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This podcast is a beautifully executed compilation combining the absolute best in progressive and liberal political news, commentary and occasional comedy with great music to pull it all together. Each edition focuses on a political theme and delivers a variety of stories and perspectives from an array of sources on that theme. By the way, this is an ENHANCED PODCAST with cool features built in which is fun but that means that it's not compatible with everyone's audio player. For the STANDARD MP3 feed visit BestOfTheLeft.com to subscribe (even if you still want to use iTunes to manage your subscription).

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This podcast is a beautifully executed compilation combining the absolute best in progressive and liberal political news, commentary and occasional comedy with great music to pull it all together. Each edition focuses on a political theme and delivers a variety of stories and perspectives from an array of sources on that theme. By the way, this is an ENHANCED PODCAST with cool features built in which is fun but that means that it's not compatible with everyone's audio player. For the STANDARD MP3 feed visit BestOfTheLeft.com to subscribe (even if you still want to use iTunes to manage your subscription).

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This is truly a great podcast as it encompases so much in the realm of poltics.

Great discussion.

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Why is this so hard? If a flag or statue offends someone in such a deep way, take it down.

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3004 Ratings
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2594
118
44
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197

One Stop Shop

By Flatline 2 Beatline Podcast - Sep 11 2019
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This is truly a great podcast as it encompases so much in the realm of poltics.

Great discussion.

By mcnairbummer - Jul 21 2019
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Why is this so hard? If a flag or statue offends someone in such a deep way, take it down.

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Best of the Left - The best of progressive and liberal talk

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This podcast is a beautifully executed compilation combining the absolute best in progressive and liberal political news, commentary and occasional comedy with great music to pull it all together. Each edition focuses on a political theme and delivers a variety of stories and perspectives from an array of sources on that theme. By the way, this is an ENHANCED PODCAST with cool features built in which is fun but that means that it's not compatible with everyone's audio player. For the STANDARD MP3 feed visit BestOfTheLeft.com to subscribe (even if you still want to use iTunes to manage your subscription).

(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

1hr 2mins

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#1126 Explaining the concept you need to understand, Neoliberal Economics (Encore)

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Air Date: 8/15/2017

Today we look at the origins, underpinnings and effects of neoliberal economic thinking and policies. #1, it has nothing to do with who Americans think of as “liberals”. #2, both major US political parties are on board with it to varying degrees. #3, it’s pretty much what everyone in the world is pissed off about without necessarily knowing that there’s a name for it

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Neoliberalism is focusing on the wrong aspects of the economy and society - Upstream - Air Date 8-29-16

Ch. 3: Song 1: N/A

Ch. 4: Act 2: Noam Chomsky on the remaking of the economy - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date 5-20-17

Ch. 5: Song 2:  inequality - Mark Shine

Ch. 6: Act 3: Robert Brenner on the state of the US economy and mainstream politics Part 1 - Jacobin Radio (@jacobinmag) - Air Date 7-31-17

Ch. 7: Song 3:  Class Warfare - Chris Priest

Ch. 8: Act 4: Wall Street thieves find “New Way” to steal from us - Jim @HightowerNews - Air Date 8-11-17

Ch. 9: Song 4:  Robber Barons - Battlefield Band

Ch. 10: Act 5: Robert Brenner on the state of the US economy and mainstream politics Part 2 - Jacobin Radio (@jacobinmag) - Air Date 7-31-17

Ch. 11: Song 5:  Hang Me Up to Dry - Cold War Kids

Ch. 12: Act 6: Expand Your Economic Knowledge with The CORE Project - Best of the Left Activism

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

Ch. 14: Act 7: The Outdated Origins of Neo-Liberalism.  It's Time to Move On (w:Guest Kate Raworth) - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date 05-04-17

Voicemails

Ch. 15: Explaining the original argument for lowering taxes - Patrick from Dallas, TX

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics

Ch. 16: Final comments announcing the Best of the Left Social Network

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

Activism:

TAKE ACTION!

Expand your economic knowledge for free with The CORE Project

EDUCATE YOURSELF

Making economics exciting (Bloomberg)

Does economics still work? (BBC World Service)

Has the way universities teach economics changed enough? (The Guardian)

Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman

Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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Aug 03 2018

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#964 History of the Christian Right (Religion) (Encore)

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Air Date: 11/21/2017

Today we take a look at the history of how Christianity was, in large part, coopted by the Republican party on behalf of business interests and how anyone started getting the idea that we were founded as a religious, much less Christian, nation

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: How 'One Nation' Didn't Become 'Under God' Until The '50s Religious Revival Part 1 - Fresh Air - Air Date 3-30-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: Timber Timbre - Timber Timbre

Ch. 4: Act 2: The Origin of Religious Freedom Laws... - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 04-27-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Coaster - NOFX

Ch. 6: Act 3: Why Can't They Understand the First Amendment? - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 04-11-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: Very Soon ft Funsho Ogundipe - Wanlov the Kubolor

Ch. 8: Act 4: How 'One Nation' Didn't Become 'Under God' Until The '50s Religious Revival Part 2 - Fresh Air - Air Date 3-30-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: Kalamazoo - Jason Roseboom

Ch. 10: Act 5: What Would the Founders say about Religious Freedom Laws? - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 04-27-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: The Very Best of Peter, Paul and Mary - Peter, Paul & Mary

Ch. 12: Act 6: Republicans Fire Woman For Not Going To Church - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 08-21-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: Dancing In The Streets - The Haymarket Squares

Ch. 14: Act 7: Fascism on the American horizon, wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross - @truthdig - Air Date: 10-11-13

Nov 24 2017

1hr 8mins

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(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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(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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(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:

TAKE ACTION

Find or Start a Democracy At Work Action Group near you

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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#1176 The Gun Debate (is less of a debate than we think)

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Air Date: 4/6/2018

Today, in response to a conservative listener who sent in a voicemail about gun culture and policy, the entire episode is a point by point response to that call, complete with as many clips as usual from some regular and irregular sources, with plenty of disagreement but, ultimately, finding lots of common ground

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Listener Voicemail - Looking for common ground on gun control - Caitlin

Ch. 3: Act 2: The political effects of Facebook's algorithms - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date 03-20-18

Ch. 4: Act 3: Jennifer Carlson on race and gun culture - The Ezra Klein Show - Air Date 3-12-18

Ch. 5: Act 4: Second amendment redefinition a fraud on the American people - Bradcast - Air Date 3-27-18

Ch. 6: Act 5: The myth of defensive gun ownership Part 1 - Science VS - Air Date 8-4-18

Ch. 7: Act 6: The myth of defensive gun ownership - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date 02-03-15

Ch. 8: Act 7: The myth of defensive gun ownership Part 2 - Science VS - Air Date 8-4-18

Ch. 9: Act 8: Gun Control will Not Cure a Society that Produces Monstrous Behavior - @TheRealNews - Air Date 2-24-18

Ch. 10: Act 9: Danger of guns to women - Progressive Faith Sermons w: @RevDrRay - Air Date 10-8-17

Ch. 11: Act 10: The homicide rate with guns present, especially against women - Science VS - Air Date 8-4-18

Ch. 12: Act 11: Prevalence of guns results in more gun deaths and laws do work - Speak Out With Tim Wise - Air Date 2-20-18

Ch. 13: Act 12: The Gun Policies Americans Agree On - On The Media - Air Date 1-8-16

Ch. 14: Act 13: Does It Matter What You Think About Gun Policy? - On The Media - Air Date 1-8-16

Ch. 15: Final comments about what the gun debate is really all about

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Contrarian - Sketchbook

Hundred Mile - K2

Planting Flags - K4

Vengeful - Warmbody

Wingspan - Bayou Birds

Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

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Apr 06 2018

1hr 26mins

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#1123 Preparing for the end of the world, or at least capitalism (Encore)

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Air Date: 8/1/2017

Today we look at the state of capitalism, the logical arguments for its inevitable demise and the evidence that the end may more nigh than ever before

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Caitlin Moran on the need for a revolutionary upgrade to society - Politics & Prose from @Slate Track One

Ch. 3: Song 1:  Revolution - Grandaddy

Ch. 4: Act 2: Casey Gerald: The gospel of doubt - @TEDTalks - Air Date 3-12-16

Ch. 5: Song 2:  Capitalism Is Tearing Us Apart - sole

Ch. 6: Act 3: Wolfgang Streeck: Surviving Post-Capitalism Coping, hoping, doping & shopping Part 1 - Ideas from CBC - Air Date 2-9-17

Ch. 7: Song 3:  Hit the Wall - GoGoSnapRadio

Ch. 8: Act 4: Prof. Richard Wolff on the coming death of capitalism - Upstream - Air Date 12-12-16

Ch. 9: Song 4:  Break On Through - The Doors

Ch. 10: Act 5: Wolfgang Streeck: Surviving Post-Capitalism Coping, hoping, doping & shopping Part 2 - Ideas from CBC - Air Date 2-9-17

Ch. 11: Song 5:  Elysium - Mendum

Ch. 12: Act 6: What’s After Capitalism? Create Our Next Economy via @TheNextSystem - Best of the Left Activism

Voicemails

Ch. 13: Recommending book about Woodie Guthrie - Josh from Dallas, TX

Ch. 14: Thoughts on technology and addiction - Kyle from Portland

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics

Ch. 15: Final comments on Late Capitalism and “Judeo-Christian Values”

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

Activism:

TAKE ACTION

Help find the answer to "What's Next?" with The Next System Project

Read Gar Alperovitz "Principles of a Pluralist Commonwealth

Download resources and organize a Next System Project Teach-In in your community

Follow @TheNextSystem on Twitter   

EDUCATE YOURSELF

Is Capitalism Dying? (Forbes, 2013)

’Is Capitalism Dying?’ (Marxism, 2013) 

The Pain You Feel is Capitalism Dying (Joe Brewer, Medium, 2016)

Beyond the Minimum Wage Debate: Let's Move Toward a System That Works for All (Democracy at Work)

Prof. Richard Wolff debates Fox's Stuart Varney (Democracy at Work)

Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman

Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

Thanks for listening!

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Jul 07 2018

1hr 11mins

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(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

1hr 15mins

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#1121 This episode is worth your time (Culture and Technology) (Encore)

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Air Date: 7/21/2017

Today we look at the technology that massively influences how we spend our time and hear lots of advice on how we can begin to take back control

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: The Panda is Dancing - @TimeWellSpentio - Air Date 11-28-16

Ch. 3: Song 1:  N/A

Ch. 4: Act 2: Tim Wu on The Attention Merchants - The Zero Hour w: @RJEskow - Air Date 4-29-17

Ch. 5: Song 2:  One-Armed Bandit - The Viscounts

Ch. 6: Act 3: What If Technology Were Conscious Of Your Time? - @TimeWellSpentio - Air Date 11-22-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: N/A

Ch. 8: Act 4: What If Technology Were Designed For Human Values? - @TimeWellSpentio - Air Date 11-22-16

Ch. 9: Song 4:  Forever On Your Team - Frida Selander

Ch. 10: Act 5: Does Technology Actually Make Life Easier, or Just More Hectic? - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 05-08-17

Ch. 11: Song 5:  Spider-Man (Live) - Ramones

Ch. 12: Act 6: Tristan Harris: How better tech could protect us from distraction - @TEDTalks - Air Date 6-14-16

Ch. 13: Song 6:  Time Well Spent - Tom Felton

Ch. 14: Act 7: Laura Vanderkam - How to gain control of your free time - @TEDTalks - Air Date 2-7-2017

Ch. 15: Song 7:  Time In a Bottle - Jim Croce

Ch. 16: Act 8: Yuval Noah Harari - Think Again @bigthink - Air Date 2-25-17

Ch. 17: Song 8:  We're Simple Minds - Club 8

Ch. 18: Act 9: Someday - The Minimalists - Air Date 3-29-17

Ch. 19: Final comments on my personal slate of apps, settings and strategies to keep my digital life under control

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

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Jun 22 2018

1hr 23mins

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#1231 A new rise of hatred for an old target (Anti-Semitism)

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Air Date: 11/30/2018

Today we take a look at the history and present of anti-semitism in America

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Antisemitism in USA - @BackStory - Air Date: 05-25-2018

Ch. 2: The Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting - Past/Present - Air Date 11-6-18

Ch. 3: On Anti-Semitism Today - The Brian Lehrer Show - Air Date 10-30-18

Ch. 4: We Need To Talk About Anti-Semitism - Full Frontal with Samantha Bee - Air Date 10-31-18

Ch. 5: Deborah Lipstadt: Behind the lies of Holocaust denial - @TEDTalks - Air Date 5-23-17

VOICEMAILS

Ch. 6: The Return of Superman - Heather from Texas

Ch. 7: Final comments on understanding how a progressive can come to defend a virulent bigot and anti-semite

BONUS CLIP: The Women's March Has an Antisemitism Problem - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date 03-13-18

MUSIC(Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Gullwing Sailor - Migration
  • Our Fingers Cold - K2
  • Insatiable Toad - Origami
  • 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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Nov 30 2018

1hr 16mins

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(2016/08/12) The case for raising the minimum wage (Labor)

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Edition #1035

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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#1177 What society does not know, nor want to know about Martin Luther King

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Air Date: 4/10/2018

Today we take a look at some of the lesser-known sides of Martin Luther King's life and legacy, not just about his radicalism and focus on labor rights but also some new takes on the long shadow of the patriarchal views he held and reinforced

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Web Bonus Rev. James Lawson & Michael Honey on MLK’s Vision of Worker Solidarity & Economic Justice - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 04-04-18

Ch. 3: Song 1: Parade Shoes - Arc and Crecent

Ch. 4: Act 2: The legacy of Coretta Scott King - Backstory - Air Date 3-30-18

Ch. 5: Song 2: Donder - Darby

Ch. 6: Act 3: Dr. King's Bad Advice - On the Media - Air Date 4-6-18

Ch. 7: Song 3: Vernouillet - The Sweet Hots

Ch. 8: Act 4: King and gender - The Dig - Air Date 3-21-18

Ch. 9: Song 4: Gusty Hollow - Migration

Ch. 10: Act 5: Remembering Dr. King's Legacy That Many Forget - The Root

Ch. 11: Song 5: Kallaloe - Barstool

Ch. 12: Act 6: A More Beautiful & Terrible History The Whitewashing & Distortion of Rosa Parks and MLK’s Legacies - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 02-06-18

Ch. 13: Song 6: Andelo - Pacha Faro

Ch. 14: Act 7: The parts of MLK's legacy that made him unpopular and that we need to talk about more - Thinking Cap - Air Date 4-5-18

Voicemails

Ch. 21: Seeking unity - Sam from Nashville

Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent

Ch. 23:Final comments

BONUS CLIP: Ralph Nader on How to Dismantle the Corporate State - @freespeechtv - Air Date 5-9-14

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Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

(Additional music from Blue Dot Sessions)

Further Reading & Actions:

America's Moral Malady (Rev. William Barber; The Atlantic)

KING: Fifty years after Martin Luther King Jr.'s Assassination, His Legacy is Still Being Written(The Atlantic Special Edition)

The Last March of Martin Luther King Jr.(The Atlantic)

ACTION: The Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for a Moral Revival (PoorPeoplesCampaign.org)

Curated by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman

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Apr 10 2018

1hr 20mins

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(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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(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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#1160 Backlashes (#MeToo and the Women's Movement)

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Air Date: 1/26/2018

Today we take a look at some of the nuances of the #MeToo movement and the predictable backlash to it as well as the backlash to Trump in the form of the one-year anniversary Women's March

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Explaining the Aziz Ansari story - Backtalk from Bitch Media - Air Date 1-25-18

Ch. 3: Song 1: The Envelope - Aeronaut

Ch. 4: Act 2: #MeToo Backlash - @FullFrontalSamB - Air Date: 01-18-18

Ch. 5: Song 2:  Lahaina - Cloud Harbor

Ch. 6: Act 3: Feminist Lessons From the Third Wave - On the Media - Air Date 1-19-18

Ch. 7: Song 3:  Gullwing Sailor - Migration

Ch. 8: Act 4: Understanding the prevalence of harassment in the workplace - @offkiltershow - Air Date 11-17-17

Ch. 9: Song 4:  Discovery Harbor - Cloud Harbor

Ch. 10: Act 5: “The Year of Our Awakening” Global Protests Mark Anniversary of Women’s March & Trump Inauguration - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 01-22-18

Ch. 11: Song 5:  Paper Feather - Migration

Ch. 12: Act 6: Raise Women’s Voices By Fighting Voter Suppression via @Let_AmericaVote - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 13: Song 6:  Cicle Veroni - Cicle Kadde

Ch. 14: Act 7: Kimberlé Crenshaw speech at the Women's March - Sojourner Truth Radio - Air Date 1-23-18

Voicemails

Ch. 15: NYC March #1 - Alan from Connecticut

Ch. 16: March #2 - Alan from Connecticut

Ch. 17: Good news on the gerrymandering front in Pennsylvania - Erin from Philadelphia

Ch. 18: Pessimistic about defeating gerrymandering - Annie from Alabama

Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent

Ch. 19: Final comments on being optimistic and the wrongheadedness of seeing people as complex and 3-dimensional

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Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

(Additional music from Blue Dot Sessions

Activism:

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Hold officials accountable for their voting rights record with Let America Vote

EDUCATE YOURSELF

The Surprising Ways Voter Suppression Particularly Hurts Women (Alternet)

Women's March 2018 Isn't About Trump —It's About Upending The Entire Political System (Newsweek)

Voter Suppression Targets Women, Youth and Communities of Color (Issue Advisory, Part One) (NOW.org)

In NC, Voter Suppression Hits Women & People of Color Hardest. (Southern Coalition for Social Justice; 2014)

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Jan 26 2018

1hr 15mins

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(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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(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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(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

TAKE ACTION

RSVP for the Democracy Spring December 19th rally at a state capitol building near you at savedemocracy.org

ASAP ONLY! Download everything you need to print and mail letters to the 273 Electoral College members pledged to vote for Trump at directelection.org

EDUCATE YOURSELF 

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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(2016/11/11) In the Days After (Election 2016)

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Edition #1057

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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Show Notes

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

1hr 20mins

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#1325 Impeachment: Ukraine, Russia, Corruption and Conspiracy Theories

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Today we take a look at the impeachment story through the lens of the last six years of history between Russia and Ukraine from the annexation of Crimea to election tampering and all that followed.

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SHOW NOTES

Bonus Clip: Does the GOP have Putin envy? - All In with Chris Hayes - Air Date: 03-04-14

Ch. 1: The Ukraine story is a Russia story Part 1 - Impeachment, Explained - Air Date 10-26-19

Evelyn Farkas, the Pentagon’s former point person on Russia and Ukraine, talks about the Russia-Ukraine crisis Trump exploited.

Ch. 2: The Backstory - Rubicon: The Impeachment of Donald Trump - Air Date 11-29-19

Brian Beutler and The Atlantic’s Frank Foer discuss the true origins of the Ukraine scandal, and how they fit into a much larger story of global corruption.

Ch. 3: The Ukraine story is a Russia story Part 2 - Impeachment, Explained - Air Date 10-26-19

Evelyn Farkas, the Pentagon’s former point person on Russia and Ukraine, talks about the Russia-Ukraine crisis Trump exploited.

Ch. 4: The Origins of The Ukraine Corruption Conspiracy Theory - On the Media - Air Date 11-8-19

How John Solomon from The Hill helped catapult completely fabricated conspiracy theories all the way to the White House.

Ch. 5: Impeachment Inquiry - The Washington Post - Air Date 12-3-19

Rosalind S. Helderman traces the origin of Rudolph W. Giuliani’s involvement in Ukraine.

Ch. 6: The Prehistory of the Ukraine Scandal - Impeachment A Daily Podcast - Air Date 11-11-19

Our guest, Philip Bump, Washington Post national correspondent takes us through Paul Manafort, the Russian annexation of Crimea, and a few Ukraine's problematic prosecutors that led up to the events we're still learning about.

Ch. 7: The impeachment inquiry is America's Rorschach test - The Daily DC Impeachment Watch - Air Date 12-3-19

Why won't Republicans stop talking about the debunked theory that Ukraine meddled in the 2016 election?

FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 8: Final comments on our end-of-year membership drive

Bonus Clip: The articles of impeachment have arrived - The Daily DC Impeachment Watch - Air Date 12-10-19

Democrats claim President Trump committed two 'high crimes and misdemeanors' - abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

TAKE ACTION!

Sign Up for National "Nobody Is Above The Law" Protests Planned for Night Before House Impeachment Vote (*Vote Date TBA*)  

Curated by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman

MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Castillo - The Nocturne
  • Cloud Line - K4
  • Eventual Victory - Codebreaker
  • Rapids - Grey River
  • Entrap - Darby
  • 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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Dec 13 2019

1hr 26mins

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#1324 State of the Unions and the 2020 Elections

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Today we take a look at the labor movement as energy and power continue to build and more workers continue to strike to demand better conditions for themselves and all of society in an intersectional movement for social justice. Though not much thanks can be given to either political party.

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: UAW GM Strike Rooted In Decades-Long Struggle For Dignity with Steven Greenhouse - Democracy Now - Air Date 9-18-19

Steve Greenhouse discusses the history of union organizing and the current state of unions in the GM strike.

Ch. 2: Past and Present of Collective Action with Jane McAlevey - On The Media - Air Date 9-20-19

Jane McAlevey discusses the power of labor in reshaping inequality.

Ch. 3: A Plan To Revive American Unions with Mary Kay Henry Part 1 - The Weeds with Matt Yglesias - Air Date 9-10-19

Mary Kay Henry discusses the possibilities of a strong labor force in shaping society.

Ch. 4: State of Labor with Kate Bronfenbrenner - Counterspin - Air Date 9-6-19

Kate Bronfenbrenner discusses the possibilities of the power of labor and the role of the gig economy.

Ch. 5: Will Unions Deliver 2020 To Democrats with Dave Jamieson - The Takeaway Politics with Amy Walter - Air Date 8-30-19

Amy Walter talks with several experts about the history of labor resistance and their ties to the Democratic Party

Ch. 6: A Plan To Revive American Unions with Mary Kay Henry Part 2 - The Weeds with Matt Yglesias - Air Date 9-10-19

Mary Kay Henry discusses the possibilities of a strong labor force in shaping society.

VOICEMAILS

Ch. 7: Share in the profits by lowering costs - Bud from Boise

Ch. 8: Pulling people to the left - Corey from New Jersey

Ch. 9: Thanks for important conversations - Jake from the UK

FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 10: Final comments on how Republicans have become what they defend

Limerick of the day from @Limerick_News

MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • PolyCoat - The Cabinetmaker
  • Streamer - Arc and Crecent
  • When We Set Out - Arc and Crecent
  • Milkwood - The Cabinetmaker
  • Parade Shoes - Arc and Crecent
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

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Dec 10 2019

1hr 18mins

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#1323 Power to the People: The Future of Public Ownership and Local Control

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Today we take a look at the reaction to decades of the fetishization of privatization in the form of a reinvigorated movement for public ownership of institutions meant to serve the public such as utilities, banks, train systems and so on. But this isn't your grandfathers' top-down public ownership, the new movement has bottom-up, accountable, democratic control of institutions at the very core of its mission. 

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: As California Burns Again, Rep. Ro Khanna Calls for PG&E to Become Publicly Owned Utility - Democracy Now - Air Date 10-31-19

PG&E declared bankruptcy amid a number of lawsuits related to the wildfires. We speak with California Congressmember Ro Khanna, who is calling for the California state government to take over control of PG&E.

Ch. 2: When Power Goes Out, Who Is Held Accountable? - Building Local Power - Air Date 10-31-19

PG&E’s negligence and how a distributed energy system could avoid future outages and detrimental fire damage.

Ch. 3: Public Ownership 2.0 - Weekly Economics - Air Date 2-18-19

Public ownership is back on the agenda. But if privatization has failed, what kind of public ownership should replace it?

Ch. 4: From Private Profits to Public Alternatives - The Next System Podcast - Air Date 1-24-19

The conversation runs the gamut from the pitfalls of the privatization of goods and services to the social benefits of public ownership and envisioning democratic governance thereof.

Ch. 5: The Future of Banking - Ralph Nader Radio Hour - Air Date 6-29-19

Ralph welcomes Walt McRee President of Public Banking Associates, who explains how public banks should be the future of banking.

Ch. 6: Trinity Tran on Public Banking - CounterSpin - Air Date 10-11-19

Trinity Tran, co-founder and lead organizer for Public Bank LA and a founding member of the California Public Banking Alliance.

Ch. 7: Who’s Afraid of Public Ownership? - The Laura Flanders Show - Air Date 1-28-19

Laura in conversation with Thomas Hanna, research director at The Democracy Collaborative and author of “Our Common Wealth: The Return of Public Ownership in the United States”.

VOICEMAILS

Ch. 8: Knowing the history of pitching men against the patriarchy - Shannon from The Bronx

Ch. 9: Society going in a good direction - Shannon from The Bronx

FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 10: Final comments on building a wholistic feminism

MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Take a Tiny Train - Ray Catcher
  • Glass Runner - Marble Run
  • One Little Triumph - Piano Mover
  • The Spinnet - Castle Danger
  • Algea Trio - Algea Fields
  • Planting Flags - K4
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

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Dec 07 2019

1hr 27mins

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#1322 Freedom of Speech vs Freedom of Reach (Regulating Facebook)

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Today we take a look at some solutions to our social media problems of fake news, propaganda and hate in all forms spreading like wildfire through society

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Are Democrats Breaking Up Big Tech with Tim Wu - The Takeaway Politics with Amy Walter - Air Date 10-25-19

Amy Walter interviews several experts about the role of big tech in politics and policy in our society.

Ch. 2: FaceBOO - BackTalk with Dahlia and Amy - Air Date 10-31-19

Dahlia and Amy discuss Zuckerberg and Facebook and their unstoppable capitalist power and right-wing centrism.

Ch. 3: Mark Zuckerberg Thinks He's A Free Speech Advocate with Kate Klonick - On The Media - Air Date 10-25-19

Kate Klonick discusses AOC questioning Zuckerberg about Facebook's role in free speech and politics.

Ch. 4: Down The Rabbit Hole By Design with Guillaume Chaslot - Your Undivided Attention with Tristan Harris and Aza Raskin - Air Date 7-10-19

Aza, Tristan and Guillaume Chaslot discuss the vicious internet algorithms that are draining the life of humans.

Ch. 5: Are Democrats Breaking Up Big Tech with Cecelia King - The Takeaway Politics with Amy Walter - Air Date 10-25-19

Amy Walter interviews several experts about the role of big tech in politics and policy in our society.

Ch. 6: With Great Power Comes No Responsibility - Your Undivided Attention with Aza Raskin and Tristan Harris - Air Date 6-25-19

Aza, Tristan and Yael Eisenstat discuss the massive power Facebook has over the lives and policies of the American people.

VOICEMAILS

Ch. 7: Christian missionary colonization - Heather from Colorado

Ch. 8: The curation is needed - Mark in Colorado

Ch. 9: Monthy contributor - Mark in Colorado

Ch. 10: First-time monthly member - Stacy from San Francisco Bay Area

FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 11: Final comments on how human curation is like Tinkerbell

MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Begrudge - Darby
  • Inessential - Bayou Birds
  • Waterbourne - Algea Fields
  • Jackbird - Feathers
  • Gondola Blue - Towboat
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

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Dec 04 2019

1hr 21mins

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#1283 Native (Mis)Representation (Native Peoples Series Part 5) (Repost)

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Air Date: 6–21-2019 Today we take a look at the ways that Native Peoples are represented in white society and pop culture, how some are working to take back their own narratives and some insight into the profound effects, both positive and negative, of how peoples are represented. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991

SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Opinion polls about offense and the Redskins football team - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 5-27-16

The Washington Post conducts a flawed survey resulting in a misleading conclusion that most native peoples don't consider Redskins to be an offensive term

Ch. 2: The toxic mix of racist representation and misogynistic disregard for women - Let's Talk Native... with John Kane - Air Date 2-14-19

Racist representation of native peoples in sports and culture supports the anti-native sentiment that drives the MMIWG epidemic

Ch. 3: A Native perspective for museums - Native America Calling - Air Date 4-9-19

Native peoples have had their stories told form them by white people for centuries, working in museums and cultural centers create the opportunities to tell their own stories

Ch. 4: Spirit Animal Native Appropriation - #PoliticallyReactive with @wkamaubell and @harikondabolu - Air Date 5-18-17

W Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu step in a pile of native cultural appropriation and then slowly, messily wade their way out of it

Ch. 5: Hawaiian Indigeneity and the theft of Aloha with W. Gerry Ebalaroza - Breakdances With Wolves - Air Date 8-21-18

Discussing cultural appropriation in many forms including the legal trademarking of one of the terms most central to native Hawaiian culture, Aloha

Ch. 6: 'Reel' Indians and the invention of Hollywood Indian English - Backstory - Air Date 11-22-14

A history lesson on the Hollywood creation of all of the stereotypes we reflexively think of when we think about how native peoples speak

Ch. 7: On Native American Loss and Triumph - On the Media - Air Date 10-5-18

David Treuer discusses the means by which Indians have been fighting for social and political change for centuries.

VOICEMAILS

Ch. 8: Changed my mind in favor of impeachment - Nick from California

FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 9: Final comments on the Canadian TV show “First Contact” and what it teaches us about how people do and don’t change their mind

EDUCATE YOURSELF & SHARE

NativeAppropriations.com

Native American imagery is all around us, while the people are often forgotten (National Geographic)

The Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women Epidemic Is Inseparable From Native Appropriation(Bustle)

‘It’s called a genocide’: Gavin Newsom apologizes to California’s Native Americans (San Francisco Chronicle)

MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Turning to You - Landsman Duets
  • Vibrant Canopy - Origami
  • Homegrown - The Pine Barrens
  • Wingspan - Bayou Birds
  • Interlude - The Nocturne
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

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Nov 27 2019

1hr 23mins

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#1265 Moving beyond tragedy by surviving and adapting (Native Peoples Series Part 4) (Repost)

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Air Date: 4–16-2019 Today we take a look at just a few of the aspects of modern life for Native Peoples that we can see as stemming from the racism and colonialism that has been endemic in post-contact America. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991

SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: American Indians Confront “Savage Anxieties” - Moyers and Company - Air Date 12-26-14

Bill speaks with Robert A. Williams Jr., a professor specializing in American Indian law, about how deals such as the one with Rio Tinto are a part of American Indian’s tragic history of dispossession.

Ch. 2: What we inherit: Explaining intergenerational trauma - Code Switch - Air Date 6-6-18

The story of one family's struggle to end a toxic cycle of inter-generational trauma from forced assimilation. Getting back to their Native Alaskan cultural traditions is key.

Ch. 3: Sexual Violence and Native American Genocide - @Making_Contact - Air Date 11-26-13

Andrea Smith, author of “Conquest: Sexual Violence and Native American Genocide” explains the connection between violence against women, and the colonization of native lands and bodies.

Ch. 4: The legal structures that uphold violence against Indigenous people #MMIW - Let's Talk Native... with John Kane - Air Date 2-14-19

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women is a major issue because of racism. Acquittals for murdering Native people occur because of racism. Racism is systemic, historic and the norm in the US and Canada.

Ch. 5: End the Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls Crisis: Tell Congress to Pass #SavannasAct, #SURVIVEAct & Reauthorize #VAWA

Take action! Click the title and/or scroll down for quick links and resources from this segment.

Ch. 6: Jenni Monet on Indigenous Journalism - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 1-24-19

Corporate media’s lack of interest in indigenous issues, and their ahistorical, distorted view of them when they do cover them, are long overdue for a change.

Ch. 7: Beyond Tragedy: The living history of Native America - Ideas from CBC Radio - Air Date 2-20-19

This idea of history as tragedy is something that Ojibwe writer David Treuer tries to undo in The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee. He argues that Indigenous peoples have always found ways to adapt, and that's exactly what they're doing now.

VOICEMAILS

Ch. 8: Disagreeing on arguments against a female presidential candidate - Stacy from San Francisco Bay Area

FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 9: Final comments sharing some voices of Native people giving their perspective on the burning of Notre Dame cathedral

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Learn more at MontanaMMIW.com & on Twitter: #MMIW #MMIWG

EDUCATE YOURSELF & SHARE

A missing sweater tells the story of missing Indigenous women (Indian Country Today)

Savanna's Act is Back (Splinter)

States weigh bills addressing Native deaths, disappearances (AP)

House Passes Bill Protecting Domestic Abuse Victims; GOP Split Over Gun Restrictions (NPR)

Montana Senate Betrays Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (Splinter)

Tester reintroduces “Securing Urgent Resources Vital to Indian Victim Empowerment” Act (KRTV)

Lisa Murkowski Revives Bill Targeting Missing And Murdered Native Women (Huffington Post)

Researched & written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman

MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Gullwing Sailor - Migration
  • Cicle Veroni - Cicle Kadde
  • Cloud Line - K4
  • Slow Lane Lover - Barstool
  • This fickle world - Theo Bard
  • Minutes - Pacha Faro
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

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Nov 27 2019

1hr 14mins

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#1252 Taking the first steps of American imperialism (Native Peoples Series Part 3) (Repost)

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Today we take a look at the process of systematic, government-sponsored genocide against the native peoples of North America that kicked off the wealth-accumulating, territory-expanding American empire we know and love today

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz on digging deeper to understand America's past - Popaganda from @BitchMedia - Air Date 6-16-16

Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz describes the process of coming to understand that there is an alternate history of the United States and explains how she tried to convey that new understanding in her book "An Indigenous People's History of the United States."

Ch. 2: American expansion and violence against Native Americans - @BackStory - Air Date: 01-19-2018

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. 3: The moral narratives of colonization as relates to the Western Frontier and Israel - Citations Needed (@CitationsPod) - Air Date 8-22-17

We explore how the media discusses the issue of BDS and the broader topic of Palestinian liberation with guest Steven Salaita.

Ch. 4: 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. 5: 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. 6: America's Distribution of Violence - @Intercepted w: @JeremyScahill - Air Date 2-14-18

Jeremy Scahill talks with Nikhil Singh, professor of social and cultural analysis and history at New York University, about his new book "Race and America’s Long War.”

VOICEMAILS

Ch. 7: Life as a charter school contractor - TJ from Scottsdale

Ch. 8: Reaction to candidate spotlight episode - Conner from Worcester, MA

FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 9: Final comments explaining the shortcomings of the Candidate Spotlight episode and how it was made

BONUS CLIP: Senator Kamala Harris live in the studio - The Rachel Maddow Show - Air Date 1-24-19

MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Turning to You - Landsman Duets
  • A Burst of Light - Delray
  • The Spinnet - Castle Danger
  • Derailed - The Depot
  • 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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Nov 27 2019

1hr 20mins

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#1230 Thanksgiving and cultural heritage (Native Peoples Series Part 2) (Repost)

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Air Date: 11–27-2018 Today we take a look at the literal and figurative bloody messes of the history of Thanksgiving and the identities of native peoples Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991

SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: A Code Switch Thanksgiving Feast - Code Switch - Air Date 11-21-17

Exploring the conflicting narratives of American Thanksgiving.

Ch. 2: Historian Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz on Thanksgiving: "It Has Never Been About Honoring Native Americans" - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 11-29-16

We speak with indigenous historian and activist Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz. She is the author of "An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States" and co-author of "All the Real Indians Died Off: And 20 Other Myths About Native Americans."

Ch. 3: The stolen sisters Part 1 - In the Thick - Air Date 9-18-18

Maria and Julio speak about Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls movement with Annita Lucchesi, a Southern Cheyenne cartographer who has built the largest database of missing and murdered Indigenous women.

Ch. 4: Indigenous DNA - Science for the People - Air Date 1-5-17

Kim TallBear, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Peoples Technoscience, on her book "Native American DNA: Tribal Belonging and the False Promise of Genetic Science."

Ch. 5: The stolen sisters Part 2 - In the Thick - Air Date 9-18-18

Maria and Julio speak about Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls movement with Annita Lucchesi, a Southern Cheyenne cartographer who has built the largest database of missing and murdered Indigenous women.

Ch. 6: It's not just about the blood - Code Switch - Air Date 2-6-18

If you're Native American, who or what gets to define your identity? We dive into an old system intended to measure the amount of "Indian blood" a person has.

Ch. 7: Native Americans React to Elizabeth Warren's DNA Test: Stop Making Native People "Political Fodder" - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 10-18-18

Native Americans across the country are criticizing Senator Elizabeth Warren’s decision to use a DNA test to assert her Native American heritage. We host a roundtable discussion of Native American activists and journalists to respond.

Ch. 8: Indigenous historian Nick Estes discusses the trivializing of native people - @Intercepted w @JeremyScahill - Air Date 10-23-18

Indigenous historian Nick Estes discusses the ongoing attacks on native people, voter disenfranchisement, the Red Power movement and the latest on the fight against major oil and gas pipelines.

VOICEMAILS

Ch. 9: The dangers of over-secrecy - Abdul from DC

Ch. 10: Final comments on #StandWithMashpee

TAKE ACTION!

Tell your members of Congress to support the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Reservation Reaffirmation Act (H.R. 5244 / S. 2628)

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Amplify the #StandwithMashpee hashtag

EDUCATE YOURSELF

The true story of the first Thanksgiving and what it meant (Opinion | Boston Globe)

Mashpee Wampanoag Confront 'Loss Of Self-Governance' After Interior Department Reversal (WBUR, Here & Now)

This Thanksgiving, The Trump Administration Is Taking Land From The Tribe That Welcomed The Pilgrims (Huffington Post)

Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman

MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • On Early Light - Cholate
  • Eventual Victory - Codebreaker
  • Astrisx - Bodytonic
  • Beast on the Soil - Desert Orchard
  • Cases to Rest - Bodytonic
  • Nuthatch - Feathers
  • The Cast and Favor - Bayou Birds
  • 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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Nov 27 2019

1hr 14mins

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#1216 Taking a closer look at Columbus Day (Native Peoples Series Part 1) (Repost)

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Air Date: 10–5-2018 Today we take a look at the rarely-told, real legacy of Christopher Columbus and some of the reverberations from his actions that can still be felt to this day Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991

SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Indigenous Peoples Day - Progressive Faith Sermons w @RevDrRay - Air Date 10-23-16

The origin stories we tell ourselves and the importance of understanding that the words we use change the way we think.

Ch. 2: The Truth of Jesuit-Catholic Christopher Columbus - The Canary Effect (Documentary)

The documentary film, The Canary Effect, follows the terrifying and horrific abuses instilled upon the Indigenous people of North America and details the genocidal practices of the US government and its continuing effects on present-day Indian country.

Ch. 3: THE MIDTERMS MINUTE- New York’s Battleground Races! - Best of the Left Activism

Take action! Click the title and/or scroll down for quick links and resources from this segment.

Ch. 4: Columbus Day - Why are we Celebrating? - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date 10-13-09

Thom Hartmann, reading a portion of his book "The last hours of ancient sunlight" about some of the atrocities of Christopher Columbus

Ch. 5: Indigenous Peoples Day VS Columbus Day - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 09-04-17

Los Angeles just changed Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day, here's why everyone else should also. Hosted by NerdAlert's Kim Horcher.

Ch. 6: Reframing Columbus Day - Pod Save the People - Air Date 10-10-17

A discussion to reframe and understand the debate over Columbus Day

Ch. 7: Christopher Columbus Was A Demon by Hari Kondabolu - Totally Biased - Air Date: 10-12-12

Hari Kondabolu discusses his hatred of the demon Christopher Columbus.

Ch. 8: Discussing how to move beyond Columbus Day - In the Thick - Air Date 10-9-17

Maria Hinojosa and Julio Ricardo Varela lead a conversation about the change away from Columbus Day with Mitch O’Farrell, council member of LA’s 13th district, and Chrissie Castro, vice chairwoman of the Los Angeles Native American Indian Commission.

VOICEMAILS

Ch. 9: We need an election day holiday - Nate from Vacaville, CA

Ch. 10: Final comments on the Powerline series from Outside/In

THE MIDTERMS MINUTE 

REGISTER TO VOTE: RocktheVote.org/register-to-vote/

CONFIRM VOTER REGISTRATION: RocktheVote.org/resources/am-i-registered-to-vote/

CHECK VOTING DATES & POLICIES: RocktheVote.org/voting-information/

VOTER ID INFO/HELP: VoteRiders & 866ourvote.org

Get Involved/Resources: THE MIDTERMS MINUTE H.Q.

NEW YORK BATTLEGROUNDS: 

New York Democratic Party

NY Important Dates: Register, have your application postmarked, or have made an in-person request by October 12th. Absentee ballot options and deadlines are complex, visit elections.ny.gov website for that information.

U.S. HOUSE

NY-11: Max Rose

Swing Left NY-11 | Red to Blue NY-11

NY-19: Antonio Delgado

Swing Left NY-19 | Red to Blue NY-19

NY-22: Anthony Brindisi

Swing Left NY-22 | Red to Blue NY-22

NY-27: Nate McMurry

Researched & Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman

MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 

Lakal - Speakeasy Gondola Blue - Towboat A Burst of Light - Delray The Provisions - K4 Gullwing Sailor - Migration One Little Triumph - Piano Mover Festering - Towboat

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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Nov 27 2019

1hr 10mins

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Bonus - Brave New Words: Access to Medicine

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Sponsored: Today we feature a full episode of Brave New Words focusing on one of the most pressing issues for Americans: access to medicine and the fight against Big Pharma. 

Brave New Words is a new, limited series podcast about the power of changing the narrative of the political arguments we have, using those new narratives to drive major progressive wins around the world and create real change.

Search for Brave New Words wherever you get your podcasts or find the show at BraveNewWordsPod.com

Additional Praise for Brave New Words:

Jee Kim, Executive Director, Narrative Initiative

“Anat has the unique ability to take thorny challenges and offer concrete ways to address them. She makes narrative change accessible and compelling.”

Celinda Lake, Democratic pollster and strategist

“As a veteran of issue and electoral campaigns for progressive causes and candidates, I can think of no better person to walk us through the words that have won us critical victories than Anat. The lessons and the unparalleled strategic insights she draws apply to persuasive communication across a range of issues."

Ian Haney López, author Merge Left and Dog Whistle Politics

"Messaging is an art and a science. Few combine these as brilliantly as Anat Shenker-Osorio. Her captivating podcast is a master class in how to tell the truth that can set us free."

Heather McGhee, Former President of Demos

"Shanker-Osorio’s message advice is the best around. She understands not just what words test well but what stories will move people into action, and has become the secret weapon of winning progressive campaigns worldwide."

Michael Podhorzer, Senior Advisor to the President, AFLCIO; Founder of the Analyst Institute

"Anat consistently uncovers messages that both persuade and help mobilize working people. The insights offered in these episodes are critical for anyone who works in progressive politics or just has an interest in making this country more just, prosperous and democratic."

Dorian Warren, President of Community Change

“To win a better world we need better stories and more support for change. Anat is a warrior for both – her tools are data, passion, wisdom and an indomitable commitment to listening to and learning first from those most left behind on this planet.”

Nov 25 2019

35mins

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#1321 Decolonization is for Everyone

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Air Date: 11/23/2019

Today we take a look at just a few forms the decolonization movement is taking from finance to cartography to the internet and beyond. 

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Decolonizing Wealth Through Indigenous Leadership - @theLFshow w @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date 7-25-18

Laura speaks to Edgar Villanueva, about being one of the very few indigenous people working in grant-making, and ask what he thinks Native American traditions have to teach philanthropy. His latest book is "Decolonizing Wealth"

Ch. 2: Decolonizing philanthropy - Native America Calling - Air Date 12-13-18

Edgar Villanueva, author of “Decolonizing Wealth,” questions the wisdom of accepting funds from philanthropic endeavors built by corporate giants whose business is in direct conflict with Native sovereignty and sustainability.

Ch. 3: Decolonize the Internet - Tiny Spark - Air Date 3-8-19

The internet is very white male-biased, it's important to find and prop up all other voices.

Ch. 4: Decolonizing Maps - Native America Calling - Air Date 8-28-19

Indigenous Map making is a greatly different experience from what western colonialism forces people to use. Maps can tell a story, and engage with people.

Ch. 5: Decolonization Is For Everyone with Nikki Sanchez - TEDx Talks - Air Date 3-12-19

Nikki Sanchez shares her vision of a world where we listen and care and stop dehumanizing people.

VOICEMAILS

Ch. 6: Hoping to save a life - James from Sacramento, CA

Ch. 7: Wealth tax for the children - Chris from San Diego

FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 8: Final comments on the tragedy of wealth and the difference between aggregation and curation

Limerick of the day from @Limericking

MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Lakal - Speakeasy
  • Inessential - Bayou Birds
  • Weathervane - CloudCover
  • Contrarian - Sketchbook
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

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Nov 23 2019

1hr 22mins

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#1320 The Rise and Inevitable Fall of Neoliberalism (Audio Fixed)

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Air Date: 11/20/2019

Today we take a look at how Neoliberalism was born, how it was maintained and why it is on the verge of collapse. 

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: How NeoLiberalism Happened with George Monbiot Part 1 - Pitchfork Economics with Nick Hanauer - Air Date 10-8-19

Nick and his guests discuss the history, the cultural and economic impact of neoliberalism.

Ch. 2: Too Hot For School with Jane McAlevey - On the Media - Air Date 9-20-19

The climate protests and collective action of today mirror the same crises and protests of the FDR era.

Ch. 3: How NeoLiberalism Happened with George Monbiot Part 2 - Pitchfork Economics with Nick Hanauer - Air Date 10-8-19

Nick and his guests discuss the history, the cultural and economic impact of neoliberalism.

Ch. 4: 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. 5: How NeoLiberalism Happened with Binyamin Appelbaum - Pitchfork Economics with Nick Hanauer - Air Date 10-8-19

Nick and his guests discuss the history, the cultural and economic impact of neoliberalism.

Ch. 6: We Are Trapped In The Moral Logic Of Neoliberalism with Adam Kotsko Part 1 - This Is Hell - Air Date 10-2-18

Chuck and Adam discuss neoliberal policy, culture and systems that keep us in massive inequality and divided from each other.

Ch. 7: David Kotz: The Rise and Fall of Neoliberal Capitalism - Union for Radical Political Economics - Air Date 6-19-16

Talk on how Neoliberalism will come to an end

Ch. 8: We Are Trapped In The Moral Logic Of Neoliberalism with Adam Kotsko Part 2 - This Is Hell - Air Date 10-2-18

Chuck and Adam discuss neoliberal policy, culture and systems that keep us in massive inequality and divided from each other.

VOICEMAILS

Ch. 9: SAD Solidarity - Jesse from Boston

Ch. 10: I feel it too - Erin from Philadelphia

Ch. 11: Sunshine policy - Alan from Connecticut

Ch. 12: Take a walk! - Linda from New Jersey

FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 13: Final comments on emotional vomiting

MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Chilvat - Lillehammer
  • Open Flames - Aeronaut
  • The Envelope - Aeronaut
  • Wingspan - Bayou Birds
  • Celestial Navigation - Aeronaut
  • The Wooden Platform - The Bulwark
  • Stale Case - Darby
  • 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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Nov 20 2019

1hr 23mins

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#1319 Democrats and Plutocrats, Wealth Tax and Wall Street

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Air Date: 11/15/2019

Today we take a look at the proposals from Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders for a Wealth Tax and how those proposals run afoul of not just Republican Fats Cats but Democratic Fat Cats as well

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: A Wealth Tax For American Progress - Jim Hightower - Air Date 10-24-19

The rich are different from us, but their psyches are fragile.

Ch. 2: Wealth Tax with Michael Linden - Off-Kilter with Rebecca Vallas - Air Date 10-4-19

Rebecca and Michael discuss how a wealth tax would be a great start to reducing inequality and building a thriving economy,

Ch. 3: Bernies Wealth Tax Causing Existential Dread At Fox - The Majority Report with Sam Seder - Air Date 9-28-19

Sam discusses the media propping up billionaires as the oppressed in light of Bernie's plan for a wealth tax.

Ch. 4: Elizabeth Warren Has Democrats Shaking - The Young Turks - Air Date 10-10-19

Cenk, Hasan and Brett discuss Elizabeth Warrens plans to make corporations accountable to the American public.

Ch. 5: Warren, Sanders and Big Donors with Jeet Heer - Start Making Sense - Air Date 10-30-19

Jeet and Bob discuss Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders.

Ch. 6: Are Democratic Donors Really Looking Elsewhere with Zach Montellaro - The Brian Lehrer Show - Air Date 10-24-19

Brian chats with Zack about the top 2020 candidates and who big donors are supporting.

Ch. 7: Winners Take All with Anand Giridharadas - Strange Days with Fernand Amandi - Air Date 9-26-19

Fernand and Anand discuss the role of corporate billionaire philanthropy in maintaining power structures.

Ch. 8: Wall Street Democrats Show Their True Colors - The Zero Hour with RJ Eskow - Air Date 10-1-19

RJ discusses the difference between Warren and Bernie, but Wall Street hates them all the same.

FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 9: Final comments on seasonal depression

MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Banjo - Grey River
  • Turning to You - Landsman Duets
  • Swapping Tubes - Studio J
  • Curio - Vacant Distillery
  • The Rampart - Castle Danger
  • Line Etching - Marble Run
  • Peacoat - Studio J
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

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Nov 15 2019

1hr 10mins

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#1318 Why We Cannot Have Nice Things (How Racism Hurts Everyone, Including White People)

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Air Date: 11/12/2019

Today we take a look at some of the ways that conservative policies, willed into existence almost exclusively by white people, measurably hurt people and shorten life expectancies, including those who most fervently support the self-destructive policies.

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: How Racial Resentment Is Killing White Working Class Americans | Opinions | NowThis - Air Date 5-4-19

‘People are voting for these policies that are shortening their own life spans.’ — Author of 'Dying of Whiteness' Jonathan Metzl argues that the politics of racial resentment is killing Americans in the heartland.

Ch. 2: Slavery and the Lack of Universal Healthcare - The Brian Lehrer Show - Air Date 8-20-19

Jeneen Interlandi, New York Times editorial board member and staff writer for the New York Times Magazine, talks about the intersection of race and lack of universal healthcare in America.

Ch. 3: An Incredible Con - Slate Presents: The Queen - Air Date 5-20-19

For presidential candidate Ronald Reagan, Linda Taylor epitomized the brokenness of the federal bureaucracy and the broader trend of poor people getting rich off the public dime.

Ch. 4: Dying of Whiteness with Jonathan Metzl - Why Is This Happening? with Chris Hayes - Air Date 3-26-19

Jonathan Metzl writes that the policies promising to Make America Great Again, policies rooted in centering and maintaining the power of whiteness, are shortening the lives of the white Americans who vote for them.

Ch. 5: Greater than Fear - Brave New Words - Air Date 9-6-19

In 2018, progressives in Minnesota won across races, defining what it means to be “Minnesotan” through an aspirational narrative of multi-racial populism.

Ch. 6: Dying of Whiteness A Conversation with Scholar Jonathan Metzl - Speak Out with Tim Wise - Air Date 4-2-19

Tim speaks with Dr. Jonathan Metzl, a professor of sociology and psychiatry at Vanderbilt University, and the author of the new book, Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment is Killing America’s Heartland.

Ch. 7: People seeking asylum - Brave New Words - Air Date 9-6-19

Over the last few years, facing a conservative and openly xenophobic administration, human rights advocates mounted and won four campaigns challenging offshore detention of people seeking asylum.

VOICEMAILS

Ch. 8: What was I thinking back then, gosh what am I thinking now? - Alan from Connecticut

Ch. 9: Pre-recorded bullshit ads - Dave from Olympia, WA

FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 10: Final comments on learning to be wrong and the sad future of podcasting

MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Derailed - The Depot
  • Astrisx - Bodytonic
  • Quaver - Codebreaker
  • These Times - The Pine Barrens
  • The Summit - K2
  • Take a Tiny Train - Ray Catcher
  • 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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Nov 12 2019

1hr 20mins

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#1228 Why men will be better off without the patriarchy ​(Repost)

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Air Date: 11/16/2018

Today we take a look at the system of patriarchy from the perspective of how it negatively impacts men in our culture, thereby demonstrating the need for feminism to advocate for all those negatively impacted by patriarchy, regardless of gender

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: What Is the Patriarchy? | Feminist Fridays - @marinashutup - Air Date 11-02-14

An overview of patriarchy with a focus on how it hurts everyone, not just women.

Ch. 2: Fight Club and Toxic Masculinity - Folding Ideas - Air Date 8-22-15

Justin Baldoni wants to start a dialogue with men about redefining masculinity - to figure out ways to be not just good men but good humans. In a warm, personal talk, he shares his effort to reconcile who he is with who the world tells him a man should be.

Ch. 3: Justin Baldoni: Why I'm done trying to be "man enough" - @TEDTalks - Air Date 12-4-17

Justin Baldoni wants to start a dialogue with men about redefining masculinity - to figure out ways to be not just good men but good humans. In a warm, personal talk, he shares his effort to reconcile who he is with who the world tells him a man should be.

Ch. 4: Do Videogame Stereotypes Hurt Men? - PBS Game:Show - Air Date 08-2-13

Games continue the cultural narrative of big and strong men, "manning up" and being the hero. As you play, you kill hundreds or thousands of other men, without regard for the emotional toll on one's psyche.

Ch. 5: What Men Do With Their Pain - On The Media - Air Date 5-4-18

Michael Kimmel, a scholar of masculinities studies at Stony Brook University, on the source of this shared frustration — which he calls "aggrieved entitlement" — and about the steps forward for a society that still misunderstands so much about gender.

Ch. 6: Tony Porter: A call to men - @TEDTalks - Air Date 12-10-10

Tony Porter makes a call to men everywhere: Don't "act like a man." Telling powerful stories from his own life, he shows how this mentality, drummed into so many men and boys, can lead men to disrespect, mistreat and abuse women and each other.

VOICEMAILS

Ch. 7: Thoughts on privacy and violence - Erica from Illinois

Ch. 8: Final comments om where feminism went wrong and why we need to fight for everyone hurt by the patriarchy, regardless of gender

THE POST-MIDTERMS MINUTE ('cause they aren't over...)

Help Stacy Abrams in Georgia Gov Recount

Help Bill Nelson in Florida Sen Recount

Help Andrew Gillum in Florida Gov Recount

Mississippi Sen. Run Off Nov. 27th: Help Mike Espy Win!

Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman

MUSIC:

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Great Great Lengths - The Balloonist (Blue Dot Sessions)
  • That Horse Ithica - Sketchbook (Blue Dot Sessions)
  • Homegrown - The Pine Barrens (Blue Dot Sessions)
  • When We Set Out - Arc and Crecent (Blue Dot Sessions)
  • Cicle Veroni - Cicle Kadde (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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Nov 08 2019

1hr 20mins

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#1317 Taking to the Streets in Chile and Around the World to Protest Neoliberalism

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Air Date: 11/5/2019

Today we take a look at the many protests ongoing around the world with a very strong through-line of demands to reverse austerity, lessen inequality, and improve public services, all hallmarks of neoliberal economic policies

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Ch. 1: International Protests - Democracy Now - Air Date 10-9-19 through 10-30-19

A summary of the international protests as of October 30 2019

Ch. 2: October Uprisings in Chile with Pablo Abufom - Jacobin Radio with Suzi Weisman - Air Date 10-30-19

Suzi talks with Pablo Abufom about the uprising in Chile and the conditions that led to the protests.

Ch. 3: Things Are Popping Off All Over The World - The Majority Report with Michael Brooks - Air Date 10-21-19

Michael discusses the Global Protests and the anti-austerity energy behind them.

Ch. 4: Protestors Run Over By Chilean Government - The Young Turks - Air Date 10-23-19

The Young Turks discuss neoliberal austerity measures and the media's misrepresentation of the issues involved in reporting Chile.

Ch. 5: Chile Rises Up with Bree Busk - This Is Hell - Air Date 10-30-19

Church and Bree discuss the feminist movement, the problematic media, capitalism and hope for Chile.

Ch. 6: Chile, Chicago and Lebanon Fight Neoliberalism with Artesia Balthrop - The Michael Brooks Show - Air Date 10-22-19

Michael and Artesia discuss the global mess that is imperialist neoliberalism and the protestors who resist.

VOICEMAILS

Ch. 7: Health care needs to go far beyond insurance - Trey from Corvallis

Ch. 8: I'd join if I weren't giving all my money to the Bernie Sanders campaign - Chris from San Diego

FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 9: Final comments on health, health care and assholism

MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Stale Case - Darby
  • Gullwing Sailor - Migration
  • The Rampart - Castle Danger
  • Minutes - Pacha Faro
  • When We Set Out - Arc and Crecent
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

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Photo Description: Protests in Chile 2019, Plaza Baquedano, Santiago, Chile

Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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Nov 05 2019

1hr 14mins

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#1316 Winning the messaging war for a just, moral health care system

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Air Date: 11/1/2019

Today we take a look at how the debate over our health care system has been framed and how we should frame it.

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Ex-Health Insurance Exec Industry Is Using Decades-Old Scare Tactics to Fight Medicare for All - Democracy Now - Air Date 8-2-19

We speak with Janet Golden, professor emerita at Rutgers University-Camden and a historian of U.S. medicine

Ch. 2: Best arguments for Medicare for All - The Young Turks - Air Date 4-30-19

The fundamental moral underpinning for why we need a Medicare for All system

Ch. 3: 3rd Democratic Debate Medicare for All as the Bogeyman? - The Real News - Air Date 9-13-19

We take a closer look how candidates discussed the healthcare issue. Our panelists are Osita Nwanevu, Helena Olea, and Jacqueline Luqman, with Greg Wilpert as host.

Ch. 4: Matt Bruenig’s case for single-payer health care - The Ezra Klein Show - Air Date 8-12-19

Matt Bruenig, the founder of the People’s Policy Project, is firmly in support of true single-payer. No compromise, no chaser.

Ch. 5: Democrats Talk Healthcare - Democracy Now! - Air Date 10-16-19

Dem Debate: "Disingenuous" Attacks on Medicare for All Distract from Cost of Today's Broken System

Ch. 6: Pass #MedicareforAll Resolutions in Your Communities to Build the National Movement via @PublicCitizen Medicare4AllResolutions.org - Best of the Left Activism

Join the campaign to pass local resolutions demanding Medicare for All!

Ch. 7: Healthcare: America Taken Hostage - Progressive Faith Sermons - Air Date 10-21-19

We need candidates for president to stop lying and start having compassion regarding our health care system.

VOICEMAILS

Ch. 8: Critiquing Johann Hari - Dave from Olympia, WA

Ch. 9: Challenge pledge - Todd from Utah

FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 10: Final comments on Johann Hari’s story and Todd’s Patron challenge

Ch. 11: Limerick of the Day from @Limericking

TAKE ACTION!

Pass a local #MedicareforAll Resolution in your town or city! 

Take Action in Your Town

Tools for Activists

Watch the Week of Action Town Hall with Reps. Pressley and Omar

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Nationwide Campaign Urges Cities and Towns to Pass Resolutions Supporting Medicare for All (Common Dreams)

Massachusetts Unions Vote to Vet Presidential Candidates on Medicare for All, Breaking with Labor's Top Brass (The Intercept)

Elizabeth Warren’s plan to pay for Medicare-for-all, explained (Vox)

Ady Barkan: Elizabeth Warren’s Plan Is a Massive Win for the Medicare for All Movement (The Intercept)

Bernie Sanders’s Medicare-for-all plan, explained (Vox) 

Two Leading Economists Say Medicare for All Would Give Workers 'Biggest Take-Home Pay Raise in a Generation'(Common Dreams)

Researchers Detail How Slashing Pentagon Budget Could Pay for Medicare for All While Creating Progressive Foreign Policy Americans Want (Common Dreams)

Researched & written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman

MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Moon Bicycle Theme - American Moon Bicycle
  • Vengeful - Warmbody
  • Glass Runner - Marble Run
  • On Our Own Again - The Pine Barrens
  • Celestial Navigation - Aeronaut
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

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Nov 01 2019

1hr 21mins

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#1315 The Wrecking Crew (The Trump appointees running the government)

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Air Date: 10/29/2019

Today we take a look at some of the main characters that make up the Trump administration to get a sense of who they are, where they're coming from and how they're working tirelessly to ruin everything good about our government and find brand new ways to be terrible

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 BONUS LIMERICK!

Trump went to a World Series game and was booed by the crowd, including chants to “Lock Him Up!”:

"A leader who's typically viewed

As being repugnant and crude

And went to a game

Expecting some fame

To bolster his ego, was booed"

@Limerick_News

SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Rudy Giuliani - Past Present - Air Date 10-15-19

The crew discusses the political history of Rudy Giuliani and he's always been a snake.

Ch. 2: Unitary Executive Theory with Charlie Savage - Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill - Air Date 2-27-19

Jeremy Scahill and Charlie Savage discuss Bill Barr and Trump and their takeover of the Dept of Justice.

Ch. 3: Barr Speech Proves He's Trump with An Authoritarian Brain -The Majority Report with Sam Seder - Air Date 7-17-19

Sam discusses Bill Barr and his role in corruption in the Trump administration.

Ch. 4: Mike Pompeo, Christian Crusader and Koch Brother Ally with Lee Fang - Democracy Now - Air Date 3-14-18

Pompeo has a history of making Islamophobic statements. He’s also been a major ally to the billionaire right-wing Koch brothers.

Ch. 5: How Steve Mnuchin Profited From The Housing Bust with Aaron Glantz - Democracy Now - Air Date 10-15-19

Aaron Glantz discusses how Steven Mnuchin profited from ruining people's lives.

Ch. 6: Mike Pence with Tom LoBianco - BradCast with Nicole Sandler - Air Date 10-1-19

Nicole chats with Tom LoBianco about the dangerous "Christian" Mike Pence.

VOICEMAILS

Ch. 7: My puddle of grey is confusing - Erin from Philadelphia

Ch. 8: The impact of election 2000 - Holly from San Francisco

Ch. 9: Broadcast stations selling ad space full of lies - Chris from San Diego

FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 10: Final comments on the legality of running political ads with lies

Ch. 11: Limerick of the Day from @LouC17

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'A threat to democracy': William Barr's speech on religious freedom alarms liberal Catholics (The Guardian)

Bill Barr’s First Epistle to the Heathens (The New Republic)

William Barr Is Neck-Deep in Extremist Catholic Institutions (The Nation)

Mike Pence's problem with science (CNN)

The Danger of President Pence (The New Yorker)

Mike Pence: power, religion and America's 'shadow president' (The Guardian)

The Decline and Fall of Rudy Giuliani (GQ)

Where Did Rudy Go? (The Atlantic)

Curated by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman

MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • O Holy Still - Vacant Distillery
  • Trois Gnossiennes 3 - Blue Dot Sesisons
  • Banjo - Grey River
  • Cases to Rest - Bodytonic
  • Rafter - Speakeasy
  • 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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Oct 29 2019

1hr 21mins

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#1314 Hong Kong Protests (Where Colonialism meets Neoliberalism)

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Air Date: 10/25/2019

Today we take a look at the complicated series of forces driving the protests in Hong Kong that span the ideological spectrum. 

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Will China crack down on Hong Kong? - The Inquiry - Air Date 6-25-19

Pro-democracy protesters worry that this is being eroded as the Communist party is trying to bring it further under its influence. Complicating matters is Hong Kong’s significant but shrinking economic importance to China.

Ch. 2: Hong Kong Protests Solidarity & Where It Gets Complicated - The Michael Brooks Show - Air Date 7-12-19

We break down the protests in Hong Kong.

Ch. 3: Carl Zha on the lesser-reported side of the Hong Kong protests Part 1 - Unauthorized Disclosure - Air Date 10-13-19

Carl Zha provides a primer on what has unfolded with the protests in Hong Kong.

Ch. 4: Fighting for the Future of Hong Kong - The Laura Flanders Show - Air Date 10-9-19

The historic demonstrations began in June as a response to the proposal of an extradition agreement with Mainland China. All these months later, the issues have become a lot bigger getting to the heart of the meaning of democracy and Chinese Imperialism.

Ch. 5: Carl Zha on the lesser-reported side of the Hong Kong protests Part 2 - Unauthorized Disclosure - Air Date 10-13-19

Carl Zha provides a primer on what has unfolded with the protests in Hong Kong.

Ch. 6: Hong Kong Youth Face Military Crackdown While Fighting “One of the Most Unequal Societies Anywhere” - Democracy Now - Air Date 10-2-19

China held its largest military parades ever in Beijing this week to mark 70 years of Communist rule. Meanwhile, in Hong Kong, police escalated violence Tuesday by firing live ammunition at demonstrators for the first time in the months-long protests.

VOICEMAILS

Ch. 7: Don't let the older generations off the hook - Alan from Connecticut

Ch. 8: We are in this together - James from Sacramento, CA

Ch. 9: Pitching in - Erica from Illinois

FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 10: Final comments on the tradition of progressive media supporters getting nicknames

MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Gondola Blue - Towboat
  • The Provisions - K4
  • Stale Case - Darby
  • PolyCoat - The Cabinetmaker
  • Quaver - Codebreaker
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

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KOKUYO, Wikimedia Commons  / License / Changes: Cropped vertically and horizontally

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Oct 25 2019

1hr 14mins

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#1313 Why Prison Abolition is not Nearly as Scary as it Sounds

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Air Date: 10/22/2019

Today we take a look at why the concept of prison abolition isn’t as scary as it sounds, the answer to the question of what would replace prisons and why you’re wrong for even asking that in the first place.

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Ch. 1: Mariame Kaba and Prison Abolition Part 1 - Justice in America with Josie Duffy Rice and Clint Smith - Air Date 3-20-19

Mariame Kaba discusses prisons, justice and the systems in place that do more harm than good.

Ch. 2: Future of Abolition with Marc Lamont Hill, Michelle Alexander and Vonya Quarles Part 1 - Making Contact - Air Date 1-30-19

Marc, Michelle and Vonya discuss the mass incarceration state and what actions are needed to change our systems.

Ch. 3: Mariame Kaba and Prison Abolition Part 2 - Justice in America with Josie Duffy Rice and Clint Smith - Air Date 3-20-19

Mariame Kaba discusses prisons, justice and the systems in place that do more harm than good.

Ch. 4: Is Prison Abolition Possible with Osyris Antham, Mariame Kaba, Joshua Dubler and Victoria Law Part 1 - News Beat - Air Date 12-20-18

Prisons on America are massive, and mass incarceration is a system of control.

Ch. 5: Future of Abolition with Marc Lamont Hill, Michelle Alexander and Vonya Quarles Part 2 - Making Contact - Air Date 1-30-19

Marc, Michelle and Vonya discuss the mass incarceration state and what actions are needed to change our systems.

Ch. 6: Is Prison Abolition Possible with Osyris Antham, Mariame Kaba, Joshua Dubler and Victoria Law Part 2 - News Beat - Air Date 12-20-18

Prisons on America are massive, and mass incarceration is a system of control.

Ch. 7: Carceral Abolition or Reconfiguration with Colleen Hackett and Ben Turk - This Is Hell - Air Date 3-27-19

Elites like to think they are making progress with small steps towards justice, but we have been criminalized black lives for centuries under white supremacy, tweaking and reforming isn't going to accomplish anything.

VOICEMAILS

Ch. 8: Show more important than privacy - David from Gaithersberg

FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 9: Final comments explaining the coming fiscal cliff the show faces

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The Prison Abolition Syllabus "(modeled after #FergusonSyllabus#Charlestonsyllabus#WelfareReformSyllabus and Trump Syllabus 2.0) seeks to contextualize and highlight prison organizing and prison abolitionist efforts from the 13th Amendment’s re-articulation of slavery to current resistance to mass incarceration, solitary confinement, and prison labor exploitation."

The Police Can’t Solve the Problem. They Are the Problem. (NY Times Op-Ed by Derecka Purnell & Marbre Stahly-Butts)

Some Prison Abolition-Focused Orgs/Groups/Activists to Follow on Twitter: 

Black and Pink National: @BLACKandPINKOrg

Critical Resistance: @C_Resistance

Harvard Prison Divestment Campaign: @HarvardPDC

Derecka Purnell: @dereckapurnell

Prof. Ibram X. Kendi: @DrIbram

Law for Black Lives: @Law4BlackLives

Curated by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman

MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Chrome and Wax - Ray Catcher
  • Smooth Stone - Blue Dot Sesisons
  • Denzel Sprak - CloudCover
  • Turning to You - Landsman Duets
  • Rafter - Speakeasy
  • 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 23 2019

1hr 17mins

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