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

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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

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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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#1149 The loss of liberty at the hands of concentrated power (Media and Net Neutrality)

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 23:00:00 +0000

Air Date: 12/1/2017 Today we look at the inevitable results of a lax approach to anti-trust legislation: the consolidation of corporate power and money used to buy influence over the writing of regulations which allow for further consolidation of corporate power. Plus, throw in the suppression of anti-corporate opinions through monopolistic media empires and the dismantling of Net Neutrality principles. Welcome to The Gilded Age 2.0 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: Monopolistic concentration of power results in a loss of liberty - We the Podcast with Rep. @keithellison - Air Date 10-1-17 Ch. 3: Song 1:  Santre - K2 Ch. 4: Act 2: Paving the way for far more media consolidation - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 11-20-17 Ch. 5: Song 2:  Moon Bicycle Theme - American Moon Bicycle Ch. 6: Act 3: Media consolidation as a threat to democracy - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date 10-28-17 Ch. 7: Song 3:  Chapel Bottom - Darby Ch. 8: Act 4: Time Magazine bought with the help of the Koch Brothers - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 11-27-17 Ch. 9: Song 4:  Slow Lane - Siobhan Dakay Ch. 10: Act 5: F-word: Wanted, This Christmas, A Media-Monopoly Bust Up - @theLFshow w: @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date 11-30-17 Ch. 11: Song 5:  INTERNET IS THE BEST THING EVER - Monplaisir Ch. 12: Act 6: An FCC commissioner explains why we need to save net neutrality - Thinking Cap - Air Date 11-30-17 Ch. 13: Song 6:  Snake in my Net - Echolex Ch. 14: Act 7: The FCC had Enough with Net Neutrality and We've Had Enough Of Them (w/Guest Evan Greer) - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 11-22-17 Voicemails Ch. 15: Dear John To The Democratic Party - Alan from Connecticut Ch. 16: Majority Report under attack - Zach from Atlanta Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 17: Final comments on how to fund a functional progressive media sphere that’s under constant attack 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)  ACTION & INFO WRITE & CALL Congress at BattlefortheNet.com  Attend a Verizon Protest near you  The FCC is about to repeal net neutrality. Here’s why Congress should stop them. (Stanford Law Prof. - Medium) The FCC Should Not Give Broadband Providers the Keys to Your Internet Freedom (FCC Commissioner - Medium) Net Neutrality: AT&T Court Case Could Let Telecoms Slow Internet Speeds At Will (International Business Times) If you want to see what America would be like if it ditched net neutrality, just look at Portugal (Business Insider) 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 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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#1148 Understanding the past to rebuild for the future (Democratic Party)

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

Air Date: 11/28/2017 Today we look at recent revelations about the conduct of the DNC during the 2016 campaign, a new Democratic Autopsy report that strives to shine light the failures and opportunities for the party and the recent election wins and what they can tell us about a path forward 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: Elizabeth Warren NAILS What's Wrong With The Democratic Party 'Hold This Party Accountable' - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date 11-04-17 Ch. 3: Song 1:  Vengeful - Warmbody Ch. 4: Act 2: BOMBSHELL: Donna Brazile Admits DNC Rigged Primary Against Bernie - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 11-03-17 Ch. 5: Song 2:  Steamer - Arc and Crescent Ch. 6: Act 3: Voters Reject Republican Candidates as New “Autopsy” Report Finds the Democratic Party in Crisis - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 11-08-17 Ch. 7: Song 3:  Rotisserie Graveyard - Doctor Turtle Ch. 8: Act 4: Autopsy: An Analysis of What Went Wrong with the Democratic Party in 2016 - @TheRealNews - Air Date 11-17-17 Ch. 9: Song 4:  Passionate Ending - Soft and Furious Ch. 10: Act 5: How to Fix the Democratic Party - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 11-17-17 Ch. 11: Song 5:  Homegrown - The Pine Barrens Ch. 12: Act 6: You Can Transform the Democratic Party via @JusticeDems @DemSocialists & @TheDemocrats - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 13: Final comments on Corruption 101 and what we’re actually protecting when we make rules against it Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone (Additional music from Blue Dot Sessions & Free Music Archive)  TAKE ACTION! Read the report: Autopsy: The Democratic Party in Crisis Get involved with Justice Democrats (or become a candidate!) Get involved with Democratic Socialists of America (or become a candidate!) Get involved in your local Democratic National Committee chapter (or become a candidate!) 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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#964 History of the Christian Right (Religion) (Encore)

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

Support our Winter Fundraiser! Air Date: 11/21/2017 Today we take a look at the history of how Christianity was, in large part, coopted by the Republican party on behalf of business interests and how anyone started getting the idea that we were founded as a religious, much less Christian, nation Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 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: How 'One Nation' Didn't Become 'Under God' Until The '50s Religious Revival Part 1 - Fresh Air - Air Date 3-30-15 Ch. 3: Song 1: Timber Timbre - Timber Timbre Ch. 4: Act 2: The Origin of Religious Freedom Laws... - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 04-27-15 Ch. 5: Song 2: Coaster - NOFX Ch. 6: Act 3: Why Can't They Understand the First Amendment? - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 04-11-15 Ch. 7: Song 3: Very Soon ft Funsho Ogundipe - Wanlov the Kubolor Ch. 8: Act 4: How 'One Nation' Didn't Become 'Under God' Until The '50s Religious Revival Part 2 - Fresh Air - Air Date 3-30-15 Ch. 9: Song 4: Kalamazoo - Jason Roseboom Ch. 10: Act 5: What Would the Founders say about Religious Freedom Laws? - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 04-27-15 Ch. 11: Song 5: The Very Best of Peter, Paul and Mary - Peter, Paul & Mary Ch. 12: Act 6: Republicans Fire Woman For Not Going To Church - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 08-21-15 Ch. 13: Song 6: Dancing In The Streets - The Haymarket Squares Ch. 14: Act 7: Fascism on the American horizon, wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross - @truthdig - Air Date: 10-11-13  [...]


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#1147 The thrill and horror of the Harvey Weinstein Effect

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

Air Date: 11/21/2017 Today we look at gender-based harassment and assault, the revolution in thinking on the subject we are currently in the midst of and some ideas to institutionalize positive change Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Join the Best of the Left Social Network! Donate or become a Member to support the show!  Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft  Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Sexual Harassment, Revisited - On The Media - Air Date 10-26-17 Ch. 3: Song 1:  Open Flames - Aeronaut Ch. 4: Act 2: #MeToo is a movement just to be believed - Backtalk from @BitchMedia - Air Date 10-19-17 Ch. 5: Song 2:  Streamer - Arc and Crescent Ch. 6: Act 3: Understanding the Clinton legacy in the debate over sexual harassment - The Ezra Klein Show - Air Date 11-20-17 Ch. 7: Song 3:  Marble Chase - Dorica Ch. 8: Act 4: Alyssa Peterson on Campus Sexual Assault - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 11-3-17 Ch. 9: Song 4:  Lakal - Speakeasy Ch. 10: Act 5: Hollywood Actors: Sexual Abuse Of Boys Is "Rampant" - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 11-01-17 Ch. 11: Song 5:  The Envelope - Aeronaut Ch. 12: Act 6: How to facilitate reporting of harassment in the workplace - @offkiltershow - Air Date 11-17-17 Ch. 13: Song 6:  Chilvat - Lillehammer Ch. 14: Act 7: Rebecca Traister on the ‘Harvey Weinstein Effect’ - The Breach - Air Date 11-21-17 Voicemails Ch. 15: A few thoughts on guns, race and gender - Margareet from Northern California Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 16: Final comments on working for gender equality while avoiding the unavoidable backlash (Reminder: Check out our Winter Fundraiser!) Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone (Additional music from Blue Dot Sessions)  ACTION & INFORMATION  Need help? Call the 24-hour National Sexual Assault Hotline toll-free: 1-800-656-HOPE RAINN Action Center  1 in 6 (Organization supporting men who have been sexually assaulted) Know Your IX (Defending Title IX - Empowering students to stop sexual violence) Your Reckoning. And Mine. by Rebecca Traister (The Cut) Ellen Page on Brett Ratner Abuse & Reckoning (Ellen Page via Facebook) There’s a little-known fund that goes to victims of sexual harassment on the Hill. You pay for it. (Vox) Study: Hotel Housekeepers Are at Great Risk for Sexual Assault From Guests (New Republic) 700,000 Female Farmworkers Say They Stand With Hollywood Actors Against Sexual Assault (TIME) 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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#1146 An Unmitigated Disaster (The GOP Tax Plan)

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

Air Date: 11/17/2017 Today we look at just a few of the many ways that the GOP tax plan is intended to help the well-off, harm the needy and defile a pristine wilderness just to top things off Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Join the Best of the Left Social Network! Donate or become a Member to support the show!  Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft  Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Bowing to the paymasters - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 11-8-17 Ch. 3: Song 1:  Villager - Blue Dot Sessions Ch. 4: Act 2: ANALYSIS: Trump-Republican Tax Plan an Unmitigated Disaster - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 11-07-17 Ch. 5: Song 2:  Stale Case - Darby Ch. 6: Act 3: Taking aim at Obamacare (again) - @offkiltershow - Air Date 11-17-17 Ch. 7: Song 3:  Wingspan - Bayou Birds Ch. 8: Act 4: The effect of changing the standard deduction on charitable giving - @DecodeDC - Air Date 11-2-17 Ch. 9: Song 4:  Weathervane - CloudCover Ch. 10: Act 5: Scare tactics to push the tax cuts through - @Intercepted w @JeremyScahill - Air Date 11-8-17 Ch. 11: Song 5:  Hickory Shed - Onesuch Village Ch. 12: Act 6: Going after the Alaskan wilderness in the tax plan - @GreenNewsReport - Air Date 11-16-17 Ch. 13: Song 6:  A Palace of Cedar - The Pine Barrens Ch. 14: Act 7: Everyone from corporations to the Democrats is out of ideas - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date 11-11-17 Ch. 15: Song 7:  The Wooden Platform - The Bulwark Ch. 16: Act 8: What the Paradise Papers Reveal - The Bernie Sanders Show - Air Date 11-14-17 Voicemails Ch. 17: Looking critically at party structures - Anthony from Illinois Ch. 18: Clarifying thoughts on guns and Democrats - Zach from Atlanta Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 19: Final comments: Check out our WINTER FUNDRAISER!  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 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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#1065 The fight for truth in a post-fact world (Media) (Encore)

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

Air Date: 12/16/2016 Today we look at the problems with the media, so many problems, and what lessons we should learn in the wake of the election Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Join the Best of the Left Social Network! Donate or become a Member to support the show!  Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft  Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: The real kinds of bias that still exist in the media - @InDeepRadio w @AngieCoiro - Air Date 6-11-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: The System - Abscondo Ch. 4: Act 2: Money isn't the only bad influence on the media - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date 10-1-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: Follow The Money - Zounds Ch. 6: Act 3: The media and President-Elect Trump - @LastWeekTonight w: @iamjohnoliver - Air Date 11-13-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: Sunrise - Norah Jones Ch. 8: Act 4: Media lessons to learn from the election - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 11-11-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Having a Good Time - Theo Bard Ch. 10: Act 5: Mainstream Media Fighting Trump...Don't Count On It - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 11-16-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: Old News - Rick Estrin & The Nightcats Ch. 12: Act 6: Reporting on the editor of "The platform for the alt-right" - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 11-18-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Let's Call the Whole Thing Off - Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong Ch. 14: Act 7: Stopping fake news - Popaganda from @BitchMedia - Air Date 11-24-16 Ch. 15: Song 7: Happy Song Is A Happy Song  - Nick Rivera Ch. 16: Act 8: Christiane Amanpour on the state of the media in a post fact-world - The Investigators with Diana Swain, CBC - Air Date 11-25-16[...]


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#1145 A government small enough to get inside your body (Reproductive Justice)

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 23:00:00 +0000

Air Date: 11/11/2017 Today we look at the many ways conservatives across the country are systematically chipping away at the rights of all people who require access to any kind of reproductive health services Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Join the Best of the Left Social Network! Donate or become a Member to support the show!  Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft  Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: The State Legislator Will See You Now - On The Media - Air Date 8-4-17 Ch. 3: Song 1:  Farmscrapers - Dad Rocks! Ch. 4: Act 2: Texas fails to address skyrocketing rate of pregnancy-related deaths - Savage Love w: @FakeDanSavage - Air Date 6-6-17 Ch. 5: Song 2:  Long and Low Cloud - The Bulwark Ch. 6: Act 3: 20-Week Abortion Ban Bill Treats Abortion as an Issue of Criminality, not Health Care - @TheRealNews - Air Date 10-6-17 Ch. 7: Song 3:  Shift of Currents - Aeronaut Ch. 8: Act 4: Taking aim at reproductive rights in all forms - @offkiltershow - Air Date 10-13-17 Ch. 9: Song 4:  The Summit - K2 Ch. 10: Act 5: Keep Birth Control Copay Free #HandsOffMyBC via @Women_EqualityC - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 11: Song 5:  Homegrown - The Pine Barrens Ch. 12: Act 6: Why you can't have economic justice without reproductive justice - The Breach - Air Date 8-8-17 Voicemails Ch. 13: Bringing a gun into the home makes the owner less safe - Nick from California Ch. 14: The party structures are a fundamental problem - Erica from Massachusetts Ch. 15: What Sanders supporters are really emotional about - Greg from Baldwin Park, California Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 16: Final comments on the show’s new sunshine policy and a clarification on the Democrats celebrity crushes Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone (Additional music from Blue Dot Sessions & and Free Music Archive)  Activism: TAKE ACTION Take multiple actions with the Keep Birth Control Copay Free campaign:  Send Trump an invoice for your birth control costs  Write to the Department of Health and Human Services to defend free birth control Get the Toolkit to speak up at Town Halls and put pressure on Congress Share infographics to educate on birth control & share the campaign video Join the conversation with #HandsOffMyBC via Women's Equality Center  EDUCATE YOURSELF Trump Administration Rolls Back Birth Control Mandate (New York Times) The Economy Can’t Grow Without Birth Control (New York Times Op-Ed) Notre Dame Will No Longer Provide Free Birth Control (The Cut) Trump Be Damned: States Are Fighting to Make Birth Control Over-the-Counter (Finally) (Mother Jones) California Suing Trump Administration Over Rollback Of Birth Control Rule (Huffington Post) A.G. Schneiderman Sues To Protect New Yorkers' Access To Birth Control (NY.gov) Not religious freedom, but the freedom to hate women (The Griffin) 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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#1144 Denying and deconstructing with all their might (Environmental Regulations)

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

Air Date: 11/07/2017 Today we look at the systematic deconstruction of the environmental regulatory infrastructure at the hands of anti-environment radicals, otherwise known as the "Climate Denying Dream Team" Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Join the Best of the Left Social Network! Donate or become a Member to support the show!  Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft  Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Trump’s ‘Dream Team’ of Climate Change Deniers Threatens the Planet - The Breach - Air Date 8-1-17 Ch. 3: Song 1:  Long and Low Cloud - The Bulwark Ch. 4: Act 2: War on the EPA - Frontline - Air Date 10-17-17 Ch. 5: Song 2:  Passionate Ending - Soft and Furious Ch. 6: Act 3: Trump Picks DAPL Lobbyist to Oversee EPA Water Safety in Same Week He Rolls Back Water Safeguards - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 06-29-17 Ch. 7: Song 3:  Rotisserie Graveyard - Doctor Turtle Ch. 8: Act 4: Science under attack from Trump administration - Got Science? - Air Date: 8-15-17 Ch. 9: Song 4:  Turning to You - Landsman Duets Ch. 10: Act 5: How Will We Be Remembered? Demand Climate Action in Your Community Nov. 18th via Climate Legacy Time Capsule Project - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 11: Song 5: This Fickle World - Theo Bard Ch. 12: Act 6: Trump's PC Police Purging The Term 'Climate Change' - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 08-08-17 Voicemails Ch. 13: Banning guns wouldn't work - Zach from Atlanta, GA Ch. 14: An unarmed proletariat will always be dominated - Anthony from Salt Lake City, UT Ch. 15: Dems were unfair to Bernie who wasn't a Democrat - Erica from Massachusetts Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 16: Final comments defending my personal friend, Martin O’Malley Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone (Additional music from Blue Dot Sessions and Free Music Archive)  Activism: TAKE ACTION! Demand Climate Action in Your Community on NOVEMBER 18th with the Climate Legacy Time Capsule Dedication demonstrations at State Houses and City Halls across the U.S.  Find a Dedication Day event near you  No event near you? Create one and get support!  EDUCATE YOURSELF Robert Redford: Scott Pruitt Is 'Hell-Bent' On Dismantling EPA Rules (Time) Scott Pruitt Declares War on Air Pollution Science (The New Republic) Here’s the Expertise Scott Pruitt Is Removing From the EPA’s Advisory Boards (Slate) EPA chief set to meet privately with chemical industry execs (ABC News) GAO to review whether EPA violated anti-propaganda law (The Hill) Another Trump aide seems to be caught up in the Russia probe (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 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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#1143 Strategies for a winning coalition (Progressive Movement)

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 22:00:00 +0000

Air Date: 11/03/2017 Today we look at the battle at the heart of the rift in the progressive movement over strategies on the proper direction to go from here. As is so often the case, the answer is not one or the other but both Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Join the Best of the Left Social Network! Donate or become a Member to support the show!  Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft  Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: "Billion-Dollar Mistake" Democrats Neglect People of Color While Failing to Woo White Trump Voters - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 07-31-17 Ch. 3: Song 1:  Vibrant Canopy - Art Of Escapism Ch. 4: Act 2: Taking race and gender as seriously as class - Jacobin Radio (@jacobinmag) - Air Date 8-28-17 Ch. 5: Song 2:  Rotisserie Graveyard - Doctor Turtle Ch. 6: Act 3: Joan Williams on understanding the divide in how different groups are framed - Cape Up - Air Date 10-24-17 Ch. 7: Song 3:  Vibrant Canopy - Origami Ch. 8: Act 4: Alicia Garza on understanding that you can't support only some identity politics - #PoliticallyReactive with @wkamaubell and @harikondabolu - Air Date 10-5-17 Ch. 9: Song 4:  Celestial Navigation - Aeronaut Ch. 10: Act 5: Joan Williams with an economic-focused message that doesn't lose sight of cultural identity - The Zero Hour w: @RJEskow - Air Date 7-29-17 Voicemails Ch. 11: Guns, protection and the age of reason - David from Columbus, OH Ch. 12: Calling a business a job-creator is like calling a car an exhaust-creator - Chris from Fairfax Ch. 13: To boycott or not to boycott - Zach from Virginia Beach Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 14: Final comments on what the Clinton/DNC financial ties revelations may mean for how the party works to regain it’s legitimacy Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone (Additional music from Blue Dot Sessions and 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![...]


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#1096 The oligarch who decided to buy the White House (Corruption)

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 22:00:00 +0000

Air Date: 4/18/2017 Today we look at some of the lesser-known characters in the right-wing oligarchy who now own the White House and Supreme Court Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Join the Best of the Left Social Network! Donate or become a Member to support the show! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Inside How the Federalist Society & Koch Brothers Are Pushing for Trump to Reshape Federal Judiciary - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 03-21-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​Follow the Money - Vova Zen Ch. 4: Act 2: Robert Mercers bizarre opinions and influences - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 3-22-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​The Oligarch - Ephemerals Ch. 6: Act 3: Dark Data Trump Backers Bankroll Firm Developing Psychological Profiles of Every U.S. Voter - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 03-23-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: ​Take A Look Around {Instrumental) - Limp Bizkit Ch. 8: Act 4: How to protect yourself in the face of diminishing online privacy - @HumorlessQueers - Air Date 3-25-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: ​Mind Control - Stephen Marley Ch. 10: Act 5: The Secret Family Behind The Rise Of Brietbart News - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date 03-28-17 Ch. 11: Song 5: ​Follow the Money - Zounds Ch. 12: Act 6: Who Bankrolls Breitbart News? - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 03-31-17 Ch. 13: Song 6: ​Oligarchy - The Haymarket Squares Ch. 14: Act 7: Erik Prince rises again - @Intercepted w/ @JeremyScahill - Air Date 4-5-17[...]


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#1142 Long past time to boycott the NFL

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 22:00:00 +0000

Air Date: 10/27/2017 Today we look at some of the recent and no-so-recent political problems plaguing the NFL including the protests against police abuse, institutional racism, sexism, homophobia and their coverup of the traumatic brain injuries suffered by countless players. And we discuss why it all matters Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Join the Best of the Left Social Network! Donate or become a Member to support the show!  Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft  Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Take the Knee Athletes Unite in Historic Protest Against Racism & Police Brutality, Defying Trump - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 09-25-17 Ch. 3: Song 1:  The Summit - K2 Ch. 4: Act 2: Shaun King explaining Kaepernick's intention from the beginning - @Intercepted w @JeremyScahill - Air Date 9-13-17 Ch. 5: Song 2:  Open Flames - Aeronaut Ch. 6: Act 3: How The Pentagon Paid For NFL's Patriotism - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 09-26-17 Ch. 7: Song 3:  Rotisserie Graveyard - Doctor Turtle Ch. 8: Act 4: These protests are just the tip of the iceberg - #PoliticallyReactive with @wkamaubell and @harikondabolu - Air Date 9-28-17 Ch. 9: Song 4:  The Envelope - Aeronaut Ch. 10: Act 5: Is It Time to Stop Watching Football? - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date 10-09-17 Ch. 11: Song 5:  Moon Bicycle Theme - American Moon Bicycle Ch. 12: Act 6: Civil Rights revisionism as a weapon against current justice movements - Intercepted - Air Date 10-4-2016 Ch. 13: Song 6: Forgotten Land (ft. Gurdonark, Joanne Gabriel) - Doxent Zsigmond Ch. 14: Act 7: Lawsuit Time Kaepernick Going To War With NFL Owners - @theyoungturks - Air Date 10-17-17 Ch. 15: Song 7:  Floating Whist - Aeronaut Ch. 16: Act 8: The NFL protests are not a spectator sport - @EdgeofSports w Dave Zirin - Air Date 10-17-17 Ch. 17: Song 8:  daedalus - Kai Engel Ch. 18: Act 9: When Is the Right Time for Black People to Protest? - The Daily Show - Air Date 9-25-17 Voicemails Ch. 19: A liberal pro-gun perspective - Ani from Alabama Ch. 20: Better to not speak of "the other side" - Keith from New Hampshire Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 21: Final comments on why you should understand sports and guns Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone (Additional music from Blue Dot Sessions, CC Mixter and 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![...]


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#1141 The perils of power and powerlessness (Toxic Masculinity)

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 22:00:00 +0000

Air Date: 10/20/2017 Today we look at the dangers that (primarily) white men face on multiple points along the power spectrum and how dangerous forms of masculinity lead to the dehumanizing of these men and those they encounter Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Join the Best of the Left Social Network! Donate or become a Member to support the show!  Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft  Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Understanding the effect of our culture on gun culture Part 1 - Economic Update w @profwolff - Air Date 10-5-17 Ch. 3: Song 1:  Inessential - Bayou Birds Ch. 4: Act 2: Listen Up, Creeps: Weinstein Edition  - @FullFrontalSamB - Air Date: 10-12-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: Streamer - Arc and Crecent Ch. 6: Act 3: Understanding how masculinity and white supremacy lead to a nutty gun culture - Ideas from CBC - Air Date 10-1-17 Ch. 7: Song 3:  periculum - Kai Engel Ch. 8: Act 4: Louise Godbold “My Encounter with Harvey Weinstein and What It Tells Us About Trauma” - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 10-12-17 Ch. 9: Song 4:  Le gris, le bleu, d'une profonde humilité - Monplaisir Ch. 10: Act 5: Understanding the effect of our culture on gun culture Part 2 - Economic Update w @profwolff - Air Date 10-5-17 Ch. 11: Song 5:  Paper Planes - Durden ft. Airtone (ft. Airtone) Ch. 12: Act 6: Margaret Hoover Calls Out Fellow Conservatives On Sex Crime Hypocrisy - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 10-12-17 Ch. 13: Song 6:  Hundred Mile-No Guitar - K2 Ch. 14: Act 7: White males feeling under attack and seeking power - Ideas from CBC - Air Date 10-1-17 Ch. 15: Final comments on the perils of power and powerlessness Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone (Additional music from Blue Dot Sessions, CC Mixter and 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![...]


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#1140 Smoke, mirrors and myth (Tax Cuts for the Wealthy)

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 22:00:00 +0000

Air Date: 10/17/2017 Today we look at the philosophy, tricks of the trade and long-term strategy behind the GOP's never-ending quest to grant more tax cuts to corporations and the wealthy while cutting popular programs aimed at aiding the poor Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Join the Best of the Left Social Network! Donate or become a Member to support the show!  Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft  Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Idiotic Economist Pushes HORRIBLE Tax Plan That Left Kansas Crippled - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 09-26-17 Ch. 3: Song 1:  world of ruin - Damiano Baldoni Ch. 4: Act 2: How Republicans Created Tax Cut Myths - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 10-04-17 Ch. 5: Song 2:  peaceOut (ft. KungFu) - airtone Ch. 6: Act 3: Understanding what we can about the proposed tax plan - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 10-6-17 Ch. 7: Song 3:  Like Music (cdk Mix) (ft. Phasenwandler) - cdk Ch. 8: Act 4: Fox News Calls Out Trump Tax Cut Lies - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 10-03-17 Ch. 9: Song 4:  Headlights/Mountain Road - The Contessa Ch. 10: Act 5: Understanding the reality of corporate taxes - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date 10-7-17 Ch. 11: Song 5:  Forgotten Land (ft. Gurdonark, Joanne Gabriel) - Doxent Zsigmond Ch. 12: Act 6: How corporations rigged our tax system against us - Economic Update w/ @profwolff - Air Date 4-24-16 Ch. 13: Song 6:  Celestial Navigation - Aeronaut Ch. 14: Act 7: They plan to raise and then panic about the deficit - @offkiltershow - Air Date 10-6-17 Voicemails Ch. 15: Seeking a fundamentally just justice system - Jesse from Seattle Ch. 16: How people get help after emergencies - FEMA employee Ch. 17: Patreon Feedback - Alan from Connecticut Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 18: Final comments on what you’ll find on the Best of the Left social network Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone (Additional music from Blue Dot Sessions)  Activism: Fighting tax cuts for the rich and budget cuts needs the same momentum as the healthcare fight! Dive in and fight back with these campaigns:  TrumpTaxToolkit.org (Use the Senator-specific toolkits to fight back against tax cuts for the 1%, and more) NotOnePenny.org (Mobilize to demand not one penny in tax cuts for the rich, and more) HandsOff.org (Share how budget cuts impact you personally, and more) 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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#1139 In the wake of the Las Vegas shooting

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 22:00:00 +0000

Air Date: 10/13/2017 Today we look at the usual pattern of political and media theatre that occur after every major shooting incident and some of the facts that explain why we shouldn't continue in this pattern any longer Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Join the Best of the Left Social Network! Donate or become a Member to support the show!  Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft  Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: The usual pattern of how mass shootings are covered - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 10-6-17 Ch. 3: Song 1:  Transmutation (ft. Spinningmerkaba) - Kara Square Ch. 4: Act 2: Mass shootings continue but what can we do about it? - @RingOfFireRadio - Air Date 10-6-17 Ch. 5: Song 2:  Who We Are (ft. MissJudged and Fireproof Babies) - Hans Atom Ch. 6: Act 3: Gun nuts are aggressively childish - Ideas from CBC - Air Date 10-1-17 Ch. 7: Song 3:  Planting Flags - K4 Ch. 8: Act 4: The evidence is in, gun control laws reduce gun deaths - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 10-2-17 Ch. 9: Song 4:  Shift of Currents - Aeronaut Ch. 10: Act 5: "Mental Health Gun Databases" Are Very Racial - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 08-27-16 Ch. 11: Song 5:  Paper Planes - Durden ft. Airtone (ft. Airtone) - DURDEN Ch. 12: Act 6: Beware carceral gun control laws - The Dig - Air Date 10-6-17 Ch. 13: Song 6:  Blind Love Dub (ft. Kara Square (mindmapthat)) - Jeris Ch. 14: Act 7: Tell Congress: DON’T GUT OUR GUN LAWS via @Everytown - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 15: Song 7:  These Times - The Pine Barrens Ch. 16: Act 8: Prayers Cannot Stop Guns - Intercepted - 10-4-2017 Ch. 17: Final comments on why I rarely tackle gun control on this show Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone (Additional music from Blue Dot Sessions)  Activism: TAKE ACTION Tell Congress you oppose lifting restrictions on gun silencers and want the measure removed from the SHARE Act. Tell Congress that you oppose the concealed carry reciprocity bill. Take part in the Everytown postcards to Congress campaign and use the letter as a call script.  Find an Everytown for Gun Safety action or meeting near you   Sing up for Everytown action alerts via text EDUCATE YOURSELF S.446 - Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 (Congress.gov)  H.R.38 - Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 (Congress.gov)  H.R.3668 - SHARE Act of 2017 (see Sections 1502-1507) (Congress.gov) Everytown for Gun Safety - Concealed Carry Reciprocity (S. 446) Overriding State Public Safety Laws (Everytown.org)  Mass Shooting Since Sandy Hook, in One Map (Vox) Gun violence in America, explained in 17 maps and charts (Vox) Republicans want to pass a gun bill that critics say will make mass shootings more deadly (Vox) Why a Congressional Ban on Bump Stocks Is Unlikely (The Atlantic) ‘No Way To Prevent This,’ Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens (The Onion) NRA says 'nothing could have been done' to prevent Las Vegas shooting (Yahoo) Struggling Gun Industry Looks To Congress To Make Silencers The Next Big Thing (Huffington Post) How I Got Licensed to Carry a Concealed Gun in 32 States by Barely Trying (Mother Jones, 2013) Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffma[...]


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#873 The other new Jim Crow (Voting rights) (Repost)

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 22:00:00 +0000

Air Date: 11/04/2014 For information on the current effort to reform the electoral college that I discuss at the top of the show, visit: EqualVotes.us  Today we take a look at the ways the Republican Party has been working to suppress voter turnout to benefit their electoral chances while claiming to be stopping voter fraud which basically doesn't exist Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Join the Best of the Left Social Network! Donate or become a Member to support the show!  Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft  Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Voting Laws Keeping Americans From The Polls - @ajplus - Air Date: 10-27-14 Ch. 3: Song 1: You're The Best (Theme From The Karate Kid) [Originally Performed by Joe Esposito] - You're The Best Ch. 4: Act 2: 'Free' Voter IDs Cost $8 to $25. Freedom! - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 10-31-14 Ch. 5: Song 2: Repeal the Poll Tax - A Thousand Miles Away Ch. 6: Act 3: In Person Voter Fraud Very Rare And Still Is - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date: 9-19-14 Ch. 7: Song 3: Mess Is Mine - Dream Your Life Away Ch. 8: Act 4: Voting suppression through the courts - BradCast (@TheBradBlog) - Air Date: 10-29-14 Ch. 9: Song 4: 1901 - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix Ch. 10: Act 5: They're not even trying to hide their true motives anymore - @jimmy_dore Show - Air Date: 10-25-14 Ch. 11: Song 5: Cheat - The Clash Ch. 12: Act 6: Republican Voter Suppression Since 1980 - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 03-22-14 Ch. 13: Song 6: There You Go Again - Sunshine to Rain Ch. 14: Act 7: Please Don't Vote - A Message From The Republican Party - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 10-27-14 Ch. 15: Song 7: Battle Hymn of the Republic - Turkey In the Straw and Other Country Fiddle Hits Ch. 16: Act 8: The Fight — and the Right — to Vote - @billmoyersHQ - Air Date: 10-24-14 Ch. 17: Song 8: I'm Free - 20 Golden Greats Ch. 18: Act 9: Voting Rights Amendment Act via @civilrightsorg - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 19: Song 9: Time for Action - Time for Action - the Very Best Of Ch. 20: Act 10: Excerpt: LBJ's Voting Rights Speech "The American Promise" - @LBJLibrary - Air Date: 03-15-1965[...]


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#1138 Condemning, Defending and Rebuilding the Media

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 22:00:00 +0000

Air Date: 10/06/2017 Today we look at the inadequacy, the potential, structures and the humanity of the corporate media Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Join the Best of the Left Social Network! Donate or become a Member to support the show!  Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft  Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Media Needs to Do Better Covering Trump Now Than During the Campaign (w/Guest Katrina vanden Huevel) - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 03-16-17 Ch. 3: Song 1:  Poenia - Damiano Baldoni Ch. 4: Act 2: Lara Setrakian: 3 ways to fix a broken news industry - @TEDTalks - Air Date 3-9-17 Ch. 5: Song 2:  Hundred Mile - K2 Ch. 6: Act 3: Why Trump's Media Vendetta Is Scarier Than Nixon's - The Breach - Air Date 7-11-17 Ch. 7: Song 3:  Passionate Ending - Soft and Furious Ch. 8: Act 4: The Media Only Treats Politics Two Ways, and They're Both Bad - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 08-08-17 Ch. 9: Song 4:  concatenate - Damiano Baldoni Ch. 10: Act 5: Filmmaker of "All Governments Lie" discussing the failure of corporate media - We Are Here - Air Date 2-18-17 Ch. 11: Song 5:  Llegare - Dom La Nena Ch. 12: Act 6: Masha Gessen on the "Impulse to Normalize" - On The Media - Air Date 12-2-16 Ch. 13: Song 6:  Great is the Contessa - The Contessa Ch. 14: Act 7: Chris Hayes on his and the media's tendency to normalize our circumstances - The Ezra Klein Show - Air Date 8-15-17 Voicemails Ch. 15: It's time to stand up against gun violence - Dallas from Jacksonville, FL Ch. 16: Medicare 4 All Preempted. - Alan from Connecticut Ch. 17: Include Your Kids! - Alan from Connecticut Ch. 18: A unique perspective on the Jones Act - Jonathan from Louisville, KY Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 19: Final comments on how why you should be willing to pay for the world you want to see 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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#1137 A perfect blend of colonialism, racism and disaster capitalism (Puerto Rico)

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 22:00:00 +0000

Air Date: 10/03/2017 Today we look at the current and ongoing disaster befalling the US territory of Puerto Rico that all began long, long before the most recent hurricanes laid all of the injustice bare Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Join the Best of the Left Social Network! Donate or become a Member to support the show!  Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft  Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Puerto Ricans Call for Aid Amid Catastrophe "We're American Citizens. We Can't Be Left to Die" - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 09-26-17 Ch. 3: Song 1:  Streamer - Arc and Crecent Ch. 4: Act 2: The devastation is being underestimated and the slowness of the response is inexcusable - @GreenNewsReport - Air Date 9-28-17 Ch. 5: Song 2:  Shift of Currents - Aeronaut Ch. 6: Act 3: Understanding what was devastating Puerto Rico long before this year's hurricanes - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 9-29-17 Ch. 7: Song 3:  The Cast and Favor - Bayou Birds Ch. 8: Act 4: There is not the same level of concern for the lives of people who are not white - @RingOfFireRadio - Air Date 9-29-17 Ch. 9: Song 4:  The Summit - K2 Ch. 10: Act 5: What You AREN'T Being Told About Puerto Rico & The Disaster Unfolding There - @RedactedTonight with @LeeCamp - Air Date: 09-27-17 Ch. 11: Song 5:  Another Promise Kept - Art Of Escapism Ch. 12: Act 6: Delusion vs reality in Puerto Rico - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 9-29-17 Ch. 13: Song 6:  Midday - Pecan Grove Ch. 14: Act 7: Tell President Trump and Congress to Provide Hurricane Relief and Recovery Assistance to Puerto Rico via @pricanagenda #UnitedforPuertoRico #UnidosPorPuertoRico - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 15: Song 7:  periculum - Kai Engel Ch. 16: Act 8: Nelson Denis On The Exploitation and Colonization of Puerto Rico by U.S. - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 09-29-17 Ch. 17: Final comments on colonialism and how it never really changes Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone (Additional music from Blue Dot Sessions)  Activism: TAKE ACTION Demand Federal relief for Puerto Rico via National Puerto Rican Agenda's letter campaign  Learn more about National Puerto Rican Agenda   EDUCATE YOURSELF National Puerto Rican Agenda: New Group Forms to Address Island's Unprecedented Economic Crisis (DemocracyNOW!) Why Is María’s Death Toll in Puerto Rico Being Underreported? (Latino Rebels) Trump to Puerto Rico: your hurricane isn’t a “real catastrophe” like Katrina (Vox) Obama Signs PROMESA Bill, Imposing Control Board on Puerto Rico (DemocracyNOW!) 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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#1136 Doing the Right Thing After Exhausting All Other Options (Medicare For All)

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 22:00:00 +0000

Air Date: 09/29/2017 Today we look at the Bernie-Sanders-lead movement to implement the most comprehensive universal health insurance system in the world Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Join the Best of the Left Social Network! Donate or become a Member to support the show!  Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft  how Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: America Is Ready For Universal Healthcare - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 09-20-17 Ch. 3: Song 1:  Turning on the Lights - Speakeasy Ch. 4: Act 2: ANALYSIS: Bernie's Single Payer Healthcare Proposal - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 09-14-17 Ch. 5: Song 2:  On Our Own Again - The Pine Barrens Ch. 6: Act 3: Understanding the extraordinary costs of our health care system - Who What Why - Air Date 7-14-17 Ch. 7: Song 3:  Flattered - Delray Ch. 8: Act 4: Understanding the Canadian health insurance system - The @BernieSanders Show - Air Date 9-17-17 Ch. 9: Song 4:  Dirtbike Lovers - Desert Orchard Ch. 10: Act 5: No Is Not Enough Naomi Klein on Bernie's Medicare-for-All Bill & Future of Democratic Party - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 09-18-17 Ch. 11: Song 5:  Flagger - Cloud Harbor Ch. 12: Act 6: What Can YOU Do To Support the #Medicare4All Movement? - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 13: Song 6:  Chilvat - Lillehammer Ch. 14: Act 7: Challenging the private health insurance orthodoxy - The Zero Hour w @RJEskow - Air Date 9-16-17 Voicemails Ch. 15: Amazon App doesn't help BotL - Alan from Connecticut Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 16: Final comments on Amazon, brainstorming ways to join the medicare-for-all movement and teasing our latest members-only show Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone (Additional music from Blue Dot Sessions)  Activism: TAKE ACTION What are the top 3 things you can personally do to contribute to the movement to support #Medicare4All? Call the voicemail line at 202-999-3991 and tell us your ideas to inspire others Read the details of Sen. Sanders’ Medicare for All bill Some other ways to get involved: Our Revolution groups (Sen. Sanders’ action organization) Health Over Profit (nonprofit grassroots org fighting for Medicare for All) Fight4Medicare.com (grassroots #Medicare4All action campaign)  Social Security Works (nonprofit defending our social programs)  Truth Out “Medicare for All” Series (independent media outlet looking to focus on Medicare for All coverage) MoveOn.org Petition (do NOT let signing this be all you do!)  EDUCATE YOURSELF Bernie Sanders's new Medicare-for-all plan, explained (Vox) The Political Genius of Bernie’s ‘Medicare for All’ Bill (The Nation) Bernie’s “Medicare for All” actually is the pragmatic health care solution (Salon) The Loss of Morality in America’s Healthcare Debate (Washington Post) Sanders's Bill Electrifies Growing Single-Payer Movement (truth-out) "Medicare for All": A Uniting Call to Action in the Age of Trump (truth-out) Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Support the show via Patreon [...]


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#1135 Understanding the Effects of Immigration

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 22:00:00 +0000

Air Date: 09/26/2017 Today we look at the economic and criminal implications of immigration policy Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Join the Best of the Left Social Network! Donate or become a Member to support the show!  Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft  Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: The economic benefit of immigrants - Economic Update w: @profwolff - Air Date 2-28-17 Ch. 3: Song 1:  modum - Kai Engel Ch. 4: Act 2: The labor rights that come with more open borders - @theLFshow w: @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date 7-4-17 Ch. 5: Song 2:  Streamer - Arc and Crecent  Ch. 6: Act 3: Breaking News Consumer's Handbook Migration Edition (At Home) - On The Media - Air Date 7-28-16 Ch. 7: Song 3:  Kawruwath Na - Amarasiri Peiris Ch. 8: Act 4: Misinformation used to stoke fear of crime and terrorism - The Breech - Air Date 9-12-17 Ch. 9: Song 4:  Thread Caramb - Textile Caramb  Ch. 10: Act 5: Sanctuary cities and the myth of criminal immigrants - @offkiltershow - Air Date 4-28-17 Ch. 11: Song 5:  daemones - Kai Engel Ch. 12: Act 6: Why a border wall wouldn't even put a dent in drug trafficking - The Breach - Air Date 4-25-17 Ch. 13: Song 6:  The Wall Song - Pinkerton and the Brinks Ch. 14: Act 7: The role of US immigration policy on creating the problems it claims to work against - Trumpcast from @Slate - Air Date 8-1-17 Voicemails Ch. 15: We avoid talking about the climate connection to animal agriculture - Almera from Berkley, CA Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 16: Final comments on why progressives don’t talk about the link between climate change and animal agriculture 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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#1085 A case against the myth of individualism (Culture) (Rerun)

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 22:00:00 +0000

Air Date: 03/07/2017 Today we look at the dangerous myths of individualism and the American Dream™, some of their origins and some of their consequences Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Join the Best of the Left Social Network! Donate or become a Member to support the show!  Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft  Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Cultural influences on our perspective of self w/Gish Jen - Think Again - Air Date 3-4-17 Ch. 3: Song 1:  Different People - No Doubt Ch. 4: Act 2: You are not as free as you think you are w/Raoul Martinez - @thisishellradio - Air Date 2-24-17 Ch. 5: Song 2:  The system - Abscondo Ch. 6: Act 3: Individualism in the prosperity gospel brand of Christianity - Ideas from CBC - Air Date 1-8-17 Ch. 7: Song 3:  Southern Baptism - Richard Gilks Ch. 8: Act 4: The cold war propaganda of anti-collectivism w/Gish Jen - Think Again - Air Date 3-4-17 Ch. 9: Song 4:  Knock Yourself Out - Jon Brion Ch. 10: Act 5: The myths of the autonomous individual and free markets w/Raoul Martinez - @thisishellradio - Air Date 2-24-17 Ch. 11: Song 5:  Drums of Freedom - Theo Bard Ch. 12: Act 6: Training is all that matters - A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain Ch. 13: Song 6:  Perpetuum Mobile - Penguin Cafe Orchestra Ch. 14: Act 7: An ignorance of history bolsters acceptance of anti-regulation individualism - You are not so smart - Air Date 2-24-17 Ch. 15: Song 7:  Making Progress - Freedom's Progress Ch. 16: Act 8: The dangerous myth of the American Dream w/Raoul Martinez - @thisishellradio - Air Date 2-24-17[...]


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#1134 Unnatural Disasters (Hurricanes and Humans)

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 22:00:00 +0000

Air Date: 09/19/2017 Today we look not so much at hurricanes and the climate science behind them (though we touch on that as well) but focus more on what we can see more clearly when it’s illuminated by so-called “natural” disasters, the structural inequality and legacies of decision-making that make these disasters worse than they need to be Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Join the Best of the Left Social Network! Donate or become a Member to support the show!  Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft  Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Mark Hertsgaard: It's not politics, it's science - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 9-13-17 Ch. 3: Song 1:  Celestial Navigation - Aeronaut Ch. 4: Act 2: What is environmental racism and environmental justice? - #PoliticallyReactive with @wkamaubell and @harikondabolu - Air Date 9-7-17 Ch. 5: Song 2:  Vibrant Canopy - Origami Ch. 6: Act 3: Breaking News Consumer's Handbook: U.S. Storm Edition - On The Media - Air Date 9-1-17 Ch. 7: Song 3:  Shift of Currents - Aeronaut Ch. 8: Act 4: Disasters call attention to inequalities if we care to notice - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 9-1-17 Ch. 9: Song 4:  Le gris, le bleu, d'une profonde humilité - Monplaisir Ch. 10: Act 5: Preventing future floods with data and regulation - @DecodeDC - Air Date: 09-14-2017 Ch. 11: Song 5:  Moon Bicycle Theme - American Moon Bicycle Ch. 12: Act 6: The Human Causes of Natural Disasters - Popaganda from @BitchMedia - Air Date 12-8-16 Ch. 13: Song 6:  Waltz of the Renegade - Art Of Escapism Ch. 14: Act 7: #ProtectNEPA to #ProtectOurVoice on the Environment via @ProtectNEPA - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 15: Song 7:  Inessential - Bayou Birds Ch. 16: Act 8: Dr. Michael E. Mann on attribution science and the tactics of inaction and delay - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 9-13-17 Voicemails Ch. 17: How selfishness helps people excuse authoritarian leaders - Annie from Alabama Ch. 18: RT is not Pro-Trump propaganda - Keith from New Hampshire Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 19: Final comments on the start of the conversation about The Vietnam War on the BotL Network Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone (Additional music from Blue Dot Sessions)  Activism: TAKE ACTION: Get involved with the NEPA Works campaign to protect your voice! Read about pending legislation that chips away at NEPA, share it, and call Congress (try Stance) to stop it Read and share NEPA success stories from every state Follow NEPA Works on Twitter @ProtectNEPA Use the #ProtectNEPA and #ProtectOurVoice on social media  EDUCATE YOURSELF: We will not be silenced. Stand up for a strong NEPA! (Earth Justice) Trump CEQ rolls out plans for swift NEPA reviews (Governors' Wind & Solar Energy Coalition) US people of color still more likely to be exposed to pollution than white people (The Guardian) Christine Todd Whitman: How Not to Run the E.P.A. (New York Times) Boston Communities Unite to Democratize Their Economy (Next City) Written by BO[...]


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#1133 Understanding Authoritarianism

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 22:00:00 +0000

Air Date: 09/15/2017 Today we look at the history and structures of authoritarianism and explore how they relate to at Trump campaign and administration Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Join the Best of the Left Social Network! Donate or become a Member to support the show!  Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft  Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: It can't happen here Part 1 - Ideas from the CBC - Air Date 1-17-17 Ch. 3: Song 1:  Another Promise Kept - Art Of Escapism Ch. 4: Act 2: Conservative Evan McMullin on spotting the dangers of authoritarianism - Primary Concerns from @NewRepublic - Air Date 1-4-17 Ch. 5: Song 2:  Hundred Mile - K2 Ch. 6: Act 3: Opposing conservative policies and authoritarianism - Who. What. Why. - Air Date 2-11-17 Ch. 7: Song 3:  On Our Own Again - The Pine Barrens Ch. 8: Act 4: It can't happen here Part 2 - Ideas from the CBC - Air Date 1-17-17 Ch. 9: Song 4:  Zombie With A Heartbeat - Midnight Maps Ch. 10: Act 5: Historian Timothy Snyder on the prospect of tyranny in America - This is Hell - Air Date 4-29-17 Ch. 11: Song 5:  Homegrown - The Pine Barrens Ch. 12: Act 6: Why Arpaio's Pardon Could Trigger Constitutional Crisis - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 08-29-17 Ch. 13: Song 6:  The Summit - K2 Ch. 14: Act 7: Full Frontal Is Scared: Masha Gessen Edition - Full Frontal with Samantha Bee - Air Date 1-18-17 Voicemails Ch. 15: Weighing the balance of harms regarding free speech - Anthony from Illinois Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 16: Final comments clarifying and then muddling the issue of free speech, hate speech and the argument for reducing harm 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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#1132 800,000 Hostages (Immigration and DACA)

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 22:00:00 +0000

Air Date: 09/12/2017 Today we look at the combination of racism and cold political calculations that went into the decision to hold 800,000 DACA recipients hostage in order to placate the GOP’s scared white base and create leverage to force through funding for the southern board wall (also to placate the GOP’s scared white base) Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Join the Best of the Left Social Network! Donate or become a Member to support the show!  Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft  Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Shining City - Emerson Collective Ch. 3: Song 1: N/A Ch. 4: Act 2: These Are The Faces Of DACA Recipients In Danger Of Deportation - @nowthisnews - Air Date 9-2-17 Ch. 5: Song 2:  Headlights/Mountain Road - The Contessa  Ch. 6: Act 3: The Misleading Rhetoric Around DACA - On The Media - Air Date 9-8-17 Ch. 7: Song 3:  Great is the Contessa - The Contessa Ch. 8: Act 4: Understanding what DACA does—and doesn’t—mean for recipients - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 9-8-17 Ch. 9: Song 4:  Horizon Liner - The Pine Barrons Ch. 10: Act 5: Clarifying immigrant access to social programs - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 8-7-17 Ch. 11: Song 5:  Vengeful - Warmbody Ch. 12: Act 6: Tell Congress: Dreamers are #HeretoStay. Pass the #DreamAct NOW via @UNITEDWEDREAM - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 13: Song 6:  This Fickle World - Theo Bard Ch. 14: Act 7: The story of Sheriff Joe Arpaio - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 9-1-17 Ch. 15: Song 7:  Planting Flags - K4 Ch. 16: Act 8: Trump Defends Pardoning GROTESQUE Racist Joe Arpaio As Hurricane Harvey Made Landfall - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 09-06-17 Ch. 17: Song 8:  Midday - Pecan Grove Ch. 18: Act 9: The DEPLORABLE Reason Trump Ended DACA - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 09-06-17 Voicemails Ch. 19: Drug Episode Response - Alan from Connecticut Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 20: Final comments on the inability for some conservatives to see beyond bad laws Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone (Additional music from Blue Dot Sessions)  Activism: TAKE ACTION Take action right now & sign up for updates at WeAreHereToStay.org Find an event near you Call Congress Tweet at Congress Resources (Including Mental Health Emergency Toolkit) You can also call and tweet Congress with DreamActToolkit.org EDUCATE YOURSELF The Dream Act of 2017 (National Immigration Law Center) Black, Undocumented And Fighting To Survive (Huffington Post) How Higher-Education Leaders Are Fighting for DACA (The Atlantic) Relatives of Undocumented Children Caught Up in ICE Dragnet (Mother Jones) The White House Isn’t Sharing Dreamers’ Info With ICE, But Another Threat Looms (Mother Jones) DACA Pits Trump Against His Own Administration (The Atlantic) Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Androi[...]


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#1131 Inflicting pleasure (Media and Propaganda)

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 22:00:00 +0000

Air Date: 09/08/2017 Today we look at our vapid media landscape and see how it lead, some would say inevitably, to the election of someone like Donald Trump Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Join the Best of the Left Social Network! Donate or become a Member to support the show!  Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft  Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: The destruction of facts - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 3-14-17 Ch. 3: Song 1:  Damage - Jimmy Eat World Ch. 4: Act 2: The Weaponization of 'Fake News' - The Breach - Air Date 8-29-17 Ch. 5: Song 2:  Le mystère de contre jour - David Ari Leon Ch. 6: Act 3: The search for truth-commited journalism falls down at both ends - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 3-31-17 Ch. 7: Song 3:  Honesty - Billy Joel Ch. 8: Act 4: Koch Donor Network Funds Propaganda Like Breitbart, Films & Pretty Much Everything You Can Think Of - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 06-30-17 Ch. 9: Song 4:  Laugh So You Don't Cry - Andy Davis Ch. 10: Act 5: The Trouble With Reality Part 2 - On the Media - Air Date 5-17-17 Ch. 11: Song 5:  Zissou Society Blue Star Cadets / Ned's Theme (Take 1) - Mark Mothersbaugh Ch. 12: Act 6: Joshua Green on how Bannon has changed politics for the worse - Primary Concerns from @NewRepublic - Air Date 7-25-17 Ch. 13: Song 6:  You're Not In On the Joke (iTunes Session) - Cobra Starship Ch. 14: Act 7: How "The Apprentice" Helped Make Trump President - Popaganda from @BitchMedia - Air Date 4-13-17 Ch. 15: Song 7:  Million Dollar Loan - Death Cab For Cutie Ch. 16: Act 8: The Trouble With Reality Part 1 - On the Media - Air Date 5-17-17 Voicemails Ch. 17: The first and second amendments - Issac from Valencia, CA Ch. 18: Oppression never dies, it always transforms itself and resurrects itself - V from Central New York Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 19: Final comments on the evolution of systems of oppression Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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#1130 Schoolyard bully with nuclear weapons (Foreign Policy)

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 22:00:00 +0000

Air Date: 09/05/2017 Today we look at just a couple of the major international conflicts Donald Trump is severely under-qualified to navigate Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Join the Best of the Left Social Network! Donate or become a Member to support the show!  Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft  ​Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Andrew Bacevich on the neoconservative-laid groundwork for President Trump - The Dig - Air Date: 08-23-2017 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​Directions - Josh Rouse Ch. 4: Act 2: Trump About To Surpass Obama's EIGHT YEAR Civilian Death Toll - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 07-18-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​Suffering of the Innocents - Squire Tuck Ch. 6: Act 3: Andrew Bacevich: Trump's Handling of N. Korea, His First National Security Crisis, is Very Troubling - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 08-10-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: ​One - Apocalyptica Ch. 8: Act 4: Bruce Cumings with a historical perspective on the most irresponsible thing Trump has said - Jacobin Radio (@jacobinmag) - Air Date 8-28-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: ​Fire and Fury - Ian Rivers Ch. 10: Act 5: Middle East expert Juan Cole on why the US is stuck in Afghanistan - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 8-22-17 Ch. 11: Song 5: ​Silent Colonialism - Valentina Ch. 12: Act 6: Phyllis Bennis on the questions we don't ask about what we should do in Afghanistan - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 8-25-17 Voicemails Ch. 13: Hard to believe that Charlottesville is the ACLU's fault - Nick from California Ch. 14: The sexist angle on fighting words and media personalities inciting violence - Katherine from Bloomington, IL Ch. 15: Thoughts on needed restrictions of 2nd amendment - Craig from Ohio Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 16: Final comments introducing a bonus clip from Politically Re-Active Bonus Clip: The problem is the 2nd amendment - Politically Reactive - Air Date 8-24-17 Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone  Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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