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Edition #926

Today, instead of trying to convince you of the benefits of feminism, I’m just going to show you the horrors (for everyone) of patriarchy
 
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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Colin Stokes: How movies teach manhood - @TEDTalks - Air Date: 01-18-13

Ch. 3: Song 1: We're Off to See the Wizard - Judy Garland & Ray Bolger


Ch. 4: Act 2: Boys will be boys in a patriarchal society - @citizenradio - Air Date: 5-22-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Boys Will Be Boys - Alisha


Ch. 6: Act 3: Do Videogame Stereotypes Hurt Men? - PBS Game/Show - Air Date: 08-2-13

Ch. 7: Song 3: Main Theme - String Player Gamer


Ch. 8: Act 4: White men never get to tell their stories - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - AIr Date: 1-9-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: Express Yourself - Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band


Ch. 10: Act 5: The Sad Puppy Takeover - @onthemedia - Air Date: 4-17-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: Patriarchy (Over & Out) - EP - Planningtorock & rRoxymore


Ch. 12: Act 6: What Fuels Sexism on the Internet? - @majorityfm - Air Date: 11-24-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: Empathy - Chasing Kings


Ch. 14: Act 7: What Is the Patriarchy? | Feminist Fridays - @marinashutup - Air Date: 11-02-14


Voicemails

Ch. 16: Thoughts on human nature - Ruben from San Jose

Ch. 17: What's the alternative to high stakes testing? - Chris from Colorado Springs

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 18: Final comments on education reforms and it's panic time for the Climate Hike fundraiser

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


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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Edition #979

Today we check in with the front-line forces in the annual holiday tradition of the War on Christmas™ and take a peek at a few other holiday traditions to boot
 
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Show Notes

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

00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: Christians Very Offended By Starbucks Holiday Cups - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 11-10-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: War on Christmas (Band Practice edition) - Jamie Kilstein and the Agenda


00:05:30 Ch. 4: Act 2: Donald Trump Will Win Non-Existent War on Christmas - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 09-29-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Get Down for the Holidays - Jenny O


00:09:12 Ch. 6: Act 3: Green Christmas (1958) - Stan Freberg

Ch. 7: Song 3: White Wine in the Sun - Tim Minchin


00:16:59 Ch. 8: Act 4: The Absurd "War On Christmas" Arrived Early This Year; Big Thanks To Fox News - @ringoffireradio - Air Date 11-13-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: War On Christmas - The Enablers & Friends


00:26:52 Ch. 10: Act 5: It's Merry Christmas, So F&_% Off - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 12-18-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: (It's Good to Be) A Jew At Christmas - What I Like About Jew


00:29:09 Ch. 12: Act 6: 3 Christmas traditions explained - Life Noggin - Air Date: 12-22-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: Tiny Tree Christmas - Guster


00:33:14 Ch. 14: Act 7: Anti-Christmas Atheist War Gangs Psychoanalyzed On Bill O’Reilly - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 12-06-14

Ch. 15: Song 7: The War On the War On Christmas - Macarone


00:38:55 Ch. 16: Act 8: The panopticon on the shelf - Radio Dispatch - Air Date 12-22-14

Ch. 17: Song 8: "Baby It's Cold Outside" Gets a Feminist Remix - caseymh2010


00:50:36 Ch. 18: Act 9: War on Christmas Update: Congressional Resolution Phase - Majority Report (@majorityfm) - Air Date: 12-16-15


00:55:49 Ch. 19: Final comments on the stress and suffering inflicted on those who have to be with their liberal family during the holidays

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


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Direct download: 979_The_War_on_Christmas_2015_and_other_stories.mp3
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Edition #978

Today we look at the shifting trends of how and why people work and what may happen when the robots take everyone’s jobs
 
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Show Notes

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

00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: Tipping Point: Technology Now Destroying More Jobs Than It Creates - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 06-13-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: Work to live - Serious Suicide


00:04:15 Ch. 4: Act 2: Nigel Cameron: A world without work - @TEDTalks - Air Date: 4-23-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: What Would You Do? - The Living End


00:22:40 Ch. 6: Act 3: Robots Will Take Your Job SOON! (seriously) - @RedactedTonight w/ @LeeCamp - Air Date: 05-09-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: Robot friend - Pretty Little Demons


00:28:48 Ch. 8: Act 4: Practical Theology (Because who wants impractical theology?) Part 1 - Progressive Faith Sermons - Dr. Roger Ray - Air Date 12-13-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: Courage - Authority Zero


00:37:31 Ch. 10: Act 5: Barry Schwartz: The way we think about work is broken - @TEDTalks - Air Date: 9-8-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: Human Nature - Michael Jackson


00:45:50 Ch. 12: Act 6: Practical Theology (Because who wants impractical theology?) Part 2 - Progressive Faith Sermons - Dr. Roger Ray - Air Date 12-13-15


Voicemails

00:56:59 Ch. 13: 7 Violence against women re: abortion? - Robert from New Hampshire

00:59:05 Ch. 14: 8 Response to thoughts on "unskilled labor" - Colin from Cleveland, OH

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


01:01:34 Ch. 15: Final comments on After Tiller, the Progressive Faith Sermon and how human nature is moulded by our circumstances

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


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Direct download: 978_The_future_of_work_Culture.mp3
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Edition #977

Today we look at the fundamental barrier to democracy in the US and the veritable swarm of movements springing up to tear it down
 
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Show Notes

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

00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: Brazil Bans Corporate Money In Politics. - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 09-19-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: Power to the People - John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band


00:08:16 Ch. 4: Act 2: How to Keep Campaign Donations Secret - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 06-06-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Things a Get from Bad to Worse - The Ethiopians


00:17:03 Ch. 6: Act 3: Corruption is Legal in America - Represent.Us (@RepresentDotUs) - Air Date: 4-30-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: N/A


00:22:47 Ch. 8: Act 4: Represent.Us 2015 Strategy - Represent.Us (@RepresentDotUs) - Air Date: 1-15-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: N/A


00:27:09 Ch. 10: Act 5: CBS Chief Loves Trump, Super-PACs, And Corruption - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 12-13-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: Laughing At You - Head Automatica


00:32:48 Ch. 12: Act 6: Yahoo misses the point about the problems of money in politics - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date: 9-25-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: Moneytalks - Vitamin String Quartet


00:36:27 Ch. 14: Act 7: Media Ignores...Americans Want Citizens United Overturned! - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 10-08-15

Ch. 15: Song 7: Moneytalks - Vitamin String Quartet


00:41:45 Ch. 16: Act 8: Stamp Money Out Of Politics w/ @BenAndJerrys @StampStampede - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 17: Song 8: Time for Action - Secret Affair


00:48:15 Ch. 18: Act 9: Help California FREE Act Fight Money In Politics Now! Sign The Petition - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 12-04-15


Voicemails

00:54:45 Ch. 19: Framing the abortion debate in terms of bodily integrity - Rachel from Mississippi

00:56:51 Ch. 20: Thoughts on "unskilled" workers - Chris from Fairfax

00:59:34 Ch. 21: Agreeing with the Fight for $15 messaging - Wade from Ft. Worth, TX

01:01:01 Ch. 22: Minimum wages across borders doesn't matter much - David in Cincinnati

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


01:01:54 Ch. 23: Final comments on the cost of books in Canada and a detailed explainer for election reform groups

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


Activism: Stamp Money Out Of Politics w/@BenAndJerrys @StampStampede

Take Action:

Get your stamps/get involved with: Stamp Stampede

Share your marked money with: StampStampede’s social media feeds

Follow the #GetMoneyOutthread

Sources/further reading:

"Here's How Ben & Jerry's Co-Founder Wants To Stamp Money Out Of Politics” via Huffington Post

"Stamp stampede on your dollar -- for democracy” by Ben & Jerry

"Stamp Money Out of Politics – STAMP STAMPEDE” via Democracy Matters

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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Direct download: 977_Legal_corruption_and_how_to_fix_it_Money_in_Politics.mp3
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Edition #976

Today we look at a few facts regarding guns and gun control in the US including what’s keeping our politicians from enacting widely supported gun regulations
 
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Show Notes

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

00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: Obama Reacts to Mass Shootings | ReFramed - Refinery29 - Air Date: 12-04-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: Clodomir - Imagho


00:02:21 Ch. 4: Act 2: See you at the next mass shooting - @jimmy_dore Show - Air Date 12-4-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Going sane - Bryan Everyshed


00:05:13 Ch. 6: Act 3: Study: NO ADVANTAGE to Using Firearms in Self-Defense Situations - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 07-31-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: The Magnificent Seven - The City of Prague Philharmonic


00:10:38 Ch. 8: Act 4: The media forgets to follow the money on gun violence - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 12-11-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: Tape - dustmotes


00:15:08 Ch. 10: Act 5: America Is Dying For Gun Control - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 12-04-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: Wake me up - Avicii


00:22:41 Ch. 12: Act 6: Gun control - Jim Jefferies

Ch. 13: Song 6: The Flowers Are Still Standing - Jahzzar


00:37:50 Ch. 14: Act 7: On San Bernardino and the Dickey Amendment - @OntheMedia - Air Date 12-3-15

Ch. 15: Song 7: Agnes - Rod Hamilton


00:47:30 Ch. 16: Act 8: #EndTheBan on @CDCgov Research via @Drsforamerica & @Everytown — Best of the Left Activism 

Ch. 17: Song 8: This Fickle World - Theo Bard


00:50:11 Ch. 18: Act 9: Science: Fewer Guns = Fewer Gun Deaths - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 08-29-15


Voicemails

00:59:55 Ch. 19: It's not just about gun sales, it's about rights - Nathan from Vancouver, WA

01:02:29 Ch. 20: No such thing as "unskilled labor" - Will in Mississippi

01:03:20 Ch. 21: Why don't we prosecute anti-abortion groups? - Emma from New York City

01:05:08 Ch. 22: Women aren't seen as full humans - Erin from Philadelphia

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


01:07:55 Ch. 23: Final comments on the latest updates from the year-end fundraiser

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


Activism: #EndTheBan on @CDCgov Research via @Drsforamerica & @Everytown

Take Action:

SHARE: "Doctors and Public Health Professionals: End the CDC Gun Violence Research Ban” from Doctors For America

SIGN, Tweet, & Call your senators: #EndGunViolence, #EndTheBan via Everytown for Gun Safety

Sources/further reading:

"Gun violence research: History of the federal funding freeze”

"Congressman Whose Amendment Ended Federal Gun Research: 'I Have Regrets’” via Talking Points Memo

National Rifle Assoc Funding Stats via OpenSecrets.org

"Over 2,000 Physicians Urge Congress to End the Ban on CDC and NIH Gun Violence Research” from Doctors For America

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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Direct download: 976_Another_day_in_America_Mass_Shootings.mp3
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Edition #975

Today we look at the history of reproductive rights and the history of the war against them and then examine the recent Planned Parenthood shooting in Colorado in this context
 
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Show Notes

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

00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: They want to ban abortion - @allinwithchris Hayes - Air Date 12-1-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: Bury the Past - Professional Victims


00:07:41 Ch. 4: Act 2: Cruz in questionable company, offers bizarre response to shooting - Rachel @Maddow - Air Date 11-30-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Cospiratore - Old Splendifolia


00:19:33 Ch. 6: Act 3: Jodi Jacobson on the broader context for the Colorado Springs killings - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 12-4-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: The Cloud - Jim Guthrie


00:31:45 Ch. 8: Act 4: Fox News On Damage Control After “Baby Parts” Propaganda Campaign - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 12-02-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: Untitled - Zoe Keating


00:42:53 Ch. 10: Act 5: Tell the DOJ: #InvestigateClinicViolence as Terrorism via @NARAL — Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 11: Song 5: This Fickle World - Theo Bard


00:46:07 Ch. 12: Act 6: Abortion provider 'not deterred' by Colorado attack - Melissa Harris-Perry (@MHPshow) - Air Date 11-28-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: Window - The Album Leaf


00:52:27 Ch. 14: Act 7: Journal of abortion provider Dr. Susan Wicklund - @Making_Contact - Air Date 12-9-15


Voicemails

00:58:56 Ch. 15: Thoughts on those who refuse to pay women the same as men - Spencer from Utah

01:01:35 Ch. 16: Muslims are already in danger - Ezra from Washington, DC

01:03:09 Ch. 17: Commenting on Shooting of Laquan McDonald - Wade from Ft. Worth, TX

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


01:05:55 Ch. 18: Final comments and bonus voicemails from Jack in Chicago, Paul in Winnipeg and Zach in Atlanta

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


Activism: Tell the DOJ: #InvestigateClinicViolence as Terrorism via @NARAL

Take Action:

SIGN: Tell the Department of Justice to #InvestigateClinicViolence as terrorism via NARAL

SIGN: "Tell the Department of Justice: Investigate attacks on Planned Parenthood clinics for what they are — domestic terrorism.” via @CredoAction

Additional Activism/Resources:

Donate/volunteer with clinic defense: contact The Clinic Vest Project

Follow: #InvestigateClinicViolence

Sources/further reading:

WATCH: ReproAction’s webinar: "Stop Anti-Abortion Terrorism and Harassment”

"Targeted Attacks On Abortion Providers Is Domestic Terrorism” by Katie Klabusich at The Establishment

"‘Living in the Crosshairs’ Puts Human Face on Grim Clinic Violence Statistics” by Katie Klabusich at RH Reality Check

"Activists renew calls for abortion clinic attacks to be labeled domestic terrorism” by Molly Redden at The Guardian

"I Used to Confront Abortion Doctors—Until One Got Murdered” at Time

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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Edition #974

Today we look at a variety of ways corporations are working hard to screw over people and the planet in search of profits with a particular focus on the recently-released full text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership
 
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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Joanne Doroshow: Forced arbitration and what it means - CounterSpin @FAIRmediawatch - Air Date 11-6-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: Mess Is Mine - Vance Joy


Ch. 4: Act 2: Full Text of TPP Trade Deal Revealed -- and Critics Say It's Even Worse Than They Thought - @democracynow - Air Date: 11-06-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: One Million Miles Away - J. Ralph


Ch. 6: Act 3: TPP: Designed to Protect Investors! - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 11-05-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: World Spins Madly On - The Weepies


Ch. 8: Act 4: The corporations bend governments to their will with the TPP - Economic Update w/ @profwolff - Air Date 11-13-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: Oligarchy - The Haymarket Squares


Ch. 10: Act 5: "A Very Big Mistake": Joseph Stiglitz Slams Obama for Pushing the TPP - @democracynow - Air Date: 11-12-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: Smoke and Mirrors - Imagine Dragons


Ch. 12: Act 6: Opposing the TPP On #Climate Grounds via @IATP, @Public_Citizen & @ExposeTheTPP - Best of the Left Activism

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


Ch. 14: Act 7: American Corporations: Workers Pay Taxes, Not US!!! - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 08-22-15


Voicemails

Ch. 15: White people always think they're being called a racist - Elka from Fort Wayne, IN

Ch. 16: World Star Hip Hop is a racist dog whistle - Ruben from San Jose

Ch. 17: Questions about the US and Canadian minimum wages - Paul from Winnepeg

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 18: Final comments on the messaging of the Fight for $15 campaign, membership drive and Theo Bard's "This Fickle World" is now on sale

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


Activism Update!

The TPP is bad for the climate! via "3 Ways the TPP Will Hurt the Climate—If We Let It Pass” at The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

Follow-up/new Action!

CONTACT: your legislators about TPP with climate-specific concerns. via Public Citizen

SHOW why you oppose the TPP on social media via Expose The TPP

Sources/further reading:

FOLLOW: #COP21 for updates on the Paris Climate Negotiations

"It’s Never Been about Trade” via The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

Revisit the original action/segment: "Stop Fast Track of TransPacific Partnership via @MoveOn” — 02/06/2015

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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Direct download: 974_The_Trans_Pacific_Partnership_revealed_Corporate_Takeover.mp3
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Edition #973

Today we look at the troubling trends facing today’s low wage workers and those in the middle class who may eventually find themselves to be low wage workers
 
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Show Notes

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

00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: How America Is Killing the Middle Class - AJ+ (@ajplus) - Air Date 10-22-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: Working Poor - Horse Feathers


00:04:51 Ch. 4: Act 2: Why Conservatives Hate Unions... - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date 02-10-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Let's Eat the Poor - alan ross haynes


00:14:01 Ch. 6: Act 3:  Paul Ryan REALLY Believes in Family Time, Just Not for Your Family - Majority Report (@majorityfm) - Air Date: 11-02-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: Let's Go Down - Family of the year


00:21:01 Ch. 8: Act 4: KMart withholds holiday schedules and screws with employees lives - @TalkPoverty Radio - Air Date 11-19-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: Oak - Ben McElroy


00:24:52 Ch. 10: Act 5: Retail companies who were open on Thanksgiving don't have much to show for it - @TalkPoverty Radio - Air Date 12-3-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: Working Class Hero - Exit Clov


00:27:40 Ch. 12: Act 6:  Fair Wages: A history of getting paid - BackStory - Air Date 3-28-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: Family Farm - Chris Dorman


00:36:08 Ch. 14: Act 7: McDonald's Installs Automated Order Kiosks in NYC - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 08-06-15

Ch. 15: Song 7: Automation (Live Version) - Allan Sherman


00:40:47 Ch. 16: Act 8: Stiglitz: Sanders is Right - Everybody Has the Right to Healthcare, Sick Days and Family Leave - @democracynow - Air Date: 11-12-15

Ch. 17: Song 8: The Bare Necessities - Bruce Reitherman & Phil Harris


00:48:11 Ch. 18: Act 9: Fight. Strike. Vote. via @FightFor15 - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 19: Song 9: This Fickle World - Theo Bard


00:50:59 Ch. 20: Act 10: Your Job May Be Killing You - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 11-02-15


Voicemails

00:58:49 Ch. 21: The culture of white supremacy in police work - Geoff from Florida

01:00:11 Ch. 22: Wade didn't say anything racist about cops in schools - Matt in Eastern PA

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


01:03:24 Ch. 23: Final comments on Amazon, labor, coops and an update on the member drive

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


Activism: Fight. Strike. Vote. via @FightFor15 — Best of the Left Activism

Take Action:

SIGN: the Fight for $15 Vote Pledge

POST: when you buy holiday gifts in your community, tag stores and purchases with #ShopLocal to encourage others to do the same.

Additional Activism/Resources:

SUPPORT good business by using the Think Progress "Holiday Shopping Guide" to see which companies force employees to work holidays.

Sources/further reading:

”Almost Half of All American Workers Make Less Than $15 an Hour” by Michelle Chen at The Nation

"Republicans divided by income over government’s role in ‘safety net’ issues” via Pew Research Center

"Stronger Unions Are the Way to Rebalance Our Economy” by Dorian Warren via Newsweek

"Walmart Threatens City Council For Considering Minimum Wage Increase” at ThinkProgress

"How One City Is Making Sure Bosses Comply With Wage Theft and Paid Sick Leave Laws” at In These Times

"Truth Needle: Is $15 wage dooming Seattle restaurants? Owners say no” at The Seattle Times

"'Do unions still matter?' 5 answers I've offered to my father-in-law when he asks that question.”

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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Direct download: 973_Killing_the_middle_class_Labor_Rights.mp3
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Edition #972

Today we look at the racist and xenophobic response to muslims trying to escape their war-torn countries in the wake of the recent Paris attacks
 
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Show Notes

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

00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1:  PT 2 Glenn Greenwald on "Submissive" Media's Drumbeat for War and Anti-Muslim Scapegoating - @democracynow - Air Date 11-19-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: Tusk - Errors


00:05:53 Ch. 4: Act 2: How The US Screens Refugees - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 11-18-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Clodomir - Imagho


00:10:25 Ch. 6: Act 3: In Spite of Attacks, France Will Welcome Even More Refugees - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 11-19-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: Slipping Away - Michael Andrews


00:14:17 Ch. 8: Act 4: First Muslim Member of U.S. Congress: Restrictions on Syrian Refugees Driven by Fear, Xenophobia - @democracynow - Air Date: 11-26-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: Democracy - Leonard Cohen


00:18:42 Ch. 10: Act 5: Spiritual reflections in an age of terrorism: Refugees - Progressive Faith Sermon w Dr. Rodger Ray - Air Date 11-15-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: Not in our name - DJ Spooky & Saul Williams


00:23:26 Ch. 12: Act 6: Fear-mongering: "CNN Has Led the Way in This" Claims Glenn Greenwald, on CNN - Majority Report (@majorityfm) - Air Date: 11-24-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: Good people - Jack Johnson


00:29:28 Ch. 14: Act 7: "Nativist Hysteria" Against Syrian Refugees Echoes U.S. Rejection of Jewish Refugees in 1930s - @democracynow - Air Date 11-24-15

Ch. 15: Song 7: Hipozebra - Selva de Mar


00:37:05 Ch. 16: Act 8: Over Twenty Governors Reject Syrian Refugees Fleeing ISIS - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 11-17-15

Ch. 17: Song 8: American Land - Bruce Springsteen


00:44:13 Ch. 18: Act 9: Is it actually un-American to fear immigrants and refugees? - About Race - Air Date 11-25-15

Ch. 19: Song 9: Hide Your Tears - Daniel Licht


00:47:55 Ch. 20: Act 10: Tell your Senators to Make #RefugeesWelcome via @theIRC - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 21: Song 10: This fickle world - Theo Bard


00:50:31 Ch. 22: Act 11: Trump Wants Mandatory Badges On Muslim Americans - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 11-20-15


Voicemails

01:05:02 Ch. 23: White men with guns are not the answer - William J. Jackson

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


01:06:56 Ch. 24: Final comments on what white supremacy is all about

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


Activism: Tell your Senator to Make #RefugeesWelcome via @theIRC — Best of the Left Activism

Take Action:

SIGN: "Tell your Senator to Make #RefugeesWelcome: Ask Congress to Support Syrian and Iraqi Refugee Resettlement & Stand for Welcome”

DONATE: Make a lifesaving gift that supports refugee families caught in the world’s most urgent humanitarian crisis.

GIVE A GIFT: RESCUE GIFTS: Symbolic Gifts. Real Rescue.

Additional Activism/Resources:

LIKE & FOLLOW: the International Rescue Committee (IRC) on Facebook and on Twitter

RETWEET: "FACT. Entering the US as a refugee is by far the most difficult and complex of all routes in. #RefugeesWelcome” from IRC: International Rescue Committee

Related Best of the Left Action (11-23-2015): "Oppose the American SAFE Act of 2015 via @TheNation”

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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Edition #879

Today we take a look at some of the underlying problems with capitalism and their repercussions
 
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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Can Money Buy Happiness? - AsapSCIENCE - Air Date: 12-20-12

Ch. 3: Song 1: Spend - Try to Be Here


Ch. 4: Act 2: Unregulated Capitalism and the Persuit of Happiness... - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 11-12-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Mo Money Mo Problems (feat. Mase & Puff Daddy) - Life After Death (Deluxe Version)


Ch. 6: Act 3: Capitalism is fundamentally undemocratic - Economic Update with @profwolff - Air Date: 11-10-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Capitalism - Capitalism (feat. Bajka) - EP


Ch. 8: Act 4: Thoughts on a basic guaranteed income - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date: 10-20-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: American Way - Essential Masters


Ch. 10: Act 5: Triangle Returns - Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights - Air Date: 03-22-11

Ch. 11: Song 5: Going Home - The Talks


Ch. 12: Act 6: Dr. King's "Bill of Economic and Social Rights" - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 01-21-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: America First - Chicago Wind


Ch. 14: Act 7: Protest Black Friday - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 15: Song 7: Right to Complain - Backatown (Bonus Track Version)


Ch. 16: Act 8: When Your Workers Want Rights Just Pay Off A Politician - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 09-18-14


Voicemails

Ch. 18: Asking for thoughts on medical personnel strikes - Peter from Little Rock, AK

Ch. 19: The importance of turnout - Ben from New Jersey

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 20: Final comments on the evolution of political and economic systems

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


Activism: Protest Black Friday, #BND/#WalmartStrikers

Take Action:

Participate by not participating: Buy Nothing Day #BND via Adbusters

Follow and support Walmart Strikers via #WalmartStrikers on Twitter and Black Friday Protests

Sources/further reading:

"Sit-Down Strike at Walmart and Win? It's Been Done” via Huffington Post

"Letter: Working and middle class should support fast food workers” via Fight For $15

"Poll: Should retailers remain open on Thanksgiving?” with Steven Greenhouse on PBS Newshour

Watch: "This Black Friday, Workers to Challenge the Waltons” via OUR Walmart

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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