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Air Date 7/19/2016
Today we take a listen to a few of the reactions from people of color to the shooting deaths of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile and the police officers in Dallas
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Show Notes

Ch. 2: Act 1: Black Father in Letter to His Son "I Thought of You When I Saw the Son of Alton Sterling Weeping" - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 07-14-16

Ch. 3: Song 1: Sur Le Fil - Yann Tiersen


Ch. 4: Act 2: Video of and reaction to Philando Castile - Code Switch - Air Date 7-9-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: End of the World - Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin


Ch. 6: Act 3: You can't reignite a fire that never stops burning - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 7-8-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: Turtle (Bonobo Remix) - Pilote


Ch. 8: Act 4: Tired of being strong, it's time to fix the system - The Benjamin Dixon Show (@TheBpDShow) - Air Date 7-6-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: North bank upper - Plusplus


Ch. 10: Act 5: The fatal shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile - The Daily Show - Air Date 7-7-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: Rain Begins To Fall (instrumental) - Silence Is Sexy


Ch. 12: Act 6: ‘Black Lives Matter’ Protesters Respond To Dallas Shooting - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 07-09-16

Ch. 13: Song 6: Silhouette - David Ari Leon


Ch. 14: Act 7: Dallas shooter was banned from black activist groups - @CitizenRadio - Air Date 7-12-16

Ch. 15: Song 7: Untitled - Zoe Keating


Ch. 16: Act 8: Black Surgeon Who Treated Dallas Officers On Race Relations with Law Enforcement - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 07-13-16

Ch. 17: Song 8: A Faraway Home (instrumental) - Silence Is Sexy


Ch. 18: Act 9: Scoop Jackson on the unnecessary, yet understood, killings of people and police - @EdgeofSports - w: Dave Zirin - Air Date 7-13-16

Ch. 19: Song 9: Whatchuwando - Krayzie Bone


Ch. 18: Act 10: Pastor Michael McBride on what white people can do - Politically Re-Active - Air Date 7-13-16

Ch. 19: Song 10: Adventure, Darling - Gillicuddy


Ch. 18: Act 11: People with privilege need to get up and stand shoulder to shoulder - The Read - Air Date 7-13-16


Voicemails

Ch. 19: Response to police killing person during standoff - Colin from Cleveland, OH

Ch. 20: Examining the police with an analogy with healthcare - Charlie from Cleveland

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 21: Final comments on what white people can do to get involved in the movement for black lives

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


TAKE ACTION

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This is What White People Can Do to Support Black Lives Matter (Washington Post)

Tim Wise Website (TimWise.com)

It's Legal to Kill Black People (Hands Up United) 

Rewire News - Racism (Rewire.com)

Only White People Can Save Themselves From Racism and White Supremacism (Washington Post) 

 

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Amanda Hoffman


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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Air Date 5/21/2020

Today we take a look at the classic battle between good and... not evil exactly but worse than just 'bad'... 'malicious indifference to suffering in the pursuit of ideology over real-world outcomes' maybe?... as seen through the lens of trying to destroy or save the US Post Office, the battle for basic labor rights and protections and the struggle to define the revolutionary change we are going to experience on the back end of the pandemic for either good or ill.

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: USPS - Last Week Tonight with John Oliver - Air Date 5-10-20

As the U.S. Postal Service faces financial catastrophe, John Oliver discusses why the service is so important, what brought it to this point, and what we can do to help.

Ch. 2: Far from a loser, the post office is a money-making operation - Jim Hightower - Air Date 4-21-20

Antigovernment ideologues and privatization dogmatists hate the very word “public” and they’ve long sought to demonize the US Postal Service, undercut its popular support, and finally dismantle it.

Ch. 3: Trump Attacks Post Office While Carriers & Clerks Die from COVID-19 - Democracy Now - Air Date 4-29-20

President Trump has lashed out at the U.S. Postal Service as the pandemic brings it to the brink of collapse and more people than ever are relying on the mail.

Ch. 4: Is Postal Banking a Good Idea? - David Pakman Show - Air Date 05-14-18

Audience question: Is postal banking a good idea?

Ch. 5: Should Trump be America’s Postal Potentate? - Jim Hightower - Air Date 5-7-20

The humble Post Office is a community fixture, a civic inheritance, a rural lifeline, and one of the last vestiges of a shared civic culture in America.

Ch. 6: Refocusing May Day On The Revolutionary Struggle For Workers' Rights - The Real News - Air Date 5-5-20

The revolutionary history of May Day is recognized around the world in a way that should inspire workers in the United States to continue their fight.

Ch. 7: Mike Elk on Frontline Worker Rights - CounterSpin - Air Date 4-10-20

Mike Elk discusses essential workers and the power of labor and strikes.

Ch. 8: Food Workers and the Virus - Belabored by Dissent Magazine - Air Date 5-9-20

We talk with Raj Patel, research professor in the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin and the author of Stuffed and Starved.

Ch. 9: Charles Derber Upstairs/Downstairs Economy - Unauthorized Disclosure - Air Date 4-5-20

Charles Derber on whether the pandemic may significantly alter the structure of the economy in the United States.

Ch. 10: Congress Sets Aside $1,200 In Trust For Each American Until They Prove They’re Responsible Enough To Handle It - The Topical - Air Date 4-15-20

It’s a historic stimulus bill that will finally offer some financial relief to those affected by the coronavirus outbreak. But will Americans be able to prove they’re mature enough to spend it responsibly?

Ch. 11: Ricardo Salvador on the Food System & COVID-19 - CounterSpin - Air Date 5-8-20

As for food workers—farm laborers, meatpackers, grocery and restaurant workers—how can they be deemed “essential” and yet treated as expendable?

Ch. 12: Demand Congress Pass The #PeoplesBailout via ThePeoplesBailout.org

Go to The People’s Bailout dot org to easily write and call your members of Congress demanding they take effective, inclusive, equitable and preventative legislative action.

Ch. 13: Coronavirus Capitalism and How to Beat It - The Intercept - Air Date 3-16-20

This video is about the ways the still-unfolding COVID-19 crisis is already remaking our sense of the possible.

Ch. 14: The Georgia Experiment - Social Distance - Air Date 4-30-20

Staff writer and Georgia native Amanda Mull join to talk about the political forces pushing to reopen her home state.

Ch. 15: A New Economy for a post-COVID world - Progressive Faith Sermons - Dr. Roger Ray - Air Date 5-3-20

As President Trump and many states’ governors are pushing (largely minority) workers to go back to work in unsafe conditions for less than a living wage in the midst of a pandemic, is the word “revolution” too strong to use or is it not quite enough?


FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 16: Final comments on the best-laid intentions


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The Bailout is Working - For the Rich (ProPublica)

Retail workers at Amazon and Whole Foods coordinate sick-out to protest Covid-19 conditions (The Guardian)

For immigrants without legal status, federal coronavirus relief is out of reach (Vox)


Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman 


MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • PolyCoat - The Cabinetmaker
  • Turning to You - Landsman Duets
  • The Spinnet - Castle Danger
  • Contrarian - Sketchbook
  • Turning - Lathe
  • Eventual Victory - Codebreaker
  • Haena - Cloud Harbor
  • Our Fingers Cold - K2
  • Homegrown - The Pine Barrens
  • Take a Tiny Train - Ray Catcher
  • Vengeful - Warmbody
  • Chilvat - Lillehammer
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:23pm EDT

Air Date 5/15/2020

Today, Amanda and I discuss the new film Executive Produced by Michael Moore, Planet of the Humans. We try to hit as many topics as we can but do not claim this is an exhaustive list of problems with the film. In short, the film tries to make a few good points but they are completely drowned in a sea of misinformation potent enough to send climate deniers into a joyous tizzy.

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SHOW NOTES

00:00:00 Ch. 1: Intro and Index


00:06:12 Ch. 2: Planet of the Humans DEBUNKED Part 1: Misrepresenting Solar Science - Now You Know - Air Date 5-8-20


00:11:44 Ch. 3: Planet of the Humans DEBUNKED Part 2: Ignoring New Renewable Solutions to Intermittency - Now You Know - Air Date 5-8-20


00:17:12 Michael Moore, filmmakers respond to criticism of new bombshell environmental film Part 1: No Defense of Their Bad Science - The Hill Rising - Air Date 4-28-20


00:20:10 Ch. 4: Michael Moore, filmmakers respond to criticism of new bombshell environmental film Part 2: All the Good Points the Film Failed to Make - The Hill Rising - Air Date 4-28-20


00:24:03 Ch. 5: Michael Moore, filmmakers respond to criticism of new bombshell environmental film Part 3: Population Control? - The Hill Rising - Air Date 4-28-20


00:28:39 Ch. 6: The Climate Conversation has Been Imploded


00:31:04 Ch. 7: The Reason Population Reduction is Not the Answer to Our Climate Emergency


00:33:01 Ch. 8: The Mechanics of Making a Bad Documentary - Manipulative Editing


00:34:44 Ch. 9: The Mechanics of Making a Bad Documentary - Poor Interview Sourcing


00:36:28 Ch. 10: Poor Interview Sourcing, Misleading Data: The GM Volt Launch


00:39:02 Ch. 11: The Mechanics of Making a Bad Documentary - No Follow-Up Interviews


00:46:12 Ch. 12: The Mechanics of Making a Bad Documentary - Bad Data by Ignoring Innovation


00:47:21 Ch. 13: The Mechanics of Making a Bad Documentary - Artificially Inflating Small Issues to Seem Large


00:48:52 Ch. 14: The Mechanics of Making a Bad Documentary - We’re Just Asking Questions


00:49:30 Ch. 15: The Mechanics of Making a Bad Documentary - Terrible Graphs and Visuals


00:52:55 Ch. 16: The Mechanics of Making a Bad Documentary - Silly Anecdotes


00:54:13 Ch. 17: The Mechanics of Making a Bad Documentary - Assuming Makes an Ass Out of You and Me


00:57:16 Ch. 18: Comparing Mountain-Top Wind Farms to Mountain-Top-Removal Coal Mining is Unconscionable


00:58:39 Ch. 19: The Mechanics of Making a Bad Documentary - Making Arguments in Nonsensical Ways


01:00:58 Ch. 20: White Men Fail to Discuss Reproductive Justice or Environmental Justice in Any Way


01:02:01 Ch. 21: EVs, Green Energy in Michael Moore's Confused New Documentary Planet Of The Humans - Transport Evolved - Air Date 4-29-20


01:04:47 Ch. 22: The Film Leaves Viewers With a Conclusion the Filmmakers Didn’t Intend


01:05:43 Ch. 23: The Film Doesn’t Speak to Anyone Advocating a New Way of Living


01:07:53 Ch. 24: Who is Benefitting and Who is Being Hurt By This Film?


01:12:00 Ch. 25: Planet of the Humans DEBUNKED Part 3: Emboldened Deniers - Now You Know - Air Date 5-8-20


01:14:53 Ch. 26: Right-Wing Media LOVES This Film: The Left 'has attacked' Michael Moore for his 'Planet Human' documentary - Sky News Australia - Air Date 4-27-20


01:17:03 Ch. 27: Debunking the Idea that Anyone Ever Called for the Film to be Banned


01:18:07 Ch. 28: The Damage to the Climate Movement: The Problem With “Planet Of The Humans” Part. 1 ft. Joshua Kahn Russell - Michael Brooks Show - Air Date 5-7-20


01:24:16 Ch. 29: Attempting to Make Good Points About the Neoliberalism at the Heart of the Climate Movement but Completely Botching it


01:28:28 Ch. 30: The Producers Defend the Use of Bad Science by Asserting that Science Doesn’t Matter


01:30:00 Ch. 31: Michael Moore in a live discussion with Extinction Rebellion co-founder Clare Farrell Part 1 - Extinction Rebellion - Air Date 5-5-20


01:32:03 Ch. 32: Science is Foundational to Their Arguments but Also Doesn’t Matter


01:34:14 Ch. 33: Michael Moore in a live discussion with Extinction Rebellion co-founder Clare Farrell Part 2 - Extinction Rebellion - Air Date 5-5-20


01:35:56 Ch. 34: Fostering Conspiratorial Thinking


01:37:50 Ch. 35: Scientists are Religious, Only we Know the Truth: Michael Moore in a live discussion with Extinction Rebellion co-founder Clare Farrell Part 3 - Extinction Rebellion - Air Date 5-5-20


01:40:43 Ch. 36: Naïve, Wishful Thinking is Not a Thesis


01:42:22 Ch. 37: How to Make an Argument that Centers the Need to Reduce Consumption


01:44:50 Ch. 38: Michael Moore Proves His Profound Ignorance: Michael Moore in a live discussion with Extinction Rebellion co-founder Clare Farrell Part 4 - Extinction Rebellion - Air Date 5-5-20


01:45:54 Ch. 39: Explaining Moore’s Deep Ignorance


01:50:32 Ch. 40: The Need to Trust in Experts, Not Buffoons


01:51:14 Ch. 41: Accidental Eugenics Leads Predictably to Deeply Racist Outcomes


01:54:42 Ch. 42: Why Focusing on Over-Population is Not the Solution to Our Climate Emergency


01:57:02 Ch. 43: Sunrise Movement Response to the Film


01:59:08 Ch. 44: Response to the Film by Michael Moore’s Former Fact-Checker


02:01:33 Ch. 45: Extinction Rebellion Response to the Film


02:02:57 Ch. 46: Why We Need to Debunk This Film


Articles for Further Reading (Or Just to Marvel at the Sheer Number of Them)

Planet of the humans: A reheated mess of lazy, old myths, Ketan Joshi

This is where hard work got us (another post about the bad film), Ketan Joshi

The great giving up (and the film that made it worse), Ketan Joshi

6 Reasons Why “Planet of the Humans” is a Disaster of Misinformation, Ben Wehrman

10 Reasons « Planet of the Humans » Gets Everything Wrong on Climate, Benjamin Tincq

Why “Planet of the Humans” is crap, Tom Athanasiou, EcoEquity

Film Review: Forget about PLANET OF THE HUMANS by Jeff Gibbs and Michael Moore by Neal Livingston

Michael Moore produced a film about climate change that’s a gift to Big Oil, Leah Stokes

Planet of the Humans Comes This Close to Actually Getting the Real Problem, Then Goes Full Ecofascism, Brian Kahn, Gizmondo

Inside Clean Energy: 6 Things Michael Moore’s ‘Planet of the Humans’ Gets Wrong, Dan Gearino, Inside Climate News

A Bomb in the Center of the Climate Movement’: Michael Moore Damages Our Most Important Goal, Bill McKibben, Rolling Stone

POTH Traffics in Myths, Errors, and Dangerous Misdirection, John Rogers, Union of Concerned Scientists

Planet of the Humans: Let’s just have a think…, Dave Borlace, Just Have a Think (note: a video response)

Michael Moore’s ‘Planet of the Humans’ Film Trashes Clean Energy, Offers Zero Solutions, Sally Ho, Green Queen

The Important Debate POTH Misses, Kate Aronoff, New Republic

Michael Moores New Film Turns Heroes into Villains and Villains into Heroes, Dr. Michael Mann, Newsweek

The absurdity of releasing Planet of the Humans in April 2020

#POTH: Michael Moore’s (@MMFlint’s) false choice & a lesson in how not to build a movement

How Did Michael Moore Become A Hero to Climate Deniers and the Far Right? (George Monbiot, The Guardian)

Extinction Rebellion Response (Twitter)

Sunrise Movement's Response (Twitter)

George Monbiot's Breakdown of the #PopulationGrowth in Response (Twitter thread)

Joanne Doroshow, Michael Moore's Former Fact Checker, Responds (Facebook)


MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions)

 

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

Air Date 5/7/2020

Today, Amanda and I discuss the dangerous, pervasive epidemic of hope fueled by desperation spreading throughout the country that is leading people to self-destructive thoughts and actions. 

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Dr. Tony Fauci From One Pandemic to Another: Mark Harrington and Peter Staley - EPIDEMIC with Dr. Celine Gounder and Ronald Klain - Air Date 4-10-20

Dr. Celine Gounder talks to Peter Staley and Mark Harrington, members of Act Up, co-founders of the Treatment Action Group, and dedicated HIV/AIDS activists who know firsthand what it is like to live through a large-scale pandemic.

Ch. 2: The placebo reject

Ch. 3: Waiting For a Game-Changer - On The Media - Air Date 5-6-20

Derek Lowe, the organic chemist behind the science blog In the Pipeline, urges caution. He speaks with Bob about how to report on the so-called "game-changer" drugs, and where he believes reporting on the "race for a cure" falls short.

Ch. 4: Profiteering off of the desperation of those with rare diseases

Ch. 5: Dr. Leana Wen Discusses the Tortuous and High Stakes Path that Dr.'s Fauci and Birx Must Navigate - The Al Franken Podcast - Air Date 4-5-20

Dr. Wen gives her unique insight into the dilemma that Fauci and Birx face in dealing with an inarguably crazy president.

Ch. 6: Strategic lying to save the lives of the irrational and those with whom they come in contact


MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Tar and Spackle - Plaster
  • The Summit - K2
  • Closer - American Moon Bicycle
  • 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: 3:58pm EDT

Air Date 5/3/2020

Today we take a look at the unique, profound dysfunction at the heart of the train wreck that is Trump's response to the Coronavirus. Plus, we explore the death cult that is the group of people still supporting the president.

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Memory Hole - On the Media - Air Date 4-18-20

McKay Coppins [@mckaycoppins], staff writer at The Atlantic, on the latest pivots in the Trump administration's ever-evolving "disinformation architecture."

Ch. 2: Is Trump Criminally Responsible for Coronavirus Deaths? - Deconstructed with Mehdi Hasan - Air Date 4-2-20

Mehdi talks with Glenn Kirschner about Trump's inaction and misinformation that is leading to deaths.

Ch. 3: What Trump Knew & When He Knew It NYT on How Trump Ignored COVID-19 Warnings Until It Was Too Late - Democracy Now - Air Date 4-13-20

We look at how President Trump led the country to this point with Eric Lipton, lead author of The New York Times’s explosive new exposé, “He Could Have Seen What Was Coming: Behind Trump’s Failure on the Virus.”

Ch. 4: Warnings To The White House - Frontline - Air Date 4-10-20

Trump and the government's response to the Pandemic are explored.

Ch. 5: Explaining why he can't do that but just did anyway - The Bugle - Air Date 4-18-20

The answer to everything strange in America is slavery.

Ch. 6: Michael Lewis On How Trump’s Handling of Covid-19 Has Proven His Book, The Fifth Risk, Tragically Prophetic. - The Al Franken Podcast - Air Date 4-19-20

In The Fifth Risk, Lewis portrayed Donald Trump as a man totally ignorant of and disinterested in the actually functioning of the federal government.

Ch. 7: Trump Cuts Funds for World Health Org as Oxfam Warns Pandemic Could Push Half a Billion into Poverty - Democracy Now - Air Date 4-15-20

President Donald Trump says he will cut U.S. support for the World Health Organization. Richard Horton, editor-in-chief of The Lancet medical journal, called it a “crime against humanity.”

Ch. 8: Bleach? Nevermind - The Bugle - Air Date 4-25-20

Andy, Nish and Hari attempt to make sense of another week of transatlantic buffoonery.

Ch. 9: Is the Trump Cult a Death Cult? - Deconstructed with Mehdi Hasan - Air Date 3-25-20

The Atlantic’s Adam Serwer joins Mehdi Hasan to discuss the President’s continuing refusal to take the Covid-19 pandemic seriously.

Ch. 10: Jared Yates Sexton reflects on his childhood and life in Trumplandia - The Chauncey DeVega Show - Air Date 3-24-20

Jared Yates Sexton reflects on his childhood and life in Trumplandia and the power that Trump’s cult holds over so many white right-wing so-called “Christians.”

Ch. 11: Tim Wise Explains How White Privilege is Making the Pandemic Much Worse - The Truth Report with Chauncey DeVega - Air Date 4-21-20

Tim Wise reflects on how only white men such as Donald Trump and his cabal could still be viewed as competent given their gross and willful negligence in how they chose to (not) respond to the pandemic.

Ch. 12: The Tactics Of The “Re-Open America” Protests ft. Joshua Kahn Russell - The Michael Brooks Show - Air Date 4-23-20

Joshua Kahn Russell joins us to analyze the reopen America protests.

Ch. 13: Kurt Andersen, Fantasyland, and How Irrational Thought Worsened the Pandemic - Point of Inquiry - Air Date 4-9-20

Kurt Andersen, the author of Fantasyland, explains what happens when the departure from empirical, reality-based thought plays out during a global pandemic.


FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 14: Final comments on my use of The Al Franken Show


MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Haena - Cloud Harbor
  • Arizona Moon - Cholate
  • Decompression - Rayling
  • Waterbourne - Algea Fields
  • Molly Molly - Barstool
  • Take a Tiny Train - Ray Catcher
  • 7.1 The Spinnet - Castle Danger
  • Tar and Spackle - Plaster
  • Denzel Sprak - CloudCover
  • Feather on the Crest - Wax Museum
  • Interlude - The Nocturne
  • Tripoli - Pecan Grove
  • 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: 8:00pm EDT

Air Date 4/29/2020

Today, we discuss clips that highlight two of the most powerful American myths that consistently drive us into calamitous territory: the primacy of market-based solutions and hyper-individualism

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Like a fire with no one to call 'We've left no latent capacity in health care.' - An Arm and a Leg - Air Date 4-22-20

Public safety is built on latent capacity. We pay for people and equipment to stand idle, over-prepared for emergencies. We’ve left no latent capacity in health care.

Ch. 2: A whole new problem with a profit-driven health care system

Ch. 3: Pandemic, Protests and Profits - Reveal - Air Date 4-25-20

Protesters around the country are pushing to loosen stay-at-home orders, even though health experts say that could lead to a spike in coronavirus cases. Some Amazon workers say not enough is being done to protect them.

Ch. 4: A pandemic of individualism


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MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Opener - American Moon Bicycle
  • Rafter - Speakeasy
  • Middle - American Moon Bicycle
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:18am EDT

Air Date 4/21/2020

Today we take a look at the ways that COVID-19 are impacting the most vulnerable communities the worst and how our legacy of discrimination is being put on full display.

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Race and Risk - Coronavirus Fact vs Fiction - Air Date 4-9-20

CNN's Chief Medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta breaks down the various factors and demographics that may make some people and communities more susceptible.

Ch. 2: COVID-19 Is Not An Equalizer, Black People At Higher Risk with Khiara Bridges and Douglas White Part 1 - The Takeaway with Lizzie O'Leary - Air Date 4-6-20

The south, rural America and black Americans are all at higher risk during the pandemic.

Ch. 3: Why Coronavirus Is Hitting The Black Community Hardest - The Daily Social Distancing Show - Air Date 1-8-20

A closer look at how and why the U.S.’s coronavirus outbreak is disproportionately hurting the black community.

Ch. 4: COVID-19 Is Not An Equalizer, Black People At Higher Risk with Khiara Bridges and Douglas White Part 2 - The Takeaway with Lizzie O'Leary - Air Date 4-6-20

The south, rural America and black Americans are all at higher risk during the pandemic.

Ch. 5: Pandemic Racism The Wisconsin Primary, Disenfranchisement, and the Cost of Life Part 1 - Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill - Air Date 4-8-20

Milwaukee’s Health Commissioner, Dr. Jeanette Kowalik, discusses the Wisconsin Supreme Court's reckless disregard for public safety as they force the state to conduct in-person voting.

Ch. 6: Pandemic Racism The Wisconsin Primary, Disenfranchisement, and the Cost of Life Part 2 - Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill - Air Date 4-8-20

Dr. Ibram X. Kendi discusses what the data tells us about race and coronavirus in America and draws historical parallels between the Trump administration response and the Mississippi flood of 1927.

Ch. 7: “I will not apologize for my needs” Part 1 - Off-Kilter - Air Date 3-27-20

With the ongoing debate around health care rationing and ventilator shortages amid COVID19, Rebecca talks to Ari Ne’eman, Alice Wong, and Sam Bagenstos about the importance of disability non-discrimination in health care.

Ch. 8: Discounting the disabled and all those with pre-existing conditions - CounterSpin - Air Date 4-3-20

Janine Jackson takes a quick look back at AP‘s coronavirus boilerplate.

Ch. 9: “I will not apologize for my needs” Part 2 - Off-Kilter - Air Date 3-27-20

With the ongoing debate around health care rationing and ventilator shortages amid COVID19, Rebecca talks to Ari Ne’eman, Alice Wong, and Sam Bagenstos about the importance of disability non-discrimination in health care.

Ch. 10: Janine Jackson takes a quick look at scapegoating China - CounterSpin - Air Date 3-27-20

Stoking anti-Chinese sentiment from the top down.

Ch. 11: A Virus Doesn't Discriminate - Coronavirus Fact vs Fiction - Air Date 3-27-20

The coronavirus pandemic has fueled a surge in racism against Asian-Americans around the country.

Ch. 12: Civil Rights and Coronavirus - Epidemic - Air Date 3-27-20

Vanita Gupta discusses the responsibility the media has in reinforcing anti-Chinese xenophobia.


VOICEMAILS

Ch. 13: Check your privilege - Alan from Connecticut


FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 14: Final comments on who stoicism is for


MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Astrisx - Bodytonic
  • Wingspan - Bayou Birds
  • Long and Low Cloud - The Bulwark
  • Santre - K2
  • The Rampart - Castle Danger
  • Open Flames - Aeronaut
  • Contrarian - Sketchbook
  • Horizon Liner - The Pine Barrens
  • Stale Case - Darby
  • Vittoro - Aeronaut
  • Homegrown - 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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Air Date 4/16/2020

Today, Amanda and I discuss a few of the aspects of life during a pandemic that's causing mental fog and affecting our work.

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: We all make mistakes but we’re making a lot more of them right now

Ch. 2: The Burnout Generation

Ch. 3: Survival Mode

Ch. 4: Hidden Mental Health Toll of Coronavirus with Alisa Kriegel - WhoWhatWhy - Air Date 3-22-20

The COVID-19 pandemic is going to have a huge toll on mental health, what can we do to mitigate the damage?

Ch. 5: Soft Launch of my secret project

Ch. 6: Showing the ShowSharer™


MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

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

 

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Air Date 4/12/2020

Today we take a look at the way mass incarceration is coming back to bite the US as jails, prisons and immigrant detention centers are becoming Petri dishes for the coronavirus that will help perpetuate the pandemic as well as non-virus related deaths throughout the population.

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Prisons and Jails Are a Coronavirus Time Bomb - Deep Background with Noah Feldman - Air Date 3-24-20

Homer Venters, the former Chief Medical Officer for the NYC Jail system, says that we need to stop the spread of coronavirus in prisons, jails, and detention centers.

Ch. 2: Former ICE Director: Release Immigrants from Detention or COVID-19 Will Spread Like Wildfire Inside - Democracy Now - Air Date 3-23-20

Alarm is growing about the safety of more than 37,000 people held in immigrant detention centers and private jails that contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, where it is nearly impossible to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Ch. 3: Coronavirus Behind Bars: Crisis In New York Part 1 - News Beat - Air Date 4-8-20

Rikers Island now has more than 200 coronavirus cases and recorded its first COVID-19-related death last weekend. Advocates warn that anyone held in the jail is in mortal danger.

Ch. 4: COVID-19 and the border - The Weeds - Air Date 4-7-20

Dara, Jane, and Matt on the intersection between the pandemic and Trump's border crackdown.

Ch. 5: Donate to the National Bail Fund Network & Demand to #FreeThemAll via @bailfundnetwork - Best of the Left Activism

These community bail funds are freeing people by paying bail and bond and are also fighting to abolish the money bail system and pretrial detention.

Ch. 6: No Hierarchy of Humanity Part 1 - Off-Kilter - Air Date 3-20-20

Tom Jawetz and Emily Galvin-Almanza on the steps leaders need to take to reach the nation’s 5,000 prisons, jails, and immigrant detention facilities.

Ch. 7: Dispatches from People Stranded in Place - The United States of Anxiety - Air Date 4-3-20

WNYC Investigative Reporter Matt Katz brings us calls from inside immigration detention centers.

Ch. 8: The Emergency in Our Jails - Social Distance - Air Date 4-8-20

Everyone is being ordered to social distance. Except those who are being ordered into places where that’s impossible. Jim and Katherine talk with Conor Friedersdorf about what can be done.

Ch. 9: No Hierarchy of Humanity Part 2 - Off-Kilter - Air Date 3-20-20

Tom Jawetz and Emily Galvin-Almanza on the steps leaders need to take to reach the nation’s 5,000 prisons, jails, and immigrant detention facilities.

Ch. 10: When Epidemics Collide: Coronavirus, Criminal Justice & Poverty Part 2 - News Beat - Air Date 3-24-20

Advocates say marginalized communities are going to suffer the worst from the consequences of a broken economy, neglect, and a decaying social safety net.


VOICEMAILS

Ch. 11: Reverse seasonal affective disorder - Arkle

Ch. 12: This too shall pass - Annie from Florida


FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 13: Final comments on hidden Negative Visualization and the elephant in the room

Limerick of the day from @Libericks


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EDUCATE YOURSELF

Mass Incarceration: The Whole Pie 2020 (Prison Policy Initiative)

Detaining the Poor (Prison Policy Initiative)

Rikers Reports Its First COVID-Related Prisoner Death (NY Mag: Intelligencer)

Andrew Cuomo Has Learned Nothing From the Coronavirus Catastrophe at Rikers (NY Mag: Intelligencer)

Fear Among Immigrant Detainees Spreads As Coronavirus Outbreaks Hit ICE Detention Centers (Buzzfeed News)

Immigrant detainees in Massachusetts are fighting to be released in the pandemic (Vox)

'Terrified of dying': Immigrants beg to be released from immigration detention as coronavirus spreads (USA Today)


Researched & Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman 


MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • The Spinnet - Castle Danger
  • Derailed - The Depot
  • When We Set Out - Arc and Crecent
  • Rapids - Grey River
  • Minutes - Pacha Faro
  • Waltz and Fury - Macrame
  • Gusty Hollow - Migration
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

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Air Date 4/8/2020

Today, Amanda and I discuss the extremely counterintuitive practice of Negative Visualization and how it could be one of the most powerful tools to help you feel better about your circumstances and the state of the world during the pandemic crisis.

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Discussing the book “A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy” and the practice of Negative Visualization

 

Ch. 2: Take it like a Stoic coping in the time of coronavirus - Ideas - Air Date 4-3-20

 

Ch. 3: Discussing how stoicism has impacted us personally


MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Middle - American Moon Bicycle
  • Closer - American Moon Bicycle
  • 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 4/4/2020

Today we take a look at many of the economic angles of the COVID-19 pandemic including the role of the shock doctrine in the wake of the coronavirus, calls for a socially just economic recovery, calls for the elderly to be turned into Soylent Green and the biggest Reverse Robin Hood bailout of all time.

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: “Coronavirus Capitalism” Naomi Klein’s Case for Transformative Change Amid Coronavirus Pandemic - Democracy Now - Air Date 3-19-20

Author, activist and journalist Naomi Klein says the coronavirus crisis, like earlier ones, could be a catalyst to shower aid on the wealthiest interests in society, including those most responsible for our current vulnerabilities.

Ch. 2: Prof. Richard Wolff on Pandemic Economics - The Zero Hour - Air Date 3-20-20

Prof. Richard Wolff explains the failure of capitalism to prepare or respond to the pandemic

Ch. 3: Janine Jackson takes a quick look at recent coverage of the coronavirus and retail workers - CounterSpin - Air Date 3-20-20

 

Ch. 4: AOC on a Socially Just Pandemic Response - Brian Lehrer Show - Air Date 3-31-20

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez talks about the federal relief package which is to include cash payments to everyone, as well as rent and mortgage relief

Ch. 5: An economic crisis like we’ve never seen - The Ezra Klein Show - Air Date 3-23-20

Annie Lowrey on the coronavirus depression

Ch. 6: Jim Naureckas on COVID-19 - CounterSpin - Air Date 3-20-20

The coronavirus is highlighting existing faults and fissures in US society. Stark evidence of government priorities and their impact is coming fast and furious.

Ch. 7: Is the cure worse than the disease? - The Ezra Klein Show - Air Date 3-26-20

Are we overreacting to coronavirus? An economist and a bioethicist weigh in.

Ch. 8: The Cyanide for Septuagenarians Movement - The Bugle - Air Date 3-27-20

A look at the growing movement to ritually sacrifice the elderly and otherwise vulnerable

Ch. 9: The Economic Impact of COVID-19 - Deep Background with Noah Feldman - Air Date 3-16-20

Stefanie Stantcheva, Professor of Economics at Harvard, discusses the economic harms of COVID-19.

Ch. 10: Trump Shows How Woefully Unprepared He Is For Coronavirus - The Majority Report - Air Date 2-26-20

Commenting on an article from Matt Stoller on the changing nature of our economy

Ch. 11: Stephanie Kelton MMT, the Crisis, and the Real Economy - The Zero Hour - Air Date 3-28-20

Stephanie Kelton explains the role of Modern Monetary Theory in the governmental response to the pandemic and economic collapse

Ch. 12: Joseph Stiglitz Trump’s “Trickle-Down” Economic Plans Are Not Enough to Meet Coronavirus Challenge - Democracy Now - Air Date 3-19-20

For more on those bailouts and who benefits, we speak with Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Prize-winning economist, Columbia University professor and chief economist for the Roosevelt Institute.

Ch. 13: US news update! - The Last Post - Air Date 3-23-20

Explaining the brutal nature of American individualism in an age of pandemic

Ch. 14: The End of the Status Quo - Progressive Faith Sermon - Air Date 3-29-20

The virus did not so much create new problems as it poured gasoline on existing problems with health care, the income gap, foreign policy, prison policies, and the environment. We have the opportunity to forge a better world after COVID-19.

Ch. 15: The Reverse Robin Hood Bailout - Intercepted - Air Date 4-1-20

Journalist David Dayen, executive editor of the American Prospect, breaks down the corporate interests and powerful people who stand to gain the most from the looting of taxpayer funds.


VOICEMAILS

Ch. 16: Getting depressed in the summer - Craig from Ohio

Ch. 17: Health center update - Alan from Connecticut


FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 18: Final comments on the phrases that obscure our reality because you don’t really hate Mondays


MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Planting Flags - K4
  • The Envelope - Aeronaut
  • Inessential - Bayou Birds
  • Yarrow and Root - The Bulwark
  • Cicle DR Valga - Cicle Kadde
  • Moon Bicycle Theme - American Moon Bicycle
  • Hundred Mile-No Guitar - K2
  • A Burst of Light - Delray
  • A Path Unwinding - K4
  • Cat's Eye - Marble Run
  • Cicle Veroni - Cicle Kadde
  • Banjo - Grey River
  • That Horse Ithica - Sketchbook
  • These Times - 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: 10:32am EDT

Air Date: 4-1-20


Today, Amanda and I discuss the silent, ever-present taxation that is robbing all of us of our normal levels of mental energy during the pandemic.


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Category:general -- posted at: 3:57pm EDT

Air Date 6/11/2019

Today we take a look at Modern Monetary Theory and the neoclassical economics it is looking to replace. It’s very important to understand the logistical and political mechanisms by which money for progressive policy priorities would be appropriated by Congress and the debate over MMT gets to the core of those issues and seeks to change the paradigm we use to think about government spending.

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SHOW NOTES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


VOICEMAILS

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

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

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


FINAL COMMENTS

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


MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Cases to Rest - Bodytonic
  • Tripoli - Pecan Grove
  • Lakal - Speakeasy
  • The Wooden Platform - The Bulwark
  • Long and Low Cloud - The Bulwark
  • Denzel Sprak - CloudCover
  • Glass Runner - Marble Run
  • Pat Dog - Landsman Duets
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

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Air Date 3/26/2020

Today we take a look at the toll the pandemic is taking on mental health and offer a wide range of coping mechanisms to help get everyone through.

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Trumps Dumbest Statements on the Pandemic - The Majority Report with Sam Seder - Air Date 3-18-20

Sam breaks down the failure of the Trump admin.

Ch. 2: A Slight Temporary Relief - Social Distance - Air Date 3-18-20

Lori Gottlieb of "Dear Therapist" talks us through how to stay sane.

Ch. 3: Coping with Coronavirus Life - The Love, Happiness and Success Podcast with Dr. Lisa Marie Bobby - Air Date 3-16-20

Dr. Lisa Marie Bobby shares some therapeutic practices to get through the pandemic.

Ch. 4: Tips for surviving isolation! (Tinder Update) - The Last Post - Air Date 3-20-20

Tinder in an age of Coronavirus. Dating, Jane Austen style.

Ch. 5: Adam Grant On the frontlines and in peoples' minds - Epidemic - Air Date 3-24-20

Understanding the psychological elements at play during the course of a pandemic

Ch. 6: Dealing with COVID-19 with Buddhist Jack Kornfield - The Tim Ferriss Show - Air Date 3-12-20

Tim and Buddhist Jack Kornfield discuss mentally dealing with the pandemic.

Ch. 7: Cüking - The Bugle - Air Date 3-20-20

Exploring new art forms from home.

Ch. 8: Coping During COVID-19 - Happier with Gretchen Rubin and Liz Craft - Air Date 3-14-20

Gretchen Rubin and Liz Craft discuss coping mechanisms for the pandemic and social distancing.

Ch. 9: How To Preserve Your Mental Health - Coronavirus Daily Briefing - Air Date 3-19-20

Preparing for the pandemic is not just about protecting yourself physically but preparing yourself mentally.

Ch. 10: Tips for surviving isolation! - The Last Post - Air Date 3-20-20

A few tips for what you can do to stave off boredom at home.

Ch. 11: "And the People Stayed Home" by Kitty O'Meara - Common Censored - Air Date 3-16-20

Eleanor shares the viral silver-lining poem of the pandemic.


VOICEMAILS

Ch. 12: The peaceful upside - James from Sacramento, CA

Ch. 13: A trip to the grocery and liquor store - Alan from Connecticut

Ch. 14: Bread & Roses & Roger too - Alan from Connecticut

Ch. 15: Solidarity forever - Eammon from Orange County, California


FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 16: Final comments with nothing to add


MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Haena - Cloud Harbor
  • Molly Molly - Barstool
  • Cicle Veroni - Cicle Kadde
  • Scratcher - Darby
  • Interlude - The Nocturne
  • Glass Runner - Marble Run
  • Peacoat - Studio J
  • Derailed - The Depot
  • Chrome and Wax - Ray Catcher
  • Arizona Moon - Cholate
  • 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 3/20/2020

Today we take a look at the social safety net we need in the face of Coronavirus and the forces preventing us from having it.

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Janine Jackson takes a quick look at recent coverage of the coronavirus - CounterSpin - Air Date 3-13-20

Some suddenly realize that we need a real social safety net

Ch. 2: Lack of Paid Sick Leave Makes It Difficult for Many Workers to Comply with CDC Advice to Stay Home - Democracy Now - Air Date 3-12-20

Labor Department data says that one in four workers have no access to paid sick leave, including two-thirds of lowest earners. The U.S. is one of the only wealthy countries that does not require employers to offer its workers paid sick leave.

Ch. 3: Naomi Klein and Jeremy Scahill Discuss Coronavirus - Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill - Air Date 3-17-20

Author Naomi Klein and Jeremy Scahill discuss the bipartisan ruling coalition that created and supported a health system where profits are more important than public health

Ch. 4: O Government, Where Art Thou? Medicare For All vs Coronavirus - Rumble with Michael Moore - Air Date 3-15-20

In a modern, functioning, democratic society, how should a public health crisis be handled? And what would America's response to the coronavirus pandemic look like if we had a universal healthcare system such as Medicare For All?

Ch. 5: Society Run By Criminal Rackets Not Great For Public Health - The Majority Report - Air Date 3-15-20

In this Majority Report clip, Kevin McCarthy is sure everything is going to be fine.

Ch. 6: The coronavirus election - The Weeds - Air Date 3-17-20

Ezra Klein and Matt Yglesias discuss Donald Trump’s disastrous coronavirus speech and dueling pandemic response plans from Sanders and Biden.

Ch. 7: “Something Is Wrong in America” Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor & Michael Eric Dyson Debate Sanders v Biden - Democracy Now - Air Date 3-16-20

We play highlights from the debate and get responses from scholars Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor


VOICEMAILS

Ch. 8: Misrepresenting Biden voters - Erin from Philadelphia


FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 9: Final comments on the nature of the cliff that we’re all on the edge of


TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF

Calm - Take a Deep Breath: A compilation of free meditations, stories to go to sleep to, calm music, soundscapes, movements & stretches, meditations for kids, mindfulness tips and resources, and more.  


Curated by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman 


MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • An Opus in Ab - Blue Nocturnal
  • Landon Depot - The Depot
  • The Basket - The Balloonist
  • One Little Triumph - Piano Mover
  • Cradle Rock - Nursury
  • Donder - 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 3/14/2020

Today, Amanda and I discuss the emotional toll of dealing with a pandemic, some facts about how math works in cases of exponential growth, the unfortunate truth about what we should all be doing right now, the predictable amorality of the health insurance and Pharma companies, the unconscionable propaganda from Trump and his supporters and the aspects of humanity that are revealed when tested.

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Our BAD week

Ch. 2: Italy on the Brink? What Would It Take For That To Happen Here? - Coronavirus Daily Briefing - Air Date 3-9-20

Ch. 3: Individualistic advice in a time of need for social cohesion

Ch. 4: Young and unafraid of the pandemic? Good for you. Now stop killing people

Ch. 5: Wendell Potter reminds us that the health insurance companies are going to try to screw us over while looking like heroes - Twitter

Ch. 6: Pandemic Propaganda - On the Media - Air Date 3-13-20

Ch. 7: Don’t be a hoarder

Ch. 8: Quarantined Italians Sing Together Across Empty Streets In Hauntingly Beautiful Video - Huffington Post

Ch. 9: The hand-washing advice the mainstream media doesn’t want you to know


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Category:general -- posted at: 6:58pm EDT

Air Date 3/10/2020

Today we take a look at Democratic Socialism and how to explain it because socialism and the freedoms it provides are a lot more American than we tend to think. 

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Democratic Socialism Explained with Spencer Cox - Washington State Indivisible Podcast - Air Date 5-16-19

Spencer Cox discusses what democratic socialism means in action.

Ch. 2: Move Over Socialism Democrats Need to Reclaim the Word "Freedom" - Thom Hartmann - Air Date 3-18-19

Among Democrats, there is a big debate about the word Socialism but should Democrats be talking about the word freedom instead?

Ch. 3: Bernie Sanders' Socialism is As American as The Post Office - The Benjamin Dixon Show - Air Date 1-23-20

Ben Dixon breaks down a clip from MSNBC and what they get wrong about democratic socialism.

Ch. 4: Jackson Mississippi's Socialist Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba - Backstory - Air Date 4-26-19

A conversation with the mayor of a southern town looking to make it the most radical in the nation

Ch. 5: Capitalism vs Socialism - Progressive Faith Sermons - Air Date 9-1-19

"Socialism" has become a political scare word used to frighten voters away from progressive programs intended to expand health care coverage, make higher education available to lower-income families, and to raise the minimum wage to a living wage.

Ch. 6: Who’s Really Afraid of Socialism? - Deconstructed - Air Date 2-6-19

To discuss America’s long-held resistance to socialism and its current rise in popularity, Mehdi Hasan is joined by Washington Post columnist Elizabeth Bruenig.

Ch. 7: Astra Taylor on Socialism, Democracy and Liberalism - Jacobin Radio The Dig with Daniel Denvir - Air Date 7-5-19

The world is changing and we need to make the world work for more people. If we do nothing the world will end, but we have so much to gain. A promised land is just beyond the horizon.

Ch. 8: Talking Democratic Socialism with Bhaskar Sunkara - Hear the Bern - Air Date 6-25-19

Bernie Sanders gives a democratic socialist speech and Bhaskar Sunkara helps break it down.


FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 9: Final comments on the lasting effects of propaganda and the coming revolution


MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • PolyCoat - The Cabinetmaker
  • Blue Jay - Feathers
  • Astrisx - Bodytonic
  • Yarrow and Root - The Bulwark
  • These Times - The Pine Barrens
  • Tripoli - Pecan Grove
  • Contrarian - Sketchbook
  • 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: 8:09am EDT

Air Date 3/7/2020

Today we take a look at the Coronavirus through the lens of the systems it is affecting including the incompetence of a government that doesn't believe in governing, the dangers of the lack of universal access to medical care and the interdependency of our economies regardless of the inevitable racism that flares up in times of panic.

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: “Pence is Not a Medical Expert” Is the Trump Admin Ready to Stop a U.S. Coronavirus Pandemic? - Democracy Now - Air Date 2-27-20

We speak with Laurie Garrett, former senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations and a Pulitzer Prize-winning science writer. She is the author of several books, including “Betrayal of Trust: The Collapse of Global Public Health.”

Ch. 2: Hayes On Dangers Of Incompetent Admin Trying To Lead Us Through A Major Crisis - All In with Chris Hayes - Air Date 2-29-20

“The core principle of any of us who have a platform...is to be transparent and clear about what the science says and what the risks might be. And right now, that basic threshold has not been met.”

Ch. 3: Coronavirus Reveals Middlemen Destroying The Prescription Drug Market - Ring of Fire - Air Date 2-29-20

David Dayen, from The American Prospect, joins Ring of Fire’s Sam Seder to discuss the real story behind the coronavirus and how middlemen are destroying the prescription drug market.

Ch. 4: Coronavirus: The Virus That Can Become a Pandemic - Thom Hartmann - Air Date 1-29-20

The New CoronaVirus out of China could turn into a pandemic and without Universal Healthcare. Americans could face the worst of it.

Ch. 5: Lead Health Official GRILLED On Coronavirus Vaccine Cost - The Majority Report - Air Date 2-28-20

When you really dig into our public health policy, you begin to realize how messed up we are in the face of a possible health scare.

Ch. 6: Coronavirus: Is the Climate Plague Here? - The Real News - Air Date 2-14-20

Jane C. Hu talks about the rise of xenophobia as the virus spreads.

Ch. 7: COVID-19 and Protective Face Masks - Past/Present - Air Date 2-24-20

In this episode, Natalia, Neil, and Niki discuss COVID-19 and the history of protective face masks.


VOICEMAILS

Ch. 8: Coronavirus and the election - George from Tonawanda, NY

Ch. 9: Comments on DNC machine - Alan from Connecticut


FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 10: Final comments on catching flies with honey


MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Smooth Stone - Blue Dot Sessions
  • Algea Trio - Algea Fields
  • LaBranche - Bayou Birds
  • A Burst of Light - Delray
  • Turning - Lathe
  • Cradle Rock - Nursury
  • 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 3/3/2020

Today we take a look at the election through the lens of billionaire politics, from the candidates in both parties to the heads of media organizations to the way a pro-billionaire mentality trickles down to the establishment class on the media and Democratic Party. And what has all of this money been able to buy in terms of opposition research and narrative building against Bernie Sanders? Red-baiting at its most naked and pathetic.

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Bernie Sanders’ Rise Prompts Media Meltdown, Establishment Panic: A Closer Look - Late Night with Seth Meyers - Air Date 2-25-20

Seth takes a closer look at some pundits and members of the Democratic establishment panicking after Bernie Sanders won the Nevada caucus in a landslide.

Ch. 2: Janine Jackson takes a quick look at recent coverage of Bernie Sanders - CounterSpin - Air Date 2-28-20

The embarrassing journalistic choices by the mainstream media in their coverage of the primary elections.

Ch. 3: Michael Bloomberg Is Buying the Election - Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill - Air Date 2-19-20

Intercepted investigates the multitude of problematic and harmful aspects of Michael Bloomberg.

Ch. 4: The Billionaire Election with Anand Giridharadas - Democracy Now - Air Date 2-26-20

Anand Giridharadas discusses Bloomberg buying his way to the Democratic nomination

Ch. 5: Sanders & Socialism Debate Between Nobel Laureate Paul Krugman & Socialist Economist Richard Wolff - Democracy Now - Air Date 2-24-20

A debate on Bernie Sanders and democratic socialism featuring two well-known economists, Paul Krugman and Richard Wolff.

Ch. 6: Bernie's Fight Against Trump, the GOP, The Democratic Establishment, and Corporate Media - Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill - Air Date 2-26-20

Jeremy discusses the establishment's resistance to Bernie.

Ch. 7: The state of the race - The Bugle - Air Date 2-29-20

A comprehensive explanation of the state of the Democratic Primary race


VOICEMAILS

Ch. 8: Get a message going! - Jeff from Charlotte, NC

Ch. 9: What do we do if Bernie gets screwed over again? - Anonymous


FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 10: Final comments on navigating the post-primary election landscape


MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Middle - American Moon Bicycle
  • That Horse Ithica - Sketchbook
  • One Dirty Sleeve - Wax Museum
  • Skyway - The Balloonist
  • Wingspan - Bayou Birds
  • Cicle DR Valga - 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: 12:00pm EDT

Air Date 2/28/2020

Today we take a look at the historical through-line that has brought us to the present state of border barbarism we're now witnessing. An empire of perpetual expansion has finally reached its limit and decided to close the door. Meanwhile, well-meaning liberals have been playing on the nationalists’ turf for far too long.

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Border Brutalism with Greg Grandin Part 1 - In The Thick - Air Date 12-24-19

Greg Grandin discusses his book about the history of American racism and policies against migrants.

Ch. 2: Daniel Denvir on All American Nativism - Jacobin Radio The Dig with Astra Taylor - Air Date 1-23-20

Daniel Denvir and Astra Taylor discuss American Nativism and the spiraling harmful policies from our history of racism.

Ch. 3: Border Brutalism with Greg Grandin Part 2 - In The Thick - Air Date 12-24-19

Greg Grandin discusses his book about the history of American racism and policies against migrants.

Ch. 4: Michael Edison Hayden on Stephen Miller - CounterSpin - Air Date 11-22-19

Michael Edison Hayden discusses the impact of Stephen Miller's 900 emails to Brietbart on immigration policy.

Ch. 5: Our Immigration Conversation Is Broken with Paul Kramer Part 1 - TED Talks Daily - Air Date 11-6-19

Paul Kramer discusses our broken immigration system and part of the problem is seeing human beings as valued only for their labor.

Ch. 6: The Politics of Nativism with Daniel Denvir - This Is Hell - Air Date 1-13-20

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

Ch. 7: Our Immigration Conversation Is Broken with Paul Kramer Part 2 - TED Talks Daily - Air Date 11-6-19

Paul Kramer discusses our broken immigration system and part of the problem is seeing human beings as valued only for their labor.


VOICEMAILS

Ch. 8: We have to be for a progressive vision, not just against Trump - James from Sacramento, CA

Ch. 9: Jay didn’t go far enough rebutting - Alan from Connecticut


FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 10: Final comments on the analysis paralysis of the primary election


MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Wingspan - Bayou Birds
  • Inessential - Bayou Birds
  • Molly Molly - Barstool
  • That Horse Ithica - Sketchbook
  • Cicle Veroni - Cicle Kadde
  • Gullwing Sailor - Migration
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

 

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

Air Date 2/25/2020

Today we take a look at a post-acquittal, power-mad Trump taking advantage of his thoroughly-confirmed ability to do whatever he wants without repercussion and the work Bill Barr is doing to completely subvert the Justice Department in favor of using it as a tool to favor the President's friends and harm his enemies.

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Ch. 1: Corruption of Department of Justice Sets Off Alarm Bells - Rachel Maddow Show - Air Date 2-12-20

Rachel discusses the crisis in the justice department and the authoritarian actions of Trump.

Ch. 2: Trump Tears Democracy To Messes: Is It Too Late? - Thom Hartmann - Air Date 2-13-20

Thom discusses Trump and Barr dismantling justice and democracy.

Ch. 3: The Fragility of American Justice with Dahlia Lithwick - On The Media - Air Date 2-14-20

On The Media explores the ways that American justice is cracking under pressure of the Trump administration.

Ch. 4: Calls for Bill Barr's resignation have grown impossible to ignore - Bradcast with Brad Friedman - Air Date 2-18-20

Brad discusses Trump's power madness after impeachment.

Ch. 5: Justice And Trump with Quinta Jurecic - Brian Lehrer Show - Air Date 2-19-20

Brian talks with Quinta Jurecic about the crisis in the justice department under Trump and Barr.

Ch. 6: Trump Hush Money Case - Rachel Maddow Show - Air Date 2-18-20

Rachel Maddow discusses the corruption of Trump and Bill Barr

Ch. 7: Pardonpalooza with Anne Milgram - Stay Tuned with Preet - Air Date 2-20-20

Preet and Anne Milgram discuss Trump's pardoning spree.

Ch. 8: Has Trump Taken Down Our Democratic Republic? - Thom Hartmann - Air Date 2-15-20

Fascism has taken down democratic Republics multiple times in the past, will this happen to the United States under Trump?


VOICEMAILS

Ch. 9: Solidarity with one, solidarity with all - Eammon from Orange County, California

Ch. 10: How America can avoid hypocrisy on Israel - Erin from Philadelphia


FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 11: Final comments on solidarity with threatened communities and strategies to avoid hypocrisy

Bonus: Rep. Peter King's (R-NY) IRA Ties - The Daily Show


MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • The Summit - K2
  • Chrome and Wax - Ray Catcher
  • Great Great Lengths - The Balloonist
  • Around Plastic Card Tables - Desert Orchard
  • Decompression - Rayling
  • O Holy Still - Vacant Distillery
  • Jackbird - Feathers
  • 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: 1339_Trump_Power-Mad_Air_Date_2-25-20_-_2-25-20_21.43.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Air Date 2/22/2020

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

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SHOW NOTES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


VOICEMAILS

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

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

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


FINAL COMMENTS

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

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


MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Algea Trio - Algea Fields
  • Milkwood - The Cabinetmaker
  • Derailed - The Depot
  • A Burst of Light - Delray
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

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Direct download: 1338_Trump_Budget_Air_Date_2-22-20_-_2-21-20_20.16.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

Air Date 2/19/2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


FINAL COMMENTS

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

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


MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Moon Bicycle Theme - American Moon Bicycle
  • Thannoid - Bodytonic
  • On Early Light - Cholate
  • Derailed - The Depot
  • Banjo - Grey River
  • Festering - Towboat
  • Hickory Shed - Onesuch Village
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

 

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

Air Date 2/15/2020

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

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SHOW NOTES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nicole Aschoff discusses the USMCA and China Trade negotiations.

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

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

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

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


VOICEMAILS

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


FINAL COMMENTS

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

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


MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman 


MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Blue Jay - Feathers
  • A Burst of Light - Delray
  • Celestial Navigation - Aeronaut
  • Donder - Darby
  • Heartland Flyer - The Balloonist
  • Streamer - Arc and Crecent
  • Hundred Mile-No Guitar - K2
  • Horizon Liner - The Pine Barrens
  • Moon Bicycle Theme - American Moon Bicycle
  • Wingspan - Bayou Birds
  • Yarrow and Root - The Bulwark
  • UpUpUp and Over - The Balloonist
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:00pm EDT

Air Date 2/8/2020

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

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SHOW NOTES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


VOICEMAILS

Ch. 8: Response to anger episode - Anonymous


FINAL COMMENTS

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


MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Derailed - The Depot
  • White Limit - CloudBreaker
  • Tar and Spackle - Plaster
  • Beast on the Soil - Desert Orchard
  • Milkwood - The Cabinetmaker
  • Waltz and Fury - Macrame
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

 

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Direct download: 1335_World_Islamophobia_Air_Date_2-7-20_-_2-8-20_18.23.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Air Date 2/5/2020

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

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SHOW NOTES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


VOICEMAILS

Ch. 8: Iowa caucus - Alan from Connecticut

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


FINAL COMMENTS

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

Limerick of the day from @Limerick_News


MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Astrisx - Bodytonic
  • Swapping Tubes - Studio J
  • Wingspan - Bayou Birds
  • Thannoid - Bodytonic
  • Entrap - Darby
  • PolyCoat - The Cabinetmaker
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

 

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Direct download: 1334_Behavior_Modification_Air_Date_2-5-20_-_2-4-20_20.31.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

Air Date 2/2/2020

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

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SHOW NOTES

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

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

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

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

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

Understanding the fear that underlies anger.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


FINAL COMMENTS

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


MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Cases to Rest - Bodytonic
  • Open Flames - Aeronaut
  • Surly Bonds - Aeronaut
  • Inessential - Bayou Birds
  • The Spinnet - Castle Danger
  • Algea Trio - Algea Fields
  • Moon Bicycle Theme - American Moon Bicycle
  • Beast on the Soil - Desert Orchard
  • On Our Own Again - The Pine Barrens
  • Streamer - Arc and Crecent
  • Cat's Eye - Marble Run
  • The Summit - K2
  • Vengeful - Warmbody
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:17pm EDT

Air Date 1/29/2020

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

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SHOW NOTES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


VOICEMAILS

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

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


FINAL COMMENTS

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


MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Line Etching - Marble Run
  • Glass Runner - Marble Run
  • Around Plastic Card Tables - Desert Orchard
  • Rafter - Speakeasy
  • Chrome and Wax - Ray Catcher
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:47pm EDT

Air Date 1/25/2020

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

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SHOW NOTES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Writer Jeff Sparrow on the Australian fires.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The crisis in Australia & moving toward a GND.


VOICEMAILS

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

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


FINAL COMMENTS

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


MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Milkwood - The Cabinetmaker
  • Denzel Sprak - CloudCover
  • Waltz and Fury - Macrame
  • The Spinnet - Castle Danger
  • A Path Unwinding - K4
  • One Dirty Sleeve - Wax Museum
  • Nuthatch - Feathers
  • Rafter - Speakeasy
  • Chrome and Wax - Ray Catcher
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:21pm EDT

Air Date 1/22/2020

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

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SHOW NOTES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


VOICEMAILS

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


FINAL COMMENTS

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


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

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

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

Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman 


MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Cases to Rest - Bodytonic
  • Wingspan - Bayou Birds
  • Denzel Sprak - CloudCover
  • Weathervane - CloudCover
  • Nuthatch - Feathers
  • Interlude - The Nocturne
  • Contrarian - Sketchbook
  • Andelo - Pacha Faro
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

 

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Air Date 1/18/2020

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

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SHOW NOTES

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

Breaking the news of The Afghanistan Papers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


VOICEMAILS

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

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


FINAL COMMENTS

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

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


MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

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


SHOW IMAGE:

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

 

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Air Date 1/14/2020

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

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SHOW NOTES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ch. 22: BP oil spill – The Progressive

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


FINAL COMMENTS

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

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

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


MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

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

 

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Air Date: 1/6/2019

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

Bonus Clips:

Introduction to SERE - Rachel Maddow

Timeline summary of torture memos and fallout - Rachel Maddow

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

Mancow gets waterboarded - The Young Turks

Cheney testing the constitution - Rachel Maddow

Correcting the record on Jim Cramer at CNBC - Daily Show

Franken Kicks Conservative Ass - The Young Turks

Obama Pwns Himself on Signing Statements - The Young Turks

Correcting the record on Jim Cramer at CNBC - Daily Show

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

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

High tech culture - On the Media

Stephen Colbert study analyzed - On the Media

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

Pizza Party - Slate

 

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Air Date 3/1/2019

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

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SHOW NOTES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


VOICEMAILS

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

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


FINAL COMMENTS

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


MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Yarrow and Root - The Bulwark
  • Shift of Currents - Aeronaut
  • The Rampart - Castle Danger
  • Thannoid - Bodytonic
  • Wingspan - Bayou Birds
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

 

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