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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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(2017/02/24) The economics of our environment (Capitalism vs. the Climate)


Fri, Feb 24, 2017


Edition #1082

Today we look at the intersection of the climate and capitalism in the shadow of the most crony capitalist administration in American history

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: What is your investment dollar doing? - Australians for coal - Air Date: 02-28-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: N/A


Ch. 4: Act 2: Declining Cost of Renewables Will Challenge Trump's Promise to Bring Back Jobs Through Coal - @TheRealNews - Air Date 1-25-17

Ch. 5: Song 2: ?A Farewell To Trends - dustmotes


Ch. 6: Act 3: Notes on the fight against fossil capitalism w/ Ashley Dawson - @thisishellradio - Air Date 12-14-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: ?The sea is rising - Bliss n Eso


Ch. 8: Act 4: Michael Metcalfe: A provocative way to finance the fight against climate change - @TEDTalks - Air Date: 4-11-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: ?Whatever It Takes - Lifehouse


Ch. 10: Act 5: Germany PROVES We Can END Fossil Fuels - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 09-29-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: ?Stakes Still High - Sol


Ch. 12: Act 6: Divest Yourself and Your Community from Fossil Fuels via @DeFundDAPL - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 13: Song 6: ?Divest! 350Org - Tem Blessed


Ch. 14: Act 7: Not everything that's profitable is good - Economic Update w: @profwolff - Air Date 2-10-17


Voicemails

Ch. 15: What's the progressive answer to immigration? - Kiki from Oakland

Ch. 16: In response to Amanda about how to feel better - Rachel from Washington

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 17: Final comments with advice on surviving and thriving during times of oppression

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


Activism:

TAKE ACTION 

Use DefundDAPL.org steps and resources to divest your personal finances from banks funding DAPL

Use DefundDAPL.org steps and resources to get engaged or take action to divest your community from banks funding DAPL

Save the date for the People's Climate March on April 29th, 2017 in Washington, DC, and sister marches around US

EDUCATE YOURSELF

2 Cities To Pull More Than $3 Billion From Wells Fargo Over Dakota Access Pipeline (NPR)

7 Things the Defund DAPL Campaign Has Achieved So Far (Including $28 Million in Personal Accounts Moved) (Yes! Magazine) 

Movie Stars Pulling Their Money Out Of Wells Fargo. Defund DAPL (The Young Turks)

4 Key Impacts of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines (National Geographic)

Emails Reveal EPA Chief Scott Pruitt's Dirty Dealings with Oil and Gas Industry (The Intercept)

Trump to roll back Obama’s climate, water rules through executive action (The Washington Post) 

Drilling experts explain why Trump can’t bring back oilfield jobs (Think Progress)

Trump signs measure rolling back last-minute Obama coal mining regulation (CNN)

New rule protecting waterways from coal mining will be early target of Trump administration (Think Progress)

Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2017/02/21) Where the Democrats went wrong and how to bring them back


Tue, Feb 21, 2017


Edition #1081

Today we look at the past failings of the Democratic party over the past several decades that brought us to our current point and then look for ways to turn that ship around

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Van Jones Says Clinton Days Are Over, Centrism Has To Stop - @RingOfFireRadio - Air Date: 01-08-17

Ch. 3: Song 1: ?Wake Me Up - Avicil


Ch. 4: Act 2: Is unity overrated? w/ @onesarahjones - The Zero Hour w: @RJEskow - Air Date 1-28-17

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


Ch. 6: Act 3: Thomas Frank: Listen Liberal and where the Democratic party went wrong - @Jimmy_Dore Show - Air Date 1-20-17

Ch. 7: Song 3: ?Betrayal - Wang Chung


Ch. 8: Act 4: There is no anti-capitalist party in the US - Economic Update w: @profwolff - Air Date 2-10-17

Ch. 9: Song 4: ?Out With the Old - Casa Di Mondo


Ch. 10: Act 5: Keith Ellison: 'We've Got To Reset the Future of the Democratic Party' - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 12-30-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: ?Out With the Old - The Sensational Nightingales


Ch. 12: Act 6: Help Elect Keith Ellison as DNC Chair via @DemSpring - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 13: Song 6: ?Out With the Old - Korsairs


Ch. 14: Act 7: The Democratic Party Takeover HAS BEGUN - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 01-24-17


Voicemails

Ch. 15: A movement to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment - Amanda from Asheville, NC

Ch. 16: Losing hope from the wave of very dark rhetoric coming from the right - Amanda from Snohomish, WA

Ch. 17: The American privilege of voting for Clinton - John from New York

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 18: Final comments on voting with eyes wide open

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


Activism:

TAKE ACTION

Sign up to start a delegation in your area and/or make calls to DNC members in your state

Check out the "How You Can Help" page on KeithforDNC.org for social media actions/media and more. 

Follow @EllisonCampaign on Twitter and Keith for DNC on Facebook.

EDUCATE YOURSELF

Keith Ellison for DNC Video on Approach to Voter Turnout (@EllisonCampaign)

Keith Ellison Is Everything Republicans Thought Obama Was. Maybe He's Just What Democrats Need. (Mother Jones)

Why We Support Keith Ellison for DNC Chair (The Nation)

Keith Ellison: How the Democrats Can Win (The Nation)

The Democratic Party Needs Keith Ellison (The Huffington Post Blog)

College Democrats of America President and Vice-President Endorse Keith Ellison for DNC Chair (Press Release)  

Onetime Rival Endorses Ellison for DNC Chair (Common Dreams)

Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

Thanks for listening!

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(2017/02/17) Corporate media’s fight for legitimacy in the age of Trump


Fri, Feb 17, 2017


Edition #1080

Today we look at the state of the corporate-controlled media in the age of Trump, how you can navigate those murky waters and what we can do to make it better

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Diversify your news - Popaganda from @BitchMedia - Air Date 11-24-16

Ch. 3: Song 1: N/A


Ch. 4: Act 2: Spicer vs. the Interns - On the Media - Air Date 1-27-17

Ch. 5: Song 2: ?Totem Ancestor - Kronos Quartet


Ch. 6: Act 3: Is Donald Trump good for journalism? - The Inquiry - Air Date 2-13-17

Ch. 7: Song 3: ?A Waltz for George and Tex - Black Prairie


Ch. 8: Act 4: Bernie Sanders Warns About Dangers Of Corporate-Controlled Media - @RingOfFireRadio - Air Date: 01-01-17

Ch. 9: Song 4: ?Turn it off - The Moxy


Ch. 10: Act 5: Keep Going Back to Substance and the Truth - On the Media - Air Date 1-27-17

Ch. 11: Song 5: ?Freedom (From Braveheart) - Music Themes Group


Ch. 12: Act 6: Is 'Biased News' More Destructive Than Fake News? - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 12-23-16

Ch. 13: Song 6: We Stand As One - Joseph Arthur


Ch. 14: Act 7: Become a “Media Activist” via @FAIRmediawatch - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 15: Song 7: ?Activism - Shihan


Ch. 16: Act 8: Ned Beatty's NETWORK speech-by Paddy Chayefsky


Voicemails

Ch. 17: Building trust as a foundation - Ryan from Phoenix

Ch. 18: Losing hope from the wave of very dark rhetoric coming from the right - Amanda from Snohomish, WA

Ch. 19: How to persuade conservatives - Ken from Raleigh, North Carolina

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 20: Final comments on the social justice and the fragility of the privileged

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


Activism:

TAKE ACTION

Go to FAIR.org to get Action Alerts and become a “media activist”

Check out FAIR’s Media Activism Kit 

Subscribe to FAIR’s CounterSpin podcast

Member of the media? Check out FAIR’s Media Advisories

EDUCATE YOURSELF

NYT’s False Choice for Democrats: Move to the Right or Divide by Race (FAIR)

Jessica Gonzalez on FCC Chair Ajit Pai (FAIR's CounterSpin)

Scrutiny for Supreme Court Pick Fails to Focus on Rights of Disabled (FAIR)

ACTION ALERT: WaPo’s Post Live Series Is a Love Letter to Corporate Conflicts of Interest (FAIR)

Trump’s Inauguration and the Legitimacy Fetish (FAIR)

Daily Kos Founder Gleefully Celebrates Coal Miners Losing Health Insurance (FAIR)

Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

Thanks for listening!

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(2017/02/14) If you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu (Trumpian Economics)


Tue, Feb 14, 2017


Edition #1079

Today we look at the plans being cooked up by Trump and the GOP to screw the people and enrich the corporations

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Republicans To Kill Elizabeth Warren's Greatest Accomplishment - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 11-18-16

Ch. 3: Song 1: ?Rip-Off - Jimmy Cliff


Ch. 4: Act 2: David Dayen On Trump's Infrastructure Plan - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date 11-25-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: ?Destructive - Sentry.


Ch. 6: Act 3: Trump's tax plan and how the world may react - Economic Update w @profwolff - Air Date 12-15-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: ?Screwed - Kid Cudi


Ch. 8: Act 4: Trump’s Anti-Regulatory Agenda Will Cost Economy Billions - @RingOfFireRadio - Air Date: 12-18-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: ?Monday - Jon Brion


Ch. 10: Act 5: Trump DESTROYED Goldman Sachs During Election, Now Will Be Goldman Sachs President - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date 12-22-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: ?Bamboozled - Omar and the Howlers


Ch. 12: Act 6: Why we need the fiduciary rule that Trump wants to stop - Economic Update w: @profwolff - Air Date 2-10-17

Ch. 13: Song 6: ?Working Reward - The Haymarket Squares


Ch. 14: Act 7: Tell Your Senators to Support & Protect the #FiduciaryRule via @IndivisibleTeam - Best of the Left Activism

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


Ch. 16: Act 8: Extreme Vetting for People, But Not for Banks (w/Guest William Black) - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 02-07-17


Voicemails

Ch. 17: Long commutes equals unhappiness - Travis in Ft. Worth, TX

Ch. 18: Trump supporters with a license for bigotry - V from Central New York

Ch. 19: A perspective from the south - Kevin from Louisiana

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 20: Final comments on why facts are not enough to win an argument

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


Activism:

TAKE ACTION

Check out the Fiduciary Rule Call Scripts prepared by the Indivisible Guide Team to use when calling your Senators

Call your Representatives and Senators to demand they publicly support and protect the Fiduciary Rule: 202-224-3121 (Capitol switchboard number)

EDUCATE YOURSELF

Fiduciary Rule is Now in Question. What's Next for Investors? (The New York Times)

Indivisible Guide Twitter Moment: Call Your Members of Congress on the Fiduciary Rule (Indivisible Guide)

Elizabeth Warren's Letter to Acting Secretary of Labor, Edward Hugler, On the Fiduciary Rule (Warren.senate.gov)

A hot investing startup wrote an open letter to Donald Trump, and is setting the stage for a battle on Wall Street (Business Insider)

Market Recap - Executive Actions Planned for Dodd-Frank and Fiduciary Rule (Personal Capital)

"You Might Die Younger" Without the Fiduciary Rule (Personal Capital Blog)

Retirement Plans: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, HBO) 

Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

Thanks for listening!

Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com

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(2017/02/10) Unnecessary, ineffective and un-American (Muslim Ban)


Fri, Feb 10, 2017


Edition #1078

Today we lay out the story so far of Trump’s attempt to make good on his campaign promise to ban muslims from entering the country

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?Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Breaking down the fallout of the muslim ban - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 1-30-17

Ch. 3: Song 1: ?Backfire - MuteMath


Ch. 4: Act 2: The muslim ban is unnecessary and ineffective - Trumpcast from @Slate - Air Date 1-29-17

Ch. 5: Song 2: ?Land of Confusion - Genesis


Ch. 6: Act 3: The Attorney General Defied Trump's Muslim Ban. He Did One Thing He Knows How to Do: He Fired Her - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 01-31-17

Ch. 7: Song 3: ?Richard Nixon - Rod & The MSR Singers


Ch. 8: Act 4: Sorry Trumpkins, Obama Didn't 'Ban Muslims' Like Trump Did. RELATED: Obama Also Is Not a Muslim. - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 02-06-17

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


Ch. 10: Act 5: Lena Masri on the religious loophole that targets muslims - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 1-30-17

Ch. 11: Song 5: ?Islamophobia - Genocide


Ch. 12: Act 6: Media's failures in addressing the muslim ban - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 2-3-17

Ch. 13: Song 6: ?Fear, Terror, and the Fear of Terror - Infinite Third


Ch. 14: Act 7: QUICK EXPLAINER: The FULL 20-Step Vetting Process Already In Place for Refugees To Enter the U.S. - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 02-01-17

Ch. 15: Song 7: ?get real - the mountain firework company


Ch. 16: Act 8: Fight Trump’s Muslim Travel Ban via @theIRC @HIASrefugees and @ACLU - Best of the Left Activism

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


Ch. 18: Act 9: The steps along the path to the muslim ban - Intercepted (@theintercept) - Air Date 2-1-17


Voicemails

Ch. 19: Debating Trump supporters - Colin from Cleveland, OH

Ch. 20: Working toward finding common ground - Jenny

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 21: Final comments on how to start any political discussion

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


Activism:

TAKE ACTION 

Call your Representatives and Senators to demand they denounce Trump's ban & thank those who have: 202-224-3121 (Capitol switchboard number)

Find out if you are near one of the 29 International Rescue Committee program offices in the US and consider volunteering

Explore and donate to the many other organizations supporting refugees and immigrants

Find local groups near you committed to fighting the Trump agenda via Indivisible Guide

Take part in the HIAS National Day of Jewish Action for Refugees the weekend of February 11th and 12th

EDUCATE YOURSELF

Letter: National and Local Organizations Support the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program and Oppose Legislation that Would Stop the Resettlement of Syrian Refugees (Refugees International)

How to Help Immigrant and Muslim Neighbors (BillMoyers.com)

10 Concrete Ways to Take Action Against the Muslim Ban (Huffington Post)

Trump's Muslim Ban is Cowardly and Dangerous (The New York Times Editorial Board)

Donald Trump's Muslim Ban Makes Us All Less American (Rolling Stone)

Is President Trump's Immigration Order a 'Muslim Ban'? (Yes, here's why) (The Atlantic)

Trump’s Muslim Ban Is Culmination of War on Terror Mentality but Still Uniquely Shameful (The Intercept)

This is the Beginning of Donald Trump's Muslim Ban (The Nation)

Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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


Tue, Feb 07, 2017


Edition #1054

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

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Show Notes

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

Ch. 9: Song 4: Refund - Minor Motion


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

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


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

Ch. 13: Song 6: Vote - Jefferson Coker


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

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


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


Voicemails

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

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

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


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

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


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2017/02/03) Witnessing an Emerging Autocracy (Trump’s America)


Fri, Feb 03, 2017


Edition #1077

Today we look briefly at Trump’s cabinet, his communication style, his inaugural speech and the foreboding nature of it all

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?Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Trump's Dark Money Cabinet Is Going To Deconstruct The American Dream! - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 11-28-16

Ch. 3: Song 1: ?Free Education (feat. Treez & Young DJ) - Jawaan Larue


Ch. 4: Act 2: Trump's Cabinet Poised To Loot The Country - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 12-28-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: ?Crook - Niel Nasset


Ch. 6: Act 3: Masha Gessen on the rules for surviving autocracy - Trumpcast from @Slate - Air Date 11-14-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: ?All You Fascists - Billy Bragg & Wilco


Ch. 8: Act 4: A Taxonomy of Trump Tweets - On the Media - Air Date 1-13-17

Ch. 9: Song 4: ?Misinformation - Silvanus


Ch. 10: Act 5: We Need To Talk About That Donald Trump Press Conference - Jay Smooth (@jsmooth995) - Air Date 1-12-17

Ch. 11: Song 5: ?Tobacco Road - Common Market


Ch. 12: Act 6: Examining Trump's inauguration speech - The Bugle (@hellobuglers) - Air Date 1-20-17

Ch. 13: Song 6: ?Supervillain - Schaffer The Darklord


Ch. 14: Act 7: The mood of the inauguration - @EdgeofSports w Dave Zirin - Air Date 1-25-17

Ch. 15: Song 7: ?Fake - Dhiego Ferraz


Ch. 16: Act 8: Trump's team exhibits classic abuser behavior - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 1-23-17


Voicemails

Ch. 17: Followup after receiving some advice - Matt from Pittsburg, PA

Ch. 18: How Trump is tearing people apart - Evan from Texas

Ch. 19: Thoughts on the cis-centeredness of the women's march - Megan from Seattle

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 20: Final comments on Mr. Money Mustache and, unrelatedly, the divide within feminism

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


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

Thanks for listening!

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(2017/01/31) An equal and opposite reaction (Women’s March)


Tue, Jan 31, 2017


Edition #1076

Today we listen in on the women’s marches in DC and Baltimore and hear some of the thoughtful critiques of and hopes for the future of the feminist movement

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Women’s March on Washington: Historic Protest Three Times Larger Than Trump’s Inaugural Crowd - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 01-23-17

Ch. 3: Song 1: On the turning away - Pink Floyd


Ch. 4: Act 2: Women's Voices Rise in Baltimore and Beyond - @TheRealNews - Air Date 1-22-17

Ch. 5: Song 2: What A Beautiful Morning! - Drunken Logic


Ch. 6: Act 3: The need for inclusive feminism - Backtalk from @BitchMedia - Air Date 1-26-17

Ch. 7: Song 3: Police On My Back - The Clash


Ch. 8: Act 4: Voices of the Women's March: Angela Davis, Gloria Steinem, Madonna, Alicia Keys, Janet Mock & More - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 01-23-17

Ch. 9: Song 4: Bigger Is Better - Dan Reich & Friends


Ch. 10: Act 5: Thoughts On The Women's March That Already Feels Like So Long Ago Because These Are The End Times - Jay Smooth - Air Date 1-26-17

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


Ch. 12: Act 6: The importance of listening to one another and getting different perspectives - @WhoreCast - Air Date 1-25-17

Ch. 13: Song 6: Change Your Mind - Sister Hazel


Ch. 14: Act 7: Michelle Taylor on the Philly Women's March and the principles of feminism - @TalkPoverty Radio - Air Date 1-27-17


Voicemails

Ch. 15: Woman's march summary - Alan from Connecticut

Ch. 16: Breaking down the discussion on race, class and Trump - Darice from Washington, DC

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 17: Final comments on the Women’s March and how we communicate within the movement

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


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2017/01/27) Indivisible: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda


Sat, Jan 28, 2017


Edition #1075

Today I present the unabridged audiobook of Indivisible: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial- ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Visit indivisibleguide.com for more details

The team behind the guide is reachable on Twitter: 

@IndivisibleTeam@ezralevin@angelrafpadilla@texpat@Leahgreenb

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(2017/01/24) The corruption of Donald Trump


Tue, Jan 24, 2017


Edition #1074

Today we take a look at the conflicts of interest, broken laws and constitutional violations of the new administration 

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Craig Holman: Trump Administration Gearing Up to Be "Most Scandal-Ridden in History" - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 01-03-17

Ch. 3: Song 1: ?Ethics - Bobby P.


Ch. 4: Act 2: Zephyr Teachout on Trump and the emoluments clause - Amicus from @Slate - Air Date 12-24-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: ?Remedy - The Black Crowes


Ch. 6: Act 3: SHOCKING: The GOP Doesn't Care That the Office of Govt. Ethics Can't Fully Vet Trump Nominees - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 01-10-17

Ch. 7: Song 3: ?Code of Ethics - Manhattan Transfer


Ch. 8: Act 4: Trump Makes Ivanka's Husband Top Adviser - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 01-10-17

Ch. 9: Song 4: ?I Fought the Law - The Clash


Ch. 10: Act 5: Join or Start a Represent.US chapter near you to Fight Corruption via @Representdotus - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 11: Song 5: ?Right to Complain - Trombone Shorty & Marc Broussard


Ch. 12: Act 6: What should Trump do to resolve his conflicts of interest? - @DecodeDC - Air Date 1-11-17


Voicemails

Ch. 13: The Affordable Care Act saved my life twice - Chris from Boston

Ch. 14: Coping with the Trump election - Zach from Atlanta

Ch. 15: Explaining socialism vs. communism and tribalism - Mike from Albany, NY

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 15: Final comments on having conversations about race

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


Activism:

TAKE ACTION

Promote the Represent.US campaign to stop South Dakota from gutting the state's Anti-Corruption Act

Join or start a Represent.US chapter near you to fight corruption locally

EDUCATE YOURSELF

South Dakota Declares State of Emergency (via All In with Chris Hayes)

Your Day-One Guide to Donald Trump's Conflicts of Interest (via Mother Jones)

The Wall Street Washington Complex Invades Trump's Cabinet (via Mother Jones)

The many scandals of Donald Trump (via The Atlantic)

Trump Could be the Most Corruptible President Ever (via Politico Magazine)

Donald Trump's Business Dealings Test a Constitutional Limit (via The New York Times)

A Close Look at Donald Trump's Cabinet (via Marie Claire)

Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2017/01/20) A First Draft of President Obama’s Legacy


Fri, Jan 20, 2017


Edition #1073
Today we take a look at several aspects of Obama’s presidency, what marks he left behind and what he passes on to his successor
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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: The Human Rights Campaign creates highlight reel of Obama on LGBT issues - @GAY_USAtv - Air Date 1-11-17

Ch. 3: Song 1: ?Halo - Beyonc?


Ch. 4: Act 2: Obama's legacy on immigration as the Deporter-in-Chief - Code Switch - Air Date 1-11-17

Ch. 5: Song 2: Represent - Weezer


Ch. 6: Act 3: Obama Takes Blame For Democrats Losing - @theyoungturks - Air Date 01-10-17

Ch. 7: Song 3: ?Failure - Kings of Convenience


Ch. 8: Act 4: Jameel Jaffer on Obama's National Security Legacy & What Lies Ahead with Trump - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 12-28-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: ?Breaking the Law - Emeli Sand?


Ch. 10: Act 5: Most Americans Realize Things Are Pretty Good Under Obama - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 12-24-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: ?Don't Let Me Down - Stereophinics


Ch. 12: Act 6: Obama's Economic Legacy: Recovery for the Architects of Financial Crisis - @TheRealNews - Air Date 1-8-17

Ch. 13: Song 6: Nobody's Fault But Mine - Led Zeppelin


Ch. 14: Act 7: In Response to Ta-Nehesi Coates' 'My President Was Black' : Obama's Failure During the Housing Crisis - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date 01-03-17

Ch. 15: Song 7: If I Ever Lose My Faith in You - Sting


Ch. 16: Act 8: If Obama wasn't good enough for these people then no one is - Code Switch - Air Date 1-4-17


Ch. 17: Final comments about finding common cause across all of the intersectional identities across the working class

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


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2017/01/17) A progressive vision for our economic future


Tue, Jan 17, 2017


Edition #1072
Today we take a look at the Democrats failure to present viable economic solutions and offer a new vision for where we should go from here
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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Democrats failed to offer a better solution - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date 11-26-16

Ch. 3: Song 1: Once There Was a Hushpuppy - Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin


Ch. 4: Act 2: How progressives need to frame their economic message - @theLFshow w: @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date 12-29-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Unified - Unified Highway


Ch. 6: Act 3: AI Will Eliminate 6% of Jobs in Next 5 Years - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 09-18-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: Automation - Allan Sherman


Ch. 8: Act 4: Paul Street on the folly of throwing away identity politics - @BlkAgendaReport - Air Date 1-16-17

Ch. 9: Song 4: Working Class Hero - Green Day


Ch. 10: Act 5: Not Trickle Down, But Bottom Up | Anthony Flaccavento - @theLFshow w: @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date 12-15-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: Trickle Down - Hayseed Dixie


Ch. 12: Act 6: What is Economic Democracy? - The Next System Project - Air Date: 3-1-16

Ch. 13: Song 6: Le monde de contre jour - David Ari Leon


Ch. 14: Act 7: The UK Labor party taking the lead on worker coops - Economic Update w: @profwolff - Air Date 5-9-16

Ch. 15: Song 7: Capitalism Is Tearing Us Apart - Sole


Ch. 16: Act 8: Social Welfare Does Not Kill Business, with President of Iceland ?lafur Gr?msson - Big Think - Air Date 11-13-14

Ch. 17: Song 8: Success - Iggy Pop


Ch. 18: Act 9: Join or Start a Local Democracy @ Work Action Group via @Democracyatwrk - Best of the Left Activism


Voicemails

Ch. 19: Why Trump voters are angry - Luis in Texas

Ch. 20: The true cost of commuting and how best to get engaged - Anonymous

Ch. 21: What should the new economy movement look like? - Natalia from North Hampton, MA

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 22: Final comments explaining to conservatives why we should shift to a co-op economy

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


Activism:

TAKE ACTION

Find or Start a Democracy At Work Action Group near you

EDUCATE YOURSELF

10 Ways to Challenge Capitalism's Death Grip on Daily Life (via Truthout)

Cooperatives: The key to climate action? (via Democracy at Work)

Energy cooperatives are booming in Germany (via DW.com)

Worlds 8 Richest People Have Same Wealth as Poorest 50% (via The Guardian)

This Worker-Owned Cooperative is "Bigger than a Business" (via DCist.com)

Workers will get right to buy out bosses under Labour rule (The Independent UK)

Corporations Open Cash Spigot for Trump's Inauguration (The New York Times)

Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman.


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2017/01/13) First they came (Religious Liberty)


Fri, Jan 13, 2017


Edition #1071
Today we take a look at the threats to Muslim Americans and, frankly, Muslims around the world in the age of Trump
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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Trump's Muslim Registry Should Remind Us of Japanese Internment Camps - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 12-24-16

Ch. 3: Song 1: Kenji - Fort Minor


Ch. 4: Act 2: The specter of Korematsu - Amicus from @Slate - Air Date 11-30-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: Don't Fence Me In - Ella Fitzgerald, Buddy Bregman & Buddy Bregman and His Orchestra


Ch. 6: Act 3: Trump National Security Advisor Michael Flynn Is Pathologically Fixated On 'Radical Islamic Terror' - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 11-19-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: Pity the Nation/First They Came/I Don't Fight for Conquerors - Dave Lippman & Wild Bill Bailout


Ch. 8: Act 4: Fight religious and cultural ignorance - Popaganda from @BitchMedia - Air Date 11-24-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: N/A


Ch. 10: Act 5: Why Won’t This President Say Radical Islam? - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 11-17-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: Islamophobia - Genocide


Ch. 12: Act 6: Learn How to Support Your Muslim American Neighbors via @MuslimAdvocates - Best of the Left Activism

Act 6A: Going through the traumatic experience of Trump’s election - #GoodMuslimBadMuslim - Air Date 12-25-16

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


Ch. 16: Act 7: Suzanne Barakat: Islamophobia killed my brother. Let's end the hate - @TEDTalks - Air Date 11-7-16


Voicemails

Ch. 17: How to reign in people who have started to go too far - Jennifer from Columbus, OH

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 23: Final comments

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


Activism:

TAKE ACTION

Educate yourself and learn how to be a teammate at MuslimAdvocates.org

Learn how to report a hate crime in your state via MuslimAdvocates.org

“Click Here to End Hate” - Tips to Respond to Anti-Muslim Bigotry Online via Muslim Advocates.org

Download a “Hate Has No Business Here” poster

EDUCATE YOURSELF

Ten Days After: Harassment and Intimidation in the Aftermath of the Election (via The Southern Poverty Law Center)

Day 1 in Trump's America (via Twitter)

Trump continues to sow confusion over his plan for Muslims entering the country (via The Washington Post)

Gingrich's Outrageous Call to Deport All Practicing U.S. Muslims (via The Atlantic)

Newt Gingrich Suggests Reforming House Un-American Committee In Wake Of Orlando Shooting (via The Huffington Post)

Donald Trump’s Plan for a Muslim Database Draws Comparison to Nazi Germany (via NBC News)

At South Carolina Rally, Donald Trump Defiant on Muslim Ban (via NBC News)

Japanese American internment is ‘precedent’ for national Muslim registry, prominent Trump backer says (via The Washington Post)

Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2017/01/10) Readying the wrecking ball (Reproductive and Health Rights)


Tue, Jan 10, 2017


Edition #1070
Today we take a look at the plans the GOP has for peoples ability to access and afford their reproductive and health rights
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?Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Ohio on the Pulse - Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (@FullFrontalSamB) - Air Date 12-13-16

Ch. 3: Song 1: Human of the Year - Regina Spektor


Ch. 4: Act 2: The GOP Has No Alternative To Obamacare Because The ACA WAS The Republican Plan! - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 12-02-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: Bad Idea - Goose


Ch. 6: Act 3: Religious-Right Activist: Ohio Legislation Was Meant To Be the 'Arrow In the Heart of Roe V Wade' - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date 1-2-17

Ch. 7: Song 3: One Way Street - Ann Peebles


Ch. 8: Act 4: The complicated procedures of repealing Obamacare - The Zero Hour w @RJEskow - Air Date 1-7-17

Ch. 9: Song 4: Fox In the Henhouse - Leap of Faith: The Musical (Original Broadway Cast Recording)


Ch. 10: Act 5: Texas Now Requires Funeral Services for All Abortions - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date 12-1-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: I'm Against It - Groucho Marx


Ch. 12: Act 6: Kellyanne Conway: IT'S NOT FAIR That Dems Wont Help Destroy Obamacare - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 01-06-17

Ch. 13: Song 6: I Started Something I Couldn't Finish - The Smiths


Ch. 14: Act 7: Fighting for reproductive rights in the age of Trump - Popaganda from @BitchMedia - Air Date 11-24-16

Ch. 15: Song 7: N/A


Ch. 16: Act 8: Save Health Care! Attend an #OurFirstStand Rally on 1.15 via @BernieSanders - Best of the Left Activism

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


Ch. 18: Act 9: Trump Doubles Down On Planned Parenthood Witch Hunt - @TheYoungTurks - Air Date 12-23-16


Voicemails

Ch. 19: Responding to episode on 2007 - Alan from Connecticut

Ch. 20: Members now get all of their shows in the members feed - Dave from Olympia, WA

Ch. 21: It's important to take action - Louis in Texas

Ch. 22: Get up, stand up! - Matt from Pittsburg, PA

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 23: Final comments on self care and political action

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


Activism:

TAKE ACTION

Save Health Care on Jan. 15th! Find an #OurFirstStand rally near you.

Use #OurFirstStand, #ProtectOurCare, #SaveHealthCare, #MakeAmericaSickAgain#CareNotChaos and #IStandWithPP to join the healthcare conversations online. 

EDUCATE YOURSELF

Not Just Obamacare: Medicaid, Medicare Also on GOP's Chopping Block (The Huffington Post)

Republicans’ 4-Step Plan to Repeal the Affordable Care Act (The New York Times)

Repealing Obamacare Could Leave 59 Million Americans Uninsured (The Atlantic)

Repealing Obamacare Effects Everyone (CNN Money)

GOP to Defund Planned Parenthood in Obamacare Repeal (The Hill)

9 Things People Get Wrong About Planned Parenthood (The Cut)

Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2017/01/06) Trump and our National Security State (Civil Rights)


Fri, Jan 06, 2017


Edition #1069
Today we take a look at the mechanics of our national security state that has been mostly installed or maintained over the past two presidencies and what Trump may do with that entrenched power
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?Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Chris Hedges: Trump Will Crush Dissent With Even Greater Violence and Savagery - @TheRealNews - Air Date 11-10-16

Ch. 3: Song 1: Murky Water - The Autumn Isles


Ch. 4: Act 2: Do NOT Abandon the Constitution, Even for Terrorism - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 09-27-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: The Constitution - Ted Hawkins


Ch. 6: Act 3: Christopher Soghoian: Your smartphone is a civil rights issue - @TEDTalks - Air Date 10-31-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: Camera One - Josh Joplin Group


Ch. 8: Act 4: The future of police and surveillance - @HumorlessQueers - Air Date 11-15-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: Police, Police - The Showcase Showdown


Ch. 10: Act 5: Sue Udry on Civil Liberties–Under Trump - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 11-18-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: Never Let You Down - The Verve Pipe


Ch. 12: Act 6: Ms. Robot - Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (@FullFrontalSamB) - Air Date 12-13-16

Ch. 13: Song 6: Get By - Talib Kweli


Ch. 14: Act 7: Tell Your Senators: Expose Jeff Sessions' Anti-Civil Rights and Anti-Privacy History via @ACLU - Best of the Left Activism

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


Ch. 16: Act 8: Branko Marcetic Trump Inherits Obama’s National Security State - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date 12-6-16


Voicemails

Ch. 17: Expressing political opinions - Dale from Minneapolis, MN

Ch. 18: How minds can be changed for good or ill - Quai from North Carolina

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 19: Final comments on changing minds, whose and how

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


Activism:

TAKE ACTION

Call your Senators today and tell them why you oppose Jeff Sessions for Attorney General

Read ACLU’s “The Confirmation Sessions” for Jeff Sessions history, issue-by-issue 

Call Senate Judiciary Committee Members who will question Sessions on January 10th.  

EDUCATE YOURSELF

ACLU's "The Confirmation Sessions" (ACLU)

Corporate Accountability Blunders Taint Sessions Record (Public Citizen)

Trump and Sessions: Great for the Private Prison Industry, Terrible for Civil Rights (ACLU Blog)

Jeff Sessions’ Nomination as Attorney General Alarms Civil Libertarians (Wired) 

Trump’s attorney general pick could restart the encryption fight (The Verge)

Trump's pick for attorney general: 'Good people don't smoke marijuana' (The Washington Post)

Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2017/01/03) New congress, old war, scandals and the dawn of the climate movement (The best of 2007)


Tue, Jan 03, 2017


Edition #1068
Today we take a look back to 2007 in our second annual 10-years-hence retrospective spectacular!
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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: First female Speaker of the House - Countdown - Aired on BotL 1-9-07

Ch. 3: Song 1: Color in Your Cheeks - The Mountain Goats


Ch. 4: Act 2: First muslim in congress and first female Speaker - The Young Turks - Aired on BotL 1-9-07

Ch. 5: Song 2: Sir Duke - Stevie Wonder


Ch. 6: Act 3: Bernie Sanders moves to the Senate - Ring of Fire - Aired on BotL 3-6-07

Ch. 7: Song 3: Common Sense - Justin Mcroberts


Ch. 8: Act 4: Special comment on free speech - Countdown - Aired on BotL 1-19-07

Ch. 9: Song 4: The More Things Change - Bon Jovi


Ch. 10: Act 5: Making the pitch - The Daily Show - Aired on BotL 1-22-07

Ch. 11: Song 5: Smiley Faces - Gnarls Barkley


Ch. 12: Act 6: Radio audience wants to mark the muslims - The Young Turks - Aired on BotL 1-19-07

Ch. 13: Song 6: Nazi (Live) - Chumbawamba


Ch. 14: Act 7: Bush's health care proposal - The Al Franken Show - Aired on BotL 2-10-07

Ch. 15: Song 7: We've Gotta Get Out of This Place - The Animals


Ch. 16: Act 8: Michael Moore on Sicko, Nixon and the rise of HMOs - Democracy Now - Aired on BotL 8-17-07

Ch. 17: Song 8: Richard Nixon - Rod & The MSR Singers


Ch. 18: Act 9: Fighting for health care for kids - Associated Press - Aired on BotL 10-22-07

Ch. 19: Song 9: N/A


Ch. 20: Act 10: Minimum wage - Unknown source - Aired on BotL 2-23-07

Ch. 21: Song 10: Minimum Wage - They might be giants


Ch. 22: Act 11: Republicans blocking a vote on the minimum wage - Ted Kennedy - Aired on BotL 2-23-07

Ch. 23: Song 11: Minimum Wage - They might be giants


Ch. 24: Act 12: Overview of Scooter Libby case - Unknown - Aired on BotL 4-17-07

Ch. 25: Song 12: N/A


Ch. 26: Act 13: Interview with Joe Wilson after Libby verdict - Countdown - Aired on BotL 4-17-07

Ch. 27: Song 13: Everybody's Gone To War - Nerina Pallot


Ch. 28: Act 14: We need to torture Alberto Gonzales - Colbert Report - Aired on BotL 4-29-07

Ch. 29: Song 14: N/A


Ch. 30: Act 15: Saying goodbye to Alberto Gonzales - The Young Turks - Aired on BotL 9-12-07

Ch. 31: Song 15: The Czar of Munster - Seamus Egan


Ch. 32: Act 16: McKibben at Step it Up 07 Part 1 - CCAN - Aired on BotL 4-20-07

Ch. 33: Song 16: The Czar of Munster - Seamus Egan


Ch. 34: Act 17: McKibben at Step it Up 07 Part 2 - CCAN - Aired on BotL 4-20-07

Ch. 35: Song 17: Living planet - Emma’s Revolution


Ch. 36: Act 18: Jerry Falwell dies - Democracy Now - Aired on BotL 6-7-07

Ch. 37: Song 18: N/A


Ch. 38: Act 19: Introduction to Obama - The world tonight - Aired on BotL 5-7-07

Ch. 39: Song 19: Dreamtime - Uberzone


Ch. 40: Act 20: Hillary votes for war - The Young Turks - Aired on BotL 10-02-07


Voicemails

Ch. 41: Call in from Chris the Carpenter and Parker - Cape Cod, MA

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 42: Final comments on the time I quit the show and the community kept it going

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


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(2016/04/01) The battle to reorganize the economy (Sharing Economy vs. Coops) (Repost)


Fri, Dec 30, 2016


Edition #1003
Today we take a look at the raging battle for the soul of the new economy. The age of working at the factory for decades before retiring with a pension and gold watch is well behind us but what’s coming next? A world where everyone is completely on their own, scraping together work one gig at a time? Or an economy of worker-owners who are compensated fully for their labor and have a voice in the direction of their companies?
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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: How Good is the Sharing Economy at Sharing? - KQED News - Air Date: 2-4-16

Ch. 3: Song 1: The Sharing Song - Jack Johnson


Ch. 4: Act 2: Chris Mackin: Creating Economic Democracy - @theLFshow w/ @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date: 7-22-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: RazorWire-Remastered - Chris Priest


Ch. 6: Act 3: Uber isn't nearly as new of an idea as you think - Economic Update w/ @profwolff - Air Date: 3-22-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: Capitalism Is Tearing Us Apart - sole


Ch. 8: Act 4: Uber Wants to Reorganize the Economy? Workers, too Can Play at that Game - The F Word w/ @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date: 2-17-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: Working Poor - Horse Feathers


Ch. 10: Act 5: David J. Thompson on the superiority of cooperatives - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date: 8-1-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: Cooperation - Jim Valley


Ch. 12: Act 6: Nationwide Next System Teach-Ins via @TheNextSystem - Best of the Left Activism

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


Ch. 14: Act 7: Paul Mason - Postcapitalism: A Guide to Our Future - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 3-3-16



TAKE ACTION:

Activism Resources: 

Find a Next System Teach-In near you or register to host one where you live at http://teachins.thenextsystem.org 

Learn more about the The Next System Project and sign their statement.

Follow The Next System Project on Twitter @TheNextSystem for the latest updates and use '#NextSystem' to join the conversation.

Further Reading:

Not Cool Uber (via Dave Craige on Medium.com)

Sharing Economy Isn’t About Sharing - The Dark Reality Behind This Major Workplace Shift (via Alternet) 

Uber on the Road to Nowhere - Uber Drivers are getting creative in their fight for basic workplace rights (via American Prospect)  

Latest News/Actions: 

Seattle Passes Law Letting Uber, Lyft Drivers Unionize (via Reuters) 

Fed up Uber Drivers Aim to Disrupt Super Bowl 50 - With their Own Mobile App (via Mother Jones)

Jakarta Taxi Drivers Protest Against Uber and Grab  (via BBC)

Hear the segment in context:

Episode #1003: http://www.bestoftheleft.com/_1003_capitalism

Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman 


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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


Tue, Dec 27, 2016


Edition #1043

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

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Show Notes

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

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

Ch. 3: Song 1: Addiction - Medina


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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


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(2016/12/23) The War on Christmas™ Dispatch 2016


Fri, Dec 23, 2016


Edition #1067

Today we look back on the decade-long War on Christmas™ to understand how we got to now as well as the uphill battle we Christmas Warriors now have in the face of a Trump presidency

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Progressives War On Xmas and O'Reilly's Response - Young Turks Air Date: 2010

Ch. 3: Song 1: War On Christmas - The Enablers & Friends


Ch. 4: Act 2: The War on Christmas: Sam's Big Chance to Further the Cause - Majority Report - Air Date: 11-25-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: The Holidays Are Here (and We're Still at War) - Brett Dennen


Ch. 6: Act 3: Genesis of Bill O'Reilly's War On Christmas - Jimmy Dore Show - Air Date 12-6-13

Ch. 7: Song 3: War Medley: Onward Christian Soldiers / I'm On the Battlefield / Keep On the Firing Line - Sanders Family


Ch. 8: Act 4: Megyn Kelly: Don't Worry Kids, Jesus and Santa Are White!! - Majority Report - Air Date: 12-13-13

Ch. 9: Song 4: The War On the War On Christmas - Macarone


Ch. 10: Act 5: Sarah Palin 'War on Christmas' Book Flops - David Pakman Show - Air Date: 12-06-13

Ch. 11: Song 5: War On Christmas Is Over - Steve Goodie


Ch. 12: Act 6: Right Wing's Fake War on Christmas Started Nearly 100 Years Ago - Majority Report - Air Date: 12-19-13

Ch. 13: Song 6: Christians and Pagans - Dar Williams


Ch. 14: Act 7: Christians Very Offended By Starbucks Holiday Cups - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 11-10-15

Ch. 15: Song 7: War on Christmas - Jamie Kilstein and the Agenda


Ch. 16: Act 8: War on Christmas Update: Congressional Resolution Phase - Majority Report (@majorityfm) - Air Date: 12-16-15

Ch. 17: Song 8: War On Christmas Day - Tim Di Pasqua & Tom Anderson


Ch. 18: Act 9: Fox News: Corey Lewandowski Appears On Hannity & Announces War On Christmas Victory! - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 12-8-16

Ch. 19: Song 9: Tiny Tree Christmas - Guster


Ch. 20: Act 10: Right Wing leaders assume Republican gullibility w _Obama_s War on Christmas_ deception - @AllInWithChris Hayes - Air Date 12-8-16

Ch. 21: Song 10: White Wine in the Sun - Tim Minchin


Ch. 22: Act 11: Jesus Is a Liberal Democrat - Colbert Report - Air Date: 2010


Ch. 23: Final comments on todays activism and preparing for next years war

Closing Music: There's No War On Christmas When Christmas Is In Your Heart - The Mockers


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(2016/12/20) The economics of the greater good (Culture)


Tue, Dec 20, 2016


Edition #1066

Today we look at the economics of our society through fresh eyes and make the case for a smarter way to work that taps into the things that really matter

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: A history of happiness - Backstory - Air Date 7-17-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: Mirage - Sabrina Carpenter


Ch. 4: Act 2: How Does the Commons Work? - @TheNextSystem Project - Air Date 6-21-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: N/A


Ch. 6: Act 3: The case for the 32-hour workweek - The Atlantic - Air Date 7-9-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: This Moment (Live @ KEXP) - Led To Sea


Ch. 8: Act 4: Courtney E. Martin: The new American Dream - TEDTalks - Air Date: 9-7-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: Struggle - Ringside


Ch. 10: Act 5: The Pluralist Commonwealth - @TheNextSystem Project- Air Date 9-6-16 

Ch. 11: Song 5: Common Good - David Andrews


Ch. 12: Act 6: Get Community Activism Skills with Citizen Muscle Boot Camp via @storyofstuff - Best of the Left Activism

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


Ch. 14: Act 7: The Economics of Externalities - Progressive Faith Sermons w/ @RevDrRay - Air Date 12-4-16


Voicemails

Ch. 15: A few thoughts from a conservative perspective - Bill from Michigan

Ch. 16: They're against it because we're in favor of it - Eric from San Francisco

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 17: Final comments in response to todays voicemails

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


Activism:

TAKE ACTION 

Register for the free, online Citizen Muscle Boot Camp

INSPIRE YOURSELF

After the Election: We Keep Pushing Forward (Story of Stuff Project Blog)

She Was Just One Person…Until She Joined Up with Her Neighbors to Take on Nestl? (Story of Stuff Project Blog)

All Hands on Deck! How We'll Move Forward in 2017 (Story of Stuff Project Blog)

Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman


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(2016/12/16) The fight for truth in a post-fact world (Media)


Fri, Dec 16, 2016


Edition #1065

Today we look at the problems with the media, so many problems, and what lessons we should learn in the wake of the election

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: The real kinds of bias that still exist in the media - @InDeepRadio w @AngieCoiro - Air Date 6-11-16

Ch. 3: Song 1: The System - Abscondo


Ch. 4: Act 2: Money isn't the only bad influence on the media - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date 10-1-16

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


Ch. 6: Act 3: The media and President-Elect Trump - @LastWeekTonight w: @iamjohnoliver - Air Date 11-13-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: Sunrise - Norah Jones


Ch. 8: Act 4: Media lessons to learn from the election - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 11-11-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: Having a Good Time - Theo Bard


Ch. 10: Act 5: Mainstream Media Fighting Trump...Don't Count On It - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 11-16-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: Old News - Rick Estrin & The Nightcats


Ch. 12: Act 6: Reporting on the editor of "The platform for the alt-right" - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 11-18-16

Ch. 13: Song 6: Let's Call the Whole Thing Off - Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong


Ch. 14: Act 7: Stopping fake news - Popaganda from @BitchMedia - Air Date 11-24-16

Ch. 15: Song 7: Happy Song Is A Happy Song  - Nick Rivera


Ch. 16: Act 8: Christiane Amanpour on the state of the media in a post fact-world - The Investigators with Diana Swain, CBC - Air Date 11-25-16


Voicemails

Ch. 17: Pulling together the threads of the economics of despair - Erin from Philadelphia

Ch. 18: How to talk about climate change - Dan from Greenville, SC

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 19: Final comments on the biggest free lunch humanity have thought it had

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


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(2016/12/13) Desperate times, desperate measures (Voting Rights and the Electoral College)


Tue, Dec 13, 2016


Edition #1064

Today we look at the systematic suppression of voting rights during the election and the hail mary attempt to avert a Trump presidency through the electoral college

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: The Myth of Voter Fraud - On The Media - Air Date 10-21-16

Ch. 3: Song 1: Fear is a villain - Theo Bard


Ch. 4: Act 2: @AriBerman on voter suppression being back in a big way - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 11-11-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: Beneath the Lies - Abscondo


Ch. 6: Act 3: Republicans Gloat Over Supressing Black Vote - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 11-11-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: Abuse of Power - Lion of Light


Ch. 8: Act 4: How Do We Fix Our Broken Voting System? (w/Guest: Mark Crispin Miller) - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 11-08-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: The Fix Is In - Ok Go


Ch. 10: Act 5: The Big Lie - @FullFrontalSamB - Air Date 12-5-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: Won't Get Fooled Again - The Who


Ch. 12: Act 6: First Republican "Hamilton Elector" Breaks Ranks Against Trump - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 12-07-16

Ch. 13: Song 6: The Game Is Rigged - The Great Malarkey


Ch. 14: Act 7: Tell the Electoral College to #StopTrump & Vote with the People via @DemSpring and directelection.org - Best of the Left Activism

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


Ch. 16: Act 8: Introduction to the Hamilton Electors - Amicus from @Slate - Air Date 12-10-16


Voicemails

Ch. 17: Resist Trump Letters - Alan from Connecticut

Ch. 18: How to get around the fact gap - Andrew from Chicago

Ch. 19: Who's got the conservative argument talking points? - Eli from Northern California

Ch. 20: Conservative argument on the need for real policies - Ryan from Phoenix

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 21: Final comments on small changes for the member’s feed and a call for conservative appeals for voting rights and against the electoral college

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


TAKE ACTION

RSVP for the Democracy Spring December 19th rally at a state capitol building near you at savedemocracy.org

ASAP ONLY! Download everything you need to print and mail letters to the 273 Electoral College members pledged to vote for Trump at directelection.org

EDUCATE YOURSELF 

Here are the people who will cast a formal vote for president next month (Politico)
 
 
Electoral College: Make Hillary Clinton President (Change.org)
 
Meet the Hamilton Electors Hoping for an Electoral College Revolt (The Atlantic)
 
The Electoral Collage was Meant to Stop Men like Trump from Becoming President (The Atlantic)
 
 
 
Posted December 13, 2016, written by Best of the Left Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman

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(2016/12/09) How to debate friends and influence people


Fri, Dec 09, 2016


Edition #1063

Today we look at some of the underlying issues that undercuts our ability to effectively debate and explore ways to use this knowledge to improve our communication skills

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: How to argue based on the morals of your debating partner Part 1 - You are not so smart - Air Date 11-4-16

Ch. 3: Song 1: Debate - Wait Until Dusk


Ch. 4: Act 2: Jonathan Haidt: The moral roots of liberals and conservatives - TEDTalks - Air Date 9-18-08

Ch. 5: Song 2: Truth - Vaughan Penn


Ch. 6: Act 3: Change my view - You are not so smart - Air Date 10-9-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: The Debate Is Over (If You Want It) - Anti-Flag


Ch. 8: Act 4: The importance of emotionally appealing to voters - @BillMoyersHQ in Conversation - Air Date 4-15-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: When Anger Shows - Editors


Ch. 10: Act 5: How to argue based on the morals of your debating partner Part 2 - You are not so smart - Air Date 11-4-16


Voicemails

Ch. 11: In response to the discussion about college and work - Justin from Indiana

Ch. 12: Explaining jokes about Trump's small hands - Colin from Cleveland, OH

Ch. 13: College isn't just for work, it's for life - Eric from Paris, France

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 14: Final comments with a call for help creating a political translation dictionary

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


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(2016/12/06) Defend the sacred (Dakota Access Pipeline)


Tue, Dec 06, 2016


Edition #1062

Today we look at some of the recent violence waged against protectors and independent journalists at Standing Rock North Dakota and the temporary victory of the permitting denial from the Army Corp of Engineers for the Dakota Access Pipeline

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: RISE With Standing Rock - @theLFshow w: @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date 10-10-16

Ch. 3: Song 1: N/A


Ch. 4: Act 2: Thanksgiving from an Indian Perspective - Progressive Faith Sermons w @RevDrRay - Air Date 11-27-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: Battle of the Little Bighorn - John Murrin Cornelius


Ch. 6: Act 3: Independent media attacked and abused for the crime of journalism at Standing Rock - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 10-28-16

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


Ch. 8: Act 4: Michelle Cook on facing human rights violations at Standing Rock - @theLFshow w @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date 10-3-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: N/A


Ch. 10: Act 5: Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Discusses the State of Standing Rock - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 11-24-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: Abuse of power - Cutting Edge


Ch. 12: Act 6: The #NoDAPL Fight Is Not Over - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 12-05-16

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


Ch. 14: Act 7: Financial Disaster Could Dakota Access Pipeline Lose Its Contracts with Oil Companies on Jan. 1 - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 12-05-16

Ch. 15: Song 7: Moneytalks - Vitamin String Quartet


Ch. 16: Act 8: Call on President Obama to Make Standing Rock a National Monument #NODAPL - Best of the Left Activism

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


Ch. 18: Act 9: HISTORIC Victory At Standing Rock - @theyoungturks - Air Date 12-05-16


Voicemails

Ch. 19: Questioning body shaming against Trump - Kyle from Portland

Ch. 20: Nerds and bullies help explain the feeling of white oppression - Nathan from San Jose

Ch. 21: A 1920's Germany expert chimes in on Trump and authoritarianism - Erica from Massachusetts

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 22: Final comments on body shaming and the connection between nerds and fascists

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


TAKE ACTION 

Call the White House comments line at 202-456-1111

Get the info to write to the President by visiting the contact page on whitehouse.gov

EDUCATE YOURSELF

The Historic Victory at Standing Rock (The Atlantic)

Standing Rock: Tulsi Gabbard on What the Dakota Pipeline Decision Means (Rolling Stone) 

FAQ: The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's Litigation on the Dakota Access Pipeline (Earth Justice)

President Obama: Declare a "Standing Rock" national monument to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline (Our Revolution)

 

Posted December 6, 2016, written by Best of the Left Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman.


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


Fri, Dec 02, 2016


Edition #1010

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

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Show Notes

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

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

Ch. 3: Song 1: The fix is in - Ok Go


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

Ch. 19: Song 9: Taxman - Nickel Creek


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


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


Tue, Nov 29, 2016


Edition #1061

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

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Show Notes

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

Ch. 11: Song 5: Oppression - Ben Harper


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


Voicemails

Ch. 13: Explaining whiteness - Lee from San Diego

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

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

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


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

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


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


Fri, Nov 25, 2016


Edition #1060

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

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Show Notes

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

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

Ch. 3: Song 1: Oak - Ben McElroy


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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


Voicemails

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

Ch. 14: Membership - Alan from Connecticut

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

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


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

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


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


Tue, Nov 22, 2016


Show Notes

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

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

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


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

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


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

Ch. 7: Song 3: Happy now? - No Doubt


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

Ch. 9: Song 4: Happy - Sister Hazel


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

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


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


Voicemails

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

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

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

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


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

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


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


Fri, Nov 18, 2016


Edition #1059

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

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Show Notes

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

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

Ch. 3: Song 1: Shut It Down - MxPx


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

Ch. 13: Song 6: Parade - Kimya Dawson


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

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


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

Ch. 17: Song 8: Violent Days - RTZ


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

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


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


Voicemails

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

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

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

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

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


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

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


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


Wed, Nov 16, 2016


Edition #1058

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

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Show Notes

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

Ch. 11: Song 5: Go Do - J?nsi


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


Voicemails

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

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

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


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

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


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


Sat, Nov 12, 2016


Edition #1057

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

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Show Notes

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

Ch. 15: Song 7: Help - Howie Day


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


Voicemails

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

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

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

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


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

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


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


Tue, Nov 08, 2016


Edition #1056

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

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Show Notes

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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


Voicemails

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

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

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

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

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


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

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


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


Fri, Nov 04, 2016


Edition #1055

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

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Show Notes

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

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

Ch. 3: Song 1: Despierta - Filthy Friends


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

Ch. 13: Song 6: Pressure - Billy Joel


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

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


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


Voicemails

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

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

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

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


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

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


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


Tue, Nov 01, 2016


Edition #1054

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

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Show Notes

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

Ch. 9: Song 4: Refund - Minor Motion


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

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


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

Ch. 13: Song 6: Vote - Jefferson Coker


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

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


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


Voicemails

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

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

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


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

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


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


Fri, Oct 28, 2016


Edition #1053

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

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Show Notes

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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


Voicemails

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

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


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

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


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

EDUCATE YOURSELF

This Election Is Being Rigged—but Not by Democrats (The Nation)  

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

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

‘The most chaotic election for people of color in 50 years,’ activist predicts (Star Telegram) 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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


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


Tue, Oct 25, 2016


Edition #1052

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

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Show Notes

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

Ch. 15: Song 7: Nasty - Janet Jackson


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

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


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

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


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

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


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


Voicemails

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

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

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

 

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


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


Fri, Oct 21, 2016


Edition #1051

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

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Show Notes

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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


Voicemails

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

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


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

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


TAKE ACTION

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

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

Check out #WhyWomenDontReport on Twitter 

EDUCATE YOURSELF

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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


Tue, Oct 18, 2016


Edition #988

Today we look at the intersection of the climate crisis with our current economic system including how monopolies, trade deals, market failures and the concept of “externalities” all work together to make climate change worse

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Show Notes

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

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

Ch. 3: Song 1: N/A


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

Ch. 15: Song 7: Payne's Bay - Beirut


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

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


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

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

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


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


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

Take Action:

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

WATCH: "Leap Year 2016 - Hangout with Naomi Klein, Bill McKibben, and more”

hosted by This Changes Everything

Canadians can SIGN: The Leap Year Manifest

Sources/further reading:

"Let’s make this a real ‘leap’ year, and go fossil fuel-free” by Naomi Klein

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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


Fri, Oct 14, 2016


Edition #1050

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

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Show Notes

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

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

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


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

Ch. 5: Song 2: Miffed - Tom Rosenthal


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

Ch. 15: Song 7: Activism - Shihan


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


Voicemails

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

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

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


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

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


TAKE ACTION

DON'T EAT AT WENDY'S!

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

Sign the pledge to boycott Wendy's 

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

Spread the word on social media via #BoycottWendys

EDUCATE YOURSELF

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

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

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

 

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


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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


Tue, Oct 11, 2016


Edition #1049

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

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Show Notes

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

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

Ch. 3: Song 1: Blik - deeB


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

Ch. 5: Song 2: Fantasy - Anya Marina


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

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


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

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


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

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


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


Voicemails

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

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

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


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

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

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

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


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