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Air Date: 8/10/2018

Today we take a look at some of the historical context that sheds light on our current immigration debate by showing that there is essentially nothing new about it, only the details are fresh. We'll also explore the evolution of criminalizing immigration, the abuse of separated children and the GOP need to build a demographic control machine.

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Aviva Chomsky on the historical context of immigration in America - Who What Why - Air Date 6-21-18

Aviva Chomsky, a professor at Salem State University in Massachusetts, places the current debate about immigration in America in a broader historical context.

Ch. 2: The criminalization of immigration - Latino Rebels - Air Date 7-8-18

Marisa Franco of Mijente on the criminalization of immigration.

Ch. 3: The history of using dehumanizing language to stoke fear and hatred of outsiders - Code Switch - Air Date 6-26-18

Anti-immigrant sentiment is on the rise but, in many ways, this is history repeating itself. And the history of using dehumanizing language against outside groups goes back a very long way.

Ch. 4: A Neuroscientist's Warning of Family Separation - In the Thick - Air Date 7-13-18

Dr. Gina Poe on understanding the science behind family separation and the neurological long-term impact of trauma.

Ch. 5: Looking at who is allowed to frame the immigration debate - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 7-20-18

Janine Jackson takes a quick look at what sources the press had been highlighting to inform the public about immigration detention.

Ch. 6: Immigration & the Meaning of America From the Muslim Ban to Family Separation & the Rhetoric of Hatred - @speakouttimwise ‏ - Air Date 6-27-18

Tim Wise's commentary on how the rhetoric of hatred is being used increase our tolerance for cruelty.

Ch. 7: Robert L. Tsai on the right's anti-immigrant, demographic control machine - @thisishellradio - Air Date 6-30-18

Law professor Robert L. Tsai examines the right's anti-immigrant, demographic control machine. Robert wrote the Boston Review article "Trumpism Before Trump" with Calvin TerBeek.

 

VOICEMAILS

Ch. 8: Thoughts on 3D printers and guns - Tim from Spokane, WA

Ch. 9: Egalitarian, Communitarian, Utilitarian - Craig from Ohio

Ch. 10: A criticism, a compliment and a correction - Jeff from New York

 

Ch. 11: Final comments on the debated definition of Democratic Socialism

 

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

Air Date: 8/07/2018

Today we take a look at a few of the reasons the Democrats went from controlling both houses of Congress and the presidency 10 years ago to being completely out of power today and then lay out a series of steps the left can take to return to power

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Thomas Frank explains how the Democrats lost so much in such a short time - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 7-5-18

Just eight years ago Democrats held not only the presidency but both houses of Congress. How did they lose so much in such a short time? Thomas Frank explains the disaster, and how, for millions of people, the recession of 2008 has never ended. 

Ch. 2: The Democratic Autopsy Report (w:Jeff Cohen) - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date 06-25-18

Progressive organizations got to together to analyze how the Trump was able to beat Hillary Clinton in 2016 to make sure it never happens again!

Ch. 3: THE MIDTERMS MINUTE (Primaries) - Support Progressives in Alaska and Wyoming on 8.21 - Best of the Left Activism

Ed Ayers speaks to Smithsonian political curator Jon Grinspan about how young people went from fierce partisans to independent voters by the end of the 19th century.

Ch. 4: Youth declaring their independence - Backstory - Air Date: 04-13-18

Sean McElwee, co-founder of Abolish ICE and one of many players involved in the recent flurry of progressive activity explains the strategy to move the Overton Window to the left.

Ch. 5: How Fringe Ideas Become Policy - On the Media - Air Date 6-21-18

Even though the New Deal Style policies of Bernie Sanders are derailed by the corporate media, Republicans and the Morbidly Rich, these so-called "radical far left policies" are actually favored by the majority of Americans.

Ch. 6: The Radical Left Wing Policies Most Americans Want Right Now - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 03-08-18

Writer Eliane Glaser calls for the left to return to politics and reclaim the power of ideology, authority and the state - as a way to unify a working class splintered into identity groups in the absence of mainstream organizing.

Ch. 7: Eliane Glaser on why the left must return to politics and power - This is Hell - Air Date 5-8-18

 

VOICEMAILS

Ch. 8: Progressivism = Scientific Method + Common Decency - Tom from Toronto

Ch. 9: Understanding neuro-political elasticity - Dee Dee from Philly

Ch. 10: Progressivism takes the need for working together into account - Nick from California

Ch. 11: Fighting capitalism while falling prey to it - Angela from Sacramento, CA

 

Ch. 12: Final comments on progressivism, borders, collectivism and capitalism

 

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15 Ways to Help a Campaign Win Their Election” (Political Charge)

August 21st Primaries:

ALASKA(Reg. Deadlines: Primary: July 22nd / General: Oct. 7th)

Early voting happening now! Find locations 

Governor - Mark Begich and Dana Call

U.S. House At Large - Dimitri Shein(Dem) vs. Alyse Galvin(Ind)

WYOMING(Reg. Deadlines: Primary: Aug. 6th or day-of in-person / General: Oct. 22nd)

Governor: Mary Throne  vs. Ken Casper vs. Rex Wilde

U.S. House At Large - Greg Hunter vs. Travis Helm

Heads up for Nov. 6th! U.S. Senate - Gary Trauner (uncontested in primary)

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

Air Date: 8/15/2017

Today we look at the origins, underpinnings and effects of neoliberal economic thinking and policies. #1, it has nothing to do with who Americans think of as “liberals”. #2, both major US political parties are on board with it to varying degrees. #3, it’s pretty much what everyone in the world is pissed off about without necessarily knowing that there’s a name for it

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Neoliberalism is focusing on the wrong aspects of the economy and society - Upstream - Air Date 8-29-16

Ch. 3: Song 1: N/A


Ch. 4: Act 2: Noam Chomsky on the remaking of the economy - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date 5-20-17

Ch. 5: Song 2:  inequality - Mark Shine


Ch. 6: Act 3: Robert Brenner on the state of the US economy and mainstream politics Part 1 - Jacobin Radio (@jacobinmag) - Air Date 7-31-17

Ch. 7: Song 3:  Class Warfare - Chris Priest


Ch. 8: Act 4: Wall Street thieves find “New Way” to steal from us - Jim @HightowerNews - Air Date 8-11-17

Ch. 9: Song 4:  Robber Barons - Battlefield Band


Ch. 10: Act 5: Robert Brenner on the state of the US economy and mainstream politics Part 2 - Jacobin Radio (@jacobinmag) - Air Date 7-31-17

Ch. 11: Song 5:  Hang Me Up to Dry - Cold War Kids


Ch. 12: Act 6: Expand Your Economic Knowledge with The CORE Project - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 13: Song 6:  Right to Complain - Trombone Shorty & Marc Broussard


Ch. 14: Act 7: The Outdated Origins of Neo-Liberalism.  It's Time to Move On (w:Guest Kate Raworth) - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date 05-04-17


Voicemails

Ch. 15: Explaining the original argument for lowering taxes - Patrick from Dallas, TX

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 16: Final comments announcing the Best of the Left Social Network

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


Activism:

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Making economics exciting (Bloomberg)

Does economics still work? (BBC World Service)

Has the way universities teach economics changed enough? (The Guardian)

Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman


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

Air Date: 7/31/2018

Today we take a look at some causes of depression that our society tends to look away from. Instead of focusing only on chemical imbalances, it seems wise to look outside ourselves at the circumstances we find ourselves in and ask how much our surrounding effect what goes on inside

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Johann Hari, author of Lost Connections, on how modern society is making us depressed - The Ezra Klein Show - Air Date 4-16-18

Johann Hari, author of Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected Solutions, advances an argument both radical and obvious: Depression and anxiety are more than just chemical imbalances in the brain. They are the result of our social environments, our relationships, our political contexts, etc.

Ch. 2: Anton Chekhov and the complicated struggles of life - Ideas - Air Date 1-3-18

Anton Chekhov and the complicated struggles of life.

Ch. 3: Johann Hari explains why disconnection is at the center of depression and anxiety today - @ThisisHell - Air Date 1-31-18

Johann Hari, author of “Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected Solutions”, explains why disconnection is at the center of depression and anxiety today.

Ch. 4: Viktor Frankl on searching for meaning - Ideas - Air Date 1-3-18

Viktor Frankl on finding meaning in life, even in the face of meaningless suffering.

Ch. 5: Escape from suffering - Progressive Faith Sermons w @RevDrRay - Air Date 7-9-18

Dr Roger Ray explores some of the ailments of our society that keep so many of us from happiness.

 

Ch. 6: Final comments on understanding the true nature of Aloha and its power to fight the forces of fear

 

REMINDER! SUPPORT PROGRESSIVE PRIMARY CANDIDATES!

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August 2nd - Tennessee 

August 7th - Kansas, Missouri, Michigan, Washington & Ohio

August 11th - Hawaii

August 14th - Minnesota| Wisconsin| Connecticut & Vermont

(For spotlights on later primaries & the general, listen for future segments of "The Midterms Minute.")

TAKE ACTION: 

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Phone Bank for Justice Democrats

Phone Bank with Swing Left

Voter Contact Resources & Tips from Indivisible

Easily keep up with races & donate to candidates with DownTicket.com

Written & curated by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman 

 

MUSIC:

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • The Cast and Favor - Bayou Birds (Blue Dot Sessions)
  • Lead Shroud - Wax Museum (Blue Dot Sessions)
  • Around Plastic Card Tables - Desert Orchard (Blue Dot Sessions)
  • Waltz and Fury - Macrame (Blue Dot Sessions)
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

 

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

Air Date: 7/27/2018

Today I do something a little different and present to you (with permission) the entire first episode of the second season of the outstanding podcast, Offshore. Offshore is produced by Honolulu Civil Beat, a nonprofit and non-partisan investigative news site in Hawaii and I especially think the BotL audience will appreciate their telling of the story of the Mouna Kea Protectors on the big island of Hawaii.

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

Air Date: 7/24/2018

Today we take a look at our current moment in history and the two basic paths that lay before us, one dominated by fear that drives a willingness to give up power to authoritarian rulers and the other guided by hope for a better future and a willingness to work together toward that future

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Sasha Abramsky on the rise of fear and its influence on American society - This Is Hell! @thisishellradio - Air Date 9-20-17

Author Sasha Abramsky explains how irrational fear rules, and guides, life in America.

Ch. 2: Martha Nussbaum on the fear at the root of our political polarization - The Brian Leher Show - Air Date 7-3-18

Martha Nussbaum, author of The Monarchy of Fear: A Philosopher Looks at Our Political Crisis, argues powerlessness and fear underlying political polarization.

Ch. 3: Johann Hari explains why disconnection is at the center of depression and anxiety today - @ThisisHell - Air Date 1-31-18

Johann Hari, author of “Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected Solutions”, explains why disconnection is at the center of depression and anxiety today.

Ch. 4: THE MIDTERMS MINUTE (Primaries Edition): Connecticut & Vermont (and MN and WI) on 8.14 - Best of the Left Activism

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Ch. 5: Sasha Abramsky on the rise of fear and it opens to the door to demagogues - @ThisisHell - Air Date 9-20-17

Author Sasha Abramsky explains how irrational fear is fertile ground for authoritarian demagogues.

Ch. 6: Escape from suffering - Progressive Faith Sermons w @RevDrRay - Air Date 7-9-18

Dr Roger Ray explores some of the ailments of our society that keep so many of us from happiness.

Ch. 7: Barack Obama on the competing visions for the future and the struggle between fear and hope - Nelson Mandela Centenary - Air Date 7-18-18

A portion of Barack Obama's speech at Nelson Mandela centenary celebrations in Johannesburg, South Africa discussing the two political and social paths that lay before us. (Watch the entire lecture)

 

 

VOICEMAILS

Ch. 8: How medical bankruptcy made me change my worldview - Kim from Chicago

Ch. 9: Progressive philosophy is amorphous by nature and hard to track through history - Ariel from Memphis

Ch. 10: Without an underpinning philosophy, ideas only float but do not take root - V from Central New York

 

Ch. 11: Understanding the underlying philosophies of both the left and right with clarity

 

THE MIDTERMS MINUTE:

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15 Ways to Help a Campaign Win Their Election” (Political Charge)

August 14th Primaries:

Connecticut (Reg. Deadlines - Primary: Online, mail, or in person by Thurs. Aug 9th / General: Oct. 30th)

Governor (Dem. Primary) -Ned Lamont

5th District (Dem. Primary) -Jahana Hayes (Heads up! Republicans are vying for this seat in November.)

2nd District - Heads up! One large county in District 2 pivoted for Trump in 2016. Incumbent Dem. Joe Courtney will run against Republican Dan Postemski in the general.

Vermont (Reg. Deadlines - Primary: Early voting has begun. Must be registered by Aug. 14th / General: Nov. 6th)

U.S. House (statewide Rep.) (Dem. Primary) -Daniel Freilich (Read about incumbent Pat Welch corruption)

Governor - Christine Hallquistvs. James Ehlers vs. Ethan Sonneborn 

U.S. Senate - Bernie Sanders 

*Minnesota (Reg. Deadlines - Primaries: Online: July 24th, In person: Until August 14th / General: Oct. 9th) *Read our spotlight*

*Wisconsin (Reg. Deadlines - Primary: Post-marked by July 25th, or in-person by Aug 10th / General: post-marked by Oct. 17th, in-person by Nov. 2nd) *Read our spotlight*

Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman 

 

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

Air Date: 8/8/2017

Today we look at the forces causing a great deal and anger and upheaval all around the world, how that anger is being misdirected and what we can do in our own lives to face it

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Age of Anger: A History of the Present by Pankaj Mishra - @thisishellradio - Air Date 2-11-17

Ch. 3: Song 1:  When Anger Shows - Editors


Ch. 4: Act 2: Fighting at the table: Conflict as successful integration - Ideas from CBC - Air Date 6-29-17

Ch. 5: Song 2: N/A


Ch. 6: Act 3: Controversy and Outrage over Muslim Ban was Part of Bannon's Plan (w:guest Joshua Green) - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date 07-24-17

Ch. 7: Song 3:  Protest Song - Anti-Flag


Ch. 8: Act 4: The Underlying Philosophy of Bannon's War - PBS Frontline - Air Date 5-24-17

Ch. 9: Song 4:  Legions (War) - Zoe Keating


Ch. 10: Act 5: Pankaj Mishra on Globalized Anger: The Enlightenment's Unwanted Child - Ideas from CBC - Air Date 4-18-17

Ch. 11: Song 5:  Gerudo Valley - OST Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary (2011)


Ch. 12: Act 6: Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks: How we can face the future without fear, together - @TEDTalks - Air Date: 6-26-17


Ch. 13: Final comments on when the age of anger meets the age of floods

See the full video I produced almost exactly 10 years ago

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


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Category:general -- posted at: 6:04am EDT

Air Date: 7/17/2018

Today we take a look at the history of what led us to be on the brink of the most conservative Supreme Court in 90 years, some of the details as to what's at stake and some ideas on fighting back, now and in the future

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: The right has been more focused, more committed, and better organized - The Ezra Klein Show - Air Date 7-2-18

Dahlia Lithwick, Slate’s exceptional legal analyst, on how the right has won the fight for the Supreme Court for the next few decades because they were more focused, more committed, and better organized. This is how they did it.

Ch. 2: Sheldon Whitehouse on the importance of the Supreme Court being explained to Democrats - Amicus from @Slate - Air Date 7-7-18

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, a Democratic senator from Rhode Island talks about why Democrats must care more about the Supreme Court, the danger of dark money, and the frustration of confirmation hearings.

Ch. 3: Lives Are At Stake: The Struggle to Stop Trump’s Right-Wing Takeover of the Supreme Court - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 07-10-18

Activists and organizers around the country are mobilizing against President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who needs a simple majority of 51 votes in the Senate to be confirmed. 

Ch. 4: THE MIDTERMS MINUTE- Tell Senators #WhatsAtStake with Kavanaugh & Support Progressives Primary Candidates in Wisconsin (and MN, CT and VT) on 8.14 - Best of the Left Activism

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Ch. 5: John Nichols argues that it's possible to block Trump’s supreme court pick - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 7-5-18

The most important political task of the year is blocking Trump’s supreme court pick. It can be done, John Nichols argues—with the right political strategy: organizing in the states with the swing votes: Maine and Alaska. 

Ch. 6: How Democrats Can Get Past a Far Right Court - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 6-28-18

Thom Hartmann discusses a potential congressional check on our far right supreme court, one that perhaps should have been used long before now.

Ch. 7: Ian Millhiser on John Roberts and the calls for Democrats to pack the court - @offkiltershow - Air Date 7-3-18

Ian Millhiser, justice editor at ThinkProgress and Off-Kilter’s SCOTUS correspondent, on the roll that John Roberts now plays in deciding whether there will be a call for Democrats to take the nuclear option against the Supreme Court.

 

VOICEMAILS

Ch. 8: Building the future of progressivism - V from Central New York

Ch. 9: What is it like to be on the left? Why are you on the left? - Ralph from Waterbury, CT

 

Ch. 10: Final comments on the philosophy of progressivism

 

THE MIDTERMS MINUTE:

Take Action with SPLC's #WhatsAtStake SCOTUS Campaign:

Stop Kavanaugh: SPLC's list of 6 Senators and their contact information 

RSVP to call these Senators weekly until the confirmation hearings

MIDTERMS RESOURCES:

Check on candidates endorsed by Justice Democrats | Brand New Congress | DSA | Latino Victory | Our Revolution

Check your state registration deadlines and voter ID laws with rockthevote.org

For an easy way to donate to candidates, check out DownTicket.com on your mobile browser.

15 Ways to Help a Campaign Win Their Election” (Political Charge)

AUGUST 14TH PRIMARIES: 

Wisconsin (Reg. Deadlines - Primary: Post-marked by July 25th, or in-person by Aug 10th / General: post-marked by Oct. 17th, in-person by Nov. 2nd)

U.S. House - 1st District (Dem. Primary): Randy Bryce vs. Cathy Myers

Star Tribune Article on Bryce’s arrests & Bryce’s response 

U.S. House - 4th District (Dem. Primary): Incumbent Gwen Moorewill very likely win her primary.

U.S. House - 7th District (Dem. Primary): Margaret Engebretson

Governor (Dem. Primary): Tony Evers| Mike McCabe

Senate: Heads up! Sen. Tammy Baldwinis running for reelection in Nov. and facing $8.5 million in conservative money against her. 

Due to time, the following states either have been *featured already or will be soon:

*Minnesota (Reg. Deadlines - Primaries: Online: July 24th, In person: Until August 14th / General: Oct. 9th) *Learn more*

Connecticut (Reg. Deadlines - Primaries: Online & mail-in: Received by Aug. 9th / General: Oct. 30th)

Vermont  (Reg. Deadlines - Primaries: Aug. 14th / General: Nov. 6th)

Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman 

 

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

Air Date: 7/13/2018

Today we take a look at the media landscape and how it enables rather than challenges our horrific political status quo and we also hear suggested alternatives structures that could help us change the game

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Jeff Cohen on Cable News Hawks - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 3-30-18

As the US government ramped up for war in the wake of September 11, 2001, TV screens were filled with what seemed a parade of generals. Military men became the sources of first resort, over and indeed against regional experts, historians and peace advocates.

Ch. 2: Laura Flanders on media consolidation and its impact on our democracy - #BuildingLocalPower from @ilsr - Air Date 5-4-18

Laura Flanders discusses the consolidation of media companies and its impact on our democracy including the scale of the big problem with gatekeepers like Facebook and Google and media companies like Sinclair as an “extractive machine.”

Ch. 3: THE MIDTERMS MINUTE- Support Progressive Primary Candidates - Hawaii (8.11) & Minnesota (and WI, CT, & VT) (8.14) - Best of the Left Activism

*Scroll down for the segment info, dates and links. Or click above for the full blog post.*

Ch. 4: Sarah Kendzior on how the media enables Donald Trump - Unpresidented (@UnPresidentPod) - Air Date 5-24-18

Author Sarah Kendzior (“The View from Flyover Country”) talks about how the media continues to enable Donald Trump, and how they/we can more effectively confront the Trump “kleptocracy.”

Ch. 5: Marc Cooper on media and democracy - Jacobin Radio (@jacobinmag) - Air Date 12-19-17

Journalist Marc Cooper looks at media delivery in the present digital era of democratized information that has introduced new potential as well as new dangers.

Ch. 6: Laura Flanders on building the next system of media - @TheNextSystem ‏Project - Air Date 10-18-17

Laura Flanders discusses her latest paper for the Next System Project on the “urgent necessity” of Next System Media including criticisms of for-profit media and some suggested alternatives.

 

VOICEMAILS

Ch. 7: What the math on the cost of health insurance for insurance companies? - Kyle from Portland

 

Ch. 8: Final comments on private health insurance vs government-run insurance and the perverse incentive for private insurers to want medical costs to go ever-higher

 

THE MIDTERMS MINUTE

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August 11th Primary:

Hawaii (Reg. Deadlines - Primaries: Online: July 12th, In person: Until August 11th / General: Oct. 9th)

U.S. House - 1st District: Kaniela Ing 

U.S. House - 2nd District: Tulsi Gabbard(Incumbent)

August 14th Primaries:

Minnesota (Reg. Deadlines - Primaries: Online: July 24th, In person: Until August 14th / General: Oct. 9th)

U.S. House - 5th District: Ilhan Omar 

U.S. House - 8th District: Michelle Lee 

U.S. Senate (Dem. Primary for Nov. Special Election) - Tina Smith 

Governor (Dem. Primary) - Erin Murphy 

Due to time, the following states will be featured in depth on a future episode:

Wisconsin (Reg. Deadlines - Primaries: Post-marked by July 25th, In person Aug. 10th / General: Post-marked by Oct 17th, In-person: Nov. 2nd)

Connecticut (Reg. Deadlines - Primaries: Online & mail-in: Received by Aug. 9th / General: Oct. 30th)

Vermont  (Reg. Deadlines - Primaries: Aug. 14th / General: Nov. 6th)

Correction: South Dakota was originally listed in the segment, but 8/14 is actually the runoff date. There will not be runoffs. 

Researched & Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman 

 

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

Air Date: 7/10/2018

Today we take a look at the attempts to distract with calls for civility and the attempts to suppress dissent with various bans and impediments to protest

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: The Problem with Civility - On the Media - Air Date 6-30-18

 

Ch. 2: Criminalizing Protest - @USNewsBeat - Air Date 6-14-18

 

Ch. 3: The Civility Fetish - Citations Needed - Air Date 6-14-18

 

Ch. 4: NFL Bans National Anthem Protests - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 05-24-18

 

Ch. 5: Civility as a cudgel - Trumpcast - Air Date 6-30-18

 

Ch. 6:  Mara Verheyden-Hilliard on Criminalizing Protest - CounterSpin - Air Date 7-7-18

 

VOICEMAILS

Ch. 7: Why wouldn't a UBI just cause inflation? - David from Houston

 

Ch. 8: Final comments on a Universal Basic Income, inflation and recommending an episode of The Dig about Troop Veneration and US Empire

 

MUSIC:

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Turning on the Lights - Speakeasy (Blue Dot Sessions)
  • Swapping Tubes - Studio J (Blue Dot Sessions)
  • Rafter - Speakeasy (Blue Dot Sessions)
  • Great Great Lengths - The Balloonist (Blue Dot Sessions)
  • Insatiable Toad - Origami (Blue Dot Sessions)
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

 

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