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1 #1356 The Many, Many Problems with Cops and Why Reform is Impossible2020-07-06 20:27:10
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2 #1355 I Can't Breathe, The Three Words That Define an Era2020-06-29 17:43:21
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3 #1354 Police violence and racism are a product of our past (Uprising, Crackdown, Authoritarianism)2020-06-22 19:49:14
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4 #1353 Uprising, George Floyd was the spark that ignited the world2020-06-17 20:13:51
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5 #1352 Racism In America, The Last 160 Years, Explained2020-06-10 15:10:21
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6 #1351 The Empire Strikes Up Another Cold War (China and US Empire)2020-06-05 20:48:45
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7 #1029 You can't reignite a fire that never stops burning (Black and Blue Lives) (Repost)2020-06-02 21:07:15
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8 #1350 Reach For The Good Ideas That Are Just Lying Around (Disaster Capitalism)2020-05-21 17:23:47
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9 Bonus Edition #208 Planet of the Humans from Michael Moore, Explained2020-05-15 16:00:00
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10 Bonus Edition #207 Hope springs eternal and tries to kill you2020-05-07 19:58:29
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11 #1349 A Deep Dive on the Dysfunction of Trump and his Followers (Coronavirus)2020-05-04
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12 Bonus Edition #205 A Pandemic of American Myths2020-04-29 15:18:18
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13 #1348 Not the Great Equalizer, the Amplifier of Disparity (Coronavirus)2020-04-22 02:02:40
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14 Bonus Edition #203 The Fog of Work2020-04-16 19:55:17
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15 #1347 Locked in a Petri Dish (Mass Pandemic Incarceration)2020-04-12 16:21:26
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16 Bonus Edition #201 Forget Positive Thinking, Feel Better by Contemplating the Worst2020-04-08 19:25:48
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17 #1346 Pandemic Economics and the Reverse Robin Hood Bailout2020-04-04 14:32:53
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18 Bonus Edition #200 Mental Taxation2020-04-01 19:57:19
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19 #1345 All the Best COVID-19 Coping Mechanisms in One Place2020-03-26 16:00:00
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20 #1344 Everything is Political (Social Safety Net in a Time of Pandemic)2020-03-20 16:00:00
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#1344 Everything is Political (Social Safety Net in a Time of Pandemic)

Air Date 3/20/2020 Today we take a look at the social safety net we need in the face of Coronavirus and the forces preventing us from having it. Be part of the show! Leave us a message at 202-999-3991 MEMBERSHIP ON PATREON (Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content) EPISODE SPONSORS: Clean Choice Energy SHOP AMAZON: Amazon USA | Amazon CA | Amazon UK SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Janine Jackson takes a quick look at recent coverage of the coronavirus - CounterSpin - Air Date 3-13-20 Some suddenly realize that we need a real social safety net Ch. 2: Lack of Paid Sick Leave Makes It Difficult for Many Workers to Comply with CDC Advice to Stay Home - Democracy Now - Air Date 3-12-20 Labor Department data says that one in four workers have no access to paid sick leave, including two-thirds of lowest earners. The U.S. is one of the only wealthy countries that does not require employers to offer its workers paid sick leave. Ch. 3: Naomi Klein and Jeremy Scahill Discuss Coronavirus - Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill - Air Date 3-17-20 Author Naomi Klein and Jeremy Scahill discuss the bipartisan ruling coalition that created and supported a health system where profits are more important than public health Ch. 4: O Government, Where Art Thou? Medicare For All vs Coronavirus - Rumble with Michael Moore - Air Date 3-15-20 In a modern, functioning, democratic society, how should a public health crisis be handled? And what would America's response to the coronavirus pandemic look like if we had a universal healthcare system such as Medicare For All? Ch. 5: Society Run By Criminal Rackets Not Great For Public Health - The Majority Report - Air Date 3-15-20 In this Majority Report clip, Kevin McCarthy is sure everything is going to be fine. Ch. 6: The coronavirus election - The Weeds - Air Date 3-17-20 Ezra Klein and Matt Yglesias discuss Donald Trump’s disastrous coronavirus speech and dueling pandemic response plans from Sanders and Biden. Ch. 7: “Something Is Wrong in America” Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor & Michael Eric Dyson Debate Sanders v Biden - Democracy Now - Air Date 3-16-20 We play highlights from the debate and get responses from scholars Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor VOICEMAILS Ch. 8: Misrepresenting Biden voters - Erin from Philadelphia FINAL COMMENTS Ch. 9: Final comments on the nature of the cliff that we’re all on the edge of TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF Calm - Take a Deep Breath: A compilation of free meditations, stories to go to sleep to, calm music, soundscapes, movements & stretches, meditations for kids, mindfulness tips and resources, and more.   Curated by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman  MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions): Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr  An Opus in Ab - Blue Nocturnal Landon Depot - The Depot The Basket - The Balloonist One Little Triumph - Piano Mover Cradle Rock - Nursury Donder - Darby Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent   Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Support the show via Patreon Listen on Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Spotify | +more Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher and Facebook!…read more