Best of the Left - Progressive Politics and Culture, Curated by a Human

May 15 2020

An award-winning, expertly-curated podcast of progressive politics and culture. Diving deeply on a wide range of topics, we draw from more than 100 sources of progressive news and commentary. Est. 2006.









































































































#1311 Our Culture and Our Economy are Making Us Depressed
Oct 16 2019 84 mins  
Air Date: 10/15/2019 Today we take a look at the literally depressing truth about our economy, our work and the culture that surrounds it. We work too hard to be perfect, we don't get enough time off, many of us don't have enough control over the work we do and too many know their jobs are completely worthless. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 EPISODE SPONSORS: Bombas.com/BEST | Madison-Reed.com (Promo Code: LEFT) | Clean Choice Energy SHOP AMAZON: Amazon USA | Amazon CA | Amazon UK MEMBERSHIP ON PATREON (Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content) SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: How the Economy Is Damaging Our Mental Health with Becki Winson, Hana Riaz and Annie Quick - Weekly Economics Podcast - Air Date 2-4-19 One in eight young people have a mental health problem. One big problem is access to treatment. Mental health services are underfunded, leaving many people stuck on waiting lists. Ch. 2: From Stigma to Oppression - Off-Kilter with Rebecca Vallas - Air Date 5-31-19 Mental Illness is very common in the US, from burnout to anxiety to depression to suicide, and our systems don't support proper care. Ch. 3: Neoliberalism Is Creating a Mental Health Crisis - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date 02-08-18 Neoliberalism, the belief that markets are democratic and that what works for them, works for all parts of society, isn't working for working people. Neoliberalism is creating a mental health crisis in America and around the world! Ch. 4: David Graeber Bullshit Jobs - Novara Media with James Butler - Air Date 2-1-19 David Graeber discusses neoliberalism, bullshit jobs, capitalism and the value of labor. Ch. 5: On Bullshit Jobs with David Graeber - This Is Hell - Air Date 5-14-18 David Graeber and Chuck discuss bullshit jobs, financial feudalism, the ruling class and human instinct. Ch. 6: Uncovering the Causes of Depression with Johann Hari - The Majority Report - Air Date 3-19-19 The biological makeup of humans has not changed for many centuries, but depression, anxiety and addiction are on the rise. Sam and Johann discuss. Ch. 7: Why You Are Depressed and Anxious with Johann Hari - TED Talks Daily - Air Date 9-18-19 Johann Hair discusses the causes of rising depression and anxiety because of the modern capitalist neoliberal world. FINAL COMMENTS Ch. 8: Final comments wrapping up MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions): Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr Our Fingers Cold - K2 Waltz and Fury - Macrame Glass Runner - Marble Run Take a Tiny Train - Ray Catcher LaBranche - Bayou Birds Derailed - The Depot Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Support the show via Patreon Listen on iTunes | Stitcher | Spotify | Alexa Devices | +more Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!


















#1295 How Fascism Uses White Supremacy to Delegitimize Non-Whites and Enrich the Wealthy
Aug 07 2019 77 mins  
Air Date: 8/06/2019 Today we take a look at the racist attacks by Trump and his supporters against "The Squad" and how those attacks are in line with a long tradition of working to delegitimize and silence the perspectives of non-whites in America Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 EPISODE SPONSORS: Credo.com/BEST | Clean Choice Energy SHOP AMAZON: Amazon USA | Amazon CA | Amazon UK MEMBERSHIP ON PATREON (Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content) SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: A Racist By Any Other Name - Backtalk with Amy Lam and Dahlia Balcazar - Air Date 7-25-19 Trump's racism towards the squad is actually being called racism by some media outlets, and we need to keep calling it out. Ch. 2: Trump's Racist Rhetoric is Deliberate with Henry Giroux - The Real News with Marc Steiner - Air Date 7-17-19 Trump is 21st-century fascism, filled with toxic masculinity, nationalism and white supremacy. Ch. 3: Trump's Racist Comments Roundtable with Laura Carlsen, Jackie Goldberg and Gerald Horne - Sojourner Truth with Margaret Prescod - Air Date 7-18-19 Trump and his racist are an ongoing attack on democracy, and its very loud, white supremacy. Ch. 4: Why "Send Her Back" Reverberated So Loudly - On the Media - Air Date 7-19-19 Ibram X. Kendi, founding director of American University’s Antiracist Research and Policy Center, considers a different line of inquiry: who gets to be American? Kendi and Brooke talk about how the president's comments have plenty of precedent in history. Ch. 5: Trumps Racist Lies About Ilham Omar Define the GOP with John Nichols - The Real News with Marc Steiner - Air Date 7-19-19 Trump is doubling down on racist attacks aimed at the congresswomen of color, he is propping up white supremacy and using fear tactics. VOICEMAILS Ch. 7: Thoughts for those on the fence about universal health care - Heather from Texas Ch. 8: Many thoughts on our health care system and drug choice - Syd from the Pacific Northwest FINAL COMMENTS Ch. 9: Final comments on the corrosive nature of commodifying common decency and humanity MUSIC(Blue Dot Sessions): Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr Beast on the Soil - Desert Orchard Denzel Sprak - CloudCover Derailed - The Depot Sweetly - Blue Dot Sessions Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Support the show via Patreon Listen on iTunes | Stitcher| Spotify| Alexa Devices| +more Check out the BotL iOS/AndroidApp in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunesand Stitcher!
























































































































































#1113 Tax cuts and deregulation have failed before and will fail again (Encore)
Apr 14 2018 58 mins  
Air Date: 6/20/2017 Today we take a look at the legacy of conservative economics in Kansas, the new federal budget being pushed that would echo the Kansas disaster, deregulation that will cost citizens billions and the intellectual underpinning of modern conservative philosophy that is driving all this Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Become a member and enjoy ad-free episodes and bonus content! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Conservatism is failing from Topeka to Tulsa to the River Thames - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 6-9-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: Dust in the Wind - Kansas Ch. 4: Act 2: A billionaire perspective on Trump's budget - The Other Washington - Air Date 6-1-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: Turtle (Bonobo Remix) - Pilote Ch. 6: Act 3: Republicans Repeal Disastrous Tax Cuts - @theyoungturks - Air Date 06-11-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: Lesson Learned (feat. John Mayer) - Alicia Keys Ch. 8: Act 4: Roll-Back of Financial Regulations Has Nothing to do with Complexity or Boosting the Economy - @TheRealNews - Air Date 6-13-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: Ennio 08-08 - Silence Is Sexy Ch. 10: Act 5: Stop Republicans from Deregulating Wall Street & #DefendCFPB via @RealBankReform - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 11: Song 5: This fickle world - Theo Bard Ch. 12: Act 6: Nancy MacLean on the intellectual underpinning of a “mean” Republican Party - Who What Why - Air Date 6-16-17












#1170 Understanding the causes and cures of the opioid crisis
Mar 09 2018 74 mins  
Air Date: 3/9/2018 Today we take a look at Trump's half-hearted and misguided attempt to address the opioid crisis as well as give some understanding to the history of opioids in the US, the multifaceted reasons why they're being abused at record levels and some ideas as to how to address the problem both humanely and effectively Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr Ch. 2: Act 1: Trump's Opioid Response Ignores Real Solutions - @TheRealNews - Air Date 10-26-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: These Times - The Pine Barrens Ch. 4: Act 2: Opioid addiction in America - BackStory - Air Date 5-12-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: Our Fingers Cold - K2 Ch. 6: Act 3: Neuroscientist Dr. Carl Hart People Are Dying in Opioid Crisis Because of Politicians’ Ignorance - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 10-27-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: Vibrant Canopy - Origami Ch. 8: Act 4: The missing context of the escalating potency of opioid drugs - The Dig - Air Date 10-23-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: Waterbourne - Algea Fields Ch. 10: Act 5: How Trump's opioid emergency measures come up short - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 11-3-17 Ch. 11: Song 5: Moon Bicycle Theme - American Moon Bicycle Ch. 12: Act 6: The psychology and ideology of addiction and treatment - Economic Update - Air Date 1-12-18 Voicemails Ch. 13: Understanding multi-layered fears - Steve from Tampa, FL Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent Ch. 14: Final comments on Steve’s homework and a tease for a bonus clip on the other opioid crisis BONUS CLIP: Are We Missing a Bigger Opioid Crisis? - The Inquiry - Air Date 12-7-17 Help fight climate change! Donate to my Climate Ride fundraiser! Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent (Additional music from Blue Dot Sessions) Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Support the show via Patreon Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!



























































#1130 Schoolyard bully with nuclear weapons (Foreign Policy)
Sep 05 2017 79 mins  
Air Date: 09/05/2017 Today we look at just a couple of the major international conflicts Donald Trump is severely under-qualified to navigate Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Join the Best of the Left Social Network! Donate or become a Member to support the show! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft ​Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Andrew Bacevich on the neoconservative-laid groundwork for President Trump - The Dig - Air Date: 08-23-2017 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​Directions - Josh Rouse Ch. 4: Act 2: Trump About To Surpass Obama's EIGHT YEAR Civilian Death Toll - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 07-18-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​Suffering of the Innocents - Squire Tuck Ch. 6: Act 3: Andrew Bacevich: Trump's Handling of N. Korea, His First National Security Crisis, is Very Troubling - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 08-10-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: ​One - Apocalyptica Ch. 8: Act 4: Bruce Cumings with a historical perspective on the most irresponsible thing Trump has said - Jacobin Radio (@jacobinmag) - Air Date 8-28-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: ​Fire and Fury - Ian Rivers Ch. 10: Act 5: Middle East expert Juan Cole on why the US is stuck in Afghanistan - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 8-22-17 Ch. 11: Song 5: ​Silent Colonialism - Valentina Ch. 12: Act 6: Phyllis Bennis on the questions we don't ask about what we should do in Afghanistan - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 8-25-17 Voicemails Ch. 13: Hard to believe that Charlottesville is the ACLU's fault - Nick from California Ch. 14: The sexist angle on fighting words and media personalities inciting violence - Katherine from Bloomington, IL Ch. 15: Thoughts on needed restrictions of 2nd amendment - Craig from Ohio Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 16: Final comments introducing a bonus clip from Politically Re-Active Bonus Clip: The problem is the 2nd amendment - Politically Reactive - Air Date 8-24-17 Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

#902 Rethinking the fundamentals of drugs and addiction (Drug War)
Sep 01 2017 61 mins  
Air Date: 02/27/2015 Today we take a look at not only the destructive forces at work within the drug war but also look deeper at the causes of addiction and drug abuse that could change all of your preconceived notions on the topic and maybe even our society as a whole Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Join the Best of the Left Social Network! Donate or become a Member to support the show! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Drug War Alternatives That Work • Overcriminalized #2- Substance Abuse •- @bravenewfilms - Air Date: 10-9-14 Ch. 3: Song 1: Once There Was a Hushpuppy - Beasts of the Southern Wild (Music from the Motion Picture) Ch. 4: Act 2: Tracking cars movements in real time as part of the DEA drug war - Le Show (@theharryshearer) - Air Date: 2-1-15 Ch. 5: Song 2: Don’t Worry, We'll Be Watching You - Making Mirrors Ch. 6: Act 3: DC mayor stands up for voters on legal pot, defies congressional GOP - Rachel @Maddow Show - Air Date: 2-26-15 Ch. 7: Song 3: Gateway Drug - Dancing In The Streets Ch. 8: Act 4: Challenge everything you know about drugs - @allinwithchris Hayes - Air Date: 03-05-14 Ch. 9: Song 4: Big Mistake - Fair Ain't Fair Ch. 10: Act 5: Johann Hari (@johannhari101): Everything We Know About the Drug War & Addiction is Wrong Part 1 - @democracynow - Air Date: 2-4-15 Ch. 11: Song 5: Strange Fruit (1939 Single Version) - 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Billie Holiday Ch. 12: Act 6: Poverty drives the demand for opiates - Economic Update with @profwolff - Air Date: 11-17-14 Ch. 13: Song 6: Poverty (Single Stereo) - That Did It! - The Duke Recordings, Vol. 3 Ch. 14: Act 7: Johann Hari (@johannhari101): Everything We Know About the Drug War & Addiction is Wrong Part 2 - @democracynow - Air Date: 2-4-15

#1129 The free press has been bought (Corporate Media and Billionaires)
Aug 29 2017 78 mins  
Air Date: 08/29/2017 Today we look at the systemic problem with advertiser-driven, for-profit media and how billionaires have begun exploiting the system to their own benefit even more Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Join the Best of the Left Social Network! Donate or become a Member to support the show! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Corporate corruption of news and the Access of Evil - We Are Here - Air Date 2-18-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: Machine - David Ari Leon Ch. 4: Act 2: Sinclair & the Growing Reach of Conservative Media - On the Media - Air Date 5-11-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: The Maelstrom - Jim Guthrie Ch. 6: Act 3: Sponsors underwriting their own puff pieces - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 2-24-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: Hallelujah - Vitamin String Quartet Ch. 8: Act 4: Pro-Trump Network Sinclair Set to Become Nation's Biggest Broadcaster as FCC Weakens Ownership Rules - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 05-09-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: Pas Si Simple - Yann Tiersen Ch. 10: Act 5: Media Consolidation is a Huge Problem and Even FDR Foresaw it as One - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 07-11-17 Ch. 11: Song 5: Nothing Else Matters - Apocalyptica Ch. 12: Act 6: Craig Aaron on Sinclair Takeover - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 8-11-17 Ch. 13: Song 6: End of the World - Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin Ch. 14: Act 7: Jeremy Scahill on the greatest trick the devil ever pulled - All Governments Lie Ch. 15: Song 7: Dawn Departure, Jefferson County - Black Prairie Ch. 16: Act 8: Gawker and the New Era of Media Censorship - On The Media - Air Date 8-11-17 Voicemails Ch. 17: Just banned fascism in my house - Kevin from Louisiana Ch. 18: Arguing against free speech fundamentalism - Dave from Olympia, WA Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 19: Final comments on the absurdity of fundamentalism in all its forms Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!


#1128 Confronting fascism in the land of free speech
Aug 25 2017 71 mins  
Air Date: 08/25/2017 Today we look at the constant struggle between the freedom to speak and the necessary limits placed on that freedom due to the rights of others to not be substantially harmed by that speech Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Join the Best of the Left Social Network! Donate or become a Member to support the show! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: WSJ Reports: ACLU Rethinks Defending Hate Groups Protesting with Guns - Wochit News - Air Date 8-17-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: N/A Ch. 4: Act 2: ACLU Will No Longer Defend Hate Groups Protesting With Firearms - MSNBC Ch. 5: Song 2: Confronting the Wolf (Bonus Track) - Jim Guthrie Ch. 6: Act 3: Understanding the line between free speech and hate speech - BackStory - Air Date 8-23-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: Freedom of Speech - John Mellencamp Ch. 8: Act 4: I was a prominent neo-Nazi. Ignoring white extremists is a mistake. - Vox - Air Date 4-14-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: N/A Ch. 10: Act 5: Nazis Don't Get Free Speech! - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date 08-22-17 Ch. 11: Song 5: Harm - David Francey Ch. 12: Act 6: Understanding who joins Antifa - Trumpcast from @Slate - Air Date 8-18-17 Ch. 13: Song 6: Together we fight alone - Darlings Ch. 14: Act 7: How Do We Define Hate Speech? - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date 8-21-17 Ch. 15: Song 7: Nothing Is Good Enough (Instrumental) - Aimee Mann Ch. 16: Act 8: Antifa: A Look at the Antifascist Movement Confronting White Supremacists in the Streets - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 08-16-17 Ch. 17: Song 8: Enemy At the Gate - The Twinkle Brothers Ch. 18: Act 9: How not to fall for fascist rhetoric - 1943 US War Department Voicemails Ch. 19: Free speech absolutism - Ryan in Minneapolis, MN Ch. 20: Free speech absolutism is bullshit - Zach from Atlanta, GA Ch. 21: Railing against free speech would be a gift to the right - Todd from Delaware, OH Ch. 22: Recommending Chomsky video - Elizabeth from North Carolina Ch. 23: The Constitution is not a suicide pact - Will from Mississippi Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 24: Final comments on free speech, hate speech and the ethics of responding to a violent breach of the social peace treaty Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Support the show via our Patreon page! Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

#1127 White supremacy requires violence and there is more to come (Charlottesville)
Aug 22 2017 77 mins  
Air Date: 08/22/2017 Today we look at what may be the violent death throes of white supremacy. As Trump and the GOP embolden white supremacists to action and violence, the rest of the country is awoken to the need to deal swiftly and decisively with the relics of our racist past Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Join the Best of the Left Social Network! Donate or become a Member to support the show! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Keri Leigh Merritt on the underlying purposes of white supremacy - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 8-18-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: Out With the Old - Casa Di Mondo Ch. 4: Act 2: The history of the raising of Civil War monuments - @offkiltershow - Air Date 8-18-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: RACIST MONUMENT SING-A-LONG - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 05-06-17 Ch. 6: Act 3: American racism during Jim Crow inspired and helped legitimize the Nazis - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date 6-24-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: Nazi (Live) - Chumbawamba Ch. 8: Act 4: The homegrown practice of honoring a history of white supremacy - Backstory - Air Date 8-18-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: A Dose of White Supremacy - Neffe Odom Kragh-Muller Ch. 12: Act 5: Descendant of Robert E. Lee Wants to Bring Down the Statues - @RedactedTonight w: @LeeCamp - Air Date 08-19-17 Ch. 13: Song 5: Trapped (Live) - Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band Ch. 14: Act 6: The white supremacist standard intimidation strategy - Frangela: The Final Word - Air Date 08-15-2017 Ch. 15: Song 6: Civil War - Guns N' Roses Ch. 16: Act 7: The role of the Republican Party to embolden white supremacists - Code Switch - Air Date 8-16-17 Ch. 17: Song 7: Shame - Ophelia of the Spirits Ch. 18: Act 8: WATCH: Trump And White Supremacist Parrot Same Talking Points - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 08-18-17 Ch. 19: Song 8: Where Do You Stand? - Willie Nelson Ch. 19: Act 9: A view from the local synagogue - Backstory - Air Date 8-18-17 Ch. 19: Song 9: American Land - Bruce Springsteen Ch. 20: Act 10: Send a Letter: It’s Time to Take Down Confederate Monuments via @splcenter- Best of the Left Activism Ch. 19: Song 10: Activism - Shihan Ch. 21: Act 11: On the need to restrict harmful speech and white identity politics - #PoliticallyReactive with @wkamaubell and @harikondabolu - Air Date 8-17-17 Voicemails Ch. 22: Do we know the motivations for the creation of white supremacy? - Kyle from Portland, WA Ch. 23: Mighty Network feedback! - Alan from Connecticut Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 24: Final comments on continuing a conversation about freedom of speech Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION Locate Confederate monuments near you with SPLC’s interactive map Write a letter to the editor demanding the removal of Confederate statues in your community Get involved in the action calling for the removal of Confederate statues in the U.S. Capitol Read the SPLC’s “10 Ways to Fight Hate: A Community Response Guide” to prepare, strengthen and heal your community in the face of hatred. EDUCATE YOURSELF I'm a black Southerner. I had to go abroad to see a statue celebrating black liberation. (Vox) Provocative ‘Free Speech’ Rally In Boston Railroaded By Counterprotesters (Huffington Post) ACLU Will No Longer Defend Hate Groups Protesting With Firearms (Wall Street Journal) The Real Story Behind All Those Confederate Statues (Mother Jones) Nazis Don’t Seem to Understand How Free Speech Works (GQ) Imagine if these people ever faced actual oppression. (Twitter thread by @JuliusGoat) Trump goes off script, and white supremacists cheer (Politico) Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

#870 Don't police me, bro! (Feminism)
Aug 18 2017 55 mins  
Air Date: 10/21/2014 Today we take a look at a variety of ways that (mostly) men attempt to police the actions and choices of (mostly) women, causing nothing but damage as a result Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Join the Best of the Left Social Network! Donate or become a Member to support the show! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: The List of Rules for Women - @jsmooth995 - Air Date: 9-2-14 Ch. 3: Song 1: Follow the Rule - Johnny Ace - The Complete Duke Recordings Ch. 4: Act 2: Victimhood Provides Privleges - @jimmy_dore Show - Air Date 6-13-14 Ch. 5: Song 2: Bad Behavior - Bad Behavior Ch. 6: Act 3: SHE ASKED FOR IT - @lacigreen - Air Date: 09-06-14 Ch. 7: Song 3: Deserve Better - Swings and Roundabouts Ch. 8: Act 4: Shut Your Mouth And Take It, 'Fox & Friends' Advises Women - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 07-08-14 Ch. 9: Song 4: Good Old Days - Even Worse Ch. 10: Act 5: Radical Religion and Male Privilege - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 08-22-14 Ch. 11: Song 5: Second Class Citizen - Out of the Ordinary Songs, Vol. 2 Ch. 12: Act 6: Study Explains Why Hobby Lobby Supporters Are Opposed to Birth Control - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 07-25-14 Ch. 13: Song 6: Me and God and Jesus - Crooked Roads Band Ch. 14: Act 7: The Pregnant and Parenting Students Access to Education Act via @healthyteen & @nwlc - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 15: Song 7: Time for Action - Time for Action - the Very Best Of Ch. 16: Act 8: Pondering Gender In 1620 - @radio_dispatch - Air Date: 3-20-14 Activism: The Pregnant and Parenting Students Access to Education Act Take Action: Sign to support the The Pregnant and Parenting Students Access to Education Act legislation backed by the National Women’s Law Center and Healthy Teen Network Additional Activism/Resources: Follow #NoTeenShameon Twitter and on Tumblr Submit your story to #NoTeenShame Sources/further reading: "New Mexico Parental-Leave Law Helps Teen Moms Stay in School” via NBC News "Where’s the ’16, Parenting, and OK’ Reality Show?” by Gloria Malone at RH Reality Check "#NoTeenShame: A Social Media Movement Pushes Us To Respect Young Mothers & We’re All For It” via Hello Beautiful Graphic by Repeal Hyde Art Project and available for purchase at RHAP’s Zazzle StoreWritten by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

#1126 Explaining the concept you need to understand, Neoliberal Economics
Aug 15 2017 83 mins  
Air Date: 08/15/2017 Today we look at the origins, underpinnings, and effects of neoliberal economic thinking and policies. #1, it has nothing to do with who Americans think of as “liberals”. #2, both major US political parties are on board with it to varying degrees. #3, it’s pretty much what everyone in the world is pissed off about without necessarily knowing that there’s a name for it. The alternate title for today's episode was “Invest in torches and pitchforks” Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Join the Best of the Left Social Network! Donate or become a Member to support the show! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Neoliberalism is focusing on the wrong aspects of the economy and society - Upstream - Air Date 8-29-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: N/A Ch. 4: Act 2: Noam Chomsky on the remaking of the economy - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date 5-20-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: inequality - Mark Shine Ch. 6: Act 3: Robert Brenner on the state of the US economy and mainstream politics Part 1 - Jacobin Radio (@jacobinmag) - Air Date 7-31-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: Class Warfare - Chris Priest Ch. 8: Act 4: Wall Street thieves find “New Way” to steal from us - Jim @HightowerNews - Air Date 8-11-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: Robber Barons - Battlefield Band Ch. 10: Act 5: Robert Brenner on the state of the US economy and mainstream politics Part 2 - Jacobin Radio (@jacobinmag) - Air Date 7-31-17 Ch. 11: Song 5: Hang Me Up to Dry - Cold War Kids Ch. 12: Act 6: Expand Your Economic Knowledge with The CORE Project - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 13: Song 6: Right to Complain - Trombone Shorty & Marc Broussard Ch. 14: Act 7: The Outdated Origins of Neo-Liberalism. It's Time to Move On (w:Guest Kate Raworth) - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date 05-04-17 Voicemails Ch. 15: Explaining the original argument for lowering taxes - Patrick from Dallas, TX Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 16: Final comments announcing the Best of the Left Social Network Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION! Expand your economic knowledge for free with The CORE Project EDUCATE YOURSELF Making economics exciting (Bloomberg) Does economics still work? (BBC World Service) Has the way universities teach economics changed enough? (The Guardian) Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

#934 The long shadow of southern white supremacy (Racism)
Aug 11 2017 61 mins  
Today we take a look at the history of race and white supremacy in America to understand the incredibly loud echoes of the past that continue to reverberate strongly in modern society Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill 00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: The Trick of Whiteness, Historically and Today - @timjacobwise - Air Date: 12-5-14 Ch. 3: Song 1: Time to Go Home - Michael Franti & Spearhead 00:06:56 Ch. 4: Act 2: Black, White and Red All Over - @onthemedia - Air Date: 2-13-15 Ch. 5: Song 2: Echo's (from the Past) - Al Huskey 00:12:27 Ch. 6: Act 3: The Story Of The Tulsa Race Riots Will Disgust You - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 05-01-15 Ch. 7: Song 3: Black Wall Street - Touchers 00:18:03 Ch. 8: Act 4: How Some Baltimore Neighborhoods Reflect Segregation's Legacy - @MorningEdition on @NPR - Air Date: 5-6-15 Ch. 9: Song 4: Segregation - Rankin Scroo 00:23:58 Ch. 10: Act 5: LBJ and the racial divide, 50 years later - @DecodeDC - Air Date: 6-18-15 Ch. 11: Song 5: Accountability - Sammy R. Hall 00:30:40 Ch. 12: Act 6: Conservative Pundits Say Removal Of Confederate Flag Will Destroy The South - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 06-26-15 Ch. 13: Song 6: Soul Vibrations Black History / Black Culture : Afro-Nicaraguan Music - Soul Vibrations 00:40:16 Ch. 14: Act 7: Will the South Finally be Deprogrammed - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 06-24-15 Ch. 15: Song 7: Modern Day Slavery - Waun 00:50:14 Ch. 16: Act 8: Showing Up For Racial Justice @ShowUp4RJ - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 17: Song 8: Right to Complain - Trombone Shorty & Marc Broussard 00:54:06 Ch. 18: Act 9: I'm a redneck and I love America - @TheDixonWhite - Air Date: 04-4-15

#1125 Understanding and surviving the age of anger
Aug 08 2017 78 mins  
Air Date: 08/8/2017 Today we look at the forces causing a great deal and anger and upheaval all around the world, how that anger is being misdirected and what we can do in our own lives to face it Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Donate or become a member to support the show! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Age of Anger: A History of the Present by Pankaj Mishra - @thisishellradio - Air Date 2-11-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: When Anger Shows - Editors Ch. 4: Act 2: Fighting at the table: Conflict as successful integration - Ideas from CBC - Air Date 6-29-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: N/A Ch. 6: Act 3: Controversy and Outrage over Muslim Ban was Part of Bannon's Plan (w:guest Joshua Green) - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date 07-24-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: Protest Song - Anti-Flag Ch. 8: Act 4: The Underlying Philosophy of Bannon's War - PBS Frontline - Air Date 5-24-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: Legions (War) - Zoe Keating Ch. 10: Act 5: Pankaj Mishra on Globalized Anger: The Enlightenment's Unwanted Child - Ideas from CBC - Air Date 4-18-17 Ch. 11: Song 5: Gerudo Valley - OST Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary (2011) Ch. 12: Act 6: Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks: How we can face the future without fear, together - @TEDTalks - Air Date: 6-26-17 Voicemails Ch. 13: It's not time to scale back, it's time to scale up - Laura from Alameda, CA Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 14: Final comments on when the age of anger meets the age of floods See the full video I produced almost exactly 10 years ago Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

#1124 Searching for a problem to implement a terrible solution (Voting Rights)
Aug 04 2017 74 mins  
Air Date: 08/4/2017 Today we revisit the old idea that if voting mattered they wouldn’t let you do it and the fact that that is exactly what they’re trying to do. Between allowing the chaos and uncertainty caused by hackable and unverifiable voting machines and systematic voter suppression efforts it seems clear just how much they don’t want people to trust or participate in the system Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Donate or become a member to support the show! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: @AriBerman: Kris Kobach Is Helping Trump Lay Groundwork for Nationwide Voter Suppression Effort - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 07-05-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: Democracy - Leonard Cohen Ch. 4: Act 2: The legal troubles of Trumps voter integrity task force - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 7-11-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: You know my name - The Beatles Ch. 6: Act 3: The Backlash to the "Voter Fraud Panel" Isn't What You Think It Is - On the Media - Air Date 7-14-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: You Don't Scare Me - Josh Pyke Ch. 8: Act 4: Illegal purging of voters in Ohio - @offkiltershow - Air Date 6-2-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: A Tranquilized Polar Bear Rising Through an Autumn Sky - Black Prairie Ch. 10: Act 5: @AriBerman: How the Russians Hacked Our Voting Systems Last November - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 7-12-17 Ch. 11: Song 5: The Game Is Rigged - The Great Malarkey Ch. 12: Act 6: Democrats Are Introducing a Bill to Make Sure Your Vote is Counted (w:guest Mark Pocan) - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date 06-28-17 Ch. 13: Song 6: Cheat - The Clash Ch. 14: Act 7: Four Actions to Fight Trump’s Sham Voter Fraud Commission in Your State - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 15: Song 7: This Fickle World - Theo Bard Ch. 16: Act 8: The nexus between voting rights and economics - The Other Washington from @civicskunkworks - Air Date 5-18-17 Voicemails Ch. 17: Donating plasma during late capitalism - David from Detroit, MI Ch. 18: What the dollar stores say about Late Capitalism - David From Albuquerque, NM Ch. 19: A game-changing way of thinking about inequality - Justin from Indiana Ch. 20: Amazon on mobile - Alan from Connecticut Ch. 21: Looking for help investigating the case of a friend killed by police - Jeremy from Spokane, WA Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 22: Final comments on dealing with death at the hands of police Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION 1. Find out if your state is complying with Trump’s Voter Commission and to what extent (The Brennan Center for Justice has compiled state responses here) 2. Get involved/volunteer with local chapters of voting rights orgs like Let America Vote, League of Women Voters, Voto Latino, Democracy Awakening/Democracy Spring 3. Contact your state’s Board of Elections office. Quickly find it with this database. Here's a call script that you can adapt for your state. 4. Contact your state’s governor. Quickly find them with this database. EDUCATE YOURSELF Trump's "Voter Fraud" Commission (Brennan Center for Justice) The Bogus Voter-Fraud Commission (New York Times) More than 3,000 Colorado voters have canceled their registrations since Trump election integrity commission request (Denver Post) Trump’s voter commission is now facing at least 7 federal lawsuits (Washington Post) The Gravest Dangers of Trump's Voter Fraud Commission (Time) This anti-voter-fraud program gets it wrong over 99 percent of the time. The GOP wants to take it nationwide. (Washington Post) White House Apparently No Longer Posting Public Comments On Trump’s Voter Fraud Probe (Huffington Post) How Donald Trump has focused his energy to target non-white Americans (Mic.com) Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

#1123 Preparing for the end of the world, or at least capitalism
Aug 01 2017 71 mins  
Air Date: 08/1/2017 Today we look at the state of capitalism, the logical arguments for its inevitable demise and the evidence that the end may be more nigh than ever before Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Become a member to support the show! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft Today's episode is sponsored by Blue Apron. Get your free meals at: www.BlueApron.com/Best Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Caitlin Moran on the need for a revolutionary upgrade to society - Politics & Prose from @Slate Track One Ch. 3: Song 1: Revolution - Grandaddy Ch. 4: Act 2: Casey Gerald: The gospel of doubt - @TEDTalks - Air Date 3-12-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: Capitalism Is Tearing Us Apart - sole Ch. 6: Act 3: Wolfgang Streeck: Surviving Post-Capitalism Coping, hoping, doping & shopping Part 1 - Ideas from CBC - Air Date 2-9-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: Hit the Wall - GoGoSnapRadio Ch. 8: Act 4: Prof. Richard Wolff on the coming death of capitalism - Upstream - Air Date 12-12-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Break On Through - The Doors Ch. 10: Act 5: Wolfgang Streeck: Surviving Post-Capitalism Coping, hoping, doping & shopping Part 2 - Ideas from CBC - Air Date 2-9-17 Ch. 11: Song 5: Elysium - Mendum Ch. 12: Act 6: What’s After Capitalism? Create Our Next Economy via @TheNextSystem - Best of the Left Activism Voicemails Ch. 13: Recommending book about Woodie Guthrie - Josh from Dallas, TX Ch. 14: Thoughts on technology and addiction - Kyle from Portland Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 15: Final comments on Late Capitalism and “Judeo-Christian Values” Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION Help find the answer to "What's Next?" with The Next System Project Read Gar Alperovitz "Principles of a Pluralist Commonwealth" Download resources and organize a Next System Project Teach-In in your community Follow @TheNextSystem on Twitter EDUCATE YOURSELF Is Capitalism Dying? (Forbes, 2013) ’Is Capitalism Dying?’ (Marxism, 2013) The Pain You Feel is Capitalism Dying (Joe Brewer, Medium, 2016) Beyond the Minimum Wage Debate: Let's Move Toward a System That Works for All (Democracy at Work) Prof. Richard Wolff debates Fox's Stuart Varney (Democracy at Work) Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Support the show via our Patreon page! Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!


#1122 Real-Life Alternatives to the Prison/Industrial Complex
Jul 28 2017 80 mins  
Air Date: 07/28/2017 Today we look at the cause and state of our prison system and hear some suggestions on ways to fundamentally reform it Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Amazon: Bookmark your link to support the show when you shop! USA: http://www.bestoftheleft.com/amazon Canada: http://www.amazon.ca/?&camp=212361&linkCode=wsw&tag=besofthelef0c-20&creative=380789 UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/?&camp=212361&linkCode=wsw&tag=besofthelef-21&creative=380789 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: @MayaSchenwar: Why Prison Doesn't Work - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date 06-08-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: Life In Prison - Mitchell Ch. 4: Act 2: The high cost, terrible results and an alternate solution to prison - Economic Update w: @profwolff - Air Date 7-10-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: A Lot of Work to Do - Friendly People Ch. 6: Act 3: What We Can Learn from German Prisons... - Thom Hartmann - Air Date 08-18-15 Ch. 7: Song 3: Adventure, Darling - Gillicuddy Ch. 8: Act 4: PRISON Norway vs. United States - @theyoungturks - Air Date 08-31-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Dawn Departure, Jefferson County - Black Prairie Ch. 10: Act 5: @DDayen: The True Cost of the Private Prison Industry - @RingOfFireRadio - Air Date 08-23-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: Profit - The Mammals Ch. 12: Act 6: @Shane_Bauer: Trump administration reverses the Obama order to phase out private federal prisons - Intercepted (@theintercept) - Air Date 3-1-17 Ch. 13: Song 6: Backwards Blues - Adia Victoria Ch. 14: Act 7: Prisons Phasing Out Visitation For Price-Gouging Video Calls - @theyoungturks - Air Date 05-07-16 Ch. 15: Song 7: Fight the Power - Public Enemy Ch. 16: Act 8: Tell Senators to Support the Video Visitation and Inmate Calling in Prisons Act of 2017 via @PrisonPolicy - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 17: Song 8: Activism - Shihan Ch. 18: Act 9: The Solution Isn't Kindler, Gentler Prison - The F Word w/ @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date: 12-15-15 Voicemails Ch. 19: Don't argue when someone agrees with you - Alan from Connecticut Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 20: Final comments on the conservative view on gender fluidity and the existence of transgender social contagion Bonus Voicemail: Ch. 21: In response to a nuanced discussion of transitioning - Erin from Philadelphia, PA Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION Call your Senators to tell them to support the Video Visitation and Inmate Calling in Prisons Act of 2017 Learn about and share facts on video visitation at PrisonPolicy.org/visitation Follow Prison Policy Initiative on Twitter EDUCATE YOURSELF Massachusetts jail following nationwide trend, ending in-person inmate visits, in move critics call cruel (MassLive.com) Video Calls Are Replacing In-Person Visits at Some Prisons (Smithsonian Magazine) Senator Tammy Duckworth introduces the Video Visitation and Inmate Calling in Prisons Act of 2017 (PrisonPolicy.org) Booker Urges FCC Chairman to Reconsider Decision Not to Protect Inmates Against Exorbitant Calling Charges (Booker.senate.gov) Exploitation (PrisonPolicy.org) Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

#925 A bad idea for all the reasons (Death Penalty)
Jul 25 2017 63 mins  
Air Date: 05/26/2015 Today we take a look at the US death penalty from all angles. Cultural norms? We’re an outlier. Protecting the innocent? We kill innocent people. Following the letter of the law? We’re absolutely breaking the 8th amendment to the Constitution. Fiscal responsibility? The death penalty costs about 3 times more than life imprisonment. And don’t forget about the racially biased implementation and the structurally biased trail system of death penalty cases. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill 00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: Who are the barbarians? - Le Show (@theharryshearer) - Air Date: 2-1-15 Ch. 3: Song 1: Of Mice and Men - End Credits 00:03:26 Ch. 4: Act 2: Shocker!: Scalia's Poster Man for Death Penalty Turns Out to Be Innocent - @majorityfm - Air Date: 09-04-14 Ch. 5: Song 2: Death Penalty - Eight Dayz 00:10:50 Ch. 6: Act 3: Rick Perry Executed Innocent Dad After Prosecutor Hides Exculpatory Evidence - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 03-24-15 Ch. 7: Song 3: Death Penalty - Surrogate 00:14:42 Ch. 8: Act 4: The Penalty - How much are executions costing you? - @One_For_Ten Films - Air Date: 11-11-14 Ch. 9: Song 4: The Secret Agent: The Secret Agent Ending - Cello Octet Conjunto Ibérico & Elias Arizcuren 00:17:11 Ch. 10: Act 5: Death by firing squad - @allinwithchris Hayes - Air Date: 3-11-15 Ch. 11: Song 5: Guillotine - Wildlife 00:22:36 Ch. 12: Act 6: Is Our Execution Method Cruel and Unusual? - @testtube - Air Date: 6-18-14 Ch. 13: Song 6: La nuit - David Ari Leon 00:25:48 Ch. 14: Act 7: Exoquill: End of life cocktailing never looked so clear - Le Show (@theharryshearer) - Air Date: 3-8-15 Ch. 15: Song 7: My Girl - The Temptations 00:29:38 Ch. 16: Act 8: Oklahoma takes a guess, approves nitrogen gas for killing prisoners - Rachel @maddow - Air Date 4-21-15 Ch. 17: Song 8: First Patient - Philip Glass 00:38:34 Ch. 18: Act 9: Death Penalty for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in Anti-Execution State Brings Complications, Not Closure - @democracynow - Air Date: 5-18-15 Ch. 19: Song 9: 1901 - Phoenix 00:48:29 Ch. 20: Act 10: #HaltAllExecutions with @ncadp & @90millionstrong — Best of the Left Activism Ch. 21: Song 10: Activism - Shihan 00:51:05 Ch. 22: Act 11: George Stinney, 14, Executed In Vile Act Of Injustice, Exonerated 70s Years Late - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 12-19-14 Activism: #HaltAllExecutions with @ncadp & @90millionstrong Take Action: SIGN: ”Join the 90 Million Strong: Call for Halt to All Executions” from 90 Million Strong, a project of The National Coalition To End the Death Penalty Find more resources on pending executions and educational content: 90MillionStrong.org Additional Activism/Resources: JUNE 6: DC Standing for Peace and Justice w/Mothers in Charge Sources/further reading: States with and without the Death Penalty via DeathPenaltyInfo.org “Lethal Entanglements” via The New Republic “Death penalty foes see Nebraska vote as momentum-builder” "Boston Bomber’s Execution To Be Delayed 18 Years?” via The Inquisitor "Few favor death for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, poll finds: Less than 20% of Mass. residents support execution” via The Boston Globe "Boston Marathon bomber unlikely to be executed – even if jury votes for death” via The Guardian "European boycott of death penalty drugs lowers rate of US executions” via The Guardian Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

#1121 This episode is worth your time (Culture and Technology)
Jul 21 2017 81 mins  
Air Date: 07/21/2017 Today we look at the technology that massively influences how we spend our time and hear lots of advice on how we can begin to take back control Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Today’s Episode is sponsored by: Away - First Class Luggage at a Coach Price Visit: www.awaytravel.com/best and use the promo code BEST to save $20 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: The Panda is Dancing - @TimeWellSpentio - Air Date 11-28-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: N/A Ch. 4: Act 2: Tim Wu on The Attention Merchants - The Zero Hour w: @RJEskow - Air Date 4-29-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: One-Armed Bandit - The Viscounts Ch. 6: Act 3: What If Technology Were Conscious Of Your Time? - @TimeWellSpentio - Air Date 11-22-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: N/A Ch. 8: Act 4: What If Technology Were Designed For Human Values? - @TimeWellSpentio - Air Date 11-22-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Forever On Your Team - Frida Selander Ch. 10: Act 5: Does Technology Actually Make Life Easier, or Just More Hectic? - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 05-08-17 Ch. 11: Song 5: Spider-Man (Live) - Ramones Ch. 12: Act 6: Tristan Harris: How better tech could protect us from distraction - @TEDTalks - Air Date 6-14-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Time Well Spent - Tom Felton Ch. 14: Act 7: Laura Vanderkam - How to gain control of your free time - @TEDTalks - Air Date 2-7-2017 Ch. 15: Song 7: Time In a Bottle - Jim Croce Ch. 16: Act 8: Yuval Noah Harari - Think Again @bigthink - Air Date 2-25-17 Ch. 17: Song 8: We're Simple Minds - Club 8 Ch. 18: Act 9: Someday - The Minimalists - Air Date 3-29-17 Ch. 19: Final comments on my personal slate of apps, settings and strategies to keep my digital life under control Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

#1120 Stopping and building at the same time (Progressive Movement)
Jul 18 2017 77 mins  
Air Date: 07/18/2017 Today we look at the woeful state of the Democratic Party and the strategy to bring them back from the brink Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 ​Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: All roads lead to Trump unless we make major changes - #PoliticallyReactive with @wkamaubell and @harikondabolu - Air Date 6-15-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​The Perfect Space - The Avett Brothers Ch. 4: Act 2: David Sirota Discusses the Role of Journalism In the Trump Resistance - @TheRealNews - Air Date 6-16-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​Failure - Kings of Convenience Ch. 6: Act 3: Bill Curry on how and why the Democratic party lost its way - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date 6-3-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: ​Changes - Langhorne Slim & The Law Ch. 8: Act 4: Naomi Klein on why No is not enough - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 6-28-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: ​Rome Wasn't Built In a Day - Morcheeba Ch. 10: Act 5: Tom Ferguson on why establishment Democrats are vulnerable - Jacobin Radio (@jacobinmag) - Air Date 7-11-17 Voicemails Ch. 11: Reaction to 1119 on Poverty - Alan from Connecticut Ch. 12: Follow-up on de-transitioning article - Rachel from Seattle Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 13: Final comments on how conservatives have come full circle on their understanding of LGBTQ people and ended up right where they started Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

New Announcement + Rerun: #777 Laboring in badly-designed machines (Labor Movement)
Jul 14 2017 69 mins  
Air Date: 11/25/2013 A look at what we need to remember to appreciate about the labor movement. Is the American Dream possible anymore as we seem to be racing to the bottom? What changes can we make to fight back? Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Is the American Dream a Reality? – David Pakman Show – Air Date: 10-02-13 Ch. 3: Song 1: You Are Dreaming - Our Ill Wills Ch. 4: Act 2: Would You Like A Living Wage With That? | McDonald’s Employee Confronts CEO – Young Turks – Air Date: 10-11-13 Ch. 5: Song 2: Welcome to the Machine - Wish You Were Here (Deluxe Experience Version) [Remastered] Ch. 6: Act 3: A race to the bottom – Real Time With Bill Maher – Air Date: 10-25-13 Ch. 7: Song 3: Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up) - Lungs Ch. 8: Act 4: Why are we subsidizing McDonald’s? – Jim Hightower – Air Date: 10-29-13 Ch. 9: Song 4: Do You Believe In Magic? - Do You Believe In Magic Ch. 10: Act 5: Time to do Away with Tipping? – Thom Hartmann – Air Date: 08-16-13 Ch. 11: Song 5: It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) - Document Ch. 12: Act 6: Kathi Weeks: The American Work Ethic and Hours for What We Will – GRITtv – Air Date: 8-20-13 Ch. 13: Song 6: Work - Uprising (Remastered) Ch. 14: Act 7: Small Business Saturday – UnFuck it Up Project Ch. 15: Song 7: I Didn't F*uck It Up - I Didn't F*ck It up Ch. 16: Act 8: Unlike Walmart, Trader Joe’s Profitable with Living Wage – David Pakman Show – Air Date: 08-24-13 Ch. 17: Song 8: Revolution (Human Need Over Profit) - Tha People's Music Ch. 18: Act 9: Is it Vampire Capitalism, or Something Else? – Thom Hartmann – Air Date: 10-17-13 Ch. 19: Song 9: You're a Vampire - Something About a Dragon? Ch. 20: Act 10: Walmart Holding Food Drive for the Poor: Their Own Underpaid Employees – Majority Report – Air Date: 11-19-13

#1119 The inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men
Jul 11 2017 87 mins  
Air Date: 07/11/2017 Today we look at many of our misconceptions of the nature of poverty, the interconnectedness of economics with all aspects of life and some suggestions on how to pursue justice Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Dividing the generations to distract from the class war - CounterSpin @FAIRmediawatch - Air Date 1-8-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: Class-Warfare - Chris Priest Ch. 4: Act 2: The frames through which we look at low-income aid programs - @offkiltershow - Air Date 6-9-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: Call It Even - Scott Simons Ch. 6: Act 3: Does prolonged exposure to poverty have a lasting effect on the brain? - The Inquiry - Air Date 5-25-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: Sur Le Fil - Yann Tiersen Ch. 8: Act 4: Everything is economic - The Other Washington from @civicskunkworks - Air Date 5-25-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: Poverty (Single (Stereo)) - Bobby "Blue" Bland Ch. 10: Act 5: Rutger Bregman: Poverty isn't a lack of character; it's a lack of cash - @TEDTalks - Air Date 6-13-17 Ch. 11: Song 5: Protect & Serve - Stiff Little Fingers Ch. 12: Act 6: Bryan Stevenson: the opposite of poverty is not wealth, the opposite of poverty is justice - The Ezra Klein Show - Air Date 5-16-17 Ch. 13: Final comments asking the question of the age: What the f**k is wrong with economists? Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Recommended Reading/Sharing: Why do we think poor people are poor because of their own bad choices? (Outclassed, The Guardian) 45 million Americans rely on food stamps. Trump wants to gut the program. (Vox) The Problem Isn’t Food Stamps, It’s Poverty (Editorial Board, New York Times) What Works to Reduce Poverty (Center of Budget and Policy Priorities) Trump’s Budget Cuts Deeply Into Medicaid and Anti-Poverty Efforts (New York Times) Welfare programs shown to reduce poverty in America (The Guardian, 2014) Curated by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

#1118 A look in at the TERF wars (Feminism and Trans Rights)
Jul 07 2017 79 mins  
Air Date: 07/07/2017 Today we look at gender dysphoria, transitioning, de-transitioning and the various perspectives on these phenomena Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Norman Spack How I help transgender teens become who they want to be - @TEDTalks - Air Date 4-16-14 Ch. 3: Song 1: Luriana Lurilee - Ben McElroy Ch. 4: Act 2: Julia Serano on Transfeminism, Gender, Biology, and Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive - Sex Out Loud with Tristan Taormino - Air Date 7-17-15 Ch. 5: Song 2: Body Was Made - Ezra Furman Ch. 6: Act 3: The eager child: informed consent and watchful waiting - @TransAdvocate - Air Date 1-9-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: Rain Begins To Fall (instrumental) - Silence Is Sexy Ch. 8: Act 4: A look at one person's experience with detransitioning - Love and Radio - Air Date 2-27-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: Take Me There instrumental 03-12 - Silence Is Sexy Ch. 10: Act 5: #DearBetsy: Enforce Title IX to Protect Students via @TransEquality - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 11: Song 5: Activism - Shihan Ch. 12: Act 6: There is no universal experience of women - #PoliticallyReactive with @wkamaubell and @harikondabolu - Air Date 6-22-17 Ch. 13: Final comments on how to normalize positivity, support and nuance in the discussion of gender dysphoria Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION Tell the Dept. of Ed that Title IX must be Federally enforced with #DearBetsy Learn more about the impacts of the Title IX guideline roll backs with National Center for Transgender Equality’s School Action Center EDUCATE YOURSELF The Simple, Self-Evident Truths Of Transgender Kids, Equality And Title IX (Huffington Post) Trump administration rolls back protections for transgender students (Washington Post) The Trump administration is systematically dismantling Title IX (Think Progress) Betsy DeVos Confirmation Hearings Spark Title IX Concerns (Teen Vogue) DeVos says it’s ‘premature’ to commit to following Title IX guidance on campus sexual assault (Think Progress) Parents of Transgender Kids Meet With Education Secretary Betsy DeVos (NBC News) Trump administration withdraws federal protections for transgender students (CNN) Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

#1117 We were founded to resist corruption, now it’s all we know
Jul 04 2017 77 mins  
Air Date: 07/04/2017 Today we take a look at the history and present state of corruption in America, both for the special case of Donald Trump and the system-wide corruption we almost take for granted Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: America's Lost Anti-Corruption History - On the Media - Air Date 3-3-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​Corruption - Jah Cure Ch. 4: Act 2: Zephyr Teachout explains the emoluments clause - The Ezra Klein Show - Air Date 6-13-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​Follow the Rule - Johnny Ace & The Beale Streeters Ch. 6: Act 3: Study Says Buying A Congress Member’s Vote Is Cheaper Than You Think - @RingOfFireRadio - Air Date: 05-06-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: ​Corruption - Iggy Pop Ch. 8: Act 4: How the game gets rigged - Ideas - Air Date 4-20-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: ​Les monstres - David Ari Leon Ch. 10: Act 5: Rick Hasen on dealing with Citizen's United - The Bernie Sanders Show - Air Date 5-24-17 Ch. 11: Song 5: ​Strong Animals - Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin Ch. 12: Act 6: NO MORE WAITING Wolf-PAC.com | Election Day Coverage 2016 - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 11-09-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: ​Nothing Left to Lose - Mat Kearney Ch. 14: Act 7: How to Fix America's Corrupt Political System - Represent.Us - Air Date: 4-19-16 Ch. 16: Act 8: Fight Corruption to Save America via @JusticeDems @WolfPAChq @RepresentDotUs - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 17: Song 8: ​Right to Complain - Trombone Shorty & Marc Broussard Ch. 18: Act 9: Zephyr Teachout on the split in our language about corruption - The Ezra Klein Show - Air Date 6-13-17 Voicemails Ch. 19: Chastity belts and anti-police violence wallets are how capitalism responds to injustice - Eli from Northern California Ch. 20: Comparing Christian and Islamic terror - Mark from Santa Barbara Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 21: Final comments explaining terrorism and why some extremists do while others do not Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION Replace corporate-backed Democrats with Justice Democrats Help pass local Anti-Corruption legislation with Represent.Us Help pass the Free and Fair Elections Constitutional amendment with Wolf-PAC EDUCATE YOURSELF The Logical Path to End Corruption (Wolf-PAC) South Dakota GOP uses 'emergency' rules to repeal anti-corruption law (CNN) What the Single-Payer Loss Reveals About the Role of Corporate Money in California Politics (In These Times) House Bill Would Ax Election Panel, Bar Limits on Money in Politics (Bloomberg BNA) Pro-Trump super PACs have already spent $1 million on Election 2020 (The Center for Public Integrity) Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!


#1116 The evolution of policing (Injustice System)
Jun 30 2017 77 mins  
Air Date: 06/30/2017 Today we take a look at some of the problems with modern policing and how we got to now Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: The evolution of law enforcement - Ideas - Air Date 6-15-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​Hill Street Blues (Main Theme) - Knightsbridge Ch. 4: Act 2: Positive proposals for police reform - @theLFshow w: @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date 3-2-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​Hide Your Tears - Daniel Licht Ch. 6: Act 3: Questioning the purpose of police legitimacy - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 4-14-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: ​The Maelstrom - Jim Guthrie Ch. 8: Act 4: The complications of the Castile case - Code Switch - Air Date 6-21-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: ​Under Pressure - Queen & David Bowie Ch. 10: Act 5: Police Violence Is NOT A Few Bad Apples, It's The ENTIRE Barrel - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 05-19-17 Ch. 11: Song 5: ​Get Up Stand Up - Bob Marley Ch. 12: Act 6: @PrisonCulture on a holistic view of the problem with policing - @Intercepted w @JeremyScahill - Air Date 5-31-17 Voicemails Ch. 13: Where the US got its wealth - Elaina from Winston-Salem, North Carolina Ch. 14: Democratic Leftist - Alan from Connecticut Ch. 15: Dealing with Russia and the debate within the Democratic party - Ryan from Phoenix Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 16: Final comments on the individual vs the societal as seen through a new wallet Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Recommended Reading: White People, the Philando Castile Acquittal Should Make You Mad as Hell (Zenobia Jeffries, Yes! Magazine) Philando Castile and the Terror of an Ordinary Day (Elise C. Boddie, New York Times) Rethinking Juneteenth in the Age of Black Lives Matter (Sarah Jaffe, Bill Moyers & Company) The interconnected injustice of Philando, Charleena and Nabra (Preston Mitchum, The Grio) We are losing the battle against police brutality in America (Shaun King, NY Daily News) *Warning: Autoplay video of police brutality at the top of this article* Curated by Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

#1115 An enormous tax cut for the rich disguised as health care
Jun 27 2017 75 mins  
Air Date: 06/27/2017 Today we take a look at the enormous amount of damage the latest version of the GOPs vision of health care would inflict on the nation and keep our eye on the ultimate goal of a Medicare-For-All system Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Sen. Ron Wyden on the Secret Republican Health Care Bill - On The Media - Air Date 6-16-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​Ask - The Smiths Ch. 4: Act 2: CBO reveals just how bad the senate bill is, confirms that everyone hates it - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 6-26-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​The Oligarch - Ephemerals Ch. 6: Act 3: Bernie Sanders & Elizabeth Warren Republicans Won't Make Healthcare Bill Public Because It's AWFUL - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date 06-21-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: ​Dawn Departure, Jefferson County - Black Prairie Ch. 8: Act 4: The death spiral we're creating for Medicaid - Trumpcast from @Slate - Air Date 6-22-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: ​You're a Disaster - Dragonette Ch. 10: Act 5: How we get from here to a single payer system - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 6-21-17 Ch. 11: Song 5: ​See you in the light - Michael Franti And Spearhead Ch. 12: Act 6: The AHCA Is Public, and Republicans Are Officially Out To Kill Us All - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 06-23-17 Ch. 13: Song 6: ​Le Moulin - Yann Tiersen Ch. 14: Act 7: Support Grows For Single-Payer Medicare-For-All Plan Instead of Massive Cuts to Healthcare - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 06-23-17 Ch. 15: Song 7: ​Keep On Moving Forward - Emma's Revolution Ch. 16: Act 8: Time for Democratic Party leaders to get going – or go - Jim @HightowerNews - Air Date 6-20-17 Ch. 17: Song 8: ​Basique - Little People Ch. 18: Act 9: STOP TRUMPCARE via @IndivisibleTeam and TrumpcareToolkit.org - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 19: Song 9: ​This Fickle World - Theo Bard Ch. 20: Act 10: Mitch McConnell's unconscionable health care bill - Primary Concerns from @NewRepublic - Air Date 6-27-17 Ch. 21: Final comments on Bernie Bros and the movement to remove Nancy Pelosi Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION Call & tweet at the 15 Senators most likely to vote against Trumpcare with Trumpcare Toolkit Get info and call scripts on Trumpcare from Indivisible Guide's Stop Trumpcare Toolkit Find a Town Hall with TownHallProject.com EDUCATE YOURSELF CBO Analysis Endangers GOP Health-Care Bill (The Atlantic) The Latest: 5th GOP senator opposes debate on health bill (MSN.com) Senate GOP health-care bill's tax cuts would be a big boon for the rich, analysis says (CNBC) The most devastating passage in the CBO’s report on the Senate health bill (Vox) The Senate Health-Care Bill Is Morally Indefensible (The Nation) Republicans Spent the Weekend Lying Their Faces Off About Health Care (The Nation) Police drag away protesters in wheelchairs from Mitch McConnell’s office (Salon) Sean Spicer: America Either Passes GOP Plan or Adopts Single Payer (The Ring of Fire) Opinion: The GOP says its healthcare bill will protect those with preexisting conditions. Um, no it won’t (LA Times) Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

#1114 Running the world with an inferiority complex (Foreign Policy)
Jun 23 2017 80 mins  
Air Date: 06/23/2017 Today we take a look at the state of foreign affairs as Trump trips and stubbles his way through his learning curve Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Another foreign policy built by an administration of lies - Intercepted (@theintercept) - Air Date 3-1-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​Misinformation - Silvanus Ch. 4: Act 2: Could Trump's White House Bury or Even Destroy the Landmark 2014 Senate Report on CIA Torture? - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 06-05-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​Wonderwall - Vitamin String Quartet Ch. 6: Act 3: Pentagon Shocked Trump Told Philippines President Where US Nuclear Subs Are - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 05-25-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: ​Secrets - OneRepublic Ch. 8: Act 4: President Trump’s Odd Diplomatic Approach - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 06-08-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: ​Blue Girl - A-Set Ch. 10: Act 5: Chomsky: Like Obama, Trump Is Radically Increasing the Danger of Nuclear War - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 04-26-17 Ch. 11: Song 5: ​Game Over - Plusplus Ch. 12: Act 6: Trump Greenlights Bahrain Brutality - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 05-27-17 Ch. 13: Song 6: ​Sickening - Ken Mickey Ch. 14: Act 7: London Terror: We Need to Talk About Saudi Arabia - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 06-05-17 Ch. 15: Song 7: ​Fearless (Acoustic Version) - For Today Ch. 16: Act 8: Playing the Madman - On The Media - Air Date 4-21-17 Voicemails Ch. 17: Millennial thoughts on Russia - Ariel from Memphis, TN Ch. 18: Millennial thoughts on Russia - Megan from Seattle, WA Ch. 19: Explaining how third parties have traditionally been formed - Will from Georgia Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 20: Final comments on why Clinton and Sanders supporters don’t understand each other Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

#1113 Tax cuts and deregulation have failed before and will fail again
Jun 20 2017 77 mins  
Air Date: 06/20/2017 Today we take a look at the legacy of conservative economics in Kansas, the new federal budget being pushed that would echo the Kansas disaster, deregulation that will cost citizens billions and the intellectual underpinning of modern conservative philosophy that is driving all this Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Conservatism is failing from Topeka to Tulsa to the River Thames - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 6-9-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​Dust in the Wind - Kansas Ch. 4: Act 2: A billionaire perspective on Trump's budget - The Other Washington - Air Date 6-1-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​Turtle (Bonobo Remix) - Pilote Ch. 6: Act 3: Republicans Repeal Disastrous Tax Cuts - @theyoungturks - Air Date 06-11-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: ​Lesson Learned (feat. John Mayer) - Alicia Keys Ch. 8: Act 4: Roll-Back of Financial Regulations Has Nothing to do with Complexity or Boosting the Economy - @TheRealNews - Air Date 6-13-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: ​Ennio 08-08 - Silence Is Sexy Ch. 10: Act 5: Stop Republicans from Deregulating Wall Street & #DefendCFPB via @RealBankReform - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 11: Song 5: ​This fickle world - Theo Bard Ch. 12: Act 6: Nancy MacLean on the intellectual underpinning of a “mean” Republican Party - Who What Why - Air Date 6-16-17 Voicemails Ch. 13: Russia - Alan from Connecticut Ch. 14: Interested in hearing about the Draft Bernie movement - Ahmed from the Bronx, NY Ch. 15: A rumination on freedom of speech - Dave from Olympia, WA Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 16: Final comments in response to Nathan from Vancouver, WA on free speech Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION Hold Congress accountable for the "Financial CHOICE Act" (H.R. 10) via Americans for Financial Reform Explore Americans for Financial Reform's website Follow Americans for Financial Reform on Twitter @RealBankReform Engage with the campaign through the hashtags #WrongCHOICEAct and #DefendCFPB EDUCATE YOURSELF Letter to Congress: Oppose H.R. 10 – The Wall Street’s CHOICE Act Would Devastate Financial Regulation (Americans for Financial Reform) What They Want to Hide Tells You Who They Are (Bill Moyers) Trump Administration Says Financial Watchdog Agency Should Be Defanged (New York Times) The Choice Act is Not a Community Banking Bill (American Banker, Op-ed) Bill to Erase Some Dodd-Frank Banking Rules Passes in House (New York Times) Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2017/06/16) So, this whole Russia thing, right?
Jun 16 2017 79 mins  
Edition #1112 Today we take a high-level look at the Trump/Russia controversy and examine how we should and shouldn’t be reacting to it. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Manchurian candidate or useful idiot? - Intercepted (@theintercept) - Air Date 3-1-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​Дискотека Авария - Малинки (feat. Ж. Фриске) Ch. 4: Act 2: A theory on how Trump got involved politically with Russia - The Ezra Klein Show - Air Date 6-6-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​007 (From "From Russia With Love") - The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra Ch. 6: Act 3: Chomsky With U.S. History of Overthrowing Govts, Outrage over Russian Hacking Claims is Laughable - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 04-04-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: ​Blue Girl - A-Set Ch. 8: Act 4: James Comey: 'No Doubt' Russia Interfered in 2016 Election, 'No Doubt' Russian Govt. Was Fully Aware - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 06-09-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: ​Nothing Is Good Enough (Instrumental) - Aimee Mann Ch. 10: Act 5: Why Liberals are Falling for Fake News About Russia - On the Media - Air Date 6-2-17 Ch. 11: Song 5: ​The Love You Save (May Be Your Own) - Joe Tex Ch. 12: Act 6: Legitimate concerns about Russia shouldn't lead to mass hysteria - The Zero Hour w: @RJEskow - Air Date 6-3-17 Ch. 13: Song 6: ​The Bathtub (feat. The Lost Bayou Ramblers) - Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin Ch. 14: Act 7: Is It a Mistake Focusing So Much Attention on Russia? - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date 03-05-17 Ch. 15: Song 7: ​People, Turn Around - Delta Spirit Ch. 16: Act 8: Masha Gessen on how the left has fallen into a Russia conspiracy sphere - The Ezra Klein Show - Air Date 6-6-17 Ch. 17: Song 8: ​Hide the Truth - Chronicle Ch. 18: Act 9: Yes, The Russia Scandal Is Actually A Scandal - @theyoungturks - Air Date 05-13-17 Voicemails Ch. 19: Explaining how campaigning on progressive ideas leads to victory - Steven from the People's Caliphate of Birmingham, UK Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 20: Final comments asking for thoughts on the state of the left Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2017/06/13) Hamstringing American innovation and restricting growth industries
Jun 13 2017 78 mins  
Edition #1111 Today we take a look at the ways America is being left behind by the rest of the world in the future of energy production thanks to the climate denialism of the Republican party. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Donald Trump announces our pull-out from Paris agreement - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 6-1-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​Alone Too Long - Daryl Hall & John Oates Ch. 4: Act 2: Protesters Take to Streets in NYC, Enraged by Trump's Decision to Withdraw from Paris Climate Deal - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 06-02-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​Paris - Dido Ch. 6: Act 3: An official rebuttal to the false claim being made about the satellite temperature data - Quirks and Quarks - Air Date 6-2-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: ​Doing Business - The Rorschach Garden Ch. 8: Act 4: Richard Branson on Trump’s coal plans ‘I can’t think of anything more stupid’ - Cape Up with Jonathan Capehart - Air Date 5-2-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: ​Sunshine Goodtime - Minnutes Ch. 10: Act 5: Paris Agreement - @LastWeekTonight with @iamjohnoliver - Air Date 06-05-17 Ch. 11: Song 5: ​Backwards Blues - Adia Victoria Ch. 12: Act 6: The world response to the US announcing that we will leave the Paris agreement - @GreenNewsReport - Air Date 6-8-17 Voicemails Ch. 13: Tentatively excited about cap and dividend - Nick from California Ch. 14: In defense of free speech - Nathan from Vancouver, WA Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 15: Final comments on conservatives explaining how conservatives think Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2017/06/09) The rise of hate in America (White Supremacy)
Jun 09 2017 82 mins  
Edition #1110 Today we take a look at some of the structures of white supremacy and the moment in the sun it is currently enjoying Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Hate Groups Promise Revolt If Trump Abandons White Supremacy - @RingOfFireRadio - Air Date: 12-31-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​​A Dose of White Supremacy - Neffe Odom Kragh-Muller Ch. 4: Act 2: As Confederate Monuments Come Down, the Struggle Continues - On the Media - Air Date 5-26-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​Soft Serve - Soul Coughing Ch. 6: Act 3: Steve Bannon Loves This "Shockingly Racist" Book - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 03-08-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: ​Your Racist Friend - They Might Be Giants Ch. 8: Act 4: Heidi Beirich on White Supremacist violence - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 6-2-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: ​We Are Nowhere And It's Now - Bright Eyes Ch. 10: Act 5: Learn How to Effectively Fight & Report Hate in Your Community via @SPLCenter - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 11: Song 5: ​Right to Complain - Trombone Shorty & Marc Broussard Ch. 12: Act 6: Something Is Emerging From This Community - On the Media - Air Date 6-2-17 Voicemails Ch. 13: How do we talk to people who's beliefs aren't based on fact? - Marguerite from North Carolina Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 14: Final comments on the toxic garbage dump that is White Supremacy Ch. 15: Bonus Clip: How to Argue - Love and Radio - Air Date 2-11-17 Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION Read and share SPLC's "Ten Ways to Fight Hate: A Community Response Guide" #ReportHate crimes to SPLC at splcenter.org/reporthate Stay informed about hate-fueled incidents across the country via SPLC's Hatewatch EDUCATE YOURSELF SPLC Hatewatch: Headlines for 6/7/2017 (SPLC Hatewatch) Defiant Alt-Right “Patriots” Encounter Portland’s Simmering Anger After Train Killings (SPLC Hatewatch) As Hate Crimes Rise, The Trump Administration Blocks Funding to Fight Domestic Extremism (Right Wing Watch) Why Taking Down Confederate Memorials is Only a First Step (The Conversation) Protest in the Era of Donald Trump (Huffington Post) Written by BOTL social media/activism director Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2017/06/06) Finding the path forward for Democrats and the progressive movement
Jun 06 2017 77 mins  
Edition #1109 Today we look at where the Democratic party went wrong that led them to their current disempowered state and some of the arguments for why moving in a progressive direction is both morally correct and electorally smart Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Thomas Frank on how Democrats lost their Democratic values - The Zero Hour w: @RJEskow - Air Date 4-22-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​How's That Workin' for You? - Karen Taylor-Good Ch. 4: Act 2: Brian Beutler and Glenn Greenwald discuss the path forward for Democrats - Primary Concerns from @NewRepublic - Air Date 4-27-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​State Your Case - Tibursky Ch. 6: Act 3: Parker Malloy discusses the place for identity politics in the progressive movement - Trumpcast from @Slate - Air Date 4-20-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: ​Join Forces - Caribbean Pulse Ch. 8: Act 4: The Assault on Bernie Continues: Identity Politics - The @BenjaminPDixon Show - Air Date 4-26-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: ​Tonight The Streets Are Ours - Richard Hawley Ch. 10: Act 5: FDR provides a guide for how the Democratic Party can win - @Jimmy_Dore Show - Air Date 3-31-17 Voicemails Ch. 11: Climate Response - Alan from Connecticut Ch. 12: Response to market-based solutions to climate change - Annie from Alabama Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 13: Final comments on the progressive debate over cap and dividend climate legislation Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!



(2017/05/30) A conservative solution to solving climate change
May 30 2017 68 mins  
Edition #1108 Today we look at some conservatives engaged in the fight against climate change and their best policy proposal to get the job done Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Bob Inglis Changing the dialogue on energy and climate Part 1 - TEDxJacksonville - Air Date 12-10-13 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​Free Enterprise - Dexter Jones' Circus Orchestra Ch. 4: Act 2: Ted Halstead: A climate solution where all sides can win – @TEDTalks - Air Date 5-17-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​Man With a Plan - The Button Men Ch. 6: Act 3: Bob Inglis Changing the dialogue on energy and climate Part 2 - TEDxJacksonville - Air Date 12-10-13 Ch. 7: Song 3: ​The Compromise - The Format Ch. 8: Act 4: Mitch Hescox on Why We're Not as Divided as You Think: Quiet Cooperation on Climate - Immense Possibilities on NETA Ch. 9: Song 4: ​Sweet Lullaby - Deep Forest Ch. 10: Act 5: [email protected] Field Report Climate March - Economic Update w: @profwolff - Air Date 5-18-17 Ch. 11: Song 5: ​Adventure, Darling - Gillicuddy Ch. 12: Act 6: Bob Inglis on Why We're Not as Divided as You Think: Quiet Cooperation on Climate - Immense Possibilities on NETA Ch. 13: Final comments on the artificial left/right divide on climate change policy Ch. 14: Bonus Clip: Cap & Dividend Explained - Chesapeake Climate Action Network - Air Date 4-9-09 Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION Let’s solve climate change! Engage with your conservative friends… Share this show, or, individual clips from this episode: BOTL #1108 Are they free-market obsessed? Share the organization RepublicEN.org Are they religious/Evangelical? Share the organization Evangelical Environmental Network Are they on board with Carbon Fee & Dividend? Share the Citizens Climate Lobby and get involved too! Find a chapter near you. Get more details and sample social media posts here. EDUCATE YOURSELF An Evangelical Movement Takes on Climate Change (Newsweek, 2016) Conservatives Plan for a Carbon Tax (The New York Times) Citizens Climate Lobby pushes for a carbon tax and dividend (The Guardian, 2013) 7 Reasons Conservatives Should Support Climate Change Solutions (Huffington Post) New economic study shows carbon tax refunded to households would create jobs (Citizens Climate Lobby, 2014) Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2017/05/26) Another genuine attempt to understand Trump conservatives
May 26 2017 72 mins  
Edition #1107 Today we look again at some of the underlying forces that shape the modern conservative mindset, including an answer (at long last!) to how anyone could think conservative comedy is funny Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Introduction + Deep Story - What Drives Trump Supporters? Sociologist Arlie Russell Hochschild on Anger & Mourning of the Right - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 9-28-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​Leader - Burning Spear Ch. 4: Act 2: Asking the Right Questions About Health Care - On The Media - Air Date 5-5-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​Blue Moon Of Kentucky - Ben Sollee Ch. 6: Act 3: Understanding conservative humor - Backstory - Air Date 5-19-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: ​My Drugs Are Red, White, And Blue - The O'Franken Factor Factor: The Very Best Of The O'Franken Factor Ch. 8: Act 4: Diehard Trump Supporter Has a Complete Change of Heart - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 03-23-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: ​Lessons Learned - Matt & Kim Ch. 10: Act 5: Examining diversity and instability in the US - The Ezra Klein Show - Air Date 5-23-17 Ch. 11: Song 5: ​Between the Wars - Billy Bragg Ch. 12: Act 6: Anand Giridharadas: A letter to all who have lost in this era - TEDTalks - Air Date 8-18-16 Voicemails Ch. 13: In response to Jacobin Radio and the economics of wealth creation - Dave from Olympia, WA Ch. 14: Put your media where your mouth is - Ryan in San Diego, CA Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 15: Final comments on how the labels we use distort our perception of politics and policies Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2017/05/23) If you can’t beat them, suppress them (Voting Rights)
May 23 2017 74 mins  
Edition #1106 Today we look at the current state of voting rights and the full press efforts being made to expand voter suppression far and wide across the country Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Where we stand on voting rights right now - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 4-12-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​What's Going On - Marvin Gaye Ch. 4: Act 2: Voter ID Suppressed 200,000 Wisconsin Votes; Trump Won by 22,748 - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 05-11-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​Who Benefits? - Mustard Plug Ch. 6: Act 3: The benefits of vote-by-mail - The Other Washington from @civicskunkworks - Air Date 5-18-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: ​Tusk - Errors Ch. 8: Act 4: The origins of Trump's new voter fraud commission - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 5-12-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: ​I Told You So - Karmin Ch. 10: Act 5: Call Out Voter Suppression with Let America Vote via @Let_AmericaVote - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 11: Song 5: ​Activism - Shihan Ch. 12: Act 6: Donald Trump Orders "Election Integrity" Commission Headed by Architects of Voter Suppression - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 05-12-17 Voicemails Ch. 13: When the threat is real, our perspective on freedom changes - Dave from Olympia, WA Ch. 14: Don't forget that the far left is never given a voice - Zach from Atlanta, GA Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 15: Final comments on who is most effected by Voter ID laws Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION Get involved with Let America Vote to fight voter suppression EDUCATE YOURSELF The GOP’s Attack on Voting Rights Was the Most Under-Covered Story of 2016 (The Nation) There’s a reason Trump keeps lying about voter fraud (Washington Post, Opinion) ‘The Stakes': Let America Vote Founder Jason Kander on Fighting Voter Suppression (MTV) There Are 868 Fewer Places to Vote in 2016 Because the Supreme Court Gutted the Voting Rights Act (The Nation) Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2017/05/19) The Surge comes to the War on Drugs
May 19 2017 82 mins  
Edition #1105 Today we look at the impact Jeff Sessions and the entire Republican government is having on drug policy in America and how we should be addressing destructive drug addiction instead Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Jeff Sessions Pushes New War on Drugs While Killing Obama-Era Police Reform Measures - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 04-11-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​Cold Hearts / Closed Minds - Nanci Griffith Ch. 4: Act 2: What Jeff Sessions means for the drug war - Fake the Nation - Air Date 4-20-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​High Demand - The Haymarket Squares Ch. 6: Act 3: Jeff Sessions Demands "Strongest Possible Charges" For Drug Users - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 05-13-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: ​War On Drugs - Fifteen Ch. 8: Act 4: Opiate Overdoses Drop in States with Legal Marijuana - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 04-08-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: ​Needle in the Hay - Elliott Smith Ch. 10: Act 5: Drug Addicts Should Be Treated Like Patients, Not Criminals - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 08-26-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: ​Winning the War On Drugs - Asylum Street Spankers Ch. 12: Act 6: Call Congress to Support the Justice Safety Valve Act of 2017 via @DrugPolicyOrg - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 13: Song 6: ​This Fickle World - Theo Bard Ch. 14: Act 7: A Man Had Two Sons (One Was Addicted to Heroin) - Progressive Faith Sermons w/ @RevDrRay - Air Date 3-6-16 Voicemails Ch. 15: The Democratic Party is there for the taking - Erica from Seattle, WA Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 16: Final comments on how to take over the Democratic Party Bonus Clip: You Too can Take Over a Political Party! - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 03-15-16 Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION Call your Reps and Senators and tell them to support the Justice Safety Valve Act of 2017 Get involved with Drug Policy Alliance and follow them @DrugPolicyOrg EDUCATE YOURSELF Sessions Tells Prosecutors To Seek 'Most Serious' Charges, Stricter Sentences (NPR) Senate Moves Forward with Bipartisan Bill to Rein in Jeff Sessions (Rolling Stone) I prosecuted drug offenders in the ’80s. It was a disaster. Why is Sessions taking us back? (Vox) Drug War Part 2: When the sequel is as bad as the original (The Hill, Opinion) Report: Aide says Nixon's war on drugs targeted blacks, hippies (CNN, 2016) Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2017/05/16) What Trumpcare would mean and how we can do better
May 16 2017 75 mins  
Edition #1104 Today we look at some of the specifics of the health care bill that Republicans passed through the House of Representatives including it’s impact on pre-existing condition coverage, coverage for women and more Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Protests Erupt After House Republicans Pass Healthcare Bill That Could Hike Premiums for Millions - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 05-05-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​Screwed - Kid Cudi Ch. 4: Act 2: What would Trumpcare mean for pre-existing conditions - Trumpcast from @Slate - Air Date 5-5-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​Just Dropped In - Kenny Rogers Ch. 6: Act 3: American Health Care Act vs. Women - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 05-09-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: ​What Are Their Names - David Crosby Ch. 8: Act 4: Republican: "Nobody Dies" Due to Lack of Health Care - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 05-08-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: ​Live And Let Die - Guns N' Roses Ch. 10: Act 5: Financial consequences of the ACA - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 5-4-17 Ch. 11: Song 5: ​Common Sense - Justin Mcroberts Ch. 12: Act 6: Jimmy Kimmel's Tearful Monologue: The Birth of His Son & the Nightmares That the Uninsured Can Face - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 05-03-17 Ch. 13: Song 6: ​Figure It Out - Plain White T's Ch. 14: Act 7: Use ALL the Resistance Tools to Fight Trumpcare via @IndivisibleGuide & #PaybackProject - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 15: Song 7: ​This fickle world - Theo Bard Ch. 16: Act 8: The peasants are revolting - Progressive Faith Sermons w/ @RevDrRay - Air Date 5-14-17 Ch. 17: Song 8: ​Common Ground - Our Last Night Ch. 18: Act 9: Let's compare what we get for our health care expenses with other countries - @DCCommonSense w/ Dan Carlin - Air Date 3-15-17 Voicemails Ch. 19: Still unclear if universal health care means slavery for doctors - David from South Carolina Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 20: Final comments on why debating if health care is a human right is a distraction Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION Use the new "Stop Trumpcare" tools and resources from Indivisible Guide Amplify your local actions against the 217 pro-AHCA Reps with Payback Project Send faxes and letters to Congress quickly via Resistbot, and voicemails via Stance EDUCATE YOURSELF Here are the 217 Representatives that voted for the AHCA and their contact info (Project Payback) If you would die under Trumpcare, you can send your ashes to Congress via Mail Me to the GOP What a Trumpcare nightmare: Just about everyone with health care is going to pay more, get less and face chaos (Salon) The Health Care Bill’s Insults to Women (New York Times) Republicans duck town halls after voting for Trumpcare… (The Guardian) Trumpcare Hits Children's Hospitals Hard (Forbes) Poll: 48 Percent Say House GOP Health Care Bill Is a Bad Idea (NBC News) Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2017/05/12) Freedom isn’t free, it’s paid for with your taxes
May 12 2017 81 mins  
Edition #1103 Today we look at the Trump administrations proposed tax plan, a progressive alternative for how we should be spending our money and some of the underlying principles of paying taxes Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: The DISASTER That Is Donald Trump's Tax Plan - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 04-27-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: You're a Disaster - Dragonette Ch. 4: Act 2: Corporations stashing their profits abroad - Economic Update w: @profwolff - Air Date 12-2-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​Ennio 08-08 - Silence Is Sexy Ch. 6: Act 3: Vanessa Williamson on Why Americans are proud to pay our taxes - @offkiltershow - Air Date 4-21-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: Petit - The Little Prince - David Ari Leon Ch. 8: Act 4: The People's Budget from the Progressive Caucus in Congress - The Zero Hour w: @RJEskow - Air Date 5-6-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: Political Prisoners - The Undercover Hippy Ch. 10: Act 5: Spread the Word about The People’s Budget via @USProgressives (Congressional Progressive Caucus) - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 11: Song 5: Ch. 12: Act 6: Taxes equals freedom - Jacobin Radio - Air Date 4-18-17 Voicemails Ch. 13: Systematic racism through housing during the New Deal - Kevin from Louisiana Ch. 14: Competing liberal values re: free speech - Trent from Salt Lake City, Utah Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 15: Final comments recommending episodes #908 and #987 on racism in housing policy and my thoughts on the current debate over free speech #908 Unfair housing, unfair society #987 The double helix of racial and economic inequality Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION Check out The People's Budget at cpcbudget.org and spread the word. Visit the Progressive Caucus website and follow @USProgressives on Twitter for updates. EDUCATE YOURSELF The Democrats are getting ready to govern again (The Week) This new budget points the way forward for Democrats (The Washington Post) The People’s Budget, Not Trump’s Budget, Will Help Working Americans (Common Dreams) The People’s Budget, not Trump’s budget, will help working Americans (Economic Policy Institute) The People's Budget: Progressive Proposal Aims to Un-Rig Failed Economic System (Common Dreams, 2015) Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2017/05/09) Racism built a system we all suffer under
May 09 2017 72 mins  
Edition #1102 Today we look at the ways we are all adversely effected by the racist structures of our society and examine the ways liberals helped build these systems and continue to fail to serve the needs of people of color Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Dr. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor on how we're all suffering from racism and capitalism - @Making_Contact - Air Date 1-23-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​Doing The Best That We Can - Kids At Risk Ch. 4: Act 2: How liberals built Prison America - @theLFshow w/ @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date 12-15-15 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​I Can't Breathe - Garner Family Ch. 6: Act 3: Donna Murch on For-Profit Punishment and Criminal-Justice Debt - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 8-12-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: ​At The Seams - Kimya Dawson Ch. 8: Act 4: Support Mama’s Bail Out Day This Mother’s Day via @NationalBailOut #FreeBlackMamas #EndMoneyBail - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 9: Song 4: ​Activism - Shihan Ch. 10: Act 5: How the Democratic party is failing their most loyal constituency - @thisishellradio - Air Date 4-17-17 Voicemails Ch. 11: Cowspiracy Vs Science Podcast - Alan from Connecticut Ch. 12: Punishing abortion providers punishes women by proxy - Catherine from Bloomington, IL Ch. 13: Competing liberal values re: free speech - Trent from Salt Lake City, Utah Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 14: Final comments on fossil fuels used in industrial agriculture and putting the rosiest lens on the harm anti-choice legislation would do to women Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION Support Mama's Bail Out Day this Mother's Day via @NationalBailOut Engage online with the hashtags #FreeBlackMamas and #EndMoneyBail EDUCATE YOURSELF Locked Up for Being Poor (New York Times) Federal judge: Harris Co. bail system unfair to poor, low-level defendants (Houston Chronicle) Black Is the New Black: Number of African-American Women in Prison Is Rising (BET, 2014) Incarcerated Women and Girls (The Sentencing Project) Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!


(2017/05/05) Free speech in an age of fascists
May 05 2017 82 mins  
Edition #1101 Today we look at some of the many layers of debate around freedom of speech, the freedom to protest, violent vs non-violent resistance and the fight against fascism Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 ​Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Protest Rights Under Threat - On The Media - Air Date 2-7-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​Free and Equal Speech - Chris Priest Ch. 4: Act 2: A Couple of Yiannopolous Supporters Actually Went to a Rally to Shoot a Liberal Protester! - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 04-28-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​Pay Attention - Dilated Peoples Ch. 6: Act 3: The history of violent and non-violent resistance movements - @CitizenRadio - Air Date 3-14-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: ​All You Fascists - Billy Bragg & Wilco Ch. 8: Act 4: For Antifa, Not All Speech Should Be Free - On The Media - Air Date 2-7-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: ​Antifa - Outrage Ch. 10: Act 5: Liberty and freedom as the Golden Rule - @dccommonsense w: Dan Carlin - Air Date 2-14-17 Ch. 11: Song 5: ​Freedom of Speech - John Mellencamp Ch. 12: Act 6: Arizona's Fascist Attempt To Ban Protests - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 02-24-17 Voicemails Ch. 13: Science episode was good, is the country more progressive or conservative? - Jennifer from Columbus, OH Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 14: Introduction to mini episode on progressive values of Americans Mini Episode: Ch. 15: Poll Results: America Fundamentally Progressive - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 05-23-12 Ch. 16: Poll: Americans Progressive On Key Issues - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 01-4-11 Ch. 17: Polls Prove America is Progressive - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 04-11-12 Ch. 18: Polls: Americans Are Progressive On Most Issues - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 07-23-10 Ch. 19: Final comments on how Fox News intentionally misleads without lying Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2017/05/02) Building a strong society and an innovative economy (Earned Benefits)
May 02 2017 79 mins  
Edition #1100 Today we look at the myriad benefits of earned benefits and why we should be looking to greatly expand our social benefits programs rather than cut them Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Fox News: Starve The Poor, Feed The Rich - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 12-30-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​Let's Eat the Poor - alan ross haynes Ch. 4: Act 2: David Dayen On Social Security Expansion - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 06-20-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​Social Security - Tallia Storm Ch. 6: Act 3: Ikea and the family leave we all deserve - Economic Update w @profwolff - Air Date 12-15-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: ​Family Values - Johnossi Ch. 8: Act 4: Economics: How Scandinavia Got it Right - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 11-05-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: ​Turtle (Bonobo Remix) - Pilote Ch. 10: Act 5: Defending Social Security from those who would dismantle it - The Zero Hour w: @RJEskow - Air Date 4-15-17 Ch. 11: Song 5: ​Bills - LunchMoney Lewis Ch. 12: Act 6: Call Congress to Demand they Stop the Budget Cuts & Invest in Human Needs via @CoalitiononHN - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 13: Song 6: ​Activism - Shihan Ch. 14: Act 7: Taxes, defense and public insurance programs - Economic Update w @profwolff - Air Date 4-24-16 Voicemails Ch. 15: Responses to Alan from Georgia re: Louisiana abortion laws - Dave from Olympia, WA Ch. 16: Framing universal health care as an American value - Annie from Alabama Ch. 17: My first 100 days - Romulo from Miami, FL Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 18: Final comments on Stance, my new favorite way to contact congress Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION Tell Congress to pass a spending bill that invests in basic living standards and fundamental human needs via Coalition on Human Needs (@CoalitiononHN) Leave Congress a direct voicemail with Stance Check out stats and data on the National Priorities Project (@natpriorities) and spread the word EDUCATE YOURSELF Federal Budget TipSheet - Social Insurance and Earned Benefits (National Priorities Project) Federal Budget TipSheet - Health Care Spending (National Priorities Project) Trump's Budget Cuts (National Priorities Project Blog) Under Trump, coal communities are stuck between a rock and a hard place (Think Progress) Remember When Donald Trump Promised to Save Social Security? (The Nation) HEAD SMACKER: Trump Plan Slashes Taxes on Companies Already Dodging Taxes (Coalition for Human Needs Blog) Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2017/04/28) The science of the times
Apr 28 2017 73 mins  
Edition #1099 Today we look at the importance of science in our lives and public policy and also at the Trump administration’s drive to stop science in it’s tracks Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Science in America - Neil deGrasse Tyson - Air Date 4-19-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​N/A Ch. 4: Act 2: The history of how we know that humans are driving climate change - Science VS - Air Date 3-16-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​Put It to the Test - They Might Be Giants Ch. 6: Act 3: How to Convince a Climate Change Sceptic - Quirks and Quarks - Air Date 12-16-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: ​Messages - Xavier Rudd Ch. 8: Act 4: Scientists, politics and protest - Science for the People - Air Date 2-16-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: ​Science Is Real - They Might Be Giants Ch. 10: Act 5: 314 Action and the movement to elect scientists to office - Who What Why - Air Date 4-22-17 Ch. 11: Song 5: ​Science Fair - Recess Monkey Ch. 12: Act 6: Take Part in Global Divestment Mobilization Week May 5-13 via @GoFossilFree @350 - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 13: Song 6: ​This Fickle World - Theo Bard Ch. 14: Act 7: Trump Signs Government Scientist Gag Order - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 01-26-17 Voicemails Ch. 15: Not all anti-choice people want to punish women who have abortions - Alan from Georgia Ch. 16: Less desire, less suffering - Dale from Minneapolis, MN Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 17: Final comments on how to sustain your activism Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION Join or organize Global Divestment Mobilization Actions, May 5-13,2017 Follow @GoFossilFree and @350 on Twitter Engage with the Divestment Mobilization hashtag #FossilFree EDUCATE YOURSELF Why Divestment is Changing the Climate Movement (The Nation, 2013) The rise and rise of the fossil fuel divestment movement (The Guardian, 2015) This is a Timed Test (Slate, Bill McKibben, 2015) Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2017/0425) Trump and Republicans take aim at women (Reproductive Justice)
Apr 25 2017 70 mins  
Edition #1098 Today we look at the current state of abortion politics here and abroad and explain how the Republicans intend to hurt women and increase the number of abortions worldwide by ignoring science and humanity Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Education and contraception bring abortion rates as low as 1973 - Savage Love w: @FakeDanSavage - Air Date 1-31-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​Thanks, Birth Control: The Song - bedsider Ch. 4: Act 2: The Story Behind the Mexico City Policy - On the Media - Air Date 1-27-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​​Bury the Past - Professional Victims Ch. 6: Act 3: Trump’s Anti-Abortion Order Likely to Increase Abortions - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 02-03-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: ​​Mandy Goes to Med School - The Dresden Dolls Ch. 8: Act 4: Where abortion is illegal - Popaganda from @BitchMedia - Air Date 3-30-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: ​Luriana Lurilee - Ben McElroy Ch. 10: Act 5: Mike Pence Casts Tie-Breaking Vote To Defund Planned Parenthood - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 03-31-17 Ch. 11: Song 5: ​Beneath the Lies - Abscondo Ch. 12: Act 6: Protect #ReproductiveRights at the State Level via @PPact @ReproRights @AllAboveAll - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 13: Activism - Shihan Ch. 14: Act 7: Beyond Choice to Reproductive Justice - @Making_Contact - Air Date 4-12-17 Voicemails Ch. 15: Understanding human interactions - Alan from Connecticut Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 16: Final comments on how the Science of "Blue Lies" May Explain Trump's Support Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION Get involved with Planned Parenthood Action Fund and follow @PPact Get involved with The Center for Reproductive Rights and follow @ReproRights Get involved with All Above All and follow @AllAboveAll EDUCATE YOURSELF State lawmakers rush to protect funding for Planned Parenthood (PBS Newshour) Minnesota House backs ban on state dollars for abortion (StarTribune) Governor Bullock lets Montana abortion bill become law (Missoulian) Women march outside as abortion bill debated inside (The State Journal-Register) Trump Signs Law Giving States Option To Deny Funding For Planned Parenthood (NPR) Why is Planned Parenthood popular? And if it's defunded, could any other organization fill the gap? (LA Times) Who's Popular and Who Isn't? (NBC News) The EACH Woman Act (Congress.gov) Women's Health Protection Act (Congress.gov) Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2017/04/21) Good-Natured (Economics and Culture)
Apr 21 2017 67 mins  
Edition #1097 Today we make the argument that people are naturally good and that society and economists should treat them that way Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: A lesson in Buddhist economics Part 1 - @thisishellradio - Air Date 3-7-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​Out With the Old - Casa Di Mondo Ch. 4: Act 2: Thomas Hobbes Was Wrong... Our Core Nature Is Good! - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 01-05-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​One of the Good Ones - Redd Kross Ch. 6: Act 3: A lesson in Buddhist economics Part 2 - @thisishellradio - Air Date 3-7-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: ​Renegades - X Ambassadors Ch. 8: Act 4: Nipun Mehta - Designing For Generosity - TEDxBerkeley - Air Date: 02-26-12 Ch. 9: Song 4: ​Something Good Can Work - Two Door Cinema Club Ch. 10: Act 5: Lux Narayan: What I learned from 2,000 obituaries - @TEDTalks - Air Date 3-1-17 Voicemails Ch. 11: You're killing me - Anonymous Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 12: Final comments on balancing the bad with a positive vision for the future Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2017/04/18) The oligarch who decided to buy the White House (Corruption)
Apr 18 2017 74 mins  
Edition #1096 Today we look at some of the lesser-known characters in the right-wing oligarchy who now own the White House and Supreme Court Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 ​Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Inside How the Federalist Society & Koch Brothers Are Pushing for Trump to Reshape Federal Judiciary - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 03-21-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​Follow the Money - Vova Zen Ch. 4: Act 2: Robert Mercers bizarre opinions and influences - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 3-22-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​The Oligarch - Ephemerals Ch. 6: Act 3: Dark Data Trump Backers Bankroll Firm Developing Psychological Profiles of Every U.S. Voter - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 03-23-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: ​Take A Look Around {Instrumental) - Limp Bizkit Ch. 8: Act 4: How to protect yourself in the face of diminishing online privacy - @HumorlessQueers - Air Date 3-25-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: ​Mind Control - Stephen Marley Ch. 10: Act 5: The Secret Family Behind The Rise Of Brietbart News - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date 03-28-17 Ch. 11: Song 5: ​Follow the Money - Zounds Ch. 12: Act 6: Who Bankrolls Breitbart News? - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 03-31-17 Ch. 13: Song 6: ​Oligarchy - The Haymarket Squares Ch. 14: Act 7: Erik Prince rises again - Intercepted (@theintercept) - Air Date 4-5-17 Voicemails Ch. 15: Clarifying the right to labor - Dan from Cleveland Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 16: Final comments on yet another reason why health care is not slavery Bonus Clip: Free Healthcare = Slavery (Rand Paul) - The Young Turks - Air Date 5-13-2011 Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2017/04/14) Reckless Empire and the Forever War (Foreign Policy)
Apr 14 2017 79 mins  
Edition #1095 Today we look at a Trump’s foreign policy so far, question the prevailing narrative and look back at how we got to now Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Trump Bombs Syria: It's Bad, Really Bad - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 04-10-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​Handlebars - Flobots Ch. 4: Act 2: Taking the wider angle perspective on America's militarism - #PoliticallyReactive with @wkamaubell and @harikondabolu - Air Date 4-12-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​Don't Waste Your Breath - Colour Me Wednesday Ch. 6: Act 3: Questioning the unquestioned media narrative of US military actions - Intercepted (@theintercept) - Air Date 4-12-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: ​Fake Empire - The National Ch. 8: Act 4: Stupid and easily manipulatable as Commander in Chief - @HumorlessQueers - Air Date 3-25-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: ​Mistake - Hi I'm Case Ch. 10: Act 5: Strike That Killed Dozens of Civilians Is Exactly What Trump Promised - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 03-29-17 Ch. 11: Song 5: ​Forgotten - The Haymarket Squares Ch. 12: Act 6: Fight the War Economy By Growing Local #Peace Economies via @CodePink - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 13: Song 6: Song Link here Ch. 14: Act 7: Andrew Bacevich on the Carter doctrine and the birth of our endless Middle East war - Le Show w @TheHarryShearer - Air Date 2-12-17 Voicemails Ch. 15: Thank you for disability episode - Tyler from Maine Ch. 16: Asking for clarification on health care policy - David from South Carolina Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 17: Final comments on why government-administered health insurance isn’t slavery Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION Visit codepink.org/peaceeconomy to learn more about divesting from war and investing in your community Take action with Next Steps to building a Local Peace Economy Follow Code Pink @codepink or their Peace Economy campaign account @PeaceEcon EDUCATE YOURSELF What does an 'America First' Policy Actually Mean? (The Nation) No Rural-Urban Divide Here: We All Want Good Jobs and Strong Local Economies (YES! Magazine) What a Policy of Real Solidarity with the Syrian People Looks Like (YES! Magazine) Why These Missile Strikes Won't Make Things Better for the Syrian People (YES! Magazine) To Billionaire Doomsday Preppers: Your Wealth Won't Save You (YES! Magazine) Is War Good for the Economy? (Huffington Post Blog, 2013) A State of Perpetual War (Huffington Post Blog, 2010) The US and NATO are Preparing for a Major War with Russia (The Nation, 2016) Written by BOTL social media/activism director Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2017/04/11) An identity group that any one of us might join at any time (Disability Rights)
Apr 11 2017 78 mins  
Edition #1094 Today we look at a variety of ways to bring the disability rights movement into the mainstream of media, advocacy and the world Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Media coverage of disabilities and the ADA getting better but still lacking - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 7-31-15 Ch. 3: Song 1: Nothing Is Good Enough (Instrumental) - Aimee Mann Ch. 4: Act 2: Bringing disability into the mainstream of diversity - Off Kilter (@TalkPoverty) - Air Date: 7-2-15 Ch. 5: Song 2: Going Home - Niklas Aman Ch. 6: Act 3: Discrimination in immigration then and now - Backstory - Air Date 2-10-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: The Cave - Piano Tribute Players Ch. 8: Act 4: On Disability and Representation - Black Girls Talking - Air Date 7-20-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Julie-O - Kevin "KO" Olusola Ch. 10: Act 5: Stop HR 620: Tell Congress to #ProtectADA via @NDRNAdvocates - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 11: Song 5: La Valse d'Amélie (Version Orchestre) - Yann Tiersen Ch. 12: Act 6: Elise Roy: When we design for disability, we all benefit - @TEDTalks - Air Date 11-12-16 Ch. 23: Final comments Bonus Clip 1: Nick Dupree's Story: A Medicaid Victory - All Things Considered - Air Date 2-12-03 Bonus Clip 2: Nick Dupree Fought To Live 'Like Anyone Else' - All Things Considered - Air Date 2-22-17 Bonus Clip 3: Tribute to Nick Dupree - @dccommonsense w/ Dan Carlin - Air Date 3-15-17 Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION Visit the NDRN website to read up on the response to HR 620 and learn what you can do to protect the ADA Call Congress, especially the 14 co-sponsors of HR 620 (7 Republicans, 7 Democrats) Learn more about disability culture and experiences through personal stories via Disability Visibility Project and about the importance of disabled people in public service via #CriptheVote. EDUCATE YOURSELF HR 620: ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017 (via Countable.us) Overview of Concerns on HR 620 (via NDRN.org) Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Letter of Opposition for ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017, HR 620 (via NDRN.org) People with Disabilities Battle Trump (via Workers World) Denham bill would fight ADA lawsuit abuse (via Central Valley Business Journal) Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!


(2017/04/07) The Exxon President goes to war with the planet (Climate)
Apr 07 2017 72 mins  
Edition #1093 Today we look at Trump’s recent moves to dismantle Obama’s environmental legacy, the legal troubles he faces and the bright future that renewable energy is still headed towards Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Trump SHREDDING Obama's Environmental Rules - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 03-30-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​Revolution (Human Need Over Profit) - Tha Truth Ch. 4: Act 2: Rolling back Obama's clean energy policies will be harder than Trump thinks - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 3-29-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​Things a Get from Bad to Worse - The Ethiopians Ch. 6: Act 3: Solar Creating Jobs 2X Faster Than Dirty Coal, Trump Wants Coal - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 03-19-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: ​Underneath A Blackened Moon - Keith And Joan Pitzer Ch. 8: Act 4: Trump Has Weakened America By Destroying Environmental Protections - @RingOfFireRadio - Air Date: 04-03-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: ​What Have We Done - The Haymarket Squares Ch. 10: Act 5: Why Trump Will Go Down In History As The Exxon President - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 03-18-17 Ch. 11: Song 5: ​My Country - Nahko and Medicine for the People Ch. 12: Act 6: Human adaptation at odds with fortress continents - Intercepted (@theintercept) - Air Date 3-29-17 Ch. 13: Song 6: ​Something happened - The Dodos Ch. 14: Act 7: To save the climate we need to remake the Democratic party - @thisishellradio - Air Date 3-11-17 Ch. 15: Song 7: ​Do The Right Thing - Beres Hammond Ch. 16: Act 8: Get in the Streets! Join #ScienceMarch on 4-22 & People's #ClimateMarch on 4-29 via @ScienceMarchDC and @Peoples_Climate - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 17: Song 8: This Fickle World - Theo Bard Ch. 18: Act 9: Fantastic, amazing, excellent, very good news for renewable energy - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 3-14-17 Ch. 19: Final comments on a couple more resources for the war on coal Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION April 22nd (Earth Day): March for Science Follow: @ScienceMarchDC April 29th (Trump’s 100th Day): People’s Climate March Follow: @Peoples_Climate EDUCATE YOURSELF Activists Announce People's Climate March (Huffington Post) Peoples Climate Movement Releases March Route (Common Dreams) Climate Justice Organizations Call for "People's Climate March" on April 29 (DemocracyNow!) Pussy Hats Making Way For Resistor Beanies In Science March (Huffington Post) This man in a space suit has a message for Earthlings (CNN) Congress’s one PhD-trained scientist will join march on Washington (STAT News) Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2017/04/04) Under surveillance from all angles (Privacy Rights)
Apr 04 2017 74 mins  
Edition #1092 Today we look at the ways in which both corporate and governmental institutions are looking to gain more and more access to your private data and communications Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 ​Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Clarifying exactly how much you're getting screwed by internet companies - @HumorlessQueers - Air Date 3-25-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: I'm Confused - Handsome Furs Ch. 4: Act 2: You're getting bought and sold by marketers online - The Benjamin Dixon Show (@TheBpDShow) - Air Date 3-28-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: Corporate America - SuperMonkey Ch. 6: Act 3: The racist application of surveillance laws through history - @theLFshow w @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date 2-15-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: Privacy - Michael Jackson Ch. 8: Act 4: Section 702 Is In the Spotlight - On The Media - Air Date 3-24-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: Private Eyes - Daryl Hall & John Oates Ch. 10: Act 5: FCC Under Trump: Net Neutrality & Internet Freedom Faces New Attack - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 02-14-17 Ch. 11: Song 5: Feet to the Fire - the hereafter Ch. 12: Act 6: Prepare to #SavetheInternet…AGAIN via @FreePress and @EFF - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 13: Song 6: This Fickle World - Theo Bard Ch. 14: Act 7: Edward Snowden on the Vault 7 leaks - Intercepted (@theintercept) - Air Date 3-15-17 Voicemails Ch. 15: Thoughts on our complicated health care system - Steve from New York Ch. 16: Inclusion needs to include the disabled - Annie from Alabama Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 17: Final comments on the need for more solidarity with the disabled Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION Sign up for updates at FreePress.net and EFF.org Follow FreePress on Twitter @FreePress and Facebook; Follow EFF on Twitter @EFF and Facebook Stay up to date on all the latest proposed legislation related to privacy on Countable.us EDUCATE YOURSELF House Republicans Vote to Destroy FCC's Online Privacy Protections (FreePress.net) Net Neutrality Is Trump’s Next Target, Administration Says (The New York Times) They Attacked Privacy. Net Neutrality is Next. (FreePress.net) Letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai from Keith Ellison and 30 other Senators on Preserving Net Neutrality (Ellison.house.gov) The inventor of the Web predicts ‘a massive outcry’ over online privacy (The Washington Post) Should an FCC Rule Imposing Data Privacy Requirements on Internet Service Providers be Repealed? (Countable.us) Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2017/03/31) Progressives fighting on multiple fronts (The Resistance)
Mar 31 2017 78 mins  
Edition #1091 Today we look at the multi-front political battles being waged for the heart of the progressive movement, women’s movement, the Democratic party and the county as a whole Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: A roundup of grassroots resistance groups - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 3-8-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: A Lot of Work to Do - Friendly People Ch. 4: Act 2: Intersectional feminism is looking to tear down the capitalism establishment - Off Kilter (@TalkPoverty) - Air Date 3-8-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: Intersectionality - Those American Girls Ch. 6: Act 3: The Democratic party needs to debate it's differences - The Zero Hour w @RJEskow - Air Date 3-4-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: Keep On Moving Forward - Emma's Revolution Ch. 8: Act 4: Why we can't abandon the red states - Belabored (@DissentMag) - Air Date 3-24-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: Immigrants (We Get the Job Done) - K'naan, Snow Tha Product, Riz MC & Residente Ch. 10: Act 5: A coalition of movements arise under Trump - @theLFshow w @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date 3-15-17 Ch. 11: Song 5: Workers of the World Unite! - The Last Internationale Ch. 12: Act 6: Nancy Pelosi Has Super Secret Plan To Keep Losing - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 03-24-17 Ch. 13: Song 6: Master Plan - My Morning Jacket Ch. 14: Act 7: The messaging of inevitability for the progressive movement - The Zero Hour w: @RJEskow - Air Date 3-4-17 Ch. 15: Song 7: Inevitable - Scissor Sisters Ch. 16: Act 8: Tap Into the Tools for ‘The Resistance’ - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 17: Song 8: Time for Action - Secret Affair Ch. 18: Act 9: Women in the age of Trump and what the movement looks like - We the Podcast with Rep. @keithellison - Air Date 3-30-17 Voicemails Ch. 19: We need to push for single payer - Zach from Atlanta, GA Ch. 20: An update on conservatives in my community - V from Central New York Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 21: Final comments on the progressive movement; past, present and future Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION Use these websites and apps as part of your Resistance Plan: 5Calls.org Countable.us ResistanceCalendar.org ResistanceManual.org ActionAlliance.co READ: "Your Guide to the Sprawling New Anti-Trump Resistance Movement" (via The Nation) Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2017/03/28) The corporatization of our schools (Education)
Mar 28 2017 76 mins  
Edition #1090 Today we look at the confirmation of Betsy DeVos to head the Department of education and some of the ideological and historical context that brought us to this point Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Betsy DeVos Confirmation Proves You Can Buy Power - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 02-09-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​Oligarchy - The Haymarket Squares Ch. 4: Act 2: The truth about school vouchers for impoverished or disabled children - Off Kilter (@TalkPoverty) - Air Date 2-17-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​Teach Me Something - Hot Tip Ch. 6: Act 3: Charter Schools - @LastWeekTonight with @iamjohnoliver - Air Date 08-22-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: ​How to save a life - The Fray Ch. 8: Act 4: The history of education policies and their purposes - @Making_Contact - Air Date 3-14-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: ​Dancing Through Life - Christopher Fitzgerald, Idina Menzel, Kristin Chenoweth, Michelle Federer & Norbert Leo Butz Ch. 10: Act 5: Will Reaganomics Put The Final Nail In The Coffin of Public Education? - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 11-29-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: ​The Idiots are taking over - NOFX Ch. 12: Act 6: #SaveOurSchools- Stop Legislation that Kills Public Education & Hurts Poor Children via @Network4pubed - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 13: Song 6: ​Activism - Shihan Ch. 14: Act 7: Diane Ravitch on the damage Betsy DeVos can do to the Department of Education - Who What Why - Air Date 1-20-17 Voicemails Ch. 15: Improve on the ACA to build toward single payer - Matt from Pueblo, CO Ch. 16: New York Health campaign - Alan from Connecticut Ch. 17: The ACA is a step towards single payer - Evan from Texas Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 18: Final comments on the way to negotiate for a better health care system Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION Get involved with Network for Public Education and follow them on Facebook and Twitter Join the conversations about school vouchers online with #SaveOurSchools Call Members of Congress: Countable.us Education Bills ; Members of the Education and the Workforce Committee EDUCATE YOURSELF Read the Summary of HR 610 (Congress.gov) Do Private-School Vouchers Promote Segregation? (The Atlantic) BETSY DEVOS WANTS TO USE AMERICA'S SCHOOLS TO BUILD "GOD'S KINGDOM" (Mother Jones) Jeff Bryan: The Big Lie Behind Trump’s Budget Proposals for Education (DianaRavitch.com) Tensions rise as vouchers pick up traction across Wisconsin (Journal Sentinel - Milwaukee, Wisconsin) Subtracting Schools from Communities (Urban.org) Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2017/03/24) A Corporate Judicial Coup (Judge Gorsuch and the Supreme Court)
Mar 24 2017 71 mins  
Edition #1089 Today we look at the hearings of Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch, how we got to here and what his possible placement on the court portends for our future Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: The important Gorsuch stories the media is missing - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 2-17-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​One - Apocalyptica Ch. 4: Act 2: Discussing the judicial coup Republicans are in the midst of - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 3-21-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​La Réalité - Amadou & Mariam Ch. 6: Act 3: Behind Neil Gorsuch's Rhetoric, His Record Suggests Aggressive Judge Wedded to Conservative Agenda - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 03-21-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: ​The Game Is Rigged - The Great Malarkey Ch. 8: Act 4: Dan Goldberg on some of Neil Gorsuch's worst rulings - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 3-24-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: ​The Smallest Piece - Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin Ch. 10: Act 5: The corporate takeover of the judicial system - Amicus from @Slate - Air Date 3-18-17 Ch. 11: Song 5: ​It's Just Not Right - Beatnik Turtle Ch. 12: Act 6: STOP Arch Conservative SCOTUS Pick Neil Gorsuch via @IndivisibleTeam #StopGorsuch - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 13: Song 6: ​This Fickle World - Theo Bard Ch. 14: Act 7: How Democrats Should Fight Trump's Supreme Court Pick - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 03-21-17 Voicemails Ch. 15: Seeking out progressive sci-fi to imagine a better world - Erin from Philadelphia Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 16: Final comments on our dystopian pop culture and thoughts on where health care should go from here Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION Use Indivisible Guide's fact sheet on Gorsuch and scripts to call Senators Easily Call Your Senators: 5calls.org (or) Countable.us EDUCATE YOURSELF Hobby Lobby and executive power: Gorsuch's key rulings (CNN) Call Your Senators and Demand That They Reject Neil Gorsuch (The Nation) The Democrats Must Filibuster Neil Gorsuch (Slate) Gorsuch: Roe v. Wade is the 'law of the land' (The Atlantic) Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch Has a Troubling History When Ruling on Disability Rights Cases (ACLU Blog) If We Care About Abortion, Asking Judge Neil Gorsuch His Opinion on Roe v. Wade Is Not Enough (ACLU Blog) Should Your Boss’s Religious Beliefs Dictate Your Health Insurance Coverage? Supreme Court Nominee Judge Gorsuch Thinks So (ACLU Blog) Attorney for "Frozen Trucker": Neil Gorsuch May Have Been Most Hostile Judge I've Ever Encountered (Truth Out) Durbin, Gorsuch spar over Hobby Lobby ruling (The Washington Post) Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2017/03/21) Bracing for impact or burning up on reentry? (Trumpcare)
Mar 21 2017 79 mins  
Edition #1088 Today we look at the rollout of Trumpcare including how we got here, the ideological challenges Republicans face in trying to repeal the ACA and the direction we should obviously go Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Bill Krystal's prediction about the future of health care - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 1-11-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​Burn My Candle (At Both Ends) [Live] - Shirley Bassey Ch. 4: Act 2: Conservative principles tied into pretzel over health care - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 3-7-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​Stuck In The Middle With You - Stealers Wheel Ch. 6: Act 3: What is Trumpcare? - Trumpcast from @Slate - Air Date 3-17-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: ​Shame - Ophelia of the Spirits Ch. 8: Act 4: Healthcare or Wealthcare? 24 Million to Lose Insurance Under GOP Plan While Rich Get Big Tax Breaks - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 03-14-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: ​Hurt - Johnny Cash Ch. 10: Act 5: Republicans backed themselves into a corner on health care - Primary Concerns from @NewRepublic - Air Date 3-9-17 Ch. 11: Song 5: ​Accountability - Sammy R. Hall Ch. 12: Act 6: The continuous coverage provision encourages people to not get health insurance until they're sick - The Zero Hour w: @RJEskow - Air Date 3-11-17 Ch. 13: Song 6: ​Sickening - Ken Mickey Ch. 14: Act 7: Budget Expert: Republicans Are Lying When They Say AHCA Won't Hurt Majority of Americans - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 03-16-17 Ch. 15: Song 7: ​Pas Si Simple - Yann Tiersen Ch. 16: Act 8: Luck Health Plan: You'll be okay. Probably. - Luck Plan - Air Date: 11-11-14 Ch. 17: Song 8: ​A Quai - Yann Tiersen Ch. 18: Act 9: Why we're stuck with the very flawed ACA - @dccommonsense w Dan Carlin - Air Date 3-15-17 Ch. 19: Song 9: ​Meaningless - The Nighty Nite Ch. 20: Act 10: Join the National Week of Action (April 3-7) to Demand Medicare for All via @H_O_P4E & @PHMglobal #Health4All - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 21: Song 11: ​Time for Action - Secret Affair Ch. 22: Act 12: Republicans Promise TrumpCare Won't Suck After Phase Three - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 03-15-17 Ch. 23: Final comments on the real debate going on with health care Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION Join the National Week of Action to Demand National Improved Medicare for All: Our Health is NOT for Sale! If you're in DC, volunteer for HOPE's Medicare for All Lobby Day in DC - March 29th EDUCATE YOURSELF Insurance Companies Just Accidentally Made The Case For Medicare For All (Huffington Post) For-Profit Health Care Used To Be Illegal (Health Over Profit for Everyone) Trumpcare vs. Obamacare (The New Yorker) The Conservative Uprising Against the Republican Health-Care Bill (The Atlantic) How the AHCA Leaves the Old, Sick and the Poor Behind (The Atlantic) Affordable Care Act revision would reduce insured numbers by 24 million, CBO projects (The Washington Post) A Running List of People Who Hate Trumpcare (Mother Jones) Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2016/10/07) Slavery in America is still alive and well (Prison Labor) (Repost)
Mar 17 2017 75 mins  
Edition #1048 Today we look at the ways in which the 13th amendment to the constitution opened the doors to a mere evolution of slavery rather than it’s abolition as our national myth contends Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe - Excerpt: Attica explained Ch. 3: Song 1: Attica State - John Lennon & Yoko Ono Ch. 4: Act 2: 45 Years After Legendary Attica Prison Uprising, New Book Reveals State Role in Deadly Standoff - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 09-09-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: Strong Animals - Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin Ch. 6: Act 3: Prison Labor = Modern Day Slavery? - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 09-16-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: High Demand - The Haymarket Squares Ch. 8: Act 4: Rattling the Bars US Prison Labor - @TheRealNews - Air Date 9-5-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Forward - Northbound Ch. 10: Act 5: Noelle Hanrahan on National Prison Strike - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 9-16-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: Prison Abolition (feat. Daman) - Conscious Youth Ch. 12: Act 6: Prisoners Strike To Say 'We're Not Slaves!!' (w/Guest: Maya Schenwar) - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 09-21-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Chain Gang (2005 Remastered) - Sam Cooke Ch. 14: Act 7: Important stories of the prison strike are blacked out by media - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 9-30-16 Ch. 15: Song 7: Everyday (Single Version) - Carly Comando Ch. 16: Act 8: Support Prison Strikers by Joining Actions Around the Country - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 17: Song 8: This Fickle World - Theo Bard Ch. 18: Act 9: Advocates: The U.S. Still Profits from Slavery Because the 13th Amendment Perpetuates Prison Labor - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 10-03-16 Ch. 19: Final comments on the timely release of the new Ava DuVernay doc, “13th” Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone TAKE ACTION Read the call to action post on ItsGoingDown.org and find an event near you at the bottom of the post. Create your own local action to support the prison strikes and submit it to be posted by emailing [email protected] EDUCATE YOURSELF Why Prisoners Across the Country Have Gone on Strike (via Mother Jones) "We're Freedom Fighters": The Story of the Nationwide Prison Labor Strike (via truthout) The biggest national prison strike in American history is happening now (via Daily Kos) Meet the inmate who launched a massive prison strike from his jail cell (via Vice) Free Alabama Movement (website of the inmates spearheading the strike in Alabama) IWW Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (unrecognized union for incarcerated prison workers) Written by BOTL social media/activism director Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2017/03/14) Living in an empire of lies (Propaganda)
Mar 14 2017 73 mins  
Edition #1087 Today we look at the mechanics and consequences of systemic lies and propaganda in an age of ignorance and anti-intellectualism Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Carl Sagan saw the Future - Quirks and Quarks - Air Date 1-27-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: Can't Hide from the Truth - The Hot 8 Brass Band Ch. 4: Act 2: How to question the information we receive - @thisishellradio - Air Date 2-24-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: Hide the Truth - Chronicle Ch. 6: Act 3: Former Supreme Court Justice Souter on The Danger of America's 'Pervasive Civic Ignorance' Ch. 7: Song 3: Debate - Rain Over St. Ambrose Ch. 8: Act 4: Words matter: Emotions and statistics - Frontline: The Persuaders - Air Date 11-9-2004 Ch. 9: Song 4: Honesty - Billy Joel Ch. 10: Act 5: How propaganda works - Ideas from CBC - Air Date 1-19-17 Ch. 11: Song 5: A Few Honest Words - Ben Sollee Ch. 12: Act 6: Character Education: The need for a love of truth - Progressive Faith Sermons w: @RevDrRay - Air Date 12-11-16 Voicemails Ch. 13: Why not join the Democratic Socialists of America? - Nathan from San Diego, CA Ch. 14: Corporations don't believe in individualism - Brad from Irving, TX Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 15: Final comments on how to combat Trump Fatigue Syndrome Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!


(2017/03/10) Unleashing the demons (Anti-Semitism)
Mar 10 2017 69 mins  
Edition #1086 Today we look at how the Trump campaign and presidency has emboldened those who would spew hatred or commit violence against Jews and others Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: The "De-Judification" of the Holocaust?: Trump Avoids Word "Jews" on Holocaust Remembrance Day - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 02-02-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​Eyes Wide Open - Gotye Ch. 4: Act 2: PewDiePie In Trouble For Anti-Semitic Comments - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 02-15-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​Remember How We Forgot - Shane Koyczan and the Short Story Long Ch. 6: Act 3: Anti-Semitic & Anti-Muslim Violence Rise Under Trump Presidency - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 03-06-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: ​Mad World - Vitamin String Quartet Ch. 8: Act 4: Trump Staffer Tied to Anti-Semitic Holocaust Deniers - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 03-01-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: ​Blue Girl - A-Set Ch. 10: Act 5: Anne Frank Center: Trump's Remarks on Anti-Semitism are Too Little, Too Late - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 02-22-17 Ch. 11: Song 5: ​Beneath the Lies - Abscondo Ch. 12: Act 6: Demand the Trump Administration Take Action to Fight Anti-Semitism via @ADL_National - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 13: Song 6: ​This Fickle World - Theo Bard Ch. 14: Act 7: Sebastian Gorka called an American citizen from the White House to argue over tweets - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 2-23-17 Voicemails Ch. 15: Followup on a progressive perspective on immigration - Kiki from Oakland, CA Ch. 16: Launching a new political party based on collectivism - Alexander from Grand Canyon Village, AZ Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 17: Final comments on the meaning of life and starting now Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION Share the ADL's 9 step plan for the Trump administration to fight anti-semitism Send the plan to your Representatives and Senators and demand they fight for action EDUCATE YOURSELF President Trump: Time for a Plan of Action to Fight the Surge of Anti-Semitism (ADL.org) Anti-Semitism in the United States (ADL.org) Letter from Senate to DOJ, DHS and FBI (Peters.senate.gov) Homeland Security Finally Vows To Fully Join Investigation Into ‘Hate-Inspired Attacks’ (Huffington Post) After a new wave of anti-Semitic attacks, White House appears skeptical about anti-Semitism (Vox) A Sixth Wave Of Bomb Threats Has Hit Jewish Centers Around The United States (BuzzFeed News) Muslim Fundraiser to Repair Jewish Cemetery Raises $100k (NBC News) Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2017/03/07) A case against the myth of individualism (Culture)
Mar 07 2017 77 mins  
Edition #1085 Today we look at the dangerous myths of individualism and the American Dream™, some of their origins and some of their consequences Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Cultural influences on our perspective of self w/Gish Jen - Think Again - Air Date 3-4-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​Different People - No Doubt Ch. 4: Act 2: You are not as free as you think you are w/Raoul Martinez - @thisishellradio - Air Date 2-24-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​The system - Abscondo Ch. 6: Act 3: Individualism in the prosperity gospel brand of Christianity - Ideas from CBC - Air Date 1-8-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: ​Southern Baptism - Richard Gilks Ch. 8: Act 4: The cold war propaganda of anti-collectivism w/Gish Jen - Think Again - Air Date 3-4-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: ​Knock Yourself Out - Jon Brion Ch. 10: Act 5: The myths of the autonomous individual and free markets w/Raoul Martinez - @thisishellradio - Air Date 2-24-17 Ch. 11: Song 5: ​Drums of Freedom - Theo Bard Ch. 12: Act 6: Training is all that matters - A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain Ch. 13: Song 6: ​Perpetuum Mobile - Penguin Cafe Orchestra Ch. 14: Act 7: An ignorance of history bolsters acceptance of anti-regulation individualism - You are not so smart - Air Date 2-24-17 Ch. 15: Song 7: ​Making Progress - Freedom's Progress Ch. 16: Act 8: The dangerous myth of the American Dream w/Raoul Martinez - @thisishellradio - Air Date 2-24-17 Voicemails Ch. 17: Thoughts on ICE agents now going after softer targets - Charlie from Cleveland, OH Ch. 18: Confronting a "racial realist" worldview - Zach from Atlanta, GA Ch. 19: Response to Rich re: Indivisible - Dave from Olympia, WA Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 20: Final comments rejecting the Personal Responsibility/Social Good dichotomy Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2017/03/03) Running the Ship-of-State Aground (Foreign Policy)
Mar 03 2017 78 mins  
Edition #1084 Today we look at how Trump is currently running his foreign policy programs and where he’s planning to take it Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: In First TV Interview, President Trump Says Torture "Absolutely" Works - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 01-26-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: Waterboarding USA - Harry Shearer Ch. 4: Act 2: Torture Doesn't Work and Here's the Scientific Evidence - Quirks and Quarks - Air Date 2-2-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​Talk to Me - Stevie Nicks Ch. 6: Act 3: Media operates on articles of faith regarding American foreign policy - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 2-17-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: ​Drone Bomb Me - ANOHNI Ch. 8: Act 4: Rep. Lieu: The White House Lying & Stifling Dissent on Yemen Raid is Step Toward Authoritarianism - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 02-15-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: ​Never Gonna Learn - Jont Ch. 10: Act 5: Trump Takes Zero Responsibility For Yemen Raid Disaster - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 03-01-17 Ch. 11: Song 5: ​The Buck Stops Here - Childsplay Ch. 12: Act 6: Wilkerson: Trump's Proposed $54 Billion Increase in the Military Budget Not for National Security - @TheRealNews - Air Date 2-28-17 Ch. 13: Song 6: ​Moneytalks - Vitamin String Quartet Ch. 14: Act 7: Plan a MLK, Jr. “Beyond Vietnam” Speech-Reading Event for April 4th via @VFPNational and National Council of Elders - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 15: Song 7: ​Activism - Shihan Ch. 16: Act 8: Anti-Islam religious zealots retake power in the White House - Intercepted (@theintercept) - Air Date 3-1-17 Voicemails Ch. 17: R.I.P Alan Colmes - Rick from Madison, WI Ch. 18: Excited about the Justice Democrats - Sunny from St. Paul, MN Ch. 19: Fragility and the progressive case for immigration - Ken from Raleigh, NC Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 20: Final comments on conservative political correctness Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION Plan a "Beyond Vietnam" Speech-reading event in your community for April 4th with the Veterans For Peace Toolkit Volunteer with a Veterans For Peace Chapter near you to help plan a "Beyond Vietnam" speech-reading event Read the National Council of Elders call to action for the 50th anniversary of MLK, Jr.'s "Beyond Vietnam speech Read the entire "Beyond Vietnam" speech EDUCATE YOURSELF Donald Trump Goes All In for the Military-Industrial Complex (The Nation) Why Trump's Military Budget Boost Doesn't Add Up (Mother Jones) Trump’s Budget Proposal Is an Attack on the Working Class (The Nation) Trump to Seek $54 Billion Increase in Military Spending (The New York Times) Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2017/02/28) Trump’s immigration crackdown has begun
Feb 28 2017 79 mins  
Edition #1083 Today we look at Trump’s new immigration crackdown and several of the reasons why it’s a bad idea Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Posturing On Immigration - On The Media - Air Date 2-23-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: Bad Idea - Goose Ch. 4: Act 2: The positive impacts of immigrant communities - Economic Update w @profwolff - Air Date 2-16-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: Stop & Frisk (For Treyvon and Alvin) - Vex Davortex Ch. 6: Act 3: Examining the aspects of a broken immigration system - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 2-24-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: Immigrants (We Get the Job Done) ​- K'naan, Snow Tha Product, Riz MC & Residente Ch. 8: Act 4: Trump's Migration Program Mimics the Cold War Dragnet - The F Word w/ @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date 2-23-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: ​Immigrant - Alysha Brilla Ch. 10: Act 5: Nazis Once Published List of Jewish Crimes, Trump Now Pushing to Do the Same for Immigrant Crimes - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 02-02-17 Ch. 11: Song 5: ​Immigrant - Deine Lakaien Ch. 12: Act 6: Refugees Welcome sign hung on Statue of Liberty - The Benjamin Dixon Show (@TheBpDShow) - Air Date 2-21-17 Ch. 13: Song 6: ​Immigrant - John McCutcheon Ch. 14: Act 7: Protect Immigrants in Your Community- Join #HereToStay Network & #RaidWatch via @UNITEDWEDREAM & @AmericasVoice - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 15: Song 7: ​Activism - Shihan Ch. 16: Act 8: The oscillations in American immigration policy - Backstory - Air Date 2-10-17 Voicemails Ch. 17: A reply to Ken about shame - Felicia from Centralia, MO Ch. 18: In response to the Indivisible Guide strategy - Rich from Sequim, WA Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 19: Final comments on understanding strategies and tactics Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION 1. Sign up with United We Dream #HereToStay Network to get notified if an immigrant in your community needs help 2. Document and report ICE activity in your community via social media using #RaidWatch 3. Call, write and show up at your Mayor’s office to demand they declare your city a “sanctuary of safety” Resources for immigrants: If you have been approached by ICE officials, call the United We Dream Hotline: 1-844-363-1423 Read your rights and download United We Dream Deportation Defense Cards and browse their "Resources" page Find out where raids are happening (and/or submit them) with Latino Rebel’s MigraMap Find an immigration lawyer via American Immigration Lawyers Association EDUCATE YOURSELF Mexican ‘DREAMer’ nabbed in immigrant crackdown (Reuters) Trump's DHS Executive Orders (DHS.gov) Donald Trump Plans to Bypass the Courts to Deport as Many People as Possible (The Intercept) What Immigration Raids Mean for Students (The Atlantic) Dreamer Says ICE Threatened to Deport Him (The Daily Beast) Trump's Deportation Raids: What We Know and Don't Know (Mother Jones) Law-Abiding but Illegal, and Fearing the New Trump Rules (The New York Times) Trump touts recent immigration raids, calls them a ‘military operation’ (The Washington Post) President Trump is on shaky ground with his new immigration order (The Washington Post) Entrepreneurs Are Being Deported -- And They Might Be at the Center of America's Coming Immigration Fight (Entrepreneur) Dallas County ‘Dreamer’s’ arrest puts scare in immigration-rights community (Texas Star-Telegram) Immigration Agents Took a Woman With a Brain Tumor Out of the Hospital: Report (TIME) Plan To Disrupt Immigration Raids Will Enlist Songs And Prayers (NPR) Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2017/02/24) The economics of our environment (Capitalism vs. the Climate)
Feb 24 2017 70 mins  
Edition #1082 Today we look at the intersection of the climate and capitalism in the shadow of the most crony capitalist administration in American history Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: What is your investment dollar doing? - Australians for coal - Air Date: 02-28-14 Ch. 3: Song 1: N/A Ch. 4: Act 2: Declining Cost of Renewables Will Challenge Trump's Promise to Bring Back Jobs Through Coal - @TheRealNews - Air Date 1-25-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​A Farewell To Trends - dustmotes Ch. 6: Act 3: Notes on the fight against fossil capitalism w/ Ashley Dawson - @thisishellradio - Air Date 12-14-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: ​The sea is rising - Bliss n Eso Ch. 8: Act 4: Michael Metcalfe: A provocative way to finance the fight against climate change - @TEDTalks - Air Date: 4-11-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: ​Whatever It Takes - Lifehouse Ch. 10: Act 5: Germany PROVES We Can END Fossil Fuels - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 09-29-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: ​Stakes Still High - Sol Ch. 12: Act 6: Divest Yourself and Your Community from Fossil Fuels via @DeFundDAPL - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 13: Song 6: ​Divest! 350Org - Tem Blessed Ch. 14: Act 7: Not everything that's profitable is good - Economic Update w: @profwolff - Air Date 2-10-17 Voicemails Ch. 15: What's the progressive answer to immigration? - Kiki from Oakland Ch. 16: In response to Amanda about how to feel better - Rachel from Washington Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 17: Final comments with advice on surviving and thriving during times of oppression Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION Use DefundDAPL.org steps and resources to divest your personal finances from banks funding DAPL Use DefundDAPL.org steps and resources to get engaged or take action to divest your community from banks funding DAPL Save the date for the People's Climate March on April 29th, 2017 in Washington, DC, and sister marches around US EDUCATE YOURSELF 2 Cities To Pull More Than $3 Billion From Wells Fargo Over Dakota Access Pipeline (NPR) 7 Things the Defund DAPL Campaign Has Achieved So Far (Including $28 Million in Personal Accounts Moved) (Yes! Magazine) Movie Stars Pulling Their Money Out Of Wells Fargo. Defund DAPL (The Young Turks) 4 Key Impacts of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines (National Geographic) Emails Reveal EPA Chief Scott Pruitt's Dirty Dealings with Oil and Gas Industry (The Intercept) Trump to roll back Obama’s climate, water rules through executive action (The Washington Post) Drilling experts explain why Trump can’t bring back oilfield jobs (Think Progress) Trump signs measure rolling back last-minute Obama coal mining regulation (CNN) New rule protecting waterways from coal mining will be early target of Trump administration (Think Progress) Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2017/02/21) Where the Democrats went wrong and how to bring them back
Feb 21 2017 77 mins  
Edition #1081 Today we look at the past failings of the Democratic party over the past several decades that brought us to our current point and then look for ways to turn that ship around Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Van Jones Says Clinton Days Are Over, Centrism Has To Stop - @RingOfFireRadio - Air Date: 01-08-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​Wake Me Up - Avicil Ch. 4: Act 2: Is unity overrated? w/ @onesarahjones - The Zero Hour w: @RJEskow - Air Date 1-28-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​My Conversation - The Uniques Ch. 6: Act 3: Thomas Frank: Listen Liberal and where the Democratic party went wrong - @Jimmy_Dore Show - Air Date 1-20-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: ​Betrayal - Wang Chung Ch. 8: Act 4: There is no anti-capitalist party in the US - Economic Update w: @profwolff - Air Date 2-10-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: ​Out With the Old - Casa Di Mondo Ch. 10: Act 5: Keith Ellison: 'We've Got To Reset the Future of the Democratic Party' - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 12-30-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: ​Out With the Old - The Sensational Nightingales Ch. 12: Act 6: Help Elect Keith Ellison as DNC Chair via @DemSpring - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 13: Song 6: ​Out With the Old - Korsairs Ch. 14: Act 7: The Democratic Party Takeover HAS BEGUN - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 01-24-17 Voicemails Ch. 15: A movement to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment - Amanda from Asheville, NC Ch. 16: Losing hope from the wave of very dark rhetoric coming from the right - Amanda from Snohomish, WA Ch. 17: The American privilege of voting for Clinton - John from New York Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 18: Final comments on voting with eyes wide open Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION Sign up to start a delegation in your area and/or make calls to DNC members in your state. Check out the "How You Can Help" page on KeithforDNC.org for social media actions/media and more. Follow @EllisonCampaign on Twitter and Keith for DNC on Facebook. EDUCATE YOURSELF Keith Ellison for DNC Video on Approach to Voter Turnout (@EllisonCampaign) Keith Ellison Is Everything Republicans Thought Obama Was. Maybe He's Just What Democrats Need. (Mother Jones) Why We Support Keith Ellison for DNC Chair (The Nation) Keith Ellison: How the Democrats Can Win (The Nation) The Democratic Party Needs Keith Ellison (The Huffington Post Blog) College Democrats of America President and Vice-President Endorse Keith Ellison for DNC Chair (Press Release) Onetime Rival Endorses Ellison for DNC Chair (Common Dreams) Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2017/02/17) Corporate media’s fight for legitimacy in the age of Trump
Feb 17 2017 79 mins  
Edition #1080 Today we look at the state of the corporate-controlled media in the age of Trump, how you can navigate those murky waters and what we can do to make it better Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Diversify your news - Popaganda from @BitchMedia - Air Date 11-24-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: N/A Ch. 4: Act 2: Spicer vs. the Interns - On the Media - Air Date 1-27-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​Totem Ancestor - Kronos Quartet Ch. 6: Act 3: Is Donald Trump good for journalism? - The Inquiry - Air Date 2-13-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: ​A Waltz for George and Tex - Black Prairie Ch. 8: Act 4: Bernie Sanders Warns About Dangers Of Corporate-Controlled Media - @RingOfFireRadio - Air Date: 01-01-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: ​Turn it off - The Moxy Ch. 10: Act 5: Keep Going Back to Substance and the Truth - On the Media - Air Date 1-27-17 Ch. 11: Song 5: ​Freedom (From Braveheart) - Music Themes Group Ch. 12: Act 6: Is 'Biased News' More Destructive Than Fake News? - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 12-23-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: We Stand As One - Joseph Arthur Ch. 14: Act 7: Become a “Media Activist” via @FAIRmediawatch - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 15: Song 7: ​Activism - Shihan Ch. 16: Act 8: Ned Beatty's NETWORK speech-by Paddy Chayefsky Voicemails Ch. 17: Building trust as a foundation - Ryan from Phoenix Ch. 18: Losing hope from the wave of very dark rhetoric coming from the right - Amanda from Snohomish, WA Ch. 19: How to persuade conservatives - Ken from Raleigh, North Carolina Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 20: Final comments on the social justice and the fragility of the privileged Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION Go to FAIR.org to get Action Alerts and become a “media activist” Check out FAIR’s Media Activism Kit Subscribe to FAIR’s CounterSpin podcast Member of the media? Check out FAIR’s Media Advisories EDUCATE YOURSELF NYT’s False Choice for Democrats: Move to the Right or Divide by Race (FAIR) Jessica Gonzalez on FCC Chair Ajit Pai (FAIR's CounterSpin) Scrutiny for Supreme Court Pick Fails to Focus on Rights of Disabled (FAIR) ACTION ALERT: WaPo’s Post Live Series Is a Love Letter to Corporate Conflicts of Interest (FAIR) Trump’s Inauguration and the Legitimacy Fetish (FAIR) Daily Kos Founder Gleefully Celebrates Coal Miners Losing Health Insurance (FAIR) Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2017/02/14) If you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu (Trumpian Economics)
Feb 14 2017 77 mins  
Edition #1079 Today we look at the plans being cooked up by Trump and the GOP to screw the people and enrich the corporations Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Republicans To Kill Elizabeth Warren's Greatest Accomplishment - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 11-18-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​Rip-Off - Jimmy Cliff Ch. 4: Act 2: David Dayen On Trump's Infrastructure Plan - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date 11-25-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​Destructive - Sentry. Ch. 6: Act 3: Trump's tax plan and how the world may react - Economic Update w @profwolff - Air Date 12-15-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: ​Screwed - Kid Cudi Ch. 8: Act 4: Trump’s Anti-Regulatory Agenda Will Cost Economy Billions - @RingOfFireRadio - Air Date: 12-18-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: ​Monday - Jon Brion Ch. 10: Act 5: Trump DESTROYED Goldman Sachs During Election, Now Will Be Goldman Sachs President - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date 12-22-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: ​Bamboozled - Omar and the Howlers Ch. 12: Act 6: Why we need the fiduciary rule that Trump wants to stop - Economic Update w: @profwolff - Air Date 2-10-17 Ch. 13: Song 6: ​Working Reward - The Haymarket Squares Ch. 14: Act 7: Tell Your Senators to Support & Protect the #FiduciaryRule via @IndivisibleTeam - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 15: Song 7: ​This fickle world - Theo Bard Ch. 16: Act 8: Extreme Vetting for People, But Not for Banks (w/Guest William Black) - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 02-07-17 Voicemails Ch. 17: Long commutes equals unhappiness - Travis in Ft. Worth, TX Ch. 18: Trump supporters with a license for bigotry - V from Central New York Ch. 19: A perspective from the south - Kevin from Louisiana Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 20: Final comments on why facts are not enough to win an argument Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION Check out the Fiduciary Rule Call Scripts prepared by the Indivisible Guide Team to use when calling your Senators Call your Representatives and Senators to demand they publicly support and protect the Fiduciary Rule: 202-224-3121 (Capitol switchboard number) EDUCATE YOURSELF Fiduciary Rule is Now in Question. What's Next for Investors? (The New York Times) Indivisible Guide Twitter Moment: Call Your Members of Congress on the Fiduciary Rule (Indivisible Guide) Elizabeth Warren's Letter to Acting Secretary of Labor, Edward Hugler, On the Fiduciary Rule (Warren.senate.gov) A hot investing startup wrote an open letter to Donald Trump, and is setting the stage for a battle on Wall Street (Business Insider) Market Recap - Executive Actions Planned for Dodd-Frank and Fiduciary Rule (Personal Capital) "You Might Die Younger" Without the Fiduciary Rule (Personal Capital Blog) Retirement Plans: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, HBO) Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!


(2017/02/10) Unnecessary, ineffective and un-American (Muslim Ban)
Feb 10 2017 73 mins  
Edition #1078 Today we lay out the story so far of Trump’s attempt to make good on his campaign promise to ban muslims from entering the country Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 ​Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Breaking down the fallout of the muslim ban - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 1-30-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​Backfire - MuteMath Ch. 4: Act 2: The muslim ban is unnecessary and ineffective - Trumpcast from @Slate - Air Date 1-29-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​Land of Confusion - Genesis Ch. 6: Act 3: The Attorney General Defied Trump's Muslim Ban. He Did One Thing He Knows How to Do: He Fired Her - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 01-31-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: ​Richard Nixon - Rod & The MSR Singers Ch. 8: Act 4: Sorry Trumpkins, Obama Didn't 'Ban Muslims' Like Trump Did. RELATED: Obama Also Is Not a Muslim. - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 02-06-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: ​Generator (First Floor) - Freelance Whales Ch. 10: Act 5: Lena Masri on the religious loophole that targets muslims - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 1-30-17 Ch. 11: Song 5: ​Islamophobia - Genocide Ch. 12: Act 6: Media's failures in addressing the muslim ban - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 2-3-17 Ch. 13: Song 6: ​Fear, Terror, and the Fear of Terror - Infinite Third Ch. 14: Act 7: QUICK EXPLAINER: The FULL 20-Step Vetting Process Already In Place for Refugees To Enter the U.S. - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 02-01-17 Ch. 15: Song 7: ​get real - the mountain firework company Ch. 16: Act 8: Fight Trump’s Muslim Travel Ban via @theIRC @HIASrefugees and @ACLU - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 17: Song 8: ​Right to Complain - Trombone Shorty & Marc Broussard Ch. 18: Act 9: The steps along the path to the muslim ban - Intercepted (@theintercept) - Air Date 2-1-17 Voicemails Ch. 19: Debating Trump supporters - Colin from Cleveland, OH Ch. 20: Working toward finding common ground - Jenny Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 21: Final comments on how to start any political discussion Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION Call your Representatives and Senators to demand they denounce Trump's ban & thank those who have: 202-224-3121 (Capitol switchboard number) Find out if you are near one of the 29 International Rescue Committee program offices in the US and consider volunteering Explore and donate to the many other organizations supporting refugees and immigrants Find local groups near you committed to fighting the Trump agenda via Indivisible Guide Take part in the HIAS National Day of Jewish Action for Refugees the weekend of February 11th and 12th EDUCATE YOURSELF Letter: National and Local Organizations Support the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program and Oppose Legislation that Would Stop the Resettlement of Syrian Refugees (Refugees International) How to Help Immigrant and Muslim Neighbors (BillMoyers.com) 10 Concrete Ways to Take Action Against the Muslim Ban (Huffington Post) Trump's Muslim Ban is Cowardly and Dangerous (The New York Times Editorial Board) Donald Trump's Muslim Ban Makes Us All Less American (Rolling Stone) Is President Trump's Immigration Order a 'Muslim Ban'? (Yes, here's why) (The Atlantic) Trump’s Muslim Ban Is Culmination of War on Terror Mentality but Still Uniquely Shameful (The Intercept) This is the Beginning of Donald Trump's Muslim Ban (The Nation) Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2016/11/01) Making a genuine effort to understand Trump conservatives (Repost)
Feb 07 2017 77 mins  
Edition #1054 Today we dive deeply into the world of conservatives as described in the new book “Strangers in their own Land” by Arlie Russel Hochschild in an attempt to understand how some non-deplorable people in the country could be supporting Donald Trump Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: What Drives Trump Supporters? Sociologist Arlie Russell Hochschild on Anger & Mourning of the Right Part 1 - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 9-28-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel Ch. 4: Act 2: The environmentalist tea-partier who dumped toxic waste in public water - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 10-5-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: Protect & Serve - Stiff Little Fingers Ch. 6: Act 3: How Our Stone-Age Brain Gets in the Way of Smart Politics Part 1 - @BillMoyersHQ in Conversation - Air Date 4-15-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: I Don't Think About It - Emily Osment Ch. 8: Act 4: What Drives Trump Supporters? Sociologist Arlie Russell Hochschild on Anger & Mourning of the Right Part 2 - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 9-28-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Refund - Minor Motion Ch. 10: Act 5: The Deep Story of conservatives and the rise of Trump - Economic Update w/ @profwolff - Air Date 9-29-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: Shame - The Avett Brothers Ch. 12: Act 6: How Our Stone-Age Brain Gets in the Way of Smart Politics Part 2 - @BillMoyersHQ in Conversation - Air Date 4-15-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Vote - Jefferson Coker Ch. 14: Act 7: Where shame is the companion to need - @thisishellradio - Air Date 10-22-16 Ch. 15: Song 7: Only a Pawn In Their Game - Bob Dylan Ch. 16: Act 8: The Media That Created Trump - United States of Anxiety - Air Date 10-13-16 Voicemails Ch. 17: Shifting to the Right - Greg from North Cackalacky Ch. 18: Shout out to Wade/asking for conservative show suggestion - Quai from North Carolina Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 19: Final comments on a conservative show recommended to those interested in hearing the other side Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2017/02/03) Witnessing an Emerging Autocracy (Trump’s America)
Feb 03 2017 76 mins  
Edition #1077 Today we look briefly at Trump’s cabinet, his communication style, his inaugural speech and the foreboding nature of it all Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 ​Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Trump's Dark Money Cabinet Is Going To Deconstruct The American Dream! - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 11-28-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​Free Education (feat. Treez & Young DJ) - Jawaan Larue Ch. 4: Act 2: Trump's Cabinet Poised To Loot The Country - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 12-28-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​Crook - Niel Nasset Ch. 6: Act 3: Masha Gessen on the rules for surviving autocracy - Trumpcast from @Slate - Air Date 11-14-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: ​All You Fascists - Billy Bragg & Wilco Ch. 8: Act 4: A Taxonomy of Trump Tweets - On the Media - Air Date 1-13-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: ​Misinformation - Silvanus Ch. 10: Act 5: We Need To Talk About That Donald Trump Press Conference - Jay Smooth (@jsmooth995) - Air Date 1-12-17 Ch. 11: Song 5: ​Tobacco Road - Common Market Ch. 12: Act 6: Examining Trump's inauguration speech - The Bugle (@hellobuglers) - Air Date 1-20-17 Ch. 13: Song 6: ​Supervillain - Schaffer The Darklord Ch. 14: Act 7: The mood of the inauguration - @EdgeofSports w Dave Zirin - Air Date 1-25-17 Ch. 15: Song 7: ​Fake - Dhiego Ferraz Ch. 16: Act 8: Trump's team exhibits classic abuser behavior - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 1-23-17 Voicemails Ch. 17: Followup after receiving some advice - Matt from Pittsburg, PA Ch. 18: How Trump is tearing people apart - Evan from Texas Ch. 19: Thoughts on the cis-centeredness of the women's march - Megan from Seattle Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 20: Final comments on Mr. Money Mustache and, unrelatedly, the divide within feminism Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2017/01/31) An equal and opposite reaction (Women’s March)
Jan 31 2017 78 mins  
Edition #1076 Today we listen in on the women’s marches in DC and Baltimore and hear some of the thoughtful critiques of and hopes for the future of the feminist movement Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Women’s March on Washington: Historic Protest Three Times Larger Than Trump’s Inaugural Crowd - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 01-23-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: On the turning away - Pink Floyd Ch. 4: Act 2: Women's Voices Rise in Baltimore and Beyond - @TheRealNews - Air Date 1-22-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: What A Beautiful Morning! - Drunken Logic Ch. 6: Act 3: The need for inclusive feminism - Backtalk from @BitchMedia - Air Date 1-26-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: Police On My Back - The Clash Ch. 8: Act 4: Voices of the Women's March: Angela Davis, Gloria Steinem, Madonna, Alicia Keys, Janet Mock & More - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 01-23-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: Bigger Is Better - Dan Reich & Friends Ch. 10: Act 5: Thoughts On The Women's March That Already Feels Like So Long Ago Because These Are The End Times - Jay Smooth - Air Date 1-26-17 Ch. 11: Song 5: Tobacco Road - Common Market Ch. 12: Act 6: The importance of listening to one another and getting different perspectives - @WhoreCast - Air Date 1-25-17 Ch. 13: Song 6: Change Your Mind - Sister Hazel Ch. 14: Act 7: Michelle Taylor on the Philly Women's March and the principles of feminism - @TalkPoverty Radio - Air Date 1-27-17 Voicemails Ch. 15: Woman's march summary - Alan from Connecticut Ch. 16: Breaking down the discussion on race, class and Trump - Darice from Washington, DC Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 17: Final comments on the Women’s March and how we communicate within the movement Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!


(2017/01/24) The corruption of Donald Trump
Jan 24 2017 78 mins  
Edition #1074 Today we take a look at the conflicts of interest, broken laws and constitutional violations of the new administration Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Craig Holman: Trump Administration Gearing Up to Be "Most Scandal-Ridden in History" - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 01-03-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​Ethics - Bobby P. Ch. 4: Act 2: Zephyr Teachout on Trump and the emoluments clause - Amicus from @Slate - Air Date 12-24-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​Remedy - The Black Crowes Ch. 6: Act 3: SHOCKING: The GOP Doesn't Care That the Office of Govt. Ethics Can't Fully Vet Trump Nominees - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 01-10-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: ​Code of Ethics - Manhattan Transfer Ch. 8: Act 4: Trump Makes Ivanka's Husband Top Adviser - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 01-10-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: ​I Fought the Law - The Clash Ch. 10: Act 5: Join or Start a Represent.US chapter near you to Fight Corruption via @Representdotus - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 11: Song 5: ​Right to Complain - Trombone Shorty & Marc Broussard Ch. 12: Act 6: What should Trump do to resolve his conflicts of interest? - @DecodeDC - Air Date 1-11-17 Voicemails Ch. 13: The Affordable Care Act saved my life twice - Chris from Boston Ch. 14: Coping with the Trump election - Zach from Atlanta Ch. 15: Explaining socialism vs. communism and tribalism - Mike from Albany, NY Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 15: Final comments on having conversations about race Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION Promote the Represent.US campaign to stop South Dakota from gutting the state's Anti-Corruption Act Join or start a Represent.US chapter near you to fight corruption locally EDUCATE YOURSELF South Dakota Declares State of Emergency (via All In with Chris Hayes) Your Day-One Guide to Donald Trump's Conflicts of Interest (via Mother Jones) The Wall Street Washington Complex Invades Trump's Cabinet (via Mother Jones) The many scandals of Donald Trump (via The Atlantic) Trump Could be the Most Corruptible President Ever (via Politico Magazine) Donald Trump's Business Dealings Test a Constitutional Limit (via The New York Times) A Close Look at Donald Trump's Cabinet (via Marie Claire) Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2017/01/20) A First Draft of President Obama’s Legacy
Jan 20 2017 78 mins  
Edition #1073 Today we take a look at several aspects of Obama’s presidency, what marks he left behind and what he passes on to his successor Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: The Human Rights Campaign creates highlight reel of Obama on LGBT issues - @GAY_USAtv - Air Date 1-11-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​Halo - Beyoncé Ch. 4: Act 2: Obama's legacy on immigration as the Deporter-in-Chief - Code Switch - Air Date 1-11-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: Represent - Weezer Ch. 6: Act 3: Obama Takes Blame For Democrats Losing - @theyoungturks - Air Date 01-10-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: ​Failure - Kings of Convenience Ch. 8: Act 4: Jameel Jaffer on Obama's National Security Legacy & What Lies Ahead with Trump - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 12-28-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: ​Breaking the Law - Emeli Sandé Ch. 10: Act 5: Most Americans Realize Things Are Pretty Good Under Obama - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 12-24-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: ​Don't Let Me Down - Stereophinics Ch. 12: Act 6: Obama's Economic Legacy: Recovery for the Architects of Financial Crisis - @TheRealNews - Air Date 1-8-17 Ch. 13: Song 6: Nobody's Fault But Mine - Led Zeppelin Ch. 14: Act 7: In Response to Ta-Nehesi Coates' 'My President Was Black' : Obama's Failure During the Housing Crisis - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date 01-03-17 Ch. 15: Song 7: If I Ever Lose My Faith in You - Sting Ch. 16: Act 8: If Obama wasn't good enough for these people then no one is - Code Switch - Air Date 1-4-17 Ch. 17: Final comments about finding common cause across all of the intersectional identities across the working class Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2017/01/17) A progressive vision for our economic future
Jan 17 2017 79 mins  
Edition #1072 Today we take a look at the Democrats failure to present viable economic solutions and offer a new vision for where we should go from here Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Democrats failed to offer a better solution - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date 11-26-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: Once There Was a Hushpuppy - Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin Ch. 4: Act 2: How progressives need to frame their economic message - @theLFshow w: @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date 12-29-14 Ch. 5: Song 2: Unified - Unified Highway Ch. 6: Act 3: AI Will Eliminate 6% of Jobs in Next 5 Years - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 09-18-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: Automation - Allan Sherman Ch. 8: Act 4: Paul Street on the folly of throwing away identity politics - @BlkAgendaReport - Air Date 1-16-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: Working Class Hero - Green Day Ch. 10: Act 5: Not Trickle Down, But Bottom Up | Anthony Flaccavento - @theLFshow w: @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date 12-15-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: Trickle Down - Hayseed Dixie Ch. 12: Act 6: What is Economic Democracy? - The Next System Project - Air Date: 3-1-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Le monde de contre jour - David Ari Leon Ch. 14: Act 7: The UK Labor party taking the lead on worker coops - Economic Update w: @profwolff - Air Date 5-9-16 Ch. 15: Song 7: Capitalism Is Tearing Us Apart - Sole Ch. 16: Act 8: Social Welfare Does Not Kill Business, with President of Iceland Ólafur Grímsson - Big Think - Air Date 11-13-14 Ch. 17: Song 8: Success - Iggy Pop Ch. 18: Act 9: Join or Start a Local Democracy @ Work Action Group via @Democracyatwrk - Best of the Left Activism Voicemails Ch. 19: Why Trump voters are angry - Luis in Texas Ch. 20: The true cost of commuting and how best to get engaged - Anonymous Ch. 21: What should the new economy movement look like? - Natalia from North Hampton, MA Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 22: Final comments explaining to conservatives why we should shift to a co-op economy Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION Find or Start a Democracy At Work Action Group near you EDUCATE YOURSELF 10 Ways to Challenge Capitalism's Death Grip on Daily Life (via Truthout) Cooperatives: The key to climate action? (via Democracy at Work) Energy cooperatives are booming in Germany (via DW.com) Worlds 8 Richest People Have Same Wealth as Poorest 50% (via The Guardian) This Worker-Owned Cooperative is "Bigger than a Business" (via DCist.com) Workers will get right to buy out bosses under Labour rule (The Independent UK) Corporations Open Cash Spigot for Trump's Inauguration (The New York Times) Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman. Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!


(2017/01/13) First they came (Religious Liberty)
Jan 13 2017 77 mins  
Edition #1071 Today we take a look at the threats to Muslim Americans and, frankly, Muslims around the world in the age of Trump Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Trump's Muslim Registry Should Remind Us of Japanese Internment Camps - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 12-24-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: Kenji - Fort Minor Ch. 4: Act 2: The specter of Korematsu - Amicus from @Slate - Air Date 11-30-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: Don't Fence Me In - Ella Fitzgerald, Buddy Bregman & Buddy Bregman and His Orchestra Ch. 6: Act 3: Trump National Security Advisor Michael Flynn Is Pathologically Fixated On 'Radical Islamic Terror' - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 11-19-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: Pity the Nation/First They Came/I Don't Fight for Conquerors - Dave Lippman & Wild Bill Bailout Ch. 8: Act 4: Fight religious and cultural ignorance - Popaganda from @BitchMedia - Air Date 11-24-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: N/A Ch. 10: Act 5: Why Won’t This President Say Radical Islam? - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 11-17-15 Ch. 11: Song 5: Islamophobia - Genocide Ch. 12: Act 6: Learn How to Support Your Muslim American Neighbors via @MuslimAdvocates - Best of the Left Activism Act 6A: Going through the traumatic experience of Trump’s election - #GoodMuslimBadMuslim - Air Date 12-25-16 Ch. 15: Song: Right to Complain - Trombone Shorty & Marc Broussard Ch. 16: Act 7: Suzanne Barakat: Islamophobia killed my brother. Let's end the hate - @TEDTalks - Air Date 11-7-16 Voicemails Ch. 17: How to reign in people who have started to go too far - Jennifer from Columbus, OH Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 23: Final comments Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION Educate yourself and learn how to be a teammate at MuslimAdvocates.org Learn how to report a hate crime in your state via MuslimAdvocates.org “Click Here to End Hate” - Tips to Respond to Anti-Muslim Bigotry Online via Muslim Advocates.org Download a “Hate Has No Business Here” poster EDUCATE YOURSELF Ten Days After: Harassment and Intimidation in the Aftermath of the Election (via The Southern Poverty Law Center) Day 1 in Trump's America (via Twitter) Trump continues to sow confusion over his plan for Muslims entering the country (via The Washington Post) Gingrich's Outrageous Call to Deport All Practicing U.S. Muslims (via The Atlantic) Newt Gingrich Suggests Reforming House Un-American Committee In Wake Of Orlando Shooting (via The Huffington Post) Donald Trump’s Plan for a Muslim Database Draws Comparison to Nazi Germany (via NBC News) At South Carolina Rally, Donald Trump Defiant on Muslim Ban (via NBC News) Japanese American internment is ‘precedent’ for national Muslim registry, prominent Trump backer says (via The Washington Post) Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2017/01/10) Readying the wrecking ball (Reproductive and Health Rights)
Jan 10 2017 77 mins  
Edition #1070 Today we take a look at the plans the GOP has for peoples ability to access and afford their reproductive and health rights Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 ​Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Ohio on the Pulse - Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (@FullFrontalSamB) - Air Date 12-13-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: Human of the Year - Regina Spektor Ch. 4: Act 2: The GOP Has No Alternative To Obamacare Because The ACA WAS The Republican Plan! - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 12-02-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: Bad Idea - Goose Ch. 6: Act 3: Religious-Right Activist: Ohio Legislation Was Meant To Be the 'Arrow In the Heart of Roe V Wade' - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date 1-2-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: One Way Street - Ann Peebles Ch. 8: Act 4: The complicated procedures of repealing Obamacare - The Zero Hour w @RJEskow - Air Date 1-7-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: Fox In the Henhouse - Leap of Faith: The Musical (Original Broadway Cast Recording) Ch. 10: Act 5: Texas Now Requires Funeral Services for All Abortions - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date 12-1-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: I'm Against It - Groucho Marx Ch. 12: Act 6: Kellyanne Conway: IT'S NOT FAIR That Dems Wont Help Destroy Obamacare - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 01-06-17 Ch. 13: Song 6: I Started Something I Couldn't Finish - The Smiths Ch. 14: Act 7: Fighting for reproductive rights in the age of Trump - Popaganda from @BitchMedia - Air Date 11-24-16 Ch. 15: Song 7: N/A Ch. 16: Act 8: Save Health Care! Attend an #OurFirstStand Rally on 1.15 via @BernieSanders - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 17: Song 8: This Fickle World - Theo Bard Ch. 18: Act 9: Trump Doubles Down On Planned Parenthood Witch Hunt - @TheYoungTurks - Air Date 12-23-16 Voicemails Ch. 19: Responding to episode on 2007 - Alan from Connecticut Ch. 20: Members now get all of their shows in the members feed - Dave from Olympia, WA Ch. 21: It's important to take action - Louis in Texas Ch. 22: Get up, stand up! - Matt from Pittsburg, PA Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 23: Final comments on self care and political action Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION Save Health Care on Jan. 15th! Find an #OurFirstStand rally near you. Use #OurFirstStand, #ProtectOurCare, #SaveHealthCare, #MakeAmericaSickAgain, #CareNotChaos and #IStandWithPP to join the healthcare conversations online. EDUCATE YOURSELF Not Just Obamacare: Medicaid, Medicare Also on GOP's Chopping Block (The Huffington Post) Republicans’ 4-Step Plan to Repeal the Affordable Care Act (The New York Times) Repealing Obamacare Could Leave 59 Million Americans Uninsured (The Atlantic) Repealing Obamacare Effects Everyone (CNN Money) GOP to Defund Planned Parenthood in Obamacare Repeal (The Hill) 9 Things People Get Wrong About Planned Parenthood (The Cut) Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2017/01/06) Trump and our National Security State (Civil Rights)
Jan 06 2017 80 mins  
Edition #1069 Today we take a look at the mechanics of our national security state that has been mostly installed or maintained over the past two presidencies and what Trump may do with that entrenched power Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 ​Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Chris Hedges: Trump Will Crush Dissent With Even Greater Violence and Savagery - @TheRealNews - Air Date 11-10-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: Murky Water - The Autumn Isles Ch. 4: Act 2: Do NOT Abandon the Constitution, Even for Terrorism - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 09-27-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: The Constitution - Ted Hawkins Ch. 6: Act 3: Christopher Soghoian: Your smartphone is a civil rights issue - @TEDTalks - Air Date 10-31-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: Camera One - Josh Joplin Group Ch. 8: Act 4: The future of police and surveillance - @HumorlessQueers - Air Date 11-15-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Police, Police - The Showcase Showdown Ch. 10: Act 5: Sue Udry on Civil Liberties–Under Trump - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 11-18-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: Never Let You Down - The Verve Pipe Ch. 12: Act 6: Ms. Robot - Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (@FullFrontalSamB) - Air Date 12-13-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Get By - Talib Kweli Ch. 14: Act 7: Tell Your Senators: Expose Jeff Sessions' Anti-Civil Rights and Anti-Privacy History via @ACLU - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 15: Song 7: This Fickle World - Theo Bard Ch. 16: Act 8: Branko Marcetic Trump Inherits Obama’s National Security State - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date 12-6-16 Voicemails Ch. 17: Expressing political opinions - Dale from Minneapolis, MN Ch. 18: How minds can be changed for good or ill - Quai from North Carolina Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 19: Final comments on changing minds, whose and how Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION Call your Senators today and tell them why you oppose Jeff Sessions for Attorney General Read ACLU’s “The Confirmation Sessions” for Jeff Sessions history, issue-by-issue Call Senate Judiciary Committee Members who will question Sessions on January 10th. EDUCATE YOURSELF ACLU's "The Confirmation Sessions" (ACLU) Corporate Accountability Blunders Taint Sessions Record (Public Citizen) Trump and Sessions: Great for the Private Prison Industry, Terrible for Civil Rights (ACLU Blog) Jeff Sessions’ Nomination as Attorney General Alarms Civil Libertarians (Wired) Trump’s attorney general pick could restart the encryption fight (The Verge) Trump's pick for attorney general: 'Good people don't smoke marijuana' (The Washington Post) Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2017/01/03) New congress, old war, scandals and the dawn of the climate movement (The best of 2007)
Jan 03 2017 79 mins  
Edition #1068 Today we take a look back to 2007 in our second annual 10-years-hence retrospective spectacular! Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: First female Speaker of the House - Countdown - Aired on BotL 1-9-07 Ch. 3: Song 1: Color in Your Cheeks - The Mountain Goats Ch. 4: Act 2: First muslim in congress and first female Speaker - The Young Turks - Aired on BotL 1-9-07 Ch. 5: Song 2: Sir Duke - Stevie Wonder Ch. 6: Act 3: Bernie Sanders moves to the Senate - Ring of Fire - Aired on BotL 3-6-07 Ch. 7: Song 3: Common Sense - Justin Mcroberts Ch. 8: Act 4: Special comment on free speech - Countdown - Aired on BotL 1-19-07 Ch. 9: Song 4: The More Things Change - Bon Jovi Ch. 10: Act 5: Making the pitch - The Daily Show - Aired on BotL 1-22-07 Ch. 11: Song 5: Smiley Faces - Gnarls Barkley Ch. 12: Act 6: Radio audience wants to mark the muslims - The Young Turks - Aired on BotL 1-19-07 Ch. 13: Song 6: Nazi (Live) - Chumbawamba Ch. 14: Act 7: Bush's health care proposal - The Al Franken Show - Aired on BotL 2-10-07 Ch. 15: Song 7: We've Gotta Get Out of This Place - The Animals Ch. 16: Act 8: Michael Moore on Sicko, Nixon and the rise of HMOs - Democracy Now - Aired on BotL 8-17-07 Ch. 17: Song 8: Richard Nixon - Rod & The MSR Singers Ch. 18: Act 9: Fighting for health care for kids - Associated Press - Aired on BotL 10-22-07 Ch. 19: Song 9: N/A Ch. 20: Act 10: Minimum wage - Unknown source - Aired on BotL 2-23-07 Ch. 21: Song 10: Minimum Wage - They might be giants Ch. 22: Act 11: Republicans blocking a vote on the minimum wage - Ted Kennedy - Aired on BotL 2-23-07 Ch. 23: Song 11: Minimum Wage - They might be giants Ch. 24: Act 12: Overview of Scooter Libby case - Unknown - Aired on BotL 4-17-07 Ch. 25: Song 12: N/A Ch. 26: Act 13: Interview with Joe Wilson after Libby verdict - Countdown - Aired on BotL 4-17-07 Ch. 27: Song 13: Everybody's Gone To War - Nerina Pallot Ch. 28: Act 14: We need to torture Alberto Gonzales - Colbert Report - Aired on BotL 4-29-07 Ch. 29: Song 14: N/A Ch. 30: Act 15: Saying goodbye to Alberto Gonzales - The Young Turks - Aired on BotL 9-12-07 Ch. 31: Song 15: The Czar of Munster - Seamus Egan Ch. 32: Act 16: McKibben at Step it Up 07 Part 1 - CCAN - Aired on BotL 4-20-07 Ch. 33: Song 16: The Czar of Munster - Seamus Egan Ch. 34: Act 17: McKibben at Step it Up 07 Part 2 - CCAN - Aired on BotL 4-20-07 Ch. 35: Song 17: Living planet - Emma’s Revolution Ch. 36: Act 18: Jerry Falwell dies - Democracy Now - Aired on BotL 6-7-07 Ch. 37: Song 18: N/A Ch. 38: Act 19: Introduction to Obama - The world tonight - Aired on BotL 5-7-07 Ch. 39: Song 19: Dreamtime - Uberzone Ch. 40: Act 20: Hillary votes for war - The Young Turks - Aired on BotL 10-02-07 Voicemails Ch. 41: Call in from Chris the Carpenter and Parker - Cape Cod, MA Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 42: Final comments on the time I quit the show and the community kept it going Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2016/04/01) The battle to reorganize the economy (Sharing Economy vs. Coops) (Repost)
Dec 30 2016 59 mins  
Edition #1003 Today we take a look at the raging battle for the soul of the new economy. The age of working at the factory for decades before retiring with a pension and gold watch is well behind us but what’s coming next? A world where everyone is completely on their own, scraping together work one gig at a time? Or an economy of worker-owners who are compensated fully for their labor and have a voice in the direction of their companies? Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: How Good is the Sharing Economy at Sharing? - KQED News - Air Date: 2-4-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: The Sharing Song - Jack Johnson Ch. 4: Act 2: Chris Mackin: Creating Economic Democracy - @theLFshow w/ @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date: 7-22-14 Ch. 5: Song 2: RazorWire-Remastered - Chris Priest Ch. 6: Act 3: Uber isn't nearly as new of an idea as you think - Economic Update w/ @profwolff - Air Date: 3-22-15 Ch. 7: Song 3: Capitalism Is Tearing Us Apart - sole Ch. 8: Act 4: Uber Wants to Reorganize the Economy? Workers, too Can Play at that Game - The F Word w/ @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date: 2-17-15 Ch. 9: Song 4: Working Poor - Horse Feathers Ch. 10: Act 5: David J. Thompson on the superiority of cooperatives - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date: 8-1-15 Ch. 11: Song 5: Cooperation - Jim Valley Ch. 12: Act 6: Nationwide Next System Teach-Ins via @TheNextSystem - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 13: Song 6: Right to Complain - Trombone Shorty & Marc Broussard Ch. 14: Act 7: Paul Mason - Postcapitalism: A Guide to Our Future - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 3-3-16 TAKE ACTION: Activism Resources: Find a Next System Teach-In near you or register to host one where you live at http://teachins.thenextsystem.org Learn more about the The Next System Project and sign their statement. Follow The Next System Project on Twitter @TheNextSystem for the latest updates and use '#NextSystem' to join the conversation. Further Reading: Not Cool Uber (via Dave Craige on Medium.com) Sharing Economy Isn’t About Sharing - The Dark Reality Behind This Major Workplace Shift (via Alternet) Uber on the Road to Nowhere - Uber Drivers are getting creative in their fight for basic workplace rights (via American Prospect) Latest News/Actions: Seattle Passes Law Letting Uber, Lyft Drivers Unionize (via Reuters) Fed up Uber Drivers Aim to Disrupt Super Bowl 50 - With their Own Mobile App (via Mother Jones) Jakarta Taxi Drivers Protest Against Uber and Grab (via BBC) Hear the segment in context: Episode #1003: http://www.bestoftheleft.com/_1003_capitalism Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2016/09/20) Building momentum, making progress (Money in Politics) (Repost)
Dec 27 2016 64 mins  
Edition #1043 Today we look at some of the structures of money in politics and how the tide is beginning to turn Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: The Truth About Citizens United - Follow the Money #8 - Represent.Us - Air Date: 1-26-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: Addiction - Medina Ch. 4: Act 2: @DerekCressman on Free speech vs paid speech with guest host @AngieCoiro - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 5-31-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: Buy My Vote - The Haymarket Squares Ch. 6: Act 3: How To Destroy The Corrupt Political Establishment - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 04-20-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: Welcome To the Machine - Pink Floyd Ch. 8: Act 4: @USRepDavidJolly on The STOP Act Part 1 - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date 8-27-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Moneytalks - Vitamin String Quartet Ch. 10: Act 5: Steve Israel on Congressional Fundraising - @LastWeekTonight with @iamjohnoliver - Air Date 04-04-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: Money Grabber (Live @ KEXP) - Fitz and The Tantrums Ch. 12: Act 6: @USRepDavidJolly on The STOP Act Part 2 - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date 8-27-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Changes - Langhorne Slim & The Law Ch. 14: Act 7: Rhode Island Demands Money Out Of Politics - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 06-21-16 Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2016/12/23) The War on Christmas™ Dispatch 2016
Dec 23 2016 69 mins  
Edition #1067 Today we look back on the decade-long War on Christmas™ to understand how we got to now as well as the uphill battle we Christmas Warriors now have in the face of a Trump presidency Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Progressives War On Xmas and O'Reilly's Response - Young Turks Air Date: 2010 Ch. 3: Song 1: War On Christmas - The Enablers & Friends Ch. 4: Act 2: The War on Christmas: Sam's Big Chance to Further the Cause - Majority Report - Air Date: 11-25-15 Ch. 5: Song 2: The Holidays Are Here (and We're Still at War) - Brett Dennen Ch. 6: Act 3: Genesis of Bill O'Reilly's War On Christmas - Jimmy Dore Show - Air Date 12-6-13 Ch. 7: Song 3: War Medley: Onward Christian Soldiers / I'm On the Battlefield / Keep On the Firing Line - Sanders Family Ch. 8: Act 4: Megyn Kelly: Don't Worry Kids, Jesus and Santa Are White!! - Majority Report - Air Date: 12-13-13 Ch. 9: Song 4: The War On the War On Christmas - Macarone Ch. 10: Act 5: Sarah Palin 'War on Christmas' Book Flops - David Pakman Show - Air Date: 12-06-13 Ch. 11: Song 5: War On Christmas Is Over - Steve Goodie Ch. 12: Act 6: Right Wing's Fake War on Christmas Started Nearly 100 Years Ago - Majority Report - Air Date: 12-19-13 Ch. 13: Song 6: Christians and Pagans - Dar Williams Ch. 14: Act 7: Christians Very Offended By Starbucks Holiday Cups - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 11-10-15 Ch. 15: Song 7: War on Christmas - Jamie Kilstein and the Agenda Ch. 16: Act 8: War on Christmas Update: Congressional Resolution Phase - Majority Report (@majorityfm) - Air Date: 12-16-15 Ch. 17: Song 8: War On Christmas Day - Tim Di Pasqua & Tom Anderson Ch. 18: Act 9: Fox News: Corey Lewandowski Appears On Hannity & Announces War On Christmas Victory! - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 12-8-16 Ch. 19: Song 9: Tiny Tree Christmas - Guster Ch. 20: Act 10: Right Wing leaders assume Republican gullibility w _Obama_s War on Christmas_ deception - @AllInWithChris Hayes - Air Date 12-8-16 Ch. 21: Song 10: White Wine in the Sun - Tim Minchin Ch. 22: Act 11: Jesus Is a Liberal Democrat - Colbert Report - Air Date: 2010 Ch. 23: Final comments on todays activism and preparing for next years war Closing Music: There's No War On Christmas When Christmas Is In Your Heart - The Mockers Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2016/12/20) The economics of the greater good (Culture)
Dec 20 2016 77 mins  
Edition #1066 Today we look at the economics of our society through fresh eyes and make the case for a smarter way to work that taps into the things that really matter Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: A history of happiness - Backstory - Air Date 7-17-15 Ch. 3: Song 1: Mirage - Sabrina Carpenter Ch. 4: Act 2: How Does the Commons Work? - @TheNextSystem Project - Air Date 6-21-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: N/A Ch. 6: Act 3: The case for the 32-hour workweek - The Atlantic - Air Date 7-9-15 Ch. 7: Song 3: This Moment (Live @ KEXP) - Led To Sea Ch. 8: Act 4: Courtney E. Martin: The new American Dream - TEDTalks - Air Date: 9-7-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Struggle - Ringside Ch. 10: Act 5: The Pluralist Commonwealth - @TheNextSystem Project- Air Date 9-6-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: Common Good - David Andrews Ch. 12: Act 6: Get Community Activism Skills with Citizen Muscle Boot Camp via @storyofstuff - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 13: Song 6: Right to Complain - Trombone Shorty & Marc Broussard Ch. 14: Act 7: The Economics of Externalities - Progressive Faith Sermons w/ @RevDrRay - Air Date 12-4-16 Voicemails Ch. 15: A few thoughts from a conservative perspective - Bill from Michigan Ch. 16: They're against it because we're in favor of it - Eric from San Francisco Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 17: Final comments in response to todays voicemails Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION Register for the free, online Citizen Muscle Boot Camp INSPIRE YOURSELF After the Election: We Keep Pushing Forward (Story of Stuff Project Blog) She Was Just One Person…Until She Joined Up with Her Neighbors to Take on Nestlé (Story of Stuff Project Blog) All Hands on Deck! How We'll Move Forward in 2017 (Story of Stuff Project Blog) Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!


(2016/12/16) The fight for truth in a post-fact world (Media)
Dec 16 2016 76 mins  
Edition #1065 Today we look at the problems with the media, so many problems, and what lessons we should learn in the wake of the election Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: The real kinds of bias that still exist in the media - @InDeepRadio w @AngieCoiro - Air Date 6-11-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: The System - Abscondo Ch. 4: Act 2: Money isn't the only bad influence on the media - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date 10-1-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: Follow The Money - Zounds Ch. 6: Act 3: The media and President-Elect Trump - @LastWeekTonight w: @iamjohnoliver - Air Date 11-13-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: Sunrise - Norah Jones Ch. 8: Act 4: Media lessons to learn from the election - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 11-11-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Having a Good Time - Theo Bard Ch. 10: Act 5: Mainstream Media Fighting Trump...Don't Count On It - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 11-16-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: Old News - Rick Estrin & The Nightcats Ch. 12: Act 6: Reporting on the editor of "The platform for the alt-right" - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 11-18-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Let's Call the Whole Thing Off - Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong Ch. 14: Act 7: Stopping fake news - Popaganda from @BitchMedia - Air Date 11-24-16 Ch. 15: Song 7: Happy Song Is A Happy Song - Nick Rivera Ch. 16: Act 8: Christiane Amanpour on the state of the media in a post fact-world - The Investigators with Diana Swain, CBC - Air Date 11-25-16 Voicemails Ch. 17: Pulling together the threads of the economics of despair - Erin from Philadelphia Ch. 18: How to talk about climate change - Dan from Greenville, SC Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 19: Final comments on the biggest free lunch humanity have thought it had Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2016/12/13) Desperate times, desperate measures (Voting Rights and the Electoral College)
Dec 13 2016 78 mins  
Edition #1064 Today we look at the systematic suppression of voting rights during the election and the hail mary attempt to avert a Trump presidency through the electoral college Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: The Myth of Voter Fraud - On The Media - Air Date 10-21-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: Fear is a villain - Theo Bard Ch. 4: Act 2: @AriBerman on voter suppression being back in a big way - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 11-11-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: Beneath the Lies - Abscondo Ch. 6: Act 3: Republicans Gloat Over Supressing Black Vote - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 11-11-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: Abuse of Power - Lion of Light Ch. 8: Act 4: How Do We Fix Our Broken Voting System? (w/Guest: Mark Crispin Miller) - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 11-08-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: The Fix Is In - Ok Go Ch. 10: Act 5: The Big Lie - @FullFrontalSamB - Air Date 12-5-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: Won't Get Fooled Again - The Who Ch. 12: Act 6: First Republican "Hamilton Elector" Breaks Ranks Against Trump - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 12-07-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: The Game Is Rigged - The Great Malarkey Ch. 14: Act 7: Tell the Electoral College to #StopTrump & Vote with the People via @DemSpring and directelection.org - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 15: Song 7: This Fickle World - Theo Bard Ch. 16: Act 8: Introduction to the Hamilton Electors - Amicus from @Slate - Air Date 12-10-16 Voicemails Ch. 17: Resist Trump Letters - Alan from Connecticut Ch. 18: How to get around the fact gap - Andrew from Chicago Ch. 19: Who's got the conservative argument talking points? - Eli from Northern California Ch. 20: Conservative argument on the need for real policies - Ryan from Phoenix Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 21: Final comments on small changes for the member’s feed and a call for conservative appeals for voting rights and against the electoral college Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone TAKE ACTION RSVP for the Democracy Spring December 19th rally at a state capitol building near you at savedemocracy.org ASAP ONLY! Download everything you need to print and mail letters to the 273 Electoral College members pledged to vote for Trump at directelection.org EDUCATE YOURSELF Here are the people who will cast a formal vote for president next month (Politico) The People Who Pick the President (Politico) Electoral College: Make Hillary Clinton President (Change.org) Meet the Hamilton Electors Hoping for an Electoral College Revolt (The Atlantic) The Electoral Collage was Meant to Stop Men like Trump from Becoming President (The Atlantic) Posted December 13, 2016, written by Best of the Left Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2016/12/09) How to debate friends and influence people
Dec 09 2016 78 mins  
Edition #1063 Today we look at some of the underlying issues that undercuts our ability to effectively debate and explore ways to use this knowledge to improve our communication skills Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: How to argue based on the morals of your debating partner Part 1 - You are not so smart - Air Date 11-4-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: Debate - Wait Until Dusk Ch. 4: Act 2: Jonathan Haidt: The moral roots of liberals and conservatives - TEDTalks - Air Date 9-18-08 Ch. 5: Song 2: Truth - Vaughan Penn Ch. 6: Act 3: Change my view - You are not so smart - Air Date 10-9-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: The Debate Is Over (If You Want It) - Anti-Flag Ch. 8: Act 4: The importance of emotionally appealing to voters - @BillMoyersHQ in Conversation - Air Date 4-15-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: When Anger Shows - Editors Ch. 10: Act 5: How to argue based on the morals of your debating partner Part 2 - You are not so smart - Air Date 11-4-16 Voicemails Ch. 11: In response to the discussion about college and work - Justin from Indiana Ch. 12: Explaining jokes about Trump's small hands - Colin from Cleveland, OH Ch. 13: College isn't just for work, it's for life - Eric from Paris, France Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 14: Final comments with a call for help creating a political translation dictionary Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2016/12/06) Defend the sacred (Dakota Access Pipeline)
Dec 06 2016 77 mins  
Edition #1062 Today we look at some of the recent violence waged against protectors and independent journalists at Standing Rock North Dakota and the temporary victory of the permitting denial from the Army Corp of Engineers for the Dakota Access Pipeline Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: RISE With Standing Rock - @theLFshow w: @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date 10-10-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: N/A Ch. 4: Act 2: Thanksgiving from an Indian Perspective - Progressive Faith Sermons w @RevDrRay - Air Date 11-27-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: Battle of the Little Bighorn - John Murrin Cornelius Ch. 6: Act 3: Independent media attacked and abused for the crime of journalism at Standing Rock - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 10-28-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: Good people - Jack Johnson Ch. 8: Act 4: Michelle Cook on facing human rights violations at Standing Rock - @theLFshow w @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date 10-3-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: N/A Ch. 10: Act 5: Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Discusses the State of Standing Rock - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 11-24-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: Abuse of power - Cutting Edge Ch. 12: Act 6: The #NoDAPL Fight Is Not Over - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 12-05-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Fight to Win (feat. Cee Lo Green) - Goodie Mob Ch. 14: Act 7: Financial Disaster Could Dakota Access Pipeline Lose Its Contracts with Oil Companies on Jan. 1 - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 12-05-16 Ch. 15: Song 7: Moneytalks - Vitamin String Quartet Ch. 16: Act 8: Call on President Obama to Make Standing Rock a National Monument #NODAPL - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 17: Song 8: Right to Complain - Trombone Shorty & Marc Broussard Ch. 18: Act 9: HISTORIC Victory At Standing Rock - @theyoungturks - Air Date 12-05-16 Voicemails Ch. 19: Questioning body shaming against Trump - Kyle from Portland Ch. 20: Nerds and bullies help explain the feeling of white oppression - Nathan from San Jose Ch. 21: A 1920's Germany expert chimes in on Trump and authoritarianism - Erica from Massachusetts Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 22: Final comments on body shaming and the connection between nerds and fascists Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone TAKE ACTION Call the White House comments line at 202-456-1111 Get the info to write to the President by visiting the contact page on whitehouse.gov EDUCATE YOURSELF The Historic Victory at Standing Rock (The Atlantic) Standing Rock: Tulsi Gabbard on What the Dakota Pipeline Decision Means (Rolling Stone) FAQ: The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's Litigation on the Dakota Access Pipeline (Earth Justice) President Obama: Declare a "Standing Rock" national monument to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline (Our Revolution) Posted December 6, 2016, written by Best of the Left Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman. Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2016/04/29) In praise of higher taxes (Economics) (Repost)
Dec 02 2016 60 mins  
Edition #1010 Today we take a look at the way our current low-tax structure ends up redistributing the burden of funding society to those least able to pay for it while widening the already staggeringly-large wealth gap. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: City Stealing From Citizens By Tampering With Traffic Lights - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 10-18-14 Ch. 3: Song 1: The fix is in - Ok Go Ch. 4: Act 2: Cops Generating Money off Black Communities... - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date 07-31-15 Ch. 5: Song 2: Shakedown - Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band Ch. 6: Act 3: Billionaire Governor Taxes Rich, Increases Minimum Wage, Economy Explodes - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 02-28-15 Ch. 7: Song 3: Trickle Down - Hayseed Dixie Ch. 8: Act 4: Republican Governors Seek to Raise Taxes On Middle Class and Poor - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 01-28-15 Ch. 9: Song 4: Class Warfare - Chris Priest Ch. 10: Act 5: Details of how Reaganomics in Kansas has utterly failed - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 4-19-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: That’s all - Clare and the Reasons Ch. 12: Act 6: How To Pay For Tax Cuts For The Rich (If You're A Republican) - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 06-20-15 Ch. 13: Song 6: Robin Hood - Dick James Ch. 14: Act 7: Don't Think the Poor Pay Enough Taxes? You're Living in a Fantasy World - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 04-25-15 Ch. 15: Song 7: Work to Live - Serious Suicide Ch. 16: Act 8: [email protected] on Mississippi's dependence on prisoners for revenue - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 4-19-16 Ch. 17: Song 8: Turtle (Bonobo Remix) - Pilote Ch. 18: Act 9: Why An American In Sweden LOVES Paying His Taxes... - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 04-12-16 Ch. 19: Song 9: Taxman - Nickel Creek Ch. 20: Act 10: The myth of a heavy tax burden in the US - Economic Update w/ @profwolff - Air Date 4-24-16 Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2016/11/29) The divide at the heart of progressive politics
Nov 29 2016 78 mins  
Edition #1061 Today we look at the argument going on about the direction and focus the progressive movement and Democratic party should take in the wake of the election. Identity politics, essential or a destructive distraction? Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Pundits Blame Trump on Those Most Vulnerable to Trump - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 11-25-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: Blame Me! Blame Me! - Anberlin Ch. 4: Act 2: Bernie Sanders draws the connection between identity and class - The Benjamin Dixon Show (@TheBpDShow) - Air Date 11-21-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: Together we fight alone - Darlings Ch. 6: Act 3: SURJ on how to open up the discussion about class, race, gender... - Popaganda from @BitchMedia - Air Date 11-24-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: My Conversation - The Uniques Ch. 8: Act 4: Seeing intersectionality as the important takeaway from the election - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 11-25-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Let's Organize - Organized Konfusion Ch. 10: Act 5: Identity-only politics is not enough - The Benjamin Dixon Show (@TheBpDShow) - Air Date 11-22-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: Oppression - Ben Harper Ch. 12: Act 6: It's time to stand up and fight for everyone who will be hurt by a Trump presidency - Savage Love w: @FakeDanSavage - Air Date 11-15-16 Voicemails Ch. 13: Explaining whiteness - Lee from San Diego Ch. 14: The way we talk about class, work and education - Chris from Littleton, CO Ch. 15: How do we fight against the wall and for religious liberty? - Darice from Washington, DC Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 16: Final comments on post-election activism and a brief history of progressive economics in the Democratic party Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2016/11/25) We should avoid these ends by avoiding these beginnings (Godwin’s Law)
Nov 25 2016 75 mins  
Edition #1060 Today we look at the comparison between the rise of Hitler and the rise of Trump, not to say that they are the same but to try to learn from the past in order to see farther into our own future and avoid the terrible ends that are possible Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: O'Connor Decries Republican Attacks on Courts - NPR Morning Edition - Air Date: 3-10-2006 Ch. 3: Song 1: Oak - Ben McElroy Ch. 4: Act 2: His rise to power Part 1 - Trumpcast from @Slate - Air Date 11-21-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: Nazi (Live) - Chumbawamba Ch. 6: Act 3: How South Africa Could Prepare the U.S. for President Trump - The Daily Show - Air Date 11-16-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: Things a Get from Bad to Worse - The Ethiopians Ch. 8: Act 4: His rise to power Part 2 - Trumpcast from @Slate - Air Date 11-21-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: I think your a nazi - Stephen Lynch Ch. 10: Act 5: Comparing the rise of Trump and Hitler - @InDeepRadio w: @AngieCoiro - Air Date 3-26-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: Der Fuehrer's Face (From "Nuttsey Land") - Spike Jones & His City Slickers Ch. 12: Act 6: We Can't Wait To See The End Before We Resist The Beginning Of Fascism - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date 11-22-16 Voicemails Ch. 13: Explaining hippie-punching - Barbara from San Jose, CA Ch. 14: Membership - Alan from Connecticut Ch. 15: Explaining the Democrats through Thomas Frank's class-divide lens - Dave from Olympia, WA Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 16: Final comments on when it’s time to panic, NationalPopularVote.com and our ongoing experiment of explaining concepts from the show Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2016/08/16) The pursuit of happiness (Culture) (Repost)
Nov 22 2016 60 mins  
Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Robert Waldinger: What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness - TEDTalks - Air Date: 12-23-15 Ch. 3: Song 1: Happiness - Pet Shop Boys Ch. 4: Act 2: The World Happiness Report - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 03-23-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: Pursuit of Happiness (Nightmare) [feat. MGMT & Ratatat] - Kid Cudi Ch. 6: Act 3: Living with Gratitude in an Imperfect World - Progressive Faith Sermons w/ @RevDrRay - Air Date: 11-22-15 Ch. 7: Song 3: Happy now? - No Doubt Ch. 8: Act 4: We Are Built To Be Kind - Fig. 1 by University of California - Air Date: 12-2-14 Ch. 9: Song 4: Happy - Sister Hazel Ch. 10: Act 5: Punctuating happiness - Backstory - Air Date 7-17-15 Ch. 11: Song 5: Everybody Loves a Happy Ending - Tears for Fears Ch. 12: Act 6: David Steindl-Rast: Want to be happy? Be grateful - TEDTalks - Air Date 11-27-13 Voicemails Ch. 13: Recommending "The Most Good You Can Do" - Nick from Colorado Ch. 14: A few quick thoughts on voting reform - Jeff from Massachusetts Ch. 15: Supporting the minimum wage but worrying about automation - Wade from Ft. Worth, TX Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 16: Final comments on finding gratitude in the face of the death of a loved one Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!


(2016/11/18) Hatred Unleashed (Trump’s America)
Nov 18 2016 78 mins  
Edition #1059 Today we look at the wave of white-supremacist hatred that was unleashed on election day and Trump’s pick of a white nationalist, anti-semite to work in the White House Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Listen to the first episode of Wait Wait Don’t Kill Me here: smarturl.it/sca Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Trump Victory Inspires Acts Of Hate Against Minorities - @RingOfFireRadio - Air Date 11-11-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: Shut It Down - MxPx Ch. 4: Act 2: Feelin' Alt-Right (Act 1, Part 2) - Full Frontal with Samantha Bee - Air Date: 10-31-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: A Dose of White Supremacy - Neffe Odom Kragh-Muller Ch. 6: Act 3: A White Nationalist & Anti-Semite in the Oval Office- Trump Taps Breitbart's Bannon as Top Aide - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 11-14-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: Second Class Citizen - Area-7 Ch. 8: Act 4: Racists Emboldened By Trump Victory - @TheYoungTurks - Air Date 11-10-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Love Your Neighbor - Todd Agnew Ch. 10: Act 5: A White Nationalist Will Be Advising Trump's Administration - @RingOfFireRadio - Air Date 11-14-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: What A Beautiful Morning! - Drunken Logic Ch. 12: Act 6: Former KKK Leader Loves Trump Adviser Who Didn't Want Kids in School with Jews - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date 11-15-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Parade - Kimya Dawson Ch. 14: Act 7: "White Supremacist, Anti-Semitic, Islamophobe" Stephen Bannon as Trump's Chief Strategist - @TheRealNews - Air Date 11-15-16 Ch. 15: Song 7: Let's Work Together - Canned Heat Ch. 16: Act 8: You Will Not Believe This Insane Antisemitic Email - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date 11-14-16 Ch. 17: Song 8: Violent Days - RTZ Ch. 18: Act 9: Get Trained for the Resistance via @ShowUp4RJ - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 19: Song 9: Right to Complain - Trombone Shorty & Marc Broussard Ch. 20: Act 10: Just Like After Reconstruction, Trump Vote Highlights White Backlash to Recent Racial Progress - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 11-9-16 Voicemails Ch. 21: Standing up for the oppressed - Justin from Indiana Ch. 22: It's not just Trump, it's congress too - Jessica from Las Vegas, NV Ch. 23: Explaining why Democrats lost - Nick from California Ch. 24: Explaining Democrats disdain for working class - Roy in Texas Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 25: Final comments on the false equivalency between pro-Trump and anti-Trump violence Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone TAKE ACTION Find a SURJ chapter near you (or start one) Sign up for SURJ national training conference calls Get resources from SURJ Sign up to volunteer with SURJ Find a SURJ action near you or post your own EDUCATE YOURSELF White People Elected Trump. Now What? Finding Common Ground with Trump Supporters in Buffalo Written by BOTL social media/activism director Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2016/11/15) Where we go from here (Progressives and Democrats)
Nov 16 2016 77 mins  
Edition #1058 Today we look at how the Democratic party has been going wrong for decades in a way that partially explains their electoral loss in 2016 and then use this information as a guide to see where the progressive movement should go from here Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: The economics of why Donald Trump won - Economic Update w: @profwolff - Air Date 11-10-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: Backwards Blues - Adia Victoria Ch. 4: Act 2: Thomas Frank on the Democrats disdain for the working class has led to their downfall - @thisishellradio - Air Date 11-12-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: One Thing Leads to Another - The Fixx Ch. 6: Act 3: Bill Ayers on the inadequacy of our politics to face our challenges - @TheRealNews - Air Date 11-13-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: Alright Alright (Here's My Fist Where's the Fight?) - Sahara Hotnights Ch. 8: Act 4: Trump's economic populism and where we Democrats need to go from here - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date 11-12-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Revolutions - Cody Long and the Red Beauty Ch. 10: Act 5: Who Should Lead The DNC Now? - @TheYoungTurks - Air Date 11-10-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: Go Do - Jónsi Ch. 12: Act 6: Greenwald on "Democrats, Trump, and the Ongoing, Dangerous Refusal to Learn the Lesson of Brexit" - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 11-10-16 Voicemails Ch. 13: What ways can you help? - Steven from the UK Ch. 14: How can we bridge the divide in progressive circles? - Anthony from Illinois Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 15: Final comments on healing the progressive movement and a new experiment for voicemails Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2016/11/11) In the Days After (Election 2016)
Nov 12 2016 80 mins  
Edition #1057 Today we reflect on the 2016 election, examine the variety of feelings it has brought fourth and contemplate the next steps ahead of us Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Trump's America- This is What Happens Now - Jay Smooth - Air Date: 11-9-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: S.O.S. - The Suicide Machines Ch. 4: Act 2: 'This was a whitelash' Van Jones' take on the election results - CNN - Air Date 11-08-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: So Terrible It's Terrifying - Earmint Ch. 6: Act 3: Mourn, Resist, Organize - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 11-9-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: Call for Help - Clay Schneider Ch. 8: Act 4: Feel your feelings and get to work - Throwing Shade w: @BryanSafi and @gibblertron - Air Date 11-9-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Run Screaming - Stockdale and Shapiro Ch. 10: Act 5: The day after, take care of yourself - @EdgeofSports - w: Dave Zirin - Air Date 11-11-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: Fear, Terror, and the Fear of Terror - Infinite Third Ch. 12: Act 6: Anger is an appropriate response - #PoliticallyReactive with @wkamaubell and @harikondabolu - Air Date 11-10-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: When Anger Shows - Editors Ch. 14: Act 7: National Popular Vote - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date 6-13-15 Ch. 15: Song 7: Help - Howie Day Ch. 16: Act 8: Beyond the Electoral College: A State-Based Plan for Electing the President by National Popular Vote - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 11-08-16 Voicemails Ch. 17: Kids in fear after the election - Anonymous Ch. 18: Mad as hell and sick to my stomach - Colin from Cleveland, OH Ch. 19: Moving forward with self care - Dave from Olympia, WA Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 20: Final comments on privilege as a superpower and the campaign for a national popular vote Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2016/11/08) Beyond the election (The Progressive Movement)
Nov 08 2016 78 mins  
Edition #1056 Today we look beyond the election to the progressive movement that needs to keep it’s momentum going regardless of who the next president will be Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: When Progressives Fight...We Win! - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 01-15-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: On the Outside - Oingo Boingo Ch. 4: Act 2: Progressives Must Be Ready: Hillary Win Isn't the Victory - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 10-24-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: The Time Is Now - Warren Barfield Ch. 6: Act 3: A Pep Talk For #Progressives From A Man Who Marched With #MLK! - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date 05-19-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: Malcom X (Original single 1974) - Miriam Makeba Ch. 8: Act 4: Bernie Plans To Fight Against Hillary's Corporatist Cabinet Picks - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 10-28-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Main Title, Game of Thrones - Ramin Djawadi Ch. 10: Act 5: Breaking Through Power... It's Easier Than You Think! (w/Guest: Ralph Nader) - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 09-22-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: Power to the People - John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band Ch. 12: Act 6: Beyond the election to the movement - The Zero Hour w: @RJEskow - Air Date 11-5-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Right to Complain - Trombone Shorty & Marc Broussard Ch. 14: Act 6: Systemic Political Change Requires Participation – Never Stop Fighting - @RingOfFireRadio - Air Date: 09-25-16 Voicemails Ch. 15: Terrified of what the election could mean - Eammon from La Habra, California Ch. 16: Don't lose sight of what you can do yourself - Matt from Pittsburg, PA Ch. 17: Starting to gain perspective from the show - Jennifer from Columbus, OH Ch. 18: Race, class and Trump supporters - Mike from Albany, NY Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 19: Final comments on political philosophy, Confederates in New York and the difference between understanding and legitimizing Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2016/11/04) What is at stake (Climate Change and the Supreme Court)
Nov 04 2016 70 mins  
Edition #1055 Today we look at the two biggest issues with the most limited timelines and far-reaching consequences of our era and how they are both at stake in this election Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: VILE: Trump Picks Climate Denier to Lead Environmental Transition - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 09-28-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: Despierta - Filthy Friends Ch. 4: Act 2: What Do The Next Supreme Court Picks Really Mean For America? - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date 07-28-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: No Guns No Guns - Mirah Ch. 6: Act 3: As Earth Reaches Frightening CO2 Milestone, Bill McKibben Calls for War on Climate Change - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 09-30-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next - Manic Street Preachers Ch. 8: Act 4: Trump: I'll Fill the Supreme Court With Antonin Scalias - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 09-14-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Perry Mason - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Ch. 10: Act 5: Shameful Admission: Trump Doesn't Believe Climate Change is Man Made - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 09-29-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: Sic of Elephants (Live) - Andrew Bird [featuring Jim James] Ch. 12: Act 6: 350 Action's May Boeve on Young Voters & Climate Movement - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 10-25-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Pressure - Billy Joel Ch. 14: Act 7: Republicans Planning To Block Supreme Court Justices FOREVER - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 10-28-16 Ch. 15: Song 7: Makin' It Great Again! - Andrew St. James Ch. 16: Act 8: The World Is Hotter Than Hell and No One Is Talking About Climate Change - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 10-01-16 Voicemails Ch. 17: Some adults think the devil is trying to influence our election - Brad from Irving, TX Ch. 18: The impacts on restricted access to education - Sally from San Francisco Ch. 19: Limbaugh is more thoughtful than liberals let on - Mike from Richmond, VA Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 20: Final comments with some questions for our new reasonable conservative caller Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2016/11/01) Making a genuine effort to understand Trump conservatives
Nov 01 2016 79 mins  
Edition #1054 Today we dive deeply into the world of conservatives as described in the new book “Strangers in their own Land” by Arlie Russel Hochschild in an attempt to understand how some non-deplorable people in the country could be supporting Donald Trump Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: What Drives Trump Supporters? Sociologist Arlie Russell Hochschild on Anger & Mourning of the Right Part 1 - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 9-28-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel Ch. 4: Act 2: The environmentalist tea-partier who dumped toxic waste in public water - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 10-5-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: Protect & Serve - Stiff Little Fingers Ch. 6: Act 3: How Our Stone-Age Brain Gets in the Way of Smart Politics Part 1 - @BillMoyersHQ in Conversation - Air Date 4-15-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: I Don't Think About It - Emily Osment Ch. 8: Act 4: What Drives Trump Supporters? Sociologist Arlie Russell Hochschild on Anger & Mourning of the Right Part 2 - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 9-28-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Refund - Minor Motion Ch. 10: Act 5: The Deep Story of conservatives and the rise of Trump - Economic Update w/ @profwolff - Air Date 9-29-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: Shame - The Avett Brothers Ch. 12: Act 6: How Our Stone-Age Brain Gets in the Way of Smart Politics Part 2 - @BillMoyersHQ in Conversation - Air Date 4-15-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Vote - Jefferson Coker Ch. 14: Act 7: Where shame is the companion to need - @thisishellradio - Air Date 10-22-16 Ch. 15: Song 7: Only a Pawn In Their Game - Bob Dylan Ch. 16: Act 8: The Media That Created Trump - United States of Anxiety - Air Date 10-13-16 Voicemails Ch. 17: Shifting to the Right - Greg from North Cackalacky Ch. 18: Shout out to Wade/asking for conservative show suggestion - Quai from North Carolina Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 19: Final comments on a conservative show recommended to those interested in hearing the other side Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2016/10/28) The real way elections get rigged (Voter Suppression)
Oct 28 2016 77 mins  
Edition #1053 Today we look at a range of voter suppression tactics including voter intimidation from history and present-day Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Revisiting the hard fought battles for voting rights and the implications of new laws - @Making_Contact - Air Date 10-19-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: Until the Water Goes Down - Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin Ch. 4: Act 2: STUDY: Black People Wait Twice As Long as White People to Vote - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 08-18-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: Adventure, Darling - Gillicuddy Ch. 6: Act 3: Surprise! DOJ Catches Another State Disenfranchises Voters! (w/Guest: Ian Millhiser @imillhiser) - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 09-10-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: A Theme for Bizarre Behavior - Clifton's Ford Ch. 8: Act 4: A history of voter intimidation - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 10-3-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: That's What's Wrong - Good Old War Ch. 10: Act 5: GET OUT THE VOTE via @NextGenClimate & Report Voter Suppression via @ElectionProtection Ch. 11: Song 5: Time for Action - Secret Affair Ch. 12: Act 6: Victoria Bassetti of the Brennan Center on the myth of widespread voter fraud - @DecodeDC - Air Date 10-20-16 Voicemails Ch. 13: Vote yes for rent stabilization in the bay area - Mike in Mountain View, CA Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 14: Final comments on a couple of the things making me really angry about our broken electoral system Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone TAKE ACTION Volunteer to help get out the vote with NextGen Climate Report voter suppression by calling Election Protection at 866-OUR-VOTE Ask questions about voter ID laws by calling VoteRider’s national voter ID hotline at 844-338-8743. EDUCATE YOURSELF This Election Is Being Rigged—but Not by Democrats (The Nation) North Carolina Republicans Tried to Disenfranchise a 100-Year-Old African-American Woman (The Nation) Possible Election Day problems worry civil rights advocates (PBS Newshour) ‘The most chaotic election for people of color in 50 years,’ activist predicts (Star Telegram) What we often forget when we talk about voting restrictions: the actual voters (Vox) Indiana officials are trying to block almost 45,000 black citizens from voting (ThinkProgress) Election 2016: Tracking Reports of Voting Problems Across the United States (NBC News) This Is What Actual Voter Suppression Looks Like, And It’s Appalling (Huffington Post) Trans Voters May Face Problems Voting in U.S. Election, Activists Say (NBC News) Posted October 28, 2016. Written by Best of the Left Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman. Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2016/10/25) The policies we have vs. the policies we need (Reproductive Rights)
Oct 25 2016 78 mins  
Edition #1052 Today we look at reproductive rights issues from the states up to the presidential election and the future of the Supreme Court Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Oklahoma May Strip Licenses From Doctors Who Perform Abortions - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 04-27-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: God Only Knows - Beach Boys Ch. 4: Act 2: Thanks to Republicans, Pregnancy Can Be Deadly For Women In Texas! - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 08-19-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: Barefoot and Pregnant - Doyle and Debbie Ch. 6: Act 3: Poland Up to 6 Million Women Protest Proposed Abortion Ban - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 10-5-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: Luriana Lurilee - Ben McElroy Ch. 8: Act 4: Total Abortion Ban In Question After Mass Protests - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 10-07-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Right Here, Right Now - Fatboy Slim Ch. 10: Act 5: How is Abortion Portrayed in Film and TV? - Popaganda from @BitchMedia - Air Date: 9-10-15 Ch. 11: Song 5: Bloodless Freak - Thomas Newman Ch. 12: Act 6: Trump Says Appointing Anti-Choice Judges Will "Automatically" Overturn Roe v. Wade If He's Elected - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 10-20-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Of Thee I Sing: Supreme Court Judges - Casper Roos, Larry Kert & New York Choral Artists Ch. 14: Act 7: Debate 3- The Good, The Bad, The Nasty (Act 1, Part 2) - Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (@FullFrontalSamB) - Air Date: 10-24-16 Ch. 15: Song 7: Nasty - Janet Jackson Ch. 16: Act 8: @LeahNTorres describes her work as one of the only doctors providing abortions in Utah - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 9-7-16 Ch. 17: Song 8: Proud - Tegan and Sara Ch. 18: Act 9: One of the oldest laws targeting abortion access is finally seeing the fight it deserves - ThinkProgress - Air Date 9-30-16 Ch. 19: Song 9: Radioactive - Vitamin String Quartet Ch. 20: Act 10: Keep the Pressure on Congress to #BeBoldEndHyde via @AllAboveAll - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 21: Song 10: This Fickle World - Theo Bard Ch. 22: Act 11: If You Want To End Abortions, You Should Work To End Poverty. - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 10-07-16 Voicemails Ch. 23: Response to Rape Culture episode - Rebecca from Seattle Ch. 24: What we must understand to understand the policing problem - V from Central New York Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 25: Final comments on the propaganda i witnessed recently and detail in the newest member's bonus show Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone TAKE ACTION! Get involved with All Above All actions on the state and local level Share All Above All resources on social media with #BeBoldEndHyde EDUCATE YOURSELF What Women Do When They Can't Afford an Abortion (Broadly.vice.com) What are your state's laws when it comes to abortion coverage? (AllAboveAll.org) All Above All's Hyde Amendment Fact Sheet (AllAboveAll.org) Term And Partial Birth Abortions: The Mythical Arch-Nemeses Of The Anti-Choice Movement (HuffingtonPost.com) Tim Kaine Now Backs Lifting the Hyde Amendment Banning Abortion Funding (NBCNews.com) Written by Best of the Left Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman. Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!


(2016/10/21) Consent is sexy (Rape Culture)
Oct 21 2016 74 mins  
Edition #1051 Today we look at just a few of the manifestations of rape culture in society with plenty of focus on the need for affirmative consent education Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Pussy-Gate Vile Trump Audio Leaks, Exposes Classless Trump - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date 10-11-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: GRAB'm by the PU$$Y - will.i.am ft Apl.de.ap and Liane V Ch. 4: Act 2: Job Fair for Future Women - Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (@FullFrontalSamB) - Air Date: 02-23-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: Can’t Take No for an Answer - David Nunez Ch. 6: Act 3: #NotAllMen #SometimesAllMen - Trumpcast - Air Date 10-13-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: Backwards Blues - Adia Victoria Ch. 8: Act 4: Limbaugh- 'Here Come the Rape Police' After One Whiff Of Lack Of Consent - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date 10-13-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Consent - Jack and Dean Ch. 10: Act 5: How rape culture manifests itself - @InDeepRadio w: @AngieCoiro - Air Date 7-2-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: We Are the Kids - WALK THE MOON Ch. 12: Act 6: Trevor calls bullshit on Donald Trump's "locker room talk" defense. - The Daily Show - Air Date 10-10-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Can't You Tell? - Aimee Mann Ch. 14: Act 7: What Exactly Do Rapists Look Like? - @TheYoungTurks - Air Date: 10-17-15 Ch. 15: Song 7: Boys Will Be Boys - Alisha Ch. 16: Act 8: Not in my locker room - @EdgeofSports - w: Dave Zirin - Air Date 10-15-16 Ch. 17: Song 8: Building Steam with a Grain of Salt - DJ Shadow Ch. 18: Act 9: #HikeforHealing to Support The #MonumentQuilt for Survivors of Rape and Abuse via @UpsettingRape (FORCE) - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 19: Song 9: This Fickle World - Theo Bard Ch. 20: Act 10: Your vagina is not a car - Clementine Ford at TEDxSouthBankWomen - Air Date: 02-05-14 Voicemails Ch. 21: Two book recommendations of the history of racial oppression - Tyler from Kentucky Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 22: Final comments on the documentary Audrie & Daisy and the need for early education on affirmative consent Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone TAKE ACTION Find a Hike for Healing team near you or start one at https://www.crowdrise.com/hikeforhealing View quilt squares, get information on making a quilt square, sign up to host a workshop and volunteer at https://themonumentquilt.org Check out #WhyWomenDontReport on Twitter EDUCATE YOURSELF Our quilt project shares rape survivors' stories (CNN.com) Trump's Campaign Embraces Rape Culture (ThinkProgress.com) Everyone's talking to their daughters about Donald Trump. They need to talk to their sons. (Mic.com) The Conversation You Must Have With Your Sons (HuffingtonPost.com) 8 Societal Barriers That Make it Hard to Report Sexual Assault (EverydayFeminism.com) Women share stories of sexual assault to show Trump what rape culture looks like (HuffingtonPost.com) Written by Best of the Left Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman. Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2016/02/05) When climate science meets faith-based economics (Repost)
Oct 18 2016 59 mins  
Edition #988 Today we look at the intersection of the climate crisis with our current economic system including how monopolies, trade deals, market failures and the concept of “externalities” all work together to make climate change worse Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Externalities - by @DavidSuzuki - Resource Based Economy - Air Date: 7-26-13 Ch. 3: Song 1: N/A Ch. 4: Act 2: The True Cost Of Fossil Fuels - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 10-28-15 Ch. 5: Song 2: The Price You Pay - Bruce Springsteen Ch. 6: Act 3: TransCanada Uses NAFTA to sue The US Over Keystone Pipeline! - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 01-08-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: Smoke And Mirrors - Giraffe Ch. 8: Act 4: Nevada guts their net metering program, killing the solar industry - @greennewsreport - Air Date 1-12-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Sunshine to Burn (The Long Grass) - The Sand Pebbles Ch. 10: Act 5: Ronald Wright on Progress Traps - The Green Interview - Air Date: 8-1-11 Ch. 11: Song 5: Farmscrapers - Dad Rocks! Ch. 12: Act 6: Is the Military the Future of Renewable Energy? - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 12-04-15 Ch. 13: Song 6: Hands To Myself - Selena Gomez Ch. 14: Act 7: Porter Ranch Massive CA Gas Leak & What It Means - Majority Report (@majorityfm) - Air Date 01-12-16 Ch. 15: Song 7: Payne's Bay - Beirut Ch. 16: Act 8: Is Aliso Canyon California's BP Blowout? - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 01-08-16 Ch. 17: Song 8: Devil Town - Tony Lucca Ch. 18: Act 9: #LeapYear Manifesto: For New Economic & Energy Systems via @NaomiAKlein — Best of the Left Activism Ch. 19: Act 9A: The Leap Manifesto As Explained By @NaomiAKlein - Huffington Post Canada - Air Date: 9-15-15 Ch. 20: Song 9: This Fickle World - Theo Bard Ch. 21: Act 10: Surviving Progress Film (condensed version) Activism: #LeapYear Manifesto: For New Economic & Energy Systems via @NaomiAKlein Take Action: JOIN/Host: #LeapYear Event, Feb-March 2016 via WATCH: "Leap Year 2016 - Hangout with Naomi Klein, Bill McKibben, and more” hosted by This Changes Everything Canadians can SIGN: The Leap Year Manifest Sources/further reading: "Let’s make this a real ‘leap’ year, and go fossil fuel-free” by Naomi Klein Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2016/10/14) Unions or not, we are still all in this together (Labor Rights)
Oct 14 2016 79 mins  
Edition #1050 Today we look at the systems at play that put workers and everyday consumers at a constant disadvantage to their business-running overloads - but it has a hopeful ending! Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: @DavidBurkus: Why you should know how much your coworkers get paid - @TEDTalks - Air Date: 9-20-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: You Can't Get What You Want (Till You Know What You Want) - Joe Jackson Ch. 4: Act 2: The War on Unions Has Lowered All Our Wages! - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 09-01-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: Miffed - Tom Rosenthal Ch. 6: Act 3: Foreign factories, coal-town media and the tipped wage - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 9-2-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: We Stand As One - Joseph Arthur Ch. 8: Act 4: Do Labor Unions Still Matter? - Seeker Daily - Air Date: 2-23-15 Ch. 9: Song 4: Le monde de contre jour - David Ari Leon Ch. 10: Act 5: MILLIONS Of Workers Go On Strike - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 09-07-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: Join Forces - Caribbean Pulse Ch. 12: Act 6: Uber's revolution was mostly about circumventing labor unions - Economic Update w: @profwolff - Air Date 9-29-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Same Old Story - Pennywise Ch. 14: Act 7: #BoycottWendys Until They Join the Fair Food Program via @CIW - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 15: Song 7: Activism - Shihan Ch. 16: Act 8: On Wealth and Labor - Progressive Faith Sermons w/ @RevDrRay - Air Date 9-4-16 Voicemails Ch. 17: Possible effects of the TPP on the corruption industry - Brad from Irving, TX Ch. 18: Shamefully admitting to being a former libertarian - Chris from Colorado Springs Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 19: Final comments on libertarianism and the false dichotomy of the social vs. the individual Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone TAKE ACTION DON'T EAT AT WENDY'S! Learn more about the reasons for the boycott at allianceforfairfood.org Sign the pledge to boycott Wendy's Attend a "Behind the Braids: Wendy's Boycott Tour" event near you Spread the word on social media via #BoycottWendys EDUCATE YOURSELF There is a Nationwide Boycott of Wendy's Underway (via The Nation) Students Declare Nationwide Boycott of Wendy's Over Farmworker Concerns (via The American Prospect) Dear Wendy's: I'm boycotting you, but I'm not the one you should be worried about (via Common Dreams) Written by Best of the Left Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman. Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2016/10/11) What you need to know about Libertarianism
Oct 11 2016 65 mins  
Edition #1049 Today we look at the political philosophy of libertarianism and explain why large parts of it make almost no sense when applied to the real world Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Libertarian Calls In to Teach Us All About the Right Kind of Libertarianism - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date 07-10-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: Blik - deeB Ch. 4: Act 2: Why Are Libertarians Mostly Men??? - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 07-13-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: Fantasy - Anya Marina Ch. 6: Act 3: Libertarianism Debunked. - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 08-26-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: Risk It - Nahko and Medicine for the People Ch. 8: Act 4: Libertarians Divided Over Driver's Licenses - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 06-02-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Don't Waste Your Breath - Colour Me Wednesday Ch. 12: Act 6: A History Lesson for Libertertarians - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 08-13-15 Ch. 13: Song 6: Lesson Learned (feat. John Mayer) - Alicia Keys Ch. 14: Act 7: No Progressives Should Vote for Libertarian Gary Johnson - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 10-04-16 Voicemails Ch. 15: Some are in it just to win - Emma from New York City Ch. 16: Inaugural meeting of the [email protected] Twin Cities Action Group - Paul from Minnesota Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 17: Final comments debunking a couple of logical fallacies from professional libertarians Bonus Clip 1: Libertarian Debate Darryl Perry Defines Libertarianism - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date 06-24-16 Bonus Clip 2: Libertarian Debate Sam Seder vs. Dave Smith - Majority Report - Air Date 08-22-15 Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2016/10/07) Slavery in America is still alive and well (Prison Labor)
Oct 07 2016 75 mins  
Edition #1048 Today we look at the ways in which the 13th amendment to the constitution opened the doors to a mere evolution of slavery rather than it’s abolition as our national myth contends Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe - Excerpt: Attica explained Ch. 3: Song 1: Attica State - John Lennon & Yoko Ono Ch. 4: Act 2: 45 Years After Legendary Attica Prison Uprising, New Book Reveals State Role in Deadly Standoff - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 09-09-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: Strong Animals - Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin Ch. 6: Act 3: Prison Labor = Modern Day Slavery? - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 09-16-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: High Demand - The Haymarket Squares Ch. 8: Act 4: Rattling the Bars US Prison Labor - @TheRealNews - Air Date 9-5-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Forward - Northbound Ch. 10: Act 5: Noelle Hanrahan on National Prison Strike - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 9-16-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: Prison Abolition (feat. Daman) - Conscious Youth Ch. 12: Act 6: Prisoners Strike To Say 'We're Not Slaves!!' (w/Guest: Maya Schenwar) - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 09-21-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Chain Gang (2005 Remastered) - Sam Cooke Ch. 14: Act 7: Important stories of the prison strike are blacked out by media - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 9-30-16 Ch. 15: Song 7: Everyday (Single Version) - Carly Comando Ch. 16: Act 8: Support Prison Strikers by Joining Actions Around the Country - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 17: Song 8: This Fickle World - Theo Bard Ch. 18: Act 9: Advocates: The U.S. Still Profits from Slavery Because the 13th Amendment Perpetuates Prison Labor - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 10-03-16 Ch. 19: Final comments on the timely release of the new Ava DuVernay doc, “13th” Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone TAKE ACTION Read the call to action post on ItsGoingDown.org and find an event near you at the bottom of the post. Create your own local action to support the prison strikes and submit it to be posted by emailing [email protected] EDUCATE YOURSELF Why Prisoners Across the Country Have Gone on Strike (via Mother Jones) "We're Freedom Fighters": The Story of the Nationwide Prison Labor Strike (via truthout) The biggest national prison strike in American history is happening now (via Daily Kos) Meet the inmate who launched a massive prison strike from his jail cell (via Vice) Free Alabama Movement (website of the inmates spearheading the strike in Alabama) IWW Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (unrecognized union for incarcerated prison workers) Written by BOTL social media/activism director Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2016/10/04) How the parties have broken our democracy (Election Corruption)
Oct 04 2016 73 mins  
Edition #1047 Today we look at a few of the ways our two major political parties have worked to entrench their own power with the side effect of ruining the foundations of our democratic system Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Supreme Court vs. the American Voter - Times Op-Doc Ch. 3: Song 1: N/A Ch. 4: Act 2: This is not your grandfather's gerrymandering w/ @davedaley3 - #PoliticallyReactive with @wkamaubell and @harikondabolu - Air Date 8-17-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: Segregation - Rankin Scroo Ch. 6: Act 3: How The Debates Were Corrupted By The Democrats AND Republicans - @theyoungturks - Air Date 09-25-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: The 4th Estate - GFE Ch. 8: Act 4: Ratf**ked The True Story Behind the Secret Plan to Steal America's Democracy w/ @davedaley3 - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date 08-27-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Prove My Hypothesis - Death Cab For Cutie Ch. 10: Act 5: Two-Party Tyranny Ralph Nader on Exclusion of Third-Party Candidates from First Presidential Debate - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 09-19-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: Fake Plastic Trees - Radiohead Ch. 12: Act 6: VoteRiders.org is out to educate voters about their state Voter ID laws - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 9-30-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Hey Ya - Obadiah Parker Ch. 14: Act 7: Register and PREPARE to Vote in Your State via @RocktheVote - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 15: Song 7: Time for Action - Secret Affair Ch. 16: Act 8: Explaining the plans the GOP has to maintain power as a minority party w/ @davedaley3 - #PoliticallyReactive with @wkamaubell and @harikondabolu - Air Date 8-17-16 Voicemails Ch. 17: Security of the voting process in Oregon - Elise in Portland, OR Ch. 18: Standing up for each other in the metal community - Jason from Iowa Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 19: Final comments on the political and mental games we play Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone TAKE ACTION Register to vote at https://www.rockthevote.com Check your registration status with Rock the Vote's "Am I Registered?" tool Check on changes to voter ID requirements in your state at Rock the Vote's "Voter ID Requirements by State" or at VoteRiders.org. EDUCATE YOURSELF Electionary - A Guide to Election Laws “Rigged” - The Documentary (via Fusion TV) Wisconsin is Systemically Failing to Provide the Photo IDs Required to Vote in November (via The Nation) Judge Blocks Election Day Registration at Illinois Polling Places (via The Chicago Tribune) This November, Know Your Voting Rights (via ACLU) Voter Suppression Laws: What’s New Since the 2012 Presidential Election (Interactive Map) (via ACLU) Written by Best of the Left Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman. Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2016/09/30) Building systems that work for people (Culture)
Sep 30 2016 68 mins  
Edition #1046 Today we look at the designed systems that dictate how and where we work, live and engage with society and think about ways to improve those systems Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Transforming cities, changing the system - @TheNextSystem Project - Air Date: 10-6-15 Ch. 4: Act 2: @JeffSpeckAICP, author of Walkable City: Why Does Suburbia Suck? - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 08-06-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: Walking Man - James Taylor Ch. 6: Act 3: John Nichols (@NicholsUprising): The Fight Against a Jobless Economy and a Citizen-less Democracy - Belabored (@DissentMag) - Air Date 5-13-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: Send a Message - Nick Driver Ch. 8: Act 4: The social and ecological benefits of sharing the load - Economic Update w/ @profwolff - Air Date: 5-17-15 Ch. 9: Song 4: Who Benefits? - Mustard Plug Ch. 10: Act 5: Gunnar Branson: Moore's Law of Real Estate - TEDxNaperville - Air Date 12-18-12 Voicemails Ch. 11: Keeping tabs on the mainstream media - Paula from Reno, NV Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 12: Final comments on taking vaccine doses of the mainstream media Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2016/09/27) Systemic forces and how to fight them (Racism)
Sep 27 2016 70 mins  
Edition #1045 Today we look at the systemically racist systems of policing currently in place in our country and the protest movement that continues to rise up against it, including Colin Kaepernick and the growing movement of support around him Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Deadly force in black and white - @Making_Contact - Air Date: 2-17-15 Ch. 3: Song 1: Oh, Freedom - Shirley Verrett Ch. 4: Act 2: Recorded proof of racially-targeted policing - The Benjamin Dixon Show (@TheBpDShow) - Air Date 7-13-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: America - Neil Diamond Ch. 6: Act 3: Racist & Illegal Justice Department Slams Baltimore Police for Targeting Black Residents - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 08-11-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: This Land is Not Our Land - Utah Phillips Ch. 8: Act 4: How media gets it wrong on protests against police violence - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 9-23-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: House of Cards Main Title Theme - Jeff Beal Ch. 10: Act 5: Dave Zirin breaks down the Colin @Kaepernick7 protest - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 9-14-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: American Land - Bruce Springsteen Ch. 12: Act 6: What we learned about our national anthem from @Kaepernick7 protest - #PoliticallyReactive with @wkamaubell and @harikondabolu - Air Date 9-7-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Rockin' In the Free World - Neil Young Ch. 14: Act 7: Choice words on the anthem protesters and their detractors - @EdgeofSports - w Dave Zirin - Air Date 9-14-16 Ch. 15: Song 7: John Adams theme song - HBO Ch. 16: Act 8: Tell Your Legislators to Sign the “Pledge to Preserve & Protect Our Lives” via @NAACP #StayWokeandVote Ch. 17: Song 8: We Didn't Start the Fire - Billy Joel Ch. 18: Act 9: Can the American Flag Survive Colin @Kaepernick7? - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 09-03-16 Voicemails Ch. 19: Thoughts from working at the Sacred Stone Camp - Nick from Colorado Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 20: Final comments on the OTHER pipeline protest going on in Big Bend (Defendbigbend.org) Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone TAKE ACTION Send the NAACP's "Pledge to Preserve and Protect Our Lives to your legislators and candidates Read the "NAACP's Statement on Fatal Shooting of Terence Crutcher During Police Encounter in Tulsa, OK" Get involved with the NAACP's #StayWokeandVote campaign and use the hashtag on Twitter EDUCATE YOURSELF "NAACP releases list of demands in response to Charlotte shooting" (WRAL.com) "If you don't understand Black Lives Matter after Terence Crutcher's death, you never will" (Vox.com) "How two police shootings of black men sent Tulsa and Charlotte in different directions" (LA Times) "Tulsa police chief on fatal shooting of Terence Crutcher: 'There was no gun'" (Tulsaworld.com) "Colin Kaepernick explains why he sat during the national anthem" (NFL.com) "#VeteransforKaepernick: Veterans Stand in Solidarity with Colin Kaepernick" (The Root) Written by BOTL social media/activism director Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!


(2016/09/23) Working to maintain the status quo (Media)
Sep 23 2016 75 mins  
Edition #1044 Today we look at some of the ways our corporate media work to ignore widespread disaffection and real issues in favor of fluff, argument and ineffectual neutrality Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Media ignores widespread disaffection with political system - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 6-3-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: Messages - Xavier Rudd Ch. 4: Act 2: Why Don't We Hear About Real Issues On The News? - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 08-17-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: My Conversation - The Uniques Ch. 6: Act 3: Independent Media In Danger, Allegations of YouTube Censorship - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 09-02-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: I Love You Money - Lowell Ch. 8: Act 4: Crisis Engulfs Fox News as Roger Ailes Sexual Harrassment & Spying Scandal Grows - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 08-11-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Abuse of Power - Lion of Light Ch. 10: Act 5: CNN's morally bankrupt hiring of former Trump campaign staffer - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 7-1-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: That’s All - Clare and the Reasons Ch. 12: Act 6: The media and political parties collude to make debates profitable and worthless - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date 9-10-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Turtle (Bonobo Remix) - Pilote Ch. 14: Act 7: A Recent History of Political Lies - On The Media - Air Date 7-8-16 Voicemails Ch. 15: Working with Central Americans - Justin from Mitchell, Indiana Ch. 16: The migration story replays itself over and over again - Justin from Mitchell, Indiana Ch. 17: How can a community hold an abuser accountable? - Megan from Baltimore Ch. 18: We have ourselves to blame for the media - Wade from Ft. Worth, TX Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 19: Final comments on the degree to which I hate cable news channels Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2016/09/20) Building momentum, making progress (Money in Politics)
Sep 20 2016 75 mins  
Edition #1043 Today we look at some of the structures of money in politics and how the tide is beginning to turn Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: The Truth About Citizens United - Follow the Money #8 - Represent.Us - Air Date: 1-26-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: Addiction - Medina Ch. 4: Act 2: @DerekCressman on Free speech vs paid speech with guest host @AngieCoiro - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 5-31-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: Buy My Vote - The Haymarket Squares Ch. 6: Act 3: How To Destroy The Corrupt Political Establishment - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 04-20-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: Welcome To the Machine - Pink Floyd Ch. 8: Act 4: @USRepDavidJolly on The STOP Act Part 1 - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date 8-27-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Moneytalks - Vitamin String Quartet Ch. 10: Act 5: Steve Israel on Congressional Fundraising - @LastWeekTonight with @iamjohnoliver - Air Date 04-04-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: Money Grabber (Live @ KEXP) - Fitz and The Tantrums Ch. 12: Act 6: @USRepDavidJolly on The STOP Act Part 2 - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date 8-27-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Changes - Langhorne Slim & The Law Ch. 14: Act 7: Rhode Island Demands Money Out Of Politics - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 06-21-16 Voicemails Ch. 15: Standing against racism - Kyle from Portland Ch. 16: What we can do to get better healthier density - Ryan from Phoenix Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 17: Final comments on the hopeful outlook of the future of campaign finance reform Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2016/09/16) Protecting from the black snake (Dakota Access Pipeline)
Sep 16 2016 76 mins  
Edition #1042 Today we look in on the convergence of Native American and First Nations tribes in North Dakota to protect the water from the Dakota Access Pipeline Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Will The Lakota Tribe's Black Snake Prophecy Come True? - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 08-19-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: People of the First Light - Russell Patrick Ch. 4: Act 2: Standing Rock #nodapl - Levitate Media Group - Air Date 9-3-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: N/A Ch. 6: Act 3: Canine Expert Decries "Egregious" & "Horrific" Dog Attacks on Native Americans Defending Burial Site - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 09-06-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: Cherry Creek Singers - No DAPL song Ch. 8: Act 4: Native Woman Bitten By Dogs DEBUNKS Media Falsehoods - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 09-08-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Song for Mother Earth - Lakota Ch. 10: Act 5: The regulatory loophole that allows easy permitting for new pipelines - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 9-12-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: Shove Your Pipeline - Frank Nawrot Ch. 12: Act 6: Eminent Domain? Iowans Sue to Stop Dakota Access Pipeline, Say It Provides No Public Service - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 09-07-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: As Long As the Grass Grows - Randy Wood Ch. 14: Act 7: Why fossil fuels companies are rushing to build old infrastructure - @GreenNewsReport - Air Date 9-13-16 Ch. 15: Song 7: Ode to Nature - Brulé Ch. 16: Act 8: Tell President Obama to Revoke USACE Permits & STOP the Dakota Access Pipeline #NoDAPL via @350 - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 17: Song 8: This Fickle World - Theo Bard Ch. 18: Act 9: Water Protectors at Standing Rock React to Obama's Intervention in Dakota Access Pipeline Battle - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 09-12-16 Voicemails Ch. 19: Violence against protesters - Frank Ch. 20: Determining the end of a dogs life - Sunny from St. Paul, MN Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 21: Final comments on how my Climate Ride went and how well I’m recovering Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone TAKE ACTION Tell President Obama to revoke USACE permits by sending him a message. Find actions near you through September 17th and beyond. This map will update, so check back frequently! Sign up to get the latest news and hear about upcoming actions related to #NoDAPL. OTHER WAYS TO SUPPORT THE MOVEMENT Contribute to the Sacred Stone Camp legal defense fund Contribute to the Sacred Stone Camp supply fund EDUCATE YOURSELF Learn about the targets of the #NoDAPL movement Moments After Judge Denies DAPL Injunction, Federal Agencies Intervene What You Need to Know About the Dakota Access Pipeline Protest Alabama, Georgia declare state of emergency after pipeline spill Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman. Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2016/02/16) The food market (Food-Industrial Complex) (Repost)
Sep 13 2016 60 mins  
Edition #991 Today we take a look at the influence of the food giants on what goes into our food supply, who’s allowed to inspect and regulate it, what our kids are taught about what’s healthy, the policies of international trade that lowers food safety standards and even how farmers raise their chickens Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill 00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: Why nobody knows what's really going into your food - The Center for Public Integrity (@Publici) - Air Date: 04-13-15 Ch. 3: Song 1: The Prettiest Remix - Jim Guthrie 00:04:10 Ch. 4: Act 2: Sugar and Salt and Fat: Food Giants Have Hooked Us - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 04-26-15 Ch. 5: Song 2: Pour Some Sugar On Me (2012 Re-Recorded Version) - Def Leppard 00:15:10 Ch. 6: Act 3: EXPOSED: Coca-Cola’s Scam To Keep Kids Drinking Soda - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 01-01-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: Diet Coke - Airbäg 00:21:53 Ch. 8: Act 4: Carey Gillam on the conflicts of interest in the coverage of our food supply - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 2-5-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Johnny Appleseed - Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros 00:33:18 Ch. 10: Act 5: Mystery Meat: After WTO Ruling, U.S. Tosses Meat Origin Labeling Law, Leaving Consumers in the Dark - @democracynow - Air Date: 01-07-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: The Cave - Piano Tribute Players 00:37:43 Ch. 12: Act 6: Disaster: TPP Will Destroy US Food Safety - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 11-14-15 Ch. 13: Song 6: Solid Ground - Dougie Maclean 00:41:51 Ch. 14: Act 7: Chickens and the farmers who raise them - @LastWeekTonight with @iamjohnoliver - Air Date: 05-17-15 Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2016/02/26) Who gets a seat at the table (Culture) (Repost)
Sep 09 2016 60 mins  
Edition #994 Today we take a look at the narratives and stories that fill and influence our lives, whose stories get told and why and how that effects the way we see the world Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill 00:00:37 Ch. 2: Act 1: Mansplaining: The Science - @Upworthy - Air Date: 03-10-15 Ch. 3: Song 1: Words Are Seeds - My Gay Banjo 00:02:35 Ch. 4: Act 2: The Racial Politics of Disney Animals - Popaganda from @BitchMedia - Air Date 8-28-15 Ch. 5: Song 2: I Wan'na Be Like You (The Monkey Song) - Louis Prima, Phil Harris & Bruce Reitherman 00:16:47 Ch. 6: Act 3: Broad Politics in the Obama Administration - @DecodeDC - Air Date 1-28-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: Seat at the Table - Crystal Lewis 00:22:53 Ch. 8: Act 4: #OscarsSoWhite: Black Filmmakers Call Out Hollywood Racism, Exclusion as Calls for Boycott Grow - @democracynow - Air Date: 01-25-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Gatekeepers - Sharrie Williams 00:30:54 Ch. 10: Act 5: $pread, For and By Sex Workers - @onthemedia - Air Date: 5-1-15 Ch. 11: Song 5: Power of Words - iamuuri 00:40:10 Ch. 12: Act 6: Worst Oscar responses to #OscarsSoWhite - Backtalk from @BitchMedia - Air Date 2-18-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Bedtime Stories - Chris Reed 00:57:01 Ch. 14: Act 7: #OscarsSoWhite; Watch #JusticeForFlint Instead via @UnitedBlackout — Best of the Left Activism Ch. 15: Song 7: Right to Complain - Trombone Shorty & Marc Broussard 01:00:18 Ch. 16: Act 8: An inclusion crisis in the entertainment industry - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 2-26-16 Activism: #OscarsSoWhite; Watch #JusticeForFlint Instead via @UnitedBlackout Take Action: #JusticeForFlint from Blackout for Human Rights Additional Activism/Resources: "How to help people hurt by the poisoned water in Flint” via Mashable Sources/further reading: ”Meet April Reign, the Black Woman Behind #OscarsSoWhite" "The 17 Biggest Surprises Of This Year’s Oscar Nominations — #OscarsSoWhiteTheSequel” via Buzzfeed "These 10 Actors, Directors & Executives Can Reverse #OscarsSoWhite” at RevoltTV "Creed Is The Rocky Film 21st-Century America Needs” at The Establishment Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2016/09/06) The other pro-choice movement (Death with Dignity)
Sep 06 2016 76 mins  
Edition #1041 Today we take a look at matters of life, death and the right to choose when to move from one to the other Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: The Other Pro-Choice Movement - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 10-29-14 Ch. 3: Song 1: Machine - David Ari Leon Ch. 4: Act 2: Death With Dignity Advocate Brittany Maynard Dies At 29 - @TheYoungTurks - Air Date: 11-04-14 Ch. 5: Song 2: Chicago - Plusplus Ch. 6: Act 3: How to Die in Oregon - Taking Control - SundanceNOW Doc Club - Air Date 10-30-14 Ch. 7: Song 3: The Smallest Piece - Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin Ch. 8: Act 4: Assisted Suicide - Harriet Scott's Story - Last Right Series - The National - Air Date 11-4-13 Ch. 9: Song 4: The Artifact & Living - Michael Andrews Ch. 10: Act 5: Caller: My Father Committed Suicide after 30 Years of Pain... - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 10-30-14 Ch. 11: Song 5: Dawn Departure, Jefferson County - Black Prairie Ch. 12: Act 6: Doctor Assisted Suicide Is Now Legal In California - @TheYoungTurks - Air Date: 10-11-15 Ch. 13: Song 6: Take Five - Dave Brubeck Ch. 14: Act 7: How to Die in Oregon - Goodbye Roger - SundanceNOW Doc Club - Air Date 10-30-14 Ch. 15: Song 7: End of the World - Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin Ch. 16: Act 8: Tell Your Legislators to Support Medical #AidinDying via @CompandChoices - Best of the Left Acitivsm Ch. 17: Song 8: This Fickle World - Theo Bard Ch. 18: Act 9: @BCoombsLee: The Brittany Effect: Transforming the Death with Dignity Movement - TEDxMarin - Air Date 10-5-15 Voicemails Ch. 19: What kind of system do we want to see? - Rick from Scranton, PA Ch. 20: What to do after the election - Andrew In Forth Worth, TX Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 21: Final comments on the last thank yous before Climate Ride and the origin or today’s topic Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone TAKE ACTION Urge your legislators to support medical aid in dying Find and become one of the volunteer advocates and educators near you Download the Compassion and Choices Legislative Guidebook to share with your representative EDUCATE YOURSELF Hear stories from those directly impacted Understanding Medical Aid in Dying (Compassion and Choices) End of Life Care Commonly Used Terms (Compassion and Choices) Medical Aid in Dying is Not Assisted Suicide (Compassion and Choices) Being Mortal: Dr. Atul Gawande on How U.S. Healthcare Fails to Handle the End of Life (Democracy Now!) Brittany Maynard's Legacy: One Year Later (Compassion and Choices) Written by Best of the Left Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman. Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2016/09/02) Home sweet home (Housing and Homelessness)
Sep 02 2016 77 mins  
Edition #1040 Today we take a look at a couple of solutions to homelessness as well as some of the forces at play that effect how and where people live across the country Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Let's End Homeless Hate Laws - Brave New Films: Justice - Air Date: 12-8-14 Ch. 3: Song 1: Homeless (with Ladysmith Black Mambazo) - Paul Simon Ch. 4: Act 2: Fiscally Conservative: Free Homes for Homeless SAVE MONEY for Utah - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 11-22-15 Ch. 5: Song 2: To Build a Home - The Cinematic Orchestra Ch. 6: Act 3: Race, Ethnicity, and Urban Land Use Decision-Baltimore Ecosystem Study - @InfinEarthRadio - Air Date 6-2-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: Rows of Homes - The Western States Motel Ch. 8: Act 4: [email protected] on EPA and Environmental Racism - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 2-5-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Home - Phillip Phillips Ch. 10: Act 5: Matthew Desmond (@just_shelter) - Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City - We the Podcast with Rep. @keithellison - Air Date 8-8-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: Back Home - Andy Grammer Ch. 12: Act 6: Right to the City: From Policing to Planning: Putting People in Charge - @theLFshow w: @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date 3-8-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Home - Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros Ch. 14: Act 7: Tell Congress to #MakeRoom for Affordable Housing via @MakeRoom - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 15: Song 7: This Fickle World - Theo Bard Ch. 16: Act 8: Rep. @keithellison on ensuring safe, affordable housing for all - We the Podcast - Air Date 8-8-16 Voicemails Ch. 17: Look into the green party - Chris from Southern Illinois Ch. 18: Let's move on to after the election - Emma from New York City Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 19: Final comments on how supporters of the show helped a family in need Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone TAKE ACTION Sign up and send your message to Congress via the Make Room campaign Download the Make Room Take Action Toolkit Encourage your organization to sign the Make Room sign-on letter EDUCATE YOURSELF "Affordable housing advocates push for Baltimore charter amendment, future funding" (Baltimore Sun) "The lack of affordable housing is causing a public health disaster in Oakland" (Fusion.net) "Public health problems in Oakland linked to housing crisis" (San Francisco Chronicle) "Dallas is pushing in the right direction on affordable housing" (Dallas Morning News) "Rep. Ellison Introduces the Common Sense Housing Investment Act" (EllisonHouse.gov) "Sanders Announces Vermont Secures $3 Million for Affordable Housing, Praises First-Ever Funding of National Housing Trust Fund" (Sanders.senate.gov) Written by BOTL social media/activism director Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2016/08/30) What worker coops can do for us (Capitalism)
Aug 30 2016 73 mins  
Edition #1039 Today we look in detail at the overdue concept of worker owned and operated enterprises and what they can do to help improve the lives of people who work for a living Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Own The Change: Building Workplace Democracy One Worker Cooperative At A Time - The F Word w/ @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date: 2-9-15 Ch. 3: Song 1: We Demand Change - Tristan James Ch. 4: Act 2: Dispelling some myths about worker coops - Economic Update w: @profwolff - Air Date 6-12-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: Banking on a Myth - Andrew Bird Ch. 6: Act 3: Defying the Crisis - The Spanish Collective Mondragan - Air Date 1-25-12 Ch. 7: Song 3: Look To The Future - Birthrite Ch. 8: Act 4: Julia Hutchins: How cooperative businesses can answer tough business challenges - TEDxMileHigh - Air Date 12-16-13 Ch. 9: Song 4: Cooperation - Jim Valley Ch. 10: Act 5: The Promise and Limitations of Worker Co-ops -- Gar Alperovitz - Workplace Democracy - Air Date 9-15-14 Ch. 11: Song 5: Interesting Times - Akira the Don Ch. 12: Act 6: The UK Labor party taking the lead on worker coops - Economic Update w: @profwolff - Air Date 5-9-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Capitalism Is Tearing Us Apart - sole Ch. 14: Act 7: Join a Local Democracy @ Work Action Group via @Democracyatwrk - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 15: Song 7: Time for Action - Secret Affair Ch. 16: Act 8: Some barriers that prevent the creation of worker coops - @theLFshow w: @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date 2-23-16 Voicemails Ch. 17: Voting in safe states - Steven from Brooklyn Ch. 18: Thoughts on "Safe States" - Darice from Washington, DC Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 19: Final comments on the end of our summer fundraiser Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone TAKE ACTION Find or start a Democracy At Work Action Group in your area at http://www.democracyatwork.info/groups Follow Democracy At Work on Twitter at @Democracyatwrk EDUCATE YOURSELF Economic Update Podcast The Next System Project Truth Out Written by BOTL social media/activism director Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!


(2016/08/26) Stopping toxic trade deals (Trans Pacific Partnership)
Aug 26 2016 68 mins  
Edition #1038 Today we take a look at a couple of the international trade deals currently in the works, why they’re bad and how to stop them Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Karen @HansenKuhn on the secret negotiations of the TTIP - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 5-6-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: North By North - Faded Paper Figures Ch. 4: Act 2: New Study Confirms #TPP Will Kill #American Jobs! (Guest @WallachLori) - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 05-19-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: A Lot of Work to Do - Friendly People Ch. 6: Act 3: Sen. Elizabeth Warren on why we need to stop the TPP - CREDO Action - Air Date 6-7-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: Count On Me - Bruno Mars Ch. 8: Act 4: Hillary Clinton Disavows the TPP Now and Forever - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 08-13-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Gone - Jack Johnson Ch. 10: Act 5: What the fight against the TPP can learn from the movement against TTIP - Act Out! (@ActOutonOccupy) - Air Date 5-13-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: Protest Song - Anti-Flag Ch. 12: Act 6: Stop Toxic Trade Deals - NationalSierraClub - Air Date 6-27-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Victory - Trampled by Turtles Ch. 14: Act 7: Why Did Clinton Just Tap a Pro-TPP, Pro-KXL, Pro-Fracking Politician to Head Her Transition Team? - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 08-17-16 Ch. 15: Song 7: Fake Empire - The National Ch. 16: Act 8: Trans-Pacific Partnership EXPLAINED! - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 08-04-16 Ch. 17: Final comments on how to fight the TPP during the lame duck session Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2016/04/12) How we got to here (Modern History of the Conservative Movement) (Repost)
Aug 23 2016 57 mins  
Edition #1006 Today we take a look at the last several decades of the conservative movement and the Republican Party, where they came from and how we got to where we are Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Let's adopt the GOP's national platform - @JimHightower - Air Date: 4-1-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: The Great Pretender - The Platters Ch. 4: Act 2: No Legitamate Republican President Since Eisenhower... - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 10-20-15 Ch. 5: Song 2: Cheat - The Clash Ch. 6: Act 3: The Kochs & the Nazis: Book Reveals Billionaires' Father Built Key Oil Refinery for the Third Reich - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 01-20-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: The John Birch Society - The Chad Mitchell Trio Ch. 8: Act 4: How business made us a Christian Nation™ - Economic Update w/ @profwolff - Air Date: 3-22-15 Ch. 9: Song 4: Show Me What I'm Looking For - Carolina Liar Ch. 10: Act 5: Jelani Cobb on the Democracy of Blame Part 1 - Primary Concerns (@prime_concerns) - Air Date 3-24-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: Little Lion Man - Mumford & Sons Ch. 12: Act 6: Today's Republicans Employing Lee Atwater's Dog Whistle Racism - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 02-24-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Racism - Mighty Sparrow Ch. 14: Act 7: Jelani Cobb on the Democracy of Blame Part 2 - Primary Concerns (@prime_concerns) - Air Date 3-24-16 Ch. 15: Song 7: Chickens Comin' Home to Roost - Toronzo Cannon Ch. 16: Act 8: Nixon's War on Drugs: Aide Says Motives Were Racist & Anti-Leftist - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 03-27-16 Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2016/08/19) Something revolutionary this way comes (Progressives)
Aug 19 2016 79 mins  
Edition #1037 Today we take a look at the future of progressivism and how the Bernie Sanders campaign has changed politics for a generation Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: The Bernie Sanders revolution is just getting started - Jim @HightowerNews - Air Date 7-28-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: Talking About A Revolution - Tracy Chapman Ch. 4: Act 2: Bernie Sanders Has Changed Politics for the Millennials! - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date 04-29-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised - Gil Scott-Heron Ch. 6: Act 3: Naomi Klein: There Would Be No Bernie Movement Without #FightFor15, Keystone XL & #BlackLivesMatter - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 06-20-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: Revolution (Human Need Over Profit) - Tha Truth Ch. 8: Act 4: Bernie Sanders Has Bright Plans For Future - @theyoungturks - Air Date 07-16-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: One Man Revolution - Tom Morello: The Nightwatchman Ch. 10: Act 5: Why the Bernie revolution will continue - Jim @HightowerNews - Air Date 8-11-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: Keep On Moving Forward - Emma's Revolution Ch. 12: Act 6: The Lesser Evil - On The Media - Air Date 8-5-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Forward - Northbound Ch. 14: Act 7: Are We Seeing A Proactive Change In The Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton? - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date 07-17-16 Ch. 15: Song 7: Revolution - Grandaddy Ch. 16: Act 8: What Direction do Millennials Want to See the U.S. Go? - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date 04-29-16 Ch. 17: Song 8: Lawless Flawless (Instrumental) - Chris Priest Ch. 18: Act 9: Bernie Sanders: The Warning Shot Of The Impending Revolution - @theyoungturks - Air Date 04-27-16 Voicemails Ch. 19: People with disabilities and the sub-minimum wage - Alyson from Colorado Ch. 20: Minimum wage and automation - Greg from North Carolina Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 21: Final comments on theories of change for after the election Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2016/08/16) The pursuit of happiness (Culture)
Aug 16 2016 77 mins  
Edition #1036 Today we take a look at happiness and how to increase it personally and politically Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Robert Waldinger: What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness - TEDTalks - Air Date: 12-23-15 Ch. 3: Song 1: Happiness - Pet Shop Boys Ch. 4: Act 2: The World Happiness Report - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 03-23-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: Pursuit of Happiness (Nightmare) [feat. MGMT & Ratatat] - Kid Cudi Ch. 6: Act 3: Living with Gratitude in an Imperfect World - Progressive Faith Sermons w/ @RevDrRay - Air Date: 11-22-15 Ch. 7: Song 3: Happy now? - No Doubt Ch. 8: Act 4: We Are Built To Be Kind - Fig. 1 by University of California - Air Date: 12-2-14 Ch. 9: Song 4: Happy - Sister Hazel Ch. 10: Act 5: Punctuating happiness - Backstory - Air Date 7-17-15 Ch. 11: Song 5: Everybody Loves a Happy Ending - Tears for Fears Ch. 12: Act 6: David Steindl-Rast: Want to be happy? Be grateful - TEDTalks - Air Date 11-27-13 Voicemails Ch. 13: Recommending "The Most Good You Can Do" - Nick from Colorado Ch. 14: A few quick thoughts on voting reform - Jeff from Massachusetts Ch. 15: Supporting the minimum wage but worrying about automation - Wade from Ft. Worth, TX Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 16: Final comments on finding gratitude in the face of the death of a loved one Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2016/08/12) The case for raising the minimum wage (Labor)
Aug 12 2016 75 mins  
Edition #1035 Today we take a look at some of the ways that low wages hurts everyone and why the arguments for keeping them low just don’t hold water Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Chase Bank tries to get some good PR out of a tiny raise for workers - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 7-15-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: Minimum Wage - Fenix TX Ch. 4: Act 2: Wendy's Wants to Automate Stores "Because of $15/Hour Minimum Wage Increase" - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 05-20-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: Minimum Wage - The Busboys Ch. 6: Act 3: Burger King Workers in Denmark Make $20 an Hour! - Thom Hartmann - Air Date: 01-16-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: Minimum Wage - Kevin Sandbloom Ch. 8: Act 4: [email protected] on what's wrong with our upside down economic policies - @theLFshow w @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date 5-13-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Minimum Wage - Romain Virgo Ch. 10: Act 5: McDonald’s To Slightly Increase Wages - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 04-16-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: Minimum Wage - Bob Rivers Ch. 12: Act 6: How Walmart Leeches Off of Government & Creates Customers from Employees - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 03-18-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Minimum Wage - The Closet Monsters Ch. 14: Act 7: Even Conservative David Cameron Gets it, Raise the Minimum Wage! - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 04-23-16 Ch. 15: Song 7: Minimum Wage - The Expendables Ch. 16: Act 8: Join the Fight for a Living Wage via @Fightfor15 and @GoodJobsNation - Best of the Left Activism - 8:12:16, 7.35 PM Ch. 17: Song 8: This Fickle World - Theo Bard Ch. 18: Act 9: Raise wages, kill jobs? - The Other Washington - Air Date 5-9-16 Ch. 19: Final comments on the zen of collective blame Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone TAKE ACTION: Sign up with Fight for 15 and sign their petition for a $15 minimum wage Sign up with Good Jobs Nation and co-sign the call for the Model Employer Executive Order GET INVOLVED: The Next System Project Jobs With Justice National Employment Law Project Action EDUCATE YOURSELF: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOqtl53V3JI Read "Fighting for a Living Wage" by Stephanie Luce Minimum Wage Crusaders Are Holding A Convention To Talk About Racism (Washington Post) Bernie Sanders Scores Big Wins with Democratic Platform (MSNBC) Fight for 15 to Hold First Ever Nationwide Convention (Fight for 15) Our voice is being heard in the Fight for $15 (SEIU) Written by BOTL social media/activism director Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2016/08/09) Fighting for your right (Voting Rights)
Aug 09 2016 76 mins  
Edition #1034 Today we take a look at the recent judicial wins for voting rights as well as how far we still have to go Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Courts Strike Down Voter Restriction Laws That Target African Americans with "Surgical Precision" - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 08-01-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: get real - the mountain firework company Ch. 4: Act 2: Court Throws Out North Carolina's Racist Voting Law As 'A Cure For Problems That Don't Exist!' - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date 08-01-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: How Do You Sleep? - Emily DeLoach Ch. 6: Act 3: The role of the media in covering voter suppression laws - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 8-5-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: Gobbledigook - Sigur Rós Ch. 8: Act 4: The 'Daily Show' Segment That Helped Change N.C. Voting Rights - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 08-03-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Knock Yourself Out - Jon Brion Ch. 10: Act 5: Election integrity expert responds to the Election Justice USA report on Democratic primaries - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 8-3-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: Room For Improvement - The Tracelords Ch. 12: Act 6: Demand @RepGoodlatte Hold #VRA Hearings via @NAACP #RestoretheVRA - Best of the Left Activism - 8:9:16, 3.43 PM Ch. 13: Song 6: This Fickle World - Theo Bard Ch. 14: Act 7: This idea must die: Election Edition - @freakonomics - Air Date 7-27-16 Voicemails Ch. 15: Short and long term electoral strategy - Quai from North Carolina Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 16: Final comments on what will be to blame when one party loses the election Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone TAKE ACTION Call Rep Goodlatte - Roanoke, VA office: (540) 857-2672; DC office: (202) 225-5431 Tweet at Rep Goodlatte - @RepGoodlatte Email Rep Goodlatte at [email protected] EDUCATE YOURSELF NAACP President Arrested After Staging Voting Rights Sit-in at Lawmakers Office (The Guardian) 'Do Something, or Arrest Us:" NAACP Demands Restoration of Voting Rights (NBC) NAACP National President Cornell William Brooks Arrested After Sit In (NAACP) The Recent Court Rulings Against Voting Restrictions Explained (Vox) What is the Voting Rights Act? Here's Why This Legislations Still Matters, 51 Years Later (Policy.mic) Here's What's Happening in the Battle for Voting Rights (Mother Jones) Voting Rights and Elections (The Brennan Center for Justice) Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman. Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2016/08/05) Why they deny (Climate Denialism)
Aug 05 2016 71 mins  
Edition #1033 Today we take a look at the reasons behind why people cling so fervently to their increasingly desperate denials of climate change Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: The Climate Deniers Began in 1940 - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date 04-14-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: Slash and Burn - Blind Corn Liquor Pickers Ch. 4: Act 2: Bill McKibben on Exxon, the Power of Divestment, and Being Targeted by Shadowy Right-Wing Group - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 05-26-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: Looking At the Sun - Gramercy Arms Ch. 6: Act 3: [email protected] on the climate change lie machine - @InDeepRadio w: @AngieCoiro - Air Date 6-11-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: Daylight - Matt & Kim Ch. 8: Act 4: The GOP declares coal as "clean" absent any evidence - @GreenNewsReport - Air Date 7-14-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Port of Call - Beirut Ch. 10: Act 5: Exxon Is Still The Worst Corporation In America - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 07-24-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: Never Again - Enter the Worship Circle Ch. 12: Act 6: Trump perpetuates old, tired myths about renewable energy - @GreenNewsReport - Air Date 8-4-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: I Stand Corrected - Vampire Weekend Ch. 14: Act 7: Per Espen Stoknes (@estoknes): What We Think About When We Try Not to Think About Global Warming - You are not so smart - Air Date 7-28-16 Ch. 15: Song 7: A Beautiful World - Tim Myers Ch. 16: Act 8: #ReZpectOurWater - Best of the Left Activism Voicemails Ch. 17: Vote by mail - Justin from Bend, OR Ch. 18: We need something proactive to do with our time leading up to the election - Sally from San Francisco Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 19: Final comments on some further benefits of voting reform Bonus Clip: Howard Dean on the benefits of ranked choice voting - @freakonomics - Air Date 7-27-16 Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone TAKE ACTION Sign the Standing Rock Youth "Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline" Change.org petition and share with #ReZpectOurWater Read the letters and watch the videos from the Standing Rock Youth at ReZpectOurWater.com Follow the Standing Rock Youth on Twitter @ReZpectOurWater If you live on or near the Missouri River, get involved with the Bakken Pipeline Resistance If you're in DC: Lafayette Square Rally for Standing Rock Youth - Saturday August 6th at 1pm If you're in NYC: Union Square Rally for Standing Rock Youth - Sunday August 7th at 3pm EDUCATE YOURSELF UPDATE as of 8/5/16: Standing Rock Sioux Tribe files for temporary blockage of construction of Dakota Access Pipeline (KFYR TV - West Dakota) Standing Rock Sioux Sues Army Corps Over Dakota Access Pipeline Approval (Indian Country) Breaking: Dakota Access Pipeline Approved (Indian Country) Running for Their Lives: 500-Mile You Spiritual Run Against Dakota Access Pipeline (Indian Country) This Week Tonight with John Oliver: North Dakota (HBO's Last Week Tonight) What they are up against: Corps: We're not for or against Bakken pipeline (The Des Moines Register) Op Ed by Terry O'Sullivan, President of Laborer's International Union of North America, "It's Time To Move Ahead with Dakota Access Pipeline" (The State-Journal Register) Written by BOTL social media/activism director Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2016/08/02) Unconventional Conventions (RNC and DNC)
Aug 02 2016 78 mins  
Edition #1032 Today we take a look at the highlights and lowlights from both the Republican National Convention and the Democratic National Convention Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Republican National Convention - @LastWeekTonight with @iamjohnoliver - Air Date 07-25-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: Donald Trump "I'm The Dictator" Music Video (The Apprentice 2004) Ch. 4: Act 2: Chaos on Convention Floor Protests, Boos and Chants of "Bernie" Mark Opening of DNC - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 07-26-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: Run On - Moby Ch. 6: Act 3: John Nichols The GOP is More United in Disdain for Hillary Clinton Than in Support for Donald Trump - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 07-20-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: Last of Our Kind - The Darkness Ch. 8: Act 4: DNC Speakers ROAST Donald Trump - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 07-29-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Don't Believe a Word - Ivy Ch. 10: Act 5: In a Speech Filled with Fear & Xenophobia Donald Trump Accepts Nomination - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 07-22-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: Postcards from Richard Nixon - Elton John Ch. 12: Act 6: Hillary Clinton Accepts Historic Nomination, Says Election is a "Moment of Reckoning" - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 07-29-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger - Daft Punk Ch. 14: Act 7: Democratic National Convention - @LastWeekTonight with @iamjohnoliver - Air Date 08-01-16 Ch. 15: Song 7: Promontory - Circa Paleo Ch. 16: Act 8: President Obama Implores Nation to Vote for Hillary Clinton "Carry Her the Same Way You Carried Me" - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 07-28-16 Ch. 17: Song 8: President - Wyclef Jean Ch. 18: Act 9: Hillary & J.F.K. Are More Alike Than You Think! - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date 07-29-16 Ch. 19: Song 9: Lyndon Johnson Told the Nation - Tom Paxton Ch. 20: Act 10: John Nichols describes the various aspects of a very interesting DNC - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 7-29-16 Voicemails Ch. 21: The need for community review boards to police the police - Ruben from Oakland Ch. 22: Voting in this election is a binary choice - Ben in Minnesota Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 23: Final comments on a theory of change for voting reform Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!


(2015/12/18) Legal corruption and how to fix it (Money in Politics) (Repost)
Jul 29 2016 53 mins  
Edition #977 Today we look at the fundamental barrier to democracy in the US and the veritable swarm of movements springing up to tear it down Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill 00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: Brazil Bans Corporate Money In Politics. - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 09-19-15 Ch. 3: Song 1: Power to the People - John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band 00:08:16 Ch. 4: Act 2: How to Keep Campaign Donations Secret - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 06-06-15 Ch. 5: Song 2: Things a Get from Bad to Worse - The Ethiopians 00:17:03 Ch. 6: Act 3: Corruption is Legal in America - Represent.Us (@RepresentDotUs) - Air Date: 4-30-15 Ch. 7: Song 3: N/A 00:22:47 Ch. 8: Act 4: Represent.Us 2015 Strategy - Represent.Us (@RepresentDotUs) - Air Date: 1-15-15 Ch. 9: Song 4: N/A 00:27:09 Ch. 10: Act 5: CBS Chief Loves Trump, Super-PACs, And Corruption - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 12-13-15 Ch. 11: Song 5: Laughing At You - Head Automatica 00:32:48 Ch. 12: Act 6: Yahoo misses the point about the problems of money in politics - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date: 9-25-15 Ch. 13: Song 6: Moneytalks - Vitamin String Quartet 00:36:27 Ch. 14: Act 7: Media Ignores...Americans Want Citizens United Overturned! - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 10-08-15 Ch. 15: Song 7: Moneytalks - Vitamin String Quartet 00:41:45 Ch. 16: Act 8: Stamp Money Out Of Politics w/ @BenAndJerrys @StampStampede - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 17: Song 8: Time for Action - Secret Affair 00:48:15 Ch. 18: Act 9: Help California FREE Act Fight Money In Politics Now! Sign The Petition - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 12-04-15 Voicemails 00:54:45 Ch. 19: Framing the abortion debate in terms of bodily integrity - Rachel from Mississippi 00:56:51 Ch. 20: Thoughts on "unskilled" workers - Chris from Fairfax 00:59:34 Ch. 21: Agreeing with the Fight for $15 messaging - Wade from Ft. Worth, TX 01:01:01 Ch. 22: Minimum wages across borders doesn't matter much - David in Cincinnati Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics 01:01:54 Ch. 23: Final comments on the cost of books in Canada and a detailed explainer for election reform groups Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: Stamp Money Out Of Politics w/@BenAndJerrys @StampStampede Take Action: Get your stamps/get involved with: Stamp Stampede Share your marked money with: StampStampede’s social media feeds Follow the #GetMoneyOutthread Sources/further reading: "Here's How Ben & Jerry's Co-Founder Wants To Stamp Money Out Of Politics” via Huffington Post "Stamp stampede on your dollar -- for democracy” by Ben & Jerry "Stamp Money Out of Politics – STAMP STAMPEDE” via Democracy Matters Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2016/07/26) Remember the Iraq War? (Foreign Policy)
Jul 26 2016 74 mins  
Edition #1031 Today we reminisce about the origins of the Iraq war brought back to the fore by the Chilcot Report coming out of the UK that took seven years and thousands of pages to tell us a lot of things some of us already knew Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Beating the drums of war montage - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 7-6-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: Rock'n Me - Steve Miller Band Ch. 4: Act 2: Stephen Zunes on the story we tell ourselves about the Iraq war - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 2-26-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: People say - Portugal. The Man Ch. 6: Act 3: What you need to know about the Chilcot Report - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 7-6-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: White People for Peace - Against Me! Ch. 8: Act 4: Tariq Ali on Chilcot Iraq Report: Tony Blair is War Criminal for Pushing Us into Illegal War - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 07-06-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Masters of War - Bob Dylan Ch. 10: Act 5: Corbyn: Iraq War a Terrible Decision 'Launched on a False Pretext' - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 07-13-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: WMD - Blow Up Hollywood Ch. 12: Act 6: Finally - PROOF The Bush Administration LIED About Iraq's WMDs - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 03-09-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Handlebars - Flobots Ch. 14: Act 7: Tariq Ramadan: Iraq War Waged for U.S. Economic Interests Has Destabilized All of Middle East - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 07-06-16 Ch. 15: Song 7: Everybody's Gone To War - Nerina Pallot Ch. 16: Act 8: The manipulation of intelligence leading up to the war - Le Show w @TheHarryShearer - Air Date 7-17-16 Ch. 17: Song 8: Trillion Dollar Bargain - Le Show Ch. 18: Act 9: "We Will Prevail": Three Words, Three American Presidents & An Endless War in Iraq - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 04-08-16 Voicemails Ch. 19: Understanding why the Dallas shooter did what he did - V from Central New York Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 20: Final comments on the toxicity of getting high on your candidate of choice Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2016/07/22) From warriors to guardians (Police Reform)
Jul 22 2016 80 mins  
Edition #1030 Today we take a look at a few of the ways that our police departments around the country could be reformed as well as some of the reasons why it’s critically important that these reforms be enacted Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Ex-Seattle Police Chief Condemns Systemic Police Racism Dating Back to Slave Patrols - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 07-14-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: Enemy At the Gate - The Twinkle Brothers Ch. 4: Act 2: Angie Coiro breaks down the reactions to the violence, mindless deaths of civilians and police - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 7-8-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: That's All - Clare and the Reasons Ch. 6: Act 3: 46 Stops The Driving Life and Death of Philando Castile - Code Switch - Air Date 7-20-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: To Serve And Protect - Queen Ifrica Ch. 8: Act 4: Philadelphia Police Capt. Ray Lewis on solving the root of policing problems - Act Out - Air Date 7-15-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Protect & Serve - Stiff Little Fingers Ch. 10: Act 5: Black Ohio Cop to Prejudiced White Officers: Take the Uniform Off and Put on KKK Hoodie - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 07-14-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: Free and Equal Speech - Chris Priest Ch. 12: Act 6: Dallas Police Chief David Brown on his program community policing - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 7-11-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Fight the Power - Public Enemy Ch. 14: Act 7: End the culture of warrior policing via @ACLU - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 15: Song 7: This Fickle World - Theo Bard Ch. 16: Act 8: Professor Muhammad on crime, race and policing - Code Switch - Air Date 7-9-16 Voicemails Ch. 17: Hearing the frustration of the LGBTQ community - Gabriel from Texas Ch. 18: Hearing the frustration of the black community - Ryan from Pheonix Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 19: Final comments with an update on the summer fundraiser Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone TAKE ACTION Sign the ACLU petition “End the Culture of Warrior Policing." Call and write to your legislators in the House and Senate to make sure they know you support the passage of the total suite of policing reform bills listed above. EDUCATE YOURSELF ACLU Implores Congress Consider Taking Up Law Enforcement Reform Legislation (ACLU) You Can Be Pro Cop and Pro Police Reform (Brennan Center for Justice) Showing Up for Racial Justice - Actions in Your Area (Showing Up for Racial Justice) 10-Point Justice Plan: National Urban League Police Reform and Accountability Recommendations (National Urban League) Guiding Principles on Use of Force (Police Executive Research Forum) Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman. Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2016/07/19) You can't reignite a fire that never stops burning (Black and Blue Lives)
Jul 19 2016 79 mins  
Edition #1029 Today we take a listen to a few of the reactions from people of color to the shooting deaths of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile and the police officers in Dallas Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Black Father in Letter to His Son "I Thought of You When I Saw the Son of Alton Sterling Weeping" - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 07-14-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: Sur Le Fil - Yann Tiersen Ch. 4: Act 2: Video of and reaction to Philando Castile - Code Switch - Air Date 7-9-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: End of the World - Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin Ch. 6: Act 3: You can't reignite a fire that never stops burning - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 7-8-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: Turtle (Bonobo Remix) - Pilote Ch. 8: Act 4: Tired of being strong, it's time to fix the system - The Benjamin Dixon Show (@TheBpDShow) - Air Date 7-6-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: North bank upper - Plusplus Ch. 10: Act 5: The falal shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile - The Daily Show - Air Date 7-7-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: Rain Begins To Fall (instrumental) - Silence Is Sexy Ch. 12: Act 6: ‘Black Lives Matter’ Protesters Respond To Dallas Shooting - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 07-09-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Silhouette - David Ari Leon Ch. 14: Act 7: Dallas shooter was banned from black activist groups - @CitizenRadio - Air Date 7-12-16 Ch. 15: Song 7: Untitled - Zoe Keating Ch. 16: Act 8: Black Surgeon Who Treated Dallas Officers On Race Relations with Law Enforcement - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 07-13-16 Ch. 17: Song 8: A Faraway Home (instrumental) - Silence Is Sexy Ch. 18: Act 9: Scoop Jackson on the unnecessary, yet understood, killings of people and police - @EdgeofSports - w: Dave Zirin - Air Date 7-13-16 Ch. 19: Song 9: Whatchuwando - Krayzie Bone Ch. 18: Act 10: Pastor Michael McBride on what white people can do - Politically Re-Active - Air Date 7-13-16 Ch. 19: Song 10: Adventure, Darling - Gillicuddy Ch. 18: Act 11: People with privilege need to get up and stand shoulder to shoulder - The Read - Air Date 7-13-16 Voicemails Ch. 19: Response to police killing person during standoff - Colin from Cleveland, OH Ch. 20: Examining the police with an analogy with healthcare - Charlie from Cleveland Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 21: Final comments on what white people can do to get involved in the movement for black lives Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone TAKE ACTION Find Showing Up for Justice actions near you Sign the We Are Here Movement's Racial Justice Moonshot Petition EDUCATE YOURSELF This is What White People Can Do to Support Black Lives Matter (Washington Post) Tim Wise Website (TimWise.com) It's Legal to Kill Black People (Hands Up United) Rewire News - Racism (Rewire.com) Only White People Can Save Themselves From Racism and White Supremacism (Washington Post) Written by BOTL social media/activism director Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2016/03/18) Playing with the Fire of Fascism (Trump and his Supporters) (Repost)
Jul 15 2016 66 mins  
Edition #999 Today we again ring the fascism warning bell as we look at the continuing saga of the Donald Trump presidential campaign. And remember: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good [people] to do nothing” Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Republicans On Board With Trump Target And Kill Families Of Terrorists - @theyoungturks - Air Date 12-17-15 Ch. 3: Song 1: Family Values - Johnossi Ch. 4: Act 2: The Ugly Place That Donald Trump Is Leading Us - Moment of Clarity w/ @LeeCamp - Air Date: 01-20-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: Rome Wasn't Built In a Day - Morcheeba Ch. 6: Act 3: [email protected] on How Donald Trump Legitimizes Racist Ideas - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date 01-07-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: When Anger Shows - Editors Ch. 8: Act 4: Donald Trump, the New George Wallace? Head of Segregationist's 1968 Bid on GOP Front-Runner's Racism - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 01-15-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: People, Turn Around - Delta Spirit Ch. 10: Act 5: Thirty Black People Booted From Trump Rally - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 03-02-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next - Manic Street Preachers Ch. 12: Act 6: How and why fascism comes to power - Economic Update w: @profwolff - Air Date 3-6-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: All You Fascists - Billy Bragg & Wilco Ch. 14: Act 7: Trump's Response to Violence at His Rallies - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 03-12-16 Ch. 15: Song 7: What happens tomorrow - Duran Duran Ch. 16: Act 8: Cops Swarm Black Man For Getting Punched At Trump Rally - @theyoungturks - Air Date 03-11-16 Ch. 17: Song 8: Out of Control - U2 Ch. 18: Act 9: The Call for a Voting Renaissance and Mass Non-violent Mobilization to Stand Up to Trump via @MoveOn - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 19: Song 9: This Fickle World - Theo Bard Ch. 20: Act 10: Sasha Abramsky on what Trump supporters really think - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 3-2-16 Voicemails Ch. 21: Understanding the new movement for socialism - Patrick from Dallas Ch. 22: "Impartiality" stems from privilege - Ruben from San Jose Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 23: Final comments on what it was like to prep for today's episode, plus calling for input for episode #1000 Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone TAKE ACTION: Read, sign and share MoveOn.org's open letter. Follow @MoveOn on Twitter for the latest updates on the campaign and other actions to stand up to Trump's dangerous rhetoric. Use the hashtags #LoveTrumpsHate and #STOPTRUMP on social media. Donate to the MoveOn.org "Stand Up to Trump" campaign to support their efforts. Sources/further reading: Democrats Sound Alarm Against Trump (via Politico) Liberal Groups to Launch Campaign to Defeat Donald Trump (via USA Today) Hear the segment in context: Episode #999 http://www.bestoftheleft.com/_999_fascism Written by BOTL social media/activism director Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2016/07/12) Varied thoughts on staying vs going (Brexit)
Jul 12 2016 78 mins  
Edition #1028 Today we take a look at the results of the referendum in Great Britain to exit the European Union Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Brexit - @LastWeekTonight with @iamjohnoliver - Air Date 06-20-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: Play with fire - The Rolling Stones Ch. 4: Act 2: The Origins of Britain's Euro-Skeptic Press - On The Media - Air Date: 7-1-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: I Started Something I Couldn't Finish - The Smiths Ch. 6: Act 3: The #Brexit Vote Is Not A Left - Right Issue! - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 06-24-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: There Is Power In a Union - Billy Bragg Ch. 8: Act 4: Explaining the economics of Brexit Part 1 - Economic Update w/ @profwolff - Air Date 7-4-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Thatcherites (Bonus Track) - Billy Bragg Ch. 10: Act 5: Making Sense of Brexit Paul Mason on Britain's Growing Economic & Political Crisis - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 06-27-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: You Can't Always Get What You Want - The Rolling Stones Ch. 12: Act 6: Brexit & Trumpism Are The Wrong Answers To The Right Questions... - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 06-28-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Between the Wars - Billy Bragg Ch. 14: Act 7: Explaining the economics of Brexit Part 2 - Economic Update w/ @profwolff - Air Date 7-4-16 Voicemails Ch. 15: Thoughts on Brexit and the road ahead - Harry from the UK Ch. 16: Thoughts on the school-to-prison pipeline - Jessica from New York Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 17: Final comments on Climate Ride and Netroots Nation Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2016/07/08) Whole Woman’s Health and other stories (Reproductive Justice)
Jul 08 2016 75 mins  
Edition #1027 Today we take a look at the historic reproductive rights ruling from the Supreme Court that just came down in the Whole Woman’s Health case as well as just a few of the ways that anti-choice activists are continuing their fight to curtail reproductive justice Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Explaining the Whole Woman's Health SCOTUS ruling - This Week in Blackness (@TWiBPrime) - Air Date 6-28-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: Good Day - Jukebox the Ghost Ch. 4: Act 2: Republicans Pushing Fetal Burial Laws - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 04-17-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: Remains - Matt Pond PA Ch. 6: Act 3: [email protected] on the history of abortion laws leading up to the Whole Woman's Health ruling - @TalkPoverty Radio - Air Date 7-1-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: The Obvious Child - Paul Simon Ch. 8: Act 4: [email protected] on how lies about abortion are born and take on a life of their own - @InDeepRadio w/ @AngieCoiro - Air Date 6-11-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Little lies - Fleetwood Mac Ch. 10: Act 5: Amy Hagstrom Miller (@AmyHM), the plaintiff who won a historic abortion rights case - Amicus from @Slate - Air Date 7-2-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: Let it go - The Neighbourhood Ch. 12: Act 6: Chelsea Handler Fighting Abortion Shame By Telling Her Story - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 06-30-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Privacy - Michael Jackson Ch. 14: Act 7: Celebrate SCOTUS #ReproRights Decision with Renewed Vigilance to Pass Woman's Health Protection Act via #ActforWomen Campaign - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 15: Song 7: This Fickle World - Theo Bard Ch. 16: Act 8: Why Alito's dissent is just wrong - This Week in Blackness (@TWiBPrime) - Air Date 6-28-16 Voicemails Ch. 17: Thoughts on Omar Mateen and the effects of toxic masculinity - Ruben from Oakland Ch. 18: A progressive pastor on the Orlando shooting - Don from Bentonville, Arkansas Ch. 19: A followup to the discussion of the Orlando shooter being gay - Gabriel from Texas Ch. 20: Thoughts on how gay people are treated in society - Colin from Cleveland, OH Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 21: Final comments on the need to recognize the humanity in those who appear most inhuman Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone TAKE ACTION Learn more about the Act for Women Campaign and the Women's Health Protection Act at http://www.actforwomen.org Download the Act for Women Campaign Tools & Resources Add your name to the Center for Reproductive Rights' message to Congress to pass the Women's Health Protection Act to prohibit states from imposing abortion restrictions Use the hashtag #ActforWomen on social media and tweet at your congressperson to urge them to support the Women's Health Protection Act. Follow the Center for Reproductive Rights on Twitter @ReproRights Find out where and how to watch "TRAPPED," the documentary at http://www.trappeddocumentary.com Written by BOTL Communications director Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2016/01/29) The trouble with extreme wealth inequality (Economics) (Repost)
Jul 05 2016 62 mins  
Edition #986 Today we take a look at the case against extreme wealth inequality and not just from an economic justice perspective. Extreme wealth inequality leads to more social ills and destabilization than you probably ever guessed Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill 00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: This Is The Income Inequality Video CEOs Don’t Want Americans To See - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 10-03-14 Ch. 3: Song 1: Let's Work Together - Canned Heat 00:17:41 Ch. 4: Act 2: Climate Change and Inequality Are Driving War and Catastrophic Conflicts from Syria to Africa - @democracynow - Air Date: 12-04-15 Ch. 5: Song 2: Climate Refugees Main Theme - Michael Mollura 00:21:56 Ch. 6: Act 3: Stoking fears to pit workers against workers, never the rich - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 12-11-15 Ch. 7: Song 3: Don't Blame Yourself - Sixpence None the Richer 00:25:42 Ch. 8: Act 4: Paul Krugmanon on Thomas Piketty's book: Capital in the Twenty-First Century - @BillMoyersHQ And Company - Air Date 4-18-14 Ch. 9: Song 4: A Change Is Gonna Come - Ben Sollee 00:43:56 Ch. 10: Act 5: Thomas Piketty's 'Capital' in 3 minutes - BBC Newsnight - Air Date: 04-30-14 Ch. 11: Song 5: Adventure, Darling - Gillicuddy 00:47:43 Ch. 12: Act 6: Make #Poverty an #Election2016 Priority w/@VoteToEndHunger - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 13: Song 6: This Fickle World - Theo Bard 00:50:41 Ch. 14: Act 7: International comparisons of child poverty show who we should look to - Economic Update w/ @profwolff - Air Date 1-24-16 Voicemails 00:58:09 Ch. 15: Capitalism with the workers in charge - Patrick from Dallas 01:00:42 h. 16: How capitalism should work - Colin from Cleveland, OH Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics 01:02:39 Ch. 17: Final Comments on the case against extreme wealth inequality and endless economic growth Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: Make #Poverty an #Election2016 Priority w/@VoteToEndHunger Take Action: SIGN & SHARE: Pledge to end hunger by 2030 GET INVOLVED with Vote to End Hunger Sources/further reading: "Pathologizing the Poor Reinforces Stigma While Deterring Advocacy and Public Policy” via Truthout ”Hunger is a Significant But Solvable Problem, Both in the United States and Internationally” via Vote to End Hunger ”Presidential Candidate Videos” via Vote to End Hunger Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!


(2016/07/01) Independence Day, but only for some (Racism)
Jul 01 2016 76 mins  
Edition #1026 Today we take a look at the history of racial oppression in America from slavery to Jim Crow to The New Jim Crow Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Michelle Alexander on The New Jim Crow Part 1 - Leid Stories - Air Date 8-26-15 Ch. 3: Song 1: Jim Crow - John Mellencamp Ch. 4: Act 2: Racism in the United States: By the Numbers - vlogbrothers - Air Date: 01-02-15 Ch. 5: Song 2: Listen - Theo Bard Ch. 6: Act 3: Michelle Alexander on The New Jim Crow Part 2 - Leid Stories - Air Date 8-26-15 Ch. 7: Song 3: War On Drugs - Fifteen Ch. 8: Act 4: Clint Smith III - "History Reconsidered" - All Def Poetry - Air Date: 04-14-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Know Your History (feat. 8 Ball & MJG) - Drumma Boy Ch. 10: Act 5: Michelle Alexander on The New Jim Crow Part 3 - Leid Stories - Air Date 8-26-15 Ch. 11: Song 5: Winning the War On Drugs - Asylum Street Spankers Ch. 12: Act 6: Jesse Williams' Powerful BET Awards Speech "We're Done Watching Whiteness Use and Abuse Us" - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 6-28-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Strange Fruit (1939 Single Version) - Billie Holiday Ch. 14: Act 7: Racism vs Prejudice - Kat Blaque - Air Date: 10-5-14 Ch. 15: Song 7: Racism - MYSTAFYA Ch. 16: Act 8: "What to the Slave is 4th of July?": James Earl Jones Reads Frederick Douglass’ Historic Speech - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 07-03-15 Voicemails Ch. 17: Arguing guns with conservatives - Colin from Cleveland, OH Ch. 18: Reaction to many progressives in the wake of Pulse shooting - David from New York Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 19: Final comments on David’s reaction to commentaries on the Pulse shooting and the launching of this year’s big fundraiser Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2016/06/28) Gods, guns and gays (Orlando Massacre)
Jun 28 2016 72 mins  
Edition #1025 Today we take a look at the continued responses to the Orlando massacre encompassing arguments over islamophobia, homophobia and gun control legislation Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: "Let Us Vote": Rep. John Lewis Leads Historic Democratic Sit-in for Gun Control Legislation - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 06-23-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: Fuck the NRA - Jamie Kilstein & The Agenda Ch. 4: Act 2: Republican’s “Heart Has Changed" After Orlando Massacre - @theyoungturks - Air Date 06-18-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: Dreamtime - Uberzone Ch. 6: Act 3: To Say or Not to Say "Radical Islam" - On the Media - Air Date: 6-17-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: Violent Days - RTZ Ch. 8: Act 4: A lack of due process is equally wrong for travel and guns - @HumorlessQueers - Air Date 6-19-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Human Rights - Friendlyness and the Human Rights Ch. 10: Act 5: Breaking down the disingenuous arguments on both sides of the terror watchlist debate - @CitizenRadio - Air Date 6-22-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: Hey Ya - Vitamin String Quartet Ch. 12: Act 6: Barbara Herr responding to 'thoughts and prayers' after Orlando massacre at LGBTQ club - @GAY_USAtv - Air Date 6-22-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Malignant Flip - Tab and Anitek Ch. 14: Act 7: Democratic Effort to Tie Gun Purchase to Terror Watchlist: A First Step or a Dangerous Precedent? - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 06-23-16 Ch. 15: Song 7: Time for Action - Secret Affair Ch. 16: Act 8: Orlando Shooter’s Lover Comes Forward - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 06-23-16 Voicemails Ch. 17: Can we just talk a moment about gay bars as sanctuaries? - Adreana Langston Ch. 18: Rape is not that complicated - Wade from Ft. Worth, TX Ch. 19: Toxic masculinity meets a trans woman - Erin from Philadelphia Ch. 20: Rape Culture Poetry Response Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 21: Final comments in praise of things being complicated Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2016/06/24) Privilege and injustice: A case study (Rape Culture)
Jun 24 2016 74 mins  
Edition #1024 Today we take a look primarily at the case of Brock Turner’s triple-felony sexual assault conviction, the pitifully short sentence he received and what all of it says about how our society deals with rape and sexual assault Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Stanford Rapist Barely Punished - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 06-07-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: Benefit Of The Doubt - Amy Annelle Ch. 4: Act 2: As 13M People Read Stanford Victim's Letter, Advocates See "Watershed" Moment in Fight Against Rape - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 06-09-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: I Think I Broke Something - Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin Ch. 6: Act 3: Sheriff: Rape Kits Unnecessary Since Most Rape Accusations Are False - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 03-17-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: Sheriff - Oliver Onions Ch. 8: Act 4: RAPIST Brock Turner's PATHETIC Letter To Judge Released - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 06-10-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Empathy - Chasing Kings Ch. 10: Act 5: The terrible, enabling parents of a rapist - @CitizenRadio - Air Date 6-13-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: Flurry - The OO-Ray Ch. 12: Act 6: Meet the Law Professor Leading a Bid to Recall the Judge Who Sentenced Stanford Rapist to 6 Months - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 06-08-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Equal Justice - TTwyce Ch. 14: Act 7: Help Get a Recall of Rape Apologist Judge Aaron Persky on the Ballot in CA via RecallAaronPersky.com - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 15: Song 7: This Fickle World - Theo Bard Ch. 16: Act 8: Action (Spoken Word on Disrupting Rape Culture) - Guante - Air Date: 12-7-12 Voicemails Ch. 17: An explanation of toxic masculinity - Glory from Orlando Ch. 18: Recognizing toxic masculinity in my own life - Trent from Salt Lake City, Utah Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 19: Final comments on how to maintain your mental health while following politics Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone TAKE ACTION Visit RecallAaronPersky.com to volunteer, donate or sing up for updates to support the effort to get a recall of Persky on the ballot in California. On social media, follow @RecallPersky - the official Twitter account of the campaign - and RT. Use the hashtag #RecallPersky when voicing your support. Sign the Change.org petition that demands Stanford University publicly apologize to the survivor of Turner's sexual assault, offer to pay for her counseling and other supportive services, increase resources for sexual assault prevention on campus, increase counseling resources for all survivors, and administer a national survey about sexual violence occurring in fraternities. Read and share the powerful words the survivor read to her assailant. Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman. Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2016/06/21) What drives hateful violence (Orlando Massacre)
Jun 21 2016 78 mins  
Edition #1023 Today we take a look at the myriad driving factors that can combine to drive a person to commit an act of violence such as the Orlando Massacre as well as a variety of reactions to the shooting Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Support the Pulse Victim's Fund Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: This is not the first or last attack on the LGBTQ community but there is progress - Savage Love w/ @FakeDanSavage - Air Date 6-14-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: Tolerance - Michael Franti And Spearhead Ch. 4: Act 2: The problematic media coverage of the Orlando shooting - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 6-17-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: Make the news - Stephanie Haseman Ch. 6: Act 3: What to label the Orlando shooting and why - @TalkPoverty Radio - Air Date 6-17-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: Call it what it is - Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals Ch. 8: Act 4: LGBTQ community not allowing their pain to be turned into demonization of others - @HumorlessQueers - Air Date 6-19-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Happiness - Pet Shop Boys Ch. 10: Act 5: Trans and Queer Latinxs Respond to #PulseOrlando Shooting - Familia:TQLM - Air Date: 6-13-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: Sopra un aereoplanino di carta - Menion Ch. 12: Act 6: Jorge Gutierrez from the Trans Queer Liberation Movement on the Orlando shooting - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 6-17-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Liberate - Buguinha Dub Ch. 14: Act 7: If what they say about the LGBT community were true then violence would seem justified - @TalkPoverty Radio - Air Date 6-17-16 Ch. 15: Song 7: Words Are Seeds - My Gay Banjo Ch. 16: Act 8: Wrongheadedly playing right into the hands of terrorist groups - @HumorlessQueers - Air Date 6-19-16 Ch. 17: Song 8: Hello bonjour - Michael Franti And Spearhead Ch. 18: Act 9: The toxic hatred that led to the Orlando shooting - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 6-13-16 Ch. 19: Song 9: Oxygen - Willy Mason Ch. 20: Act 10: When It Comes to Orlando Massacre, Domestic Violence Is the Red Flag We Aren't Talking About - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 06-14-16 Voicemails Ch. 21: Why we shouldn't be violent - Al from Seattle Ch. 22: Classism needs to be considered alongside racism and sexism - Alyson from Colorado Ch. 23: A Trans Latinx listener finding a feeling of power Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 24: Final comments on toxic masculinity and a request for your thoughts on the same Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2016/06/17) Death of The Greatest (Muhammad Ali)
Jun 17 2016 66 mins  
Edition #1022 Today we take a look at the life and legacy of Muhammad Ali Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Muhammad Ali on the Vietnam War-Draft Ch. 3: Song 1: Black Superman (Re-Recorded Version) - Johnny Wakelin Ch. 4: Act 2: John Legend Reads Muhammad Ali's 1966 Antiwar Speech "The Real Enemy of My People is Right Here" - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 06-06-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: Float Like a Butterfly - Pama International Ch. 6: Act 3: R.I.P. Muhammed Ali - Why Do We 'Sanitize' Our Heroes? - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 06-06-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: Muhammad Ali - Big Head Todd & The Monsters Ch. 8: Act 4: "Just Take Me to Jail" Remembering Muhammad Ali's Refusal to Fight in Vietnam - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 06-06-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: I Am the Greatest - Cassius Clay Ch. 10: Act 5: Bob Lipsyte on getting past the hagiographies of Muhammad Ali - @EdgeofSports - w/ Dave Zirin - Air Date 6-10-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: Float Like a Butterfly (feat. Rasheed Ali) - 1968 Ch. 12: Act 6: Saying someone transcends race is bullshit - @CitizenRadio - Air Date 6-6-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Cassius Clay - Jon Hardy & The Public Ch. 14: Act 7: "The Greatest" Ishmael Reed on the Untold History of Muhammad Ali - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 06-07-16 Ch. 15: Song 7: Doin' the Ali Shuffle - Alvin Cash Ch. 16: Act 8: Remembering the opposition Muhammad Ali faced for speaking out - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 6-10-16 Ch. 17: Song 8: Muhammad Ali - Cory Branan Ch. 18: Act 9: Don’t De-Islamize Muhammad Ali Scholar Says Muslim Faith was Central to His Views on Racism & War - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 06-10-16 Ch. 19: Song 9: Muhammad Ali - Tom Russell Ch. 20: Act 10: Live from Muhammad Ali's funeral - @EdgeofSports - w Dave Zirin - Air Date 6-16-16 Ch. 21: Final comments on my first introduction to Muhammad Ali Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2016/06/14) A right delayed is a right denied (Reproductive Rights)
Jun 14 2016 73 mins  
Edition #1021 Today we take a look at the assault on the right to reproductive health care from the state houses down to the sidewalks in front of the clinics Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: April's Story: One Woman's Experience of an Abortion at 21 Weeks - Planned Parenthood (@PPact) - Air Date: 09-21-15 Ch. 3: Song 1: Heirloom - The Black Atlantic Ch. 4: Act 2: Dawn Porter on Filming the Only Abortion Clinic in Mississippi for the film Trapped - Popaganda from @BitchMedia - Air Date 4-22-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: Mandy Goes to Med School - The Dresden Dolls Ch. 6: Act 3: The he-said-he-said abortion debate in the media - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 6-3-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: Lost Woman Song - Ani DiFranco Ch. 8: Act 4: Abortion Laws - @LastWeekTonight w/ @iamjohnoliver - Air Date: 02-21-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: December - Frida Hyvönen Ch. 10: Act 5: Wicked Jezebel Feminist! Users Witness Anti-Choice Abuse in Virtual Reality Film "Across the Line" - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 01-25-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: What It's Like - Everlast Ch. 12: Act 6: Support the women's health protection act via #ActForWomen - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 13: Song 6: This Fickle World - Theo Bard Ch. 14: Act 7: A regretted abortion doesn't legitimize a ban on abortions - Savage Love w/ @FakeDanSavage - Air Date 5-31-16 Voicemails Ch. 15: Anti-LGBT rhetoric leads to anti-LGBT violence - Erin from Philadelphia Ch. 16: A lack of a female president is injurious to the country - Tanya from California Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 17: Final comments on the long term effects of finally having a female president Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone TAKE ACTION Learn more about the Act for Women Campaign and the Women's Health Protection Act at http://www.actforwomen.org Download the Act for Women Campaign Tools & Resources http://www.actforwomen.org/tools-and-resources/ Find out where and how to watch "TRAPPED," the documentary at http://www.trappeddocumentary.com Use the hashtag #ActforWomen on social media and tweet at your congressperson to urge them to support the Women's Health Protection Act. Follow the Center for Reproductive Rights on Twitter @ReproRights Written by BOTL social media/activism director Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2016/06/10) The damage we’re doing (Anti-Trans Legislation)
Jun 10 2016 74 mins  
Edition #1020 Today we take a look at the ongoing struggle to secure civil rights equality for trans people in states that are determined to stoke bigotry based on ignorance and fear Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Here's The Truth About The Anti-LGBT "Bathroom Predator" Myth - Media Matters (@MMFA) - Air Date 4-12-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: Police On My Back - The Clash Ch. 4: Act 2: Professionals speak on the importance of supporting trans kids - @GAY_USAtv - Air Date 4-13-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: Kids - MGMT Ch. 6: Act 3: Chase Strangio on the state and federal governments lawsuits against each other - @HumorlessQueers - Air Date 5-13-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: I got your back - Bara Heiða Ch. 8: Act 4: Debunking Five Right-Wing Myths That Fuel Bathroom Bills - Popaganda from @BitchMedia - Air Date 5-5-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: N/A Ch. 10: Act 5: Chase Strangio on the lies about bathroom bills and the damage they do - @HumorlessQueers - Air Date 5-13-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: Ashamed - Deer Tick Ch. 12: Act 6: AG Loretta Lynch speech on behalf of the federal government in response to NC bathroom law - @GAY_USAtv - Air Date 5-11-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Directions - Josh Rouse Ch. 14: Act 7: #FlushDiscrimination via the National Center for @TransEquality - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 15: Song 7: This Fickle World - Theo Bard Ch. 16: Act 8: Sarah McBride on the best trans week ever and the history of bathroom discrimination - @TalkPoverty Radio - Air Date 5-13-16 Voicemails Ch. 17: Rick Snyder was trying to privatize the water, not save money - James in Michigan Ch. 18: Bernie opposes Bernie or Bust - Matt from San Diego Ch. 19: Jokes - Alan from Connecticut Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 20: Final comments introducing a bonus clip about how to respond to racist jokes Ch. 21: Bonus Clip: How Do You Handle a Racist Joke? - Decoded MTV News - Air Date: 7-1-15 Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2016/06/07) We need a system for everyone (Economics of Racism and Sexism)
Jun 07 2016 78 mins  
Edition #1019 Today we take a look at the ways in which racism and sexism are inextricably linked to matters of economic justice for all, even those who benefit in many ways from those systems of inequality Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: MLK on Democratic Socialism... - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 07-21-15 Ch. 3: Song 1: Nothing Else Matters - Apocalyptica Ch. 4: Act 2: Michael Kimmel: Why gender equality is good for everyone - men included - TED Talks - Air Date: 9-20-15 Ch. 5: Song 2: I’m free - The Soup Dragons Ch. 6: Act 3: [email protected] on how rising equality feels like a downfall for middle-aged white men steeped in patriarchy Part 1 - Economic Update w: @profwolff - Air Date 11-29-15 Ch. 7: Song 3: Changes - Langhorne Slim & The Law Ch. 8: Act 4: Wealth Isn't Colorless or Gender Free: Capital and Intersectionality - @theLFshow w/ @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date: 1-19-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: La Paix - Amadou & Mariam Ch. 10: Act 5: [email protected] on how rising equality feels like a downfall for middle-aged white men steeped in patriarchy Part 2 - Economic Update w @profwolff - Air Date 11-29-15 Ch. 11: Song 5: I Was Married - Tegan and Sara Ch. 12: Act 6: Racism is Killing Poor White Americans... - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 11-07-15 Ch. 13: Song 6: Harold T. Wilkins, Or How To Wait For A Very Long Time - Fanfarlo Ch. 14: Act 7: [email protected] on Racism and Affluence - @theLFshow w @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date 10-13-15 Voicemails Ch. 15: Is anyone surprised about Trump's authoritarianism? - Eammon from La Habra, California Ch. 16: Don't be dismissive of claims of death threats - Arkle Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 17: Final comments on my new analogy involving cycling in the windy city Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!


(2016/06/03) In the shadow of slavery (Racism)
Jun 03 2016 71 mins  
Edition #1018 Today we take a look at the structures of racism in the US, who put them there, the problems they cause and what we might do to dismantle them Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Blinded by the White: The Myth of Meritocracy - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 04-22-15 Ch. 3: Song 1: Work Horse - Infantree Ch. 4: Act 2: Gateway to Freedom: Historian Eric Foner on the Hidden History of the Underground Railroad - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 3-11-15 Ch. 5: Song 2: Underground Railroad - The Deedle Deedle Dees Ch. 6: Act 3: Study On The Impact Of Nazi Propaganda - @TheYoungTurks - Air Date: 06-19-15 Ch. 7: Song 3: Discrimination - Ancel Ch. 8: Act 4: Bryan Stevenson: Slavery never ended, it just evolved - Here and Now - Air Date 6-30-15 Ch. 9: Song 4: The Confrontation - Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin Ch. 10: Act 5: Heidi Beirich on White Supremacy and the Trump campaign - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 3-4-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: Racism - MYSTAFYA Ch. 12: Act 6: Historian Eric Foner on the Elections, Reconstruction, and Racism Today - @theLFshow w @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date 4-19-16 Voicemails Ch. 13: Living with little and giving away - Eric from Alabama Ch. 14: Thoughts on the NV Democratic Convention - Kirk in Los Vegas Kirk's Nevada Convention video Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 15: Final comments on what's more important than taking offense Article: "I find this offensive": How "offense" discourse traps us into inaction Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2016/05/31) The Lay of the Land (Election)
May 31 2016 79 mins  
Edition #1017 Today we take a look at the sorry state of the 2016 election with two of the most hated people in politics leading the way Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Amy Goodman: How the Media Ruins Elections - AJ+ (@AJPlus) - Air Date 4-26-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: Static - Jukebox the Ghost Ch. 4: Act 2: How Clintonism has hurt the Democratic party since the 90's - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 5-27-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: You're a Disaster - Dragonette Ch. 6: Act 3: MSNBC Becomes Laughing Stock After ADMITTING They Plan To Suppress Voting Against Bernie! - @RedactedTonight w/ @LeeCamp - Air Date: 5-27-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: Good people - Jack Johnson Ch. 8: Act 4: Liza Featherstone (@lfeatherz): Why This Socialist Feminist Is Not Voting for Hillary - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 1-13-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Changes - Langhorne Slim & The Law Ch. 10: Act 5: Noam Chomsky: Trump is a 'Devastating Prospect'—Cast Your Vote for the Democrat - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 05-26-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: Do the Math - The Nadas Ch. 12: Act 6: Not willing to consign the marginalized to a life under Trump - This Week in Blackness (@TWiBPrime) - Air Date 5-17-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Protect & Serve - Stiff Little Fingers Ch. 14: Act 7: Bruce Shapiro on what Hillary Clinton needs to do differently - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 5-18-16 Ch. 15: Song 7: Where Do I Begin? - The Chemical Brothers Ch. 16: Act 8: Hillary Clinton Now Losing To Donald Trump - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 05-24-16 Voicemails Ch. 17: Reducing advertisements, reducing spending - Rick from Scranton, PA Ch. 18: Establishment Democrats acting despicably - Colin from Cleveland, OH Ch. 19: Does our focus on identity politics perpetuate our economic imperialism? - Anthony from Illinois Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 20: Final comments on the interconnection of 'identity politics' and neoliberalism Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2016/05/27) Trump and those who surround him (Fascism Watch)
May 27 2016 79 mins  
Edition #1016 Today we take a look at the Trump campaign’s building trend toward fascism and white supremacy based on his actions and those of the people he keeps around him Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: One of the major problems with governing people - Restaurant at the End of the Universe Ch. 3: Song 1: Hitchhikers Guide Theme Song Ch. 4: Act 2: Ignoring the signs of creeping fascism - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 4-1-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: Here Comes The Wave (instrumental) - Silence Is Sexy Ch. 6: Act 3: The ONE Trait That Predicts Who Supports Trump - The @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 01-22-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: Question Authority - Fran Archer Ch. 8: Act 4: Donald Trump's Top Foreign Adviser, Joseph Schmitz, is a Former Blackwater Executive - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 03-25-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Crusader - Saxon Ch. 10: Act 5: Heidi Beirich from @SPLCenter on White Supremacy and the Trump campaign Part 1 - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 3-4-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: A Dose of White Supremacy - Neffe Odom Kragh-Muller Ch. 12: Act 6: Kathleen Frydl (@kfrydl): Sorry folks, it's fascism - @HumorlessQueers - Air Date 3-26-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Call It Even - Scott Simons Ch. 14: Act 7: Democrats Beware: You Don't Want Trump as President! - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 05-05-16 Ch. 15: Song 7: Consequences - The Robert Cray Band & The Memphis Horns Ch. 16: Act 8: Trump's List of Supreme Court Picks Is an Utter Disaster - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 05-19-16 Ch. 17: Song 8: Worlds Apart (feat. Kerli) - Seven Lions Ch. 18: Act 9: Trump Ally’s Not So Subtle Threats - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 04-23-16 Ch. 19: Song 9: All You Fascists - Billy Bragg & Wilco Ch. 20: Act 10: How Not To Normalize Trump - On the Media - Air Date: 5-13-16 Ch. 21: Song 10: Tomorrow Never Knows - Alison Mosshart & Carla Azar Ch. 22: Act 11: Elizabeth Warren has Some Thoughts of Donald Trump - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 05-05-16 Voicemails Ch. 23: Resisting the urge to buy - Eammon from La Habra, California Ch. 24: Remember the landfill - Zach from Atlanta Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 25: Final comments on third-party voting as a prisoner's dilemma game theory problem Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2015/01/01) Making Provisions (Poverty)
May 24 2016 61 mins  
Edition #887 Today we look at the state of poverty in America and some ideas of how to address it Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Have you benefited from a government program - @allinwithchris Hayes - Air Date: 02-04-14 Ch. 3: Song 1: Eleanor Rigby (Strings Only) - Anthology Box Set Ch. 4: Act 2: Extending Unemployment Benefits is Fiscally Conservative - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 10-17-14 Ch. 5: Song 2: Working Poor - House With No Home Ch. 6: Act 3: Blessed Are The Poor - @jimmy_dore Show - Air Date 5-9-14 Ch. 7: Song 3: Kill the Poor - Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables Ch. 8: Act 4: Politician Pushes For Literal Hunger Games - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 11-20-14 Ch. 9: Song 4: Laughing At You - Popaganda Ch. 10: Act 5: PBS's Weak Challanges On Ryan Economics - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 10-10-14 Ch. 11: Song 5: Let's Eat the Poor - Let's Eat the Poor Ch. 12: Act 6: Govt Will Double Food Stamp Value When Used for Local Fruits & Vegetables - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 11-15-14 Ch. 13: Song 6: Food Glorious Food - Oliver! (Soundtrack) Ch. 14: Act 7: Bernie Sanders' 12 Point Plan to Save the Middle Class - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 12-05-14 Ch. 15: Song 7: Man With a Plan - Man With a Plan - Single Ch. 16: Act 8: @HalfinTen via Coalition On Human Needs (@CoalitiononHN) - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 17: Song 8: Time for Action - Time for Action - the Very Best Of Ch. 18: Act 9: Linda Tirado - Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America - GoodBooksRadio - Air Date: 10-03-14 Ch. 22: Final comments on a stunning piece of cognitive dissonance Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: @HalfinTen via Coalition On Human Needs (@CoalitiononHN) Take Action! Get involved with Half In Ten Follow Half in Ten on Twitter and on Facebook Participate in #TalkPoverty Sources/further reading: "The Safety Net Is Good Economic Policy” by Sarah Steinberg at the Center For American Progress "Fact of the Week: Safety Net Programs Kept Child Poverty from Skyrocketing during the Great Recession” by Lecia Imbery at the Coalition On Human Needs "One in five millennials lives in poverty, report finds” by Jana Kasperkevic at The Guardian Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2016/05/20) Escaping consumerism (Culture)
May 20 2016 74 mins  
Edition #1015 Today we take a look at how to escape the hedonic treadmill of consumption in pursuit of happiness and moving toward a future of shared prosperity Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: The rise of stuff and the flatline of happiness - Capitalism and the environment with Gus Speth - McGill University - Air Date: 4-22-09 Ch. 3: Song 1: A Change Is Gonna Come - Ben Sollee Ch. 4: Act 2: Finding a good practice of consumption - Juliet Schor from Stanford University - Air Date 2-4-09 Ch. 5: Song 2: Good Food - Legendary Wings Ch. 6: Act 3: Michael Norton: How to buy happiness - TEDTalks - Air Date: 04-24-12 Ch. 7: Song 3: I Will Buy You a New Life - Everclear Ch. 8: Act 4: Culture of work, insatiability and free time - Juliet Schor from Stanford University - Air Date 2-4-09 Ch. 9: Song 4: Cello Song (feat. Jose Gonzalez) - The Books Ch. 10: Act 5: This Is Literally The Most Censored Topic On The Mainstream Media - @RedactedTonight w/ @LeeCamp - Air Date: 06-09-15 Ch. 11: Song 5: I Need To Wake Up - Melissa Etheridge Ch. 12: Act 6: Institutionalizing 3 Buddist poisions (Ill will, Greed and Delusion) - David Loy from Stanford University - Air Date 2-4-09 Ch. 13: Song 6: Happy - Sister Hazel Ch. 14: Act 7: 7 Tim Jackson: An economic reality check - TEDTalks - Air Date 10-5-10 Voicemails Ch. 15: We need the fire in our bellies on climate catastrophe - Tim from Boulder, CO Ch. 16: The problem with the lack of school psychologists - Sally from San Francisco Ch. 17: Tried veganism as a test and found it surprisingly easy - Patrick from Dallas Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 18: Final comments on turning off the hedonic treadmill and returning to minimalism Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2016/05/17) The human impact of animal agriculture (Food Choices)
May 17 2016 75 mins  
Edition #1014 Today we take a look at the issue of animal agriculture minus the animals: the effects of our meat consumption on human rights, human health and climate change Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: An interview with the co-directors of Cowspiracy Part 1 - Rich Roll - Air Date 9-14-15 Ch. 3: Song 1: Solid Ground - Dougie Maclean Ch. 4: Act 2: Something You Really Need To Know About The Meat You're Eating - @RedactedTonight w/ @LeeCamp - Air Date: 2-27-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: Happy Meal - The Cardigans Ch. 6: Act 3: An interview with the co-directors of Cowspiracy Part 2 - Rich Roll - Air Date 9-14-15 Ch. 7: Song 3: Land of Confusion - Genesis Ch. 8: Act 4: VEGAN 2015 - The Film - PLANT BASED NEWS - Air Date 12-1-15 Ch. 9: Song 4: Here's to Your Health - River Zydeco Band & Henk Mutsaers Ch. 10: Act 5: Vegan For Human Rights - Mic. the Vegan - Air Date: 3-18-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: Human Rights - Brother Mudada Ch. 12: Act 6: What do chickens and our constitutional rights have in common? - Jim Hightower - Air Date: 2-12-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Free and Equal Speech - Chris Priest Ch. 14: Act 7: Fight Anti-Whistleblower Ag-Gag Laws via @ALDF - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 15: Song 7: Right to Complain - Trombone Shorty & Marc Broussard Ch. 16: Act 8: Richard Oppenlander's pre-Cowspiracy screening presentation to the EU Parliament (Part 2 of 7) - Climate Vegan - Air Date: 12-20-15 Voicemails Ch. 17: Raising taxes lowers the cost of hiring new employees - Jim from Detroit Ch. 18: The Marxist idea of causing pain to spark the revolution - Alex from Montreal Ch. 19: Planning ahead from 2016 to 2020 - Brian from Arizona Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 20: Final comments on the dangers of Republican governance and moral culpability vs. mathematical reality Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone TAKE ACTION Write to legislators and governors in states with Ag-Gag laws via Animal Legal Defense Fund's “Take Action to Stop Ag Gag” and demand they be repealed. Other Actions Sign the Last Chance for Animal's Change.org petition to fight Missouri's Ag-Gag Law Sign the Food Integrity Campaign's petition to fight Ag-Gag Laws Sources/Further Reading: No More Exposés in North Carolina (via NYTimes.com) In the Belly of the Beast (via RollingStone.com) (WARNING: THIS IS IMPORTANT, BUT GRAPHIC) Ag-Gag Legislation by State (via ASPCA.org) Undercovered: 'Ag-Gag' Laws - How Big Agra Tries to Muzzle Journalists (via Mediate.com) Big Agriculture Bullies and Lobbies to Keep Americans In the Dark (via Forbes.com) Groups Sue Over North Carolina's Ag Gag Law, Saying it Violates The Constitution (via ThinkProgress.org) Ag Boards Think They Should be Exempt From the Freedom of Information Act (via MFAblog.org) Mercy for Animals Legal Advocacy (via MercyforAnimals.org) Written by BOTL social media/activism director Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2015/11/06) Criminalizing the classroom (School-to-Prison Pipeline) (Repost)
May 13 2016 61 mins  
Edition #966 Today we take a look at the structural systems in place that work to funnel many children, disproportionately children of color, out of the school system and directly into the (in)justice system Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: The School to Prison Pipeline - Advancement Project (@adv_project) - Air Date: 7-3-13 Ch. 3: Song 1: N/A Ch. 4: Act 2: Spring Valley High - Backtalk from @BitchMedia - Air Date 10-29-15 Ch. 5: Song 2: N/A Ch. 6: Act 3: Stuck In The School-To-Prison Pipeline - @ajplus -Air Date: 5-20-15 Ch. 7: Song 3: N/A Ch. 8: Act 4: Criminalizing the Classroom: Inside the School-to-Prison Pipeline - @democracynow - Air Date: 10-28-15 Ch. 9: Song 4: Hipozebra - Selva de Mar Ch. 10: Act 5: Spring Valley High and the school-to-prison pipeline - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 10-30-15 Ch. 11: Song 5: Rivers - Plusplus Ch. 12: Act 6: School to prison pipeline locks kids into the system early - This Week in Blackness (@TWiBnation) - Air Date: 2-19-15 Ch. 13: Song 6: A Farewell To Trends - dustmotes Ch. 14: Act 7: Policing Schools - Why Are There Cops In Schools? - @ajplus - Air Date: 10-30-15 Ch. 15: Song 7: N/A Ch. 16: Act 8: SafeQualitySchools.org- Ending the #School2Prison Pipeline via @adv_project - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 17: Song 8: The Poet - Shihan Ch. 18: Act 9: When School Cops Go Bad: South Carolina Incident Highlights Growing Police Presence in Classrooms - @democracynow - Air Date: 10-28-15 Voicemails Ch. 19: Jefferson fought to end slavery - Simon from San Diego Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 20: Final comments on my untestable hypothesis Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: SafeQualitySchools.org: Ending the #School2Prison Pipeline via @adv_project Take Action: Students, parents, educators, law enforcement, and activists! VISIT The Advancement Project’s SafeQualitySchools.org to get involved. FOLLOW the #School2Prison thread. SHARE the "School to Prison Pipeline by Advancement Project” video CONTRIBUTE your stories: #School2Pipeline Stories Additional Activism/Resources: SIGN to demand #BlackLivesMatter issues be addressed in primary debates: #RaiseTheDebate via Black Lives Matter at ”ColorOfChange Sources/further reading: ”What You Need to Know About #AssaultAtSpringValleyHigh” — Infographic via The Advancement Project "Where Are Black Children Safe?" Roxane Gay at The New York Times "America Doesn’t Care About Black Women And Girls” by Ijeoma Oluo at The Establishment "Black Girl Down… and Up” by PrisonCulture "Take cops out of schools: More officers mean more arrests, even for offenses like talking back.” via The Washington Post ”A Short History of Cops Terrorizing Students” via The Nation Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2016/05/10) Nothing free about corporate trade agreements (TPP and TTIP)
May 10 2016 68 mins  
Edition #1013 Today we take a look at the dangerous effects of trade agreements like the TPP and TTIP and some ways to fight against them before they’re passed. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Forum on why we must stop the TPP - A Corporate Takeover - Lori Wallach (@WallachLori) Ch. 3: Song 1: So Far So Close - Jahzzar Ch. 4: Act 2: Where inequality comes from - Jim @HightowerNews - Air Date: 2-15-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: Who lies - Emma's Revolution Ch. 6: Act 3: How 'Free' Trade Agreements Could Keep Government From Protecting us... - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 05-07-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: Middle America - Chris Priest Ch. 8: Act 4: The TTIP Leaks: What We Learned - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 05-07-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Which Side Are You On - Natalie Merchant Ch. 10: Act 5: Who is behind Obama's push for TPP? - Jim @HightowerNews - Air Date: 2-17-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: The Silvery Light of a Dream - The Apples in Stereo Ch. 12: Act 6: Forum on why we must stop the TPP - A Corporate Takeover - Kevin Zeese (@KBZeese) Voicemails Ch. 21: Wade's white, straight, cis, male privilege on display - Marti from Madison, WI Ch. 22: A cab driver's perspective on contact work - James from Brisbane, Australia Ch. 22: Sign up to donate, I just did! - Josh from Dallas, TX Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 23: Final comments on how we do what we do and how you can help Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!


(2016/05/06) May Day and Mothers Day (Feminism and Labor)
May 06 2016 77 mins  
Edition #1012 Today we take a look at the origins and sustaining legacies of May Day (International Workers Day) and Mothers Day, another holiday originally begun as a call to recognize the struggles of labor Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: A Living Holiday May Day - Left Out from DemocracyAtWork.info - Air Date 5-1-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: Working Reward - The Haymarket Squares Ch. 4: Act 2: Myra Bradwell: America's First Woman Lawyer... - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 04-13-15 Ch. 5: Song 2: Welcome to the Black Parade - Vitamin String Quartet Ch. 6: Act 3: International Women's Day - @LastWeekTonight with @iamjohnoliver - Air Date: 03-15-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: Boys Will Be Boys - Alisha Ch. 8: Act 4: May Day Sermon Profit vs Environment - Progressive Faith Sermons w: @RevDrRay - Air Date 5-1-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Modern Way - Kaiser Chiefs Ch. 10: Act 5: The origins of Mother's Day - BackStory with the American History Guys - Air Date 5-5-10 Ch. 11: Song 5: Re-Write History - George Dobbs Ch. 12: Act 6: Lucy Parsons: The Anarchist & Intersectional Feminist Who Inspired May Day - @theLFshow w/ @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date: 4-28-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Working Class Hero - Exit Clov Ch. 14: Act 7: 7 Paid Family Leave - @LastWeekTonight w/ @iamjohnoliver - Air Date: 05-10-15 Voicemails Ch. 16: Get out and vote and be sure to vote down-ballot - David from Tennessee Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 17: Final comments on who gets left behind by the Bernie or Bust movement Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2016/05/03) Deception vs. Disobedience (Climate Crisis)
May 03 2016 76 mins  
Edition #1011 Today we take a look at the struggle between those intent on selling doubt about climate science in order to stretch fossil fuel profits as far as they’ll go and those standing up to them in the most direct way possible Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: What they knew and when they knew it - DISOBEDIENCE from 350.org - Air Date 4-30-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: Perpetuum Mobile - Penguin Cafe Orchestra Ch. 4: Act 2: Good News For Solving Climate Change - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 04-23-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: Budding Trees - Nahko and Medicine for the People Ch. 6: Act 3: Brendan DeMelle (@bdemelle) on Exxon’s Climate Cover-Up - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 4-29-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: Deception - The Chamber Orchestra of London Ch. 8: Act 4: [email protected]: Climate Change Disinformation Is Like Pro-Tobacco Lobbying - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 03-08-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Head Full of Doubt / Road Full of Promise - The Avett Brothers Ch. 10: Act 5: Big Oil Is WAY More Evil Than We Thought - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 04-24-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: Mairzy Doats - The Merry Macs Ch. 12: Act 6: Break Free 2016 #KEEPITINTHEGROUND via @350 - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 13: Song 6: This fickle world - Theo Bard Ch. 14: Act 7: DISOBEDIENCE - 350.org - Air Date 4-30-16 Voicemails Ch. 15: Some contracted FedEx drivers like the arrangement - Brian from New Jersey Ch. 16: Thoughts on independent contractors - Jack from Baltimore Ch. 17: Raptors and Taxes - Matt from Maryland Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 18: Final comments on the exploitation of FedEx contractors and how taxing the rich spurs investment Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone TAKE ACTION: Find and sign up for a targeted action near you at breakfree2016.org Learn more about organizing your own action Get inspired by the latest 350.org film “Disobedience” Join the conversation online via the hashtags #BreakFree2016 and #Keepitintheground Follow @350 on Twitter for the latest updates on the action and other news Donate to support the work of 350.org Sources/further reading: 4 Reasons Now is our Chance to Break Free from Fossil Fuels (via BreakFree2016.org) Bill McKibbon: Global Warming's Terrifying New Chemistry (via The Nation) Inside the Paris Climate Deal (via The New York Times) President Obama's Climate Action Plan Infographic (via WhiteHouse.gov) Bill McKibbon: Why We Need to Keep 80% of Fossil Fuels in the Ground (via Yes!) Fossil Giant BP Sees Fourth-Quarter Profits Sink Nearly 70% (via Smarter Shift) Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman. Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2016/04/29) In praise of higher taxes (Economics)
Apr 29 2016 79 mins  
Edition #1010 Today we take a look at the way our current low-tax structure ends up redistributing the burden of funding society to those least able to pay for it while widening the already staggeringly-large wealth gap. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: City Stealing From Citizens By Tampering With Traffic Lights - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 10-18-14 Ch. 3: Song 1: The fix is in - Ok Go Ch. 4: Act 2: Cops Generating Money off Black Communities... - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date 07-31-15 Ch. 5: Song 2: Shakedown - Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band Ch. 6: Act 3: Billionaire Governor Taxes Rich, Increases Minimum Wage, Economy Explodes - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 02-28-15 Ch. 7: Song 3: Trickle Down - Hayseed Dixie Ch. 8: Act 4: Republican Governors Seek to Raise Taxes On Middle Class and Poor - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 01-28-15 Ch. 9: Song 4: Class Warfare - Chris Priest Ch. 10: Act 5: Details of how Reaganomics in Kansas has utterly failed - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 4-19-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: That’s all - Clare and the Reasons Ch. 12: Act 6: How To Pay For Tax Cuts For The Rich (If You're A Republican) - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 06-20-15 Ch. 13: Song 6: Robin Hood - Dick James Ch. 14: Act 7: Don't Think the Poor Pay Enough Taxes? You're Living in a Fantasy World - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 04-25-15 Ch. 15: Song 7: Work to Live - Serious Suicide Ch. 16: Act 8: [email protected] on Mississippi's dependence on prisoners for revenue - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 4-19-16 Ch. 17: Song 8: Turtle (Bonobo Remix) - Pilote Ch. 18: Act 9: Why An American In Sweden LOVES Paying His Taxes... - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 04-12-16 Ch. 19: Song 9: Taxman - Nickel Creek Ch. 20: Act 10: The myth of a heavy tax burden in the US - Economic Update w/ @profwolff - Air Date 4-24-16 Voicemails Ch. 21: Voting my conscience in a solidly red state - Doug from Dallas/Fort Worth Ch. 22: Clinton is better than any Republican - Nick from Florida Ch. 23: Change doesn't happen during elections, it happens between them - Scott from Oakland Ch. 24: Stand for our values even if it's worse in the short term - Rick from Scranton, PA Ch. 25: A voting strategy epiphany - Charlie From Cincinnati Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 26: Final comments on the all-male review of voicemails and the recent update to the technology of the show Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2016/04/26) Battle for the Ballot (Voting Rights)
Apr 26 2016 77 mins  
Edition #1009 Today we take a look at the disgustingly undemocratic efforts being waged to minimize the number of people who vote in our elections. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: This AMAZING Fact Proves Why American Democracy Is Totally Broken - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 01-06-15 Ch. 3: Song 1: Makes No Sense - The rainmakers Ch. 4: Act 2: Is the Electoral Collage broken? - @DecodeDC - Air Date 11-5-15 Ch. 5: Song 2: N/A Ch. 6: Act 3: Republicans Are Ready To Steal The 2016 Election – Time To Protect The Vote w/ @AriBerman - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 02-13-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: Crucify - Tori Amos Ch. 8: Act 4: Bernie Sanders Has Been Cheated Out Of Thousands Of Votes - @RedactedTonight w: @LeeCamp - Air Date 4-2-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Proud to Be an American - Side Street Ramblers Ch. 10: Act 5: Republicans tell the Truth About Voter Suppression! - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 04-07-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: Vote - Jefferson Coker Ch. 12: Act 6: Millions of New Yorkers Disenfranchised from Primaries Thanks to State's Restrictive Voting Laws - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 04-19-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: We can’t stop - Scott Bradlee & Postmodern Jukebox Ch. 14: Act 7: Demand Modernized Elections and Restore the VRA via @BrennanCenter - Best of the Left Activism - 4:26:16, 11.50 AM Ch. 15: Song 7: This Fickle World - Theo Bard Ch. 16: Act 8: A former Republican final had enough of disenfranchising voters - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 4-7-16 Voicemails Ch. 21: Concern over violence in bathrooms - Paula from Los Angeles Ch. 22: Gender-segregated bathrooms are silly - Megan from Baltimore Ch. 22: The problem of civil rights incrementalism - Erin from Philadelphia Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 23: Final comments rebutting a half-reasonable claim that we shouldn't worry about money in politics Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2016/04/22) Democracy Sprung (Money in Politics)
Apr 22 2016 79 mins  
Edition #1008 Today we take a look at the continued fight against the corrupting effects of money in politics including this month’s record-breaking civil disobedience protests at the Capitol Building in Washington, DC Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Congressmen's Warehouse - Big Bad Boris - Air Date: 2-9-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: Buy my vote - The Haymarket Squares Ch. 4: Act 2: Congressional Fundraising - @LastWeekTonight with @iamjohnoliver - Air Date 04-04-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: Little Chance - Jahzzar Ch. 6: Act 3: Cenk Uygur On His Democracy Spring Protest - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 04-13-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: Democracy - Leonard Cohen Ch. 8: Act 4: The Election-Industrial Complex - On the Media - Air Date 3-18-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Spend - Jeff Caudill Ch. 10: Act 5: It's not good for America but it's damn good for CBS - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 3-4-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: Eternal Youth Eternal Fun - Fifty Miles From Vancouver Ch. 12: Act 6: Democracy Spring Cable News Blackout - @theyoungturks - Air Date 04-13-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: I Predict a Riot - Kaiser Chiefs Ch. 14: Act 7: Alex Lawson (@alaw202) on the long view of the fight against money in politics - @TalkPoverty Radio - Air Date 4-15-16 Voicemails Ch. 15: Voting third party is about looking to the future - Gabriel from Pittsburg Ch. 16: Modifying the trolly dilemma - Ryan from Phoenix Ch. 17: Not voting while hoping for a third or fouth party to emerge - Wade from Ft. Worth, TX Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 18: Final comments on what happens to progressives when Republicans are in office Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2016/04/19) No place like home (History of Gentrification)
Apr 19 2016 78 mins  
Edition #1007 Today we take a look at how racism and economics combine to form a self-reinforcing legacy of unfair housing policies and practices that benefit the wealthy and disadvantage the poor Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: The Legacy of Lynching - On The Media - Air Date: 2-13-15 Ch. 3: Song 1: Re-Write History - George Dobbs Ch. 4: Act 2: Building the lines that divide Chicago under Mayor Richard J. Daley - Backstory - Air Date 3-25-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: Chicago - Sufjan Stevens Ch. 6: Act 3: Sarah Schulman on the mechanics of gentrification - @theLFshow w @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date 3-22-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: Gentrification - Oddisee Ch. 8: Act 4: The integration of Oak Park, Chicago - Backstory - Air Date 3-25-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Rockin' the Suburbs - Ben Folds Ch. 10: Act 5: The Great Corporate Buy-Up: Because of Corporations, Our Cities Are Not Our Own - @theLFshow w @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date 3-8-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: City on a Hill - The Minor Leagues Ch. 12: Act 6: SCOTUS Upholds the Real Meaning of the Fair Housing Act - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 06-26-15 Ch. 13: Song 6: (Ain't That) Good News - Sam Cooke Ch. 14: Act 7: Urge Your Legislators to Increase Federal Resources for Affordable Housing via @SenatorCantwell and A.C.T.I.O.N (A Call to Invest in Our Neighborhoods) #LIHTC - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 15: Song 7: This fickle world - Theo Bard Ch. 16: Act 8: Why does gentrification happen? - Economic Update w: @profwolff - Air Date 11-13-15 Voicemails Ch. 17: Theory of change and why to support Clinton in the general election - Craig Ch. 18: Go with issues not people or parties - Nomordo from San Jose Ch. 19: Elections, privilege and the Trolly Car Dilemma - Alex from Illinois Ch. 20: I can't afford to vote with a binary mindset - Marti from Madison, WI Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 21: Final comments on voting with a theory of change, Podcast Awards nominations and technical changes coming to the podcast feed Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2015/09/22) In search of the good life (Culture) (Repost)
Apr 15 2016 69 mins  
Edition #955 Today we take a look at the inherent contradictions in the standard way of pursuing happiness in western culture and examine some alternatives Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill 00:00:42 Ch. 2: Act 1: The High Price of Materialism - Center for a New American Dream (@newdream) - Air Date: 12-4-11 Ch. 3: Song 1: A Beautiful World - Tim Myers 00:05:54 Ch. 4: Act 2: How To Purchase Redemption From Consumerism! - @RedactedTonight w/ @LeeCamp - Air Date: 01-14-15 Ch. 5: Song 2: Redemption Song - Bob Marley & The Wailers 00:10:05 Ch. 6: Act 3: Almost Half of Americans Didn't Take Single Vacation Day in 2014 - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 01-11-15 Ch. 7: Song 3: Vacation - The Go-Go's & Go-Go's 00:14:17 Ch. 8: Act 4: Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us - RSA Animate (@theRSAorg) - Air Date: 4-1-10 Ch. 9: Song 4: All Over The World - Boogie Belgique 00:26:23 Ch. 10: Act 5: The Story of Bottled Water (2010) - @storyofstuff Project - Air Date: 03-17-10 Ch. 11: Song 5: Murky Water - The Autumn Isles 00:34:17 Ch. 12: Act 6: SO INCREDIBLY SAD This is How 3 Generations Answer the Same Question - @BuzzPo - Air Date 7-26-15 Ch. 13: Song 6: N/A 00:37:20 Ch. 14: Act 7: A thousand cuts - @jimhightower - Air Date: 9-22-15 Ch. 15: Song 7: Sligo Creek - Al Petteway 00:39:55 Ch. 16: Act 8: #FindYourPark on National @PublicLandsDay - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 17: Song 8: Right to Complain - Trombone Shorty & Marc Broussard 00:43:14 Ch. 18: Act 9: Saamah Abdallah: How to achieve good lives that don't cost the Earth - @TEDTalks - Air Date: 7-20-15 Voicemails 00:56:53 Ch. 19: Thoughts on victimless crimes - Wade from Ft. Worth, TX 00:58:54 Ch. 20: Libertarians ignore the negotiation of rights - Nathan from Dix Hills, NY Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics 01:01:12 Ch. 21: Final comments on the way we discuss lifestyles and culture Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: #FindYourPark on National @PublicLandsDay Take Action: Register to volunteer for National Public Lands Day! Be sure to get your Fee-Free Coupon as a thank you for volunteering! Sources/further reading: "More than 175,000 Volunteers Expected on National Public Lands Day, September 26, 2015” via National Public Lands Day "Let's Move Outside: Public lands make the best playgrounds!” via National Public Lands Day "Our Land, Up for Grabs” via The New York Times "This Land Was Your Land” via The American Prospect "Volunteer on trail crews for National Public Lands Day, Sept. 26” via The Seattle Times Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2016/04/12) How we got to here (Modern History of the Conservative Movement)
Apr 12 2016 77 mins  
Edition #1006 Today we take a look at the last several decades of the conservative movement and the Republican party, where they came from and how we got to where we are. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Let's adopt the GOP's national platform - @JimHightower - Air Date: 4-1-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: The Great Pretender - The Platters Ch. 4: Act 2: No Legitamate Republican President Since Eisenhower... - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 10-20-15 Ch. 5: Song 2: Cheat - The Clash Ch. 6: Act 3: The Kochs & the Nazis: Book Reveals Billionaires' Father Built Key Oil Refinery for the Third Reich - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 01-20-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: The John Birch Society - The Chad Mitchell Trio Ch. 8: Act 4: How business made us a Christian Nation™ - Economic Update w/ @profwolff - Air Date: 3-22-15 Ch. 9: Song 4: Show Me What I'm Looking For - Carolina Liar Ch. 10: Act 5: Jelani Cobb on the Democracy of Blame Part 1 - Primary Concerns (@prime_concerns) - Air Date 3-24-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: Little Lion Man - Mumford & Sons Ch. 12: Act 6: Today's Republicans Employing Lee Atwater's Dog Whistle Racism - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 02-24-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Racism - Mighty Sparrow Ch. 14: Act 7: Jelani Cobb on the Democracy of Blame Part 2 - Primary Concerns (@prime_concerns) - Air Date 3-24-16 Ch. 15: Song 7: Chickens Comin' Home to Roost - Toronzo Cannon Ch. 16: Act 8: Nixon's War on Drugs: Aide Says Motives Were Racist & Anti-Leftist - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 03-27-16 Voicemails Ch. 21: Learning the history from Reagan forward - Alan from Connecticut Ch. 22: This election is the result of the Reagan revolution - Eammon from La Habra, California Ch. 22: What can apartment dwellers do about clean energy? - Stephanie from Seattle Ch. 22: We shouldn't have gender-segregated bathrooms - Dan from Albany, NY Ch. 22: The only way to stop a bad penis is with a good penis - Ryan from Pheonix Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 23: Final comments on the viability of gender-neutral public restrooms Ch. 23: Bonus Clip: We Should Not Have Gender-Segregated Bathrooms & Locker Rooms - David Pakman - Air Date: 3-27-15 Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!


(2016/04/08) How not to be terrorized (Brussels Bombing)
Apr 08 2016 83 mins  
Edition #1005 Today we take a look at some of the various responses to the recent bombing in Brussels, Belgium. Unsurprisingly, politicians who traditionally thrive on fear-mongering are encouraging us to be afraid, just as the terrorists would hope. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Glenn Greenwald: Cruz, Trump, Clinton "Playing into the Hands" of ISIL After Brussels Bombings - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 03-24-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: Naked As We Came - Iron & Wine Ch. 4: Act 2: Ted Cruz: Cops Should Patrol Muslim Neighborhoods - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 03-24-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: Empathy - Chasing Kings Ch. 6: Act 3: The patetic media response to the Brussels bombing - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 3-25-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: Fearless (Acoustic Version) - For Today Ch. 8: Act 4: Faith in the Face of Terrorism - Progressive Faith Sermons - Dr. Roger Ray - Air Date 3-27-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Fear is a villain - Theo Bard Ch. 10: Act 5: What are our ideals worth? - @dccommonsense w/ Dan Carlin - Air Date 4-1-16 Voicemails Ch. 11: The ways in which contractors are getting screwed - Ruben from Oakland Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 12: Final comments on how I was once an independent contractor getting screwed by FedEx Ch. 13: Bonus Clip: The CA FedEx case: employees vs. contractors - Economic Update w/ @profwolff - Air Date: 6-21-15 Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2016/04/05) Understanding the 2016 election conservative wedge issue (Trans Rights)
Apr 05 2016 74 mins  
Edition #1004 Today we take a look at the hate-mongering conservative, fright fest issue du jour, trans people being allowed to use public restrooms without harassment. Ignorance leads to fear, fear leads to hate and ignorance, fear and hatred lead to voting for Republicans. That’s been their strategy for decades: exploiting fear of black people, brown people, drugs, gay people and now trans people.They’re always wrong about what they fear but that’s never stopped them before and it isn’t stopping them now. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Transphobia is the new conservative wedge issue for the 2016 election - Backtalk from @BitchMedia - Air Date 3-31-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: get real - the mountain firework company Ch. 4: Act 2: [email protected] on the fallout of legislating discrimination effects many groups - @TalkPoverty Radio - Air Date 3-25-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: Cospiratore - Old Splendifolia Ch. 6: Act 3: [email protected] on the reality of transmisogyny around the bathroom lies - @HumorlessQueers - Air Date 3-26-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: Mothers of the Night - Moby Ch. 8: Act 4: [email protected] on NC causing the otherwise nonexistent problem they're trying to solve - @FakeDanSavage - Air Date 3-29-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Turtle (Bonobo Remix) - Pilote Ch. 10: Act 5: Bullied by the Government North Carolina Sued After Enacting Sweeping Anti-Transgender Law - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 03-29-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: Le Moulin - Yann Tiersen Ch. 12: Act 6: Fight North Carolina’s LGBT Discrimination Law via @ACLU_NC and @EqualityNC #NoHateInMyState #WeAreNotThis - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 13: Song 6: This Fickle World - Theo Bard Ch. 14: Act 7: [email protected]: Why we need gender-neutral bathrooms - @TEDTalks - Air Date: 2-26-16 Voicemails Ch. 15: Learning to care about the economy - Michael in Eugene, OR Ch. 16: Earn this damn vote or lose - Gabriel from Pittsburg Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 17: Final comments on voting and our theories of change Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2016/04/01) The battle to reorganize the economy (Sharing Economy vs. Coops)
Apr 01 2016 72 mins  
Edition #1003 Today we take a look at the raging battle for the soul of the new economy. The age of working at the factory for decades before retiring with a pension and gold watch is well behind us but what’s coming next? A world where everyone is completely on their own, scraping together work one gig at a time? Or an economy of worker-owners who are compensated fully for their labor and have a voice in the direction of their companies? Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: How Good is the Sharing Economy at Sharing? - KQED News - Air Date: 2-4-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: The Sharing Song - Jack Johnson Ch. 4: Act 2: Chris Mackin: Creating Economic Democracy - @theLFshow w/ @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date: 7-22-14 Ch. 5: Song 2: RazorWire-Remastered - Chris Priest Ch. 6: Act 3: Uber isn't nearly as new of an idea as you think - Economic Update w/ @profwolff - Air Date: 3-22-15 Ch. 7: Song 3: Capitalism Is Tearing Us Apart - sole Ch. 8: Act 4: Uber Wants to Reorganize the Economy? Workers, too Can Play at that Game - The F Word w/ @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date: 2-17-15 Ch. 9: Song 4: Working Poor - Horse Feathers Ch. 10: Act 5: David J. Thompson on the superiority of cooperatives - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date: 8-1-15 Ch. 11: Song 5: Cooperation - Jim Valley Ch. 12: Act 6: Nationwide Next System Teach-Ins via @TheNextSystem - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 13: Song 6: Right to Complain - Trombone Shorty & Marc Broussard Ch. 14: Act 7: Paul Mason - Postcapitalism: A Guide to Our Future - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 3-3-16 Voicemails Ch. 21: Understanding our political system - Kim from Pennsylvania Ch. 22: The importance of progressive unity in the election - Ben from New Jersey Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 23: Final comments on Democracy Spring and the cabbie who suggested todays episode Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone TAKE ACTION: Activism Resources: Find a Next System Teach-In near you or register to host one where you live at http://teachins.thenextsystem.org Learn more about the The Next System Project and sign their statement. Follow The Next System Project on Twitter @TheNextSystem for the latest updates and use '#NextSystem' to join the conversation. Further Reading: Not Cool Uber (via Dave Craige on Medium.com) Sharing Economy Isn’t About Sharing - The Dark Reality Behind This Major Workplace Shift (via Alternet) Uber on the Road to Nowhere - Uber Drivers are getting creative in their fight for basic workplace rights (via American Prospect) Latest News/Actions: Seattle Passes Law Letting Uber, Lyft Drivers Unionize (via Reuters) Fed up Uber Drivers Aim to Disrupt Super Bowl 50 - With their Own Mobile App (via Mother Jones) Jakarta Taxi Drivers Protest Against Uber and Grab (via BBC) Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2016/03/29) Merrick Garland and the fight for the Supreme Court
Mar 29 2016 72 mins  
Edition #1002 Today we take a look at the power of the Supreme Court, the importance of getting the right people on the bench and the unfortunate reality that Merrick Garland is not someone that progressives should be supporting Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill 00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: A curious definition of 'balance' - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 2-19-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: Miss You - The Rolling Stones 00:02:41 Ch. 4: Act 2: The importance of the Supreme Court - We the Podcast with Rep. @keithellison - Air Date 3-16-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: Company Town - Andrew McKnight 00:12:11 Ch. 6: Act 3: Is the Supreme Court too Supreme? - @DecodeDC - Air Date 3-17-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: Final Say - Jb Congdon 00:25:58 Ch. 8: Act 4: Merrick Garland...Consensus Candidate Or Sacrificial Lamb? - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 03-16-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Close To Me [Closet Remix] - The Cure 00:28:21 Ch. 10: Act 5: Fox Makes Fun of Obama for Picking a Conservative Nominee - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 03-18-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: We Know Better - Bend Sinister 00:37:04Ch. 12: Act 6: Merrick Garland didn't uphold Habeas Corpus when he had the chance - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 3-18-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Suffering of the Innocents - Squire Tuck 00:39:17 Ch. 14: Act 7: Republican: Confirm SCOTUS Nominee Without NRA Approval? NO WAY! - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 03-21-16 Ch. 15: Song 7: Race to the Bottom - Tom Clairmont 00:44:11 Ch. 16: Act 8: Why Merrick Garland Is Terrible - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 03-22-16 Voicemails 00:58:40 Ch. 17: Voting system is not part of American education - Greg from New Hampshire 00:59:55 Ch. 18: Explaining socialism - Colin from Cleveland, OH 01:03:40 Ch. 19: Energy and recycling - Allen from Connecticut Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics 01:05:28 Ch. 20: Final comments on the relative co2 emmissions of wood or corn stoves vs oil Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2016/03/25) The scales are tipping (Climate)
Mar 25 2016 73 mins  
Edition #1001 Today we examine how the climate denial industry works and look forward to the positive trends in renewable energy Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill 00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: Oil Tycoon Attacks Anti-Fracking Researchers - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 05-25-15 Ch. 3: Song 1: Hole In My Soul - Aerosmith 00:09:31 Ch. 4: Act 2: [email protected] on How the Climate Denial Industry Works - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 12-04-15 Ch. 5: Song 2: Sunrise - Norah Jones 00:19:47 Ch. 6: Act 3: [email protected] explains what motivates climate deniers - @StarTalkRadio w/ Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) - Air Date: 2-5-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: Science Is Real - They Might Be Giants 00:24:16 Ch. 8: Act 4: Koch Brothers Declare War On Electric Cars - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 02-20-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: The Persuaded - Faded Paper Figures 00:33:40 Ch. 10: Act 5: The Guardian Goes Positive w/ @james_randerson - @OnTheMedia - Air Date: 12-18-15 Ch. 11: Song 5: The typewriter song - The Boston Pops Orchestra 00:41:45 Ch. 12: Act 6: Break Free 2016 #KEEPITINTHEGROUND - A Global Wave of Resistance to Keep Coal, Oil and Gas in the Ground via @350 - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 13: Song 6: This fickle world - Theo Bard 00:45:10 Ch. 14: Act 7: [email protected] The case for optimism on climate change - @TEDTalks - Air Date 2-22-16 Voicemails: 00:55:32 Ch. 15: On Swedish socialism - Robin from Sweden 00:59:10 Ch. 16: Trust in government is key to social programs - Erin from Philadelphia 01:02:45 Ch. 17: Offending and silencing - Marty from Eagle Rock, CA Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics 01:04:52 Ch. 18: Final comments on offense, harm and how to have a productive conversation Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: Find and sign up for a targeted action near you at breakfree2016.org Learn more about organizing your own action Join the conversation online via the hashtags #BreakFree2016 and #Keepitintheground Follow @350 on Twitter for the latest updates on the action and other news Donate to support the work of 350.org Sources/further reading: 4 Reasons Now is our Chance to Break Free from Fossil Fuels (via BreakFree2016.org) Bill McKibbon: Global Warming's Terrifying New Chemistry (via The Nation) Inside the Paris Climate Deal (via The New York Times) President Obama's Climate Action Plan Infographic (via WhiteHouse.gov) Bill McKibbon: Why We Need to Keep 80% of Fossil Fuels in the Ground (via Yes!) Fossil Giant BP Sees Fourth-Quarter Profits Sink Nearly 70% (via Smarter Shift) Written by BOTL social media/activism director Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2016/03/22) A Look Back (Episode #1000)
Mar 22 2016 103 mins  
Edition #1000 Today we mark our 1000th episode by looking back to the way things were 10 years ago when this show launched. Come with me to a time when The Young Turks hadn’t taken over YouTube, Rachel Maddow didn’t have a show on MSNBC and Al Franken wasn’t yet a Senator Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill 00:02:54 Ch. 2: Act 1: TYT video streaming launch party while CNN makes new hires - The Young Turks 00:06:19 Ch. 3: Act 2: Bin Laden resurfaces and MSNBC calls him a Democrat - Rachel Maddow Show 00:12:30 Ch. 4: Act 3: Speaking with Helen Thomas on the state of the media - Mother Jones Radio 00:16:56 Ch. 5: Act 4: John Boehner running for speaker - Rachel Maddow 00:19:26 Ch. 6: Act 5: John Conyers on Bush wiretapping program - Thom Hartmann 00:24:45 Ch. 7: Act 6: Rage over cartoons perplexes Denmark - The Young Turks 00:30:28 Ch. 8: Act 7: Rob Corddry on Cheney shooting his friend in the face - The Daily Show 00:34:09 Ch. 9: Act 8: Harry Whittington Apologizes for Getting Shot in the Face by Dick Cheney 00:37:23 Ch. 10: Act 9: This happens all the time and by the way, it's incredibly traumatic - Al Franken Show 00:42:48 Ch. 11: Act 10: Hurricane Katrina and it's aftermath - Mother Jones Radio 00:50:13 Ch. 12: Act 11: O'Connor Decries Republican Attacks on Courts - NPR Morning Edition 00:54:23 Ch. 13: Act 12: Sandra Day O'Connor and avoiding these beginnings - The Young Turks 00:59:21 Ch. 14: Act 13: Tom Delay steps down from congress - Rachel Maddow Show 01:02:51 Ch. 15: Act 14: A reminder of all the things terrible about Tom Delay - The Young Turks 01:11:34 Ch. 16: Act 15: Hate Mail from the left - Al Franken Show 01:13:50 Ch. 17: Act 16: I'm the decider - The Young Turks 01:17:26 Ch. 18: Act 17: The Chief Executive's Role - The President's Weekly Radio Address 01:21:22 Ch. 18: Act 18: Highlights from Colbert's White House Correspondents Dinner Speech with David Bender - Rachel Maddow 01:31:22 Ch. 18: Act 19: Supercut of Colbert at the White House Correspondence Dinner Voicemails 01:36:36 Ch. 19: 1000 Episodes - Lee Camp 01:37:05 Ch. 20: 1000 Episodes - David Pakman Plus messages from: Eammon from La Habra, California Nancy from San Francisco Zach from Atlanta Megan from Seattle Josh from Lafayette, LA Erin from Philadelphia Tony from New Jersey Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics 01:37:50 Ch. 21: Final comments on how I met David Pakman and thanks for the last 1000 episodes Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2016/03/18) Playing with the Fire of Fascism (Trump and his Supporters)
Mar 18 2016 79 mins  
Edition #999 Today we again ring the fascism warning bell as we look at the continuing saga of the Donald Trump presidential campaign. And remember: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill 00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: Republicans On Board With Trump Target And Kill Families Of Terrorists - @theyoungturks - Air Date 12-17-15 Ch. 3: Song 1: Family Values - Johnossi 00:06:43 Ch. 4: Act 2: The Ugly Place That Donald Trump Is Leading Us - Moment of Clarity w/ @LeeCamp - Air Date: 01-20-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: Rome Wasn't Built In a Day - Morcheeba 00:09:07 Ch. 6: Act 3: [email protected] on How Donald Trump Legitimizes Racist Ideas - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date 01-07-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: When Anger Shows - Editors 00:14:20 Ch. 8: Act 4: Donald Trump, the New George Wallace? Head of Segregationist's 1968 Bid on GOP Front-Runner's Racism - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 01-15-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: People, Turn Around - Delta Spirit 00:22:25 Ch. 10: Act 5: Thirty Black People Booted From Trump Rally - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 03-02-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next - Manic Street Preachers 00:29:29 Ch. 12: Act 6: How and why fascism comes to power - Economic Update w: @profwolff - Air Date 3-6-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: All You Fascists - Billy Bragg & Wilco 00:36:16 Ch. 14: Act 7: Trump's Response to Violence at His Rallies - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 03-12-16 Ch. 15: Song 7: What happens tomorrow - Duran Duran 00:44:34 Ch. 16: Act 8: Cops Swarm Black Man For Getting Punched At Trump Rally - @theyoungturks - Air Date 03-11-16 Ch. 17: Song 8: Out of Control - U2 00:51:51 Ch. 18: Act 9: The Call for a Voting Renaissance and Mass Non-violent Mobilization to Stand Up to Trump via @MoveOn - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 19: Song 9: This Fickle World - Theo Bard 00:55:16 Ch. 20: Act 10: Sasha Abramsky on what Trump supporters really think - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 3-2-16 Voicemails 01:04:46 Ch. 21: Understanding the new movement for socialism - Patrick from Dallas 01:09:33 Ch. 22: "Impartiality" stems from privilege - Ruben from San Jose Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics 01:13:21 Ch. 23: Final comments on what it was like to prep for today's episode, plus calling for input for episode #1000 Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone TAKE ACTION: Read, sign and share MoveOn.org's open letter. Follow @MoveOn on Twitter for the latest updates on the campaign and other actions to stand up to Trump's dangerous rhetoric. Use the hashtags #LoveTrumpsHate and #STOPTRUMP on social media. Donate to the MoveOn.org "Stand Up to Trump" campaign to support their efforts. Sources/further reading: Democrats Sound Alarm Against Trump (via Politico) Liberal Groups to Launch Campaign to Defeat Donald Trump (via USA Today) Hear the segment in context: Episode #999 http://www.bestoftheleft.com/_999_fascism Written by BOTL social media/activism director Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2016/03/15) Rolling back our voting rights (Elections)
Mar 15 2016 75 mins  
Edition #998 Today we look at a variety of problems plaguing our elections from gerrymandering to restrictive laws intended to make it difficult for people to vote to our aging and deeply problematic electronic voting machines Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill 00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: Why America needs nonpartisan elections - Open Primaries - Air Date: 10-20-15 Ch. 3: Song 1: We the People (feat. Chief Xcel) - Lateef the Truthspeaker 00:03:13 Ch. 4: Act 2: [email protected] on the Voting Rights Act at 50 - @TalkPoverty Radio - Air Date: 8-6-15 Ch. 5: Song 2: Going Home - Niklas Aman 00:11:46 Ch. 6: Act 3: Gerrymandering by race in South Carolina - @DecodeDC - Air Date 2-25-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: We the people - Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers 00:17:35 Ch. 8: Act 4: 16 States Face New Voting Restrictions in First Election in 50 Years Without Full Voting Rights Act - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 02-29-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Vote - Jefferson Coker 00:29:05 Ch. 10: Act 5: Lawrence Norden on the Real Problems with Digital Voting Machines - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 10-10-15 Ch. 11: Song 5: The System - Abscondo 00:40:21 Ch. 12: Act 6: Nationwide Mobilization to Protect the Vote via @DemAwakening - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 13: Song 6: This Fickle World - Theo Bard 00:43:40 Ch. 14: Act 7: Voting - @LastWeekTonight w/ @iamjohnoliver - Air Date: 02-15-16 Voicemails 00:58:41 Ch. 15: Where and how people live has a big impact on a person's life - Rick from Scranton, PA 01:00:45 Ch. 16: A perspective on post-scarcity economics - Megan from North Carolina 01:03:16 Ch. 17: What needs to happen in civil conversation - Anthony from Illinois 01:05:12 Ch. 18: Apple's business model - Ronald from Baltimore Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics 01:06:07 Ch. 19: Final comments on the confluence of digital privacy and Apple's business model Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone TAKE ACTION: Visit democracyawakening.org to sign up as a volunteer to help organize this event or to participate in April. Follow @DemAwakening on Twitter and on Facebook for the latest updates on the campaign. Engage with the movement to restore the Voting Rights Act via #RestoretheVRA on social media. Sources/further reading: "Voting Rights - and Wrongs: We're in the midst of the biggest rollback of the rights to vote since Jim Crow" (via Sojourners) "North Carolina Exemplifies National Battles Over Voting Laws" (via The New York Times) "Six Pieces of a Real Democracy Movement We've Never Had Before" (via HuffPost Politics) DemocracyAwakening.org Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman. Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!


(2016/03/11) Privacy, security or both (Encryption vs the FBI)
Mar 12 2016 77 mins  
Edition #997 Today we look at the arguments for and against unbreakable encryption for smartphones with specific focus on Apple’s current legal battle with the FBI Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill 00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: Price of privacy - @DecodeDC - Air Date 2-23-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: Les monstres - David Ari Leon 00:07:03 Ch. 4: Act 2: Will FBI Take a Bite Out of Apple? Former CIA Agent on Showdown Between Apple & U.S. Government - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 02-26-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: Secret - The Pierces 00:16:32 Ch. 6: Act 3: Apple vs. the FBI Part 1 - @HumorlessQueers - Air Date 3-6-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: What Is Your Secret - Nada Surf 00:24:26 Ch. 8: Act 4: Politicians Use Scare Tactics To Promote Government Spying - @theyoungturks Ch. 9: Song 4: The Secret Agent: The Secret Agent Ending - Cello Octet Conjunto Ibérico & Elias Arizcuren 00:31:53 Ch. 10: Act 5: Apple vs. the FBI Part 2 - @HumorlessQueers Ch. 11: Song 5: Secrets - OneRepublic 00:45:04 Ch. 12: Act 6: Don’t Let California Lawmakers Undermine Smartphone Security via Electronic Frontier Foundation (@EFF) - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 13: Song 6: This Fickle World - Theo Bard 00:47:53 Ch. 14: Act 7: Rodrigo Bijou: Governments don't understand cyber warfare. We need hackers - @rodrigobijou on @TEDTalks Voicemails 00:58:20 Ch. 15: The future of automation and a basic universal wage - Wade from Ft. Worth, TX 01:02:33 Ch. 16: Responding to Rambo and gentrification - Allen from Connecticut 01:03:36 Ch. 17: Being offended doesn't help your cause - Trey from Corvallis Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics 01:06:08 Ch. 18: Final comments on the important difference and connection between offensiveness and harmful Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION: Sign the EFF petition to fight California Assembly Bill 1681 at https://act.eff.org/action/don-t-let-california-lawmakers-undermine-smartphone-security Follow @EFF on Twitter for the latest updates on the petition and other actions to protect privacy. Donate to support the work of EFF at https://supporters.eff.org/donate/button Sources/further reading: Read the entire Assembly Bill 1681 Worried about Apple? California has a Bill that Would Disable Encryption on All Phones (EFF.org) A Technical Perspective on the iPhone Case (EFF.org) CSAIL: Giving Government Special Access to Data Poses Major Security Risks (MIT News) Hear the segment in context: Episode #997 http://www.bestoftheleft.com/_997_privacy_encryption Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman. Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2015/12/22) The future of work (Culture) (Repost)
Mar 09 2016 70 mins  
Edition #978 Today we look at the shifting trends of how and why people work and what may happen when the robots take everyone’s jobs Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill 00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: Tipping Point: Technology Now Destroying More Jobs Than It Creates - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 06-13-15 Ch. 3: Song 1: Work to live - Serious Suicide 00:04:15 Ch. 4: Act 2: Nigel Cameron: A world without work - @TEDTalks - Air Date: 4-23-14 Ch. 5: Song 2: What Would You Do? - The Living End 00:22:40 Ch. 6: Act 3: Robots Will Take Your Job SOON! (seriously) - @RedactedTonight w/ @LeeCamp - Air Date: 05-09-15 Ch. 7: Song 3: Robot friend - Pretty Little Demons 00:28:48 Ch. 8: Act 4: Practical Theology (Because who wants impractical theology?) Part 1 - Progressive Faith Sermons - Dr. Roger Ray - Air Date 12-13-15 Ch. 9: Song 4: Courage - Authority Zero 00:37:31 Ch. 10: Act 5: Barry Schwartz: The way we think about work is broken - @TEDTalks - Air Date: 9-8-15 Ch. 11: Song 5: Human Nature - Michael Jackson 00:45:50 Ch. 12: Act 6: Practical Theology (Because who wants impractical theology?) Part 2 - Progressive Faith Sermons - Dr. Roger Ray - Air Date 12-13-15 Voicemails 00:56:59 Ch. 13: 7 Violence against women re: abortion? - Robert from New Hampshire 00:59:05 Ch. 14: 8 Response to thoughts on "unskilled labor" - Colin from Cleveland, OH Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics 01:01:34 Ch. 15: Final comments on After Tiller, the Progressive Faith Sermon and how human nature is moulded by our circumstances Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2016/03/04) Heart of Dark Money (Money in Politics)
Mar 05 2016 78 mins  
Edition #996 Today we look at the influence of dark money in politics generally as well as the moneyed interests that have been successfully working for decades to make the Democratic party more conservative Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Dark Money: What Might The Money Media Cover If They Weren't Covering Trump? - The F Word w/ @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date 2-29-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: Billionaire (feat. Bruno Mars) - Travie McCoy Ch. 4: Act 2: How the Koch Brothers Helped Dismantle the Democratic Party - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 12-29-15 Ch. 5: Song 2: Two Masters- Song about Citizens United and Bernie Sanders (with Cartoons) - Smooch McGee Ch. 6: Act 3: [email protected] on her book Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 2-10-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: The Oligarch - Ephemerals Ch. 8: Act 4: Hillary Clinton: Bribes Don’t Work On Me - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 02-17-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Electable (Give It Up) - Jimmy Eat World Ch. 10: Act 5: Did Campaign Contributions Influence Hillary's Votes? - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 02-06-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: A Few Honest Words - Ben Sollee Ch. 12: Act 6: #DemocracySpring - March and Sit-in to Save Democracy via @DemSpring - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 13: Song 6: This Fickle World - Theo Bard Ch. 14: Act 7: Wolf PAC Marches Into Washington And Wins - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 02-26-16 Voicemails Ch. 15: Charter schools get to cherry pick their students - Amanda from San Diego Ch. 16: Thoughts on gentrification - Ryan from Pheonix Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 17: Final comments requesting feedback for Ryan from Phoenix Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone TAKE ACTION: Visit democracyspring.org to sign up as a volunteer to help organize this event or to pledge your participation in April. Follow @DemSpring on Twitter for the latest updates on the campaign. Engage with the campaign via #DemocracySpring on social media. Donate to support the campaign at democracyspring.org/donate. Sources/further reading: "Open Letter: Let's Sit-in to Save Democracy from the Billionaire Class" via The Nation DemocracySpring.org Hear the segment in context: Episode #996 http://www.bestoftheleft.com/_996_heart_of_dark_money_money_in_politics Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman. Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2016/03/01) Scalia’s death and the seismic shift on the court (Supreme Court)
Mar 02 2016 75 mins  
Edition #995 Today we look at the legacy Antonin Scalia leaves behind, what this means for the Supreme Court going forward and how it’s all effecting the 2016 election Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: How Scalia's Death Can Change The Whole Election! - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 02-14-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: Training Montage - Vince DiCola Ch. 4: Act 2: Republican Hypocrisy on Scalia Appointment Exposed - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 02-16-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: Nonsense - Komeda Ch. 6: Act 3: President Obama wades into nomination debate on SCOTUSblog - This Week in Blackness (@TWiBPrime) Ch. 7: Song 3: Screwed - Slidin' Slim Ch. 8: Act 4: Paul Rosenberg on Scalia's legacy - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 2-19-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Hide Your Tears - Daniel Licht Ch. 10: Act 5: Justice Antonin Scalia's TRUE LEGACY - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 02-14-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: Friend of The Devil - Counting Crows Ch. 12: Act 6: Akhil Reed Amar explains why politically, originalism can cut both ways - Amicus from @Slate - Air Date 2-20-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Coheed and Cambria Sing Justice Scalias Dissenting Opinions - Funny Or Die Ch. 14: Act 7: How money and politics corrupts the Supreme Court - @dccommonsense w/ Dan Carlin - Air Date 2-26-16 Ch. 15: Song 7: get real - the mountain firework company Ch. 16: Act 8: Speaking ill of the dead - @Jimmy_Dore Show - Air Date 2-16-16 Voicemails Ch. 17: High stakes testing and internet connectivity for students - Chris from Colorado Springs Ch. 18: How to make the model of society fit the world we are becoming - Emma from New York State Ch. 19: Get involved with Health Impact Assessments - Ryan from Pheonix Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 20: Final comments with some uninformed impressions about how to deal with gentrification Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2016/02/26) Who gets a seat at the table (Culture)
Feb 27 2016 74 mins  
Edition #994 Today we look at the narratives and stories that fill and influence our lives, whose stories get told and why and how that effects the way we see the world Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill 00:00:37 Ch. 2: Act 1: Mansplaining: The Science - @Upworthy - Air Date: 03-10-15 Ch. 3: Song 1: Words Are Seeds - My Gay Banjo 00:02:35 Ch. 4: Act 2: The Racial Politics of Disney Animals - Popaganda from @BitchMedia - Air Date 8-28-15 Ch. 5: Song 2: I Wan'na Be Like You (The Monkey Song) - Louis Prima, Phil Harris & Bruce Reitherman 00:16:47 Ch. 6: Act 3: Broad Politics in the Obama Administration - @DecodeDC - Air Date 1-28-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: Seat at the Table - Crystal Lewis 00:22:53 Ch. 8: Act 4: #OscarsSoWhite: Black Filmmakers Call Out Hollywood Racism, Exclusion as Calls for Boycott Grow - @democracynow - Air Date: 01-25-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Gatekeepers - Sharrie Williams 00:30:54 Ch. 10: Act 5: $pread, For and By Sex Workers - @onthemedia - Air Date: 5-1-15 Ch. 11: Song 5: Power of Words - iamuuri 00:40:10 Ch. 12: Act 6: Worst Oscar responses to #OscarsSoWhite - Backtalk from @BitchMedia - Air Date 2-18-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Bedtime Stories - Chris Reed 00:57:01 Ch. 14: Act 7: #OscarsSoWhite; Watch #JusticeForFlint Instead via @UnitedBlackout — Best of the Left Activism Ch. 15: Song 7: Right to Complain - Trombone Shorty & Marc Broussard 01:00:18 Ch. 16: Act 8: An inclusion crisis in the entertainment industry - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 2-26-16 Voicemails 01:02:50 Ch. 17: The four economic classes and who's really suffering - Dave from Olympia, WA Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics 01:09:59 Ch. 19: Final comments with a message from Jordan from Salt Lake City on empathizing with those we disgree with Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: #OscarsSoWhite; Watch #JusticeForFlint Instead via @UnitedBlackout Take Action: #JusticeForFlint from Blackout for Human Rights Additional Activism/Resources: "How to help people hurt by the poisoned water in Flint” via Mashable Sources/further reading: ”Meet April Reign, the Black Woman Behind #OscarsSoWhite" "The 17 Biggest Surprises Of This Year’s Oscar Nominations — #OscarsSoWhiteTheSequel” via Buzzfeed "These 10 Actors, Directors & Executives Can Reverse #OscarsSoWhite” at RevoltTV "Creed Is The Rocky Film 21st-Century America Needs” at The Establishment Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2016/02/23) The corporatization of the media
Feb 24 2016 68 mins  
Edition #993 Today we look at the effects of the media companies shift from producing news content as a public service to ‘infotainment’ and where we’re headed in the world of vertical integration and threats to net neutrality Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill 00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: CNN's 'courageous' move to blur the lines between news and advertising - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date: 6-12-15 Ch. 3: Song 1: Blur the Lines - The Meeting Places 00:02:19 Ch. 4: Act 2: Michael Isikoff And Cenk Uygur On The State Of The News Media Today - (Edited Interview) - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 09-11-15 Ch. 5: Song 2: Free and Equal Speech - Chris Priest 00:14:23 Ch. 6: Act 3: PROOF The Media Is Only For The Rich - @RedactedTonight w/ @LeeCamp - Air Date: 1-9-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: RazorWire - Chris Priest 00:17:39 Ch. 8: Act 4: The next threat of a mega merger of cable companies - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 2-11-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Perpetuum Mobile - Penguin Cafe Orchestra 00:20:39 Ch. 10: Act 5: Why China is Trying to Rewrite Worldwide Internet Rules... - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 08-01-15 Ch. 11: Song 5: North By North - Faded Paper Figures 00:25:21 Ch. 12: Act 6: Net Neutrality is STILL in Danger - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 09-28-15 Ch. 13: Song 6: Dirty Paws - Of Monsters and Men 00:37:15 Ch. 14: Act 7: A few of the media's failures in covering the election - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 2-19-16 Ch. 15: Song 7: My Conversation - The Uniques 00:40:26 Ch. 16: Act 8: 40 Years After "All the President's Men," Redford Plays Another Journo Challenging Power in "Truth" - @democracynow - Air Date: 01-26-16 Voicemails 00:48:43 Ch. 17: Thoughts on food activism - Linea from Illinois 00:52:34 Ch. 18: High stakes in rich areas aren't such high stakes - Megan from near Seattle 00:54:02 Ch. 19: Racism, capitalism and private prisons - V from Western New York 00:57:24 Ch. 20: Living now vs 100 years ago - Stephanie from Seattle 00:58:14 Ch. 21: Speaking past each other about Capitalism - Dave from Olympia, WA Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics 01:01:12 Ch. 22: Final comments on the history of telecoms and the lack of universal service Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2016/02/19) The illness at the heart of our for-profit health care system
Feb 20 2016 75 mins  
Edition #992 Today we look at how corporations have worked diligently to maximize the profits of insurance and pharmaceutical companies at the expense of America’s general health and budget and then used those profits to buy politicians to ensure the system never changes Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill 00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: Is Pharma the Most Evil Industry? (w: Josh Zepps) - Majority Report (@majorityfm) - Air Date 09-28-15 Ch. 3: Song 1: Get Up and Go - Broadcast 2000 00:05:49 Ch. 4: Act 2: HUGE Bernie Sanders Releases Plan for Universal Healthcare - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date 01-20-16 Ch. 5: Song 2: Until the Water Goes Down - Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin 00:09:32 Ch. 6: Act 3: Hillary Fights Dirty on Healthcare! - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 01-13-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: 1901 - Phoenix 00:17:14 Ch. 8: Act 4: Dr. Sidney Wolfe talks on the vultures of Big Pharma and how they rigged the system - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date 1-16-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Something Good Can Work - Two Door Cinema Club 00:31:36 Ch. 10: Act 5: Hillary, FOR Single Payer Until She's Suddenly Against It... - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date 01-14-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: Ask Your Doctor - Don Arbor 00:38:04 Ch. 12: Act 6: Howard Dean Becomes Health Care Lobbyist, Suddenly Against Single Payer Healthcare - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 01-20-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Profit - The Mammals 00:42:50 Ch. 14: Act 7: The True Price Of Prescription Drugs - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 10-02-15 Ch. 15: Song 7: No More Tears (Enough Is Enough) - Donna Summer & Barbra Streisand 00:47:23 Ch. 16: Act 8: How the Health Insurance Industry Fights Single Payer - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 01-14-16 Ch. 17: Song 8: It Goes On and On - The Avett Brothers 00:51:29 Ch. 18: Act 9: Actually, UK's National Healthcare Is Excellent - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 03-07-15 01:01:01 Ch. 19: Final comments on the last 3 1/2 weeks of focus on the problem with our economic system Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2016/02/16) The food market (Food-Industrial Complex)
Feb 17 2016 75 mins  
Edition #991 Today we look at the influence of the food giants on what goes into our food supply, who’s allowed to inspect and regulate it, what our kids are taught about what’s healthy, the policies of international trade that lowers food safety standards and even how farmers raise their chickens Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill 00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: Why nobody knows what's really going into your food - The Center for Public Integrity (@Publici) - Air Date: 04-13-15 Ch. 3: Song 1: The Prettiest Remix - Jim Guthrie 00:04:10 Ch. 4: Act 2: Sugar and Salt and Fat: Food Giants Have Hooked Us - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 04-26-15 Ch. 5: Song 2: Pour Some Sugar On Me (2012 Re-Recorded Version) - Def Leppard 00:15:10 Ch. 6: Act 3: EXPOSED: Coca-Cola’s Scam To Keep Kids Drinking Soda - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 01-01-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: Diet Coke - Airbäg 00:21:53 Ch. 8: Act 4: Carey Gillam on the conflicts of interest in the coverage of our food supply - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 2-5-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Johnny Appleseed - Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros 00:33:18 Ch. 10: Act 5: Mystery Meat: After WTO Ruling, U.S. Tosses Meat Origin Labeling Law, Leaving Consumers in the Dark - @democracynow - Air Date: 01-07-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: The Cave - Piano Tribute Players 00:37:43 Ch. 12: Act 6: Disaster: TPP Will Destroy US Food Safety - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 11-14-15 Ch. 13: Song 6: Solid Ground - Dougie Maclean 00:41:51 Ch. 14: Act 7: Chickens and the farmers who raise them - @LastWeekTonight with @iamjohnoliver - Air Date: 05-17-15 Voicemails 01:01:15 Ch. 15: Why they don't teach the financial reality - Marty from Cleveland, OH 01:02:18 Ch. 16: The hidden obstacles to investments and wealth - Jill in California 01:04:35 Ch. 17: Held back from the American Dream - Eammon from La Habra, California Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics 01:06:15 Ch. 18: Final comments on reasonability and the discussions we have Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!


(2016/02/12) Prisoners for profit (Prison-Industrial Complex)
Feb 13 2016 75 mins  
Edition #990 Today we look at the intersection of market capitalism and our prison system where the private prison industry makes billions and lobbies for ever-harsher punishments to continually grow our prison population Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill 00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: Private prisons: How US corporations make money out of locking you up - @Truthloader - Air Date: 11-07-13 Ch. 3: Song 1: The Maelstrom - Jim Guthrie 00:10:43 Ch. 4: Act 2: What the Prison Industrial Complex can do for YOU! - @RedactedTonight w/ @LeeCamp - Air Date: 08-19-14 Ch. 5: Song 2: N/A 00:12:20 Ch. 6: Act 3: Who bears the cost of incarceration? - Melissa Harris-Perry (@MHPshow) - Air Date 9-19-15 Ch. 7: Song 3: The Wrong Way - Jahzzar 00:20:22 Ch. 8: Act 4: The Drug War Has to End: David Simon on "The Wire" & Over-Policing of the Poor - @democracynow - Air Date: 08-26-15 Ch. 9: Song 4: Keep Them Down - The Young Sinclairs 00:35:51 Ch. 10: Act 5: Prison Phone Rates - We the Podcast w/ @keithellison - Air Date 1-29-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: Everything is everything - Lauryn Hill 00:46:34 Ch. 12: Act 6: Bernie Sanders: Abolish Private Prisons - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 08-21-15 Ch. 13: Song 6: Dart - Stray Dogg 00:55:24 Ch. 14: Act 6: Justice is not For Sale Act to #EndPrivatePrisons via @SenSanders & @RepRaulGrijalva - Best of the Left Activism Voicemails 00:58:57 Ch. 15: Many from the past would not want to live in our society - Will from Mississippi 01:00:11 Ch. 16: Wade's response to Kate re: extreme inequality - Wade from Ft. Worth, TX 01:03:38 Ch. 17: The problem with programs that divide us - Chris from Littleton, CO 01:05:11 Ch. 18: In poverty and unable to invest - Heather from Tampa, FL Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics 01:07:23 Ch. 19: Final comments on trans health, poverty and financial literacy Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: Justice is not For Sale Act to #EndPrivatePrisons via @SenSanders & @RepRaulGrijalva Take Action: Use ContactingTheCongress.org to tell your legislators to support the “Justice is Not For Sale Act of 2015” in the House and Senate Sources/further reading: "The For-Profit Sadism of ‘Incarceration, Inc.’ — An article in The Nation thirty years ago was an early warning about the growth of the prison-industrial complex.” via The Nation "The Democratic Presidential Candidates Would End Private Prison Contracts” via The Nation "Programs Not Profits" — In the Public Interest "Private Prison Firms Buy Access to Public Officials at Lavish Industry Conferences” via Truthout "Bernie Sanders Unveils Ambitious Plan To End Private Prisons” via ThinkProgress Racial Justice: Legal Violence/Private Prisons via Bernie Sanders presidential campaign Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2016/02/09) Investments in education should not earn cash profits
Feb 10 2016 74 mins  
Edition #989 Today we look at the intersection of our educational system and the detrimental influence that money, austerity policies and the profit motive have on the education that our kids have access to Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill 00:00:38 Ch. 2: Act 1: Driving America's yellow school bus to educational hell - @jimhightower - Air Date: 12-29-15 Ch. 3: Song 1: School Bus (featuring Tahir Jahi) - Happy Hatters 00:03:08 Ch. 4: Act 2: As Obama Admin Seeks More Funding for Charter Schools, Questions Raised over Billions Already Spent - @democracynow - Air Date: 5-8-15 Ch. 5: Song 2: School Bus (featuring Tahir Jahi) - Happy Hatters 00:19:25 Ch. 6: Act 3: Black Parents Should Opt Their Children Out of High Stakes Testing - @blkagendareport - Air Date: 8-5-15 Ch. 7: Song 3: Good Ol' Fashion Nightmare - Matt and Kim 00:23:38 Ch. 8: Act 4: Stephanie Simon on the power of Pearson publishing - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date: 2-27-15 Ch. 9: Song 4: Compensation - The Del-Knights 00:33:25 Ch. 10: Act 5: Faces Of The Student Debt Crisis In America - AJ+ (@ajplus) - Air Date: 07-09-15 Ch. 11: Song 5: Higher Education - Buch Helemano 00:38:09 Ch. 12: Act 6: Bernie Sanders: Free College for All... - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 05-22-15 Ch. 13: Song 6: Higher Education - Knowledge 00:41:30 Ch. 14: Act 7: Is Hillary’s College Plan More Progressive Than Bernie's? - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 10-11-15 Ch. 15: Song 7: I Love You Money - Lowell 00:49:03 Ch. 16: Act 8: Cancel All #StudentDebt via @thenation & @StrikeDebt - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 17: Song 8: This fickle world - Theo Bard 00:53:26 Ch. 18: Act 9: Detroit Student "I Want to Be Able to Go to School Without Worrying About Being Bitten by Mice" - @democracynow - Air Date 01-21-16 Voicemails 01:01:02 Ch. 19: Go to BringBackSolar.com to support Nevada solar - Shawn from Las Vegas 01:02:47 Ch. 20: What we need to teach about financial education - Chris from Dallas Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics 01:05:32 Ch. 21: Final comments on financial literacy and the superiority of universal programs to means tested ones Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: Cancel All #StudentDebt via @thenation & @StrikeDebt Take Action: SIGN: Cancel All Student Debt via The Nation & coalition READ & Share: "How far to free?” — StrikeDebt’s plan for tuition-free college Additional Activism/Resources: Help if you are or are about to be behind/defaulting: Student Loan Borrowers Assistance — "Find a Solution” via National Consumer Law Center Sources/further reading: "Why the Student Loan Crisis Is Even Worse Than People Think” via Time.com/Money "Student Debt Is Worse Than You Think” via The New York Times "5 Extreme Ways to Get Rid of Your Student Loan Debt” via Attn: "We Need to End the Student Loan Debt Crisis: To draw attention to the magnitude of the student debt crisis, we’re doing something dramatic.” via The Nation & coalition Graphic via: BorderlessNewsAndViews.com Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2016/02/05) When climate science meets faith-based economics
Feb 06 2016 79 mins  
Edition #988 Today we look at the intersection of the climate crisis with our current economic system including how monopolies, trade deals, market failures and the concept of “externalities” all work together to make climate change worse Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Externalities - by @DavidSuzuki - Resource Based Economy - Air Date: 7-26-13 Ch. 3: Song 1: N/A Ch. 4: Act 2: The True Cost Of Fossil Fuels - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 10-28-15 Ch. 5: Song 2: The Price You Pay - Bruce Springsteen Ch. 6: Act 3: TransCanada Uses NAFTA to sue The US Over Keystone Pipeline! - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 01-08-16 Ch. 7: Song 3: Smoke And Mirrors - Giraffe Ch. 8: Act 4: Nevada guts their net metering program, killing the solar industry - @greennewsreport - Air Date 1-12-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: Sunshine to Burn (The Long Grass) - The Sand Pebbles Ch. 10: Act 5: Ronald Wright on Progress Traps - The Green Interview - Air Date: 8-1-11 Ch. 11: Song 5: Farmscrapers - Dad Rocks! Ch. 12: Act 6: Is the Military the Future of Renewable Energy? - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 12-04-15 Ch. 13: Song 6: Hands To Myself - Selena Gomez Ch. 14: Act 7: Porter Ranch Massive CA Gas Leak & What It Means - Majority Report (@majorityfm) - Air Date 01-12-16 Ch. 15: Song 7: Payne's Bay - Beirut Ch. 16: Act 8: Is Aliso Canyon California's BP Blowout? - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 01-08-16 Ch. 17: Song 8: Devil Town - Tony Lucca Ch. 18: Act 9: #LeapYear Manifesto: For New Economic & Energy Systems via @NaomiAKlein — Best of the Left Activism Ch. 19: Act 9A: The Leap Manifesto As Explained By @NaomiAKlein - Huffington Post Canada - Air Date: 9-15-15 Ch. 20: Song 9: This Fickle World - Theo Bard Ch. 21: Act 10: Surviving Progress Film (condensed version) Voicemails Ch. 22: The system isn't broken, it's fixed - V from Western New York Ch. 23: The Spirit Level by Richard G. Wilkinson and Kate Pickett - Nick from Denver, Co Ch. 24: Correcting a few economic points - Kate in Torono (T's are overrated) Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 25: Final comments Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: #LeapYear Manifesto: For New Economic & Energy Systems via @NaomiAKlein Take Action: JOIN/Host: #LeapYear Event, Feb-March 2016 via WATCH: "Leap Year 2016 - Hangout with Naomi Klein, Bill McKibben, and more” hosted by This Changes Everything Canadians can SIGN: The Leap Year Manifest Sources/further reading: "Let’s make this a real ‘leap’ year, and go fossil fuel-free” by Naomi Klein Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2016/02/02) The double helix of racial and economic inequality
Feb 03 2016 73 mins  
Edition #987 Today we look at the intersection and roots of systemic racism and institutional poverty in America and the ways in which each supports and bolsters the other Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill 00:00:45 Ch. 2: Act 1: The Great Migration - @DecodeDC - Air Date 5-14-15 Ch. 3: Song 1: End of the World - Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin 00:08:32 Ch. 4: Act 2: Back to Baltimore Witness to History - @allinwithchris Hayes - Air Date 12-11-15 Ch. 5: Song 2: Uprising - Muse 00:12:45 Ch. 6: Act 3: Richard Rothstein on the roots racial segregation in Baltimore - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 12-26-15 Ch. 7: Song 3: Segregation - Rankin Scroo 00:21:30 Ch. 8: Act 4: Phil Thompson on the Historical Fight for Civil and Economic Rights - @TheNextSystem Project - Air Date: 6-30-15 Ch. 9: Song 4: N/A 00:25:17 Ch. 10: Act 5: Black College Households Lost Half Their Wealth Despite Degrees - @blkagendareport - Air Date: 8-19-15 Ch. 11: Song 5: Lesson Learned - Smooth Jazz All Stars 00:30:42 Ch. 12: Act 6: The legacy of racial, economic inequality - Economic Update w/ @profwolff - Air Date: 12-29-14 Ch. 13: Song 6: Only a Pawn In Their Game - Bob Dylan 00:43:47 Ch. 14: Act 7: Working against the Racial Wealth Gap - The F Word with @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date: 12-8-15 Ch. 15: Song 7: Forward - Northbound 00:47:02 Ch. 16: Act 8: Narrowing the Racial Wealth Gap w/@AECFNews (Annie E. Casey Fdn) - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 17: Song 8: Activism - Shihan 00:52:14 Ch. 18: Act 9: Racism is a tool to keep poor white people blaming POC for their problems - The Benjamin Dixon Show (@TheBpDShow) - Air Date: 6-19-15 Voicemails 01:01:32 Ch. 19: We are a defacto segregated country - Erin from Philadelphia 01:03:47 Ch. 20: Pulling the Overton window back to the left - Colby from Portland, Oregon 01:07:12 Ch. 21: Thoughts on the effects of structures of business - Jordan from Salt Lake City Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics 01:10:33 Ch. 22: Final comments on the lack of diversity in the voicemails Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: Narrowing the Racial Wealth Gap w/@AECFNews (Annie E. Casey Fdn) Take Action: Get Involved with the Annie E. Casey Foundation: Who We Help: Communities Contact your legislators through OpenStates.org about: ”Investing in Tomorrow” Sources/further reading: "Could These Four Policy Changes Close the Racial Wealth Gap?” at Colorlines.org "UN Experts Catalog Seemingly Endless List of Racial Discrimination in US” at CommonDreams "The U.S. Supreme Court Barely Saves the Fair Housing Act” at The Atlantic "Ending the Cycle of Racial Isolation” at The New York Times "Obama administration to unveil major new rules targeting segregation across U.S.” via The White House "In Fair Housing Act Case, Supreme Court Backs 'Disparate Impact’ Claims” “Segregation Now: Investigating America’s Racial Divide” at ProPublica Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2016/01/29) The trouble with extreme wealth inequality (Economics)
Jan 30 2016 78 mins  
Edition #985 Today we look at the case against extreme wealth inequality and not just from an economic justice perspective. Extreme wealth inequality leads to more social ills and destabilization than you probably ever guessed Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill 00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: This Is The Income Inequality Video CEOs Don’t Want Americans To See - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 10-03-14 Ch. 3: Song 1: Let's Work Together - Canned Heat 00:17:41 Ch. 4: Act 2: Climate Change and Inequality Are Driving War and Catastrophic Conflicts from Syria to Africa - @democracynow - Air Date: 12-04-15 Ch. 5: Song 2: Climate Refugees Main Theme - Michael Mollura 00:21:56 Ch. 6: Act 3: Stoking fears to pit workers against workers, never the rich - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 12-11-15 Ch. 7: Song 3: Don't Blame Yourself - Sixpence None the Richer 00:25:42 Ch. 8: Act 4: Paul Krugmanon on Thomas Piketty's book: Capital in the Twenty-First Century - @BillMoyersHQ And Company - Air Date 4-18-14 Ch. 9: Song 4: A Change Is Gonna Come - Ben Sollee 00:43:56 Ch. 10: Act 5: Thomas Piketty's 'Capital' in 3 minutes - BBC Newsnight - Air Date: 04-30-14 Ch. 11: Song 5: Adventure, Darling - Gillicuddy 00:47:43 Ch. 12: Act 6: Make #Poverty an #Election2016 Priority w/@VoteToEndHunger - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 13: Song 6: This Fickle World - Theo Bard 00:50:41 Ch. 14: Act 7: International comparisons of child poverty show who we should look to - Economic Update w/ @profwolff - Air Date 1-24-16 Voicemails 00:58:09 Ch. 15: Capitalism with the workers in charge - Patrick from Dallas 01:00:42 h. 16: How capitalism should work - Colin from Cleveland, OH Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics 01:02:39 Ch. 17: Final Comments on the case against extreme wealth inequality and endless economic growth Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: Make #Poverty an #Election2016 Priority w/@VoteToEndHunger Take Action: SIGN & SHARE: Pledge to end hunger by 2030 GET INVOLVED with Vote to End Hunger Sources/further reading: "Pathologizing the Poor Reinforces Stigma While Deterring Advocacy and Public Policy” via Truthout ”Hunger is a Significant But Solvable Problem, Both in the United States and Internationally” via Vote to End Hunger ”Presidential Candidate Videos” via Vote to End Hunger Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2016/01/26) A conservative policy showcase (Flint’s poisoned water)
Jan 27 2016 77 mins  
Edition #985 Today we look at the series of events and conservative policies that lead, predictably, to the public health crisis currently playing out in Flint, MI due to their contaminated water supply Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill 00:00:37 Ch. 2: Act 1: Michigan locals fight for democracy - @jimhightower - Air Date: 8-29-11 Ch. 3: Song 1: Democracy - Leonard Cohen 00:03:10 Ch. 4: Act 2: Former Michigan Emergency Manager Blows Whistle on Anti-Democratic Law - Rachel @Maddow - Air Date 4-19-12 Ch. 5: Song 2: Gangnam Style (강남스타일) - PSY 00:09:50 Ch. 6: Act 3: How Flint, Michigan, Saved Money and Poisoned Its Children City Declares Water Emergency - @democracynow - Air Date 12-18-15 Ch. 7: Song 3: You're a Disaster - Dragonette 00:20:04 Ch. 8: Act 4: Poisoned Democracy How an Unelected Official Contaminated Flint's Water to Save Money - @democracynow - Air Date 01-08-16 Ch. 9: Song 4: You Don't Miss Your Water - Ben Sollee 00:31:31 Ch. 10: Act 5: "Gov. Snyder Should Be Arrested" Flint Residents Demand Justice over Water Poisoning - @democracynow - Air Date 01-08-16 Ch. 11: Song 5: Murky Water - The Autumn Isles 00:34:44 Ch. 12: Act 6: Calls grow for Michigan governor's resignation - Melissa Harris-Perry (@MHPshow) - Air Date 1-17-16 Ch. 13: Song 6: Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel 00:39:56 Ch. 14: Act 7: Remorseful Snyder apologizes to people of Flint in state address - Rachel @Maddow Show - Air Date 1-19-16 Ch. 15: Song 7: The Water - Feist 00:42:58 Ch. 16: Act 8: Snyder e-mails missing key year in Flint toxic water disaster - Rachel @Maddow Show - Air Date 1-20-16 Ch. 17: Song 8: Drink the Water - Jack Johnson 00:46:03 Ch. 18: Act 9: Fox on Flint- The Residents Sort of Did It to Themselves - Majority Report (@majorityfm) - Air Date: 1-21-16 Ch. 19: Song 9: Keys - the Villains Trust 00:55:11 Ch. 20: Act 10: Restore CDC Funding to Prevent Lead Poisoning via @ColorOfChange — Best of the Left Activism Ch. 21: Song 10: This fickle world - Theo Bard 00:58:11 Ch. 22: Act 11: Flint water tie eyed in outbreak of deadly Legionnaires' disease - Rachel @Maddow Show - Air Date 1-21-16 Voicemails 01:05:53 Ch. 23: Democratizing capitalism and keeping the market - Kate in Torono (T's are overrated) 01:08:54 Ch. 24: Understanding what's right and what wrong with capitalism - Keith from Brooklyn, NY Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics 01:12:58 Ch. 25: Final comments with some homework for you on aspects of capitalism Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: Restore CDC Funding to Prevent Lead Poisoning via @ColorOfChange Take Action: SIGN and share: "Arrest Governor Snyder" via Michael Moore SIGN and share: "Tell the US government to restore funding for the Center for Disease Control Healthy Homes and Lead Poisoning Prevention program in the Fiscal Year 2017 budget.” via ColorOfChange.org Sources/further reading: "Michigan Governor Rick Snyder To Be Called Before Congress” via The New Civil Rights Movement "Snyder hasn’t been invited to testify before Congress” via Detroit news "Gov. Rick Snyder of Michigan Apologizes in Flint Water Crisis” via The New York Times "Flint water crisis: EPA regional administrator resigns” via CNN.com "Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder Releases Emails Tied to Flint Water Crisis” via ABC News Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2015/05/15) A crisis of culture (Capitalism) (Snow-Day Repost)
Jan 23 2016 71 mins  
Edition #922 Today we take a hard look at modern-day civilization and culture and ponder what we could do to make things better Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill 00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: The Death of Culture at the Hands of the Profit Motive - @majorityfm - Air Date: 01-20-15 Ch. 3: Song 1: My Conversation - The Uniques 00:13:04 Ch. 4: Act 2: Visionary Sci Fi for an Age of Acquiescence - The F Word with @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date: 4-20-15 Ch. 5: Song 2: Design - Fiction Company 00:15:58 Ch. 6: Act 3: [email protected] - The happy secret to better work - @TEDTalks - Air Date: 2-1-12 Ch. 7: Song 3: Everybody Loves a Happy Ending (iTunes Originals Version) - Tears for Fears 00:29:08 Ch. 8: Act 4: A Brief History of Humankind - @DecodeDC - Air Date: 4-30-15 Ch. 9: Song 4: "Going Sane" - Two Cheers 00:40:39 Ch. 10: Act 5: Lacking liberty from slavery to feudalism to capitalism - Economic Update with @profwolff - Air Date: 2-1-15 Ch. 11: Song 5: Revolution - Grandaddy 00:55:40 Ch. 12: Act 6: [email protected] Project- National Launch Webinar - Best of the Left Activism Voicemails 00:58:10 Ch. 14: What I took away from the Baltimore episode - Ryan from Pheonix 01:02:54 Ch. 15: Thanks for Baltimore episode - Isaiah from New York 01:03:35 Ch. 16: Nonviolence doesn't work when society is callous to suffering - Diane from Houston Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics 01:06:01 Ch. 17: Final comments on capitalism, culture and The Next System Project Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: @TheNextSystem Project: National Launch Webinar Take Action: WATCH The Next System Project National Launch Webinar moderated by Laura Flanders of GritTV Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2016/01/19) To save or destroy capitalism (Economics)
Jan 20 2016 76 mins  
Edition #984 Today we look at some of the downfalls of our current economic system, a few thoughts on what to do about it and what Bernie Sanders is doing to push this conversation forward Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill 00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: Economist Juliet Schor on Inequality & Climate Crisis - @TheNextSystem Project - Air Date: 5-5-15 Ch. 3: Song 1: Luriana Lurilee - Ben McElroy 00:03:19 Ch. 4: Act 2: Capitalism Works Best in an Authoritarian Environment... - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 02-10-15 Ch. 5: Song 2: Gone Too Far (feat. Jack Bruce) - Robin Trower 00:07:34 Ch. 6: Act 3: Michael Lewis on how the system is rigged and fundamentally broken - Open Source - Air Date: 3-24-15 Ch. 7: Song 3: Consequences - The Robert Cray Band 00:14:13 Ch. 8: Act 4: Saving Capitalism Promo with Robert Reich (@RBReich) - Goldman School - Air Date: 9-25-15 Ch. 9: Song 4: We Are the Many - Makana 00:18:29 Ch. 10: Act 5: Robert Reich on "Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few" - @democracynow - Air Date: 09-30-15 Ch. 11: Song 5: A Few Honest Words - Ben Sollee 00:26:47 Ch. 12: Act 6: Karl Marx on Alienation - BBC Radio 4 - Air Date: 01-19-15 Ch. 13: Song 6: Workers of the World Unite! - The Last Internationale 00:29:05 Ch. 14: Act 7: Whats up with Bernie Sanders and Democratic Socialism anyway? Part 1 - Economic Update w @profwolff - Air Date 10-23-15 Ch. 15: Song 7: Going sane - Bryan Everyshed 00:39:16 Ch. 16: Act 8: Hit piece on Denmark to undercut benefits of democratic socialism - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 11-6-15 Ch. 17: Song 8: What I'm Looking For (Ad Version) - Brendan Benson 00:42:56 Ch. 18: Act 9: Whats up with Bernie Sanders and Democratic Socialism anyway? Part 2 - Economic Update w: @profwolff - Air Date 10-23-15 Voicemails 00:59:17 Ch. 19: The problems with the police - Colin from Cleveland, OH 01:04:17 Ch. 20: Domestic spying against decent - Emma from New York City Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics 01:06:27 Ch. 21: Final comments dispelling misconceptions about criticisms of capitalism Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!


(2016/01/15) The counterproductive thirst for snooping (Privacy/Spying)
Jan 16 2016 69 mins  
Edition #983 Today we look at a few of the myriad ways that the government and private companies work to destroy our right to privacy Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill 00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: Congress Sneaks CISA Into Omnibus Bill. NSA Gets Everything. - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 12-24-15 Ch. 3: Song 1: Stop Spying - The Grouch 00:08:03 Ch. 4: Act 2: Why Metadata Surveillance Failed to Stop Paris Attacks... - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 11-18-15 Ch. 5: Song 2: Port of Call - Beirut 00:17:36 Ch. 6: Act 3: Intimidating whistleblowers and journalists - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 11-13-15 Ch. 7: Song 3: Journalist (Remix) - Shakhan 00:21:39 Ch. 8: Act 4: 2000 Cases May Be Overturned Because Police Used Secret Surveillance - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 09-10-15 Ch. 9: Song 4: Eyes in the Sky - laughing sky 00:25:57 Ch. 10: Act 5: The problem with automatic license plate readers - @HumorlessQueers - Air Date: 3-15-15 Ch. 11: Song 5: Cameras - Matt and Kim 00:42:34 Ch. 12: Act 6: "Collect it all" doesn't work - @onthemedia - Air Date: 11-27-15 Ch. 13: Song 6: This is based upon a true story - Plusplus 00:49:29 Ch. 14: Act 7: End Dragnet Government Surveillance via @ACLU - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 15: Song 7: This fickle world - Theo Bard 00:51:47 Ch. 16: Act 8: NSA Wants In Your iPhone's Backdoor - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 11-19-15 Voicemails 00:55:49 Ch. 17: Thoughts on how the public can influence their built environment - Ryan from Phoenix 01:01:22 Ch. 18: The time I didn't get shot - Nick from California Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics 01:03:25 Ch. 19: Final comments on the response re: election coverage Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: End Dragnet Government Surveillance via @ACLU — Best of the Left Activism Take Action: CONTACT the White House: Reverse EO 12333 SIGN: Cosmetic Changes Aren’t Enough: We need to END Dragnet NSA Surveillance via The ACLU Sources/further reading: "What President Obama Can Do to Stop US Dragnet Surveillance Around the World” via ACLU "ACLU COMMENTS TO THE PRIVACY AND CIVIL LIBERTIES OVERSIGHT BOARD ON ITS REVIEW OF EXECUTIVE ORDER 12333” via the ACLU Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2016/01/12) Beware the creeping fascism (Donald Trump and the GOP Base)
Jan 13 2016 73 mins  
Edition #982 Today we look at the disturbing trends of racism and violence emanating from the Trump campaign, echoes of which are being felt all over the world Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill 00:00:40 Ch. 2: Act 1: Trump Mob Chants "All Lives Matter" While Beating Black Man - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 11-24-15 Ch. 3: Song 1: I Will Follow You Into the Dark - Death Cab for Cutie 00:12:27 Ch. 4: Act 2: 2/3 of Republican Voters Support Trump's Muslim Ban - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 12-10-15 Ch. 5: Song 2: Politic Amagni " La politique, c'est pas bon " - Amadou & Mariam 00:16:47 Ch. 6: Act 3: Democracy vs. Donald Trump - @jimmy_dore Show - Air Date 12-18-15 Ch. 7: Song 3: Politic Amagni " La politique, c'est pas bon " - Amadou & Mariam 00:19:38 Ch. 8: Act 4: Republicans React To Trump’s Muslim Ban Idea - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 12-09-15 Ch. 9: Song 4: The Traitor - Sea Wolf 00:25:57 Ch. 10: Act 5: Arun Kundnani on the upsurge of Islamophobia in US media and politics - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 12-18-15 Ch. 11: Song 5: Boléro, M. 81 - Boston Symphony Orchestra & Charles Münch 00:36:57 Ch. 12: Act 6: Bill O’Reilly Challenges Trump On Muslim Ban - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 12-11-15 Ch. 13: Song 6: Silver Lining - Rilo Kiley 00:41:40 Ch. 14: Act 7: Tell RNC Chair @Reince: Denounce GOP candidates’ Islamophobia - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 15: Song 7: This fickle world - Theo Bard 00:44:46 Ch. 16: Act 8: Society is a dog with fleas about to scratch ourselves to death - Common Sense (@dccommonsense) - Air Date 12-9-15 Voicemails 01:01:44 Ch. 17: The Myth Of Black On Black Crime - Elka from Fort Wayne, IN 01:04:36 Ch. 18: An explanation of therapeutic crisis intervention - Dan from Maine Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics 01:08:11 Ch. 19: Final comments asking what you want the next year of shows to sound like Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: Tell RNC Chair @Reince: Denounce GOP candidates’ Islamophobia via @lsarsour & @CAIRNational Take Action: SIGN: "The Republican Party must denounce the dangerous Islamophobia of candidates and officials” via Linda Sarsour with The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) at Change.org Additional Activism/Resources: SIGN: Tell The News Media: Stop Obsessing Over Donald Trump via Media Matters For America via MoveOn.org Sources/further reading: "It’s Not Just Trump – Islamophobia Is Widespread In the GOP Field” — round-up of articles on GOP Islamophobia in Election 2016 via HillaryClinton.com "Who Will Stop Republican Islamophobia?” via The New Republic Book: "Terrified: How Anti-Muslim Fringe Organizations Became Mainstream” Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2016/01/08) The struggle for justice continues (#BlackLivesMatter)
Jan 09 2016 73 mins  
Edition #981 Today we look at just some of the latest round of police abuses and their repercussions Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill 00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: Chicago Police Officer Charged With Murder After Video Shows Him Shooting Laquan McDonald 16 Times - @democracynow - Air Date 11-26-15 Ch. 3: Song 1: Crimson Moon - Stray Dogg 00:11:26 Ch. 4: Act 2: The importance of activists making demands of the mayors - @fakedansavage - Air Date 12-29-15 Ch. 5: Song 2: Horfid (Live @ KEXP) - Lay Low 00:22:40 Ch. 6: Act 3: Why was media largely silent on Holtzclaw case? - Melissa Harris-Perry (@MHPshow) - Air Date 12-13-15 Ch. 7: Song 3: Ennio - Silence Is Sexy 00:28:57 Ch. 8: Act 4: Responding to the black-on-black-crime talking point - About Race - Air Date 9-1-15 Ch. 9: Song 4: Yacht - deeB 00:34:53 Ch. 10: Act 5: A look back at the #BlackLivesMatter movement - @GRITlaura Flanders Show on @grittv - Air Date 12-15-15 Ch. 11: Song 5: My Favorite Mutiny - The Coup 00:41:46 Ch. 12: Act 6: Rice family attorney on non-indictment - @allinwithchris Hayes - Air Date 12-28-15 Ch. 13: Song 6: Heirloom - The Black Atlantic 00:44:41 Ch. 14: Act 7: AG @LorettaLynch: Get Justice for #TamirRice — Best of the Left Activism Ch. 15: Song 7: This Fickle World - Theo Bard 00:47:18 Ch. 16: Act 8: US Police Vs. Good Police: A Comparison - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 12-08-15 Voicemails 00:58:16 Ch. 17: Human nature and culture - Ryan from Phoenix 01:01:16 Ch. 18: Philosophy of the system vs the individual - Quai from North Carolina 01:07:06 Ch. 19: Only people and institutions determine what is built - Rick from Scranton, PA Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics 01:09:02 Ch. 20: Final comments on how to make a public comment against the TPP Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: AG @LorettaLynch: Get Justice for #TamirRice Take Action: SIGN: "Justice For Tamir Rice” via Change.org Sources/further reading: ”For Immediate Release: Tamir Rice’s Family Mourns For Tamir After Non-Indictment of Officers” via the JusticeForJamil Tumblr "The Paranoid Style of American Policing: When officers take the lives of those they are sworn to protect and serve, they undermine their own legitimacy.” via Ta-Nehisi Coates at The Atlantic "Failed justice in Tamir Rice death galvanizes faith community to action: Joshua L. Caruso, Tracey Lind and Richard Gibson (Opinion)” via Cleveland.com "Tamir Rice protesters picket house of Cleveland prosecutor Timothy McGinty” at The Guardian Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2016/01/05) An agreement made in Paris (Climate)
Jan 06 2016 76 mins  
Edition #980 Today we examine the agreement that came out of the recent COP21 (Conference of Parties) negotiating international action on climate change Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill 00:00:50 Ch. 2: Act 1: UN Paris Agreement Special Coverage - @greennewsreport - Air Date 12-15-15 Ch. 3: Song 1: Broken Doors - Plusplus 00:05:40 Ch. 4: Act 2: Climate Scientist James Hansen Warns World is on Wrong Track to Prevent Runaway Global Warming - @democracynow - Air Date: 12-04-15 Ch. 5: Song 2: Malignant Flip - Tab and Anitek 00:20:05 Ch. 6: Act 3: Deal Reached In Paris Climate Talks - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 12-15-15 Ch. 7: Song 3: A Farewell To Trends - dustmotes 00:29:22 Ch. 8: Act 4: Landmark or Fraud? - @onthemedia - Air Date: 12-18-15 Ch. 9: Song 4: Dsei Sei - F.S. Blumm 00:44:58 Ch. 10: Act 5: As NY State Probes Exxon, Oil Giant Targets the Journalists Who Exposed Climate Change Cover-Up - @democracynow - Air Date: 12-02-15 Ch. 11: Song 5: Portland [Demo] - RENMINBI 00:51:47 Ch. 12: Act 6: Break Free From #FossilFuels via 350.org - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 13: Song 6: This Fickle World - Theo Bard 00:54:47 Ch. 14: Act 7: Turning Point for the Climate or Disaster? Michael Brune vs. George Monbiot on Paris Accord (Pt. 1) - @democracynow - Air Date: 12-15-15 Voicemails 01:03:43 Ch. 15: Curious about other's experience with religion's role in helping people - Charlie From Cincinnati 01:05:39 Ch. 16: Facts & Truth Don't Matter - Elka from Fort Wayne, IN 01:07:39 Ch. 17: Thoughts on a life of work - Peter in Seattle Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics 01:11:41 Ch. 18: Final comments on the excellent voicemail conversation and the successful fundraiser Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: Break Free From #FossilFuels via 350.org Take Action: Sign up to help organize and/or get updates: Break Free From #FossilFuels via 350.org Sources/further reading: "10 awesome things we did together in 2015” via 350.org "Leaders Move to Convert Paris Climate Pledges Into Action” via The New York Time "Historic Paris Climate Agreement Should Spook Fossil Fuel Markets and Escalate Clean Tech Investment” via DeSmog Blog 'Green News Report' Special Coverage 2015 Year In Review via Green News Report Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2015/09/04) Progressivism: A guide (Repost)
Jan 02 2016 71 mins  
Edition #950 Today we take a look at progressivism, define some terms, clarify some stumbling blocks and give some guidance on how to be a better progressive Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill 00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: What is 'intersectionality'? - @IntersectionTNR - Air Date: 7-28-15 Ch. 3: Song 1: Counting Colors - Anitek 00:07:23 Ch. 4: Act 2: A quick breakdown of identity politics - @CriticizeAfter Dinner - Air Date: 6-1-15 Ch. 5: Song 2: Cetology - Ben McElroy 00:12:39 Ch. 6: Act 3: Political correctness isn't just about being polite - Popaganda (@BitchMedia) - Air Date: 3-26-15 Ch. 7: Song 3: N/A 00:19:56 Ch. 8: Act 4: Sarah Jaffe: Are We Mistaking Feelings for Politics? - Radio Dispatch - Air Date: 3-30-15 Ch. 9: Song 4: Oak - Ben McElroy 00:34:28 Ch. 10: Act 5: Why I'm a complete and total hypocrite - and actually really proud of it - @RedactedTonight w/ @LeeCamp - Air Date: 02-14-15 Ch. 11: Song 5: Drifts - The OO-Ray 00:40:05 Ch. 12: Act 6: Breaking down modern day acts of rebellion - On Being (@Beingtweets) - Air Date: 1-8-15 Ch. 13: Song 6: N/A 00:46:44 Ch. 14: Act 7: 6 rules of being a good ally - Benjamin Dixon Show (@TheBpDShow) - Air Date: 8-14-15 Voicemails 00:57:36 Ch. 15: How to be a good ally to BlackLivesMatter - Dan from Albany, NY 01:01:36 Ch. 16: Don't let logistics stand in the way of feeding people - Wade from Ft. Worth, TX Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics 01:04:33 Ch. 17: Final comments on the article: “I find this offensive" How offense discourse traps us into inaction Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2015/05/29) Boys will be boys but we can change what that means (Patriarchy) (Repost)
Dec 30 2015 73 mins  
Edition #926 Today, instead of trying to convince you of the benefits of feminism, I’m just going to show you the horrors (for everyone) of patriarchy Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Colin Stokes: How movies teach manhood - @TEDTalks - Air Date: 01-18-13 Ch. 3: Song 1: We're Off to See the Wizard - Judy Garland & Ray Bolger Ch. 4: Act 2: Boys will be boys in a patriarchal society - @citizenradio - Air Date: 5-22-15 Ch. 5: Song 2: Boys Will Be Boys - Alisha Ch. 6: Act 3: Do Videogame Stereotypes Hurt Men? - PBS Game/Show - Air Date: 08-2-13 Ch. 7: Song 3: Main Theme - String Player Gamer Ch. 8: Act 4: White men never get to tell their stories - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - AIr Date: 1-9-15 Ch. 9: Song 4: Express Yourself - Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band Ch. 10: Act 5: The Sad Puppy Takeover - @onthemedia - Air Date: 4-17-15 Ch. 11: Song 5: Patriarchy (Over & Out) - EP - Planningtorock & rRoxymore Ch. 12: Act 6: What Fuels Sexism on the Internet? - @majorityfm - Air Date: 11-24-14 Ch. 13: Song 6: Empathy - Chasing Kings Ch. 14: Act 7: What Is the Patriarchy? | Feminist Fridays - @marinashutup - Air Date: 11-02-14 Voicemails Ch. 16: Thoughts on human nature - Ruben from San Jose Ch. 17: What's the alternative to high stakes testing? - Chris from Colorado Springs Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 18: Final comments on education reforms and it's panic time for the Climate Hike fundraiser Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2015/12/25) The War on Christmas™ 2015 (and other stories)
Dec 25 2015 67 mins  
Edition #979 Today we check in with the front-line forces in the annual holiday tradition of the War on Christmas™ and take a peek at a few other holiday traditions to boot Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill 00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: Christians Very Offended By Starbucks Holiday Cups - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 11-10-15 Ch. 3: Song 1: War on Christmas (Band Practice edition) - Jamie Kilstein and the Agenda 00:05:30 Ch. 4: Act 2: Donald Trump Will Win Non-Existent War on Christmas - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 09-29-15 Ch. 5: Song 2: Get Down for the Holidays - Jenny O 00:09:12 Ch. 6: Act 3: Green Christmas (1958) - Stan Freberg Ch. 7: Song 3: White Wine in the Sun - Tim Minchin 00:16:59 Ch. 8: Act 4: The Absurd "War On Christmas" Arrived Early This Year; Big Thanks To Fox News - @ringoffireradio - Air Date 11-13-15 Ch. 9: Song 4: War On Christmas - The Enablers & Friends 00:26:52 Ch. 10: Act 5: It's Merry Christmas, So F&_% Off - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 12-18-15 Ch. 11: Song 5: (It's Good to Be) A Jew At Christmas - What I Like About Jew 00:29:09 Ch. 12: Act 6: 3 Christmas traditions explained - Life Noggin - Air Date: 12-22-14 Ch. 13: Song 6: Tiny Tree Christmas - Guster 00:33:14 Ch. 14: Act 7: Anti-Christmas Atheist War Gangs Psychoanalyzed On Bill O’Reilly - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 12-06-14 Ch. 15: Song 7: The War On the War On Christmas - Macarone 00:38:55 Ch. 16: Act 8: The panopticon on the shelf - Radio Dispatch - Air Date 12-22-14 Ch. 17: Song 8: "Baby It's Cold Outside" Gets a Feminist Remix - caseymh2010 00:50:36 Ch. 18: Act 9: War on Christmas Update: Congressional Resolution Phase - Majority Report (@majorityfm) - Air Date: 12-16-15 00:55:49 Ch. 19: Final comments on the stress and suffering inflicted on those who have to be with their liberal family during the holidays Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2015/12/22) The future of work (Culture)
Dec 23 2015 70 mins  
Edition #978 Today we look at the shifting trends of how and why people work and what may happen when the robots take everyone’s jobs Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill 00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: Tipping Point: Technology Now Destroying More Jobs Than It Creates - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 06-13-15 Ch. 3: Song 1: Work to live - Serious Suicide 00:04:15 Ch. 4: Act 2: Nigel Cameron: A world without work - @TEDTalks - Air Date: 4-23-14 Ch. 5: Song 2: What Would You Do? - The Living End 00:22:40 Ch. 6: Act 3: Robots Will Take Your Job SOON! (seriously) - @RedactedTonight w/ @LeeCamp - Air Date: 05-09-15 Ch. 7: Song 3: Robot friend - Pretty Little Demons 00:28:48 Ch. 8: Act 4: Practical Theology (Because who wants impractical theology?) Part 1 - Progressive Faith Sermons - Dr. Roger Ray - Air Date 12-13-15 Ch. 9: Song 4: Courage - Authority Zero 00:37:31 Ch. 10: Act 5: Barry Schwartz: The way we think about work is broken - @TEDTalks - Air Date: 9-8-15 Ch. 11: Song 5: Human Nature - Michael Jackson 00:45:50 Ch. 12: Act 6: Practical Theology (Because who wants impractical theology?) Part 2 - Progressive Faith Sermons - Dr. Roger Ray - Air Date 12-13-15 Voicemails 00:56:59 Ch. 13: 7 Violence against women re: abortion? - Robert from New Hampshire 00:59:05 Ch. 14: 8 Response to thoughts on "unskilled labor" - Colin from Cleveland, OH Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics 01:01:34 Ch. 15: Final comments on After Tiller, the Progressive Faith Sermon and how human nature is moulded by our circumstances Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!


(2015/12/18) Legal corruption and how to fix it (Money in Politics)
Dec 19 2015 71 mins  
Edition #977 Today we look at the fundamental barrier to democracy in the US and the veritable swarm of movements springing up to tear it down Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill 00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: Brazil Bans Corporate Money In Politics. - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 09-19-15 Ch. 3: Song 1: Power to the People - John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band 00:08:16 Ch. 4: Act 2: How to Keep Campaign Donations Secret - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 06-06-15 Ch. 5: Song 2: Things a Get from Bad to Worse - The Ethiopians 00:17:03 Ch. 6: Act 3: Corruption is Legal in America - Represent.Us (@RepresentDotUs) - Air Date: 4-30-15 Ch. 7: Song 3: N/A 00:22:47 Ch. 8: Act 4: Represent.Us 2015 Strategy - Represent.Us (@RepresentDotUs) - Air Date: 1-15-15 Ch. 9: Song 4: N/A 00:27:09 Ch. 10: Act 5: CBS Chief Loves Trump, Super-PACs, And Corruption - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 12-13-15 Ch. 11: Song 5: Laughing At You - Head Automatica 00:32:48 Ch. 12: Act 6: Yahoo misses the point about the problems of money in politics - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date: 9-25-15 Ch. 13: Song 6: Moneytalks - Vitamin String Quartet 00:36:27 Ch. 14: Act 7: Media Ignores...Americans Want Citizens United Overturned! - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 10-08-15 Ch. 15: Song 7: Moneytalks - Vitamin String Quartet 00:41:45 Ch. 16: Act 8: Stamp Money Out Of Politics w/ @BenAndJerrys @StampStampede - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 17: Song 8: Time for Action - Secret Affair 00:48:15 Ch. 18: Act 9: Help California FREE Act Fight Money In Politics Now! Sign The Petition - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 12-04-15 Voicemails 00:54:45 Ch. 19: Framing the abortion debate in terms of bodily integrity - Rachel from Mississippi 00:56:51 Ch. 20: Thoughts on "unskilled" workers - Chris from Fairfax 00:59:34 Ch. 21: Agreeing with the Fight for $15 messaging - Wade from Ft. Worth, TX 01:01:01 Ch. 22: Minimum wages across borders doesn't matter much - David in Cincinnati Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics 01:01:54 Ch. 23: Final comments on the cost of books in Canada and a detailed explainer for election reform groups Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: Stamp Money Out Of Politics w/@BenAndJerrys @StampStampede Take Action: Get your stamps/get involved with: Stamp Stampede Share your marked money with: StampStampede’s social media feeds Follow the #GetMoneyOutthread Sources/further reading: "Here's How Ben & Jerry's Co-Founder Wants To Stamp Money Out Of Politics” via Huffington Post "Stamp stampede on your dollar -- for democracy” by Ben & Jerry "Stamp Money Out of Politics – STAMP STAMPEDE” via Democracy Matters Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2015/12/15) Another day in America (Mass Shootings)
Dec 16 2015 72 mins  
Edition #976 Today we look at a few facts regarding guns and gun control in the US including what’s keeping our politicians from enacting widely supported gun regulations Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill 00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: Obama Reacts to Mass Shootings | ReFramed - Refinery29 - Air Date: 12-04-15 Ch. 3: Song 1: Clodomir - Imagho 00:02:21 Ch. 4: Act 2: See you at the next mass shooting - @jimmy_dore Show - Air Date 12-4-15 Ch. 5: Song 2: Going sane - Bryan Everyshed 00:05:13 Ch. 6: Act 3: Study: NO ADVANTAGE to Using Firearms in Self-Defense Situations - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 07-31-15 Ch. 7: Song 3: The Magnificent Seven - The City of Prague Philharmonic 00:10:38 Ch. 8: Act 4: The media forgets to follow the money on gun violence - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 12-11-15 Ch. 9: Song 4: Tape - dustmotes 00:15:08 Ch. 10: Act 5: America Is Dying For Gun Control - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 12-04-15 Ch. 11: Song 5: Wake me up - Avicii 00:22:41 Ch. 12: Act 6: Gun control - Jim Jefferies Ch. 13: Song 6: The Flowers Are Still Standing - Jahzzar 00:37:50 Ch. 14: Act 7: On San Bernardino and the Dickey Amendment - @OntheMedia - Air Date 12-3-15 Ch. 15: Song 7: Agnes - Rod Hamilton 00:47:30 Ch. 16: Act 8: #EndTheBan on @CDCgov Research via @Drsforamerica & @Everytown — Best of the Left Activism Ch. 17: Song 8: This Fickle World - Theo Bard 00:50:11 Ch. 18: Act 9: Science: Fewer Guns = Fewer Gun Deaths - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 08-29-15 Voicemails 00:59:55 Ch. 19: It's not just about gun sales, it's about rights - Nathan from Vancouver, WA 01:02:29 Ch. 20: No such thing as "unskilled labor" - Will in Mississippi 01:03:20 Ch. 21: Why don't we prosecute anti-abortion groups? - Emma from New York City 01:05:08 Ch. 22: Women aren't seen as full humans - Erin from Philadelphia Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics 01:07:55 Ch. 23: Final comments on the latest updates from the year-end fundraiser Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: #EndTheBan on @CDCgov Research via @Drsforamerica & @Everytown Take Action: SHARE: "Doctors and Public Health Professionals: End the CDC Gun Violence Research Ban” from Doctors For America SIGN, Tweet, & Call your senators: #EndGunViolence, #EndTheBan via Everytown for Gun Safety Sources/further reading: "Gun violence research: History of the federal funding freeze” "Congressman Whose Amendment Ended Federal Gun Research: 'I Have Regrets’” via Talking Points Memo National Rifle Assoc Funding Stats via OpenSecrets.org "Over 2,000 Physicians Urge Congress to End the Ban on CDC and NIH Gun Violence Research” from Doctors For America Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2015/12/11) Terrorism and the war on reproductive rights (Planned Parenthood shooting)
Dec 12 2015 77 mins  
Edition #975 Today we look at the history of reproductive rights and the history of the war against them and then examine the recent Planned Parenthood shooting in Colorado in this context Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill 00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: They want to ban abortion - @allinwithchris Hayes - Air Date 12-1-15 Ch. 3: Song 1: Bury the Past - Professional Victims 00:07:41 Ch. 4: Act 2: Cruz in questionable company, offers bizarre response to shooting - Rachel @Maddow - Air Date 11-30-15 Ch. 5: Song 2: Cospiratore - Old Splendifolia 00:19:33 Ch. 6: Act 3: Jodi Jacobson on the broader context for the Colorado Springs killings - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 12-4-15 Ch. 7: Song 3: The Cloud - Jim Guthrie 00:31:45 Ch. 8: Act 4: Fox News On Damage Control After “Baby Parts” Propaganda Campaign - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 12-02-15 Ch. 9: Song 4: Untitled - Zoe Keating 00:42:53 Ch. 10: Act 5: Tell the DOJ: #InvestigateClinicViolence as Terrorism via @NARAL — Best of the Left Activism Ch. 11: Song 5: This Fickle World - Theo Bard 00:46:07 Ch. 12: Act 6: Abortion provider 'not deterred' by Colorado attack - Melissa Harris-Perry (@MHPshow) - Air Date 11-28-15 Ch. 13: Song 6: Window - The Album Leaf 00:52:27 Ch. 14: Act 7: Journal of abortion provider Dr. Susan Wicklund - @Making_Contact - Air Date 12-9-15 Voicemails 00:58:56 Ch. 15: Thoughts on those who refuse to pay women the same as men - Spencer from Utah 01:01:35 Ch. 16: Muslims are already in danger - Ezra from Washington, DC 01:03:09 Ch. 17: Commenting on Shooting of Laquan McDonald - Wade from Ft. Worth, TX Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics 01:05:55 Ch. 18: Final comments and bonus voicemails from Jack in Chicago, Paul in Winnipeg and Zach in Atlanta Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: Tell the DOJ: #InvestigateClinicViolence as Terrorism via @NARAL Take Action: SIGN: Tell the Department of Justice to #InvestigateClinicViolence as terrorism via NARAL SIGN: "Tell the Department of Justice: Investigate attacks on Planned Parenthood clinics for what they are — domestic terrorism.” via @CredoAction Additional Activism/Resources: Donate/volunteer with clinic defense: contact The Clinic Vest Project Follow: #InvestigateClinicViolence Sources/further reading: WATCH: ReproAction’s webinar: "Stop Anti-Abortion Terrorism and Harassment” "Targeted Attacks On Abortion Providers Is Domestic Terrorism” by Katie Klabusich at The Establishment "‘Living in the Crosshairs’ Puts Human Face on Grim Clinic Violence Statistics” by Katie Klabusich at RH Reality Check "Activists renew calls for abortion clinic attacks to be labeled domestic terrorism” by Molly Redden at The Guardian "I Used to Confront Abortion Doctors—Until One Got Murdered” at Time Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2015/12/08) The Trans Pacific Partnership revealed (Corporate Takeover)
Dec 09 2015 77 mins  
Edition #974 Today we look at a variety of ways corporations are working hard to screw over people and the planet in search of profits with a particular focus on the recently-released full text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Joanne Doroshow: Forced arbitration and what it means - CounterSpin @FAIRmediawatch - Air Date 11-6-15 Ch. 3: Song 1: Mess Is Mine - Vance Joy Ch. 4: Act 2: Full Text of TPP Trade Deal Revealed -- and Critics Say It's Even Worse Than They Thought - @democracynow - Air Date: 11-06-15 Ch. 5: Song 2: One Million Miles Away - J. Ralph Ch. 6: Act 3: TPP: Designed to Protect Investors! - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 11-05-15 Ch. 7: Song 3: World Spins Madly On - The Weepies Ch. 8: Act 4: The corporations bend governments to their will with the TPP - Economic Update w/ @profwolff - Air Date 11-13-15 Ch. 9: Song 4: Oligarchy - The Haymarket Squares Ch. 10: Act 5: "A Very Big Mistake": Joseph Stiglitz Slams Obama for Pushing the TPP - @democracynow - Air Date: 11-12-15 Ch. 11: Song 5: Smoke and Mirrors - Imagine Dragons Ch. 12: Act 6: Opposing the TPP On #Climate Grounds via @IATP, @Public_Citizen & @ExposeTheTPP - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 13: Song 6: This Fickle World - Theo Bard Ch. 14: Act 7: American Corporations: Workers Pay Taxes, Not US!!! - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 08-22-15 Voicemails Ch. 15: White people always think they're being called a racist - Elka from Fort Wayne, IN Ch. 16: World Star Hip Hop is a racist dog whistle - Ruben from San Jose Ch. 17: Questions about the US and Canadian minimum wages - Paul from Winnepeg Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 18: Final comments on the messaging of the Fight for $15 campaign, membership drive and Theo Bard's "This Fickle World" is now on sale Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism Update! The TPP is bad for the climate! via "3 Ways the TPP Will Hurt the Climate—If We Let It Pass” at The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy Follow-up/new Action! CONTACT: your legislators about TPP with climate-specific concerns. via Public Citizen SHOW why you oppose the TPP on social media via Expose The TPP Sources/further reading: FOLLOW: #COP21 for updates on the Paris Climate Negotiations "It’s Never Been about Trade” via The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy Revisit the original action/segment: "Stop Fast Track of TransPacific Partnership via @MoveOn” — 02/06/2015 Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2015/12/04) Killing the middle class (Labor Rights)
Dec 05 2015 76 mins  
Edition #973 Today we look at the troubling trends facing today’s low wage workers and those in the middle class who may eventually find themselves to be low wage workers Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill 00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: How America Is Killing the Middle Class - AJ+ (@ajplus) - Air Date 10-22-15 Ch. 3: Song 1: Working Poor - Horse Feathers 00:04:51 Ch. 4: Act 2: Why Conservatives Hate Unions... - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date 02-10-15 Ch. 5: Song 2: Let's Eat the Poor - alan ross haynes 00:14:01 Ch. 6: Act 3: Paul Ryan REALLY Believes in Family Time, Just Not for Your Family - Majority Report (@majorityfm) - Air Date: 11-02-15 Ch. 7: Song 3: Let's Go Down - Family of the year 00:21:01 Ch. 8: Act 4: KMart withholds holiday schedules and screws with employees lives - @TalkPoverty Radio - Air Date 11-19-15 Ch. 9: Song 4: Oak - Ben McElroy 00:24:52 Ch. 10: Act 5: Retail companies who were open on Thanksgiving don't have much to show for it - @TalkPoverty Radio - Air Date 12-3-15 Ch. 11: Song 5: Working Class Hero - Exit Clov 00:27:40 Ch. 12: Act 6: Fair Wages: A history of getting paid - BackStory - Air Date 3-28-14 Ch. 13: Song 6: Family Farm - Chris Dorman 00:36:08 Ch. 14: Act 7: McDonald's Installs Automated Order Kiosks in NYC - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 08-06-15 Ch. 15: Song 7: Automation (Live Version) - Allan Sherman 00:40:47 Ch. 16: Act 8: Stiglitz: Sanders is Right - Everybody Has the Right to Healthcare, Sick Days and Family Leave - @democracynow - Air Date: 11-12-15 Ch. 17: Song 8: The Bare Necessities - Bruce Reitherman & Phil Harris 00:48:11 Ch. 18: Act 9: Fight. Strike. Vote. via @FightFor15 - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 19: Song 9: This Fickle World - Theo Bard 00:50:59 Ch. 20: Act 10: Your Job May Be Killing You - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 11-02-15 Voicemails 00:58:49 Ch. 21: The culture of white supremacy in police work - Geoff from Florida 01:00:11 Ch. 22: Wade didn't say anything racist about cops in schools - Matt in Eastern PA Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics 01:03:24 Ch. 23: Final comments on Amazon, labor, coops and an update on the member drive Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: Fight. Strike. Vote. via @FightFor15 — Best of the Left Activism Take Action: SIGN: the Fight for $15 Vote Pledge POST: when you buy holiday gifts in your community, tag stores and purchases with #ShopLocal to encourage others to do the same. Additional Activism/Resources: SUPPORT good business by using the Think Progress "Holiday Shopping Guide" to see which companies force employees to work holidays. Sources/further reading: ”Almost Half of All American Workers Make Less Than $15 an Hour” by Michelle Chen at The Nation "Republicans divided by income over government’s role in ‘safety net’ issues” via Pew Research Center "Stronger Unions Are the Way to Rebalance Our Economy” by Dorian Warren via Newsweek "Walmart Threatens City Council For Considering Minimum Wage Increase” at ThinkProgress "How One City Is Making Sure Bosses Comply With Wage Theft and Paid Sick Leave Laws” at In These Times "Truth Needle: Is $15 wage dooming Seattle restaurants? Owners say no” at The Seattle Times "'Do unions still matter?' 5 answers I've offered to my father-in-law when he asks that question.” Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2015/12/01) Classic American Xenophobia (Refugee Crisis)
Dec 02 2015 75 mins  
Edition #972 Today we look at the racist and xenophobic response to muslims trying to escape their war-torn countries in the wake of the recent Paris attacks Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill 00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: PT 2 Glenn Greenwald on "Submissive" Media's Drumbeat for War and Anti-Muslim Scapegoating - @democracynow - Air Date 11-19-15 Ch. 3: Song 1: Tusk - Errors 00:05:53 Ch. 4: Act 2: How The US Screens Refugees - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 11-18-15 Ch. 5: Song 2: Clodomir - Imagho 00:10:25 Ch. 6: Act 3: In Spite of Attacks, France Will Welcome Even More Refugees - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 11-19-15 Ch. 7: Song 3: Slipping Away - Michael Andrews 00:14:17 Ch. 8: Act 4: First Muslim Member of U.S. Congress: Restrictions on Syrian Refugees Driven by Fear, Xenophobia - @democracynow - Air Date: 11-26-15 Ch. 9: Song 4: Democracy - Leonard Cohen 00:18:42 Ch. 10: Act 5: Spiritual reflections in an age of terrorism: Refugees - Progressive Faith Sermon w Dr. Rodger Ray - Air Date 11-15-15 Ch. 11: Song 5: Not in our name - DJ Spooky & Saul Williams 00:23:26 Ch. 12: Act 6: Fear-mongering: "CNN Has Led the Way in This" Claims Glenn Greenwald, on CNN - Majority Report (@majorityfm) - Air Date: 11-24-15 Ch. 13: Song 6: Good people - Jack Johnson 00:29:28 Ch. 14: Act 7: "Nativist Hysteria" Against Syrian Refugees Echoes U.S. Rejection of Jewish Refugees in 1930s - @democracynow - Air Date 11-24-15 Ch. 15: Song 7: Hipozebra - Selva de Mar 00:37:05 Ch. 16: Act 8: Over Twenty Governors Reject Syrian Refugees Fleeing ISIS - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 11-17-15 Ch. 17: Song 8: American Land - Bruce Springsteen 00:44:13 Ch. 18: Act 9: Is it actually un-American to fear immigrants and refugees? - About Race - Air Date 11-25-15 Ch. 19: Song 9: Hide Your Tears - Daniel Licht 00:47:55 Ch. 20: Act 10: Tell your Senators to Make #RefugeesWelcome via @theIRC - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 21: Song 10: This fickle world - Theo Bard 00:50:31 Ch. 22: Act 11: Trump Wants Mandatory Badges On Muslim Americans - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 11-20-15 Voicemails 01:05:02 Ch. 23: White men with guns are not the answer - William J. Jackson Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics 01:06:56 Ch. 24: Final comments on what white supremacy is all about Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: Tell your Senator to Make #RefugeesWelcome via @theIRC — Best of the Left Activism Take Action: SIGN: "Tell your Senator to Make #RefugeesWelcome: Ask Congress to Support Syrian and Iraqi Refugee Resettlement & Stand for Welcome” DONATE: Make a lifesaving gift that supports refugee families caught in the world’s most urgent humanitarian crisis. GIVE A GIFT: RESCUE GIFTS: Symbolic Gifts. Real Rescue. Additional Activism/Resources: LIKE & FOLLOW: the International Rescue Committee (IRC) on Facebook and on Twitter RETWEET: "FACT. Entering the US as a refugee is by far the most difficult and complex of all routes in. #RefugeesWelcome” from IRC: International Rescue Committee Related Best of the Left Action (11-23-2015): "Oppose the American SAFE Act of 2015 via @TheNation” Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2014/11/25) Capitalism will not set you free (Economics) (Repost)
Nov 27 2015 72 mins  
Edition #879 Today we take a look at some of the underlying problems with capitalism and their repercussions Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Can Money Buy Happiness? - AsapSCIENCE - Air Date: 12-20-12 Ch. 3: Song 1: Spend - Try to Be Here Ch. 4: Act 2: Unregulated Capitalism and the Persuit of Happiness... - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 11-12-14 Ch. 5: Song 2: Mo Money Mo Problems (feat. Mase & Puff Daddy) - Life After Death (Deluxe Version) Ch. 6: Act 3: Capitalism is fundamentally undemocratic - Economic Update with @profwolff - Air Date: 11-10-14 Ch. 7: Song 3: Capitalism - Capitalism (feat. Bajka) - EP Ch. 8: Act 4: Thoughts on a basic guaranteed income - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date: 10-20-14 Ch. 9: Song 4: American Way - Essential Masters Ch. 10: Act 5: Triangle Returns - Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights - Air Date: 03-22-11 Ch. 11: Song 5: Going Home - The Talks Ch. 12: Act 6: Dr. King's "Bill of Economic and Social Rights" - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 01-21-14 Ch. 13: Song 6: America First - Chicago Wind Ch. 14: Act 7: Protest Black Friday - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 15: Song 7: Right to Complain - Backatown (Bonus Track Version) Ch. 16: Act 8: When Your Workers Want Rights Just Pay Off A Politician - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 09-18-14 Voicemails Ch. 18: Asking for thoughts on medical personnel strikes - Peter from Little Rock, AK Ch. 19: The importance of turnout - Ben from New Jersey Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 20: Final comments on the evolution of political and economic systems Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: Protest Black Friday, #BND/#WalmartStrikers Take Action: Participate by not participating: Buy Nothing Day #BND via Adbusters Follow and support Walmart Strikers via #WalmartStrikers on Twitter and Black Friday Protests Sources/further reading: "Sit-Down Strike at Walmart and Win? It's Been Done” via Huffington Post "Letter: Working and middle class should support fast food workers” via Fight For $15 "Poll: Should retailers remain open on Thanksgiving?” with Steven Greenhouse on PBS Newshour Watch: "This Black Friday, Workers to Challenge the Waltons” via OUR Walmart Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2015/11/24) The fear response (#ParisAttacks)
Nov 25 2015 74 mins  
Edition #971 Today we look at the causes of, reactions to and reporting on the recent terrorist attacks in Paris and Beirut Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill 00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: Terrorism is an emotional weapon - Common Sense with Dan Carlin (@dccommonsense) - Air Date 11-14-15 Ch. 3: Song 1: Self Inflicted - Katy Perry 00:14:03 Ch. 4: Act 2: Spiritual reflections in an age of terrorism: Fear and Response Part 1 - Progressive Faith Sermon w: Dr. Rodger Ray - Air Date 11-15-15 Ch. 5: Song 2: Fear, Terror, and the Fear of Terror - Infinite Third 00:19:01 Ch. 6: Act 3: Why Paris, And Not Beirut? - @onthemedia - Air Date: 11-20-15 Ch. 7: Song 3: Scenic World - Beirut 00:26:06 Ch. 8: Act 4: Report from Paris With Manhunt on for Eighth Attacker, France Remains in State of Emergency - @democracynow - Air Date 11-16-15 Ch. 9: Song 4: The Wrong Way - Jahzzar 00:28:46 Ch. 10: Act 5: Jim Naureckas on the differing ways corporate media report terrorist violence - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 11-20-15 Ch. 11: Song 5: Tow the Line - Nick Drake 00:39:34 Ch. 12: Act 6: ISIS Threatens To Strike Washington DC - @theyoungturks - Air Date 11-17-15 Ch. 13: Song 6: Fearless - For Today 00:43:06 Ch. 14: Act 7: Oppose the American SAFE Act of 2015 via @TheNation — Best of the Left Activism Ch. 15: Song 7: This fickle world - Theo Bard 00:45:53 Ch. 16: Act 8: Spiritual reflections in an age of terrorism: Fear and Response Part 2 - Progressive Faith Sermon w/ Dr. Rodger Ray - Air Date 11-15-15 Voicemails 00:58:38 Ch. 17: Thoughts on Israel/Palestine and international terrorism - Erin from Philadelphia 01:03:06 Ch. 18: Reaction to attacks in Paris - Ryan from Phoenix Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics 01:06:10 Ch. 19: Final comments on what to do during the holiday 01:08:34 Ch. 20: The wall of shame featuring Kyle, Michelle and Dan Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: Oppose the American SAFE Act of 2015 via @TheNation — Best of the Left Activism Take Action: SIGN & SHARE: "An Open Letter to Congress: Do Not Cede to Fear” via The Nation Find out how your reps voted: "Here's A List Of The Democrats Who Voted To Shut The Door On Syrian Refugees” via HuffingtonPost & use ContactingTheCongress.org to admonish them for their support & encourage your senators to vote no. Sources/further reading: H.R. 4038: American SAFE Act of 2015 via GovTrack.us "After Attacks, France Increases Its Commitment To Refugees” at ThinkProgress #AmericaWelcomes #SyrianRefugees via @MoveOn & @thenation — Best of the Left Activism via episode #959 "The angels of our better nature are being tested (Syrian Refugee Crisis)” "Paul Ryan’s Alarmist Syrian-Refugee Move Is Playing With Fire” via The Nation "An update on our refugee work this week” via MoveOn.org "Could the government shut down over refugees?” via CNN.com "8 famous Americans with Syrian roots” — including Jerry Seinfeld, Steve Jobs, & Paula Abdul via NY Daily News "These Famous People Were Refugees” — including Sigmund Freud, Gloria Estefan, Albert Einstein, Henry Kissenger, & Karl Marx via HuffPost "Senate Dems vow to block refugee bill” Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!


(2015/11/20) The power of solidarity (Racial Justice)
Nov 21 2015 77 mins  
Edition #970 Today we look at the University of Missouri protests that ousted the university president and look back at the anniversary of the Tamir Rice police killing Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill 00:00:45 Ch. 2: Act 1: The blueprint of how to exercise power on a college campus - @EdgeofSports with Dave Zirin - Air Date 11-11-15 Ch. 3: Song 1: "Common Enemies" - American Soft - Chris Staples 00:06:19 Ch. 4: Act 2: Fox News Outraged At Missouri College President Resignation - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 11-11-15 Ch. 5: Song 2: Old Days - Chicago 00:14:25 Ch. 6: Act 3: The importance of the solidarity in the Mizzou protests - Economic Update w/ @profwolff - Air Date 11-13-15 Ch. 7: Song 3: The Shine - Jahzzar 00:23:39 Ch. 8: Act 4: The media skirmish in Missouri isn’t about the media. It’s about race. - @onthemedia - Air Date: 11-13-15 Ch. 9: Song 4: Perspective - Blueprint 00:31:33 Ch. 10: Act 5: A Conversation About Growing Up Black - Op-Docs - Air Date: 05-8-15 Ch. 11: Song 5: N/A 00:36:20 Ch. 12: Act 6: Michele Jawando on some potential elements of an actual criminal justice reform agenda - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 10-16-15 Ch. 13: Song 6: Changes - 2Pac 00:45:14 Ch. 14: Act 7: #YearWithoutTamir - Nov 20-23 via @FergusonAction - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 15: Song 7: The Poet - Shihan 00:48:26 Ch. 16: Act 8: One year later: A retrospective of the Tamir Rice killing - @IntersectionTNR - Air Date 11-16-15 Voicemails 01:02:17 Ch. 17: One anecdote of school policing - Colin from Cleveland, OH 01:04:17 Ch. 18: A question for Wade - Elka from Fort Wayne, IN 01:05:31 Ch. 19: How we conduct conversations - Nathan from Vancouver, WA Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics 01:08:59 Ch. 20: Final comments responding to Nathan with as much precision as possible Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: #YearWithoutTamir - Nov 20-23 via @FergusonAction Take Action: SIGN: "I pledge to stand with the family of Tamir Rice…” via Ferguson Action JOIN: #YearWithoutTamir Actions around the country via Ferguson Action Sources/further reading: "2 Outside Reviews Say Cleveland Officer Acted Reasonably in Shooting Tamir Rice, 12” at The New York Times "New report finds Tamir Rice shooting tragic but reasonable” at Cleveland.com Intersection Episode 9: "Tamir Rice Has Been Dead for a Year: Host Jamil Smith looks back at the police killing of a 12-year-old boy in his hometown, Cleveland.” "Cleveland, On the Brink” by Jamil Smith at The New Republic "Tamir Rice's mother to testify before Grand Jury” at WKYC.com "Outrage Is Growing Over the Tamir Rice Investigation: Is the grand jury process stacked in favor of the cop who killed the 12-year-old?” at Mother Jones "STUDY: Half of Black Millenials Know a Victim of Police Violence, Still See Cops as Protectors” at Colorlines Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2015/11/17) Barriers to employment, to health and to the bathroom (Trans Rights)
Nov 18 2015 76 mins  
Edition #969 Today we look at a variety of challenges faced by the trans community that almost no one else ever has to think about Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill 00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: I was fired solely because of my gender - Southern Poverty Law Center (@splcenter) - Air Date: 04-13-15 Ch. 3: Song 1: Taken By The Breeze - Les Étoiles 00:04:59 Ch. 4: Act 2: Raising transgender kids - @allinwithchris Hayes - Air Date 4-22-15 Ch. 5: Song 2: Kids - MGMT 00:16:48 Ch. 6: Act 3: The Gender Box feat. Miles JaI!! - @LinzerDinzerTV - Air Date: 10-08-12 Ch. 7: Song 3: N/A 00:19:51 Ch. 8: Act 4: Kari Mugo: Critical Conditions - The challenges facing transgender people in the healthcare system - Popaganda (@BitchMedia) - Air Date: 9-10-15 Ch. 9: Song 4: N/A 00:30:50 Ch. 10: Act 5: Healthcare professional calls for care for all - @GLAAD - Air Date: 11-15-13 Ch. 11: Song 5: Luriana Lurilee - Ben McElroy 00:35:19 Ch. 12: Act 6: Lee Mokobe: A powerful poem about what it feels like to be transgender - TED Talks - Air Date: 6-12-15 Ch. 13: Song 6: Like A Prayer - Rufio 00:39:53 Ch. 14: Act 7: Leela Ginelle on transphobic myths and the repeal of an equal rights ordinance in Houston - Backtalk (@BitchMedia) - Air Date 11-12-15 Ch. 15: Song 7: When I Grow Up - Garbage 00:50:26 Ch. 16: Act 8: The strategy of saying straight people are terrible will fail - @fakedansavage - Air Date 11-10-15 Voicemails 00:58:16 Ch. 17: Need conflict before one can reach understanding - Nathan from Vancouver, WA 01:00:41 Ch. 18: Why do we hate Amazon? - John from Minneapolis Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics 01:03:56 Ch. 19: Final comments on the imperative to see multiple sides of an issue and what's wrong with Amazon 01:12:24 Ch. 20: The public wall of gentle shaming and encouragement featuring Kyle and Michelle Shaming Music: Spanish Flea - Herb Alpert Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2015/11/13) The continuing quagmire of an apartheid state (Israel/Palestine)
Nov 14 2015 76 mins  
Edition #968 Today we check in with the seemingly unending disaster that is the Israeli/Palestinian conflict Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill 00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: UpFront - Reality Check- Gaza is still occupied - Al Jazeera English - Air Date: 10-23-15 Ch. 3: Song 1: Dreamtime - Uberzone 00:03:10 Ch. 4: Act 2: Gideon Levy: U.S. Criticizes Settlements While Giving Israel "Carte Blanche" to Continue Occupation - @democracynow - Air Date: 10-15-15 Ch. 5: Song 2: Zombie - The Cranberries 00:11:16 Ch. 6: Act 3: What Is Israel's Plan For Palestine? - Majority Report (@majorityfm) - Air Date: 09-02-15 Ch. 7: Song 3: Natural Blues (Lulu Rouge vs. Stella Polaris Remix) - Single - Moby 00:18:34 Ch. 8: Act 4: Unbalanced reporting on fatalities in Israeli/Palestinian conflict - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date: 10-23-15 Ch. 9: Song 4: We're Simple Minds - Club 8 00:22:30 Ch. 10: Act 5: Where are the Palestinian Gandhis? - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 08-19-15 Ch. 11: Song 5: Standing - VNV Nation 00:30:06 Ch. 12: Act 6: Netanyahu's Holocaust Conspiracy Theory DEBUNKED - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 10-22-15 Ch. 13: Song 6: Diamond - Klint 00:34:07 Ch. 14: Act 7: Yousef Munayyer on what's missing in the Israel/Palestine Narratives - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 10-30-15 Ch. 15: Song 7: Classical Gas - Vanessa Mae 00:44:48 Ch. 16: Act 8: #SaveSusiya via Jewish Voices For Peace ( @jvplive ) - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 17: Song 8: This Fickle World - Theo Bard 00:48:06 Ch. 18: Act 9: What Peace Deal Could Look Like in Israel & Palestine - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 10-20-15 Voicemails 00:58:07 Ch. 19: Spring Valley is not a symptom of a larger problem - Wade from Ft. Worth, TX 01:00:08 Ch. 20: Stop trying to solve societies problems with police - Geoff from Florida 01:02:15 Ch. 21: The discomfort of losing privilege - Todd from Waverly, IA 01:03:50 Ch. 22: Need a new payment processing option - Rebecca from Takoma, WA Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics 01:05:14 Ch. 23: Final comments on cops in schools, the discomfort of recognizing our privilege and a new donation method for BotL Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: #SaveSusiya via Jewish Voices For Peace ( @jvplive ) Take Action: SIGN: Tell John Kerry to Defend Susiya! via Jewish Voice for Peace FOLLOW: #EndTheOccupation & #IsraeliIncitement Additional Activism/Resources: SIGN: "Free Political Refugees Hisham Shaban Ghalia and Mounis Hammouda From ICE custody” via Not1More Sources/further reading: 5 Questions Prime Minister Netanyahu Should be Asked Today via Amnesty International "Families from threatened Palestinian villages Susiya and Um al-Kheir bring their stories to the US” at Mondoweiss "Israel, Don’t Level My Village” — Nasser Nawaja at The New York Times "16 Eye-Opening Photos Show What It's Like Going Back to School in Palestine and Israel” at Mic.com "Mapping the dead in latest Israeli-Palestinian violence” Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2015/11/10) Going to Paris with our heads held somewhat high (Climate)
Nov 11 2015 74 mins  
Edition #967 Today we take a revised look at the road to the Paris climate negotiations in light of the news that President Obama has officially rejected the Keystone XL Pipeline Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill 00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: A Carbon Bomb Defused Obama Rejects Keystone XL in Historic Win for Environmental Activism - @democracynow - Air Date 11-9-15 Ch. 3: Song 1: Moving Planet - September 24th, 2011: A Day to Move Beyond Fossil Fuels 00:04:29 Ch. 4: Act 2: Obama Kills Keystone XL Pipeline For Good - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 11-07-15 Ch. 5: Song 2: Fight to Win (feat. Cee Lo Green) - Single - Goodie Mob 00:13:05 Ch. 6: Act 3: Getting Easier & Easier to Convert to Solar Power - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 08-29-15 Ch. 7: Song 3: New Magnetic Wonder - The Apples In Stereo 00:17:24 Ch. 8: Act 4: What Is the Biggest Environmental Problem People Don't Know About? - The Atlantic - Air Date: 10-2-15 Ch. 9: Song 4: Halcyon Days (Deluxe Edition) - Ellie Goulding 00:21:42 Ch. 10: Act 5: House 'Science' Committee Witch Hunt is Worse than Benghazi! - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 10-27-15 Ch. 11: Song 5: Here Comes Science (Audio + Video Version) - They Might Be Giants 00:30:38 Ch. 12: Act 6: Bernie Sanders Proposes BOLD Climate Change Policy - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 11-05-15 Ch. 13: Song 6: Bright Stars and Battle Scars - Stu's Shoes 00:34:55 Ch. 14: Act 7: Who's Leading The Charge for Change? Women - The F Word with @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date: 10-26-15 Ch. 15: Song 7: Fight Back - Garnett Silk 00:37:31 Ch. 16: Act 8: #ActInParis - @sierraclub - Air Date: 9-2-15 Ch. 17: Song 8: "Paris", No Angel - Dido 00:40:13 Ch. 18: Act 9: #KeystoneXL Victory Update & #ActInParis via @sierraclub - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 19: Song 9: This fickle world - Theo Bard 00:44:00 Ch. 20: Act 10: Avi Lewis- This Changes Everything - The @GRITlaura Flanders Show - Air Date 10-27-15 Voicemails 00:54:52 Ch. 21: Responding to Simon re: Jefferson and slavery - Joseph from Toronto 00:56:42 Ch. 22: Soon-to-be member - Diana from Milwaukee, WI 00:57:25 Ch. 23: Intimidated by risk of embarrassment - Brian in Arizona 00:58:25 Ch. 24: Last ever voice memo message from Geoff - Geoff from Florida 00:59:22 Ch. 25: Voice memo option had an effect - Wade from Ft. Worth, TX 01:00:00 Ch. 26: Voice memo option had an effect Part 2 - Wade from Ft. Worth, TX Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics 01:02:10 Ch. 27: Final comments on using the power of psychology and public shaming Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism Update! #KeystoneXL Victory! "KEYSTONE XL VICTORY: TO WIN A FIGHT, YOU HAVE TO PICK ONE: Obama’s pipeline rejection a huge win for citizen action” via Sierra Club Follow-up/new(ish) Action! #ActInParis for bold climate action with Sierra Club Snap a selfie and “go to” Paris with Sierra Club’s #ActInParis Photo Campaign SIGN on to 350.org’s Plan Through Paris SIGN to say #ThanksObama for rejecting #KeystoneXL! Revisit the original actions/segments: #GlobalClimateMarch via @350 Tar Sands Resistance March #stoptarsands #KeystoneXL Under Congressional #Climate Deniers Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2015/11/06) Criminalizing the classroom (School-to-Prison Pipeline)
Nov 07 2015 74 mins  
Edition #966 Today we take a look at the structural systems in place that work to funnel many children, disproportionately children of color, out of the school system and directly into the (in)justice system Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: The School to Prison Pipeline - Advancement Project (@adv_project) - Air Date: 7-3-13 Ch. 3: Song 1: N/A Ch. 4: Act 2: Spring Valley High - Backtalk from @BitchMedia - Air Date 10-29-15 Ch. 5: Song 2: N/A Ch. 6: Act 3: Stuck In The School-To-Prison Pipeline - @ajplus -Air Date: 5-20-15 Ch. 7: Song 3: N/A Ch. 8: Act 4: Criminalizing the Classroom: Inside the School-to-Prison Pipeline - @democracynow - Air Date: 10-28-15 Ch. 9: Song 4: Hipozebra - Selva de Mar Ch. 10: Act 5: Spring Valley High and the school-to-prison pipeline - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 10-30-15 Ch. 11: Song 5: Rivers - Plusplus Ch. 12: Act 6: School to prison pipeline locks kids into the system early - This Week in Blackness (@TWiBnation) - Air Date: 2-19-15 Ch. 13: Song 6: A Farewell To Trends - dustmotes Ch. 14: Act 7: Policing Schools - Why Are There Cops In Schools? - @ajplus - Air Date: 10-30-15 Ch. 15: Song 7: N/A Ch. 16: Act 8: SafeQualitySchools.org- Ending the #School2Prison Pipeline via @adv_project - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 17: Song 8: The Poet - Shihan Ch. 18: Act 9: When School Cops Go Bad: South Carolina Incident Highlights Growing Police Presence in Classrooms - @democracynow - Air Date: 10-28-15 Voicemails Ch. 19: Jefferson fought to end slavery - Simon from San Diego Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 20: Final comments on my untestable hypothesis Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: SafeQualitySchools.org: Ending the #School2Prison Pipeline via @adv_project Take Action: Students, parents, educators, law enforcement, and activists! VISIT The Advancement Project’s SafeQualitySchools.org to get involved. FOLLOW the #School2Prison thread. SHARE the "School to Prison Pipeline by Advancement Project” video CONTRIBUTE your stories: #School2Pipeline Stories Additional Activism/Resources: SIGN to demand #BlackLivesMatter issues be addressed in primary debates: #RaiseTheDebate via Black Lives Matter at ”ColorOfChange Sources/further reading: ”What You Need to Know About #AssaultAtSpringValleyHigh” — Infographic via The Advancement Project "Where Are Black Children Safe?" Roxane Gay at The New York Times "America Doesn’t Care About Black Women And Girls” by Ijeoma Oluo at The Establishment "Black Girl Down… and Up” by PrisonCulture "Take cops out of schools: More officers mean more arrests, even for offenses like talking back.” via The Washington Post ”A Short History of Cops Terrorizing Students” via The Nation Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2015/11/03) Death by stereotype, the dehumanizing of women of color
Nov 04 2015 66 mins  
Edition #965 Today we take a look at the dangerous intersection women of color inhabit, how their very lives are at risk for simply being who they are and how society tends to turn a blind eye Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Black Girls Matter: Pushed out, over-policed and underprotected - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date: 2-6-15 Ch. 3: Song 1: Put Your Records On (Acoustic) - Corinne Bailey Rae Ch. 4: Act 2: Say Her Name- Families Seek Justice in Overlooked Police Killings of African-American Women - @democracynow - Air Date: 5-20-15 Ch. 5: Song 2: You'll Find A Way - Santigold Ch. 6: Act 3: Black Women Suffer Death By Stereotype - The F Word with @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date: 5-25-15 Ch. 7: Song 3: Making Progress - Freedom's Progress Ch. 8: Act 4: Serial killers hunted down mostly Black women for three decades in South Los Angeles - @Making_Contact - Air Date 9-9-10 Ch. 9: Song 4: Suffering of the Innocents - Squire Tuck Ch. 10: Act 5: Obama highlights sexual abuse to prison pipeline - Melissa Harris-Perry (@MHPshow) - Air Date 9-20-15 Ch. 11: Song 5: I feel you - Scala & Kolacny Brothers Ch. 12: Act 6: Why some try to justify the Spring Valley High assault - This Week in Blackness (@TWiBprime) - Air Date 10-28-15 Ch. 13: Song 6: How Do You See Me - Matrimony Ch. 14: Act 7: The Story of a "Absolutely Angry Black Woman" - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 10-23-15 Ch. 15: Final comments on the value of slaves at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2015/10/30) History of the Christian Right (Religion)
Oct 30 2015 75 mins  
Edition #964 Today we take a look at the history of how Christianity was, in large part, cooped by the Republican party on behalf of business interests and how anyone started getting the idea that we were founded as a religious, much less Christian, nation Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill 00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: How 'One Nation' Didn't Become 'Under God' Until The '50s Religious Revival Part 1 - Fresh Air - Air Date 3-30-15 Ch. 3: Song 1: Timber Timbre - Timber Timbre 00:11:35 Ch. 4: Act 2: The Origin of Religious Freedom Laws... - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 04-27-15 Ch. 5: Song 2: Coaster - NOFX 00:20:26 Ch. 6: Act 3: Why Can't They Understand the First Amendment? - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 04-11-15 Ch. 7: Song 3: Very Soon ft Funsho Ogundipe - Wanlov the Kubolor 00:31:26 Ch. 8: Act 4: How 'One Nation' Didn't Become 'Under God' Until The '50s Religious Revival Part 2 - Fresh Air - Air Date 3-30-15 Ch. 9: Song 4: Kalamazoo - Jason Roseboom 00:40:47 Ch. 10: Act 5: What Would the Founders say about Religious Freedom Laws? - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 04-27-15 Ch. 11: Song 5: The Very Best of Peter, Paul and Mary - Peter, Paul & Mary 00:45:58 Ch. 12: Act 6: Republicans Fire Woman For Not Going To Church - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 08-21-15 Ch. 13: Song 6: Dancing In The Streets - The Haymarket Squares 00:52:01 Ch. 14: Act 7: Fascism on the American horizon, wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross - @truthdig - Air Date: 10-11-13 Voicemails 01:05:10 Ch. 15: Thoughts on victimless crimes - Wade from Ft. Worth, TX 01:07:21 Ch. 16: Responding to Wade and victimless crimes - Nathan from Vancouver, WA Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics 01:09:55 Ch. 17: Final comments on recent bonus content topics Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2015/10/27) The corporate takeover under our noses (Trans-Pacific Partnership)
Oct 27 2015 69 mins  
Edition #963 Today we take a look at the proposed TPP trade deal from a whole variety of different angles. Since the agreement was negotiated entirely in secret, primarily between corporate interests, it's not surprising to find that the deal looks pretty bad for everyday people no matter what angle you're looking from Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill 00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: Crony Capitalism Goes Global: The TPP & ISDS Explained - Follow the Money #2 - @RepresentDotUs - Air Date: 04-01-15 Ch. 3: Song 1: The Redemption Of Zounds - Zounds 00:06:27 Ch. 4: Act 2: TPP Signed...So What the F&%$ Is In It? - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 10-07-15 Ch. 5: Song 2: She Said - Stray Dogg 00:11:25 Ch. 6: Act 3: TPP will Allow Corporations to Sue Countries! - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 5-14-15 Ch. 7: Song 3: Nightwalker Vol. 1 - Boogie Belgique 00:16:01 Ch. 8: Act 4: Don't Expect The Master's Media To Cover the Master's Trade Deal - The F Word with @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date: 4-28-15 Ch. 9: Song 4: Greek Tragedy - Plusplus 00:19:07 Ch. 10: Act 5: TPP vs. Human Rights Groups Express Concern Over Record of Member Nations - @democracynow - Air Date 06-11-15 Ch. 11: Song 5: Afraid New World - Easter and the totem 00:24:11 Ch. 12: Act 6: TPP Grants Banks Terrifying Secret Powers - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 06-20-15 Ch. 13: Song 6: Sneeuwland - Oskar Schuster 00:34:05 Ch. 14: Act 7: Obama Rams Through TPP With Little Democratic Support, Even from Black Caucus - @blkagendareport - Air Date: 6-24-15 Ch. 15: Song 7: Ennio - Silence Is Sexy 00:38:36 Ch. 16: Act 8: Breast Cancer Patient Arrested for Protesting TPP: "This is Price Gouging at the Cost of Lives" - @democracynow - Air Date: 10-06-15 Ch. 17: Song 8: Adventure, Darling - Gillicuddy 00:48:12 Ch. 18: Act 9: Disaster: TPP Kills Internet Freedom, Bomb-Throwing Begins - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 10-13-15 Ch. 19: Song 9: Horfid (Live @ KEXP) - Lay Low 00:54:24 Ch. 20: Act 10: #FallRising to #StopTPP via @EFF & @FlushtheTPP — Best of the Left Activism Ch. 21: Song 10: Activism - Shihan 00:57:22 Ch. 22: Act 11: Not too early to doubt the motivations of secretive, corporate trade deal - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 10-9-15 01:00:13 Ch. 23: Final comments asking what we can do better here at BotL Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: #FallRising to #StopTPP via @EFF & @FlushtheTPP Update! Terms on the Trans-Pacific Partnership were finalized: "Trade Officials Announce Conclusion of TPP—Now the Real Fight Begins” via Electronic Frontier Foundation Follow-up/new Action! ATTEND the #FallRising to Stop TPP, TTIP, & TISA by registering through Flush the TPP: Call to Action Against Global Corporate Domination: November 14-18 & RSVPing to the Facebook event Find out projected job loss & more expected in your area using the Public Citizen state-by-state outcome map: 50 Reasons We Cannot Afford the TPP’s Expansion of the NAFTA Model. Then use ContactingTheCongress.org to directly lobby your representatives to vote no on passage of the TPP. Sources: What Is the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP)? via Electronic Frontier Foundation WATCH: "U.S., Other Nations Reach Agreement On Trans-Pacific Partnership” via NPR The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Leveling the playing field for American workers & American businesses. via Office of the US Trade Representative Summary of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement via Office of the US Trade Representative "TPP deal: US and 11 other countries reach landmark Pacific trade pact” via The Guardian "TPP or not TPP? What's the Trans-Pacific Partnership and should we support it?” via The Guardian "Trans-Pacific Partnership Is Reached, but Faces Scrutiny in Congress” via The New York Times "Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP): Job Loss, Lower Wages and Higher Drug Prices” via Public Citizen Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!


(2015/10/23) Building momentum to and through Paris (Climate)
Oct 23 2015 74 mins  
Edition #962 Today we take a look at the state of the political promises being made as we lead up to the international climate negotiations in Paris as well as what we can do about it, plus we see what Exxon knew and when they knew it Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill 00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: Bill McKibben on U. of California Divesting from Coal and Tar Sands - @democracynow - Air Date 09-10-15 Ch. 3: Song 1: Here Comes The Wave (instrumental) - Silence Is Sexy 00:07:56 Ch. 4: Act 2: Climate Desk's Tim McDonnell explains Obama's new plan to fight global warming - Climate Desk - Air Date: 08-03-15 Ch. 5: Song 2: The Shine - Jahzzar 00:10:53 Ch. 6: Act 3: Pretty Words, Ugly Actions: The Obama Legacy on Climate Change - @blkagendareport - Air Date: 8-5-15 Ch. 7: Song 3: Thru Nature - deeB 00:16:43 Ch. 8: Act 4: Engineers Develop Plan to Convert US to 100% Clean Energy by 2050 - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 06-13-15 Ch. 9: Song 4: Junior - Kaki King 00:23:11 Ch. 10: Act 5: There Is No Such Thing As "Clean Coal" - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 09-03-15 Ch. 11: Song 5: Happy Radioactive - Single - The Gregory Brothers 00:27:14 Ch. 12: Act 6: Exxon's History of Climate Change Research - @onthemedia - Air Date: 9-18-15 Ch. 13: Song 6: The Sound of Skeptics - Hoffman and Jerfunkle 00:37:04 Ch. 14: Act 7: Climate Deniers Be Cray! with Jenny Slate - NextGen Climate - Air Date: 6-30-15 Ch. 15: Song 7: !!Going Places!! - Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass 00:41:26 Ch. 16: Act 8: Harper is gone, Exxon is on the ropes, arctic drilling on hold and electric cars are the future - @greennewsreport - Air Date - 10-15- 15 Ch. 17: Song 8: Automatic For the People - R.E.M. 00:46:15 Ch. 18: Act 9: #GlobalClimateMarch via @350 - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 19: Song 9: This Fickle World - Theo Bard 00:48:59 Ch. 20: Act 10: Naomi Klein & Avi Lewis Climate Change Could Be Catalyst to Build a Fairer Economic System - @democracynow - Air Date 10-05-15 Voicemails 00:59:17 Ch. 21: Call to action on voter suppression - Mary from Sweeden 01:00:38 Ch. 22: Depression - Chris from New Hampshire Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics 01:06:29 Ch. 23: Final comments on how how predispositions and relativity effects our happiness Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: #GlobalClimateMarch via @350 — Best of the Left Activism Take Action: Join the next 350.org #RoadThroughParis event: The #GlobalClimateMarch Additional Activism/Resources: GoFossilFree.org’s push ahead of the Paris summit: Register Your Divestment from fossil fuels Sources/further reading: "Leaders Discuss Deeper Engagement for Strong Climate Agreement in Paris” "Solar and Wind Just Passed Another Big Turning Point: It has never made less sense to build fossil fuel power plants.” via Bloomberg "Demolishing The 7 Myths Propping Up Fossil Fuels: It's time to set the record straight.” via Huffington Post Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2014/10/21) Don't police me, bro! (Feminism) (Repost)
Oct 20 2015 68 mins  
Edition #870 Today we take a look at a variety of ways that (mostly) men attempt to police the actions and choices of (mostly) women, causing nothing but damage as a result Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: The List of Rules for Women - @jsmooth995 - Air Date: 9-2-14 Ch. 3: Song 1: Follow the Rule - Johnny Ace - The Complete Duke Recordings Ch. 4: Act 2: Victimhood Provides Privleges - @jimmy_dore Show - Air Date 6-13-14 Ch. 5: Song 2: Bad Behavior - Bad Behavior Ch. 6: Act 3: SHE ASKED FOR IT - @lacigreen - Air Date: 09-06-14 Ch. 7: Song 3: Deserve Better - Swings and Roundabouts Ch. 8: Act 4: Shut Your Mouth And Take It, 'Fox & Friends' Advises Women - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 07-08-14 Ch. 9: Song 4: Good Old Days - Even Worse Ch. 10: Act 5: Radical Religion and Male Privilege - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 08-22-14 Ch. 11: Song 5: Second Class Citizen - Out of the Ordinary Songs, Vol. 2 Ch. 12: Act 6: Study Explains Why Hobby Lobby Supporters Are Opposed to Birth Control - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 07-25-14 Ch. 13: Song 6: Me and God and Jesus - Crooked Roads Band Ch. 14: Act 7: The Pregnant and Parenting Students Access to Education Act via @healthyteen & @nwlc - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 15: Song 7: Time for Action - Time for Action - the Very Best Of Ch. 16: Act 8: Pondering Gender In 1620 - @radio_dispatch - Air Date: 3-20-14 Ch. 17: Song 8: N/A Ch. 18: Act 9: Get Your Creak On - @lexiconvalley - Air Date: 12-31-12 Ch. 23: Final comments on my discovery of the oppression of policing Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: The Pregnant and Parenting Students Access to Education Act Take Action: Sign to support the The Pregnant and Parenting Students Access to Education Act legislation backed by the National Women’s Law Center and Healthy Teen Network Additional Activism/Resources: Follow #NoTeenShameon Twitter and on Tumblr Submit your story to #NoTeenShame Sources/further reading: "New Mexico Parental-Leave Law Helps Teen Moms Stay in School” via NBC News "Where’s the ’16, Parenting, and OK’ Reality Show?” by Gloria Malone at RH Reality Check "#NoTeenShame: A Social Media Movement Pushes Us To Respect Young Mothers & We’re All For It” via Hello Beautiful Graphic by Repeal Hyde Art Project and available for purchase at RHAP’s Zazzle StoreWritten by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2015/10/16) Working our way toward anti-democracy (Voter Suppression)
Oct 16 2015 76 mins  
Edition #961 Today we take a look at a few of the tactics used to suppress voter turnout from the civil rights ear to the modern era as well as some ideas to fix the problem Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Click here to donate to support desmoid tumor research! Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill 00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: Are Voter ID Laws Really a Bad Idea? - @TestTube News - Air Date: 7-10-14 Ch. 3: Song 1: Forward - Northbound 00:03:35 Ch. 4: Act 2: A conversation on our changing voting rights w/ @AriBerman and @Dale_E_Ho - Intersection (@IntersectionTNR) - Air Date: 8-10-15 Ch. 5: Song 2: Thru Clouds - deeB 00:19:12 Ch. 6: Act 3: Fox & Friend's Call For Literacy Tests Reveals Deep, Deep Irony - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 12-07-14 Ch. 7: Song 3: Vote - Jefferson Coker 00:23:12 Ch. 8: Act 4: Changes to voter laws that raise disturbing connections to the past - @Making_Contact - Air Date: 8-5-15 Ch. 9: Song 4: A Change Is Gonna Come - Ben Sollee 00:34:24 Ch. 10: Act 5: New Election Scandal Cuts MILLIONS of Voters from the Rolls - @RedactedTonight w/ @Lee_Camp - Air Date: 11-03-14 Ch. 11: Song 5: The Wrong Way - Jahzzar 00:39:28 Ch. 12: Act 6: New Law: Everyone Automatically Registered to Vote Unless You Opt Out - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 08-06-15 Ch. 13: Song 6: Some Kind Of Mininova - Textile Audio 00:44:28 Ch. 14: Act 7: Automatic Voter Registration via @BrennanCenter — Best of the Left Activism Ch. 15: Song 7: This fickle world - Theo Bard 00:47:47 Ch. 16: Act 8: Gerrymandering - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date: 6-13-15 Ch. 17: Song 8: XBells - Jimmy Penguin 00:54:15 Ch. 18: Act 9: The Conservative Voter Suppression Plot Thickens... - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 10-03-15 Voicemails 01:00:26 Ch. 19: Thoughts on the treatment of indigenous peoples in Canada - Jessi-Anne from Victoria, British Columbia Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics 01:06:33 Ch. 20: Final comments giving an update on the ongoing battle against a rare disease - click here to donate! Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: Automatic Voter Registration via @BrennanCenter Take Action: Find the Brennan Center for Justice list of Automatic Voter Registration laws Let your federal legislators know you support the Automatic Voter Registration Act through ContactingTheCongress.org and your state reps know you support voter expansion through automatic registration via OpenStates.Org Additional Activism/Resources: Find out if you’re registered to vote at: CanIVote.org Sources/further reading: "The Case for Voter Registration Modernization in 2015” via the Brennan Center for Justice What Alabama Can Learn From California on Voting Rights via Ari Berman at The Nation "Gov. Brown approves automatic voter registration for Californians” via LA Times "Dem unveils automatic voter registration bill” via The Hill "Make It Easy: The Case for Automatic Registration” via Democracy Journal "Under new Oregon law, all eligible voters are registered unless they opt out” via LA Times "Hillary's Game-Changing Voting Reform” via the Brennan Center for Justice Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2015/10/13) Reconsidering Columbus (Indigenous Peoples day)
Oct 13 2015 75 mins  
Edition #960 Today we take a look at the legacy of Christopher Columbus and the echoes of that legacy that can still be strongly felt today Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Columbus Day - How Is That Still A Thing - @LastWeekTonight w/ @iamjohnoliver - Air Date: 10-13-14 Ch. 3: Song 1: The Time To Run (Finale) - Dexter Britain Ch. 4: Act 2: Cultural genocide against indigenous peoples in Canada - Le Show w/ @theharryshearer - Air Date: 6-7-15 Ch. 5: Song 2: Ghosts In The Machine - Death And Vanilla Ch. 6: Act 3: Cultural Genocide: Landmark Report Decries Canada's Forced Schooling of Indigenous Children - @democracynow - Air Date: 6-3-15 Ch. 7: Song 3: Sunbeams in High Grass - Feldmaus Ch. 8: Act 4: The Truth About Columbus Day - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 10-8-12 Ch. 9: Song 4: Flurry - The OO-Ray Ch. 10: Act 5: Gov't Sells Sacred Native Land To Foreign Mining Company - @RedactedTonight w/ @LeeCamp - Air Date: 7-25-15 Ch. 11: Song 5: Piano song - Plusplus Ch. 12: Act 6: The Navajo Water Lady - CBS Sunday Morning - Air Date: 8-16-15 Ch. 13: Song 6: Faraday - dustmotes Ch. 14: Act 7: The REAL History Of Christopher Columbus - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 10-6-15 Voicemails Ch. 15: Frustration with Bill Maher - Colin from Cleveland, OH Ch. 16: Thoughts on negative visualization and mental illness - Katie Klabusich Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 17: Final comments on the power to influence happiness Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2015/10/09) The need to do better (Mass Incarceration)
Oct 09 2015 70 mins  
Edition #959 Today we take a look at the fundamental flaws of our criminal justice system and the emerging consensus that we need to make the changes necessary to do better Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill 00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: Mass Incarceration Causing More Crime Than It Prevents - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 07-31-15 Ch. 3: Song 1: Cospiratore - Old Splendifolia 00:07:09 Ch. 4: Act 2: Brutal Fees Punish Families Of Prison Inmates - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 09-19-15 Ch. 5: Song 2: Pale Rider - Ben McElroy 00:15:43 Ch. 6: Act 3: America’s Prison Problem - @DecodeDC - Air Date: 8-6-15 Ch. 7: Song 3: N/A 00:27:16 Ch. 8: Act 4: Mapping out the mass incarceration of black males - Melissa Harris-Perry (@MHPshow) - Air Date 9-19-15 Ch. 9: Song 4: the cherry tree - Burning Bright 00:37:24 Ch. 10: Act 5: Prison Reform To Reduce Sentences Of Non-Violent Drug Offenders - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 08-30-15 Ch. 11: Song 5: Llegare - Dom La Nena 00:42:35 Ch. 12: Act 6: Support Bipartisan #JusticeReformNOW via @cut_50 — Best of the Left Activism Ch. 13: Song 6: The Poet - Shihan 00:45:53 Ch. 14: Act 7: Bryan Stevenson (@eji_org): Just Mercy and how the shame of our past should drive us to do better - Arts and Ideas (@BBCRadio3) - Air Date: 7-14-15 Voicemails 01:02:02 Ch. 15: A couple more thoughts on giving advice - Anonymous 01:03:17 Ch. 16: Response to the comments about trench coats - Alyson from Colorado Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics 01:04:49 Ch. 17: Final comments about Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson (Go read it!) Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: Support Bipartisan #JusticeReformNOW via @cut_50 Take Action: SIGN: "Demand that Congress take action to roll back the incarceration industry in America” via #cut50 Sources/further reading: "FAMM: House Sentencing Reform Compromise Another Step in Right Direction” via Families Against Mandatory Minimums “Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act” — the full legislation "Here's One Thing Washington Agreed On This Week: Sentencing Reform” via NPR "Senators Announce Bipartisan Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act” — announcement from the Judiciary Committee "Senate Introduces ‘Gamechanger’ Criminal Justice Reform Bill” via Time Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2015/10/06) Where the market should not be allowed to tread (Health Care)
Oct 06 2015 70 mins  
Edition #958 Today we take a look at the destructive influence of the market on pharmaceuticals and some ideas on reigning in the system for the betterment of all Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill 00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: Proof That Obamacare is Working Getting Really Hard to Ignore - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 08-15-15 Ch. 3: Song 1: Chicago - Plusplus 00:04:36 Ch. 4: Act 2: Failures of the free market in drug development - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date: 9-25-15 Ch. 5: Song 2: Heirloom - The Black Atlantic 00:15:12 Ch. 6: Act 3: 5500% Price Increase on AIDS Drug Canceled After Outrage - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 09-24-15 Ch. 7: Song 3: The Shine - Jahzzar 00:21:02 Ch. 8: Act 4: Is Pharma the Most Evil Industry? (w/ @JoshZepps) - Majority Report (@majorityfm) - Air Date: 09-28-15 Ch. 9: Song 4: Kerouak - Plusplus 00:28:38 Ch. 10: Act 5: Get the Corporations out of Medicare! - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 07-27-15 Ch. 11: Song 5: Springish - Gillicuddy 00:35:59 Ch. 12: Act 6: The Prescription Drug Affordability Act of 2015 via @DemandProgress & @OpenCongress - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 13: Song 6: This Fickle World - Theo Bard 00:39:10 Ch. 14: Act 7: [email protected]: What makes us get sick? Look upstream - @TEDTalks - Air Date: 9-15-14 Voicemails 00:57:29 Ch. 15: Advocating for sustainable change in your cities - Ryan from Pheonix 01:01:21 Ch. 16: On giving advice - Eric from South Carolina 01:05:08 Ch. 17: Trench-coated white kids and religious leaders - Brad from Dallas, TX Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics 01:06:27 Ch. 18: Final comments on how to prove racism is a factor when trying to explain it away Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: The Prescription Drug Affordability Act of 2015 via @DemandProgress & @OpenCongress Take Action: Sign the Demand Progress petition to Congress: "Tell Congress to pass Bernie Sanders's bill to rein in prescription drug costs!” Track the legislation & contact legislators: in the Senate & in the House via GovTrack.us Additional Activism/Resources: Send your legislator a letter through OpenCongress.org Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2015/10/02) Citizens demanding equal power (Money in politics)
Oct 02 2015 74 mins  
Edition #957 Today we take a look at the single biggest problem plaguing our political system and the two strongest campaigns fighting to solve it, Lessig2016.us and Wolf-Pac.com Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: How Republicans Protect Secret Donors - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 08-01-15 Ch. 3: Song 1: El Tranvia - Jenifer Avila Ch. 4: Act 2: Scott Walker is the face now - but the first culprit was 100 years ago - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 3-14-11 Ch. 5: Song 2: A Farewell To Trends - dustmotes Ch. 6: Act 3: Lawrence Lessig to campaign on sole issue of campaign finance reform - Rachel @maddow - Air Date 9-8-15 Ch. 7: Song 3: Getting Somewhere - Allison Moorer Ch. 8: Act 4: Lawrence Lessig: Bernie Sanders CAN’T End Political Corruption - Interview w/ Cenk Uygur (edited) - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 08-21-15 Ch. 9: Song 4: The Clouds Were Like Lace - Ben McElroy Ch. 10: Act 5: Private Prison Lobbyists Raising Money for Hillary Clinton - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 07-28-15 Ch. 11: Song 5: The System - Abscondo Ch. 12: Act 6: Hillary Clinton Wants to Overturn Citizens United... - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 09-09-15 Ch. 13: Song 6: Drifts - The OO-Ray Ch. 14: Act 7: Corporate Media REALLY Doesn’t Wanna Talk Money In Politics - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 09-22-15 Ch. 15: Song 7: Here Comes The Wave (instrumental) - Silence Is Sexy Ch. 16: Act 8: #WeWantDebate in #Election2016 via @Lessig2016 - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 17: Song 8: This fickle world - Theo Bard Ch. 18: Act 9: How hedge fund billionaires literally "check" the people's will - @jimhightower - Air Date: 9-30-15 Ch. 19: Song 9: The Time To Run (Finale) - Dexter Britain Ch. 20: Act 10: IRS Surrenders To Dark Money - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 08-02-15 Voicemails Ch. 21: Thoughts on our voting system - Elaine Ch. 22: The importance of learning moderate use - Sally from San Francisco Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 23: Final comments on the little bit of spring cleaning I've been doing on the back end Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: #WeWantDebate in #Election2016 via @Lessig2016 Take Action: SIGN the petition: Let Lessig Debate! from the Lessig2016 campaign Sources/further reading: "Democrat Debate Controversy: Will Lawrence Lessig Be Included?” via Forbes "Larry Lessig Seeks A Single Issue, Single Year Presidency” via U.S.News and World Report Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2015/09/29) Religion seen through fear (Islamophobia)
Sep 29 2015 74 mins  
Edition #956 Today we take a look at a fresh set of news stories that demonstrate how muslims are seen through an often-racial lens of fear, distrust and hatred Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill 00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: Angry Sam Harris Fan: Stop Being Unfair to Sam Harris! - Majority Report (@majorityfm) - Air Date: 08-22-15 Ch. 3: Song 1: Courage - Authority Zero 00:09:40 Ch. 4: Act 2: Fox News: Obama Not Blaming Islam Enough - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 07-18-15 Ch. 5: Song 2: You Don't Scare Me - Josh Pykee 00:21:01 Ch. 6: Act 3: Who gets called a terrorist in the media - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date: 5-22-15 Ch. 7: Song 3: The Typewriter - Arthur Fiedler & Boston Pops Orchestra 00:25:01 Ch. 8: Act 4: Hypocrite: County Official Storms Out of Meeting During Muslim Prayer - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 08-07-15 Ch. 9: Song 4: Me and God and Jesus - Crooked Roads Band 00:29:27 Ch. 10: Act 5: Muslim Student Handcuffed Because Of Harmless Science Project - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 09-17-15 Ch. 11: Song 5: City on a Hill - The Minor Leagues 00:43:55 Ch. 12: Act 6: Richard Dawkins: Ahmed's Clock Truther? - Majority Report (@majorityfm) - Air Date: 09-21-15 Ch. 13: Song 6: Science Fair - Recess Monkey 00:50:19 Ch. 14: Act 7: Protect Thy Neighbor (@protectneighbor) via @americansunited — Best of the Left Activism Ch. 15: Song 7: This Fickle World - Theo bard 00:52:52 Ch. 16: Act 8: Are All Muslims Responsible For Terrorism? - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 07-21-15 Voicemails 00:58:06 Ch. 17: Religious freedom isn't just about Christianity - Wade from Ft. Worth, TX 01:01:20 Ch. 18: A coach's thoughts on giving advice - Anonymous Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics 01:07:36 Ch. 19: Final comments on the complicated nature of giving advice Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: Protect Thy Neighbor (@protectneighbor) via @americansunited Take Action: Add your name to the Americans United or Separation of Church and State Protect Thy Neighbor Pledge Download and post The Shield Tell your legislators: Protect My Neighbors! Get Legal Help Additional Activism/Resources: "You Can Now Donate to the Ahmed Mohamed STEM Scholarship Fund” via Mic "MacArthur High School and Irving TX police: Apologize to Ahmed Mohamed for criminalizing science” via Change.org Sources/further reading: The official feed of Ahmed’s family: @IStandWithAhmed Muslim teen behind #IStandWithAhmed encourages others to follow their dreams: "Go for it!" http://cbsn.ws/1KgQcbI via CBS News "‘It’s A Trap!’ Paranoid FRC Head Buys Into Ridiculous Ahmed Mohamed Bomb Plot Scenario” via Americans United or Separation of Church and State a href="https://www.au.org/blogs/wall-of-separation/pope-problems-papal-visit-incurs-significant-taxpayer-expense""Pope Problems: Papal Visit Incurs Significant Taxpayer Expense” via Americans United or Separation of Church and State "Once More, With Enthusiasm: Texas Attorney General Again Refuses To Recognize Marriage Equality” via Americans United or Separation of Church and State via Americans United or Separation of Church and State and Thom Hartmann Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!


(2015/02/27) Rethinking the fundamentals of drugs and addiction (Drug War) (Repost)
Sep 25 2015 72 mins  
Edition #902 Today we look at the not only the destructive forces at work within the drug war but also look deeper at the causes of addiction and drug abuse that could change all of your preconceived notions on the topic and maybe even our society... Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Drug War Alternatives That Work • Overcriminalized #2- Substance Abuse •- @bravenewfilms - Air Date: 10-9-14 Ch. 3: Song 1: Once There Was a Hushpuppy - Beasts of the Southern Wild (Music from the Motion Picture) Ch. 4: Act 2: Tracking cars movements in real time as part of the DEA drug war - Le Show (@theharryshearer) - Air Date: 2-1-15 Ch. 5: Song 2: Don’t Worry, We'll Be Watching You - Making Mirrors Ch. 6: Act 3: DC mayor stands up for voters on legal pot, defies congressional GOP - Rachel @Maddow Show - Air Date: 2-26-15 Ch. 7: Song 3: Gateway Drug - Dancing In The Streets Ch. 8: Act 4: Challenge everything you know about drugs - @allinwithchris Hayes - Air Date: 03-05-14 Ch. 9: Song 4: Big Mistake - Fair Ain't Fair Ch. 10: Act 5: Johann Hari (@johannhari101): Everything We Know About the Drug War & Addiction is Wrong Part 1 - @democracynow - Air Date: 2-4-15 Ch. 11: Song 5: Strange Fruit (1939 Single Version) - 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Billie Holiday Ch. 12: Act 6: Poverty drives the demand for opiates - Economic Update with @profwolff - Air Date: 11-17-14 Ch. 13: Song 6: Poverty (Single Stereo) - That Did It! - The Duke Recordings, Vol. 3 Ch. 14: Act 7: Johann Hari (@johannhari101): Everything We Know About the Drug War & Addiction is Wrong Part 2 - @democracynow - Air Date: 2-4-15 Voicemails Ch. 16: Women should get paid the same even if they're away from work for a period - Caleb from Austin, TX Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 18: Final comments telling the story of the pile of shit Patricia Arquette stepped in and the aftermath Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2015/09/22) In search of the good life (Culture)
Sep 22 2015 69 mins  
Edition #955 Today we look at the inherent contradictions in the standard way of pursuing happiness in western culture and examine some alternatives Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill 00:00:42 Ch. 2: Act 1: The High Price of Materialism - Center for a New American Dream (@newdream) - Air Date: 12-4-11 Ch. 3: Song 1: A Beautiful World - Tim Myers 00:05:54 Ch. 4: Act 2: How To Purchase Redemption From Consumerism! - @RedactedTonight w/ @LeeCamp - Air Date: 01-14-15 Ch. 5: Song 2: Redemption Song - Bob Marley & The Wailers 00:10:05 Ch. 6: Act 3: Almost Half of Americans Didn't Take Single Vacation Day in 2014 - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 01-11-15 Ch. 7: Song 3: Vacation - The Go-Go's & Go-Go's 00:14:17 Ch. 8: Act 4: Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us - RSA Animate (@theRSAorg) - Air Date: 4-1-10 Ch. 9: Song 4: All Over The World - Boogie Belgique 00:26:23 Ch. 10: Act 5: The Story of Bottled Water (2010) - @storyofstuff Project - Air Date: 03-17-10 Ch. 11: Song 5: Murky Water - The Autumn Isles 00:34:17 Ch. 12: Act 6: SO INCREDIBLY SAD This is How 3 Generations Answer the Same Question - @BuzzPo - Air Date 7-26-15 Ch. 13: Song 6: N/A 00:37:20 Ch. 14: Act 7: A thousand cuts - @jimhightower - Air Date: 9-22-15 Ch. 15: Song 7: Sligo Creek - Al Petteway 00:39:55 Ch. 16: Act 8: #FindYourPark on National @PublicLandsDay - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 17: Song 8: Right to Complain - Trombone Shorty & Marc Broussard 00:43:14 Ch. 18: Act 9: Saamah Abdallah: How to achieve good lives that don't cost the Earth - @TEDTalks - Air Date: 7-20-15 Voicemails 00:56:53 Ch. 19: Thoughts on victimless crimes - Wade from Ft. Worth, TX 00:58:54 Ch. 20: Libertarians ignore the negotiation of rights - Nathan from Dix Hills, NY Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics 01:01:12 Ch. 21: Final comments on the way we discuss lifestyles and culture Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: #FindYourPark on National @PublicLandsDay Take Action: Register to volunteer for National Public Lands Day! Be sure to get your Fee-Free Coupon as a thank you for volunteering! Sources/further reading: "More than 175,000 Volunteers Expected on National Public Lands Day, September 26, 2015” via National Public Lands Day "Let's Move Outside: Public lands make the best playgrounds!” via National Public Lands Day "Our Land, Up for Grabs” via The New York Times "This Land Was Your Land” via The American Prospect "Volunteer on trail crews for National Public Lands Day, Sept. 26” via The Seattle Times Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2015/09/18) The angels of our better nature are being tested (Syrian Refugee Crisis)
Sep 18 2015 71 mins  
Edition #954 Today we look at the worst refugee crisis since WWII and encourage governments around the world to do the right thing to help by opening their doors to victims of war Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill 00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: What a migrant crisis looks like - @allinwithchris Hayes - Air Date 8-28-15 Ch. 3: Song 1: Ennio - Silence Is Sexy 00:04:00 Ch. 4: Act 2: Kenneth Roth of Human Rights Watch on Refugee Crisis - @democracynow - Air Date: 08-31-15 Ch. 5: Song 2: Gangs - dustmotes 00:10:20 Ch. 6: Act 3: Leadership lacking as refugees flee to Europe and crisis grows - Rachel @Maddow - Air Date 9-2-15 Ch. 7: Song 3: Broken boiler - Plusplus 00:17:41 Ch. 8: Act 4: Billionaire Offers To Buy Island For Syrian Refugees - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 09-05-15 Ch. 9: Song 4: Clangour And Flutes (Live @ KEXP) - Sindri Már Sigfússon 00:26:08 Ch. 10: Act 5: A Deeper Understanding of Europe's Migration Crisis - @onthemedia - Air Date: 9-11-15 Ch. 11: Song 5: I Can Help (Exciting Live Performances) - Billy Swan 00:35:22 Ch. 12: Act 6: Help My People, Let More War Refugees Settle Here: A Syrian American’s Message to Washington - @democracynow - Air Date: 09-09-15 Ch. 13: Song 6: No-End Ave - Jahzzar 00:40:31 Ch. 14: Act 7: Obama turns to refugee crisis after Iran nuclear deal victory - Rachel @Maddow - Air Date: 9-10-15 Ch. 15: Song 7: Black Eyed Susan - Podington Bear 00:42:51 Ch. 16: Act 8: Why isn't the U.S. taking in more refugees? - @allinwithchris Hayes - Air Date 9-2-15 Ch. 17: Song 8: Cetology - Ben McElroy 00:45:15 Ch. 18: Act 9: #AmericaWelcomes #SyrianRefugees via @MoveOn & @thenation - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 19: Song 9: This fickle world - Theo Bard 00:48:22 Ch. 20: Act 10: Cold-Blooded Fox News Demonizes Syrian Refugees - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 09-12-15 Voicemails 00:57:40 Ch. 21: Thoughts on the history of economic populism - V from Western New York 01:01:28 Ch. 22: Thoughts on the use of public and urban space - Ryan from Pheonix Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics 01:05:59 Ch. 23: Final comments on how bad policies begin to sink into our collective psyche Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: #AmericaWelcomes #SyrianRefugees via @MoveOn & @thenation Take Action: SIGN: Urge the U.S. government to accept more Syrian refugees via MoveOn.org & The Nation Add your photo to the #AmericaWelcomes campaign on IG & Twitter through MoveOn.org Sources/further reading: “Tell the United States to Accept More Refugees and Asylum-Seekers From Syria” via The Nation "Syrian Refugees: All You Need to Know” via Newsweek "Turkey Has Spent Nearly $8 Billion Caring For 2.2 Million Syrian Refugees” via Huffington Post “Syria’s War: Refugee Crisis” — full coverage from AlJazeera America "Federal Spending: Where Does the Money Go” via the National Priorities Project "Germany's economy will grow faster because of the million refugees it is helping, study finds” via The Independent Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

(2015/09/15) Beyond Marriage Equality (LGBTQ Rights)
Sep 15 2015 74 mins  
Edition #953 Today we look at a bit of the fallout since the marriage equality SCOTUS decision but we also look beyond marriage equality Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Why is Uganda Sentencing Gays to Life in Prison? - @TestTube - Air Date: 6-27-14 Ch. 3: Song 1: La redécouverte - Yann Tiersen Ch. 4: Act 2: Evangelicals Desperately Spreading Anti-Gay Message Around The World - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 07-22-15 Ch. 5: Song 2: Love Will Come Through - Travis Ch. 6: Act 3: Court: Gay Conversion Therapy = Fraud - Majority Report (@majorityfm) - Air Date: 07-22-15 Ch. 7: Song 3: All You Fascists - Billy Bragg & Wilco Ch. 8: Act 4: County Clerk Changes History | PBS - @IndependentLens - Air Date: 04-14-15 Ch. 9: Song 4: One Million Miles Away - J. Ralph Ch. 10: Act 5: Anti-Gay Christian Clerk Kim Davis Jailed for Contempt of Court - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 09-03-15 Ch. 11: Song 5: Piazza, New York Catcher - Belle and Sebastian Ch. 12: Act 6: Redefining religious freedom - @fakedansavage - Air Date: 9-8-15 Ch. 13: Song 6: Going to the Chapel - The Dixie Cups Ch. 14: Act 7: Right-Wing Christians Can't Decide If Elected Officials Have to Obey the Law - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 09-12-15 Ch. 15: Song 7: Keepsake - State Radio Ch. 16: Act 8: Same-sex marriage ruling does not apply to tribal lands - @HereAndNow - Air Date: 8-10-15 Ch. 17: Song 8: Gotta Have You - The Weepies Ch. 18: Act 9: Did You Know It's Still Legal To Keep Gay People Out Of Businesses? - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 07-03-15 Ch. 19: Song 9: Hey Ya - Obadiah Parker Ch. 20: Act 10: Every Child Deserves a Family Act via @family_equality — Best of the Left Activism Ch. 21: Song 10: Activism - Shihan Ch. 22: Act 11: Boy Scouts End Ban on Gay Adults - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 07-29-15 Voicemails Ch. 23: Thoughts on legalizing sex work - Nathan from Vancouver, WA Ch. 24: Promoting Gleaners, libraries and Occupy Your Library - Vicki from Oregon Ch. 25: But happiness for who? - Chris from Colorado Springs Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics Ch. 26: Final comments on those LGBT activists who opposed the fight for marriage equality Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: Every Child Deserves a Family Act via @family_equality Take Action: Tell your elected officials to SUPPORT The Every Child Deserves a Family Act through the Family Equality Council Additional Activism/Resources: FOLLOW the challenge to the final complete ban on same-sex couple adoption through Campaign for Southern Equality Free Resources: Establishing Legal Parent-Child Relationships via ACLU National Sources/further reading: Adoption and Foster Care Federal, State, Local Landscape via Family Equality Council ACLU may challenge newly-signed law on adoption by gays” via Detroit Free Press "Anti-gay adoption bill another shameful moment for Michigan” via Detroit Free Press "Preliminary Injunction Filed in Lawsuit Seeking to Immediate Relief From Mississippi Adoption Ban” via The Campaign for Southern Equality “Discriminatory Treatment In Foster Parenting and Adoptions” via ACLU National Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at [email protected] Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!