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#1179 Stories from the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 22:00:00 +0000

Air Date: 4/20/2018

Today we take a look at some of the highlights of the Kingdom of Bhutan including the most famous of their exports, Gross National Happiness and many lesser-known aspects of their focus on happiness, good governance and environmental protection. We will also look at one of the blackest marks of the countries past, one that still hangs around their necks to this day

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Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: Bhutan The Kingdom Where GDP Is Measured In Happiness - Journeyman Pictures - Air Date 12-21-07


Ch. 3: Act 2: The Message - Gross National Happiness Centre Bhutan - Air Date 2-8-16


Ch. 4: Act 3: Bhutan, Gross National Happiness and Sustainable Development (fascinating!) - The Poverty-Environment Initiative - Air Date 9-5-12


Ch. 5: Act 4: Tshering Tobgay: This country isn't just carbon neutral, it's carbon negative - TEDTalks - Air Date 4-1-16


Ch. 6: Act 5: Gross National Happiness: The Paradigm - Schumacher College - Air Date 2-20-17


Ch. 7: Act 6: Namgay Zam The Value of No - TEDxThimphu - Air Date 12-28-15


Ch. 8: Act 7: Siok Sian Pek-Dorji: What Matters in Bhutan - TEDxThimphu - Air Date 4-27-12


Ch. 9: Act 8: Bhutan's forgotten people - 101 East on Al Jazeera English - Air Date 5-23-14


Ch. 10: Final comments on the Bhutanese refugees

Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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#1178 Economic Evolution (Capitalism, Consumerism and Beyond)

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 22:00:00 +0000

Air Date: 4/17/2018 Today we take a look at the debate between individualism and varying forms of collectivism, the benefits and drawbacks of consumerism and some philosophies of economics both past and future Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Become a member and enjoy ad-free episodes and bonus content! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr  Ch. 2: Act 1: Debunked "Socialism Has Never Worked - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date 8-22-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: Dirtbike Lovers - Desert Orchard Ch. 4: Act 2: The myth of individualistic benefits of capitalism - Economic Update w @profwolff - Air Date 10-23-15 Ch. 5: Song 2: Horizon Liner - The Pine Barrens Ch. 6: Act 3: Kate Raworth on Doughnut Economics and tending the garden of a new economy - @theLFshow w @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date 8-2-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: Hundred Mile-No Guitar - K2 Ch. 8: Act 4: How Capitalism Exploits Us (And What We Can Do About It) - Sustainable Human - Air Date 5-27-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: Tripoli - Pecan Grove Ch. 10: Act 5: Kate Raworth on Doughnut Economics and envisioning a new economics - Upstream - Air Date 4-4-17 Ch. 11: Song 5: That River Wide - Sketchbook Ch. 12: Act 6: History: Consumerism - The School of Life - Air Date 10-7-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Surly Bonds - Aeronaut Ch. 14: Act 7: How Would a Total Free Market Libertarian Utopia Work? - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 11-12-17 Ch. 15: Quick summation and initial comments Voicemails Ch. 16: Completely on board for the book club - Ariel from Memphis Ch. 17: Let's hope that MLK would have progressed had he lived - Jeff from Charlotte, NC Ch. 18: Thoughts on MLK's "paternalism" - V from Central New York Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent Ch. 19: Final comments on the importance of understanding quotes in their own context Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent (Additional music from Blue Dot Sessions) Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Support the show via Patreon Check out the BotL iOS/AndroidApp 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 iTunesand Stitcher![...]


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#1113 Tax cuts and deregulation have failed before and will fail again (Encore)

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 16:50:50 +0000

Air Date: 6/20/2017

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

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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


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

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 22:00:00 +0000

Air Date: 4/10/2018 Today we take a look at some of the lesser-known sides of Martin Luther King's life and legacy, not just about his radicalism and focus on labor rights but also some new takes on the long shadow of the patriarchal views he held and reinforced Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Become a member and enjoy ad-free episodes and bonus content! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr  Ch. 2: Act 1: Web Bonus Rev. James Lawson & Michael Honey on MLK’s Vision of Worker Solidarity & Economic Justice - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 04-04-18 Ch. 3: Song 1: Parade Shoes - Arc and Crecent Ch. 4: Act 2: The legacy of Coretta Scott King - Backstory - Air Date 3-30-18 Ch. 5: Song 2: Donder - Darby Ch. 6: Act 3: Dr. King's Bad Advice - On the Media - Air Date 4-6-18 Ch. 7: Song 3: Vernouillet - The Sweet Hots Ch. 8: Act 4: King and gender - The Dig - Air Date 3-21-18 Ch. 9: Song 4: Gusty Hollow - Migration Ch. 10: Act 5: Remembering Dr. King's Legacy That Many Forget - The Root Ch. 11: Song 5: Kallaloe - Barstool Ch. 12: Act 6: A More Beautiful & Terrible History The Whitewashing & Distortion of Rosa Parks and MLK’s Legacies - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 02-06-18 Ch. 13: Song 6: Andelo - Pacha Faro Ch. 14: Act 7: The parts of MLK's legacy that made him unpopular and that we need to talk about more - Thinking Cap - Air Date 4-5-18 Voicemails Ch. 21: Seeking unity - Sam from Nashville Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent Ch. 23:Final comments BONUS CLIP: Ralph Nader on How to Dismantle the Corporate State - @freespeechtv - Air Date 5-9-14 Help fight climate change! Donate to Jay's Climate Ride fundraiser! Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent (Additional music from Blue Dot Sessions) Further Reading & Actions: America's Moral Malady (Rev. William Barber; The Atlantic) KING: Fifty years after Martin Luther King Jr.'s Assassination, His Legacy is Still Being Written(The Atlantic Special Edition) The Last March of Martin Luther King Jr.(The Atlantic) ACTION: The Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for a Moral Revival (PoorPeoplesCampaign.org) Curated by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman  Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Support the show via Patreon Check out the BotL iOS/AndroidApp 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 iTunesand Stitcher![...]


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

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 22:00:00 +0000

Air Date: 4/6/2018 Today, in response to a conservative listener who sent in a voicemail about gun culture and policy, the entire episode is a point by point response to that call, complete with as many clips as usual from some regular and irregular sources, with plenty of disagreement but, ultimately, finding lots of common ground Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Support my Climate Ride! Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr  Ch. 2: Act 1: Listener Voicemail - Looking for common ground on gun control - Caitlin Ch. 3: Act 2: The political effects of Facebook's algorithms - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date 03-20-18 Ch. 4: Act 3: Jennifer Carlson on race and gun culture - The Ezra Klein Show - Air Date 3-12-18 Ch. 5: Act 4: Second amendment redefinition a fraud on the American people - Bradcast - Air Date 3-27-18 Ch. 6: Act 5: The myth of defensive gun ownership Part 1 - Science VS - Air Date 8-4-18 Ch. 7: Act 6: The myth of defensive gun ownership - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date 02-03-15 Ch. 8: Act 7: The myth of defensive gun ownership Part 2 - Science VS - Air Date 8-4-18 Ch. 9: Act 8: Gun Control will Not Cure a Society that Produces Monstrous Behavior - @TheRealNews - Air Date 2-24-18 Ch. 10: Act 9: Danger of guns to women - Progressive Faith Sermons w: @RevDrRay - Air Date 10-8-17 Ch. 11: Act 10: The homicide rate with guns present, especially against women - Science VS - Air Date 8-4-18 Ch. 12: Act 11: Prevalence of guns results in more gun deaths and laws do work - Speak Out With Tim Wise - Air Date 2-20-18 Ch. 13: Act 12: The Gun Policies Americans Agree On - On The Media - Air Date 1-8-16 Ch. 14: Act 13: Does It Matter What You Think About Gun Policy? - On The Media - Air Date 1-8-16 Ch. 15: Final comments about what the gun debate is really all about Help fight climate change! Donate to Jay's Climate Ride fundraiser! Music from Blue Dot Sessions:  Celestial Navigation - Aeronaut Contrarian - Sketchbook Hundred Mile - K2 Planting Flags - K4 Vengeful - Warmbody Wingspan - Bayou Birds Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Support the show via Patreon Check out the BotL iOS/AndroidApp 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 iTunesand Stitcher![...]


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#1175 You are the product in the internet economy (Facebook)

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 22:00:00 +0000

Air Date: 4/3/2018 Today we take a look at the latest revelations about the (mis)use of Facebook's data in an attempt to influence US elections, some of those who've seen this coming for years and some thoughts on what to do about it Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Support my Climate Ride! Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr  Ch. 2: Act 1: Facebook Data Massively Obtained & Misused by Cambridge Analytica - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 03-20-18 Ch. 3: Song 1: Minutes - Pacha Faro Ch. 4: Act 2: Analytics CEO CAUGHT On Tape Discussing Potential Bribery and Entrapment - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 03-21-18 Ch. 5: Song 2: Lakal - Speakeasy Ch. 6: Act 3: The Facebook Alarm Bells Have Been Ringing For Years - On The Media - Air Date 3-23-18 Ch. 7: Song 3: Lahaina - Cloud Harbor Ch. 8: Act 4: Micah Sifry on Facebook - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 3-28-18 Ch. 9: Song 4: Entrap - Darby Ch. 10: Act 5: Dan Rather's Message to Mark Zuckerberg - The News with Dan Rather on @theyoungturks - Air Date: 03-27-18 Ch. 11: Song 5: Contrarian - Sketchbook Ch. 12: Act 6: Is Facebook in trouble? - The Inquiry - Air Date 3-8-18 Ch. 13: Act 7: You Are The Product: Is Facebook's Business Model Spying & Selling Our Data? - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 03-22-18 Voicemails Ch. 14: Explaining long-term use of opiates - Marguerite from Fortuna, CA Ch. 15: Liberal Trump voter - Sam from Nashville, TN Ch. 16: US has been most influential country - Sam from Nashville, TN Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent Ch. 17: Final comments on tenets of “freedom from” and “freedom to” Climate Ride is 2 weeks away! Donate to my Climate Ride fundraiser! Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent (Additional music from Blue Dot Sessions) Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Support the show via Patreon Check out the BotL iOS/AndroidApp 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 iTunesand Stitcher![...]


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#1106 If you can’t beat them, suppress them (Voting Rights) (Encore)

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 21:50:24 +0000

Air Date: 5/23/2017

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

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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


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#1174 Renewed and repackaged racism (Drug War)

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 22:00:00 +0000

Air Date: 3/27/2018 Today we take a look at the blossoming of the renewed efforts of the conservative drug warriors Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Become a member and enjoy ad-free episodes and bonus content! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr  Ch. 2: Act 1: Michelle Alexander We Must Respond Forcefully & Challenge Jeff Sessions's New War on Drugs - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 05-19-17 Ch. 3: Song 1:  Waterbourne - Algea Fields Ch. 4: Act 2: Race, drugs and prisons - Progressive Faith Sermons w @RevDrRay - Air Date 9-10-17 Ch. 5: Song 2:  Gullwing Sailor - Migration Ch. 6: Act 3: Art Way on Pot Recriminalization - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 1-12-18 Ch. 7: Song 3:  Inessential - Bayou Birds Ch. 8: Act 4: Understanding the repeal of the Cole memo - Off Kilter - Air Date 1-26-18 Ch. 9: Song 4:  Astrisx - Bodytonic Ch. 10: Act 5: Tell Congress: Punitive Drug Policies Don’t Work. Harm-Reduction Does. via @DrugPolicyOrg - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 11: Song 5:  Streamer - Arc and Crecent Ch. 12: Act 6: Death to Drug Dealers Trump Threatens to Ramp Up Drug War, Praising Efforts in Philippines & China - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 03-12-18 Voicemails Ch. 13: The barbary wars were justified - Anonymous Ch. 14: Breaking free from the car - Joe from Chicago Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent Ch. 15: Final comments on the benefits of electric-assist bikes and the militaristic history of the US Help fight climate change! Donate to Jay's Climate Ride fundraiser! Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent (Additional music from Blue Dot Sessions) Activism: TAKE ACTION Tell Congress: Stand Against Harsh Drug Penalties via Drug Policy Alliance  Tip: Use the sample email as guidance for a call script.  EDUCATE YOURSELF An Overdose Death Is Not Murder: Why Drug-Induced Homicide Laws Are Counterproductive and Inhumane (Drug Policy Alliance) Experts React to Trump’s Plan to Escalate Drug War and Impose Death Penalty for Drug Offenses (Drug Policy Alliance) Read: Jeff Sessions’s memo asking federal prosecutors to seek the death penalty for drug traffickers (Vox) Legal pot business owners ponder the possibility of death row after Trump administration policy shift (NBC) Eleven countries studied, one inescapable conclusion – the drug laws don’t work (The Guardian, 2014) Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman  Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Support the show via Patreon 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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#1173 Think transgenerationally, act simply (Culture and Environment)

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 22:00:00 +0000

Air Date: 3/23/2018 Today we take a look at the structures, barriers and incentives standing between us and simpler, more fulfilling, happier and more environmentally sustainable lives Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Become a member and enjoy ad-free episodes and bonus content! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr  Ch. 2: Act 1: You Can't Have Infinite Growth On A Finite Planet - Sustainable Human - Air Date 1-11-18 Ch. 3: Song 1:  N/A Ch. 4: Act 2: Pleasure, happiness and the marketing that leads us to depression - Who. What. Why. - Air Date 9-29-2017 Ch. 5: Song 2:  Open Flames - Aeronaut Ch. 6: Act 3: David Ketchum "Complicity, Simplicity, and the World We Are Creating" - Progressive Faith Sermons w: @RevDrRay - Air Date 1-22-17 Ch. 7: Song 3:  Molly Molly - Barstool Ch. 8: Act 4: Minimalism: class, fetishes and the fate of the planet - @TheMinimalists - Air Date 2-14-17 Ch. 9: Song 4:  Homegrown - The Pine Barrens Ch. 10: Act 5: The Story of Solutions - storyofstuffproject - Air Date 10-1-13 Ch. 11: Song 5:  Yarrow and Root - The Bulwark Ch. 12: Act 6: Ari Wallach: 3 ways to plan for the very long term - @TEDTalks - Air Date 4-10-17 Voicemails Ch. 13: Suggesting Hardcore History: Death Throes of the Republic - V from Central New York Ch. 14: Second amendment is like running a 21st century country on 18th century operating system - Erin from Philadelphia Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent Ch. 15: Final comments on understanding the systematic nature of oppression so as to know what spandex to wear in opposing it Help fight climate change! Donate to Jay's Climate Ride fundraiser! Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent (Additional music from Blue Dot Sessions) Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Support the show via Patreon 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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#1172 The cultural legacy of the way The West was won (Gun Culture)

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 22:00:00 +0000

Air Date: 3/20/2018 Today we take a look at the culture behind the gun culture in the US in an attempt to better understand it and to glean new ideas on how to fix it Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Become a member and enjoy ad-free episodes and bonus content! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr  Ch. 2: Act 1: The origins of gun culture and violence - Ideas from CBC - Air Date 10-1-17 Ch. 3: Song 1:  Lesser Gods of Metal - Ray Catcher Ch. 4: Act 2: White Supremacy and the Church of the Second Amendment - @Intercepted w @JeremyScahill - Air Date 2-28-18 Ch. 5: Song 2:  Inessential - Bayou Birds Ch. 6: Act 3: Close the Boyfriend Loophole - @FullFrontalSamB - Air Date: 11-02-17 Ch. 7: Song 3:  Yarrow and Root - The Bulwark Ch. 8: Act 4: The BIGGEST Problem is American Gun Culture - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 02-22-18 Ch. 9: Song 4:  Lakal - Speakeasy Ch. 10: Act 5: Help Students March for Their Lives on March 24th via @AMarch4OurLives #NeverAgain Ch. 11: Song 5:  Planting Flags - K4 Ch. 12: Act 6: America has a different, toxic relationship to guns - Speak Out With Tim Wise - Air Date 2-20-18 Voicemails Ch. 13: Thoughts on the lesser-known victims of the opioid crisis - Ani from Alabama Ch. 14: False equivalency between US and Israel - Zach from Atlanta Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent Ch. 15: Final comments incorporating the legacy of colonialism in its various forms BONUS CLIP 1: Juan Gonzalez on the hidden forces behind global immigration - @Intercepted w @JeremyScahill - Air Date 1-31-18 BONUS CLIP 2: Blood, Sweat and Tears (City of the Future, Part 2) - 99% Invisible - Air Date 2-21-18, 2-28-18 Help fight climate change! Donate to Jay's Climate Ride fundraiser! Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent (Additional music from Blue Dot Sessions) Activism: TAKE ACTION Find a March for Our Lives event near you Support the March for Our Lives - Donate Purchase the song “Shine” written and performed by members of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Drama to support Shine MSD - a nonprofit founded to encourage survivors of violence to express themselves through art. EDUCATE YOURSELF National School Walkout: Thousands Protest Against Gun Violence Across the U.S. (NY Times) Students from Parkland and Chicago unite to expand the gun control conversation (Vox) Florida passes gun control bill but fails to ban assault-style weapons used in Parkland school shooting (Independent) College and University Update on Disciplinary Actions (NACAC) Drive them to a march. Buy their gas. Whatever it takes, support all kids marching today (The Guardian) The Students of Stoneman Douglas (60 Minutes) Universities Tell Applicants That Protesting Gun Violence Won’t Affect Admissions (Huffington Post) Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman  Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Support the show via Patreon 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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#1171 Debt, profit and modern-day slavery (Injustice System)

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 22:00:00 +0000

Air Date: 3/16/2018 Today we take a look at the catastrophic point where cutting taxes, racism, capitalism, immigration policy and our punitive-rather-than-rehabilitative criminal justice system all meet Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Become a member and enjoy ad-free episodes and bonus content! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr  Ch. 2: Act 1: Targeting minority communities as sources of revenue through law enforcement - Leid Stories - Air Date 8-25-15 Ch. 3: Song 1:  Lord Weasel - Molerider Ch. 4: Act 2: The costs of incarceration for those least able to pay - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 9-30-16 Ch. 5: Song 2:  One Little Triumph - Piano Mover Ch. 6: Act 3: Lauren Brooke, author of Inside Private Prisons - Off Kilter - Air Date 11-9-17 Ch. 7: Song 3:  Dirtbike Lovers - Desert Orchard Ch. 8: Act 4: Revenge or Reform: The Penal Challenge - Progressive Faith Sermons w @RevDrRay - Air Date 6-11-17 Ch. 9: Song 4:  Neil Takes Two - Studio J Ch. 10: Act 5: What They Won't Tell You About The Fires In California - @RedactedTonight with @LeeCamp - Air Date 10-18-17 Ch. 11: Song 5:  Donder - Darby Ch. 12: Act 6: LA Sheriff Whines Because 'Good' Prison Laborers Are Getting Released - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 10-14-17 Ch. 13: Song 6:  Heather - Migration Ch. 14: Act 7: Slave labor in our prisons - Off Kilter - Air Date 10-20-17 Ch. 15: Song 7:  A Burst of Light - Delray Ch. 16: Act 8: Support #OperationPUSH & Join Juneteenth 2018 Call to End Prison Slavery via @IWW_IWOC - Best of the Left Activism Voicemails Ch. 17: Disputing the horseshoe fallacy - Eduardo Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent Ch. 18: Final comments on DACA, immigration policy, Japanese internment, prison labor and agribusiness Sarah Taber's Twitter thread on Dreamers & the Agricultural History of Japanese Internment Camps BONUS CLIP: Hard times (still) in the fields - Jim @HightowerNews - Air Date 3-14-18 Help fight climate change! Donate to Jay's Climate Ride fundraiser! Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent (Additional music from Blue Dot Sessions) Activism: TAKE ACTION Support Operation PUSH - Incarcerated Worker’s Organizing Committee Support Juneteenth 2018 Call to End Prison Slavery - Fight Toxic Prisons Other Resources: Check out Free Alabama Movement’s “ALABAMA'S EDUCATION, REHABILITATION, AND RE-ENTRY PREPAREDNESS BILL" Check out ACLU New Jersey’s “A Vision to End Mass Incarceration in New Jersey” EDUCATE YOURSELF Prisoner Rights Advocates Rally Against Visitation Cutbacks In Florida Prisons (WUFT) Both Red and Blue States Rely on Prison Labor (via The American Prospect) Prison labour is a billion-dollar industry, with uncertain returns for inmates (The Economist) The NCAA Says Student-Athletes Shouldn’t Be Paid Because the 13th Amendment Allows Unpaid Prison Labor (The Intercept) Florida is afraid of its prison system. Here’s what lawmakers want to do about it. (Tampa Bay Times) Florida Prisoners Prepare To Strike, Demanding an End to Unpaid Labor and Brutal Conditions (The Intercept) Enlisting Prison Labor to Close Budget Gaps (via The New York Times, 2011) 4 Reasons to End Prison Labor Immediately (Care2) Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman  Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Support the show via Patreon 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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#1109 Finding the path forward for Democrats and the progressive movement (Encore)

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 23:52:01 +0000

Air Date: 6/6/2017

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

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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


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#1170 Understanding the causes and cures of the opioid crisis

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 23:00:00 +0000

Air Date: 3/9/2018 Today we take a look at Trump's half-hearted and misguided attempt to address the opioid crisis as well as give some understanding to the history of opioids in the US, the multifaceted reasons why they're being abused at record levels and some ideas as to how to address the problem both humanely and effectively Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr  Ch. 2: Act 1: Trump's Opioid Response Ignores Real Solutions - @TheRealNews - Air Date 10-26-17 Ch. 3: Song 1:  These Times - The Pine Barrens Ch. 4: Act 2: Opioid addiction in America - BackStory - Air Date 5-12-17 Ch. 5: Song 2:  Our Fingers Cold - K2 Ch. 6: Act 3: Neuroscientist Dr. Carl Hart People Are Dying in Opioid Crisis Because of Politicians’ Ignorance - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 10-27-17 Ch. 7: Song 3:  Vibrant Canopy - Origami Ch. 8: Act 4: The missing context of the escalating potency of opioid drugs - The Dig - Air Date 10-23-17 Ch. 9: Song 4:  Waterbourne - Algea Fields Ch. 10: Act 5: How Trump's opioid emergency measures come up short - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 11-3-17 Ch. 11: Song 5:  Moon Bicycle Theme - American Moon Bicycle Ch. 12: Act 6: The psychology and ideology of addiction and treatment - Economic Update - Air Date 1-12-18 Voicemails Ch. 13: Understanding multi-layered fears - Steve from Tampa, FL Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent Ch. 14: Final comments on Steve’s homework and a tease for a bonus clip on the other opioid crisis BONUS CLIP: Are We Missing a Bigger Opioid Crisis? - The Inquiry - Air Date 12-7-17 Help fight climate change! Donate to my Climate Ride fundraiser! Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent (Additional music from Blue Dot Sessions) Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Support the show via Patreon 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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#1169 Playing with Winter (Threat and Effects of Nuclear War)

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 23:00:00 +0000

Air Date: 3/6/2018 Today we use Trump's threats to commit genocide in North Korea as the jumping off point to take a look at the process of launching and the probable result of using nuclear weapons Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Become a member and enjoy ad-free episodes and bonus content! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr  Ch. 2: Act 1: Trump calls for genocide - @CounterSpin - Air Date 9-22-17 Ch. 3: Song 1:  Quaver - Codebreaker Ch. 4: Act 2: Explaining the process for launching a nuclear attack - Intercepted (@theintercept) - Air Date 9-27-17 Ch. 5: Song 2:  Lochley Fells - Barstool Ch. 6: Act 3: Mutually assured destruction in the age of Trump - Thinking Cap - Air Date 2-1-18 Ch. 7: Song 3:  That Horse Ithica - Sketchbook Ch. 8: Act 4: Daniel Ellsberg on nuclear war - Who What Why - Air Date 12-20-17 Ch. 9: Song 4:  Shift of Currents - Aeronaut Ch. 10: Act 5: Don't Bank on The Bomb Ch. 11: Song 5:  N/A Ch. 12: Act 6: Divest from Nuclear Weapons Producers via @DontBankonBomb - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 13: Song 6: The Rampart - Castle Danger Ch. 14: Act 7: Evan Osnos on the North Korea crisis - The Ezra Klein Show - Air Date 11-6-17 Ch. 15: Final comments on some of the lessons we could or should learn from recent developments with North Korea Help fight climate change! Donate to Jay's Climate Ride fundraiser! Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent (Additional music from Blue Dot Sessions) Activism: TAKE ACTION  Divest from financial institutions funding nuclear weapons production with DontBankontheBomb.com Get guidance on divesting, download the campaigner guide, and more, on the Action page Easily tweet at and tag financial institutions on Facebook to tell them to stop investing in nuclear weapons EDUCATE YOURSELF Who Invests? (Don't Bank on the Bomb) Who Divests? (Don't Bank on the Bomb) Nuclear Weapons Producers (Don't Bank on the Bomb) Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman  Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Support the show via Patreon 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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#1168 Understanding the Rise of the Right

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 23:00:00 +0000

Air Date: 3/2/2018 Today we take a look at the rise of the right from Trumpism in the US to the far-right parties gaining steam in Europe and beyond Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Become a member and enjoy ad-free episodes and bonus content! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr  Ch. 2: Act 1: Brian Klass on understanding what it takes to make Trumpism enticing - The Good Fight - Air Date 6-7-17 Ch. 3: Song 1:  Eventual Victory - Codebreaker Ch. 4: Act 2: Christian Picciolini explaining what draws people into hate - Speak Out with Tim Wise - Air Date 9-30-17 Ch. 5: Song 2:  The Trestle - Lillehammer Ch. 6: Act 3: Timothy Snyder on the anatomy of tyranny - Ideas from CBC - Air Date 2-23-18 Ch. 7: Song 3:  Tyrano Theme - Tyrano Ch. 8: Act 4: Understanding the recent elections in Germany - Trumpcast - Air Date 10-4-17 Ch. 9: Song 4:  Delicious - Towboat Ch. 10: Act 5: Understanding the Golden Dawn party in Greece - @Making_Contact - Air Date 12-13-17 Ch. 11: Song 5:  Vengeful - Warmbody Ch. 12: Act 6: How we are encouraging the enemies of democracy - The Good Fight - Air Date 4-12-17 Ch. 13: Song 6:  Thannoid - Bodytonic Ch. 14: Act 7: Liz Fekete economic push for the rise of the right in Europe - This is Hell - Air Date 1-20-18 Voicemails Ch. 15: The challenge to redefine our society - V from Central New York Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent Ch. 16: Final comments on the importance of finding the intersections of political issues Help fight climate change! Donate to Jay's Climate Ride fundraiser! Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent (Additional music from Blue Dot Sessions) Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Support the show via Patreon 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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#1167 The kids are alright and they are leading the way again (Parkland Shooting)

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 23:00:00 +0000

Air Date: 2/27/2018 Today we take a look at the youth-lead response to the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School as well as some history of youth-protest movements Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Become a member and enjoy ad-free episodes and bonus content! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft     Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr  Ch. 2: Act 1: “The Time to Act Is Now” Florida School Shooting Survivors Confront Trump, Rubio on Gun Control - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 02-22-18 Ch. 3: Song 1:  Quaver - Codebreaker Ch. 4: Act 2: The impressive response from students of Stoneman Douglas High School - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 2-22-18 Ch. 5: Song 2:  Lahaina - Cloud Harbor Ch. 6: Act 3: The Last School Shooting - On the Media - Air Date 2-23-18 Ch. 7: Song 3:  The Envelope - Aeronaut Ch. 8: Act 4: The history and present of youth leadership in protest - #SundayCivics - Air Date 2-25-18 Ch. 9: Song 4:  Minutes - Pacha Faro Ch. 10: Act 5: Mary Beth Tinker on the power of youth protest - Trumpcast - Air Date 2-23-18 Ch. 11: Song 5:  Gullwing Sailor - Migration Ch. 12: Act 6: Stand with the Students to Demand Real Gun Regulation: Call. March. Boycott. Vote. via @AMarch4OurLives #NeverAgain Ch. 13: Song 6:  When in the West - Landsman Duets Ch. 14: Act 7: The next crop of leaders standing up to injustice - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 2-22-18 Voicemails Ch. 15: There was a lack of nuance in the Israel and Palestine episodes - Jeff T from New York Ch. 16: Sharing some insights from a fearful, gun-owning couple - Steve from Tampa, FL Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent Ch. 17: Final comments on what news I remember from high school and some critical thinking homework in response to the voicemails Help fight climate change! Donate to Jay's Climate Ride fundraiser! Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent (Additional music from Blue Dot Sessions) Activism: TAKE ACTION #NeverAgain: Take part in the March for Our Lives in DC, or find one near you, on Saturday, March 24th Donate to support the organizing efforts for the marches nationwide Encourage young people to pre-register & register to vote before the midterm elections. #VoteforOurLives Call and write your members of congress about gun control and VOTE! Boycott and pressure banks & companies with ties to the NRA and gun and ammunition producers. Other ways you can help: Donate to the Parkland Victims Fund, the MSD Benefit Concert, and/or the Journalism Program at MSD EDUCATE YOURSELF The Parkland Students Aren't Going Away (The Atlantic) How the Survivors of Parkland Began the Never Again Movement (The New Yorker) Students Who Lived Through Florida Shooting Turn Rage Into Activism (NPR) Key Gun Violence Statistics (The Brady Campaign) Florida shooting leads some Republicans to say it's time for Congress to do more than talk (USA Today) The NRA is being supported by these companies (Think Progress) Companies are cutting ties with the NRA after the Parkland mass shooting (Vox) These are the banks financing the assault weapons industry (Think Progress) Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman  Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Support the show via Patreon 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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#1166 How to create a happier society and why the GOP refuses (Social Benefits)

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 23:00:00 +0000

Air Date: 2/20/2018 Today we respond to the recent Trump budget proposal with some economic theories of our own, a description of how we could make ourselves happier and more prosperous and an explanation for why the GOP governing philosophy is so at odds with implementing programs that people like Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr  Ch. 2: Act 1: The corporate slight-of-hand in the wake of the New Deal - Economic Update with Prof. Richard D. Wolff - Air Date: 08-31-2017 Ch. 3: Song 1:  Gondola Blue - Towboat Ch. 4: Act 2: Sweden Got More Socialist, Economy Now BOOMING - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 05-15-17  Ch. 5: Song 2:  Wingspan - Bayou Birds Ch. 6: Act 3: People in Denmark Are Much Happier Than People in the United States. Here’s Why. - The Nation - Air Date 7-17-17 Ch. 7: Song 3:  N/A Ch. 8: Act 4: Using economic crisis to roll back the gains for works made after the last crisis - Economic Update - Air Date 7-7-17 Ch. 9: Song 4:  Contrarian - Sketchbook Ch. 10: Act 5: Justifying Universal Social Safety Nets Means Testing Is Incredibly Divisive & Politically Toxic - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date 08-31-17 Ch. 11: Song 5: Surly Bonds - Aeronaut Ch. 12: Act 6: #HandsOff: Reject Trump’s Morally Bankrupt Budget via @amprog @CoalitiononHN @CenterOnBudget @SSWorks Ch. 13: Song 6: This Fickle World - Theo Bard Ch. 14: Act 7: The Two Santa Claus Theory: Republican Strategy to Dismantle the Social Safety Net - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date 1-31-18 Ch. 15: Final comments on the tipping point in the Democratic party that portends hope for the future Help fight climate change! Donate to my Climate Ride fundraiser! Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent (Additional music from Blue Dot Sessions) Activism: TAKE ACTION Tell Congress to keep #HandsOff necessary government programs by calling, and emailing via the Coalition on Human Needs action page Check out and share the Center for American Progress Budget Fact Sheets Check out and share reports from the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities Get involved with the Coalition for Human Needs & Social Security Works EDUCATE YOURSELF President's Budget Would Cut Food Assistance for Millions and Radically Restructure SNAP (CBPP) Policy Basics: The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (CBPP) Fact Sheet: How Trump's 2019 Budget Hurts Older Americans (Center for American Progress) Trump's 2019 Budget: what he cuts, how much he cuts, and why it matters (Vox)  “America’s Harvest Box” Captures the Trumpian Attitude Toward Poverty (The New Yorker) A Bad Budget for America's Place in the World (Center for American Progress) Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman  Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Support the show via Patreon 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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#1165 The flip side of the coin (Palestine)

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 23:00:00 +0000

Air Date: 2/16/2018 Today, after having recently looked at a few of the details of Israel, we take a look at what's happening on the other side of the border, in Palestine.  Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr  Ch. 2: Act 1: Amer Zahr on working toward rights and democracy for all in Israel - Part 1 - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date 3-18-17 Ch. 3: Song 1:  Parade Shoes - Arc and Crecent Ch. 4: Act 2: The Oakland Institute's Anuradha Mittal on Life, Land and the Wall Between Them in Occupied Palestine Part 1 - This is Hell - Air Date 11-1-17 Ch. 5: Song 2:  Gullwing Sailor - Migration Ch. 6: Act 3: Ben Ehrenreich and Amy Wilentz looking at life for Palestinians on the West Bank - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date is 7-6-2016 Ch. 7: Song 3:  modum - Kai Engel Ch. 8: Act 4: Amer Zahr on working toward rights and democracy for all in Israel - Part 2 - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date 3-18-17 Ch. 9: Song 4:  Another Promise Kept - Art Of Escapism Ch. 10: Act 5: The Oakland Institute's Anuradha Mittal on Life, Land and the Wall Between Them in Occupied Palestine - Part 2 - This is Hell - Air Date 11-1-17 Voicemails Ch. 11: Filling in some gaps in the #MeToo discussion - Margareet from Fortuna, CA Ch. 12: How do we do egalitarianism right? - Susie from Chicago, IL Ch. 13: The failure of imagination of jumping to advocating agency - Dave from Olympia, WA Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent Ch. 14: Final comments in which Jay shows the way forward to build gender egalitarianism by repeating what some women have been saying for years Help fight climate change! Donate to my Climate Ride fundraiser! Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent (Additional music from Blue Dot Sessions) Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Support the show via Patreon 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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#1164 The context of the Korean Peninsula

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 23:00:00 +0000

Air Date: 2/13/2018 Today we take a look at the history and context of the Korean Peninsula, how it was split in two in the first place and how self-perpetuating actions have been taken ever since to bring us to the brink of what would be a completely unnecessary and utterly disastrous war Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr  Ch. 2: Act 1: Ghosts of the Korean War - @Making_Contact - Air Date 2-7-18 Ch. 3: Song 1:  Plate Statis - Algea Fields Ch. 4: Act 2: Understanding the problems on the Korean peninsula Part 1 - The Ezra Klein Show - Air Date 12-18-17 Ch. 5: Song 2:  Unfolding Plot - Ray Catcher Ch. 6: Act 3: If you Remember Vietnam, You Already Know Whats Happening With North Korea - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date 09-20-17 Ch. 7: Song 3:  Celestial Navigation - Aeronaut Ch. 8: Act 4: Why Kim Jong Un is rational in his own context - Cape Up - Air Date 1-16-18 Ch. 9: Song 4:  Shift of Currents - Aeronaut Ch. 10: Act 5: The breakdown in our negotiating tactics with North Korea Part 2 - The Ezra Klein Show - Air Date 12-18-17 Ch. 11: Song 5:  Thread Caramb - Textile Caramb Ch. 12: Act 6: Donald Trump Proves North Korea Was Right According To Kim Jong-un - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date 09-22-17 Ch. 13: Song 6:  Cloud Line - K4 Ch. 14: Act 7: What Would War with North Korea Look Like? - The Inquiry - Air Date 7-26-17 Voicemails Ch. 15: Explaining rank-choice voting - Erin from Philadelphia Ch. 16: Catch problematic behaviors before they fester into something worse - Ariel from Memphis Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent Ch. 17: Final comments on prosecutorial discretion in the court of public opinion Help fight climate change! Donate to my Climate Ride fundraiser! Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent (Additional music from Blue Dot Sessions) Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Support the show via Patreon 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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#1091 Progressives fighting on multiple fronts (The Resistance) (Encore)

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 23:00:00 +0000

Air Date: 3/31/2017 Today we look at the multi-front political battles being waged for the heart of the progressive movement, women’s movement, the Democratic party and the county as a whole Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: A roundup of grassroots resistance groups - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 3-8-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: A Lot of Work to Do - Friendly People Ch. 4: Act 2: Intersectional feminism is looking to tear down the capitalism establishment - Off Kilter (@TalkPoverty) - Air Date 3-8-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: Intersectionality - Those American Girls Ch. 6: Act 3: The Democratic party needs to debate it's differences - The Zero Hour w @RJEskow - Air Date 3-4-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: Keep On Moving Forward - Emma's Revolution Ch. 8: Act 4: Why we can't abandon the red states - Belabored (@DissentMag) - Air Date 3-24-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: Immigrants (We Get the Job Done) - K'naan, Snow Tha Product, Riz MC & Residente Ch. 10: Act 5: A coalition of movements arise under Trump - @theLFshow w @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date 3-15-17 Ch. 11: Song 5: Workers of the World Unite! - The Last Internationale Ch. 12: Act 6: Nancy Pelosi Has Super Secret Plan To Keep Losing - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 03-24-17 Ch. 13: Song 6: Master Plan - My Morning Jacket Ch. 14: Act 7: The messaging of inevitability for the progressive movement - The Zero Hour w: @RJEskow - Air Date 3-4-17 Ch. 15: Song 7: Inevitable - Scissor Sisters Ch. 16: Act 8: Tap Into the Tools for ‘The Resistance’ - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 17: Song 8: Time for Action - Secret Affair Ch. 18: Act 9: Women in the age of Trump and what the movement looks like - We the Podcast with Rep. @keithellison - Air Date 3-30-17[...]


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#1163 Strange Bedfellows (Israel)

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 23:00:00 +0000

Air Date: 2/6/2018 Today we take a look at Israel from a variety of angles including what they do, who supports them and why Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr  Ch. 2: Act 1: Breaking down Trump's moves on Israel - Intercepted (@theintercept) - Air Date 1-31-18 Ch. 3: Song 1:  Quaver - Codebreaker Ch. 4: Act 2: What doesn't get mentioned when reporting on Israel - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 1-19-18 Ch. 5: Song 2:  Surly Bonds - Aeronaut Ch. 6: Act 3: “Gaza An Inquest into Its Martyrdom” Norman Finkelstein on the Many Lies Perpetuated About Gaza - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 01-10-18 Ch. 7: Song 3:  Hundred Mile-No Guitar - K2 Ch. 8: Act 4: What Israel has to do with local policing in the US - Intercepted (@theintercept) - Air Date 9-20-17 Ch. 9: Song 4:  Lahaina - Cloud Harbor Ch. 10: Act 5: Richard Spencer Appears On Israeli TV, Says Ethno-Nationalism Should Make Viewers Respect Him - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 08-21-17 Ch. 11: Song 5:  Stale Case - Darby Ch. 12: Act 6: Ilan Pappé: The Myths of Israel - @TheRealNews - Air Date 3-30-17 Ch. 13: Final comments addressing some of the concerns about the #MeToo movement Help me reach my goal! Donate to my Climate Ride fundraiser! Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent (Additional music from Blue Dot Sessions, Free Music Archive) Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Support the show via Patreon 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![...]



#1162 The economics of immigration and demonization

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 23:00:00 +0000

Air Date: 2/2/2018 Today we take a look at the economics of immigration, both the good and the bad, both the domestic and international Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Support our Winter Fundraiser! Join the Best of the Left Social Network! Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr Ch. 2: Act 1: The economics of immigration and demonization - Economic Update w: @profwolff - Air Date 2-28-17 Ch. 3: Song 1:  Kawruwath Na - Amarasiri Peiris Ch. 4: Act 2: The economic benefits of welcoming anyone, regardless of immigration status - The Other Washington from @civicskunkworks - Air Date 5-11-17 Ch. 5: Song 2:  Another Promise Kept - Art Of Escapism Ch. 6: Act 3: How Democrats Used to Talk About Immigration - On The Media - Air Date 9-8-17 Ch. 7: Song 3:  Betty Dear - The Pine Barrens Ch. 8: Act 4: Why we all need to be involved in immigration fight - @SundayCivics - Air Date 1-28-18 Ch. 9: Song 4:  Le gris, le bleu, d'une profonde humilité - Monplaisir Ch. 10: Act 5: Juan Gonzalez on the hidden forces behind global immigration - @Intercepted w @JeremyScahill - Air Date 1-31-18 Ch. 11: Song 5:  Homegrown - The Pine Barrens Ch. 12: Act 6: Demand Your MoCs Defend Dreamers and Pass a Clean #DreamActNow via Dreamer Pledge Project @IndivisibleTeam @UNITEDWEDREAM - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 13: Song 6:  Rotisserie Graveyard - Doctor Turtle Ch. 14: Act 7: Back when America was great, it was awash in immigrants - Economic Update w: @profwolff - Air Date 1-18-18 Voicemails Ch. 15: Ranked-choice voting could work against progressives - Jeff from Charlotte, NC Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent (Additional music from Blue Dot Sessions, Free Music Archive)  Ch. 16: Final comments on ranked-choice voting Help fight climate change! Donate to Jay!'s Climate Ride fundraiser! Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent Activism: TAKE ACTION  Use DreamerPledge.org tools and scripts to demand your MoCs protect Dreamers REMINDERS: DACA ends March 5th! Next Continuing Resolution deadline is Feb. 8th! EDUCATE YOURSELF Do three-quarters of Americans support the DREAM Act? Nancy Pelosi says so (PolitiFact.com) Senate Democrats cave, provide votes based on McConnell’s empty promise (Think Progress) Compromise or cave-in? Democrats' deal to end shutdown sows division (The Guardian) Dreamers are Americans Too (TIME) “Dreamers” could give U.S. economy – and even American workers – a boost (Salon.com) Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Support the show via Patreon 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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#1161 Privacy, what is it good for? (Privacy Rights)

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0000

Air Date: 1/30/2018 Today we take a look at part of the history of our privacy rights, who they protect the most and what's happening to them recently Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Support our Winter Fundraiser! Join the Best of the Left Social Network! Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Who is worst effected when we allow creeping anti-privacy technology - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 3-11-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: When We Set Out - Arc and Crecent Ch. 4: Act 2: The history of our FISA laws - @HumorlessQueers - Air Date 3-11-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: contrarian - Sketchbook Ch. 6: Act 3: The Resistance Folds For Trump - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 01-12-18 Ch. 7: Song 3: Open Flames - Aeronaut Ch. 8: Act 4: Serious Problems with American Policing - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 02-12-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: Andelo - Pacha Faro Ch. 10: Act 5: Stop ALPR Surveillance in Your Community with CCOPS Laws via @ACLU - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 11: Song 5: Lumber Down - Barstool Ch. 12: Act 6: Privacy and our trash - BackStory Air Date: 10-06-17 Voicemails Ch. 13: Our diluted democracy - Jeff from Chicago Ch. 14: The invisible bigotry against non-Americans - Nate from Vacaville, CA Ch. 15: Different offenses need to be treated differently - Jeff from Charlotte, NC Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 16: Final comments on non-American bigotry and the response to #MeToo Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone (Additional music from Blue Dot Sessions)  Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Support the show via Patreon 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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#1160 Backlashes (#MeToo and the Women's Movement)

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 23:00:00 +0000

Air Date: 1/26/2018 Today we take a look at some of the nuances of the #MeToo movement and the predictable backlash to it as well as the backlash to Trump in the form of the one-year anniversary Women's March Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Support our Winter Fundraiser! Join the Best of the Left Social Network! Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr Ch. 2: Act 1: Explaining the Aziz Ansari story - Backtalk from Bitch Media - Air Date 1-25-18 Ch. 3: Song 1: The Envelope - Aeronaut Ch. 4: Act 2: #MeToo Backlash - @FullFrontalSamB - Air Date: 01-18-18 Ch. 5: Song 2:  Lahaina - Cloud Harbor Ch. 6: Act 3: Feminist Lessons From the Third Wave - On the Media - Air Date 1-19-18 Ch. 7: Song 3:  Gullwing Sailor - Migration Ch. 8: Act 4: Understanding the prevalence of harassment in the workplace - @offkiltershow - Air Date 11-17-17 Ch. 9: Song 4:  Discovery Harbor - Cloud Harbor Ch. 10: Act 5: “The Year of Our Awakening” Global Protests Mark Anniversary of Women’s March & Trump Inauguration - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 01-22-18 Ch. 11: Song 5:  Paper Feather - Migration Ch. 12: Act 6: Raise Women’s Voices By Fighting Voter Suppression via @Let_AmericaVote - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 13: Song 6:  Cicle Veroni - Cicle Kadde Ch. 14: Act 7: Kimberlé Crenshaw speech at the Women's March - Sojourner Truth Radio - Air Date 1-23-18 Voicemails Ch. 15: NYC March #1 - Alan from Connecticut Ch. 16: March #2 - Alan from Connecticut Ch. 17: Good news on the gerrymandering front in Pennsylvania - Erin from Philadelphia Ch. 18: Pessimistic about defeating gerrymandering - Annie from Alabama Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent Ch. 19: Final comments on being optimistic and the wrongheadedness of seeing people as complex and 3-dimensional Support the future of this show! OUR WINTER FUNDRAISER ENDS JANUARY 31st!  Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent (Additional music from Blue Dot Sessions)  Activism: TAKE ACTION Hold officials accountable for their voting rights record with Let America Vote  EDUCATE YOURSELF The Surprising Ways Voter Suppression Particularly Hurts Women (Alternet) Women's March 2018 Isn't About Trump —It's About Upending The Entire Political System (Newsweek) Voter Suppression Targets Women, Youth and Communities of Color (Issue Advisory, Part One) (NOW.org) In NC, Voter Suppression Hits Women & People of Color Hardest. (Southern Coalition for Social Justice; 2014) Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Support the show via Patreon & check out our Winter Fundraiser!  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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#1060 We should avoid these ends by avoiding these beginnings (Godwin’s Law) (Repost)

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 23:00:00 +0000

Air Date: 11/25/2016

Today we look at the comparison between the rise of Hitler and the rise of Trump, not to say that they are the same but to try to learn from the past in order to see farther into our own future and avoid the terrible ends that are possible

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: O'Connor Decries Republican Attacks on Courts - NPR Morning Edition - Air Date: 3-10-2006

Ch. 3: Song 1: Oak - Ben McElroy

 

Ch. 4: Act 2: His rise to power Part 1 - Trumpcast from @Slate - Air Date 11-21-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: Nazi (Live) - Chumbawamba

 

Ch. 6: Act 3: How South Africa Could Prepare the U.S. for President Trump - The Daily Show - Air Date 11-16-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: Things a Get from Bad to Worse - The Ethiopians

 

Ch. 8: Act 4: His rise to power Part 2 - Trumpcast from @Slate - Air Date 11-21-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: I think your a nazi - Stephen Lynch

 

Ch. 10: Act 5: Comparing the rise of Trump and Hitler - @InDeepRadio w: @AngieCoiro - Air Date 3-26-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: Der Fuehrer's Face (From "Nuttsey Land") - Spike Jones & His City Slickers

 

Ch. 12: Act 6: We Can't Wait To See The End Before We Resist The Beginning Of Fascism - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date 11-22-16


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#1159 Voters need to pick their reps, not the other way around (Gerrymandering)

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 23:00:00 +0000

Air Date: 1/19/2018 Today we take a look at one of the most important and least understood problems with our broken democracy, gerrymandering, including some ideas to fix it Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Support our Winter Fundraiser! Join the Best of the Left Social Network! Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Drawing New Lines - On the Media - Air Date 5-24-17 Ch. 3: Song 1:  Great is the Contessa - The Contessa Ch. 4: Act 2: Richard Hasen explains the case against gerrymandering - Amicus - Air Date 9-16-17 Ch. 5: Song 2:  Wingspan - Bayou Birds Ch. 6: Act 3: Rattling the Bars: Prison is Not a Residence - @TheRealNews - Air Date 9-18-16 Ch. 7: Song 3:  Theme - Towboat Ch. 8: Act 4: Looking forward to the 2020 census and the plan to gerrymander the future - Trumpcast - Air Date 1-4-18 Ch. 9: Song 4:  Planting Flags - K4 Ch. 10: Act 5: Judges Rule N. Carolina Representatives Cannot Choose their Voters - @TheRealNews - Air Date 1-11-18 Ch. 11: Song 5:  Parissi - Marisala Ch. 12: Act 6: Dems Must Be the Anti-Gerrymandering Party (w/ John Nichols) - The Zero Hour w @RJEskow - Air Date 7-18-17 Ch. 13: Final comments introducing the FairVote.org campaign Bonus Clip: Introducing: The Fair Representation Act - FairVote - Air Date 6-25-17 Support the future of this show! Become a member during our Winter Fundraiser!  Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone (Additional music from Blue Dot Sessions)  Activism: TAKE ACTION Learn more about the Fair Representation Act (HR 3057) at FairVote.org Share the campaign video for The Fair Representation Act - FairVote Tell Congress to support HR 3057 via Stance or call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 EDUCATE YOURSELF The Case for Proportional Voting (National Affairs) Dear Jeff Flake: time to start a third party (Vox) Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Support the show via Patreon & check out our Winter Fundraiser!  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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#1158 What America refuses to remember about Martin Luther King Jr.

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 23:00:00 +0000

Air Date: 1/16/2018 Today we take a look at the legacy of Martin Luther King that some people prefer to forget and most people never learned about. In fact, it is likely his forgotten opinions that got him killed rather than his calls for racial equality.  Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Support our Winter Fundraiser! Join the Best of the Left Social Network! Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: MLK What They Won't Teach In School Part 1 - News Beat (@USNewsBeat) - Air Date 1-8-18 Ch. 3: Song 1: N/A Ch. 4: Act 2: Understanding Beyond Vietnam - Intercepted (@intercepted) - Air Date 4-5-17 Ch. 5: Song 2:  The Envelope - Aeronaut Ch. 6: Act 3: The MLK you don't see on TV - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 1-20-17 Ch. 7: Song 3:  Vengeful - Warmbody Ch. 8: Act 4: MLK What They Won't Teach In School Part 2 - News Beat (@USNewsBeat) - Air Date 1-8-18 Ch. 9: Song 4:  N/A Ch. 10: Act 5: Invoking King when it's convenient, ignoring what we don't like - Intercepted (@intercepted) - Air Date 4-5-17 Ch. 11: Song 5:  Celestial Navigation - Aeronaut Ch. 12: Act 6: Understanding the response to the Beyond Vietnam speech - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 1-13-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Santre - K2 Ch. 14: Act 7: A Dream Remembered? How we came to revere MLK - @Making_Contact - Air Date 1-17-17 Ch. 15: Final comments on the revival of the Poor People’s Campaign Get involved with the new Poor People's Campaign  Support the future of this show! Become a member during our Winter Fundraiser!  Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone (Additional music from Blue Dot Sessions)  Activism: TAKE ACTION Get involved with the new Poor People's Campaign  Read the Campaign history and fundamental principles  Follow the Campaign on Facebook & Twitter EDUCATE YOURSELF Martin Luther King's Poor People's Campaign Reborn (Truth Dig) Artist creates "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" memes to stop people from whitewashing MLK (Mic) Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Support the show via Patreon & check out our Winter Fundraiser!  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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#1157 Policy without humanity (Immigration)

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 23:00:00 +0000

Air Date: 1/13/2018 Today we take a look at a bit of the history, and some of the recent developments of, the debate over immigration policy and the people affected by it Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Support our Winter Fundraiser! Join the Best of the Left Social Network! Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: INCREDIBLE Watch George HW Bush & Ronald Reagan Debate Immigration In 1980 - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date 09-06-17 Ch. 3: Song 1:  Shhhame (Instrumental Acoustic) - PC-ONE Ch. 4: Act 2: Tribalism, Narcissism, Nationalism, and their Offspring - Progressive Faith Sermon - Air Date 10-1-17 Ch. 5: Song 2:  Comma - Codebreaker Ch. 6: Act 3: The wrongheadedness of the boarder wall - The Dig - Air Date: 05-31-2017 Ch. 7: Song 3:  Lacrima D'esperide - Damiano Baldoni Ch. 8: Act 4: Deportations DOWN Under Trump Despite More "Arrests" - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 10-06-17 Ch. 9: Song 4:  Minutes - Pacha Faro Ch. 10: Act 5: The Clock Is Ticking for DACA, and the Government Shutdown - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 01-07-18 Ch. 11: Song 5:  Le gris, le bleu, d'une profonde humilité - Monplaisir Ch. 12: Act 6: The end of TPS for Salvadorans - In the Thick - Air Date 1-9-18 Ch. 13: Song 6:  Take a Tiny Train - Ray Catcher Ch. 14: Act 7: Pass a Clean Dream Act NOW via @UNITEDWEDREAM - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 15: Song 7:  Kawruwath Na - Amarasiri Peiris Ch. 16: Act 8: My Parents Were From What Trump Calls 'Shithole Countries' - Joy Reid | All In | MSNBC - Air Date 1-11-18 Voicemails Ch. 17: What if Congress were allowed secret ballots for their votes? - Dave from Olympia, WA Ch. 18: Did Jay! ever come back to take the reins of BotL again? - Nick from California  Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 19: Final comments on whether or not I ever came back to produce the show after my departure in 2007 Support the future of this show! Become a member during our Winter Fundraiser!  Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone (Additional music from Blue Dot Sessions)  Activism: TAKE ACTION  Get involved with and support United We Dream  Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Support the show via Patreon & check out our Winter Fundraiser!  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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#1072 A progressive vision for our economic future (Encore)

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 22:40:11 +0000

Air Date: 1/17/2017 Today we take a look at the Democrats failure to present viable economic solutions and offer a new vision for where we should go from here. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Support our Winter Fundraiser! Join the Best of the Left Social Network! Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Democrats failed to offer a better solution - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date 11-26-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: Once There Was a Hushpuppy - Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin   Ch. 4: Act 2: How progressives need to frame their economic message - @theLFshow w: @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date 12-29-14 Ch. 5: Song 2: Unified - Unified Highway   Ch. 6: Act 3: AI Will Eliminate 6% of Jobs in Next 5 Years - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 09-18-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: Automation - Allan Sherman   Ch. 8: Act 4: Paul Street on the folly of throwing away identity politics - @BlkAgendaReport - Air Date 1-16-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: Working Class Hero - Green Day   Ch. 10: Act 5: Not Trickle Down, But Bottom Up | Anthony Flaccavento - @theLFshow w: @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date 12-15-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: Trickle Down - Hayseed Dixie   Ch. 12: Act 6: What is Economic Democracy? - The Next System Project - Air Date: 3-1-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Le monde de contre jour - David Ari Leon   Ch. 14: Act 7: The UK Labor party taking the lead on worker coops - Economic Update w: @profwolff - Air Date 5-9-16 Ch. 15: Song 7: Capitalism Is Tearing Us Apart - Sole   Ch. 16: Act 8: Social Welfare Does Not Kill Business, with President of Iceland Ólafur Grímsson - Big Think - Air Date 11-13-14 Ch. 17: Song 8: Success - Iggy Pop   Ch. 18: Act 9: How can we develop the next system? - Economic Update w: @profwolff - Air Date 12-30-16 Ch. 19: Song 9: Capitalism - Yellow Umbrella Ch. 20: Act 10: Join or Start a Local Democracy @ Work Action Group via @Democracyatwrk - Best of the Left Activism[...]


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#1156 Women of color get the job done (Racism and Elections)

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 23:00:00 +0000

Air Date: 1/5/2018 Today we take a look at some of the challenges and triumphs for women of color and what thanks they should get in return Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Support our Winter Fundraiser! Join the Best of the Left Social Network! Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Why We Riot: The language of the unheard - NewsBeat - Air Date 12-18-17 Ch. 3: Song 1:  Streamer - Arc and Crecent Ch. 4: Act 2: Who stands in solidarity with women of color? - In the Thick - Air Date 11-21-17 Ch. 5: Song 2:  Entrap - Darby Ch. 6: Act 3: Watch The Moment Doug Jones Supporters Found Out He WON - Ring of Fire Radio - Air Date: 01-02-18 Ch. 7: Song 3:  When We Set Out - Arc and Crecent Ch. 8: Act 4: Ryan Grim On Roy Moore, Racism, & Voter Suppression - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 01-02-18 Ch. 9: Song 4:  Tyrano Theme - Tyrano Ch. 10: Act 5: Understanding the double consciousness of blackness - Revolutionary Left Radio - Air Date 10-12-17 Ch. 11: Song 5:  Theme - Towboat Ch. 12: Act 6: Charles Barkley Slam Dunks Dems - The Zero Hour - Air Date 12-16-17 Ch. 13: Song 6:  Third in Line - Arc and Crecent Ch. 14: Act 7: Thank Black Women with Actions Not Just Words - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 15: Song 7:  That River Wide - Sketchbook Ch. 16: Act 8: Alabama black women #BlackWomenLead - Sunday Civics - Air Date 12-17-17 Ch. 17: Final comments on access journalism and the one time it’s been used to bring down the powerful Support the future of this show! Become a member during our Winter Fundraiser!  Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone (Additional music from Blue Dot Sessions)  Activism: TAKE ACTION! Read: Black Women Kept Roy Moore Out of Office. Here’s How to Thank Them. (The Cut) Read: 15 Real Ways to Thank Black Women for Carrying the Country on Their Backs (The Little Rock Sun) Learn About: Higher Heights Leadership Fund  Learn About: Woke Vote Learn About: Stay Woke Florida Voting Initiative Petition (February 1st petition deadline!) Learn About: Color of Change PAC EDUCATE YOURSELF Black Turnout in Alabama Complicates Debate on Voting Laws (The New York Times) 'Black Votes Matter': African-Americans Propel Jones To Alabama Win (NPR) White Women Thank Themselves for Thanking Black Women Today (Reductress) After Alabama: Say ‘Thank You’ to Black Women, and Mean It (LA Progressive) Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Support the show via Patreon & check out our Winter Fundraiser!  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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#1155 Leisure, Desperation or a Reorientation (The Future of Work)

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 23:00:00 +0000

Air Date: 1/2/2018 Today we take a look at a few different visions of what the future holds for our labor market and some policies we should be putting in place to set the scene for the coming evolution of work Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Support our Winter Fundraiser! Join the Best of the Left Social Network! Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: The future of work in a world of artificial intelligence - Ideas - Air Date 9-12-17 Ch. 3: Song 1:  Take a Tiny Train - Ray Catcher Ch. 4: Act 2: Robots Causing Wealth Inequality? - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 04-28-17 Ch. 5: Song 2:  Tripoli - Pecan Grove Ch. 6: Act 3: A 15 Hour Work Week Would Save the Planet - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 07-26-17 Ch. 7: Song 3:  Gondola Blue - Towboat Ch. 8: Act 4: Demanding a future of full automation and a post-work world - Ideas - Air Date 9-26-17 Ch. 9: Song 4:  Comma - Codebreaker Ch. 10: Act 5: Designing the future of jobs and economics - Freakonomics - Air Date 4-20-17 Ch. 11: Song 5:  Lesser Gods of Metal - Ray Catcher Ch. 12: Act 6: Ai-jen Poo on the caretaker jobs of the future - The Ezra Klein Show - Air Date 11-13-17 Voicemails Ch. 13: Why doesn't Google worry about being evil anymore? - Dallas from Jacksonville, FL Ch. 14: Donations To Congress - Alan from Connecticut Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 15: Final comments giving an update on our Winter Fundraiser Support the future of this show! Become a member during our Winter Fundraiser!  Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone (Additional music from Blue Dot Sessions & Free Music Archive) Action Resources/Further Reading New Economy Coalition  The Next System Project Democracy At Work Public Predictions for the Future of Workforce Automation (Pew Research Center, 2016) A World Without Work (The Atlantic, 2015) Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Support the show via Patreon & check out our Winter Fundraiser!  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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#1154 An election, a crash and echos of the past and future (A look back at 2008)

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 23:00:00 +0000

Air Date: 12/29/2017 Today we take a look back to 2008 in our third annual 10-years-hence retrospective spectacular! Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Support our Winter Fundraiser! Join the Best of the Left Social Network! Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Iowa caucus on Jan 3: We might have seen the beginning of our first black president - The Young Turks - BotL Air Date 1-5-08 Ch. 3: Song 1:  Weathervane - CloudCover Ch. 4: Act 2: Hillary Clinton and her Super Delegates on Super Tuesday - Countdown - BotL Air Date 2-16-08 Ch. 5: Song 2:  Front Runner - Union Hall Ch. 6: Act 3: There is an opening for populist politicians in both parties - Rachel Maddow - BotL Air Date 1-15-08 Ch. 7: Song 3:  Shift of Currents - Aeronaut Ch. 8: Act 4: A Cure For Real Estate Amnesia - NPR - BotL Air Date 9-24-2008 Ch. 9: Song 4:  The Cast and Favor - Bayou Birds Ch. 10: Act 5: Palin is not a maverick choice - CounterSpin - BotL Air Date 9-26-2008 Ch. 11: Song 5:  Blue Jay - Feathers Ch. 12: Act 6: Hope in The Dream Act - N/A - BotL Air Date 6-8-08 Ch. 13: Song 6:  periculum - Kai Engel Ch. 14: Act 7: Our torture methods came from the 50's-era Chinese - The Young Turks - BotL Air Date 8-31-08 Ch. 15: Song 7:  Homegrown - The Pine Barrens Ch. 16: Act 8: Economic generic-off - The Daily Show - BotL Air Date 9-24-2008 Ch. 17: Song 8:  PolyCoat - The Cabinetmaker Ch. 18: Act 9: Warrantless wiretapped phone sex - The Young Turks - BotL Air Date 10-26-08 Ch. 19: Song 9: Lacrima D'esperide - Damiano Baldoni Ch. 20: Act 10: Block the vote with RFK - Rachel Maddow - BotL Air Date 10-26-2008 Ch. 21: Song 9: Hundred Mile - K2 Ch. 22: Act 9: Conservative writer: Obama a worse speaker than Bush - The Young Turks - BotL Air Date 11-25-08 Ch. 23: Final comments to close out this years look back Support the future of this show! Become a member during our Winter Fundraiser!  Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone (Additional music from Blue Dot Sessions & Free Music Archive)  Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Support the show via Patreon & check out our Winter Fundraiser!  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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#988 When climate science meets faith-based economics (Encore)

Wed, 27 Dec 2017 03:45:25 +0000

Air Date: 02/05/2016 Today we look at the intersection of the climate crisis with our current economic system including how monopolies, trade deals, market failures and the concept of “externalities” all work together to make climate change worse Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Support our Winter Fundraiser! Join the Best of the Left Social Network! Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Externalities - by @DavidSuzuki - Resource Based Economy - Air Date: 7-26-13 Ch. 3: Song 1: N/A Ch. 4: Act 2: The True Cost Of Fossil Fuels - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 10-28-15 Ch. 5: Song 2: The Price You Pay - Bruce Springsteen Ch. 6: Act 3: TransCanada Uses NAFTA to sue The US Over Keystone Pipeline! - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 01-08-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: Smoke And Mirrors - Giraffe Ch. 8: Act 4: Nevada guts their net metering program, killing the solar industry - @greennewsreport - Air Date 1-12-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Sunshine to Burn (The Long Grass) - The Sand Pebbles Ch. 10: Act 5: Ronald Wright on Progress Traps - The Green Interview - Air Date: 8-1-11 Ch. 11: Song 5: Farmscrapers - Dad Rocks! Ch. 12: Act 6: Is the Military the Future of Renewable Energy? - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 12-04-15 Ch. 13: Song 6: Hands To Myself - Selena Gomez Ch. 14: Act 7: Porter Ranch Massive CA Gas Leak & What It Means - Majority Report (@majorityfm) - Air Date 01-12-16 Ch. 15: Song 7: Payne's Bay - Beirut Ch. 16: Act 8: Is Aliso Canyon California's BP Blowout? - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 01-08-16 Ch. 17: Song 8: Devil Town - Tony Lucca Ch. 18: Act 9: #LeapYear Manifesto: For New Economic & Energy Systems via @NaomiAKlein — Best of the Left Activism Ch. 19: Act 9A: The Leap Manifesto As Explained By @NaomiAKlein - Huffington Post Canada - Air Date: 9-15-15 Ch. 20: Song 9: This Fickle World - Theo Bard Ch. 21: Act 10: Surviving Progress Film (condensed version)[...]


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#1039 What worker coops can do for us (Capitalism) (Encore)

Sat, 23 Dec 2017 01:04:55 +0000

Air Date: 08/30/2016 Today we look in detail at the overdue concept of worker-owned and operated enterprises and what they can do to help improve the lives of people who work for a living Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Support our Winter Fundraiser! Join the Best of the Left Social Network! Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Own The Change: Building Workplace Democracy One Worker Cooperative At A Time - The F Word w/ @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date: 2-9-15 Ch. 3: Song 1: We Demand Change - Tristan James Ch. 4: Act 2: Dispelling some myths about worker coops - Economic Update w: @profwolff - Air Date 6-12-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: Banking on a Myth - Andrew Bird Ch. 6: Act 3: Defying the Crisis - The Spanish Collective Mondragan - Air Date 1-25-12 Ch. 7: Song 3: Look To The Future - Birthrite Ch. 8: Act 4: Julia Hutchins: How cooperative businesses can answer tough business challenges - TEDxMileHigh - Air Date 12-16-13 Ch. 9: Song 4: Cooperation - Jim Valley Ch. 10: Act 5: The Promise and Limitations of Worker Co-ops -- Gar Alperovitz - Workplace Democracy - Air Date 9-15-14 Ch. 11: Song 5: Interesting Times - Akira the Don Ch. 12: Act 6: The UK Labor party taking the lead on worker coops - Economic Update w: @profwolff - Air Date 5-9-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Capitalism Is Tearing Us Apart - sole Ch. 14: Act 7: Join a Local Democracy @ Work Action Group via @Democracyatwrk - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 15: Song 7: Time for Action - Secret Affair Ch. 16: Act 8: Some barriers that prevent the creation of worker coops - @theLFshow w: @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date 2-23-16[...]


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#1153 The War on Christmas™ 2017

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 23:00:00 +0000

Air Date: 12/19/2017 Today we look at the current state of the War on Christmas™. Has it already been won by the forces of Trumpism? Do we need a "Surge"? Are we getting unexpected reinforcements from anti-Santa Christians? Turn in to find out! Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Support our Winter Fundraiser! Join the Best of the Left Social Network! Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Why Is Santa's Helper Wearing Blackface? - Intersection - Air Date 12-28-15 Ch. 3: Song 1:  Let's Just Get Through Christmas - Doctor Turtle Ch. 4: Act 2: How To Trigger A War On Christmas... - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 12-22-16 Ch. 5: Song 2:  Losers on a Christmas Eve - Greg Atkinson Ch. 6: Act 3: Trump Declares War On 'The War On Christmas' - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 10-17-17 Ch. 7: Song 3:  (He Came in Like a) Santa Claus - The Gregory Brothers Ch. 8: Act 4: Sarah's Monologue on the War on Christmas - I Love You, America on Hulu - Air Date 12-14-17 Ch. 9: Song 4:  If you sleep on Christmas Ch. 10: Act 5: Santa-Hating Pastor Ruins Christmas - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 12-10-17 Ch. 11: Song 5: Losing Over Christmas - Greg Atkinson Ch. 12: Act 6: The 'War on Christmas' comes to Washington - CNNMoney - Air Date 12-19-17 Ch. 13: Song 6:  There's No War On Christmas When Christmas Is In Your Heart - The Mockers Ch. 14: Act 7: Jesus Is a Liberal Democrat - Colbert Report - Air Date: 2010 Ch. 15: Final comments on our end-of-year schedule and ongoing fundraising campaign Support the future of this show! Become a member during our Winter Fundraiser!  Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone (Additional music from Free Music Archive )  Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Support the show via Patreon & check out our Winter Fundraiser!  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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#1152 Rise of the oligarchy (Money in Politics)

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 23:00:00 +0000

Air Date: 12/15/2017 Today we look at the history and current state of rich people seeking to undermine democratic rule by the people in favor of oligarchy for the rich Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Support our Winter Fundraiser! Join the Best of the Left Social Network! how Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Why The Koch Brothers Despise The Constitution - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 07-26-17 Ch. 3: Song 1:  Chilvat - Lillehammer Ch. 4: Act 2: Jane Mayer on the Rise of Conservative Orthodoxy - On The Media - Air Date 5-5-17 Ch. 5: Song 2:  Stale Case - Darby Ch. 6: Act 3: The complicated reality of corruption rules. @BackStory - Air Date: 11-24-17 Ch. 7: Song 3:  Cloud Line - K4 Ch. 8: Act 4: Millionaire Donor Threatens Democrats - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 11-14-17 Ch. 9: Song 4:  Streamer - Arc and Crecent Ch. 10: Act 5: #GetMoneyOut of Politics with @WolfPAChq @AllofUs @JusticeDems @RepresentdotUS - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 11: Song 5:  Celestial Navigation - Aeronaut Ch. 12: Act 6: Why our democracy in is danger - Belabored (@DissentMag) - Air Date 5-13-16 Voicemails Ch. 13: Thoughts on Patreon - Anonymous Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 14: Final comments on the win for small-dollar donors with Patreon Support the future of this show! Become a member during our Winter Fundraiser!  Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone (Additional music from Blue Dot Sessions & Free Music Archive)  Activism: Get money OUT of politics by getting involved with...  Wolf PAC All of Us and Justice Democrats Represent.Us (check out their Unrig the System Summit) EDUCATE YOURSELF House Republican: my donors told me to pass the tax bill “or don’t ever call me again” (Vox) 8 Things You Can Do to Help Get Money Out of Politics (Bill Moyers & Co; 2014) 4 Solutions to Fight the Corruptive Influence of Money in Politics (League of Women Voters; 2015) Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Support the show via Patreon & check out our Winter Fundraiser! 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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#1094 An identity group that any one of us might join at any time (Disability Rights) (Encore)

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 23:00:00 +0000

Air Date: 4/11/2017 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 Support our Winter Fundraiser! 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  [...]


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#1151 Resuscitating the anti-trust movement (Monopolies)

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 23:00:00 +0000

Air Date: 12/8/2017 Today we look at the rebirth of the anti-trust movement in a struggle to save democracy in the face of a new era of worldwide corporate tech monopolies Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Support our Winter Fundraiser! Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: The Fight for Antitrust - On The Media - Air Date 9-21-17 Ch. 3: Song 1:  The Rampart - Castle Danger Ch. 4: Act 2: Changing how we understand the purpose of anti-monopoly laws - We the Podcast with Rep. @keithellison - Air Date 10-1-17 Ch. 5: Song 2:  Sunday Lights - Onesuch Village Ch. 6: Act 3: Breaking Down The American Monopoly. Part 2 - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 11-02-16 Ch. 7: Song 3:  PolyCoat - The Cabinetmaker Ch. 8: Act 4: The need to dismantle monopoly and reclaim our property Part 3 - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date 9-16-17 Ch. 9: Song 4:  Cloud Line - K4 Ch. 10: Act 5: Platform capitalism and the birth of global monopolies - Ideas - Air Date 9-19-17 Ch. 11: Song 5:  Begrudge - Darby Ch. 12: Act 6: It's time for a third American Revolution to beat back the monopolies Part 4 - We the Podcast with Rep. @keithellison - Air Date 10-1-17 Voicemails Ch. 13: Sexual harassment of power and control - Corey from the Beltway Ch. 14: Dystopian Gold Mine - Alan from Connecticut Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 15: Final comments on the trifecta of media consolidation, big data and corporate monopolies in general plus a few thoughts on the recent announcement from Patreon Support the future of this show! Become a member during our Winter Fundraiser!  Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone (Additional music from Blue Dot Sessions & Free Music Archive)  Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Support the show via Patreon & check out our Winter Fundraiser! 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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#1150 The Price of Free (Silicon Valley and Big Data)

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 23:00:00 +0000

Air Date: 12/5/2017 Today we look at some of the hidden ways that big tech is influencing our lives personally and societally Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Support our Winter Fundraiser! Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: The intersection of big data, targeted advertising and elections - Le Show - Air Date 11-26-17 Ch. 3: Song 1:  Shhhame (Instrumental Acoustic) - PC-ONE Ch. 4: Act 2: Throwing rocks at the Google bus: Rethinking how we design technologies and business - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date 9-23-17 Ch. 5: Song 2:  There Is Something Wrong - Mystery Mammal Ch. 6: Act 3: The lifecycle of an economy built on monopolies - We the Podcast with Rep. @keithellison - Air Date 10-1-17 Ch. 7: Song 3:  Lacrima D'esperide - Damiano Baldoni Ch. 8: Act 4: Zeynep Tufekci: We're building a dystopia just to make people click on ads - @TEDTalks - Air Date 11-17-17 Ch. 9: Song 4:  Like Music (cdk Mix) (ft. Phasenwandler) - cdk Ch. 10: Act 5: Baratunde Thurston: We can choose how we design our built and digital environments - Thinking Cap - Air Date 9-14-17 Voicemails Ch. 11: Me Too - Alan from Connecticut Ch. 12: Equality actually lifts all boats - Zach from Atlanta Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 13: Final comments on the need for both an individual and social push against the coming tech monopolies dystopia Support the future of this show! Become a member during our Winter Fundraiser!  Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone (Additional music from Blue Dot Sessions & Free Music Archive)  Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Support the show via Patreon & check out our Winter Fundraiser! 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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