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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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2972 Ratings
Average Ratings
2573
114
43
49
193

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
Read more
Why is this so hard? If a flag or statue offends someone in such a deep way, take it down.
Cover image of Best of the Left - The best of progressive and liberal talk

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

Updated 7 days ago

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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).

Rank #1: (2016/11/18) Hatred Unleashed (Trump’s America)

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Edition #1059

Today we look at the wave of white-supremacist hatred that was unleashed on election day and Trump’s pick of a white nationalist, anti-semite to work in the White House

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Listen to the first episode of Wait Wait Don’t Kill Me here: smarturl.it/sca

Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Trump Victory Inspires Acts Of Hate Against Minorities - @RingOfFireRadio - Air Date 11-11-16

Ch. 3: Song 1: Shut It Down - MxPx

Ch. 4: Act 2: Feelin' Alt-Right (Act 1, Part 2) - Full Frontal with Samantha Bee - Air Date: 10-31-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: A Dose of White Supremacy - Neffe Odom Kragh-Muller

Ch. 6: Act 3: A White Nationalist & Anti-Semite in the Oval Office- Trump Taps Breitbart's Bannon as Top Aide - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 11-14-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: Second Class Citizen - Area-7

Ch. 8: Act 4: Racists Emboldened By Trump Victory - @TheYoungTurks - Air Date 11-10-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: Love Your Neighbor - Todd Agnew

Ch. 10: Act 5: A White Nationalist Will Be Advising Trump's Administration - @RingOfFireRadio - Air Date 11-14-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: What A Beautiful Morning! - Drunken Logic

Ch. 12: Act 6: Former KKK Leader Loves Trump Adviser Who Didn't Want Kids in School with Jews - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date 11-15-16

Ch. 13: Song 6: Parade - Kimya Dawson

Ch. 14: Act 7: "White Supremacist, Anti-Semitic, Islamophobe" Stephen Bannon as Trump's Chief  Strategist - @TheRealNews - Air Date 11-15-16

Ch. 15: Song 7: Let's Work Together - Canned Heat

Ch. 16: Act 8: You Will Not Believe This Insane Antisemitic Email - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date 11-14-16

Ch. 17: Song 8: Violent Days - RTZ

Ch. 18: Act 9: Get Trained for the Resistance via @ShowUp4RJ - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 19: Song 9: Right to Complain - Trombone Shorty & Marc Broussard

Ch. 20: Act 10: Just Like After Reconstruction, Trump Vote Highlights White Backlash to Recent Racial Progress - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 11-9-16

Voicemails

Ch. 21: Standing up for the oppressed - Justin from Indiana

Ch. 22: It's not just Trump, it's congress too - Jessica from Las Vegas, NV

Ch. 23: Explaining why Democrats lost - Nick from California

Ch. 24: Explaining Democrats disdain for working class - Roy in Texas

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics

Ch. 25: Final comments on the false equivalency between pro-Trump and anti-Trump violence

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

TAKE ACTION

Find a SURJ chapter near you (or start one)

Sign up for SURJ national training conference calls

Get resources from SURJ

Sign up to volunteer with SURJ

Find a SURJ action near you or post your own

EDUCATE YOURSELF 

White People Elected Trump. Now What?

Finding Common Ground with Trump Supporters in Buffalo

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Amanda Hoffman

Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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Nov 18 2016
1 hour 18 mins
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Rank #2: (2016/01/29) The trouble with extreme wealth inequality (Economics) (Repost)

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Edition #986

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

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Show Notes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Voicemails

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

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

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics

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

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

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

Take Action:

SIGN & SHARE: Pledge to end hunger by 2030

GET INVOLVED with Vote to End Hunger

Sources/further reading:

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

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

”Presidential Candidate Videos” via Vote to End Hunger

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich

Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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Jul 05 2016
1 hour 2 mins
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Rank #3: (2016/12/20) The economics of the greater good (Culture)

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Edition #1066

Today we look at the economics of our society through fresh eyes and make the case for a smarter way to work that taps into the things that really matter

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: A history of happiness - Backstory - Air Date 7-17-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: Mirage - Sabrina Carpenter

Ch. 4: Act 2: How Does the Commons Work? - @TheNextSystem Project - Air Date 6-21-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: N/A

Ch. 6: Act 3: The case for the 32-hour workweek - The Atlantic - Air Date 7-9-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: This Moment (Live @ KEXP) - Led To Sea

Ch. 8: Act 4: Courtney E. Martin: The new American Dream - TEDTalks - Air Date: 9-7-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: Struggle - Ringside

Ch. 10: Act 5: The Pluralist Commonwealth - @TheNextSystem Project- Air Date 9-6-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: Common Good - David Andrews

Ch. 12: Act 6: Get Community Activism Skills with Citizen Muscle Boot Camp via @storyofstuff - Best of the Left Activism

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

Ch. 14: Act 7: The Economics of Externalities - Progressive Faith Sermons w/ @RevDrRay - Air Date 12-4-16

Voicemails

Ch. 15: A few thoughts from a conservative perspective - Bill from Michigan

Ch. 16: They're against it because we're in favor of it - Eric from San Francisco

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics

Ch. 17: Final comments in response to todays voicemails

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

Activism:

TAKE ACTION 

Register for the free, online Citizen Muscle Boot Camp

INSPIRE YOURSELF

After the Election: We Keep Pushing Forward (Story of Stuff Project Blog)

She Was Just One Person…Until She Joined Up with Her Neighbors to Take on Nestlé (Story of Stuff Project Blog)

All Hands on Deck! How We'll Move Forward in 2017 (Story of Stuff Project Blog)

Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman

Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

Thanks for listening!

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Dec 20 2016
1 hour 17 mins
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Rank #4: (2017/02/24) The economics of our environment (Capitalism vs. the Climate)

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Edition #1082

Today we look at the intersection of the climate and capitalism in the shadow of the most crony capitalist administration in American history

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: What is your investment dollar doing? - Australians for coal - Air Date: 02-28-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: N/A

Ch. 4: Act 2: Declining Cost of Renewables Will Challenge Trump's Promise to Bring Back Jobs Through Coal - @TheRealNews - Air Date 1-25-17

Ch. 5: Song 2: A Farewell To Trends - dustmotes

Ch. 6: Act 3: Notes on the fight against fossil capitalism w/ Ashley Dawson - @thisishellradio - Air Date 12-14-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: The sea is rising - Bliss n Eso

Ch. 8: Act 4: Michael Metcalfe: A provocative way to finance the fight against climate change - @TEDTalks - Air Date: 4-11-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: Whatever It Takes - Lifehouse

Ch. 10: Act 5: Germany PROVES We Can END Fossil Fuels - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 09-29-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: Stakes Still High - Sol

Ch. 12: Act 6: Divest Yourself and Your Community from Fossil Fuels via @DeFundDAPL - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 13: Song 6: Divest! 350Org - Tem Blessed

Ch. 14: Act 7: Not everything that's profitable is good - Economic Update w: @profwolff - Air Date 2-10-17

Voicemails

Ch. 15: What's the progressive answer to immigration? - Kiki from Oakland

Ch. 16: In response to Amanda about how to feel better - Rachel from Washington

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics

Ch. 17: Final comments with advice on surviving and thriving during times of oppression

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

Activism:

TAKE ACTION 

Use DefundDAPL.org steps and resources to divest your personal finances from banks funding DAPL

Use DefundDAPL.org steps and resources to get engaged or take action to divest your community from banks funding DAPL

Save the date for the People's Climate March on April 29th, 2017 in Washington, DC, and sister marches around US

EDUCATE YOURSELF

2 Cities To Pull More Than $3 Billion From Wells Fargo Over Dakota Access Pipeline (NPR)

7 Things the Defund DAPL Campaign Has Achieved So Far (Including $28 Million in Personal Accounts Moved) (Yes! Magazine) 

Movie Stars Pulling Their Money Out Of Wells Fargo. Defund DAPL (The Young Turks)

4 Key Impacts of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines (National Geographic)

Emails Reveal EPA Chief Scott Pruitt's Dirty Dealings with Oil and Gas Industry (The Intercept)

Trump to roll back Obama’s climate, water rules through executive action (The Washington Post) 

Drilling experts explain why Trump can’t bring back oilfield jobs (Think Progress)

Trump signs measure rolling back last-minute Obama coal mining regulation (CNN)

New rule protecting waterways from coal mining will be early target of Trump administration (Think Progress)

Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman

Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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Feb 24 2017
1 hour 10 mins
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Rank #5: (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

Thanks for listening!

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Apr 22 2016
1 hour 19 mins
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Rank #6: #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

Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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Jun 22 2018
1 hour 23 mins
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Rank #7: (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

Thanks for listening!

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Sep 16 2016
1 hour 16 mins
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Rank #8: #1234 Neoliberalism and the fascism it breeds (Brazilian Election)

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Air Date: 12/11/2018

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

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SHOW NOTES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

VOICEMAILS

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

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

FINAL COMMENTS

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

MUSIC:

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

Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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Dec 11 2018
1 hour 15 mins
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Rank #9: (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
1 hour 15 mins
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Rank #10: #1214 The long history of racial voter disenfranchisement

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Air Date: 9/28/2018

Today we take a look at the long legacy of racially-based voter disenfranchisement from Reconstruction right up to today and the many, many forms it takes as those who strive to benefit from suppressing the vote employ an ever-evolving slate of strategies to keep themselves in power.

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: The history of the voter fraud lie - Reveal - Air Date 9-30-18

Reveal examines the impact of state laws that rushed in to fill the void os discrimination after emancipation. Are they fighting fraud or changing election outcomes?

Ch. 2: A look back at the old literacy test - Backstory - Air Date 3-31-17

Exploring the role of the literacy test to get around the constitutional ban on limiting access to voting based on race and the echoes of those old policies we see today.

Ch. 3: THE MIDTERMS MINUTE - New Jersey’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: Carol Anderson on the Realities of Voter Suppression - The Brian Lehrer Show - Air Date 9-12-18

Carol Anderson, professor of African-American studies at Emory University and the author of White Rage, talks about her new book, One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy.

Ch. 5: The Real Voter Fraud Part 1 - News Beat - Air Date 7-3-18

More than 6 million Americans are barred from voting due to Jim Crow-era laws that strip citizens' voting rights following a felony conviction, amounting to a kind of civil death sentence even for those who served their time and were released.

Ch. 6: The intimidation and discrimination of restricting ex-felon voting - Pod Save the People - Air Date 9-11-18

Explaining multiple aspects of how laws disallowing formerly imprisoned persons from voting work to intimidate and disenfranchise large groups of people, focused mostly in the blackest states in the country,

Ch. 7: The Real Voter Fraud Part 2 - News Beat - Air Date 7-3-18

More than 6 million Americans are barred from voting due to Jim Crow-era laws that strip citizens' voting rights following a felony conviction, amounting to a kind of civil death sentence even for those who served their time and were released.

Ch. 8: Carol Anderson on fighting back against voter suppression at every turn - Who What Why - Air Date 9-7-18

Carol Anderson, the Chair of African American studies at Emory University: While widespread voter fraud may be a figment of President Donald Trump’s imagination, it should never be confused with voter suppression, which is very real.

VOICEMAILS

Ch. 9: Capitalism creates monopolies and kills the social safety net - Tanner from Los Angeles

Ch. 10: In praise of chapter markers - Nick from California

Ch. 11: Final comments on chapter markers, podcatching apps and some action items to fight voter disenfranchisement

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 JERSEY BATTLEGROUNDS:

New Jersey Democratic State Committee

NJ Important Dates: Registered by October 16th. Absentee ballot requests: IN-PERSON by Mon, Nov. 5th at 3pm. Ballots received by Tues., Nov. 6th at 8pm. Early voting NOT available in New Jersey. *More NJ voting details*

U.S. SENATE 

Must Retain Seat: Bob Menendez (D - incumbent)

U.S. HOUSE

NJ-02: Jeff Van Drew

Swing Left NJ-02| Red to Blue NJ-02

NJ-03: Andy Kim

Swing Left NJ-03| Red to Blue NJ-03

NJ-07: Tom Malinowski

Swing Left NJ-07| Red to Blue NJ-07

NJ-11: Mikie Sherrill

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

Researched & Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman

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Sep 28 2018
1 hour 19 mins
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Rank #11: (2016/10/21) Consent is sexy (Rape Culture)

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Edition #1051

Today we look at just a few of the manifestations of rape culture in society with plenty of focus on the need for affirmative consent education

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Pussy-Gate Vile Trump Audio Leaks, Exposes Classless Trump - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date 10-11-16

Ch. 3: Song 1: GRAB'm by the PU$$Y - will.i.am ft Apl.de.ap and Liane V

Ch. 4: Act 2: Job Fair for Future Women - Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (@FullFrontalSamB) - Air Date: 02-23-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: Can’t Take No for an Answer - David Nunez

Ch. 6: Act 3: #NotAllMen #SometimesAllMen - Trumpcast - Air Date 10-13-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: Backwards Blues - Adia Victoria

Ch. 8: Act 4: Limbaugh- 'Here Come the Rape Police' After One Whiff Of Lack Of Consent - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date 10-13-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: Consent - Jack and Dean

Ch. 10: Act 5: How rape culture manifests itself - @InDeepRadio w: @AngieCoiro - Air Date 7-2-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: We Are the Kids - WALK THE MOON

Ch. 12: Act 6: Trevor calls bullshit on Donald Trump's "locker room talk" defense. - The Daily Show - Air Date 10-10-16

Ch. 13: Song 6: Can't You Tell? - Aimee Mann

Ch. 14: Act 7: What Exactly Do Rapists Look Like? - @TheYoungTurks - Air Date: 10-17-15

Ch. 15: Song 7: Boys Will Be Boys - Alisha

Ch. 16: Act 8: Not in my locker room - @EdgeofSports - w: Dave Zirin - Air Date 10-15-16

Ch. 17: Song 8: Building Steam with a Grain of Salt - DJ Shadow

Ch. 18: Act 9: #HikeforHealing to Support The #MonumentQuilt for Survivors of Rape and Abuse via @UpsettingRape (FORCE) - Best of the Left Activism

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

Ch. 20: Act 10: Your vagina is not a car - Clementine Ford at TEDxSouthBankWomen - Air Date: 02-05-14

Voicemails

Ch. 21: Two book recommendations of the history of racial oppression - Tyler from Kentucky

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics

Ch. 22: Final comments on the documentary Audrie & Daisy and the need for early education on affirmative consent

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

TAKE ACTION

Find a Hike for Healing team near you or start one at https://www.crowdrise.com/hikeforhealing

View quilt squares, get information on making a quilt square, sign up to host a workshop and volunteer at https://themonumentquilt.org

Check out #WhyWomenDontReport on Twitter 

EDUCATE YOURSELF

Our quilt project shares rape survivors' stories (CNN.com)

Trump's Campaign Embraces Rape Culture (ThinkProgress.com)

Everyone's talking to their daughters about Donald Trump. They need to talk to their sons. (Mic.com)

The Conversation You Must Have With Your Sons (HuffingtonPost.com)

8 Societal Barriers That Make it Hard to Report Sexual Assault (EverydayFeminism.com)

Women share stories of sexual assault to show Trump what rape culture looks like (HuffingtonPost.com)

Written by Best of the Left Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman.

Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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Oct 21 2016
1 hour 14 mins
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Rank #12: (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
1 hour 15 mins
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Rank #13: #1240 The bare-knuckle fight for democracy itself

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Air Date: 1/11/2019

Today we take a look at the small-D anti-democratic power grabs implemented by many GOP-led legislatures during the lame-duck session with the explicit intention of subverting the will of the voters and the most significant democracy reform bill since the Watergate era meant to help restore eroded democratic norms that was introduced by the new Congress' House Democrats as their first order of business.

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Paul Rosenberg on GOP Power Grabs across state legislatures - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 12-13-18

Paul Rosenberg helps explain the naked, anti-Democratic power grabs by many GOP legislators in the wake of the 2018 election. They rely on a lack of public awareness, abetted by a lack of media sunlight.

Ch. 2: Michigan GOP looking to overturn election reforms voted for by the public - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 12-4-18

In Michigan, GOPers are jamming through last-minute legislation to block the reforms voters had adopted to expand voting rights.

Ch. 3: Midwest Republicans lost in 2018 — but they’re not giving up power - Vox's The Weeds - Air Date 12-3-18

Jane, Ezra, and Matt talk about state-level GOP power grabs

Ch. 4: Subversions of democracy are aimed at harming the poor - @offkiltershow - Air Date 12-5-18

The recent anti-democratic power grabs from the GOP aren't just reprehensible in principle but are especially horrific as they target the poor.

Ch. 5: North Carolina set the example of lame-duck power grabs - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 12-4-18

In North Carolina, the GOP-controlled legislature is hypocritically ramming through new Photo ID voting restrictions, even with the state in the midst of a massive GOP absentee ballot election fraud scandal in the state’s 9th Congressional district.

Ch. 6: The roots of America's democracy problem - Ezra Klein from Vox - Air Date 11-20-18

What happens when American politics just doesn’t seem fair?

Ch. 7: Ari Berman: Dems Introduce Sweeping Voting Rights Bill to Combat Rampant Voter Suppression - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 1-7-19

Voting rights activists are hailing a new House bill that aims to restore voting rights to millions, crack down on the influence of dark money in politics and restore the landmark Voting Rights Act. The bill has been dubbed the For the People Act.

Ch. 8: HR 1: The Historic Bill No One Is Talking About - Equal Citizens - Air Date 12-31-18

Watch as Lessig invokes the memory of Doris "Granny D" Haddock to illustrate just how significant HR 1 (and the fight to get it passed) will be.

VOICEMAILS

Ch. 9: Gregorian calendar in use due to colonization - Anonymous

Ch. 10: How do we facilitate the movement of people to the left? + The shutdown is a ripoff - Laura from Alameda, CA

FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 11: Final comments

MUSIC:

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Jan 11 2019
1 hour 18 mins
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Rank #14: (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
1 hour 14 mins
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Rank #15: (2016/11/04) What is at stake (Climate Change and the Supreme Court)

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Edition #1055

Today we look at the two biggest issues with the most limited timelines and far-reaching consequences of our era and how they are both at stake in this election

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: VILE: Trump Picks Climate Denier to Lead Environmental Transition - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 09-28-16

Ch. 3: Song 1: Despierta - Filthy Friends

Ch. 4: Act 2: What Do The Next Supreme Court Picks Really Mean For America? - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date 07-28-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: No Guns No Guns - Mirah

Ch. 6: Act 3: As Earth Reaches Frightening CO2 Milestone, Bill McKibben Calls for War on Climate Change - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 09-30-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next - Manic Street Preachers

Ch. 8: Act 4: Trump: I'll Fill the Supreme Court With Antonin Scalias - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 09-14-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: Perry Mason - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Ch. 10: Act 5: Shameful Admission: Trump Doesn't Believe Climate Change is Man Made - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 09-29-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: Sic of Elephants (Live) - Andrew Bird [featuring Jim James]

Ch. 12: Act 6: 350 Action's May Boeve on Young Voters & Climate Movement - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 10-25-16

Ch. 13: Song 6: Pressure - Billy Joel

Ch. 14: Act 7: Republicans Planning To Block Supreme Court Justices FOREVER - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 10-28-16

Ch. 15: Song 7: Makin' It Great Again! - Andrew St. James

Ch. 16: Act 8: The World Is Hotter Than Hell and No One Is Talking About Climate Change - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 10-01-16

Voicemails

Ch. 17: Some adults think the devil is trying to influence our election - Brad from Irving, TX

Ch. 18: The impacts on restricted access to education - Sally from San Francisco

Ch. 19: Limbaugh is more thoughtful than liberals let on - Mike from Richmond, VA

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics

Ch. 20: Final comments with some questions for our new reasonable conservative caller

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

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Nov 04 2016
1 hour 10 mins
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Rank #16: #1299 The Democratic Divide, Disagreeing AND Being Disagreeable

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Air Date: 8/23/2019

Today we take a look at the lengths the Democratic leadership will go in an attempt to silence the emerging progressive movement within their ranks and how all of this is self-defeating if one actually cares about general Democratic principles rather than just maintaining power for power's sake.

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Pelosi Waging War On AOC's Squad - No Filter - Air Date 7-16-19

Nancy Pelosi's outburst proves her disdain for the newly elected women of color in Congress.

Ch. 2: Claims of Sowing Discord are Used to Silence Criticisms of Power Part 1 - Citations Needed - Air Date 7-24-19

Silencing dissent is a sign of fascism, and so much of the media and political worlds are complicit.

Ch. 3: They're Not Just Mad At AOC They're Scared with Miles Kampf-Lassin - The Vast Majority with Micah Uetricht - Air Date 7-18-19

The Squad is pushing against the establishment. Blue Dog Dems don't like it and are tearing them down just like Trump is.

Ch. 4: Pelosi Attacks Only Making The Squad More Powerful - The Majority Report - Air Date 7-18-19

Pelosi isn't up on the new generations and doesn't care about what working-class people want.

Ch. 5: Claims of Sowing Discord are Used to Silence Criticisms of Power Part 2 - Citations Needed - Air Date 7-24-19

Silencing dissent is a sign of fascism, and so much of the media and political worlds are complicit.

Ch. 6: What Is Israel Trying to Hide? Reps. Tlaib & Omar Blocked from Taking Official Trip to West Bank - Democracy Now - Air Date 8-16-19

Israel sparked outrage Thursday when it banned two freshman Democratic congresswomen of color — Reps. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota — from entering the country.

Ch. 7: Buttar Primarying Pelosi - Ring of Fire - Air Date 8-10-19

Shahid Buttar, candidate for U.S. Congress (CA12), joins Sam Seder, to talk about why he is running to unseat Nancy Pelosi.

Ch. 8: Claims of Sowing Discord are Used to Silence Criticisms of Power with Maximillian Alvarez - Citations Needed - Air Date 7-24-19

Silencing dissent is a sign of fascism, and so much of the media and political worlds are complicit.

VOICEMAILS

Ch. 9: A personal and economic argument in favor of universal health care - V from Central New York

Ch. 10: Just gained a new listener - Linda from New Jersey

FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 11: Final comments on the political theories of a 10-year old and this weekend’s topic poll options

MUSIC(Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Streamer - Arc and Crecent
  • Begrudge - Darby
  • The Rampart - Castle Danger
  • Turning to You - Landsman Duets
  • Take a Tiny Train - Ray Catcher
  • PolyCoat - The Cabinetmaker
  • Wingspan - Bayou Birds
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

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Aug 24 2019
1 hour 22 mins
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Rank #17: (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
1 hour 11 mins
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Rank #18: (2016/05/06) May Day and Mothers Day (Feminism and Labor)

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Edition #1012

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

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Show Notes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Voicemails

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

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics

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

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

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May 06 2016
1 hour 17 mins
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Rank #19: #1300 Progressive prosecutors are repairing our injustice system from the ground up

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Air Date: 8/27/2019

Today we take a look at the movement to elect progressives to the position of chief prosecutors in cities across the country in an effort to curb mass incarceration and bring a real understanding of justice back to our justice system

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Principles to Change Prosecution Part 1 - Criminal Injustice with David Harris - Air Date 3-5-19

Taking a look at some of the "Law and Order" prosecutors who have been replaced recently by more progressive-minded administrators

Ch. 2: The New American Prosecutor with Rashad Robinson - Justice in America - Air Date 9-5-18

Josei and Clint discuss progressive prosecutors with Rashad Robinson.

Ch. 3: Philly's New Progressive DA Is Not Playing Around - The Young Turks - Air Date 3-20-19

Cenk discusses DA Larry Krasner and his work to remove power from the police state in Philadelphia.

Ch. 4: Principles to Change Prosecution with Miriam Krinsky Part 2 - Criminal Injustice with David Harris - Air Date 3-5-19

Miriam Krinsky discusses the role of mass incarceration in US society and the work to make communities safer without prison.

Ch. 5: The Progressive Prosecutor Wave is Rising - On The Media - Air Date 7-26-19

Brooke discusses the powerful role the prosecutor has in the justice system and what can be done to change mass incarceration.

Ch. 6: How restorative justice could end mass incarceration with Shannon Silva - TEDx Talks - Air Date 7-18-19

Shannon Silva discusses what restorative justice can look like as an alternative to mass incarceration

VOICEMAILS

Ch. 7: Insurance company limits my drug choice and denied my emergency room stay - Scott from Mount Juliet, TN

Ch. 8: We need wages up to support independent media - Zach from Atlanta

Ch. 9: Thanks for voicemails - Dave from Olympia, WA

FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 12: Final comments on the value of donation, for the love of voicemails and the results of last week’s poll

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EDUCATE YOURSELF & SHARE

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MUSIC(Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Donder - Darby
  • Copper Halls - Blue Dot Sessions
  • Glass Runner - Marble Run
  • Gullwing Sailor - Migration
  • Tranceless - Caruthersville
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

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Aug 28 2019
1 hour 19 mins
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Rank #20: (2016/09/20) Building momentum, making progress (Money in Politics)

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Edition #1043

Today we look at some of the structures of money in politics and how the tide is beginning to turn

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: The Truth About Citizens United - Follow the Money #8 - Represent.Us - Air Date: 1-26-16

Ch. 3: Song 1: Addiction - Medina

Ch. 4: Act 2: @DerekCressman on Free speech vs paid speech with guest host @AngieCoiro - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 5-31-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: Buy My Vote - The Haymarket Squares

Ch. 6: Act 3: How To Destroy The Corrupt Political Establishment - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 04-20-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: Welcome To the Machine - Pink Floyd

Ch. 8: Act 4: @USRepDavidJolly on The STOP Act Part 1 - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date 8-27-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: Moneytalks - Vitamin String Quartet

Ch. 10: Act 5: Steve Israel on Congressional Fundraising - @LastWeekTonight with @iamjohnoliver - Air Date 04-04-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: Money Grabber (Live @ KEXP) - Fitz and The Tantrums

Ch. 12: Act 6: @USRepDavidJolly on The STOP Act Part 2 - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date 8-27-16

Ch. 13: Song 6: Changes - Langhorne Slim & The Law

Ch. 14: Act 7: Rhode Island Demands Money Out Of Politics - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 06-21-16

Voicemails

Ch. 15: Standing against racism - Kyle from Portland

Ch. 16: What we can do to get better healthier density - Ryan from Phoenix

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics

Ch. 17: Final comments on the hopeful outlook of the future of campaign finance reform

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

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Sep 20 2016
1 hour 15 mins
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