#800 A parody of itself (Media)

I'm eternally grateful for how ridiculously terrible the mainstream media is. If not for their utter and nearly constant failures I'm quite sure I never would have been inspired to start this show in the first place. 

Show Notes

Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill

Ch. 2: Act 1: New Boss's Past Reflects Future Of CBS News - @greennewsreport - Air Date 1-9-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Failing - Paradise

Ch. 4: Act 2: CBSs 60 Minutes Loosing Creditability - @CitizenRadio - Air Date 1-8-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Truth - Supply and Demand

Ch. 6: Act 3: When the Media Does It's Job, It Looks Something Like This … - Rachel @maddow - Air Date: 01-03-2014

Ch. 7: Song 3: Talk to Me - Crystal Visions... The Very Best of Stevie Nicks (Bonus Version)

Ch. 8: Act 4: There's reason to fight total monopolization - @FAIRmediawatch - Air Date: 2-14-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: Do The Right Thing - Beres Hammond - Collectors Series

Ch. 10: Act 5: The War On Fox Is Over - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 12-22-13

Ch. 11: Song 5: Bookends - Simon and Garfunkel's Greatest Hits

Ch. 12: Act 6: Brave New Films: The antidote to corporate media - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 13: Song 6: Activism - The Poet

Ch. 14: Act 7: Least Credible Historian Is Expert on Glenn Beck Show - @jimmy_dore Show - Air Date 12-27-13

Ch. 15: Song 7: Unsee - Make It Bleed

Ch. 16: Act 8: MSNBC Interrupts Congresswoman on NSA for Report on Justin Bieber - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 01-27-14

Ch. 17: Song 8: What's Up? - Bigger, Better, Faster, More!

Ch. 18: Act 9: Which media outlets stand up to those in power? - @FAIRmediawatch - Air Date: 2-14-14

Ch. 19: Song 9: Hide the Truth - Coming Up, Vol. 1

Ch. 20: Act 10: The media shrugs, again - @onthemedia - Air Date: 2-14-14

Ch. 21: Song 10: In My Arms - Limbs and Branches

Ch. 22: Act 11: Wow, Fox News Is SCREWED - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 01-28-14


Ch. 23: Life is scientific, personhood is a purely moral distinction - Mara from Pittsburgh

Ch. 24: Drug addicts can't boycott drugs - Jamie in Cincinnati

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics

Ch. 25: Final comments on the realities of the arguments needed to win political and issue campaigns

Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone


Brave New Films from Robert Greenwald

Sources/further reading:

"Unmanned: America's Drone Wars” Trailer

”OutFoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism” Trailer

Follow Brave New Films on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube for announcements and new video shorts.

"Robert Greenwald Takes on Obama's Out-of-Control Drone Warfare in New Documentary: ‘Unmanned’” from Alternet


Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich

Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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Showing 4 reactions

  • Charlie Sinclair
    commented 2014-03-02 19:15:37 -0500
    Thanks Jay. Figured that’s all it was, but if we don’t say anything, you don’t know.
  • Jay Tomlinson
    commented 2014-03-01 13:00:19 -0500
    The missing song links was an oversight. They’ve been added now.
  • Charlie Sinclair
    commented 2014-03-01 12:52:14 -0500
    Song listings would have been nice
  • Brian B
    commented 2014-02-20 10:31:32 -0500
    Hi there this is Brian from Pennsylvania.

    I’ve found the ongoing discussion of abortion and the highlighting of bodily autonomy quite interesting on your program.

    It seems to me there’s a major flaw with abortion being permissible given our right to bodily autonomy, which seems to posit that we should control our bodies without exception. Bodily autonomy is indeed a right possessed by a person with certain limitations that might cause that body from harming itself or other persons. Importantly, personhood is an attribute that society assigns to a human entity. As such we as society need to agree upon a standard under which personhood is assigned in order to enforce the rights associated with personhood..

    So, a flaw in the abortion right argument by bodily autonomy is that personhood will be assigned at some defined point between fertilization and birth. In my opinion, and what seems to be the opinion of most people is that point is when the baby is viable and can live on its own, regardless it would seem that some societal certification of the personhood informed by secular mores needs to be ratified. Without that moment being ascertained, it becomes arguable that a mother could abort a viable fetus, even 5 minutes before birth.. Nevertheless, at that point, unborn or born as it may be, the point where society agrees (yeah I know good luck on that one) personhood exists for the new human, abortion would be illegal.

    Ultimately, and I haven’t heard this point made on your podcast, the best solution to the issue is to eliminate all unwanted pregnancies from ever occurring in the first place so that the problems become reduced significantly.. This is where the common ground focus ought to be in the abortion debate to improve the situation overall.

    Of course, the problem arises in how to avoid unwanted pregnancies when education which includes voluntary abstinence and contraception are not 100% effective.. One viable option would be to develop in the long run a plan which supports 100% choice before a human impregnation occurs. Is this even possible, you ask.

    Well, one method to accomplish this would be require male vasectomy prior to puberty, ideally using a reversible technique which a man can reverse temporarily after a contract of responsibility for the child is agreed to. I recognize this may seem outlandish, alas with proper measures it would give individuals full control of their reproductive capability.

    At a higher level, I feel our species through societal will needs to contend with human overpopulation. Society needs to find an effective way to encourage responsible reproductive choices by individuals to promote a world is balanced for all its living diversity.

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