Recently recapping Best of the Left Podcast Listening.

(2011/06/02) Fiscal and physical health (Health Care)

Edition #493

Fiscal and physical health

Act 1: The GOP Budget Bill Will Kill 70,000 Children Around the World – Majority Report Song 1: First day of my life – Bright Eyes Act 2: Misleading story on cutting Social Security – Counterspin Song 2: Great divide – Fair Act 3: Interview with Austin Goolsbee – Colbert Report Song 3: 14 years – Guns N’ Roses Act 4: The Artful Dodgers – Jim Hightower Song 4: Basket case – Green Day Act 5: Tax Policy for Wealthy – Counterspin Song 5: Starring – Freelance Whales Act 6: Tea Party Group Trying to Kill Medicare – Young Turks Song 6: I Didn’t Fuck It Up – Katie Goodman Act 7: Bernie Sanders on a new idea for health care – Grit Radio Song 7: Leader – Burning Spear Act 8: Republicans Want to Literally Take Food out of the Mouths of Babes – The Progressive Song 8: The kids don’t stand a chance – Vampire Weekend Act 9: Sorkin airing comments from Wall Street CEO’s – Counterspin Song 9: Praise you – Fatboy Slim Act 10: Single-Payer Plan – Senator Bernie Sanders Song 10: The Right Place at the Night Time – Fluid Lines Act 11: Tea Party Excuse for NY 26th District Special Election Results -Young Turks Song 11: Sydney (I’ll Come Running) – Brett Dennen Act 12: Why we can’t have an adult conversation on health expenses – Majority Report

(2011/06/14) It gets worse (2012 Elections)

Edition #497

It gets worse

Act 1: Republican Candidates- It Gets Worse – Wait wait don’t tell me Song 1: Dancing queen – Abba Act 2: Michele Bachmann Compares Herself to Obama – David Pakman Song 2: New Slang – The Shins Act 3: Anti-Muslim GOP candidate Herman Cain – Jimmy Dore Show Song 3: Your Racist Friend – They might be giants Act 4: Fox News Decides GOP Primary – Young Turks Song 4: Viva la Vida – Vitamin String Quartet Act 5: Fox News REALLY Wants Chris Christie to Run – Media Matters Song 5: Viva la Vida – Vitamin String Quartet Act 6: Herman Cain Wants Small Bills – Colbert Report Song 6: Girlfriend in a coma – The Smiths Act 7: Fighting back against the war on Labor – Thom Hartmann Song 7: Breakneck Speed – Tokyo Police Club Act 8: Republicans Running and Not Running for President – Wait wait don’t tell me Song 8: New shoes – Paolo Nutini Act 9: Bill O’Reilly, PR Consultant Extraordinaire – Media Matters Song 9: New shoes – Paolo Nutini Act 10: Newt Gingrich’s criticism of Paul Ryan – Le Show Song 10: All apologies – Nirvana Act 11: Don’t Celebrate Obama’s 2012 Victory Yet -The Progressive Song 11: Submarine Symphonika – The Submarines Act 12: The World – The Business End – Colbert Report Song 12: I want it all – Queen Act 13: Jon Stewart Disapointed in Obama – Young Turks

(2011/06/20) Deregulating and misusing the media (Media)

Edition #499

Deregulating and misusing the media

Act 1: A bit of explaining about net neutrality – Jimmy Dore Show Song 1: The Edge Of The Ocean – Ivy Act 2: Rush Limbaugh Lies On Net Neutrality – Young Turks Song 2: Julie-O -Kevin “KO” Olusola Act 3: Fox’s Eric Boiling Auditions for Glenn Beck’s Spot – Media Matters Act 4: The effects of net neutrality legislation Part 1 – On the Media Song 4: Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up) – Florence + The Machine Act 5: Sleazy Website Will Link To Anything – The Onion Song 5: Finding Something To Do – Hellogoodbye Act 6: The effects of net neutrality legislation Part 2 – On the media Song 6: Catch My Disease – Ben Lee Act 7: Obama Admin Wiretraps the Internet – Young Turks Song 7: Play the Game – Shout Out Louds Act 8: The right’s reaction to net neutrality – Counterspin Song 8: RazorWire (Instrumental) – Chris Priest Act 9: This is what counts as an “apology” over at Fox Business News – Media Matters Act 10: Obama Caves On Net Neutrality, GOP Claims Government Takeover – Young Turks Song 10: Fool – Shakira Act 11: Elderly Woman Destroys Internet – The Onion Song 11: La Valsa d’Am’lie (Version Piano) – Yann Tiersen Act 12: Rush to Race-Bait – Media Matters Act 13: Keith Olbermann on Current TV – Colbert Report Song 13: Welcome Back, Kotter (Main Theme) – Knightsbridge Act 14: The media’s know nothing, scolding, sex-negative bullshit – Dan Savage

(2011/06/22) Election-Related 500TH EPISODE SPECTACULAR

Edition #500!

Election-Related 500TH EPISODE SPECTACULAR

Act 1: Kindergarten GOP -Youth Vote – Colbert Report Song 1: Desperately Wanting – Better than Ezra Act 2: Gingrich is Uncle Fester – Wait wait don’t tell me Song 2: Knock yourself out – Jon Brion Act 3: Newt threatens American with :The Texas Miracle” – Jim Hightower Song 3: Kyoko’s House (“stage blood is not enough”) – Philip Glass Act 4: Newt Gingrich Advisers Resign En Easse – David Pakman Show Song 4: One Day – Matisyahu Act 5: Palin supporters change history – Wait wait don’t tell me Song 5: Hey ya – Obadiah Parker Act 6: Candidates flip flop on support of cap and trade – Green News Report Song 6: Keepsake – State Radio Act 7: Can Any Candidate Keep the GOP Together? – The Breakdown Song 7: What I’m looking for – Brendan Benson Act 8: Indecision 2012 – Tim Pawlenty & Herman Cain – Daily Show Song 8: Take my hand – Dido Act 9: Mitt Romney Mormon Gay Rights Switched Position – Young Turks Song 9: All These Things That I’ve Done – The Killers Act 10: Huntsman enters the race but is too reasonable to win – Green News Report Song 10: One million miles away – J. Ralph Act 11: Obama Turns to Corporate Insider Campaign Manager Jim Messina – Democracy Now! Song 11: Little lion man – Mumford & Sons Act 12: GOP debate full of ridiculous – Wait wait don’t tell me Song 12: Close your eyes – Young Love Act 13: Turns out Bachman might be crazy – Counterspin Song 13: Cosmis Love – Florence + The Machine Act 14: Religious test and pro-constitution – Jimmy Dore Show

(2011/06/25) Will the real moderates please stand up (Religion)

Edition #501 

Will the real moderates please stand up

Act 1: Harold Camping’s Rapture Failure – Wait wait don’t tell me Song 1: King of wishful thinking – Go West Act 2: How Priests Accused of Abuse Can Go Undetected – NPR Song 2: Mary Mary – Chumbawamba Act 3: The sixties made me do it – Jim Hightower Song 3: Love sick – Anya Marina Act 4: Johann vs homophobic violence – Johann Hari Song 4: Hello bonjour – Michael Franti And Spearhead Act 5: God Quietly Phasing Holy Ghost Out Of Trinity – The Onion Song 5: Heaven – Los Lonely Boys Act 6: Texas GOP Governor Rick Perry Says He’s A Prophet – Young Turks Song 6: Natural blue – Moby Act 7: Jen Lee: Saving Souls – The Moth Song 7: Personal Jesus – Depeche Mode Act 8: Johann vs multiculturalism – Johann Hari Song 8: Swing low sweet chariot – The Persuasions Act 9: Pope Wins Host-Eating Constest – The Onion Song 9: Like a prayer – Madonna Act 10: Atheists are the downfall of society but Christians are under attack – Citizen Radio Song 10: Spirit in the sky – Norman Greenbaum Act 11: Moderate Christians need to speak up – Dan Savage

(2011/07/03) The Backfire Effects (Media)

Edition #504

The Backfire Effects

Act 1: Republican Scandal Hypocrisy – Rachel Maddow – Air Date: 06-16-11 Song 1: La Valse Des Vieux Os – Yann Tiersen Act 2: Chris Wallace Doesn’t Want to Talk about Fox News – Media matters Act 3: Cenk Interview re: Anthony Weiner, Republican Targets – Rachel Maddow – Air Date: 06-16-11 Song 3: M79 – Vampire Weekend Act 4: CNN Republican Debate co-sponsored by Tea Party Express – Counterspin – Air Date: 06-16-11 Song 4: Kick drum heat – The Avett Brothers Act 5: Examples of false comparisons – On the Media Song 5: We’re simple minds – Club 8 Act 6: Rational science facts Vs Human Emotions, Influence on Politics – Need to Know – air Date: 06-17-11 Song 6: Burning heart – Survivor Act 7: Why Facts Don’t Stop People from Believing Stupid Stuff – David Packman – Air Date: 06-28-11 Song 7: Windowsill – Arcade Fire Act 8: Who Pays Limbaugh? Beck? Levine? – Young Turks Song 8: New Soul – Yael Na’m Act 9: Inaccuracies reprinted enough to become true – Counterspin – Air Date: 06-30-11 Song 9: Yeat’s grave – The Cranberries Act 10: Jon Stewart Calls Out Fox News Bias – Young Turks Air Date: 06-20-11

(2011/07/06) Soft bigotry of low expectations (Elections)

Edition #505

Soft bigotry of low expectations

Act 1: Indecision 2012 – Republican Limited Options – Daily Show – Airdate: 06-30-11 Song 1: The A-TeamTheme – john Swihart Act 2: Bergman’s Blog: Plan B For The GOP – Radio Free Oz Song 2: Momentum – Aimee Mann Act 3: 3 2012 candidates: Obama, Perry, Huntsman et al – Rachel Maddow Airdate: 06-17-11 Song 3: Sitting, Waiting, Wishing – Jack Johnson Act 4: Michele Bauchmann rising GOP choice – Wait, wait Airdate: 07-02-11 Song 4: Stairway to Gilligan’s Island – Little Roger and the Goosebumps Act 5: Obama’s Lackluster Campaign Speech – Young Turks Air Date: 06-15-11 Song 5: Ballad Of A Comeback Kid – The New Pornographers Act 6: Colbert Super PAC – Addresses Super Nation – Colbert Report Airdate: 06-30-11 Song 6: Tomorrow – Duran Duran Act 7: Koch Bros secret meeting/ GOP attendee vanishing acts – Rachel Maddow Airdate: 06-28-11 Song 7: The District Sleeps Alone Tonight – The Postal Service Act 8: Why Does Cenk Criticize Obama – Young Turks Air Date: 06-29-11

(2011/07/09) 1, 2, 3, 4, I declare a class war (Economics)

Edition #506

1, 2, 3, 4, I declare a class war

Act 1: Grecian Burn – Daily Show – 06-22-11 Song 1: This is not the end – The Bravery Act 2: The IMF’s Other Scandal – The Progressive Song 2: Strawberry Swing – Coldplay Act 3: Grecian Burn – Credit Default Swaps – Daily Show – 06-22-11 Song 3: Banking on a myth – Andrew Bird Act 4: Germany vs American Economics – Young Turks Song 4: Was wollen wir trinken – Oktoberklub Act 5: Grecian Burn – Battle of Duality – Daily Show – 06-22-11 Song 5: Greek gods in the west – The Los Dos Bros Act 6: Without Unions America Would Red, White, & Blow! – Lee Camp Act 7: US Uncut Boston MUSIC VIDEO – Chris Priest Act 8: Debt Ceiling Fight Is Fake – Young Turks – 06-20-11 Song 8: Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right – Bob Dylan Act 9: What A Debt Default Would Relly Mean For The U.S. – NPR Song 9: PTF2012 – VNV Nation Act 10: Talking Point: Obama Making Economy Worse, On Purpose – Media Matters Song 10: PTF2012 -VNV Nation Act 11: Bill O’Reilly on Obama’s ‘Economic Liberalism’ – Counterspin – 06-30-11 Song 11: Razorwire – Chris Priest Act 12: Why We Make Less $ Now Than in 1980 – Young Turks – 06-21-11 Song 12: Middle class boy – Theo Bard Act 13: Getting Pissed On By The Power Elite – Lee Camp Song 13: Paradox – Devilz-Speciez Act 14: Arguments over Medicare and the economy – Jimmy Dore Show – 06/23/11

(2011/07/12) Laugh, cry and cheer (Gay rights)

Edition #507

Laugh, cry and cheer

Act 1: NY state gay marriage law effect on humor – Wait wait – Airdate: 07-02-11 Song 1: Chapel of love – The Dixie Cups Act 2: Special Comment – Same-Sex Marriage in NY and beyond – Countdown Song 2: The book of love – The Monotones Act 3: 53% in US support gay marriage, now Obama should too – Bill Maher Song 3: Fuck you – Lily Allen Act 4: Obama’s Gay Marriage Stance Weak – Young Turks – Air Date: 06-29-11 Song 4: Say it to me now – Glen Hansard Act 5: The hidden history of homosexuality in America – Johann Hari Song 5: Protest song – Eric Himan Act 6: Massachusetts Supreme Court Orders All Citizens to Gay Marry – The Onion Song 6: I can’t help myself – The Four Tops Act : Financial Incentive for NY Gay Marriage – Indigo Boys – Bugle – Air Date: 07-09-11 Song 7: Gay Boyfriend – Garfunkel and Oates Act 8: Charlene Strong: It Wasn’t Enough – The Moth

(2011/07/15) Too much power for anyone to have (Police State)

Edition #508

Too much power for anyone to have

Act 1: Texas and Capital Punishment for Foreign Citizens – Rachel Maddow – AirDate: 07-07-2011 Song 1: Remember Jonathan – Cyrille Verdeaux Act 2: Executing an Innocent Man and Other Summertime Games – Lee Camp Song 2: Light & Day / Reach for the Sun – The Polyphonic Spree Act 3: Death penalty in chaos mixed with presidential politics – Rachel Maddow – Air Date: 07-07-2011 Song 3: I Will Follow You Into The Dark – Death Cab For Cutie Act 4: Private Prisons Milk Cash Cow – The Progressive Song 4: A Million Ways To Be Cruel – OK Go Act 5: Hamburgler Urges Senate Subcommittee to ‘Robble Robble Robble’ – The Onion Song 5: Smooth Criminal – Alien Ant Farm Act 6: Record A Cop Get Rapist Prison Sentence – Young Turks 06/08/11 Song 6: Gray or Blue – Jaymay Act 7: Support the Pelican Bay Hunger Strikers – The Progressive Air Date: 07/06/11 Song 7: Bloodstream – Stateless Act 8: Covert warnings about gov secrecy and power from some members of congress – Part 1 – Common Sense – Air Date: 06-03-11 Song 8: Fortnunate son – Creedence Clearwater Revivial Act 9: Patriot Act Renewed – Paul Vs Reid – Young Turks Air Date: 05/31/11 Song 9: Here it goes again – Ok Go Act 10: Covert warnings about gov secrecy and power from some members of congress – Part 2 – Commons Sense – Air Date: 06-03-11

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