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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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(2015/01/27) Bringing harm, one patriarchal policy at a time (Abortion Rights)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Wed, Jan 28, 2015


Edition #893

Today we take the actual harm caused by restrictive abortion policies and some ways to reframe the debate
 
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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Can Abortions Save Lives? - @testtube - Air Date: 1-6-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: A Girl, A Boy, and a Graveyard - The Reluctant Graveyard


Ch. 4: Act 2: Right-Wing Policies Are Literally Killing Women - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 05-17-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Nothing Else Matters - Inquisition Symphony


Ch. 6: Act 3: @KathaPollitt: on the history of abortion rights in America - Diane Rehm Show (@drshow) - Air Date: 10-8-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Patriarchy Over & Out - Patriarchy Over & Out - EP


Ch. 8: Act 4: Safe And Legal Abortions Difficult By Design - @fakedansavage - Air Date 9-16-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: Shame - Emotionalism (Bonus Track Version)


Ch. 10: Act 5: We would really like some control over your uterus - @TWiBnation - Air Date: 1-13-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: Liberty - Frontiers


Ch. 12: Act 6: States Continue Push To Ban Abortions After 20 Weeks - @JenniferLudden on @NPR - Air Date: 1-22-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: The Thing That Made You - Beasts of the Southern Wild (Music from the Motion Picture)


Ch. 14: Act 7: Republican women revolt against abortion ban - @allinwithchris Hayes - Air Date: 1-22-15

Ch. 15: Song 7: Mondo '77 (feat. Francis MacDonald) - Vanilla Sky (Music from the Motion Picture)


Ch. 16: Act 8: End Abortion Coverage Bans - Best of the Left Activism

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


Ch. 18: Act 9: @KathaPollitt reads from her book Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights - @Politics_Prose - Air Date: 10-31-14


Voicemails

Ch. 20: No problem with teaching comparitive religion - Trey from Corvallis

Ch. 21: Privacy laws also protect the already-powerful - Dave from Canada

Ch. 22: One reason why the police shoot to kill - Neil

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 23: Final comments on why cops are trained to shoot to kill and a reminder to nominate BotL in the Best Produced category at PodcastAwards.com

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


Activism: End Abortion Coverage Bans

Take Action:

Track H.R.7 via GovTrack.us and use Contacting the Congress to tell your Senators to vote NO when H.R.7 comes to the Senate.

SIGN All* Above All’s letter opposing the Hyde Amendment on the 2016 budget: End Abortion Coverage Bans Now!

Additional Activism/Resources:

SIGN NARAL Pro-Choice America’s petitions to the 114th Congress:

”Ask the Republican Leaders: Where Are The Women?”

”Anti-Choice Politicians Don’t Speak For Me

Sources/further reading:

See who the H.R.7 co-sponsors were: Congressional Bill Tracker — H.R.7

"New Year, Same as the Old Year? 2015 Reproductive Rights Preview” by Katie Klabusich at Truthout

"Roe Should Be a Reality for All, Not Just for a Wealthy Few” by Heidi Williamson at TalkPoverty.org

"Congress Rejected A 20-Week Abortion Ban, But These States Didn’t” by Tara Culp-Ressler at ThinkProgress

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

Thanks for listening!

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

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(2015/01/23) Fearing and hating what we don’t understand (Religion)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Sat, Jan 24, 2015


Edition #892

Today we take a look at the propaganda we’re fed to convince us that muslims are dangerous and examine why it’s bullshit
 
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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Violence and Muslims - @DecodeDC - Air Date: 1-9-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: Dig Down Deep - Dig Down Deep (Bonus Track Version)


Ch. 4: Act 2: Study: Religious Extremism is the Main Cause of Terrorism - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 11-20-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Tobacco Road - Tobacco Road


Ch. 6: Act 3: Islam isn't more bizarre than Christianity, it's just less familiar to us - @truthdig Radio - Air Date: 1-16-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: Perpetuum Mobile - Preludes, Airs and Yodels (A Penguin Cafe Primer)


Ch. 8: Act 4: Countering Radical Islam - @onthemedia - Air Date: 1-16-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: Gerudo Valley (From "Ocarina of Time") - Melodies of Hyrule: Music from "the Legend of Zelda"


Ch. 10: Act 5: 'American Sniper' Bashed As Pro-War Anti-Muslim Propaganda - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 01-22-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: Little Lies - Fleetwood Mac: Greatest Hits


Ch. 12: Act 6: Slain Muslim Cop’s Brother Delivers A Eulogy All Must Hear - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 01-13-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: Porcelain - Play & Play: B Sides


Ch. 14: Act 7: Add the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region to the Census via @ACCESS1971 & @NNAAC - Best of the Left Activism

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


Ch. 16: Act 8: I am the son of a terrorist. Here's how I chose peace. - @ZakEbrahim on @TEDTalks - Air Date: 9-9-14


Voicemails

Ch. 18: Cutting through the cloud of BS - Colin from Cleveland, OH

Ch. 19: Tired of fighting racism - Xena from New York

Ch. 20: Activism segments are valuable and the government's divine right to kill - Erin from Philadelphia

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 21: Final comments on PodcastAwards.com and the Kickstarter for The Good Fight with Ben Wikler

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


Activism: Add the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region to the Census via @ACCESS1971 & @NNAAC

Take Action:

Leave a positive comment by February 1 to support adding the MENA region to the Census

Sources/further reading:

Linda Sarsour speaks to MEMO about Islamophobia in America”

"Radio Dispatch Live with Linda Sarsour and Vince Warren” on Radio Dispatch

"For Republicans, Muslims Will Be the Gays of 2016” by Dean Obeidallah at The Daily Beast

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

Thanks for listening!

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(2015/01/20) Freedom, terrorism and where we stand (Charlie Hebdo)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Wed, Jan 21, 2015


Edition #891
Today we take a look at the terrorist attack on the French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, including the hypocrisies, the missed points and a reassessment of the place of non-muslims in the War on Islamic Extremism™
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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Paris Shooting: At Least 11 Dead in Terror Attack - Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) - Air Date: 01-07-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: "Paris" - Dido


Ch. 4: Act 2: France Rises For Freedom & The World Rises With Them - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 01-13-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: We Stand As One - Occupy This Album


Ch. 6: Act 3: The possible motivations behind the Charlie Hebdo attacks - @truthdig Radio - Air Date: 1-9-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: From Finner - My Head Is An Animal


Ch. 8: Act 4: Calls for press freedom highlights the hypocrisy of world leaders - @democracynow - Air Date: 1-12-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: Standing - Empires


Ch. 10: Act 5: The French government is looking for more power in response to terrorist attack - Le Show (@theharryshearer) - AIr Date: 1-11-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: Cheer Up, Charlie - Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture) [25th Anniversary Edition]


Ch. 12: Act 6: Don't miss the bigger picture of the conversation on free speech - @Radio_Dispatch - Air Date: 1-9-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: Power of Words - Conversations With Shepherds, Sheep, Guinea Pigs and Monkeys: Nursery Rhymes for the Underfed Mind Vol I


Ch. 14: Act 7: We Believe in Free Speech, No Really! - John Mill - Air Date: 1-15-15

Ch. 15: Song 7: Say What You Mean - Change of Scenery


Ch. 16: Act 8: Understanding free speech and what drives terrorism - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date: 1-18-15

Ch. 17: Song 8: And It Spread - I and Love and You


Ch. 18: Act 9: How societies wrongly react to terrorist attacks - @democracynow - Air Date: 1-12-15

Ch. 19: Song 9: Catalog & Classify - Tiger Banana


Ch. 20: Act 10: We need to understand our place in the conflict with Islamic extremism - @dccommonsense - Air Date: 1-18-15


Ch. 21: Final comments on the nature of Satire

Ch. 21.1:  Giving Charlie Hebdo a pass on racism because they're from the left - @truthdig Radio - Air Date: 1-9-15

Ch. 21.2:  Examining satire at Charlie Hebdo - @Jimmy_Dore Show - Air Date: 1-16-15

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


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

Thanks for listening!

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(2006/05/08) He May Be a Failure, but He's Our Failure (Colbert's Correspondents Dinner Speech)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Sat, Jan 17, 2015


A special rerun episode from 2006 when Stephen Colbert was invited to give the keynote at the White House Coorespondents Dinner. Getting sick this week gives me the perfect excuse to replay this just after The Colbert Report came to a close.



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(2015/01/13) Why privacy matters (NSA Spying)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Wed, Jan 14, 2015


Edition #890
Today we take a look at how over-policing and the threat of constant surveillance chips away at freedom in direct and indirect ways and why you should be concerned (if it weren’t already obvious)
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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: How Did The NSA Become Big Brother? - @TestTube - Air Date: 6-16-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: The Safety Dance (Video Version) - Rhythm of Youth


Ch. 4: Act 2: NSA releasing documents about broken laws on Christmas Eve - Le Show (@theharryshearer) - Air Date: 12-28-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Abuse of Power - As the Stars Fall


Ch. 6: Act 3: @CatherineNCrump: The small and surprisingly dangerous detail the police track about you - @TEDTalks - Air Date: 12-11-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Don’t Worry, We'll Be Watching You - Making Mirrors


Ch. 8: Act 4: FBI, CIA Terrified They Won't Be Able to Spy on Your New Phone - @RedactedTonight - Air Date: 11-13-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: Let My Love Open the Door - Hit & Run (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)


Ch. 10: Act 5: The NSA Has an Advice Columnist - @onthemedia - Air Date: 9-26-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: Hate Me - Foiled


Ch. 12: Act 6: @ggreenwald: Why privacy matters - @TEDTalks - Air Date: 10-10-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: Burn It Down - Dancing In The Streets


Ch. 14: Act 7: If you're not worried about spying then your privilege is showing - @Radio_Dispatch - Air Date: 10-15-14

Ch. 15: Song 7: Rockin' the Suburbs - Rockin' the Suburbs


Ch. 16: Act 8: Prohibit Mass Surveillance via @EFF - Best of the Left Activism

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


Ch. 18: Act 9: From Drones to Chokeholds, We're Over-Policed! - @GRITlaura Flanders of @grittv - Air Date: 12-15-14


Voicemails

Ch. 20: Watch what the local police are saying - Chrisanne from New Jersey

Ch. 21: There should be a movement to divest from the prison industrial complex - Ian from Chattanooga, TN

Ch. 22: Capitalism and people of color - Vloral from Atlanta, GA

Ch. 23: Thoughts on aparthied America - Fisher from Buffalo, NY

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 24: Final comments on the Surveillance Self-Defence info pack from the Electronic Frontier Foundation

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


Bonus Episode I mentioned: (2013/11/18) Another terrible pipeline (School-to-prison)


Activism: Prohibit Mass Surveillance via @EFF

Take Action:

SIGN the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) petition: "Tell Obama: Stop Mass Surveillance Under Executive Order 12333”

Additional Activism/Resources:

Leave a comment for the Federal Elections Commission via EFF: "No New Regulation for Online Political Speech”

SIGN the ACLU pledge: "Invasion of the Data Snatchers”

Sources/further reading:

"PEN America: "'The Harm Caused by Surveillance...is Unmistakable’” via EFF

"Global Chilling: The Impact of Mass Surveillance on International Writers” from PEN American Center

"The Fight in Congress to End the NSA’s Mass Spying: 2014 in Review” at EFF

"ACLU accuses NSA of using holiday lull to ‘minimise impact’ of documents” by Nicky Woolf at The Guardian

"US tries to strike deal with EU for immunity over online security breaches” by Phillip Inman at The Guardian

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!

Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft

Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft

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(2015/01/09) The system is built to fail (Injustice System)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Sat, Jan 10, 2015


Edition #889
Today we look at the interplay between a system of structural racism and our (in)justice system and beg the question: is the system broken or is it working just as intended?
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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: How Do Grand Juries Work? - @TestTube - Air Date: 12-05-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Keepsake - Peace Between Nations


Ch. 4: Act 2: Prosecutor Bob McCullogh breaks his silence - @allinwithchris Hayes - Air Date: 12-19-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Perjury - My Friends And The Sun EP


Ch. 6: Act 3: The judicial history of police using choke holds - @DecodeDC - Air Date: 12-18-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Going Home - The Talks


Ch. 8: Act 4: Resisting Arrest While Black vs White - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 12-17-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: Hill Street Blues - 100 Greatest TV Themes


Ch. 10: Act 5: The role of implicit bias in the (in)justice system - @Radio_Dispatch - Air Date: 10-9-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: How Do You See Me - Montibello Memories


Ch. 12: Act 6: The Big Reality Show, the 1% and the Myth of the Thin Blue Line - @blkagendareport - Air Date: 1-7-15

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


Ch. 14: Act 7: Excellent result of NYPD protest - @LeeCamp - Air Date: 1-7-15

Ch. 15: Song 7: Promontory - Tideland


Ch. 16: Act 8: Discussing #BlackBrunch - @TWiBnation - Air Date: 1-5-15

Ch. 17: Song 8: Brunch - Jobo Shakins


Ch. 18: Act 9: #BlackBrunch - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 19: Song 9: Activism - The Poet


Ch. 20: Act 10: Bad News For Ferguson Prosecutor Bob McCulloch - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 01-06-15


Voicemails

Ch. 21: Ferguson episode was sad and hopeful - Dave from Olympia, WA

Ch. 22: What can we do in the wake of Ferguson - Vphriamer Adis from New York

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 23: Final comments on voicemails and the benefits of membership

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


Activism: #BlackBrunch

Take Action:

Get the info on #BlackBrunch: "#BlackBrunchNYC Disrupts Diners To Protest Police Brutality” via Lily Workneh at HuffPo

Follow @BlackBrunchNYC and #BlackBrunch on Twitter.

Additional Activism/Resources:

Go. See. “Selma.” Now showing Find your local listings #MarchOn

Sources/further reading:

"Former NYPD Officer Responds To #Blackbrunch With Gun-Toting Selfie” by Hannington Dia at News One

"A Guide for Anyone Who Finds Themselves in the Middle of a #BlackBrunch” by Derrick Clifton at Mic News

"Black Brunch Won’t Let Us Turn Away From Victims Of Police Violence” by Muna Mire at {Young}ist

"Attack of the ‘Black Brunch’ brats” by Michelle Malkin at The New York Post

"Hashtag Activism Isn't a Cop-Out” by Noah Berlatsky at The Atlantic — an interview with Deray Mckesson

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!

Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft

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(2015/01/06) The continuing march toward reform (Money in Politics)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Wed, Jan 07, 2015


Edition #888

Today we continue to look at the effect of money in politics and follow the campaigns you can support that are actively working to reform the system

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Reclaim Democracy - The Nantucket Project (@Nantucketproj) - Air Date: 10-22-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: N/A


Ch. 4: Act 2: Caller: Are we Going to Restrict Left Wing Donations? - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 12-09-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Like Humans Do (radio edit) - David Byrne


Ch. 6: Act 3: CORRUPTION: YES Voters on Spending Bill Got 2X Money of NO Voters - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 12-20-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Follow The Money - The Redemption Of Zounds


Ch. 8: Act 4: What Can You Get When You Buy A Politician? - @ringoffireradio - Air Date: 12-28-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: Buy My Vote - Righteous Ruckus


Ch. 10: Act 5: America: The Best Government Money can Buy - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 12-11-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: Oligarchy - Punkgrass for the People


Ch. 12: Act 6: Two Weeks in January - @NHRebellion - Air Date: 4-17-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: El Condor Pasa (If I Could) - The Best of Simon & Garfunkel


Ch. 14: Act 7: Walk Across New Hampshire: @NHrebellion - Best of the Left Activism

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


Ch. 16: Act 8: Illinois Passes Historic Measure To Fight Money In Politics - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 12-05-14


Voicemails

Ch. 18: The Disgusting Reaction Of The Police To Protests Against Them - Colin From Cleveland, OH

Ch. 19: Be An Ally, Not An Asshole - Nathan From Boca Raton, FL

Ch. 20: Strategies For Striking - Daniel From Albany, NY

Ch. 21: Thoughts On Teaching Religion In School - Colin From Cleveland, OH

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 22: Final comments on Granny D's arrest at the US Capital Building

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


Activism: Walk Across New Hampshire: @NHrebellion

Take Action:

Join with the NH Rebellion, January Walk

Follow NH Rebellion on Facebook and on Twitter

Amplify the NH Rebellion participants using the #NHR thread

Sources/further reading:

”In One Week, the 2nd #NHR Walk Begins” via Lawrence Lessig

"Aaron's Walk: The New Hampshire Rebellion” by ”Lawrence Lessig

"Losing Aaron [Swartz]” by ”Jangle Nanos at Boston Magazine

"Embrace the Irony: Lawrence Lessig wants to reform campaign finance. All he needs is fifty billionaires.” by Evan Osnos at The New Yorker

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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Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft

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

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Sat, Jan 03, 2015


Edition #887

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

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Show Notes

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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


Voicemails

Ch. 20: Let schools teach about religious holidays - Wade from Ft. Worth, TX

Ch. 21: Fact-checking Jimmy Dore on Christmas - Sandy in Germany

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


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

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


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

Take Action!

Get involved with Half In Ten

Follow Half in Ten on Twitter and on Facebook

Participate in #TalkPoverty

Sources/further reading:

"The Safety Net Is Good Economic Policy” by Sarah Steinberg at the Center For American Progress

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

"One in five millennials lives in poverty, report finds” by Jana Kasperkevic at The Guardian

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!

Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft

Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft

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(2014/03/23) The affliction of wealth on people and society (Economics) (Repost)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Wed, Dec 31, 2014


Edition #811

Today we look at some of the reasons why rich people have a tendency to be some of the worst people on the planet and how their actions make things worse for everyone, including themselves.

Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: The persecuted rich - @allinwithchris Hayes - Air Date: 01-30-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Perfect Balance (Population Ballroom Mix) - Perfect Balance - EP


Ch. 4: Act 2: Why Do Crazy Rich People Keep Talking About Nazism? - @majorityfm - Air Date: 03-20-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Friends and Neighbors - Ain't She Sweet


Ch. 6: Act 3: Former Wolf Of Wall Street Comes Clean In Op-Ed - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 02-03-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Philosophy - Ben Folds Five


Ch. 8: Act 4: Affluenza vs Impoverbetes - Disorderly Conduct (@Dis_Con) - Air Date 12-16-13

Ch. 9: Song 4: My Wealth Comes to Me - Dear Companion


Ch. 10: Act 5: They're Bigger Assholes Than You Ever Thought | Wall Street Secret Society Infiltrated - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 02-19-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: The Game Is Rigged - Badly Stuffed Animals


Ch. 12: Act 6: Citizen’s United Take Two via @CommonCause - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 13: Song 6: Activism - The Poet


Ch. 14: Act 7: Paul Piff: Does money make you mean? - TEDx - Air Date: 12-2013


Voicemails

Ch. 15: Coverage of Ukraine dropped the ball - Issac from DC

Ch. 16: Thoughts on Joss Whedon's speech - Rosa from Denver, CO

Ch. 17: The cold war then and now - Maureen from Mass

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 18: Final comments on my bad mood leading to today's fuck-the-rick episode

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


ACTIVISM:

Take Action on McCutcheon v FEC from Common Cause

Sources/further reading:

McCutcheon v Federal Election Commission from SCOTUS Blog

"Scalia’s looming fiasco: Obscure new SCOTUS case may be worse than Citizens United" by Josh Eidelson

"Six Supreme Court Cases to Watch This Term” by Jessica Mason Pieklo

"How Much Did Sheldon Adelson Really Spend on Campaign 2012?” from ProPublica

”Who Is Foster Friess? Seven Facts You Need to Know” from

 

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2014/05/19) Bad in principle and in practice (Death Penalty) (Repost)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Sat, Dec 27, 2014


Edition #828

Today we look at what benefits there are in having a death penalty (none) and which elements of it are fundamentally unjust (all)

Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: If The Victim Is White, Death Penalty MUCH More Likely - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 03-23-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Death Penalty - Love Is for the Rich


Ch. 4: Act 2: If You Support the Death Penalty, You're Probably White - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 04-01-14

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


Ch. 6: Act 3: Execution In Oklahoma - @MumiaAbuJamal - Air Date: 5-5-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: American Way - Essential Masters


Ch. 8: Act 4: Texas to try secret lethal drug in execution - Rachel @Maddow - Air Date: 5-12-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: Close These Curtains - Behaving Like a Widower


Ch. 10: Act 5: Judgement On The Secret Cocktail - @FAIRmediawatch - Air Date 5-9-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: What Are We Doing Here? - Field Recordings, Vol. 04: Crown Demos Part 2


Ch. 12: Act 6: Court blocks Texas from killing prisoner - Rachel @maddow - Air Date 5-13-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: Death Penalty - What's So Strange About Me


Ch. 14: Act 7: Shocking Percentage Of Death Row Inmates Are Innocent - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 05-03-14

Ch. 15: Song 7: Can't Hide from the Truth - The Life and Time Of...


Ch. 16: Act 8: Fixing the death row system via @innocence - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 17: Song 8: Activism - The Poet


Ch. 18: Act 9: Support for Death Penalty Lowest in 40 Years - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 10-31-13

Ch. 19: Song 9: A Change Is Gonna Come - Learning to Bend


Ch. 20: Act 10: Rick Perry Killed an Innocent Man - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 03-12-14


Voicemails

Ch. 21: Historical context of respectability politics - ? from Pittsburgh, PA

Ch. 22: Respectability politics = victim blaming - Sonya from Minnesota

Ch. 23: Jeff from theliberalcurmudgeon.com on how and why to support Best of the Left - Jeff from New York

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 24: Final comments on the next bonus episode on the consepts of self and free will

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


ACTIVISM:

What Can I Do? from The Innocence Project

Sources/further reading:

"How Oklahoma's GOP Governor Turned a Heinous Killer Into a Death-Penalty Martyr” by Stephanie Mencimer at Mother Jones

VIDEO: "Execution Chaos: Witness Recounts Botched Killing That Caused Oklahoma Prisoner's Fatal Heart Attack” via Democracy Now!

"Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin defends controversial execution” by Meredith Clark via MSNBC

 

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2014/12/23) Our annual collective waste of time (War on Christmas)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Wed, Dec 24, 2014


Edition #886

Today, after weeks of discussing the wrongful deaths of unarmed citizens at the hands of brutal policing policies, the illegal and immoral systematic torture of prisoners carried out in our names and the inescapable reach of rape culture infused in our society, we’re finally able to dedicate our last new episode of the year to one of the nations most pressing issues

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: War On Christmas Update From Bill O'Reilly On Fox News - @TheYoungTurks - Air Date: 12-04-13

Ch. 3: Song 1: War On Christmas - Enabling Peace On Earth


Ch. 4: Act 2: Bill O'Reilly: The War on Christmas Avenger - @majorityfm - Air Date: 12-05-13

Ch. 5: Song 2: Christians and Pagans - Mortal City


Ch. 6: Act 3: Wouldn't Jesus Hate Christmas? - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 12-23-13

Ch. 7: Song 3: The War On the War On Christmas - The War On the War On Christmas - Single


Ch. 8: Act 4: @chrisrock Monologue: We commercialize everything - Saturday Night Live (@nbcsnl) - Air Date: 12-03-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: War On Christmas Day - Hallways: the Songs of Carol Hall


Ch. 10: Act 5: Bill O'Reilly's Latest Manufactured 'War On Christmas' Crisis - @TheYoungTurks - Air Date: 12-07-13

Ch. 11: Song 5: War Medley: Onward Christian Soldiers / I'm On the Battlefield / Keep On the Firing Line - Sanders Family Christmas - Smoke On the Mountain, Pt. 2


Ch. 12: Act 6: Christmas Belongs To Everyone - @fakedansavage - Air Date 12-24-13

Ch. 13: Song 6: White Wine in the Sun - White Wine in the Sun - Single


Ch. 14: Act 7: Bill O'Reilly: War on Christmas 2014, Revenge of the Muslims! - @majorityfm - Air Date: 11-20-14

Ch. 15: Song 7: (It's Good to Be) A Jew At Christmas - Unorthodox


Ch. 16: Act 8: The True Origin Of Christmas - @jimmy_dore Show - Air Date 12-20-13


Ch. 18: Final comments on a year I'm happy to see gone

Bonus - Song 8: (There's No War On Christmas) When Christmas Is in Your Heart - (There's No War On Christmas) When Christmas Is in Your Heart - Single


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(2014/12/19) A guide to doing it all wrong (The UVA Story - Rape Culture)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Sat, Dec 20, 2014


Edition #885

Today we take a look at the fallout from a badly reported case of rape at a UVA frat house. Rolling Stone seemed to be trying to help but with a completely upside-down approach of how to expose the problems of rape culture, compounded by one journalistic blunder after another, they only succeeded in making the problem worse.

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Introduction to the UVA rape case badly reported by Rolling Stone - @onthemedia - AIr Date: 12-6-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: The Party Is Over - Adam Levy - All Four One: Vol. 1 - Americana Compilation


Ch. 4: Act 2: UVA rape story questioned -@MHPshow - Air Date: 12-7-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Trust in Me - At Last! (Remastered)


Ch. 6: Act 3: Laura Dunn (@SurvJustice) on the Fallout from the Rolling Stone article “A Rape on Campus” - @RadioTimes with @MartyMossCoane - Air Date: 12-9-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Common Reaction - Un Huh Her


Ch. 8: Act 4: The nightmare the bad reporting on the UVA rape case has created - @Radio_Dispatch - Air Date: 12-9-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: Good Ol' Fashion Nightmare - Grand


Ch. 10: Act 5: Why demanding perfect victims is a recipe for disaster - @MattFilipowicz Show - Air Date: 12-16-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: Beautiful Disaster - Greatest Hits '93-'03


Ch. 12: Act 6: Is There A 'Right' Way To Report On Rape? - @helenbenedict on @HuffPostLive with @RickyCam - Air Date: 12-10-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: Le mystère de contre jour - Contre jour (Original Soundtrack)


Ch. 14: Act 7: A very few people lie but we should believe them anyways - @fakedansavage - Air Date: 12-16-14

Ch. 15: Song 7: Deep In the SweetWater (Remix by Joseph Bishara) - My Fever Broke


Ch. 16: Act 8: Support Survivors With @KnowYourIX - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 17: Song 8: Activism - The Poet


Ch. 18: Act 9: Talking about sexual assault prevention - @MHPshow - Air Date: 12-14-14


Voicemails

Ch. 20:  More thoughts on striking healthcare workers - Steve from Alaska

Ch. 21: Minimum income is more dignified than social programs - Nathan from Vancouver, WA

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 22: Final comments sharing some good news and also some good news

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


Activism: Support Survivors With @KnowYourIX

Take Action:

Followsupport, and utilize the resources at Know Your IX

Additional Activism/Resources:

Read and signal boost the #BelieveSurvivors hashtag

Sources/further reading:

"On Rolling Stone, lessons from fact-checking, and the limits of journalism” by Maya Dusenbery at Feministing

”Jackie Update” — and why media only covers “interesting” rape stories by Melissa McEwan at Shakesville

"How Rolling Stone Gave A Gift To Rape Apologists” by Katie Klabusich at Buzzfeed

"Why I Don't Want To Hear Both Sides Of Rape Cases” by Wagatwe Wanjuki at Buzzfeed

"Victims’ Memories Are Imperfect, But Still Perfectly Believable” by Ali Safran at Buzzfeed

"The Wrestler and the Rape Victim” by Jessica Luther at Vice Sports

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Wed, Dec 17, 2014


Edition #884

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

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Show Notes

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

Ch. 9: Song 4: Seduce Me - Joyride


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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


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

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


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


Voicemails

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

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

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

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


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

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


Activism: Prosecute #Torture via @ACLU

Take Action:

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

SIGN the ACLU petition: No Free Pass For Torture

Additional Activism:

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

Sources/further reading:

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

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

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

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2014/12/12) Put your money where our future is (Climate)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Sat, Dec 13, 2014


Edition #883

Today we take a look at the economics of energy and the implications for the climate. Turns out the pressure to create a clean energy future is making that future a good bet for investors

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Archbishop Desmond Tutu on Climate Change - fentoncomonline - Air Date: 9-22-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: One Love - Songs Around the World (Audio/Video Version)


Ch. 4: Act 2: The financial realities of the energy industry are shifting - @greennewsreport - Air Date: 12-04-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Sunshine Goodtime - Pretty Baby


Ch. 6: Act 3: Yo, Conservatives! Turns Out Program that Funded Solyndra Made Money and That's Not Even the Point... - @majorityfm - Air Date: 11-24-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Don't Hold Me Back - Call Back


Ch. 8: Act 4: Climate Change: The Cost of Inaction - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (@EPA) - Air Date: 9-19-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: Mothers of the Night - Last Night


Ch. 10: Act 5: Major corporation spending millions to build a symbol? - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date: 11-28-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: Waltz of Honesty - Adventure the Great EP


Ch. 12: Act 6: Keystone XL Pipeline Job Numbers Even WORSE Than We Thought - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 11-22-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: Reinventing Kevin Bacon - Causes and Cures


Ch. 14: Act 7: Progress at the climate negotiations - @greennewsreport - Air Date: 12-11-14

Ch. 15: Song 7: Australia - Wincing the Night Away


Ch. 16: Act 8: The Changing Climates Of Global Warming Propaganda [Fascinating Study] - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 11-29-14

Ch. 17: Song 8: Hide and Seek - Speak for Yourself


Ch. 18: Act 9:  Shoulders - Shane @Koyczan and The Short Story Long - Air Date: 10-8-14

Ch. 19: Song 9: One Day - Light (Bonus Track Version)


Ch. 20: Act 10: Get Local on #ClimateChange via @NRDC - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 21: Song 10: Time for Action - Time for Action - the Very Best Of


Ch. 22: Act 11: These Republicans use China as an excuse for climate inaction. What will they say now? - @theclimatedesk - Air Date: 11-11-14


Ch. 23: Act 12: Secret negotiations lead to US/China GHG emmissions agreement - @greennewsreport - Air Date: 11-13-14

Ch. 24: Song 12: Liquid Sun - The Beginning (A New Hope) (club mix) - DJ Keoki


Ch. 25: Act 13: HUGE: U.S. and China Announce Big New Climate Deal - @majorityfm - Air Date: 11-13-14


Voicemails

Ch. 26: Black and brown people aren't seen as human - Daemon from Bath, NC

Ch. 27: Need to work from within and without on racism - Gia from Philadelphia, PA

Ch. 28: Fuck the police - Wade from Ft. Worth, TX

Ch. 29: Questioning white supremacy - Marcus from Wichita Falls, TX

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 30: Final comments on the ocean of white supremacy that we all swim in

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


Activism: Get Local on #ClimateChange via @NRDC

Take Action:

SIGN to Tell Your Governor to Help Curb Climate Change h/t The National Resources Defense Council

Sources/further reading:

"5 Awful Things Congress Snuck Into the Omnibus Budget Deal” via The Bulletin

"Congress narrowly averts government shutdown” via CNN.com

"What’s in That Huge, Lobbyist-Driven Spending Bill?” by Joshua Holland at BillMoyers.com

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2014/12/09) Breakdowns in the systems (Injustice System)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Wed, Dec 10, 2014


Edition #882

Today we take a look at the systemic failures, both institutional and psychological, that continue to make injustice the norm throughout our 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: How "Protect & Serve" Became "Search & Destroy" - @bravenewfilms - Air Date: 09-08-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Unknown Song


Ch. 4: Act 2: And now to have secret trials - Le Show (@theharryshearer) - Air Date: 11-30-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: What Is Your Secret - The Weight Is a Gift


Ch. 6: Act 3: Botched grand jury instructions call Ferguson ruling into question - Rachel @Maddow Show - Air Date: 12-02-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Just asking - Triangle Shirt Factory


Ch. 8: Act 4: Justice Scalia’s Grand Jury Rant Highlights Everything Wrong With Ferguson - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 11-30-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: Soon It Will Be Cold Enough to Build Fires - Soon It Will Be Cold Enough


Ch. 10: Act 5: Police body cameras are about more than the film they produce - @teamgoodfight - Air Date 9-15-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: Gobbledigook - Med sud i eyrum vid spilum endalaust


Ch. 12: Act 6: Officer's testimony cast Michael Brown as outsized threat - Rachel @Maddow Show - Air Date: 11-25-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: Fear is a villain - Theo Bard


Ch. 14: Act 7: The differing assumptions made about black children - @Radio_Dispatch - Air Date: 12-2-14

Ch. 15: Song 7: Mad World (feat. Gary Jules) - Trading Snakeoil for Wolftickets


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

Ch. 17: Song 8: Right to Complain - Backatown (Bonus Track Version)


Ch. 18: Act 9: Why police shoot black men - @TWiBnation - Air Date: 12-2-14


Voicemails

Ch. 19: Responding to Mark from Texas - Calling from Seattle

Ch. 20: Respectability politics has been tried and it doesn't work - Jadelle from NYC

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 21: Final comments on respectability politics and a call for diversity in the voicemails

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


Activism: #ThisStopsToday

SIGN ACLU petition: "Our communities are not war zones”

SIGN Change.org petition: Require Ferguson and St. Louis County and City police officers to wear body cameras

Demand the Department of Justice Secure Justice For Mike Brown through federal Civil Rights action

Demand the Department of Justice investigate and indict Officer Pantaleo on federal criminal charges for violating Eric Garner’s Civil Rights

Additional Activism/Resources:

#ThisStopsToday events are ongoing. Find/organize one in your city.

Contact the Dept of Justice

Follow Jamilah Lemieux’s #AliveWhileBlack thread.

Bookmark the Justice 4 Mike Brown Tumblr which is aggregating video/pics/posts from around the world in solidarity

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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#881 Processing Ferguson, Eric Garner and Beyond (#BlackLivesMatter)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Sat, Dec 06, 2014


Edition #881

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

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Show Notes

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

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

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


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

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


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

Ch. 7: Song 3: Song Link here


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

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


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

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


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

Ch. 13: Song 6: Struggle - Ringside


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

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


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

Ch. 17: Song 8: 

Everyday (Single Version) - Carly Comando


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

Ch. 19: Song 9: 

If Not Now, When - Anchor & Braille


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

Ch. 21: Song 10: 

Protest song - Anti-Flag


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


Voicemails

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

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

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

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


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

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


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(2014/12/02) Proof of the multiverse theory (Media)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Wed, Dec 03, 2014


Edition #880

Today we take a look at the fact that the divisions in our media consumption are creating perspectives of the world which are utterly unrecognizable to one another

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Who Controls The News - @jimmy_dore  Show - Air Date 8-22-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: This Is an Advertisement - This Is an Advertisement - Single


Ch. 4: Act 2: It depends on how you define news - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date: 10-31-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Pompeii - Bad Blood


Ch. 6: Act 3: No, "Liberal" Pundits. Midterm Elections Do Not Show Dems Need to Stop Being "Hard Left" - @majorityfm - Air Date: 11-06-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Praise You - The Greatest Hits - Why Try Harder


Ch. 8: Act 4: What has Happened to News in America? - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 10-15-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: The Walls Are Coming Down - Reservoir


Ch. 10: Act 5: Bengazi scandal debunked by GOP-lead investigation - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date: 11-28-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: Bad News - 808s & Heartbreak (Exclusive Edition)


Ch. 12: Act 6: A Nation in Fear - @MumiaAbuJamal - Air Date: 10-20-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: Fear - Fearless


Ch. 14: Act 7: NBC's balanced coverage of voter fraud - @jimmy_dore Show - Air Date: 10-25-14

Ch. 15: Song 7: Clementine - Suburban Nature


Ch. 16: Act 8: Media is the big winner in elections - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date: 11-07-14

Ch. 17: Song 8: Doing Business - Transfer


Ch. 18: Act 9: Conservatives Trust News Like This, Liberals Trust News Like That - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 10-25-14

Ch. 19: Song 9: Hide the Truth - Coming Up, Vol. 1


Ch. 20: Act 10: Conservative media creates parallel universe - Rachel @Maddow Show - Air Date: 11-10-14


Voicemails

Ch. 21: Thoughts on medical personnel strikes - Colin from Cleveland, OH

Ch. 22: Responding to street harassment episode - Aaron from Pennsylvania

Ch. 23: Switching to 100% renewable energy was cheaper - Wade from Ft. Worth, TX

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 24: Final comments on Ethical Electric and National Day of Mourning

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


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(2014/02/05) Don't eat shit and die (Food) (Repost)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Fri, Nov 28, 2014


#796

Turns out there's a whole lot of stuff wrong with our food supply, including cows eating shit. Like they don't already have it bad enough.

Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: 10,000 Sick in Salmonella Chicken Outbreak - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 10-10-13

Ch. 3: Song 1: Salmonella - Shul days


Ch. 4: Act 2: Virulent Strain Of Soy Flu Traced To Single Tofurky - @TheOnion

Ch. 5: Song 2: Virus - Astronaut


Ch. 6: Act 3: In this season of feasting, let's celebrate agriCULTURE - @jimhightower - Air Date: 11-28-13

Ch. 7: Song 3: Harvest Season - The Sun Shone Through the Trees


Ch. 8: Act 4: How Waste Isn't Just Throwing Things Away - @FoodWaste_TV - Air Date: 06-04-13

Ch. 9: Song 4: Smithereen - Epic Indie New Wave


Ch. 10: Act 5: Cows Being Fed Chicken Poop, FDA Not Stopping It - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 12-28-13

Ch. 11: Song 5: Risk It - Dark As Night


Ch. 12: Act 6: John Robbins: Why I went vegetarian - @vegsource - Air Date: 5-21-09

Ch. 13: Song 6: Everybody Ona Move - Yell Fire!


Ch. 14: Act 7: A curse, a blessing, and a good food movement - @jimhightower - Air Date: 12-5-13

Ch. 15: Song 7: Good Food - Planet X


Ch. 16: Act 8: Transgenic foods have bought the population problem some time - @inquiringshow - Air Date: 9-27-13

Ch. 17: Song 8: Take It to the Limit - Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975


Ch. 18: Act 9: National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 19: Song 9: Activism - The Poet


Ch. 20: Act 10: Listener Argues Against GMO Food Labeling - @majorityfm - Air Date: 01-24-14

Ch. 21: Song 10: Fake Plastic Trees - The Bends


Ch. 22: Act 11: Only Study Linking GMOs to Cancer Gets Retracted - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 12-03-13

Ch. 23: Song 11: Good Food - Making Paper Roses


Ch. 24: Act 12: The Incredible Response to Our "Real Reasons to be Afraid of GMOs" Interview - @majorityfm - Air Date: 01-24-14


Voicemails

Ch. 25: Number one source of GHG is animal agriculture - Kate from Boston

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 26: Final comments on being contacted by a potential corporate shill

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


ACTIVISM:

NSAC “Take Action” page

Sources/further reading:

NSAC on Twitter and NSAC on Facebook

What Is Sustainable Agriculture?

"The New Farm Bill: Yet Again, Not Ready for Climate Change” and "Obama’s 5 Biggest Sellouts to the Meat Industry” by Tom Philpott

 

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)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Wed, Nov 26, 2014


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” via Huffington Post

"Letter: Working and middle class should support fast food workers” via Fight For $15

"Poll: Should retailers remain open on Thanksgiving?” with Steven Greenhouse on PBS Newshour

Watch: "This Black Friday, Workers to Challenge the Waltons” via OUR Walmart

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2014/11/21) The fight has only just begun (Money in politics)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Sat, Nov 22, 2014


Edition #878

Today we take a look at how the fight against money in politics is going in the wake of the 2014 election and where it’s going looking forward

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: The Bare Knuckle Fight Against Money in Politics Part 1 - @billmoyersHQ - Air Date: 11-14-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Fearless (Acoustic Version) - For today


Ch. 4: Act 2: Corrupt Congressman Threatens Critics With More Corruption - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 10-22-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Don't Believe a Word - Realistic


Ch. 6: Act 3: The Bare Knuckle Fight Against Money in Politics Part 2 - @billmoyersHQ - Air Date: 11-14-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Gimme Hope Jo'anna - The Very Best of Eddy Grant - Road to Reparation


Ch. 8: Act 4: Princeton Study: US is No Longer an Actual Democracy - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 11-16-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: Oligarchy - Punkgrass for the People


Ch. 10: Act 5: What $10 Million buys you in politics Part 1 - @teamgoodfight - Air Date: 11-17-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: The Confrontation - Beasts of the Southern Wild (Music from the Motion Picture)


Ch. 12: Act 6: Our democracy has been hijacked by the billionaires? - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 11-03-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: Buy My Vote - Righteous Ruckus


Ch. 14: Act 7: What $10 Million buys you in politics Part 2 - @teamgoodfight - Air Date: 11-17-14

Ch. 15: Song 7: Nothing Else Matters - Inquisition Symphony


Ch. 16: Act 8: The Bare Knuckle Fight Against Money in Politics Part 3 - @billmoyersHQ - Air Date: 11-14-14

Ch. 17: Song 8: Fighting Song (feat. Tom Morello) - Eyes On Fire - EP


Ch. 18: Act 9: The Quiet Movement That’s Saving Democracy Is About To Explode - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 11-13-14


Voicemails

Ch. 20: Comparing hyper-strict charter schools with boot camp - Wade from Ft. Worth, TX

Ch. 21: Keeping minorities in school alive and employable - Ryan from Phoenix

Ch. 22: GOP is getting paid well to not understand climate change - Erin from Philadelphia

Ch. 23: Response to harassment video and William J Jackson - David From Albuquerque, NM

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 24: Final comments with a call to send a thank-you note to the staff at Mayday PAC at info@mayday.us

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


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(2014/11/18) Hair of the dog (Election)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Wed, Nov 19, 2014


Edition #877

To day we take a look at the election to see what went right, what went wrong and why. Plus, how to fix the problems for the future.

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Small victories, silver linings seen in lopsided election - Rachel @Maddow Show - Air Date: 11-5-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Silver Lining - Under the Blacklight


Ch. 4: Act 2: Turnout in the United States is always awful - Al Jazeera America (@ajam) - Air Date: 11-04-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Free to Decide - Stars - The Best of 1992-2002


Ch. 6: Act 3: No motivation to vote in a system that doesn't solve people's problems - Economic Update with @profwolff - Air Date: 11-10-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Changes - 2Pac: Greatest Hits


Ch. 8: Act 4: Republicans Now Dominate State Governments - Here’s Why - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 11-08-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: Forbidden Love - Righteous Ruckus


Ch. 10: Act 5: Democrats lost because people can't trust them - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date: 11-8-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: My Conversation - The Best of the Uniques 1967-1969


Ch. 12: Act 6: Real Representative Democracy via @FairVote - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 13: Song 6: Time for Action - Time for Action - the Very Best Of


Ch. 14: Act 7: This Is What Happens When Wolf Pac (@WolfPAChq) Attacks - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 11-06-14


Voicemails

Ch. 15: We need a new voting system to support democracy - Nathan from Vancouver, WA

Ch. 16: Voter ID is a solution to a different problem - Ronald in Baltimore

Ch. 17: Apology For Imitation - Mike From Nova Scotia

Ch. 18: Wake up call on street harassment - Adam from Tennessee

Ch. 19: Response to the street harassment video - William J Jackson from Washington State calling out of Florida

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 20: Final comments on all the great voicemails that have been coming in

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


Activism: Real Representative Democracy via @FairVote

Take Action:

Get involved with Fair Vote

Follow FairVote on Twitter and on Facebook

Additional Activism/Resources:

Reform 2020

Representation 2020

Sources/further reading:

"Voter turnout in 2014 was the lowest since WWII” via The Washington Post

"The Gender Gap: Percentage of Women in Government Worldwide. We're Number One, Right? Not So Much…” via Daily Kos

”Jim Crow Returns: millions of minority voters threatened by electoral purge by Greg Palast at Al Jazeera America

Watch: Brad Friedman (@TheBradBlog) on Thom Hartmann’s The Big Picture discussing #Election2014 result reliability.

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2014/11/14) Hey girl, you want me to respect your personal space? (Street Harassment)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Sat, Nov 15, 2014


Edition #876

Today we take a look at why street harassment, from the most vile to the most seemingly innocuous, is holding back the fight for equality and making half the population feel like targets for abuse

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Street Harassment And Fake Phone Numbers - @TWiBnation - Air Date 6-4-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Call me back - Mike Flowers Pops


Ch. 4: Act 2: Walking Home - Inkwell MV - @MTMFilmFest

Ch. 5: Song 2: Walk a Mile - My First Holly Golightly Album


Ch. 6: Act 3: The race and class problem with the street harrassment viral video - @Radio_Dispatch - Air Date: 10-30-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: How Loud Your Heart Gets - Wildewoman


Ch. 8: Act 4: Reasons to not engage - @TWiBnation - Air Date: 10-29-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: Wait Til You See My Smile - The Element of Freedom (Deluxe Version)


Ch. 10: Act 5: How to Run Like a Girl - Stuff Mom Never Told You - @MomStuffPodcast - Air Date: 09-29-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: Marathon - Cape Dory


Ch. 12: Act 6: NYC Women Talk Cat Calling - Totally Biased with @wkamaubell - Air Date: 10-26-12

Ch. 13: Song 6: Creep (Glee Cast Version) - Creep (Glee Cast Version) - Single


Ch. 14: Act 7: Dudes greeting dudes - @TWiBnation - Air Date: 11-4-14

Ch. 15: Song 7: Julie-O - Kevin "KO" Olusola


Ch. 16: Act 8: Stop Street Harassment via @StopStHarassmnt - Best of the Left Activism

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


Ch. 18: Act 9: Trying To Justify Sexual Street Harrassment - @radio_dispatch - Air Date 4-10-14


Voicemails

Ch. 22: Sam Harris was being mischaracterized - Brad from Tennessee

Ch. 21: Islam isn't a race but it's treated like one - Dirk from Alameda, California

Ch. 23: Dogmatic thinking is the major problem in the world - Daniel from Albany, NY

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 24: Final comments solving the debate on religious extremism once and for all

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


Activism: Stop Street Harassment via @StopStHarassmnt

Take Action:

Get involved with Stop Street Harassment

Mark your calendar for Meet Us On The Street, an international anti-street harassment campaign April 12-18, 2005.

Follow Stop Street Harassment on Twitter and on Facebook

Additional Activism/Resources:

Bookmark Meet Us On The Street Week resources on Twitter and on Facebook

Follow the #EndStreetHarassment thread and share your own experiences.

Sources/further reading:

"Street harassment of women: It's a bigger problem than you think” by Holly Kearl at Christian Science Monitor

"Feeling harassed? Do something about it. — Friday is Women's Equality Day in the US, yet routine street harassment blocks that goal for many women. But we can act.” by Holly Kearl at The Guardian

"6 Things You Might Not Think Are Harassment But Definitely Are (because apparently we need to clear a few things up)” by Kat George at Bustle

"Street Harassment Is a Problem—No Doubt—but Here’s Why That Video Didn’t Help the Debate” by Dio Rabouin at The Root

"Hollaback and Why Everyone Needs Better Research Methods And Why All Data Needs Theory” by Zeynep Tufekci at Medium

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


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(2014/11/11) Rising tide of climate change deniers and sea levels (Climate)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Wed, Nov 12, 2014


Edition #875

Today we take a look at some of the potential environmental fallout of the recent US elections

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Climate Change: Our greatest health threat, or our greatest opportunity for better health? - Global Climate and Health Alliance (@GCHAlliance) - Air Date: 04-03-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Dreamtime - Faith In the Future


Ch. 4: Act 2: US Could Quadruple Renewable Electricity by 2030 for 18 CENTS PER MONTH - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 10-26-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Future Is Now - Dune


Ch. 6: Act 3: Politico & BP Blatantly Conspire To Hide BP's Devastating Oil Spill - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 10-23-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Journalist - The System


Ch. 8: Act 4: First the Arctic, now Greenland's Ice is Melting... - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 10-07-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: Strong Animals - Beasts of the Southern Wild (Music from the Motion Picture)


Ch. 10: Act 5: Climate Change — Faith and Fact - @BillMoyersHQ And Company - Air Date 9-12-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: Genesis - Futureperfect


Ch. 12: Act 6: Cable News Features Unhinged Climate Denier - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 11-09-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: Nothing to See Here - Can't Remember the Last Time


Ch. 14: Act 7: This is not the middle of the climate debate - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date: 10-31-14

Ch. 15: Song 7: Stuck In the Middle With You - Stuck In the Middle With You (Remastered) - EP


Ch. 16: Act 8: Will Climate Change Force Florida to Split Into Two? - @majorityfm - Air Date: 10-27-14

Ch. 17: Song 8: Sink, Florida, Sink - As the Eternal Cowboy


Ch. 18: Act 9: The climate desaster of the midterm elections - @greennewsreport - Air Date: 11-6-14

Ch. 19: Song 9: A Change Is Gonna Come - Ain't That Good News


Ch. 20: Act 10: #KeystoneXL Under Congressional #Climate Deniers - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 21: Song 10: Time for Action - Time for Action - the Very Best Of


Ch. 22: Act 11: When fracking and oil compete, consumers & the economy win - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 11-07-14


Voicemails

Ch. 23: Thoughts on religion episode from a non-athiest - Tim from Hyattsville, MD

Ch. 24: What Maher and Harris was saying isn't that bad - Nick from Kansas

Ch. 25: Important to recognize our own biases - Bassey from NYC

Ch. 26: Frustrated by the left's response to Sam Harris - Greg from Baldwin Park, California

Ch. 27: The pity(?) Pithy(?) stance - Mike From Nova Scotia

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 28: Final comments on the diversity of the listeners and one example of the minority

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


Activism Update: KeystoneXL Under Congressional Climate Deniers

Follow-up/New Action!

Stop the Tar Sands Pipeline! via NRDC BioGems

Tell President Obama to reject Keystone XL

Use ContactingTheCongress.org to find your possibly new representatives and let them know you oppose Keystone.

Additional activism:

Watch/host a screening for ”Above All Else”: a documentary about the battle over the KXL pipeline in East Texas. h/t Tom Philpott at Mother Jones

Follow "Above All Else” on Twitter and on Facebook

Follow Idle No More’s work protecting the land and water in Canada as well as the rights of the Indigenous population there.

Sources:

"Senate Now Has Enough Votes To Pass Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Bill” by Katie Sheppard at HuffPo Politics

"Meet the Senate’s New Climate Denial Caucus: Their views range from tepid acceptance of the science to flat-out rejection” by Tim McDonnell at Climate Desk

"OMG. They Tell Her That Her Words Are BS Right To Her Face. So Satisfying.” — an amazing short film by AJ+ on the Unist'ot'en Camp founded by members of the Wet'suwet'en Nation to resist the Tar Sands Gigaproject in Western Canada. via Upworthy

”Candidate Profile: Joni Ernst via Iowa Public Radio

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(2014/11/07) Debating the structures of extremism (Religion)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Sat, Nov 08, 2014


Edition #874

Today we examine the fallout of the discussion between Bill Maher, Sam Harris and Ben Affleck on the subject of Islamic extremism. Turns out it’s complicated.

Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: .@BenAffleck, @SamHarrisOrg and Bill Maher Debate Radical Islam - Real Time with @billmaher - Air Date: 10-6-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Hello Bonjour - Yell Fire!


Ch. 4: Act 2: .@BillMaher Finds Friends In Big Bigotry Following Ben Affleck Blow Up - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 10-08-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Your Racist Friend - Flood


Ch. 6: Act 3: There Is No Such Thing As "True Islam" - @majorityfm - Air Date: 10-07-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Everloving - Play & Play: B Sides


Ch. 8: Act 4: Caller: Thom is Wrong About Peace-Loving Muslims... - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 10-07-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: I Can Help (Single Version) - The Very Best of Billy Swan


Ch. 10: Act 5: Power structures influence behaviors regardless of religion - Old School TYT (@theyoungturks) - Air Date: 10-10-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: Powerless - The Big Picture


Ch. 12: Act 6: .@RezaAslan's Religion Apologetics Are Dangerous - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 10-27-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: Riptide - Dream Your Life Away


Ch. 14: Act 7: Atheists: @RezaAslan is Wrong About Islam. – Not So Fast! - @majorityfm - Air Date: 10-09-14


Voicemails

Ch. 16: We're too complicated to be put into boxes - Colin from Cleveland, OH

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 17: Bonus Clip - Sam Harris And Cenk Uygur Clear The Air On Religious Violence And Islam

Ch. 17: Final comments on explaining vs excusing and one of the reasons why Bill Maher is and asshole

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


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(2014/11/04) The other new Jim Crow (Voting rights)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Wed, Nov 05, 2014


Edition #873

 

Today we take a look at the ways the Republican Party has been working to suppress voter turnout to benefit their electoral chances while claiming to be stopping voter fraud which basically doesn't exist

Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Voting Laws Keeping Americans From The Polls - @ajplus - Air Date: 10-27-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: You're The Best (Theme From The Karate Kid) [Originally Performed by Joe Esposito] - You're The Best


Ch. 4: Act 2: 'Free' Voter IDs Cost $8 to $25. Freedom! - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 10-31-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Repeal the Poll Tax - A Thousand Miles Away


Ch. 6: Act 3: In Person Voter Fraud Very Rare And Still Is - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date: 9-19-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Mess Is Mine - Dream Your Life Away


Ch. 8: Act 4: Voting suppression through the courts - BradCast (@TheBradBlog) - Air Date: 10-29-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: 1901 - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix


Ch. 10: Act 5: They're not even trying to hide their true motives anymore - @jimmy_dore Show - Air Date: 10-25-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: Cheat - The Clash


Ch. 12: Act 6: Republican Voter Suppression Since 1980 - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 03-22-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: There You Go Again - Sunshine to Rain


Ch. 14: Act 7: Please Don't Vote - A Message From The Republican Party - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 10-27-14

Ch. 15: Song 7: Battle Hymn of the Republic - Turkey In the Straw and Other Country Fiddle Hits


Ch. 16: Act 8: The Fight — and the Right — to Vote - @billmoyersHQ - Air Date: 10-24-14

Ch. 17: Song 8: I'm Free - 20 Golden Greats


Ch. 18: Act 9: Voting Rights Amendment Act via @civilrightsorg - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 19: Song 9: Time for Action - Time for Action - the Very Best Of


Ch. 20: Act 10: Excerpt: LBJ's Voting Rights Speech "The American Promise" - @LBJLibrary - Air Date: 03-15-1965


Voicemails

Ch. 21: Going third party - Wade from Ft. Worth, TX

Ch. 22: Strategic voting backlash - Dave from Canada

Ch. 23: Be brave with your votes - Daniel from Albany, NY

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 24: Final comments on Instant Runoff Voting and, finally, what's wrong with my voice

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


Activism: Voting Rights Amendment Act via @civilrightsorg

Take Action: Join with the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights: VRA 4 Today

Sources/further reading:

"Fasting for Democracy: Why I've Given Up Food to Fight Corruption” by Kai NewKirk at Truthout

”The GOP Is Winning The War On Voting: Voters in fourteen states—many with tight races—will face new restrictions at the polling booth for the first time in November” by Ari Berman at The Nation

"New Voting Restrictions Could Swing the 2014 Election” by Ari Berman at The Nation

"KPFK 'BradCast': SCOTUS Voter Suppression and the Touch-Screen Vote-Flipping Time Warp” via The Brad Blog

"Déjà Vu All Over Again. Again. - Touch-Screen Votes Flipping and My Appearance on Thom Hartmann TV This Week [VIDEO]” via The Brad Blog

”SCOTUS Overturns Appeals Court, Allows NC To End Same-Day Registration, Couting ‘Out-Of-Precint’ Ballots This November: 'Nation's worst voter suppression law' disenfranchised hundreds in state primary; Will have full trial on merits next summer…” via The Brad Blog

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


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(2014/06/24) Disinfecting the rot on American democracy (Money in Politics) (Repodcast)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Fri, Oct 31, 2014


#839

Today we look at the biggest fundamental problem with American politics and a couple of the biggest plans to fix it

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: There is a Rot at the Core of American Democracy! - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 04-16-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Screwed - One Man Riot


Ch. 4: Act 2: Nobody Wants You to Be An Activist - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 03-22-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Power to the People - Power to the People: The Hits (Deluxe Version)


Ch. 6: Act 3: 3 Who’s Buying our Midterm Elections? with Kim Barker and Andy Kroll (Part 1) - @BillMoyersHQ  And Company - Air Date 3-21-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Buy My Vote - Righteous Ruckus


Ch. 8: Act 4: Americans Agree Get Money OUT Of Politics - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 06-14-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: Truth - Somebody Besides Yourself


Ch. 10: Act 5: 3 Who’s Buying our Midterm Elections? with Kim Barker and Andy Kroll (Part 2) - @BillMoyersHQ  And Company - Air Date 3-21-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: No Limit - O.N.I.F.C. (Deluxe Version)


Ch. 12: Act 6: MayDay PAC - @MayOneUS - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 13: Song 6: Activism - The Poet


Ch. 14: Act 7: VT Calls Constitutional Convention Over Citizens United - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 05-08-14

Ch. 15: Song 7: The Constitution - Happy Hour


Ch. 16: Act 8: Dear Corrupt Politicians: That Sound You Hear Is Us Winning - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 06-04-14


Voicemails

Ch. 17: I got the metaphor right! - Peter from Chicago, IL

Ch. 18: Responding to Wade's comments on reparations - Steve from Stockton, CA

Ch. 19: A Marine's perspective on the current chaos in Iraq - Wade from Ft. Worth, TX

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 20: Final comments on summer hours and the progress of the fundraiser

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


ACTIVISM:

Support MayDay Pac

Follow MayDayUS its founder Lawrence Lessig

Sources/further reading:

"The Launch Of The MayDay Citizens’ SuperPAC” via LessigBlog

"Anti-Dark Money Activist Lawrence Lessig Launches A Super PAC To End Super PACs” by Mason Atkins at ThinkProgress

"Mayday PAC: The SuperPAC Built to Destroy SuperPACs” via Newsweek

"Lawrence Lessig Starts a Super PAC” by Derek Willis at The New York Times

"Cronies, corruption and cash: Lawrence Lessig on why we need a super PAC to end all super PACs”by Elias Isquith at Salon

 

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2014/10/28) Hard to believe that this got political (Ebola)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Tue, Oct 28, 2014


Edition #872

 

Today we take a look at the conscience-shocking ways that conservatives are politicizing the news of very few cases of Ebola in the US

 

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Ch. 1: Intro - Theme: A Fond Farewell, Elliott Smith 

Ch. 2: Act 1: Ebola in the U.S. - Time for Healthcare for All! - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 10-01-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Kill the poor - Dead Kennedys

Ch. 4: Act 2: Hey, Libertarians! Your Policy Helped Spread Ebola - @majorityfm - Air Date: 10-15-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Is it for Freedom? - NewAmericaNow on YouTube

Ch. 6: Act 3: Ebola-Obama Link Might Be The Craziest Right Wing Theory Ever - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 10-11-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Comptine D'un Autre Été: L'après Midi - Yann Tiersen

Ch. 8: Act 4: Deranged Right-Wing Conspiracy Theory: Obama Intentionally Wants "To Infect The Nation With Ebola" - Media Matters Minute (@mmfa) - Air Date: 10-15-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: Comptine D'un Autre Été: L'après Midi - Yann Tiersen

Ch. 10: Act 5: Liberals Believe Americans Should Die from Ebola - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 10-22-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: Mountain Sound - Of Monsters and Men

Ch. 12: Act 6: GOP forgets anti-czar nonsense, calls for Ebola czar - Rachel @maddow Show - Air Date 10-17-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: 007 (From "From Russia With Love") - The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra

Ch. 14: Act 7: There aren't two sides on how to manage Ebola - @jimmy_dore Show - Air Date: 10-18-14

Ch. 15: Song 7: Call it even - Scott Simons

Ch. 16: Act 8: Washington is broken or functional depending on your perspective - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date: 10-24-14

Ch. 17: Song 8: Go do - Jónsi

Ch. 18: Act 9: Breaking News Consumer’s Handbook Infectious Disease Edition - @onthemedia - Air Date: 10-24-14

 

Voicemails:

Ch. 19: Reviewing health care systems - Mike in Michigan

Ch. 20: 5 points toward progress - Daniel from Albany, NY

 

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Voicemail Music: 

Loud Pipes - Ratatat

 

Ch. 21: Final comments on the unbreakability of the conservative fever

 

Closing Music:

Here We Are - Patrick Park

 

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(2014/10/24) Your child is a widget (Education)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Fri, Oct 24, 2014


Edition #871

 

Today we take a look at some of the larger forces at play that change the way we think about and structure our education system

 

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Anat Shenker Osorio (@anatosaurus) | IGNITE at @Netroots_Nation #NN14 - Air Date: 09-12-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Electrified (Live) - Live At The Grocery On Home


Ch. 4: Act 2: How Corporations Are Taking Over Education - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 10-04-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: What's Going On - Number 1's: Marvin Gaye


Ch. 6: Act 3: Karen Ho's Markets, Efficiency and Choice Pt. 2 - @Dis_Con - Air Date 6-25-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Blame Me! Blame Me! - New Surrender


Ch. 8: Act 4: Educating the next generation of docile worker drones - @Radio_Dispatch - Air Date: 9-30-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: All Over Now - Paracosm (Bonus Track Version)


Ch. 10: Act 5: TX Textbooks: Taxes Are Bad, Segregation Was Good, Moses Inspired Democracy - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 09-19-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: Sickening - Stand


Ch. 12: Act 6: Teaching The Memorized Points Or Teaching Critical Thinking - @jimmy_dore Show - Air Date 10-3-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: Ignore the Ignorant - Ignore the Ignorant


Ch. 14: Act 7: Assessment Reform via @FairTestOffice - Best of the Left Activism

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


Ch. 16: Act 8: The American Dream - @GeorgeCarlinWay


Voicemails

Ch. 17: Inspired by Maureen from Mass - Coming out of Los Angeles

Ch. 18: Responding to episode on Democrats - Gavin from Richmond, VA

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 19: Final comments complicating the issue of charter school disciplinary structures and suggesting episode #538 of This American Life

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


Activism: Assessment Reform via @FairTestOffice

Take Action:

Get involved with FairTestAssessment Reform Network Project to resist unnecessary standardized testing

Additional Activism/Resources:

Sign AFT’s petition: "TIME: Apologize to teachers”

Sign the "Don't Delete History” petition from Texas Freedom Network

Sources/further reading:

The awful Time article for those who want to read it: "War on Teacher Tenure: How Silicon Valley Wants to Fire Bad Teachers”

"Florida schools rail against explosion of new tests” via Orlando Sentinel

"Scrap the MAP! | Solidarity with Seattle teachers boycotting the MAP test”

"Test Opposition Surges Across the Nation” via FairTest

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)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Wed, Oct 22, 2014


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” via NBC News

"Where’s the ’16, Parenting, and OK’ Reality Show?” by Gloria Malone at RH Reality Check

"#NoTeenShame: A Social Media Movement Pushes Us To Respect Young Mothers & We’re All For It” 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


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(2014/10/17) Democrats will not save you until the system is fixed (Elections)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Fri, Oct 17, 2014


Edition #869

Democrats will not save you until the system is fixed

 

Today we take a look at why no faith should be put in the Democratic Party to fight for progressive goals and how we can go about reforming the system to make all politicians responsive to their constituents

 

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Why Dems Are Not Doing Better Running Up To 2014 - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date 9-20-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: The Masochism Tango - More of Tom Lehrer


Ch. 4: Act 2: .@jeremyscahill on our painfully consistent foreign policy through the administrations - @Radio_Dispatch - Air Date: 9-29-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: The Game Is Rigged - Badly Stuffed Animals


Ch. 6: Act 3: President Obama Plays Three Dimensional Appeasement - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 07-01-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Sad But True - Change In the Weather


Ch. 8: Act 4: No Such Thing as a Political Savior - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 05-29-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: Save Ourselves - Bright Stars and Battle Scars


Ch. 8: Act 5: Progressives won't frame the debate - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date: 10-11-14

Ch. 9: Song 5: In the Beginning - The Dusty Foot Philosopher


Ch. 10: Act 6: Frustration in the White House press corps - @onthemedia - Air Date: 5-9-14

Ch. 11: Song 6: Tiny Wings Theme - Tiny Wings Theme - Single


Ch. 12: Act 7: Kickstarting the revolution - @dccommonsense with Dan Carlin - Air Date: 10-13-14


Voicemails

Ch. 13: Oil is the source of our middle-east troubles - Andon from Charlottesville, VA

Ch. 14: Republican hypocrisy on health care - Shawn from Portland, OR

Ch. 15: Political donation demands keep increasing - Maureen from Mass

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 16: Act 8: .@MAYDAYUS is Underway - Best of the Left Activism


Ch. 17: Final comments on why we need to be bold and try something new

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


Activism Update: MayDay is Underway!

MayDay PAC closes initial fundraising!

Follow-up/new Action!

Support the MayDayPac candidates: ”Candidate Fact Sheet

Sources/additional glimmers of hope:

MayDay in the News round-up

"SCOTUS 'McCutcheon' Ruling to Help Super Rich Purchase Even MORE of American ‘Democracy' (And a reminder why elections still matter.)” via The Brad Blog

"Florida Governor Almost Calls Off Debate Over Fan” h/t Satiristas

"In Wisconsin, Dark Money Got a Mining Company What It Wanted: An accidentally released court filing reveals how one company secretly gave money to a nonprofit that helped get favorable mining legislation passed.” by Theodoric Meyer at ProPublica

Find out more about Dark Money: Money in Politics -- See Who's Giving & Who's Getting at OpenSecrets.org

Listen to the original activism segment: "MayDay PAC - via @MayOneUS - Best of the Left Activism” from BotL episode 839 (06/24/14): "Disinfecting the rot on American democracy (Money in Politics)”

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2014/10/14) Questioning capitalism (Economics)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Tue, Oct 14, 2014


Edition #868

Questioning capitalism

 

Today we take a look at the big picture of the paradigm we live in and the priorities we take for granted, then question them all

 

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: We Stopped Dreaming - @neiltyson - Air Date: 03-09-12

Ch. 3: Song 1: N/A


Ch. 4: Act 2: Sacred Economics with @ceisenstein - Fierce Love Films - Air Date: 12-15-13

Ch. 5: Song 2: N/A


Ch. 6: Act 3: Who Killed Economic Growth? - @postcarbon Institute - Air Date: 02-21-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: All Caps - Madvillainy


Ch. 8: Act 4: How to buy happiness - Michael Norton - @TEDTalks  - Air Date: 04-24-12

Ch. 9: Song 4: Who Benefits? - In Black and White


Ch. 10: Act 5: Prosecution Of Working Poor Vs. Entitlement Of Gun Culture - @fakedansavage - Air Date 9-2-14

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


Ch. 12: Act 6: Economics of climate change - Economic Update with @profwolff - Air Date: 9-28-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: Join Forces - Stand Up


Ch. 14: Act 7: New Economy Week - @NewEconomics - Best of the Left Activism

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


Ch. 16: Act 8: Is This The Main Obstacle In The Way Of Change? - @LeeCamp - Air Date: 10-28-13


Voicemails

Ch. 17: The motivations of the DA to get convictions - Jake(?) from Sierra Nevada foothills

Ch. 18: Not having government health care takes over your life - Kat from Berlin, Germany

Ch. 19: Germany fights to insure every last citizen - Kat from Berlin, Germany

Ch. 20: Suggesting Co-Dependents Anonymous (CoDA.com) - Eric from Greenville, SC

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 21: Final comments about the kickstarter campaign for Hooke: Wireless 3D Audio Headphones

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


Activism: New Economy Week via @NewEconomics 

TAKE ACTION:

Participate one/many of the New Economy Week events in person or online and/or plan your own!

Additional Activism/Resources:

Follow the New Economy Coalition on Twitter and Facebook

Sources/further reading:

Listen to the Best of the Left Activism segment from February on The New Economy Coalition as featured in episode 803: "Resistance is the only hope (Capitalism)”

"New Economy Week: Topics of Conversation” at Yes! Magazine

"#MapJam 2.0 to Put the New Economy on the Map!” at Resilience.org

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2014/10/10) Mind the coverage gap (Health Care)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Fri, Oct 10, 2014


Edition #867

Mind the coverage gap

Today we take a look at the progress of the states adopting the medicaid expansion option created by the Affordable Care Act, what’s happening to those who continue to reject it and, as always, we get a reminder of what we really need to do to fix the system

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: AZ Expands Medicaid, Hospitals Increase Margins - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 07-16-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Messages - Food In the Belly


Ch. 4: Act 2: Gov Says No To Obamacare, Then Blames Obama - @theyoungturks  - Air Date: 08-02-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Master Plan - It Still Moves


Ch. 6: Act 3: Docs: Kentucky learns to love Obamacare - @BBC Documentaries - Air Date: 7-17-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Success - Lust for Life


Ch. 8: Act 4: Why Super-Conservative States Now Bending on Obamacare - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 09-06-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: Where You Don't Belong - From the Beats to the Bible


Ch. 10: Act 5: Republican Mike Kennedy's Insane Reason to Repeal ObamaCare... - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 09-05-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: Fixing My Brain - I Don't Know What I'm Doing


Ch. 12: Act 6: Anti-Obamacare ads (REALLY) didn't work - @OnTheMedia - Air Date: 7-18-14"

Ch. 13: Song 6: Shades of Grey - River of Dreams


Ch. 14: Act 7: Even Red State Voters Want to Keep Obamacare - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 09-21-14

Ch. 15: Song 7: You Can't Get What You Want (Till You Know What You Want) - Joe Jackson: Greatest Hits


Ch. 16: Act 8: The Health Center Funding Cliff via @CFAHC - Best of the Left Activism

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


Ch. 18: Act 9: Universal Health Care, A Scary Choice - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 8-1-14

Ch. 19: Song 9: You Don't Scare Me - Chimney's Afire


Ch. 20: Act 10: There's Only One Way To Solve Health Care - @RalphNader - Air Date 8-30-14


Voicemails

Ch. 21: Arming people has a long track record of not working - Wade from Ft. Worth, TX

Ch. 22: Declaring what's real is exclusionary - Dan from New York

Ch. 23: Calling some people real is dehumanizing - Dave from Canada

Ch. 24: Conservative humor is sophomoric - Larry in Fort Worth, TX

Ch. 25: Right-wing comedy - Colin from Cleveland, OH

Ch. 26: Bigotry and hate in conservative comedy - Quy Franklin

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 27: Final comments on my feast of good voicemails

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


Activism: Health Center Funding Cliff via @CFAHC

TAKE ACTION:

Get involved with Campaign for America’s Health Centers Save America’s Heath Centers Project

Follow Campaign for America's Health Centers on Twitter and Facebook

Additional Activism/Resources:

Access For All America via National Association of Community Health Centers

Sources/further reading:

"Health advocates decry lack of Miss. Medicaid expansion” via AP

"Community Health Centers To Receive $295M in ACA Grants” via California Healthline

"Federally funded health centers brace for financial loss”</> via USA Today

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2014/10/07) The People’s Climate March (Climate)

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Tue, Oct 07, 2014


Edition #866

The People’s Climate March

 

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Peoples Climate March - @350.org

Ch. 3: Song 1: N/A


Ch. 4: Act 2: The People's Climate March - @greennewsreport - Air Date: 9-23-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Revolution (Human Need Over Profit) - Tha People's Music


Ch. 6: Act 3: The People's Climate Stand - The Bugle (@hellobuglers) - Air Date: 9-25-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Doing Business - Transfer


Ch. 8: Act 4: Climate march didn't make the cut for the Sunday chat shows - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date: 9-26-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: The Time Is Now - Redbird


Ch. 10: Act 5: .@SenSanders at People’s Climate March: To Stop Global Warming, Get Dirty Money Out of Politics - @democracynow - Air Date 9-22-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: Divest! 350Org - Surreal


Ch. 12: Act 6: The Value of the People's Climate March - @majorityfm - Air Date: 09-22-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: A Beautiful World - Hotel for Dogs


Ch. 14: Act 7: Solar Power Growing Too Fast, Energy Companies Trying to Stop It - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 10-05-14

Ch. 15: Song 7: Making Progress - Wicked Lies


Ch. 16: Act 8: .@NaomiAKlein on capitalism vs. climate change - @OnPointRadio - Air Date: 9-22-14

Ch. 17: Song 8: Capitalism - Little Planet


Ch. 18: Act 9: Chris Hedges on the institutions that are failing us on climate change - @truthdig Radio - Air Date: 9-26-14

Ch. 19: Song 9: Do What You Want - Oh No


Ch. 20: Act 10: If Terrorists Were As Dangerous As Climate Change - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 09-10-14

Ch. 21: Song 10: Damage - Damage


Ch. 22: Act 11: Burn Noticed - @TheDailyShow - Air Date 9-22-14


Voicemails

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics

Ch. 23: Abusers Seek Out Victims - Anonymous

Ch. 24: What Service Providers Can Do For Victims And Survivors - Elka From Fort Wayne, IN

Ch. 25: The Cycle Of Repeated Domestic Violence - Anonymous

 

Final comments on my announcement with international implications

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


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(2014/10/03) Structural failures that lead us to war (Media)

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Fri, Oct 03, 2014


Edition #865

Today we look on in horror as the media once again leads us to war and we examine the underlying reasons why the media will continue to fail us

 

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: The Chris Matthews, John MccCain March To War - @jimmy-dore Show - Air Date: 9-6-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: John Mccain In Hell - Halloween


Ch. 4: Act 2: How the Media Bankrolls Pro-war Pundits - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 09-16-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Masters of War - Dylan


Ch. 6: Act 3: Media Practically BEGGING For War - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 09-11-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Wonder No More - No Sign of Regret


Ch. 8: Act 4: The way we war - @TheDailyShow - Air Date: 9-25-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: Good People - In Between Dreams


Ch. 10: Act 5: Making Sure The News Is Selling - @FAIRmediawatch - Air Date: 8-22-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: All Natural - All Natural


Ch. 12: Act 6: Native Advertising - @LastWeekTonight with John Oliver - Air Date: 8-3-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: Diet Coke - Emotions of Steel


Ch. 14: Act 7: @BeaconReader - Best of the Left Activism

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


Ch. 16: Act 8: The danger of hot sexy news - @NoahBlumenthal at @TEDxUNLV - Air Date: 05-05-14


Ch. 17: Final comments on why conservatism and comedy are incompatible

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


Activism: Independent Journalism Innovation -- @BeaconReader

Take Action:

Subscribe or sign up to write at: Beacon Reader

Follow Beacon on Twitter and Facebook

Sources/further reading:

This is what old media stalwarts suggested a couple years ago (seriously): "Save The New York Times” via HuffPo

"How to Survive the Death of Print Media” via Forbes

"Why The Death Of Print Publications Should Have Us All A Bit Worried” via Business Insider

"Who says print is dead?” via The Guardian (Spoiler alert: everyone)

"Lazy Journalists Aren't to Blame for Death of Print” via Bloomgberg

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2014/09/30) The definition of insanity (Foreign Policy)

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Tue, Sep 30, 2014


Edition #864

The definition of insanity

 

Today we take a look at the problem we’ve made worse in the Middle East and why we can’t fix it

 

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Bombing ISIS Has Unintended Consequences & They’re Horrifying - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 09-10-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Problems - The Everly Brothers' Best


Ch. 4: Act 2: Vicar Of Baghdad Working For Reconciliation - @DecodeDC - Air Date 9-19-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: N/A


Ch. 6: Act 3: Bombing ISIS is the worst thing we could do - @LeeCamp - Air Date: 09-23-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: United States of Eurasia / Collateral Damage (Excerpt from Nocturne in E-Flat, Op. 9 No. 2) - The Resistance


Ch. 8: Act 4: Misleading tropes of US foreign policy - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date: 9-26-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: Off the Record - Z


Ch. 10: Act 5: The Great Debate 2014: Kerry vs. Kerry - Le Show (@theharryshearer) - Air Date: 9-28-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: Suite for Solo Cello No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012: I. Prélude - Bach: Cello Suites Nos. 1, 5 & 6


Ch. 12: Act 6: Chris Hedges Explains Why Bombing and Shooting Everyone Isn’t Working - @truthdig - Air Date: 9-26-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: Bullet Catcher - Dancing In The Streets


Ch. 14: Act 7: Global Action Day Against the Use of Drones w/@KnowDrones and @VFPNational - Best of the Left Activism

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


Ch. 16: Act 8: Manipulative propaganda is ISIS strong suit - Rachel @maddow Show - Air Date 9-17-14


Voicemails

Ch. 21: Domestic abuse 201 - Tanya in California

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 23: Final comments on the need for nuance

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


Activism: Global Action Day Against the Use of Drones via @KnowDrones and @VFPNational 

Take Action:

Find the event near you: Global Action Day Calendar

Submit your event to Anastasia of CODEPINK via anastasia@codepink.org.

Sources/further reading:

"Veterans Group in Response to President Obama’s Plan to Confront ISIL Says They are Disappointed But Not Surprised” via Veterans For Peace

”Veterans For Peace: Six Steps Short of War to Confront ISIL”

""Ban Weaponized Drones!": Anti-Drone Movement Spreads in Europe” via Truthout

"Confessions of a Drone Warrior” by Matthew Power at GQ

"Race is on to perfect solar-powered drones” by Hiawatha Bray at The Boston Globe

"Domestic Drones” via ACLU National

"Warrant for Drones Veto Was the Wrong Decision” via ACLU of Northern California

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2014/09/26) Fighting the tide of lost freedoms (Privacy Rights)

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Fri, Sep 26, 2014


Edition #863

Fighting the tide of lost freedoms

 

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Memories Of Freedom - @dccommonsense - Air Date 5-8-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Run, Freedom, Run! - Urinetown the Musical (The Original Cast Recording)


Ch. 4: Act 2: Major Ruling Protects Your Cellphone From The Police... Sort Of - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 06-26-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: We Set Ourselves Free - Spring Came, Rain Fell


Ch. 6: Act 3: Google is the new Sheriff in Town - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 08-06-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Letterbox - Flood


Ch. 8: Act 4: Men Blaming Jennifer Lawrence & Kate Upton for Nude Pics Leak Hate NSA Spying - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 09-02-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: Secret - Thirteen Tales of Love and Revenge


Ch. 10: Act 5: No Escaping Dragnet Nation (Part 2) - @BillMoyersHQ - Air Date 3-14-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: Don’t Worry, We'll Be Watching You - Making Mirrors


Ch. 12: Act 6: @1Password to rule them all - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 13: Song 6: Time for Action - Time for Action - the Very Best Of


Ch. 14: Act 7: Encouraging Encription - @radio_dispatch - Air Date 3-12-14


Voicemails

Ch. 15: Examining our foreign policy options - Chris from Colorado Springs

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 16: Final comments on the folly of acting from a position of fear

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


TAKE ACTION:

Download: 1Password and Follow: on Twitter

Additional Activism/Resources:

"Internet security: 10 ways to keep your personal data safe from online snoopers” via The Guardian

Sources/further reading:

"Half of American adults hacked this year” by Jose Pagliery at CNN Money

"Viator travel website hacked: 1.4 million users' information stolen, including payment card data” by Dan Raywood at International Business Times

"Congress Heads Home After Exhausting Eight Days of Work” by Russell Berman at The Wire

 Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


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(2014/09/23) Male dominance as a social disease (Feminism)

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Tue, Sep 23, 2014


Edition #862

Today we take a look at violence against women, both physical and political

 

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Disturbing Footage Of Ray Rice Knocking Then-Fiancé Unconscious Released - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 09-09-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Confronting the Wolf (Bonus Track) - Sword & Sworcery LP - The Ballad of the Space Babies


Ch. 4: Act 2: Fox News: Anti-Testicular Police Are Ripping Off Poor Ray Rice's Balls - @majorityfm - Air Date: 09-12-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: The Great Castration - Sisters of the Red Death


Ch. 6: Act 3: Fox responds to Ray Rice violence with jokes - @FAIRmediawatch - Air Date: 9-12-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: You're a Joke - Planet Obscure


Ch. 8: Act 4: Obama's unnecessary, badly-worded official statement on Ray Rice - @Radio_Dispatch - Air Date: 9-10-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: Good People - Safe Upon the Shore (Bonus Track Version)


Ch. 10: Act 5: How women get trapped in violent relationships - @truthdig Radio - Air Date: 9-12-14

Ch. 9: Song 5: Trapped (Live) - The Essential Bruce Springsteen


Ch. 12: Act 6: Ray Rice and Why the Abused Stay - @majorityfm - Air Date: 09-10-14

Ch. 11: Song 6: The Smallest Piece - Beasts of the Southern Wild (Music from the Motion Picture)


Ch. 14: Act 7: Male Dominance is Societal Disease - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 09-09-14

Ch. 15: Song 7: Wake Up - Funeral


Ch. 16: Act 8: Janay Rice's side: taking her side seriously - Melissa Harris Perry @MHPshow - Air Date: 9-13-14


Voicemails

Ch. 17: Being questioned on one's race - First Nations person from Canada

Ch. 18: Standing up for choice - Al from Seattle, WA

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 19: Final comments on what's wrong with the phrase 'real men'

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


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(2014/05/25) The evil that we deplore (Foreign Policy)

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Fri, Sep 19, 2014


Edition #829

The evil that we deplore

Today we check out a rerun episode with particular relevance to today.

Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: History Does Not Let Go - Rachel Maddow - Air Date: 04-03-2014

Ch. 3: Song 1: Won't Let Go - Radiocalypse


Ch. 4: Act 2: CIA Lied About Torture To Justify Using It (Senate Report) - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 04-02-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Don't Look Back In Anger - (What's the Story) Morning Glory


Ch. 6: Act 3: Shocker! CIA Lied About Torture - @majorityfm - Air Date: 04-16-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Going Home - The Talks


Ch. 8: Act 4: The Stop Torture Campaign via: @amnestyonline - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 9: Song 4: Activism - The Poet


Ch. 10: Act 5: Introduction to the AUMF and it's control over our foreign policy - RadioLab - Air Date: 4-28-24

Ch. 11: Song 5: Say goodbye - Ian Rhett


Ch. 12: Act 6: Rewriting History - @onthemedia - Air Date: 2-21-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: Re-Write History - Unreliable Narrator


Ch. 14: Act 7: How Barbara Lee became an American hero - RadioLab - Air Date: 4-28-24


Ch. 15: Final comments: Thanking an American hero

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


ACTIVISM:

Stop Torture: Act Now from Amnesty International

Follow/participate: #StopTorture

Sources/further reading:

United Nations Convention Against Torture

"Report Shows Widespread Torture, Despite UN Convention” by Katie Rucke

#CloseGitmo — National Day of Action to Close Guantanamo Bay

 

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2014/09/16) More reasons than you should need to oppose it (Death Penalty)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Tue, Sep 16, 2014


Edition #861

There are more reasons than you should need to oppose it

 

Today we see that literally no matter what angle you look from, the death penalty is impossible to be in favor of

Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Death Penalty - @LastWeekTonight with John Oliver - Air Date: 5-4-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Concerning Hobbits - Music from The Lord of the Rings Trilogy


Ch. 4: Act 2: Americans Back Death Penalty, Whether It's Lethal Injection or Not - @majorityfm - Air Date: 05-29-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Forgotten - Punkgrass for the People


Ch. 6: Act 3: Death Penalty Ruled Cruel And Unusual Punishment In California - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 07-18-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Gimme Sympathy - Fantasies


Ch. 8: Act 4: Botched Lethal Injection Takes TWO HOURS to Kill Man - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 07-24-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: Guillotine - On the Heart


Ch. 10: Act 5: Two Hours To Cease Existence - @theharryshearer (le Show) - Air Date 7-27-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: By the Time I Get to Arizona - Power to the People & the Beats - Public Enemy's Greatest Hits


Ch. 12: Act 6: Why Is No One Talking About The Innocent Man Texas Executed? - @RedactedTonight - Air Date 8-8-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: Never Wrong - On the Wing Now


Ch. 14: Act 7: Study: More Than Half of People Executed Have Severe Mental Illness - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 07-25-14

Ch. 15: Song 7: Death Penalty - What's So Strange About Me


Ch. 16: Act 8: Bill Blum on the death penalty, both beheadings and lethal injections - @truthdig - Air Date: 9-12-14

Ch. 17: Song 8: Stop the Madness - Versatile Roots


Ch. 18: Act 9: Fixing the death row system via @innocence - Best of the Left Activism - Air Date: 5-19-14

Ch. 19: Song 9: Right to Complain - Backatown (Bonus Track Version)


Ch. 20: Act 10: The Truth, Finally, After 30 Years In Prison & The Truth Is Ugly - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 03-13-14


Voicemails

Ch. 21: In Response To Prof. Rambo - Jeff From Cleveland, OH

Ch. 22: Trying To Be There For People - Wade From Ft. Worth, TX

Ch. 23: Expert Opinion On Intimate Partner Violence - Elka From Fort Wayne, IN

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 24: Final comments on the fact that there's no need for additional comments

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


Take Action:

What Can I Do? from The Innocence Project

Sources/further reading:

"How Oklahoma's GOP Governor Turned a Heinous Killer Into a Death-Penalty Martyr” by Stephanie Mencimer at Mother Jones

VIDEO: "Execution Chaos: Witness Recounts Botched Killing That Caused Oklahoma Prisoner's Fatal Heart Attack” via Democracy Now!

"Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin defends controversial execution” by Meredith Clark via MSNBC

 

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2014/09/12) Understanding how we got here (Racism)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Fri, Sep 12, 2014


Edition #860

Understanding how we got here

 

Today we take a look at some of the historical contexts of racism and how those structures are still functioning today

Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Kinda Racist? Try Diet Racism! - @_CollegeHumor_ - Air Date: 08-28-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Racism - Barack de Magnificent


Ch. 4: Act 2: Putting Native American Degradation Into Perspective - @RalphNader - Air Date 7-28-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Giving a S**t - Righteous Ruckus


Ch. 6: Act 3: Tea Party Textbook Shocks But Wait Till You See The Racism - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 07-19-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Ignorance Is Strength - 1984


Ch. 8: Act 4: The Long Struggle for Fair Housing in 1960s Chicago - @TheAtlantic - Air Date: 5-28-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: Unknown song


Ch. 10: Act 5: Are We Passing the “Tipping Point” for Black Habitation in the Cities? - @blkagendareport - Air Date: 6-11-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: Heart of the City - Jackson Square


Ch. 12: Act 6: Hispanic Man Pretends to be White, Job Offers Skyrocket - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 09-03-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: What's In a Name? - Such Hot Blood


Ch. 14: Act 7: Racism: It's in your brain! - @twibnation - Air Date: 5-13-14

Ch. 15: Song 7: Illness As a Metaphor - Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Original Cast Recording)


Ch. 16: Act 8: Shades of Black - Colorism, Skin Color Discrimination - @Rasheed_Shabazz - Air Date: 12-10-10

Ch. 17: Song 8: Black or White - Dangerous


Ch. 18: Act 9: It's Time for White America to Understand White Privilege... - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 08-22-14

Ch. 19: Song 9: get real - a Rough Guide to Feeling Rough


Ch. 20: Act 10: Pledge your actions to create a more just society - @ProfTriciaRose


Voicemails

Ch. 21: The fundamental restructuring we need - Vphriameradis from New York

Ch. 22: Three types of cops - Jack out of Chicago

Ch. 23: The audacity of calling feminists bullies - Colin from Cleveland, OH

Ch. 24: Please address domestic violence - Al from Seattle, WA

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 25: Final comments on seeking out experts and the new BotL schedule

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


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