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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


TAKE ACTION!

Tell Congress to Create a Just & Fair Federal Privacy Law using:

Learn more:

EDUCATE YOURSELF & SHARE

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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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

 

Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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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

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

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

 

Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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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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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


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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

EDUCATE YOURSELF & SHARE

'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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SHOW NOTES

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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SHOW NOTES

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

Air Date: 1/16/2018

Today we take a look at the legacy of Martin Luther King that some people prefer to forget and most people never learned about. In fact, it is likely his forgotten opinions that got him killed rather than his calls for racial equality. 

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: MLK What They Won't Teach In School Part 1 - News Beat (@USNewsBeat) - Air Date 1-8-18

Ch. 3: Song 1: N/A


Ch. 4: Act 2: Understanding Beyond Vietnam - Intercepted (@intercepted) - Air Date 4-5-17

Ch. 5: Song 2:  The Envelope - Aeronaut


Ch. 6: Act 3: The MLK you don't see on TV - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 1-20-17

Ch. 7: Song 3:  Vengeful - Warmbody


Ch. 8: Act 4: MLK What They Won't Teach In School Part 2 - News Beat (@USNewsBeat) - Air Date 1-8-18

Ch. 9: Song 4:  N/A


Ch. 10: Act 5: Invoking King when it's convenient, ignoring what we don't like - Intercepted (@intercepted) - Air Date 4-5-17

Ch. 11: Song 5:  Celestial Navigation - Aeronaut


Ch. 12: Act 6: Understanding the response to the Beyond Vietnam speech - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 1-13-16

Ch. 13: Song 6: Santre - K2


Ch. 14: Act 7: A Dream Remembered? How we came to revere MLK - @Making_Contact - Air Date 1-17-17


Ch. 15: Final comments on the revival of the Poor People’s Campaign

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

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

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

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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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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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
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock 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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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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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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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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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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Category:general -- posted at: 6:00pm EDT

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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Air Date: 12/21/2013

You didn't think the War on Christmas™ could get any more exciting but then someone decided to bring race into the mix and the whole thing blew sky high. We'll report back as casualty numbers are confirmed.

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Genesis of Bill O'Reilly's War On Christmas - Jimmy Dore Show - Air Date 12-6-13

Ch. 3: Song 1: Ding Dong Merrily On High - I Saw Three Ships..... and Other Carols


Ch. 4: Act 2: Christian Radio Host Wants to "Punch Atheists" - Majority Report - Air Date: 01-08-13

Ch. 5: Song 2: Carol of the Bells - Christmas Celebration


Ch. 6: Act 3: Pat Robertson: Atheists 'Miserable' & Trying to Steal Christmas - David Pakman Show - Air Date: 11-22-12

Ch. 7: Song 3: Walking In the Air - The Snowman


Ch. 8: Act 4: Scrooge was not the hero of 'A Christmas Carol' - Bill Maher - Air Date: 11-11-11

Ch. 9: Song 4: Scrooge - The Muppet Christmas Carol (Special Anniversary Edition)


Ch. 10: Act 5: War on Christmas: Christians Losing Culture War! - Young Turks - Air Date: 12-15-12

Ch. 11: Song 5: I Saw Three Ships - I Saw Three Ships..... and Other Carols


Ch. 12: Act 6: On Veterans Day, Hannity Devotes Twice As Much Time To "War On Christmas" - Media Matters Minute - Air Date: 11-12-13


Ch. 14: Act 7: Megyn Kelly: Don't Worry Kids, Jesus and Santa Are White!! - Majority Report - Air Date: 12-13-13

Ch. 15: Song 7: God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - David Grisman's Acoustic Christmas


Ch. 16: Act 8: The fear of a black Santa continues - All in With Chris Hayes - Air Date: 12-16-13

Ch. 21: Song 8: Nutcracker: Act 1: March - Nutcracker


Ch. 18: Act 9: Megyn 'Santa And Jesus Are White' Kelly A Victim Of Race-Baiting - Young Turks - Air Date: 12-17-13

Ch. 21: Song 9: Mistletoe and Holly - Christmas With Sinatra and Friends


Ch. 20: Act 10: Sarah Palin 'War on Christmas' Book Flops - David Pakman Show - Air Date: 12-06-13

Ch. 21: Song 10: Get down for the holidays - Jenny O.


Ch. 20: Act 11: Right Wing's Fake War on Christmas Started Nearly 100 Years Ago - Majority Report - Air Date: 12-19-13

Ch. 21: Song 11: Good King Wenceslas - The Millennia Collection: Best-Loved Christmas Carols


Ch. 20: Act 12: The Dark Mastermind Behind The War On Christmas - Young Turks - Air Date: 12-20-13

Ch. 21: Song 12: Christians and Pagans - Mortal City


Ch. 20: Act 13: Jesus Is a Liberal Democrat - Colbert Report - Air Date: 12-16-2010

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

Air Date: 12/21/2018

Today we take a look at the Yellow Vests protest in France to understand what they are, how they started and what implications they have for the struggle between neoliberal, fascist and progressive politics worldwide

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Ch. 1: France's Macron Makes Concessions while 'Yellow Vest' Protests Continue - @TheRealNews - Air Date 12-10-18

Militant "yellow vest" protests continue in France, despite President Macron's efforts to offer concessions.

Ch. 2: Explaining Macron, French politics and the connection to Yellow Vests - David Feldman Show - Air Date 12-10-18

World Politics Review's Judah Grunstein talks to us from Paris and provides a background briefing on the Yellow Vest protests.

Ch. 3: Woke Pamela Anderson Explains Paris Riots - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date 12-7-18

Pamela Anderson gives a great breakdown of the Yellow Vests protest and protests in general.

Ch. 4: The Yellow Vest Protests in France - The Brian Lehrer Show - Air Date 12-4-18

Alissa Rubin, New York Times bureau chief in Paris, talks about the deadly Yellow Vest protests in France, and whether world leaders can take necessary steps to address global warming without imposing overly harsh economic burdens on hard-working citizens.

Ch. 5: Yellow Vests, neoliberalism and the climate with Danièle Obono and Jerome Roos - The Dig from @jacobinmag - Air Date 12-14-18

With the rise of the Yellow Vest (Gilets jaunes) movement, there no clearer evidence that zombie neoliberalism is bound to fail. This crisis cannot be solved with the centrist policies and politics that caused it in the first place.

Ch. 6: F-Word: In the French Yellow Vests Murdoch Finds a Movement to Like- The F Word w/ @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date: 12-12-18

“By many accounts Macron’s paying the price not so much for taxing carbon as for ignoring inequality and passing tax breaks for the rich, while pushing more austerity on people already at breaking point.” Laura Flanders, weekly commentary.

Ch. 7: French and American revolutionary tactics - Common Censored with @LeeCamp & @ActivistEleanor - Air Date 12-9-18

The yellow vests have pushed President Macron to kill the proposed fuel tax. Here’s what you need to know about the tax - and what we can learn from the gilets jaunes.

Ch. 8: Explaining the Yellow Vest protests through a progressive lens - @tmbsfm with @_michaelbrooks - Air Date 12-10-18

We talk about the Yellow Vest movement and what it means for the left going forward.


VOICEMAILS

Ch. 10: I say Happy Holidays because I get my Christmas cards out late - Jeff from Charlotte, NC


FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 12: Final comments on selective inclusion and exclusion and clarification on why it’s good to be able to argue your opponent’s side


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Air Date: 12/18/2018

Today, as we do each year, we take a look at the current state of the War on Christmas™ but with more of a historical focus on how we got here

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Ch. 1: Judith Flanders explains that Christmas has always been whatever you want it to be Part 1 - @ThisIsHellRadio - Air Date 12-26-17

Historian Judith Flanders explores the populist, adaptive, multi-purpose, meaning of Christmas.

Ch. 2: Looking at the winding path of the celebration of Christmas to the subsequent war on it - Past/Present - Air Date 12-21-15

Neil argued the “war on Christmas” is largely a media phenomenon, noting that many religious leaders have chosen to ignore the controversy or to argue that the real war on Christmas is the holiday’s over-commercialization.

Ch. 3: Judith Flanders explains that Christmas has always been whatever you want it to be Part 2 - @ThisIsHellRadio - Air Date 12-26-17

Historian Judith Flanders explores the populist, adaptive, multi-purpose, meaning of Christmas.

Ch. 4: White Supremacy and the So-Called “War on Christmas” - The Chauncey DeVega Show - Air Date 1-6-18

Randy Blazak is the guest on this week’s episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. He is a tenured sociologist and criminologist who has taught at Portland State University as well as the University of Oregon.

Ch. 5: Discussing exactly which Christmas carols we should be outraged about - Messy Mouthy Mandatory - Air Date 12-19-17

Ronit and Katie talk holidays and slut-shaming Christmas carols.

Ch. 6: Judith Flanders explains that Christmas has always been whatever you want it to be Part 3 - @ThisIsHellRadio - Air Date 12-26-17

Historian Judith Flanders explores the populist, adaptive, multi-purpose, meaning of Christmas.


VOICEMAILS

Ch. 7: Thoughts on the Brazilian election and the global right-wing backlash - Jeff from California


FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 8: Final comments


MUSIC:

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Ring Out the Bells for Christmas (1907) - Edison Concert Band (Blue Dot Sessions)
  • Losers on a Christmas Eve - Greg Atkinson (Blue Dot Sessions)
  • (He Came in Like a) Santa Claus - The Gregory Brothers (Blue Dot Sessions)
  • Auld Lang Syne - United States Marine Band (Blue Dot Sessions)
  • "Baby It's Cold Outside" Gets a Feminist Remix - caseymh2010 (Blue Dot Sessions)
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

 

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Air Date: 12/14/2018

Today we take a look critically at the life and times of George H.W. Bush

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Ch. 1: A Clear-eyed perspective on H.W. Bush to counter the misty vision of the mainstream - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 12-6-18

Janine Jackson takes a quick look at coverage of the death of George H.W. Bush.

Ch. 2: Remembering the President Completely - On The Media - Air Date 12-7-18

This week Brooke talks to Buzzfeed senior culture writer Anne Helen Petersen about whose voices and experiences are prioritized in presidential remembrances and why they leave us with an incomplete picture.

Ch. 3: Explaining George H.W. Bush's involvement in obstruction of justice under Nixon - Bag Man - Air Date 11-11-18

After learning that his own Justice Department is investigating his crimes, Vice President Spiro Agnew embarks on a secret, behind-the-scenes effort… to obstruct justice. It’s a scheme that ends up involving George H.W. Bush

Ch. 4: Harold Meyerson on how George H.W. Bush Gave Us Today’s Republican Party - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 12-4-18

George H. W. Bush paved the way for today’s Republican party with his racist Willy Horton campaign, the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court, and pardoning the Iran-Contra conspirator whose trial would have exposed his own abuse of power.

Ch. 5: Thoughts on George H.W. Bush's environmental legacy - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 12-2-18

We review parts of Bush Sr.’s legacy today — without either dancing on his grave or lionizing — particularly on the environment.

Ch. 6: President Bush on civil rights and the nomination of Clarence Thomas - The Brian Lehrer Show - Air Date 12-3-18 

A panel of experts looks at some of the actions of George H.W. Bush that warrant a more critical response.

Ch. 7: George H.W. Bush and the war on drugs - @tmbsfm with @_michaelbrooks - Air Date 12-3-18

We discuss George HW Bush's legacy of decimation and murder.

Ch. 8: George H. W. Bush, American War Criminal - @Intercepted w @JeremyScahill - Air Date 12-4-18

Jeremy Scahill details the crimes of George H.W. Bush, the sick propaganda of the corporate media memorials; and the trail of blood, death, and tears Bush leaves behind.


VOICEMAILS

Ch. 9: Powerful vs vulnerable in privacy and transparency - Terry from New York

Ch. 10: Thoughts on the Brazilian election and the global right-wing backlash - Jeff from California


FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 11: Final comments on this one weird trick that could improve our debate-based media immeasurably


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Air Date: 12/11/2018

Today we take a look at the election of a true neofascist to be president of Brazil and some of the economic and political realities that lead us to this point

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Ch. 1: Media reports unironically about markets reacting favorably to the election of a fascist - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 11-1-18

Janine Jackson takes a quick look at the recent press, including Brazil’s new fascist president

Ch. 2: Globalization — the Economics Work, the Politics Do Not - Who What Why - Air Date 5-10-18

Ian Bremmer makes the case that democracy, plus technology, plus political globalism simply can't work. According to Bremmer, we need to look no further than Trump, Brexit, and recent European elections for proof.

Ch. 3: Glenn Greenwald on Election of Bolsonaro: Democratic Values & Human Rights Are At Risk in Brazil - Democracy Now! - Air Date 10-30-18

Conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald about the Brazilian election resulting in far-right leader Jair Bolsonaro being elected Brazil’s next president.

Ch. 4: Brian Mier on Brazil’s Election and What Comes Next - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 11-29-18

Speaking with Brian Mier, an editor at Brasil Wire who also edited the book Voices of the Brazilian Left, about the election of Brazil’s new President Jair Bolsonaro

Ch. 5: Wanis Kabbaj: How nationalism and globalism can coexist - @TEDTalks - Air Date 11-13-18

Why do we have to choose between nationalism and globalism, between loving our countries and caring for the world? In this talk, Wanis Kabbaj explains how we can challenge this polarizing, binary thinking


VOICEMAILS

Ch. 6: Analyzing the 2018 elections and beyond - V from Central New York

Ch. 7: When hate comes for one group it comes for all groups - Mary Lynn from MN


FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 8: Final comments on the power dynamic of privacy vs trasnparency


MUSIC:

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • The Back Lot - Sunday at Slims (Blue Dot Sessions)
  • Our Fingers Cold - K2 (Blue Dot Sessions)
  • Haena - Cloud Harbor (Blue Dot Sessions)
  • Astrisx - Bodytonic (Blue Dot Sessions)
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

 

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

Air Date: 12/7/2018

Today we take a look at the ongoing war in Yemen including its origins, multitude of players, the US supporting that is helping drive the worlds worst humanitarian crisis and what we can and should do to stop it.

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Ch. 1: MSNBC finally mentions US involvement in the Yemen war - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 8-24-18

Janine Jackson gives a quick update on MSNBC‘s coverage of Yemen.

Ch. 2: Why U.S. Bombs Are Falling in Yemen - The Daily - Air Date 11-19-18

The killing of Jamal Khashoggi has renewed criticism of Saudi Arabia, including the kingdom’s role in the war in Yemen, a war that the United States has backed from the beginning and has created one of the worst humanitarian crisis' in the world.

Ch. 3: Whitewashing America’s Role in Yemen - Citations Needed (@CitationsPod) - Air Date 11-28-18

Adam and Nima look back at the media’s coverage of the tragedy in Yemen that obeys a very narrow Overton Window on our wars of empire

Ch. 4: Why Is No-one Trying to Stop the War in Yemen? - The Inquiry - Air Date 4-4-17

The UN is calling it a humanitarian crisis. And yet it’s far from clear which, if any, of the multiple nations and groups involved in the conflict, is working to end it. In other words, our question this week, why is no one trying to stop the war in Yemen?

Ch. 5: The Saudi-US Agenda Behind Destroying Yemen (Pt 1/2) - @TheRealNews - Air Date 8-3-18

Professor Isa Blumi of Stockholm University and author of "Destroying Yemen," discusses the motives and impact of the unrelenting US-backed assault

Ch. 6: Jehan Hakim On Yemen’s Humanitarian Crisis & War Powers Resolution - Sojourner Truth Radio - Air Date 11-26-18

An update on Yemen as Senator Bernie Sanders is now leading an effort to block U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen. Our guest is Jehan Hakim, chair of the Yemeni Alliance Committee, which is working to end the war.

Ch. 7: Stop U.S. Support of Saudi Arabia in Yemen- Tell Congress to Support the War Powers Resolution Measures (S.J.R. 54 and H.C.R. 138) - Best of the Left Activism

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Ch. 8: Trump’s Muslim Ban Tearing Apart Families - News Beat - Air Date 8-1-18

Twenty-two million people are at risk of starving to death in Yemen due to the U.S.-backed bombing campaign there. Compounding the tragedy is Trump’s self-professed Muslim Ban barring families from ever reuniting—even to escape near-certain death


VOICEMAILS

Ch. 9: Warrens DNA - Alan from Connecticut

Ch. 10: Exploring the connection between race and identity - Elizabeth from Virginia


FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 11: Final comments on what genocide is and isn’t


TAKE ACTION!

1. Tell Your Members of Congress to support:

SENATE (WAR POWERS RESOLUTION): S.J.Res.54 - A joint resolution to direct the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress.

HOUSE (WAR POWERS RESOLUTION): H.Con.Res.138 - Directing the President pursuant to section 5(c) of the War Powers Resolution to remove United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress.

2. Share this action on social media with the hashtag #YemenCantWait

3. Help the Yemeni people directly:

International Rescue Committee - Yemen (IRC)

Humanitarian crisis: What can I do to help? (BBC)

Charities Responding to the Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen (Charity Navigator)

Yemen Crisis: How to help people and children facing famine (NBC)

EDUCATE YOURSELF

85,000 Children in Yemen May Have Died of Starvation(NY Times)

Congress is finally pushing the US to withdraw from Yemen. It's about time(The Guardian)

Demand an End to US Support for the War in Yemen(The Nation)

Yemen's humanitarian crisis worsens each day. Here's how to stop it(CNN)

Climate Change Is Aggravating the Suffering in Yemen (The New Republic)

How Congress Can End the War in Yemen (NY Review of Books)

When will America stop participating in Yemen's genocidal war? (The Guardian)

Life in Yemen Is Sophie's Choice (The Atlantic)

Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman 

 

MUSIC(Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • No Smoking - Sunday at Slims
  • Gondola Blue - Towboat
  • Beast on the Soil - Desert Orchard
  • Felt Lining - The Cabinetmaker
  • On Early Light - Cholate
  • When in the West - Landsman Duets
  • One Little Triumph - Piano Mover
  • 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: 12/4/2018

Today we take a look at the two major recent climate change reports that were released and some of the new energy arriving in Congress determined to be equal to the task

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Behind the scenes at the IPCC with Dr. Katharine Mach - America Adapts - Air Date 3-13-17

Dr. Katharine Mach, Director of Stanford Environment Assessment Facility - Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment and former Co-Director of the Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

Ch. 2: Discussing the new IPPC report - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 10-8-18

The IPCC report warns that unless very serious changes are made by governments over the next 10 years, the worst effects of global warming will arrive far sooner than previously predicted

Ch. 3: Kelly Levin, senior associate with the World Resources Institute joins Ira to discuss the IPCC Report - Science Friday - Air Date 10-11-18

A new United Nations report published this week highlights a number of climate change impacts that could be avoided by limiting global warming to 1.5 C compared to 2 C, or more. The conclusion: Every bit of warming of matters.

Ch. 4: Media fails to place the blame for climate change where it belongs - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 10-19-18

Once again, examples of media missing the point in just such a way that protects corporations and blames individuals for systemic problems

Ch. 5: Climate Scientist: As U.N. Warns of Global Catastrophe, We Need a "Marshall Plan" for Climate Change - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 10-9-18

Arguing that our economic status quo cannot be seen as a constraint to recommended climate actions

Ch. 6: Special Report on the National Climate Assessment - @GreenNewsReport - Air Date 11-26-18

Major U.S. climate report warns global warming is already devastating America’s environment and economy — and unless we act aggressively to reduce emissions, it is going to get MUCH worse

Ch. 7: The Science Behind Trump’s Climate Report - The Brian Lehrer Show - Air Date 11-28-18 

Christopher Joyce, correspondent on the science desk at NPR, talks about the science behind Trump Administration’s climate report, and the push for a Green New Deal.

Ch. 8: Who Is To Blame For The Earth's Destruction? - Sustainable Human - Air Date 3-7-18

It’s partly economic. It’s partly infrastructural. It’s partly the habits that were imbued in us growing up in this culture - habits of competition, habits of scarcity, habits of judgment, habits of struggle.

Ch. 9: Activists and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Demand Nancy Pelosi Take Action on Climate - @TheRealNews - Air Date 11-14-18

Varshini Prakash of the Sunrise Movement talks about why hundreds of activists occupied Nancy Pelosi's offices demanding a Green New Deal and an end to fossil fuel contributions


VOICEMAILS

Ch. 10: Making a dirty deal with white supremacy - Zev from Southern Illinois

Ch. 11: Explain the Elizabeth Warren issue to me - Nick from California

Ch. 12: Here's my B+ answer on Elizabeth Warren - Nick from California


FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 12: Final comments on the dead-end conclusion of having the wrong conversation


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

Air Date: 11/30/2018

Today we take a look at the history and present of anti-semitism in America

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Antisemitism in USA - @BackStory - Air Date: 05-25-2018

 

Ch. 2: The Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting - Past/Present - Air Date 11-6-18

 

Ch. 3: On Anti-Semitism Today - The Brian Lehrer Show - Air Date 10-30-18

 

Ch. 4: We Need To Talk About Anti-Semitism - Full Frontal with Samantha Bee - Air Date 10-31-18

 

Ch. 5: Deborah Lipstadt: Behind the lies of Holocaust denial - @TEDTalks - Air Date 5-23-17


VOICEMAILS

Ch. 6: The Return of Superman - Heather from Texas


Ch. 7: Final comments on understanding how a progressive can come to defend a virulent bigot and anti-semite

BONUS CLIP: The Women's March Has an Antisemitism Problem - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date 03-13-18

 

 

MUSIC(Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Gullwing Sailor - Migration
  • Our Fingers Cold - K2
  • Insatiable Toad - Origami
  • Rapids - Grey River
  • 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: 4:00am EDT

Air Date: 11/27/2018

Today we take a look at the literal and figurative bloody messes of the history of Thanksgiving and the identities of native peoples

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: A Code Switch Thanksgiving Feast - Code Switch - Air Date 11-21-17

Exploring the conflicting narratives of American Thanksgiving.

Ch. 2: Historian Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz on Thanksgiving: "It Has Never Been About Honoring Native Americans" - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 11-29-16

We speak with indigenous historian and activist Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz. She is the author of "An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States" and co-author of "All the Real Indians Died Off: And 20 Other Myths About Native Americans."

Ch. 3: The stolen sisters Part 1 - In the Thick - Air Date 9-18-18

Maria and Julio speak about Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls movement with Annita Lucchesi, a Southern Cheyenne cartographer who has built the largest database of missing and murdered Indigenous women.

Ch. 4: Indigenous DNA - Science for the People - Air Date 1-5-17

Kim TallBear, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Peoples Technoscience, on her book "Native American DNA: Tribal Belonging and the False Promise of Genetic Science."

Ch. 5: The stolen sisters Part 2 - In the Thick - Air Date 9-18-18

Maria and Julio speak about Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls movement with Annita Lucchesi, a Southern Cheyenne cartographer who has built the largest database of missing and murdered Indigenous women.

Ch. 6: It's not just about the blood - Code Switch - Air Date 2-6-18

If you're Native American, who or what gets to define your identity? We dive into an old system intended to measure the amount of "Indian blood" a person has.

Ch. 7: Native Americans React to Elizabeth Warren's DNA Test: Stop Making Native People "Political Fodder" - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 10-18-18

Native Americans across the country are criticizing Senator Elizabeth Warren’s decision to use a DNA test to assert her Native American heritage. We host a roundtable discussion of Native American activists and journalists to respond.

Ch. 8: Indigenous historian Nick Estes discusses the trivializing of native people - @Intercepted w @JeremyScahill - Air Date 10-23-18

Indigenous historian Nick Estes discusses the ongoing attacks on native people, voter disenfranchisement, the Red Power movement and the latest on the fight against major oil and gas pipelines.

 

VOICEMAILS

Ch. 9: The dangers of over-secrecy - Abdul from DC

 

Ch. 10: Final comments on #StandWithMashpee

 

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The true story of the first Thanksgiving and what it meant (Opinion | Boston Globe)

Mashpee Wampanoag Confront 'Loss Of Self-Governance' After Interior Department Reversal (WBUR, Here & Now)

This Thanksgiving, The Trump Administration Is Taking Land From The Tribe That Welcomed The Pilgrims (Huffington Post)

Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman 

 

MUSIC(Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • On Early Light - Cholate
  • Eventual Victory - Codebreaker
  • Astrisx - Bodytonic
  • Beast on the Soil - Desert Orchard
  • Cases to Rest - Bodytonic
  • Nuthatch - Feathers
  • The Cast and Favor - 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: 8:00am EDT

Air Date: 1/2/2018

Today we take a look at a few different visions of what the future holds for our labor market and some policies we should be putting in place to set the scene for the coming evolution of work

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: The future of work in a world of artificial intelligence - Ideas - Air Date 9-12-17

Ch. 3: Song 1:  Take a Tiny Train - Ray Catcher


Ch. 4: Act 2: Robots Causing Wealth Inequality? - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 04-28-17

Ch. 5: Song 2:  Tripoli - Pecan Grove


Ch. 6: Act 3: A 15 Hour Work Week Would Save the Planet - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 07-26-17

Ch. 7: Song 3:  Gondola Blue - Towboat


Ch. 8: Act 4: Demanding a future of full automation and a post-work world - Ideas - Air Date 9-26-17

Ch. 9: Song 4:  Comma - Codebreaker


Ch. 10: Act 5: Designing the future of jobs and economics - Freakonomics - Air Date 4-20-17

Ch. 11: Song 5:  Lesser Gods of Metal - Ray Catcher


Ch. 12: Act 6: Ai-jen Poo on the caretaker jobs of the future - The Ezra Klein Show - Air Date 11-13-17


Action Resources/Further Reading

New Economy Coalition 

The Next System Project

Democracy At Work

Public Predictions for the Future of Workforce Automation (Pew Research Center, 2016)

A World Without Work (The Atlantic, 2015)

Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman


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

Air Date: 11/20/2018

Today we take a look at the gendered nature of anger and how the anger of women is feared as a potentially revolutionary force

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Rebecca Traister on women's anger and Kavanaugh's rage - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 10-9-18

Explaining anger as the founding lullaby of the nation that is still restricted to a chosen few

Ch. 2: Soraya Chemaly: Author of "Rage Becomes Her" on the anger dynamics of the Kavanaugh hearings - @InDeepRadio w @AngieCoiro - Air Date 10-19-18

All kinds of ugly words are reserved for women who show anger. Where others see female anger as something to fear or reject, Soraya Chemaly sees strength, even opportunity.

Ch. 3: Historical examples of political organizing around women's rage - Past/Present - Air Date 10-8-18

Rage as a driving force behind organizing for social change and historical examples of how this plays out

Ch. 4: Rebecca Traister on women’s rage as the seed for organizing for change - The Ezra Klein Show - Air Date 10-3-18

When is anger constructive and important? Can it tie us together, rather than just pulling us apart? Rebecca Traister explains anger as an organizing tool.

Ch. 5: Brittney Cooper, author of "Eloquent Rage" on how her rage gives her power - In the Thick - Air Date 7-2-18

Brittney Cooper explains how she went from rejecting the idea that she was angry to embracing it and harnessing it to make her work better

Ch. 6: Serena Williams & the policing of anger - @EdgeofSports w Dave Zirin - Air Date 9-16-18

This week we speak to Soraya Chemaly, author of the new book “Rage Becomes Her” about Serena Williams, Title IX, and how our society monitors women’s anger, particularly black women.

Ch. 7: Rebecca Traister - How “Good and Mad” Women Continually Reshape America - The Daily Show - Air Date 11-6-18

Rebecca Traister explains how women’s anger has historically been a catalyst for social change and how people can better listen and respond to women’s anger.

 

VOICEMAILS

Ch. 10: I don't understand how people can believe Trump's rhetoric - Cindy from Pennsylvania

Ch. 11: Generational divide on public voter history - Jeff from Charlotte, NC

 

Ch. 12: Final comments on three different types of privacy and how we should deal with each for the betterment of society

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:00am EDT

Air Date: 11/16/2018

Today we take a look at the system of patriarchy from the perspective of how it negatively impacts men in our culture, thereby demonstrating the need for feminism to advocate for all those negatively impacted by patriarchy, regardless of gender

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: What Is the Patriarchy? | Feminist Fridays - @marinashutup - Air Date 11-02-14

An overview of patriarchy with a focus on how it hurts everyone, not just women.

Ch. 2: Fight Club and Toxic Masculinity - Folding Ideas - Air Date 8-22-15

Justin Baldoni wants to start a dialogue with men about redefining masculinity - to figure out ways to be not just good men but good humans. In a warm, personal talk, he shares his effort to reconcile who he is with who the world tells him a man should be.

Ch. 3: Justin Baldoni: Why I'm done trying to be "man enough" - @TEDTalks - Air Date 12-4-17

Justin Baldoni wants to start a dialogue with men about redefining masculinity - to figure out ways to be not just good men but good humans. In a warm, personal talk, he shares his effort to reconcile who he is with who the world tells him a man should be.

Ch. 4: Do Videogame Stereotypes Hurt Men? - PBS Game:Show - Air Date 08-2-13

Games continue the cultural narrative of big and strong men, "manning up" and being the hero. As you play, you kill hundreds or thousands of other men, without regard for the emotional toll on one's psyche.

Ch. 5: What Men Do With Their Pain - On The Media - Air Date 5-4-18

Michael Kimmel, a scholar of masculinities studies at Stony Brook University, on the source of this shared frustration — which he calls "aggrieved entitlement" — and about the steps forward for a society that still misunderstands so much about gender.

Ch. 6: Tony Porter: A call to men - @TEDTalks - Air Date 12-10-10

Tony Porter makes a call to men everywhere: Don't "act like a man." Telling powerful stories from his own life, he shows how this mentality, drummed into so many men and boys, can lead men to disrespect, mistreat and abuse women and each other.

 

VOICEMAILS

Ch. 7: Thoughts on privacy and violence - Erica from Illinois

 

Ch. 8: Final comments om where feminism went wrong and why we need to fight for everyone hurt by the patriarchy, regardless of gender

 

THE POST-MIDTERMS MINUTE ('cause they aren't over...)

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Help Bill Nelson in Florida Sen Recount

Help Andrew Gillum in Florida Gov Recount

Mississippi Sen. Run Off Nov. 27th: Help Mike Espy Win! 

Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman 

 

MUSIC:

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Great Great Lengths - The Balloonist (Blue Dot Sessions)
  • That Horse Ithica - Sketchbook (Blue Dot Sessions)
  • Homegrown - The Pine Barrens (Blue Dot Sessions)
  • When We Set Out - Arc and Crecent (Blue Dot Sessions)
  • Cicle Veroni - Cicle Kadde (Blue Dot Sessions)
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

 

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

Air Date: 11/13/2018

Today we take a look at rising of right-wing terrorism in the US and the unmistakable link to the violent rhetoric and extreme policies of right-wing politicians

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Violent Extremism in the U.S. - NowThis World - Air Date 11-4-18

White supremacist and other right-wing violence are currently the deadliest active domestic extremist movements in the U.S., according to data from several civil rights groups that track hate crimes and extremist violence.

Ch. 2: Commentary A Knife in the Heart of Pittsburgh - Criminal (In)Justice - Air Date 10-28-18

It's time to be very clear about what we mean by "free speech," and about what kinds of speech can never be accepted in a free society.

Ch. 3: A warning come true - In the Thick - Air Date 10-29-18

Maria and Julio talk about pipe bombs, the synagogue shooting and the role of hate with Brentin Mock, Pittsburgher and staff writer for CityLab and Mike German, fellow with the Brennan Center for Justice’s Liberty and National Security Program.

Ch. 4: 11 Shot Dead by Terrorist Shouting "All Jews Need to Die" - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date 10-29-18

We discuss the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, the political climate surrounding it, and the connection to white supremacist antisemitic rhetoric from President Trump

Ch. 5: Uncle of Stephen Miller: Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting Is What Happens When Hate Is Legitimized - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 10-29-18

We speak with Dr. David Glosser, a retired neuropsychologist who has volunteered with HIAS in Philadelphia helping refugees. He is also the uncle of Stephen Miller, a key political adviser to President Trump who has pushed for a crackdown on immigrants.

Ch. 6: Trump's stochastic terrorism as a legal defense - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 10-30-18

Attorneys for a far-right militiaman, convicted in a bomb plot to kill Somali Muslim refugees in a Kansas apartment building, have cited Donald Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric in the 2016 campaign as justification for shortening his life sentence.

Ch. 7: Steve Schmidt: President Donald Trump Is 'Stoking And Inciting' Worst Among Us - @allinwithchris Hayes - Air Date 10-29-18

Donald Trump is "stoking and inciting - for the purposes of political power - the worst amongst us to take action in his name," says Steve Schmidt.

 

Ch. 8: Final comments on stochasticity and the rise of stochastic terrorism in the US

 

THE POST-MIDTERMS MINUTE ('cause they aren't over...)

Help Stacy Abrams in Georgia Gov Recount

Help Bill Nelson in Florida Sen Recount

Help Andrew Gillum in Florida Gov Recount

Mississippi Sen. Run Off Nov. 27th: Help Mike Espy Win! 

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

Air Date: 11/9/2018

Today we take a look at the stunningly consistent history of the relationship between the US and Saudi Arabia. A relationship born out of a need for oil and sustained for the sake of empire.

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Inside the brutal reality of the police-state monarchy of Saudi Arabia - Empire Files - Air Date 11-27-17

Abby Martin takes us inside the brutal reality of this police-state monarchy and tells the untold people's history of resistance to it.

Ch. 2: Who’s in the Driving Seat of the US – Saudi Relationship? Part 1 - The Inquiry - Air Date 8-22-18

Many have begun to question the relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia. Will the US support Saudi Arabia no matter what? So on this week’s Inquiry, we’re asking, who’s in the driving seat when it comes to the US – Saudi alliance?

Ch. 3: 70 Years of Reforming Saudi Arabia - On the Media - Air Date 10-19-18

Georgetown University in Qatar professor Abdullah Al-Arian speaks with Brooke about where the trope of the Saudi royal "reformers" comes from and why it persists.

Ch. 4: The smokescreen of women driving - @Intercepted w @JeremyScahill - Air Date 10-16-18

Looking beneath the propaganda painting the Saudi prince as a reformer bringing his country into modernity.

Ch. 5: Who’s in the Driving Seat of the US – Saudi Relationship? Part 2 - The Inquiry - Air Date 8-22-18

Many have begun to question the relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia. Will the US support Saudi Arabia no matter what? So on this week’s Inquiry, we’re asking, who’s in the driving seat when it comes to the US – Saudi alliance?

Ch. 6: Why Trump can't quit Mohammed bin-Salman - The Daily - Air Date 10-23-18

From the moment he was named the country’s day-to-day leader, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia has disappointed the United States over and over again. Yet the Trump White House hasn’t let go of him. Guest: Mark Landler

Ch. 7: Saudi Arabia - @LastWeekTonight with @iamjohnoliver - Air Date 10-14-18

Following the alarming disappearance of a Saudi journalist and political dissident, John Oliver examines America's uncomfortably comfortable relationship with Saudi Arabia.

Ch. 8: Paul Jay on the US-Saudi Special Relationship - @TheRealNews - Air Date 10-16-18

TRNN’s Paul Jay and Ben Norton discuss why America sees the Saudi monarchy as a key player in its global empire, and the key role of arms sales and fossil fuels in geopolitics.

Ch. 9: Royal Murderers and the uninterrupted support of the US - @Intercepted w @JeremyScahill - Air Date 10-23-18

Jeremy Scahill on the continuity of the US/Saudi relationship and the only difference with Trump in the roll being his blunt honesty about it.

 

VOICEMAILS

Ch. 10: My experience with Outvote - Jill from Connecticut

 

Ch. 11: Final comments with stories of trading privacy for social benefit

 

THE POST-MIDTERMS MINUTE ('cause they aren't over...)

Help Stacy Abrams in Georgia Gov Recount

Help Bill Nelson in Florida Sen Recount

Help Andrew Gillum in Florida Gov Recount

Help Krysten Sinema in Arizona Sen Close Race

Mississippi Sen. Run Off Nov. 27th: Help Mike Espy Win! 

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MUSIC(Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Astrisx - Bodytonic
  • Great is the Contessa - The Contessa
  • The Spinnet - Castle Danger
  • The Envelope - Aeronaut
  • Turning to You - Landsman Duets
  • The Summit - K2
  • Cloud Line - K4
  • Insatiable Toad - Origami
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

 

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

Air Date: 11/6/2018

Today we take a look at the movement behind the anti-government, pro-wealthy campaign to remake America that dates back much farther than the Koch Brothers. 

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Ch. 1: Jane Mayer, Dark Money - @InDeepRadio w @AngieCoiro - Air Date 3-23-18

Robert Mercer and his daughter Rebekah moved into prominence with the publication of investigative reporter Jane Mayer’s book, Dark Money.

Ch. 2: Nancy MacLean on the libertarian architect of the American right's revolutionary agenda - @thisishellradio - Air Date 6-17-17

Historian Nancy MacLean examines the libertarian right's revolutionary plan for America - from an ideological capture of think tanks and the GOP to its plan for a society stripped of social programs and democratic influence over capital

Ch. 3: Nancy MacLean explains Democracy in Chains Part 1 - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date 6-8-18

Nancy MacLean discusses her book “Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America,” which delves into the destructive “libertarian” ideology the Koch brothers fund to keep the minority in power.

Ch. 4: Are the Libertarians Winning? - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date 8-2-18

Is the Libertarian plan coming into reality thanks to Ronald Reagan?

Ch. 5: Nancy MacLean explains Democracy in Chains Part 2 - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date 6-8-18

Nancy MacLean discusses her book “Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America,” which delves into the destructive “libertarian” ideology the Koch brothers fund to keep the minority in power.

 

VOICEMAILS

Ch. 6: Final thoughts on the litmus test - Elizabeth from Virginia

 

Ch. 7: Final comments on how no one knows what “litmus test” even means

 

MUSIC:

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Algea Trio - Algea Fields (Blue Dot Sessions)
  • Feather on the Crest - Wax Museum (Blue Dot Sessions)
  • Moon Bicycle Theme - American Moon Bicycle (Blue Dot Sessions)
  • Vibrant Canopy - Origami (Blue Dot Sessions)
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

 

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

Air Date: 11/2/2018

Today we take a look at some of the various ways our election system is vulnerable to tampering and hacking from within and without and how it poses a threat to our democracy by casting doubt on the system whether any tampering actually happens or not

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Ch. 1: Results of the Voting Village hack-a-thon at DEF CON 26 - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 8-13-18

Brad Friedman details some of the news coming out of the annual hack-a-thom demonstration meant to expose vulnerabilities in our voting system.

Ch. 2: Lori Chamberlain Reveals Huge Holes In The Election System - Moment of Clarity - Air Date 5-12-18

Election Integrity Activist Lori Chamberlain discusses the flaws in our Election System!

Ch. 3: THE MIDTERMS MINUTE- THE FINAL PUSH - DCCC’s “Red Alert” House Races! - Best of the Left Activism

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Ch. 4: America's Voting Machines are Vulnerable, I Know Because I've Hacked Them - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date 08-08-17

Explaining the history of voter disenfranchisement, leading up to the testimony of J. Alex Halderman, professor of Computer Science at the University of Michigan, that show how vulnerable our elections are now to anyone who wants to sway the vote.

Ch. 5: Election integrity advocate Marilyn Marks of Coalition for Good Governance - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 7-31-18

Brad Friedman talks with Marilyn Marks about some of the common-sense solutions to securing our election system.

Ch. 6: Our elections are being hacked - The Weeds - Air Date 10-25-18

Ezra and Jane dig into the dismal state of election security, as well as the many, many ways that people’s votes are obstructed, distorted, and prevented. Isn’t democracy grand?

 

VOICEMAILS

Ch. 7: Another reason to make voting mandatory - Erin from Philadelphia

Ch. 8: Looking forward to multi-generational politics - V from Central New York

 

Ch. 9: Final comments on finding our way to our ultimate goals and feeling better about the frustrations of factional politics

 

THE MIDTERMS MINUTE - FINAL PUSH!

All Battleground Info/Resources: THE MIDTERMS MINUTE H.Q.

"RED ALERT" HOUSE RACES:

FL-15: Kristen Carlson 

IL-06: Sean Casten

IL-12: Brendan Kelly 

NJ-03: Andy Kim 

TX-07: Lizzie Pannill Fletcher

TX-32: Colin Allred 

4 THINGS YOU CAN DO BEFORE NOV. 6TH

1. Donate

House: DCCC Red to Blue Program

Senate: DSCC.org

Toss ups/Battlegrounds: The Midterms Minute H.Q.

2. Virtual Phone Banking

Indivisible Phone Banking (Sen/House/Gov)

Swing Left Phone Banking (House)

Resources for newbies / Hosting a Phone Bank Night

3. Volunteer to GOTV

National Indivisible Chapters Events List

DNC State Parties

Candidates websites: Visit The Midterms Minute H.Q.

4. Talk to Friends & Family (and text people)

Talk, invite them to volunteer with you, etc.

Use OutVote to text friends and encourage them to vote

Passage:"You Can't Change Hate, But You Can Outvote It" (By John Pavlovitz)

Written & Researched by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman 

 

MUSIC(Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Stale Case - Darby
  • Opener - American Moon Bicycle
  • Wingspan - Bayou Birds
  • A Burst of Light - Delray
  • Shift of Currents - 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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Direct download: 1224_Election_Integrity_Air_Date_11-2-18_-_11-2-18_22.23.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00pm EDT

Air Date: 10/30/2018

Today we take a look at the phenomenon of conspiracy theories from several different angles including psychology, political necessity and some of the conspiracies de jour.

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Stephan Lewandowsky on the mind of a conspiracy theorist - Point of Inquiry - Air Date 6-3-13

Stephan Lewandowsky talks about his recent study: NASA Faked the Moon Landings, Therefore (Climate) Science is a Hoax: An Anatomy of the Motivated Rejection of Science.

Ch. 2: Steven Novella from The Skeptics Guide to the Universe explains conspiracy theories - You are not so smart - Air Date 3-26-15

Neurologist and host of The Skeptic's Guide to the Universe Steven Novella discusses the psychology and neuroscience behind conspiracy theories and conspiracy theorists.

Ch. 3: Eric Oliver on how intuition and reason divide our politics - Inquiring Minds - Air Date 8-27-18

We talk to political scientist Eric Oliver about the surprisingly high percentage of people who believe in conspiracy theories and the reasons behind those beliefs. His forthcoming book is Enchanted America: How Intuition and Reason Divide Our Politics.

Ch. 4: THE MIDTERMS MINUTE: 4 Things You Can Do Before Election Day & Toss Up Gubernatorial Races! - Best of the Left Activism

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Ch. 5: Scott Crow on understanding conspiracy narratives required for fascist thinking - Revolutionary Left Radio - Air Date 2-19-18

Scott Crow explains why the rise of progressive-left movements are always countered by a rise in right-wing conspiracy theories and why fascism downright requires conspiracies to survive.

Ch. 6: Kevin Roose on the Strange Case of QAnon - The Daily - Air Date 8-2-18

How did an outlandish conspiracy theory born on the fringes of the internet end up in the spotlight at a rally for President Trump? Guest: Kevin Roose, who writes about technology for The New York Times.

 

VOICEMAILS

Ch. 7: Sticking with the litmus test - Elizabeth from Virginia

Ch. 8: Success story for political change - Jordan from Minneapolis, MN

 

Ch. 9: Final comments on strategy and theories of change

 

THE MIDTERMS MINUTE

4 THINGS YOU CAN DO BEFORE NOV. 6TH

1. Donate

House: DCCC Red to Blue Program

Senate: DSCC.org

Toss ups/Battlegrounds: The Midterms Minute H.Q.

2. Virtual Phone Banking

Indivisible Phone Banking(Sen/House/Gov)

Swing Left Phone Banking(House)

Resources for newbies / Hosting a Phone Bank Night

3. Volunteer 

National Indivisible Chapters Events List

DNC State Parties

Candidates websites: Visit The Midterms Minute H.Q.

4. Talk to Friends & Family (and text people)

Talk, invite them to volunteer with you, etc.

Use OutVoteto text friends and encourage them to vote

TOSS UP GUBERNATORIAL RACES!

Connecticut (Open Seat (D))

Ned Lamont (D)(vs. Bob Stefanowski (R))

Georgia (Open Seat (R))

State House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams (D)(vs. GA Sec of State Brian Kemp (R))

Iowa (R Incumbent)

Fred Hubbell (D)(vs. Incumbent Gov. Kim Reynolds (R))

Maine (Open Seat (R))

State Attorney General Janet Mills (D)(vs. Shawn Moody (R))

Nevada (Open Seat (R))

Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak (D)(vs. NV Attorney General Adam Laxalt (R))

Ohio (Open Seat (R))

Former Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray (D)(vs. OH Attorney General Mike DeWine (R))

Oregon (D incumbent)

Incumbent Gov. Kate Brown (D)(vs. OR Rep. Knute Buehler (R))

South Dakota (Open Seat (R))

SD Sen. Billie Sutton (D)(vs. Rep. Kristi Noem (R))

Wisconsin (R incumbent)

WI Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers (D)(vs. Incumbent Gov. Scott Walker (R))

Kansas (Open Seat (R))

KS Sen. Laura Kelly (D)(vs. KS Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R))

Written & Researched by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman 

 

MUSIC:

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Tranceless - Caruthersville (Blue Dot Sessions)
  • Vernouillet - The Sweet Hots (Blue Dot Sessions)
  • Our Fingers Cold - K2 (Blue Dot Sessions)
  • UpUpUp and Over - The Balloonist (Blue Dot Sessions)
  • Gullwing Sailor - Migration (Blue Dot Sessions)
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

 

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Direct download: 1223_Conspiracies_Air_Date_10-30-18_-_10-29-18_22.36.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

Air Date: 10/26/2018

Today we take a look at the crumbling trust in the Supreme Court in the wake of the Kavanaugh confirmation, not to mention the undemocratic electoral college, undemocratic Senate and a whole slew of anti-democracy GOP dirty tricks that have been used to acquire and intrench power for a conservative minority

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Ch. 1: Finding the path forward in a rigged system - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 10-8-18

Alleged sexual assaulter and perjurer Judge Brett Kavanaugh is now Justice Kavanaugh on the U.S. Supreme Court, meaning all five serving Republican appointees on the nine-person Court serve under one cloud of illegitimacy or another.

Ch. 2: Senator Jeff Merkley on the legitimacy of the Supreme Court - Amicus from @Slate - Air Date 10-12-18

Dahlia Lithwick talks with Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon about the “deep wounds” in the Senate following Justice Kavanaugh’s confirmation.

Ch. 3: THE MIDTERMS MINUTE- Help Flip Toss Up Battleground House Races in OH, UT, WA! (Part 3) - Best of the Left Activism

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Ch. 4: Brett Kavanaugh's banal, reactionary mind - Jacobin Radio (@jacobinmag) - Air Date 10-8-18

Meagan Day reflects on the toxicity — and banality — of the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation to the Supreme Court. We look at the way the contentious, emotional hearings exposed the fault lines between gender, privilege, class, and politics in the US.

Ch. 5: John Nichols on impeaching Kavanaugh - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 10-9-18

John Nichols talks about investigations that could lead to the filing of articles of impeachment against Brett Kavanaugh.

Ch. 6: Republicans Want To Regulate The Supreme Court ... And Democrats Could Have Done It! - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 01-06-17

There is bipartisan agreement that Article 3 Section 2 of the Constitution gives Congress the power to regulate the Supreme Court, so why don't Democrats use this tactic to fight Citizens United?

Ch. 7: How Obama Paved the Way for the Kavanaugh Appointment - @TheRealNews - Air Date 10-14-18

Eoin Higgins of The Intercept argues that had Obama investigated and prosecuted Bush administration officials, Brett Kavanaugh would probably never have made it to the Supreme Court.

 

VOICEMAILS

Ch. 8: A Response To Matthew On Abortion - Ani from Alabama

Ch. 9: Reproductive justice and the ambiguity of life - Elizabeth from Virginia

 

Ch. 10: Final comments on the choice litmus test

 

THE MIDTERMS MINUTE

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

All Battleground Info/Resources: THE MIDTERMS MINUTE H.Q.

Early Voting Information by State

TOSS UP BATTLEGROUND HOUSE SEATS (part 3)

Ohio

OH-01: Aftab Pureval

Red to Blue OH-01

Utah

UT-04: Ben McAdams

Red to Blue UT-04

Washington

WA-08: Kim Schrier

Red to Blue WA-08

Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman 

 

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Direct download: 1222_SCOTUS_Air_Date_10-26-18_-_10-26-18_17.57.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT

Air Date: 10/23/2018

Today we take a look at various strategies, some institutional and some organizational, for the left to take back power and steer the country back toward small D democracy

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Talking with progressive leaders on taking back power - We the People with Nina Turner - Air Date 8-13-18

As mid-term elections near, Nina Turner talks with actress and activist Susan Surrandon, political leader Kimberly Ellis and political activist Jim Hightower about what actually makes America great, and what we can change to improve it.

Ch. 2: Should Blue States Make Voting Mandatory? - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 01-03-17

Author and labor lawyer Thomas Geoghegan joins the show and discusses the notion of compulsory voting.

Ch. 3: THE MIDTERMS MINUTE- Help Flip Toss Up Battleground House Races in NC, TX, & VA! - Best of the Left Activism

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

Ch. 4: Ranked Choice Voting vs The Corrupt Establishment - @RepresentUs - Air Date 3-14-17

What if you never had to vote for the lesser of two evils again? Ranked Choice Voting is a small tweak that would be a huge step towards fixing our broken elections.

Ch. 5: Why ranked-choice voting is a terrible idea - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 6-13-18

Brad discusses why, although he is sympathetic to the reasoning behind ranked-choice voting, he prefers the alternative of approval voting for the sake of simplicity.

Ch. 6: Outvote - Getting Dem Friends to Vote: There's an App for That - WNYC - Air Date 8-28-2018

Two Boston-based engineers developed an app that enables people to nudge their friends by text to tell them to go vote. With Outvote, the text comes from someone you know instead of someone you don't.

Ch. 7: David Faris on how and why to fight dirty - Chapo Trap House - Air Date 5-27-18

Political scientist David Faris discusses his book “It’s Time To Fight Dirty”. Faris outlines all the ways a slim democratic majority could and should shortcut norms and the constitution to build enduring power.

Ch. 8: Joe Dinkin of Working Families Party and building progressive infrastructure - The Dig (@thedigradio) - Air Date 10-21-17

Joe Dinkin, of the Working Families Party, discusses the promise and pitfalls of fighting within the Democratic Party.

 

VOICEMAILS

Ch. 9: Thoughts on Choice as a litmus test - Matthew from Central Valley of Northern California

 

Ch. 10: Final comments on how to be pro-choice without moralizing and the need to add vote-by-mail to our list of progressive demands

 

THE MIDTERMS MINUTE

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

CONFIRM VOTER REGISTRATION: HeadCount.org/verify-voter-registration/

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

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

All Battleground Info/Resources: THE MIDTERMS MINUTE H.Q.

Early Voting Information by State

TOSS UP BATTLEGROUND HOUSE SEATS (part 2)

North Carolina

NC-09: Dan McCready

Red to Blue NC-09

NC-13:Kathy Manning

Red to Blue NC-13

Texas

TX-07: Lizzie Pannill Fletcher

Red to Blue TX-07

TX-32: Colin Allred

Red to Blue TX-32

Virginia

VA-02: Elaine Luria

Red to Blue VA-02

VA-07: Abigail Spanberger

Red to Blue VA-07

Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman 

 

MUSIC:

 

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Direct download: 1221_Progressives_Air_Date_10-23-18_-_10-22-18_20.10.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Air Date: 10/19/2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

VOICEMAILS

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

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

 

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

 

THE MIDTERMS MINUTE

 

TOSS UP BATTLEGROUND DEMOCRATIC SENATE SEATS 



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Direct download: 1220_Dark_Money_Air_Date_10-19-18_-_10-18-18_19.33.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

Air Date: 10/16/2018

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

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SHOW NOTES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

VOICEMAILS

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

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

 

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

 

 

THE MIDTERMS MINUTE

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

TOSS UP BATTLEGROUND DEMOCRATIC SENATE SEATS 

FL-Sen: Bill Nelson (D) 

IN-Sen: Joe Donnelly (D)

MO-Sen: Claire McCaskill (D)

MT-Sen: Jon Tester(D)

ND-Sen: Heidi Heitkamp (D)

Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman 

 

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Direct download: 1219_Conservatives_Air_Date_10-16-18_-_10-15-18_21.37.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

Air Date: 10/12/2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

VOICEMAILS

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

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

 

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

 

THE MIDTERMS MINUTE 

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FLIPPABLE TOSS UP BATTLEGROUND SENATE SEATS

AZ-Sen:Kyrsten Sinema(D) 

NV-Sen:Jacky Rosen(D)

TN-Sen:Phil Bredesen(D)

TX-Sen:Beto O'Rourke(D)

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Direct download: 1218_Kavanaugh_Patriarchy_Air_Date_10-12-18_-_10-12-18_21.18.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00pm EDT

Air Date: 10/9/2018

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

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SHOW NOTES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

VOICEMAILS

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

 

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

 

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Direct download: 1217_Amazon_Air_Date_10-9-18_-_10-9-18_12.15.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Air Date: 10/5/2018

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

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SHOW NOTES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A discussion to reframe and understand the debate over Columbus Day

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

Hari Kondabolu discusses his hatred of the demon Christopher Columbus.

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

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

 

VOICEMAILS

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

 

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

 

THE MIDTERMS MINUTE 

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NEW YORK BATTLEGROUNDS: 

New York Democratic Party

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

U.S. HOUSE

NY-11: Max Rose

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

NY-19: Antonio Delgado

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

NY-22: Anthony Brindisi

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

NY-27: Nate McMurry

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MUSIC(Blue Dot Sessions):

Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 

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

Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent

Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

 

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Direct download: 1216_Columbus_Day_Air_Date_10-5-18_-_10-5-18_22.17.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00pm EDT

Air Date: 10/2/2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

THE MIDTERMS MINUTE 

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ILLINOIS BATTLEGROUNDS:

Illinois Democratic Party

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

U.S. HOUSE

IL-06: Sean Casten

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

IL-12: Brendan Kelly

Swing Left IL-12| Red to Blue IL-12

IL-13: Betsy Dirksen Londrigan

Red to Blue IL-13

IL-14: Lauren Underwood

Swing Left IL-14| Red to Blue IL-14

GOV & LT GOV

J.B. Pritzker & Juliana Stratton

Researched & Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman 

 

MUSIC

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Contrarian - Sketchbook (Blue Dot Sessions)
  • Waltz and Fury - Macrame (Blue Dot Sessions)
  • Yarrow and Root - The Bulwark (Blue Dot Sessions)
  • Solemn Application - Wax Museum (Blue Dot Sessions)
  • Feathersoft - Barstool (Blue Dot Sessions)
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

 

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Direct download: 1215_Welfare_Air_Date_10-2-18_-_10-3-18_14.39.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

Air Date: 9/28/2018

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

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SHOW NOTES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

VOICEMAILS

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

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

 

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

 

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NEW JERSEY BATTLEGROUNDS:

New Jersey Democratic State Committee

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

U.S. SENATE 

Must Retain Seat: Bob Menendez (D - incumbent)

U.S. HOUSE

NJ-02: Jeff Van Drew

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

NJ-03: Andy Kim

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

NJ-07: Tom Malinowski

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

NJ-11: Mikie Sherrill 

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

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

Air Date: 9/25/2018

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

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SHOW NOTES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

VOICEMAILS

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

 

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

 

THE MIDTERMS MINUTE 

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New battlegrounds spotlight coming next episode! 

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

Air Date: 9/21/2018

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

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SHOW NOTES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

VOICEMAILS

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

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

 

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

 

THE MIDTERMS MINUTE 

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Get Involved:

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When We All Vote (Michelle Obama’s initiative) 

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Vote Forward(mail letters to unlikely voters)

Volunteer for Democrats 

Abroad? Phone bank for Democrats  

Let America Vote (voting rights focus) 

Justice Democrats “Justice Dialer”

Brand New Congress GOTV Dialer 

National Democratic Redistricting Committee 

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

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

MINNESOTA BATTLEGROUNDS:

Minnesota DFL

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

U.S. SENATE 

Must Retain Seat: Tina Smith(D - incumbent)

U.S. HOUSE

MN-01:Dan Feehan 

Swing Left MN-01 | Red to Blue MN-01

MN-02: Angie Craig 

Swing Left MN-02Red to Blue MN-02

MN-03: Dean Phillips 

Swing Left MN-03Red to Blue MN-03

MN-08: Joe Radinovich 

Swing Left MN-08Red to Blue MN-08

GOVERNOR:

GOV: Tim Walz(D) 

Researched & Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman 

 

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

Air Date: 9/18/2018

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

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SHOW NOTES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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VOICEMAILS

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

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

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

 

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

 

THE MIDTERMS MINUTE:

REGISTER TO VOTE: RocktheVote.org 

CONFIRM VOTER REGISTRATION: RocktheVote.org/voting-information 

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

Get Involved:

Swing Left (Help flip districts from anywhere) 

Red to Blue (DCCC program to flip seats) 

When We All Vote (Michelle Obama’s initiative) 

Voter Circle (friend-to-friend outreach tool) 

Volunteer for Democrats 

Abroad? Phone bank for Democrats  

Let America Vote (voting rights focus) 

Justice Democrats “Justice Dialer”

Brand New Congress GOTV Dialer 

National Democratic Redistricting Committee 

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

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

FLORIDA'S BATTLEGROUNDS:

Florida Democratic Party

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

U.S. SENATE 

Must Retain Seat: Bill Nelson(D - incumbent)

U.S. HOUSE

FL-15: Kristen Carlson 

Swing Left FL-15 

FL-16: David Shapiro 

Red to Blue FL-16

FL-18: Lauren Baer 

Swing Left FL-18 | Red to Blue FL-18

FL-26: Debbie Mucarsel-Powell 

Swing Left FL-26 | Red to Blue FL-26

FL-27: Donna Shalala FL-27 

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

GOVERNOR:

GOV: Andrew Gillum 

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

 

MUSIC:

Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 

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

Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent

Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

 

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

Air Date: 9/14/2018

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

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SHOW NOTES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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VOICEMAILS

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

 

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

 

THE MIDTERMS MINUTE (Quick Links):

REGISTER TO VOTE: RocktheVote.org 

CONFIRM VOTER REGISTRATION: RocktheVote.org/voting-information 

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

Get Involved:

Swing Left (Help flip districts from anywhere) 

Red to Blue(DCCC program to flip seats) 

When We All Vote(Michelle Obama’s initiative) 

Voter Circle(friend-to-friend outreach tool) 

Volunteer for Democrats 

Abroad? Phone bank for Democrats  

Let America Vote (voting rights focus) 

Justice Democrats “Justice Dialer”

Brand New Congress GOTV Dialer 

National Democratic Redistricting Committee 

Easily donate to candidates with DownTicket.comon your mobile browser. 

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

PENNSYLVANIA BATTLEGROUNDS:

Pennsylvania Democratic Party

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

U.S. House: 

PA-01 - Scott Wallace 

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

PA-05 - Mary Gay Scanlon 

(no Swing Left or Red to Blue page)

PA-06 - Chrissy Houlahan 

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

PA-07 - Susan Wild 

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

PA-17 - Connor Lamb 

Swing Left PA-17

PA-16 - Ron DiNicola 

Red to Blue PA-16

“SAFE” But Must Retain:

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

GOVERNOR - Tom Wolf(D - incumbent) 

FURTHER PA MIDTERMS READING:

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

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

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

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

Researched and written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman 

 

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

Air Date: 9/11/2018

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

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SHOW NOTES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

VOICEMAILS

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

 

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

 

THE MIDTERMS MINUTE 

ASAP: Check your state registration deadlines and voter ID laws

GET INVOLVED:

Swing Left (Help flip districts from anywhere)

Voter Circle(friend-to-friend outreach tool)

Volunteer for Democrats 

Abroad? Phone bank for Democrats 

Let America Vote (voting rights focus)

Justice Democrats “Justice Dialer” 

Brand New Congress GOTV Dialer 

National Democratic Redistricting Committee

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

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

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

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

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

Flip CA-10th: Josh Harder 

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

Flip CA-25th: Katie Hill 

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

Flip CA-39th: Gil Cisneros 

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

Flip CA-45th: Katie Porter 

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

Flip CA-48th: Harley Rouda 

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

Flip CA-49th: Mike Levin 

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

Sources: Ballotpedia; NBC News; Swing Left

Researched & Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman 

 

MUSIC:

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Slow Lane Lover - Barstool (Blue Dot Sessions)
  • Algea Trio - Algea Fields (Blue Dot Sessions)
  • These Times - The Pine Barrens (Blue Dot Sessions)
  • LaBranche - Bayou Birds (Blue Dot Sessions)
  • Gullwing Sailor - Migration (Blue Dot Sessions)
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

 

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

Air Date: 9/7/2018

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

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SHOW NOTES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

VOICEMAILS

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

 

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

 

Bonus Clips: 

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

Real Canadians Talking Real Healthcare

 

REMINDER: SUPPORT PROGRESSIVE PRIMARY CANDIDATES!

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

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

NH Voter Info from Rock the Vote

List of NH Election Offices

1st district: Mindi Messemer 

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

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

RI Voter Info from Rock the Vote

Governor: Matt Brown 

Lt. Governor: Aaron Regunberg 

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

Governor: Cynthia Nixon 

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

TAKE ACTION: 

Phone Bank for Brand New Congress

Phone Bank for Justice Democrats

Phone Bank with Swing Left

Voter Contact Resources & Tips from Indivisible

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Written & curated by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman

 

MUSIC:

 

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

Air Date: 9/4/2018

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

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SHOW NOTES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

REMINDER: SUPPORT PROGRESSIVE PRIMARY CANDIDATES!

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

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

Senate: Kerri Evelyn Harris (Further reading)

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

NH Voter Info from Rock the Vote

List of NH Election Offices

1st district: Mindi Messemer 

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

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

RI Voter Info from Rock the Vote

Governor: Matt Brown 

Lt. Governor: Aaron Regunberg 

TAKE ACTION: 

Phone Bank for Brand New Congress

Phone Bank for Justice Democrats

Phone Bank with Swing Left

Voter Contact Resources & Tips from Indivisible

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Written & curated by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman

 

MUSIC:

 

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Direct download: 1207_Health_Care_Costs_Air_Date_9-4-18_-_9-3-18_21.24.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

Air Date: 8/31/2018

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

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SHOW NOTES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

VOICEMAILS

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

 

Ch. 10: Final comments

 

THE MIDTERMS MINUTE:

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SEPT. 11TH - NEW HAMPSHIRE

NH Voter Info from Rock the Vote

List of NH Election Offices

1st district: Mindi Messemer 

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

SEPT. 12TH - RHODE ISLAND

RI Voter Info from Rock the Vote

Governor: Matt Brown 

Lt. Governor: Aaron Regunberg 

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

Air Date: 8/28/2018

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

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SHOW NOTES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ch. 10: Final comments

 

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

Air Date: 8/24/2018

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

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SHOW NOTES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

VOICEMAILS

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

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

 

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

 

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SEPT. 4TH

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

3rd District: Juana Matias

7th District: Ayanna Pressley (Further reading)

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

SEPT. 6TH

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

Senate: Kerri Evelyn Harris (Further reading)

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

Air Date: 8/21/2018

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

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SHOW NOTES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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AUGUST 28TH

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

EARLY VOTING: Aug 1st-28th

U.S. Senate: Deedra Abboud 

U.S. House 2nd District: Mary Matiella 

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

Governor: David Garcia

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

EARLY VOTING: Aug 18th-25th

U.S. House 7th District: Chardo Richardson

U.S. House 8th District: Sanjay Patel 

U.S. House 18th District: Pam Keith

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

U.S. House 27th District: Michael Hepburn

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

Governor: Andrew Gillum

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

Air Date: 8/17/2018

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

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SHOW NOTES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

VOICEMAILS

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

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

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

 

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

 

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*AUGUST 21ST* (Alaska & Wyoming Spotlights)

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

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Governor - Mark Begich and Dana Call

U.S. House At Large - Dimitri Shein (Dem) vs. Alyse Galvin (Ind)

Wyoming (Reg. Deadlines: Primary: Aug. 6th or day-of in-person / General: Oct. 22nd)

Governor (Dem Primary) - Mary Throne  vs. Ken Casper vs. Rex Wilde

U.S. House At Large - Greg Hunter vs. Travis Helm

Heads up for Nov. 6th! U.S. Senate - Gary Trauner (uncontested in primary)

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

Arizona

U.S. Senate: Deedra Abboud 

U.S. House 2nd District: Mary Matiella 

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

Florida

U.S. House 7th District: Chardo Richardson 

U.S. House 8th District: Sanjay Patel 

U.S. House 18th District: Pam Keith

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

U.S. House 27th District: Michael Hepburn

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

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

Air Date: 8/10/2018

Today we take a look at some of the historical context that sheds light on our current immigration debate by showing that there is essentially nothing new about it, only the details are fresh. We'll also explore the evolution of criminalizing immigration, the abuse of separated children and the GOP need to build a demographic control machine.

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Aviva Chomsky on the historical context of immigration in America - Who What Why - Air Date 6-21-18

Aviva Chomsky, a professor at Salem State University in Massachusetts, places the current debate about immigration in America in a broader historical context.

Ch. 2: The criminalization of immigration - Latino Rebels - Air Date 7-8-18

Marisa Franco of Mijente on the criminalization of immigration.

Ch. 3: The history of using dehumanizing language to stoke fear and hatred of outsiders - Code Switch - Air Date 6-26-18

Anti-immigrant sentiment is on the rise but, in many ways, this is history repeating itself. And the history of using dehumanizing language against outside groups goes back a very long way.

Ch. 4: A Neuroscientist's Warning of Family Separation - In the Thick - Air Date 7-13-18

Dr. Gina Poe on understanding the science behind family separation and the neurological long-term impact of trauma.

Ch. 5: Looking at who is allowed to frame the immigration debate - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 7-20-18

Janine Jackson takes a quick look at what sources the press had been highlighting to inform the public about immigration detention.

Ch. 6: Immigration & the Meaning of America From the Muslim Ban to Family Separation & the Rhetoric of Hatred - @speakouttimwise ‏ - Air Date 6-27-18

Tim Wise's commentary on how the rhetoric of hatred is being used increase our tolerance for cruelty.

Ch. 7: Robert L. Tsai on the right's anti-immigrant, demographic control machine - @thisishellradio - Air Date 6-30-18

Law professor Robert L. Tsai examines the right's anti-immigrant, demographic control machine. Robert wrote the Boston Review article "Trumpism Before Trump" with Calvin TerBeek.

 

VOICEMAILS

Ch. 8: Thoughts on 3D printers and guns - Tim from Spokane, WA

Ch. 9: Egalitarian, Communitarian, Utilitarian - Craig from Ohio

Ch. 10: A criticism, a compliment and a correction - Jeff from New York

 

Ch. 11: Final comments on the debated definition of Democratic Socialism

 

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

Air Date: 8/07/2018

Today we take a look at a few of the reasons the Democrats went from controlling both houses of Congress and the presidency 10 years ago to being completely out of power today and then lay out a series of steps the left can take to return to power

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Thomas Frank explains how the Democrats lost so much in such a short time - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 7-5-18

Just eight years ago Democrats held not only the presidency but both houses of Congress. How did they lose so much in such a short time? Thomas Frank explains the disaster, and how, for millions of people, the recession of 2008 has never ended. 

Ch. 2: The Democratic Autopsy Report (w:Jeff Cohen) - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date 06-25-18

Progressive organizations got to together to analyze how the Trump was able to beat Hillary Clinton in 2016 to make sure it never happens again!

Ch. 3: THE MIDTERMS MINUTE (Primaries) - Support Progressives in Alaska and Wyoming on 8.21 - Best of the Left Activism

Ed Ayers speaks to Smithsonian political curator Jon Grinspan about how young people went from fierce partisans to independent voters by the end of the 19th century.

Ch. 4: Youth declaring their independence - Backstory - Air Date: 04-13-18

Sean McElwee, co-founder of Abolish ICE and one of many players involved in the recent flurry of progressive activity explains the strategy to move the Overton Window to the left.

Ch. 5: How Fringe Ideas Become Policy - On the Media - Air Date 6-21-18

Even though the New Deal Style policies of Bernie Sanders are derailed by the corporate media, Republicans and the Morbidly Rich, these so-called "radical far left policies" are actually favored by the majority of Americans.

Ch. 6: The Radical Left Wing Policies Most Americans Want Right Now - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 03-08-18

Writer Eliane Glaser calls for the left to return to politics and reclaim the power of ideology, authority and the state - as a way to unify a working class splintered into identity groups in the absence of mainstream organizing.

Ch. 7: Eliane Glaser on why the left must return to politics and power - This is Hell - Air Date 5-8-18

 

VOICEMAILS

Ch. 8: Progressivism = Scientific Method + Common Decency - Tom from Toronto

Ch. 9: Understanding neuro-political elasticity - Dee Dee from Philly

Ch. 10: Progressivism takes the need for working together into account - Nick from California

Ch. 11: Fighting capitalism while falling prey to it - Angela from Sacramento, CA

 

Ch. 12: Final comments on progressivism, borders, collectivism and capitalism

 

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August 21st Primaries:

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

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Governor - Mark Begich and Dana Call

U.S. House At Large - Dimitri Shein(Dem) vs. Alyse Galvin(Ind)

WYOMING(Reg. Deadlines: Primary: Aug. 6th or day-of in-person / General: Oct. 22nd)

Governor: Mary Throne  vs. Ken Casper vs. Rex Wilde

U.S. House At Large - Greg Hunter vs. Travis Helm

Heads up for Nov. 6th! U.S. Senate - Gary Trauner (uncontested in primary)

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

Air Date: 8/15/2017

Today we look at the origins, underpinnings and effects of neoliberal economic thinking and policies. #1, it has nothing to do with who Americans think of as “liberals”. #2, both major US political parties are on board with it to varying degrees. #3, it’s pretty much what everyone in the world is pissed off about without necessarily knowing that there’s a name for it

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Neoliberalism is focusing on the wrong aspects of the economy and society - Upstream - Air Date 8-29-16

Ch. 3: Song 1: N/A


Ch. 4: Act 2: Noam Chomsky on the remaking of the economy - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date 5-20-17

Ch. 5: Song 2:  inequality - Mark Shine


Ch. 6: Act 3: Robert Brenner on the state of the US economy and mainstream politics Part 1 - Jacobin Radio (@jacobinmag) - Air Date 7-31-17

Ch. 7: Song 3:  Class Warfare - Chris Priest


Ch. 8: Act 4: Wall Street thieves find “New Way” to steal from us - Jim @HightowerNews - Air Date 8-11-17

Ch. 9: Song 4:  Robber Barons - Battlefield Band


Ch. 10: Act 5: Robert Brenner on the state of the US economy and mainstream politics Part 2 - Jacobin Radio (@jacobinmag) - Air Date 7-31-17

Ch. 11: Song 5:  Hang Me Up to Dry - Cold War Kids


Ch. 12: Act 6: Expand Your Economic Knowledge with The CORE Project - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 13: Song 6:  Right to Complain - Trombone Shorty & Marc Broussard


Ch. 14: Act 7: The Outdated Origins of Neo-Liberalism.  It's Time to Move On (w:Guest Kate Raworth) - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date 05-04-17


Voicemails

Ch. 15: Explaining the original argument for lowering taxes - Patrick from Dallas, TX

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 16: Final comments announcing the Best of the Left Social Network

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


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Making economics exciting (Bloomberg)

Does economics still work? (BBC World Service)

Has the way universities teach economics changed enough? (The Guardian)

Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman


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

Air Date: 7/31/2018

Today we take a look at some causes of depression that our society tends to look away from. Instead of focusing only on chemical imbalances, it seems wise to look outside ourselves at the circumstances we find ourselves in and ask how much our surrounding effect what goes on inside

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Johann Hari, author of Lost Connections, on how modern society is making us depressed - The Ezra Klein Show - Air Date 4-16-18

Johann Hari, author of Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected Solutions, advances an argument both radical and obvious: Depression and anxiety are more than just chemical imbalances in the brain. They are the result of our social environments, our relationships, our political contexts, etc.

Ch. 2: Anton Chekhov and the complicated struggles of life - Ideas - Air Date 1-3-18

Anton Chekhov and the complicated struggles of life.

Ch. 3: Johann Hari explains why disconnection is at the center of depression and anxiety today - @ThisisHell - Air Date 1-31-18

Johann Hari, author of “Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected Solutions”, explains why disconnection is at the center of depression and anxiety today.

Ch. 4: Viktor Frankl on searching for meaning - Ideas - Air Date 1-3-18

Viktor Frankl on finding meaning in life, even in the face of meaningless suffering.

Ch. 5: Escape from suffering - Progressive Faith Sermons w @RevDrRay - Air Date 7-9-18

Dr Roger Ray explores some of the ailments of our society that keep so many of us from happiness.

 

Ch. 6: Final comments on understanding the true nature of Aloha and its power to fight the forces of fear

 

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August 14th - Minnesota| Wisconsin| Connecticut & Vermont

(For spotlights on later primaries & the general, listen for future segments of "The Midterms Minute.")

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Written & curated by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman 

 

MUSIC:

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • The Cast and Favor - Bayou Birds (Blue Dot Sessions)
  • Lead Shroud - Wax Museum (Blue Dot Sessions)
  • Around Plastic Card Tables - Desert Orchard (Blue Dot Sessions)
  • Waltz and Fury - Macrame (Blue Dot Sessions)
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

 

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

Air Date: 7/27/2018

Today I do something a little different and present to you (with permission) the entire first episode of the second season of the outstanding podcast, Offshore. Offshore is produced by Honolulu Civil Beat, a nonprofit and non-partisan investigative news site in Hawaii and I especially think the BotL audience will appreciate their telling of the story of the Mouna Kea Protectors on the big island of Hawaii.

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

Air Date: 7/24/2018

Today we take a look at our current moment in history and the two basic paths that lay before us, one dominated by fear that drives a willingness to give up power to authoritarian rulers and the other guided by hope for a better future and a willingness to work together toward that future

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Sasha Abramsky on the rise of fear and its influence on American society - This Is Hell! @thisishellradio - Air Date 9-20-17

Author Sasha Abramsky explains how irrational fear rules, and guides, life in America.

Ch. 2: Martha Nussbaum on the fear at the root of our political polarization - The Brian Leher Show - Air Date 7-3-18

Martha Nussbaum, author of The Monarchy of Fear: A Philosopher Looks at Our Political Crisis, argues powerlessness and fear underlying political polarization.

Ch. 3: Johann Hari explains why disconnection is at the center of depression and anxiety today - @ThisisHell - Air Date 1-31-18

Johann Hari, author of “Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected Solutions”, explains why disconnection is at the center of depression and anxiety today.

Ch. 4: THE MIDTERMS MINUTE (Primaries Edition): Connecticut & Vermont (and MN and WI) on 8.14 - Best of the Left Activism

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

Ch. 5: Sasha Abramsky on the rise of fear and it opens to the door to demagogues - @ThisisHell - Air Date 9-20-17

Author Sasha Abramsky explains how irrational fear is fertile ground for authoritarian demagogues.

Ch. 6: Escape from suffering - Progressive Faith Sermons w @RevDrRay - Air Date 7-9-18

Dr Roger Ray explores some of the ailments of our society that keep so many of us from happiness.

Ch. 7: Barack Obama on the competing visions for the future and the struggle between fear and hope - Nelson Mandela Centenary - Air Date 7-18-18

A portion of Barack Obama's speech at Nelson Mandela centenary celebrations in Johannesburg, South Africa discussing the two political and social paths that lay before us. (Watch the entire lecture)

 

 

VOICEMAILS

Ch. 8: How medical bankruptcy made me change my worldview - Kim from Chicago

Ch. 9: Progressive philosophy is amorphous by nature and hard to track through history - Ariel from Memphis

Ch. 10: Without an underpinning philosophy, ideas only float but do not take root - V from Central New York

 

Ch. 11: Understanding the underlying philosophies of both the left and right with clarity

 

THE MIDTERMS MINUTE:

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

August 14th Primaries:

Connecticut (Reg. Deadlines - Primary: Online, mail, or in person by Thurs. Aug 9th / General: Oct. 30th)

Governor (Dem. Primary) -Ned Lamont

5th District (Dem. Primary) -Jahana Hayes (Heads up! Republicans are vying for this seat in November.)

2nd District - Heads up! One large county in District 2 pivoted for Trump in 2016. Incumbent Dem. Joe Courtney will run against Republican Dan Postemski in the general.

Vermont (Reg. Deadlines - Primary: Early voting has begun. Must be registered by Aug. 14th / General: Nov. 6th)

U.S. House (statewide Rep.) (Dem. Primary) -Daniel Freilich (Read about incumbent Pat Welch corruption)

Governor - Christine Hallquistvs. James Ehlers vs. Ethan Sonneborn 

U.S. Senate - Bernie Sanders 

*Minnesota (Reg. Deadlines - Primaries: Online: July 24th, In person: Until August 14th / General: Oct. 9th) *Read our spotlight*

*Wisconsin (Reg. Deadlines - Primary: Post-marked by July 25th, or in-person by Aug 10th / General: post-marked by Oct. 17th, in-person by Nov. 2nd) *Read our spotlight*

Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman 

 

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

Air Date: 8/8/2017

Today we look at the forces causing a great deal and anger and upheaval all around the world, how that anger is being misdirected and what we can do in our own lives to face it

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Age of Anger: A History of the Present by Pankaj Mishra - @thisishellradio - Air Date 2-11-17

Ch. 3: Song 1:  When Anger Shows - Editors


Ch. 4: Act 2: Fighting at the table: Conflict as successful integration - Ideas from CBC - Air Date 6-29-17

Ch. 5: Song 2: N/A


Ch. 6: Act 3: Controversy and Outrage over Muslim Ban was Part of Bannon's Plan (w:guest Joshua Green) - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date 07-24-17

Ch. 7: Song 3:  Protest Song - Anti-Flag


Ch. 8: Act 4: The Underlying Philosophy of Bannon's War - PBS Frontline - Air Date 5-24-17

Ch. 9: Song 4:  Legions (War) - Zoe Keating


Ch. 10: Act 5: Pankaj Mishra on Globalized Anger: The Enlightenment's Unwanted Child - Ideas from CBC - Air Date 4-18-17

Ch. 11: Song 5:  Gerudo Valley - OST Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary (2011)


Ch. 12: Act 6: Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks: How we can face the future without fear, together - @TEDTalks - Air Date: 6-26-17


Ch. 13: Final comments on when the age of anger meets the age of floods

See the full video I produced almost exactly 10 years ago

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


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Category:general -- posted at: 6:04am EDT

Air Date: 7/17/2018

Today we take a look at the history of what led us to be on the brink of the most conservative Supreme Court in 90 years, some of the details as to what's at stake and some ideas on fighting back, now and in the future

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: The right has been more focused, more committed, and better organized - The Ezra Klein Show - Air Date 7-2-18

Dahlia Lithwick, Slate’s exceptional legal analyst, on how the right has won the fight for the Supreme Court for the next few decades because they were more focused, more committed, and better organized. This is how they did it.

Ch. 2: Sheldon Whitehouse on the importance of the Supreme Court being explained to Democrats - Amicus from @Slate - Air Date 7-7-18

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, a Democratic senator from Rhode Island talks about why Democrats must care more about the Supreme Court, the danger of dark money, and the frustration of confirmation hearings.

Ch. 3: Lives Are At Stake: The Struggle to Stop Trump’s Right-Wing Takeover of the Supreme Court - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 07-10-18

Activists and organizers around the country are mobilizing against President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who needs a simple majority of 51 votes in the Senate to be confirmed. 

Ch. 4: THE MIDTERMS MINUTE- Tell Senators #WhatsAtStake with Kavanaugh & Support Progressives Primary Candidates in Wisconsin (and MN, CT and VT) on 8.14 - Best of the Left Activism

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Ch. 5: John Nichols argues that it's possible to block Trump’s supreme court pick - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 7-5-18

The most important political task of the year is blocking Trump’s supreme court pick. It can be done, John Nichols argues—with the right political strategy: organizing in the states with the swing votes: Maine and Alaska. 

Ch. 6: How Democrats Can Get Past a Far Right Court - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 6-28-18

Thom Hartmann discusses a potential congressional check on our far right supreme court, one that perhaps should have been used long before now.

Ch. 7: Ian Millhiser on John Roberts and the calls for Democrats to pack the court - @offkiltershow - Air Date 7-3-18

Ian Millhiser, justice editor at ThinkProgress and Off-Kilter’s SCOTUS correspondent, on the roll that John Roberts now plays in deciding whether there will be a call for Democrats to take the nuclear option against the Supreme Court.

 

VOICEMAILS

Ch. 8: Building the future of progressivism - V from Central New York

Ch. 9: What is it like to be on the left? Why are you on the left? - Ralph from Waterbury, CT

 

Ch. 10: Final comments on the philosophy of progressivism

 

THE MIDTERMS MINUTE:

Take Action with SPLC's #WhatsAtStake SCOTUS Campaign:

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

RSVP to call these Senators weekly until the confirmation hearings

MIDTERMS RESOURCES:

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

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

AUGUST 14TH PRIMARIES: 

Wisconsin (Reg. Deadlines - Primary: Post-marked by July 25th, or in-person by Aug 10th / General: post-marked by Oct. 17th, in-person by Nov. 2nd)

U.S. House - 1st District (Dem. Primary): Randy Bryce vs. Cathy Myers

Star Tribune Article on Bryce’s arrests & Bryce’s response 

U.S. House - 4th District (Dem. Primary): Incumbent Gwen Moorewill very likely win her primary.

U.S. House - 7th District (Dem. Primary): Margaret Engebretson

Governor (Dem. Primary): Tony Evers| Mike McCabe

Senate: Heads up! Sen. Tammy Baldwinis running for reelection in Nov. and facing $8.5 million in conservative money against her. 

Due to time, the following states either have been *featured already or will be soon:

*Minnesota (Reg. Deadlines - Primaries: Online: July 24th, In person: Until August 14th / General: Oct. 9th) *Learn more*

Connecticut (Reg. Deadlines - Primaries: Online & mail-in: Received by Aug. 9th / General: Oct. 30th)

Vermont  (Reg. Deadlines - Primaries: Aug. 14th / General: Nov. 6th)

Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman 

 

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

Air Date: 7/13/2018

Today we take a look at the media landscape and how it enables rather than challenges our horrific political status quo and we also hear suggested alternatives structures that could help us change the game

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Jeff Cohen on Cable News Hawks - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 3-30-18

As the US government ramped up for war in the wake of September 11, 2001, TV screens were filled with what seemed a parade of generals. Military men became the sources of first resort, over and indeed against regional experts, historians and peace advocates.

Ch. 2: Laura Flanders on media consolidation and its impact on our democracy - #BuildingLocalPower from @ilsr - Air Date 5-4-18

Laura Flanders discusses the consolidation of media companies and its impact on our democracy including the scale of the big problem with gatekeepers like Facebook and Google and media companies like Sinclair as an “extractive machine.”

Ch. 3: THE MIDTERMS MINUTE- Support Progressive Primary Candidates - Hawaii (8.11) & Minnesota (and WI, CT, & VT) (8.14) - Best of the Left Activism

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Ch. 4: Sarah Kendzior on how the media enables Donald Trump - Unpresidented (@UnPresidentPod) - Air Date 5-24-18

Author Sarah Kendzior (“The View from Flyover Country”) talks about how the media continues to enable Donald Trump, and how they/we can more effectively confront the Trump “kleptocracy.”

Ch. 5: Marc Cooper on media and democracy - Jacobin Radio (@jacobinmag) - Air Date 12-19-17

Journalist Marc Cooper looks at media delivery in the present digital era of democratized information that has introduced new potential as well as new dangers.

Ch. 6: Laura Flanders on building the next system of media - @TheNextSystem ‏Project - Air Date 10-18-17

Laura Flanders discusses her latest paper for the Next System Project on the “urgent necessity” of Next System Media including criticisms of for-profit media and some suggested alternatives.

 

VOICEMAILS

Ch. 7: What the math on the cost of health insurance for insurance companies? - Kyle from Portland

 

Ch. 8: Final comments on private health insurance vs government-run insurance and the perverse incentive for private insurers to want medical costs to go ever-higher

 

THE MIDTERMS MINUTE

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August 11th Primary:

Hawaii (Reg. Deadlines - Primaries: Online: July 12th, In person: Until August 11th / General: Oct. 9th)

U.S. House - 1st District: Kaniela Ing 

U.S. House - 2nd District: Tulsi Gabbard(Incumbent)

August 14th Primaries:

Minnesota (Reg. Deadlines - Primaries: Online: July 24th, In person: Until August 14th / General: Oct. 9th)

U.S. House - 5th District: Ilhan Omar 

U.S. House - 8th District: Michelle Lee 

U.S. Senate (Dem. Primary for Nov. Special Election) - Tina Smith 

Governor (Dem. Primary) - Erin Murphy 

Due to time, the following states will be featured in depth on a future episode:

Wisconsin (Reg. Deadlines - Primaries: Post-marked by July 25th, In person Aug. 10th / General: Post-marked by Oct 17th, In-person: Nov. 2nd)

Connecticut (Reg. Deadlines - Primaries: Online & mail-in: Received by Aug. 9th / General: Oct. 30th)

Vermont  (Reg. Deadlines - Primaries: Aug. 14th / General: Nov. 6th)

Correction: South Dakota was originally listed in the segment, but 8/14 is actually the runoff date. There will not be runoffs. 

Researched & Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman 

 

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

Air Date: 7/10/2018

Today we take a look at the attempts to distract with calls for civility and the attempts to suppress dissent with various bans and impediments to protest

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: The Problem with Civility - On the Media - Air Date 6-30-18

 

Ch. 2: Criminalizing Protest - @USNewsBeat - Air Date 6-14-18

 

Ch. 3: The Civility Fetish - Citations Needed - Air Date 6-14-18

 

Ch. 4: NFL Bans National Anthem Protests - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 05-24-18

 

Ch. 5: Civility as a cudgel - Trumpcast - Air Date 6-30-18

 

Ch. 6:  Mara Verheyden-Hilliard on Criminalizing Protest - CounterSpin - Air Date 7-7-18

 

VOICEMAILS

Ch. 7: Why wouldn't a UBI just cause inflation? - David from Houston

 

Ch. 8: Final comments on a Universal Basic Income, inflation and recommending an episode of The Dig about Troop Veneration and US Empire

 

MUSIC:

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Turning on the Lights - Speakeasy (Blue Dot Sessions)
  • Swapping Tubes - Studio J (Blue Dot Sessions)
  • Rafter - Speakeasy (Blue Dot Sessions)
  • Great Great Lengths - The Balloonist (Blue Dot Sessions)
  • Insatiable Toad - Origami (Blue Dot Sessions)
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

 

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

Air Date: 8/1/2017

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

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Show Notes

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

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

Ch. 3: Song 1:  Revolution - Grandaddy


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

Ch. 11: Song 5:  Elysium - Mendum


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


Voicemails

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

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

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


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

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


Activism:

TAKE ACTION

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

Read Gar Alperovitz "Principles of a Pluralist Commonwealth

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

Follow @TheNextSystem on Twitter   

EDUCATE YOURSELF

Is Capitalism Dying? (Forbes, 2013)

’Is Capitalism Dying?’ (Marxism, 2013) 

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

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

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

Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman


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

Air Date: 7/3/2018

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

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SHOW NOTES

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

THE MIDTERMS MINUTE

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

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

August 2nd Primaries:

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

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

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

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

August 7th Primaries:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman 

 

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

Air Date: 6/29/2018

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

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SHOW NOTES

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

VOICEMAILS

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

 

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

 

TAKE ACTION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman 

 

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Air Date: 6/26/2018

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

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SHOW NOTES

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

TAKE ACTION

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

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

House Co-sponsors

Senate Co-sponsors

FOR READING/SHARING

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

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

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

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

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

Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman 

 

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

Air Date: 7/21/2017

Today we look at the technology that massively influences how we spend our time and hear lots of advice on how we can begin to take back control

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: The Panda is Dancing - @TimeWellSpentio - Air Date 11-28-16

Ch. 3: Song 1:  N/A


Ch. 4: Act 2: Tim Wu on The Attention Merchants - The Zero Hour w: @RJEskow - Air Date 4-29-17

Ch. 5: Song 2:  One-Armed Bandit - The Viscounts


Ch. 6: Act 3: What If Technology Were Conscious Of Your Time? - @TimeWellSpentio - Air Date 11-22-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: N/A


Ch. 8: Act 4: What If Technology Were Designed For Human Values? - @TimeWellSpentio - Air Date 11-22-16

Ch. 9: Song 4:  Forever On Your Team - Frida Selander


Ch. 10: Act 5: Does Technology Actually Make Life Easier, or Just More Hectic? - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 05-08-17

Ch. 11: Song 5:  Spider-Man (Live) - Ramones


Ch. 12: Act 6: Tristan Harris: How better tech could protect us from distraction - @TEDTalks - Air Date 6-14-16

Ch. 13: Song 6:  Time Well Spent - Tom Felton


Ch. 14: Act 7: Laura Vanderkam - How to gain control of your free time - @TEDTalks - Air Date 2-7-2017 

Ch. 15: Song 7:  Time In a Bottle - Jim Croce


Ch. 16: Act 8: Yuval Noah Harari - Think Again @bigthink - Air Date 2-25-17

Ch. 17: Song 8:  We're Simple Minds - Club 8


Ch. 18: Act 9: Someday - The Minimalists - Air Date 3-29-17


Ch. 19: Final comments on my personal slate of apps, settings and strategies to keep my digital life under control

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


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

Air Date: 6/19/2018

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

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SHOW NOTES

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

VOICEMAILS

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

 

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

 

MUSIC(Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Gusty Hollow - Migration
  • PolyCoat - The Cabinetmaker
  • Chilvat - Lillehammer
  • Wax Paper Jewel - Origami
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

 

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

Air Date: 6/15/2018

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

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SHOW NOTES

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

TAKE ACTION

Get involved with/support Mutual Aid Disaster Relief

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

Read more about MARD ongoing work in Puerto Rico

FOR FURTHER READING/SHARING

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Shame in Puerto Rico(NY Times)

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

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

Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman 

 

MUSIC(Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Cat's Eye - Marble Run
  • Rafter - Speakeasy
  • Front Runner - Union Hall
  • When We Set Out - Arc and Crecent
  • Comma - Codebreaker
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

 

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

Air Date: 6/12/2018

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

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SHOW NOTES

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

VOICEMAILS

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

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

 

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

 

TAKE ACTION

Get involved with familiesbelongtogether.org & follow @womenbelong

Tell Congress to #AbolishICE & pass:

Keep Families Together Act

Help Separated Families Act of 2018

HELP Separated Children Act

Give to organizations like: 

Children's Law Center 

The Young Center for Immigrant Rights 

Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) 

FOR READING/SHARING

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

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

Keep Families Together Act(Feinstein.senate.gov)

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

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

Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman 

 

MUSIC(Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Haena - Cloud Harbor
  • On Early Light - Cholate
  • Moon Bicycle Theme - American Moon Bicycle
  • The Cast and Favor - Bayou Birds
  • These Times - The Pine Barrens
  • Feathersoft - Barstool
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

 

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

Air Date: 7/28/2017

Today we look at the woeful state of the Democratic Party and the strategy to bring them back from the brink

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: All roads lead to Trump unless we make major changes - #PoliticallyReactive with @wkamaubell and @harikondabolu - Air Date 6-15-17

Ch. 3: Song 1: The Perfect Space - The Avett Brothers


Ch. 4: Act 2: David Sirota Discusses the Role of Journalism In the Trump Resistance - @TheRealNews - Air Date 6-16-17

Ch. 5: Song 2: Failure - Kings of Convenience


Ch. 6: Act 3: Bill Curry on how and why the Democratic party lost its way - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date 6-3-17

Ch. 7: Song 3: Changes - Langhorne Slim & The Law


Ch. 8: Act 4: Naomi Klein on why No is not enough - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 6-28-17

Ch. 9: Song 4: Rome Wasn't Built In a Day - Morcheeba


Ch. 10: Act 5: Tom Ferguson on why establishment Democrats are vulnerable - Jacobin Radio (@jacobinmag) - Air Date 7-11-17


Voicemails

Ch. 11: Reaction to 1119 on Poverty - Alan from Connecticut

Ch. 12: Follow-up on de-transitioning article - Rachel from Seattle

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 13: Final comments on how conservatives have come full circle on their understanding of LGBTQ people and ended up right where they started

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


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Category:general -- posted at: 5:09am EDT

Air Date: 6/5/2018

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

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SHOW NOTES

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

VOICEMAILS

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

 

Ch. 9: Final comments on how to argue effectively

 

TAKE ACTION:

Call Congress: Tell Congress to Support the DIA!

Learn More About the Disability Integration Act

Get involved with ADAPT & follow @NationalADAPT  

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

Spread the word on social media with #DIAToday

FOR READING/SHARING:

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

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

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

Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman 

 

MUSIC(Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Cloud Line - K4
  • UpUpUp and Over - The Balloonist
  • Blue Jay - Feathers
  • Heather - Migration
  • This Fickle World - Theo Bard
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

 

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

Air Date: 6/1/2018

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

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SHOW NOTES

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

VOICEMAILS

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

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

 

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

 

MUSIC(Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Petra - Lathe
  • When We Set Out - Arc and Crecent
  • Haena - Cloud Harbor
  • Begrudge - Darby
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

 

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

Air Date: 5/29/2018

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

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Show Notes

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

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

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


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

Ch. 5: Song 2: N/A


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

Ch. 7: Song 3: Gullwing Sailor - Migration


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

Ch. 9: Song 4: Inessential - Bayou Birds


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

Ch. 11: Song 5: Heather - Migration


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

Ch. 13: Song 6: Open Flames - Aeronaut


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

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


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


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

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

Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

(Additional music from Blue Dot Sessions)


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

Air Date: 6/09/2017

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

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Show Notes

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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


Voicemails

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

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


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

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

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


Activism:

TAKE ACTION

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

#ReportHate crimes to SPLC at splcenter.org/reporthate 

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

EDUCATE YOURSELF

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

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

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

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

Protest in the Era of Donald Trump (Huffington Post)

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Amanda Hoffman


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

Air Date: 5/22/2018

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

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Show Notes

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

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

Ch. 3: Song 1: Stale Case - Darby


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

Ch. 5: Song 2: Blue Jay - Feathers


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

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


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

Ch. 9: Song 4: Tripoli - Pecan Grove


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

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


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


Voicemails

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

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

Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent


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

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Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

(Additional music from Blue Dot Sessions)


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

Air Date: 5/18/2018

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

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Show Notes

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

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

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


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

Ch. 5: Song 2: Lord Weasel - Molerider


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

Ch. 7: Song 3: Open Flames - Aeronaut


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

Ch. 9: Song 4: Cloud Line - K4


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

Ch. 11: Song 5: Vengeful - Warmbody


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


Voicemails

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

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

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

Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent


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

Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

(Additional music from Blue Dot Sessions)


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

Air Date: 5/8/2018

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

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Show Notes

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

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

Ch. 3: Song 1: Tripoli - Pecan Grove


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

Ch. 5: Song 2: Wingspan - Bayou Birds


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

Ch. 7: Song 3: Astrisx - Bodytonic


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

Ch. 9: Song 4: Minutes - Pacha Faro


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

Ch. 11: Song 5: Hundred Mile - K2


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

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


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

Ch. 15: Song 7: Feathersoft - Barstool


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

Ch. 17: Song 8: Vittoro - Aeronaut


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

Ch. 19: Song 9: Andelo - Pacha Faro


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


Voicemails

Ch. 21: Political Intersectionality - Alan from Connecticut

Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent


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

Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

(Additional music from Blue Dot Sessions)


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

Air Date: 7/12/2017

Today we look at many of our misconceptions of the nature of poverty, the interconnectedness of economics with all aspects of life and some suggestions on how to pursue justice

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Dividing the generations to distract from the class war - CounterSpin @FAIRmediawatch - Air Date 1-8-16

Ch. 3: Song 1:  Class-Warfare - Chris Priest


Ch. 4: Act 2: The frames through which we look at low-income aid programs - @offkiltershow - Air Date 6-9-17

Ch. 5: Song 2:  Call It Even - Scott Simons


Ch. 6: Act 3: Does prolonged exposure to poverty have a lasting effect on the brain? - The Inquiry - Air Date 5-25-17

Ch. 7: Song 3:  Sur Le Fil - Yann Tiersen


Ch. 8: Act 4: Everything is economic - The Other Washington from @civicskunkworks - Air Date 5-25-17

Ch. 9: Song 4:  Poverty (Single (Stereo)) - Bobby "Blue" Bland


Ch. 10: Act 5: Rutger Bregman: Poverty isn't a lack of character; it's a lack of cash - @TEDTalks - Air Date 6-13-17

Ch. 11: Song 5:  Protect & Serve - Stiff Little Fingers


Ch. 12: Act 6: Bryan Stevenson: the opposite of poverty is not wealth, the opposite of poverty is justice - The Ezra Klein Show - Air Date 5-16-17


Ch. 13: Final comments asking the question of the age: What the f**k is wrong with economists?

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


Recommended Reading/Sharing:

Why do we think poor people are poor because of their own bad choices? (Outclassed, The Guardian)

45 million Americans rely on food stamps. Trump wants to gut the program. (Vox)

The Problem Isn’t Food Stamps, It’s Poverty (Editorial Board, New York Times)

What Works to Reduce Poverty (Center of Budget and Policy Priorities)

Trump’s Budget Cuts Deeply Into Medicaid and Anti-Poverty Efforts (New York Times)

Welfare programs shown to reduce poverty in America (The Guardian, 2014)

Curated by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman


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Air Date: 5/8/2018

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

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Show Notes

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

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

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


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

Ch. 5: Song 2: Petra - Lathe


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

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


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

Ch. 9: Song 4: Cat's Eye - Marble Run


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

Ch. 11: Song 5: Donder - Darby


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


Voicemails

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

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

Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent


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

Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

(Additional music from Blue Dot Sessions)


Activism:

TAKE ACTION

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

Follow @RealJusticePACon Twitter

Follow Prosecutor Adam Foss on Twitter

EDUCATE YOURSELF

Read "The New Jim Crow" by Michelle Alexander

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

Read "Just Mercy" by Bryan Stevenson

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

Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman 


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

Air Date: 5/4/2018

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

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Show Notes

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

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

Ch. 3: Song 1:  N/A


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

Ch. 5: Song 2:  Decompression - Rayling


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

Ch. 13: Song 6:  Surly Bonds - Aeronaut


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

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


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


Voicemails

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

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

Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent


Ch. 19:Final comments

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Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

(Additional music from Blue Dot Sessions)


Activism:

TAKE ACTION

5 Ways to Support Teachers Striking:

1. Call your members of Congress 

2. March with teachers

3. Help with childcare

4. Explain the strikes to your kids

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

EDUCATE YOURSELF

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

The Outcome in Arizona(Jacobin)

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

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

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

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

Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman 


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