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Air Date: 10/19/2018

Today we take a look at the Koch brothers and the movement they spawned to better understand exactly how to fight back

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Ch. 1: Jane Mayer on the positive vision the Kochs paint - The Ezra Klein Show - Air Date 6-3-18

Jane Mayer explains how we need to fight the Koch brothers by understanding that their policy ideas go far beyond greed and need to be taken seriously

Ch. 2: Jane Mayer on the family dynamics behind the Koch legacy - @InDeepRadio w @AngieCoiro - Air Date 3-23-18

Jane Mayer on the Koch brothers’ takeover of Republican Party politics

Ch. 3: Nancy MacLean on the libertarian movement from James Buchanan to the Kochs - Jacobin Radio (@jacobinmag) - Air Date 6-4-18

Democracy in Chains details the anti-democratic origins and trajectory of free market fundamentalist, Koch Brothers-aligned economists who have come to profoundly shape and warp American politics to fit their dystopian vision.

Ch. 4: THE MIDTERMS MINUTE- Help Flip Toss Up Battleground House Races in IA, KS, KY, ME, MI & NM! - Best of the Left Activism

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Ch. 5: Supreme Court Forces Dark Money Disclosures - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date 9-23-18

The Supreme Court denies a stay in a dark money decision, effectively forcing campaigns to disclose the identity of all contributors who donate more than $200 in a year

Ch. 6: Campaign Finance at a Crossroads - On the Media - Air Date 9-28-18

Michelle Ye Hee Lee, a national reporter for the Washington Post, describes to Bob the multiple pathways for high-rolling donors going forward, and the obstacles that may delay or weaken court-ordered disclosure policies.

Ch. 7: What It REALLY Means To Call For An Article V Convention. Prof. Larry Lessig - The Young Turks - Air Date 8-24-18

Harvard Law Professor Lawrence Lessig gives a lesson on what it really means to call for an Article V Convention and why it’s the logical path to address money’s corrupting influence in politics.

 

VOICEMAILS

Ch. 10: What we call socialism - Francisco from Northampton, MA

Ch. 11: Death with Dignity needs to be a national law - Stacy from San Francisco Bay Area

 

Ch. 12: Final comments asking about the pro-choice litmus test

 

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TOSS UP BATTLEGROUND DEMOCRATIC SENATE SEATS 



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Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

Air Date: 10/16/2018

Today we take a look at the distant and recent history of conservatism in America and beyond and follow the steps that have led to their rejection of science at a moment in history when it has never been more critical to heed the warnings of scientists

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Ch. 1: Corey Robin on the right from Burke to Trump - Jacobin Radio (@jacobinmag) - Air Date 12-3-17

Corey Robin on the Right from Burke to Trump. While most people on the Left fear and demonize the Right, they aren't interested in its ideas. Robin, however, takes them very seriously and analyzes their ideas for us.

Ch. 2: Jonah Goldberg on Trump, Republicans and the conservative movement - Diane Rehm: On My Mind - Air Date 3-2-18

The state of the conservative movement and where it goes from here.

Ch. 3: Kurt Andersen: How religion turned American politics against science - Big Think - Air Date 1-18-28

In the last 30 years, religion has radicalized American politics and seriously harmed the perception of science, says journalist and author Kurt Andersen. This can be directly tied to the rise of the Christian Right in the 20th century.

Ch. 4: The fall of family values - Past/Present - Air Date 6-25-18

Explaining how we came to the end of “family values” conservatism

Ch. 5: THE MIDTERMS MINUTE: FL, IN, MO, MT, ND - Help Democrats Retain These Toss Up Battleground Senate Seats!

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Ch. 6: Jennifer Rubin on the breakdown of the GOP from a center-right perspective - The Good Fight - Air Date 2-13-18

Yascha Mounk discusses how to cover the Trump presidency; the complicity of the Republican party; and the future of the right with proud conservative and staunch Never Trumper Jennifer Rubin.

Ch. 7: Chomsky on the GOP Has Any Organization Ever Been So Committed to Destruction of Life on Earth? - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 04-26-17

Amy Goodman began by asks Noam Chomsky about the catastrophically destructive tendencies of the Republican Party.

Ch. 8: America: The Farewell Tour (with Guest Chris Hedges) - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date 10-2-18

Chris Hedges on the erosion of democratic infrastructure, imperialist leanings and the widening gap between the morbidly rich and the working class, a sign of America's farewell?

 

VOICEMAILS

Ch. 9: Make election day a national holiday - Aaron from Anderson, SC

Ch. 10: We need a military attitude toward politics - Jason from Chicago

 

Ch. 11: Final comments on an Election Day holiday and the moral implications of laws

 

 

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TOSS UP BATTLEGROUND DEMOCRATIC SENATE SEATS 

FL-Sen: Bill Nelson (D) 

IN-Sen: Joe Donnelly (D)

MO-Sen: Claire McCaskill (D)

MT-Sen: Jon Tester(D)

ND-Sen: Heidi Heitkamp (D)

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

Air Date: 10/12/2018

Today we take a look at the process and conclusion of Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court and how the whole spectacle, top to bottom, was drenched in some of the worst aspects of patriarchy and toxic masculinity that our society has to offer.

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Ch. 1: Amy Goodman on the critical history of the Kavanaugh confirmation - @Intercepted w @JeremyScahill - Air Date 10-2-18

Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman offers an in-depth analysis of the battle over Kavanaugh.

Ch. 2: Eve Ensler to White Women Supporting Kavanaugh Stand with Survivors & Fight This Nomination - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 10-5-18

Eve Ensler is an award-winning playwright and author of The Vagina Monologues. She recently published “A Letter to White Women Who Support Brett Kavanaugh” in Time Magazine.

Ch. 3: Look at me: Meet an activist who confronted Jeff Flake - In the Thick - Air Date 9-30-18

By confronting Senator Jeff Flake and telling her story of sexual assault, Ana María Archila has become an icon in the midst of the Kavanaugh nomination debate. Maria and Julio talk to Archila about her action on Capitol Hill.

Ch. 4: Having It Both Ways With Kavanaugh - On the Media - Air Date 9-28-18

Brooke reflects on this week's explosive Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's allegations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh and how it exposed the fault lines in America's fragile democracy.

Ch. 5: THE MIDTERMS MINUTE- AZ, NV, TN & TX- Flip These Toss Up Battleground Senate Seats! - Best of the Left Activism

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Ch. 6: Choice words on how to avoid being like Kavanaugh - @EdgeofSports w Dave Zirin - Air Date 9-30-18

'Choice Words’ about Brett Kavanaugh, high school sports and toxic masculinity.

Ch. 7: Trump's greatest weapon is his ability to wield victimhood - The Daily Show Between the Scenes - Air Date 10-4-18

Trump’s greatest superpower is his ability to wield victimhood, and he’s taking full advantage of it to defend Kavanaugh and undermine the #MeToo movement.

Ch. 8: Picking Apart the Backlash - On the Media - Air Date 10-5-18

Slate staff writer Lili Loofbourow anticipated a backlash to the #MeToo movement. She explains several of the logical fallacies that give this, and any, backlash life, and she described the "chivalry racket" used to paper over women's anger.

 

VOICEMAILS

Ch. 9: Words of encouragement in the wake of Kavanaugh - V from Central New York

Ch. 10: What structural changes can the left make? - Nathan from San Diego

 

Ch. 11: Final comments on some structural changes that need to be made to steer our country back toward democracy

 

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FLIPPABLE TOSS UP BATTLEGROUND SENATE SEATS

AZ-Sen:Kyrsten Sinema(D) 

NV-Sen:Jacky Rosen(D)

TN-Sen:Phil Bredesen(D)

TX-Sen:Beto O'Rourke(D)

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

Air Date: 10/9/2018

Today we take a look at the monopolistic practices of Amazon with a focus on their effects on labor and wages in America

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Ch. 1: Stacy Mitchell on why it’s time to break up Amazon - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 2-21-18

Amazon is a radically new kind of monopoly that seeks to control all of online commerce. Stacy Mitchell says it’s time for anti-trust action to separate the Amazon Marketplace from Amazon’s own retail operations.

Ch. 2: How Amazon Drives Down Wages - Senator Bernie Sanders - Air Date 9-19-18

A video from the Bernie Sanders YouTube channel explaining how Amazon drives down wages

Ch. 3: Monopoly, Monopsony and highly concentrated labor markets - Building Local Power - Air Date 3-22-18

Stacy Mitchell interviews the Roosevelt Institute’s Marshall Steinbaum about why American wages aren’t rising while our economy goes through a strong “recovery.”

Ch. 4: Exposed: Undercover Reporter at Amazon Warehouse Found Abusive Conditions & No Bathroom Breaks - Democracy Now! - Air Date 9-5-18

Journalist James Bloodworth, who spent a month working undercover as a “picker” in an Amazon order fulfillment center and found workers were urinating in bottles because they were discouraged from taking bathroom breaks.

Ch. 5: Striking Amazon warehouse workers - Belabored (@DissentMag) - Air Date 7-27-18

On Amazon Prime Day warehouse workers around the world took action against the company.

Ch. 6: Amazon Is Hurting Small Businesses -Senator Bernie Sanders - Air Date 9-26-18

Listen to this small business owner who sees firsthand the effect of Amazon's power over our economy. We should all be concerned about Jeff Bezos' greed.

Ch. 7: Neil DeMause on Amazon - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 10-4-18

Where do we have the conversation about the impact of Amazon‘s size, its influence and its values, on community?

 

VOICEMAILS

Ch. 8: Pushing the needle on universal health care - Zach from Atlanta

 

Ch. 9: Final comments on why Joe Manchin can help progressives even while being a terrible Democrat

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Air Date: 10/5/2018

Today we take a look at the rarely-told, real legacy of Christopher Columbus and some of the reverberations from his actions that can still be felt to this day

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Indigenous Peoples Day - Progressive Faith Sermons w @RevDrRay - Air Date 10-23-16

The origin stories we tell ourselves and the importance of understanding that the words we use changes the way we think.

Ch. 2: The Truth of Jesuit-Catholic Christopher Columbus - The Canary Effect (Documentary)

Documentary film, The Canary Effect, follows the terrifying and horrific abuses instilled upon the Indigenous people of North America, and details the genocidal practices of the US government and its continuing effects on present day Indian country.

Ch. 3: THE MIDTERMS MINUTE- New York’s Battleground Races! - Best of the Left Activism

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Ch. 4: Columbus Day - Why are we Celebrating? - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date 10-13-09

Thom Hartmann, reading a portion of his book "The last hours of ancient sunlight" about some of the atrocities of Christopher Columbus

Ch. 5: Indigenous Peoples Day VS Columbus Day - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 09-04-17

Los Angeles just changed Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day, here's why everyone else should also. Hosted by NerdAlert's Kim Horcher.

Ch. 6: Reframing Columbus Day - Pod Save the People - Air Date 10-10-17

A discussion to reframe and understand the debate over Columbus Day

Ch. 7: Christopher Columbus Was A Demon by Hari Kondabolu - Totally Biased - Air Date: 10-12-12

Hari Kondabolu discusses his hatred of the demon Christopher Columbus.

Ch. 8: Discussing how to move beyond Columbus Day - In the Thick - Air Date 10-9-17

Maria Hinojosa and Julio Ricardo Varela lead a conversation about the change away from Columbus Day with Mitch O’Farrell, council member of LA’s 13th district, and Chrissie Castro, vice chairwoman of the Los Angeles Native American Indian Commission.

 

VOICEMAILS

Ch. 9: We need an election day holiday - Nate from Vacaville, CA

 

Ch. 10: Final comments on the Powerline series from Outside/In

 

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NEW YORK BATTLEGROUNDS: 

New York Democratic Party

NY Important Dates: Register, have your application postmarked, or have made an in-person request by October 12th. Absentee ballot options and deadlines are complex, visit elections.ny.gov website for that information.

U.S. HOUSE

NY-11: Max Rose

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NY-19: Antonio Delgado

Swing Left NY-19| Red to Blue NY-19

NY-22: Anthony Brindisi

Swing Left NY-22| Red to Blue NY-22

NY-27: Nate McMurry

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MUSIC(Blue Dot Sessions):

Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 

Lakal - Speakeasy
Gondola Blue - Towboat
A Burst of Light - Delray
The Provisions - K4
Gullwing Sailor - Migration
One Little Triumph - Piano Mover
Festering - Towboat

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: 10/2/2018

Today we take a look at the fact that welfare technically no longer exists in America except as a dog whistle term used to push an ideology that divides the majority for the enrichment of the minority. 

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Ch. 1: The 'Welfare' Dog-Whistle Part 1 - Citations Needed (@CitationsPod) - Air Date 2-7-18

In the United States, "Welfare" is more often than not a malleable propaganda term meant to dog whistle programs for African-Americans and Latinos while signaling to whites that their checks and corporate handouts will remain untouched.

Ch. 2: Suzanne Mettler on The Growing Disconnect Between the American Government and Its Citizens - @RingOfFireRadio - Air Date 7-27-18

Suzanne Mettler, author of the new book, “The Government-Citizen Disconnect,” joins us to discuss the Trump Administrations plan to rebrand social programs as “welfare.”

Ch. 3: THE MIDTERMS MINUTE- Illinois’ Battleground Races! - Best of the Left Activism

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Ch. 4: The 'Welfare' Dog-Whistle Part 2 - Citations Needed (@CitationsPod) - Air Date 2-7-18

We dig into the racist history of anti-welfare crusades, the political purpose of pathologizing poverty, and the meaninglessness of phrases like "welfare reform," with guest Sarah Jaffe.

Ch. 5: The history of work requirements and the war on Medicaid - @offkiltershow - Air Date 4-26-18

Rebecca speaks with Robert Samuels about his article, “Wisconsin is the GOP model for ‘welfare reform.’ But as work requirements grow, so does one family’s desperation.”

Ch. 6: A Welfare Check - Reveal - Air Date 7-15-16

Today, only a quarter of welfare dollars actually goes toward basic assistance – housing, transportation or essential household items.

 

Ch. 7: Final comments on how people taking a principled stand for fairness is making society worse

 

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ILLINOIS BATTLEGROUNDS:

Illinois Democratic Party

IL Important Dates:Registered by October 9th, or have registered online by October 21st. There are also registration grace periods, but if you don’t have to wait, don’t.*More IL voting details

U.S. HOUSE

IL-06: Sean Casten

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IL-12: Brendan Kelly

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IL-13: Betsy Dirksen Londrigan

Red to Blue IL-13

IL-14: Lauren Underwood

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GOV & LT GOV

J.B. Pritzker & Juliana Stratton

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MUSIC

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Contrarian - Sketchbook (Blue Dot Sessions)
  • Waltz and Fury - Macrame (Blue Dot Sessions)
  • Yarrow and Root - The Bulwark (Blue Dot Sessions)
  • Solemn Application - Wax Museum (Blue Dot Sessions)
  • Feathersoft - Barstool (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: 6:00am EDT

Air Date: 9/28/2018

Today we take a look at the long legacy of racially-based voter disenfranchisement from Reconstruction right up to today and the many, many forms it takes as those who strive to benefit from suppressing the vote employ an ever-evolving slate of strategies to keep themselves in power.

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: The history of the voter fraud lie - Reveal - Air Date 9-30-18

Reveal examines the impact of state laws that rushed in to fill the void os discrimination after emancipation. Are they fighting fraud or changing election outcomes?

Ch. 2: A look back at the old literacy test - Backstory - Air Date 3-31-17

Exploring the role of the literacy test to get around the constitutional ban on limiting access to voting based on race and the echoes of those old policies we see today.

Ch. 3: THE MIDTERMS MINUTE - New Jersey’s Battleground Races! - Best of the Left Activism

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Ch. 4: Carol Anderson on the Realities of Voter Suppression - The Brian Lehrer Show - Air Date 9-12-18

Carol Anderson, professor of African-American studies at Emory University and the author of White Rage, talks about her new book, One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy.

Ch. 5: The Real Voter Fraud Part 1 - News Beat - Air Date 7-3-18

More than 6 million Americans are barred from voting due to Jim Crow-era laws that strip citizens' voting rights following a felony conviction, amounting to a kind of civil death sentence even for those who served their time and were released.

Ch. 6: The intimidation and discrimination of restricting ex-felon voting - Pod Save the People - Air Date 9-11-18

Explaining multiple aspects of how laws disallowing formerly imprisoned persons from voting work to intimidate and disenfranchise large groups of people, focused mostly in the blackest states in the country,

Ch. 7: The Real Voter Fraud Part 2 - News Beat - Air Date 7-3-18

More than 6 million Americans are barred from voting due to Jim Crow-era laws that strip citizens' voting rights following a felony conviction, amounting to a kind of civil death sentence even for those who served their time and were released.

Ch. 8: Carol Anderson on fighting back against voter suppression at every turn - Who What Why - Air Date 9-7-18

Carol Anderson, the Chair of African American studies at Emory University: While widespread voter fraud may be a figment of President Donald Trump’s imagination, it should never be confused with voter suppression, which is very real.

 

VOICEMAILS

Ch. 9: Capitalism creates monopolies and kills the social safety net - Tanner from Los Angeles

Ch. 10: In praise of chapter markers - Nick from California

 

Ch. 11: Final comments on chapter markers, podcatching apps and some action items to fight voter disenfranchisement

 

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NEW JERSEY BATTLEGROUNDS:

New Jersey Democratic State Committee

NJ Important Dates: Registered by October 16th. Absentee ballot requests: IN-PERSON by Mon, Nov. 5th at 3pm. Ballots received by Tues., Nov. 6th at 8pm. Early voting NOT available in New Jersey. *More NJ voting details*

U.S. SENATE 

Must Retain Seat: Bob Menendez (D - incumbent)

U.S. HOUSE

NJ-02: Jeff Van Drew

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NJ-03: Andy Kim

Swing Left NJ-03| Red to Blue NJ-03

NJ-07: Tom Malinowski

Swing Left NJ-07| Red to Blue NJ-07

NJ-11: Mikie Sherrill 

Swing Left NJ-11| Red to Blue NJ-11

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

Air Date: 9/25/2018

Today we take a look at where we stand, now ten years on from the beginning of the Great Recession in 2008. Inequality has spiked, the banks are more profitable than ever and not a single banker went to jail for fraud. Now we must look ahead to how we can better manage the next inevitable crash.

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Ch. 1: As the banks crashed, inequality spiked - Angie Coiro hosting the Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 9-17-18

Angie Coiro reading quotes from insiders from Lehman Brothers on the risks being taken before the crash and noting the spike in inequality in its wake.

Ch. 2: Nomi Prins on the fallout of the bank bailouts - @ThisIsHellRadio - Air Date 5-8-18

Journalist Nomi Prins explains how central banks bought world power in an age of global crisis. Nomi is author of “Collusion: How Central Bankers Rigged the World” from Nation Books.

Ch. 3: Rethinking economic indicators to improve our understanding - The Brian Lehrer Show - Air Date 9-17-18

New York Times columnist David Leonhardt argues that the financial crisis is not over, despite what standard economic measurements show, and points to alternative ways to measure GDP.

Ch. 4: Harold Meyerson on why the recovery continued the disaster - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 9-19-18

On the 10th anniversary of the financial crisis, Harold Meyerson argues that the recovery was a disaster all over again—and that we are still suffering from its political consequences. Harold is Executive Editor of The American Prospect.

Ch. 5: F-Word: 10 Years On, The End of Capitalism is Easier to Imagine - @theLFshow w: @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date 9-21-18

Not long after the financial crash of 2008, I heard someone say, “It’s easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism.” Is it?

Ch. 6: The Left Must Get Ready to Seize the Next Financial Crisis - @TheRealNews - Air Date 7-22-18

Thomas Hanna: When the next global financial crisis hits, we need to be prepared to nationalize the banks and create a public banking sector, which will not only be a way out of the crisis but will also help prevent future crises.

Ch. 7: Jesse Eisinger on why the Chickensh*t club doesn't prosecute bankers - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date 3-3-18

Ever wonder why no bankers went to jail after the 2008 financial crisis? Investigative journalist, Jesse Eisinger, tells us why in his book, “The Chicken Shit Club.”

Ch. 8: Why aren't more dishonest bankers in jail? - The Inquiry - Air Date 7-4-16

If you could find a way to nudge bankers towards better and safer choices, building a culture of integrity, you might avoid future financial trouble. But can you make bankers behave better?

 

VOICEMAILS

Ch. 9: Further clarification on social democracy - Jeff from New York

 

Ch. 10: Final comments on the definitions of Democratic Socialism, social ownership and the future of cooperative ownership

 

THE MIDTERMS MINUTE 

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New battlegrounds spotlight coming next episode! 

Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman 

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Air Date: 9/21/2018

Today we take a look at the economics, sexism and racism embedded in the restaurant industry, largely due to the practice of tipping.

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: The Racist History of Tipping - Splinter - Air Date 9-4-17

Tipping was considered “un-American” and “undemocratic” when rich Americans began to adopt the practice in the mid-1800s. By the end of the Civil War, tipping had spread throughout the country.

Ch. 2: Saru Jayaraman on Outlawing the Tipped Minimum Wage Part 1 - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 11-27-15

Saru Jayaraman, co-founder and co-director of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, on the movement to outlaw the “tipped wage” — the idea that a minimum wage of $2.13 is OK, because waitstaff get enough in voluntary tips to make up for it.

Ch. 3: THE MIDTERMS MINUTE- Minnesota’s Battleground Races! - Best of the Left Activism

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Ch. 4: Danny Meyer on the trouble with tipping - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 11-8-17

Legendary restaurateur Danny Meyer explains why he’s against tipping—he spoke at a dinner in honor of The Nation’s Food issue, held at his restaurant at the Whitney Museum, “Untitled.”

Ch. 5: Saru Jayaraman on Outlawing the Tipped Minimum Wage Part 2 - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 11-27-15

Saru Jayaraman, co-founder and co-director of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, on the movement to outlaw the “tipped wage” — the idea that a minimum wage of $2.13 is OK, because waitstaff get enough in voluntary tips to make up for it.

Ch. 6: When sexual harassment is on the menu Part 1 - Bite - Air Date 4-6-18

Tara Duggan and Kim Severson talk about their reporting on how powerful men in acclaimed kitchens abused their power. And San Francisco restaurateur Karen Leibowitz tells us how she’s trying to stop harassment in her kitchen before it begins.

Ch. 7: Understanding the gender and racial implications of the tipped minimum wage - Pod Save the People - Air Date 5-8-18

DeRay, Clint, and Brittany discuss women’s wages and the dangerous effects of the two-tiered system of the tipped minimum wage.

Ch. 8: When sexual harassment is on the menu Part 2 - Bite - Air Date 4-6-18

Tara Duggan and Kim Severson talk about their reporting on how powerful men in acclaimed kitchens abused their power. And San Francisco restaurateur Karen Leibowitz tells us how she’s trying to stop harassment in her kitchen before it begins.

Ch. 9: #TimesUp needs to join with the Fight for $15 - Mouthy. Messy. Mandatory. - Air Date 5-26-18

McDonald's and Walmart get their minimum wage arses handed to them by #TimesUp and Fight for $15.

 

VOICEMAILS

Ch. 10: A doctor's perspective on recent stories - Catherine from Bloomington, IL

Ch. 11: Thoughts on interrogating ourselves and communicating effectively - Erin from Philadelphia

 

Ch. 12: Final comments on the new support Apple has given to the chapter markers you can use while listening to the show

 

THE MIDTERMS MINUTE 

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CHECK VOTING DATES & POLICIES: RocktheVote.org/voting-information/

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Get Involved:

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When We All Vote (Michelle Obama’s initiative) 

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Vote Forward(mail letters to unlikely voters)

Volunteer for Democrats 

Abroad? Phone bank for Democrats  

Let America Vote (voting rights focus) 

Justice Democrats “Justice Dialer”

Brand New Congress GOTV Dialer 

National Democratic Redistricting Committee 

Easily donate to candidates with DownTicket.com on your mobile browser. 

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

MINNESOTA BATTLEGROUNDS:

Minnesota DFL

Important Dates: If you want to vote in the Minnesota Midterm Elections your online and paper registration must be received by October 16th. Minnesotadoesoffer election day registration and voting, but if you don’t have to wait…don’t. Absentee ballot requests should be made by Monday, November 5th and completed ballots must be received by election day, November 6th. *More MN voting details*

U.S. SENATE 

Must Retain Seat: Tina Smith(D - incumbent)

U.S. HOUSE

MN-01:Dan Feehan 

Swing Left MN-01 | Red to Blue MN-01

MN-02: Angie Craig 

Swing Left MN-02Red to Blue MN-02

MN-03: Dean Phillips 

Swing Left MN-03Red to Blue MN-03

MN-08: Joe Radinovich 

Swing Left MN-08Red to Blue MN-08

GOVERNOR:

GOV: Tim Walz(D) 

Researched & Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman 

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

Air Date: 9/18/2018

Today we take a look at the current state of the centuries-old fight against the monopolization of economic and political power and how these forces threaten the very concept of democracy.

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: America was Birthed in Opposition to Corporate Monopoly - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date 01-03-18

Why are libertarians trying to change the proud tradition of Americans fighting against corporate monopolies!?

Ch. 2: How platform monopolies are threatening democracy Part 1 - Ideas from CBC - Air Date 12-14-17

Dr. Taylor Owen delivers a lecture in which he argues the reality of the internet is now largely one of control, by four platform companies — Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple and their impact on democracy is deeply troubling.

Ch. 3: Media Monopoly… or Democracy? - Jim @HightowerNews - Air Date 8-16-18

Monopolies are not merely un-American, they’re virulently anti-American, suppressing our fundamental values of fairness and opportunity for all.

Ch. 4: How platform monopolies are threatening democracy Part 2 - Ideas from CBC - Air Date 12-14-17

Dr. Taylor Owen delivers a lecture in which he argues the reality of the internet is now largely one of control, by four platform companies — Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple and their impact on democracy is deeply troubling.

Ch. 5: Stacy Mitchell and Joe Maxwell on how monopoly capitalism turns into monopoly power - @theLFshow w: @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date 4-4-18

Stacy Mitchell and Joe Maxwell join us at the Progressive Caucus Strategy Summit in Baltimore. Monopoly capitalism, they say, translates to monopolized power.

Ch. 6: Undoing the damage of digital monopolies - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date 9-16-17

Franklin Foer, author of World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech, on how the Big Four, Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon are attempting to dominate every aspect of our lives and minds.

Ch. 7: Corey Pein on Silicon Valley tech culture and their anti-democratic tendencies - @ThisIsHellRadio - Air Date 4-21-18

Writer Corey Pein explores the world left behind by Silicon Valley tech culture. Corey is author of “Live Work Work Work Die: A Journey into the Savage Heart of Silicon Valley” from Metropolitan Books.

Ch. 8: Confronting the question of the functioning of democracy in the face of tech monopolies - Weekly Economics - Air Date 6-23-18

There are troubling signs that the new data-driven economy is inheriting all the same problems as the old one: power imbalances, monopolies and a lack of accountability.

Ch. 9: THE MIDTERMS MINUTE- Florida’s Battleground Races! - Best of the Left Activism

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VOICEMAILS

Ch. 10: Suggestions of conservative podcasts to listen to? - Ruth from Connecticut

Ch. 11: What can I do about Kavanaugh? - Alan from Connecticut

Ch. 12: Better to tell personal stories when debating politics - Lygia from Brazil

 

Ch. 13: Final comments on reasonable conservative talk shows and anecdotes in politics

 

THE MIDTERMS MINUTE:

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VOTER ID INFO/HELP: VoteRiders & 866ourvote.org

Get Involved:

Swing Left (Help flip districts from anywhere) 

Red to Blue (DCCC program to flip seats) 

When We All Vote (Michelle Obama’s initiative) 

Voter Circle (friend-to-friend outreach tool) 

Volunteer for Democrats 

Abroad? Phone bank for Democrats  

Let America Vote (voting rights focus) 

Justice Democrats “Justice Dialer”

Brand New Congress GOTV Dialer 

National Democratic Redistricting Committee 

Easily donate to candidates with DownTicket.com on your mobile browser. 

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

FLORIDA'S BATTLEGROUNDS:

Florida Democratic Party

Important Dates: Must be registered by Tuesday, Oct. 9th. Most absentee ballot requests must be made in person 6 days before election day (some counties online). Absentee ballots must be received by 7pm on election day. Early voting begins Oct. 27th-Nov. 3rd. *More details on voting in Florida*

U.S. SENATE 

Must Retain Seat: Bill Nelson(D - incumbent)

U.S. HOUSE

FL-15: Kristen Carlson 

Swing Left FL-15 

FL-16: David Shapiro 

Red to Blue FL-16

FL-18: Lauren Baer 

Swing Left FL-18 | Red to Blue FL-18

FL-26: Debbie Mucarsel-Powell 

Swing Left FL-26 | Red to Blue FL-26

FL-27: Donna Shalala FL-27 

(No Swing Left or Red to Blue page available for FL-27)

GOVERNOR:

GOV: Andrew Gillum 

Researched & Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman, Sources: BallotpediaNBC NewsSwing Left

 

MUSIC:

Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 

Contrarian - Sketchbook (Blue Dot Sessions)
Cloud Line - K4 (Blue Dot Sessions)
Turning to You - Landsman Duets (Blue Dot Sessions)
Flower - Pecan Grove (Blue Dot Sessions)
Curio - Vacant Distillery (Blue Dot Sessions)
When in the West - Landsman Duets (Blue Dot Sessions)
These Times - The Pine Barrens (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: 6:00am EDT

Air Date: 9/14/2018

Today we take a look at the confirmation process of Brett Kavanaugh, his stance on several critical issues and his threat to democratic values and separation of powers in the federal government

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Brett Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearings Prove It's Not About the Constitution, It's About Power - @RingOfFireRadio - Air Date 9-9-18

Dahlia Lithwick, law correspondent at Slate, joins Ring of Fire’s Sam Seder, to talk about the illegitimacy of Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings.

Ch. 2: Garrett Epps on Kavanaugh's allegiance to executive power - Diane Rehm - On My Mind - Air Date 9-7-18

Constitutional law scholar Garrett Epps on protests, sparring over documents and questions about the limits of executive privilege during the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Ch. 3: Kavanaugh and the threat he poses to women’s healthcare rights - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 9-7-18

Salon.com political reporter Amanda Marcotte discusses what we’ve learned — and haven’t — about Kavanaugh and the threat he poses to women’s health care rights

Ch. 4: Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh To Deepen the 'Imperial Presidency' - @TheRealNews - Air Date 9-4-18

We discuss Judge Kavanaugh's nomination, the hearings and how they will affect executive power and international law with Marjorie Cohn

Ch. 5: Report Finds Judge Kavanaugh Ruled Against Public Interest in Almost All of His District Court Cases - Democracy Now! - Air Date 9-5-18

Robert Weissman of Public Citizen on their analysis of Kavanaugh’s opinions in split-decision cases in which he sided against the public interest 87% of the time in split-decision cases dealing with consumer, environmental and worker rights.

Ch. 6: Brett Kavanaugh is a threat to environmental standards and climate action - @GreenNewsReport - Air Date 9-6-18

Brett Kavanaugh on the U.S. Supreme Court spells big trouble for environmental standards and climate action

Ch. 7: Explaining how Brett Kavanaugh will perpetuate structural racism - Boom! Lawyered - Air Date 9-5-18

Imani and Jess explain how we know what kind of a Justice Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh will be for people of color.

Ch. 8: Jesse Lee explains the dangers of unrestrained executive power - @offkiltershow - Air Date 9-6-18

Jesse Lee, Vice President for Communications at CAPAF, explains the dangers of unrestrained executive power.

Ch. 9: What You Can Do To Resist the Confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh - Thinking Cap - Air Date 9-6-18

Vanita Gupta on what listeners can do to say “no” to the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation.

Ch. 10: Dahlia Lithwick discusses the protests surrounding the Brett Kavanaugh hearings - Trumpcast from @Slate - Air Date 9-6-18

Virginia Heffernan is joined by Slate's Dahlia Lithwick to discuss the protests surrounding the Brett Kavanaugh hearings.

Ch. 11: THE MIDTERMS MINUTE- Pennsylvania’s Battleground Races! - Best of the Left Activism

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VOICEMAILS

Ch. 12: Bernie Sanders helped me come back to politics - Sarah from Cool, CA

 

Ch. 13: Final comments asking for stories of getting inspired and engaged in politics

 

THE MIDTERMS MINUTE (Quick Links):

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Red to Blue(DCCC program to flip seats) 

When We All Vote(Michelle Obama’s initiative) 

Voter Circle(friend-to-friend outreach tool) 

Volunteer for Democrats 

Abroad? Phone bank for Democrats  

Let America Vote (voting rights focus) 

Justice Democrats “Justice Dialer”

Brand New Congress GOTV Dialer 

National Democratic Redistricting Committee 

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

PENNSYLVANIA BATTLEGROUNDS:

Pennsylvania Democratic Party

Important Dates: Mustbe registered to vote by October 9th. Absentee ballot requests made by October 30th and received by November 2nd. Early voting NOT available.

U.S. House: 

PA-01 - Scott Wallace 

Swing Left PA-01  |  Red to Blue PA-01

PA-05 - Mary Gay Scanlon 

(no Swing Left or Red to Blue page)

PA-06 - Chrissy Houlahan 

Swing Left PA-06  |  Red to Blue PA-06

PA-07 - Susan Wild 

Swing Left PA-07  |  Red to Blue PA-07

PA-17 - Connor Lamb 

Swing Left PA-17

PA-16 - Ron DiNicola 

Red to Blue PA-16

“SAFE” But Must Retain:

U.S. SENATE - Bob Casey(D - incumbent)

GOVERNOR - Tom Wolf(D - incumbent) 

FURTHER PA MIDTERMS READING:

What Pennsylvania’s new congressional map means for 2018(Vox)

These 6 Pennsylvania Democratic nominees are key to the battle for House control(Vox)

5 States That Will Decide the House Majority(Roll Call)

Pennsylvania voters prefer Democrats for Congress after choosing Trump in 2016: NBC/Marist poll(CNBC)

Researched and written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman 

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

Air Date: 9/11/2018

Today we take a look at some strategies to and reasons why we need to have better political conversations

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Robb Willer: How to have better political conversations - @TEDTalks - Air Date 2-9-17

Robb Willer studies the forces that unite and divide us. As a social psychologist, he researches how moral values -- typically a source of division -- can also be used to bring people together.

Ch. 2: Understanding the backfire effect Part 1 - You are not so smart - Air Date 2-10-17

Stephan Lewandowsky takes us step-by-step through The Debunking Handbook, a guide he and John Cook wrote for avoiding the backfire effect when confronting vaccine and climate change deniers.

Ch. 3: THE MIDTERMS MINUTE: California’s Battleground Races! - Best of the Left Activism

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Ch. 4: Van Jones: Exposing Liberal Hypocrisy and Conservative Close-Mindedness - Big Think - Air Date 11-23-17

The amount of political disagreement in the nation is matched only by righteous indignation. But in order to disagree without disrespecting each other, we need to look hard at our own positions, and Van Jones does just that.

Ch. 5: Understanding the backfire effect Part 2: Replacing the leg of a table - You are not so smart - Air Date 2-10-17

Explaining the key takeaway regarding the backfire effect. Always replace a faulty idea with a valid one. Never debunk a claim only to leave a void.

Ch. 6: In This Life - How to argue with those we oppose - Progressive Faith Sermons w @RevDrRay - Air Date 7-15-18

Explaining why saying the things you may want to say to your political adversaries is more likely to exacerbate the problems in our political divide further, making you part of the problem.

 

VOICEMAILS

Ch. 7: How do I know I'm not just in my own echo chamber? - Michael from the UK

 

Ch. 8: Final comments on expanding your view and understanding of news media

 

THE MIDTERMS MINUTE 

ASAP: Check your state registration deadlines and voter ID laws

GET INVOLVED:

Swing Left (Help flip districts from anywhere)

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Volunteer for Democrats 

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Justice Democrats “Justice Dialer” 

Brand New Congress GOTV Dialer 

National Democratic Redistricting Committee

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

CALIFORNIA BATTLEGROUNDS (Note: List may vary by org or outlet):

Important Dates: Must be registered/postmarked by October 22nd (more info)

Local Action:California Democratic Party https://www.cadem.org/take-action

Push Left! U.S. Senate - Kevin de Leon (D Safe Seat)

Flip CA-10th: Josh Harder 

Swing Left: https://swingleft.org/district/CA-10

Flip CA-25th: Katie Hill 

Swing Left: https://swingleft.org/district/CA-25

Flip CA-39th: Gil Cisneros 

Swing Left: https://swingleft.org/district/CA-39

Flip CA-45th: Katie Porter 

Swing Left: https://swingleft.org/district/CA-45

Flip CA-48th: Harley Rouda 

Swing Left: https://swingleft.org/district/CA-48

Flip CA-49th: Mike Levin 

Swing Left: https://swingleft.org/district/CA-49

Sources: Ballotpedia; NBC News; Swing Left

Researched & Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman 

 

MUSIC:

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Slow Lane Lover - Barstool (Blue Dot Sessions)
  • Algea Trio - Algea Fields (Blue Dot Sessions)
  • These Times - The Pine Barrens (Blue Dot Sessions)
  • LaBranche - Bayou Birds (Blue Dot Sessions)
  • Gullwing Sailor - Migration (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: 6:00am EDT

Air Date: 9/7/2018

Today we take a look at several of the ways that average people benefit from collective action including unionization, class action lawsuits and politically attuned investing of pooled pension funds. Plus, making the obvious case for why the Democratic Party needs to get wholeheartedly on board with policies that unwaveringly support working people and empower collectivism.

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: The case for unions - The Brian Lehrer Show - Air Date 6-25-18

Jane McAlevey, labor and environmental organizer, argues that progressives need more of the hard work of organizing mass movements to be effective and talks about recent labor actions in Las Vegas and by red-state teachers.

Ch. 2: Thomas Neuburger on how unions show another angle of the political split on the left - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 8-17-18

Speaking with Angie Coiro, Thomas Neuburg analyzes the relationship between unions and liberals, and how the Democrats fit into the picture.

Ch. 3: Roy Houseman Unions Fight Back! (Arbitration) - @TZHRJ - Air Date 05-30-18

Roy Houseman explains the recent ruling on forced arbitration and the effect it will have on workers.

Ch. 4: Labor's last weapon against capital is its own capital - @ThisIsHellRadio - Air Date 5-22-18

Law professor David Webber explains how labor can wield capital against capital. David is author of “The Rise of the Working-Class Shareholder: Labor’s Last Best Weapon” from Harvard University Press.

Ch. 5: Shaun Richman on rights and rebellions - Belabored (@DissentMag) - Air Date 2-23-18

Facing a legislative onslaught, the labor movement must rediscover its fighting spirit—and find ways to turn the GOP attack to its own advantage.

Ch. 6: Explaining the power of unions to counterbalance the dangerous excesses of capitalism - @tmbsfm with @_michaelbrooks - Air Date 8-7-18

Michael Brooks breaks down the viral wildcat strike video and what we will need to do build union power in the US.

 

VOICEMAILS

Ch. 7: Please explain single-payer health care - Jennifer from Columbus, OH

 

Ch. 8: Final comments explaining how single payer works in broad strokes and bonus clips from a Canadian doctor and many average Canadian citizens explaining the Canadian health care system

 

Bonus Clips: 

Dr. Danielle Martin Defending Single Payer Health Care - Women's College Hospital - Air Date 10-3-17

Real Canadians Talking Real Healthcare

 

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(For general election battleground spotlights, listen for future segments of "The Midterms Minute.")

SEPT 11th - New Hampshire (Reg. Deadlines: Primary & General: Same day registration & voting (*see details); NO online registration)

NH Voter Info from Rock the Vote

List of NH Election Offices

1st district: Mindi Messemer 

Governor: Molly Kelly vs. Steve Marchand  (Further Reading: NHPR | Concord Monitor)

SEPT 12th - Rhode Island (Reg. Deadlines: Primary: August 13th / General: Oct 9th)

RI Voter Info from Rock the Vote

Governor: Matt Brown 

Lt. Governor: Aaron Regunberg 

SEPT. 13th - NEW YORK (State Office Primaries)

Governor: Cynthia Nixon 

Everything you need to know about New York’s primary election(Curbed NY)

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

Air Date: 9/4/2018

Today we take a look at many of the underlying reasons that health care in America is so expensive and how those who benefit from the status quo work to keep it that way

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Ch. 1: Exposing Massive Waste In Our For-Profit Medical System - @RingOfFireRadio - Air Date 10-30-17

Investigative journalist Marshall Allen discusses his latest piece on systematic waste in health care costs that companies are making a profit from.

Ch. 2: Matthias Müllenbeck: What if we paid doctors to keep people healthy? - @TEDTalks - Air Date 4-18-18

What if we incentivized doctors to keep us healthy instead of paying them only when we're sick? This shift from a sick care system to a health care system could save us from unnecessary costs and risky procedures -- and keep us healthier for longer.

Ch. 3: The Town That Loves Death - Planet Money - Air Date 10-5-16

We'll take you to a place where dying has become acceptable dinner conversation for teenagers and senior citizens alike. It's a place that also happens to have the lowest Medicare spending of any region in the country.

Ch. 4: Explaining the Koch-funded study that shows Single Payer would save us money on health care - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 8-3-18

Far too many news outlets chose to only report on the costs of universal coverage while neglecting to mention any of the savings which would result in lower net health care expenditures.

Ch. 5: How Corporate Healthcare Interests are Trying to Scare You Out of Universal Healthcare - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date 8-13-18

The morbidly rich are wasting no time countering the momentum progressives are making towards universal health care, and now corporate healthcare interests scared of losing their obscene profits are trying to scare you into giving up single payer.

Ch. 6: Stephanie Kelton using Modern Monetary Theory to explain the affordability of universal health care - Citations Needed (@CitationsPod) - Air Date 9-27-18

We examine the primary talking points against Single Payer and other big government programs and how to combat them with guest Stephanie Kelton.

 

Ch. 8: Final comments on the movement of the Overton window right before our eyes

 

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SEPT 6th - Delaware (Reg. Deadlines: Primaries - August 11th / General - October 13th)

Senate: Kerri Evelyn Harris (Further reading)

SEPT 11th - New Hampshire (Reg. Deadlines: Primary & General: Same day registration & voting (*see details); NO online registration)

NH Voter Info from Rock the Vote

List of NH Election Offices

1st district: Mindi Messemer 

Governor: Molly Kelly vs. Steve Marchand  (Further Reading: NHPR | Concord Monitor)

SEPT 12th - Rhode Island (Reg. Deadlines: Primary: August 13th / General: Oct 9th)

RI Voter Info from Rock the Vote

Governor: Matt Brown 

Lt. Governor: Aaron Regunberg 

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

Air Date: 8/31/2018

Today we take a look at some of the tactics and ramifications of Trump's all-out war with journalism which is his strategy to undermine the most potent force capable of opposing an administration of lies and propaganda

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Trump's War on Journalism - Newsbeat - Air Date 3-1-18

Obama had his "War on Whistleblowers." Trump unflinchingly attacks the media. There have also been arrests of reporters. How "free" is the free press?

Ch. 2: Trump really does want to put journalists in prison - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 4-30-18

Memos written by former FBI Director James Comey after private meetings with President Donald Trump indicate Trump seemed obsessed with arresting and imprisoning journalists.

Ch. 3: THE MIDTERMS MINUTE (Primaries) - Support Progressives in New Hampshire on 9.11 and Rhode Island on 9.12 - Best of the Left Activism

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Ch. 4: Is Trump's chaos beating the media? - Trumpcast - Air Date 4-26-18

Jacob Weisberg is joined by the media critic, Jay Rosen, to talk about why he thinks Trump is winning and the press is losing.

Ch. 5: For the Sake of The People In This Room - On the Media - Air Date 8-3-18

CNN reporter Jim Acosta was verbally attacked by a crowd of Trump supporters at a Tampa rally. Brooke speaks with Greg Sargent, opinion writer at The Washington Post, about how and why the president incites his base toward anger and disbelief.

Ch. 6: Is Donald Trump Systematically Destroying Faith in The Media - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date 8-1-18

The First requirement of every despot is to destroy people's faith in the free press.

Ch. 7: Trump Admin Launches Major Attack on Freedom of the Press - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 7-23-18

The Trump administration launches a concerted large-scale attack on the media with the goal of labelling it the enemy of the American people.

Ch. 8: Blood on the newsroom floor will be blood on the president's hands - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 8-6-18

More and more mainstream corporate media folks are receiving death threats as well, leading one NYT columnist to warn, “we are approaching a day when blood on the newsroom floor will be blood on the President’s hands."

 

VOICEMAILS

Ch. 9: Explaining extra costs of private health insurance - Dave from Olympia, WA

 

Ch. 10: Final comments

 

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SEPT. 11TH - NEW HAMPSHIRE

NH Voter Info from Rock the Vote

List of NH Election Offices

1st district: Mindi Messemer 

Governor: Molly Kellyvs. Steve Marchand (Further Reading: NHPR| Concord Monitor)

SEPT. 12TH - RHODE ISLAND

RI Voter Info from Rock the Vote

Governor: Matt Brown 

Lt. Governor: Aaron Regunberg 

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

Air Date: 8/28/2018

Today we take a look at just some of the many ways the Trump administration is systematically attacking the environment and our health to pave the way for increased profits for the business interests who have the administration's ear

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Profit Over Grizzlies: Trump Admin Tries to Gut Endangered Species Act for Oil & Mining Interests - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 07-25-18

The Trump administration has announced plans to gut the Endangered Species Act, ordering federal agencies to consider economic impacts before listing animals to be protected under the law.

Ch. 2: Record heats and record fires - @GreenNewsReport - Air Date 8-14-18

The Trump administration is using extreme fires and an excuse to unnecessarily weaken endangered species protections.

Ch. 3: Trump EPA Allowing ASBESTOS Back into Manufacturing - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 8-11-18

The Trump EPA is building a framework to allow new uses of the toxic carcinogen asbestos.

Ch. 4: Rewriting the rules to harm more Americans - @GreenNewsReport - Air Date 6-12-18

The Trump EPA wants to undo pollution standards by systematically downplaying health benefits to people of avoiding pollution.

Ch. 5: Sec. Ryan Zinke's Monumental Screw-Up - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 8-3-18

Aaron Weiss of the Center for Western Priorities explains the "monumental screw up" when the U.S. Department of Interior accidentally released un-redacted documents exposing how agency officials rejected data on the benefits of public lands.

Ch. 6: How Trump's rules on coal-fired power plants differ from Obama's - PBS NewsHour - Air Date 8-21-18

The Trump administration unveiled its plan to reverse President Obama's coal pollution rules. The new EPA proposal, called the Affordable Clean Energy Rule, would give states leeway on whether to limit emissions and allow older power plants to operate.

Ch. 7: Fighting for the environment now means fighting against the EPA - @GreenNewsReport - Air Date 8-23-18

Trump administration plans to roll back Obama's clean energy plan and vehicle mileage and emissions standards while acknowledging that both moves will cause more deaths.

Ch. 8: Rise for Climate - A Global Day of Action on September 8th via @350 - Best of the Left Activism

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Ch. 9: Writer Victor Wallis presents a socialist framework for ecological revolution. - @thisishellradio - Air Date 7-30-18

Writer Victor Wallis presents a socialist framework for ecological revolution. Victor is author of "Red-Green Revolution: The Politics and Technology of Ecosocialism" from Political Animal Press.

Ch. 10: Final comments

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

Air Date: 8/24/2018

Today we take a look at some of the historical context for the dynamics of international trade, some progressive ideas about managing the domestic results of trade, the economics and politics of tariffs and the dangers of trade wars.

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Ch. 1: Explaining the economics and politics of tariffs - Economic Update with @profwolff - Air Date 6-17-18

Prof. Richard Wolff gives an overview explaining what tariffs are, how they work and why they're put in place.

Ch. 2: Michael Hudson on just a few of the things President Trump doesn't know about trade - Left Out - Air Date 4-8-18

Michael Hudson discusses the so-called "trade war" developing between the U.S. and China.

Ch. 3: THE MIDTERMS MINUTE (Primaries)- Support Progressives in Massachusetts on 9.4 and Delaware on 9.6 - Best of the Left Activism

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Ch. 4: Explaining some of the historical context and possible future of trade with China - The Inquiry - Air Date 6-27-18

The Inquiry looks at the forces driving the trade conflict between the US and China including some important historical context.

Ch. 5: Dani Rodrik the need for broad-based social programs to accompany international trade - The Ezra Klein Show - Air Date 7-19-18

Dani Rodrik on how globalization predictably deepens societal divisions, exacerbates distributional problems and undermines domestic social bargains which is why having robust social safety nets is critical in an age of global winners and losers.

Ch. 6: Prof. Richard Wolff on Whether Trump's Reckless Tariffs Could Start a War - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date 03-27-18

Prof. Richard Wolff discusses the impact of Donald Trump's reckless trade policies on the Thom Hartmann Program. Could they lead to a war?

Ch. 7: Jason Hickel on power, poverty and the long divide between Global North and South - @thisishellradio - Air Date 6-2-18

Jason Hickel examines the creation of mass poverty in the Global South from exploitation built into global trade and aid policies to the echoes of colonialism in structural adjustment programs of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund.

VOICEMAILS

Ch. 8: Is V looking for a dogma rather than philosophy? - Dave from Olympia, WA

Ch. 9: Drowning in capitalism - Dave from Olympia, WA

 

Ch. 10: Final comments on the need to fund independent media directly

 

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SEPT. 4TH

MASSACHUSETTS (Reg. Deadlines: Primaries - August 15th/ General - October 17th)

3rd District: Juana Matias

7th District: Ayanna Pressley (Further reading)

Governor: Bob Massie (Voter Circle) (Further reading)

SEPT. 6TH

DELAWARE (Reg. Deadlines: Primaries - August 11th / General - October 13th)

Senate: Kerri Evelyn Harris (Further reading)

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

Air Date: 8/21/2018

Today we take a look at some of the reasons behind the rise of right-wing movements around the world but also at some of the various shapes they're taking, strategies they're following and emerging trends that may lend them additional momentum in the future

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Ch. 1: Madeleine Albright’s Warning Of Global Fascism - The Diane Rehm Show - Air Date 4-24-18

Madeleine Albright discusses the rise of right-wing authoritarianism around the world and the demagogic nature of Trump.

Ch. 2: Elif Shafak on the fragility of democracy - Ideas from CBC - Air Date 3-2-18

Turkish writer Elif Shafak warns of the fragility of democracy, the strategies of populist demagogues and the importance of not belittling those who are fearful but not allowing ourselves to be guided by fear either.

Ch. 3: Eliane Glaser on the misguided reaction to a rejection of politics - This is Hell - Air Date 5-8-18

Eliane Glaser breaks down Brexit and the uprising of anti-politics against technocratic policies of the elite.

Ch. 4: THE MIDTERMS MINUTE (Primaries) -Support Progressives in Arizona and Florida on 8.28 - Best of the Left Activism

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Ch. 5: Katha Pollitt: Is Trumpism fascism? - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 8-1-18

Katha Pollitt on Trump's attacks on democracy which have a lot in common with authoritarian around the world. Austerity, pushed by right-wing parties, creates the economic anxiety that fuels racism and anti-immigrant sentiment.

Ch. 6: Branko Milanovic on the economic realities that lead to angry populism - The Good Fight - Air Date 12-16-17

Yascha Mounk and Branko Milanovic discuss why economic causes of populism are often expressed in cultural ways.

Ch. 7: Dr. Lukasz Pawlowski on Liberal vs Illiberal Democracy - Ideas from CBC - Air Date 4-10-18

Dr. Lukasz Pawlowski explains that a country being a democracy only tells you how people gain power, it doesn't tell you how that power is used. A critical difference between liberal and illiberal democracy.

Ch. 8: Yuval Noah Harari: Why fascism is so tempting and how your data could power it - @TEDTalks - Air Date 6-8-18

Author and historian Yuval Noah Harari explains the important difference between fascism and nationalism -- and what the consolidation of our data means for the future of democracy.

Ch. 9: Final comments on the barriers to a united front against fascism in America

 

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AUGUST 28TH

Arizona (Reg. Deadlines: Primaries - July 30th / General - Oct 9)

EARLY VOTING: Aug 1st-28th

U.S. Senate: Deedra Abboud 

U.S. House 2nd District: Mary Matiella 

U.S. House 3rd District: Raul Grijalva (incumbent; will likely win primary) 

Governor: David Garcia

Florida (Reg. Deadlines: Primaries - July 30th / General - Oct 9) 

EARLY VOTING: Aug 18th-25th

U.S. House 7th District: Chardo Richardson

U.S. House 8th District: Sanjay Patel 

U.S. House 18th District: Pam Keith

U.S. House 26th District: Debbie Mucarsel-Powell 

U.S. House 27th District: Michael Hepburn

Heads up for Nov. 6th! U.S. Senate: Bill Nelson (incumbent; uncontested in primary; running against Rick Scott in Nov)

Governor: Andrew Gillum

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

Air Date: 8/17/2018

Today we take a look at the threats to reproductive justice everywhere, from the newest Supreme Court nominee to the entire long and storied history of the structures of power clamoring to control the bodies of women with a particular focus on the destinies of communities of color

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Ch. 1: Mark Joseph Stern on how conservatives plan to hollow out Roe v Wade - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 7-10-18

Mark Joseph Stern explains exactly how conservatives plan to hollow out Roe v Wade without overturning it outright to effectively bam abortion while buffering the political backlash.

Ch. 2: Kinsey Hasstedt on the new rules looking to further control women's access to health care - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 5-26-18

Kinsey Hasstedt on the Trump administration's announcement of rules further controlling the reproductive health care that women reliant on federally funded family planning programs can receive.

Ch. 3: Dr. Willie Parker on the crossroads of faith and reproductive justice. - @Making_Contact - Air Date 11-15-18

What if faith could fuel a movement that supports women and families in having real choices over their lives and their bodies? Dr. Willie Parker on the crossroads of faith and reproductive justice.

Ch. 4: Loretta Ross on Race and Reproductive Justice - @speakouttimwise - Air Date 2-13-18

Tim speaks with Loretta Ross, one of the nation’s leading scholars and activists in the movement for reproductive justice. She was the co-founder and National Coordinator of the SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective from 2005-2012.

Ch. 5: Toni Bond Leonard on the origins of the movement for reproductive justice - @Making_Contact - Air Date 11-15-18

Toni Bond Leonard explaining the crossroads of faith and reproductive justice.

Ch. 6: Examining some of the specific reproduction issues that affect communities of color - In the Thick - Air Date 7-10-18

Maria and Julio talk to Tannia Esparza, executive director of the organization Young Women United, and Regina Mahone, VP/managing editor of Rewire.News about the impact of reproductive rights restrictions on women of color.

 

VOICEMAILS

Ch. 7: The passing of Ed Shultz - Jeff from Charlotte, NC

Ch. 8: Explaining the difference between liberalism and progressivism - Craig from Ohio

Ch. 9: The problem with the intentionally faulty framing of political issues - Daniel from Washington

 

Ch. 10: Final comments on why we missed an episode, announcing that we’re on Instagram and appreciating the term “oppression canary”

 

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*AUGUST 21ST* (Alaska & Wyoming Spotlights)

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

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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 (Dem Primary) - 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)

*AUGUST 28TH* (Check next episode for Arizona & Florida spotlights)

Arizona

U.S. Senate: Deedra Abboud 

U.S. House 2nd District: Mary Matiella 

U.S. House 3rd District: Raul Grijalva (incumbent) 

Florida

U.S. House 7th District: Chardo Richardson 

U.S. House 8th District: Sanjay Patel 

U.S. House 18th District: Pam Keith

U.S. House 26th District: Debbie Mucarsel-Powell 

U.S. House 27th District: Michael Hepburn

Heads up for Nov. 6th! U.S. Senate: Bill Nelson (incumbent; uncontested in primary; running against Rick Scott in Nov)

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

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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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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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)

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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!

Important primaries & special elections are happening in August! Learn about the races, voter registration dates, how to help progressive candidates, and more at the links below...

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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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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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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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

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

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*

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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:

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

RSVP to call these Senators weekly until the confirmation hearings

MIDTERMS RESOURCES:

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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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Direct download: 1196_Media_and_Democracy_Air_Date_7-13-18_-_7-13-18_22.03.mp3
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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Category:general -- posted at: 6:00pm EDT

Air Date: 8/1/2017

Today we look at the state of capitalism, the logical arguments for its inevitable demise and the evidence that the end may more nigh than ever before

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Caitlin Moran on the need for a revolutionary upgrade to society - Politics & Prose from @Slate Track One

Ch. 3: Song 1:  Revolution - Grandaddy


Ch. 4: Act 2: Casey Gerald: The gospel of doubt - @TEDTalks - Air Date 3-12-16 

Ch. 5: Song 2:  Capitalism Is Tearing Us Apart - sole


Ch. 6: Act 3: Wolfgang Streeck: Surviving Post-Capitalism Coping, hoping, doping & shopping Part 1 - Ideas from CBC - Air Date 2-9-17

Ch. 7: Song 3:  Hit the Wall - GoGoSnapRadio


Ch. 8: Act 4: Prof. Richard Wolff on the coming death of capitalism - Upstream - Air Date 12-12-16

Ch. 9: Song 4:  Break On Through - The Doors


Ch. 10: Act 5: Wolfgang Streeck: Surviving Post-Capitalism Coping, hoping, doping & shopping Part 2 - Ideas from CBC - Air Date 2-9-17

Ch. 11: Song 5:  Elysium - Mendum


Ch. 12: Act 6: What’s After Capitalism? Create Our Next Economy via @TheNextSystem - Best of the Left Activism


Voicemails

Ch. 13: Recommending book about Woodie Guthrie - Josh from Dallas, TX

Ch. 14: Thoughts on technology and addiction - Kyle from Portland

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 15: Final comments on Late Capitalism and “Judeo-Christian Values”

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


Activism:

TAKE ACTION

Help find the answer to "What's Next?" with The Next System Project

Read Gar Alperovitz "Principles of a Pluralist Commonwealth

Download resources and organize a Next System Project Teach-In in your community

Follow @TheNextSystem on Twitter   

EDUCATE YOURSELF

Is Capitalism Dying? (Forbes, 2013)

’Is Capitalism Dying?’ (Marxism, 2013) 

The Pain You Feel is Capitalism Dying (Joe Brewer, Medium, 2016)

Beyond the Minimum Wage Debate: Let's Move Toward a System That Works for All (Democracy at Work)

Prof. Richard Wolff debates Fox's Stuart Varney (Democracy at Work)

Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman


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Category:general -- posted at: 4:35am EDT

Air Date: 7/3/2018

Today we take a look at the movement underway to take back power for progressive ideas in this country from a variety of perspectives all working toward a common goal

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Plan to engage in civics this year - Sunday Civics - Air Date 1-7-18

 

Ch. 2: Young Voters and the Progressive Path Forward - Laura Flanders - Air Date 7-3-18

 

Ch. 3: THE MIDTERMS MINUTE: Support Progressives Primary Candidates: TN (8/2) & KS, MI, MO, OH, WA (8/7) via @latinovictoryus @justicedems @DemSocialists @brandnew535 - Best of the Left Activism

 

Ch. 4: What Democrats Should Be Focussing on During the Age of Trump - Ring of Fire - Air Date 6-9-18

 

Ch. 5: DSA at the Ballot Box - The Dig from Jacobin Radio - Air Date 4-18-18

 

Ch. 6: Working Families' Maurice Mitchell on how outsider power shifts insider politics - Laura Flanders - Air Date 6-7-18

 

Ch. 7: John Nichols on the political earthquakes in the 2018 primaries - Bradcast - Air Date 6-27-18

 

Ch. 8: Final comments on the history of and solution to the non-vote protest

 

THE MIDTERMS MINUTE

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

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

August 2nd Primaries:

Tennessee(Reg. Deadlines: Primaries: July 3rd/ General: Oct. 9th)

U.S. House - 2nd District: Marc Whitmire 

U.S. House - 3rd District: Dr. Danielle Mitchell

Heads Up! General Nov. 6th: (Senate) Dem Candidate is Phill Bedesen (moderate) 

August 7th Primaries:

Kansas (Reg. Deadlines: Primaries: July 17th/ General: Oct. 16th)

U.S. House - 3rd District: Brent Welder

U.S. House - 4th District: James Thompson 

Missouri (Reg. Deadlines: Primaries: July 11th/ General: Oct. 10th)

U.S. House - 1st District: Cori Bush

Heads Up! General Nov. 6th: (Senate) Dem Candidate is Clair McCaskill (moderate) 

Michigan (Reg. Deadlines: Primaries: July 9th / General: Oct. 9th)

Governor Dem Primary: Dr. Abdul El-Sayed (Justice Democrat)

5 U.S. House Candidates: Check Justice Democrats| Brand New Congress

Washington (Reg. Deadlines: Primaries: Only July 9th; In person July 30th / General: Oct 8th)

3 U.S. House Candidates: Check Justice Democrats| Brand New Congress

Ohio (Reg. Deadlines: Primaries: July 9th / Early voting starts July 10th)

Special Election: U.S. House - 12th District: Danny O’Connor (Democrat) 

 

Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman 

 

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

Air Date: 6/29/2018

Today we take a look at the multi-pronged campaign to prevent as many people from voting as possible and what we can do about it

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Karen Hobert Flynn on Census & Citizenship - CounterSpin - Air Date 3-30-18

 

Ch. 2: David Daley: SCOTUS punted two opportunities to help fix gerrymandering nationwide - Bradcast - Air Date 6-18-18

 

Ch. 3: The case for automatic voter registration - Sunday Civics - Air Date 1-22-18

 

Ch. 4: Black Representation in North Carolina - The Gerrymandering Project - Air Date 12-14-17

 

Ch. 5: The failure to fix gerrymandering chips away further at faith in our democratic system - Amicus - Air Date 6-23-18

 

Ch. 6: Build the Blue Wave: Confirm, Prepare & GOTV for Midterms 2018 - Best of the Left Activism

 

VOICEMAILS

Ch. 7: Tree Votes For The Axe - Alan from Connecticut

 

Ch. 8: Final comments on the danger of gerrymandering and the value of voting

 

TAKE ACTION

5 Steps & Resources to Build the “Blue Wave” for Midterms 2018:

1. CONFIRM VOTER REGISTRATION: rockthevote.org“Voter Registration Lookup Tool” 

2. LEARN/SHARE VOTER ID LAWS: VoteRiders.orgState Voter ID Law Info Cards  

3. LEARN/SHARE CUTOFF DATES/DEADLINES: rockthevote.orgState Information

4. HELP OTHERS register, check registration, learn dates. Share information in person and on social media!

5. JOIN A LOCAL REGISTRATION/GET OUT THE VOTE EFFORT:

Rock The Vote | NextGen America | ACLU(& check local chapters) | NAACP | NARAL | League of Women Voters | Let America Vote 

Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman 

 

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

 

Air Date: 6/26/2018

Today we take a look at the misguided transformation of our thinking about health care that causes us to accept the idea of it being a market-based commodity, who continues to support this idea and why it continues to make suckers of us all

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Natalie Shure on how neoliberals turned healthcare from a right to a commodity - Citations Needed - Air Date 6-21-18

 

Ch. 2: Why Democrats Resist Medicare For All - @TZHRJ - Air Date 03-12-18

 

Ch. 3: Explaining Medicare Extra and the reason corporate Democrats want to save employer-based health insurance - Doomed - Air Date 3-10-18

 

Ch. 4: Healthcare isn't something people should have to choose to spend money on - Citations Needed - Air Date 6-21-18

 

Ch. 5: Join Your Local Single-Payer Advocacy Group via @HCNow - Best of the Left Activism

 

Ch. 6:  Elizabeth Rozenthal explains why the US health care system is so bad - Intercepted - Air Date 6-13-18

 

Ch. 7: Final comments on why single-payer health care is good for gender equality

 

TAKE ACTION

Find & Join your Local Single-Payer Advocacy Group via Healthcare NOW 

CALL/WRITE/TWEET your members of Congress to push them to publicly support the Medicare for All Act before the Midterms:

House Co-sponsors

Senate Co-sponsors

FOR READING/SHARING

The Midterm Elections and Medicare For All(Healthcare NOW!)

Is Medicare-for-all a winning message for midterm elections? DSCC chairman weighs in(CBS)

Why So Many Democrats Are Embracing Single-Payer Health Care(The Atlantic)

"Medicare for All" is a winner in Democratic primaries(Axios)

Single-Payer Health Care Is The Key To Democratic Victory In 2018(WBUR)

Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman 

 

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Direct download: 1192_Health_Care_Air_Date_6-26-18_-_6-27-18_19.21.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00pm EDT

Air Date: 7/21/2017

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


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

Air Date: 6/19/2018

Today we take a look at where we are in the negotiation process with North Korea and how we got here

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Explaining how we found ourselves in a new day on the Korean peninsula - Citations Needed - Air Date 4-26-18

 

Ch. 2: Bruce Cummings on a chance for peace in Korea - Start Making Sense - Air Date 6-14-18

 

Ch. 3: Paul Jay on Trump's Iran War Agenda and Liberals' Korea Peace Panic - @TheRealNews - Air Date 6-13-18

 

Ch. 4: Understanding the small print of the negotiations with North Korea - Thinking Cap - Air Date 6-13-18

 

Ch. 5: Christine Hong on the importance of this moment and how the US stopped it from coming sooner - Intercepted - Air Date 6-13-18

 

VOICEMAILS

Ch. 6: A call to action on family separation and detention - Nick from California

 

Ch. 7: Final comments on stopping dictatorships before they start

 

MUSIC(Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Gusty Hollow - Migration
  • PolyCoat - The Cabinetmaker
  • Chilvat - Lillehammer
  • Wax Paper Jewel - Origami
  • 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: 6/15/2018

Today we take a look at the high toll Puerto Rico is paying, in both money and lives, for the triple disasters of colonialism, Hurricane Maria and disaster capitalism

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Deadlier than Katrina & 9/11 Hurricane Maria Killed 4,645 in Puerto Rico, 70 Times Official Toll - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 05-30-18

 

Ch. 2: Colonialism during hurricane season - On the Media - 6-6-18

 

Ch. 3: Elizabeth Yeampierre on Puerto Rican colonialism and disaster capitalism - Infinite Earth Radio - Air Date 2-22-18

 

Ch. 4: The Battle for Paradise: Naomi Klein on Disaster Capitalism & the Fight for Puerto Rico’s Future - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 03-21-18

 

Ch. 5: Help Disaster Victims Resist Disaster Capitalism via @MutualAidRelief - Best of the Left Activism

 

Ch. 6: Naomi Klein on Puerto Rico and Disaster Capitalism - Touré Show - Air Date 4-25-18

 

Ch. 9: Final comments on the lessons of Mister Rogers that we could use right now

 

TAKE ACTION

Get involved with/support Mutual Aid Disaster Relief

MARD Skillshare Trainings(Links for request forms are at the bottom of the blog post)

Read more about MARD ongoing work in Puerto Rico

FOR FURTHER READING/SHARING

FEMA Blamed Delays In Puerto Rico On Maria; Agency Records Tell Another Story(NPR/Frontline)

About a quarter of Puerto Rico’s schools are shutting down. Here’s a look inside one.(Vox)

"Justice was served": Judge halts school closures in Puerto Rico(CBS)

New bill pushes for commission to investigate federal response to Puerto Rico hurricanes(NBC)

At Issue In Florida Senate Campaign: Who's Fighting For Puerto Rico?(NPR)

Hurricane Maria Casts Shadow Over Puerto Rican Parade(NY Times)

Puerto Rico's Push For Food Independence Intertwined With Statehood Debate(NPR)

The Shame in Puerto Rico(NY Times)

Fighting for Those Who Can No Longer Speak(SocialistWorker.org)

Resisting Disaster Capitalists and Building Solidarity in Puerto Rico(Grassroots International)

Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman 

 

MUSIC(Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Cat's Eye - Marble Run
  • Rafter - Speakeasy
  • Front Runner - Union Hall
  • When We Set Out - Arc and Crecent
  • Comma - Codebreaker
  • 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: 6/12/2018

Today we take a look at the absolute horror show that is the US immigration system. Understanding that it was bad before but has been revved up to literally inhumane as our government makes a concerted effort to dehumanize asylum seekers on the run for their lives.

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: To Trump, Americans "Have Kids," But Immigrants "Breed" - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date 04-24-18

 

Ch. 2: Stories of our abusive treatment of immigrants - Off Kilter - Air Date 6-1-18

 

Ch. 3: Separating families is just a draconian form of punishment that doesn't work - Ring of Fire - Air Date 6-2-18

 

Ch. 4: How I.C.E. Propaganda Makes Its Way Into the News - On The Media - 2-16-18

 

Ch. 5: The Obama administration laid the groundwork for immigrant abuses - Intercepted - Air Date 5-30-18

 

Ch. 6: Kade Crockforde on how real sanctuary means ending mass policing - The Dig - Air Date 3-26-18

 

Ch. 7: Tell Congress to END Family Separation #FamiliesBelongTogether via @womenbelong - Best of the Left Activism

 

Ch. 8: The immigration detention machine - In the Thick - Air Date 6-6-18

 

VOICEMAILS

Ch. 9: How the invention of the white race could explain white supremacy to Confederacy defenders - Colin from Cleveland, OH

Ch. 10: The unsurprisingly badly constructed argument of Confederacy defenders - Dave from Olympia, WA

 

Ch. 11: Final comments on the need to deal with cognitive dissonance in order to support conservative ideas while not feeling like the bad guy

 

TAKE ACTION

Get involved with familiesbelongtogether.org & follow @womenbelong

Tell Congress to #AbolishICE & pass:

Keep Families Together Act

Help Separated Families Act of 2018

HELP Separated Children Act

Give to organizations like: 

Children's Law Center 

The Young Center for Immigrant Rights 

Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) 

FOR READING/SHARING

Democrats are trying to stop Trump from separating families at the border(Vox)

Rep. Pramila Jayapal—‘They Could Hear Their Children Screaming for Them in the Next Room’(The Nation)

Keep Families Together Act(Feinstein.senate.gov)

Feinstein bill would prohibit family separations at US-Mexico border (ThinkProgress)

Sessions Says Domestic and Gang Violence Are Not Grounds for Asylum (NY Times)

Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman 

 

MUSIC(Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Haena - Cloud Harbor
  • On Early Light - Cholate
  • Moon Bicycle Theme - American Moon Bicycle
  • The Cast and Favor - Bayou Birds
  • These Times - The Pine Barrens
  • Feathersoft - Barstool
  • 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: 7/28/2017

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: 5:09am EDT

Air Date: 6/5/2018

Today we take a look at some of the adversity facing disabled people from labor rights to health care accessibility to incarceration

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Bottom Dollars Trailer - Rooted in Rights (@rootedinrights)

 

Ch. 2: Bottom Dollars: A documentary about the sub-minimum wage for disabled workers - Talk Poverty Radio (@offkiltershow) - Air Date 10-14-16

 

Ch. 3: Why Are People With Disabilities Still Invisible in the Workplace? - Big Think - Air Date 7-31-15

 

Ch. 4: The intersection of incarceration and disability - Popaganda from @BitchMedia - Air Date 9-16-16

 

Ch. 5: Beyond Disability Rights; Disability Justice Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha - @theLFshow w @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date 6-30-15

 

Ch. 6:  Tell Congress to Support the Disability Integration Act #DIAToday via @NationalADAPT - Best of the Left Activism

 

Ch. 7: Civil disobedience by people with disabilities #ADAPTandRESIST - @offkiltershow - Air Date 6-30-17

 

VOICEMAILS

Ch. 8: Disappointed that Russia episode didn't debunk Russiagate - Christopher from Greensburg, PA

 

Ch. 9: Final comments on how to argue effectively

 

TAKE ACTION:

Call Congress: Tell Congress to Support the DIA!

Learn More About the Disability Integration Act

Get involved with ADAPT & follow @NationalADAPT  

Help Sway Congress: Call for Stories: Snapshots of Our Lives

Spread the word on social media with #DIAToday

FOR READING/SHARING:

ADAPT activists put their bodies on the line to gain support for Disability Integration Act (ThinkProgress)

Disability Activists Fight for the Right to Live in Their Communities (Rewire News)

VIDEO: Disability Rights Activist Changes Senator's Mind(Now This)

Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman 

 

MUSIC(Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Cloud Line - K4
  • UpUpUp and Over - The Balloonist
  • Blue Jay - Feathers
  • Heather - Migration
  • This Fickle World - Theo Bard
  • 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: 6/1/2018

Today we take a rare sojourn into the world of Trump's seemingly endless corruption in business and life with a focus on his long history with Russia.

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1:03 Ch. 1: Trump and Russia from 30,000 feet - Who. What. Why. - Air Date 12-15-17

 

11:00 Ch. 2: Sarah Kendzior on the Oligarch Envy Haunting President Trump - The Breach - Air Date 11-28-17

 

20:10 Ch. 3: Trump, Russia and 'Alternative Financing' - Trump Inc. - Air Date 2-21-18

 

33:45 Ch. 4: Taking a charitable and uncharitable look at Trump and Russia - The Ezra Klein Show - Air Date 1-8-18

 

47:26 Ch. 5: Rating the Trump-Russia angles - Trumpcast - Air Date 3-16-18

 

VOICEMAILS

1:02:08 Ch. 6: We never broke the spell of white supremacy the way Germany did - Bill from St. Petersburg, FL

1:03:46 Ch. 7: The Democrats need a multi-decade strategy - V from Central New York

 

1:08:57 Ch. 8: Final comments on the through-line from Trump’s corrupt history to his latest corruption news

 

MUSIC(Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Petra - Lathe
  • When We Set Out - Arc and Crecent
  • Haena - Cloud Harbor
  • Begrudge - Darby
  • 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: 5/29/2018

Today we take a look at the legacy of the Confederacy, the monuments and white supremacy it left behind and the racial terror institutionalized in America based on upholding its values

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Show Notes

Ch. 1: Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 

Ch. 2: Act 1: Confederacy - @LastWeekTonight with @iamjohnoliver - Air Date 10-09-17

Ch. 3: Song 1: Long and Low Cloud - The Bulwark


Ch. 4: Act 2: Avenue of Second Place Trophies - Backstory - Air Date 6-22-17

Ch. 5: Song 2: N/A


Ch. 6: Act 3: Monumental Questions - On The Media - Air Date 10-31-17

Ch. 7: Song 3: Gullwing Sailor - Migration


Ch. 8: Act 4: Taking Down the Confederacy — Symbol by Symbol - @theLFshow w @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date 5-2-18

Ch. 9: Song 4: Inessential - Bayou Birds


Ch. 10: Act 5: Bryan Stevenson on the racial terrorism of lynching - Cape Up - Air Date 4-24-18

Ch. 11: Song 5: Heather - Migration


Ch. 12: Act 6: Thoughtful comments on the process of remembering history - Code Switch - Air Date 8-23-17

Ch. 13: Song 6: Open Flames - Aeronaut


Ch. 14: Act 7: Mitch Landrieu on understanding the debate over southern culture - The Ezra Klein Show - Air Date 3-26-18

Ch. 15: Song 7: Yarrow and Root - The Bulwark


Ch. 16: Act 8: Bryan Stevenson on the ongoing burden of the disease of white supremacy - Cape Up - Air Date 4-24-18


Ch. 17: Final comments on understanding the moral argument of those who defend the Confederacy but not slavery

Bonus Clip: A defense of the non-slave-holding confederate soldier's motives - Code Switch - Air Date 8-23-17

Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

(Additional music from Blue Dot Sessions)


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

Air Date: 6/09/2017

Today we take a look at some of the structures of white supremacy and the moment in the sun it is currently enjoying

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Hate Groups Promise Revolt If Trump Abandons White Supremacy - @RingOfFireRadio - Air Date: 12-31-16

Ch. 3: Song 1:  A Dose of White Supremacy - Neffe Odom Kragh-Muller


Ch. 4: Act 2: As Confederate Monuments Come Down, the Struggle Continues - On the Media - Air Date 5-26-17

Ch. 5: Song 2:  Soft Serve - Soul Coughing


Ch. 6: Act 3: Steve Bannon Loves This "Shockingly Racist" Book - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 03-08-17

Ch. 7: Song 3:  Your Racist Friend - They Might Be Giants


Ch. 8: Act 4: Heidi Beirich on White Supremacist violence - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 6-2-17

Ch. 9: Song 4:  We Are Nowhere And It's Now - Bright Eyes


Ch. 10: Act 5: Learn How to Effectively Fight & Report Hate in Your Community via @SPLCenter - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 11: Song 5:  Right to Complain - Trombone Shorty & Marc Broussard


Ch. 12: Act 6: Something Is Emerging From This Community - On the Media - Air Date 6-2-17


Voicemails

Ch. 13: How do we talk to people who's beliefs aren't based on fact? - Marguerite from North Carolina 

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 14: Final comments on the toxic garbage dump that is White Supremacy

Ch. 15: Bonus Clip: How to Argue - Love and Radio - Air Date 2-11-17

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


Activism:

TAKE ACTION

Read and share SPLC's "Ten Ways to Fight Hate: A Community Response Guide"

#ReportHate crimes to SPLC at splcenter.org/reporthate 

Stay informed about hate-fueled incidents across the country via SPLC's Hatewatch 

EDUCATE YOURSELF

SPLC Hatewatch: Headlines for 6/7/2017 (SPLC Hatewatch)

Defiant Alt-Right “Patriots” Encounter Portland’s Simmering Anger After Train Killings (SPLC Hatewatch)

As Hate Crimes Rise, The Trump Administration Blocks Funding to Fight Domestic Extremism (Right Wing Watch)

Why Taking Down Confederate Memorials is Only a First Step (The Conversation)

Protest in the Era of Donald Trump (Huffington Post)

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Amanda Hoffman


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

Air Date: 5/22/2018

Today we take a look at the importance of the upcoming mid-term elections and the necessary danger of infighting amongst the left

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Show Notes

Ch. 1: Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 

Ch. 2: Act 1: Dems Targeting 12 States to Prevent Decade of Republican Gerrymandering - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date 02-09-18

Ch. 3: Song 1: Stale Case - Darby


Ch. 4: Act 2: The Blue Wave: Flipping Seats Alone Is Not Enough - Ring of Fire (via Majority Report) - Air Date 3-31-18

Ch. 5: Song 2: Blue Jay - Feathers


Ch. 6: Act 3: The toxicity and danger of fighting amongst the left - This is Hell - Air Date 1-16-18

Ch. 7: Song 3: Streamer - Arc and Crecent


Ch. 8: Act 4: Fighting the Oligarchy Inside the Democratic Party - TheRealNews - Air Date 4-30-18

Ch. 9: Song 4: Tripoli - Pecan Grove


Ch. 10: Act 5: Eliane Glaser on standing up for the Left - This is Hell - Air Date 5-8-18

Ch. 11: Song 5: Great is the Contessa - The Contessa


Ch. 12: Act 6: The lesser of two evils is looking a lot better these days - Humorless Queers - Air Date 5-9-18


Voicemails

Ch. 13: How coops are more equitable - Tyler from Minneapolis

Ch. 14: A variety of thoughts on several recent episodes - Laura from Alameda, CA

Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent


Ch. 15: Final comments on learning to not worry about the perverse incentives built into cap and dividend legislation

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Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

(Additional music from Blue Dot Sessions)


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

Air Date: 5/18/2018

Today we take a look at the context and history that preceded the US cancellation of the Iran nuclear agreement

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Show Notes

Ch. 1: Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 

Ch. 2: Act 1: Trump Pulls United States Out of Iran Nuclear Deal, Dramatically Escalating Threat of War with Iran - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 05-09-18

Ch. 3: Song 1: Parade Shoes - Arc and Crecent


Ch. 4: Act 2: Understanding the history of Iran not having a nuclear weapons program - Citations Needed - Air Date 11-2-17

Ch. 5: Song 2: Lord Weasel - Molerider


Ch. 6: Act 3: The middle eastern country with a secret nuclear weapons program - @Intercepted w @JeremyScahill - Air Date 5-2-18

Ch. 7: Song 3: Open Flames - Aeronaut


Ch. 8: Act 4: Michael Klare explaining the geopolitical fallout from the US cancellation of Iran nuclear deal - Start Making Sense - Air Date 5-10-18

Ch. 9: Song 4: Cloud Line - K4


Ch. 10: Act 5: The US can't understand how other countries see our actions - Ralph Nader Radio Hour - Air Date 5-13-18

Ch. 11: Song 5: Vengeful - Warmbody


Ch. 12: Act 6: Amy Wilentz: From Gaza to Jerusalem - Start Making Sense - Air Date 5-17-18


Voicemails

Ch. 13: UBI/Job Guarantee made me think lots of thoughts - Dave from Olympia, WA

Ch. 14: Please address the issue of risk for workers in coop businesses - Rob from Tacoma, WA

Ch. 15:(Unedited) Criticizing clip from The Weeds on jobs guarantee - Jeff from New Jersey

Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent


Ch. 16: Final comments on criticizing a jobs guarantee program and analyzing how risk is managed in a worker-owned coop

Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

(Additional music from Blue Dot Sessions)


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

Air Date: 5/8/2018

Today we take a look at both the policies of a Federally-Guaranteed Jobs program and a Universal Basic Income and hear arguments for and against each

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Show Notes

Ch. 1: Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 

Ch. 2: Act 1: Understanding different styles of basic income schemes - Upstream - Air Date 8-16-17 

Ch. 3: Song 1: Tripoli - Pecan Grove


Ch. 4: Act 2: Basic income will only strengthen neoliberalism - Jacobin Radio - Air Date 3-20-18

Ch. 5: Song 2: Wingspan - Bayou Birds


Ch. 6: Act 3: Avoiding the neoliberal vision for basic income - The Other Washington - Air Date 12-9-17

Ch. 7: Song 3: Astrisx - Bodytonic


Ch. 8: Act 4: A basic income is not transformative enough - Jacobin Radio - Air Date 3-20-18

Ch. 9: Song 4: Minutes - Pacha Faro


Ch. 10: Act 5: Reframing basic income away from welfare - Upstream - Air Date 9-26-18

Ch. 11: Song 5: Hundred Mile - K2


Ch. 12: Act 6: Debating between guaranteed jobs vs income - The Next System Project - Air Date 12-21-17

Ch. 13: Song 6: The Wooden Platform - The Bulwark


Ch. 14: Act 7: The class and stigma problems of a jobs guarantee - The Weeds - Air Date 5-2-18

Ch. 15: Song 7: Feathersoft - Barstool


Ch. 16: Act 8: Benefits of a job guarantee - Left Out - Air Date 5-8-18

Ch. 17: Song 8: Vittoro - Aeronaut


Ch. 18: Act 9: Understanding some of the implementation problems of a jobs guarantee - The Weeds - Air Date 5-2-18

Ch. 19: Song 9: Andelo - Pacha Faro


Ch. 20: Act 10: Comparing guaranteed jobs vs incomes - The Other Washington - Air Date 12-9-17


Voicemails

Ch. 21: Political Intersectionality - Alan from Connecticut

Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent


Ch. 22: Final comments on social programs and the destructive power of stigma

Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

(Additional music from Blue Dot Sessions)


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

Air Date: 7/12/2017

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


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Air Date: 5/8/2018

Today we take a look at how we came to have some of the mandatory minimum laws that we do, how they came out of a sense of desperation from an underserved and ignored community, and how prosecutors have used those laws to make things worse. But there is hope to turn this around.

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Show Notes

Ch. 1: Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 

Ch. 2: Act 1: Locking up our own, good intentions and underestimating the harm of lockup - Jacobin Radio - Air Date 7-22-17

Ch. 3: Song 1: Swapping Tubes - Studio J


Ch. 4: Act 2: Why prosecutors, not cops, are the keys to criminal justice reform Part 1 - The Ezra Klein Show - Air Date 8-22-17

Ch. 5: Song 2: Petra - Lathe


Ch. 6: Act 3: Locking up our own, how desperation created polices that made things worse - Jacobin Radio - Air Date 7-22-17

Ch. 7: Song 3: On Early Light - Cholate


Ch. 8: Act 4: Why prosecutors, not cops, are the keys to criminal justice reform Part 2 - The Ezra Klein Show - Air Date 8-22-17

Ch. 9: Song 4: Cat's Eye - Marble Run


Ch. 10: Act 5: Shaun King: Real Justice TEAMS - Real Justice - Air Date 4-10-18 

Ch. 11: Song 5: Donder - Darby


Ch. 12: Act 6: Adam Foss: A prosecutor's vision for a better justice system - TEDTalks - Air Date: 3-21-16


Voicemails

Ch. 13: Straightening out some views from the left - Craig from Ohio

Ch. 14: Response to V from NY about the history of power in the black community - Marguerite from Fortuna, CA

Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent


Ch. 15:Final comments on the production choices of the show

Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

(Additional music from Blue Dot Sessions)


Activism:

TAKE ACTION

Get involved in your state's District Attorney elections: Join Real Justice Local Teams

Follow @RealJusticePACon Twitter

Follow Prosecutor Adam Foss on Twitter

EDUCATE YOURSELF

Read "The New Jim Crow" by Michelle Alexander

Read "Locking Up Our Own" by James Forman Jr.

Read "Just Mercy" by Bryan Stevenson

Read "Between the World and Me" by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman 


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

Air Date: 5/4/2018

Today we take a look at the falling dominoes of rebellion and demands for justice in the form of teachers strikes as they go from one educationally decimated red state to the next

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Show Notes

Ch. 1: Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 

Ch. 2: Act 1: Teachers Say What's Wrong With Education In The U.S. - AJ+ - Air Date: 09-03-15

Ch. 3: Song 1:  N/A


Ch. 4: Act 2: Red State Revolt: Teachers Fight Back Against GOP Education Cuts - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 05-01-18

Ch. 5: Song 2:  Decompression - Rayling


Ch. 6: Act 3: Teacher's strikes are women's strikes - This is Hell - Air Date 4-24-18

Ch. 7: Song 3:  We were there - Robin Roberts


Ch. 8: Act 4: West Virginia Sees the Biggest Public Sector Worker Strike in 30 Years - Ring of Fire Radio - Air Date 03-10-18

Ch. 9: Song 4: If it weren't for the union - Robin Roberts


Ch. 10: Act 5: Possible unintended consequences from the Janus decision - Jacobin Radio - Air Date 3-15-18

Ch. 11: Song 5:  The Contract - Robin Roberts


Ch. 12: Act 6: Cracks appearing in the low-tax paradigm - Diane Rehm: On My Mind - Air Date 4-28-18

Ch. 13: Song 6:  Surly Bonds - Aeronaut


Ch. 14: Act 7: 5 Ways to Support Teachers Striking Around the US - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 15: Song 7:  This Fickle World - Theo Bard


Ch. 16: Act 8: Corey Robin Striking Teachers Are “Real Resistance” to “Incoherent” Republicans and “Gutted” Dems - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 04-12-18


Voicemails

Ch. 17: Be wary of judging another culture's approach to regulation - Whitney from Seattle

Ch. 18: Discussing guns - Colin from Cleveland, OH

Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent


Ch. 19:Final comments

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Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

(Additional music from Blue Dot Sessions)


Activism:

TAKE ACTION

5 Ways to Support Teachers Striking:

1. Call your members of Congress 

2. March with teachers

3. Help with childcare

4. Explain the strikes to your kids

5. Donate to funds supporting striking teachers (see activism blog pagefor links)

EDUCATE YOURSELF

Women are leading the wave of strikes in America. Here's why.(The Guardian)

The Outcome in Arizona(Jacobin)

Colorado Republican lawmakers want to punish striking teachers with jail time.(Vox)

What you need to know about why Colorado teachers are walking out of classes and onto the Capitol(Denver Post)

What’s at Stake in the Teachers’ Strikes? (The Nation)

Teachers are Leading the Working-Class Insurgency(The Nation)     

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Air Date: 5/1/2018

Today I tell stories about Bhutan including personal experiences and what I can about the cultural and political past, present and future of the country

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Air Date: 5/30/2017

Today we look at some conservatives engaged in the fight against climate change and their best policy proposal to get the job done

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Bob Inglis Changing the dialogue on energy and climate Part 1 - TEDxJacksonville - Air Date 12-10-13

Ch. 3: Song 1:  Free Enterprise - Dexter Jones' Circus Orchestra

 

Ch. 4: Act 2: Ted Halstead: A climate solution where all sides can win – @TEDTalks - Air Date 5-17-17

Ch. 5: Song 2:  Man With a Plan - The Button Men

 

Ch. 6: Act 3: Bob Inglis Changing the dialogue on energy and climate Part 2 - TEDxJacksonville - Air Date 12-10-13

Ch. 7: Song 3:  The Compromise - The Format

 

Ch. 8: Act 4: Mitch Hescox on Why We're Not as Divided as You Think: Quiet Cooperation on Climate - Immense Possibilities on NETA

Ch. 9: Song 4:  Sweet Lullaby - Deep Forest

 

Ch. 10: Act 5: D@W Field Report Climate March - Economic Update w: @profwolff  - Air Date 5-18-17

Ch. 11: Song 5:  Adventure, Darling - Gillicuddy

 

Ch. 12: Act 6: Bob Inglis on Why We're Not as Divided as You Think: Quiet Cooperation on Climate - Immense Possibilities on NETA

 

Ch. 13: Final comments on the unanswered questions left over from the original airing of this episode

Ch. 14: Bonus Clip: Explaining cap and dividend - The Next System Project - Air Date 8-30-17

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:33pm EDT

Air Date: 4/20/2018

Today we take a look at some of the highlights of the Kingdom of Bhutan including the most famous of their exports, Gross National Happiness and many lesser-known aspects of their focus on happiness, good governance and environmental protection. We will also look at one of the blackest marks of the countries past, one that still hangs around their necks to this day

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Show Notes

Ch. 1: Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 

Ch. 2: Act 1: Bhutan The Kingdom Where GDP Is Measured In Happiness - Journeyman Pictures - Air Date 12-21-07


Ch. 3: Act 2: The Message - Gross National Happiness Centre Bhutan - Air Date 2-8-16


Ch. 4: Act 3: Bhutan, Gross National Happiness and Sustainable Development (fascinating!) - The Poverty-Environment Initiative - Air Date 9-5-12


Ch. 5: Act 4: Tshering Tobgay: This country isn't just carbon neutral, it's carbon negative - TEDTalks - Air Date 4-1-16


Ch. 6: Act 5: Gross National Happiness: The Paradigm - Schumacher College - Air Date 2-20-17


Ch. 7: Act 6: Namgay Zam The Value of No - TEDxThimphu - Air Date 12-28-15


Ch. 8: Act 7: Siok Sian Pek-Dorji: What Matters in Bhutan - TEDxThimphu - Air Date 4-27-12


Ch. 9: Act 8: Bhutan's forgotten people - 101 East on Al Jazeera English - Air Date 5-23-14


Ch. 10: Final comments on the Bhutanese refugees

Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent


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

Air Date: 4/17/2018

Today we take a look at the debate between individualism and varying forms of collectivism, the benefits and drawbacks of consumerism and some philosophies of economics both past and future

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Ch. 1: Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 

Ch. 2: Act 1: Debunked "Socialism Has Never Worked - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date 8-22-17

Ch. 3: Song 1: Dirtbike Lovers - Desert Orchard


Ch. 4: Act 2: The myth of individualistic benefits of capitalism - Economic Update w @profwolff - Air Date 10-23-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Horizon Liner - The Pine Barrens


Ch. 6: Act 3: Kate Raworth on Doughnut Economics and tending the garden of a new economy - @theLFshow w @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date 8-2-17

Ch. 7: Song 3: Hundred Mile-No Guitar - K2


Ch. 8: Act 4: How Capitalism Exploits Us (And What We Can Do About It) - Sustainable Human - Air Date 5-27-17

Ch. 9: Song 4: Tripoli - Pecan Grove


Ch. 10: Act 5: Kate Raworth on Doughnut Economics and envisioning a new economics - Upstream - Air Date 4-4-17

Ch. 11: Song 5: That River Wide - Sketchbook


Ch. 12: Act 6: History: Consumerism - The School of Life - Air Date 10-7-16

Ch. 13: Song 6: Surly Bonds - Aeronaut


Ch. 14: Act 7: How Would a Total Free Market Libertarian Utopia Work? - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 11-12-17


Ch. 15: Quick summation and initial comments

Voicemails

Ch. 16: Completely on board for the book club - Ariel from Memphis

Ch. 17: Let's hope that MLK would have progressed had he lived - Jeff from Charlotte, NC

Ch. 18: Thoughts on MLK's "paternalism" - V from Central New York

Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent


Ch. 19: Final comments on the importance of understanding quotes in their own context

Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

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

Air Date: 6/20/2017

Today we take a look at the legacy of conservative economics in Kansas, the new federal budget being pushed that would echo the Kansas disaster, deregulation that will cost citizens billions and the intellectual underpinning of modern conservative philosophy that is driving all this

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Conservatism is failing from Topeka to Tulsa to the River Thames - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 6-9-17

Ch. 3: Song 1:  Dust in the Wind - Kansas

 

Ch. 4: Act 2: A billionaire perspective on Trump's budget - The Other Washington - Air Date 6-1-17

Ch. 5: Song 2:  Turtle (Bonobo Remix) - Pilote

 

Ch. 6: Act 3: Republicans Repeal Disastrous Tax Cuts - @theyoungturks - Air Date 06-11-17

Ch. 7: Song 3:  Lesson Learned (feat. John Mayer) - Alicia Keys

 

Ch. 8: Act 4: Roll-Back of Financial Regulations Has Nothing to do with Complexity or Boosting the Economy - @TheRealNews - Air Date 6-13-17

Ch. 9: Song 4:  Ennio 08-08 - Silence Is Sexy

 

Ch. 10: Act 5: Stop Republicans from Deregulating Wall Street & #DefendCFPB via @RealBankReform - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 11: Song 5:  This fickle world - Theo Bard

 

Ch. 12: Act 6: Nancy MacLean on the intellectual underpinning of a “mean” Republican Party - Who What Why - Air Date 6-16-17


Air Date: 4/10/2018

Today we take a look at some of the lesser-known sides of Martin Luther King's life and legacy, not just about his radicalism and focus on labor rights but also some new takes on the long shadow of the patriarchal views he held and reinforced

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Ch. 1: Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 

Ch. 2: Act 1: Web Bonus Rev. James Lawson & Michael Honey on MLK’s Vision of Worker Solidarity & Economic Justice - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 04-04-18

Ch. 3: Song 1: Parade Shoes - Arc and Crecent


Ch. 4: Act 2: The legacy of Coretta Scott King - Backstory - Air Date 3-30-18

Ch. 5: Song 2: Donder - Darby


Ch. 6: Act 3: Dr. King's Bad Advice - On the Media - Air Date 4-6-18

Ch. 7: Song 3: Vernouillet - The Sweet Hots


Ch. 8: Act 4: King and gender - The Dig - Air Date 3-21-18

Ch. 9: Song 4: Gusty Hollow - Migration


Ch. 10: Act 5: Remembering Dr. King's Legacy That Many Forget - The Root

Ch. 11: Song 5: Kallaloe - Barstool


Ch. 12: Act 6: A More Beautiful & Terrible History The Whitewashing & Distortion of Rosa Parks and MLK’s Legacies - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 02-06-18

Ch. 13: Song 6: Andelo - Pacha Faro


Ch. 14: Act 7: The parts of MLK's legacy that made him unpopular and that we need to talk about more - Thinking Cap - Air Date 4-5-18


Voicemails

Ch. 21: Seeking unity - Sam from Nashville

Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent


Ch. 23:Final comments

BONUS CLIP: Ralph Nader on How to Dismantle the Corporate State - @freespeechtv - Air Date 5-9-14

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Further Reading & Actions:

America's Moral Malady (Rev. William Barber; The Atlantic)

KING: Fifty years after Martin Luther King Jr.'s Assassination, His Legacy is Still Being Written(The Atlantic Special Edition)

The Last March of Martin Luther King Jr.(The Atlantic)

ACTION: The Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for a Moral Revival (PoorPeoplesCampaign.org)

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

Air Date: 4/6/2018

Today, in response to a conservative listener who sent in a voicemail about gun culture and policy, the entire episode is a point by point response to that call, complete with as many clips as usual from some regular and irregular sources, with plenty of disagreement but, ultimately, finding lots of common ground

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Ch. 1: Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 

Ch. 2: Act 1: Listener Voicemail - Looking for common ground on gun control - Caitlin


Ch. 3: Act 2: The political effects of Facebook's algorithms - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date 03-20-18


Ch. 4: Act 3: Jennifer Carlson on race and gun culture - The Ezra Klein Show - Air Date 3-12-18


Ch. 5: Act 4: Second amendment redefinition a fraud on the American people - Bradcast - Air Date 3-27-18


Ch. 6: Act 5: The myth of defensive gun ownership Part 1 - Science VS - Air Date 8-4-18


Ch. 7: Act 6: The myth of defensive gun ownership - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date 02-03-15


Ch. 8: Act 7: The myth of defensive gun ownership Part 2 - Science VS - Air Date 8-4-18


Ch. 9: Act 8: Gun Control will Not Cure a Society that Produces Monstrous Behavior - @TheRealNews - Air Date 2-24-18


Ch. 10: Act 9: Danger of guns to women - Progressive Faith Sermons w: @RevDrRay - Air Date 10-8-17


Ch. 11: Act 10: The homicide rate with guns present, especially against women - Science VS - Air Date 8-4-18


Ch. 12: Act 11: Prevalence of guns results in more gun deaths and laws do work - Speak Out With Tim Wise - Air Date 2-20-18


Ch. 13: Act 12: The Gun Policies Americans Agree On - On The Media - Air Date 1-8-16


Ch. 14: Act 13: Does It Matter What You Think About Gun Policy? - On The Media - Air Date 1-8-16


Ch. 15: Final comments about what the gun debate is really all about

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Contrarian - Sketchbook

Hundred Mile - K2

Planting Flags - K4

Vengeful - Warmbody

Wingspan - Bayou Birds

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

Air Date: 4/3/2018

Today we take a look at the latest revelations about the (mis)use of Facebook's data in an attempt to influence US elections, some of those who've seen this coming for years and some thoughts on what to do about it

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Ch. 1: Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 

Ch. 2: Act 1: Facebook Data Massively Obtained & Misused by Cambridge Analytica - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 03-20-18

Ch. 3: Song 1: Minutes - Pacha Faro


Ch. 4: Act 2: Analytics CEO CAUGHT On Tape Discussing Potential Bribery and Entrapment - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 03-21-18

Ch. 5: Song 2: Lakal - Speakeasy


Ch. 6: Act 3: The Facebook Alarm Bells Have Been Ringing For Years - On The Media - Air Date 3-23-18

Ch. 7: Song 3: Lahaina - Cloud Harbor


Ch. 8: Act 4: Micah Sifry on Facebook - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 3-28-18

Ch. 9: Song 4: Entrap - Darby


Ch. 10: Act 5: Dan Rather's Message to Mark Zuckerberg - The News with Dan Rather on @theyoungturks - Air Date: 03-27-18

Ch. 11: Song 5: Contrarian - Sketchbook


Ch. 12: Act 6: Is Facebook in trouble? - The Inquiry - Air Date 3-8-18


Ch. 13: Act 7: You Are The Product: Is Facebook's Business Model Spying & Selling Our Data? - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 03-22-18


Voicemails

Ch. 14: Explaining long-term use of opiates - Marguerite from Fortuna, CA

Ch. 15: Liberal Trump voter - Sam from Nashville, TN

Ch. 16: US has been most influential country - Sam from Nashville, TN

Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent


Ch. 17: Final comments on tenets of “freedom from” and “freedom to”

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

Air Date: 5/23/2017

Today we look at the current state of voting rights and the full press efforts being made to expand voter suppression far and wide across the country

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Where we stand on voting rights right now - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 4-12-17

Ch. 3: Song 1:  What's Going On - Marvin Gaye


Ch. 4: Act 2: Voter ID Suppressed 200,000 Wisconsin Votes; Trump Won by 22,748 - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 05-11-17

Ch. 5: Song 2:  Who Benefits? - Mustard Plug


Ch. 6: Act 3: The benefits of vote-by-mail - The Other Washington from @civicskunkworks - Air Date 5-18-17

Ch. 7: Song 3:  Tusk - Errors


Ch. 8: Act 4: The origins of Trump's new voter fraud commission - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 5-12-17

Ch. 9: Song 4:  I Told You So - Karmin


Ch. 10: Act 5: Call Out Voter Suppression with Let America Vote via @Let_AmericaVote - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 11: Song 5:  Activism - Shihan


Ch. 12: Act 6: Donald Trump Orders "Election Integrity" Commission Headed by Architects of Voter Suppression - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 05-12-17

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:50pm EDT

Air Date: 3/27/2018

Today we take a look at the blossoming of the renewed efforts of the conservative drug warriors

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Ch. 1: Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 

Ch. 2: Act 1: Michelle Alexander We Must Respond Forcefully & Challenge Jeff Sessions's New War on Drugs - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 05-19-17

Ch. 3: Song 1:  Waterbourne - Algea Fields


Ch. 4: Act 2: Race, drugs and prisons - Progressive Faith Sermons w @RevDrRay - Air Date 9-10-17

Ch. 5: Song 2:  Gullwing Sailor - Migration


Ch. 6: Act 3: Art Way on Pot Recriminalization - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 1-12-18

Ch. 7: Song 3:  Inessential - Bayou Birds


Ch. 8: Act 4: Understanding the repeal of the Cole memo - Off Kilter - Air Date 1-26-18

Ch. 9: Song 4:  Astrisx - Bodytonic


Ch. 10: Act 5: Tell Congress: Punitive Drug Policies Don’t Work. Harm-Reduction Does. via @DrugPolicyOrg - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 11: Song 5:  Streamer - Arc and Crecent


Ch. 12: Act 6: Death to Drug Dealers Trump Threatens to Ramp Up Drug War, Praising Efforts in Philippines & China - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 03-12-18


Voicemails

Ch. 13: The barbary wars were justified - Anonymous

Ch. 14: Breaking free from the car - Joe from Chicago

Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent


Ch. 15: Final comments on the benefits of electric-assist bikes and the militaristic history of the US

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Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

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Activism:

TAKE ACTION

Tell Congress: Stand Against Harsh Drug Penalties via Drug Policy Alliance 

Tip: Use the sample email as guidance for a call script. 

EDUCATE YOURSELF

An Overdose Death Is Not Murder: Why Drug-Induced Homicide Laws Are Counterproductive and Inhumane (Drug Policy Alliance)

Experts React to Trump’s Plan to Escalate Drug War and Impose Death Penalty for Drug Offenses (Drug Policy Alliance)

Read: Jeff Sessions’s memo asking federal prosecutors to seek the death penalty for drug traffickers (Vox)

Legal pot business owners ponder the possibility of death row after Trump administration policy shift (NBC)

Eleven countries studied, one inescapable conclusion – the drug laws don’t work (The Guardian, 2014)

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

Air Date: 3/23/2018

Today we take a look at the structures, barriers and incentives standing between us and simpler, more fulfilling, happier and more environmentally sustainable lives

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Show Notes

Ch. 1: Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 

Ch. 2: Act 1: You Can't Have Infinite Growth On A Finite Planet - Sustainable Human - Air Date 1-11-18

Ch. 3: Song 1:  N/A


Ch. 4: Act 2: Pleasure, happiness and the marketing that leads us to depression - Who. What. Why. - Air Date 9-29-2017

Ch. 5: Song 2:  Open Flames - Aeronaut


Ch. 6: Act 3: David Ketchum "Complicity, Simplicity, and the World We Are Creating" - Progressive Faith Sermons w: @RevDrRay - Air Date 1-22-17

Ch. 7: Song 3:  Molly Molly - Barstool


Ch. 8: Act 4: Minimalism: class, fetishes and the fate of the planet - @TheMinimalists - Air Date 2-14-17

Ch. 9: Song 4:  Homegrown - The Pine Barrens


Ch. 10: Act 5: The Story of Solutions - storyofstuffproject - Air Date 10-1-13

Ch. 11: Song 5:  Yarrow and Root - The Bulwark


Ch. 12: Act 6: Ari Wallach: 3 ways to plan for the very long term - @TEDTalks - Air Date 4-10-17


Voicemails

Ch. 13: Suggesting Hardcore History: Death Throes of the Republic - V from Central New York

Ch. 14: Second amendment is like running a 21st century country on 18th century operating system - Erin from Philadelphia

Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent


Ch. 15: Final comments on understanding the systematic nature of oppression so as to know what spandex to wear in opposing it

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Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

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

Air Date: 3/20/2018

Today we take a look at the culture behind the gun culture in the US in an attempt to better understand it and to glean new ideas on how to fix it

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Show Notes

Ch. 1: Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 

Ch. 2: Act 1: The origins of gun culture and violence - Ideas from CBC - Air Date 10-1-17

Ch. 3: Song 1:  Lesser Gods of Metal - Ray Catcher


Ch. 4: Act 2: White Supremacy and the Church of the Second Amendment - @Intercepted w @JeremyScahill - Air Date 2-28-18

Ch. 5: Song 2:  Inessential - Bayou Birds


Ch. 6: Act 3: Close the Boyfriend Loophole - @FullFrontalSamB - Air Date: 11-02-17

Ch. 7: Song 3:  Yarrow and Root - The Bulwark


Ch. 8: Act 4: The BIGGEST Problem is American Gun Culture - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 02-22-18

Ch. 9: Song 4:  Lakal - Speakeasy


Ch. 10: Act 5: Help Students March for Their Lives on March 24th via @AMarch4OurLives #NeverAgain

Ch. 11: Song 5:  Planting Flags - K4


Ch. 12: Act 6: America has a different, toxic relationship to guns - Speak Out With Tim Wise - Air Date 2-20-18


Voicemails

Ch. 13: Thoughts on the lesser-known victims of the opioid crisis - Ani from Alabama

Ch. 14: False equivalency between US and Israel - Zach from Atlanta

Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent


Ch. 15: Final comments incorporating the legacy of colonialism in its various forms

BONUS CLIP 1: Juan Gonzalez on the hidden forces behind global immigration - @Intercepted w @JeremyScahill - Air Date 1-31-18

BONUS CLIP 2: Blood, Sweat and Tears (City of the Future, Part 2) - 99% Invisible - Air Date 2-21-18, 2-28-18

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Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

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Activism:

TAKE ACTION

Find a March for Our Lives event near you

Support the March for Our Lives - Donate

Purchase the song “Shine” written and performed by members of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Drama to support Shine MSD - a nonprofit founded to encourage survivors of violence to express themselves through art.

EDUCATE YOURSELF

National School Walkout: Thousands Protest Against Gun Violence Across the U.S. (NY Times)

Students from Parkland and Chicago unite to expand the gun control conversation (Vox)

Florida passes gun control bill but fails to ban assault-style weapons used in Parkland school shooting (Independent)

College and University Update on Disciplinary Actions (NACAC)

Drive them to a march. Buy their gas. Whatever it takes, support all kids marching today (The Guardian)

The Students of Stoneman Douglas (60 Minutes)

Universities Tell Applicants That Protesting Gun Violence Won’t Affect Admissions (Huffington Post)

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Direct download: 1172_Gun_Culture_Air_Date_3-20-18_-_3-20-18_19.33.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00pm EDT

Air Date: 3/16/2018

Today we take a look at the catastrophic point where cutting taxes, racism, capitalism, immigration policy and our punitive-rather-than-rehabilitative criminal justice system all meet

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Show Notes

Ch. 1: Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 

Ch. 2: Act 1: Targeting minority communities as sources of revenue through law enforcement - Leid Stories - Air Date 8-25-15

Ch. 3: Song 1:  Lord Weasel - Molerider


Ch. 4: Act 2: The costs of incarceration for those least able to pay - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 9-30-16

Ch. 5: Song 2:  One Little Triumph - Piano Mover


Ch. 6: Act 3: Lauren Brooke, author of Inside Private Prisons - Off Kilter - Air Date 11-9-17

Ch. 7: Song 3:  Dirtbike Lovers - Desert Orchard


Ch. 8: Act 4: Revenge or Reform: The Penal Challenge - Progressive Faith Sermons w @RevDrRay - Air Date 6-11-17

Ch. 9: Song 4:  Neil Takes Two - Studio J


Ch. 10: Act 5: What They Won't Tell You About The Fires In California - @RedactedTonight with @LeeCamp - Air Date 10-18-17

Ch. 11: Song 5:  Donder - Darby


Ch. 12: Act 6: LA Sheriff Whines Because 'Good' Prison Laborers Are Getting Released - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 10-14-17

Ch. 13: Song 6:  Heather - Migration


Ch. 14: Act 7: Slave labor in our prisons - Off Kilter - Air Date 10-20-17

Ch. 15: Song 7:  A Burst of Light - Delray


Ch. 16: Act 8: Support #OperationPUSH & Join Juneteenth 2018 Call to End Prison Slavery via @IWW_IWOC - Best of the Left Activism


Voicemails

Ch. 17: Disputing the horseshoe fallacy - Eduardo

Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent


Ch. 18: Final comments on DACA, immigration policy, Japanese internment, prison labor and agribusiness

Sarah Taber's Twitter thread on Dreamers & the Agricultural History of Japanese Internment Camps

BONUS CLIP: Hard times (still) in the fields - Jim @HightowerNews - Air Date 3-14-18

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Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

(Additional music from Blue Dot Sessions)


Activism:

TAKE ACTION

Support Operation PUSH - Incarcerated Worker’s Organizing Committee

Support Juneteenth 2018 Call to End Prison Slavery - Fight Toxic Prisons

Other Resources:

Check out Free Alabama Movement’s “ALABAMA'S EDUCATION, REHABILITATION, AND RE-ENTRY PREPAREDNESS BILL"

Check out ACLU New Jersey’s “A Vision to End Mass Incarceration in New Jersey”

EDUCATE YOURSELF

Prisoner Rights Advocates Rally Against Visitation Cutbacks In Florida Prisons (WUFT)

Both Red and Blue States Rely on Prison Labor (via The American Prospect)

Prison labour is a billion-dollar industry, with uncertain returns for inmates (The Economist)

The NCAA Says Student-Athletes Shouldn’t Be Paid Because the 13th Amendment Allows Unpaid Prison Labor (The Intercept)

Florida is afraid of its prison system. Here’s what lawmakers want to do about it. (Tampa Bay Times)

Florida Prisoners Prepare To Strike, Demanding an End to Unpaid Labor and Brutal Conditions (The Intercept)

Enlisting Prison Labor to Close Budget Gaps (via The New York Times, 2011)

4 Reasons to End Prison Labor Immediately (Care2)

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Direct download: 1171_Prison_Profit_War_Air_Date_3-16-18_-_3-16-18_22.31.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00pm EDT

Air Date: 6/6/2017

Today we look at where the Democratic party went wrong that led them to their current disempowered state and some of the arguments for why moving in a progressive direction is both morally correct and electorally smart

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Thomas Frank on how Democrats lost their Democratic values - The Zero Hour w: @RJEskow - Air Date 4-22-17

Ch. 3: Song 1:  How's That Workin' for You? - Karen Taylor-Good


Ch. 4: Act 2: Brian Beutler and Glenn Greenwald discuss the path forward for Democrats - Primary Concerns from @NewRepublic - Air Date 4-27-17

Ch. 5: Song 2:  State Your Case - Tibursky


Ch. 6: Act 3: Parker Malloy discusses the place for identity politics in the progressive movement - Trumpcast from @Slate - Air Date 4-20-17

Ch. 7: Song 3:  Join Forces - Caribbean Pulse


Ch. 8: Act 4: The Assault on Bernie Continues: Identity Politics - The @BenjaminPDixon Show - Air Date 4-26-17

Ch. 9: Song 4:  Tonight The Streets Are Ours - Richard Hawley


Ch. 10: Act 5: FDR provides a guide for how the Democratic Party can win - @Jimmy_Dore Show - Air Date 3-31-17

Direct download: 1109_Progressives_Air_Date_6-2-17_Ad_Free_Rerun_-_3-13-18_23.19.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:52pm EDT

Air Date: 3/9/2018

Today we take a look at Trump's half-hearted and misguided attempt to address the opioid crisis as well as give some understanding to the history of opioids in the US, the multifaceted reasons why they're being abused at record levels and some ideas as to how to address the problem both humanely and effectively

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Show Notes

Ch. 1: Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 

Ch. 2: Act 1: Trump's Opioid Response Ignores Real Solutions - @TheRealNews - Air Date 10-26-17

Ch. 3: Song 1:  These Times - The Pine Barrens


Ch. 4: Act 2: Opioid addiction in America - BackStory - Air Date 5-12-17

Ch. 5: Song 2:  Our Fingers Cold - K2


Ch. 6: Act 3: Neuroscientist Dr. Carl Hart People Are Dying in Opioid Crisis Because of Politicians’ Ignorance - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 10-27-17

Ch. 7: Song 3:  Vibrant Canopy - Origami


Ch. 8: Act 4: The missing context of the escalating potency of opioid drugs - The Dig - Air Date 10-23-17

Ch. 9: Song 4:  Waterbourne - Algea Fields


Ch. 10: Act 5: How Trump's opioid emergency measures come up short - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 11-3-17

Ch. 11: Song 5:  Moon Bicycle Theme - American Moon Bicycle


Ch. 12: Act 6: The psychology and ideology of addiction and treatment - Economic Update - Air Date 1-12-18


Voicemails

Ch. 13: Understanding multi-layered fears - Steve from Tampa, FL

Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent


Ch. 14: Final comments on Steve’s homework and a tease for a bonus clip on the other opioid crisis

BONUS CLIP: Are We Missing a Bigger Opioid Crisis? - The Inquiry - Air Date 12-7-17

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Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

(Additional music from Blue Dot Sessions)


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Direct download: 1170_Opioids_War_Air_Date_3-9-18_-_3-9-18_18.36.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00pm EDT

Air Date: 3/6/2018

Today we use Trump's threats to commit genocide in North Korea as the jumping off point to take a look at the process of launching and the probable result of using nuclear weapons

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Show Notes

Ch. 1: Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 

Ch. 2: Act 1: Trump calls for genocide - @CounterSpin - Air Date 9-22-17

Ch. 3: Song 1:  Quaver - Codebreaker


Ch. 4: Act 2: Explaining the process for launching a nuclear attack - Intercepted (@theintercept) - Air Date 9-27-17

Ch. 5: Song 2:  Lochley Fells - Barstool


Ch. 6: Act 3: Mutually assured destruction in the age of Trump - Thinking Cap - Air Date 2-1-18

Ch. 7: Song 3:  That Horse Ithica - Sketchbook


Ch. 8: Act 4: Daniel Ellsberg on nuclear war - Who What Why - Air Date 12-20-17

Ch. 9: Song 4:  Shift of Currents - Aeronaut


Ch. 10: Act 5: Don't Bank on The Bomb

Ch. 11: Song 5:  N/A


Ch. 12: Act 6: Divest from Nuclear Weapons Producers via @DontBankonBomb - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 13: Song 6: The Rampart - Castle Danger


Ch. 14: Act 7: Evan Osnos on the North Korea crisis - The Ezra Klein Show - Air Date 11-6-17


Ch. 15: Final comments on some of the lessons we could or should learn from recent developments with North Korea

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Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

(Additional music from Blue Dot Sessions)


Activism:

TAKE ACTION 

Divest from financial institutions funding nuclear weapons production with DontBankontheBomb.com

Get guidance on divesting, download the campaigner guide, and more, on the Action page

Easily tweet at and tag financial institutions on Facebook to tell them to stop investing in nuclear weapons

EDUCATE YOURSELF

Who Invests? (Don't Bank on the Bomb)

Who Divests? (Don't Bank on the Bomb)

Nuclear Weapons Producers (Don't Bank on the Bomb)

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Direct download: 1169_Nuclear_War_Air_Date_3-6-18_-_3-6-18_19.17.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00pm EDT

Air Date: 3/2/2018

Today we take a look at the rise of the right from Trumpism in the US to the far-right parties gaining steam in Europe and beyond

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Show Notes

Ch. 1: Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 

Ch. 2: Act 1: Brian Klass on understanding what it takes to make Trumpism enticing - The Good Fight - Air Date 6-7-17

Ch. 3: Song 1:  Eventual Victory - Codebreaker


Ch. 4: Act 2: Christian Picciolini explaining what draws people into hate - Speak Out with Tim Wise - Air Date 9-30-17

Ch. 5: Song 2:  The Trestle - Lillehammer


Ch. 6: Act 3: Timothy Snyder on the anatomy of tyranny - Ideas from CBC - Air Date 2-23-18

Ch. 7: Song 3:  Tyrano Theme - Tyrano


Ch. 8: Act 4: Understanding the recent elections in Germany - Trumpcast - Air Date 10-4-17

Ch. 9: Song 4:  Delicious - Towboat


Ch. 10: Act 5: Understanding the Golden Dawn party in Greece - @Making_Contact - Air Date 12-13-17

Ch. 11: Song 5:  Vengeful - Warmbody


Ch. 12: Act 6: How we are encouraging the enemies of democracy - The Good Fight - Air Date 4-12-17

Ch. 13: Song 6:  Thannoid - Bodytonic


Ch. 14: Act 7: Liz Fekete economic push for the rise of the right in Europe - This is Hell - Air Date 1-20-18


Voicemails

Ch. 15: The challenge to redefine our society - V from Central New York

Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent


Ch. 16: Final comments on the importance of finding the intersections of political issues

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Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

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Direct download: 1168_Right_Wing_International_Air_Date_3-2-18_-_3-2-18_19.17.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00pm EDT

Air Date: 2/27/2018

Today we take a look at the youth-lead response to the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School as well as some history of youth-protest movements

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Show Notes

Ch. 1: Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 

Ch. 2: Act 1: “The Time to Act Is Now” Florida School Shooting Survivors Confront Trump, Rubio on Gun Control - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 02-22-18

Ch. 3: Song 1:  Quaver - Codebreaker


Ch. 4: Act 2: The impressive response from students of Stoneman Douglas High School - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 2-22-18

Ch. 5: Song 2:  Lahaina - Cloud Harbor


Ch. 6: Act 3: The Last School Shooting - On the Media - Air Date 2-23-18

Ch. 7: Song 3:  The Envelope - Aeronaut


Ch. 8: Act 4: The history and present of youth leadership in protest - #SundayCivics - Air Date 2-25-18

Ch. 9: Song 4:  Minutes - Pacha Faro


Ch. 10: Act 5: Mary Beth Tinker on the power of youth protest - Trumpcast - Air Date 2-23-18

Ch. 11: Song 5:  Gullwing Sailor - Migration


Ch. 12: Act 6: Stand with the Students to Demand Real Gun Regulation: Call. March. Boycott. Vote. via @AMarch4OurLives #NeverAgain

Ch. 13: Song 6:  When in the West - Landsman Duets


Ch. 14: Act 7: The next crop of leaders standing up to injustice - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 2-22-18


Voicemails

Ch. 15: There was a lack of nuance in the Israel and Palestine episodes - Jeff T from New York

Ch. 16: Sharing some insights from a fearful, gun-owning couple - Steve from Tampa, FL

Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent


Ch. 17: Final comments on what news I remember from high school and some critical thinking homework in response to the voicemails

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Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

(Additional music from Blue Dot Sessions)


Activism:

TAKE ACTION

#NeverAgain: Take part in the March for Our Lives in DC, or find one near you, on Saturday, March 24th

Donate to support the organizing efforts for the marches nationwide

Encourage young people to pre-registerregister to vote before the midterm elections. #VoteforOurLives

Call and write your members of congress about gun control and VOTE!

Boycott and pressure bankscompanies with ties to the NRA and gun and ammunition producers.

Other ways you can help: Donate to the Parkland Victims Fund, the MSD Benefit Concert, and/or the Journalism Program at MSD

EDUCATE YOURSELF

The Parkland Students Aren't Going Away (The Atlantic)

How the Survivors of Parkland Began the Never Again Movement (The New Yorker)

Students Who Lived Through Florida Shooting Turn Rage Into Activism (NPR)

Key Gun Violence Statistics (The Brady Campaign)

Florida shooting leads some Republicans to say it's time for Congress to do more than talk (USA Today)

The NRA is being supported by these companies (Think Progress)

Companies are cutting ties with the NRA after the Parkland mass shooting (Vox)

These are the banks financing the assault weapons industry (Think Progress)

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Direct download: 1167_Parkland_Shooting_Youth_Air_Date_2-27-18_-_2-27-18_21.46.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00pm EDT

Air Date: 4/21/2017

Today we make the argument that people are naturally good and that society and economists should treat them that way

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: A lesson in Buddhist economics Part 1 - @thisishellradio - Air Date 3-7-17

Ch. 3: Song 1:  Out With the Old - Casa Di Mondo

 

Ch. 4: Act 2: Thomas Hobbes Was Wrong... Our Core Nature Is Good! - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 01-05-17

Ch. 5: Song 2:  One of the Good Ones - Redd Kross

 

Ch. 6: Act 3: A lesson in Buddhist economics Part 2 - @thisishellradio - Air Date 3-7-17

Ch. 7: Song 3:  Renegades - X Ambassadors

 

Ch. 8: Act 4: Nipun Mehta - Designing For Generosity - TEDxBerkeley - Air Date: 02-26-12

Ch. 9: Song 4:  Something Good Can Work - Two Door Cinema Club

 

Ch. 10: Act 5: Lux Narayan: What I learned from 2,000 obituaries - @TEDTalks - Air Date 3-1-17

Direct download: 1097_Culture_Air_Date_4-21-17_Ad_Free_Rerun_-_2-23-18_23.32.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00pm EDT

Air Date: 2/20/2018

Today we respond to the recent Trump budget proposal with some economic theories of our own, a description of how we could make ourselves happier and more prosperous and an explanation for why the GOP governing philosophy is so at odds with implementing programs that people like

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Show Notes

Ch. 1: Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 

Ch. 2: Act 1: The corporate slight-of-hand in the wake of the New Deal - Economic Update with Prof. Richard D. Wolff - Air Date: 08-31-2017

Ch. 3: Song 1:  Gondola Blue - Towboat


Ch. 4: Act 2: Sweden Got More Socialist, Economy Now BOOMING - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 05-15-17 

Ch. 5: Song 2:  Wingspan - Bayou Birds


Ch. 6: Act 3: People in Denmark Are Much Happier Than People in the United States. Here’s Why. - The Nation - Air Date 7-17-17

Ch. 7: Song 3:  N/A


Ch. 8: Act 4: Using economic crisis to roll back the gains for works made after the last crisis - Economic Update - Air Date 7-7-17

Ch. 9: Song 4:  Contrarian - Sketchbook


Ch. 10: Act 5: Justifying Universal Social Safety Nets Means Testing Is Incredibly Divisive & Politically Toxic - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date 08-31-17

Ch. 11: Song 5: Surly Bonds - Aeronaut


Ch. 12: Act 6: #HandsOff: Reject Trump’s Morally Bankrupt Budget via @amprog @CoalitiononHN @CenterOnBudget @SSWorks

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


Ch. 14: Act 7: The Two Santa Claus Theory: Republican Strategy to Dismantle the Social Safety Net - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date 1-31-18


Ch. 15: Final comments on the tipping point in the Democratic party that portends hope for the future

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Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

(Additional music from Blue Dot Sessions)


Activism:

TAKE ACTION

Tell Congress to keep #HandsOff necessary government programs by calling, and emailing via the Coalition on Human Needs action page

Check out and share the Center for American Progress Budget Fact Sheets

Check out and share reports from the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities

Get involved with the Coalition for Human Needs & Social Security Works

EDUCATE YOURSELF

President's Budget Would Cut Food Assistance for Millions and Radically Restructure SNAP (CBPP)

Policy Basics: The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (CBPP)

Fact Sheet: How Trump's 2019 Budget Hurts Older Americans (Center for American Progress)

Trump's 2019 Budget: what he cuts, how much he cuts, and why it matters (Vox) 

“America’s Harvest Box” Captures the Trumpian Attitude Toward Poverty (The New Yorker)

A Bad Budget for America's Place in the World (Center for American Progress)

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Direct download: 1166_Benefits_Air_Date_2-20-18_-_2-20-18_20.34.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00pm EDT

Air Date: 2/16/2018

Today, after having recently looked at a few of the details of Israel, we take a look at what's happening on the other side of the border, in Palestine. 

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Show Notes

Ch. 1: Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 

Ch. 2: Act 1: Amer Zahr on working toward rights and democracy for all in Israel - Part 1 - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date 3-18-17

Ch. 3: Song 1:  Parade Shoes - Arc and Crecent


Ch. 4: Act 2: The Oakland Institute's Anuradha Mittal on Life, Land and the Wall Between Them in Occupied Palestine Part 1 - This is Hell - Air Date 11-1-17

Ch. 5: Song 2:  Gullwing Sailor - Migration


Ch. 6: Act 3: Ben Ehrenreich and Amy Wilentz looking at life for Palestinians on the West Bank - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date is 7-6-2016

Ch. 7: Song 3:  modum - Kai Engel


Ch. 8: Act 4: Amer Zahr on working toward rights and democracy for all in Israel - Part 2 - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date 3-18-17

Ch. 9: Song 4:  Another Promise Kept - Art Of Escapism


Ch. 10: Act 5: The Oakland Institute's Anuradha Mittal on Life, Land and the Wall Between Them in Occupied Palestine - Part 2 - This is Hell - Air Date 11-1-17


Voicemails

Ch. 11: Filling in some gaps in the #MeToo discussion - Margareet from Fortuna, CA

Ch. 12: How do we do egalitarianism right? - Susie from Chicago, IL

Ch. 13: The failure of imagination of jumping to advocating agency - Dave from Olympia, WA

Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent


Ch. 14: Final comments in which Jay shows the way forward to build gender egalitarianism by repeating what some women have been saying for years

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Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

(Additional music from Blue Dot Sessions)


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Direct download: 1165_Palastine_Air_Date_2-16-18_-_2-16-18_21.15.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00pm EDT

Air Date: 2/13/2018

Today we take a look at the history and context of the Korean Peninsula, how it was split in two in the first place and how self-perpetuating actions have been taken ever since to bring us to the brink of what would be a completely unnecessary and utterly disastrous war

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Show Notes

Ch. 1: Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 

Ch. 2: Act 1: Ghosts of the Korean War - @Making_Contact - Air Date 2-7-18

Ch. 3: Song 1:  Plate Statis - Algea Fields


Ch. 4: Act 2: Understanding the problems on the Korean peninsula Part 1 - The Ezra Klein Show - Air Date 12-18-17

Ch. 5: Song 2:  Unfolding Plot - Ray Catcher


Ch. 6: Act 3: If you Remember Vietnam, You Already Know Whats Happening With North Korea - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date 09-20-17

Ch. 7: Song 3:  Celestial Navigation - Aeronaut


Ch. 8: Act 4: Why Kim Jong Un is rational in his own context - Cape Up - Air Date 1-16-18

Ch. 9: Song 4:  Shift of Currents - Aeronaut


Ch. 10: Act 5: The breakdown in our negotiating tactics with North Korea Part 2 - The Ezra Klein Show - Air Date 12-18-17

Ch. 11: Song 5:  Thread Caramb - Textile Caramb


Ch. 12: Act 6: Donald Trump Proves North Korea Was Right According To Kim Jong-un - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date 09-22-17

Ch. 13: Song 6:  Cloud Line - K4


Ch. 14: Act 7: What Would War with North Korea Look Like? - The Inquiry - Air Date 7-26-17


Voicemails

Ch. 15: Explaining rank-choice voting - Erin from Philadelphia

Ch. 16: Catch problematic behaviors before they fester into something worse - Ariel from Memphis

Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent


Ch. 17: Final comments on prosecutorial discretion in the court of public opinion

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Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

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Direct download: 1164_North_Korea_Air_Date_2-13-18_-_2-14-18_16.04.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00pm EDT

Air Date: 3/31/2017

Today we look at the multi-front political battles being waged for the heart of the progressive movement, women’s movement, the Democratic party and the county as a whole

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: A roundup of grassroots resistance groups - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 3-8-17

Ch. 3: Song 1: A Lot of Work to Do - Friendly People


Ch. 4: Act 2: Intersectional feminism is looking to tear down the capitalism establishment - Off Kilter (@TalkPoverty) - Air Date 3-8-17

Ch. 5: Song 2: Intersectionality - Those American Girls


Ch. 6: Act 3: The Democratic party needs to debate it's differences - The Zero Hour w @RJEskow - Air Date 3-4-17

Ch. 7: Song 3: Keep On Moving Forward - Emma's Revolution


Ch. 8: Act 4: Why we can't abandon the red states - Belabored (@DissentMag) - Air Date 3-24-17

Ch. 9: Song 4: Immigrants (We Get the Job Done) - K'naan, Snow Tha Product, Riz MC & Residente


Ch. 10: Act 5: A coalition of movements arise under Trump - @theLFshow w @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date 3-15-17

Ch. 11: Song 5: Workers of the World Unite! - The Last Internationale


Ch. 12: Act 6: Nancy Pelosi Has Super Secret Plan To Keep Losing - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 03-24-17

Ch. 13: Song 6: Master Plan - My Morning Jacket


Ch. 14: Act 7: The messaging of inevitability for the progressive movement - The Zero Hour w: @RJEskow - Air Date 3-4-17

Ch. 15: Song 7: Inevitable - Scissor Sisters


Ch. 16: Act 8: Tap Into the Tools for ‘The Resistance’ - Best of the Left Activism

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


Ch. 18: Act 9: Women in the age of Trump and what the movement looks like - We the Podcast with Rep. @keithellison - Air Date 3-30-17

Direct download: Rerun_1091_Resistance_Air_Date_3-31-17_Ad_Free_-_2-9-18_16.55.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00pm EDT

Air Date: 2/6/2018

Today we take a look at Israel from a variety of angles including what they do, who supports them and why

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Show Notes

Ch. 1: Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 

Ch. 2: Act 1: Breaking down Trump's moves on Israel - Intercepted (@theintercept) - Air Date 1-31-18

Ch. 3: Song 1:  Quaver - Codebreaker


Ch. 4: Act 2: What doesn't get mentioned when reporting on Israel - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 1-19-18

Ch. 5: Song 2:  Surly Bonds - Aeronaut


Ch. 6: Act 3: “Gaza An Inquest into Its Martyrdom” Norman Finkelstein on the Many Lies Perpetuated About Gaza - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 01-10-18

Ch. 7: Song 3:  Hundred Mile-No Guitar - K2


Ch. 8: Act 4: What Israel has to do with local policing in the US - Intercepted (@theintercept) - Air Date 9-20-17

Ch. 9: Song 4:  Lahaina - Cloud Harbor


Ch. 10: Act 5: Richard Spencer Appears On Israeli TV, Says Ethno-Nationalism Should Make Viewers Respect Him - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 08-21-17

Ch. 11: Song 5:  Stale Case - Darby


Ch. 12: Act 6: Ilan Pappé: The Myths of Israel - @TheRealNews - Air Date 3-30-17


Ch. 13: Final comments addressing some of the concerns about the #MeToo movement

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Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

(Additional music from Blue Dot Sessions, Free Music Archive)


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Direct download: 1163_Israel_Air_Date_2-6-18_-_2-6-18_19.39.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00pm EDT

Air Date: 2/2/2018

Today we take a look at the economics of immigration, both the good and the bad, both the domestic and international

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Show Notes

Ch. 1: Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr

Ch. 2: Act 1: The economics of immigration and demonization - Economic Update w: @profwolff - Air Date 2-28-17

Ch. 3: Song 1:  Kawruwath Na - Amarasiri Peiris


Ch. 4: Act 2: The economic benefits of welcoming anyone, regardless of immigration status - The Other Washington from @civicskunkworks - Air Date 5-11-17

Ch. 5: Song 2:  Another Promise Kept - Art Of Escapism


Ch. 6: Act 3: How Democrats Used to Talk About Immigration - On The Media - Air Date 9-8-17

Ch. 7: Song 3:  Betty Dear - The Pine Barrens


Ch. 8: Act 4: Why we all need to be involved in immigration fight - @SundayCivics - Air Date 1-28-18

Ch. 9: Song 4:  Le gris, le bleu, d'une profonde humilité - Monplaisir


Ch. 10: Act 5: Juan Gonzalez on the hidden forces behind global immigration - @Intercepted w @JeremyScahill - Air Date 1-31-18

Ch. 11: Song 5:  Homegrown - The Pine Barrens


Ch. 12: Act 6: Demand Your MoCs Defend Dreamers and Pass a Clean #DreamActNow via Dreamer Pledge Project @IndivisibleTeam @UNITEDWEDREAM - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 13: Song 6:  Rotisserie Graveyard - Doctor Turtle


Ch. 14: Act 7: Back when America was great, it was awash in immigrants - Economic Update w: @profwolff - Air Date 1-18-18


Voicemails

Ch. 15: Ranked-choice voting could work against progressives - Jeff from Charlotte, NC

Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent

(Additional music from Blue Dot Sessions, Free Music Archive


Ch. 16: Final comments on ranked-choice voting

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Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent


Activism:

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Use DreamerPledge.org tools and scripts to demand your MoCs protect Dreamers

REMINDERS: DACA ends March 5th! Next Continuing Resolution deadline is Feb. 8th!

EDUCATE YOURSELF

Do three-quarters of Americans support the DREAM Act? Nancy Pelosi says so (PolitiFact.com)

Senate Democrats cave, provide votes based on McConnell’s empty promise (Think Progress)

Compromise or cave-in? Democrats' deal to end shutdown sows division (The Guardian)

Dreamers are Americans Too (TIME)

“Dreamers” could give U.S. economy – and even American workers – a boost (Salon.com)

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

Air Date: 1/30/2018

Today we take a look at part of the history of our privacy rights, who they protect the most and what's happening to them recently

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Who is worst effected when we allow creeping anti-privacy technology - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 3-11-16

Ch. 3: Song 1: When We Set Out - Arc and Crecent


Ch. 4: Act 2: The history of our FISA laws - @HumorlessQueers - Air Date 3-11-17

Ch. 5: Song 2: contrarian - Sketchbook


Ch. 6: Act 3: The Resistance Folds For Trump - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 01-12-18

Ch. 7: Song 3: Open Flames - Aeronaut


Ch. 8: Act 4: Serious Problems with American Policing - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 02-12-17

Ch. 9: Song 4: Andelo - Pacha Faro


Ch. 10: Act 5: Stop ALPR Surveillance in Your Community with CCOPS Laws via @ACLU - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 11: Song 5: Lumber Down - Barstool


Ch. 12: Act 6: Privacy and our trash - BackStory Air Date: 10-06-17


Voicemails

Ch. 13: Our diluted democracy - Jeff from Chicago

Ch. 14: The invisible bigotry against non-Americans - Nate from Vacaville, CA

Ch. 15: Different offenses need to be treated differently - Jeff from Charlotte, NC

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 16: Final comments on non-American bigotry and the response to #MeToo

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

(Additional music from Blue Dot Sessions


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Category:general -- posted at: 7:00pm EDT

Air Date: 1/26/2018

Today we take a look at some of the nuances of the #MeToo movement and the predictable backlash to it as well as the backlash to Trump in the form of the one-year anniversary Women's March

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Show Notes

Ch. 1: Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr

Ch. 2: Act 1: Explaining the Aziz Ansari story - Backtalk from Bitch Media - Air Date 1-25-18

Ch. 3: Song 1: The Envelope - Aeronaut


Ch. 4: Act 2: #MeToo Backlash - @FullFrontalSamB - Air Date: 01-18-18

Ch. 5: Song 2:  Lahaina - Cloud Harbor


Ch. 6: Act 3: Feminist Lessons From the Third Wave - On the Media - Air Date 1-19-18

Ch. 7: Song 3:  Gullwing Sailor - Migration


Ch. 8: Act 4: Understanding the prevalence of harassment in the workplace - @offkiltershow - Air Date 11-17-17

Ch. 9: Song 4:  Discovery Harbor - Cloud Harbor


Ch. 10: Act 5: “The Year of Our Awakening” Global Protests Mark Anniversary of Women’s March & Trump Inauguration - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 01-22-18

Ch. 11: Song 5:  Paper Feather - Migration


Ch. 12: Act 6: Raise Women’s Voices By Fighting Voter Suppression via @Let_AmericaVote - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 13: Song 6:  Cicle Veroni - Cicle Kadde


Ch. 14: Act 7: Kimberlé Crenshaw speech at the Women's March - Sojourner Truth Radio - Air Date 1-23-18


Voicemails

Ch. 15: NYC March #1 - Alan from Connecticut

Ch. 16: March #2 - Alan from Connecticut

Ch. 17: Good news on the gerrymandering front in Pennsylvania - Erin from Philadelphia

Ch. 18: Pessimistic about defeating gerrymandering - Annie from Alabama

Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent


Ch. 19: Final comments on being optimistic and the wrongheadedness of seeing people as complex and 3-dimensional

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Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

(Additional music from Blue Dot Sessions


Activism:

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Hold officials accountable for their voting rights record with Let America Vote 

EDUCATE YOURSELF

The Surprising Ways Voter Suppression Particularly Hurts Women (Alternet)

Women's March 2018 Isn't About Trump —It's About Upending The Entire Political System (Newsweek)

Voter Suppression Targets Women, Youth and Communities of Color (Issue Advisory, Part One) (NOW.org)

In NC, Voter Suppression Hits Women & People of Color Hardest. (Southern Coalition for Social Justice; 2014)

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

Air Date: 11/25/2016

Today we look at the comparison between the rise of Hitler and the rise of Trump, not to say that they are the same but to try to learn from the past in order to see farther into our own future and avoid the terrible ends that are possible

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: O'Connor Decries Republican Attacks on Courts - NPR Morning Edition - Air Date: 3-10-2006

Ch. 3: Song 1: Oak - Ben McElroy

 

Ch. 4: Act 2: His rise to power Part 1 - Trumpcast from @Slate - Air Date 11-21-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: Nazi (Live) - Chumbawamba

 

Ch. 6: Act 3: How South Africa Could Prepare the U.S. for President Trump - The Daily Show - Air Date 11-16-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: Things a Get from Bad to Worse - The Ethiopians

 

Ch. 8: Act 4: His rise to power Part 2 - Trumpcast from @Slate - Air Date 11-21-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: I think your a nazi - Stephen Lynch

 

Ch. 10: Act 5: Comparing the rise of Trump and Hitler - @InDeepRadio w: @AngieCoiro - Air Date 3-26-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: Der Fuehrer's Face (From "Nuttsey Land") - Spike Jones & His City Slickers

 

Ch. 12: Act 6: We Can't Wait To See The End Before We Resist The Beginning Of Fascism - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date 11-22-16


Air Date: 1/19/2018

Today we take a look at one of the most important and least understood problems with our broken democracy, gerrymandering, including some ideas to fix it

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Drawing New Lines - On the Media - Air Date 5-24-17

Ch. 3: Song 1:  Great is the Contessa - The Contessa


Ch. 4: Act 2: Richard Hasen explains the case against gerrymandering - Amicus - Air Date 9-16-17

Ch. 5: Song 2:  Wingspan - Bayou Birds


Ch. 6: Act 3: Rattling the Bars: Prison is Not a Residence - @TheRealNews - Air Date 9-18-16

Ch. 7: Song 3:  Theme - Towboat


Ch. 8: Act 4: Looking forward to the 2020 census and the plan to gerrymander the future - Trumpcast - Air Date 1-4-18

Ch. 9: Song 4:  Planting Flags - K4


Ch. 10: Act 5: Judges Rule N. Carolina Representatives Cannot Choose their Voters - @TheRealNews - Air Date 1-11-18

Ch. 11: Song 5:  Parissi - Marisala


Ch. 12: Act 6: Dems Must Be the Anti-Gerrymandering Party (w/ John Nichols) - The Zero Hour w @RJEskow - Air Date 7-18-17


Ch. 13: Final comments introducing the FairVote.org campaign

Bonus Clip: Introducing: The Fair Representation Act - FairVote - Air Date 6-25-17

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

(Additional music from Blue Dot Sessions


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Learn more about the Fair Representation Act (HR 3057) at FairVote.org

Share the campaign video for The Fair Representation Act - FairVote

Tell Congress to support HR 3057 via Stance or call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121

EDUCATE YOURSELF

The Case for Proportional Voting (National Affairs)

Dear Jeff Flake: time to start a third party (Vox)

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

Air Date: 1/16/2018

Today we take a look at the legacy of Martin Luther King that some people prefer to forget and most people never learned about. In fact, it is likely his forgotten opinions that got him killed rather than his calls for racial equality. 

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: MLK What They Won't Teach In School Part 1 - News Beat (@USNewsBeat) - Air Date 1-8-18

Ch. 3: Song 1: N/A


Ch. 4: Act 2: Understanding Beyond Vietnam - Intercepted (@intercepted) - Air Date 4-5-17

Ch. 5: Song 2:  The Envelope - Aeronaut


Ch. 6: Act 3: The MLK you don't see on TV - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 1-20-17

Ch. 7: Song 3:  Vengeful - Warmbody


Ch. 8: Act 4: MLK What They Won't Teach In School Part 2 - News Beat (@USNewsBeat) - Air Date 1-8-18

Ch. 9: Song 4:  N/A


Ch. 10: Act 5: Invoking King when it's convenient, ignoring what we don't like - Intercepted (@intercepted) - Air Date 4-5-17

Ch. 11: Song 5:  Celestial Navigation - Aeronaut


Ch. 12: Act 6: Understanding the response to the Beyond Vietnam speech - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 1-13-16

Ch. 13: Song 6: Santre - K2


Ch. 14: Act 7: A Dream Remembered? How we came to revere MLK - @Making_Contact - Air Date 1-17-17


Ch. 15: Final comments on the revival of the Poor People’s Campaign

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Martin Luther King's Poor People's Campaign Reborn (Truth Dig)

Artist creates "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" memes to stop people from whitewashing MLK (Mic)

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

Air Date: 1/13/2018

Today we take a look at a bit of the history, and some of the recent developments of, the debate over immigration policy and the people affected by it

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: INCREDIBLE Watch George HW Bush & Ronald Reagan Debate Immigration In 1980 - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date 09-06-17

Ch. 3: Song 1:  Shhhame (Instrumental Acoustic) - PC-ONE


Ch. 4: Act 2: Tribalism, Narcissism, Nationalism, and their Offspring - Progressive Faith Sermon - Air Date 10-1-17

Ch. 5: Song 2:  Comma - Codebreaker


Ch. 6: Act 3: The wrongheadedness of the boarder wall - The Dig - Air Date: 05-31-2017

Ch. 7: Song 3:  Lacrima D'esperide - Damiano Baldoni


Ch. 8: Act 4: Deportations DOWN Under Trump Despite More "Arrests" - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 10-06-17

Ch. 9: Song 4:  Minutes - Pacha Faro


Ch. 10: Act 5: The Clock Is Ticking for DACA, and the Government Shutdown - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 01-07-18

Ch. 11: Song 5:  Le gris, le bleu, d'une profonde humilité - Monplaisir


Ch. 12: Act 6: The end of TPS for Salvadorans - In the Thick - Air Date 1-9-18

Ch. 13: Song 6:  Take a Tiny Train - Ray Catcher


Ch. 14: Act 7: Pass a Clean Dream Act NOW via @UNITEDWEDREAM - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 15: Song 7:  Kawruwath Na - Amarasiri Peiris


Ch. 16: Act 8: My Parents Were From What Trump Calls 'Shithole Countries' - Joy Reid | All In | MSNBC - Air Date 1-11-18


Voicemails

Ch. 17: What if Congress were allowed secret ballots for their votes? - Dave from Olympia, WA

Ch. 18: Did Jay! ever come back to take the reins of BotL again? - Nick from California 

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 19: Final comments on whether or not I ever came back to produce the show after my departure in 2007

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

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Get involved with and support United We Dream 

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

Air Date: 1/17/2017

Today we take a look at the Democrats failure to present viable economic solutions and offer a new vision for where we should go from here.

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Democrats failed to offer a better solution - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date 11-26-16

Ch. 3: Song 1: Once There Was a Hushpuppy - Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin

 

Ch. 4: Act 2: How progressives need to frame their economic message - @theLFshow w: @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date 12-29-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Unified - Unified Highway

 

Ch. 6: Act 3: AI Will Eliminate 6% of Jobs in Next 5 Years - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 09-18-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: Automation - Allan Sherman

 

Ch. 8: Act 4: Paul Street on the folly of throwing away identity politics - @BlkAgendaReport - Air Date 1-16-17

Ch. 9: Song 4: Working Class Hero - Green Day

 

Ch. 10: Act 5: Not Trickle Down, But Bottom Up | Anthony Flaccavento - @theLFshow w: @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date 12-15-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: Trickle Down - Hayseed Dixie

 

Ch. 12: Act 6: What is Economic Democracy? - The Next System Project - Air Date: 3-1-16

Ch. 13: Song 6: Le monde de contre jour - David Ari Leon

 

Ch. 14: Act 7: The UK Labor party taking the lead on worker coops - Economic Update w: @profwolff - Air Date 5-9-16

Ch. 15: Song 7: Capitalism Is Tearing Us Apart - Sole

 

Ch. 16: Act 8: Social Welfare Does Not Kill Business, with President of Iceland Ólafur Grímsson - Big Think - Air Date 11-13-14

Ch. 17: Song 8: Success - Iggy Pop

 

Ch. 18: Act 9: How can we develop the next system? - Economic Update w: @profwolff - Air Date 12-30-16

Ch. 19: Song 9: Capitalism - Yellow Umbrella

Ch. 20: Act 10: Join or Start a Local Democracy @ Work Action Group via @Democracyatwrk - Best of the Left Activism

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:40pm EDT

Air Date: 1/5/2018

Today we take a look at some of the challenges and triumphs for women of color and what thanks they should get in return

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Why We Riot: The language of the unheard - NewsBeat - Air Date 12-18-17

Ch. 3: Song 1:  Streamer - Arc and Crecent


Ch. 4: Act 2: Who stands in solidarity with women of color? - In the Thick - Air Date 11-21-17

Ch. 5: Song 2:  Entrap - Darby


Ch. 6: Act 3: Watch The Moment Doug Jones Supporters Found Out He WON - Ring of Fire Radio - Air Date: 01-02-18

Ch. 7: Song 3:  When We Set Out - Arc and Crecent


Ch. 8: Act 4: Ryan Grim On Roy Moore, Racism, & Voter Suppression - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 01-02-18

Ch. 9: Song 4:  Tyrano Theme - Tyrano


Ch. 10: Act 5: Understanding the double consciousness of blackness - Revolutionary Left Radio - Air Date 10-12-17

Ch. 11: Song 5:  Theme - Towboat


Ch. 12: Act 6: Charles Barkley Slam Dunks Dems - The Zero Hour - Air Date 12-16-17

Ch. 13: Song 6:  Third in Line - Arc and Crecent


Ch. 14: Act 7: Thank Black Women with Actions Not Just Words - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 15: Song 7:  That River Wide - Sketchbook


Ch. 16: Act 8: Alabama black women #BlackWomenLead - Sunday Civics - Air Date 12-17-17


Ch. 17: Final comments on access journalism and the one time it’s been used to bring down the powerful

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

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Activism:

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Read: Black Women Kept Roy Moore Out of Office. Here’s How to Thank Them. (The Cut)

Read: 15 Real Ways to Thank Black Women for Carrying the Country on Their Backs (The Little Rock Sun)

Learn About: Higher Heights Leadership Fund 

Learn About: Woke Vote

Learn About: Stay Woke Florida Voting Initiative Petition (February 1st petition deadline!)

Learn About: Color of Change PAC

EDUCATE YOURSELF

Black Turnout in Alabama Complicates Debate on Voting Laws (The New York Times)

'Black Votes Matter': African-Americans Propel Jones To Alabama Win (NPR)

White Women Thank Themselves for Thanking Black Women Today (Reductress)

After Alabama: Say ‘Thank You’ to Black Women, and Mean It (LA Progressive)

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

Air Date: 1/2/2018

Today we take a look at a few different visions of what the future holds for our labor market and some policies we should be putting in place to set the scene for the coming evolution of work

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: The future of work in a world of artificial intelligence - Ideas - Air Date 9-12-17

Ch. 3: Song 1:  Take a Tiny Train - Ray Catcher


Ch. 4: Act 2: Robots Causing Wealth Inequality? - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 04-28-17

Ch. 5: Song 2:  Tripoli - Pecan Grove


Ch. 6: Act 3: A 15 Hour Work Week Would Save the Planet - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 07-26-17

Ch. 7: Song 3:  Gondola Blue - Towboat


Ch. 8: Act 4: Demanding a future of full automation and a post-work world - Ideas - Air Date 9-26-17

Ch. 9: Song 4:  Comma - Codebreaker


Ch. 10: Act 5: Designing the future of jobs and economics - Freakonomics - Air Date 4-20-17

Ch. 11: Song 5:  Lesser Gods of Metal - Ray Catcher


Ch. 12: Act 6: Ai-jen Poo on the caretaker jobs of the future - The Ezra Klein Show - Air Date 11-13-17


Voicemails

Ch. 13: Why doesn't Google worry about being evil anymore? - Dallas from Jacksonville, FL

Ch. 14: Donations To Congress - Alan from Connecticut

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 15: Final comments giving an update on our Winter Fundraiser

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

(Additional music from Blue Dot Sessions Free Music Archive)


Action Resources/Further Reading

New Economy Coalition 

The Next System Project

Democracy At Work

Public Predictions for the Future of Workforce Automation (Pew Research Center, 2016)

A World Without Work (The Atlantic, 2015)

Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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