdown

Song 2: Don't let's start - They might be giants

Act 3: Our friend Pakistan - Le Show

Song 3: Dynamite - Taio Cruz

Act 4: Demanding credit and thanks to Bush - Counterspin

Song 4: LNDP3 - Apoptygma Berzerk

Act 5: Call your momma cause Obama got Osama - Majority Report

Song 5: Dog days are over - Vitamin String Quartet

Act 6: Right-wing media criticizes Obama's remarks - Media Matters

Act 7: GOP gives Bush credit for Bin Laden's death - Young Turks

Song 7: For tomorrow - Emerald Park

Act 8: Potential new leaders - The Bugle

Song 8: Hurt feelings - Flight of the Conchords

Act 9: Sunday shows skew to Bush and GOP - Rachel Maddow

Song 9: Good people - Jack Johnson

Act 10: False leads - Le Show

Song 10: Mad world - Vitamin String Quartet

Act 11: The water boarding debate: Fox edition - Media Matters

Act 12: Torture debate rekindled - Jimmy Dore Show

Song 12: When it all goes wrong again - Everclear

Act 13: War on Terror lessons with Robert Greenwald - Young Turks

Voicemails:

Youth perspective on Bin Laden's death - Annie from Rhode Island

Mixed reaction to Bin Laden's death - Todd from LA

Voicemail Music: 

Turtle (Bonobo Remix) - Pilote

Ghostwriter - Rjd2

Final comments on the two thoughtful reactions to Bin Laden's death and the complexity of emotional reactions

Bonus voicemails:

In praise of Citizen Radio, Dan Savage, TMBG and FOTC - Cody from Washington

Spread the word on BotL - Anonymous

Reaction to Bin Laden's death - Patrick from LA

Truther/deather response to the Bin Laden show - Chris from Middletown, NY

Bonus iPhone/iPod Touch App Content:

The AQ Team - Rocketboom

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Edition #486

Laden with problems, hungry for solutions

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Act 1: US Credit-worthiness future outlook downgraded - Wait wait don't tell me

Song 1: Disappointment - The Cranberries

Act 2: Myth of the fiscal conservative - Young Turks

Song 2: Wise up - Aimee Mann

Act 3: Regan raised taxes - Majority Report

Song 3: PTF2012 - VNV Nation

Act 4: How Goldman Sachs gambled on starvation and won - Johann Hari

Song 4: Never again - Enter the Worship Circle

Act 5: Taxes are too low - Rachel Maddow

Song 5: Mother We Just Can't Get Enough - New Radicals

Act 6: Tax, tax, tax the rich - The Progressive

Song 6: Time to Take Out the Trash - Brad Sucks

Act 7: Matt Taibbi on a Gov shadow budget - MSNBC

Song 7: Banks of marble - Pete Seeger

Act 8: Really really big government in Michigan - Rachel Maddow

Song 8: Hey Ya - Vitamin String Quartet

Act 9: Obama's spending cuts only make sense in Kenya - Media Matters

Act 10: Method of their madness - Mumia Abu-Jamal

Song 10: Stop the madness - Marty Dread

Act 11: GOP house chooses big oil over granny - Jim Hightower

Song 11: What is love? - Haddaway

Act 12: Progressive budget vs. conservative budget - Young Turks

Voicemails:

Supports my feelings on Bin Laden killing - Gordon from New Mexico

Thanks for my comments on Bin Laden - Connie from Olympia, WA

Look at ourselves before Bin Laden - Scott from Boulder

Voicemail Music: 

Loud Pipes - Ratatat

Turtle (Bonobo Remix) - Pilote

Final comments on thanks for the NLC fundraiser donors and Matt Rothchild's Bin Laden/US presidents comparison

Bonus Voicemails:

Reaction to criticisms of the show - Valentina from Miami

Completely agrees with me on Bin Laden's death - Scott from Arroyo Grande, CA

Bin Laden's death not to be celebrated - Carlos From Chicagoland

Disappointed in progressives response to Bin Laden's death - Alt(?) from NY

We missed an opportunity to prove that we believe in our system - Nick from Santa Clara, CA

Bonus iPhone/iPod Touch App Content:

Obama Befriends Rich Elderly Widow In Hopes She'll Put Nation In Her Will - The Onion

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Edition #485

Not time for a pep rally

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Act 1: The headline and the photos - Wait wait don't tell me

Song 1: Back to life - Soul II Soul

Act 2: Only a handful of rational responses - Citizen Radio

Song 2: If you want to sing out, sing out - Cat Stevens

Act 3: Bin Laden dead, what now? - David Pakman

Song 3: We never change - Coldplay

Act 4: It's a shame we couldn't deal with him alive - Majority Report

Song 4: Pilot light - Dave Derby

Act 5: Let's hear from the kids - This American Life

Song 5: Just didn't happen to you - Ddroyal

Act 6: On our terms, not his - Rachel Maddow

Song 6: Don't Let It Bring You Down - Annie Lennox & Steven Lipson

Act 7: What Osama's killing means - Mumia Abu-Jamal

Song 7: Monster Under the Bed - Big Bang Boom

Act 8: Understanding what he did to us Part 1 - Common Sense

Song 8: Let's Dance To Joy Division - The Wombats

Act 9: Bin Laden's history - The Bugle

Song 9: I Started Something I Couldn't Finish - The Smiths

Act 10: Understanding what he did to us Part 2 - Common Sense

Song 10: How far we've come - Matchbox Twenty

Act 11: Repercussions of 9/11 - Rachel Maddow

Final comments follow up on my previous commentary on Bin Laden's death

Bonus iPhone/iPod Touch App Content:

Made up and poor taste reporting - The Bugle

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Edition #484

Our wars and their costs

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Act 1: Downplaying civilian deaths - Counterspin

Song 1: Faith - George Michael

Act 2: Trump's idiotic oil ideas - Young Turks

Song 2: Moving to New York - The Wombats

Act 3: Libya Majora - Daily Show

Song 3: Silver lining - Rilo Kiley

Act 4: Unwanted military funding - Rachel Maddow

Song 4: Piazza, New York Catcher - Belle & Sebastian

Act 5: Protesting military spending - Grit Radio

Song 5: Live Like You're Dying - Lenka

Act 6: Mr Y on US priorities and military spending - Majority Report

Song 6: The Only Living Boy In New York - Simon & Garfunkel

Act 7: U.N. factoid-finding mission - The Onion

Song 7: Information Travels Faster - Death Cab For Cutie

Act 8: No real debate over drone attacks - Counterspin

Song 8: New York Minute - Eagles

Act 9: Detainees transferred or freed despite 'high risk' - NPR

Song 9: Tragic Flaw - Arkells

Act 10: Terrorist lockup, new nation of wusses - Mark Fiore

Song 10: New York state of mind - Billy Joel

Act 11: Obama a better salesman of war than Bush - The Progressive

Song 11: WMD - Blow Up Hollywood

Act 12: CIA's 'Facebook' program dramatically cut agencies costs - The Onion

Song 12: New York New York - Mel Tormé

Act 13: Pro-Israel, anti-democracy - Counterspin

Song 13: Run-around - Blues Traveler

Act 14: Undersecretary for saving the world - Rachel Maddow

Song 14: New York City - Cub

Act 15: Homeland security eliminates color-coded terror alert system - Colbert Report

Voicemails:

Show suggestion: Bob and Elvis show - Ursula from Chicago suburbs

Response to abortion battle episode - Ken from Chicagoland

Voicemail Music: 

Loud Pipes - Ratatat

Final comments on death of Bin Laden

Bonus iPhone/iPod Touch App Content:

Predator Drone Court-Martialed For Afghani Civilian Deaths

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Edition #483

Voter and candidate suppression

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Act 1: Florida hindering new voter registration - Rachel Maddow

Song 1: Einstein On The Beach - Counting Crows

Act 2: British democracy news, alternate voting - The Bugle

Song 2: Right to complain - Trombone Shorty & Marc Broussard

Act 3: The AVs vs the AV-nots - Johann Hari

Song 3: Show me something new - Shout Out Louds

Act 4: AV or not AV, that is the question - BBC News Quiz

Song 4: Vertigo - Anya Marina

Act 5: GOP election strategies - Rachel Maddow

Song 5: Something happened - Visitors

Act 6: Donald Trump polls for 2012 - Young Turks

Song 6: The entertainer - Scott Joplin

Act 7: Media misleads on viable candidates - Counterspin

Song 7: Where is my mind? - The Pixies

Act 8: Completely unnecessary birth certificate news - The Bugle

Song 8: All I want is you - Vitamin String Quartet

Act 9: Fox News winks at birthers - Media Matters

Act 10: Goldie Taylor's eloquent response to Obama's birth certificate - Rachel Maddow

Voicemails:

Thoughts on supporting local liberals in the next election - Carter from Denver

Thoughts on an independent voice to push Obama to the left - Patrick from Holden Mass

Call to action May 5th at the AZ state capitol - Amit from the Bronx

Pro-nuclear argument - Patrick from Florida

Voicemail Music: 

Turtle (Bonobo Remix) - Pilote

Final comments on the anti-nuclear argument, NLC fundraising

Bonus iPhone/iPod Touch App Content:

Palin's 61% Disapproval Rating In Alaska - Young Turks

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