#828 Bad in principle and in practice (Death Penalty)

Today we look at what benefits there are in having a death penalty (none) and which elements of it are fundamentally unjust (all)


Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: If The Victim Is White, Death Penalty MUCH More Likely - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 03-23-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Death Penalty - Love Is for the Rich

Ch. 4: Act 2: If You Support the Death Penalty, You're Probably White - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 04-01-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Fight to Win (feat. Cee Lo Green) - Fight to Win (feat. Cee Lo Green) - Single

Ch. 6: Act 3: Execution In Oklahoma - @MumiaAbuJamal - Air Date: 5-5-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: American Way - Essential Masters

Ch. 8: Act 4: Texas to try secret lethal drug in execution - Rachel @Maddow - Air Date: 5-12-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: Close These Curtains - Behaving Like a Widower

Ch. 10: Act 5: Judgement On The Secret Cocktail - @FAIRmediawatch - Air Date 5-9-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: What Are We Doing Here? - Field Recordings, Vol. 04: Crown Demos Part 2

Ch. 12: Act 6: Court blocks Texas from killing prisoner - Rachel @maddow - Air Date 5-13-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: Death Penalty - What's So Strange About Me

Ch. 14: Act 7: Shocking Percentage Of Death Row Inmates Are Innocent - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 05-03-14

Ch. 15: Song 7: Can't Hide from the Truth - The Life and Time Of...

Ch. 16: Act 8: Fixing the death row system via @innocence - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 17: Song 8: Activism - The Poet

Ch. 18: Act 9: Support for Death Penalty Lowest in 40 Years - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 10-31-13

Ch. 19: Song 9: A Change Is Gonna Come - Learning to Bend

Ch. 20: Act 10: Rick Perry Killed an Innocent Man - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 03-12-14


Ch. 21: Historical context of respectability politics - ? from Pittsburgh, PA

Ch. 22: Respectability politics = victim blaming - Sonya from Minnesota

Ch. 23: Jeff from theliberalcurmudgeon.com on how and why to support Best of the Left - Jeff from New York

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics

Ch. 24: Final comments on the next bonus episode on the consepts of self and free will

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


What Can I Do? from The Innocence Project

Sources/further reading:

"How Oklahoma's GOP Governor Turned a Heinous Killer Into a Death-Penalty Martyr” by Stephanie Mencimer at Mother Jones

VIDEO: "Execution Chaos: Witness Recounts Botched Killing That Caused Oklahoma Prisoner's Fatal Heart Attack” via Democracy Now!

"Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin defends controversial execution” by Meredith Clark via MSNBC


Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich

Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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  • Wallis Aurelius
    commented 2014-05-22 16:15:34 -0400
    I can’t figure out why the conservatives are so much in support of the death penalty. Why would a political party who holds such contempt for the government allow so much power in the hands of the government that they can take the life of any citizen? I can’t imagine why conservatives wouldn’t be outraged that the government should have so much power.
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