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Progressives at Large
38 minutes | May 6, 2020
Episode 13 - COVID19's Disproportionate Effect on Communities of Color; Supply Chain Dangers in a Centralized COnsumer Economy
As numbers continue to roll in from COVID19 diagnoses, deaths, and community impact, we see an old story playing out: Communities of color are feeling the impact at far great rates than white communities.Are meat and grocery shortages part of our new normal? How does a highly monopolized and centralized food supply system, led mostly by Big Ag factory farms make us vulnerable and ill-prepared during a major crisis such as the pandemic we now face?
42 minutes | Apr 29, 2020
Episode 12: Mail-In Ballots for the General and PPP
What are the pragmatic pieces that make a mail-in only General election feasible? Can we as a country even achieve this at this point if we wanted to? Who are the winners and losers of the mail-in option when it comes to elections?PPP! Who got it, who didn't and what are the biggest issues with the Paycheck Protection Program, a relief package designed for small, Mom & Pop businesses that seems to be benefiting almost everyone but Mom & Pop?
32 minutes | Apr 23, 2020
Business Shut-Down Protests, COBRA and the Dems' Failure for Working Class Continues
Astroturf protests are being held around the country to push back again mandatory business shut-downs in efforts to flatten the curve of COVID19 cases. Who and what lies behind these very Tea Party-esque gatherings? Do they have a point? How do we navigate behaviors and protocols when we can't even agree on the truth? And Dems squander the opportunity to champion Medicare for All - and instead shunt more taxpayer money to private health insurance companies. Pelosi's ice cream antics illustrate the continued stunning, depressing incompetence and utter disconnect of the Democratic Party. We'll discuss this and more in this week's episode!
47 minutes | Apr 17, 2020
Episode 10 - Bernie Endorses Biden and the GOP is Coming for the Post Office
Bernie Sanders formally endorsed Joe Biden this week, and we're talking about the implications for the Progressive movement. Also, the USPS has been in the GOP's "defund it, demonize it, then privatize it" crosshairs for years. Now as the Post Office reels from previous administrations' austerity measures, a decrease in traditional mail volume and the financial fallout from COVID 19 - will this institution survive? And why is the Trump administration, in particular, so gung ho to see it fail?
55 minutes | Apr 13, 2020
Episode 8 - Bernie Drops Out and the Feds Mishandle COVID19 Relief
In this episode, we will talk about the ramifications of Bernie Sanders withdrawing from the Democratic race, as well as where we are right now as a country, as citizens and as Progressives. Are the promises of Capitalism and "hands-off" Reaganomics government coming to fruition for most Americans? What role do Millenials and younger generations play? Where do we go from here?
49 minutes | Apr 1, 2020
Episode 8 - CARES Act & Corporate Greed
Our government just passes the largest relief package in US history. Over 2 TRILLION in relief - but will it go to the segments of society who need it the most? What are the pros and cons of the CARES Act, from working-class perspectives? What do the relief package and the response from the public say about our American society - are we good citizens, or great consumers? Have we gone too far over the edge, away from a society of communal citizens and into the abyss of individual consumers, with an every-person-for-themselves mentality that we will not turn back from? Joe Biden faces allegations of sexual assault from one of his former employees. Why is this not being discussed AT ALL in mainstream media? Why are major players in the Democratic party deleting their social media comments about #MeToo and Believe All Women - when the accused were not the presumptive Democratic nominee?April 7, 2020 is the Spring Primary in Wisconsin and a state supreme court justice seat is at stake. We'll discuss the candidates and our thoughts on holding the election in the midst of a global pandemic.Show links: NPR's relief package details and breakdown: https://www.npr.org/2020/03/26/821457551/whats-inside-the-senate-s-2-trillion-coronavirus-aid-packageWisconsin election website: https://myvote.wi.gov/en-us/
51 minutes | Mar 23, 2020
Episode 7 - How is the Virus Affecting the US, and What Does it Say About Our Systems?
The COVID19 virus has quickly and comprehensively changed the landscape of daily life in the US and around the world. What is happening in the lives of regular Americans, and what are the short and long term implications for our country? How would Medicare for All and other Social welfare policies make life very different right now? Where are the Democrats - and specifically where is Joe Biden - during the worst global emergency in memory? The week of March 16, 2020 has been one of the scariest, most turbulent and most stressful for any of us; in this time of immediate and wide-scale panic and crisis, where is the visible, strong leadership from the establishment Left? Bernie Sanders comes out strong in the face of the crisis. Will anyone notice or care? Or have we gone over the cliff of centrism?
59 minutes | Mar 10, 2020
Episode 6 - Centrists and Biden
Joe Biden is the chosen nominee of the Democratic establishment, including corporations, lobbyists and the media. We'll talk concerns, observations and frustrations around Biden as the Dems' choice for 2020 and the looming battle with Trump in November. Show notes March 9, 2020: For info on Chris Hedges: https://www.truthdig.com/author/chris_hedges/and www.commondreams.orgFor info on Matt Taibi:https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/authorpage/matt-taibbi.htmlFor info on Bernie Sanders: www.berniesanders.comProgressives at Large, All Rights Reserved 2020.
61 minutes | Mar 3, 2020
Episode 5 - Super Tuesday, Elizabeth Warren, Virus Impact in US
March 3, 2020 is the most important and pivotal Democratic Super Tuesday in recent memory. Largely seen as a referendum on the populist, grassroots support behind Bernie Sanders and the mega-powerful establishment Democratic Party machine, all eyes are on key states today. We'll talk about the fallout from South Carolina and predictions heading into Super Tuesday!What's going on with Elizabeth Warren? How has this one-beloved Progressive hero become an unabashed instrument of the centrists and party elites? We'll talk about some background as well as where we sit today as we view Warren in a whole new light. The COVID-19 virus outbreak and global spread call into question many aspects of our healthcare system and priorities in the US. What's the latest on this virus, how might it impact Americans, and what are the longterm implications as we hold a national referendum on Medicare for All versus for-profit healthcare?Show links: www.cdc.org. Progressives at Large, All Rights Reserved 2020
26 minutes | Feb 26, 2020
Episode 4 - DSA Milwaukee Interview
We sat down with Andrew Sours, co-chair of DSA Milwaukee, to talk about Democratic Socialists, and specifically DSA's presence in Milwaukee. Lots of people have many questions when it comes to Democratic Socialism: What is it? How is it different from other forms of Socialism? What are the values and activities of DSA Milwaukee in our state? What's in store for DSA Milwaukee in the upcoming DNC convention in July? We asked about all this and more in this interview. For more info on DSA nationwide check them out at: http://www.dsausa.org/ and on Twitter as @DemSocialists. To learn more or connect with DSA Milwaukee, contact them at: http://milwaukee.dsawi.org/ , on Twitter @MilwaukeeDSA and on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DSAMKE/. Progressives at Large, All Rights Reserved 2020.
60 minutes | Feb 18, 2020
Episode 3 - Gerrymandering, Oligarchs and Unions
What's gerrymandering, or redistricting? How does it affect elections and voter suppression? How important are the census, the Supreme Court and other aspects of our civic lives as they pertain to this issue? It's February 2020. Michael Bloomberg has literally purchased himself a candidacy, a campaign, endorsements and a spot on the debate stage. Is this a manifestation of American plutocracy? Is the 2020 Primary our last chance to save our democracy from outright rule by oligarchs?Unions. For many middle class and even working-class voters, this has become a negative word in 2020. What's behind the decline of union support of the Democratic party? What's behind the decline in support for unions by non-union working-class voters? We'll take a brief look at the history of the Labor movement in the US, and discuss how the union vote will impact voting and candidates in both the Primary and the General elections. Useful links for this episode: www.afl-cio.org, www.commoncause.org, www.fairelectionsproject.org, www.smart-union.org, www.workplacefairness.org, www.citizenactionwi.orgProgressives at Large, All Rights Reserved 2020
60 minutes | Feb 11, 2020
Episode 2 - Iowa Recap; Flint Water Crisis; Trump Impeachment
The Iowa Caucus, held on February 3, 2020 was, by all accounts, a disaster. For the Sanders campaign - and their supporters - the takeaways from Iowa are grim. Is this further evidence of the intense anti-Sanders agenda in the Democratic party as well as in mainstream Liberal media? What's a caucus, anyway - and are they even effective or fair for the vast majority of potential voters? What have we learned from Iowa, and what might it mean for Progressives as we move forward toward November?It's 2020, and Flint's water is still unsafe. What happened in Flint that contaminated the drinking water for thousands of people - and what's being done for those people today? What are the broader implications for communities across the country - is anyone's drinking water safe?The Trump Impeachment - important? A testament to historical courage and integrity? A waste of time and taxpayer money? Which pieces of the Trump impeachment are vital for our country, and which are just optics on the part of the Democrats?Progressives at Large, All Rights Reserved 2020.
35 minutes | Feb 4, 2020
Episode 1 - Mainstream Media; The Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee
In this episode, we discuss issues surrounding the mainstream media and social media in 2020. How did we get here? What's changed in our media and journalism sources in the last 50 years, and how has that change accelerated just in the last 15-20 years? How do the seemingly-shifting sands of "What's true?" affect news consumers and average citizens in today's political landscape? What's New Neutrality, and what's one way it affects how we all receive our information? We'll also look at the implications for Milwaukee as the host city for the Democratic National Convention in July, 2020. Will Milwaukee face the same unrest and conflict that Chicago had in 1968? How does the Democratic Party treat voters in Milwaukee and other urban Midwestern areas both during and outside of election cycles? Show notes: suggested shows/resources to check out include: The Majority Report w/Sam Seder https://majorityreportradio.com/, Truthout.org https://truthout.org/, The Gray Zone https://thegrayzone.com/, Rising https://thehill.com/hilltv/rising, Benjamin Dixon podcast https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-benjamin-dixon-show/id954648487, The Rational National http://www.daviddoel.com/the-rational-national, Kyle Kulinski https://www.blogtalkradio.com/kylekulinski. Progressives at Large; All Rights Reserved, 2020.
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