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(2017/01/20) A First Draft of President Obama’s Legacy

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:00:00 +0000

Edition #1073 Today we take a look at several aspects of Obama’s presidency, what marks he left behind and what he passes on to his successor Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: The Human Rights Campaign creates highlight reel of Obama on LGBT issues - @GAY_USAtv - Air Date 1-11-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​Halo - Beyoncé Ch. 4: Act 2: Obama's legacy on immigration as the Deporter-in-Chief - Code Switch - Air Date 1-11-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: Represent - Weezer Ch. 6: Act 3: Obama Takes Blame For Democrats Losing - @theyoungturks - Air Date 01-10-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: ​Failure - Kings of Convenience Ch. 8: Act 4: Jameel Jaffer on Obama's National Security Legacy & What Lies Ahead with Trump - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 12-28-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: ​Breaking the Law - Emeli Sandé Ch. 10: Act 5: Most Americans Realize Things Are Pretty Good Under Obama - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 12-24-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: ​Don't Let Me Down - Stereophinics Ch. 12: Act 6: Obama's Economic Legacy: Recovery for the Architects of Financial Crisis - @TheRealNews - Air Date 1-8-17 Ch. 13: Song 6: Nobody's Fault But Mine - Led Zeppelin Ch. 14: Act 7: In Response to Ta-Nehesi Coates' 'My President Was Black' : Obama's Failure During the Housing Crisis - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date 01-03-17 Ch. 15: Song 7: If I Ever Lose My Faith in You - Sting Ch. 16: Act 8: If Obama wasn't good enough for these people then no one is - Code Switch - Air Date 1-4-17 Ch. 17: Final comments about finding common cause across all of the intersectional identities across the working class Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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(2017/01/17) A progressive vision for our economic future

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 23:00:00 +0000

Edition #1072 Today we take a look at the Democrats failure to present viable economic solutions and offer a new vision for where we should go from here Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Democrats failed to offer a better solution - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date 11-26-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: Once There Was a Hushpuppy - Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin Ch. 4: Act 2: How progressives need to frame their economic message - @theLFshow w: @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date 12-29-14 Ch. 5: Song 2: Unified - Unified Highway Ch. 6: Act 3: AI Will Eliminate 6% of Jobs in Next 5 Years - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 09-18-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: Automation - Allan Sherman Ch. 8: Act 4: Paul Street on the folly of throwing away identity politics - @BlkAgendaReport - Air Date 1-16-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: Working Class Hero - Green Day Ch. 10: Act 5: Not Trickle Down, But Bottom Up | Anthony Flaccavento - @theLFshow w: @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date 12-15-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: Trickle Down - Hayseed Dixie Ch. 12: Act 6: What is Economic Democracy? - The Next System Project - Air Date: 3-1-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Le monde de contre jour - David Ari Leon Ch. 14: Act 7: The UK Labor party taking the lead on worker coops - Economic Update w: @profwolff - Air Date 5-9-16 Ch. 15: Song 7: Capitalism Is Tearing Us Apart - Sole Ch. 16: Act 8: Social Welfare Does Not Kill Business, with President of Iceland Ólafur Grímsson - Big Think - Air Date 11-13-14 Ch. 17: Song 8: Success - Iggy Pop Ch. 18: Act 9: Join or Start a Local Democracy @ Work Action Group via @Democracyatwrk - Best of the Left Activism Voicemails Ch. 19: Why Trump voters are angry - Luis in Texas Ch. 20: The true cost of commuting and how best to get engaged - Anonymous Ch. 21: What should the new economy movement look like? - Natalia from North Hampton, MA Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 22: Final comments explaining to conservatives why we should shift to a co-op economy Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION Find or Start a Democracy At Work Action Group near you EDUCATE YOURSELF 10 Ways to Challenge Capitalism's Death Grip on Daily Life (via Truthout) Cooperatives: The key to climate action? (via Democracy at Work) Energy cooperatives are booming in Germany (via DW.com) Worlds 8 Richest People Have Same Wealth as Poorest 50% (via The Guardian) This Worker-Owned Cooperative is "Bigger than a Business" (via DCist.com) Workers will get right to buy out bosses under Labour rule (The Independent UK) Corporations Open Cash Spigot for Trump's Inauguration (The New York Times) Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman. Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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(2017/01/13) First they came (Religious Liberty)

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 23:00:00 +0000

Edition #1071 Today we take a look at the threats to Muslim Americans and, frankly, Muslims around the world in the age of Trump Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Trump's Muslim Registry Should Remind Us of Japanese Internment Camps - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 12-24-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: Kenji - Fort Minor Ch. 4: Act 2: The specter of Korematsu - Amicus from @Slate - Air Date 11-30-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: Don't Fence Me In - Ella Fitzgerald, Buddy Bregman & Buddy Bregman and His Orchestra Ch. 6: Act 3: Trump National Security Advisor Michael Flynn Is Pathologically Fixated On 'Radical Islamic Terror' - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 11-19-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: Pity the Nation/First They Came/I Don't Fight for Conquerors - Dave Lippman & Wild Bill Bailout Ch. 8: Act 4: Fight religious and cultural ignorance - Popaganda from @BitchMedia - Air Date 11-24-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: N/A Ch. 10: Act 5: Why Won’t This President Say Radical Islam? - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 11-17-15 Ch. 11: Song 5: Islamophobia - Genocide Ch. 12: Act 6: Learn How to Support Your Muslim American Neighbors via @MuslimAdvocates - Best of the Left Activism Act 6A: Going through the traumatic experience of Trump’s election - #GoodMuslimBadMuslim - Air Date 12-25-16 Ch. 15: Song: Right to Complain - Trombone Shorty & Marc Broussard Ch. 16: Act 7: Suzanne Barakat: Islamophobia killed my brother. Let's end the hate - @TEDTalks - Air Date 11-7-16 Voicemails Ch. 17: How to reign in people who have started to go too far - Jennifer from Columbus, OH Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 23: Final comments Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION Educate yourself and learn how to be a teammate at MuslimAdvocates.org Learn how to report a hate crime in your state via MuslimAdvocates.org “Click Here to End Hate” - Tips to Respond to Anti-Muslim Bigotry Online via Muslim Advocates.org Download a “Hate Has No Business Here” poster EDUCATE YOURSELF Ten Days After: Harassment and Intimidation in the Aftermath of the Election (via The Southern Poverty Law Center) Day 1 in Trump's America (via Twitter) Trump continues to sow confusion over his plan for Muslims entering the country (via The Washington Post) Gingrich's Outrageous Call to Deport All Practicing U.S. Muslims (via The Atlantic) Newt Gingrich Suggests Reforming House Un-American Committee In Wake Of Orlando Shooting (via The Huffington Post) Donald Trump’s Plan for a Muslim Database Draws Comparison to Nazi Germany (via NBC News) At South Carolina Rally, Donald Trump Defiant on Muslim Ban (via NBC News) Japanese American internment is ‘precedent’ for national Muslim registry, prominent Trump backer says (via The Washington Post) Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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(2017/01/10) Readying the wrecking ball (Reproductive and Health Rights)

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 23:00:00 +0000

Edition #1070 Today we take a look at the plans the GOP has for peoples ability to access and afford their reproductive and health rights 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: Ohio on the Pulse - Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (@FullFrontalSamB) - Air Date 12-13-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: Human of the Year - Regina Spektor Ch. 4: Act 2: The GOP Has No Alternative To Obamacare Because The ACA WAS The Republican Plan! - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 12-02-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: Bad Idea - Goose Ch. 6: Act 3: Religious-Right Activist: Ohio Legislation Was Meant To Be the 'Arrow In the Heart of Roe V Wade' - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date 1-2-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: One Way Street - Ann Peebles Ch. 8: Act 4: The complicated procedures of repealing Obamacare - The Zero Hour w @RJEskow - Air Date 1-7-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: Fox In the Henhouse - Leap of Faith: The Musical (Original Broadway Cast Recording) Ch. 10: Act 5: Texas Now Requires Funeral Services for All Abortions - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date 12-1-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: I'm Against It - Groucho Marx Ch. 12: Act 6: Kellyanne Conway: IT'S NOT FAIR That Dems Wont Help Destroy Obamacare - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 01-06-17 Ch. 13: Song 6: I Started Something I Couldn't Finish - The Smiths Ch. 14: Act 7: Fighting for reproductive rights in the age of Trump - Popaganda from @BitchMedia - Air Date 11-24-16 Ch. 15: Song 7: N/A Ch. 16: Act 8: Save Health Care! Attend an #OurFirstStand Rally on 1.15 via @BernieSanders - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 17: Song 8: This Fickle World - Theo Bard Ch. 18: Act 9: Trump Doubles Down On Planned Parenthood Witch Hunt - @TheYoungTurks - Air Date 12-23-16 Voicemails Ch. 19: Responding to episode on 2007 - Alan from Connecticut Ch. 20: Members now get all of their shows in the members feed - Dave from Olympia, WA Ch. 21: It's important to take action - Louis in Texas Ch. 22: Get up, stand up! - Matt from Pittsburg, PA Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 23: Final comments on self care and political action Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION Save Health Care on Jan. 15th! Find an #OurFirstStand rally near you. Use #OurFirstStand, #ProtectOurCare, #SaveHealthCare, #MakeAmericaSickAgain, #CareNotChaos and #IStandWithPP to join the healthcare conversations online.  EDUCATE YOURSELF Not Just Obamacare: Medicaid, Medicare Also on GOP's Chopping Block (The Huffington Post) Republicans’ 4-Step Plan to Repeal the Affordable Care Act (The New York Times) Repealing Obamacare Could Leave 59 Million Americans Uninsured (The Atlantic) Repealing Obamacare Effects Everyone (CNN Money) GOP to Defund Planned Parenthood in Obamacare Repeal (The Hill) 9 Things People Get Wrong About Planned Parenthood (The Cut) Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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(2017/01/06) Trump and our National Security State (Civil Rights)

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 23:00:00 +0000

Edition #1069 Today we take a look at the mechanics of our national security state that has been mostly installed or maintained over the past two presidencies and what Trump may do with that entrenched power 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: Chris Hedges: Trump Will Crush Dissent With Even Greater Violence and Savagery - @TheRealNews - Air Date 11-10-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: Murky Water - The Autumn Isles Ch. 4: Act 2: Do NOT Abandon the Constitution, Even for Terrorism - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 09-27-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: The Constitution - Ted Hawkins Ch. 6: Act 3: Christopher Soghoian: Your smartphone is a civil rights issue - @TEDTalks - Air Date 10-31-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: Camera One - Josh Joplin Group Ch. 8: Act 4: The future of police and surveillance - @HumorlessQueers - Air Date 11-15-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Police, Police - The Showcase Showdown Ch. 10: Act 5: Sue Udry on Civil Liberties–Under Trump - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 11-18-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: Never Let You Down - The Verve Pipe Ch. 12: Act 6: Ms. Robot - Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (@FullFrontalSamB) - Air Date 12-13-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Get By - Talib Kweli Ch. 14: Act 7: Tell Your Senators: Expose Jeff Sessions' Anti-Civil Rights and Anti-Privacy History via @ACLU - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 15: Song 7: This Fickle World - Theo Bard Ch. 16: Act 8: Branko Marcetic Trump Inherits Obama’s National Security State - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date 12-6-16 Voicemails Ch. 17: Expressing political opinions - Dale from Minneapolis, MN Ch. 18: How minds can be changed for good or ill - Quai from North Carolina Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 19: Final comments on changing minds, whose and how Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION Call your Senators today and tell them why you oppose Jeff Sessions for Attorney General Read ACLU’s “The Confirmation Sessions” for Jeff Sessions history, issue-by-issue  Call Senate Judiciary Committee Members who will question Sessions on January 10th.   EDUCATE YOURSELF ACLU's "The Confirmation Sessions" (ACLU) Corporate Accountability Blunders Taint Sessions Record (Public Citizen) Trump and Sessions: Great for the Private Prison Industry, Terrible for Civil Rights (ACLU Blog) Jeff Sessions’ Nomination as Attorney General Alarms Civil Libertarians (Wired)  Trump’s attorney general pick could restart the encryption fight (The Verge) Trump's pick for attorney general: 'Good people don't smoke marijuana' (The Washington Post) Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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(2017/01/03) New congress, old war, scandals and the dawn of the climate movement (The best of 2007)

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 23:00:00 +0000

Edition #1068 Today we take a look back to 2007 in our second annual 10-years-hence retrospective spectacular! 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: First female Speaker of the House - Countdown - Aired on BotL 1-9-07 Ch. 3: Song 1: Color in Your Cheeks - The Mountain Goats Ch. 4: Act 2: First muslim in congress and first female Speaker - The Young Turks - Aired on BotL 1-9-07 Ch. 5: Song 2: Sir Duke - Stevie Wonder Ch. 6: Act 3: Bernie Sanders moves to the Senate - Ring of Fire - Aired on BotL 3-6-07 Ch. 7: Song 3: Common Sense - Justin Mcroberts Ch. 8: Act 4: Special comment on free speech - Countdown - Aired on BotL 1-19-07 Ch. 9: Song 4: The More Things Change - Bon Jovi Ch. 10: Act 5: Making the pitch - The Daily Show - Aired on BotL 1-22-07 Ch. 11: Song 5: Smiley Faces - Gnarls Barkley Ch. 12: Act 6: Radio audience wants to mark the muslims - The Young Turks - Aired on BotL 1-19-07 Ch. 13: Song 6: Nazi (Live) - Chumbawamba Ch. 14: Act 7: Bush's health care proposal - The Al Franken Show - Aired on BotL 2-10-07 Ch. 15: Song 7: We've Gotta Get Out of This Place - The Animals Ch. 16: Act 8: Michael Moore on Sicko, Nixon and the rise of HMOs - Democracy Now - Aired on BotL 8-17-07 Ch. 17: Song 8: Richard Nixon - Rod & The MSR Singers Ch. 18: Act 9: Fighting for health care for kids - Associated Press - Aired on BotL 10-22-07 Ch. 19: Song 9: N/A Ch. 20: Act 10: Minimum wage - Unknown source - Aired on BotL 2-23-07 Ch. 21: Song 10: Minimum Wage - They might be giants Ch. 22: Act 11: Republicans blocking a vote on the minimum wage - Ted Kennedy - Aired on BotL 2-23-07 Ch. 23: Song 11: Minimum Wage - They might be giants Ch. 24: Act 12: Overview of Scooter Libby case - Unknown - Aired on BotL 4-17-07 Ch. 25: Song 12: N/A Ch. 26: Act 13: Interview with Joe Wilson after Libby verdict - Countdown - Aired on BotL 4-17-07 Ch. 27: Song 13: Everybody's Gone To War - Nerina Pallot Ch. 28: Act 14: We need to torture Alberto Gonzales - Colbert Report - Aired on BotL 4-29-07 Ch. 29: Song 14: N/A Ch. 30: Act 15: Saying goodbye to Alberto Gonzales - The Young Turks - Aired on BotL 9-12-07 Ch. 31: Song 15: The Czar of Munster - Seamus Egan Ch. 32: Act 16: McKibben at Step it Up 07 Part 1 - CCAN - Aired on BotL 4-20-07 Ch. 33: Song 16: The Czar of Munster - Seamus Egan Ch. 34: Act 17: McKibben at Step it Up 07 Part 2 - CCAN - Aired on BotL 4-20-07 Ch. 35: Song 17: Living planet - Emma’s Revolution Ch. 36: Act 18: Jerry Falwell dies - Democracy Now - Aired on BotL 6-7-07 Ch. 37: Song 18: N/A Ch. 38: Act 19: Introduction to Obama - The world tonight - Aired on BotL 5-7-07 Ch. 39: Song 19: Dreamtime - Uberzone Ch. 40: Act 20: Hillary votes for war - The Young Turks - Aired on BotL 10-02-07 Voicemails Ch. 41: Call in from Chris the Carpenter and Parker - Cape Cod, MA Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 42: Final comments on the time I quit the show and the community kept it going Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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(2016/04/01) The battle to reorganize the economy (Sharing Economy vs. Coops) (Repost)

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 23:00:00 +0000

Edition #1003 Today we take a look at the raging battle for the soul of the new economy. The age of working at the factory for decades before retiring with a pension and gold watch is well behind us but what’s coming next? A world where everyone is completely on their own, scraping together work one gig at a time? Or an economy of worker-owners who are compensated fully for their labor and have a voice in the direction of their companies? 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: How Good is the Sharing Economy at Sharing? - KQED News - Air Date: 2-4-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: The Sharing Song - Jack Johnson Ch. 4: Act 2: Chris Mackin: Creating Economic Democracy - @theLFshow w/ @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date: 7-22-14 Ch. 5: Song 2: RazorWire-Remastered - Chris Priest Ch. 6: Act 3: Uber isn't nearly as new of an idea as you think - Economic Update w/ @profwolff - Air Date: 3-22-15 Ch. 7: Song 3: Capitalism Is Tearing Us Apart - sole Ch. 8: Act 4: Uber Wants to Reorganize the Economy? Workers, too Can Play at that Game - The F Word w/ @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date: 2-17-15 Ch. 9: Song 4: Working Poor - Horse Feathers Ch. 10: Act 5: David J. Thompson on the superiority of cooperatives - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date: 8-1-15 Ch. 11: Song 5: Cooperation - Jim Valley Ch. 12: Act 6: Nationwide Next System Teach-Ins via @TheNextSystem - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 13: Song 6: Right to Complain - Trombone Shorty & Marc Broussard Ch. 14: Act 7: Paul Mason - Postcapitalism: A Guide to Our Future - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 3-3-16 TAKE ACTION: Activism Resources:  Find a Next System Teach-In near you or register to host one where you live at http://teachins.thenextsystem.org  Learn more about the The Next System Project and sign their statement. Follow The Next System Project on Twitter @TheNextSystem for the latest updates and use '#NextSystem' to join the conversation. Further Reading: Not Cool Uber (via Dave Craige on Medium.com) Sharing Economy Isn’t About Sharing - The Dark Reality Behind This Major Workplace Shift (via Alternet)  Uber on the Road to Nowhere - Uber Drivers are getting creative in their fight for basic workplace rights (via American Prospect)   Latest News/Actions:  Seattle Passes Law Letting Uber, Lyft Drivers Unionize (via Reuters)  Fed up Uber Drivers Aim to Disrupt Super Bowl 50 - With their Own Mobile App (via Mother Jones) Jakarta Taxi Drivers Protest Against Uber and Grab  (via BBC) Hear the segment in context: Episode #1003: http://www.bestoftheleft.com/_1003_capitalism Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman  Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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(2016/09/20) Building momentum, making progress (Money in Politics) (Repost)

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

Edition #1043 Today we look at some of the structures of money in politics and how the tide is beginning to turn Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: The Truth About Citizens United - Follow the Money #8 - Represent.Us - Air Date: 1-26-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: Addiction - Medina Ch. 4: Act 2: @DerekCressman on Free speech vs paid speech with guest host @AngieCoiro - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 5-31-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: Buy My Vote - The Haymarket Squares Ch. 6: Act 3: How To Destroy The Corrupt Political Establishment - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 04-20-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: Welcome To the Machine - Pink Floyd Ch. 8: Act 4: @USRepDavidJolly on The STOP Act Part 1 - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date 8-27-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Moneytalks - Vitamin String Quartet Ch. 10: Act 5: Steve Israel on Congressional Fundraising - @LastWeekTonight with @iamjohnoliver - Air Date 04-04-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: Money Grabber (Live @ KEXP) - Fitz and The Tantrums Ch. 12: Act 6: @USRepDavidJolly on The STOP Act Part 2 - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date 8-27-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Changes - Langhorne Slim & The Law Ch. 14: Act 7: Rhode Island Demands Money Out Of Politics - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 06-21-16 Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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(2016/12/23) The War on Christmas™ Dispatch 2016

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

Edition #1067 Today we look back on the decade-long War on Christmas™ to understand how we got to now as well as the uphill battle we Christmas Warriors now have in the face of a Trump presidency 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: Progressives War On Xmas and O'Reilly's Response - Young Turks Air Date: 2010 Ch. 3: Song 1: War On Christmas - The Enablers & Friends Ch. 4: Act 2: The War on Christmas: Sam's Big Chance to Further the Cause - Majority Report - Air Date: 11-25-15 Ch. 5: Song 2: The Holidays Are Here (and We're Still at War) - Brett Dennen Ch. 6: Act 3: Genesis of Bill O'Reilly's War On Christmas - Jimmy Dore Show - Air Date 12-6-13 Ch. 7: Song 3: War Medley: Onward Christian Soldiers / I'm On the Battlefield / Keep On the Firing Line - Sanders Family Ch. 8: Act 4: Megyn Kelly: Don't Worry Kids, Jesus and Santa Are White!! - Majority Report - Air Date: 12-13-13 Ch. 9: Song 4: The War On the War On Christmas - Macarone Ch. 10: Act 5: Sarah Palin 'War on Christmas' Book Flops - David Pakman Show - Air Date: 12-06-13 Ch. 11: Song 5: War On Christmas Is Over - Steve Goodie Ch. 12: Act 6: Right Wing's Fake War on Christmas Started Nearly 100 Years Ago - Majority Report - Air Date: 12-19-13 Ch. 13: Song 6: Christians and Pagans - Dar Williams Ch. 14: Act 7: Christians Very Offended By Starbucks Holiday Cups - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 11-10-15 Ch. 15: Song 7: War on Christmas - Jamie Kilstein and the Agenda Ch. 16: Act 8: War on Christmas Update: Congressional Resolution Phase - Majority Report (@majorityfm) - Air Date: 12-16-15 Ch. 17: Song 8: War On Christmas Day - Tim Di Pasqua & Tom Anderson Ch. 18: Act 9: Fox News: Corey Lewandowski Appears On Hannity & Announces War On Christmas Victory! - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 12-8-16 Ch. 19: Song 9: Tiny Tree Christmas - Guster Ch. 20: Act 10: Right Wing leaders assume Republican gullibility w _Obama_s War on Christmas_ deception - @AllInWithChris Hayes - Air Date 12-8-16 Ch. 21: Song 10: White Wine in the Sun - Tim Minchin Ch. 22: Act 11: Jesus Is a Liberal Democrat - Colbert Report - Air Date: 2010 Ch. 23: Final comments on todays activism and preparing for next years war Closing Music: There's No War On Christmas When Christmas Is In Your Heart - The Mockers Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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(2016/12/20) The economics of the greater good (Culture)

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

Edition #1066 Today we look at the economics of our society through fresh eyes and make the case for a smarter way to work that taps into the things that really matter Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: A history of happiness - Backstory - Air Date 7-17-15 Ch. 3: Song 1: Mirage - Sabrina Carpenter Ch. 4: Act 2: How Does the Commons Work? - @TheNextSystem Project - Air Date 6-21-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: N/A Ch. 6: Act 3: The case for the 32-hour workweek - The Atlantic - Air Date 7-9-15 Ch. 7: Song 3: This Moment (Live @ KEXP) - Led To Sea Ch. 8: Act 4: Courtney E. Martin: The new American Dream - TEDTalks - Air Date: 9-7-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Struggle - Ringside Ch. 10: Act 5: The Pluralist Commonwealth - @TheNextSystem Project- Air Date 9-6-16  Ch. 11: Song 5: Common Good - David Andrews Ch. 12: Act 6: Get Community Activism Skills with Citizen Muscle Boot Camp via @storyofstuff - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 13: Song 6: Right to Complain - Trombone Shorty & Marc Broussard Ch. 14: Act 7: The Economics of Externalities - Progressive Faith Sermons w/ @RevDrRay - Air Date 12-4-16 Voicemails Ch. 15: A few thoughts from a conservative perspective - Bill from Michigan Ch. 16: They're against it because we're in favor of it - Eric from San Francisco Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 17: Final comments in response to todays voicemails Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION  Register for the free, online Citizen Muscle Boot Camp INSPIRE YOURSELF After the Election: We Keep Pushing Forward (Story of Stuff Project Blog) She Was Just One Person…Until She Joined Up with Her Neighbors to Take on Nestlé (Story of Stuff Project Blog) All Hands on Deck! How We'll Move Forward in 2017 (Story of Stuff Project Blog) Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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(2016/12/16) The fight for truth in a post-fact world (Media)

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

Edition #1065 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 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 Voicemails Ch. 17: Pulling together the threads of the economics of despair - Erin from Philadelphia Ch. 18: How to talk about climate change - Dan from Greenville, SC Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 19: Final comments on the biggest free lunch humanity have thought it had Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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(2016/12/13) Desperate times, desperate measures (Voting Rights and the Electoral College)

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

Edition #1064 Today we look at the systematic suppression of voting rights during the election and the hail mary attempt to avert a Trump presidency through the electoral college Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: The Myth of Voter Fraud - On The Media - Air Date 10-21-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: Fear is a villain - Theo Bard Ch. 4: Act 2: @AriBerman on voter suppression being back in a big way - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 11-11-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: Beneath the Lies - Abscondo Ch. 6: Act 3: Republicans Gloat Over Supressing Black Vote - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 11-11-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: Abuse of Power - Lion of Light Ch. 8: Act 4: How Do We Fix Our Broken Voting System? (w/Guest: Mark Crispin Miller) - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 11-08-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: The Fix Is In - Ok Go Ch. 10: Act 5: The Big Lie - @FullFrontalSamB - Air Date 12-5-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: Won't Get Fooled Again - The Who Ch. 12: Act 6: First Republican "Hamilton Elector" Breaks Ranks Against Trump - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 12-07-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: The Game Is Rigged - The Great Malarkey Ch. 14: Act 7: Tell the Electoral College to #StopTrump & Vote with the People via @DemSpring and directelection.org - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 15: Song 7: This Fickle World - Theo Bard Ch. 16: Act 8: Introduction to the Hamilton Electors - Amicus from @Slate - Air Date 12-10-16 Voicemails Ch. 17: Resist Trump Letters - Alan from Connecticut Ch. 18: How to get around the fact gap - Andrew from Chicago Ch. 19: Who's got the conservative argument talking points? - Eli from Northern California Ch. 20: Conservative argument on the need for real policies - Ryan from Phoenix Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 21: Final comments on small changes for the member’s feed and a call for conservative appeals for voting rights and against the electoral college Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone TAKE ACTION RSVP for the Democracy Spring December 19th rally at a state capitol building near you at savedemocracy.org ASAP ONLY! Download everything you need to print and mail letters to the 273 Electoral College members pledged to vote for Trump at directelection.org EDUCATE YOURSELF  Here are the people who will cast a formal vote for president next month (Politico)   The People Who Pick the President  (Politico)   Electoral College: Make Hillary Clinton President (Change.org)   Meet the Hamilton Electors Hoping for an Electoral College Revolt (The Atlantic)   The Electoral Collage was Meant to Stop Men like Trump from Becoming President (The Atlantic)       Posted December 13, 2016, written by Best of the Left Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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(2016/12/09) How to debate friends and influence people

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

Edition #1063 Today we look at some of the underlying issues that undercuts our ability to effectively debate and explore ways to use this knowledge to improve our communication skills 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: How to argue based on the morals of your debating partner Part 1 - You are not so smart - Air Date 11-4-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: Debate - Wait Until Dusk Ch. 4: Act 2: Jonathan Haidt: The moral roots of liberals and conservatives - TEDTalks - Air Date 9-18-08 Ch. 5: Song 2: Truth - Vaughan Penn Ch. 6: Act 3: Change my view - You are not so smart - Air Date 10-9-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: The Debate Is Over (If You Want It) - Anti-Flag Ch. 8: Act 4: The importance of emotionally appealing to voters - @BillMoyersHQ in Conversation - Air Date 4-15-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: When Anger Shows - Editors Ch. 10: Act 5: How to argue based on the morals of your debating partner Part 2 - You are not so smart - Air Date 11-4-16 Voicemails Ch. 11: In response to the discussion about college and work - Justin from Indiana Ch. 12: Explaining jokes about Trump's small hands - Colin from Cleveland, OH Ch. 13: College isn't just for work, it's for life - Eric from Paris, France Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 14: Final comments with a call for help creating a political translation dictionary Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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(2016/12/06) Defend the sacred (Dakota Access Pipeline)

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

Edition #1062 Today we look at some of the recent violence waged against protectors and independent journalists at Standing Rock North Dakota and the temporary victory of the permitting denial from the Army Corp of Engineers for the Dakota Access Pipeline Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: RISE With Standing Rock - @theLFshow w: @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date 10-10-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: N/A Ch. 4: Act 2: Thanksgiving from an Indian Perspective - Progressive Faith Sermons w @RevDrRay - Air Date 11-27-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: Battle of the Little Bighorn - John Murrin Cornelius Ch. 6: Act 3: Independent media attacked and abused for the crime of journalism at Standing Rock - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 10-28-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: Good people - Jack Johnson Ch. 8: Act 4: Michelle Cook on facing human rights violations at Standing Rock - @theLFshow w @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date 10-3-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: N/A Ch. 10: Act 5: Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Discusses the State of Standing Rock - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 11-24-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: Abuse of power - Cutting Edge Ch. 12: Act 6: The #NoDAPL Fight Is Not Over - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 12-05-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Fight to Win (feat. Cee Lo Green) - Goodie Mob Ch. 14: Act 7: Financial Disaster Could Dakota Access Pipeline Lose Its Contracts with Oil Companies on Jan. 1 - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 12-05-16 Ch. 15: Song 7: Moneytalks - Vitamin String Quartet Ch. 16: Act 8: Call on President Obama to Make Standing Rock a National Monument #NODAPL - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 17: Song 8: Right to Complain - Trombone Shorty & Marc Broussard Ch. 18: Act 9: HISTORIC Victory At Standing Rock - @theyoungturks - Air Date 12-05-16 Voicemails Ch. 19: Questioning body shaming against Trump - Kyle from Portland Ch. 20: Nerds and bullies help explain the feeling of white oppression - Nathan from San Jose Ch. 21: A 1920's Germany expert chimes in on Trump and authoritarianism - Erica from Massachusetts Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 22: Final comments on body shaming and the connection between nerds and fascists Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone TAKE ACTION  Call the White House comments line at 202-456-1111 Get the info to write to the President by visiting the contact page on whitehouse.gov EDUCATE YOURSELF The Historic Victory at Standing Rock (The Atlantic) Standing Rock: Tulsi Gabbard on What the Dakota Pipeline Decision Means (Rolling Stone)  FAQ: The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's Litigation on the Dakota Access Pipeline (Earth Justice) President Obama: Declare a "Standing Rock" national monument to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline (Our Revolution)   Posted December 6, 2016, written by Best of the Left Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman. Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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(2016/04/29) In praise of higher taxes (Economics) (Repost)

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

Edition #1010 Today we take a look at the way our current low-tax structure ends up redistributing the burden of funding society to those least able to pay for it while widening the already staggeringly-large wealth gap. 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: City Stealing From Citizens By Tampering With Traffic Lights - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 10-18-14 Ch. 3: Song 1: The fix is in - Ok Go Ch. 4: Act 2: Cops Generating Money off Black Communities... - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date 07-31-15 Ch. 5: Song 2: Shakedown - Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band Ch. 6: Act 3: Billionaire Governor Taxes Rich, Increases Minimum Wage, Economy Explodes - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 02-28-15 Ch. 7: Song 3: Trickle Down - Hayseed Dixie Ch. 8: Act 4: Republican Governors Seek to Raise Taxes On Middle Class and Poor - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 01-28-15 Ch. 9: Song 4: Class Warfare - Chris Priest Ch. 10: Act 5: Details of how Reaganomics in Kansas has utterly failed - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 4-19-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: That’s all - Clare and the Reasons Ch. 12: Act 6: How To Pay For Tax Cuts For The Rich (If You're A Republican) - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 06-20-15 Ch. 13: Song 6: Robin Hood - Dick James Ch. 14: Act 7: Don't Think the Poor Pay Enough Taxes? You're Living in a Fantasy World - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 04-25-15 Ch. 15: Song 7: Work to Live - Serious Suicide Ch. 16: Act 8: .@ryangrim on Mississippi's dependence on prisoners for revenue - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 4-19-16 Ch. 17: Song 8: Turtle (Bonobo Remix) - Pilote Ch. 18: Act 9: Why An American In Sweden LOVES Paying His Taxes... - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 04-12-16 Ch. 19: Song 9: Taxman - Nickel Creek Ch. 20: Act 10: The myth of a heavy tax burden in the US - Economic Update w/ @profwolff - Air Date 4-24-16 Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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(2016/11/29) The divide at the heart of progressive politics

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 23:00:00 +0000

Edition #1061 Today we look at the argument going on about the direction and focus the progressive movement and Democratic party should take in the wake of the election. Identity politics, essential or a destructive distraction? 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: Pundits Blame Trump on Those Most Vulnerable to Trump - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 11-25-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: Blame Me! Blame Me! - Anberlin Ch. 4: Act 2: Bernie Sanders draws the connection between identity and class - The Benjamin Dixon Show (@TheBpDShow) - Air Date 11-21-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: Together we fight alone - Darlings Ch. 6: Act 3: SURJ on how to open up the discussion about class, race, gender... - Popaganda from @BitchMedia - Air Date 11-24-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: My Conversation - The Uniques Ch. 8: Act 4: Seeing intersectionality as the important takeaway from the election - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 11-25-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Let's Organize - Organized Konfusion Ch. 10: Act 5: Identity-only politics is not enough - The Benjamin Dixon Show (@TheBpDShow) - Air Date 11-22-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: Oppression - Ben Harper Ch. 12: Act 6: It's time to stand up and fight for everyone who will be hurt by a Trump presidency - Savage Love w: @FakeDanSavage - Air Date 11-15-16 Voicemails Ch. 13: Explaining whiteness - Lee from San Diego Ch. 14: The way we talk about class, work and education - Chris from Littleton, CO Ch. 15: How do we fight against the wall and for religious liberty? - Darice from Washington, DC Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 16: Final comments on post-election activism and a brief history of progressive economics in the Democratic party Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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(2016/11/25) We should avoid these ends by avoiding these beginnings (Godwin’s Law)

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 23:00:00 +0000

Edition #1060 Today we look at the comparison between the rise of Hitler and the rise of Trump, not to say that they are the same but to try to learn from the past in order to see farther into our own future and avoid the terrible ends that are possible 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: O'Connor Decries Republican Attacks on Courts - NPR Morning Edition - Air Date: 3-10-2006 Ch. 3: Song 1: Oak - Ben McElroy Ch. 4: Act 2: His rise to power Part 1 - Trumpcast from @Slate - Air Date 11-21-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: Nazi (Live) - Chumbawamba Ch. 6: Act 3: How South Africa Could Prepare the U.S. for President Trump - The Daily Show - Air Date 11-16-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: Things a Get from Bad to Worse - The Ethiopians Ch. 8: Act 4: His rise to power Part 2 - Trumpcast from @Slate - Air Date 11-21-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: I think your a nazi - Stephen Lynch Ch. 10: Act 5: Comparing the rise of Trump and Hitler - @InDeepRadio w: @AngieCoiro - Air Date 3-26-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: Der Fuehrer's Face (From "Nuttsey Land") - Spike Jones & His City Slickers Ch. 12: Act 6: We Can't Wait To See The End Before We Resist The Beginning Of Fascism - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date 11-22-16 Voicemails Ch. 13: Explaining hippie-punching - Barbara from San Jose, CA Ch. 14: Membership - Alan from Connecticut Ch. 15: Explaining the Democrats through Thomas Frank's class-divide lens - Dave from Olympia, WA Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 16: Final comments on when it’s time to panic, NationalPopularVote.com and our ongoing experiment of explaining concepts from the show Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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(2016/08/16) The pursuit of happiness (Culture) (Repost)

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 23:00:00 +0000

Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Robert Waldinger: What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness - TEDTalks - Air Date: 12-23-15 Ch. 3: Song 1: Happiness - Pet Shop Boys Ch. 4: Act 2: The World Happiness Report - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 03-23-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: Pursuit of Happiness (Nightmare) [feat. MGMT & Ratatat] - Kid Cudi Ch. 6: Act 3: Living with Gratitude in an Imperfect World - Progressive Faith Sermons w/ @RevDrRay - Air Date: 11-22-15 Ch. 7: Song 3: Happy now? - No Doubt Ch. 8: Act 4: We Are Built To Be Kind - Fig. 1 by University of California - Air Date: 12-2-14 Ch. 9: Song 4: Happy - Sister Hazel Ch. 10: Act 5: Punctuating happiness - Backstory - Air Date 7-17-15 Ch. 11: Song 5: Everybody Loves a Happy Ending - Tears for Fears Ch. 12: Act 6: David Steindl-Rast: Want to be happy? Be grateful - TEDTalks - Air Date 11-27-13 Voicemails Ch. 13: Recommending "The Most Good You Can Do" - Nick from Colorado Ch. 14: A few quick thoughts on voting reform - Jeff from Massachusetts Ch. 15: Supporting the minimum wage but worrying about automation - Wade from Ft. Worth, TX Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 16: Final comments on finding gratitude in the face of the death of a loved one Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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(2016/11/18) Hatred Unleashed (Trump’s America)

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 23:00:00 +0000

Edition #1059 Today we look at the wave of white-supremacist hatred that was unleashed on election day and Trump’s pick of a white nationalist, anti-semite to work in the White House Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Listen to the first episode of Wait Wait Don’t Kill Me here: smarturl.it/sca Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Trump Victory Inspires Acts Of Hate Against Minorities - @RingOfFireRadio - Air Date 11-11-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: Shut It Down - MxPx Ch. 4: Act 2: Feelin' Alt-Right (Act 1, Part 2) - Full Frontal with Samantha Bee - Air Date: 10-31-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: A Dose of White Supremacy - Neffe Odom Kragh-Muller Ch. 6: Act 3: A White Nationalist & Anti-Semite in the Oval Office- Trump Taps Breitbart's Bannon as Top Aide - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 11-14-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: Second Class Citizen - Area-7 Ch. 8: Act 4: Racists Emboldened By Trump Victory - @TheYoungTurks - Air Date 11-10-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Love Your Neighbor - Todd Agnew Ch. 10: Act 5: A White Nationalist Will Be Advising Trump's Administration - @RingOfFireRadio - Air Date 11-14-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: What A Beautiful Morning! - Drunken Logic Ch. 12: Act 6: Former KKK Leader Loves Trump Adviser Who Didn't Want Kids in School with Jews - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date 11-15-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Parade - Kimya Dawson Ch. 14: Act 7: "White Supremacist, Anti-Semitic, Islamophobe" Stephen Bannon as Trump's Chief  Strategist - @TheRealNews - Air Date 11-15-16 Ch. 15: Song 7: Let's Work Together - Canned Heat Ch. 16: Act 8: You Will Not Believe This Insane Antisemitic Email - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date 11-14-16 Ch. 17: Song 8: Violent Days - RTZ Ch. 18: Act 9: Get Trained for the Resistance via @ShowUp4RJ - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 19: Song 9: Right to Complain - Trombone Shorty & Marc Broussard Ch. 20: Act 10: Just Like After Reconstruction, Trump Vote Highlights White Backlash to Recent Racial Progress - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 11-9-16 Voicemails Ch. 21: Standing up for the oppressed - Justin from Indiana Ch. 22: It's not just Trump, it's congress too - Jessica from Las Vegas, NV Ch. 23: Explaining why Democrats lost - Nick from California Ch. 24: Explaining Democrats disdain for working class - Roy in Texas Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 25: Final comments on the false equivalency between pro-Trump and anti-Trump violence Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone TAKE ACTION Find a SURJ chapter near you (or start one)  Sign up for SURJ national training conference calls Get resources from SURJ  Sign up to volunteer with SURJ Find a SURJ action near you or post your own EDUCATE YOURSELF  White People Elected Trump. Now What? Finding Common Ground with Trump Supporters in Buffalo   Written by BOTL social media/activism director Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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(2016/11/15) Where we go from here (Progressives and Democrats)

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0000

Edition #1058 Today we look at how the Democratic party has been going wrong for decades in a way that partially explains their electoral loss in 2016 and then use this information as a guide to see where the progressive movement should go from here Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: The economics of why Donald Trump won - Economic Update w: @profwolff - Air Date 11-10-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: Backwards Blues - Adia Victoria Ch. 4: Act 2: Thomas Frank on the Democrats disdain for the working class has led to their downfall - @thisishellradio - Air Date 11-12-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: One Thing Leads to Another - The Fixx Ch. 6: Act 3: Bill Ayers on the inadequacy of our politics to face our challenges - @TheRealNews - Air Date 11-13-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: Alright Alright (Here's My Fist Where's the Fight?) - Sahara Hotnights Ch. 8: Act 4: Trump's economic populism and where we Democrats need to go from here - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date 11-12-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Revolutions - Cody Long and the Red Beauty Ch. 10: Act 5: Who Should Lead The DNC Now? - @TheYoungTurks - Air Date 11-10-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: Go Do - Jónsi Ch. 12: Act 6: Greenwald on "Democrats, Trump, and the Ongoing, Dangerous Refusal to Learn the Lesson of Brexit" - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 11-10-16 Voicemails Ch. 13: What ways can you help? - Steven from the UK Ch. 14: How can we bridge the divide in progressive circles? - Anthony from Illinois Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 15: Final comments on healing the progressive movement and a new experiment for voicemails Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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(2016/11/11) In the Days After (Election 2016)

Sat, 12 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0000

Edition #1057 Today we reflect on the 2016 election, examine the variety of feelings it has brought fourth and contemplate the next steps ahead of us Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Trump's America- This is What Happens Now - Jay Smooth - Air Date: 11-9-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: S.O.S. - The Suicide Machines Ch. 4: Act 2: 'This was a whitelash' Van Jones' take on the election results - CNN - Air Date 11-08-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: So Terrible It's Terrifying - Earmint Ch. 6: Act 3: Mourn, Resist, Organize - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 11-9-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: Call for Help - Clay Schneider Ch. 8: Act 4: Feel your feelings and get to work - Throwing Shade w: @BryanSafi and @gibblertron - Air Date 11-9-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Run Screaming - Stockdale and Shapiro Ch. 10: Act 5: The day after, take care of yourself - @EdgeofSports - w: Dave Zirin - Air Date 11-11-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: Fear, Terror, and the Fear of Terror - Infinite Third Ch. 12: Act 6: Anger is an appropriate response - #PoliticallyReactive with @wkamaubell and @harikondabolu - Air Date 11-10-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: When Anger Shows - Editors Ch. 14: Act 7: National Popular Vote - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date 6-13-15 Ch. 15: Song 7: Help - Howie Day Ch. 16: Act 8: Beyond the Electoral College: A State-Based Plan for Electing the President by National Popular Vote - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 11-08-16 Voicemails Ch. 17: Kids in fear after the election - Anonymous Ch. 18: Mad as hell and sick to my stomach - Colin from Cleveland, OH Ch. 19: Moving forward with self care - Dave from Olympia, WA Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 20: Final comments on privilege as a superpower and the campaign for a national popular vote Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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(2016/11/08) Beyond the election (The Progressive Movement)

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 21:00:00 +0000

Edition #1056 Today we look beyond the election to the progressive movement that needs to keep it’s momentum going regardless of who the next president will be 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: When Progressives Fight...We Win! - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 01-15-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: On the Outside - Oingo Boingo Ch. 4: Act 2: Progressives Must Be Ready: Hillary Win Isn't the Victory - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 10-24-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: The Time Is Now - Warren Barfield Ch. 6: Act 3: A Pep Talk For #Progressives From A Man Who Marched With #MLK! - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date 05-19-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: Malcom X (Original single 1974) - Miriam Makeba Ch. 8: Act 4: Bernie Plans To Fight Against Hillary's Corporatist Cabinet Picks - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 10-28-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Main Title, Game of Thrones - Ramin Djawadi Ch. 10: Act 5: Breaking Through Power... It's Easier Than You Think! (w/Guest: Ralph Nader) - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 09-22-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: Power to the People - John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band Ch. 12: Act 6: Beyond the election to the movement - The Zero Hour w: @RJEskow - Air Date 11-5-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Right to Complain - Trombone Shorty & Marc Broussard Ch. 14: Act 6: Systemic Political Change Requires Participation – Never Stop Fighting - @RingOfFireRadio - Air Date: 09-25-16 Voicemails Ch. 15: Terrified of what the election could mean - Eammon from La Habra, California Ch. 16: Don't lose sight of what you can do yourself - Matt from Pittsburg, PA Ch. 17: Starting to gain perspective from the show - Jennifer from Columbus, OH Ch. 18: Race, class and Trump supporters - Mike from Albany, NY Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 19: Final comments on political philosophy, Confederates in New York and the difference between understanding and legitimizing Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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(2016/11/04) What is at stake (Climate Change and the Supreme Court)

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 23:00:00 +0000

Edition #1055 Today we look at the two biggest issues with the most limited timelines and far-reaching consequences of our era and how they are both at stake in this election 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: VILE: Trump Picks Climate Denier to Lead Environmental Transition - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 09-28-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: Despierta - Filthy Friends Ch. 4: Act 2: What Do The Next Supreme Court Picks Really Mean For America? - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date 07-28-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: No Guns No Guns - Mirah Ch. 6: Act 3: As Earth Reaches Frightening CO2 Milestone, Bill McKibben Calls for War on Climate Change - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 09-30-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next - Manic Street Preachers Ch. 8: Act 4: Trump: I'll Fill the Supreme Court With Antonin Scalias - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 09-14-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Perry Mason - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Ch. 10: Act 5: Shameful Admission: Trump Doesn't Believe Climate Change is Man Made - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 09-29-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: Sic of Elephants (Live) - Andrew Bird [featuring Jim James] Ch. 12: Act 6: 350 Action's May Boeve on Young Voters & Climate Movement - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 10-25-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Pressure - Billy Joel Ch. 14: Act 7: Republicans Planning To Block Supreme Court Justices FOREVER - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 10-28-16 Ch. 15: Song 7: Makin' It Great Again! - Andrew St. James Ch. 16: Act 8: The World Is Hotter Than Hell and No One Is Talking About Climate Change - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 10-01-16 Voicemails Ch. 17: Some adults think the devil is trying to influence our election - Brad from Irving, TX Ch. 18: The impacts on restricted access to education - Sally from San Francisco Ch. 19: Limbaugh is more thoughtful than liberals let on - Mike from Richmond, VA Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 20: Final comments with some questions for our new reasonable conservative caller Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone  Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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(2016/11/01) Making a genuine effort to understand Trump conservatives

Tue, 01 Nov 2016 23:00:00 +0000

Edition #1054 Today we dive deeply into the world of conservatives as described in the new book “Strangers in their own Land” by Arlie Russel Hochschild in an attempt to understand how some non-deplorable people in the country could be supporting Donald Trump 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: What Drives Trump Supporters? Sociologist Arlie Russell Hochschild on Anger & Mourning of the Right Part 1 - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 9-28-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel Ch. 4: Act 2: The environmentalist tea-partier who dumped toxic waste in public water - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 10-5-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: Protect & Serve - Stiff Little Fingers Ch. 6: Act 3: How Our Stone-Age Brain Gets in the Way of Smart Politics Part 1 - @BillMoyersHQ in Conversation - Air Date 4-15-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: I Don't Think About It - Emily Osment Ch. 8: Act 4: What Drives Trump Supporters? Sociologist Arlie Russell Hochschild on Anger & Mourning of the Right Part 2 - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 9-28-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Refund - Minor Motion Ch. 10: Act 5: The Deep Story of conservatives and the rise of Trump - Economic Update w/ @profwolff - Air Date 9-29-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: Shame - The Avett Brothers Ch. 12: Act 6: How Our Stone-Age Brain Gets in the Way of Smart Politics Part 2 - @BillMoyersHQ in Conversation - Air Date 4-15-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Vote - Jefferson Coker Ch. 14: Act 7: Where shame is the companion to need - @thisishellradio - Air Date 10-22-16 Ch. 15: Song 7: Only a Pawn In Their Game - Bob Dylan Ch. 16: Act 8: The Media That Created Trump - United States of Anxiety - Air Date 10-13-16 Voicemails Ch. 17: Shifting to the Right - Greg from North Cackalacky Ch. 18: Shout out to Wade/asking for conservative show suggestion - Quai from North Carolina Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 19: Final comments on a conservative show recommended to those interested in hearing the other side Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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(2016/10/28) The real way elections get rigged (Voter Suppression)

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 23:00:00 +0000

Edition #1053 Today we look at a range of voter suppression tactics including voter intimidation from history and present-day 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: Revisiting the hard fought battles for voting rights and the implications of new laws - @Making_Contact - Air Date 10-19-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: Until the Water Goes Down - Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin Ch. 4: Act 2: STUDY: Black People Wait Twice As Long as White People to Vote - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 08-18-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: Adventure, Darling - Gillicuddy Ch. 6: Act 3: Surprise! DOJ Catches Another State Disenfranchises Voters! (w/Guest: Ian Millhiser @imillhiser) - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 09-10-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: A Theme for Bizarre Behavior - Clifton's Ford Ch. 8: Act 4: A history of voter intimidation - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 10-3-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: That's What's Wrong - Good Old War Ch. 10: Act 5: GET OUT THE VOTE via @NextGenClimate & Report Voter Suppression via @ElectionProtection Ch. 11: Song 5: Time for Action - Secret Affair Ch. 12: Act 6: Victoria Bassetti of the Brennan Center on the myth of widespread voter fraud - @DecodeDC - Air Date 10-20-16 Voicemails Ch. 13: Vote yes for rent stabilization in the bay area - Mike in Mountain View, CA Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 14: Final comments on a couple of the things making me really angry about our broken electoral system Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone TAKE ACTION Volunteer to help get out the vote with NextGen Climate Report voter suppression by calling Election Protection at 866-OUR-VOTE Ask questions about voter ID laws by calling VoteRider’s national voter ID hotline at 844-338-8743. EDUCATE YOURSELF This Election Is Being Rigged—but Not by Democrats (The Nation)   North Carolina Republicans Tried to Disenfranchise a 100-Year-Old African-American Woman (The Nation) Possible Election Day problems worry civil rights advocates (PBS Newshour) ‘The most chaotic election for people of color in 50 years,’ activist predicts (Star Telegram)  What we often forget when we talk about voting restrictions: the actual voters (Vox) Indiana officials are trying to block almost 45,000 black citizens from voting (ThinkProgress) Election 2016: Tracking Reports of Voting Problems Across the United States (NBC News) This Is What Actual Voter Suppression Looks Like, And It’s Appalling (Huffington Post)  Trans Voters May Face Problems Voting in U.S. Election, Activists Say (NBC News)   Posted October 28, 2016. Written by Best of the Left Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman. Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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(2016/10/25) The policies we have vs. the policies we need (Reproductive Rights)

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 23:00:00 +0000

Edition #1052 Today we look at reproductive rights issues from the states up to the presidential election and the future of the Supreme Court Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Oklahoma May Strip Licenses From Doctors Who Perform Abortions - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 04-27-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: God Only Knows - Beach Boys Ch. 4: Act 2: Thanks to Republicans, Pregnancy Can Be Deadly For Women In Texas! - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 08-19-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: Barefoot and Pregnant - Doyle and Debbie Ch. 6: Act 3: Poland Up to 6 Million Women Protest Proposed Abortion Ban - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 10-5-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: Luriana Lurilee - Ben McElroy Ch. 8: Act 4: Total Abortion Ban In Question After Mass Protests - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 10-07-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Right Here, Right Now - Fatboy Slim Ch. 10: Act 5: How is Abortion Portrayed in Film and TV? - Popaganda from @BitchMedia - Air Date: 9-10-15 Ch. 11: Song 5: Bloodless Freak - Thomas Newman Ch. 12: Act 6: Trump Says Appointing Anti-Choice Judges Will "Automatically" Overturn Roe v. Wade If He's Elected - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 10-20-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Of Thee I Sing: Supreme Court Judges - Casper Roos, Larry Kert & New York Choral Artists Ch. 14: Act 7: Debate 3- The Good, The Bad, The Nasty (Act 1, Part 2) - Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (@FullFrontalSamB) - Air Date: 10-24-16 Ch. 15: Song 7: Nasty - Janet Jackson Ch. 16: Act 8: @LeahNTorres describes her work as one of the only doctors providing abortions in Utah - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 9-7-16 Ch. 17: Song 8: Proud - Tegan and Sara Ch. 18: Act 9: One of the oldest laws targeting abortion access is finally seeing the fight it deserves - ThinkProgress - Air Date 9-30-16 Ch. 19: Song 9: Radioactive - Vitamin String Quartet Ch. 20: Act 10: Keep the Pressure on Congress to #BeBoldEndHyde via @AllAboveAll - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 21: Song 10: This Fickle World - Theo Bard Ch. 22: Act 11: If You Want To End Abortions, You Should Work To End Poverty. - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 10-07-16 Voicemails Ch. 23: Response to Rape Culture episode - Rebecca from Seattle Ch. 24: What we must understand to understand the policing problem - V from Central New York Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 25: Final comments on the propaganda i witnessed recently  and detail in the newest member's bonus show Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone TAKE ACTION! Get involved with All Above All actions on the state and local level Share All Above All resources on social media with #BeBoldEndHyde  EDUCATE YOURSELF What Women Do When They Can't Afford an Abortion (Broadly.vice.com) What are your state's laws when it comes to abortion coverage? (AllAboveAll.org)  All Above All's Hyde Amendment Fact Sheet (AllAboveAll.org) Term And Partial Birth Abortions: The Mythical Arch-Nemeses Of The Anti-Choice Movement (HuffingtonPost.com) Tim Kaine Now Backs Lifting the Hyde Amendment Banning Abortion Funding (NBCNews.com)    Written by Best of the Left Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman. Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like a[...]


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(2016/10/21) Consent is sexy (Rape Culture)

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 23:00:00 +0000

Edition #1051 Today we look at just a few of the manifestations of rape culture in society with plenty of focus on the need for affirmative consent education 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: Pussy-Gate Vile Trump Audio Leaks, Exposes Classless Trump - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date 10-11-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: GRAB'm by the PU$$Y - will.i.am ft Apl.de.ap and Liane V Ch. 4: Act 2: Job Fair for Future Women - Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (@FullFrontalSamB) - Air Date: 02-23-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: Can’t Take No for an Answer - David Nunez Ch. 6: Act 3: #NotAllMen #SometimesAllMen - Trumpcast - Air Date 10-13-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: Backwards Blues - Adia Victoria Ch. 8: Act 4: Limbaugh- 'Here Come the Rape Police' After One Whiff Of Lack Of Consent - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date 10-13-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Consent - Jack and Dean Ch. 10: Act 5: How rape culture manifests itself - @InDeepRadio w: @AngieCoiro - Air Date 7-2-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: We Are the Kids - WALK THE MOON Ch. 12: Act 6: Trevor calls bullshit on Donald Trump's "locker room talk" defense. - The Daily Show - Air Date 10-10-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Can't You Tell? - Aimee Mann Ch. 14: Act 7: What Exactly Do Rapists Look Like? - @TheYoungTurks - Air Date: 10-17-15 Ch. 15: Song 7: Boys Will Be Boys - Alisha Ch. 16: Act 8: Not in my locker room - @EdgeofSports - w: Dave Zirin - Air Date 10-15-16 Ch. 17: Song 8: Building Steam with a Grain of Salt - DJ Shadow Ch. 18: Act 9: #HikeforHealing to Support The #MonumentQuilt for Survivors of Rape and Abuse via @UpsettingRape (FORCE) - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 19: Song 9: This Fickle World - Theo Bard Ch. 20: Act 10: Your vagina is not a car - Clementine Ford at TEDxSouthBankWomen - Air Date: 02-05-14 Voicemails Ch. 21: Two book recommendations of the history of racial oppression - Tyler from Kentucky Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 22: Final comments on the documentary Audrie & Daisy and the need for early education on affirmative consent Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone TAKE ACTION Find a Hike for Healing team near you or start one at https://www.crowdrise.com/hikeforhealing View quilt squares, get information on making a quilt square, sign up to host a workshop and volunteer at https://themonumentquilt.org Check out #WhyWomenDontReport on Twitter  EDUCATE YOURSELF Our quilt project shares rape survivors' stories (CNN.com) Trump's Campaign Embraces Rape Culture (ThinkProgress.com) Everyone's talking to their daughters about Donald Trump. They need to talk to their sons. (Mic.com) The Conversation You Must Have With Your Sons (HuffingtonPost.com) 8 Societal Barriers That Make it Hard to Report Sexual Assault (EverydayFeminism.com) Women share stories of sexual assault to show Trump what rape culture looks like (HuffingtonPost.com)   Written by Best of the Left Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman. Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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(2016/02/05) When climate science meets faith-based economics (Repost)

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 23:12:25 +0000

Edition #988 Today we look at the intersection of the climate crisis with our current economic system including how monopolies, trade deals, market failures and the concept of “externalities” all work together to make climate change worse Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Externalities - by @DavidSuzuki - Resource Based Economy - Air Date: 7-26-13 Ch. 3: Song 1: N/A Ch. 4: Act 2: The True Cost Of Fossil Fuels - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 10-28-15 Ch. 5: Song 2: The Price You Pay - Bruce Springsteen Ch. 6: Act 3: TransCanada Uses NAFTA to sue The US Over Keystone Pipeline! - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 01-08-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: Smoke And Mirrors - Giraffe Ch. 8: Act 4: Nevada guts their net metering program, killing the solar industry - @greennewsreport - Air Date 1-12-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Sunshine to Burn (The Long Grass) - The Sand Pebbles Ch. 10: Act 5: Ronald Wright on Progress Traps - The Green Interview - Air Date: 8-1-11 Ch. 11: Song 5: Farmscrapers - Dad Rocks! Ch. 12: Act 6: Is the Military the Future of Renewable Energy? - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 12-04-15 Ch. 13: Song 6: Hands To Myself - Selena Gomez Ch. 14: Act 7: Porter Ranch Massive CA Gas Leak & What It Means - Majority Report (@majorityfm) - Air Date 01-12-16 Ch. 15: Song 7: Payne's Bay - Beirut Ch. 16: Act 8: Is Aliso Canyon California's BP Blowout? - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 01-08-16 Ch. 17: Song 8: Devil Town - Tony Lucca Ch. 18: Act 9: #LeapYear Manifesto: For New Economic & Energy Systems via @NaomiAKlein — Best of the Left Activism Ch. 19: Act 9A: The Leap Manifesto As Explained By @NaomiAKlein - Huffington Post Canada - Air Date: 9-15-15 Ch. 20: Song 9: This Fickle World - Theo Bard Ch. 21: Act 10: Surviving Progress Film (condensed version) Activism: #LeapYear Manifesto: For New Economic & Energy Systems via @NaomiAKlein Take Action: JOIN/Host: #LeapYear Event, Feb-March 2016 via WATCH: "Leap Year 2016 - Hangout with Naomi Klein, Bill McKibben, and more” hosted by This Changes Everything Canadians can SIGN: The Leap Year Manifest Sources/further reading: "Let’s make this a real ‘leap’ year, and go fossil fuel-free” by Naomi Klein Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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(2016/10/14) Unions or not, we are still all in this together (Labor Rights)

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 23:00:00 +0000

Edition #1050 Today we look at the systems at play that put workers and everyday consumers at a constant disadvantage to their business-running overloads - but it has a hopeful ending!  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: @DavidBurkus: Why you should know how much your coworkers get paid - @TEDTalks - Air Date: 9-20-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: You Can't Get What You Want (Till You Know What You Want) - Joe Jackson Ch. 4: Act 2: The War on Unions Has Lowered All Our Wages! - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 09-01-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: Miffed - Tom Rosenthal Ch. 6: Act 3: Foreign factories, coal-town media and the tipped wage - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 9-2-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: We Stand As One - Joseph Arthur Ch. 8: Act 4: Do Labor Unions Still Matter? - Seeker Daily - Air Date: 2-23-15 Ch. 9: Song 4: Le monde de contre jour - David Ari Leon Ch. 10: Act 5: MILLIONS Of Workers Go On Strike - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 09-07-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: Join Forces - Caribbean Pulse Ch. 12: Act 6: Uber's revolution was mostly about circumventing labor unions - Economic Update w: @profwolff - Air Date 9-29-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Same Old Story - Pennywise Ch. 14: Act 7: #BoycottWendys Until They Join the Fair Food Program via @CIW - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 15: Song 7: Activism - Shihan Ch. 16: Act 8: On Wealth and Labor - Progressive Faith Sermons w/ @RevDrRay - Air Date 9-4-16 Voicemails Ch. 17: Possible effects of the TPP on the corruption industry - Brad from Irving, TX Ch. 18: Shamefully admitting to being a former libertarian - Chris from Colorado Springs Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 19: Final comments on libertarianism and the false dichotomy of the social vs. the individual Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone TAKE ACTION DON'T EAT AT WENDY'S! Learn more about the reasons for the boycott at allianceforfairfood.org Sign the pledge to boycott Wendy's  Attend a "Behind the Braids: Wendy's Boycott Tour" event near you  Spread the word on social media via #BoycottWendys EDUCATE YOURSELF There is a Nationwide Boycott of Wendy's Underway (via The Nation) Students Declare Nationwide Boycott of Wendy's Over Farmworker Concerns (via The American Prospect) Dear Wendy's: I'm boycotting you, but I'm not the one you should be worried about (via Common Dreams)   Written by Best of the Left Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman. Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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(2016/10/11) What you need to know about Libertarianism

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 23:00:00 +0000

Edition #1049 Today we look at the political philosophy of libertarianism and explain why large parts of it make almost no sense when applied to the real world Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Libertarian Calls In to Teach Us All About the Right Kind of Libertarianism - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date 07-10-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: Blik - deeB Ch. 4: Act 2: Why Are Libertarians Mostly Men??? - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 07-13-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: Fantasy - Anya Marina Ch. 6: Act 3: Libertarianism Debunked. - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 08-26-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: Risk It - Nahko and Medicine for the People Ch. 8: Act 4: Libertarians Divided Over Driver's Licenses - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 06-02-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Don't Waste Your Breath - Colour Me Wednesday Ch. 12: Act 6: A History Lesson for Libertertarians - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 08-13-15 Ch. 13: Song 6: Lesson Learned (feat. John Mayer) - Alicia Keys Ch. 14: Act 7: No Progressives Should Vote for Libertarian Gary Johnson - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 10-04-16 Voicemails Ch. 15: Some are in it just to win - Emma from New York City Ch. 16: Inaugural meeting of the D@W Twin Cities Action Group - Paul from Minnesota Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 17: Final comments debunking a couple of logical fallacies from professional libertarians Bonus Clip 1: Libertarian Debate Darryl Perry Defines Libertarianism - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date 06-24-16 Bonus Clip 2: Libertarian Debate Sam Seder vs. Dave Smith - Majority Report - Air Date 08-22-15 Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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(2016/10/07) Slavery in America is still alive and well (Prison Labor)

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 23:00:00 +0000

Edition #1048 Today we look at the ways in which the 13th amendment to the constitution opened the doors to a mere evolution of slavery rather than it’s abolition as our national myth contends 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: William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe - Excerpt: Attica explained Ch. 3: Song 1: Attica State - John Lennon & Yoko Ono Ch. 4: Act 2: 45 Years After Legendary Attica Prison Uprising, New Book Reveals State Role in Deadly Standoff - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 09-09-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: Strong Animals - Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin Ch. 6: Act 3: Prison Labor = Modern Day Slavery? - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 09-16-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: High Demand - The Haymarket Squares Ch. 8: Act 4: Rattling the Bars US Prison Labor - @TheRealNews - Air Date 9-5-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Forward - Northbound Ch. 10: Act 5: Noelle Hanrahan on National Prison Strike - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 9-16-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: Prison Abolition (feat. Daman) - Conscious Youth Ch. 12: Act 6: Prisoners Strike To Say 'We're Not Slaves!!' (w/Guest: Maya Schenwar) - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 09-21-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Chain Gang (2005 Remastered) - Sam Cooke Ch. 14: Act 7: Important stories of the prison strike are blacked out by media - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 9-30-16 Ch. 15: Song 7: Everyday (Single Version) - Carly Comando Ch. 16: Act 8: Support Prison Strikers by Joining Actions Around the Country - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 17: Song 8: This Fickle World - Theo Bard Ch. 18: Act 9: Advocates: The U.S. Still Profits from Slavery Because the 13th Amendment Perpetuates Prison Labor - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 10-03-16 Ch. 19: Final comments on the timely release of the new Ava DuVernay doc, “13th” Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone TAKE ACTION Read the call to action post on ItsGoingDown.org and find an event near you at the bottom of the post. Create your own local action to support the prison strikes and submit it to be posted by emailing info@itsgoingdown.org.  EDUCATE YOURSELF Why Prisoners Across the Country Have Gone on Strike (via Mother Jones) "We're Freedom Fighters": The Story of the Nationwide Prison Labor Strike (via truthout) The biggest national prison strike in American history is happening now (via Daily Kos) Meet the inmate who launched a massive prison strike from his jail cell (via Vice) Free Alabama Movement  (website of the inmates spearheading the strike in Alabama) IWW Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (unrecognized union for incarcerated prison workers)   Written by BOTL social media/activism director Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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(2016/10/04) How the parties have broken our democracy (Election Corruption)

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 23:00:00 +0000

Edition #1047 Today we look at a few of the ways our two major political parties have worked to entrench their own power with the side effect of ruining the foundations of our democratic system Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Supreme Court vs. the American Voter - Times Op-Doc Ch. 3: Song 1: N/A Ch. 4: Act 2: This is not your grandfather's gerrymandering w/ @davedaley3 - #PoliticallyReactive with @wkamaubell and @harikondabolu - Air Date 8-17-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: Segregation - Rankin Scroo Ch. 6: Act 3: How The Debates Were Corrupted By The Democrats AND Republicans - @theyoungturks - Air Date 09-25-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: The 4th Estate - GFE Ch. 8: Act 4: Ratf**ked The True Story Behind the Secret Plan to Steal America's Democracy w/ @davedaley3 - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date 08-27-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Prove My Hypothesis - Death Cab For Cutie Ch. 10: Act 5: Two-Party Tyranny Ralph Nader on Exclusion of Third-Party Candidates from First Presidential Debate - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 09-19-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: Fake Plastic Trees - Radiohead Ch. 12: Act 6: VoteRiders.org is out to educate voters about their state Voter ID laws - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 9-30-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Hey Ya - Obadiah Parker Ch. 14: Act 7: Register and PREPARE to Vote in Your State via @RocktheVote - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 15: Song 7: Time for Action - Secret Affair Ch. 16: Act 8: Explaining the plans the GOP has to maintain power as a minority party w/ @davedaley3 - #PoliticallyReactive with @wkamaubell and @harikondabolu - Air Date 8-17-16 Voicemails Ch. 17: Security of the voting process in Oregon - Elise in Portland, OR Ch. 18: Standing up for each other in the metal community - Jason from Iowa Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 19: Final comments on the political and mental games we play Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone TAKE ACTION Register to vote at https://www.rockthevote.com Check your registration status with Rock the Vote's "Am I Registered?" tool  Check on changes to voter ID requirements in your state at Rock the Vote's "Voter ID Requirements by State" or at VoteRiders.org.  EDUCATE YOURSELF Electionary - A Guide to Election Laws  “Rigged” - The Documentary (via Fusion TV) Wisconsin is Systemically Failing to Provide the Photo IDs Required to Vote in November (via The Nation) Judge Blocks Election Day Registration at Illinois Polling Places (via The Chicago Tribune) This November, Know Your Voting Rights (via ACLU) Voter Suppression Laws: What’s New Since the 2012 Presidential Election (Interactive Map) (via ACLU)   Written by Best of the Left Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman.  Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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(2016/09/30) Building systems that work for people (Culture)

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 23:00:00 +0000

Edition #1046 Today we look at the designed systems that dictate how and where we work, live and engage with society and think about ways to improve those systems 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: Transforming cities, changing the system - @TheNextSystem Project - Air Date: 10-6-15 Ch. 4: Act 2: @JeffSpeckAICP, author of Walkable City: Why Does Suburbia Suck? - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 08-06-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: Walking Man - James Taylor Ch. 6: Act 3: John Nichols (@NicholsUprising): The Fight Against a Jobless Economy and a Citizen-less Democracy - Belabored (@DissentMag) - Air Date 5-13-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: Send a Message - Nick Driver Ch. 8: Act 4: The social and ecological benefits of sharing the load - Economic Update w/ @profwolff - Air Date: 5-17-15 Ch. 9: Song 4: Who Benefits? - Mustard Plug Ch. 10: Act 5: Gunnar Branson: Moore's Law of Real Estate - TEDxNaperville - Air Date 12-18-12 Voicemails Ch. 11: Keeping tabs on the mainstream media - Paula from Reno, NV Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 12: Final comments on taking vaccine doses of the mainstream media Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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

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

Edition #1045 Today we look at the systemically racist systems of policing currently in place in our country and the protest movement that continues to rise up against it, including Colin Kaepernick and the growing movement of support around him Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Deadly force in black and white - @Making_Contact - Air Date: 2-17-15 Ch. 3: Song 1: Oh, Freedom - Shirley Verrett Ch. 4: Act 2: Recorded proof of racially-targeted policing - The Benjamin Dixon Show (@TheBpDShow) - Air Date 7-13-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: America - Neil Diamond Ch. 6: Act 3: Racist & Illegal Justice Department Slams Baltimore Police for Targeting Black Residents - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 08-11-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: This Land is Not Our Land - Utah Phillips Ch. 8: Act 4: How media gets it wrong on protests against police violence - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 9-23-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: House of Cards Main Title Theme - Jeff Beal Ch. 10: Act 5: Dave Zirin breaks down the Colin @Kaepernick7 protest - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 9-14-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: American Land - Bruce Springsteen Ch. 12: Act 6: What we learned about our national anthem from @Kaepernick7 protest - #PoliticallyReactive with @wkamaubell and @harikondabolu - Air Date 9-7-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Rockin' In the Free World - Neil Young Ch. 14: Act 7: Choice words on the anthem protesters and their detractors - @EdgeofSports - w Dave Zirin - Air Date 9-14-16 Ch. 15: Song 7: John Adams theme song - HBO Ch. 16: Act 8: Tell Your Legislators to Sign the “Pledge to Preserve & Protect Our Lives” via @NAACP #StayWokeandVote Ch. 17: Song 8: We Didn't Start the Fire - Billy Joel Ch. 18: Act 9: Can the American Flag Survive Colin @Kaepernick7? - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 09-03-16 Voicemails Ch. 19: Thoughts from working at the Sacred Stone Camp - Nick from Colorado Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 20: Final comments on the OTHER pipeline protest going on in Big Bend (Defendbigbend.org) Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone TAKE ACTION Send the NAACP's "Pledge to Preserve and Protect Our Lives to your legislators and candidates Read the "NAACP's Statement on Fatal Shooting of Terence Crutcher During Police Encounter in Tulsa, OK"  Get involved with the NAACP's #StayWokeandVote campaign and use the hashtag on Twitter EDUCATE YOURSELF "NAACP releases list of demands in response to Charlotte shooting" (WRAL.com) "If you don't understand Black Lives Matter after Terence Crutcher's death, you never will" (Vox.com) "How two police shootings of black men sent Tulsa and Charlotte in different directions" (LA Times)  "Tulsa police chief on fatal shooting of Terence Crutcher: 'There was no gun'" (Tulsaworld.com) "Colin Kaepernick explains why he sat during the national anthem" (NFL.com) "#VeteransforKaepernick: Veterans Stand in Solidarity with Colin Kaepernick" (The Root) Written by BOTL social media/activism director Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Ch[...]


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(2016/09/23) Working to maintain the status quo (Media)

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

Edition #1044 Today we look at some of the ways our corporate media work to ignore widespread disaffection and real issues in favor of fluff, argument and ineffectual neutrality Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Media ignores widespread disaffection with political system - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 6-3-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: Messages - Xavier Rudd Ch. 4: Act 2: Why Don't We Hear About Real Issues On The News? - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 08-17-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: My Conversation - The Uniques Ch. 6: Act 3: Independent Media In Danger, Allegations of YouTube Censorship - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 09-02-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: I Love You Money - Lowell Ch. 8: Act 4: Crisis Engulfs Fox News as Roger Ailes Sexual Harrassment & Spying Scandal Grows - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 08-11-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Abuse of Power - Lion of Light Ch. 10: Act 5: CNN's morally bankrupt hiring of former Trump campaign staffer - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 7-1-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: That’s All - Clare and the Reasons Ch. 12: Act 6: The media and political parties collude to make debates profitable and worthless - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date 9-10-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Turtle (Bonobo Remix) - Pilote Ch. 14: Act 7: A Recent History of Political Lies - On The Media - Air Date 7-8-16 Voicemails Ch. 15: Working with Central Americans - Justin from Mitchell, Indiana Ch. 16: The migration story replays itself over and over again - Justin from Mitchell, Indiana Ch. 17: How can a community hold an abuser accountable? - Megan from Baltimore Ch. 18: We have ourselves to blame for the media - Wade from Ft. Worth, TX Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 19: Final comments on the degree to which I hate cable news channels Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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(2016/09/20) Building momentum, making progress (Money in Politics)

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

Edition #1043 Today we look at some of the structures of money in politics and how the tide is beginning to turn Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: The Truth About Citizens United - Follow the Money #8 - Represent.Us - Air Date: 1-26-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: Addiction - Medina Ch. 4: Act 2: @DerekCressman on Free speech vs paid speech with guest host @AngieCoiro - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 5-31-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: Buy My Vote - The Haymarket Squares Ch. 6: Act 3: How To Destroy The Corrupt Political Establishment - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 04-20-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: Welcome To the Machine - Pink Floyd Ch. 8: Act 4: @USRepDavidJolly on The STOP Act Part 1 - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date 8-27-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Moneytalks - Vitamin String Quartet Ch. 10: Act 5: Steve Israel on Congressional Fundraising - @LastWeekTonight with @iamjohnoliver - Air Date 04-04-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: Money Grabber (Live @ KEXP) - Fitz and The Tantrums Ch. 12: Act 6: @USRepDavidJolly on The STOP Act Part 2 - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date 8-27-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Changes - Langhorne Slim & The Law Ch. 14: Act 7: Rhode Island Demands Money Out Of Politics - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 06-21-16 Voicemails Ch. 15: Standing against racism - Kyle from Portland Ch. 16: What we can do to get better healthier density - Ryan from Phoenix Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 17: Final comments on the hopeful outlook of the future of campaign finance reform Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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(2016/09/16) Protecting from the black snake (Dakota Access Pipeline)

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

Edition #1042 Today we look in on the convergence of Native American and First Nations tribes in North Dakota to protect the water from the Dakota Access Pipeline Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Will The Lakota Tribe's Black Snake Prophecy Come True? - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 08-19-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: People of the First Light - Russell Patrick Ch. 4: Act 2: Standing Rock #nodapl - Levitate Media Group - Air Date 9-3-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: N/A Ch. 6: Act 3: Canine Expert Decries "Egregious" & "Horrific" Dog Attacks on Native Americans Defending Burial Site - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 09-06-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: Cherry Creek Singers - No DAPL song Ch. 8: Act 4: Native Woman Bitten By Dogs DEBUNKS Media Falsehoods - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 09-08-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Song for Mother Earth - Lakota Ch. 10: Act 5: The regulatory loophole that allows easy permitting for new pipelines - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 9-12-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: Shove Your Pipeline - Frank Nawrot Ch. 12: Act 6: Eminent Domain? Iowans Sue to Stop Dakota Access Pipeline, Say It Provides No Public Service - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 09-07-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: As Long As the Grass Grows - Randy Wood Ch. 14: Act 7: Why fossil fuels companies are rushing to build old infrastructure - @GreenNewsReport - Air Date 9-13-16 Ch. 15: Song 7: Ode to Nature - Brulé Ch. 16: Act 8: Tell President Obama to Revoke USACE Permits & STOP the Dakota Access Pipeline #NoDAPL via @350 - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 17: Song 8: This Fickle World - Theo Bard Ch. 18: Act 9: Water Protectors at Standing Rock React to Obama's Intervention in Dakota Access Pipeline Battle - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 09-12-16 Voicemails Ch. 19: Violence against protesters - Frank Ch. 20: Determining the end of a dogs life - Sunny from St. Paul, MN Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 21: Final comments on how my Climate Ride went and how well I’m recovering Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone TAKE ACTION Tell President Obama to revoke USACE permits by sending him a message.  Find actions near you through September 17th and beyond. This map will update, so check back frequently! Sign up to get the latest news and hear about upcoming actions related to #NoDAPL. OTHER WAYS TO SUPPORT THE MOVEMENT Contribute to the Sacred Stone Camp legal defense fund Contribute to the Sacred Stone Camp supply fund EDUCATE YOURSELF Learn about the targets of the #NoDAPL movement Moments After Judge Denies DAPL Injunction, Federal Agencies Intervene  What You Need to Know About the Dakota Access Pipeline Protest  Alabama, Georgia declare state of emergency after pipeline spill   Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman. Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheL[...]


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(2016/02/16) The food market (Food-Industrial Complex) (Repost)

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

Edition #991 Today we take a look at the influence of the food giants on what goes into our food supply, who’s allowed to inspect and regulate it, what our kids are taught about what’s healthy, the policies of international trade that lowers food safety standards and even how farmers raise their chickens Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill 00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: Why nobody knows what's really going into your food - The Center for Public Integrity (@Publici) - Air Date: 04-13-15 Ch. 3: Song 1: The Prettiest Remix - Jim Guthrie 00:04:10 Ch. 4: Act 2: Sugar and Salt and Fat: Food Giants Have Hooked Us - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 04-26-15 Ch. 5: Song 2: Pour Some Sugar On Me (2012 Re-Recorded Version) - Def Leppard 00:15:10 Ch. 6: Act 3: EXPOSED: Coca-Cola’s Scam To Keep Kids Drinking Soda - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 01-01-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: Diet Coke - Airbäg 00:21:53 Ch. 8: Act 4: Carey Gillam on the conflicts of interest in the coverage of our food supply - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 2-5-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Johnny Appleseed - Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros 00:33:18 Ch. 10: Act 5: Mystery Meat: After WTO Ruling, U.S. Tosses Meat Origin Labeling Law, Leaving Consumers in the Dark - @democracynow - Air Date: 01-07-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: The Cave - Piano Tribute Players 00:37:43 Ch. 12: Act 6: Disaster: TPP Will Destroy US Food Safety - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 11-14-15 Ch. 13: Song 6: Solid Ground - Dougie Maclean 00:41:51 Ch. 14: Act 7: Chickens and the farmers who raise them - @LastWeekTonight with @iamjohnoliver - Air Date: 05-17-15 Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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(2016/02/26) Who gets a seat at the table (Culture) (Repost)

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

Edition #994 Today we take a look at the narratives and stories that fill and influence our lives, whose stories get told and why and how that effects the way we see the world Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill 00:00:37 Ch. 2: Act 1: Mansplaining: The Science - @Upworthy - Air Date: 03-10-15 Ch. 3: Song 1: Words Are Seeds - My Gay Banjo 00:02:35 Ch. 4: Act 2: The Racial Politics of Disney Animals - Popaganda from @BitchMedia - Air Date 8-28-15 Ch. 5: Song 2: I Wan'na Be Like You (The Monkey Song) - Louis Prima, Phil Harris & Bruce Reitherman 00:16:47 Ch. 6: Act 3: Broad Politics in the Obama Administration - @DecodeDC - Air Date 1-28-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: Seat at the Table - Crystal Lewis 00:22:53 Ch. 8: Act 4: #OscarsSoWhite: Black Filmmakers Call Out Hollywood Racism, Exclusion as Calls for Boycott Grow - @democracynow - Air Date: 01-25-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Gatekeepers - Sharrie Williams 00:30:54 Ch. 10: Act 5: $pread, For and By Sex Workers - @onthemedia - Air Date: 5-1-15 Ch. 11: Song 5: Power of Words - iamuuri 00:40:10 Ch. 12: Act 6: Worst Oscar responses to #OscarsSoWhite - Backtalk from @BitchMedia - Air Date 2-18-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Bedtime Stories - Chris Reed 00:57:01 Ch. 14: Act 7: #OscarsSoWhite; Watch #JusticeForFlint Instead via @UnitedBlackout — Best of the Left Activism Ch. 15: Song 7: Right to Complain - Trombone Shorty & Marc Broussard 01:00:18 Ch. 16: Act 8: An inclusion crisis in the entertainment industry - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 2-26-16   Activism: #OscarsSoWhite; Watch #JusticeForFlint Instead via @UnitedBlackout Take Action: #JusticeForFlint from Blackout for Human Rights Additional Activism/Resources: "How to help people hurt by the poisoned water in Flint” via Mashable Sources/further reading: ”Meet April Reign, the Black Woman Behind #OscarsSoWhite" "The 17 Biggest Surprises Of This Year’s Oscar Nominations — #OscarsSoWhiteTheSequel” via Buzzfeed "These 10 Actors, Directors & Executives Can Reverse #OscarsSoWhite” at RevoltTV "Creed Is The Rocky Film 21st-Century America Needs” at The Establishment Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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(2016/09/06) The other pro-choice movement (Death with Dignity)

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

Edition #1041 Today we take a look at matters of life, death and the right to choose when to move from one to the other Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: The Other Pro-Choice Movement - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 10-29-14 Ch. 3: Song 1: Machine - David Ari Leon Ch. 4: Act 2: Death With Dignity Advocate Brittany Maynard Dies At 29 - @TheYoungTurks - Air Date: 11-04-14 Ch. 5: Song 2: Chicago - Plusplus Ch. 6: Act 3: How to Die in Oregon - Taking Control - SundanceNOW Doc Club - Air Date 10-30-14 Ch. 7: Song 3: The Smallest Piece - Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin Ch. 8: Act 4: Assisted Suicide - Harriet Scott's Story - Last Right Series - The National - Air Date 11-4-13 Ch. 9: Song 4: The Artifact & Living - Michael Andrews Ch. 10: Act 5: Caller: My Father Committed Suicide after 30 Years of Pain... - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 10-30-14 Ch. 11: Song 5: Dawn Departure, Jefferson County - Black Prairie Ch. 12: Act 6: Doctor Assisted Suicide Is Now Legal In California - @TheYoungTurks - Air Date: 10-11-15 Ch. 13: Song 6: Take Five - Dave Brubeck Ch. 14: Act 7: How to Die in Oregon - Goodbye Roger - SundanceNOW Doc Club - Air Date 10-30-14 Ch. 15: Song 7: End of the World - Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin Ch. 16: Act 8: Tell Your Legislators to Support Medical #AidinDying via @CompandChoices - Best of the Left Acitivsm Ch. 17: Song 8: This Fickle World - Theo Bard Ch. 18: Act 9: @BCoombsLee: The Brittany Effect: Transforming the Death with Dignity Movement - TEDxMarin - Air Date 10-5-15 Voicemails Ch. 19: What kind of system do we want to see? - Rick from Scranton, PA Ch. 20: What to do after the election - Andrew In Forth Worth, TX Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 21: Final comments on the last thank yous before Climate Ride and the origin or today’s topic Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone TAKE ACTION Urge your legislators to support medical aid in dying  Find and become one of the volunteer advocates and educators near you Download the Compassion and Choices Legislative Guidebook to share with your representative EDUCATE YOURSELF Hear stories from those directly impacted Understanding Medical Aid in Dying (Compassion and Choices) End of Life Care Commonly Used Terms (Compassion and Choices) Medical Aid in Dying is Not Assisted Suicide (Compassion and Choices) Being Mortal: Dr. Atul Gawande on How U.S. Healthcare Fails to Handle the End of Life (Democracy Now!) Brittany Maynard's Legacy: One Year Later (Compassion and Choices) Written by Best of the Left Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman.  Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher![...]


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