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(2016/09/27) Systemic forces and how to fight them (Racism)

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:00:00 +0000

Edition #1045 Today we look at the systemically racist systems of policing currently in place in our country and the protest movement that continues to rise up against it, including Colin Kaepernick and the growing movement of support around him 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: Deadly force in black and white - @Making_Contact - Air Date: 2-17-15 Ch. 3: Song 1: Oh, Freedom - Shirley Verrett Ch. 4: Act 2: Recorded proof of racially-targeted policing - The Benjamin Dixon Show (@TheBpDShow) - Air Date 7-13-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: America - Neil Diamond Ch. 6: Act 3: Racist & Illegal Justice Department Slams Baltimore Police for Targeting Black Residents - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 08-11-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: This Land is Not Our Land - Utah Phillips Ch. 8: Act 4: How media gets it wrong on protests against police violence - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 9-23-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: House of Cards Main Title Theme - Jeff Beal Ch. 10: Act 5: Dave Zirin breaks down the Colin @Kaepernick7 protest - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 9-14-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: American Land - Bruce Springsteen Ch. 12: Act 6: What we learned about our national anthem from @Kaepernick7 protest - #PoliticallyReactive with @wkamaubell and @harikondabolu - Air Date 9-7-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Rockin' In the Free World - Neil Young Ch. 14: Act 7: Choice words on the anthem protesters and their detractors - @EdgeofSports - w Dave Zirin - Air Date 9-14-16 Ch. 15: Song 7: John Adams theme song - HBO Ch. 16: Act 8: Tell Your Legislators to Sign the “Pledge to Preserve & Protect Our Lives” via @NAACP #StayWokeandVote Ch. 17: Song 8: We Didn't Start the Fire - Billy Joel Ch. 18: Act 9: Can the American Flag Survive Colin @Kaepernick7? - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 09-03-16 Voicemails Ch. 19: Thoughts from working at the Sacred Stone Camp - Nick from Colorado Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 20: Final comments on the OTHER pipeline protest going on in Big Bend (Defendbigbend.org) Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone TAKE ACTION Send the NAACP's "Pledge to Preserve and Protect Our Lives to your legislators and candidates Read the "NAACP's Statement on Fatal Shooting of Terence Crutcher During Police Encounter in Tulsa, OK"  Get involved with the NAACP's #StayWokeandVote campaign and use the hashtag on Twitter EDUCATE YOURSELF "NAACP releases list of demands in response to Charlotte shooting" (WRAL.com) "If you don't understand Black Lives Matter after Terence Crutcher's death, you never will" (Vox.com) "How two police shootings of black men sent Tulsa and Charlotte in different directions" (LA Times)  "Tulsa police chief on fatal shooting of Terence Crutcher: 'There was no gun'" (Tulsaworld.com) "Colin Kaepernick explains why he sat during the national anthem" (NFL.com) "#VeteransforKaepernick: Veterans Stand in Solidarity with Colin Kaepernick" (The Root) 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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(2016/09/23) Working to maintain the status quo (Media)

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 23:00:00 +0000

Edition #1044 Today we look at some of the ways our corporate media work to ignore widespread disaffection and real issues in favor of fluff, argument and ineffectual neutrality 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 ignores widespread disaffection with political system - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 6-3-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: Messages - Xavier Rudd Ch. 4: Act 2: Why Don't We Hear About Real Issues On The News? - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 08-17-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: My Conversation - The Uniques Ch. 6: Act 3: Independent Media In Danger, Allegations of YouTube Censorship - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 09-02-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: I Love You Money - Lowell Ch. 8: Act 4: Crisis Engulfs Fox News as Roger Ailes Sexual Harrassment & Spying Scandal Grows - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 08-11-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Abuse of Power - Lion of Light Ch. 10: Act 5: CNN's morally bankrupt hiring of former Trump campaign staffer - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 7-1-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: That’s All - Clare and the Reasons Ch. 12: Act 6: The media and political parties collude to make debates profitable and worthless - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date 9-10-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Turtle (Bonobo Remix) - Pilote Ch. 14: Act 7: A Recent History of Political Lies - On The Media - Air Date 7-8-16 Voicemails Ch. 15: Working with Central Americans - Justin from Mitchell, Indiana Ch. 16: The migration story replays itself over and over again - Justin from Mitchell, Indiana Ch. 17: How can a community hold an abuser accountable? - Megan from Baltimore Ch. 18: We have ourselves to blame for the media - Wade from Ft. Worth, TX Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 19: Final comments on the degree to which I hate cable news channels 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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(2016/09/20) Building momentum, making progress (Money in Politics)

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 23:00:00 +0000

Edition #1043 Today we look at some of the structures of money in politics and how the tide is beginning to turn 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 Truth About Citizens United - Follow the Money #8 - Represent.Us - Air Date: 1-26-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: Addiction - Medina Ch. 4: Act 2: @DerekCressman on Free speech vs paid speech with guest host @AngieCoiro - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 5-31-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: Buy My Vote - The Haymarket Squares Ch. 6: Act 3: How To Destroy The Corrupt Political Establishment - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 04-20-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: Welcome To the Machine - Pink Floyd Ch. 8: Act 4: @USRepDavidJolly on The STOP Act Part 1 - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date 8-27-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Moneytalks - Vitamin String Quartet Ch. 10: Act 5: Steve Israel on Congressional Fundraising - @LastWeekTonight with @iamjohnoliver - Air Date 04-04-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: Money Grabber (Live @ KEXP) - Fitz and The Tantrums Ch. 12: Act 6: @USRepDavidJolly on The STOP Act Part 2 - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date 8-27-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Changes - Langhorne Slim & The Law Ch. 14: Act 7: Rhode Island Demands Money Out Of Politics - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 06-21-16 Voicemails Ch. 15: Standing against racism - Kyle from Portland Ch. 16: What we can do to get better healthier density - Ryan from Phoenix Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 17: Final comments on the hopeful outlook of the future of campaign finance reform Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone 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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(2016/09/16) Protecting from the black snake (Dakota Access Pipeline)

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 23:00:00 +0000

Edition #1042 Today we look in on the convergence of Native American and First Nations tribes in North Dakota to protect the water from the Dakota Access Pipeline 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: Will The Lakota Tribe's Black Snake Prophecy Come True? - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 08-19-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: People of the First Light - Russell Patrick Ch. 4: Act 2: Standing Rock #nodapl - Levitate Media Group - Air Date 9-3-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: N/A Ch. 6: Act 3: Canine Expert Decries "Egregious" & "Horrific" Dog Attacks on Native Americans Defending Burial Site - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 09-06-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: Cherry Creek Singers - No DAPL song Ch. 8: Act 4: Native Woman Bitten By Dogs DEBUNKS Media Falsehoods - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 09-08-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Song for Mother Earth - Lakota Ch. 10: Act 5: The regulatory loophole that allows easy permitting for new pipelines - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 9-12-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: Shove Your Pipeline - Frank Nawrot Ch. 12: Act 6: Eminent Domain? Iowans Sue to Stop Dakota Access Pipeline, Say It Provides No Public Service - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 09-07-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: As Long As the Grass Grows - Randy Wood Ch. 14: Act 7: Why fossil fuels companies are rushing to build old infrastructure - @GreenNewsReport - Air Date 9-13-16 Ch. 15: Song 7: Ode to Nature - Brulé Ch. 16: Act 8: Tell President Obama to Revoke USACE Permits & STOP the Dakota Access Pipeline #NoDAPL via @350 - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 17: Song 8: This Fickle World - Theo Bard Ch. 18: Act 9: Water Protectors at Standing Rock React to Obama's Intervention in Dakota Access Pipeline Battle - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 09-12-16 Voicemails Ch. 19: Violence against protesters - Frank Ch. 20: Determining the end of a dogs life - Sunny from St. Paul, MN Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 21: Final comments on how my Climate Ride went and how well I’m recovering Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone TAKE ACTION Tell President Obama to revoke USACE permits by sending him a message.  Find actions near you through September 17th and beyond. This map will update, so check back frequently! Sign up to get the latest news and hear about upcoming actions related to #NoDAPL. OTHER WAYS TO SUPPORT THE MOVEMENT Contribute to the Sacred Stone Camp legal defense fund Contribute to the Sacred Stone Camp supply fund EDUCATE YOURSELF Learn about the targets of the #NoDAPL movement Moments After Judge Denies DAPL Injunction, Federal Agencies Intervene  What You Need to Know About the Dakota Access Pipeline Protest  Alabama, Georgia declare state of emergency after pipeline spill   Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman. Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! 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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(2016/02/16) The food market (Food-Industrial Complex) (Repost)

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 23:00:00 +0000

Edition #991 Today we take a look at the influence of the food giants on what goes into our food supply, who’s allowed to inspect and regulate it, what our kids are taught about what’s healthy, the policies of international trade that lowers food safety standards and even how farmers raise their chickens 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 00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: Why nobody knows what's really going into your food - The Center for Public Integrity (@Publici) - Air Date: 04-13-15 Ch. 3: Song 1: The Prettiest Remix - Jim Guthrie 00:04:10 Ch. 4: Act 2: Sugar and Salt and Fat: Food Giants Have Hooked Us - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 04-26-15 Ch. 5: Song 2: Pour Some Sugar On Me (2012 Re-Recorded Version) - Def Leppard 00:15:10 Ch. 6: Act 3: EXPOSED: Coca-Cola’s Scam To Keep Kids Drinking Soda - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 01-01-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: Diet Coke - Airbäg 00:21:53 Ch. 8: Act 4: Carey Gillam on the conflicts of interest in the coverage of our food supply - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 2-5-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Johnny Appleseed - Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros 00:33:18 Ch. 10: Act 5: Mystery Meat: After WTO Ruling, U.S. Tosses Meat Origin Labeling Law, Leaving Consumers in the Dark - @democracynow - Air Date: 01-07-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: The Cave - Piano Tribute Players 00:37:43 Ch. 12: Act 6: Disaster: TPP Will Destroy US Food Safety - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 11-14-15 Ch. 13: Song 6: Solid Ground - Dougie Maclean 00:41:51 Ch. 14: Act 7: Chickens and the farmers who raise them - @LastWeekTonight with @iamjohnoliver - Air Date: 05-17-15 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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(2016/02/26) Who gets a seat at the table (Culture) (Repost)

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 23:00:00 +0000

Edition #994 Today we take a look at the narratives and stories that fill and influence our lives, whose stories get told and why and how that effects the way we see the world 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 00:00:37 Ch. 2: Act 1: Mansplaining: The Science - @Upworthy - Air Date: 03-10-15 Ch. 3: Song 1: Words Are Seeds - My Gay Banjo 00:02:35 Ch. 4: Act 2: The Racial Politics of Disney Animals - Popaganda from @BitchMedia - Air Date 8-28-15 Ch. 5: Song 2: I Wan'na Be Like You (The Monkey Song) - Louis Prima, Phil Harris & Bruce Reitherman 00:16:47 Ch. 6: Act 3: Broad Politics in the Obama Administration - @DecodeDC - Air Date 1-28-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: Seat at the Table - Crystal Lewis 00:22:53 Ch. 8: Act 4: #OscarsSoWhite: Black Filmmakers Call Out Hollywood Racism, Exclusion as Calls for Boycott Grow - @democracynow - Air Date: 01-25-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Gatekeepers - Sharrie Williams 00:30:54 Ch. 10: Act 5: $pread, For and By Sex Workers - @onthemedia - Air Date: 5-1-15 Ch. 11: Song 5: Power of Words - iamuuri 00:40:10 Ch. 12: Act 6: Worst Oscar responses to #OscarsSoWhite - Backtalk from @BitchMedia - Air Date 2-18-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Bedtime Stories - Chris Reed 00:57:01 Ch. 14: Act 7: #OscarsSoWhite; Watch #JusticeForFlint Instead via @UnitedBlackout — Best of the Left Activism Ch. 15: Song 7: Right to Complain - Trombone Shorty & Marc Broussard 01:00:18 Ch. 16: Act 8: An inclusion crisis in the entertainment industry - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 2-26-16   Activism: #OscarsSoWhite; Watch #JusticeForFlint Instead via @UnitedBlackout Take Action: #JusticeForFlint from Blackout for Human Rights Additional Activism/Resources: "How to help people hurt by the poisoned water in Flint” via Mashable Sources/further reading: ”Meet April Reign, the Black Woman Behind #OscarsSoWhite" "The 17 Biggest Surprises Of This Year’s Oscar Nominations — #OscarsSoWhiteTheSequel” via Buzzfeed "These 10 Actors, Directors & Executives Can Reverse #OscarsSoWhite” at RevoltTV "Creed Is The Rocky Film 21st-Century America Needs” at The Establishment Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich 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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(2016/09/06) The other pro-choice movement (Death with Dignity)

Tue, 06 Sep 2016 23:00:00 +0000

Edition #1041 Today we take a look at matters of life, death and the right to choose when to move from one to the other 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 Other Pro-Choice Movement - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 10-29-14 Ch. 3: Song 1: Machine - David Ari Leon Ch. 4: Act 2: Death With Dignity Advocate Brittany Maynard Dies At 29 - @TheYoungTurks - Air Date: 11-04-14 Ch. 5: Song 2: Chicago - Plusplus Ch. 6: Act 3: How to Die in Oregon - Taking Control - SundanceNOW Doc Club - Air Date 10-30-14 Ch. 7: Song 3: The Smallest Piece - Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin Ch. 8: Act 4: Assisted Suicide - Harriet Scott's Story - Last Right Series - The National - Air Date 11-4-13 Ch. 9: Song 4: The Artifact & Living - Michael Andrews Ch. 10: Act 5: Caller: My Father Committed Suicide after 30 Years of Pain... - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 10-30-14 Ch. 11: Song 5: Dawn Departure, Jefferson County - Black Prairie Ch. 12: Act 6: Doctor Assisted Suicide Is Now Legal In California - @TheYoungTurks - Air Date: 10-11-15 Ch. 13: Song 6: Take Five - Dave Brubeck Ch. 14: Act 7: How to Die in Oregon - Goodbye Roger - SundanceNOW Doc Club - Air Date 10-30-14 Ch. 15: Song 7: End of the World - Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin Ch. 16: Act 8: Tell Your Legislators to Support Medical #AidinDying via @CompandChoices - Best of the Left Acitivsm Ch. 17: Song 8: This Fickle World - Theo Bard Ch. 18: Act 9: @BCoombsLee: The Brittany Effect: Transforming the Death with Dignity Movement - TEDxMarin - Air Date 10-5-15 Voicemails Ch. 19: What kind of system do we want to see? - Rick from Scranton, PA Ch. 20: What to do after the election - Andrew In Forth Worth, TX Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 21: Final comments on the last thank yous before Climate Ride and the origin or today’s topic Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone TAKE ACTION Urge your legislators to support medical aid in dying  Find and become one of the volunteer advocates and educators near you Download the Compassion and Choices Legislative Guidebook to share with your representative EDUCATE YOURSELF Hear stories from those directly impacted Understanding Medical Aid in Dying (Compassion and Choices) End of Life Care Commonly Used Terms (Compassion and Choices) Medical Aid in Dying is Not Assisted Suicide (Compassion and Choices) Being Mortal: Dr. Atul Gawande on How U.S. Healthcare Fails to Handle the End of Life (Democracy Now!) Brittany Maynard's Legacy: One Year Later (Compassion and Choices) Written by Best of the Left 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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(2016/09/02) Home sweet home (Housing and Homelessness)

Fri, 02 Sep 2016 23:00:00 +0000

Edition #1040 Today we take a look at a couple of solutions to homelessness as well as some of the forces at play that effect how and where people live 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: Let's End Homeless Hate Laws - Brave New Films: Justice - Air Date: 12-8-14 Ch. 3: Song 1: Homeless (with Ladysmith Black Mambazo) - Paul Simon Ch. 4: Act 2: Fiscally Conservative: Free Homes for Homeless SAVE MONEY for Utah - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 11-22-15 Ch. 5: Song 2: To Build a Home - The Cinematic Orchestra Ch. 6: Act 3: Race, Ethnicity, and Urban Land Use Decision-Baltimore Ecosystem Study - @InfinEarthRadio - Air Date 6-2-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: Rows of Homes - The Western States Motel Ch. 8: Act 4: .@TaliaBuford on EPA and Environmental Racism - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 2-5-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Home - Phillip Phillips Ch. 10: Act 5: Matthew Desmond (@just_shelter) - Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City - We the Podcast with Rep. @keithellison - Air Date 8-8-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: Back Home - Andy Grammer Ch. 12: Act 6: Right to the City: From Policing to Planning: Putting People in Charge - @theLFshow w: @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date 3-8-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Home - Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros Ch. 14: Act 7: Tell Congress to #MakeRoom for Affordable Housing via @MakeRoom - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 15: Song 7: This Fickle World - Theo Bard Ch. 16: Act 8: Rep. @keithellison on ensuring safe, affordable housing for all  - We the Podcast - Air Date 8-8-16 Voicemails Ch. 17: Look into the green party - Chris from Southern Illinois Ch. 18: Let's move on to after the election - Emma from New York City Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 19: Final comments on how supporters of the show helped a family in need Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone TAKE ACTION Sign up and send your message to Congress via the Make Room campaign Download the Make Room Take Action Toolkit Encourage your organization to sign the Make Room sign-on letter  EDUCATE YOURSELF "Affordable housing advocates push for Baltimore charter amendment, future funding" (Baltimore Sun) "The lack of affordable housing is causing a public health disaster in Oakland" (Fusion.net)  "Public health problems in Oakland linked to housing crisis" (San Francisco Chronicle)  "Dallas is pushing in the right direction on affordable housing" (Dallas Morning News) "Rep. Ellison Introduces the Common Sense Housing Investment Act" (EllisonHouse.gov)  "Sanders Announces Vermont Secures $3 Million for Affordable Housing, Praises First-Ever Funding of National Housing Trust Fund" (Sanders.senate.gov) 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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(2016/08/30) What worker coops can do for us (Capitalism)

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 23:00:00 +0000

Edition #1039 Today we look in detail at the overdue concept of worker owned and operated enterprises and what they can do to help improve the lives of people who work for a living 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: Own The Change: Building Workplace Democracy One Worker Cooperative At A Time - The F Word w/ @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date: 2-9-15 Ch. 3: Song 1: We Demand Change - Tristan James Ch. 4: Act 2: Dispelling some myths about worker coops - Economic Update w: @profwolff - Air Date 6-12-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: Banking on a Myth - Andrew Bird Ch. 6: Act 3: Defying the Crisis - The Spanish Collective Mondragan - Air Date 1-25-12 Ch. 7: Song 3: Look To The Future - Birthrite Ch. 8: Act 4: Julia Hutchins: How cooperative businesses can answer tough business challenges - TEDxMileHigh - Air Date 12-16-13 Ch. 9: Song 4: Cooperation - Jim Valley Ch. 10: Act 5: The Promise and Limitations of Worker Co-ops -- Gar Alperovitz - Workplace Democracy - Air Date 9-15-14 Ch. 11: Song 5: Interesting Times - Akira the Don Ch. 12: Act 6: The UK Labor party taking the lead on worker coops - Economic Update w: @profwolff - Air Date 5-9-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Capitalism Is Tearing Us Apart - sole Ch. 14: Act 7: Join a Local Democracy @ Work Action Group via @Democracyatwrk - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 15: Song 7: Time for Action - Secret Affair Ch. 16: Act 8: Some barriers that prevent the creation of worker coops - @theLFshow w: @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date 2-23-16 Voicemails Ch. 17: Voting in safe states - Steven from Brooklyn Ch. 18: Thoughts on "Safe States" - Darice from Washington, DC Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 19: Final comments on the end of our summer fundraiser Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone TAKE ACTION Find or start a Democracy At Work Action Group in your area at http://www.democracyatwork.info/groups Follow Democracy At Work on Twitter at @Democracyatwrk  EDUCATE YOURSELF  Economic Update Podcast The Next System Project  Truth Out 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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(2016/08/26) Stopping toxic trade deals (Trans Pacific Partnership)

Fri, 26 Aug 2016 23:00:00 +0000

Edition #1038

Today we take a look at a couple of the international trade deals currently in the works, why they’re bad and how to stop them

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Karen @HansenKuhn on the secret negotiations of the TTIP - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 5-6-16

Ch. 3: Song 1: North By North - Faded Paper Figures


Ch. 4: Act 2: New Study Confirms #TPP Will Kill #American Jobs! (Guest @WallachLori) - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 05-19-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: A Lot of Work to Do - Friendly People


Ch. 6: Act 3: Sen. Elizabeth Warren on why we need to stop the TPP - CREDO Action - Air Date 6-7-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: Count On Me - Bruno Mars


Ch. 8: Act 4: Hillary Clinton Disavows the TPP Now and Forever - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 08-13-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: Gone - Jack Johnson


Ch. 10: Act 5: What the fight against the TPP can learn from the movement against TTIP - Act Out! (@ActOutonOccupy) - Air Date 5-13-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: Protest Song - Anti-Flag


Ch. 12: Act 6: Stop Toxic Trade Deals - NationalSierraClub - Air Date 6-27-16

Ch. 13: Song 6: Victory - Trampled by Turtles


Ch. 14: Act 7: Why Did Clinton Just Tap a Pro-TPP, Pro-KXL, Pro-Fracking Politician to Head Her Transition Team? - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 08-17-16

Ch. 15: Song 7: Fake Empire - The National


Ch. 16: Act 8: Trans-Pacific Partnership EXPLAINED! - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 08-04-16


Ch. 17: Final comments on how to fight the TPP during the lame duck session

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


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

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 23:00:00 +0000

Edition #1006 Today we take a look at the last several decades of the conservative movement and the Republican Party, where they came from and how we got to where we are 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: Let's adopt the GOP's national platform - @JimHightower - Air Date: 4-1-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: The Great Pretender - The Platters Ch. 4: Act 2: No Legitamate Republican President Since Eisenhower... - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 10-20-15 Ch. 5: Song 2: Cheat - The Clash Ch. 6: Act 3: The Kochs & the Nazis: Book Reveals Billionaires' Father Built Key Oil Refinery for the Third Reich - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 01-20-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: The John Birch Society - The Chad Mitchell Trio Ch. 8: Act 4: How business made us a Christian Nation™ - Economic Update w/ @profwolff - Air Date: 3-22-15 Ch. 9: Song 4: Show Me What I'm Looking For - Carolina Liar Ch. 10: Act 5: Jelani Cobb on the Democracy of Blame Part 1 - Primary Concerns (@prime_concerns) - Air Date 3-24-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: Little Lion Man - Mumford & Sons Ch. 12: Act 6: Today's Republicans  Employing  Lee Atwater's Dog Whistle Racism - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 02-24-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Racism - Mighty Sparrow Ch. 14: Act 7: Jelani Cobb on the Democracy of Blame Part 2 - Primary Concerns (@prime_concerns) - Air Date 3-24-16 Ch. 15: Song 7: Chickens Comin' Home to Roost - Toronzo Cannon Ch. 16: Act 8: Nixon's War on Drugs: Aide Says Motives Were Racist & Anti-Leftist - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 03-27-16 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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(2016/08/19) Something revolutionary this way comes (Progressives)

Fri, 19 Aug 2016 23:00:00 +0000

Edition #1037 Today we take a look at the future of progressivism and how the Bernie Sanders campaign has changed politics for a generation 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 Bernie Sanders revolution is just getting started - Jim @HightowerNews - Air Date 7-28-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: Talking About A Revolution - Tracy Chapman Ch. 4: Act 2: Bernie Sanders Has Changed Politics for the Millennials! - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date 04-29-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised - Gil Scott-Heron Ch. 6: Act 3: Naomi Klein: There Would Be No Bernie Movement Without #FightFor15, Keystone XL & #BlackLivesMatter - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 06-20-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: Revolution (Human Need Over Profit) - Tha Truth Ch. 8: Act 4: Bernie Sanders Has Bright Plans For Future - @theyoungturks - Air Date 07-16-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: One Man Revolution - Tom Morello: The Nightwatchman Ch. 10: Act 5: Why the Bernie revolution will continue - Jim @HightowerNews - Air Date 8-11-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: Keep On Moving Forward - Emma's Revolution Ch. 12: Act 6: The Lesser Evil - On The Media - Air Date 8-5-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Forward - Northbound Ch. 14: Act 7: Are We Seeing A Proactive Change In The Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton? - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date 07-17-16 Ch. 15: Song 7: Revolution - Grandaddy Ch. 16: Act 8: What Direction do Millennials Want to See the U.S. Go? - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date 04-29-16 Ch. 17: Song 8: Lawless Flawless (Instrumental) - Chris Priest Ch. 18: Act 9: Bernie Sanders: The Warning Shot Of The Impending Revolution - @theyoungturks - Air Date 04-27-16 Voicemails Ch. 19: People with disabilities and the sub-minimum wage - Alyson from Colorado Ch. 20: Minimum wage and automation - Greg from North Carolina Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 21: Final comments on theories of change for after the election 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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(2016/08/16) The pursuit of happiness (Culture)

Tue, 16 Aug 2016 23:00:00 +0000

Edition #1036 Today we take a look at happiness and how to increase it personally and politically 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: Robert Waldinger: What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness - TEDTalks - Air Date: 12-23-15 Ch. 3: Song 1: Happiness - Pet Shop Boys Ch. 4: Act 2: The World Happiness Report - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 03-23-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: Pursuit of Happiness (Nightmare) [feat. MGMT & Ratatat] - Kid Cudi Ch. 6: Act 3: Living with Gratitude in an Imperfect World - Progressive Faith Sermons w/ @RevDrRay - Air Date: 11-22-15 Ch. 7: Song 3: Happy now? - No Doubt Ch. 8: Act 4: We Are Built To Be Kind - Fig. 1 by University of California - Air Date: 12-2-14 Ch. 9: Song 4: Happy - Sister Hazel Ch. 10: Act 5: Punctuating happiness - Backstory - Air Date 7-17-15 Ch. 11: Song 5: Everybody Loves a Happy Ending - Tears for Fears Ch. 12: Act 6: David Steindl-Rast: Want to be happy? Be grateful - TEDTalks - Air Date 11-27-13 Voicemails Ch. 13: Recommending "The Most Good You Can Do" - Nick from Colorado Ch. 14: A few quick thoughts on voting reform - Jeff from Massachusetts Ch. 15: Supporting the minimum wage but worrying about automation - Wade from Ft. Worth, TX Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 16: Final comments on finding gratitude in the face of the death of a loved one 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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(2016/08/12) The case for raising the minimum wage (Labor)

Fri, 12 Aug 2016 23:00:00 +0000

Edition #1035 Today we take a look at some of the ways that low wages hurts everyone and why the arguments for keeping them low just don’t hold water 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: Chase Bank tries to get some good PR out of a tiny raise for workers - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 7-15-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: Minimum Wage - Fenix TX Ch. 4: Act 2: Wendy's Wants to Automate Stores "Because of $15/Hour Minimum Wage Increase" - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 05-20-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: Minimum Wage - The Busboys Ch. 6: Act 3: Burger King Workers in Denmark Make $20 an Hour! - Thom Hartmann - Air Date: 01-16-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: Minimum Wage - Kevin Sandbloom Ch. 8: Act 4: .@NickHanauer on what's wrong with our upside down economic policies - @theLFshow w @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date 5-13-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Minimum Wage - Romain Virgo Ch. 10: Act 5: McDonald’s To Slightly Increase Wages - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 04-16-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: Minimum Wage - Bob Rivers Ch. 12: Act 6: How Walmart Leeches Off of Government & Creates Customers from Employees - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 03-18-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Minimum Wage - The Closet Monsters Ch. 14: Act 7: Even Conservative David Cameron Gets it, Raise the Minimum Wage! - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 04-23-16 Ch. 15: Song 7: Minimum Wage - The Expendables Ch. 16: Act 8: Join the Fight for a Living Wage via @Fightfor15 and @GoodJobsNation - Best of the Left Activism - 8:12:16, 7.35 PM Ch. 17: Song 8: This Fickle World - Theo Bard Ch. 18: Act 9: Raise wages, kill jobs? - The Other Washington - Air Date 5-9-16 Ch. 19: Final comments on the zen of collective blame Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone TAKE ACTION: Sign up with Fight for 15 and sign their petition for a $15 minimum wage Sign up with Good Jobs Nation and co-sign the call for the Model Employer Executive Order   GET INVOLVED: The Next System Project   Jobs With Justice  National Employment Law Project Action   EDUCATE YOURSELF: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOqtl53V3JI  Read "Fighting for a Living Wage" by Stephanie Luce Minimum Wage Crusaders Are Holding A Convention To Talk About Racism (Washington Post)  Bernie Sanders Scores Big Wins with Democratic Platform (MSNBC)  Fight for 15 to Hold First Ever Nationwide Convention (Fight for 15) Our voice is being heard in the Fight for $15 (SEIU)  Written by BOTL social media/activism director Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson 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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(2016/08/09) Fighting for your right (Voting Rights)

Tue, 09 Aug 2016 23:00:00 +0000

Edition #1034 Today we take a look at the recent judicial wins for voting rights as well as how far we still have to 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: Courts Strike Down Voter Restriction Laws That Target African Americans with "Surgical Precision" - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 08-01-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: get real - the mountain firework company Ch. 4: Act 2: Court Throws Out North Carolina's Racist Voting Law As 'A Cure For Problems That Don't Exist!' - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date 08-01-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: How Do You Sleep? - Emily DeLoach Ch. 6: Act 3: The role of the media in covering voter suppression laws - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 8-5-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: Gobbledigook - Sigur Rós Ch. 8: Act 4: The 'Daily Show' Segment That Helped Change N.C. Voting Rights - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 08-03-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Knock Yourself Out - Jon Brion Ch. 10: Act 5: Election integrity expert responds to the Election Justice USA report on Democratic primaries - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 8-3-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: Room For Improvement - The Tracelords Ch. 12: Act 6: Demand @RepGoodlatte Hold #VRA Hearings via @NAACP #RestoretheVRA - Best of the Left Activism - 8:9:16, 3.43 PM Ch. 13: Song 6: This Fickle World - Theo Bard Ch. 14: Act 7: This idea must die: Election Edition - @freakonomics - Air Date 7-27-16 Voicemails Ch. 15: Short and long term electoral strategy - Quai from North Carolina Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 16: Final comments on what will be to blame when one party loses the election Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone TAKE ACTION Call Rep Goodlatte - Roanoke, VA office: (540) 857-2672; DC office: (202) 225-5431 Tweet at Rep Goodlatte - @RepGoodlatte  Email Rep Goodlatte at talk2bob@mail.house.gov EDUCATE YOURSELF NAACP President Arrested After Staging Voting Rights Sit-in at Lawmakers Office (The Guardian)   'Do Something, or Arrest Us:" NAACP Demands Restoration of Voting Rights (NBC) NAACP National President Cornell William Brooks Arrested After Sit In (NAACP)  The Recent Court Rulings Against Voting Restrictions Explained (Vox)  What is the Voting Rights Act? Here's Why This Legislations Still Matters, 51 Years Later  (Policy.mic) Here's What's Happening in the Battle for Voting Rights (Mother Jones)  Voting Rights and Elections (The Brennan Center for Justice)    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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(2016/08/05) Why they deny (Climate Denialism)

Fri, 05 Aug 2016 23:00:00 +0000

Edition #1033 Today we take a look at the reasons behind why people cling so fervently to their increasingly desperate denials of climate change 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 Climate Deniers Began in 1940 - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date 04-14-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: Slash and Burn - Blind Corn Liquor Pickers Ch. 4: Act 2: Bill McKibben on Exxon, the Power of Divestment, and Being Targeted by Shadowy Right-Wing Group - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 05-26-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: Looking At the Sun - Gramercy Arms Ch. 6: Act 3: .@AriRabinHavt on the climate change lie machine - @InDeepRadio w: @AngieCoiro - Air Date 6-11-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: Daylight - Matt & Kim Ch. 8: Act 4: The GOP declares coal as "clean" absent any evidence - @GreenNewsReport - Air Date 7-14-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Port of Call - Beirut Ch. 10: Act 5: Exxon Is Still The Worst Corporation In America - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 07-24-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: Never Again - Enter the Worship Circle Ch. 12: Act 6: Trump perpetuates old, tired myths about renewable energy - @GreenNewsReport - Air Date 8-4-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: I Stand Corrected - Vampire Weekend Ch. 14: Act 7: Per Espen Stoknes (@estoknes): What We Think About When We Try Not to Think About Global Warming - You are not so smart - Air Date 7-28-16 Ch. 15: Song 7: A Beautiful World - Tim Myers Ch. 16: Act 8: #ReZpectOurWater - Best of the Left Activism Voicemails Ch. 17: Vote by mail - Justin from Bend, OR Ch. 18: We need something proactive to do with our time leading up to the election - Sally from San Francisco Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 19: Final comments on some further benefits of voting reform Bonus Clip: Howard Dean on the benefits of ranked choice voting - @freakonomics - Air Date 7-27-16 Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone TAKE ACTION Sign the Standing Rock Youth "Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline" Change.org petition and share with #ReZpectOurWater Read the letters and watch the videos from the Standing Rock Youth at ReZpectOurWater.com Follow the Standing Rock Youth on Twitter @ReZpectOurWater If you live on or near the Missouri River, get involved with the Bakken Pipeline Resistance  If you're in DC: Lafayette Square Rally for Standing Rock Youth - Saturday August 6th at 1pm If you're in NYC: Union Square Rally for Standing Rock Youth - Sunday August 7th at 3pm EDUCATE YOURSELF UPDATE as of 8/5/16: Standing Rock Sioux Tribe files for temporary blockage of construction of Dakota Access Pipeline (KFYR TV - West Dakota) Standing Rock Sioux Sues Army Corps Over Dakota Access Pipeline Approval (Indian Country) Breaking: Dakota Access Pipeline Approved (Indian Country) Running for Their Lives: 500-Mile You Spiritual Run Against Dakota Access Pipeline (Indian Country) This Week Tonight with John Oliver: North Dakota (HBO's Last Week Tonight) What they are up against:  Corps: We're not for or against Bakken pipeline (The Des Moines Register) Op Ed by Terry O'Sullivan, President of Laborer's International Union of North America, "It's Time To Move Ahead with Dakota Access Pipeline" (The State-Journal Register) 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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(2016/08/02) Unconventional Conventions (RNC and DNC)

Tue, 02 Aug 2016 23:00:00 +0000

Edition #1032 Today we take a look at the highlights and lowlights from both the Republican National Convention and the Democratic National Convention 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: Republican National Convention - @LastWeekTonight with @iamjohnoliver - Air Date 07-25-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: Donald Trump "I'm The Dictator" Music Video (The Apprentice 2004) Ch. 4: Act 2: Chaos on Convention Floor Protests, Boos and Chants of "Bernie" Mark Opening of DNC - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 07-26-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: Run On - Moby Ch. 6: Act 3: John Nichols The GOP is More United in Disdain for Hillary Clinton Than in Support for Donald Trump - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 07-20-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: Last of Our Kind - The Darkness Ch. 8: Act 4: DNC Speakers ROAST Donald Trump - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 07-29-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Don't Believe a Word - Ivy Ch. 10: Act 5: In a Speech Filled with Fear & Xenophobia Donald Trump Accepts Nomination - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 07-22-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: Postcards from Richard Nixon - Elton John Ch. 12: Act 6: Hillary Clinton Accepts Historic Nomination, Says Election is a "Moment of Reckoning" - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 07-29-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger - Daft Punk Ch. 14: Act 7: Democratic National Convention - @LastWeekTonight with @iamjohnoliver - Air Date 08-01-16 Ch. 15: Song 7: Promontory - Circa Paleo Ch. 16: Act 8: President Obama Implores Nation to Vote for Hillary Clinton "Carry Her the Same Way You Carried Me" - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 07-28-16 Ch. 17: Song 8: President - Wyclef Jean Ch. 18: Act 9: Hillary & J.F.K. Are More Alike Than You Think! - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date 07-29-16 Ch. 19: Song 9: Lyndon Johnson Told the Nation - Tom Paxton Ch. 20: Act 10: John Nichols describes the various aspects of a very interesting DNC - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 7-29-16 Voicemails Ch. 21: The need for community review boards to police the police - Ruben from Oakland Ch. 22: Voting in this election is a binary choice - Ben in Minnesota Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 23: Final comments on a theory of change for voting reform 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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(2015/12/18) Legal corruption and how to fix it (Money in Politics) (Repost)

Fri, 29 Jul 2016 23:00:00 +0000

Edition #977 Today we look at the fundamental barrier to democracy in the US and the veritable swarm of movements springing up to tear it down   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 00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: Brazil Bans Corporate Money In Politics. - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 09-19-15 Ch. 3: Song 1: Power to the People - John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band 00:08:16 Ch. 4: Act 2: How to Keep Campaign Donations Secret - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 06-06-15 Ch. 5: Song 2: Things a Get from Bad to Worse - The Ethiopians 00:17:03 Ch. 6: Act 3: Corruption is Legal in America - Represent.Us (@RepresentDotUs) - Air Date: 4-30-15 Ch. 7: Song 3: N/A 00:22:47 Ch. 8: Act 4: Represent.Us 2015 Strategy - Represent.Us (@RepresentDotUs) - Air Date: 1-15-15 Ch. 9: Song 4: N/A 00:27:09 Ch. 10: Act 5: CBS Chief Loves Trump, Super-PACs, And Corruption - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 12-13-15 Ch. 11: Song 5: Laughing At You - Head Automatica 00:32:48 Ch. 12: Act 6: Yahoo misses the point about the problems of money in politics - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date: 9-25-15 Ch. 13: Song 6: Moneytalks - Vitamin String Quartet 00:36:27 Ch. 14: Act 7: Media Ignores...Americans Want Citizens United Overturned! - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 10-08-15 Ch. 15: Song 7: Moneytalks - Vitamin String Quartet 00:41:45 Ch. 16: Act 8: Stamp Money Out Of Politics w/ @BenAndJerrys @StampStampede - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 17: Song 8: Time for Action - Secret Affair 00:48:15 Ch. 18: Act 9: Help California FREE Act Fight Money In Politics Now! Sign The Petition - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 12-04-15 Voicemails 00:54:45 Ch. 19: Framing the abortion debate in terms of bodily integrity - Rachel from Mississippi 00:56:51 Ch. 20: Thoughts on "unskilled" workers - Chris from Fairfax 00:59:34 Ch. 21: Agreeing with the Fight for $15 messaging - Wade from Ft. Worth, TX 01:01:01 Ch. 22: Minimum wages across borders doesn't matter much - David in Cincinnati Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics 01:01:54 Ch. 23: Final comments on the cost of books in Canada and a detailed explainer for election reform groups Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: Stamp Money Out Of Politics w/@BenAndJerrys @StampStampede Take Action: Get your stamps/get involved with: Stamp Stampede Share your marked money with: StampStampede’s social media feeds Follow the #GetMoneyOutthread Sources/further reading: "Here's How Ben & Jerry's Co-Founder Wants To Stamp Money Out Of Politics” via Huffington Post "Stamp stampede on your dollar -- for democracy” by Ben & Jerry "Stamp Money Out of Politics – STAMP STAMPEDE” via Democracy Matters Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich 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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(2016/07/26) Remember the Iraq War? (Foreign Policy)

Tue, 26 Jul 2016 23:00:00 +0000

Edition #1031 Today we reminisce about the origins of the Iraq war brought back to the fore by the Chilcot Report coming out of the UK that took seven years and thousands of pages to tell us a lot of things some of us already knew  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: Beating the drums of war montage - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 7-6-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: Rock'n Me - Steve Miller Band Ch. 4: Act 2: Stephen Zunes on the story we tell ourselves about the Iraq war - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 2-26-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: People say - Portugal. The Man Ch. 6: Act 3: What you need to know about the Chilcot Report - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 7-6-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: White People for Peace - Against Me! Ch. 8: Act 4: Tariq Ali on Chilcot Iraq Report: Tony Blair is War Criminal for Pushing Us into Illegal War - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 07-06-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Masters of War - Bob Dylan Ch. 10: Act 5: Corbyn: Iraq War a Terrible Decision 'Launched on a False Pretext' - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 07-13-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: WMD - Blow Up Hollywood Ch. 12: Act 6: Finally - PROOF The Bush Administration LIED About Iraq's WMDs - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 03-09-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Handlebars - Flobots Ch. 14: Act 7: Tariq Ramadan: Iraq War Waged for U.S. Economic Interests Has Destabilized All of Middle East - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 07-06-16 Ch. 15: Song 7: Everybody's Gone To War - Nerina Pallot Ch. 16: Act 8: The manipulation of intelligence leading up to the war - Le Show w @TheHarryShearer - Air Date 7-17-16 Ch. 17: Song 8: Trillion Dollar Bargain - Le Show Ch. 18: Act 9: "We Will Prevail": Three Words, Three American Presidents & An Endless War in Iraq - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 04-08-16 Voicemails Ch. 19: Understanding why the Dallas shooter did what he did - V from Central New York Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 20: Final comments on the toxicity of getting high on your candidate of choice 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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(2016/07/22) From warriors to guardians (Police Reform)

Fri, 22 Jul 2016 23:00:00 +0000

Edition #1030 Today we take a look at  a few of the ways that our police departments around the country could be reformed as well as some of the reasons why it’s critically important that these reforms be enacted  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: Ex-Seattle Police Chief Condemns Systemic Police Racism Dating Back to Slave Patrols - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 07-14-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: Enemy At the Gate - The Twinkle Brothers Ch. 4: Act 2: Angie Coiro breaks down the reactions to the violence, mindless deaths of civilians and police - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 7-8-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: That's All - Clare and the Reasons Ch. 6: Act 3: 46 Stops The Driving Life and Death of Philando Castile - Code Switch - Air Date 7-20-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: To Serve And Protect - Queen Ifrica Ch. 8: Act 4: Philadelphia Police Capt. Ray Lewis on solving the root of policing problems - Act Out - Air Date 7-15-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Protect & Serve - Stiff Little Fingers Ch. 10: Act 5: Black Ohio Cop to Prejudiced White Officers: Take the Uniform Off and Put on KKK Hoodie - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 07-14-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: Free and Equal Speech - Chris Priest Ch. 12: Act 6: Dallas Police Chief David Brown on his program community policing - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 7-11-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Fight the Power - Public Enemy Ch. 14: Act 7: End the culture of warrior policing via @ACLU - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 15: Song 7: This Fickle World - Theo Bard Ch. 16: Act 8: Professor Muhammad on crime, race and policing - Code Switch - Air Date 7-9-16 Voicemails Ch. 17: Hearing the frustration of the LGBTQ community - Gabriel from Texas Ch. 18: Hearing the frustration of the black community - Ryan from Pheonix Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 19: Final comments with an update on the summer fundraiser Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone TAKE ACTION  Sign the ACLU petition “End the Culture of Warrior Policing."  Call and write to your legislators in the House and Senate to make sure they know you support the passage of the total suite of policing reform bills listed above. EDUCATE YOURSELF ACLU Implores Congress Consider Taking Up Law Enforcement Reform Legislation (ACLU)  You Can Be Pro Cop and Pro Police Reform (Brennan Center for Justice) Showing Up for Racial Justice - Actions in Your Area (Showing Up for Racial Justice) 10-Point Justice Plan: National Urban League Police Reform and Accountability Recommendations (National Urban League) Guiding Principles on Use of Force (Police Executive Research Forum) 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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(2016/07/19) You can't reignite a fire that never stops burning (Black and Blue Lives)

Tue, 19 Jul 2016 23:00:00 +0000

Edition #1029 Today we take a listen to a few of the reactions from people of color to the shooting deaths of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile and the police officers in Dallas Be part of the show! Leave 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: Black Father in Letter to His Son "I Thought of You When I Saw the Son of Alton Sterling Weeping" - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 07-14-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: Sur Le Fil - Yann Tiersen Ch. 4: Act 2: Video of and reaction to Philando Castile - Code Switch - Air Date 7-9-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: End of the World - Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin Ch. 6: Act 3: You can't reignite a fire that never stops burning - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 7-8-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: Turtle (Bonobo Remix) - Pilote Ch. 8: Act 4: Tired of being strong, it's time to fix the system - The Benjamin Dixon Show (@TheBpDShow) - Air Date 7-6-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: North bank upper - Plusplus Ch. 10: Act 5: The falal shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile - The Daily Show - Air Date 7-7-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: Rain Begins To Fall (instrumental) - Silence Is Sexy Ch. 12: Act 6: ‘Black Lives Matter’ Protesters Respond To Dallas Shooting - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 07-09-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Silhouette - David Ari Leon Ch. 14: Act 7: Dallas shooter was banned from black activist groups - @CitizenRadio - Air Date 7-12-16 Ch. 15: Song 7: Untitled - Zoe Keating Ch. 16: Act 8: Black Surgeon Who Treated Dallas Officers On Race Relations with Law Enforcement - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 07-13-16 Ch. 17: Song 8: A Faraway Home (instrumental) - Silence Is Sexy Ch. 18: Act 9: Scoop Jackson on the unnecessary, yet understood, killings of people and police - @EdgeofSports - w: Dave Zirin - Air Date 7-13-16 Ch. 19: Song 9: Whatchuwando - Krayzie Bone Ch. 18: Act 10: Pastor Michael McBride on what white people can do - Politically Re-Active - Air Date 7-13-16 Ch. 19: Song 10: Adventure, Darling - Gillicuddy Ch. 18: Act 11: People with privilege need to get up and stand shoulder to shoulder - The Read - Air Date 7-13-16 Voicemails Ch. 19: Response to police killing person during standoff - Colin from Cleveland, OH Ch. 20: Examining the police with an analogy with healthcare - Charlie from Cleveland Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 21: Final comments on what white people can do to get involved in the movement for black lives Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone TAKE ACTION Find Showing Up for Justice actions near you Sign the We Are Here Movement's Racial Justice Moonshot Petition  EDUCATE YOURSELF This is What White People Can Do to Support Black Lives Matter (Washington Post) Tim Wise Website (TimWise.com) It's Legal to Kill Black People (Hands Up United)  Rewire News - Racism (Rewire.com) Only White People Can Save Themselves From Racism and White Supremacism (Washington Post)    Written by BOTL social media/activism director Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson 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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(2016/03/18) Playing with the Fire of Fascism (Trump and his Supporters) (Repost)

Fri, 15 Jul 2016 23:00:00 +0000

Edition #999 Today we again ring the fascism warning bell as we look at the continuing saga of the Donald Trump presidential campaign. And remember: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good [people] to do nothing” 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 On Board With Trump Target And Kill Families Of Terrorists - @theyoungturks - Air Date 12-17-15 Ch. 3: Song 1: Family Values - Johnossi Ch. 4: Act 2: The Ugly Place That Donald Trump Is Leading Us - Moment of Clarity w/ @LeeCamp - Air Date: 01-20-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: Rome Wasn't Built In a Day - Morcheeba Ch. 6: Act 3: .@timjacobwise on How Donald Trump Legitimizes Racist Ideas - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date 01-07-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: When Anger Shows - Editors Ch. 8: Act 4: Donald Trump, the New George Wallace? Head of Segregationist's 1968 Bid on GOP Front-Runner's Racism - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 01-15-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: People, Turn Around - Delta Spirit Ch. 10: Act 5: Thirty Black People Booted From Trump Rally - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 03-02-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next - Manic Street Preachers Ch. 12: Act 6: How and why fascism comes to power - Economic Update w: @profwolff - Air Date 3-6-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: All You Fascists - Billy Bragg & Wilco Ch. 14: Act 7: Trump's Response to Violence at His Rallies - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 03-12-16 Ch. 15: Song 7: What happens tomorrow - Duran Duran Ch. 16: Act 8: Cops Swarm Black Man For Getting Punched At Trump Rally - @theyoungturks - Air Date 03-11-16 Ch. 17: Song 8: Out of Control - U2 Ch. 18: Act 9: The Call for a Voting Renaissance and Mass Non-violent Mobilization to Stand Up to Trump via @MoveOn - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 19: Song 9: This Fickle World - Theo Bard Ch. 20: Act 10: Sasha Abramsky on what Trump supporters really think - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 3-2-16 Voicemails Ch. 21: Understanding the new movement for socialism - Patrick from Dallas Ch. 22: "Impartiality" stems from privilege - Ruben from San Jose Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 23: Final comments on what it was like to prep for today's episode, plus calling for input for episode #1000 Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone TAKE ACTION: Read, sign and share MoveOn.org's open letter. Follow @MoveOn on Twitter for the latest updates on the campaign and other actions to stand up to Trump's dangerous rhetoric. Use the hashtags #LoveTrumpsHate and #STOPTRUMP on social media.  Donate to the MoveOn.org "Stand Up to Trump" campaign to support their efforts.  Sources/further reading: Democrats Sound Alarm Against Trump (via Politico) Liberal Groups to Launch Campaign to Defeat Donald Trump (via USA Today) Hear the segment in context: Episode #999 http://www.bestoftheleft.com/_999_fascism Written by BOTL social media/activism director Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson 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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(2016/07/12) Varied thoughts on staying vs going (Brexit)

Tue, 12 Jul 2016 23:00:00 +0000

Edition #1028 Today we take a look at the results of the referendum in Great Britain to exit the European Union 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: Brexit - @LastWeekTonight with @iamjohnoliver - Air Date 06-20-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: Play with fire - The Rolling Stones Ch. 4: Act 2: The Origins of Britain's Euro-Skeptic Press - On The Media - Air Date: 7-1-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: I Started Something I Couldn't Finish - The Smiths Ch. 6: Act 3: The #Brexit Vote Is Not A Left - Right Issue! - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 06-24-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: There Is Power In a Union - Billy Bragg Ch. 8: Act 4: Explaining the economics of Brexit Part 1 - Economic Update w/ @profwolff - Air Date 7-4-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Thatcherites (Bonus Track) - Billy Bragg Ch. 10: Act 5: Making Sense of Brexit Paul Mason on Britain's Growing Economic & Political Crisis - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 06-27-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: You Can't Always Get What You Want - The Rolling Stones Ch. 12: Act 6: Brexit & Trumpism Are The Wrong Answers To The Right Questions... - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 06-28-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Between the Wars - Billy Bragg Ch. 14: Act 7: Explaining the economics of Brexit Part 2 - Economic Update w/ @profwolff - Air Date 7-4-16 Voicemails Ch. 15: Thoughts on Brexit and the road ahead - Harry from the UK Ch. 16: Thoughts on the school-to-prison pipeline - Jessica from New York Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 17: Final comments on Climate Ride and Netroots Nation 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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(2016/07/08) Whole Woman’s Health and other stories (Reproductive Justice)

Fri, 08 Jul 2016 23:00:00 +0000

Edition #1027 Today we take a look at the historic reproductive rights ruling from the Supreme Court that just came down in the Whole Woman’s Health case as well as just a few of the ways that anti-choice activists are continuing their fight to curtail reproductive justice 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: Explaining the Whole Woman's Health SCOTUS ruling - This Week in Blackness (@TWiBPrime) - Air Date 6-28-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: Good Day - Jukebox the Ghost Ch. 4: Act 2: Republicans Pushing Fetal Burial Laws - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 04-17-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: Remains - Matt Pond PA Ch. 6: Act 3: .@imillhiser on the history of abortion laws leading up to the Whole Woman's Health ruling - @TalkPoverty Radio - Air Date 7-1-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: The Obvious Child - Paul Simon Ch. 8: Act 4: .@AriRabinHavt on how lies about abortion are born and take on a life of their own - @InDeepRadio w/ @AngieCoiro - Air Date 6-11-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Little lies - Fleetwood Mac Ch. 10: Act 5: Amy Hagstrom Miller (@AmyHM), the plaintiff who won a historic abortion rights case - Amicus from @Slate - Air Date 7-2-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: Let it go - The Neighbourhood Ch. 12: Act 6: Chelsea Handler Fighting Abortion Shame By Telling Her Story - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 06-30-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Privacy - Michael Jackson Ch. 14: Act 7: Celebrate SCOTUS #ReproRights Decision with Renewed Vigilance to Pass Woman's Health Protection Act via #ActforWomen Campaign - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 15: Song 7: This Fickle World - Theo Bard Ch. 16: Act 8: Why Alito's dissent is just wrong - This Week in Blackness (@TWiBPrime) - Air Date 6-28-16 Voicemails Ch. 17: Thoughts on Omar Mateen and the effects of toxic masculinity - Ruben from Oakland Ch. 18: A progressive pastor on the Orlando shooting - Don from Bentonville, Arkansas Ch. 19: A followup to the discussion of the Orlando shooter being gay - Gabriel from Texas Ch. 20: Thoughts on how gay people are treated in society - Colin from Cleveland, OH Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 21: Final comments on the need to recognize the humanity in those who appear most inhuman Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone TAKE ACTION Learn more about the Act for Women Campaign and the Women's Health Protection Act at http://www.actforwomen.org Download the Act for Women Campaign Tools & Resources  Add your name to the Center for Reproductive Rights' message to Congress to pass the Women's Health Protection Act to prohibit states from imposing abortion restrictions Use the hashtag #ActforWomen on social media and tweet at your congressperson to urge them to support the Women's Health Protection Act.  Follow the Center for Reproductive Rights on Twitter @ReproRights  Find out where and how to watch "TRAPPED," the documentary at http://www.trappeddocumentary.com Written by BOTL Communications director Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson 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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(2016/01/29) The trouble with extreme wealth inequality (Economics) (Repost)

Tue, 05 Jul 2016 23:00:00 +0000

Edition #986 Today we take a look at the case against extreme wealth inequality and not just from an economic justice perspective. Extreme wealth inequality leads to more social ills and destabilization than you probably ever guessed  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 00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: This Is The Income Inequality Video CEOs Don’t Want Americans To See - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 10-03-14 Ch. 3: Song 1: Let's Work Together - Canned Heat 00:17:41 Ch. 4: Act 2: Climate Change and Inequality Are Driving War and Catastrophic Conflicts from Syria to Africa - @democracynow - Air Date: 12-04-15 Ch. 5: Song 2: Climate Refugees Main Theme - Michael Mollura 00:21:56 Ch. 6: Act 3: Stoking fears to pit workers against workers, never the rich - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 12-11-15 Ch. 7: Song 3: Don't Blame Yourself - Sixpence None the Richer 00:25:42 Ch. 8: Act 4: Paul Krugmanon on Thomas Piketty's book: Capital in the Twenty-First Century - @BillMoyersHQ  And Company - Air Date 4-18-14 Ch. 9: Song 4: A Change Is Gonna Come - Ben Sollee 00:43:56 Ch. 10: Act 5: Thomas Piketty's 'Capital' in 3 minutes - BBC Newsnight - Air Date: 04-30-14 Ch. 11: Song 5: Adventure, Darling - Gillicuddy 00:47:43 Ch. 12: Act 6: Make #Poverty an #Election2016 Priority w/@VoteToEndHunger - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 13: Song 6: This Fickle World - Theo Bard 00:50:41 Ch. 14: Act 7: International comparisons of child poverty show who we should look to - Economic Update w/ @profwolff - Air Date 1-24-16 Voicemails 00:58:09 Ch. 15: Capitalism with the workers in charge - Patrick from Dallas 01:00:42 h. 16: How capitalism should work - Colin from Cleveland, OH Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics 01:02:39 Ch. 17: Final Comments on the case against extreme wealth inequality and endless economic growth Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: Make #Poverty an #Election2016 Priority w/@VoteToEndHunger Take Action: SIGN & SHARE: Pledge to end hunger by 2030 GET INVOLVED with Vote to End Hunger Sources/further reading: "Pathologizing the Poor Reinforces Stigma While Deterring Advocacy and Public Policy” via Truthout ”Hunger is a Significant But Solvable Problem, Both in the United States and Internationally” via Vote to End Hunger ”Presidential Candidate Videos” via Vote to End Hunger Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich Produced by Jay! Tomlinson 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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(2016/07/01) Independence Day, but only for some (Racism)

Fri, 01 Jul 2016 23:00:00 +0000

Edition #1026 Today we take a look at the history of racial oppression in America from slavery to Jim Crow to The New Jim Crow 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: Michelle Alexander on The New Jim Crow Part 1 - Leid Stories - Air Date 8-26-15 Ch. 3: Song 1: Jim Crow - John Mellencamp Ch. 4: Act 2: Racism in the United States: By the Numbers - vlogbrothers - Air Date: 01-02-15 Ch. 5: Song 2: Listen - Theo Bard Ch. 6: Act 3: Michelle Alexander on The New Jim Crow Part 2 - Leid Stories - Air Date 8-26-15 Ch. 7: Song 3: War On Drugs - Fifteen Ch. 8: Act 4: Clint Smith III - "History Reconsidered" - All Def Poetry - Air Date: 04-14-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Know Your History (feat. 8 Ball & MJG) - Drumma Boy Ch. 10: Act 5: Michelle Alexander on The New Jim Crow Part 3 - Leid Stories - Air Date 8-26-15 Ch. 11: Song 5: Winning the War On Drugs - Asylum Street Spankers Ch. 12: Act 6: Jesse Williams' Powerful BET Awards Speech "We're Done Watching Whiteness Use and Abuse Us" - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 6-28-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Strange Fruit (1939 Single Version) - Billie Holiday Ch. 14: Act 7: Racism vs Prejudice - Kat Blaque - Air Date: 10-5-14 Ch. 15: Song 7: Racism - MYSTAFYA Ch. 16: Act 8: "What to the Slave is 4th of July?": James Earl Jones Reads Frederick Douglass’ Historic Speech - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 07-03-15 Voicemails Ch. 17: Arguing guns with conservatives - Colin from Cleveland, OH Ch. 18: Reaction to many progressives in the wake of Pulse shooting - David from New York Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 19: Final comments on David’s reaction to commentaries on the Pulse shooting and the launching of this year’s big fundraiser 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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(2016/06/28) Gods, guns and gays (Orlando Massacre)

Tue, 28 Jun 2016 23:00:00 +0000

Edition #1025 Today we take a look at the continued responses to the Orlando massacre encompassing arguments over islamophobia, homophobia and gun control legislation 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: "Let Us Vote": Rep. John Lewis Leads Historic Democratic Sit-in for Gun Control Legislation - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 06-23-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: Fuck the NRA - Jamie Kilstein & The Agenda Ch. 4: Act 2: Republican’s “Heart Has Changed" After Orlando Massacre - @theyoungturks - Air Date 06-18-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: Dreamtime - Uberzone Ch. 6: Act 3: To Say or Not to Say "Radical Islam" - On the Media - Air Date: 6-17-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: Violent Days - RTZ Ch. 8: Act 4: A lack of due process is equally wrong for travel and guns - @HumorlessQueers - Air Date 6-19-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Human Rights - Friendlyness and the Human Rights Ch. 10: Act 5: Breaking down the disingenuous arguments on both sides of the terror watchlist debate - @CitizenRadio - Air Date 6-22-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: Hey Ya - Vitamin String Quartet Ch. 12: Act 6: Barbara Herr responding to 'thoughts and prayers' after Orlando massacre at LGBTQ club - @GAY_USAtv - Air Date 6-22-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Malignant Flip - Tab and Anitek Ch. 14: Act 7: Democratic Effort to Tie Gun Purchase to Terror Watchlist: A First Step or a Dangerous Precedent? - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 06-23-16 Ch. 15: Song 7: Time for Action - Secret Affair Ch. 16: Act 8: Orlando Shooter’s Lover Comes Forward - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 06-23-16 Voicemails Ch. 17: Can we just talk a moment about gay bars as sanctuaries? - Adreana Langston Ch. 18: Rape is not that complicated - Wade from Ft. Worth, TX Ch. 19: Toxic masculinity meets a trans woman - Erin from Philadelphia Ch. 20: Rape Culture Poetry Response Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 21: Final comments in praise of things being complicated 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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(2016/06/24) Privilege and injustice: A case study (Rape Culture)

Fri, 24 Jun 2016 23:00:00 +0000

Edition #1024 Today we take a look primarily at the case of Brock Turner’s triple-felony sexual assault conviction, the pitifully short sentence he received and what all of it says about how our society deals with rape and sexual assault 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: Stanford Rapist Barely Punished - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 06-07-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: Benefit Of The Doubt - Amy Annelle Ch. 4: Act 2: As 13M People Read Stanford Victim's Letter, Advocates See "Watershed" Moment in Fight Against Rape - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 06-09-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: I Think I Broke Something - Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin Ch. 6: Act 3: Sheriff: Rape Kits Unnecessary Since Most Rape Accusations Are False - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 03-17-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: Sheriff - Oliver Onions Ch. 8: Act 4: RAPIST Brock Turner's PATHETIC Letter To Judge Released - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 06-10-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Empathy - Chasing Kings Ch. 10: Act 5: The terrible, enabling parents of a rapist - @CitizenRadio - Air Date 6-13-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: Flurry - The OO-Ray Ch. 12: Act 6: Meet the Law Professor Leading a Bid to Recall the Judge Who Sentenced Stanford Rapist to 6 Months - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 06-08-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Equal Justice - TTwyce Ch. 14: Act 7: Help Get a Recall of Rape Apologist Judge Aaron Persky on the Ballot in CA via RecallAaronPersky.com - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 15: Song 7: This Fickle World - Theo Bard Ch. 16: Act 8: Action (Spoken Word on Disrupting Rape Culture) - Guante - Air Date: 12-7-12 Voicemails Ch. 17: An explanation of toxic masculinity - Glory from Orlando Ch. 18: Recognizing toxic masculinity in my own life - Trent from Salt Lake City, Utah Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 19: Final comments on how to maintain your mental health while following politics Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone TAKE ACTION Visit RecallAaronPersky.com to volunteer, donate or sing up for updates to support the effort to get a recall of Persky on the ballot in California.  On social media, follow @RecallPersky - the official Twitter account of the campaign - and RT. Use the hashtag #RecallPersky when voicing your support.  Sign the Change.org petition that demands Stanford University publicly apologize to the survivor of Turner's sexual assault, offer to pay for her counseling and other supportive services, increase resources for sexual assault prevention on campus, increase counseling resources for all survivors, and administer a national survey about sexual violence occurring in fraternities.   Read and share the powerful words the survivor read to her assailant. Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman. Produced by Jay! Tomlinson 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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(2016/06/21) What drives hateful violence (Orlando Massacre)

Tue, 21 Jun 2016 23:00:00 +0000

Edition #1023 Today we take a look at the myriad driving factors that can combine to drive a person to commit an act of violence such as the Orlando Massacre as well as a variety of reactions to the shooting Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Support the Pulse Victim's Fund Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: This is not the first or last attack on the LGBTQ community but there is progress - Savage Love w/ @FakeDanSavage - Air Date 6-14-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: Tolerance - Michael Franti And Spearhead Ch. 4: Act 2: The problematic media coverage of the Orlando shooting - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 6-17-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: Make the news - Stephanie Haseman Ch. 6: Act 3: What to label the Orlando shooting and why - @TalkPoverty Radio - Air Date 6-17-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: Call it what it is - Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals Ch. 8: Act 4: LGBTQ community not allowing their pain to be turned into demonization of others - @HumorlessQueers - Air Date 6-19-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Happiness - Pet Shop Boys Ch. 10: Act 5: Trans and Queer Latinxs Respond to #PulseOrlando Shooting - Familia:TQLM - Air Date: 6-13-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: Sopra un aereoplanino di carta - Menion Ch. 12: Act 6: Jorge Gutierrez from the Trans Queer Liberation Movement on the Orlando shooting - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 6-17-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Liberate - Buguinha Dub Ch. 14: Act 7: If what they say about the LGBT community were true then violence would seem justified - @TalkPoverty Radio - Air Date 6-17-16 Ch. 15: Song 7: Words Are Seeds - My Gay Banjo Ch. 16: Act 8: Wrongheadedly playing right into the hands of terrorist groups - @HumorlessQueers - Air Date 6-19-16 Ch. 17: Song 8: Hello bonjour - Michael Franti And Spearhead Ch. 18: Act 9: The toxic hatred that led to the Orlando shooting - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 6-13-16 Ch. 19: Song 9: Oxygen - Willy Mason Ch. 20: Act 10: When It Comes to Orlando Massacre, Domestic Violence Is the Red Flag We Aren't Talking About - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 06-14-16 Voicemails Ch. 21: Why we shouldn't be violent - Al from Seattle Ch. 22: Classism needs to be considered alongside racism and sexism - Alyson from Colorado Ch. 23: A Trans Latinx listener finding a feeling of power Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 24: Final comments on toxic masculinity and a request for your thoughts on the same Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson 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![...]



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

Fri, 17 Jun 2016 23:00:00 +0000

Edition #1022 Today we take a look at the life and legacy of Muhammad Ali 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: Muhammad Ali on the Vietnam War-Draft Ch. 3: Song 1: Black Superman (Re-Recorded Version) - Johnny Wakelin Ch. 4: Act 2: John Legend Reads Muhammad Ali's 1966 Antiwar Speech "The Real Enemy of My People is Right Here" - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 06-06-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: Float Like a Butterfly - Pama International Ch. 6: Act 3: R.I.P. Muhammed Ali - Why Do We 'Sanitize' Our Heroes? - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 06-06-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: Muhammad Ali - Big Head Todd & The Monsters Ch. 8: Act 4: "Just Take Me to Jail" Remembering Muhammad Ali's Refusal to Fight in Vietnam - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 06-06-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: I Am the Greatest - Cassius Clay Ch. 10: Act 5: Bob Lipsyte on getting past the hagiographies of Muhammad Ali - @EdgeofSports - w/ Dave Zirin - Air Date 6-10-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: Float Like a Butterfly (feat. Rasheed Ali) - 1968 Ch. 12: Act 6: Saying someone transcends race is bullshit - @CitizenRadio - Air Date 6-6-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Cassius Clay - Jon Hardy & The Public Ch. 14: Act 7: "The Greatest" Ishmael Reed on the Untold History of Muhammad Ali - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 06-07-16 Ch. 15: Song 7: Doin' the Ali Shuffle - Alvin Cash Ch. 16: Act 8: Remembering the opposition Muhammad Ali faced for speaking out - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 6-10-16 Ch. 17: Song 8: Muhammad Ali - Cory Branan Ch. 18: Act 9: Don’t De-Islamize Muhammad Ali Scholar Says Muslim Faith was Central to His Views on Racism & War - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 06-10-16 Ch. 19: Song 9: Muhammad Ali - Tom Russell Ch. 20: Act 10: Live from Muhammad Ali's funeral - @EdgeofSports - w Dave Zirin - Air Date 6-16-16 Ch. 21: Final comments on my first introduction to Muhammad Ali Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone 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![...]



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

Tue, 14 Jun 2016 23:00:00 +0000

Edition #1021 Today we take a look at the assault on the right to reproductive health care from the state houses down to the sidewalks in front of the clinics 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: April's Story: One Woman's Experience of an Abortion at 21 Weeks - Planned Parenthood (@PPact) - Air Date: 09-21-15 Ch. 3: Song 1: Heirloom - The Black Atlantic Ch. 4: Act 2: Dawn Porter on Filming the Only Abortion Clinic in Mississippi for the film Trapped - Popaganda from @BitchMedia - Air Date 4-22-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: Mandy Goes to Med School - The Dresden Dolls Ch. 6: Act 3: The he-said-he-said abortion debate in the media - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 6-3-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: Lost Woman Song - Ani DiFranco Ch. 8: Act 4: Abortion Laws - @LastWeekTonight w/ @iamjohnoliver - Air Date: 02-21-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: December - Frida Hyvönen Ch. 10: Act 5: Wicked Jezebel Feminist! Users Witness Anti-Choice Abuse in Virtual Reality Film "Across the Line" - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 01-25-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: What It's Like - Everlast Ch. 12: Act 6: Support the women's health protection act via #ActForWomen - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 13: Song 6: This Fickle World - Theo Bard Ch. 14: Act 7: A regretted abortion doesn't legitimize a ban on abortions - Savage Love w/ @FakeDanSavage - Air Date 5-31-16 Voicemails Ch. 15: Anti-LGBT rhetoric leads to anti-LGBT violence - Erin from Philadelphia Ch. 16: A lack of a female president is injurious to the country - Tanya from California Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 17: Final comments on the long term effects of finally having a female president Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone TAKE ACTION Learn more about the Act for Women Campaign and the Women's Health Protection Act at http://www.actforwomen.org Download the Act for Women Campaign Tools & Resources http://www.actforwomen.org/tools-and-resources/ Find out where and how to watch "TRAPPED," the documentary at http://www.trappeddocumentary.com Use the hashtag #ActforWomen on social media and tweet at your congressperson to urge them to support the Women's Health Protection Act.  Follow the Center for Reproductive Rights on Twitter @ReproRights   Written by BOTL social media/activism director Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson 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![...]



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

Fri, 10 Jun 2016 23:00:00 +0000

Edition #1020 Today we take a look at the ongoing struggle to secure civil rights equality for trans people in states that are determined to stoke bigotry based on ignorance and fear 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: Here's The Truth About The Anti-LGBT "Bathroom Predator" Myth - Media Matters (@MMFA) - Air Date 4-12-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: Police On My Back - The Clash Ch. 4: Act 2: Professionals speak on the importance of supporting trans kids - @GAY_USAtv - Air Date 4-13-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: Kids - MGMT Ch. 6: Act 3: Chase Strangio on the state and federal governments lawsuits against each other - @HumorlessQueers - Air Date 5-13-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: I got your back - Bara Heiða Ch. 8: Act 4: Debunking Five Right-Wing Myths That Fuel Bathroom Bills - Popaganda from @BitchMedia - Air Date 5-5-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: N/A Ch. 10: Act 5: Chase Strangio on the lies about bathroom bills and the damage they do - @HumorlessQueers - Air Date 5-13-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: Ashamed - Deer Tick Ch. 12: Act 6: AG Loretta Lynch speech on behalf of the federal government in response to NC bathroom law - @GAY_USAtv - Air Date 5-11-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Directions - Josh Rouse Ch. 14: Act 7: #FlushDiscrimination via the National Center for @TransEquality - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 15: Song 7: This Fickle World - Theo Bard Ch. 16: Act 8: Sarah McBride on the best trans week ever and the history of bathroom discrimination - @TalkPoverty Radio - Air Date 5-13-16 Voicemails Ch. 17: Rick Snyder was trying to privatize the water, not save money - James in Michigan Ch. 18: Bernie opposes Bernie or Bust - Matt from San Diego Ch. 19: Jokes - Alan from Connecticut Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 20: Final comments introducing a bonus clip about how to respond to racist jokes Ch. 21: Bonus Clip: How Do You Handle a Racist Joke? - Decoded MTV News - Air Date: 7-1-15 Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone 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![...]



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

Tue, 07 Jun 2016 23:00:00 +0000

Edition #1019 Today we take a look at the  ways in which racism and sexism are inextricably linked to matters of economic justice for all, even those who benefit in many ways from those systems of inequality 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: MLK on Democratic Socialism... - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 07-21-15 Ch. 3: Song 1: Nothing Else Matters - Apocalyptica Ch. 4: Act 2: Michael Kimmel: Why gender equality is good for everyone - men included - TED Talks - Air Date: 9-20-15 Ch. 5: Song 2: I’m free - The Soup Dragons Ch. 6: Act 3: .@HarrietFraad on how rising equality feels like a downfall for middle-aged white men steeped in patriarchy Part 1 - Economic Update w: @profwolff - Air Date 11-29-15 Ch. 7: Song 3: Changes - Langhorne Slim & The Law Ch. 8: Act 4: Wealth Isn't Colorless or Gender Free: Capital and Intersectionality - @theLFshow w/ @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date: 1-19-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: La Paix - Amadou & Mariam Ch. 10: Act 5: .@HarrietFraad on how rising equality feels like a downfall for middle-aged white men steeped in patriarchy Part 2 - Economic Update w @profwolff - Air Date 11-29-15 Ch. 11: Song 5: I Was Married - Tegan and Sara Ch. 12: Act 6: Racism is Killing Poor White Americans... - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 11-07-15 Ch. 13: Song 6: Harold T. Wilkins, Or How To Wait For A Very Long Time - Fanfarlo Ch. 14: Act 7: .@TimJacobWise on Racism and Affluence - @theLFshow w @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date 10-13-15 Voicemails Ch. 15: Is anyone surprised about Trump's authoritarianism? - Eammon from La Habra, California Ch. 16: Don't be dismissive of claims of death threats - Arkle Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 17: Final comments on my new analogy involving cycling in the windy city Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone 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![...]



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

Fri, 03 Jun 2016 23:00:00 +0000

Edition #1018 Today we take a look at the structures of racism in the US, who put them there, the problems they cause and what we might do to dismantle them 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: Blinded by the White: The Myth of Meritocracy - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 04-22-15 Ch. 3: Song 1: Work Horse - Infantree Ch. 4: Act 2: Gateway to Freedom: Historian Eric Foner on the Hidden History of the Underground Railroad - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 3-11-15 Ch. 5: Song 2: Underground Railroad - The Deedle Deedle Dees Ch. 6: Act 3: Study On The Impact Of Nazi Propaganda - @TheYoungTurks - Air Date: 06-19-15 Ch. 7: Song 3: Discrimination - Ancel Ch. 8: Act 4: Bryan Stevenson: Slavery never ended, it just evolved - Here and Now - Air Date 6-30-15 Ch. 9: Song 4: The Confrontation - Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin Ch. 10: Act 5: Heidi Beirich on White Supremacy and the Trump campaign - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 3-4-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: Racism - MYSTAFYA Ch. 12: Act 6: Historian Eric Foner on the Elections, Reconstruction, and Racism Today - @theLFshow w @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date 4-19-16 Voicemails Ch. 13: Living with little and giving away - Eric from Alabama Ch. 14: Thoughts on the NV Democratic Convention - Kirk in Los Vegas Kirk's Nevada Convention video Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 15: Final comments on what's more important than taking offense Article: "I find this offensive": How "offense" discourse traps us into inaction Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone 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![...]



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

Tue, 31 May 2016 23:00:00 +0000

Edition #1017 Today we take a look at the sorry state of the 2016 election with two of the most hated people in politics leading the way 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: Amy Goodman: How the Media Ruins Elections - AJ+ (@AJPlus) - Air Date 4-26-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: Static - Jukebox the Ghost Ch. 4: Act 2: How Clintonism has hurt the Democratic party since the 90's - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 5-27-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: You're a Disaster - Dragonette Ch. 6: Act 3: MSNBC Becomes Laughing Stock After ADMITTING They Plan To Suppress Voting Against Bernie! - @RedactedTonight w/ @LeeCamp - Air Date: 5-27-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: Good people - Jack Johnson Ch. 8: Act 4: Liza Featherstone (@lfeatherz): Why This Socialist Feminist Is Not Voting for Hillary -  Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 1-13-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Changes - Langhorne Slim & The Law Ch. 10: Act 5: Noam Chomsky: Trump is a 'Devastating Prospect'—Cast Your Vote for the Democrat - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 05-26-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: Do the Math - The Nadas Ch. 12: Act 6: Not willing to consign the marginalized to a life under Trump - This Week in Blackness (@TWiBPrime) - Air Date 5-17-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Protect & Serve - Stiff Little Fingers Ch. 14: Act 7: Bruce Shapiro on what Hillary Clinton needs to do differently - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 5-18-16 Ch. 15: Song 7: Where Do I Begin? - The Chemical Brothers Ch. 16: Act 8: Hillary Clinton Now Losing To Donald Trump - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 05-24-16 Voicemails Ch. 17: Reducing advertisements, reducing spending - Rick from Scranton, PA Ch. 18: Establishment Democrats acting despicably - Colin from Cleveland, OH Ch. 19: Does our focus on identity politics perpetuate our economic imperialism? - Anthony from Illinois Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 20: Final comments on the interconnection of 'identity politics' and neoliberalism Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone 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![...]



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

Fri, 27 May 2016 23:00:00 +0000

Edition #1016 Today we take a look at the Trump campaign’s building trend toward fascism and white supremacy based on his actions and those of the people he keeps around him Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: One of the major problems with governing people - Restaurant at the End of the Universe Ch. 3: Song 1: Hitchhikers Guide Theme Song Ch. 4: Act 2: Ignoring the signs of creeping fascism - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 4-1-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: Here Comes The Wave (instrumental) - Silence Is Sexy Ch. 6: Act 3: The ONE Trait That Predicts Who Supports Trump - The @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 01-22-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: Question Authority - Fran Archer Ch. 8: Act 4: Donald Trump's Top Foreign Adviser, Joseph Schmitz, is a Former Blackwater Executive - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 03-25-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Crusader - Saxon Ch. 10: Act 5: Heidi Beirich from @SPLCenter on White Supremacy and the Trump campaign Part 1 - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 3-4-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: A Dose of White Supremacy - Neffe Odom Kragh-Muller Ch. 12: Act 6: Kathleen Frydl (@kfrydl): Sorry folks, it's fascism - @HumorlessQueers - Air Date 3-26-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Call It Even - Scott Simons Ch. 14: Act 7: Democrats Beware: You Don't Want Trump as President! - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 05-05-16 Ch. 15: Song 7: Consequences - The Robert Cray Band & The Memphis Horns Ch. 16: Act 8: Trump's List of Supreme Court Picks Is an Utter Disaster - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 05-19-16 Ch. 17: Song 8: Worlds Apart (feat. Kerli) - Seven Lions Ch. 18: Act 9: Trump Ally’s Not So Subtle Threats - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 04-23-16 Ch. 19: Song 9: All You Fascists - Billy Bragg & Wilco Ch. 20: Act 10: How Not To Normalize Trump - On the Media - Air Date: 5-13-16 Ch. 21: Song 10: Tomorrow Never Knows - Alison Mosshart & Carla Azar Ch. 22: Act 11: Elizabeth Warren has Some Thoughts of Donald Trump - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 05-05-16 Voicemails Ch. 23: Resisting the urge to buy - Eammon from La Habra, California Ch. 24: Remember the landfill - Zach from Atlanta Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 25: Final comments on third-party voting as a prisoner's dilemma game theory problem Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone 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![...]



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

Tue, 24 May 2016 23:00:00 +0000

Edition #887 Today we look at the state of poverty in America and some ideas of how to address 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: Have you benefited from a government program - @allinwithchris Hayes - Air Date: 02-04-14 Ch. 3: Song 1: Eleanor Rigby (Strings Only) - Anthology Box Set Ch. 4: Act 2:  Extending Unemployment Benefits is Fiscally Conservative - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 10-17-14 Ch. 5: Song 2: Working Poor - House With No Home Ch. 6: Act 3: Blessed Are The Poor - @jimmy_dore Show - Air Date 5-9-14 Ch. 7: Song 3: Kill the Poor - Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables Ch. 8: Act 4:  Politician Pushes For Literal Hunger Games - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 11-20-14 Ch. 9: Song 4: Laughing At You - Popaganda Ch. 10: Act 5:  PBS's Weak Challanges On Ryan Economics - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 10-10-14 Ch. 11: Song 5: Let's Eat the Poor - Let's Eat the Poor Ch. 12: Act 6: Govt Will Double Food Stamp Value When Used for Local Fruits & Vegetables - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 11-15-14 Ch. 13: Song 6: Food Glorious Food - Oliver! (Soundtrack) Ch. 14: Act 7: Bernie Sanders' 12 Point Plan to Save the Middle Class - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 12-05-14 Ch. 15: Song 7: Man With a Plan - Man With a Plan - Single Ch. 16: Act 8: @HalfinTen via Coalition On Human Needs (@CoalitiononHN) - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 17: Song 8: Time for Action - Time for Action - the Very Best Of Ch. 18: Act 9: Linda Tirado - Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America - GoodBooksRadio - Air Date: 10-03-14 Ch. 22: Final comments on a stunning piece of cognitive dissonance Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: @HalfinTen via Coalition On Human Needs (@CoalitiononHN) Take Action! Get involved with Half In Ten Follow Half in Ten on Twitter and on Facebook Participate in #TalkPoverty Sources/further reading: "The Safety Net Is Good Economic Policy” by Sarah Steinberg at the Center For American Progress "Fact of the Week: Safety Net Programs Kept Child Poverty from Skyrocketing during the Great Recession” by Lecia Imbery at the Coalition On Human Needs "One in five millennials lives in poverty, report finds” by Jana Kasperkevic at The Guardian Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich 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![...]



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

Fri, 20 May 2016 23:00:00 +0000

Edition #1015 Today we take a look at how to escape the hedonic treadmill of consumption in pursuit of happiness and moving toward a future of shared prosperity 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 rise of stuff and the flatline of happiness - Capitalism and the environment with Gus Speth -  McGill University - Air Date: 4-22-09 Ch. 3: Song 1: A Change Is Gonna Come - Ben Sollee Ch. 4: Act 2: Finding a good practice of consumption - Juliet Schor from Stanford University - Air Date 2-4-09 Ch. 5: Song 2: Good Food - Legendary Wings Ch. 6: Act 3: Michael Norton: How to buy happiness - TEDTalks - Air Date: 04-24-12 Ch. 7: Song 3: I Will Buy You a New Life - Everclear Ch. 8: Act 4: Culture of work, insatiability and free time - Juliet Schor from Stanford University - Air Date 2-4-09 Ch. 9: Song 4: Cello Song (feat. Jose Gonzalez) - The Books Ch. 10: Act 5: This Is Literally The Most Censored Topic On The Mainstream Media - @RedactedTonight w/ @LeeCamp - Air Date: 06-09-15 Ch. 11: Song 5: I Need To Wake Up - Melissa Etheridge Ch. 12: Act 6: Institutionalizing 3 Buddist poisions (Ill will, Greed and Delusion) - David Loy from Stanford University - Air Date 2-4-09 Ch. 13: Song 6: Happy - Sister Hazel Ch. 14: Act 7: 7 Tim Jackson: An economic reality check - TEDTalks - Air Date 10-5-10 Voicemails Ch. 15: We need the fire in our bellies on climate catastrophe - Tim from Boulder, CO Ch. 16: The problem with the lack of school psychologists - Sally from San Francisco Ch. 17: Tried veganism as a test and found it surprisingly easy - Patrick from Dallas Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 18: Final comments on turning off the hedonic treadmill and returning to minimalism Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone 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![...]



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

Tue, 17 May 2016 23:00:00 +0000

Edition #1014 Today we take a look at the issue of animal agriculture minus the animals: the effects of our meat consumption on human rights, human health and climate change 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: An interview with the co-directors of Cowspiracy Part 1 - Rich Roll -  Air Date 9-14-15 Ch. 3: Song 1: Solid Ground - Dougie Maclean Ch. 4: Act 2: Something You Really Need To Know About The Meat You're Eating - @RedactedTonight w/ @LeeCamp - Air Date: 2-27-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: Happy Meal - The Cardigans Ch. 6: Act 3: An interview with the co-directors of Cowspiracy Part 2 - Rich Roll -  Air Date 9-14-15 Ch. 7: Song 3: Land of Confusion - Genesis Ch. 8: Act 4: VEGAN 2015 - The Film - PLANT BASED NEWS - Air Date 12-1-15 Ch. 9: Song 4: Here's to Your Health - River Zydeco Band & Henk Mutsaers Ch. 10: Act 5: Vegan For Human Rights - Mic. the Vegan - Air Date: 3-18-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: Human Rights - Brother Mudada Ch. 12: Act 6: What do chickens and our constitutional rights have in common? - Jim Hightower - Air Date: 2-12-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Free and Equal Speech - Chris Priest Ch. 14: Act 7: Fight Anti-Whistleblower Ag-Gag Laws via @ALDF - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 15: Song 7: Right to Complain - Trombone Shorty & Marc Broussard Ch. 16: Act 8: Richard Oppenlander's pre-Cowspiracy screening presentation to the EU Parliament (Part 2 of 7) - Climate Vegan - Air Date: 12-20-15 Voicemails Ch. 17: Raising taxes lowers the cost of hiring new employees - Jim from Detroit Ch. 18: The Marxist idea of causing pain to spark the revolution - Alex from Montreal Ch. 19: Planning ahead from 2016 to 2020 - Brian from Arizona Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 20: Final comments on the dangers of Republican governance and moral culpability vs. mathematical reality Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone TAKE ACTION Write to legislators and governors in states with Ag-Gag laws via Animal Legal Defense Fund's “Take Action to Stop Ag Gag” and demand they be repealed. Other Actions Sign the Last Chance for Animal's Change.org petition to fight Missouri's Ag-Gag Law Sign the Food Integrity Campaign's petition to fight Ag-Gag Laws  Sources/Further Reading:  No More Exposés in North Carolina (via NYTimes.com) In the Belly of the Beast (via RollingStone.com) (WARNING: THIS IS IMPORTANT, BUT GRAPHIC) Ag-Gag Legislation by State (via ASPCA.org) Undercovered: 'Ag-Gag' Laws - How Big Agra Tries to Muzzle Journalists (via Mediate.com) Big Agriculture Bullies and Lobbies to Keep Americans In the Dark (via Forbes.com) Groups Sue Over North Carolina's Ag Gag Law, Saying it Violates The Constitution (via ThinkProgress.org) Ag Boards Think They Should be Exempt From the Freedom of Information Act (via MFAblog.org) Mercy for Animals Legal Advocacy (via MercyforAnimals.org) Written by BOTL social media/activism director Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tom[...]



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

Fri, 13 May 2016 23:00:00 +0000

Edition #966 Today we take a look at the structural systems in place that work to funnel many children, disproportionately children of color, out of the school system and directly into the (in)justice system 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 School to Prison Pipeline - Advancement Project (@adv_project) - Air Date: 7-3-13 Ch. 3: Song 1: N/A Ch. 4: Act 2: Spring Valley High - Backtalk from @BitchMedia - Air Date 10-29-15 Ch. 5: Song 2: N/A Ch. 6: Act 3: Stuck In The School-To-Prison Pipeline - @ajplus -Air Date: 5-20-15 Ch. 7: Song 3: N/A Ch. 8: Act 4: Criminalizing the Classroom: Inside the School-to-Prison Pipeline - @democracynow - Air Date: 10-28-15 Ch. 9: Song 4: Hipozebra - Selva de Mar Ch. 10: Act 5:  Spring Valley High and the school-to-prison pipeline - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 10-30-15 Ch. 11: Song 5: Rivers - Plusplus Ch. 12: Act 6: School to prison pipeline locks kids into the system early - This Week in Blackness (@TWiBnation) - Air Date: 2-19-15 Ch. 13: Song 6: A Farewell To Trends - dustmotes Ch. 14: Act 7: Policing Schools - Why Are There Cops In Schools? - @ajplus - Air Date: 10-30-15 Ch. 15: Song 7: N/A Ch. 16: Act 8: SafeQualitySchools.org- Ending the #School2Prison Pipeline via @adv_project - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 17: Song 8: The Poet - Shihan Ch. 18: Act 9: When School Cops Go Bad: South Carolina Incident Highlights Growing Police Presence in Classrooms - @democracynow - Air Date: 10-28-15 Voicemails Ch. 19: Jefferson fought to end slavery - Simon from San Diego Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 20: Final comments on my untestable hypothesis Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: SafeQualitySchools.org: Ending the #School2Prison Pipeline via @adv_project Take Action: Students, parents, educators, law enforcement, and activists! VISIT The Advancement Project’s SafeQualitySchools.org to get involved. FOLLOW the #School2Prison thread. SHARE the "School to Prison Pipeline by Advancement Project” video CONTRIBUTE your stories: #School2Pipeline Stories Additional Activism/Resources: SIGN to demand #BlackLivesMatter issues be addressed in primary debates: #RaiseTheDebate via Black Lives Matter at ”ColorOfChange Sources/further reading: ”What You Need to Know About #AssaultAtSpringValleyHigh” — Infographic via The Advancement Project "Where Are Black Children Safe?" Roxane Gay at The New York Times "America Doesn’t Care About Black Women And Girls” by Ijeoma Oluo at The Establishment "Black Girl Down… and Up” by PrisonCulture "Take cops out of schools: More officers mean more arrests, even for offenses like talking back.” via The Washington Post ”A Short History of Cops Terrorizing Students” via The Nation Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks fo[...]