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Air Date 7/17/2024

Recent elections in the UK, France and Mexico spanned the spectrum from confirming inevitabilities to completely upending expectations but they each have lessons for politics in the US

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KEY POINTS

KP 1: The UK Election Results Explained - TLDR News - Air Date 7-5-24

KP 2: Shocking French election results- What you need to know - Zeteo - Air Date 7-8-24

KP 3: The biggest problems Mexico's first female president Claudia Sheinbaum is facing - DW News - Air Date 6-3-24

KP 4: Labour Wins Massive Majority On Low Vote Share, Gaza Costs Starmer - Novara Media - Air Date 7-5-24

KP 5: France’s leftwing alliance beat the far right, but what now? - Today in Focus - Air Date 7-8-24

KP 6: "The North Needs to Learn from the South": Mexico Poised to Elect First Woman President - Democracy Now! - Air Date 5-29-24

KP 7: Who Broke Britain- Part 4- The Tories Are Out - If You_re Listening - ABC News In-depth - Air Date 7-5-24

KP 8: First Woman President- Mexico's Claudia Sheinbaum Faces Border And Drug Cartel Challenges - The Hill - Air Date 6-16-24


(1:00:32) NOTE FROM THE EDITOR

On how to react to the current political moment and all of the many moments to come

Article: The Democratic Party’s Strange Attraction to Defeatism


DEEPER DIVES

(1:10:16) SECTION A: FRANCE


(1:44:54) SECTION B: GREAT BRITAIN


(1:59:28) SECTION C: MEXICO


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Credit: Composite design by A. Hoffman. Images from Pixabay.

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Air Date: 7-14-24
Today, Jay!, Amanda, and Deon (Erin couldn't join us) discuss:
- How we're feeling
- The philosophy of liberal patriotism
- The positive policies Democrats should be running on to inspire voters
- The reckoning the current Democratic Party desperately needs

REFERENCES:
Liberal Patriotism Is About More Than Flag-Waving

How to Beat Trump in a World of Unreason

Democrats don’t just need a new candidate. They need a reckoning.


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Category:general -- posted at: 2:30am EDT

Air Date 7/12/2024

From solar scams to controversial congestion pricing and the smart grid that's needed to connect it all, we look at the messy and difficult path to a low-carbon future.

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KEY POINTS

KP 1: When solar power leaves you feeling burned - Today, Explained - Air Date 1-2-24

KP 2: How can we develop new energy technologies and get them deployed at scale - The Energy Gang - Air Date 3-5-24

KP 3: This is what's REALLY holding back wind and solar - DW Planet A - Air Date 6-2-23

KP 4: How to fix clean energy’s storage problem - VOX - Air Date 4-27-23

KP 5: How can we develop new energy technologies and get them deployed at scale Part 2 - The Energy Gang - Air Date 3-5-24

KP 6: The Lost Subways of North America - 99% Invisible - Air Date 5-21-24

KP 7: NYC Congestion Pricing Advocates Slam Hochul for Halting Plan to Reduce Emissions, Fund Transit - Democracy Now! - Air Date 6-25-24

KP 8: Comptroller on Congestion Pricing's Indefinite Pause - The Brian Lehrer Show - Air Date 6-17-24


(54:25) NOTE FROM THE EDITOR

On how to make the case to Biden to step aside


DEEPER DIVES

(1:01:35) SECTION A: ENERGY POLICIES


(1:20:31) SECTION B: THE INTENTIONAL SOLAR SCAM


(1:36:14) SECTION C: PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION


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Category:general -- posted at: 11:23am EDT

Original Air Date: 2/5/2019

Today we take a look at the history of FDR's "Four Freedoms" and "Economic Bill of Rights" that laid the groundwork for the fight for economic freedom for all that continues to this day.

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Ch. 1: Harvey Kaye, "The Fight for the Four Freedoms" - Book TV - Air Date 5-11-14

Harvey Kaye examines the progressivism of the Roosevelt-era and argues that a reminder of the "four freedoms" could address today's political and social issues.

Ch. 2: What Ted Cruz Doesn't Get About 'Freedom' - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date 7-21-16

Thom talks about Ted Cruz's speech at the Republican Convention and compares his definition of 'freedom' with the way it was described by Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Ch. 3: An Overdue Second Bill of Rights Part 1 - Progressive Faith Sermons w @RevDrRay - Air Date 10-7-18

F.D.R. recognized that the original bill of rights would not be enough to make all American’s truly free and proposed an economic bill of rights. Of the eight amendments he proposed in 1944, seven are still waiting to be implemented.

Ch. 4: Fighting for the Four Freedoms - @BillMoyersHQ And Company - Air Date 4-15-14

Historian Harvey J. Kaye talks about how FDR was able to mobilize Americans to create "the strongest and most prosperous country in human history."

Ch. 5: Libertarian Definition of "Freedom" is Freedom in Name Only - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date 8-1-13

Explaining that libertarian thinking doesn't incorporate the existence of economic coercion

Ch. 6: An Overdue Second Bill of Rights Part 2 - Progressive Faith Sermons w @RevDrRay - Air Date 10-7-18

Ch. 7: Bernie Sanders & FDR's Second Bill of Rights - Berniementum - Air Date 8-12-15

President FDR's Second Bill of Rights speech - January 11, 1944 Sen. Bernie Sanders speech at the National Press Club - Mar. 9, 2015 Music - "There is Romance" by Imcompetech

Ch. 8: Fight for the Four Freedoms What Made FDR & the Greatest Generation Truly Great (w: Harvey J Kaye) - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date 9-9-15

University of Wisconsin Professor Harvey J Kaye author of Fight for the Four Freedoms: What Made FDR and the Greatest Generation Truly Great, explains Ronald Reagan and the great pushback against a progressive America

Ch. 9: An Overdue Second Bill of Rights Part 3 - Progressive Faith Sermons w @RevDrRay - Air Date 10-7-18


Air Date: 7-7-24
Today, Jay!, Amanda, Deon and Erin discuss:
- Some stuff that we planned and A LOT more that we did not.

REFERENCES:
The Cause That Turned Idealists Into Authoritarian Zealots

'Extreme wealth as power must be regulated’: 31-year-old heiress is letting 50 strangers give her $27 million fortune away

The Baffling Disaster Unfolding at the Washington Post

The Democratic Governor Whose Message Can’t Be Beat

Best of the Left #1247 The Fight for the Four Freedoms (FDR vs. Libertarianism)

The Fight for the Four Freedoms


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Category:general -- posted at: 2:29pm EDT

Air Date 7/5/2024

China is an undeniable force in the world relating to several major political issues and to address their influence without a deep understanding of the history, context, and current dynamics would be to invite 100 years of humiliation.

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KEY POINTS

KP 1: Joe Biden's Radical Worldview - More Perfect Union - Air Date 6-27-24

KP 2: Why China Doesn't Identify with the West, Explained - Siming Lan - Air Date 9-23-22

KP 3: Has China's Belt and Road Initiative been a success? - Financial Times - Air Date 10-30-23

KP 4: Why China Isn't the Problem - Our Changing Climate - Air Date 5-5-23

KP 5: The Escalating Sino-Philippine South China Sea Dispute Explained - TLDR News Global - Air Date 6-26-24

KP 6: Why China's Economy is Finally Slowing Down - Wendover - Air Date 3-21-24

KP 7: Our New Global Economy - Johnny Harris - Air Date 12-20-23


(1:04:13) NOTE FROM THE EDITOR

On how Joe Biden can become a hero in the wake of his debate with Trump


DEEPER DIVES

(1:12:51) SECTION A: CHINA'S ECONOMIC FOREIGN POLICY

A1: Kidnappings and ghost towns on China’s Belt and Road: 10 years of Xi Jinping’s masterplan | Dispatch - The Telegraph - Air Date 9-7-23

A2: Has Africa gained from China's infrastructure plans? - Focus on Africa - Air Date 10-20-23

A3: China-Africa Relations in the Era of Great Power Competition - The China in Africa Podcast - Air Date 5-9-24

 

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(1:37:10) SECTION B: THE EV WARS


(1:59:44) SECTION C: TECH AND SPACE RACE


(2:14:44) SECTION D: ESCALATING TENSIONS


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Description: An illustration of a darkened, draped Chinese flag, with its 5-star pattern, close up. 

Credit: "China flag" by The Digital Artist, Pixabay | Pixabay License |Changes: Added dark overlay

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:30am EDT

Air Date 7/2/2024

Border security around the world continues to take turns for the dark and dystopian as right-wing sentiment against migrants and refugees continues to escalate to the extreme.

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Air Date 7/2/2024

Border security around the world continues to take turns for the dark and dystopian as right-wing sentiment against migrants and refugees continues to escalate to the extreme.

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KEY POINTS

KP 1: First Illinois Latina Rep. Praises Biden's New Immigration Executive Order But Slams Border Shutdown - Democracy Now! - Air Date 6-20-24

KP 2: EU Border Enforcement, Part 1 - It Could Happen Here - Air Date 6-4-24

KP 3: Migrants & Refugees, the Pope & Volkswagen - Last Week Tonight with John Oliver - Air Date 5-26-24

KP 4: Tunisia, EU scrutinized for harsh treatment of migrants along route from Africa to Europe - PBS NewsHour - Air Date 8-7-23

KP 5: Why Are Migrants Becoming AI Test Subjects? With Petra Molnar - Your Undivided Attention - Air Date 6-20-24

KP 6: EU Border Enforcement, Part 2 - It Could Happen Here - Air Date 6-5-24

KP 7: Why Are Migrants Becoming AI Test Subjects? With Petra Molnar Part 2 - Your Undivided Attention - Air Date 6-20-24


(52:45) NOTE FROM THE EDITOR

On our summer membership drive


DEEPER DIVES

(57:32) SECTION A: POLITICIZATION OF THE BORDER


(1:19:47) SECTION B: BRUTAL BORDER ENFORCEMENT


(1:36:40) SECTION C: BORDER INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX


(1:48:14) SECTION D: MIGRANT STORIES


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Description: Composite graphic showing a deep blue ocean with the gold stars of the EU flag. On the horizon, a faded US flag is behind concertina wire fencing. In the center, a long boat full of refugees floats on the water.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:30am EDT

Air Date: 6-30-24
Today, Jay!, Amanda, Deon and Erin discuss:
- the baffling trend of tech companies using cautionary tales from dystopian fiction as a blueprint for what to create next
- how the people who build or champion tools of oppression never think those same tools will inevitably be turned on them
- the use of drones as first responders, and the long term effects this has had on the residents
- a different perspective on how to think about the end 
- humanity's seeming inability to think about longterm repercussions of technology before we put something into use

REFERENCES:
What Is 'Torment Nexus?' The 'Man-Made Horrors' Trope Explained

Author of cautionary tale about Torment Nexus creates tech company to build Torment Nexus

‘Snow Crash’ Author Neal Stephenson Is Building a ‘Free Metaverse’ Called Lamina1

The Age of the Drone Police Is Here

Watch a swarm of cyborg cockroaches controlled by computers

Are We Doomed? Here’s How to Think About It

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:30am EDT

Air Date 6/28/2024

AI, like all new technologies, won't be all good or all bad. In fact, my favorite understanding of emerging technologies is that they often bring simultaneous utopia and dystopia, though many tend to focus on the benefits while only discovering the drawbacks later.

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KEY POINTS

1: We’re already using AI more than we realize - Vox - Air Date 2-28-24

2: AI is a Lie. - Linus Tech Tips - Air Date 6-13-24

3: What Is an AI Anyway? | Mustafa Suleyman - TED - Air Date 4-22-24

4: How to Limit the Threat of "Killer Robots" and Autonomous Weapons That Are Changing Warfare - Global Dispatches - Air Date 3-13-24

5: How Much AI Regulation Is The Right Amount? - FiveThirtyEight Politics Podcast - Air Date 6-13-24

6: How AI causes serious environmental problems (but might also provide solutions) | DW Business - DW News - Air Date 4-29-24

7: Why Are Migrants Becoming AI Test Subjects? With Petra Molnar - Your Undivided Attention - Air Date 6-20-24

8: Big Tech AI Is A Lie - Tina Huang - Air Date 4-30-24


(1:07:12) NOTE FROM THE EDITOR

On the nature of misalignment between AI and human wellbeing

Article: This article is OpenAI training data


DEEPER DIVES

(1:16:18) SECTION A: MORE CURRENT USES OF AI


(1:44:54) SECTION B: POTENTIAL USES OF AI AND THE ETHICS WE NEED TO CONSIDER


(2:08:00) SECTION C: REGULATING AI


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Original Air Date: 10/23/2023

The people who want to pull the country in directions that are only supported by a small minority of the population have to develop very intricate plans to have any hope of succeeding. This is the story of the latest plan to establish unchecked rule to implement unpopular policies supported only by the far right.

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Ch. 1: ‘The endgame of election denial is that we shouldn't have elections’: Authoritarianism expert - The ReidOut - Air Date 10-6-23

Donald Trump has ramped up his violent rhetoric in recent weeks. Meanwhile, a Fox host has urged the U.S. towards civil war and claimed that voting does not work.

Ch. 2: Violent Authoritarianism: How Did This Become the GOP? - Keeping Democracy Alive with Burt Cohen - Air Date 11-23-21

Pat Buchanan was ahead of his time. He used the KKK’s David Duke to breed a new nativist religious nationalism, based on fear of liberalization. On this show, political science professor Joseph Lowndes sheds light on how the Republican Party got here

Ch. 3: Analyzing The Dark Roots Of Modern Conservatism - The Majority Report w/ Sam Seder - Air Date 10-15-23

Emma hosts John S. Huntington, professor of history at Houston Community College, to discuss his recent book Far-Right Vanguard: The Radical Roots of Modern Conservatism.

Ch. 4: How Often Do YOU Think About the Roman Empire? - Wisecrack - Air Date 10-16-23

The real reason TikTok is crazy for ancient Rome If you’re even a little bit online, you know that the men love ancient Rome. This isn’t new: The civilization has loomed large in the Western imagination ever since its catastrophic collapse.

Ch. 5: The Conservative Plan to Take Over the Country Part 1 - Leeja Miller - Air Date 9-26-23

Project 2025 is the terrifying plan set out by conservatives to take over the government. But it's radical, and it doesn't align with what most Americans want. Which is why we have to make sure this plan never happens.

Ch. 6: The GOP’s "Red Caesar" New Political Order Plan Marches Forward - The Thom Hartmann Program - Air Date 10-3-23

A Trump supporter just displayed exactly how stochastic terrorism works.

Ch. 7: The Conservative Plan to Take Over the Country Part 2 - Leeja Miller - Air Date 9-26-23

Ch. 8: Think Tanks: How Fake Experts Shape the News - Tom Nicholas - Air Date 5-13-23

A video about how billionaire-funded right-wing “think tanks” such as the Heritage Foundation, Adam Smith Institute, Manhattan Institute, and Institute of Economic Affairs manipulate the news to spread their propaganda

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:30am EDT

Air Date: 6-23-24
Today, Jay!, Amanda, Deon and Erin discuss:
- The Kidult trend in depth (since we had to cut it short last time)
- A right-wing attempt at a puppet-based kids show to draw in young viewers early
- How Nanalan' - a kids puppet show from the 90s - is helping some Millennials with reparenting

REFERENCES:
Adults Are Spending Big on Toys and Stuffed Animals—for Themselves

Kidults - do you have one in your life?

PLAYBACK The UK’s adults-only soft play, ball pits, Lego nights, museum sleepovers & holiday camps where grown-ups play like kids

'Gus Plus Us' Offers a Glimpse of Texas Filmmaking’s Conservative Future 

What is Bentkey?

'She Is the Icon of All That Is Joyful in the World

Nanalan' on YouTube


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Air Date 6/21/2024

The European elections could have been worse but they weren't great. Shifting politics among mainstream parties is legitimizing far-right policies at the same time as people's concerns over immigration is being reflected in a willingness to vote for far-right parties.

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KEY POINTS

KP 1: Clear Shift Toward the Far Right Anti-Immigrant Nationalists Gain Ground Across Europe - Democracy Now! - Air Date 6-11-24

KP 2: Europe Slides to the Right Unpacking the EU Parliamentary elections. - UNFTR - Air Date 6-15-24

KP 3: How the EU Parliament Voted This Year - The Brian Lehrer Show - Air Date 6-12-24

KP 4: Does the economy matter to the far right? - Business Beyond - Air Date 5-31-24

KP 5: How Deep Does Right Wing Extremism Go In The Republican Party With Teddy Wilson - The Muckrake Political Podcast - Air Date 6-11-24

KP 6: What is behind the rise of the far-right in Europe - Al Jazeera English - Air Date 6-11-24

KP 7: Far Right Surges in European Elections - Pod Save The World - Air Date 6-12-24

KP 8: Europe Slides to the Right Unpacking the EU Parliamentary elections Part 2 - UNFTR - Air Date 6-15-24


(49:23) NOTE FROM THE EDITOR

On the snowball effect of factors leading to a rightward shift in politics


DEEPER DIVES

(56:56) SECTION A: THE EU STRUCTURE AND ELECTION RESULTS


(1:05:58) SECTION B: IMMIGRATION AND THE CULTURE WAR


(1:24:12) SECTION C: THE PLAYBOOK AND MESSAGING OF THE FAR RIGHT


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Description: Photo of European Parliament off-center, shifted right.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:30am EDT

Original Air Date: 12/11/2021

Today we take a look at the many structures of American government that tilt to favor minority rule and conservatism which, in our case, is one and the same. Some structures like the Senate and the filibuster were intentionally designed to give extra weight to the minority while others like gerrymandering and the influence of large-dollar political donors were, well, I suppose they were designed for about the same reason but just in a different way.

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Lawrence Lessig on Unrepresentative Democracy - Network for Responsible Public Policy - Air Date 10-1-21

Ch. 2: Why Wyoming Has More Power Than California in the Senate - AJ+ - Air Date 10-14-20

Ch. 3: Perpetual Minority Rule with David Faris - Battleground with Amanda Litman and Faiz Shakir - Air Date 6-10-21

Ch. 4: Biden's DOJ is SUING Texas For Their Brazenly Discriminatory Gerrymandering - The Humanist Report - Air Date 12-7-21

Ch. 5: Andrew Perez on the Filibuster - CounterSpin - Air Date 6-18-21

Ch. 6: A To-Do List for Senate Democrats - Amicus With Dahlia Lithwick - Air Date 7-17-21


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Ch. 7: Chauncey DeVega On Why Democracy Might Not Survive - The Muckrake Political Podcast - Air Date 12-7-21


FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 8: Final comments on public policy, human nature and Cold War talking points


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Air Date: 6-16-24
Today, Jay!, Amanda, Deon and Erin discuss:
- The importance of unsupervised playtime for children and why it's disappearing
- The roots and consequences of over-scheduling kids and why it's so hard to cut back
- The rise of the "Kidult"

REFERENCES:
Parents: Keep Out! - Hidden Brain

The Fine Art of Underscheduling

Adults Are Spending Big on Toys and Stuffed Animals— For Themselves 

Let Grow Play Club

Chasing Childhood documentary


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Air Date 6/14/2024

We're in the middle of Supreme Court opinion season, which is not going well for non-extreme conservatives in the country, at the same time as scandal, corruption, and justices Thomas and Alito's refusal to recuse in the face of clear bias is reaching a modern peak.

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KEY POINTS

1: Opinionpalooza A Bad June Rising At SCOTUS Part 1 - Amicus

2: How The Mifepristone Case Reached SCOTUS - Amicus

3: Way Too Close Insane SCOTUS Case Could've Sunk The Country w Mark Joseph Stern - The Majority Report

4: Fact-Checking the Supreme Court - 99% Invisible

5: The IVF Decision We Should Have Seen Coming - Amicus

6: SCOTUS Flag Neighbor Exposes Alito’s BS Story- The Majority Report

7: Delegitimize The Court - Contempt of Court


(1:03:35) NOTE FROM THE EDITOR

On some of Alito's finer absurdity

Articles:

Alito says the Supreme Court’s fake ethics code allows him to be unethical

The Republican Party's man inside the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court's new voting rights decision is a love letter to gerrymandering


DEEPER DIVES

(1:14:19) SECTION A: DO FACTS MATTER?


(1:45:47) SECTION B: POLICING MEDICAL CARE


(2:15:48) SECTION C: THE REPUBLICAN COURT WE’VE ALL WAITED FOR


(2:42:24) SECTION D: SCOTUS IS A FLAWED SYSTEM


Description: Photo of the U.S. Supreme Court building with an ominous red filter. An image of golden, uneven scales of justice sits on top.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:30am EDT

Air Date 6/11/2024

Democracies don't break all of a sudden in a moment of crisis, they fail slowly over time and only by knowing the warning signs and responding effectively to the threat before it's too late can the worst be averted.

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KEY POINTS

1: Why and Where is Democracy in Decline? - TLDR News

2: Is Democracy Under Threat? - Tufts University

3: The decline of American democracy won't be televised - Vox

4: How Republicans are fueling Russia and China_s global effort to undermine democracy - Velshi

5: How Republican Attorneys General are Undermining Voting Rights - Democracy Docket

6: Democracy vs. Autocracy: An Unproductive Dichotomy - Marxist Project

7: When Democracy Breaks: Final Thoughts with Archon Fung, David Moss and Arne Westad - Democracy Paradox

8: Protecting Voting Rights with Eric Holder - Why Is This Happening?

9: Rich Logis Escaped the Trump - MAGA Cult -- Heed His Warnings About Its Power and Extreme Danger to America - Chauncey DeVega Show

10: "The President of Forgetting" - Dastardly Cleverness in the Service of Good


(1:03:29) NOTE FROM THE EDITOR

Those who defend authoritarians against criticism during D-Day commemoration

Conservatives Angry at Biden’s Anti-Nazi D-Day Speech

Fighting Trump on the Beaches


DEEPER DIVES

(1:09:52) SECTION A: DISSECTION OF DEMOCRACY


(1:31:56) SECTION B: INTERNATIONAL DEMOCRACY


(2:09:54) SECTION C: THE CULT OF TRUMP


(2:36:47) SECTION D: DEMOCRACY IN ACTION


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Air Date: 06-09-24
Today, Jay!, Amanda, Deon and Erin discuss:
- how focusing on the "politics" of an event trivializes the impact that event has on real people
- the detrimental effects combining the daily news grind and the prioritization of profits forces has on news coverage
- how keeping news coverage light and ignoring the effects of neoliberalism leaves desperate people vulnerable to fascism
- the way history is repeating itself when it comes to news media not treating a demagogue's rhetoric as the emergency it is
- the difference between symbolic beliefs vs factual beliefs

REFERENCES:
Why Americans Hate the Media

The Media Still Doesn’t Grasp the Danger of Trump

Don’t Believe What They’re Telling You About Misinformation

 

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Air Date 6/7/2024

Banning abortion is wildly unpopular and also one of the primary motivators for the group most strongly supporting the Republican Party and Donald Trump, the Christian Right, which has transformed both the party and politicians into extremists made in their own image, threatening the lives and health of millions and sacrificing democracy in the process.

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KEY POINTS

1: Abortion and Reproductive Rights - Lectures in History

2: Abortion and the erosion of privacy - The Weeds

3: Digital surveillance and reproductive rights - Technically Optimistic

4: Anti-abortion hardliners want restrictions to go farther. It could cost Republicans - Consider This

5: Abortion and Reproductive Rights Part 2 - Lectures in History

6: Rakeen Mabud on Greedflation, Rachel K. Jones on Mifepristone - CounterSpin

7: Abortion and the erosion of privacy Part 2 - The Weeds

8: Digital surveillance and reproductive rights Part 2 - Technically Optimistic


(57:00) NOTE FROM THE EDITOR

On the abuse produced by abortion restrictions


DEEPER DIVES

(1:02:40) SECTION A: CRIMINALIZING ABORTION


(1:21:07) SECTION B: ABORTION EXTREMISM OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY


(1:36:40) SECTION C: ABORTION IN THE LEGAL SYSTEM


(1:53:45) SECTION D: WHAT IS THERE TO DO?


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Air Date 6/4/2024

The problems that arise within the systems of sports are the same problems we all face everywhere which makes them a good lens through which to understand the mechanisms of broader society. Fair pay, both journalism and addictive games functioning under capitalism, and benefits for billionaires all resonate far beyond the bounds of the players, owners and fans of sports clubs.

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KEY POINTS

KP 1: Pay for Play Part 1 - University of Iowa

KP 2: What the historic $2.8 billion settlement to pay NCAA players means for college sports - PBS NewsHour

KP 3: Pay for Play Part 2 - University of Iowa

KP 4: Sports Media has changed forever. - Brett Kollmann

KP 5: Dan Le Batard Tells Stephen A. Smith He Hates What He and Skip Bayless Did to Sports Media - LeBatardShow

KP 6: Report Finds That Sports Owners Use Their Teams To Avoid Millions In Taxes - MSNBC Reports

KP 7: The Sports Stadium Scam - Robert Reich

KP 8: The gambling problem in sports - The Current


(1:01:43) NOTE FROM THE EDITOR

On the value of sports to building community


DEEPER DIVES

(1:06:18) SECTION A: PAY FOR PLAY

A1: Yahoo’s Ross Dellenger: What NCAA Suit Settlement Means for Paying Players - The Rich Eisen Show

A2: "Amateurism Is Dead" - The Rich Eisen Show

A3: Pay for Play Part 3 - University of Iowa


(1:23:57) SECTION B: STADIUMS, OUR GREAT FOLLY


(1:40:18) SECTION C: SPORTS JOURNALISM


(1:59:15) SECTION D: SPORTS GAMBLING


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Air Date: 6-2-24
Today, Jay!, Amanda, Deon and Erin discuss:
- How one MIT study used AI to reduce belief in conspiracy theories
- How a new AI tool is attempting to make comments sections less awful
- Some advice from Korea's litigious political environment on how to deal with Trump

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America’s Worst Time Zone

Chatbots can persuade conspiracy theorists their view might be wrong

The AI That Could Heal a Divided Internet

South Korea Has a Warning About Donald Trump’s Trial

 

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Original Air Date: 9/19/2017

Today we look not so much at hurricanes and the climate science behind them (though we touch on that as well) but focus more on what we can see more clearly when it’s illuminated by so-called “natural” disasters, the structural inequality and legacies of decision-making that make these disasters worse than they need to be

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Act 1: Mark Hertsgaard: It's not politics, it's science - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 9-13-17

Act 2: What is environmental racism and environmental justice? - #PoliticallyReactive with @wkamaubell and @harikondabolu - Air Date 9-7-17

Act 3: Breaking News Consumer's Handbook: U.S. Storm Edition - On The Media - Air Date 9-1-17

Act 4: Disasters call attention to inequalities if we care to notice - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 9-1-17

Act 5: Preventing future floods with data and regulation - @DecodeDC - Air Date: 09-14-2017

Act 6: The Human Causes of Natural Disasters - Popaganda from @BitchMedia - Air Date 12-8-16

Act 8: Dr. Michael E. Mann on attribution science and the tactics of inaction and delay - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 9-13-17


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We will not be silenced. Stand up for a strong NEPA! (Earth Justice)

Trump CEQ rolls out plans for swift NEPA reviews (Governors' Wind & Solar Energy Coalition)

US people of color still more likely to be exposed to pollution than white people (The Guardian)

Christine Todd Whitman: How Not to Run the E.P.A. (New York Times)

Boston Communities Unite to Democratize Their Economy (Next City)

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Air Date 5/28/2024

Today we look at the most disappointing yet most idolized false heroes of our day, the titans of tech and the zany hijinks they've been getting up to recently.

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KEY POINTS

1: When a tech company like OpenAI doesn't get the dark message at the heart of science fiction

2: How Peter Thiel Got Rich | The Class Room ft. Second Thought

3: Google's Sundar Pichai on AI-powered search and the future of the web

4: Elon's Reputation is Hurting Tesla

5: Crypto’s crown prince in court

6: The Entire OpenAI Chaos Explained

7: Scarlett Johansson's Open AI voice fight shows the need for consent in tech

8: Fascism and the Failure of Imagination

 

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1:03:38 NOTE FROM THE EDITOR

On the misplaced excitement in private corporations pushing big technological advancements


1:09:33 DEEPER DIVE A: THAT WORD YOU KEEP USING…


1:36:58 B: SiliCON VALLEY, emphasis on the CON


1:53:05 C: MICROSOFT THE DESTROYER


2:10:35 D: THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE


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Air Date: 5-26-24
Today, Jay!, Amanda, Deon and Erin discuss:
- the con of supply and demand economics being about distributing goods with the greatest efficiency, and is instead nothing more than predatory greed
- what we value as humans goes far beyond the price of commodities
- even more examples of the enshitification of life via hostile experiences from things we've already paid for
- how companies restrict functionality to create artificial price points as a way to extract even more from us


REFERENCES:
WELCOME TO PRICING HELL

The Gap Between the Price You See and What You Pay Is Getting Worse

Welcome to the Golden Age of User Hostility

My Printer Is Extorting Me

Bought a Model Y? Tesla may charge you to use the battery’s full range

Corporate America Knows We’re Miserable. Is a Toilet Bomb the Answer?

Billy Bragg - Not Everything That Counts Can Be Counted


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Air Date 5/24/2024

Assessing the impacts of new diet drugs on physical and mental health in the context of our unhealthy food system and societal fat phobia

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KEY POINTS

KP 1: The world after Ozempic - The Gray Area - Air Date 5-13-24

KP 2: The Ozempic economy - Today, Explained - Air Date 2-23-24

KP 3: Have the new weight-loss drugs changed what it means to be body positive - Consider This - Air Date 5-13-24

KP 5: Body Neutrality - What The Actual Fork Podcast - Air Date 8-11-23

KP 6: Examining America's Unhealthy Obsession With Fitness w. Natalia Mehlman Petrzela - The Majority Report - Air Date 6-24-23

KP 7: What Ozempic can't fix - Today, Explained - Air Date 2-26-34

 

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(56:10) NOTE FROM THE EDITOR

On the metaphor of the new show format


(1:01:22) DEEPER DIVE A: BUSINESS OF DESIRE

A1: Examining America's Unhealthy Obsession... Part 2

A2: The Ozempic economy Part 2

A3: The world after... Part 4


(1:20:48) DEEPER DIVE B: BIAS AND RISK

B1: What Ozempic can't fix Part 2

B2: The world after... Part 5

B3: What Ozempic can't fix Part 3


(1:31:00) DEEPER DIVE C: BODY NEUTRALITY


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Air Date 5/21/2024

Whether by the US government playing matchmaker for the domestic weapons industry or through the illegal trade of the 'iron river,' the US is the leading seller of weapons around the world, fueling violence and conflict, oppression and rights abuses.

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FRONTPAGE

FP 1: US Leads Global Arms Sales - American Prestige - Air Date 3-15-24

FP 2: How Washington Plays Matchmaker For The US Gun Industry Part 1 - Big Take - Air Date 10-30-23

FP 3: Can a lawsuit stop Mexico’s ‘iron river’ of guns? - The Take - Air Date 8-13-21

FP 4: How America’s Guns Fuel Violence across the Border: With Guest Ieva Jusionyte - Facepalm America - Air Date 2-27-24 

 

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(1:02:19) NOTE FROM THE EDITOR

On the problems with looking for good or bad intentions


(1:08:24) SECTION A: 

A1: Inside Biden's Secret Arms Deal - Deconstructed - Air Date 9-22-23

A2: Josh Paul Reveals The Truth Behind US Arms Supply to Israel - Laura Flanders and Friends - Air Date 11-7-23


(1:30:10) SECTION B: 

B1: Can Mexico win... Part 2 - The Inquiry - Air Date 3-7-24

B2: Ieva Jusionyte, "Exit Wounds: How America's Guns Fuel Violence Across the Border" (U California Press, 2024) - New Books Network - Air Date 4-15-24 


(1:42:43) SECTION C: 

C1: Why America's police look like soldiers - Vox - Air Date 6-25-20

C2: Why US gun laws get looser after mass shootings - Vox - Air Date 7-28-22


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Original Air Date: 5/9/2015

Today we take a look at the continuing failure that is the War on Drugs™ as well as some of the signs of hope that we may be making progress toward shutting it down

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Is Marijuana Harmful to Health? - Healthcare Triage (@HCTriage) - Air Date: 04-19-14

Ch. 2: Man Gets 13 Years in Prison for 2 Joints Worth of Pot - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 03-13-15

Ch. 3: Legalized Marijuana = Millions For Public Schools In Colorado - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 03-16-15

Ch. 4: Johann Hari on Everything We Know About the Drug War & Addiction is Wrong - @democracynow - Air Date: 2-6-15

Ch. 5: Legalizing marijuana doesn't lead to doomsday scenarios - Le Show (@theharryshearer) - Air Date: 10-26-14

Ch. 6: Rand Paul & Others Introduce National Medical Marijuana Bill - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 03-11-15

Ch. 7: Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders Talk Drugs - Majority Report (@majorityfm) - Air Date: 06-01-15

Ch. 8: Marijuana Shows Medical Value, Feds Don't Give A Sh*t - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 04-12-15


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Air Date: 5-16-24
Today, Jay!, Amanda, Deon and Erin discuss:
- How mega drive-throughs are ruining American towns and cities
- Why giant car washes are popping up across the country and what we could have instead
- How Tokyo's beautiful public toilets are an inspiration
- The impact boring and ugly buildings are having on our mental health

REFERENCES:
RFK Jr. revealed he had a parasitic brain worm. Here’s what to know. 

Social Media is Not What Killed the Web 

Mega drive-throughs explain everything wrong with American cities 

Car Washes are proliferating across the U.S. Here’s why

Why are they building so many car washes? And storage facilities?

Tokyo’s Public Toilets Will Leave New Yorkers Sobbing 

The Global Danger of Boring Buildings 

 

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Air Date 5/15/2024

In an age of cultish in-group/out-group politics and media, we seek to find messaging for progressive partisans to achieve electoral success

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FRONTPAGE

FP 1: Everything's a cult now - The Gray Area

FP 2: Examining how U.S. politics became intertwined with personal identity - PBS NewsHour

FP 3: Jason Stanley on the Politics of Language - Amanpour and Company

FP 4: A Conversation About How Dems Can Win in November with Rachel Bitecofer - Deep State Radio

FP 5: Employ Negative Partisanship w. Rachel Bitecofer - Future Hindsight

FP 6: Everything's ... Part 2

FP 7: Hit 'Em Where It Hurts ... Part 2

FP 8: Employ Negative ... Part 2


(59:24) NOTE FROM THE EDITOR

On the importance of finding common-but-adaptable messaging


(1:02:14) SECTION A: IDENTITY

A1: Everything's ... Part 3

A2: Examining how U.S. ... Part 2


(1:10:14) SECTION B: POLITICAL RHETORIC

B1: 'Hit 'Em Where It Hurts' urges Dems to go on attack - Morning Joe

B2: 'Our message resonated with voters' - Morning Joe

B3: Watch VP Harris slams Trump over abortion access - MSNBC


(1:26:17) SECTION C: MESSAGING

C1: Employ Negative ...Part 4

C2: Republican Policies VERY Unpopular With Voters - The Majority Report

C3: Everything's ... Part 4

C4: Employ Negative ... Part 3


(1:50:33) SECTION D: INDEPENDENTS

D1: Hit 'Em ... Part 3

D2: Why Voters Are Down On The Economy - 538 Politics


Air Date 5/11/2024

The effort to turn theory into practice that will open up new ways of thinking about antitrust lawsuits attempting to rein in big tech and other mega-corporations, which are operating in a new phase of capitalism.

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Ch. 1: FTC Chair Lina Khan on Antitrust in the age of Amazon - Planet Money - Air Date 11-3-23

On today's show, a conversation with FTC Chair Lina Khan on what it's like to try to turn audacious theory into bureaucratic practice, the FTC's new lawsuit against Amazon, and what it all means for business as usual.

Ch. 2: Apple's Antitrust Problem - Professor Talha Syed - The BTLJ Podcast - Air Date 3-10-24

Professor Syed reveals his thoughts and assessment of the new Brandeis movement, headed by Lina Khan and Jonathan Kanter of the FTC and DOJ.

Ch. 3: FTC Chair Lina Khan on Antitrust in the age of Amazon Part 2 - Planet Money - Air Date 11-3-23

Ch. 4: How to Fight Monopoly Power with FTC Chair Lina Khan - Factually! - Air Date 11-8-23

Lina Khan, appointed chair of the Federal Trade Commission by President Biden, has become the foremost voice of this movement and has engaged in high-profile battles to reshape how America deals with monopolies.

 

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Ch. 8: Real Estate Fees Crushed By Anti-Trust w David Dayen - The Majority Report - Air Date 3-26-24


FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 12: Final comments on the new show format tried out in the campus protesters episode as well as a retraction


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Air Date 5/7/2024

Civil resistance on campuses across the country against Israeli genocide in Gaza calling for cease fire and divestment, university administrations up to the Biden administration respond, often with overwhelming violence and claims of antisemitism.

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FRONTPAGE

FP 1: The US college protests... - Today in Focus - Air Date 4-25-24

FP 2: Behind Columbia... - Al Jazeera English - Air Date 4-24-24


(47:13) NOTE FROM THE EDITOR


(50:54) SECTION A: POLICE RESPONSES

A1: Atlanta Police Violently Arrest Emory... - Democracy Now! - Air Date 4-26-24

A2: Juan González, Veteran of '68 Columbia Strike... - Democracy Now! - Air Date 5-1-24


(1:06:59) SECTION B: INSIDE THE PROTESTS 

B1: Pro-Israel THUGS Attack... - Owen Jones - Air Date 5-1-24

B2: Live from the Encampments - CODEPINK Radio - Air Date 5-1-24


(1:34:52) SECTION C: BIDEN'S POLITICS AND ACCUSATIONS OF ANTISEMITISM

C1: Nicholas Kristof ... Part 2 - Brian Lehrer - Air Date 4-26-24

C2: Manufactured Panic Over Peaceful... - The Majority Report - Air Date 4-23-24


(1:57:05) SECTION D: UNIVERSITY ADMINS AND ENDOWMENTS

D1: Why Colleges Have No Idea... - The Muckrake Political Podcast - Air Date 4-23-24

D2: Columbia University President ... - The Bitchuation Room - Air Date 4-27-24


(2:37:42) SECTION E: MEDIA CRITICISM

 

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Air Date: 5-5-24
Today, Jay!, Amanda, Deon and Erin discuss:
- Jerry Seinfeld blaming the "extreme left" and "PC culture" for the death of sitcoms
- how Poe's Law (and the Amanda Principle) makes creating and identifying satire difficult
- how TV shows trying to satirize the left for the left struggle to land the jokes

REFERENCES:
Jerry Seinfeld Says TV Comedy Is Being Killed By the ‘Extreme Left and P.C. Crap and People Worrying So Much About Offending Other People’ 

Jerry Seinfeld Is a Lazy Hack Out of Touch with the Real World—And Who Can Blame Him? 

Poe’s Law and Internet Satire 

In the Know (Peacock) 

‘In the Know’ Showrunners Unpack Its Loving Evisceration of Public Radio, Progressive Politics

Zach Woods, NPR Fan, Reads NPR Fans for Filth 

Exclusive: In the Know's Zach Woods and Brandon Gardner on Satirizing Liberals with Mike Judge

The Cleaner - S2 E5 The Statue (Acorn)

Malthusian Conception 


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Air Date 5/3/2024

A look back at previous coverage of criminalizing protests, weaponizing civility, and violent responses to peaceful dissent.

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Ch. 1: The Problem with Civility - On the Media - Air Date 6-30-18

Ch. 2: Criminalizing Protest - @USNewsBeat - Air Date 6-14-18

Ch. 3: Civility as a cudgel - Trumpcast - Air Date 6-30-18

Ch. 4: Protests Sweep Across America and Beyond Part 2 - The Daily Show - Air Date 6-9-20

Ch. 5: The coming anti-protest laws w/ Alleen Brown and Akela Lacy Part 1 - This is Hell! - Air Date 2-12-21

Ch. 6: Anti-Protest Bills Popping Up Everywhere - David Pakman Show - Air Date 8-19-20

Ch. 7: Elly Page on Anti-Protest Bills - CounterSpin - Air Date 4-23-21

Ch. 8: Not Ready For That Conversation - On The Media - Air Date 4-23-21

Ch. 9: GOP States Are Pushing for Stricter Penalties for Protesters - The Takeaway - Air Date 4-27-21

Ch. 10: How Corporate Media Protects Violent Cops - Carlos Maza - Air Date 6-4-20


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Air Date 5/1/2024

The past, present, and future of tackling the uselessness of extreme wealth by exposing and closing tax avoidance loopholes and pushing for a culture change to embrace the need for a more equal society.

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Ch. 1: What Happens When You Tax Billionaires at 90 Percent? - The Hartmann Report - Air Date 6-3-23

We did it before, and the result was the creation of the world’s first and largest middle class and a level of peace and prosperity that held its own until Ronald Reagan took a meat-axe to it…

Ch. 2: #TaxBillionaires w/ Robert Reich, Sen. Ron Wyden, Rep. Jamaal Bowman, and more - Americans for Tax Fairness - Air Date 4 -18-22

If you think school teachers shouldn't pay a higher tax rate than billionaires, join us to learn how you can join in on the fight to #TaxBillionaires!

Ch. 3: Wealth Tax Part 1 - Pullback - Air Date 4-11-23

Should we be taxing Scrooge-McDuck wealth? Can we? We talk with friend of the pod Fariya Mohiuddin, a Senior Program Officer with the International Budget Partnership's Tax Equity Program, and our favourite tax justice researcher and activist.

Ch. 4: No One Should Have More Than 10 Million Pounds | Ash Sarkar meets Ingrid Robeyns - Novara Media - Air Date 2-4-24

If you're serious about alleviating poverty, as most liberals claim to be, should there be a cap on how wealthy one person can be?

 

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Ch. 12: Final comments on anger and irrationality in war and politics


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Air Date: 4-29-24
Today, Jay!, Amanda, Deon and Erin discuss: 
- how the film 'Civil War' intentionally avoids any specifics about the "why", and in doing so becomes a perfect encapsulation of the Amanda Principle™

- how "the view from nowhere" journalism is supposed to be straight down the middle and fact-based, but is actually rife with bias and ends up representing the dominant culture
- that America and its culture has been steeped in war and violence since it's inception
- the similarities between modern America and Germany in 1933

REFERENCES:
Americans Have Enjoyed Imagining Civil War for a Long, Long Time

How to Both-Sides a “Civil War”

Alex Garland's Civil War Plays Both Sides

Opinion: Is the US on the brink of another civil war?

‘Civil War’ and the Dangerous Myth of ‘Unbiased’ Journalism

America Isn’t Nazi Germany, but It Looks a Little Like 1933

Modern Mathematics Confronts Its White, Patriarchal Past


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Original Air Date 9/14/2022

Today, we take a look at the history and hysteria behind debt and debt forgiveness while Biden is canceling student debt and opponents of the idea are reacting in the most predictable way possible because they misunderstand the relationship between debt and morality.

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Ch. 1: Cancel It All: Debt Collective's Astra Taylor on Biden Plan & Need for Full Student Debt Relief - Democracy Now! - Air Date 8-25-22

We speak to Astra Taylor, writer, filmmaker, and co-director of the Debt Collective, a union for debtors and one of the original advocates for a debt jubilee that would cancel all student debt.

Ch. 2: Freedom Dreams: Black Women and the Student Debt Crisis - The Intercept - Air Date 8-22-22

The Intercept’s new documentary, “Freedom Dreams: Black Women and the Student Debt Crisis,” profiles Black women educators and activists struggling under the weight of tens of thousands, or even hundreds of thousands, in student loan debt.

Ch. 3: Hidden History of Student Debt - Thom Hartmann Program - Air Date 8-25-22

Many woke up to find news that $10k of their student debt would be forgiven, Thom Hartmann and Jefferson Smith break down what this means and what happens next.

Ch. 4: Bidens Big Student Debt Announcement: PITOTWIU for the Indebted Masses - Unf*cking The Republic - Air Date 8-28-22

Max breaks down the politics, the details, and biggest misses of the Biden student debt relief plan and why it’s in danger of being PITOTWIU

 

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Ch. 11: Final comments on morality and money


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Air Date 4/24/2024

Only by understanding the past can we understand the present and the histories of Cuba and Haiti have very stark lessons to impart about the cruelty of the Cuba embargo, the repercussions of imperial exploitation, and the dangers that arise amid dysfunctional democracy.

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Ch. 1: On Cuba and Haiti The Fight for Liberation & Self-Determination in the Caribbean - Revolutionary Left Radio - Air Date 4-4-24

Musa Springer, Erica Caines, & Onyesonwu Chatoyer from Hood Communist discuss their participation in The Second International Meeting of Theoretical Publications of Left Parties and Movements and discuss history and present events playing out in Haiti.

Ch. 2: Havana Syndrome How the Biden Administration Is Driving Cubans Into Misery - Deconstructed - Air Date 3-22-24

Ryan Grim delves into the complexities of Cuba’s current economic crisis with Andrés Pertierra, a historian of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Ch. 3: Havana Syndrome How the Biden Administration Is Driving Cubans Into Misery Part 2 - Deconstructed - Air Date 3-22-24

Ch. 4: Empire's Laboratory— How 2004 U.S.-Backed Coup Destabilized Haiti & Led to Current Crisis - Democracy Now! - Air Date 3-11-24

"The root of this crisis is not last week, it's not this week, it's not even Ariel Henry. But we have to go back to 2004 with the coup-d'état," says Pierre.

 

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Ch. 11: Final comments on the dangers of unrepresentative, unresponsive government


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Air Date: 4-22-24
Today, Jay!, Amanda, Deon and Erin discuss:
- How Israeli citizens and government officials use of the US's settler-colonialist past, westward expansion, and religious fundamentalism to justify their own settler expansion  
- How the members of the extreme right are put in positions of power within the Israeli government, which is then used to validate the settler's actions
- The role racist propaganda and intergenerational trauma play in convincing Israelis of the righteousness of their settler-colonialist actions
- The societal dangers of living in an ethnostate combined with feeling of specialness that comes from generations of victimhood

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The Israeli Settlers Attacking Their Palestinian Neighbors

The grandmother who wants to lead Israelis back to a Gaza without Palestinians

A debate over Israel-Palestine curriculum flares at Berkeley schools

 

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Air Date 4/20/2024

Old habits die hard and the American establishment's unquestioning support for Israel is a very old habit indeed. Israel's government drifts farther and farther to the right, culminating in a genocidal push into Gaza. Meanwhile, President Biden, standard-bearer of the old establishment, seems destined to be the very last Democrat to see the need for a change.

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Ch. 1: Jon Stewart Interrogates America's Support of Israel - The Daily Show - Air Date 4-8-24

Jon Stewart checks in on the war in Gaza and interrogates how America's purported values stack up against its support of Israel. Plus, Ronny Chieng and Grace Kuhlenschmidt report from the eclipse's path of totality with startling different reports.

Ch. 2: Biden’s 'double talk' on Gaza: Cynical election politics? | The Bottom Line - Al Jazeera English - Air Date 3-31-24

Roth tells host Steve Clemons that US President Joe Biden is engaging in “cynical” election politics by refusing to enforce the UN resolution calling for a ceasefire, or the World Court ruling ordering Israel to allow more food into Gaza

Ch. 3: Jon Stewart & Bassem Youssef Call Out “Performative” Outrage Over Israel’s War Crimes - The Humanist Report - Air Date 4-12-24

In this video, we’ll look at comments from both Youssef and Stewart, examples of “performative” outrage from politicians, and demands from voters that the Democratic Party and Joe Biden are refusing to meet.

 

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Ch. 9: Final comments on the words we've heard and the actions we've seen from Israel's government


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Air Date: 4-18-24
Today, Jay!, Amanda, Deon and Erin discuss:
- how a tech start-up is trying to sell a shortcut to bliss
- the world of drug-free psychedelic experiences
- the capitalists trying to solve the loneliness epidemic

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The Meditation Start-Up That’s Selling Bliss on Demand 

What’s it like to take a $249 drug-free psychedelic trip? We found out 

Origin of the Dreamachine 

Can You Solve Loneliness? These Startups Are Betting On It. 


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Original Air Date 2/12/2019

Today we take a look at both the BDS movement and the backlash response to it resulting in firings and legislation in many states (and pending federally) to restrict employment and business opportunities from those who fail to pledge in writing to not support of the boycott of Israel

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Ch. 1: Explaining BDS - The Katie Halper Show - Air Date 10-11-17

We speak to art critic and writer Kareem Estefan, co-editor of “Assuming Boycott: Resistance, Agency, and Cultural Production,” about Boycott, Divest, Sanction (BDS)

Ch. 2: Exclusive: Angela Davis Speaks Out on Palestine, BDS & More After Civil Rights Award Is Revoked - Democracy Now! - Air Date 1-11-19

Legendary activist and scholar Angela Davis speaks out after the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute rescinded a human rights award for her, reportedly due to her activism for Palestinian rights.

Ch. 3: Pro-Israel Lobby Groups Secretly Admits Cultural Boycott Is Effective, Leaked Report Shows - @TheRealNews - Air Date 12-10-18

Ali Abunimah discusses a leaked report from Creative Community for Peace (CCFP), a front for Israel government-backed lobby group StandWithUs, which admits the cultural boycott is "constantly growing" and "innovative."

Ch. 4: Josh Ruebner on BDS Bans - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 1-31-19

We’ll hear about so-called “anti-BDS” laws, and their context, from Josh Ruebner, policy director at the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights.

Ch. 5: Senators Sneak Amendment to Make Israel Boycott Illegal - @TheRealNews - Air Date 12-19-18

While Senators Cardin and Portman are trying to sneak a last-minute amendment into the budget bill to make BDS illegal - violating free speech - 26 states are also moving to make boycotts of Israel illegal. We speak to IPS’s Phyllis Bennis.

Ch. 6: Palestine/Israel, the Firing of Marc Lamont Hill & the Limits of Open Inquiry Part 1 - Speak out with Tim Wise - Air Date 12-3-18

Tim discusses CNN’s firing of contributor Marc Lamont Hill (a former guest on the show), for comments he made in favor of full equality and justice for the Palestinian people.

 

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Air Date 4/12/2024

The forces of capitalism and deregulation loom large as industrial transport disasters continue to pile up with new focus brought to the issue by the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse and the series of dangerous and deadly failures from Boeing.

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Ch. 1: Horror in Baltimore: Awful New Info Emerges About Six Missing Workers - THE DAILY BLAST with Greg Sargent - Air Date 3-28-24

Two full days after the disastrous collapse of a bridge in Baltimore, little is known about six construction workers who went missing—and are now presumed dead.

Ch. 2: Everything we know about the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse - The Real News Podcast - Air Date 4-4-24

The Real News convened a panel of journalists working all sides of this story to get a sense of what we know about the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse, what key questions still need to be answered, and what happens next.

Ch. 3: Cars, Bridges, Ships and Planes - The Zero Hour - Air Date 04-06-24

Discussing the Baltimore disaster in the context of infrastructure investment more broadly

Ch. 4: Everything we know about the Francis Scott Key Bridge Collapse Part 2 - The Real News Podcast - Air Date 4-4-24

 

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Ch. 12: Final comments on the threat to society of runaway corporate executive pay

References:

The failure of Bill Clinton's CEO pay reform - Politico

The Executive Pay Cap That Backfired - ProPublica


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Air Date 4/9/2024

The neoliberal legacy of the New Democrats continues to loom large but it really does seem like the progressive wing of the party and the broader demand for populist economic policies has had an impact. Now people just need to know that it's happening.

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Ch. 1: American Socialism - Prospect: Generations - Air Date 4-6-23

In this episode of the Prospect’s Generations podcast, editor at large Harold Meyerson, who joined the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee in 1975, and writing fellow Luke Goldstein, who was attracted to socialism by Bernie Sanders

Ch. 2: The Legacy of the New Democrats - KPFA - Against the Grain - Air Date 8-17-22

Historian Lily Geismer looks at how the the Democratic Leadership Council and Clinton-era Democratic Party increased inequality, through development zones, charter schools, welfare “reform”, and microfinance.

Ch. 3: Clinton’s ‘Fabulous Failure’ Part 1 - Start Making Sense - Air Date 10-4-23

Our politics today is haunted by the failures of Bill Clinton—the “centrist” who “triangulated” with Republicans, lost on healthcare, and proclaimed that “the era of big government is over.” Nelson Lichtenstein explains Clinton’s turn to the right

 

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Ch. 7: Price Controls: An Inflation Solution That Doesn't Screw Workers - Deconstructed - Air Date 7-7-23

CENTRIST AND RIGHT-WING economists continue to advocate for laying off workers and engineering a recession to address inflation. But why not set price controls instead?

Ch. 8: Clinton’s ‘Fabulous Failure’ Part 2 - Start Making Sense - Air Date 10-4-23


FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 12: Final comments on the way we think about political criticism


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Air Date: 4-7-24
Today, Jay!, Amanda, Deon and Erin discuss:
- Many facets of our society are clearly broken by capitalism, and bizarrely for some, chaos is the only thing that beings agency to their life  
- The delusion of RFK Jr. voters, the understandable desire to vote third party, and the age-old cry of the 'uniparty'
- The trend of conservative voters among communities of color and where they find themselves in Trump's Republican Party
- And that one of the Democrats main stumbling blocks is they're only interested in keeping things exactly as they are

REFERENCES:
The Americans Who Need Chaos

Andrew Tate on why he doesn’t read books

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Targets a Generation of Politically Disaffected, Extremely Online Men

Forget Kennedy Democrats. Here Comes the 2024 Kennedy Voter.

The Strange History of the ‘Uniparty’

The unexpected dynamic that could decide the Trump-Biden rematch

Duty Calls

 

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Original Air Date: 11/10/2020

Today we take a look at the long and shifting history of the myth of democracy in America. We've never had it since the beginning but the reasons have shifted, ebbed and flowed over time. Now, in the midst of an attempted slow-motion coup, we look back at this most central American myth.

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Ch. 1: "Let the People Pick the President" The Case for Abolishing the Electoral College - Democracy Now! - Air Date 10-30-20

Two of the last three presidents — George W. Bush and Donald Trump — came to office after losing the popular vote. "The Framers who met at the Constitutional Convention really had no idea what they were doing when they established how to pick a president"

Ch. 2: The Second Revolution - Scene On Radio - Air Date 2-19-20

After the Civil War, a surprising coalition tried to remake the United States into a real multiracial democracy for the first time. Reconstruction, as the effort was called, brought dramatic change to America. For a while.

Ch. 3: Democracy: Past, Present... and Future? - The Laura Flanders Show - Air Date 6-26-19

Don't remember the past? Does that mean you're condemned to repeat it? What does our country's past tell us about our present— and how can it help us imagine a better future? This week, two leading thinkers on the tricky challenges of democracy.

Ch. 4: More Democracy - Scene on Radio - Air Date 6-10-20

What will it take to make the United States a more fully functioning democracy, and how can we, as citizens, bring about that change?
By host and producer John Biewen, with series collaborator Chenjerai Kumanyika.

 

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Air Date 4/3/2024

As the country gears up for the election in November, we look at a variety of ways the GOP and their election-denialist supporters are preparing to subvert the democratic process to get the result they want.

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Ch. 1: Election Dissection 'How can the election system be improved' - The Gaggle: An Arizona politics podcast - Air Date 3-27-24

A question remains among most American, and specifically Arizonan, voters: how can we make elections better? David Becker is a co-founder of the Center for Election Innovation and Research to improve elections through technology and reliance on data.

Ch. 2: Giuliani ordered to pay $148 million for defamation of election workers - PBS Newshour - Air Date 12-15-23

A federal jury in Washington ordered Rudy Giuliani, Donald Trump’s former campaign attorney, to pay $148 million to two Georgia election workers for distress caused by lies he spread following the 2020 election.

Ch. 3: Charlie Kirk Lackey Gets Humiliated By Election Official - The Majority Report - Air Date 3-3-24

Ch. 4: Far Right Plan Chaos Ahead of 2024 Election - Thom Hartmann Program - Air Date 3-22-24

Donald Trump and the far right want the 2024 election to be so chaotic they can make the case that Trump won, even if he goes down in flames losing by spectacular numbers.

 

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Ch. 9: Election Dissection 'How can the election system be improved' Part 3 - The Gaggle: An Arizona politics podcast - Air Date 3-27-24

Ch. 10: Exposing Secret Fascist Plan To ‘Win’ 2024 Election - Thom Hartmann Program - Air Date 2-26-24


FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 12: Final comments on the backfire effect of lies about mail-in voting


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Air Date: 4-1-24
Today, Jay!, Amanda, Deon and Erin discuss:
- how Trump uses humor to normalize his behavior and engage his supporters
- how humor is not always a great weapon against fascism and autocracy

REFERENCES:
Can Parents Prevent Their Sons From Sliding to the Right?

In on the Joke: The Comedic Trick Trump Uses to Normalize His Behavior 

Laugh Riot 

Laughing All the Way to Autocracy 


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Air Date 3/30/2024

We are living through an age of protest from the opposition to the Iraq war, the Arab Spring uprisings, Occupy Wall Street, through to marches against Trump, and now the war in Gaza. So, we thought we should take a look at the art and science of protest itself.

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Ch. 1: The Missing Revolutions of The 2010s | Ash Sarkar Meets Vincent Bevins Part 1 - Novara Media - Air Date 10-29-23

The 2010s saw a new era of mass protest, from Arab Spring uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt and Syria, to Occupy Wall Street, EuroMaidan and Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement. Many of these movements shared a “horizontalist” or leaderless approach

Ch. 2: The Uncommitted Movement feat. Layla Elabed & Waleed Shahid - Chapo Trap House - Air Date 3-8-24

Organizers Layla Elabed and Waleed Shahid join us to discuss their recent successes with the movement to vote uncommitted against Joe Biden in the ongoing democratic primaries. They lay out their goals

Ch. 3: Why Peaceful Protest Won't Solve Anything - Second Thought - Air Date 8-12-22

Ch. 4: Gaza Protesters SHUT DOWN Schiff's Victory Speech - The Majority Report - Air Date 3-6-24

Ch. 5: The Missing Revolutions of The 2010s | Ash Sarkar Meets Vincent Bevins Part 2 - Novara Media - Air Date 10-29-23

 

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Ch. 12: Final comments on the importance of building momentum over time with protest


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Air Date: 3-28-24
Today, Jay!, Amanda, Deon and Erin discuss:
- how the wealthy use psilocybin to deal with stress and break the rules of time  
- the working class get bath time and training on how to self-care their stress away
- the 

REFERENCES:
It’s Time to Give Up on Email

The Working Woman’s Newest Life Hack: Magic Mushrooms

Stress Less

Had a bath. still stressed.

How America Became Addicted to Therapy

Life Under the Algorithm

 

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Original Air Date: 12/23/2021

Today we take a look at some of the history of labor struggles in America and the current wave of strikes that is giving renewed energy to the labor union movement and the struggle for better working conditions for all.

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Ch. 1: Lessons from the Luddites - On the Media - Air Date 12-10-21

Gavin Mueller [@gavinmuellerphd], assistant professor of New Media and Digital Culture at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, on what modern lessons can be learned from the Luddite workers of 19th century England.

Ch. 2: Victory at Starbucks, Struggle at Kellogg's Part 1 - Jacobin Radio - Air Date 12-13-21

Suzi talks with John Logan about the unionization victory at Starbucks in Buffalo, and the continuing Kellogg Co. strike.

Ch. 3: Strike Wave Workers Flex Their Muscle in Tight Labor Market Part 1 - Intercepted - Air Date 11-10-21

We hear from Kaiser Permanente workers, and then Labor Notes’ Jonah Furman joins The Intercept’s Washington Editor Nausicaa Renner to discuss this year’s strike wave.

Ch. 4: Labor Unions From Pullman to Kelloggs. Labors long, hard road. - Unf*cking The Republic (UNFTR) - Air Date 12-18-21

The episode includes a blow-by-blow analysis of a recent interview with the CEO of Kellogg's to translate Wall Street speak for “how to fuck workers and influence inflation.”

Ch. 5: Victory at Starbucks, Struggle at Kellogg's Part 2 - Jacobin Radio - Air Date 12-13-21

Suzi talks with John Logan about the unionization victory at Starbucks in Buffalo, and the continuing Kellogg Co. strike.

Ch. 6: Class Struggles in the US Today - Economic Update with Richard D. Wolff - Air Date 12-2-21

The "labor shortage" isn't, "Build Back Better" does not begin to approach what Europe already has.

 

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Ch. 9: Lessons from the Luddites Part 2 - On the Media - Air Date 12-10-21

Gavin Mueller [@gavinmuellerphd], assistant professor of New Media and Digital Culture at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, on what modern lessons can be learned from the Luddite workers of 19th century England.

Ch. 10: Labor Unions From Pullman to Kelloggs. Labors long, hard road. Part 2 - Unf*cking The Republic (UNFTR) - Air Date 12-18-21


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Air Date 3/23/2024

Equality has been at the heart of civil rights movements for decades but what we have failed to see is that in striving for equality we cannot help but reinforce the unquestioned preexisting structures of society which, themselves, may be at fundamental odds with true freedom for all.

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Ch. 1: Marcie Bianco — Breaking Free - with Charlotte Clymer - Politics and Prose - Air Date 9-23-23

Watch author Marcie Bianco's book talk and reading at Politics and Prose bookstore in Washington, D.C.

Ch. 2: Angela Saini The Patriarchs 'How Men Came to Rule' - The Overpopulation Podcast - Air Date 2-6-24

By detailing the diversity of human arrangements, including the prevalence of egalitarian and matrilineal societies around the world – past and present – Angela reveals that male-supremacy is neither natural nor immutable.

Ch. 3: The Fraud Of 'White Feminism' w/ Kyla Schuller - The Majority Report - Air Date 1-20-22

Emma hosts Kyla Schuller, Assistant Professor of Women's and Gender Studies at Rutgers University, to discuss her recent book The Trouble With White Women: A Counterhistory of Feminism.

 

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Ch. 9: Angela Saini The Patriarchs 'How Men Came to Rule' Part 3 - The Overpopulation Podcast - Air Date 2-6-24


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Ch. 10: Final comments on what the path beyond equality and toward freedom looks like


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Air Date: 3-21-24
Today, Jay!, Amanda, Deon and Erin discuss:
- how AI became a tool in the gender culture war
- the real reasons "soft girls" and "tradwives" are a thing

REFERENCES:
You Will Not Believe the Dumb Reason My Son Gave Me for Refusing to Wipe His Butt

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Air Date 3/19/2024

We break down some of the pseudoscience the trans panic is built on, look at the political drive to erase trans people, understand how language of panic shifts over time, and present and alternate view of societal healing for a healthier humanity.

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Ch. 1: The Anatomy of a Moral Panic Ft. Dr. Julia Serano - It Could Happen Here - Air Date 2-21-24

Mia and Gare are once again joined by Dr, Julia Serano to discuss how the concept of contagious stigma drives moral panics against cis and trans people alike

Ch. 2: Are Red States 100 Committed to Erasing Trans People - Thom Hartmann Program - Air Date 1-8-24

Just a week into 2024 and Red State Republicans have already introduced over 150 bills targeting the transgender community. Journalist Erin Reed, host of 'Erin in the Morning,' updates us on the sorry parade.

Ch. 3: Jamie Lee Curtis Interviews ALOK on the World Beyond the Gender Binary - Upfront Ventures - Air Date 3-9-23

ALOK sits down with Jamie Lee Curtis to explore themes of gender, race, trauma, belonging and the human condition.

Ch. 4: How the Media Gets Trans Coverage Wrong - Medium - Air Date 8-19-23

A panel discussion centered on the representation of trans issues in the media. Moderated by Katherine Cross. 

Ch. 5: The Anatomy of a Moral Panic Ft. Dr. Julia Serano Part 2 - It Could Happen Here - Air Date 2-21-24

 

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Ch. 12: Final comments on a new reframing of the right to the freedom of sex


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Air Date 3/15/2024

Republicans have been trending toward Putin fandom for more than a decade but with each passing year the stakes get higher, the propaganda gets more brazen, and what they're willing to support gets more grotesque.

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Ch. 1: Chris Wallace DESTROYS former colleague Tucker Carlson - Bryan Tyler Cohen - Air Date 2-10-24

Ch. 2: Trump voters tell NBC Reporter that ‘Russia is not our enemy’ - MSNBC - Air Date 2-27-24

Vaughn Hillard discusses meeting with Trump voters who have started to echo the rhetoric from Putin and Russia when it comes to that country’s war on Ukraine and how the base of the MAGA movement has leaned into authoritarian rhetoric.

Ch. 3: American Patriots Support... Vladimir Putin - On the Media - Air Date 3-4-22

Casey Michel joins to discuss why white nationalists like David Duke, Richard Spencer, and Matthew Heimbach have long since looked to Putin's Russia as inspiration for their far-right movements in this country

Ch. 4: The Dark and Destructive Vision of Putin's GOP - The Hartmann Report - Air Date 2-27-24

Author and reporter Heidi Siegmund Cuda has the dirt that ties Mike Johnson to President Putin. Does Mr Johnson want to follow Russia's example and become an authoritarian pseudo-theocracy?

 

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Ch. 8: Trump Backers Kill Navalny - Gaslit Nation - Air Date 2-20-24

Andrea and Terrell Starr of the Black Diplomats Podcast and Substack discuss the assassination of Navalny and the work ahead to build a meaningful opposition.


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Ch. 9: Final comments on the global view of autocratic propaganda


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Air Date: 3-11-24
Today, Jay!, Amanda, Deon and Erin discuss:
- mascuzynity and the conservative male ethos
- talking to young men to prevent their slide to the right
- and that brutal man camps that are more a symptom and cry for help than a solution

REFERENCES:
Mascuzynity: How a nicotine pouch explains the new ethos of young conservative men

Can Parents PreventTheir Sons From Sliding to the Right?

Men are going to brutal boot camps to reclaim their masculinity. How did we get here?

Do You Need a Visit to the Confident Man Ranch?

 

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Original Air Date 2-17-2018

We hear from activists and advocates to get a sense of the life, land, and walls that divide occupied Palestine in the West Bank and Gaza

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Ch. 1: Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 

Ch. 2: Amer Zahr on working toward rights and democracy for all in Israel - Part 1 - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date 3-18-17


Ch. 3: The Oakland Institute's Anuradha Mittal on Life, Land and the Wall Between Them in Occupied Palestine Part 1 - This is Hell - Air Date 11-1-17


Ch. 4: Ben Ehrenreich and Amy Wilentz looking at life for Palestinians on the West Bank - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date is 7-6-2016


Ch. 5: Amer Zahr on working toward rights and democracy for all in Israel - Part 2 - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date 3-18-17


Ch. 6: The Oakland Institute's Anuradha Mittal on Life, Land and the Wall Between Them in Occupied Palestine - Part 2 - This is Hell - Air Date 11-1-17


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Original Air Date 2/7/2018

Looking at Israel from a variety of angles including what they do to Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank and why White supremacists, of all people, support them

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Ch. 1: Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 

Ch. 2: Breaking down Trump's moves on Israel - Intercepted (@theintercept) - Air Date 1-31-18


Ch. 3: What doesn't get mentioned when reporting on Israel - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 1-19-18


Ch. 4: “Gaza An Inquest into Its Martyrdom” Norman Finkelstein on the Many Lies Perpetuated About Gaza - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 01-10-18


Ch. 5: What Israel has to do with local policing in the US - Intercepted (@theintercept) - Air Date 9-20-17


Ch. 6: Richard Spencer Appears On Israeli TV, Says Ethno-Nationalism Should Make Viewers Respect Him - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 08-21-17


Ch. 7: Ilan Pappé: The Myths of Israel - @TheRealNews - Air Date 3-30-17


Ch. 8: Final comments addressing some of the concerns about the #MeToo movement

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Air Date: 3-3-24
Today, Jay!, Amanda, Deon and Erin discuss:
- why men struggle with friendship 
- why men and boys are lonelier than ever
- the impact of different masculine identities on relationships
- something The Beatles apparently did that no one seems to talk about

REFERENCES:
Why Men Struggle With Friendship 

Boys and men are lonelier than ever. What can we do about it? 

3 ‘Masculine Identities’ Men Take On In Relationships 

Release the Beatles Jerk-off Cut 

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Air Date 3/1/2024

We don't have to think too hard to understand the fears of a world in which work, and the ability of millions to support themselves, are lost to automation and artificial intelligence. But that is only a capitalist future in which the benefits of technological advancement are hoarded by the already-wealthy. Today we imagine a different path.

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Ch. 1: Introduction to Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World Without Work by Srnicek & Williams - Dank Audio Stash - Air Date 4-8-21

Introduction to Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World Without Work by Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams

Ch. 2: The People's Republic of Walmart Interview with Leigh Phillips and Michal Rozworski - Novara Media - Air Date 6-13-19

Since the demise of the USSR, the mantle of the largest planned economies in the world has been taken up by the likes of Walmart, Amazon and other multinational corporations.

Ch. 3: The Two Futures Of Automation Capitalism VS Socialism - Second Thought - Air Date 12-15-21

With jobs being automated and handed off to machines at an ever-increasing pace, it's only natural to consider what our future will look like.

Ch. 4: Planet of the Robots: Four Futures of AI (Documentary) - 1Dime - Air Date 10-15-21

In this video we will be discussing automation, which is often confused with being the ‘technological revolution’ in it of itself as it is what the mainstream focuses on, and for good reason, as how we handle automation will determine the trajectory or co

Ch. 5: Universal Basic Income Explained (An Automation Solution) - Futurology - Air Date 5-28-24

With jobs being automated and handed off to machines at an ever-increasing pace, it's only natural to consider what our future will look like.

 

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Ch. 10: Final comments on living our values and stepping away from work


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Air Date 2/28/2024

AI-generated deepfakes, entirely fabricated audio and video of recognizable people, are here. They have been on the horizon for years but they have finally arrived during the biggest global election year in history which may prove to be a make of break year for democracy itself as we struggle to separate fact from fiction and autocracy is on the rise around the world.

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Ch. 1: Deepfaking Democracy: Why AI Threatens News And Global Elections In 2024 - Forbes - Air Date 2-6-24

Deepfaked news segments that appear to be delivered by well-known journalists and TV networks are going viral on social media. Oftentimes, the view counts of deepfaked segments largely outnumber those of real news stories.

Ch. 2: AI Deepfakes Are Everywhere and Congress is Completely Out of Their Depth - CYBER - Air Date 2-9-24

An AI-generated Biden called voters in New Hampshire ahead of the primary and told them to stay home. X locked down the search term “Taylor Swift” after AI-generated nudes of the pop giant flooded the platform.

Ch. 3: Tech giants pledge action against deceptive AI in elections - All Things Considered - Air Date 2-16-24

Tech giants including Microsoft, Meta, Google, Amazon, X, OpenAI and TikTok unveiled an agreement on Friday aimed at mitigating the risk that artificial intelligence will disrupt elections in 2024.

Ch. 4: Deepfake Adult Content Is a Serious and Terrifying Issue - Aperture - Air Date 5-1-23

 

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Ch. 12: Final comments on even more dangers from news sites populated with AI-generated content


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Air Date: 2-25-24
Today, Jay!, Amanda, and Deon discuss:
- authoritarian Technocracy
- and why interoperability may be one of the best weapons against it

REFERENCES:
THE RISE OF TECHNO-AUTHORITARIANISM

Big Tech Won’t Let You Leave. Here’s a Way Out

The Great Interoperability Convergence: 2023 Year in Review

 

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Air Date 2/23/2024

2024 is already shaping up to be even more of a disaster than expected. The causes for anxiety are many and varied, leaving many of us with questions. We generally try to avoid topics and commentaries that lean into the realm of pure speculation but today we decided to lean all the way in to answer your most pressing questions. What about Biden's support of Israel? What about his age? Should he be replaced at the Democratic Convention? How likely is Trump to do the horrible things he promises? And what about his court cases?

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Ch. 1: Biden GENOCIDE COMPLICITY US Court Backs ICJ - Breaking Points - Air Date 2-1-24

Krystal and Emily discuss a US court ruling Biden may be complicit in genocide after the ICJ's ruling against Israel.

Ch. 2: Moral Failure Democrats Urge Biden to Change Gaza Policy - Democracy Now! - Air Date 2-21-24

"The administration needs to change course in foreign policy in the Middle East to gain the trust of people who we have lost," says California Democratic Congressmember Ro Khanna.

Ch. 3: Manufacturing Discontent How Was America SO Easily Convinced Biden’s Brain is Bad - Thom Hartmann Program - Air Date 2-13-24

Did the media convince you that Biden is losing his touch? Thom Hartmann explains why you can’t trust this false narrative.

 

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Ch. 11: Final comments on the presidential age debate and what we're really voting for


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Air Date 2/20/2024

"Luddite" should never have become the epithet that it is as the Luddites were never afraid of or opposed to technological advancement, they only opposed the exploitation of workers and the degradation to society that came with the unfair distribution of the benefits of the targeted technology.

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Ch. 1: The New Luddites - SHIFT - Air Date 2-14-24

Activists are fighting back against generative AI and reclaiming a misunderstood label in the process, says Brian Merchant in a new piece for The Atlantic.

Ch. 2: Being a Luddite Is Good, Actually ft. Jathan Sadowski - Left Reckoning - Air Date 5-29-21

Jathan Sadowski (@jathansadowski) of the This Machine Kills (@machinekillspod) podcast repairs our sabotaged understanding of the legacy of the Luddites.

Ch. 3: Why this top AI guru thinks we might be in extinction-level trouble | The InnerView - TRT World - Air Date 1-22-24

Lauded for his groundbreaking work in reverse-engineering OpenAI's large language model, GPT-2, AI expert Connor Leahy tells Imran Garda why he is now sounding the alarm.

 

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FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 12: Final comments on the fork in the road and a look at our options

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Rethinking the Luddites in the Age of A.I.

A Scottish Jewish joke - Things Fall Apart - Air Date 1-25-22


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Air Date: 2-19-24
Today, Jay!, Amanda and Deon discuss:
- how augmented reality and the Apple Vision Pro affects the human brain 
- how algorithms are changing and flattening our culture
- how to take back your life from algorithmic choices

REFERENCES:
The Vision Pro's scary side effect

Why Tim Cook Is Going All In on the Apple Vision Pro

We’ve Forgotten How to Use Computers

Have Algorithms Ruined Our Culture?

How to Take Back Your Life From Algorithms

 

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Air Date 2/17/2024

The debate over education has been derailed from the legitimate concerns of the past focused on the downfalls of No Child Left Behind and Common Core policies into a cul-de-sac of ignorance over opposition to diversity, equity and inclusion programs and the teaching of critical race theory. Not to mention the new McCarthyism that has sprung up to squash any criticism of Israel's genocidal war in Gaza.

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Ch. 1: How to Dismantle the Anti-DEI Machine - At Liberty Podcast - Air Date 2-9-24

Free speech on campus, book bans, education gag orders, the overturn of affirmative action, the resignation of former Harvard president Claudine Gay. All of these issues center on one hot-button topic: DEI.

Ch. 2: Fighting Back Against The GOP’s War On College w. Bradford Vivian Part 1 - The Majority Report - Air Date 2-8-24

Author Bradford Vivian joins Emma to discuss his book Campus Misinformation: The Real Threat to Free Speech in American Higher Education.

Ch. 3: Wadie Said on the New McCarthyism - CounterSpin - Air Date 12-22-23

Powerful institutions, including the media, combine a selective understanding of free expression with a vehement desire to enforce it.

Ch. 4: The Education Myth - How America Changed Its Relationship With School w. Jon Shelton - The Majority Report - Air Date 8-20-23

Sam and Emma host Jon Shelton, professor at the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay, to discuss his recent book The Education Myth: How Human Capital Trumped Social Democracy.

 

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Ch. 9: Resistance to Change in Higher Ed Part 2 - with Dr. Brian Rosenberg - The EdUp Experience Podcast - Air Date 11-7-23


FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 12: Final comments on the tradeoffs we make when we allow culture wars to dominate the education debate

Articles:

The Loss of Things I Took for Granted - Slate

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Air Date 2/13/2024

The entire political system has lurched to the right on immigration as Democrats adopt the talking points of the Republicans and the MAGA Republicans put Trump's election chances over the policies they claim to support.

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Ch. 1: ‘Basically a cult’: Trump's MAGA Republicans slammed for vowing to block immigration reform bill - The ReidOut with Joy Reid - Air Date 2-5-24

MAGA Republicans have vowed to block the latest immigration reform bill, while also saying immigration is a crisis and immediate threat. Donald Trump’s influence over MAGA Republican elected officials regarding immigration is discussed

Ch. 2: Democrats Fully Embrace Trump’s Immigration Narrative - The Majority Report w/ Sam Seder - Air Date 2-9-24

Ch. 3: Republican CALLS OUT Trump By Name Over Outrageous Border Lies - The Damage Report - Air Date 2-10-24

Republican Chip Roy goes off on a fiery rant against his own party, explicitly calling out Donald Trump for posting false claims on Truth Social over the border deal he plotted to destroy. John Iadarola and Sharon Reed break it down on The Damage Report.

 

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Ch. 12: Final comments on the incentives for our politicians to fail at governing

Related Articles:

How Texas officials stymied nonprofits' efforts to help migrants they bused to northern cities

As cities struggle to house migrants, Biden administration resists proposals that officials say could help

Half of Republicans say California isn’t really American

Commentary: If only Congress would listen to the CBO on immigration

 

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Air Date 2/10/2024

Continuing to tell the stories of those directly impacted by abortion bans is important to demonstrate the extreme stances taken by anti-choice politicians but we also look ahead to potential ways the situation could be made even worse as well as efforts to relieve the suffering.

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Ch. 1: Texas Abortion Laws Cruel Outcomes - Amicus With Dahlia Lithwick - Air Date 12-16-23

The results of overturning Roe have reached their awful, logical conclusion.

Ch. 2: Post-Roe America 5. Culture of Silence - The Nocturnists - Air Date 10-19-23

In episode 5 of The Nocturnists: Post-Roe America we talk about the culture of silence around reproductive health in medical spaces, and how breaking that silence is our only hope for reclaiming our reproductive freedom.

Ch. 3: Texas Abortion Laws Cruel Outcomes Part 2 - Amicus With Dahlia Lithwick - Air Date 12-16-23

Ch. 4: Did Kate Cox Expose GOP Plan To Turn Women into Property - Thom Hartmann Program - Air Date 12-14-23

The saga of Kate Cox in Texas is making it clear to every American that GOP opposition to abortion isn’t just about abortion: it’s ultimately about controlling every aspect of women’s bodies and lives.

 

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Ch. 12: Final comments on addressing concerns regarding the 15-minute city concept of walkable towns


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Air Date 2/7/2024

Loneliness is an epidemic that long-predates the COVID lockdowns that only made things worse but it's not primarily cultural or even technological in origin. The issue largely has to do with how our built environment is designed and then social and technological aspects compound the problem.

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Ch. 1: Surgeon General discusses health risks of loneliness and steps to help connect with others - PBS NewsHour - Air Date 5-2-23

The U.S. Surgeon General declared a new public health epidemic in America, loneliness. A new report finds loneliness can have profound effects on mental health as well as heart disease, stroke and dementia.

Ch. 2: Our Loneliness Epidemic is Infrastructuralized - Studio Leonardo - Air Date 6-2-22

The infrastructure in the US is one of the main culprits for our loneliness. In this video, we deep-dive into why that is and how it has come to be this way. So, what can we do to fix this?

Ch. 3: Original Barcelona video - @The Happy Urbanist TikTok - Air Date 12-15-23

Ch. 4: How cohousing can make us happier (and live longer) | Grace Kim - TED - Air Date 8-7-17

Loneliness doesn't always stem from being alone. For architect Grace Kim, loneliness is a function of how socially connected we feel to the people around us -- and it's often the result of the homes we live in. She shares an age-old antidote to isolation

 

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Air Date: 2-6-24
Today, Jay!, Amanda, Deon and Erin discuss:
- The impacts of the myth of the model minority
- Haley and Ramaswamy Denying America's racism as they both experience and use racism during the Republican primary race

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Vivek Ramaswamy and the lie of the “model minority”

Nikki Haley and Vivek Ramaswamy Can’t Escape GOP Racism

Scholars worry Haley and Ramaswamy's race-blindness helps GOP advance "white supremacist worldview"

Jake Tapper Confronts Nikki Haley About Saying U.S. Is Not ‘Racist’

Nikki Haley, MAGA and the Confederacy: Time to purge these myths

 

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Air Date 2/3/2024

We attempt to understand as many of the interlocking elements as possible in the current Middle East conflicts sparked most prominently by the ongoing genocide in Gaza.

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Ch. 1: From Red Sea to Iran, Will Israel's Gaza Assault Spark Wider War - Democracy Now! - Air Date 1-17-24

For a look at where all this is headed, we speak with journalist Spencer Ackerman, who says it's "the most dangerous moment for the Middle East" he has witnessed in over 20 years of covering war and security.

Ch. 2: Houthis Are Not Iranian Proxies Helen Lackner on the History & Politics of Yemen's Ansar Allah - Democracy Now! - Air Date 2-1-24

Helen Lackner, author of several books on Yemen, describes the history of the Houthis, the political landscape in Yemen, and debunks the idea the group is controlled by Iran.

Ch. 3: What does Iran want - The Inquiry - Air Date 1-25-24

After months of tension and hostility in the Middle East over the Gaza-Israel conflict, Iran has publicly stated its desire to avoid a regional conflict. It has however displayed its military force on several fronts.

Ch. 4: Biden Stands at the Precipice of a Greater War in the Middle East and His Political Future Part 1 - Intercepted - Air Date 1-31-24

After years of attempting to pivot away from the region, the Biden administration now looks set to deepen its military involvement in the Middle East as it fights the Houthis in Yemen and squares off in an escalating proxy war with Iran.

Ch. 5: Drone Strike Kills 3 U.S. Troops in Jordan as Risk Grows of Regional War over Israel's Gaza Assault - Democracy Now! - Air Date 1-29-24

"There will be more of these attacks, for sure," says Palestinian American journalist Rami Khouri, who lays out the simmering regional conflict and questions U.S. foreign policy running counter to American opinion and strategic goals.

 

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Air Date: 1-28-23
Today, Jay!, Amanda, Deon and Erin discuss:
- Boardgames Ritual
- Making kids cry buy taking their phones away at school
- Making kids sad by never buying them phones in the first place

REFERENCES:
It Sure Looks Like Phones Are Making Students Dumber

Schools don't want kids on cellphones. Is banning them the solution?

Birmingham head calls for ban after pupils 'in tears' when phones confiscated

The Schools That Ban Smartphones

I Won’t Buy My Teenagers Smartphones

 

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Air Date 1/26/2024
In an election year where, more than ever before, democracy itself is on the ballot, there is less democracy happening in the lead-up to the election than at any time in recent memory. And with two profoundly disliked candidates running, the supporters of democratic ideals have a hard uphill push ahead of them.
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Ch. 1: Democratic Strategists Have Their Heads In The Sand - The Majority Report - Air Date 1-24-24
Semaphor's Dave Weigel talks to Sam about what happened during the 2024 Iowa Caucus.
Ch. 2: Bidenomics Continue To Worsen For Young Adults - The Ring of Fire - Air Date 1-21-24
The Biden administration keeps telling us that the economy is humming along, but for young Americans, things are getting worse.
Ch. 3: Is Biden Trying to Lose - The Humanist Report - Air Date 1-18-24
Ch. 4: Maddow on Trump-Biden rematch 'Not very much democracy in an election about saving democracy' - MSNBC - Air Date 1-24-24
Rachel Maddow discusses the looming 2024 general election clash with President Biden possibly taking on Donald Trump again. Maddow points out that there has been little democracy so far in the race for the White House.
Ch. 5: 2024 Election Is About The Fight For Democracy - The NPR Politics Podcast - Air Date 1-25-24
President Biden used his first campaign event of 2024 to call out his likely opponent, former President Donald Trump, for the threat he poses to American democracy, calling the issue a 'sacred cause' for the race ahead.
Ch. 6: Iowa, New Hampshire, and No Fair Remembering 2012 - The Professional Left Podcast - Air Date 1-24-24

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Air Date 1/23/2024

The recent discovery of hundreds of bodies buried behind a jail in unmarked graves sparks a renewed discussion about the futility and counter-productiveness of our system of incarceration and the context of our history that has brought us to this point.

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Ch. 1: Families in disbelief after hundreds of bodies found buried behind Mississippi jail - PBS NewsHour - Air Date 1-10-24

The discovery of 215 bodies buried in unmarked graves behind a jail outside of Jackson, Mississippi, has left a community in disbelief. The families are angry they were never notified of the deaths and how their loved ones are buried

Ch. 2: The Most Infamous Jail in America - Olurinatti - Air Date 3-29-23

Bail reform is essential in the fight to close horrible pre-trial detention centers like Rikers Island.

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Cutting Jail and Prison Populations (Brennan Center for Justice)

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Original Air Date 12/3/2022

Today, we take a look at the mega-companies that touch all of our lives and the monopolistic practices that have been developed to keep power and wealth concentrated with the few while the rest of us get screwed.

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Ch. 1: Tech Monopolies - Last Week Tonight with John Oliver - Air Date 6-13-22

John Oliver discusses tech monopolies, and how to address the hidden harm they can do.

Ch. 2: How Ticketmaster Is Destroying Live Music - More Perfect Union - Air Date 10-19-22

Ticketmaster is destroying live music. Their scam fees now cost as much as 78% of a ticket. They control the events, the venues, and even the artists. There’s a movement pushing the Justice Department to take on its monopoly. Cory Doctorow breaks it down.

Ch. 3: Corporate Greed Is Causing Inflation But The Rich Blame Workers - Thom Hartmann Program - Air Date 11-16-22

Not since the Great Depression have corporate profits soared so high. But it is not enough to satisfy them. More than 54% of the inflation America is experiencing is caused by record-setting corporate profits.

Ch. 4: Why Food Prices Could Skyrocket Thanks to This Grocery Merger - More Perfect Union - Air Date 11-14-22

Safeway, Ralphs, Smiths, Harris Teeters, Shaws, Kings, Randalls, and about 25 other brands, will all be owned by a single company if the Kroger-Albertsons merger goes through. And that’s really bad news for the prices you pay.

Ch. 5: Chokepoint Capitalism (with Cory Doctorow and Rebecca Giblin) - Pitchfork Economics with Nick Hanauer - Air Date 11-1-22

Novelist Cory Doctorow and intellectual property expert Rebecca Giblin discuss their new book, Chokepoint Capitalism, which documents the increasing tensions between extractive corporations and creative laborers.

Ch. 6: Making The Case For Abolishing Billionaires - MSNBC - Air Date 11-21-22

"One after another, four of our best-known billionaires laid waste to the image of benevolent saviors carefully cultivated by their class," Anand Giridharadas writes in a recent New York Times column.

Ch. 7: Elon Musk Is An Idiot (and so are Zuck and SBF) - Adam Conover - Air Date 11-23-22

Tech CEOs aren't geniuses, and here's the proof.


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FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 9: Final comments on how regulation helps stop financial scams


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Air Date 1/17/2024

It is evident that the immigration debate is more about acquiring raw power than about immigration as demands from the Republican Party change along with whatever strategies they feel are most likely to get Republicans elected and in the age of Trump, that means the most draconian, harmful and, ultimately, pointless demands to date.

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Ch. 1: The Beginning Monroe and Migration Part 1 - Under the Shadow - Air Date 1-9-24

In the second half of the episode, we meet migrants walking North toward the United States on the edge of Central America. A very real manifestation, right now, of the never-ending impact of US intervention in Latin America.

Ch. 2: Rep. Greg Casar on GOP’s Hard-Line Immigration Demands in Ukraine Funding Request - Democracy Now! - Air Date 12-13-23

As negotiations on the emergency funding request continue, we speak with Democratic Congressmember Greg Casar of Texas about how he and other lawmakers oppose “some of the worst changes to our immigration system in decades.”

Ch. 3: The Migrant Crisis On The Border And The Hill - The NPR Politics Podcast - Air Date 1-11-24

The stream of migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border hit record numbers at the end of 2023. Guests: political correspondent Ashley Lopez, congressional correspondent Deirdre Walsh, and immigration correspondent Jasmine Garsd.

Ch. 4: GOP Bets It All on the Border - What Next - Air Date 11-8-23

A partial government shutdown is just 10 days away.

Ch. 5: The Beginning Monroe and Migration Part 2 - Under the Shadow - Air Date 1-9-24

Ch. 6: Trump Plans to Declare War on Who? - Thom Hartmann Program - Air Date 1-9-24

If re-elected, will Trump dredge up an archaic 18th-century law as a de-facto anti-immigration policy? Just how far will he go…?

Ch. 7: Under Attack TX Law Targets Immigrants as Trump Cites Hitler, GOP Pushes for Border Crackdown - Democracy Now! - Air Date 12-20-23

It's very clear that we are under attack. … We have targets on our backs," says Marisa Limón Garza, executive director of Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center in El Paso, which is challenging the new Texas law along with other rights groups.


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Ch. 8: Fox Host Admits GOP Doesn’t Give A Sh— About Immigration - The Majority Report - Air Date 1-12-24

Laura Ingham gives the conservative game away

Ch. 9: AOC Dismantles GOP Immigration Lies - The Majority Report - Air Date 9-25-23

When interviewed, AOC "...sanctions that were originally authored by Marco Rubio took a large part in the driving of populations to our southern border, shortly after those sanctions were enacted, we started seeing dramatic increases."


FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 12: Final comments on the naked power grab behind the immigration debate and Trump's long-held fascination with Hitler

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Trump Claims He’s Never Read Mein Kampf After Quoting Hitler, Praising Putin: A Closer Look - Late Night with Seth Meyers - Air Date 12-22-23

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House Republican Admits He’ll Kill Border Deal If It Helps Biden

Donald Trump's ex-wife once said Trump kept a book of Hitler's speeches by his bed


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Air Date: 1-15-23
Today, Jay!, Amanda, Deon and Erin discuss:
- why one of the last isolated tribes in the world desperately wants to stay that way
- why we know that women also hunted, counter to what all the male archeologists would have us believe 

REFERENCES:
Why Uncontacted Tribes Want to Stay Uncontacted

They choose to live in isolation—but the world won’t leave them alone

The Mission Documentary

The Theory That Men Evolved to Hunt and Women Evolved to Gather Is Wrong


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Air Date 1/13/2024

The Supreme Court began to lose its legitimacy in the eyes of many when President Obama wasn't allowed to fill the open seat left by the death of Antonin Scalia but, in truth, the scandal and manipulation of the nation's highest court go back much, much farther than that. However, in a bygone age, scandal was handled much differently than today, putting our current state of disfunction and hyper-partisanship into sharp focus.

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Ch. 1: Ralph explains the need for resignations and reform on the Supreme Court - Ralph Nader Radio Hour - Air Date 12-30-23

I think they are reaching a point—the six-justice majority— of getting a huge backlash… I don't call for the impeachment of Justices very easily. In case after case these Justices come down on the side of artificial entities called corporations

Ch. 2: Astonishing Corruption at The Supreme Court? - LegalEagle - Air Date 5-6-23

Ethics? Never heard of it

Ch. 3: Supreme Court's Corrupt Financial Ties To Billionaire Exposed During Senate Hearing - The Majority Report - Air Date 5-3-23

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) used a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Supreme Court ethics on Tuesday to discuss the financial ties between Justice Clarence Thomas and conservative billionaire Harlan Crow.

Ch. 4: EXPOSED: Supreme Court Corruption CAUGHT Red Handed - The Kyle Kulinski Show - Air Date 4-27-23

Looking at Neil Gorsuch's questionable property sale and Clarence Thomas' refusal to answer to congress

Ch. 5: Clarence Thomas Grifting - The Muckrake Political Podcast - Air Date 12-19-23

They shift to another bombshell report about Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas's taking advantage of his position to enrich his lifestyle.

Ch. 6: New Supreme Court ethics code 'does very little' to hold justices accountable, expert says - PBS NewsHour - Air Date 11-13-23

The nine Supreme Court justices handed down a surprise unanimous decision binding themselves to a new code of ethics. It comes after criticism over undisclosed perks for some of the justices.

Ch. 7: How to Fix a Broken Supreme Court - Robert Reich - Air Date 7-18-23

Justice Roberts refused to testify in a hearing on SCOTUS ethics. Thomas and Alito accepted luxury vacations from GOP megadonors. Gorsuch sold property to the CEO of a law firm that argues cases before the Court.


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Ch. 8: Bombshell new report on the Supreme Court's abortion leak - All In with Chris Hayes - Air Date 12-15-23

New York Times investigative reporter Jodi Kantor joins Chris Hayes to discuss her behind-the-scenes look into the dismantling of Roe

Ch. 9: Supreme Court Scandals: A Story of Justice - Now & Then - Air Date 4-26-23

Samuel Chase’s impeachment over his pronounced Federalist leanings, Stephen J. Field’s 1880s relationships with railroad magnates, and Abe Fortas’ 1969 resignation following the revelation of his acceptance of consulting fees from a felonious financier


FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 10: Final comments on John Roberts' year-end report and the slide away from the possibility of accountability

Article: Chief Justice John Roberts’ AI Report Reads Like an Old Robot Wrote It


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Original Air Date 1/7/2023

Today, we take a look at the criminal charges against Donald Trump that the January 6th Committee has referred to the DOJ but examine them through the lens of past presidential crimes that have gone unpunished from Nixon to George W. Bush

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Ch. 1: No One Is Above The Law - Calls Grow for Trump to Be Charged to Avoid Another Coup Attempt - Democracy Now! - Air Date 12-20-22

We speak with Ruth Ben-Ghiat, a scholar of fascism and authoritarianism, and Robert Weissman, president of the advocacy group Public Citizen.

Ch. 2: Historian Meets Watergate Prosecutor On The Right (And Wrong) Kinds Of President Part 1 - The Brian Lehrer Show - Air Date 12-28-22

Julian Zelizer, professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University and Jill Wine-Banks, MSNBC legal analyst and former Watergate special prosecutor look to lessons from Watergate for what needs to happen with the Jan. 6th committee report.

Ch. 3: Lisa Gilbert on the January 6 Report - CounterSpin - Air Date 12-23-22

We spoke with Lisa Gilbert, executive vice president of Public Citizen and co-founder of the forged-for-purpose Not Above the Law Coalition, about what the hearings found and why it can’t end there.

Ch. 4: Historian Meets Watergate Prosecutor On The Right (And Wrong) Kinds Of President Part 2 - The Brian Lehrer Show - Air Date 12-28-22

Ch. 5: "Brazen" Fraud: David Cay Johnston on How Trump's Tax Returns Show He Defrauded U.S. & Enriched Himself - Democracy Now! - Air Date 1-3-23

Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter David Cay Johnston, who has covered Trump for decades, says the new documents show "absolutely brazen" tax fraud. "Donald Trump has been a criminal his whole life," says Johnston.

Ch. 6: Obama on Investigating Bush Crimes: "Need to Look Forward" - This Week - Air Date 1-11-09

Barack Obama on This Week, January 11, 2009

Ch. 7: Obama Admin: Torture Not Illegal, Just A "Disagreement" - The Young Turks - Aired 3-27-10

Speaking of hangovers... Look forward, not backward. We don't do truth and reconciliation in this country.

Ch. 8: The Central Cause of January 6th Was One Man House Panel Urges Trump Be Banned from Public Office - Democracy Now! - Air Date 12-23-22

We’re joined by John Nichols, The Nation’s national affairs correspondent, to discuss the full report.


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Ch. 9: Ginni Thomas not mentioned in Jan. 6 Committee report - The Mehdi Hasan Show - Air Date 1-3-23

Slate’s Mark Joseph Stern and political strategist Rina Shah join Mehdi to discuss.


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Air Date: 1-7-23
Today, Jay!, Amanda, Deon and Erin discuss:
- the little bit of Paganism that's in all of us
- the Christian priests who want to reform the church through psychedelic mushrooms

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The Return of the Pagans

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Air Date 1/5/2024

As the war in Gaza drags on, accusations of genocide by Israel have been filed by South Africa at the International Court of Justice and we are reminded that the tactics and technology that Israel develops and tests against Palestinians are sold around the world.

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#1584 Israel's Political Upheaval, Supreme Court Power Struggle, US Support, and the Normalization of Apartheid

#1589 War in the Holy Land: Context Behind the Atrocities, Crimes Against Humanity, and the Possible Escalation

#1591 Broken News: Understanding traditional media and social media reporting on the war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza

#1592 Israel and Palestine are less complicated than you think


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Introduction: In Gaza and Israel, side with the child over the gun

Ch. 1: Israels Push to Expel Residents of Gaza - Democracy Now! - Air Date 1-3-24

Dutch Palestinian policy analyst Mouin Rabbani says Israel is using the Hamas attack of October 7 as a pretext to carry out its “long-standing ambition” to push Palestinians out of the Gaza Strip.

Ch. 2: South Africa Files Case Against Israel at International Court of Justice over Genocidal Gaza War - Democracy Now! - Air Date 1-2-24

"I believe South Africa will win an order against Israel to cease and desist from committing all acts of genocide against the Palestinians," says Francis Boyle, an international human rights lawyer

Ch. 3: A Conversation on the Horrors in Gaza with Jeremy Scahill and Sharif Abdel Kouddous - The Intercept - Air Date 12-20-23

Intercept co-founder Jeremy Scahill and journalist Sharif Abdel Kouddous discuss the U.S. role in Israel’s scorched-earth campaign to annihilate Gaza.

Ch. 4: Disease In Gaza - Up First - Air Date 12-28-23

The World Health Organization warns that disease could kill more people in Gaza than the bombings.

Ch. 5: Gaza, Solidarity, and the Movement for Palestinian Liberation - Making Contact - Air Date 11-29-23

We uncover the military corporations profiting from the war.

Ch. 6: Gaza is a weapons lab for the arms industry w/ Antony Loewenstein - The Chris Hedges Report - Air Date 12-8-23

Antony Loewenstein, journalist and author of The Palestine Laboratory: How Israel Exports the Technology of Occupation Around the World, joins The Chris Hedges Report for a deep dive.

Ch. 7: Gaza, Solidarity, and the Movement for Palestinian Liberation Part 2 - Making Contact - Air Date 11-29-23


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Ch. 8: Gaza is a weapons lab for the arms industry w/ Antony Loewenstein Part 2 - The Chris Hedges Report - Air Date 12-8-23

Ch. 9: Christian Zionism - Ralph Nader Radio Hour - Air Date 12-30-23

Ralph welcomes Rev. Dr. Donald Wagner, National Program Director of Friends of Sabeel—North America, to discuss the ongoing violence in Palestine, the influence that Christian Zionists have on America's Israel policy, and more.


FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 12: Final comments on the impacts of the antisemitism that is felt by the Jewish diaspora in the wake of the Hamas attack and war in Gaza

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California lawmakers ‘pull the fire alarm’ on antisemitism

Anti-Defamation League staff decry ‘dishonest’ campaign against Israel critics


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Air Date 1/2/2024

Trump's greatest impact has been to bring the fringes of the conservative movement into the center and, by strongly courting the Evangelical Christian vote, helped accelerate the Christian Nationalist movement to merge religion with patriotism

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Ch. 1: A Threat to Church and State - Confronting Christian Nationalism - Air Date 9-9-23

In this episode, we’ll hear from experts, authors, and theologians who will help articulate what Christian Nationalism is, what it’s not, and why it’s a a threat to both the church and democracy.

Ch. 2: How Trump Is Dividing The Evangelical Church - Fresh Air - Air Date 11-29-23

Journalist Tim Alberta grew up in a conservative, republican, evangelical church, where his father was the pastor. He wanted to know why so many evangelical Christians had become extremists, and ardent supporters of Trump.

Ch. 3: How Trump Has Transformed Evangelicals - Radio Atlantic - Air Date 12-14-23

How did evangelical Christians shift from being reluctant supporters of Trump to among his most passionate defenders? How did some evangelicals, historically suspicious of politicians, develop a “fanatical cult-like attachment” to Donald Trump?

Ch. 4: Will MAGA Mike Inflict a Religious Crusade on America? - The Hartmann Report - Air Date 11-2-23

Speaker of the House Mike Johnson is closely tied to Christian groups that want to make America a theocracy. So why does he support policies that are so contrary to Christ's teachings? Plus - Handmaiden Tale Alert!

Ch. 5: Trump's "personal shortcomings" have become a bonus for evangelical Christians, says Tim Alberta - Meet the Press - Air Date 12-24-23

In an interview with Kristen Welker on Meet the Press, author and writer Tim Alberta discusses the role of white evangelical Christians in building support for Donald Trump’s presidency and the “uneasy alliance” the community established with him.

Ch. 6: The Trump movement is turning America fascist w/ Jeff Sharlet - The Chris Hedges Report - Air Date 10-27-23

Jeff Sharlet has spent two decades covering the intersection of extreme Christian nationalism and the far-right. In his new book, Undertow: Scenes from a Slow Civil War, he gives snapshots of a country rapidly devolving into a Christian fascist state.


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Ch. 7: Interview with Author Elle Hardy on Christian Nationalism - The Benjamin Dixon Show - Air Date 1-19-23

Ch. 8: Trump's Escalating Racist Rhetoric & the Far-Right's Plan for a Slow Civil War - Democracy Now! - Air Date 12-21-23

As the 2024 presidential election campaign heats up, Republican front-runner Donald Trump is escalating his racist rhetoric, repeatedly saying in recent days that immigrants are “poisoning the blood of our country,” drawing comparisons to Hitler.


FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 9: Final comments on the idolatry at the heart of Christian Nationalism


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Air Date: 12-31-23
Today, Jay!, Amanda, and Deon discuss:
- how Italy is making it harder for same-sex partners to have children by making it harder for everyone to have children
- how well-meaning advocates in the US are putting same-sex families at risk
- why Christian homophobia may just be based on a mistranslation of the Bible

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‘The state says our kids don’t exist’ - how LGBT life is changing in Italy

Why Anonymous Sperm Donation Is Over, and Why That Matters

Did Christian homophobia come from a mistranslation of the Bible?


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