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


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(2016/02/09) Investments in education should not earn cash profits


Wed, Feb 10, 2016


Edition #989

Today we look at the intersection of our educational system and the detrimental influence that money, austerity policies and the profit motive have on the education that our kids have access to
 
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Show Notes

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

00:00:38 Ch. 2: Act 1: Driving America's yellow school bus to educational hell - @jimhightower - Air Date: 12-29-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: School Bus (featuring Tahir Jahi) - Happy Hatters


00:03:08 Ch. 4: Act 2: As Obama Admin Seeks More Funding for Charter Schools, Questions Raised over Billions Already Spent - @democracynow - Air Date: 5-8-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: School Bus (featuring Tahir Jahi) - Happy Hatters


00:19:25 Ch. 6: Act 3: Black Parents Should Opt Their Children Out of High Stakes Testing - @blkagendareport - Air Date: 8-5-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: Good Ol' Fashion Nightmare - Matt and Kim


00:23:38 Ch. 8: Act 4: Stephanie Simon on the power of Pearson publishing - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date: 2-27-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: Compensation - The Del-Knights


00:33:25 Ch. 10: Act 5: Faces Of The Student Debt Crisis In America - AJ+ (@ajplus) - Air Date: 07-09-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: Higher Education - Buch Helemano


00:38:09 Ch. 12: Act 6: Bernie Sanders: Free College for All... - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 05-22-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: Higher Education - Knowledge


00:41:30 Ch. 14: Act 7: Is Hillary’s College Plan More Progressive Than Bernie's? - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 10-11-15

Ch. 15: Song 7: I Love You Money - Lowell


00:49:03 Ch. 16: Act 8: Cancel All #StudentDebt via @thenation & @StrikeDebt - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 17: Song 8: This fickle world - Theo Bard


00:53:26 Ch. 18: Act 9: Detroit Student "I Want to Be Able to Go to School Without Worrying About Being Bitten by Mice" - @democracynow - Air Date 01-21-16


Voicemails

01:01:02 Ch. 19: Go to BringBackSolar.com to support Nevada solar - Shawn from Las Vegas

01:02:47 Ch. 20: What we need to teach about financial education - Chris from Dallas

 

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


01:05:32 Ch. 21: Final comments on financial literacy and the superiority of universal programs to means tested ones

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


Activism: Cancel All #StudentDebt via @thenation & @StrikeDebt

Take Action:

SIGN: Cancel All Student Debt via The Nation & coalition

READ & Share:¬†"How far to free?‚Ä̬†‚ÄĒ¬†StrikeDebt‚Äôs plan for tuition-free college

Additional Activism/Resources:

Help if you are or are about to be behind/defaulting:¬†Student Loan Borrowers Assistance ‚ÄĒ "Find a Solution‚Ä̬†via¬†National Consumer Law Center

Sources/further reading:

"Why the Student Loan Crisis Is Even Worse Than People Think‚Ä̬†via¬†Time.com/Money

"Student Debt Is Worse Than You Think‚Ä̬†via¬†The New York Times

"5 Extreme Ways to Get Rid of Your Student Loan Debt‚Ä̬†via¬†Attn:

"We Need to End the Student Loan Debt Crisis: To draw attention to the magnitude of the student debt crisis, we‚Äôre doing something dramatic.‚Ä̬†via¬†The Nation¬†& coalition

Graphic via: BorderlessNewsAndViews.com

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

Thanks for listening!

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


Sat, Feb 06, 2016


Edition #988

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

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

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

Ch. 3: Song 1: N/A


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

Ch. 15: Song 7: Payne's Bay - Beirut


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

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


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

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

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


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


Voicemails

Ch. 22: The system isn't broken, it's fixed - V from Western New York

Ch. 23: The Spirit Level by Richard G. Wilkinson and Kate Pickett - Nick from Denver, Co

Ch. 24: Correcting a few economic points - Kate in Torono (T's are overrated)

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 25: Final comments

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


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

Take Action:

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

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

hosted by This Changes Everything

Canadians can SIGN: The Leap Year Manifest

Sources/further reading:

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

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

Thanks for listening!

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(2016/02/02) The double helix of racial and economic inequality


Wed, Feb 03, 2016


Edition #987

Today we look at the intersection and roots of systemic racism and institutional poverty in America and the ways in which each supports and bolsters the other
 
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Show Notes

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

00:00:45 Ch. 2: Act 1: The Great Migration - @DecodeDC - Air Date 5-14-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: End of the World - Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin


00:08:32 Ch. 4: Act 2: Back to Baltimore Witness to History - @allinwithchris Hayes - Air Date 12-11-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Uprising - Muse


00:12:45 Ch. 6: Act 3: Richard Rothstein on the roots racial segregation in Baltimore - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 12-26-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: Segregation - Rankin Scroo


00:21:30 Ch. 8: Act 4: Phil Thompson on the Historical Fight for Civil and Economic Rights - @TheNextSystem Project - Air Date: 6-30-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: N/A


00:25:17 Ch. 10: Act 5: Black College Households Lost Half Their Wealth Despite Degrees - @blkagendareport - Air Date: 8-19-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: Lesson Learned - Smooth Jazz All Stars


00:30:42 Ch. 12: Act 6: The legacy of racial, economic inequality - Economic Update w/ @profwolff - Air Date: 12-29-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: Only a Pawn In Their Game - Bob Dylan


00:43:47 Ch. 14: Act 7: Working against the Racial Wealth Gap - The F Word with @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date: 12-8-15

Ch. 15: Song 7: Forward - Northbound


00:47:02 Ch. 16: Act 8: Narrowing the Racial Wealth Gap w/@AECFNews (Annie E. Casey Fdn) - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 17: Song 8: Activism - Shihan


00:52:14 Ch. 18: Act 9: Racism is a tool to keep poor white people blaming POC for their problems - The Benjamin Dixon Show (@TheBpDShow) - Air Date: 6-19-15


Voicemails

01:01:32 Ch. 19: We are a defacto segregated country - Erin from Philadelphia

01:03:47 Ch. 20: Pulling the Overton window back to the left - Colby from Portland, Oregon

01:07:12 Ch. 21: Thoughts on the effects of structures of business - Jordan from Salt Lake City

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


01:10:33 Ch. 22: Final comments on the lack of diversity in the voicemails

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


Activism: Narrowing the Racial Wealth Gap w/@AECFNews (Annie E. Casey Fdn)

Take Action:

Get Involved with the Annie E. Casey Foundation: Who We Help: Communities

Contact your legislators through¬†OpenStates.org¬†about:¬†‚ÄĚInvesting in Tomorrow‚ÄĚ

Sources/further reading:

"Could These Four Policy Changes Close the Racial Wealth Gap?‚Ä̬†at¬†Colorlines.org

"UN Experts Catalog Seemingly Endless List of Racial Discrimination in US‚Ä̬†at¬†CommonDreams

"The U.S. Supreme Court Barely Saves the Fair Housing Act‚Ä̬†at¬†The Atlantic

"Ending the Cycle of Racial Isolation‚Ä̬†at¬†The New York Times

"Obama administration to unveil major new rules targeting segregation across U.S.‚Ä̬†via The White House

"In Fair Housing Act Case, Supreme Court Backs 'Disparate Impact‚Äô Claims‚ÄĚ

‚ÄúSegregation Now: Investigating America‚Äôs Racial Divide‚Ä̬†at¬†ProPublica

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

Thanks for listening!

Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com

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

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


Sat, Jan 30, 2016


Edition #985

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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


Voicemails

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

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

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


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

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


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

Take Action:

SIGN & SHARE: Pledge to end hunger by 2030

GET INVOLVED with Vote to End Hunger

Sources/further reading:

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

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

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

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

Thanks for listening!

Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com

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(2016/01/26) A conservative policy showcase (Flint’s poisoned water)


Wed, Jan 27, 2016


Edition #985

Today we look at the series of events and conservative policies that lead, predictably, to the public health crisis currently playing out in Flint, MI due to their contaminated water supply
 
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Show Notes

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

00:00:37 Ch. 2: Act 1: Michigan locals fight for democracy - @jimhightower - Air Date: 8-29-11

Ch. 3: Song 1: Democracy - Leonard Cohen


00:03:10 Ch. 4: Act 2: Former Michigan Emergency Manager Blows Whistle on Anti-Democratic Law - Rachel @Maddow - Air Date 4-19-12

Ch. 5: Song 2:¬†Gangnam Style (ÍįēŽā®žä§ŪÉĞ̾) - PSY


00:09:50 Ch. 6: Act 3: How Flint, Michigan, Saved Money and Poisoned Its Children City Declares Water Emergency - @democracynow - Air Date 12-18-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: You're a Disaster - Dragonette


00:20:04 Ch. 8: Act 4: Poisoned Democracy How an Unelected Official Contaminated Flint's Water to Save Money - @democracynow - Air Date 01-08-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: You Don't Miss Your Water - Ben Sollee


00:31:31 Ch. 10: Act 5: "Gov. Snyder Should Be Arrested" Flint Residents Demand Justice over Water Poisoning - @democracynow - Air Date 01-08-16

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


00:34:44 Ch. 12: Act 6: Calls grow for Michigan governor's resignation - Melissa Harris-Perry (@MHPshow) - Air Date 1-17-16

Ch. 13: Song 6: Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel


00:39:56 Ch. 14: Act 7: Remorseful Snyder apologizes to people of Flint in state address - Rachel @Maddow Show - Air Date 1-19-16

Ch. 15: Song 7: The Water - Feist


00:42:58 Ch. 16: Act 8: Snyder e-mails missing key year in Flint toxic water disaster - Rachel @Maddow Show - Air Date 1-20-16

Ch. 17: Song 8: Drink the Water - Jack Johnson


00:46:03 Ch. 18: Act 9: Fox on Flint- The Residents Sort of Did It to Themselves - Majority Report (@majorityfm) - Air Date: 1-21-16

Ch. 19: Song 9: Keys - the Villains Trust


00:55:11¬†Ch. 20: Act 10:¬†Restore CDC Funding to Prevent Lead Poisoning via¬†@ColorOfChange ‚ÄĒ Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 21: Song 10: This fickle world - Theo Bard


00:58:11 Ch. 22: Act 11: Flint water tie eyed in outbreak of deadly Legionnaires' disease - Rachel @Maddow Show - Air Date 1-21-16


Voicemails

01:05:53 Ch. 23: Democratizing capitalism and keeping the market - Kate in Torono (T's are overrated)

01:08:54 Ch. 24: Understanding what's right and what wrong with capitalism - Keith from Brooklyn, NY

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


01:12:58 Ch. 25: Final comments with some homework for you on aspects of capitalism

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


Activism: Restore CDC Funding to Prevent Lead Poisoning via @ColorOfChange

Take Action:

SIGN and share: "Arrest Governor Snyder" via Michael Moore

SIGN and share:¬†"Tell the US government to restore funding for the Center for Disease Control Healthy Homes and Lead Poisoning Prevention program in the Fiscal Year 2017 budget.‚Ä̬†via¬†ColorOfChange.org

Sources/further reading:

"Michigan Governor Rick Snyder To Be Called Before Congress‚Ä̬†via¬†The New Civil Rights Movement

"Snyder hasn‚Äôt been invited to testify before Congress‚Ä̬†via¬†Detroit news

"Gov. Rick Snyder of Michigan Apologizes in Flint Water Crisis‚Ä̬†via¬†The New York Times

"Flint water crisis: EPA regional administrator resigns‚Ä̬†via¬†CNN.com

"Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder Releases Emails Tied to Flint Water Crisis‚Ä̬†via¬†ABC News

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

Thanks for listening!

Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com

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(2015/05/15) A crisis of culture (Capitalism) (Snow-Day Repost)


Sat, Jan 23, 2016


Edition #922

Today we take a hard look at modern-day civilization and culture and ponder what we could do to make things better
 
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Show Notes

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

00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: The Death of Culture at the Hands of the Profit Motive - @majorityfm - Air Date: 01-20-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: My Conversation - The Uniques


00:13:04 Ch. 4: Act 2: Visionary Sci Fi for an Age of Acquiescence - The F Word with @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date: 4-20-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Design - Fiction Company


00:15:58 Ch. 6: Act 3: .@ShawnAchor - The happy secret to better work - @TEDTalks - Air Date: 2-1-12

Ch. 7: Song 3: Everybody Loves a Happy Ending (iTunes Originals Version) - Tears for Fears


00:29:08 Ch. 8: Act 4: A Brief History of Humankind - @DecodeDC - Air Date: 4-30-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: "Going Sane" - Two Cheers


00:40:39 Ch. 10: Act 5: Lacking liberty from slavery to feudalism to capitalism - Economic Update with @profwolff - Air Date: 2-1-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: Revolution - Grandaddy


00:55:40 Ch. 12: Act 6: .@TheNextSystem Project- National Launch Webinar - Best of the Left Activism


Voicemails

00:58:10 Ch. 14: What I took away from the Baltimore episode - Ryan from Pheonix

01:02:54 Ch. 15: Thanks for Baltimore episode - Isaiah from New York

01:03:35 Ch. 16: Nonviolence doesn't work when society is callous to suffering - Diane from Houston

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


01:06:01 Ch. 17: Final comments on capitalism, culture and The Next System Project

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


Activism: @TheNextSystem Project: National Launch Webinar

Take Action:

WATCH The Next System Project National Launch Webinar moderated by Laura Flanders of GritTV

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2016/01/19) To save or destroy capitalism (Economics)


Wed, Jan 20, 2016


Edition #984

Today we look at some of the downfalls of our current economic system, a few thoughts on what to do about it and what Bernie Sanders is doing to push this conversation forward
 
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Show Notes

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

00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: Economist Juliet Schor on Inequality & Climate Crisis - @TheNextSystem Project - Air Date: 5-5-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: Luriana Lurilee - Ben McElroy


00:03:19 Ch. 4: Act 2: Capitalism Works Best in an Authoritarian Environment... - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 02-10-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Gone Too Far (feat. Jack Bruce) - Robin Trower


00:07:34 Ch. 6: Act 3: Michael Lewis on how the system is rigged and fundamentally broken - Open Source - Air Date: 3-24-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: Consequences - The Robert Cray Band


00:14:13 Ch. 8: Act 4: Saving Capitalism Promo with Robert Reich (@RBReich) - Goldman School - Air Date: 9-25-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: We Are the Many - Makana


00:18:29 Ch. 10: Act 5:  Robert Reich on "Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few" - @democracynow - Air Date: 09-30-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: A Few Honest Words - Ben Sollee


00:26:47 Ch. 12: Act 6: Karl Marx on Alienation - BBC Radio 4 - Air Date: 01-19-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: Workers of the World Unite! - The Last Internationale


00:29:05 Ch. 14: Act 7: Whats up with Bernie Sanders and Democratic Socialism anyway? Part 1 - Economic Update w @profwolff - Air Date 10-23-15

Ch. 15: Song 7: Going sane - Bryan Everyshed


00:39:16 Ch. 16: Act 8: Hit piece on Denmark to undercut benefits of democratic socialism - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 11-6-15

Ch. 17: Song 8: What I'm Looking For (Ad Version) - Brendan Benson


00:42:56 Ch. 18: Act 9: Whats up with Bernie Sanders and Democratic Socialism anyway? Part 2 - Economic Update w: @profwolff - Air Date 10-23-15


Voicemails

00:59:17 Ch. 19: The problems with the police - Colin from Cleveland, OH

01:04:17 Ch. 20: Domestic spying against decent - Emma from New York City

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


01:06:27 Ch. 21: Final comments dispelling misconceptions about criticisms of capitalism

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


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2016/01/15) The counterproductive thirst for snooping (Privacy/Spying)


Sat, Jan 16, 2016


Edition #983

Today we look at a few of the myriad ways that the government and private companies work to destroy our right to privacy
 
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Show Notes

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

00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1:  Congress Sneaks CISA Into Omnibus Bill. NSA Gets Everything. - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 12-24-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: Stop Spying - The Grouch


00:08:03 Ch. 4: Act 2: Why Metadata Surveillance Failed to Stop Paris Attacks... - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 11-18-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Port of Call - Beirut


00:17:36 Ch. 6: Act 3: Intimidating whistleblowers and journalists - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 11-13-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: Journalist (Remix) - Shakhan


00:21:39 Ch. 8: Act 4: 2000 Cases May Be Overturned Because Police Used Secret Surveillance - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 09-10-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: Eyes in the Sky - laughing sky


00:25:57 Ch. 10: Act 5: The problem with automatic license plate readers - @HumorlessQueers - Air Date: 3-15-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: Cameras - Matt and Kim


00:42:34 Ch. 12: Act 6: "Collect it all" doesn't work - @onthemedia - Air Date: 11-27-15

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


00:49:29 Ch. 14: Act 7: End Dragnet Government Surveillance via @ACLU - Best of the Left Activism

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


00:51:47 Ch. 16: Act 8: NSA Wants In Your iPhone's Backdoor - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 11-19-15


Voicemails

00:55:49 Ch. 17: Thoughts on how the public can influence their built environment - Ryan from Phoenix

01:01:22 Ch. 18: The time I didn't get shot - Nick from California

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


01:03:25 Ch. 19: Final comments on the response re: election coverage

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


Activism:¬†End Dragnet Government Surveillance via @ACLU ‚ÄĒ Best of the Left Activism

Take Action:

CONTACT the White House: Reverse EO 12333

SIGN: Cosmetic Changes Aren’t Enough: We need to END Dragnet NSA Surveillance via The ACLU

Sources/further reading:

"What President Obama Can Do to Stop US Dragnet Surveillance Around the World‚Ä̬†via¬†ACLU

"ACLU COMMENTS TO THE PRIVACY AND CIVIL LIBERTIES OVERSIGHT BOARD ON ITS REVIEW OF EXECUTIVE ORDER 12333‚Ä̬†via¬†the ACLU

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2016/01/12) Beware the creeping fascism (Donald Trump and the GOP Base)


Wed, Jan 13, 2016


Edition #982

Today we look at the disturbing trends of racism and violence emanating from the Trump campaign, echoes of which are being felt all over the world
 
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Show Notes

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

00:00:40 Ch. 2: Act 1: Trump Mob Chants "All Lives Matter" While Beating Black Man - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 11-24-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: I Will Follow You Into the Dark - Death Cab for Cutie


00:12:27 Ch. 4: Act 2: 2/3 of Republican Voters Support Trump's Muslim Ban - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 12-10-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Politic Amagni " La politique, c'est pas bon " - Amadou & Mariam


00:16:47 Ch. 6: Act 3: Democracy vs. Donald Trump - @jimmy_dore Show - Air Date 12-18-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: Politic Amagni " La politique, c'est pas bon " - Amadou & Mariam


00:19:38 Ch. 8: Act 4: Republicans React To Trump’s Muslim Ban Idea - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 12-09-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: The Traitor - Sea Wolf


00:25:57 Ch. 10: Act 5: Arun Kundnani on the upsurge of Islamophobia in US media and politics  - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 12-18-15

Ch. 11: Song 5:¬†Bol√©ro, M. 81 - Boston Symphony Orchestra & Charles M√ľnch


00:36:57 Ch. 12: Act 6: Bill O’Reilly Challenges Trump On Muslim Ban - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 12-11-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: Silver Lining - Rilo Kiley


00:41:40 Ch. 14: Act 7: Tell RNC Chair @Reince: Denounce GOP candidates’ Islamophobia - Best of the Left Activism

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


00:44:46 Ch. 16: Act 8: Society is a dog with fleas about to scratch ourselves to death - Common Sense (@dccommonsense) - Air Date 12-9-15


Voicemails

01:01:44 Ch. 17: The Myth Of Black On Black Crime - Elka from Fort Wayne, IN

01:04:36 Ch. 18: An explanation of therapeutic crisis intervention - Dan from Maine

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


01:08:11 Ch. 19: Final comments asking what you want the next year of shows to sound like

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


Activism: Tell RNC Chair @Reince: Denounce GOP candidates’ Islamophobia via @lsarsour & @CAIRNational

Take Action:

SIGN:¬†"The Republican Party must denounce the dangerous Islamophobia of candidates and officials‚Ä̬†via¬†Linda Sarsour¬†with¬†The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)¬†at¬†Change.org

Additional Activism/Resources:

SIGN: Tell The News Media: Stop Obsessing Over Donald Trump via Media Matters For America via MoveOn.org

Sources/further reading:

"It‚Äôs Not Just Trump ‚Äď Islamophobia Is Widespread In the GOP Field‚Ä̬†‚ÄĒ round-up of articles on GOP Islamophobia in Election 2016 via HillaryClinton.com

"Who Will Stop Republican Islamophobia?‚Ä̬†via¬†The New Republic

Book:¬†"Terrified: How Anti-Muslim Fringe Organizations Became Mainstream‚ÄĚ

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2016/01/08) The struggle for justice continues (#BlackLivesMatter)


Sat, Jan 09, 2016


Edition #981

Today we look at just some of the latest round of police abuses and their repercussions
 
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Show Notes

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

00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: Chicago Police Officer Charged With Murder After Video Shows Him Shooting Laquan McDonald 16 Times - @democracynow - Air Date 11-26-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: Crimson Moon - Stray Dogg


00:11:26 Ch. 4: Act 2: The importance of activists making demands of the mayors - @fakedansavage - Air Date 12-29-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Horfid (Live @ KEXP) - Lay Low


00:22:40 Ch. 6: Act 3: Why was media largely silent on Holtzclaw case? - Melissa Harris-Perry (@MHPshow) - Air Date 12-13-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: Ennio - Silence Is Sexy


00:28:57 Ch. 8: Act 4: Responding to the black-on-black-crime talking point - About Race - Air Date 9-1-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: Yacht - deeB


00:34:53 Ch. 10: Act 5: A look back at the #BlackLivesMatter movement - @GRITlaura Flanders Show on @grittv - Air Date 12-15-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: My Favorite Mutiny - The Coup


00:41:46 Ch. 12: Act 6: Rice family attorney on non-indictment - @allinwithchris Hayes - Air Date 12-28-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: Heirloom - The Black Atlantic


00:44:41¬†Ch. 14: Act 7:¬†¬†AG @LorettaLynch: Get Justice for #TamirRice ‚ÄĒ Best of the Left Activism

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


00:47:18 Ch. 16: Act 8: US Police Vs. Good Police: A Comparison - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 12-08-15


Voicemails

00:58:16 Ch. 17: Human nature and culture - Ryan from Phoenix

01:01:16 Ch. 18: Philosophy of the system vs the individual - Quai from North Carolina

01:07:06 Ch. 19: Only people and institutions determine what is built - Rick from Scranton, PA

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


01:09:02 Ch. 20: Final comments on how to make a public comment against the TPP

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


Activism: AG @LorettaLynch: Get Justice for #TamirRice

Take Action:

SIGN:¬†"Justice For Tamir Rice‚Ä̬†via¬†Change.org

Sources/further reading:

‚ÄĚFor Immediate Release: Tamir Rice‚Äôs Family Mourns For Tamir After Non-Indictment of Officers‚Ä̬†via the JusticeForJamil Tumblr

"The Paranoid Style of American Policing: When officers take the lives of those they are sworn to protect and serve, they undermine their own legitimacy.‚Ä̬†via¬†Ta-Nehisi Coates¬†at¬†The Atlantic

"Failed justice in Tamir Rice death galvanizes faith community to action: Joshua L. Caruso, Tracey Lind and Richard Gibson (Opinion)‚Ä̬†via¬†Cleveland.com

"Tamir Rice protesters picket house of Cleveland prosecutor Timothy McGinty‚Ä̬†at¬†The Guardian

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2016/01/05) An agreement made in Paris (Climate)


Wed, Jan 06, 2016


Edition #980

Today we examine the agreement that came out of the recent COP21 (Conference of Parties) negotiating international action on climate change
 
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Show Notes

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

00:00:50 Ch. 2: Act 1: UN Paris Agreement Special Coverage - @greennewsreport - Air Date 12-15-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: Broken Doors - Plusplus


00:05:40 Ch. 4: Act 2: Climate Scientist James Hansen Warns World is on Wrong Track to Prevent Runaway Global Warming - @democracynow - Air Date: 12-04-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Malignant Flip - Tab and Anitek


00:20:05 Ch. 6: Act 3: Deal Reached In Paris Climate Talks - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 12-15-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: A Farewell To Trends - dustmotes


00:29:22 Ch. 8: Act 4: Landmark or Fraud? - @onthemedia - Air Date: 12-18-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: Dsei Sei - F.S. Blumm


00:44:58 Ch. 10: Act 5: As NY State Probes Exxon, Oil Giant Targets the Journalists Who Exposed Climate Change Cover-Up - @democracynow - Air Date: 12-02-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: Portland [Demo] - RENMINBI


00:51:47 Ch. 12: Act 6: Break Free From #FossilFuels via 350.org - Best of the Left Activism

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


00:54:47 Ch. 14: Act 7: Turning Point for the Climate or Disaster? Michael Brune vs. George Monbiot on Paris Accord (Pt. 1) - @democracynow - Air Date: 12-15-15


Voicemails

01:03:43 Ch. 15: Curious about other's experience with religion's role in helping people - Charlie From Cincinnati

01:05:39 Ch. 16: Facts & Truth Don't Matter - Elka from Fort Wayne, IN

01:07:39 Ch. 17: Thoughts on a life of work - Peter in Seattle

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


01:11:41 Ch. 18: Final comments on the excellent voicemail conversation and the successful fundraiser

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


Activism: Break Free From #FossilFuels via 350.org

Take Action:

Sign up to help organize and/or get updates: Break Free From #FossilFuels via 350.org

Sources/further reading:

"10 awesome things we did together in 2015‚Ä̬†via¬†350.org

"Leaders Move to Convert Paris Climate Pledges Into Action‚Ä̬†via¬†The New York Time

"Historic Paris Climate Agreement Should Spook Fossil Fuel Markets and Escalate Clean Tech Investment‚Ä̬†via¬†DeSmog Blog

'Green News Report' Special Coverage 2015 Year In Review via Green News Report

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2015/09/04) Progressivism: A guide (Repost)


Sat, Jan 02, 2016


Edition #950

Today we take a look at progressivism, define some terms, clarify some stumbling blocks and give some guidance on how to be a better progressive
 
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Show Notes

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

00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: What is 'intersectionality'? - @IntersectionTNR - Air Date: 7-28-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: Counting Colors - Anitek


00:07:23 Ch. 4: Act 2: A quick breakdown of identity politics - @CriticizeAfter Dinner - Air Date: 6-1-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Cetology - Ben McElroy


00:12:39 Ch. 6: Act 3: Political correctness isn't just about being polite - Popaganda (@BitchMedia) - Air Date: 3-26-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: N/A


00:19:56 Ch. 8: Act 4: Sarah Jaffe: Are We Mistaking Feelings for Politics? - Radio Dispatch - Air Date: 3-30-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: Oak - Ben McElroy


00:34:28 Ch. 10: Act 5: Why I'm a complete and total hypocrite - and actually really proud of it - @RedactedTonight w/ @LeeCamp - Air Date: 02-14-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: Drifts - The OO-Ray


00:40:05 Ch. 12: Act 6: Breaking down modern day acts of rebellion - On Being (@Beingtweets) - Air Date: 1-8-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: N/A


00:46:44 Ch. 14: Act 7: 6 rules of being a good ally - Benjamin Dixon Show (@TheBpDShow) - Air Date: 8-14-15


Voicemails

00:57:36 Ch. 15: How to be a good ally to BlackLivesMatter - Dan from Albany, NY

01:01:36 Ch. 16: Don't let logistics stand in the way of feeding people - Wade from Ft. Worth, TX

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


01:04:33 Ch. 17: Final comments on the article: “I find this offensive" How offense discourse traps us into inaction

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


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


Wed, Dec 30, 2015


Edition #926

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

Ch. 13: Song 6: Empathy - Chasing Kings


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


Voicemails

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

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

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


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

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


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(2015/12/25) The War on Christmas‚ĄĘ 2015 (and other stories)


Fri, Dec 25, 2015


Edition #979

Today we check in with the front-line¬†forces in the annual holiday tradition of the War on Christmas‚ĄĘ and take a peek at a few other holiday traditions to boot
 
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Show Notes

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

00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: Christians Very Offended By Starbucks Holiday Cups - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 11-10-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: War on Christmas (Band Practice edition) - Jamie Kilstein and the Agenda


00:05:30 Ch. 4: Act 2: Donald Trump Will Win Non-Existent War on Christmas - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 09-29-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Get Down for the Holidays - Jenny O


00:09:12 Ch. 6: Act 3: Green Christmas (1958) - Stan Freberg

Ch. 7: Song 3: White Wine in the Sun - Tim Minchin


00:16:59 Ch. 8: Act 4: The Absurd "War On Christmas" Arrived Early This Year; Big Thanks To Fox News - @ringoffireradio - Air Date 11-13-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: War On Christmas - The Enablers & Friends


00:26:52 Ch. 10: Act 5: It's Merry Christmas, So F&_% Off - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 12-18-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: (It's Good to Be) A Jew At Christmas - What I Like About Jew


00:29:09 Ch. 12: Act 6: 3 Christmas traditions explained - Life Noggin - Air Date: 12-22-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: Tiny Tree Christmas - Guster


00:33:14 Ch. 14: Act 7: Anti-Christmas Atheist War Gangs Psychoanalyzed On Bill O’Reilly - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 12-06-14

Ch. 15: Song 7: The War On the War On Christmas - Macarone


00:38:55 Ch. 16: Act 8: The panopticon on the shelf - Radio Dispatch - Air Date 12-22-14

Ch. 17: Song 8: "Baby It's Cold Outside" Gets a Feminist Remix - caseymh2010


00:50:36 Ch. 18: Act 9: War on Christmas Update: Congressional Resolution Phase - Majority Report (@majorityfm) - Air Date: 12-16-15


00:55:49 Ch. 19: Final comments on the stress and suffering inflicted on those who have to be with their liberal family during the holidays

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


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(2015/12/22) The future of work (Culture)


Wed, Dec 23, 2015


Edition #978

Today we look at the shifting trends of how and why people work and what may happen when the robots take everyone’s jobs
 
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Show Notes

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

00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: Tipping Point: Technology Now Destroying More Jobs Than It Creates - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 06-13-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: Work to live - Serious Suicide


00:04:15 Ch. 4: Act 2: Nigel Cameron: A world without work - @TEDTalks - Air Date: 4-23-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: What Would You Do? - The Living End


00:22:40 Ch. 6: Act 3: Robots Will Take Your Job SOON! (seriously) - @RedactedTonight w/ @LeeCamp - Air Date: 05-09-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: Robot friend - Pretty Little Demons


00:28:48 Ch. 8: Act 4: Practical Theology (Because who wants impractical theology?) Part 1 - Progressive Faith Sermons - Dr. Roger Ray - Air Date 12-13-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: Courage - Authority Zero


00:37:31 Ch. 10: Act 5: Barry Schwartz: The way we think about work is broken - @TEDTalks - Air Date: 9-8-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: Human Nature - Michael Jackson


00:45:50 Ch. 12: Act 6: Practical Theology (Because who wants impractical theology?) Part 2 - Progressive Faith Sermons - Dr. Roger Ray - Air Date 12-13-15


Voicemails

00:56:59 Ch. 13: 7 Violence against women re: abortion? - Robert from New Hampshire

00:59:05 Ch. 14: 8 Response to thoughts on "unskilled labor" - Colin from Cleveland, OH

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


01:01:34 Ch. 15: Final comments on After Tiller, the Progressive Faith Sermon and how human nature is moulded by our circumstances

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


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(2015/12/18) Legal corruption and how to fix it (Money in Politics)


Sat, Dec 19, 2015


Edition #977

Today we look at the fundamental barrier to democracy in the US and the veritable swarm of movements springing up to tear it down
 
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Show Notes

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

00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: Brazil Bans Corporate Money In Politics. - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 09-19-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: Power to the People - John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band


00:08:16 Ch. 4: Act 2: How to Keep Campaign Donations Secret - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 06-06-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Things a Get from Bad to Worse - The Ethiopians


00:17:03 Ch. 6: Act 3: Corruption is Legal in America - Represent.Us (@RepresentDotUs) - Air Date: 4-30-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: N/A


00:22:47 Ch. 8: Act 4: Represent.Us 2015 Strategy - Represent.Us (@RepresentDotUs) - Air Date: 1-15-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: N/A


00:27:09 Ch. 10: Act 5: CBS Chief Loves Trump, Super-PACs, And Corruption - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 12-13-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: Laughing At You - Head Automatica


00:32:48 Ch. 12: Act 6: Yahoo misses the point about the problems of money in politics - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date: 9-25-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: Moneytalks - Vitamin String Quartet


00:36:27 Ch. 14: Act 7: Media Ignores...Americans Want Citizens United Overturned! - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 10-08-15

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


00:41:45 Ch. 16: Act 8: Stamp Money Out Of Politics w/ @BenAndJerrys @StampStampede - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 17: Song 8: Time for Action - Secret Affair


00:48:15 Ch. 18: Act 9: Help California FREE Act Fight Money In Politics Now! Sign The Petition - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 12-04-15


Voicemails

00:54:45 Ch. 19: Framing the abortion debate in terms of bodily integrity - Rachel from Mississippi

00:56:51 Ch. 20: Thoughts on "unskilled" workers - Chris from Fairfax

00:59:34 Ch. 21: Agreeing with the Fight for $15 messaging - Wade from Ft. Worth, TX

01:01:01 Ch. 22: Minimum wages across borders doesn't matter much - David in Cincinnati

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


01:01:54 Ch. 23: Final comments on the cost of books in Canada and a detailed explainer for election reform groups

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


Activism: Stamp Money Out Of Politics w/@BenAndJerrys @StampStampede

Take Action:

Get your stamps/get involved with: Stamp Stampede

Share your marked money with: StampStampede’s social media feeds

Follow the #GetMoneyOutthread

Sources/further reading:

"Here's How Ben & Jerry's Co-Founder Wants To Stamp Money Out Of Politics‚Ä̬†via¬†Huffington Post

"Stamp stampede on your dollar -- for democracy‚Ä̬†by¬†Ben & Jerry

"Stamp Money Out of Politics ‚Äď STAMP STAMPEDE‚Ä̬†via¬†Democracy Matters

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2015/12/15) Another day in America (Mass Shootings)


Wed, Dec 16, 2015


Edition #976

Today we look at a few facts regarding guns and gun control in the US including what’s keeping our politicians from enacting widely supported gun regulations
 
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Show Notes

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

00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: Obama Reacts to Mass Shootings | ReFramed - Refinery29 - Air Date: 12-04-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: Clodomir - Imagho


00:02:21 Ch. 4: Act 2: See you at the next mass shooting - @jimmy_dore Show - Air Date 12-4-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Going sane - Bryan Everyshed


00:05:13 Ch. 6: Act 3: Study: NO ADVANTAGE to Using Firearms in Self-Defense Situations - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 07-31-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: The Magnificent Seven - The City of Prague Philharmonic


00:10:38 Ch. 8: Act 4: The media forgets to follow the money on gun violence - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 12-11-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: Tape - dustmotes


00:15:08 Ch. 10: Act 5: America Is Dying For Gun Control - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 12-04-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: Wake me up - Avicii


00:22:41 Ch. 12: Act 6: Gun control - Jim Jefferies

Ch. 13: Song 6: The Flowers Are Still Standing - Jahzzar


00:37:50 Ch. 14: Act 7: On San Bernardino and the Dickey Amendment - @OntheMedia - Air Date 12-3-15

Ch. 15: Song 7: Agnes - Rod Hamilton


00:47:30¬†Ch. 16: Act 8:¬†#EndTheBan on¬†@CDCgov Research via¬†@Drsforamerica & @Everytown ‚ÄĒ Best of the Left Activism¬†

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


00:50:11 Ch. 18: Act 9: Science: Fewer Guns = Fewer Gun Deaths - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 08-29-15


Voicemails

00:59:55 Ch. 19: It's not just about gun sales, it's about rights - Nathan from Vancouver, WA

01:02:29 Ch. 20: No such thing as "unskilled labor" - Will in Mississippi

01:03:20 Ch. 21: Why don't we prosecute anti-abortion groups? - Emma from New York City

01:05:08 Ch. 22: Women aren't seen as full humans - Erin from Philadelphia

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


01:07:55 Ch. 23: Final comments on the latest updates from the year-end fundraiser

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


Activism: #EndTheBan on @CDCgov Research via @Drsforamerica & @Everytown

Take Action:

SHARE:¬†"Doctors and Public Health Professionals: End the CDC Gun Violence Research Ban‚Ä̬†from¬†Doctors For America

SIGN, Tweet, & Call your senators: #EndGunViolence, #EndTheBan via Everytown for Gun Safety

Sources/further reading:

"Gun violence research: History of the federal funding freeze‚ÄĚ

"Congressman Whose Amendment Ended Federal Gun Research: 'I Have Regrets‚Äô‚Ä̬†via¬†Talking Points Memo

National Rifle Assoc Funding Stats via OpenSecrets.org

"Over 2,000 Physicians Urge Congress to End the Ban on CDC and NIH Gun Violence Research‚Ä̬†from¬†Doctors For America

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2015/12/11) Terrorism and the war on reproductive rights (Planned Parenthood shooting)


Sat, Dec 12, 2015


Edition #975

Today we look at the history of reproductive rights and the history of the war against them and then examine the recent Planned Parenthood shooting in Colorado in this context
 
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Show Notes

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

00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: They want to ban abortion - @allinwithchris Hayes - Air Date 12-1-15

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


00:07:41 Ch. 4: Act 2: Cruz in questionable company, offers bizarre response to shooting - Rachel @Maddow - Air Date 11-30-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Cospiratore - Old Splendifolia


00:19:33 Ch. 6: Act 3: Jodi Jacobson on the broader context for the Colorado Springs killings - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 12-4-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: The Cloud - Jim Guthrie


00:31:45¬†Ch. 8: Act 4:¬†Fox News On Damage Control After ‚ÄúBaby Parts‚ÄĚ Propaganda Campaign - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 12-02-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: Untitled - Zoe Keating


00:42:53¬†Ch. 10: Act 5:¬†Tell the DOJ: #InvestigateClinicViolence as Terrorism via @NARAL ‚ÄĒ Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 11: Song 5: This Fickle World - Theo Bard


00:46:07 Ch. 12: Act 6: Abortion provider 'not deterred' by Colorado attack - Melissa Harris-Perry (@MHPshow) - Air Date 11-28-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: Window - The Album Leaf


00:52:27 Ch. 14: Act 7: Journal of abortion provider Dr. Susan Wicklund - @Making_Contact - Air Date 12-9-15


Voicemails

00:58:56 Ch. 15: Thoughts on those who refuse to pay women the same as men - Spencer from Utah

01:01:35 Ch. 16: Muslims are already in danger - Ezra from Washington, DC

01:03:09 Ch. 17: Commenting on Shooting of Laquan McDonald - Wade from Ft. Worth, TX

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


01:05:55 Ch. 18: Final comments and bonus voicemails from Jack in Chicago, Paul in Winnipeg and Zach in Atlanta

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


Activism: Tell the DOJ: #InvestigateClinicViolence as Terrorism via @NARAL

Take Action:

SIGN: Tell the Department of Justice to #InvestigateClinicViolence as terrorism via NARAL

SIGN:¬†"Tell the Department of Justice: Investigate attacks on Planned Parenthood clinics for what they are ‚ÄĒ domestic terrorism.‚Ä̬†via¬†@CredoAction

Additional Activism/Resources:

Donate/volunteer with clinic defense: contact The Clinic Vest Project

Follow: #InvestigateClinicViolence

Sources/further reading:

WATCH:¬†ReproAction‚Äôs¬†webinar:¬†"Stop Anti-Abortion Terrorism and Harassment‚ÄĚ

"Targeted Attacks On Abortion Providers Is Domestic Terrorism‚Ä̬†by¬†Katie Klabusich¬†at¬†The Establishment

"‚ÄėLiving in the Crosshairs‚Äô Puts Human Face on Grim Clinic Violence Statistics‚Ä̬†by¬†Katie Klabusich¬†at¬†RH Reality Check

"Activists renew calls for abortion clinic attacks to be labeled domestic terrorism‚Ä̬†by¬†Molly Redden¬†at¬†The Guardian

"I Used to Confront Abortion Doctors‚ÄĒUntil One Got Murdered‚Ä̬†at¬†Time

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2015/12/08) The Trans Pacific Partnership revealed (Corporate Takeover)


Wed, Dec 09, 2015


Edition #974

Today we look at a variety of ways corporations are working hard to screw over people and the planet in search of profits with a particular focus on the recently-released full text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership
 
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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Joanne Doroshow: Forced arbitration and what it means - CounterSpin @FAIRmediawatch - Air Date 11-6-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: Mess Is Mine - Vance Joy


Ch. 4: Act 2: Full Text of TPP Trade Deal Revealed -- and Critics Say It's Even Worse Than They Thought - @democracynow - Air Date: 11-06-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: One Million Miles Away - J. Ralph


Ch. 6: Act 3: TPP: Designed to Protect Investors! - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 11-05-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: World Spins Madly On - The Weepies


Ch. 8: Act 4: The corporations bend governments to their will with the TPP - Economic Update w/ @profwolff - Air Date 11-13-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: Oligarchy - The Haymarket Squares


Ch. 10: Act 5: "A Very Big Mistake": Joseph Stiglitz Slams Obama for Pushing the TPP - @democracynow - Air Date: 11-12-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: Smoke and Mirrors - Imagine Dragons


Ch. 12: Act 6: Opposing the TPP On #Climate Grounds via @IATP, @Public_Citizen & @ExposeTheTPP - Best of the Left Activism

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


Ch. 14: Act 7: American Corporations: Workers Pay Taxes, Not US!!! - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 08-22-15


Voicemails

Ch. 15: White people always think they're being called a racist - Elka from Fort Wayne, IN

Ch. 16: World Star Hip Hop is a racist dog whistle - Ruben from San Jose

Ch. 17: Questions about the US and Canadian minimum wages - Paul from Winnepeg

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 18: Final comments on the messaging of the Fight for $15 campaign, membership drive and Theo Bard's "This Fickle World" is now on sale

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


Activism Update!

The TPP is bad for the climate! via¬†"3 Ways the TPP Will Hurt the Climate‚ÄĒIf We Let It Pass‚Ä̬†at¬†The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

Follow-up/new Action!

CONTACT: your legislators about TPP with climate-specific concerns. via Public Citizen

SHOW why you oppose the TPP on social media via Expose The TPP

Sources/further reading:

FOLLOW: #COP21 for updates on the Paris Climate Negotiations

"It‚Äôs Never Been about Trade‚Ä̬†via¬†The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

Revisit the original action/segment:¬†"Stop Fast Track of TransPacific Partnership via @MoveOn‚Ä̬†‚ÄĒ 02/06/2015

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2015/12/04) Killing the middle class (Labor Rights)


Sat, Dec 05, 2015


Edition #973

Today we look at the troubling trends facing today’s low wage workers and those in the middle class who may eventually find themselves to be low wage workers
 
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Show Notes

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

00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: How America Is Killing the Middle Class - AJ+ (@ajplus) - Air Date 10-22-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: Working Poor - Horse Feathers


00:04:51 Ch. 4: Act 2: Why Conservatives Hate Unions... - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date 02-10-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Let's Eat the Poor - alan ross haynes


00:14:01 Ch. 6: Act 3:  Paul Ryan REALLY Believes in Family Time, Just Not for Your Family - Majority Report (@majorityfm) - Air Date: 11-02-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: Let's Go Down - Family of the year


00:21:01 Ch. 8: Act 4: KMart withholds holiday schedules and screws with employees lives - @TalkPoverty Radio - Air Date 11-19-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: Oak - Ben McElroy


00:24:52 Ch. 10: Act 5: Retail companies who were open on Thanksgiving don't have much to show for it - @TalkPoverty Radio - Air Date 12-3-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: Working Class Hero - Exit Clov


00:27:40 Ch. 12: Act 6:  Fair Wages: A history of getting paid - BackStory - Air Date 3-28-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: Family Farm - Chris Dorman


00:36:08 Ch. 14: Act 7: McDonald's Installs Automated Order Kiosks in NYC - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 08-06-15

Ch. 15: Song 7: Automation (Live Version) - Allan Sherman


00:40:47 Ch. 16: Act 8: Stiglitz: Sanders is Right - Everybody Has the Right to Healthcare, Sick Days and Family Leave - @democracynow - Air Date: 11-12-15

Ch. 17: Song 8: The Bare Necessities - Bruce Reitherman & Phil Harris


00:48:11 Ch. 18: Act 9: Fight. Strike. Vote. via @FightFor15 - Best of the Left Activism

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


00:50:59 Ch. 20: Act 10: Your Job May Be Killing You - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 11-02-15


Voicemails

00:58:49 Ch. 21: The culture of white supremacy in police work - Geoff from Florida

01:00:11 Ch. 22: Wade didn't say anything racist about cops in schools - Matt in Eastern PA

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


01:03:24 Ch. 23: Final comments on Amazon, labor, coops and an update on the member drive

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


Activism:¬†Fight. Strike. Vote. via @FightFor15 ‚ÄĒ Best of the Left Activism

Take Action:

SIGN: the Fight for $15 Vote Pledge

POST: when you buy holiday gifts in your community, tag stores and purchases with #ShopLocal to encourage others to do the same.

Additional Activism/Resources:

SUPPORT good business by using the Think Progress "Holiday Shopping Guide" to see which companies force employees to work holidays.

Sources/further reading:

‚ÄĚAlmost Half of All American Workers Make Less Than $15 an Hour‚Ä̬†by¬†Michelle Chen¬†at¬†The Nation

"Republicans divided by income over government‚Äôs role in ‚Äėsafety net‚Äô issues‚Ä̬†via Pew Research Center

"Stronger Unions Are the Way to Rebalance Our Economy‚Ä̬†by¬†Dorian Warren¬†via¬†Newsweek

"Walmart Threatens City Council For Considering Minimum Wage Increase‚Ä̬†at¬†ThinkProgress

"How One City Is Making Sure Bosses Comply With Wage Theft and Paid Sick Leave Laws‚Ä̬†at¬†In These Times

"Truth Needle: Is $15 wage dooming Seattle restaurants? Owners say no‚Ä̬†at¬†The Seattle Times

"'Do unions still matter?' 5 answers I've offered to my father-in-law when he asks that question.‚ÄĚ

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2015/12/01) Classic American Xenophobia (Refugee Crisis)


Wed, Dec 02, 2015


Edition #972

Today we look at the racist and xenophobic response to muslims trying to escape their war-torn countries in the wake of the recent Paris attacks
 
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Show Notes

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

00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1:  PT 2 Glenn Greenwald on "Submissive" Media's Drumbeat for War and Anti-Muslim Scapegoating - @democracynow - Air Date 11-19-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: Tusk - Errors


00:05:53 Ch. 4: Act 2: How The US Screens Refugees - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 11-18-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Clodomir - Imagho


00:10:25 Ch. 6: Act 3: In Spite of Attacks, France Will Welcome Even More Refugees - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 11-19-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: Slipping Away - Michael Andrews


00:14:17 Ch. 8: Act 4: First Muslim Member of U.S. Congress: Restrictions on Syrian Refugees Driven by Fear, Xenophobia - @democracynow - Air Date: 11-26-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: Democracy - Leonard Cohen


00:18:42 Ch. 10: Act 5: Spiritual reflections in an age of terrorism: Refugees - Progressive Faith Sermon w Dr. Rodger Ray - Air Date 11-15-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: Not in our name - DJ Spooky & Saul Williams


00:23:26 Ch. 12: Act 6: Fear-mongering: "CNN Has Led the Way in This" Claims Glenn Greenwald, on CNN - Majority Report (@majorityfm) - Air Date: 11-24-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: Good people - Jack Johnson


00:29:28 Ch. 14: Act 7: "Nativist Hysteria" Against Syrian Refugees Echoes U.S. Rejection of Jewish Refugees in 1930s - @democracynow - Air Date 11-24-15

Ch. 15: Song 7: Hipozebra - Selva de Mar


00:37:05 Ch. 16: Act 8: Over Twenty Governors Reject Syrian Refugees Fleeing ISIS - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 11-17-15

Ch. 17: Song 8: American Land - Bruce Springsteen


00:44:13 Ch. 18: Act 9: Is it actually un-American to fear immigrants and refugees? - About Race - Air Date 11-25-15

Ch. 19: Song 9: Hide Your Tears - Daniel Licht


00:47:55 Ch. 20: Act 10: Tell your Senators to Make #RefugeesWelcome via @theIRC - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 21: Song 10: This fickle world - Theo Bard


00:50:31 Ch. 22: Act 11: Trump Wants Mandatory Badges On Muslim Americans - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 11-20-15


Voicemails

01:05:02 Ch. 23: White men with guns are not the answer - William J. Jackson

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


01:06:56 Ch. 24: Final comments on what white supremacy is all about

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


Activism:¬†Tell your Senator to Make #RefugeesWelcome via @theIRC ‚ÄĒ Best of the Left Activism

Take Action:

SIGN:¬†"Tell your Senator to Make #RefugeesWelcome: Ask Congress to Support Syrian and Iraqi Refugee Resettlement & Stand for Welcome‚ÄĚ

DONATE: Make a lifesaving gift that supports refugee families caught in the world’s most urgent humanitarian crisis.

GIVE A GIFT: RESCUE GIFTS: Symbolic Gifts. Real Rescue.

Additional Activism/Resources:

LIKE & FOLLOW: the International Rescue Committee (IRC) on Facebook and on Twitter

RETWEET:¬†"FACT. Entering the US as a refugee is by far the most difficult and complex of all routes in. #RefugeesWelcome‚Ä̬†from¬†IRC: International Rescue Committee

Related Best of the Left Action (11-23-2015):¬†"Oppose the American SAFE Act of 2015 via @TheNation‚ÄĚ

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2014/11/25) Capitalism will not set you free (Economics) (Repost)


Fri, Nov 27, 2015


Edition #879

Today we take a look at some of the underlying problems with capitalism and their repercussions
 
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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Can Money Buy Happiness? - AsapSCIENCE - Air Date: 12-20-12

Ch. 3: Song 1: Spend - Try to Be Here


Ch. 4: Act 2: Unregulated Capitalism and the Persuit of Happiness... - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 11-12-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Mo Money Mo Problems (feat. Mase & Puff Daddy) - Life After Death (Deluxe Version)


Ch. 6: Act 3: Capitalism is fundamentally undemocratic - Economic Update with @profwolff - Air Date: 11-10-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Capitalism - Capitalism (feat. Bajka) - EP


Ch. 8: Act 4: Thoughts on a basic guaranteed income - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date: 10-20-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: American Way - Essential Masters


Ch. 10: Act 5: Triangle Returns - Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights - Air Date: 03-22-11

Ch. 11: Song 5: Going Home - The Talks


Ch. 12: Act 6: Dr. King's "Bill of Economic and Social Rights" - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 01-21-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: America First - Chicago Wind


Ch. 14: Act 7: Protest Black Friday - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 15: Song 7: Right to Complain - Backatown (Bonus Track Version)


Ch. 16: Act 8: When Your Workers Want Rights Just Pay Off A Politician - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 09-18-14


Voicemails

Ch. 18: Asking for thoughts on medical personnel strikes - Peter from Little Rock, AK

Ch. 19: The importance of turnout - Ben from New Jersey

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 20: Final comments on the evolution of political and economic systems

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


Activism: Protest Black Friday, #BND/#WalmartStrikers

Take Action:

Participate by not participating: Buy Nothing Day #BND via Adbusters

Follow and support Walmart Strikers via #WalmartStrikers on Twitter and Black Friday Protests

Sources/further reading:

"Sit-Down Strike at Walmart and Win? It's Been Done‚Ä̬†via¬†Huffington Post

"Letter: Working and middle class should support fast food workers‚Ä̬†via¬†Fight For $15

"Poll: Should retailers remain open on Thanksgiving?‚Ä̬†with¬†Steven Greenhouse¬†on¬†PBS Newshour

Watch:¬†"This Black Friday, Workers to Challenge the Waltons‚Ä̬†via¬†OUR Walmart

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2015/11/24) The fear response (#ParisAttacks)


Wed, Nov 25, 2015


Edition #971

Today we look at the causes of, reactions to and reporting on the recent terrorist attacks in Paris and Beirut
 
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Show Notes

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

00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: Terrorism is an emotional weapon - Common Sense with Dan Carlin (@dccommonsense) - Air Date 11-14-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: Self Inflicted - Katy Perry


00:14:03 Ch. 4: Act 2: Spiritual reflections in an age of terrorism: Fear and Response Part 1 - Progressive Faith Sermon w: Dr. Rodger Ray - Air Date 11-15-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Fear, Terror, and the Fear of Terror - Infinite Third


00:19:01 Ch. 6: Act 3: Why Paris, And Not Beirut? - @onthemedia - Air Date: 11-20-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: Scenic World - Beirut


00:26:06 Ch. 8: Act 4: Report from Paris With Manhunt on for Eighth Attacker, France Remains in State of Emergency - @democracynow - Air Date 11-16-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: The Wrong Way - Jahzzar


00:28:46 Ch. 10: Act 5: Jim Naureckas on the differing ways corporate media report terrorist violence - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 11-20-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: Tow the Line - Nick Drake


00:39:34 Ch. 12: Act 6: ISIS Threatens To Strike Washington DC - @theyoungturks - Air Date 11-17-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: Fearless - For Today


00:43:06¬†Ch. 14: Act 7:¬†Oppose the American¬†SAFE¬†Act¬†of¬†2015 via¬†@TheNation ‚ÄĒ Best of the Left Activism

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


00:45:53 Ch. 16: Act 8: Spiritual reflections in an age of terrorism: Fear and Response Part 2 - Progressive Faith Sermon w/ Dr. Rodger Ray - Air Date 11-15-15


Voicemails

00:58:38 Ch. 17: Thoughts on Israel/Palestine and international terrorism - Erin from Philadelphia

01:03:06 Ch. 18: Reaction to attacks in Paris - Ryan from Phoenix

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


01:06:10 Ch. 19: Final comments on what to do during the holiday

01:08:34 Ch. 20: The wall of shame featuring Kyle, Michelle and Dan

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


Activism:¬†Oppose the American SAFE Act of 2015 via @TheNation ‚ÄĒ Best of the Left Activism

Take Action:

SIGN & SHARE:¬†"An Open Letter to Congress: Do Not Cede to Fear‚Ä̬†via¬†The Nation

Find out how your reps voted:¬†"Here's A List Of The Democrats Who Voted To Shut The Door On Syrian Refugees‚Ä̬†via¬†HuffingtonPost¬†& use¬†ContactingTheCongress.org¬†to admonish them for their support & encourage your senators to vote no.

Sources/further reading:

H.R. 4038: American SAFE Act of 2015 via GovTrack.us

"After Attacks, France Increases Its Commitment To Refugees‚Ä̬†at¬†ThinkProgress

#AmericaWelcomes #SyrianRefugees via @MoveOn & @thenation ‚ÄĒ Best of the Left Activism¬†via¬†episode #959 "The angels of our better nature are being tested (Syrian Refugee Crisis)‚ÄĚ

"Paul Ryan‚Äôs Alarmist Syrian-Refugee Move Is Playing With Fire‚Ä̬†via¬†The Nation

"An update on our refugee work this week‚Ä̬†via MoveOn.org

"Could the government shut down over refugees?‚Ä̬†via CNN.com

"8 famous Americans with Syrian roots‚ÄĚ ‚ÄĒ including Jerry Seinfeld, Steve Jobs, & Paula Abdul¬†via¬†NY Daily News

"These Famous People Were Refugees‚ÄĚ ‚ÄĒ including Sigmund Freud, Gloria Estefan, Albert Einstein, Henry Kissenger, & Karl Marx¬†via¬†HuffPost

"Senate Dems vow to block refugee bill‚ÄĚ

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2015/11/20) The power of solidarity (Racial Justice)


Sat, Nov 21, 2015


Edition #970

Today we look at the University of Missouri protests that ousted the university president and look back at the anniversary of the Tamir Rice police killing
 
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Show Notes

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

00:00:45 Ch. 2: Act 1: The blueprint of how to exercise power on a college campus - @EdgeofSports with Dave Zirin - Air Date 11-11-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: "Common Enemies" - American Soft - Chris Staples


00:06:19 Ch. 4: Act 2: Fox News Outraged At Missouri College President Resignation - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 11-11-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Old Days - Chicago


00:14:25 Ch. 6: Act 3: The importance of the solidarity in the Mizzou protests - Economic Update w/ @profwolff - Air Date 11-13-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: The Shine - Jahzzar


00:23:39 Ch. 8: Act 4: The media skirmish in Missouri isn’t about the media. It’s about race. - @onthemedia - Air Date: 11-13-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: Perspective - Blueprint


00:31:33 Ch. 10: Act 5: A Conversation About Growing Up Black - Op-Docs - Air Date: 05-8-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: N/A


00:36:20 Ch. 12: Act 6: Michele Jawando on some potential elements of an actual criminal justice reform agenda - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 10-16-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: Changes - 2Pac


00:45:14 Ch. 14: Act 7: #YearWithoutTamir - Nov 20-23 via @FergusonAction - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 15: Song 7: The Poet - Shihan


00:48:26 Ch. 16: Act 8: One year later: A retrospective of the Tamir Rice killing - @IntersectionTNR - Air Date 11-16-15


Voicemails

01:02:17 Ch. 17: One anecdote of school policing - Colin from Cleveland, OH

01:04:17 Ch. 18: A question for Wade - Elka from Fort Wayne, IN

01:05:31 Ch. 19: How we conduct conversations - Nathan from Vancouver, WA

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


01:08:59 Ch. 20: Final comments responding to Nathan with as much precision as possible

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


Activism: #YearWithoutTamir - Nov 20-23 via @FergusonAction

Take Action:

SIGN:¬†"I pledge to stand with the family of Tamir Rice‚Ķ‚Ä̬†via¬†Ferguson Action

JOIN: #YearWithoutTamir Actions around the country via Ferguson Action

Sources/further reading:

"2 Outside Reviews Say Cleveland Officer Acted Reasonably in Shooting Tamir Rice, 12‚Ä̬†at¬†The New York Times

"New report finds Tamir Rice shooting tragic but reasonable‚Ä̬†at Cleveland.com

Intersection Episode 9: "Tamir Rice Has Been Dead for a Year: Host Jamil Smith looks back at the police killing of a 12-year-old boy in his hometown, Cleveland.‚ÄĚ

"Cleveland, On the Brink‚Ä̬†by¬†Jamil Smith¬†at¬†The New Republic

"Tamir Rice's mother to testify before Grand Jury‚Ä̬†at WKYC.com

"Outrage Is Growing Over the Tamir Rice Investigation: Is the grand jury process stacked in favor of the cop who killed the 12-year-old?‚Ä̬†at¬†Mother Jones

"STUDY: Half of Black Millenials Know a Victim of Police Violence, Still See Cops as Protectors‚Ä̬†at¬†Colorlines

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2015/11/17) Barriers to employment, to health and to the bathroom (Trans Rights)


Wed, Nov 18, 2015


Edition #969

Today we look at a variety of challenges faced by the trans community that almost no one else ever has to think about
 
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Show Notes

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

00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: I was fired solely because of my gender - Southern Poverty Law Center (@splcenter) - Air Date: 04-13-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: Taken By The Breeze - Les √Čtoiles


00:04:59 Ch. 4: Act 2: Raising transgender kids - @allinwithchris Hayes - Air Date 4-22-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Kids - MGMT


00:16:48 Ch. 6: Act 3: The Gender Box feat. Miles JaI!! - @LinzerDinzerTV - Air Date: 10-08-12

Ch. 7: Song 3: N/A


00:19:51 Ch. 8: Act 4: Kari Mugo: Critical Conditions - The challenges facing transgender people in the healthcare system - Popaganda (@BitchMedia) - Air Date: 9-10-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: N/A


00:30:50 Ch. 10: Act 5: Healthcare professional calls for care for all - @GLAAD - Air Date: 11-15-13

Ch. 11: Song 5: Luriana Lurilee - Ben McElroy


00:35:19 Ch. 12: Act 6: Lee Mokobe: A powerful poem about what it feels like to be transgender - TED Talks - Air Date: 6-12-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: Like A Prayer - Rufio


00:39:53 Ch. 14: Act 7: Leela Ginelle on transphobic myths and the repeal of an equal rights ordinance in Houston - Backtalk (@BitchMedia) - Air Date 11-12-15

Ch. 15: Song 7: When I Grow Up - Garbage


00:50:26 Ch. 16: Act 8: The strategy of saying straight people are terrible will fail - @fakedansavage - Air Date 11-10-15


Voicemails

00:58:16 Ch. 17: Need conflict before one can reach understanding - Nathan from Vancouver, WA

01:00:41 Ch. 18: Why do we hate Amazon? - John from Minneapolis

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


01:03:56 Ch. 19: Final comments on the imperative to see multiple sides of an issue and what's wrong with Amazon

01:12:24 Ch. 20: The public wall of gentle shaming and encouragement featuring Kyle and Michelle

Shaming Music: Spanish Flea - Herb Alpert

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


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(2015/11/13) The continuing quagmire of an apartheid state (Israel/Palestine)


Sat, Nov 14, 2015


Edition #968

Today we check in with the seemingly unending disaster that is the Israeli/Palestinian conflict
 
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Show Notes

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

00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: UpFront - Reality Check- Gaza is still occupied - Al Jazeera English - Air Date: 10-23-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: Dreamtime - Uberzone


00:03:10 Ch. 4: Act 2: Gideon Levy: U.S. Criticizes Settlements While Giving Israel "Carte Blanche" to Continue Occupation - @democracynow - Air Date: 10-15-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Zombie - The Cranberries


00:11:16 Ch. 6: Act 3: What Is Israel's Plan For Palestine? - Majority Report (@majorityfm) - Air Date: 09-02-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: Natural Blues (Lulu Rouge vs. Stella Polaris Remix) - Single - Moby


00:18:34 Ch. 8: Act 4: Unbalanced reporting on fatalities in Israeli/Palestinian conflict - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date: 10-23-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: We're Simple Minds - Club 8


00:22:30 Ch. 10: Act 5: Where are the Palestinian Gandhis? - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 08-19-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: Standing - VNV Nation


00:30:06 Ch. 12: Act 6: Netanyahu's Holocaust Conspiracy Theory DEBUNKED - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 10-22-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: Diamond - Klint


00:34:07 Ch. 14: Act 7: Yousef Munayyer on what's missing in the Israel/Palestine Narratives - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 10-30-15

Ch. 15: Song 7: Classical Gas - Vanessa Mae


00:44:48 Ch. 16: Act 8: #SaveSusiya via Jewish Voices For Peace ( @jvplive ) - Best of the Left Activism

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


00:48:06 Ch. 18: Act 9: What Peace Deal Could Look Like in Israel & Palestine - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 10-20-15


Voicemails

00:58:07 Ch. 19: Spring Valley is not a symptom of a larger problem - Wade from Ft. Worth, TX

01:00:08 Ch. 20: Stop trying to solve societies problems with police - Geoff from Florida

01:02:15 Ch. 21: The discomfort of losing privilege - Todd from Waverly, IA

01:03:50 Ch. 22: Need a new payment processing option - Rebecca from Takoma, WA

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


01:05:14 Ch. 23: Final comments on cops in schools, the discomfort of recognizing our privilege and a new donation method for BotL

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


Activism: #SaveSusiya via Jewish Voices For Peace ( @jvplive )

Take Action:

SIGN: Tell John Kerry to Defend Susiya! via Jewish Voice for Peace

FOLLOW: #EndTheOccupation & #IsraeliIncitement

Additional Activism/Resources:

SIGN:¬†"Free Political Refugees Hisham Shaban Ghalia and Mounis Hammouda From ICE custody‚Ä̬†via¬†Not1More

Sources/further reading:

5 Questions Prime Minister Netanyahu Should be Asked Today via Amnesty International

"Families from threatened Palestinian villages Susiya and Um al-Kheir bring their stories to the US‚Ä̬†at¬†Mondoweiss

"Israel, Don‚Äôt Level My Village‚ÄĚ ‚ÄĒ Nasser Nawaja¬†at¬†The New York Times

"16 Eye-Opening Photos Show What It's Like Going Back to School in Palestine and Israel‚Ä̬†at¬†Mic.com

"Mapping the dead in latest Israeli-Palestinian violence‚ÄĚ

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2015/11/10) Going to Paris with our heads held somewhat high (Climate)


Wed, Nov 11, 2015


Edition #967

Today we take a revised look at the road to the Paris climate negotiations in light of the news that President Obama has officially rejected the Keystone XL Pipeline
 
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Show Notes

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

00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: A Carbon Bomb Defused Obama Rejects Keystone XL in Historic Win for Environmental Activism - @democracynow - Air Date 11-9-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: Moving Planet - September 24th, 2011: A Day to Move Beyond Fossil Fuels


00:04:29 Ch. 4: Act 2: Obama Kills Keystone XL Pipeline For Good - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 11-07-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Fight to Win (feat. Cee Lo Green) - Single - Goodie Mob


00:13:05 Ch. 6: Act 3: Getting Easier & Easier to Convert to Solar Power - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 08-29-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: New Magnetic Wonder - The Apples In Stereo


00:17:24 Ch. 8: Act 4: What Is the Biggest Environmental Problem People Don't Know About? - The Atlantic - Air Date: 10-2-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: Halcyon Days (Deluxe Edition) - Ellie Goulding


00:21:42 Ch. 10: Act 5: House 'Science' Committee Witch Hunt is Worse than Benghazi! - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 10-27-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: Here Comes Science (Audio + Video Version) - They Might Be Giants


00:30:38 Ch. 12: Act 6: Bernie Sanders Proposes BOLD Climate Change Policy - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 11-05-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: Bright Stars and Battle Scars - Stu's Shoes


00:34:55 Ch. 14: Act 7: Who's Leading The Charge for Change? Women - The F Word with @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date: 10-26-15

Ch. 15: Song 7: Fight Back - Garnett Silk


00:37:31 Ch. 16: Act 8: #ActInParis - @sierraclub - Air Date: 9-2-15

Ch. 17: Song 8: "Paris", No Angel - Dido


00:40:13 Ch. 18: Act 9: #KeystoneXL Victory Update & #ActInParis via @sierraclub - Best of the Left Activism

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


00:44:00 Ch. 20: Act 10: Avi Lewis- This Changes Everything - The @GRITlaura Flanders Show - Air Date 10-27-15


Voicemails

00:54:52 Ch. 21: Responding to Simon re: Jefferson and slavery - Joseph from Toronto

00:56:42 Ch. 22: Soon-to-be member - Diana from Milwaukee, WI

00:57:25 Ch. 23: Intimidated by risk of embarrassment - Brian in Arizona

00:58:25 Ch. 24: Last ever voice memo message from Geoff - Geoff from Florida

00:59:22 Ch. 25: Voice memo option had an effect - Wade from Ft. Worth, TX

01:00:00 Ch. 26: Voice memo option had an effect Part 2 - Wade from Ft. Worth, TX

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


01:02:10 Ch. 27: Final comments on using the power of psychology and public shaming

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


Activism Update!

#KeystoneXL Victory!¬†"KEYSTONE XL VICTORY: TO WIN A FIGHT, YOU HAVE TO PICK ONE: Obama‚Äôs pipeline rejection a huge win for citizen action‚Ä̬†via¬†Sierra Club

Follow-up/new(ish) Action!

#ActInParis for bold climate action with Sierra Club

Snap a selfie and ‚Äúgo to‚ÄĚ Paris with¬†Sierra Club‚Äôs¬†#ActInParis Photo Campaign

SIGN on to 350.org’s Plan Through Paris

SIGN to say #ThanksObama for rejecting #KeystoneXL!

Revisit the original actions/segments:

#GlobalClimateMarch via @350

Tar Sands Resistance March #stoptarsands

#KeystoneXL Under Congressional #Climate Deniers

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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


Sat, Nov 07, 2015


Edition #966

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

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

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

Ch. 3: Song 1: N/A


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

Ch. 5: Song 2: N/A


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

Ch. 7: Song 3: N/A


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

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


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

Ch. 11: Song 5: Rivers - Plusplus


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

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


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

Ch. 15: Song 7: N/A


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

Ch. 17: Song 8: The Poet - Shihan


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


Voicemails

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

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 20: Final comments on my untestable hypothesis

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


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

Take Action:

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

FOLLOW the #School2Prison thread.

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

CONTRIBUTE your stories: #School2Pipeline Stories

Additional Activism/Resources:

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

Sources/further reading:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2015/11/03) Death by stereotype, the dehumanizing of women of color


Wed, Nov 04, 2015


Edition #965

Today we take a look at the dangerous intersection women of color inhabit, how their very lives are at risk for simply being who they are and how society tends to turn a blind eye
 
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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Black Girls Matter: Pushed out, over-policed and underprotected - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date: 2-6-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: Put Your Records On (Acoustic) - Corinne Bailey Rae


Ch. 4: Act 2: Say Her Name- Families Seek Justice in Overlooked Police Killings of African-American Women - @democracynow - Air Date: 5-20-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: You'll Find A Way - Santigold


Ch. 6: Act 3: Black Women Suffer Death By Stereotype - The F Word with @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date: 5-25-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: Making Progress - Freedom's Progress


Ch. 8: Act 4: Serial killers hunted down mostly Black women for three decades in South Los Angeles - @Making_Contact - Air Date 9-9-10

Ch. 9: Song 4: Suffering of the Innocents - Squire Tuck


Ch. 10: Act 5:  Obama highlights sexual abuse to prison pipeline - Melissa Harris-Perry (@MHPshow) - Air Date 9-20-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: I feel you - Scala & Kolacny Brothers


Ch. 12: Act 6: Why some try to justify the Spring Valley High assault - This Week in Blackness (@TWiBprime) - Air Date 10-28-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: How Do You See Me - Matrimony


Ch. 14: Act 7: The Story of a "Absolutely Angry Black Woman" - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 10-23-15


Ch. 15: Final comments on the value of slaves at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello

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


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(2015/10/30) History of the Christian Right (Religion)


Fri, Oct 30, 2015


Edition #964

Today we take a look at the history of how Christianity was, in large part, cooped by the Republican party on behalf of business interests and how anyone started getting the idea that we were founded as a religious, much less Christian, nation
 
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Show Notes

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

00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: How 'One Nation' Didn't Become 'Under God' Until The '50s Religious Revival Part 1 - Fresh Air - Air Date 3-30-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: Timber Timbre - Timber Timbre


00:11:35 Ch. 4: Act 2: The Origin of Religious Freedom Laws... - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 04-27-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Coaster - NOFX


00:20:26 Ch. 6: Act 3: Why Can't They Understand the First Amendment? - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 04-11-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: Very Soon ft Funsho Ogundipe - Wanlov the Kubolor


00:31:26 Ch. 8: Act 4: How 'One Nation' Didn't Become 'Under God' Until The '50s Religious Revival Part 2 - Fresh Air - Air Date 3-30-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: Kalamazoo - Jason Roseboom


00:40:47 Ch. 10: Act 5: What Would the Founders say about Religious Freedom Laws? - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 04-27-15

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


00:45:58 Ch. 12: Act 6: Republicans Fire Woman For Not Going To Church - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 08-21-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: Dancing In The Streets - The Haymarket Squares


00:52:01 Ch. 14: Act 7: Fascism on the American horizon, wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross - @truthdig - Air Date: 10-11-13


Voicemails

01:05:10 Ch. 15: Thoughts on victimless crimes - Wade from Ft. Worth, TX

01:07:21 Ch. 16: Responding to Wade and victimless crimes - Nathan from Vancouver, WA

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


01:09:55 Ch. 17: Final comments on recent bonus content topics

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


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(2015/10/27) The corporate takeover under our noses (Trans-Pacific Partnership)


Tue, Oct 27, 2015


Edition #963

Today we take a look at the proposed TPP trade deal from a whole variety of different angles. Since the agreement was negotiated entirely in secret, primarily between corporate interests, it's not surprising to find that the deal looks pretty bad for everyday people no matter what angle you're looking from
 
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Show Notes

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

00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: Crony Capitalism Goes Global: The TPP & ISDS Explained - Follow the Money #2 - @RepresentDotUs - Air Date: 04-01-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: The Redemption Of Zounds - Zounds


00:06:27 Ch. 4: Act 2: TPP Signed...So What the F&%$ Is In It? - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 10-07-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: She Said - Stray Dogg


00:11:25 Ch. 6: Act 3: TPP will Allow Corporations to Sue Countries! - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 5-14-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: Nightwalker Vol. 1 - Boogie Belgique


00:16:01 Ch. 8: Act 4: Don't Expect The Master's Media To Cover the Master's Trade Deal - The F Word with @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date: 4-28-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: Greek Tragedy - Plusplus


00:19:07 Ch. 10: Act 5: TPP vs. Human Rights Groups Express Concern Over Record of Member Nations - @democracynow - Air Date 06-11-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: Afraid New World - Easter and the totem


00:24:11 Ch. 12: Act 6:  TPP Grants Banks Terrifying Secret Powers - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 06-20-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: Sneeuwland - Oskar Schuster


00:34:05 Ch. 14: Act 7: Obama Rams Through TPP With Little Democratic Support, Even from Black Caucus - @blkagendareport - Air Date: 6-24-15

Ch. 15: Song 7: Ennio - Silence Is Sexy


00:38:36 Ch. 16: Act 8: Breast Cancer Patient Arrested for Protesting TPP: "This is Price Gouging at the Cost of Lives" - @democracynow - Air Date: 10-06-15

Ch. 17: Song 8: Adventure, Darling - Gillicuddy


00:48:12 Ch. 18: Act 9: Disaster: TPP Kills Internet Freedom, Bomb-Throwing Begins - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 10-13-15

Ch. 19: Song 9: Horfid (Live @ KEXP) - Lay Low


00:54:24 Ch. 20: Act 10:¬†#FallRising to #StopTPP via @EFF & @FlushtheTPP ‚ÄĒ Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 21: Song 10: Activism - Shihan


00:57:22 Ch. 22: Act 11: Not too early to doubt the motivations of secretive, corporate trade deal - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 10-9-15


01:00:13 Ch. 23: Final comments asking what we can do better here at BotL

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


Activism: #FallRising to #StopTPP via @EFF & @FlushtheTPP

Update!

Terms on the Trans-Pacific Partnership were finalized:¬†"Trade Officials Announce Conclusion of TPP‚ÄĒNow the Real Fight Begins‚Ä̬†via¬†Electronic Frontier Foundation

Follow-up/new Action!

ATTEND the #FallRising to Stop TPP, TTIP, & TISA by registering through Flush the TPP: Call to Action Against Global Corporate Domination: November 14-18 & RSVPing to the Facebook event

Find out projected job loss & more expected in your area using the Public Citizen state-by-state outcome map: 50 Reasons We Cannot Afford the TPP’s Expansion of the NAFTA Model.

Then use ContactingTheCongress.org to directly lobby your representatives to vote no on passage of the TPP.

Sources:

What Is the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP)? via Electronic Frontier Foundation

WATCH: "U.S., Other Nations Reach Agreement On Trans-Pacific Partnership‚Ä̬†via¬†NPR

The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Leveling the playing field for American workers & American businesses. via Office of the US Trade Representative

Summary of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement via Office of the US Trade Representative

"TPP deal: US and 11 other countries reach landmark Pacific trade pact‚Ä̬†via¬†The Guardian

"TPP or not TPP? What's the Trans-Pacific Partnership and should we support it?‚Ä̬†via¬†The Guardian

"Trans-Pacific Partnership Is Reached, but Faces Scrutiny in Congress‚Ä̬†via¬†The New York Times

"Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP): Job Loss, Lower Wages and Higher Drug Prices‚Ä̬†via¬†Public Citizen

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2015/10/23) Building momentum to and through Paris (Climate)


Fri, Oct 23, 2015


Edition #962

Today we take a look at the state of the political promises being made as we lead up to the international climate negotiations in Paris as well as what we can do about it, plus we see what Exxon knew and when they knew it
 
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Show Notes

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

00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1:  Bill McKibben on U. of California Divesting from Coal and Tar Sands - @democracynow - Air Date 09-10-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: Here Comes The Wave (instrumental) - Silence Is Sexy


00:07:56 Ch. 4: Act 2: Climate Desk's Tim McDonnell explains Obama's new plan to fight global warming - Climate Desk - Air Date: 08-03-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: The Shine - Jahzzar


00:10:53 Ch. 6: Act 3: Pretty Words, Ugly Actions: The Obama Legacy on Climate Change - @blkagendareport - Air Date: 8-5-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: Thru Nature - deeB


00:16:43 Ch. 8: Act 4: Engineers Develop Plan to Convert US to 100% Clean Energy by 2050 - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 06-13-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: Junior - Kaki King


00:23:11 Ch. 10: Act 5: There Is No Such Thing As "Clean Coal" - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 09-03-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: Happy Radioactive - Single - The Gregory Brothers


00:27:14 Ch. 12: Act 6: Exxon's History of Climate Change Research - @onthemedia - Air Date: 9-18-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: The Sound of Skeptics - Hoffman and Jerfunkle


00:37:04 Ch. 14: Act 7: Climate Deniers Be Cray! with Jenny Slate - NextGen Climate - Air Date: 6-30-15

Ch. 15: Song 7: !!Going Places!! - Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass


00:41:26 Ch. 16: Act 8:  Harper is gone, Exxon is on the ropes, arctic drilling on hold and electric cars are the future - @greennewsreport - Air Date - 10-15- 15

Ch. 17: Song 8: Automatic For the People - R.E.M.


00:46:15 Ch. 18: Act 9: #GlobalClimateMarch via @350 - Best of the Left Activism

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


00:48:59 Ch. 20: Act 10: Naomi Klein & Avi Lewis Climate Change Could Be Catalyst to Build a Fairer Economic System - @democracynow - Air Date 10-05-15


Voicemails

00:59:17 Ch. 21: Call to action on voter suppression - Mary from Sweeden

01:00:38 Ch. 22: Depression - Chris from New Hampshire

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


01:06:29 Ch. 23: Final comments on how how predispositions and relativity effects our happiness

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


Activism:¬†#GlobalClimateMarch via @350 ‚ÄĒ Best of the Left Activism

Take Action:

Join the next 350.org #RoadThroughParis event: The #GlobalClimateMarch

Additional Activism/Resources:

GoFossilFree.org’s push ahead of the Paris summit: Register Your Divestment from fossil fuels

Sources/further reading:

"Leaders Discuss Deeper Engagement for Strong Climate Agreement in Paris‚ÄĚ

"Solar and Wind Just Passed Another Big Turning Point: It has never made less sense to build fossil fuel power plants.‚ÄĚ

via Bloomberg

"Demolishing The 7 Myths Propping Up Fossil Fuels: It's time to set the record straight.‚Ä̬†via¬†Huffington Post

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2014/10/21) Don't police me, bro! (Feminism) (Repost)


Tue, Oct 20, 2015


Edition #870

Today we take a look at a variety of ways that (mostly) men attempt to police the actions and choices of (mostly) women, causing nothing but damage as a result
 
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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: The List of Rules for Women - @jsmooth995 - Air Date: 9-2-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Follow the Rule - Johnny Ace - The Complete Duke Recordings


Ch. 4: Act 2: Victimhood Provides Privleges - @jimmy_dore Show - Air Date 6-13-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Bad Behavior - Bad Behavior


Ch. 6: Act 3: SHE ASKED FOR IT - @lacigreen - Air Date: 09-06-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Deserve Better - Swings and Roundabouts


Ch. 8: Act 4: Shut Your Mouth And Take It, 'Fox & Friends' Advises Women - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 07-08-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: Good Old Days - Even Worse


Ch. 10: Act 5: Radical Religion and Male Privilege - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 08-22-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: Second Class Citizen - Out of the Ordinary Songs, Vol. 2


Ch. 12: Act 6: Study Explains Why Hobby Lobby Supporters Are Opposed to Birth Control - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 07-25-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: Me and God and Jesus - Crooked Roads Band


Ch. 14: Act 7: The Pregnant and Parenting Students Access to Education Act via @healthyteen & @nwlc - Best of the Left Activism

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


Ch. 16: Act 8: Pondering Gender In 1620 - @radio_dispatch - Air Date: 3-20-14

Ch. 17: Song 8: N/A


Ch. 18: Act 9: Get Your Creak On - @lexiconvalley - Air Date: 12-31-12


Ch. 23: Final comments on my discovery of the oppression of policing

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


Activism: The Pregnant and Parenting Students Access to Education Act

Take Action:

Sign to support the The Pregnant and Parenting Students Access to Education Act legislation backed by the National Women’s Law Center and Healthy Teen Network

Additional Activism/Resources:

Follow #NoTeenShameon Twitter and on Tumblr

Submit your story to #NoTeenShame

Sources/further reading:

"New Mexico Parental-Leave Law Helps Teen Moms Stay in School‚Ä̬†via¬†NBC News

"Where‚Äôs the ‚Äô16, Parenting, and OK‚Äô Reality Show?‚Ä̬†by¬†Gloria Malone¬†at¬†RH Reality Check

"#NoTeenShame: A Social Media Movement Pushes Us To Respect Young Mothers & We‚Äôre All For It‚Ä̬†via¬†Hello Beautiful

Graphic by Repeal Hyde Art Project and available for purchase at RHAP’s Zazzle StoreWritten by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2015/10/16) Working our way toward anti-democracy (Voter Suppression)


Fri, Oct 16, 2015


Edition #961

Today we take a look at a few of the tactics used to suppress voter turnout from the civil rights ear to the modern era as well as some ideas to fix the problem
 
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Show Notes

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

00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: Are Voter ID Laws Really a Bad Idea? - @TestTube News - Air Date: 7-10-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Forward - Northbound


00:03:35 Ch. 4: Act 2: A conversation on our changing voting rights w/ @AriBerman and @Dale_E_Ho - Intersection (@IntersectionTNR) - Air Date: 8-10-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Thru Clouds - deeB


00:19:12 Ch. 6: Act 3: Fox & Friend's Call For Literacy Tests Reveals Deep, Deep Irony - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 12-07-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Vote - Jefferson Coker


00:23:12 Ch. 8: Act 4: Changes to voter laws that raise disturbing connections to the past - @Making_Contact - Air Date: 8-5-15

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


00:34:24 Ch. 10: Act 5: New Election Scandal Cuts MILLIONS of Voters from the Rolls - @RedactedTonight w/ @Lee_Camp - Air Date: 11-03-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: The Wrong Way - Jahzzar


00:39:28 Ch. 12: Act 6: New Law: Everyone Automatically Registered to Vote Unless You Opt Out - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 08-06-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: Some Kind Of Mininova - Textile Audio


00:44:28¬†Ch. 14: Act 7:¬†¬†Automatic¬†Voter¬†Registration via¬†@BrennanCenter ‚ÄĒ Best of the Left Activism

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


00:47:47 Ch. 16: Act 8: Gerrymandering - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date: 6-13-15

Ch. 17: Song 8: XBells - Jimmy Penguin


00:54:15 Ch. 18: Act 9: The Conservative Voter Suppression Plot Thickens... - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 10-03-15


Voicemails

01:00:26 Ch. 19:  Thoughts on the treatment of indigenous peoples in Canada - Jessi-Anne from Victoria, British Columbia

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


01:06:33 Ch. 20: Final comments giving an update on the ongoing battle against a rare disease - click here to donate!

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


Activism: Automatic Voter Registration via @BrennanCenter

Take Action:

Find the Brennan Center for Justice list of Automatic Voter Registration laws

Let your federal legislators know you support the Automatic Voter Registration Act through ContactingTheCongress.org and your state reps know you support voter expansion through automatic registration via OpenStates.Org

Additional Activism/Resources:

Find out if you’re registered to vote at: CanIVote.org

Sources/further reading:

"The Case for Voter Registration Modernization in 2015‚Ä̬†via¬†the Brennan Center for Justice

What Alabama Can Learn From California on Voting Rights via Ari Berman at The Nation

"Gov. Brown approves automatic voter registration for Californians‚Ä̬†via¬†LA Times

"Dem unveils automatic voter registration bill‚Ä̬†via¬†The Hill

"Make It Easy: The Case for Automatic Registration‚Ä̬†via¬†Democracy Journal

"Under new Oregon law, all eligible voters are registered unless they opt out‚Ä̬†via¬†LA Times

"Hillary's Game-Changing Voting Reform‚Ä̬†via¬†the Brennan Center for Justice

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2015/10/13) Reconsidering Columbus (Indigenous Peoples day)


Tue, Oct 13, 2015


Edition #960

Today we take a look at the legacy of Christopher Columbus and the echoes of that legacy that can still be strongly felt today
 
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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Columbus Day - How Is That Still A Thing - @LastWeekTonight w/ @iamjohnoliver - Air Date: 10-13-14

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


Ch. 4: Act 2: Cultural genocide against indigenous peoples in Canada - Le Show w/ @theharryshearer - Air Date: 6-7-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Ghosts In The Machine - Death And Vanilla


Ch. 6: Act 3: Cultural Genocide: Landmark Report Decries Canada's Forced Schooling of Indigenous Children - @democracynow - Air Date: 6-3-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: Sunbeams in High Grass - Feldmaus


Ch. 8: Act 4: The Truth About Columbus Day - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 10-8-12

Ch. 9: Song 4: Flurry - The OO-Ray


Ch. 10: Act 5: Gov't Sells Sacred Native Land To Foreign Mining Company - @RedactedTonight w/ @LeeCamp - Air Date: 7-25-15 

Ch. 11: Song 5: Piano song - Plusplus


Ch. 12: Act 6: The Navajo Water Lady - CBS Sunday Morning - Air Date: 8-16-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: Faraday - dustmotes


Ch. 14: Act 7: The REAL History Of Christopher Columbus - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 10-6-15


Voicemails

Ch. 15: Frustration with Bill Maher - Colin from Cleveland, OH

Ch. 16: Thoughts on negative visualization and mental illness - Katie Klabusich

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 17: Final comments on the power to influence happiness

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


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(2015/10/09) The need to do better (Mass Incarceration)


Fri, Oct 09, 2015


Edition #959

Today we take a look at the fundamental flaws of our criminal justice system and the emerging consensus that we need to make the changes necessary to do better
 
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Show Notes

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

00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: Mass Incarceration Causing More Crime Than It Prevents - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 07-31-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: Cospiratore - Old Splendifolia


00:07:09 Ch. 4: Act 2: Brutal Fees Punish Families Of Prison Inmates - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 09-19-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Pale Rider - Ben McElroy


00:15:43 Ch. 6: Act 3: America’s Prison Problem - @DecodeDC - Air Date: 8-6-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: N/A


00:27:16 Ch. 8: Act 4: Mapping out the mass incarceration of black males - Melissa Harris-Perry (@MHPshow) - Air Date 9-19-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: the cherry tree - Burning Bright


00:37:24 Ch. 10: Act 5: Prison Reform To Reduce Sentences Of Non-Violent Drug Offenders - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 08-30-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: Llegare - Dom La Nena


00:42:35¬†Ch. 12: Act 6:¬†Support Bipartisan #JusticeReformNOW via @cut_50 ‚ÄĒ Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 13: Song 6: The Poet - Shihan


00:45:53 Ch. 14: Act 7: Bryan Stevenson (@eji_org): Just Mercy and how the shame of our past should drive us to do better - Arts and Ideas (@BBCRadio3) - Air Date: 7-14-15


Voicemails

01:02:02 Ch. 15: A couple more thoughts on giving advice - Anonymous

01:03:17 Ch. 16: Response to the comments about trench coats - Alyson from Colorado

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


01:04:49 Ch. 17: Final comments about Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson (Go read it!)

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


Activism: Support Bipartisan #JusticeReformNOW via @cut_50

Take Action:

SIGN:¬†"Demand that Congress take action to roll back the incarceration industry in America‚Ä̬†via¬†#cut50

Sources/further reading:

"FAMM: House Sentencing Reform Compromise Another Step in Right Direction‚Ä̬†via¬†Families Against Mandatory Minimums

‚ÄúSentencing Reform and Corrections Act‚Ä̬†‚ÄĒ the full legislation

"Here's One Thing Washington Agreed On This Week: Sentencing Reform‚Ä̬†via¬†NPR

"Senators Announce Bipartisan Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act‚Ä̬†‚ÄĒ announcement from the Judiciary Committee

"Senate Introduces ‚ÄėGamechanger‚Äô Criminal Justice Reform Bill‚Ä̬†via¬†Time

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2015/10/06) Where the market should not be allowed to tread (Health Care)


Tue, Oct 06, 2015


Edition #958

Today we take a look at the destructive influence of the market on pharmaceuticals and some ideas on reigning in the system for the betterment of all
 
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Show Notes

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

00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: Proof That Obamacare is Working Getting Really Hard to Ignore - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 08-15-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: Chicago - Plusplus


00:04:36 Ch. 4: Act 2: Failures of the free market in drug development - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date: 9-25-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Heirloom - The Black Atlantic


00:15:12 Ch. 6: Act 3: 5500% Price Increase on AIDS Drug Canceled After Outrage - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 09-24-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: The Shine - Jahzzar


00:21:02 Ch. 8: Act 4: Is Pharma the Most Evil Industry? (w/ @JoshZepps) - Majority Report (@majorityfm) - Air Date: 09-28-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: Kerouak - Plusplus


00:28:38 Ch. 10: Act 5: Get the Corporations out of Medicare! - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 07-27-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: Springish - Gillicuddy


00:35:59 Ch. 12: Act 6: The Prescription Drug Affordability Act of 2015 via @DemandProgress & @OpenCongress - Best of the Left Activism

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


00:39:10 Ch. 14: Act 7: .@RishiManchanda: What makes us get sick? Look upstream - @TEDTalks - Air Date: 9-15-14


Voicemails

00:57:29 Ch. 15: Advocating for sustainable change in your cities - Ryan from Pheonix

01:01:21 Ch. 16: On giving advice - Eric from South Carolina

01:05:08 Ch. 17: Trench-coated white kids and religious leaders - Brad from Dallas, TX

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


01:06:27 Ch. 18: Final comments on how to prove racism is a factor when trying to explain it away

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


Activism: The Prescription Drug Affordability Act of 2015 via @DemandProgress & @OpenCongress

Take Action:

Sign the¬†Demand Progress¬†petition to Congress:¬†"Tell Congress to pass Bernie Sanders's bill to rein in prescription drug costs!‚ÄĚ

Track the legislation & contact legislators: in the Senate & in the House via GovTrack.us

Additional Activism/Resources:

Send your legislator a letter through OpenCongress.org

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2015/10/02) Citizens demanding equal power (Money in politics)


Fri, Oct 02, 2015


Edition #957

Today we take a look at the single biggest problem plaguing our political system and the two strongest campaigns fighting to solve it, Lessig2016.us and Wolf-Pac.com
 
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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: How Republicans Protect Secret Donors - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 08-01-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: El Tranvia - Jenifer Avila


Ch. 4: Act 2: Scott Walker is the face now - but the first culprit was 100 years ago - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 3-14-11

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


Ch. 6: Act 3: Lawrence Lessig to campaign on sole issue of campaign finance reform - Rachel @maddow - Air Date 9-8-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: Getting Somewhere - Allison Moorer


Ch. 8: Act 4: Lawrence Lessig: Bernie Sanders CAN’T End Political Corruption - Interview w/ Cenk Uygur (edited) - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 08-21-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: The Clouds Were Like Lace - Ben McElroy


Ch. 10: Act 5: Private Prison Lobbyists Raising Money for Hillary Clinton - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 07-28-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: The System - Abscondo


Ch. 12: Act 6: Hillary Clinton Wants to Overturn Citizens United... - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 09-09-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: Drifts - The OO-Ray


Ch. 14: Act 7: Corporate Media REALLY Doesn’t Wanna Talk Money In Politics - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 09-22-15

Ch. 15: Song 7: Here Comes The Wave (instrumental) - Silence Is Sexy


Ch. 16: Act 8: #WeWantDebate in #Election2016 via @Lessig2016 - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 17: Song 8: This fickle world - Theo Bard


Ch. 18: Act 9: How hedge fund billionaires literally "check" the people's will - @jimhightower - Air Date: 9-30-15

Ch. 19: Song 9: The Time To Run (Finale) - Dexter Britain


Ch. 20: Act 10: IRS Surrenders To Dark Money - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 08-02-15


Voicemails

Ch. 21: Thoughts on our voting system - Elaine

Ch. 22: The importance of learning moderate use - Sally from San Francisco

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 23: Final comments on the little bit of spring cleaning I've been doing on the back end

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


Activism: #WeWantDebate in #Election2016 via @Lessig2016

Take Action:

SIGN the petition: Let Lessig Debate! from the Lessig2016 campaign

Sources/further reading:

"Democrat Debate Controversy: Will Lawrence Lessig Be Included?‚Ä̬†via¬†Forbes

"Larry Lessig Seeks A Single Issue, Single Year Presidency‚Ä̬†via¬†U.S.News and World Report

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2015/09/29) Religion seen through fear (Islamophobia)


Tue, Sep 29, 2015


Edition #956

Today we take a look at a fresh set of news stories that demonstrate how muslims are seen through an often-racial lens of fear, distrust and hatred
 
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Show Notes

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

00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: Angry Sam Harris Fan: Stop Being Unfair to Sam Harris! - Majority Report (@majorityfm) - Air Date: 08-22-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: Courage - Authority Zero


00:09:40 Ch. 4: Act 2: Fox News: Obama Not Blaming Islam Enough - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 07-18-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: You Don't Scare Me - Josh Pykee


00:21:01 Ch. 6: Act 3:  Who gets called a terrorist in the media - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date: 5-22-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: The Typewriter - Arthur Fiedler & Boston Pops Orchestra


00:25:01 Ch. 8: Act 4: Hypocrite: County Official Storms Out of Meeting During Muslim Prayer - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 08-07-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: Me and God and Jesus - Crooked Roads Band


00:29:27 Ch. 10: Act 5: Muslim Student Handcuffed Because Of Harmless Science Project - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 09-17-15

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


00:43:55 Ch. 12: Act 6: Richard Dawkins: Ahmed's Clock Truther? - Majority Report (@majorityfm) - Air Date: 09-21-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: Science Fair - Recess Monkey


00:50:19¬†Ch. 14: Act 7:¬†Protect Thy Neighbor (@protectneighbor) via @americansunited ‚ÄĒ Best of the Left Activism¬†

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


00:52:52 Ch. 16: Act 8: Are All Muslims Responsible For Terrorism? - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 07-21-15


Voicemails

00:58:06 Ch. 17: Religious freedom isn't just about Christianity - Wade from Ft. Worth, TX

01:01:20 Ch. 18: A coach's thoughts on giving advice - Anonymous

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


01:07:36 Ch. 19: Final comments on the complicated nature of giving advice

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


Activism:

Protect Thy Neighbor (@protectneighbor) via @americansunited

Take Action:

Add your name to the Americans United or Separation of Church and State> Protect Thy Neighbor Pledge

Download and post The Shield

Tell your legislators: Protect My Neighbors!

Get Legal Help

Additional Activism/Resources:

"You Can Now Donate to the Ahmed Mohamed STEM Scholarship Fund‚Ä̬†via¬†Mic

"MacArthur High School and Irving TX police: Apologize to Ahmed Mohamed for criminalizing science‚Ä̬†via Change.org

Sources/further reading:

The official feed of Ahmed’s family: @IStandWithAhmed

Muslim teen behind #IStandWithAhmed encourages others to follow their dreams: "Go for it!" http://cbsn.ws/1KgQcbI via CBS News

"‚ÄėIt‚Äôs A Trap!‚Äô Paranoid FRC Head Buys Into Ridiculous Ahmed Mohamed Bomb Plot Scenario‚Ä̬†via¬†Americans United or Separation of Church and State>

< a href="https://www.au.org/blogs/wall-of-separation/pope-problems-papal-visit-incurs-significant-taxpayer-expense">"Pope Problems: Papal Visit Incurs Significant Taxpayer Expense‚ÄĚ via¬†Americans United or Separation of Church and State>

"Once More, With Enthusiasm: Texas Attorney General Again Refuses To Recognize Marriage Equality‚Ä̬†via¬†Americans United or Separation of Church and State>

via Americans United or Separation of Church and State> and Thom Hartmann

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2015/02/27) Rethinking the fundamentals of drugs and addiction (Drug War) (Repost)


Fri, Sep 25, 2015


Edition #902

Today we look at the not only the destructive forces at work within the drug war but also look deeper at the causes of addiction and drug abuse that could change all of your preconceived notions on the topic and maybe even our society...
 
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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1:¬†Drug War Alternatives That Work ¬ē Overcriminalized #2- Substance Abuse ¬ē- @bravenewfilms - Air Date: 10-9-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Once There Was a Hushpuppy - Beasts of the Southern Wild (Music from the Motion Picture)


Ch. 4: Act 2: Tracking cars movements in real time as part of the DEA drug war - Le Show (@theharryshearer) - Air Date: 2-1-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Don’t Worry, We'll Be Watching You - Making Mirrors


Ch. 6: Act 3: DC mayor stands up for voters on legal pot, defies congressional GOP - Rachel @Maddow Show - Air Date: 2-26-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: Gateway Drug - Dancing In The Streets


Ch. 8: Act 4: Challenge everything you know about drugs - @allinwithchris Hayes - Air Date: 03-05-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: Big Mistake - Fair Ain't Fair


Ch. 10: Act 5: Johann Hari (@johannhari101): Everything We Know About the Drug War & Addiction is Wrong Part 1 - @democracynow - Air Date: 2-4-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: Strange Fruit (1939 Single Version) - 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Billie Holiday


Ch. 12: Act 6: Poverty drives the demand for opiates - Economic Update with @profwolff - Air Date: 11-17-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: Poverty (Single Stereo) - That Did It! - The Duke Recordings, Vol. 3


Ch. 14: Act 7: Johann Hari (@johannhari101): Everything We Know About the Drug War & Addiction is Wrong Part 2 - @democracynow - Air Date: 2-4-15


Voicemails

Ch. 16: Women should get paid the same even if they're away from work for a period - Caleb from Austin, TX

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 18: Final comments telling the story of the pile of shit Patricia Arquette stepped in and the aftermath

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


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