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


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(2016/06/24) Privilege and injustice: A case study (Rape Culture)


Fri, Jun 24, 2016


Edition #1024

Today we take a look primarily at the case of Brock Turner’s triple-felony sexual assault conviction, the pitifully short sentence he received and what all of it says about how our society deals with rape and sexual assault

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Stanford Rapist Barely Punished - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 06-07-16

Ch. 3: Song 1: Benefit Of The Doubt - Amy Annelle


Ch. 4: Act 2: As 13M People Read Stanford Victim's Letter, Advocates See "Watershed" Moment in Fight Against Rape - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 06-09-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: I Think I Broke Something - Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin


Ch. 6: Act 3: Sheriff: Rape Kits Unnecessary Since Most Rape Accusations Are False - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 03-17-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: Sheriff - Oliver Onions


Ch. 8: Act 4: RAPIST Brock Turner's PATHETIC Letter To Judge Released - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 06-10-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: Empathy - Chasing Kings


Ch. 10: Act 5: The terrible, enabling parents of a rapist - @CitizenRadio - Air Date 6-13-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: Flurry - The OO-Ray


Ch. 12: Act 6: Meet the Law Professor Leading a Bid to Recall the Judge Who Sentenced Stanford Rapist to 6 Months - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 06-08-16

Ch. 13: Song 6: Equal Justice - TTwyce


Ch. 14: Act 7: Help Get a Recall of Rape Apologist Judge Aaron Persky on the Ballot in CA via RecallAaronPersky.com - Best of the Left Activism

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


Ch. 16: Act 8: Action (Spoken Word on Disrupting Rape Culture) - Guante - Air Date: 12-7-12


Voicemails

Ch. 17: An explanation of toxic masculinity - Glory from Orlando

Ch. 18: Recognizing toxic masculinity in my own life - Trent from Salt Lake City, Utah

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 19: Final comments on how to maintain your mental health while following politics

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


TAKE ACTION

Visit RecallAaronPersky.com to volunteer, donate or sing up for updates to support the effort to get a recall of Persky on the ballot in California. 

On social media, follow @RecallPersky - the official Twitter account of the campaign - and RT. Use the hashtag #RecallPersky when voicing your support. 

Sign the Change.org petition that demands Stanford University publicly apologize to the survivor of Turner's sexual assault, offer to pay for her counseling and other supportive services, increase resources for sexual assault prevention on campus, increase counseling resources for all survivors, and administer a national survey about sexual violence occurring in fraternities.  

Read and share the powerful words the survivor read to her assailant.

Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman.


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2016/06/21) What drives hateful violence (Orlando Massacre)


Tue, Jun 21, 2016


Edition #1023

Today we take a look at the myriad driving factors that can combine to drive a person to commit an act of violence such as the Orlando Massacre as well as a variety of reactions to the shooting

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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 not the first or last attack on the LGBTQ community but there is progress - Savage Love w/ @FakeDanSavage - Air Date 6-14-16

Ch. 3: Song 1: Tolerance - Michael Franti And Spearhead


Ch. 4: Act 2: The problematic media coverage of the Orlando shooting - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 6-17-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: Make the news - Stephanie Haseman


Ch. 6: Act 3: What to label the Orlando shooting and why - @TalkPoverty Radio - Air Date 6-17-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: Call it what it is - Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals


Ch. 8: Act 4: LGBTQ community not allowing their pain to be turned into demonization of others - @HumorlessQueers - Air Date 6-19-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: Happiness - Pet Shop Boys


Ch. 10: Act 5: Trans and Queer Latinxs Respond to #PulseOrlando Shooting - Familia:TQLM - Air Date: 6-13-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: Sopra un aereoplanino di carta - Menion


Ch. 12: Act 6: Jorge Gutierrez from the Trans Queer Liberation Movement on the Orlando shooting - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 6-17-16

Ch. 13: Song 6: Liberate - Buguinha Dub


Ch. 14: Act 7: If what they say about the LGBT community were true then violence would seem justified - @TalkPoverty Radio - Air Date 6-17-16

Ch. 15: Song 7: Words Are Seeds - My Gay Banjo


Ch. 16: Act 8: Wrongheadedly playing right into the hands of terrorist groups - @HumorlessQueers - Air Date 6-19-16

Ch. 17: Song 8: Hello bonjour - Michael Franti And Spearhead


Ch. 18: Act 9: The toxic hatred that led to the Orlando shooting - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 6-13-16

Ch. 19: Song 9: Oxygen - Willy Mason


Ch. 20: Act 10: When It Comes to Orlando Massacre, Domestic Violence Is the Red Flag We Aren't Talking About - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 06-14-16


Voicemails

Ch. 21: Why we shouldn't be violent - Al from Seattle

Ch. 22: Classism needs to be considered alongside racism and sexism - Alyson from Colorado

Ch. 23: A Trans Latinx listener finding a feeling of power

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 24: Final comments on toxic masculinity and a request for your thoughts on the same

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


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2016/06/17) Death of The Greatest (Muhammad Ali)


Fri, Jun 17, 2016


Edition #1022

Today we take a look at the life and legacy of Muhammad Ali

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Muhammad Ali on the Vietnam War-Draft

Ch. 3: Song 1: Black Superman (Re-Recorded Version) - Johnny Wakelin


Ch. 4: Act 2: John Legend Reads Muhammad Ali's 1966 Antiwar Speech "The Real Enemy of My People is Right Here" - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 06-06-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: Float Like a Butterfly - Pama International


Ch. 6: Act 3: R.I.P. Muhammed Ali - Why Do We 'Sanitize' Our Heroes? - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 06-06-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: Muhammad Ali - Big Head Todd & The Monsters


Ch. 8: Act 4: "Just Take Me to Jail" Remembering Muhammad Ali's Refusal to Fight in Vietnam - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 06-06-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: I Am the Greatest - Cassius Clay


Ch. 10: Act 5: Bob Lipsyte on getting past the hagiographies of Muhammad Ali - @EdgeofSports - w/ Dave Zirin - Air Date 6-10-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: Float Like a Butterfly (feat. Rasheed Ali) - 1968


Ch. 12: Act 6: Saying someone transcends race is bullshit - @CitizenRadio - Air Date 6-6-16

Ch. 13: Song 6: Cassius Clay - Jon Hardy & The Public


Ch. 14: Act 7: "The Greatest" Ishmael Reed on the Untold History of Muhammad Ali - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 06-07-16

Ch. 15: Song 7: Doin' the Ali Shuffle - Alvin Cash


Ch. 16: Act 8: Remembering the opposition Muhammad Ali faced for speaking out - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 6-10-16

Ch. 17: Song 8: Muhammad Ali - Cory Branan


Ch. 18: Act 9: Don’t De-Islamize Muhammad Ali Scholar Says Muslim Faith was Central to His Views on Racism & War - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 06-10-16

Ch. 19: Song 9: Muhammad Ali - Tom Russell


Ch. 20: Act 10: Live from Muhammad Ali's funeral - @EdgeofSports - w Dave Zirin - Air Date 6-16-16


Ch. 21: Final comments on my first introduction to Muhammad Ali

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


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(2016/06/14) A right delayed is a right denied (Reproductive Rights)


Tue, Jun 14, 2016


Edition #1021

Today we take a look at the assault on the right to reproductive health care from the state houses down to the sidewalks in front of the clinics

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: April's Story: One Woman's Experience of an Abortion at 21 Weeks - Planned Parenthood (@PPact) - Air Date: 09-21-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: Heirloom - The Black Atlantic


Ch. 4: Act 2: Dawn Porter on Filming the Only Abortion Clinic in Mississippi for the film Trapped - Popaganda from @BitchMedia - Air Date 4-22-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: Mandy Goes to Med School - The Dresden Dolls


Ch. 6: Act 3: The he-said-he-said abortion debate in the media - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 6-3-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: Lost Woman Song - Ani DiFranco


Ch. 8: Act 4: Abortion Laws - @LastWeekTonight w/ @iamjohnoliver - Air Date: 02-21-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: December - Frida Hyvönen


Ch. 10: Act 5: Wicked Jezebel Feminist! Users Witness Anti-Choice Abuse in Virtual Reality Film "Across the Line" - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 01-25-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: What It's Like - Everlast


Ch. 12: Act 6: Support the women's health protection act via #ActForWomen - Best of the Left Activism

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


Ch. 14: Act 7: A regretted abortion doesn't legitimize a ban on abortions - Savage Love w/ @FakeDanSavage - Air Date 5-31-16


Voicemails

Ch. 15: Anti-LGBT rhetoric leads to anti-LGBT violence - Erin from Philadelphia

Ch. 16: A lack of a female president is injurious to the country - Tanya from California

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 17: Final comments on the long term effects of finally having a female president

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


TAKE ACTION

Learn more about the Act for Women Campaign and the Women's Health Protection Act at http://www.actforwomen.org

Download the Act for Women Campaign Tools & Resources http://www.actforwomen.org/tools-and-resources/

Find out where and how to watch "TRAPPED," the documentary at http://www.trappeddocumentary.com

Use the hashtag #ActforWomen on social media and tweet at your congressperson to urge them to support the Women's Health Protection Act. 

Follow the Center for Reproductive Rights on Twitter @ReproRights

 

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Amanda Hoffman


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2016/06/10) The damage we’re doing (Anti-Trans Legislation)


Fri, Jun 10, 2016


Edition #1020

Today we take a look at the ongoing struggle to secure civil rights equality for trans people in states that are determined to stoke bigotry based on ignorance and fear

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Here's The Truth About The Anti-LGBT "Bathroom Predator" Myth - Media Matters (@MMFA) - Air Date 4-12-16

Ch. 3: Song 1: Police On My Back - The Clash


Ch. 4: Act 2: Professionals speak on the importance of supporting trans kids - @GAY_USAtv - Air Date 4-13-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: Kids - MGMT


Ch. 6: Act 3: Chase Strangio on the state and federal governments lawsuits against each other - @HumorlessQueers - Air Date 5-13-16

Ch. 7: Song 3:¬†I got your back - Bara Hei√įa


Ch. 8: Act 4: Debunking Five Right-Wing Myths That Fuel Bathroom Bills - Popaganda from @BitchMedia - Air Date 5-5-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: N/A


Ch. 10: Act 5: Chase Strangio on the lies about bathroom bills and the damage they do - @HumorlessQueers - Air Date 5-13-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: Ashamed - Deer Tick


Ch. 12: Act 6: AG Loretta Lynch speech on behalf of the federal government in response to NC bathroom law - @GAY_USAtv - Air Date 5-11-16

Ch. 13: Song 6: Directions - Josh Rouse


Ch. 14: Act 7: #FlushDiscrimination via the National Center for @TransEquality - Best of the Left Activism

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


Ch. 16: Act 8: Sarah McBride on the best trans week ever and the history of bathroom discrimination - @TalkPoverty Radio - Air Date 5-13-16


Voicemails

Ch. 17: Rick Snyder was trying to privatize the water, not save money - James in Michigan

Ch. 18: Bernie opposes Bernie or Bust - Matt from San Diego

Ch. 19: Jokes - Alan from Connecticut

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 20: Final comments introducing a bonus clip about how to respond to racist jokes

Ch. 21: Bonus Clip: How Do You Handle a Racist Joke? - Decoded MTV News - Air Date: 7-1-15

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


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(2016/06/07) We need a system for everyone (Economics of Racism and Sexism)


Tue, Jun 07, 2016


Edition #1019

Today we take a look at the  ways in which racism and sexism are inextricably linked to matters of economic justice for all, even those who benefit in many ways from those systems of inequality

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: MLK on Democratic Socialism... - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 07-21-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: Nothing Else Matters - Apocalyptica


Ch. 4: Act 2: Michael Kimmel: Why gender equality is good for everyone - men included - TED Talks - Air Date: 9-20-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: I’m free - The Soup Dragons


Ch. 6: Act 3: .@HarrietFraad on how rising equality feels like a downfall for middle-aged white men steeped in patriarchy Part 1 - Economic Update w: @profwolff - Air Date 11-29-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: Changes - Langhorne Slim & The Law


Ch. 8: Act 4: Wealth Isn't Colorless or Gender Free: Capital and Intersectionality - @theLFshow w/ @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date: 1-19-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: La Paix - Amadou & Mariam


Ch. 10: Act 5: .@HarrietFraad on how rising equality feels like a downfall for middle-aged white men steeped in patriarchy Part 2 - Economic Update w @profwolff - Air Date 11-29-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: I Was Married - Tegan and Sara


Ch. 12: Act 6: Racism is Killing Poor White Americans... - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 11-07-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: Harold T. Wilkins, Or How To Wait For A Very Long Time - Fanfarlo


Ch. 14: Act 7: .@TimJacobWise on Racism and Affluence - @theLFshow w @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date 10-13-15


Voicemails

Ch. 15: Is anyone surprised about Trump's authoritarianism? - Eammon from La Habra, California

Ch. 16: Don't be dismissive of claims of death threats - Arkle

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 17: Final comments on my new analogy involving cycling in the windy city

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


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(2016/06/03) In the shadow of slavery (Racism)


Fri, Jun 03, 2016


Edition #1018

Today we take a look at the structures of racism in the US, who put them there, the problems they cause and what we might do to dismantle them

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Blinded by the White: The Myth of Meritocracy - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 04-22-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: Work Horse - Infantree


Ch. 4: Act 2: Gateway to Freedom: Historian Eric Foner on the Hidden History of the Underground Railroad - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 3-11-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Underground Railroad - The Deedle Deedle Dees


Ch. 6: Act 3: Study On The Impact Of Nazi Propaganda - @TheYoungTurks - Air Date: 06-19-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: Discrimination - Ancel


Ch. 8: Act 4: Bryan Stevenson: Slavery never ended, it just evolved - Here and Now - Air Date 6-30-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: The Confrontation - Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin


Ch. 10: Act 5: Heidi Beirich on White Supremacy and the Trump campaign - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 3-4-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: Racism - MYSTAFYA


Ch. 12: Act 6: Historian Eric Foner on the Elections, Reconstruction, and Racism Today - @theLFshow w @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date 4-19-16


Voicemails

Ch. 13: Living with little and giving away - Eric from Alabama

Ch. 14: Thoughts on the NV Democratic Convention - Kirk in Los Vegas

Kirk's Nevada Convention video

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 15: Final comments on what's more important than taking offense

Article: "I find this offensive": How "offense" discourse traps us into inaction

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


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(2016/05/31) The Lay of the Land (Election)


Tue, May 31, 2016


Edition #1017

Today we take a look at the sorry state of the 2016 election with two of the most hated people in politics leading the way

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Amy Goodman: How the Media Ruins Elections - AJ+ (@AJPlus) - Air Date 4-26-16

Ch. 3: Song 1: Static - Jukebox the Ghost


Ch. 4: Act 2: How Clintonism has hurt the Democratic party since the 90's - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 5-27-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: You're a Disaster - Dragonette


Ch. 6: Act 3: MSNBC Becomes Laughing Stock After ADMITTING They Plan To Suppress Voting Against Bernie! - @RedactedTonight w/ @LeeCamp - Air Date: 5-27-16

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


Ch. 8: Act 4: Liza Featherstone (@lfeatherz): Why This Socialist Feminist Is Not Voting for Hillary -  Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 1-13-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: Changes - Langhorne Slim & The Law


Ch. 10: Act 5:¬†Noam Chomsky: Trump is a 'Devastating Prospect'‚ÄĒCast Your Vote for the Democrat - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 05-26-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: Do the Math - The Nadas


Ch. 12: Act 6: Not willing to consign the marginalized to a life under Trump - This Week in Blackness (@TWiBPrime) - Air Date 5-17-16

Ch. 13: Song 6: Protect & Serve - Stiff Little Fingers


Ch. 14: Act 7: Bruce Shapiro on what Hillary Clinton needs to do differently - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 5-18-16

Ch. 15: Song 7: Where Do I Begin? - The Chemical Brothers


Ch. 16: Act 8: Hillary Clinton Now Losing To Donald Trump - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 05-24-16


Voicemails

Ch. 17: Reducing advertisements, reducing spending - Rick from Scranton, PA

Ch. 18: Establishment Democrats acting despicably - Colin from Cleveland, OH

Ch. 19: Does our focus on identity politics perpetuate our economic imperialism? - Anthony from Illinois

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 20: Final comments on the interconnection of 'identity politics' and neoliberalism

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


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(2016/05/27) Trump and those who surround him (Fascism Watch)


Fri, May 27, 2016


Edition #1016

Today we take a look at the Trump campaign’s building trend toward fascism and white supremacy based on his actions and those of the people he keeps around him

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: One of the major problems with governing people - Restaurant at the End of the Universe

Ch. 3: Song 1: Hitchhikers Guide Theme Song


Ch. 4: Act 2: Ignoring the signs of creeping fascism - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 4-1-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: Here Comes The Wave (instrumental) - Silence Is Sexy


Ch. 6: Act 3: The ONE Trait That Predicts Who Supports Trump - The @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 01-22-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: Question Authority - Fran Archer


Ch. 8: Act 4: Donald Trump's Top Foreign Adviser, Joseph Schmitz, is a Former Blackwater Executive - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 03-25-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: Crusader - Saxon


Ch. 10: Act 5: Heidi Beirich from @SPLCenter on White Supremacy and the Trump campaign Part 1 - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 3-4-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: A Dose of White Supremacy - Neffe Odom Kragh-Muller


Ch. 12: Act 6: Kathleen Frydl (@kfrydl): Sorry folks, it's fascism - @HumorlessQueers - Air Date 3-26-16

Ch. 13: Song 6: Call It Even - Scott Simons


Ch. 14: Act 7: Democrats Beware: You Don't Want Trump as President! - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 05-05-16

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


Ch. 16: Act 8: Trump's List of Supreme Court Picks Is an Utter Disaster - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 05-19-16

Ch. 17: Song 8: Worlds Apart (feat. Kerli) - Seven Lions


Ch. 18: Act 9: Trump Ally’s Not So Subtle Threats - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 04-23-16

Ch. 19: Song 9: All You Fascists - Billy Bragg & Wilco


Ch. 20: Act 10: How Not To Normalize Trump - On the Media - Air Date: 5-13-16

Ch. 21: Song 10: Tomorrow Never Knows - Alison Mosshart & Carla Azar


Ch. 22: Act 11: Elizabeth Warren has Some Thoughts of Donald Trump - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 05-05-16


Voicemails

Ch. 23: Resisting the urge to buy - Eammon from La Habra, California

Ch. 24: Remember the landfill - Zach from Atlanta

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 25: Final comments on third-party voting as a prisoner's dilemma game theory problem

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


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


Tue, May 24, 2016


Edition #887

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

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Show Notes

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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


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

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


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

Take Action!

Get involved with Half In Ten

Follow Half in Ten on Twitter and on Facebook

Participate in #TalkPoverty

Sources/further reading:

"The Safety Net Is Good Economic Policy‚Ä̬†by¬†Sarah Steinberg¬†at the Center For American Progress

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

"One in five millennials lives in poverty, report finds‚Ä̬†by¬†Jana Kasperkevic¬†at¬†The Guardian

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2016/05/20) Escaping consumerism (Culture)


Fri, May 20, 2016


Edition #1015

Today we take a look at how to escape the hedonic treadmill of consumption in pursuit of happiness and moving toward a future of shared prosperity

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: The rise of stuff and the flatline of happiness - Capitalism and the environment with Gus Speth -  McGill University - Air Date: 4-22-09

Ch. 3: Song 1: A Change Is Gonna Come - Ben Sollee


Ch. 4: Act 2: Finding a good practice of consumption - Juliet Schor from Stanford University - Air Date 2-4-09

Ch. 5: Song 2: Good Food - Legendary Wings


Ch. 6: Act 3: Michael Norton: How to buy happiness - TEDTalks - Air Date: 04-24-12

Ch. 7: Song 3: I Will Buy You a New Life - Everclear


Ch. 8: Act 4: Culture of work, insatiability and free time - Juliet Schor from Stanford University - Air Date 2-4-09

Ch. 9: Song 4: Cello Song (feat. Jose Gonzalez) - The Books


Ch. 10: Act 5: This Is Literally The Most Censored Topic On The Mainstream Media - @RedactedTonight w/ @LeeCamp - Air Date: 06-09-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: I Need To Wake Up - Melissa Etheridge


Ch. 12: Act 6: Institutionalizing 3 Buddist poisions (Ill will, Greed and Delusion) - David Loy from Stanford University - Air Date 2-4-09

Ch. 13: Song 6: Happy - Sister Hazel


Ch. 14: Act 7: 7 Tim Jackson: An economic reality check - TEDTalks - Air Date 10-5-10


Voicemails

Ch. 15: We need the fire in our bellies on climate catastrophe - Tim from Boulder, CO

Ch. 16: The problem with the lack of school psychologists - Sally from San Francisco

Ch. 17: Tried veganism as a test and found it surprisingly easy - Patrick from Dallas

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 18: Final comments on turning off the hedonic treadmill and returning to minimalism

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


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(2016/05/17) The human impact of animal agriculture (Food Choices)


Tue, May 17, 2016


Edition #1014

Today we take a look at the issue of animal agriculture minus the animals: the effects of our meat consumption on human rights, human health and climate change

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: An interview with the co-directors of Cowspiracy Part 1 - Rich Roll -  Air Date 9-14-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: Solid Ground - Dougie Maclean


Ch. 4: Act 2: Something You Really Need To Know About The Meat You're Eating - @RedactedTonight w/ @LeeCamp - Air Date: 2-27-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: Happy Meal - The Cardigans


Ch. 6: Act 3: An interview with the co-directors of Cowspiracy Part 2 - Rich Roll -  Air Date 9-14-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: Land of Confusion - Genesis


Ch. 8: Act 4: VEGAN 2015 - The Film - PLANT BASED NEWS - Air Date 12-1-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: Here's to Your Health - River Zydeco Band & Henk Mutsaers


Ch. 10: Act 5: Vegan For Human Rights - Mic. the Vegan - Air Date: 3-18-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: Human Rights - Brother Mudada


Ch. 12: Act 6: What do chickens and our constitutional rights have in common? - Jim Hightower - Air Date: 2-12-16

Ch. 13: Song 6: Free and Equal Speech - Chris Priest


Ch. 14: Act 7: Fight Anti-Whistleblower Ag-Gag Laws via @ALDF - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 15: Song 7: Right to Complain - Trombone Shorty & Marc Broussard


Ch. 16: Act 8: Richard Oppenlander's pre-Cowspiracy screening presentation to the EU Parliament (Part 2 of 7) - Climate Vegan - Air Date: 12-20-15


Voicemails

Ch. 17: Raising taxes lowers the cost of hiring new employees - Jim from Detroit

Ch. 18: The Marxist idea of causing pain to spark the revolution - Alex from Montreal

Ch. 19: Planning ahead from 2016 to 2020 - Brian from Arizona

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 20: Final comments on the dangers of Republican governance and moral culpability vs. mathematical reality

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


TAKE ACTION

Write to legislators and governors in states with Ag-Gag laws via Animal Legal Defense Fund's ‚ÄúTake Action to Stop Ag Gag‚Ä̬†and demand they be repealed.

Other Actions

Sign the Last Chance for Animal's Change.org petition to fight Missouri's Ag-Gag Law

Sign the Food Integrity Campaign's petition to fight Ag-Gag Laws 

Sources/Further Reading: 

No More Exposés in North Carolina (via NYTimes.com)

In the Belly of the Beast (via RollingStone.com) (WARNING: THIS IS IMPORTANT, BUT GRAPHIC)

Ag-Gag Legislation by State (via ASPCA.org)

Undercovered: 'Ag-Gag' Laws - How Big Agra Tries to Muzzle Journalists (via Mediate.com)

Big Agriculture Bullies and Lobbies to Keep Americans In the Dark (via Forbes.com)

Groups Sue Over North Carolina's Ag Gag Law, Saying it Violates The Constitution (via ThinkProgress.org)

Ag Boards Think They Should be Exempt From the Freedom of Information Act (via MFAblog.org)

Mercy for Animals Legal Advocacy (via MercyforAnimals.org)

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Amanda Hoffman


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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


Fri, May 13, 2016


Edition #966

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

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Show Notes

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

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

Ch. 3: Song 1: N/A


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

Ch. 5: Song 2: N/A


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

Ch. 7: Song 3: N/A


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

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


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

Ch. 11: Song 5: Rivers - Plusplus


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

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


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

Ch. 15: Song 7: N/A


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

Ch. 17: Song 8: The Poet - Shihan


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


Voicemails

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

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 20: Final comments on my untestable hypothesis

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


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

Take Action:

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

FOLLOW the #School2Prison thread.

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

CONTRIBUTE your stories: #School2Pipeline Stories

Additional Activism/Resources:

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

Sources/further reading:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2016/05/10) Nothing free about corporate trade agreements (TPP and TTIP)


Tue, May 10, 2016


Edition #1013

Today we take a look at the dangerous effects of trade agreements like the TPP and TTIP and some ways to fight against them before they’re passed.

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Forum on why we must stop the TPP - A Corporate Takeover - Lori Wallach (@WallachLori)

Ch. 3: Song 1: So Far So Close - Jahzzar


Ch. 4: Act 2: Where inequality comes from - Jim @HightowerNews - Air Date: 2-15-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: Who lies - Emma's Revolution


Ch. 6: Act 3: How 'Free' Trade Agreements Could Keep Government From Protecting us... - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 05-07-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: Middle America - Chris Priest


Ch. 8: Act 4: The TTIP Leaks: What We Learned - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 05-07-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: Which Side Are You On - Natalie Merchant


Ch. 10: Act 5: Who is behind Obama's push for TPP? - Jim @HightowerNews - Air Date: 2-17-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: The Silvery Light of a Dream - The Apples in Stereo


Ch. 12: Act 6: Forum on why we must stop the TPP - A Corporate Takeover - Kevin Zeese (@KBZeese)


Voicemails

Ch. 21: Wade's white, straight, cis, male privilege on display - Marti from Madison, WI

Ch. 22: A cab driver's perspective on contact work - James from Brisbane, Australia

Ch. 22: Sign up to donate, I just did! - Josh from Dallas, TX

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 23: Final comments on how we do what we do and how you can help

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


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(2016/05/06) May Day and Mothers Day (Feminism and Labor)


Fri ,
, May 06, 2016


Edition #1012

Today we take a look at the origins and sustaining legacies of May Day (International Workers Day) and Mothers Day, another holiday originally begun as a call to recognize the struggles of labor

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: A Living Holiday May Day - Left Out from DemocracyAtWork.info - Air Date 5-1-16

Ch. 3: Song 1: Working Reward - The Haymarket Squares


Ch. 4: Act 2: Myra Bradwell: America's First Woman Lawyer... - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 04-13-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Welcome to the Black Parade - Vitamin String Quartet


Ch. 6: Act 3: International Women's Day - @LastWeekTonight with @iamjohnoliver - Air Date: 03-15-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: Boys Will Be Boys - Alisha


Ch. 8: Act 4: May Day Sermon Profit vs Environment - Progressive Faith Sermons w: @RevDrRay - Air Date 5-1-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: Modern Way - Kaiser Chiefs


Ch. 10: Act 5: The origins of Mother's Day - BackStory with the American History Guys - Air Date 5-5-10

Ch. 11: Song 5: Re-Write History - George Dobbs


Ch. 12: Act 6: Lucy Parsons: The Anarchist & Intersectional Feminist Who Inspired May Day - @theLFshow w/ @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date: 4-28-16

Ch. 13: Song 6: Working Class Hero - Exit Clov


Ch. 14: Act 7: 7 Paid Family Leave - @LastWeekTonight w/ @iamjohnoliver - Air Date: 05-10-15


Voicemails

Ch. 16: Get out and vote and be sure to vote down-ballot - David from Tennessee

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 17: Final comments on who gets left behind by the Bernie or Bust movement

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


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(2016/05/03) Deception vs. Disobedience (Climate Crisis)


Tue, May 03, 2016


Edition #1011

Today we take a look at the struggle between those intent on selling doubt about climate science in order to stretch fossil fuel profits as far as they’ll go and those standing up to them in the most direct way possible
 
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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: What they knew and when they knew it - DISOBEDIENCE from 350.org - Air Date 4-30-16

Ch. 3: Song 1: Perpetuum Mobile - Penguin Cafe Orchestra


Ch. 4: Act 2: Good News For Solving Climate Change - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 04-23-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: Budding Trees - Nahko and Medicine for the People


Ch. 6: Act 3: Brendan DeMelle (@bdemelle) on Exxon’s Climate Cover-Up - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 4-29-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: Deception - The Chamber Orchestra of London


Ch. 8: Act 4: .@NaomiOreskes:  Climate Change Disinformation Is Like Pro-Tobacco Lobbying - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 03-08-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: Head Full of Doubt / Road Full of Promise - The Avett Brothers


Ch. 10: Act 5: Big Oil Is WAY More Evil Than We Thought - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 04-24-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: Mairzy Doats - The Merry Macs


Ch. 12: Act 6: Break Free 2016 #KEEPITINTHEGROUND via @350 - Best of the Left Activism

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


Ch. 14: Act 7: DISOBEDIENCE - 350.org - Air Date 4-30-16


Voicemails

Ch. 15: Some contracted FedEx drivers like the arrangement - Brian from New Jersey

Ch. 16: Thoughts on independent contractors - Jack from Baltimore

Ch. 17: Raptors and Taxes - Matt from Maryland

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 18: Final comments on the exploitation of FedEx contractors and how taxing the rich spurs investment

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


TAKE ACTION:

Find and sign up for a targeted action near you at breakfree2016.org

Learn more about organizing your own action

Get inspired by the latest¬†350.org¬†film ‚ÄúDisobedience‚ÄĚ ¬†

Join the conversation online via the hashtags #BreakFree2016 and #Keepitintheground 

Follow @350 on Twitter for the latest updates on the action and other news

Donate to support the work of 350.org

 

Sources/further reading: 

4 Reasons Now is our Chance to Break Free from Fossil Fuels (via BreakFree2016.org)

Bill McKibbon: Global Warming's Terrifying New Chemistry (via The Nation)

Inside the Paris Climate Deal (via The New York Times)

President Obama's Climate Action Plan Infographic (via WhiteHouse.gov)

Bill McKibbon: Why We Need to Keep 80% of Fossil Fuels in the Ground (via Yes!)

Fossil Giant BP Sees Fourth-Quarter Profits Sink Nearly 70% (via Smarter Shift)

 

Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman.


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


Fri, Apr 29, 2016


Edition #1010

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

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

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

Ch. 3: Song 1: The fix is in - Ok Go


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

Ch. 19: Song 9: Taxman - Nickel Creek


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


Voicemails

Ch. 21: Voting my conscience in a solidly red state - Doug from Dallas/Fort Worth

Ch. 22: Clinton is better than any Republican - Nick from Florida

Ch. 23: Change doesn't happen during elections, it happens between them - Scott from Oakland

Ch. 24: Stand for our values even if it's worse in the short term - Rick from Scranton, PA

Ch. 25: A voting strategy epiphany - Charlie From Cincinnati

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 26: Final comments on the all-male review of voicemails and the recent update to the technology of the show

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


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(2016/04/26) Battle for the Ballot (Voting Rights)


Tue, Apr 26, 2016


Edition #1009

Today we take a look at the disgustingly undemocratic efforts being waged to minimize the number of people who vote in our elections. 
 
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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: This AMAZING Fact Proves Why American Democracy Is Totally Broken - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 01-06-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: Makes No Sense - The rainmakers


Ch. 4: Act 2: Is the Electoral Collage broken? - @DecodeDC - Air Date 11-5-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: N/A


Ch. 6: Act 3:¬†Republicans Are Ready To Steal The 2016 Election ‚Äď Time To Protect The Vote w/ @AriBerman - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 02-13-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: Crucify - Tori Amos


Ch. 8: Act 4: Bernie Sanders Has Been Cheated Out Of Thousands Of Votes - @RedactedTonight w: @LeeCamp - Air Date 4-2-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: Proud to Be an American - Side Street Ramblers


Ch. 10: Act 5: Republicans tell the Truth About Voter Suppression! - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 04-07-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: Vote - Jefferson Coker


Ch. 12: Act 6: Millions of New Yorkers Disenfranchised from Primaries Thanks to State's Restrictive Voting Laws - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 04-19-16

Ch. 13: Song 6: We can’t stop - Scott Bradlee & Postmodern Jukebox


Ch. 14: Act 7: Demand Modernized Elections and Restore the VRA via @BrennanCenter - Best of the Left Activism - 4:26:16, 11.50 AM

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


Ch. 16: Act 8: A former Republican final had enough of disenfranchising voters - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 4-7-16


Voicemails

Ch. 21: Concern over violence in bathrooms - Paula from Los Angeles

Ch. 22: Gender-segregated bathrooms are silly - Megan from Baltimore

Ch. 22: The problem of civil rights incrementalism - Erin from Philadelphia

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 23: Final comments rebutting a half-reasonable claim that we shouldn't worry about money in politics

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


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(2016/04/22) Democracy Sprung (Money in Politics)


Fri, Apr 22, 2016


Edition #1008

Today we take a look at the continued fight against the corrupting effects of money in politics including this month’s record-breaking civil disobedience protests at the Capitol Building in Washington, DC
 
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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Congressmen's Warehouse - Big Bad Boris - Air Date: 2-9-16

Ch. 3: Song 1: Buy my vote - The Haymarket Squares


Ch. 4: Act 2: Congressional Fundraising - @LastWeekTonight with @iamjohnoliver - Air Date 04-04-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: Little Chance - Jahzzar


Ch. 6: Act 3: Cenk Uygur On His Democracy Spring Protest - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 04-13-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: Democracy - Leonard Cohen


Ch. 8: Act 4: The Election-Industrial Complex - On the Media - Air Date 3-18-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: Spend - Jeff Caudill


Ch. 10: Act 5: It's not good for America but it's damn good for CBS - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 3-4-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: Eternal Youth Eternal Fun - Fifty Miles From Vancouver


Ch. 12: Act 6: Democracy Spring Cable News Blackout - @theyoungturks - Air Date 04-13-16

Ch. 13: Song 6: I Predict a Riot - Kaiser Chiefs


Ch. 14: Act 7: Alex Lawson (@alaw202) on the long view of the fight against money in politics - @TalkPoverty Radio - Air Date 4-15-16


Voicemails

Ch. 15: Voting third party is about looking to the future - Gabriel from Pittsburg

Ch. 16: Modifying the trolly dilemma - Ryan from Phoenix

Ch. 17: Not voting while hoping for a third or fouth party to emerge - Wade from Ft. Worth, TX

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 18: Final comments on what happens to progressives when Republicans are in office

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


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(2016/04/19) No place like home (History of Gentrification)


Tue, Apr 19, 2016


Edition #1007

Today we take a look at how racism and economics combine to form a self-reinforcing legacy of unfair housing policies and practices that benefit the wealthy and disadvantage the poor
 
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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: The Legacy of Lynching - On The Media - Air Date: 2-13-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: Re-Write History - George Dobbs


Ch. 4: Act 2: Building the lines that divide Chicago under Mayor Richard J. Daley - Backstory - Air Date 3-25-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: Chicago - Sufjan Stevens


Ch. 6: Act 3: Sarah Schulman on the mechanics of gentrification - @theLFshow w @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date 3-22-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: Gentrification - Oddisee


Ch. 8: Act 4: The integration of Oak Park, Chicago - Backstory - Air Date 3-25-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: Rockin' the Suburbs - Ben Folds


Ch. 10: Act 5: The Great Corporate Buy-Up: Because of Corporations, Our Cities Are Not Our Own - @theLFshow w @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date 3-8-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: City on a Hill - The Minor Leagues


Ch. 12: Act 6: SCOTUS Upholds the Real Meaning of the Fair Housing Act - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 06-26-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: (Ain't That) Good News - Sam Cooke


Ch. 14: Act 7: Urge Your Legislators to Increase Federal Resources for Affordable Housing via @SenatorCantwell and A.C.T.I.O.N (A Call to Invest in Our Neighborhoods) #LIHTC - Best of the Left Activism

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


Ch. 16: Act 8: Why does gentrification happen? - Economic Update w: @profwolff - Air Date 11-13-15


Voicemails

Ch. 17: Theory of change and why to support Clinton in the general election - Craig

Ch. 18: Go with issues not people or parties - Nomordo from San Jose

Ch. 19: Elections, privilege and the Trolly Car Dilemma - Alex from Illinois

Ch. 20: I can't afford to vote with a binary mindset - Marti from Madison, WI

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 21: Final comments on voting with a theory of change, Podcast Awards nominations and technical changes coming to the podcast feed

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


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(2015/09/22) In search of the good life (Culture) (Repost)


Fri, Apr 15, 2016


Edition #955

Today we take a look at the inherent contradictions in the standard way of pursuing happiness in western culture and examine some alternatives
 
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Show Notes

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

00:00:42 Ch. 2: Act 1: The High Price of Materialism - Center for a New American Dream (@newdream) - Air Date: 12-4-11

Ch. 3: Song 1: A Beautiful World - Tim Myers


00:05:54 Ch. 4: Act 2: How To Purchase Redemption From Consumerism! - @RedactedTonight w/ @LeeCamp - Air Date: 01-14-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Redemption Song - Bob Marley & The Wailers


00:10:05 Ch. 6: Act 3: Almost Half of Americans Didn't Take Single Vacation Day in 2014 - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 01-11-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: Vacation - The Go-Go's & Go-Go's


00:14:17 Ch. 8: Act 4: Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us - RSA Animate (@theRSAorg) - Air Date: 4-1-10

Ch. 9: Song 4: All Over The World - Boogie Belgique


00:26:23 Ch. 10: Act 5: The Story of Bottled Water (2010) - @storyofstuff Project - Air Date: 03-17-10

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


00:34:17 Ch. 12: Act 6: SO INCREDIBLY SAD This is How 3 Generations Answer the Same Question - @BuzzPo - Air Date 7-26-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: N/A


00:37:20 Ch. 14: Act 7: A thousand cuts - @jimhightower - Air Date: 9-22-15

Ch. 15: Song 7: Sligo Creek - Al Petteway


00:39:55 Ch. 16: Act 8: #FindYourPark on National @PublicLandsDay - Best of the Left Activism

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


00:43:14 Ch. 18: Act 9: Saamah Abdallah: How to achieve good lives that don't cost the Earth - @TEDTalks - Air Date: 7-20-15


Voicemails

00:56:53 Ch. 19: Thoughts on victimless crimes - Wade from Ft. Worth, TX

00:58:54 Ch. 20: Libertarians ignore the negotiation of rights - Nathan from Dix Hills, NY

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


01:01:12 Ch. 21: Final comments on the way we discuss lifestyles and culture

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


Activism: #FindYourPark on National @PublicLandsDay

Take Action:

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Sources/further reading:

"More than 175,000 Volunteers Expected on National Public Lands Day, September 26, 2015‚Ä̬†via¬†National Public Lands Day

"Let's Move Outside: Public lands make the best playgrounds!‚Ä̬†via¬†National Public Lands Day

"Our Land, Up for Grabs‚Ä̬†via¬†The New York Times

"This Land Was Your Land‚Ä̬†via¬†The American Prospect

"Volunteer on trail crews for National Public Lands Day, Sept. 26‚Ä̬†via¬†The Seattle Times

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


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(2016/04/12) How we got to here (Modern History of the Conservative Movement)


Tue, Apr 12, 2016


Edition #1006

Today we take a look at the last several decades of the conservative movement and the Republican party, where they came from and how we got to where we are.
 
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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Let's adopt the GOP's national platform - @JimHightower - Air Date: 4-1-16

Ch. 3: Song 1: The Great Pretender - The Platters


Ch. 4: Act 2: No Legitamate Republican President Since Eisenhower... - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 10-20-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Cheat - The Clash


Ch. 6: Act 3: The Kochs & the Nazis: Book Reveals Billionaires' Father Built Key Oil Refinery for the Third Reich - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 01-20-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: The John Birch Society - The Chad Mitchell Trio


Ch. 8: Act 4:¬†How business made us a Christian Nation‚ĄĘ - Economic Update w/ @profwolff - Air Date: 3-22-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: Show Me What I'm Looking For - Carolina Liar


Ch. 10: Act 5: Jelani Cobb on the Democracy of Blame Part 1 - Primary Concerns (@prime_concerns) - Air Date 3-24-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: Little Lion Man - Mumford & Sons


Ch. 12: Act 6: Today's Republicans  Employing  Lee Atwater's Dog Whistle Racism - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 02-24-16

Ch. 13: Song 6: Racism - Mighty Sparrow


Ch. 14: Act 7: Jelani Cobb on the Democracy of Blame Part 2 - Primary Concerns (@prime_concerns) - Air Date 3-24-16

Ch. 15: Song 7: Chickens Comin' Home to Roost - Toronzo Cannon


Ch. 16: Act 8: Nixon's War on Drugs: Aide Says Motives Were Racist & Anti-Leftist - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 03-27-16


Voicemails

Ch. 21: Learning the history from Reagan forward - Alan from Connecticut

Ch. 22: This election is the result of the Reagan revolution - Eammon from La Habra, California

Ch. 22: What can apartment dwellers do about clean energy? - Stephanie from Seattle

Ch. 22: We shouldn't have gender-segregated bathrooms - Dan from Albany, NY

Ch. 22: The only way to stop a bad penis is with a good penis - Ryan from Pheonix

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 23: Final comments on the viability of gender-neutral public restrooms

Ch. 23: Bonus Clip: We Should Not Have Gender-Segregated Bathrooms & Locker Rooms - David Pakman - Air Date: 3-27-15

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


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(2016/04/08) How not to be terrorized (Brussels Bombing)


Fri, Apr 08, 2016


Edition #1005

Today we take a look at some of the various responses to the recent bombing in Brussels, Belgium. Unsurprisingly, politicians who traditionally thrive on fear-mongering are encouraging us to be afraid, just as the terrorists would hope.
 
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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Glenn Greenwald: Cruz, Trump, Clinton "Playing into the Hands" of ISIL After Brussels Bombings - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 03-24-16

Ch. 3: Song 1: Naked As We Came - Iron & Wine


Ch. 4: Act 2: Ted Cruz: Cops Should Patrol Muslim Neighborhoods - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 03-24-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: Empathy - Chasing Kings


Ch. 6: Act 3: The patetic media response to the Brussels bombing - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 3-25-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: Fearless (Acoustic Version) - For Today


Ch. 8: Act 4: Faith in the Face of Terrorism - Progressive Faith Sermons - Dr. Roger Ray - Air Date 3-27-16

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


Ch. 10: Act 5: What are our ideals worth? - @dccommonsense w/ Dan Carlin - Air Date 4-1-16


Voicemails

Ch. 11: The ways in which contractors are getting screwed - Ruben from Oakland

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 12: Final comments on how I was once an independent contractor getting screwed by FedEx

Ch. 13: Bonus Clip:  The CA FedEx case: employees vs. contractors - Economic Update w/ @profwolff - Air Date: 6-21-15

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


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(2016/04/05) Understanding the 2016 election conservative wedge issue (Trans Rights)


Tue, Apr 05, 2016


Edition #1004

Today we take a look at the hate-mongering conservative, fright fest issue du jour, trans people being allowed to use public restrooms without harassment. Ignorance leads to fear, fear leads to hate and ignorance, fear and hatred lead to voting for Republicans. That’s been their strategy for decades: exploiting fear of black people, brown people, drugs, gay people and now trans people.They’re always wrong about what they fear but that’s never stopped them before and it isn’t stopping them now.
 
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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Transphobia is the new conservative wedge issue for the 2016 election - Backtalk from @BitchMedia - Air Date 3-31-16

Ch. 3: Song 1: get real - the mountain firework company


Ch. 4: Act 2: .@SarahEMcBride on the fallout of legislating discrimination effects many groups - @TalkPoverty Radio - Air Date 3-25-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: Cospiratore - Old Splendifolia


Ch. 6: Act 3: .@chasestrangio on the reality of transmisogyny around the bathroom lies - @HumorlessQueers - Air Date 3-26-16

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


Ch. 8: Act 4: .@dominicholden on NC causing the otherwise nonexistent problem they're trying to solve - @FakeDanSavage - Air Date 3-29-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: Turtle (Bonobo Remix) - Pilote


Ch. 10: Act 5: Bullied by the Government North Carolina Sued After Enacting Sweeping Anti-Transgender Law - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 03-29-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: Le Moulin - Yann Tiersen


Ch. 12: Act 6: Fight North Carolina’s LGBT Discrimination Law via @ACLU_NC and @EqualityNC #NoHateInMyState #WeAreNotThis - Best of the Left Activism

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


Ch. 14: Act 7: .@ivancoyote: Why we need gender-neutral bathrooms - @TEDTalks - Air Date: 2-26-16


Voicemails

Ch. 15: Learning to care about the economy - Michael in Eugene, OR

Ch. 16: Earn this damn vote or lose - Gabriel from Pittsburg

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 17: Final comments on voting and our theories of change

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


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


Fri, Apr 01, 2016


Edition #1003

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

Ch. 11: Song 5: Cooperation - Jim Valley


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

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


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


Voicemails

Ch. 21: Understanding our political system - Kim from Pennsylvania

Ch. 22: The importance of progressive unity in the election - Ben from New Jersey

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 23: Final comments on Democracy Spring and the cabbie who suggested todays episode

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


TAKE ACTION:

Activism Resources: 

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

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

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

Further Reading:

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

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

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

Latest News/Actions: 

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

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

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

Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman 


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(2016/03/29) Merrick Garland and the fight for the Supreme Court


Tue, Mar 29, 2016


Edition #1002

Today we take a look at the power of the Supreme Court, the importance of getting the right people on the bench and the unfortunate reality that Merrick Garland is not someone that progressives should be supporting
 
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Show Notes

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

00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: A curious definition of 'balance' - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 2-19-16

Ch. 3: Song 1: Miss You - The Rolling Stones


00:02:41 Ch. 4: Act 2: The importance of the Supreme Court - We the Podcast with Rep. @keithellison - Air Date 3-16-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: Company Town - Andrew McKnight


00:12:11 Ch. 6: Act 3: Is the Supreme Court too Supreme? - @DecodeDC - Air Date 3-17-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: Final Say - Jb Congdon


00:25:58 Ch. 8: Act 4: Merrick Garland...Consensus Candidate Or Sacrificial Lamb? - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 03-16-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: Close To Me [Closet Remix] - The Cure


00:28:21 Ch. 10: Act 5: Fox Makes Fun of Obama for Picking a Conservative Nominee - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 03-18-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: We Know Better - Bend Sinister


00:37:04Ch. 12: Act 6: Merrick Garland didn't uphold Habeas Corpus when he had the chance - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 3-18-16

Ch. 13: Song 6: Suffering of the Innocents - Squire Tuck


00:39:17 Ch. 14: Act 7: Republican: Confirm SCOTUS Nominee Without NRA Approval? NO WAY! - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 03-21-16

Ch. 15: Song 7: Race to the Bottom - Tom Clairmont


00:44:11 Ch. 16: Act 8: Why Merrick Garland Is Terrible - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 03-22-16


Voicemails

00:58:40 Ch. 17: Voting system is not part of American education - Greg from New Hampshire

00:59:55 Ch. 18: Explaining socialism - Colin from Cleveland, OH

01:03:40 Ch. 19: Energy and recycling - Allen from Connecticut

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


01:05:28 Ch. 20: Final comments on the relative co2 emmissions of wood or corn stoves vs oil

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


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(2016/03/25) The scales are tipping (Climate)


Fri, Mar 25, 2016


Edition #1001

Today we examine how the climate denial industry works and look forward to the positive trends in renewable energy
 
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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: Oil Tycoon Attacks Anti-Fracking Researchers - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 05-25-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: Hole In My Soul - Aerosmith


00:09:31 Ch. 4: Act 2: .@KertDavies on How the Climate Denial Industry Works - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 12-04-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Sunrise - Norah Jones


00:19:47 Ch. 6: Act 3: .@NaomiOreskes explains what motivates climate deniers - @StarTalkRadio w/ Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson)  - Air Date: 2-5-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: Science Is Real - They Might Be Giants


00:24:16 Ch. 8: Act 4: Koch Brothers Declare War On Electric Cars - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 02-20-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: The Persuaded - Faded Paper Figures


00:33:40 Ch. 10: Act 5: The Guardian Goes Positive w/ @james_randerson - @OnTheMedia - Air Date: 12-18-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: The typewriter song - The Boston Pops Orchestra


00:41:45 Ch. 12: Act 6: Break Free 2016 #KEEPITINTHEGROUND - A Global Wave of Resistance to Keep Coal, Oil and Gas in the Ground via @350 - Best of the Left Activism

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


00:45:10 Ch. 14: Act 7: .@algore The case for optimism on climate change - @TEDTalks - Air Date 2-22-16


Voicemails:

00:55:32 Ch. 15: On Swedish socialism - Robin from Sweden

00:59:10 Ch. 16: Trust in government is key to social programs - Erin from Philadelphia

01:02:45 Ch. 17: Offending and silencing - Marty from Eagle Rock, CA

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


01:04:52 Ch. 18: Final comments on offense, harm and how to have a productive conversation

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


Activism:

Find and sign up for a targeted action near you at breakfree2016.org

Learn more about organizing your own action

Join the conversation online via the hashtags #BreakFree2016 and #Keepitintheground

Follow @350 on Twitter for the latest updates on the action and other news

Donate to support the work of 350.org

Sources/further reading:

4 Reasons Now is our Chance to Break Free from Fossil Fuels (via BreakFree2016.org)

Bill McKibbon: Global Warming's Terrifying New Chemistry (via The Nation)

Inside the Paris Climate Deal (via The New York Times)

President Obama's Climate Action Plan Infographic (via WhiteHouse.gov)

Bill McKibbon: Why We Need to Keep 80% of Fossil Fuels in the Ground (via Yes!)

Fossil Giant BP Sees Fourth-Quarter Profits Sink Nearly 70% (via Smarter Shift)

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Amanda Hoffman


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(2016/03/22) A Look Back (Episode #1000)


Tue, Mar 22, 2016


Edition #1000

Today we mark our 1000th episode by looking back to the way things were 10 years ago when this show launched. Come with me to a time when The Young Turks hadn’t taken over YouTube, Rachel Maddow didn’t have a show on MSNBC and Al Franken wasn’t yet a Senator
 
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Show Notes

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

00:02:54 Ch. 2: Act 1: TYT video streaming launch party while CNN makes new hires - The Young Turks


00:06:19 Ch. 3: Act 2: Bin Laden resurfaces and MSNBC calls him a Democrat - Rachel Maddow Show


00:12:30 Ch. 4: Act 3: Speaking with Helen Thomas on the state of the media - Mother Jones Radio


00:16:56 Ch. 5: Act 4: John Boehner running for speaker - Rachel Maddow


00:19:26 Ch. 6: Act 5: John Conyers on Bush wiretapping program - Thom Hartmann


00:24:45 Ch. 7: Act 6: Rage over cartoons perplexes Denmark - The Young Turks


00:30:28 Ch. 8: Act 7: Rob Corddry on Cheney shooting his friend in the face - The Daily Show


00:34:09 Ch. 9: Act 8: Harry Whittington Apologizes for Getting Shot in the Face by Dick Cheney


00:37:23 Ch. 10: Act 9: This happens all the time and by the way, it's incredibly traumatic - Al Franken Show


00:42:48 Ch. 11: Act 10: Hurricane Katrina and it's aftermath - Mother Jones Radio


00:50:13 Ch. 12: Act 11: O'Connor Decries Republican Attacks on Courts - NPR Morning Edition


00:54:23 Ch. 13: Act 12: Sandra Day O'Connor and avoiding these beginnings - The Young Turks


00:59:21 Ch. 14: Act 13: Tom Delay steps down from congress - Rachel Maddow Show


01:02:51 Ch. 15: Act 14: A reminder of all the things terrible about Tom Delay - The Young Turks


01:11:34 Ch. 16: Act 15: Hate Mail from the left - Al Franken Show


01:13:50 Ch. 17: Act 16: I'm the decider - The Young Turks


01:17:26 Ch. 18: Act 17: The Chief Executive's Role - The President's Weekly Radio Address


01:21:22 Ch. 18: Act 18: Highlights from Colbert's White House Correspondents Dinner Speech with David Bender - Rachel Maddow


 01:31:22 Ch. 18: Act 19: Supercut of Colbert at the White House Correspondence Dinner


Voicemails

01:36:36 Ch. 19: 1000 Episodes - Lee Camp

01:37:05 Ch. 20: 1000 Episodes - David Pakman

Plus messages from:

Eammon from La Habra, California

Nancy from San Francisco

Zach from Atlanta

Megan from Seattle

Josh from Lafayette, LA

Erin from Philadelphia

Tony from New Jersey

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


01:37:50 Ch. 21: Final comments on how I met David Pakman and thanks for the last 1000 episodes

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


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(2016/03/18) Playing with the Fire of Fascism (Trump and his Supporters)


Fri, Mar 18, 2016


Edition #999

Today we again ring the fascism warning bell as we look at the continuing saga of the Donald Trump presidential campaign. And remember: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."
 
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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: Republicans On Board With Trump Target And Kill Families Of Terrorists - @theyoungturks - Air Date 12-17-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: Family Values - Johnossi


00:06:43 Ch. 4: Act 2: The Ugly Place That Donald Trump Is Leading Us - Moment of Clarity w/ @LeeCamp - Air Date: 01-20-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: Rome Wasn't Built In a Day - Morcheeba


00:09:07 Ch. 6: Act 3: .@timjacobwise on How Donald Trump Legitimizes Racist Ideas - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date 01-07-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: When Anger Shows - Editors


00:14:20 Ch. 8: Act 4: Donald Trump, the New George Wallace? Head of Segregationist's 1968 Bid on GOP Front-Runner's Racism - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 01-15-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: People, Turn Around - Delta Spirit


00:22:25 Ch. 10: Act 5: Thirty Black People Booted From Trump Rally - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 03-02-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next - Manic Street Preachers


00:29:29 Ch. 12: Act 6: How and why fascism comes to power - Economic Update w: @profwolff - Air Date 3-6-16

Ch. 13: Song 6: All You Fascists - Billy Bragg & Wilco


00:36:16 Ch. 14: Act 7: Trump's Response to Violence at His Rallies - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 03-12-16

Ch. 15: Song 7: What happens tomorrow - Duran Duran


00:44:34 Ch. 16: Act 8: Cops Swarm Black Man For Getting Punched At Trump Rally - @theyoungturks - Air Date 03-11-16

Ch. 17: Song 8: Out of Control - U2


00:51:51 Ch. 18: Act 9: The Call for a Voting Renaissance and Mass Non-violent Mobilization to Stand Up to Trump via @MoveOn - Best of the Left Activism

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


00:55:16 Ch. 20: Act 10: Sasha Abramsky on what Trump supporters really think - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 3-2-16


Voicemails

01:04:46 Ch. 21: Understanding the new movement for socialism - Patrick from Dallas

01:09:33 Ch. 22: "Impartiality" stems from privilege - Ruben from San Jose

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


01:13:21 Ch. 23: Final comments on what it was like to prep for today's episode, plus calling for input for episode #1000

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


TAKE ACTION:

Read, sign and share MoveOn.org's open letter.

Follow @MoveOn on Twitter for the latest updates on the campaign and other actions to stand up to Trump's dangerous rhetoric.

Use the hashtags #LoveTrumpsHate and #STOPTRUMP on social media. 

Donate to the MoveOn.org "Stand Up to Trump" campaign to support their efforts. 

Sources/further reading:

Democrats Sound Alarm Against Trump (via Politico)

Liberal Groups to Launch Campaign to Defeat Donald Trump (via USA Today)

Hear the segment in context:

Episode #999 http://www.bestoftheleft.com/_999_fascism

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Amanda Hoffman


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2016/03/15) Rolling back our voting rights (Elections)


Tue, Mar 15, 2016


Edition #998

Today we look at a variety of problems plaguing our elections from gerrymandering to restrictive laws intended to make it difficult for people to vote to our aging and deeply problematic electronic voting machines
 
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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 America needs nonpartisan elections - Open Primaries - Air Date: 10-20-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: We the People (feat. Chief Xcel) - Lateef the Truthspeaker


00:03:13 Ch. 4: Act 2: .@MicheleJawando on the Voting Rights Act at 50 - @TalkPoverty Radio - Air Date: 8-6-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Going Home - Niklas Aman


00:11:46 Ch. 6: Act 3: Gerrymandering by race in South Carolina - @DecodeDC - Air Date 2-25-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: We the people - Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers


00:17:35 Ch. 8: Act 4: 16 States Face New Voting Restrictions in First Election in 50 Years Without Full Voting Rights Act - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 02-29-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: Vote - Jefferson Coker


00:29:05 Ch. 10: Act 5: Lawrence Norden on the Real Problems with Digital Voting Machines - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 10-10-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: The System - Abscondo


00:40:21 Ch. 12: Act 6: Nationwide Mobilization to Protect the Vote via @DemAwakening - Best of the Left Activism

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


00:43:40 Ch. 14: Act 7: Voting - @LastWeekTonight w/ @iamjohnoliver - Air Date: 02-15-16


Voicemails

00:58:41 Ch. 15: Where and how people live has a big impact on a person's life - Rick from Scranton, PA

01:00:45 Ch. 16: A perspective on post-scarcity economics - Megan from North Carolina

01:03:16 Ch. 17: What needs to happen in civil conversation - Anthony from Illinois

01:05:12 Ch. 18: Apple's business model - Ronald from Baltimore

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


01:06:07 Ch. 19: Final comments on the confluence of digital privacy and Apple's business model

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


TAKE ACTION:

Visit democracyawakening.org to sign up as a volunteer to help organize this event or to participate in April. 

Follow @DemAwakening on Twitter and on Facebook for the latest updates on the campaign. 

Engage with the movement to restore the Voting Rights Act via #RestoretheVRA on social media.

Sources/further reading:

"Voting Rights - and Wrongs: We're in the midst of the biggest rollback of the rights to vote since Jim Crow" (via Sojourners)

"North Carolina Exemplifies National Battles Over Voting Laws" (via The New York Times)

"Six Pieces of a Real Democracy Movement We've Never Had Before" (via HuffPost Politics)

DemocracyAwakening.org 

Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman.


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2016/03/11) Privacy, security or both (Encryption vs the FBI)


Sat, Mar 12, 2016


Edition #997

Today we look at the arguments for and against unbreakable encryption for smartphones with specific focus on Apple’s current legal battle with the FBI
 
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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: Price of privacy - @DecodeDC - Air Date 2-23-16

Ch. 3: Song 1: Les monstres - David Ari Leon


00:07:03 Ch. 4: Act 2: Will FBI Take a Bite Out of Apple? Former CIA Agent on Showdown Between Apple & U.S. Government - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 02-26-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: Secret - The Pierces


00:16:32 Ch. 6: Act 3: Apple vs. the FBI Part 1 - @HumorlessQueers - Air Date 3-6-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: What Is Your Secret - Nada Surf


00:24:26 Ch. 8: Act 4: Politicians Use Scare Tactics To Promote Government Spying - @theyoungturks

Ch. 9: Song 4: The Secret Agent: The Secret Agent Ending - Cello Octet Conjunto Ibérico & Elias Arizcuren


00:31:53 Ch. 10: Act 5: Apple vs. the FBI Part 2 - @HumorlessQueers

Ch. 11: Song 5: Secrets - OneRepublic


00:45:04 Ch. 12: Act 6: Don’t Let California Lawmakers Undermine Smartphone Security via Electronic Frontier Foundation (@EFF) - Best of the Left Activism

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


00:47:53 Ch. 14: Act 7: Rodrigo Bijou: Governments don't understand cyber warfare. We need hackers - @rodrigobijou on @TEDTalks


Voicemails

00:58:20 Ch. 15: The future of automation and a basic universal wage - Wade from Ft. Worth, TX

01:02:33 Ch. 16: Responding to Rambo and gentrification - Allen from Connecticut

01:03:36 Ch. 17: Being offended doesn't help your cause - Trey from Corvallis

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


01:06:08 Ch. 18: Final comments on the important difference and connection between offensiveness and harmful

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


Activism:

TAKE ACTION:

Sign the EFF petition to fight California Assembly Bill 1681 at https://act.eff.org/action/don-t-let-california-lawmakers-undermine-smartphone-security 

Follow @EFF on Twitter for the latest updates on the petition and other actions to protect privacy. 

Donate to support the work of EFF at https://supporters.eff.org/donate/button 

Sources/further reading:

Read the entire Assembly Bill 1681

Worried about Apple? California has a Bill that Would Disable Encryption on All Phones (EFF.org)

A Technical Perspective on the iPhone Case (EFF.org) 

CSAIL: Giving Government Special Access to Data Poses Major Security Risks (MIT News)

Hear the segment in context:

Episode #997 http://www.bestoftheleft.com/_997_privacy_encryption 

Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman.


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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


Wed, Mar 09, 2016


Edition #978

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

Ch. 9: Song 4: Courage - Authority Zero


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

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


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


Voicemails

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

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

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


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

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


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(2016/03/04) Heart of Dark Money (Money in Politics)


Sat, Mar 05, 2016


Edition #996

Today we look at the influence of dark money in politics generally as well as the moneyed interests that have been successfully working for decades to make the Democratic party more conservative
 
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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Dark Money: What Might The Money Media Cover If They Weren't Covering Trump? - The F Word w/ @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date 2-29-16

Ch. 3: Song 1: Billionaire (feat. Bruno Mars) - Travie McCoy


Ch. 4: Act 2: How the Koch Brothers Helped Dismantle the Democratic Party - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 12-29-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Two Masters- Song about Citizens United and Bernie Sanders (with Cartoons) - Smooch McGee


Ch. 6: Act 3: .@JaneMayerNYer on her book Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 2-10-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: The Oligarch - Ephemerals


Ch. 8: Act 4: Hillary Clinton: Bribes Don’t Work On Me - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 02-17-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: Electable (Give It Up) - Jimmy Eat World


Ch. 10: Act 5: Did Campaign Contributions Influence Hillary's Votes? - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 02-06-16

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


Ch. 12: Act 6: #DemocracySpring - March and Sit-in to Save Democracy via @DemSpring - Best of the Left Activism

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


Ch. 14: Act 7: Wolf PAC Marches Into Washington And Wins - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 02-26-16


Voicemails

Ch. 15: Charter schools get to cherry pick their students - Amanda from San Diego

Ch. 16: Thoughts on gentrification - Ryan from Pheonix

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 17: Final comments requesting feedback for Ryan from Phoenix

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


TAKE ACTION:

Visit democracyspring.org to sign up as a volunteer to help organize this event or to pledge your participation in April.

Follow @DemSpring on Twitter for the latest updates on the campaign. 

Engage with the campaign via #DemocracySpring on social media.

Donate to support the campaign at democracyspring.org/donate. 

Sources/further reading:

"Open Letter: Let's Sit-in to Save Democracy from the Billionaire Class" via The Nation 

DemocracySpring.org

Hear the segment in context:

Episode #996 http://www.bestoftheleft.com/_996_heart_of_dark_money_money_in_politics

Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman.


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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(2016/03/01) Scalia’s death and the seismic shift on the court (Supreme Court)


Wed, Mar 02, 2016


Edition #995

Today we look at the legacy Antonin Scalia leaves behind, what this means for the Supreme Court going forward and how it’s all effecting the 2016 election
 
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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: How Scalia's Death Can Change The Whole Election! - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 02-14-16

Ch. 3: Song 1: Training Montage - Vince DiCola


Ch. 4: Act 2: Republican Hypocrisy on Scalia Appointment Exposed - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 02-16-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: Nonsense - Komeda


Ch. 6: Act 3: President Obama wades into nomination debate on SCOTUSblog  - This Week in Blackness (@TWiBPrime)

Ch. 7: Song 3: Screwed - Slidin' Slim


Ch. 8: Act 4: Paul Rosenberg on Scalia's legacy - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 2-19-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: Hide Your Tears - Daniel Licht


Ch. 10: Act 5: Justice Antonin Scalia's TRUE LEGACY - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 02-14-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: Friend of The Devil - Counting Crows


Ch. 12: Act 6: Akhil Reed Amar explains why politically, originalism can cut both ways - Amicus from @Slate - Air Date 2-20-16

Ch. 13: Song 6: Coheed and Cambria Sing Justice Scalias Dissenting Opinions - Funny Or Die


Ch. 14: Act 7: How money and politics corrupts the Supreme Court - @dccommonsense w/ Dan Carlin - Air Date 2-26-16

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


Ch. 16: Act 8: Speaking ill of the dead - @Jimmy_Dore Show - Air Date 2-16-16


Voicemails

Ch. 17: High stakes testing and internet connectivity for students - Chris from Colorado Springs

Ch. 18: How to make the model of society fit the world we are becoming - Emma from New York State

Ch. 19: Get involved with Health Impact Assessments - Ryan from Pheonix

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 20: Final comments with some uninformed impressions about how to deal with gentrification

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


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(2016/02/26) Who gets a seat at the table (Culture)


Sat, Feb 27, 2016


Edition #994

Today we look at the narratives and stories that fill and influence our lives, whose stories get told and why and how that effects the way we see the world
 
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Show Notes

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

00:00:37 Ch. 2: Act 1: Mansplaining: The Science - @Upworthy - Air Date: 03-10-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: Words Are Seeds - My Gay Banjo


00:02:35 Ch. 4: Act 2: The Racial Politics of Disney Animals - Popaganda from @BitchMedia - Air Date 8-28-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: I Wan'na Be Like You (The Monkey Song) - Louis Prima, Phil Harris & Bruce Reitherman


00:16:47 Ch. 6: Act 3: Broad Politics in the Obama Administration - @DecodeDC - Air Date 1-28-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: Seat at the Table - Crystal Lewis


00:22:53 Ch. 8: Act 4: #OscarsSoWhite: Black Filmmakers Call Out Hollywood Racism, Exclusion as Calls for Boycott Grow - @democracynow - Air Date: 01-25-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: Gatekeepers - Sharrie Williams


00:30:54 Ch. 10: Act 5: $pread, For and By Sex Workers - @onthemedia - Air Date: 5-1-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: Power of Words - iamuuri


00:40:10 Ch. 12: Act 6: Worst Oscar responses to #OscarsSoWhite - Backtalk from @BitchMedia - Air Date 2-18-16

Ch. 13: Song 6: Bedtime Stories - Chris Reed


00:57:01¬†Ch. 14: Act 7:¬†#OscarsSoWhite; Watch¬†#JusticeForFlint Instead via¬†@UnitedBlackout ‚ÄĒ Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 15: Song 7: Right to Complain - Trombone Shorty & Marc Broussard


01:00:18 Ch. 16: Act 8: An inclusion crisis in the entertainment industry - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 2-26-16


Voicemails

01:02:50 Ch. 17: The four economic classes and who's really suffering - Dave from Olympia, WA

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


01:09:59 Ch. 19: Final comments with a message from Jordan from Salt Lake City on empathizing with those we disgree with

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


Activism: #OscarsSoWhite; Watch #JusticeForFlint Instead via @UnitedBlackout

Take Action:

#JusticeForFlint from Blackout for Human Rights

Additional Activism/Resources:

"How to help people hurt by the poisoned water in Flint‚Ä̬†via¬†Mashable

Sources/further reading:

‚ÄĚMeet April Reign, the Black Woman Behind #OscarsSoWhite"

"The 17 Biggest Surprises Of This Year‚Äôs Oscar Nominations ‚ÄĒ #OscarsSoWhiteTheSequel‚Ä̬†via¬†Buzzfeed

"These 10 Actors, Directors & Executives Can Reverse #OscarsSoWhite‚Ä̬†at¬†RevoltTV

"Creed Is The Rocky Film 21st-Century America Needs‚Ä̬†at¬†The Establishment

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


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(2016/02/23) The corporatization of the media


Wed, Feb 24, 2016


Edition #993

Today we look at the effects of the media companies shift from producing news content as a public service to¬†‚Äėinfotainment‚Äô and where we‚Äôre headed in the world of vertical integration and threats to net neutrality
 
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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: CNN's 'courageous' move to blur the lines between news and advertising - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date: 6-12-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: Blur the Lines - The Meeting Places


00:02:19 Ch. 4: Act 2: Michael Isikoff And Cenk Uygur On The State Of The News Media Today - (Edited Interview) - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 09-11-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Free and Equal Speech - Chris Priest


00:14:23 Ch. 6: Act 3: PROOF The Media Is Only For The Rich - @RedactedTonight w/ @LeeCamp - Air Date: 1-9-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: RazorWire - Chris Priest


00:17:39 Ch. 8: Act 4: The next threat of a mega merger of cable companies - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 2-11-16

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


00:20:39 Ch. 10: Act 5: Why China is Trying to Rewrite Worldwide Internet Rules... - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 08-01-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: North By North - Faded Paper Figures


00:25:21 Ch. 12: Act 6: Net Neutrality is STILL in Danger - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 09-28-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: Dirty Paws - Of Monsters and Men


00:37:15 Ch. 14: Act 7: A few of the media's failures in covering the election - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 2-19-16

Ch. 15: Song 7: My Conversation - The Uniques


00:40:26 Ch. 16: Act 8: 40 Years After "All the President's Men," Redford Plays Another Journo Challenging Power in "Truth" - @democracynow - Air Date: 01-26-16


Voicemails

00:48:43 Ch. 17: Thoughts on food activism - Linea from Illinois

00:52:34 Ch. 18: High stakes in rich areas aren't such high stakes - Megan from near Seattle

00:54:02 Ch. 19: Racism, capitalism and private prisons - V from Western New York

00:57:24 Ch. 20: Living now vs 100 years ago - Stephanie from Seattle

00:58:14 Ch. 21: Speaking past each other about Capitalism - Dave from Olympia, WA

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


01:01:12 Ch. 22: Final comments on the history of telecoms and the lack of universal service

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


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(2016/02/19) The illness at the heart of our for-profit health care system


Sat, Feb 20, 2016


Edition #992

Today we look at how corporations have worked diligently to maximize the profits of insurance and pharmaceutical companies at the expense of America’s general health and budget and then used those profits to buy politicians to ensure the system never changes
 
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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: Is Pharma the Most Evil Industry? (w: Josh Zepps) - Majority Report (@majorityfm) - Air Date 09-28-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: Get Up and Go - Broadcast 2000


00:05:49 Ch. 4: Act 2: HUGE Bernie Sanders Releases Plan for Universal Healthcare - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date 01-20-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: Until the Water Goes Down - Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin


00:09:32 Ch. 6: Act 3: Hillary Fights Dirty on Healthcare! - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 01-13-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: 1901 - Phoenix


00:17:14 Ch. 8: Act 4: Dr. Sidney Wolfe talks on the vultures of Big Pharma and how they rigged the system - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date 1-16-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: Something Good Can Work - Two Door Cinema Club


00:31:36 Ch. 10: Act 5: Hillary, FOR Single Payer Until She's Suddenly Against It... - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date 01-14-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: Ask Your Doctor - Don Arbor


00:38:04 Ch. 12: Act 6: Howard Dean Becomes Health Care Lobbyist, Suddenly Against Single Payer Healthcare - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 01-20-16

Ch. 13: Song 6: Profit - The Mammals


00:42:50 Ch. 14: Act 7: The True Price Of Prescription Drugs - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 10-02-15

Ch. 15: Song 7: No More Tears (Enough Is Enough) - Donna Summer & Barbra Streisand


00:47:23 Ch. 16: Act 8: How the Health Insurance Industry Fights Single Payer - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 01-14-16

Ch. 17: Song 8: It Goes On and On - The Avett Brothers


00:51:29 Ch. 18: Act 9: Actually, UK's National Healthcare Is Excellent - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 03-07-15


01:01:01 Ch. 19: Final comments on the last 3 1/2 weeks of focus on the problem with our economic system

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


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(2016/02/16) The food market (Food-Industrial Complex)


Wed, Feb 17, 2016


Edition #991

Today we look at the influence of the food giants on what goes into our food supply, who’s allowed to inspect and regulate it, what our kids are taught about what’s healthy, the policies of international trade that lowers food safety standards and even how farmers raise their chickens
 
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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 nobody knows what's really going into your food - The Center for Public Integrity (@Publici) - Air Date: 04-13-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: The Prettiest Remix - Jim Guthrie


00:04:10 Ch. 4: Act 2: Sugar and Salt and Fat: Food Giants Have Hooked Us - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 04-26-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Pour Some Sugar On Me (2012 Re-Recorded Version) - Def Leppard


00:15:10 Ch. 6: Act 3: EXPOSED: Coca-Cola’s Scam To Keep Kids Drinking Soda - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 01-01-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: Diet Coke - Airbäg


00:21:53 Ch. 8: Act 4: Carey Gillam on the conflicts of interest in the coverage of our food supply - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 2-5-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: Johnny Appleseed - Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros


00:33:18 Ch. 10: Act 5: Mystery Meat: After WTO Ruling, U.S. Tosses Meat Origin Labeling Law, Leaving Consumers in the Dark - @democracynow - Air Date: 01-07-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: The Cave - Piano Tribute Players


00:37:43 Ch. 12: Act 6: Disaster: TPP Will Destroy US Food Safety - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 11-14-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: Solid Ground - Dougie Maclean


00:41:51 Ch. 14: Act 7: Chickens and the farmers who raise them - @LastWeekTonight with @iamjohnoliver - Air Date: 05-17-15


Voicemails

01:01:15 Ch. 15: Why they don't teach the financial reality - Marty from Cleveland, OH

01:02:18 Ch. 16: The hidden obstacles to investments and wealth - Jill in California

01:04:35 Ch. 17: Held back from the American Dream - Eammon from La Habra, California

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


01:06:15 Ch. 18: Final comments on reasonability and the discussions we have

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


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(2016/02/12) Prisoners for profit (Prison-Industrial Complex)


Sat, Feb 13, 2016


Edition #990

Today we look at the intersection of market capitalism and our prison system where the private prison industry makes billions and lobbies for ever-harsher punishments to continually grow our prison population
 
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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: Private prisons: How US corporations make money out of locking you up - @Truthloader - Air Date: 11-07-13

Ch. 3: Song 1: The Maelstrom - Jim Guthrie


00:10:43 Ch. 4: Act 2: What the Prison Industrial Complex can do for YOU! - @RedactedTonight w/ @LeeCamp - Air Date: 08-19-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: N/A


00:12:20 Ch. 6: Act 3: Who bears the cost of incarceration? - Melissa Harris-Perry (@MHPshow) - Air Date 9-19-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: The Wrong Way - Jahzzar


00:20:22 Ch. 8: Act 4: The Drug War Has to End: David Simon on "The Wire" & Over-Policing of the Poor - @democracynow - Air Date: 08-26-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: Keep Them Down - The Young Sinclairs


00:35:51 Ch. 10: Act 5: Prison Phone Rates - We the Podcast w/ @keithellison - Air Date 1-29-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: Everything is everything - Lauryn Hill

 


00:46:34 Ch. 12: Act 6: Bernie Sanders: Abolish Private Prisons - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 08-21-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: Dart - Stray Dogg


00:55:24 Ch. 14: Act 6: Justice is not For Sale Act to #EndPrivatePrisons via @SenSanders & @RepRaulGrijalva - Best of the Left Activism


Voicemails

00:58:57 Ch. 15: Many from the past would not want to live in our society - Will from Mississippi

01:00:11 Ch. 16: Wade's response to Kate re: extreme inequality - Wade from Ft. Worth, TX

01:03:38 Ch. 17: The problem with programs that divide us - Chris from Littleton, CO

01:05:11 Ch. 18: In poverty and unable to invest - Heather from Tampa, FL

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


01:07:23 Ch. 19: Final comments on trans health, poverty and financial literacy

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


Activism: Justice is not For Sale Act to #EndPrivatePrisons via @SenSanders & @RepRaulGrijalva

Take Action:

Use¬†ContactingTheCongress.org¬†to tell your legislators to support the ‚ÄúJustice is Not For Sale Act of 2015‚ÄĚ in the¬†House¬†and¬†Senate

Sources/further reading:

"The For-Profit Sadism of ‚ÄėIncarceration, Inc.‚Äô ‚ÄĒ An article in The Nation thirty years ago was an early warning about the growth of the prison-industrial complex.‚Ä̬†via¬†The Nation

"The Democratic Presidential Candidates Would End Private Prison Contracts‚Ä̬†via¬†The Nation

"Programs Not Profits" ‚ÄĒ¬†In the Public Interest

"Private Prison Firms Buy Access to Public Officials at Lavish Industry Conferences‚Ä̬†via¬†Truthout

"Bernie Sanders Unveils Ambitious Plan To End Private Prisons‚Ä̬†via¬†ThinkProgress

Racial Justice: Legal Violence/Private Prisons via Bernie Sanders presidential campaign

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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


Wed, Feb 10, 2016


Edition #989

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

Ch. 13: Song 6: Higher Education - Knowledge


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

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


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

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


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


Voicemails

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

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

 

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


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

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


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

Take Action:

SIGN: Cancel All Student Debt via The Nation & coalition

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

Additional Activism/Resources:

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

Sources/further reading:

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

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

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

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

Graphic via: BorderlessNewsAndViews.com

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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