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Edition #797

Trouble at the old pharm

Today we take a look at the seedy underbelly of the industry that creates all of those wonderful, life-saving drugs that sit at the crossroads of western medicine and western capitalism.

Ch. 1: Intro - Theme: A Fond Farewell, Elliott Smith 

Ch. 2: Act 1: Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare - EscapeFireMovie - Air Date: 07-12-12

Ch. 3: Song 1: Mother of the night - Moby

Ch. 4: Act 2: Who are the REAL Obamacare Hypocrites? - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 01-07-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Margaret on the Guillotine - Morrissey

Ch. 6: Act 3: This Is Why Healthcare Costs So Much - @majorityfm - Air Date: 12-11-13

Ch. 7: Song 3: Snake oil - Entrain

Ch. 8: Act 4: Major Pharm Company To End Payments To Doctors - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 12-21-13

Ch. 9: Song 4: First patient - Philip Glass

Ch. 10: Act 5: Map Shows Damage Caused by Anti-Vaccine Movement - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 01-29-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: Bad idea - Goose

Ch. 12: Act 6: Stand Up For Mental Health - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 13: Song 6: Activism - Shihan

Ch. 14: Act 7: Big Pharma CEO: Our Medicine is for Rich People, Not Inians - @majorityfm - Air Date: 01-29-14

Ch. 15: Song 7: Two points for honesty - Guster

Ch. 16: Act 8: New Once-A-Month Vitamin Presents Choking Hazard - @TheOnion

Ch. 17: Song 8: Choke - The Black Cadillacs

Ch. 18: Act 9: Hepatitis C Cure Discovered - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 01-06-14

Ch. 19: Introduction to today's voicemail on reproductive rights


Ch. 20: Personhood is not the central principle in abortion debate - Mara from Pittsburgh

Ch. 21: Science as the deciding factor - Dirk from Madison, WI

Ch. 22: Rebuttal to bodily autonomy - Anonymous

Ch. 23: Comparing the ideas of obligation vs bodily autonomy - Mara from Pittsburgh

Leave a message at 202-999-3991

Voicemail Music: 

Loud Pipes - Ratatat

Ch. 24: Final comments on why bodily autonomy is the primary consideration and personhood is secondary

Closing Music:

Here We Are - Patrick Park


Stand Up For Mental Health Campaign

Additional Activism/Resources:

Affordable Care Act

National Alliance of Mental Illness

h/t Feminista Jones

Sources/further reading:

"When ‘Positivity' Goes Wrong: Please Stop Shaming People For Being Sad”

by Pia Glen 

"USDA Announces Support for Mental Health Facilities in Rural Areas"

Doctors For America

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich

Produced by:

Jay! Tomlinson

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