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#1505 The Largest Investment in Climate Mitigation in US History

AIR DATE 8/5/2022 Be part of the show! Leave us a message at 202-999-3991 or email Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com  Transcript BESTOFTHELEFT.COM/SUPPORT https://www.bestoftheleft.com/support (GET AD FREE SHOWS AND BONUS CONTENT) JOIN OUR DISCORD COMMUNITY https://discord.gg/dhyZE3WMJn! INTERNET PRIVACY WITH EXPRESSVPN! http://www.expressvpn.com/bestoftheleft GET YOUR AUDIOBOOKS FROM LIBRO! * SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Biden Fist Bumps A Pariah - The Muckrake Political Podcast - Air Date 7-19-22 Co-hosts Jared Yates Sexton and Nick Hauselman discuss the hypocrisy of President Joe Biden's visit to Saudi Arabia, and how the Saudis are trying to buy their legitimacy through sports. Ch. 2: This is a Big (Climate) Deal: What's in the Inflation Reduction Act Part 1 - A Matter of Degrees - Air Date 8-3-22 This episode features a live conversation co-hosted by Evergreen Action, featuring Senator Ed Markey, Representative Pramila Jayapal, and Reverend Lennox Yearwood, Jr. Ch. 3: With Congress Unwilling to Act, Pressure Grows on Biden to Declare National Climate Emergency - Democracy Now! - Air Date 7-21-22 We speak with Jean Su, energy justice director and senior attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity, who co-wrote a report detailing how the president can use emergency powers to address the climate crisis. Ch. 4: Did Joe Manchin just save the planet? - Today, Explained - Air Date 8-3-22 Probably not, but he did finally compromise on the Inflation Reduction Act (née Build Back Better), which could be the most significant climate spending bill in US history. Vox’s Li Zhou and Rebecca Leber explain. Ch. 5: This is a Big (Climate) Deal: What's in the Inflation Reduction Act Part 2 - A Matter of Degrees - Air Date 8-3-22 Ch. 6: Vivek Shandas on Climate Disruption & Heat Waves, Jamie Kalven on Laquan McDonald Coverup - Counterspin - Air Date 7-29-22 There’s a way to tell the story that connects to policy and planning, but that centers human beings. We talked about that during last year’s heat wave with Portland State University professor Vivek Shandas. Ch. 7: What If The Fed Bought Out The Oil Industry - Ralph Nader Radio Hour - Air Date 7-18-22 Progressive economist, Robert Pollin, gives us his take on the causes and remedies of the current inflationary spiral, and what both the Fed and the Biden Administration can do about it. * MEMBERS-ONLY BONUS CLIP(S) Ch. 8: Dirty World - Gaslit Nation with Andrea Chalupa and Sarah Kendzior - Air Date 7-19-22 This week we take on shady internal affairs (the enormous number of people in the Trump crime cult circle who died violent or mysterious deaths) and burning external affairs (the horrors of climate change and Joe Manchin’s role in destroying the planet). Ch. 9: 12 Ways Biden Is Fighting Climate Change That You Haven't Heard - Thom Hartmann Program - Air Date 7-26-22 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rzj6HMddb4Y Progressives care about climate change and we care about the environment. So it is great to know that with Democratic leadership action is being taken to move us forward in the effort to protect ourselves from the consequences of global warming. * VOICEMAILS Ch. 10: Response to neurodivergence episode - Bill from St. Petersburg, FL Ch. 11: Neurodiversity - Larry * FINAL COMMENTS Ch. 12: Final comments on the range of normal * MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions https://www.sessions.blue/) SHOW IMAGE:  Description: Among a crowd of protestors, a man holds up a sign that reads “DECLARE CLIMATE EMERGENCY” in hand-painted black letters on a red background. Credit: “United Climate Rally - Melbourne” by Matt Hrkac, Flickr | License: CC BY 2.0) | Changes: Cropped, slight increase in brightness, contrast and saturation   Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com

1h 4m
Aug 05
#1504 Neurodiversity is Strength

AIR DATE 8/2/2022 Be part of the show! Leave us a message at 202-999-3991 or email Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com  Transcript BESTOFTHELEFT.COM/SUPPORT https://www.bestoftheleft.com/support (GET AD FREE SHOWS AND BONUS CONTENT) JOIN OUR DISCORD COMMUNITY https://discord.gg/dhyZE3WMJn! * OUR AFFILIATE LINKS: BESTOFTHELEFT.COM/LIBRO * SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: What Exactly is Neurodiversity? - How to ADHD - Air Date 1-18-22 The neurodiversity movement has been around for some time, but what exactly is it? In this video, we talk about what the neurodiversity movement is and how it's linked to the autistic community. Ch. 2: Adriana White - Autism and Neurodiversity: Different Does Not Mean Broken - TEDx Talks - Air Date 11-11-21 In this talk, Adriana discusses the idea of neurodiversity. Many people are labeled incorrectly because their brains are wired differently. Adriana offers awareness and an alternative way to see people as unique and valuable. Ch. 3: Giftedness is Not Achievement with Aurora Remember Holtzman - ADHD Essentials - Air Date 12-11-21 Today, we’re talking to Aurora Remember Holtzman. Aurora is a school psychologist, neurodivergence coach, and host of the Embracing Intensity podcast. And her focus is giftedness and twice exceptionality. Ch. 4: Creating a Neurodiversity-Affirming World - Neurodiversity Podcast - Air Date 8-10-21 Emily Kircher-Morris and Joel Schwartz talk about what it would take to create a neurodiversity-affirming world where old stereotypes and perceptions are shed. Ch. 5: Elaine Halligan: Neurodiversity is a superpower, not a problem - TEDx Talks - Air Date 11-25-19 We have to break the stigma around mental health and children. Most of the times the signals are quite subtle and can be often overlooked by parents, so many children may be suffering behind closed doors. Ch. 6: The Utility (or Futility) of Labels - The Neurodiversity Podcast - Air Date 7-7-22 The reality of working within a system in flux. The meaning or usefulness of the term “gifted.” The utility (or futility) of labels. The confusion of overlapping diagnoses. * MEMBERS-ONLY BONUS CLIP(S) Ch. 9: Neurodivergence and Queerness with Leela Sinha - Embracing Intensity - Air Date 5-23-22 Today’s episode is a recording of our talk with Leela Sinha on the intersection of neurodivergence and gender. This is definitely not an “inside-the-box” topic. * FINAL COMMENTS Ch. 12: Final comments on the hyper-focus ability of ADHD * MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions https://www.sessions.blue/) SHOW IMAGE: Description: The neurodiversity awareness symbol - an infinity symbol (a horizontal elongated number 8) in a rainbow of overlapping colors - is against a white background. Image Credit: “Neurodiversity Symbol” by MissLunaRose12, Wikimedia Commons | License: CC by-SA 4.0 | Changes: White background added   Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Listen Anywhere! BestOfTheLeft.com/Listen Listen Anywhere! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft https://twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft https://www.facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com

1h 13m
Aug 02
#1422 Teach No Evil, Protest No Evil, Vote Not At All (Repost)

ORIGINAL AIR DATE 6/9/2021 Be part of the show! Leave us a message at 202-999-3991 or email Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com  Transcript BESTOFTHELEFT.COM/SUPPORT https://www.bestoftheleft.com/support (GET AD FREE SHOWS & BONUS CONTENT) JOIN OUR DISCORD COMMUNITY! https://discord.gg/dhyZE3WMJn * SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: The War Over Teaching America's Racist History in Schools - The Daily Show with Trevor Noah - Air Date 5-5-21 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQKRYJnqIdM Most students in America are only taught about a handful of important Black Americans in history class. Here’s a look at why schools should teach students about race and why certain parents are opposed to that shift. Ch. 2: Critical Race Theory - Past Present - Air Date 5-25-21 In this episode, Niki, Neil, and Natalia discuss the current controversy over critical race theory. Ch. 3: Elly Page on Anti-Protest Bills - CounterSpin - Air Date 4-23-21 If the Chauvin verdict is testament to the power of protest, so too are the vigorous efforts to squelch that power. Plus: Right-wing legislators target trans kids at the state level. Ch. 4: Not Ready For That Conversation - On The Media - Air Date 4-23-21 Tami Abdollah [@latams], national correspondent for USA Today, on how Republican-controlled legislatures across the country have been introducing bills to criminalize protests — or as they put it, to stop the rioting. Ch. 5: GOP States Are Pushing for Stricter Penalties for Protesters - The Takeaway - Air Date 4-27-21 The Takeaway spoke with Nora Benavidez, the director of U.S. Free Expression Programs at PEN America, and Elly Page, senior legal advisor at the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law, working with the U.S. Protest Law Tracker. Ch. 6: Weaponizing Trump's Big Lie: Ari Berman on GOP's War on Democracy & Voting Rights - Democracy Now! - Air Date 5-10-21 Extreme voting restrictions have advanced in several Republican-led states across the U.S., including in Florida. Mother Jones reporter Ari Berman says these efforts are an extension of former President Trump’s “big lie” about voter fraud. Ch. 7: Is the GOP Insanity Being Driven By Trump or 40 Years of Madness? - Thom Hartmann Program - Air Date 6-4-21 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7rAq3IeKA1Y This “Trump grip” narrative is nonsense and it needs to stop —the Republican Party has made it crystal clear with their voter suppression efforts that they no longer believe in democracy. They are doing this because they want to. * MEMBERS-ONLY BONUS CLIP(S) Ch. 8: Walk Out: Texas Democrats Block Passage of Voter Suppression Bill by Leaving Capitol Ahead of Vote - Democracy Now! - Air Date 6-1-21 Trey Martinez Fischer says the legislation would have “a tremendous impact” on ballot access in the state. “Just like every bad policy, Hispanics, Latinos and Asian Americans will be disproportionately impacted," "the time for a national response is now." Ch. 9: How Corporate Media Protects Violent Cops - Carlos Maza - Air Date 6-4-20 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rlw3KijUSmM Police departments across America have declared war on unarmed protesters. They get away with it thanks to a corporate media ecosystem that helps shield cops from criticism and discredit the people protesting police brutality. * VOICEMAILS Ch. 10: Lesson #3 The Value Proposition * FINAL COMMENTS Ch. 11: Final comments * MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions https://www.sessions.blue/) SHOW IMAGE: Description: Iconography of a person speaking into a bullhorn with an arm up and other people icons listening to represent "protesting" with a red circle with a line through it over the image. Credit: "No protesting" by David Pursehouse | Flickr | License https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode | Changes: Cropped, enhanced contrast, saturation and brightness   Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com

1h 21m
Jul 30
#1503 The Supremely Extreme Court

AIR DATE 7/26/2022 Be part of the show! Leave us a message at 202-999-3991 or email Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com  Transcript BESTOFTHELEFT.COM/SUPPORT https://www.bestoftheleft.com/support (GET AD FREE SHOWS AND BONUS CONTENT) JOIN OUR DISCORD COMMUNITY https://discord.gg/dhyZE3WMJn! GET YOUR AUDIOBOOKS FROM LIBRO! * SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: A Supreme Court Term Like No Other - Amicus With Dahlia Lithwick - Air Date 7-9-22 Dahlia L​​ithwick hosts Amicus’ annual term-ending breakfast table conversation, featuring Slate’s own Mark Joseph Stern, Professor Katherine Franke and Professor Nikolas Bowie. They dig into the biggest decisions of the term Ch. 2: Judicial Coup: SCOTUS Gerrymandering Case May Let GOP State Legislatures Control Federal Elections - Democracy Now! - Air Date 7-6-22 The U.S. Supreme Court announced Thursday it will hear oral arguments in a case experts warn could be one of the greatest threats to U.S. democracy since the deadly January 6 insurrection at the Capitol. In October, the court will hear Moore v. Harper. Ch. 3: Just how bad is the Supreme Court's EPA decision - Strict Scrutiny - Air Date 6-30-22 Kate and Leah break down the "free-wheeling, free association analysis" of the Supreme Court's opinion in West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency. Basically, it's bad! And not just because of the impending climate apocalypse! Ch. 4: The Supreme Court Needs an Upgrade - What Next - Air Date 7-6-22 The Supreme Court treated its most recent term like the opening salvo in a conservative revolution, approving prayer in schools, establishing a constitutional right to conceal and carry a firearm, and eliminating the constitutional right to abortion. Ch. 5: The Outrage Continues - In The Thick - Air Date 7-19-22 Julio is joined by Errin Haines, editor at large for The 19th, and Elie Mystal, justice correspondent and columnist for The Nation. They discuss the Supreme Court and the impact of their decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. * MEMBERS-ONLY BONUS CLIP(S) Ch. 9: SCOTUS Religious Extremists Rapidly Eroding Separation Of Church And State In USA - The Majority Report - Air Date 7-1-22 Writer Mark Joseph Stern joins the MR crew to talk about the recent SCOTUS opinions and rulings on Carson v Makin and Kennedy v Bremerton which continue to blur the lines between church and state. * FINAL COMMENTS Ch. 12: Final comments on the political philosophy that increases suffering Bonus clip: Because of Texas abortion law, her wanted pregnancy became a medical nightmare - NPR - Air Date 7-26-22 New, untested abortion bans have made doctors unsure about treating some pregnancy complications, which has led to life-threatening delays and trapped families in a limbo of grief and helplessness. * MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions https://www.sessions.blue/): __ __   Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Listen Anywhere! BestOfTheLeft.com/Listen Listen Anywhere! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft https://twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft https://www.facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com

1h 10m
Jul 26
#1502 Conflict, Climate, Capitalism and Famine

BESTOFTHELEFT.COM/SUPPORT https://www.bestoftheleft.com/support (GET AD FREE SHOWS AND BONUS CONTENT) SIGN UP THROUGH WREN.CO/BEST TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE CLIMATE CRISIS, AND WREN WILL PLANT 10 EXTRA TREES IN YOUR NAME! JOIN OUR DISCORD COMMUNITY https://discord.gg/dhyZE3WMJn! * SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Global Food Prices Are at A Record High - The Takeaway - Air Date 6-22-22 We speak with Ukrainian-American Anna Nagurney, Chair in Integrative Studies at the Isenberg School of Management at The University of Massachusetts - Amherst about the latest on Russia’s blockade of Ukrainian food exports. Ch. 2: Why War in Ukraine is Causing Apocalyptic Famine - RealLifeLore - Air Date 6-30-22 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bupS-d_cAtk Explaining why the geopolitical destabilization of the war in Ukraine may be part of Russia's plan and what actions the world can take to reduce the famine Ch. 3: The Famine Is Coming: War in Ukraine & Climate Crisis Contribute to Food Insecurity in Somalia - Democracy Now! - Air Date 6-23-22 Joining us from Mogadishu, Somalia, Jan Egeland, secretary general of the Norwegian Refugee Council, says poorer countries in Africa aren't able to financially compete with richer countries to afford basic staples like wheat. Ch. 4: For Bread: On capitalism's global food crisis - Prolekult - Air Date 7-2-22 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXYKFVXjQcU An overview of the fundamental factors driving the global food crisis. The piece looks at the way fertilizer has shaped agriculture, the composition of agricultural capital, and the environmental crisis' impact on agriculture globally. Ch. 5: Food Shortage or Economic Crisis Experts Say Poverty & Capitalism Are Real Drivers of Global Hunger - Democracy Now! - Air Date 6-23-22 We speak with food systems experts Sofía Monsalve Suárez and Rachel Bezner Kerr about how to prevent a looming global food shortage. Ch. 6: Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli: The future of the food ecosystem -- and the power of your plate - TED Talks Daily - Air Date 5-9-22 Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli lays out what it would take to build a more equitable, sustainable food system that nourishes all people and asks us to widen our perspectives before eating our next meal. * MEMBERS-ONLY BONUS CLIP(S) Ch. 7: Are Food Shortages Coming to the United States? - David Pakman Show - Air Date 4-20-22 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XuCdez95Y_E Are food shortages really coming to the United States, as some are claiming? Ch. 8: Why War in Ukraine is Causing Apocalyptic Famine Part 2 - RealLifeLore - Air Date 6-30-22 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bupS-d_cAtk Explaining the slow-moving famine already underway before the start of the war in Ukraine * VOICEMAILS Ch. 9: Requesting a Culture Wars episode - Phil from California * FINAL COMMENTS Ch. 10: Final comments on our coverage of the culture wars REFERENCED: #1479 Torturing Children and Families in the Name of Protecting Them (Trans Rights) https://www.bestoftheleft.com/1479 #1498 Pride and Prejudice https://www.bestoftheleft.com/1498 #1470 Distorting History and Banning Books is a Power Play of Exclusion https://www.bestoftheleft.com/1470 #1453 The Tea Party Too (School Board Backlash and the Dark Money Behind It) https://www.bestoftheleft.com/1453 #1501 Navigating Post-Roe America https://www.bestoftheleft.com/1501 #1374 Tell Stories, Not Myths - Columbus and the Centrality of Colonialism #1431 Stealing Native Children and Their Future https://www.bestoftheleft.com/1431 #1492 The Great Replacements (Conspiracy vs Reality) https://www.bestoftheleft.com/1492 * MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions https://www.sessions.blue/): __ __ SHOW IMAGE: Description: Photograph of a cluster of golden wheat grains on a white surface. A small, colorful figurine of a globe rests on top of the grains. Credit: "Globe and wheat. Global wheat shortage." by Jernej Furman, Flickr | License: CC BY 2.0 | Changes: Slightly cropped   Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Listen Anywhere! BestOfTheLeft.com/Listen Listen Anywhere! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft https://twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft https://www.facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com

1h 5m
Jul 22
Bonus Edition #203 The Fog of Work (Repost)

ORIGINAL AIR DATE 4/16/2020 Be part of the show! Leave us a message at 202-999-3991 or email Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com  MEMBERSHIP https://www.bestoftheleft.com/support (GET AD FREE SHOWS & BONUS CONTENT) * SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: We all make mistakes but we’re making a lot more of them right now Ch. 2: The Burnout Generation Ch. 3: Survival Mode Ch. 4: Hidden Mental Health Toll of Coronavirus with Alisa Kriegel - WhoWhatWhy - Air Date 3-22-20 The COVID-19 pandemic is going to have a huge toll on mental health, what can we do to mitigate the damage? Ch. 5: Soft Launch of my secret project Ch. 6: Showing the ShowSharer™ * MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions https://www.sessions.blue/): __ __   Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Support the show via Patreon Listen on Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Spotify | +more Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft https://twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft https://www.facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher and Facebook!

1h 3m
Jul 17
#1501 Navigating Post-Roe America

AIR DATE 7/13/2022 Be part of the show! Leave us a message at 202-999-3991 or email Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com  Transcript BESTOFTHELEFT.COM/SUPPORT https://www.bestoftheleft.com/support (GET AD FREE SHOWS AND BONUS CONTENT) JOIN OUR DISCORD COMMUNITY https://discord.gg/dhyZE3WMJn! NOMINATE US FOR THE PODCAST AWARDS BY JULY 31ST https://podcastawards.com/! * SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Aimee Arrambide of Avow Texas with Abortion Resources - Burn It All Down - Air Date 6-29-22 Jessica Luther talks with Aimee Arrambide who provides information and abortion resources related to the overturning of Roe V. Wade. Ch. 2: Looking for an abortion online? Listen to this first. - There Are No Girls on the Internet - Air Date 6-28-22 Computer scientist and social media expert Dr. Jen Golbeck has been running a popular TikTok series educating people on how to be more secure while navigating abortion online. Ch. 3: The Day 'Roe' Died - Boom! Lawyered - Air Date 6-24-22 For the first time in this country's history, an unelected majority of Supreme Court justices have taken away a fundamental constitutional right. Ch. 4: When Pregnancy becomes Crime - This Is Hell! - Air Date 7-5-22 https://thisishell.com/episodes/1486 Writer and philosophy scholar at Cornell University, Kate Manne talks about her Substack article "Criminalizing Pregnant People: A Brief Retrospective." Ch. 5: “A Devastating Ruling”: Law Prof. Michele Goodwin & SCOTUS Attorney Kitty Kolbert on Overturning Roe - Democracy Now! - Air Date 7-4-22 We speak with two leading legal scholars. Kathryn "Kitty" Kolbert is co-founder of the Center for Reproductive Rights Ch. 6: Just Doing The Job They Were Put On The Court To Do - Amicus With Dahlia Lithwick - Air Date 6-25-22 Roe v Wade has been swept away and Dahlia Lithwick is joined by Mary Ziegler, a law professor at the University of California, Davis. Ch. 7: Rep. Ocasio-Cortez: Pres. Biden Should Forcefully Support Ending The Filibuster & Expanding SCOTUS - The Late Show with Stephen Colbert - Air Date 6-29-22 Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez lays out the case for what Democrats need to do in response to the Dobbs decision * MEMBERS-ONLY BONUS CLIP(S) Ch. 9: How The Supreme Court Killed Roe v. Wade - LegalEagle - Air Date 6-29-22 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOvvBWSBwU0 This is a sea change at the Supreme Court * FINAL COMMENTS Ch. 12: Final comments on the importance of state judicial elections * TAKE ACTION! Start Paying Attention to State Judicial Elections: Ballotpedia: ALL State Judicial Elections 2022 https://ballotpedia.org/State_judicial_elections,_2022 (scroll down for state links & maps) Quick Links: TEXAS (18 appellate | 6 supreme); FLORIDA (28 appellate | 5 supreme); OHIO (28 appellate | 3 supreme); LOUSIANA (22 appellate | 1 supreme); TENNESEE (24 appellate | 5 supreme) ...and more. Your State-by-State Guide to the 2022 Supreme Court Elections (via Bolts Magazine) Share BOTL's Twitter Thread on this Subject EDUCATE YOURSELF & SHARE State Judge Elections Are About to Become Decisive for Abortion Rights (via Slate - July 6, 2022) We Need to Reclaim State Courts From Big Money and Hateful Agendas (via TRUTHOUT - May 2019) The Politics of Judicial Elections, 2019–20 (via Brennan Center - Jan. 25, 2022) Gerrymandering or Creating New Courts (Dec 2021)   * MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions https://www.sessions.blue/) SHOW IMAGE: Description: A black and white photo showing a large crowd of people protesting in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building on the day Roe v. Wade was overturned, amidst ominous dark clouds in the sky. Credit: "2022.06.24 Roe v Wade Overturned - SCOTUS, Washington, DC USA 175 143207" by Ted Eytan, Flickr | CC BY-SA 2.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/legalcode | Changes: Slightly cropped

1h 6m
Jul 13
Bonus Sample #252 The Assumptions of Capitalism Culture

ORIGINAL AIR DATE: 6-6-22 Today, I am talking with Amanda, Deon and Erin. We discuss: - The Dawn of Everything - Capitalism Culture - Hit and Run Work Ethic - Necropolitics - W.E.B. DuBois on Colonialism - Sacrifices of Cultural Assumptions   REFERENCES: The Dawn of Everything https://tidd.ly/3Q2Blce (Affiliate Link!) Capitalism Culture https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Culture_of_capitalism Daycare late fees no deterrent, study finds Prosecutor: Driver In Hit-And-Run Death Left For Job Interview What Is Necropolitics? The Political Calculation of Life and Death https://www.teenvogue.com/story/what-is-necropolitics We Are Not This Map When W. E. B. Du Bois Was Un-American   Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Produced by: Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com http://bestoftheleft.com/ Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft http://twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft http://facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on Apple Podcasts!

17m
Jul 08
#1500 America, A Beginner's Guide

AIR DATE 7/4/2022 Be part of the show! Leave us a message at 202-999-3991 or email Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com  Transcript BESTOFTHELEFT.COM/SUPPORT https://www.bestoftheleft.com/support (GET AD FREE SHOWS AND BONUS CONTENT) JOIN OUR DISCORD COMMUNITY https://discord.gg/dhyZE3WMJn! * SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Political Structures of Our Country Tracking the political eras that proceeded our current situation and looking at what may come next. Jingle 1: Strawman Ch. 2: Progressives and Progress Looking at a progressive perspective of the last 20 years and the process of progress itself Jingle 2: Defer to Authority Ch. 3: Understanding Race, Gender, Privilege and Power Understanding why our understanding of the world is often insufficiently complicated Jingle 3: Just Asking Questions Ch. 4: Progressives in Politics Tracing the fissures on the political left from Bush to Biden Jingle 4: Manipulating Data Ch. 5: Republican Transformation Tracing conservatism from mid-century Republicans to 21st-century insurrectionists Jingle 5: Appeal to Emotion Ch. 6: Foreign/Power Looking at various forms of power and how they play out on the international stage Jingle 6: Passive Voice Ch. 7: The Progress Trap The progress traps of new technology and why we're not defending against them Jingle 7: Clickbait Ch. 8: Structural Thinking and the Alternative What happens when an individualist thinker is faced with problems that only structural thinking can handle? Jingle 8: Conspiracy Theories * FINAL COMMENTS Ch. 9: Conclusion * MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions https://www.sessions.blue/) JINGLES: Concept and Some Lyrics by Jay Tomlinson, Music and Most Lyrics by Jonathan Mann __ __   Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Listen Anywhere! BestOfTheLeft.com/Listen Listen Anywhere! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft https://twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft https://www.facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com

1h 27m
Jul 04
#1424 Fighting with at least two hands tied (Conservative Democrats Manchin and Sinema) (Repost)

ORIGINAL AIR DATE 6/19/2021 Be part of the show! Leave us a message at 202-999-3991 or email Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com  Transcript BESTOFTHELEFT.COM/SUPPORT https://www.bestoftheleft.com/support (GET AD FREE SHOWS & BONUS CONTENT) JOIN THE DISCORD COMMUNITY https://discord.gg/dhyZE3WMJn! * SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: West Virginia's Robyn Kincaid on the maddening Joe Manchin - The BradCast - Air Date 6-9-21 Robyn Kincaid explains the mysteries of Manchin, the history of his family's political dynasty in the state, and key factors that may be at work in Manchin's inexplicable obstruction of Biden and the Democrats' agenda. Ch. 2: How Kyrsten Sinema Sold Out w/ Aída Chávez - Start Making Sense - Air Date 3-31-21 The political transformation of Kyrsten Sinema, the new senator from Arizona: She’s one of the two most conservative Democrats in the Senate—but Aida Chavez explains that she started out to the left of the Party. Ch. 3: Filibuster Helps Manchin Hide In Plain Sight w/ David Sirota - The Majority Report - Air Date 6-12-21 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioGBBH1-Y4g Breaking down the conflict-averse nature of the Democratic Party. Ch. 4: Breaking Down President Biden's $6 Trillion 2022 Budget - The Takeaway - Air Date 5-28-21 The president's budget attempts to incorporate plans on infrastructure, housing, and healthcare, and is likely to receive conservative backlash for raising the federal deficit. Ch. 5: What Does Joe Manchin Want? John Nichols on Filibuster Reform - Start Making Sense - Air Date 6-9-21 Congressional action could block voter law changes—but that requires filibuster reform, and Joe Manchin says he won’t vote for filibuster reform. What does Joe Manchin want? John Nichols comments. Ch. 6: Joe Manchin Gets Candid With Billionaire Donors in Leaked Audio - Deconstructed - Air Date 6-16-21 Sen. Joe Manchin reveals his thoughts on the filibuster in a leaked Zoom call with fundraisers. Ch. 7: Does America Have a Chance At Democracy? - Thom Hartmann Program - Air Date 6-12-21 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_R_BY91pd8 When a political party is more obsessed with identity than issues - America is in trouble. Can America function as a multi-racial, ethnic, religious democracy? * MEMBERS-ONLY BONUS CLIP(S) Ch. 8: How Kyrsten Sinema Sold Out w/ Aída Chávez Part 2 - Start Making Sense - Air Date 3-31-21 The political transformation of Kyrsten Sinema, the new senator from Arizona: She’s one of the two most conservative Democrats in the Senate—but Aida Chavez explains that she started out to the left of the Party. Ch. 9: Filibuster Helps Manchin Hide In Plain Sight w/ David Sirota Part 2 - The Majority Report - Air Date 6-12-21 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioGBBH1-Y4g Explaining Manchin's love of being the center of attention and those who love to use him as a shield against criticism * BONUS Ch. 10: Curation Lesson #4 FINAL COMMENTS Ch. 11: Final comments on Bo Burnham's "Inside" * TAKE ACTION! Pressure Manchin & Sinema via No Excuses PAC | TW: NoExcuses_PAC Pressure Manchin via West Virginia Can’t Wait |TW: @WVCantWait   * MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions https://www.sessions.blue/): __ __ SHOW IMAGE: Description: Composite image. Photo of Sen. Kristen Sinema (D-AZ) on the left and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) on the right. More than half of their images are overlaid with red, the rest with blue. A vector image of the U.S. Capitol is in the foreground, a rope is coiled around the dome being pulled at each end out of view. Credit: Composite image designed by Amanda Hoffman Image 1: "Kyrsten Sinema" by Gage Skidmore, Flickr | License | Changes: Cropped with overlays Image 2: "FAA REAUTHORIZATION LEGISLATION" by Senate Democrats, Flickr | License https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode | Changes: Cropped with overlays   Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

1h 16m
Jul 02
#1287 Mitch McConnell is the Forking Worst (Reposted)

ORIGINAL AIR DATE 7/5/2019 Be part of the show! Leave us a message at 202-999-3991 or email Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com  GET AD FREE SHOWS & BONUS CONTENT: BECOME A MEMBER! JOIN OUR DISCORD COMMUNITY https://discord.gg/dhyZE3WMJn! GET YOUR AUDIOBOOKS FROM LIBRO! * SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Money Money Money Part 1 - Embedded with Kelly McEvers and Tom Dreisbach - Air Date 6-6-19 Mitch fully embraces the 'evil' of raising money in politics, and truly believes money is free speech. Ch. 2: Voting Machine Lobbyists Pay Mitch McConnell - The David Pakman Show - Air Date 6-13-19 Lobbyists for both major voting machine companies have started contributing to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's re-election campaign as McConnell is blocking election security bills. Ch. 3: McConnell Admits Defeat with Cenk Uygur, John Iadarola, and Ana Kasparian - The Young Turks - Air Date 3-8-19 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YU_Up8oTd7Y McConnell, a longtime opponent of campaign finance reform who battled the late Sen. McCain over the issue, made clear in December that the House proposal would never see floor time in the Senate. Ch. 4: Money Money Money Part 2 - Embedded with Kelly McEvers and Tom Dreisbach - Air Date 6-6-19 McCain and Mitch fought each other over money in politics for years. Mitch wasn't ever going to lose, McCain saw the corruption and tried to call it out. Ch. 5: Mitch Is the Biggest Monster In Politics - The Majority Report with Sam Seder - Air Date 3-8-19 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbaQlFS_P6k Mitch has been packing the courts, it is monopolization of our judiciary by far right extremists / conservatives. Ch. 6: McConnell Makes Obstruction Pledge with Cenk Uygur, Jayar Jackson, and John Iadarola - The Young Turks - Air Date 4-24-19 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yY0JFKXI4qw McConnell sees what the progressives are doing, and is dedicated to stopping them at all costs. Ch. 7: Darth Vader Has Arrived - Embedded with Kelly McEvers and Tom Dreisbach - Air Date 6-13-19 Mitch fought endlessly to ensure corporate money in politics. Citizens United and Mitch McConnell completely overturned democracy and legalized corruption. Ch. 8: Is Mitch McConnell the Most Evil Politician in US History with Alex Pareene - The Majority Report with Sam Seder - Air Date 4-5-19 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Il4UVp90vjE Mitch is manipulating our judicial system - Trumps court appointments are pushing terrorism on the people. Mitch is the most productive and destructive GOP in modern history. Ch. 9: Mitch McConnell Gets Cornered By Question with Cenk Uygur, Ira Madison and John Iadarola - The Young Turks - Air Date 5-29-19 Mitch blocked Merrick Garland under Obama, and now will indiscriminately fill any SCOTUS opening. Ch. 10: Not A Happy Choice - Embedded with Kelly McEvers and Eric Mennel - Air Date 6-20-19 Mitch rose to fame during the Obama administration, for refusing to work with Obama on anything, which paved the way for Trump * VOICEMAILS Ch. 11: Christians thrive on oppression - (Another) Heather Ch. 12: The Christian Right's Persecution Boner - Ani from Florida * FINAL COMMENTS Ch. 13: Final comments on why it’s safe to say that Mitch McConnell is an extortionist * TAKE ACTION!  SEGMENT: Support the Fight to Oust McConnell in 2020 - Best of the Left Activism Support End Citizens United https://endcitizensunited.org/ Support Indivisible Kentucky https://indivisibleky.org/ Support the Ditch Mitch Fun https://ditchmitchfund.com/d Support Steven Cox https://coxforus.com/ Support Amy McGrath (if she announces) Support Matt Jones (if he announces)   * MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions https://www.sessions.blue/): __ __   Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Support the show via Patreon Listen on iTunes | Stitcher | Spotify | Alexa Devices | +more Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft https://twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft https://www.facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher! ​  

1h 16m
Jun 28
#1499 Everyone Knew The Lie Was A Lie (January 6th Insurrection Hearings)

AIR DATE 6/25/2022 Be part of the show! Leave us a message at 202-999-3991 or email Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com  Transcript BESTOFTHELEFT.COM/SUPPORT https://www.bestoftheleft.com/support (GET AD FREE SHOWS AND BONUS CONTENT) JOIN OUR DISCORD COMMUNITY https://discord.gg/dhyZE3WMJn! GET THREE MONTHS FREE OF EXPRESSVPN http://www.expressvpn.com/bestoftheleft! SWITCH AND GET YOUR AUDIOBOOKS FROM LIBRO! * SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: The Jan. 6 Insurrection Understanding The Big Picture Part 1 - Fresh Air - Air Date 6-9-22 New York Times Congressional reporter Luke Broadwater says the effort to overturn the 2020 election results was a "sprawling and diffuse" one that involved local governments as well as White House insiders. Ch. 2: January 6th Goes Primetime Part 1 - Straight White American Jesus - Air Date 6-10-22 Brad is joined by guest co-host Dr. Leah Payne. They begin by discussing the first primetime hearing of the J6 Select Committee. They then focus on Tucker Carlson's response to hearings. Ch. 3: Special coverage of House J6 Hearing, Day 3 Part 1 - The BradCast - Air Date 6-16-22 HEATHER DIGBY offers important insights into today's hearing Ch. 4: The Jan. 6 Insurrection Understanding The Big Picture Part 2 - Fresh Air - Air Date 6-9-22 Ch. 5: January 6th Goes Primetime Part 2 - Straight White American Jesus - Air Date 6-10-22 Ch. 6: Special coverage of House J6 Hearing, Day 3 Part 2 - The BradCast - Air Date 6-16-22 Ch. 7: Jan. 6 Hearings Point Finger at Donald Trump. But Federal Prosecutors Haven't Gone That Far. - The Intercept - Air Date 6-15-22 Investigative reporter Trevor Aaronson is joined by Margot Williams, research editor for The Intercept, and Michael Loadenthal, founder and executive director of the Prosecution Project. Ch. 8: Generals Warn America's Democracy Is in Danger From the Inside - Thom Hartmann Program - Air Date 6-23-22 These retired Generals fought to defend Democracy abroad, now they are warning that America's Democracy needs to be defended from threats inside the country. Ch. 9: Guess Which Republican Congressmembers Sought Pardons After Trying to Help Trump Subvert Vote - Democracy Now - Air Date 6-24-22 Six Republican members of Congress who supported Donald Trump's lies sought broad presidential pardons for their involvement in the campaign to discredit the election results * MEMBERS-ONLY BONUS CLIP(S) Ch. 10: Top Arizona Republican Testifies He Rejected Trump Plot to Overturn Vote, Then Faced Violent Threats - Democracy Now! - Air Date 6-22-22 Republican Speaker of the Arizona House "Rusty" Bowers described how he was pushed by Trump, John Eastman and Rudy Giuliani to call the Arizona Legislature back into session to investigate claimed illegal votes. * FINAL COMMENTS Ch. 11: Final comments on turning anger into election action * TAKE ACTION: Become a Poll Worker Where you Live https://www.eac.gov/help-america-vote 2022 MIDTERMS LAY OF THE LAND: Remaining Midterm Primaries and Runoff Elections by Date (270toWin) __ __ 2022 Election Maps (270toWin) __ __ Find SwingLeft Races in a Target State Near You https://swingleft.org/targets SwingLeft’s State-Level Target Races (*Scroll down*) The States Project’s Targeted States https://statesproject.org/our-states/ VOLUNTEER: Virtual SwingLeft Volunteer Orientations  - Next one is June 29th! All SwingLeft Events https://www.mobilize.us/swingleft/ (Virtual and In-Person) Field Team 6 https://www.fieldteam6.org/actions (Virtual and In-Person) VoteRiders: Help People Get Voter IDs https://www.voteriders.org/volunteer/ DONATE STRATEGICALLY: SwingLeft - House, Senate & States Plan https://swingleft.org/p/strategy#congress The States Project https://statesproject.org/get-involved/ Flip the Vote https://www.flipthevote.org/donate VoteRiders: Give to Help People Get Voter IDs https://www.voteriders.org/  

1h 0m
Jun 25
#1498 Pride and Prejudice

AIR DATE 6/22/2022 Be part of the show! Leave us a message at 202-999-3991 or email Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com  Transcript BESTOFTHELEFT.COM/SUPPORT https://www.bestoftheleft.com/support (GET AD FREE SHOWS AND BONUS CONTENT) JOIN OUR DISCORD COMMUNITY https://discord.gg/dhyZE3WMJn! Get your audiobook from Libro! CHECK OUT THE POLITICS OF EVERYTHING https://pod.link/1496206148 PODCAST! * SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Rainbow capitalism raises questions about corporate commitments and Pride Month's purpose - PBS NewsHour - Air Date 6-30-21 Throughout the month of June, LGBTQ communities in the U.S. have been celebrating Pride in cities and states around the country. And corporate America has made itself a part of that, too, by increasingly tapping into Pride Month Ch. 2: Anti-trans legislation - It's Been a Minute - Air Date 4-29-22 Ari discusses how this wave of law-making differs from so-called "moral panics" of past decades — and why that matters — with historian Jules Gill-Peterson, of Johns Hopkins University. Ch. 3: Is Pride Too Commercialized? - The Takeaway - Air Date 6-15-22 Today, Pride Month gatherings are more likely to be described as parades than marches. And with rainbow flags adorning the storefronts of big corporations, it might be easy to think the struggle is over. Ch. 4: Disney vs. Itself vs. The Right - Recode Media - Air Date 4-13-22 Within the past few months, Disney CEO Bob Chapek managed to piss off his shareholders, the LGBT community, and right-wing conservatives. Today we talk about how he did it, why it happened, and what’s next. Ch. 5: Don't Rainbow-Wash On My Parade - What A Day - Air Date 6-2-22 June is Pride Month, the unfortunate time when many corporations claim they support LGBTQ+ people, but also support politicians who actively work against LGBTQ+ rights. It’s not a new phenomenon – even before June, for example, activists called out Disney Ch. 6: Florida to Michigan to Missouri Hear Speeches of Gay Legislators & Allies Fighting Anti-LGBTQ Bills - Democracy Now! - Air Date 4-25-22 Florida’s so-called “Don’t Say Gay” law is part of a nationwide push by Republicans to score political points by attacking gay and transgender students. * MEMBERS-ONLY BONUS CLIP(S) Ch. 7: Chris Southcote-Want: It’ll all come out in the rainbow wash - TEDx Talks - Air Date 11-18-21 The impact of rainbow washing and why creating inclusive and equitable cultures is the responsibility of us all. Ch. 8: State Farm Gives Up on LGBTQ Rights - Charlotte's Web Thoughts - Air Date 5-24-22 You may have been doom-scrolling yesterday and caught the latest hysteria of anti-LGBTQ extremists in the conservative movement. * FINAL COMMENTS Ch. 9: Final comments on the lessons we must relearn generation after generation * MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions https://www.sessions.blue/): __ __   Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Listen Anywhere! BestOfTheLeft.com/Listen Listen Anywhere! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft https://twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft https://www.facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com

1h 9m
Jun 22
#1497 A Healthier Humanity Through a Wellness Economy

AIR DATE 6/17/2022 Be part of the show! Leave us a message at 202-999-3991 or email Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com  Transcript BESTOFTHELEFT.COM/SUPPORT https://www.bestoftheleft.com/support (GET AD FREE SHOWS AND BONUS CONTENT) JOIN OUR DISCORD COMMUNITY https://discord.gg/dhyZE3WMJn! GET YOUR AUDIOBOOKS FROM LIBRO! ENJOY ONLINE PRIVACY AND DIGITAL GLOBETROTTING WITH EXPRESSVPN https://www.expressvpn.com/bestoftheleft! * SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Capitalism is the Planet’s Cancer: Operate Before it’s too Late George Monbiot - Double Down News - Air Date 1-30-20 “Infinite growth on a finite planet is a recipe for catastrophe” Ch. 2: Degrowth: why some economists think abandoning growth is the only way to save the planet Part 1 - The Conversation Weekly - Air Date 10-28-21 Some economists have long argued that to really save ourselves from the climate crisis, we need a fundamental overhaul of the way our economies work. Ch. 3: Degrowth: liberation from growthism - The Taxcast - Air Date 9-23-21 Naomi Fowler explores degrowth and how we liberate ourselves from ‘growthism’ with economic anthropologist Jason Hickel. Ch. 4: Our Struggles are Your Struggles: Stories of Indigenous Resistance & Regeneration - Upstream - Air Date 3-21-22 Standing Rock was just one in a long line of battles that Indigenous peoples have been fighting against the twin forces of colonialism and capitalism since first contact. Ch. 5: Eco-Socialist Degrowth? w/ Paul Murphy - Rupture Radio - Air Date 5-2-22 Capitalist growth is destroying our life support systems.  Ch. 6: Jason Hickel on how degrowth will save the world (part two) - Politics Theory Other - Air Date 12-19-21 We talked about why the notion of decoupling growth from intensive resource use is ultimately unconvincing. Ch. 7: Infinite Growth on a Finite Planet? (Tim Jackson Interview) - The David Pakman Show - Air Date 9-19-21 Tim Jackson joins David to discuss consumption, growth, macroeconomics, the modern economy, and more. Ch. 8: Degrowth: why some economists think abandoning growth is the only way to save the planet Part 2 - The Conversation Weekly - Air Date 10-28-21 * MEMBERS-ONLY BONUS CLIP(S) Ch. 9: How We End Consumerism - Our Changing Climate - Air Date 6-4-21 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omcUaD8pxaY How we end consumerism, explained. Ch. 10: Jason Hickel on International Development and Post-capitalism (In Conversation) - Upstream - Air Date 5-28-20 We spoke with him about international capitalism during the pandemic and how to fundamentally move to a post-capitalist world Ch. 11: Post Growth - Life after Capitalism (Podcast with Prof. Tim Jackson - CUSP) - Circular Metabolism Podcast - Air Date 4-28-21 We continue our quest by looking into post-growth. * FINAL COMMENTS Ch. 12: Final comments on the climate legislation currently in negotiations and how to win a Rivian EV * TAKE ACTION! LAST CHANCE FOR BOLD CLIMATE LEGISLATION: Demand the Full $555 Billion in Climate Investments in the Budget Reconciliation Package and get it passed ASAP! __ __ SUPPORT Grassroots Climate Action: Enter the CCAN fundraiser raffle and win a Rivian Electric Truck (or a Tesla up to a Plaid Model S)! * MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions https://www.sessions.blue/) SHOW IMAGE:  Description: An illustration of a green Earth, with a small plant sprout growing out of it. Green arrows encircle the earth against a pale green abstract background. Credit: Nature-Earth-Sustainability | License

1h 2m
Jun 17
#1496 Home Is Where The Hardship Is (Housing Crisis)

AIR DATE 6/15/2022 Be part of the show! Leave us a message at 202-999-3991 or email Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com  Transcript BESTOFTHELEFT.COM/SUPPORT https://www.bestoftheleft.com/support (GET AD FREE SHOWS AND BONUS CONTENT) JOIN OUR DISCORD COMMUNITY https://discord.gg/dhyZE3WMJn! CHECK OUT BOMBAS.COM/BEST! SUPPORT INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORES THROUGH LIBRO! * SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: The Housing Market - If You Don't Know, Now You Know - The Daily Show - Air Date 12-8-21 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOEZ2Csxxu8 Why has it become so hard to buy a home in America? If you don’t know, now you know. Ch. 2: How Foreign Companies Are Raising Housing Prices - Thom Hartmann Program - Air Date 12-27-21 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZmLex5YB4q0 Should corporations be allowed to buy houses and raise the housing price in your neighborhood? Ch. 3: John and Ana React to Bonkers Housing Story - The Damage Report - Air Date 3-12-22 The housing market has reached frightening heights which has people looking elsewhere for home buying. Ch. 4: How Socialists Solved The Housing Crisis - The Gravel Institute - Air Date 1-29-21 Zohran Mamdani, New York State assemblyman, talks about how Austrian socialists in the 1920s and ‘30s pioneered an approach that offered better, cheaper, and safer homes for everyone. Ch. 5: Is the Housing Bubble About to Burst Featuring Prof. Richard Wolff - Thom Hartmann Program - Air Date 6-1-22 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqQRsiIrOtU What happens when the housing bubble bursts? It is easy to see when it has happened but spotting a collapse ahead of time is difficult. Ch. 6: Eviction Rates Are Rising - The Takeaway - Air Date 5-13-22 Discussing the need for tenants to have a right to counsel in eviction proceedings Ch. 7: Why Dems Have Abandoned Public Housing - The Majority Report - Air Date 4-9-22 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTxVchefaSg The Democratic Party has no plan to address the homeless crisis the United States is facing today. One way to fix it would be to provide public housing to people.  * MEMBERS-ONLY BONUS CLIP(S) Ch. 8: Does Vienna Have the World's Best Council Housing? Swimming Pools, Private TV Channels & More - Channel 4 Documentaries - Air Date 8-8-19 George Clarke visits a council estate in Vienna and is shocked by what he finds. Ch. 9: Short-term rental housing is hurting Ouray residents - Rocky Mountain PBS - Air Date 7-19-21 Increasing housing prices, rent, construction costs, and short-term rental (STR) properties have created an environment that fewer and fewer people are able to thrive in. * FINAL COMMENTS Ch. 10: Final comments on supporting affordable housing through the Build Back Better bill * TAKE ACTION! Demand Targeted Affordable Housing Investments Stay in Any Reconciliation Package! - Call your Senators and Reps at 202-224-3121 and use the NLIHC Call Script (and email them https://p2a.co/kxwwisl) - Use NLIHC's Advocacy Toolkit to help spread the word - Read and share the NLIHC's Inflation Fact Sheet - Follow @NLIHC https://twitter.com/NLIHC EDUCATE YOURSELF & SHARE Resurrected budget package no slam dunk as negotiations heat up (June 6th via RollCall) Affordable housing in the US is increasingly scarce, making renters ask: Where do we go? (March 14th via The Conversation) Housing Investments in Build Back Better Would Address Pressing Unmet Needs (Feb. 10th via Center on Budget and Policy Priorities) A growing share of Americans say affordable housing is a major problem where they live (Jan. 18th via Pew Research Center)   * MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions https://www.sessions.blue/) SHOW IMAGE:  Description: An illustration of a simple green house with a "$" symbol incorporated into it. The vertical line of the symbol is also the shape of the chimney and the front door. Small dollar signs flow out of the chimney, getting smaller as they go up. Credit: Household | License   Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

1h 5m
Jun 15
#1495 No One Supports the Economic Interests of Rural America

AIR DATE 6/11/2022 Be part of the show! Leave us a message at 202-999-3991 or email Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com  Transcript BESTOFTHELEFT.COM/SUPPORT https://www.bestoftheleft.com/support (GET AD FREE SHOWS AND BONUS CONTENT) JOIN OUR DISCORD COMMUNITY https://discord.gg/dhyZE3WMJn! GET 3 MONTHS FREE OF EXPRESSVPN https://www.expressvpn.com/bestoftheleft! CHECK OUT THE AMERICAN PRESTIGE PODCAST! * SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: How can Democrats win back rural America? (with Bill Hogseth) - Pitchfork Economics with Nick Hanauer - Air Date 1-26-21 Democrats used to win elections in rural areas, but that seems like a distant memory now. This week, Zach is joined by Bill Hogseth, a political organizer from rural Wisconsin, to talk about the difference between making promises and delivering change Ch. 2: Can Democrats Win in Rural America? - Deconstructed - Air Date 6-4-22 Maine state Sen. Chloe Maxmin tackles one of the most pressing problems confronting the modern Democratic Party: how to reverse its decades-long backslide in rural support. Maxmin and her co-author and campaign manager Canyon Woodward join Ryan Grim Ch. 3: How Democrats Lost Rural America w/ Anthony Flaccavento Part 1 - Jacobin Radio - Air Date 3-24-22 Anthony Flaccavento, Virginia-based farmer, author, and co-founder of the Rural-Urban Bridge Initiative, joins the Jacobin Show to discuss rural America—and why the Democrats lose so consistently in rural elections. Ch. 4: Joe Shepherd of United Rural Democrats - The Rick Smith Show - Air Date 5-9-22 By working people. For working people. Welcome to The Rick Smith Show. Ch. 5: How Democrats Lost Rural America w/ Anthony Flaccavento Part 2 - Jacobin Radio - Air Date 3-24-22 Anthony Flaccavento, Virginia-based farmer, author, and co-founder of the Rural-Urban Bridge Initiative, joins the Jacobin Show to discuss rural America—and why the Democrats lose so consistently in rural elections. Ch. 6: David Pepper On Why We Need to Focus on State Capitols to Save Democracy - The Tennessee Holler Podcast - Air Date 2-9-22 Former OHIO Democratic party chair David Pepper On Why We Need to Focus on State Capitols to Save Democracy, and why we all need to do our part to lift it up. * MEMBERS-ONLY BONUS CLIP(S) Ch. 7: Corporate Democrats Have a Vested Interest in Not Listening to Workers – RAI with Thomas Frank - The Real News - Air Date 9-5-17 On Reality Asserts Itself, Thomas Frank, author of “What’s the Matter with Kansas” and “Listen, Liberal”, tells host Paul Jay that the Democratic Party serves the professional class and the top 10% and no longer cares about the poor or working class. Ch. 8: The New Democrats w/ Lily Geismer - The Dig - Air Date 6-5-22 Dan’s second episode with historian Lily Geismer, who he interviewed in 2019 about Don’t Blame Us: Suburban Liberals and the Transformation of the Democratic Party. This interview is on Left Behind: The Democrats’ Failed Attempt to Solve Inequality * FINAL COMMENTS Ch. 9: Final comments on the ignoring the middle class and poor open the door to right-wing populism of the worst sort * MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions https://www.sessions.blue/): __ __ SHOW IMAGE:  Description: Photo of a blue, dented, and rusted mailbox on a spike leaning against an old wooden fence. Its flag is down, indicating no mail. Thick, golden tall grass grows behind it against a blue sky.  Credit: "Rural America" by Kris Notaro, Flickr | License CC by 2.0 | Changes: Cropped, slight increase in brightness and saturation   Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com

1h 3m
Jun 11
#1494 Progressives and the Primaries

AIR DATE 6/8/2022 Be part of the show! Leave us a message at 202-999-3991 or email Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com  Transcript BESTOFTHELEFT.COM/SUPPORT https://www.bestoftheleft.com/support (GET AD FREE SHOWS AND BONUS CONTENT) JOIN OUR DISCORD COMMUNITY https://discord.gg/dhyZE3WMJn! GET YOUR AUDIOBOOKS FROM LIBRO! USE PROMO CODE: BEST CHECK OUT BOMBAS.COM/BEST FOR ALL YOUR CLOTHING ESSENTIALS! * SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: David Sirota: Progressives Win Key Primary Races Despite Millions Spent to Back Corporate Democrats - Democracy Now! - Air Date 5-18-22 “What you’ve seen is a surprising backlash at the voter level to all of the money that flooded in,” says investigative journalist David Sirota of The Lever. “It’s been a pretty good night for progressive candidates, despite all that money.” Ch. 2: Howie Klein of 'Down With Tyranny' on midterm primaries - The Bradcast - Air Date 5-27-22 Howie Klein delivers lively analysis on primary victories (and losses) for progressive Democrats so far in the 2022 midterm election cycle, and a preview of important races coming up in seven states in the Super Tuesday primary on June 7. Ch. 3: Voting, Primaries and Redistricting in the South Part 1 - The Takeaway - Air Date 5-28-22 We take a look at the latest primary election results from this past week. We’re joined by Maya King, politics reporter for The New York Times, and Stephen Fowler, state and local politics reporter for Georgia Public Radio. Ch. 4: Monday Morning Politics: Midterm Concerns and Foreign Policy - The Brian Lehrer Show - Air Date 5-24-22 Susan Page, USA Today Washington bureau chief, talks about the latest in national politics, including recent polling on midterm issues and President Biden's statement on Taiwan. Ch. 5: Voting, Primaries and Redistricting in the South Part 2 - The Takeaway - Air Date 5-28-22 We take a look at the latest primary election results from this past week. We’re joined by Maya King, politics reporter for The New York Times, and Stephen Fowler, state and local politics reporter for Georgia Public Radio. Ch. 6: How "Moderates" Serve The Right - Second Thought - Air Date 12-17-21 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZ4nvCVAGw0 This week we're talking about everyone's favorite grillpilled neighbor - the American "centrist" or "moderate". As much as they like to see themselves as enlightened arbiters of progress, centrists are little more than spoilers for actual progress. Ch. 7: Progressive's Path To Victory Is Clear...If They Decide To Follow It - The Majority Report - Air Date 3-29-22 What progressives should be focusing on in the 2022 midterm elections is clear. It's economics. That's what people are worried about the most and that is what they should run on. Whether they focus on that or not is a different story. * MEMBERS-ONLY BONUS CLIP(S) Ch. 8: Nina Turner: Democrats Must Decide If They Are “Party of the Corporatists or Party of the People” - Democracy Now! - Air Date 5-18-22 Turner says the corporate wing of the Democratic Party seeks to consolidate the existing leadership’s power while shutting down champions of progressive policies like Medicare for All. * VOICEMAILS Ch. 9: Should Justice Sotomayor retire this year? - Woody from Washington DC * FINAL COMMENTS Ch. 10: Final comments on the extreme measures needed to stabilize our political system * MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions https://www.sessions.blue/): __ __   Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Listen Anywhere! BestOfTheLeft.com/Listen Listen Anywhere! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft https://twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft https://www.facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com

1h 12m
Jun 08
Bonus Sample #251 Tales of Panic

ORIGINAL AIR DATE: 5-16-22 BECOME A MEMBER! https://www.bestoftheleft.com/support CONNECT WITH OUR DISCORD COMMUNITY! https://discord.gg/dhyZE3WMJn   Today, I am talking with Amanda, Deon and Erin. We discuss: - The power of Indigenous stories - Elite panic - Panic at the dinner table - Quantification and who counts - Stoking civil war - Fear is the heart of love   REFERENCES: Reddit, Ask a Historian  Southern Living: Why Is It Rude to Eat with Your Elbows on the Table?  Beware Prophecies of Civil War  I will Follow You Into the Dark - Death Cab for Cutie https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3iV_1ESMHaI    Leave a message at 202-999-3991   PRODUCED BY: Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com http://bestoftheleft.com/ Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft http://twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft http://facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft  Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com  Review the show on Apple Podcasts!

17m
Jun 07
#1493 Marketing, Messaging and Mass Shootings

AIR DATE 6/4/2022 Be part of the show! Leave us a message at 202-999-3991 or email Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com  Transcript BESTOFTHELEFT.COM/SUPPORT https://www.bestoftheleft.com/support (GET AD FREE SHOWS AND BONUS CONTENT) JOIN OUR DISCORD COMMUNITY https://discord.gg/dhyZE3WMJn! BESTOFTHELEFT.COM/ADVERTISE https://www.bestoftheleft.com/advertise SPONSOR THE SHOW! * SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Igor Volsky on Ending Gun Violence - CounterSpin - Air Date 5-27-22 We revisit some conversations about gun violence and gun culture this week on the show. In March of last year we spoke with Igor Volsky, executive director of Guns Down America Ch. 2: NRA's "Good Guy With A Gun" Theory Failed In Real Time In Uvalde - All In with Chris Hayes - Air Date 5-27-22 In addition to the police response being an unfathomable failure, it is also proof that the ‘good guy with a gun’ theory doesn't work. Ch. 3: Jordan Klepper Debunks The "Good Guy with a Gun" Argument - The Daily Show - Air Date 12-11-15 Jordan Klepper sets out to determine the likelihood of another gun owner stopping an active shooter. Ch. 4: The Second Amendment Isn't About Killing Politicians or Overthrowing Democracy - The Thom Hartmann Program - Air Date 5-31-22 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWpiaCn_osw The far-right wants you to think the Second Amendment is about average Americans taking up arms against a tyrannical government. But none of that is true... The real history of the second amendment is far more interesting and unsettling. Ch. 5: Supreme Court Justice Warren Burger speaking to Charlayne Hunter-Gault - PBS NewsHour - Air Date 12-16-1991 Supreme Court Justice Warren Burger speaking to Charlayne Hunter-Gault, PBS News Hours, 12/16/1991 Ch. 6: How the Gun Industry Used Marketing to Change a Culture - Letters and Politics - Air Date 8-7-19 Today, we are in conversation with Pamela Haag about American gun culture and its influence on policy and gun market. Guest: Pamela Haag is an award-winning nonfiction writer, essayist, cultural commentator, and historian. Ch. 7: Mass Shootings: American Exceptionalism of the Worst Kind - Breaking the Sound Barrier by Amy Goodman - Air Date 5-26-22 “Together we rise,” reads the motto on a wall of the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. The school serves about 600 students in the second thru fourth grades. Over ninety percent are Latinx. * MEMBERS-ONLY BONUS CLIP(S) Ch. 8: Rightwing Media's Increasingly Goofy, Hyper-Militarized Non-Solutions to Mass Shootings - Citations Needed - Air Date 5-27-22 In this public News Brief, we discuss the phoned-in, cynical response by Republicans to mass shooting and how they've devolved into a dark, meta self-parody. Ch. 9: A History of the 2nd Amendment, Gun Control, & the Rise of the NRA - Letters and Politics - Air Date 5-25-22 Guest: Robert J. Spitzer is Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Political Science Department at the State University of New York, College at Cortland. He is the author of 15 books including Guns across America: Reconciling Gun Rules and Rights. * FINAL COMMENTS Ch. 10: Final comments on the bonus episode in which we explain the cultural foundations of capitalism, guns and beyond * MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions https://www.sessions.blue/) SHOW IMAGE: DESCRIPTION: A pencil sketch of a larger-than-life hand gun on the shoulders of a weary man, in the image of Jesus carrying the cross. He stands in a pool of red blood. CREDIT: “Gun Culture” by Christopher Dombres, Flickr | Public Domain | Changes: Cropped   Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com

1h 2m
Jun 04
#1492 The Great Replacements (Conspiracy vs Reality)

AIR DATE 6/1/2022 Be part of the show! Leave us a message at 202-999-3991 or email Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com  Transcript BESTOFTHELEFT.COM/SUPPORT https://www.bestoftheleft.com/support (GET AD FREE SHOWS AND BONUS CONTENT) JOIN OUR DISCORD COMMUNITY https://discord.gg/dhyZE3WMJn! BESTOFTHELEFT.COM/STORE https://www.bestoftheleft.com/store BOTL MERCHANDISE! BESTOFTHELEFT.COM/ADVERTISE https://www.bestoftheleft.com/advertise SPONSOR THE SHOW! * SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Boarding Schools from Hell: Indian Residential Schools in America - Unf*cking The Republic - Air Date 5-17-22 Imagine for a moment a breaking news story that more than 500 bodies of white children were found buried in unmarked graves at some of the most prestigious boarding schools in New England…That we discovered a federal plot to steal children Ch. 2: The “Great Replacement” Conspiracy Theory - Past Present - Air Date 5-24-22 In this episode, Neil, Niki, and Natalia discuss the “Great Replacement” conspiracy theory. Ch. 3: Nick Estes: Indian Boarding Schools Were Part of "Horrific Genocidal Process" by the U.S. - Democracy Now! - Air Date 5-13-22 Nick Estes says the institutions were part of a “genocidal process” of “dispossession and theft of Indigenous people’s lands and resources.” Ch. 4: No Lone Wolves - What Next | Daily News and Analysis - Air Date 5-18-22 A shooting Saturday at a supermarket in a predominantly-Black neighborhood in Buffalo left at least 10 people dead and three more injured. The suspected shooter left a manifesto riddled with racist ideology Ch. 5: Haaland's Boarding School Report - Let's Talk Native with John Kane - Air Date 5-12-22 Discussing native residential schools as textbook genocide and the new, insufficient report on them. Ch. 6: ‘Why Are We Feeding Illegal Babies?’: The Right's Response To The Formula Shortage - All In with Chris Hayes - Air Date 5-13-22 What’s the right-wing answer to the complicated governing issue of the nationwide baby formula shortage? Just stop feeding migrant babies. * MEMBERS-ONLY BONUS CLIP(S) Ch. 9: Confronting The Raw Truth About The White Supremacist Terrorist Attack on The Black Community in Buffalo - The Chauncey DeVega Show - Air Date 5-18-22 Tim Wise counsels that we must remain persistent in the anti-racism struggle and not surrender to exhaustion or otherwise be worn down by repetition. * FINAL COMMENTS Ch. 12: Final comments on those who see themselves in a demographic war for White superiority Bonus clip: John Gibson: “Make more babies” because in "[t]wenty-five years ... the majority of the population is Hispanic" - Fox News via Media Matters - Air Date 5-12-06 * MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions https://www.sessions.blue/): __ __   SHOW IMAGE: Description: An historic photograph from 1922 North West Territories, Canada of four Indigenous children in front of a schoolhouse holding paper letters and wearing Western formal dress - including dresses, suits, and top hats. All have serious and sad expressions. Credit: "Children at Fort Simpson Indian Residential School holding letters that spell 'Goodbye'" by Libraries and Archives Canada, Flickr | License | Changes: Cropped   Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Listen Anywhere! BestOfTheLeft.com/Listen Listen Anywhere! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft https://twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft https://www.facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com

1h 7m
Jun 01
#1491 Mismanaging Capitalism Can Lead to Fascism (Inflation and the Working Class)

AIR DATE 5/27/2022 Be part of the show! Leave us a message at 202-999-3991 or email Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com  Transcript https://www.bestoftheleft.com/1491 * BESTOFTHELEFT.COM/SUPPORT https://www.bestoftheleft.com/support (GET AD FREE SHOWS AND BONUS CONTENT) JOIN OUR DISCORD COMMUNITY https://discord.gg/dhyZE3WMJn! WHAT IS DISCORD? BESTOFTHELEFT.COM/ADVERTISE https://www.bestoftheleft.com/advertise SPONSOR THE SHOW! * SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Will America's Capitalists Pull Us Into War & Fascism? Featuring Richard Wolff - Thom Hartmann Program - Air Date 5-18-22 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JsaKZf9DDSg "Germany's capitalists drove it into WW1" Warns Richard Wolff. Could America's capitalist lead us into fascism? "Learn from history" Ch. 2: You Are Being Lied to About Inflation - Robert Reich - Air Date 2-28-22 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zi4KMCQuQYE The underlying problem is not inflation. It’s corporate power. The entire American economy is concentrated into the hands of a few greedy, corporate giants with the power to raise prices. Ch. 3: Prices Soar as Corporate Profiteers & Speculators Drive Inflation; It Hurts the Developing World - Democracy Now! - Air Date 4-13-22 Jayati Ghosh, who says prices of essentials are soaring much higher than can be explained by oil prices and supply shortages alone, because of what she calls "feverish speculation" in financial markets and corporate profiteering. Ch. 4: Prof. Richard Wolff Do Workers Have It Too Good Nowadays - The Zero Hour w RJ Eskow - Air Date 5-14-22 Professor Wolff joins to discuss the situation for workers in the US today. Ch. 5: Omar Ocampo of Inequality.org on corporate billionaire greed Part 1 - The BradCast - Air Date 5-11-22 OMAR OCAMPO of the Institute for Policy Studies Program on Inequality and the Common Good explains how it happened, and what actions can and must be taken to reverse this obscene trend. Ch. 6: David Dayen on the Baby Formula Shortage & Monopolies in the Age of Corporate Power - Democracy Now! - Air Date 5-17-22 An overhaul to the system where the government subsidizes only a few formula brands can help combat the monopolization that has caused this crisis, says David Dayen, executive editor of The American Prospect. Ch. 7: Omar Ocampo of Inequality.org on corporate billionaire greed Part 2 - The BradCast - Air Date 5-11-22 Ch. 8: How Biden’s budget proposal takes on corporate power (with Niko Lusiani) - Pitchfork Economics with Nick Hanauer - Air Date 5-10-22 The Biden Administration’s 2023 budget proposal includes a Billionaire Minimum Income Tax and a rewrite of stock buyback practices. Will these changes actually take effect? Niko Lusiani is the Director of Corporate Power at the Roosevelt Institute. * MEMBERS-ONLY BONUS CLIP(S) Ch. 9: Elon Musk’s Billionaire Games - The Daily Show with Trevor Noah - Air Date 5-7-22 Trevor’s no finance expert, but the details of Elon Musk’s Twitter buy seem a little weird. Ch. 10: Prof. Richard Wolff Do Workers Have It Too Good Nowadays Part 2 - The Zero Hour w RJ Eskow - Air Date 5-14-22 * FINAL COMMENTS Ch. 12: Final comments on the culture of distrust of the poor * MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions https://www.sessions.blue/) Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Listen Anywhere! BestOfTheLeft.com/Listen Listen Anywhere! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft https://twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft https://www.facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com

1h 8m
May 27
Bonus Sample: #250 Tell Me A Story

ORIGINAL AIR DATE: 4-26-22 Today, I am talking with Amanda, Deon and Erin. We discuss: - Libertarians proving themselves wrong - All we ever do is tell stories - The benefits of forgetting some stories - The stories society tells hide the form of community that we prefer REFERENCES: Seder DEBATES Ayn Rand Institute Libertarian Yaron Brook - The Majority Report - Air Date 7-8-21 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exHYiLDLq4E Very Intelligent Libertarian Caller Tries To Justify Slavery - The Majority Report - Air Date 7-10-21 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAUTIxdYimc Excerpt https://share.descript.com/view/EpMM0zxZSzx from interview, MARK FERRARI interview (Behind The Scenes) - The Making of Monkey Island https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ri4_3P2Oh14 Forgetting, not memory, moves us forward - Future Tense - Air Date 3-27-22 A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster by Rebecca Solnit Leave a message at 202-999-3991 PRODUCED BY: Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com http://bestoftheleft.com/ Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft http://twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft http://facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft  Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com  Review the show on Apple Podcasts!

16m
May 25
#1416 The Disneyfication of Our Past, Present and Future (Repost)

ORIGINAL AIR DATE 5/8/2021 Be part of the show! Leave us a message at 202-999-3991 or email Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com  Transcript MEMBERSHIP, GIFT MEMBERSHIPS AND DONATIONS! https://www.bestoftheleft.com/support (GET AD FREE SHOWS & BONUS CONTENT) * SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: The Racial Politics of Disney Animals Part 1 - Popaganda from @BitchMedia - Air Date 8-28-15 Scholar, writer, and activist Walidah Imarisha is someone who’s been thinking hard about what stories Disney tells and why. She teaches a class on race and Disney films at Portland State University. Ch. 2: 40 Acres and a Movie - Still Processing - Air Date 4-8-21 Disney owns a piece of every living person’s childhood. Now it owns Marvel Studios, too. Jenna and Wesley look at depictions of racist tropes and stereotypes in Disney’s ever-expanding catalog. The company has made recent attempts to atone for its past. Ch. 3: The Racial Politics of Disney Animals Part 2 - Popaganda from @BitchMedia - Air Date 8-28-15 Ch. 4: Woke Disney - Lindsay Ellis - Air Date 9-30-21 Nodding to progressive ideas while just proping up capitalism is just marketing. Ch. 5: Disneyfication of American History - American Hysteria - Air Date 1-25-21 Disney has been presenting a fairytale reality within a reality since the 1920s, a far cuter reality that mimics our reality until reality is no longer reality at all. Make sense? Ch. 6: How Disney Ruined Culture - Wisecrack - Air Date 11-9-20 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_jed8B4L4-4 It's no surprise that Disney has an absolute stranglehold on the culture we consume today. But the joys of the Magic Kingdom aside, what if it's actually kind of really bad for art? We'll explain in this Wisecrack Edition: How Disney Ruined Culture. Ch. 7: The (Not So) Wonderful World of Disney - It's Been a Minute with Sam Sanders - Air Date 2-16-18 Sam talks to filmmaker and activist Abigail Disney, daughter of Roy E. Disney, about her views on inequality in the U.S., corporate greed and why, despite her last name, she's become one of the more vocal and prominent critics of The Walt Disney empire. Ch. 8: DED Talks: Why Walt Disney is Nothing Like You Think He Was - Cracked - Air Date 1-19-15 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBRLj5La2Fw Disney tell's his story * MEMBERS-ONLY BONUS CLIP(S) Ch. 9: Disneyfication Of Cuteness - American Hysteria - Air Date 1-25-21 Disney has been presenting a fairytale reality within a reality since the 1920s, a far cuter reality that mimics our reality until reality is no longer reality at all. Make sense? Ch. 10: Copyright: Why We Can't Have Nice Things - Wisecrack - Air Date 4-23-21 This video, like everything else in the world, is copyrighted. But what does that really mean? Copyright laws started out as a way to protect creators from having their hard work stolen, but it's turned into something else entirely. * VOICEMAILS Ch. 11: Ableism in the show - Alyson from Colorado * FINAL COMMENTS Ch. 12: Final comments on Woke Disney and Ableist language * MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions https://www.sessions.blue/): __ __   Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com SUPPORT THE SHOW https://www.bestoftheleft.com/support Listen Anywhere! https://www.bestoftheleft.com/listen Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft https://twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft https://www.facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com

1h 38m
May 21
#1411 Our Democracy is Filibusted, Time to Kill the Filibuster (Repost)

ORIGINAL AIR DATE 4/14/2021 202-999-3991 or email Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com  Transcript MEMBERSHIP https://www.bestoftheleft.com/support (GET AD FREE SHOWS & BONUS CONTENT) SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Filibuster - Last Week Tonight - Air Date 9-9-19 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3y1QA6OeAcQ John Oliver explains why filibusters exist, why they shouldn't, and why it's stupid to drink coffee like a cat. Ch. 2: End the Filibuster: Calls Grow to Retire Relic of Slavery & Jim Crow to Make Senate More Democratic - Democracy Now! Air Date 1-25-21 New President Joe Biden has promised swift action on the pandemic, the economic crisis and more, but much of his agenda hinges on whether he can get enough support in the Senate. Ch. 3: Count How Many Lies Mitch McConnell Spews In This 1 Minute Clip - The Majority Report - Air Date 3-24-21 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHPxNdAQdog Mitch McConnell is on a warpath, and he's getting all his favorite lies lined up. Ch. 4: Will Democrats Finally Kill the Filibuster Once and for All - The Mehdi Hasan Show - Air Date 1-21-21 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pF-bTdcYw3U Adam Jentleson, who served as a former senior aide to Sen. Harry Reid, joins Mehdi Hasan to explain the history of the filibuster and how, according to Jentleson, it helps conservatives override the nation's democratic system. Ch. 5: Is Filibuster Reform Mitch McConnell's 'Kryptonite?' - Zerlina. - Air Date 3-16-21 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fusBIcz1MOA Rep. John Yarmuth explains to Zerlina Maxwell why the rule is so important to the Senate Minority Leader, and why McConnell is “scared to death” about the possibility that Democrats will abolish it. Ch. 6: What Is Manchin's Real Agenda w/ David Sirota - The Majority Report - Air Date 4-11-21 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aiiz0YNX2dA David Sirota explains the motivations and unseen pressures playing on Joe Manchin as he continuously pivots his position on the filibuster. Ch. 7: Activism: Support No Excuses PAC and W.V. Cant Wait - Best of the Left - 4-14-21 Ch. 8: Now Is the Time to End the Filibuster - Breaking the Sound Barrier by Amy Goodman - Air Date 3-18-21 Amy Goodman gives a commentary explaining the need to end the filibuster. * MEMBERS-ONLY BONUS CLIP(S) Ch. 9: 'What Are We Waiting For?': Why Filibuster Reform Should Happen Sooner Than Later - The Rachel Maddow Show - Air Date 3-19-21 Adam Jentleson, talks about why it's a good idea for Senate Democrats to reform the filibuster and pass popular legislation Ch. 10: Reid Calls for Filibuster Reform to End Gridlock - Nevada Senator Harry Reid - Air Date 11-22-13 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdckXVACfIA On the Senate floor, Senator Reid laid out why we need to reform the rules to ensure qualified presidential nominees get up-or-down votes. Ch. 11: What Is Manchin's Real Agenda w/ David Sirota Part 2 - The Majority Report - Air Date 4-11-21 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aiiz0YNX2dA * VOICEMAILS Ch. 12: Wading into the discussion on the child tax credit - Dave from Olympia, WA * FINAL COMMENTS Ch. 13: Final comments on racism and population * EDUCATE YOURSELF & SHARE Inside the West Virginian Movement to Push Joe Manchin to the Left (The New Republic) Progressive PAC kick-starts search for challengers to Manchin, Sinema (Politico)   * MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions https://www.sessions.blue/) SHOW IMAGE: Description: Cartoon version of Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell holding a chart that says "Republican Filibusters." The horizontal bar graph below the title shows an X axis starting with "88th term 1963-64" and ending with "110th term 2007-2008." The bar values range from 3 at the beginning of the time-line to "153 Projected for end of term" at the end. Credits: "Mitch McConnell, Filibuster King" by DonkeyHotey https://www.flickr.com/photos/donkeyhotey/, Flickr | License | Changes: Increased white background to make vertical image square, smudged existing shadow to extend farther, dark blue border added   Produced by Jay! Tomlinson  

1h 25m
May 17
#1490 What To Do As We Enter A Post-Roe World

AIR DATE 5/14/2022 Be part of the show! Leave us a message at 202-999-3991 or email Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com  Transcript BESTOFTHELEFT.COM/SUPPORT https://www.bestoftheleft.com/support (GET AD FREE SHOWS AND BONUS CONTENT) JOIN OUR DISCORD COMMUNITY https://discord.gg/dhyZE3WMJn! * SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Learning from Pre-Roe to Navigate Post-Roe - Amicus With Dahlia Lithwick - Air Date 5-5-22 Law professor and podcast host Melissa Murray, journalist and bestselling author Jessica Bruder, and Slate’s news director Susan Matthews—host of the upcoming Season 7 of Slow Burn focusing on the road to Roe v Wade Ch. 2: Producer Sebastian on the anti-abortion right in the United States - This is Hell! - Air Date 5-5-22 Sebastian gets on his soapbox and lectures about the history of abortion rights and the anti-abortion right in the United States. Ch. 3: Activists leap to action as expected Supreme Court attack on abortion rights comes to bear - The Rachel Maddow Show - Air Date 5-3-22 Looking at the intertwining fights for reproductive and voting rights. Ch. 4: Why this former anti-abortion activist regrets the movement he helped build - CNN Amanpour - Air Date 5-4-22 Frank Schaeffer once produced propaganda films that helped launch the Christian right. Now he feels regret for what he calls an 'anti-family' movement. Ch. 5: Lindsey Shares Her Abortion Story - Serious Inquiries Only - Air Date 5-5-22 Our own Dr. Lindsey Osterman has had an abortion, does not regret it, and wants to tell us why this basic healthcare right matters not just for those in extreme circumstances.  Ch. 6: Amy Littlefield on the fight for Abortion Rights - Start Making Sense - Air Date 5-12-22 Progressive faith communities are learning how to support reproductive justice Ch. 7: Resisting attacks on abortion rights in the US with Emma Norton - Red Flag Radio - Air Date 5-9-22 Roz talks to socialist activist Emma Norton about the history of abortion rights, the limitations of looking to the Democrats to protect the right to choose, and the struggles that are needed to win. Ch. 8: Roe v Wade Can't Be Saved By Your Vote Featuring David Daley - Thom Hartmann Program - Air Date 5-9-22 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28wQPav6LKY David Daley writing for the Boston Globe writes the thought-provoking article "Your Vote Won't Help Restore Abortion Rights" * MEMBERS-ONLY BONUS CLIP(S) Ch. 9: The Turnaway Study What The Research Says About Abortion - Short Wave - Air Date 5-9-22 We turned to Dr. Diana Greene Foster, the lead researcher on the interdisciplinary team behind The Turnaway Study. For over a decade, she and her fellow researchers followed just under a thousand women who sought an abortion across 21 states. Ch. 9: Lindsey Shares Her Abortion Story Part 2 - Serious Inquiries Only - Air Date 5-5-22 Dr. Lindsey Osterman discusses the idea of being made to carry a pregnancy to term before offering the baby for adoption. * FINAL COMMENTS Ch. 12: Final comments on how to make sure your efforts to support abortion access are well spent * GET INVOLVED/SUPPORT/VOLUNTEER FOR ABORTION FUNDS & LEARN STATE LAWS: Twitter thread - Getting Involved with Local Abortion Funds (Read on Thread Reader) Find your local Practical Support Organization https://www.apiarycollective.org/pso-list Abortion Access in Your State: A Quiz (with resources) (Lilith.org) Check out the hashtag #FundAbortionBuildPower Abortion Pills Stand to be Next Battleground in a Post-Roe America (NY Times)   * MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions https://www.sessions.blue/) SHOW IMAGE:  Description: The words "WHAT NOW?" in white are overlayed on a faded image of the U.S. Supreme Court. Below the words, is a faded portion of the top of Justice Alito's leaked draft majority opinion indicating Roe v. Wade will be struck down. Credit: Composite design by Amanda Hoffman using images in the public domain.  

1h 10m
May 14
#1489 Journalism, Social Media and the Billionaire Business Model

AIR DATE 5/10/2022 Be part of the show! Leave us a message at 202-999-3991 or email Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com  Transcript BESTOFTHELEFT.COM/SUPPORT https://www.bestoftheleft.com/support (GET AD FREE SHOWS AND BONUS CONTENT) JOIN OUR DISCORD COMMUNITY https://discord.gg/dhyZE3WMJn! WHAT IS DISCORD? CHECK OUT BOMBAS.COM/BEST https://bombas.com/Best BESTOFTHELEFT.COM/ADVERTISE https://www.bestoftheleft.com/advertise SPONSOR THE SHOW! * SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Who Rules America: The Power of The Media | Propaganda - ENDEVR Documentary - Air Date 1-3-21 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DgKv8rrqIpU Who Rules America? takes a comprehensive look into the governing system of the United States of America and reveals the behind-the-scene powers that rule the nation. Ch. 2: Billionaires Control The Media - and Its Destroying Democracy - Novara Media - Air Date 11-20-19 Billionaires control the media, and it's undermining our democracy. The broadcast media amplify the right-wing print media meaning the political agenda is always set by, you guessed it, billionaires. Ch. 3: How The Washington Post's New Owner Aided the CIA, Blocked WikiLeaks & Decimated Book Industry - Democracy Now! - Air Date 8-7-13 The Washington Post announced on Monday the paper had been sold to Amazon.com founder and CEO Jeff Bezos for $250 million. Bezos, one of the world’s wealthiest men, now controls one of the most powerful newspapers in the country. Ch. 4: Elon Musk, Twitter, and the History of Media Oligarchs - Past Present - Air Date 5-2-22 Niki referred to this Los Angeles Times article about the limits of Elon Musk’s “free speech absolutism.” Natalia referenced this New York Times article about billionaire investors in the press. Ch. 5: Adam Conover's Statement to the FTC and DOJ on Harmful Media Mergers - Adam Conover - Air Date 4-28-22 I spoke before FTC Chair Lina Khan and Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust Jonathan Kanter this week about how corporate mergers are devastating working conditions, access to diverse voices, and artistic freedom in media. Ch. 6: A Future Of Equitable Speech Terrifies Those Like Elon Musk Says Giridharadas - The ReidOut - Air Date 4-25-22 Elon Musk reaching a deal to buy Twitter for $44 billion is discussed by Anand Giridharadas. "This future in which there would actually be more abundant and equitable speech terrifies the crap out of people like Elon Musk,” Giridharadas tells Joy Reid. * MEMBERS-ONLY BONUS CLIP(S) Ch. 7: How William Randolph Hearst Made The Media - KERA's Think - Air Date 9-27-21 He was one of the wealthiest men in America – and his media empire granted him unprecedented influence. Stephen Ives joins host Krys Boyd to tell the story of William Randolph Hearst and the template he created for the media business. Ch. 8: Is Free Speech Online Just a Myth? - What Next: TBD | Tech, power, and the future - Air Date 5-8-22 A conversation with one of the smartest First Amendment lawyers in the country. * FINAL COMMENTS Ch. 9: Final comments on the propaganda of building faulty assumptions into questions * MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions https://www.sessions.blue/) SHOW IMAGE: DESCRIPTION: The front page of a newspaper is held up by a reader. The newspaper is called “The Media” and the large text headline is a quotation that reads “We Own This, Too" above black and white photos of Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, and Rupert Murdoch. CREDIT: Composite design by Amanda Hoffman. Images include: “newspaper, world is changing”; "Jeff Bezos" by NASA Robotics Competition, Flickr (Public Domain); "Elon Musk" by Tesla Owners Club Belgium, Flickr (CC BY 2.0); "Rupert Murdoch" by Eva Rinaldi, Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0) | Changes: Cropped and black and white   Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

1h 4m
May 10
#1488 Seeking Approval from the GOP Fringe is Making Them Mainstream

AIR DATE 5/7/2022 Be part of the show! Leave us a message at 202-999-3991 or email Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com  Transcript BESTOFTHELEFT.COM/SUPPORT https://www.bestoftheleft.com/support (GET AD FREE SHOWS AND BONUS CONTENT) JOIN OUR DISCORD COMMUNITY https://discord.gg/dhyZE3WMJn! WHAT IS DISCORD? BESTOFTHELEFT.COM/ADVERTISE https://www.bestoftheleft.com/advertise SPONSOR THE SHOW! * SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Local Republicans compromising voting systems in pursuit of Trump's Big Lie - The Rachel Maddow Show - Air Date 4-29-22 GOP politicians who formerly rejected QAnon and Trumpism are now joining the choir in pursuit of power Ch. 2: Will Trump help Ohio's Vance Advance (w/ Tom LoBianco and Kyle Kondik) - Skullduggery - Air Date 4-25-22 Next month starts a wave of primaries in Ohio, Georgia, and Pennsylvania that will provide the strongest clues yet on just how much of a hold on Republican voters that Trump still has. Ch. 3: Greg Abbott's Border Shutdown Backfires Spectacularly - The Majority Report - Air Date 4-16-22 Texas Governor Greg Abbott has effectively shut down the US/Mexico border in his state. He did this in the name of stopping the flow of drugs and migrants into the US, but really it was a theatrical stunt to appeal to the far-right. Ch. 4: The Trump Variants Part 1 - Some More News - Air Date 11-9-21 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6e7ZTaeOCCA Here's a video about Ron DeSantis, Marjorie Taylor Green, and Matt Gaetz and how they all want to be the next Donald Trump. Ch. 5: The Fight Between Florida and Disney - The Takeaway - Air Date 4-25-22 We speak with Carlos Ball, law professor at Rutgers University, and Nadine Smith, executive director of Equality Florida, about how what’s happening with Disney connects to other recent examples of corporations weighing in on LGBTQ issues. Ch. 6: The Trump Variants Part 2 - Some More News - Air Date 11-9-21 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6e7ZTaeOCCA How fascism starts and what happens to the masses when the authoritarian leader goes away. * MEMBERS-ONLY BONUS CLIP(S) Ch. 7: David Frum: It's Not DeSantis v Disney, it's DeSantis v Trump - The Bulwark Podcast - Air Date 4-27-22 DeSantis' anti-gay agenda is all about winning over the conservative entertainment wing * VOICEMAILS Ch. 8: The down side of fulfilling jobs - VoicedMail from Discord Community Member * FINAL COMMENTS Ch. 9: Final comments on creating workplaces that are conducive to human needs * MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions https://www.sessions.blue/) SHOW IMAGE: DESCRIPTION: Against a black background, an illustration of Donald Trump’s head, and one hand pointing straight ahead, hovers over the shape of the United States filled in with the American flag. Three large, illustrated coronavirus molecules float out in front of Trump, each one encompassing the image of a Republican politician. Smallest to largest: J.D. Vance (Senate nominee in Ohio), Marjorie Taylor Green (Congressperson in Georgia), and Ron DeSanits (Governor of Florida).   CREDIT: Composite design by Amanda Hoffman. Image layers used include: “Trump and U.S. Image”, Images of politicians all by Gage Skidmore, Flickr and Wikimedia Commons: “J.D. Vance https://www.flickr.com/photos/gageskidmore/51129148945”, “Marjorie Taylor Greene", "Ron DeSanits https://www.flickr.com/photos/gageskidmore/51326400547” | Changes: Cropped and orange filter added   Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Listen Anywhere! BestOfTheLeft.com/Listen Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft https://twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft https://www.facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com

1h 4m
May 07
#1487 Oceans Rise, Empires Fall (The Coming New World Order)

AIR DATE 5/4/2022 Be part of the show! Leave us a message at 202-999-3991 or email Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com  Transcript BESTOFTHELEFT.COM/SUPPORT https://www.bestoftheleft.com/support (GET AD FREE SHOWS AND BONUS CONTENT) JOIN OUR DISCORD COMMUNITY https://discord.gg/dhyZE3WMJn! WHAT IS DISCORD? Check out Will Be Wild http://wondery.fm/BotL_WillBeWild wherever you get your podcasts! BESTOFTHELEFT.COM/ADVERTISE https://www.bestoftheleft.com/advertise SPONSOR THE SHOW! * SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Ukraine and an Empire's Decline - Economic Update - Air Date 4-16-22 Wolff talks with host and journalist Chris Hedges about Ukraine and the end of the US empire. Ch. 2: A World to Win Imperialism and the Energy Crisis w/ David Wearing - Jacobin Radio - Air Date 4-1-22 Grace chats to David Wearing, post-doctoral researcher at SOAS and author of AngloArabia: Why Gulf Wealth Matters to Britain. Ch. 3: Is the war in Ukraine ushering in a new world order? - Inside Story Al Jazeera English - Air Date 3-27-22 The new war in Europe has been described as a turning point in human history. It's been more than a month since Russia invaded Ukraine - causing death and destruction across much of the country. Ch. 4: “Russia & China, Together at Last”: Historian Al McCoy Predicts Ukraine War to Birth New World Order - Democracy Now! - Air Date 3-21-22 President Biden reportedly warned Chinese President Xi Jinping via video call Friday that China would face “consequences” if it provided material support to Russia amid the war in Ukraine. Ch. 5: U.S. vs. China vs. Climate Change: Alfred McCoy, plus Kristina Wong on Mutual Aid - Start Making Sense - Air Date 12-8-21 Alfred McCoy argues that American global hegemony will end around 2030 replaced by China as world leader but Chinese hegemony will last only for about 20 years and that by 2050, climate change will have brought environmental catastrophe to both countries. Ch. 6: Climate Catastrophe, the Fall of America, and a New World Order - WhoWhatWhy - Air Date 1-14-22 A bleak but fascinating look across five continents and seven centuries points to climate and political destruction ahead. * MEMBERS-ONLY BONUS CLIP(S) Ch. 7: Oil & Disorder ft. Helen Thompson - Bungcast - Air Date 3-29-22 Helen Thompson, podcaster and professor of political economy at Cambridge and author of Disorder: Hard Times in the 21st Century, joins us to talk about the geopolitics of oil, stretching from the 1956 Suez Crisis to the Fracking Revolution of today. Ch. 8: Alexander Cooley and Daniel Nexon on the End of American Hegemony - Democracy Paradox - Air Date 7-13-20 Alexander Cooley and Daniel Nexon are the authors of Exit from Hegemony: The Unraveling of the American Global Order. We had a 90-minute conversation on some important topics for the study of international relations. * VOICEMAILS Ch. 9: Pyramid scheme sticker club - Alan from Connecticut * FINAL COMMENTS Ch. 10: Final comments on how people find math so hard that many pyramid schemes likely get started by accident * MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions https://www.sessions.blue/): __ __   Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Listen Anywhere! BestOfTheLeft.com/Listen Listen Anywhere! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft https://twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft https://www.facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com

59m
May 04
#1486 Unionizing is a Labor of Love

AIR DATE 4/29/2022 Be part of the show! Leave us a message at 202-999-3991 or email Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com  Transcript BESTOFTHELEFT.COM/SUPPORT https://www.bestoftheleft.com/support (GET AD FREE SHOWS AND BONUS CONTENT) JOIN OUR DISCORD COMMUNITY https://discord.gg/dhyZE3WMJn! WHAT IS DISCORD? CHECK OUT WILL BE WILD http://wondery.fm/BotL_WillBeWild WHEREVER YOU GET YOUR PODCASTS! * SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: From Amazon to Starbucks, workers are rising up—and progressives need to support them at all costs Part 1 - The Real News - Air Date 4-8-22 Around the country, workers are rising up, demanding more, and winning important victories, even though the deck is stacked against them. The question is: Where will the reinforcements come from? Ch. 2: Apple Store employee explains why he's fighting to unionize - ABC News - Air Date 4-26-22 Genius Bar technician Derrick Bowles explains why he and his coworkers are making the move to unionize their Apple Store Ch. 3: “We Just Unionized Amazon”: How Two Best Friends Beat the Retail Giant’s Union-Busting Campaign - Democracy Now! - Air Date 4-4-22 We speak with the two best friends who led a drive to organize workers at Amazon's warehouse in Staten Island, New York, and made history Friday after a majority voted to form the first Amazon union in the U.S. Ch. 4: Unions And Strikes Are Good - Some More News - Air Date 3-30-22 Hi. In today’s episode, Cody, who is still on strike against the News Lord, discusses the importance of Unions, Co-Ops, and the future of work. Ch. 5: Why Work Won't Love You Back - On The Media - Air Date 4-22-22 In 2021, a record-breaking number of workers quit their jobs, leading to the phenomenon deemed the "Great Resignation." To understand how that happened, it helps to unpack how work has shifted over the past several decades Ch. 6: From Amazon to Starbucks, workers are rising up—and progressives need to support them at all costs Part 2 - The Real News - Air Date 4-8-22 Around the country, workers are rising up, demanding more, and winning important victories, even though the deck is stacked against them. * MEMBERS-ONLY BONUS CLIP(S) Ch. 7: The Holiday You May Have Missed - On The Media - Air Date 4-20-22 International Workers' Day is celebrated with rallies and protests all over the world on May 1, but it's not a big deal in the United States. Back in 2018, Brooke spoke with Donna Haverty-Stacke of Hunter College, CUNY about the American origin of May Day * FINAL COMMENTS Ch. 8: Final comments on the intrinsic human needs that, when fulfilled, give meaning to any work * TAKE ACTION! Call your members of Congress today and demand the $94 million increase in funds to The National Labor Relations Board: US Capitol Switchboard: (202) 224-3121 Find Your Senator and Representative https://www.congress.gov/members  Learn about the NLRB House Lawmakers Demand More Labor Board Funds As Workplace Organizing Spreads (Huffington Post) Lawmakers Urge NLRB Budget Boost Amid 'Dramatic Increase' in Unionization (Common Dreams) The Labor Board Is Withering Away, And That's Bad News For The Labor Movement (Huffington Post) EDUCATE YOURSELF & SHARE Bernie Sanders Wants Democrats to Make Unions Their Biggest Message (Vanity Fair) Sanders pressures Biden on Amazon unions: ‘The time for talk is over’ (Politico) Starbucks May Soon Face Legal Consequences for Union Busting (Truthout) The Revolt of the College-Educated Working Class (NY Times) * MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions https://www.sessions.blue/) SHOW IMAGE:  Description: Amazon Labor Union logo - a black outline of an open box with three fists coming out of the top - against Amazon corporate orange. A heart encircles the logo and is surrounded by black. Credit: Amazon Labor Union logo (artist not found upon search). Additional heart border design by Amanda Hoffman. Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

1h 18m
Apr 29
Will Be Wild, a Deep Dive into January 6th

From critically acclaimed podcast studios Pineapple Street and Wondery comes a new 8-part series called Will Be Wild that shines a light on the human stories left out of the headlines. It goes deep into the lives of people who took part in that day, people who saw it coming, and people who fear that January 6th was just the beginning of something, not the end.   Follow Will Be Wild wherever you get your podcasts, or you can listen early on Amazon Music or early and ad-free by subscribing to Wondery Plus in Apple Podcasts or the Wondery app.   Listen Here: wondery.fm/BotL_WillBeWild

6m
Apr 26