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Edition #590

They live among us and they're normal

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Ch. 1: Intro - Theme: A Fond Farewell, Elliott Smith 

Ch. 2: Act 1: A Love Supreme - Religious Freedom vs Americans with Disabilities Act - Daily Show - Air Date: 1-26-12

Ch. 3: Song 1: On the Radio - Regina Spektor

Ch. 4: Act 2: David Shuster decries Islamophobia in conservative media - Countdown

Ch. 5: Song 2: This land is your land - Peter, Paul & Mary

Ch. 6: Act 3: Muslim Sues University For Harassment Claims - Young Turks - Air Date: 1-11-12

Ch. 7: Song 3: Mercy - OneRepublic

Ch. 8: Act 4: Rev C Welton Gaddy Schools Rev Dennis Terry on Religious Freedom - Rachel Maddow - Air Date 3-22-12

Ch. 9: Song 4: Hello bonjour - Michael Franti And Spearhead

Ch. 10: Act 5: The Elephant in the Room - Daily Show - Air Date: 1-5-12

Ch. 11: Song 5: Proud to be an American - Side Street Ramblers

Ch. 12: Act 6: Muslim Attacks Atheist, Muslim Judge Dismisses the Case...Christian Anger  - David Pakman - Air Date: 2-23-12

Ch. 13: Song 6: God? - The Dodos

Ch. 14: Act 7: NYPD's Vile Film - The Progressive Air Date: 1-24-12

Ch. 15: Song 7: The only living boy in New York - Paul Simon

Ch. 16: Act 8: White House Aids in NYPD Muslim Spying - Majority Report - Air Date: 2-29-12

Ch. 17: Song 8: Highly Suspicious - My Morning Jacket

Ch. 18: Act 9: Christie on NYPD Muslim Spying In New Jersey - Young Turks - Air Date: 3-3-12

Ch. 19: Song 9: Vinnie Pauleone & The Ba Da Bing Orchestra

Ch. 20: Act 10: Bloomberg Cheney-esque on Snooping - The Progressive Air Date: 2-22-12

Ch. 21: Song 10: Tenderness - General Public

Ch. 22: Act 11: NYPD Muslim Profiling - Matthew Filipowicz Show - Air Date: 2-28-12

Voicemails:

Ch. 23: Thoughts on feminist programs not needing to cater to the privileged - Krissy from Kansas

Ch. 24: Resistance to the idea of oppressed people needing to cater to the privileged when speaking about oppression - Elka from Indiana

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Ch. 25: Final comments and clarifications on communicating across privilege barriers

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Edition #589

The wrongful death of Trayvon Martin

Ch. 1: Intro - Theme: A Fond Farewell, Elliott Smith 

Ch. 2: Act 1: Introduction to the Trayvon Martin Case - Blacking it up - Air Date: 3-12-12

Ch. 3: Song 1: TRAYVON MARTIN Rap Song - Jasiri X

Ch. 4: Act 2: EPIC FAIL by Police in Trayvon Martin Investigation - Young Turks - Air Date: 3-14-12

Ch. 5: Song 2: A Trayvon Martin Tribute - YouTube - EthanDavidStudios

Ch. 6: Act 3: The Tragedy of Trayvon Martin - The Progressive Air Date: 3-19-12

Ch. 7: Song 3: Euthanasia of Trayvon Martin RIP "How Long?" - YouTube - Temptap

Ch. 8: Act 4: George Zimmerman's 911 call while following Trayvon Martin and Florida's insanity - Jimmy Dore Show - Air Date: 3-22-12

Ch. 9: Song 4: RIP TRAYVON MARTIN SONG - YouTube - toast8787

Ch. 10: Act 5: Where the conversation on race can go after Trayvon Martin - Blacking it up - Air Date: 3-19-12

Ch. 11: Song 5: I Am Trayvon - A-Lex

Ch. 12: Act 6: Trayvon Martin Final Phone Call With Girlfriend - Young Turks - Air Date: 3-21-12

Ch. 13: Song 6: TRAYVON MARTIN Rap Song - Jasiri X

Ch. 14: Act 7: Calls for help heard on 911 call in Trayvon Martin shooting - On the Media - Air Date: 3-22-12

Ch. 15: Song 7: Trayvon Martin Song (Tribute) - YouTube - TheWorldNewsRapper

Ch. 16: Act 8: Stand your ground used to attack unprovoked - Matthew Filipowicz Show - Air Date: 3-20-12

Ch. 17: Song 8: Skittles and some Ice Tea - YouTube - Klay3Creation

Ch. 18: Act 9: Trayvon Martin Smear Attempt By Glenn Becks The Blaze - Young Turks - Air Date: 3-21-12

Ch. 19: Song 9: Trayvon Martin Tribute Song - TurboT Ft SpidaMan

Ch. 20: Act 10: Obama: Trayvon Martin Case Is a 'Tragedy' - President Obama

Ch. 21: Song 10: We Are Trayvon - Plies

Ch. 22: Act 11: Geraldo Rivera says Hoodies to Blame for Trayvon Martin Killing - Majority Report - Air Date: 3-23-12

Ch. 23: Song 11: TRAYVON MARTIN Rap Song - Jasiri X

Ch. 24: Act 12: Mother Jones article breaking down the Florida Stand Your Ground law - Blacking it up - Air Date: 3-19-12

Ch. 25: Final comments to close the show

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Edition #588

Smash Patriarchy

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Ch. 1: Intro - Theme: A Fond Farewell, Elliott Smith 

Ch. 2: Act 1: Jiffy-Vag commercial for fast, convenient ultrasounds - David Feldman Show - Air Date: 3-9-12

Ch. 3: Song 1: Bright side of the road - Van Morrison

Ch. 4: Act 2: Christian Pregnancy Crisis Clinics Exposed - Young Turks

Ch. 5: Song 2: Saving My Hymen For Jesus (feat. Erin Roberg) - Katie Goodman & Broad Comedy

Ch. 6: Act 3: Contraception Pill Causes Prostate Cancer, says Republican - Majority Report - Air Date: 2-17-12

Ch. 7: Song 3: Eyes - Rogue Wave

Ch. 8: Act 4: GOP Talks About Contraception a Lot for People Who Say They Don't Want To Talk About Contraception - Rachel Maddow - Air Date 2-23-12

Ch. 9: Song 4: And that's why I oppose Planned Parenthood - David Feldman Show - Air Date: 3-9-12

Ch. 10: Act 5: Egypt Lady News after the revolution - The Bugle Air Date: 2-17-12

Ch. 11: Song 5: Walk Like an Egyptian - The Puppini Sisters

Ch. 12: Act 6: Single-moms, child abuse, contraception... and state legislators - Jim Hightower Air Date: 3-21-12

Ch. 13: Song 6: Oh the boss is coming - Arkells

Ch. 14: Act 7: Rick Santorum: Single mothers produce criminal children - Blacking it up - Air Date: 3-6-12

Ch. 15: Song 7: Take 'Em Down - Dropkick Murphys

Ch. 16: Act 8: Military Women Should 'Expect' Sexual Assault (Fox Pundit Doubles Down) - Young Turks - Air Date: 2-22-12

Ch. 17: Song 8: BotL Promo Music (Instrumental Version)

Ch. 18: Act 9 A: Final comments Part 1: Introduction to The pain of breaking through privilege

Ch. 20: Act 9 B: The pain of breaking through privilege - Blacking it up Air Date: 2-29-12

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Ch. 21: Final Comments Part 2: Why the most privileged people are also the weakest and need to be treated like children

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Edition #587

The lives and tragic deaths of media tyrants

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Ch. 1: Intro - Theme: A Fond Farewell, Elliott Smith 

Ch. 2: Act 1: Distract-O-Tron - Mark Fiore - Air Date - 01-11-12

Ch. 3: Song 1: In the Morning of the Magicians - Flaming Lips

Ch. 4: Act 2: Controversy Over Old Mean-Spirited Obama Quote Recalls Old Bush Quotes - Rachel Maddow - Air Date 3-16-2012

Ch. 5: Song 2: Hate me - Blue October

Ch. 6: Act 3: Andrew Breitbart's CPAC OWS Plea for Help - MR - Air Date: 02-13-12

Ch. 7: Song 3: Drop dead blues - Anya Marina

Ch. 8: Act 4: Andrew Breitbart Dies - On the Media - Air Date: 3-1-12

Ch. 9: Song 4: Open book - Cake

Ch. 10: Act 5: Andrew Breitbart Dead - Majority Report - Air Date: 3-1-12

Ch. 11: Song 5: Unforgiven - Apocalyptica

Ch. 12: Act 6: Conservative Media Group Makes Up Oil Statistics - Media Matters Air Date: 2-24-12

Ch. 13: Song 6: Unforgiven - Apocalyptica

Ch. 14: Act 7: Oh My God! New Hosts Pretending Bigotry and Ignorance Just Matter of Opinion - Jimmy Dore - Air Date: 2-3-12

Ch. 15: Song 7: And we got older - Jim Guthrie

Ch. 16: Act 8: Gay Terrorism Ad - The Al Franken Show - Air Date: 2004

Ch. 17: Song 8: And we got older - Jim Guthrie

Ch. 18: Act 9: Pat Buchanan's Blacklisted Swan Song - Majority Report - Air Date: 02-17-12

Ch. 19: Song 9: The rose - Soft Rock Piano Players

Ch. 20: Act 10: Limbaugh's Changing Attitude on Racial and Religious Attacks - Media Matters Air Date: 3-16-12

Ch. 21: Song 10: The rose - Soft Rock Piano Players

Ch. 22: Act 11: James Murdoch steps down - On the Media - Air Date: 3-1-12

Ch. 23: Song 11: Sweet Dreams - Marylin Manson

Ch. 24: Act 12: James Murdoch Getting Demoted - The Young Turks - Air Date: 02-29-12

Ch. 25: Song 12: Finding something to do - Hellogoodbye

Ch. 26: Act 13: The Fall of Rupert Murdoch - MR - Air Date: 02-28-12

Voicemails:

Ch. 27: Please don't vote for third parties! - Jesse from Tokyo

Ch. 28: Thanks for focus on GOP state policies - Doug in Chicagoland

Ch. 29: Athiest raised as Mormon on religious fundamentalism - Rebecca from Salt Lake City

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Ch. 30: Final comments on the difficulty of tackling issues of privilege

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Edition #586

The US Empire and the Ring of Power

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Act 1: Heart Mind-O-Matic - Mark Fiore - Air Date: 02-20-12

Song 1: M.I.B. Main Theme - Danny Elfman

Act 2: US government doesn't talk about the drone war - Counterspin Air Date: 2-3-12

Song 2: Oh Lately It's So Quiet - OK GO

Act 3: Syria's Arab Spring that no one is hearing about - The Bugle Air Date: 2-3-12

Song 3: Catapult - R.E.M.

Act 4: Veto Of Syria UN Resolution Sparks Outrage - Young Turks - Air Date: 02-06-12

Song 4: Help - The Beatles

Act 5: Veto to prevent violence in Syria - The Bugle - Air Date: 2-10-12

Song 5: Scene No. 10 Moderato - London Philharmonic Orchestra

Act 6: Fox Contributor Karl Rove Condemns Obama Apology, Fails to Note Similar Bush Apology in 2008 - Media Matters Air Date: 2-28-12

Act 7: Not a Happy International Women's Day in Afghanistan - The Progressive Air Date: 3-8-12

Song 7: We were there - Robin Roberts

Act 8: Afghan Lady and Taliban News - The Bugle Air Date: 2-17-12

Song 8: Escalation - Daniel Licht

Act 9: Afghanistan Massacre Fallout - Young Turks - Air Date: 3-12-12

Song 9: Come home - OneRepublic Feat. Sara Barellis

Act 10: Son Of Haditha - Mumia Abu-Jamal Air Date: 3-12-12

Song 10: Baba O'Riley - The Who

Act 11: Leave Afghanistan Now - The Progressive Air Date: 3-12-12

Song 11: Letter from an Occupant - The New Pornographers

Act 12: The consequences of the US killing spree in Afghanistan - Counterspin Air Date: 3-16-12

Song 12: Gimme Sympathy - Metric

Act 13: The Reason War Will Go On Forever - Lee Camp

Song 13: Still fighting it - Ben Folds

Act 14: An Army whistle-blower speaks truth about power - Jim Hightower Air Date: 3-14-12

Song 14: Tracked in mud - Cory Davies

Act 15: The US Empire and the Ring of Power - Common Sense - Air Date: 2-20-12

Voicemails:

Activist call to action on verbiage and word usage - Chris

Recomending 'Godless Bitches' podcast - Anonymous

Recommending "Women's Magazine" podcast - Elka from Indiana

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Final comments as an epilogue to the Jimmy Dore Show joke discussion

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Edition #585

If it looks, walks and quacks like a nuclear duck

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Act 1: Pending war with Iran - Wait wait don't tell me - Air Date: 3-3-12

Song 1: For what it's worth - Buffalo Springfield

Act 2: American War Drums against Iran - On the Media - Air Date: 2-9-12

Song 2: Turk - Errors

Act 3: Why Does Iran Always Seem To Be "Months Away" From a Nuclear Bomb? - Media Matters Air Date: 2-23-12

Act 4: War With Iran A Terrible Idea - Here's Why - Young Turks - Air Date: 2-21-12

Song 4: Everybody's gone to war - Nerina Pallot

Act 5: God Re-Floods Middle East - The Onion

Song 5: Deep water - Pansy Division

Act 6: All of the options about war with Iran including no war - Counterspin Air Date: 3-8-12

Song 6: Highwire - Men at Work

Act 7: Can We Stop A War With Iran - Young Turks - Air Date: 2-22-12

Song 7: Black & Blue - Miike Snow

Act 8: Obama Calls Out GOP Warhawks on Iran - Majority Report - Air Date: 3-7-12

Song 8: Lost and found - Hotrod Cadets

Act 9: Beating the drum in the media for war with Iran - Jimmy Dore Show Air Date: 3-9-12

Song 9: Daylight robbery - Imogen Heap

Act 10: Danger of Iran's Nuclear Duck - The Bugle Air Date: 3-9-12

Final comments and conversation with Jimmy Dore on context being 'everything' in comedy

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Edition #584

Bullies, bad words and birth control

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Act 1: GOP Does Not Understand How Contraception Works - Rachel Maddow Air Date 3-2-12

Song 1: Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm - Crash Test Dummies

Act 2: Bill O'Reilly Rips Sandra Fluke - Young Turks Air Date: 3-6-12

Song 2: The King of Carrot Flowers, Pt. 1 - Neutral Milk Hotel

Act 3: Guide to Are you a prostitute? by Rush Limbaugh - The Bugle Air Date: 3-9-12

Song 3: Pretty Woman - Roy Orbison

Act 4: Limbaugh and the GOP war on women - Counterspin Air Date: 3-8-12

Song 4: Possibility - Lykke Li

Act 5: Advertisers flee from Limbaugh's radio program - On the Media Air Date: 3-8-12

Song 5: White Electric - Battles

Act 6: Rush Limbaugh Gets a Measure of Comeuppance - The Progressive Air Date: 3-5-12

Song 6: All Apologies - Nirvana

Act 7: Insincere Apologies - Mitt Romney Has a Rush Limbaugh Problem - Rachel Maddow Air Date 3-5-12

Song 7: The Prettiest Weed - Jim Guthrie

Act 8: Fluke Isn't the Only Woman Being Attacked By Limbaugh This Week - Media Matters Air Date: 3-8-12

Act 9: A breakdown of the Limbaugh comments and the false equivalency with Bill Maher - Jimmy Dore Show Air Date: 3-9-12

Voicemails:

Follow up on comments regarding joke on the Jimmy Dore Show and standards in broadcasting - Joe from Nanjing China

Reaction to the Jimmy Dore Show vs Limbaugh comparison - Mara from Pittsburgh

Rush Limbaugh's misunderstanding of contraception - Patrick from Dallas

Follow up comparison question to Limbaugh vs Jimmy Dore Show discussion - Andrew from Brooklyn, NY

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Final comments on the follow up comparing a Jimmy Dore Show joke and the Limbaugh controversy

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Edition #583

The game is rigged

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Act 1: Poor Pee-Ple - Daily Show Air Date: 2-2-12

Song 1: Hurt so good - Yellow Snow Company

Act 2: Obama's New Budget Explained - TYT - Air Date: 2-13-12

Song 2: Unforgiven - Apocalyptica

Act 3: Fox News: Who's Responsible for Gas Prices? - Media Matters Air Date: 3-6-12

Act 4: Obama Gets Bad Rap on Gas Prices - The Progressive Air Date: 2-24-12

Song 4: Sweet dreams - The Eurythmics

Act 5: The Mortgage Fraud Deal A Ripoff - Majority Report - Air Date: 2-9-12

Song 5: Bet against the American Dream - Planet Money

Act 6: Foreclosure abuse is rampant - Citizen Radio Air Date: 2-20-12

Song 6: The Secret Agent: The Secret Agent Ending - Cello Octet Conjunto Ibérico & Elias Arizcuren

Act 7: Limbaugh: Poor People "Have Only Themselves to Blame" - Media Matters Air Date: 2-21-12

Act 8: Economic Recovery May Force GOP to Talk Social Issues - Rachel Maddow Air Date: 2-29-12

Song 8: Breakneck speed - Tokyo Police Club

Act 9: Close Corporate Tax Loopholes - The Progressive Air Date: 2-28-12

Song 9: Hole in the bucket - Spearhead

Act 10: Greek austerity measures - David Feldman Show - Air Date: 2-14-12

Song 10: Stairway to heaven - Vitamin String Quartet

Act 11: World Bank Forecloses On World Farm - The Onion

Song 11: Too late, to slow - Shout Out Louds

Act 12: Conservative Hypocrisy on Obama's Energy Policies - Rachel Maddow Air Date: 3-1-12

Voicemails:

Thoughts on Bachmann and sexism in politics - Elisa from St. Paul, MN

Thoughts on Jimmy Dore Show on suggesting Santorum's daughter "puts out" - Joe from Nanjing China

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Final comments on the comparison between Rush Limbaugh's "slut" comments and the Jimmy Dore Show's "puts out" comments

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Edition #582

The highly territorial subgenus of the GOP

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Act 1: Oops, Indiana Science Haters Find Scientology in Their Creationism - Majority Report - Air Date: 2-2-12

Song 1: Dumb - Nirvana

Act 2: Gov. Walker steals money from citizens to fill his budget hole - Rachel Maddow Air Date: 2-15-12

Song 2: What's the matter here - 10,000 Maniacs

Act 3: After Snowe, Compromise Isn't Always the Answer - The Progressive Air Date: 3-1-12

Song 3: Alright Alright (Here's My Fist Where's the Fight?) - Sahara Hotnights

Act 4: Environmentalists attempt to save the moderate Republican species from going extinct - The Onion

Song 4: Another lesson in love - Danger Radio

Act 5: Has American Conservatism Become a Religion - David Pakman - Air Date: 9-20-11

Song 5: Change your mind - Sister Hazel

Act 6: Girl Scouts Are Evil Promoters of Sex, Homosexuality - The Young Turks Air Date: 2-22-12

Song 6: Girls - Walter Meego

Act 7: Stupid GOPer Reveals ALEC Puppet Masters - Majority Report - Air Date: 2-6-12

Song 7: Middle Man - Jack Johnson

Act 8: The Need for Local Progressive Councils - The Progressive Air Date: 3-2-12

Song 8: Reach out of the darkness - Friend and Lover

Act 9: Bob McDonell, religion and GOP politics - Rachel Maddow Air Date: 2-21-12

Song 9: Radioactive - Kings of Leon

Act 10: No Liberal Christians (Dems All About Sex) - Santorum - The Young Turks - Air Date: 2-29-12

Song 10: She's so sexy Boom! - Flight of the Conchords

Act 11: GOP billionaire explains why he's a victim - Jimmy Dore Show Air Date: 3-1-12

Voicemails:

Thanks for the Blacking it up segment on the concept of citizenship - Joanna from the Midwest

Detailed thoughts on the anti-equality movement - Ryan from Minneapolis

Santorum on costs of deregulation - Colin from Cleveland, OH

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Final comments on voicemail on LGBT advocacy strategy and climate ride fundraising

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Edition #581

Just some of the problems

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Act 1: Pat Robertson Says God Owns Poor Family's Money - David Pakman - Air Date: 12-16-11

Song 1: Just like heaven - The Cure

Act 2: Stephen's Lenten Sacrifice - Colbert Report Air Date: 2-22-12

Song 2: Mary Mary - Chumbawamba

Act 3: Muslim Attacks Atheist For Insulting Muhammad - The Young Turks - Air Date: 2-29-12

Song 3: Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley

Act 4: Area Priest Plans To Leave Priesthood As Soon As Parents Die - The Onion

Song 4: Closest thing to heaven - Tears for Fears

Act 5: How to argue with a religious conservative - David Feldman Show Air Date: 2-21-12

Song 5: Eden - Phil Wickham

Act 6: The Mormon Plot to Proxy Baptize Jews - Majority Report - Air Date: 2-15-12

Song 6: Pray - Justin Bieber

Act 7: Mormons Baptize Anne Frank (Cenk Goes Off) - Young Turks 2-22-12

Song 7: God Gave Rock & Roll To You - Kiss

Act 8: Homeless Man Bestows God's Blessing Upon All Within Earshot - The Onion

Song 8: Blessed - Brett Dennen

Act 9: Othering the president through religion - Blacking it up Air Date: 2-21-12

Voicemails:

Thoughts on "too much rape" and women talking about TV - Joanna from Iowa

Transgendered perspective on negative narratives in the media - Scott from New York

Follow up about the transgender panic defense - Scott from New York

Thoughts on women discussing narratives of women on TV - Kira from Chicago

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Final comments on how society shapes everyone's perspective of themselves

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