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Air Date 2/22/2020

Today we take a look at Trump's recently-proposed budget and rule changes targeting the most vulnerable recipients of Social Security benefits. The budget has no chance of passing as it is because, thankfully, a Democratically-controlled House of Representatives will now allow it. However, it is still very valuable to understand why kind of budget and rules Trump and the GOP would pass if they were in complete power.

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Trump's War Budget Slashes Support for Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid - The Real News - Air Date 2-13-20

Trump promised he would not touch Social Security and Medicare. He lied. Now we have deficit spending with no social benefits, and Democrats fooled into a compromise that allowed the military budget to soar.

Ch. 2: Doctor Responds After Trump Said He’d Make More Cuts to Medicare - NowThis News - Air Date 1-27-20

This doctor is speaking out about the high cost and inaccessibility of health care in the U.S. after Trump said he’d make even more cuts to Medicare.

Ch. 3: The #TrumpBudget is cooking the books - Off-Kilter - Air Date 2-13-20

Bobby Kogan, chief mathematician of the Senate Budget Committee, explains how the Trump budget is cooking the books to make it look not as terrible as it really is.

Ch. 4: The politics of work and hunger - This Is Hell! - Air Date 1-7-20

Anthropologist Maggie Dickinson on food assistance, poverty and her book Feeding the Crisis Care and Abandonment in America's Food Safety Net

Ch. 5: Say No to Stealing Our Social Security Benefits: Alex Lawson on Social Security and disability - CounterSpin - Air Date 1-6-20

Janine Jackson interviewed Social Security Works’ Alex Lawson about Social Security and disability

Ch. 6: How To Clean Up The Welfare State - The Majority Report - Air Date 2-3-20

Meagan Day on "How To Clean Up The Welfare State" by building social programs that inspire support through their universality


VOICEMAILS

Ch. 7: Jay didn’t go far enough - Alan from Connecticut

Ch. 8: Emerging theme on our collective emergency, recommending After Capitalism - V from Central New York

Ch. 9: Why Clinton didn't win - James from Sacramento, CA


FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 10: Final comments on passion in the primaries, early interest in Bernie and why reluctant leaders are the best

Bonus: Something is happening - Jim Hightower - Air Date 2-2-16


MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Algea Trio - Algea Fields
  • Milkwood - The Cabinetmaker
  • Derailed - The Depot
  • A Burst of Light - 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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Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am EST

Air Date 2/19/2020

Today we take a look at the, ahem, "Peace Plan" devised by the US and Israel with absolutely no input from Palestinians. Plus, some additional discussion of how things are going in Israel/Palestine (not well) and how opinion has begun to shift dramatically within the Democratic Party.

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: “Yet Another Declaration of War on Palestinians”: Rashid Khalidi on Trump’s Middle East “Peace” Plan - Democracy Now - Air Date 1-29-20

Rashid Khalidi and Mehdi Hasan discuss the peace plan the pushes further oppression upon the Palestinian people.

Ch. 2: Omar Baddar on Israel/Palestine Peace Plan - CounterSpin - Air Date 1-31-20

Omar Baddar discusses Trump's peace plan and the continued human rights violations against Palestinians.

Ch. 3: Israel: Democracy or Apartheid with Noura Erakat Part 1 - Deconstructed with Mehdi Hasan - Air Date 9-19-19

Mehdi and Noura Erakat discuss Israel and Palestine and if Israel is even a democracy anymore.

Ch. 4: Mehdi Hasan: Trump’s Middle East Plan Is a Policy of Apartheid & Settler Colonialism - Democracy Now - Air Date 1-29-20

Rashid Khalidi and Mehdi Hasan discuss the peace plan the pushes further oppression upon the Palestinian people.

Ch. 5: Trumps Middle East Plan and Palestinian/Israeli Relations with Phyllis Bennis - Sojourner Truth with Margaret Prescod - Air Date 1-27-20

Margaret and Phyllis Bennis discuss the Trump/Netanyahu deal and their work to consolidate their power and eliminate dissent.

Ch. 6: How Israel/Palestine Became A Central Issue In US Politics with Alex Kane - The Real News with Greg Wilpert - Air Date 11-29-19

Alex Kane discusses the US's imperialist support of Israel oppressing Palestine.

Ch. 7: Noura Erakat: U.S. Recognition of Israeli Settlements Is “Entrenchment of an Apartheid Regime” - Democracy Now - Air Date 11-19-20

Noura Erakat discusses the Trump administration further legalizing Israel's apartheid regime against Palestinians.

Ch. 8: Israel: Democracy or Apartheid with Noura Erakat Part 2 - Deconstructed with Mehdi Hasan - Air Date 9-19-19

Mehdi and Noura Erakat discuss Israel and Palestine and if Israel is even a democracy anymore.


FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 9: Final comments on whether the support Bernie Sanders seems to have is genuine

Bonus: Buttigieg Supporter On Why He Doesn't Like Bernie - The Young Turks - Air Date 2-11-20


MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Moon Bicycle Theme - American Moon Bicycle
  • Thannoid - Bodytonic
  • On Early Light - Cholate
  • Derailed - The Depot
  • Banjo - Grey River
  • Festering - Towboat
  • 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: 12:00pm EST

Air Date 2/15/2020

Today we take a look at the ways Trump is working to rewrite the rules of trade with NAFTA 2.0 (The USMCA), a post-Brexit agreement with the United Kingdom and what's emerging from the ongoing trade war with China.

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Manuel Perez-Rocha on NAFTA 2.0 - CounterSpin - Air Date 1-24-20

Manuel Perez-Rocha breaks down the USMCA trade deal and the media's misinformation about it.

Ch. 2: The New NAFTA with Lori Wallach - Ralph Nader Radio Hour - Air Date 1-25-20

Ralph Nader and Lori Wallach discuss the USMCA, the old NAFTA and the revised NAFTA.

Ch. 3: Bipartisan NAFTA 2.0 Is Still Fatally Flawed with Nicole Aschoff - The Real News with Greg Wilpert - Air Date 1-21-19

Nicole Aschoff discusses the incremental change of the new NAFTA agreement.

Ch. 4: Secret Trade Documents Between US and UK - Novara Media - Air Date 11-29-19

The Trump admin is pushing a trade deal with the UK that will privatize the NHS.

Ch. 5: Trade deal between the US and the UK as seen from the UK - Remainiacs - Air Date 1-24-20

What use is the Government’s greenwashed Agriculture Bill when it won’t protect us from low-standard food imports?

Ch. 6: Phase One of US-China Trade Deal Is Symbolic with Nicole Aschoff - The Real News with Greg Wilpert - Air Date 1-21-20

Nicole Aschoff discusses the USMCA and China Trade negotiations.

Ch. 7: Trump Declares Victory on Trade with Ana Swanson - Diane Rehm On My Mind - Air Date 1-21-20

Diane and Ana Swanson discuss Trump's supposed victory in the Trade war.

Ch. 8: The US-China Trade War with Tobita Chow and Jake Werner - Jacobin Radio - Air Date 2-3-20

Tobita Chow and Jake Werner discuss the Trump administration's trade war with China.


VOICEMAILS

Ch. 9: What did Bernie actually say at those Clinton rallies? - Barbara from San Jose, CA


FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 10: Final comments explaining Bernie’s support of Clinton during the 2016 election

Bonus: Every Event Bernie Sanders Did For Hillary Clinton in 2016 - Matt Binder - Air Date 1-21-20


MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Cloud Line - K4
  • PolyCoat - The Cabinetmaker
  • Minutes - Pacha Faro
  • Swapping Tubes - Studio J
  • Take a Tiny Train - Ray Catcher
  • Tiny Putty - The Cabinetmaker
  • Gondola Blue - Towboat
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

 

SHOW IMAGE

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

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: 1:00pm EST

Air Date 2/8/2020

Today we take a look at the globetrotting trend of building and maintaining far-right, authoritarian political power by stoking fear and hatred of Muslims. We will draw the connections between the Chinese Uighurs, the Rohingya people of Burma, the Governmental policy in India to strip Muslims of citizenship and the actions taken by the US over the past decades that have helped to turbo-charge this trend.

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: The World War on Muslims with Mehdi Hasan Part 1 - Ezra Klein Show - Air Date 1-20-20

Mehdi Hasan and Ezra break down all the harm against Muslim lives across the world.

Ch. 2: Why Don't We Care About Chinas Uighur Muslims? - Deconstructed with Mehdi Hasan - Air Date 12-29-19

China's Uighur Muslims are being marginalized and sent to reeducation concentration camps, with nary a word from the rest of the world.

Ch. 3: The Politics of Nativism with Daniel Denvir - This Is Hell - Air Date 1-13-20

Chuck and Daniel Denvir discuss America's long history of Nativism and white supremacist policies.

Ch. 4: The World War on Muslims with Mehdi Hasan Part 2 - Ezra Klein Show - Air Date 1-20-20

Mehdi Hasan and Ezra break down the situation with the Rohingya people of Burma.

Ch. 5: Vijay Prashad on India Demonstrations - CounterSpin - Air Date 1-24-20

Vijay Prashad breaks down the current situation in India that is marginalizing Muslims.

Ch. 6: India's Citizenship Law with Shailja Sharma - Jacobin Radio - Air Date 1-6-20

Shailja Sharma discusses India's citizenship laws that sparked massive protests and the problems with Modi.

Ch. 7: The World War on Muslims with Mehdi Hasan Part 3 - Ezra Klein Show - Air Date 1-20-20

Mehdi Hasan and Ezra break down how islamophobia is the go-to way to ratchet up fear for political gain.


VOICEMAILS

Ch. 8: Response to anger episode - Anonymous


FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 9: Final comments on the structural forces of forgiveness


MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Derailed - The Depot
  • White Limit - CloudBreaker
  • Tar and Spackle - Plaster
  • Beast on the Soil - Desert Orchard
  • Milkwood - The Cabinetmaker
  • Waltz and Fury - Macrame
  • 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 EST

Air Date 2/5/2020

Today we take a look at the past, present and future of behavior modification from worms to pigeons to prisoners, and finally, internet users.

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: A History of Persuasion with Larry Stern - The Stakes with Kai Wright and Amanda Aronczyk - Air Date 8-8-19

Kai and Amanda talk with several experts about how humans are persuaded and the modern psychology of persuasion.

Ch. 2: Team Human with Douglas Rushkoff Part 1 - You Are Not So Smart - Air Date 1-13-19

Douglas Rushkoff explains why we should revolt against the algorithms so we can get back to our essential human messiness.

Ch. 3: Yuval Noah Harari and Tristan Harris - Wired Magazine - Air Date 12-3-18

Discussing the unsettling fact that humans have far less agency over their thoughts and actions as we desperately want to believe

Ch. 4: Team Human with Douglas Rushkoff Part 2 - You Are Not So Smart - Air Date 1-13-19

Douglas Rushkoff explains why we should revolt against the algorithms so we can get back to our essential human messiness.

Ch. 5: A History of Persuasion with Ian Leslie and Tristan Harris - The Stakes with Jai Wright and Amanda Aronczyk - Air Date 8-13-19

Kai and Amanda talk with several experts about how humans are persuaded and the modern psychology of persuasion.

Ch. 6: Team Human with Douglas Rushkoff Part 3 - You Are Not So Smart - Air Date 1-13-19

Douglas Rushkoff explains why we should revolt against the algorithms so we can get back to our essential human messiness.

Ch. 7: Buying Attention - Hidden Brain - Air Date 1-1-18

In the internet age, viral stories and fake news have grown more powerful - algorithms give us exactly what pushes our buttons, and gave Trump his power.


VOICEMAILS

Ch. 8: Iowa caucus - Alan from Connecticut

Ch. 9: The positive uses of anger - Chris from San Diego


FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 10: Final comments on my neoliberal nightmare of a day

Limerick of the day from @Limerick_News


MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Astrisx - Bodytonic
  • Swapping Tubes - Studio J
  • Wingspan - Bayou Birds
  • Thannoid - Bodytonic
  • Entrap - Darby
  • 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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Direct download: 1334_Behavior_Modification_Air_Date_2-5-20_-_2-4-20_20.31.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am EST

Air Date 2/2/2020

Today we take a look at the relationship between fear, anger and how to deal with the structural forces of harm in our society. To help us, we examine two of the greatest thinkers of the past 65 years, Martin Luther King Jr. and Mister Rogers, and go beyond the nonviolence of King and interrogate Mr. Roger's insistence on liking everyone just the way they are.

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: W. Kamau Bell on coming face to face with white supremacists - Finding Fred - Air Date 11-26-19

Empathy can be found when you understand what circumstances people came from

Ch. 2: Author Christian Picciolini on how white nationalists recruit and radicalize online - Democracy Now! - Air Date 3-18-19

Reformed neo-Nazi and author Christian Picciolini explains how white nationalists target vulnerable online communities

Ch. 3: The dubious luxury of anger - Progressive Faith Sermons w @RevDrRay - Air Date 6-24-17

Understanding the fear that underlies anger.

Ch. 4: Help the Helpers: Evil cannot withstand forgiveness - Finding Fred - Air Date 12-17-19

On being your best self. On the least of these. On the virtues of a cup of tea.

Ch. 5: Help the Helpers: But forgiveness can be complicated - Finding Fred - Air Date 12-17-19

You can't be nice to everyone because being nice to certain people is inherently cruel to others.

Ch. 6: Anger and forgiveness as a survival strategy - In The Thick - Air Date 10-4-19

Discussing the conviction and sentencing of Amber Guyger, the Dallas police officer who shot and killed her black neighbor, Botham Shem Jean

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?

Ch. 8: Why Do Black People Always Have to Forgive? - The Real News - Air Date 10-4-19

As Botham Jean’s brother makes headlines for “forgiving” Amber Guyger, Real News hosts Jacqueline Luqman and Lisa Snowden-McCray discuss what Christian forgiveness in the face of oppression means.

Ch. 9: Why accountability matters for faith-based forgiveness - Interfaith Voices - Air Date 7-13-18

Serene Jones says deep forgiveness is actually part of a larger process of seeking justice and accountability.

Ch. 10: The art and science of apologies and forgiveness Commentary - Best of the Left - Air Date 3-23-19

Final comments on strength, power, fragility, apologies, forgiveness and the legacy of the Confederacy

Ch. 11: Help the Helpers: Grace - Finding Fred - Air Date 12-17-19

Grace is to focus on the humanity of others than to see them as monsters.

Ch. 12: Help the Helpers: The fear and hurt that gets in the way - Finding Fred - Air Date 12-17-19

The difficulty of focusing on helping the needy rather than punishing the dangerous

Ch. 13: Van Jones: Why Casting “Bigots” Out Doesn’t Move America Forward - Big Think - Air Date 12-6-17

There is a limit to empathy, you cannot tolerate the intolerant for too long—but having empathy for those who interpret change as scary, and understanding why they think that way, maybe the only inroad to untying this great mess.

Ch. 14: The birth of the Black Power Movement - King in the Wilderness (HBO) - Air Date 4-2-18

The story of King's reaction to the rise of the Black Power movement and the roles of anger, fear and sickness


FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 15: Final comments on the various sicknesses infecting our society


MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Cases to Rest - Bodytonic
  • Open Flames - Aeronaut
  • Surly Bonds - Aeronaut
  • Inessential - Bayou Birds
  • The Spinnet - Castle Danger
  • Algea Trio - Algea Fields
  • Moon Bicycle Theme - American Moon Bicycle
  • Beast on the Soil - Desert Orchard
  • On Our Own Again - The Pine Barrens
  • Streamer - Arc and Crecent
  • Cat's Eye - Marble Run
  • The Summit - K2
  • 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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Direct download: 1333_Anger_Forgiveness_Grace_Air_Date_2-1-20_-_2-2-20_18.54.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:17pm EST

Air Date 1/29/2020

Today we take a look at the flurry of controversy around the Democratic Primary race, once again exposing multiple rifts within the party along both ideological and gender lines.

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Debates and the Candidates Position on War - Democracy Now - Air Date 1-15-20

The Democratic Debates got a lot whiter, and they share jabs about how much they support war.

Ch. 2: The Big White Wave - In The Thick - Air Date 1-14-20

Discussing the impact of voters of color on the primaries and how money in politics reinforces the dominance of white politicians

Ch. 3: Warren, Sanders and the Question of Sexism - On the Media - Air Date 1-17-20

Rebecca Traister is a writer at The Cut where she wrote an article responding to the incident called “The Third Rail of Calling ‘Sexism’.” Here, she speaks with Brooke about the trickiness of talking about sexism without falling victim to it.

Ch. 4: Can a Woman be President? - Call Your Girlfriend - Air Date 1-24-20

A nuanced discussion of how to talk about sexism within Democratic circles while understanding some of the contextual forces at play.

Ch. 5: Hillary Clinton Is Not Going Away - The Young Turks - Air Date 1-21-20

Ana and Cenk discuss Hillary Clinton's documentary where she drags Bernie and Progressives.

Ch. 6: Refresher on Bernie Sander's dedication to party unity - Rumble with Michael Moore - Air Date 1-15-20

Michael Moore reviews the facts about Bernie Sanders' support of Hilary Clinton as the presidential nominee of the Democratic Party in 2016


VOICEMAILS

Ch. 7: We're the bully in the playground - Alan from Connecticut

Ch. 8: Two-faced politicians - Naomi from Canada


FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 9: Final comments on how tomorrow’s leaders are made


MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Line Etching - Marble Run
  • Glass Runner - Marble Run
  • Around Plastic Card Tables - Desert Orchard
  • Rafter - Speakeasy
  • Chrome and Wax - 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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Air Date 1/25/2020

Today we take a look at the climatic, political and social dynamics at play that have helped set the country of Australia ablaze both literally and figuratively

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: My Brother Fled Australia’s Climate-Fueled Inferno Part 1 - The Mother Jones Podcast - Air Date 1-8-20

Australia’s grim warning to the world: our dangerous, climate-altered future is here, right now.

Ch. 2: Listener connections to the Australia Fires Part 1 - The Brian Lehrer Show - Air Date 1-14-20

Umair Irfan talks about the environmental and human costs of the fire, its connection to climate change, and why any Australians are frustrated with how their politicians are responding to the disaster.

Ch. 3: Massive Australian Wildfires And The Consequences Of Climate Change Part 1 - Diane Rehm On My Mind - Air Date 1-7-20

Diane talks with David Wallace-Wells, deputy editor at New York Magazine and author of “The Uninhabitable Earth.”

Ch. 4: My Brother Fled Australia’s Climate-Fueled Inferno Part 2 - The Mother Jones Podcast - Air Date 1-8-20

Michael Mann on Australia’s grim warning to the world: our dangerous, climate-altered future is here, right now.

Ch. 5: Climate Change, News Corp, and the Australian Fires - On the Media - Air Date 1-15-20

Damien Cave is the New York Times bureau chief in Sydney, and he recently wrote about "How Rupert Murdoch Is Influencing Australia's Bushfire Debate."

Ch. 6: Australian Fires and the Culture Wars - Behind the News, Jacobin Radio - Air Date 1-13-20

Writer Jeff Sparrow on the Australian fires.

Ch. 7: Massive Australian Wildfires And The Consequences Of Climate Change Part 2 - Diane Rehm On My Mind - Air Date 1-7-20

Diane talks with David Wallace-Wells, deputy editor at New York Magazine and author of “The Uninhabitable Earth.”

Ch. 8: The Green News Report - Air Date 1-14-20

Australia’s catastrophic bushfires cause $2 billion in damages; 2019 was the second hottest year ever recorded globally; PLUS: 150 arrested at Jane Fonda’s ‘Fire Drill Fridays’ climate protest

Ch. 9: Listener connections to the Australia Fires Part 2 - The Brian Lehrer Show - Air Date 1-14-20

Umair Irfan talks about the environmental and human costs of the fire, its connection to climate change, and why any Australians are frustrated with how their politicians are responding to the disaster.

Ch. 10: Commentary Australia On Fire & Stopping Green Colonialism - The Michael Brooks Show - AIr Date 1-14-20

The crisis in Australia & moving toward a GND.


VOICEMAILS

Ch. 11: Hacking your home screen - Annonymous from Connecticut

Ch. 12: Liberals and Progressives need to be a united front - Heather from Colorado


FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 13: Final comments on why any coherent theory of change should bring progressives and Democrats together into a unified force


MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Milkwood - The Cabinetmaker
  • Denzel Sprak - CloudCover
  • Waltz and Fury - Macrame
  • The Spinnet - Castle Danger
  • A Path Unwinding - K4
  • One Dirty Sleeve - Wax Museum
  • Nuthatch - Feathers
  • Rafter - Speakeasy
  • Chrome and Wax - 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: 1:21pm EST

Air Date 1/22/2020

Today we take a look at the history of US tensions with Iran and the reality that it has been the irrationality of multiple Republican administrations working hand-in-glove with the far-right government of Israel that has thwarted any chance of peace.

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: The US and Iran: A Brief History with Hussein Banai - BackStory - Air Date 1-10-20

BackStory delves into the long history between Iran and the US following the assassination of Soleimani.

Ch. 2: America Exists To Make War with Lawrence Wilkerson - Democracy Now - Air Date 1-13-20

Amy Goodman talks with Lawrence Wilkerson about the endless war machine of US imperialism in Iran.

Ch. 3: Iran with Mehdi Hasan Part 1 - Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill - Air Date 1-14-20

Jeremy Scahill hosts a discussion about the state of Iran and what the US has done.

Ch. 4: Death of Soleimani Could Galvanize Shia Coalitions Against The US with Narges Bajoghli - Democracy Now - Air Date 1-6-20

Amy Goodman and Sarges Bajoghli discuss the consequences of the assassination of Soleimani.

Ch. 5: Hurtling Toward Catastrophe with Nathan Robinson - On the Media - Air Date 1-10-20

Experts discuss the Iran situation and how we got to the brink of war.

Ch. 6: Seven Things You Should Know About Trump and Iran with Mehdi Hasan - Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill - Air Date 1-14-20

Jeremy Scahill hosts a discussion about the state of Iran and what the US has done.

Ch. 7: Danny Sjursen on Iran and War - The Zero Hour with RJ Eskow - Air Date 1-11-20

RJ Eskow talks with Danny Sjursen about Iran and how the military approaches Trump.

Ch. 8: US and Iran with Mohammad Marandi - Unauthorized Disclosure - Air Date 1-12-20

Iran's reaction to the US assassinating their top General was quite restrained.

Ch. 9: No War With Iran Jan. 25th International Day of Action via @CODEPINK - Best of the Left Activism

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

Ch. 10: Iran with Mehdi Hasan Part 2 - Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill - Air Date 1-14-20

Jeremy Scahill hosts a discussion about the state of Iran and what the US has done.


VOICEMAILS

Ch. 11: We need more and better candidates - Dave from Olympia, WA


FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 12: Final comments on the dynamics of presidential candidates including “bench” and “wave” candidates


TAKE ACTION!

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EDUCATE YOURSELF & SHARE

Why Iran's Qassem Soleimani was on a not-so-secret trip to Iraq when he was assassinated (Business Insider)

Trump authorized Soleimani's killing 7 months ago, with conditions (NBC News)

Trump’s team insists Soleimani was an “imminent” threat. Just don’t ask for details. (Vox)

Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman 


MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Cases to Rest - Bodytonic
  • Wingspan - Bayou Birds
  • Denzel Sprak - CloudCover
  • Weathervane - CloudCover
  • Nuthatch - Feathers
  • Interlude - The Nocturne
  • Contrarian - Sketchbook
  • Andelo - 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: 6:08pm EST

Air Date 1/18/2020

Today we take a look at The Afghanistan Papers which reveal in stark detail much of what the anti-war movement has known or strongly suspected since the beginning. Going beyond the scope of The Pentagon Papers of the Vietnam War era, The Afghanistan Papers feature interviews and documentation from top-ranking officials admitting from the start that they had no idea what they were doing in Afghanistan.

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Headlines: The Afghanistan Papers - Democracy Now - Air Date 12-10-19

Breaking the news of The Afghanistan Papers

Ch. 2: The "Pentagon Papers" Of Our Time with Craig Whitlock - On the Media - Air Date 12-20-19

Bob Garfield talks with Craig Whitlock about the Afghanistan Papers and the comparison to the Pentagon Papers.

Ch. 3: They Lied To Us All Along with Danny Sjursen - The Real News with Marc Steiner - Air Date 12-15-19

Marc Steiner talks with Danny Sjursen about the lies of war and the lack of accountability for leadership.

Ch. 4: The Truth About The War In Afghanistan with Craig Whitlock - The Brian Lehrer Show - Air Date 12-16-19

Brian talks with Craig Whitlock about the Afghanistan Papers and the history of the endless war on terror.

Ch. 5: The Afghan Pentagon Papers - The Michael Brooks Show - Air Date 12-14-19

Michael Brooks breaks down the history of the modern military establishment.

Ch. 6: The Afghanistan Papers - Eyes Left with Spenser Rapone and Mike Prysner - Air Date 12-16-19

Spenser and Mike bring context to the Afghanistan Papers and delve into the history of the endless war.

Ch. 7: The Afghanistan Papers with Steven Miles - News Beat with Rashed Mian and Christopher Twarowski - Air Date 12-23-19

An in-depth discussion of the history and corruption of the Afghanistan war.


VOICEMAILS

Ch. 8: I didn't realize I was a socialist - Sarah from Cool, CA

Ch. 9: Balancing policy and identity - Pat from Chicago


FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 10: Final comments on making diversity part of our process of learning and growing

Bonus: A Song From US Military Officer In Afghanistan - Eyes Left with Spenser Rapone and Mike Prysner - Air Date 12-16-19


MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Algea Trio - Algea Fields
  • Cases to Rest - Bodytonic
  • Waltz and Fury - Macrame
  • Tar and Spackle - Plaster
  • Beast on the Soil - Desert Orchard
  • God's Playground - Nathanael Christy
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent


SHOW IMAGE:

"Afghanistan War Anniversary", Jayel Aheram on Flickr / License / Changes: Zoomed in and cropped

 

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

Air Date 1/14/2020

Today we take a look back at the year 2010 in our annual 10-years-past retrospective to see what we may learn. 2010 was an enormous year of news and I've been working on this episode so long that I can hardly remember life before I started.

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Andrew Bacevich on Afghanistan - Bill Moyers Journal - Aired 5-15-10

Ch. 2: Congrats to Wikileaks! - Progressive Point of View - Aired 8-4-10

Ch. 3: Credit where credit is due - Rachel Maddow - Aired 9-4-10

Ch. 4: Obama Admin- Torture Not Illegal, Just A "Disagreement" - The Young Turks - Aired 3-27-10

Ch. 5: What's Next For Campaign Finance? - Bill Moyer's Journal - Aired 9-12-10

Ch. 6: Corporate Personhood - The Floodgates were Opened Today - Thom Hartmann - Aired 1-27-10

Ch. 7: Dems Must Fight Back on the Filibuster - Colbert Report

Ch. 8: Robert Knutter and on healthcare - Bill Moyer's Journal - Aired 1-23-10

Ch. 9: For he's a jowly good fellow - Colbert Report - Aired 1-3-10

Ch. 10: Obama's signing speech - Countdown - Aired 3-31-10

Ch. 11: The Un-Tea party movement - Rachel Maddow - Aired 4-25-10

Ch. 12: Obama crushes house GOP - The Young Turks

Ch. 13: Elizabeth Warren on financial reform - Colbert Report - Aired 5-6-10

Ch. 14: Financial Reform Bill is a Joke -- Economic Collapse Coming - The Young Turks - Aired 6-3-10

Ch. 15: Bet Against The American Dream - This American Life

Ch. 16: Israel does something crazy/frustrating - The Bugle - Aired 6-17-10

Ch. 17: Joe Biden Hits New Low Defending Israeli Murder - Matthew Rothschild - Aired 6-17-10

Ch. 18: Obama Mute on Israeli Aggression - Matthew Rothschild - Aired 6-17-10 -0:08-0:17

Ch. 19: Scapegoating Immigrant Children Now - The Progressive - Aired 9-7-10

Ch. 20: Republican Wants Illegal Immigrant Camps - The Young Turks - Aired 9-7-10

Ch. 21: Papers please amendments - Rachel Maddow - Aired 5-11-10

Ch. 22: BP oil spill – The Progressive

Ch. 23: Test of functioning media and politics - Rachel Maddow - Aired 6-15-10

Ch. 24: Strike it mucky! - The Bugle - Aired 6-23-10

Ch. 25: BP and the oil spill - The Now Show - Aired 7-1-10

Ch. 26: Bush-like missteps - The Daily Show - Aired 6-26-10

Ch. 27: Arne Duncan on US education system - Colbert Report - Aired 4-11-10

Ch. 28: Release the Kagan - The Daily Show - Aired 7-13-10

Ch. 29: Largest ever tax hike - Media Matters Minute - Aired 7-29-10 -0:45

Ch. 30: History made - Sanders speech - Countdown - Aired 12-16-10

Ch. 31: Pro-Gay Groups 'Desperate' For Obama To Take Action - NPR - Aired 12-11-10

Ch. 32: Beck vs MLK - Media Matters Minute - Aired 8-29-10

Ch. 33: Sanity/Fear protest of the absurd – NPR - Aired 11-16-10

Ch. 34: Religious and ethnic intolerance in the election - Rachel Maddow - Aired 11-4-10

Ch. 35: Yes we can, but - Le Show - Aired 11-10-10


FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 36: Final comments, last day of working at CCAN - Comments

Ch. 37: Real job coming to an end, increasing episode output immediately

Ch. 38: Over the Health Care Hump, on to other topics - Aired 4-6-10


MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:41pm EST

Air Date: 1/6/2019

Today, due to my current bout of perpetual-rake-in-the-face, I share a selection of honorable mentions from the 2009 retrospective show

Bonus Clips:

Introduction to SERE - Rachel Maddow

Timeline summary of torture memos and fallout - Rachel Maddow

Liz Cheney talks torture with the complicit media - The Young Turks

Mancow gets waterboarded - The Young Turks

Cheney testing the constitution - Rachel Maddow

Correcting the record on Jim Cramer at CNBC - Daily Show

Franken Kicks Conservative Ass - The Young Turks

Obama Pwns Himself on Signing Statements - The Young Turks

Correcting the record on Jim Cramer at CNBC - Daily Show

Glenn Beck loses his mind talking about healthcare - The Young Turks

Colbert on Glenn Beck's 9/12 project - Colbert Report

High tech culture - On the Media

Stephen Colbert study analyzed - On the Media

Fox News The New Liberals (Craig T Nelson) - Daily Show

Pizza Party - Slate

 

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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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