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Air Date: 6/28/2019

Today we take a look at the ways that extreme inequality and many of the worst instincts and repercussions of capitalism are being upheld and perpetuated by our culture of philanthropy. It turns out that what we see as the rich giving back is really more of a purchase on their part, a purchase of our acceptance of inequality and the right of the wealthy to rule 

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Gilded Rage - Future Perfect - Air Date 5-21-19

To put our new age of extreme inequality in perspective, we look back at Andrew Carnegie, who gave America a huge number of libraries so they’d forgive him for his brutal steel mills. We ask: Is the same thing happening in 2019?

Ch. 2: Anand Giridharadas: Winners take all Part 1 - Jacobin Radio - Air Date 9-27-18

Anand Giridharadas, author of Winners Take All, on the win-win business- and plutocrat-friendly philanthropy of today’s nouveau riche.

Ch. 3: Rob Reich: Is big philanthropy destroying democracy? - Tiny Spark - Air Date 11-7-18

Stanford professor Rob Reich’s new book Just Giving: Why Philanthropy Is Failing Democracy and How It Can Do Better investigates how charity can undermine democratic values and explores the ways federal policies help to facilitate greater inequality.

Ch. 4: Could billionaires solve global poverty? - The Brian Lehrer Show - Air Date 4-25-19

Time editor at large, Anand Giridharadas, discusses whether billionaires can put an end to global poverty if they had the will to do so, and talks about his recent book, Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World

Ch. 5: Rob Reich on whether philanthropy is bad for democracy - Rationally Speaking - Air Date 11-12-18

This episode features political scientist Rob Reich, author of "Just Giving: Why Philanthropy is Failing Democracy, and How it Can Do Better". Does it deserve to be tax-deductible? And do philanthropists have too much power in society?

Ch. 6: Anand Giridharadas: Winners take all Part 2 - Jacobin Radio - Air Date 9-27-18

Anand Giridharadas, author of Winners Take All, on the win-win business- and plutocrat-friendly philanthropy of today’s nouveau riche.


VOICEMAILS

Ch. 7: Inequality is the #1 issue - James from Sacramento, CA


FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 8: Final comments on covering inequality and presenting a bonus clip on two manifestations of racism

BONUS CLIP: Myths of the ruling class with Anand Giridharadas - Why is this happening? - Air Date 10-8-18


MUSIC(Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Gullwing Sailor - Migration
  • Felt Lining - The Cabinetmaker
  • Slow Lane Lover - Barstool
  • Gondola Blue - Towboat
  • The Back Lot - 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: 8:00pm EDT

Air Date: 6/25/2019
Today we take a look at the surprisingly varied ways that progressive, well-meaning, do-gooding philanthropists have consistently held back the social movements they are attempting to help and have strangled attempts to implement truly egalitarian policies designed to help everyone
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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: How philanthropy captures social movements - Tiny Spark - Air Date 3-21-19

Megan Ming Francis explains how philanthropists—even well-intentioned ones—can “capture” the social movements they fund and, in doing so, steer grassroots organizations and activists away from their original missions.

Ch. 2: Toxic Avenger Extraordinaire on the problem with Big Green - Ralph Nader Radio Hour - Air Date 3-29-19

Toxic Avenger extraordinaire, Walter Hang, joins us to talk about how they outlawed fracking in New York State and why Big Green groups have failed to stop Donald Trump’s anti-environment agenda

Ch. 3: How Nonprofits Made the LGBT Movement Straight with Myrl Beam - Tiny Spark - Air Date 10-11-18

Myrl Beam started to notice the ways big philanthropy, corporate sponsors, and wealthy donors stymied the LGBTQ movement from his own experiences working in nonprofits.

Ch. 4: Anand Giridharadas: Winners take all - Jacobin Radio - Air Date 9-27-18

Anand Giridharadas, author of Winners Take All, on the win-win business- and plutocrat-friendly philanthropy of today’s nouveau riche.

Ch. 5: Is big philanthropy destroying democracy? How progressive parents undermine public schools - Tiny Spark - Air Date 11-7-18

Stanford professor Rob Reich’s new book Just Giving: Why Philanthropy Is Failing Democracy and How It Can Do Better investigates how charity can undermine democratic values and explores the ways federal policies help to facilitate greater inequality.

Ch. 6: Dana Kawaoka-Chen Justice Funders’ Framework for Philanthropic Transformation - Next Economy Now - Air Date 5-15-19

Dana Kawaoka-Chen partners and guides philanthropy in reimagining practices that advance a thriving and just world. She is a co-author of “The Choir Book: A Framework for Social Justice Philanthropy”

Ch. 7: Fragility, frustration and funding - Tiny Spark - Air Date 2-7-19

Whether vocally critiquing the sector on his blog Nonprofit AF, or working to develop leaders of color at his nonprofit in Seattle, Vu Le’s frustrations fuel his drive to make the industry do better.


VOICEMAILS

Ch. 8: A reading and watching list for you - V from Central New York


FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 9: Final comments on the Prisoner's Dilemma of fighting for just causes


MUSIC(Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Beast on the Soil - Desert Orchard
  • Glass Runner - Marble Run
  • Chrome and Wax - Ray Catcher
  • Milkwood - The Cabinetmaker
  • Rafter - Speakeasy
  • Glass Beads - 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: 9:00pm EDT

Air Date: 6/21/2019
Today we take a look at the ways that Native Peoples are represented in white society and pop culture, how some are working to take back their own narratives and some insight into the profound effects, both positive and negative, of how peoples are represented

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Opinion polls about offense and the Redskins football team - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 5-27-16

The Washington Post conducts a flawed survey resulting in a misleading conclusion that most native peoples don't consider Redskins to be an offensive term

Ch. 2: The toxic mix of racist representation and misogynistic disregard for women - Let's Talk Native... with John Kane - Air Date 2-14-19

Racist representation of native peoples in sports and culture supports the anti-native sentiment that drives the MMIWG epidemic

Ch. 3: A Native perspective for museums - Native America Calling - Air Date 4-9-19

Native peoples have had their stories told form them by white people for centuries, working in museums and cultural centers create the opportunities to tell their own stories

Ch. 4: Spirit Animal Native Appropriation - #PoliticallyReactive with @wkamaubell and @harikondabolu - Air Date 5-18-17

W Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu step in a pile of native cultural appropriation and then slowly, messily wade their way out of it

Ch. 5: Hawaiian Indigeneity and the theft of Aloha with W. Gerry Ebalaroza - Breakdances With Wolves - Air Date 8-21-18

Discussing cultural appropriation in many forms including the legal trademarking of one of the terms most central to native Hawaiian culture, Aloha

Ch. 6: 'Reel' Indians and the invention of Hollywood Indian English - Backstory - Air Date 11-22-14

A history lesson on the Hollywood creation of all of the stereotypes we reflexively think of when we think about how native peoples speak

Ch. 7: On Native American Loss and Triumph - On the Media - Air Date 10-5-18

David Treuer discusses the means by which Indians have been fighting for social and political change for centuries.


VOICEMAILS

Ch. 8: Changed my mind in favor of impeachment - Nick from California


FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 9: Final comments on the Canadian TV show “First Contact” and what it teaches us about how people do and don’t change their mind


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NativeAppropriations.com

Native American imagery is all around us, while the people are often forgotten(National Geographic)

The Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women Epidemic Is Inseparable From Native Appropriation(Bustle)

‘It’s called a genocide’: Gavin Newsom apologizes to California’s Native Americans(San Francisco Chronicle)


MUSIC(Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Turning to You - Landsman Duets
  • Vibrant Canopy - Origami
  • Homegrown - The Pine Barrens
  • Wingspan - Bayou Birds
  • Interlude - The Nocturne
  • 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

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

Air Date: 6/18/2019
Today we take a look at the violence being inflicted upon the LGB and particularly T community as well as the history of our societies erasure of trans people who have been around for thousands of years
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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Here is What We're Fighting For: The Story of Stonewall - Mother Jones - Air Date 6-5-19

Stonewall riots started as a party. Don't forget Marcia Johnson. Remember that the fighters at Stonewall were very diverse.

Ch. 2: Black Trans Women are Being Murdered - The Breakdown with Shaun King - Air Date 5-21-19

Hate against black trans lives is being normalized, and it's leading to their deaths. Put a stop to the hate, reexamine your views.

Ch. 3: Imara Jones, Transgender Narratives are Expansive - The Laura Flanders Show - Air Date 9-26-18

As more trans people come out and more education about trans lives enters the culture, the more of a backlash there is. The patriarchy and right wing are resisting transgender lives existing with all their binary strength.

Ch. 4: Deaths of Trans Asylum Seeker with Isa Noyola - Democracy Now - Air Date 6-5-19

ICE and the Trump administration are murdering migrants, including transgender people. These people are attempting to escape violence from their homelands and finding death in ICE detention centers.

Ch. 5: Undocumented and LGBTQ with Jennicet Gutierrez - Latino Rebels Radio - Air Date 5-19-19

White LGBTQ communities are usually wealthy, Brown and Latino LGBTQ communities have to fight harder just to stay alive, and white LGBTQ communities don't really care.

Ch. 6: LGBTQ in the Old West - BackStory - Air Date 12-7-18

Gender and sexuality of the old west ran the full spectrum, with many people finding acceptance. More strict gender and sexuality roles formed at the end of the 19th century.

Ch. 7: Samy Nour Younes: A short history of trans people's long fight for equality - TED Talks Daily - Air Date 3-28-19

Transgender activist and TED Resident Samy Nour Younes shares the remarkable, centuries-old history of the trans community, filled with courageous stories, inspiring triumphs -- and a fight for civil rights that's been raging for a long time.


VOICEMAILS

Ch. 8: Reparations need to be a worldwide project in response to colonialism - Dario from Anchorage, AK

Ch. 9: Personal experience of anti-native racism - Dario from Anchorage, AK

Ch. 10: Will impeachment lead back to business as usual? - Brandon from Chicago


FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 11: Final comments on various theories of changes from Congress to the presidency


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Trans people face ‘epidemic of violence,’ American Medical Association warns(Pink News)

Tips for Allies of Transgender People(GLADD)

Thread by Sam Dylan Finch (@samdylanfinch) on Transphobia & Healthcare Discrimination in Trans Community(Let's Queer Things Up)

These Are the Trans People Killed in 2019(The Advocate, *Note*: Only those publicly reported)

Curated by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman


MUSIC(Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Cases to Rest - Bodytonic
  • Milkwood - The Cabinetmaker
  • Trois Gnossiennes 3 - Blue Dot Sesisons
  • The Spinnet - Castle Danger
  • Are We Loose Yet - Bodytonic
  • A Path Unwinding - K4
  • 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: 6/14/2019
Today we take a look at the renewed call for reparations for slavery, Jim Crow and beyond that is infusing the 2020 Democratic primary campaign as well as the history of the campaign for reparations
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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: 40 Acres and A Mule, Today with Brian Balogh and William Darity - BackStory - Air Date 5-24-19

The racial wealth gap is real, and it's large. Reconstruction after the Civil War took some good steps, but all that work was undone. Don't believe the myth that the black community doesn't have wealth because of their own problems.

Ch. 2: History of Slaveowners Receiving Reparations with DeRay, Sam, Brittany and Clint - Pod Save the People - Air Date 4-23-19

After the Emancipation Proclamation, Slave Owners received reparations - creating a narrative that legitimized slavery and enforced poor race relations, essentially canceling the debt our nation owed black lives.

Ch. 3: A Plan To Reverse Economic Apartheid in the US with Dedrick Asante-Muhammad and Chuck Collins - Tiny Spark with Amy Costello - Air Date 5-29-19

Open a congressional committee on reparations, and recognize we need massive progressive policy AND reparations. Stop blaming black lives for their place in the world.

Ch. 4: Callie House and the Movement for Reparations with Nathan Connolly and Mary Frances Berry - BackStory - Air Date 5-24-19

Callie House launched the first widespread reparations movement, despite concentrated attacks from the Federal Government to stop her.

Ch. 5: Renewed Reparations Conversations with Neil, Natalia and Niki - Past Present - Air Date 4-9-19

Support for reparations is growing. Ta-Nehisi Coates sparked the fire. Wealth has been denied to black lives for centuries, and we need widespread policies and radical change to enact proper reparations work.

Ch. 6: The Establishment is trying to outflank Bernie on Reparations - The Benjamin Dixon Show - Air Date 3-11-19

Bernie has an amazing imagination and pushes the Overton Window to the left on every issue - except reparations and black lives. The establishment is using this to hurt Bernie's campaign, despite also not caring about black people.

Ch. 7: Radical Case for Reparations with Glen Ford - This Is Hell - Air Date 4-25-19

Reparations are: Acknowledgement of injustices on the parts of the perpetrators. Restitution for the effects of injustices. Mutual recognition of the part of the victimized communities and perpetrator that the debt is paid.


VOICEMAILS

Ch. 8: Focus on rape ban exceptions is useless - Heather from Texas

Ch. 9: Trump and the long line of bad presidents - Brandon from Chicago


FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 10: Final comments on the life vs legal personhood distinction and how impeachment could usher out the era of impunity we’ve been living in for decades.


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Ta-Nehisi Coates Revisits The Case for Reparations(The New Yorker)

The Case for Reparations(Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Atlantic, 2014) 

What Reparations for Slavery Might Look Like in 2019(The New York Times)

Long Before Redlining: Racial Disparities in Homeownership Need Intentional Policies(Shelterforce)

After Redlining - Part 2(Shelterforce)

What We Get Wrong About the Closing the Racial Wealth Gap(Social Equity, Duke University, 2018)

1.5 Million Missing Black Men(NY Times, 2015)

How a ‘segregation tax’ is costing black American homeowners $156 billion(Curbed)

Curated by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman 


MUSIC(Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Contrarian - Sketchbook
  • Weathervane - CloudCover
  • Quaver - Codebreaker
  • Begrudge - Darby
  • Swapping Tubes - Studio J
  • Chilvat - Lillehammer
  • 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: 6/11/2019
Today we take a look at Modern Monetary Theory and the neoclassical economics it is looking to replace. It’s very important to understand the logistical and political mechanisms by which money for progressive policy priorities would be appropriated by congress and the debate over MMT gets to the core of those issues and seeks to change the paradigm we use to think about government spending.
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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Debunking the Deficit Hysteria with Stephanie Kelton Part 1 - Why Is This Happening? with Chris Hayes - Air Date 5-6-19

There’s a pattern to the Republicans’ selective concern about increasing the deficit, and it all depends on who holds the power. When you look at the behavior of people in politics, they don’t really care about the national debt as much as they like to ta

Ch. 2: What is Modern Monetary Theory? (with Stephanie Kelton) Part 2 - Pitchfork Economics with Nick Hanauer - Air Date 4-23-19

Is government debt real? Is anything real? Professor Stephanie Kelton gives Nick and Goldy a master class on the hottest idea in economics right now: Modern Monetary Theory.

Ch. 3: Why should we care about deficits? Part 2 - The Ezra Klein Show - Air Date 2-20-19

Stony Brook University’s Stephanie Kelton, an influential proponent of Modern Monetary Theory, and Jason Furman, President Barack Obama’s chief economist, discuss whether we should worry about government deficits and if so, when?

Ch. 4: Debunking the Deficit Hysteria with Stephanie Kelton Part 2 - Why Is This Happening? with Chris Hayes - Air Date 5-6-19

Stephanie Kelton is here to break it all down - the national deficit, the nature of money itself, federal spending, and why it’s time to stop comparing it to a household budget.

Ch. 5: Why should we care about deficits? Part 3 - The Ezra Klein Show - Air Date 2-20-19

Stony Brook University’s Stephanie Kelton, an influential proponent of Modern Monetary Theory, and Jason Furman, President Barack Obama’s chief economist, discuss whether we should worry about government deficits and if so, when?

Ch. 6: How Marxism and Modern Monetary Theory Go Hand-In-Hand - The Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date 03-21-18

Prof Richard Wolff warns about the asymmetric politics of increasing and decreasing government spending

Ch. 7: Debunking the Deficit Hysteria with Stephanie Kelton Part 3 - Why Is This Happening? with Chris Hayes - Air Date 5-6-19

Stephanie Kelton is here to break it all down - the national deficit, the nature of money itself, federal spending, and why it’s time to stop comparing it to a household budget.

Ch. 8: Dealing with the politics of managing Modern Monetary Theory - Planet Money - Airdate 9-26-18

We must take the fingerprints of Congress off the economy in order to manage inflation concerns.

Ch. 9: What is Modern Monetary Theory? (with Stephanie Kelton) Part 6 - Pitchfork Economics with Nick Hanauer - Air Date 4-23-19

Discussing the conclusions to be drawn from the case for Modern Monetary Theory made by Stephanie Kelton


VOICEMAILS

Ch. 10: Impeachment would be symbolic - Jesse from Boston

Ch. 11: Impeach but keep trump - Alan from Connecticut

Ch. 12: Making the case for impeachment - Todd from Utah


FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 12: Final comments summing up my major takeaways from researching MMT that I think we should all keep in mind


MUSIC(Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Cases to Rest - Bodytonic
  • Tripoli - Pecan Grove
  • Lakal - Speakeasy
  • The Wooden Platform - The Bulwark
  • Long and Low Cloud - The Bulwark
  • Denzel Sprak - CloudCover
  • Glass Runner - Marble Run
  • Pat Dog - 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: 10:00pm EDT

Air Date: 6/7/2019


Today we take a look at the arguments for and against impeaching Donald Trump in the House of Representatives and sending an indictment over to the Senate where the trial would be held


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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Justice Interruptus with Paul Waldman - On the Media with Brooke Gladstone and Bob Garfield - Air Date 4-26-19

Paul Waldman looks at the climates of Clinton's impeachment and the possibility of Trumps. The split between the GOP and Democrats on government is a beast that keeps the process from working.

Ch. 2: The Case for and against Impeachment with Tom Steyer - Deconstructed with Mehdi Hasan - Air Date 5-2-19

Steyer believes the tactics that worked in 1970 against Nixon will work today. He supports Pelosi because "she changes with the times".

Ch. 3: Impeachment Looms with Mehdi Hasan Part 1 - The Majority Report - Air Date 5-24-19

A Republican congressman is calling for Trump's impeachment and we need to remember that there is a cost of NOT impeaching.

Ch. 4: Congress' Duty - Stay Tuned with Preet - Air Date 5-23-19

It's Congress' duty to impeach - if you view what the president did as wrong, then you must use your power to stop them.

Ch. 5: Democrats Skirmish Over Impeachment with Michael Scherer - Brian Lehrer Show - Air Date 5-22-19

If we focus on impeachment, could the Democrats lose the House again?

Ch. 6: Impeachment Looms with Mehdi Hasan Part 2 - The Majority Report - Air Date 5-24-19

Pelosi is ridiculous, and she wants Trumps closest friends and family to have an intervention with him in lieu of impeachment. She's pivoting to protect her political assets.

Ch. 7: Pelosi Reluctantly Joins the Impeachment Train with Heather Digby Parton - Ring of Fire - Air Date 5-26-19

Heather Digby Parton, a contributor for Salon, joins Ring of Fire’s Sam Seder, to talk about Nancy Pelosi slowly coming around to the idea of impeaching Trump.

Ch. 8: Push For Impeachment with Congressmember Al Green - Democracy Now - Air Date 5-22-19

We can work together and find common ground with politicians, but we still need to be able to impeach them. There's enough information to impeach Trump now, let him play his victim game.

Ch. 9: The Case for and against Impeachment - Deconstructed with Mehdi Hasan - Air Date 5-2-19

Mehdi discusses Trump and impeachment and knows we didn't need the Mueller report to start impeachment.


VOICEMAILS

Ch. 10: Coathangers on STOP signs - Dylan from Toronto

Ch. 11: Easy way to call congress, Life is more than women's bodies - Alan from Connecticut

Ch. 12: Peaches have pits, the dangers of impeachment - Alan from Connecticut


FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 13: Final comments asking you if you have changed your mind about impeachment or not and why

Saturday, June 15th: MoveOn.org's “Impeach Trump: Act to Defend Democracy” Rallies


MUSIC(Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Open Flames - Aeronaut
  • The Zeppelin - Aeronaut
  • Planting Flags - K4
  • The Cast and Favor - Bayou Birds
  • These Times - The Pine Barrens
  • Celestial Navigation - Aeronaut
  • Shift of Currents - Aeronaut
  • Hundred Mile-No Guitar - 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: 6/4/2019
Today we take a look at the long-awaited Mueller Report and see what conclusions can be drawn from it.
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Ch. 1: Summarizing the lead up to the release of the Mueller Report - GasLit Nation with Andrea Chalupa and Sarah Kendzior - Air Date 4-23-19

A brief history of what led to this report and the media's response.

Ch. 2: Mueller Report Confirms Almost Everything Was True - The David Pakman Show - Air Date 4-22-19

The Mueller report confirms almost every major investigative media story from the last 2 years, despite continued claims from Donald Trump and his cronies that reporting was fake news and the report totally exonerates him

Ch. 3: Mueller Investigation Report, Part 8: The GRU - Thom Hartmann Program - Air Date 5-14-19

Part 8 covers pages 36 to 38 and the GRU, the Russian equivalent of the CIA.

Ch. 4: Mueller Report is the Opposite of Exoneration with David Corn - Mother Jones Podcast with Jamilah King - Air Date 4-18-19

The Mueller report proves lies, collusion and obstruction abound. Trump is just lying his way through this scandal like everything else he does.

Ch. 5: The Day After Mueller with Naomi Klein - Intercepted - Air Date 3-27-19

Cable news and real journalism don't have anything to do with each other. If cable news stayed out of "RussiaGate" then impeachment would have already been started. The media has mishandled the Trump admin - to trumps favor.

Ch. 6: Niki, Neil and Natalia discuss the history of special council reports - Past Present - Air Date 4-2-19

Comparing the Mueller investigation with previous reports include the Starr report and the Iran Contra investigation

Ch. 7: Trump's obstruction of justice explained - Criminal Injustice with David Harris - Air Date 4-23-19

Trump has been intentionally obstructing justice. Mueller has laid out the case.


VOICEMAILS

Ch. 8: Framing the 2020 election - Conner from Worcester, MA

Ch. 9: Is Bernie too negative? - Alan from Connecticut


FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 10: Final comments announcing the upcoming episode on the movement for impeachment


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  • White Limit - CloudBreaker
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Air Date: 5/31/2019

Today we take a look at the renewed energy in the anti-choice movement in the wake of the appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. We have entered a new phase, having transitioned from the "chipping away" phase to the "full frontal assault" phase.

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Ch. 1: Oriaku Njoku & Jill Heaviside on Abortion Rights in Georgia and Beyond - CounterSpin - Air Date 5-16-19

Jill Heaviside is a lawyer and If/When/How HIV–Reproductive Justice Fellow with SisterLove, Inc. And Oriaku Njoku is co-founder and executive director of Access Reproductive Care—Southeast. They join us to talk about abortion rights in Georgia and beyond.

Ch. 2: Don't Let Republicans Normalize ANY Abortion Bans - The Majority Report - Air Date 5-17-19

All abortions should be legal, full stop.

Ch. 3: How Fury Can Fuel the Fight for Reproductive Rights - The Brian Lehrer Show - Air Date 5-19-19

Rebecca Traister, author of, most recently, Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger (Simon & Schuster, 2018), talks about how angry women can channel their rage to fight back.

Ch. 4: Myth-Busting the Anti-Choice ‘Born Alive’ Bills - Boom! Lawyered - Air Date 3-6-19

Anti-choice politicians are pushing a new legislative strategy to demonize their opponents and confuse the public: so-called Born Alive bills.

Ch. 5: New Abortion Laws ‘Go Against Common Sense’ - The Real News - Air Date 5-18-19

Discussing why the calls to boycott anti-abortion states is not the right strategy in this particular case

Ch. 6: The Corporate Sponsors of the War on Women - Thom Hartmann - Air Date 5-20-19

Like most Republican legislation, there is always a corporation behind it, and the draconian abortion bans passed by Georgia and Alabama are no different

Ch. 7: What Life In Post-Roe America Will Be Like - The Majority Report with Sam Seder - Air Date 5-13-19

Robin Marty on her new book, "Handbook For Post-Roe America."

Ch. 8: Defend & Strengthen the Future of Reproductive Justice Beyond Roe v. Wade - Best of the Left Activism

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

Ch. 9: State Abortion Bans And The Looming Challenge To Roe V. Wade - Diane Rehm On My Mind - Air Date 5-16-19

Alabama now has the most restrictive abortion law in the country. What the new law – and others like it around the country – mean for the future of abortion rights.


VOICEMAILS

Ch. 10: Framing the 2020 election - Conner from Worcester, MA

Ch. 11: How to raise a good socialist child? - Alan from Connecticut


FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 12: Final comments on accelerating the pain to speed the arrival of the backlash


TAKE ACTION!

*REMINDER: Abortion is still legal in all 50 states*

Become an abortion clinic escort:

Support organizations helping people access reproductive care:

National Org: 

Local/Regional Orgs:

Excerpt from The Cut article "What You Can Do to Help Women in States With Extreme Abortion Bans":

  • Access Reproductive Care - Southeast: ARC is a volunteer organization that helps families in 12 states across the southeast access reproductive care.
  • National Network of Abortion Funds: NNAF is a network of more than 80 funds in at least 38 states that seeks to eliminate economic barriers for low-income individuals seeking an abortion.
  • The Yellowhammer Fund: Based in Alabama, Yellowhammer not only provides funding for abortions at one of the city’s three clinics, but also helps with other barriers to access patients may face, such as travel or lodging. (Yellowhammer is part of NNAF.)
  • Mississippi Reproductive Freedom Fund: Run entirely by volunteers, the Mississippi Reproductive Freedom Fund helps people access abortion, and provides both support and resources to parents.
  • Women Have Options: This Ohio-based organization provides financial assistance and support to low-income patients seeking reproductive care, abortion included.
  • National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum: NAPAWF is a multi-issue community-organizing and policy-advocacy organization that fights for policy changes that would benefit women, transgender, and non-binary Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
  • Gateway Women’s Access Fund: Based in Missouri, Gateway provides both educational and financial support to people in the state who can’t afford the full cost of an abortion.

Push politicians and candidates to support: 

Read Sen. Warren's Multi-Point Plan to Protect Choice

Talk to friends and family about this issue, share your story & check out the #YouKnowMehashtag.

EDUCATE YOURSELF & SHARE

What You Can Do to Help Women in States With Extreme Abortion Bans(The Cut)

The corporations backing Alabama's war on women (Popular Information)

When life begins and ends(Washington Post)

A woman signed Alabama’s abortion ban into law. We need to talk about that.(Think Progress)

Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman 


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  • Gusty Hollow - Migration
  • Hickory Shed - Onesuch Village
  • No Smoking - Sunday at Slims
  • The Rampart - Castle Danger
  • 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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