Episode 17 – Charlottesville: The KKK Is Not OK

Tiki Torches are the new hoods in Charlottesville
Counterprotestors in Charlottesville, VA, surrounded by White Nationalists

On this episode, the four of us are back together for a serious episode about the horrid events in Charlottesville, Virginia. If you don’t know, we recap the events of the “Unite The Right” rally, and give some context with a brief history of the KKK and white supremacy in America. We discuss a different history of the police than last week’s bonus episode with Ryan’s dad. We also talk about the centrist response to these events. Things have really changed since last time we talked about punching Nazis. Phil’s finally back to really give us some global history on slavery and racism. Darryl’s even more on Sly’s side than Ryan, who’s moderate views are wavering now that *cracks knuckles* Nazis are openly rallying.

List of Unite The Right Groups Present in Charlottesville
Phil’s oft-recommended Eyes On The Prize Documentary
Birth Of A Nation – The Early Anti-Black Propoganda Film
Tim Wise’s Documentaries
Ken Burns’ Documentaries
Intercept Article on White Supremacists and the Police
An example of how Nazis are treated in Germany
Ryan’s Best Acquaintances Episode

Theme Song: The KKK Took My Baby Away By The Ramones

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Extra Extra – An Interview On The Police & Their Politics

police

This was originally planned to be part of Episode 16 -on what it’s like to be outside of the partisan binary in American politics, but as you’ll hear, it ran too long to be included, but was way too interesting to be left on the cutting room floor.

Ryan sat down with his Dad, retired from the New York City Police Department. He gives a pretty detailed history of the modern NYPD, primarily under Mayor Dinkins and Mayor Giuliani. They discuss some specific instances of violence involving the police like Washington Heights Riots after a police shooting and the 1972 Harlem Mosque Shooting. They also discussed what it was like being a Republican during the Obama years and why many no longer want to associate with the Republican party but… are hesitant to jump to the Democrats.

The opinions that follow are a little outside of the usual for the show, but we hope you enjoy this interview, despite very few of regular host Ryan’s opinions showing through.

Content Warning: We speak extensively on graphic violence involving the police, both from and towards.

Theme Song – Rudie Can’t Fail by The Clash and The Barney Miller Theme song

Special thanks to Sean Lynch for helping out with the intro and outro of this episode.

Apparently, the FBI Crime Stats aren’t as clear as we thought.

Dad’s Band – The Angel’s Share And The Devil’s Dew

Their upcoming show – an all you can eat BBQ

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Episode 16 – Aren’t Both Sides Just As Bad?

On this episode, Ryan interviewed regular host Sly and regular listener Evan. Neither of them fit into either political party. Sly is further left than the Democratic party and Evan’s between them. Is Sly a filthy commie? Is Evan a milquetoast centrist? Are both sides just as bad? (No)

Don’t worry too much, Sly and Evan do not sit down together, otherwise your headphones would explode.

First, Sly tells us his ideal political utopia. He also admits he only became a communist to look cool and is a total Bernie Sanders hipster. Why won’t Bernie join the Democrats? If Sly hates them so much, why is he a registered Dem? How does Sly feel about third parties?

Then, Evan joins to tell about his political journey. How does a mild mannered middle school metal-head go from self-identified liberal to right-leaning, centrist troll of our facebook group? When did he drift into the middle? How did an uber-liberal college shape his opinions? How does Evan feel about third parties?

A bonus interview with a retired member of the NYPD (and a certain host’s Dad) will be up this weekend, touching on some similar themes and a whole lot more history.

Make sure you stick around for the next episode to hear Phil (he’s back!), Darryl, Ryan, and Sly talk about the political journey they all went through to get where they are now. Spoilers, they used to be way dumber and way more problematic.

Theme Song – Your Party by Ween

Special thanks to Ryan from Tales From The Static for helping out with the intro.

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Episode 15 – Rightwing Media – Good For What Ailes Ya

Ailes
Quote by a man who barely knows Roger Ailes

The boys are back, well… not Phil. So we brought in Jon, an avid conservative media consumer (especially Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity) to help us break down just why these monsters are so popular. We also give a (not so) brief history of Roger Ailes and his role in the creation of the modern Republican party and the conservative wing of the media. Without Phil, Sly gets carte blanche to rip apart Capitalism. Darryl thinks all liberals are communists (we are). Ryan’s just a Jon Oliver copy. Just one more episode after this till Phil comes back!

Some topics discussed:

  • Roger Ailes
  • Richard Nixon
  • Rush Limbaugh
  • Trump as the ultimate Foxy Grandpa
  • Sinclair’s Media buyout
  • Mambo No 5
  • Greg Gianforte
  • Conservative Advertisers
  • And much more

The History of Roger Ailes

Sinclair’s Takeover of Local News

Greg Gianforte’s Lack Of Media Coverage

Jon’s Band – The Muckrakers

Muñoz-Stock 2017

Our Reagan Episode

Theme song: Bimbo No 5, a Mambo No 5 parody

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Episode 14 – Let The Women Speak!

Women

The boys are out having fun and Ryan wasn’t invited, so he’s having a girl’s night out! He welcomes Helen, Lauren, and Alana to discuss issues facing women today.

Some topics discussed:

  • Feminism
  • Was Karen Handel’s victory in Georgia’s 6th a victory for women?
  • Trump’s remarks about females (especially Mika Brezinkski)
  • a Freudian analysis of Trump
  • Sandra Fluke
  • Planned Parenthood
  • And much more

Content warning: We do discuss violence against girls, sexual assault, and related topics.

Helen’s Podcast FiLM

Hillary article mentioned

Theme song: Pink Floyd’s Mother as performed by Felicia Westin

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Episode 13 – The Rise of the Machines

machines

To follow up our last informative episode on Climate Change, we’re going to do some factless fearmongering about the dystopian machine future.

The gang decides to talk about automation and the machine workforce replacing humans. Since data is scarce on this issue, we quickly devolve into a discussion about how machines are going to kill us all. We promise the next episode will not feature Terminator imagery or talks about dystopion futures. Phil can’t wait to rub our impending deaths into Darryl’s face. Ryan doesn’t care what kills us as long as it’s soon. Sly is just afraid of everything while Darryl does not appreciate our new InfoWars format.

Theme Song: Terminator 2 Theme

Humans Need Not Apply

Why Automation is Different This Time

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Episode 12 – Is it Hot in Here Or Is it Just Climate Change?

Climate Change

In this episode, we discuss another source of our impending doom: Climate Change.

Trump has signaled he is leaving the Paris agreement, so we decided explain the agreement and the apocalyptic future it at least tried to address. Ryan overcomes his shame and plays high school science teacher while Sly affectionately gives a fun pet name to the “viewers.” Phil is finally outed as Ryan’s libertarian conspiracy theory friend while Darryl ruins Phil’s segment.

Theme Song: Hot in Here – Nelly

Article: Climate Change: How Do We Know?

Article: Don Beyer Says 97 percent of Scientists Believe Humans Contribute to Global Warming

Article: Fact Checking Trump’s Claims on the Paris Climate Change Deal

Article: Why Nicaragua and Syria Didn’t Join the Paris Climate Accord

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Episode 11 – Cold War II: The Rise of Pootie-Poot

Pootie-Poot

In this episode, the gang talks about one of the scariest figures on the modern world stage: Pootie-Poot.

With the all the recent news about Trump and Russia, we decided to talk about Putin and the Cold War II that has been developing in recent years. We also talk about the literal liberal fake news about Trump and Russia. Ryan reveals the sinister truth behind our network, Comrade Radio. Sly admits he wants Trump to have four years to destroy this country. Phil has no patience for Russian spies who look like testicles but all Darryl cares about is the Pee Pee tape.

Theme Song: Giga Pudding Theme

https://www.vox.com/world/2017/5/19/15561842/trump-russia-louise-mensch

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Episode 10 – American Healthcare Horror Story

Healthcare

In this episode, the gang prepares for death.

The AHCA has passed the House and we scrapped our previous show idea to discuss it as it moves to the Senate. We also discuss the flawed but vastly superior Obamacare it is replacing. Sly reveals a lot about his twisted Communist world view. Ryan demands everyone spam their representatives every day to say “thank you.” Phil can’t stop raving about the new healthcare plan and Darryl wishes there was more Presidential tweeting.

Correction: The Republicans did not bring beer to the floor of the house to celebrate. Fake news.

Theme Song: Many Men – 50 Cent

Clip: Paul Ryan in 2010 on Obamacare

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/05/04/526887531/heres-whats-in-the-house-approved-health-care-bill

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/10/business/tax-cuts-affordable-care-act-repeal.html

http://fortune.com/2016/10/25/obamacare-insurance-premiums-2017-healthcar/

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Episode 9 – Ronald Reagan: The Trump of The 1980s?

Ronald Reagan

In this episode, the gang discuss President Ronald Reagan and the downward spiral in America he represents. Darryl couldn’t be here today but his spot has been filled by the only other fiancée in the world, Chrissy.

Ryan spends most of this episode divulging everything he knows about Borking while Sly gets mad about Presidents arming milquetoast moderates around the world. Phil talks about historically accurate games for the NES while Chrissy discovers Donald Trump’s worst crime against humanity.

http://www.vqronline.org/essay/reagan-retrospect

https://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/31/health/parsing-ronald-reagans-words-for-early-signs-of-alzheimers.html

Clip: The Boondocks
Theme Song: Reagan – Killer Mike

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