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Air Date: 11/16/2018

Today we take a look at the system of patriarchy from the perspective of how it negatively impacts men in our culture, thereby demonstrating the need for feminism to advocate for all those negatively impacted by patriarchy, regardless of gender

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: What Is the Patriarchy? | Feminist Fridays - @marinashutup - Air Date 11-02-14

An overview of patriarchy with a focus on how it hurts everyone, not just women.

Ch. 2: Fight Club and Toxic Masculinity - Folding Ideas - Air Date 8-22-15

Justin Baldoni wants to start a dialogue with men about redefining masculinity - to figure out ways to be not just good men but good humans. In a warm, personal talk, he shares his effort to reconcile who he is with who the world tells him a man should be.

Ch. 3: Justin Baldoni: Why I'm done trying to be "man enough" - @TEDTalks - Air Date 12-4-17

Justin Baldoni wants to start a dialogue with men about redefining masculinity - to figure out ways to be not just good men but good humans. In a warm, personal talk, he shares his effort to reconcile who he is with who the world tells him a man should be.

Ch. 4: Do Videogame Stereotypes Hurt Men? - PBS Game:Show - Air Date 08-2-13

Games continue the cultural narrative of big and strong men, "manning up" and being the hero. As you play, you kill hundreds or thousands of other men, without regard for the emotional toll on one's psyche.

Ch. 5: What Men Do With Their Pain - On The Media - Air Date 5-4-18

Michael Kimmel, a scholar of masculinities studies at Stony Brook University, on the source of this shared frustration — which he calls "aggrieved entitlement" — and about the steps forward for a society that still misunderstands so much about gender.

Ch. 6: Tony Porter: A call to men - @TEDTalks - Air Date 12-10-10

Tony Porter makes a call to men everywhere: Don't "act like a man." Telling powerful stories from his own life, he shows how this mentality, drummed into so many men and boys, can lead men to disrespect, mistreat and abuse women and each other.

 

VOICEMAILS

Ch. 7: Thoughts on privacy and violence - Erica from Illinois

 

Ch. 8: Final comments om where feminism went wrong and why we need to fight for everyone hurt by the patriarchy, regardless of gender

 

THE POST-MIDTERMS MINUTE ('cause they aren't over...)

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Help Bill Nelson in Florida Sen Recount

Help Andrew Gillum in Florida Gov Recount

Mississippi Sen. Run Off Nov. 27th: Help Mike Espy Win! 

Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman 

 

MUSIC:

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Great Great Lengths - The Balloonist (Blue Dot Sessions)
  • That Horse Ithica - Sketchbook (Blue Dot Sessions)
  • Homegrown - The Pine Barrens (Blue Dot Sessions)
  • When We Set Out - Arc and Crecent (Blue Dot Sessions)
  • Cicle Veroni - Cicle Kadde (Blue Dot Sessions)
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

 

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Air Date: 11/13/2018

Today we take a look at rising of right-wing terrorism in the US and the unmistakable link to the violent rhetoric and extreme policies of right-wing politicians

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Violent Extremism in the U.S. - NowThis World - Air Date 11-4-18

White supremacist and other right-wing violence are currently the deadliest active domestic extremist movements in the U.S., according to data from several civil rights groups that track hate crimes and extremist violence.

Ch. 2: Commentary A Knife in the Heart of Pittsburgh - Criminal (In)Justice - Air Date 10-28-18

It's time to be very clear about what we mean by "free speech," and about what kinds of speech can never be accepted in a free society.

Ch. 3: A warning come true - In the Thick - Air Date 10-29-18

Maria and Julio talk about pipe bombs, the synagogue shooting and the role of hate with Brentin Mock, Pittsburgher and staff writer for CityLab and Mike German, fellow with the Brennan Center for Justice’s Liberty and National Security Program.

Ch. 4: 11 Shot Dead by Terrorist Shouting "All Jews Need to Die" - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date 10-29-18

We discuss the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, the political climate surrounding it, and the connection to white supremacist antisemitic rhetoric from President Trump

Ch. 5: Uncle of Stephen Miller: Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting Is What Happens When Hate Is Legitimized - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 10-29-18

We speak with Dr. David Glosser, a retired neuropsychologist who has volunteered with HIAS in Philadelphia helping refugees. He is also the uncle of Stephen Miller, a key political adviser to President Trump who has pushed for a crackdown on immigrants.

Ch. 6: Trump's stochastic terrorism as a legal defense - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 10-30-18

Attorneys for a far-right militiaman, convicted in a bomb plot to kill Somali Muslim refugees in a Kansas apartment building, have cited Donald Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric in the 2016 campaign as justification for shortening his life sentence.

Ch. 7: Steve Schmidt: President Donald Trump Is 'Stoking And Inciting' Worst Among Us - @allinwithchris Hayes - Air Date 10-29-18

Donald Trump is "stoking and inciting - for the purposes of political power - the worst amongst us to take action in his name," says Steve Schmidt.

 

Ch. 8: Final comments on stochasticity and the rise of stochastic terrorism in the US

 

THE POST-MIDTERMS MINUTE ('cause they aren't over...)

Help Stacy Abrams in Georgia Gov Recount

Help Bill Nelson in Florida Sen Recount

Help Andrew Gillum in Florida Gov Recount

Mississippi Sen. Run Off Nov. 27th: Help Mike Espy Win! 

Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman 

 

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Air Date: 11/9/2018

Today we take a look at the stunningly consistent history of the relationship between the US and Saudi Arabia. A relationship born out of a need for oil and sustained for the sake of empire.

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Inside the brutal reality of the police-state monarchy of Saudi Arabia - Empire Files - Air Date 11-27-17

Abby Martin takes us inside the brutal reality of this police-state monarchy and tells the untold people's history of resistance to it.

Ch. 2: Who’s in the Driving Seat of the US – Saudi Relationship? Part 1 - The Inquiry - Air Date 8-22-18

Many have begun to question the relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia. Will the US support Saudi Arabia no matter what? So on this week’s Inquiry, we’re asking, who’s in the driving seat when it comes to the US – Saudi alliance?

Ch. 3: 70 Years of Reforming Saudi Arabia - On the Media - Air Date 10-19-18

Georgetown University in Qatar professor Abdullah Al-Arian speaks with Brooke about where the trope of the Saudi royal "reformers" comes from and why it persists.

Ch. 4: The smokescreen of women driving - @Intercepted w @JeremyScahill - Air Date 10-16-18

Looking beneath the propaganda painting the Saudi prince as a reformer bringing his country into modernity.

Ch. 5: Who’s in the Driving Seat of the US – Saudi Relationship? Part 2 - The Inquiry - Air Date 8-22-18

Many have begun to question the relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia. Will the US support Saudi Arabia no matter what? So on this week’s Inquiry, we’re asking, who’s in the driving seat when it comes to the US – Saudi alliance?

Ch. 6: Why Trump can't quit Mohammed bin-Salman - The Daily - Air Date 10-23-18

From the moment he was named the country’s day-to-day leader, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia has disappointed the United States over and over again. Yet the Trump White House hasn’t let go of him. Guest: Mark Landler

Ch. 7: Saudi Arabia - @LastWeekTonight with @iamjohnoliver - Air Date 10-14-18

Following the alarming disappearance of a Saudi journalist and political dissident, John Oliver examines America's uncomfortably comfortable relationship with Saudi Arabia.

Ch. 8: Paul Jay on the US-Saudi Special Relationship - @TheRealNews - Air Date 10-16-18

TRNN’s Paul Jay and Ben Norton discuss why America sees the Saudi monarchy as a key player in its global empire, and the key role of arms sales and fossil fuels in geopolitics.

Ch. 9: Royal Murderers and the uninterrupted support of the US - @Intercepted w @JeremyScahill - Air Date 10-23-18

Jeremy Scahill on the continuity of the US/Saudi relationship and the only difference with Trump in the roll being his blunt honesty about it.

 

VOICEMAILS

Ch. 10: My experience with Outvote - Jill from Connecticut

 

Ch. 11: Final comments with stories of trading privacy for social benefit

 

THE POST-MIDTERMS MINUTE ('cause they aren't over...)

Help Stacy Abrams in Georgia Gov Recount

Help Bill Nelson in Florida Sen Recount

Help Andrew Gillum in Florida Gov Recount

Help Krysten Sinema in Arizona Sen Close Race

Mississippi Sen. Run Off Nov. 27th: Help Mike Espy Win! 

Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman 

 

MUSIC(Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Astrisx - Bodytonic
  • Great is the Contessa - The Contessa
  • The Spinnet - Castle Danger
  • The Envelope - Aeronaut
  • Turning to You - Landsman Duets
  • The Summit - K2
  • Cloud Line - K4
  • Insatiable Toad - Origami
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

 

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Air Date: 11/6/2018

Today we take a look at the movement behind the anti-government, pro-wealthy campaign to remake America that dates back much farther than the Koch Brothers. 

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Ch. 1: Jane Mayer, Dark Money - @InDeepRadio w @AngieCoiro - Air Date 3-23-18

Robert Mercer and his daughter Rebekah moved into prominence with the publication of investigative reporter Jane Mayer’s book, Dark Money.

Ch. 2: Nancy MacLean on the libertarian architect of the American right's revolutionary agenda - @thisishellradio - Air Date 6-17-17

Historian Nancy MacLean examines the libertarian right's revolutionary plan for America - from an ideological capture of think tanks and the GOP to its plan for a society stripped of social programs and democratic influence over capital

Ch. 3: Nancy MacLean explains Democracy in Chains Part 1 - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date 6-8-18

Nancy MacLean discusses her book “Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America,” which delves into the destructive “libertarian” ideology the Koch brothers fund to keep the minority in power.

Ch. 4: Are the Libertarians Winning? - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date 8-2-18

Is the Libertarian plan coming into reality thanks to Ronald Reagan?

Ch. 5: Nancy MacLean explains Democracy in Chains Part 2 - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date 6-8-18

Nancy MacLean discusses her book “Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America,” which delves into the destructive “libertarian” ideology the Koch brothers fund to keep the minority in power.

 

VOICEMAILS

Ch. 6: Final thoughts on the litmus test - Elizabeth from Virginia

 

Ch. 7: Final comments on how no one knows what “litmus test” even means

 

MUSIC:

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Algea Trio - Algea Fields (Blue Dot Sessions)
  • Feather on the Crest - Wax Museum (Blue Dot Sessions)
  • Moon Bicycle Theme - American Moon Bicycle (Blue Dot Sessions)
  • Vibrant Canopy - Origami (Blue Dot Sessions)
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

 

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Air Date: 11/2/2018

Today we take a look at some of the various ways our election system is vulnerable to tampering and hacking from within and without and how it poses a threat to our democracy by casting doubt on the system whether any tampering actually happens or not

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Results of the Voting Village hack-a-thon at DEF CON 26 - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 8-13-18

Brad Friedman details some of the news coming out of the annual hack-a-thom demonstration meant to expose vulnerabilities in our voting system.

Ch. 2: Lori Chamberlain Reveals Huge Holes In The Election System - Moment of Clarity - Air Date 5-12-18

Election Integrity Activist Lori Chamberlain discusses the flaws in our Election System!

Ch. 3: THE MIDTERMS MINUTE- THE FINAL PUSH - DCCC’s “Red Alert” House Races! - Best of the Left Activism

Take action! Click the title and/or scroll down for quick links and resources from this segment.

Ch. 4: America's Voting Machines are Vulnerable, I Know Because I've Hacked Them - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date 08-08-17

Explaining the history of voter disenfranchisement, leading up to the testimony of J. Alex Halderman, professor of Computer Science at the University of Michigan, that show how vulnerable our elections are now to anyone who wants to sway the vote.

Ch. 5: Election integrity advocate Marilyn Marks of Coalition for Good Governance - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 7-31-18

Brad Friedman talks with Marilyn Marks about some of the common-sense solutions to securing our election system.

Ch. 6: Our elections are being hacked - The Weeds - Air Date 10-25-18

Ezra and Jane dig into the dismal state of election security, as well as the many, many ways that people’s votes are obstructed, distorted, and prevented. Isn’t democracy grand?

 

VOICEMAILS

Ch. 7: Another reason to make voting mandatory - Erin from Philadelphia

Ch. 8: Looking forward to multi-generational politics - V from Central New York

 

Ch. 9: Final comments on finding our way to our ultimate goals and feeling better about the frustrations of factional politics

 

THE MIDTERMS MINUTE - FINAL PUSH!

All Battleground Info/Resources: THE MIDTERMS MINUTE H.Q.

"RED ALERT" HOUSE RACES:

FL-15: Kristen Carlson 

IL-06: Sean Casten

IL-12: Brendan Kelly 

NJ-03: Andy Kim 

TX-07: Lizzie Pannill Fletcher

TX-32: Colin Allred 

4 THINGS YOU CAN DO BEFORE NOV. 6TH

1. Donate

House: DCCC Red to Blue Program

Senate: DSCC.org

Toss ups/Battlegrounds: The Midterms Minute H.Q.

2. Virtual Phone Banking

Indivisible Phone Banking (Sen/House/Gov)

Swing Left Phone Banking (House)

Resources for newbies / Hosting a Phone Bank Night

3. Volunteer to GOTV

National Indivisible Chapters Events List

DNC State Parties

Candidates websites: Visit The Midterms Minute H.Q.

4. Talk to Friends & Family (and text people)

Talk, invite them to volunteer with you, etc.

Use OutVote to text friends and encourage them to vote

Passage:"You Can't Change Hate, But You Can Outvote It" (By John Pavlovitz)

Written & Researched by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman 

 

MUSIC(Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Stale Case - Darby
  • Opener - American Moon Bicycle
  • Wingspan - Bayou Birds
  • A Burst of Light - Delray
  • Shift of Currents - Aeronaut
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

 

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Air Date: 10/30/2018

Today we take a look at the phenomenon of conspiracy theories from several different angles including psychology, political necessity and some of the conspiracies de jour.

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Stephan Lewandowsky on the mind of a conspiracy theorist - Point of Inquiry - Air Date 6-3-13

Stephan Lewandowsky talks about his recent study: NASA Faked the Moon Landings, Therefore (Climate) Science is a Hoax: An Anatomy of the Motivated Rejection of Science.

Ch. 2: Steven Novella from The Skeptics Guide to the Universe explains conspiracy theories - You are not so smart - Air Date 3-26-15

Neurologist and host of The Skeptic's Guide to the Universe Steven Novella discusses the psychology and neuroscience behind conspiracy theories and conspiracy theorists.

Ch. 3: Eric Oliver on how intuition and reason divide our politics - Inquiring Minds - Air Date 8-27-18

We talk to political scientist Eric Oliver about the surprisingly high percentage of people who believe in conspiracy theories and the reasons behind those beliefs. His forthcoming book is Enchanted America: How Intuition and Reason Divide Our Politics.

Ch. 4: THE MIDTERMS MINUTE: 4 Things You Can Do Before Election Day & Toss Up Gubernatorial Races! - Best of the Left Activism

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Ch. 5: Scott Crow on understanding conspiracy narratives required for fascist thinking - Revolutionary Left Radio - Air Date 2-19-18

Scott Crow explains why the rise of progressive-left movements are always countered by a rise in right-wing conspiracy theories and why fascism downright requires conspiracies to survive.

Ch. 6: Kevin Roose on the Strange Case of QAnon - The Daily - Air Date 8-2-18

How did an outlandish conspiracy theory born on the fringes of the internet end up in the spotlight at a rally for President Trump? Guest: Kevin Roose, who writes about technology for The New York Times.

 

VOICEMAILS

Ch. 7: Sticking with the litmus test - Elizabeth from Virginia

Ch. 8: Success story for political change - Jordan from Minneapolis, MN

 

Ch. 9: Final comments on strategy and theories of change

 

THE MIDTERMS MINUTE

4 THINGS YOU CAN DO BEFORE NOV. 6TH

1. Donate

House: DCCC Red to Blue Program

Senate: DSCC.org

Toss ups/Battlegrounds: The Midterms Minute H.Q.

2. Virtual Phone Banking

Indivisible Phone Banking(Sen/House/Gov)

Swing Left Phone Banking(House)

Resources for newbies / Hosting a Phone Bank Night

3. Volunteer 

National Indivisible Chapters Events List

DNC State Parties

Candidates websites: Visit The Midterms Minute H.Q.

4. Talk to Friends & Family (and text people)

Talk, invite them to volunteer with you, etc.

Use OutVoteto text friends and encourage them to vote

TOSS UP GUBERNATORIAL RACES!

Connecticut (Open Seat (D))

Ned Lamont (D)(vs. Bob Stefanowski (R))

Georgia (Open Seat (R))

State House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams (D)(vs. GA Sec of State Brian Kemp (R))

Iowa (R Incumbent)

Fred Hubbell (D)(vs. Incumbent Gov. Kim Reynolds (R))

Maine (Open Seat (R))

State Attorney General Janet Mills (D)(vs. Shawn Moody (R))

Nevada (Open Seat (R))

Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak (D)(vs. NV Attorney General Adam Laxalt (R))

Ohio (Open Seat (R))

Former Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray (D)(vs. OH Attorney General Mike DeWine (R))

Oregon (D incumbent)

Incumbent Gov. Kate Brown (D)(vs. OR Rep. Knute Buehler (R))

South Dakota (Open Seat (R))

SD Sen. Billie Sutton (D)(vs. Rep. Kristi Noem (R))

Wisconsin (R incumbent)

WI Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers (D)(vs. Incumbent Gov. Scott Walker (R))

Kansas (Open Seat (R))

KS Sen. Laura Kelly (D)(vs. KS Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R))

Written & Researched by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman 

 

MUSIC:

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Tranceless - Caruthersville (Blue Dot Sessions)
  • Vernouillet - The Sweet Hots (Blue Dot Sessions)
  • Our Fingers Cold - K2 (Blue Dot Sessions)
  • UpUpUp and Over - The Balloonist (Blue Dot Sessions)
  • Gullwing Sailor - Migration (Blue Dot Sessions)
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

 

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Air Date: 10/26/2018

Today we take a look at the crumbling trust in the Supreme Court in the wake of the Kavanaugh confirmation, not to mention the undemocratic electoral college, undemocratic Senate and a whole slew of anti-democracy GOP dirty tricks that have been used to acquire and intrench power for a conservative minority

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Finding the path forward in a rigged system - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 10-8-18

Alleged sexual assaulter and perjurer Judge Brett Kavanaugh is now Justice Kavanaugh on the U.S. Supreme Court, meaning all five serving Republican appointees on the nine-person Court serve under one cloud of illegitimacy or another.

Ch. 2: Senator Jeff Merkley on the legitimacy of the Supreme Court - Amicus from @Slate - Air Date 10-12-18

Dahlia Lithwick talks with Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon about the “deep wounds” in the Senate following Justice Kavanaugh’s confirmation.

Ch. 3: THE MIDTERMS MINUTE- Help Flip Toss Up Battleground House Races in OH, UT, WA! (Part 3) - Best of the Left Activism

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Ch. 4: Brett Kavanaugh's banal, reactionary mind - Jacobin Radio (@jacobinmag) - Air Date 10-8-18

Meagan Day reflects on the toxicity — and banality — of the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation to the Supreme Court. We look at the way the contentious, emotional hearings exposed the fault lines between gender, privilege, class, and politics in the US.

Ch. 5: John Nichols on impeaching Kavanaugh - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 10-9-18

John Nichols talks about investigations that could lead to the filing of articles of impeachment against Brett Kavanaugh.

Ch. 6: Republicans Want To Regulate The Supreme Court ... And Democrats Could Have Done It! - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 01-06-17

There is bipartisan agreement that Article 3 Section 2 of the Constitution gives Congress the power to regulate the Supreme Court, so why don't Democrats use this tactic to fight Citizens United?

Ch. 7: How Obama Paved the Way for the Kavanaugh Appointment - @TheRealNews - Air Date 10-14-18

Eoin Higgins of The Intercept argues that had Obama investigated and prosecuted Bush administration officials, Brett Kavanaugh would probably never have made it to the Supreme Court.

 

VOICEMAILS

Ch. 8: A Response To Matthew On Abortion - Ani from Alabama

Ch. 9: Reproductive justice and the ambiguity of life - Elizabeth from Virginia

 

Ch. 10: Final comments on the choice litmus test

 

THE MIDTERMS MINUTE

REGISTER TO VOTE: RocktheVote.org/register-to-vote/

CONFIRM VOTER REGISTRATION: HeadCount.org/verify-voter-registration/

CHECK VOTING DATES & POLICIES: RocktheVote.org/voting-information/

VOTER ID INFO/HELP: VoteRiders & 866ourvote.org

All Battleground Info/Resources: THE MIDTERMS MINUTE H.Q.

Early Voting Information by State

TOSS UP BATTLEGROUND HOUSE SEATS (part 3)

Ohio

OH-01: Aftab Pureval

Red to Blue OH-01

Utah

UT-04: Ben McAdams

Red to Blue UT-04

Washington

WA-08: Kim Schrier

Red to Blue WA-08

Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman 

 

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Air Date: 10/23/2018

Today we take a look at various strategies, some institutional and some organizational, for the left to take back power and steer the country back toward small D democracy

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Talking with progressive leaders on taking back power - We the People with Nina Turner - Air Date 8-13-18

As mid-term elections near, Nina Turner talks with actress and activist Susan Surrandon, political leader Kimberly Ellis and political activist Jim Hightower about what actually makes America great, and what we can change to improve it.

Ch. 2: Should Blue States Make Voting Mandatory? - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 01-03-17

Author and labor lawyer Thomas Geoghegan joins the show and discusses the notion of compulsory voting.

Ch. 3: THE MIDTERMS MINUTE- Help Flip Toss Up Battleground House Races in NC, TX, & VA! - Best of the Left Activism

Take action! Click the title and/or scroll down for quick links and resources from this segment.

Ch. 4: Ranked Choice Voting vs The Corrupt Establishment - @RepresentUs - Air Date 3-14-17

What if you never had to vote for the lesser of two evils again? Ranked Choice Voting is a small tweak that would be a huge step towards fixing our broken elections.

Ch. 5: Why ranked-choice voting is a terrible idea - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 6-13-18

Brad discusses why, although he is sympathetic to the reasoning behind ranked-choice voting, he prefers the alternative of approval voting for the sake of simplicity.

Ch. 6: Outvote - Getting Dem Friends to Vote: There's an App for That - WNYC - Air Date 8-28-2018

Two Boston-based engineers developed an app that enables people to nudge their friends by text to tell them to go vote. With Outvote, the text comes from someone you know instead of someone you don't.

Ch. 7: David Faris on how and why to fight dirty - Chapo Trap House - Air Date 5-27-18

Political scientist David Faris discusses his book “It’s Time To Fight Dirty”. Faris outlines all the ways a slim democratic majority could and should shortcut norms and the constitution to build enduring power.

Ch. 8: Joe Dinkin of Working Families Party and building progressive infrastructure - The Dig (@thedigradio) - Air Date 10-21-17

Joe Dinkin, of the Working Families Party, discusses the promise and pitfalls of fighting within the Democratic Party.

 

VOICEMAILS

Ch. 9: Thoughts on Choice as a litmus test - Matthew from Central Valley of Northern California

 

Ch. 10: Final comments on how to be pro-choice without moralizing and the need to add vote-by-mail to our list of progressive demands

 

THE MIDTERMS MINUTE

REGISTER TO VOTE: RocktheVote.org/register-to-vote/

CONFIRM VOTER REGISTRATION: HeadCount.org/verify-voter-registration/

CHECK VOTING DATES & POLICIES: RocktheVote.org/voting-information/

VOTER ID INFO/HELP: VoteRiders & 866ourvote.org

All Battleground Info/Resources: THE MIDTERMS MINUTE H.Q.

Early Voting Information by State

TOSS UP BATTLEGROUND HOUSE SEATS (part 2)

North Carolina

NC-09: Dan McCready

Red to Blue NC-09

NC-13:Kathy Manning

Red to Blue NC-13

Texas

TX-07: Lizzie Pannill Fletcher

Red to Blue TX-07

TX-32: Colin Allred

Red to Blue TX-32

Virginia

VA-02: Elaine Luria

Red to Blue VA-02

VA-07: Abigail Spanberger

Red to Blue VA-07

Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman 

 

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Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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