#1364 Fundamentalist-Driven Sectarian Violence (And I am Not Talking About a Foreign Country)

Air Date: 9–5-2020

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Today we take a look at the protests and counter-protests roiling the nation and recognize the conspiracy-laden fundamentalism of the far-right that is fueling the violence.


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Ch. 1: Marjorie Cohn on Portland Secret Police - CounterSpin - Air Date 7-24-20

While we wait to see if corporate media can decide which optic is an optic too far, we talk about the legal, constitutional elements of the fight for our right to protest, including against the forces that are sent to police the protesting. Marjorie Kohn.

Ch. 2: Kenosha - Last Week Tonight with John Oliver - Air Date 08-30-20

John Oliver discusses a week that saw the Republican National Convention, a horrific series of shootings in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and a strike in professional sports -- three stories that are really one story, about race in America.

Ch. 3: Trump Attacks Anti-Fascists But Is Silent on Boogaloo & Far-Right Groups Engaged in Deadly Violence - Democracy Now! - Air Date 6-23-20

President Trump claims without evidence that anti-fascists are inciting riots at protests against police brutality but has downplayed groups like the “boogaloo” movement, which are using the protests as cover to carry out violence, even murder.

Ch. 4: Trump Cheers On Violent Terror - The Young Turks - Air Date 9-1-20

Trump is promoting violence in the United States. Ana Kasparian and Cenk Uygur discuss on The Young Turks.

Ch. 5: Voting is Not Enough: Become a Poll Worker - Best of the Left Activism

Take action! Click the title and/or scroll down for quick links and resources from this segment. For more, visit Bestoftheleft.com/2020Action.

Ch. 6: Trump Caravans and the Threat of Sectarian Violence - The Muckrake Podcast - Air Date 9-1-20

Right-Wing vigilantism turns to roving bands of MAGA supporters driving into cities and doling out violence.

Ch. 7: America's Brutal Police State Expands Its Reach In Portland - The Real News Network - Air Date 7-29-20

The way white moms in Portland are being treated has long been the norm for BIPOC people.


Ch. 8: Rewriting the American myth - Erin from Philadelphia


Ch. 9: Final comments asking for your thoughts on our national myths and origin stories or about the stories that other cultures tell themselves


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NBA star LeBron James' group plans effort to recruit poll workers for November (NBC News)

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MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Astrisx - Bodytonic
  • Copper Halls - Blue Dot Sessions
  • Haena - Cloud Harbor
  • Entrap - Darby
  • Quaver - Codebreaker
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent


"March for Justice" Springfield, OR by David Geitgey Sierralupe, Flickr | License | Changes: Cropped, increased brightness & contrast


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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