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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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(2016/04/12) 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


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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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


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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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


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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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.


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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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)

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Amanda Hoffman


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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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


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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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.


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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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(2016/03/18) Playing with the Fire of Fascism (Trump and his Supporters) (Repost)


Fri, Jul 15, 2016


Edition #999

Today we again ring the fascism warning bell as we look at the continuing saga of the Donald Trump presidential campaign. And remember: ‚ÄúThe only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good [people] to do nothing‚ÄĚ

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Republicans On Board With Trump Target And Kill Families Of Terrorists - @theyoungturks - Air Date 12-17-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: Family Values - Johnossi


Ch. 4: Act 2: The Ugly Place That Donald Trump Is Leading Us - Moment of Clarity w/ @LeeCamp - Air Date: 01-20-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: Rome Wasn't Built In a Day - Morcheeba


Ch. 6: Act 3: .@timjacobwise on How Donald Trump Legitimizes Racist Ideas - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date 01-07-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: When Anger Shows - Editors


Ch. 8: Act 4: Donald Trump, the New George Wallace? Head of Segregationist's 1968 Bid on GOP Front-Runner's Racism - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 01-15-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: People, Turn Around - Delta Spirit


Ch. 10: Act 5: Thirty Black People Booted From Trump Rally - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 03-02-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next - Manic Street Preachers


Ch. 12: Act 6: How and why fascism comes to power - Economic Update w: @profwolff - Air Date 3-6-16

Ch. 13: Song 6: All You Fascists - Billy Bragg & Wilco


Ch. 14: Act 7: Trump's Response to Violence at His Rallies - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 03-12-16

Ch. 15: Song 7: What happens tomorrow - Duran Duran


Ch. 16: Act 8: Cops Swarm Black Man For Getting Punched At Trump Rally - @theyoungturks - Air Date 03-11-16

Ch. 17: Song 8: Out of Control - U2


Ch. 18: Act 9: The Call for a Voting Renaissance and Mass Non-violent Mobilization to Stand Up to Trump via @MoveOn - Best of the Left Activism

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


Ch. 20: Act 10: Sasha Abramsky on what Trump supporters really think - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 3-2-16


Voicemails

Ch. 21: Understanding the new movement for socialism - Patrick from Dallas

Ch. 22: "Impartiality" stems from privilege - Ruben from San Jose

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 23: Final comments on what it was like to prep for today's episode, plus calling for input for episode #1000

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


TAKE ACTION:

Read, sign and share MoveOn.org's open letter.

Follow @MoveOn on Twitter for the latest updates on the campaign and other actions to stand up to Trump's dangerous rhetoric.

Use the hashtags #LoveTrumpsHate and #STOPTRUMP on social media. 

Donate to the MoveOn.org "Stand Up to Trump" campaign to support their efforts. 

Sources/further reading:

Democrats Sound Alarm Against Trump (via Politico)

Liberal Groups to Launch Campaign to Defeat Donald Trump (via USA Today)

Hear the segment in context:

Episode #999 http://www.bestoftheleft.com/_999_fascism

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Amanda Hoffman


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2016/07/12) Varied thoughts on staying vs going (Brexit)


Tue, Jul 12, 2016


Edition #1028

Today we take a look at the results of the referendum in Great Britain to exit the European Union

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Brexit - @LastWeekTonight with @iamjohnoliver - Air Date 06-20-16

Ch. 3: Song 1: Play with fire - The Rolling Stones


Ch. 4: Act 2: The Origins of Britain's Euro-Skeptic Press - On The Media - Air Date: 7-1-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: I Started Something I Couldn't Finish - The Smiths


Ch. 6: Act 3: The #Brexit Vote Is Not A Left - Right Issue! - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 06-24-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: There Is Power In a Union - Billy Bragg


Ch. 8: Act 4: Explaining the economics of Brexit Part 1 - Economic Update w/ @profwolff - Air Date 7-4-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: Thatcherites (Bonus Track) - Billy Bragg


Ch. 10: Act 5: Making Sense of Brexit Paul Mason on Britain's Growing Economic & Political Crisis - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 06-27-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: You Can't Always Get What You Want - The Rolling Stones


Ch. 12: Act 6: Brexit & Trumpism Are The Wrong Answers To The Right Questions... - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 06-28-16

Ch. 13: Song 6: Between the Wars - Billy Bragg


Ch. 14: Act 7: Explaining the economics of Brexit Part 2 - Economic Update w/ @profwolff - Air Date 7-4-16


Voicemails

Ch. 15: Thoughts on Brexit and the road ahead - Harry from the UK

Ch. 16: Thoughts on the school-to-prison pipeline - Jessica from New York

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 17: Final comments on Climate Ride and Netroots Nation

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


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(2016/07/08) Whole Woman’s Health and other stories (Reproductive Justice)


Fri, Jul 08, 2016


Edition #1027

Today we take a look at the historic reproductive rights ruling from the Supreme Court that just came down in the Whole Woman’s Health case as well as just a few of the ways that anti-choice activists are continuing their fight to curtail reproductive justice

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Explaining the Whole Woman's Health SCOTUS ruling - This Week in Blackness (@TWiBPrime) - Air Date 6-28-16

Ch. 3: Song 1: Good Day - Jukebox the Ghost


Ch. 4: Act 2: Republicans Pushing Fetal Burial Laws - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 04-17-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: Remains - Matt Pond PA


Ch. 6: Act 3: .@imillhiser on the history of abortion laws leading up to the Whole Woman's Health ruling - @TalkPoverty Radio - Air Date 7-1-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: The Obvious Child - Paul Simon


Ch. 8: Act 4: .@AriRabinHavt on how lies about abortion are born and take on a life of their own - @InDeepRadio w/ @AngieCoiro - Air Date 6-11-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: Little lies - Fleetwood Mac


Ch. 10: Act 5: Amy Hagstrom Miller (@AmyHM), the plaintiff who won a historic abortion rights case - Amicus from @Slate - Air Date 7-2-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: Let it go - The Neighbourhood


Ch. 12: Act 6: Chelsea Handler Fighting Abortion Shame By Telling Her Story - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 06-30-16

Ch. 13: Song 6: Privacy - Michael Jackson


Ch. 14: Act 7: Celebrate SCOTUS #ReproRights Decision with Renewed Vigilance to Pass Woman's Health Protection Act via #ActforWomen Campaign - Best of the Left Activism

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


Ch. 16: Act 8: Why Alito's dissent is just wrong - This Week in Blackness (@TWiBPrime) - Air Date 6-28-16


Voicemails

Ch. 17: Thoughts on Omar Mateen and the effects of toxic masculinity - Ruben from Oakland

Ch. 18: A progressive pastor on the Orlando shooting - Don from Bentonville, Arkansas

Ch. 19: A followup to the discussion of the Orlando shooter being gay - Gabriel from Texas

Ch. 20: Thoughts on how gay people are treated in society - Colin from Cleveland, OH

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 21: Final comments on the need to recognize the humanity in those who appear most inhuman

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


TAKE ACTION

Learn more about the Act for Women Campaign and the Women's Health Protection Act at http://www.actforwomen.org

Download the Act for Women Campaign Tools & Resources 

Add your name to the Center for Reproductive Rights' message to Congress to pass the Women's Health Protection Act to prohibit states from imposing abortion restrictions

Use the hashtag #ActforWomen on social media and tweet at your congressperson to urge them to support the Women's Health Protection Act. 

Follow the Center for Reproductive Rights on Twitter @ReproRights 

Find out where and how to watch "TRAPPED," the documentary at http://www.trappeddocumentary.com

Written by BOTL Communications director Amanda Hoffman


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2016/01/29) The trouble with extreme wealth inequality (Economics) (Repost)


Tue, Jul 05, 2016


Edition #986

Today we take a look at the case against extreme wealth inequality and not just from an economic justice perspective. Extreme wealth inequality leads to more social ills and destabilization than you probably ever guessed 

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Show Notes

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

00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: This Is The Income Inequality Video CEOs Don’t Want Americans To See - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 10-03-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Let's Work Together - Canned Heat


00:17:41 Ch. 4: Act 2: Climate Change and Inequality Are Driving War and Catastrophic Conflicts from Syria to Africa - @democracynow - Air Date: 12-04-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Climate Refugees Main Theme - Michael Mollura


00:21:56 Ch. 6: Act 3: Stoking fears to pit workers against workers, never the rich - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 12-11-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: Don't Blame Yourself - Sixpence None the Richer


00:25:42 Ch. 8: Act 4: Paul Krugmanon on Thomas Piketty's book: Capital in the Twenty-First Century - @BillMoyersHQ  And Company - Air Date 4-18-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: A Change Is Gonna Come - Ben Sollee


00:43:56 Ch. 10: Act 5: Thomas Piketty's 'Capital' in 3 minutes - BBC Newsnight - Air Date: 04-30-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: Adventure, Darling - Gillicuddy


00:47:43 Ch. 12: Act 6: Make #Poverty an #Election2016 Priority w/@VoteToEndHunger - Best of the Left Activism

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


00:50:41 Ch. 14: Act 7: International comparisons of child poverty show who we should look to - Economic Update w/ @profwolff - Air Date 1-24-16


Voicemails

00:58:09 Ch. 15: Capitalism with the workers in charge - Patrick from Dallas

01:00:42 h. 16: How capitalism should work - Colin from Cleveland, OH

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


01:02:39 Ch. 17: Final Comments on the case against extreme wealth inequality and endless economic growth

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


Activism: Make #Poverty an #Election2016 Priority w/@VoteToEndHunger

Take Action:

SIGN & SHARE: Pledge to end hunger by 2030

GET INVOLVED with Vote to End Hunger

Sources/further reading:

"Pathologizing the Poor Reinforces Stigma While Deterring Advocacy and Public Policy‚Ä̬†via¬†Truthout

‚ÄĚHunger is a Significant But Solvable Problem, Both in the United States and Internationally‚Ä̬†via¬†Vote to End Hunger

‚ÄĚPresidential Candidate Videos‚Ä̬†via¬†Vote to End Hunger

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


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(2016/07/01) Independence Day, but only for some (Racism)


Fri, Jul 01, 2016


Edition #1026

Today we take a look at the history of racial oppression in America from slavery to Jim Crow to The New Jim Crow

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Michelle Alexander on The New Jim Crow Part 1 - Leid Stories - Air Date 8-26-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: Jim Crow - John Mellencamp


Ch. 4: Act 2: Racism in the United States: By the Numbers - vlogbrothers - Air Date: 01-02-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Listen - Theo Bard


Ch. 6: Act 3: Michelle Alexander on The New Jim Crow Part 2 - Leid Stories - Air Date 8-26-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: War On Drugs - Fifteen


Ch. 8: Act 4: Clint Smith III - "History Reconsidered" - All Def Poetry - Air Date: 04-14-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: Know Your History (feat. 8 Ball & MJG) - Drumma Boy


Ch. 10: Act 5: Michelle Alexander on The New Jim Crow Part 3 - Leid Stories - Air Date 8-26-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: Winning the War On Drugs - Asylum Street Spankers


Ch. 12: Act 6: Jesse Williams' Powerful BET Awards Speech "We're Done Watching Whiteness Use and Abuse Us" - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 6-28-16

Ch. 13: Song 6: Strange Fruit (1939 Single Version) - Billie Holiday


Ch. 14: Act 7: Racism vs Prejudice - Kat Blaque - Air Date: 10-5-14

Ch. 15: Song 7: Racism - MYSTAFYA


Ch. 16: Act 8: "What to the Slave is 4th of July?": James Earl Jones Reads Frederick Douglass’ Historic Speech - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 07-03-15


Voicemails

Ch. 17: Arguing guns with conservatives - Colin from Cleveland, OH

Ch. 18: Reaction to many progressives in the wake of Pulse shooting - David from New York

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 19: Final comments on David’s reaction to commentaries on the Pulse shooting and the launching of this year’s big fundraiser

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


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(2016/06/28) Gods, guns and gays (Orlando Massacre)


Tue, Jun 28, 2016


Edition #1025

Today we take a look at the continued responses to the Orlando massacre encompassing arguments over islamophobia, homophobia and gun control legislation

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: "Let Us Vote": Rep. John Lewis Leads Historic Democratic Sit-in for Gun Control Legislation - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 06-23-16

Ch. 3: Song 1: Fuck the NRA - Jamie Kilstein & The Agenda


Ch. 4: Act 2: Republican’s “Heart Has Changed" After Orlando Massacre - @theyoungturks - Air Date 06-18-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: Dreamtime - Uberzone


Ch. 6: Act 3: To Say or Not to Say "Radical Islam" - On the Media - Air Date: 6-17-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: Violent Days - RTZ


Ch. 8: Act 4: A lack of due process is equally wrong for travel and guns - @HumorlessQueers - Air Date 6-19-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: Human Rights - Friendlyness and the Human Rights


Ch. 10: Act 5: Breaking down the disingenuous arguments on both sides of the terror watchlist debate - @CitizenRadio - Air Date 6-22-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: Hey Ya - Vitamin String Quartet


Ch. 12: Act 6: Barbara Herr responding to 'thoughts and prayers' after Orlando massacre at LGBTQ club - @GAY_USAtv - Air Date 6-22-16

Ch. 13: Song 6: Malignant Flip - Tab and Anitek


Ch. 14: Act 7: Democratic Effort to Tie Gun Purchase to Terror Watchlist: A First Step or a Dangerous Precedent? - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 06-23-16

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


Ch. 16: Act 8: Orlando Shooter’s Lover Comes Forward - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 06-23-16


Voicemails

Ch. 17: Can we just talk a moment about gay bars as sanctuaries? - Adreana Langston

Ch. 18: Rape is not that complicated - Wade from Ft. Worth, TX

Ch. 19: Toxic masculinity meets a trans woman - Erin from Philadelphia

Ch. 20: Rape Culture Poetry Response

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 21: Final comments in praise of things being complicated

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


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(2016/06/24) Privilege and injustice: A case study (Rape Culture)


Fri, Jun 24, 2016


Edition #1024

Today we take a look primarily at the case of Brock Turner’s triple-felony sexual assault conviction, the pitifully short sentence he received and what all of it says about how our society deals with rape and sexual assault

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Stanford Rapist Barely Punished - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 06-07-16

Ch. 3: Song 1: Benefit Of The Doubt - Amy Annelle


Ch. 4: Act 2: As 13M People Read Stanford Victim's Letter, Advocates See "Watershed" Moment in Fight Against Rape - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 06-09-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: I Think I Broke Something - Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin


Ch. 6: Act 3: Sheriff: Rape Kits Unnecessary Since Most Rape Accusations Are False - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 03-17-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: Sheriff - Oliver Onions


Ch. 8: Act 4: RAPIST Brock Turner's PATHETIC Letter To Judge Released - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 06-10-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: Empathy - Chasing Kings


Ch. 10: Act 5: The terrible, enabling parents of a rapist - @CitizenRadio - Air Date 6-13-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: Flurry - The OO-Ray


Ch. 12: Act 6: Meet the Law Professor Leading a Bid to Recall the Judge Who Sentenced Stanford Rapist to 6 Months - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 06-08-16

Ch. 13: Song 6: Equal Justice - TTwyce


Ch. 14: Act 7: Help Get a Recall of Rape Apologist Judge Aaron Persky on the Ballot in CA via RecallAaronPersky.com - Best of the Left Activism

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


Ch. 16: Act 8: Action (Spoken Word on Disrupting Rape Culture) - Guante - Air Date: 12-7-12


Voicemails

Ch. 17: An explanation of toxic masculinity - Glory from Orlando

Ch. 18: Recognizing toxic masculinity in my own life - Trent from Salt Lake City, Utah

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 19: Final comments on how to maintain your mental health while following politics

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


TAKE ACTION

Visit RecallAaronPersky.com to volunteer, donate or sing up for updates to support the effort to get a recall of Persky on the ballot in California. 

On social media, follow @RecallPersky - the official Twitter account of the campaign - and RT. Use the hashtag #RecallPersky when voicing your support. 

Sign the Change.org petition that demands Stanford University publicly apologize to the survivor of Turner's sexual assault, offer to pay for her counseling and other supportive services, increase resources for sexual assault prevention on campus, increase counseling resources for all survivors, and administer a national survey about sexual violence occurring in fraternities.  

Read and share the powerful words the survivor read to her assailant.

Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman.


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(2016/06/21) What drives hateful violence (Orlando Massacre)


Tue, Jun 21, 2016


Edition #1023

Today we take a look at the myriad driving factors that can combine to drive a person to commit an act of violence such as the Orlando Massacre as well as a variety of reactions to the shooting

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: This is not the first or last attack on the LGBTQ community but there is progress - Savage Love w/ @FakeDanSavage - Air Date 6-14-16

Ch. 3: Song 1: Tolerance - Michael Franti And Spearhead


Ch. 4: Act 2: The problematic media coverage of the Orlando shooting - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 6-17-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: Make the news - Stephanie Haseman


Ch. 6: Act 3: What to label the Orlando shooting and why - @TalkPoverty Radio - Air Date 6-17-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: Call it what it is - Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals


Ch. 8: Act 4: LGBTQ community not allowing their pain to be turned into demonization of others - @HumorlessQueers - Air Date 6-19-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: Happiness - Pet Shop Boys


Ch. 10: Act 5: Trans and Queer Latinxs Respond to #PulseOrlando Shooting - Familia:TQLM - Air Date: 6-13-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: Sopra un aereoplanino di carta - Menion


Ch. 12: Act 6: Jorge Gutierrez from the Trans Queer Liberation Movement on the Orlando shooting - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 6-17-16

Ch. 13: Song 6: Liberate - Buguinha Dub


Ch. 14: Act 7: If what they say about the LGBT community were true then violence would seem justified - @TalkPoverty Radio - Air Date 6-17-16

Ch. 15: Song 7: Words Are Seeds - My Gay Banjo


Ch. 16: Act 8: Wrongheadedly playing right into the hands of terrorist groups - @HumorlessQueers - Air Date 6-19-16

Ch. 17: Song 8: Hello bonjour - Michael Franti And Spearhead


Ch. 18: Act 9: The toxic hatred that led to the Orlando shooting - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 6-13-16

Ch. 19: Song 9: Oxygen - Willy Mason


Ch. 20: Act 10: When It Comes to Orlando Massacre, Domestic Violence Is the Red Flag We Aren't Talking About - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 06-14-16


Voicemails

Ch. 21: Why we shouldn't be violent - Al from Seattle

Ch. 22: Classism needs to be considered alongside racism and sexism - Alyson from Colorado

Ch. 23: A Trans Latinx listener finding a feeling of power

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 24: Final comments on toxic masculinity and a request for your thoughts on the same

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


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(2016/06/17) Death of The Greatest (Muhammad Ali)


Fri, Jun 17, 2016


Edition #1022

Today we take a look at the life and legacy of Muhammad Ali

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Muhammad Ali on the Vietnam War-Draft

Ch. 3: Song 1: Black Superman (Re-Recorded Version) - Johnny Wakelin


Ch. 4: Act 2: John Legend Reads Muhammad Ali's 1966 Antiwar Speech "The Real Enemy of My People is Right Here" - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 06-06-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: Float Like a Butterfly - Pama International


Ch. 6: Act 3: R.I.P. Muhammed Ali - Why Do We 'Sanitize' Our Heroes? - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 06-06-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: Muhammad Ali - Big Head Todd & The Monsters


Ch. 8: Act 4: "Just Take Me to Jail" Remembering Muhammad Ali's Refusal to Fight in Vietnam - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 06-06-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: I Am the Greatest - Cassius Clay


Ch. 10: Act 5: Bob Lipsyte on getting past the hagiographies of Muhammad Ali - @EdgeofSports - w/ Dave Zirin - Air Date 6-10-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: Float Like a Butterfly (feat. Rasheed Ali) - 1968


Ch. 12: Act 6: Saying someone transcends race is bullshit - @CitizenRadio - Air Date 6-6-16

Ch. 13: Song 6: Cassius Clay - Jon Hardy & The Public


Ch. 14: Act 7: "The Greatest" Ishmael Reed on the Untold History of Muhammad Ali - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 06-07-16

Ch. 15: Song 7: Doin' the Ali Shuffle - Alvin Cash


Ch. 16: Act 8: Remembering the opposition Muhammad Ali faced for speaking out - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 6-10-16

Ch. 17: Song 8: Muhammad Ali - Cory Branan


Ch. 18: Act 9: Don’t De-Islamize Muhammad Ali Scholar Says Muslim Faith was Central to His Views on Racism & War - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 06-10-16

Ch. 19: Song 9: Muhammad Ali - Tom Russell


Ch. 20: Act 10: Live from Muhammad Ali's funeral - @EdgeofSports - w Dave Zirin - Air Date 6-16-16


Ch. 21: Final comments on my first introduction to Muhammad Ali

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


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(2016/06/14) A right delayed is a right denied (Reproductive Rights)


Tue, Jun 14, 2016


Edition #1021

Today we take a look at the assault on the right to reproductive health care from the state houses down to the sidewalks in front of the clinics

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: April's Story: One Woman's Experience of an Abortion at 21 Weeks - Planned Parenthood (@PPact) - Air Date: 09-21-15

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


Ch. 4: Act 2: Dawn Porter on Filming the Only Abortion Clinic in Mississippi for the film Trapped - Popaganda from @BitchMedia - Air Date 4-22-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: Mandy Goes to Med School - The Dresden Dolls


Ch. 6: Act 3: The he-said-he-said abortion debate in the media - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 6-3-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: Lost Woman Song - Ani DiFranco


Ch. 8: Act 4: Abortion Laws - @LastWeekTonight w/ @iamjohnoliver - Air Date: 02-21-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: December - Frida Hyvönen


Ch. 10: Act 5: Wicked Jezebel Feminist! Users Witness Anti-Choice Abuse in Virtual Reality Film "Across the Line" - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 01-25-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: What It's Like - Everlast


Ch. 12: Act 6: Support the women's health protection act via #ActForWomen - Best of the Left Activism

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


Ch. 14: Act 7: A regretted abortion doesn't legitimize a ban on abortions - Savage Love w/ @FakeDanSavage - Air Date 5-31-16


Voicemails

Ch. 15: Anti-LGBT rhetoric leads to anti-LGBT violence - Erin from Philadelphia

Ch. 16: A lack of a female president is injurious to the country - Tanya from California

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 17: Final comments on the long term effects of finally having a female president

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


TAKE ACTION

Learn more about the Act for Women Campaign and the Women's Health Protection Act at http://www.actforwomen.org

Download the Act for Women Campaign Tools & Resources http://www.actforwomen.org/tools-and-resources/

Find out where and how to watch "TRAPPED," the documentary at http://www.trappeddocumentary.com

Use the hashtag #ActforWomen on social media and tweet at your congressperson to urge them to support the Women's Health Protection Act. 

Follow the Center for Reproductive Rights on Twitter @ReproRights

 

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Amanda Hoffman


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2016/06/10) The damage we’re doing (Anti-Trans Legislation)


Fri, Jun 10, 2016


Edition #1020

Today we take a look at the ongoing struggle to secure civil rights equality for trans people in states that are determined to stoke bigotry based on ignorance and fear

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Here's The Truth About The Anti-LGBT "Bathroom Predator" Myth - Media Matters (@MMFA) - Air Date 4-12-16

Ch. 3: Song 1: Police On My Back - The Clash


Ch. 4: Act 2: Professionals speak on the importance of supporting trans kids - @GAY_USAtv - Air Date 4-13-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: Kids - MGMT


Ch. 6: Act 3: Chase Strangio on the state and federal governments lawsuits against each other - @HumorlessQueers - Air Date 5-13-16

Ch. 7: Song 3:¬†I got your back - Bara Hei√įa


Ch. 8: Act 4: Debunking Five Right-Wing Myths That Fuel Bathroom Bills - Popaganda from @BitchMedia - Air Date 5-5-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: N/A


Ch. 10: Act 5: Chase Strangio on the lies about bathroom bills and the damage they do - @HumorlessQueers - Air Date 5-13-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: Ashamed - Deer Tick


Ch. 12: Act 6: AG Loretta Lynch speech on behalf of the federal government in response to NC bathroom law - @GAY_USAtv - Air Date 5-11-16

Ch. 13: Song 6: Directions - Josh Rouse


Ch. 14: Act 7: #FlushDiscrimination via the National Center for @TransEquality - Best of the Left Activism

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


Ch. 16: Act 8: Sarah McBride on the best trans week ever and the history of bathroom discrimination - @TalkPoverty Radio - Air Date 5-13-16


Voicemails

Ch. 17: Rick Snyder was trying to privatize the water, not save money - James in Michigan

Ch. 18: Bernie opposes Bernie or Bust - Matt from San Diego

Ch. 19: Jokes - Alan from Connecticut

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 20: Final comments introducing a bonus clip about how to respond to racist jokes

Ch. 21: Bonus Clip: How Do You Handle a Racist Joke? - Decoded MTV News - Air Date: 7-1-15

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


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(2016/06/07) We need a system for everyone (Economics of Racism and Sexism)


Tue, Jun 07, 2016


Edition #1019

Today we take a look at the  ways in which racism and sexism are inextricably linked to matters of economic justice for all, even those who benefit in many ways from those systems of inequality

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: MLK on Democratic Socialism... - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 07-21-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: Nothing Else Matters - Apocalyptica


Ch. 4: Act 2: Michael Kimmel: Why gender equality is good for everyone - men included - TED Talks - Air Date: 9-20-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: I’m free - The Soup Dragons


Ch. 6: Act 3: .@HarrietFraad on how rising equality feels like a downfall for middle-aged white men steeped in patriarchy Part 1 - Economic Update w: @profwolff - Air Date 11-29-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: Changes - Langhorne Slim & The Law


Ch. 8: Act 4: Wealth Isn't Colorless or Gender Free: Capital and Intersectionality - @theLFshow w/ @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date: 1-19-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: La Paix - Amadou & Mariam


Ch. 10: Act 5: .@HarrietFraad on how rising equality feels like a downfall for middle-aged white men steeped in patriarchy Part 2 - Economic Update w @profwolff - Air Date 11-29-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: I Was Married - Tegan and Sara


Ch. 12: Act 6: Racism is Killing Poor White Americans... - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 11-07-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: Harold T. Wilkins, Or How To Wait For A Very Long Time - Fanfarlo


Ch. 14: Act 7: .@TimJacobWise on Racism and Affluence - @theLFshow w @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date 10-13-15


Voicemails

Ch. 15: Is anyone surprised about Trump's authoritarianism? - Eammon from La Habra, California

Ch. 16: Don't be dismissive of claims of death threats - Arkle

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 17: Final comments on my new analogy involving cycling in the windy city

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


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(2016/06/03) In the shadow of slavery (Racism)


Fri, Jun 03, 2016


Edition #1018

Today we take a look at the structures of racism in the US, who put them there, the problems they cause and what we might do to dismantle them

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Blinded by the White: The Myth of Meritocracy - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 04-22-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: Work Horse - Infantree


Ch. 4: Act 2: Gateway to Freedom: Historian Eric Foner on the Hidden History of the Underground Railroad - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 3-11-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Underground Railroad - The Deedle Deedle Dees


Ch. 6: Act 3: Study On The Impact Of Nazi Propaganda - @TheYoungTurks - Air Date: 06-19-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: Discrimination - Ancel


Ch. 8: Act 4: Bryan Stevenson: Slavery never ended, it just evolved - Here and Now - Air Date 6-30-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: The Confrontation - Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin


Ch. 10: Act 5: Heidi Beirich on White Supremacy and the Trump campaign - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 3-4-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: Racism - MYSTAFYA


Ch. 12: Act 6: Historian Eric Foner on the Elections, Reconstruction, and Racism Today - @theLFshow w @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date 4-19-16


Voicemails

Ch. 13: Living with little and giving away - Eric from Alabama

Ch. 14: Thoughts on the NV Democratic Convention - Kirk in Los Vegas

Kirk's Nevada Convention video

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 15: Final comments on what's more important than taking offense

Article: "I find this offensive": How "offense" discourse traps us into inaction

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


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(2016/05/31) The Lay of the Land (Election)


Tue, May 31, 2016


Edition #1017

Today we take a look at the sorry state of the 2016 election with two of the most hated people in politics leading the way

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Amy Goodman: How the Media Ruins Elections - AJ+ (@AJPlus) - Air Date 4-26-16

Ch. 3: Song 1: Static - Jukebox the Ghost


Ch. 4: Act 2: How Clintonism has hurt the Democratic party since the 90's - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 5-27-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: You're a Disaster - Dragonette


Ch. 6: Act 3: MSNBC Becomes Laughing Stock After ADMITTING They Plan To Suppress Voting Against Bernie! - @RedactedTonight w/ @LeeCamp - Air Date: 5-27-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: Good people - Jack Johnson


Ch. 8: Act 4: Liza Featherstone (@lfeatherz): Why This Socialist Feminist Is Not Voting for Hillary -  Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 1-13-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: Changes - Langhorne Slim & The Law


Ch. 10: Act 5:¬†Noam Chomsky: Trump is a 'Devastating Prospect'‚ÄĒCast Your Vote for the Democrat - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 05-26-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: Do the Math - The Nadas


Ch. 12: Act 6: Not willing to consign the marginalized to a life under Trump - This Week in Blackness (@TWiBPrime) - Air Date 5-17-16

Ch. 13: Song 6: Protect & Serve - Stiff Little Fingers


Ch. 14: Act 7: Bruce Shapiro on what Hillary Clinton needs to do differently - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 5-18-16

Ch. 15: Song 7: Where Do I Begin? - The Chemical Brothers


Ch. 16: Act 8: Hillary Clinton Now Losing To Donald Trump - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 05-24-16


Voicemails

Ch. 17: Reducing advertisements, reducing spending - Rick from Scranton, PA

Ch. 18: Establishment Democrats acting despicably - Colin from Cleveland, OH

Ch. 19: Does our focus on identity politics perpetuate our economic imperialism? - Anthony from Illinois

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 20: Final comments on the interconnection of 'identity politics' and neoliberalism

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


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(2016/05/27) Trump and those who surround him (Fascism Watch)


Fri, May 27, 2016


Edition #1016

Today we take a look at the Trump campaign’s building trend toward fascism and white supremacy based on his actions and those of the people he keeps around him

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: One of the major problems with governing people - Restaurant at the End of the Universe

Ch. 3: Song 1: Hitchhikers Guide Theme Song


Ch. 4: Act 2: Ignoring the signs of creeping fascism - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 4-1-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: Here Comes The Wave (instrumental) - Silence Is Sexy


Ch. 6: Act 3: The ONE Trait That Predicts Who Supports Trump - The @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 01-22-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: Question Authority - Fran Archer


Ch. 8: Act 4: Donald Trump's Top Foreign Adviser, Joseph Schmitz, is a Former Blackwater Executive - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 03-25-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: Crusader - Saxon


Ch. 10: Act 5: Heidi Beirich from @SPLCenter on White Supremacy and the Trump campaign Part 1 - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 3-4-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: A Dose of White Supremacy - Neffe Odom Kragh-Muller


Ch. 12: Act 6: Kathleen Frydl (@kfrydl): Sorry folks, it's fascism - @HumorlessQueers - Air Date 3-26-16

Ch. 13: Song 6: Call It Even - Scott Simons


Ch. 14: Act 7: Democrats Beware: You Don't Want Trump as President! - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 05-05-16

Ch. 15: Song 7: Consequences - The Robert Cray Band & The Memphis Horns


Ch. 16: Act 8: Trump's List of Supreme Court Picks Is an Utter Disaster - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 05-19-16

Ch. 17: Song 8: Worlds Apart (feat. Kerli) - Seven Lions


Ch. 18: Act 9: Trump Ally’s Not So Subtle Threats - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 04-23-16

Ch. 19: Song 9: All You Fascists - Billy Bragg & Wilco


Ch. 20: Act 10: How Not To Normalize Trump - On the Media - Air Date: 5-13-16

Ch. 21: Song 10: Tomorrow Never Knows - Alison Mosshart & Carla Azar


Ch. 22: Act 11: Elizabeth Warren has Some Thoughts of Donald Trump - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 05-05-16


Voicemails

Ch. 23: Resisting the urge to buy - Eammon from La Habra, California

Ch. 24: Remember the landfill - Zach from Atlanta

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 25: Final comments on third-party voting as a prisoner's dilemma game theory problem

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


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(2015/01/01) Making Provisions (Poverty)


Tue, May 24, 2016


Edition #887

Today we look at the state of poverty in America and some ideas of how to address it

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Have you benefited from a government program - @allinwithchris Hayes - Air Date: 02-04-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Eleanor Rigby (Strings Only) - Anthology Box Set


Ch. 4: Act 2:  Extending Unemployment Benefits is Fiscally Conservative - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 10-17-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Working Poor - House With No Home


Ch. 6: Act 3: Blessed Are The Poor - @jimmy_dore Show - Air Date 5-9-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Kill the Poor - Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables


Ch. 8: Act 4:  Politician Pushes For Literal Hunger Games - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 11-20-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: Laughing At You - Popaganda


Ch. 10: Act 5:  PBS's Weak Challanges On Ryan Economics - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 10-10-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: Let's Eat the Poor - Let's Eat the Poor


Ch. 12: Act 6: Govt Will Double Food Stamp Value When Used for Local Fruits & Vegetables - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 11-15-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: Food Glorious Food - Oliver! (Soundtrack)


Ch. 14: Act 7: Bernie Sanders' 12 Point Plan to Save the Middle Class - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 12-05-14

Ch. 15: Song 7: Man With a Plan - Man With a Plan - Single


Ch. 16: Act 8: @HalfinTen via Coalition On Human Needs (@CoalitiononHN) - Best of the Left Activism

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


Ch. 18: Act 9: Linda Tirado - Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America - GoodBooksRadio - Air Date: 10-03-14


Ch. 22: Final comments on a stunning piece of cognitive dissonance

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


Activism: @HalfinTen via Coalition On Human Needs (@CoalitiononHN)

Take Action!

Get involved with Half In Ten

Follow Half in Ten on Twitter and on Facebook

Participate in #TalkPoverty

Sources/further reading:

"The Safety Net Is Good Economic Policy‚Ä̬†by¬†Sarah Steinberg¬†at the Center For American Progress

"Fact of the Week: Safety Net Programs Kept Child Poverty from Skyrocketing during the Great Recession‚Ä̬†by¬†Lecia Imbery¬†at the Coalition On Human Needs

"One in five millennials lives in poverty, report finds‚Ä̬†by¬†Jana Kasperkevic¬†at¬†The Guardian

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2016/05/20) Escaping consumerism (Culture)


Fri, May 20, 2016


Edition #1015

Today we take a look at how to escape the hedonic treadmill of consumption in pursuit of happiness and moving toward a future of shared prosperity

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: The rise of stuff and the flatline of happiness - Capitalism and the environment with Gus Speth -  McGill University - Air Date: 4-22-09

Ch. 3: Song 1: A Change Is Gonna Come - Ben Sollee


Ch. 4: Act 2: Finding a good practice of consumption - Juliet Schor from Stanford University - Air Date 2-4-09

Ch. 5: Song 2: Good Food - Legendary Wings


Ch. 6: Act 3: Michael Norton: How to buy happiness - TEDTalks - Air Date: 04-24-12

Ch. 7: Song 3: I Will Buy You a New Life - Everclear


Ch. 8: Act 4: Culture of work, insatiability and free time - Juliet Schor from Stanford University - Air Date 2-4-09

Ch. 9: Song 4: Cello Song (feat. Jose Gonzalez) - The Books


Ch. 10: Act 5: This Is Literally The Most Censored Topic On The Mainstream Media - @RedactedTonight w/ @LeeCamp - Air Date: 06-09-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: I Need To Wake Up - Melissa Etheridge


Ch. 12: Act 6: Institutionalizing 3 Buddist poisions (Ill will, Greed and Delusion) - David Loy from Stanford University - Air Date 2-4-09

Ch. 13: Song 6: Happy - Sister Hazel


Ch. 14: Act 7: 7 Tim Jackson: An economic reality check - TEDTalks - Air Date 10-5-10


Voicemails

Ch. 15: We need the fire in our bellies on climate catastrophe - Tim from Boulder, CO

Ch. 16: The problem with the lack of school psychologists - Sally from San Francisco

Ch. 17: Tried veganism as a test and found it surprisingly easy - Patrick from Dallas

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 18: Final comments on turning off the hedonic treadmill and returning to minimalism

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


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(2016/05/17) The human impact of animal agriculture (Food Choices)


Tue, May 17, 2016


Edition #1014

Today we take a look at the issue of animal agriculture minus the animals: the effects of our meat consumption on human rights, human health and 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: An interview with the co-directors of Cowspiracy Part 1 - Rich Roll -  Air Date 9-14-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: Solid Ground - Dougie Maclean


Ch. 4: Act 2: Something You Really Need To Know About The Meat You're Eating - @RedactedTonight w/ @LeeCamp - Air Date: 2-27-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: Happy Meal - The Cardigans


Ch. 6: Act 3: An interview with the co-directors of Cowspiracy Part 2 - Rich Roll -  Air Date 9-14-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: Land of Confusion - Genesis


Ch. 8: Act 4: VEGAN 2015 - The Film - PLANT BASED NEWS - Air Date 12-1-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: Here's to Your Health - River Zydeco Band & Henk Mutsaers


Ch. 10: Act 5: Vegan For Human Rights - Mic. the Vegan - Air Date: 3-18-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: Human Rights - Brother Mudada


Ch. 12: Act 6: What do chickens and our constitutional rights have in common? - Jim Hightower - Air Date: 2-12-16

Ch. 13: Song 6: Free and Equal Speech - Chris Priest


Ch. 14: Act 7: Fight Anti-Whistleblower Ag-Gag Laws via @ALDF - Best of the Left Activism

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


Ch. 16: Act 8: Richard Oppenlander's pre-Cowspiracy screening presentation to the EU Parliament (Part 2 of 7) - Climate Vegan - Air Date: 12-20-15


Voicemails

Ch. 17: Raising taxes lowers the cost of hiring new employees - Jim from Detroit

Ch. 18: The Marxist idea of causing pain to spark the revolution - Alex from Montreal

Ch. 19: Planning ahead from 2016 to 2020 - Brian from Arizona

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 20: Final comments on the dangers of Republican governance and moral culpability vs. mathematical reality

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


TAKE ACTION

Write to legislators and governors in states with Ag-Gag laws via Animal Legal Defense Fund's ‚ÄúTake Action to Stop Ag Gag‚Ä̬†and demand they be repealed.

Other Actions

Sign the Last Chance for Animal's Change.org petition to fight Missouri's Ag-Gag Law

Sign the Food Integrity Campaign's petition to fight Ag-Gag Laws 

Sources/Further Reading: 

No More Exposés in North Carolina (via NYTimes.com)

In the Belly of the Beast (via RollingStone.com) (WARNING: THIS IS IMPORTANT, BUT GRAPHIC)

Ag-Gag Legislation by State (via ASPCA.org)

Undercovered: 'Ag-Gag' Laws - How Big Agra Tries to Muzzle Journalists (via Mediate.com)

Big Agriculture Bullies and Lobbies to Keep Americans In the Dark (via Forbes.com)

Groups Sue Over North Carolina's Ag Gag Law, Saying it Violates The Constitution (via ThinkProgress.org)

Ag Boards Think They Should be Exempt From the Freedom of Information Act (via MFAblog.org)

Mercy for Animals Legal Advocacy (via MercyforAnimals.org)

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Amanda Hoffman


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(2015/11/06) Criminalizing the classroom (School-to-Prison Pipeline) (Repost)


Fri, May 13, 2016


Edition #966

Today we take a look at the structural systems in place that work to funnel many children, disproportionately children of color, out of the school system and directly into the (in)justice system

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: The School to Prison Pipeline - Advancement Project (@adv_project) - Air Date: 7-3-13

Ch. 3: Song 1: N/A


Ch. 4: Act 2: Spring Valley High - Backtalk from @BitchMedia - Air Date 10-29-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: N/A


Ch. 6: Act 3: Stuck In The School-To-Prison Pipeline - @ajplus -Air Date: 5-20-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: N/A


Ch. 8: Act 4: Criminalizing the Classroom: Inside the School-to-Prison Pipeline - @democracynow - Air Date: 10-28-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: Hipozebra - Selva de Mar


Ch. 10: Act 5:  Spring Valley High and the school-to-prison pipeline - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 10-30-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: Rivers - Plusplus


Ch. 12: Act 6: School to prison pipeline locks kids into the system early - This Week in Blackness (@TWiBnation) - Air Date: 2-19-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: A Farewell To Trends - dustmotes


Ch. 14: Act 7: Policing Schools - Why Are There Cops In Schools? - @ajplus - Air Date: 10-30-15

Ch. 15: Song 7: N/A


Ch. 16: Act 8: SafeQualitySchools.org- Ending the #School2Prison Pipeline via @adv_project - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 17: Song 8: The Poet - Shihan


Ch. 18: Act 9: When School Cops Go Bad: South Carolina Incident Highlights Growing Police Presence in Classrooms - @democracynow - Air Date: 10-28-15


Voicemails

Ch. 19: Jefferson fought to end slavery - Simon from San Diego

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 20: Final comments on my untestable hypothesis

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


Activism: SafeQualitySchools.org: Ending the #School2Prison Pipeline via @adv_project

Take Action:

Students, parents, educators, law enforcement, and activists! VISIT The Advancement Project’s SafeQualitySchools.org to get involved.

FOLLOW the #School2Prison thread.

SHARE the¬†"School to Prison Pipeline by Advancement Project‚Ä̬†video

CONTRIBUTE your stories: #School2Pipeline Stories

Additional Activism/Resources:

SIGN to demand #BlackLivesMatter issues be addressed in primary debates:¬†#RaiseTheDebate¬†via¬†Black Lives Matter¬†at¬†‚ÄĚColorOfChange

Sources/further reading:

‚ÄĚWhat You Need to Know About #AssaultAtSpringValleyHigh‚ÄĚ ‚ÄĒ Infographic¬†via¬†The Advancement Project

"Where Are Black Children Safe?" Roxane Gay at The New York Times

"America Doesn‚Äôt Care About Black Women And Girls‚Ä̬†by¬†Ijeoma Oluo¬†at¬†The Establishment

"Black Girl Down‚Ķ and Up‚Ä̬†by¬†PrisonCulture

"Take cops out of schools: More officers mean more arrests, even for offenses like talking back.‚Ä̬†via¬†The Washington Post

‚ÄĚA Short History of Cops Terrorizing Students‚Ä̬†via¬†The Nation

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2016/05/10) Nothing free about corporate trade agreements (TPP and TTIP)


Tue, May 10, 2016


Edition #1013

Today we take a look at the dangerous effects of trade agreements like the TPP and TTIP and some ways to fight against them before they’re passed.

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Forum on why we must stop the TPP - A Corporate Takeover - Lori Wallach (@WallachLori)

Ch. 3: Song 1: So Far So Close - Jahzzar


Ch. 4: Act 2: Where inequality comes from - Jim @HightowerNews - Air Date: 2-15-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: Who lies - Emma's Revolution


Ch. 6: Act 3: How 'Free' Trade Agreements Could Keep Government From Protecting us... - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 05-07-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: Middle America - Chris Priest


Ch. 8: Act 4: The TTIP Leaks: What We Learned - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 05-07-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: Which Side Are You On - Natalie Merchant


Ch. 10: Act 5: Who is behind Obama's push for TPP? - Jim @HightowerNews - Air Date: 2-17-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: The Silvery Light of a Dream - The Apples in Stereo


Ch. 12: Act 6: Forum on why we must stop the TPP - A Corporate Takeover - Kevin Zeese (@KBZeese)


Voicemails

Ch. 21: Wade's white, straight, cis, male privilege on display - Marti from Madison, WI

Ch. 22: A cab driver's perspective on contact work - James from Brisbane, Australia

Ch. 22: Sign up to donate, I just did! - Josh from Dallas, TX

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 23: Final comments on how we do what we do and how you can help

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


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(2016/05/06) May Day and Mothers Day (Feminism and Labor)


Fri, May 06, 2016


Edition #1012

Today we take a look at the origins and sustaining legacies of May Day (International Workers Day) and Mothers Day, another holiday originally begun as a call to recognize the struggles of labor

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: A Living Holiday May Day - Left Out from DemocracyAtWork.info - Air Date 5-1-16

Ch. 3: Song 1: Working Reward - The Haymarket Squares


Ch. 4: Act 2: Myra Bradwell: America's First Woman Lawyer... - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 04-13-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Welcome to the Black Parade - Vitamin String Quartet


Ch. 6: Act 3: International Women's Day - @LastWeekTonight with @iamjohnoliver - Air Date: 03-15-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: Boys Will Be Boys - Alisha


Ch. 8: Act 4: May Day Sermon Profit vs Environment - Progressive Faith Sermons w: @RevDrRay - Air Date 5-1-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: Modern Way - Kaiser Chiefs


Ch. 10: Act 5: The origins of Mother's Day - BackStory with the American History Guys - Air Date 5-5-10

Ch. 11: Song 5: Re-Write History - George Dobbs


Ch. 12: Act 6: Lucy Parsons: The Anarchist & Intersectional Feminist Who Inspired May Day - @theLFshow w/ @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date: 4-28-16

Ch. 13: Song 6: Working Class Hero - Exit Clov


Ch. 14: Act 7: 7 Paid Family Leave - @LastWeekTonight w/ @iamjohnoliver - Air Date: 05-10-15


Voicemails

Ch. 16: Get out and vote and be sure to vote down-ballot - David from Tennessee

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 17: Final comments on who gets left behind by the Bernie or Bust movement

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


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(2016/05/03) Deception vs. Disobedience (Climate Crisis)


Tue, May 03, 2016


Edition #1011

Today we take a look at the struggle between those intent on selling doubt about climate science in order to stretch fossil fuel profits as far as they’ll go and those standing up to them in the most direct way possible
 
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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: What they knew and when they knew it - DISOBEDIENCE from 350.org - Air Date 4-30-16

Ch. 3: Song 1: Perpetuum Mobile - Penguin Cafe Orchestra


Ch. 4: Act 2: Good News For Solving Climate Change - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 04-23-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: Budding Trees - Nahko and Medicine for the People


Ch. 6: Act 3: Brendan DeMelle (@bdemelle) on Exxon’s Climate Cover-Up - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 4-29-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: Deception - The Chamber Orchestra of London


Ch. 8: Act 4: .@NaomiOreskes:  Climate Change Disinformation Is Like Pro-Tobacco Lobbying - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 03-08-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: Head Full of Doubt / Road Full of Promise - The Avett Brothers


Ch. 10: Act 5: Big Oil Is WAY More Evil Than We Thought - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 04-24-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: Mairzy Doats - The Merry Macs


Ch. 12: Act 6: Break Free 2016 #KEEPITINTHEGROUND via @350 - Best of the Left Activism

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


Ch. 14: Act 7: DISOBEDIENCE - 350.org - Air Date 4-30-16


Voicemails

Ch. 15: Some contracted FedEx drivers like the arrangement - Brian from New Jersey

Ch. 16: Thoughts on independent contractors - Jack from Baltimore

Ch. 17: Raptors and Taxes - Matt from Maryland

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 18: Final comments on the exploitation of FedEx contractors and how taxing the rich spurs investment

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


TAKE ACTION:

Find and sign up for a targeted action near you at breakfree2016.org

Learn more about organizing your own action

Get inspired by the latest¬†350.org¬†film ‚ÄúDisobedience‚ÄĚ ¬†

Join the conversation online via the hashtags #BreakFree2016 and #Keepitintheground 

Follow @350 on Twitter for the latest updates on the action and other news

Donate to support the work of 350.org

 

Sources/further reading: 

4 Reasons Now is our Chance to Break Free from Fossil Fuels (via BreakFree2016.org)

Bill McKibbon: Global Warming's Terrifying New Chemistry (via The Nation)

Inside the Paris Climate Deal (via The New York Times)

President Obama's Climate Action Plan Infographic (via WhiteHouse.gov)

Bill McKibbon: Why We Need to Keep 80% of Fossil Fuels in the Ground (via Yes!)

Fossil Giant BP Sees Fourth-Quarter Profits Sink Nearly 70% (via Smarter Shift)

 

Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman.


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


Fri, Apr 29, 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


Voicemails

Ch. 21: Voting my conscience in a solidly red state - Doug from Dallas/Fort Worth

Ch. 22: Clinton is better than any Republican - Nick from Florida

Ch. 23: Change doesn't happen during elections, it happens between them - Scott from Oakland

Ch. 24: Stand for our values even if it's worse in the short term - Rick from Scranton, PA

Ch. 25: A voting strategy epiphany - Charlie From Cincinnati

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 26: Final comments on the all-male review of voicemails and the recent update to the technology of the show

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


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(2016/04/26) Battle for the Ballot (Voting Rights)


Tue, Apr 26, 2016


Edition #1009

Today we take a look at the disgustingly undemocratic efforts being waged to minimize the number of people who vote in our elections. 
 
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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: This AMAZING Fact Proves Why American Democracy Is Totally Broken - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 01-06-15

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


Ch. 4: Act 2: Is the Electoral Collage broken? - @DecodeDC - Air Date 11-5-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: N/A


Ch. 6: Act 3:¬†Republicans Are Ready To Steal The 2016 Election ‚Äď Time To Protect The Vote w/ @AriBerman - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 02-13-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: Crucify - Tori Amos


Ch. 8: Act 4: Bernie Sanders Has Been Cheated Out Of Thousands Of Votes - @RedactedTonight w: @LeeCamp - Air Date 4-2-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: Proud to Be an American - Side Street Ramblers


Ch. 10: Act 5: Republicans tell the Truth About Voter Suppression! - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 04-07-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: Vote - Jefferson Coker


Ch. 12: Act 6: Millions of New Yorkers Disenfranchised from Primaries Thanks to State's Restrictive Voting Laws - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 04-19-16

Ch. 13: Song 6: We can’t stop - Scott Bradlee & Postmodern Jukebox


Ch. 14: Act 7: Demand Modernized Elections and Restore the VRA via @BrennanCenter - Best of the Left Activism - 4:26:16, 11.50 AM

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


Ch. 16: Act 8: A former Republican final had enough of disenfranchising voters - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 4-7-16


Voicemails

Ch. 21: Concern over violence in bathrooms - Paula from Los Angeles

Ch. 22: Gender-segregated bathrooms are silly - Megan from Baltimore

Ch. 22: The problem of civil rights incrementalism - Erin from Philadelphia

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 23: Final comments rebutting a half-reasonable claim that we shouldn't worry about money in politics

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


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(2016/04/22) Democracy Sprung (Money in Politics)


Fri, Apr 22, 2016


Edition #1008

Today we take a look at the continued fight against the corrupting effects of money in politics including this month’s record-breaking civil disobedience protests at the Capitol Building in Washington, DC
 
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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Congressmen's Warehouse - Big Bad Boris - Air Date: 2-9-16

Ch. 3: Song 1: Buy my vote - The Haymarket Squares


Ch. 4: Act 2: Congressional Fundraising - @LastWeekTonight with @iamjohnoliver - Air Date 04-04-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: Little Chance - Jahzzar


Ch. 6: Act 3: Cenk Uygur On His Democracy Spring Protest - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 04-13-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: Democracy - Leonard Cohen


Ch. 8: Act 4: The Election-Industrial Complex - On the Media - Air Date 3-18-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: Spend - Jeff Caudill


Ch. 10: Act 5: It's not good for America but it's damn good for CBS - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 3-4-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: Eternal Youth Eternal Fun - Fifty Miles From Vancouver


Ch. 12: Act 6: Democracy Spring Cable News Blackout - @theyoungturks - Air Date 04-13-16

Ch. 13: Song 6: I Predict a Riot - Kaiser Chiefs


Ch. 14: Act 7: Alex Lawson (@alaw202) on the long view of the fight against money in politics - @TalkPoverty Radio - Air Date 4-15-16


Voicemails

Ch. 15: Voting third party is about looking to the future - Gabriel from Pittsburg

Ch. 16: Modifying the trolly dilemma - Ryan from Phoenix

Ch. 17: Not voting while hoping for a third or fouth party to emerge - Wade from Ft. Worth, TX

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 18: Final comments on what happens to progressives when Republicans are in office

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


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(2016/04/19) No place like home (History of Gentrification)


Tue, Apr 19, 2016


Edition #1007

Today we take a look at how racism and economics combine to form a self-reinforcing legacy of unfair housing policies and practices that benefit the wealthy and disadvantage the poor
 
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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: The Legacy of Lynching - On The Media - Air Date: 2-13-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: Re-Write History - George Dobbs


Ch. 4: Act 2: Building the lines that divide Chicago under Mayor Richard J. Daley - Backstory - Air Date 3-25-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: Chicago - Sufjan Stevens


Ch. 6: Act 3: Sarah Schulman on the mechanics of gentrification - @theLFshow w @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date 3-22-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: Gentrification - Oddisee


Ch. 8: Act 4: The integration of Oak Park, Chicago - Backstory - Air Date 3-25-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: Rockin' the Suburbs - Ben Folds


Ch. 10: Act 5: The Great Corporate Buy-Up: Because of Corporations, Our Cities Are Not Our Own - @theLFshow w @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date 3-8-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: City on a Hill - The Minor Leagues


Ch. 12: Act 6: SCOTUS Upholds the Real Meaning of the Fair Housing Act - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 06-26-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: (Ain't That) Good News - Sam Cooke


Ch. 14: Act 7: Urge Your Legislators to Increase Federal Resources for Affordable Housing via @SenatorCantwell and A.C.T.I.O.N (A Call to Invest in Our Neighborhoods) #LIHTC - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 15: Song 7: This fickle world - Theo Bard


Ch. 16: Act 8: Why does gentrification happen? - Economic Update w: @profwolff - Air Date 11-13-15


Voicemails

Ch. 17: Theory of change and why to support Clinton in the general election - Craig

Ch. 18: Go with issues not people or parties - Nomordo from San Jose

Ch. 19: Elections, privilege and the Trolly Car Dilemma - Alex from Illinois

Ch. 20: I can't afford to vote with a binary mindset - Marti from Madison, WI

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 21: Final comments on voting with a theory of change, Podcast Awards nominations and technical changes coming to the podcast feed

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


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(2015/09/22) In search of the good life (Culture) (Repost)


Fri, Apr 15, 2016


Edition #955

Today we take a look at the inherent contradictions in the standard way of pursuing happiness in western culture and examine some alternatives
 
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Show Notes

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

00:00:42 Ch. 2: Act 1: The High Price of Materialism - Center for a New American Dream (@newdream) - Air Date: 12-4-11

Ch. 3: Song 1: A Beautiful World - Tim Myers


00:05:54 Ch. 4: Act 2: How To Purchase Redemption From Consumerism! - @RedactedTonight w/ @LeeCamp - Air Date: 01-14-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Redemption Song - Bob Marley & The Wailers


00:10:05 Ch. 6: Act 3: Almost Half of Americans Didn't Take Single Vacation Day in 2014 - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 01-11-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: Vacation - The Go-Go's & Go-Go's


00:14:17 Ch. 8: Act 4: Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us - RSA Animate (@theRSAorg) - Air Date: 4-1-10

Ch. 9: Song 4: All Over The World - Boogie Belgique


00:26:23 Ch. 10: Act 5: The Story of Bottled Water (2010) - @storyofstuff Project - Air Date: 03-17-10

Ch. 11: Song 5: Murky Water - The Autumn Isles


00:34:17 Ch. 12: Act 6: SO INCREDIBLY SAD This is How 3 Generations Answer the Same Question - @BuzzPo - Air Date 7-26-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: N/A


00:37:20 Ch. 14: Act 7: A thousand cuts - @jimhightower - Air Date: 9-22-15

Ch. 15: Song 7: Sligo Creek - Al Petteway


00:39:55 Ch. 16: Act 8: #FindYourPark on National @PublicLandsDay - Best of the Left Activism

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


00:43:14 Ch. 18: Act 9: Saamah Abdallah: How to achieve good lives that don't cost the Earth - @TEDTalks - Air Date: 7-20-15


Voicemails

00:56:53 Ch. 19: Thoughts on victimless crimes - Wade from Ft. Worth, TX

00:58:54 Ch. 20: Libertarians ignore the negotiation of rights - Nathan from Dix Hills, NY

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


01:01:12 Ch. 21: Final comments on the way we discuss lifestyles and culture

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


Activism: #FindYourPark on National @PublicLandsDay

Take Action:

Register to volunteer for National Public Lands Day!

Be sure to get your Fee-Free Coupon as a thank you for volunteering!

Sources/further reading:

"More than 175,000 Volunteers Expected on National Public Lands Day, September 26, 2015‚Ä̬†via¬†National Public Lands Day

"Let's Move Outside: Public lands make the best playgrounds!‚Ä̬†via¬†National Public Lands Day

"Our Land, Up for Grabs‚Ä̬†via¬†The New York Times

"This Land Was Your Land‚Ä̬†via¬†The American Prospect

"Volunteer on trail crews for National Public Lands Day, Sept. 26‚Ä̬†via¬†The Seattle Times

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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


Tue, Apr 12, 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


Voicemails

Ch. 21: Learning the history from Reagan forward - Alan from Connecticut

Ch. 22: This election is the result of the Reagan revolution - Eammon from La Habra, California

Ch. 22: What can apartment dwellers do about clean energy? - Stephanie from Seattle

Ch. 22: We shouldn't have gender-segregated bathrooms - Dan from Albany, NY

Ch. 22: The only way to stop a bad penis is with a good penis - Ryan from Pheonix

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 23: Final comments on the viability of gender-neutral public restrooms

Ch. 23: Bonus Clip: We Should Not Have Gender-Segregated Bathrooms & Locker Rooms - David Pakman - Air Date: 3-27-15

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


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(2016/04/08) How not to be terrorized (Brussels Bombing)


Fri, Apr 08, 2016


Edition #1005

Today we take a look at some of the various responses to the recent bombing in Brussels, Belgium. Unsurprisingly, politicians who traditionally thrive on fear-mongering are encouraging us to be afraid, just as the terrorists would hope.
 
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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Glenn Greenwald: Cruz, Trump, Clinton "Playing into the Hands" of ISIL After Brussels Bombings - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 03-24-16

Ch. 3: Song 1: Naked As We Came - Iron & Wine


Ch. 4: Act 2: Ted Cruz: Cops Should Patrol Muslim Neighborhoods - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 03-24-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: Empathy - Chasing Kings


Ch. 6: Act 3: The patetic media response to the Brussels bombing - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 3-25-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: Fearless (Acoustic Version) - For Today


Ch. 8: Act 4: Faith in the Face of Terrorism - Progressive Faith Sermons - Dr. Roger Ray - Air Date 3-27-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: Fear is a villain - Theo Bard


Ch. 10: Act 5: What are our ideals worth? - @dccommonsense w/ Dan Carlin - Air Date 4-1-16


Voicemails

Ch. 11: The ways in which contractors are getting screwed - Ruben from Oakland

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 12: Final comments on how I was once an independent contractor getting screwed by FedEx

Ch. 13: Bonus Clip:  The CA FedEx case: employees vs. contractors - Economic Update w/ @profwolff - Air Date: 6-21-15

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


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