It's Breast Cancer Awareness month so hurray for boobies and healthcare! Except, when it comes to the latter, we need more than just a light augmentation. We discuss some disturbing facts of breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, plus the burden women face even if and when they do survive. Next up, Barbara Madeloni joins us to talk teacher strikes, union power and solidarity work from education's front lines.
We don't even really get to choose the person who chooses the people who dictate the highest law of the land. That might sound confusing – and it is. It's even more frustrating. We take a look at the grossly undemocratic workings of the Supreme Court as well as why reporting sexual assault is so hard. Next up, Code Pink's latest report on the death dealers and their deals. Finally, our sit down with Kristian Williams, author of the powerfully important book, Our Enemies in Blue.
Did you know that showering less will save some water – sadly, not millions of gallons that fracking operations use in a day – nor will it keep your water safe from contamination – or your house from exploding.
Next, the deadly exchange between the U.S. and Israel that pedestals police brutality, racism and oppression. Benjamin Douglas from Jewish Voice for Peace gives us the scoop.
Black Lives Matter is no longer a target for domestic oppression. The threat of their human rights work has now peaked the interest of oppressive entities abroad – and the documentary that proves it has faced hard censorship. Speaking of censorship, let's all cheer the ban on Alex Jones on almost all platforms – right?! No. And here's why. Finally, Amani Sawari joins us to discuss the National Prison Strike that just ended.
More lead in more water and the grotesque parallels across the country with regards to testing, notification, repairs and accountability. Next, as the prison strike continues, we go inside with an artist who seeks to help prisoners defy their oppression through art. But beware, this isn’t therapy - this is revolution.
In this special episode of the Act Out! podcast, we sit down with artist and anarchist Jason Yawn to dive into the uncomfortable topics of blind ideologies, infighting and fighting fascists.
(NOTE: no new episodes of Act Out! this week or next so we'll see you again August 31st!)
Activism so often gets the bad rep of being all about sacrificing – all about pain and struggle – never about joy. And yet as we find ourselves in a culture that preaches escapism, demands smiles, a Stepford Wife happiness that defies reality and central nervous systems, what does joy mean? Furthermore, what does activism mean – militancy, rigid radicalism, the toxicity of movement spaces and more? Well – let's dive in.
The worst democracy money can buy and how federal over-reach can turn back progressive environmental policies. Next, a retired special ed teacher and grandmother gets thrown in jail – because a pipeline company is afraid of her. Meanwhile, 2017 was the deadliest year yet for environmental activists. Finally, hemp has gone from miracle plant to demon seed and is now publicly swinging back to miracle plant. Industrial Hemp Advocate and activist Muriel Young Bear joins us to talk about the history, future and power of hemp.
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The #RiseTogether weeks of action against dirty energy projects and their financiers continue, and I share what I witnessed in the swamps of Louisiana as the fight against the Bayou Bridge Pipeline escalates. Next, Dr. Kristin Laurin joins us to talk rationalization and the power of human psychology in addressing – and indeed, not addressing the greatest socio-political problems of our time.
First up, a BIG step forward in the fight against Monsanto and glyphosate as hundreds of cases get the green light to take this massive poison peddling corporation to court.
Next up, water protectors Red Fawn Fallis and Michael Little Feather Giron have received harsh sentences for their efforts to protect water, land and people at Standing Rock in 2016. We sit down with the Water Protector Legal Collective to discuss updates on these cases as well as other remaining federal and state cases.
This week on Act Out! Colonialism didn't just happen – it's still happening. Natives weren't just here hundreds of years ago, they're still here. We sit down with Jen Deerinwater to discuss the colonialist paradigm, anti-native behaviors in the everyday and two-spirits in a singular world.
In a 4th of July special, we take a look at what America is – the good, the bad and the ugly – the real shit and the real people fighting and building beyond the confines of a capitalist empire. Then – we'll wrap it all up in a firework musing that goes quite well with sparklers and watermelon.
A backlog that's symptomatic of a patriarchal system that not only devalues women but devalues survivors of sexual assault. Next, the J20 trials continue and with 36 defendants still facing decades in jail, here are some actions and some conversations we need to have. Cheri Honkala with the Poor Peoples Economic Human Rights Campaign talks living and building on the streets. And finally, Utopia seems far fetched – but what if instead of the typical idea of perfection, these iterations of Utopia simply mean a place beyond the confines of capitalist failings.
In this special extended interview with Eugene Puryear, we talk about the upcoming commemoration of Juneteenth - the abolition of slavery.
What does it mean to fight for freedom post-slavery? Plus, what does segregation look like today? How do things like gentrification and school choice fuel systemic racism under the guise of “progress?” Finally, reaching out to those on the inside is a vital part of commemorating Freedom Day. More on that and other events that seek to inspire, engage and build.
This week on Act Out! Facial recognition is here – but far from being the slick Bond-style tech of tomorrow, it can't seem to recognize faces very well. It also happens to be in the hands of the untrained and apparently senile.
Next, cops and the most marginalized and oppressed in our society don't have a lot in common – by definition. But they soon may if Congress has their way.
And finally, CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou joins us to talk CIA, whistleblowing, deep state and more.
UC workers strike but find a foe where the friendlies should be – an unfortunately familiar story. Next up, unemployment rates may be going down but what does that actually mean? Hint: no, our economy is not doing well. And neither are the soon-to-be-homeless elderly of Louisiana – because you know, budget cuts – and screw grandma. --- Finally, Alex Cohen of Earth Defense Coalition joins us to talk Puerto Rico – a colony wrestling with both climate change and colonial capitalism – and what aid and autonomy look like on the ground.
Water wars in the west are heating up – and did you know you could go to jail for more than a year for recycling?
Next, Iran is on our shit list now more than ever – but why? And who actually deserves that prime spot?
Finally, Michelle Saahene joins us to talk about the Starbucks call heard round the world – she was there and as a black woman, she has a few things to say about the layers of racism manifested in that incident and beyond.
A special episode dedicated to the past that built our present that'll dictate our future. We take a brief look at the upcoming bicentenary of Karl Marx's birthday and then we dive deep into May 1st – International Worker's Day.
We sit down with Alka Mysore of IWW and Socialist Alternative to hear about the historic cover-ups, the importance of recognizing May Day and the path ahead.
Detroit would rather pay goons to steal people's water than make sure people have access to water.
Next up, you may know that Zuck appeared before Congress last week but did you know that what he REALLY did was appear before his employees?
And Orwell's got nothing on the DHS and their new media list.
Finally, Dr. Harriet Fraad joins us to dive into the psychology of the system – from what she calls the “dethronement of white men” to the effects of patriarchy on our mental health.
This week on Act Out! In headlines from the front lines: Are you on the WARdrobe watchlist? Sharks with laser beams might be a real thing thanks to a new military project, Catholics fill baby bottles with their own blood, Shell knew too, the growing wave of teacher strikes and tree-sits.
Finally, Grayson Earle joins us to talk about his latest project – using cryptocurrency to battle the prison industrial complex.
This week on Act Out! Meet the corporate sugar daddies that keep the biggest, dirtiest, shadiest and most evil corporations afloat – hint: you know several of them personally.
Next up, everyone that comes into contact with our healthcare – or rather sick care system – knows it's broken, or rather – it's fixed. We highlight the easy solution and the difficult path to getting everyone the care that they need, no strings attached.
This week on Act Out! elected officials could be the next group of people rounded up and thrown in a cell. And while that might sound appealing depending on the official, the reasoning behind it is nothing short of an authoritarian nightmare. Meanwhile, U.S. residents who have lived here longer than I've been alive find themselves targeted for deportation; and can we really have sanctuary cities in the midst of a tangled web of ICE and local law enforcement collusion?
Next up, if you want to organize in the face of rising fascism, some rules for radicals could aid you in your work.
And finally, Wendell Potter, a former health industry big-wig unveils his project to expose and deconstruct the corporatocracy.
A special extended episode on Puerto Rico.
Up first, we look at the disasters before the hurricanes that made the disasters afterwards inevitable. We then look at how continued capitalism and colonialism set up road blocks to aid and recovery while relief efforts find creative ways around them.
This week on Act Out! from predator economics to co-ops, we take a look at how our current system pollutes not only the planet but marginalized communities through direct and pervasive violence. And while the stock market goes up, our quality of life – both economically and otherwise, continues to fall. There is another way...and economist Richard Wolff joins us to talk about a truly democratic alternative already in practice across the world, even here in the U.S.
This week on Act Out! Kiilu Nyasha takes us into the New Year with some words of wisdom from a woman who's seen decades of what works and what doesn't. Next up, how do you approach the work of building and fighting? Are you embroiled in Facebook tiffs or reaching out to neighbors – and how can human psychology guide our fight? Then, we take a look at a couple of good news stories - from weed to water. Finally, some pipeline updates featuring nuns and an incredible resource for water protectors worldwide.