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


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(2015/05/22) The revolt against high stakes testing (Education)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Fri, May 22, 2015


Edition #924

Today we look at the growing backlash against high stakes standardized testing that seem to have a whole lot of problems and very few benefits
 
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Show Notes

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

00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: Why some students are refusing to take the Common Core test - PBS @NewsHour - Air Date: 03-11-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: Standardized Test - Lucas Grein


00:09:15 Ch. 4: Act 2: High stakes tests set people up for failure - @Radio_Dispatch - Air Date: 4-15-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: The Card Cheat - The Clash


00:24:32 Ch. 6: Act 3: High Stakes Testing for High Stakes Economy - The F Word with @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date: 3-31-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: Revolution (Human Need Over Profit) - Tha Truth


00:27:47 Ch. 8: Act 4: Standardized Testing - @LastWeekTonight with @iamjohnoliver - Air Date: 5-3-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: Theme (From "the Curse of Monkey Island") - London Music Works


00:46:36¬†Ch. 10: Act 5:¬†Roll Back Standardized Testing & Support #OptOut ‚ÄĒ Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 11: Song 5: Time for Action - the Very Best Of - Secret Affair


00:49:54 Ch. 12: Act 6: Atlanta Educators Sentenced To An Obscene 20 Years - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 04-09-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: No Justice,No Peace - Wackiavelli


00:57:31 Ch. 14: Act 7: A look at the conviction of teacher for a cheating scandal - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date: 4-17-15


Voicemails

01:00:38 Ch. 16: Gender is not nearly as rigid as we think it is - Dustin from Arizona

01:03:28 Ch. 17: There are ways to educate yourself on trans issues - Erin from Philadelphia

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


01:10:35 Ch. 18: Final comments on the old skill I've recently dusted off

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


Activism: Roll Back Standardized Testing & Support #OptOut

Update: Assessment Reform in Education

FairTest’s opt-out state contacts

Search to find and support test-optional colleges

Follow-up/new Action!

Add your name:¬†"Write Congress to demand less testing, an end to high stakes.‚ÄĚ

Support Senator Jon Tester (D-MT)’s Student Testing Improvement and Accountability Act! Use ContactingTheCongress.Org to tell your senators to sign on as co-sponsors and to vote yes.

Sources/further reading:

"Tester Pushes Overhaul of No Child Left Behind Testing Policy‚Ä̬†via¬†Senator Jon Tester (D-MT)

‚ÄúAre Teachers Ok With Opt-Outs?‚Ä̬†‚ÄĒ hear from teachers on the subject via¬†EdWeek Teacher

‚ÄúStop the Testing Circus‚Ä̬†via¬†US News

"Opt-Out Parents Have a Point‚Ä̬†via¬†US News

"What Happens When Students Boycott a Standardized Test?‚Ä̬†by¬†Laura McKenna¬†at¬†The Atlantic

Revisit the original action/segment:

"Assessment Reform via @FairTestOffice - Best of the Left Activism‚Ä̬†via¬†Episode #871 "Your child is a widget (Education)‚ÄĚ 10/24/2014

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2015/05/19) Resisting a secret corporate takeover (Trans-Pacific Partnership)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Tue, May 19, 2015


Edition #923

Today we look at the squabbling going on between Obama and every non-corporatist sellout in the country as represented by Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders
 
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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: This is Obama Pretending to Talk About the Merits of a Horrible Trade Deal - @majorityfm - Air Date: 04-24-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: What Is Your Secret - Nada Surf


Ch. 4: Act 2: More Proof Obama's TPP Deal Favors The Rich - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 5-10-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: If I Was President - Single - Wyclef Jean


Ch. 6: Act 3: TPP secrecy is wrong for a democracy - @dccommonsense - AIr Date: 3-29-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: Secret - The Pierces


Ch. 8: Act 4: Obama is too proud to beg for the TPP - Le Show (@theharryshearer) - Air Date: 5-17-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: N/A


Ch. 10: Act 5: Who's Writing the TPP? - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 5-12-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: The Chance I Deserve - Club 8


Ch. 12: Act 6: Revolt over TPP- Senate Dems Rebuke Obama by Blocking Debate on Secretive Trade Deal - @democracynow - Air Date: 5-13-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: The Warpath - Conner Youngblood


Ch. 14: Act 7:¬†Reject #Medicare cuts and reject #TPP Fast Track via @DFAaction ‚ÄĒ Best of the Left Activism

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


Ch. 16: Act 8: Obama Is Blatantly Lying About the Trans-Pacific Partnership - @RedactedTonight w/ @LeeCamp - Air Date: 5-5-15


Voicemails

Ch. 18: Thanks for Bruce Jenner episode - Chris from Colorado Springs

Ch. 19: Considering starting a coop - Scott from Brooklyn

Ch. 20: A Woman Like Me - Adreana Langston

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 21: Final comments in the need for gender subcategories

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


Activism: Update: Trans Pacific Partnership!

New Action: Reject #Medicare cuts and reject #TPP Fast Track via @DFAaction

SIGN:¬†"U.S. Senate: Reject Medicare cuts and reject Fast Track‚Ä̬†from¬†Democracy For America

h/t¬†Daily Kos:¬†"ALERT: DFA Warning New TPP Provision Would Cut Medicare $700 Million to Help Pay for Trade Aid‚ÄĚ

Use ContactingTheCongress.org to tell your senators not to support this new provision or the TPP.

Sources/additional info:

"Who‚Äôs down with TPP?: Big business wins and democracy loses as both parties lie about free trade‚Ä̬†by¬†Bill Curry¬†at¬†Salon

"The TPP Could Have Disastrous Results For The Climate, Environmental Groups Warn‚Ä̬†by¬†Samantha Page¬†at¬†ThinkProgress Climate

"A Trade Deal Read In Secret By Only A Few (Or Maybe None)‚Ä̬†by¬†Alisa Change¬†at¬†NPR Politics

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2015/05/15) A crisis of culture (Capitalism)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Fri, May 15, 2015


Edition #922

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

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

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

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


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

Ch. 5: Song 2: Design - Fiction Company


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

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


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

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


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

Ch. 11: Song 5: Revolution - Grandaddy


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


Voicemails

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

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

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

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


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

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


Activism: @TheNextSystem Project: National Launch Webinar

Take Action:

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

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2015/05/12) We all have a trans friend now (Bruce Jenner)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Tue, May 12, 2015


Edition #921

Today we break down the recent interview with Bruce Jenner and what it means for the trans community as a whole going forward
 
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Show Notes

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

00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: Bruce Jenner's Heartfelt Interview With Diane Sawyer On ABC 20-20 - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 4-27-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: Soul Meets Body - Death Cab for Cutie


00:09:13 Ch. 4: Act 2: It's important to remember that Bruce Jenner's is not the only trans experience - Backtalk from @BitchMedia - Air Date: 4-30-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Knock Yourself Out - Jon Brion


00:16:54 Ch. 6: Act 3: Addressing some of the land mines in the Bruce Jenner interview - @fakedansavage - Air Date: 4-28-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: What I'm Looking For (Ad Version) - Single - Brendan Benson


00:26:04 Ch. 8: Act 4: Bruce Jenner Has a Mental Disorder and Ruined My Childhood - @majorityfm - Air Date: 4-30-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: Kyoko's House ("stage blood is not enough") - Philip Glass


00:33:19 Ch. 10: Act 5: Thank you to Bruce Jenner - @GAY_USAtv - Air Date: 4-30-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: Be Yourself - Audioslave


00:37:21¬†Ch. 12: Act 6:¬†Transgender People & the Police: Rights & Resources via @TransLawCenter @SRLP @TransEquality ‚ÄĒ Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 13: Song 6: Activism - Shihan


00:40:54 Ch. 14: Act 7: .@ParkerMolloy on the Bruce Jenner episode - @Radio_Dispatch - Air Date: 4-28-15


Voicemails

00:57:12 Ch. 16: Shocked and proud of what's happening in Baltimore - Nelson from Sweden

00:59:18 Ch. 17: Write to CNN to express your displeasure - Nick from California

01:00:28 Ch. 18: Black Women & State violence - Uhuru from Sweden

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


01:07:43 Ch. 19: Final comments on #RealMothersDayCards and Climate Hike fundraising

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


Activism: Transgender People & the Police: Rights & Resources via @TransLawCenter @SRLP @TransEquality

"TLC Solidarity with Baltimore‚ÄĚ ‚ÄĒ resources for interacting with law enforcement¬†via¬†The Transgender Law Center

"Participating in Direct Actions: A Guide for Transgender People‚Ä̬†via¬†National Center For Transgender Equality

‚ÄúTips for trans people dealing with cops and jails‚Ä̬†via¬†The Sylvia Rivera Law Project

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2015/05/08) Continued injustice, continued response (#BaltimoreUprising)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Fri, May 08, 2015


Edition #920

Today we take an in-depth look at the response to Freddie Gray’s murder at the hands of Baltimore police
 
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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: The media fails again to act as though #BlackLivesMatter - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date: 5-1-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: Shove It (feat. Spank Rock) - Santigold


Ch. 4: Act 2: Obama suggests we pay attention to neighborhoods before they burn - This Week in Blackness (@TWiBnation) - Air Date: 4-28-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Yell Fire! - Michael Franti & Spearhead


Ch. 6: Act 3: Trying the same failed ideas over and over - The Black Guy Who Tips (@TBGWT) - Air Date: 4-27-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: The Artifact & Living - Michael Andrews


Ch. 8: Act 4: Is Freddie Gray Dead Because Of Lead? - The F Word with @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date: 5-7-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: Going Home - Niklas Aman


Ch. 10: Act 5: How to win a Facebook fight - The @ThreeANegroes - Air Date: 5-2-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: Opinions - Llewellyn


Ch. 12: Act 6: White Supremacy in the Narrative of the Baltimore Protests - The Benjamin Dixon Show (@TheBpDShow) - Air Date: 4-29-15

Ch. 13: Song 6:Run the Show - Single - Tribal Seeds


Ch. 14: Act 7: Scolding a 65-year-old councilman for his language - This Week in Blackness (@TWiBnation) - Air Date: 5-6-15

Ch. 15: Song 7: One - Apocalyptica


Ch. 16: Act 8: Demand an Executive Order on Racist, Violent Policing via @ColorOfChange, #BaltimoreUprising edition - Best of the Left Activism

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


Ch. 18: Act 9: They show us how little they value black lives - @rembert Explains - Air Date: 4-29-15


Voicemails

Ch. 20: Feeling occupied at a Baltimore rally - Ronald from Baltimore

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 21: Final comments asking about what we can do as individuals to improve the situation

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


Activism: Demand an Executive Order on Racist, Violent Policing via @ColorOfChange Redux, #BaltimoreUprising Edition

Follow-up action:

SIGN and share the¬†Color of Change¬†petition:¬†"President Obama: End discriminatory, violent policing and its unjust consequences‚ÄĚ

Hear the original activism segment:

Demand an Executive Order on Racist, Violent Policing via @ColorOfChange, episode #915¬†"A fight for survival (#BlackLivesMatter)‚ÄĚ

Sources/further reading:

"Black Protesters Aren‚Äôt Thugs‚ÄĒThey‚Äôre Patriots‚Ä̬†by¬†Imani Gandy¬†at¬†RH Reality Check

"As Part of a Reparations Deal, Chicago Teens Will Learn About Police Brutality in School‚Ä̬†via¬†Vice

"Chicago City Council Passes Landmark Police Torture Reparations Ordinance‚Ä̬†via Amnesty International

"Baltimore Uprising: How Did We Get Here?‚Ä̬†by¬†Zerlina Maxwell¬†at¬†Essence.com

"Baltimore uprising: Solidarity protests spread across US LIVE UPDATES‚Ä̬†via¬†RT America

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2015/05/05) We thought we were free (Police State)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Tue, May 05, 2015


Edition #919

Today we take a look at the legacy of torture and police militarization we’re creating and where that path leads us
 
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Show Notes

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

00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: The Reason why Torture Exists - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 12-15-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Hide the Truth - Chronicle


00:08:19 Ch. 4: Act 2: Torture Killed Their Savior, That’s Why These Poll Results Stun - @TheYoungTurks - Air Date: 12-20-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: If Jesus Ever Loved a Woman - Johnny Cash


00:14:52 Ch. 6: Act 3: Turning the US into the potential victim of it's own crimes - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - AIr Date: 12-12-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Open Book - Cake


00:17:09 Ch. 8: Act 4: The most transparent administration in history - Le Show w/@theharryshearer - Air Date: 1-18-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: I'm Looking Through You - The Wallflowers


00:25:20 Ch. 10: Act 5: 13 Years Of Gitmo : What Have We Gotten? - @TheYoungTurks - Air Date: 04-12-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: Let It Go - The Neighbourhood


00:30:02 Ch. 12: Act 6: Exporting Torture: Former Chicago Police Detective Tied to Brutality at Guantánamo - @DemocracyNOW - Air Date: 2-26-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: Chicago - Sufjan Stevens


00:41:59 Ch. 14: Act 7: Secret CIA Black Sites In American Heartland For 'Disappearing' Citizens - @TheYoungTurks - Air Date: 02-26-15

Ch. 15: Song 7: Karma Police - Radiohead


00:49:08 Ch. 16: Act 8: #ChiCopWatch with We Charge Genocide - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 17: Song 8: Activism - Shihan


00:52:17 Ch. 18: Act 9: We Thought we Were Free - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 12-16-14


Voicemails

01:00:42 Ch. 19: Important points about police militarization - Adriana from Long Beach, CA

01:03:16 Ch. 20: Deconstructing the roots of white supremacy - V from Western New York

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


01:06:19 Ch. 21: Final comments on riots being the language of the unheard

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


Activism: #ChiCopWatch with We Charge Genocide

Take Action:

Support and follow: We Charge Genocide on Facebook and on Twitter via @ChiCopWatch and #ChiCopWatch

Report police misconduct: "Report Encounter"

Additional Activism/Resources:

SIGN: "Fire Chicago Police Detective Dante Servin", #Justice4Rekia via @ColorOfChange’s I Am Color of Change

Sources/further reading:

"In Order to End Police Brutality, We Need to End the Police‚Ä̬†by¬†Mychal Denzel Smith¬†at¬†The Nation

"Abolish the Police. Instead, Let‚Äôs Have Full Social, Economic, and Political Equality.‚Ä̬†by¬†Mychal Denzel Smith¬†at¬†The Nation

"The disappeared: Chicago police detain Americans at abuse-laden 'black site‚Äô‚ÄĚ by¬†Spencer Ackerman¬†at¬†The Guardian

"Police ‚ÄėReforms' You Should Always Oppose‚Ä̬†by Mariame Kaba of¬†Project NIA¬†via¬†Truthout

"Yet Another Victim: Rekia Boyd Killed by Off-Duty Officer‚Ä̬†by¬†Mychal Denzel Smith¬†at¬†Ebody

"Black Women Aren‚Äôt Just Secondary Casualties of Aggressive Policing‚Ä̬†by¬†Dani McClain¬†at¬†The Nation

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2015/05/01) War is a racket (Foreign Policy)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Fri, May 01, 2015


Edition #918

Today we take a look at the underlying causes of war, just one more reason everyone should be questioning the benefits of capitalism
 
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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: War is a racket - @jimmy_dore Show - Air Date: 9-12-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Profit - The Mammals


Ch. 4: Act 2: What war really costs us - Economic Update w/ @profwolff - Air Date: 12-29-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Mic (Military Industrial Complex) - Inna Sense


Ch. 6: Act 3: LEAKED: Lockheed Martin CEO Says War Is Good For Business - @RedactedTonight w/ @leecamp - Air Date: 04-08-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: Redacted Tonight Theme Song


Ch. 8: Act 4: Keep the Wars Going and Stay Rich - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 04-20-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: My Wealth Comes to Me - Ben Sollee & Daniel Martin Moore


Ch. 10: Act 5: Our violence comes back to us - Chris Hedges - Air Date: 12-15-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: The Candy Man - Aubrey Woods


Ch. 12: Act 6: Examining Reasons For The Obligation To Fight - @majorityvillain - Air Date 9-17-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: Kipinä - Violeta Päivänkakkara


Ch. 14: Act 7: When imperialism meets capitalism - @Radio_Dispatch - Air Date: 2-19-15

Ch. 15: Song 7: Oh My God (feat. Iggy Pop) [Digital 45] - Ida Maria


Ch. 16: Act 8: U.S. Drone Strike Kills 2 Al Qaeda Hostages - @majorityfm - Air Date: 04-24-15

Ch. 17: Song 8: Shot In the Dark - Ozzy Osbourne


Ch. 18: Act 9: Drone Pilots, Please Refuse to Fly via @KnowDrones - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 19: Song 9: Activism - Shihan


Ch. 20: Act 10: If U.S. Bombed Iran What Would Actually Happen? - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 04-18-15


Voicemails

Ch. 21: Why the media doesn't cover the lynchings of black women - V from Western New York

Ch. 22: We were only taught half of the civil rights movement - Alex from Montreal

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 23: Final comments on the upcoming Baltimore episode and fundraising for Climate Hike

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


Activism: Drone Pilots, Please Refuse to Fly via @KnowDrones

Take Action:

Support "Show the Real Truth to United States TV Audiences" via KnowDrones and Veterans For Peace, Sacramento

Additional Activism/Resources:

Sign:¬†"Guantanamo Forever? Tell John McCain: No.‚Ä̬†via¬†Amnesty International

Sources/further reading:

"Military Veterans Sponsor TV Commercials in California Condemning U.S. Drone Attacks‚Ä̬†via¬†DailyKosM

"Pakistan Is Investigating a CIA Official Accused of Murder After a US Drone Strike‚Ä̬†by¬†Jason Leopold¬†at¬†Vice News

"John McCain: The Most Hypocritical, Opportunistic and Untrustworthy Senator‚Ä̬†by Steven Rosenfeld at¬†Alternet

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2015/04/28) The water wars start at home (Climate)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Tue, Apr 28, 2015


Edition #917

Today take a look at water in the US, how we use it and why we’re running out of it
 
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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: The consequences of fracking revealed in a simple kitchen test. Holy smokes. - @Upworthy - Air Date: 04-21-15

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


Ch. 4: Act 2:¬†Nebraskan Oil & Gas Committee Challenged To A Glass Of ‚ÄúSafe‚ÄĚ Fracking Water - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 03-31-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Can't Get Away - Rodriguez


Ch. 6: Act 3:¬†Ban Fracking on Public Lands via @foodandwater ‚ÄĒ Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 7: Song 3: Activism - Shihan


Ch. 8: Act 4: After Warmest Winter, Drought-Stricken California Limits Water But Exempts Thirstiest Big Growers - @democracynow - Air Date: 4-2-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: Let's Work Together 'Live' - Canned Heat


Ch. 10: Act 5: Reality bites California - @greennewsreport - Air Date: 4-2-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: Where Have All the Flowers Gone - Tommy Sands, Dolores Keane & Vedran Smailovic


Ch. 12: Act 6: Who Is Sucking Water Out Of California Without A Permit? - @ajplus - Air Date: 04-20-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: Watermark - Enya


Ch. 14: Act 7: Cowspiracy: As California Faces Drought, Film Links Meat Industry to Water Scarcity & Climate Change - @democracynow - Air Date: 4-7-15


Voicemails

Ch. 16: A perspective on Indiana from inside Indiana - Katie in Indianapolis

Ch. 17: I don't exactly disapprove of the riots - Wade from Ft. Worth, TX

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 18: Final comments on the launch of my new fundraiser for Climate Hike

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


Activism: Ban Fracking on Public Lands via @foodandwater

Take Action:

SIGN and share: Ban Fracking on Public Lands! via Food & Water Watch to support Rep Mark Pocan’s legislation

Use ContactingTheCongress.org to let your legislators know you expect them to support Rep. Mark Pocan's Protect Our Public Lands Act of 2015.

Additional Activism/Resources:

SIGN and share:¬†"Tell Governor Brown: Fracking Moratorium now!‚Ä̬†via¬†Clean Water Action

Contact Governor Brown directly: Mail/Phone/Email

Sources/further reading:

"The Urgent Case for a Ban on Fracking‚Ä̬†via¬†Food & Water Watch

"Exclusive: California used 70 million gallons of water in fracking in 2014‚Ä̬†at¬†Reuters

"How Much Water Does The California Oil Industry Actually Use?‚Ä̬†via¬†DeSmog Blog

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2015/04/24) The history and current state of abortion (Reproductive Justice)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Fri, Apr 24, 2015


Edition #916

Today we listen to some of the stories behind the policies and personal choices being made about abortion in America
 
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Show Notes

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

00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: Dorothy Fadiman Doc: Motherhood by Choice, Not by Chance Part 1 - @Making_Contact - Air Date: 2-3-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: La valse d'Amélie (Version piano) - Yann Tiersen


00:11:00 Ch. 4: Act 2: The Stories That Stay With Us - @AbortionFunds - Air Date: 09-27-13

Ch. 5: Song 2: Basique - Little People


00:17:28 Ch. 6: Act 3: Dorothy Fadiman Doc: Motherhood by Choice, Not by Chance Part 2 - @Making_Contact - Air Date: 2-3-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: Everyday - Single - Carly Comando


00:29:58 Ch. 8: Act 4: #nofilter: Renee's Digital Memoir - @ThisIsFusion - Air Date: 02-18-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: Happy - Sister Hazel


00:32:31 Ch. 10: Act 5: The Term 'Abortion Doctor' is Ridiculous - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 01-02-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: The Obvious Child - Paul Simon


00:37:11 Ch. 12: Act 6: The Case of Purvi Patel & the Criminalization of Pregnancy - This Week in Blackness (@TWiBnation) - Air Date: 4-2-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: Alright Alright (Here's My Fist Where's the Fight?) - Sahara Hotnights


00:45:06 Ch. 14: Act 7: 20 Years in Prison for Miscarrying? The Case of Purvi Patel & the Criminalization of Pregnancy - @democracynow - Air Date: 4-2-15

Ch. 15: Song 7: Get Up and Go - Single - Broadcast 2000


00:56:47¬†Ch. 16: Act 8:¬†#FreePurviPatel via @rhrealitycheck ‚ÄĒ Best of the Left Activism


Voicemails

00:59:30 Ch. 17: Police behavior and the rules of war - Eric from Alabama

01:01:42 Ch. 18: An essay on capitalism - Peter from Michigan

01:04:51 Ch. 19: A message to white people - Charlie in St. Louis

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


01:06:34 Ch. 20: Final comments on Citizen Ruth and The Obvious Child

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


Activism: #FreePurviPatel via @rhrealitycheck

Take Action:

SIGN¬†‚ÄĚOverturn the #PurviPatel Conviction; Repeal Indiana‚Äôs Feticide Law‚Ä̬†via¬†RH Reality Check

Sources/further reading:

"Purvi Patel Sentenced to 41 Years for Feticide and Neglect of a Dependent‚Ä̬†by¬†Imani Gandy¬†at¬†RH Reality Check

Read RH Reality Check's extensive coverage on Purvi Patel’s case

"How Indiana Is Making It Possible to Jail Women for Having Abortions‚Ä̬†by¬†Lynn Paltrow¬†of¬†National Advocates for Pregnant Women

"So Far, 2015 Is On Pace to Set Abortion Restriction Records‚Ä̬†by¬†Katie Klabusich¬†at¬†Truthout

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2015/04/21) A fight for survival (#BlackLivesMatter)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Tue, Apr 21, 2015


Edition #915

Today we take a brief look at the Walter Scott killing, just one of the several recent police killings of unarmed black men in America, as well as examining the broader system in which these killings are allowed to happen
 
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Show Notes

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

00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: American Police Kill More People in March Than UK Police Since 1900 - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 04-03-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: Stop the Killing - Kay Kay and the Rays


00:04:21 Ch. 4: Act 2: Why #BlackLivesMatter - The Good Fight (@teamgoodfight) - Air Date: 2-3-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Black Lives Matter - Single - Pastor Chris Harris


00:21:18 Ch. 6: Act 3: If we can't trust our system then what system do we have? - This Week in Blackness (@TWiBnation) - AIr Date: 4-9-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: A System - Sungod Abscondo


00:29:07 Ch. 8: Act 4: What if there had been no camera at the Walter Scott killing? - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date: 4-10-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: Question Authority - Drunk Injuns


00:32:07 Ch. 10: Act 5: Police escalate violence when they should be deescalating - @jimmy_dore Show - Air Date 8-15-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: You're Only Making It Worse - Reno Divorce


00:37:42 Ch. 12: Act 6: The Costly Police Gender Gap - The F Word with @GRITlaura Flanders on @grittv - Air Date: 3-24-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: Saving Lives - A Fragile Tomorrow


00:40:52 Ch. 14: Act 7: Black? It's More Dangerous Driving Now Than 12 Years Ago - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 04-19-15

Ch. 15: Song 7: A Dose of White Supremacy - Neffe Odom Kragh-Muller


00:47:50 Ch. 16: Act 8: Juan González on Walter Scott Shooting: When Will the Police Killings of Black Males Stop? - @democracynow - Air Date: 4-10-15

Ch. 17: Song 8: Black Lives Matter - Single - NicDanger


00:51:38¬†Ch. 18: Act 9:¬†Demand an Executive Order on Racist, Violent Policing via @ColorOfChange ‚ÄĒ Best of the Left Activism

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


00:54:41 Ch. 20: Act 10: An Overreaction: Words On #BlackLivesMatter And MLK - Sarah O'Neal (@sarahadebibe) on @ajplus - Air Date: 01-18-15


Voicemails

00:59:41 Ch. 21: Promoting LGBA2015.org from PrideOfIndy.org - Erin from Philadelphia

01:01:23 Ch. 22: Thoughts on the labels we use - James from Missouri

01:02:28 Ch. 23: JoatU.org as a marketplace to trade skills - Todd from Rochester

01:03:53 Ch. 23: Libertarianism would just bring back the guilded age - Ian from Chattanooga, TN

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


01:05:34 Ch. 25: Final comments on Time Banking and the lack of coverage of police killings of women of color

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


Activism: Demand an Executive Order on Racist, Violent Policing via @ColorOfChange

Take Action:

SIGN and share the¬†Color of Change¬†petition:¬†"President Obama: End discriminatory, violent policing and its unjust consequences‚ÄĚ

Additional Activism/Resources:

SIGN and share:¬†"Demand the Post and Courier issue a public apology for shameful #WalterScott article‚ÄĚ

SIGN and share:¬†"Tell advertisers to ditch Bill O‚ÄôReilly‚ÄĚ

Sources/further reading:

"President Obama Already Has a Way to Prevent Policing Abuses‚Ä̬†by¬†Alan Jenkins¬†and Diego Iniguez-Lopez of¬†The Opportunity Agenda‚ÄĚ

"The Origins of Modern Policing‚Ä̬†via¬†The Indypendent

"Police ‚ÄėReforms' You Should Always Oppose‚Ä̬†by¬†Prison Culture

"Black Americans killed by police in 2014 outnumbered those who died on 9/11‚Ä̬†at¬†RawStory

"Abolish the Police. Instead, Let‚Äôs Have Full Social, Economic, and Political Equality‚Ä̬†by¬†Mychal Denzel Smith¬†at¬†The Nation

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2015/04/17) Looking for something better (Capitalism)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Fri, Apr 17, 2015


Edition #914

Today we examine why capitalism is so firmly ingrained and held up in our culture as being synonymous with freedom, meritocracy and fairness despite all of the evidence to the contrary
 
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Show Notes

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

00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: The Next System Project - @TheNextSystem Project - Air Date: 03-30-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: Sur le fil - Stéphanie Lapointe


00:05:37 Ch. 4: Act 2: Discussing how to disrupt our current paradigm - @RadioOpenSource - Air Date: 3-24-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Democracy - Leonard Cohen


00:16:11 Ch. 6: Act 3: How do worker coops measure up against capitalist enterprises? - Economic Update w/ @profwolff - Air Date: 3-15-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: Struggle - Ringside


00:25:10¬†Ch. 8: Act 4:¬†Starting and supporting worker co-ops via @Dematwork ‚ÄĒ BotL Activism

Ch. 9: Song 4: Activism - Shihan


00:29:45 Ch. 10: Act 5: The history of the promotion and criticism of capitalism Part 1 - Economic Update w/ @profwolff - Air Date: 12-15-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: Time Has Come - Europe


00:41:00 Ch. 12: Act 6: When Profits Become Deadly... - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 10-02-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: "Pottersville" - Blank Squirrel


00:50:49 Ch. 14: Act 7: The history of the promotion and criticism of capitalism Part 2 - Economic Update w/ @profwolff - Air Date: 12-15-14


Voicemails

01:01:47 Ch. 15: Many in the health insurance industry want reform - Daniel from CA

01:04:02 Ch. 16: Passionate for Single Payer - Wade from Ft. Worth, TX

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


01:07:49 Ch. 17: Final comments on the results of the Podcast Awards and my thoughts on Las Vegas and reality TV shows

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


Activism: Starting and supporting worker co-ops via @Dematwork

Take Action:

Get involved with The Democracy at Work Institute, US Federation of Worker Cooperatives

Utilize the¬†Democracy at Work Institute¬†‚ÄúInformation for Start-ups‚ÄĚ

SIGN to support: CA AB 816: Worker Cooperative Act via The SELC

Additional Activism/Resources:

Use the collaborative legal resource e-library created by the Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC) and the Green-Collar Communities Clinic (GC3) Co-opLaw.org

Attend one of the conferences with the National Center For Employee Ownership

Sources/further reading:

"What is a Worker Cooperative?‚Ä̬†via¬†The US Federation of Worker Cooperatives

Read the full bill:¬†"AB-816 Cooperative corporations: worker cooperatives‚ÄĚ

"CA Worker Coop Act Discussion‚Ä̬†via¬†The SELC

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2015/04/14) Refusing to tolerate intolerance (LGBTQ Rights)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Tue, Apr 14, 2015


Edition #913

Today we take a look at what anti-gay conservatives hoped would be a quite strike against equality in Indiana but turned into a nation-wide backlash against the forces of intolerance.
 
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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: What is the Religious Freedom Restoration Act? - @allinwithchris Hayes - Air Date: 06-30-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Until the Water Goes Down - Beasts of the Southern Wild (Music from the Motion Picture)


Ch. 4: Act 2: Why the Indiana law is not like other #RFRA laws - @GAY_USAtv - Air Date: 4-3-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: It's Not the Same - Break Out


Ch. 6: Act 3: Indiana Governor's Incoherent Defense of Anti-Gay Law - @majorityfm - Air Date: 03-31-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: Indian Moon - Us Against the Crown


Ch. 8: Act 4: Why tolerance doesn't go both ways - Throwing Shade (@bryansafi and @gibblertron) - Air Date: 4-8-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: Use Somebody - Scala & Kolacny Brothers


Ch. 10: Act 5: The problem with boycotting Indiana - @TWiBnation - Air Date: 4-1-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: I Can Help - The Best of Billy Swan


Ch. 12: Act 6: .@SeanHannity Thinks Outrage At Anti-Gay Law Should Be Redirected - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 04-02-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: Chorus of Fools - Chasing After Ghosts (Bonus Version)


Ch. 14: Act 7: Why the proposed fixes to the Indiana #RFRA law is not good enough - @GAY_USAtv - Air Date: 4-9-15

Ch. 15: Song 7: This Is Not the End - The Sun and the Moon


Ch. 16: Act 8:¬†Federal LGBTQ Bill of Rights via @GetEQUAL ‚ÄĒ Best of the Left Activism

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


Ch. 18: Act 9: Why Indiana can't get away with their #RFRA law - @fakedansavage - Air Date: 3-31-15


Voicemails

Ch. 20: Left is more than just the Democrats - David in Chicago

Ch. 21: Thanks for the clarification - Adrian from Albuquerque, NM

Ch. 22: Dealing with disease in Great Britain - Jeff from Florida

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 23: Final comments on my experience with socialized health care

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


Activism: Federal LGBTQ Bill of Rights via @GetEQUAL

Take Action:

SIGN to support GetEQUAL’s LGBTQ Bill of Rights

Additional Activism/Resources:

Use Get Equal’s bill tracker to stay up to date: WeCan’tBelieveThis.org

Sources/further reading:

The LGBTQ Bill of Rights via GetEQUAL

"Cicilline Announces Upcoming Legislation to End LGBT Discrimination‚Ä̬†via¬†Rep. David N. Ciciline (D-RI)

‚ÄĚCivil Rights Bill Top Priority For LGBT Voters, According to New Poll‚Ä̬†by¬†Amanda Terkel¬†via¬†Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR)

"Resolution opposing RFRA passes City-County Council‚Ä̬†via¬†Wish-TV, Indianapolis

‚ÄĚStop‚Ä̬†‚ÄĒ Indiana resident, activist, and writer¬†Melissa McEwan‚Äôs take on #BoycottIndiana

Indiana #RFRA Updates via Melissa McEwan

"That Time I Ranted About #BoycottIndiana & Caring About All People‚Ä̬†by¬†Katie Klabusich

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich

Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2015/04/10) Poking the watchful eye (NSA Spying)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Fri, Apr 10, 2015


Edition #912

Today we take another look at what spying the government is engaged in and a few ideas to protect yourself.
 
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Show Notes

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

00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: How Has the Internet Changed Privacy? - Popaganda from @BitchMedia - Air Date: 3-12-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: The Maelstrom - Sword & Sworcery LP - The Ballad of the Space Babies


10:45 Ch. 4: Act 2: Phony Cell Phone Towers Spying on Us? - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 02-24-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Privacy - Invincible


17:10 Ch. 6: Act 3: Security Researcher Christopher Soghoian on How to Use a Cellphone Without Being Spied On - @democracynow - Air Date: 2-20-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: Spies - Parachutes


32:59 Ch. 8: Act 4: Attempting to update our privacy legislation - @HumorlessQueers - Air Date: 2-11-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: Letterbox - Flood


42:54 Ch. 10: Act 5: Government Surveillance with Edward Snowden - @LastWeekTonight with @iamjohnoliver - Air Date: 04-05-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: "Party at the NSA - YACHT (feat. @MarcMaron)"


53:59 Ch. 12: Act 6: Jailbreak Your Phone For Security via @EFF - Best of the Left Activism

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


56:59 Ch. 14: Act 7: Blueprint for Post-9/11 Surveillance: U.S. Began Bulk Collection of Phone Call Data in 1992 - @democracynow - Air Date: 4-10-15


Voicemails

Ch. 16: The importance of more nuance in labels - Alex from Montreal

Ch. 17: On Left, Liberal and Progressive - Sandy from Inside the Beltway

Ch. 18: Liberal vs. conservative and their perspective of people - Chris in Northern Virginia

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 19: Final comments on the labeling discussion

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


Activism: Jailbreak Your Phone For Security via @EFF

Take Action:

SIGN the EEF’s petition: Jailbreaking is Not a Crime

Additional Activism/Resources:

Take advantage of EFF’s Surveillance Self-Defense tools.

Sources/further reading:

"EFF General Counsel Takes On NSA Spying‚ÄĚ

"Human Rights Watch Sues DEA Over Bulk Collection of Americans‚Äô Telephone Records‚ÄĚ

"How to Jailbreak Your iPhone: The Always Up-to-Date Guide [iOS 8.1]‚ÄĚ

"Surveillance Techniques: How Your Data Becomes Our Data‚ÄĚ

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2015/04/07) Emasculation Nation (Rape and Intimate Partner Violence)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Tue, Apr 07, 2015


Edition #911

Today we take a look at some of the causes and consequences of anti-feminism, rape and intimate partner violence
 
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Show Notes

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

00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: Dr. @HarrietFraad on how capitalism's changes since 1970s have disrupted the personal lives of US men and women - Economic Update w/ @profwolff - Air Date: 4-5-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: Emasculate Me - Ignore the Ignorant


15:49 Ch. 4: Act 2: Military Sexual Assault Reporting Up & That’s Actually Good News - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 12-20-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: All These Things That I've Done - Hot Fuss


21:29 Ch. 6: Act 3: @TheHuntingGround: Film Exposes How Colleges Cover Up Sexual Assault and Fail to Protect Students - @democracynow - Air Date: 1-28-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: Landslide - The Smashing Pumpkins: Greatest Hits


38:22 Ch. 8: Act 4: A terrifying number of men say they would rape someone - @Radio_Dispatch - Air Date: 1-16-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: Teach Me Something - Stop All Motion


51:10 Ch. 10: Act 5: The Pefect Victim (@theperfectvict) (Trailer)

Ch. 11: Song 5: Window - In a Safe Place


58:04¬†Ch. 12: Act 6:¬†Fighting the Patriarchy With Film: @thehuntinground & @theperfectvict ‚ÄĒ Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 13: Song 6: Activism - The Poet


01:01:13 Ch. 14: Act 7: Domestic Violence Testimony by Brooke Axtell (@SurvivorHealing) - The Grammys - Air Date: 02-08-15

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


01:03:11 Ch. 15: Final comments on Stop Street Harassment Week and my bad week

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


Activism: Fighting the Patriarchy With Film: @thehuntinground & @theperfectvict

Take Action:

Go see¬†The Hunting Ground¬†and visit their¬†‚ÄĚTake Action‚Ä̬†tab to get involved.

Go see¬†The Perfect Victim¬†and visit their¬†‚ÄĚTake Action‚Ä̬†tab to get involved.

Hear the segment in context:

Episode #911 "Emasculation Nation (Rape and Intimate Partner Violence)"

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2012/03/17) The US Empire and the Ring of Power (Foreign Policy) (Repost)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Fri, Apr 03, 2015


Edition #586

The US Empire and the Ring of Power

 

Act 1: Heart Mind-O-Matic - Mark Fiore - Air Date: 02-20-12

Song 1: M.I.B. Main Theme - Danny Elfman

Act 2: US government doesn't talk about the drone war - Counterspin Air Date: 2-3-12

Song 2: Oh Lately It's So Quiet - OK GO

Act 3: Syria's Arab Spring that no one is hearing about - The Bugle Air Date: 2-3-12

Song 3: Catapult - R.E.M.

Act 4: Veto Of Syria UN Resolution Sparks Outrage - Young Turks - Air Date: 02-06-12

Song 4: Help - The Beatles

Act 5: Veto to prevent violence in Syria - The Bugle - Air Date: 2-10-12

Song 5: Scene No. 10 Moderato - London Philharmonic Orchestra

Act 6: Fox Contributor Karl Rove Condemns Obama Apology, Fails to Note Similar Bush Apology in 2008 - Media Matters Air Date: 2-28-12

Act 7: Not a Happy International Women's Day in Afghanistan - The Progressive Air Date: 3-8-12

Song 7: We were there - Robin Roberts

Act 8: Afghan Lady and Taliban News - The Bugle Air Date: 2-17-12

Song 8: Escalation - Daniel Licht

Act 9: Afghanistan Massacre Fallout - Young Turks - Air Date: 3-12-12

Song 9: Come home - OneRepublic Feat. Sara Barellis

Act 10: Son Of Haditha - Mumia Abu-Jamal Air Date: 3-12-12

Song 10: Baba O'Riley - The Who

Act 11: Leave Afghanistan Now - The Progressive Air Date: 3-12-12

Song 11: Letter from an Occupant - The New Pornographers

Act 12: The consequences of the US killing spree in Afghanistan - Counterspin Air Date: 3-16-12

Song 12: Gimme Sympathy - Metric

Act 13: The Reason War Will Go On Forever - Lee Camp

Song 13: Still fighting it - Ben Folds

Act 14: An Army whistle-blower speaks truth about power - Jim Hightower Air Date: 3-14-12

Song 14: Tracked in mud - Cory Davies

Act 15: The US Empire and the Ring of Power - Common Sense - Air Date: 2-20-12

 

Voicemails:

Activist call to action on verbiage and word usage - Chris

Recomending 'Godless Bitches' podcast - Anonymous

Recommending "Women's Magazine" podcast - Elka from Indiana

 

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Voicemail Music: 

Loud Pipes - Ratatat

 

Final comments as an epilogue to the Jimmy Dore Show joke discussion

 

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(2015/03/31) A cascade of embarrassments (Health Care)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Tue, Mar 31, 2015


Edition #910

Today we take a look at how our current health care system is pathetic compared to the Single Payer alternative and how conservatives are trying to dismantle the small amount of recent progress that’s been made
 
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Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill

Ch. 2: Act 1: The perverse inequity of our current health care system - Economic Update w/ @profwolff - Air Date: 10-5-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Remains - The Dark Leaves


Ch. 4: Act 2: Our F*cked Up Medical System May Leave This Family Bankrupt - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 11-23-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: My Favourite Game - Gran Turismo


Ch. 6: Act 3: Europeans Are Confused by Medical Bankruptcy Story - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 11-15-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Was wollen wir trinken - Ungeschieden, Ungekämmt, Ungehört (Live)


Ch. 8: Act 4: Why we pay far more for our medical care - Economic Update w/ @profwolff - Air Date: 10-19-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: Work - Uprising (Remastered)


Ch. 10: Act 5: The six words behind the case against Obamacare - @DecodeDC - Air Date: 3-12-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: Teddybear's Picnic - De Rock 'n Roll Methode 4


Ch. 12: Act 6: Anti-Obamacare Plaintiffs Show Stunning Ignorance - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 02-12-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: American Way - Essential Masters


Ch. 14: Act 7: The reasons Vermont is abandoning Single Payer health care - Economic Update w/ @profwolff - Air Date: 12-22-14

Ch. 15: Song 7: South Side - Go - The Very Best of Moby


Ch. 16: Act 8: The REAL Conservative Agenda: Privatize Health Care - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 02-05-15


Voicemails

Ch. 17: Thoughts on how to form consensus solutions - Matt from California

Ch. 18: Questioning labels is an important discussion - Adrian from Albuquerque, NM

Ch. 19: Thoughts on political labels - Chuck in Salt Lake City

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 20: Final comments on the labels we give ourselves

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


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(2015/03/27) Debunking the doubters (Climate)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Fri, Mar 27, 2015


Edition #909

It seems that almost all of the progressive climate change news these days is focused on how crazy the climate change deniers are. I guess this is better than the present-both-sides attitude but it still makes me long for a future where we will just get to ignore them.
 
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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Climate Science: What You Need To Know - It's @okaytobesmart - Air Date: 12-8-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Curious - Curious


Ch. 4: Act 2: Climate Change Denial Is Real & Man-made, Here's Undeniable Proof - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 02-26-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: The Scientist - Heroes


Ch. 6: Act 3: Inhofe's snowball and what the media is missing - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date: 3-6-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: 1901 - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix


Ch. 8: Act 4: @TassoAzevedo: Hopeful lessons from the battle to save rainforests - @TEDTalks - Air Date: 1-9-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: Magalenha - Brasileiro


Ch. 10: Act 5: Climate Ch... - @OntheMedia - Air Date: 3-20-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: A Few Honest Words - Learning to Bend


Ch. 12: Act 6: GOP perspective on climate change is literally laughable - @greennewsreport - Air Date: 3-26-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: Change of Time - So Runs the World Away


Ch. 14: Act 7: Florida and the media don't use the term 'Climate Change' - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date: 3-13-15

Ch. 15: Song 5: Open Your Eyes - Eyes Open


Ch. 16: Act 8:¬†Cap and Dividend For a Healthy Climate via @CCAN ‚ÄĒ Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 17: Song 6: "This fickle world" - Theo Bard


Ch. 18: Act 9: We Will Destroy The Planet And Here's How - @RedactedTonight with @LeeCamp - Air Date: 01-17-15


Voicemails

Ch. 19: Down with the debtors prison - Wade from Ft. Worth, TX

Ch. 20: Solving inter-movement conflicts - Daniel from Albany, NY

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 21: Final comments on the ground rules for a conversation about definitions

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


Activism: Cap and Dividend For a Healthy Climate via @CCAN

Take Action:

SIGN:¬†"Tell Congress: Act on Climate by Passing Cap-And-Dividend‚Ä̬†via¬†Chesapeake Climate Action Network

Visit the TAKE ACTION tab at Climate and Prosperity to volunteer or join the coalition.

Sources/further reading:

"FACT SHEET: The Healthy Climate and Family Security Act of 2014‚Ä̬†via¬†Representative Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)

"Cap and Dividend Bill Introduced In Congress (VIDEO)‚Ä̬†via¬†Green Action News

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich

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(2015/03/24) Unfair housing, unfair society (Racism)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Tue, Mar 24, 2015


Edition #908

Today we take a look at the history of housing discrimination in the US and the connection of those polices to the systemic racism and social unrest in places like Ferguson, MO
 
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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: LBJ signs Fair Housing Act 1968

Ch. 3: Song 1: Going Home - The Talks


Ch. 4: Act 2: Fight for fair housing goes to Supreme Court - Melissa Harris-Perry (@MHPshow) - Air Date 1-25-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Discrimination - Meet Me In the Park


Ch. 6: Act 3: Nikole-Hannah Jones (@nhannahjones) & Jennifer Taub (@jentaub) on the Housing Crisis- What's Changed? - @grittv - Air Date: 9-3-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Zebra - Teen Dream


Ch. 8: Act 4: A short history of racist housing policy - Economic Update with @profwolff - Air Date: 3-15-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: Modern Day Slavery - Exploring All Avenues


Ch. 10: Act 5: The economics of systemic racism - Disorderly Conduct (@Dis_Con) - Air Date: 1-18-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: Something Good Can Work - Tourist History


Ch. 12: Act 6: Ferguson USA - @MumiaAbuJamal - Air Date: 3-9-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: "Middle America" - Chris Priest


Ch. 14: Act 7: The return of debtors prisons in Ferguson - @TWiBnation - Air Date: 2-10-15

Ch. 15: Song 7: Powerless - The Big Picture


Ch. 16: Act 8: #KeepHousingFair via @natfairhouse - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 17: Song 8: Activism - The Poet


Ch. 18: Act 9: Racist Ferguson Police Department Financially Motivated Against Blacks - @The Young Turks - Air Date: 03-07-15


Voicemails

Ch. 20: Racism and employment - Ruben from San Jose

Ch. 21: The corrective mechanism in libertarianism - Patrick from Dallas

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 22: Final comments on libertarians as snowflakes and my recent bonus episode about being a character in a dystopian future

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


Activism: #KeepHousingFair via @natfairhouse

Take Action:

Follow #KeepHousingFair through The National Fair Housing Alliance on Facebook and Twitter

Additional Activism/Resources:

CHICAGO VOTERS: the mayoral runoff election is APRIL 7. Rahm has continued harmful Daley policies, so Find Your Polling Place

READ:¬†"Living Apart: How the Government Betrayed a Landmark Civil Rights Law‚Ä̬†‚ÄĒ a $1.99 Kindle Single by¬†Nikole Hannah-Jones

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


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(2015/03/20) Propaganda and warmongering (Netanyahu and the GOP letter to Iran)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Fri, Mar 20, 2015


Edition #907

Today we take a look at how the GOP in the US is working hand-in-glove with the neoconservative Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, to derail peace negotiations and stroke war with Iran
 
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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Why Netanyahu is Here - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 03-02-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: Embarrassed - Sick of Waging War


Ch. 4: Act 2: Israeli Prime Minister Criticized For Questionable Policies - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 03-04-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Obnoxious - What's the Question


Ch. 6: Act 3: Netanyahu's speech and the propaganda against Iran - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date: 3-14-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: Made to Suffer - 9 O'clock in the Afternoon


Ch. 8: Act 4: Ex-U.S. Official: With Iran Letter, "Reckless" GOP Places Middle East Hegemony over Security - @democracynow - Air Date: 3-12-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: Hey Ya (Solo Version) - The Tip Jar, Vol. 1 - EP


Ch. 10: Act 5: Treason, Stunt, or Idiocy? - @onthemedia - Air Date: 3-13-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: Follow The Money - The Redemption Of Zounds


Ch. 12: Act 6: John Kerry Smacks Down the #47Traitors - @majorityfm - Air Date: 03-16-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: Awnaw (All Hooks Up Version) - Watermelon, Chicken & Gritz


Ch. 14: Act 7: No War With Iran -- Best of the Left Activism via @ChrisMurphyCT & @MoveOn

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


Ch. 16: Act 8: Senators Face Backlash Over Letter To Iran - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 03-11-15


Voicemails

Ch. 18: Racism and over-policing - Ruben from San Jose

Ch. 19: Thoughts on the speech about changing the farming paradigm - Ryan from Phoenix

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 20: Final comments on the posting of teh Storify of the Nicole Sandler Disaster of 2015

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


Activism: No War With Iran via @ChrisMurphyCT & @MoveOn

TAKE ACTION:

SIGN & Share the MoveOn.org petition The U.S. Senate should continue to give diplomacy with Iran a chance" from Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT)

SIGN & Share the RootsAction and DailyKos petition: "No War With Iran"

Sources/further reading:

"The Worst Case for War With Iran You’ll Read in a Major Newspaper" by Ali Gharib at The Nation

"The Neocons Strike Back" by Paul Waldman at The American Prospect

"Barney Frank Says Netanyahu And The GOP Want War With Iran" on HuffPost LIve

"The Appalling Case for an Unnecessary War with Iran" by Daniel Larison at The American Conservative

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


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(2015/03/17) Crushing our potential with student debt (Education)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Tue, Mar 17, 2015


Edition #906

Today we take a look at the effects of student debt, the benefits of making college free and what beyond money is needed
 
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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Appalling: America's Senior Citizens Are Drowning in Student Debt - @majorityfm - Air Date: 09-13-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: When I Grow Up - Ghost Town - Single


Ch. 4: Act 2: EPIC: Germany Abolishes College Tuition Fees - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 10-04-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Look To The Future - If It 'Ay Bost, Dow Fix It!


Ch. 6: Act 3: Refusing To Pay Back Student Debt: The Movement Grows - @RedactedTonight w/@LeeCamp - Air Date: 03-10-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: I Dream Of Feudalism - I Dream Of Feudalism


Ch. 8: Act 4: Obama's Free College Plan Could Cost $60 Billion, Provide Even Bigger Economic Boost - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 01-23-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: So Terrible It's Terrifying - Another Early Evening


Ch. 10: Act 5: Fox Reacts To Obama's Free Community College Plan - @jimmy_dore Show - Air Date: 1-23-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: Closer to Free - Go Slow Down


Ch. 12: Act 6: Is it enough to make community college free? - @DecodeDC - Air Date: 2-5-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: Hide Your Tears - Dexter (Soundtrack from the TV Series)


Ch. 14: Act 7:¬†Student Aid Bill of Rights via @WhiteHouse ‚ÄĒ Best of the Left Activism

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


Ch. 16: Act 8: Student Debt - @LastWeekTonight with @iamjohnoliver - Air Date: 09-07-14


Ch. 17: Final comments on David Pakman's supposed "Laugh Off" and the problematic comments of Joel Salatin

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


Activism: Student Aid Bill of Rights via @WhiteHouse

Take Action: 

Add your name: Student Aid Bill of Rights

Let your reps know you support the plan through ContactingTheCongress.org where you can call, email, and tweet at your representatives using the hashtag #CollegeOpportunity.

Additional Activism/Resources:

Reminder that the states have to agree to implement the president’s community college plan. Even though it would be at no cost to the states, we’ve seen republican (and even some democratic) and split state houses reject free federal money during this administration. Let your state and congressional representatives know you back a plan to make community college available to everyone who wants to attend.

Sources/further reading:

Press Release: ‚ÄúA Student Aid Bill of Rights‚ÄĚ

‚ÄúYour Weekly Address: A Student Aid Bill of Rights‚ÄĚ

"5 Reasons Not to Get a Law Degree‚Ä̬†via CBS News

"How The $1.2 Trillion College Debt Crisis Is Crippling Students, Parents And The Economy‚Ä̬†by Chris Denhart at¬†Forbes.com

"The President Proposes to Make Community College Free for Responsible Students for 2 Years‚ÄĚ

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2015/03/13) Personal, societal and environmental health (Food System)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Fri, Mar 13, 2015


Edition #905

Today we take a look at what we put in our bodies, how it gets there and how we could do things differently for the betterment of all
 
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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Gabriel Cortez (@gabesoprock): Perfect Soldiers - The Bigger Picture Project (@BigPicCampaign) - Air Date: 2-5-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: N/A


Ch. 4: Act 2: Drinking a 'Medium' Soda Per Day Can Age You As Much As Smoking - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 10-22-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: "Diet Coke" - Airbäg


Ch. 6: Act 3: CFC Keynote - @JoelSalatin - Polyface Farm Part 1 - @marioninstitute - Air Date: 11-5-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Garden Song - Around the Campfire


Ch. 8: Act 4: Industrial Vs Sustainable Agriculture - @FoodMythBusters - Air Date: 08-26-13

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


Ch. 10: Act 5: CFC Keynote - @JoelSalatin - Polyface Farm Part 2 - @marioninstitute - Air Date: 11-5-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: Moment of Truth - Diversity


Ch. 12: Act 6: NYTimes: U.S. Research Lab Lets Livestock Suffer in Quest for Profit - @Radio_Dispatch - Air Date: 1-26-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: Down On The Farm - Dancing In The Streets


Ch. 14: Act 7:¬†Curbing #FactoryFarming via @ASPCA & @UN ‚ÄĒ Best of the Left Activism

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


Ch. 16: Act 8: You Won't Believe What Goes On At These "Farms" - @RedactedTonight w/ @LeeCamp - Air Date: 02-22-15


Voicemails

Ch. 17: The problem with the gender binary - Ash from Washington, DC

Ch. 18: #YesAllPolice started by family member of man killed by police - Dede from Philly

Ch. 19: Libertarian on how tax money is spent - Mick from Australia

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 20: Final comments on libertarianism's lack of a better alternative to government

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


Activism: Curbing #FactoryFarming via @ASPCA & @UN

Take Action:

10 Ways You Can Fight Factory Farms via The ASPCA

Fight Factory Farming via The Humane Society

Additional Activism/Resources:

Sign: Protect Farm Animals petition from The Humane Society

Use the WorldAnimalNet directory HERE to find anti-factory farm as well as animal rescue/adoption organizations in your country, state, and city.

Sources/further reading:

"Rearing cattle produces more greenhouse gases than driving cars, UN report warns‚Ä̬†via the United Nations News Centre

Farm Animal Cruelty ‚ÄĒ ASPCA facts on factory farms

"How to Stop the Next Pandemic: End Factory Farming‚ÄĚ by¬†Thom Hartmann¬†via¬†Truthout

Watch: ‚ÄúUs & The Planet‚ÄĚ video from¬†Animals Australia¬†at¬†#MakeItPossible


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(2015/03/10) Opt for compassion and inclusion (Transgender Rights)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Tue, Mar 10, 2015


Edition #904

Today we take a look at the path many transgender individuals must walk as well as some of the tragic outcomes that are the result of being blocked from that path
 
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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Kristin Beck: transgender veteran spent 20-years as Navy Seal - @SexOutLoudRadio - Air Date: 12-12-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: "Me and God and Jesus - Crooked Roads Band


Ch. 4: Act 2: The complicated morality of transitioning - On Being (@Beingtweets) - Air Date: 12-11-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Le mystère de contre jour - Contre jour (Original Soundtrack)


Ch. 6: Act 3: Lingerie saved my life - A Minnesota Trans Athiest (@TransAtheistPod) - Air Date: 11-12-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Nothing Else Matters - Inquisition Symphony


Ch. 8: Act 4: The tragic, preventable death of transgender teen Leelah Alcorn - @fakedansavage - Air Date: 1-6-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: Reach Out I'll Be There - Essential Collection: Four Tops


Ch. 10: Act 5: Pray the Gay Away - Exposed - Laci Green (@gogreen18) - Air Date: 01-14-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: The Bathtub (feat. The Lost Bayou Ramblers) - Beasts of the Southern Wild (Music from the Motion Picture)


Ch. 12: Act 6: Gender Neutral Bathrooms - Best of the Left Activism

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


Ch. 14: Act 7: Disecting trans-exclusionary radical feminism (TERFs) - @Radio_Dispatch - Air Date 7-30-14


Voicemails

Ch. 15: Yelling about libertarians - Wade from Ft. Worth, TX

Ch. 16: Explaining misguided libertarian thinking with the BLUB paradox - Landon

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 17: Final comments on one of my favorite Douglas Adams' quotes about how people perceive the world

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


Activism: Gender Neutral Bathrooms

Take Action:

Call and write your local alderman/city councilperson to push for local gender neutral bathroom ordinances.

Additional Activism/Resources:

TransLifeLine is a crisis hotline staffed by trans people for trans people. Contact them via Twitter and phone: US (877) 565-8860, Canada (877) 330-6366

Sources/further reading:

"INTERVIEW: The Advocate's Parker Marie Molloy on Grantland, Piers Morgan, and More‚Ä̬†at¬†The Chicagoist

"A trans advocate‚Äôs perspective on Trans 101 questions‚Ä̬†at¬†Transadvocate

"TLDEF Condemns Kentucky Bill Targeting Transgender Students for Discrimination‚Ä̬†via TransGender Legal

"No label required on West Hollywood's gender-neutral bathrooms‚Ä̬†at¬†LA Times

"Austin Makes Gender-Neutral Bathrooms Out Of All Single-Use Stalls, And Other Cities Should Take Note‚Ä̬†at¬†Bustle

"My Transgender Coming Out Story‚Ä̬†ebook by¬†Parker Mollow


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(2015/03/06) Theory vs practice (Libertarianism)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Sat, Mar 07, 2015


Edition #903

Today we take a look at the asininity of the modern, American-style Libertarian movement
 
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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: The Libertarian Platform - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 08-13-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Do What You Want - Do What You Want - EP


Ch. 4: Act 2: Libertarianism & The Purpose of Freedom - @majorityfm - Air Date: 12-24-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: "Jeremiah Johnson - Main Theme"


Ch. 6: Act 3: Libertarian 'Men With Guns' Arguments Make No Sense - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 06-21-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Celebration Guns - Set Yourself on Fire


Ch. 8: Act 4: Ayn Rand - @LastWeekTonight with @iamjohnoliver - Air Date: 9-29-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: American Greed (Dustin's Ayn Rand Remix) - American Greed (Remixes) - EP


Ch. 10: Act 5: Republican Makes the Case for Libertarianism: Restaurant Workers Should NOT Have to Wash Their Hands - @majorityfm - Air Date: 02-05-15

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


Ch. 12: Act 6: Libertarianism Capitalism Killed My Best Friend - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 08-14-13

Ch. 13: Song 6: Cancer - The Black Parade


Ch. 14: Act 7: The myth of meritocracy - Economic Update with @profwolff - Air Date: 1-5-15

Ch. 15: Song 7: Revolution (Human Need Over Profit) - Tha People's Music


Ch. 16: Act 8: Tree Hugging Libertarians Unknowingly Buys Pieces Of Chilean Hell - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 09-18-14


Voicemails

Ch. 18: Thoughts on addition to things other than drugs - Jay from Jackson Hole, WY

Ch. 19: Don't downplay the severity of addiction - Chris from Colorado Springs

Ch. 20: Dismantling the default - Melissa from New York

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 21: Final comments on intersectionality and the language of inclusivity

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


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(2015/03/03) The P Word (Racism) - Rerun

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Wed, Mar 04, 2015


Edition #850

Today we hammer home the details about white privilege once and for all so that there will never be any further confusion about it ever
 
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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Fox News Reporter: Obama and Holder Being Black is the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Them - @majorityfm - Air Date: 04-15-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Know Your History - Our Darkest Days


Ch. 4: Act 2: Bill O'Reilly Denies Having White Privilege - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 05-16-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Perpetuum Mobile - Preludes, Airs and Yodels (A Penguin Cafe Primer)


Ch. 6: Act 3: Danielle Lee (@DNLee5): Working twice as hard - @story_collider - Air Date: 12-9-13

Ch. 7: Song 3: Unknown


Ch. 8: Act 4: Same Behavior, Different Treatment - @radio_dispatch - Air Date 4-2-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: Pants on the ground - Neil Young


Ch. 10: Act 5: Why Are Black Preschoolers Being Suspended Far More Than Their White Classmates? - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 07-26-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: Everyone's a Little Bit Racist - Avenue Q (Original Broadway Cast Recording)


Ch. 12: Act 6: White Supremacy and the Central Park 5 - @blkagendareport - Air Date: 6-25-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: The Youth - Oracular Spectacular


Ch. 14: Act 7: Caller: White People Don't Understand White Privilege - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 06-26-14

Ch. 15: Song 7: A Change Is Gonna Come - Learning to Bend


Ch. 16: Act 8: Denice Frohman - 1-800-White Man Privilege Hotline - Button Poetry - Air Date: 04-28-14


Ch. 17: Final comments opening up for #askawhitefeminist questions on intersectional feminism

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


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(2015/02/27) Rethinking the fundamentals of drugs and addiction (Drug War)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Sat, Feb 28, 2015


Edition #902

Today we take a look at not only the destructive forces at work within the drug war but also look deeper at the causes of addiction and drug abuse that could change all of your preconceived notions on the topic and maybe even our society as a whole
 
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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1:¬†Drug War Alternatives That Work ¬ē Overcriminalized #2- Substance Abuse ¬ē- @bravenewfilms - Air Date: 10-9-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Once There Was a Hushpuppy - Beasts of the Southern Wild (Music from the Motion Picture)


Ch. 4: Act 2: Tracking cars movements in real time as part of the DEA drug war - Le Show (@theharryshearer) - Air Date: 2-1-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Don’t Worry, We'll Be Watching You - Making Mirrors


Ch. 6: Act 3: DC mayor stands up for voters on legal pot, defies congressional GOP - Rachel @Maddow Show - Air Date: 2-26-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: Gateway Drug - Dancing In The Streets


Ch. 8: Act 4: Challenge everything you know about drugs - @allinwithchris Hayes - Air Date: 03-05-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: Big Mistake - Fair Ain't Fair


Ch. 10: Act 5: Johann Hari (@johannhari101): Everything We Know About the Drug War & Addiction is Wrong Part 1 - @democracynow - Air Date: 2-4-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: Strange Fruit (1939 Single Version) - 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Billie Holiday


Ch. 12: Act 6: Poverty drives the demand for opiates - Economic Update with @profwolff - Air Date: 11-17-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: Poverty (Single Stereo) - That Did It! - The Duke Recordings, Vol. 3


Ch. 14: Act 7: Johann Hari (@johannhari101): Everything We Know About the Drug War & Addiction is Wrong Part 2 - @democracynow - Air Date: 2-4-15


Voicemails

Ch. 16: Women should get paid the same even if they're away from work for a period - Caleb from Austin, TX

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 18: Final comments telling the story of the pile of shit Patricia Arquette stepped in and the aftermath

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


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(2015/02/24) The wealth divide and the crumbling bridge across it (Economics)

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Wed, Feb 25, 2015


Edition #901

Today we take a look at the extreme wealth inequality that’s plaguing our nation, the insufficient attempts to correct the problem as well as it’s underlying causes
 
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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1:¬†The bootstraps myth and The American Dream‚ĄĘ - @DecodeDC - Air Date: 1-8-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: Decode DC Theme Song


Ch. 4: Act 2: .@NickHanauer on inequality - @TEDTalks - Air Date: March 2012

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


Ch. 6: Act 3: Wealth Gap - @LastWeekTonight with @iamjohnoliver - Air Date: 7-13-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Heads You Win, Tails I Lose - Surfin' Safari (2001 - Remaster)


Ch. 8: Act 4: Yes, the budget grows and for good reason - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date: 2-6-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: One Way Street - I Can't Stand the Rain


Ch. 10: Act 5: Can Democrats Stop Republican Social Security Change? - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 01-25-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: I Wish I Knew (Logo Remix) - Gildas Kitsuné Season's Greetings Mix (The Merry Christmas Edition)


Ch. 12: Act 6: Whats With Politicians Fetishizing About Cutting Social Security? - @majorityfm - Air Date: 01-07-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: Out of Touch - The Very Best of Daryl Hall & John Oates (Remastered)


Ch. 14: Act 7: Bolstering Unemployment Benefits with the 2016 Budget via @WhiteHouse - Best of the Left Activism

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


Ch. 16: Act 8: Give jobs, not welfare - Economic Update with @profwolff - Air Date: 1-5-15


Voicemails

Ch. 17: The impact of the TPP on marginalized communities - Chrissie from Kansas

Ch. 18: Endorsing choice for vaccinations - Jeff from Cleveland, OH

Ch. 19: The 25% gender wage gap doesn't take hours worked into consideration - Tod from California

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 20: Final comments Part 1: Responding to Jeff from Cleveland about vaccines

Ch. 21: Final comments Part 2: Responding to Tod from California about the gender wage and wealth gaps

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


Activism: Bolstering Unemployment Benefits with the 2016 Budget via @WhiteHouse

Take Action:

Let the White House know you support the unemployment provisions of the 2016 budget via phone (202-456-1111), email/mail and via Twitter to @WhiteHouse and @BarackObama

Use ContactingTheCongress to let your reps know you expect them to publicly support the unemployment plan.

Sources/further reading:

Fiscal Year 2016 Budget of the U.S/ Government via The White House

"Obama's Budget Proposes a Major Overhaul of Unemployment Insurance‚Ä̬†by¬†Danny Vinik¬†at¬†The New Republic

"Right-Wing Media Use Flawed Study To Attack Unemployment Benefits‚Ä̬†by Rachel Calvert at¬†Media Matters for America

"U.S. jobless claims fall as labor market gains momentum‚Ä̬†by Lucia Mutikani at¬†Reuters

"Conservatives Cheer Research Saying Cuts To Unemployment Benefits Helped The Economy‚Ä̬†by¬†Arthur Delaney¬†at¬†HuffPo

"Obama Budget Signals End Of Austerity, Return Of Sanity‚Ä̬†by¬†Dave Johnson¬†at¬†Common Dreams

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2015/02/20) Stuff we shouldn’t have to explain anymore (Feminism)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Sat, Fe 21,
b 00:00:00 2015, +0000


Edition #900

Today we get some reminders about what feminism is and what is isn’t, plus make an effort to explain the pay gap in ways that, at long last, everyone can understand
 
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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Explaining the gender pay gap - Workplace Gender Equality Agency (@WGEAgency) - Air Date: 08-07-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Compensation - Spotlite Series - 'Mainline' and 'Casino' Records, Vol. 1


Ch. 4: Act 2: Microsoft CEO: Don't Ask For A Raise, Trust Karma - @TheYoungTurks - Air Date: 10-14-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Apology - Back Sides


Ch. 6: Act 3: Does sexism hurt men? - Laci Green (@gogreen18) - Air Date: 11-14-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Sunday Morning - Tragic Kingdom


Ch. 8: Act 4: Firing Women for Breastfeeding Not Sexist Since Some Men Lactate - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 02-05-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: Discrimination - Meet Me In the Park


Ch. 10: Act 5: Talking While Female - @NPR - Air Date: 10-24-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: Young and Beautiful - Twist Is the New Twerk


Ch. 12: Act 6: There's More to the Story of the Shrinking Pay Gap - @PewResearch Center - Air Date: 1-9-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: inequality - What'z Next


Ch. 14: Act 7: The difference between Europe and the US on women in the workforce - Economic Update w/@profwolff - Air Date: 12-22-14

Ch. 15: Song 7: Self Inflicted - One of the Boys


Ch. 16: Act 8: What Your Boobs Say About You - Stuff Mom Never Told You (@MomStuffPodcast) - Air Date: 11-28-14

Ch. 17: Song 8: Science Riot Girls Song 8 - My Smart Hands


Ch. 18: Act 9: Women Are Bad At Negotiating - @planetmoney - Air Date 3-28-14

Ch. 19: Song 9: House of Cards Main Title Theme - House of Cards (Music From the Netflix Original Series)


Ch. 20: Act 10: #EqualPayDay (4/14/2015)- Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 19: Song 10: "This fickle world" - Theo Bard


Ch. 22: Act 11: #MenimistTwitter + Anti- Feminism - @kat_blaque - Air Date: 11-12-14


Voicemails

Ch. 23: Money should go to finding the causes of autism - Colin from Cleveland, OH

Ch. 24: If you give people the option to be stupid, lots of them will - Tyler from Kentucky

Ch. 25: Anti-vaxxers are truthers, birthers and grassy knoll types - Wade from Ft. Worth, TX

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 26: Final comments on why some women are opposed to feminism

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


Activism: #EqualPayDay (4/14/2015)

Take Action:

Wear red on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 for #EqualPayDay.

Visit the ‚ÄúWhat You Can Do‚ÄĚ tab at¬†PayEquity.org¬†to track legislation, contact Congress, form a wage club, or do an equality audit of your business.

Sources/further reading:

Wage Gap Fact Sheet via Institute for Women's Policy Research

Equal Pay and the Wage Gap via National Women's Law Center (NWLC)

"Women Can't Afford to Celebrate Equal Pay Day‚Ä̬†by¬†Margaret Carlson¬†at¬†Bloomberg View

"For African-American Women‚ÄĒand All Women‚ÄĒLet‚Äôs Make Every Day Equal Pay Day‚Ä̬†by¬†Stephanie Schriock¬†and¬†Rep. Terri Sewell¬†at¬†The Root

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


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(2015/02/17) Work still to be done (LGBTQ Rights)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Wed, Feb 18, 2015


Edition #899

Today we take a look at the fact that marriage equality is sweeping the nation and yet it’s clear to see that we still have a long way to go to establish full equality in all aspects
 
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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Details on the march through the courts of marriage equality - @TWiBnation - Air Date: 2-10-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: The New SF Bay Blues - Small Town Heroes


Ch. 4: Act 2: Iain Lee and Justin Dealey experience homophobic abuse - BBC Three Counties Radio - Air Date: 01-07-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Surprise - The Odd Couple


Ch. 6: Act 3: Republicans Lose Their Boner For Gay Marriage - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 10-08-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Words Are Seeds - Country Boys in the City


Ch. 8: Act 4: Gay Panic Legal Defense Outlawed in California - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 09-30-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: The Body Electric - Small Town Heroes


Ch. 10: Act 5: Nondescrimination ban in Kansas was just rescinded - @TWiBnation - Air Date: 2-12-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: "The Asshole Song" - Jimmy Buffett


Ch. 12: Act 6: This is the backlash to marriage equality success - @fakedansavage - Air Date: 2-17-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: Love To Watch You Go - Country Boys in the City


Ch. 14: Act 7: The March to Full Marriage Equality Continues with @MEUSA - Best of the Left Activism

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


Ch. 16: Act 8: .@ashbeckham: Owning your duality - @TEDx - Air Date: 11-20-14


Voicemails

Ch. 18: People get very emotional about food choices - Clara from Brooklyn, NY

Ch. 19: Thoughts on reducetarians - Kelly from California

Ch. 20: A nurse on vaccinations - Raven from Louisville, KY

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 21: Final comments on my bad idea to conduct the two biggest conversations of the year simultaneously

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


Activism: The March to Full Marriage Equality Continues with @MEUSA

Take Action:

Help finish off the fight for full marriage equality & track state-level discriminatory legislation at: MarriageEquality.org

Join Marriage Equality USA and Equality Kansas fight Governor Brownback’s discriminatory executive action by calling the state capitol at 877-579-6757 and posting messages on Facebook and Twitter

Sources/further reading:

U.S. map of marriage equality via Freedom To Marry

"Arkansas Legislature Passes Bill Allowing LGBT Discrimination‚Ä̬†by¬†Dominic Holden

"Governor Brownback Cancels LGBT State Employee Protections‚Ä̬†via¬†Equality Kansas

"In Kansas, the governor is rolling back tolerance‚Ä̬†by¬†The Washington Post¬†editorial board

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2015/02/13) Ignorance and fear sending us backwards (Vaccinations)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Sat, Feb 14, 2015


Edition #898

I can’t even believe that this is a thing. The anti-science sentiments march on in this country and they’re putting us all at risk of a resurgence of eradicated diseases
 
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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Vaccines Don't Cause Autism: Healthcare Triage #12 - @HCTriage - Air Date: 01-19-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Fraud - Once a Jolly Swagman, Always a Jolly Swagman


Ch. 4: Act 2: On the Anti-Vax Non-troversy - @onthemedia - Air Date: 2-6-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Chorus of Fools - Chorus of Fools - Single


Ch. 6: Act 3: Anti-vaxxer Californians start a new measles outbreak at Disneyland - @TWiBnation - Air Date: 2-3-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: Rebuild - We Are Rising


Ch. 8: Act 4: Myth: Vaccine Deniers Are All Hippie Liberals - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 02-01-15

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


Ch. 10: Act 5: The Dangerous Arrogance of the Anti-Vaxxers - @majorityfm - Air Date: 02-04-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: F**k You - True North


Ch. 12: Act 6: Vaccines: How to Avoid Killing and Maiming Children - @MarkFiore's Animation - Air Date: 02-10-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: "Mitch Benn's song to Anti-Vaxer parents - The Now Show - Air Date: 2-6-15"


Ch. 14: Act 7: GOP vaccination fuss suggests politics at play - Rachel @Maddow Show - Air Date: 2-5-15

Ch. 15: Song 7: Dumb Ways to Die - Dumb Ways to Die - Single


Ch. 16: Act 8: Fighting the Anti-Vaxxer Movement with @Voices4Vaccines - Best of the Left Activism

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


Ch. 18: Act 9: Vaccines are for the Public Good - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 02-03-15


Voicemails

Ch. 20: If it's within your means then you should change - Nick from Cincinnati

Ch. 21: Advice on making vegitarianism easy - Dave from Olympia, WA

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 22: Final comments on food choice and vaccination voicemails

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


Activism: Fighting the Anti-Vaxxer Movement with @Voices4Vaccines

Take Action:

Use the resources at: Voices For Vaccines

Follow Voices For Vaccines on Twitter and Facebook.

Find out more about the adult pertussis vaccination at: AdultVaccination.org

Sources/further reading:

"A Polio Survivor‚Äôs Plea: Vaccinate Your Children‚Ä̬†by¬†Minda Dentler¬†at¬†Time.com

"Anti-Vaxxers Brought Measles to the Happiest Place on Earth: A measles outbreak has sickened 70 people at Disneyland, and could be the spark that brings the once-eradicated disease back in force.‚Ä̬†by¬†Russell Saunders¬†at¬†The Daily Beast

"Your feelings about vaccines don't trump another child's medical reality‚Ä̬†by¬†Jessica Valenti¬†at¬†The Guardian

"Elizabeth Warren Asks Questions About Vaccines, Gets Shocking Answers‚Ä̬†by¬†Kaili Joy Gray¬†at¬†Wonkette

"Dear anti-vaxxers: Stop using autism as a bogeyman‚Ä̬†by¬†Maria Mora¬†at¬†SheKnows

"I Didn‚Äôt Vaccinate My Child‚ÄĒAnd I Regret It: How I finally discovered that vaccinating your kids is the right thing to do.‚Ä̬†by¬†Sally Kohn

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2015/02/10) Economics disguised as politics (Cuba and Greece)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Wed, Feb 11, 2015


Edition #897

Today we take a look at the major new stories involving a couple of small countries dealing with their much-larger neighbors
 
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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Major Shift In US-Cuba Relations - Trade, Diplomacy To Flow - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 12-18-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Cuba - Cuba


Ch. 4: Act 2: Cuba: America Finally Waking from the Nixon Fog - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 12-17-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Richard Nixon - The American Song-Poem Anthology - Do You Know the Difference Between Big Wood and Brush?


Ch. 6: Act 3: The media responds to normalized relations with Cuba - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date: 12-19-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Too Rude - Bright Side of Life (Bonus Track Version)


Ch. 8: Act 4: The economic implications of normalizing relations with Cuba - Economic Update w/ @profwolff - Air Date: 12-22-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: Going Down to Cuba - Time the Conqueror


Ch. 10: Act 5: Mark Weisbrot on Greek Elections as a response to economic crisis - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date: 1-30-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: Blame (feat. John Newman) - Motion


Ch. 12: Act 6: Media Miss Half the Story of The Greek Election - The F Word with @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date: 1-27-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: Greece - National Anthems (Anthems World)


Ch. 14: Act 7: Germany's double standard on Greece's debt - Economic Update w/ @profwolff - Air Date: 2-1-15


Voicemails

Ch. 16: Asking for vegitarianism is too big of an ask - Scott from Sacramento

Ch. 17: Thoughts on why I still eat meat - Chris from Colorado Springs

Ch. 18: Inertia and customs - Bill in Northern Illinois

Ch. 19: Collective action is more effective than voluntary action - Julie in Brooklyn

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 20: Final comments on the conversation on food choices and results from the listener survey

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


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(2015/02/06) Resisting global corporate takeover (Trans-Pacific Partnership)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Sat, Feb 07, 2015


Edition #896

Today we take a look at what the TPP is all about, why it’s being negotiated in total secrecy and why we need to resist it
 
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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Robert Reich takes on the Trans-Pacific Partnership - @MoveOn - AIr Date: 1-29-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: Say It Loud - Invincible


Ch. 4: Act 2: Wikileaks TPP Revelations Prove US in "Left Field" With Trade Deal - @TheRealNews Network - Air Date: 12-15-13

Ch. 5: Song 2: Sound of Defeat - Sound of Defeat - EP


Ch. 6: Act 3: Obama Pushes TPP Passage to World Leaders - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 11-14-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: What Difference Does It Make? - The Smiths (Remastered By Johnny Marr)


Ch. 8: Act 4: Lori Wallach (@WallachLori) on Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date: 11-29-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: Revolt - Strong Words for Strong People


Ch. 10: Act 5: Jeff Abbott on CAFTA and the TPP - @Radio_Dispatch - Air Date: 2-2-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: Talkback - Now Then...


Ch. 12: Act 6:¬†Stop Fast Track of TransPacific Partnership via @MoveOn ‚ÄĒ Best of the Left Activism

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


Ch. 14: Act 7: The Deep State Hiding in Plain Sight - @BillMoyersHQ - Air Date: 2-21-14


Voicemails

Ch. 16: Thoughts on Charlie Hebdo and freedom of speech - Nathan from Vancouver, WA

Ch. 17: The effects of animal agrigulture - Kate

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 18: Final comments

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


Activism: Stop Fast Track of TransPacific Partnership via @MoveOn

Update!

Obama administration asks for fast tracking of TPP:¬†"Democrats oppose Obama's demand for fast-tracking Pacific trade deal‚Ä̬†by¬†Siri Srinivas¬†at¬†The Guardian

Follow-up/new Action!

SIGN: Tell Congress: We Can't Afford to Outsource More Jobs via MoveOn.org and the CWA

Sources/further reading:

"NAFTA on Steroids: The Trans-Pacific Partnership, which would grant enormous new powers to corporations, is a massive assault on democracy‚Ä̬†by¬†Lori Wallach¬†at¬†The Nation

"The Top Secret Deal Between 11 Countries That Will Affect Your Life" - MOC #186¬†‚ÄĒ¬†Lee Camp

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2015/02/03) Living like the world is ending (Climate)

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Wed, Feb 04, 2015


Edition #895

Today we check in with our crumbling ecological system and the fastest-growing movement of it’s kind that’s facing off against the fossil fuel companies
 
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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: The Children’s Climate Crusade - @billmoyersHQ and Company - Air Date: 1-1-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: The Sea Is Rising - Flying Colours


Ch. 4: Act 2: Climate change undermines all conservative principles - @LeeCamp - Air Date: 1-7-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: "The Day the World Came Together" - @350.org


Ch. 6: Act 3: Reporting on the hottest years on record - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date: 1-23-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: Banking On a Myth - The Mysterious Production of Eggs


Ch. 8: Act 4: 2014 Hottest Year Since Records Began, Earth Officially Melting - @TheYoungTurks - Air Date: 01-17-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: Spring Came, Rain Fell - Spring Came, Rain Fell


Ch. 10: Act 5: The economic consequinces of the drop in price for oil - Economic Update with @profwolff - Air Date: 12-22-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: A System - Inside Open Wide


Ch. 12: Act 6: Global Divestment Day is February 13, 2015 - @350.org

Ch. 13: Song 6: Something Good Can Work - Tourist History


Ch. 14: Act 7: Global Divestment Day via @350 - Best of the Left Activism

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


Ch. 16: Act 8: CFC Keynote - Jay O'Hara: Living like the world is ending - @marioninstitute - Air Date: 11-5-14


Voicemails

Ch. 18: A cop talks about how and why they shoot - Geoff from Florida

Ch. 19: The theory of "thugs" is flawed - Ruben from San Jose

Ch. 20: Thoughts on Ghostbusters and the wage gap - Jill from San Francisco

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 21: Final comments on why women are crappy at negotiating their salaries

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


Activism: Global Divestment Day via @350

Take Action:

JOIN with 350.org for Global Divestment Day February 13th

Additional Activism/Resources:

Add your name to @NRDC‚Äôs letter:¬†‚ÄúTell President Obama You Stand Behind His Veto of the Keystone XL Pipeline!‚ÄĚ

Sources/further reading:

"US House passes Keystone pipeline bill‚Ä̬†at¬†AlJazeera

"Senate Passes Keystone Bill‚Ä̬†by¬†Alex Rogers¬†at¬†Time.com

"White House Confirms Obama Will Veto TransCanada's Keystone XL Pipeline‚Ä̬†by¬†Carol Linnitt¬†at¬†DesmogBlog

"The New School Submits Bold Plan to Tackle Climate Change‚Ä̬†at¬†The New School

"Pope Francis plants a flag in the ground on climate change‚Ä̬†by Dr. John Abraham at¬†The Guardian

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2015/01/30) Dispelling the selective memory of Dr. Martin Luther King

jay@bestoftheleft.comAuthor: jay@bestoftheleft.com
Sat, Jan 31, 2015


Edition #894

Today we take a look at the legacy of Martin Luther King as it was taught to us and fill in the gaps that were left out. Turns out it was no accident those gaps were left in the first place.
 
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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: An except from a lost MLK speech - @democracynow - Air Date: 1-19-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: We Shall Overcome - We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions


Ch. 4: Act 2: MLK Day Should be for Everyone - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 01-20-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Like a King - Welcome to the Cruel World


Ch. 6: Act 3: Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes You've Probably Never Heard Before - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 01-20-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: By the Time I Get to Arizona - Power to the People & the Beats - Public Enemy's Greatest Hits


Ch. 8: Act 4: Rev. Madison Shockley on the black liberation theology of MLK - @truthdig Radio - Air Date: 1-16-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: Glory (From the Motion Picture "Selma") - Glory (From the Motion Picture "Selma") - Single


Ch. 10: Act 5: Movement Building and the Importance of Youth - Tim Wise - Air Date: 12-5-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: A Dream - Freedom Writers


Ch. 12: Act 6: Demand Congress Address Civil and Human Rights via @civilrightsorg - Best of the Left Activism

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


Ch. 14: Act 7: Gary Younge, author of 'The Speech' with MLK - @Making_Contact - Air Date: 1-13-15


Voicemails

Ch. 16: Encouraging women to speak about their experiences with abortion - Zoe from Durham, NC

Ch. 17: This American Life did a segment on Vocal Fry - Ruben from San Jose

Ch. 18: Thoughts on the impermanence of "culture" - Nathan from Vancouver, WA

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 19: Final comments on the invention of racism by the powerful to divide the powerless

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


Activism: Demand Congress Address Civil and Human Rights via @civilrightsorg

Take Action:

Add your name: Congress Must Address Civil and Human Rights Priorities in 2015 via The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

Additional Activism/Resources:

Go. See. Selma. Find listings HERE

Sources/further reading:

"Will Justice Scalia Be the Savior of the Fair Housing Act?‚Ä̬†at ACLU.org

"Civil and Human Rights Coalition Troubled by Deletion of ‚ÄúCivil Rights and Human Rights‚ÄĚ from Senate Constitution Subcommittee‚Ä̬†press release from The Leadership Conference

‚ÄúYes, The Oscars Are So White, And Here‚Äôs Why That Matters‚Ä̬†at¬†MTV.com

#OscarsSoWhite via @ReignOfApril

‚ÄĚAva DuVernay:¬†‚ÄėSelma‚Äô Is the ‚ÄėVision of a Black Storyteller Undiluted‚Äô‚Ä̬†by¬†Mychal Denzel Smith¬†at¬†The Nation

"Congress Will Be in Session Longer Next Year. Will It Make a Difference?‚Ä̬†by¬†Kate Scanlon¬†at¬†The Daily Signal

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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

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


Edition #893

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

Ch. 11: Song 5: Liberty - Frontiers


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

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


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

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


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

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


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


Voicemails

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

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

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

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


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

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


Activism: End Abortion Coverage Bans

Take Action:

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

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

Additional Activism/Resources:

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

‚ÄĚAsk the Republican Leaders: Where Are The Women?‚ÄĚ

‚ÄĚAnti-Choice Politicians Don‚Äôt Speak For Me

Sources/further reading:

See who the H.R.7 co-sponsors were:¬†Congressional Bill Tracker ‚ÄĒ H.R.7

"New Year, Same as the Old Year? 2015 Reproductive Rights Preview‚Ä̬†by¬†Katie Klabusich¬†at¬†Truthout

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

"Congress Rejected A 20-Week Abortion Ban, But These States Didn‚Äôt‚Ä̬†by¬†Tara Culp-Ressler¬†at¬†ThinkProgress

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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

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


Edition #892

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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


Voicemails

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

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

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

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


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

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


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

Take Action:

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

Sources/further reading:

‚ÄĚLinda Sarsour¬†speaks to MEMO about Islamophobia in America‚ÄĚ

"Radio Dispatch Live with Linda Sarsour and Vince Warren‚Ä̬†on¬†Radio Dispatch

"For Republicans, Muslims Will Be the Gays of 2016‚Ä̬†by¬†Dean Obeidallah¬†at¬†The Daily Beast

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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

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


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

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

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

Ch. 3: Song 1: "Paris" - Dido


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

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


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

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


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

Ch. 9: Song 4: Standing - Empires


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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


Ch. 21: Final comments on the nature of Satire

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

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

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


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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

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


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



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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

Ch. 11: Song 5: Hate Me - Foiled


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

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


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

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


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

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


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


Voicemails

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

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

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

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

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


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

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


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


Activism: Prohibit Mass Surveillance via @EFF

Take Action:

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

Additional Activism/Resources:

Leave a comment for the Federal Elections Commission via EFF:¬†"No New Regulation for Online Political Speech‚ÄĚ

SIGN the ACLU pledge:¬†"Invasion of the Data Snatchers‚ÄĚ

Sources/further reading:

"PEN America: "'The Harm Caused by Surveillance...is Unmistakable‚Äô‚Ä̬†via EFF

"Global Chilling: The Impact of Mass Surveillance on International Writers‚Ä̬†from¬†PEN American Center

"The Fight in Congress to End the NSA‚Äôs Mass Spying: 2014 in Review‚Ä̬†at EFF

"ACLU accuses NSA of using holiday lull to ‚Äėminimise impact‚Äô of documents‚Ä̬†by¬†Nicky Woolf¬†at¬†The Guardian

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

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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


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

Ch. 7: Song 3: Going Home - The Talks


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

Ch. 15: Song 7: Promontory - Tideland


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

Ch. 17: Song 8: Brunch - Jobo Shakins


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

Ch. 19: Song 9: Activism - The Poet


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


Voicemails

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

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

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


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

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


Activism: #BlackBrunch

Take Action:

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

Follow @BlackBrunchNYC and #BlackBrunch on Twitter.

Additional Activism/Resources:

Go. See. ‚ÄúSelma.‚ÄĚ Now showing¬†Find your local listings¬†#MarchOn

Sources/further reading:

"Former NYPD Officer Responds To #Blackbrunch With Gun-Toting Selfie‚Ä̬†by Hannington Dia at¬†News One

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

"Black Brunch Won‚Äôt Let Us Turn Away From Victims Of Police Violence‚Ä̬†by¬†Muna Mire¬†at¬†{Young}ist

"Attack of the ‚ÄėBlack Brunch‚Äô brats‚Ä̬†by¬†Michelle Malkin¬†at¬†The New York Post

"Hashtag Activism Isn't a Cop-Out‚Ä̬†by¬†Noah Berlatsky¬†at¬†The Atlantic¬†‚ÄĒ an interview with¬†Deray Mckesson

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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

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


Edition #888

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

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Show Notes

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

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

Ch. 3: Song 1: N/A


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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


Voicemails

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

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

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

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

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


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

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


Activism: Walk Across New Hampshire: @NHrebellion

Take Action:

Join with the NH Rebellion, January Walk

Follow NH Rebellion on Facebook and on Twitter

Amplify the NH Rebellion participants using the #NHR thread

Sources/further reading:

‚ÄĚIn One Week, the 2nd #NHR Walk Begins‚Ä̬†via¬†Lawrence Lessig

"Aaron's Walk: The New Hampshire Rebellion‚Ä̬†by¬†‚ÄĚLawrence Lessig

"Losing Aaron [Swartz]‚Ä̬†by¬†‚ÄĚJangle Nanos¬†at¬†Boston Magazine

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

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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