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(2017/05/23) If you can’t beat them, suppress them (Voting Rights)

Tue, 23 May 2017 22:00:00 +0000

Edition #1106 Today we look at the current state of voting rights and the full press efforts being made to expand voter suppression far and wide across the country 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: Where we stand on voting rights right now - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 4-12-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​What's Going On - Marvin Gaye Ch. 4: Act 2: Voter ID Suppressed 200,000 Wisconsin Votes; Trump Won by 22,748 - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 05-11-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​Who Benefits? - Mustard Plug Ch. 6: Act 3: The benefits of vote-by-mail - The Other Washington from @civicskunkworks - Air Date 5-18-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: ​Tusk - Errors Ch. 8: Act 4: The origins of Trump's new voter fraud commission - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 5-12-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: ​I Told You So - Karmin Ch. 10: Act 5: Call Out Voter Suppression with Let America Vote via @Let_AmericaVote - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 11: Song 5: ​Activism - Shihan Ch. 12: Act 6: Donald Trump Orders "Election Integrity" Commission Headed by Architects of Voter Suppression - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 05-12-17 Voicemails Ch. 13: When the threat is real, our perspective on freedom changes - Dave from Olympia, WA Ch. 14: Don't forget that the far left is never given a voice - Zach from Atlanta, GA Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 15: Final comments on who is most effected by Voter ID laws Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION Get involved with Let America Vote to fight voter suppression  EDUCATE YOURSELF  The GOP’s Attack on Voting Rights Was the Most Under-Covered Story of 2016 (The Nation) There’s a reason Trump keeps lying about voter fraud (Washington Post, Opinion) ‘The Stakes': Let America Vote Founder Jason Kander on Fighting Voter Suppression (MTV)  There Are 868 Fewer Places to Vote in 2016 Because the Supreme Court Gutted the Voting Rights Act (The Nation)  Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!  [...]


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(2017/05/19) The Surge comes to the War on Drugs

Fri, 19 May 2017 22:00:00 +0000

Edition #1105 Today we look at the impact Jeff Sessions and the entire Republican government is having on drug policy in America and how we should be addressing destructive drug addiction instead 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: Jeff Sessions Pushes New War on Drugs While Killing Obama-Era Police Reform Measures - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 04-11-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​Cold Hearts / Closed Minds - Nanci Griffith Ch. 4: Act 2: What Jeff Sessions means for the drug war - Fake the Nation - Air Date 4-20-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​High Demand - The Haymarket Squares Ch. 6: Act 3: Jeff Sessions Demands "Strongest Possible Charges" For Drug Users - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 05-13-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: ​War On Drugs - Fifteen Ch. 8: Act 4: Opiate Overdoses Drop in States with Legal Marijuana - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 04-08-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: ​Needle in the Hay - Elliott Smith Ch. 10: Act 5: Drug Addicts Should Be Treated Like Patients, Not Criminals - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 08-26-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: ​Winning the War On Drugs - Asylum Street Spankers Ch. 12: Act 6: Call Congress to Support the Justice Safety Valve Act of 2017 via @DrugPolicyOrg - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 13: Song 6: ​This Fickle World - Theo Bard Ch. 14: Act 7: A Man Had Two Sons (One Was Addicted to Heroin) - Progressive Faith Sermons w/ @RevDrRay - Air Date 3-6-16 Voicemails Ch. 15: The Democratic Party is there for the taking - Erica from Seattle, WA Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 16: Final comments on how to take over the Democratic Party Bonus Clip: You Too can Take Over a Political Party! - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 03-15-16 Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION Call your Reps and Senators and tell them to support the Justice Safety Valve Act of 2017 Get involved with Drug Policy Alliance and follow them @DrugPolicyOrg EDUCATE YOURSELF Sessions Tells Prosecutors To Seek 'Most Serious' Charges, Stricter Sentences (NPR) Senate Moves Forward with Bipartisan Bill to Rein in Jeff Sessions (Rolling Stone) I prosecuted drug offenders in the ’80s. It was a disaster. Why is Sessions taking us back? (Vox) Drug War Part 2: When the sequel is as bad as the original (The Hill, Opinion) Report: Aide says Nixon's war on drugs targeted blacks, hippies (CNN, 2016) Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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(2017/05/16) What Trumpcare would mean and how we can do better

Tue, 16 May 2017 22:00:00 +0000

Edition #1104 Today we look at some of the specifics of the health care bill that Republicans passed through the House of Representatives including it’s impact on pre-existing condition coverage, coverage for women and more 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: Protests Erupt After House Republicans Pass Healthcare Bill That Could Hike Premiums for Millions - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 05-05-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​Screwed - Kid Cudi Ch. 4: Act 2: What would Trumpcare mean for pre-existing conditions - Trumpcast from @Slate - Air Date 5-5-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​Just Dropped In - Kenny Rogers Ch. 6: Act 3: American Health Care Act vs. Women - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 05-09-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: ​What Are Their Names - David Crosby Ch. 8: Act 4: Republican: "Nobody Dies" Due to Lack of Health Care - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 05-08-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: ​Live And Let Die - Guns N' Roses Ch. 10: Act 5: Financial consequences of the ACA - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 5-4-17 Ch. 11: Song 5: ​Common Sense - Justin Mcroberts Ch. 12: Act 6: Jimmy Kimmel's Tearful Monologue: The Birth of His Son & the Nightmares That the Uninsured Can Face - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 05-03-17 Ch. 13: Song 6: ​Figure It Out - Plain White T's Ch. 14: Act 7: Use ALL the Resistance Tools to Fight Trumpcare via @IndivisibleGuide & #PaybackProject - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 15: Song 7: ​This fickle world - Theo Bard Ch. 16: Act 8: The peasants are revolting - Progressive Faith Sermons w/ @RevDrRay - Air Date 5-14-17 Ch. 17: Song 8: ​Common Ground - Our Last Night Ch. 18: Act 9: Let's compare what we get for our health care expenses with other countries - @DCCommonSense w/ Dan Carlin - Air Date 3-15-17 Voicemails Ch. 19: Still unclear if universal health care means slavery for doctors - David from South Carolina Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 20: Final comments on why debating if health care is a human right is a distraction Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION Use the new "Stop Trumpcare" tools and resources from Indivisible Guide  Amplify your local actions against the 217 pro-AHCA Reps with Payback Project Send faxes and letters to Congress quickly via Resistbot, and voicemails via Stance EDUCATE YOURSELF Here are the 217 Representatives that voted for the AHCA and their contact info (Project Payback) If you would die under Trumpcare, you can send your ashes to Congress via Mail Me to the GOP  What a Trumpcare nightmare: Just about everyone with health care is going to pay more, get less and face chaos (Salon) The Health Care Bill’s Insults to Women (New York Times) Republicans duck town halls after voting for Trumpcare… (The Guardian) Trumpcare Hits Children's Hospitals Hard (Forbes) Poll: 48 Percent Say House GOP Health Care Bill Is a Bad Idea (NBC News) Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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(2017/05/12) Freedom isn’t free, it’s paid for with your taxes

Fri, 12 May 2017 22:00:00 +0000

Edition #1103 Today we look at the Trump administrations proposed tax plan, a progressive alternative for how we should be spending our money and some of the underlying principles of paying taxes 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: The DISASTER That Is Donald Trump's Tax Plan - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 04-27-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: You're a Disaster - Dragonette Ch. 4: Act 2: Corporations stashing their profits abroad - Economic Update w: @profwolff - Air Date 12-2-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​Ennio 08-08 - Silence Is Sexy Ch. 6: Act 3: Vanessa Williamson on Why Americans are proud to pay our taxes - @offkiltershow - Air Date 4-21-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: Petit - The Little Prince - David Ari Leon Ch. 8: Act 4: The People's Budget from the Progressive Caucus in Congress - The Zero Hour w: @RJEskow - Air Date 5-6-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: Political Prisoners - The Undercover Hippy Ch. 10: Act 5: Spread the Word about The People’s Budget via @USProgressives (Congressional Progressive Caucus) - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 11: Song 5:  Ch. 12: Act 6: Taxes equals freedom - Jacobin Radio - Air Date 4-18-17 Voicemails Ch. 13: Systematic racism through housing during the New Deal - Kevin from Louisiana Ch. 14: Competing liberal values re: free speech - Trent from Salt Lake City, Utah Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 15: Final comments recommending episodes #908 and #987 on racism in housing policy and my thoughts on the current debate over free speech #908 Unfair housing, unfair society #987 The double helix of racial and economic inequality Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION Check out The People's Budget at cpcbudget.org and spread the word.  Visit the Progressive Caucus website and follow @USProgressives on Twitter for updates. EDUCATE YOURSELF The Democrats are getting ready to govern again (The Week) This new budget points the way forward for Democrats (The Washington Post) The People’s Budget, Not Trump’s Budget, Will Help Working Americans (Common Dreams) The People’s Budget, not Trump’s budget, will help working Americans (Economic Policy Institute) The People's Budget: Progressive Proposal Aims to Un-Rig Failed Economic System (Common Dreams, 2015) Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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(2017/05/09) Racism built a system we all suffer under

Tue, 09 May 2017 22:00:00 +0000

Edition #1102 Today we look at the ways we are all adversely effected by the racist structures of our society and examine the ways liberals helped build these systems and continue to fail to serve the needs of people of color 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: Dr. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor on how we're all suffering from racism and capitalism - @Making_Contact - Air Date 1-23-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​Doing The Best That We Can - Kids At Risk Ch. 4: Act 2: How liberals built Prison America - @theLFshow w/ @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date 12-15-15 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​I Can't Breathe - Garner Family Ch. 6: Act 3: Donna Murch on For-Profit Punishment and Criminal-Justice Debt - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 8-12-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: ​At The Seams - Kimya Dawson Ch. 8: Act 4: Support Mama’s Bail Out Day This Mother’s Day via @NationalBailOut #FreeBlackMamas #EndMoneyBail - Best of the Left Activism  Ch. 9: Song 4: ​Activism - Shihan Ch. 10: Act 5: How the Democratic party is failing their most loyal constituency - @thisishellradio - Air Date 4-17-17 Voicemails Ch. 11: Cowspiracy Vs Science Podcast - Alan from Connecticut Ch. 12: Punishing abortion providers punishes women by proxy - Catherine from Bloomington, IL Ch. 13: Competing liberal values re: free speech - Trent from Salt Lake City, Utah Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 14: Final comments on fossil fuels used in industrial agriculture and putting the rosiest lens on the harm anti-choice legislation would do to women Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION  Support Mama's Bail Out Day this Mother's Day via @NationalBailOut  Engage online with the hashtags #FreeBlackMamas and #EndMoneyBail EDUCATE YOURSELF Locked Up for Being Poor (New York Times) Federal judge: Harris Co. bail system unfair to poor, low-level defendants (Houston Chronicle) Black Is the New Black: Number of African-American Women in Prison Is Rising (BET, 2014) Incarcerated Women and Girls (The Sentencing Project) Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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(2017/05/05) Free speech in an age of fascists

Fri, 05 May 2017 22:00:00 +0000

Edition #1101 Today we look at some of the many layers of debate around freedom of speech, the freedom to protest, violent vs non-violent resistance and the fight against fascism 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: Protest Rights Under Threat - On The Media - Air Date 2-7-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​Free and Equal Speech - Chris Priest Ch. 4: Act 2: A Couple of Yiannopolous Supporters Actually Went to a Rally to Shoot a Liberal Protester! - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 04-28-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​Pay Attention - Dilated Peoples Ch. 6: Act 3: The history of violent and non-violent resistance movements - @CitizenRadio - Air Date 3-14-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: ​All You Fascists - Billy Bragg & Wilco Ch. 8: Act 4: For Antifa, Not All Speech Should Be Free - On The Media - Air Date 2-7-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: ​Antifa - Outrage Ch. 10: Act 5: Liberty and freedom as the Golden Rule - @dccommonsense w: Dan Carlin - Air Date 2-14-17 Ch. 11: Song 5: ​Freedom of Speech - John Mellencamp Ch. 12: Act 6: Arizona's Fascist Attempt To Ban Protests - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 02-24-17 Voicemails Ch. 13: Science episode was good, is the country more progressive or conservative? - Jennifer from Columbus, OH Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 14: Introduction to mini episode on progressive values of Americans Mini Episode:  Ch. 15: Poll Results: America Fundamentally Progressive - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 05-23-12 Ch. 16: Poll: Americans Progressive On Key Issues - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 01-4-11 Ch. 17: Polls Prove America is Progressive - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 04-11-12 Ch. 18: Polls: Americans Are Progressive On Most Issues - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 07-23-10 Ch. 19: Final comments on how Fox News intentionally misleads without lying Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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(2017/05/02) Building a strong society and an innovative economy (Earned Benefits)

Tue, 02 May 2017 22:00:00 +0000

Edition #1100 Today we look at the myriad benefits of earned benefits and why we should be looking to greatly expand our social benefits programs rather than cut them 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: Fox News: Starve The Poor, Feed The Rich - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 12-30-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​Let's Eat the Poor - alan ross haynes Ch. 4: Act 2: David Dayen On Social Security Expansion - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 06-20-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​Social Security - Tallia Storm Ch. 6: Act 3: Ikea and the family leave we all deserve - Economic Update w @profwolff - Air Date 12-15-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: ​Family Values - Johnossi Ch. 8: Act 4: Economics: How Scandinavia Got it Right - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 11-05-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: ​Turtle (Bonobo Remix) - Pilote Ch. 10: Act 5: Defending Social Security from those who would dismantle it - The Zero Hour w: @RJEskow - Air Date 4-15-17 Ch. 11: Song 5: ​Bills - LunchMoney Lewis Ch. 12: Act 6: Call Congress to Demand they Stop the Budget Cuts & Invest in Human Needs via @CoalitiononHN - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 13: Song 6: ​Activism - Shihan Ch. 14: Act 7: Taxes, defense and public insurance programs - Economic Update w @profwolff - Air Date 4-24-16 Voicemails Ch. 15: Responses to Alan from Georgia re: Louisiana abortion laws - Dave from Olympia, WA Ch. 16: Framing universal health care as an American value - Annie from Alabama Ch. 17: My first 100 days - Romulo from Miami, FL Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 18: Final comments on Stance, my new favorite way to contact congress Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism:  TAKE ACTION Tell Congress to pass a spending bill that invests in basic living standards and fundamental human needs via Coalition on Human Needs (@CoalitiononHN)  Leave Congress a direct voicemail with Stance  Check out stats and data on the National Priorities Project (@natpriorities) and spread the word  EDUCATE YOURSELF Federal Budget TipSheet - Social Insurance and Earned Benefits (National Priorities Project)  Federal Budget TipSheet - Health Care Spending (National Priorities Project)  Trump's Budget Cuts (National Priorities Project Blog)  Under Trump, coal communities are stuck between a rock and a hard place (Think Progress) Remember When Donald Trump Promised to Save Social Security? (The Nation)  HEAD SMACKER: Trump Plan Slashes Taxes on Companies Already Dodging Taxes (Coalition for Human Needs Blog) Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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(2017/04/28) The science of the times

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 22:00:00 +0000

Edition #1099 Today we look at the importance of science in our lives and public policy and also at the Trump administration’s drive to stop science in it’s tracks 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: Science in America - Neil deGrasse Tyson - Air Date 4-19-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​N/A Ch. 4: Act 2: The history of how we know that humans are driving climate change - Science VS - Air Date 3-16-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​Put It to the Test - They Might Be Giants Ch. 6: Act 3: How to Convince a Climate Change Sceptic - Quirks and Quarks - Air Date 12-16-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: ​Messages - Xavier Rudd Ch. 8: Act 4: Scientists, politics and protest - Science for the People - Air Date 2-16-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: ​Science Is Real - They Might Be Giants Ch. 10: Act 5: 314 Action and the movement to elect scientists to office - Who What Why - Air Date 4-22-17 Ch. 11: Song 5: ​Science Fair - Recess Monkey Ch. 12: Act 6: Take Part in Global Divestment Mobilization Week May 5-13 via @GoFossilFree @350 - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 13: Song 6: ​This Fickle World - Theo Bard Ch. 14: Act 7: Trump Signs Government Scientist Gag Order - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 01-26-17 Voicemails Ch. 15: Not all anti-choice people want to punish women who have abortions - Alan from Georgia Ch. 16: Less desire, less suffering - Dale from Minneapolis, MN Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 17: Final comments on how to sustain your activism Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION Join or organize Global Divestment Mobilization Actions, May 5-13,2017  Follow @GoFossilFree and @350 on Twitter  Engage with the Divestment Mobilization hashtag #FossilFree   EDUCATE YOURSELF Why Divestment is Changing the Climate Movement (The Nation, 2013) The rise and rise of the fossil fuel divestment movement (The Guardian, 2015) This is a Timed Test (Slate, Bill McKibben, 2015) Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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(2017/0425) Trump and Republicans take aim at women (Reproductive Justice)

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 22:00:00 +0000

Edition #1098 Today we look at the current state of abortion politics here and abroad and explain how the Republicans intend to hurt women and increase the number of abortions worldwide by ignoring science and humanity 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: Education and contraception bring abortion rates as low as 1973 - Savage Love w: @FakeDanSavage - Air Date 1-31-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​Thanks, Birth Control: The Song - bedsider Ch. 4: Act 2: The Story Behind the Mexico City Policy - On the Media - Air Date 1-27-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​​Bury the Past - Professional Victims Ch. 6: Act 3: Trump’s Anti-Abortion Order Likely to Increase Abortions - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 02-03-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: ​​Mandy Goes to Med School - The Dresden Dolls Ch. 8: Act 4: Where abortion is illegal - Popaganda from @BitchMedia - Air Date 3-30-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: ​Luriana Lurilee - Ben McElroy Ch. 10: Act 5: Mike Pence Casts Tie-Breaking Vote To Defund Planned Parenthood - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 03-31-17 Ch. 11: Song 5: ​Beneath the Lies - Abscondo Ch. 12: Act 6: Protect #ReproductiveRights at the State Level via @PPact @ReproRights @AllAboveAll - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 13: Activism - Shihan Ch. 14: Act 7: Beyond Choice to Reproductive Justice - @Making_Contact - Air Date 4-12-17 Voicemails Ch. 15: Understanding human interactions - Alan from Connecticut Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 16: Final comments on how the Science of "Blue Lies" May Explain Trump's Support Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION Get involved with Planned Parenthood Action Fund and follow @PPact Get involved with The Center for Reproductive Rights and follow @ReproRights Get involved with All Above All and follow @AllAboveAll EDUCATE YOURSELF State lawmakers rush to protect funding for Planned Parenthood (PBS Newshour) Minnesota House backs ban on state dollars for abortion (StarTribune) Governor Bullock lets Montana abortion bill become law (Missoulian) Women march outside as abortion bill debated inside (The State Journal-Register) Trump Signs Law Giving States Option To Deny Funding For Planned Parenthood (NPR) Why is Planned Parenthood popular? And if it's defunded, could any other organization fill the gap? (LA Times) Who's Popular and Who Isn't? (NBC News) The EACH Woman Act (Congress.gov) Women's Health Protection Act (Congress.gov) Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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(2017/04/21) Good-Natured (Economics and Culture)

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 22:00:00 +0000

Edition #1097

Today we make the argument that people are naturally good and that society and economists should treat them that way

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: A lesson in Buddhist economics Part 1 - @thisishellradio - Air Date 3-7-17

Ch. 3: Song 1: Out With the Old - Casa Di Mondo


Ch. 4: Act 2: Thomas Hobbes Was Wrong... Our Core Nature Is Good! - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 01-05-17

Ch. 5: Song 2: One of the Good Ones - Redd Kross


Ch. 6: Act 3: A lesson in Buddhist economics Part 2 - @thisishellradio - Air Date 3-7-17

Ch. 7: Song 3: Renegades - X Ambassadors


Ch. 8: Act 4: Nipun Mehta - Designing For Generosity - TEDxBerkeley - Air Date: 02-26-12

Ch. 9: Song 4: Something Good Can Work - Two Door Cinema Club


Ch. 10: Act 5: Lux Narayan: What I learned from 2,000 obituaries - @TEDTalks - Air Date 3-1-17


Voicemails

Ch. 11: You're killing me - Anonymous

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


Ch. 12: Final comments on balancing the bad with a positive vision for the future

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


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(2017/04/18) The oligarch who decided to buy the White House (Corruption)

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 22:00:00 +0000

Edition #1096 Today we look at some of the lesser-known characters in the right-wing oligarchy who now own the White House and Supreme Court 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: Inside How the Federalist Society & Koch Brothers Are Pushing for Trump to Reshape Federal Judiciary - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 03-21-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​Follow the Money - Vova Zen Ch. 4: Act 2: Robert Mercers bizarre opinions and influences - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 3-22-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​The Oligarch - Ephemerals Ch. 6: Act 3: Dark Data Trump Backers Bankroll Firm Developing Psychological Profiles of Every U.S. Voter - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 03-23-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: ​Take A Look Around {Instrumental) - Limp Bizkit Ch. 8: Act 4: How to protect yourself in the face of diminishing online privacy - @HumorlessQueers - Air Date 3-25-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: ​Mind Control - Stephen Marley Ch. 10: Act 5: The Secret Family Behind The Rise Of Brietbart News - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date 03-28-17 Ch. 11: Song 5: ​Follow the Money - Zounds Ch. 12: Act 6: Who Bankrolls Breitbart News? - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 03-31-17 Ch. 13: Song 6: ​Oligarchy - The Haymarket Squares Ch. 14: Act 7: Erik Prince rises again - Intercepted (@theintercept) - Air Date 4-5-17 Voicemails Ch. 15: Clarifying the right to labor - Dan from Cleveland Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 16: Final comments on yet another reason why health care is not slavery Bonus Clip: Free Healthcare = Slavery (Rand Paul) - The Young Turks - Air Date 5-13-2011 Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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(2017/04/14) Reckless Empire and the Forever War (Foreign Policy)

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 22:00:00 +0000

Edition #1095 Today we look at a Trump’s foreign policy so far, question the prevailing narrative and look back at how we got to now 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: Trump Bombs Syria: It's Bad, Really Bad - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 04-10-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​Handlebars - Flobots Ch. 4: Act 2: Taking the wider angle perspective on America's militarism - #PoliticallyReactive with @wkamaubell and @harikondabolu - Air Date 4-12-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​Don't Waste Your Breath - Colour Me Wednesday Ch. 6: Act 3: Questioning the unquestioned media narrative of US military actions - Intercepted (@theintercept) - Air Date 4-12-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: ​Fake Empire - The National Ch. 8: Act 4: Stupid and easily manipulatable as Commander in Chief - @HumorlessQueers - Air Date 3-25-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: ​Mistake - Hi I'm Case Ch. 10: Act 5: Strike That Killed Dozens of Civilians Is Exactly What Trump Promised - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 03-29-17 Ch. 11: Song 5: ​Forgotten - The Haymarket Squares Ch. 12: Act 6: Fight the War Economy By Growing Local #Peace Economies via @CodePink - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 13: Song 6: Song Link here Ch. 14: Act 7: Andrew Bacevich on the Carter doctrine and the birth of our endless Middle East war - Le Show w @TheHarryShearer - Air Date 2-12-17 Voicemails Ch. 15: Thank you for disability episode - Tyler from Maine Ch. 16: Asking for clarification on health care policy - David from South Carolina Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 17: Final comments on why government-administered health insurance isn’t slavery Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION Visit codepink.org/peaceeconomy to learn more about divesting from war and investing in your community Take action with Next Steps to building a Local Peace Economy  Follow Code Pink @codepink or their Peace Economy campaign account @PeaceEcon EDUCATE YOURSELF What does an 'America First' Policy Actually Mean? (The Nation) No Rural-Urban Divide Here: We All Want Good Jobs and Strong Local Economies (YES! Magazine) What a Policy of Real Solidarity with the Syrian People Looks Like (YES! Magazine) Why These Missile Strikes Won't Make Things Better for the Syrian People (YES! Magazine) To Billionaire Doomsday Preppers: Your Wealth Won't Save You (YES! Magazine) Is War Good for the Economy? (Huffington Post Blog, 2013) A State of Perpetual War (Huffington Post Blog, 2010)  The US and NATO are Preparing for a Major War with Russia (The Nation, 2016) Written by BOTL social media/activism director Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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(2017/04/11) An identity group that any one of us might join at any time (Disability Rights)

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 22:00:00 +0000

Edition #1094 Today we look at a variety of ways to bring the disability rights movement into the mainstream of media, advocacy and the world 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: Media coverage of disabilities and the ADA getting better but still lacking - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 7-31-15 Ch. 3: Song 1: Nothing Is Good Enough (Instrumental) - Aimee Mann Ch. 4: Act 2: Bringing disability into the mainstream of diversity - Off Kilter (@TalkPoverty) - Air Date: 7-2-15 Ch. 5: Song 2: Going Home - Niklas Aman Ch. 6: Act 3: Discrimination in immigration then and now - Backstory - Air Date 2-10-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: The Cave - Piano Tribute Players Ch. 8: Act 4: On Disability and Representation - Black Girls Talking - Air Date 7-20-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Julie-O - Kevin "KO" Olusola Ch. 10: Act 5: Stop HR 620: Tell Congress to #ProtectADA via @NDRNAdvocates - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 11: Song 5: La Valse d'Amélie (Version Orchestre) - Yann Tiersen Ch. 12: Act 6: Elise Roy: When we design for disability, we all benefit - @TEDTalks - Air Date 11-12-16 Ch. 23: Final comments Bonus Clip 1: Nick Dupree's Story: A Medicaid Victory - All Things Considered - Air Date 2-12-03 Bonus Clip 2: Nick Dupree Fought To Live 'Like Anyone Else' - All Things Considered - Air Date 2-22-17 Bonus Clip 3: Tribute to Nick Dupree - @dccommonsense w/ Dan Carlin - Air Date 3-15-17 Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION  Visit the NDRN website to read up on the response to HR 620 and learn what you can do to protect the ADA Call Congress, especially the 14 co-sponsors of HR 620 (7 Republicans, 7 Democrats)  Learn more about disability culture and experiences through personal stories via Disability Visibility Project and about the importance of disabled people in public service via #CriptheVote. EDUCATE YOURSELF   HR 620: ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017 (via Countable.us)  Overview of Concerns on HR 620 (via NDRN.org) Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Letter of Opposition for ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017, HR 620 (via NDRN.org) People with Disabilities Battle Trump (via Workers World) Denham bill would fight ADA lawsuit abuse (via Central Valley Business Journal) Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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(2017/04/07) The Exxon President goes to war with the planet (Climate)

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 22:00:00 +0000

Edition #1093 Today we look at Trump’s recent moves to dismantle Obama’s environmental legacy, the legal troubles he faces and the bright future that renewable energy is still headed towards  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: Trump SHREDDING Obama's Environmental Rules - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 03-30-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​Revolution (Human Need Over Profit) - Tha Truth Ch. 4: Act 2: Rolling back Obama's clean energy policies will be harder than Trump thinks - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 3-29-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​Things a Get from Bad to Worse - The Ethiopians Ch. 6: Act 3: Solar Creating Jobs 2X Faster Than Dirty Coal, Trump Wants Coal - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 03-19-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: ​Underneath A Blackened Moon - Keith And Joan Pitzer Ch. 8: Act 4: Trump Has Weakened America By Destroying Environmental Protections - @RingOfFireRadio - Air Date: 04-03-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: ​What Have We Done - The Haymarket Squares Ch. 10: Act 5: Why Trump Will Go Down In History As The Exxon President - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 03-18-17 Ch. 11: Song 5: ​My Country - Nahko and Medicine for the People Ch. 12: Act 6: Human adaptation at odds with fortress continents - Intercepted (@theintercept) - Air Date 3-29-17 Ch. 13: Song 6: ​Something happened - The Dodos Ch. 14: Act 7: To save the climate we need to remake the Democratic party - @thisishellradio - Air Date 3-11-17 Ch. 15: Song 7: ​Do The Right Thing - Beres Hammond Ch. 16: Act 8: Get in the Streets! Join #ScienceMarch on 4-22 & People's #ClimateMarch on 4-29 via @ScienceMarchDC and @Peoples_Climate - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 17: Song 8: This Fickle World - Theo Bard Ch. 18: Act 9: Fantastic, amazing, excellent, very good news for renewable energy - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 3-14-17  Ch. 19: Final comments on a couple more resources for the war on coal Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION April 22nd (Earth Day): March for Science Follow: @ScienceMarchDC April 29th (Trump’s 100th Day): People’s Climate March Follow: @Peoples_Climate EDUCATE YOURSELF Activists Announce People's Climate March (Huffington Post) Peoples Climate Movement Releases March Route (Common Dreams) Climate Justice Organizations Call for "People's Climate March" on April 29 (DemocracyNow!) Pussy Hats Making Way For Resistor Beanies In Science March (Huffington Post) This man in a space suit has a message for Earthlings (CNN) Congress’s one PhD-trained scientist will join march on Washington (STAT News) Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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(2017/04/04) Under surveillance from all angles (Privacy Rights)

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 22:00:00 +0000

Edition #1092 Today we look at the ways in which both corporate and governmental institutions are looking to gain more and more access to your private data and communications 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: Clarifying exactly how much you're getting screwed by internet companies - @HumorlessQueers - Air Date 3-25-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: I'm Confused - Handsome Furs Ch. 4: Act 2: You're getting bought and sold by marketers online - The Benjamin Dixon Show (@TheBpDShow) - Air Date 3-28-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: Corporate America - SuperMonkey Ch. 6: Act 3: The racist application of surveillance laws through history - @theLFshow w @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date 2-15-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: Privacy - Michael Jackson Ch. 8: Act 4: Section 702 Is In the Spotlight - On The Media - Air Date 3-24-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: Private Eyes - Daryl Hall & John Oates Ch. 10: Act 5: FCC Under Trump: Net Neutrality & Internet Freedom Faces New Attack - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 02-14-17 Ch. 11: Song 5: Feet to the Fire - the hereafter Ch. 12: Act 6: Prepare to #SavetheInternet…AGAIN via @FreePress and @EFF - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 13: Song 6: This Fickle World - Theo Bard Ch. 14: Act 7: Edward Snowden on the Vault 7 leaks - Intercepted (@theintercept) - Air Date 3-15-17 Voicemails Ch. 15: Thoughts on our complicated health care system - Steve from New York Ch. 16: Inclusion needs to include the disabled - Annie from Alabama Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 17: Final comments on the need for more solidarity with the disabled Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION  Sign up for updates at FreePress.net and EFF.org Follow FreePress on Twitter @FreePress and Facebook; Follow EFF on Twitter @EFF and Facebook  Stay up to date on all the latest proposed legislation related to privacy on Countable.us EDUCATE YOURSELF House Republicans Vote to Destroy FCC's Online Privacy Protections (FreePress.net) Net Neutrality Is Trump’s Next Target, Administration Says (The New York Times) They Attacked Privacy. Net Neutrality is Next. (FreePress.net) Letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai from Keith Ellison and 30 other Senators on Preserving Net Neutrality (Ellison.house.gov) The inventor of the Web predicts ‘a massive outcry’ over online privacy (The Washington Post) Should an FCC Rule Imposing Data Privacy Requirements on Internet Service Providers be Repealed? (Countable.us) Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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(2017/03/31) Progressives fighting on multiple fronts (The Resistance)

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 22:00:00 +0000

Edition #1091 Today we look at the multi-front political battles being waged for the heart of the progressive movement, women’s movement, the Democratic party and the county as a whole 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: A roundup of grassroots resistance groups - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 3-8-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: A Lot of Work to Do - Friendly People Ch. 4: Act 2: Intersectional feminism is looking to tear down the capitalism establishment - Off Kilter (@TalkPoverty) - Air Date 3-8-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: Intersectionality - Those American Girls Ch. 6: Act 3: The Democratic party needs to debate it's differences - The Zero Hour w @RJEskow - Air Date 3-4-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: Keep On Moving Forward - Emma's Revolution Ch. 8: Act 4: Why we can't abandon the red states - Belabored (@DissentMag) - Air Date 3-24-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: Immigrants (We Get the Job Done) - K'naan, Snow Tha Product, Riz MC & Residente Ch. 10: Act 5: A coalition of movements arise under Trump - @theLFshow w @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date 3-15-17 Ch. 11: Song 5: Workers of the World Unite! - The Last Internationale Ch. 12: Act 6: Nancy Pelosi Has Super Secret Plan To Keep Losing - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 03-24-17 Ch. 13: Song 6: Master Plan - My Morning Jacket Ch. 14: Act 7: The messaging of inevitability for the progressive movement - The Zero Hour w: @RJEskow - Air Date 3-4-17 Ch. 15: Song 7: Inevitable - Scissor Sisters Ch. 16: Act 8: Tap Into the Tools for ‘The Resistance’ - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 17: Song 8: Time for Action - Secret Affair Ch. 18: Act 9: Women in the age of Trump and what the movement looks like - We the Podcast with Rep. @keithellison - Air Date 3-30-17 Voicemails Ch. 19: We need to push for single payer - Zach from Atlanta, GA Ch. 20: An update on conservatives in my community - V from Central New York Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 21: Final comments on the progressive movement; past, present and future Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION Use these websites and apps as part of your Resistance Plan: 5Calls.org  Countable.us ResistanceCalendar.org ResistanceManual.org ActionAlliance.co READ: "Your Guide to the Sprawling New Anti-Trump Resistance Movement" (via The Nation) Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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(2017/03/28) The corporatization of our schools (Education)

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 22:00:00 +0000

Edition #1090 Today we look at the confirmation of Betsy DeVos to head the Department of education and some of the ideological and historical context that brought us to this point 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: Betsy DeVos Confirmation Proves You Can Buy Power - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 02-09-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​Oligarchy - The Haymarket Squares Ch. 4: Act 2: The truth about school vouchers for impoverished or disabled children - Off Kilter (@TalkPoverty) - Air Date 2-17-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​Teach Me Something - Hot Tip Ch. 6: Act 3: Charter Schools - @LastWeekTonight with @iamjohnoliver - Air Date 08-22-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: ​How to save a life - The Fray Ch. 8: Act 4: The history of education policies and their purposes - @Making_Contact - Air Date 3-14-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: ​Dancing Through Life - Christopher Fitzgerald, Idina Menzel, Kristin Chenoweth, Michelle Federer & Norbert Leo Butz Ch. 10: Act 5: Will Reaganomics Put The Final Nail In The Coffin of Public Education? - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 11-29-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: ​The Idiots are taking over - NOFX Ch. 12: Act 6: #SaveOurSchools- Stop Legislation that Kills Public Education & Hurts Poor Children via @Network4pubed - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 13: Song 6: ​Activism - Shihan Ch. 14: Act 7: Diane Ravitch on the damage Betsy DeVos can do to the Department of Education - Who What Why - Air Date 1-20-17 Voicemails Ch. 15: Improve on the ACA to build toward single payer - Matt from Pueblo, CO Ch. 16: New York Health campaign - Alan from Connecticut Ch. 17: The ACA is a step towards single payer - Evan from Texas Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 18: Final comments on the way to negotiate for a better health care system Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION Get involved with Network for Public Education and follow them on Facebook and Twitter Join the conversations about school vouchers online with #SaveOurSchools Call Members of Congress: Countable.us Education Bills ; Members of the Education and the Workforce Committee EDUCATE YOURSELF Read the Summary of HR 610 (Congress.gov) Do Private-School Vouchers Promote Segregation? (The Atlantic) BETSY DEVOS WANTS TO USE AMERICA'S SCHOOLS TO BUILD "GOD'S KINGDOM" (Mother Jones) Jeff Bryan: The Big Lie Behind Trump’s Budget Proposals for Education (DianaRavitch.com) Tensions rise as vouchers pick up traction across Wisconsin (Journal Sentinel - Milwaukee, Wisconsin) Subtracting Schools from Communities (Urban.org)  Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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(2017/03/24) A Corporate Judicial Coup (Judge Gorsuch and the Supreme Court)

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 22:00:00 +0000

Edition #1089 Today we look at the hearings of Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch, how we got to here and what his possible placement on the court portends for our future 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: The important Gorsuch stories the media is missing - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 2-17-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​One - Apocalyptica Ch. 4: Act 2: Discussing the judicial coup Republicans are in the midst of - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 3-21-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​La Réalité - Amadou & Mariam Ch. 6: Act 3: Behind Neil Gorsuch's Rhetoric, His Record Suggests Aggressive Judge Wedded to Conservative Agenda - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 03-21-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: ​The Game Is Rigged - The Great Malarkey Ch. 8: Act 4: Dan Goldberg on some of Neil Gorsuch's worst rulings - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 3-24-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: ​The Smallest Piece - Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin Ch. 10: Act 5: The corporate takeover of the judicial system - Amicus from @Slate - Air Date 3-18-17 Ch. 11: Song 5: ​It's Just Not Right - Beatnik Turtle Ch. 12: Act 6: STOP Arch Conservative SCOTUS Pick Neil Gorsuch via @IndivisibleTeam #StopGorsuch - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 13: Song 6: ​This Fickle World - Theo Bard Ch. 14: Act 7: How Democrats Should Fight Trump's Supreme Court Pick - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 03-21-17 Voicemails Ch. 15: Seeking out progressive sci-fi to imagine a better world - Erin from Philadelphia Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 16: Final comments on our dystopian pop culture and thoughts on where health care should go from here Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION Use Indivisible Guide's fact sheet on Gorsuch and scripts to call Senators Easily Call Your Senators: 5calls.org (or) Countable.us  EDUCATE YOURSELF Hobby Lobby and executive power: Gorsuch's key rulings (CNN) Call Your Senators and Demand That They Reject Neil Gorsuch (The Nation) The Democrats Must Filibuster Neil Gorsuch (Slate) Gorsuch: Roe v. Wade is the 'law of the land' (The Atlantic) Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch Has a Troubling History When Ruling on Disability Rights Cases (ACLU Blog) If We Care About Abortion, Asking Judge Neil Gorsuch His Opinion on Roe v. Wade Is Not Enough (ACLU Blog) Should Your Boss’s Religious Beliefs Dictate Your Health Insurance Coverage? Supreme Court Nominee Judge Gorsuch Thinks So (ACLU Blog) Attorney for "Frozen Trucker": Neil Gorsuch May Have Been Most Hostile Judge I've Ever Encountered (Truth Out) Durbin, Gorsuch spar over Hobby Lobby ruling (The Washington Post) Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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(2017/03/21) Bracing for impact or burning up on reentry? (Trumpcare)

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 22:00:00 +0000

Edition #1088 Today we look at the rollout of Trumpcare including how we got here, the ideological challenges Republicans face in trying to repeal the ACA and the direction we should obviously go 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: Bill Krystal's prediction about the future of health care - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 1-11-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​Burn My Candle (At Both Ends) [Live] - Shirley Bassey Ch. 4: Act 2: Conservative principles tied into pretzel over health care - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 3-7-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​Stuck In The Middle With You - Stealers Wheel Ch. 6: Act 3: What is Trumpcare? - Trumpcast from @Slate - Air Date 3-17-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: ​Shame - Ophelia of the Spirits Ch. 8: Act 4: Healthcare or Wealthcare? 24 Million to Lose Insurance Under GOP Plan While Rich Get Big Tax Breaks - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 03-14-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: ​Hurt - Johnny Cash Ch. 10: Act 5: Republicans backed themselves into a corner on health care - Primary Concerns from @NewRepublic - Air Date 3-9-17 Ch. 11: Song 5: ​Accountability - Sammy R. Hall Ch. 12: Act 6: The continuous coverage provision encourages people to not get health insurance until they're sick - The Zero Hour w: @RJEskow - Air Date 3-11-17 Ch. 13: Song 6: ​Sickening - Ken Mickey Ch. 14: Act 7: Budget Expert: Republicans Are Lying When They Say AHCA Won't Hurt Majority of Americans - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 03-16-17 Ch. 15: Song 7: ​Pas Si Simple - Yann Tiersen Ch. 16: Act 8: Luck Health Plan: You'll be okay. Probably. - Luck Plan - Air Date: 11-11-14 Ch. 17: Song 8: ​A Quai - Yann Tiersen Ch. 18: Act 9: Why we're stuck with the very flawed ACA - @dccommonsense w Dan Carlin - Air Date 3-15-17 Ch. 19: Song 9: ​Meaningless - The Nighty Nite Ch. 20: Act 10: Join the National Week of Action (April 3-7) to Demand Medicare for All via @H_O_P4E & @PHMglobal #Health4All - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 21: Song 11: ​Time for Action - Secret Affair  Ch. 22: Act 12: Republicans Promise TrumpCare Won't Suck After Phase Three - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 03-15-17 Ch. 23: Final comments on the real debate going on with health care Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION Join the National Week of Action to Demand National Improved Medicare for All: Our Health is NOT for Sale! If you're in DC, volunteer for HOPE's Medicare for All Lobby Day in DC - March 29th EDUCATE YOURSELF Insurance Companies Just Accidentally Made The Case For Medicare For All (Huffington Post) For-Profit Health Care Used To Be Illegal (Health Over Profit for Everyone) Trumpcare vs. Obamacare (The New Yorker)  The Conservative Uprising Against the Republican Health-Care Bill (The Atlantic) How the AHCA Leaves the Old, Sick and the Poor Behind (The Atlantic) Affordable Care Act revision would reduce insured numbers by 24 million, CBO projects (The Washington Post) A Running List of People Who Hate Trumpcare (Mother Jones) Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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(2016/10/07) Slavery in America is still alive and well (Prison Labor) (Repost)

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 22:00:00 +0000

Edition #1048 Today we look at the ways in which the 13th amendment to the constitution opened the doors to a mere evolution of slavery rather than it’s abolition as our national myth contends 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: William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe - Excerpt: Attica explained Ch. 3: Song 1: Attica State - John Lennon & Yoko Ono Ch. 4: Act 2: 45 Years After Legendary Attica Prison Uprising, New Book Reveals State Role in Deadly Standoff - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 09-09-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: Strong Animals - Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin Ch. 6: Act 3: Prison Labor = Modern Day Slavery? - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 09-16-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: High Demand - The Haymarket Squares Ch. 8: Act 4: Rattling the Bars US Prison Labor - @TheRealNews - Air Date 9-5-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Forward - Northbound Ch. 10: Act 5: Noelle Hanrahan on National Prison Strike - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 9-16-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: Prison Abolition (feat. Daman) - Conscious Youth Ch. 12: Act 6: Prisoners Strike To Say 'We're Not Slaves!!' (w/Guest: Maya Schenwar) - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 09-21-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Chain Gang (2005 Remastered) - Sam Cooke Ch. 14: Act 7: Important stories of the prison strike are blacked out by media - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 9-30-16 Ch. 15: Song 7: Everyday (Single Version) - Carly Comando Ch. 16: Act 8: Support Prison Strikers by Joining Actions Around the Country - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 17: Song 8: This Fickle World - Theo Bard Ch. 18: Act 9: Advocates: The U.S. Still Profits from Slavery Because the 13th Amendment Perpetuates Prison Labor - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 10-03-16 Ch. 19: Final comments on the timely release of the new Ava DuVernay doc, “13th” Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone TAKE ACTION Read the call to action post on ItsGoingDown.org and find an event near you at the bottom of the post. Create your own local action to support the prison strikes and submit it to be posted by emailing info@itsgoingdown.org.  EDUCATE YOURSELF Why Prisoners Across the Country Have Gone on Strike (via Mother Jones) "We're Freedom Fighters": The Story of the Nationwide Prison Labor Strike (via truthout) The biggest national prison strike in American history is happening now (via Daily Kos) Meet the inmate who launched a massive prison strike from his jail cell (via Vice) Free Alabama Movement  (website of the inmates spearheading the strike in Alabama) IWW Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (unrecognized union for incarcerated prison workers)   Written by BOTL social media/activism director Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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(2017/03/14) Living in an empire of lies (Propaganda)

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 22:00:00 +0000

Edition #1087 Today we look at the mechanics and consequences of systemic lies and propaganda in an age of ignorance and anti-intellectualism 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: Carl Sagan saw the Future - Quirks and Quarks - Air Date 1-27-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: Can't Hide from the Truth - The Hot 8 Brass Band Ch. 4: Act 2: How to question the information we receive - @thisishellradio - Air Date 2-24-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: Hide the Truth - Chronicle Ch. 6: Act 3: Former Supreme Court Justice Souter on The Danger of America's 'Pervasive Civic Ignorance' Ch. 7: Song 3: Debate - Rain Over St. Ambrose Ch. 8: Act 4: Words matter: Emotions and statistics - Frontline: The Persuaders - Air Date 11-9-2004 Ch. 9: Song 4: Honesty - Billy Joel Ch. 10: Act 5: How propaganda works - Ideas from CBC - Air Date 1-19-17 Ch. 11: Song 5: A Few Honest Words - Ben Sollee Ch. 12: Act 6: Character Education: The need for a love of truth - Progressive Faith Sermons w: @RevDrRay - Air Date 12-11-16 Voicemails Ch. 13: Why not join the Democratic Socialists of America? - Nathan from San Diego, CA Ch. 14: Corporations don't believe in individualism - Brad from Irving, TX Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 15: Final comments on how to combat Trump Fatigue Syndrome Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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(2017/03/10) Unleashing the demons (Anti-Semitism)

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 23:00:00 +0000

Edition #1086 Today we look at how the Trump campaign and presidency has emboldened those who would spew hatred or commit violence against Jews and others 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: The "De-Judification" of the Holocaust?: Trump Avoids Word "Jews" on Holocaust Remembrance Day - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 02-02-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​Eyes Wide Open - Gotye Ch. 4: Act 2: PewDiePie In Trouble For Anti-Semitic Comments - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 02-15-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​Remember How We Forgot - Shane Koyczan and the Short Story Long Ch. 6: Act 3: Anti-Semitic & Anti-Muslim Violence Rise Under Trump Presidency - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 03-06-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: ​Mad World - Vitamin String Quartet Ch. 8: Act 4: Trump Staffer Tied to Anti-Semitic Holocaust Deniers - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 03-01-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: ​Blue Girl - A-Set Ch. 10: Act 5: Anne Frank Center: Trump's Remarks on Anti-Semitism are Too Little, Too Late - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 02-22-17 Ch. 11: Song 5: ​Beneath the Lies - Abscondo Ch. 12: Act 6: Demand the Trump Administration Take Action to Fight Anti-Semitism via @ADL_National - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 13: Song 6: ​This Fickle World - Theo Bard Ch. 14: Act 7: Sebastian Gorka called an American citizen from the White House to argue over tweets - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 2-23-17 Voicemails Ch. 15: Followup on a progressive perspective on immigration - Kiki from Oakland, CA Ch. 16: Launching a new political party based on collectivism - Alexander from Grand Canyon Village, AZ Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 17: Final comments on the meaning of life and starting now Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION Share the ADL's 9 step plan for the Trump administration to fight anti-semitism  Send the plan to your Representatives and Senators and demand they fight for action  EDUCATE YOURSELF President Trump: Time for a Plan of Action to Fight the Surge of Anti-Semitism (ADL.org) Anti-Semitism in the United States (ADL.org) Letter from Senate to DOJ, DHS and FBI (Peters.senate.gov) Homeland Security Finally Vows To Fully Join Investigation Into ‘Hate-Inspired Attacks’ (Huffington Post) After a new wave of anti-Semitic attacks, White House appears skeptical about anti-Semitism (Vox) A Sixth Wave Of Bomb Threats Has Hit Jewish Centers Around The United States (BuzzFeed News) Muslim Fundraiser to Repair Jewish Cemetery Raises $100k (NBC News) Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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(2017/03/07) A case against the myth of individualism (Culture)

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 23:00:00 +0000

Edition #1085 Today we look at the dangerous myths of individualism and the American Dream™, some of their origins and some of their consequences  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: Cultural influences on our perspective of self w/Gish Jen - Think Again - Air Date 3-4-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​Different People - No Doubt Ch. 4: Act 2: You are not as free as you think you are w/Raoul Martinez - @thisishellradio - Air Date 2-24-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​The system - Abscondo Ch. 6: Act 3: Individualism in the prosperity gospel brand of Christianity - Ideas from CBC - Air Date 1-8-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: ​Southern Baptism - Richard Gilks Ch. 8: Act 4: The cold war propaganda of anti-collectivism w/Gish Jen - Think Again - Air Date 3-4-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: ​Knock Yourself Out - Jon Brion Ch. 10: Act 5: The myths of the autonomous individual and free markets w/Raoul Martinez - @thisishellradio - Air Date 2-24-17 Ch. 11: Song 5: ​Drums of Freedom - Theo Bard Ch. 12: Act 6: Training is all that matters - A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain Ch. 13: Song 6: ​Perpetuum Mobile - Penguin Cafe Orchestra Ch. 14: Act 7: An ignorance of history bolsters acceptance of anti-regulation individualism - You are not so smart - Air Date 2-24-17 Ch. 15: Song 7: ​Making Progress - Freedom's Progress Ch. 16: Act 8: The dangerous myth of the American Dream w/Raoul Martinez - @thisishellradio - Air Date 2-24-17 Voicemails Ch. 17: Thoughts on ICE agents now going after softer targets - Charlie from Cleveland, OH Ch. 18: Confronting a "racial realist" worldview - Zach from Atlanta, GA Ch. 19: Response to Rich re: Indivisible - Dave from Olympia, WA Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 20: Final comments rejecting the Personal Responsibility/Social Good dichotomy Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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(2017/03/03) Running the Ship-of-State Aground (Foreign Policy)

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 23:00:00 +0000

Edition #1084 Today we look at how Trump is currently running his foreign policy programs and where he’s planning to take it 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: In First TV Interview, President Trump Says Torture "Absolutely" Works - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 01-26-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: Waterboarding USA - Harry Shearer Ch. 4: Act 2: Torture Doesn't Work and Here's the Scientific Evidence - Quirks and Quarks - Air Date 2-2-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​Talk to Me - Stevie Nicks Ch. 6: Act 3: Media operates on articles of faith regarding American foreign policy - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 2-17-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: ​Drone Bomb Me - ANOHNI Ch. 8: Act 4: Rep. Lieu: The White House Lying & Stifling Dissent on Yemen Raid is Step Toward Authoritarianism - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 02-15-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: ​Never Gonna Learn - Jont Ch. 10: Act 5: Trump Takes Zero Responsibility For Yemen Raid Disaster - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 03-01-17 Ch. 11: Song 5: ​The Buck Stops Here - Childsplay Ch. 12: Act 6: Wilkerson: Trump's Proposed $54 Billion Increase in the Military Budget Not for National Security - @TheRealNews - Air Date 2-28-17 Ch. 13: Song 6: ​Moneytalks - Vitamin String Quartet Ch. 14: Act 7: Plan a MLK, Jr. “Beyond Vietnam” Speech-Reading Event for April 4th via @VFPNational and National Council of Elders - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 15: Song 7: ​Activism - Shihan Ch. 16: Act 8: Anti-Islam religious zealots retake power in the White House - Intercepted (@theintercept) - Air Date 3-1-17 Voicemails Ch. 17: R.I.P Alan Colmes - Rick from Madison, WI Ch. 18: Excited about the Justice Democrats - Sunny from St. Paul, MN Ch. 19: Fragility and the progressive case for immigration - Ken from Raleigh, NC Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 20: Final comments on conservative political correctness Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION Plan a "Beyond Vietnam" Speech-reading event in your community for April 4th with the Veterans For Peace Toolkit Volunteer with a Veterans For Peace Chapter near you to help plan a "Beyond Vietnam" speech-reading event Read the National Council of Elders call to action for the 50th anniversary of MLK, Jr.'s "Beyond Vietnam speech Read the entire "Beyond Vietnam" speech EDUCATE YOURSELF Donald Trump Goes All In for the Military-Industrial Complex (The Nation) Why Trump's Military Budget Boost Doesn't Add Up (Mother Jones) Trump’s Budget Proposal Is an Attack on the Working Class (The Nation) Trump to Seek $54 Billion Increase in Military Spending (The New York Times)  Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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(2017/02/28) Trump’s immigration crackdown has begun

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 23:00:00 +0000

Edition #1083 Today we look at Trump’s new immigration crackdown and several of the reasons why it’s a bad idea 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: Posturing On Immigration - On The Media - Air Date 2-23-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: Bad Idea - Goose Ch. 4: Act 2: The positive impacts of immigrant communities - Economic Update w @profwolff - Air Date 2-16-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: Stop & Frisk (For Treyvon and Alvin) - Vex Davortex Ch. 6: Act 3: Examining the aspects of a broken immigration system - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 2-24-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: Immigrants (We Get the Job Done) ​- K'naan, Snow Tha Product, Riz MC & Residente Ch. 8: Act 4: Trump's Migration Program Mimics the Cold War Dragnet - The F Word w/ @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date 2-23-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: ​Immigrant - Alysha Brilla Ch. 10: Act 5: Nazis Once Published List of Jewish Crimes, Trump Now Pushing to Do the Same for Immigrant Crimes - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 02-02-17 Ch. 11: Song 5: ​Immigrant - Deine Lakaien Ch. 12: Act 6: Refugees Welcome sign hung on Statue of Liberty - The Benjamin Dixon Show (@TheBpDShow) - Air Date 2-21-17 Ch. 13: Song 6: ​Immigrant - John McCutcheon Ch. 14: Act 7: Protect Immigrants in Your Community- Join #HereToStay Network & #RaidWatch via @UNITEDWEDREAM & @AmericasVoice - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 15: Song 7: ​Activism - Shihan Ch. 16: Act 8: The oscillations in American immigration policy - Backstory - Air Date 2-10-17 Voicemails Ch. 17: A reply to Ken about shame - Felicia from Centralia, MO Ch. 18: In response to the Indivisible Guide strategy - Rich from Sequim, WA Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 19: Final comments on understanding strategies and tactics Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION  1. Sign up with United We Dream #HereToStay Network to get notified if an immigrant in your community needs help 2. Document and report ICE activity in your community via social media using #RaidWatch  3. Call, write and show up at your Mayor’s office to demand they declare your city a “sanctuary of safety”  Resources for immigrants:  If you have been approached by ICE officials, call the United We Dream Hotline: 1-844-363-1423  Read your rights and download United We Dream Deportation Defense Cards and browse their "Resources" page Find out where raids are happening (and/or submit them) with Latino Rebel’s MigraMap Find an immigration lawyer via American Immigration Lawyers Association EDUCATE YOURSELF Mexican ‘DREAMer’ nabbed in immigrant crackdown (Reuters) Trump's DHS Executive Orders (DHS.gov) Donald Trump Plans to Bypass the Courts to Deport as Many People as Possible (The Intercept) What Immigration Raids Mean for Students (The Atlantic) Dreamer Says ICE Threatened to Deport Him (The Daily Beast) Trump's Deportation Raids: What We Know and Don't Know (Mother Jones) Law-Abiding but Illegal, and Fearing the New Trump Rules (The New York Times) Trump touts recent immigration raids, calls them a ‘military operation’ (The Washington Post) President Trump is on shaky ground with his new immigration order (The Washington Post) Entrepreneurs Are Being Deported -- And They Might Be at the Center of America's Coming Immigration Fight (Entrepreneur[...]


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(2017/02/24) The economics of our environment (Capitalism vs. the Climate)

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 23:00:00 +0000

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 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: 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 Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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(2017/02/21) Where the Democrats went wrong and how to bring them back

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 23:00:00 +0000

Edition #1081 Today we look at the past failings of the Democratic party over the past several decades that brought us to our current point and then look for ways to turn that ship around 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: Van Jones Says Clinton Days Are Over, Centrism Has To Stop - @RingOfFireRadio - Air Date: 01-08-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​Wake Me Up - Avicil Ch. 4: Act 2: Is unity overrated? w/ @onesarahjones - The Zero Hour w: @RJEskow - Air Date 1-28-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​My Conversation - The Uniques Ch. 6: Act 3: Thomas Frank: Listen Liberal and where the Democratic party went wrong - @Jimmy_Dore Show - Air Date 1-20-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: ​Betrayal - Wang Chung Ch. 8: Act 4: There is no anti-capitalist party in the US - Economic Update w: @profwolff - Air Date 2-10-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: ​Out With the Old - Casa Di Mondo Ch. 10: Act 5: Keith Ellison: 'We've Got To Reset the Future of the Democratic Party' - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 12-30-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: ​Out With the Old - The Sensational Nightingales Ch. 12: Act 6: Help Elect Keith Ellison as DNC Chair via @DemSpring - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 13: Song 6: ​Out With the Old - Korsairs Ch. 14: Act 7: The Democratic Party Takeover HAS BEGUN - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 01-24-17 Voicemails Ch. 15: A movement to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment - Amanda from Asheville, NC Ch. 16: Losing hope from the wave of very dark rhetoric coming from the right - Amanda from Snohomish, WA Ch. 17: The American privilege of voting for Clinton - John from New York Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 18: Final comments on voting with eyes wide open Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION Sign up to start a delegation in your area and/or make calls to DNC members in your state.  Check out the "How You Can Help" page on KeithforDNC.org for social media actions/media and more.  Follow @EllisonCampaign on Twitter and Keith for DNC on Facebook. EDUCATE YOURSELF Keith Ellison for DNC Video on Approach to Voter Turnout (@EllisonCampaign) Keith Ellison Is Everything Republicans Thought Obama Was. Maybe He's Just What Democrats Need. (Mother Jones) Why We Support Keith Ellison for DNC Chair (The Nation) Keith Ellison: How the Democrats Can Win (The Nation) The Democratic Party Needs Keith Ellison (The Huffington Post Blog) College Democrats of America President and Vice-President Endorse Keith Ellison for DNC Chair (Press Release)   Onetime Rival Endorses Ellison for DNC Chair (Common Dreams) Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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(2017/02/17) Corporate media’s fight for legitimacy in the age of Trump

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 23:00:00 +0000

Edition #1080 Today we look at the state of the corporate-controlled media in the age of Trump, how you can navigate those murky waters and what we can do to make it better 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: Diversify your news - Popaganda from @BitchMedia - Air Date 11-24-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: N/A Ch. 4: Act 2: Spicer vs. the Interns - On the Media - Air Date 1-27-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​Totem Ancestor - Kronos Quartet Ch. 6: Act 3: Is Donald Trump good for journalism? - The Inquiry - Air Date 2-13-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: ​A Waltz for George and Tex - Black Prairie Ch. 8: Act 4: Bernie Sanders Warns About Dangers Of Corporate-Controlled Media - @RingOfFireRadio - Air Date: 01-01-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: ​Turn it off - The Moxy Ch. 10: Act 5: Keep Going Back to Substance and the Truth - On the Media - Air Date 1-27-17 Ch. 11: Song 5: ​Freedom (From Braveheart) - Music Themes Group Ch. 12: Act 6: Is 'Biased News' More Destructive Than Fake News? - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 12-23-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: We Stand As One - Joseph Arthur Ch. 14: Act 7: Become a “Media Activist” via @FAIRmediawatch - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 15: Song 7: ​Activism - Shihan Ch. 16: Act 8: Ned Beatty's NETWORK speech-by Paddy Chayefsky Voicemails Ch. 17: Building trust as a foundation - Ryan from Phoenix Ch. 18: Losing hope from the wave of very dark rhetoric coming from the right - Amanda from Snohomish, WA Ch. 19: How to persuade conservatives - Ken from Raleigh, North Carolina Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 20: Final comments on the social justice and the fragility of the privileged Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION Go to FAIR.org to get Action Alerts and become a “media activist” Check out FAIR’s Media Activism Kit  Subscribe to FAIR’s CounterSpin podcast Member of the media? Check out FAIR’s Media Advisories EDUCATE YOURSELF NYT’s False Choice for Democrats: Move to the Right or Divide by Race (FAIR) Jessica Gonzalez on FCC Chair Ajit Pai (FAIR's CounterSpin) Scrutiny for Supreme Court Pick Fails to Focus on Rights of Disabled (FAIR) ACTION ALERT: WaPo’s Post Live Series Is a Love Letter to Corporate Conflicts of Interest (FAIR) Trump’s Inauguration and the Legitimacy Fetish (FAIR) Daily Kos Founder Gleefully Celebrates Coal Miners Losing Health Insurance (FAIR) Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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(2017/02/14) If you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu (Trumpian Economics)

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 23:00:00 +0000

Edition #1079 Today we look at the plans being cooked up by Trump and the GOP to screw the people and enrich the corporations 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: Republicans To Kill Elizabeth Warren's Greatest Accomplishment - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 11-18-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​Rip-Off - Jimmy Cliff Ch. 4: Act 2: David Dayen On Trump's Infrastructure Plan - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date 11-25-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​Destructive - Sentry. Ch. 6: Act 3: Trump's tax plan and how the world may react - Economic Update w @profwolff - Air Date 12-15-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: ​Screwed - Kid Cudi Ch. 8: Act 4: Trump’s Anti-Regulatory Agenda Will Cost Economy Billions - @RingOfFireRadio - Air Date: 12-18-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: ​Monday - Jon Brion Ch. 10: Act 5: Trump DESTROYED Goldman Sachs During Election, Now Will Be Goldman Sachs President - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date 12-22-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: ​Bamboozled - Omar and the Howlers Ch. 12: Act 6: Why we need the fiduciary rule that Trump wants to stop - Economic Update w: @profwolff - Air Date 2-10-17 Ch. 13: Song 6: ​Working Reward - The Haymarket Squares Ch. 14: Act 7: Tell Your Senators to Support & Protect the #FiduciaryRule via @IndivisibleTeam - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 15: Song 7: ​This fickle world - Theo Bard Ch. 16: Act 8: Extreme Vetting for People, But Not for Banks (w/Guest William Black) - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 02-07-17 Voicemails Ch. 17: Long commutes equals unhappiness - Travis in Ft. Worth, TX Ch. 18: Trump supporters with a license for bigotry - V from Central New York Ch. 19: A perspective from the south - Kevin from Louisiana Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 20: Final comments on why facts are not enough to win an argument Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION Check out the Fiduciary Rule Call Scripts prepared by the Indivisible Guide Team to use when calling your Senators Call your Representatives and Senators to demand they publicly support and protect the Fiduciary Rule: 202-224-3121 (Capitol switchboard number) EDUCATE YOURSELF Fiduciary Rule is Now in Question. What's Next for Investors? (The New York Times) Indivisible Guide Twitter Moment: Call Your Members of Congress on the Fiduciary Rule (Indivisible Guide) Elizabeth Warren's Letter to Acting Secretary of Labor, Edward Hugler, On the Fiduciary Rule (Warren.senate.gov) A hot investing startup wrote an open letter to Donald Trump, and is setting the stage for a battle on Wall Street (Business Insider) Market Recap - Executive Actions Planned for Dodd-Frank and Fiduciary Rule (Personal Capital) "You Might Die Younger" Without the Fiduciary Rule (Personal Capital Blog) Retirement Plans: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, HBO)  Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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(2017/02/10) Unnecessary, ineffective and un-American (Muslim Ban)

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 23:00:00 +0000

Edition #1078 Today we lay out the story so far of Trump’s attempt to make good on his campaign promise to ban muslims from entering the country 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: Breaking down the fallout of the muslim ban - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 1-30-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​Backfire - MuteMath Ch. 4: Act 2: The muslim ban is unnecessary and ineffective - Trumpcast from @Slate - Air Date 1-29-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​Land of Confusion - Genesis Ch. 6: Act 3: The Attorney General Defied Trump's Muslim Ban. He Did One Thing He Knows How to Do: He Fired Her - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 01-31-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: ​Richard Nixon - Rod & The MSR Singers Ch. 8: Act 4: Sorry Trumpkins, Obama Didn't 'Ban Muslims' Like Trump Did. RELATED: Obama Also Is Not a Muslim. - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 02-06-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: ​Generator (First Floor) - Freelance Whales Ch. 10: Act 5: Lena Masri on the religious loophole that targets muslims - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 1-30-17 Ch. 11: Song 5: ​Islamophobia - Genocide Ch. 12: Act 6: Media's failures in addressing the muslim ban - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 2-3-17 Ch. 13: Song 6: ​Fear, Terror, and the Fear of Terror - Infinite Third Ch. 14: Act 7: QUICK EXPLAINER: The FULL 20-Step Vetting Process Already In Place for Refugees To Enter the U.S. - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 02-01-17 Ch. 15: Song 7: ​get real - the mountain firework company Ch. 16: Act 8: Fight Trump’s Muslim Travel Ban via @theIRC @HIASrefugees and @ACLU - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 17: Song 8: ​Right to Complain - Trombone Shorty & Marc Broussard Ch. 18: Act 9: The steps along the path to the muslim ban - Intercepted (@theintercept) - Air Date 2-1-17 Voicemails Ch. 19: Debating Trump supporters - Colin from Cleveland, OH Ch. 20: Working toward finding common ground - Jenny Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 21: Final comments on how to start any political discussion Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION  Call your Representatives and Senators to demand they denounce Trump's ban & thank those who have: 202-224-3121 (Capitol switchboard number) Find out if you are near one of the 29 International Rescue Committee program offices in the US and consider volunteering Explore and donate to the many other organizations supporting refugees and immigrants Find local groups near you committed to fighting the Trump agenda via Indivisible Guide Take part in the HIAS National Day of Jewish Action for Refugees the weekend of February 11th and 12th EDUCATE YOURSELF Letter: National and Local Organizations Support the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program and Oppose Legislation that Would Stop the Resettlement of Syrian Refugees (Refugees International) How to Help Immigrant and Muslim Neighbors (BillMoyers.com) 10 Concrete Ways to Take Action Against the Muslim Ban (Huffington Post) Trump's Muslim Ban is Cowardly and Dangerous (The New York Times Editorial Board) Donald Trump's Muslim Ban Makes Us All Less American (Rolling Stone) Is President Trump's Immigration Order a 'Muslim Ban'?[...]


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(2016/11/01) Making a genuine effort to understand Trump conservatives (Repost)

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 23:00:00 +0000

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 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: 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 Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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(2017/02/03) Witnessing an Emerging Autocracy (Trump’s America)

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 23:00:00 +0000

Edition #1077 Today we look briefly at Trump’s cabinet, his communication style, his inaugural speech and the foreboding nature of it all 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: Trump's Dark Money Cabinet Is Going To Deconstruct The American Dream! - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 11-28-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​Free Education (feat. Treez & Young DJ) - Jawaan Larue Ch. 4: Act 2: Trump's Cabinet Poised To Loot The Country - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 12-28-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​Crook - Niel Nasset Ch. 6: Act 3: Masha Gessen on the rules for surviving autocracy - Trumpcast from @Slate - Air Date 11-14-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: ​All You Fascists - Billy Bragg & Wilco Ch. 8: Act 4: A Taxonomy of Trump Tweets - On the Media - Air Date 1-13-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: ​Misinformation - Silvanus Ch. 10: Act 5: We Need To Talk About That Donald Trump Press Conference - Jay Smooth (@jsmooth995) - Air Date 1-12-17 Ch. 11: Song 5: ​Tobacco Road - Common Market Ch. 12: Act 6: Examining Trump's inauguration speech - The Bugle (@hellobuglers) - Air Date 1-20-17 Ch. 13: Song 6: ​Supervillain - Schaffer The Darklord Ch. 14: Act 7: The mood of the inauguration - @EdgeofSports w Dave Zirin - Air Date 1-25-17 Ch. 15: Song 7: ​Fake - Dhiego Ferraz Ch. 16: Act 8: Trump's team exhibits classic abuser behavior - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 1-23-17 Voicemails Ch. 17: Followup after receiving some advice - Matt from Pittsburg, PA Ch. 18: How Trump is tearing people apart - Evan from Texas Ch. 19: Thoughts on the cis-centeredness of the women's march - Megan from Seattle Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 20: Final comments on Mr. Money Mustache and, unrelatedly, the divide within feminism Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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(2017/01/31) An equal and opposite reaction (Women’s March)

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 23:00:00 +0000

Edition #1076 Today we listen in on the women’s marches in DC and Baltimore and hear some of the thoughtful critiques of and hopes for the future of the feminist movement 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: Women’s March on Washington: Historic Protest Three Times Larger Than Trump’s Inaugural Crowd - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 01-23-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: On the turning away - Pink Floyd Ch. 4: Act 2: Women's Voices Rise in Baltimore and Beyond - @TheRealNews - Air Date 1-22-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: What A Beautiful Morning! - Drunken Logic Ch. 6: Act 3: The need for inclusive feminism - Backtalk from @BitchMedia - Air Date 1-26-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: Police On My Back - The Clash Ch. 8: Act 4: Voices of the Women's March: Angela Davis, Gloria Steinem, Madonna, Alicia Keys, Janet Mock & More - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 01-23-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: Bigger Is Better - Dan Reich & Friends Ch. 10: Act 5: Thoughts On The Women's March That Already Feels Like So Long Ago Because These Are The End Times - Jay Smooth - Air Date 1-26-17 Ch. 11: Song 5: Tobacco Road - Common Market Ch. 12: Act 6: The importance of listening to one another and getting different perspectives - @WhoreCast - Air Date 1-25-17 Ch. 13: Song 6: Change Your Mind - Sister Hazel Ch. 14: Act 7: Michelle Taylor on the Philly Women's March and the principles of feminism - @TalkPoverty Radio - Air Date 1-27-17 Voicemails Ch. 15: Woman's march summary - Alan from Connecticut Ch. 16: Breaking down the discussion on race, class and Trump - Darice from Washington, DC Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 17: Final comments on the Women’s March and how we communicate within the movement Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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(2017/01/27) Indivisible: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda

Sat, 28 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0000

Edition #1075

Today I present the unabridged audiobook of Indivisible: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial- ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Visit indivisibleguide.com for more details

The team behind the guide is reachable on Twitter: 

@IndivisibleTeam@ezralevin@angelrafpadilla@texpat@Leahgreenb

Or email IndivisibleAgainstTrump@gmail.com


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(2017/01/24) The corruption of Donald Trump

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 23:00:00 +0000

Edition #1074 Today we take a look at the conflicts of interest, broken laws and constitutional violations of the new administration  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: Craig Holman: Trump Administration Gearing Up to Be "Most Scandal-Ridden in History" - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 01-03-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​Ethics - Bobby P. Ch. 4: Act 2: Zephyr Teachout on Trump and the emoluments clause - Amicus from @Slate - Air Date 12-24-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​Remedy - The Black Crowes Ch. 6: Act 3: SHOCKING: The GOP Doesn't Care That the Office of Govt. Ethics Can't Fully Vet Trump Nominees - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 01-10-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: ​Code of Ethics - Manhattan Transfer Ch. 8: Act 4: Trump Makes Ivanka's Husband Top Adviser - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 01-10-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: ​I Fought the Law - The Clash Ch. 10: Act 5: Join or Start a Represent.US chapter near you to Fight Corruption via @Representdotus - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 11: Song 5: ​Right to Complain - Trombone Shorty & Marc Broussard Ch. 12: Act 6: What should Trump do to resolve his conflicts of interest? - @DecodeDC - Air Date 1-11-17 Voicemails Ch. 13: The Affordable Care Act saved my life twice - Chris from Boston Ch. 14: Coping with the Trump election - Zach from Atlanta Ch. 15: Explaining socialism vs. communism and tribalism - Mike from Albany, NY Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 15: Final comments on having conversations about race Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION Promote the Represent.US campaign to stop South Dakota from gutting the state's Anti-Corruption Act Join or start a Represent.US chapter near you to fight corruption locally EDUCATE YOURSELF South Dakota Declares State of Emergency (via All In with Chris Hayes) Your Day-One Guide to Donald Trump's Conflicts of Interest (via Mother Jones) The Wall Street Washington Complex Invades Trump's Cabinet (via Mother Jones) The many scandals of Donald Trump (via The Atlantic) Trump Could be the Most Corruptible President Ever (via Politico Magazine) Donald Trump's Business Dealings Test a Constitutional Limit (via The New York Times) A Close Look at Donald Trump's Cabinet (via Marie Claire) Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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(2017/01/20) A First Draft of President Obama’s Legacy

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:00:00 +0000

Edition #1073 Today we take a look at several aspects of Obama’s presidency, what marks he left behind and what he passes on to his successor 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: The Human Rights Campaign creates highlight reel of Obama on LGBT issues - @GAY_USAtv - Air Date 1-11-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​Halo - Beyoncé Ch. 4: Act 2: Obama's legacy on immigration as the Deporter-in-Chief - Code Switch - Air Date 1-11-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: Represent - Weezer Ch. 6: Act 3: Obama Takes Blame For Democrats Losing - @theyoungturks - Air Date 01-10-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: ​Failure - Kings of Convenience Ch. 8: Act 4: Jameel Jaffer on Obama's National Security Legacy & What Lies Ahead with Trump - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 12-28-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: ​Breaking the Law - Emeli Sandé Ch. 10: Act 5: Most Americans Realize Things Are Pretty Good Under Obama - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 12-24-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: ​Don't Let Me Down - Stereophinics Ch. 12: Act 6: Obama's Economic Legacy: Recovery for the Architects of Financial Crisis - @TheRealNews - Air Date 1-8-17 Ch. 13: Song 6: Nobody's Fault But Mine - Led Zeppelin Ch. 14: Act 7: In Response to Ta-Nehesi Coates' 'My President Was Black' : Obama's Failure During the Housing Crisis - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date 01-03-17 Ch. 15: Song 7: If I Ever Lose My Faith in You - Sting Ch. 16: Act 8: If Obama wasn't good enough for these people then no one is - Code Switch - Air Date 1-4-17 Ch. 17: Final comments about finding common cause across all of the intersectional identities across the working class Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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(2017/01/17) A progressive vision for our economic future

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 23:00:00 +0000

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 Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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(2017/01/13) First they came (Religious Liberty)

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 23:00:00 +0000

Edition #1071 Today we take a look at the threats to Muslim Americans and, frankly, Muslims around the world in the age of Trump 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: Trump's Muslim Registry Should Remind Us of Japanese Internment Camps - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 12-24-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: Kenji - Fort Minor Ch. 4: Act 2: The specter of Korematsu - Amicus from @Slate - Air Date 11-30-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: Don't Fence Me In - Ella Fitzgerald, Buddy Bregman & Buddy Bregman and His Orchestra Ch. 6: Act 3: Trump National Security Advisor Michael Flynn Is Pathologically Fixated On 'Radical Islamic Terror' - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 11-19-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: Pity the Nation/First They Came/I Don't Fight for Conquerors - Dave Lippman & Wild Bill Bailout Ch. 8: Act 4: Fight religious and cultural ignorance - Popaganda from @BitchMedia - Air Date 11-24-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: N/A Ch. 10: Act 5: Why Won’t This President Say Radical Islam? - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 11-17-15 Ch. 11: Song 5: Islamophobia - Genocide Ch. 12: Act 6: Learn How to Support Your Muslim American Neighbors via @MuslimAdvocates - Best of the Left Activism Act 6A: Going through the traumatic experience of Trump’s election - #GoodMuslimBadMuslim - Air Date 12-25-16 Ch. 15: Song: Right to Complain - Trombone Shorty & Marc Broussard Ch. 16: Act 7: Suzanne Barakat: Islamophobia killed my brother. Let's end the hate - @TEDTalks - Air Date 11-7-16 Voicemails Ch. 17: How to reign in people who have started to go too far - Jennifer from Columbus, OH Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 23: Final comments Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION Educate yourself and learn how to be a teammate at MuslimAdvocates.org Learn how to report a hate crime in your state via MuslimAdvocates.org “Click Here to End Hate” - Tips to Respond to Anti-Muslim Bigotry Online via Muslim Advocates.org Download a “Hate Has No Business Here” poster EDUCATE YOURSELF Ten Days After: Harassment and Intimidation in the Aftermath of the Election (via The Southern Poverty Law Center) Day 1 in Trump's America (via Twitter) Trump continues to sow confusion over his plan for Muslims entering the country (via The Washington Post) Gingrich's Outrageous Call to Deport All Practicing U.S. Muslims (via The Atlantic) Newt Gingrich Suggests Reforming House Un-American Committee In Wake Of Orlando Shooting (via The Huffington Post) Donald Trump’s Plan for a Muslim Database Draws Comparison to Nazi Germany (via NBC News) At South Carolina Rally, Donald Trump Defiant on Muslim Ban (via NBC News) Japanese American internment is ‘precedent’ for national Muslim registry, prominent Trump backer says (via The Washington Post) Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Tw[...]


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(2017/01/10) Readying the wrecking ball (Reproductive and Health Rights)

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 23:00:00 +0000

Edition #1070 Today we take a look at the plans the GOP has for peoples ability to access and afford their reproductive and health rights 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: Ohio on the Pulse - Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (@FullFrontalSamB) - Air Date 12-13-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: Human of the Year - Regina Spektor Ch. 4: Act 2: The GOP Has No Alternative To Obamacare Because The ACA WAS The Republican Plan! - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 12-02-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: Bad Idea - Goose Ch. 6: Act 3: Religious-Right Activist: Ohio Legislation Was Meant To Be the 'Arrow In the Heart of Roe V Wade' - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date 1-2-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: One Way Street - Ann Peebles Ch. 8: Act 4: The complicated procedures of repealing Obamacare - The Zero Hour w @RJEskow - Air Date 1-7-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: Fox In the Henhouse - Leap of Faith: The Musical (Original Broadway Cast Recording) Ch. 10: Act 5: Texas Now Requires Funeral Services for All Abortions - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date 12-1-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: I'm Against It - Groucho Marx Ch. 12: Act 6: Kellyanne Conway: IT'S NOT FAIR That Dems Wont Help Destroy Obamacare - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 01-06-17 Ch. 13: Song 6: I Started Something I Couldn't Finish - The Smiths Ch. 14: Act 7: Fighting for reproductive rights in the age of Trump - Popaganda from @BitchMedia - Air Date 11-24-16 Ch. 15: Song 7: N/A Ch. 16: Act 8: Save Health Care! Attend an #OurFirstStand Rally on 1.15 via @BernieSanders - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 17: Song 8: This Fickle World - Theo Bard Ch. 18: Act 9: Trump Doubles Down On Planned Parenthood Witch Hunt - @TheYoungTurks - Air Date 12-23-16 Voicemails Ch. 19: Responding to episode on 2007 - Alan from Connecticut Ch. 20: Members now get all of their shows in the members feed - Dave from Olympia, WA Ch. 21: It's important to take action - Louis in Texas Ch. 22: Get up, stand up! - Matt from Pittsburg, PA Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 23: Final comments on self care and political action Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION Save Health Care on Jan. 15th! Find an #OurFirstStand rally near you. Use #OurFirstStand, #ProtectOurCare, #SaveHealthCare, #MakeAmericaSickAgain, #CareNotChaos and #IStandWithPP to join the healthcare conversations online.  EDUCATE YOURSELF Not Just Obamacare: Medicaid, Medicare Also on GOP's Chopping Block (The Huffington Post) Republicans’ 4-Step Plan to Repeal the Affordable Care Act (The New York Times) Repealing Obamacare Could Leave 59 Million Americans Uninsured (The Atlantic) Repealing Obamacare Effects Everyone (CNN Money) GOP to Defund Planned Parenthood in Obamacare Repeal (The Hill) 9 Things People Get Wrong About Planned Parenthood (The Cut) Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the [...]


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(2017/01/06) Trump and our National Security State (Civil Rights)

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 23:00:00 +0000

Edition #1069 Today we take a look at the mechanics of our national security state that has been mostly installed or maintained over the past two presidencies and what Trump may do with that entrenched power 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: Chris Hedges: Trump Will Crush Dissent With Even Greater Violence and Savagery - @TheRealNews - Air Date 11-10-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: Murky Water - The Autumn Isles Ch. 4: Act 2: Do NOT Abandon the Constitution, Even for Terrorism - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 09-27-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: The Constitution - Ted Hawkins Ch. 6: Act 3: Christopher Soghoian: Your smartphone is a civil rights issue - @TEDTalks - Air Date 10-31-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: Camera One - Josh Joplin Group Ch. 8: Act 4: The future of police and surveillance - @HumorlessQueers - Air Date 11-15-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Police, Police - The Showcase Showdown Ch. 10: Act 5: Sue Udry on Civil Liberties–Under Trump - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 11-18-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: Never Let You Down - The Verve Pipe Ch. 12: Act 6: Ms. Robot - Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (@FullFrontalSamB) - Air Date 12-13-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Get By - Talib Kweli Ch. 14: Act 7: Tell Your Senators: Expose Jeff Sessions' Anti-Civil Rights and Anti-Privacy History via @ACLU - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 15: Song 7: This Fickle World - Theo Bard Ch. 16: Act 8: Branko Marcetic Trump Inherits Obama’s National Security State - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date 12-6-16 Voicemails Ch. 17: Expressing political opinions - Dale from Minneapolis, MN Ch. 18: How minds can be changed for good or ill - Quai from North Carolina Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 19: Final comments on changing minds, whose and how Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION Call your Senators today and tell them why you oppose Jeff Sessions for Attorney General Read ACLU’s “The Confirmation Sessions” for Jeff Sessions history, issue-by-issue  Call Senate Judiciary Committee Members who will question Sessions on January 10th.   EDUCATE YOURSELF ACLU's "The Confirmation Sessions" (ACLU) Corporate Accountability Blunders Taint Sessions Record (Public Citizen) Trump and Sessions: Great for the Private Prison Industry, Terrible for Civil Rights (ACLU Blog) Jeff Sessions’ Nomination as Attorney General Alarms Civil Libertarians (Wired)  Trump’s attorney general pick could restart the encryption fight (The Verge) Trump's pick for attorney general: 'Good people don't smoke marijuana' (The Washington Post) Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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