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(2014/03/23) The affliction of wealth on people and society (Economics) (Repost)

Edition #811

Today we look at some of the reasons why rich people have a tendency to be some of the worst people on the planet and how their actions make things worse for everyone, including themselves.

Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: The persecuted rich - @allinwithchris Hayes - Air Date: 01-30-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Perfect Balance (Population Ballroom Mix) - Perfect Balance - EP


Ch. 4: Act 2: Why Do Crazy Rich People Keep Talking About Nazism? - @majorityfm - Air Date: 03-20-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Friends and Neighbors - Ain't She Sweet


Ch. 6: Act 3: Former Wolf Of Wall Street Comes Clean In Op-Ed - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 02-03-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Philosophy - Ben Folds Five


Ch. 8: Act 4: Affluenza vs Impoverbetes - Disorderly Conduct (@Dis_Con) - Air Date 12-16-13

Ch. 9: Song 4: My Wealth Comes to Me - Dear Companion


Ch. 10: Act 5: They're Bigger Assholes Than You Ever Thought | Wall Street Secret Society Infiltrated - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 02-19-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: The Game Is Rigged - Badly Stuffed Animals


Ch. 12: Act 6: Citizen’s United Take Two via @CommonCause - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 13: Song 6: Activism - The Poet


Ch. 14: Act 7: Paul Piff: Does money make you mean? - TEDx - Air Date: 12-2013


Voicemails

Ch. 15: Coverage of Ukraine dropped the ball - Issac from DC

Ch. 16: Thoughts on Joss Whedon's speech - Rosa from Denver, CO

Ch. 17: The cold war then and now - Maureen from Mass

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 18: Final comments on my bad mood leading to today's fuck-the-rick episode

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


ACTIVISM:

Take Action on McCutcheon v FEC from Common Cause

Sources/further reading:

McCutcheon v Federal Election Commission from SCOTUS Blog

"Scalia’s looming fiasco: Obscure new SCOTUS case may be worse than Citizens United" by Josh Eidelson

"Six Supreme Court Cases to Watch This Term” by Jessica Mason Pieklo

"How Much Did Sheldon Adelson Really Spend on Campaign 2012?” from ProPublica

”Who Is Foster Friess? Seven Facts You Need to Know” from

 

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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Direct download: 2014_03_23_The_affliction_of_wealth_on_people_and_society_Economics.m4a
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(2014/05/19) Bad in principle and in practice (Death Penalty) (Repost)

Edition #828

Today we look at what benefits there are in having a death penalty (none) and which elements of it are fundamentally unjust (all)

Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: If The Victim Is White, Death Penalty MUCH More Likely - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 03-23-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Death Penalty - Love Is for the Rich


Ch. 4: Act 2: If You Support the Death Penalty, You're Probably White - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 04-01-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Fight to Win (feat. Cee Lo Green) - Fight to Win (feat. Cee Lo Green) - Single


Ch. 6: Act 3: Execution In Oklahoma - @MumiaAbuJamal - Air Date: 5-5-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: American Way - Essential Masters


Ch. 8: Act 4: Texas to try secret lethal drug in execution - Rachel @Maddow - Air Date: 5-12-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: Close These Curtains - Behaving Like a Widower


Ch. 10: Act 5: Judgement On The Secret Cocktail - @FAIRmediawatch - Air Date 5-9-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: What Are We Doing Here? - Field Recordings, Vol. 04: Crown Demos Part 2


Ch. 12: Act 6: Court blocks Texas from killing prisoner - Rachel @maddow - Air Date 5-13-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: Death Penalty - What's So Strange About Me


Ch. 14: Act 7: Shocking Percentage Of Death Row Inmates Are Innocent - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 05-03-14

Ch. 15: Song 7: Can't Hide from the Truth - The Life and Time Of...


Ch. 16: Act 8: Fixing the death row system via @innocence - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 17: Song 8: Activism - The Poet


Ch. 18: Act 9: Support for Death Penalty Lowest in 40 Years - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 10-31-13

Ch. 19: Song 9: A Change Is Gonna Come - Learning to Bend


Ch. 20: Act 10: Rick Perry Killed an Innocent Man - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 03-12-14


Voicemails

Ch. 21: Historical context of respectability politics - ? from Pittsburgh, PA

Ch. 22: Respectability politics = victim blaming - Sonya from Minnesota

Ch. 23: Jeff from theliberalcurmudgeon.com on how and why to support Best of the Left - Jeff from New York

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 24: Final comments on the next bonus episode on the consepts of self and free will

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


ACTIVISM:

What Can I Do? from The Innocence Project

Sources/further reading:

"How Oklahoma's GOP Governor Turned a Heinous Killer Into a Death-Penalty Martyr” by Stephanie Mencimer at Mother Jones

VIDEO: "Execution Chaos: Witness Recounts Botched Killing That Caused Oklahoma Prisoner's Fatal Heart Attack” via Democracy Now!

"Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin defends controversial execution” by Meredith Clark via MSNBC

 

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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Direct download: 2014_05_19_Bad_in_principle_and_in_practice_Death_Penalty.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00pm EDT

(2014/12/23) Our annual collective waste of time (War on Christmas)

Edition #886

Today, after weeks of discussing the wrongful deaths of unarmed citizens at the hands of brutal policing policies, the illegal and immoral systematic torture of prisoners carried out in our names and the inescapable reach of rape culture infused in our society, we’re finally able to dedicate our last new episode of the year to one of the nations most pressing issues

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: War On Christmas Update From Bill O'Reilly On Fox News - @TheYoungTurks - Air Date: 12-04-13

Ch. 3: Song 1: War On Christmas - Enabling Peace On Earth


Ch. 4: Act 2: Bill O'Reilly: The War on Christmas Avenger - @majorityfm - Air Date: 12-05-13

Ch. 5: Song 2: Christians and Pagans - Mortal City


Ch. 6: Act 3: Wouldn't Jesus Hate Christmas? - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 12-23-13

Ch. 7: Song 3: The War On the War On Christmas - The War On the War On Christmas - Single


Ch. 8: Act 4: @chrisrock Monologue: We commercialize everything - Saturday Night Live (@nbcsnl) - Air Date: 12-03-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: War On Christmas Day - Hallways: the Songs of Carol Hall


Ch. 10: Act 5: Bill O'Reilly's Latest Manufactured 'War On Christmas' Crisis - @TheYoungTurks - Air Date: 12-07-13

Ch. 11: Song 5: War Medley: Onward Christian Soldiers / I'm On the Battlefield / Keep On the Firing Line - Sanders Family Christmas - Smoke On the Mountain, Pt. 2


Ch. 12: Act 6: Christmas Belongs To Everyone - @fakedansavage - Air Date 12-24-13

Ch. 13: Song 6: White Wine in the Sun - White Wine in the Sun - Single


Ch. 14: Act 7: Bill O'Reilly: War on Christmas 2014, Revenge of the Muslims! - @majorityfm - Air Date: 11-20-14

Ch. 15: Song 7: (It's Good to Be) A Jew At Christmas - Unorthodox


Ch. 16: Act 8: The True Origin Of Christmas - @jimmy_dore Show - Air Date 12-20-13


Ch. 18: Final comments on a year I'm happy to see gone

Bonus - Song 8: (There's No War On Christmas) When Christmas Is in Your Heart - (There's No War On Christmas) When Christmas Is in Your Heart - Single


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(2014/12/19) A guide to doing it all wrong (The UVA Story - Rape Culture)

Edition #885

Today we take a look at the fallout from a badly reported case of rape at a UVA frat house. Rolling Stone seemed to be trying to help but with a completely upside-down approach of how to expose the problems of rape culture, compounded by one journalistic blunder after another, they only succeeded in making the problem worse.

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Introduction to the UVA rape case badly reported by Rolling Stone - @onthemedia - AIr Date: 12-6-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: The Party Is Over - Adam Levy - All Four One: Vol. 1 - Americana Compilation


Ch. 4: Act 2: UVA rape story questioned -@MHPshow - Air Date: 12-7-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Trust in Me - At Last! (Remastered)


Ch. 6: Act 3: Laura Dunn (@SurvJustice) on the Fallout from the Rolling Stone article “A Rape on Campus” - @RadioTimes with @MartyMossCoane - Air Date: 12-9-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Common Reaction - Un Huh Her


Ch. 8: Act 4: The nightmare the bad reporting on the UVA rape case has created - @Radio_Dispatch - Air Date: 12-9-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: Good Ol' Fashion Nightmare - Grand


Ch. 10: Act 5: Why demanding perfect victims is a recipe for disaster - @MattFilipowicz Show - Air Date: 12-16-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: Beautiful Disaster - Greatest Hits '93-'03


Ch. 12: Act 6: Is There A 'Right' Way To Report On Rape? - @helenbenedict on @HuffPostLive with @RickyCam - Air Date: 12-10-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: Le mystère de contre jour - Contre jour (Original Soundtrack)


Ch. 14: Act 7: A very few people lie but we should believe them anyways - @fakedansavage - Air Date: 12-16-14

Ch. 15: Song 7: Deep In the SweetWater (Remix by Joseph Bishara) - My Fever Broke


Ch. 16: Act 8: Support Survivors With @KnowYourIX - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 17: Song 8: Activism - The Poet


Ch. 18: Act 9: Talking about sexual assault prevention - @MHPshow - Air Date: 12-14-14


Voicemails

Ch. 20:  More thoughts on striking healthcare workers - Steve from Alaska

Ch. 21: Minimum income is more dignified than social programs - Nathan from Vancouver, WA

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 22: Final comments sharing some good news and also some good news

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


Activism: Support Survivors With @KnowYourIX

Take Action:

Followsupport, and utilize the resources at Know Your IX

Additional Activism/Resources:

Read and signal boost the #BelieveSurvivors hashtag

Sources/further reading:

"On Rolling Stone, lessons from fact-checking, and the limits of journalism” by Maya Dusenbery at Feministing

”Jackie Update” — and why media only covers “interesting” rape stories by Melissa McEwan at Shakesville

"How Rolling Stone Gave A Gift To Rape Apologists” by Katie Klabusich at Buzzfeed

"Why I Don't Want To Hear Both Sides Of Rape Cases” by Wagatwe Wanjuki at Buzzfeed

"Victims’ Memories Are Imperfect, But Still Perfectly Believable” by Ali Safran at Buzzfeed

"The Wrestler and the Rape Victim” by Jessica Luther at Vice Sports

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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Direct download: 885_A_guide_to_doing_it_all_wrong_The_UVA_Story_-_Rape_Culture.m4a
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(2014/12/16) One of our Blackest Marks (The Torture Report)

Edition #884

Today we take a look at the recently released Senate torture report and attempt to give guidance on how it should and should NOT be received

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Senate releases report on CIA torture - @allinwithchris Hayes - Air Date 12-9-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Human Rights - One Thing


Ch. 4: Act 2: "We Are Awesome"... - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 12-10-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Look At How Awesome We Are! - Look At How Awesome We Are!


Ch. 6: Act 3: Juan Cole on the lack of response to US torture from the Middle East - @truthdig Radio - Air Date: 12-12-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Machine - Contre jour (Original Soundtrack)


Ch. 8: Act 4: Suggesting alternatives to torture - The Bugle (@hellobuglers) - Air Date: 12-12-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: Seduce Me - Joyride


Ch. 10: Act 5: Don't change the subject on torture - @allinwithchris Hayes - Air Date 12-12-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: The Idiots Are Taking Over - The War On Errorism


Ch. 12: Act 6: Pardons would label torturers as criminals - Rachel @Maddow Show - Air Date: 12-9-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: We Know Better - Small Fame


Ch. 14: Act 7: Our culture of impunity - Le Show (@theharryshearer) - Air Date: 12-14-14

Ch. 15: Song 7: Accountability - I've Never Been to Heaven


Ch. 16: Act 8: Prosecute #Torture via @ACLU - Best of the Left Activism

Act 8.5:  They Said No To Torture - @aclu videos - Air Date: 12-12-14

Ch. 17: Song 8: Time for Action - Time for Action - the Very Best Of


Ch. 18: Act 9: Hayes Are really we a nation of laws? - @allinwithchris Hayes - Air Date 12-9-14

Ch. 19: Song 9: Law and Order - The Ultimate TV Themes Collection: Thrillers


Ch. 20: Act 10: What happens when you betray your ideals - @dccommonsense with Dan Carlin - Air Date: 12-14-14


Voicemails

Ch. 21: What's needed to understand the discussion on race - Vphriamer Adis from New York

Ch. 22: The heartland is in media darkness - Vicki from Oregon

Ch. 23: American exceptionalism is bullshit - Chris from Colorado Springs

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 24: Final comments on the underserved oppressed group featured in the most recent bonus episode

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


Activism: Prosecute #Torture via @ACLU

Take Action:

Write, email, and call (202-353-1555) the Department of Justice to demand the prosecution of those who ordered and orchestrated torture.

SIGN the ACLU petition: No Free Pass For Torture

Additional Activism:

SIGN the ACLU petition demanding the president Honor Those Who Said No To Torture

Sources/further reading:

"Why a Criminal Investigation is Necessary” — The ACLU statement on the Senate Torture Report

"Civil Rights Groups Call for Prosecution of Torture Architects” by Murtaza Hussain at The Intercept

"SSCI Torture Report Key: They Knew It was Torture, Knew It Was Illegal” via empty wheel

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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Direct download: 884_One_of_our_Blackest_Marks_The_Torture_Report.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00pm EDT

(2014/12/12) Put your money where our future is (Climate)

Edition #883

Today we take a look at the economics of energy and the implications for the climate. Turns out the pressure to create a clean energy future is making that future a good bet for investors

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Archbishop Desmond Tutu on Climate Change - fentoncomonline - Air Date: 9-22-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: One Love - Songs Around the World (Audio/Video Version)


Ch. 4: Act 2: The financial realities of the energy industry are shifting - @greennewsreport - Air Date: 12-04-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Sunshine Goodtime - Pretty Baby


Ch. 6: Act 3: Yo, Conservatives! Turns Out Program that Funded Solyndra Made Money and That's Not Even the Point... - @majorityfm - Air Date: 11-24-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Don't Hold Me Back - Call Back


Ch. 8: Act 4: Climate Change: The Cost of Inaction - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (@EPA) - Air Date: 9-19-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: Mothers of the Night - Last Night


Ch. 10: Act 5: Major corporation spending millions to build a symbol? - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date: 11-28-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: Waltz of Honesty - Adventure the Great EP


Ch. 12: Act 6: Keystone XL Pipeline Job Numbers Even WORSE Than We Thought - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 11-22-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: Reinventing Kevin Bacon - Causes and Cures


Ch. 14: Act 7: Progress at the climate negotiations - @greennewsreport - Air Date: 12-11-14

Ch. 15: Song 7: Australia - Wincing the Night Away


Ch. 16: Act 8: The Changing Climates Of Global Warming Propaganda [Fascinating Study] - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 11-29-14

Ch. 17: Song 8: Hide and Seek - Speak for Yourself


Ch. 18: Act 9:  Shoulders - Shane @Koyczan and The Short Story Long - Air Date: 10-8-14

Ch. 19: Song 9: One Day - Light (Bonus Track Version)


Ch. 20: Act 10: Get Local on #ClimateChange via @NRDC - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 21: Song 10: Time for Action - Time for Action - the Very Best Of


Ch. 22: Act 11: These Republicans use China as an excuse for climate inaction. What will they say now? - @theclimatedesk - Air Date: 11-11-14


Ch. 23: Act 12: Secret negotiations lead to US/China GHG emmissions agreement - @greennewsreport - Air Date: 11-13-14

Ch. 24: Song 12: Liquid Sun - The Beginning (A New Hope) (club mix) - DJ Keoki


Ch. 25: Act 13: HUGE: U.S. and China Announce Big New Climate Deal - @majorityfm - Air Date: 11-13-14


Voicemails

Ch. 26: Black and brown people aren't seen as human - Daemon from Bath, NC

Ch. 27: Need to work from within and without on racism - Gia from Philadelphia, PA

Ch. 28: Fuck the police - Wade from Ft. Worth, TX

Ch. 29: Questioning white supremacy - Marcus from Wichita Falls, TX

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 30: Final comments on the ocean of white supremacy that we all swim in

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


Activism: Get Local on #ClimateChange via @NRDC

Take Action:

SIGN to Tell Your Governor to Help Curb Climate Change h/t The National Resources Defense Council

Sources/further reading:

"5 Awful Things Congress Snuck Into the Omnibus Budget Deal” via The Bulletin

"Congress narrowly averts government shutdown” via CNN.com

"What’s in That Huge, Lobbyist-Driven Spending Bill?” by Joshua Holland at BillMoyers.com

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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Direct download: 883_Put_your_money_where_our_future_is_Climate_.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00pm EDT

(2014/12/09) Breakdowns in the systems (Injustice System)

Edition #882

Today we take a look at the systemic failures, both institutional and psychological, that continue to make injustice the norm throughout our justice system

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: How "Protect & Serve" Became "Search & Destroy" - @bravenewfilms - Air Date: 09-08-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Unknown Song


Ch. 4: Act 2: And now to have secret trials - Le Show (@theharryshearer) - Air Date: 11-30-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: What Is Your Secret - The Weight Is a Gift


Ch. 6: Act 3: Botched grand jury instructions call Ferguson ruling into question - Rachel @Maddow Show - Air Date: 12-02-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Just asking - Triangle Shirt Factory


Ch. 8: Act 4: Justice Scalia’s Grand Jury Rant Highlights Everything Wrong With Ferguson - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 11-30-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: Soon It Will Be Cold Enough to Build Fires - Soon It Will Be Cold Enough


Ch. 10: Act 5: Police body cameras are about more than the film they produce - @teamgoodfight - Air Date 9-15-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: Gobbledigook - Med sud i eyrum vid spilum endalaust


Ch. 12: Act 6: Officer's testimony cast Michael Brown as outsized threat - Rachel @Maddow Show - Air Date: 11-25-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: Fear is a villain - Theo Bard


Ch. 14: Act 7: The differing assumptions made about black children - @Radio_Dispatch - Air Date: 12-2-14

Ch. 15: Song 7: Mad World (feat. Gary Jules) - Trading Snakeoil for Wolftickets


Ch. 16: Act 8: #ThisStopsToday - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 17: Song 8: Right to Complain - Backatown (Bonus Track Version)


Ch. 18: Act 9: Why police shoot black men - @TWiBnation - Air Date: 12-2-14


Voicemails

Ch. 19: Responding to Mark from Texas - Calling from Seattle

Ch. 20: Respectability politics has been tried and it doesn't work - Jadelle from NYC

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 21: Final comments on respectability politics and a call for diversity in the voicemails

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


Activism: #ThisStopsToday

SIGN ACLU petition: "Our communities are not war zones”

SIGN Change.org petition: Require Ferguson and St. Louis County and City police officers to wear body cameras

Demand the Department of Justice Secure Justice For Mike Brown through federal Civil Rights action

Demand the Department of Justice investigate and indict Officer Pantaleo on federal criminal charges for violating Eric Garner’s Civil Rights

Additional Activism/Resources:

#ThisStopsToday events are ongoing. Find/organize one in your city.

Contact the Dept of Justice

Follow Jamilah Lemieux’s #AliveWhileBlack thread.

Bookmark the Justice 4 Mike Brown Tumblr which is aggregating video/pics/posts from around the world in solidarity

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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Direct download: 882_Breakdowns_in_the_systems_Injustice_System_.m4a
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#881 Processing Ferguson, Eric Garner and Beyond (#BlackLivesMatter)

Edition #881

Today listen and learn from those most deeply effected by the pattern of deaths of black men and women as they talk through their grief and anger

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Ferguson - @MumiaAbuJamal - Air Date: 11-25-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: The Survivors - Beasts of the Southern Wild (Music from the Motion Picture)


Ch. 4: Act 2: Ferguson is Selma - @mychalsmith on @Radio_Dispatch - Air Date: 11-26-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Basique - Mickey Mouse Operation


Ch. 6: Act 3: New rules and time for action - @blackastronaut1 - Air Date: 11-26-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Song Link here


Ch. 8: Act 4: This is what hopelessness looks like - @Radio_Dispatch - Air Date: 11-26-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: Rivers and Roads - The Head and the Heart


Ch. 10: Act 5: The Illipsis- on Ferguson, riots and human limits - @jsmooth995 - Air Date: 11-26-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: Tobacco Road - Tobacco Road


Ch. 12: Act 6: Ferguson's Fall Out - @MumiaAbuJamal - Air Date: 11-29-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: Struggle - Ringside


Ch. 14: Act 7: When the System Provides No Remedies to Torture, You Must Overthrow It - @blkagendareport - Air Date: 12-3-14

Ch. 15: Song 7: Take a Look Around (In the Style of Limp Bizkit) [Karaoke Instrumental Version] - Karaoke in the Style of Limp Bizkit - Single


Ch. 16: Act 8: New York City takes to streets in wake of Garner ruling - Rachel @Maddow Show - Air Date: 12-3-14

Ch. 17: Song 8: 

Everyday (Single Version) - Carly Comando


Ch. 18: Act 9: Death for a Cigarette - @MumiaAbuJamal - Air Date: 12-4-14

Ch. 19: Song 9: 

If Not Now, When - Anchor & Braille


Ch. 20: Act 10: Prepare yourselves for the long haul - @TWiBnation - Air Date: 12-3-14

Ch. 21: Song 10: 

Protest song - Anti-Flag


Ch. 22: Act 11: Killer Mike's pre-show Ferguson Grand Jury speech


Voicemails

Ch. 23: Focus on the gasoline, not the match - Wade from Ft. Worth, TX

Ch. 24: Thoughts on the big picture of race relations in America - Marcus from Wichita Falls, TX

Ch. 25: Another blow to the psyche - Prof. Rambo from Georgia

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 26: Final comments directing protesters to fergusonresponse.tumblr.com and #thisstopstoday

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


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(2014/12/02) Proof of the multiverse theory (Media)

Edition #880

Today we take a look at the fact that the divisions in our media consumption are creating perspectives of the world which are utterly unrecognizable to one another

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Who Controls The News - @jimmy_dore  Show - Air Date 8-22-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: This Is an Advertisement - This Is an Advertisement - Single


Ch. 4: Act 2: It depends on how you define news - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date: 10-31-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Pompeii - Bad Blood


Ch. 6: Act 3: No, "Liberal" Pundits. Midterm Elections Do Not Show Dems Need to Stop Being "Hard Left" - @majorityfm - Air Date: 11-06-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Praise You - The Greatest Hits - Why Try Harder


Ch. 8: Act 4: What has Happened to News in America? - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 10-15-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: The Walls Are Coming Down - Reservoir


Ch. 10: Act 5: Bengazi scandal debunked by GOP-lead investigation - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date: 11-28-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: Bad News - 808s & Heartbreak (Exclusive Edition)


Ch. 12: Act 6: A Nation in Fear - @MumiaAbuJamal - Air Date: 10-20-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: Fear - Fearless


Ch. 14: Act 7: NBC's balanced coverage of voter fraud - @jimmy_dore Show - Air Date: 10-25-14

Ch. 15: Song 7: Clementine - Suburban Nature


Ch. 16: Act 8: Media is the big winner in elections - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date: 11-07-14

Ch. 17: Song 8: Doing Business - Transfer


Ch. 18: Act 9: Conservatives Trust News Like This, Liberals Trust News Like That - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 10-25-14

Ch. 19: Song 9: Hide the Truth - Coming Up, Vol. 1


Ch. 20: Act 10: Conservative media creates parallel universe - Rachel @Maddow Show - Air Date: 11-10-14


Voicemails

Ch. 21: Thoughts on medical personnel strikes - Colin from Cleveland, OH

Ch. 22: Responding to street harassment episode - Aaron from Pennsylvania

Ch. 23: Switching to 100% renewable energy was cheaper - Wade from Ft. Worth, TX

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 24: Final comments on Ethical Electric and National Day of Mourning

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


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(2014/02/05) Don't eat shit and die (Food) (Repost)

#796

Turns out there's a whole lot of stuff wrong with our food supply, including cows eating shit. Like they don't already have it bad enough.

Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: 10,000 Sick in Salmonella Chicken Outbreak - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 10-10-13

Ch. 3: Song 1: Salmonella - Shul days


Ch. 4: Act 2: Virulent Strain Of Soy Flu Traced To Single Tofurky - @TheOnion

Ch. 5: Song 2: Virus - Astronaut


Ch. 6: Act 3: In this season of feasting, let's celebrate agriCULTURE - @jimhightower - Air Date: 11-28-13

Ch. 7: Song 3: Harvest Season - The Sun Shone Through the Trees


Ch. 8: Act 4: How Waste Isn't Just Throwing Things Away - @FoodWaste_TV - Air Date: 06-04-13

Ch. 9: Song 4: Smithereen - Epic Indie New Wave


Ch. 10: Act 5: Cows Being Fed Chicken Poop, FDA Not Stopping It - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 12-28-13

Ch. 11: Song 5: Risk It - Dark As Night


Ch. 12: Act 6: John Robbins: Why I went vegetarian - @vegsource - Air Date: 5-21-09

Ch. 13: Song 6: Everybody Ona Move - Yell Fire!


Ch. 14: Act 7: A curse, a blessing, and a good food movement - @jimhightower - Air Date: 12-5-13

Ch. 15: Song 7: Good Food - Planet X


Ch. 16: Act 8: Transgenic foods have bought the population problem some time - @inquiringshow - Air Date: 9-27-13

Ch. 17: Song 8: Take It to the Limit - Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975


Ch. 18: Act 9: National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 19: Song 9: Activism - The Poet


Ch. 20: Act 10: Listener Argues Against GMO Food Labeling - @majorityfm - Air Date: 01-24-14

Ch. 21: Song 10: Fake Plastic Trees - The Bends


Ch. 22: Act 11: Only Study Linking GMOs to Cancer Gets Retracted - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 12-03-13

Ch. 23: Song 11: Good Food - Making Paper Roses


Ch. 24: Act 12: The Incredible Response to Our "Real Reasons to be Afraid of GMOs" Interview - @majorityfm - Air Date: 01-24-14


Voicemails

Ch. 25: Number one source of GHG is animal agriculture - Kate from Boston

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 26: Final comments on being contacted by a potential corporate shill

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


ACTIVISM:

NSAC “Take Action” page

Sources/further reading:

NSAC on Twitter and NSAC on Facebook

What Is Sustainable Agriculture?

"The New Farm Bill: Yet Again, Not Ready for Climate Change” and "Obama’s 5 Biggest Sellouts to the Meat Industry” by Tom Philpott

 

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:00pm EDT