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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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(2016/04/29) In praise of higher taxes (Economics) (Repost)


Fri, Dec 02, 2016


Edition #1010

Today we take a look at the way our current low-tax structure ends up redistributing the burden of funding society to those least able to pay for it while widening the already staggeringly-large wealth gap.

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: City Stealing From Citizens By Tampering With Traffic Lights - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 10-18-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: The fix is in - Ok Go


Ch. 4: Act 2: Cops Generating Money off Black Communities... - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date 07-31-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Shakedown - Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band


Ch. 6: Act 3: Billionaire Governor Taxes Rich, Increases Minimum Wage, Economy Explodes - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 02-28-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: Trickle Down - Hayseed Dixie


Ch. 8: Act 4: Republican Governors Seek to Raise Taxes On Middle Class and Poor - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 01-28-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: Class Warfare - Chris Priest


Ch. 10: Act 5: Details of how Reaganomics in Kansas has utterly failed - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 4-19-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: That’s all - Clare and the Reasons


Ch. 12: Act 6: How To Pay For Tax Cuts For The Rich (If You're A Republican) - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 06-20-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: Robin Hood - Dick James


Ch. 14: Act 7: Don't Think the Poor Pay Enough Taxes? You're Living in a Fantasy World - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 04-25-15

Ch. 15: Song 7: Work to Live - Serious Suicide


Ch. 16: Act 8: .@ryangrim on Mississippi's dependence on prisoners for revenue - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 4-19-16

Ch. 17: Song 8: Turtle (Bonobo Remix) - Pilote


Ch. 18: Act 9: Why An American In Sweden LOVES Paying His Taxes... - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 04-12-16

Ch. 19: Song 9: Taxman - Nickel Creek


Ch. 20: Act 10: The myth of a heavy tax burden in the US - Economic Update w/ @profwolff - Air Date 4-24-16


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(2016/11/29) The divide at the heart of progressive politics


Tue, Nov 29, 2016


Edition #1061

Today we look at the argument going on about the direction and focus the progressive movement and Democratic party should take in the wake of the election. Identity politics, essential or a destructive distraction?

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Pundits Blame Trump on Those Most Vulnerable to Trump - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 11-25-16

Ch. 3: Song 1: Blame Me! Blame Me! - Anberlin


Ch. 4: Act 2: Bernie Sanders draws the connection between identity and class - The Benjamin Dixon Show (@TheBpDShow) - Air Date 11-21-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: Together we fight alone - Darlings


Ch. 6: Act 3: SURJ on how to open up the discussion about class, race, gender... - Popaganda from @BitchMedia - Air Date 11-24-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: My Conversation - The Uniques


Ch. 8: Act 4: Seeing intersectionality as the important takeaway from the election - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 11-25-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: Let's Organize - Organized Konfusion


Ch. 10: Act 5: Identity-only politics is not enough - The Benjamin Dixon Show (@TheBpDShow) - Air Date 11-22-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: Oppression - Ben Harper


Ch. 12: Act 6: It's time to stand up and fight for everyone who will be hurt by a Trump presidency - Savage Love w: @FakeDanSavage - Air Date 11-15-16


Voicemails

Ch. 13: Explaining whiteness - Lee from San Diego

Ch. 14: The way we talk about class, work and education - Chris from Littleton, CO

Ch. 15: How do we fight against the wall and for religious liberty? - Darice from Washington, DC

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 16: Final comments on post-election activism and a brief history of progressive economics in the Democratic party

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


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2016/11/25) We should avoid these ends by avoiding these beginnings (Godwin’s Law)


Fri, Nov 25, 2016


Edition #1060

Today we look at the comparison between the rise of Hitler and the rise of Trump, not to say that they are the same but to try to learn from the past in order to see farther into our own future and avoid the terrible ends that are possible

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: O'Connor Decries Republican Attacks on Courts - NPR Morning Edition - Air Date: 3-10-2006

Ch. 3: Song 1: Oak - Ben McElroy


Ch. 4: Act 2: His rise to power Part 1 - Trumpcast from @Slate - Air Date 11-21-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: Nazi (Live) - Chumbawamba


Ch. 6: Act 3: How South Africa Could Prepare the U.S. for President Trump - The Daily Show - Air Date 11-16-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: Things a Get from Bad to Worse - The Ethiopians


Ch. 8: Act 4: His rise to power Part 2 - Trumpcast from @Slate - Air Date 11-21-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: I think your a nazi - Stephen Lynch


Ch. 10: Act 5: Comparing the rise of Trump and Hitler - @InDeepRadio w: @AngieCoiro - Air Date 3-26-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: Der Fuehrer's Face (From "Nuttsey Land") - Spike Jones & His City Slickers


Ch. 12: Act 6: We Can't Wait To See The End Before We Resist The Beginning Of Fascism - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date 11-22-16


Voicemails

Ch. 13: Explaining hippie-punching - Barbara from San Jose, CA

Ch. 14: Membership - Alan from Connecticut

Ch. 15: Explaining the Democrats through Thomas Frank's class-divide lens - Dave from Olympia, WA

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 16: Final comments on when it’s time to panic, NationalPopularVote.com and our ongoing experiment of explaining concepts from the show

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


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2016/08/16) The pursuit of happiness (Culture) (Repost)


Tue, Nov 22, 2016


Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Robert Waldinger: What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness - TEDTalks - Air Date: 12-23-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: Happiness - Pet Shop Boys


Ch. 4: Act 2: The World Happiness Report - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 03-23-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: Pursuit of Happiness (Nightmare) [feat. MGMT & Ratatat] - Kid Cudi


Ch. 6: Act 3: Living with Gratitude in an Imperfect World - Progressive Faith Sermons w/ @RevDrRay - Air Date: 11-22-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: Happy now? - No Doubt


Ch. 8: Act 4: We Are Built To Be Kind - Fig. 1 by University of California - Air Date: 12-2-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: Happy - Sister Hazel


Ch. 10: Act 5: Punctuating happiness - Backstory - Air Date 7-17-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: Everybody Loves a Happy Ending - Tears for Fears


Ch. 12: Act 6: David Steindl-Rast: Want to be happy? Be grateful - TEDTalks - Air Date 11-27-13


Voicemails

Ch. 13: Recommending "The Most Good You Can Do" - Nick from Colorado

Ch. 14: A few quick thoughts on voting reform - Jeff from Massachusetts

Ch. 15: Supporting the minimum wage but worrying about automation - Wade from Ft. Worth, TX

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 16: Final comments on finding gratitude in the face of the death of a loved one

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


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(2016/11/18) Hatred Unleashed (Trump’s America)


Fri, Nov 18, 2016


Edition #1059

Today we look at the wave of white-supremacist hatred that was unleashed on election day and Trump’s pick of a white nationalist, anti-semite to work in the White House

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Trump Victory Inspires Acts Of Hate Against Minorities - @RingOfFireRadio - Air Date 11-11-16

Ch. 3: Song 1: Shut It Down - MxPx


Ch. 4: Act 2: Feelin' Alt-Right (Act 1, Part 2) - Full Frontal with Samantha Bee - Air Date: 10-31-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: A Dose of White Supremacy - Neffe Odom Kragh-Muller


Ch. 6: Act 3: A White Nationalist & Anti-Semite in the Oval Office- Trump Taps Breitbart's Bannon as Top Aide - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 11-14-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: Second Class Citizen - Area-7


Ch. 8: Act 4: Racists Emboldened By Trump Victory - @TheYoungTurks - Air Date 11-10-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: Love Your Neighbor - Todd Agnew


Ch. 10: Act 5: A White Nationalist Will Be Advising Trump's Administration - @RingOfFireRadio - Air Date 11-14-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: What A Beautiful Morning! - Drunken Logic


Ch. 12: Act 6: Former KKK Leader Loves Trump Adviser Who Didn't Want Kids in School with Jews - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date 11-15-16

Ch. 13: Song 6: Parade - Kimya Dawson


Ch. 14: Act 7: "White Supremacist, Anti-Semitic, Islamophobe" Stephen Bannon as Trump's Chief  Strategist - @TheRealNews - Air Date 11-15-16

Ch. 15: Song 7: Let's Work Together - Canned Heat


Ch. 16: Act 8: You Will Not Believe This Insane Antisemitic Email - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date 11-14-16

Ch. 17: Song 8: Violent Days - RTZ


Ch. 18: Act 9: Get Trained for the Resistance via @ShowUp4RJ - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 19: Song 9: Right to Complain - Trombone Shorty & Marc Broussard


Ch. 20: Act 10: Just Like After Reconstruction, Trump Vote Highlights White Backlash to Recent Racial Progress - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 11-9-16


Voicemails

Ch. 21: Standing up for the oppressed - Justin from Indiana

Ch. 22: It's not just Trump, it's congress too - Jessica from Las Vegas, NV

Ch. 23: Explaining why Democrats lost - Nick from California

Ch. 24: Explaining Democrats disdain for working class - Roy in Texas

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 25: Final comments on the false equivalency between pro-Trump and anti-Trump violence

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


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(2016/11/15) Where we go from here (Progressives and Democrats)


Wed, Nov 16, 2016


Edition #1058

Today we look at how the Democratic party has been going wrong for decades in a way that partially explains their electoral loss in 2016 and then use this information as a guide to see where the progressive movement should go from here

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: The economics of why Donald Trump won - Economic Update w: @profwolff - Air Date 11-10-16

Ch. 3: Song 1: Backwards Blues - Adia Victoria


Ch. 4: Act 2: Thomas Frank on the Democrats disdain for the working class has led to their downfall - @thisishellradio - Air Date 11-12-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: One Thing Leads to Another - The Fixx


Ch. 6: Act 3: Bill Ayers on the inadequacy of our politics to face our challenges - @TheRealNews - Air Date 11-13-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: Alright Alright (Here's My Fist Where's the Fight?) - Sahara Hotnights


Ch. 8: Act 4: Trump's economic populism and where we Democrats need to go from here - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date 11-12-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: Revolutions - Cody Long and the Red Beauty


Ch. 10: Act 5: Who Should Lead The DNC Now? - @TheYoungTurks - Air Date 11-10-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: Go Do - Jónsi


Ch. 12: Act 6: Greenwald on "Democrats, Trump, and the Ongoing, Dangerous Refusal to Learn the Lesson of Brexit" - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 11-10-16


Voicemails

Ch. 13: What ways can you help? - Steven from the UK

Ch. 14: How can we bridge the divide in progressive circles? - Anthony from Illinois

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 15: Final comments on healing the progressive movement and a new experiment for voicemails

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


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(2016/11/11) In the Days After (Election 2016)


Sat, Nov 12, 2016


Edition #1057

Today we reflect on the 2016 election, examine the variety of feelings it has brought fourth and contemplate the next steps ahead of us

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Trump's America- This is What Happens Now - Jay Smooth - Air Date: 11-9-16

Ch. 3: Song 1: S.O.S. - The Suicide Machines


Ch. 4: Act 2: 'This was a whitelash' Van Jones' take on the election results - CNN - Air Date 11-08-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: So Terrible It's Terrifying - Earmint


Ch. 6: Act 3: Mourn, Resist, Organize - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 11-9-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: Call for Help - Clay Schneider


Ch. 8: Act 4: Feel your feelings and get to work - Throwing Shade w: @BryanSafi and @gibblertron - Air Date 11-9-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: Run Screaming - Stockdale and Shapiro


Ch. 10: Act 5: The day after, take care of yourself - @EdgeofSports - w: Dave Zirin - Air Date 11-11-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: Fear, Terror, and the Fear of Terror - Infinite Third


Ch. 12: Act 6: Anger is an appropriate response - #PoliticallyReactive with @wkamaubell and @harikondabolu - Air Date 11-10-16

Ch. 13: Song 6: When Anger Shows - Editors


Ch. 14: Act 7: National Popular Vote - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date 6-13-15

Ch. 15: Song 7: Help - Howie Day


Ch. 16: Act 8: Beyond the Electoral College: A State-Based Plan for Electing the President by National Popular Vote - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 11-08-16


Voicemails

Ch. 17: Kids in fear after the election - Anonymous

Ch. 18: Mad as hell and sick to my stomach - Colin from Cleveland, OH

Ch. 19: Moving forward with self care - Dave from Olympia, WA

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 20: Final comments on privilege as a superpower and the campaign for a national popular vote

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


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(2016/11/08) Beyond the election (The Progressive Movement)


Tue, Nov 08, 2016


Edition #1056

Today we look beyond the election to the progressive movement that needs to keep it’s momentum going regardless of who the next president will be

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: When Progressives Fight...We Win! - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 01-15-16

Ch. 3: Song 1: On the Outside - Oingo Boingo


Ch. 4: Act 2: Progressives Must Be Ready: Hillary Win Isn't the Victory - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 10-24-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: The Time Is Now - Warren Barfield


Ch. 6: Act 3: A Pep Talk For #Progressives From A Man Who Marched With #MLK! - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date 05-19-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: Malcom X (Original single 1974) - Miriam Makeba


Ch. 8: Act 4: Bernie Plans To Fight Against Hillary's Corporatist Cabinet Picks - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 10-28-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: Main Title, Game of Thrones - Ramin Djawadi


Ch. 10: Act 5: Breaking Through Power... It's Easier Than You Think! (w/Guest: Ralph Nader) - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 09-22-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: Power to the People - John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band


Ch. 12: Act 6: Beyond the election to the movement - The Zero Hour w: @RJEskow - Air Date 11-5-16

Ch. 13: Song 6: Right to Complain - Trombone Shorty & Marc Broussard


Ch. 14: Act 6:¬†Systemic Political Change Requires Participation ‚Äď Never Stop Fighting - @RingOfFireRadio - Air Date: 09-25-16


Voicemails

Ch. 15: Terrified of what the election could mean - Eammon from La Habra, California

Ch. 16: Don't lose sight of what you can do yourself - Matt from Pittsburg, PA

Ch. 17: Starting to gain perspective from the show - Jennifer from Columbus, OH

Ch. 18: Race, class and Trump supporters - Mike from Albany, NY

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 19: Final comments on political philosophy, Confederates in New York and the difference between understanding and legitimizing

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


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(2016/11/04) What is at stake (Climate Change and the Supreme Court)


Fri, Nov 04, 2016


Edition #1055

Today we look at the two biggest issues with the most limited timelines and far-reaching consequences of our era and how they are both at stake in this election

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: VILE: Trump Picks Climate Denier to Lead Environmental Transition - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 09-28-16

Ch. 3: Song 1: Despierta - Filthy Friends


Ch. 4: Act 2: What Do The Next Supreme Court Picks Really Mean For America? - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date 07-28-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: No Guns No Guns - Mirah


Ch. 6: Act 3: As Earth Reaches Frightening CO2 Milestone, Bill McKibben Calls for War on Climate Change - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 09-30-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next - Manic Street Preachers


Ch. 8: Act 4: Trump: I'll Fill the Supreme Court With Antonin Scalias - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 09-14-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: Perry Mason - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra


Ch. 10: Act 5: Shameful Admission: Trump Doesn't Believe Climate Change is Man Made - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 09-29-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: Sic of Elephants (Live) - Andrew Bird [featuring Jim James]


Ch. 12: Act 6: 350 Action's May Boeve on Young Voters & Climate Movement - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 10-25-16

Ch. 13: Song 6: Pressure - Billy Joel


Ch. 14: Act 7: Republicans Planning To Block Supreme Court Justices FOREVER - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 10-28-16

Ch. 15: Song 7: Makin' It Great Again! - Andrew St. James


Ch. 16: Act 8: The World Is Hotter Than Hell and No One Is Talking About Climate Change - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 10-01-16


Voicemails

Ch. 17: Some adults think the devil is trying to influence our election - Brad from Irving, TX

Ch. 18: The impacts on restricted access to education - Sally from San Francisco

Ch. 19: Limbaugh is more thoughtful than liberals let on - Mike from Richmond, VA

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 20: Final comments with some questions for our new reasonable conservative caller

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


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(2016/11/01) Making a genuine effort to understand Trump conservatives


Tue, Nov 01, 2016


Edition #1054

Today we dive deeply into the world of conservatives as described in the new book ‚ÄúStrangers in their own Land‚ÄĚ by Arlie Russel Hochschild in an attempt to understand how some non-deplorable people in the country could be supporting Donald Trump

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: What Drives Trump Supporters? Sociologist Arlie Russell Hochschild on Anger & Mourning of the Right Part 1 - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 9-28-16

Ch. 3: Song 1: Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel


Ch. 4: Act 2: The environmentalist tea-partier who dumped toxic waste in public water - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 10-5-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: Protect & Serve - Stiff Little Fingers


Ch. 6: Act 3: How Our Stone-Age Brain Gets in the Way of Smart Politics Part 1 - @BillMoyersHQ in Conversation - Air Date 4-15-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: I Don't Think About It - Emily Osment


Ch. 8: Act 4: What Drives Trump Supporters? Sociologist Arlie Russell Hochschild on Anger & Mourning of the Right Part 2 - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 9-28-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: Refund - Minor Motion


Ch. 10: Act 5: The Deep Story of conservatives and the rise of Trump - Economic Update w/ @profwolff - Air Date 9-29-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: Shame - The Avett Brothers


Ch. 12: Act 6: How Our Stone-Age Brain Gets in the Way of Smart Politics Part 2 - @BillMoyersHQ in Conversation - Air Date 4-15-16

Ch. 13: Song 6: Vote - Jefferson Coker


Ch. 14: Act 7: Where shame is the companion to need - @thisishellradio - Air Date 10-22-16

Ch. 15: Song 7: Only a Pawn In Their Game - Bob Dylan


Ch. 16: Act 8: The Media That Created Trump - United States of Anxiety - Air Date 10-13-16


Voicemails

Ch. 17: Shifting to the Right - Greg from North Cackalacky

Ch. 18: Shout out to Wade/asking for conservative show suggestion - Quai from North Carolina

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 19: Final comments on a conservative show recommended to those interested in hearing the other side

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


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(2016/10/28) The real way elections get rigged (Voter Suppression)


Fri, Oct 28, 2016


Edition #1053

Today we look at a range of voter suppression tactics including voter intimidation from history and present-day

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Revisiting the hard fought battles for voting rights and the implications of new laws - @Making_Contact - Air Date 10-19-16

Ch. 3: Song 1: Until the Water Goes Down - Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin


Ch. 4: Act 2: STUDY: Black People Wait Twice As Long as White People to Vote - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 08-18-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: Adventure, Darling - Gillicuddy


Ch. 6: Act 3: Surprise! DOJ Catches Another State Disenfranchises Voters! (w/Guest: Ian Millhiser @imillhiser) - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 09-10-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: A Theme for Bizarre Behavior - Clifton's Ford


Ch. 8: Act 4: A history of voter intimidation - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 10-3-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: That's What's Wrong - Good Old War


Ch. 10: Act 5: GET OUT THE VOTE via @NextGenClimate & Report Voter Suppression via @ElectionProtection

Ch. 11: Song 5: Time for Action - Secret Affair


Ch. 12: Act 6: Victoria Bassetti of the Brennan Center on the myth of widespread voter fraud - @DecodeDC - Air Date 10-20-16


Voicemails

Ch. 13: Vote yes for rent stabilization in the bay area - Mike in Mountain View, CA

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 14: Final comments on a couple of the things making me really angry about our broken electoral system

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


TAKE ACTION

Volunteer to help get out the vote with NextGen Climate

Report voter suppression by calling Election Protection at 866-OUR-VOTE

Ask questions about voter ID laws by calling VoteRider’s national voter ID hotline at 844-338-8743.

EDUCATE YOURSELF

This Election Is Being Rigged‚ÄĒbut Not by Democrats¬†(The Nation) ¬†

North Carolina Republicans Tried to Disenfranchise a 100-Year-Old African-American Woman (The Nation)

Possible Election Day problems worry civil rights advocates (PBS Newshour)

‚ÄėThe most chaotic election for people of color in 50 years,‚Äô activist predicts¬†(Star Telegram)¬†

What we often forget when we talk about voting restrictions: the actual voters (Vox)

Indiana officials are trying to block almost 45,000 black citizens from voting (ThinkProgress)

Election 2016: Tracking Reports of Voting Problems Across the United States (NBC News)

This Is What Actual Voter Suppression Looks Like, And It’s Appalling (Huffington Post) 

Trans Voters May Face Problems Voting in U.S. Election, Activists Say (NBC News)

 

Posted October 28, 2016. Written by Best of the Left Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman.


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(2016/10/25) The policies we have vs. the policies we need (Reproductive Rights)


Tue, Oct 25, 2016


Edition #1052

Today we look at reproductive rights issues from the states up to the presidential election and the future of the Supreme Court

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Oklahoma May Strip Licenses From Doctors Who Perform Abortions - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 04-27-16

Ch. 3: Song 1: God Only Knows - Beach Boys


Ch. 4: Act 2: Thanks to Republicans, Pregnancy Can Be Deadly For Women In Texas! - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 08-19-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: Barefoot and Pregnant - Doyle and Debbie


Ch. 6: Act 3: Poland Up to 6 Million Women Protest Proposed Abortion Ban - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 10-5-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: Luriana Lurilee - Ben McElroy


Ch. 8: Act 4: Total Abortion Ban In Question After Mass Protests - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 10-07-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: Right Here, Right Now - Fatboy Slim


Ch. 10: Act 5: How is Abortion Portrayed in Film and TV? - Popaganda from @BitchMedia - Air Date: 9-10-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: Bloodless Freak - Thomas Newman


Ch. 12: Act 6: Trump Says Appointing Anti-Choice Judges Will "Automatically" Overturn Roe v. Wade If He's Elected - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 10-20-16

Ch. 13: Song 6: Of Thee I Sing: Supreme Court Judges - Casper Roos, Larry Kert & New York Choral Artists


Ch. 14: Act 7: Debate 3- The Good, The Bad, The Nasty (Act 1, Part 2) - Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (@FullFrontalSamB) - Air Date: 10-24-16

Ch. 15: Song 7: Nasty - Janet Jackson


Ch. 16: Act 8: @LeahNTorres describes her work as one of the only doctors providing abortions in Utah - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 9-7-16

Ch. 17: Song 8: Proud - Tegan and Sara


Ch. 18: Act 9: One of the oldest laws targeting abortion access is finally seeing the fight it deserves - ThinkProgress - Air Date 9-30-16

Ch. 19: Song 9: Radioactive - Vitamin String Quartet


Ch. 20: Act 10: Keep the Pressure on Congress to #BeBoldEndHyde via @AllAboveAll - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 21: Song 10: This Fickle World - Theo Bard


Ch. 22: Act 11: If You Want To End Abortions, You Should Work To End Poverty. - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 10-07-16


Voicemails

Ch. 23: Response to Rape Culture episode - Rebecca from Seattle

Ch. 24: What we must understand to understand the policing problem - V from Central New York

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 25: Final comments on the propaganda i witnessed recently  and detail in the newest member's bonus show

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


TAKE ACTION!

Get involved with All Above All actions on the state and local level

Share All Above All resources on social media with #BeBoldEndHyde 

EDUCATE YOURSELF

What Women Do When They Can't Afford an Abortion (Broadly.vice.com)

What are your state's laws when it comes to abortion coverage? (AllAboveAll.org) 

All Above All's Hyde Amendment Fact Sheet (AllAboveAll.org)

Term And Partial Birth Abortions: The Mythical Arch-Nemeses Of The Anti-Choice Movement (HuffingtonPost.com)

Tim Kaine Now Backs Lifting the Hyde Amendment Banning Abortion Funding (NBCNews.com)

 

 Written by Best of the Left Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman.


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(2016/10/21) Consent is sexy (Rape Culture)


Fri, Oct 21, 2016


Edition #1051

Today we look at just a few of the manifestations of rape culture in society with plenty of focus on the need for affirmative consent education

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Pussy-Gate Vile Trump Audio Leaks, Exposes Classless Trump - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date 10-11-16

Ch. 3: Song 1: GRAB'm by the PU$$Y - will.i.am ft Apl.de.ap and Liane V


Ch. 4: Act 2: Job Fair for Future Women - Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (@FullFrontalSamB) - Air Date: 02-23-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: Can’t Take No for an Answer - David Nunez


Ch. 6: Act 3: #NotAllMen #SometimesAllMen - Trumpcast - Air Date 10-13-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: Backwards Blues - Adia Victoria


Ch. 8: Act 4: Limbaugh- 'Here Come the Rape Police' After One Whiff Of Lack Of Consent - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date 10-13-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: Consent - Jack and Dean


Ch. 10: Act 5: How rape culture manifests itself - @InDeepRadio w: @AngieCoiro - Air Date 7-2-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: We Are the Kids - WALK THE MOON


Ch. 12: Act 6: Trevor calls bullshit on Donald Trump's "locker room talk" defense. - The Daily Show - Air Date 10-10-16

Ch. 13: Song 6: Can't You Tell? - Aimee Mann


Ch. 14: Act 7: What Exactly Do Rapists Look Like? - @TheYoungTurks - Air Date: 10-17-15

Ch. 15: Song 7: Boys Will Be Boys - Alisha


Ch. 16: Act 8: Not in my locker room - @EdgeofSports - w: Dave Zirin - Air Date 10-15-16

Ch. 17: Song 8: Building Steam with a Grain of Salt - DJ Shadow


Ch. 18: Act 9: #HikeforHealing to Support The #MonumentQuilt for Survivors of Rape and Abuse via @UpsettingRape (FORCE) - Best of the Left Activism

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


Ch. 20: Act 10: Your vagina is not a car - Clementine Ford at TEDxSouthBankWomen - Air Date: 02-05-14


Voicemails

Ch. 21: Two book recommendations of the history of racial oppression - Tyler from Kentucky

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 22: Final comments on the documentary Audrie & Daisy and the need for early education on affirmative consent

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


TAKE ACTION

Find a Hike for Healing team near you or start one at https://www.crowdrise.com/hikeforhealing

View quilt squares, get information on making a quilt square, sign up to host a workshop and volunteer at https://themonumentquilt.org

Check out #WhyWomenDontReport on Twitter 

EDUCATE YOURSELF

Our quilt project shares rape survivors' stories (CNN.com)

Trump's Campaign Embraces Rape Culture (ThinkProgress.com)

Everyone's talking to their daughters about Donald Trump. They need to talk to their sons. (Mic.com)

The Conversation You Must Have With Your Sons (HuffingtonPost.com)

8 Societal Barriers That Make it Hard to Report Sexual Assault (EverydayFeminism.com)

Women share stories of sexual assault to show Trump what rape culture looks like (HuffingtonPost.com)

 

Written by Best of the Left Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman.


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2016/02/05) When climate science meets faith-based economics (Repost)


Tue, Oct 18, 2016


Edition #988

Today we look at the intersection of the climate crisis with our current economic system including how monopolies, trade deals, market failures and the concept of¬†‚Äúexternalities‚ÄĚ all work together to make climate change worse

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Externalities - by @DavidSuzuki - Resource Based Economy - Air Date: 7-26-13

Ch. 3: Song 1: N/A


Ch. 4: Act 2: The True Cost Of Fossil Fuels - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 10-28-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: The Price You Pay - Bruce Springsteen


Ch. 6: Act 3: TransCanada Uses NAFTA to sue The US Over Keystone Pipeline! - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 01-08-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: Smoke And Mirrors - Giraffe


Ch. 8: Act 4: Nevada guts their net metering program, killing the solar industry - @greennewsreport - Air Date 1-12-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: Sunshine to Burn (The Long Grass) - The Sand Pebbles


Ch. 10: Act 5: Ronald Wright on Progress Traps - The Green Interview - Air Date: 8-1-11

Ch. 11: Song 5: Farmscrapers - Dad Rocks!


Ch. 12: Act 6: Is the Military the Future of Renewable Energy? - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 12-04-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: Hands To Myself - Selena Gomez


Ch. 14: Act 7: Porter Ranch Massive CA Gas Leak & What It Means - Majority Report (@majorityfm) - Air Date 01-12-16

Ch. 15: Song 7: Payne's Bay - Beirut


Ch. 16: Act 8: Is Aliso Canyon California's BP Blowout? - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 01-08-16

Ch. 17: Song 8: Devil Town - Tony Lucca


Ch. 18: Act 9:¬†#LeapYear Manifesto: For New Economic & Energy Systems via @NaomiAKlein ‚ÄĒ Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 19: Act 9A: The Leap Manifesto As Explained By @NaomiAKlein - Huffington Post Canada - Air Date: 9-15-15

Ch. 20: Song 9: This Fickle World - Theo Bard


Ch. 21: Act 10: Surviving Progress Film (condensed version)


Activism: #LeapYear Manifesto: For New Economic & Energy Systems via @NaomiAKlein

Take Action:

JOIN/Host: #LeapYear Event, Feb-March 2016 via

WATCH:¬†"Leap Year 2016 - Hangout with Naomi Klein, Bill McKibben, and more‚ÄĚ

hosted by This Changes Everything

Canadians can SIGN: The Leap Year Manifest

Sources/further reading:

"Let‚Äôs make this a real ‚Äėleap‚Äô year, and go fossil fuel-free‚Ä̬†by¬†Naomi Klein

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


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(2016/10/14) Unions or not, we are still all in this together (Labor Rights)


Fri, Oct 14, 2016


Edition #1050

Today we look at the systems at play that put workers and everyday consumers at a constant disadvantage to their business-running overloads - but it has a hopeful ending! 

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: @DavidBurkus: Why you should know how much your coworkers get paid - @TEDTalks - Air Date: 9-20-16

Ch. 3: Song 1: You Can't Get What You Want (Till You Know What You Want) - Joe Jackson


Ch. 4: Act 2: The War on Unions Has Lowered All Our Wages! - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 09-01-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: Miffed - Tom Rosenthal


Ch. 6: Act 3: Foreign factories, coal-town media and the tipped wage - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 9-2-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: We Stand As One - Joseph Arthur


Ch. 8: Act 4: Do Labor Unions Still Matter? - Seeker Daily - Air Date: 2-23-15

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


Ch. 10: Act 5: MILLIONS Of Workers Go On Strike - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 09-07-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: Join Forces - Caribbean Pulse


Ch. 12: Act 6: Uber's revolution was mostly about circumventing labor unions - Economic Update w: @profwolff - Air Date 9-29-16

Ch. 13: Song 6: Same Old Story - Pennywise


Ch. 14: Act 7: #BoycottWendys Until They Join the Fair Food Program via @CIW - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 15: Song 7: Activism - Shihan


Ch. 16: Act 8: On Wealth and Labor - Progressive Faith Sermons w/ @RevDrRay - Air Date 9-4-16


Voicemails

Ch. 17: Possible effects of the TPP on the corruption industry - Brad from Irving, TX

Ch. 18: Shamefully admitting to being a former libertarian - Chris from Colorado Springs

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 19: Final comments on libertarianism and the false dichotomy of the social vs. the individual

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


TAKE ACTION

DON'T EAT AT WENDY'S!

Learn more about the reasons for the boycott at allianceforfairfood.org

Sign the pledge to boycott Wendy's 

Attend a "Behind the Braids: Wendy's Boycott Tour" event near you 

Spread the word on social media via #BoycottWendys

EDUCATE YOURSELF

There is a Nationwide Boycott of Wendy's Underway (via The Nation)

Students Declare Nationwide Boycott of Wendy's Over Farmworker Concerns (via The American Prospect)

Dear Wendy's: I'm boycotting you, but I'm not the one you should be worried about (via Common Dreams)

 

Written by Best of the Left Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman.


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(2016/10/11) What you need to know about Libertarianism


Tue, Oct 11, 2016


Edition #1049

Today we look at the political philosophy of libertarianism and explain why large parts of it make almost no sense when applied to the real world

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Libertarian Calls In to Teach Us All About the Right Kind of Libertarianism - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date 07-10-16

Ch. 3: Song 1: Blik - deeB


Ch. 4: Act 2: Why Are Libertarians Mostly Men??? - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 07-13-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: Fantasy - Anya Marina


Ch. 6: Act 3: Libertarianism Debunked. - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 08-26-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: Risk It - Nahko and Medicine for the People


Ch. 8: Act 4: Libertarians Divided Over Driver's Licenses - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 06-02-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: Don't Waste Your Breath - Colour Me Wednesday


Ch. 12: Act 6: A History Lesson for Libertertarians - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 08-13-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: Lesson Learned (feat. John Mayer) - Alicia Keys


Ch. 14: Act 7: No Progressives Should Vote for Libertarian Gary Johnson - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 10-04-16


Voicemails

Ch. 15: Some are in it just to win - Emma from New York City

Ch. 16: Inaugural meeting of the D@W Twin Cities Action Group - Paul from Minnesota

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 17: Final comments debunking a couple of logical fallacies from professional libertarians

Bonus Clip 1: Libertarian Debate Darryl Perry Defines Libertarianism - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date 06-24-16

Bonus Clip 2: Libertarian Debate Sam Seder vs. Dave Smith - Majority Report - Air Date 08-22-15

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


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(2016/10/07) Slavery in America is still alive and well (Prison Labor)


Fri, Oct 07, 2016


Edition #1048

Today we look at the ways in which the 13th amendment to the constitution opened the doors to a mere evolution of slavery rather than it’s abolition as our national myth contends

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe - Excerpt: Attica explained

Ch. 3: Song 1: Attica State - John Lennon & Yoko Ono


Ch. 4: Act 2: 45 Years After Legendary Attica Prison Uprising, New Book Reveals State Role in Deadly Standoff - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 09-09-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: Strong Animals - Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin


Ch. 6: Act 3: Prison Labor = Modern Day Slavery? - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 09-16-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: High Demand - The Haymarket Squares


Ch. 8: Act 4: Rattling the Bars US Prison Labor - @TheRealNews - Air Date 9-5-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: Forward - Northbound


Ch. 10: Act 5: Noelle Hanrahan on National Prison Strike - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 9-16-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: Prison Abolition (feat. Daman) - Conscious Youth


Ch. 12: Act 6: Prisoners Strike To Say 'We're Not Slaves!!' (w/Guest: Maya Schenwar) - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 09-21-16

Ch. 13: Song 6: Chain Gang (2005 Remastered) - Sam Cooke


Ch. 14: Act 7: Important stories of the prison strike are blacked out by media - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 9-30-16

Ch. 15: Song 7: Everyday (Single Version) - Carly Comando


Ch. 16: Act 8: Support Prison Strikers by Joining Actions Around the Country - Best of the Left Activism

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


Ch. 18: Act 9: Advocates: The U.S. Still Profits from Slavery Because the 13th Amendment Perpetuates Prison Labor - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 10-03-16


Ch. 19:¬†Final comments on the timely release of the new Ava DuVernay doc, ‚Äú13th‚ÄĚ

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


TAKE ACTION

Read the call to action post on ItsGoingDown.org and find an event near you at the bottom of the post.

Create your own local action to support the prison strikes and submit it to be posted by emailing info@itsgoingdown.org. 

EDUCATE YOURSELF

Why Prisoners Across the Country Have Gone on Strike (via Mother Jones)

"We're Freedom Fighters": The Story of the Nationwide Prison Labor Strike (via truthout)

The biggest national prison strike in American history is happening now (via Daily Kos)

Meet the inmate who launched a massive prison strike from his jail cell (via Vice)

Free Alabama Movement  (website of the inmates spearheading the strike in Alabama)

IWW Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (unrecognized union for incarcerated prison workers)

 

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Amanda Hoffman


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(2016/10/04) How the parties have broken our democracy (Election Corruption)


Tue, Oct 04, 2016


Edition #1047

Today we look at a few of the ways our two major political parties have worked to entrench their own power with the side effect of ruining the foundations of our democratic system

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Supreme Court vs. the American Voter - Times Op-Doc

Ch. 3: Song 1: N/A


Ch. 4: Act 2: This is not your grandfather's gerrymandering w/ @davedaley3 - #PoliticallyReactive with @wkamaubell and @harikondabolu - Air Date 8-17-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: Segregation - Rankin Scroo


Ch. 6: Act 3: How The Debates Were Corrupted By The Democrats AND Republicans - @theyoungturks - Air Date 09-25-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: The 4th Estate - GFE


Ch. 8: Act 4: Ratf**ked The True Story Behind the Secret Plan to Steal America's Democracy w/ @davedaley3 - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date 08-27-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: Prove My Hypothesis - Death Cab For Cutie


Ch. 10: Act 5: Two-Party Tyranny Ralph Nader on Exclusion of Third-Party Candidates from First Presidential Debate - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 09-19-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: Fake Plastic Trees - Radiohead


Ch. 12: Act 6: VoteRiders.org is out to educate voters about their state Voter ID laws - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 9-30-16

Ch. 13: Song 6: Hey Ya - Obadiah Parker


Ch. 14: Act 7: Register and PREPARE to Vote in Your State via @RocktheVote - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 15: Song 7: Time for Action - Secret Affair


Ch. 16: Act 8: Explaining the plans the GOP has to maintain power as a minority party w/ @davedaley3 - #PoliticallyReactive with @wkamaubell and @harikondabolu - Air Date 8-17-16


Voicemails

Ch. 17: Security of the voting process in Oregon - Elise in Portland, OR

Ch. 18: Standing up for each other in the metal community - Jason from Iowa

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 19: Final comments on the political and mental games we play

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


TAKE ACTION

Register to vote at https://www.rockthevote.com

Check your registration status with Rock the Vote's "Am I Registered?" tool 

Check on changes to voter ID requirements in your state at Rock the Vote's "Voter ID Requirements by State" or at VoteRiders.org. 

EDUCATE YOURSELF

Electionary - A Guide to Election Laws 

‚ÄúRigged‚ÄĚ - The Documentary¬†(via Fusion TV)

Wisconsin is Systemically Failing to Provide the Photo IDs Required to Vote in November (via The Nation)

Judge Blocks Election Day Registration at Illinois Polling Places (via The Chicago Tribune)

This November, Know Your Voting Rights (via ACLU)

Voter Suppression Laws: What’s New Since the 2012 Presidential Election (Interactive Map) (via ACLU)

 

Written by Best of the Left Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman. 


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(2016/09/30) Building systems that work for people (Culture)


Fri, Sep 30, 2016


Edition #1046

Today we look at the designed systems that dictate how and where we work, live and engage with society and think about ways to improve those systems

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Transforming cities, changing the system - @TheNextSystem Project - Air Date: 10-6-15


Ch. 4: Act 2: @JeffSpeckAICP, author of Walkable City: Why Does Suburbia Suck? - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 08-06-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: Walking Man - James Taylor


Ch. 6: Act 3: John Nichols (@NicholsUprising): The Fight Against a Jobless Economy and a Citizen-less Democracy - Belabored (@DissentMag) - Air Date 5-13-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: Send a Message - Nick Driver


Ch. 8: Act 4: The social and ecological benefits of sharing the load - Economic Update w/ @profwolff - Air Date: 5-17-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: Who Benefits? - Mustard Plug


Ch. 10: Act 5: Gunnar Branson: Moore's Law of Real Estate - TEDxNaperville - Air Date 12-18-12


Voicemails

Ch. 11: Keeping tabs on the mainstream media - Paula from Reno, NV

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 12: Final comments on taking vaccine doses of the mainstream media

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


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(2016/09/27) Systemic forces and how to fight them (Racism)


Tue, Sep 27, 2016


Edition #1045

Today we look at the systemically racist systems of policing currently in place in our country and the protest movement that continues to rise up against it, including Colin Kaepernick and the growing movement of support around him

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Deadly force in black and white - @Making_Contact - Air Date: 2-17-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: Oh, Freedom - Shirley Verrett


Ch. 4: Act 2: Recorded proof of racially-targeted policing - The Benjamin Dixon Show (@TheBpDShow) - Air Date 7-13-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: America - Neil Diamond


Ch. 6: Act 3: Racist & Illegal Justice Department Slams Baltimore Police for Targeting Black Residents - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 08-11-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: This Land is Not Our Land - Utah Phillips


Ch. 8: Act 4: How media gets it wrong on protests against police violence - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 9-23-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: House of Cards Main Title Theme - Jeff Beal


Ch. 10: Act 5: Dave Zirin breaks down the Colin @Kaepernick7 protest - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 9-14-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: American Land - Bruce Springsteen


Ch. 12: Act 6: What we learned about our national anthem from @Kaepernick7 protest - #PoliticallyReactive with @wkamaubell and @harikondabolu - Air Date 9-7-16

Ch. 13: Song 6: Rockin' In the Free World - Neil Young


Ch. 14: Act 7: Choice words on the anthem protesters and their detractors - @EdgeofSports - w Dave Zirin - Air Date 9-14-16

Ch. 15: Song 7: John Adams theme song - HBO


Ch. 16: Act 8:¬†Tell Your Legislators to Sign the ‚ÄúPledge to Preserve & Protect Our Lives‚ÄĚ via @NAACP #StayWokeandVote

Ch. 17: Song 8: We Didn't Start the Fire - Billy Joel


Ch. 18: Act 9: Can the American Flag Survive Colin @Kaepernick7? - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 09-03-16


Voicemails

Ch. 19: Thoughts from working at the Sacred Stone Camp - Nick from Colorado

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 20: Final comments on the OTHER pipeline protest going on in Big Bend (Defendbigbend.org)

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


TAKE ACTION

Send the NAACP's "Pledge to Preserve and Protect Our Lives to your legislators and candidates

Read the "NAACP's Statement on Fatal Shooting of Terence Crutcher During Police Encounter in Tulsa, OK" 

Get involved with the NAACP's #StayWokeandVote campaign and use the hashtag on Twitter

EDUCATE YOURSELF

"NAACP releases list of demands in response to Charlotte shooting" (WRAL.com)

"If you don't understand Black Lives Matter after Terence Crutcher's death, you never will" (Vox.com)

"How two police shootings of black men sent Tulsa and Charlotte in different directions" (LA Times) 

"Tulsa police chief on fatal shooting of Terence Crutcher: 'There was no gun'" (Tulsaworld.com)

"Colin Kaepernick explains why he sat during the national anthem" (NFL.com)

"#VeteransforKaepernick: Veterans Stand in Solidarity with Colin Kaepernick" (The Root)

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Amanda Hoffman


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2016/09/23) Working to maintain the status quo (Media)


Fri, Sep 23, 2016


Edition #1044

Today we look at some of the ways our corporate media work to ignore widespread disaffection and real issues in favor of fluff, argument and ineffectual neutrality

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Media ignores widespread disaffection with political system - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 6-3-16

Ch. 3: Song 1: Messages - Xavier Rudd


Ch. 4: Act 2: Why Don't We Hear About Real Issues On The News? - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 08-17-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: My Conversation - The Uniques


Ch. 6: Act 3: Independent Media In Danger, Allegations of YouTube Censorship - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 09-02-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: I Love You Money - Lowell


Ch. 8: Act 4: Crisis Engulfs Fox News as Roger Ailes Sexual Harrassment & Spying Scandal Grows - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 08-11-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: Abuse of Power - Lion of Light


Ch. 10: Act 5: CNN's morally bankrupt hiring of former Trump campaign staffer - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 7-1-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: That’s All - Clare and the Reasons


Ch. 12: Act 6: The media and political parties collude to make debates profitable and worthless - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date 9-10-16

Ch. 13: Song 6: Turtle (Bonobo Remix) - Pilote


Ch. 14: Act 7: A Recent History of Political Lies - On The Media - Air Date 7-8-16


Voicemails

Ch. 15: Working with Central Americans - Justin from Mitchell, Indiana

Ch. 16: The migration story replays itself over and over again - Justin from Mitchell, Indiana

Ch. 17: How can a community hold an abuser accountable? - Megan from Baltimore

Ch. 18: We have ourselves to blame for the media - Wade from Ft. Worth, TX

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 19: Final comments on the degree to which I hate cable news channels

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


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2016/09/20) Building momentum, making progress (Money in Politics)


Tue, Sep 20, 2016


Edition #1043

Today we look at some of the structures of money in politics and how the tide is beginning to turn

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: The Truth About Citizens United - Follow the Money #8 - Represent.Us - Air Date: 1-26-16

Ch. 3: Song 1: Addiction - Medina


Ch. 4: Act 2: @DerekCressman on Free speech vs paid speech with guest host @AngieCoiro - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 5-31-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: Buy My Vote - The Haymarket Squares


Ch. 6: Act 3: How To Destroy The Corrupt Political Establishment - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 04-20-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: Welcome To the Machine - Pink Floyd


Ch. 8: Act 4: @USRepDavidJolly on The STOP Act Part 1 - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date 8-27-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: Moneytalks - Vitamin String Quartet


Ch. 10: Act 5: Steve Israel on Congressional Fundraising - @LastWeekTonight with @iamjohnoliver - Air Date 04-04-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: Money Grabber (Live @ KEXP) - Fitz and The Tantrums


Ch. 12: Act 6: @USRepDavidJolly on The STOP Act Part 2 - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date 8-27-16

Ch. 13: Song 6: Changes - Langhorne Slim & The Law


Ch. 14: Act 7: Rhode Island Demands Money Out Of Politics - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 06-21-16


Voicemails

Ch. 15: Standing against racism - Kyle from Portland

Ch. 16: What we can do to get better healthier density - Ryan from Phoenix

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 17: Final comments on the hopeful outlook of the future of campaign finance reform

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


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(2016/09/16) Protecting from the black snake (Dakota Access Pipeline)


Fri, Sep 16, 2016


Edition #1042

Today we look in on the convergence of Native American and First Nations tribes in North Dakota to protect the water from the Dakota Access Pipeline

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Will The Lakota Tribe's Black Snake Prophecy Come True? - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 08-19-16

Ch. 3: Song 1: People of the First Light - Russell Patrick


Ch. 4: Act 2: Standing Rock #nodapl - Levitate Media Group - Air Date 9-3-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: N/A


Ch. 6: Act 3: Canine Expert Decries "Egregious" & "Horrific" Dog Attacks on Native Americans Defending Burial Site - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 09-06-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: Cherry Creek Singers - No DAPL song


Ch. 8: Act 4: Native Woman Bitten By Dogs DEBUNKS Media Falsehoods - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 09-08-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: Song for Mother Earth - Lakota


Ch. 10: Act 5: The regulatory loophole that allows easy permitting for new pipelines - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 9-12-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: Shove Your Pipeline - Frank Nawrot


Ch. 12: Act 6: Eminent Domain? Iowans Sue to Stop Dakota Access Pipeline, Say It Provides No Public Service - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 09-07-16

Ch. 13: Song 6: As Long As the Grass Grows - Randy Wood


Ch. 14: Act 7: Why fossil fuels companies are rushing to build old infrastructure - @GreenNewsReport - Air Date 9-13-16

Ch. 15: Song 7: Ode to Nature - Brulé


Ch. 16: Act 8: Tell President Obama to Revoke USACE Permits & STOP the Dakota Access Pipeline #NoDAPL via @350 - Best of the Left Activism

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


Ch. 18: Act 9: Water Protectors at Standing Rock React to Obama's Intervention in Dakota Access Pipeline Battle - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 09-12-16


Voicemails

Ch. 19: Violence against protesters - Frank

Ch. 20: Determining the end of a dogs life - Sunny from St. Paul, MN

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 21: Final comments on how my Climate Ride went and how well I’m recovering

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


TAKE ACTION

Tell President Obama to revoke USACE permits by sending him a message. 

Find actions near you through September 17th and beyond. This map will update, so check back frequently!

Sign up to get the latest news and hear about upcoming actions related to #NoDAPL.

OTHER WAYS TO SUPPORT THE MOVEMENT

Contribute to the Sacred Stone Camp legal defense fund

Contribute to the Sacred Stone Camp supply fund

EDUCATE YOURSELF

Learn about the targets of the #NoDAPL movement

Moments After Judge Denies DAPL Injunction, Federal Agencies Intervene 

What You Need to Know About the Dakota Access Pipeline Protest 

Alabama, Georgia declare state of emergency after pipeline spill

 

Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman.


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2016/02/16) The food market (Food-Industrial Complex) (Repost)


Tue, Sep 13, 2016


Edition #991

Today we take a look at the influence of the food giants on what goes into our food supply, who’s allowed to inspect and regulate it, what our kids are taught about what’s healthy, the policies of international trade that lowers food safety standards and even how farmers raise their chickens

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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 nobody knows what's really going into your food - The Center for Public Integrity (@Publici) - Air Date: 04-13-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: The Prettiest Remix - Jim Guthrie


00:04:10 Ch. 4: Act 2: Sugar and Salt and Fat: Food Giants Have Hooked Us - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 04-26-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Pour Some Sugar On Me (2012 Re-Recorded Version) - Def Leppard


00:15:10 Ch. 6: Act 3: EXPOSED: Coca-Cola’s Scam To Keep Kids Drinking Soda - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 01-01-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: Diet Coke - Airbäg


00:21:53 Ch. 8: Act 4: Carey Gillam on the conflicts of interest in the coverage of our food supply - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 2-5-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: Johnny Appleseed - Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros


00:33:18 Ch. 10: Act 5: Mystery Meat: After WTO Ruling, U.S. Tosses Meat Origin Labeling Law, Leaving Consumers in the Dark - @democracynow - Air Date: 01-07-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: The Cave - Piano Tribute Players


00:37:43 Ch. 12: Act 6: Disaster: TPP Will Destroy US Food Safety - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 11-14-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: Solid Ground - Dougie Maclean


00:41:51 Ch. 14: Act 7: Chickens and the farmers who raise them - @LastWeekTonight with @iamjohnoliver - Air Date: 05-17-15


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(2016/02/26) Who gets a seat at the table (Culture) (Repost)


Fri, Sep 09, 2016


Edition #994

Today we take a look at the narratives and stories that fill and influence our lives, whose stories get told and why and how that effects the way we see the world

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Show Notes

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

00:00:37 Ch. 2: Act 1: Mansplaining: The Science - @Upworthy - Air Date: 03-10-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: Words Are Seeds - My Gay Banjo


00:02:35 Ch. 4: Act 2: The Racial Politics of Disney Animals - Popaganda from @BitchMedia - Air Date 8-28-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: I Wan'na Be Like You (The Monkey Song) - Louis Prima, Phil Harris & Bruce Reitherman


00:16:47 Ch. 6: Act 3: Broad Politics in the Obama Administration - @DecodeDC - Air Date 1-28-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: Seat at the Table - Crystal Lewis


00:22:53 Ch. 8: Act 4: #OscarsSoWhite: Black Filmmakers Call Out Hollywood Racism, Exclusion as Calls for Boycott Grow - @democracynow - Air Date: 01-25-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: Gatekeepers - Sharrie Williams


00:30:54 Ch. 10: Act 5: $pread, For and By Sex Workers - @onthemedia - Air Date: 5-1-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: Power of Words - iamuuri


00:40:10 Ch. 12: Act 6: Worst Oscar responses to #OscarsSoWhite - Backtalk from @BitchMedia - Air Date 2-18-16

Ch. 13: Song 6: Bedtime Stories - Chris Reed


00:57:01¬†Ch. 14: Act 7:¬†#OscarsSoWhite; Watch¬†#JusticeForFlint Instead via¬†@UnitedBlackout ‚ÄĒ Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 15: Song 7: Right to Complain - Trombone Shorty & Marc Broussard


01:00:18 Ch. 16: Act 8: An inclusion crisis in the entertainment industry - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 2-26-16

 


Activism: #OscarsSoWhite; Watch #JusticeForFlint Instead via @UnitedBlackout

Take Action:

#JusticeForFlint from Blackout for Human Rights

Additional Activism/Resources:

"How to help people hurt by the poisoned water in Flint‚Ä̬†via¬†Mashable

Sources/further reading:

‚ÄĚMeet April Reign, the Black Woman Behind #OscarsSoWhite"

"The 17 Biggest Surprises Of This Year‚Äôs Oscar Nominations ‚ÄĒ #OscarsSoWhiteTheSequel‚Ä̬†via¬†Buzzfeed

"These 10 Actors, Directors & Executives Can Reverse #OscarsSoWhite‚Ä̬†at¬†RevoltTV

"Creed Is The Rocky Film 21st-Century America Needs‚Ä̬†at¬†The Establishment

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2016/09/06) The other pro-choice movement (Death with Dignity)


Tue, Sep 06, 2016


Edition #1041

Today we take a look at matters of life, death and the right to choose when to move from one to the other

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: The Other Pro-Choice Movement - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 10-29-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Machine - David Ari Leon


Ch. 4: Act 2: Death With Dignity Advocate Brittany Maynard Dies At 29 - @TheYoungTurks - Air Date: 11-04-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Chicago - Plusplus


Ch. 6: Act 3: How to Die in Oregon - Taking Control - SundanceNOW Doc Club - Air Date 10-30-14

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


Ch. 8: Act 4: Assisted Suicide - Harriet Scott's Story - Last Right Series - The National - Air Date 11-4-13

Ch. 9: Song 4: The Artifact & Living - Michael Andrews


Ch. 10: Act 5: Caller: My Father Committed Suicide after 30 Years of Pain... - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 10-30-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: Dawn Departure, Jefferson County - Black Prairie


Ch. 12: Act 6: Doctor Assisted Suicide Is Now Legal In California - @TheYoungTurks - Air Date: 10-11-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: Take Five - Dave Brubeck


Ch. 14: Act 7: How to Die in Oregon - Goodbye Roger - SundanceNOW Doc Club - Air Date 10-30-14

Ch. 15: Song 7: End of the World - Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin


Ch. 16: Act 8: Tell Your Legislators to Support Medical #AidinDying via @CompandChoices - Best of the Left Acitivsm

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


Ch. 18: Act 9: @BCoombsLee: The Brittany Effect: Transforming the Death with Dignity Movement - TEDxMarin - Air Date 10-5-15


Voicemails

Ch. 19: What kind of system do we want to see? - Rick from Scranton, PA

Ch. 20: What to do after the election - Andrew In Forth Worth, TX

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 21: Final comments on the last thank yous before Climate Ride and the origin or today’s topic

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


TAKE ACTION

Urge your legislators to support medical aid in dying 

Find and become one of the volunteer advocates and educators near you

Download the Compassion and Choices Legislative Guidebook to share with your representative

EDUCATE YOURSELF

Hear stories from those directly impacted

Understanding Medical Aid in Dying (Compassion and Choices)

End of Life Care Commonly Used Terms (Compassion and Choices)

Medical Aid in Dying is Not Assisted Suicide (Compassion and Choices)

Being Mortal: Dr. Atul Gawande on How U.S. Healthcare Fails to Handle the End of Life (Democracy Now!)

Brittany Maynard's Legacy: One Year Later (Compassion and Choices)

Written by Best of the Left Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman. 


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(2016/09/02) Home sweet home (Housing and Homelessness)


Fri, Sep 02, 2016


Edition #1040

Today we take a look at a couple of solutions to homelessness as well as some of the forces at play that effect how and where people live across the country

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Let's End Homeless Hate Laws - Brave New Films: Justice - Air Date: 12-8-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Homeless (with Ladysmith Black Mambazo) - Paul Simon


Ch. 4: Act 2: Fiscally Conservative: Free Homes for Homeless SAVE MONEY for Utah - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 11-22-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: To Build a Home - The Cinematic Orchestra


Ch. 6: Act 3: Race, Ethnicity, and Urban Land Use Decision-Baltimore Ecosystem Study - @InfinEarthRadio - Air Date 6-2-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: Rows of Homes - The Western States Motel


Ch. 8: Act 4: .@TaliaBuford on EPA and Environmental Racism - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 2-5-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: Home - Phillip Phillips


Ch. 10: Act 5: Matthew Desmond (@just_shelter) - Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City - We the Podcast with Rep. @keithellison - Air Date 8-8-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: Back Home - Andy Grammer


Ch. 12: Act 6: Right to the City: From Policing to Planning: Putting People in Charge - @theLFshow w: @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date 3-8-16

Ch. 13: Song 6: Home - Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros


Ch. 14: Act 7: Tell Congress to #MakeRoom for Affordable Housing via @MakeRoom - Best of the Left Activism

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


Ch. 16: Act 8: Rep. @keithellison on ensuring safe, affordable housing for all  - We the Podcast - Air Date 8-8-16


Voicemails

Ch. 17: Look into the green party - Chris from Southern Illinois

Ch. 18: Let's move on to after the election - Emma from New York City

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 19: Final comments on how supporters of the show helped a family in need

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


TAKE ACTION

Sign up and send your message to Congress via the Make Room campaign

Download the Make Room Take Action Toolkit

Encourage your organization to sign the Make Room sign-on letter 

EDUCATE YOURSELF

"Affordable housing advocates push for Baltimore charter amendment, future funding" (Baltimore Sun)

"The lack of affordable housing is causing a public health disaster in Oakland" (Fusion.net) 

"Public health problems in Oakland linked to housing crisis" (San Francisco Chronicle) 

"Dallas is pushing in the right direction on affordable housing" (Dallas Morning News)

"Rep. Ellison Introduces the Common Sense Housing Investment Act" (EllisonHouse.gov) 

"Sanders Announces Vermont Secures $3 Million for Affordable Housing, Praises First-Ever Funding of National Housing Trust Fund" (Sanders.senate.gov)

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Amanda Hoffman


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(2016/08/30) What worker coops can do for us (Capitalism)


Tue, Aug 30, 2016


Edition #1039

Today we look in detail at the overdue concept of worker owned and operated enterprises and what they can do to help improve the lives of people who work for a living

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Own The Change: Building Workplace Democracy One Worker Cooperative At A Time - The F Word w/ @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date: 2-9-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: We Demand Change - Tristan James


Ch. 4: Act 2: Dispelling some myths about worker coops - Economic Update w: @profwolff - Air Date 6-12-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: Banking on a Myth - Andrew Bird


Ch. 6: Act 3: Defying the Crisis - The Spanish Collective Mondragan - Air Date 1-25-12

Ch. 7: Song 3: Look To The Future - Birthrite


Ch. 8: Act 4: Julia Hutchins: How cooperative businesses can answer tough business challenges - TEDxMileHigh - Air Date 12-16-13

Ch. 9: Song 4: Cooperation - Jim Valley


Ch. 10: Act 5: The Promise and Limitations of Worker Co-ops -- Gar Alperovitz - Workplace Democracy - Air Date 9-15-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: Interesting Times - Akira the Don


Ch. 12: Act 6: The UK Labor party taking the lead on worker coops - Economic Update w: @profwolff - Air Date 5-9-16

Ch. 13: Song 6: Capitalism Is Tearing Us Apart - sole


Ch. 14: Act 7: Join a Local Democracy @ Work Action Group via @Democracyatwrk - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 15: Song 7: Time for Action - Secret Affair


Ch. 16: Act 8: Some barriers that prevent the creation of worker coops - @theLFshow w: @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date 2-23-16


Voicemails

Ch. 17: Voting in safe states - Steven from Brooklyn

Ch. 18: Thoughts on "Safe States" - Darice from Washington, DC

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 19: Final comments on the end of our summer fundraiser

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


TAKE ACTION

Find or start a Democracy At Work Action Group in your area at http://www.democracyatwork.info/groups

Follow Democracy At Work on Twitter at @Democracyatwrk 

EDUCATE YOURSELF 

Economic Update Podcast

The Next System Project 

Truth Out

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Amanda Hoffman


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(2016/08/26) Stopping toxic trade deals (Trans Pacific Partnership)


Fri, Aug 26, 2016


Edition #1038

Today we take a look at a couple of the international trade deals currently in the works, why they’re bad and how to stop them

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Karen @HansenKuhn on the secret negotiations of the TTIP - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 5-6-16

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


Ch. 4: Act 2: New Study Confirms #TPP Will Kill #American Jobs! (Guest @WallachLori) - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 05-19-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: A Lot of Work to Do - Friendly People


Ch. 6: Act 3: Sen. Elizabeth Warren on why we need to stop the TPP - CREDO Action - Air Date 6-7-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: Count On Me - Bruno Mars


Ch. 8: Act 4: Hillary Clinton Disavows the TPP Now and Forever - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 08-13-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: Gone - Jack Johnson


Ch. 10: Act 5: What the fight against the TPP can learn from the movement against TTIP - Act Out! (@ActOutonOccupy) - Air Date 5-13-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: Protest Song - Anti-Flag


Ch. 12: Act 6: Stop Toxic Trade Deals - NationalSierraClub - Air Date 6-27-16

Ch. 13: Song 6: Victory - Trampled by Turtles


Ch. 14: Act 7: Why Did Clinton Just Tap a Pro-TPP, Pro-KXL, Pro-Fracking Politician to Head Her Transition Team? - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 08-17-16

Ch. 15: Song 7: Fake Empire - The National


Ch. 16: Act 8: Trans-Pacific Partnership EXPLAINED! - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 08-04-16


Ch. 17: Final comments on how to fight the TPP during the lame duck session

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


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(2016/04/12) How we got to here (Modern History of the Conservative Movement) (Repost)


Tue, Aug 23, 2016


Edition #1006

Today we take a look at the last several decades of the conservative movement and the Republican Party, where they came from and how we got to where we are

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Let's adopt the GOP's national platform - @JimHightower - Air Date: 4-1-16

Ch. 3: Song 1: The Great Pretender - The Platters


Ch. 4: Act 2: No Legitamate Republican President Since Eisenhower... - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 10-20-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Cheat - The Clash


Ch. 6: Act 3: The Kochs & the Nazis: Book Reveals Billionaires' Father Built Key Oil Refinery for the Third Reich - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 01-20-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: The John Birch Society - The Chad Mitchell Trio


Ch. 8: Act 4:¬†How business made us a Christian Nation‚ĄĘ - Economic Update w/ @profwolff - Air Date: 3-22-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: Show Me What I'm Looking For - Carolina Liar


Ch. 10: Act 5: Jelani Cobb on the Democracy of Blame Part 1 - Primary Concerns (@prime_concerns) - Air Date 3-24-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: Little Lion Man - Mumford & Sons


Ch. 12: Act 6: Today's Republicans  Employing  Lee Atwater's Dog Whistle Racism - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 02-24-16

Ch. 13: Song 6: Racism - Mighty Sparrow


Ch. 14: Act 7: Jelani Cobb on the Democracy of Blame Part 2 - Primary Concerns (@prime_concerns) - Air Date 3-24-16

Ch. 15: Song 7: Chickens Comin' Home to Roost - Toronzo Cannon


Ch. 16: Act 8: Nixon's War on Drugs: Aide Says Motives Were Racist & Anti-Leftist - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 03-27-16


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(2016/08/19) Something revolutionary this way comes (Progressives)


Fri, Aug 19, 2016


Edition #1037

Today we take a look at the future of progressivism and how the Bernie Sanders campaign has changed politics for a generation

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: The Bernie Sanders revolution is just getting started - Jim @HightowerNews - Air Date 7-28-16

Ch. 3: Song 1: Talking About A Revolution - Tracy Chapman


Ch. 4: Act 2: Bernie Sanders Has Changed Politics for the Millennials! - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date 04-29-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised - Gil Scott-Heron


Ch. 6: Act 3: Naomi Klein: There Would Be No Bernie Movement Without #FightFor15, Keystone XL & #BlackLivesMatter - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 06-20-16

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


Ch. 8: Act 4: Bernie Sanders Has Bright Plans For Future - @theyoungturks - Air Date 07-16-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: One Man Revolution - Tom Morello: The Nightwatchman


Ch. 10: Act 5: Why the Bernie revolution will continue - Jim @HightowerNews - Air Date 8-11-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: Keep On Moving Forward - Emma's Revolution


Ch. 12: Act 6: The Lesser Evil - On The Media - Air Date 8-5-16

Ch. 13: Song 6: Forward - Northbound


Ch. 14: Act 7: Are We Seeing A Proactive Change In The Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton? - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date 07-17-16

Ch. 15: Song 7: Revolution - Grandaddy


Ch. 16: Act 8: What Direction do Millennials Want to See the U.S. Go? - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date 04-29-16

Ch. 17: Song 8: Lawless Flawless (Instrumental) - Chris Priest


Ch. 18: Act 9: Bernie Sanders: The Warning Shot Of The Impending Revolution - @theyoungturks - Air Date 04-27-16


Voicemails

Ch. 19: People with disabilities and the sub-minimum wage - Alyson from Colorado

Ch. 20: Minimum wage and automation - Greg from North Carolina

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 21: Final comments on theories of change for after the election

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


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(2016/08/16) The pursuit of happiness (Culture)


Tue, Aug 16, 2016


Edition #1036

Today we take a look at happiness and how to increase it personally and politically

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Robert Waldinger: What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness - TEDTalks - Air Date: 12-23-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: Happiness - Pet Shop Boys


Ch. 4: Act 2: The World Happiness Report - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 03-23-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: Pursuit of Happiness (Nightmare) [feat. MGMT & Ratatat] - Kid Cudi


Ch. 6: Act 3: Living with Gratitude in an Imperfect World - Progressive Faith Sermons w/ @RevDrRay - Air Date: 11-22-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: Happy now? - No Doubt


Ch. 8: Act 4: We Are Built To Be Kind - Fig. 1 by University of California - Air Date: 12-2-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: Happy - Sister Hazel


Ch. 10: Act 5: Punctuating happiness - Backstory - Air Date 7-17-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: Everybody Loves a Happy Ending - Tears for Fears


Ch. 12: Act 6: David Steindl-Rast: Want to be happy? Be grateful - TEDTalks - Air Date 11-27-13


Voicemails

Ch. 13: Recommending "The Most Good You Can Do" - Nick from Colorado

Ch. 14: A few quick thoughts on voting reform - Jeff from Massachusetts

Ch. 15: Supporting the minimum wage but worrying about automation - Wade from Ft. Worth, TX

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 16: Final comments on finding gratitude in the face of the death of a loved one

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


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(2016/08/12) The case for raising the minimum wage (Labor)


Fri, Aug 12, 2016


Edition #1035

Today we take a look at some of the ways that low wages hurts everyone and why the arguments for keeping them low just don’t hold water

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Chase Bank tries to get some good PR out of a tiny raise for workers - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 7-15-16

Ch. 3: Song 1: Minimum Wage - Fenix TX


Ch. 4: Act 2: Wendy's Wants to Automate Stores "Because of $15/Hour Minimum Wage Increase" - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 05-20-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: Minimum Wage - The Busboys


Ch. 6: Act 3: Burger King Workers in Denmark Make $20 an Hour! - Thom Hartmann - Air Date: 01-16-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: Minimum Wage - Kevin Sandbloom


Ch. 8: Act 4: .@NickHanauer on what's wrong with our upside down economic policies - @theLFshow w @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date 5-13-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: Minimum Wage - Romain Virgo


Ch. 10: Act 5: McDonald’s To Slightly Increase Wages - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 04-16-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: Minimum Wage - Bob Rivers


Ch. 12: Act 6: How Walmart Leeches Off of Government & Creates Customers from Employees - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 03-18-16

Ch. 13: Song 6: Minimum Wage - The Closet Monsters


Ch. 14: Act 7: Even Conservative David Cameron Gets it, Raise the Minimum Wage! - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 04-23-16

Ch. 15: Song 7: Minimum Wage - The Expendables


Ch. 16: Act 8: Join the Fight for a Living Wage via @Fightfor15 and @GoodJobsNation - Best of the Left Activism - 8:12:16, 7.35 PM

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


Ch. 18: Act 9: Raise wages, kill jobs? - The Other Washington - Air Date 5-9-16


Ch. 19: Final comments on the zen of collective blame

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


TAKE ACTION:

Sign up with Fight for 15 and sign their petition for a $15 minimum wage

Sign up with Good Jobs Nation and co-sign the call for the Model Employer Executive Order  

GET INVOLVED:

The Next System Project  

Jobs With Justice 

National Employment Law Project Action  

EDUCATE YOURSELF:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOqtl53V3JI 

Read "Fighting for a Living Wage" by Stephanie Luce

Minimum Wage Crusaders Are Holding A Convention To Talk About Racism (Washington Post) 

Bernie Sanders Scores Big Wins with Democratic Platform (MSNBC) 

Fight for 15 to Hold First Ever Nationwide Convention (Fight for 15)

Our voice is being heard in the Fight for $15 (SEIU) 

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Amanda Hoffman


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2016/08/09) Fighting for your right (Voting Rights)


Tue, Aug 09, 2016


Edition #1034

Today we take a look at the recent judicial wins for voting rights as well as how far we still have to go

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Courts Strike Down Voter Restriction Laws That Target African Americans with "Surgical Precision" - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 08-01-16

Ch. 3: Song 1: get real - the mountain firework company


Ch. 4: Act 2: Court Throws Out North Carolina's Racist Voting Law As 'A Cure For Problems That Don't Exist!' - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date 08-01-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: How Do You Sleep? - Emily DeLoach


Ch. 6: Act 3: The role of the media in covering voter suppression laws - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 8-5-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: Gobbledigook - Sigur Rós


Ch. 8: Act 4: The 'Daily Show' Segment That Helped Change N.C. Voting Rights - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 08-03-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: Knock Yourself Out - Jon Brion


Ch. 10: Act 5: Election integrity expert responds to the Election Justice USA report on Democratic primaries - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 8-3-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: Room For Improvement - The Tracelords


Ch. 12: Act 6: Demand @RepGoodlatte Hold #VRA Hearings via @NAACP #RestoretheVRA - Best of the Left Activism - 8:9:16, 3.43 PM

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


Ch. 14: Act 7: This idea must die: Election Edition - @freakonomics - Air Date 7-27-16


Voicemails

Ch. 15: Short and long term electoral strategy - Quai from North Carolina

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 16: Final comments on what will be to blame when one party loses the election

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


TAKE ACTION

Call Rep Goodlatte - Roanoke, VA office: (540) 857-2672; DC office: (202) 225-5431

Tweet at Rep Goodlatte - @RepGoodlatte 

Email Rep Goodlatte at talk2bob@mail.house.gov

EDUCATE YOURSELF

NAACP President Arrested After Staging Voting Rights Sit-in at Lawmakers Office (The Guardian)  

'Do Something, or Arrest Us:" NAACP Demands Restoration of Voting Rights (NBC)

NAACP National President Cornell William Brooks Arrested After Sit In (NAACP) 

The Recent Court Rulings Against Voting Restrictions Explained (Vox) 

What is the Voting Rights Act? Here's Why This Legislations Still Matters, 51 Years Later  (Policy.mic)

Here's What's Happening in the Battle for Voting Rights (Mother Jones) 

Voting Rights and Elections (The Brennan Center for Justice) 

 

Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman.


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(2016/08/05) Why they deny (Climate Denialism)


Fri, Aug 05, 2016


Edition #1033

Today we take a look at the reasons behind why people cling so fervently to their increasingly desperate denials of climate change

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: The Climate Deniers Began in 1940 - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date 04-14-16

Ch. 3: Song 1: Slash and Burn - Blind Corn Liquor Pickers


Ch. 4: Act 2: Bill McKibben on Exxon, the Power of Divestment, and Being Targeted by Shadowy Right-Wing Group - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 05-26-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: Looking At the Sun - Gramercy Arms


Ch. 6: Act 3: .@AriRabinHavt on the climate change lie machine - @InDeepRadio w: @AngieCoiro - Air Date 6-11-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: Daylight - Matt & Kim


Ch. 8: Act 4: The GOP declares coal as "clean" absent any evidence - @GreenNewsReport - Air Date 7-14-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: Port of Call - Beirut


Ch. 10: Act 5: Exxon Is Still The Worst Corporation In America - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 07-24-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: Never Again - Enter the Worship Circle


Ch. 12: Act 6: Trump perpetuates old, tired myths about renewable energy - @GreenNewsReport - Air Date 8-4-16

Ch. 13: Song 6: I Stand Corrected - Vampire Weekend


Ch. 14: Act 7: Per Espen Stoknes (@estoknes): What We Think About When We Try Not to Think About Global Warming - You are not so smart - Air Date 7-28-16

Ch. 15: Song 7: A Beautiful World - Tim Myers


Ch. 16: Act 8: #ReZpectOurWater - Best of the Left Activism


Voicemails

Ch. 17: Vote by mail - Justin from Bend, OR

Ch. 18: We need something proactive to do with our time leading up to the election - Sally from San Francisco

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 19: Final comments on some further benefits of voting reform

Bonus Clip: Howard Dean on the benefits of ranked choice voting - @freakonomics - Air Date 7-27-16

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


TAKE ACTION

Sign the Standing Rock Youth "Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline" Change.org petition and share with #ReZpectOurWater

Read the letters and watch the videos from the Standing Rock Youth at ReZpectOurWater.com

Follow the Standing Rock Youth on Twitter @ReZpectOurWater

If you live on or near the Missouri River, get involved with the Bakken Pipeline Resistance 

If you're in DC: Lafayette Square Rally for Standing Rock Youth - Saturday August 6th at 1pm

If you're in NYC: Union Square Rally for Standing Rock Youth - Sunday August 7th at 3pm

EDUCATE YOURSELF

UPDATE as of 8/5/16: Standing Rock Sioux Tribe files for temporary blockage of construction of Dakota Access Pipeline (KFYR TV - West Dakota)

Standing Rock Sioux Sues Army Corps Over Dakota Access Pipeline Approval (Indian Country)

Breaking: Dakota Access Pipeline Approved (Indian Country)

Running for Their Lives: 500-Mile You Spiritual Run Against Dakota Access Pipeline (Indian Country)

This Week Tonight with John Oliver: North Dakota (HBO's Last Week Tonight)

What they are up against: 

Corps: We're not for or against Bakken pipeline (The Des Moines Register)

Op Ed by Terry O'Sullivan, President of Laborer's International Union of North America, "It's Time To Move Ahead with Dakota Access Pipeline" (The State-Journal Register)

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(2016/08/02) Unconventional Conventions (RNC and DNC)


Tue, Aug 02, 2016


Edition #1032

Today we take a look at the highlights and lowlights from both the Republican National Convention and the Democratic National Convention

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Republican National Convention - @LastWeekTonight with @iamjohnoliver - Air Date 07-25-16

Ch. 3: Song 1: Donald Trump "I'm The Dictator" Music Video (The Apprentice 2004)


Ch. 4: Act 2: Chaos on Convention Floor Protests, Boos and Chants of "Bernie" Mark Opening of DNC - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 07-26-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: Run On - Moby


Ch. 6: Act 3: John Nichols The GOP is More United in Disdain for Hillary Clinton Than in Support for Donald Trump - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 07-20-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: Last of Our Kind - The Darkness


Ch. 8: Act 4: DNC Speakers ROAST Donald Trump - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 07-29-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: Don't Believe a Word - Ivy


Ch. 10: Act 5: In a Speech Filled with Fear & Xenophobia Donald Trump Accepts Nomination - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 07-22-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: Postcards from Richard Nixon - Elton John


Ch. 12: Act 6: Hillary Clinton Accepts Historic Nomination, Says Election is a "Moment of Reckoning" - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 07-29-16

Ch. 13: Song 6: Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger - Daft Punk


Ch. 14: Act 7: Democratic National Convention - @LastWeekTonight with @iamjohnoliver - Air Date 08-01-16

Ch. 15: Song 7: Promontory - Circa Paleo


Ch. 16: Act 8: President Obama Implores Nation to Vote for Hillary Clinton "Carry Her the Same Way You Carried Me" - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 07-28-16

Ch. 17: Song 8: President - Wyclef Jean


Ch. 18: Act 9: Hillary & J.F.K. Are More Alike Than You Think! - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date 07-29-16

Ch. 19: Song 9: Lyndon Johnson Told the Nation - Tom Paxton


Ch. 20: Act 10: John Nichols describes the various aspects of a very interesting DNC - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 7-29-16


Voicemails

Ch. 21: The need for community review boards to police the police - Ruben from Oakland

Ch. 22: Voting in this election is a binary choice - Ben in Minnesota

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 23: Final comments on a theory of change for voting reform

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


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(2015/12/18) Legal corruption and how to fix it (Money in Politics) (Repost)


Fri, Jul 29, 2016


Edition #977
Today we look at the fundamental barrier to democracy in the US and the veritable swarm of movements springing up to tear 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: Brazil Bans Corporate Money In Politics. - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 09-19-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: Power to the People - John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band


00:08:16 Ch. 4: Act 2: How to Keep Campaign Donations Secret - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 06-06-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Things a Get from Bad to Worse - The Ethiopians


00:17:03 Ch. 6: Act 3: Corruption is Legal in America - Represent.Us (@RepresentDotUs) - Air Date: 4-30-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: N/A


00:22:47 Ch. 8: Act 4: Represent.Us 2015 Strategy - Represent.Us (@RepresentDotUs) - Air Date: 1-15-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: N/A


00:27:09 Ch. 10: Act 5: CBS Chief Loves Trump, Super-PACs, And Corruption - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 12-13-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: Laughing At You - Head Automatica


00:32:48 Ch. 12: Act 6: Yahoo misses the point about the problems of money in politics - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date: 9-25-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: Moneytalks - Vitamin String Quartet


00:36:27 Ch. 14: Act 7: Media Ignores...Americans Want Citizens United Overturned! - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 10-08-15

Ch. 15: Song 7: Moneytalks - Vitamin String Quartet


00:41:45 Ch. 16: Act 8: Stamp Money Out Of Politics w/ @BenAndJerrys @StampStampede - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 17: Song 8: Time for Action - Secret Affair


00:48:15 Ch. 18: Act 9: Help California FREE Act Fight Money In Politics Now! Sign The Petition - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 12-04-15


Voicemails

00:54:45 Ch. 19: Framing the abortion debate in terms of bodily integrity - Rachel from Mississippi

00:56:51 Ch. 20: Thoughts on "unskilled" workers - Chris from Fairfax

00:59:34 Ch. 21: Agreeing with the Fight for $15 messaging - Wade from Ft. Worth, TX

01:01:01 Ch. 22: Minimum wages across borders doesn't matter much - David in Cincinnati

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


01:01:54 Ch. 23: Final comments on the cost of books in Canada and a detailed explainer for election reform groups

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


Activism: Stamp Money Out Of Politics w/@BenAndJerrys @StampStampede

Take Action:

Get your stamps/get involved with: Stamp Stampede

Share your marked money with: StampStampede’s social media feeds

Follow the #GetMoneyOutthread

Sources/further reading:

"Here's How Ben & Jerry's Co-Founder Wants To Stamp Money Out Of Politics‚Ä̬†via¬†Huffington Post

"Stamp stampede on your dollar -- for democracy‚Ä̬†by¬†Ben & Jerry

"Stamp Money Out of Politics ‚Äď STAMP STAMPEDE‚Ä̬†via¬†Democracy Matters

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2016/07/26) Remember the Iraq War? (Foreign Policy)


Tue, Jul 26, 2016


Edition #1031

Today we reminisce about the origins of the Iraq war brought back to the fore by the Chilcot Report coming out of the UK that took seven years and thousands of pages to tell us a lot of things some of us already knew 

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Beating the drums of war montage - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 7-6-16

Ch. 3: Song 1: Rock'n Me - Steve Miller Band


Ch. 4: Act 2: Stephen Zunes on the story we tell ourselves about the Iraq war - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 2-26-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: People say - Portugal. The Man


Ch. 6: Act 3: What you need to know about the Chilcot Report - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 7-6-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: White People for Peace - Against Me!


Ch. 8: Act 4: Tariq Ali on Chilcot Iraq Report: Tony Blair is War Criminal for Pushing Us into Illegal War - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 07-06-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: Masters of War - Bob Dylan


Ch. 10: Act 5: Corbyn: Iraq War a Terrible Decision 'Launched on a False Pretext' - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 07-13-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: WMD - Blow Up Hollywood


Ch. 12: Act 6: Finally - PROOF The Bush Administration LIED About Iraq's WMDs - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 03-09-16

Ch. 13: Song 6: Handlebars - Flobots


Ch. 14: Act 7: Tariq Ramadan: Iraq War Waged for U.S. Economic Interests Has Destabilized All of Middle East - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 07-06-16

Ch. 15: Song 7: Everybody's Gone To War - Nerina Pallot


Ch. 16: Act 8: The manipulation of intelligence leading up to the war - Le Show w @TheHarryShearer - Air Date 7-17-16

Ch. 17: Song 8: Trillion Dollar Bargain - Le Show


Ch. 18: Act 9: "We Will Prevail": Three Words, Three American Presidents & An Endless War in Iraq - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 04-08-16


Voicemails

Ch. 19: Understanding why the Dallas shooter did what he did - V from Central New York

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 20: Final comments on the toxicity of getting high on your candidate of choice

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


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(2016/07/22) From warriors to guardians (Police Reform)


Fri, Jul 22, 2016


Edition #1030

Today we take a look at  a few of the ways that our police departments around the country could be reformed as well as some of the reasons why it’s critically important that these reforms be enacted 

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Ex-Seattle Police Chief Condemns Systemic Police Racism Dating Back to Slave Patrols - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 07-14-16

Ch. 3: Song 1: Enemy At the Gate - The Twinkle Brothers


Ch. 4: Act 2: Angie Coiro breaks down the reactions to the violence, mindless deaths of civilians and police - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 7-8-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: That's All - Clare and the Reasons


Ch. 6: Act 3: 46 Stops The Driving Life and Death of Philando Castile - Code Switch - Air Date 7-20-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: To Serve And Protect - Queen Ifrica


Ch. 8: Act 4: Philadelphia Police Capt. Ray Lewis on solving the root of policing problems - Act Out - Air Date 7-15-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: Protect & Serve - Stiff Little Fingers


Ch. 10: Act 5: Black Ohio Cop to Prejudiced White Officers: Take the Uniform Off and Put on KKK Hoodie - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 07-14-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: Free and Equal Speech - Chris Priest


Ch. 12: Act 6: Dallas Police Chief David Brown on his program community policing - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 7-11-16

Ch. 13: Song 6: Fight the Power - Public Enemy


Ch. 14: Act 7: End the culture of warrior policing via @ACLU - Best of the Left Activism

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


Ch. 16: Act 8: Professor Muhammad on crime, race and policing - Code Switch - Air Date 7-9-16


Voicemails

Ch. 17: Hearing the frustration of the LGBTQ community - Gabriel from Texas

Ch. 18: Hearing the frustration of the black community - Ryan from Pheonix

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 19: Final comments with an update on the summer fundraiser

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


TAKE ACTION 

Sign the ACLU petition “End the Culture of Warrior Policing." 

Call and write to your legislators in the House and Senate to make sure they know you support the passage of the total suite of policing reform bills listed above.

EDUCATE YOURSELF

ACLU Implores Congress Consider Taking Up Law Enforcement Reform Legislation (ACLU) 

You Can Be Pro Cop and Pro Police Reform (Brennan Center for Justice)

Showing Up for Racial Justice - Actions in Your Area (Showing Up for Racial Justice)

10-Point Justice Plan: National Urban League Police Reform and Accountability Recommendations (National Urban League)

Guiding Principles on Use of Force (Police Executive Research Forum)

Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman.


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2016/07/19) You can't reignite a fire that never stops burning (Black and Blue Lives)


Tue, Jul 19, 2016


Edition #1029

Today we take a listen to a few of the reactions from people of color to the shooting deaths of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile and the police officers in Dallas

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Show Notes

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Ch. 12: Act 6:¬†‚ÄėBlack Lives Matter‚Äô Protesters Respond To Dallas Shooting - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 07-09-16

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


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

Ch. 15: Song 7: Untitled - Zoe Keating


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

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


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

Ch. 19: Song 9: Whatchuwando - Krayzie Bone


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

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


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


Voicemails

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

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

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


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

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


TAKE ACTION

Find Showing Up for Justice actions near you

Sign the We Are Here Movement's Racial Justice Moonshot Petition 

EDUCATE YOURSELF

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

Tim Wise Website (TimWise.com)

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

Rewire News - Racism (Rewire.com)

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

 

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Amanda Hoffman


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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