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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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(2014/12/16) One of our Blackest Marks (The Torture Report) (Repost)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Fri, Aug 28, 2015


Edition #884

Today we take a look at the recently released Senate torture report and attempt to give guidance on how it should and should NOT be received
 
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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Senate releases report on CIA torture - @allinwithchris Hayes - Air Date 12-9-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Human Rights - One Thing


Ch. 4: Act 2: "We Are Awesome"... - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 12-10-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Look At How Awesome We Are! - Look At How Awesome We Are!


Ch. 6: Act 3: Juan Cole on the lack of response to US torture from the Middle East - @truthdig Radio - Air Date: 12-12-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Machine - Contre jour (Original Soundtrack)


Ch. 8: Act 4: Suggesting alternatives to torture - The Bugle (@hellobuglers) - Air Date: 12-12-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: Seduce Me - Joyride


Ch. 10: Act 5: Don't change the subject on torture - @allinwithchris Hayes - Air Date 12-12-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: The Idiots Are Taking Over - The War On Errorism


Ch. 12: Act 6: Pardons would label torturers as criminals - Rachel @Maddow Show - Air Date: 12-9-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: We Know Better - Small Fame


Ch. 14: Act 7: Our culture of impunity - Le Show (@theharryshearer) - Air Date: 12-14-14

Ch. 15: Song 7: Accountability - I've Never Been to Heaven


Ch. 16: Act 8: Prosecute #Torture via @ACLU - Best of the Left Activism

Act 8.5:  They Said No To Torture - @aclu videos - Air Date: 12-12-14

Ch. 17: Song 8: Time for Action - Time for Action - the Very Best Of


Ch. 18: Act 9: Hayes Are really we a nation of laws? - @allinwithchris Hayes - Air Date 12-9-14

Ch. 19: Song 9: Law and Order - The Ultimate TV Themes Collection: Thrillers


Ch. 20: Act 10: What happens when you betray your ideals - @dccommonsense with Dan Carlin - Air Date: 12-14-14


Voicemails

Ch. 21: What's needed to understand the discussion on race - Vphriamer Adis from New York

Ch. 22: The heartland is in media darkness - Vicki from Oregon

Ch. 23: American exceptionalism is bullshit - Chris from Colorado Springs

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 24: Final comments on the underserved oppressed group featured in the most recent bonus episode

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


Activism: Prosecute #Torture via @ACLU

Take Action:

Write, email, and call (202-353-1555) the Department of Justice to demand the prosecution of those who ordered and orchestrated torture.

SIGN the ACLU petition: No Free Pass For Torture

Additional Activism:

SIGN the ACLU petition demanding the president Honor Those Who Said No To Torture

Sources/further reading:

"Why a Criminal Investigation is Necessary” — The ACLU statement on the Senate Torture Report

"Civil Rights Groups Call for Prosecution of Torture Architects” by Murtaza Hussain at The Intercept

"SSCI Torture Report Key: They Knew It was Torture, Knew It Was Illegal” via empty wheel

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2014/12/05) Processing Ferguson, Eric Garner and Beyond (#BlackLivesMatter) (Repost)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Tue, Aug 25, 2015


Edition #881

Today we listen and learn from those most deeply effected by the pattern of deaths of black men and women as they talk through their grief and anger
 
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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Ferguson - @MumiaAbuJamal - Air Date: 11-25-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: The Survivors - Beasts of the Southern Wild (Music from the Motion Picture)


Ch. 4: Act 2: Ferguson is Selma - @mychalsmith on @Radio_Dispatch - Air Date: 11-26-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Basique - Mickey Mouse Operation


Ch. 6: Act 3: New rules and time for action - @blackastronaut1 - Air Date: 11-26-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Untitled - Zoe Keating


Ch. 8: Act 4: This is what hopelessness looks like - @Radio_Dispatch - Air Date: 11-26-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: Rivers and Roads - The Head and the Heart


Ch. 10: Act 5: The Illipsis- on Ferguson, riots and human limits - @jsmooth995 - Air Date: 11-26-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: Tobacco Road - Tobacco Road


Ch. 12: Act 6: Ferguson's Fall Out - @MumiaAbuJamal - Air Date: 11-29-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: Struggle - Ringside


Ch. 14: Act 7: When the System Provides No Remedies to Torture, You Must Overthrow It - @blkagendareport - Air Date: 12-3-14

Ch. 15: Song 7: Take a Look Around (In the Style of Limp Bizkit) [Karaoke Instrumental Version] - Karaoke in the Style of Limp Bizkit - Single


Ch. 16: Act 8: New York City takes to streets in wake of Garner ruling - Rachel @Maddow Show - Air Date: 12-3-14

Ch. 17: Song 8: Everyday (Single Version) - Carly Comando


Ch. 18: Act 9: Death for a Cigarette - @MumiaAbuJamal - Air Date: 12-4-14

Ch. 19: Song 9: If Not Now, When - Anchor & Braille


Ch. 20: Act 10: Prepare yourselves for the long haul - @TWiBnation - Air Date: 12-3-14

Ch. 21: Song 10: Protest song - Anti-Flag


Ch. 22: Act 11: Killer Mike's pre-show Ferguson Grand Jury speech


Voicemails

Ch. 23: Focus on the gasoline, not the match - Wade from Ft. Worth, TX

Ch. 24: Thoughts on the big picture of race relations in America - Marcus from Wichita Falls, TX

Ch. 25: Another blow to the psyche - Prof. Rambo from Georgia

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 26: Final comments directing protesters to fergusonresponse.tumblr.com and #thisstopstoday

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


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2015/08/21) The shift in culture we need (Climate)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Fri, Aug 21, 2015


Edition #948

Today we take a look at a variety of aspects of a new culture we should all be aspiring to where health, happiness and environmental sustainability are all in line with each other
 
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Show Notes

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

00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: Alan Watts: What If Money Was No Object? - Tragedy & Hope (@TragedyandHopes) - Air Date: 8-30-13

Ch. 3: Song 1: N/A


00:03:23 Ch. 4: Act 2: Examining the real concept of prosperity - The biggest story in the world (a @guardian podcast) - Air Date: 4-17-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Untitled - Zoe Keating


00:11:47 Ch. 6: Act 3: Josh Farley explains some of the tenets of degrowth - Extraenvironmentalist (@xenvironmental) - Air Date: 5-20-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: The Confrontation - Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin


00:22:48 Ch. 8: Act 4: Nature Rx - @nature_rx

Ch. 9: Song 4: N/A


00:24:12 Ch. 10: Act 5:  A city goes ecomobile - The Urban Idea - Air Date: 12-24-13

Ch. 11: Song 5: N/A


00:36:57 Ch. 12: Act 6: A 3-Day Work Week Could Save Humanity - @RedactedTonight w/ @LeeCamp - Air Date: 12-23-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: No Sleep Till Brooklyn - Beastie Boys


00:39:12 Ch. 14: Act 7: David Suzuki explains how we would look to an alien studying us - Extraenvironmentalist (@xenvironmental) - Air Date: 5-20-15

Ch. 15: Song 7: Call of the Wild Ones: A Theme - Black Prairie


00:48:35 Ch. 16: Act 8: Visualizing a Plenitude Economy - Center for a New American Dream (@newdream) - Air Date: 9-15-11


Voicemails

00:53:25 Ch. 17: Free will and Liberalism - Gretchen from Minnesota

00:55:43 Ch. 18: A couple of things people don't understand about racism - Anthony from Illinois

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


00:58:09 Ch. 19: Final comments on Plenitude, Mr. Money Mustache and my story of health, happiness, frugality and the environment

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


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2015/08/18) Understanding the schism in the progressive movement (#BlackLivesMatter)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Tue, Aug 18, 2015


Edition #947

Today we see what we can learn from the recent #BlackLivesMatter protests against Bernie Sanders and White Progressives™ and the reactions from some Sanders supporters that they sparked
 
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Show Notes

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

00:00:34 Ch. 2: Act 1: Black Lives Matter organizer 'Every presidential candidate should expect to hear from us' - Melissa Harris Perry (@MHPshow) - Air Date 8-15-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: Racism - The Mighty Sparrow


00:10:49 Ch. 4: Act 2: Interview with Marissa Janae Johnson (@rissaofthewa) after Seattle protest - This Week in Blackness (@TWiBnation) - Air Date: 8-11-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Are You With Me - Vaux


00:21:11 Ch. 6: Act 3: How not to be an ally of racial justice - @citizenradio - Air Date: 8-10-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: Springish - Gillicuddy


00:31:39 Ch. 8: Act 4: On #BlackLivesMatter and Defending Bernie Sanders - Jay Smooth (@jsmooth995) - Air Date: 8-15-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: Tobacco Road - Common Market


00:36:07 Ch. 10: Act 5: A case of white fragility in the fight for racial justice - This Week in Blackness (@TWiBnation) - Air Date: 8-11-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: Hurt Feelings - Flight of the Conchords


00:47:49 Ch. 12: Act 6: Hey Naysayers, Allow Bernie Sanders to Offer You Proof That Black Lives Matter Helps Him - Majority Report (@majorityfm) - Air Date: 08-14-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: Hard To Explain - The Riptide Movement


00:54:31 Ch. 14: Act 7: .@JeanneTheoharis social movements cause discomfort - Melissa Harris Perry (@MHPshow) - Air Date 8-15-15

Ch. 15: Song 7: Jail - Plusplus


01:01:53 Ch. 16: Act 8: .@VanJones68 goes all in to explain the BlackLives Matter protests - This Week in Blackness (@TWiBnation) - Air Date: 8-12-15


Voicemails

01:04:35 Ch. 17: Examining deep rooted conservatism in the progressive movement - V from Western New York

01:06:19 Ch. 18: What people are forgetting about how racism works - David From Georgia

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


01:09:13 Ch. 19: Final comments on the different roles each of us play within a movement

#BlackLivesMatter & Racial Justice (admittedly incomplete) Round-up

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


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2015/08/14) What will it take to reverse this trend? (Privacy Rights)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Fri, Aug 14, 2015


Edition #946

Today we take a broad look at the effects of our diminishing privacy
 
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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Illegal Spying Below: Activists Fly Anti-Surveillance Airship over NSA's Utah Data Center - Electronic Frontier Foundation (@EFF) - Air Date: 8-5-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: N/A


Ch. 4: Act 2: Surveillance Beyond the Patriot Act - @onthemedia - Air Date: 5-28-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: All Along the Watchtower - The Jimi Hendrix Experience


Ch. 6: Act 3: What happens if we have a 9/11 of privacy? - Common Sense (@dccommonsense) - Air Date: 7-14-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: Life Lessons Episode 1: 5 Ways To Avoid Your Bills - LunchMoney Lewis


Ch. 8: Act 4:  What Is Systemic Racism? - Government Surveillance - @RaceForward - Air Date: 4-22-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: Le monde de contre jour - David Ari Leon


Ch. 10: Act 5:  Data and Goliath: Bruce Schneier on the Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World - @democracynow - Air Date: 3-13-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: What Is Your Secret - Nada Surf


Ch. 12: Act 6: Preserve Anonymity, Stand Up For Domain Privacy via @EFF — Best of the Left Activism 

Ch. 13: Song 6: This Fickle World - Theo Bard


Ch. 14: Act 7: The government and technology companies battle over encryption - Common Sense (@dccommonsense) - Air Date: 7-14-15


Voicemails

Ch. 15: Stop Killing our Trans sisters - Uhuru from Sweden

Ch. 16: A story of abuse and a call for a healthier discussion of sexuality - Anonymous

Ch. 17: Tea Consent as part of educational curriculum - Alex from Oregon

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 18: Final comments asking for comments on Black Lives Matter and progressive infighting before the hiatus starts

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


Activism: Preserve Anonymity, Stand Up For Domain Privacy via @EFF

Take Action:

SIGN: "Preserve Anonymity, Stand Up For Domain Privacy” via the Electronic Frontier Foundation

Sources/further reading:

"Icann plan to end website anonymity 'could lead to swatting attacks’” at The Guardian

"Proposed Domain Name Rule Threatens Website Owner Anonymity” at Buzzfeed

Hear the segment in context:

Episode #946 "What will it take to reverse this trend? (Privacy Rights)"

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2015/08/11) Violence and injustice (Trans Rights)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Tue, Aug 11, 2015


Edition #945

Today we take a look at multiple forms of violence and injustice afflicting trans people as part of their daily lives
 
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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Transgender Rights - @LastWeekTonight with @iamjohnoliver - Air Date: 6-28-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: Little People (Black City) (Live @ KEXP) - Matthew Dear


Ch. 4: Act 2: .@SBearBergman on how the natural order is reasserting itself for trans people - @SexOutLoudRadio - Air Date: 10-17-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: She said - Stray Dogg


Ch. 6: Act 3: This piece is called "Trigger Warning" - @Making_Contact - Air Date: 4-21-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: Credits - dustmotes


Ch. 8: Act 4: Transforming History - Retro Report - Air Date 6-15-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: Some Kind Of Mininova - Textile Audio


Ch. 10: Act 5: #TransHealthFail - Popaganda from @BitchMedia - Air Date: 8-6-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: Summer - Butano Bazaar


Ch. 12: Act 6: Support @MyTransHealth - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 13: Song 6: Activism - Shihan


Ch. 14: Act 7: .@LaverneCox on Bullying and Being a Trans Woman of Color - @KepplerSpeakers - Air Date: 12-19-13


Voicemails

Ch. 15: Explaining the functions of inflation - Jeff from Sacramento, CA

Ch. 16: Open immigration is pro-people and good for the economy - Charlie From Cinncinatti

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 18: Final comments on how to deal with things you don't understand

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


Activism: Support @MyTransHealth

Take Action:

AMPLIFY and donate to the KICKSTARTER to bring My Trans Health to as many cities as possible.

Additional Activism/Resources:

FOLLOW and amplify: #TransHealthFail

Sources/further reading:

"6 ways the health care system fails transgender patients” via Mashable

"Trans People Are Speaking Out About Their Horrible Experiences With Health Care” via .Mic

"It's hard being trans. It's even harder when you can't find a doctor. A new site hopes to fix that.” via Upworthy

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2015/08/07) On Cosby and consent (Rape Culture)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Fri, Aug 07, 2015


Edition #944

Today we take a look at the accusations against Bill Cosby of serial rape, some of the underlying concepts behind consent and how rape culture creates #TheEmptyChair
 
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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: New details revealed in Cosby assault claims - Rachel @Maddow - Air Date 7-6-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: The Time To Run (Finale) - Dexter Britain


Ch. 4: Act 2: Cosby Rape Victim Strikes Back At The View Host - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 07-11-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: American Life (instrumental) - Silence Is Sexy


Ch. 6: Act 3: Republicans Ponder: Is Sex With an Unconscious Person Real, Legitimate Rape? - Majority Report (@majorityfm) - Air Date: 02-10-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: suffer them - Noaidi


Ch. 8: Act 4: Tea Consent - @BlueSeatStudios and the Rockstar Dinosaur Pirate Princess - Air Date: 5-12-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: Time for Tea - Madness


Ch. 10: Act 5: Bill Cosby's accusers as you've never seen them before - @allinwithchris Hayes - Air Date 7-27-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: Structures In The Sun - Metal Mountains


Ch. 12: Act 6: Protect Funding that Supports Victims of Sexual Violence via @RAINN01 - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 13: Song 6: Activism - Shihan


Ch. 14: Act 7: #TheEmptyChair - This week in blackness (@TWiBprime) - Air Date: 7-27-15


Voicemails

Ch. 16: The history of the racial division - Ruben from San Jose

Ch. 17: Asking for thoughts on inflation - Matt from Maryland

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 18: Final comments on inflation vs deflation

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


Activism: Protect Funding that Supports Victims of Sexual Violence via @RAINN01

Take Action:

Email, tweet, call your representatives from: "Tell Congress to Protect Funding that Supports Victims of Sexual Violence and Helps Catch Rapists”

Sources/further reading:

"‘I’m No Longer Afraid’: 35 Women Tell Their Stories About Being Assaulted by Bill Cosby, and the Culture That Wouldn’t Listen” by Noreen Malone at NY Mag’s ‘The Cut’

"Who Will We Choose to See? Bill Cosby and Believing Survivors” by Tọ́pẹ́ Fádìran at RH Reality Check

"The Empty Chair & 35 Women Standing Up to Bill Cosby, Rapist” by Roxane Gay at The Toast

"Serial rapists commit 9 of 10 campus sexual assaults, research finds” at AlJazeera America

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2015/08/04) No human being is illegal (Immigration)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Tue, Aug 04, 2015


Edition #943

Today we take a look at the dysfunctional state of the US immigration system and the political fight brewing over what to do about it
 
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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Coming Out As An Undocumented Immigrant - Latino Voices - AJ+ (@ajplus) - Air Date: 03-20-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: Liberate - Buguinha Dub


Ch. 4: Act 2: Donald Trump WRONG About 'Immigrant Crime' - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 07-08-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Untitled 10 - Sunslide


Ch. 6: Act 3: Scott Walker Now Bashing Any and All Immigrants - @majorityfm - Air Date: 04-22-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: Oak - Ben McElroy


Ch. 8: Act 4: La Raza Annual Conference Will Be Skipped By EVERY 2016 Republican Candidate - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 07-12-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: Mexico - Jimmy Pé


Ch. 10: Act 5: 'OITNB' actress (@dianeguerrero__) speaks out about family's deportation - CNN - Air Date: 11-17-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: Let’s go down - Family of the Year


Ch. 12: Act 6: Mass Graves of Immigrants Found in Texas, But State Says No Laws Were Broken - @democracynow - Air Date: 07-16-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: Suffering of the Innocents - Squire Tuck


Ch. 14: Act 7: Did You Know Jesus Was Against Immigration? - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 07-16-15

Ch. 15: Song 7: Bible stories - Dublin Duck Dispensary


Ch. 16: Act 8: Hold Border Patrol Responsible via @ACLU — Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 17: Song 8: This Fickle World - Theo Bard


Ch. 18: Act 9: Let Them All In? How Immigration Can Help the Economy - @LearnLiberty - Air Date: 01-13-15

Ch. 19: Song 9: All over the world - Boogie Belgique


Ch. 20: Act 10: The Migrant Manifesto by Musa Okwonga (@Okwonga) - @migrants_rights Network - Air Date: 11-26-12


Voicemails

Ch. 21: Happiness through polyamory - Katie Klabusich

Ch. 22: Bernie getting the short end of the stick - Matt from Flagstaff

Ch. 23: The importance of hearing from black voices - Sunny from St. Paul, MN

Ch. 24: Happiness through music - Neil

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 25: Final comments on happiness and poverty

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


Activism: Hold Border Patrol Responsible via @ACLU

Take Action:

SIGN: "Our Border Communities Are Not Constitution-Free Zones" via ACLU

Sources/further reading:

"Signs of Life For Immigration Reform” at U.S. News and World Report

"Jeb Bush unveils border security, immigration reform plan” via WSB-TV

"Documenting Ongoing Border Patrol Abuses” via Immigration Policy Center

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2015/07/31) Productive progressive infighting (#BlackLivesMatter at #NetrootsNation)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Fri, Jul 31, 2015


Edition #942

Today we take a look at the #BlackLivesMatter protest at Netroots Nation and the positive results that have emerged in it’s wake
 
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Show Notes

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

00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: The Sandra Bland Video & the Extraordinary Threat to Black Lives - Majority Report (@majorityfm) - Air Date: 07-22-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: Blik - deeB


00:09:17 Ch. 4: Act 2: "I Will Light You Up!": New Dash Cam Video Shows Arrest of Sandra Bland, Found Dead in Texas Jail - @democracynow - Air Date: 07-22-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Change The World ( Coldnoise Remix ) - Controlled Collapse


00:11:15 Ch. 6: Act 3: Protesting the White Progressive space at @Netroots_Nation - This week in blackness (@TWiBNation) - Air Date: 7-23-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: Please Listen Carefully - Jazzer


00:27:48 Ch. 8: Act 4: Misguided responses to #BlackLivesMatter, including Bernie Sanders at @Netroots_Nation - Back Talk from @BitchMedia - Air Date: 7-23-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: Take Care - Dad Rocks!


00:37:44 Ch. 10: Act 5: Having a job isn't going to make me not black - The Black Guy Who Tips (@rodimusprime) - Air Date: 7-22-15

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


00:46:19 Ch. 12: Act 6: Bernie Sanders and Black Lives Matter - Majority Report (@majorityfm) - Air Date: 07-21-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: Sneeuwland - Oskar Schuster


00:53:06 Ch. 14: Act 7: Black people, we got you! I mean, to a certain extent. - This week in blackness (@TWiBNation) - Air Date: 7-23-15

Ch. 15: Song 7: Friends and Neighbors (Remastered) - Single - Sammy Kaye


00:56:14 Ch. 16: Act 8: What Bernie Sanders needs to do to win - Benjamin Dixon Show (@TheBpDShow) - Air Date: 7-24-15

Ch. 17: Song 8: A Lot of Work to Do - Friendly People


01:05:18 Ch. 18: Act 9: Bernie Sanders: Racism & Inequality Are 'Parallel Problems' - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 07-27-15

Ch. 19: Song 9: Close to Me (Closest Mix) - The Cure


01:09:24 Ch. 19: Act 10: .@DFAaction responds to the #BlackLivesMatter protest at Netroots - This week in blackness (@TWiBNation) - Air Date: 7-28-15


01:16:28 Ch. 20: Final comments with an analogy explaining why you shouldn't say "All Lives Matter" in response to "Black Lives Matter"

From Reddit: Why is it so controversial when someone says "All Lives Matter" instead of "Black Lives Matter"?

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


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(2015/07/28) Taking food out of the mouths of babes (Poverty)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Tue, Jul 28, 2015


Edition #941

Today we take a look at food insecurity for both adults and children as well as one possible solution in the form of a universal basic income
 
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Show Notes

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

00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: War on Poor Grows: No Shellfish, Potatoes, Ketchup for You! - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 05-22-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: can't afford no food - Jeff Eliassen


00:04:36 Ch. 4: Act 2: GOP's Poor-Punishing Legacy Comes to an End (In One State) - Majority Report (@majorityfm) - Air Date: 04-23-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Food - Town Hall


00:08:43 Ch. 6: Act 3: Dr. Harriet Fraad on US economy’s disastrous impact on children - Economic Update w/ @profwolff - AIr Date: 1-25-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: Cry for the Children - Jamod Allah


00:19:09 Ch. 8: Act 4: Anna Chudnovsky, Elementary School Teacher - First Call BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition - Air Date: 11-27-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: Impossible - Shout Out Louds


00:25:20 Ch. 10: Act 5:  Fired for the offense of feeding children - This week in blackness (@TWiBNation) - Air Date: 6-3-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: Broke and Hungry - Jeremy Wallace


00:36:55 Ch. 12: Act 6: Food, Clothing and Health Care Should be Rights... - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 02-12-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: Food - Gablé


00:46:34 Ch. 14: Act 7: Keep #SNAP Strong via @FRACtweets — Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 15: Song 7: This Fickle World - Theo Bard


00:51:59 Ch. 16: Act 8: Basic Income: The Totally Crazy Not Crazy Idea - @RedactedTonight w/ @LeeCamp - Air Date: 06-25-15


Voicemails

00:58:31 Ch. 17: Happiness through helping people - Colin from Cleveland, OH

00:59:53 Ch. 18: Happiness through autonomy at work - Ryan from Phoenix

01:03:42 Ch. 19: Are the long-term consequinces of nuclear vs solar comparable? - Marty from California

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 20: 12 Final Comments on supporting Katie on Patreon, suggesting you watch the movie Pride and answering a question about nuclear power

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


Activism: Keep #SNAP Strong via @FRACtweets

Take Action:

Track and support/oppose pending budgetary and program changes to food assistance through Food Research and Action Center’s Legislative Action Center

SIGN: "Tell Congress to Keep SNAP Strong”

Sources/further reading:

"What SNAP Is For” via the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

"Honoring the Legacy of Senators Bob Dole and George McGovern” via World Food Program USA

"Republicans Are Trying to Take Food Out of My Mouth” by Katie Klabusich at RollingStone

Written (mostly) by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


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(2015/01/30) Dispelling the selective memory of Dr. Martin Luther King (Repost)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Fri, Jul 24, 2015


Edition #894

Today we take a look at the legacy of Martin Luther King as it was taught to us and fill in the gaps that were left out. Turns out it was no accident those gaps were left in the first place.
 
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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: An except from a lost MLK speech - @democracynow - Air Date: 1-19-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: We Shall Overcome - We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions


Ch. 4: Act 2: MLK Day Should be for Everyone - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 01-20-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Like a King - Welcome to the Cruel World


Ch. 6: Act 3: Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes You've Probably Never Heard Before - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 01-20-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: By the Time I Get to Arizona - Power to the People & the Beats - Public Enemy's Greatest Hits


Ch. 8: Act 4: Rev. Madison Shockley on the black liberation theology of MLK - @truthdig Radio - Air Date: 1-16-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: Glory (From the Motion Picture "Selma") - Glory (From the Motion Picture "Selma") - Single


Ch. 10: Act 5: Movement Building and the Importance of Youth - Tim Wise - Air Date: 12-5-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: A Dream - Freedom Writers


Ch. 12: Act 6: Demand Congress Address Civil and Human Rights via @civilrightsorg - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 13: Song 6: "This fickle world" - Theo Bard


Ch. 14: Act 7: Gary Younge, author of 'The Speech' with MLK - @Making_Contact - Air Date: 1-13-15


Voicemails

Ch. 16: Encouraging women to speak about their experiences with abortion - Zoe from Durham, NC

Ch. 17: This American Life did a segment on Vocal Fry - Ruben from San Jose

Ch. 18: Thoughts on the impermanence of "culture" - Nathan from Vancouver, WA

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 19: Final comments on the invention of racism by the powerful to divide the powerless

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


Activism: Demand Congress Address Civil and Human Rights via @civilrightsorg

Take Action:

Add your name: Congress Must Address Civil and Human Rights Priorities in 2015 via The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

Additional Activism/Resources:

Go. See. Selma. Find listings HERE

Sources/further reading:

"Will Justice Scalia Be the Savior of the Fair Housing Act?” at ACLU.org

"Civil and Human Rights Coalition Troubled by Deletion of “Civil Rights and Human Rights” from Senate Constitution Subcommittee” press release from The Leadership Conference

“Yes, The Oscars Are So White, And Here’s Why That Matters” at MTV.com

#OscarsSoWhite via @ReignOfApril

Ava DuVernay: ‘Selma’ Is the ‘Vision of a Black Storyteller Undiluted’” by Mychal Denzel Smith at The Nation

"Congress Will Be in Session Longer Next Year. Will It Make a Difference?” by Kate Scanlon at The Daily Signal

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2015/07/21) What we are facing and how we are fighting (Climate)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Tue, Jul 21, 2015


Edition #940

Today we take a look at a the continuing drought conditions in California and a variety of plans of action to fight the emission of green house gasses
 
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Show Notes

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

00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: California's epic drought - @allinwithchris Hayes - Air Date: 7-13-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: Cylinder One - Chris Zabriskie


00:04:59 Ch. 4: Act 2: Reframing the CA drought away from climate change - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date: 6-19-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Drought - Steve Wynn


00:08:25 Ch. 6: Act 3: Actually, Solar and Wind Energy Would Work Just Fine - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 04-24-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: Windmill - Listen With Sarah


00:20:23 Ch. 8: Act 4:  Nuclear Power can be Safe... - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 06-12-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: Nuclear Waste - Tought Darts!


00:25:04 Ch. 10: Act 5: The solar boom - @allinwithchris Hayes - Air Date: 7-10-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: All over the world - Boogie Belgique


00:30:41 Ch. 12: Act 6: The Vatican encyclical on the environment - @greennewsreport - Air Date: 6-18-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: Cetology - Ben McElroy


00:33:36 Ch. 14: Act 7:  I'm Not A Scientist - @onthemedia - Air Date: 6-19-15

Ch. 15: Song 7: Oklahoma (Finale) - Gordon MacRae, Charlotte Greenwood, James Whitmore, Shirley Jones & Jay Flippen


00:40:29 Ch. 16: Act 8: The BP settlement for the gulf oil spill - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date: 7-10-15

Ch. 17: Song 8: Natural Disaster - D.A. Dad


00:43:36 Ch. 18: Act 9: Coal 101- What's Wrong with Coal? - @SierraClub - Air Date: 5-28-13

Ch. 19: Song 9: Shadow of a Coal Mine - Linda Draper


00:46:22 Ch. 20: Act 10: .@BeyondCoal via @SierraClub — Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 21: Song 10: Activism - Shihan


00:49:42 Ch. 22: Act 11: Supreme Court EPA Ruling Is A Big Polluted Kiss To Conservatives - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 06-30-15


Voicemails

00:55:37 Ch. 23: What's the alternative to the coal industry? - Wade from Ft. Worth, TX

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


00:57:25 Ch. 24: Final comments on what we need to do when the coal jobs disappear

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


Activism: @BeyondCoal via @SierraClub

Take Action:

SIGN & SHARE: Speak Out For a Strong Clean Power Plan with the The Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign

Get involved in your state through Beyond Coal’s Take Action Page

Sources/further reading:

“United States Phases Out 200th Coal Plant As Momentum For Renewable Energy Grows” via The Sierra Club

"Iowa Utility Will Phase Out Coal At 5 Plants, In Milestone For Sierra Club” by Kate Sheppard via Huffington Post

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2015/07/17) We are being failed in so many ways (Media)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Fri, Jul 17, 2015


Edition #939

Today we take a look at a variety of ways the media fails us, from the use of fear tactics and stereotyping to their completely credulous regurgitation of government press releases and all around insider mindset that can never challenge the conventional wisdom
 
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Show Notes

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

00:00:39 Ch. 2: Act 1: 7 Totally False Panics Created By The Media - @RedactedTonight w/ @LeeCamp - Air Date: 04-11-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: The Shine - Jahzzar

00:06:16 Ch. 4: Act 2: Snowden Smear Piece Sums Up Journalism's Sad State - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 06-18-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Portland (Demo) - RENMINBI


00:12:25 Ch. 6: Act 3: US: NSA Surveillance Restricts Press Freedom - HumanRightsWatch (@hrw) - Air Date: 07-28-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Dart - Stray Dogg


00:17:01 Ch. 8: Act 4: MSNBC launches NBCBLK - This week in blackness (@TWiBnation) - Air Date: 1-19-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: perro - Digi G'Alessio


00:25:49 Ch. 10: Act 5: Why Charleston Shooter Isn't Being Called A Terrorist- White Riots vs Black Protests - @bravenewfilms - Air Date: 6-16-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: Cospiratore - Old Splendifolia


00:28:43 Ch. 12: Act 6: Is MSNBC Dying? - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 04-03-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: This is based upon a true story - plusplus


00:33:51 Ch. 14: Act 7: How the Delusional Mainstream Media Dismisses Bernie Sanders - Majority Report (@majorityfm) - Air Date: 05-28-15

Ch. 15: Song 7: Black Eyed Susan - Podington Bear


00:43:27 Ch. 16: Act 8: The blending of content and advertising - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date: 12-12-14

Ch. 17: Song 8: Horfid (Live @ KEXP) - Lay Low


00:45:56 Ch. 18: Act 9: HUGE: 22 Towns Will Build Their Own Gigabit Internet Service - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 07-07-15

Ch. 19: Song 9: Greek Tragedy - plusplus


00:49:51 Ch. 20: Act 10: Chuck Todd Slips & Tells Lewis Black EXACTLY Why The Media Sucks - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 01-03-15


Voicemails

00:54:11 Ch. 21: Learning to apologize - Anthony from Indiana

00:57:51 Ch. 22: Happiness through veganism - Nick

01:04:27 Ch. 22: Overcoming the idea of living up to ideals and practicing appreciation - Vicki from Oregon

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


01:06:48 Ch. 23: Final comments on the relationship between happiness and politics

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


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(2015/07/14) What are women complaining about? (Feminism)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Tue, Jul 14, 2015


Edition #938

Today we take a look at what women are complaining about. Turns out there’s a lot, and for good reason.
 
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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Gerda Lerner - short unedited Interview - BKRenata - Air Date: 7-28-12

Ch. 3: Song 1: Heirloom - The Black Atlantic


 Ch. 4: Act 2: Women in Media: On Feminism - Arthouse - Air Date: 12-23-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Things will change - Audiophil


Ch. 6: Act 3: Intersectionality Video - Giavana Margo - Air Date: 11-20-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: con·form·ist - dustmotes


Ch. 8: Act 4: Framing the debate on family-friendly workplace policies - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date: 5-29-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: Khaf - deeB


Ch. 10: Act 5: Should Men be Excluded From the workplace? - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 05-20-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: The Insider Theme - The Insider


Ch. 12: Act 6: Hollywood Boys' Club Called Out For Sexism - AJ+ - Air Date: 05-21-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: Back to the Future - Mikhola


Ch. 14: Act 7: Upworthy & Lady Parts Present: Candid Casting Calls - Upworthy - Air Date: 02-18-15

Ch. 15: Song 7: n/a


Ch. 16: Act 8: Why I'm a... FEMINIST! (gasp) - Laci Green (@gogreen18) - Air Date: 4-23-14

Ch. 17: Song 8: Without a doubt - BJ Block and Dawn Pemberton


Ch. 18: Act 9: I am Not Roof's Woman - The F Word with @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date: 6-26-15

Ch. 19: Song 9: Drifts - The OO-Ray


Ch. 20: Act 10: Caitlyn Clark's poem in response to UCSB shooting - @Making_Contact - Air Date: 4-21-15

Ch. 21: Song 10: Ennio 08-08 - Silence is sexy


Ch. 22: Act 11: Ratify the Equal Rights Amendment via @ERACoalition - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 23: Song 11: This fickle world - Theo Bard


Ch. 24: Act 12: Woman on the $10 Bill - @LastWeekTonight with @iamjohnoliver


Voicemails

Ch. 25: Critiquing homeopathy - Marty from California

Ch. 26: Happiness through polyamory - Chris from Seattle

Ch. 27: Happiness through surfing - Issac from DC

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 28: Final comments on gaining a perspective on life that will allow us to follow our bliss

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


Activism: Ratify the Equal Rights Amendment via @ERACoalition

Take Action:

SIGN: "Pass the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA)” via MoveOn.org

SUPPORT the ratification of the ERA: Take the Pledge and Contact Your Representatives via the ERA Coalition

Additional Activism:

Watch for the release of the documentary "Equal Means Equal” from the ERA Education Project

Sources/further reading:

"Meryl Streep Helpfully Reminded Congress We Still Don’t Have an Equal-Rights Amendment” at The Cut

"Meryl Streep Is Pushing Congress to Finally Revive the Equal Rights Amendment” at Mother Jones

"The new women warriors: Reviving the fight for equal rights” at CNN.com

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2015/07/10) Making progress on our biggest problem (Money in Politics)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Fri, Jul 10, 2015


Edition #937

Today we take a look at the corrupting effects of money in politics as well as several signs of progress in the fight for a new, functional system
 
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Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill

00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: We're Mayday. And we have a plan - @maydayus - Air Date: 3-13-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: Le mystère de contre jour - David Ari Leon


00:03:13 Ch. 4: Act 2: Who's really running the country? - @dccommonsense - AIr Date: 3-29-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Oligarchy - The Haymarket Squares


00:08:26 Ch. 6: Act 3: The Koch brothers raise money to rival both GOP and Democratic parties - Economic Update w/ @profwolff - Air Date: 2-8-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: The System - Abscondo


00:15:35 Ch. 8: Act 4: How Is Wolf PAC Achieving Its Latest Win? - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 03-27-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: A Real Hero (feat. Electric Youth) - College


00:24:46 Ch. 10: Act 5: One Man Completely Changed the Money-In-Politcs Debate - @RedactedTonight w/ @LeeCamp - Air Date: 04-06-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: A Change Is Gonna Come - Ben Sollee


00:30:33 Ch. 12: Act 6: Koch Brothers Shopping For 2016 Republican Candidates - Majority Report (@majorityfm) - Air Date: 05-29-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: Those Were the Days / Goodbye - Single - Mary Hopkin


00:39:32 Ch. 14: Act 7: #Leaders4Reform w/@MAYDAYUS — Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 15: Song 7: Time for Action - the Very Best Of - Secret Affair


00:42:17 Ch. 16: Act 8: Billionaires Unite To Bribe Their Way To Even More Power - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 06-16-15


Voicemails

00:57:26 Ch. 17: For the birds - The Chloe Sanctuary at chloesanctuary.org - Don Scott

01:01:33 Ch. 18: My Brag on homoeopathic wellness - Sunny from St. Paul, MN

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


01:09:13 Ch. 19: Final comments on the power of the ancient philosophy of Stoicism

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


Activism Update!

S.1538 - Fair Elections Now Act

Follow-up/new Action: #Leaders4Reform w/@MAYDAYUS

Leave a message for Congress: Citizen Recording Studio

Build a bigger #Leaders4Reform coalition: Call your representatives

Sources/additional glimmers of hope:

"The 'Super PAC to End Super PACs' Makes a Strategic Retreat” at Bloomberg Politics

"We tried. We learned. We’re trying something new: Mayday.US, v2” by Lawrence Lessig

"Frodo Baggins for President” by Lawrence Lessig

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2015/07/07) Drugged and broke (Health Care)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Tue, Jul 07, 2015


Edition #936

Today we take a look at the terribleness of Big Pharma and the irrationality of not having a single payer insurance system
 
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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: PILLS - The answer to all your problems! - @RedactedTonight w/ @LeeCamp - Air Date: 10-9-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: War On Drugs (Bonus Track) - Marc Goone


Ch. 4: Act 2: Are Drug Companies the Most Evil? - Majority Report (@majorityfm) - Air Date: 04-29-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: So Much More - Marc Robillard


Ch. 6: Act 3: Marketing to Doctors - @LastWeekTonight w/ @iamjohnoliver - Air Date: 02-08-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: Ask Your Doctor - Don Arbor


Ch. 8: Act 4: Pharma Advertising in Finland - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 01-03-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: Overdose (The Chainsmokers Remix) - Single - Little Daylight


Ch. 10: Act 5: SCOTUS Upholds Obamacare! - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 06-25-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: Knock Yourself Out - Jon Brion


Ch. 12: Act 6: US health insurance vs European insurance - Health Care For ALL Oregon (@HCAO)

Ch. 13: Song 6: Dawn Departure, Jefferson County - Black Prairie


Ch. 14: Act 7: Commonwealth Fund: How are people's health coverage going? - Economic Update w/ @profwolff - Air Date: 1-11-15

Ch. 15: Song 7: Keepsake - State Radio


Ch. 16: Act 8: Why should I pay for everybody else's healthcare - Health Care For ALL Oregon (@HCAO)

Ch. 17: Song 8: Zebra - Beach House


Ch. 18: Act 9: Universal Access To Affordable Medicine via @NeedyMeds & @AccessOurMeds — Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 19: Song 9: The Poet - Shihan


Ch. 20: Act 10: We pay way more for health care and get way less - Economic Update w/ @profwolff - Air Date: 3-29-15


Voicemails

Ch. 21: In response to the libertarian caller - Brian from Ohio

Ch. 22: We're subsidizing the security of the world at our own expense - Nathan from Sunnyvale, South Bay

Ch. 23: I tip my hat to you on recent racism episode - V from Western New York

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 24: Final comments asking for your messages, questions or stories about happiness

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


Activism: Universal Access To Affordable Medicine via @NeedyMeds & @AccessOurMeds

Take Action:

SIGN the "Access Our Medicine” Declaration from the Access Our Medicine Initiative

Additional Activism/Resources:

Let people know about The Generic Assistance Program (GAP) for prescription medications through NeedyMeds

Sources/further reading:

"Trading Away Health: The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP)” via Doctors Without Borders

"What the Affordable Care Act Means for Prescription Coverage” via The Washington Post

"Prescription Drug Costs and Health Reform: FAQ” via WebMD

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2015/07/03) It is so ordered (Marriage Equality)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Fri, Jul 03, 2015


Edition #935

Today we take a look at the historic Supreme Court ruling making marriage equality the law of the land
 
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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Gay Marriage Is Now Legal Nationally, But Bigots Will Keep Fighting It - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 06-29-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: Victory - Trampled By Turtles


Ch. 4: Act 2: The view of marriage equality from inside the court - @GAY_USAtv - Air Date: 7-1-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: "Equality" - Todd (Tif) Fernandez


Ch. 6: Act 3: The Secret History of Marriage - @DecodeDC - Air Date: 4-17-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: Words Are Seeds - My Gay Banjo


Ch. 8: Act 4: Dissenting Justices Cling To Ancient Hate In Opposing Gay Marriage - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 06-27-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: Those Were The Days (All In The Family Theme) - Television Heroes


Ch. 10: Act 5: A look at the holdouts against same sex marriage - Le Show (@theharryshearer) - Air Date: 6-28-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: Sundown Town - Ry Cooder


Ch. 12: Act 6: Anti-Gay Bryan Fischer Equates Gay Marriage Ruling with 9/11 & Slavery - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 06-29-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: Opinions - The Haymarket Squares


Ch. 14: Act 7: The newest 'It gets better' video after SCOTUS rules on marriage equality - @TWiBnation - Air Date: 7-1-15

Ch. 15: Song 7: It Gets Better - Single - Jay Kuo, Blair Shepard & Broadway Sings For The Trevor Project


Ch. 16: Act 8: #Not1More via FAMILIA: Trans Queer Liberation Movement (@familiatqlm) — Best of the Left Activism 

Ch. 17: Song 8: Time for Action - the Very Best Of - Secret Affair


Ch. 18: Act 9: Historic marriage ruling opens new chapter for America - Rachel @maddow Show - Air Date: 6-26-15


Voicemails

Ch. 19: Olive branch from a libertarian - Inaudible from Maryland

Ch. 20: Pushback on Adreana's pushback - Elka from Fort Wayne, IN

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 21: Final comments on the possibility of left/right alliances

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


Activism: #Not1More via FAMILIA: Trans Queer Liberation Movement (@familiatqlm)

Take Action:

SIGN: "Tell President Obama, Don't Discriminate Against LGBTQ Immigrants” via FAMILIA: Trans Queer Liberation Movement

JOIN the movement to end deportation of undocumented LGBTQ people with #Not1More

Sources/further reading:

“#Not1More RESPONSE TO ICE NEW MEMO ON PROCESSING TRANS DETAINEES”

"A transgender woman of color on the hypocrisy of the gay rights movement” by Raquel Wilis at Quartz

"Obama's reply to a trans woman proves LGBT advocacy stops at gay marriage” by Meredith Talusan at The Guardian

"Was Obama’s Heckler Actually A Transgender Hero?” by Kristina Marusic at MTVIssues

"The Obama Legacy: Inequality, Corporate Trade Deals, Worldwide War” by Kit O’Connell

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


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(2015/06/30) The long shadow of southern white supremacy (Racism)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Tue, Jun 30, 2015


Edition #934

Today we take a look at the history of race and white supremacy in America to understand the incredibly loud echoes of the past that continue to reverberate strongly in modern society
 
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Show Notes

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

00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: The Trick of Whiteness, Historically and Today - @timjacobwise - Air Date: 12-5-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Time to Go Home - Michael Franti & Spearhead


00:06:56 Ch. 4: Act 2: Black, White and Red All Over - @onthemedia - Air Date: 2-13-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Echo's (from the Past) - Al Huskey


00:12:27 Ch. 6: Act 3: The Story Of The Tulsa Race Riots Will Disgust You - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 05-01-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: Black Wall Street - Touchers


00:18:03 Ch. 8: Act 4: How Some Baltimore Neighborhoods Reflect Segregation's Legacy - @MorningEdition on @NPR - Air Date: 5-6-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: Segregation - Rankin Scroo


00:23:58 Ch. 10: Act 5: LBJ and the racial divide, 50 years later - @DecodeDC - Air Date: 6-18-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: Accountability - Sammy R. Hall


00:30:40 Ch. 12: Act 6: Conservative Pundits Say Removal Of Confederate Flag Will Destroy The South - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 06-26-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: Soul Vibrations Black History / Black Culture : Afro-Nicaraguan Music - Soul Vibrations


00:40:16 Ch. 14: Act 7: Will the South Finally be Deprogrammed - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 06-24-15

Ch. 15: Song 7: Modern Day Slavery - Waun


00:50:14 Ch. 16: Act 8: Showing Up For Racial Justice @ShowUp4RJ - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 17: Song 8: Right to Complain - Trombone Shorty & Marc Broussard


00:54:06 Ch. 18: Act 9:  I'm a redneck and I love America - @TheDixonWhite - Air Date: 04-4-15


Voicemails

01:00:01 Ch. 19: Pushback on Rachel Dolezal segments - Adriana from Long Beach, CA

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


01:02:36 Ch. 20: Final comments on the fundamentals of socially constructed cultural norms

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


Activism: Showing Up For Racial Justice @ShowUp4RJ

Take Action:

Volunteer and/or participate in actions around the country with Showing Up For Racial Justice

Follow SURJ on Twitter and like the on Facebook

Additional Activism/Resources:

#TakeDownTheFlag

AskAWhitePerson.com

Sources/further reading:

"12 Ways to Be a White Ally to Black People” by Janee Woods at The Root

"White Supremacy Culture: From Dismantling Racism: A Workbook for Social Change Groups” via SURJ

"Take Down the Confederate Flag—Now” by Ta-Nehisi Coates at The Atlantic

"Calls to Drop Confederate Emblems Spread Nationwide” via The New York Times

"Before Charleston, Not Many People Wanted To Take Down The Confederate Flag” via FiveThirtyEight.com

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2015/06/26) Heritage (Rachel Dolezal and the Charleston Shooting)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Fri, Jun 26, 2015


Edition #933

Today we examine the complicated dynamics of the race of Rachel Dolezal and the simple dynamics of the white supremacist terrorist attack on a historical black church on Charleston, SC
 
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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Rachel Dolezal, Guilty or Not Guilty? - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 06-16-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: Can't Pretend - Tom Odell


Ch. 4: Act 2: Linda Martín Alcoff on Rachel Dolezal: Race Not an Individual Construct - @democracynow - Air Date: 06-17-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Chameleon - Ryan Beatty


Ch. 6: Act 3: Tamara Winfrey Harris (@whattamisaid): Black Like Who? Rachel Dolezal’s Harmful Masquerade - Backtalk (@BitchMedia) - Air Date: 6-25-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: Accept Yourself (David Jensen session 8/25/83) - The Smiths


Ch. 8: Act 4: Rachel Dolezal has nothing to do with trans people - @Radio_Dispatch - Air Date: 6-16-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: Big Winter Jacket - Cayucas


Ch. 10: Act 5: A Hate Crime in Charleston - @onthemedia - Air Date: 6-19-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: Dust In the Wind - Kansas


Ch. 12: Act 6: The process of trauma in black America - This Week in Blackness (@TWiBprime) - Air Date: 6-18-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: A Dose of White Supremacy - Neffe Odom Kragh-Muller


Ch. 14: Act 7: The Charleston shooting is part of a long history of anti-black terrorism - @voxdotcom - Air Date: 6-20-15

Ch. 15: Song 7: So Terrible It's Terrifying - Earmint


Ch. 16: Act 8:  FBI Director Denies Charleston Shooting Was Terrorism - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 06-23-15

Ch. 17: Song 8: Coward - Vic Chesnutt


Ch. 18: Act 9: Why Charleston Shooter Dylan Roof Isn't a “Terrorist” But Maybe Some of Us Are - @blkagendareport - Air Date: 6-24-15

Ch. 19: Song 9: Turtle (Bonobo Mix) - Pilote


Ch. 20: Act 10: John Oliver on The Charleston Shooting - @LastWeekTonight w/ @iamjohnoliver - Air Date: 06-22-15

Ch. 21: Song 10: The losing kind - Harry Shearer


Ch. 22: Act 11: The real history of the Confederate flag - @allinwithchris Hayes - Air Date 6-23-15

Ch. 23: Song 11: Know Your History - Drumma Boy


Ch. 24: Act 13: Tim Wise: Black Deaths and White Culture: Challenging Racism After Charleston - @ToThePoint_KCRW - Air Date: 6-24-15


Voicemails

Ch. 25: We need a real conversation on race, not the distractions - Marcus from Wichita Falls, TX

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 26: Final comments on what's still missing from this episode

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


Bonus Clips!

You can't have your identity anymore, just oppression - This Week in Blackness - Air Date: 6-17-15

You almost had me fooled, Rachel - The Read - Air Date: 6-16-15


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(2015/06/23) Moving the goalposts on undue burden (Reproductive Justice)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Tue, Jun 23, 2015


Edition #932

Today we take a look at the continued, relentless state-level assault on abortion access around the country and the impending catastrophic consequences in Texas where an ideologically conservative court is openly seeking to overturn Roe V. Wade
 
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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: How To Get An Abortion In The Unites States - @ajplus - Air Date: 12-11-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Someday We Will Foresee Obstacles - Syd Matters


Ch. 4: Act 2: Fox's Keith Ablow - Men Should Be Able To Veto Women's Abortions - @mmfa - Air Date: 05-08-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: We Are the Kids - WALK THE MOON


Ch. 6: Act 3: .@ScottWalker's B.S. Reason For Forcing Women To Get Ultrasounds - @majorityfm - Air Date: 06-04-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: Daka's Ultrasound - Theodore Shapiro


Ch. 8: Act 4: Woman Charged with Murder After Taking Abortion Pill - The @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 06-10-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: Can't Stop (feat. Kanye West) - Theophilus London


Ch. 10: Act 5: North Carolina governor breaks promise again on new abortion laws - @maddow - Air Date: 06-07-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: Never Is a Promise - Fiona Apple


Ch. 12: Act 6: The Unborn Ultimatum, @msjwilly - @TheDailyShow - Air Date: 01-15-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: Faces Without Names - John Powell


Ch. 14: Act 7: Murder Charges Dismissed for Woman Who Took Abortion Pill - The @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 06-12-15

Ch. 15: Song 7: Drop the Charges - Grand Agent


Ch. 16: Act 8: As Ruling Threatens to Gut Abortion Access in Texas, Providers Vow to Take Fight to Supreme Court - @naralTX on @democracynow - Air Date: 06-11-15

Ch. 17: Song 8: Oklahoma-Texas Line - Rascal Flatts


Ch. 18: Act 9: New strategy in battle over reproductive rights w/@WholeWomans @rtraister @crfredrickson - @MHPshow - Air Date: 06-14-15

Ch. 19: Song 9: Rockabilly Blues (Texas 1955) - Johnny Cash


Ch. 20: Act 10: #FightBackTX with @FundTexasChoice — Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 21: Song 10: Activism - Shihan


Ch. 22: Act 11: .@AngryBlackLady Let's Loose on the Fifth Circuit & Abortion Restrictions in Texas - @TWiBnation - Air Date: 06-10-15


Voicemails

Ch. 23: The social implications of supporting legalization - Casey from Chicago, IL

Ch. 24: More details on shooting 49 rounds - Dylan from Fort Bliss, TX

Ch. 25: Montessori education and an Islamic caliphate - Chris from Colorado Springs

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 26: Final comments on supporting legalization, humanizing and training cops, introverted learning and the Islamic caliphate

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


Activism: #FightBackTX with @FundTexasChoice

Take Action:

Follow and support Fund Texas Choice

Additional Activism/Resources:

Follow and support the other Texas abortion funds:

Lilith Fund

TEA Fund

West Fund

Whole Woman’s Texas Action Fund

Sources/further reading:

"State Facts About Abortion: Texas” via The Guttmacher Institute

"Fifth Circuit Upholds More HB 2 Provisions, Dares the Supreme Court to Step In” by Jessica Pieklo at RH Reality Check

"Court Upholds Texas’ ‘Devastating’ Anti-Choice Omnibus Law” by Andrea Grimes at RH Reality Check

"Plaintiffs appeal to 5th Circuit Court, Supreme Court following ruling on HB 2” at The Daily Texan

"Fifth Circuit Refuses to Stay Ruling That Could Immediately Shutter All But 9 Abortion Clinics in Texas” via The Center For Reproductive Rights

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2015/03/06) Theory vs practice (Libertarianism) (Repost)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Fri, Jun 19, 2015


Edition #903

Today we take a look at the asininity of the modern, American-style Libertarian movement
 
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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: The Libertarian Platform - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 08-13-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Do What You Want - Do What You Want - EP


Ch. 4: Act 2: Libertarianism & The Purpose of Freedom - @majorityfm - Air Date: 12-24-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: "Jeremiah Johnson - Main Theme"


Ch. 6: Act 3: Libertarian 'Men With Guns' Arguments Make No Sense - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 06-21-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Celebration Guns - Set Yourself on Fire


Ch. 8: Act 4: Ayn Rand - @LastWeekTonight with @iamjohnoliver - Air Date: 9-29-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: American Greed (Dustin's Ayn Rand Remix) - American Greed (Remixes) - EP


Ch. 10: Act 5: Republican Makes the Case for Libertarianism: Restaurant Workers Should NOT Have to Wash Their Hands - @majorityfm - Air Date: 02-05-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: The Idiots Are Taking Over - The War On Errorism


Ch. 12: Act 6: Libertarianism Capitalism Killed My Best Friend - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 08-14-13

Ch. 13: Song 6: Cancer - The Black Parade


Ch. 14: Act 7: The myth of meritocracy - Economic Update with @profwolff - Air Date: 1-5-15

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


Ch. 16: Act 8: Tree Hugging Libertarians Unknowingly Buys Pieces Of Chilean Hell - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 09-18-14


Voicemails

Ch. 18: Thoughts on addition to things other than drugs - Jay from Jackson Hole, WY

Ch. 19: Don't downplay the severity of addiction - Chris from Colorado Springs

Ch. 20: Dismantling the default - Melissa from New York

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 21: Final comments on intersectionality and the language of inclusivity

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


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(2015/06/16) From rewriting wars to waging peace (Foreign Policy)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Tue, Jun 16, 2015


Edition #931

Today we take a look at how the election is spurring a new round of revisionist history while others look to change the paradigm on waging war altogether
 
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Show Notes

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

00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: The importance of reflecting on past wars - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date: 5-29-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: Bury the Past - Professional Victims


00:04:13 Ch. 4: Act 2: CIA Official: George Bush Misled on Iraq and I Knew…What Do You Want Me to Do? - Majority Report (@majorityfm) - Air Date: 05-22-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Living a Lie (feat. James Mercer) - Aimee Mann


00:14:50 Ch. 6: Act 3: The Wrong Hypothetical Question - @onthemedia - Air Date: 5-22-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: "Re-Write History" - George Dobbs - George Dobbs


00:22:16 Ch. 8: Act 4: Richard Clarke on the lessons of the Iraq War - @allinwithchris Hayes - Air Date 5-21-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: It Goes On and On - The Avett Brothers


00:30:27 Ch. 12: Act 6: Why Costa Rica Can Not be Invaded... - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 06-10-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: Peace, My Mind - Bard


00:35:01 Ch. 14: Act 7: "Move the Money" - Reducing the Pentagon Budget via @VFPNational — Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 15: Song 7: Activism - Shihan


00:37:58 Ch. 16: Act 8: Barry Ladendorf from Veterans for Peace (@VFPNational) on waging peace - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date: 6-6-15


Voicemails

00:50:26 Ch. 17: Thoughts on Montessori school - Elka from Fort Wayne, IN

00:52:33 Ch. 18: 49 Shots Means The Officer Reloaded Twice - Wade From Ft. Worth, TX

00:56:14 Ch. 19: Education funding in Washington State - Dave from Olympia, WA

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


01:00:21 Ch. 20: Final comments on doing my American duty to take some time off

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


Activism: "Move the Money" - Reducing the Pentagon Budget via @VFPNational

Take Action:

Use ContactingTheCongress.org to tell your representatives to follow the Veterans For Peach plan to “Move the Money” & “Audit the Pentagon”

Additional Activism/Resources:

Register for the Veterans For Peace 30th Annual Convention, August 5-9

Sources/further reading:

"Praying for Peace While Waging Permanent War?” via CounterPunch

"National Defense Authorization Act: Five Things You Should Know” via the National Priorities Project

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


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(2015/06/12) Our prisons: cruel and counterproductive (Injustice System)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Fri, Jun 12, 2015


Edition #930

Today we take a look at the US prison and bail system and explain exactly how it’s built to systematically punish the poor
 
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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: US & North Korea Lead World in This - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 04-20-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Life In Prison - Mitchell


Ch. 4: Act 2: Are U.S. Prisoners Too Patriotic For Their Own Good? - @RedactedTonight w/ @TheRealJFOD - Air Date: 04-28-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: The Political Prisoner - Martin Quibell (from Project Marv)


Ch. 6: Act 3: Solitary Watch and new from a nation in lockdown - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date: 2-28-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: Something Good Can Work (Remixes) - EP - Two Door Cinema Club


Ch. 8: Act 4: Brooklyn Community Bail Fund - New Media Advocacy Project (@N_Map) - Air Date 11-12-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: Bail Me Out (feat. Joel Madden) - All Time Low


Ch. 10: Act 5: People need to pay for this - @allinwithchris Hayes - Air Date 6-8-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: Pay Up - Jivestone


Ch. 12: Act 6: End Cash Bail in New York via @Pretrial & @MoveOn — Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 13: Song 6: Activism - Shihan


Ch. 14: Act 7: Bail - @LastWeekTonight with @iamjohnoliver - Air Date: 6-7-15


Voicemails

Ch. 16: A Canadian educator perspective on the US school system - Tom From Canada

Ch. 17: Don't use the institutions you don't trust - Marcus from Austin, TX

Ch. 18: The origin of Draconian laws - Dave from Olympia, WA

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 19: Final comments on the Fair Elections Now Act

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


Activism: End Cash Bail in New York via @Pretrial & @MoveOn

Take Action:

SIGN: "Gov Cuomo: End Cash Bail in New York” via the Pretrial Justice Institute

Additional Activism/Resources:

Follow and support the work of The Bronx Freedom Fund

Follow and support the work of The Brooklyn Bail Fund

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2015/06/09) Looking to avert further tragedy (War on Drugs™)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Tue, Jun 09, 2015


Edition #929

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

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

00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: Is Marijuana Harmful to Health? - Healthcare Triage (@HCTriage) - Air Date: 04-19-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: North By North - Faded Paper Figures


00:06:36 Ch. 4: Act 2: Man Gets 13 Years in Prison for 2 Joints Worth of Pot - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 03-13-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Vagabond - Beirut


00:11:31 Ch. 6: Act 3: 'We Don't Need Another Illegal Drug' - @jimmy_dore Show - Air Date 7-12-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Harold T. Wilkins, or How to Wait for a Very Long Time - Fanfarlo


00:18:21 Ch. 8: Act 4: Legalized Marijuana = Millions For Public Schools In Colorado - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 03-16-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: Generator (Second Floor) - Freelance Whales


00:23:21 Ch. 10: Act 5: Johann Hari on Everything We Know About the Drug War & Addiction is Wrong - @democracynow - Air Date: 2-6-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: Tragedy - Bee Gees


00:35:11 Ch. 12: Act 6: Legalizing marijuana doesn't lead to doomsday scenarios - Le Show (@theharryshearer) - Air Date: 10-26-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: Winning the War On Drugs - Asylum Street Spankers


00:39:57 Ch. 14: Act 7: Rand Paul & Others Introduce National Medical Marijuana Bill - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 03-11-15

Ch. 15: Song 7: Momentum - The Hush Sound


00:45:31 Ch. 16: Act 8: Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders Talk Drugs - Majority Report (@majorityfm) - Air Date: 06-01-15

Ch. 17: Song 8: War On Drugs (Bonus Track) - Marc Goone


00:51:10 Ch. 18: Act 9: .@POTUS: Free Victims of the Drug War via @DrugPolicyOrg — Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 19: Song 9: "This Fickle World" - Theo Bard


00:54:18 Ch. 20: Act 10: Marijuana Shows Medical Value, Feds Don't Give A Sh*t - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 04-12-15


Voicemails

00:58:26 Ch. 21: Thoughts on education and patriarchy - Ruben from San Jose

01:03:48 Ch. 22: Why am I paying taxes and the banks and corporations aren't? - Julie from Boston

01:04:56 Ch. 23: Followup on education discussion - Chuck in Salt Lake City

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


01:06:39 Ch. 24: Final comments on how to make an apple pie from scratch

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


Activism: @POTUS: Free Victims of the Drug War via @DrugPolicyOrg

Take Action:

SIGN to tell the president to Free Victims of the Drug War via the Drug Policy Alliance

Additional Activism/Resources:

FOLLOW the hashtag: #NoMoreDrugWar

For those who want to get more involved, it’s early registration for the International Drug Policy Reform Conference (11/18-11/21/2015)

Sources/further reading:

"President Obama commutes prison sentences of 22 drug offenders” by Trymaine Lee at MSNBC.com

"Prolific Pardoner? Obama Grants Clemency to 22 Prisoners Last Week, but Has Denied Thousands” by Annie Waldman for ProPublica via Truthout

"Will the U.S. Senate Finally Reform Harsh Mandatory Minimum Sentences for Drugs?”> via Drug Policy Alliance

"The Nation's Shame: The Injustice of Mandatory Minimums" by Andrea Jones at RollingStone

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2015/06/05) The criminal enterprise that runs our politics (Big Banks)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Fri, Jun 05, 2015


Edition #928

Today we take a look at the malfeasance of the big banks and the political corruption that lets them get away with it
 
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Show Notes

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

00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: This Bank is a Criminal Enterprise and the U.S. Government Doesn't Care - @majorityfm - Air Date: 02-09-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: Banks of Marble and Other Songs - Pete Seeger


00:06:45 Ch. 4: Act 2: HSBC Bank: criminal enterprise - Disorderly Conduct (@Dis_Con) - Air Date: 2-18-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Hard to Say I'm Sorry / Get Away - Chicago


00:19:24 Ch. 6: Act 3: Billionaire Banker Says Life Is Too Hard - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 01-18-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: No More Tears (Enough Is Enough) [with Donna Summer] - Barbra Streisand


00:26:45 Ch. 8: Act 4: Wall Street Pays Bankers PAID to Infiltrate the US Government - @RedactedTonight w/ @LeeCamp - Air Date: 02-19-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: Revolving Door - Jon Brion


00:30:48 Ch. 10: Act 5: The case for a Robin Hood tax - Economic Update w/ @profwolff - Air Date: 1-18-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: Robin Hood (Remastered) - Single - Dick James


00:36:45 Ch. 12: Act 6: Iceland Does The Unimaginable To Its Criminal Bankers - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 03-13-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: Jailhouse Rock - Elvis Presley


00:42:06 Ch. 14: Act 7: Wall Street Skates Away Free From All Prosecutions For 2008 Collapse - @RedactedTonight w/ @LeeCamp - Air Date: 05-04-15

Ch. 15: Song 7: Shame - The Avett Brothers


00:44:58 Ch. 16: Act 8: Public Banking via @PublicBanksNow & @DemocracyCollab — Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 17: Song 8: Right to Complain - Trombone Shorty & Marc Broussard


00:48:42 Ch. 18: Act 9: Banks plead guilty, face no consequences - @HumorlessQueers - Air Date: 6-2-15


Voicemails

00:58:28 Ch. 20: What is the progressive idea on education? - David From Cinncinatti

01:00:34 Ch. 21: A loss of unconcious privilege feels like oppression - Jim in Detroit Suburbs

01:00:59 Ch. 22: What's the progressive idea for education funding? - Chuck in Salt Lake City

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


01:04:22 Ch. 23: Final comments on why we need to change how education is funded

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


Activism: Public Banking via @PublicBanksNow & @DemocracyCollab

Take Action:

Get involved with The Public Banking Institute by:

Supporting a Local Initiative, Volunteering, and/or Joining a Chapter!

Sources/further reading:

"Inequality’s Dead End — And the Possibility of a New, Long-Term Direction” by Gar Alperovitz of The Democracy Collaborative

"Vermont Votes for Public Banking” by John Nichols at The Nation

"Public banking debate starts in Santa Fe” at Albuquerque Journal

"Public Banking Institute a Partner to a New Project on Economic Alternatives” via The Public Banking Institute

WATCH: "National Launch Webinar: The Next System Project

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2015/06/02) Confronting the evil of our era (Climate)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Tue, Jun 02, 2015


Edition #927

Today, among other things, we take a look at how and why we need to fundamentally change the way we think about human’s relationship to the environment
 
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Show Notes

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

00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: These 5 steps can help you through tough discussions. Let's use climate change as an example. - @BBCRadio4 Friday Night Comedy - Air Date: 04-14-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: Put It to the Test - They Might Be Giants


00:07:28 Ch. 4: Act 2: Paid shills free to write in the media - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date: 4-24-15

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


00:10:38 Ch. 6: Act 3: Education Doesn’t Matter: Republicans Still Don’t Believe In Climate Change - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 03-30-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: I believe in that - Chip Taylor


00:16:46 Ch. 8: Act 4: 5 Ways To Actually Do Something About Climate Change - @RedactedTonight w/ @LeeCamp - Air Date: 03-31-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: We Demand Change - Tristan James


00:22:53 Ch. 10: Act 5: Economic actions against the fossil fuel industry - @greennewsreport - Air Date: 4-16-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: Apartheid - Junior Murvin


00:26:46 Ch. 12: Act 6: As GOP Candidates Question Climate Change, Texas & Oklahoma Hit by Devastating Floods Killing 23 - @democracynow - Air Date: 5-29-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: Flood - Jars of Clay


00:34:14 Ch. 14: Act 7: Reporting on the weather in the context of climate change - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date: 5-1-15

Ch. 15: Song 7: Like the Weather - 10,000 Maniacs


00:36:46 Ch. 16: Act 8: California Oil Pipeline Spill Could Kill Many Animals - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 05-27-15

Ch. 17: Song 8: The Big Oil Spill - Houndmouth


00:41:02 Ch. 18: Act 9: Tar Sands Resistance March #stoptarsands — Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 19: Song 9: "This fickle world" - Theo Bard


00:43:22 Ch. 20: Act 10: Robert Jay Lifton on How Climate Change Joins Nuclear War in Threatening Human Survival - @democracynow - Air Date: 5-7-15


Voicemails

00:56:28 Ch. 21: Human nature and our changing communities - Charlie From Cincinnati

00:58:32 Ch. 22: Fundamental problems underpinning education problems - Sally from San Francisco

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


01:02:50 Ch. 23: Final comments on the fundamental tenets of progressivism and TV's LOST

Closing Music: LOST Theme - Life & Death


Activism: Keystone XL

Update!

"Obama Just Vetoed The Keystone XL Pipeline. Now What?” by Emily Atkin at ThinkProgress Climate: final say for approving the Keystone XL permit remains with the State Department

Follow-up/new Action!

JOIN/RSVP: Tarsands Resistance March, June 6th

Let the president know you oppose approval of KXL through WhiteHouse.Gov/contact and @WhiteHouse on Twitter

Sources/further reading:

"Dozens of Canada's tar sands projects on hold as prices fall, analysis shows” at The Guardian

"The Keystone Pipeline Just Lost Big in a Shocking Canadian Election” at Mother Jones

"The Keystone XL Pipeline: What Do You Really Know? You’ve probably read a lot about it. Now take this quiz and find out what you remember.” at The Wall Street Journal

"TransCanada's Keystone Pipeline Network Under Investigation by Federal Regulators” via DeSmog Blog

"Grass-Roots Push in the Plains to Block the Keystone Pipeline’s Path” at The New York Times

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


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(2015/05/29) Boys will be boys but we can change what that means (Patriarchy)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Fri, May 29, 2015


Edition #926

Today, instead of trying to convince you of the benefits of feminism, I’m just going to show you the horrors (for everyone) of patriarchy.
 
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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Colin Stokes: How movies teach manhood - @TEDTalks - Air Date: 01-18-13

Ch. 3: Song 1: We're Off to See the Wizard - Judy Garland & Ray Bolger


Ch. 4: Act 2: Boys will be boys in a patriarchal society - @citizenradio - Air Date: 5-22-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Boys Will Be Boys - Alisha


Ch. 6: Act 3: Do Videogame Stereotypes Hurt Men? - PBS Game/Show - Air Date: 08-2-13

Ch. 7: Song 3: Main Theme - String Player Gamer


Ch. 8: Act 4: White men never get to tell their stories - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - AIr Date: 1-9-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: Express Yourself - Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band


Ch. 10: Act 5: The Sad Puppy Takeover - @onthemedia - Air Date: 4-17-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: Patriarchy (Over & Out) - EP - Planningtorock & rRoxymore


Ch. 12: Act 6: What Fuels Sexism on the Internet? - @majorityfm - Air Date: 11-24-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: Empathy - Chasing Kings


Ch. 14: Act 7: What Is the Patriarchy? | Feminist Fridays - @marinashutup - Air Date: 11-02-14


Voicemails

Ch. 16: Thoughts on human nature - Ruben from San Jose

Ch. 17: What's the alternative to high stakes testing? - Chris from Colorado Springs

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 18: Final comments on education reforms and it's panic time for the Climate Hike fundraiser

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


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(2015/05/26) A bad idea for all the reasons (Death Penalty)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Tue, May 26, 2015


Edition #925

Today we look at the US death penalty from all angles. Cultural norms? We’re an outlier. Protecting the innocent? We kill innocent people. Following the letter of the law? We’re absolutely breaking the 8th amendment of the constitution. Fiscal responsibility? Death penalty costs about 3 times more than life imprisonment. And don’t forget about the racially biased implementation and the structurally biased trail system of death penalty cases. 
 
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Show Notes

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

00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: Who are the barbarians? - Le Show (@theharryshearer) - Air Date: 2-1-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: Of Mice and Men - End Credits


00:03:26 Ch. 4: Act 2: Shocker!: Scalia's Poster Man for Death Penalty Turns Out to Be Innocent - @majorityfm - Air Date: 09-04-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Death Penalty - Eight Dayz


00:10:50 Ch. 6: Act 3: Rick Perry Executed Innocent Dad After Prosecutor Hides Exculpatory Evidence - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 03-24-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: Death Penalty - Surrogate


00:14:42 Ch. 8: Act 4: The Penalty - How much are executions costing you? - @One_For_Ten Films - Air Date: 11-11-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: The Secret Agent: The Secret Agent Ending - Cello Octet Conjunto Ibérico & Elias Arizcuren


00:17:11 Ch. 10: Act 5: Death by firing squad - @allinwithchris Hayes - Air Date: 3-11-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: Guillotine - Wildlife


00:22:36 Ch. 12: Act 6: Is Our Execution Method Cruel and Unusual? - @testtube - Air Date: 6-18-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: La nuit - David Ari Leon


00:25:48 Ch. 14: Act 7: Exoquill: End of life cocktailing never looked so clear - Le Show (@theharryshearer) - Air Date: 3-8-15

Ch. 15: Song 7: My Girl - The Temptations


00:29:38 Ch. 16: Act 8: Oklahoma takes a guess, approves nitrogen gas for killing prisoners - Rachel @maddow - Air Date 4-21-15

Ch. 17: Song 8: First Patient - Philip Glass


00:38:34 Ch. 18: Act 9: Death Penalty for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in Anti-Execution State Brings Complications, Not Closure - @democracynow - Air Date: 5-18-15

Ch. 19: Song 9: 1901 - Phoenix


00:48:29 Ch. 20: Act 10: #HaltAllExecutions with @ncadp & @90millionstrong — Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 21: Song 10: Activism - Shihan


00:51:05 Ch. 22: Act 11: George Stinney, 14, Executed In Vile Act Of Injustice, Exonerated 70s Years Late - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 12-19-14


Voicemails

00:58:31 Ch. 23: And they shot MLK too - Patrick from Dallas

01:00:46 Ch. 24: 2nd wave feminism and the definition of a woman - Mckenzie from Oakland, CA

01:03:31 Ch. 25: We need to bring back the parts of school that have been cut - Adam from Chicago

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


01:05:08 Ch. 26: Final comments on the Imagined Order of human rights that frames our perspective on the death penalty

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


Activism: #HaltAllExecutions with @ncadp & @90millionstrong

Take Action:

SIGN: ”Join the 90 Million Strong: Call for Halt to All Executions” from 90 Million Strong, a project of The National Coalition To End the Death Penalty

Find more resources on pending executions and educational content: 90MillionStrong.org

Additional Activism/Resources:

JUNE 6: DC Standing for Peace and Justice w/Mothers in Charge

Sources/further reading:

States with and without the Death Penalty via DeathPenaltyInfo.org

“Lethal Entanglements” via The New Republic

“Death penalty foes see Nebraska vote as momentum-builder”

"Boston Bomber’s Execution To Be Delayed 18 Years?” via The Inquisitor

"Few favor death for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, poll finds: Less than 20% of Mass. residents support execution” via The Boston Globe

"Boston Marathon bomber unlikely to be executed – even if jury votes for death” via The Guardian

"European boycott of death penalty drugs lowers rate of US executions” via The Guardian

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2015/05/22) The revolt against high stakes testing (Education)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Fri, May 22, 2015


Edition #924

Today we look at the growing backlash against high stakes standardized testing that seem to have a whole lot of problems and very few benefits
 
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Show Notes

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

00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: Why some students are refusing to take the Common Core test - PBS @NewsHour - Air Date: 03-11-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: Standardized Test - Lucas Grein


00:09:15 Ch. 4: Act 2: High stakes tests set people up for failure - @Radio_Dispatch - Air Date: 4-15-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: The Card Cheat - The Clash


00:24:32 Ch. 6: Act 3: High Stakes Testing for High Stakes Economy - The F Word with @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date: 3-31-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: Revolution (Human Need Over Profit) - Tha Truth


00:27:47 Ch. 8: Act 4: Standardized Testing - @LastWeekTonight with @iamjohnoliver - Air Date: 5-3-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: Theme (From "the Curse of Monkey Island") - London Music Works


00:46:36 Ch. 10: Act 5: Roll Back Standardized Testing & Support #OptOut — Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 11: Song 5: Time for Action - the Very Best Of - Secret Affair


00:49:54 Ch. 12: Act 6: Atlanta Educators Sentenced To An Obscene 20 Years - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 04-09-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: No Justice,No Peace - Wackiavelli


00:57:31 Ch. 14: Act 7: A look at the conviction of teacher for a cheating scandal - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date: 4-17-15


Voicemails

01:00:38 Ch. 16: Gender is not nearly as rigid as we think it is - Dustin from Arizona

01:03:28 Ch. 17: There are ways to educate yourself on trans issues - Erin from Philadelphia

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


01:10:35 Ch. 18: Final comments on the old skill I've recently dusted off

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


Activism: Roll Back Standardized Testing & Support #OptOut

Update: Assessment Reform in Education

FairTest’s opt-out state contacts

Search to find and support test-optional colleges

Follow-up/new Action!

Add your name: "Write Congress to demand less testing, an end to high stakes.”

Support Senator Jon Tester (D-MT)’s Student Testing Improvement and Accountability Act! Use ContactingTheCongress.Org to tell your senators to sign on as co-sponsors and to vote yes.

Sources/further reading:

"Tester Pushes Overhaul of No Child Left Behind Testing Policy” via Senator Jon Tester (D-MT)

“Are Teachers Ok With Opt-Outs?” — hear from teachers on the subject via EdWeek Teacher

“Stop the Testing Circus” via US News

"Opt-Out Parents Have a Point” via US News

"What Happens When Students Boycott a Standardized Test?” by Laura McKenna at The Atlantic

Revisit the original action/segment:

"Assessment Reform via @FairTestOffice - Best of the Left Activism” via Episode #871 "Your child is a widget (Education)” 10/24/2014

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2015/05/19) Resisting a secret corporate takeover (Trans-Pacific Partnership)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Tue, May 19, 2015


Edition #923

Today we look at the squabbling going on between Obama and every non-corporatist sellout in the country as represented by Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders
 
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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: This is Obama Pretending to Talk About the Merits of a Horrible Trade Deal - @majorityfm - Air Date: 04-24-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: What Is Your Secret - Nada Surf


Ch. 4: Act 2: More Proof Obama's TPP Deal Favors The Rich - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 5-10-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: If I Was President - Single - Wyclef Jean


Ch. 6: Act 3: TPP secrecy is wrong for a democracy - @dccommonsense - AIr Date: 3-29-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: Secret - The Pierces


Ch. 8: Act 4: Obama is too proud to beg for the TPP - Le Show (@theharryshearer) - Air Date: 5-17-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: N/A


Ch. 10: Act 5: Who's Writing the TPP? - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 5-12-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: The Chance I Deserve - Club 8


Ch. 12: Act 6: Revolt over TPP- Senate Dems Rebuke Obama by Blocking Debate on Secretive Trade Deal - @democracynow - Air Date: 5-13-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: The Warpath - Conner Youngblood


Ch. 14: Act 7: Reject #Medicare cuts and reject #TPP Fast Track via @DFAaction — Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 15: Song 7: "This fickle world" - Theo Bard


Ch. 16: Act 8: Obama Is Blatantly Lying About the Trans-Pacific Partnership - @RedactedTonight w/ @LeeCamp - Air Date: 5-5-15


Voicemails

Ch. 18: Thanks for Bruce Jenner episode - Chris from Colorado Springs

Ch. 19: Considering starting a coop - Scott from Brooklyn

Ch. 20: A Woman Like Me - Adreana Langston

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 21: Final comments in the need for gender subcategories

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


Activism: Update: Trans Pacific Partnership!

New Action: Reject #Medicare cuts and reject #TPP Fast Track via @DFAaction

SIGN: "U.S. Senate: Reject Medicare cuts and reject Fast Track” from Democracy For America

h/t Daily Kos"ALERT: DFA Warning New TPP Provision Would Cut Medicare $700 Million to Help Pay for Trade Aid”

Use ContactingTheCongress.org to tell your senators not to support this new provision or the TPP.

Sources/additional info:

"Who’s down with TPP?: Big business wins and democracy loses as both parties lie about free trade” by Bill Curry at Salon

"The TPP Could Have Disastrous Results For The Climate, Environmental Groups Warn” by Samantha Page at ThinkProgress Climate

"A Trade Deal Read In Secret By Only A Few (Or Maybe None)” by Alisa Change at NPR Politics

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2015/05/15) A crisis of culture (Capitalism)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Fri, May 15, 2015


Edition #922

Today we take a hard look at modern-day civilization and culture and ponder what we could do to make things better
 
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Show Notes

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

00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: The Death of Culture at the Hands of the Profit Motive - @majorityfm - Air Date: 01-20-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: My Conversation - The Uniques


00:13:04 Ch. 4: Act 2: Visionary Sci Fi for an Age of Acquiescence - The F Word with @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date: 4-20-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Design - Fiction Company


00:15:58 Ch. 6: Act 3: .@ShawnAchor - The happy secret to better work - @TEDTalks - Air Date: 2-1-12

Ch. 7: Song 3: Everybody Loves a Happy Ending (iTunes Originals Version) - Tears for Fears


00:29:08 Ch. 8: Act 4: A Brief History of Humankind - @DecodeDC - Air Date: 4-30-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: "Going Sane" - Two Cheers


00:40:39 Ch. 10: Act 5: Lacking liberty from slavery to feudalism to capitalism - Economic Update with @profwolff - Air Date: 2-1-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: Revolution - Grandaddy


00:55:40 Ch. 12: Act 6: .@TheNextSystem Project- National Launch Webinar - Best of the Left Activism


Voicemails

00:58:10 Ch. 14: What I took away from the Baltimore episode - Ryan from Pheonix

01:02:54 Ch. 15: Thanks for Baltimore episode - Isaiah from New York

01:03:35 Ch. 16: Nonviolence doesn't work when society is callous to suffering - Diane from Houston

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


01:06:01 Ch. 17: Final comments on capitalism, culture and The Next System Project

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


Activism: @TheNextSystem Project: National Launch Webinar

Take Action:

WATCH The Next System Project National Launch Webinar moderated by Laura Flanders of GritTV

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2015/05/12) We all have a trans friend now (Bruce Jenner)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Tue, May 12, 2015


Edition #921

Today we break down the recent interview with Bruce Jenner and what it means for the trans community as a whole going forward
 
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Show Notes

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

00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: Bruce Jenner's Heartfelt Interview With Diane Sawyer On ABC 20-20 - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 4-27-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: Soul Meets Body - Death Cab for Cutie


00:09:13 Ch. 4: Act 2: It's important to remember that Bruce Jenner's is not the only trans experience - Backtalk from @BitchMedia - Air Date: 4-30-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Knock Yourself Out - Jon Brion


00:16:54 Ch. 6: Act 3: Addressing some of the land mines in the Bruce Jenner interview - @fakedansavage - Air Date: 4-28-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: What I'm Looking For (Ad Version) - Single - Brendan Benson


00:26:04 Ch. 8: Act 4: Bruce Jenner Has a Mental Disorder and Ruined My Childhood - @majorityfm - Air Date: 4-30-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: Kyoko's House ("stage blood is not enough") - Philip Glass


00:33:19 Ch. 10: Act 5: Thank you to Bruce Jenner - @GAY_USAtv - Air Date: 4-30-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: Be Yourself - Audioslave


00:37:21 Ch. 12: Act 6: Transgender People & the Police: Rights & Resources via @TransLawCenter @SRLP @TransEquality — Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 13: Song 6: Activism - Shihan


00:40:54 Ch. 14: Act 7: .@ParkerMolloy on the Bruce Jenner episode - @Radio_Dispatch - Air Date: 4-28-15


Voicemails

00:57:12 Ch. 16: Shocked and proud of what's happening in Baltimore - Nelson from Sweden

00:59:18 Ch. 17: Write to CNN to express your displeasure - Nick from California

01:00:28 Ch. 18: Black Women & State violence - Uhuru from Sweden

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


01:07:43 Ch. 19: Final comments on #RealMothersDayCards and Climate Hike fundraising

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


Activism: Transgender People & the Police: Rights & Resources via @TransLawCenter @SRLP @TransEquality

"TLC Solidarity with Baltimore” — resources for interacting with law enforcement via The Transgender Law Center

"Participating in Direct Actions: A Guide for Transgender People” via National Center For Transgender Equality

“Tips for trans people dealing with cops and jails” via The Sylvia Rivera Law Project

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2015/05/08) Continued injustice, continued response (#BaltimoreUprising)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Fri, May 08, 2015


Edition #920

Today we take an in-depth look at the response to Freddie Gray’s murder at the hands of Baltimore police
 
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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: The media fails again to act as though #BlackLivesMatter - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date: 5-1-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: Shove It (feat. Spank Rock) - Santigold


Ch. 4: Act 2: Obama suggests we pay attention to neighborhoods before they burn - This Week in Blackness (@TWiBnation) - Air Date: 4-28-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Yell Fire! - Michael Franti & Spearhead


Ch. 6: Act 3: Trying the same failed ideas over and over - The Black Guy Who Tips (@TBGWT) - Air Date: 4-27-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: The Artifact & Living - Michael Andrews


Ch. 8: Act 4: Is Freddie Gray Dead Because Of Lead? - The F Word with @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date: 5-7-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: Going Home - Niklas Aman


Ch. 10: Act 5: How to win a Facebook fight - The @ThreeANegroes - Air Date: 5-2-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: Opinions - Llewellyn


Ch. 12: Act 6: White Supremacy in the Narrative of the Baltimore Protests - The Benjamin Dixon Show (@TheBpDShow) - Air Date: 4-29-15

Ch. 13: Song 6:Run the Show - Single - Tribal Seeds


Ch. 14: Act 7: Scolding a 65-year-old councilman for his language - This Week in Blackness (@TWiBnation) - Air Date: 5-6-15

Ch. 15: Song 7: One - Apocalyptica


Ch. 16: Act 8: Demand an Executive Order on Racist, Violent Policing via @ColorOfChange, #BaltimoreUprising edition - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 17: Song 8: "This fickle world" - Theo Bard


Ch. 18: Act 9: They show us how little they value black lives - @rembert Explains - Air Date: 4-29-15


Voicemails

Ch. 20: Feeling occupied at a Baltimore rally - Ronald from Baltimore

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 21: Final comments asking about what we can do as individuals to improve the situation

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


Activism: Demand an Executive Order on Racist, Violent Policing via @ColorOfChange Redux, #BaltimoreUprising Edition

Follow-up action:

SIGN and share the Color of Change petition: "President Obama: End discriminatory, violent policing and its unjust consequences”

Hear the original activism segment:

Demand an Executive Order on Racist, Violent Policing via @ColorOfChange, episode #915 "A fight for survival (#BlackLivesMatter)”

Sources/further reading:

"Black Protesters Aren’t Thugs—They’re Patriots” by Imani Gandy at RH Reality Check

"As Part of a Reparations Deal, Chicago Teens Will Learn About Police Brutality in School” via Vice

"Chicago City Council Passes Landmark Police Torture Reparations Ordinance” via Amnesty International

"Baltimore Uprising: How Did We Get Here?” by Zerlina Maxwell at Essence.com

"Baltimore uprising: Solidarity protests spread across US LIVE UPDATES” via RT America

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2015/05/05) We thought we were free (Police State)

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Tue, May 05, 2015


Edition #919

Today we take a look at the legacy of torture and police militarization we’re creating and where that path leads us
 
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Show Notes

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

00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: The Reason why Torture Exists - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 12-15-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Hide the Truth - Chronicle


00:08:19 Ch. 4: Act 2: Torture Killed Their Savior, That’s Why These Poll Results Stun - @TheYoungTurks - Air Date: 12-20-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: If Jesus Ever Loved a Woman - Johnny Cash


00:14:52 Ch. 6: Act 3: Turning the US into the potential victim of it's own crimes - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - AIr Date: 12-12-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Open Book - Cake


00:17:09 Ch. 8: Act 4: The most transparent administration in history - Le Show w/@theharryshearer - Air Date: 1-18-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: I'm Looking Through You - The Wallflowers


00:25:20 Ch. 10: Act 5: 13 Years Of Gitmo : What Have We Gotten? - @TheYoungTurks - Air Date: 04-12-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: Let It Go - The Neighbourhood


00:30:02 Ch. 12: Act 6: Exporting Torture: Former Chicago Police Detective Tied to Brutality at Guantánamo - @DemocracyNOW - Air Date: 2-26-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: Chicago - Sufjan Stevens


00:41:59 Ch. 14: Act 7: Secret CIA Black Sites In American Heartland For 'Disappearing' Citizens - @TheYoungTurks - Air Date: 02-26-15

Ch. 15: Song 7: Karma Police - Radiohead


00:49:08 Ch. 16: Act 8: #ChiCopWatch with We Charge Genocide - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 17: Song 8: Activism - Shihan


00:52:17 Ch. 18: Act 9: We Thought we Were Free - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 12-16-14


Voicemails

01:00:42 Ch. 19: Important points about police militarization - Adriana from Long Beach, CA

01:03:16 Ch. 20: Deconstructing the roots of white supremacy - V from Western New York

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


01:06:19 Ch. 21: Final comments on riots being the language of the unheard

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


Activism: #ChiCopWatch with We Charge Genocide

Take Action:

Support and follow: We Charge Genocide on Facebook and on Twitter via @ChiCopWatch and #ChiCopWatch

Report police misconduct: "Report Encounter"

Additional Activism/Resources:

SIGN: "Fire Chicago Police Detective Dante Servin", #Justice4Rekia via @ColorOfChange’s I Am Color of Change

Sources/further reading:

"In Order to End Police Brutality, We Need to End the Police” by Mychal Denzel Smith at The Nation

"Abolish the Police. Instead, Let’s Have Full Social, Economic, and Political Equality.” by Mychal Denzel Smith at The Nation

"The disappeared: Chicago police detain Americans at abuse-laden 'black site’” by Spencer Ackerman at The Guardian

"Police ‘Reforms' You Should Always Oppose” by Mariame Kaba of Project NIA via Truthout

"Yet Another Victim: Rekia Boyd Killed by Off-Duty Officer” by Mychal Denzel Smith at Ebody

"Black Women Aren’t Just Secondary Casualties of Aggressive Policing” by Dani McClain at The Nation

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2015/05/01) War is a racket (Foreign Policy)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Fri, May 01, 2015


Edition #918

Today we take a look at the underlying causes of war, just one more reason everyone should be questioning the benefits of capitalism
 
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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: War is a racket - @jimmy_dore Show - Air Date: 9-12-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Profit - The Mammals


Ch. 4: Act 2: What war really costs us - Economic Update w/ @profwolff - Air Date: 12-29-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Mic (Military Industrial Complex) - Inna Sense


Ch. 6: Act 3: LEAKED: Lockheed Martin CEO Says War Is Good For Business - @RedactedTonight w/ @leecamp - Air Date: 04-08-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: Redacted Tonight Theme Song


Ch. 8: Act 4: Keep the Wars Going and Stay Rich - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 04-20-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: My Wealth Comes to Me - Ben Sollee & Daniel Martin Moore


Ch. 10: Act 5: Our violence comes back to us - Chris Hedges - Air Date: 12-15-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: The Candy Man - Aubrey Woods


Ch. 12: Act 6: Examining Reasons For The Obligation To Fight - @majorityvillain - Air Date 9-17-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: Kipinä - Violeta Päivänkakkara


Ch. 14: Act 7: When imperialism meets capitalism - @Radio_Dispatch - Air Date: 2-19-15

Ch. 15: Song 7: Oh My God (feat. Iggy Pop) [Digital 45] - Ida Maria


Ch. 16: Act 8: U.S. Drone Strike Kills 2 Al Qaeda Hostages - @majorityfm - Air Date: 04-24-15

Ch. 17: Song 8: Shot In the Dark - Ozzy Osbourne


Ch. 18: Act 9: Drone Pilots, Please Refuse to Fly via @KnowDrones - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 19: Song 9: Activism - Shihan


Ch. 20: Act 10: If U.S. Bombed Iran What Would Actually Happen? - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 04-18-15


Voicemails

Ch. 21: Why the media doesn't cover the lynchings of black women - V from Western New York

Ch. 22: We were only taught half of the civil rights movement - Alex from Montreal

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 23: Final comments on the upcoming Baltimore episode and fundraising for Climate Hike

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


Activism: Drone Pilots, Please Refuse to Fly via @KnowDrones

Take Action:

Support "Show the Real Truth to United States TV Audiences" via KnowDrones and Veterans For Peace, Sacramento

Additional Activism/Resources:

Sign: "Guantanamo Forever? Tell John McCain: No.” via Amnesty International

Sources/further reading:

"Military Veterans Sponsor TV Commercials in California Condemning U.S. Drone Attacks” via DailyKosM

"Pakistan Is Investigating a CIA Official Accused of Murder After a US Drone Strike” by Jason Leopold at Vice News

"John McCain: The Most Hypocritical, Opportunistic and Untrustworthy Senator” by Steven Rosenfeld at Alternet

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2015/04/28) The water wars start at home (Climate)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Tue, Apr 28, 2015


Edition #917

Today take a look at water in the US, how we use it and why we’re running out of it
 
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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: The consequences of fracking revealed in a simple kitchen test. Holy smokes. - @Upworthy - Air Date: 04-21-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: Bedtime Stories - Chris Reed


Ch. 4: Act 2: Nebraskan Oil & Gas Committee Challenged To A Glass Of “Safe” Fracking Water - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 03-31-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Can't Get Away - Rodriguez


Ch. 6: Act 3: Ban Fracking on Public Lands via @foodandwater — Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 7: Song 3: Activism - Shihan


Ch. 8: Act 4: After Warmest Winter, Drought-Stricken California Limits Water But Exempts Thirstiest Big Growers - @democracynow - Air Date: 4-2-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: Let's Work Together 'Live' - Canned Heat


Ch. 10: Act 5: Reality bites California - @greennewsreport - Air Date: 4-2-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: Where Have All the Flowers Gone - Tommy Sands, Dolores Keane & Vedran Smailovic


Ch. 12: Act 6: Who Is Sucking Water Out Of California Without A Permit? - @ajplus - Air Date: 04-20-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: Watermark - Enya


Ch. 14: Act 7: Cowspiracy: As California Faces Drought, Film Links Meat Industry to Water Scarcity & Climate Change - @democracynow - Air Date: 4-7-15


Voicemails

Ch. 16: A perspective on Indiana from inside Indiana - Katie in Indianapolis

Ch. 17: I don't exactly disapprove of the riots - Wade from Ft. Worth, TX

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 18: Final comments on the launch of my new fundraiser for Climate Hike

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


Activism: Ban Fracking on Public Lands via @foodandwater

Take Action:

SIGN and share: Ban Fracking on Public Lands! via Food & Water Watch to support Rep Mark Pocan’s legislation

Use ContactingTheCongress.org to let your legislators know you expect them to support Rep. Mark Pocan's Protect Our Public Lands Act of 2015.

Additional Activism/Resources:

SIGN and share: "Tell Governor Brown: Fracking Moratorium now!” via Clean Water Action

Contact Governor Brown directly: Mail/Phone/Email

Sources/further reading:

"The Urgent Case for a Ban on Fracking” via Food & Water Watch

"Exclusive: California used 70 million gallons of water in fracking in 2014” at Reuters

"How Much Water Does The California Oil Industry Actually Use?” via DeSmog Blog

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2015/04/24) The history and current state of abortion (Reproductive Justice)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Fri, Apr 24, 2015


Edition #916

Today we listen to some of the stories behind the policies and personal choices being made about abortion in America
 
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Show Notes

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

00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: Dorothy Fadiman Doc: Motherhood by Choice, Not by Chance Part 1 - @Making_Contact - Air Date: 2-3-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: La valse d'Amélie (Version piano) - Yann Tiersen


00:11:00 Ch. 4: Act 2: The Stories That Stay With Us - @AbortionFunds - Air Date: 09-27-13

Ch. 5: Song 2: Basique - Little People


00:17:28 Ch. 6: Act 3: Dorothy Fadiman Doc: Motherhood by Choice, Not by Chance Part 2 - @Making_Contact - Air Date: 2-3-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: Everyday - Single - Carly Comando


00:29:58 Ch. 8: Act 4: #nofilter: Renee's Digital Memoir - @ThisIsFusion - Air Date: 02-18-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: Happy - Sister Hazel


00:32:31 Ch. 10: Act 5: The Term 'Abortion Doctor' is Ridiculous - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 01-02-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: The Obvious Child - Paul Simon


00:37:11 Ch. 12: Act 6: The Case of Purvi Patel & the Criminalization of Pregnancy - This Week in Blackness (@TWiBnation) - Air Date: 4-2-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: Alright Alright (Here's My Fist Where's the Fight?) - Sahara Hotnights


00:45:06 Ch. 14: Act 7: 20 Years in Prison for Miscarrying? The Case of Purvi Patel & the Criminalization of Pregnancy - @democracynow - Air Date: 4-2-15

Ch. 15: Song 7: Get Up and Go - Single - Broadcast 2000


00:56:47 Ch. 16: Act 8: #FreePurviPatel via @rhrealitycheck — Best of the Left Activism


Voicemails

00:59:30 Ch. 17: Police behavior and the rules of war - Eric from Alabama

01:01:42 Ch. 18: An essay on capitalism - Peter from Michigan

01:04:51 Ch. 19: A message to white people - Charlie in St. Louis

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


01:06:34 Ch. 20: Final comments on Citizen Ruth and The Obvious Child

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


Activism: #FreePurviPatel via @rhrealitycheck

Take Action:

SIGN ”Overturn the #PurviPatel Conviction; Repeal Indiana’s Feticide Law” via RH Reality Check

Sources/further reading:

"Purvi Patel Sentenced to 41 Years for Feticide and Neglect of a Dependent” by Imani Gandy at RH Reality Check

Read RH Reality Check's extensive coverage on Purvi Patel’s case

"How Indiana Is Making It Possible to Jail Women for Having Abortions” by Lynn Paltrow of National Advocates for Pregnant Women

"So Far, 2015 Is On Pace to Set Abortion Restriction Records” by Katie Klabusich at Truthout

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2015/04/21) A fight for survival (#BlackLivesMatter)

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Tue, Apr 21, 2015


Edition #915

Today we take a brief look at the Walter Scott killing, just one of the several recent police killings of unarmed black men in America, as well as examining the broader system in which these killings are allowed to happen
 
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Show Notes

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

00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: American Police Kill More People in March Than UK Police Since 1900 - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 04-03-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: Stop the Killing - Kay Kay and the Rays


00:04:21 Ch. 4: Act 2: Why #BlackLivesMatter - The Good Fight (@teamgoodfight) - Air Date: 2-3-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Black Lives Matter - Single - Pastor Chris Harris


00:21:18 Ch. 6: Act 3: If we can't trust our system then what system do we have? - This Week in Blackness (@TWiBnation) - AIr Date: 4-9-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: A System - Sungod Abscondo


00:29:07 Ch. 8: Act 4: What if there had been no camera at the Walter Scott killing? - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date: 4-10-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: Question Authority - Drunk Injuns


00:32:07 Ch. 10: Act 5: Police escalate violence when they should be deescalating - @jimmy_dore Show - Air Date 8-15-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: You're Only Making It Worse - Reno Divorce


00:37:42 Ch. 12: Act 6: The Costly Police Gender Gap - The F Word with @GRITlaura Flanders on @grittv - Air Date: 3-24-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: Saving Lives - A Fragile Tomorrow


00:40:52 Ch. 14: Act 7: Black? It's More Dangerous Driving Now Than 12 Years Ago - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 04-19-15

Ch. 15: Song 7: A Dose of White Supremacy - Neffe Odom Kragh-Muller


00:47:50 Ch. 16: Act 8: Juan González on Walter Scott Shooting: When Will the Police Killings of Black Males Stop? - @democracynow - Air Date: 4-10-15

Ch. 17: Song 8: Black Lives Matter - Single - NicDanger


00:51:38 Ch. 18: Act 9: Demand an Executive Order on Racist, Violent Policing via @ColorOfChange — Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 19: Song 9: "This fickle world" - Theo Bard


00:54:41 Ch. 20: Act 10: An Overreaction: Words On #BlackLivesMatter And MLK - Sarah O'Neal (@sarahadebibe) on @ajplus - Air Date: 01-18-15


Voicemails

00:59:41 Ch. 21: Promoting LGBA2015.org from PrideOfIndy.org - Erin from Philadelphia

01:01:23 Ch. 22: Thoughts on the labels we use - James from Missouri

01:02:28 Ch. 23: JoatU.org as a marketplace to trade skills - Todd from Rochester

01:03:53 Ch. 23: Libertarianism would just bring back the guilded age - Ian from Chattanooga, TN

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


01:05:34 Ch. 25: Final comments on Time Banking and the lack of coverage of police killings of women of color

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


Activism: Demand an Executive Order on Racist, Violent Policing via @ColorOfChange

Take Action:

SIGN and share the Color of Change petition: "President Obama: End discriminatory, violent policing and its unjust consequences”

Additional Activism/Resources:

SIGN and share: "Demand the Post and Courier issue a public apology for shameful #WalterScott article”

SIGN and share: "Tell advertisers to ditch Bill O’Reilly”

Sources/further reading:

"President Obama Already Has a Way to Prevent Policing Abuses” by Alan Jenkins and Diego Iniguez-Lopez of The Opportunity Agenda”

"The Origins of Modern Policing” via The Indypendent

"Police ‘Reforms' You Should Always Oppose” by Prison Culture

"Black Americans killed by police in 2014 outnumbered those who died on 9/11” at RawStory

"Abolish the Police. Instead, Let’s Have Full Social, Economic, and Political Equality” by Mychal Denzel Smith at The Nation

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2015/04/17) Looking for something better (Capitalism)

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Fri, Apr 17, 2015


Edition #914

Today we examine why capitalism is so firmly ingrained and held up in our culture as being synonymous with freedom, meritocracy and fairness despite all of the evidence to the contrary
 
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Show Notes

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

00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: The Next System Project - @TheNextSystem Project - Air Date: 03-30-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: Sur le fil - Stéphanie Lapointe


00:05:37 Ch. 4: Act 2: Discussing how to disrupt our current paradigm - @RadioOpenSource - Air Date: 3-24-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Democracy - Leonard Cohen


00:16:11 Ch. 6: Act 3: How do worker coops measure up against capitalist enterprises? - Economic Update w/ @profwolff - Air Date: 3-15-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: Struggle - Ringside


00:25:10 Ch. 8: Act 4: Starting and supporting worker co-ops via @Dematwork — BotL Activism

Ch. 9: Song 4: Activism - Shihan


00:29:45 Ch. 10: Act 5: The history of the promotion and criticism of capitalism Part 1 - Economic Update w/ @profwolff - Air Date: 12-15-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: Time Has Come - Europe


00:41:00 Ch. 12: Act 6: When Profits Become Deadly... - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 10-02-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: "Pottersville" - Blank Squirrel


00:50:49 Ch. 14: Act 7: The history of the promotion and criticism of capitalism Part 2 - Economic Update w/ @profwolff - Air Date: 12-15-14


Voicemails

01:01:47 Ch. 15: Many in the health insurance industry want reform - Daniel from CA

01:04:02 Ch. 16: Passionate for Single Payer - Wade from Ft. Worth, TX

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


01:07:49 Ch. 17: Final comments on the results of the Podcast Awards and my thoughts on Las Vegas and reality TV shows

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


Activism: Starting and supporting worker co-ops via @Dematwork

Take Action:

Get involved with The Democracy at Work Institute, US Federation of Worker Cooperatives

Utilize the Democracy at Work Institute “Information for Start-ups”

SIGN to support: CA AB 816: Worker Cooperative Act via The SELC

Additional Activism/Resources:

Use the collaborative legal resource e-library created by the Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC) and the Green-Collar Communities Clinic (GC3) Co-opLaw.org

Attend one of the conferences with the National Center For Employee Ownership

Sources/further reading:

"What is a Worker Cooperative?” via The US Federation of Worker Cooperatives

Read the full bill: "AB-816 Cooperative corporations: worker cooperatives”

"CA Worker Coop Act Discussion” via The SELC

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2015/04/14) Refusing to tolerate intolerance (LGBTQ Rights)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Tue, Apr 14, 2015


Edition #913

Today we take a look at what anti-gay conservatives hoped would be a quite strike against equality in Indiana but turned into a nation-wide backlash against the forces of intolerance.
 
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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: What is the Religious Freedom Restoration Act? - @allinwithchris Hayes - Air Date: 06-30-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Until the Water Goes Down - Beasts of the Southern Wild (Music from the Motion Picture)


Ch. 4: Act 2: Why the Indiana law is not like other #RFRA laws - @GAY_USAtv - Air Date: 4-3-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: It's Not the Same - Break Out


Ch. 6: Act 3: Indiana Governor's Incoherent Defense of Anti-Gay Law - @majorityfm - Air Date: 03-31-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: Indian Moon - Us Against the Crown


Ch. 8: Act 4: Why tolerance doesn't go both ways - Throwing Shade (@bryansafi and @gibblertron) - Air Date: 4-8-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: Use Somebody - Scala & Kolacny Brothers


Ch. 10: Act 5: The problem with boycotting Indiana - @TWiBnation - Air Date: 4-1-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: I Can Help - The Best of Billy Swan


Ch. 12: Act 6: .@SeanHannity Thinks Outrage At Anti-Gay Law Should Be Redirected - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 04-02-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: Chorus of Fools - Chasing After Ghosts (Bonus Version)


Ch. 14: Act 7: Why the proposed fixes to the Indiana #RFRA law is not good enough - @GAY_USAtv - Air Date: 4-9-15

Ch. 15: Song 7: This Is Not the End - The Sun and the Moon


Ch. 16: Act 8: Federal LGBTQ Bill of Rights via @GetEQUAL — Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 17: Song 8: "This fickle world" - Theo Bard


Ch. 18: Act 9: Why Indiana can't get away with their #RFRA law - @fakedansavage - Air Date: 3-31-15


Voicemails

Ch. 20: Left is more than just the Democrats - David in Chicago

Ch. 21: Thanks for the clarification - Adrian from Albuquerque, NM

Ch. 22: Dealing with disease in Great Britain - Jeff from Florida

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 23: Final comments on my experience with socialized health care

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


Activism: Federal LGBTQ Bill of Rights via @GetEQUAL

Take Action:

SIGN to support GetEQUAL’s LGBTQ Bill of Rights

Additional Activism/Resources:

Use Get Equal’s bill tracker to stay up to date: WeCan’tBelieveThis.org

Sources/further reading:

The LGBTQ Bill of Rights via GetEQUAL

"Cicilline Announces Upcoming Legislation to End LGBT Discrimination” via Rep. David N. Ciciline (D-RI)

”Civil Rights Bill Top Priority For LGBT Voters, According to New Poll” by Amanda Terkel via Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR)

"Resolution opposing RFRA passes City-County Council” via Wish-TV, Indianapolis

”Stop” — Indiana resident, activist, and writer Melissa McEwan’s take on #BoycottIndiana

Indiana #RFRA Updates via Melissa McEwan

"That Time I Ranted About #BoycottIndiana & Caring About All People” by Katie Klabusich

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich

Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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