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Edition #1089

Today we look at the hearings of Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch, how we got to here and what his possible placement on the court portends for our future

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: The important Gorsuch stories the media is missing - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 2-17-17

Ch. 3: Song 1: One - Apocalyptica


Ch. 4: Act 2: Discussing the judicial coup Republicans are in the midst of - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 3-21-17

Ch. 5: Song 2: La Réalité - Amadou & Mariam


Ch. 6: Act 3: Behind Neil Gorsuch's Rhetoric, His Record Suggests Aggressive Judge Wedded to Conservative Agenda - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 03-21-17

Ch. 7: Song 3: The Game Is Rigged - The Great Malarkey


Ch. 8: Act 4: Dan Goldberg on some of Neil Gorsuch's worst rulings - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 3-24-17

Ch. 9: Song 4: The Smallest Piece - Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin


Ch. 10: Act 5: The corporate takeover of the judicial system - Amicus from @Slate - Air Date 3-18-17

Ch. 11: Song 5: It's Just Not Right - Beatnik Turtle


Ch. 12: Act 6: STOP Arch Conservative SCOTUS Pick Neil Gorsuch via @IndivisibleTeam #StopGorsuch - Best of the Left Activism

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


Ch. 14: Act 7: How Democrats Should Fight Trump's Supreme Court Pick - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 03-21-17


Voicemails

Ch. 15: Seeking out progressive sci-fi to imagine a better world - Erin from Philadelphia

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 16: Final comments on our dystopian pop culture and thoughts on where health care should go from here

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


Activism:

TAKE ACTION

Use Indivisible Guide's fact sheet on Gorsuch and scripts to call Senators

Easily Call Your Senators: 5calls.org (or) Countable.us 

EDUCATE YOURSELF

Hobby Lobby and executive power: Gorsuch's key rulings (CNN)

Call Your Senators and Demand That They Reject Neil Gorsuch (The Nation)

The Democrats Must Filibuster Neil Gorsuch (Slate)

Gorsuch: Roe v. Wade is the 'law of the land' (The Atlantic)

Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch Has a Troubling History When Ruling on Disability Rights Cases (ACLU Blog)

If We Care About Abortion, Asking Judge Neil Gorsuch His Opinion on Roe v. Wade Is Not Enough (ACLU Blog)

Should Your Boss’s Religious Beliefs Dictate Your Health Insurance Coverage? Supreme Court Nominee Judge Gorsuch Thinks So (ACLU Blog)

Attorney for "Frozen Trucker": Neil Gorsuch May Have Been Most Hostile Judge I've Ever Encountered (Truth Out)

Durbin, Gorsuch spar over Hobby Lobby ruling (The Washington Post)

Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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Edition #1088

Today we look at the rollout of Trumpcare including how we got here, the ideological challenges Republicans face in trying to repeal the ACA and the direction we should obviously go

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Bill Krystal's prediction about the future of health care - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 1-11-17

Ch. 3: Song 1: Burn My Candle (At Both Ends) [Live] - Shirley Bassey


Ch. 4: Act 2: Conservative principles tied into pretzel over health care - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 3-7-17

Ch. 5: Song 2: Stuck In The Middle With You - Stealers Wheel


Ch. 6: Act 3: What is Trumpcare? - Trumpcast from @Slate - Air Date 3-17-17

Ch. 7: Song 3: Shame - Ophelia of the Spirits


Ch. 8: Act 4: Healthcare or Wealthcare? 24 Million to Lose Insurance Under GOP Plan While Rich Get Big Tax Breaks - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 03-14-17

Ch. 9: Song 4: Hurt - Johnny Cash


Ch. 10: Act 5: Republicans backed themselves into a corner on health care - Primary Concerns from @NewRepublic - Air Date 3-9-17

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


Ch. 12: Act 6: The continuous coverage provision encourages people to not get health insurance until they're sick - The Zero Hour w: @RJEskow - Air Date 3-11-17

Ch. 13: Song 6: Sickening - Ken Mickey


Ch. 14: Act 7: Budget Expert: Republicans Are Lying When They Say AHCA Won't Hurt Majority of Americans - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 03-16-17

Ch. 15: Song 7: Pas Si Simple - Yann Tiersen


Ch. 16: Act 8: Luck Health Plan: You'll be okay. Probably. - Luck Plan - Air Date: 11-11-14

Ch. 17: Song 8: A Quai - Yann Tiersen


Ch. 18: Act 9: Why we're stuck with the very flawed ACA - @dccommonsense w Dan Carlin - Air Date 3-15-17

Ch. 19: Song 9: Meaningless - The Nighty Nite


Ch. 20: Act 10: Join the National Week of Action (April 3-7) to Demand Medicare for All via @H_O_P4E & @PHMglobal #Health4All - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 21: Song 11: Time for Action - Secret Affair


 Ch. 22: Act 12: Republicans Promise TrumpCare Won't Suck After Phase Three - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 03-15-17


Ch. 23: Final comments on the real debate going on with health care

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


Activism:

TAKE ACTION

Join the National Week of Action to Demand National Improved Medicare for All: Our Health is NOT for Sale!

If you're in DC, volunteer for HOPE's Medicare for All Lobby Day in DC - March 29th

EDUCATE YOURSELF

Insurance Companies Just Accidentally Made The Case For Medicare For All (Huffington Post)

For-Profit Health Care Used To Be Illegal (Health Over Profit for Everyone)

Trumpcare vs. Obamacare (The New Yorker) 

The Conservative Uprising Against the Republican Health-Care Bill (The Atlantic)

How the AHCA Leaves the Old, Sick and the Poor Behind (The Atlantic)

Affordable Care Act revision would reduce insured numbers by 24 million, CBO projects (The Washington Post)

A Running List of People Who Hate Trumpcare (Mother Jones)

Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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Edition #1048

Today we look at the ways in which the 13th amendment to the constitution opened the doors to a mere evolution of slavery rather than it’s abolition as our national myth contends

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe - Excerpt: Attica explained

Ch. 3: Song 1: Attica State - John Lennon & Yoko Ono


Ch. 4: Act 2: 45 Years After Legendary Attica Prison Uprising, New Book Reveals State Role in Deadly Standoff - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 09-09-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: Strong Animals - Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin


Ch. 6: Act 3: Prison Labor = Modern Day Slavery? - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 09-16-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: High Demand - The Haymarket Squares


Ch. 8: Act 4: Rattling the Bars US Prison Labor - @TheRealNews - Air Date 9-5-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: Forward - Northbound


Ch. 10: Act 5: Noelle Hanrahan on National Prison Strike - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 9-16-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: Prison Abolition (feat. Daman) - Conscious Youth


Ch. 12: Act 6: Prisoners Strike To Say 'We're Not Slaves!!' (w/Guest: Maya Schenwar) - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 09-21-16

Ch. 13: Song 6: Chain Gang (2005 Remastered) - Sam Cooke


Ch. 14: Act 7: Important stories of the prison strike are blacked out by media - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 9-30-16

Ch. 15: Song 7: Everyday (Single Version) - Carly Comando


Ch. 16: Act 8: Support Prison Strikers by Joining Actions Around the Country - Best of the Left Activism

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


Ch. 18: Act 9: Advocates: The U.S. Still Profits from Slavery Because the 13th Amendment Perpetuates Prison Labor - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 10-03-16


Ch. 19: Final comments on the timely release of the new Ava DuVernay doc, “13th”

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


TAKE ACTION

Read the call to action post on ItsGoingDown.org and find an event near you at the bottom of the post.

Create your own local action to support the prison strikes and submit it to be posted by emailing info@itsgoingdown.org. 

EDUCATE YOURSELF

Why Prisoners Across the Country Have Gone on Strike (via Mother Jones)

"We're Freedom Fighters": The Story of the Nationwide Prison Labor Strike (via truthout)

The biggest national prison strike in American history is happening now (via Daily Kos)

Meet the inmate who launched a massive prison strike from his jail cell (via Vice)

Free Alabama Movement  (website of the inmates spearheading the strike in Alabama)

IWW Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (unrecognized union for incarcerated prison workers)

 

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Amanda Hoffman


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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Edition #1087

Today we look at the mechanics and consequences of systemic lies and propaganda in an age of ignorance and anti-intellectualism

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Carl Sagan saw the Future - Quirks and Quarks - Air Date 1-27-17

Ch. 3: Song 1: Can't Hide from the Truth - The Hot 8 Brass Band


Ch. 4: Act 2: How to question the information we receive - @thisishellradio - Air Date 2-24-17

Ch. 5: Song 2: Hide the Truth - Chronicle


Ch. 6: Act 3: Former Supreme Court Justice Souter on The Danger of America's 'Pervasive Civic Ignorance'

Ch. 7: Song 3: Debate - Rain Over St. Ambrose


Ch. 8: Act 4: Words matter: Emotions and statistics - Frontline: The Persuaders - Air Date 11-9-2004

Ch. 9: Song 4: Honesty - Billy Joel


Ch. 10: Act 5: How propaganda works - Ideas from CBC - Air Date 1-19-17

Ch. 11: Song 5: A Few Honest Words - Ben Sollee


Ch. 12: Act 6: Character Education: The need for a love of truth - Progressive Faith Sermons w: @RevDrRay - Air Date 12-11-16


Voicemails

Ch. 13: Why not join the Democratic Socialists of America? - Nathan from San Diego, CA

Ch. 14: Corporations don't believe in individualism - Brad from Irving, TX

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 15: Final comments on how to combat Trump Fatigue Syndrome

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


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Edition #1086

Today we look at how the Trump campaign and presidency has emboldened those who would spew hatred or commit violence against Jews and others

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: The "De-Judification" of the Holocaust?: Trump Avoids Word "Jews" on Holocaust Remembrance Day - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 02-02-17

Ch. 3: Song 1: Eyes Wide Open - Gotye


Ch. 4: Act 2: PewDiePie In Trouble For Anti-Semitic Comments - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 02-15-17

Ch. 5: Song 2: Remember How We Forgot - Shane Koyczan and the Short Story Long


Ch. 6: Act 3: Anti-Semitic & Anti-Muslim Violence Rise Under Trump Presidency - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 03-06-17

Ch. 7: Song 3: Mad World - Vitamin String Quartet


Ch. 8: Act 4: Trump Staffer Tied to Anti-Semitic Holocaust Deniers - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 03-01-17

Ch. 9: Song 4: Blue Girl - A-Set


Ch. 10: Act 5: Anne Frank Center: Trump's Remarks on Anti-Semitism are Too Little, Too Late - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 02-22-17

Ch. 11: Song 5: Beneath the Lies - Abscondo


Ch. 12: Act 6: Demand the Trump Administration Take Action to Fight Anti-Semitism via @ADL_National - Best of the Left Activism

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


Ch. 14: Act 7: Sebastian Gorka called an American citizen from the White House to argue over tweets - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 2-23-17


Voicemails

Ch. 15: Followup on a progressive perspective on immigration - Kiki from Oakland, CA

Ch. 16: Launching a new political party based on collectivism - Alexander from Grand Canyon Village, AZ

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 17: Final comments on the meaning of life and starting now

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


Activism:

TAKE ACTION

Share the ADL's 9 step plan for the Trump administration to fight anti-semitism 

Send the plan to your Representatives and Senators and demand they fight for action 

EDUCATE YOURSELF

President Trump: Time for a Plan of Action to Fight the Surge of Anti-Semitism (ADL.org)

Anti-Semitism in the United States (ADL.org)

Letter from Senate to DOJ, DHS and FBI (Peters.senate.gov)

Homeland Security Finally Vows To Fully Join Investigation Into ‘Hate-Inspired Attacks’ (Huffington Post)

After a new wave of anti-Semitic attacks, White House appears skeptical about anti-Semitism (Vox)

A Sixth Wave Of Bomb Threats Has Hit Jewish Centers Around The United States (BuzzFeed News)

Muslim Fundraiser to Repair Jewish Cemetery Raises $100k (NBC News)

Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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Edition #1085

Today we look at the dangerous myths of individualism and the American Dream™, some of their origins and some of their consequences 

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Cultural influences on our perspective of self w/Gish Jen - Think Again - Air Date 3-4-17

Ch. 3: Song 1: Different People - No Doubt


Ch. 4: Act 2: You are not as free as you think you are w/Raoul Martinez - @thisishellradio - Air Date 2-24-17

Ch. 5: Song 2: The system - Abscondo


Ch. 6: Act 3: Individualism in the prosperity gospel brand of Christianity - Ideas from CBC - Air Date 1-8-17

Ch. 7: Song 3: Southern Baptism - Richard Gilks


Ch. 8: Act 4: The cold war propaganda of anti-collectivism w/Gish Jen - Think Again - Air Date 3-4-17

Ch. 9: Song 4: Knock Yourself Out - Jon Brion


Ch. 10: Act 5: The myths of the autonomous individual and free markets w/Raoul Martinez - @thisishellradio - Air Date 2-24-17

Ch. 11: Song 5: Drums of Freedom - Theo Bard


Ch. 12: Act 6: Training is all that matters - A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain

Ch. 13: Song 6: Perpetuum Mobile - Penguin Cafe Orchestra


Ch. 14: Act 7: An ignorance of history bolsters acceptance of anti-regulation individualism - You are not so smart - Air Date 2-24-17

Ch. 15: Song 7: Making Progress - Freedom's Progress


Ch. 16: Act 8: The dangerous myth of the American Dream w/Raoul Martinez - @thisishellradio - Air Date 2-24-17


Voicemails

Ch. 17: Thoughts on ICE agents now going after softer targets - Charlie from Cleveland, OH

Ch. 18: Confronting a "racial realist" worldview - Zach from Atlanta, GA

Ch. 19: Response to Rich re: Indivisible - Dave from Olympia, WA

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 20: Final comments rejecting the Personal Responsibility/Social Good dichotomy

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


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Edition #1084

Today we look at how Trump is currently running his foreign policy programs and where he’s planning to take it

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: In First TV Interview, President Trump Says Torture "Absolutely" Works - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 01-26-17

Ch. 3: Song 1: Waterboarding USA - Harry Shearer


Ch. 4: Act 2: Torture Doesn't Work and Here's the Scientific Evidence - Quirks and Quarks - Air Date 2-2-17

Ch. 5: Song 2: ​Talk to Me - Stevie Nicks


Ch. 6: Act 3: Media operates on articles of faith regarding American foreign policy - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 2-17-17

Ch. 7: Song 3: Drone Bomb Me - ANOHNI


Ch. 8: Act 4: Rep. Lieu: The White House Lying & Stifling Dissent on Yemen Raid is Step Toward Authoritarianism - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 02-15-17

Ch. 9: Song 4: Never Gonna Learn - Jont


Ch. 10: Act 5: Trump Takes Zero Responsibility For Yemen Raid Disaster - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 03-01-17

Ch. 11: Song 5: The Buck Stops Here - Childsplay


Ch. 12: Act 6: Wilkerson: Trump's Proposed $54 Billion Increase in the Military Budget Not for National Security - @TheRealNews - Air Date 2-28-17

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


Ch. 14: Act 7: Plan a MLK, Jr. “Beyond Vietnam” Speech-Reading Event for April 4th via @VFPNational and National Council of Elders - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 15: Song 7: Activism - Shihan


Ch. 16: Act 8: Anti-Islam religious zealots retake power in the White House - Intercepted (@theintercept) - Air Date 3-1-17


Voicemails

Ch. 17: R.I.P Alan Colmes - Rick from Madison, WI

Ch. 18: Excited about the Justice Democrats - Sunny from St. Paul, MN

Ch. 19: Fragility and the progressive case for immigration - Ken from Raleigh, NC

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 20: Final comments on conservative political correctness

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


Activism:

TAKE ACTION

Plan a "Beyond Vietnam" Speech-reading event in your community for April 4th with the Veterans For Peace Toolkit

Volunteer with a Veterans For Peace Chapter near you to help plan a "Beyond Vietnam" speech-reading event

Read the National Council of Elders call to action for the 50th anniversary of MLK, Jr.'s "Beyond Vietnam speech

Read the entire "Beyond Vietnam" speech

EDUCATE YOURSELF

Donald Trump Goes All In for the Military-Industrial Complex (The Nation)

Why Trump's Military Budget Boost Doesn't Add Up (Mother Jones)

Trump’s Budget Proposal Is an Attack on the Working Class (The Nation)

Trump to Seek $54 Billion Increase in Military Spending (The New York Times)

 Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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