Talking Left Episode 2014-24

Thank a Union!

 

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This week on Talking Left, we gave you our take on some of this week's big news, and we cut loose a bit without any guests!

In hour one, we talking about Mitch McConnell getting busted sucking up to the Koch brothers, and explained the FEC gridlock that's effectively giving Republicans a free pass on some creative campaign donations.  We also touched on McConnell's newest opponent in Kentucky - the Libertarian police officer David Patterson.  

In the second hour, we finally got to the most important Constitutional Amendment of our summer series - money in politics.  Although we may have frustrated a few of our listeners by saying that spending money is speech and corporations sometimes need to be "people" - we hope that you stay listening through out explanation.  

Also in hour two, we got in sexism and the so-called "Rape Culture," and how puritanical beliefs allow anti-women views to be perpetuated in our society.

And, of course, in hour three we talked Labor Day, and the many reasons why we should thank a union on this - and every - Labor Day!  Unions have helped fight for many of the rights, protections, regulations, and holidays that we often take for granted, and it's important that we keep fighting for our right to organize.  

Thanks to Rocky Mountain Mike for writing and producing our incredible theme music! Please check out his amazing Sound CloudThanks to We Act Radio - 1480AM WPWC, Netroots Radio, SoFlo Radio, and Radio or Not,- for helping to ensure all listeners have corporate-free, independent radio!  You can also follow all of the news about upcoming topics and guests on our Facebook page and on Twitter @TalkingLeft.  And you can subscribe to Talking Left free on iTunes!

As always, thanks for listening!

 

Talking Left Episode 2014-23

"Hands Up! Don't Shoot!" - Ferguson & the Fight for the Four Freedoms!

 

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This week on Talking Left, we spoke at length about civil rights, police brutality, and the fight for justice for Mike Brown in Ferguson, MO.

In hour one, we spoke with our friend and scholar Mr. Copaulicus about the latest attacks on affirmative action and the ongoing fight for civil rights for people of color.  We may see the rights of the LGBT community expanding, but at the same time the rights of minorities are slipping away.  Whether it's the right to protest and assemble, or it's the right to get a fair chance at an education and employment, we must remain vigilant to ensure that these rights are protected.

In the second hour, we gave your our take about the militarization of our police force, and the gutting of community policing programs.  The United States has a dark history of arming both sides of conflicts, and allowing our military industrial complex to profit off of the fall out.  Just as we've seen with conflicts between Iraq and Iran, Syria and ISIS, and Iran and Saudi Arabia, it appears "both sides" are being armed on our streets so that police can attempt to justify their need for military weaponry.  If we've got money to give our cops tanks and machine guns, why can't we spend more money on community policing programs that actually help?

Also in hour two, we spoke with Professor Harvey J. Kaye, author of The Fight for the Four Freedoms, What made FDR and the Greatest Generation truly Great.  Professor Kaye explained how the progressive movement started in the 1930s, and how our parents and grandparents fought for a better future for the rest of us.  Right now, the economic and political situation in our nation is calling for another Great Generation, and the events in Ferguson, MO prove how badly we need a new nation-wide progressive movement.  As they say, those who do not understand history are damned to repeat it.  By learning about the history of the Greatest Generation from brilliant people like Professor Kaye, we'll be better prepared to become great ourselves.

During the last hour, we talked about how FDR's Second Bill of Rights could equalize communities and prevent more of our young people from being murdered because of the color of their skin.  When our police no longer view people of color as "the other" - they will be less likely to take their lives without a second thought.  If we get the chance to amend our Constitution, why not go "big" and enact a this Second Bill of Rights.

Also in hour three, we spoke with Pete Callahan of We Act Radio.  Pete has been on the ground in Ferguson this week livestreaming for Credo Action, covering the protests and events that have unfolded.  He explained the feeling of unity and determination he's seen from protesters and community leaders, and the reaction to the military tactics used by police.  Pete is doing important, incredible work, and we'll keep you updated as long as he's in Ferguson.  Be sure to support the cause by sharing the livestream feed and signing Credo's petition calling for justice for Mike Brown.


Thanks to Rocky Mountain Mike for writing and producing our incredible theme music! Please check out his amazing Sound CloudThanks to We Act Radio - 1480AM WPWC, Netroots Radio, SoFlo Radio, and Radio or Not,- for helping to ensure all listeners have corporate-free, independent radio!  You can also follow all of the news about upcoming topics and guests on our Facebook page and on Twitter @TalkingLeft.  And you can subscribe to Talking Left free on iTunes!

As always, thanks for listening!

 

Talking Left Episode 2014-22

Elections, The NSA, & The Real History of Gun Rights

 

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This week on Talking Left, we gave you our take on the news you won't hear in the Sunday morning corporate media!

In the first hour, we continued our summer series on amending the Constitution, and got in to the real history of the Second Amendment.  This week, Washington, D.C.'s ban on handguns was struck down as a violation of the individual right to keep and bear arms.  However, you may be surprised to learn that this wasn't even considered an individual right until about 1960.  For nearly 200 years in our nation, gun rights were only protected for members of a "well-regulated militia" - but the NRA got involved, and today many courts refuse to place any limitations on gun rights.  We know that 90 percent of Americans agree with background checks and other gun regulations, so perhaps we need to update the Second Amendment to protect our right to regulate weapons of war.

In hour two, we gave you our take on CIA Director John Brennan finally admitting that the CIA spied on Senate staffers.  While Brennan apologized for the CIA spying, we must ensure that he - and anyone else involved - is held accountable.  Forty years after President Richard Nixon resigned over Watergate, we're still learning about ways he broke the law.  However, because President Ford pardoned Nixon, we were never able to hold him responsible for his crimes.  The same thing happened with Scooter Libby and the Bush Administration, and with President Obama's refusal to hold Bush and Cheney responsible for war crimes.   We can't allow this to happen again.  Our nation can't act like a moral leader when we refuse to hold officials accountable for their crimes.  Brennan should be criminally charged, along with every current and former official who is guilty of a crime.  

In the third hour we talked about Darrell Issa, the House Rules Committee, and the 2014 elections.  And, we had the opportunity to speak with Becky Bond of CREDO Action and CREDO Super PAC about their efforts to save the Senate.  In addition to fighting for progressive issues like immigration, women's rights, and more, CREDO is setting up shop in five states to help the Democrats maintain the majority in the upper chamber.  You can help their efforts by getting involved at their local offices in one of these states, or by phone banking from home where ever you are.  

Thanks to Rocky Mountain Mike for writing and producing our incredible theme music! Please check out his amazing Sound CloudThanks to We Act Radio - 1480AM WPWC, Netroots Radio, SoFlo Radio, and Radio or Not,- for helping to ensure all listeners have corporate-free, independent radio!  You can also follow all of the news about upcoming topics and guests on our Facebook page and on Twitter @TalkingLeft.  And you can subscribe to Talking Left free on iTunes!

As always, thanks for listening!

 

Talking Left Episode 2014-21

Some rights transcend political parties!

 

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This week on Talking Left, we talked about health care, voting rights, and basic human protections.  These are issues that we should support, regardless of where we fall on the political spectrum.

In hour one, we gave you our take on this week's conflicting Obamacare rulings, and on Paul Ryan's so-called "Opportunity Plan."  Although many "left-wing" media outlets have dismissed the DC Circuit's ruling, and claimed that the health care law is safe, there is reason to be concerned, and there is a simple way to fix the issue.  We can cry "Judicial Activism," but the real problem is the right-wingers in Congress who refuse to fix a drafting error in the law.  Hopefully, the full DC Circuit agrees that the subsidies were intended in the federal exchanges, and prevents this lawsuit from making its way to the Right-wing members of the Supreme Court.  

Although Paul Ryan calls his "Opportunity Plan" a new way to help the poor, it really consists of a bunch of old Republican ideas wrapped up in a new package.  However, rather than dismissing his plan as the political maneuver that it is, we should take a page out of the GOP's playbook, and call on Congress to pass the parts of his plan that we agree on.  Expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit and reforming mandatory minimum prison sentences are actually good ideas - so, let's get those done and send Republicans back to the drawing board with the rest of their block grant clap trap.

In the second hour, we kicked off our summer series on Constitutional amendments.  Although most Progressives would start off with getting money out of politics, we thought that we'd start with something even more fundamental - the right to vote.  According to many experts, including Congressman Marc Pocan, there is no explicit right to vote in the Constitution.  There is an implied right, as our democracy is based on self-governance, but we think it needs to be even stronger.  There is nothing more important than participating in our political system, and we need a higher bar to prevent right-wing state lawmakers from trying to take away our right to do so.

As we discussed voting rights, we wanted to speak with someone who lives and breaths this issue.  We were joined by Elisabeth MacNamara, the President and Chair of The League of Women Voters of the U.S.  The LWV fights to protect our right to vote in states all around our nation, and they help voters understand the issues in both national and state elections.  President MacNamara had a different take on the constitutional right to vote, and she is - after all - the real expert.  Regardless of whether you think we should pass an amendment, renew the Voting Rights Act, or simply vote out lawmakers who want to disenfranchise voters, the League of Women Voters is an excellent resource to get involved.  You can check out their site Vote411.org for information about upcoming elections, and you can join their fight at LWV.org.

In hour three, we continued our discussion of rights that need to be protected - and this time talked about how prisoners in our nation are being denied those rights.  After the second botched execution in recent months, it's clear that states are experimenting on prisoners - and that's a violation of the Geneva Convention.  Groups like the ACLU are working on a Prisoner's Bill of Rights, but perhaps we need to take it a step further, and first enact law to affirm that these are human beings.  Perhaps it's time for a Prisoner's Magna Carta!

Also in hour three, we circled back to the health care discussion, and spoke with Mayor Adam O'Neal of Bellhaven, North Carolina.  Mayor O'Neal walked from his state all the way to D.C. to bring attention to the closure of a rural hospital is his town.  Consolidation and the state legislature's refusal to expand Medicaid brought about that closure, and left residents dangerously far from the closest emergency room.  You can help his cause at SaveOurHospital.org, and you can meet Mayor O'Neal on Monday morning in Washington, D.C.!

Thanks to Rocky Mountain Mike for writing and producing our incredible theme music! Please check out his amazing Sound CloudThanks to We Act Radio - 1480AM WPWC, Netroots Radio, SoFlo Radio, and Radio or Not,- for helping to ensure all listeners have corporate-free, independent radio!  You can also follow all of the news about upcoming topics and guests on our Facebook page and on Twitter @TalkingLeft.  And you can subscribe to Talking Left free on iTunes!

As always, thanks for listening!

 

Talking Left Episode 2014-20

How do the billionaires stay in power? By keeping us busy fighting with each other!

 

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While most of our friends and regular guests were away at Netroots Nation this weekend, we held down the fort here in DC!

In the first hour, we got into the GOP's fake effort to protect women's right to contraceptives, the different ways we can amend the Constitution, and the interesting Liberal-Libertarian alliance in the House of Representatives.

In hour two, we gave you our thoughts on Russia, Ukrainian "separatists," Malaysian Airlines Flight 17, and the Detroit Water Brigade.

And, in the last hour we talked about how artificial scarcity plagues almost every issue of our lives, and how that plays in to health care.


Thanks to Rocky Mountain Mike for writing and producing our incredible theme music! Please check out his amazing Sound CloudThanks to We Act Radio - 1480AM WPWC, Netroots Radio, SoFlo Radio, and Radio or Not,- for helping to ensure all listeners have corporate-free, independent radio!  You can also follow all of the news about upcoming topics and guests on our Facebook page and on Twitter @TalkingLeft.  And you can subscribe to Talking Left free on iTunes!

As always, thanks for listening!

 

Talking Left Episode 2014-19

The Term of the Perfect Plaintiff!

 

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As we were off last week for the 4th of July, this week, we wanted to give you our take on Hobby Lobby, Harris v. Quinn, and catch up with three amazing guests!

In hour one, we covered the Supreme Court's recent Hobby Lobby ruling, and the fact that using the Religious Freedom Restoration Act to justify their decision was pure politics.  The RFRA of 1993 essentially told all future Congresses and courts how to rule - something that can't be done without amending our Constitution.  However, now that the five Right-wing members of our nation's highest court have decided it is perfectly fine for employers to discriminate under the guise of "religious freedom," there's more at stake than just access to birth control.  Thanks to that ruling, the ACLU and other organizations have withdrawn their support of the Employment Nondiscrimination Act, and the Justices have made it even harder for Congress and the President to get anything done.

Next, we gave your our take on the Harris v. Quinn ruling, and explained how Conservative groups have done more than stack the courts full of Right-wing judges.  They've also spent the last few decades finding the "perfect plaintiffs" to challenge the laws that we consider progress.  

Also in hour two, we spoke with our good friend David Kearns.  In addition to being the author of the must-read book "Rick Scott, Enemy of the State," David is fighting to fix his broken state by running for Florida State House seat in District 53.  To find our where you can meet David, or how to lend a hand to his campaign, check out his campaign website - DavidAKearns.com.  All politics is local, and state legislatures have the biggest impact on our everyday lives.  David has what it takes to fight for the people of Florida, and we give him our full support!

In hour three, we spoke with not one, but two of the co-owners of We Act Radio.  As we know Senator John McCain isn't likely to give us an interview any time soon, we spoke with Cliff Schecter, author of "The Real McCain" about what we would like to call the Senator out on if we ever had a chance.  Cliff gave us his take on McCain's war mongering, his xenophobic comments about the border crisis, and more.  For Cliff's latest thoughts, check out his column on The Daily Beast.

Also in the last hour, we heard from Kymone Freeman about his newest project - Who's the M.A.C.?  That stands for Music - Art - Culture.  Rather than complaining about the disappearance of art and culture from our society and our schools, Kymone and friends are doing something about it.  Who's the MAC - or #WTMAC for short - will bring a game-show type program to public access TV to teach viewers some interesting facts about the arts.  Winners can donate cash prizes to the organization of their choice, and perhaps even win an exotic vacation.  To learn more about #WTMAC, or donate a few bucks towards the project, check out the Indegogo campaign, and be sure to share it with all your friends!

Thanks to Rocky Mountain Mike for writing and producing our incredible theme music! Please check out his amazing Sound CloudThanks to We Act Radio - 1480AM WPWC, Netroots Radio, SoFlo Radio, and Radio or Not,- for helping to ensure all listeners have corporate-free, independent radio!  You can also follow all of the news about upcoming topics and guests on our Facebook page and on Twitter @TalkingLeft.  And you can subscribe to Talking Left free on iTunes!

As always, thanks for listening!

 

Talking Left Episode 2014-18

The Populist Movement is real...and it's growing!

 

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This week on Talking Left, we talked SCOTUS, John Boehner, and how we build on the Populist Movement.

In the first hour, we did a recap of this week's Supreme Court rulings, and tried to give you a few points that you may not have heard about each one.  Did you know that Justice Antonin Scalia wasn't always the pro-Fourth Amendment, Libertarian, Tea Party hero that he now seems to be?  Or, how about the fact that the Supreme Court thinks their personal buffer zone rule is fine, and that it's okay to lock people up in "free speech zone" cages, but that women don't deserve a little space to safely access a completely legal medical procedure?  And, even though the Supreme Court has amassed a tremendous amount of power, why is it that they don't think that our President should be acting like an executive?  Apparently, it's okay for them to act like royalty, but they'll be damned if they allow anyone else to exert a little power.

In hour two, we got in to House Speaker John Boehner's "show trial" of a lawsuit against the President.  The Republicans know that they can't get away with real impeachment proceedings, so they want to put President Obama on trial in the court of the media.  Not only will this likely be thrown out of court, but hopefully it will end up backfiring on the obstructionists in Congress.

Also in the second hour, we spoke with Marissa Valeri of Common Cause.  Now, more than ever, we must join together to get money out of politics and protect our right to participate in our democratic process.  Common Cause is working hard on both of those issues, and a whole lot more.  Merissa explained how you can get involved with groups in your area, and help work on overturning Citizens United, protecting a free and open internet, or making sure that all your friends and neighbors show up to vote.  

In the third hour, we spoke with not one, but two more amazing guests!  First we heard from David Bender, the political director of Progressive Voices, about his thoughts on this weeks Mississippi primary runoff.  The race between Thad Cochran and Chris McDaniel really did seem like a made-for-TV movie, but it proved how much the Republican establishment wants to keep out Tea Party candidates.  Hopefully, the continuing in-fighting between these two candidates will give the Democrat in the race an advantage, but it is, after all, the very Red state of Mississippi.

Last, but far from least, we spoke with Tom Cheevers of Netroots Radio.  In addition to helping Netroots Radio get up and running, Tom also hosts his own show called Kicking Ass.  We spoke about the history of Netroots Radio, and about the importance of the Progressive community.  Like many other Progressive news outlets, Netroots is ran by a few passionate, hard-working, dedicated people, and it is amazing what they've been able to pull off! As the Right continues to take over terrestrial radio, it's people like Tom that will make sure we still have a place to tune in to Progressive radio.  

Thanks to Rocky Mountain Mike for writing and producing our incredible theme music! Please check out his amazing Sound CloudThanks to We Act Radio - 1480AM WPWC, Netroots Radio, SoFlo Radio, and Radio or Not,- for helping to ensure all listeners have corporate-free, independent radio!  You can also follow all of the news about upcoming topics and guests on our Facebook page and on Twitter @TalkingLeft.  And you can subscribe to Talking Left free on iTunes!

As always, thanks for listening!

 

Talking Left Episode 2014-17

Real leaders are not reactionary!

 

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This week on Talking Left, we did give you our take on some of the major news stories of the week, but we also tried to cover a few stories that the corporate media refused to cover.

In the first hour, we talked about the Supreme Court allowing a free speech case to proceed through the lower courts.  In Ohio, it is currently a crime to make false statements about someone in a political race.  While we certainly don't want dishonest campaign ads, do we really want someone thrown in jail for speech?  The Justices have not yet ruled on whether the Ohio law is constitutional, so we'll have to watch this case as it makes its way through the lower courts.  

In hour two, we discussed the difference between reaction and proaction, and explained how and why we end up with bad legislation.  Most lawmakers only call for regulation after some tragedy has occurred, while real leaders, like Senator Bernie Sanders, stand up for what they believe in even before it's popular.  We can't turn the congressional followers in to proactive lawmakers, but we can continue to fight to show that the vast majority of this country supports progressive ideas.

Also in the second hour, we explained how patent trolls screw over inventors, and how they raise technology costs and stifle innovation.  A recent ruling by the Supreme Court says that "abstract ideas" are not protected by patents, and we hope that this case will be used to block patent trolls out right.  While we believe that no one should have their creation stolen from them, patents should be used sparingly.  We must stop the abuse by companies that use patents like a sword to kill competition and prevent the "next big idea" from taking shape.

In hour three, we gave you our take on the war hawks calling for another war in Iraq, and on why you can't ever expect a fair discussion in the corporate media.  The fact is, we're never going to get the complete truth from networks that get millions from the military industrial complex.  If we want to prevent another Iraq war, the best thing we can do is follow President Obama's lead.  We didn't go in to Syria because the President forced Congress to vote on it, and he must demand that they hold an on-the-record vote on going in to Iraq.

And, last, but certainly not least, we had the pleasure of speaking with Justice Putnam of Netroots Radio.  In addition to hosting his own program: The After Show, Justice is a poet, a musician, an actor, a craftsman, and much more.  We decided he certainly qualifies as a modern-day Renaissance Man, and his incredible background allows him to relate to just about anyone.  We spoke with Justice about his show, and about the so-called "Men's Rights Movement," that is trying to legitimize misogyny.   To hear Justice's take on many more issues, be sure to check out his show, and all of the other great programs on NetRoots Radio!

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Rocky Mountain Mike for writing and producing our incredible theme music! Please check out his amazing Sound CloudThanks to We Act Radio - 1480AM WPWC, Netroots Radio, SoFlo Radio, and Radio or Not,- for helping to ensure all listeners have corporate-free, independent radio!  You can also follow all of the news about upcoming topics and guests on our Facebook page and on Twitter @TalkingLeft.  And you can subscribe to Talking Left free on iTunes!

As always, thanks for listening!

 

Talking Left Episode 2014-16

Progressive Econ 101!

 

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This week on Talking Left, we had so much to cover that we didn't think we'd ever get to it all!

In the first hour, we talked about a few news stories that the media missed this week.  And, we explained why the McDonald's & Taco Bell lawsuit in Seattle is a bunch of nonsense.  The fast food giants are fighting tooth and nail to avoid paying that city's new $15 an hour minimum wage, but claiming that the law violates their First Amendment rights is pretty ridiculous.  We went through several reasons why this lawsuit should be thrown out, however you can read an even better breakdown by Ian Millhiser over at Think Progress.

Next, we gave our take on the crisis unfolding in Iraq and Syria, and the Republicans who are already trying to drum up another war.  In all their criticism this week about President Obama pulling troops out of Iraq, they failed to bring up the fact that al-Maliki refused to sign a Status of Forces Agreement, or the fact that there's not much we can do to help stop Isis.  To learn more about how we broke that country, and why there's not much we can do to fix it, check out the following links over at Mother Jones.

What the Hell Is Happening in Iraq Right Now?

7 Talking Points You Need For Discussing the Iraq Crisis

After that, we talked about something that many of you probably haven't heard since you were in school - the concept of scarcity.  This topic came up over the week, when we were discussing the differences in how Progressives and Conservatives deal with issues like health care.  Conservatives talk about "death panels" and "doctor shortages," and have no problem with medical prices rising so that only the rich can afford treatment.  Progressives want to expand the ACA into Single Payer and guarantee that everyone has the right to see a doctor.  Conservatives think that scarce resources mean that you simply pay more or work harder for something, but Progressives want to make sure that important things like healthcare and jobs are not scarce in the first place.  We're the richest nation on Earth, and there's a hell of a lot more we can do to fix these problems.

In the third hour, we told you about the Defense Department's 'Minerva Research Initiative."  Although this story sounds like the stuff of conspiracy theory, Nafeez Ahmed of the Guardian shared the facts about this government program to study "mass civil breakdown."  According to Nafeez's research, the DoD is farming out millions of dollars of research to various universities to study the who, what, where, when, and why of revolutions and their start on social media.  Whether it's climate change, political unrest, or an economic crash, it appears that government wants to know how to stop these movements before they ever get started.  We'll leave it up to you to decide whether or not that's a good thing...

In case that last story wasn't frustrating enough, did you know that the NSA is claiming that they are too big to regulate?  That's right, according to their own legal filing this week, the spy agency says they are too massive to comply with a court order directing them to maintain evidence in a lawsuit.  To discuss that story and more, we spoke with Nadia Kayyali of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, about that lawsuit - and about the NSA's Orwellian facial recognition program.  Please be sure to check out the EFF's new Tor program that can help you avoid government spying!

Thanks to Rocky Mountain Mike for writing and producing our incredible theme music! Please check out his amazing Sound Cloud!

Thanks to We Act Radio - 1480AM WPWC, Netroots Radio, SoFlo Radio, and Radio or Not,- for helping to ensure all listeners have corporate-free, independent radio!

And, of course, thanks to you, our listeners, friends, and family - for supporting us through all of our crazy shows, dreams, and political addictions!! 

You can also follow all of the news about upcoming topics and guests on our Facebook page and on Twitter @TalkingLeft.  

And you can subscribe to Talking Left free on iTunes!

As always, thanks for listening!

 

Talking Left Episode 2014-15

We're back!

 

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It's been a crazy few weeks in the radio world, but Talking Left is back after a two-week hiatus!  We tried to catch up on a few stories that we didn't get a chance to talk about, and get in to the current news stories that the corporate media is ignoring.

In the first hour, we discussed how social media has taken over our so-called news cycle, and how opinion and talking points has replaced facts and analysis.  Although there are a million examples we could point to that prove this point, the latest one is definitely the trade President Obama made to get Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl back from the Taliban.  We gave you our opinion of the people who are smearing a POW and his family, and we ALL have to wait on the real facts to come out.  

During the second hour, we talked a lot about the Supreme Court, and their recent refusal to hear an appeal by New York Times reporter James Risen.  The Obama Administration has persecuted more journalists than all other Administrations combined, yet they've also shown public support for a Media Shield law.  Now that Congressman Alan Grayson has introduced - and passed - some protections for journalists, it will be interesting to see where the President stands.  

Also in that hour, we spoke with Dr. Frank Empsak of Workers Independent News.  He explained how three different news outlets - the New York Times, Al Jazeera, and The Wall Street Journal - analyzed income data from recent decades to show that the middle class is losing ground to the one percent.  No one can claim that it's partisan talking points when you have that type of across-the-board conclusions.  The fact is that American wages have declined along with the loss of unions, and we have to fight like hell to make up ground.  You can start by supporting Workers Independent News and all the great work being done at LaborRadio.org.

In the last hour, we spoke with Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Hedrick Smith, author of "Who Stole The American Dream."  Although many of us only hear about French Economist Thomas Piketty because of his latest book, Hedrick has been following his work for years.  He explained that Piketty's analysis of Capitalism shows why we're in the economic situation that we're in, and why sitting back and doing nothing will never change the system.  As Hedrick explains in his book, we've been in tough economic times before, and the decisions we made then helped to create a strong, robust middle class.  Yes, times are tough and we have an up-hill battle, but we can change the system and take back the American Dream.

Thanks to Rocky Mountain Mike for writing and producing our incredible theme music! Please check out his amazing Sound Cloud!

Thanks to We Act Radio - 1480AM WPWC, Netroots Radio, SoFlo Radio, and Radio or Not,- for helping to ensure all listeners have corporate-free, independent radio!

And, of course, thanks to you, our listeners, friends, and family - for supporting us through all of our crazy shows, dreams, and political addictions!! 

You can also follow all of the news about upcoming topics and guests on our Facebook page and on Twitter @TalkingLeft.  

And you can subscribe to Talking Left free on iTunes!

As always, thanks for listening!

 

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