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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

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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 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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#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 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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#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 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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#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/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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#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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#902 Rethinking the fundamentals of drugs and addiction (Drug War)

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 22:00:00 +0000

Air Date: 02/27/2015 Today we take a look at not only the destructive forces at work within the drug war but also look deeper at the causes of addiction and drug abuse that could change all of your preconceived notions on the topic and maybe even our society as a whole 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: Drug War Alternatives That Work • Overcriminalized #2- Substance Abuse •- @bravenewfilms - Air Date: 10-9-14 Ch. 3: Song 1: Once There Was a Hushpuppy - Beasts of the Southern Wild (Music from the Motion Picture) Ch. 4: Act 2: Tracking cars movements in real time as part of the DEA drug war - Le Show (@theharryshearer) - Air Date: 2-1-15 Ch. 5: Song 2: Don’t Worry, We'll Be Watching You - Making Mirrors Ch. 6: Act 3: DC mayor stands up for voters on legal pot, defies congressional GOP - Rachel @Maddow Show - Air Date: 2-26-15 Ch. 7: Song 3: Gateway Drug - Dancing In The Streets Ch. 8: Act 4: Challenge everything you know about drugs - @allinwithchris Hayes - Air Date: 03-05-14 Ch. 9: Song 4: Big Mistake - Fair Ain't Fair Ch. 10: Act 5: Johann Hari (@johannhari101): Everything We Know About the Drug War & Addiction is Wrong Part 1 - @democracynow - Air Date: 2-4-15 Ch. 11: Song 5: Strange Fruit (1939 Single Version) - 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Billie Holiday Ch. 12: Act 6: Poverty drives the demand for opiates - Economic Update with @profwolff - Air Date: 11-17-14 Ch. 13: Song 6: Poverty (Single Stereo) - That Did It! - The Duke Recordings, Vol. 3 Ch. 14: Act 7: Johann Hari (@johannhari101): Everything We Know About the Drug War & Addiction is Wrong Part 2 - @democracynow - Air Date: 2-4-15[...]


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#1129 The free press has been bought (Corporate Media and Billionaires)

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 22:00:00 +0000

Air Date: 08/29/2017 Today we look at the systemic problem with advertiser-driven, for-profit media and how billionaires have begun exploiting the system to their own benefit even more 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: Corporate corruption of news and the Access of Evil - We Are Here - Air Date 2-18-17 Ch. 3: Song 1:  Machine - David Ari Leon Ch. 4: Act 2: Sinclair & the Growing Reach of Conservative Media - On the Media - Air Date 5-11-17 Ch. 5: Song 2:  The Maelstrom - Jim Guthrie Ch. 6: Act 3: Sponsors underwriting their own puff pieces - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 2-24-17 Ch. 7: Song 3:  Hallelujah - Vitamin String Quartet Ch. 8: Act 4: Pro-Trump Network Sinclair Set to Become Nation's Biggest Broadcaster as FCC Weakens Ownership Rules - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 05-09-17 Ch. 9: Song 4:  Pas Si Simple - Yann Tiersen Ch. 10: Act 5: Media Consolidation is a Huge Problem and Even FDR Foresaw it as One - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 07-11-17 Ch. 11: Song 5:  Nothing Else Matters - Apocalyptica Ch. 12: Act 6: Craig Aaron on Sinclair Takeover - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 8-11-17 Ch. 13: Song 6:  End of the World - Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin Ch. 14: Act 7: Jeremy Scahill on the greatest trick the devil ever pulled - All Governments Lie Ch. 15: Song 7:  Dawn Departure, Jefferson County - Black Prairie Ch. 16: Act 8: Gawker and the New Era of Media Censorship - On The Media - Air Date 8-11-17 Voicemails Ch. 17: Just banned fascism in my house - Kevin from Louisiana Ch. 18: Arguing against free speech fundamentalism - Dave from Olympia, WA Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 19: Final comments on the absurdity of fundamentalism in all its forms 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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#1128 Confronting fascism in the land of free speech

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 22:00:00 +0000

Air Date: 08/25/2017 Today we look at the constant struggle between the freedom to speak and the necessary limits placed on that freedom due to the rights of others to not be substantially harmed by that speech 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: WSJ Reports: ACLU Rethinks Defending Hate Groups Protesting with Guns - Wochit News - Air Date 8-17-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: N/A Ch. 4: Act 2: ACLU Will No Longer Defend Hate Groups Protesting With Firearms - MSNBC Ch. 5: Song 2:  Confronting the Wolf (Bonus Track) - Jim Guthrie Ch. 6: Act 3: Understanding the line between free speech and hate speech - BackStory - Air Date 8-23-17 Ch. 7: Song 3:  Freedom of Speech - John Mellencamp Ch. 8: Act 4: I was a prominent neo-Nazi. Ignoring white extremists is a mistake. - Vox - Air Date 4-14-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: N/A Ch. 10: Act 5: Nazis Don't Get Free Speech! - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date 08-22-17 Ch. 11: Song 5:  Harm - David Francey Ch. 12: Act 6: Understanding who joins Antifa - Trumpcast from @Slate - Air Date 8-18-17 Ch. 13: Song 6:  Together we fight alone - Darlings Ch. 14: Act 7: How Do We Define Hate Speech? - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date 8-21-17 Ch. 15: Song 7:  Nothing Is Good Enough (Instrumental) - Aimee Mann Ch. 16: Act 8: Antifa: A Look at the Antifascist Movement Confronting White Supremacists in the Streets - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 08-16-17 Ch. 17: Song 8:  Enemy At the Gate - The Twinkle Brothers Ch. 18: Act 9: How not to fall for fascist rhetoric - 1943 US War Department Voicemails Ch. 19: Free speech absolutism - Ryan in Minneapolis, MN Ch. 20: Free speech absolutism is bullshit - Zach from Atlanta, GA Ch. 21: Railing against free speech would be a gift to the right - Todd from Delaware, OH Ch. 22: Recommending Chomsky video - Elizabeth from North Carolina Ch. 23: The Constitution is not a suicide pact - Will from Mississippi Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 24: Final comments on free speech, hate speech and the ethics of responding to a violent breach of the social peace treaty Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Support the show via our Patreon page! Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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

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

Air Date: 08/22/2017 Today we look at what may be the violent death throes of white supremacy. As Trump and the GOP embolden white supremacists to action and violence, the rest of the country is awoken to the need to deal swiftly and decisively with the relics of our racist past  Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Join the Best of the Left Social Network! Donate or become a Member to support the show!  Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft  Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Keri Leigh Merritt on the underlying purposes of white supremacy - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 8-18-17 Ch. 3: Song 1:  Out With the Old - Casa Di Mondo Ch. 4: Act 2: The history of the raising of Civil War monuments - @offkiltershow - Air Date 8-18-17 Ch. 5: Song 2:  RACIST MONUMENT SING-A-LONG - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 05-06-17 Ch. 6: Act 3: American racism during Jim Crow inspired and helped legitimize the Nazis - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date 6-24-17 Ch. 7: Song 3:  Nazi (Live) - Chumbawamba Ch. 8: Act 4: The homegrown practice of honoring a history of white supremacy - Backstory - Air Date 8-18-17 Ch. 9: Song 4:  A Dose of White Supremacy - Neffe Odom Kragh-Muller Ch. 12: Act 5: Descendant of Robert E. Lee Wants to Bring Down the Statues - @RedactedTonight w: @LeeCamp - Air Date 08-19-17 Ch. 13: Song 5:  Trapped (Live) - Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band Ch. 14: Act 6: The white supremacist standard intimidation strategy  - Frangela: The Final Word - Air Date 08-15-2017 Ch. 15: Song 6:  Civil War - Guns N' Roses Ch. 16: Act 7:  The role of the Republican Party to embolden white supremacists - Code Switch - Air Date 8-16-17 Ch. 17: Song 7:  Shame - Ophelia of the Spirits Ch. 18: Act 8: WATCH: Trump And White Supremacist Parrot Same Talking Points - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 08-18-17 Ch. 19: Song 8:  Where Do You Stand? - Willie Nelson Ch. 19: Act 9: A view from the local synagogue - Backstory - Air Date 8-18-17 Ch. 19: Song 9:  American Land - Bruce Springsteen Ch. 20: Act 10: Send a Letter: It’s Time to Take Down Confederate Monuments via @splcenter- Best of the Left Activism Ch. 19: Song 10:  Activism - Shihan Ch. 21: Act 11: On the need to restrict harmful speech and white identity politics - #PoliticallyReactive with @wkamaubell and @harikondabolu - Air Date 8-17-17 Voicemails Ch. 22: Do we know the motivations for the creation of white supremacy? - Kyle from Portland, WA Ch. 23: Mighty Network feedback! - Alan from Connecticut Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 24: Final comments on continuing a conversation about freedom of speech Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION Locate Confederate monuments near you with SPLC’s interactive map Write a letter to the editor demanding the removal of Confederate statues in your community  Get involved in the action calling for the removal of Confederate statues in the U.S. Capitol  Read the SPLC’s “10 Ways to Fight Hate: A Community Response Guide” to prepare, strengthen and heal your community in the face of hatred.   EDUCATE YOURSELF I'm a black Southerner. I had to go abroad to see a statue celebrating black liberation. (Vox) Provocative ‘Free Speech’ Rally In Boston Railroaded By Counterprotesters[...]


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

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

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


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#1126 Explaining the concept you need to understand, Neoliberal Economics

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

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


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#934 The long shadow of southern white supremacy (Racism)

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

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


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#1125 Understanding and surviving the age of anger

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

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


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#1124 Searching for a problem to implement a terrible solution (Voting Rights)

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

Air Date: 08/4/2017 Today we revisit the old idea that if voting mattered they wouldn’t let you do it and the fact that that is exactly what they’re trying to do. Between allowing the chaos and uncertainty caused by hackable and unverifiable voting machines and systematic voter suppression efforts it seems clear just how much they don’t want people to trust or participate in the system Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991   Donate or become a member to support the show!  Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft    Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: @AriBerman: Kris Kobach Is Helping Trump Lay Groundwork for Nationwide Voter Suppression Effort - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 07-05-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: Democracy - Leonard Cohen Ch. 4: Act 2: The legal troubles of Trumps voter integrity task force - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 7-11-17 Ch. 5: Song 2:  You know my name - The Beatles Ch. 6: Act 3: The Backlash to the "Voter Fraud Panel" Isn't What You Think It Is - On the Media - Air Date 7-14-17 Ch. 7: Song 3:  You Don't Scare Me - Josh Pyke Ch. 8: Act 4: Illegal purging of voters in Ohio - @offkiltershow - Air Date 6-2-17 Ch. 9: Song 4:  A Tranquilized Polar Bear Rising Through an Autumn Sky - Black Prairie Ch. 10: Act 5: @AriBerman: How the Russians Hacked Our Voting Systems Last November - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 7-12-17 Ch. 11: Song 5:  The Game Is Rigged - The Great Malarkey Ch. 12: Act 6: Democrats Are Introducing a Bill to Make Sure Your Vote is Counted (w:guest Mark Pocan) - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date 06-28-17 Ch. 13: Song 6:  Cheat - The Clash Ch. 14: Act 7: Four Actions to Fight Trump’s Sham Voter Fraud Commission in Your State - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 15: Song 7:  This Fickle World - Theo Bard Ch. 16: Act 8: The nexus between voting rights and economics - The Other Washington from @civicskunkworks - Air Date 5-18-17 Voicemails Ch. 17: Donating plasma during late capitalism - David from Detroit, MI Ch. 18: What the dollar stores say about Late Capitalism - David From Albuquerque, NM Ch. 19: A game-changing way of thinking about inequality - Justin from Indiana Ch. 20: Amazon on mobile - Alan from Connecticut Ch. 21: Looking for help investigating the case of a friend killed by police - Jeremy from Spokane, WA Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 22: Final comments on dealing with death at the hands of police Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION 1. Find out if your state is complying with Trump’s Voter Commission and to what extent (The Brennan Center for Justice has compiled state responses here)  2. Get involved/volunteer with local chapters of voting rights orgs like Let America Vote, League of Women Voters, Voto Latino, Democracy Awakening/Democracy Spring 3. Contact your state’s Board of Elections office. Quickly find it with this database. Here's a call script that you can adapt for your state. 4. Contact your state’s governor. Quickly find them with this database. EDUCATE YOURSELF Trump's "Voter Fraud" Commission (Brennan Center for Justice) The Bogus Voter-Fraud Commission (New Yo[...]


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

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

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


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#1122 Real-Life Alternatives to the Prison/Industrial Complex

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

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


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

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

Air Date: 05/26/2015 Today we take a look at the US death penalty from all angles. Cultural norms? We’re an outlier. Protecting the innocent? We kill innocent people. Following the letter of the law? We’re absolutely breaking the 8th amendment to the Constitution. Fiscal responsibility? The death penalty costs about 3 times more than life imprisonment. And don’t forget about the racially biased implementation and the structurally biased trail system of death penalty cases. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill 00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: Who are the barbarians? - Le Show (@theharryshearer) - Air Date: 2-1-15 Ch. 3: Song 1: Of Mice and Men - End Credits 00:03:26 Ch. 4: Act 2: Shocker!: Scalia's Poster Man for Death Penalty Turns Out to Be Innocent - @majorityfm - Air Date: 09-04-14 Ch. 5: Song 2: Death Penalty - Eight Dayz 00:10:50 Ch. 6: Act 3: Rick Perry Executed Innocent Dad After Prosecutor Hides Exculpatory Evidence - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 03-24-15 Ch. 7: Song 3: Death Penalty - Surrogate 00:14:42 Ch. 8: Act 4: The Penalty - How much are executions costing you? - @One_For_Ten Films - Air Date: 11-11-14 Ch. 9: Song 4: The Secret Agent: The Secret Agent Ending - Cello Octet Conjunto Ibérico & Elias Arizcuren 00:17:11 Ch. 10: Act 5: Death by firing squad - @allinwithchris Hayes - Air Date: 3-11-15 Ch. 11: Song 5: Guillotine - Wildlife 00:22:36 Ch. 12: Act 6: Is Our Execution Method Cruel and Unusual? - @testtube - Air Date: 6-18-14 Ch. 13: Song 6: La nuit - David Ari Leon 00:25:48 Ch. 14: Act 7: Exoquill: End of life cocktailing never looked so clear - Le Show (@theharryshearer) - Air Date: 3-8-15 Ch. 15: Song 7: My Girl - The Temptations 00:29:38 Ch. 16: Act 8: Oklahoma takes a guess, approves nitrogen gas for killing prisoners - Rachel @maddow - Air Date 4-21-15 Ch. 17: Song 8: First Patient - Philip Glass 00:38:34 Ch. 18: Act 9: Death Penalty for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in Anti-Execution State Brings Complications, Not Closure - @democracynow - Air Date: 5-18-15 Ch. 19: Song 9: 1901 - Phoenix 00:48:29 Ch. 20: Act 10: #HaltAllExecutions with @ncadp & @90millionstrong — Best of the Left Activism Ch. 21: Song 10: Activism - Shihan 00:51:05 Ch. 22: Act 11: George Stinney, 14, Executed In Vile Act Of Injustice, Exonerated 70s Years Late - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 12-19-14   Activism: #HaltAllExecutions with @ncadp & @90millionstrong Take Action: SIGN: ”Join the 90 Million Strong: Call for Halt to All Executions” from 90 Million Strong, a project of The National Coalition To End the Death Penalty Find more resources on pending executions and educational content: 90MillionStrong.org Additional Activism/Resources: JUNE 6: DC Standing for Peace and Justice w/Mothers in Charge Sources/further reading: States with and without the Death Penalty via DeathPenaltyInfo.org “Lethal Entanglements” via The New Republic “Death penalty foes see Nebraska vote as momentum-builder” "Boston Bomber’s Execution To Be Delayed 18 Years?” via The Inquisitor "Few favor death for Dzhokhar Tsarna[...]


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

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

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


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#1120 Stopping and building at the same time (Progressive Movement)

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

Air Date: 07/18/2017 Today we look at the woeful state of the Democratic Party and the strategy to bring them back from the brink Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 ​Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: All roads lead to Trump unless we make major changes - #PoliticallyReactive with @wkamaubell and @harikondabolu - Air Date 6-15-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​The Perfect Space - The Avett Brothers Ch. 4: Act 2: David Sirota Discusses the Role of Journalism In the Trump Resistance - @TheRealNews - Air Date 6-16-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​Failure - Kings of Convenience Ch. 6: Act 3: Bill Curry on how and why the Democratic party lost its way - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date 6-3-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: ​Changes - Langhorne Slim & The Law Ch. 8: Act 4: Naomi Klein on why No is not enough - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 6-28-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: ​Rome Wasn't Built In a Day - Morcheeba Ch. 10: Act 5: Tom Ferguson on why establishment Democrats are vulnerable - Jacobin Radio (@jacobinmag) - Air Date 7-11-17 Voicemails Ch. 11: Reaction to 1119 on Poverty - Alan from Connecticut Ch. 12: Follow-up on de-transitioning article - Rachel from Seattle Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 13: Final comments on how conservatives have come full circle on their understanding of LGBTQ people and ended up right where they started Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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New Announcement + Rerun: #777 Laboring in badly-designed machines (Labor Movement)

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

Air Date: 11/25/2013 A look at what we need to remember to appreciate about the labor movement. Is the American Dream possible anymore as we seem to be racing to the bottom? What changes can we make to fight back? Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Is the American Dream a Reality? – David Pakman Show – Air Date: 10-02-13 Ch. 3: Song 1: You Are Dreaming - Our Ill Wills Ch. 4: Act 2: Would You Like A Living Wage With That? | McDonald’s Employee Confronts CEO – Young Turks – Air Date: 10-11-13 Ch. 5: Song 2: Welcome to the Machine - Wish You Were Here (Deluxe Experience Version) [Remastered] Ch. 6: Act 3: A race to the bottom – Real Time With Bill Maher – Air Date: 10-25-13 Ch. 7: Song 3: Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up) - Lungs Ch. 8: Act 4: Why are we subsidizing McDonald’s? – Jim Hightower – Air Date: 10-29-13 Ch. 9: Song 4: Do You Believe In Magic? - Do You Believe In Magic Ch. 10: Act 5: Time to do Away with Tipping? – Thom Hartmann – Air Date: 08-16-13 Ch. 11: Song 5: It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) - Document Ch. 12: Act 6: Kathi Weeks: The American Work Ethic and Hours for What We Will – GRITtv – Air Date: 8-20-13 Ch. 13: Song 6: Work - Uprising (Remastered) Ch. 14: Act 7: Small Business Saturday – UnFuck it Up Project Ch. 15: Song 7: I Didn't F*uck It Up - I Didn't F*ck It up Ch. 16: Act 8: Unlike Walmart, Trader Joe’s Profitable with Living Wage – David Pakman Show – Air Date: 08-24-13 Ch. 17: Song 8: Revolution (Human Need Over Profit) - Tha People's Music Ch. 18: Act 9: Is it Vampire Capitalism, or Something Else? – Thom Hartmann – Air Date: 10-17-13 Ch. 19: Song 9: You're a Vampire - Something About a Dragon? Ch. 20: Act 10: Walmart Holding Food Drive for the Poor: Their Own Underpaid Employees – Majority Report – Air Date: 11-19-13  [...]


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

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

Air Date: 07/11/2017 Today we look at many of our misconceptions of the nature of poverty, the interconnectedness of economics with all aspects of life and some suggestions on how to pursue justice Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Dividing the generations to distract from the class war - CounterSpin @FAIRmediawatch - Air Date 1-8-16 Ch. 3: Song 1:  Class-Warfare - Chris Priest Ch. 4: Act 2: The frames through which we look at low-income aid programs - @offkiltershow - Air Date 6-9-17 Ch. 5: Song 2:  Call It Even - Scott Simons Ch. 6: Act 3: Does prolonged exposure to poverty have a lasting effect on the brain? - The Inquiry - Air Date 5-25-17 Ch. 7: Song 3:  Sur Le Fil - Yann Tiersen Ch. 8: Act 4: Everything is economic - The Other Washington from @civicskunkworks - Air Date 5-25-17 Ch. 9: Song 4:  Poverty (Single (Stereo)) - Bobby "Blue" Bland Ch. 10: Act 5: Rutger Bregman: Poverty isn't a lack of character; it's a lack of cash - @TEDTalks - Air Date 6-13-17 Ch. 11: Song 5:  Protect & Serve - Stiff Little Fingers Ch. 12: Act 6: Bryan Stevenson: the opposite of poverty is not wealth, the opposite of poverty is justice - The Ezra Klein Show - Air Date 5-16-17 Ch. 13: Final comments asking the question of the age: What the f**k is wrong with economists? Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Recommended Reading/Sharing: Why do we think poor people are poor because of their own bad choices? (Outclassed, The Guardian) 45 million Americans rely on food stamps. Trump wants to gut the program. (Vox) The Problem Isn’t Food Stamps, It’s Poverty (Editorial Board, New York Times) What Works to Reduce Poverty (Center of Budget and Policy Priorities) Trump’s Budget Cuts Deeply Into Medicaid and Anti-Poverty Efforts (New York Times) Welfare programs shown to reduce poverty in America (The Guardian, 2014) Curated by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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#1118 A look in at the TERF wars (Feminism and Trans Rights)

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

Air Date: 07/07/2017 Today we look at gender dysphoria, transitioning, de-transitioning and the various perspectives on these phenomena Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Norman Spack How I help transgender teens become who they want to be - @TEDTalks - Air Date 4-16-14 Ch. 3: Song 1:  Luriana Lurilee - Ben McElroy Ch. 4: Act 2: Julia Serano on Transfeminism, Gender, Biology, and Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive - Sex Out Loud with Tristan Taormino - Air Date 7-17-15 Ch. 5: Song 2:  Body Was Made - Ezra Furman Ch. 6: Act 3: The eager child: informed consent and watchful waiting - @TransAdvocate - Air Date 1-9-17 Ch. 7: Song 3:  Rain Begins To Fall (instrumental) - Silence Is Sexy Ch. 8: Act 4: A look at one person's experience with detransitioning - Love and Radio - Air Date 2-27-17 Ch. 9: Song 4:  Take Me There instrumental 03-12 - Silence Is Sexy Ch. 10: Act 5: #DearBetsy: Enforce Title IX to Protect Students via @TransEquality - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 11: Song 5:  Activism - Shihan Ch. 12: Act 6: There is no universal experience of women - #PoliticallyReactive with @wkamaubell and @harikondabolu - Air Date 6-22-17 Ch. 13: Final comments on how to normalize positivity, support and nuance in the discussion of gender dysphoria Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION Tell the Dept. of Ed that Title IX must be Federally enforced with #DearBetsy  Learn more about the impacts of the Title IX guideline roll backs with National Center for Transgender Equality’s School Action Center  EDUCATE YOURSELF The Simple, Self-Evident Truths Of Transgender Kids, Equality And Title IX (Huffington Post) Trump administration rolls back protections for transgender students (Washington Post)  The Trump administration is systematically dismantling Title IX (Think Progress) Betsy DeVos Confirmation Hearings Spark Title IX Concerns (Teen Vogue) DeVos says it’s ‘premature’ to commit to following Title IX guidance on campus sexual assault (Think Progress) Parents of Transgender Kids Meet With Education Secretary Betsy DeVos (NBC News) Trump administration withdraws federal protections for transgender students (CNN)  Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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