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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

 

THE MIDTERMS MINUTE 

REGISTER TO VOTE: RocktheVote.org/register-to-vote/

CONFIRM VOTER REGISTRATION: RocktheVote.org/resources/am-i-registered-to-vote/

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

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

Get Involved/Resources: THE MIDTERMS MINUTE H.Q.

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

Swing Left NJ-02| Red to Blue NJ-02

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

Researched & Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman 

 

MUSIC

 

Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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Direct download: 1214_Voter_Suppression_Air_Date_9-28-18_-_9-27-18_20.42.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00am EST

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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SHOW NOTES

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 

See previous battleground race spotlights and get the entire lay of the land at "The Midterms Minute H.Q."

New battlegrounds spotlight coming next episode! 

Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman 

 

MUSIC:

 

Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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Direct download: 1213_Financial_Crash_Air_Date_9-25-18_-_9-25-18_14.15.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am EST

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 

REGISTER TO VOTE: RocktheVote.org/register-to-vote/

CONFIRM VOTER REGISTRATION: RocktheVote.org/resources/am-i-registered-to-vote/

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

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) 

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 

 

MUSIC:

 

Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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Direct download: 1212_Tipping_Air_Date_9-21-18_-_9-20-18_19.52.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EST

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:

REGISTER TO VOTE: RocktheVote.org 

CONFIRM VOTER REGISTRATION: RocktheVote.org/voting-information 

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

 

Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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Direct download: 1211_Tech_Monopolies_Air_Date_9-18-18_-_9-18-18_12.03.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am EST

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):

REGISTER TO VOTE: RocktheVote.org 

CONFIRM VOTER REGISTRATION: RocktheVote.org/voting-information 

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.comon your mobile browser. 

“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 

 

MUSIC:

 

Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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Direct download: 1210_Kavanaugh_Air_Date_9-14-18_-_9-13-18_21.46.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00am EST

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

Take action! Click the title and/or scroll down for quick links and resources from this segment.

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)

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.comon your mobile browser.

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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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

 

REMINDER: SUPPORT PROGRESSIVE PRIMARY CANDIDATES!

(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)

TAKE ACTION: 

Phone Bank for Brand New Congress

Phone Bank for Justice Democrats

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Voter Contact Resources & Tips from Indivisible

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Written & curated by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman

 

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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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SHOW NOTES

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

 

REMINDER: SUPPORT PROGRESSIVE PRIMARY CANDIDATES!

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

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 

TAKE ACTION: 

Phone Bank for Brand New Congress

Phone Bank for Justice Democrats

Phone Bank with Swing Left

Voter Contact Resources & Tips from Indivisible

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Written & curated by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman

 

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