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(2014/04/22) Incentives have consequences (Injustice system)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Tue, Apr 22, 2014


Edition #819

Incentives have consequences

 

Today we look at the rotten underbelly of our 'corrections' system, who it victimizes and who it profits.

 

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Kids for Cash - Official Trailer - kidsforcashthemovie - Air Date: 03-10-14

Ch. 3: Act 2: Documentary Exposes Corrupt "Kids For Cash" Judge In Pennsylvania - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 03-03-14

Ch. 4: Song 2: We're All in the Same Gang (feat. West Coast Rap All Stars) - West Coast Livin'

Ch. 5: Act 3: We're Being Robbed But The People Doing It Will Never Go To Prison - @bravenewfilms - Air Date: 11-05-13

Ch. 6: Song 3: Resurrection (space club mix) - PPK

Ch. 7: Act 4: Michelle Alexander: Locked Out of America - @billmoyersHQ - Air Date 12-20-13

Ch. 8: Song 4: Sweet dreams - The Eurythmics

Ch. 9: Act 5: Annual NYC Inmate Cost Higher Than 4 Years at Harvard - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 10-05-13

Ch. 10: Song 5: Circles - Soul Coughing

Ch. 11: Act 6: How Yoga Can Help In California's Overcrowded Prisons - TIME - Air Date: 12-19-13

Ch. 12: Song 6: Amends - Peasant

Ch. 13: Act 7: Unfree in America - Mumia Abu-Jamal - Air Date: 2-4-14

Ch. 14: Song 7: We never change - Coldplay

Ch. 15: Act 8: All out for CA prisoner hunger strike 2013 - CA Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity - Air Date: 07-08-13

Ch. 16: Song 8: My Favorite Mutiny - The Coup

Ch. 17: Act 9: Solitary Confinement - Marc Kilstein for @citizenradio - Air Date: 09-18-13

Ch. 18: Song 9: Creature fear - Bon Iver

Ch. 19: Act 10: Campaign to End Solitary Confinement via @Illinois_CAT - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 20: Song 10: Activism - Shihan

Ch. 21: Act 11: Man Facing Execution Pens Chilling Letter Full Of Truths You Can't Deny - The Young Turks - Air Date: 03-08-14

 

Voicemails:

Ch. 22: Responding on self-identity - Katie from Philadelphia

Ch. 23: The importance of accuracy in labels - Grace from North Carolina

Ch. 24: The history of and thoughts on the word 'queer' - David in Los Angeles

Ch. 25: Men, stop calling yourselves women - Morgan from Chicago

Ch. 26: Re: Respectability Politics: Exactly, amen - Elka from Fort Wayne, IN

 

Leave a message at 202-999-3991

 

Voicemail Music: 

Loud Pipes - Ratatat

 

Ch. 27: Final comments on recent bonus content and membership

 

Closing Music:

Here We Are - Patrick Park

 

ACTIVISM:

End Solitary Confinement In Illinois petition from CREDO and hard copy petition from Illinois CAT.

Printable info flier to circulate.

 

Sources/further reading:

"I-CAT is Launching a Campaign to End Solitary Confinement in Illinois Prisons”

"Funding Approved for Activation of ADX/USP Thomson, New Federal Supermax Prison” via Truthout

“Essential Prison Industrial Complex Reading List” from Prison Culture a blog everyone should read and a vital follow on Twitter.

"Chicago City Council Resolution to Make the City 'Torture Free’” via Illinois CAT

"Incarcerated Workers Launch Nonviolent Work Strike Against "New Jim Crow" Across Alabama Prisons” from Truthout

"Tennessee bill to bring back electric chair headed to governor”

"A Prisoner Says Farewell to Solitary Confinement – Writing by Lee Savage” via Prison Culture

 

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich

 

Produced by:

Jay! Tomlinson

 

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(2014/04/20) Burn it to the ground (NSA Spying)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Sat, Apr 19, 2014


Edition #818

Burn it to the ground

 

Today we attempt to watch the watchers and see if there's anything to be done about them.

 

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Drones, metadata, and Dirty Wars - @allinwithchris Hayes - Air Date: 02-10-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Little Talks - Of monsters and men

Ch. 4: Act 2: Is It Time for a New Church Committee? - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 02-26-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Bridge over troubled water - Simon & Garfunkel

Ch. 6: Act 3: No Escaping Dragnet Nation (Part 1) - @BillMoyersHQ - Air Date 3-14-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Hide the truth - Chronicle

Ch. 8: Act 4: Significant NSA Change Proposed By Obama - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 03-26-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: Heroic fanfare - United States Army Band and Chorus

Ch. 10: Act 5: USA Freedom Act via @ACLU - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 11: Song 5: Activism - Shihan

Ch. 12: Act 6: Senate vs. CIA - @majorityfm - Air Date: 03-12-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: Gone Too Far (feat. Jack Bruce;2012 - Remaster) - Robin Trower

Ch. 14: Act 7: NSA Out Of Control - @dccommonsense - Air Date 3-23-14

 

Voicemails:

Ch. 15: Latest trans episode was truly enlightening - Jim from Kentucky

Ch. 16: Realizing how badly he'd misrepresented himself originally - Matt in Negaunee, Mi

Ch. 17: "Queer" shouldn't be reclaimed by the LGBT community - Tory from Altlanta, GA

Ch. 28: Thoughts on respectability politics - Prof. Rambo from Georgia

 

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Voicemail Music: 

Loud Pipes - Ratatat

 

Ch. 19: Final comments on respectability politics

 

Closing Music:

Here We Are - Patrick Park

 

ACTIVISM:

USA Freedom Act via ACLU

USA Freedom Act via EFF

 

Sources/further reading:

Text of the USA Freedom Act via Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt)

"Lawmakers Need to Get Behind the USA Freedom Act” via FreePress.net

"Obama: US must 'win back the trust of ordinary citizens' over data collection” via The Guardian

"NSA critics express 'deep concern' over route change for House reform bill” via The Guardian

"What You Don't Know About The NSA Spying Program” Moment of Clarity video from Lee Camp

 

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich

 

Produced by:

Jay! Tomlinson

 

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(2013/12/06) Being of two minds (Health Care)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Wed, Apr 16, 2014
23:00:00 +0000,


Edition #779

Being of two minds

 

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Let us whisper of a dream - The Good Fight - Air Date 11-21-13

Ch. 3: Song 1: Boulevard of broken dreams - Green Day

Ch. 4: Act 2: Obamacare is Kentucky's Success, A Big Danger For Mitch McConnell - Majority Report - Air Date: 11-25-13

Ch. 5: Song 2: Behind the curtain - Dan Potthast

Ch. 6: Act 3: The Mess on Obama's Hands - Progressive Magazine - Air Date: 11-13-13

Ch. 7: Song 3: Careless whisper - George Michael

Ch. 8: Act 4: Obamacare is Doomed by Its Internal Logic - Glen Ford - Air Date: 11-20-13

Ch. 9: Song 4: Failure by design - Brand New

Ch. 10: Act 5: Comparing What To What - CounterSpin - Air Date 11-22-13

Ch. 11: Song 5: Hurricane - The Scorpions

Ch. 12: Act 6: Obamacare Alternative? Republicans Don't Have One - Young Turks - Air Date: 12-04-13

Ch. 13: Song 6: From Finner - Of Monsters and Men

Ch. 14: Act 7: Republicans Have No Answers on Health Care - Progressive Magazine - Air Date: 11-15-13

Ch. 15: Song 7: Soft serve - Soul Coughing

Ch. 16: Act 8: Single Payer Healthcare Would SAVE Money - David Pakman Show - Air Date: 10-07-13

Ch. 17: Song 8: Flood - Jars of Clay

Ch. 18: Act 9: Medicare you can buy into - UnFuck it Up Project

Ch. 19: Song 9: I didn't fuck it up - Katie Goodman

Ch. 20: Act 10: A Message for GOP Governors on Obamacare - Thom Hartmann - Air Date: 11-26-13

Ch. 21: Song 10: Hard to say I'm sorry - Chicago

Ch. 22: Act 11: Better than it was, but still for-profit - Congressional Dish - Air Date: 10-12-13

 

Voicemails:

Ch. 23: How to debate myths - Dave from Olympia, WA

Ch. 24: The value and tactics of debating - Rationally Speaking - Air Date: 12-4-11

Ch. 25: Thoughts on the standard of tipping - Joe from Barcelona

 

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Voicemail Music: 

Loud Pipes - Ratatat

 

Ch. 26: Final comments asking for thoughts on the episode on trans issues

 

Closing Music:

Here We Are - Patrick Park

 

Activism:

https://www.dailykos.com/campaigns/588

http://grayson.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/grayson-introduces-medicare-you-can-buy-into-act

http://www.contactingthecongress.org

 

Information for this segment can be found at:

https://www.healthcare.gov

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2012/10/health-costs-how-the-us-compares-with-other-countries.html

https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2013/02/20-4

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/12/03/medicaid-expansion-becomes-weapon-against-gop-governors/

http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/D?d113:1:./temp/~bd52e9::

 

Sponsored by the UnFuck it Up Project: https://www.facebook.com/KatieGoodmansUnFItUp

Katie Goodman, creator: http://katiegoodman.com

Katie Klabusich, activism director: http://katiespeak.com

 

Produced by:

Jay! Tomlinson

 

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(2013/11/12) Overthrowing Plutonomy (Economics)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Sun, Apr 13, 2014


Edition #773

Overthrowing Plutonomy

 

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Plutonomy - Common Sense with Dan Carlin - Air Date: 10-06-13

Ch. 3: Song 1: Cosmic love - Florence + The Machine

Ch. 4: Act 2: There are others things Government needs to do - Moyers and Company - Air Date: 10-18-13

Ch. 5: Song 2: Baltic Avenue - Chris Roth

Ch. 6: Act 3: Does 'Capitalism Good, Communism Bad' Even Mean Anything? - David Pakman Show - Air Date: 08-12-13

Ch. 7: Song 3: Variety is the spice of life - Larry Clinton

Ch. 8: Act 4: Stop Treating Capitalists Like they are Gods! - Thom Hartmann - Air Date: 10-24-13

Ch. 9: Song 4: Capitalism - Eastenders

Ch. 10: Act 5: Chris Hedges on the Implications of the Corporate State's Hobbling of the Liberal Class - Economic Update - Air Date: 04-12-13

Ch. 11: Song 5: Up against the wall - Peter Bjorn & John

Ch. 12: Act 6: Study: Socialism Makes People Happier - Majority Report - Air Date: 10-17-13

Ch. 13: Song 6: Pursuit of happiness - Kid Cudi

Ch. 14: Act 7: The Worst Problem In America? | Poll Results - The Young Turks - Air Date: 10-21-13

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

Ch. 16: Act 8: The Progressivism of Dr. Seuss - Moyers and Company - 10-25-13

 

Voicemails:

Ch. 17: How to improve education and support teachers - Sally from San Francisco

 

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Voicemail Music: 

Loud Pipes - Ratatat

 

Ch. 18: Final comments on teachers unions holding the line

 

Closing Music:

Here We Are - Patrick Park

 

Produced by:

Jay! Tomlinson

 

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(2014/04/10) The power of words (Trans Rights)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Thu, Apr 10, 2014


Edition #817

The power of words

 

Today we look at the words we use to talk about trans issues and realize the profound impact they have on how we see the issue. Plus there's some bathroom talk because that's the greatest threat to the freedom of cis idiots everywhere.

 

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Being Transgender in America - @MHarrisPerry - Air Date: 4-15-12

Ch. 3: Song 1: See me, Feel Me - The Who

Ch. 4: Act 2: One Transgender Perspective - @Radio_Dispatch - Air Date 4-22-13

Ch. 5: Song 2: Pretzel Man - Harry Chapin

Ch. 6: Act 3: Gender and sex pairings are a construct - @Radio_Dispatch - Air Date: 5-1-13

Ch. 7: Song 3: Woman's bodies - Rebecca Riots

Ch. 8: Act 4: Transgender Language History - @transadvocate - Air Date: 2-14-13

Ch. 9: Song 4: Power of words - iamuuri

Ch. 10: Act 5: Fox News' House Doctor Afraid Of Transgender Urination - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 01-20-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: One - Apocalyptica

Ch. 12: Act 6: Fox News Host Apologizes To The Intersex Community - Media Matters Minute (@mmfa) - Air Date: 03-03-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: One - Apocalyptica

Ch. 14: Act 7: Freedom Center for Social Justice via- @LGBTQLaw - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 15: Song 7: Activism - Shihan

Ch. 16: Act 8: Changes In DSM As Related To Trans Population - @transadvocate - Air Date 2-20-13

Ch. 17: Song 8: Lola - The Kinks

Ch. 18: Act 9: Discussing the disappearance of gender identity disorder - @Rspodcast - Air Date 12-8-13

 

Ch. 19: Final comments on the power of words

 

Closing Music:

Here We Are - Patrick Park

 

Ch. 20: Post Script: Conclusion of the story of the man without words

 

ACTIVISM:

The Freedom Center for Social Justice

Transgender Faith and Action Network (Trans*FANN)

 

Sources/further reading:

Like Freedom Center For Social Justice LGBTQ Law Center on Facebook and Follow on Twitter

"CPCC Transgender Student Harassed, Suspended for Using Women's Bathroom"

"Actress Laverne Cox releases statement supporting transgender student Andraya Williams”

 

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich

 

Produced by:

Jay! Tomlinson

 

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(2014/04/07) Dog whistle politics (Racism)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Mon, Apr 07, 2014


Edition #816

Dog whistle politics

 

Today we look at how racism is strategically used to gain power for Republicans and funnel money to corporations. And here you thought it was just about keeping them away from the white women.

 

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Ian Haney López on the Dog Whistle Politics of Race Part 1 - @BillMoyersHQ - Air Date: 2-28-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Corporate takeover - NerCity

Ch. 4: Act 2: The Costs of Racial Color Blindness - Harvard Business Review - Air Date: 02-26-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Black or white - Michael Jackson

Ch. 6: Act 3: Ian Haney López on the Dog Whistle Politics of Race Part 2 - @BillMoyersHQ - Air Date: 2-28-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: People are people - Depeche Mode

Ch. 8: Act 4: The Difference Between Being the Majority & the Minority - Thom Hartmann - Air Date: 11-15-13

Ch. 9: Song 4: Racism - MYSTAFYA

Ch. 10: Act 5: Paul Ryan's 'Inner City' Remarks - Racist? No... A Republican? No Way! - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 03-15-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: Say what you mean - Dojo Cuts

Ch. 12: Act 6: Paul Ryan's Economic Faux Losophy - @radio_dispatch - Air Date 3-25-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: Pure imagination - Leslie Bricusse

Ch. 14: Act 7: Online debate sparked on race and poverty - @MHarrisPerry - Air Date: 4-6-14

 

Voicemails:

Ch. 15: How to replace coal as a baseline energy source - Perry from Green County, IN

Ch. 16: On self identification and appropriation - Tim from Oklahoma

Ch. 17: Asking for a response to a friends thoughts on gender - Robert from Los Angeles

 

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Voicemail Music: 

Loud Pipes - Ratatat

 

Ch. 18: Final comments responding to Robert's friend's bad argument

 

Closing Music:

Here We Are - Patrick Park

 

Produced by:

Jay! Tomlinson

 

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(2014/04/04) Past and future destruction (Climate)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Fri, Apr 04, 2014


Edition #815

Past and future destruction

 

Today we look at the past and future destruction caused by fossil fuels and greenhouse gas emissions as well as our lackluster attempt to equip ourselves with a climate-friendly, terrorism-resistant electrical grid.

 

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: The IPCC's new report - @greennewsreport - Air Date: 4-3-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Spite - Vandaveer

Ch. 4: Act 2: China Builds Largest Solar Plant in World While US Falls Behind - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 03-30-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Sickening - Ken Mickey

Ch. 6: Act 3: C'mon America...Let's Keep the Lights on - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 03-14-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: I've got no strings - Gipsy Kings

Ch. 8: Act 4: The disinformation of Fox News - @greennewsreport - Air Date: 4-1-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: Disinformation - Aaron Courtland

Ch. 10: Act 5: Exxon CEO Sues to Stop Fracking Near His Home - @majorityfm - Air Date: 02-26-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: The most beautiful place in the world - Mary Anne Hitt

Ch. 12: Act 6: Greenpeace Co-Founder Loses It Talking Climate Change on Twitter - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 03-08-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: Science is real - They Might be Giants

Ch. 14: Act 7: Environmental Destruction, When Will It End? - @greennewsreort - Air Date 3-25-14

Ch. 15: Song 7: You're a disaster - Dragonette

Ch. 16: Act 8: How Much Oil Really Spilled? - @onthemedia - Air Date: 3-28-14

Ch. 17: Song 8: Murky Water - The Autumn Isles

Ch. 18: Act 9: Protect the Arctic via- @sierraclub - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 19: Song 9: Activism - Shihan

Ch. 20: Act 10: Global Water Shortages Pose Threat of Terror & War - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 02-16-14

Ch. 21: Song 10: Till your well runs dry - Peter Tosh

Ch. 22: Act 11: The Last Hours of Humanity: Warming the World to Extinction - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 10-09-13

 

Voicemails:

Ch. 23: Ask men about why their reproductive rights are off limits - Chris from Colorado Springs

Ch. 24: Thoughts on queerness from a newly-out gender-non-conforming listener - Chris from Rhode Island

Ch. 25: Response to PBS segment from media episode - Zach from San Francisco

 

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Voicemail Music: 

Loud Pipes - Ratatat

 

Ch. 26: Final comments with This Week in Blackness on taking funding from the KKK

 

Closing Music:

Here We Are - Patrick Park

 

ACTIVISM:

Protect the Arctic from an oil spill disaster! via The Sierra Club

 

Sources/further reading:

"Oil From the Exxon Valdez Spill Lingers on Alaska Beaches” from National Geographic

"Exxon Spill – 25 Years of Tears" by Shannyn Moore

 

Produced by:

Jay! Tomlinson

 

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(2014/04/01) No corporate news is good news (Media)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Tue, Apr 01, 2014


Edition #814

No corporate news is good news

 

Today we take a look at the various ways the corporate media regularly embarrasses itself while in search of ratings from ever-more narrow slivers of potential viewers.

 

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: The plane is not in a black hole - @allinwithchris Hayes - Air Date: 03-20-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Bedtime stories - Chris Reed

Ch. 4: Act 2: Keeping Conspiracies Secret And Speculation In The News - @jimmy_dore  Show - Air Date: 3-21-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Empty - The Cranberries

Ch. 6: Act 3: Fox Host Explains Missing Flight with Finding Noah's Ark - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 03-24-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Flat Earth Society - Bad Religion

Ch. 8: Act 4: News, No Experts, Just Diversity Of Speculation - le Show (@theharryshearer) - Air Date 3-23-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: Good people - Jack Johnson

Ch. 10: Act 5: PBS Gets On Its Knees For Billionaires | Integrity Is Dead - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 02-14-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: Solsbury Hill - Peter Gabriel

Ch. 12: Act 6: CNBC: Climate Change is Witchcraft! - @majorityfm - Air Date: 03-05-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: Witchcraft - Frank Sinatra

Ch. 14: Act 7: NBC's MTP Debates Climate Change, Truth vs. Nonsense - @FAIRmediawatch - Air Date 2-21-14

Ch. 15: Song 7: Nonsense - Komeda

Ch. 16: Act 8: You Can Now Drive Across The US For Free, Mainstream Media Ignores It - @LeeCamp - Air Date: 03-11-14

Ch. 17: Song 8: Electric car - They Might be Giants

Ch. 18: Act 9: Laughably Biased or Fair & Balanced Climate Change Debate? - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 02-18-14

Ch. 19: Song 9: S.O.S. - The Suicide Machines

Ch. 20: Act 10: Climate Change, The Media Is The Message - @FAIRmediawatch - Air Date 3-21-14

 

Voicemails:

Ch. 21: The problem with the media's coverage of climate change - Chris from Colorado Springs

Ch. 22: The queer experience - Sonya from Minnesota

 

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Voicemail Music: 

Loud Pipes - Ratatat

 

Ch. 23: Final comments on conservatives believing in free lunches

 

Closing Music:

Here We Are - Patrick Park

 

Produced by:

Jay! Tomlinson

 

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(2014/03/29) Intolerant of discrimination and proud of it (Reproductive Rights)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Sat, Mar 29, 2014


Edition #813

Intolerant of discrimination and proud of it

 

Today we look at the inane battle being waged over some christian business owners proclaimed right to discriminate against their female employees reproductive rights based on junk science.

 

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: The GOPs birth control issue - @allinwithchris Hayes - Air Date: 01-24-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Remember Jonathan (Messenger Of The Sun album) - Cyrille Verdeaux

Ch. 4: Act 2: Abortion Rate Lowest in 41 Years Because of Liberals - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 02-05-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: So thankful - Nahko and Medicine for the People

Ch. 6: Act 3: Corporations can't have it both ways - RJ Court Watch - Air Date: 3-24-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Mothers of the night - Moby

Ch. 8: Act 4: Fox Judicial Analyst Falsely Claims Obamacare Contraception Coverage Includes Euthanasia - Media Matters Minute (@mmfa) - Air Date: 03-25-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: Mothers of the night - Moby

Ch. 10: Act 5: Women Aren't Women; They're 'Hosts' Says Republican - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 02-26-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: Pray for you - Jaron And The Long Road To Love

Ch. 12: Act 6: Legal questions around corporations, religion and contraception access - RJ Court Watch - Air Date: 3-24-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: Mas que nada - Sergio Mendes

Ch. 14: Act 7: Restricting Abortion Rights Makes for a Unified Party - Rachel @maddow - Air Date: 01-22-2014

Ch. 15: Song 7: We all agree - Mika Vember

Ch. 16: Act 8: The Clinic Vest Project via- @clinicvestproje - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 17: Song 8: Activism - Shihan

Ch. 18: Act 9: Anti-Choice Zealots Threaten Women Activists Online - @majorityfm - Air Date: 03-20-14

Ch. 19: Song 9: Too tired - Albert Collins

Ch. 20: Act 10: Are corporations free to have their own facts? - @twib_fm - Air Date: 3-24-14

 

Voicemails:

Ch. 21: Focusing movements on what groups are not - Daniel from Albany, NY

Ch. 22: The rich do have something to fear - Brad from Dallas, TX

Ch. 23: Being pro-choice as a conservative - Wade from Ft. Worth, TX

 

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Voicemail Music: 

Loud Pipes - Ratatat

 

Ch. 24: Final comments on Katie Klabusich's connection to the clinic escort program

 

Closing Music:

Here We Are - Patrick Park

 

ACTIVISM:

The Clinic Vest Project

 

Sources/further reading:

"Appeals court upholds law that closed Texas abortion clinics" by Irin Carmon

"We Won’t Forget: The End of Safe, Legal Abortion Care in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley [Video]” by Andrea Grimes

Clinic Defense: Escorting

"Obama Administration’s Weak Defense May Prove To Be Birth Control Benefit’s Achilles Heel” by Jessica Mason Pieklo

”Is a Corporation Religious? Maybe, Say Justices” by Irin Carmon

"Is the Contraception Mandate Doomed? It sure looks that way after the Hobby Lobby argument” by Dahlia Lithwick

 

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich

 

Produced by:

Jay! Tomlinson

 

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(2014/03/26) Sadly grasping at cakes (LGBTQ Rights)

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


Edition #812

Pathetically grasping at cakes

 

Today we look at the last gasps of the anti-LGBTQ movement in the US but also take a glimpse at Uganda where we can see the types of laws the religious fundamentalists would like to impose here if they could.

 

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Right Wing Christians Preach Hate In Africa & Now People Will Die - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 02-18-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Uganda - Matthew L. Fisher

Ch. 4: Act 2: The Miracle of Anti-Gay Denial - @MarkFiore Animation - Air Date: 03-22-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Power of denial - Thomas Newman

Ch. 6: Act 3: Michael Sam comes out as gay before NFL draft - @gibblertron Throwing Shade - Air Date 2-12-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Throwing Shade Theme song

Ch. 8: Act 4: Attention Anti-Gay Pro Athletes: WTF Are You Talking About? - @majorityfm - Air Date: 02-12-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: Shower the people - James Taylor

Ch. 10: Act 5: 1st Southern State: VA Gay Marriage Ban Overturned - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 02-24-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: Married by the sea - Theo Bard

Ch. 12: Act 6: The WE DO Campaign via- @CSElive - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 13: Song 6: Activism - Shihan

Ch. 14: Act 7: Was Arizona's Anti-Gay Bill Really Anti-Gay - @FAIRmediawatch - Air Date 2-21-14

Ch. 15: Song 7: Le nuit - David Ari Leon

Ch. 16: Act 8: CNN's Cuomo Call Out The Extremist Group Behind Arizona's Anti-Gay Bill - Media Matters Minute (@mmfa) - Air Date: 02-24-14

Ch. 17: Song 8: Le nuit - David Ari Leon

Ch. 18: Act 9: A Warning To Fascist Gays From The American Family Association - @majorityfm - Air Date 2-27-14

Ch. 19: Song 9: T-Shirt Weather - The Lucksmiths

Ch. 20: Act 10: Where did all the anti-gay bills come from - @allinwithchris Hayes - Air Date: 02-26-14

Ch. 21: Song 10: I believe in that - Chip Taylor

Ch. 22: Act 11: This Appears to be the End of Discrimination Bills - Rachel @maddow - Air Date: 02-27-2014

Ch. 23: Song 11: Get over it - OK Go

Ch. 24: Act 12: Nothing's Changed - Arizona's Homophobic Law Was Totally Unnecessary - @fakedansavage - Air Date 3-4-14

 

Voicemails:

Ch. 25: Thoughts on leadership in Russia and the comparison to Hitler - Andy from Austin

Ch. 26: The importance of the discussion of privilege and perspective - Bill from St. Petersburg, FL

Ch. 27: The history of the conflict in Ukraine - Andy from Austin

Ch. 28: Response to Neanderthal discussion - Margarete from Ashville, NC

Ch. 29: Libertarians and the whole point of labels - Hamish from California

 

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Voicemail Music: 

Loud Pipes - Ratatat

 

Ch. 30: Final comments previewing the next episode on reproductive justice

 

Closing Music:

Here We Are - Patrick Park

 

ACTIVISM:

We Do Campaign from The Campaign for Southern Equality

Southerners for the Freedom to Marry

 

Sources/further reading:

"How Resistance Will Change the South: The We Do Campaign is looking for a public official in the South who will issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple as an act of conscience.” via The Advocate

"SPLC Sues for Marriage Equality in Alabama” by John Becker, at The Bilerico Project

 

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich

 

Produced by:

Jay! Tomlinson

 

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

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Sun, Mar 23, 2014


Edition #811

The affliction of wealth on people and society

 

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.

 

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

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

Ch. 3: Song 1: Perfect balance - PEEZZE

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 - Sammy Kaye

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

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 - Ben Sollee

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 - The Great Malarkey

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

Ch. 13: Song 6: Activism - Shihan

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

 

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Voicemail Music: 

Loud Pipes - Ratatat

 

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

 

Closing Music:

Here We Are - Patrick Park

 

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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(2014/03/20) That thing in Ukraine that's happening (Foreign Policy)

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Thu, Mar 20, 2014


Edition #810

That thing in Ukraine that's happening

 

Today we take a look at Ukraine and Russia, ponder whether there's anything for us to do about the situation there and wonder why conservatives are super-gay for bad-boy-strong-man Vladimir Putin but totally not in a gay way, they swear.

 

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Does the GOP have Putin envy? - @allinwithchris Hayes - Air Date: 03-04-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Borrow - Brendan Benson

Ch. 4: Act 2: Right Blames Presidential Weakness Exclusively For Russian Takeover - @FAIRmediawatch - Air Date 3-7-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Hang Me Up to Dry - Cold War Kids

Ch. 6: Act 3: Hillary Clinton Compares Vladimir Putin to Adolf Hitler - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 03-06-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Where do I begin? - The Chemical Brothers

Ch. 8: Act 4: Making sense of Ukraine - @truthdig Radio - Air Date: 03-06-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: We didn't start the fire - Vitamin String Quartet

Ch. 10: Act 5: Using Energy Production As Political Weapon Against Russia - @FAIRmediawatch - Air Date 3-14-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: Gravity rides everything - Modest Mouse

Ch. 12: Act 6: GOP claims US energy can stop Putin - @allinwithchris Hayes - Air Date: 03-05-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: Burning heart - Survivor

Ch. 14: Act 7: Putin Invaded Ukraine Because Benghazi says Senator - @majorityfm - Air Date: 03-06-14

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

Ch. 16: Act 8: Right Says Obama's Desire for Nuclear Free World Is An Example of Weakness - @FAIRmediawatch - Air Date 3-14-14

Ch. 17: Song 8: Ask - The Smiths

Ch. 18: Act 9: Dick Cheney Attacks Obama On Handling Of Ukraine Situation - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 03-11-14

Ch. 19: Song 9: Shut Up - Christina Aguilera

Ch. 20: Act 10: Cashing the Doomsday Cheque - @dccommonsense - Air Date: 03-09-14

 

Voicemails:

Ch. 21: We need talk about height privilege - Russ in East Texas

Ch. 22: Am I queer or not? - Stacy from San Francisco Bay Area

Ch. 23: Calling for eugenics? - Elizabeth in Seattle

Ch. 24: Seattle socialist councilwoman acting capitalistically - Mick from Australia

 

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Loud Pipes - Ratatat

 

Ch. 25: Final comments on the impossibility of opt-in socialism

 

Closing Music:

Here We Are - Patrick Park

 

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Jay! Tomlinson

 

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(2014/03/16) A look in the mirror and the rear view mirror (Progressives)

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Sun, Mar 16, 2014


Edition #809

A look in the mirror and the rear view mirror

 

Today we take look at some progressives from the past a present and what they're up to. Starts to make you wonder if our best days are behind us.

 

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: How Many Americans Call Themselves Liberal? - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 01-13-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: We shall overcome - Pete Seeger

Ch. 4: Act 2: Give 'em Hell, Barack! - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 01-29-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: A few honest words - Ben Sollee

Ch. 6: Act 3: No Room For Fake Progressives in 2014 - @majorityfm - Air Date: 01-03-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: This land is your land - Pete Seeger

Ch. 8: Act 4: Socialist Councilwoman Accepts Less Than Half of $117K Salary - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 02-02-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: A lot of work to do - Friendly People

Ch. 10: Act 5: President Obama Done Presidenting? - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 02-01-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: Audacity of hope - The Last of the Troubadours

Ch. 12: Act 6: Obama vs. FDR - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 01-30-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: Where have all your good words gone? - Laura Gibson

Ch. 14: Act 7: In the Adegbile Affair, at Least, Obama More Honorable than Bill Clinton - Glen Ford of @blkagendareport - Air Date: 3-12-14

Ch. 15: Song 7: Which side are you on? - Pete Seeger

Ch. 16: Act 8: 5 Years of Obama: Some Results - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 02-28-14

Ch. 17: Song 8: Little Boxes - Pete Seeger

Ch. 18: Act 9: Bill Hicks - 20 Years Since His Death, Still Speaking The Truth - @LeeCamp - Air Date: 02-26-14

Ch. 19: Song 9: Solidarity forever - Pete Seeger

Ch. 20: Act 10: Social Change Central To The Inspiring Life Of Music Icon Pete Seeger - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 01-29-14

 

Voicemails:

Ch. 21: On labels and respect - Marty from Los Angeles

Ch. 22: Attempting to define a libertarian - Gordon from Chicago

 

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Ch. 23: Final comments on the incompatibility of libertarianism with society

 

Closing Music:

Here We Are - Patrick Park

 

Produced by:

Jay! Tomlinson

 

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(2014/03/13) Heart of Darkness (Conservatives)

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Thu, Mar 13, 2014


Edition #808

Heart of Darkness

 

Today we take a look at what some conservatives have been up to lately, including a glimpse at their yearly display of insanity at the ultraconservative CPAC conference

 

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Elijah Cummings Calls Out Fraud IRS Hearings, Republican Darrell Issa Tries to Silence Him - @majorityfm - Air Date: 03-06-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: What I'm Looking For (Ad Version) - Brendan Benson

Ch. 4: Act 2: Scott Walker Staff Racist Anti-Gay Emails Leaked - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 02-22-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Sunrise - Duran Duran

Ch. 6: Act 3: Nazi Propaganda At Heart Of Wolf Blitzer Take Down Of Ted Nugent - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 02-22-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Mountain Sound - Of Monsters and Men

Ch. 8: Act 4: Exclusive: How ALEC serves the right - @allinwithchris Hayes - Air Date: 01-22-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: Welcome to the black parade - Vitamin String Quartet

Ch. 10: Act 5: Cynics, Suckers, & Lunatics: The Building Blocks of the Conservative Movement - @majorityfm - Air Date: 01-31-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: Shambala - Three Dog Night

Ch. 12: Act 6: The Clear-Eyed Utopian View - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 02-28-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: Soon It Will Be Cold Enough to Build Fires - Emancipator

Ch. 14: Act 7: President Rand Paul? 2014 CPAC Straw Poll Results - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 03-11-14

Ch. 15: Song 7: Call of the wild ones: A Theme - Black Prairie

Ch. 16: Act 8: Lowlights From Conservative Political Action Committee - Media Matters (@mmfa) - Air Date: 03-10-14

Ch. 17: Song 8: Call of the wild ones: A Theme - Black Prairie

Ch. 18: Act 9: CPAC: Michele Bachmann: Tea Party Is an Intellectual Movement - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 03-10-14

 

Voicemails:

Ch. 19: Responding to Joss Whedon on feminism - Chris from Colorado Springs

Ch. 20: Responding to Matt and queer theory - Chrissie from Kansas

Ch. 21: Jacob and the things he has to reflect on - Jacob from Indianapolis

 

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Voicemail Music: 

Loud Pipes - Ratatat

 

Ch. 22: Final comments responding to Jacob and maybe making some progress

 

Closing Music:

Here We Are - Patrick Park

 

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(2014/03/10) Like men, only cheaper (Feminism)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Mon, Mar 10, 2014


Edition #807

Like men, only cheaper

 

Today we watch as conservatives clumsily try to hold back the rising tide of gender equality. It's quite sad, really.

 

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: The GOP war on women hasn't died down - @allinwithchris Hayes - Air Date: 01-23-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Out of control - U2

Ch. 4: Act 2: Privileged Republican Senator Dismisses 'War On Women' But Here Are The Facts - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 01-28-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: La nuit - David Ari Leon

Ch. 6: Act 3: Bill O'Reilly: "There's Got To Be Some Downside To Having A Woman President" - Media Matters Minute - Air Date: 02-27-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: La nuit - David Ari Leon

Ch. 8: Act 4: No, Online Harassment is Not the Same for Women and Men - @majorityfm - Air Date: 01-24-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: Superwoman - Alicia Keys

Ch. 10: Act 5: Rand Paul: Women won the war on women - @allinwithchris Hayes - Air Date: 01-27-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: Comptine D'un Autre Été: L'après Midi - Yann Tiersen

Ch. 12: Act 6: O'Reilly Questions "The Point" Of Highlighting The Gender Pay Gap - Media Matters (@mmfa) - Air Date: 01-16-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: Comptine D'un Autre Été: L'après Midi - Yann Tiersen

Ch. 14: Act 7: Obama Sets Bear Trap, Republicans Walk Right Into It - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 01-31-14

Ch. 15: Song 7: The chance I deserve - Club 8

Ch. 16: Act 8: Stop Michael Boggs’s Confirmation via @NARAL - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 17: Song 8: Activism - Shihan

Ch. 18: Act 9: @josswhedon at 'Make Equality Reality' - @equalitynow - Air Date: 11-08-13

 

Voicemails:

Ch. 19: Donate your account call to action - Perry from Green County, IN

Ch. 20: A mild scolding - Matt in Negaunee, Mi

Ch. 21: Explaining signifier words and their threat to privilege - Tanya in California

 

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Voicemail Music: 

Loud Pipes - Ratatat

 

Ch. 22: Final comments asking just how much privilege do some people need

 

Closing Music:

Here We Are - Patrick Park

 

ACTIVISM:

Stop Michael Boggs’s Confirmation from NARAL Pro-Choice America

Stop Michael Boggs’s Confirmation from MoveOn.org

 

Sources/further reading:

"Why the Campaign Against Conservative Judicial Nominees Like Michael Boggs Matters” by Jessica Mason Pieklo, RHRC sr. legal analyst

"27 Liberal Groups Oppose Obama Judicial Nominee"

"Civil rights leaders call for Obama to withdraw Georgia judicial nominees" via The Hill

"Obama judicial nominees draw lawmaker, civil rights ire” via CNN

"Voting yes on Boggs is bad for women” by MSNBC.com guest blogger, Ilyse Hogue, NARAL president

"Major Abortion Rights Group Breaks With Obama Over Judicial Nominee’s Record On Choice” by Ian Millhiser at Think Progress

 

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich

 

Produced by:

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(2014/03/07) Moment of truth (Climate/Keystone XL)

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Sat, Mar 08, 2014


Edition #806

Moment of truth

 

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Keystone XL - Time to end the addiction - @allinwithchris Hayes - Air Date: 01-31-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Addiction - Medina

Ch. 4: Act 2: Keystone to America: Bend Over and Take it! - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 02-07-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Making progress - Freedom's Progress

Ch. 6: Act 3: NBC Says Pipeline Decision More Important To Presidential Image Than To Climate Change - @FAIRmediawatch - Air Date 2-7-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: We are the many - Makana

Ch. 8: Act 4: Facts Buried, Oil Sands Dug Up & The Environment Pays The Price - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 02-09-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: Perpetuum Mobile - Penguin Cafe Orchestra

Ch. 10: Act 5: Van Jones debunks myths behind the Keystone Pipeline on Crossfire - @VanJones68 - Air Date: 02-10-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: Bad idea - Goose

Ch. 12: Act 6: Huge Tar Sands Pipeline Protest in Washington - @greennewsreport - Air Date 3-4-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: The More You Ignore Me, the Closer I Get (Remastered) - Morrissey

Ch. 14: Act 7: CPAC Panel on How to Deny Climate Change - @majorityfm - Air Date: 03-05-14

Ch. 15: Song 7: Living a Lie (feat. James Mercer) - Aimee Mann

Ch. 16: Act 8: Paul Ryan Stuns CNN Host: Keystone XL Will Solve Russian Ukraine Invasion - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 03-07-14

Ch. 17: Song 8: That's All - Clare and the Reasons

Ch. 18: Act 9: 350.org Campaigns - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 19: Song 9: Activism - Shihan

Ch. 20: Act 10: Bill McKibben to Obama: Say No to Big Oil Part 1 - @MoyersNews - Air Date 2-7-14

Ch. 21: Song 10: Moment of truth - Gentleman

Ch. 22: Act 11: Jack Gerard's American Petroleum Institute - @MarkFiore Animation - Air Date: 02-27-14

Ch. 23: Song 11: The 350 Movement October 24, 2009 - The Day the World Came Together.

Ch. 24: Act 12: Bill McKibben to Obama: Say No to Big Oil Part 2 - @MoyersNews - Air Date 2-7-14

 

Voicemails:

Ch. 25: Defending Matt's self-identification as 'queer' - Tanya in California

Ch. 26: Trying to get there on trans issues - Jane from Boston

Ch. 27: Don't need to know the details about trans people to defend them - Dan from Milwaukee, WI

 

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Voicemail Music: 

Loud Pipes - Ratatat

 

Ch. 28: Final comments about my bad, angry day

 

Closing Music:

Here We Are - Patrick Park

 

ACTIVISM:

Start And Win Campaigns To Protect Our Common Future from 350.org

 

Additional Activism

”Say No To Corporate Power Grabs: Reject the Trans-Pacific Partnership” from 350.org Campaigns

 

Sources/further reading:

"Keystone sides rush to meet deadline,” The Hill

"Opportunistic right wingers push nonsense on Keystone XL” from Green News Report (3/06/14)

KeyStone Protest Photography from independent photojournalist Jenna Pope

"Climate Change is The Context of Our Times — interview with Tim DeChristopher" from Acronym TV with Dennis Trainor, Jr

"State Dept's Keystone XL Contractor, ERM Group, Also OK'd Controversial Pebble Mine in Alaska” by Steve Horn at DeSmog Blog

"EPA Moves To Block Massive Alaskan Gold And Copper Mine” by Katie Sheppard

 

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich

 

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(2014/03/04) Unequal justice under the law (The (in)justice system)

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Wed, Mar 05, 2014


Edition #805

Unequal justice under the law

 

Today we look at the stick of justice in America and who's getting the short end of it.

 

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Chris Hayes: I was nearly arrested for weed - @allinwithchris Hayes - Air Date: 01-03-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: (I've Got a) Golden Ticket - Leslie Bricusse

Ch. 4: Act 2: A Marijuana Arrest - BuzzFeed Central Presents - Air Date: 12-8-13

Ch. 5: Song 2: Particles of the Universe (Heartbeats) - Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin

Ch. 6: Act 3: Wishful Thinking and White House Fakery: Obama as Prison Reformer - @blkagendareport - Air Date: 2-5-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Life in prison - Mitchell

Ch. 8: Act 4: What are the odds that you're going to prison? - @bravenewfilms - Air Date: 2-13-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: Julie-O - Kevin "KO" Olusola

Ch. 10: Act 5: Unequal justice under law - @allinwithchris Hayes - Air Date: 02-05-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: Crime to Be Broke in America - Spearhead

Ch. 12: Act 6: #JordanDavis #DunnTrial - @WEEKinBLACKNESS Presents: BLACKNESS.TV - Air Date: 2-18-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: Enter the Blackness (This Week in Blackness Theme) [feat. Willie Evans Jr., Elon James White & Aaron Rand Freeman] - Jasiri X

Ch. 14: Act 7: You're A Terrible Human Being If You Think Michael Dunn Is Right - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 02-19-14

Ch. 15: Song 7: Terrible - Harley Poe

Ch. 16: Act 8: The failure of the prosecution and how murdering black kids is kind of okay - @WEEKinBLACKNESS - Air Date: 2-18-14

Ch. 17: Song 8: Running scared - Roy Orbison

Ch. 18: Act 9: Stand Against ‘Shoot First’ Laws - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 19: Song 9: Activism - Shihan

Ch. 20: Act 10: (WARNING) Insanely Racist Audio Busts Michael Dunn Defender - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 02-21-14

 

Voicemails:

Ch. 21: Touching on all the aspects of racism - Prof. Rambo from Georgia

Ch. 22: Tricia Rose segment was great for those who don't understand white privilege - Mara from Pittsburgh

Ch. 23: Appreciating the color analogy to gender - Zach from San Francisco

 

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Voicemail Music: 

Loud Pipes - Ratatat

 

Ch. 24: Final comments on how I ironically stole from a woman of color during the last racism episode

 

Closing Music:

Here We Are - Patrick Park

 

ACTIVISM:

”Stand Against ‘Shoot First’ Laws” petition from ColorOfChange.org

 

Additional Activism:

Drop the Charges Against Darrin Manning

Shopping While Black is Not a Crime

 

Sources/further reading:

"Jordan Davis and the Refrain of Black Death” by Mychal Denzel Smith

"Black Boy Interrupted: On the unfinished life of Jordan Davis” (and everything else) by Ta-Nehisi Coates

"Angela Corey Aims to Increase Marissa Alexander Sentence to 60 Years” via Free Marissa Now Campaign

"Unarmed and dangerous? The National Rifle Association and ALEC were major backers of Florida's 'stand your ground' law” by Cliff Schecter

 

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich

 

Produced by:

Jay! Tomlinson

 

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(2014/03/01) Knowing our history and seeing it echo today (Racism)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Sun, Mar 02, 2014


Edition #804

Knowing our history and seeing it echo today

 

Today we look at how history shapes the present, how we can shape the future and how change is inevitable.

 

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Oprah Claims President Faces Racism - This @WEEKinBLACKNESS - Air Date 11-19-13

Ch. 3: Song 1: Black Wall Street - Touchers

Ch. 4: Act 2: Black Wall Street - Almas J. Sami'

Ch. 5: Song 2: Black Wall Street - The One JP

Ch. 6: Act 3: Professor reprimanded for teaching structural racism - @citizenradio - Air Date: 12-16-13

Ch. 7: Song 3: Bury the past - Professional Victims

Ch. 8: Act 4: Black History One - @MumiaAbuJamal - Air Date: 2-19-14

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

Ch. 10: Act 5: Caller:  I Never Realized I had Racist Tendencies - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 10-25-13

Ch. 11: Song 5: Cleanse song - Bright Eyes

Ch. 12: Act 6: America on MLK’s Birthday: The Trifecta of Evils - @blkagendareport - Air Date: 1-22-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: Silence must be heard - Enigma

Ch. 14: Act 7: Still fraught: The idea of a black president - @allinwithchris Hayes - Air Date: 01-21-14

Ch. 15: Song 7: Alright Alright (Here's My Fist Where's the Fight?) - Sahara Hotnights

Ch. 16: Act 8: President Obama Isn't 'Playing The Race Card' - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 01-22-14

Ch. 17: Song 8: Racism - Mighty Sparrow

Ch. 18: Act 9: Generation Justice (@genjustice) - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 19: Song 9: Activism - Shihan

Ch. 20: Act 10: CFC Keynote: Pain, Passion and Possibility - @ProfTriciaRose - Air Date: 10-29-2013

 

Voicemails:

Ch. 21: The proper way of educating an audience about trans issues - Erin from Philadelphia

Ch. 22: Trans people are treated as objects of curiosity - queer theory - Matt in Negaunee, Mi

Ch. 23: A few problems with the trans discussion - Jacob from Indianapolis

 

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Voicemail Music: 

Loud Pipes - Ratatat

 

Ch. 24: My conversation with Jacob

 

Closing Music:

Here We Are - Patrick Park

 

ACTIVISM:

Generation Justice

 

Sources/further reading:

Colorlines: Race Forward

"Infographic Illustrates the Structural Racism of the Oscars” or “Old, White Men Will Mostly Decide This Weekend’s Oscars” by Jamilah King

"White, Conservative Men Dominate Sunday Morning Political Talk Shows” by Breanna Edwards at The Root

”How Well Does The Media Cover Race?” by Dominique Apollon

”White Guys Doing It By Themselves” Tumblr curated by Erin Matson

 

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich

 

Produced by:

Jay! Tomlinson

 

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(2014/02/26) Resistance is the only hope (Capitalism)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Thu, Feb 27, 2014


Edition #803

Resistance is the only hope

 

You remember that movie "The Neverending Story"? I grew up with that movie but didn't realize until much later how "The Nothing", the apocalyptic, all-consuming, evil force threatening to destroy the universe, was such a nice allegory for capitalism. I'll say one thing for "The Nothing" though, it's very efficient at what it does.

 

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Here's a Capitalist That Doesn't Understand Capitalism - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 09-18-13

Ch. 3: Song 1: Doing business - The Rorschach Garden

Ch. 4: Act 2: Return To Liberation Theology Scares Right - @jimmy_dore Show - Air Date 12-13-13

Ch. 5: Song 2: Capitalism - Yellow Umbrella

Ch. 6: Act 3: Peter Buffett: Big Philanthropy and Philanthro-Feudalism - @grittv - Air Date_ 11-26-13

Ch. 7: Song 3: Nothing is good enough - Amiee Mann

Ch. 8: Act 4: Scientific Models Now Showing Revolt Is Our Only Chance? - @LeeCamp - Air Date: 10-30-13

Ch. 9: Song 4: Revolt - CHANT

Ch. 10: Act 5: Henry Giroux on Zombie Politics Part 1 - Democracy In Crisis - @BillMoyers And Company - Air Date 11-22-13

Ch. 11: Song 5: Generation - Emerson Hart

Ch. 12: Act 6: The New Economy Coalition - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 13: Song 6: Activism - Shihan

Ch. 14: Act 7: Henry Giroux on Zombie Politics Part 2 - Still Room In The Oppression For Resistance - @BillMoyers And Company - Air Date 11-22-13

 

Voicemails:

Ch. 15: We need to be honest about the effects of drugs - Justin from Los Angeles

Ch. 16: How to get to the real issues - Natasha from LA

 

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Voicemail Music: 

Loud Pipes - Ratatat

 

Ch. 17: Final comments on shifting the paradigm of talking about gender confirmation surgeries

 

Closing Music:

Here We Are - Patrick Park

 

ACTIVISM:

New Economy Coalition h/t Keith Harrington

CommonBound, Northeastern University

 

Sources/further reading:

Watch: Zombie Politics and Culture in the Age of Casino Capitalism, Henry Giroux on Bill Moyers

"End the 1 percent’s free ride: Taxing land would solve America’s biggest problems” by Jesse Myerson

"Noam Chomsky: Will Capitalism Destroy Civilization?”

Chris Hedges speech on Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt via Lee Camp’s Moment of Clarity Podcast

 

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich

 

Produced by:

Jay! Tomlinson

 

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(2014/02/23) The seamy underbelly (Conservatives)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Mon, Feb 24, 2014


Edition #802

The seamy underbelly

 

Today we look behind the curtain of conservatives, libertarians and the Republican party. What we find isn't pretty.

 

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: How to Debunk a Libertarian: Let Them Talk - @majorityfm - Air Date: 11-4-11

Ch. 3: Song 1: Capitalism - Eastenders

Ch. 4: Act 2: Does Studying Economics Make you Greedy? - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 10-23-13

Ch. 5: Song 2: Profit - The Mammals

Ch. 6: Act 3: 9 of 10 Poorest States Are Republican - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 01-19-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: North to Alaska - Johnny Horton

Ch. 8: Act 4: GOP Civil War - The Numbers Tell A Bigger Story & It Ain't Pretty - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 02-15-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: Fight back - Garnett Silk

Ch. 10: Act 5: GOP Super Strategist Frank Luntz: Sad and Alone, Blames Obama / America - @majorityfm - Air Date: 01-24-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: Get up Stand up - Bob Marley

Ch. 12: Act 6: Republican Identification Lowest in 25 Years - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 01-19-14

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

Ch. 14: Act 7: Strong Words From The Latest Sane Person Run Out Of The Republican Party - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 02-16-14

Ch. 15: Song 7: You're wrong - NOFX

Ch. 16: Act 8: Libertarian Upset The Daily Show Made Fun of Him - @majorityfm - Air Date: 02-13-14

Ch. 17: Song 8: Do it for free - The Constellations

Ch. 18: Act 9: Is Libertarianism the Velvet Glove Over the Iron Fist of Racism? - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 07-12-13

 

Voicemails:

Ch. 19: Societal changes and tipping points - Eyal from San Diego, CA

Ch. 20: Trans* rights and fairness in sports - Marty from Los Angeles

 

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Voicemail Music: 

Loud Pipes - Ratatat

 

Ch. 21: Final comments on empathy and the momentary insanity brought on by having one's priviilige challenged

 

Closing Music:

Here We Are - Patrick Park

 

Produced by:

Jay! Tomlinson

 

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(2014/02/20) If you're talking about genitals then you've missed the point (Trans* Rights)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Fri, Feb 21, 2014


Edition #801

If you're talking about genitals then you've missed the point

Today I take my second crack at discussing trans* rights. Last time I tried it didn't go over too well so today we find out if I've learned from my mistakes and if others will learn a thing or two about trans* issues.

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: When Is That Appropriate Conversation, Katie - Radio Dispatch - Air Date 1-9-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Lesson Learned (feat. John Mayer) - Alicia Keys

Ch. 4: Act 2: Katie Couric has her bad questions explained to her - Laverne Cox - Air Date: 1-7-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Discrimination - Ancel

Ch. 6: Act 3: Cultural Consequences Of Trans Population - Trans Advocate - Air Date 2-20-13

Ch. 7: Song 3: I can't - Ben Sollee

Ch. 8: Act 4: Twisted And Unethical Journalism And Resultant Suicide - @Radio_Dispatch - Air Date 1-21-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: Look again - Jim Ford

Ch. 10: Act 5: The case of CeCe McDonald - Melissa Harris-Perry - Air Date: 1-19-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: ***Flawless (feat. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie) - Beyoncé

Ch. 12: Act 6: Social Anxiety of Trans Population vs. Military PTSD - Trans Advocate - Air Date 2-20-13

Ch. 13: Song 6: Transgender Dysphoria Blues - Against Me!

Ch. 14: Act 7: Piers Morgan's Uninformed Interview With Janet Mock - @Radio_Dispatch - Air Date 2-6-14

Ch. 15: Song 7: Strong animals - Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin

Ch. 16: Act 8: After 20 Years Prisoner Michelle Kosilek Granted Right To Sex Change - @WEEKinBLACKNESS - Air Date: 1-21-14

Ch. 17: Song 8: Slipping away - Donnie Darko

Ch. 18: Act 9: The Jim Collins Foundation - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 19: Song 9: Activism - Shihan

Ch. 20: Act 10: Janet Mock on 'Passing' & Redefining Realness - Janet Mock - Air Date: 1-30-14

 

Voicemails:

Ch. 21: Where the women-problems in the south come from - Wes from Alabama

Ch. 22: Thoughts on the arguments of sovereignty against corporate takeover - Dave from Olympia, WA

Ch. 23: Suggesting "The Authoritarians" book - John In Stamford, CT

 

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Voicemail Music: 

Loud Pipes - Ratatat

 

Ch. 24: Final comments on making progress addressing trans* rights

 

Closing Music:

Here We Are - Patrick Park

 

ACTIVISM:

Jim Collins Foundation

 

Additional Activism

Free CeCe, a documentary on CeCe McDonald

 

Sources/further reading:

Savage Lovecast, episode 369 (11/19/13); Dan Savage interviews M. Dru Levasseur, co-founder and vice president of the Jim Collins Foundation

"Professional Organization Statements Supporting Transgender People In Health Care” via Lambda Legal

"Piers Morgan, It Shouldn’t Be So Hard For You To Interview Janet Mock” by Avital Norman Nathman

"Janet Mock: Piers Morgan 'Sensationalized’ Me” by John Becker

"Because of You: My Letter to CeCe McDonald on Her Release

 

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich

 

Produced by:

Jay! Tomlinson

 

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(2014/02/17) A parody of itself (Media)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Tue, Feb 18, 2014


Edition #800

A parody of itself

 

I'm eternally grateful for how ridiculously terrible the mainstream media is. If not for their utter and nearly constant failures I'm quite sure I never would have been inspired to start this show in the first place. 

 

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: New Boss's Past Reflects Future Of CBS News - @greennewsreport - Air Date 1-9-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Failing - The Laryngospasms

Ch. 4: Act 2: CBSs 60 Minutes Loosing Creditability - @CitizenRadio - Air Date 1-8-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Truth - Amos Lee

Ch. 6: Act 3: When the Media Does It's Job, It Looks Something Like This … - Rachel @maddow - Air Date: 01-03-2014

Ch. 7: Song 3: Talk to me - Stevie Nicks

Ch. 8: Act 4: There's reason to fight total monopolization - @FAIRmediawatch - Air Date: 2-14-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: Do the right thing - Beres Hammond

Ch. 10: Act 5: The War On Fox Is Over - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 12-22-13

Ch. 11: Song 5: Bookends - Simon & Garfunkel

Ch. 12: Act 6: Brave New Films: The antidote to corporate media - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 13: Song 6: Activism - Shihan

Ch. 14: Act 7: Least Credible Historian Is Expert on Glenn Beck Show - @jimmy_dore Show - Air Date 12-27-13

Ch. 15: Song 7: Unsee - Dearly Beloved

Ch. 16: Act 8: MSNBC Interrupts Congresswoman on NSA for Report on Justin Bieber - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 01-27-14

Ch. 17: Song 8: What's up? - 4 Non Blondes

Ch. 18: Act 9: Which media outlets stand up to those in power? - @FAIRmediawatch - Air Date: 2-14-14

Ch. 19: Song 9: Hide the truth - Chronicle

Ch. 20: Act 10: The media shrugs, again - @onthemedia - Air Date: 2-14-14

Ch. 21: Song 10: In my arms - Jon Foreman

Ch. 22: Act 11: Wow, Fox News Is SCREWED - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 01-28-14

 

Voicemails:

Ch. 23: Life is scientific, personhood is a purely moral distinction - Mara from Pittsburgh

Ch. 24: Drug addicts can't boycott drugs - Jamie in Cincinnati

 

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Voicemail Music: 

Loud Pipes - Ratatat

 

Ch. 25: Final comments on the realities of the arguments needed to win political and issue campaigns

 

Closing Music:

Here We Are - Patrick Park

 

ACTIVISM:

Brave New Films from Robert Greenwald

 

Sources/further reading:

"Unmanned: America's Drone Wars” Trailer

”OutFoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism” Trailer

Follow Brave New Films on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube for announcements and new video shorts.

"Robert Greenwald Takes on Obama's Out-of-Control Drone Warfare in New Documentary: ‘Unmanned’” from Alternet

 

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich

 

Produced by:

Jay! Tomlinson

 

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(2014/02/14) Rise of the gatekeepers (Net Neutrality)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Fri, Feb 14, 2014


Edition #799

Rise of the gatekeepers

 

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Why This Ruling On Net Neutrality Is A Disaster - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 01-15-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Bad news - Kanye West

Ch. 4: Act 2: Net Neutrality and you - @onthemedia - Air Date: 1-17-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Made to suffer - Speedsters and Dopers

Ch. 6: Act 3: What Does Net Neutrality Ruling Mean for You? - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 01-27-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: The perfect space - The Avett Brothers

Ch. 8: Act 4: Is Net Neutrality Dead? Can Netflix Save it? Can We? - @amazingatheist - Air Date: 2-6-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: The secret agent - Cello Octet Conjunto Ibérico & Elias Arizcuren

Ch. 10: Act 5: Net Neutrality: Why Should You be Concerned? - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 01-15-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: Coming to terms - Carolina Liar

Ch. 12: Act 6: FreePress.net fights against media monopolies - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 13: Song 6: Activism - Shihan

Ch. 14: Act 7: The Digital Gatekeepers Don't Need No Stinkin' Net Neutrality - @dccommonsense - Air Date 1-20-14

 

Voicemails:

Ch. 15: Anti-abortion politics rooted in discipline and punishment - Emma from Texas

Ch. 16: Anti-abortion stance is authoritarian stance - Nathan from Vancouver, WA

Ch. 17: We need to look at political and social policy perspective of decriminalization - Elka from Fort Wayne, IN

 

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Voicemail Music: 

Loud Pipes - Ratatat

 

Ch. 18: Final comments on why liberals need to create shame around the ethics of doing illegal drugs - an email from listen Javier

 

Closing Music:

Here We Are - Patrick Park

 

ACTIVISM:

Petition to Stop the Time Warner/Comcast Merger

 

Additional Activism

Save The Internet Action Page

Sources/further reading:

"Comcast takeover of Time Warner Cable to reshape U.S. pay TV” via Reuters by Liana B. Baker

What Needs To Be Done To Save Net Neutrality, Tim Karr of Free Press on The Matthew Filipowicz Show

"How Netflix and Google Could Lead the Fight For Net Neutrality”

”Federal Court Guts Net Neutrality Rules"

”Merging Cable Giants is ‘an Affront to the Public Interest’" from John Nichols at The Nation Magazine

 

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich

 

Produced by:

Jay! Tomlinson

 

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(2014/02/11) Learning to play nice with human nature (War on Drugs)

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


Edition #798

Learning to play nice with human nature

 

Today we look at the evolution of bullshit reasons there have been to prohibit consumption of marijuana: from the bullshit reasons scared white people came up with to ban it originally to the bullshit reasons scared white people use in the present to keep it illegal, all while steadfastly ignoring the evidence which points toward the war on drugs leaving an expensive path of unmitigated destruction behind it wherever it goes.

 

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: 3 Absurd Reasons for Banning Drugs - LearnLiberty - Air Date: 09-20-11

Ch. 3: Act 2: Smoke Weed? You're Fat & Dangerous According To These Pundits - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 01-08-14

Ch. 4: Song 2: I can't explain - The Who

Ch. 5: Act 3: Gourmet Pot Editor Freaks Out O'Reilly - @jimmy_dore Show - Air Date 12-13-13

Ch. 6: Song 3: Where is my mind? - The Pixies

Ch. 7: Act 4: Government To Sell Pot For $1 A Gram (In Uruguay) - Why? - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 10-23-13

Ch. 8: Song 4: Represent - Weezer

Ch. 9: Act 5: Is the End of Marijuana Prohibition the End of the War On Drugs? Probably Not. - @brucedixon - Air Date: 1-8-14

Ch. 10: Song 5: Inevitable - Scissor Sisters

Ch. 11: Act 6: Thom Hartmann on Decriminalizing Pot - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 01-17-14

Ch. 12: Song 6: Legalize it - Peter Tosh

Ch. 13: Act 7: Obama on Marijuana Legalization: Important For It to Go Forward - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 01-22-14

Ch. 14: Song 7: Open your eyes - Snow Patrol

Ch. 15: Act 8: Why Right Wing Addicts Like Rob Ford, Rush Limbaugh Don't Ask For Help - @majorityfm - Air Date: 11-06-13

Ch. 16: Song 8: Everything falls apart - Dog's Eye View

Ch. 17: Act 9: Families Against Mandatory Minimums - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 18: Song 9: Activism - Shihan

Ch. 19: Act 10: Philip Seymour Hoffman Didn't Have to Die... - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 02-03-14

Ch. 20: Song 10: South Side - Moby

Ch. 21: Act 11: We need drug rules that recognizes human nature - @dccommonsense - Air Date: 2-5-14

 

Voicemails:

Ch. 22: On the TPP and national sovereignty - Erin from Philadelphia

Ch. 23: Support for Avera on sex education in the south - Mark from New Mexico

Ch. 24: Prior consent still doesn't impart obligation - Jake from New Hampshire

Ch. 25: Weighing quality of life in the discussion of reproductive rights - Anonymous

 

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Voicemail Music: 

Loud Pipes - Ratatat

 

Ch. 26: Final comments on the ease of being misunderstood, especially when discussing the abuse of children in the context of the reproductive rights debate

 

Closing Music:

Here We Are - Patrick Park

 

ACTIVISM:

Tell the Commission: Cut These Drug Sentences!” from Families Against Mandatory Minimums

 

Sources/further reading:

AG Holder speaks out on federal sentencing, C-Span broadcast

”A New Development in Prison Reform” from Colorlines

The story of Stephanie George (FAMM)

and ”For Lesser Crimes, Rethinking Life Behind Bars”, The New York Times

Follow Families Against Mandatory Minimums on Twitter and Facebook

 

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich

 

Produced by:

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(2014/02/08) Trouble at the old pharm (Health Care)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Sun, Feb 09, 2014


Edition #797

Trouble at the old pharm

Today we take a look at the seedy underbelly of the industry that creates all of those wonderful, life-saving drugs that sit at the crossroads of western medicine and western capitalism.

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare - EscapeFireMovie - Air Date: 07-12-12

Ch. 3: Song 1: Mother of the night - Moby

Ch. 4: Act 2: Who are the REAL Obamacare Hypocrites? - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 01-07-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Margaret on the Guillotine - Morrissey

Ch. 6: Act 3: This Is Why Healthcare Costs So Much - @majorityfm - Air Date: 12-11-13

Ch. 7: Song 3: Snake oil - Entrain

Ch. 8: Act 4: Major Pharm Company To End Payments To Doctors - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 12-21-13

Ch. 9: Song 4: First patient - Philip Glass

Ch. 10: Act 5: Map Shows Damage Caused by Anti-Vaccine Movement - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 01-29-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: Bad idea - Goose

Ch. 12: Act 6: Stand Up For Mental Health - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 13: Song 6: Activism - Shihan

Ch. 14: Act 7: Big Pharma CEO: Our Medicine is for Rich People, Not Inians - @majorityfm - Air Date: 01-29-14

Ch. 15: Song 7: Two points for honesty - Guster

Ch. 16: Act 8: New Once-A-Month Vitamin Presents Choking Hazard - @TheOnion

Ch. 17: Song 8: Choke - The Black Cadillacs

Ch. 18: Act 9: Hepatitis C Cure Discovered - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 01-06-14

Ch. 19: Introduction to today's voicemail on reproductive rights

Voicemails:

Ch. 20: Personhood is not the central principle in abortion debate - Mara from Pittsburgh

Ch. 21: Science as the deciding factor - Dirk from Madison, WI

Ch. 22: Rebuttal to bodily autonomy - Anonymous

Ch. 23: Comparing the ideas of obligation vs bodily autonomy - Mara from Pittsburgh

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Voicemail Music: 

Loud Pipes - Ratatat

Ch. 24: Final comments on why bodily autonomy is the primary consideration and personhood is secondary

Closing Music:

Here We Are - Patrick Park

ACTIVISM:

Stand Up For Mental Health Campaign

Additional Activism/Resources:

Affordable Care Act

National Alliance of Mental Illness

h/t Feminista Jones

Sources/further reading:

"When ‘Positivity' Goes Wrong: Please Stop Shaming People For Being Sad”

by Pia Glen 

"USDA Announces Support for Mental Health Facilities in Rural Areas"

Doctors For America

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich

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(2014/02/07) The fourth dimension (Sample of Member's Content)

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Fri, Feb 07, 2014


Bonus Edition #25

The fourth dimension

Today I discuss the elements of time and perspective.

References include:

Mountains in Motion: The Canadian Rockies by The Upthink Lab

99% Invisible - Episode 91: Wild Ones Live

GOING THE DISTANCE: On and off the road with Barack Obama - BY DAVID REMNICK

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Here We Are - Patrick Park

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

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Thu, Feb 06, 2014


Edition #796

Don't eat shit and die

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.

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

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

Ch. 3: Song 1: Salmonella - Shim Schechter

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

Ch. 5: Song 2: Virus - Duran Duran

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 - Benjamin Josif

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

Ch. 9: Song 4: Smithereen - Deep East Music

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 - Nahko and Medicine for the People

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

Ch. 13: Song 6: Everybody ona move - Michael Franti And Spearhead

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 - Akbar

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 - The Eagles

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

Ch. 19: Song 9: Activism - Shihan

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

Ch. 21: Song 10: Fake plastic trees - Radiohead

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

Ch. 23: Song 11: Good food - Legendary Wings

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

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Voicemail Music: 

Loud Pipes - Ratatat

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

Closing Music:

Here We Are - Patrick Park

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:

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(2014/02/02) It's hot, it's cold, it's polluted (Climate/Energy)

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Mon, Feb 03, 2014


Edition #795

It's hot, it's cold, it's polluted

Who knew that incredibly complex weather patterns could be explained but something other than thoughtless gut reaction? We learn about the polar vortex, the West Virginia chemical spill and the life cycle of fracked natural gas.

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Right mocks rescued climate scientists - @allinwithchris Hayes - Air Date: 01-02-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Misery (Acoustic) - Maroon 5

Ch. 4: Act 2: Why is it so Darn Cold? - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 01-06-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: The More You Ignore Me, the Closer I Get (Remastered) - Morrissey

Ch. 6: Act 3: Chilling The Debate On Global Warming - @FAIRmediawatch - Air Date 1-10-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: The fix is in - Ok Go

Ch. 8: Act 4: 'Freedom Industries' Poisons West Virginia - @majorityfm - Air Date: 01-13-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: Freedom - Music Themes Group

Ch. 10: Act 5: What Happens in West Virginia Doesn't Stay in West Virginia - Rachel @maddow - Air Date: 1-14-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: Rivers and roads - The Head and the Heart

Ch. 12: Act 6: Criminal Freedom Industries Admit to Contaminating Water More Than Previously Thought - @majorityfm - Air Date: 01-31-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: Oops and move on - Henry Phillips

Ch. 14: Act 7: You Won't Believe Who's Teaching Children To LOVE Fracking! - @LeeCamp - Air Date: 01-13-14

Ch. 15: Song 7: Programmed - Trapper Schoepp Band

Ch. 16: Act 8: Clean energy, not Cove Point - Mike Tidwell of Chesapeake Climate Action Network (@CCAN)

Ch. 17: Song 8: Buildin' Slow - Here's to the Long Haul

Ch. 18: Act 9: Obama Relies On Corrupt Consultants For Crucial Environmental Report - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 02-01-14

Ch. 19: Song 9: Blame Me! Blame Me! - Anberlin

Ch. 20: Act 10: The Solutions Project - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 21: Song 10: Activism - Shihan

Ch. 22: Act 11: Just 0.01% of Climate Scientists Reject Global Warming - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 01-16-14

Ch. 23: Song 11: Less is more - Laura Love

Ch. 24: Act 12: Bill Moyers Essay: When Congressmen Deny Climate Change and Evolution - @BillMoyers & Company - Air Date: 1-24-14

Voicemails:

Ch. 25: Thoughts on queerness and rights of the fetus - Jake from New Hampshire

Ch. 26: Without a clear consensus on personhood, government would be overstepping to restrict abortions - Michael from New Jersey

Ch. 27: Personhood is really not that big of an issue, body autonomy is - Max from Brooklyn, NY

Ch. 28: Reproductive rights debate is about shaming women for having sex - Avera from Alabama

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Voicemail Music: 

Loud Pipes - Ratatat

Ch. 29: Final comments on bodily autonomy and the problem with the whole debate

Closing Music:

Here We Are - Patrick Park

ACTIVISM:

The Solutions Project

Other Activism:

Put Solar on It

Sources/further reading:

Empowered by Light

"Mark Ruffalo Wants You To Imagine a 100 Percent Clean Energy Future" h/t Inquiring Minds Podcast with Chris Mooney and Indre Viskontas

"How to Power the Word” via Scientific American

Gasland The Movie (I and II)

Mark Ruffalo, Josh Fox and The Solutions Project on Twitter.

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich

Produced by:

Jay! Tomlinson

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(2014/01/30) Scientific literacy and how to get there (Education)

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Fri, Jan 31, 2014


Edition #794

Scientific literacy and how to get there

 

Today we hear what works and what doesn't when it comes to teaching kids in school. We also hear about the importance of scientific literacy and what's holding so many of us back from having it.

 

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: TN Student Speaks Out About Common Core, Teacher Evaluations, and Educational Data - Ethan Young - Air Date: 11-7-13

Ch. 3: Song 1: Mr. Roboto - Styx

Ch. 4: Act 2: Standardized Annual Testing Isn't Working - Schooled (from @slate) - Air Date 11-1-13

Ch. 5: Song 2: Let's stick together - Wilbert Harrison

Ch. 6: Act 3: Crazy Stuff Kids Learn in Louisiana Schools - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 01-10-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Galileo - G.G. Allin

Ch. 8: Act 4: Neil deGrasse Tyson on Science, Religion and the Universe - @BillMoyers - Air Date 1-17-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: Come undone - Duran Duran

Ch. 10: Act 5: National Science Foundation: Science Hard - @TheOnion

Ch. 11: Song 5: Too hard - J Mascis

Ch. 12: Act 6: Producing The Smartest Kids In The World - Schooled (from @slate) - Air Date 11-1-13

Ch. 13: Song 6: Training montage from Rocky - Vince DiCola

Ch. 14: Act 7: Is Higher Education Even Worth It? | Defaults Skyrocket - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 10-06-13

Ch. 15: Song 7: Opportunity - Pete Murray

Ch. 16: Act 8: Finding the money to fund higher education for all - @jimhightower - Air Date: 8-8-13

Ch. 17: Song 8: Free Education (feat. Treez & Young DJ) - Jawaan Larue

Ch. 18: Act 9: Neil deGrasse Tyson on Science Literacy - @BillMoyers - Air Adate 1-24-14

 

Voicemails:

Ch. 19: Thoughts on 'queer' - David in Austin, TX

Ch. 20: Reproductive rights discussion needs more focus on personhood - Colin from Nebraska

 

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Voicemail Music: 

Loud Pipes - Ratatat

 

Ch. 21: Final comments on why 'reproductive rights' is about more than just abortion

 

Closing Music:

Here We Are - Patrick Park

 

Produced by:

Jay! Tomlinson

 

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(2014/01/27) Our social safety sieve (Economics)

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Tue, Jan 28, 2014


Edition #793

Our social safety sieve

Today we look at low-income individuals and the social programs that serve them to try to figure out once and for all if poor people are human or not and whether they should be helped or thrown to the wolves for our entertainment.

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: SNAP: Myths vs. Facts - @takepart TV - Air Date: 12-02-13

Ch. 3: Song 1: Wax & wire - Loch Lomond

Ch. 4: Act 2: Defining Economic Problems In All The Wrong Places - @jimmy_dore Show - Air Date 12-27-13

Ch. 5: Song 2: I wish I knew - Years and Years

Ch. 6: Act 3: Fox News: Welfare for Me, Not For Thee! - @majorityfm - Air Date: 10-11-13

Ch. 7: Song 3: Hell=Other People - Bettie Serveert

Ch. 8: Act 4: The coded-language demonization of social programs - Citizen Radio - Air Date: 1-13-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: Minnie the moocher - Cab Calloway and His Orchestra

Ch. 10: Act 5: Congress Takes Another Vacation, the Jobless Starve! - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 01-16-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: Hungry like the wolf - Duran Duran

Ch. 12: Act 6: Economist Richard Wolff: Does Government Healthcare & Welfare Hurt Economies? - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 11-13-13

Ch. 13: Song 6: Capitalism - Yellow Umbrella

Ch. 14: Act 7: The GOPs poverty agenda - @allinwithchris - Air Date: 01-07-14

Ch. 15: Song 7: Poverty - Bobby "Blue" Bland

Ch. 16: Act 8: Getting perspective from Europe on how screwed we are - @fakedansavage - Air Date: 8-20-13

Ch. 17: Song 8: No champagne socialist - Arkells

Ch. 18: Act 9: Demanding Tuition-Free Public College Education - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 19: Song 9: Activism - Shihan

Ch. 20: Act 10: A Tip For Christian Tippers - Real Time With @billmaher - Air Date 11-10-13

Voicemails:

Ch. 21: Time for actions on the TPP - Jamie in Cincinnati

Ch. 22: Actual definitions vs popular usages - Krissy from Kansas

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Voicemail Music: 

Loud Pipes - Ratatat

Ch. 23: Final comments on systems, shifting baselines and the definitions of racism

Closing Music:

Here We Are - Patrick Park

ACTIVISM:

Make Public College Tuition Free, CREDO petition

Sources/further reading:

Tuition-Free Public Education Is Possible. Demand it. via Truthout

State by State: Student Loan Debt

Campaign for America's Future

Ny Sen. Gillibrand Pushes Student Loan Refinance

Time To Bring Bankruptcy Back for Student Loan Debt via Gawker

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich

Produced by:

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(2014/01/24) Don't get down with TPP (Corporate Takeover)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Sat, Jan 25, 2014


Edition #792

Don't get down with TPP

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Corporations Determined To Rule The World - Disorderly Conduct (@Dis_Con) - Air Date 10-31-13

Ch. 3: Song 1: Comin' back for more - Robert Crew

Ch. 4: Act 2: Chomsky on the Trans Pacific Partnership - @grittv - Air Date: 6-19-13

Ch. 5: Song 2: Seen this before - Jason and the Punknecks

Ch. 6: Act 3: The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP): A Threat to Affordable Medicines for Millions - MSFCanada - Air Date: 5-16-13

Ch. 7: Song 3: Protect & Serve - Stiff Little Fingers

Ch. 8: Act 4: New Corporate Powers In Secret Trade Deal - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 12-10-13

Ch. 9: Song 4: Kill the poor - Dead Kennedys

Ch. 10: Act 5: WikiLeaks Leaks Controversial Secret Trans Pacific Partnership Documents - @dennistrainorjr - Air Date: 11-13-13

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

Ch. 12: Act 6: Caller: How will TPP Effect our Sovereignty? - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 11-16-13

Ch. 13: Song 6: The lion's roar - First Aid Kit

Ch. 14: Act 7: Trans-Pacific Partnership is Hugely Troubling - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 01-16-14

Ch. 15: Song 7: What we've got - Emilyn Brodsky & Anthony da Costa

Ch. 16: Act 8: How To Kill TPP: Stop Fast Track - @majorityfm - Air Date: 01-16-14

Ch. 17: Song 8: Slow it down - Amy Macdonald

Ch. 18: Act 9: Expose the TPP - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 19: Song 9: Activism - Shihan

Ch. 20: Act 10: Leaked TPP Document Reveals No Regard for Environment in Trade Agreement - @therealnews - Air Date: 1-17-14

Voicemails:

Ch. 21: Disappointed in two parts of the reproductive rights episode - Zach from San Francisco

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Loud Pipes - Ratatat

Ch. 22: Final comments finishing up my response to Zach about Thom Hartmann not actually body-shaming and thanking those who donated to my plunge

Closing Music:

Here We Are - Patrick Park

Activism: Expose the TPP

Additional Activism:

Flush the TPP

Don't let congress fast-track the TPP - Electronic Frontier Foundation Petition

Write your representative to oppose fast-track trade authority - Public Citizen

Speak out against the TPP agreement - Electronic Frontier Foundation

Join Keith Ellison and DFA to help the TPP fast-track

Information for this segment can be found at:

What is the Trans Pacific Partnership? - Electronic Frontier Foundation

TPP: Job loss, lower wages and higher drug prices - Public Citizen

Who backs the TPP and a 'NAFTA on steroids'? A.L.E.C. - The Nation

h/t John Nichols

The top secret deal between 11 countries that will affect your life

h/t Lee Camp

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich

Produced by:

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(2014/01/21) We just earned a D grade (Reproductive Rights)

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Wed, Jan 22, 2014


Edition #791

We just earned a D grade

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Anti-abortion Ohio legislator never thought about women - Rachel @maddow - Air Date: 9-8-12

Ch. 3: Song 1: I don't think about it - Emily Osment

Ch. 4: Act 2: Michigan women stare down rape insurance - @allinwithchris Hayes - Air Date: 12-12-13

Ch. 5: Song 2: Get up and go - Broadcast 2000

Ch. 6: Act 3: Anti-Abortion Judge: Drive Faster If The Clinic Is Far Away - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 01-12-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Help - Howie Day

Ch. 8: Act 4: Republican: Forcing Women to Have Babies Will Create Jobs! - @majorityfm - Air Date: 01-16-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: Keep then down - The Young Sinclairs

Ch. 10: Act 5: Could 2014 See Abortion Restriction Rollback? - Rachel @maddow - Air Date: 01-03-2014

Ch. 11: Song 5: One million miles - J. Ralph

Ch. 12: Act 6: Shrinking Government to fit in a Vagina - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 10-30-13

Ch. 13: Song 6: A theme for bizarre behavior - Clifton's Ford

Ch. 14: Act 7: After Tiller: Abortions No One Wants to Talk About - @grittv with Laura Flanders - Air Date: 11-5-13

Ch. 15: Song 7: Touch of grey - Grateful Dead

Ch. 16: Act 8: Documentary on Choice: After Tiller - @BestoftheLeft Activism - Air Date: 1-21-14

Ch. 17: Song 8: Activism - Shihan

Ch. 18: Act 9: Supreme Court Considers Legality of Abortion Clinic Buffer Zones - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 01-16-14

Ch. 19: Song 9: Double standard - Mustang Sally

Ch. 20: Act 10: NARAL President Ilyse Hogue Discusses Who Decides? - @ilyseh on MSNBC - Air Date: 1-14-14

Voicemails:

Ch. 21: Thoughts on race vs class - Erin from Philadelphia

Ch. 22: Getting our minds wrapped around class-divided neighborhoods - Tate from Prince George's County, MD

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Voicemail Music: 

Loud Pipes - Ratatat

Ch. 23: Final comments on the complicated interplay of factors surrounding race, class and divided neighborhoods

Closing Music:

Here We Are - Patrick Park

ACTIVISM: "After Tiller”

After Tiller (FB page/screening schedule)

After Tiller UK iTunes rental

Sources/further reading:

Crow After Roe by Jessica Mason Pieklo & Robin Marty

NARAL Report Card on Reproductive Healthcare Access for states/US, 2013

Guttmacher Institute statistics on abortion providers

Roe v. Wade (1973) via PBS.org

Clinic Buffer Zones, Think Progress

Supreme Court Revisits Abortion Clinic Rules by Irin Carmon

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich

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(2014/01/17) A smorgasbord of folly (Foreign Policy)

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Sat, Jan 18, 2014


Edition #790

A smorgasbord of folly

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: One minute Middle East update - @MarkFiore - Air Date: 01-14-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Hard to explain - The Riptide Movement

Ch. 4: Act 2: Breakthrough with Iran! - @theprogressive - Air Date: 11-25-13

Ch. 5: Song 2: Common sense - Justin Mcroberts

Ch. 6: Act 3: Politicians Against Peace In The Middle East - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 12-08-13

Ch. 7: Song 3: Don't listen - Craig Carothers

Ch. 8: Act 4: The Shadowy Groups Still Trying to Take Us to War With Iran - @majorityfm - Air Date: 12-03-13

Ch. 9: Song 4: Bury the past - Professional Victims

Ch. 10: Act 5: Is Congress Guilty of Torture? - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 01-14-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: Shaker Amer - PJ Harvey

Ch. 12: Act 6: When The Subject Is Drones, Surgical Doesn't Necessarily Mean Precise - @theharryshearer - Air Date 6-9-13

Ch. 13: Song 6: Casualties of war - Rakim

Ch. 14: Act 7: Malala: Drones create more terorrists - @FAIRmediawatch -  Air Date: 10-18-13

Ch. 15: Song 7: Hard to hear the truth - Nato Coles & The Blue Diamond Band

Ch. 16: Act 8: Malala Yousafzai Not Scared Of Taliban - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 11-15-13

Ch. 17: Song 8: Courage - Authority Zero

Ch. 18: Act 9: NY Times blows Benghazi lies out of water - @allinwithchris - Air Date: 01-02-14

Ch. 19: Song 9: Say goodbye - Ian Rhett

Ch. 20: Act 10: War no More: The Case for Abolition - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 10-16-13

Ch. 21: Song 10: War is over - David Rovics

Ch. 22: Act 11: 17% of Americans Support the Afghanistan War - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 01-02-14

Voicemails:

Ch. 23: The subtle assumptions of well-meaning white folks that perpetuate racism - Tate from Prince George's County, MD

Ch. 24: Fear of desperation, not of race - Chris from Colorado Springs

Ch. 25: On the conversation of the definition of racism - Elka from Fort Wayne, IN

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Voicemail Music: 

Loud Pipes - Ratatat

Ch. 26: Final comments on being back in working order and an update on my Polar Bear Plunge

Closing Music:

Here We Are - Patrick Park

Produced by:

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Repodcast: (2011/02/15) A collection of embarrassments (Media)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Wed, Jan 15, 2014


Edition #456

A collection of embarrassments

Act 1: Kirk Cameron less crazy than CNN - Majority Report

Song 1: My brother the ape - They might be giants

Act 2: Bananas, the atheist's nightmare

Act 3: Michelle 'my butt' - Media Matters

Song 3: Solsbury hill - Vitamin String Quartet

Act 4: CNN becomes the news - Rachel Maddow

Song 4: Too bad - Nickelback

Act 5: Behind the scenes at Air America - Majority Report

Song 5: Hey ya - Vitamin String Quartet

Act 6: Limbaugh is an American embarrassment - Media Matters

Act 7: The new McCarthyism - Thom Hartmann

Song 7: Stop the madness - Marty Dread

Act 8: Glenn Beck is deranged - Counterspin

Song 8: Wonderwall - Vitamin String Quartet

Act 9: Only called Obama racist once - Media Matters

Act 10: O'Reilly defends his Nazi analogies - Daily Show

Song 10: Call me - Blondie

Act 11: Fox News makes you less informed - Majority Report

Song 11: Honesty - Billy Joel

Act 12: Thank you Fox News - Media Matters

Song 12: I turn my camera on - Spoon

Act 13: Fox insider tells all - Young Turks

Voicemails:

Chuck in Salt Lake City on running a primary against Obama

Joyce from TN on gun control episode

Final comments responding to running a presidential primary candidate and a pro-gun listener email

Bonus iPhone/iPod Touch App Content:

The Best F#@king News Team Won't Stop Ever - Daily Show

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(2014/01/11) Republicans are people too (Conservatives)

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Sun, Jan 12, 2014


Edition #789

Republicans are people too

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Are Obama Haters Worse Than Bush Haters? - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 12-17-13

Ch. 3: Song 1: One of Us - Chorus - The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride

Ch. 4: Act 2: Evil Incarnate, the end times and the Right - Real Time With @billmaher - Air Date: 10-11-13

Ch. 5: Song 2: Evil is alive and well - Jakob Dylan

Ch. 6: Act 3: Re-writing History As To Tea Party's Origin - @FAIRmediawatch - Air Date 11-8-13

Ch. 7: Song 3: Popular - Kristin Chenoweth (From Wicked)

Ch. 8: Act 4: Hayes, Piercing the Bubble - @jimmy_dore Show - Air Date: 10-18-13

Ch. 9: Song 4: Whatcha say - Jason Derulo

Ch. 10: Act 5: Fox News Host John Stossel: Don't Help the Homeless - @majorityfm - Air Date: 12-04-13

Ch. 11: Song 5: Pavement artist - Dick Van Dyke (Mary Poppins)

Ch. 12: Act 6: The Elephant in the Elephant's Room - Rachel @maddow - Air Date: 11-15-13

Ch. 13: Song 6: The price you pay - Bruce Springsteen

Ch. 14: Act 7: Depressed Republican Pollster Hides In His Mansion - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 01-07-14

Ch. 15: Song 7: Making progress - Freedom's Progress

Ch. 16: Act 8: The GOP lashes out at losers, again - All in With @chrislhayes - Air Date: 12-13 -13

Voicemails:

Ch. 17: Details on the amorality of corporations and the immorality of governments - Gavin from Richmond, VA

Ch. 18: Tim Wise - The birth of the white race - Colin from Cleveland, OH

Ch. 19: On the fence about stop and frisk - Prof. Rambo from Georgia

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Ch. 20: Final comments on why Stop and Frisk is bad for two separate reasons

Closing Music:

Here We Are - Patrick Park

Produced by:

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(2014/01/08) Harassment in place of police work (Racism)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Thu, Jan 09, 2014


Edition #788

Harassment in place of police work

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Stop-and-Frisk: The High School Senior - Change the NYPD - Air Date: 7-29-13

Ch. 3: Song 1: Going home - Niklas Aman

Ch. 4: Act 2: What percentage of black people should we be afraid of? - Jimmy Dore Show - Air Date 7-27-13

Ch. 5: Song 2: Stop and frisk - MC Grizzz and Akil b STRANGe

Ch. 6: Act 3: Less Guns, Less Crime, This Is Bad How? - CounterSpin - Air Date 11-22-13

Ch. 7: Song 3: 10 Frisk Commandments (Remix) [feat. Jasiri X, Elon James White & Willie Evans Jr.] - This Week in Blackness

Ch. 8: Act 4: Don Lemon Endorses State Sanctioned Harassment - This Week in Blackness - Air Date 11-5-13

Ch. 9: Song 4: Stop and Frisk (The New Jim Crow) [feat. Paul Mabin] - Scientist & Ted Sirota's Heavyweight Dub

Ch. 10: Act 5: The Shocking Truth About Black People - Lee Camp - Air Date: 11-14-13

Ch. 11: Song 5: Stop and firsk - Vex Davortex

Ch. 12: Act 6: Michelle Alexander: Locked Out of America - Moyers And Company - Air Date: 12-20-13

Ch. 13: Song 6: It's the same old song - The Four Tops

Ch. 14: Act 7: Divest From Private Prisons - UnFuck it Up Project

Ch. 15: Song 7: Activism - Shihan

Ch. 16: Act 8: Judge Rules White Girl Will Be Tried As Black Adult - The Onion - Air Date: 01-24-11

Ch. 17: Song 8: Law and order - The International TV Orchestra

Ch. 18: Act 9: Law Professor Jodi Armour on poverty in the discussion of black crime - David Feldman Show - Air Date: 12-19-13

Ch. 19: Final comments on the definition of 'racism'

Voicemails:

Ch. 20: Defining racism - Elka from Fort Wayne, IN

Ch. 22: Bonus clip: Prejudice Is Not Racism - Radio Dispatch - Air Date 12-12-13

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Closing Music:

Here We Are - Patrick Park

ACTIVISM:

http://act.colorofchange.org/sign/privateprison_divestment/?source=coc_website

Sources/further reading:

http://dreamdefenders.org/whoisysi/

https://www.tarbellnyc.com/discon/8

http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-prison-industry-in-the-united-states-big-business-or-a-new-form-of-slavery/8289

http://www.laborrights.org/creating-a-sweatfree-world/sweatshops/news/11147

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/the-school-to-prison-pipeline-a-nationwide-problem-for-equal-rights-20131107 h/t Molly Knefel https://twitter.com/mollyknefel

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(2014/01/05) Good news, bad news for paranoia sufferers (NSA Spying)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Mon, Jan 06, 2014


Edition #787

Good news, bad news for paranoia sufferers

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Demand a Digital Bill of Rights - The Progressive Magazine - Air Date: 12-10-13

Ch. 3: Song 1: Count on Me - Bruno Mars

Ch. 4: Act 2: If you're not doing anything wrong, what are you worried about? - Dan Carlin - Air Date: 1-1-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Slash and burn - James Lanman and The Good Hurt

Ch. 6: Act 3: Battle over Snowden on CNN between Greenwald and Toobin - Young Turks - Air Date: 12-18-13

Ch. 7: Song 3: 99 Red Balloons - Nena

Ch. 8: Act 4: The NSA gets a report card - On the Media - Air Date: 12-20-13

Ch. 9: Song 4: See what you want - The Futureheads

Ch. 10: Act 5: Researcher Proves NSA Can Identify Most Individuals from Phone Records - David Pakman Show - Air Date: 01-02-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: Safety Dance - Men Without Hats

Ch. 12: Act 6: Is Your Webcam Off? Not If The FBI Is Watching - The Young Turks - Air Date: 12-20-13

Ch. 13: Song 6: Gaze into your eyes - Above the Golden State

Ch. 14: Act 7: Why we need the Electronic Frontier Foundation - UnFuck it Up Project

Ch. 15: Song 7: I didn't fuck it up - Katie Goodman

Ch. 16: Act 8: A look at the NSA-related legal decisions coming down - Dan Carlin - Air Date: 1-1-14

Voicemails:

Ch. 17: Proud of the pope for focus on the poor - Ken from Illinois

Ch. 18: The Catholic Church knows what it's doing - Zach from San Francisco

Ch. 19: Suggesting an inconsistency in corporate amorality discussion - Dave from Olympia, WA

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Voicemail Music: 

Loud Pipes - Ratatat

Ch. 20: Final comments on where governments derive their capacity for morality

Closing Music:

Here We Are - Patrick Park

Activism:

https://www.eff.org/action

https://eff.org/r.k1o5 

https://eff.org/r.cf6t

https://eff.org/r.74ju

Information for this segment can be found at:

https://www.eff.org

https://www.eff.org/nsa-spying

http://www.sanders.senate.gov/newsroom/press-releases/is-the-nsa-spying-on-congress

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/04/nsa-spying-bernie-sanders-members-congress

http://youtu.be/bZ3W4z4q8U4 

h/t https://twitter.com/dennistrainorjr & https://twitter.com/JoelPNortham 

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Katie Goodman, creator: http://katiegoodman.com

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(2014/01/02) Following the money, the gas and a table (Climate)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Fri, Jan 03, 2014


Edition #786

Following the money, the gas and a table

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Climate Change is a Thing and the Science Behind it is Real - Rachel Maddow - Air Date: 10-29-13

Ch. 3: Song 1: I didn't see it coming - Belle and Sebastian

Ch. 4: Act 2: The Lesson of the Typhoon - The Progressive Magazine - Air Date: 11-11-13

Ch. 5: Song 2: Flood - Jars of Clay

Ch. 6: Act 3: The growing threat of water insecurity, and the opportunistic mineral exploitation of the arctic - Living on Earth - Air Date: 11-01-13

Ch. 7: Song 3: Listen - Theo Bard

Ch. 8: Act 4: This Wooden Table Will Change The Way You View The World - Lee Camp - Air Date: 11-26-13

Ch. 9: Song 4: Power to the people - John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band

Ch. 10: Act 5: Cap And Trade - Carbon Offset - Carbon Footprint - Climate Change - Carbon Scam - Pollution Scam - brainphreak - Air Date: 1-2-10

Ch. 11: Song 5: Something good can work - Two Door Cinema Club

Ch. 12: Act 6: Who Funds Climate Change Deniers? - The Young Turks - Air Date: 12-24-13

Ch. 13: Song 6: Planet Earth - Steve Eschleman

Ch. 14: Act 7: De-Smog Blog - UnFuck it Up Project

Ch. 15: Song 7: I didn't fuck it up - Katie Goodman

Ch. 16: Act 8: Why do we Have Electric Power Plants? - Thom Hartmann - Air Date: 11-01-13

Ch. 23: Final comments on the life cycle of fracked gas, the polar bear plunge and how to get a promotional video made for your business

Closing Music:

Here We Are - Patrick Park

Activism:

http://www.desmogblog.com 

Information for this segment can be found at:

https://twitter.com/DeSmogBlog

https://www.facebook.com/DeSmogBlog

http://leecamp.net/podcast-275-steve-horn-talks-with-me-about-how-the-keystone-pipeline-is-already-carrying-oil-and-more/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/new-york-fracking-ban

http://www.desmogblog.com/2013/12/12/federal-pipeline-safety-agency-offers-keystone-xl-south-half-green-light

http://www.desmogblog.com/2013/12/20/u-s-congressmen-refuse-address-keystone-xl-southern-half-spill-concerns

Sponsored by the UnFuck it Up Project: https://www.facebook.com/KatieGoodmansUnFItUp

Katie Goodman, creator: http://katiegoodman.com

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(2013/12/30) Time's Person of the Year (The Pope)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Tue, Dec 31, 2013


Edition #785

Time's Person of the Year

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: GOP: The Pope has Some Lessons for you - Thom Hartmann - Air Date: 07-30-13

Ch. 3: Song 1: Dou Way Robyn - Sancta Mater

Ch. 4: Act 2: The Right Reacts To Pope Francis On Capitalism - The Young Turks - Air Date: 12-03-13

Ch. 5: Song 2: Oh my God - Ida Maria

Ch. 6: Act 3: Pope Francis Says Extremist Christians Have 'Illness' - David Pakman Show - Air Date: 12-11-13

Ch. 7: Song 3: Show me what I'm looking for - Carolina Liar

Ch. 8: Act 4: Thou shalt not to an economy of exclusion and inequality - Disorderly Conduct - Air Date: 12-10-13

Ch. 9: Song 4: Santus II - Libera

Ch. 10: Act 5: The People's Pope - On the Media - Air Date: 12-13-13

Ch. 11: Song 5: Sanctus - MartÍn Palmeri

Ch. 12: Act 6: Fox News Vs Pope Francis - The Young Turks - Air Date: 12-10-13

Ch. 13: Song 6: Closest thing to heaven - Tears for Fears

Ch. 14: Act 7: Pope Francis Named Time's Person of the Year - David Pakman Show - Air Date: 12-12-13

Ch. 15: Song 7: Shed a little light - James Taylor

Ch. 16: Act 8: Merry Christmas, right-wingers, The Red Pope, and Jesus - Jim Hightower - Air Date: 12-24-13

Ch. 17: Song 8: (What's so Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding - Elvis Costello, Feist, John Legend, Stephen Colbert, Toby Keith & Willie Nelson

Ch. 18: Act 9: Pope Francis: I'm Not a Marxist...But They're Good People - Majority Report - Air Date: 12-16-13

Voicemails:

Ch. 19: Violence and the struggle for rights - Nathan from Vancouver, WA

Ch. 20: How libertarianism misleads on masculinity and rape culture - Anthony from Salt Lake City, UT

Ch. 21: Thoughts on the standard of tipping - Joe from Barcelona

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Ch. 22: Final comments on the history of tipping

Closing Music:

Here We Are - Patrick Park

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Repodcast: (2013/02/19) Drones are not the problem, they just highlight the problem (Foreign Policy)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Sat, Dec 28, 2013


Edition #690

Drones are not the problem, they just highlight the problem

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Leaked Memo Reveals Shocking Drone Policy - The David Pakman Show - Air Date: 02-05-13

Ch. 3: Song 1: These days - Nico

Ch. 4: Act 2: Obama Becoming Like Nixon - The Progressive - Air Date: 2-5-13

Ch. 5: Song 2: Something in the air - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

Ch. 6: Act 3: Growing CIA Militarism Prompts Calls for Oversight - Rachel Maddow - Air Date 2-7-13

Ch. 7: Song 3: Love like a bomb - Oasis

Ch. 8: Act 4: Secret US drone base in Saudi Arabia - CounterSpin - Air Date: 2-8-13

Ch. 9: Song 4: Tears and rain - James Blunt

Ch. 10: Act 5: Obama Vs. The Constitution - Thom Hartmann - Air Date: 02-08-13

Ch. 11: Song 5: Drumming song (Acoustic) - Florence + The Machine

Ch. 12: Act 6: Fox News Agrees With Obama On One Thing: Killing American Citizens With Drones! - Majority Report - Air Date: 02-11-13

Ch. 13: Song 6: Drums of freedom - Bard

Ch. 14: Act 7: Drone Strikes, Ground Forces, Or.... - Citizen Radio - Air Date 2-11-13

Ch. 15: Song 7: Where is my mind? - The Pixies

Ch. 16: Act 8: MSNBC's Droning Defense of Targeted Assassination - Majority Report - Air Date: 02-12-13

Ch. 17: Song 8: In the aeroplane over the sea - Neutral Milk Hotel

Ch. 18: Act 9: Cornell West Goes OFF on Obama - The Young Turks - Air Date: 01-22-13

Voicemails:

Ch. 19: We're not all working from the same moral code - Emma from Wellesley, Mass

Ch. 20: Thank the Weather Channel for covering the climate rally - Vicki from Oregon

Ch. 21: Discussing the concept of government - Zach from Chicago

Leave a message at 206-202-3410

Voicemail Music: 

Loud Pipes - Ratatat

Final comments on the ying and yang of corporations and government, asking how do moral Democrats deal with Obama's drone policy

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