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Air Date: 07/21/2017

Today we look at the technology that massively influences how we spend our time and hear lots of advice on how we can begin to take back control

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: The Panda is Dancing - @TimeWellSpentio - Air Date 11-28-16

Ch. 3: Song 1:  N/A


Ch. 4: Act 2: Tim Wu on The Attention Merchants - The Zero Hour w: @RJEskow - Air Date 4-29-17

Ch. 5: Song 2:  One-Armed Bandit - The Viscounts


Ch. 6: Act 3: What If Technology Were Conscious Of Your Time? - @TimeWellSpentio - Air Date 11-22-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: N/A


Ch. 8: Act 4: What If Technology Were Designed For Human Values? - @TimeWellSpentio - Air Date 11-22-16

Ch. 9: Song 4:  Forever On Your Team - Frida Selander


Ch. 10: Act 5: Does Technology Actually Make Life Easier, or Just More Hectic? - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 05-08-17

Ch. 11: Song 5:  Spider-Man (Live) - Ramones


Ch. 12: Act 6: Tristan Harris: How better tech could protect us from distraction - @TEDTalks - Air Date 6-14-16

Ch. 13: Song 6:  Time Well Spent - Tom Felton


Ch. 14: Act 7: Laura Vanderkam - How to gain control of your free time - @TEDTalks - Air Date 2-7-2017 

Ch. 15: Song 7:  Time In a Bottle - Jim Croce


Ch. 16: Act 8: Yuval Noah Harari - Think Again @bigthink - Air Date 2-25-17

Ch. 17: Song 8:  We're Simple Minds - Club 8


Ch. 18: Act 9: Someday - The Minimalists - Air Date 3-29-17


Ch. 19: Final comments on my personal slate of apps, settings and strategies to keep my digital life under control

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


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:00pm EDT

Air Date: 07/18/2017

Today we look at the woeful state of the Democratic Party and the strategy to bring them back from the brink

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​Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: All roads lead to Trump unless we make major changes - #PoliticallyReactive with @wkamaubell and @harikondabolu - Air Date 6-15-17

Ch. 3: Song 1: The Perfect Space - The Avett Brothers


Ch. 4: Act 2: David Sirota Discusses the Role of Journalism In the Trump Resistance - @TheRealNews - Air Date 6-16-17

Ch. 5: Song 2: Failure - Kings of Convenience


Ch. 6: Act 3: Bill Curry on how and why the Democratic party lost its way - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date 6-3-17

Ch. 7: Song 3: Changes - Langhorne Slim & The Law


Ch. 8: Act 4: Naomi Klein on why No is not enough - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 6-28-17

Ch. 9: Song 4: Rome Wasn't Built In a Day - Morcheeba


Ch. 10: Act 5: Tom Ferguson on why establishment Democrats are vulnerable - Jacobin Radio (@jacobinmag) - Air Date 7-11-17


Voicemails

Ch. 11: Reaction to 1119 on Poverty - Alan from Connecticut

Ch. 12: Follow-up on de-transitioning article - Rachel from Seattle

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 13: Final comments on how conservatives have come full circle on their understanding of LGBTQ people and ended up right where they started

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


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Category:general -- posted at: 6:00pm EDT

Air Date: 11/25/2013

A look at what we need to remember to appreciate about the labor movement. Is the American Dream possible anymore as we seem to be racing to the bottom? What changes can we make to fight back?

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Is the American Dream a Reality? – David Pakman Show – Air Date: 10-02-13

Ch. 3: Song 1: You Are Dreaming - Our Ill Wills


Ch. 4: Act 2: Would You Like A Living Wage With That? | McDonald’s Employee Confronts CEO – Young Turks – Air Date: 10-11-13

Ch. 5: Song 2: Welcome to the Machine - Wish You Were Here (Deluxe Experience Version) [Remastered]


Ch. 6: Act 3: A race to the bottom – Real Time With Bill Maher – Air Date: 10-25-13

Ch. 7: Song 3: Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up) - Lungs


Ch. 8: Act 4: Why are we subsidizing McDonald’s? – Jim Hightower – Air Date: 10-29-13

Ch. 9: Song 4: Do You Believe In Magic? - Do You Believe In Magic


Ch. 10: Act 5: Time to do Away with Tipping? – Thom Hartmann – Air Date: 08-16-13

Ch. 11: Song 5: It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) - Document


Ch. 12: Act 6: Kathi Weeks: The American Work Ethic and Hours for What We Will – GRITtv – Air Date: 8-20-13

Ch. 13: Song 6: Work - Uprising (Remastered)


Ch. 14: Act 7: Small Business Saturday – UnFuck it Up Project

Ch. 15: Song 7: I Didn't F*uck It Up - I Didn't F*ck It up


Ch. 16: Act 8: Unlike Walmart, Trader Joe’s Profitable with Living Wage – David Pakman Show – Air Date: 08-24-13

Ch. 17: Song 8: Revolution (Human Need Over Profit) - Tha People's Music


Ch. 18: Act 9: Is it Vampire Capitalism, or Something Else? – Thom Hartmann – Air Date: 10-17-13

Ch. 19: Song 9: You're a Vampire - Something About a Dragon?


Ch. 20: Act 10: Walmart Holding Food Drive for the Poor: Their Own Underpaid Employees – Majority Report – Air Date: 11-19-13


 

Direct download: 1119_Rerun_Air_Date_7-14-17_-_7-14-17_16.13.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00pm EDT

Air Date: 07/11/2017

Today we look at many of our misconceptions of the nature of poverty, the interconnectedness of economics with all aspects of life and some suggestions on how to pursue justice

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Dividing the generations to distract from the class war - CounterSpin @FAIRmediawatch - Air Date 1-8-16

Ch. 3: Song 1:  Class-Warfare - Chris Priest


Ch. 4: Act 2: The frames through which we look at low-income aid programs - @offkiltershow - Air Date 6-9-17

Ch. 5: Song 2:  Call It Even - Scott Simons


Ch. 6: Act 3: Does prolonged exposure to poverty have a lasting effect on the brain? - The Inquiry - Air Date 5-25-17

Ch. 7: Song 3:  Sur Le Fil - Yann Tiersen


Ch. 8: Act 4: Everything is economic - The Other Washington from @civicskunkworks - Air Date 5-25-17

Ch. 9: Song 4:  Poverty (Single (Stereo)) - Bobby "Blue" Bland


Ch. 10: Act 5: Rutger Bregman: Poverty isn't a lack of character; it's a lack of cash - @TEDTalks - Air Date 6-13-17

Ch. 11: Song 5:  Protect & Serve - Stiff Little Fingers


Ch. 12: Act 6: Bryan Stevenson: the opposite of poverty is not wealth, the opposite of poverty is justice - The Ezra Klein Show - Air Date 5-16-17


Ch. 13: Final comments asking the question of the age: What the f**k is wrong with economists?

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


Recommended Reading/Sharing:

Why do we think poor people are poor because of their own bad choices? (Outclassed, The Guardian)

45 million Americans rely on food stamps. Trump wants to gut the program. (Vox)

The Problem Isn’t Food Stamps, It’s Poverty (Editorial Board, New York Times)

What Works to Reduce Poverty (Center of Budget and Policy Priorities)

Trump’s Budget Cuts Deeply Into Medicaid and Anti-Poverty Efforts (New York Times)

Welfare programs shown to reduce poverty in America (The Guardian, 2014)

Curated by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:00pm EDT

Air Date: 07/07/2017

Today we look at gender dysphoria, transitioning, de-transitioning and the various perspectives on these phenomena

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Norman Spack How I help transgender teens become who they want to be - @TEDTalks - Air Date 4-16-14

Ch. 3: Song 1:  Luriana Lurilee - Ben McElroy


Ch. 4: Act 2: Julia Serano on Transfeminism, Gender, Biology, and Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive - Sex Out Loud with Tristan Taormino - Air Date 7-17-15

Ch. 5: Song 2:  Body Was Made - Ezra Furman


Ch. 6: Act 3: The eager child: informed consent and watchful waiting - @TransAdvocate - Air Date 1-9-17

Ch. 7: Song 3:  Rain Begins To Fall (instrumental) - Silence Is Sexy


Ch. 8: Act 4: A look at one person's experience with detransitioning - Love and Radio - Air Date 2-27-17

Ch. 9: Song 4:  Take Me There instrumental 03-12 - Silence Is Sexy


Ch. 10: Act 5: #DearBetsy: Enforce Title IX to Protect Students via @TransEquality - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 11: Song 5:  Activism - Shihan


Ch. 12: Act 6: There is no universal experience of women - #PoliticallyReactive with @wkamaubell and @harikondabolu - Air Date 6-22-17


Ch. 13: Final comments on how to normalize positivity, support and nuance in the discussion of gender dysphoria

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


Activism:

TAKE ACTION

Tell the Dept. of Ed that Title IX must be Federally enforced with #DearBetsy 

Learn more about the impacts of the Title IX guideline roll backs with National Center for Transgender Equality’s School Action Center 

EDUCATE YOURSELF

The Simple, Self-Evident Truths Of Transgender Kids, Equality And Title IX (Huffington Post)

Trump administration rolls back protections for transgender students (Washington Post) 

The Trump administration is systematically dismantling Title IX (Think Progress)

Betsy DeVos Confirmation Hearings Spark Title IX Concerns (Teen Vogue)

DeVos says it’s ‘premature’ to commit to following Title IX guidance on campus sexual assault (Think Progress)

Parents of Transgender Kids Meet With Education Secretary Betsy DeVos (NBC News)

Trump administration withdraws federal protections for transgender students (CNN) 

Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:00pm EDT

Air Date: 07/04/2017

Today we take a look at the history and present state of corruption in America, both for the special case of Donald Trump and the system-wide corruption we almost take for granted

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: America's Lost Anti-Corruption History - On the Media - Air Date 3-3-17

Ch. 3: Song 1: Corruption - Jah Cure


Ch. 4: Act 2: Zephyr Teachout explains the emoluments clause - The Ezra Klein Show - Air Date 6-13-17

Ch. 5: Song 2: Follow the Rule - Johnny Ace & The Beale Streeters


Ch. 6: Act 3: Study Says Buying A Congress Member’s Vote Is Cheaper Than You Think - @RingOfFireRadio - Air Date: 05-06-17

Ch. 7: Song 3: Corruption - Iggy Pop


Ch. 8: Act 4: How the game gets rigged - Ideas - Air Date 4-20-17

Ch. 9: Song 4: Les monstres - David Ari Leon


Ch. 10: Act 5: Rick Hasen on dealing with Citizen's United - The Bernie Sanders Show - Air Date 5-24-17

Ch. 11: Song 5: Strong Animals - Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin


Ch. 12: Act 6: NO MORE WAITING Wolf-PAC.com | Election Day Coverage 2016 - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 11-09-16

Ch. 13: Song 6: Nothing Left to Lose - Mat Kearney


Ch. 14: Act 7: How to Fix America's Corrupt Political System - Represent.Us - Air Date: 4-19-16


Ch. 16: Act 8: Fight Corruption to Save America via @JusticeDems @WolfPAChq @RepresentDotUs - Best of the Left Activism

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


Ch. 18: Act 9: Zephyr Teachout on the split in our language about corruption - The Ezra Klein Show - Air Date 6-13-17


Voicemails

Ch. 19: Chastity belts and anti-police violence wallets are how capitalism responds to injustice - Eli from Northern California

Ch. 20: Comparing Christian and Islamic terror - Mark from Santa Barbara

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 21: Final comments explaining terrorism and why some extremists do while others do not

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


Activism:

TAKE ACTION 

Replace corporate-backed Democrats with Justice Democrats

Help pass local Anti-Corruption legislation with Represent.Us

Help pass the Free and Fair Elections Constitutional amendment with Wolf-PAC

EDUCATE YOURSELF

The Logical Path to End Corruption (Wolf-PAC)

South Dakota GOP uses 'emergency' rules to repeal anti-corruption law (CNN)

What the Single-Payer Loss Reveals About the Role of Corporate Money in California Politics (In These Times)

House Bill Would Ax Election Panel, Bar Limits on Money in Politics (Bloomberg BNA)

Pro-Trump super PACs have already spent $1 million on Election 2020 (The Center for Public Integrity)

Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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