Impeachment Pressure, Immigration Policy Horrors (e66)

Trump got caught, and he confessed.  We discuss the latest in the impeachment inquiry: texts from diplomats Sondland and Taylor, what happens if the subpoenas keep being defied, and what we think the Republicans’ calculus is, and what we’ll be watching to evaluate where they’re at.  We also review a host of horrifying new anti-immigrant policies that you may have missed while impeachment was going on, and a handful of recent victories against them, include a great campaign by Mijente against tech giant and ICE collaborator Palantir. 

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Impeachment Begins (e65)

We reflect on the day Speaker Pelosi announced the House would formally open an impeachment investigation.

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War in Soccer, Not with Iran (e64)

Bolton and Pompeo’s desperate and transparent attempts to go to war with Iran aren’t fooling anyone.  Wall Street feels left out of the student debt crisis, so is shopping around a form of debt called Indentured Servitude Agreements (er, we mean “Income Share Agreements”).  We stan Elizabeth Warren’s “Break Up Big Tech” billboards, debate beating World Cup teams 13-0, and get super gay. Happy Pride! 

Kade vs. Surveillance Capitalists (E63)

The ACLU of Mass found that a company called “Suspect Technologies” tried to convince police to hand over a database of driver license photos. Kade’s tireless work fighting for privacy is validated by a cop who warns the surveillance capitalist that they’ll be “run out of town by privacy zealots!” We also discuss Elizabeth Warren’s transformational student debt cancellation plan. And Kade makes a strong case for impeachment

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Pushing Left with Mike Gravel (e62)

We speak with David Oks, campaign manager for Mike Gravel. Mike Gravel is a former Senator from Alaska who’s running what is arguably the farthest left campaign of the 2020 Democratic primary. And we discuss Abolish ICE, housing, education, prison abolition, war, shifting the overton window, reparations, direct democracy, a tribunal for climate crimes, a new government agency (the “Corporate Harm Prosecution Agency”) to measure and account for negative externalities, and more.

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Fight Face Surveillance (e61)

We discuss the latest on big tech companies spying on our faces, from a NYT experiment with a feed in Bryant park, to some scary face surveillance of a Muslim population in China. We also hit on state-level efforts to fight this “plutonium of AI.” We also break down Trump’s incitement against Rep. Ilhan Omar and the pathetic response from Democratic leadership. Listen at iTunes, Patreon, or below.

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TAKE ACTION – BILLS FIGHTING FACE SURVEILLANCE:

  • Massachusetts is still set to consider a Face Surveillance moratorium.
  • Live in San Francisco? Please support the “Stop Secret Surveillance” ordinance!
    • Find your member on the Board of Supervisors here. Then give them a call and urge them to vote to Stop Secret Surveillance: https://sfbos.org/roster-members
    • If you don’t know your district, you can look it up here: https://sfelections.org/tools/districts_lookup/
    • Supervisor @AaronPeskin intro’d it, and right now, and @hillaryronen & @MattHaneySF are co-sponsors. Tweet at them to say THANKS!
    • Tell your friends & family to support the ordinance as well, by signing this ACLU petition.
    • Learn even more about the ordinance at this Engadget piece by Andrew Tarantola.
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Biden, Autonomy, and Consent (E60)

We speak to Vanessa A. Bee, writer and editor at Current Affairs, about Joe Biden, bodily autonomy, consent, power, Biden’s defenders, floating Stacey Abrams’ name without asking, being a hugger, how easy it is to ask first and change your own behavior.

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How to Stop the Climate Crisis (E59)

We speak to journalist Kate Aronoff about the details and the politics around the Green New Deal, and how avoiding climate crisis requires an ecosocialist reformation.

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With a Green New Deal, Here’s What the World Could Look Like for the Next Generation

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Calmly Discussing 2020 (E58)

Writer, brave human, and opinion columnist for the Guardian Moira Donegan joins Alexis and Kade to discuss the 2020 Democratic primary — in a calm, thoughtful, policy-filled way! We discuss the candidates on housing, healthcare, financial policy, taxation, education, child care, drug policy, reparations, climate, foreign policy, immigration, and decriminalizing sex work (oh my!)

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#not1dollar for immigrant detention (E57)

Why immigrant rights groups are trashing the government funding deal because it will increase immigrant detention. An update on the fight against facial surveillance. How payday lenders bought off Trump. And why Jeff Bezos should Quit his Job.

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