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#1127 White supremacy requires violence and there is more to come (Charlottesville)

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 22:00:00 +0000

Air Date: 08/22/2017 Today we look at what may be the violent death throes of white supremacy. As Trump and the GOP embolden white supremacists to action and violence, the rest of the country is awoken to the need to deal swiftly and decisively with the relics of our racist past  Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Join the Best of the Left Social Network! Donate or become a Member to support the show!  Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft  Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Keri Leigh Merritt on the underlying purposes of white supremacy - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 8-18-17 Ch. 3: Song 1:  Out With the Old - Casa Di Mondo Ch. 4: Act 2: The history of the raising of Civil War monuments - @offkiltershow - Air Date 8-18-17 Ch. 5: Song 2:  RACIST MONUMENT SING-A-LONG - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 05-06-17 Ch. 6: Act 3: American racism during Jim Crow inspired and helped legitimize the Nazis - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date 6-24-17 Ch. 7: Song 3:  Nazi (Live) - Chumbawamba Ch. 8: Act 4: The homegrown practice of honoring a history of white supremacy - Backstory - Air Date 8-18-17 Ch. 9: Song 4:  A Dose of White Supremacy - Neffe Odom Kragh-Muller Ch. 12: Act 5: Descendant of Robert E. Lee Wants to Bring Down the Statues - @RedactedTonight w: @LeeCamp - Air Date 08-19-17 Ch. 13: Song 5:  Trapped (Live) - Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band Ch. 14: Act 6: The white supremacist standard intimidation strategy  - Frangela: The Final Word - Air Date 08-15-2017 Ch. 15: Song 6:  Civil War - Guns N' Roses Ch. 16: Act 7:  The role of the Republican Party to embolden white supremacists - Code Switch - Air Date 8-16-17 Ch. 17: Song 7:  Shame - Ophelia of the Spirits Ch. 18: Act 8: WATCH: Trump And White Supremacist Parrot Same Talking Points - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 08-18-17 Ch. 19: Song 8:  Where Do You Stand? - Willie Nelson Ch. 19: Act 9: A view from the local synagogue - Backstory - Air Date 8-18-17 Ch. 19: Song 9:  American Land - Bruce Springsteen Ch. 20: Act 10: Send a Letter: It’s Time to Take Down Confederate Monuments via @splcenter- Best of the Left Activism Ch. 19: Song 10:  Activism - Shihan Ch. 21: Act 11: On the need to restrict harmful speech and white identity politics - #PoliticallyReactive with @wkamaubell and @harikondabolu - Air Date 8-17-17 Voicemails Ch. 22: Do we know the motivations for the creation of white supremacy? - Kyle from Portland, WA Ch. 23: Mighty Network feedback! - Alan from Connecticut Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 24: Final comments on continuing a conversation about freedom of speech Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION Locate Confederate monuments near you with SPLC’s interactive map Write a letter to the editor demanding the removal of Confederate statues in your community  Get involved in the action calling for the removal of Confederate statues in the U.S. Capitol  Read the SPLC’s “10 Ways to Fight Hate: A Community Response Guide” to prepare, strengthen and heal your community in the face of hatred.   EDUCATE YOURSELF I'm a black Southerner. I had to go abroad to see a statue celebrating black liberation. (Vox) Provocative ‘Free Speech’ Rally In Boston Railroaded By Counterprotesters (Huffington Post) ACLU Will No Longer Defend Hate Groups Protesting With Firearms (Wall Street Journal) The Real Story Behind All Those Confederate Statues (Mother Jones) Nazis Don’t Seem to Understand How Free Speech Works (GQ) Imagine if these people ever faced actual oppression. (Twitter thread by @JuliusGoat) Trump goes off script, and white supremacists cheer (Politico) 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 iT[...]


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#870 Don't police me, bro! (Feminism)

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 22:00:00 +0000

Air Date: 10/21/2014 Today we take a look at a variety of ways that (mostly) men attempt to police the actions and choices of (mostly) women, causing nothing but damage as a result Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Join the Best of the Left Social Network! Donate or become a Member to support the show!  Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft  Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: The List of Rules for Women - @jsmooth995 - Air Date: 9-2-14 Ch. 3: Song 1: Follow the Rule - Johnny Ace - The Complete Duke Recordings Ch. 4: Act 2: Victimhood Provides Privleges - @jimmy_dore Show - Air Date 6-13-14 Ch. 5: Song 2: Bad Behavior - Bad Behavior Ch. 6: Act 3: SHE ASKED FOR IT - @lacigreen - Air Date: 09-06-14 Ch. 7: Song 3: Deserve Better - Swings and Roundabouts Ch. 8: Act 4: Shut Your Mouth And Take It, 'Fox & Friends' Advises Women - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 07-08-14 Ch. 9: Song 4: Good Old Days - Even Worse Ch. 10: Act 5: Radical Religion and Male Privilege - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 08-22-14 Ch. 11: Song 5: Second Class Citizen - Out of the Ordinary Songs, Vol. 2 Ch. 12: Act 6: Study Explains Why Hobby Lobby Supporters Are Opposed to Birth Control - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 07-25-14 Ch. 13: Song 6: Me and God and Jesus - Crooked Roads Band Ch. 14: Act 7: The Pregnant and Parenting Students Access to Education Act via @healthyteen & @nwlc - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 15: Song 7: Time for Action - Time for Action - the Very Best Of Ch. 16: Act 8: Pondering Gender In 1620 - @radio_dispatch - Air Date: 3-20-14 Activism: The Pregnant and Parenting Students Access to Education Act Take Action: Sign to support the The Pregnant and Parenting Students Access to Education Act legislation backed by the National Women’s Law Center and Healthy Teen Network Additional Activism/Resources: Follow #NoTeenShameon Twitter and on Tumblr Submit your story to #NoTeenShame Sources/further reading: "New Mexico Parental-Leave Law Helps Teen Moms Stay in School” via NBC News "Where’s the ’16, Parenting, and OK’ Reality Show?” by Gloria Malone at RH Reality Check "#NoTeenShame: A Social Media Movement Pushes Us To Respect Young Mothers & We’re All For It” via Hello Beautiful Graphic by Repeal Hyde Art Project and available for purchase at RHAP’s Zazzle StoreWritten 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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#1126 Explaining the concept you need to understand, Neoliberal Economics

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 22:00:00 +0000

Air Date: 08/15/2017 Today we look at the origins, underpinnings, and effects of neoliberal economic thinking and policies. #1, it has nothing to do with who Americans think of as “liberals”. #2, both major US political parties are on board with it to varying degrees. #3, it’s pretty much what everyone in the world is pissed off about without necessarily knowing that there’s a name for it. The alternate title for today's episode was “Invest in torches and pitchforks” Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Join the Best of the Left Social Network! Donate or become a Member to support the show!  Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft    Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Neoliberalism is focusing on the wrong aspects of the economy and society - Upstream - Air Date 8-29-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: N/A Ch. 4: Act 2: Noam Chomsky on the remaking of the economy - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date 5-20-17 Ch. 5: Song 2:  inequality - Mark Shine Ch. 6: Act 3: Robert Brenner on the state of the US economy and mainstream politics Part 1 - Jacobin Radio (@jacobinmag) - Air Date 7-31-17 Ch. 7: Song 3:  Class Warfare - Chris Priest Ch. 8: Act 4: Wall Street thieves find “New Way” to steal from us - Jim @HightowerNews - Air Date 8-11-17 Ch. 9: Song 4:  Robber Barons - Battlefield Band Ch. 10: Act 5: Robert Brenner on the state of the US economy and mainstream politics Part 2 - Jacobin Radio (@jacobinmag) - Air Date 7-31-17 Ch. 11: Song 5:  Hang Me Up to Dry - Cold War Kids Ch. 12: Act 6: Expand Your Economic Knowledge with The CORE Project - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 13: Song 6:  Right to Complain - Trombone Shorty & Marc Broussard Ch. 14: Act 7: The Outdated Origins of Neo-Liberalism.  It's Time to Move On (w:Guest Kate Raworth) - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date 05-04-17 Voicemails Ch. 15: Explaining the original argument for lowering taxes - Patrick from Dallas, TX Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 16: Final comments announcing the Best of the Left Social Network Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION! Expand your economic knowledge for free with The CORE Project EDUCATE YOURSELF Making economics exciting (Bloomberg) Does economics still work? (BBC World Service) Has the way universities teach economics changed enough? (The Guardian) Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson 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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#934 The long shadow of southern white supremacy (Racism)

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 22:00:00 +0000

Today we take a look at the history of race and white supremacy in America to understand the incredibly loud echoes of the past that continue to reverberate strongly in modern society Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill 00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: The Trick of Whiteness, Historically and Today - @timjacobwise - Air Date: 12-5-14 Ch. 3: Song 1: Time to Go Home - Michael Franti & Spearhead 00:06:56 Ch. 4: Act 2: Black, White and Red All Over - @onthemedia - Air Date: 2-13-15 Ch. 5: Song 2: Echo's (from the Past) - Al Huskey 00:12:27 Ch. 6: Act 3: The Story Of The Tulsa Race Riots Will Disgust You - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 05-01-15 Ch. 7: Song 3: Black Wall Street - Touchers 00:18:03 Ch. 8: Act 4: How Some Baltimore Neighborhoods Reflect Segregation's Legacy - @MorningEdition on @NPR - Air Date: 5-6-15 Ch. 9: Song 4: Segregation - Rankin Scroo 00:23:58 Ch. 10: Act 5: LBJ and the racial divide, 50 years later - @DecodeDC - Air Date: 6-18-15 Ch. 11: Song 5: Accountability - Sammy R. Hall 00:30:40 Ch. 12: Act 6: Conservative Pundits Say Removal Of Confederate Flag Will Destroy The South - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 06-26-15 Ch. 13: Song 6: Soul Vibrations Black History / Black Culture : Afro-Nicaraguan Music - Soul Vibrations 00:40:16 Ch. 14: Act 7: Will the South Finally be Deprogrammed - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 06-24-15 Ch. 15: Song 7: Modern Day Slavery - Waun 00:50:14 Ch. 16: Act 8: Showing Up For Racial Justice @ShowUp4RJ - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 17: Song 8: Right to Complain - Trombone Shorty & Marc Broussard 00:54:06 Ch. 18: Act 9:  I'm a redneck and I love America - @TheDixonWhite - Air Date: 04-4-15[...]


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#1125 Understanding and surviving the age of anger

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 22:00:00 +0000

Air Date: 08/8/2017 Today we look at the forces causing a great deal and anger and upheaval all around the world, how that anger is being misdirected and what we can do in our own lives to face it Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Donate or become a member to support the show!  Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft    Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Age of Anger: A History of the Present by Pankaj Mishra - @thisishellradio - Air Date 2-11-17 Ch. 3: Song 1:  When Anger Shows - Editors Ch. 4: Act 2: Fighting at the table: Conflict as successful integration - Ideas from CBC - Air Date 6-29-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: N/A Ch. 6: Act 3: Controversy and Outrage over Muslim Ban was Part of Bannon's Plan (w:guest Joshua Green) - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date 07-24-17 Ch. 7: Song 3:  Protest Song - Anti-Flag Ch. 8: Act 4: The Underlying Philosophy of Bannon's War - PBS Frontline - Air Date 5-24-17 Ch. 9: Song 4:  Legions (War) - Zoe Keating Ch. 10: Act 5: Pankaj Mishra on Globalized Anger: The Enlightenment's Unwanted Child - Ideas from CBC - Air Date 4-18-17 Ch. 11: Song 5:  Gerudo Valley - OST Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary (2011) Ch. 12: Act 6: Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks: How we can face the future without fear, together - @TEDTalks - Air Date: 6-26-17 Voicemails Ch. 13: It's not time to scale back, it's time to scale up - Laura from Alameda, CA Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 14: Final comments on when the age of anger meets the age of floods See the full video I produced almost exactly 10 years ago 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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#1124 Searching for a problem to implement a terrible solution (Voting Rights)

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 22:00:00 +0000

Air Date: 08/4/2017 Today we revisit the old idea that if voting mattered they wouldn’t let you do it and the fact that that is exactly what they’re trying to do. Between allowing the chaos and uncertainty caused by hackable and unverifiable voting machines and systematic voter suppression efforts it seems clear just how much they don’t want people to trust or participate in the system Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991   Donate or become a member to support the show!  Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft    Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: @AriBerman: Kris Kobach Is Helping Trump Lay Groundwork for Nationwide Voter Suppression Effort - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 07-05-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: Democracy - Leonard Cohen Ch. 4: Act 2: The legal troubles of Trumps voter integrity task force - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 7-11-17 Ch. 5: Song 2:  You know my name - The Beatles Ch. 6: Act 3: The Backlash to the "Voter Fraud Panel" Isn't What You Think It Is - On the Media - Air Date 7-14-17 Ch. 7: Song 3:  You Don't Scare Me - Josh Pyke Ch. 8: Act 4: Illegal purging of voters in Ohio - @offkiltershow - Air Date 6-2-17 Ch. 9: Song 4:  A Tranquilized Polar Bear Rising Through an Autumn Sky - Black Prairie Ch. 10: Act 5: @AriBerman: How the Russians Hacked Our Voting Systems Last November - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 7-12-17 Ch. 11: Song 5:  The Game Is Rigged - The Great Malarkey Ch. 12: Act 6: Democrats Are Introducing a Bill to Make Sure Your Vote is Counted (w:guest Mark Pocan) - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date 06-28-17 Ch. 13: Song 6:  Cheat - The Clash Ch. 14: Act 7: Four Actions to Fight Trump’s Sham Voter Fraud Commission in Your State - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 15: Song 7:  This Fickle World - Theo Bard Ch. 16: Act 8: The nexus between voting rights and economics - The Other Washington from @civicskunkworks - Air Date 5-18-17 Voicemails Ch. 17: Donating plasma during late capitalism - David from Detroit, MI Ch. 18: What the dollar stores say about Late Capitalism - David From Albuquerque, NM Ch. 19: A game-changing way of thinking about inequality - Justin from Indiana Ch. 20: Amazon on mobile - Alan from Connecticut Ch. 21: Looking for help investigating the case of a friend killed by police - Jeremy from Spokane, WA Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 22: Final comments on dealing with death at the hands of police Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION 1. Find out if your state is complying with Trump’s Voter Commission and to what extent (The Brennan Center for Justice has compiled state responses here)  2. Get involved/volunteer with local chapters of voting rights orgs like Let America Vote, League of Women Voters, Voto Latino, Democracy Awakening/Democracy Spring 3. Contact your state’s Board of Elections office. Quickly find it with this database. Here's a call script that you can adapt for your state. 4. Contact your state’s governor. Quickly find them with this database. EDUCATE YOURSELF Trump's "Voter Fraud" Commission (Brennan Center for Justice) The Bogus Voter-Fraud Commission (New York Times) More than 3,000 Colorado voters have canceled their registrations since Trump election integrity commission request (Denver Post) Trump’s voter commission is now facing at least 7 federal lawsuits (Washington Post) The Gravest Dangers of Trump's Voter Fraud Commission (Time) This anti-voter-fraud program gets it wrong over 99 percent of the time. The GOP wants to take it nationwide. (Washington Post) White House Apparently No Longer Posting Public Comments On Trump’s Voter Fraud Probe (Huffington Post) How Donald Trump has focused his energy to target non-white Americans (Mic.com) Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening![...]


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

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 22:00:00 +0000

Air Date: 08/1/2017 Today we look at the state of capitalism, the logical arguments for its inevitable demise and the evidence that the end may be more nigh than ever before Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991   Become a member to support the show!  Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft   Today's episode is sponsored by Blue Apron.  Get your free meals at: www.BlueApron.com/Best Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Caitlin Moran on the need for a revolutionary upgrade to society - Politics & Prose from @Slate Track One Ch. 3: Song 1:  Revolution - Grandaddy Ch. 4: Act 2: Casey Gerald: The gospel of doubt - @TEDTalks - Air Date 3-12-16  Ch. 5: Song 2:  Capitalism Is Tearing Us Apart - sole Ch. 6: Act 3: Wolfgang Streeck: Surviving Post-Capitalism Coping, hoping, doping & shopping Part 1 - Ideas from CBC - Air Date 2-9-17 Ch. 7: Song 3:  Hit the Wall - GoGoSnapRadio Ch. 8: Act 4: Prof. Richard Wolff on the coming death of capitalism - Upstream - Air Date 12-12-16 Ch. 9: Song 4:  Break On Through - The Doors Ch. 10: Act 5: Wolfgang Streeck: Surviving Post-Capitalism Coping, hoping, doping & shopping Part 2 - Ideas from CBC - Air Date 2-9-17 Ch. 11: Song 5:  Elysium - Mendum Ch. 12: Act 6: What’s After Capitalism? Create Our Next Economy via @TheNextSystem - Best of the Left Activism Voicemails Ch. 13: Recommending book about Woodie Guthrie - Josh from Dallas, TX Ch. 14: Thoughts on technology and addiction - Kyle from Portland Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 15: Final comments on Late Capitalism and “Judeo-Christian Values” Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION Help find the answer to "What's Next?" with The Next System Project Read Gar Alperovitz "Principles of a Pluralist Commonwealth"  Download resources and organize a Next System Project Teach-In in your community Follow @TheNextSystem on Twitter    EDUCATE YOURSELF Is Capitalism Dying? (Forbes, 2013) ’Is Capitalism Dying?’ (Marxism, 2013)  The Pain You Feel is Capitalism Dying (Joe Brewer, Medium, 2016) Beyond the Minimum Wage Debate: Let's Move Toward a System That Works for All (Democracy at Work) Prof. Richard Wolff debates Fox's Stuart Varney (Democracy at Work) Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Support the show via our Patreon page! 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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#1122 Real-Life Alternatives to the Prison/Industrial Complex

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

Air Date: 07/28/2017 Today we look at the cause and state of our prison system and hear some suggestions on ways to fundamentally reform it Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991   Amazon: Bookmark your link to support the show when you shop! USA: http://www.bestoftheleft.com/amazon  Canada: http://www.amazon.ca/?&camp=212361&linkCode=wsw&tag=besofthelef0c-20&creative=380789  UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/?&camp=212361&linkCode=wsw&tag=besofthelef-21&creative=380789   Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: @MayaSchenwar: Why Prison Doesn't Work - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date 06-08-16 Ch. 3: Song 1:  Life In Prison - Mitchell Ch. 4: Act 2: The high cost, terrible results and an alternate solution to prison - Economic Update w: @profwolff - Air Date 7-10-16 Ch. 5: Song 2:  A Lot of Work to Do - Friendly People Ch. 6: Act 3: What We Can Learn from German Prisons... - Thom Hartmann - Air Date 08-18-15 Ch. 7: Song 3:  Adventure, Darling - Gillicuddy Ch. 8: Act 4: PRISON Norway vs. United States - @theyoungturks - Air Date 08-31-16 Ch. 9: Song 4:  Dawn Departure, Jefferson County - Black Prairie Ch. 10: Act 5: @DDayen: The True Cost of the Private Prison Industry - @RingOfFireRadio - Air Date 08-23-16 Ch. 11: Song 5:  Profit - The Mammals Ch. 12: Act 6: @Shane_Bauer: Trump administration reverses the Obama order to phase out private federal prisons - Intercepted (@theintercept) - Air Date 3-1-17 Ch. 13: Song 6:  Backwards Blues - Adia Victoria Ch. 14: Act 7: Prisons Phasing Out Visitation For Price-Gouging Video Calls - @theyoungturks - Air Date 05-07-16 Ch. 15: Song 7:  Fight the Power - Public Enemy Ch. 16: Act 8: Tell Senators to Support the Video Visitation and Inmate Calling in Prisons Act of 2017 via @PrisonPolicy - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 17: Song 8:  Activism - Shihan Ch. 18: Act 9: The Solution Isn't Kindler, Gentler Prison - The F Word w/ @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date: 12-15-15 Voicemails Ch. 19: Don't argue when someone agrees with you - Alan from Connecticut Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 20: Final comments on the conservative view on gender fluidity and the existence of transgender social contagion Bonus Voicemail: Ch. 21: In response to a nuanced discussion of transitioning - Erin from Philadelphia, PA Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION Call your Senators to tell them to support the Video Visitation and Inmate Calling in Prisons Act of 2017 Learn about and share facts on video visitation at PrisonPolicy.org/visitation Follow Prison Policy Initiative on Twitter EDUCATE YOURSELF Massachusetts jail following nationwide trend, ending in-person inmate visits, in move critics call cruel (MassLive.com) Video Calls Are Replacing In-Person Visits at Some Prisons (Smithsonian Magazine) Senator Tammy Duckworth introduces the Video Visitation and Inmate Calling in Prisons Act of 2017 (PrisonPolicy.org) Booker Urges FCC Chairman to Reconsider Decision Not to Protect Inmates Against Exorbitant Calling Charges (Booker.senate.gov) Exploitation (PrisonPolicy.org) Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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#925 A bad idea for all the reasons (Death Penalty)

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

Air Date: 05/26/2015 Today we take a look at the US death penalty from all angles. Cultural norms? We’re an outlier. Protecting the innocent? We kill innocent people. Following the letter of the law? We’re absolutely breaking the 8th amendment to the Constitution. Fiscal responsibility? The death penalty costs about 3 times more than life imprisonment. And don’t forget about the racially biased implementation and the structurally biased trail system of death penalty cases. 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: Who are the barbarians? - Le Show (@theharryshearer) - Air Date: 2-1-15 Ch. 3: Song 1: Of Mice and Men - End Credits 00:03:26 Ch. 4: Act 2: Shocker!: Scalia's Poster Man for Death Penalty Turns Out to Be Innocent - @majorityfm - Air Date: 09-04-14 Ch. 5: Song 2: Death Penalty - Eight Dayz 00:10:50 Ch. 6: Act 3: Rick Perry Executed Innocent Dad After Prosecutor Hides Exculpatory Evidence - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 03-24-15 Ch. 7: Song 3: Death Penalty - Surrogate 00:14:42 Ch. 8: Act 4: The Penalty - How much are executions costing you? - @One_For_Ten Films - Air Date: 11-11-14 Ch. 9: Song 4: The Secret Agent: The Secret Agent Ending - Cello Octet Conjunto Ibérico & Elias Arizcuren 00:17:11 Ch. 10: Act 5: Death by firing squad - @allinwithchris Hayes - Air Date: 3-11-15 Ch. 11: Song 5: Guillotine - Wildlife 00:22:36 Ch. 12: Act 6: Is Our Execution Method Cruel and Unusual? - @testtube - Air Date: 6-18-14 Ch. 13: Song 6: La nuit - David Ari Leon 00:25:48 Ch. 14: Act 7: Exoquill: End of life cocktailing never looked so clear - Le Show (@theharryshearer) - Air Date: 3-8-15 Ch. 15: Song 7: My Girl - The Temptations 00:29:38 Ch. 16: Act 8: Oklahoma takes a guess, approves nitrogen gas for killing prisoners - Rachel @maddow - Air Date 4-21-15 Ch. 17: Song 8: First Patient - Philip Glass 00:38:34 Ch. 18: Act 9: Death Penalty for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in Anti-Execution State Brings Complications, Not Closure - @democracynow - Air Date: 5-18-15 Ch. 19: Song 9: 1901 - Phoenix 00:48:29 Ch. 20: Act 10: #HaltAllExecutions with @ncadp & @90millionstrong — Best of the Left Activism Ch. 21: Song 10: Activism - Shihan 00:51:05 Ch. 22: Act 11: George Stinney, 14, Executed In Vile Act Of Injustice, Exonerated 70s Years Late - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 12-19-14   Activism: #HaltAllExecutions with @ncadp & @90millionstrong Take Action: SIGN: ”Join the 90 Million Strong: Call for Halt to All Executions” from 90 Million Strong, a project of The National Coalition To End the Death Penalty Find more resources on pending executions and educational content: 90MillionStrong.org Additional Activism/Resources: JUNE 6: DC Standing for Peace and Justice w/Mothers in Charge Sources/further reading: States with and without the Death Penalty via DeathPenaltyInfo.org “Lethal Entanglements” via The New Republic “Death penalty foes see Nebraska vote as momentum-builder” "Boston Bomber’s Execution To Be Delayed 18 Years?” via The Inquisitor "Few favor death for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, poll finds: Less than 20% of Mass. residents support execution” via The Boston Globe "Boston Marathon bomber unlikely to be executed – even if jury votes for death” via The Guardian "European boycott of death penalty drugs lowers rate of US executions” via 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![...]


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

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

Air Date: 07/21/2017 Today we look at the technology that massively influences how we spend our time and hear lots of advice on how we can begin to take back control Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991   Today’s Episode is sponsored by:  Away - First Class Luggage at a Coach Price Visit: www.awaytravel.com/best and use the promo code BEST to save $20   Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: The Panda is Dancing - @TimeWellSpentio - Air Date 11-28-16 Ch. 3: Song 1:  N/A Ch. 4: Act 2: Tim Wu on The Attention Merchants - The Zero Hour w: @RJEskow - Air Date 4-29-17 Ch. 5: Song 2:  One-Armed Bandit - The Viscounts Ch. 6: Act 3: What If Technology Were Conscious Of Your Time? - @TimeWellSpentio - Air Date 11-22-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: N/A Ch. 8: Act 4: What If Technology Were Designed For Human Values? - @TimeWellSpentio - Air Date 11-22-16 Ch. 9: Song 4:  Forever On Your Team - Frida Selander Ch. 10: Act 5: Does Technology Actually Make Life Easier, or Just More Hectic? - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 05-08-17 Ch. 11: Song 5:  Spider-Man (Live) - Ramones Ch. 12: Act 6: Tristan Harris: How better tech could protect us from distraction - @TEDTalks - Air Date 6-14-16 Ch. 13: Song 6:  Time Well Spent - Tom Felton Ch. 14: Act 7: Laura Vanderkam - How to gain control of your free time - @TEDTalks - Air Date 2-7-2017  Ch. 15: Song 7:  Time In a Bottle - Jim Croce Ch. 16: Act 8: Yuval Noah Harari - Think Again @bigthink - Air Date 2-25-17 Ch. 17: Song 8:  We're Simple Minds - Club 8 Ch. 18: Act 9: Someday - The Minimalists - Air Date 3-29-17 Ch. 19: Final comments on my personal slate of apps, settings and strategies to keep my digital life under control Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson 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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#1120 Stopping and building at the same time (Progressive Movement)

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

Air Date: 07/18/2017 Today we look at the woeful state of the Democratic Party and the strategy to bring them back from the brink 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: All roads lead to Trump unless we make major changes - #PoliticallyReactive with @wkamaubell and @harikondabolu - Air Date 6-15-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​The Perfect Space - The Avett Brothers Ch. 4: Act 2: David Sirota Discusses the Role of Journalism In the Trump Resistance - @TheRealNews - Air Date 6-16-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​Failure - Kings of Convenience Ch. 6: Act 3: Bill Curry on how and why the Democratic party lost its way - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date 6-3-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: ​Changes - Langhorne Slim & The Law Ch. 8: Act 4: Naomi Klein on why No is not enough - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 6-28-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: ​Rome Wasn't Built In a Day - Morcheeba Ch. 10: Act 5: Tom Ferguson on why establishment Democrats are vulnerable - Jacobin Radio (@jacobinmag) - Air Date 7-11-17 Voicemails Ch. 11: Reaction to 1119 on Poverty - Alan from Connecticut Ch. 12: Follow-up on de-transitioning article - Rachel from Seattle Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 13: Final comments on how conservatives have come full circle on their understanding of LGBTQ people and ended up right where they started 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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New Announcement + Rerun: #777 Laboring in badly-designed machines (Labor Movement)

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

Air Date: 11/25/2013 A look at what we need to remember to appreciate about the labor movement. Is the American Dream possible anymore as we seem to be racing to the bottom? What changes can we make to fight back? 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: Is the American Dream a Reality? – David Pakman Show – Air Date: 10-02-13 Ch. 3: Song 1: You Are Dreaming - Our Ill Wills Ch. 4: Act 2: Would You Like A Living Wage With That? | McDonald’s Employee Confronts CEO – Young Turks – Air Date: 10-11-13 Ch. 5: Song 2: Welcome to the Machine - Wish You Were Here (Deluxe Experience Version) [Remastered] Ch. 6: Act 3: A race to the bottom – Real Time With Bill Maher – Air Date: 10-25-13 Ch. 7: Song 3: Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up) - Lungs Ch. 8: Act 4: Why are we subsidizing McDonald’s? – Jim Hightower – Air Date: 10-29-13 Ch. 9: Song 4: Do You Believe In Magic? - Do You Believe In Magic Ch. 10: Act 5: Time to do Away with Tipping? – Thom Hartmann – Air Date: 08-16-13 Ch. 11: Song 5: It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) - Document Ch. 12: Act 6: Kathi Weeks: The American Work Ethic and Hours for What We Will – GRITtv – Air Date: 8-20-13 Ch. 13: Song 6: Work - Uprising (Remastered) Ch. 14: Act 7: Small Business Saturday – UnFuck it Up Project Ch. 15: Song 7: I Didn't F*uck It Up - I Didn't F*ck It up Ch. 16: Act 8: Unlike Walmart, Trader Joe’s Profitable with Living Wage – David Pakman Show – Air Date: 08-24-13 Ch. 17: Song 8: Revolution (Human Need Over Profit) - Tha People's Music Ch. 18: Act 9: Is it Vampire Capitalism, or Something Else? – Thom Hartmann – Air Date: 10-17-13 Ch. 19: Song 9: You're a Vampire - Something About a Dragon? Ch. 20: Act 10: Walmart Holding Food Drive for the Poor: Their Own Underpaid Employees – Majority Report – Air Date: 11-19-13  [...]


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#1119 The inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men

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

Air Date: 07/11/2017 Today we look at many of our misconceptions of the nature of poverty, the interconnectedness of economics with all aspects of life and some suggestions on how to pursue 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: Dividing the generations to distract from the class war - CounterSpin @FAIRmediawatch - Air Date 1-8-16 Ch. 3: Song 1:  Class-Warfare - Chris Priest Ch. 4: Act 2: The frames through which we look at low-income aid programs - @offkiltershow - Air Date 6-9-17 Ch. 5: Song 2:  Call It Even - Scott Simons Ch. 6: Act 3: Does prolonged exposure to poverty have a lasting effect on the brain? - The Inquiry - Air Date 5-25-17 Ch. 7: Song 3:  Sur Le Fil - Yann Tiersen Ch. 8: Act 4: Everything is economic - The Other Washington from @civicskunkworks - Air Date 5-25-17 Ch. 9: Song 4:  Poverty (Single (Stereo)) - Bobby "Blue" Bland Ch. 10: Act 5: Rutger Bregman: Poverty isn't a lack of character; it's a lack of cash - @TEDTalks - Air Date 6-13-17 Ch. 11: Song 5:  Protect & Serve - Stiff Little Fingers Ch. 12: Act 6: Bryan Stevenson: the opposite of poverty is not wealth, the opposite of poverty is justice - The Ezra Klein Show - Air Date 5-16-17 Ch. 13: Final comments asking the question of the age: What the f**k is wrong with economists? Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Recommended Reading/Sharing: Why do we think poor people are poor because of their own bad choices? (Outclassed, The Guardian) 45 million Americans rely on food stamps. Trump wants to gut the program. (Vox) The Problem Isn’t Food Stamps, It’s Poverty (Editorial Board, New York Times) What Works to Reduce Poverty (Center of Budget and Policy Priorities) Trump’s Budget Cuts Deeply Into Medicaid and Anti-Poverty Efforts (New York Times) Welfare programs shown to reduce poverty in America (The Guardian, 2014) Curated 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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#1118 A look in at the TERF wars (Feminism and Trans Rights)

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

Air Date: 07/07/2017 Today we look at gender dysphoria, transitioning, de-transitioning and the various perspectives on these phenomena 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: Norman Spack How I help transgender teens become who they want to be - @TEDTalks - Air Date 4-16-14 Ch. 3: Song 1:  Luriana Lurilee - Ben McElroy Ch. 4: Act 2: Julia Serano on Transfeminism, Gender, Biology, and Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive - Sex Out Loud with Tristan Taormino - Air Date 7-17-15 Ch. 5: Song 2:  Body Was Made - Ezra Furman Ch. 6: Act 3: The eager child: informed consent and watchful waiting - @TransAdvocate - Air Date 1-9-17 Ch. 7: Song 3:  Rain Begins To Fall (instrumental) - Silence Is Sexy Ch. 8: Act 4: A look at one person's experience with detransitioning - Love and Radio - Air Date 2-27-17 Ch. 9: Song 4:  Take Me There instrumental 03-12 - Silence Is Sexy Ch. 10: Act 5: #DearBetsy: Enforce Title IX to Protect Students via @TransEquality - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 11: Song 5:  Activism - Shihan Ch. 12: Act 6: There is no universal experience of women - #PoliticallyReactive with @wkamaubell and @harikondabolu - Air Date 6-22-17 Ch. 13: Final comments on how to normalize positivity, support and nuance in the discussion of gender dysphoria Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION Tell the Dept. of Ed that Title IX must be Federally enforced with #DearBetsy  Learn more about the impacts of the Title IX guideline roll backs with National Center for Transgender Equality’s School Action Center  EDUCATE YOURSELF The Simple, Self-Evident Truths Of Transgender Kids, Equality And Title IX (Huffington Post) Trump administration rolls back protections for transgender students (Washington Post)  The Trump administration is systematically dismantling Title IX (Think Progress) Betsy DeVos Confirmation Hearings Spark Title IX Concerns (Teen Vogue) DeVos says it’s ‘premature’ to commit to following Title IX guidance on campus sexual assault (Think Progress) Parents of Transgender Kids Meet With Education Secretary Betsy DeVos (NBC News) Trump administration withdraws federal protections for transgender students (CNN)  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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#1117 We were founded to resist corruption, now it’s all we know

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

Air Date: 07/04/2017 Today we take a look at the history and present state of corruption in America, both for the special case of Donald Trump and the system-wide corruption we almost take for granted 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: America's Lost Anti-Corruption History - On the Media - Air Date 3-3-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​Corruption - Jah Cure Ch. 4: Act 2: Zephyr Teachout explains the emoluments clause - The Ezra Klein Show - Air Date 6-13-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​Follow the Rule - Johnny Ace & The Beale Streeters Ch. 6: Act 3: Study Says Buying A Congress Member’s Vote Is Cheaper Than You Think - @RingOfFireRadio - Air Date: 05-06-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: ​Corruption - Iggy Pop Ch. 8: Act 4: How the game gets rigged - Ideas - Air Date 4-20-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: ​Les monstres - David Ari Leon Ch. 10: Act 5: Rick Hasen on dealing with Citizen's United - The Bernie Sanders Show - Air Date 5-24-17 Ch. 11: Song 5: ​Strong Animals - Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin Ch. 12: Act 6: NO MORE WAITING Wolf-PAC.com | Election Day Coverage 2016 - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 11-09-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: ​Nothing Left to Lose - Mat Kearney Ch. 14: Act 7: How to Fix America's Corrupt Political System - Represent.Us - Air Date: 4-19-16 Ch. 16: Act 8: Fight Corruption to Save America via @JusticeDems @WolfPAChq @RepresentDotUs - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 17: Song 8: ​Right to Complain - Trombone Shorty & Marc Broussard Ch. 18: Act 9: Zephyr Teachout on the split in our language about corruption - The Ezra Klein Show - Air Date 6-13-17 Voicemails Ch. 19: Chastity belts and anti-police violence wallets are how capitalism responds to injustice - Eli from Northern California Ch. 20: Comparing Christian and Islamic terror - Mark from Santa Barbara Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 21: Final comments explaining terrorism and why some extremists do while others do not Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION  Replace corporate-backed Democrats with Justice Democrats Help pass local Anti-Corruption legislation with Represent.Us Help pass the Free and Fair Elections Constitutional amendment with Wolf-PAC EDUCATE YOURSELF The Logical Path to End Corruption (Wolf-PAC) South Dakota GOP uses 'emergency' rules to repeal anti-corruption law (CNN) What the Single-Payer Loss Reveals About the Role of Corporate Money in California Politics (In These Times) House Bill Would Ax Election Panel, Bar Limits on Money in Politics (Bloomberg BNA) Pro-Trump super PACs have already spent $1 million on Election 2020 (The Center for Public Integrity) 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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#1116 The evolution of policing (Injustice System)

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 22:00:00 +0000

Air Date: 06/30/2017 Today we take a look at some of the problems with modern policing and how we got to now Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: The evolution of law enforcement - Ideas - Air Date 6-15-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​Hill Street Blues (Main Theme) - Knightsbridge Ch. 4: Act 2: Positive proposals for police reform - @theLFshow w: @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date 3-2-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​Hide Your Tears - Daniel Licht Ch. 6: Act 3: Questioning the purpose of police legitimacy - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 4-14-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: ​The Maelstrom - Jim Guthrie Ch. 8: Act 4: The complications of the Castile case - Code Switch - Air Date 6-21-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: ​Under Pressure - Queen & David Bowie Ch. 10: Act 5: Police Violence Is NOT A Few Bad Apples, It's The ENTIRE Barrel - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 05-19-17 Ch. 11: Song 5: ​Get Up Stand Up - Bob Marley Ch. 12: Act 6: @PrisonCulture on a holistic view of the problem with policing - @Intercepted w @JeremyScahill - Air Date 5-31-17 Voicemails Ch. 13: Where the US got its wealth - Elaina from Winston-Salem, North Carolina Ch. 14: Democratic Leftist - Alan from Connecticut Ch. 15: Dealing with Russia and the debate within the Democratic party - Ryan from Phoenix Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 16: Final comments on the individual vs the societal as seen through a new wallet Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Recommended Reading: White People, the Philando Castile Acquittal Should Make You Mad as Hell (Zenobia Jeffries, Yes! Magazine) Philando Castile and the Terror of an Ordinary Day (Elise C. Boddie, New York Times) Rethinking Juneteenth in the Age of Black Lives Matter (Sarah Jaffe, Bill Moyers & Company) The interconnected injustice of Philando, Charleena and Nabra (Preston Mitchum, The Grio) We are losing the battle against police brutality in America (Shaun King, NY Daily News) *Warning: Autoplay video of police brutality at the top of this article* Curated by 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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#1115 An enormous tax cut for the rich disguised as health care

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 22:00:00 +0000

Air Date: 06/27/2017 Today we take a look at the enormous amount of damage the latest version of the GOPs vision of health care would inflict on the nation and keep our eye on the ultimate goal of a Medicare-For-All 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: Sen. Ron Wyden on the Secret Republican Health Care Bill - On The Media - Air Date 6-16-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​Ask - The Smiths Ch. 4: Act 2: CBO reveals just how bad the senate bill is, confirms that everyone hates it - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 6-26-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​The Oligarch - Ephemerals Ch. 6: Act 3: Bernie Sanders & Elizabeth Warren Republicans Won't Make Healthcare Bill Public Because It's AWFUL - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date 06-21-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: ​Dawn Departure, Jefferson County - Black Prairie Ch. 8: Act 4: The death spiral we're creating for Medicaid - Trumpcast from @Slate - Air Date 6-22-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: ​You're a Disaster - Dragonette Ch. 10: Act 5: How we get from here to a single payer system - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 6-21-17 Ch. 11: Song 5: ​See you in the light - Michael Franti And Spearhead Ch. 12: Act 6: The AHCA Is Public, and Republicans Are Officially Out To Kill Us All - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 06-23-17 Ch. 13: Song 6: ​Le Moulin - Yann Tiersen Ch. 14: Act 7: Support Grows For Single-Payer Medicare-For-All Plan Instead of Massive Cuts to Healthcare - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 06-23-17 Ch. 15: Song 7: ​Keep On Moving Forward - Emma's Revolution Ch. 16: Act 8: Time for Democratic Party leaders to get going – or go - Jim @HightowerNews - Air Date 6-20-17 Ch. 17: Song 8: ​Basique - Little People Ch. 18: Act 9: STOP TRUMPCARE via @IndivisibleTeam and TrumpcareToolkit.org - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 19: Song 9: ​This Fickle World - Theo Bard Ch. 20: Act 10: Mitch McConnell's unconscionable health care bill - Primary Concerns from @NewRepublic - Air Date 6-27-17 Ch. 21: Final comments on Bernie Bros and the movement to remove Nancy Pelosi Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION Call & tweet at the 15 Senators most likely to vote against Trumpcare with Trumpcare Toolkit  Get info and call scripts on Trumpcare from Indivisible Guide's Stop Trumpcare Toolkit  Find a Town Hall with TownHallProject.com EDUCATE YOURSELF  CBO Analysis Endangers GOP Health-Care Bill (The Atlantic)  The Latest: 5th GOP senator opposes debate on health bill (MSN.com) Senate GOP health-care bill's tax cuts would be a big boon for the rich, analysis says (CNBC) The most devastating passage in the CBO’s report on the Senate health bill (Vox) The Senate Health-Care Bill Is Morally Indefensible (The Nation) Republicans Spent the Weekend Lying Their Faces Off About Health Care (The Nation) Police drag away protesters in wheelchairs from Mitch McConnell’s office (Salon) Sean Spicer: America Either Passes GOP Plan or Adopts Single Payer (The Ring of Fire) Opinion: The GOP says its healthcare bill will protect those with preexisting conditions. Um, no it won’t (LA Times) Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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#1114 Running the world with an inferiority complex (Foreign Policy)

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 22:00:00 +0000

Air Date: 06/23/2017 Today we take a look at the state of foreign affairs as Trump trips and stubbles his way through his learning curve 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: Another foreign policy built by an administration of lies - Intercepted (@theintercept) - Air Date 3-1-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​Misinformation - Silvanus Ch. 4: Act 2: Could Trump's White House Bury or Even Destroy the Landmark 2014 Senate Report on CIA Torture? - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 06-05-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​Wonderwall - Vitamin String Quartet Ch. 6: Act 3: Pentagon Shocked Trump Told Philippines President Where US Nuclear Subs Are - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 05-25-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: ​Secrets - OneRepublic Ch. 8: Act 4: President Trump’s Odd Diplomatic Approach - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 06-08-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: ​Blue Girl - A-Set Ch. 10: Act 5: Chomsky: Like Obama, Trump Is Radically Increasing the Danger of Nuclear War - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 04-26-17 Ch. 11: Song 5: ​Game Over - Plusplus Ch. 12: Act 6: Trump Greenlights Bahrain Brutality - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 05-27-17 Ch. 13: Song 6: ​Sickening - Ken Mickey Ch. 14: Act 7: London Terror: We Need to Talk About Saudi Arabia - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 06-05-17 Ch. 15: Song 7: ​Fearless (Acoustic Version) - For Today Ch. 16: Act 8: Playing the Madman - On The Media - Air Date 4-21-17 Voicemails Ch. 17: Millennial thoughts on Russia - Ariel from Memphis, TN Ch. 18: Millennial thoughts on Russia - Megan from Seattle, WA Ch. 19: Explaining how third parties have traditionally been formed - Will from Georgia Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 20: Final comments on why Clinton and Sanders supporters don’t understand each other 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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#1113 Tax cuts and deregulation have failed before and will fail again

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 22:00:00 +0000

Air Date: 06/20/2017 Today we take a look at the legacy of conservative economics in Kansas, the new federal budget being pushed that would echo the Kansas disaster, deregulation that will cost citizens billions and the intellectual underpinning of modern conservative philosophy that is driving all this 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: Conservatism is failing from Topeka to Tulsa to the River Thames - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 6-9-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​Dust in the Wind - Kansas Ch. 4: Act 2: A billionaire perspective on Trump's budget - The Other Washington - Air Date 6-1-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​Turtle (Bonobo Remix) - Pilote Ch. 6: Act 3: Republicans Repeal Disastrous Tax Cuts - @theyoungturks - Air Date 06-11-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: ​Lesson Learned (feat. John Mayer) - Alicia Keys Ch. 8: Act 4: Roll-Back of Financial Regulations Has Nothing to do with Complexity or Boosting the Economy - @TheRealNews - Air Date 6-13-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: ​Ennio 08-08 - Silence Is Sexy Ch. 10: Act 5: Stop Republicans from Deregulating Wall Street & #DefendCFPB via @RealBankReform - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 11: Song 5: ​This fickle world - Theo Bard Ch. 12: Act 6: Nancy MacLean on the intellectual underpinning of a “mean” Republican Party - Who What Why - Air Date 6-16-17 Voicemails Ch. 13: Russia - Alan from Connecticut Ch. 14: Interested in hearing about the Draft Bernie movement - Ahmed from the Bronx, NY Ch. 15: A rumination on freedom of speech - Dave from Olympia, WA Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 16: Final comments in response to Nathan from Vancouver, WA on free speech Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION Hold Congress accountable for the "Financial CHOICE Act" (H.R. 10) via Americans for Financial Reform  Explore Americans for Financial Reform's website Follow Americans for Financial Reform on Twitter @RealBankReform   Engage with the campaign through the hashtags #WrongCHOICEAct and #DefendCFPB EDUCATE YOURSELF Letter to Congress: Oppose H.R. 10 – The Wall Street’s CHOICE Act Would Devastate Financial Regulation (Americans for Financial Reform) What They Want to Hide Tells You Who They Are (Bill Moyers) Trump Administration Says Financial Watchdog Agency Should Be Defanged (New York Times) The Choice Act is Not a Community Banking Bill (American Banker, Op-ed) Bill to Erase Some Dodd-Frank Banking Rules Passes in House (New York Times) Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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(2017/06/16) So, this whole Russia thing, right?

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 22:00:00 +0000

Edition #1112 Today we take a high-level look at the Trump/Russia controversy and examine how we should and shouldn’t be reacting to 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: Manchurian candidate or useful idiot? - Intercepted (@theintercept) - Air Date 3-1-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​Дискотека Авария - Малинки (feat. Ж. Фриске) Ch. 4: Act 2: A theory on how Trump got involved politically with Russia - The Ezra Klein Show - Air Date 6-6-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​007 (From "From Russia With Love") - The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra Ch. 6: Act 3: Chomsky With U.S. History of Overthrowing Govts, Outrage over Russian Hacking Claims is Laughable - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 04-04-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: ​Blue Girl - A-Set Ch. 8: Act 4: James Comey: 'No Doubt' Russia Interfered in 2016 Election, 'No Doubt' Russian Govt. Was Fully Aware - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 06-09-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: ​Nothing Is Good Enough (Instrumental) - Aimee Mann Ch. 10: Act 5: Why Liberals are Falling for Fake News About Russia - On the Media - Air Date 6-2-17 Ch. 11: Song 5: ​The Love You Save (May Be Your Own) - Joe Tex Ch. 12: Act 6: Legitimate concerns about Russia shouldn't lead to mass hysteria - The Zero Hour w: @RJEskow - Air Date 6-3-17 Ch. 13: Song 6: ​The Bathtub (feat. The Lost Bayou Ramblers) - Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin Ch. 14: Act 7: Is It a Mistake Focusing So Much Attention on Russia? - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date 03-05-17 Ch. 15: Song 7: ​People, Turn Around - Delta Spirit Ch. 16: Act 8: Masha Gessen on how the left has fallen into a Russia conspiracy sphere - The Ezra Klein Show - Air Date 6-6-17 Ch. 17: Song 8: ​Hide the Truth - Chronicle Ch. 18: Act 9: Yes, The Russia Scandal Is Actually A Scandal - @theyoungturks - Air Date 05-13-17 Voicemails Ch. 19: Explaining how campaigning on progressive ideas leads to victory - Steven from the People's Caliphate of Birmingham, UK Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 20: Final comments asking for thoughts on the state of the left Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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(2017/06/13) Hamstringing American innovation and restricting growth industries

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 22:00:00 +0000

Edition #1111 Today we take a look at the ways America is being left behind by the rest of the world in the future of energy production thanks to the climate denialism of the Republican party.  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: Donald Trump announces our pull-out from Paris agreement - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 6-1-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​Alone Too Long - Daryl Hall & John Oates Ch. 4: Act 2: Protesters Take to Streets in NYC, Enraged by Trump's Decision to Withdraw from Paris Climate Deal - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 06-02-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​Paris - Dido Ch. 6: Act 3: An official rebuttal to the false claim being made about the satellite temperature data - Quirks and Quarks - Air Date 6-2-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: ​Doing Business - The Rorschach Garden Ch. 8: Act 4: Richard Branson on Trump’s coal plans ‘I can’t think of anything more stupid’ - Cape Up with Jonathan Capehart - Air Date 5-2-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: ​Sunshine Goodtime - Minnutes Ch. 10: Act 5: Paris Agreement - @LastWeekTonight with @iamjohnoliver - Air Date 06-05-17 Ch. 11: Song 5: ​Backwards Blues - Adia Victoria Ch. 12: Act 6: The world response to the US announcing that we will leave the Paris agreement - @GreenNewsReport - Air Date 6-8-17 Voicemails Ch. 13: Tentatively excited about cap and dividend - Nick from California Ch. 14: In defense of free speech - Nathan from Vancouver, WA Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 15: Final comments on conservatives explaining how conservatives think Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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(2017/06/09) The rise of hate in America (White Supremacy)

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 22:00:00 +0000

Edition #1110 Today we take a look at some of the structures of white supremacy and the moment in the sun it is currently enjoying 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: Hate Groups Promise Revolt If Trump Abandons White Supremacy - @RingOfFireRadio - Air Date: 12-31-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​​A Dose of White Supremacy - Neffe Odom Kragh-Muller Ch. 4: Act 2: As Confederate Monuments Come Down, the Struggle Continues - On the Media - Air Date 5-26-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​Soft Serve - Soul Coughing Ch. 6: Act 3: Steve Bannon Loves This "Shockingly Racist" Book - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 03-08-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: ​Your Racist Friend - They Might Be Giants Ch. 8: Act 4: Heidi Beirich on White Supremacist violence - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 6-2-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: ​We Are Nowhere And It's Now - Bright Eyes Ch. 10: Act 5: Learn How to Effectively Fight & Report Hate in Your Community via @SPLCenter - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 11: Song 5: ​Right to Complain - Trombone Shorty & Marc Broussard Ch. 12: Act 6: Something Is Emerging From This Community - On the Media - Air Date 6-2-17 Voicemails Ch. 13: How do we talk to people who's beliefs aren't based on fact? - Marguerite from North Carolina  Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 14: Final comments on the toxic garbage dump that is White Supremacy Ch. 15: Bonus Clip: How to Argue - Love and Radio - Air Date 2-11-17 Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION Read and share SPLC's "Ten Ways to Fight Hate: A Community Response Guide" #ReportHate crimes to SPLC at splcenter.org/reporthate  Stay informed about hate-fueled incidents across the country via SPLC's Hatewatch  EDUCATE YOURSELF SPLC Hatewatch: Headlines for 6/7/2017 (SPLC Hatewatch) Defiant Alt-Right “Patriots” Encounter Portland’s Simmering Anger After Train Killings (SPLC Hatewatch) As Hate Crimes Rise, The Trump Administration Blocks Funding to Fight Domestic Extremism (Right Wing Watch) Why Taking Down Confederate Memorials is Only a First Step (The Conversation) Protest in the Era of Donald Trump (Huffington Post) Written by BOTL social media/activism director Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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(2017/06/06) Finding the path forward for Democrats and the progressive movement

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 22:00:00 +0000

Edition #1109 Today we look at where the Democratic party went wrong that led them to their current disempowered state and some of the arguments for why moving in a progressive direction is both morally correct and electorally smart 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: Thomas Frank on how Democrats lost their Democratic values - The Zero Hour w: @RJEskow - Air Date 4-22-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​How's That Workin' for You? - Karen Taylor-Good Ch. 4: Act 2: Brian Beutler and Glenn Greenwald discuss the path forward for Democrats - Primary Concerns from @NewRepublic - Air Date 4-27-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​State Your Case - Tibursky Ch. 6: Act 3: Parker Malloy discusses the place for identity politics in the progressive movement - Trumpcast from @Slate - Air Date 4-20-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: ​Join Forces - Caribbean Pulse Ch. 8: Act 4: The Assault on Bernie Continues: Identity Politics - The @BenjaminPDixon Show - Air Date 4-26-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: ​Tonight The Streets Are Ours - Richard Hawley Ch. 10: Act 5: FDR provides a guide for how the Democratic Party can win - @Jimmy_Dore Show - Air Date 3-31-17 Voicemails Ch. 11: Climate Response - Alan from Connecticut Ch. 12: Response to market-based solutions to climate change - Annie from Alabama Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 13: Final comments on the progressive debate over cap and dividend climate legislation Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 22:00:00 +0000

Edition #1087 Today we look at the mechanics and consequences of systemic lies and propaganda in an age of ignorance and anti-intellectualism Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Carl Sagan saw the Future - Quirks and Quarks - Air Date 1-27-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: Can't Hide from the Truth - The Hot 8 Brass Band Ch. 4: Act 2: How to question the information we receive - @thisishellradio - Air Date 2-24-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: Hide the Truth - Chronicle Ch. 6: Act 3: Former Supreme Court Justice Souter on The Danger of America's 'Pervasive Civic Ignorance' Ch. 7: Song 3: Debate - Rain Over St. Ambrose Ch. 8: Act 4: Words matter: Emotions and statistics - Frontline: The Persuaders - Air Date 11-9-2004 Ch. 9: Song 4: Honesty - Billy Joel Ch. 10: Act 5: How propaganda works - Ideas from CBC - Air Date 1-19-17 Ch. 11: Song 5: A Few Honest Words - Ben Sollee Ch. 12: Act 6: Character Education: The need for a love of truth - Progressive Faith Sermons w: @RevDrRay - Air Date 12-11-16 Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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(2017/05/30) A conservative solution to solving climate change

Tue, 30 May 2017 22:00:00 +0000

Edition #1108 Today we look at some conservatives engaged in the fight against climate change and their best policy proposal to get the job done 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: Bob Inglis Changing the dialogue on energy and climate Part 1 - TEDxJacksonville - Air Date 12-10-13 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​Free Enterprise - Dexter Jones' Circus Orchestra Ch. 4: Act 2: Ted Halstead: A climate solution where all sides can win – @TEDTalks - Air Date 5-17-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​Man With a Plan - The Button Men Ch. 6: Act 3: Bob Inglis Changing the dialogue on energy and climate Part 2 - TEDxJacksonville - Air Date 12-10-13 Ch. 7: Song 3: ​The Compromise - The Format Ch. 8: Act 4: Mitch Hescox on Why We're Not as Divided as You Think: Quiet Cooperation on Climate - Immense Possibilities on NETA Ch. 9: Song 4: ​Sweet Lullaby - Deep Forest Ch. 10: Act 5: D@W Field Report Climate March - Economic Update w: @profwolff  - Air Date 5-18-17 Ch. 11: Song 5: ​Adventure, Darling - Gillicuddy Ch. 12: Act 6: Bob Inglis on Why We're Not as Divided as You Think: Quiet Cooperation on Climate - Immense Possibilities on NETA Ch. 13: Final comments on the artificial left/right divide on climate change policy Ch. 14: Bonus Clip: Cap & Dividend Explained - Chesapeake Climate Action Network - Air Date 4-9-09 Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION Let’s solve climate change! Engage with your conservative friends… Share this show, or, individual clips from this episode: BOTL #1108 Are they free-market obsessed? Share the organization RepublicEN.org  Are they religious/Evangelical? Share the organization Evangelical Environmental Network   Are they on board with Carbon Fee & Dividend? Share the Citizens Climate Lobby and get involved too! Find a chapter near you. Get more details and sample social media posts here. EDUCATE YOURSELF An Evangelical Movement Takes on Climate Change (Newsweek, 2016)  Conservatives Plan for a Carbon Tax (The New York Times) Citizens Climate Lobby pushes for a carbon tax and dividend (The Guardian, 2013) 7 Reasons Conservatives Should Support Climate Change Solutions (Huffington Post) New economic study shows carbon tax refunded to households would create jobs (Citizens Climate Lobby, 2014) Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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(2017/05/26) Another genuine attempt to understand Trump conservatives

Fri, 26 May 2017 22:00:00 +0000

Edition #1107 Today we look again at some of the underlying forces that shape the modern conservative mindset, including an answer (at long last!) to how anyone could think conservative comedy is funny 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: Introduction + Deep Story - What Drives Trump Supporters? Sociologist Arlie Russell Hochschild on Anger & Mourning of the Right - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 9-28-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​Leader - Burning Spear Ch. 4: Act 2: Asking the Right Questions About Health Care - On The Media - Air Date 5-5-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​Blue Moon Of Kentucky - Ben Sollee Ch. 6: Act 3: Understanding conservative humor - Backstory - Air Date 5-19-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: ​My Drugs Are Red, White, And Blue - The O'Franken Factor Factor: The Very Best Of The O'Franken Factor Ch. 8: Act 4: Diehard Trump Supporter Has a Complete Change of Heart - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 03-23-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: ​Lessons Learned - Matt & Kim Ch. 10: Act 5: Examining diversity and instability in the US - The Ezra Klein Show - Air Date 5-23-17 Ch. 11: Song 5: ​Between the Wars - Billy Bragg Ch. 12: Act 6: Anand Giridharadas: A letter to all who have lost in this era - TEDTalks - Air Date 8-18-16 Voicemails Ch. 13: In response to Jacobin Radio and the economics of wealth creation - Dave from Olympia, WA Ch. 14: Put your media where your mouth is - Ryan in San Diego, CA Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 15: Final comments on how the labels we use distort our perception of politics and policies Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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

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

Edition #1106 Today we look at the current state of voting rights and the full press efforts being made to expand voter suppression far and wide across the country Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Where we stand on voting rights right now - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 4-12-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​What's Going On - Marvin Gaye Ch. 4: Act 2: Voter ID Suppressed 200,000 Wisconsin Votes; Trump Won by 22,748 - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 05-11-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​Who Benefits? - Mustard Plug Ch. 6: Act 3: The benefits of vote-by-mail - The Other Washington from @civicskunkworks - Air Date 5-18-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: ​Tusk - Errors Ch. 8: Act 4: The origins of Trump's new voter fraud commission - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 5-12-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: ​I Told You So - Karmin Ch. 10: Act 5: Call Out Voter Suppression with Let America Vote via @Let_AmericaVote - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 11: Song 5: ​Activism - Shihan Ch. 12: Act 6: Donald Trump Orders "Election Integrity" Commission Headed by Architects of Voter Suppression - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 05-12-17 Voicemails Ch. 13: When the threat is real, our perspective on freedom changes - Dave from Olympia, WA Ch. 14: Don't forget that the far left is never given a voice - Zach from Atlanta, GA Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 15: Final comments on who is most effected by Voter ID laws Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION Get involved with Let America Vote to fight voter suppression  EDUCATE YOURSELF  The GOP’s Attack on Voting Rights Was the Most Under-Covered Story of 2016 (The Nation) There’s a reason Trump keeps lying about voter fraud (Washington Post, Opinion) ‘The Stakes': Let America Vote Founder Jason Kander on Fighting Voter Suppression (MTV)  There Are 868 Fewer Places to Vote in 2016 Because the Supreme Court Gutted the Voting Rights Act (The Nation)  Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!  [...]


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

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

Edition #1105 Today we look at the impact Jeff Sessions and the entire Republican government is having on drug policy in America and how we should be addressing destructive drug addiction instead Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Jeff Sessions Pushes New War on Drugs While Killing Obama-Era Police Reform Measures - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 04-11-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​Cold Hearts / Closed Minds - Nanci Griffith Ch. 4: Act 2: What Jeff Sessions means for the drug war - Fake the Nation - Air Date 4-20-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​High Demand - The Haymarket Squares Ch. 6: Act 3: Jeff Sessions Demands "Strongest Possible Charges" For Drug Users - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 05-13-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: ​War On Drugs - Fifteen Ch. 8: Act 4: Opiate Overdoses Drop in States with Legal Marijuana - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 04-08-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: ​Needle in the Hay - Elliott Smith Ch. 10: Act 5: Drug Addicts Should Be Treated Like Patients, Not Criminals - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 08-26-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: ​Winning the War On Drugs - Asylum Street Spankers Ch. 12: Act 6: Call Congress to Support the Justice Safety Valve Act of 2017 via @DrugPolicyOrg - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 13: Song 6: ​This Fickle World - Theo Bard Ch. 14: Act 7: A Man Had Two Sons (One Was Addicted to Heroin) - Progressive Faith Sermons w/ @RevDrRay - Air Date 3-6-16 Voicemails Ch. 15: The Democratic Party is there for the taking - Erica from Seattle, WA Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 16: Final comments on how to take over the Democratic Party Bonus Clip: You Too can Take Over a Political Party! - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 03-15-16 Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION Call your Reps and Senators and tell them to support the Justice Safety Valve Act of 2017 Get involved with Drug Policy Alliance and follow them @DrugPolicyOrg EDUCATE YOURSELF Sessions Tells Prosecutors To Seek 'Most Serious' Charges, Stricter Sentences (NPR) Senate Moves Forward with Bipartisan Bill to Rein in Jeff Sessions (Rolling Stone) I prosecuted drug offenders in the ’80s. It was a disaster. Why is Sessions taking us back? (Vox) Drug War Part 2: When the sequel is as bad as the original (The Hill, Opinion) Report: Aide says Nixon's war on drugs targeted blacks, hippies (CNN, 2016) Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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

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

Edition #1104 Today we look at some of the specifics of the health care bill that Republicans passed through the House of Representatives including it’s impact on pre-existing condition coverage, coverage for women and more Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Protests Erupt After House Republicans Pass Healthcare Bill That Could Hike Premiums for Millions - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 05-05-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​Screwed - Kid Cudi Ch. 4: Act 2: What would Trumpcare mean for pre-existing conditions - Trumpcast from @Slate - Air Date 5-5-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​Just Dropped In - Kenny Rogers Ch. 6: Act 3: American Health Care Act vs. Women - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 05-09-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: ​What Are Their Names - David Crosby Ch. 8: Act 4: Republican: "Nobody Dies" Due to Lack of Health Care - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 05-08-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: ​Live And Let Die - Guns N' Roses Ch. 10: Act 5: Financial consequences of the ACA - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 5-4-17 Ch. 11: Song 5: ​Common Sense - Justin Mcroberts Ch. 12: Act 6: Jimmy Kimmel's Tearful Monologue: The Birth of His Son & the Nightmares That the Uninsured Can Face - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 05-03-17 Ch. 13: Song 6: ​Figure It Out - Plain White T's Ch. 14: Act 7: Use ALL the Resistance Tools to Fight Trumpcare via @IndivisibleGuide & #PaybackProject - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 15: Song 7: ​This fickle world - Theo Bard Ch. 16: Act 8: The peasants are revolting - Progressive Faith Sermons w/ @RevDrRay - Air Date 5-14-17 Ch. 17: Song 8: ​Common Ground - Our Last Night Ch. 18: Act 9: Let's compare what we get for our health care expenses with other countries - @DCCommonSense w/ Dan Carlin - Air Date 3-15-17 Voicemails Ch. 19: Still unclear if universal health care means slavery for doctors - David from South Carolina Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 20: Final comments on why debating if health care is a human right is a distraction Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION Use the new "Stop Trumpcare" tools and resources from Indivisible Guide  Amplify your local actions against the 217 pro-AHCA Reps with Payback Project Send faxes and letters to Congress quickly via Resistbot, and voicemails via Stance EDUCATE YOURSELF Here are the 217 Representatives that voted for the AHCA and their contact info (Project Payback) If you would die under Trumpcare, you can send your ashes to Congress via Mail Me to the GOP  What a Trumpcare nightmare: Just about everyone with health care is going to pay more, get less and face chaos (Salon) The Health Care Bill’s Insults to Women (New York Times) Republicans duck town halls after voting for Trumpcare… (The Guardian) Trumpcare Hits Children's Hospitals Hard (Forbes) Poll: 48 Percent Say House GOP Health Care Bill Is a Bad Idea (NBC News) Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the [...]


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

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

Edition #1103 Today we look at the Trump administrations proposed tax plan, a progressive alternative for how we should be spending our money and some of the underlying principles of paying taxes Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: The DISASTER That Is Donald Trump's Tax Plan - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 04-27-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: You're a Disaster - Dragonette Ch. 4: Act 2: Corporations stashing their profits abroad - Economic Update w: @profwolff - Air Date 12-2-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​Ennio 08-08 - Silence Is Sexy Ch. 6: Act 3: Vanessa Williamson on Why Americans are proud to pay our taxes - @offkiltershow - Air Date 4-21-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: Petit - The Little Prince - David Ari Leon Ch. 8: Act 4: The People's Budget from the Progressive Caucus in Congress - The Zero Hour w: @RJEskow - Air Date 5-6-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: Political Prisoners - The Undercover Hippy Ch. 10: Act 5: Spread the Word about The People’s Budget via @USProgressives (Congressional Progressive Caucus) - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 11: Song 5:  Ch. 12: Act 6: Taxes equals freedom - Jacobin Radio - Air Date 4-18-17 Voicemails Ch. 13: Systematic racism through housing during the New Deal - Kevin from Louisiana Ch. 14: Competing liberal values re: free speech - Trent from Salt Lake City, Utah Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 15: Final comments recommending episodes #908 and #987 on racism in housing policy and my thoughts on the current debate over free speech #908 Unfair housing, unfair society #987 The double helix of racial and economic inequality Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION Check out The People's Budget at cpcbudget.org and spread the word.  Visit the Progressive Caucus website and follow @USProgressives on Twitter for updates. EDUCATE YOURSELF The Democrats are getting ready to govern again (The Week) This new budget points the way forward for Democrats (The Washington Post) The People’s Budget, Not Trump’s Budget, Will Help Working Americans (Common Dreams) The People’s Budget, not Trump’s budget, will help working Americans (Economic Policy Institute) The People's Budget: Progressive Proposal Aims to Un-Rig Failed Economic System (Common Dreams, 2015) Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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

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

Edition #1102 Today we look at the ways we are all adversely effected by the racist structures of our society and examine the ways liberals helped build these systems and continue to fail to serve the needs of people of color Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Dr. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor on how we're all suffering from racism and capitalism - @Making_Contact - Air Date 1-23-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​Doing The Best That We Can - Kids At Risk Ch. 4: Act 2: How liberals built Prison America - @theLFshow w/ @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date 12-15-15 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​I Can't Breathe - Garner Family Ch. 6: Act 3: Donna Murch on For-Profit Punishment and Criminal-Justice Debt - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 8-12-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: ​At The Seams - Kimya Dawson Ch. 8: Act 4: Support Mama’s Bail Out Day This Mother’s Day via @NationalBailOut #FreeBlackMamas #EndMoneyBail - Best of the Left Activism  Ch. 9: Song 4: ​Activism - Shihan Ch. 10: Act 5: How the Democratic party is failing their most loyal constituency - @thisishellradio - Air Date 4-17-17 Voicemails Ch. 11: Cowspiracy Vs Science Podcast - Alan from Connecticut Ch. 12: Punishing abortion providers punishes women by proxy - Catherine from Bloomington, IL Ch. 13: Competing liberal values re: free speech - Trent from Salt Lake City, Utah Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 14: Final comments on fossil fuels used in industrial agriculture and putting the rosiest lens on the harm anti-choice legislation would do to women Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION  Support Mama's Bail Out Day this Mother's Day via @NationalBailOut  Engage online with the hashtags #FreeBlackMamas and #EndMoneyBail EDUCATE YOURSELF Locked Up for Being Poor (New York Times) Federal judge: Harris Co. bail system unfair to poor, low-level defendants (Houston Chronicle) Black Is the New Black: Number of African-American Women in Prison Is Rising (BET, 2014) Incarcerated Women and Girls (The Sentencing Project) Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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

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

Edition #1101 Today we look at some of the many layers of debate around freedom of speech, the freedom to protest, violent vs non-violent resistance and the fight against fascism Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 ​Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Protest Rights Under Threat - On The Media - Air Date 2-7-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​Free and Equal Speech - Chris Priest Ch. 4: Act 2: A Couple of Yiannopolous Supporters Actually Went to a Rally to Shoot a Liberal Protester! - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 04-28-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​Pay Attention - Dilated Peoples Ch. 6: Act 3: The history of violent and non-violent resistance movements - @CitizenRadio - Air Date 3-14-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: ​All You Fascists - Billy Bragg & Wilco Ch. 8: Act 4: For Antifa, Not All Speech Should Be Free - On The Media - Air Date 2-7-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: ​Antifa - Outrage Ch. 10: Act 5: Liberty and freedom as the Golden Rule - @dccommonsense w: Dan Carlin - Air Date 2-14-17 Ch. 11: Song 5: ​Freedom of Speech - John Mellencamp Ch. 12: Act 6: Arizona's Fascist Attempt To Ban Protests - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 02-24-17 Voicemails Ch. 13: Science episode was good, is the country more progressive or conservative? - Jennifer from Columbus, OH Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 14: Introduction to mini episode on progressive values of Americans Mini Episode:  Ch. 15: Poll Results: America Fundamentally Progressive - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 05-23-12 Ch. 16: Poll: Americans Progressive On Key Issues - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 01-4-11 Ch. 17: Polls Prove America is Progressive - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 04-11-12 Ch. 18: Polls: Americans Are Progressive On Most Issues - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 07-23-10 Ch. 19: Final comments on how Fox News intentionally misleads without lying Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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

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

Edition #1100 Today we look at the myriad benefits of earned benefits and why we should be looking to greatly expand our social benefits programs rather than cut them Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Fox News: Starve The Poor, Feed The Rich - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 12-30-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​Let's Eat the Poor - alan ross haynes Ch. 4: Act 2: David Dayen On Social Security Expansion - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 06-20-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​Social Security - Tallia Storm Ch. 6: Act 3: Ikea and the family leave we all deserve - Economic Update w @profwolff - Air Date 12-15-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: ​Family Values - Johnossi Ch. 8: Act 4: Economics: How Scandinavia Got it Right - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 11-05-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: ​Turtle (Bonobo Remix) - Pilote Ch. 10: Act 5: Defending Social Security from those who would dismantle it - The Zero Hour w: @RJEskow - Air Date 4-15-17 Ch. 11: Song 5: ​Bills - LunchMoney Lewis Ch. 12: Act 6: Call Congress to Demand they Stop the Budget Cuts & Invest in Human Needs via @CoalitiononHN - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 13: Song 6: ​Activism - Shihan Ch. 14: Act 7: Taxes, defense and public insurance programs - Economic Update w @profwolff - Air Date 4-24-16 Voicemails Ch. 15: Responses to Alan from Georgia re: Louisiana abortion laws - Dave from Olympia, WA Ch. 16: Framing universal health care as an American value - Annie from Alabama Ch. 17: My first 100 days - Romulo from Miami, FL Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 18: Final comments on Stance, my new favorite way to contact congress Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism:  TAKE ACTION Tell Congress to pass a spending bill that invests in basic living standards and fundamental human needs via Coalition on Human Needs (@CoalitiononHN)  Leave Congress a direct voicemail with Stance  Check out stats and data on the National Priorities Project (@natpriorities) and spread the word  EDUCATE YOURSELF Federal Budget TipSheet - Social Insurance and Earned Benefits (National Priorities Project)  Federal Budget TipSheet - Health Care Spending (National Priorities Project)  Trump's Budget Cuts (National Priorities Project Blog)  Under Trump, coal communities are stuck between a rock and a hard place (Think Progress) Remember When Donald Trump Promised to Save Social Security? (The Nation)  HEAD SMACKER: Trump Plan Slashes Taxes on Companies Already Dodging Taxes (Coalition for Human Needs Blog) Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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

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

Edition #1099 Today we look at the importance of science in our lives and public policy and also at the Trump administration’s drive to stop science in it’s tracks Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Science in America - Neil deGrasse Tyson - Air Date 4-19-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​N/A Ch. 4: Act 2: The history of how we know that humans are driving climate change - Science VS - Air Date 3-16-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​Put It to the Test - They Might Be Giants Ch. 6: Act 3: How to Convince a Climate Change Sceptic - Quirks and Quarks - Air Date 12-16-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: ​Messages - Xavier Rudd Ch. 8: Act 4: Scientists, politics and protest - Science for the People - Air Date 2-16-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: ​Science Is Real - They Might Be Giants Ch. 10: Act 5: 314 Action and the movement to elect scientists to office - Who What Why - Air Date 4-22-17 Ch. 11: Song 5: ​Science Fair - Recess Monkey Ch. 12: Act 6: Take Part in Global Divestment Mobilization Week May 5-13 via @GoFossilFree @350 - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 13: Song 6: ​This Fickle World - Theo Bard Ch. 14: Act 7: Trump Signs Government Scientist Gag Order - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 01-26-17 Voicemails Ch. 15: Not all anti-choice people want to punish women who have abortions - Alan from Georgia Ch. 16: Less desire, less suffering - Dale from Minneapolis, MN Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 17: Final comments on how to sustain your activism Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION Join or organize Global Divestment Mobilization Actions, May 5-13,2017  Follow @GoFossilFree and @350 on Twitter  Engage with the Divestment Mobilization hashtag #FossilFree   EDUCATE YOURSELF Why Divestment is Changing the Climate Movement (The Nation, 2013) The rise and rise of the fossil fuel divestment movement (The Guardian, 2015) This is a Timed Test (Slate, Bill McKibben, 2015) Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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

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

Edition #1098 Today we look at the current state of abortion politics here and abroad and explain how the Republicans intend to hurt women and increase the number of abortions worldwide by ignoring science and humanity Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Education and contraception bring abortion rates as low as 1973 - Savage Love w: @FakeDanSavage - Air Date 1-31-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​Thanks, Birth Control: The Song - bedsider Ch. 4: Act 2: The Story Behind the Mexico City Policy - On the Media - Air Date 1-27-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​​Bury the Past - Professional Victims Ch. 6: Act 3: Trump’s Anti-Abortion Order Likely to Increase Abortions - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 02-03-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: ​​Mandy Goes to Med School - The Dresden Dolls Ch. 8: Act 4: Where abortion is illegal - Popaganda from @BitchMedia - Air Date 3-30-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: ​Luriana Lurilee - Ben McElroy Ch. 10: Act 5: Mike Pence Casts Tie-Breaking Vote To Defund Planned Parenthood - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 03-31-17 Ch. 11: Song 5: ​Beneath the Lies - Abscondo Ch. 12: Act 6: Protect #ReproductiveRights at the State Level via @PPact @ReproRights @AllAboveAll - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 13: Activism - Shihan Ch. 14: Act 7: Beyond Choice to Reproductive Justice - @Making_Contact - Air Date 4-12-17 Voicemails Ch. 15: Understanding human interactions - Alan from Connecticut Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 16: Final comments on how the Science of "Blue Lies" May Explain Trump's Support Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION Get involved with Planned Parenthood Action Fund and follow @PPact Get involved with The Center for Reproductive Rights and follow @ReproRights Get involved with All Above All and follow @AllAboveAll EDUCATE YOURSELF State lawmakers rush to protect funding for Planned Parenthood (PBS Newshour) Minnesota House backs ban on state dollars for abortion (StarTribune) Governor Bullock lets Montana abortion bill become law (Missoulian) Women march outside as abortion bill debated inside (The State Journal-Register) Trump Signs Law Giving States Option To Deny Funding For Planned Parenthood (NPR) Why is Planned Parenthood popular? And if it's defunded, could any other organization fill the gap? (LA Times) Who's Popular and Who Isn't? (NBC News) The EACH Woman Act (Congress.gov) Women's Health Protection Act (Congress.gov) Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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

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

Edition #1097 Today we make the argument that people are naturally good and that society and economists should treat them that way Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: A lesson in Buddhist economics Part 1 - @thisishellradio - Air Date 3-7-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​Out With the Old - Casa Di Mondo Ch. 4: Act 2: Thomas Hobbes Was Wrong... Our Core Nature Is Good! - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 01-05-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​One of the Good Ones - Redd Kross Ch. 6: Act 3: A lesson in Buddhist economics Part 2 - @thisishellradio - Air Date 3-7-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: ​Renegades - X Ambassadors Ch. 8: Act 4: Nipun Mehta - Designing For Generosity - TEDxBerkeley - Air Date: 02-26-12 Ch. 9: Song 4: ​Something Good Can Work - Two Door Cinema Club Ch. 10: Act 5: Lux Narayan: What I learned from 2,000 obituaries - @TEDTalks - Air Date 3-1-17 Voicemails Ch. 11: You're killing me - Anonymous Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 12: Final comments on balancing the bad with a positive vision for the future Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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

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

Edition #1096 Today we look at some of the lesser-known characters in the right-wing oligarchy who now own the White House and Supreme Court Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 ​Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Inside How the Federalist Society & Koch Brothers Are Pushing for Trump to Reshape Federal Judiciary - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 03-21-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​Follow the Money - Vova Zen Ch. 4: Act 2: Robert Mercers bizarre opinions and influences - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 3-22-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​The Oligarch - Ephemerals Ch. 6: Act 3: Dark Data Trump Backers Bankroll Firm Developing Psychological Profiles of Every U.S. Voter - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 03-23-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: ​Take A Look Around {Instrumental) - Limp Bizkit Ch. 8: Act 4: How to protect yourself in the face of diminishing online privacy - @HumorlessQueers - Air Date 3-25-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: ​Mind Control - Stephen Marley Ch. 10: Act 5: The Secret Family Behind The Rise Of Brietbart News - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date 03-28-17 Ch. 11: Song 5: ​Follow the Money - Zounds Ch. 12: Act 6: Who Bankrolls Breitbart News? - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 03-31-17 Ch. 13: Song 6: ​Oligarchy - The Haymarket Squares Ch. 14: Act 7: Erik Prince rises again - Intercepted (@theintercept) - Air Date 4-5-17 Voicemails Ch. 15: Clarifying the right to labor - Dan from Cleveland Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 16: Final comments on yet another reason why health care is not slavery Bonus Clip: Free Healthcare = Slavery (Rand Paul) - The Young Turks - Air Date 5-13-2011 Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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

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

Edition #1095 Today we look at a Trump’s foreign policy so far, question the prevailing narrative and look back at how we got to now Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Trump Bombs Syria: It's Bad, Really Bad - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 04-10-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​Handlebars - Flobots Ch. 4: Act 2: Taking the wider angle perspective on America's militarism - #PoliticallyReactive with @wkamaubell and @harikondabolu - Air Date 4-12-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​Don't Waste Your Breath - Colour Me Wednesday Ch. 6: Act 3: Questioning the unquestioned media narrative of US military actions - Intercepted (@theintercept) - Air Date 4-12-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: ​Fake Empire - The National Ch. 8: Act 4: Stupid and easily manipulatable as Commander in Chief - @HumorlessQueers - Air Date 3-25-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: ​Mistake - Hi I'm Case Ch. 10: Act 5: Strike That Killed Dozens of Civilians Is Exactly What Trump Promised - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 03-29-17 Ch. 11: Song 5: ​Forgotten - The Haymarket Squares Ch. 12: Act 6: Fight the War Economy By Growing Local #Peace Economies via @CodePink - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 13: Song 6: Song Link here Ch. 14: Act 7: Andrew Bacevich on the Carter doctrine and the birth of our endless Middle East war - Le Show w @TheHarryShearer - Air Date 2-12-17 Voicemails Ch. 15: Thank you for disability episode - Tyler from Maine Ch. 16: Asking for clarification on health care policy - David from South Carolina Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 17: Final comments on why government-administered health insurance isn’t slavery Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION Visit codepink.org/peaceeconomy to learn more about divesting from war and investing in your community Take action with Next Steps to building a Local Peace Economy  Follow Code Pink @codepink or their Peace Economy campaign account @PeaceEcon EDUCATE YOURSELF What does an 'America First' Policy Actually Mean? (The Nation) No Rural-Urban Divide Here: We All Want Good Jobs and Strong Local Economies (YES! Magazine) What a Policy of Real Solidarity with the Syrian People Looks Like (YES! Magazine) Why These Missile Strikes Won't Make Things Better for the Syrian People (YES! Magazine) To Billionaire Doomsday Preppers: Your Wealth Won't Save You (YES! Magazine) Is War Good for the Economy? (Huffington Post Blog, 2013) A State of Perpetual War (Huffington Post Blog, 2010)  The US and NATO are Preparing for a Major War with Russia (The Nation, 2016) Written by BOTL social media/activism director Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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

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

Edition #1094 Today we look at a variety of ways to bring the disability rights movement into the mainstream of media, advocacy and the world Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Media coverage of disabilities and the ADA getting better but still lacking - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 7-31-15 Ch. 3: Song 1: Nothing Is Good Enough (Instrumental) - Aimee Mann Ch. 4: Act 2: Bringing disability into the mainstream of diversity - Off Kilter (@TalkPoverty) - Air Date: 7-2-15 Ch. 5: Song 2: Going Home - Niklas Aman Ch. 6: Act 3: Discrimination in immigration then and now - Backstory - Air Date 2-10-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: The Cave - Piano Tribute Players Ch. 8: Act 4: On Disability and Representation - Black Girls Talking - Air Date 7-20-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Julie-O - Kevin "KO" Olusola Ch. 10: Act 5: Stop HR 620: Tell Congress to #ProtectADA via @NDRNAdvocates - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 11: Song 5: La Valse d'Amélie (Version Orchestre) - Yann Tiersen Ch. 12: Act 6: Elise Roy: When we design for disability, we all benefit - @TEDTalks - Air Date 11-12-16 Ch. 23: Final comments Bonus Clip 1: Nick Dupree's Story: A Medicaid Victory - All Things Considered - Air Date 2-12-03 Bonus Clip 2: Nick Dupree Fought To Live 'Like Anyone Else' - All Things Considered - Air Date 2-22-17 Bonus Clip 3: Tribute to Nick Dupree - @dccommonsense w/ Dan Carlin - Air Date 3-15-17 Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION  Visit the NDRN website to read up on the response to HR 620 and learn what you can do to protect the ADA Call Congress, especially the 14 co-sponsors of HR 620 (7 Republicans, 7 Democrats)  Learn more about disability culture and experiences through personal stories via Disability Visibility Project and about the importance of disabled people in public service via #CriptheVote. EDUCATE YOURSELF   HR 620: ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017 (via Countable.us)  Overview of Concerns on HR 620 (via NDRN.org) Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Letter of Opposition for ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017, HR 620 (via NDRN.org) People with Disabilities Battle Trump (via Workers World) Denham bill would fight ADA lawsuit abuse (via Central Valley Business Journal) Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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

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

Edition #1093 Today we look at Trump’s recent moves to dismantle Obama’s environmental legacy, the legal troubles he faces and the bright future that renewable energy is still headed towards  Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Trump SHREDDING Obama's Environmental Rules - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 03-30-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​Revolution (Human Need Over Profit) - Tha Truth Ch. 4: Act 2: Rolling back Obama's clean energy policies will be harder than Trump thinks - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 3-29-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​Things a Get from Bad to Worse - The Ethiopians Ch. 6: Act 3: Solar Creating Jobs 2X Faster Than Dirty Coal, Trump Wants Coal - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 03-19-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: ​Underneath A Blackened Moon - Keith And Joan Pitzer Ch. 8: Act 4: Trump Has Weakened America By Destroying Environmental Protections - @RingOfFireRadio - Air Date: 04-03-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: ​What Have We Done - The Haymarket Squares Ch. 10: Act 5: Why Trump Will Go Down In History As The Exxon President - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 03-18-17 Ch. 11: Song 5: ​My Country - Nahko and Medicine for the People Ch. 12: Act 6: Human adaptation at odds with fortress continents - Intercepted (@theintercept) - Air Date 3-29-17 Ch. 13: Song 6: ​Something happened - The Dodos Ch. 14: Act 7: To save the climate we need to remake the Democratic party - @thisishellradio - Air Date 3-11-17 Ch. 15: Song 7: ​Do The Right Thing - Beres Hammond Ch. 16: Act 8: Get in the Streets! Join #ScienceMarch on 4-22 & People's #ClimateMarch on 4-29 via @ScienceMarchDC and @Peoples_Climate - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 17: Song 8: This Fickle World - Theo Bard Ch. 18: Act 9: Fantastic, amazing, excellent, very good news for renewable energy - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 3-14-17  Ch. 19: Final comments on a couple more resources for the war on coal Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION April 22nd (Earth Day): March for Science Follow: @ScienceMarchDC April 29th (Trump’s 100th Day): People’s Climate March Follow: @Peoples_Climate EDUCATE YOURSELF Activists Announce People's Climate March (Huffington Post) Peoples Climate Movement Releases March Route (Common Dreams) Climate Justice Organizations Call for "People's Climate March" on April 29 (DemocracyNow!) Pussy Hats Making Way For Resistor Beanies In Science March (Huffington Post) This man in a space suit has a message for Earthlings (CNN) Congress’s one PhD-trained scientist will join march on Washington (STAT News) Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show[...]


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