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An award-winning, expertly-curated podcast of progressive politics and culture. Diving deeply on a wide range of topics, we draw from more than 100 sources of progressive news and commentary. Est. 2006.

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An award-winning, expertly-curated podcast of progressive politics and culture. Diving deeply on a wide range of topics, we draw from more than 100 sources of progressive news and commentary. Est. 2006.

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of the movie “Planet of Human”. Thank you.

Hi.

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Thanks for this episode. I love that you don’t try to shove your ideas down our throats.
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An award-winning, expertly-curated podcast of progressive politics and culture. Diving deeply on a wide range of topics, we draw from more than 100 sources of progressive news and commentary. Est. 2006.

Rank #1: (2017/06/09) The rise of hate in America (White Supremacy)

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Edition #1110

Today we take a look at some of the structures of white supremacy and the moment in the sun it is currently enjoying

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Hate Groups Promise Revolt If Trump Abandons White Supremacy - @RingOfFireRadio - Air Date: 12-31-16

Ch. 3: Song 1: A Dose of White Supremacy - Neffe Odom Kragh-Muller

Ch. 4: Act 2: As Confederate Monuments Come Down, the Struggle Continues - On the Media - Air Date 5-26-17

Ch. 5: Song 2: Soft Serve - Soul Coughing

Ch. 6: Act 3: Steve Bannon Loves This "Shockingly Racist" Book - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 03-08-17

Ch. 7: Song 3: Your Racist Friend - They Might Be Giants

Ch. 8: Act 4: Heidi Beirich on White Supremacist violence - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 6-2-17

Ch. 9: Song 4: We Are Nowhere And It's Now - Bright Eyes

Ch. 10: Act 5: Learn How to Effectively Fight & Report Hate in Your Community via @SPLCenter - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 11: Song 5: Right to Complain - Trombone Shorty & Marc Broussard

Ch. 12: Act 6: Something Is Emerging From This Community - On the Media - Air Date 6-2-17

Voicemails

Ch. 13: How do we talk to people who's beliefs aren't based on fact? - Marguerite from North Carolina

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics

Ch. 14: Final comments on the toxic garbage dump that is White Supremacy

Ch. 15: Bonus Clip: How to Argue - Love and Radio - Air Date 2-11-17

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

Activism:

TAKE ACTION

Read and share SPLC's "Ten Ways to Fight Hate: A Community Response Guide"

#ReportHate crimes to SPLC at splcenter.org/reporthate

Stay informed about hate-fueled incidents across the country via SPLC's Hatewatch

EDUCATE YOURSELF

SPLC Hatewatch: Headlines for 6/7/2017 (SPLC Hatewatch)

Defiant Alt-Right “Patriots” Encounter Portland’s Simmering Anger After Train Killings (SPLC Hatewatch)

As Hate Crimes Rise, The Trump Administration Blocks Funding to Fight Domestic Extremism (Right Wing Watch)

Why Taking Down Confederate Memorials is Only a First Step (The Conversation)

Protest in the Era of Donald Trump (Huffington Post)

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Amanda Hoffman

Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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Jun 09 2017

1hr 22mins

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Rank #2: (2016/01/29) The trouble with extreme wealth inequality (Economics) (Repost)

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Edition #986

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

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Show Notes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Voicemails

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

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

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics

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

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

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

Take Action:

SIGN & SHARE: Pledge to end hunger by 2030

GET INVOLVED with Vote to End Hunger

Sources/further reading:

"Pathologizing the Poor Reinforces Stigma While Deterring Advocacy and Public Policy” via Truthout

”Hunger is a Significant But Solvable Problem, Both in the United States and Internationally” via Vote to End Hunger

”Presidential Candidate Videos” via Vote to End Hunger

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich

Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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Jul 05 2016

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Rank #3: (2016/04/22) Democracy Sprung (Money in Politics)

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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

Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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Apr 22 2016

1hr 19mins

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Rank #4: (2016/09/16) Protecting from the black snake (Dakota Access Pipeline)

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Edition #1042

Today we look in on the convergence of Native American and First Nations tribes in North Dakota to protect the water from the Dakota Access Pipeline

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Will The Lakota Tribe's Black Snake Prophecy Come True? - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 08-19-16

Ch. 3: Song 1: People of the First Light - Russell Patrick

Ch. 4: Act 2: Standing Rock #nodapl - Levitate Media Group - Air Date 9-3-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: N/A

Ch. 6: Act 3: Canine Expert Decries "Egregious" & "Horrific" Dog Attacks on Native Americans Defending Burial Site - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 09-06-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: Cherry Creek Singers - No DAPL song

Ch. 8: Act 4: Native Woman Bitten By Dogs DEBUNKS Media Falsehoods - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 09-08-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: Song for Mother Earth - Lakota

Ch. 10: Act 5: The regulatory loophole that allows easy permitting for new pipelines - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 9-12-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: Shove Your Pipeline - Frank Nawrot

Ch. 12: Act 6: Eminent Domain? Iowans Sue to Stop Dakota Access Pipeline, Say It Provides No Public Service - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 09-07-16

Ch. 13: Song 6: As Long As the Grass Grows - Randy Wood

Ch. 14: Act 7: Why fossil fuels companies are rushing to build old infrastructure - @GreenNewsReport - Air Date 9-13-16

Ch. 15: Song 7: Ode to Nature - Brulé

Ch. 16: Act 8: Tell President Obama to Revoke USACE Permits & STOP the Dakota Access Pipeline #NoDAPL via @350 - Best of the Left Activism

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

Ch. 18: Act 9: Water Protectors at Standing Rock React to Obama's Intervention in Dakota Access Pipeline Battle - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 09-12-16

Voicemails

Ch. 19: Violence against protesters - Frank

Ch. 20: Determining the end of a dogs life - Sunny from St. Paul, MN

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics

Ch. 21: Final comments on how my Climate Ride went and how well I’m recovering

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

TAKE ACTION

Tell President Obama to revoke USACE permits by sending him a message

Find actions near you through September 17th and beyond. This map will update, so check back frequently!

Sign up to get the latest news and hear about upcoming actions related to #NoDAPL.

OTHER WAYS TO SUPPORT THE MOVEMENT

Contribute to the Sacred Stone Camp legal defense fund

Contribute to the Sacred Stone Camp supply fund

EDUCATE YOURSELF

Learn about the targets of the #NoDAPL movement

Moments After Judge Denies DAPL Injunction, Federal Agencies Intervene 

What You Need to Know About the Dakota Access Pipeline Protest 

Alabama, Georgia declare state of emergency after pipeline spill

Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman.

Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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Sep 16 2016

1hr 16mins

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Rank #5: #1162 The economics of immigration and demonization

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Air Date: 2/2/2018

Today we take a look at the economics of immigration, both the good and the bad, both the domestic and international

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Show Notes

Ch. 1: Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr

Ch. 2: Act 1: The economics of immigration and demonization - Economic Update w: @profwolff - Air Date 2-28-17

Ch. 3: Song 1:  Kawruwath Na - Amarasiri Peiris

Ch. 4: Act 2: The economic benefits of welcoming anyone, regardless of immigration status - The Other Washington from @civicskunkworks - Air Date 5-11-17

Ch. 5: Song 2:  Another Promise Kept - Art Of Escapism

Ch. 6: Act 3: How Democrats Used to Talk About Immigration - On The Media - Air Date 9-8-17

Ch. 7: Song 3:  Betty Dear - The Pine Barrens

Ch. 8: Act 4: Why we all need to be involved in immigration fight - @SundayCivics - Air Date 1-28-18

Ch. 9: Song 4:  Le gris, le bleu, d'une profonde humilité - Monplaisir

Ch. 10: Act 5: Juan Gonzalez on the hidden forces behind global immigration - @Intercepted w @JeremyScahill - Air Date 1-31-18

Ch. 11: Song 5:  Homegrown - The Pine Barrens

Ch. 12: Act 6: Demand Your MoCs Defend Dreamers and Pass a Clean #DreamActNow via Dreamer Pledge Project @IndivisibleTeam @UNITEDWEDREAM - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 13: Song 6:  Rotisserie Graveyard - Doctor Turtle

Ch. 14: Act 7: Back when America was great, it was awash in immigrants - Economic Update w: @profwolff - Air Date 1-18-18

Voicemails

Ch. 15: Ranked-choice voting could work against progressives - Jeff from Charlotte, NC

Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent

(Additional music from Blue Dot Sessions, Free Music Archive

Ch. 16: Final comments on ranked-choice voting

Help fight climate change! Donate to Jay!'s Climate Ride fundraiser!

Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

Activism:

TAKE ACTION 

Use DreamerPledge.org tools and scripts to demand your MoCs protect Dreamers

REMINDERS: DACA ends March 5th! Next Continuing Resolution deadline is Feb. 8th!

EDUCATE YOURSELF

Do three-quarters of Americans support the DREAM Act? Nancy Pelosi says so (PolitiFact.com)

Senate Democrats cave, provide votes based on McConnell’s empty promise (Think Progress)

Compromise or cave-in? Democrats' deal to end shutdown sows division (The Guardian)

Dreamers are Americans Too (TIME)

“Dreamers” could give U.S. economy – and even American workers – a boost (Salon.com)

Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman

Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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Feb 02 2018

1hr 17mins

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Rank #6: (2016/07/08) Whole Woman’s Health and other stories (Reproductive Justice)

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Edition #1027

Today we take a look at the historic reproductive rights ruling from the Supreme Court that just came down in the Whole Woman’s Health case as well as just a few of the ways that anti-choice activists are continuing their fight to curtail reproductive justice

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Explaining the Whole Woman's Health SCOTUS ruling - This Week in Blackness (@TWiBPrime) - Air Date 6-28-16

Ch. 3: Song 1: Good Day - Jukebox the Ghost

Ch. 4: Act 2: Republicans Pushing Fetal Burial Laws - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 04-17-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: Remains - Matt Pond PA

Ch. 6: Act 3: .@imillhiser on the history of abortion laws leading up to the Whole Woman's Health ruling - @TalkPoverty Radio - Air Date 7-1-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: The Obvious Child - Paul Simon

Ch. 8: Act 4: .@AriRabinHavt on how lies about abortion are born and take on a life of their own - @InDeepRadio w/ @AngieCoiro - Air Date 6-11-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: Little lies - Fleetwood Mac

Ch. 10: Act 5: Amy Hagstrom Miller (@AmyHM), the plaintiff who won a historic abortion rights case - Amicus from @Slate - Air Date 7-2-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: Let it go - The Neighbourhood

Ch. 12: Act 6: Chelsea Handler Fighting Abortion Shame By Telling Her Story - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 06-30-16

Ch. 13: Song 6: Privacy - Michael Jackson

Ch. 14: Act 7: Celebrate SCOTUS #ReproRights Decision with Renewed Vigilance to Pass Woman's Health Protection Act via #ActforWomen Campaign - Best of the Left Activism

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

Ch. 16: Act 8: Why Alito's dissent is just wrong - This Week in Blackness (@TWiBPrime) - Air Date 6-28-16

Voicemails

Ch. 17: Thoughts on Omar Mateen and the effects of toxic masculinity - Ruben from Oakland

Ch. 18: A progressive pastor on the Orlando shooting - Don from Bentonville, Arkansas

Ch. 19: A followup to the discussion of the Orlando shooter being gay - Gabriel from Texas

Ch. 20: Thoughts on how gay people are treated in society - Colin from Cleveland, OH

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics

Ch. 21: Final comments on the need to recognize the humanity in those who appear most inhuman

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 

Add your name to the Center for Reproductive Rights' message to Congress to pass the Women's Health Protection Act to prohibit states from imposing abortion restrictions

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

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

Written by BOTL Communications director Amanda Hoffman

Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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Jul 08 2016

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Rank #7: (2016/08/12) The case for raising the minimum wage (Labor)

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Today we take a look at some of the ways that low wages hurts everyone and why the arguments for keeping them low just don’t hold water

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Chase Bank tries to get some good PR out of a tiny raise for workers - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 7-15-16

Ch. 3: Song 1: Minimum Wage - Fenix TX

Ch. 4: Act 2: Wendy's Wants to Automate Stores "Because of $15/Hour Minimum Wage Increase" - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 05-20-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: Minimum Wage - The Busboys

Ch. 6: Act 3: Burger King Workers in Denmark Make $20 an Hour! - Thom Hartmann - Air Date: 01-16-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: Minimum Wage - Kevin Sandbloom

Ch. 8: Act 4: .@NickHanauer on what's wrong with our upside down economic policies - @theLFshow w @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date 5-13-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: Minimum Wage - Romain Virgo

Ch. 10: Act 5: McDonald’s To Slightly Increase Wages - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 04-16-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: Minimum Wage - Bob Rivers

Ch. 12: Act 6: How Walmart Leeches Off of Government & Creates Customers from Employees - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 03-18-16

Ch. 13: Song 6: Minimum Wage - The Closet Monsters

Ch. 14: Act 7: Even Conservative David Cameron Gets it, Raise the Minimum Wage! - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 04-23-16

Ch. 15: Song 7: Minimum Wage - The Expendables

Ch. 16: Act 8: Join the Fight for a Living Wage via @Fightfor15 and @GoodJobsNation - Best of the Left Activism - 8:12:16, 7.35 PM

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

Ch. 18: Act 9: Raise wages, kill jobs? - The Other Washington - Air Date 5-9-16

Ch. 19: Final comments on the zen of collective blame

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

TAKE ACTION:

Sign up with Fight for 15 and sign their petition for a $15 minimum wage

Sign up with Good Jobs Nation and co-sign the call for the Model Employer Executive Order

GET INVOLVED:

The Next System Project

Jobs With Justice

National Employment Law Project Action

EDUCATE YOURSELF:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOqtl53V3JI

Read "Fighting for a Living Wage" by Stephanie Luce

Minimum Wage Crusaders Are Holding A Convention To Talk About Racism (Washington Post) 

Bernie Sanders Scores Big Wins with Democratic Platform (MSNBC) 

Fight for 15 to Hold First Ever Nationwide Convention (Fight for 15)

Our voice is being heard in the Fight for $15 (SEIU) 

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Amanda Hoffman

Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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Aug 12 2016

1hr 15mins

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Rank #8: #1234 Neoliberalism and the fascism it breeds (Brazilian Election)

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Air Date: 12/11/2018

Today we take a look at the election of a true neofascist to be president of Brazil and some of the economic and political realities that lead us to this point

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Media reports unironically about markets reacting favorably to the election of a fascist - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 11-1-18

Janine Jackson takes a quick look at the recent press, including Brazil’s new fascist president

Ch. 2: Globalization — the Economics Work, the Politics Do Not - Who What Why - Air Date 5-10-18

Ian Bremmer makes the case that democracy, plus technology, plus political globalism simply can't work. According to Bremmer, we need to look no further than Trump, Brexit, and recent European elections for proof.

Ch. 3: Glenn Greenwald on Election of Bolsonaro: Democratic Values & Human Rights Are At Risk in Brazil - Democracy Now! - Air Date 10-30-18

Conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald about the Brazilian election resulting in far-right leader Jair Bolsonaro being elected Brazil’s next president.

Ch. 4: Brian Mier on Brazil’s Election and What Comes Next - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 11-29-18

Speaking with Brian Mier, an editor at Brasil Wire who also edited the book Voices of the Brazilian Left, about the election of Brazil’s new President Jair Bolsonaro

Ch. 5: Wanis Kabbaj: How nationalism and globalism can coexist - @TEDTalks - Air Date 11-13-18

Why do we have to choose between nationalism and globalism, between loving our countries and caring for the world? In this talk, Wanis Kabbaj explains how we can challenge this polarizing, binary thinking

VOICEMAILS

Ch. 6: Analyzing the 2018 elections and beyond - V from Central New York

Ch. 7: When hate comes for one group it comes for all groups - Mary Lynn from MN

FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 8: Final comments on the power dynamic of privacy vs trasnparency

MUSIC:

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • The Back Lot - Sunday at Slims (Blue Dot Sessions)
  • Our Fingers Cold - K2 (Blue Dot Sessions)
  • Haena - Cloud Harbor (Blue Dot Sessions)
  • Astrisx - Bodytonic (Blue Dot Sessions)
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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Dec 11 2018

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Rank #9: #1275 So, Marxism. What is that all about?

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Air Date: 5/24/2019

Today we take a look at the much-maligned, rarely-understood field of economic and social study known as Marxism

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: The Contributions of Karl Marx Part 1 - Economic Update - Air Date 5-25-18

Professor Wolff takes a deeper look at the life and work of Karl Marx in celebration of the 200th anniversary of his birth.

Ch. 2: Marxism Today - Analysis - Air Date 6-19-16

Robin who was a BBC reporter for 25 years thinks Marx was always in the background discourse of politics, an influence he partly feared and didn't fully understand. He takes a walk through central London in the footsteps of the great revolutionary.

Ch. 3: David Harvey on Marx, Capital, and the Madness of Economic Reason - Left Out - Air Date 11-5-17

David Harvey is arguably the most influential living geographer, as well as one of the world’s leading Marxist scholars. He is among the most cited intellectuals of all time across the humanities and social sciences.

Ch. 4: This Ruthless Criticism of All That Exists Marxism as Science - Revolutionary Left Radio - Air Date 2-2-19

J. Moufawad-Paul, a Marxist philosopher and author of "Continuity and Rupture", "The Communist Necessity", and "Austerity Apparatus", joins Breht to discuss his most recent essay "This Ruthless Criticism of All That Exists: Marxism as Science".

Ch. 5: Erosion of Consumer Choices - David Harvey's Anti-Capitalist Chronicles - Air Date 4-24-19

Prof. Harvey discusses Marx's theory of Capital and its relevance today. Consumers have less and less autonomy. Their choices, even how they will spend their leisure time, are increasingly influenced by capitalists.

Ch. 6: The Contributions of Karl Marx Part 2 - Economic Update - Air Date 5-25-18

Professor Wolff takes a deeper look at the life and work of Karl Marx in celebration of the 200th anniversary of his birth.

VOICEMAILS

Ch. 7: Responding to "Getting in on the con" - Dave from Olympia, WA

Ch. 8: Thoughts on racism from small-town Texas - Heather from Texas

FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 9: Final comments on individualism and communitarianism in light of how to unleash the most amount of human progress

MUSIC(Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • The Envelope - Aeronaut
  • The Cast and Favor - Bayou Birds
  • Petra - Lathe
  • Celestial Navigation - Aeronaut
  • Rapids - Grey River
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

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May 25 2019

1hr 17mins

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Rank #10: (2017/01/03) New congress, old war, scandals and the dawn of the climate movement (The best of 2007)

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Edition #1068 Today we take a look back to 2007 in our second annual 10-years-hence retrospective spectacular! Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991

Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: First female Speaker of the House - Countdown - Aired on BotL 1-9-07

Ch. 3: Song 1: Color in Your Cheeks - The Mountain Goats

Ch. 4: Act 2: First muslim in congress and first female Speaker - The Young Turks - Aired on BotL 1-9-07

Ch. 5: Song 2: Sir Duke - Stevie Wonder

Ch. 6: Act 3: Bernie Sanders moves to the Senate - Ring of Fire - Aired on BotL 3-6-07

Ch. 7: Song 3: Common Sense - Justin Mcroberts

Ch. 8: Act 4: Special comment on free speech - Countdown - Aired on BotL 1-19-07

Ch. 9: Song 4: The More Things Change - Bon Jovi

Ch. 10: Act 5: Making the pitch - The Daily Show - Aired on BotL 1-22-07

Ch. 11: Song 5: Smiley Faces - Gnarls Barkley

Ch. 12: Act 6: Radio audience wants to mark the muslims - The Young Turks - Aired on BotL 1-19-07

Ch. 13: Song 6: Nazi (Live) - Chumbawamba

Ch. 14: Act 7: Bush's health care proposal - The Al Franken Show - Aired on BotL 2-10-07

Ch. 15: Song 7: We've Gotta Get Out of This Place - The Animals

Ch. 16: Act 8: Michael Moore on Sicko, Nixon and the rise of HMOs - Democracy Now - Aired on BotL 8-17-07

Ch. 17: Song 8: Richard Nixon - Rod & The MSR Singers

Ch. 18: Act 9: Fighting for health care for kids - Associated Press - Aired on BotL 10-22-07

Ch. 19: Song 9: N/A

Ch. 20: Act 10: Minimum wage - Unknown source - Aired on BotL 2-23-07

Ch. 21: Song 10: Minimum Wage - They might be giants

Ch. 22: Act 11: Republicans blocking a vote on the minimum wage - Ted Kennedy - Aired on BotL 2-23-07

Ch. 23: Song 11: Minimum Wage - They might be giants

Ch. 24: Act 12: Overview of Scooter Libby case - Unknown - Aired on BotL 4-17-07

Ch. 25: Song 12: N/A

Ch. 26: Act 13: Interview with Joe Wilson after Libby verdict - Countdown - Aired on BotL 4-17-07

Ch. 27: Song 13: Everybody's Gone To War - Nerina Pallot

Ch. 28: Act 14: We need to torture Alberto Gonzales - Colbert Report - Aired on BotL 4-29-07

Ch. 29: Song 14: N/A

Ch. 30: Act 15: Saying goodbye to Alberto Gonzales - The Young Turks - Aired on BotL 9-12-07

Ch. 31: Song 15: The Czar of Munster - Seamus Egan

Ch. 32: Act 16: McKibben at Step it Up 07 Part 1 - CCAN - Aired on BotL 4-20-07

Ch. 33: Song 16: The Czar of Munster - Seamus Egan

Ch. 34: Act 17: McKibben at Step it Up 07 Part 2 - CCAN - Aired on BotL 4-20-07

Ch. 35: Song 17: Living planet - Emma’s Revolution

Ch. 36: Act 18: Jerry Falwell dies - Democracy Now - Aired on BotL 6-7-07

Ch. 37: Song 18: N/A

Ch. 38: Act 19: Introduction to Obama - The world tonight - Aired on BotL 5-7-07

Ch. 39: Song 19: Dreamtime - Uberzone

Ch. 40: Act 20: Hillary votes for war - The Young Turks - Aired on BotL 10-02-07

Voicemails

Ch. 41: Call in from Chris the Carpenter and Parker - Cape Cod, MA

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics

Ch. 42: Final comments on the time I quit the show and the community kept it going

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

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Jan 03 2017

1hr 19mins

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Rank #11: (2016/05/20) Escaping consumerism (Culture)

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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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May 20 2016

1hr 14mins

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Rank #12: #1310 At Long Last (Trump Impeachment)

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Air Date: 10/4/2019

Today we take a look at this whole impeachment kerfuffle I’ve been hearing about. 

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Whistleblower Complaint Shows Abuse of Office with James Risen - Democracy Now - Air Date 9-27-19

Nearly 90% of House Democrats now support impeachment. On Thursday, a declassified version of a complaint by an anonymous whistleblower was released, detailing his concerns about Trump’s July phone call with Volodymyr Zelensky.

Ch. 2: We've Got Impeachment - Intercepted with Ryan Grim - Air Date 10-2-19

James and Ryan talk about Biden's role in Ukraine and the whistleblower.

Ch. 3: How The Bidens Got Involved with Adam Entous - On The Media - Air Date 9-27-19

Interviews about the messy impeachment process and how we got here.

Ch. 4: Impeachment, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow - Backstory - Air Date 9-27-19

The Backstory crew discusses current and past impeachment situations.

Ch. 5: Bigly Liddle Lies - Sanity Cast with John Fugelsang - Air Date 10-1-19

John breaks down everything happening around impeachment.

Ch. 6: Impeachment Legalities with Walter Dellinger - Amicus with Dahlia Lithwick - Air Date 9-28-19

Walter and Dahlia break down what exactly is happening during the impeachment whirlwind.

Ch. 7: House Democrats Finally Catch Up with Maxine Waters - Cape Up with Jonathan Capehart - Air Date 10-1-19

Jonathan talks with Maxine Waters about the importance of impeaching Trump.

Ch. 8: Impeachment At Last with Jeet Heer - Start Making Sense - Air Date 9-29-19

Jeet Here discusses what has led to impeachment and what it will look like moving forward.

Ch. 9: Impeachment Is Good For Our Political Future with John Nichols - The Real News with Marc Steiner - Air Date 9-30-19

The Nation's national correspondent John Nichols says that history shows impeachment has changed the political future, and thinks it is part of a struggle we should not shy away from.

VOICEMAILS

Ch. 10: 9-11 (ep 1308) - Alan from Connecticut

Ch. 11: Evidence-based thinking - Roger Ray from Springfield, MO

FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 12: Final comments on the latest news on Trump’s impeachment in limerick form

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EDUCATE YOURSELF & SHARE

It's Time For Everyone to Join the Impeachment Fight (Crooked Media)

9 questions about the Trump-Ukraine whistleblower scandal you were too embarrassed to ask (Vox)

The whistleblower complaint, annotated (CNN)

Trump call summary shows he pressed Ukrainian president to probe Biden (CBS)

Read the Text Messages Between U.S. and Ukrainian Officials (The New York Times)

Impeach Donald Trump (The Atlantic, March 2019)

Do Americans Support Impeaching Trump? (FiveThirtyEight)

Perilous times for Trump: By 45%-38%, Americans support impeaching him over Ukraine allegations, poll finds (USA Today)

How Trump's Ukraine call could violate campaign finance laws (Associated Press)

50 Moments That Define an Improbable Presidency (The Atlantic)

Here’s why Trump’s poll numbers are defying the impeachment mess (CNBC)

Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman

MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Minutes - Pacha Faro
  • Begrudge - Darby
  • Dirtbike Lovers - Desert Orchard
  • Tar and Spackle - Plaster
  • Waltz and Fury - Macrame
  • The Summit - K2
  • One Dirty Sleeve - Wax Museum
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

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Oct 05 2019

1hr 21mins

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Rank #13: (2016/11/01) Making a genuine effort to understand Trump conservatives

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Edition #1054

Today we dive deeply into the world of conservatives as described in the new book “Strangers in their own Land” by Arlie Russel Hochschild in an attempt to understand how some non-deplorable people in the country could be supporting Donald Trump

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: What Drives Trump Supporters? Sociologist Arlie Russell Hochschild on Anger & Mourning of the Right Part 1 - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 9-28-16

Ch. 3: Song 1: Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel

Ch. 4: Act 2: The environmentalist tea-partier who dumped toxic waste in public water - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 10-5-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: Protect & Serve - Stiff Little Fingers

Ch. 6: Act 3: How Our Stone-Age Brain Gets in the Way of Smart Politics Part 1 - @BillMoyersHQ in Conversation - Air Date 4-15-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: I Don't Think About It - Emily Osment

Ch. 8: Act 4: What Drives Trump Supporters? Sociologist Arlie Russell Hochschild on Anger & Mourning of the Right Part 2 - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 9-28-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: Refund - Minor Motion

Ch. 10: Act 5: The Deep Story of conservatives and the rise of Trump - Economic Update w/ @profwolff - Air Date 9-29-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: Shame - The Avett Brothers

Ch. 12: Act 6: How Our Stone-Age Brain Gets in the Way of Smart Politics Part 2 - @BillMoyersHQ in Conversation - Air Date 4-15-16

Ch. 13: Song 6: Vote - Jefferson Coker

Ch. 14: Act 7: Where shame is the companion to need - @thisishellradio - Air Date 10-22-16

Ch. 15: Song 7: Only a Pawn In Their Game - Bob Dylan

Ch. 16: Act 8: The Media That Created Trump - United States of Anxiety - Air Date 10-13-16

Voicemails

Ch. 17: Shifting to the Right - Greg from North Cackalacky

Ch. 18: Shout out to Wade/asking for conservative show suggestion - Quai from North Carolina

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics

Ch. 19: Final comments on a conservative show recommended to those interested in hearing the other side

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

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Nov 01 2016

1hr 19mins

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Rank #14: (2016/06/03) In the shadow of slavery (Racism)

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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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Jun 03 2016

1hr 11mins

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Rank #15: #1146 An Unmitigated Disaster (The GOP Tax Plan)

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Air Date: 11/17/2017

Today we look at just a few of the many ways that the GOP tax plan is intended to help the well-off, harm the needy and defile a pristine wilderness just to top things off

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Bowing to the paymasters - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 11-8-17

Ch. 3: Song 1:  Villager - Blue Dot Sessions

Ch. 4: Act 2: ANALYSIS: Trump-Republican Tax Plan an Unmitigated Disaster - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 11-07-17

Ch. 5: Song 2:  Stale Case - Darby

Ch. 6: Act 3: Taking aim at Obamacare (again) - @offkiltershow - Air Date 11-17-17

Ch. 7: Song 3:  Wingspan - Bayou Birds

Ch. 8: Act 4: The effect of changing the standard deduction on charitable giving - @DecodeDC - Air Date 11-2-17

Ch. 9: Song 4:  Weathervane - CloudCover

Ch. 10: Act 5: Scare tactics to push the tax cuts through - @Intercepted w @JeremyScahill - Air Date 11-8-17

Ch. 11: Song 5:  Hickory Shed - Onesuch Village

Ch. 12: Act 6: Going after the Alaskan wilderness in the tax plan - @GreenNewsReport - Air Date 11-16-17

Ch. 13: Song 6:  A Palace of Cedar - The Pine Barrens

Ch. 14: Act 7: Everyone from corporations to the Democrats is out of ideas - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date 11-11-17

Ch. 15: Song 7:  The Wooden Platform - The Bulwark

Ch. 16: Act 8: What the Paradise Papers Reveal - The Bernie Sanders Show - Air Date 11-14-17

Voicemails

Ch. 17: Looking critically at party structures - Anthony from Illinois

Ch. 18: Clarifying thoughts on guns and Democrats - Zach from Atlanta

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics

Ch. 19: Final comments: Check out our WINTER FUNDRAISER!

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

(Additional music from Blue Dot Sessions

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Nov 17 2017

1hr 16mins

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Rank #16: (2017/01/17) A progressive vision for our economic future

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Edition #1072 Today we take a look at the Democrats failure to present viable economic solutions and offer a new vision for where we should go from here Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991

Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Democrats failed to offer a better solution - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date 11-26-16

Ch. 3: Song 1: Once There Was a Hushpuppy - Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin

Ch. 4: Act 2: How progressives need to frame their economic message - @theLFshow w: @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date 12-29-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Unified - Unified Highway

Ch. 6: Act 3: AI Will Eliminate 6% of Jobs in Next 5 Years - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 09-18-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: Automation - Allan Sherman

Ch. 8: Act 4: Paul Street on the folly of throwing away identity politics - @BlkAgendaReport - Air Date 1-16-17

Ch. 9: Song 4: Working Class Hero - Green Day

Ch. 10: Act 5: Not Trickle Down, But Bottom Up | Anthony Flaccavento - @theLFshow w: @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date 12-15-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: Trickle Down - Hayseed Dixie

Ch. 12: Act 6: What is Economic Democracy? - The Next System Project - Air Date: 3-1-16

Ch. 13: Song 6: Le monde de contre jour - David Ari Leon

Ch. 14: Act 7: The UK Labor party taking the lead on worker coops - Economic Update w: @profwolff - Air Date 5-9-16

Ch. 15: Song 7: Capitalism Is Tearing Us Apart - Sole

Ch. 16: Act 8: Social Welfare Does Not Kill Business, with President of Iceland Ólafur Grímsson - Big Think - Air Date 11-13-14

Ch. 17: Song 8: Success - Iggy Pop

Ch. 18: Act 9: Join or Start a Local Democracy @ Work Action Group via @Democracyatwrk - Best of the Left Activism

Voicemails

Ch. 19: Why Trump voters are angry - Luis in Texas

Ch. 20: The true cost of commuting and how best to get engaged - Anonymous

Ch. 21: What should the new economy movement look like? - Natalia from North Hampton, MA

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics

Ch. 22: Final comments explaining to conservatives why we should shift to a co-op economy

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

Activism:

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EDUCATE YOURSELF

10 Ways to Challenge Capitalism's Death Grip on Daily Life (via Truthout)

Cooperatives: The key to climate action? (via Democracy at Work)

Energy cooperatives are booming in Germany (via DW.com)

Worlds 8 Richest People Have Same Wealth as Poorest 50% (via The Guardian)

This Worker-Owned Cooperative is "Bigger than a Business" (via DCist.com)

Workers will get right to buy out bosses under Labour rule (The Independent UK)

Corporations Open Cash Spigot for Trump's Inauguration (The New York Times)

Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman.

Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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Jan 17 2017

1hr 19mins

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Rank #17: (2016/12/13) Desperate times, desperate measures (Voting Rights and the Electoral College)

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Edition #1064

Today we look at the systematic suppression of voting rights during the election and the hail mary attempt to avert a Trump presidency through the electoral college

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: The Myth of Voter Fraud - On The Media - Air Date 10-21-16

Ch. 3: Song 1: Fear is a villain - Theo Bard

Ch. 4: Act 2: @AriBerman on voter suppression being back in a big way - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 11-11-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: Beneath the Lies - Abscondo

Ch. 6: Act 3: Republicans Gloat Over Supressing Black Vote - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 11-11-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: Abuse of Power - Lion of Light

Ch. 8: Act 4: How Do We Fix Our Broken Voting System? (w/Guest: Mark Crispin Miller) - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 11-08-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: The Fix Is In - Ok Go

Ch. 10: Act 5: The Big Lie - @FullFrontalSamB - Air Date 12-5-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: Won't Get Fooled Again - The Who

Ch. 12: Act 6: First Republican "Hamilton Elector" Breaks Ranks Against Trump - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 12-07-16

Ch. 13: Song 6: The Game Is Rigged - The Great Malarkey

Ch. 14: Act 7: Tell the Electoral College to #StopTrump & Vote with the People via @DemSpring and directelection.org - Best of the Left Activism

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

Ch. 16: Act 8: Introduction to the Hamilton Electors - Amicus from @Slate - Air Date 12-10-16

Voicemails

Ch. 17: Resist Trump Letters - Alan from Connecticut

Ch. 18: How to get around the fact gap - Andrew from Chicago

Ch. 19: Who's got the conservative argument talking points? - Eli from Northern California

Ch. 20: Conservative argument on the need for real policies - Ryan from Phoenix

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics

Ch. 21: Final comments on small changes for the member’s feed and a call for conservative appeals for voting rights and against the electoral college

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

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Here are the people who will cast a formal vote for president next month (Politico)   The People Who Pick the President  (Politico)   Electoral College: Make Hillary Clinton President (Change.org)   Meet the Hamilton Electors Hoping for an Electoral College Revolt (The Atlantic)   The Electoral Collage was Meant to Stop Men like Trump from Becoming President (The Atlantic)       Posted December 13, 2016, written by Best of the Left Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman

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Dec 13 2016

1hr 18mins

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Rank #18: #1152 Rise of the oligarchy (Money in Politics)

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Air Date: 12/15/2017

Today we look at the history and current state of rich people seeking to undermine democratic rule by the people in favor of oligarchy for the rich

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Why The Koch Brothers Despise The Constitution - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 07-26-17

Ch. 3: Song 1:  Chilvat - Lillehammer

Ch. 4: Act 2: Jane Mayer on the Rise of Conservative Orthodoxy - On The Media - Air Date 5-5-17

Ch. 5: Song 2:  Stale Case - Darby

Ch. 6: Act 3: The complicated reality of corruption rules. @BackStory - Air Date: 11-24-17

Ch. 7: Song 3:  Cloud Line - K4

Ch. 8: Act 4: Millionaire Donor Threatens Democrats - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 11-14-17

Ch. 9: Song 4:  Streamer - Arc and Crecent

Ch. 10: Act 5: #GetMoneyOut of Politics with @WolfPAChq @AllofUs @JusticeDems @RepresentdotUS - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 11: Song 5:  Celestial Navigation - Aeronaut

Ch. 12: Act 6: Why our democracy in is danger - Belabored (@DissentMag) - Air Date 5-13-16

Voicemails

Ch. 13: Thoughts on Patreon - Anonymous

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics

Ch. 14: Final comments on the win for small-dollar donors with Patreon

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House Republican: my donors told me to pass the tax bill “or don’t ever call me again” (Vox)

8 Things You Can Do to Help Get Money Out of Politics (Bill Moyers & Co; 2014)

4 Solutions to Fight the Corruptive Influence of Money in Politics (League of Women Voters; 2015)

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Dec 15 2017

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Rank #19: (2016/11/11) In the Days After (Election 2016)

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Today we reflect on the 2016 election, examine the variety of feelings it has brought fourth and contemplate the next steps ahead of us

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Trump's America- This is What Happens Now - Jay Smooth - Air Date: 11-9-16

Ch. 3: Song 1: S.O.S. - The Suicide Machines

Ch. 4: Act 2: 'This was a whitelash' Van Jones' take on the election results - CNN - Air Date 11-08-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: So Terrible It's Terrifying - Earmint

Ch. 6: Act 3: Mourn, Resist, Organize - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 11-9-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: Call for Help - Clay Schneider

Ch. 8: Act 4: Feel your feelings and get to work - Throwing Shade w: @BryanSafi and @gibblertron - Air Date 11-9-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: Run Screaming - Stockdale and Shapiro

Ch. 10: Act 5: The day after, take care of yourself - @EdgeofSports - w: Dave Zirin - Air Date 11-11-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: Fear, Terror, and the Fear of Terror - Infinite Third

Ch. 12: Act 6: Anger is an appropriate response - #PoliticallyReactive with @wkamaubell and @harikondabolu - Air Date 11-10-16

Ch. 13: Song 6: When Anger Shows - Editors

Ch. 14: Act 7: National Popular Vote - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date 6-13-15

Ch. 15: Song 7: Help - Howie Day

Ch. 16: Act 8: Beyond the Electoral College: A State-Based Plan for Electing the President by National Popular Vote - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 11-08-16

Voicemails

Ch. 17: Kids in fear after the election - Anonymous

Ch. 18: Mad as hell and sick to my stomach - Colin from Cleveland, OH

Ch. 19: Moving forward with self care - Dave from Olympia, WA

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics

Ch. 20: Final comments on privilege as a superpower and the campaign for a national popular vote

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

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Nov 12 2016

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Rank #20: #1267 Fighting for the soul of the Democratic Party (Progressives vs the Establishment)

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Today we take a look at the current state of the Democratic Party in the wake of the 2018 elections that swept in a new class of Super-Progressives who are now locking horns with the more establishment and conservative leadership of the party as they all gear up for the 2020 primary and general elections. 

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: The Six Groups of the Democratic Party with Leno Krauze and Perry Bacon Jr. - Trumpcast - Air Date 3-18-19

There are 6 main groups of Democrats, from the Super-Progressives to the Conservatives. The energy is in the progressives, so much so that an outsider like Bernie Sanders is mainstream.

Ch. 2: Beware The Narcissism of Small Differences - The David Pakman Show - Air Date 2-19-19

Small differences create conflict where there shouldn't be. We are satisfied by fueling ourselves with aggression. Warren or Bernie shouldn't be a dead end issue.

Ch. 3: Does Obama Speak for Progressives? with Paul Jay and Dr. Gerald Horne - The Real News - Air Date 4-9-19

The problem with Obama, his support of Biden, and his silence with progressives. You can't play ball with corporate democrats because they own the game.

Ch. 4: AOC vs. DCCC: It’s War. with Emma Vigeland - Rebel HQ - Air Date 4-9-19

AOC is a voice of the rebellious spirit we all have. The DCCC is blacklisting and boycotting challengers to their power.

Ch. 5: AOC on what we need in a 2020 presidential candidate - The Intercept - Air Date 1-29-19

New democratic leadership is needed. Policy and progressivism is pitted against identity. Time to lean into a broader progressive message.

Ch. 6: Support for Israel Divides Democrats, A Division Fomented by Republicans with Mairav Zonszein - The Real News - Air Date 2-10-19

The media claims if you support BDS you are an anti-semite. The Democrats aren't stopping that narrative.

Ch. 7: Swamp Monsters Attack Progressives with Cenk Uygur, Nomi Prins, and Ana Kasparian - The Young Turks - Air Date 3-28-19

The DCCC has taken a less democratic turn for the 2020 cycle and is stifling completion and blackballing consultants who would dare work against them.

Ch. 8: Establishment Dems Start War on Bernie - The David Pakman Show - Air Date 4-17-19

The 2016 establishment fought Bernie, and they continue today. Why do they want to stop him? His policies are popular and poll great.

VOICEMAILS

Ch. 9: The shifting definitions of progressivism - V from Central New York

Ch. 10: Wage caps hurt the workers but not the businesses - Bud from Boise

FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 11: Final comments on what Jimmy Dore leaving TYT says about the split in strategy among progressives with largely similar political goals

MUSIC(Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • PolyCoat - The Cabinetmaker
  • Parade Shoes - Arc and Crecent
  • Gondola Blue - Towboat
  • Quaver - Codebreaker
  • Rapids - Grey River
  • Sunday Lights - Onesuch Village
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

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Apr 24 2019

1hr 17mins

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#1357 What Trump is Invoking When He Invokes Manifest Destiny

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Today we take a look at the origins and legacy of Manifest Destiny, the historical term most closely tied to our most toxic version of nostalgia: the one longing for America's golden age of genocide

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Ch. 1: Intro contemplating conservative thinking applied to genocide

Ch. 2: Confederacy Inc. Donald Trump, Racist Police, and the Whitewashing of History Part 1 - Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill - Air Date 7-1-20

Native American historian Nick Estes explains the crimes against Indigenous people committed by the four presidents whose faces are carved into Mount Rushmore.

Ch. 3: The Interest of the White Man demands their extinction - @BackStory - Air Date: 01-19-18

Ed talks with historian Benjamin Madley about the devastating impact of the Gold Rush on California’s native tribes – and how both government officials and everyday citizens justified enslaving and killing native peoples.

Ch. 4: Doctrine of Christian Discovery Part 1 - Let’s Talk Native - Air Date 3-18-19

I learned that most educators know nothing about the Doctrine of Christian Discovery. How can you teach about colonization, slavery, the American genocide, Westward expansion or imperialism without teaching the origins of it all?

Ch. 5: Confederacy Inc. Donald Trump, Racist Police, and the Whitewashing of History Part 2 - Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill - Air Date 7-1-20

Native American historian Nick Estes explains the crimes against Indigenous people committed by the four presidents whose faces are carved into Mount Rushmore.

Ch. 6: Doctrine of Christian Discovery Part 2 - Let’s Talk Native - Air Date 3-18-19

I learned that most educators know nothing about the Doctrine of Christian Discovery. How can you teach about colonization, slavery, the American genocide, Westward expansion or imperialism without teaching the origins of it all?

Ch. 7: Paul Frymer on the building of an American empire - The Dig from @jacobinmag - Air Date 1-30-18

We are living on land from which indigenous people, over hundreds of years, have been violently removed. Almost everyone knows this — yet it’s rarely mentioned in stories that Americans tell themselves about who we are as a country and how we got here.

Ch. 8: Confederacy Inc. Donald Trump, Racist Police, and the Whitewashing of History Part 3 - Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill - Air Date 7-1-20

Native American historian Nick Estes explains the crimes against Indigenous people committed by the four presidents whose faces are carved into Mount Rushmore.

Ch. 9: Understanding the origins of scalp hunting and "redskins" - Empire Files - Air Date 11-25-15

Abby Martin interviews Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, renowned indigenous scholar and activist, about her most recent book "An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States."

Ch. 10: Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz on digging deeper to understand America's past - Popaganda from @BitchMedia - Air Date 6-16-16

We call up brilliant scholar Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz to dig into her work, An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States

FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 11: Final comments on the pain caused by the breaking of your shell of understanding

MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Thannoid - Bodytonic
  • Waltz for Zacaria - Cholate
  • Quaver - Codebreaker
  • Lahaina - Cloud Harbor
  • One Little Triumph - Piano Mover
  • Cloud Line - K4
  • Dirtbike Lovers - Desert Orchard
  • Astrisx - Bodytonic
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

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Jul 10 2020

1hr 19mins

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#1356 The Many, Many Problems with Cops and Why Reform is Impossible

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Today we take a look at the problems with cops that aren't the obvious, racist problems. We're talking about the rules that help protect bad cops from accountability, the police unions that insist on those rules and the lack of state or national policies that would structurally disincentivize the hiring or continued employment of problem officers.

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Race, Police, & The Pandemic - FRONTLINE - Air Date 6-2-20

Jelani Cobb describes how the relationship between black Americans and the police has become a “barometer” for race relations in the country and that explosive tensions are “overwhelmingly” in response to an issue of police use of force.

Ch. 2: The Man Who Teaches Our Cops To Kill Part 1 - Behind the Bastards - Air Date 6-1-20

Robert is joined by Jack O'Brien to discuss David Grossman, director of the Killology Research Group. More than a hundred police departments, and thousands of police officers, have taken Grossman’s courses over more than twenty years.

Ch. 3: Qualified Immunity and the myth of dangerous traffic stops - Pod Save the People - Air Date 5-26-20

DeRay, Brittany, Sam, and Clint discuss police accountability.

Ch. 4: The Man Who Teaches Our Cops To Kill Part 2 - Behind the Bastards - Air Date 6-1-20

Robert is joined by Jack O'Brien to discuss David Grossman, director of the Killology Research Group. More than a hundred police departments, and thousands of police officers, have taken Grossman’s courses over more than twenty years.

Ch. 5: Police Unions And Police Violence Part 1 - Planet Money - Air Date 6-5-20

We look at the data connecting police unions and police violence.

Ch. 6: Not Just Another Protest - It's Been a Minute with Sam Sanders - Air Date 6-5-20

Sam also talks to BuzzFeed News reporter Melissa Segura on her recent reporting about police unions and what they mean for reform.

Ch. 7: Police Unions And Police Violence Part 2 - Planet Money - Air Date 6-5-20

We look at the data connecting police unions and police violence.

Ch. 8: What Science Says About Police (with John Rappaport) - Pod Save the People - Air Date 6-9-20

This week DeRay sits down with John Rappaport, a law professor and research scholar examining criminal procedures in the justice system. They discuss Rappaport's findings regarding police misconduct and the effects of police behavior on communities.

Ch. 9: American Police: 100 years of reform - Throughline - Air Date 6-4-20

Black Americans being victimized and killed by the police is an epidemic. A truth many Americans are acknowledging since the murder of George Floyd, as protests have occurred in all fifty states calling for justice on his behalf.

FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 10: Final comments on the pain and sadness of being lied to by your country

MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Thannoid - Bodytonic
  • Watermarks - Crab Shack
  • Derailed - The Depot
  • Cloud Line - K4
  • Festering - Towboat
  • Waltz and Fury - Macrame
  • LaBranche - Bayou Birds
  • Sunday Lights - Onesuch Village
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

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Jul 06 2020

1hr 38mins

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#1355 I Can't Breathe, The Three Words That Define an Era

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Today we take a look deeper at the concept of "I can't breathe," going beyond the literal utterances by victims of police brutality and COVID-19 sufferers to the metaphorical epidemic of exhaustion, burnout, depression and disaffection in the US and around the world.

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Black Lives Matter Protests, "Outside Agitators," and the Coronavirus - DOOMED with Matt Binder - Air Date 5-30-20

Matt Binder discusses the Black Lives Matter protests, the police killing of George Floyd, the media's narrative on the protests, riots, and looting, the "outside agitator" trope, and the looming cloud of the coronavirus pandemic.

Ch. 2: Structural robbery, mass resistance with William C. Anderson Part 2 - This Is Hell! - Air Date 6-4-20

Writer William C. Anderson on the real theft in capitalist society and the uprisings against it, and his article "Forget 'Looting.' Capitalism Is the Real Robbery" for Truthout.

Ch. 3: George Floyd, you, me… us - Jim Hightower - Air Date 6-9-20

There’s a growing understanding that we really are “all in this together,” so we’ve got to stand up for George Floyd, each other… and the America we want.

Ch. 4: The End of Policing with Alex Vitale Part 1 - Tysky Sour, Novara Media - Air Date 6-3-20

Aaron Bastani interviews author of ‘The End of Policing’, Alex Vitale, to ask just how bad law enforcement is in the United States, and what can be done about it.

Ch. 5: America, Racism & Patterns of Change (with Heather Cox Richardson)- Stay Tuned with Preet - Air Date - 6-11-20

Boston College History Professor Heather Cox Richardson joins Preet to discuss the evolution of the Republican Party, the utility of historical parallels in this time of protest, and the policies that might help heal our nation.

Ch. 6: The End of Policing with Alex Vitale Part 2 - Tysky, Novara Media - Air Date 6-3-20

Aaron Bastani interviews author of ‘The End of Policing’, Alex Vitale, to ask just how bad law enforcement is in the United States, and what can be done about it.

Ch. 7: Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor on how racism & racial terrorism fueled nationwide anger - Democracy Now! - Air Date 6-1-20

“These are not just repeats of past events,” says scholar Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor. “These are the consequences of the failures of this government and the political establishment … to resolve these crises.”

Ch. 8: The End of Policing with Alex Vitale Part 3 - Tysky, Novara Media - Air Date 6-3-20

Aaron Bastani interviews author of ‘The End of Policing’, Alex Vitale, to ask just how bad law enforcement is in the United States, and what can be done about it.

Ch. 9: The Uprising and Its Leadership: What Does it Look Like in This Moment? - The Takeaway - Air Date 6-10-20

The Uprising and Its Leadership: What Does it Look Like in This Moment? How can leadership lead a social movement to victory?

Ch. 10: Cornel West: Nationwide uprisings herald "America's moment of reckoning" - Democracy Now! - Air Date 6-1-20

Professor Cornel West calls the U.S. a “predatory capitalist civilization obsessed with money, money, money.” He also makes connections between U.S. violence abroad and at home.

FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 11: Final comments on how we all push ourselves until we can't breathe

MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Thannoid - Bodytonic
  • Hickory Shed - Onesuch Village
  • Coronea - Marisala
  • Cloud Line - K4
  • Decompression - Rayling
  • Jackbird - Feathers
  • Cat's Eye - Marble Run
  • Rafter - Speakeasy
  • Lord Weasel - Molerider
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

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Jun 29 2020

1hr 26mins

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#1354 Police violence and racism are a product of our past (Uprising, Crackdown, Authoritarianism)

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Today we take a look at the history of racist policing which flows seamlessly into our present racist policing which itself flows into Trump's authoritarian glee at the opportunity to consolidate violent, racist power in response to protests against violent, racist power.

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: American Police - Throughline - Air Date 6-4-20

Black Americans being victimized and killed by the police is an epidemic. A truth many Americans are acknowledging since the murder of George Floyd, as protests have occurred in all fifty states calling for justice on his behalf.

Ch. 2: From slavery to George Floyd: The racist history of U.S. policing - Democracy Now - Air Date 6-10-20

Harvard professor Khalil Gibran Muhammad, author of "The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime and the Making of Modern Urban America," walks through the history of policing from the founding of the United States to today.

Ch. 3: The Truth: Police Are Lynching Black Americans! w/ Dr. Jhacova Williams, PhD - Thom Hartmann - Air Date 6-10-20

What if lynching never stopped... and the police took over the job?

Ch. 4: Unmasking The 'Outside Agitator' Part 1 - Code Switch - Air Date 6-10-20

Whenever a protest boils up, it's a safe bet that public officials will quickly blame any violence or disruption on "outside agitators." But what, exactly, does it mean to be an agitator? And can these mysterious outsiders be a force for good?

Ch. 5: "Looting" concerns distract from bureaucratic violence toward Black people - Democracy Now - Air Date 6-6-20

Carol Anderson, a professor of African American Studies at Emory University, discusses the Red Scare of 1919 and the echo of it we're seeing today.

Ch. 6: Unmasking The 'Outside Agitator' Part 2 - Code Switch - Air Date 6-10-20

Whenever a protest boils up, it's a safe bet that public officials will quickly blame any violence or disruption on "outside agitators." But what, exactly, does it mean to be an agitator? And can these mysterious outsiders be a force for good?

Ch. 7: The Man Who Teaches Our Cops To Kill - Behind the Bastards - Air Date 6-1-20

Robert is joined by Jack O'Brien to discuss David Grossman, director of the Killology Research Group. More than a hundred police departments, and thousands of police officers, have taken Grossman’s courses over more than twenty years.

Ch. 8: Protests Sweep Across America and Beyond Part 2 - The Daily Show - Air Date 6-9-20

Police get violent with peaceful protesters.

Ch. 9: Systemic Exhaustion - In The Thick - Air Date 6-10-20

As thousands of protestors fill the streets, Maria and Julio talk about the #BlackLivesMatter movement, performative allyship, and what it means to abolish the police with Karen Attiah and Dr. Christina Greer.

Ch. 10: The Rebellion in Defense of Black Lives Is Rooted in U.S. History, so Too Is Trump’s Authoritarian Rule. - Intercepted - Air Date 6-3-20

With the threat of widespread military deployment in U.S. cities looming, the president is acting as an authoritarian dictator.

Ch. 11: Why Ta-Nehisi Coates is hopeful - The Ezra Klein Show - Air Date 6-4-20

There is now, as there always is amidst protests, a loud call for the protesters to follow the principles of nonviolence. And that call, as Ta-Nehisi Coates says, comes from people who neither practice nor heed nonviolence in their own lives.

Ch. 12: Is This Trump’s Reichstag Fire Moment? Part 1 - Deconstructed with Mehdi Hasan - Air Date 6-4-20

President Trump has seized on the nationwide protest movement that followed the death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer to advance his most authoritarian political instincts. Fascism scholar Ruth Ben-Ghiat joins Mehdi Hasan to d

Ch. 13: The Military Stands Up To Trump - On the Media - Air Date 6-18-20

It began with the President’s notorious bible photo-op, preceded by a military crackdown north of the White House clearing protesters from Lafayette Square. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff later publicly renounced his role in the incident.

Ch. 14: Is This Trump’s Reichstag Fire Moment? Part 2 - Deconstructed with Mehdi Hasan - Air Date 6-4-20

President Trump has seized on the nationwide protest movement that followed the death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer to advance his most authoritarian political instincts. Fascism scholar Ruth Ben-Ghiat joins Mehdi Hasan to d

FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 15: Final comments on how things are going these days

MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Line Etching - Marble Run
  • On Early Light - Cholate
  • Parade Shoes - Arc and Crecent
  • Weathervane - CloudCover
  • Rapids - Grey River
  • Vittoro - Aeronaut
  • Dirtbike Lovers - Desert Orchard
  • Waterbourne - Algea Fields
  • Santre - K2
  • Chilvat - Lillehammer
  • A Path Unwinding - K4
  • Denzel Sprak - CloudCover
  • The Summit - K2
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

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Jun 22 2020

1hr 41mins

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#1353 Uprising, George Floyd was the spark that ignited the world

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Air Date 6/17/2020

Today we take a look at the uprising sparked by the killing of George Floyd in the context of a world in which that event was just the last straw in an innumerable series of straws. 

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: A Decade Of Watching Black People Die - Code Switch - Air Date 5-31-20

The last few weeks have been filled with devastating news — stories about the police killing black people. At this point, these calamities feel familiar — so familiar, in fact, that their details have begun to echo each other.

Ch. 2: Tamika Mallory Nationwide Uprising Against State Violence Shows People Have Reached Breaking Point - Democracy Now - Air Date 6-4-20

Tamika Mallory: “At this point, we’re looking at a nation and a world that has decided that what we saw happen on camera … is no longer acceptable... people have taken to the streets to demand change."

Ch. 3: Trevor Speaks Out About the Murder of George Floyd - The Daily Show - Air Date 6-1-20

Trevor discusses the murders of Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd, the Minneapolis protests, and how racial injustice and police brutality continue to impact black Americans.

Ch. 4: Why The 2020 Anti-Racism Uprisings Feel Different - News Beat - Air Date 6-5-20

A veteran of the 1967 Newark Rebellion discusses George Floyd’s death, the culture of police brutality, and whether today's movement can produce change.

Ch. 5: Structural robbery, mass resistance with William C. Anderson - This Is Hell! - Air Date 6-4-20

Writer William C. Anderson on the real theft in capitalist society and the uprisings against it, and his article "Forget 'Looting.' Capitalism Is the Real Robbery" for Truthout.

Ch. 6: Uprisings Against Police Killings of Black People - Sojourner Truth Radio - Air Date 6-3-20

After a week of protests, the nationwide (and now worldwide) uprising against racism and police killings of Black people in response to the murder of George Floyd continues to grow.

Ch. 7: The thin blue line between looting and standard economics - The Bugle - Air Date 6-6-20

Andy, Hari and Tom react to the protests in the USA.

Ch. 8: "Get Your Knee Off Our Necks" At Memorial for George Floyd, Mourners Condemn 400 Years of Racism - Democracy now - Air Date 6-5-20

We hear the voices of Floyd’s brother Philonise and Reverend Al Sharpton, who urged those gathered “to stand up in George’s name and say, 'Get your knee off our necks!'”

Ch. 9: Protests Sweep Across the Globe - The Daily Show - Air Date 6-9-20

Americans take to the streets in historic numbers to protest police brutality, the demand for books about racism skyrockets, and meaningful police reform catches on.

Ch. 10: This Is Not a Game - In The Thick - Air Date 6-12-20

Maria and Julio get into how race and activism show up in sports - historically and in the current Black Lives Matter movement - with Howard Bryant, a senior writer for ESPN and correspondent for NPR’s Weekend Edition.

Ch. 11: NFL's Roger Goodell We Were Wrong, #BlackLivesMatter - The Young Turks - Air Date 6-5-20

NFL's commissioner has released a statement saying they were wrong to stop protests.

Ch. 12: Amanpour Knows an Uprising When She Sees One - Brian Lehrer Show - Air Date 6-9-20

CNN International anchor Christiane Amanpour has seen a lot of unrest around the globe. She says we have to see the George Floyd protests for what they are. An uprising.

Ch. 13: The Racial Justice Uprising in the U.S. is Taking Hold Overseas - The Takeaway - Air Date 6-8-20

Many foreign leaders have condemned the killing of George Floyd, but demonstrators outside of the U.S. are also attempting to call attention to racial injustice within their own borders.

Ch. 14: Protest, Pain & Hope with Karen Attiah - Stay Tuned with Preet - Air Date 6-4-20

Washington Post Global Opinions editor Karen Attiah discusses the ongoing protests sparked by police brutality, legacies of racial violence in America, and the language we use to speak about inequality.

Ch. 15: Roundtable On Police Killings & Global Resistance - Sojourner Truth Radio - Air Date 6-5-20

We look at the international response to the police killing of George Floyd. Countries are now being forced to face their own racism and the inter-relationship between racism and imperialism.

Ch. 16: #DefendBlackLives: Join the #SixNineteen (#Juneteenth) Rallies 6/19-21 Virtually, Locally or in DC via @Mvmnt4BlkLives

Ch. 17: Voices of the uprising - Sojourner Truth Radio - Air Date 6-5-20

Highlighting the voices of protesters

TAKE ACTION

Join The Movement for Black Lives' SixNineteen mobilization: 6/19 (Juneteenth) through 6/21

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#SIXNINETEEN: Movement For Black Lives Calls For Juneteenth Actions (Essence)

An American Uprising (The New Yorker)

Black Lives Matter Chapters

What Exactly Does It Mean to Defund the Police? (The Cut, NY Magazine)

America, This is Your Chance (NY Times Op-Ed, Michelle Alexander)

Police Erupt in Violence Nationwide (Slate)

Freedom to Thrive: Reimagining Safety & Security in Our Communities (Popular Democracy)

Resources for White People to Learn and Talk About Race and Racism (Fractured Atlas)

A Letter to White People Engaged in Conversations Around the Phrase “Defund The Police” (Medium)

Louisville police release the Breonna Taylor incident report. It's virtually blank (Louisville Courier Journal)

This Is How Hard It Is to Invest in Black Neighborhoods (Bloomberg CityLabs)

Researched and Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman

MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • PolyCoat - The Cabinetmaker
  • Eventual Victory - Codebreaker
  • Astrisx - Bodytonic
  • Parade Shoes - Arc and Crecent
  • Quaver - Codebreaker
  • Derailed - The Depot
  • Tripoli - Pecan Grove
  • Chilvat - Lillehammer
  • LaBranche - Bayou Birds
  • Arizona Moon - Cholate
  • Around Plastic Card Tables - Desert Orchard
  • Minutes - Pacha Faro
  • Chrome and Wax - Ray Catcher
  • Turning - Lathe
  • Tar and Spackle - Plaster
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

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Jun 17 2020

1hr 29mins

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#1352 Racism In America, The Last 160 Years, Explained

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Air Date 6/10/2020

Today we take a look at the long arc of racism in America as a primer for many of the topics it would be good for you to be acquainted with as we live through yet another convulsive societal awakening regarding racism and police abuse in our country. If you only ever share one episode of this podcast with friends, family or another else, make it this one.

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Confederacy - @LastWeekTonight with @iamjohnoliver - Air Date 10-09-17

Confederate symbols are still celebrated despite the ugly history they symbolize. John Oliver suggests some representations of southern pride that involve less racism and more Stephen Colbert.

Ch. 2: History of Slaveowners Receiving Reparations with DeRay, Sam, Brittany and Clint - Pod Save the People - Air Date 4-23-19

Discussing the New York Times story: When Slaveowners Got Reparations

Ch. 3: 40 Acres and A Mule, Today with Brian Balogh and William Darity - BackStory - Air Date 5-24-19

“40 acres and a mule” promised ex-slave families 40 acres of tillable land on the southeastern coast. However, after many families had settled on the land, the policy was reversed and the area was reinstated to white farmers and former slave owners.

Ch. 4: The history of the raising of Civil War monuments - @offkiltershow - Air Date 8-18-17

Jeremy Slevin speaks with Professor Kirk Savage, an author and expert on civil war monuments, to discuss the troubling history of these monuments.

Ch. 5: As Confederate Monuments Come Down, the Struggle Continues - On the Media - Air Date 5-26-17

Bob talks with Malcolm Suber, an historian and co-founder of the group Take 'Em Down NOLA, about the significance of removing monuments to white supremacy, and the work that still remains to be done.

Ch. 6: Bryan Stevenson wants us to confront racial terrorism and then say, Never again. Part 1 - Cape Up - Air Date 4-24-18

“We can’t go on. We cannot pretend that something really destructive, something really corruptive happened when communities came to celebrate this kind of violence. We have to talk about it. We have to acknowledge the wrongfulness of it.”

Ch. 7: Study On The Impact Of Nazi Propaganda - @TheYoungTurks - Air Date 06-19-15

Cenk Uygur discusses the power of propaganda. A study has been released which looked into the effect of Nazi propaganda on Germany, particularly it's long-term impact.

Ch. 8: Bryan Stevenson wants us to confront racial terrorism and then say, Never again. Part 2 - Cape Up - Air Date 4-24-18

“We can’t go on. We cannot pretend that something really destructive, something really corruptive happened when communities came to celebrate this kind of violence. We have to talk about it. We have to acknowledge the wrongfulness of it.”

Ch. 9: The Great Migration - @DecodeDC - Air Date 5-14-15

Isabel Wilkerson spent 15 years researching and writing her book, “The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration.” The book is the story of nearly 6 million African Americans who migrated out of the South.

Ch. 10: A Dream Remembered? How we came to revere MLK - @Making_Contact - Air Date 1-17-17

Gary Younge, author of “The Speech” talks about Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream and the story behind it.

Ch. 11: MLK What They Won't Teach In School - News Beat - Air Date 1-8-18

We take an alternative look at Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy, examining how the civil rights icon was so much more than simply the “I Have a Dream” soundbite.

Ch. 12: Michelle Alexander on The New Jim Crow - Leid Stories - Air Date 8-26-15

Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, discusses in a presentation at the University of Tennessee the policies that produced mass incarceration.

Ch. 13: The True Origins of the War on Drugs - News Beat - Air Date 8-9-17

One trillion dollars. That’s how much the United States has spent in the last 40 years on the war on drugs. Currently, more than 450,000 Americans are imprisoned for drug offenses—up from 40,000 in 1980.

Ch. 14: Racism vs Prejudice - Kat Blaque - Air Date 10-5-14

Ch. 15: Responding to the black-on-black-crime talking point - About Race - Air Date 9-1-15

Ch. 16: A More Beautiful & Terrible History The Whitewashing & Distortion of Rosa Parks and MLK_s Legacies - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 02-06-18

Professor Jeanne Theoharis’s new book is titled “A More Beautiful and Terrible History: The Uses and Misuses of Civil Rights History.” It shows how the legacy of the civil rights movement has been distorted and whitewashed for public consumption.

Ch. 17: When Is the Right Time for Black People to Protest? - The Daily Show - Air Date 9-25-17

Trevor unpacks the backlash that NFL players, Stevie Wonder and ESPN commentator Jemele Hill received after speaking out against racism.

Ch. 18: How whiteness distorts our democracy, with Eddie Glaude Jr. - The Ezra Klein Show - Air Date 4-4-19

Glaude is the chair of Princeton University’s department of African American studies, the president of the American Academy of Religion, and the author of the powerful book Democracy in Black.

Ch. 19: Why We Riot The language of the unheard - NewsBeat - Air Date 12-18-17

MLK, Jr. once referred to “riots” as the “language of the unheard.” The reasons for such rebellions are myriad: political, social & cultural.

FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 12: Final comments

MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Derailed - The Depot
  • The Envelope - Aeronaut
  • Beast on the Soil - Desert Orchard
  • The Cast and Favor - Bayou Birds
  • Waltz and Fury - Macrame
  • Landon Depot - The Depot
  • Inessential - Bayou Birds
  • Rafter - Speakeasy
  • Midday - Pecan Grove
  • Chrome and Wax - Ray Catcher
  • Around Plastic Card Tables - Desert Orchard
  • Turning to You - Landsman Duets
  • Turning on the Lights - Speakeasy
  • Line Etching - Marble Run
  • Insatiable Toad - Origami
  • The Coil Winds - Vacant Distillery
  • Curio - Vacant Distillery
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

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Jun 10 2020

1hr 48mins

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#1351 The Empire Strikes Up Another Cold War (China and US Empire)

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Air Date 6/5/2020

Today we take a look at the growing importance of China on the world stage and the growing instinct of the American Empire to confront it even while the fundamentals of the strength of the empire slip away. All that with the Coronavirus on top just to make things interesting.

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Janine Jackson takes a quick look back at press coverage of China - CounterSpin - Air Date 5-22-20

Ch. 2: How Trump And Xi Set The Stage For The Pandemic - Brian Lehrer A Daily Politics Podcast - Air Date 4-10-20

COVID-19 originated in China and exploded across the US. Today, a look at the leaders of those two countries: What have they done right to contain this pandemic, what have they done wrong, and what haven't they done at all?

Ch. 3: Vijay Prashad on China (and Sinophobia) - Behind the News from Jacobin Radio - Air Date 4-24-20

Examining the timeline of China's response to the coronavirus and reporting to the WHO

Ch. 4: Global health expert: The WHO deserves our thanks - Democracy Now - Air Date 4-30-20

WHO adviser Lawrence Gostin says the organization has actually done well in the pandemic, despite a minuscule budget and political interference.

Ch. 5: Coronavirus has pushed US-China relations to their worst point since Mao - The Ezra Klein Show - Air Date 3-30-20

The US-China relationship will define geopolitics in the 21st century. If we collapse into rivalry, conflict, and politically opportunistic nationalism, the results could be hellish.

Ch. 6: China & US relations w/ Kevin Li, Amanda Yee, & Alex Tom - The Red Nation Podcast - Air Date 5-26-20

A critical look at the US imperialist "pivot" to China in a time of pandemic.

Ch. 7: US Empire Exploits Covid-19 For More War - Empire Files - Air Date 4-7-20

Abby Martin breaks down all the hidden acts of US foreign policy aggression under the cover of the COVID19 pandemic.

Ch. 8: Joe Emersberger on Pandemic Sanctions - CounterSpin - Air Date 4-10-20

The US is imposing devastating economic sanctions on Venezuela and Iran, ensuring that they will have a harder time protecting their citizens from the pandemic. We’ll talk about that with writer Joe Emersberger.

Ch. 9: The Creation of the National Security State & Conflict with China ft. Daniel Bessner - Michael Brooks Show - Air Date 5-7-20

Historical context for the drumbeat for another Cold War

Ch. 10: America The Farewell Tour w: Chris Hedges - Fortress On A Hill - Air Date 4-15-20

Chris Hedges is a columnist, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, a New York Times best-selling author.

FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 11: Final comments

MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Algea Trio - Algea Fields
  • Rapids - Grey River
  • Cloud Line - K4
  • Tripoli - Pecan Grove
  • Waltz for Zacaria - Cholate
  • Derailed - The Depot
  • Jackbird - Feathers
  • Santre - K2
  • Slow Lane Lover - Barstool
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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Jun 05 2020

1hr 43mins

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#1029 You can't reignite a fire that never stops burning (Black and Blue Lives) (Repost)

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Air Date 7/19/2016 Today we take a listen to a few of the reactions from people of color to the shooting deaths of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile and the police officers in Dallas Be part of the show! Leave us a message at 202-999-3991

Show Notes

Ch. 2: Act 1: Black Father in Letter to His Son "I Thought of You When I Saw the Son of Alton Sterling Weeping" - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 07-14-16

Ch. 3: Song 1: Sur Le Fil - Yann Tiersen

Ch. 4: Act 2: Video of and reaction to Philando Castile - Code Switch - Air Date 7-9-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: End of the World - Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin

Ch. 6: Act 3: You can't reignite a fire that never stops burning - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 7-8-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: Turtle (Bonobo Remix) - Pilote

Ch. 8: Act 4: Tired of being strong, it's time to fix the system - The Benjamin Dixon Show (@TheBpDShow) - Air Date 7-6-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: North bank upper - Plusplus

Ch. 10: Act 5: The fatal shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile - The Daily Show - Air Date 7-7-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: Rain Begins To Fall (instrumental) - Silence Is Sexy

Ch. 12: Act 6: ‘Black Lives Matter’ Protesters Respond To Dallas Shooting - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 07-09-16

Ch. 13: Song 6: Silhouette - David Ari Leon

Ch. 14: Act 7: Dallas shooter was banned from black activist groups - @CitizenRadio - Air Date 7-12-16

Ch. 15: Song 7: Untitled - Zoe Keating

Ch. 16: Act 8: Black Surgeon Who Treated Dallas Officers On Race Relations with Law Enforcement - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 07-13-16

Ch. 17: Song 8: A Faraway Home (instrumental) - Silence Is Sexy

Ch. 18: Act 9: Scoop Jackson on the unnecessary, yet understood, killings of people and police - @EdgeofSports - w: Dave Zirin - Air Date 7-13-16

Ch. 19: Song 9: Whatchuwando - Krayzie Bone

Ch. 18: Act 10: Pastor Michael McBride on what white people can do - Politically Re-Active - Air Date 7-13-16

Ch. 19: Song 10: Adventure, Darling - Gillicuddy

Ch. 18: Act 11: People with privilege need to get up and stand shoulder to shoulder - The Read - Air Date 7-13-16

Voicemails

Ch. 19: Response to police killing person during standoff - Colin from Cleveland, OH

Ch. 20: Examining the police with an analogy with healthcare - Charlie from Cleveland

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics

Ch. 21: Final comments on what white people can do to get involved in the movement for black lives

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

TAKE ACTION

Find Showing Up for Justice actions near you

Sign the We Are Here Movement's Racial Justice Moonshot Petition

EDUCATE YOURSELF

This is What White People Can Do to Support Black Lives Matter (Washington Post)

Tim Wise Website (TimWise.com)

It's Legal to Kill Black People (Hands Up United) 

Rewire News - Racism (Rewire.com)

Only White People Can Save Themselves From Racism and White Supremacism (Washington Post) 

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Amanda Hoffman

Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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Jun 02 2020

1hr 18mins

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#1350 Reach For The Good Ideas That Are Just Lying Around (Disaster Capitalism)

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Air Date 5/21/2020

Today we take a look at the classic battle between good and... not evil exactly but worse than just 'bad'... 'malicious indifference to suffering in the pursuit of ideology over real-world outcomes' maybe?... as seen through the lens of trying to destroy or save the US Post Office, the battle for basic labor rights and protections and the struggle to define the revolutionary change we are going to experience on the back end of the pandemic for either good or ill.

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: USPS - Last Week Tonight with John Oliver - Air Date 5-10-20

As the U.S. Postal Service faces financial catastrophe, John Oliver discusses why the service is so important, what brought it to this point, and what we can do to help.

Ch. 2: Far from a loser, the post office is a money-making operation - Jim Hightower - Air Date 4-21-20

Antigovernment ideologues and privatization dogmatists hate the very word “public” and they’ve long sought to demonize the US Postal Service, undercut its popular support, and finally dismantle it.

Ch. 3: Trump Attacks Post Office While Carriers & Clerks Die from COVID-19 - Democracy Now - Air Date 4-29-20

President Trump has lashed out at the U.S. Postal Service as the pandemic brings it to the brink of collapse and more people than ever are relying on the mail.

Ch. 4: Is Postal Banking a Good Idea? - David Pakman Show - Air Date 05-14-18

Audience question: Is postal banking a good idea?

Ch. 5: Should Trump be America’s Postal Potentate? - Jim Hightower - Air Date 5-7-20

The humble Post Office is a community fixture, a civic inheritance, a rural lifeline, and one of the last vestiges of a shared civic culture in America.

Ch. 6: Refocusing May Day On The Revolutionary Struggle For Workers' Rights - The Real News - Air Date 5-5-20

The revolutionary history of May Day is recognized around the world in a way that should inspire workers in the United States to continue their fight.

Ch. 7: Mike Elk on Frontline Worker Rights - CounterSpin - Air Date 4-10-20

Mike Elk discusses essential workers and the power of labor and strikes.

Ch. 8: Food Workers and the Virus - Belabored by Dissent Magazine - Air Date 5-9-20

We talk with Raj Patel, research professor in the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin and the author of Stuffed and Starved.

Ch. 9: Charles Derber Upstairs/Downstairs Economy - Unauthorized Disclosure - Air Date 4-5-20

Charles Derber on whether the pandemic may significantly alter the structure of the economy in the United States.

Ch. 10: Congress Sets Aside $1,200 In Trust For Each American Until They Prove They’re Responsible Enough To Handle It - The Topical - Air Date 4-15-20

It’s a historic stimulus bill that will finally offer some financial relief to those affected by the coronavirus outbreak. But will Americans be able to prove they’re mature enough to spend it responsibly?

Ch. 11: Ricardo Salvador on the Food System & COVID-19 - CounterSpin - Air Date 5-8-20

As for food workers—farm laborers, meatpackers, grocery and restaurant workers—how can they be deemed “essential” and yet treated as expendable?

Ch. 12: Demand Congress Pass The #PeoplesBailout via ThePeoplesBailout.org

Go to The People’s Bailout dot org to easily write and call your members of Congress demanding they take effective, inclusive, equitable and preventative legislative action.

Ch. 13: Coronavirus Capitalism and How to Beat It - The Intercept - Air Date 3-16-20

This video is about the ways the still-unfolding COVID-19 crisis is already remaking our sense of the possible.

Ch. 14: The Georgia Experiment - Social Distance - Air Date 4-30-20

Staff writer and Georgia native Amanda Mull join to talk about the political forces pushing to reopen her home state.

Ch. 15: A New Economy for a post-COVID world - Progressive Faith Sermons - Dr. Roger Ray - Air Date 5-3-20

As President Trump and many states’ governors are pushing (largely minority) workers to go back to work in unsafe conditions for less than a living wage in the midst of a pandemic, is the word “revolution” too strong to use or is it not quite enough?

FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 16: Final comments on the best-laid intentions

TAKE ACTION!

Write & Call Your Members of Congress & MORE at ThePeoplesBailout.org

Follow @_PeoplesBailout on Twitter

Spread the word with #PeoplesBailout on social media

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The Bailout is Working - For the Rich (ProPublica)

Retail workers at Amazon and Whole Foods coordinate sick-out to protest Covid-19 conditions (The Guardian)

For immigrants without legal status, federal coronavirus relief is out of reach (Vox)

Essential workers still lack basic safety protections on the job (Vox)

Millions Of Americans Have Lost Health Insurance As Unemployment Soars (NPR)

Vote safely by mail in November? Not so fast, say Republicans (The Guardian)

Republicans plan to spend at least $20 million to combat voting rights lawsuits in 2020 (Vox)

Want To Jump-Start The Economy? Include A Green New Deal In The Stimulus Package (Forbes)

Elizabeth Warren and Ro Khanna Unveil Essential Workers Bill of Rights (Warren.senate.gov)

Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, and Ed Markey to introduce a Senate bill to give Americans $2,000 a month until the coronavirus crisis ends (Business Insider)

Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman

MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • PolyCoat - The Cabinetmaker
  • Turning to You - Landsman Duets
  • The Spinnet - Castle Danger
  • Contrarian - Sketchbook
  • Turning - Lathe
  • Eventual Victory - Codebreaker
  • Haena - Cloud Harbor
  • Our Fingers Cold - K2
  • Homegrown - The Pine Barrens
  • Take a Tiny Train - Ray Catcher
  • Vengeful - Warmbody
  • Chilvat - Lillehammer
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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May 21 2020

2hr 5mins

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Bonus Edition #208 Planet of the Humans from Michael Moore, Explained

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Air Date 5/15/2020

Today, Amanda and I discuss the new film Executive Produced by Michael Moore, Planet of the Humans. We try to hit as many topics as we can but do not claim this is an exhaustive list of problems with the film. In short, the film tries to make a few good points but they are completely drowned in a sea of misinformation potent enough to send climate deniers into a joyous tizzy.

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00:00:00 Ch. 1: Intro and Index

00:06:12 Ch. 2: Planet of the Humans DEBUNKED Part 1: Misrepresenting Solar Science - Now You Know - Air Date 5-8-20

00:11:44 Ch. 3: Planet of the Humans DEBUNKED Part 2: Ignoring New Renewable Solutions to Intermittency - Now You Know - Air Date 5-8-20

00:17:12 Michael Moore, filmmakers respond to criticism of new bombshell environmental film Part 1: No Defense of Their Bad Science - The Hill Rising - Air Date 4-28-20

00:20:10 Ch. 4: Michael Moore, filmmakers respond to criticism of new bombshell environmental film Part 2: All the Good Points the Film Failed to Make - The Hill Rising - Air Date 4-28-20

00:24:03 Ch. 5: Michael Moore, filmmakers respond to criticism of new bombshell environmental film Part 3: Population Control? - The Hill Rising - Air Date 4-28-20

00:28:39 Ch. 6: The Climate Conversation has Been Imploded

00:31:04 Ch. 7: The Reason Population Reduction is Not the Answer to Our Climate Emergency

00:33:01 Ch. 8: The Mechanics of Making a Bad Documentary - Manipulative Editing

00:34:44 Ch. 9: The Mechanics of Making a Bad Documentary - Poor Interview Sourcing

00:36:28 Ch. 10: Poor Interview Sourcing, Misleading Data: The GM Volt Launch

00:39:02 Ch. 11: The Mechanics of Making a Bad Documentary - No Follow-Up Interviews

00:46:12 Ch. 12: The Mechanics of Making a Bad Documentary - Bad Data by Ignoring Innovation

00:47:21 Ch. 13: The Mechanics of Making a Bad Documentary - Artificially Inflating Small Issues to Seem Large

00:48:52 Ch. 14: The Mechanics of Making a Bad Documentary - We’re Just Asking Questions

00:49:30 Ch. 15: The Mechanics of Making a Bad Documentary - Terrible Graphs and Visuals

00:52:55 Ch. 16: The Mechanics of Making a Bad Documentary - Silly Anecdotes

00:54:13 Ch. 17: The Mechanics of Making a Bad Documentary - Assuming Makes an Ass Out of You and Me

00:57:16 Ch. 18: Comparing Mountain-Top Wind Farms to Mountain-Top-Removal Coal Mining is Unconscionable

00:58:39 Ch. 19: The Mechanics of Making a Bad Documentary - Making Arguments in Nonsensical Ways

01:00:58 Ch. 20: White Men Fail to Discuss Reproductive Justice or Environmental Justice in Any Way

01:02:01 Ch. 21: EVs, Green Energy in Michael Moore's Confused New Documentary Planet Of The Humans - Transport Evolved - Air Date 4-29-20

01:04:47 Ch. 22: The Film Leaves Viewers With a Conclusion the Filmmakers Didn’t Intend

01:05:43 Ch. 23: The Film Doesn’t Speak to Anyone Advocating a New Way of Living

01:07:53 Ch. 24: Who is Benefitting and Who is Being Hurt By This Film?

01:12:00 Ch. 25: Planet of the Humans DEBUNKED Part 3: Emboldened Deniers - Now You Know - Air Date 5-8-20

01:14:53 Ch. 26: Right-Wing Media LOVES This Film: The Left 'has attacked' Michael Moore for his 'Planet Human' documentary - Sky News Australia - Air Date 4-27-20

01:17:03 Ch. 27: Debunking the Idea that Anyone Ever Called for the Film to be Banned

01:18:07 Ch. 28: The Damage to the Climate Movement: The Problem With “Planet Of The Humans” Part. 1 ft. Joshua Kahn Russell - Michael Brooks Show - Air Date 5-7-20

01:24:16 Ch. 29: Attempting to Make Good Points About the Neoliberalism at the Heart of the Climate Movement but Completely Botching it

01:28:28 Ch. 30: The Producers Defend the Use of Bad Science by Asserting that Science Doesn’t Matter

01:30:00 Ch. 31: Michael Moore in a live discussion with Extinction Rebellion co-founder Clare Farrell Part 1 - Extinction Rebellion - Air Date 5-5-20

01:32:03 Ch. 32: Science is Foundational to Their Arguments but Also Doesn’t Matter

01:34:14 Ch. 33: Michael Moore in a live discussion with Extinction Rebellion co-founder Clare Farrell Part 2 - Extinction Rebellion - Air Date 5-5-20

01:35:56 Ch. 34: Fostering Conspiratorial Thinking

01:37:50 Ch. 35: Scientists are Religious, Only we Know the Truth: Michael Moore in a live discussion with Extinction Rebellion co-founder Clare Farrell Part 3 - Extinction Rebellion - Air Date 5-5-20

01:40:43 Ch. 36: Naïve, Wishful Thinking is Not a Thesis

01:42:22 Ch. 37: How to Make an Argument that Centers the Need to Reduce Consumption

01:44:50 Ch. 38: Michael Moore Proves His Profound Ignorance: Michael Moore in a live discussion with Extinction Rebellion co-founder Clare Farrell Part 4 - Extinction Rebellion - Air Date 5-5-20

01:45:54 Ch. 39: Explaining Moore’s Deep Ignorance

01:50:32 Ch. 40: The Need to Trust in Experts, Not Buffoons

01:51:14 Ch. 41: Accidental Eugenics Leads Predictably to Deeply Racist Outcomes

01:54:42 Ch. 42: Why Focusing on Over-Population is Not the Solution to Our Climate Emergency

01:57:02 Ch. 43: Sunrise Movement Response to the Film

01:59:08 Ch. 44: Response to the Film by Michael Moore’s Former Fact-Checker

02:01:33 Ch. 45: Extinction Rebellion Response to the Film

02:02:57 Ch. 46: Why We Need to Debunk This Film

Articles for Further Reading (Or Just to Marvel at the Sheer Number of Them)

Planet of the humans: A reheated mess of lazy, old myths, Ketan Joshi

This is where hard work got us (another post about the bad film), Ketan Joshi

The great giving up (and the film that made it worse), Ketan Joshi

6 Reasons Why “Planet of the Humans” is a Disaster of Misinformation, Ben Wehrman

10 Reasons « Planet of the Humans » Gets Everything Wrong on Climate, Benjamin Tincq

Why “Planet of the Humans” is crap, Tom Athanasiou, EcoEquity

Film Review: Forget about PLANET OF THE HUMANS by Jeff Gibbs and Michael Moore by Neal Livingston

Michael Moore produced a film about climate change that’s a gift to Big Oil, Leah Stokes

Planet of the Humans Comes This Close to Actually Getting the Real Problem, Then Goes Full Ecofascism, Brian Kahn, Gizmondo

Inside Clean Energy: 6 Things Michael Moore’s ‘Planet of the Humans’ Gets Wrong, Dan Gearino, Inside Climate News

A Bomb in the Center of the Climate Movement’: Michael Moore Damages Our Most Important Goal, Bill McKibben, Rolling Stone

POTH Traffics in Myths, Errors, and Dangerous Misdirection, John Rogers, Union of Concerned Scientists

Planet of the Humans: Let’s just have a think…, Dave Borlace, Just Have a Think (note: a video response)

Michael Moore’s ‘Planet of the Humans’ Film Trashes Clean Energy, Offers Zero Solutions, Sally Ho, Green Queen

The Important Debate POTH Misses, Kate Aronoff, New Republic

Michael Moores New Film Turns Heroes into Villains and Villains into Heroes, Dr. Michael Mann, Newsweek

The absurdity of releasing Planet of the Humans in April 2020

#POTH: Michael Moore’s (@MMFlint’s) false choice & a lesson in how not to build a movement

How Did Michael Moore Become A Hero to Climate Deniers and the Far Right? (George Monbiot, The Guardian)

Extinction Rebellion Response (Twitter)

Sunrise Movement's Response (Twitter)

George Monbiot's Breakdown of the #PopulationGrowth in Response (Twitter thread)

Joanne Doroshow, Michael Moore's Former Fact Checker, Responds (Facebook)

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May 15 2020

2hr 10mins

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Bonus Edition #207 Hope springs eternal and tries to kill you

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Today, Amanda and I discuss the dangerous, pervasive epidemic of hope fueled by desperation spreading throughout the country that is leading people to self-destructive thoughts and actions. 

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Ch. 1: Dr. Tony Fauci From One Pandemic to Another: Mark Harrington and Peter Staley - EPIDEMIC with Dr. Celine Gounder and Ronald Klain - Air Date 4-10-20

Dr. Celine Gounder talks to Peter Staley and Mark Harrington, members of Act Up, co-founders of the Treatment Action Group, and dedicated HIV/AIDS activists who know firsthand what it is like to live through a large-scale pandemic.

Ch. 2: The placebo reject

Ch. 3: Waiting For a Game-Changer - On The Media - Air Date 5-6-20

Derek Lowe, the organic chemist behind the science blog In the Pipeline, urges caution. He speaks with Bob about how to report on the so-called "game-changer" drugs, and where he believes reporting on the "race for a cure" falls short.

Ch. 4: Profiteering off of the desperation of those with rare diseases

Ch. 5: Dr. Leana Wen Discusses the Tortuous and High Stakes Path that Dr.'s Fauci and Birx Must Navigate - The Al Franken Podcast - Air Date 4-5-20

Dr. Wen gives her unique insight into the dilemma that Fauci and Birx face in dealing with an inarguably crazy president.

Ch. 6: Strategic lying to save the lives of the irrational and those with whom they come in contact

MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Tar and Spackle - Plaster
  • The Summit - K2
  • Closer - American Moon Bicycle
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

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May 07 2020

1hr 31mins

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#1349 A Deep Dive on the Dysfunction of Trump and his Followers (Coronavirus)

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Today we take a look at the unique, profound dysfunction at the heart of the train wreck that is Trump's response to the Coronavirus. Plus, we explore the death cult that is the group of people still supporting the president.

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Ch. 1: Memory Hole - On the Media - Air Date 4-18-20

McKay Coppins [@mckaycoppins], staff writer at The Atlantic, on the latest pivots in the Trump administration's ever-evolving "disinformation architecture."

Ch. 2: Is Trump Criminally Responsible for Coronavirus Deaths? - Deconstructed with Mehdi Hasan - Air Date 4-2-20

Mehdi talks with Glenn Kirschner about Trump's inaction and misinformation that is leading to deaths.

Ch. 3: What Trump Knew & When He Knew It NYT on How Trump Ignored COVID-19 Warnings Until It Was Too Late - Democracy Now - Air Date 4-13-20

We look at how President Trump led the country to this point with Eric Lipton, lead author of The New York Times’s explosive new exposé, “He Could Have Seen What Was Coming: Behind Trump’s Failure on the Virus.”

Ch. 4: Warnings To The White House - Frontline - Air Date 4-10-20

Trump and the government's response to the Pandemic are explored.

Ch. 5: Explaining why he can't do that but just did anyway - The Bugle - Air Date 4-18-20

The answer to everything strange in America is slavery.

Ch. 6: Michael Lewis On How Trump’s Handling of Covid-19 Has Proven His Book, The Fifth Risk, Tragically Prophetic. - The Al Franken Podcast - Air Date 4-19-20

In The Fifth Risk, Lewis portrayed Donald Trump as a man totally ignorant of and disinterested in the actually functioning of the federal government.

Ch. 7: Trump Cuts Funds for World Health Org as Oxfam Warns Pandemic Could Push Half a Billion into Poverty - Democracy Now - Air Date 4-15-20

President Donald Trump says he will cut U.S. support for the World Health Organization. Richard Horton, editor-in-chief of The Lancet medical journal, called it a “crime against humanity.”

Ch. 8: Bleach? Nevermind - The Bugle - Air Date 4-25-20

Andy, Nish and Hari attempt to make sense of another week of transatlantic buffoonery.

Ch. 9: Is the Trump Cult a Death Cult? - Deconstructed with Mehdi Hasan - Air Date 3-25-20

The Atlantic’s Adam Serwer joins Mehdi Hasan to discuss the President’s continuing refusal to take the Covid-19 pandemic seriously.

Ch. 10: Jared Yates Sexton reflects on his childhood and life in Trumplandia - The Chauncey DeVega Show - Air Date 3-24-20

Jared Yates Sexton reflects on his childhood and life in Trumplandia and the power that Trump’s cult holds over so many white right-wing so-called “Christians.”

Ch. 11: Tim Wise Explains How White Privilege is Making the Pandemic Much Worse - The Truth Report with Chauncey DeVega - Air Date 4-21-20

Tim Wise reflects on how only white men such as Donald Trump and his cabal could still be viewed as competent given their gross and willful negligence in how they chose to (not) respond to the pandemic.

Ch. 12: The Tactics Of The “Re-Open America” Protests ft. Joshua Kahn Russell - The Michael Brooks Show - Air Date 4-23-20

Joshua Kahn Russell joins us to analyze the reopen America protests.

Ch. 13: Kurt Andersen, Fantasyland, and How Irrational Thought Worsened the Pandemic - Point of Inquiry - Air Date 4-9-20

Kurt Andersen, the author of Fantasyland, explains what happens when the departure from empirical, reality-based thought plays out during a global pandemic.

FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 14: Final comments on my use of The Al Franken Show

MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Haena - Cloud Harbor
  • Arizona Moon - Cholate
  • Decompression - Rayling
  • Waterbourne - Algea Fields
  • Molly Molly - Barstool
  • Take a Tiny Train - Ray Catcher
  • 7.1 The Spinnet - Castle Danger
  • Tar and Spackle - Plaster
  • Denzel Sprak - CloudCover
  • Feather on the Crest - Wax Museum
  • Interlude - The Nocturne
  • Tripoli - Pecan Grove
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

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May 04 2020

2hr 14mins

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Bonus Edition #205 A Pandemic of American Myths

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Today, we discuss clips that highlight two of the most powerful American myths that consistently drive us into calamitous territory: the primacy of market-based solutions and hyper-individualism

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Ch. 1: Like a fire with no one to call 'We've left no latent capacity in health care.' - An Arm and a Leg - Air Date 4-22-20

Public safety is built on latent capacity. We pay for people and equipment to stand idle, over-prepared for emergencies. We’ve left no latent capacity in health care.

Ch. 2: A whole new problem with a profit-driven health care system

Ch. 3: Pandemic, Protests and Profits - Reveal - Air Date 4-25-20

Protesters around the country are pushing to loosen stay-at-home orders, even though health experts say that could lead to a spike in coronavirus cases. Some Amazon workers say not enough is being done to protect them.

Ch. 4: A pandemic of individualism

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  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Opener - American Moon Bicycle
  • Rafter - Speakeasy
  • Middle - American Moon Bicycle
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

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Apr 29 2020

54mins

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#1348 Not the Great Equalizer, the Amplifier of Disparity (Coronavirus)

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Today we take a look at the ways that COVID-19 are impacting the most vulnerable communities the worst and how our legacy of discrimination is being put on full display.

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Race and Risk - Coronavirus Fact vs Fiction - Air Date 4-9-20

CNN's Chief Medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta breaks down the various factors and demographics that may make some people and communities more susceptible.

Ch. 2: COVID-19 Is Not An Equalizer, Black People At Higher Risk with Khiara Bridges and Douglas White Part 1 - The Takeaway with Lizzie O'Leary - Air Date 4-6-20

The south, rural America and black Americans are all at higher risk during the pandemic.

Ch. 3: Why Coronavirus Is Hitting The Black Community Hardest - The Daily Social Distancing Show - Air Date 1-8-20

A closer look at how and why the U.S.’s coronavirus outbreak is disproportionately hurting the black community.

Ch. 4: COVID-19 Is Not An Equalizer, Black People At Higher Risk with Khiara Bridges and Douglas White Part 2 - The Takeaway with Lizzie O'Leary - Air Date 4-6-20

The south, rural America and black Americans are all at higher risk during the pandemic.

Ch. 5: Pandemic Racism The Wisconsin Primary, Disenfranchisement, and the Cost of Life Part 1 - Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill - Air Date 4-8-20

Milwaukee’s Health Commissioner, Dr. Jeanette Kowalik, discusses the Wisconsin Supreme Court's reckless disregard for public safety as they force the state to conduct in-person voting.

Ch. 6: Pandemic Racism The Wisconsin Primary, Disenfranchisement, and the Cost of Life Part 2 - Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill - Air Date 4-8-20

Dr. Ibram X. Kendi discusses what the data tells us about race and coronavirus in America and draws historical parallels between the Trump administration response and the Mississippi flood of 1927.

Ch. 7: “I will not apologize for my needs” Part 1 - Off-Kilter - Air Date 3-27-20

With the ongoing debate around health care rationing and ventilator shortages amid COVID19, Rebecca talks to Ari Ne’eman, Alice Wong, and Sam Bagenstos about the importance of disability non-discrimination in health care.

Ch. 8: Discounting the disabled and all those with pre-existing conditions - CounterSpin - Air Date 4-3-20

Janine Jackson takes a quick look back at AP‘s coronavirus boilerplate.

Ch. 9: “I will not apologize for my needs” Part 2 - Off-Kilter - Air Date 3-27-20

With the ongoing debate around health care rationing and ventilator shortages amid COVID19, Rebecca talks to Ari Ne’eman, Alice Wong, and Sam Bagenstos about the importance of disability non-discrimination in health care.

Ch. 10: Janine Jackson takes a quick look at scapegoating China - CounterSpin - Air Date 3-27-20

Stoking anti-Chinese sentiment from the top down.

Ch. 11: A Virus Doesn't Discriminate - Coronavirus Fact vs Fiction - Air Date 3-27-20

The coronavirus pandemic has fueled a surge in racism against Asian-Americans around the country.

Ch. 12: Civil Rights and Coronavirus - Epidemic - Air Date 3-27-20

Vanita Gupta discusses the responsibility the media has in reinforcing anti-Chinese xenophobia.

VOICEMAILS

Ch. 13: Check your privilege - Alan from Connecticut

FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 14: Final comments on who stoicism is for

MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Astrisx - Bodytonic
  • Wingspan - Bayou Birds
  • Long and Low Cloud - The Bulwark
  • Santre - K2
  • The Rampart - Castle Danger
  • Open Flames - Aeronaut
  • Contrarian - Sketchbook
  • Horizon Liner - The Pine Barrens
  • Stale Case - Darby
  • Vittoro - Aeronaut
  • Homegrown - The Pine Barrens
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

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Apr 22 2020

2hr 1min

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Bonus Edition #203 The Fog of Work

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Today, Amanda and I discuss a few of the aspects of life during a pandemic that's causing mental fog and affecting our work.

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: We all make mistakes but we’re making a lot more of them right now

Ch. 2: The Burnout Generation

Ch. 3: Survival Mode

Ch. 4: Hidden Mental Health Toll of Coronavirus with Alisa Kriegel - WhoWhatWhy - Air Date 3-22-20

The COVID-19 pandemic is going to have a huge toll on mental health, what can we do to mitigate the damage?

Ch. 5: Soft Launch of my secret project

Ch. 6: Showing the ShowSharer™

MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

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Apr 16 2020

59mins

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#1347 Locked in a Petri Dish (Mass Pandemic Incarceration)

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Today we take a look at the way mass incarceration is coming back to bite the US as jails, prisons and immigrant detention centers are becoming Petri dishes for the coronavirus that will help perpetuate the pandemic as well as non-virus related deaths throughout the population.

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Prisons and Jails Are a Coronavirus Time Bomb - Deep Background with Noah Feldman - Air Date 3-24-20

Homer Venters, the former Chief Medical Officer for the NYC Jail system, says that we need to stop the spread of coronavirus in prisons, jails, and detention centers.

Ch. 2: Former ICE Director: Release Immigrants from Detention or COVID-19 Will Spread Like Wildfire Inside - Democracy Now - Air Date 3-23-20

Alarm is growing about the safety of more than 37,000 people held in immigrant detention centers and private jails that contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, where it is nearly impossible to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Ch. 3: Coronavirus Behind Bars: Crisis In New York Part 1 - News Beat - Air Date 4-8-20

Rikers Island now has more than 200 coronavirus cases and recorded its first COVID-19-related death last weekend. Advocates warn that anyone held in the jail is in mortal danger.

Ch. 4: COVID-19 and the border - The Weeds - Air Date 4-7-20

Dara, Jane, and Matt on the intersection between the pandemic and Trump's border crackdown.

Ch. 5: Donate to the National Bail Fund Network & Demand to #FreeThemAll via @bailfundnetwork - Best of the Left Activism

These community bail funds are freeing people by paying bail and bond and are also fighting to abolish the money bail system and pretrial detention.

Ch. 6: No Hierarchy of Humanity Part 1 - Off-Kilter - Air Date 3-20-20

Tom Jawetz and Emily Galvin-Almanza on the steps leaders need to take to reach the nation’s 5,000 prisons, jails, and immigrant detention facilities.

Ch. 7: Dispatches from People Stranded in Place - The United States of Anxiety - Air Date 4-3-20

WNYC Investigative Reporter Matt Katz brings us calls from inside immigration detention centers.

Ch. 8: The Emergency in Our Jails - Social Distance - Air Date 4-8-20

Everyone is being ordered to social distance. Except those who are being ordered into places where that’s impossible. Jim and Katherine talk with Conor Friedersdorf about what can be done.

Ch. 9: No Hierarchy of Humanity Part 2 - Off-Kilter - Air Date 3-20-20

Tom Jawetz and Emily Galvin-Almanza on the steps leaders need to take to reach the nation’s 5,000 prisons, jails, and immigrant detention facilities.

Ch. 10: When Epidemics Collide: Coronavirus, Criminal Justice & Poverty Part 2 - News Beat - Air Date 3-24-20

Advocates say marginalized communities are going to suffer the worst from the consequences of a broken economy, neglect, and a decaying social safety net.

VOICEMAILS

Ch. 11: Reverse seasonal affective disorder - Arkle

Ch. 12: This too shall pass - Annie from Florida

FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 13: Final comments on hidden Negative Visualization and the elephant in the room

Limerick of the day from @Libericks

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EDUCATE YOURSELF

Mass Incarceration: The Whole Pie 2020 (Prison Policy Initiative)

Detaining the Poor (Prison Policy Initiative)

Rikers Reports Its First COVID-Related Prisoner Death (NY Mag: Intelligencer)

Andrew Cuomo Has Learned Nothing From the Coronavirus Catastrophe at Rikers (NY Mag: Intelligencer)

Fear Among Immigrant Detainees Spreads As Coronavirus Outbreaks Hit ICE Detention Centers (Buzzfeed News)

Immigrant detainees in Massachusetts are fighting to be released in the pandemic (Vox)

'Terrified of dying': Immigrants beg to be released from immigration detention as coronavirus spreads (USA Today)

Researched & Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman

MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • The Spinnet - Castle Danger
  • Derailed - The Depot
  • When We Set Out - Arc and Crecent
  • Rapids - Grey River
  • Minutes - Pacha Faro
  • Waltz and Fury - Macrame
  • Gusty Hollow - Migration
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

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"Prison is No Place for a Pandemic" by: Micah Bazant (@micahbazant), Artist in Residence @fwdtogether

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Apr 12 2020

1hr 53mins

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Bonus Edition #201 Forget Positive Thinking, Feel Better by Contemplating the Worst

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Today, Amanda and I discuss the extremely counterintuitive practice of Negative Visualization and how it could be one of the most powerful tools to help you feel better about your circumstances and the state of the world during the pandemic crisis.

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Ch. 1: Discussing the book “A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy” and the practice of Negative Visualization

Ch. 2: Take it like a Stoic coping in the time of coronavirus - Ideas - Air Date 4-3-20

Ch. 3: Discussing how stoicism has impacted us personally

MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Middle - American Moon Bicycle
  • Closer - American Moon Bicycle
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

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Apr 08 2020

59mins

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#1346 Pandemic Economics and the Reverse Robin Hood Bailout

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Air Date 4/4/2020

Today we take a look at many of the economic angles of the COVID-19 pandemic including the role of the shock doctrine in the wake of the coronavirus, calls for a socially just economic recovery, calls for the elderly to be turned into Soylent Green and the biggest Reverse Robin Hood bailout of all time.

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: “Coronavirus Capitalism” Naomi Klein’s Case for Transformative Change Amid Coronavirus Pandemic - Democracy Now - Air Date 3-19-20

Author, activist and journalist Naomi Klein says the coronavirus crisis, like earlier ones, could be a catalyst to shower aid on the wealthiest interests in society, including those most responsible for our current vulnerabilities.

Ch. 2: Prof. Richard Wolff on Pandemic Economics - The Zero Hour - Air Date 3-20-20

Prof. Richard Wolff explains the failure of capitalism to prepare or respond to the pandemic

Ch. 3: Janine Jackson takes a quick look at recent coverage of the coronavirus and retail workers - CounterSpin - Air Date 3-20-20

Ch. 4: AOC on a Socially Just Pandemic Response - Brian Lehrer Show - Air Date 3-31-20

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez talks about the federal relief package which is to include cash payments to everyone, as well as rent and mortgage relief

Ch. 5: An economic crisis like we’ve never seen - The Ezra Klein Show - Air Date 3-23-20

Annie Lowrey on the coronavirus depression

Ch. 6: Jim Naureckas on COVID-19 - CounterSpin - Air Date 3-20-20

The coronavirus is highlighting existing faults and fissures in US society. Stark evidence of government priorities and their impact is coming fast and furious.

Ch. 7: Is the cure worse than the disease? - The Ezra Klein Show - Air Date 3-26-20

Are we overreacting to coronavirus? An economist and a bioethicist weigh in.

Ch. 8: The Cyanide for Septuagenarians Movement - The Bugle - Air Date 3-27-20

A look at the growing movement to ritually sacrifice the elderly and otherwise vulnerable

Ch. 9: The Economic Impact of COVID-19 - Deep Background with Noah Feldman - Air Date 3-16-20

Stefanie Stantcheva, Professor of Economics at Harvard, discusses the economic harms of COVID-19.

Ch. 10: Trump Shows How Woefully Unprepared He Is For Coronavirus - The Majority Report - Air Date 2-26-20

Commenting on an article from Matt Stoller on the changing nature of our economy

Ch. 11: Stephanie Kelton MMT, the Crisis, and the Real Economy - The Zero Hour - Air Date 3-28-20

Stephanie Kelton explains the role of Modern Monetary Theory in the governmental response to the pandemic and economic collapse

Ch. 12: Joseph Stiglitz Trump’s “Trickle-Down” Economic Plans Are Not Enough to Meet Coronavirus Challenge - Democracy Now - Air Date 3-19-20

For more on those bailouts and who benefits, we speak with Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Prize-winning economist, Columbia University professor and chief economist for the Roosevelt Institute.

Ch. 13: US news update! - The Last Post - Air Date 3-23-20

Explaining the brutal nature of American individualism in an age of pandemic

Ch. 14: The End of the Status Quo - Progressive Faith Sermon - Air Date 3-29-20

The virus did not so much create new problems as it poured gasoline on existing problems with health care, the income gap, foreign policy, prison policies, and the environment. We have the opportunity to forge a better world after COVID-19.

Ch. 15: The Reverse Robin Hood Bailout - Intercepted - Air Date 4-1-20

Journalist David Dayen, executive editor of the American Prospect, breaks down the corporate interests and powerful people who stand to gain the most from the looting of taxpayer funds.

VOICEMAILS

Ch. 16: Getting depressed in the summer - Craig from Ohio

Ch. 17: Health center update - Alan from Connecticut

FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 18: Final comments on the phrases that obscure our reality because you don’t really hate Mondays

MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Planting Flags - K4
  • The Envelope - Aeronaut
  • Inessential - Bayou Birds
  • Yarrow and Root - The Bulwark
  • Cicle DR Valga - Cicle Kadde
  • Moon Bicycle Theme - American Moon Bicycle
  • Hundred Mile-No Guitar - K2
  • A Burst of Light - Delray
  • A Path Unwinding - K4
  • Cat's Eye - Marble Run
  • Cicle Veroni - Cicle Kadde
  • Banjo - Grey River
  • That Horse Ithica - Sketchbook
  • These Times - The Pine Barrens
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

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Apr 04 2020

1hr 52mins

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Bonus Edition #200 Mental Taxation

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Air Date: 4-1-20

Today, Amanda and I discuss the silent, ever-present taxation that is robbing all of us of our normal levels of mental energy during the pandemic.

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Apr 01 2020

23mins

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#1280 Modern Monetary Theory: We already use it, now we need to understand it (Repost)

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Air Date 6/11/2019

Today we take a look at Modern Monetary Theory and the neoclassical economics it is looking to replace. It’s very important to understand the logistical and political mechanisms by which money for progressive policy priorities would be appropriated by Congress and the debate over MMT gets to the core of those issues and seeks to change the paradigm we use to think about government spending.

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Debunking the Deficit Hysteria with Stephanie Kelton Part 1 - Why Is This Happening? with Chris Hayes - Air Date 5-6-19

There’s a pattern to the Republicans’ selective concern about increasing the deficit, and it all depends on who holds the power. When you look at the behavior of people in politics, they don’t really care about the national debt as much as they like to ta

Ch. 2: What is Modern Monetary Theory? (with Stephanie Kelton) Part 2 - Pitchfork Economics with Nick Hanauer - Air Date 4-23-19

Is government debt real? Is anything real? Professor Stephanie Kelton gives Nick and Goldy a master class on the hottest idea in economics right now: Modern Monetary Theory.

Ch. 3: Why should we care about deficits? Part 2 - The Ezra Klein Show - Air Date 2-20-19

Stony Brook University’s Stephanie Kelton, an influential proponent of Modern Monetary Theory, and Jason Furman, President Barack Obama’s chief economist, discuss whether we should worry about government deficits and if so, when?

Ch. 4: Debunking the Deficit Hysteria with Stephanie Kelton Part 2 - Why Is This Happening? with Chris Hayes - Air Date 5-6-19

Stephanie Kelton is here to break it all down - the national deficit, the nature of money itself, federal spending, and why it’s time to stop comparing it to a household budget.

Ch. 5: Why should we care about deficits? Part 3 - The Ezra Klein Show - Air Date 2-20-19

Stony Brook University’s Stephanie Kelton, an influential proponent of Modern Monetary Theory, and Jason Furman, President Barack Obama’s chief economist, discuss whether we should worry about government deficits and if so, when?

Ch. 6: How Marxism and Modern Monetary Theory Go Hand-In-Hand - The Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date 03-21-18

Prof Richard Wolff warns about the asymmetric politics of increasing and decreasing government spending

Ch. 7: Debunking the Deficit Hysteria with Stephanie Kelton Part 3 - Why Is This Happening? with Chris Hayes - Air Date 5-6-19

Stephanie Kelton is here to break it all down - the national deficit, the nature of money itself, federal spending, and why it’s time to stop comparing it to a household budget.

Ch. 8: Dealing with the politics of managing Modern Monetary Theory - Planet Money - Airdate 9-26-18

We must take the fingerprints of Congress off the economy in order to manage inflation concerns.

Ch. 9: What is Modern Monetary Theory? (with Stephanie Kelton) Part 6 - Pitchfork Economics with Nick Hanauer - Air Date 4-23-19

Discussing the conclusions to be drawn from the case for Modern Monetary Theory made by Stephanie Kelton

VOICEMAILS

Ch. 10: Impeachment would be symbolic - Jesse from Boston

Ch. 11: Impeach but keep trump - Alan from Connecticut

Ch. 12: Making the case for impeachment - Todd from Utah

FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 12: Final comments summing up my major takeaways from researching MMT that I think we should all keep in mind

MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Cases to Rest - Bodytonic
  • Tripoli - Pecan Grove
  • Lakal - Speakeasy
  • The Wooden Platform - The Bulwark
  • Long and Low Cloud - The Bulwark
  • Denzel Sprak - CloudCover
  • Glass Runner - Marble Run
  • Pat Dog - Landsman Duets
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

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Apr 01 2020

1hr 10mins

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By Jamehjou - May 16 2020
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of the movie “Planet of Human”. Thank you.

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Thanks for this episode. I love that you don’t try to shove your ideas down our throats.