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Air Date: 5/17/2019

Today we take a look at the socially and politically existential threat of our time - the fight against encroaching authoritarianism in the US and around the world.

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Donald Trump Puts Our Democracy and Our Lives in Serious Danger - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date 01-13-18

Not a single president has met more than one of the four qualities identified by political scientists as warning signs of an authoritarian or fascist leader. Trump meets them all. Is this how our Democracy dies?

Ch. 2: As Brazil's Bolsonaro Takes Office, Opponents Warn of Regressive Policies & Threat of Dictatorship - Democracy Now! - Air Date 1-2-19

Jair Bolsonaro's election in Brazil marks the most radical political shift in the country since military rule ended more than 30 years ago. We speak with Fernando Haddad, a presidential candidate on the Workers’ Party ticket who lost in a runoff.

Ch. 3: The War for Normal - Analysis - Air Date 1-28-19

Extremism is the new normal. Conspiracies are fact and Right wing is mainstream. The world is moving too fast for us to catch up, let alone understand and take action.

Ch. 4: Prof. Jason Stanley in Wake of Kavanaugh's Confirmation: Fascism Cannot Operate Without Patriarchy - Democracy Now! - Air Date 10-22-18

In his new book “How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them,” Yale professor Jason Stanley outlines the 10 pillars of fascism and warns about the dangers of normalizing fascist politics.

Ch. 5: What is it Going to Take for Us to Stop the Rise of Fascism in America? - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date 06-18-18

Thom reads an excerpt from the book They Thought They Were Free about the slow, nearly undetectable rise of fascism in Nazi Germany

Ch. 6: Yale Historian Timothy Snyder on How the U.S. Can Avoid Sliding into Authoritarianism - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 05-30-17

Is the United States sliding toward tyranny? That is the question posed by Yale University history professor Timothy Snyder in his new book that draws on his decades of experience writing about war and genocide in European history.


FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 7: Final comments to wrap the show and introduce Sam from Nashville, the misunderstood Trump voter


MUSIC(Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • The Envelope - Aeronaut
  • The Cast and Favor - Bayou Birds
  • Streamer - Arc and Crecent
  • Moon Bicycle Theme - American Moon Bicycle
  • Astrisx - Bodytonic
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

 

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Direct download: 1273_Global_Authoritarianism_Air_Date_5-17-19_-_5-17-19_20.37.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00pm EDT

Air Date: 5/14/2019

Today we take a look at the disastrous system of hackable, unverifiable and expensive electronic voting machines that were our solution to the hanging-chad fiasco of the Florida 2000 presidential election.

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: New poll shows public concern for voting machine hackability - BradCast - Air Date 12-25-18

Public concerns about the integrity of voting systems.

Ch. 2: Why are outdated voting machines still running US elections with Matt Bernard Part 1 - Function with Anil Dash - Air Date 1-7-19

The first wave of computer voting. Bush v Gore, hanging chad issues. 2000, 2004, problems for at least 20 years now. Machines have been improved, but still too many problems. Tech companies jumping into making them.

Ch. 3: Hacking, Paper Ballots and Securing US Elections with Barbara Simons - Gaslit Nation with Andrea Chalupa and Sarah Kendzior - Air Date 8-21-18

Simons has been working on voting security for a long time, there’s a little more light lately but also lots of pushback.

Ch. 4: National Media Finally Talking About Voting Machines - BradCast - Air Date 3-4-19

National media finally questioning the voting machines. Computer ballot marking devices BMD systems. There is agreement that this is a problem finally, but too late?

Ch. 5: The struggle to acknowledge the problems in our voting systems - Strange Days with Fernand Amandi - Air Date 3-20-19

Elections expert Jennifer Cohn weighs in on our election security.

Ch. 6: Why are outdated voting machines still running US elections with Matt Bernard Part 2 - Function with Anil Dash - Air Date 1-7-19

Find out from legislators and congresspeople what they're doing to fix voting.


VOICEMAILS

Ch. 7: A conservative's thoughts on the upcoming election - John from Northeast Maryland

Ch. 8: Ralph Nader on credit unions and technology - Erin from Philadelphia


FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 9: Final comments on conservative callers and Ralph Nader’s relationship with technology


MUSIC(Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Tar and Spackle - Plaster
  • Milkwood - The Cabinetmaker
  • Nuthatch - Feathers
  • Felt Lining - The Cabinetmaker
  • The Summit - K2
  • 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: 9:00pm EDT

Air Date: 5/10/2019

Today we take a look at the three moderate white guys sending a shiver up the collective legs of the members of the Democratic Party establishment and the mainstream media

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Sam Does a Deep Dive on Beto - The Majority Report - Air Date 3-20-19

Beto brags about his small donor contributions. His voting record is terrible for a Democrat. Former staffers came forward about working for the faux progressive.

Ch. 2: Is Pete Buttigieg Progressive with Ana Kasparian - #NoFilter - The Young Turks - Air Date 4-8-19

Buttigieg's views seem great on paper, but he's not clean about them. He has problematic industries funding him, has worked for big pharma and doesn't understand working poor.

Ch. 3: The Case Against Joe Biden How the Former VP Fueled Mass Incarceration and Protected Big Banks - Democracy Now - Air Date 3-15-19

Biden's legislative history include the 1990's crime bill disaster that fueled mass incarceration and his insistence that common people who are tricked into credit card debt be forced to pay for it forever.

Ch. 4: Just Say No to Joe Biden with Zach Carter - The Michael Brooks Show - Air Date 4-7-19

Biden is a crusader against working people, and he doesn't understand the new progressive left. He's tied to banks, corporations and one of the most regressive crime bills in history.

Ch. 5: Can Progressives Stop Biden, the Credit Card Candidate? - The Real News - Air Date 4-28-19

Norman Solomon and Jaqueline Luqman discuss Joe Biden and his problematic voting record. He is an agent of racism and corporate America, in the short term he might beat Trump, but it won't change anything.

Ch. 6: What controversy around Biden's behavior says about shifting social norms with Rebecca Traister, Karen Tumulty and Frank Dobbin - PBS Newshour - Air Date 4-3-19

The past behavior of former Vice President Joe Biden toward women has sparked conversation around the boundaries governing physical contact and consent. Biden has said that norms have evolved since he entered the public sphere.

Ch. 7: Biden, Autonomy and Consent with Vanessa A. Bee. - Humorless Queers - Air Date - 4-7-19

Biden loves giving women rubs and smelling their hair, without their consent. Many women are coming forward about his actions and he needs to be held to a better standard. Not being Trump isn't enough.


VOICEMAILS

Ch. 9: The accelerationist strategy of Bernie or Bust didn't work - Anthony from Utah

Ch. 10: Continuing the strategy discussion for electing the most progressive candidate possible - Laura from Alameda, CA

Ch. 11: Renewed hope for the future - Corey from New Jersey

Ch. 12: Thoughts on the state of the election - Sarah from California


FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 13: Final comments on the ebbs and flows of political energy and the effects of outrage fatigue


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Joe Biden Isn’t the Answer(The Cut)

What Happened When Pete Buttigieg Tore Down Houses In Black And Latino South Bend(Buzzfeed)

Beto 2020 Has No Reason to Exist(Slate)

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MUSIC(Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Gullwing Sailor - Migration
  • Lord Weasel - Molerider
  • No Smoking - Sunday at Slims
  • A Path Unwinding - K4
  • The Back Lot - Sunday at Slims
  • Gusty Hollow - Migration
  • 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: 5/7/2019

Today we take a look at the impacts, from personal to global, of the paradigm of companies profiting off of surveillance of their users, otherwise known as surveillance capitalism.

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: A Threat to Global Democracy How Facebook & Surveillance Capitalism Empower Authoritarianism Part 1 - Democracy Now! - Air Date 8-1-18

We speak with Siva Vaidhyanathan, author of “Antisocial Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy.” He is a professor of media studies and director of the Center for Media and Citizenship at the University of Virginia.

Ch. 2: How Facebook Helped Trump...Without Cambridge Analytica - On The Media - Air Date 3-23-18

García is a former Facebook product manager for ads and author of Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley.

Ch. 3: A Threat to Global Democracy How Facebook & Surveillance Capitalism Empower Authoritarianism Part 2 - Democracy Now! - Air Date 8-1-18

We speak with Siva Vaidhyanathan, author of “Antisocial Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy.” He is a professor of media studies and director of the Center for Media and Citizenship at the University of Virginia.

Ch. 4: Age of Surveillance Capitalism Part 1 - Ralph Nader Radio Hour - Air Date 1-26-19

The author of many books and papers on the subject of modern corporate capitalism, Professor Zuboff’s latest is entitled “The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power.”

Ch. 5: Yael Grauer: The Billboards Are Watching You. Really. - Zero Hour with RJ Eskow - Air Date 12-11-18

When billboards can talk to cell phones we end up living in The Minority Report.

Ch. 6: Age of Surveillance Capitalism Part 2 - Ralph Nader Radio Hour - Air Date 1-26-19

The author of many books and papers on the subject of modern corporate capitalism, Professor Zuboff’s latest is entitled “The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power.”


VOICEMAILS

Ch. 7: Benefits and problems of algorithmic decision-making - Nick from California

Ch. 8: Immigration arguments shouldn't be economic arguments - Zach from Atlanta


FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 9: Final comments on algorithmic decision-making and the moral vs economic arguments for humane immigration policy


RESOURCES

Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)

Privacy International

Curated by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman 


MUSIC(Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Inessential - Bayou Birds
  • A Path Unwinding - K4
  • Open Flames - Aeronaut
  • Long and Low Cloud - The Bulwark
  • Hickory Shed - Onesuch Village
  • 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: 5/3/2019

Today we take a look at several topics that, at first glance, may seem to be unrelated but that I think are all tied together with a thread that runs through all of them and points the way toward The Great Transition we are currently in the middle of.

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Henry Giroux: Trump is the endpoint on cruelty and isolation in American politics - @thisishellradio - Air Date 4-15-17

Cultural critic Henry Giroux examines the slow, steady rise of cruelty in American culture - as the logic of neoliberalism strips our politics of anything besides self-regard, and the right capitalizes on the anger caused by its own policies

Ch. 2: Johann Hari To Treat Depression, Provide Meaningful Work, Housing & a Basic Income, Not Just Drugs - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 02-02-18

An extended conversation with Johann Hari, author of a controversial new book, “Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression—and the Unexpected Solutions.”

Ch. 3: Roots of Extremism with Deeyah Khan - The Ezra Klein Show - Air Date 3-11-19

Deeyah Khan is a British documentary filmmaker and human rights activist. She’s the creator of two extraordinary films airing on Netflix right now, White Right: Meeting the Enemy and Jihad: A Story of the Others.

Ch. 4: The Cure To Loneliness - Sustainable Human - Air Date 2-3-18

Loneliness is almost baked into the cake as far as a modern society with the kind of social setup and infrastructure and economic system that we have today.

Ch. 5: Gar Alperovitz: Building a Pluralist economy that supports human needs - @theLFshow w @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date 7-26-17

Laura talks with author/activist Gar Alperovitz. From the gloom of today, he sees the principles of a Pluralist Commonwealth emerging.

Ch. 6: Gar Alperovitz on the economic movement already underway - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date 6-24-17

It’s time to build new economic institutions that are democratic but also–critically–give us a new power base as well in the communities around the country.

Ch. 7: Utopias in history and the need to rekindle utopian thinking - History Extra - Air Date 3-16-17

Rutger Bregman discusses some of his ideas that recently caused a global sensation and the role of a historian in the modern world


VOICEMAILS

Ch. 8: Progressives have always had to drag liberals along - V from Central New York


FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 9: Final comments on the need to spread the word about our failing institutions to bolster support for fundamental reform


MUSIC(Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Astrisx - Bodytonic
  • Quaver - Codebreaker
  • Moon Bicycle Theme - American Moon Bicycle
  • One Little Triumph - Piano Mover
  • Donder - Darby
  • Take a Tiny Train - Ray Catcher
  • 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: 4/30/2019

Today we take a look at just the economic side of immigration including the effects from low-skilled immigrants and high-skilled immigrants and then look at an alternative vision for how we should debate the issue from the left

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Immigration Economics with Jennifer Hunt - Science Vs - Air Date 3-9-17

What happens when low skilled labor is removed from areas that need it? And Jennifer Hunt talks when immigrants and native-born actually do fight over the same jobs.

Ch. 2: Kara Miller, Petra Moser and Jennifer Hunt discuss Immigration and innovation - Innovation Hub - Air Date 2-3-17

Has anyone tried to measure how much immigrants have advanced the US. Immigrants bring innovation to people. Keeping students out will hurt our science advantage worldwide.

Ch. 3: The economics of immigration - BEME News - Louis Foglia - Air Date 10-11-18

It's assumed that Americans are hurt by immigration, but that isn't the right conversation. Immigrants help create a bigger economic pie, more innovation and more skills.

Ch. 4: Cardiff and Jennifer Hunt discuss Immigrants relationships in the Labor Force - FT Alphachat - Air Date 9-15-17

Immigrants percentage of the workforce has remained flat, and the U.S. is in the middle worldwide for immigrant increases. In most cases, immigrants take the jobs that need to be taken.

Ch. 5: Trump's 4 Biggest Immigration Myths - Robert Reich - Air Date 10-19-15

Robert Reich debunks Donald Trump's dangerous lies about immigration.

Ch. 6: The Immigration Issue and Capitalism - Economic Update with Richard Wolff - Air Date 10-15-18

Brexit, Trump, Italy and Sweden are all being conned by the myths of immigration hate. Capitalism is the truer villain.


VOICEMAILS

Ch. 7: Comparing liberalism and progressivism - Zach from Georgia


FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 8: Final comments asking for your thoughts on the primary race so far and Biden’s entrance into the White Guy candidate category


MUSIC(Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • The Rampart - Castle Danger
  • Celestial Navigation - Aeronaut
  • Turning - Lathe
  • LaBranche - Bayou Birds
  • Heather - Migration
  • 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: 9:00pm EDT

Air Date: 4/26/2019

Today I have a double-bonus show for you with additional clips on Brexit and Native Peoples

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Bonus Clips:

Why Brexit Shouldn't Have Been A Surprise - On the Media - Air Date 1-18-19

Is Corbyn’s Socialism Possible Within the EU? - Lapavitsas and Jay - The Real News - Air Date 3-17-19

The historic and starkly divided nature of Brexit - Between The Lines - Air Date 1-23-19

Dozens of Native American women have disappeared in Montana. Why is no one paying attention? - AJ+ - Air Date 9-12-18

Say Their Names, Tell Their Stories - Natives & Cops - Breakdances With Wolves - Air Date 3-20-19

Beyond Tragedy The living history of Native America - Ideas from CBC Radio - Air Date 2-20-19

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:00pm EDT

Air Date: 4/23/2019

Today we take a look at the current state of the Democratic Party in the wake of the 2018 elections that swept in a new class of Super-Progressives who are now locking horns with the more establishment and conservative leadership of the party as they all gear up for the 2020 primary and general elections. 

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: The Six Groups of the Democratic Party with Leno Krauze and Perry Bacon Jr. - Trumpcast - Air Date 3-18-19

There are 6 main groups of Democrats, from the Super-Progressives to the Conservatives. The energy is in the progressives, so much so that an outsider like Bernie Sanders is mainstream.

Ch. 2: Beware The Narcissism of Small Differences - The David Pakman Show - Air Date 2-19-19

Small differences create conflict where there shouldn't be. We are satisfied by fueling ourselves with aggression. Warren or Bernie shouldn't be a dead end issue.

Ch. 3: Does Obama Speak for Progressives? with Paul Jay and Dr. Gerald Horne - The Real News - Air Date 4-9-19

The problem with Obama, his support of Biden, and his silence with progressives. You can't play ball with corporate democrats because they own the game.

Ch. 4: AOC vs. DCCC: It’s War. with Emma Vigeland - Rebel HQ - Air Date 4-9-19

AOC is a voice of the rebellious spirit we all have. The DCCC is blacklisting and boycotting challengers to their power.

Ch. 5: AOC on what we need in a 2020 presidential candidate - The Intercept - Air Date 1-29-19

New democratic leadership is needed. Policy and progressivism is pitted against identity. Time to lean into a broader progressive message.

Ch. 6: Support for Israel Divides Democrats, A Division Fomented by Republicans with Mairav Zonszein - The Real News - Air Date 2-10-19

The media claims if you support BDS you are an anti-semite. The Democrats aren't stopping that narrative.

Ch. 7: Swamp Monsters Attack Progressives with Cenk Uygur, Nomi Prins, and Ana Kasparian - The Young Turks - Air Date 3-28-19

The DCCC has taken a less democratic turn for the 2020 cycle and is stifling completion and blackballing consultants who would dare work against them.

Ch. 8: Establishment Dems Start War on Bernie - The David Pakman Show - Air Date 4-17-19

The 2016 establishment fought Bernie, and they continue today. Why do they want to stop him? His policies are popular and poll great.


VOICEMAILS

Ch. 9: The shifting definitions of progressivism - V from Central New York

Ch. 10: Wage caps hurt the workers but not the businesses - Bud from Boise


FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 11: Final comments on what Jimmy Dore leaving TYT says about the split in strategy among progressives with largely similar political goals


MUSIC(Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • PolyCoat - The Cabinetmaker
  • Parade Shoes - Arc and Crecent
  • Gondola Blue - Towboat
  • Quaver - Codebreaker
  • Rapids - Grey River
  • Sunday Lights - Onesuch Village
  • 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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Category:general -- posted at: 9:00pm EDT

Air Date: 4/19/2019

Today we take a look at the racism, sexism and classism that is permeating the algorithmic systems that are directing more and more of our online and offline lives

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Algorithm Overlords - Analysis - Air Date 1-24-19

Algorithms filter us, perpetuate biases and can be used for good. The problem is humans program these algorithms and don't take our own biases into account.

Ch. 2: Misogyny and Racism in Algorithms - Inflection Point - Air Date 11-7-18

Dr. Safiya Noble joins to discuss Google and the problem with an advertising company in charge of how most of us get information.

Ch. 3:Dr. Cathy O'Neil: The algorithms that run (or ruin) our lives - Le Show - Air Date 11-26-17

Credit Reports are highly imperfect but still manage to be far superior to the absolutely lawless algorithms that affect our lives in an untold number of ways.

Ch. 4: Why algorithms that make decisions of freedom and incarceration are racist - You are not so smart - Air Date 11-19-17

Algorithms may not only be designed with bias from the beginning but when faulty assumptions lead to self-fulfilling predictions it can create an out-of-control feedback loop of oppression.

Ch. 5: Stop Algorithmic Bias: Turn Two Frameworks into Fair and Just Federal Privacy Law - Best of the Left Activism

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

Ch. 6: Google Reproduces Social Inequality - Chauncey DeVega Show - Air Date 9-10-18

Computer programs aren't seeing or supporting black and brown lives. Big tech is the new colonialism, devastating countries and people.


VOICEMAILS

Ch. 7: Continuing our conversation about health care - Heather from Texas


FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 8: Final comments on reforming health care responsibly


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AI can be sexist and racist — it’s time to make it fair(Nature)

Discriminating algorithms: 5 times AI showed prejudice(NewScientist)

Yes, artificial intelligence can be racist(Vox)

Even Kids Can Understand That Algorithms Can Be Biased(Scientific American, Roots of Unity Blog)

Artificial Intelligence Has a Problem With Gender and Racial Bias. Here’s How to Solve It(Time)

A.I. Could Worsen Health Disparities(NY Times)

What Women Know About the Internet (NY Times)

Researched & Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman 


MUSIC(Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Tranceless - Caruthersville
  • Micolai - Wax Museum
  • Partly Sage - Bodytonic
  • O Holy Still - Vacant Distillery
  • 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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Direct download: 1266_Algorithms_of_Oppression_Air_Date_4-19-19_-_4-20-19_10.46.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00pm EDT

Air Date: 4/16/2019

Today we take a look at just a few of the aspects of modern life for Native Peoples that we can see as stemming from the racism and colonialism that has been endemic in post-contact America. This episode is fourth in an ongoing series focusing on Native Peoples in North America. Previous episodes are, in order, #1216 on Christopher Columbus, #1230 on Thanksgiving and #1252 on Westward Expansion.

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: American Indians Confront “Savage Anxieties” - Moyers and Company - Air Date 12-26-14

Bill speaks with Robert A. Williams Jr., a professor specializing in American Indian law, about how deals such as the one with Rio Tinto are a part of American Indian’s tragic history of dispossession.

Ch. 2: What we inherit: Explaining intergenerational trauma - Code Switch - Air Date 6-6-18

The story of one family's struggle to end a toxic cycle of inter-generational trauma from forced assimilation. Getting back to their Native Alaskan cultural traditions is key.

Ch. 3: Sexual Violence and Native American Genocide - @Making_Contact - Air Date 11-26-13

Andrea Smith, author of “Conquest: Sexual Violence and Native American Genocide” explains the connection between violence against women, and the colonization of native lands and bodies.

Ch. 4: The legal structures that uphold violence against Indigenous people #MMIW - Let's Talk Native... with John Kane - Air Date 2-14-19

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women is a major issue because of racism. Acquittals for murdering Native people occur because of racism. Racism is systemic, historic and the norm in the US and Canada.

Ch. 5: End the Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls Crisis: Tell Congress to Pass #SavannasAct, #SURVIVEAct & Reauthorize #VAWA

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

Ch. 6: Jenni Monet on Indigenous Journalism - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 1-24-19

Corporate media’s lack of interest in indigenous issues, and their ahistorical, distorted view of them when they do cover them, are long overdue for a change.

Ch. 7: Beyond Tragedy: The living history of Native America - Ideas from CBC Radio - Air Date 2-20-19

This idea of history as tragedy is something that Ojibwe writer David Treuer tries to undo in The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee. He argues that Indigenous peoples have always found ways to adapt, and that's exactly what they're doing now.


VOICEMAILS

Ch. 8: Disagreeing on arguments against a female presidential candidate - Stacy from San Francisco Bay Area


FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 9: Final comments sharing some voices of Native people giving their perspective on the burning of Notre Dame cathedral


TAKE ACTION!

Tell Congress to Pass/Reauthorize:

Learn more at MontanaMMIW.com& on Twitter: #MMIW #MMIWG

EDUCATE YOURSELF & SHARE

A missing sweater tells the story of missing Indigenous women(Indian Country Today)

Savanna's Act is Back (Splinter)

States weigh bills addressing Native deaths, disappearances(AP)

House Passes Bill Protecting Domestic Abuse Victims; GOP Split Over Gun Restrictions(NPR)

Montana Senate Betrays Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (Splinter)

Tester reintroduces “Securing Urgent Resources Vital to Indian Victim Empowerment” Act(KRTV)

Lisa Murkowski Revives Bill Targeting Missing And Murdered Native Women(Huffington Post)

Researched & written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman 


MUSIC(Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Gullwing Sailor - Migration
  • Cicle Veroni - Cicle Kadde
  • Cloud Line - K4
  • Slow Lane Lover - Barstool
  • This fickle world - Theo Bard
  • Minutes - Pacha Faro
  • 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: 9:00pm EDT

Air Date: 4/12/2019

Today we take a look at everything there is to know about Brexit, Lexit, Remain and Reform, the Irish question, The Troubles, the neoliberalism of the EU and the senses of local and national identity in an age of globalism

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: What's Happening With Brexit? - NowThis - Air Date 3-29-19

Brexit Day was supposed to be today. So WTF happened?!

Ch. 2: This Is Where I Leave EU, thinking about Brexit from a leftist perspective - Chapo Trap House - Air Date 3-15-19

Amber interviews economist and author Costas Lapavitsas about the European Union, how it works, its problems, how it relates to Brexit, and how we might think of it from a leftist perspective.

Ch. 3: U.K. in Crisis Facing No Deal, Parliament Votes on Brexit After Rejecting May’s Plan for Third Time - Democracy Now - Air Date 4-1-19

We speak with professor Priya Gopal, a university lecturer in the Faculty of English at the University of Cambridge. She calls Britain's decision to leave the EU a “deeply neoliberal … free market, disaster-capitalist project.”

Ch. 4: Understanding the mechanics and underhanded dealing of the Leave campaign - Ideas from CBC - Air Date 2-21-19

Brexit threatens Britain's economic and social order. Everywhere, populism is winning big. The question is why?

Ch. 5: Ireland, North and South - The Inquiry - Air Date 12-5-18

Explaining the potential impacts of Brexit on the hard-won peace between Northern Ireland, which is part of the UK, and the country of Ireland

Ch. 6: Irish Questions - Analysis - Air Date 2-25-19

Voters and politicians in Britain claim to be perplexed that economic and political relations between the UK and the Republic of Ireland seem to be decisive in determining the course of Brexit. They shouldn’t be, argues Edward Stourton.

Ch. 7: Richard Seymour: A Brexit tour of British politics - This is hell - Air Date 2-12-19

Writer Richard Seymour surveys what remains of Labour under Brexit's combustible, nationalist unity project. Richard is the author of the essay "Brexit and the "white working class" posted at his Patreon page.

Ch. 8: Lexit vs Remain and Reform - Weekly Economics Podcast - Air Date 1-14-19

Grace Blakeley and Laurie Macfarlane debate whether there still a progressive case for leaving the EU? Was there ever one? Or is our best chance to stay in the EU and reform it? Can it even be reformed?

Ch. 9: Brexit: What the f**k is going on? - Jonathan Pie - Air Date 3-22-19

By taking back control the UK has shown that it's out of control.

Ch. 10: Fear, identity and a sense of home in the face of immigration - Ideas from CBC - Air Date 2-21-19

Brexit threatens Britain's economic and social order. Everywhere, populism is winning big. The question is why?

Ch. 11: Trump, Brexit, and Racial Grievance with Mehdi Hasan - Why Is This Happening? with Chris Hayes - Air Date 8-28-18

British journalist Mehdi Hasan talks about the role of racial grievances from the US to the UK


FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 12: Final comments on how Scotland fits in to all of this


MUSIC(Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Derailed - The Depot
  • Chrome and Wax - Ray Catcher
  • Weathervane - CloudCover
  • Cicle DR Valga - Cicle Kadde
  • Contrarian - Sketchbook
  • Cottonwoods - Feathers
  • Lahaina - Cloud Harbor
  • Lord Weasel - Molerider
  • PolyCoat - The Cabinetmaker
  • 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: 9:00pm EDT

Air Date: 4/9/2019

Today we take a look at the overwhelming benefits to society of labor, health and safety regulations and how they only people who don't come out ahead are those who have to pay for them

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Do Regulations Kill Growth? - Pitchfork Economics - Air Date 2-5-19

Deregulation is the status quo, and it always drags the economy down by creating a race to the bottom and arguments against regulation always end up looking absurd in retrospect

Ch. 2: We are all low wage workers with Annelise Orleck - This Is Hell! - Air Date 3-27-18

The rise of neoliberalism has disregarded workers rights by design. Walking off the job together has the power to change.

Ch. 3: Katy Slininger on labor discrimination against pregnant workers - Delete Your Account - Air Date 2-5-19

Katy on stories of misogyny in the workplace, the hatred that comes out when a worker becomes pregnant, and the life-threatening risks of working while pregnant in unsafe environments.

Ch. 4: Robert Reich on the societal benefits of regulatory protections - Pitchfork Economics - Air Date 2-5-19

Deregulations cause death spirals in business. Robert Reich joins to talk about the myth of deregulation and the free market. Average Americans pay a huge price for the myth.

Ch. 5: Stop Big Tech from Destroying Labor Rights with “Marketplace Platform” Laws: #YesonAB5 & #WorkplaceDemocracyAct - Best of the Left Activism

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

Ch. 6: Jane McAlevey on what radicals can do in support of the labor movement - The Dig by Jacobin Radio - Air Date 3-27-19

So what should we do? Learn, organize, fight. Work towards unions, build better unions, build skills and keep working.

Ch. 7: Why is Getting Out of Poverty So Hard? With Felicia Wong - Pitchfork Economics - Air Date 3-19-19

Poverty is a cancer and social services are bandaids. We need sweeping legislative change to tackle poverty properly.


VOICEMAILS

Ch. 8: Debating health care with a libertarian - Heather from Texas


FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 9: Final comments explaining the historical accident of our current health care system and the need to break the bone in order to reset it


TAKE ACTION!

1. Support California's Assembly Bill 5 & Encourage Passage in Your State

- Read the bill& join the conversation online via #YesonAB5

- Call & write your state legislatures 

- Get involved with your local labor organizations 

2. Support the Workplace Democracy Act (Sanders/Pocan)

- Read the summary of the 2017-2018 version of the bill

- Call your members of congress at (202) 224-3121

- Spread the word

3. More Info on Big Tech Lobbying: Uberinterference: Uber & Lyft Running Over Local Democracy

EDUCATE YOURSELF & SHARE

Rights at Risk: Gig Companies Campaign to Upend Employment As We Know It(National Employment Law Project)

Advancing Workers Rights In Contract Employment (National Employment Law Project)

Marketplace Platforms and Employers Under State Law - Why We Should Reject Corporate Solutions and Support Worker-Led Innovation (National Employment Law Project)

The Con of The Side Hustle(NY Times)

How Silicon Valley Lobbyists Secretly Pushed Texas Regulators to Rewrite the Rules of the Gig Economy(Texas Observer)

Texas rule limiting worker benefits in gig economy would hurt local businesses, owners say(Houston Chronicle)

Post-Dynamex, California Legislature Takes Up the Worker Classification Question(OnLabor.org)

A Line in the Sand (Workplace Democracy Act)(Jacobin)

Freelancers Want to Join Unions but Labor Laws Won't Let Them(Teen Vogue)

Researched & written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman 


MUSIC(Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Take a Tiny Train - Ray Catcher
  • Inessential - Bayou Birds
  • Flattered - Delray
  • Waterbourne - Algea Fields
  • This fickle world - Theo Bard
  • The Rampart - Castle Danger
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

 

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Direct download: 1263_Labor_and_Regulations_Air_Date_4-9-19_-_4-10-19_09.58.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00pm EDT

Air Date: 4/5/2019

Today we take a look at the current state of abortion rights - Hint: They're already in tatters - and speculate about what's to come as Roe vs Wade faces relentless chipping away and the possibility of full repeal. 

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: States poised to restrict reproductive rights - Making Contact - Air Date 10-10-18

One reproductive justice organization considers the future of reproductive health access under the US Supreme Court.

Ch. 2: Describing the communities most affected by restrictions to reproductive health care - Boom! Lawyered - Air Date 2-15-18

A conversation with the reproductive justice advocates at the SIA Legal Team about their important work on behalf of people who self-induce abortions.

Ch. 3: What Fetal Personhood Laws Mean For Abortion Rights And Beyond - Diane Rehm On My Mind - Air Date 1-15-19

Lauren Kelley, The New York Times Editorial Board, Women and Reproductive Rights Editor, discusses the special series by the New York Times editorial board that explores what fetal personhood laws are, how they’ve been used to successfully chip away at Roe v. Wade and why women with wanted pregnancies end up prosecuted under them.

Ch. 4: Why people choose abortion - Science Vs - Air Date 10-31-18

Abortion is so taboo. People don’t talk about abortions they’ve had. Doctors don’t talk about abortions they’ve given. But it's happening a lot. So, what actually happens in an abortion, can the fetus feel pain and what are the risks?

Ch. 5: Abortion Beyond Clinics - Making Contact - Air Date 1-16-19

Exploring new safe at-home abortion options and the growing movement for “self-managed abortions.” 

Ch. 6: Will Roe vs Wade be overturned? (with Robin Marty) - Thom Hartmann - Air Date 1-31-19

Roe vs Wade is perhaps the best-known court case, but will the decision be overturned?

Ch. 7: Protect Real Reproductive Healthcare- #ProtectX and #EndHyde with the EACH Woman Act - Best of the Left Activism

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Ch. 8: Katha Pollitt on the politics of motherhood - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 8-29-18

Mothers and pregnant women are discriminated against, devalued, and punished—here at home, and around the world. Katha Pollitt talks about how that has happened—and why.


VOICEMAILS

Ch. 9: Representation is important but you can't substitute identity for values - Ryan from Chicago


FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 10: Final comments giving examples of people who like to get in on the con of patriarchy and white supremacy


TAKE ACTION

Call & write your members of Congress to tell them to support the EACH Woman Act via Center for Reproductive Rights

Explore & share this NationalFamilyPlanning.org’s interactive map on Title X data and impact by state

Download & share the “Save Title X” graphics created by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Share this video from Planned Parenthood on Protecting Title X 

Learn more about how Title X changes impact care at istandwithpp.org/no-gag-rule

EDUCATE YOURSELF & SHARE

Trump administration awards $1.7 million family planning grant to an anti-abortion group(USA Today)

Trump Administration Gives Family Planning Grant to Anti-Abortion Group(New York Times)

California sues Trump administration over rules restricting abortion access(LA Times)

Radical Attempts to Ban Abortion Dominate State Policy Trends in the First Quarter of 2019(Guttmacher Institute)

Senators Introduce Legislation to Finally Repeal the Hyde Amendment and End Wide-Ranging Federal Abortion-Funding Ban(Vogue)

Supreme Court Sides With California Anti-Abortion Pregnancy Centers(NPR, June 2018)

Researched & written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman 


MUSIC(Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • The Back Lot - Sunday at Slims
  • LaBranche - Bayou Birds
  • Denzel Sprak - CloudCover
  • Milkwood - The Cabinetmaker
  • The Spinnet - Castle Danger
  • No Smoking - Sunday at Slims
  • 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: 11:00pm EDT

Air Date: 4/02/2019

Today we take a look at the so-called "Algorithms of Oppression." Not that they're made to be that way on purpose but that it is a natural outcome of a profit-based system that incentivizes people to post the most click-baity content while the system learns the viewer's weaknesses to ruthlessly feed them whatever will keep them engaged.

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Social Media Propagates Hate - Brian Lehrer - Air Date 3-21-19

YouTube will keep playing until you stop it, and it pushes extremes regardless of ideology. It is ruthlessly optimized to keep humans engaged, and YouTube can't possibly police their own content.

Ch. 2: Algorithms of Oppression with Dr. Safiya Noble - Delete Your Account - Air Date 4-11-18

Dylan Roof was radicalized through Google - searching one thing gives you further items down the rabbit hole - not the opposing viewpoint. What's worse, is big tech has no accountability for their actions.

Ch. 3: The Algorithm with Adam Conover - Point of Inquiry - Air Date 1-10-19

We are all falling for the YouTube slot machine of instant gratification

Ch. 4: Fighting White Supremacy on Social Media - Brian Lehrer - Air Date 3-19-19

Are tech companies trying to crack down on hate speech? Those articles are super profitable for social media, and it creates a sensation, so they're not incentivized to change.

Ch. 5: Yuval Noah Harari on Hacking Humanity - Ideas from CBC Radio - Air Date 9-5-18

Yuval Harari joins to discuss the human animal and our irrelevance in the digital age. At least when we were being exploited we were still needed.

Ch. 6: Is the Press Finally Learning How to Cover White Supremacy? - On the Media - Air Date 3-22-19

Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Google are still light years away from developing an enforceable code of ethics for dealing with hate groups but Bob and Joan Donovan discuss why she believes that stymieing the spread of hate online is possible.


VOICEMAILS

Ch. 10: The litmus test of putting dark faces in high places - Ty from South Carolina

Ch. 11: Prioritizing which candidates we research first - Ariel from Seattle

Ch. 12: Preferences for the presidential election - Laura from Alameda, CA


FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 13: Final comments just backing away slowly.


EDUCATE YOURSELF & SHARE

Facebook is finally banning white supremacy that goes by other names(TechCrunch)

Google’s algorithms are keeping us in a political bubble, study finds(MarketWatch)

Echo chambers are dangerous –  we must try to break free of our online bubbles(The Guardian, 2017)

Curated by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman 


MUSIC(Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Inessential - Bayou Birds
  • Heather - Migration
  • Gondola Blue - Towboat
  • Astrisx - Bodytonic
  • Solemn Application - Wax Museum
  • 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: 8:00pm EDT

Air Date: 3/29/2019

Today we take a look at the history of why we don't already have Medicare for All, just a handful of the overwhelming reasons why we need it and the fight ahead to make it a reality

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Why We Don't Have Medicare for All - The Michael Brooks Show - Airdate 12-7-17

Why don't we have what the rest of the world has? History of what has happened with Medicare and the intended medicare for all.

Ch. 2: Dr. America Talking to Doctors About Medicare For All - The Zero Hour with RJ Eskow - Air Date 6-4-18

Discussing the broken, immoral economics inherent to for-profit insurance systems.

Ch. 3: The feminist argument for Single Payer - Katie Halper Show - Air Date 4-5-18

Natalie Schure makes the feminist case for #MedicareForAll.

Ch. 4: Pramila Jayapal and Medicare For All - Democracy Now - Air Date 3-6-19

Pramila Jayapal announces the Medicare For All bill and the breakdown of why it's ambitious and why it will save money. We just have to watch out for Democrats in the pocket of big medical industries.

Ch. 5: Diane Archer on Medicare for All - CounterSpin - Air Date 3-14-19

We’ll talk about Medicare for All and the media with Diane Archer—founder and former president of the Medicare Rights Center, she is currently president of JustCareUSA.

Ch. 6: Obama and Clinton Alumni To Fight AGAINST Medicare For All - Majority Report - Air Date 12-13-18

Obama and Clinton's alumni are working to DESTROY Medicare For All. Michael Brooks and the Majority Report crew discuss this.

Ch. 7: Pramila Jayapal is on the fast track for Medicare For All - Ezra Klein Show - Air Date 2-28-19

Pramila Jayapal breaks down the Medicare For All bill, the broad support it enjoys, the fight ahead against corporate interests and why it's important to keep the transition timeframe short.


VOICEMAILS

Ch. 8: Choosing based on race is racism - Mike from St. Petersburg, FL

Ch: 9: Grant's call was upsetting - Holly from San Francisco

Ch: 10: Voting based on identity won't solve anything - Chris from Utah


FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 11: Final comments on power and racism by two definitions


TAKE ACTION!

List of State Grassroots Medicare for All Action Organizations 

Health Over Profit for Everyone (HOPE) Tools for Action

Health Over Profit for Everyone (HOPE) Tools for Education

EDUCATE YOURSELF & SHARE

Read the Bill: H.R.1384 - Medicare for All Act of 2019

Read this Book: "Health Justice Now" by Timothy Faust


Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman 


MUSIC(Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • A Burst of Light - Delray
  • Moon Bicycle Theme - American Moon Bicycle
  • The Rampart - Castle Danger
  • Streamer - Arc and Crecent
  • Blue Jay - Feathers
  • Celestial Navigation - Aeronaut
  • 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: 8:00pm EDT

Air Date: 3/26/2019

Today we take a look at the story of Amazon’s enormous growth, the history of how our antitrust laws were neutered and how the former is making us rethink the latter

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: The Story of How Amazon Got So Powerful - Senator Bernie Sanders - Air Date 9-17-18

How Amazon got to be so powerful, and what it means for our economy.

Ch. 2: Amazon's Been Stealing From the Start - Ear to the Pavement - Air Date 12-21-18

Amazon drains resources and tax dollars from every community it touches, and cuts deals with states to allow the corruption to continue.

Ch. 3: Amazon Wants It All - Why Is This Happening? - Air Date 1-22-19

Amazon provides 1/3 of the worlds internet/cloud power, with no rival. The endgame leads to Bezos owning all of the cash flow the world has to offer.

Ch. 4: Explaining Monopsony - Pitchfork Economics - Air Date 3-5-19

Monopsony is when the buyer controls the market, there is one employer who sets the wages and sells the product.

Ch. 5: Antitrust, Robert Bork, Reagan - Planet Money - Air Date 2-20-19

Robert Bork changed the game with the idea that the government went too far with antitrust laws that strangled the free market. Reagan agreed and the supreme court started defending corporate interest.

Ch. 6: Jonathan Tepper - Monopolies and the Death of Competition - The Majority Report - Air Date 2-12-19

What do we do about big tech? Especially when journalism is under the same attack we all are under. Regulation is needed and keeping big tech from staying big.

Ch. 7: Elizabeth Warren on Monopoly Power - Start Making Sense - 02-13-18

Democrats are pushing in the right directions, Warren believes she can push them in the right way and enact sweeping economic reform.


VOICEMAILS

Ch. 8: Representation matters but policies are more important - Franklin

Ch. 9: Incompetence hurts all of us - Ariel from Seattle

Ch. 10: It's OK to see color but not to judge it - Jeff from Charlotte, NC

Ch. 11: Valuing the judgment of the black vote - Nathan from NYC

Ch. 12: Thoughts on race and candidates - Whitney from Seattle


FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 13: Final comments on judging based on race, orders of scoring points and the opposite of white supremacy and misogyny


EDUCATE YOURSELF & SHARE

Commentary: There’s Still Time to Stop the Tech Monopoly Takeover(Fortune, March 2018)

6 Ways to Rein In Today’s Toxic Monopolies(The Nation, Feb 2018)

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

Air Date: 3/22/2019

Today we take a look at apologies and forgiveness, some of the building blocks for a healthy human society, at a moment in time when society is reorganizing itself in several ways at once, making it all the more necessary that we refresh ourselves on the fundamentals of how best to relate to each other 

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Powerful men apologizing through the ages - Backstory - Air Date 11-30-17

In this week’s roundtable conversation, Ed, Joanne, Nathan and Brian focus on stories in the news, including famous men apologizing (or not) for bad behavior.

Ch. 2: How to Optimize Your Apology - Freakonomics Radio - Air Date 10-9-18

You said, “I’m sorry,” but somehow you haven’t been forgiven. Why? Because you’re doing it wrong! A report from the front lines of apology science.

Ch. 3: A Police Chief Apologizes for a 1940 Lynching - Criminal (In)Justice - Air Date 12-18-17

A chief of police has to lead officers toward a strong relationship with the communities they serve, but in the past, the same department may have participated in or enforced racial discrimination and injustice. That history can prevent healing and can make police reform a nonstarter.

Ch. 4: Forgiveness - TED Radio Hour - Air Date 5-11-17

When loss, violence or betrayal test our willingness to forgive — how do we do it anyway? This hour, TED speakers explore the challenges and benefits of forgiving others and ourselves.

Ch. 5: The science of forgiveness - Science of Happiness - Air Date 6-20-18

One of the really key theoretical discoveries about forgiveness and it tells us that we have an instinct to forgive really comes out of the groundbreaking work of Frans de Waal who’s a primatologist. He studies the bonobos and the chimpanzees and other primates.

Ch. 6: The Paradox of Forgiveness - Hidden Brain - Air Date 1-25-16

Oeindrila Dube, an assistant professor of political science and economics at New York University, finds that traditional forgiveness ceremonies after brutal atrocities can achieve the kind of reconciliation between neighbors that many of us might consider impossible. The ceremonies don't just affect the individuals involved. They have a big impact on community ties and cohesion - what researchers would call social capital.

Ch. 7: Forgiveness in the #MeToo era - Interfaith Voices - Air Date 6-24-18

Many faith traditions emphasize the importance of forgiveness. But in the context of the #MeToo movement, can forgiveness silence women who have been abused?


FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 8: Final comments on strength, power, fragility, apoloiges, forgiveness and the legacy of the Confederacy


EDUCATE YOURSELF & SHARE

Making an Effective Apology(Greater Good in Action, 2017)

Nine Steps to Forgiveness(Greater Good in Action, 2018)

How to Turn Your Brain from Anger to Compassion(Greater Good, 2013)

The Forgiveness Instinct(Greater Good, 2008)

Curated by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman 


MUSIC(Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Lord Weasel - Molerider
  • Donder - Darby
  • Cat's Eye - Marble Run
  • Waterbourne - Algea Fields
  • Flattered - Delray
  • Cicle Veroni - Cicle Kadde
  • 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: 8:00pm EDT

Air Date: 3/19/2019

Today we take a look at the likes of Sam Harris and Jordan Peterson as a window into the world of their followers and as an inoculation against thinking they're people worth taking seriously just because they make sense one-third of the time.

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Ch. 1: The New Atheists, Celebrity Crusaders For Empire - Citations Needed (@CitationsPod) - Air Date 10-10-17

While "New Atheism" is hardly a monolith, it has at its core features of liberal chauvinism, anti-"political correctness", “science”, secularism, and general deference to U.S. foreign policy consensus.

Ch. 2: Questioning Sam Harris and New Atheism - Revolutionary Left Radio - Airdate 10-1-17

Dan Arel, award-winning journalist and best-selling author, discusses Sam Harris' confusion about having right-wing supporters even though his atheism is just as fundamentalist as traditional Christian religion. 

Ch. 3: Deconstructing Liberal Intellectuals - Part 1 - Revolutionary Left Radio - Airdate 4-22-18

New Atheists have a deep ignorance of history and are very eurocentric in their science. They intend to depoliticize young people and de-engage the populace.

Ch. 4: Breakdown of the Reactionary Right - Benjamin Dixon Show - Airdate 5-23-18

Straight White Men are the status quo and the new media moguls and reactionary right will fight to maintain it.

Ch. 5: Sam Seder RIPS APART Jordan Peterson's Real Time Appearance - The Majority Report - Airdate 4-23-18

In this Majority Report clip, we watch Jordan Peterson's appearance on Real Time with Bill Maher and totally rip it apart.

Ch. 6: ContraPoints on Ben Shapiro's Followers and How to Help Them Out - Chapo Trap House - Airdate 11-18-18

Chapo and Natalie Wynn (ContraPoints) discusses Jordan Peterson and Ben Shapiro and their influence on the internet towards lonely white guys.

Ch. 7: Deconstructing Liberal Intellectuals - Part 2 - Revolutionary Left Radio - Airdate 4-22-18

Classical Liberals and New Atheists follow the idea that science exists in a moral and cultural vacuum. They construct their arguments to be impenetrable and misunderstood.


VOICEMAILS

Ch. 8: Candidate diversity and harm mitigation - Whitney from Redmond, WA

Ch. 9: 10-15% deviation allowance for identity diversity - Ariel from Seattle

Ch. 10: Twenty Percent - Alan from Connecticut

Ch. 11: Race should be considered first rather than last - Grant from Nashville


FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 12: Final comments on weighing the value of voting based on non-dominant identity of politicians


MUSIC(Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Contrarian - Sketchbook
  • Gullwing Sailor - Migration
  • Rapids - Grey River
  • The Envelope - Aeronaut
  • Our Fingers Cold - K2
  • Astrisx - Bodytonic
  • 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: 8:00pm EDT

Air Date: 3-1-19

Today I share an unusual clip and talk for a while about how much better Scandinavia is than the US.

 

Bonus Clip:

The Nordic theory of love and independence with author of “The Nordic Theory of Everything” Anu Partanen - Zero to Travel - Air Date 2-7-17

 

 

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

Air Date: 3/12/2019

Today we take a look at the development of the Green New Deal and its impacts on economics, labor, frontline communities climate mitigation and the politics of the possible

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Green New Deal In Development - Green News Report - Airdate 2-12-19

'Green News Report' Special Coverage: The Green New Deal --- what's in it, what's not, and what happens next...

Ch. 2: The Climate Fight with Naomi Klein - Start Making Sense - Airdate 2-20-19

Naomi Klein talks the basics of the Green New Deal and the processes that will help support it or harm it.

Ch. 3: A Climate Sociologist Explains the Green New Deal (Pt 1:2) - The Real News - Airdate 3-1-19

Daniel Aldana Cohen explains that climate change and the economy are, fundamentally, the same story and recognizing that opens new solutions to both problems.

Ch. 4: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Biggest Fight - The Mother Jones Podcast - Airdate 1-9-19

Can the Democrats come together to fight for what the US people need? Climate change is here and we need leaders.

Ch. 5: Green New Deal, Yellow Vests - The Laura Flanders Show - Airdate 1-30-19

Building a bigger "WE" The old new deal didn't include everyone, that's why the GND needs to approach more inclusion.

Ch. 6: How We Can Pay for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal | Opinions | NowThis - Air Date 2-24-19

‘The Green New Deal will leave us better off economically than we are today.’ — Listen to economist J.W. Mason explain why it just makes sense to support the development of inclusive, sustainable industries.

Ch. 7: Thea Riofranco talks the Green New Deal - Jacobin Behind the News - Airdate 2-22-19

Thea Riofrancos connecting the Green New Deal with the fundamental principles of freedom and important a just transition for labor in the next economy

Ch. 8: The Time is Right for the Green New Deal - Start Making Sense -Airdate 2-27-19

The politics of our current system are changing, and the Green New deal is at the forefront of that change.

Ch. 9: A Climate Sociologist Explains the Green New Deal (Pt 2:2) - The Real News - Airdate 3-1-19

Daniel Aldana Cohen explains the legacy of racism from the original New Deal that we must not repeat.

Ch. 10: What's the Deal with the Green New Deal - Weekly Economics - Airdate 2-24-19

The original New Deal took radical economic action, its time to do the same for the Green New Deal.

Ch. 11: Sunrise Movement & Green New Deal - Next Economy Now - Airdate 2-26-19

What does the Green New Deal look like, and who will have the power in the new system? Varshini Prakash of the Sunrise Movement sees The Green New Deal on the horizon.

Ch. 12: Green New Deal with David Roberts - Bradcast with Brad Friedman - Airdate 2-8-19

David Roberts joins to discuss the Green New Deal and how capitalism is failing us and the planet. It's important to keep the conversation open.

Ch. 13: The Holistic Green New Deal - The Zero Hour - Airdate 2-16-19

Kate Aronoff joins to discuss Green New Deal. To tackle a huge issue like climate change you need a huge vision of reformatting society.


VOICEMAILS

Ch. 14: The Green New Deal must not make the same racist mistakes of the New Deal - V from Central New York

Ch. 15: Be excited about what AOC may accomplish, not about her as a person - V from Central New York

Ch. 16: Race should be considered first rather than last - Grant from Nashville


Bonus Clip:

Ch. 17: Why you still don't understand the Green New Deal - Vox Air Date 3-12-19

FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 17: Final comments teasing the bonus episode which is available to everyone for free at Patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft


TAKE ACTION!

Attend and/or support the Youth Climate Strike on Friday, March 15th (Twitter: @climatestrikeUS)

Attend/promote Sunrise Movement's 9 stop national tour: "Road to a Green New Deal"

Support and get involved with Sunrise Movement

Call Congress: Tell them you support The Green New Deal (Capitol Switchboard: 202-225-3121)

EDUCATE YOURSELF & SHARE

The Youth Climate Strike Is Exactly What the Planet Needs Right Now(NRDC)

H.Res.109 - Recognizing the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New Deal(Congress.gov)

The Green New Deal would boost the restoration economy. What does that mean?(GreenBiz)

How Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal is being built(Grist)

It's 2050 And This Is How We Stopped Climate Change(NPR)

Why you still don’t understand the Green New Deal(Vox)

The Democratic Party Wants to Make Climate Policy Exciting(The Atlantic)

The Hard Lessons of Dianne Feinstein’s Encounter with the Young Green New Deal Activists(The New Yorker)

Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman 


MUSIC(Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Blue Jay - Feathers
  • A Burst of Light - Delray
  • Celestial Navigation - Aeronaut
  • Donder - Darby
  • Heartland Flyer - The Balloonist
  • Streamer - Arc and Crecent
  • Hundred Mile-No Guitar - K2
  • Horizon Liner - The Pine Barrens
  • Moon Bicycle Theme - American Moon Bicycle
  • Wingspan - Bayou Birds
  • Yarrow and Root - The Bulwark
  • UpUpUp and Over - The Balloonist
  • 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: 8:00pm EDT

Air Date: 3/8/2019

Today we take a look at two strategies being pursued in parallel to reform our presidential election process and make every vote for president count equally

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: The origins of the electoral college - @Making_Contact - Air Date 11-16-16

Yale University Law & Political Science Professor Akhil Reed Amar explains the origins of the electoral college

Ch. 2: Fixing the Electoral College - Part 1 - Citizens Take Action - Airdate 1-17-19

James K. Glassman talks about the problems caused by the Electoral College and addresses the most common arguments in favor of the Electoral College. David and James also explain how we can fix the Electoral College with the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, and how you can support the Compact in your state.

Ch. 3: A Constitutional Challenge To The Electoral College Part 1 - Ring of Fire - Air Date 10-15-17

Law Professor, Lawrence Lessig, has begun a lawsuit that he hopes will reform the Electoral College that is responsible for electing The President.

Ch. 4: A National Popular Vote For President - The Politics Guys - Airdate 1-11-17

Mike Baranowski interviews Pat Rosenstiel, from National Popular Vote, an organization working to ensure that the winner of the national popular vote for the presidency actually becomes president, something that hasn’t happened in two of the last five presidential elections. 

Ch. 5: A Constitutional Challenge To The Electoral College Part 2 - Ring of Fire - Air Date 10-15-17

Law Professor, Lawrence Lessig, has begun a lawsuit that he hopes will reform the Electoral College that is responsible for electing The President.

Ch. 6: Fixing the Electoral College - Part 2 - Citizens Take Action - Airdate 1-17-19

States that are the battleground for elections get better treatment than states that aren't battlegrounds.


VOICEMAILS

Ch. 9: Don't get distracted with a singular focus on the Presidential election - V from Central New York


FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 10: Final comments on the balance between ideas and the messenger


TAKE ACTION!

Get involved with National Popular Vote

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'The National Popular Vote Movement Is Winning": Colorado Bill to Scrap Electoral College Advances(Common Dreams)

The Movement To Skip The Electoral College Is About To Pass A Major Milestone (FiveThirtyEight)

Status of National Popular Vote Bill in Each State(National Popular Vote)

Don’t believe the myths about a national popular vote(The Hill, Opinion)

Curated by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman 


MUSIC(Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Yarrow and Root - The Bulwark
  • Shift of Currents - Aeronaut
  • The Rampart - Castle Danger
  • Thannoid - Bodytonic
  • Wingspan - Bayou Birds
  • 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: 3/5/2019

Today we take a look at how the illiberalism of the Israeli government has alienated the vast majority of democratic nations and individuals who support human rights, leaving the country with some of the most far-right, fascist, white-supremacist, anti-Semitic people in the world as their only remaining allies.

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Ch. 1: Peter Beinart on anti-Semitism in America and illiberalism in Israel - The Ezra Klein Show - Air Date 11-28-18

Israel has decided a repressive illiberalism is the best guarantor of safety. They’ve found plenty of allies on the American right for that project, but it’s one that shreds the humanistic and pluralistic ideals that many diaspora Jews believe in.

Ch. 2: Inequality and the Fight Against Anti-Semitism Q&A with Paul Jay (2/5) - @TheRealNews - Air Date 11-1-18

Paul Jay says anti-Semitism is deeply ingrained in Western culture, and can easily become more widespread during economic crisis 

Ch. 3: Advocates: Israel’s Jewish Nation-State Law Constitutionally Enshrines Racism Against Palestinians - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 7-23-18

Israel drew condemnation for passing a law that defines Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people and gives them the sole right to self-determination. Yousef Munayyer and Rebecca Vilkomerson respond.

Ch. 4: Canada's Trudeau Attacks BDS, Joins Trump & Israel Blaming 'Both Sides' for Anti-Semitism - @TheRealNews - Air Date 11-12-18

While apologizing for Canada's shameful betrayal of Jewish refugees fleeing the Nazi Holocaust, Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attacked the Palestinian rights movement BDS. Ali Abunimah discusses with TRNN's Ben Norton.

Ch. 5: Noam Chomsky Condemns Israel’s Shift to Far Right & New “Jewish Nation-State” Law - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 7-30-18

Noam Chomsky discusses the predictable rightward shift of Israeli politics since 1967 caused by the decision to implement the occupation of Palestine

Ch. 6: The Last Temptation of Evangelicals - Progressive Faith Sermons w @RevDrRay - Air Date 5-21-18

Dr. Roger Ray explains the problematic origins of Israel, the predictable forever-grudge that will be held against the country and how US support of Israeli human rights abuses stokes Arab anti-Americanism

Ch. 7: Saudi Crown Prince Tells Palestinians to 'Shut up' as He Cozies up to Israel - @TheRealNews - Air Date 5-3-18

Mike Pompeo visited Saudi Arabia and Israel as Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman abandons the Palestinians. Professor Asad AbuKhalil says this alliance has never been closer, noting Israel's political allies have frequently been anti-Semites.


VOICEMAILS

Ch. 8: Concerns with candidate spotlight episode - Nick from California

Ch. 9: How should we consider racism in light of taxes and government programs? - Bev from Illinois


FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 10: Final comments on poisoning the well, making government programs racism-proof and introducing a critical voicemail about our previous episode on Israel and BDS

Bonus Voicemail: Fuck you and your show - Anonymous


MUSIC:

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Gullwing Sailor - Migration
  • Rapids - Grey River
  • Smooth Stone - Blue Dot Sessions
  • Beast on the Soil - Desert Orchard
  • Vibrant Canopy - Origami
  • Vengeful - Warmbody
  • 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: 3/1/2019

Today we take a look at the social benefits of high taxation as the US gears up for our first genuine debate on raising taxes in a long time with an eye toward the life-improving programs that money could fund.

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Dean Baker on Taxing the Rich - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 2-7-19

We’ll talk about some of the proposals to reduce wealth and income inequality—what they can and can’t do, and why we need them all—with economist Dean Baker

Ch. 2: Bruce Bartlett explains the GOP Starve the Beast strategy - Pitchfork Economics - Airdate 1-29-19

Reaganomics and the destructive power of austerity. We need a strong and vocal socialist left to pull the conversation back to the left.

Ch. 3: Democrats are Eisenhower Republicans - The Zero Hour w @RJEskow - Air Date 9-9-17

Explaining how the GOP went from the party of fiscal responsibility to the opposite and why the Democrats took up the task themselves

Ch. 4: George Lakey on Viking Economics and when change happens Part 1 - @InDeepRadio w @AngieCoiro - Air Date 12-27-17

How did Nordic countries become what they are today? They've worked to eliminate poverty and produce an alternative vision of economies. Workers are happier and more productive.

Ch. 5: How to Be Happy - Freakonomics Radio - Airdate 1-2-19

Looking at Gross Domestic Product versus Gross National Happiness and how Nordic countries have built the social trust to afford sweeping social programs

Ch. 6: George Lakey on Viking Economics and when change happens Part 2 - @InDeepRadio w @AngieCoiro - Air Date 12-1-17

Why is America the way it is? Reagan. We were heading the way of Nordic economies but Reaganomics put America on the economic defense, regressing our progress.


VOICEMAILS

Ch. 7: The dynamics of supporting candidates - Dave from Olympia, WA

Ch. 8: Was Harris treated differently because of her minority status? - Marguerite from Fortuna, CA


FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 9: Final comments on the racial and gender dynamics of covering and criticizing presidential candidates


MUSIC(Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Yarrow and Root - The Bulwark
  • Shift of Currents - Aeronaut
  • The Rampart - Castle Danger
  • Thannoid - Bodytonic
  • Wingspan - Bayou Birds
  • 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: 5:30pm EDT

Air Date: 2/25/2019

Today we take a look at the process of systematic, government-sponsored genocide against the native peoples of North America that kicked off the wealth-accumulating, territory-expanding American empire we know and love today

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz on digging deeper to understand America's past - Popaganda from @BitchMedia - Air Date 6-16-16

Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz describes the process of coming to understand that there is an alternate history of the United States and explains how she tried to convey that new understanding in her book "An Indigenous People's History of the United States."

Ch. 2: American expansion and violence against Native Americans - @BackStory - Air Date: 01-19-2018

Ed talks with historian Benjamin Madley about the devastating impact of the Gold Rush on California’s native tribes – and how both government officials and everyday citizens justified enslaving and killing native peoples.

Ch. 3: The moral narratives of colonization as relates to the Western Frontier and Israel - Citations Needed (@CitationsPod) - Air Date 8-22-17

We explore how the media discusses the issue of BDS and the broader topic of Palestinian liberation with guest Steven Salaita.

Ch. 4: Understanding the origins of scalp hunting and "redskins" - Empire Files - Air Date 11-25-15

Abby Martin interviews Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, renowned indigenous scholar and activist, about her most recent book "An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States."

Ch. 5: Paul Frymer on the building of an American empire - The Dig from @jacobinmag - Air Date 1-30-18

We are living on land from which indigenous people, over hundreds of years, have been violently removed. Almost everyone knows this — yet it’s rarely mentioned in stories that Americans tell themselves about who we are as a country and how we got here.

Ch. 6: America's Distribution of Violence - @Intercepted w: @JeremyScahill - Air Date 2-14-18

Jeremy Scahill talks with Nikhil Singh, professor of social and cultural analysis and history at New York University,about his new book "Race and America’s Long War.”


VOICEMAILS

Ch. 7: Life as a charter school contractor - TJ from Scottsdale

Ch. 8: Reaction to candidate spotlight episode - Conner from Worcester, MA


FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 9: Final comments explaining the shortcomings of the Candidate Spotlight episode and how it was made

BONUS CLIP: Senator Kamala Harris live in the studio - The Rachel Maddow Show - Air Date 1-24-19


MUSIC(Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Turning to You - Landsman Duets
  • A Burst of Light - Delray
  • The Spinnet - Castle Danger
  • Derailed - The Depot
  • 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: 5:00pm EDT

Air Date: 2/22/2019

Today we take a look at two of the most popular politicians who have announced their candidacies for the Democratic nomination for the presidency, Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris

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Ch. 1: Is It Time For Kamala Harris To Reckon With Her Right-Wing Past? - Deconstructed with Mehdi Hasan - Air Date 1-30-19

Will Sen. Harris’s record as a prosecutor hurt her presidential chances given the Democratic base’s leftward shift on criminal justice and civil liberties?

Ch. 2: Elizabeth Warren and the Two-Income Trap - The Rachel Maddow Show - Air Date 1-03-19

Rachel Maddow lays out Elizabeth Warren's long record on consumer protection and the real reasons behind rising bankruptcies

Ch. 3: Kamala Harris is Not Your Friend - The Michael Brooks Show - Air Date 2-6-19

Kamala's criminal justice record is brutal, despite her leftist claims

Ch. 4: The Fight for the Future of the Democrats Has Begun - The Majority Report with Sam Seder - Air Date 1-01-19

Warren starts her campaign, Sam compares her to the Clintons, while she also attempts to secure Bernie's voters.

Ch. 5: More AIPAC than J Street, Kamala Harris runs to the right on foreign policy - Sojourner Truth - Air Date 1-29-19

Taking a look at Kamala Harris' support of a right-wing foreign policy, especially regarding Israel

Ch. 6: Elizabeth Warren v. the District of Corruption - Deconstructed with Mehdi Hasan - Air Date 6-08-18

Sen. Elizabeth Warren joins Mehdi Hasan in an exclusive interview to discuss her proposed anti-corruption legislation.

Ch. 7: Kamala Harris Backs Down on Medicare For All - The Majority Report with Sam Seder - Air Date 1-29-19

Sam finds Kamala disingenuous, though she's doing great ratings on CNN. She is tough on black and poor people and tends to hedge her bets on other policies.

Ch. 8: Elizabeth Warren on the importance of grassroots funding of campaigns - The Rachel Maddow Show - Air Date 1-03-19

Warren explains why running a grassroots campaign rather than self-funding means you are getting in touch with genuine support from voters


VOICEMAILS

Ch. 9: Apologies and reparations don't need a lot of nuances - Kitty from Eugene, OR

Ch. 10: Bernie supporter are generally not so sexist as to not also love AOC - Matt from Arizona

Ch. 11: Forgiveness depends on how well a person owns up - Jeff from Florida


FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 12: Final comments explaining policy differences with the Three Little Pigs


MUSIC(Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Nuthatch - Feathers
  • The Wooden Platform - The Bulwark
  • White Limit - CloudBreaker
  • Planting Flags - K4
  • Flower - Pecan Grove
  • Great Great Lengths - The Balloonist
  • The Summit - K2
  • 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: 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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Air Date: 2/15/2019

Today we take a look at recent teachers union strike in the Los Angeles school district and see it as another event in an emerging pattern of progressive uprisings that have been stirring for the last decade, fighting back against the status quo, the neoliberal instinct to privatize everything for the ultimate benefit of billionaires. 

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Why Teachers Are Striking in Los Angeles - NowThis - Air Date 1-20-19

‘This strike is a strike to save public education.’ — Here’s why Los Angeles teachers are striking in their own words.

Ch. 2: LA Teachers on Strike with Eric Blanc - Jacobin Radio - Air Date 1-21-2019

Eric Blanc talks about how public education is the last holdout of labor movements and the hope that their success will bolster further labor movements throughout the U.S.

Ch. 3: Alex Caputo-Pearl explains the teachers union strategy and planning ahead of the strike - Belabored by Dissent Magazine - Air Date 1-13-19

Caputo-Pearl talks about a wide range of issues that led to the strike. Building up to the strike as a leader in the union. UTLA received criticism for being too bold but with an issue this large, it's important to be bold.

Ch. 4: Jackie Goldberg explains the problems with charter schools Part 1 - Jacobin Radio - Air Date 1-21-19

Jackie Goldberg breaks down all the problems with the Charter School movement and how much the billionaires behind it are destroying public education.

Ch. 5: Sarah Jaffe on the intersectional movements coming together in the teachers strike - The Dig - Air Date 1-17-2019

The people in power are all about privatization. Public education attacks are compared to citizens united. Public schools have become a competing marketplace instead of educational services.

Ch. 6: Jackie Goldberg explains the problems with charter schools Part 2 - Jacobin Radio - Air Date 1-21-19

Jackie continues, describing how Charters have rigged the system so all funds go to them, in essence, re-segregating school between those with and those without. Those without typically being black and brown people.

Ch. 7: A surge in strikes! - Past Present - Air Date: 1-28-2019

Niki, Natalia, and Neil discuss the Los Angeles teachers’ strike. Enthusiasm for collective action since the election of '45. Fighting for the very existence of public schools. Charter makes things better for some, public makes things better for all (when properly funded and supported). Charter squirms around Unions. 

Ch. 8: Sarah Jaffe on the conflict within the Democratic party at the core of the LA teachers strike - Start Making Sense - Air Date 1-22-2019

Sarah Jaffe discusses why the parents agreed with the strike. Librarians who have to travel to different schools every day of the week. Will austerity reign, or can they turn it around. Fight for a society that actually provides what people need.

Ch. 9: LA Teachers Striking For All Of Us - The Michael Brooks Show - 01-07-2019

While the LA Teachers Union strikes, their demands are referred to as shiny distractions. Increased privatization by charter schools reduces the effectiveness of public education.


VOICEMAILS

Ch. 10: We should allow evolution in our politicians - Colin from Cleveland, OH


FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 11: Final comments on restorative justice and open access to our weekly poll


MUSIC(Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Thannoid - Bodytonic
  • When We Set Out - Arc and Crecent
  • Moon Bicycle Theme - American Moon Bicycle
  • Wingspan - Bayou Birds
  • Open Flames - Aeronaut
  • Parade Shoes - Arc and Crecent
  • Stale Case - 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: 8:00pm EDT

Air Date: 2/12/2019

Today we take a look at both the BDS movement and the backlash response to it resulting in firings and legislation in many states (and pending federally) to restrict employment and business opportunities from those who fail to pledge in writing to not support of the boycott of Israel

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Explaining BDS - The Katie Halper Show - Air Date 10-11-17

We speak to art critic and writer Kareem Estefan, co-editor of “Assuming Boycott: Resistance, Agency, and Cultural Production,” about Boycott, Divest, Sanction (BDS)

Ch. 2: Exclusive: Angela Davis Speaks Out on Palestine, BDS & More After Civil Rights Award Is Revoked - Democracy Now! - Air Date 1-11-19

Legendary activist and scholar Angela Davis speaks out after the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute rescinded a human rights award for her, reportedly due to her activism for Palestinian rights.

Ch. 3: Pro-Israel Lobby Groups Secretly Admits Cultural Boycott Is Effective, Leaked Report Shows - @TheRealNews - Air Date 12-10-18

Ali Abunimah discusses a leaked report from Creative Community for Peace (CCFP), a front for Israel government-backed lobby group StandWithUs, which admits the cultural boycott is "constantly growing" and "innovative."

Ch. 4: Josh Ruebner on BDS Bans - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 1-31-19

We’ll hear about so-called “anti-BDS” laws, and their context, from Josh Ruebner, policy director at the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights.

Ch. 5: Glenn Greenwald: Congress Is Trying to Make It a Federal Crime to Participate in Boycott of Israel - Democracy Now! - Air Date 12-18-18

Twenty-six states have laws preventing state agencies from contracting with companies or individuals aligned with the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. We speak with Glenn Greenwald, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist.

Ch. 6: Senators Sneak Amendment to Make Israel Boycott Illegal - @TheRealNews - Air Date 12-19-18

While Senators Cardin and Portman are trying to sneak a last-minute amendment into the budget bill to make BDS illegal - violating free speech - 26 states are also moving to make boycotts of Israel illegal. We speak to IPS’s Phyllis Bennis.

Ch. 7: Palestine/Israel, the Firing of Marc Lamont Hill & the Limits of Open Inquiry Part 1 - Speak out with Tim Wise - Air Date 12-3-18

Tim discusses CNN’s firing of contributor Marc Lamont Hill (a former guest on the show), for comments he made in favor of full equality and justice for the Palestinian people.

Ch. 8: What You Can’t Say About Israel (with Marc Lamont Hill) - Deconstructed from The Intercept - Air Date 1-23-19

Dr. Marc Lamont Hill joins Mehdi Hasan along with Lara Friedman, president of the Foundation for Middle East Peace who is a liberal supporter of Israel but also opposed to the criminalization of BDS.

Ch. 9: Does Israel Have A Right To Exist? - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date 05-18-18

In this Majority Report clip, we discuss the current state of Israel.

Ch. 10: Palestine/Israel, the Firing of Marc Lamont Hill & the Limits of Open Inquiry Part 2 - Speak out with Tim Wise - Air Date 12-3-18

Tim discusses CNN’s firing of contributor Marc Lamont Hill (a former guest on the show), for comments he made in favor of full equality and justice for the Palestinian people.


FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 11: Final comments introducing two bonus clips with critiques of the BDS movement

Bonus Clips:

1: Norman Finkelstein on Why Obama Doesn't Believe His Own Words on Israel-Palestine. Part 2 - Democracy Now - Air Date 6-4-2012

Finkelstein says the goal of the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions campaign and the broader movement for Middle East peace should be to mobilize public opinion on what most already support: a two-state solution rooted in international law.

2: Noam Chomsky on BDS and How the Israeli Occupation is "Much Worse Than Apartheid" - Democracy Now - Air Date 8-11-14

Finkelstein says the goal of the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions campaign and the broader movement for Middle East peace should be to mobilize public opinion on what most already support: a two-state solution rooted in international law.


MUSIC(Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • O Holy Still - Vacant Distillery
  • A Path Unwinding - K4
  • Beast on the Soil - Desert Orchard
  • Derailed - The Depot
  • Cat's Eye - Marble Run
  • PolyCoat - The Cabinetmaker
  • Ferry Landing - Castro
  • Sunday Lights - Onesuch Village
  • Over the Fence - Delray
  • 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: 2/8/2019

Today we take a look, briefly, at the last 100 years of Venezuelan history to understand how they went from oil riches and inequality to revolution and social progress only to run afoul of American imperialism

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Ch. 1: Attempted Coup in Venezuela with Abby Martin, Greg Wilpert, Paul Jay - @TheRealNews - Air Date 1-26-19

Sharmini Peries hosts a wide-ranging conversation about the US-backed attempted coup in Venezuela

Ch. 2: How Did Venezuela Go From So Rich To So Poor - The Inquiry - Air Date 5-10-17

Venezuela was split between the rich and poor. Politicians lead the way to oil reliance.

Ch. 3: Venezuela in Crisis- Defending the Bolivarian Revolution - Revolutionary Left Radio - Air Date 7-29-17

Topics Include: Hugo Chavez, the Constituent Assembly, the opposition, the Venezuelan Communes, the concept of dual power, Jacobin Magazine and the Bolivarian Revolution

Ch. 4: Is Donald Trump waging a coup in Venezuela? - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date 1-25-19

You need to be paying attention to what's happening in Venezuela. Eva Golinger joins Michael Brooks and the Majority Report crew to discuss this.

Ch. 5: Maduro’s Corruption Pushed Venezuela Further Into Economic DISASTER - @RingOfFireRadio - Air Date 2-2-19

Ivan Briscoe, Latin America and Caribbean program director for Crisis Group, joins Ring of Fire’s Sam Seder, to talk about Maduro's corruption and Venezuela's economic disaster.

Ch. 6: Jorge Martin on what’s next for Venezuela’s Bolivarian revolution? - @ThisIsHellRadio - Air Date 5-25-18

Writer Jorge Martin examines the two futures of Venezuela and the Bolivarian revolution. Jorge wrote the article “Maduro Wins Presidential Election, Despite Imperialist Meddling – What Next?”

Ch. 7: The Yankee Plot to Overthrow Nicolás Maduro and Steal Venezuela’s Oil - The Intercept - Air Date 2-2-19

This push for regime change in Venezuela did not appear in a vacuum. The CIA has been plotting with so-called rebels in Venezuela from the early days of the Trump administration.

Ch. 8: As U.S. Moves to Oust Maduro, Is Invading Venezuela Next? Allan Nairn on Trump’s Attempted Coup - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 1-30-19

Investigative journalist Allan Nairn explains many aspects of the US attempts at a coup in Venezuela

Ch. 9: Many Countries at UN Oppose Trump Interference in Venezuela - @TheRealNews - Air Date 1-29-19

Larry Wilkerson joins Paul Jay discuss why countries that claim to support the UN and international law are supportive of US imperialistic escapades


FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 10: Final comments on the threat of the good example


MUSIC(Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • The Zeppelin - Aeronaut
  • Astrisx - Bodytonic
  • Peacoat - Studio J
  • Glass Beads - The Balloonist
  • Minutes - Pacha Faro
  • The Wooden Platform - The Bulwark
  • Cicle Veroni - Cicle Kadde
  • Entrap - 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: 12:00pm EDT

Air Date: 2/5/2019

Today we take a look at the history of FDR's "Four Freedoms" and "Economic Bill of Rights" that laid the groundwork for the fight for economic freedom for all that continues to this day.

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Ch. 1: Harvey Kaye, "The Fight for the Four Freedoms" - Book TV - Air Date 5-11-14

Harvey Kaye examines the progressivism of the Roosevelt-era and argues that a reminder of the "four freedoms" could address today's political and social issues.

Ch. 2: What Ted Cruz Doesn't Get About 'Freedom' - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date 7-21-16

Thom talks about Ted Cruz's speech at the Republican Convention and compares his definition of 'freedom' with the way it was described by Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Ch. 3: An Overdue Second Bill of Rights Part 1 - Progressive Faith Sermons w @RevDrRay - Air Date 10-7-18

F.D.R. recognized that the original bill of rights would not be enough to make all American’s truly free and proposed an economic bill of rights. Of the eight amendments he proposed in 1944, seven are still waiting to be implemented.

Ch. 4: Fighting for the Four Freedoms - @BillMoyersHQ And Company - Air Date 4-15-14

Historian Harvey J. Kaye talks about how FDR was able to mobilize Americans to create "the strongest and most prosperous country in human history."

Ch. 5: Libertarian Definition of "Freedom" is Freedom in Name Only - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date 8-1-13

Explaining that libertarian thinking doesn't incorporate the existence of economic coercion

Ch. 6: An Overdue Second Bill of Rights Part 2 - Progressive Faith Sermons w @RevDrRay - Air Date 10-7-18

F.D.R. recognized that the original bill of rights would not be enough to make all American’s truly free and proposed an economic bill of rights. Of the eight amendments he proposed in 1944, seven are still waiting to be implemented.

Ch. 7: Bernie Sanders & FDR's Second Bill of Rights - Berniementum - Air Date 8-12-15

President FDR's Second Bill of Rights speech - January 11, 1944 Sen. Bernie Sanders speech at the National Press Club - Mar. 9, 2015 Music - "There is Romance" by Imcompetech

Ch. 8: Fight for the Four Freedoms What Made FDR & the Greatest Generation Truly Great (w: Harvey J Kaye) - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date 9-9-15

University of Wisconsin Professor Harvey J Kaye author of Fight for the Four Freedoms: What Made FDR and the Greatest Generation Truly Great, explains Ronald Reagan and the great pushback against a progressive America

Ch. 9: An Overdue Second Bill of Rights Part 3 - Progressive Faith Sermons w @RevDrRay - Air Date 10-7-18

F.D.R. recognized that the original bill of rights would not be enough to make all American’s truly free and proposed an economic bill of rights. Of the eight amendments he proposed in 1944, seven are still waiting to be implemented.


VOICEMAILS

Ch. 10: Sanders rant on his supporters hatred of female politicians - Jason from Chicago


FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 11: Final comments in which I resolve the dispute over whether Bernie Sanders supporters are sexist or not


MUSIC(Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • The Zeppelin - Aeronaut
  • Astrisx - Bodytonic
  • Peacoat - Studio J
  • Glass Beads - The Balloonist
  • Minutes - Pacha Faro
  • The Wooden Platform - The Bulwark
  • Cicle Veroni - Cicle Kadde
  • Entrap - 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: 8:00pm EDT

Air Date: 2/1/2019

Today we take a look at the warring factions of progressive and conservatives who are all trying to amend the constitution in various ways. Some progressives want to call for a Convention of States to propose an amendment, as do some conservatives, while others are calling for an amendment but would rather it go through the Congress for reasons that will be explained.

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: We the People Amendment - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date 4-28-15

Thom Hartmann talks with David Cobb, National Spokesperson-Move to Amend Website: www.movetoamend.org, about an amendment in The U.S House that would end 'corporate rule'.

Ch. 2: The Liberty Amendments Explained Article V Convention of States - Hip Hughes - Air Date 8-15-18

A look at the Constitutional process of starting a Constitutional Convention by the states. And a straight forward focus on Mark Levin's proposed "Liberty Amendments" and the Convention of States pushing for a Constitutional Convention.

Ch. 3: Overturning Citizens United Is a Constitutional Amendment the Best Path to Limit Dark Money? - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 3-13-13

We host a debate on whether the push for a constitutional amendment is the best path to overturning Citizens United. We speak to Mark Schmitt, a senior fellow at the Roosevelt Institute and John Bonifaz, co-founder and director of Free Speech for People.

Ch. 4: The Balanced Budget Amendment Escape Clause - The New American Video - Air Date 4-3-17

The escape clause of a proposed Balanced Budget Amendment gives Congress the authority to not balance the budget while in a national state of emergency. Constitutional expert Robert Brown points that the U.S. is in a constant state of emergency for almost

Ch. 5: Cenk DEBATES Constitutional Amendment To Fight Corruption Part 1 - @TheYoungTurks - Air Date 7-8-18

Cenk Uygur joins a panel discussion about the pros and cons of calling for an Article 5 convention to amend the U.S. Constitution to fight money in politics and overturn the Citizens United decision.

Ch. 6: Mark Levin, Constitution Article V, and the Liberty Amendments - WesternFreePress - Air Date 7-11-13

Mark Levin shows how the state legislatures, with no permission required from the feds, can amend the US Constitution. It's right there in Article V, and the historical record shows that the Founders meant for that Article to be used in a time like ours.

Ch. 7: Cenk DEBATES Constitutional Amendment To Fight Corruption Part 2 - @ TheYoungTurks - Air Date 7-8-18

Law Professor, Ken Chestek, explains the nuts of bolts of going forward with an Article V Convention strategy

Ch. 8: Liberals, Conservatives Team Up To Overturn Citizens United - Rebel HQ - Air Date 9-21-17

TYT's Eric Byler talks to Jeff Clements, president of American Promise, an all-volunteer organization working toward a Constitutional Amendment to Overturn "Citizens United."


VOICEMAILS

Ch. 9: Shutdown - Alan from Connecticut


FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 10: Final comments with my main takeaways about the state of the campaign for the 28th amendment


MUSIC(Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Hundred Mile-No Guitar - K2
  • Castillo - The Nocturne
  • The Zeppelin - Aeronaut
  • No Smoking - Sunday at Slims
  • Streamer - Arc and Crecent
  • Inessential - Bayou Birds
  • Turning on the Lights - Speakeasy
  • 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: 1/29/2019

Today we take a look at the planned chaos and fever dream governing style cooked up by the radical, anti-government conservatives running the country, otherwise known as the shutdown

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Ch. 1: Trump will take the blame - @offkiltershow - Air Date 1-9-19

We break down everything you need to know about the shutdown with Sam Berger

Ch. 2: Why the Media Should Stop Calling it a “Government Shutdown” - Citations Needed (@CitationsPod) - Air Date 1-24-18

It's not a "government shutdown", it's a liberal government shutdown––or, more precisely, a backdoor rightwing coup. Our words should reflect that.

Ch. 3: The First Shutdown - Planet Money - Air Date 1-15-19

In 1879, Congress and the President were locked in a battle over the rights of African-Americans. It led to the first government shutdown.

Ch. 4: Why the shutdown hits the poor the hardest - @tmbsfm with @_michaelbrooks - Air Date 1-14-19

We break down the government shutdown affects the working-class and how government welfare programs regulate the poor.

Ch. 5: Labor rights under attack and the poor suffering without pay - Delete Your Account - Air Date 1-22-19

We discuss how the discourse around the shutdown takes for granted that government functions like the military are sacrosanct, while government functions that provide services to the poor must constantly be justified and deliberately funded.

Ch. 6: Some of the environmental impacts of the government shutdown - @GreenNewsReport - Air Dates 1-8, 1-15 and 1-22 2019

Trump’s government shutdown is seriously impacting national parks, federal scientific research, public health and safety.

Ch. 7: Fact-checking Trump’s Shutdown - Mother Jones - Air Date 1-22-19

Host Jamilah King is joined by Angie Drobnic Holan, the editor of Politifact, to help you separate fact from fiction as the shutdown continues.

Ch. 8: The politics of government shutdowns - Past/Present - Air Date 1-29-18

The history of government shutdowns.

Ch. 9: Norm Ornstein on the nihilism of the anti-government right - Diane Rehm Show - Air Date 1-17-19

The government shutdown, week four. Diane talks to longtime political analyst Norm Ornstein, one of the most prolific chroniclers of Washington's descent into partisan dysfunction.

Ch.10: This is planned chaos - Gaslit Nation - Air Date 1-8-19

We discuss the cornered panicked criminal in the White House, the dangerous vulnerabilities of Trump’s shutdown and his American carnage TV ratings grab.


FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 11: Final comments on idealism, pragmatism and chasms


MUSIC(Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Dirtbike Lovers - Desert Orchard
  • Entrap - Darby
  • Great is the Contessa - The Contessa
  • Heather - Migration
  • Lord Weasel - Molerider
  • These Times - The Pine Barrens
  • Wingspan - Bayou Birds
  • Chilvat - Lillehammer
  • Turning to You - Landsman Duets
  • 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: 9:00am EDT

Air Date: 1/25/2019

Today we take a look at the past and present of our immigration system to understand the paradigms within which the entire debate takes place

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Ch. 1: Sanitizing Our Settler-Colonial Past With ‘Nation of Immigrants’ Narratives - Citations Needed (@CitationsPod) - Air Date 1-15-19

“The United States is a nation of immigrants.” It’s a phrase we hear constantly – often said with the best of intentions and, in today’s increasingly cruel environment, meant as a strong rebuke of Donald Trump

Ch. 2: Rethinking Migration with Aziz Rana Part 1 - The Dig from @jacobinmag - Air Date 1-8-19

To understand the origins of the immigration politics in general and the criminalization of Mexican immigrants in particular, we must explode these categories, identify their origins, and analyze the history that preceded them.

Ch. 3: Greg Grandin on the history and politics of immigration enforcement - @Intercepted w @JeremyScahill - Air Date 1-15-19

Historian Greg Grandin lays out the nativist roots of the U.S. Border Patrol, its connection to CIA dirty wars in Latin America, and nearly 100-years of brutality and impunity.

Ch. 4: Migration Expert Jacqueline Bhabha Slams ‘Barbarity’ of Trump Policies - Who What Why - Air Date 9-23-18

Jacqueline Bhabha joins Peter B. Collins for this week’s WhoWhatWhy podcast. Bhabha is a professor of health and human rights at the School of Public Health, research director at the FXB Center, and lectures at Harvard Law and the Kennedy School. She is an

Ch. 5: Jeh Johnson speaks out on separating immigrant families - Cape Up - Air Date 6-25-18

As the Trump Administration grapples with a crisis of its own making Jeh Johnson, former Secretary of Homeland Security tells us about what happened when he faced separating children from their parents.

Ch. 6: How African Americans Fought For & Won Birthright Citizenship 150 Years Before Trump Tried to End It - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 10-31-18

As President Trump claims that he can end birthright citizenship in the United States, we speak with professor Martha Jones about the history of the 14th Amendment

Ch. 7: Rethinking Migration with Aziz Rana Part 2 - The Dig from @jacobinmag - Air Date 1-8-19

To understand the origins of the immigration politics in general and the criminalization of Mexican immigrants in particular, we must explode these categories, identify their origins, and analyze the history that preceded them.

VOICEMAILS

Ch. 8: PostScript on America's policy on socialism and communism - Erin from Philadelphia


FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 9: Final comments proposing a compromise between progressives and conservatives


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Direct download: 1244_Immigration_Air_Date_1-25-19_-_1-25-19_13.03.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am EDT

Air Date: 1/22/2019

Today we take a look at socialism in America from our often violent response to the concept in the wake of the Russian Revolution through the recent revival in interest driven primarily by the younger generation today

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Ch. 1: Red Dawn Americans and the Bolshevik Revolution - @BackStory - Air Date 11-9-17

One hundred years ago, Vladimir Lenin and his Bolshevik Party seized power in a revolution that would change the world. Today we explore how that distant revolution had an immediate impact in the United States.

Ch. 2: What the Russian Revolution Proved Possible - Empire Files - Air Date 12-18-17

To understand the context of this first socialist experiment, how it happened and what caused the many problems it faced, Abby Martin sits down with Brian Becker, a long-time socialist organizer.

Ch. 3: America’s Unofficial Religion - The War On An Idea Part 1 - Empire Files - Air Date 11-27-17

Everyone in the United States knows that “socialist” or “communist” is considered a bad word. How did things get that way? Abby Martin explores the history of anti-communism in America and the heavy repression of an idea that became an unofficial religion

Ch. 4: "Socialism" in the Air - On the Media - Air Date 7-27-18

The word "socialism" has been trending, appearing on op-ed pages, FOX News, ABC's The View and beyond. In this word watch, Bob speaks with another self-described socialist, Current Affairs editor-in-chief Nathan Robinson

Ch. 5: Americans are ready for socialism - @ThisIsHellRadio - Air Date 3-13-18

Columnist Elizabeth Bruenig looks beyond the failures of liberalism, to the possibilities of socialism. Elizabeth wrote the op-ed “It’s time to give socialism a try” at the Washington Post.

Ch. 6: Richard D. Wolff - What are Capitalism & Socialism? What differentiates them from each other? - acTVism Munich - Air Date 2-21-17

In this interview with Professor of Economics Emeritus (University of Massachusetts), Marxist economist and founder of Democracy at Work, Richard D. Wolff, we talk to him about Capitalism and Socialism.

Ch. 7: Why Are People Talking About Socialism? with Paul Jay - @TheRealNews - Air Date 1-2-19

Explaining why socialisms time may have come - the failures of capitalism

Ch. 8: Dr. Richard Wolff on Marxism 101: How Capitalism is Killing Itself - Empire Files - Air Date 11-28-17

Prof. Richard Wolff explains some tenets of how a modern socialists system could work

Ch. 9: America’s Unofficial Religion The War On An Idea Part 2 - Empire Files - Air Date 11-27-17

Capitalism can no longer compare itself with the dysfunctional Soviet Union but can only be compared to itself and it's failures


Bonus Clips:

Fox & Friends Have TOTAL Meltdown Over Socialism - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date 8-6-18

Odd Republican Lady Bashes Ocasio-Cortez On Fox After Meeting Her - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date 7-24-18


FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 10: Final comments wrapping up conservative arguments against socialist programs


MUSIC(Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Trois Gnossiennes - Blue Dot Sesisons
  • Gondola Blue - Towboat
  • Our Fingers Cold - K2
  • Tiny Putty - The Cabinetmaker
  • Waltz and Fury - Macrame
  • The Summit - K2
  • The Provisions - K4
  • Peacoat - Studio J
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

 

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

Air Date: 1/18/2019

Today we take a look at the groundwork for a Green New Deal as it's being laid and the fight that is heating up around the policies, not just between political parties but between the separate wings (and generations) of the Democratic Party

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Ch. 1: Why We Need a Green New Deal, According to Robert Reich | Op-Ed - NowThis - Air Date 12-18-18

Here's one of the best arguments for why we need to invest in clean energy jobs now.

Ch. 2: The Green New Deal and the shift to a new economy Part 1 - @TheNextSystem ‏Project - Air Date 12-11-18

We spoke with The Democracy Collaborative’s own Johanna Bozuwa, the Sierra Club’s Anthony Torres, and Sunrise Movement Co-Founder Evan Weber to explore the economic and social ramifications of a Green New Deal

Ch. 3: The Green New Deal enjoys bipartisan support. For now. - @GreenNewsReport - Air Date 12-20-18

Polls show Americans waking up to climate change and the Green New Deal

Ch. 4: The Green New Deal with Kate Aronoff - The Dig from @jacobinmag - Air Date 12-26-18

An ecologically sustainable response to the climate crisis must definitionally also be a socially and economically just one: something like a Green New Deal, a broad vision that climate activists and left insurgent politicians are uniting behind.

Ch. 5: The Green New Deal and the shift to a new economy - @TheNextSystem ‏Project - Air Date 12-11-18

We spoke with The Democracy Collaborative’s own Johanna Bozuwa, the Sierra Club’s Anthony Torres, and Sunrise Movement Co-Founder Evan Weber to explore the economic and social ramifications of a Green New Deal

Ch. 6: Sunrise Movement Pelosi's Actions on Climate Fall Woefully & Inexcusably Short of What We Need - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 1-7-19

Nancy Pelosi is facing criticism from some climate activists for failing to back a Green New Deal. Pelosi formed of a Select Committee on the Climate Crisis but the committee is far weaker than what backers of a Green New Deal had envisioned.

Ch. 7: The Shift To Biosphere Consciousness - Sustainable Human - Air Date 5-26-18

We must begin to think, organize, and act from a biosphere consciousness if life as we know it will continue to exist. We are in the midst of the greatest transition upon which humanity has ever embarked. How will you respond?

Ch. 8: Climate and Change in Congress - The Brian Lehrer Show - Air Date 1-10-19

Varshini Prakash, co-founder of the Sunrise Movement, discusses her group's opposition to fossil fuel financing and the effort to create a Green New Deal.


VOICEMAILS

Ch. 9: Understanding political correctness - Zach from Atlanta

Ch. 10: A progressive foreign policy would be more trade-based - Abdul from DC


FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 11: Final comments on how political correctness, by today’s definition, is really just another form of politeness and works in pretty much the same way


FOR READING/SHARING: 

With A Green New Deal, Here's What the World Could Look Like For the Next Generation(The Intercept)

The Democratic Party Wants to Make Climate Policy Exciting(The Atlantic)

Green New Deal has overwhelming bipartisan support, poll finds. At least, for now.(Grist)

The Green New Deal, explained(Vox)

The Earth is in a death spiral. It will take radical action to save us(The Guardian)


MUSIC(Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Planting Flags - K4
  • Moon Bicycle Theme - American Moon Bicycle
  • Tar and Spackle - Plaster
  • Shift of Currents - Aeronaut
  • Chrome and Wax - Ray Catcher
  • A Palace of Cedar - The Pine Barrens
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
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Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Air Date: 1/15/2019

Today we take a look at the history and mechanics of US empire and the military-industrial-congressional complex that gleefully perpetuates it.

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Ch. 1: Weapons industry lobbies for more weapons - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 3-9-18

Janine Jackson takes a quick look back at recent press, including coverage of Russia as an excuse for even more military spending.

Ch. 2: Nikhil Pal Singh: From Nation State to Empire State - @Intercepted w @JeremyScahill - Air Date 10-4-18

Nikhil Pal Singh sketches three arcs of U.S. history that have yielded the durable commitments to racism, militarism, and unequal class power that have sharpened over the past two decades.

Ch. 3: Average US Taxpayer Spends $3,456 A Year On War - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 04-22-18

We’re being fleeced so our oligarchs can profit from murder. Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks, breaks it down.

Ch. 4: John Michael Greer: Empires as a wealth pump - Extraenvironmentalist - Air Date 9-1-14

With its empire in decline, the United States is no longer the world’s dominant superpower. Stuck in the idea of international control, it continues to maintain military reach at the expense of long-term economic health. Guest: John Michael Greer

Ch. 5: Pentagon FLUNKS Audit They Never Expected to Pass - @RingOfFireRadio - Air Date 12-1-18

Dave Lindorff, a contributor for The Nation, joins Ring of Fire’s Sam Seder, to talk about how the Pentagon failed an audit due to problems they weren't interested in fixing.

Ch. 6: Pentagon: US Empire 'Collapsing,' So Give Us More Money - @TheRealNews - Air Date 7-29-17

A new Pentagon study says the U.S. may be losing its dominant position in world affairs and that the DoD needs a "wakeup call"--but Col. Lawrence Wilkerson says the report is really about using fear to drum up more money for the military

Ch. 7: We must recognize that Trump is right in line with the politics of empire - @Intercepted w @JeremyScahill - Air Date 9-25-18

Jeremy Scahill analyzes Trump’s U.N. speech and gives context to the seldom-discussed bipartisan support for much of Trump’s global agenda.


VOICEMAILS

Ch. 8: Thoughts on internationalism - Erin from Philadelphia

Ch. 9: We don't honor anyone who we should - Marguerite from Fortuna, CA


FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 10: Final comments on the honor we should but don’t show


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

Air Date: 1/11/2019

Today we take a look at the small-D anti-democratic power grabs implemented by many GOP-led legislatures during the lame-duck session with the explicit intention of subverting the will of the voters and the most significant democracy reform bill since the Watergate era meant to help restore eroded democratic norms that was introduced by the new Congress' House Democrats as their first order of business.

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Paul Rosenberg on GOP Power Grabs across state legislatures - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 12-13-18

Paul Rosenberg helps explain the naked, anti-Democratic power grabs by many GOP legislators in the wake of the 2018 election. They rely on a lack of public awareness, abetted by a lack of media sunlight.

Ch. 2: Michigan GOP looking to overturn election reforms voted for by the public - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 12-4-18

In Michigan, GOPers are jamming through last-minute legislation to block the reforms voters had adopted to expand voting rights.

Ch. 3: Midwest Republicans lost in 2018 — but they’re not giving up power - Vox's The Weeds - Air Date 12-3-18

Jane, Ezra, and Matt talk about state-level GOP power grabs

Ch. 4: Subversions of democracy are aimed at harming the poor - @offkiltershow - Air Date 12-5-18

The recent anti-democratic power grabs from the GOP aren't just reprehensible in principle but are especially horrific as they target the poor.

Ch. 5: North Carolina set the example of lame-duck power grabs - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 12-4-18

In North Carolina, the GOP-controlled legislature is hypocritically ramming through new Photo ID voting restrictions, even with the state in the midst of a massive GOP absentee ballot election fraud scandal in the state’s 9th Congressional district.

Ch. 6: The roots of America's democracy problem - Ezra Klein from Vox - Air Date 11-20-18

What happens when American politics just doesn’t seem fair?

Ch. 7: Ari Berman: Dems Introduce Sweeping Voting Rights Bill to Combat Rampant Voter Suppression - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 1-7-19

Voting rights activists are hailing a new House bill that aims to restore voting rights to millions, crack down on the influence of dark money in politics and restore the landmark Voting Rights Act. The bill has been dubbed the For the People Act.

Ch. 8: HR 1: The Historic Bill No One Is Talking About - Equal Citizens - Air Date 12-31-18

Watch as Lessig invokes the memory of Doris "Granny D" Haddock to illustrate just how significant HR 1 (and the fight to get it passed) will be.


VOICEMAILS

Ch. 9: Gregorian calendar in use due to colonization - Anonymous

Ch. 10: How do we facilitate the movement of people to the left? + The shutdown is a ripoff - Laura from Alameda, CA


FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 11: Final comments


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Direct download: 1240_Subverting_Democracy_Air_Date_1-11-19_-_1-10-19_19.23.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

Air Date: 1/8/2019

Today we take a look at the burgeoning call for progressivism to look beyond national borders to create policies, solidarity and power that spans, unified, across the world.

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Ch. 1: Progressive International

Progressives of the world unite; you have nothing to lose but your chains.

Ch. 2: Adam Tooze on seeing the 2008 financial crisis as the first of the global age - Who What Why - Air Date 9-14-18

Adam Tooze, a professor at Columbia University, on a reinterpretation of the 2008 financial crisis, explaining this was not just a problem that started in the US but was a global problem: the first real crisis of the global age.

Ch. 3: Michael Walzer on a foreign policy for the left - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 3-7-18

Michael Walzer argues that a foreign policy for the left has to begin with internationalism, and with the choice of comrades abroad. His new book is A Foreign Policy for the Left.

Ch. 4: Yanis Varoufakis on the Need for a Progressive Internationalism - Jacobin Radio (@jacobinmag) - Air Date 12-21-18

Doug Henwood explains the bitcoin craze, and then ex-finance minister of Greece Yanis Varoufakis ties up some loose ends on Adults in the Room and discusses the need for a progressive internationalism.

Ch. 5: Atossa Araxia Abrahamian on Yanis Varoufakis, Bernie Sanders, and the Progressive International - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 12-19-2018

Right-wing authoritarians have been coordinating political campaigns and disrupting elections across national boundaries—a project masterminded by Steve Bannon. It’s time now for the left to reclaim its tradition of internationalism.

Ch. 6: Naomi Klein: How shocking events can spark positive change - @TEDTalks - Air Date 3-7-18 

Naomi Klein shares a few propositions from "The Leap" -- a manifesto which envisions a world after we've already made the transition to a clean economy and a much fairer society.


VOICEMAILS

Ch. 7: Learning from 2009 and shifting our focus to the local level - V from Central New York


FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 8: Final comments on thinking globally and acting locally


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

Air Date: 1/4/2018

Today we take a look back at the year 2009 in our annual 10-years-past retrospective to see what we may learn. 

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: One last jab at Bush - Wait Wait Don't Tell Me
Ch. 2: January 22nd, 2009: Mike Pence praises G.W. Bush for his fealty to his wife - The Young Turks
Ch. 3: Rick Warren and the inauguration - The Rachel Maddow Show
Ch. 4: Day One: Fox News on new Obama administration - The Daily Show
Ch. 5: Obama on DADT - Countdown
Ch. 6: Mission Accomplished, the war on science is over - Slate
Ch. 7: Van Jones speaking to Congress
Ch. 8: Republicans are just not into you - The Rachel Maddow Show
Ch. 9: Maron v Seder on the theft of the bankers - Break Room Live
Ch. 10: Why the win-win is being ignored - This American Life
Ch. 11: Limbaugh's racist take on Obama's economic plan - CounterSpin
Ch. 12: Fox News supporting the Tea Parties - On the Media
Ch. 13: Disambiguating the reports (Torture started at the top) - The Rachel Maddow Show
Ch. 14: Possible prosecutions for the CIA opposed by Obama administration - The Rachel Maddow Show
Ch. 15: Dahlia Lithwick We're All Torturers Now - Slate
Ch. 16: Planet Cheney - The Rachel Maddow Show
Ch. 17: Gingrich explains the fear of the GOP - The Young Turks
Ch. 18: Obama's constitution speech speaking against the constitution - The Rachel Maddow Show
Ch. 19: Birthers, deathers and Healthcare - On the Media
Ch. 20: Birthers, Deathers and healthcare reform - The Rachel Maddow Show
Ch. 21: Republican Bob Inglis - What Are You So Afraid Of? - The Young Turks
Ch. 22: A detailed look at the death of the public option - The Rachel Maddow Show
Ch. 23: Candidate Obama on healthcare negotiations - The Young Turks
Ch. 24: The nonsense healthcare debate - Mother Jones Radio
Ch. 25: The politics industry of Supreme Court Picks - On the Media
Ch. 26: Supreme Court on the verge of humanizing corporations all the way - The Colbert Report
Ch. 27: War presidents - The Rachel Maddow Show
Ch. 28: Religious Jihad on George Tiller - Countdown
Ch. 29: Frank Schaeffer on hateful religious talk against Obama - The Rachel Maddow Show
Ch. 30: Gore Vidal on the current Republicans - Real Time with Bill Maher
Ch. 31: Max Blumenthal on Republican Gomorrah - Ring of Fire
Ch. 32: Chris Hedges predicts that our failure to confront the Empire of Illusion will lead to demagogues - Ring of Fire

 


FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 33: Final comments on what happened to me and the show in 2009, plus what we used to call "Tweeting"


 

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Air Date: 1/4/2012

Today, From WCPT Radio, Playwright W. C. Turk, producer Greg Alexander and the Occupy Players we hear a presentation of Occupy My Heart: A Revolutionary Christmas Carol

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