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(2015/06/30) The long shadow of southern white supremacy (Racism)

Edition #934

Today we take a look at the history of race and white supremacy in America to understand the incredibly loud echoes of the past that continue to reverberate strongly in modern society
 
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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: The Trick of Whiteness, Historically and Today - @timjacobwise - Air Date: 12-5-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Time to Go Home - Michael Franti & Spearhead


00:06:56 Ch. 4: Act 2: Black, White and Red All Over - @onthemedia - Air Date: 2-13-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Echo's (from the Past) - Al Huskey


00:12:27 Ch. 6: Act 3: The Story Of The Tulsa Race Riots Will Disgust You - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 05-01-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: Black Wall Street - Touchers


00:18:03 Ch. 8: Act 4: How Some Baltimore Neighborhoods Reflect Segregation's Legacy - @MorningEdition on @NPR - Air Date: 5-6-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: Segregation - Rankin Scroo


00:23:58 Ch. 10: Act 5: LBJ and the racial divide, 50 years later - @DecodeDC - Air Date: 6-18-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: Accountability - Sammy R. Hall


00:30:40 Ch. 12: Act 6: Conservative Pundits Say Removal Of Confederate Flag Will Destroy The South - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 06-26-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: Soul Vibrations Black History / Black Culture : Afro-Nicaraguan Music - Soul Vibrations


00:40:16 Ch. 14: Act 7: Will the South Finally be Deprogrammed - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 06-24-15

Ch. 15: Song 7: Modern Day Slavery - Waun


00:50:14 Ch. 16: Act 8: Showing Up For Racial Justice @ShowUp4RJ - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 17: Song 8: Right to Complain - Trombone Shorty & Marc Broussard


00:54:06 Ch. 18: Act 9:  I'm a redneck and I love America - @TheDixonWhite - Air Date: 04-4-15


Voicemails

01:00:01 Ch. 19: Pushback on Rachel Dolezal segments - Adriana from Long Beach, CA

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


01:02:36 Ch. 20: Final comments on the fundamentals of socially constructed cultural norms

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


Activism: Showing Up For Racial Justice @ShowUp4RJ

Take Action:

Volunteer and/or participate in actions around the country with Showing Up For Racial Justice

Follow SURJ on Twitter and like the on Facebook

Additional Activism/Resources:

#TakeDownTheFlag

AskAWhitePerson.com

Sources/further reading:

"12 Ways to Be a White Ally to Black People” by Janee Woods at The Root

"White Supremacy Culture: From Dismantling Racism: A Workbook for Social Change Groups” via SURJ

"Take Down the Confederate Flag—Now” by Ta-Nehisi Coates at The Atlantic

"Calls to Drop Confederate Emblems Spread Nationwide” via The New York Times

"Before Charleston, Not Many People Wanted To Take Down The Confederate Flag” via FiveThirtyEight.com

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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Direct download: 933_The_long_shadow_of_southern_white_supremacy_Racism.m4a
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(2015/06/26) Heritage (Rachel Dolezal and the Charleston Shooting)

Edition #933

Today we examine the complicated dynamics of the race of Rachel Dolezal and the simple dynamics of the white supremacist terrorist attack on a historical black church on Charleston, SC
 
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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Rachel Dolezal, Guilty or Not Guilty? - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 06-16-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: Can't Pretend - Tom Odell


Ch. 4: Act 2: Linda Martín Alcoff on Rachel Dolezal: Race Not an Individual Construct - @democracynow - Air Date: 06-17-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Chameleon - Ryan Beatty


Ch. 6: Act 3: Tamara Winfrey Harris (@whattamisaid): Black Like Who? Rachel Dolezal’s Harmful Masquerade - Backtalk (@BitchMedia) - Air Date: 6-25-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: Accept Yourself (David Jensen session 8/25/83) - The Smiths


Ch. 8: Act 4: Rachel Dolezal has nothing to do with trans people - @Radio_Dispatch - Air Date: 6-16-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: Big Winter Jacket - Cayucas


Ch. 10: Act 5: A Hate Crime in Charleston - @onthemedia - Air Date: 6-19-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: Dust In the Wind - Kansas


Ch. 12: Act 6: The process of trauma in black America - This Week in Blackness (@TWiBprime) - Air Date: 6-18-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: A Dose of White Supremacy - Neffe Odom Kragh-Muller


Ch. 14: Act 7: The Charleston shooting is part of a long history of anti-black terrorism - @voxdotcom - Air Date: 6-20-15

Ch. 15: Song 7: So Terrible It's Terrifying - Earmint


Ch. 16: Act 8:  FBI Director Denies Charleston Shooting Was Terrorism - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 06-23-15

Ch. 17: Song 8: Coward - Vic Chesnutt


Ch. 18: Act 9: Why Charleston Shooter Dylan Roof Isn't a “Terrorist” But Maybe Some of Us Are - @blkagendareport - Air Date: 6-24-15

Ch. 19: Song 9: Turtle (Bonobo Mix) - Pilote


Ch. 20: Act 10: John Oliver on The Charleston Shooting - @LastWeekTonight w/ @iamjohnoliver - Air Date: 06-22-15

Ch. 21: Song 10: The losing kind - Harry Shearer


Ch. 22: Act 11: The real history of the Confederate flag - @allinwithchris Hayes - Air Date 6-23-15

Ch. 23: Song 11: Know Your History - Drumma Boy


Ch. 24: Act 13: Tim Wise: Black Deaths and White Culture: Challenging Racism After Charleston - @ToThePoint_KCRW - Air Date: 6-24-15


Voicemails

Ch. 25: We need a real conversation on race, not the distractions - Marcus from Wichita Falls, TX

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 26: Final comments on what's still missing from this episode

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


Bonus Clips!

You can't have your identity anymore, just oppression - This Week in Blackness - Air Date: 6-17-15

You almost had me fooled, Rachel - The Read - Air Date: 6-16-15


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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Direct download: 932_Heritage_Rachel_Dolezal_and_the_Charleston_Shooting.m4a
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(2015/06/23) Moving the goalposts on undue burden (Reproductive Justice)

Edition #932

Today we take a look at the continued, relentless state-level assault on abortion access around the country and the impending catastrophic consequences in Texas where an ideologically conservative court is openly seeking to overturn Roe V. Wade
 
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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: How To Get An Abortion In The Unites States - @ajplus - Air Date: 12-11-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Someday We Will Foresee Obstacles - Syd Matters


Ch. 4: Act 2: Fox's Keith Ablow - Men Should Be Able To Veto Women's Abortions - @mmfa - Air Date: 05-08-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: We Are the Kids - WALK THE MOON


Ch. 6: Act 3: .@ScottWalker's B.S. Reason For Forcing Women To Get Ultrasounds - @majorityfm - Air Date: 06-04-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: Daka's Ultrasound - Theodore Shapiro


Ch. 8: Act 4: Woman Charged with Murder After Taking Abortion Pill - The @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 06-10-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: Can't Stop (feat. Kanye West) - Theophilus London


Ch. 10: Act 5: North Carolina governor breaks promise again on new abortion laws - @maddow - Air Date: 06-07-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: Never Is a Promise - Fiona Apple


Ch. 12: Act 6: The Unborn Ultimatum, @msjwilly - @TheDailyShow - Air Date: 01-15-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: Faces Without Names - John Powell


Ch. 14: Act 7: Murder Charges Dismissed for Woman Who Took Abortion Pill - The @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 06-12-15

Ch. 15: Song 7: Drop the Charges - Grand Agent


Ch. 16: Act 8: As Ruling Threatens to Gut Abortion Access in Texas, Providers Vow to Take Fight to Supreme Court - @naralTX on @democracynow - Air Date: 06-11-15

Ch. 17: Song 8: Oklahoma-Texas Line - Rascal Flatts


Ch. 18: Act 9: New strategy in battle over reproductive rights w/@WholeWomans @rtraister @crfredrickson - @MHPshow - Air Date: 06-14-15

Ch. 19: Song 9: Rockabilly Blues (Texas 1955) - Johnny Cash


Ch. 20: Act 10: #FightBackTX with @FundTexasChoice — Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 21: Song 10: Activism - Shihan


Ch. 22: Act 11: .@AngryBlackLady Let's Loose on the Fifth Circuit & Abortion Restrictions in Texas - @TWiBnation - Air Date: 06-10-15


Voicemails

Ch. 23: The social implications of supporting legalization - Casey from Chicago, IL

Ch. 24: More details on shooting 49 rounds - Dylan from Fort Bliss, TX

Ch. 25: Montessori education and an Islamic caliphate - Chris from Colorado Springs

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 26: Final comments on supporting legalization, humanizing and training cops, introverted learning and the Islamic caliphate

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


Activism: #FightBackTX with @FundTexasChoice

Take Action:

Follow and support Fund Texas Choice

Additional Activism/Resources:

Follow and support the other Texas abortion funds:

Lilith Fund

TEA Fund

West Fund

Whole Woman’s Texas Action Fund

Sources/further reading:

"State Facts About Abortion: Texas” via The Guttmacher Institute

"Fifth Circuit Upholds More HB 2 Provisions, Dares the Supreme Court to Step In” by Jessica Pieklo at RH Reality Check

"Court Upholds Texas’ ‘Devastating’ Anti-Choice Omnibus Law” by Andrea Grimes at RH Reality Check

"Plaintiffs appeal to 5th Circuit Court, Supreme Court following ruling on HB 2” at The Daily Texan

"Fifth Circuit Refuses to Stay Ruling That Could Immediately Shutter All But 9 Abortion Clinics in Texas” via The Center For Reproductive Rights

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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Direct download: 932_Moving_the_goalposts_on_undue_burden_Reproductive_Justice.m4a
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(2015/03/06) Theory vs practice (Libertarianism) (Repost)

Edition #903

Today we take a look at the asininity of the modern, American-style Libertarian movement
 
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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: The Libertarian Platform - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 08-13-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Do What You Want - Do What You Want - EP


Ch. 4: Act 2: Libertarianism & The Purpose of Freedom - @majorityfm - Air Date: 12-24-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: "Jeremiah Johnson - Main Theme"


Ch. 6: Act 3: Libertarian 'Men With Guns' Arguments Make No Sense - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 06-21-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Celebration Guns - Set Yourself on Fire


Ch. 8: Act 4: Ayn Rand - @LastWeekTonight with @iamjohnoliver - Air Date: 9-29-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: American Greed (Dustin's Ayn Rand Remix) - American Greed (Remixes) - EP


Ch. 10: Act 5: Republican Makes the Case for Libertarianism: Restaurant Workers Should NOT Have to Wash Their Hands - @majorityfm - Air Date: 02-05-15

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


Ch. 12: Act 6: Libertarianism Capitalism Killed My Best Friend - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 08-14-13

Ch. 13: Song 6: Cancer - The Black Parade


Ch. 14: Act 7: The myth of meritocracy - Economic Update with @profwolff - Air Date: 1-5-15

Ch. 15: Song 7: Revolution (Human Need Over Profit) - Tha People's Music


Ch. 16: Act 8: Tree Hugging Libertarians Unknowingly Buys Pieces Of Chilean Hell - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 09-18-14


Voicemails

Ch. 18: Thoughts on addition to things other than drugs - Jay from Jackson Hole, WY

Ch. 19: Don't downplay the severity of addiction - Chris from Colorado Springs

Ch. 20: Dismantling the default - Melissa from New York

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 21: Final comments on intersectionality and the language of inclusivity

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


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Direct download: 2015_03_06_Theory_vs_practice_Libertarianism.m4a
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(2015/06/16) From rewriting wars to waging peace (Foreign Policy)

Edition #931

Today we take a look at how the election is spurring a new round of revisionist history while others look to change the paradigm on waging war altogether
 
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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: The importance of reflecting on past wars - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date: 5-29-15

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


00:04:13 Ch. 4: Act 2: CIA Official: George Bush Misled on Iraq and I Knew…What Do You Want Me to Do? - Majority Report (@majorityfm) - Air Date: 05-22-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Living a Lie (feat. James Mercer) - Aimee Mann


00:14:50 Ch. 6: Act 3: The Wrong Hypothetical Question - @onthemedia - Air Date: 5-22-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: "Re-Write History" - George Dobbs - George Dobbs


00:22:16 Ch. 8: Act 4: Richard Clarke on the lessons of the Iraq War - @allinwithchris Hayes - Air Date 5-21-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: It Goes On and On - The Avett Brothers


00:30:27 Ch. 12: Act 6: Why Costa Rica Can Not be Invaded... - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 06-10-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: Peace, My Mind - Bard


00:35:01 Ch. 14: Act 7: "Move the Money" - Reducing the Pentagon Budget via @VFPNational — Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 15: Song 7: Activism - Shihan


00:37:58 Ch. 16: Act 8: Barry Ladendorf from Veterans for Peace (@VFPNational) on waging peace - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date: 6-6-15


Voicemails

00:50:26 Ch. 17: Thoughts on Montessori school - Elka from Fort Wayne, IN

00:52:33 Ch. 18: 49 Shots Means The Officer Reloaded Twice - Wade From Ft. Worth, TX

00:56:14 Ch. 19: Education funding in Washington State - Dave from Olympia, WA

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


01:00:21 Ch. 20: Final comments on doing my American duty to take some time off

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


Activism: "Move the Money" - Reducing the Pentagon Budget via @VFPNational

Take Action:

Use ContactingTheCongress.org to tell your representatives to follow the Veterans For Peach plan to “Move the Money” & “Audit the Pentagon”

Additional Activism/Resources:

Register for the Veterans For Peace 30th Annual Convention, August 5-9

Sources/further reading:

"Praying for Peace While Waging Permanent War?” via CounterPunch

"National Defense Authorization Act: Five Things You Should Know” via the National Priorities Project

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


 Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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Direct download: From_rewriting_wars_to_waging_peace_Foreign_Policy.m4a
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(2015/06/12) Our prisons: cruel and counterproductive (Injustice System)

Edition #930

Today we take a look at the US prison and bail system and explain exactly how it’s built to systematically punish the poor
 
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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: US & North Korea Lead World in This - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 04-20-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Life In Prison - Mitchell


Ch. 4: Act 2: Are U.S. Prisoners Too Patriotic For Their Own Good? - @RedactedTonight w/ @TheRealJFOD - Air Date: 04-28-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: The Political Prisoner - Martin Quibell (from Project Marv)


Ch. 6: Act 3: Solitary Watch and new from a nation in lockdown - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date: 2-28-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: Something Good Can Work (Remixes) - EP - Two Door Cinema Club


Ch. 8: Act 4: Brooklyn Community Bail Fund - New Media Advocacy Project (@N_Map) - Air Date 11-12-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: Bail Me Out (feat. Joel Madden) - All Time Low


Ch. 10: Act 5: People need to pay for this - @allinwithchris Hayes - Air Date 6-8-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: Pay Up - Jivestone


Ch. 12: Act 6: End Cash Bail in New York via @Pretrial & @MoveOn — Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 13: Song 6: Activism - Shihan


Ch. 14: Act 7: Bail - @LastWeekTonight with @iamjohnoliver - Air Date: 6-7-15


Voicemails

Ch. 16: A Canadian educator perspective on the US school system - Tom From Canada

Ch. 17: Don't use the institutions you don't trust - Marcus from Austin, TX

Ch. 18: The origin of Draconian laws - Dave from Olympia, WA

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 19: Final comments on the Fair Elections Now Act

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


Activism: End Cash Bail in New York via @Pretrial & @MoveOn

Take Action:

SIGN: "Gov Cuomo: End Cash Bail in New York” via the Pretrial Justice Institute

Additional Activism/Resources:

Follow and support the work of The Bronx Freedom Fund

Follow and support the work of The Brooklyn Bail Fund

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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Direct download: 930_Our_prisons-_cruel_and_counterproductive_Injustice_System.m4a
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(2015/06/09) Looking to avert further tragedy (War on Drugs™)

Edition #929

Today we take a look at the continuing failure that is the War on Drugs™ as well as some of the signs of hope that we may be making progress toward shutting 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: Is Marijuana Harmful to Health? - Healthcare Triage (@HCTriage) - Air Date: 04-19-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: North By North - Faded Paper Figures


00:06:36 Ch. 4: Act 2: Man Gets 13 Years in Prison for 2 Joints Worth of Pot - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 03-13-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Vagabond - Beirut


00:11:31 Ch. 6: Act 3: 'We Don't Need Another Illegal Drug' - @jimmy_dore Show - Air Date 7-12-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Harold T. Wilkins, or How to Wait for a Very Long Time - Fanfarlo


00:18:21 Ch. 8: Act 4: Legalized Marijuana = Millions For Public Schools In Colorado - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 03-16-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: Generator (Second Floor) - Freelance Whales


00:23:21 Ch. 10: Act 5: Johann Hari on Everything We Know About the Drug War & Addiction is Wrong - @democracynow - Air Date: 2-6-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: Tragedy - Bee Gees


00:35:11 Ch. 12: Act 6: Legalizing marijuana doesn't lead to doomsday scenarios - Le Show (@theharryshearer) - Air Date: 10-26-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: Winning the War On Drugs - Asylum Street Spankers


00:39:57 Ch. 14: Act 7: Rand Paul & Others Introduce National Medical Marijuana Bill - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 03-11-15

Ch. 15: Song 7: Momentum - The Hush Sound


00:45:31 Ch. 16: Act 8: Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders Talk Drugs - Majority Report (@majorityfm) - Air Date: 06-01-15

Ch. 17: Song 8: War On Drugs (Bonus Track) - Marc Goone


00:51:10 Ch. 18: Act 9: .@POTUS: Free Victims of the Drug War via @DrugPolicyOrg — Best of the Left Activism

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


00:54:18 Ch. 20: Act 10: Marijuana Shows Medical Value, Feds Don't Give A Sh*t - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 04-12-15


Voicemails

00:58:26 Ch. 21: Thoughts on education and patriarchy - Ruben from San Jose

01:03:48 Ch. 22: Why am I paying taxes and the banks and corporations aren't? - Julie from Boston

01:04:56 Ch. 23: Followup on education discussion - Chuck in Salt Lake City

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


01:06:39 Ch. 24: Final comments on how to make an apple pie from scratch

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


Activism: @POTUS: Free Victims of the Drug War via @DrugPolicyOrg

Take Action:

SIGN to tell the president to Free Victims of the Drug War via the Drug Policy Alliance

Additional Activism/Resources:

FOLLOW the hashtag: #NoMoreDrugWar

For those who want to get more involved, it’s early registration for the International Drug Policy Reform Conference (11/18-11/21/2015)

Sources/further reading:

"President Obama commutes prison sentences of 22 drug offenders” by Trymaine Lee at MSNBC.com

"Prolific Pardoner? Obama Grants Clemency to 22 Prisoners Last Week, but Has Denied Thousands” by Annie Waldman for ProPublica via Truthout

"Will the U.S. Senate Finally Reform Harsh Mandatory Minimum Sentences for Drugs?”> via Drug Policy Alliance

"The Nation's Shame: The Injustice of Mandatory Minimums" by Andrea Jones at RollingStone

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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Direct download: 929_Looking_to_avert_further_tragedy_War_on_Drugs_.m4a
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(2015/06/05) The criminal enterprise that runs our politics (Big Banks)

Edition #928

Today we take a look at the malfeasance of the big banks and the political corruption that lets them get away with it
 
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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: This Bank is a Criminal Enterprise and the U.S. Government Doesn't Care - @majorityfm - Air Date: 02-09-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: Banks of Marble and Other Songs - Pete Seeger


00:06:45 Ch. 4: Act 2: HSBC Bank: criminal enterprise - Disorderly Conduct (@Dis_Con) - Air Date: 2-18-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Hard to Say I'm Sorry / Get Away - Chicago


00:19:24 Ch. 6: Act 3: Billionaire Banker Says Life Is Too Hard - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 01-18-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: No More Tears (Enough Is Enough) [with Donna Summer] - Barbra Streisand


00:26:45 Ch. 8: Act 4: Wall Street Pays Bankers PAID to Infiltrate the US Government - @RedactedTonight w/ @LeeCamp - Air Date: 02-19-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: Revolving Door - Jon Brion


00:30:48 Ch. 10: Act 5: The case for a Robin Hood tax - Economic Update w/ @profwolff - Air Date: 1-18-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: Robin Hood (Remastered) - Single - Dick James


00:36:45 Ch. 12: Act 6: Iceland Does The Unimaginable To Its Criminal Bankers - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 03-13-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: Jailhouse Rock - Elvis Presley


00:42:06 Ch. 14: Act 7: Wall Street Skates Away Free From All Prosecutions For 2008 Collapse - @RedactedTonight w/ @LeeCamp - Air Date: 05-04-15

Ch. 15: Song 7: Shame - The Avett Brothers


00:44:58 Ch. 16: Act 8: Public Banking via @PublicBanksNow & @DemocracyCollab — Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 17: Song 8: Right to Complain - Trombone Shorty & Marc Broussard


00:48:42 Ch. 18: Act 9: Banks plead guilty, face no consequences - @HumorlessQueers - Air Date: 6-2-15


Voicemails

00:58:28 Ch. 20: What is the progressive idea on education? - David From Cinncinatti

01:00:34 Ch. 21: A loss of unconcious privilege feels like oppression - Jim in Detroit Suburbs

01:00:59 Ch. 22: What's the progressive idea for education funding? - Chuck in Salt Lake City

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


01:04:22 Ch. 23: Final comments on why we need to change how education is funded

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


Activism: Public Banking via @PublicBanksNow & @DemocracyCollab

Take Action:

Get involved with The Public Banking Institute by:

Supporting a Local Initiative, Volunteering, and/or Joining a Chapter!

Sources/further reading:

"Inequality’s Dead End — And the Possibility of a New, Long-Term Direction” by Gar Alperovitz of The Democracy Collaborative

"Vermont Votes for Public Banking” by John Nichols at The Nation

"Public banking debate starts in Santa Fe” at Albuquerque Journal

"Public Banking Institute a Partner to a New Project on Economic Alternatives” via The Public Banking Institute

WATCH: "National Launch Webinar: The Next System Project

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2015/06/02) Confronting the evil of our era (Climate)

Edition #927

Today, among other things, we take a look at how and why we need to fundamentally change the way we think about human’s relationship to the environment
 
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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: These 5 steps can help you through tough discussions. Let's use climate change as an example. - @BBCRadio4 Friday Night Comedy - Air Date: 04-14-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: Put It to the Test - They Might Be Giants


00:07:28 Ch. 4: Act 2: Paid shills free to write in the media - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date: 4-24-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Follow The Money - Zounds


00:10:38 Ch. 6: Act 3: Education Doesn’t Matter: Republicans Still Don’t Believe In Climate Change - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 03-30-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: I believe in that - Chip Taylor


00:16:46 Ch. 8: Act 4: 5 Ways To Actually Do Something About Climate Change - @RedactedTonight w/ @LeeCamp - Air Date: 03-31-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: We Demand Change - Tristan James


00:22:53 Ch. 10: Act 5: Economic actions against the fossil fuel industry - @greennewsreport - Air Date: 4-16-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: Apartheid - Junior Murvin


00:26:46 Ch. 12: Act 6: As GOP Candidates Question Climate Change, Texas & Oklahoma Hit by Devastating Floods Killing 23 - @democracynow - Air Date: 5-29-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: Flood - Jars of Clay


00:34:14 Ch. 14: Act 7: Reporting on the weather in the context of climate change - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date: 5-1-15

Ch. 15: Song 7: Like the Weather - 10,000 Maniacs


00:36:46 Ch. 16: Act 8: California Oil Pipeline Spill Could Kill Many Animals - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 05-27-15

Ch. 17: Song 8: The Big Oil Spill - Houndmouth


00:41:02 Ch. 18: Act 9: Tar Sands Resistance March #stoptarsands — Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 19: Song 9: "This fickle world" - Theo Bard


00:43:22 Ch. 20: Act 10: Robert Jay Lifton on How Climate Change Joins Nuclear War in Threatening Human Survival - @democracynow - Air Date: 5-7-15


Voicemails

00:56:28 Ch. 21: Human nature and our changing communities - Charlie From Cincinnati

00:58:32 Ch. 22: Fundamental problems underpinning education problems - Sally from San Francisco

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


01:02:50 Ch. 23: Final comments on the fundamental tenets of progressivism and TV's LOST

Closing Music: LOST Theme - Life & Death


Activism: Keystone XL

Update!

"Obama Just Vetoed The Keystone XL Pipeline. Now What?” by Emily Atkin at ThinkProgress Climate: final say for approving the Keystone XL permit remains with the State Department

Follow-up/new Action!

JOIN/RSVP: Tarsands Resistance March, June 6th

Let the president know you oppose approval of KXL through WhiteHouse.Gov/contact and @WhiteHouse on Twitter

Sources/further reading:

"Dozens of Canada's tar sands projects on hold as prices fall, analysis shows” at The Guardian

"The Keystone Pipeline Just Lost Big in a Shocking Canadian Election” at Mother Jones

"The Keystone XL Pipeline: What Do You Really Know? You’ve probably read a lot about it. Now take this quiz and find out what you remember.” at The Wall Street Journal

"TransCanada's Keystone Pipeline Network Under Investigation by Federal Regulators” via DeSmog Blog

"Grass-Roots Push in the Plains to Block the Keystone Pipeline’s Path” at The New York Times

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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