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A Podcast where we play the best of talk radio on the left side of the dial. Real radio, real liberal.


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(2014/09/12) Understanding how we got here (Racism)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Fri, Sep 12, 2014


Edition #860

Understanding how we got here

 

Today we take a look at some of the historical contexts of racism and how those structures are still functioning today

Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Kinda Racist? Try Diet Racism! - @_CollegeHumor_ - Air Date: 08-28-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Racism - Barack de Magnificent


Ch. 4: Act 2: Putting Native American Degradation Into Perspective - @RalphNader - Air Date 7-28-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Giving a S**t - Righteous Ruckus


Ch. 6: Act 3: Tea Party Textbook Shocks But Wait Till You See The Racism - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 07-19-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Ignorance Is Strength - 1984


Ch. 8: Act 4: The Long Struggle for Fair Housing in 1960s Chicago - @TheAtlantic - Air Date: 5-28-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: Unknown song


Ch. 10: Act 5: Are We Passing the “Tipping Point” for Black Habitation in the Cities? - @blkagendareport - Air Date: 6-11-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: Heart of the City - Jackson Square


Ch. 12: Act 6: Hispanic Man Pretends to be White, Job Offers Skyrocket - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 09-03-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: What's In a Name? - Such Hot Blood


Ch. 14: Act 7: Racism: It's in your brain! - @twibnation - Air Date: 5-13-14

Ch. 15: Song 7: Illness As a Metaphor - Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Original Cast Recording)


Ch. 16: Act 8: Shades of Black - Colorism, Skin Color Discrimination - @Rasheed_Shabazz - Air Date: 12-10-10

Ch. 17: Song 8: Black or White - Dangerous


Ch. 18: Act 9: It's Time for White America to Understand White Privilege... - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 08-22-14

Ch. 19: Song 9: get real - a Rough Guide to Feeling Rough


Ch. 20: Act 10: Pledge your actions to create a more just society - @ProfTriciaRose


Voicemails

Ch. 21: The fundamental restructuring we need - Vphriameradis from New York

Ch. 22: Three types of cops - Jack out of Chicago

Ch. 23: The audacity of calling feminists bullies - Colin from Cleveland, OH

Ch. 24: Please address domestic violence - Al from Seattle, WA

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 25: Final comments on seeking out experts and the new BotL schedule

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


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2014/09/09) Momentum on our biggest problem (Money in politics)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Tue, Sep 09, 2014


Edition #859

Momentum on our biggest problem

Today we bask in the rare glow of hope, cautious optimism and barely-perceptible progress on the problem of money in politics. Hooray!

Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: DISGUSTING: Average Americans Have No Impact on Making Policy - The David Pakman Show - Air Date: 08-13-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Oligarchy - Punkgrass for the People


Ch. 4: Act 2: Crony Capitalism Enabled by the Supreme Court - Thom Hartmann - Air Date: 07-17-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Follow The Money - The Redemption Of Zounds


Ch. 6: Act 3: Mayday PAC Scores HUGE Win In Fight For Democracy - The Young Turks - Air Date: 07-08-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Battle Hymn of the Republic - 34 Fiddle Favorites, Ragtime Annie, Arkansas Traveler, Cotton Eyed Joe, and More


Ch. 8: Act 4: The super PAC to end super PACs - On the Media - Air Date: 7-11-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: Mayday!!! - Fight With Tools


Ch. 10: Act 5: MAYDAY.US: Together, we have the power - Mayday.us - Air Date: 8-29-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: Everyday (Single Version) - Everyday - Single


Ch. 12: Act 6: David Simon on Our Rigged Political System - Moyers and Company - Air Date: 2-14-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: Fight to Win (feat. Cee Lo Green) - Fight to Win (feat. Cee Lo Green) - Single


Ch. 14: Act 7: 3 Ways to Reverse a Supreme Court Decision - Thom Hartmann - Air Date: 08-25-14

Ch. 15: Song 7: Undone (The Sweater Song) - Weezer


Ch. 16: Act 8: Momentum on Overturning Citizens United - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 17: Song 8: Song Link Here


Ch. 18: Act 9: The Whole IRS 'Scandal' Was About ONE Thing & It Totally Worked - The Young Turks - Air Date: 07-15-14


Ch. 19: Final comments on Prof. Rambo and the anatomy of victim blaming

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


Update!

"Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United Clears First Vote in U.S. Senate!” via Americans Against The Tea Party

The bill to overturn Citizens United introduced by Senator Tom Udall, D-NM

Follow-up/new Action!

Use ContactingTheCongress.org to let your representatives know that overturning Citizens United is an issue you are voting on this November.

Roll Call for the 79-18 vote

Sources/additional glimmers of hope:

"Senate Advances Constitutional Fix To Overturn Citizens United” by Sahil Kapur at Talking Points Memo

"Senate moves forward with amendment to the Constitution on elections” by Ramsey Cox at The Hill

"Overturn Citizens United” — a Statement in Support of a Constitutional Amendment from Senator Bernie Sanders

Graphic via USA Action

Hear the segment in context:

Episode #859: "Momentum on our biggest problem (Money in politics)"

 

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2014/09/06) The fight for fundamental equality (Abortion Rights)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Sat, Sep 06, 2014


Edition #858

The fight for fundamental equality

 

Today we take a look at some of the fights being waged, setbacks and successes of the abortion rights movement

Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: The first US abortion clinic/birthing center - @allinwithchris Hayes - Air date: 05-02-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Wash Away (Reprise) - Julie Blue


Ch. 4: Act 2: The Crusade Against Reproductive Rights Part 1 - @BillMoyersHQ - Air Date: 7-18-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Wax & Wire - Night Bats - EP


Ch. 6: Act 3: Criminalizing women for miscarriages - @TWiBnation - Air Date: 3-26-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Serre-moi - Grain de sable


Ch. 8: Act 4: The Crusade Against Reproductive Rights Part 2 - @BillMoyersHQ - Air Date: 7-18-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: Second Class Citizen - Out of the Ordinary Songs, Vol. 2


Ch. 10: Act 5: Turning Around The Declining Reproductive Rights Of Texans - @NetrootsRadio  @AndreaGrimes - Air Date 9-3-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: 500 Miles - The Very Best of Peter, Paul and Mary


Ch. 12: Act 6: Taco Or Beer Challenge - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 13: Song 6: Right to Complain - Backatown (Bonus Track Version)


Ch. 14: Act 7: Amy Hagstrom-Miller, Whole Woman's Health -Texas Clinics To Reopen - @democracynow - Air Date 9-2-11


Voicemails

Ch. 15: Suggesting Cowspiracy documentary - Jim from near Seattle, WA

Ch. 16: Bike analogy good as an introductory explainer - Dave from Olympia, WA

Ch. 17: New ways of talking about privilege important to civil conversations - Xena from New York

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 18: Final comments on why it's the concept, not the words, people actually have a problem with

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


TAKE ACTION:

Take the Taco Or Beer Challenge via Andrea Grimes

Additional Activism/Resources:

Find your local abortion fund through The National Network of Abortion Funds and follow NNAF on Twitter

Follow #TacoOrBeerChallenge and use it to challenge your friends/followers!

Sources/further reading:

#TacoOrBeerChallenge, Two Weeks In

NNAF Spotlight: New Orleans Abortion Fund h/t @nolaAbortionFnd

"Meet The Woman Who Refuses To Stop Fighting Against Texas’ Abortion Restrictions” by Tara Culp-Ressler at Think Progress

"Whole Woman’s Health Opens its Doors in New Mexico, Starts Advocacy Initiative” via Whole Woman’s Health

"Abortion Provider Expands to New Mexico in Response to Texas Anti-Abortion Law” by Andrea Grimes at RH Reality Check

"Federal Court Blocks Part of Texas Abortion Law Preceding Immediate State Appeal” by Andrea Grimes at RH Reality Check

WATCH: "What It’s Like Inside One of Texas’ Last Abortion Clinics”

 

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2014/09/03) People standing as one (Global Warming)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Wed, Sep 03, 2014


Edition #857

People standing as one

 

Today we take a look at some of the reasons we need action on climate change as well as some of the ways people are getting together to fight back

Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Duke Energy Calls Cleanup Complete; 92% of Coal Ash Still in River - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 07-25-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Trust in Me - At Last! (Remastered)


Ch. 4: Act 2: Tens Of Thousands Poisoned & The Fine Is So Small It Insults Human Decency - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 07-10-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Protect & Serve - Guitar & Drum


Ch. 6: Act 3: Fracking Waste Taints Groundwater in Pennsylvania - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 08-07-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Preventable (Demo Version #2) - Low Flying Planes


Ch. 8: Act 4: Dryden: The Small Town that Changed the Fracking Game - @Earthjustice - Air Date: 5-2-14


Ch. 9: Act 5: Extreme weather explained - @greennewsreport - Air Date: 8-14-14

Ch. 10: Song 5: I Go To Extremes - The Essential Billy Joel


Ch. 11: Act 6: Marchers Attempting To Emphasize Climate Change - @RedactedTonight with @LeeCamp - Air Date 7-11-14

Ch. 12: Song 6: March In the Street! - Songs You Might Not Like


Ch. 13: Act 7: Climate Change and Wildfires Explained in Less Than Three Minutes - The White House Science Advisor - Air Date: 8-5-14

Ch. 14: Song 7: Hey There Delilah (Karaoke Instrumental Track) [In the Style of Plain White T's] - Sing Popular Download Songs (Karaoke Performance Tracks)


Ch. 15: Act 8: Wash Po. complains about and contributes to devolution of climate discussion - @FAIRmediawatch - Air Date: 8-29-14

Ch. 16: Song 8: Santus II - Libera


Ch. 17: Act 9: President Obama’s Ambitious New Global Climate Push - @majorityfm - Air Date: 08-27-14

Ch. 18: Song 9: Doing the Best That We Can - Doing the Best That We Can - Single


Ch. 19: Act 10: Sea Levels Rising Faster than Thought! - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 07-31-14

Ch. 20: Song 10: The Sea Is Rising - Flying Colours


Ch. 21: Act 11: The biggest challenge of our time - @oxfamnz - Air Date: 08-20-14

Ch. 22: Song 11: Giant of the Sea - Giant of the Sea - Single


Ch. 23: Act 12: Why Almost No Scientists Are Republican - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 08-10-14

Ch. 24: Song 12: Bouncing Around the Room - Lawn Boy


Ch. 25: Act 13: Tea Party prevents GOP from saying what they believe on global warming - @greennewsreport - Air Date: 8-19-14

Ch. 26: Song 13: Silenced - The Rpwl Experience


Ch. 27: Act 14: Disruption - Official Trailer

Ch. 28: Song 14: We Stand As One - Occupy This Album


Ch. 29: Act 15: People’s Climate March - Best of the Left Activism


Voicemails

Ch. 30: Rethinking privilege - Lorne from Ontario, CA

Ch. 31: Thoughts on the bike/privilege analogy - Calling from Seattle

Ch. 32: Thoughts on imperfect bike analogy - James from Canada

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 33: Final comments on the continuing discussion of the bike commuter/white privilege analogy

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


TAKE ACTION:

Join the People’s Climate March via @Peoples_Climate

People’s Climate March on Facebook

Additional Activism/Resources:

People’s Climate Resources — in 12 languages

Watch the trailer for: ”Disruption: Climate Change”

Sources/further reading:

United Nation’s Climate Summit

"A Call to Arms: An Invitation to Demand Action on Climate Change” by Bill McKibben at Rolling Stone

"Mobilization for People’s Climate March Kicks into High Gear” via Raging Chicken Press

"People’s Climate March—Largest Climate March in World History—Launched in Times Square” via EcoWatch

 

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

Thanks for listening!

Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com

Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores!

Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft

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(2014/08/30) Racism as a paradigm (Media)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Sat, Aug 30, 2014


Edition #856

Racism as a paradigm

 

Today we take a look at how the media reinforces all of the existing, societal assumptions about race and we use a new analogy to describe the paradigm of racial privilege

Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Racist Pattern In Press Coverage Of Shootings? - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 08-15-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Headlines - Headlines


Ch. 4: Act 2: The Noble Act Of Humanizing The Victim - @radio_dispatch - Air Date 8-27-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: A Dose of White Supremacy - "The Weekend Is Here"


Ch. 6: Act 3: Cringe-worthy analysis of Ferguson - @MHarrisPerry - Air Date 8-23-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Modern Day Slavery - Exploring All Avenues


Ch. 8: Act 4: How Media Were Presenting Ferguson Police Tactics - @FAIRmediawatch - Air Date 8-15-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: How Do You See Me - Montibello Memories


Ch. 10: Act 5: The Anatomy of Six Shootings - @onthemedia - Air Date: 8-22-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: Dawn Departure, Jefferson County - Wild Ones


Ch. 12: Act 6: It takes a white person to be a witness - @radio_dispatch - Air Date 8-19-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: Can I Get a Witness - Gold: Marvin Gaye


Ch. 14: Act 7: Disproportionate Reporting Of Black Crime - @TWiBnation - Air Date 8-28-14

Ch. 15: Song 7: The Ballad of the Space Babies - Sword & Sworcery LP - The Ballad of the Space Babies


Ch. 16: Act 8: Bill O'Reilly's "Moral Instruction For Black People": Michael Brown Edition - Media Matters Minute (@mmfa) - Air Date: 08-14-14


Ch. 18: Act 9: Race/Off - The Daily Show - Air Date: 8-26-14


Voicemails

Ch. 21: Bill O'Reilly's white privilege - Colin from Cleveland, OH

Ch. 22: Mistrusting the police - Wade from Ft. Worth, TX

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 23: Final comments on how a cyclist can teach us about white privilege

Link to article: What my bike has taught me about white privilege

Link to 99% Invisible Episode 79: The Modern Moloch

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


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2013/06/28) Positive ideas and protests for change (Economics) (Repost)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Wed, Aug 27, 2014


Edition #730

Positive ideas and protests for change

 

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: It's Not Your Fault - Lee Camp - Air Date: 04-16-13

Ch. 3: Song 1: Don't blame yourself - Sixpence None the Richer

Ch. 4: Act 2: Why Wireless Is a Utility, Not a Luxury (with Susan Crawford) - Majority Report - Air Date: 03-28-13

Ch. 5: Song 2: The internet is for porn - Rick Lyon & Stephanie D'Abruzzo

Ch. 6: Act 3: Time to Break Up the Telecom Industry - Thom Hartmann - Air Date: 03-13-13

Ch. 7: Song 3: In the beginning - K'naan

Ch. 8: Act 4: Democracy In The Workplace - Moyers And Company - Air Date 3-22-13

Ch. 9: Song 4: Take 'Em Down - Dropkick Murphys

Ch. 10: Act 5: OUR Walmart - UnFuck it Up Project

Ch. 11: Song 5: I didn't fuck it up - Katie Goodman

Ch. 12: Act 6: FDR's 2nd Bill of Rights p1 - Thom Hartmann - Air Date: 06-07-13

Ch. 14: Act 7: FDR's 2nd Bill of Rights p2 - Thom Hartmann - Air Date: 06-07-13

Ch. 15: Song 7: Talented tailor - Laura Hocking

Ch. 16: Act 8: Federal Judge Rules Against Unpaid Internships - Citizen Radio - Air Date: 6-13-13

Ch. 17: Song 8: Self-fulfilling prophecy - Scala & Kolacny Brothers

Ch. 18: Act 9: Wow! MD Goes Holistic: Replaces GDP w/ GDI - Thom Hartmann - Air Date: 06-20-13

Ch. 19: Song 9: My wealth comes to me - Ben Sollee & Daniel Martin Moore

Ch. 20: Act 10: Protestors Put the Pressure on the Brazilian Government - Young Turks - Air Date: 06-19-13

 

Voicemails:

Ch. 20: Racial inequity is a fact, not a belief - Colin from Cleveland, OH

Ch. 20: The merits of the lack of nuance in constitutional arguments - Nathan from Vancouver, WA

 

Leave a message at 202-999-3991

 

Voicemail Music: 

Loud Pipes - Ratatat

 

Ch. 20: Final comments on the value of stripping away peripheral ideas to get to the foundation of your beliefs

 

Activism:

Join the fight to raise the American standard of living! 

OURWalmart: 

https://www.facebook.com/OURWMT 

Making Change at Wal-Mart: 

http://makingchangeatwalmart.org & 

https://www.facebook.com/MakingChangeWMT 

 

Information for this segment can be found at:

http://www.businessinsider.com/walmart-employees-pay  http://robertreich.tumblr.com/post/36219730368

http://jobs.stateuniversity.com/pages/16/American-Workplace-SHIFT-SERVICE-ECONOMY.html

 

Produced by:

Jay! Tomlinson

 

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(2014/08/24) Just the most recent spotlight on militarized racism (#Ferguson)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Sun, Aug 24, 2014


Edition #855

Just the most recent spotlight on militarized racism

 

Today we take a look at the short and long-term effects of the combined forces of decades of systemic racism and the military-industrial complex as seem through the lens of the murder of Mike Brown in Ferguson, MO and the resulting anti-police protests

Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Initial First-Hand Reporting From Ferguson - @democracynow - Air Date 8-12-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: 212° - Jasiri X (Produced by Soy Sos)


Ch. 4: Act 2: The police move from killing Mike Brown to assassinating his character - @TWiBnation - Air Date: 8-15-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: The Secret Agent: The Secret Agent Ending - Philip Glass: Glass Reflections


Ch. 6: Act 3: Anger in Ferguson follows record of racial disparity - Rachel @maddow Show - Air Date 8-12-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: To Serve And Protect - Penthouse Flashback Series (Queen Ifrica)


Ch. 8: Act 4: The View from Fergustan - @onthemedia - Air Date: 8-15-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: Fade to Black - Inquisition Symphony


Ch. 10: Act 5: Rage Is The Right Response To Cops Executing Citizens - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 08-14-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: Everyday (Single Version) - Everyday - Single


Ch. 12: Act 6: It takes more and more to shock people to action - @radio_dispatch - Air Date 8-19-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: Old News - One Wrong Turn


Ch. 14: Act 7: The military-industrial complex comes for community policing - @jimmy_dore  Show - Air Date 8-15-14

Ch. 15: Song 7: Mic (Military Industrial Complex) - Everthing Included


Ch. 16: Act 8: Ferguson, MO and Police Militarization - @LastWeekTonight with John Oliver - Air Date: 8-17-14

Ch. 17: Song 8: Toy jackpot - Blackalicious


Ch. 18: Act 9: War and False Peace - @MumiaAbuJamal - Air Date: 8-18-14

Ch. 19: Song 9: Fear is a villain - Theo Bard


Ch. 20: Act 10: Ferguson Unmasks the War on Black America - @blkagendareport - Air Date: 8-20-14

Ch. 21: Song 10: Strong Animals - Beasts of the Southern Wild (Music from the Motion Picture)


Ch. 22: Act 11: Speaking with @prisonculture: problem with police doesn't begin or end with militarization - @Radio_Dispatch - Air Date: 8-21-14

Ch. 23: Song 11: The Unforgiven (Instrumental Version) - Plays Metallica By Four Cellos


Ch. 24: Act 12: Early Warnings Of Militarization Abuse Widely Ignored - @FAIRmediawatch - Air Date 8-22-14

Ch. 25: Song 12: Don't Listen - Solo


Ch. 26: Act 13: The rise of police militarization - @dccommonsense - Air Date: 8-20-14

Ch. 27: Song 13: Window - In a Safe Place


Ch. 28: Act 14: Ferguson Themes cast long shadows over US - Rachel @maddow Show - Air Date 8-21-14


Ch. 29: Final comments - Campaigns for #MikeBrown and #Ferguson via @LeBreed7910 - Best of the Left Activism

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


TAKE ACTION:

Support the Campaigns for #MikeBrown and #Ferguson via B. Reed (@LeBreed7910)


Sources/further reading:

"America’s new racial low point: More crying black mothers, and tear gas on our dreams” by Brittney Cooper at Salon

"The Murder of Black Youth Is a Reproductive Justice Issue” by Dani McClain at The Nation

"What Matters in Ferguson” by Mychal Denzel Smith at The Nation

"A Former Marine Explains All the Weapons of War Being Used by Police in Ferguson” by Lyle Jeremy Rubin via Truthout

"St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch’s perception problem” by Alex Seitz-Wald at MSNBC.com

"Crowdfunders Raise $225,000 for Cop Who Shot Michael Brown”

Hear the segment in context:

Episode #855 Just the most recent spotlight on militarized racism (#Ferguson)

 

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

Thanks for listening!

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(2014/08/21) Would-be oppressors with a victim mentality (LGBTQ Rights)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Thu, Aug 21, 2014


Edition #854

Would-be oppressors with a victim mentality

 

Today we take a look at the actual right to be treated equally and the fictional right some claim they have to discriminate against others

Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Anti-Gay Christian Struggles to Defend Anti-Gay Discrimination - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 06-12-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Makes No Sense - The Rainmakers


Ch. 4: Act 2: Church Uses First Amendment Protections To Perform Same Sex Marriages - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 05-03-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Fundamentalists - The Supervillains


Ch. 6: Act 3: If only most churches had inner beauty as well - Throwing Shade (@gibblertron @bryansafi) - Air Date: 8-21-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Beautiful - Christina Aguilera


Ch. 8: Act 4: Right Wing Hero Ben Carson SHOCKED Gays Offended When You Compare Equality to Beastiality - @majorityfm - Air Date: 05-22-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: Animal - Neon Trees


Ch. 10: Act 5: Anti-Gay Law Ruled Unconstitutional In Uganda - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 08-02-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: I Want You to Want Me - Cheap Trick


Ch. 12: Act 6: We are All Out - @alloutorg - Air Date: 06-11-13

Ch. 13: Song 6: Dreamtime - Uberzone


Ch. 14: Act 7: Obama Signs LGBT Non-Discrim Order, Religious Right FLIPS OUT - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 07-23-14

Ch. 15: Song 7: Opinions - The Haymarket Squares


Ch. 16: Act 8: Exemption-Free Employment Non-Discrimination Act

Ch. 17: Song 8: Right to Complain - Backatown (Bonus Track Version)


Ch. 18: Act 9: It's not time to compromise on marriage equality - @fakedansavage - Air Date: 3-11-14


Voicemails

Ch. 19: The culture of zero accountability - Nathan from Vancouver, WA

Ch. 20: You inspired me - Rich in Kansas

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 21: Final comments on the thing that fell behind my stove

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


TAKE ACTION:

Join with Americans For Workplace Opportunity

Follow/support the Americans For Workplace Opportunity coalition members listed HERE

Contact your representatives via email, phone, social media

Sources/further reading:

"Billionaires push Republicans on gay rights bill” via Politico

"ACLU, Lambda Legal Drop Support for ENDA" via John Becker at The Bilerico Project

"Obama signs edict banning discrimination against federal LGBT employees” via AlJazeera America

 

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2014/08/18) What we have done to some folks (Torture)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Mon, Aug 18, 2014


Edition #853

What we have done to some folks

 

Today we're going to hear about the shifting of the winds regarding how we talk about the torture we committed over the past decade. We'll also hear from an Irish victim of British torture tactics for further insights into the self-inflicted wounds the practice of torture inflicts.

Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Torture and Senate-spying by the CIA - @allinwithchris Hayes - Air Date: 8-1-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Waterboarding USA - Harry Shearer


Ch. 4: Act 2: Being A Little Late On The Moral Issues - @jimmy_dore Show - Air Date 8-8-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Don't Look Back In Anger - (What's the Story) Morning Glory


Ch. 6: Act 3: Torture In Other Words - @FAIRmediawatch - Air Date 4-4-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Say What You Mean - Change of Scenery


Ch. 8: Act 4: Torture report redactions under fire from senators - Rachel @maddow Show - Air Date: 8-6-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: The Waiting - Greatest Hits


Ch. 10: Act 5: New York Times Now Using Torture, Finally - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 08-09-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: Cynical - Waiting for the Punchline


Ch. 12: Act 6: Flashback: Antonin Scalia Says Waterboarding Not Torture - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 05-12-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: Tell Me What I Want To Hear - Let It Go


Ch. 14: Act 7: The U.S. Has a History of Treating POW's Humainly - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 06-02-14

Ch. 15: Song 7: John Adams theme song


Ch. 16: Act 8: Torture And Its Uncontrollable Consequences - @CBCideas - Air Date 6-10-14


Voicemails

Ch. 21: On forming trust between groups with power imbalances - Sally from San Francisco

Ch. 22: On the militarized, out-of-control police - Wade from Ft. Worth, TX

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 23: Final comments on the intersectionality of militarized police

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


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2014/08/16) Trickle up, up and overseas economics (Corporations)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Fri, Aug 15, 2014


Edition #852

Trickle up, up and overseas economics

 

Today we take a look at the ways in which the game is rigged to keep executive pay high, worker pay low and corporate welfare flowing

Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Why Do CEOs Make So Much Money? - The Atlantic - Air Date: 01-22-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Cantaloupe Island - Cantaloupe Island


Ch. 4: Act 2: CEO Pay Is A Massive Scam, This Chart Proves It - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 08-03-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: You've Got to Pick a Pocket or Two - Oliver! (The Original Broadway Cast Recording)


Ch. 6: Act 3: Our Enemy Is The Same - @LeeCamp - Air Date: 03-31-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Common Enemies - Badlands


Ch. 8: Act 4: How income inequality happens - @jimhightower - Air Date: 5-13-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: A Fair Day's Wage - War on Peace - EP


Ch. 10: Act 5: Comcast-TimeWarner Merger Update via @freepress - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 11: Song 5: Right to Complain - Backatown (Bonus Track Version)


Ch. 12: Act 6: Corporate Welfare And Taxes Of The One Percent - @BillMoyersHQ - Air Date 5-30-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: Trickle Down - No Covers


Ch. 14: Act 7: Shocking! Fox News Hosts Get Corporate Tax Dodging All Wrong While Defending Them - @majorityfm - Air Date: 08-01-14

Ch. 15: Song 7: Capitalism - Capitalism (feat. Bajka) - EP


Ch. 16: Act 8: Chris Michael: Creating Democracy in the Workplace - @grittv - Air Date: 3-14-14

Ch. 17: Song 8: Tonight the Streets Are Ours - Tonight the Streets Are Ours - EP


Ch. 18: Act 9: John Finimore on capitalism - The Now Show


Voicemails

Ch. 19: The health effects of too much politics - David in Indiana

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 20: Final comments on the ways different people experience media and politics differently

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


Follow-up/new Action!

Join the Fight to Stop the Comcast-Time Warner Cable Merger via FreePress.net

Sources/additional glimmers of hope:

"Comcast defends $45B Time Warner merger” via Kate Tummarello at The Hill

"Comcast and Time Warner fund event for FCC regulator while seeking merger approval” via Josh Hicks at The Washington Post

Hear the segment in context:

Episode #852 "Trickle up, up and overseas economics (Corporations)"

Revisit the original action/segment: BOTL Activism: "FreePress.net fights against media monopolies” from Episode #799 Rise of the gatekeepers (Net Neutrality)

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2014/08/12) To selectively protect and serve (Injustice System)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Tue, Aug 12, 2014


Edition #851

To selectively protect and serve

 

Today we look at a variety of ways in which the justice system utterly fails to deliver anything resembling justice

Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: The Sick, Twisted Reason This Man Lost 24 Years Of His Life - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 04-11-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: No Justice,No Peace - No Justice,No Peace


Ch. 4: Act 2: How to Become Your Own Supreme Court - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 07-10-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Not Guilty - Waking Up the Neighbours


Ch. 6: Act 3: Invasive Cavity Search at the Border - @onthemedia - Air Date: 2-28-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Abuse of Power - Humongously Yours


Ch. 8: Act 4: EVERY Car In Los Angeles Under Investigation - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 03-31-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: Stop Spying - Making Perfect Sense


Ch. 10: Act 5: CA Supermax Prisoners Win Right To Challenge Solitary Confinement As A Class - @blkagendareport - Air Date: 6-11-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: Solitary Confinement - Solitary Confinement


Ch. 12: Act 6: Time to Abolish the Prison Industrial Complex - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 07-18-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: Crime to Be Broke in America - Home


Ch. 14: Act 7: Homicide: Autopsy Says NY Man Died from Police Chokehold - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 08-05-14

Ch. 15: Song 7: I Think I Broke Something - Beasts of the Southern Wild (Music from the Motion Picture)


Ch. 16: Act 8: Eric Garner NYPD Chokehold Death Ruled a Homicide as Police Arrest Key Witness - @majorityfm - Air Date: 08-05-14

Ch. 17: Song 8: Things a Get from Bad to Worse - Everything Crash: The Best of the Ethiopians


Ch. 18: Act 9: #JusticeforEricGarner via @ColorOfChange - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 19: Song 9: Right to Complain - Backatown (Bonus Track Version)


Ch. 20: Act 10: How To End Police Brutality AND Homelessness [Redacted Tonight] - @LeeCamp - Air Date: 08-04-14

Ch. 21: Song 10: Good Ideas - Good Ideas


Ch. 22: Act 11: States That Slashed Prison Population Saw Huge Drops in Crime - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 07-26-14


Voicemails

Ch. 23: Black men are treated both older and younger than they are - Slim from San Deigo

Ch. 24: Thank you for what you do - Karen from Charlotte NC

Ch. 25: The details of Levittown, Long Island - Scott from Long Island

Ch. 26: Turn's out Wade is liberal - Colin from Cleveland, OH

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 27: Final comments on the two-step advice on how to survive the stress of paying attention to politics

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


UPDATE:

Since the production of this episode, a nationwide moment of silence and accompanying vigils in 50 cities has been planned for THURSDAY Aug 14 at 7pmEST. #NMOS14 is being coordinated by Feminista Jones who's Twitter you can follow for information.

TAKE ACTION:

Sign the ColorOfChange.org letter to Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton: #JusticeforEricGarner

Additional Activism/Resources:

Sign: White House petition demanding a statement (at the very least) on the killing of young, black men

Read and join in these Twitter conversations:

”Black Women Matter: #RememberRenisha”

"#IfTheyGunnedMeDown Shows How Black People Are Portrayed in Mainstream Media” by Yesha Callahan at The Root

Sources/further reading:

"News coverage of the Michael Brown shooting: headlines matter” via The People’s View

"When Parenting Feels Like a Fool’s Errand: On the Death of Michael Brown.” by Stacia L. Brown

"Surprise! NYPD Commissioner Bratton Doesn’t Think Race Had Anything to Do With Eric Garner’s Death” by Mychal Denzel Smith at The Nation

"Eric Garner’s Death and the Exasperation With Police Violence” by Mychal Denzel Smith at The Nation

Hear the segment in context:

Episode #851 "To selectively protect and serve (Injustice System)"

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2014/08/09) The P Word (Racism)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Sat, Aug 09, 2014


Edition #850

The P Word

 

Today we hammer home the details about white privilege once and for all so that there will never be any further confusion about ever

Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Fox News Reporter: Obama and Holder Being Black is the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Them - @majorityfm - Air Date: 04-15-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Song Link Here


Ch. 4: Act 2: Bill O'Reilly Denies Having White Privilege - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 05-16-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Song Link Here


Ch. 6: Act 3: Danielle Lee (@DNLee5): Working twice as hard - @story_collider - Air Date: 12-9-13

Ch. 7: Song 3: Song Link Here


Ch. 8: Act 4: Same Behavior, Different Treatment - @radio_dispatch - Air Date 4-2-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: Song Link Here


Ch. 10: Act 5: Why Are Black Preschoolers Being Suspended Far More Than Their White Classmates? - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 07-26-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: Song Link Here


Ch. 12: Act 6: White Supremacy and the Central Park 5 - @blkagendareport - Air Date: 6-25-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: Song Link Here


Ch. 14: Act 7: Caller: White People Don't Understand White Privilege - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 06-26-14

Ch. 15: Song 7: Song Link Here


Ch. 16: Act 8: Denice Frohman - 1-800-White Man Privilege Hotline - Button Poetry - Air Date: 04-28-14


Voicemails

Ch. 21: The conservative reaction to the refugee crisis - Colin from Cleveland, OH

Ch. 22: No excuse for watching mainstream news - Wade from Ft. Worth, TX

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 23: Final comments updating on the new old-school marketing campaign

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


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2014/08/06) The planners and the deniers (Global Warming)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Wed, Aug 06, 2014


Edition #849

The planners and the deniers

 

Today we look at some of the people and the plans they have to help save the climate as well as some of the deniers and how to deal with them

Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Elon Musk talks Tesla, climate change and his reasons for pessimism - @allinwithchris Hayes - Air Date: 6-17-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Damage (Bonus Track) - Impeach My Bush (Bonus Track Version) [Expanded Edition]


Ch. 4: Act 2: Tesla Does Something No Other Car Company Would Ever Do - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 06-21-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Electric Car - Here Comes Science (Audio + Video Version)


Ch. 6: Act 3: Caller: Is the Electric in Electric Cars Really Clean? - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 10-09-13

Ch. 7: Song 3: One Million Miles Away - The Illusionary Movements of Geraldine and Nazu


Ch. 8: Act 4: Racing Toward Renewables: Solutions Project Update

Ch. 9: Song 4: Right to Complain - Backatown (Bonus Track Version)


Ch. 10: Act 5: Hamburg Plans to Eliminate Need for Cars Within 20 Years - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 06-30-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: Driving Sideways - Magnolia (Music from the Motion Picture)


Ch. 12: Act 6: Supporting Climate Action Despite The Denyers - @greennewsreport - Air Date 6-10-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: Money (That's What I Want) [Single] - 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Barrett Strong


Ch. 14: Act 7: Politics Of Climate Change And The Press - @FAIRmediawatch - Air Date 5-16-14

Ch. 15: Song 7: A Waltz for George and Tex - Wild Ones


Ch. 16: Act 8: Senators Seek to Bypass President Obama, Construct Keystone Pipeline - @majorityfm - Air Date: 06-27-14

Ch. 17: Song 8: Modern Way - Employment


Ch. 18: Act 9: Republican: Climate Change a Hoax Because Earth and Mars Have Same Temperature - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 07-14-14

Ch. 19: Song 9: You're a Joke - Planet Obscure


Ch. 20: Act 10: Tony Abbot's Big Present For Polluters - @greennewsreport - Air Date 7-17-14

Ch. 21: Song 10: That's all - Claire and the Reasons


Ch. 22: Act 11: Climate Change and Emperor Penguins - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 07-02-14

Ch. 23: Song 11: Defying Gravity (Glee Cast Version) - Glee: The Music, Vol. 1


Ch. 24: Act 12: 10 words no other US President has said on climate - @allinwithchris Hayes - Air Date: 7-7-14

Ch. 25: Song 12: Do The Right Thing - Beres Hammond - Collectors Series


Ch. 26: Act 13: Finally, Climate Deniers Purged - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 07-12-14


Voicemails

Ch. 27: On sovereignty and the refugee crisis - Erin from Philadelphia

Ch. 28: On non-violent resistence, morality and violence  - Nathan from Vancouver, WA

Ch. 29: Can't remain silent on Israel's actions anymore - Oren Ashkenazi from Seattle, WA

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 30: Final comments on our newly launched marketing campaign. Review us in iTunes and Stitcher!

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


Activism Update!

Solutions Project Newsletter/Round-up

 

Keep your eye on...

”New Yorkers Push for Solar Access”

Governor Cuomo’s “Reforming The Energy Vision”

Connecticut Shared Solar – Looking Ahead to 2015

 

Sources/additional glimmers of hope:

"In Some States, Emissions Cuts Defy Skeptics” via The New York Times

Hear the segment in context:

Episode #797 "Trouble at the old pharm (Health Care)"

Revisit the original action/segment: BOTL Activism: The Solutions Project (02/02/14)

 

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2014/08/03) Wars and words (Media)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Sun, Aug 03, 2014


Edition #848

Wars and words

 

Today we take a look at ways the media loves to spin the facts of war, start new wars and generally support the people with the power to start wars

Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Journalist Confused About What Journalism Is - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 05-24-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Crazy - St. Elsewhere


Ch. 4: Act 2: The Media's Stories Are About U.S. Sacrifice - @FAIRmediawatch - Air Date 6-20-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Everybody's gone to war - Nerina Pallot


Ch. 6: Act 3: Rewriting The Orwellian Headlines - @Citizen_Radio - Air Date 7-18-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Forgotten - Punkgrass for the People


Ch. 8: Act 4: Loaded Language - @onthemedia - Air Date: 7-25-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: Perspective - Respect the Architect


Ch. 10: Act 5: Certain Lives Are Worth Much More Than Others - @FAIRmediawatch - Air Date 7-18-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: Casualties of War - Don't Sweat the Technique


Ch. 12: Act 6: Americans Agree: The Media Sucks [DEVASTATING POLL] - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 06-22-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: The Whole World Is a Stage - Best of the Fantastic Four


Ch. 14: Act 7: The Lies That Lead to War - @BillMoyersHQ And Company - Air Date 6-27-14

Ch. 15: Song 7: Little Lies - Fleetwood Mac: Greatest Hits


Ch. 16: Act 8: Reporter Who Lied About WMDs Now Calls For Media Accountability on Iraq - @majorityfm - Air Date: 06-16-14


Voicemails

Ch. 17: Advocating a one-state solution - Adam from Oxford, England

Ch. 18: What right does Israel have to exist and when did Americans stop hating Jews? - Prof. Rambo from Georgia

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 19: Final comments on avoiding playing the fool

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


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(2014/07/31) Refugees at the border (Immigration)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Thu, Jul 31, 2014


Edition #847

Refugees at the border

 

Today we take a look at how our arguments over immigration policy is causing emotional flare ups around what should be an uncomplicated issue of a rich, developed nation offering help to refugees fleeing violence in their countries of origin.

Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Top 6 Ways Corporations Are Bringing The Battlefield Home...And Making A Killing - @BraveNewFound - Air Date: 01-06-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Comes and Goes (In Waves) - Three Flights from Alto Nido


Ch. 4: Act 2: Obama Tackles Immigration Reform, Republicans Disagree - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 07-07-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Off a Cliff - Gestalt


Ch. 6: Act 3: Behind the border crisis - @onthemedia - Air Date: 7-11-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Rescue Jah Children - Police & Thieves (Remastered)


Ch. 8: Act 4: This Is Humane?: Lawmakers Push for "HUMANE" Act to Potentially Send Kids to Die - @majorityfm - Air Date: 07-15-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: Shame - Emotionalism (Bonus Track Version)


Ch. 10: Act 5: Sarah Palin: Impeach Obama for Following George W. Bush's Law - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 07-10-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: The Smallest Piece - Beasts of the Southern Wild (Music from the Motion Picture)


Ch. 12: Act 6: Brit Hume Bursts The Fox News Bubble Over The National Guard At The Border - Media Matters Minute (@mmfa) - Air Date: 07-14-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: The Smallest Piece - Beasts of the Southern Wild (Music from the Motion Picture)


Ch. 14: Act 7: They're Not "Illegal" Immigrants, They're Refugees - @majorityfm - Air Date: 07-15-14

Ch. 15: Song 7: Escape - Light (Bonus Track Version)


Ch. 16: Act 8: Don't Mention Why The Kids Are On Our Borders - @FAIRmediawatch - Air Date 7-11-14

Ch. 17: Song 8: Keepsake - Peace Between Nations


Ch. 18: Act 9: When Children Are the Enemy - Mumia Abu-Jamal - Air Date: 7-15-14

Ch. 19: Song 9: Cruel World - African Elephants


Ch. 20: Act 10: This Is What Refugee Immigrants Crossing the U.S. Border Are Fleeing - @majorityfm - Air Date: 07-17-14

Ch. 21: Song 10: Heartless - The Best of Aldo Nova


Ch. 22: Act 11: Support @SavetheChildren’s Border Crisis Effort - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 23: Song 11: Right to Complain - Backatown (Bonus Track Version)


Ch. 24: Act 12: Jose Antonio Vargas, Proud American - @Truthdig - Air Date 7-18-14

Ch. 25: Song 12: Proud to Be an American - Side Street Ramblers - Masterworks Series Volume 2


Ch. 26: Act 13: Fox News Scoffs At Heart-Wrenching 911 Calls Of Immigrants Dying - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 07-24-14


Voicemails

Ch. 21: Torn apart by looking at both sides - Nathan from Boca Raton, FL

Ch. 22: Why I support Palestine - Sarah from Boston

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 23: Final comments on David Pakman's response to the last episode's final comments

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


Take Action:

TEXT “AID” to Save the Children at 20222 to donate $10

Read and watch stories from those crossing the boarder at: Save the Children’s “U.S. Border Crisis” page.

Learn exactly where your support is going at: U.S. Border Crisis: 'Save the Children’ Meeting Immediate Needs of Children


Sources/further reading:

Read and watch stories from those crossing the boarder at: Save the Children’s “U.S. Border Crisis” page.

"Border children need immediate cooperation" via Save the Children at USA Today

"To Address Honduran Refugee Crisis at the Border, US Should Stop Financing Repression in Honduras” by Laura Raymond at Truthout

"This Is What an Overcrowded Holding Center for Migrant Children Looks Like” by Steven Hsieh at The Nation

 

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2014/07/28) The Israeli incursion into Gaza (Special Event)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Mon, Jul 28, 2014


Edition #846

The Israeli incursion into Gaza

 

Today we take an overview of the current conflict between Israel and Gaza. There are war crimes on both sides but a large asymmetry of power

Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: If You Care About Israel, End the Occupation NOW - @majorityfm - Air Date: 07-08-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Machine - Contre jour (Original Soundtrack)


Ch. 4: Act 2: Netanyahu Accidentally Poses A Devastating Thought Experiment, Death Toll Rises - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 07-15-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Welcome to the Black Parade - Strung Out - The String Quartet Tribute to Alternative Rock Hits, Vol. 3


Ch. 6: Act 3: Israel & Palestine Not Close to Peace - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 07-16-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Turtle (Bonobo Mix) - One Offs... Remixes & B Sides


Ch. 8: Act 4: Let Me Take a Selfie?: Israelis Call for Ethnic Cleansing via Selfie - @majorityfm - Air Date: 07-16-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: Legions (War) - One Cello x 16: Natoma


Ch. 10: Act 5: A Caged Population Treated Like Animals - @Truthdig - Air Date 7-18-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: Fade to Black - Inquisition Symphony


Ch. 12: Act 6: Lifting The Media Curtain, The Real Israeli Story - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date 7-19-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: Dreamtime - Faith In the Future


Ch. 14: Act 7: A Progressive Israeli On The Israel/Gaza Crisis - @democracynow - Air Date 7-22-14

Ch. 15: Song 7: PTF2012 (Instrumental) - VNV Nation


Ch. 16: Act 8: What Should Palestine Do? An MLK Quote Says It All - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 07-17-14


Ch. 17: Final comments on why Israel gets more focus than other humanitarian crises

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


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2014/07/25) Another reason why we need single payer (Hobby Lobby)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Fri, Jul 25, 2014


Edition #845

Another reason why we need single payer

 

Today we take a look at the Hobby Lobby ruling from the Supreme Court. Just as with money in politics, I'm pretty sure they're just trying to make the status quo so outrageously bad that we have no choice but to fundamentally change the system

Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: 8 Women Explain Why The Hobby Lobby Ruling Is Dead Wrong - Media Matters 4 America (@mmfa) - Air Date: 07-19-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Mothers of the Night - Last Night


Ch. 4: Act 2: Doing Away With Science - @TWiBnation - Air Date 6-30-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Me & God & Jesus - Put Your Faith In Me


Ch. 6: Act 3: Is the Supreme Court Out of Order? Part 1 - @BillMoyersHQ  And Company - Air Date 7-11-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: You Don't Scare Me - Chimney's Afire


Ch. 8: Act 4: Religious Freedom a Farce in Hobby Lobby Case - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 07-02-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: Here's to Your Health - Here's to Your Health-Single


Ch. 10: Act 5: Hobby Lobby's Corporate Commandments - @markfiore Animation - Air Date: 07-07-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: All This and Heaven Too - Ceremonials


Ch. 12: Act 6: Is the Supreme Court Out of Order? Part 2 - @BillMoyersHQ  And Company - Air Date 7-11-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: Strange But True - Moth-Balls The Best Of The First 25 Years


Ch. 14: Act 7: Hobby Lobby Against Abortion, Invests in 'Abortion Pill' Manufacturers - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 04-03-14

Ch. 15: Song 7: Ignore the Ignorant - Ignore the Ignorant


Ch. 16: Act 8: Laura Ingraham's Dark Ages Diagnosis Of Birth Control Users - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 07-02-14

Ch. 17: Song 8: Communist Friends - Junior


Ch. 18: Act 9: The Campaign to #StoppBoggs via @NARAL - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 19: Song 9: Activism - The Poet


Ch. 20: Act 10: The Hobby Lobby Decision Already Getting Worse - @majorityfm - Air Date: 07-09-14

Ch. 21: Song 10: Breathe Me - Breathe Me - Single


Ch. 22: Act 11: They Covered It Until Told They Had To - @TWiBnation - Air Date 7-7-14


Ch. 23: Final comments on the quiet before the storm

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


Activism Update!

Judiciary Committee Postpones Boggs Vote

Original segment: "Stop The Michael Boggs Confirmation, BOTL activism”

But wait! Take action:

Say THANK YOU via NARAL’s Speaking Out Against Michael Boggs

SIGN to oppose the nomination

CALL & report how it went

Sources/additional glimmers of hope:

10 Reasons to #StopBoggs as told by Star Wars

"Sen. Richard Blumenthal Will Oppose Controversial Obama Nominee Michael Boggs”

”NARAL Pro-Choice America on Senator Chuck Schumer’s Statement To Oppose Michael Boggs”

 

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2014/07/22) Fools and money (Conservatives)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Tue, Jul 22, 2014


Edition #844

Fools and money

 

Today we take a look at a few ways how and why conservatives are being systematically fooled to the benefit of the elite

Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: The conservative con game - @allinwithchris Hayes - Air Date: 04-04-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: A Fool and His Money - Mosaic


Ch. 4: Act 2: The conservatives deep bench - @fakedansavage - Air Date 5-13-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: I ain't afraid - Robin Roberts


Ch. 6: Act 3: David Brooks, 'Democracy Is A Problem' - @FAIRmediawatch - Air Date 5-23-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: The Rabble and the Ruled - Patience and Perseverance


Ch. 8: Act 4: America's Poorest County Sadly Believe Republicans Fight For Them - @majorityfm - Air Date: 05-23-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: Won't Get Fooled Again - The Who: Greatest Hits


Ch. 10: Act 5: Warning: Boehner at work! - Jim Hightower - Air Date: 7-21-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: While Rome Burns - Giggle (1995)


Ch. 12: Act 6: Can Scientists Be Trusted? Not According To The Tea Party - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 05-25-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: Misinformation - Talk to Jah


Ch. 14: Act 7: Neil deGrasse Tyson's 'Cosmos' is Really Freaking Out Conservatives - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 05-28-14

Ch. 15: Song 7: Resurrection (Space Club Mix) - Phonosynthesis (Includes Continuous Mix By DJ Irene)


Ch. 16: Act 8: The Right's Climate Change Intellectuals - @jimmy_dore Show - Air Date 5-23-14


Voicemails

Ch. 17: A student debt story - Jamie from Philadelphia, PA

Ch. 18: How education dollars are spent - John From Davis, CA

Ch. 19: Everybody read history and have your kids read history - Wade from Ft. Worth, TX

Ch. 20: The government can do when they prioritize - Marcus from Austin, TX

Ch. 21: The importance of personal LGBTQ stories - Zach from San Francisco

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 22: Final comments on the pile of work I found waiting for me when I got home

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


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(2013/07/19) How we treat those we are responsible for (Prison Nation) (Repodcast)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Fri, Jul 18, 2014


Edition #737 

How we treat those we are responsible for

 

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: The Aryan Brotherhood's 'Jihadist' Murder Streak in the U.S. - The Young Turks - Air Date: 04-03-13

Ch. 3: Song 1: Sail - AWOL Nation

Ch. 4: Act 2: What to Think of Whenever You Hear "The Worst of the Worst" - Black Agenda Report - Air Date: 6-12-13

Ch. 5: Song 2: Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash

Ch. 6: Act 3: Caller: Prisons Should Not be Privatized! - Thom Hartmann - Air Date: 06-13-13

Ch. 7: Song 3: Clint Eastwood - The Gorillaz

Ch. 8: Act 4: Judge Sentenced for Selling Kids to Prisons - David Pakman Show - Air Date: 05-25-13

Ch. 9: Song 4: Life in prison - Mitchell

Ch. 10: Act 5: Philadelphia 'Can't Afford' Schools, Buys $400 Million Prison - Young Turks - Air Date: 06-15-13

Ch. 11: Song 5: Opportunity - Pete Murray

Ch. 12: Act 6: Private Prisons: The Evil Side of Reaganomics - Thom Hartmann - Air Date: 06-22-13

Ch. 13: Song 6: Evil is alive and well - Jakob Dylan

Ch. 14: Act 7: Barbaric Sterilizations in California - The Progressive Magazine - Air Date: 7-9-13

Ch. 15: Song 7: 21st Century - Red Hot Chili Peppers

Ch. 16: Act 8: Forced Sterilization Of Women In American Prisons - Young Turks - Air Date: 07-13-13

Ch. 17: Song 8: The Undesirables - Lawrence Arabia

Ch. 18: Act 9: Texas County Sued for Running 'Rape Camp' at Jail - David Pakman Show - Air Date: 06-23-13

Ch. 19: Song 9: Nothing else matters - Scala & Kolacny Brothers

Ch. 20: Act 10: Solitary Watch - UnFuck it Up Project

Ch. 21: Song 10: I didn't fuck it up - Katie Goodman

Ch. 22: Act 11: Pelican Bay prisoners' hunger strike - Citizen Radio - Air Date: 07-11-13

Ch. 23: Song 11: Chain gang - Sam Cooke

Ch. 24: Act 12: Tens of Thousands of California Inmates Join Pelican Bay Hunger Strikers - Black Agenda Report - Air Date: 7-10-13

 

Voicemails:

Ch. 25: Rape jokes are not off limits - Peter from Chicago, IL

 

Leave a message at 202-999-3991

 

Voicemail Music: 

Loud Pipes - Ratatat

 

Ch. 26: Final comments on rape jokes

 

Lindy West's articles:

How to Make a Rape Joke - http://jezebel.com/5925186/how-to-make-a-rape-joke

If Comedy Has No Lady Problem, Why Am I Getting So Many Rape Threats? - http://jezebel.com/if-comedy-has-no-lady-problem-why-am-i-getting-so-many-511214385

 

Activism:

http://solitarywatch.com/action/ 

 

Information for this segment can be found at:

READ:

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/10/solitary-confinement-shane-bauer 

WATCH: http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/10/video-shane-bauer-solitary 

STATE MAPS: http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/10/map-solitary-confinement-states 

In depth critique of US prison system: http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/atlarge/2012/01/30/120130crat_atlarge_gopnik 

 

Sponsored by the UnFuck it Up Project: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Unfuck-It-Up/196389490396988

Katie Goodman, creator: http://katiegoodman.com 

Katie Klabusich, director: http://katiespeak.com 

 

Produced by:

Jay! Tomlinson

 

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(2014/07/14) All but the rich agree we need change (Wealth Divide)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Mon, Jul 14, 2014


Edition #843

All but the rich agree we need change

 

Today we take a look at the facts and the folly of the vast and growing wealth gap in the US. The good news is that everyone agrees we should take action to fix the problem, we just need to teach everyone it's a problem first. Weird, eh?

Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: FDR Second Bill of Rights Speech

Ch. 3: Song 1: Window - In a Safe Place


Ch. 4: Act 2: Fighting for the Four Freedoms with Harvey J. Kaye - @BillMoyersHQ  And Company - Air Date 4-11-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Monday - I Heart Huckabees (Original Soundtrack) [Soundtrack from the Motion Picture]


Ch. 6: Act 3: Media Twisting And Ignoring Polls That Show Popularity Of 'Inequality' Theme - @FAIRmediawatch - Air Date 2-7-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: We Want a Rock - Flood


Ch. 8: Act 4: Republicans & Democrats Completely Agree on This ONE Issue - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 02-23-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: What Are Their Names - If I Could Only Remember My Name


Ch. 10: Act 5: JP Morgan and the income inequality problem - @allinwithchris Hayes - Air Date: 01-24-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: RazorWire - Chris Priest


Ch. 12: Act 6: American? You Might Move To Canada After Watching This - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 04-23-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: Oligarchy - Punkgrass for the People


Ch. 14: Act 7: USA: Bad Jobs Country - @blkagendareport - Air Date: 4-30-14

Ch. 15: Song 7: Revolution (Human Need Over Profit) - Tha People's Music


Ch. 16: Act 8: Comfortably Stating The Dangers Of Populism - @FAIRmediawatch - Air Date 5-2-14

Ch. 17: Song 8: Populism, Yea Yea - Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Original Cast Recording)


Ch. 18: Act 9: Retirement Security For All via @SEIU - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 19: Song 9: Activism - The Poet


Ch. 20: Act 10: Bill Moyers Essay: America’s Mad Dash Toward Oligarchy - @BillMoyersHQ  And Company - Air Date 4-18-14


Ch. 21: Bonus clip: This day in history - Bastille Day - John Mill

Ch. 22: Final comments on where to catch me at Netroots Nation

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


ACTIVISM:

Retirement Security For All via Service Employees International Union (SEIU)

Expand Social Security petition

Tell your story

Sources/further reading:

State Report on Social Security via Social Security Works

Follow SEIU Retirement Security and Social Security Works

Social Security Basic Facts

 

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2013/07/25) Cause and effect (Foreign Policy) (Repodcast)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Thu, Jul 10, 2014


Edition #739

Cause and effect

 

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: The New Iraq and Rumsfeld's Rules - le Show - Air Date 5-19-13

Ch. 3: Act 2: Honor And Duty According To Dick Cheney - Jimmy  Dore Show - Air Date 5-17-13

Ch. 4: Song 2: The world I know - Collective Soul

Ch. 5: Act 3: Withdrawing From War Without Lessons Learned - Common Sense - Air Date 5-29-13

Ch. 6: Song 3: Vultures of culture - Nahko and Medicine for the People

Ch. 7: Act 4: JFK Peace Speech: The Anti-George Bush - Thom Hartmann - Air Date: 07-04-13

Ch. 8: Song 4: Let's begin - Margaret Whiting

Ch. 9: Act 5: Obama's 'Hidden Hand' Approach Debunked - CounterSpin - Air Date 7-19-13

Ch. 10: Song 5: This war - Ophelia of the Spirits

Ch. 11: Act 6: Pathology of privilege in foreign policy - Tim Wise

 

Voicemails:

Ch. 12: Clarifications on rape culture and rape jokes - Chris from Colorado Springs

Ch. 13: Thoughts on the Zimmerman trial - Aaron from Kansas

 

Leave a message at 202-999-3991

 

Voicemail Music: 

Loud Pipes - Ratatat

 

Ch. 14: Final comments reading a perspective from a 'white hispanic' listener

 

Closing Music:

Here We Are - Patrick Park

 

Produced by:

Jay! Tomlinson

 

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(2014/07/06) The education industry (Education)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Sun, Jul 06, 2014


Edition #842

The education industry

 

Today we take a look at couple of ways smart job-creators have come up with to make people pay for portions of our education system that should either not exist or be free, thereby creating wealth for themselves and a few jobs to boot. They must have gone to college to be smart enough to come up with that plan.

Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: The war on common core - @allinwithchris Hayes - Air Date: 05-08-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: The Secret Agent: The Secret Agent Ending - Philip Glass: Glass Reflections


Ch. 4: Act 2: Republican: Common Core is a Plot to Turn Kids Gay! - @majorityfm - Air Date: 05-20-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Shame - Emotionalism (Bonus Track Version)


Ch. 6: Act 3: This Test Is Not For Non-English Speakers - @radio_dispatch - Air Date 5-2-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Classroom - East Coast Teen Party - Volume 7


Ch. 8: Act 4: Students Now Indentured to the Banksters - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 05-24-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: Free College - Pie in the Sky


Ch. 10: Act 5: Senator Warren Fights For Students, Knowing She'll Fail - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 05-10-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: We Are the Champions - Queen: Greatest Hits


Ch. 12: Act 6: Student Debt PayBack Cap via @WhiteHouse - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 13: Song 6: Activism - The Poet


Ch. 14: Act 7: Time for a Student Loan Debt Jubilee! - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 06-04-14

Ch. 15: Song 7: Free Education (feat. Treez & Young DJ) - Unconditional


Ch. 16: Act 8: Graduating? The Class of 2014 is Screwed - @majorityfm - Air Date: 05-24-14


Voicemails

Ch. 21: Summer hours should be summer weeks - Dan in Sheffield Lake

Ch. 22: Don't read history, work on the future - Wade from Ft. Worth, TX

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 23: Final comment on the importance of synthesizing historical information to help create the future

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


Activism Update!

”Obama Announces New Executive Orders to Reduce Student Debt” via In the Capital

ACTIVISM:

"How to Contact All the Senators Who Voted Against Student Debt Relief Legislation” via In the Capital

Find out how much the Congress cost you — then tweet it at them.

Track legislative efforts at Higher Ed Not Debt.

Sources/additional glimmers of hope:

"The 37 Senators Who Voted for Millionaires Over Students” via Campaign For America’s Future at Truthout

 

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2014/07/02) Hope dies last (Climate)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Wed, Jul 02, 2014


Edition #841

Hope dies last

 

Today we hear about climate progress from Obama and climate denial from bought-off Republicans, we clarify how to talk about it and what we're actually trying to save and maintain hope in the face of daunting odds

Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Obama Administration Sets New EPA Rules - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 06-03-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Take It or Leave It - Is This It


Ch. 4: Act 2: Fighting New EPA Standards - @greennewsreport - Air Date 6-5-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Change Your Mind - Fortress


Ch. 6: Act 3: Climate Change vs. Global Warming - @onthemedia - Air Date: 6-6-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Death to Everyone (Bonus Track) - Sword & Sworcery LP - The Ballad of the Space Babies


Ch. 8: Act 4: Clever Pipeline XL Equations - @FAIRmediawatch - Air Date 5-9-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: The Cave - Mumford & Sons Piano Tribute


Ch. 10: Act 5: David Suzuki: The War on Climate Scientists - @BillMoyersHQ  And Company - Air Date 5-16-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: I Saved the World Today - Eurythmics: Ultimate Collection (Remastered)


Ch. 12: Act 6: The Kill-Clean-Energy Industry - @greennewsreport - Air Date 6-17-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: Sweet Little Lies - Yell Fire!


Ch. 14: Act 7: Clean energy, not Cove Point - Mike Tidwell of Chesapeake Climate Action Network (@CCAN)

Ch. 15: Song 7: Solid Ground - Real Estate


Ch. 16: Act 8: Stop Fracked Gas Exports via @CCAN - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 17: Song 8: Activism - The Poet


Ch. 18: Act 9: Hope Dies Last - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 03-27-14


Voicemails

Ch. 19: Thoughts on Wade's comments regarding Iraq - Colin from Cleveland, OH

Ch. 20: In defense of Wade - David From North Carolina

Ch. 21: Thoughts on Wade's comments on Iraq - Daniel from Albany, NY

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 22: Final comments on the final fundraising tally

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


ACTIVISM:

Stop Fracked Gas Exports: Cove Point and Beyond via Chesapeake Climate Action Network

#StopGasExports

Sources/further reading:

Chesapeake Climate Action Network on Twitter

"Concerned About Climate Change? Take Action to Stop Cove Point” via NationAction

"Is The Cove Point Liquefied Natural Gas Terminal The Next Keystone XL?” by Caroline Selle at HuffPost Green

"The Other Keystone It’s just as important to stop Cove Point” by Mark Hersgaard at The Nation

"Fisherman Fighting Dominion Cove Point LNG Export Terminal Worried About Explosions, Long-Term Impacts” via DeSmog Blog

 

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2014/06/28) Trials and tribulations (Trans Rights)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Sat, Jun 28, 2014


Edition #840

Trials and tribulations

 

Today we hear some personal and some political stories that give insight into the trans experience in America

Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Laverne Cox: I'm from Mobile, AL - True Transgender Stories - @Lavernecox - Air Date: 2-7-12

Ch. 3: Song 1: Proud - This Business of Art


Ch. 4: Act 2: Know your rights: Transgender In The Workplace - @PRUradio - Air Date: 6-30-13

Ch. 5: Song 2: I Fought the Law - Hits Back (Deluxe Edition)


Ch. 6: Act 3: Financial Options Available For Gender Confirmation Surgery - @fakedansavage - Air Date 11-19-13

Ch. 7: Song 3: Get With The Times - Get With The Times


Ch. 8: Act 4: Provider Ignorance In Health Care And Therapy For LGBTQ Community - @Radio_Dispatch - Air Date 2-3-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: Yeah Sapphire - Stay Positive


Ch. 10: Act 5: Texas Trans Law That Effects All Trans - @transadvocate - Air Date 2-6-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) - James Taylor: Greatest Hits, Vol. 1


Ch. 12: Act 6: Justice for Jane via @Justice4JaneCT - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 13: Song 6: Activism - The Poet


Ch. 14: Act 7: Joy Ladin: Life as a transgender woman at an Orthodox Jewish University - @TheCurrentCBC - Air Date:  4-28-14


Ch. 23: Final comments on what ever happened to Our Blue Media

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


ACTIVISM:

Change.org petition: "Free the 16-year-old Transgender Girl Currently Incarcerated in an Adult Prison Without Criminal Charges”

Ways to Take Action, “Justice for Jane Doe and the urgency of survival” via Reina Gossett

Justice 4 Jane Tumblr/Updates

Sources/further reading:

#JusticeForJane

"Jailed Conn. Trans Teen to Be Released”"Conn. Trans Teen Jailed, Housed With Adults”"Rally Planned for Jailed 16-Year-Old Trans Girl”, and "Detained Trans Girl Speaks Out, Details Abusive Past” by Parker Marie Malloy at Advocate.com

"Jane Doe, Trans Women, and the Myth of the Perfect Victim” by Katherine Cross at RH Reality Check

Follow/stay updated: Justice For Jane on Twitter and Facebook

 

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2014/06/24) Disinfecting the rot on American democracy (Money in Politics)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Tue, Jun 24, 2014


Edition #839

Disinfecting the rot on American democracy

 

Today we look at the biggest fundamental problem with American politics and a couple of the biggest plans to fix it

Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: There is a Rot at the Core of American Democracy! - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 04-16-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Screwed - One Man Riot


Ch. 4: Act 2: Nobody Wants You to Be An Activist - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 03-22-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Power to the People - Power to the People: The Hits (Deluxe Version)


Ch. 6: Act 3: 3 Who’s Buying our Midterm Elections? with Kim Barker and Andy Kroll (Part 1) - @BillMoyersHQ  And Company - Air Date 3-21-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Buy My Vote - Righteous Ruckus


Ch. 8: Act 4: Americans Agree Get Money OUT Of Politics - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 06-14-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: Truth - Somebody Besides Yourself


Ch. 10: Act 5: 3 Who’s Buying our Midterm Elections? with Kim Barker and Andy Kroll (Part 2) - @BillMoyersHQ  And Company - Air Date 3-21-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: No Limit - O.N.I.F.C. (Deluxe Version)


Ch. 12: Act 6: MayDay PAC - @MayOneUS - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 13: Song 6: Activism - The Poet


Ch. 14: Act 7: VT Calls Constitutional Convention Over Citizens United - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 05-08-14

Ch. 15: Song 7: The Constitution - Happy Hour


Ch. 16: Act 8: Dear Corrupt Politicians: That Sound You Hear Is Us Winning - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 06-04-14


Voicemails

Ch. 17: I got the metaphor right! - Peter from Chicago, IL

Ch. 18: Responding to Wade's comments on reparations - Steve from Stockton, CA

Ch. 19: A Marine's perspective on the current chaos in Iraq - Wade from Ft. Worth, TX

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 20: Final comments on summer hours and the progress of the fundraiser

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


ACTIVISM:

Support MayDay Pac

Follow MayDayUS its founder Lawrence Lessig

Sources/further reading:

"The Launch Of The MayDay Citizens’ SuperPAC” via LessigBlog

"Anti-Dark Money Activist Lawrence Lessig Launches A Super PAC To End Super PACs” by Mason Atkins at ThinkProgress

"Mayday PAC: The SuperPAC Built to Destroy SuperPACs” via Newsweek

"Lawrence Lessig Starts a Super PAC” by Derek Willis at The New York Times

"Cronies, corruption and cash: Lawrence Lessig on why we need a super PAC to end all super PACs” by Elias Isquith at Salon

 

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2014/06/21) Double dose of duplicity (Foreign Policy)

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Sat, Jun 21, 2014


Edition #838

Double dose of duplicity

Today we look at the absurdly politicized reactions to the prisoner swap to retrieve Bowe Bergdahl and the PTSD-inducing media blitz of Bush-era neocons spouting their discredited opinions about the current chaos in Iraq

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: A prisoner dilemma - @onthemedia - Air Date: 6-13-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Long-Ge - Early Music


Ch. 4: Act 2: A Trial By News Debate - @jimmy_dore  Show - Air Date 6-6-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: The Price You Pay - The River


Ch. 6: Act 3: No Actual Evidence Sgt Bergdahl Caused Any Deaths - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 06-04-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Unbelievable - Cool '90s Hits


Ch. 8: Act 4: Militants Capture Huge Swaths Of Iraq, Including Weapons YOU Paid For - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 06-13-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: Beginning - Punkgrass for the People


Ch. 10: Act 5: Andrew Bacevich on the chaos in Iraq - @billmoyersHQ - Air Date: 6-20-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: Forgotten - Punkgrass for the People


Ch. 12: Act 6: No New War via @AlanGrayson - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 13: Song 6: Activism - The Poet


Ch. 14: Act 7: Time to Rethink American Exceptionalism? - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 05-31-14


Voicemails

Ch. 15: Responding to Vicki from Oregon on animal agriculture - Scott from Brooklyn

Ch. 16: Comparing marijuana with alcohol and tobacco - Nathan from Boca Raton, FL

Ch. 17: Possible effects of reparations - Wade from Ft. Worth, TX

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 18: Final comments on the purpose of keeping the conversation on racism alive

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


ACTIVISM:

No New War via Alan Grayson

Contact Your Representatives

Sources/further reading:

"Stop Calling the Iraq War a ‘Mistake’” by Dennis Kucinich

"U.S. considers air strikes on Iraq, holds talks with Iran”

"Sunday Shows Turn To Discredited Iraq War Architects For Iraq Analysis” via Media Matters For America

"Hawks Push for Iraq War, the Rule of Law Prevents It” by Kevin Zeese via Popular Resistance and Truthout

"A Third Iraq War?” by Robin Wright at The New Yorker

VIDEO: Crisis In Iraq Michael Brooks on Arise News

"The sectarian myth of Iraq exploited by the West is a recipe for endless war” via Stop The War Coalition

via Greenpeace

 

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2014/06/18) One year after Snowden (NSA Spying)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Wed, Jun 18, 2014


Edition #837

One year after Snowden

 

Today we look at where we are, in the wake of the Snowden revelations from one year ago, and where we may be heading with our relationship to the concept of privacy

Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: What was Snowden's crime? - @FAIRmediawatch - Air Date: 6-6-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: The Traitor - White Water, White Bloom


Ch. 4: Act 2: Brian Williams interviews Edward Snowden - @jimmy_dore Show - Air Date: 5-30-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: T-Shirt Weather - Banter - A Candle Records Collection


Ch. 6: Act 3: Glenn Greenwald on the Surveillance State - @CBCRadioQ - Air Date: 5-2-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Burn It Down - Dancing In The Streets


Ch. 8: Act 4: How The Government Can Destroy Your Reputation (Report) - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 03-04-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: Big Brother (1999 Remaster) - Diamond Dogs


Ch. 10: Act 5: Intelligence community directive 119 - @onthemedia - Air Date: 6-13-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: Secret - Thirteen Tales of Love and Revenge


Ch. 12: Act 6: Reject Secret FBI Backdoors in Your Communications via @EFF

Ch. 13: Song 6: Activism - The Poet


Ch. 14: Act 7: The declining treatment of the fourth amendment - @dccommonsense - Air Date: 5-8-14


Voicemails

Ch. 15: In response to animal agriculture and climate change - Vicki from Oregon

Ch. 16: Melding the good guy with the nice guy - Chrissie from Kansas

Ch. 17: It's a weak argument to say that marijuana is harmless - Nathan from Vancouver, WA

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 18: Final comments on arguing marijuana legalization

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


ACTIVISM:

Tell The White House You Oppose The FBI’s Secret New Internet Surveillance Law via The Electronic Frontier Foundation

Sources/further reading:

"Should U.S. Hackers Fix Cybersecurity Holes or Exploit Them?” by Bruce Schneier at The Atlantic

"Don’t Listen to Google and Facebook: The Public-Private Surveillance Partnership Is Still Going Strong” by Bruce Schneier at The Atlantic

 

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2014/06/15) The case for reparations (Racism)

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Sun, Jun 15, 2014


Edition #836

The case for reparations

 

Today we explain once again what white privilege is and isn't and then take a look at the case for reparations for slavery

 

Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Bill O'Reilly Exempts Himself From White Privilege - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 05-16-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: inequality - What'z Next


Ch. 4: Act 2: White Privilege is Real - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 05-30-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Turtle (Bonobo Mix) - One Offs... Remixes & B Sides


Ch. 6: Act 3: Examining the case for reparations - @Dis_Con - Air Date 2-18-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Who Benefits? - In Black and White


Ch. 8: Act 4: Facing the Truth: The Case for Reparations Part 1 - @BillMoyersHQ  And Company - Air Date 5-21-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: The Confrontation - Beasts of the Southern Wild (Music from the Motion Picture)


Ch. 10: Act 5: Slavery Reparations Study (H.R. 40) via @repjohnconyers and @NAACP - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 11: Song 5: Activism - The Poet


Ch. 12: Act 6: Facing the Truth: The Case for Reparations Part 2 - @BillMoyersHQ  And Company - Air Date 5-21-14


Voicemails

Ch. 13: No one espouses misandry more than MRAs - Nathan from Boca Raton, FL

Ch. 14: Offended by Sonya's analogy - Peter from Chicago, IL

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 15: Final comments on women's lose-lose predicament analogy

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


ACTIVISM:

NAACP Supports Slavery Reparations Study Legislation, H.R. 40, Now Pending In The 113th Congress” introduced by Rep John Conyers

Sample letters/emails to send to your representatives via the NAACP

Sources/further reading:

"The Case for Reparations” by Ta-Nehisi Coates

"STUDY: Economic Hardship Makes People More Racially Biased” by Chris Mooney at Mother Jones

"Surprise! Study Finds People Don’t Understand How Racism Works” by Mychal Denzel Smith at The Nation

"We’re Going to Be Talking About Reparations This Year” by Mychal Denzel Smith at The Nation

"Donald Sterling: Slumlord Billionaire” by Dave Zirin at The Nation

 

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2014/06/12) Speak up on the future of the Internet (Net Neutrality)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Thu, Jun 12, 2014


Edition #835

Speak up on the future of the Internet

 

Today we look at how the Internet could look if we let the cable baron's lobbyists, including the one appointed to the FCC by Barack Obama, get their way and what we can do to stop them.

Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: The "gig" is up in Chatanooga - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 02-05-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Finest Worksong - Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage (1982-2011)


Ch. 4: Act 2: Cable Barons - @onthemedia - Air Date: 2-21-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Look To The Future - If It 'Ay Bost, Dow Fix It!


Ch. 6: Act 3: Net Neutrality R.I.P. (1969 - 2014) - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 05-02-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Things a Get from Bad to Worse - Everything Crash: The Best of the Ethiopians


Ch. 8: Act 4: Net Neutrality Then And Now - @theharryshearer Le Show - Air Date 4-27-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: It All Adds Up Now (1990 Remaster) - The Best of Cher (The Imperial Recordings, 1965-1968)


Ch. 10: Act 5: Mozilla's Plan to Save the Internet - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 05-08-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: Fox In the Henhouse - Leap of Faith: The Musical (Original Broadway Cast Recording)


Ch. 12: Act 6: Net Neutrality - @LastWeekTonight with John Oliver - Air Date: 6-1-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: Gonna Fly Now - The Rocky Story


Ch. 14: Act 7: What Happened to Obama’s Promised Net Neutrality? - @BillMoyerHQ And Company - Air Date 5-2-14


Voicemails

Ch. 15: Misogyny episode made me feel better - Paula from California

Ch. 16: Medical incentives only apply to medicare patients - Kim from Illinois

Ch. 17: Misandry and the power structure - Zach from San Francisco

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 18: Final comments on racism, misandry, the FCC comment period and the BotL fundraiser

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


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2014/06/09) Somewhere between anarchy and tyranny (Health Care)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Mon, Jun 09, 2014


Edition #834

Somewhere between anarchy and tyranny

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Today we take a look at the unnecessarily-slow, yet undeniable progress being made in the push to insure all Americans

Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: 9.5 Million Previously Uninsured Now Have Health Insurance - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 04-04-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: A Girl, A Boy, and a Graveyard - The Reluctant Graveyard


Ch. 4: Act 2: Obamacare Equals Freedom? - @majorityfm - Air Date: 02-05-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: I Quit - 'Merican - EP


Ch. 6: Act 3: A Closer Look At Bipartisan Cooperation - @FAIRmediawatch - Air Date 5-23-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Underwhelmed - Not Your Property - Single


Ch. 8: Act 4: Can Hospitals Save Money By Making Doctors Squirm? - @planetmoney - Air Date: 12-19-13

Ch. 9: Song 4: Hospital Beds - Robbers & Cowards


Ch. 10: Act 5: You Can't Make Me Believe It - @jimmy_dore  Show - Air Date 4-26-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: In Denial - Somewhere to Jump From


Ch. 12: Act 6: Obamacare Hater Now Loves Obamacare After It Saves His Life - Majority Report - Air Date: 04-30-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: Room For Improvement - The Ali Of Rock


Ch. 14: Act 7: The GOP Death Panels... - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 05-22-14

Ch. 15: Song 7: Deathly - Magnolia (Music from the Motion Picture)


Ch. 16: Act 8: Medicaid’s (slow) Expansion via @FamiliesUSA - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 17: Song 8: Activism - The Poet


Ch. 18: Act 9: Obamacare In Red States Vs Blue States - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 04-17-14


Voicemails

Ch. 19: The importance of reintegration of ex-prisoners - Nathan from Vancouver, WA

Ch. 20: Some MnMs are poisoned - Sonya from Minnesota

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 21: Final comments on some exciting updates to the June fundraiser

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


Activism Update!

50 State Look At Medicaid Expansion via Families USA

 

Sources/additional glimmers of hope:

"Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signs Medicaid expansion” via Reuters

HealthCare.gov’s Medicaid Expansion Info

”[Maine] House speaker makes final push for Medicaid expansion with plan based on New Hampshire”

"GOP hatches dramatic scheme in Virginia” via Rachel Maddow Show Blog

It couldn’t all be good news:

"In Texarkana, Uninsured and on the Wrong Side of a State Line” by Annie Lowrey, New York Times

"Millions of Poor Are Left Uncovered by Health Law” via The New York Times

 

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2014/06/06) Objectified, harassed, abused, killed (Misogyny)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Fri, Jun 06, 2014


Edition #833

Objectified, harassed, abused, killed

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Today we look at some of the effects, large and small, of living in a systemically misogynist culture. Turns out they're not good.

Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: UCSB Shooter Elliot Rodgers Was Most Definitely a Misogynist - @majorityfm - Air Date: 05-28-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Misogyny - Smash It (feat. Zoe Devlin)


Ch. 4: Act 2: Some men hate women, all women feel the effects - @Citizen_Radio - Air Date 5-26-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Institutionalized Misogyny - Yesterday Rules


Ch. 6: Act 3: The media misses the point on the motivation of the UCSB shootings - @TWiBnation - Air Date 5-27-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: The Mother of Misogyny - Paper Scissors Stone


Ch. 8: Act 4: Not All Men - Yes, All Women - @radio_dispatch - Air Date 5-28-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: Harassment - Reggae Fever (Caught You)


Ch. 10: Act 5: Objectified (Short film) - Tiye Rose Hood

Ch. 11: Song 5: Icky Thump - Icky Thump


Ch. 12: Act 6: Safety And Rejection - @TWiBnation - Air Date 5-27-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: One - The Complete Hit Singles


Ch. 14: Act 7: The NO MORE campaign via @NOMOREorg - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 15: Song 7: Activism - The Poet


Ch. 16: Act 8: Reflecting on Nerd Culture - @onthemedia - Air Date: 5-30-14


Voicemails

Ch. 17: Livestock and the climate - Patrick from Dallas

Ch. 18: Followup on Stonewall Uprising and LGBTQ movement - Chrissie from Kansas

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 23: Final comments on Nazis, misogynists and baby diarrhea

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


HOTLINES:

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)

National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)

National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline:


ACTIVISM:

NO MORE: website and Twitter

 

Sources/further reading:

”Not Alone” — the White House Task Force to Protect Students From Sexual Assault

"White House Action on Campus Sexual Violence: For Me, It's Personal” by Wagatwe Wanjuki

"Pure Poison: The UCSB Shooting, Ray Rice and a Culture of Violence Against Women” by Dave Zirin

"The insane (and hopeless) logic of #YesAllWomen critics” by Zerlina Maxwell

"It’s Time for Men to Stand Up and Fight Domestic Violence” by Dean Obeidallah

"How to Support a Trans* Survivor of Domestic Violence” via Everyday Feminism

CDC’s "Intimate Partner Violence” page

U.S. Dept of Justice, Office of Violence Against Women

U.S. Dept of Justice, Office For Victims of Crime: Sexual Assault in the Transgender Community

 

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2014/06/03) It costs money to either save or destroy the world (Climate)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Tue, Jun 03, 2014


Edition #832

It costs money to either save or destroy the world

 

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Today we look at the financial realities of both action and inaction on climate change. Turns out the right, selfless thing to do is also the right, selfish thing to do

 

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: The shocking truth about oil - and our planet - @allinwithchris Hayes - Air Date: 04-22-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: The fiddler's ballad - Jen Osha w/Wolf Creek Session


Ch. 4: Act 2: You'll Never Guess Who is Leading the Fight on Climate Change (Hint: It's Your Insurance Company) - @majorityfm - Air Date: 05-21-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Land of Confusion - Invisible Touch


Ch. 6: Act 3: Climate Deniers Using Same Tactics as Tobacco Industry - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 04-09-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Robber Barons - Robber Barons - Single


Ch. 8: Act 4: John Fullerton: Carbon Crisis, Fossil Fuels, & Finance - The @GRITlaura Flanders Show - Air Date: 12-3-13

Ch. 9: Song 4: Leader - Burning Spear


Ch. 10: Act 5: Stanford makes progress on divestment campaign - @greennewsreport - Air Date: 5-8-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: Peril - Heresy and the Hotel Choir


Ch. 12: Act 6: Fossil Fuel Divestment Wins via @350 - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 13: Song 6: Activism - The Poet


Ch. 14: Act 7: The antarctic ice sheet is disintegrating - @greennewsreport - Air Date: 5-13-14

Ch. 15: Song 7: Water Keeps Rising - Kristin Diable and the City


Ch. 16: Act 8: Climate denial a prerequisite for GOP in 2016 - @allinwithchris Hayes - Air Date: 05-12-14

Ch. 17: Song 8: What Have We Done - Dancing In The Streets


Ch. 18: Act 9: Politician: I'm Not Qualified To Debate Science So I Reject It! - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 05-30-14


Ch. 19: Final comments on the launch of our first major BotL fundraiser

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


Activism Update!

"Big win for divestment campaign: Stanford to divest from coal companies”

Sources/additional glimmers of hope:

"Why the Petro-Divestment Movement Is Unstoppable” via The Tyee

"Why Divestment is Changing the Climate Movement” by Chloe Maxmin at The Nation

"Fighting Climate Change by Divesting from Fossil Fuel Companies” via On The Commons

 

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2014/05/31) The scales are systemically tipped (Media)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Sat, May 31, 2014


Edition #831

The scales are systemically tipped

 

Today we look at just a few of the things that are fundamentally broken about the way our corporate media system works

 

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: MSNBC Silent On Cable Merger - @FAIRmediawatch - Air Date 4-18-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Show me something new - Shout Out Louds

Ch. 4: Act 2: Study: Fox News Climate Change Coverage 72% Misleading - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 04-10-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: I'm a pilot - Fanfarlo

Ch. 6: Act 3: The White House Correspondents Dinner: Why It's Weird - @majorityfm - Air Date: 05-08-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Washington, D.C. - The Magnetic Fields

Ch. 8: Act 4: Watchdogs in Tuxedos - @onthemedia - Air Date: 5-9-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: Little Embarrassing - Rosemary's Sons

Ch. 10: Act 5: You Don't Even Know You're Being Manipulated - Lee Camp - Air Date: 04-02-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: Opinions - Llewellyn

Ch. 12: Act 6: White male privilege in the new media - @radio_dispatch - Air Date 3-18-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: You're the storm - The Cardigans

Ch. 14: Act 7: Blurred lines - @onthemedia - Air Date: 5-9-14

Ch. 15: Song 7: I'm the slime - Frank Zappa

Ch. 16: Act 8: The Media Has FAILED The American People. Sen. Harry Reid MSNBC Interview - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 05-09-14

 

Voicemails:

Ch. 17: Thoughts on education reform - Ben from Jersey

Ch. 18: A new way of looking at laws regarding relationships - Tayna in California

 

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Voicemail Music: 

Loud Pipes - Ratatat

 

Ch. 19: Final comments on why you should go check out the music of The Haymarket Squares

 

Closing Music:

Opinions - The Haymarket Squares

 

Produced by:

Jay! Tomlinson

 

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(2014/05/28) Misguided and hypocritical (War on Drugs)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Wed, May 28, 2014


Edition #830

Misguided and hypocritical

 

Today we look at some of the benefits of marijuana legalization and the hypocritical asininity of those who oppose it

 

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Report: Marijuana Overdoses Have Killed Dozens...says Police Chief - @majorityfm - Air Date: 03-03-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Messages - Xavier Rudd

Ch. 4: Act 2: Marijuana Legalization in CO: Crime Down, Revenues Up - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 05-16-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: That's all - Clare and the Reasons

Ch. 6: Act 3: Governor Apparently Wants Heroin Users To Overdose - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 02-13-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Overdose - Little Daylight

Ch. 8: Act 4: The importance of harm reduction - @Radio_Dispatch - Air Date: 5-20-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: Heroin - The Velvet Underground & Nico

Ch. 10: Act 5: Online DEA Manuals Show How Feds Use NSA Spy Data, Train Local Cops to Construct False Chains of Evidence - @blkagendareport - Air Date: 2-5-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: Nobody does it better - Carly Simon

Ch. 12: Act 6: Time to Fire the DEA Head! - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 04-09-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: Time to go home - Michael Franti And Spearhead

Ch. 14: Act 7: The Smarter Sentencing Act via @PopResistance - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 15: Song 7: Activism - Shihan

Ch. 16: Act 8: Millions Dead From Dangerous Drug - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 05-14-14

Ch. 17: Song 8: Discrimination - Ancel

Ch. 18: Act 9: The Wisdom Of The MSNBC's Morning Narcissist - @jimmy_dore Show - Air Date 1-11-14

 

Voicemails:

Ch. 19: Thoughts on VA hospitals - Jay from New York

Ch. 20: The limits for violence the state should be allowed to use - Nathan from Vancouver, WA

Ch. 21: Cruelty is OK as long as it's not unusual - Rosa from Denver, CO

 

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Voicemail Music: 

Loud Pipes - Ratatat

 

Ch. 22: Final comments thanking those who've been spreading the word about the show

 

Closing Music:

Here We Are - Patrick Park

 

ACTIVISM:

Support ‘Smarter Sentencing Act’

 

Sources/further reading:

Drug War Cost Clock

"Economists Slam the War on Drugs in a New London School of Economics Report” by Abby Haglage

"Global drugs war a 'billion-dollar failure’” via

"End The War On Drugs, Say Nobel Prize-Winning Economists” by Matt Ferner

“Ending the Drug Wars: Report of the LSE Expert Group on the Economics of Drug Policy”

 

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich

 

Produced by:

Jay! Tomlinson

 

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(2014/05/25) The evil that we deplore (Foreign Policy)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Sun, May 25, 2014


Edition #829

The evil that we deplore

 

Today we look ahead to the forthcoming report on America's torture program and back at the process by which we keep getting ourselves into these situations

 

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: 1 Is America ready for honesty about Iraq? - Rachel @Maddow - Air Date: 04-03-2014

Ch. 3: Song 1: Won't let go - Downplay

Ch. 4: Act 2: 2 CIA Lied About Torture To Justify Using It (Senate Report) - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 04-02-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Don't look back in anger - Oasis

Ch. 6: Act 3: 3 Shocker! CIA Lied About Torture - @majorityfm - Air Date: 04-16-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Going home - Niklas Aman

Ch. 8: Act 4: The Stop Torture Campaign via: @amnestyonline - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 9: Song 4: Activism - Shihan

Ch. 10: Act 5: Introduction to the AUMF and it's control over our foreign policy - RadioLab - Air Date: 4-28-24

Ch. 11: Song 5: Say goodbye - Ian Rhett

Ch. 12: Act 6: Rewriting History - @onthemedia - Air Date: 2-21-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: Re-write history - George Dobbs

Ch. 14: Act 7: How Barbara Lee became an American hero - RadioLab - Air Date: 4-28-24

 

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Ch. 15: Final comments: Thanking an American hero

 

Closing Music:

Here We Are - Patrick Park

 

ACTIVISM:

Stop Torture: Act Now from Amnesty International

Follow/participate: #StopTorture

 

Sources/further reading:

United Nations Convention Against Torture

"Report Shows Widespread Torture, Despite UN Convention” by Katie Rucke

#CloseGitmo — National Day of Action to Close Guantanamo Bay

 

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich

 

Produced by:

Jay! Tomlinson

 

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(2014/01/30) Scientific literacy and how to get there (Education) (Repost)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Thu, May 22, 2014


Edition #794

Scientific literacy and how to get there

 

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: TN Student Speaks Out About Common Core, Teacher Evaluations, and Educational Data - Ethan Young - Air Date: 11-7-13

Ch. 3: Song 1: Mr. Roboto - Styx

Ch. 4: Act 2: Standardized Annual Testing Isn't Working - Schooled (from @slate) - Air Date 11-1-13

Ch. 5: Song 2: Let's stick together - Wilbert Harrison

Ch. 6: Act 3: Crazy Stuff Kids Learn in Louisiana Schools - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 01-10-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Galileo - G.G. Allin

Ch. 8: Act 4: Neil deGrasse Tyson on Science, Religion and the Universe - @BillMoyers - Air Date 1-17-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: Come undone - Duran Duran

Ch. 10: Act 5: National Science Foundation: Science Hard - @TheOnion

Ch. 11: Song 5: Too hard - J Mascis

Ch. 12: Act 6: Producing The Smartest Kids In The World - Schooled (from @slate) - Air Date 11-1-13

Ch. 13: Song 6: Training montage from Rocky - Vince DiCola

Ch. 14: Act 7: Is Higher Education Even Worth It? | Defaults Skyrocket - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 10-06-13

Ch. 15: Song 7: Opportunity - Pete Murray

Ch. 16: Act 8: Finding the money to fund higher education for all - @jimhightower - Air Date: 8-8-13

Ch. 17: Song 8: Free Education (feat. Treez & Young DJ) - Jawaan Larue

Ch. 18: Act 9: Neil deGrasse Tyson on Science Literacy - @BillMoyers - Air Adate 1-24-14

 

Voicemails:

Ch. 19: Thoughts on 'queer' - David in Austin, TX

Ch. 20: Reproductive rights discussion needs more focus on personhood - Colin from Nebraska

 

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Voicemail Music: 

Loud Pipes - Ratatat

 

Ch. 21: Final comments on why 'reproductive rights' is about more than just abortion

 

Closing Music:

Here We Are - Patrick Park

 

Produced by:

Jay! Tomlinson

 

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(2014/05/19) Bad in principle and in practice (Death Penalty)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Mon, May 19, 2014


Edition #828

Bad in principle and in practice

 

Today we look at what benefits there are in having a death penalty (none) and which elements of it are fundamentally unjust (all)

 

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: If The Victim Is White, Death Penalty MUCH More Likely - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 03-23-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Death penalty - Surrogate

Ch. 4: Act 2: If You Support the Death Penalty, You're Probably White - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 04-01-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Fight to Win (feat. Cee Lo Green) - Goodie Mob

Ch. 6: Act 3: Execution In Oklahoma - @MumiaAbuJamal - Air Date: 5-5-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: American way - Little River Band

Ch. 8: Act 4: Texas to try secret lethal drug in execution - Rachel @Maddow - Air Date: 5-12-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: Close these curtains - Yoko Duo

Ch. 10: Act 5: Judgement On The Secret Cocktail - @FAIRmediawatch - Air Date 5-9-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: What are we doing here? - Tom Schreck

Ch. 12: Act 6: Court blocks Texas from killing prisoner - Rachel @maddow - Air Date 5-13-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: Death penalty - Eight Dayz

Ch. 14: Act 7: Shocking Percentage Of Death Row Inmates Are Innocent - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 05-03-14

Ch. 15: Song 7: Can't hide from the truth - The Hot 8 Brass Band

Ch. 16: Act 8: Fixing the death row system via @innocence - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 17: Song 8: Activism - Shihan

Ch. 18: Act 9: Support for Death Penalty Lowest in 40 Years - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 10-31-13

Ch. 19: Song 9: A change is gonna come - Ben Sollee

Ch. 20: Act 10: Rick Perry Killed an Innocent Man - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 03-12-14

 

Voicemails:

Ch. 21: Historical context of respectability politics - ? from Pittsburgh, PA

Ch. 22: Respectability politics = victim blaming - Sonya from Minnesota

Ch. 23: Jeff from theliberalcurmudgeon.com on how and why to support Best of the Left - Jeff from New York

 

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Voicemail Music: 

Loud Pipes - Ratatat

 

Ch. 24: Final comments on the next bonus episode on the concepts of self and free will

 

Closing Music:

Here We Are - Patrick Park

 

ACTIVISM:

What Can I Do? from The Innocence Project

 

Sources/further reading:

"How Oklahoma's GOP Governor Turned a Heinous Killer Into a Death-Penalty Martyr” by Stephanie Mencimer at Mother Jones

VIDEO: "Execution Chaos: Witness Recounts Botched Killing That Caused Oklahoma Prisoner's Fatal Heart Attack” via Democracy Now!

"Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin defends controversial execution” by Meredith Clark via MSNBC

 

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich

 

Produced by:

Jay! Tomlinson

 

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(2014/05/16) Perspective Taking (Racism)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Fri, May 16, 2014


Edition #827

Perspective Taking

 

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: A Brief History of White Privilege, Racism and Oppression in America - Acronym TV (@dennistrainorjr) - Air Date: 04-29-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Know your history - Ignite

Ch. 4: Act 2: Jim Demint's Delusional Slave History - @twibnation - Air Date 4-9-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Can't keep up - Silhouette

Ch. 6: Act 3: How Whites Have Benefited From Affirmative Action Throughout American History - @majorityfm - Air Date: 04-23-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: North by North - Faded Paper Figures

Ch. 8: Act 4: Three Things About the Donald Sterling Tape - illdoc1more (@jsmooth995) - Air Date: 4-28-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: Tobacco Road - Common Market

Ch. 10: Act 5: Race in the Obama era - @allinwithchris Hayes - Air Date: 04-10-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: No guarantee - !Akimbo

Ch. 12: Act 6: The 'My Brother's Keeper' Initiative Part 1 - @historicalTWiB - Air Date 3-5-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: Truth - Amos Lee

Ch. 14: Act 7: NBC Illustrates Its Concept Of Diversity - @FAIRmediawatch - Air Date 5-2-14

Ch. 15: Song 7: Sometime around midnight - The Airborne Toxic Event

Ch. 16: Act 8: The 'My Brother's Keeper' Initiative Part 2 - @historicalTWiB - Air Date 3-5-14

Ch. 17: Song 8: Meaningless - The Nighty Nite

Ch. 18: Act 9: Conservatives The ONLY Group Opposing Racial Equality [POLL] - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 01-05-14

 

Voicemails:

Ch. 19: Banning polygmany is not discrimination - Raul from Hawaii

Ch. 20: Polygamy vs polyamory and questioning monogomy as natural - Matt from Michigan

Ch. 21: A poly perspective - Katie Klabusich from New York

 

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Voicemail Music: 

Loud Pipes - Ratatat

 

Ch. 22: Final comments on the American paradigm of restrictions on freedom

 

Closing Music:

Here We Are - Patrick Park

 

Produced by:

Jay! Tomlinson

 

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(2014/05/13) Work is work is work (Wage and Respect Gap)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Tue, May 13, 2014


Edition #826

Work is work is work

 

Today we take a delightfully nuanced look at the causes of the gender pay gap and then likely make a lot of people uncomfortable with the idea that sex work isn't inherently evil

 

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Equal Pay Day: How Obama Is Helping Close the Pay Gap - @majorityfm - Air Date: 04-09-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: New slang - The Shins

Ch. 4: Act 2: Differentials In Pay Between Women And Men (Part 1) - @WEEKinBLACKNESS - Air Date 4-8-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Ode to my family - The Cranberries

Ch. 6: Act 3: Politician: Women Don't Deserve Equal Pay Because WHAT?! - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 05-02-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Coal miner's daughter - Loretta Lynn

Ch. 8: Act 4: Differentials In Pay Between Women And Men (Part 2) - @WEEKinBLACKNESS - Air Date 4-8-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: The upturned nose of Count Buffon - Black Prairie

Ch. 10: Act 5: Fox Is Just Asking: "Are Female Breadwinners A Problem?" - Media Matters Minute (@mmfa) - Air Date: 05-05-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: The upturned nose of Count Buffon - Black Prairie

Ch. 12: Act 6: Playing The Whore, The Work Of Sex Work - @radio_dispatch - Air Date: 3-5-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: There she goes - Sixpence None The Richer

Ch. 14: Act 7: Prostitution Restrictions Removed by Canada Supreme Court - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 12-28-13

Ch. 15: Song 7: Today has been okay - Emiliana Torrini

Ch. 16: Act 8: The Sex Workers Project via @UJCSexWorkers - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 17: Song 8: Activism - Shihan

Ch. 18: Act 9: Influence Of Internet On Sex Workers - @fakedansavage - Air Date 7-30-13

 

Voicemails:

Ch. 19: Surprised at lack of animal agriculture in climate episode - Jim from Washington State

Ch. 20: Government should get out of the marriage business - Nathan from Boca Raton, FL

Ch. 21: Thanks for campaign finance reform episode - Paula from California

 

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Voicemail Music: 

Loud Pipes - Ratatat

 

Ch. 22: Final comments on how to share the show and it's segments

 

Closing Music:

Here We Are - Patrick Park

 

ACTIVISM:

No Condoms as Evidence

emPOWER - a Celebration of the Sex Workers Project, June 5th, NYC

 

Additional Activism

Follow #NotYourRescueProject

The Best Practices Police Project (BPPP): Take Action and Volunteer

 

Sources/further reading:

”Playing the Whore” by Melissa Gira Grant

"Fighting sex trafficking with Jesus: How the religious right’s 'healing' hurts” by Melissa Gira Grant

"Sex worker activist convicted for crime of 'walking while trans’” via Feministing

”Sex Workers: We’re not a rescue project, not trafficking victims” by Andrea Garcia-Vargas

Listen: Red Umbrella Diaries podcast from Red Umbrella Project

"How a controversial Ariz. program tries to keep sex workers out of jail” by Sarah Hoye

"NYPD to Stop Seizing Sex Work Suspects’ Condoms”

 

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich

 

Produced by:

Jay! Tomlinson

 

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(2014/05/10) This might be the solution (Money in politics)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Sat, May 10, 2014


Edition #825

This might be the solution

 

Today we look at the classic issue of how money in politics has totally fucked us all and at one way to possibly turn the tables. Details at MayOne.us

 

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: The Political 1% of the 1% - @SunFoundation - Air Date: 06-24-13

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

Ch. 4: Act 2: American Democracy no Longer Works - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 04-15-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Live like you're dying - Lenka

Ch. 6: Act 3: SCOTUS Defines Corruption - @dccommonsense - Air Date 4-5-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Any way you want it - Journey

Ch. 8: Act 4: Lawrence Lessig’s March to End Corruption - @billmoyersHQ - Air Date: 2-14-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: Walk beside me - Darrell Scott & Tim O'Brien

Ch. 10: Act 5: Lawrence @Lessig: The unstoppable walk to political reform - TED - Air Date: March 2014

Ch. 11: Song 5: Ask - The Smiths

Ch. 12: Act 6: Mayday PAC Launch - MayOne.US (@lessig) - Air Date: 4-29-14

 

Voicemails:

Ch. 13: Ethical Electric available in Delaware - ? From Delaware

Ch. 14: Examining polyamory - Melissa from New York

Ch. 15: Religion is a choice - Sonya from Minnesota

Ch. 16: Continuing the discussion on polygamy - Amanda from San Diego

 

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Voicemail Music: 

Loud Pipes - Ratatat

 

Ch. 17: Final comments on MayOne.us and the need for progressive media marketing

 

Closing Music:

Here We Are - Patrick Park

 

Produced by:

Jay! Tomlinson

 

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