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Today's show is another best-of show. We've got an essay Molly wrote about balloon salespeople, an essay John wrote about working as a high-end gift wrapper, a field piece about protest music, and a field piece about a dramatic Occupy arrest.
Time names Obama person of the year, the appalling lack of emotion for Muslims killed in the drone program, and the dangers of relying on terms like “criminal” and “mentally ill” when discussing gun control. Also, you guessed it, awesome listener mail.
Megan McArdle bravely suggests that gun rampage victims to gang-rush the shooter, the media is engaged in a lot of mother-blaming, and some FireDogLake bloggers really don't like how the austerity crisis deal is shaping up.
We spend the hour on the Newtown mass shooting, including Obama's history of failure on gun control and the way we talk about masculinity.
More thoughts on the DSM and how it relates to trans people, major blow to unions in Michigan, and a so-called men's rights group targets a 19 year old activist.
Mike Konczal on the poorly named Fiscal Cliff: what it is and where Obama stands on it, both positive and negative. Also, a new study on gender representation in TV and movies.
Devastation To the East Coast! Devastation to the GOP! Devastation to 80s Television Icons! But Have No Fear! Chaz Mannenheim, with all his acerbic wit and wondrous charm, is here to liven up even the heaviest of stories in this new installment of Month In Review! Watch Chaz as he speaks directly to the common man about the top stories of November 2012 while dodging his ex-wife Vera, whose thirst for the limelight Chaz must battle at every turn!
Fox News declares a War on Men, and we give you your reading list for the first ever Radio Dispatch Live, which we're recording this week.
Strike Debt raised enough money to abolish over 5 million dollars in debt, Palestinian rights organizations protest Israeli bombardments of Gaza, and Teach For America claims to aspire to reform education through electoral politics.
A sneak peak at the new Wii-U gaming console and how Occupy reinvented itself in the wake of Sandy.
As the East Coast continued its recovery from Superstorm Sandy, we visited the Brooklyn neighborhood of Red Hook which was devastated by flood waters. With many residents without power -- including those in Red Hook Houses, the largest public housing development Brooklyn -- and both big and small business forced to shut down, the Red Hook Initiative organized hundreds of volunteers to work together with FEMA and other local groups to help out the ravaged community. BTR Pulse spoke with everyone from small business owners to government officials on the scene.
Huge Sandy-themed show today. Activist Michael Premo on InterOccupy mutual aid efforts, journalist Danny Gold on destruction in New Jersey and Staten Island, and defense attorney Gideon Oliver on Rikers, and the effects of shutting down the court system. Also, Molly escaped Manhattan and is back in the studio.
John's latest dispatches from Guantanamo Bay, including an interview with Hina Shamsi of the ACLU. Also, an interview with Nelini Stamp, organizer with the Dream Defenders, on the school to prison pipeline, changing the debate, and the importance of organizing Latino and African American youth against their common oppressors. Plus, Jesse and Molly discuss Well Meaning Misogynists and the importance of checking your privilege.
Jesse Myerson is back to continue the co-host party and John sends his second dispatch from Guantanamo Bay, including more audio from lawyers discussing presumptive classification. Plus, Jesse's vision of our impending dystopic future, the outting of a troll by Gawker, more NYPD beatings, and incredible listener mail.
Jesse Myerson is guest co-hosting all week. John sends his first dispatch from Guantanamo Bay, the EU is confusingly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, the Prime Minister of Australia takes down the sexist leader of the opposition, and updates on the MTA fare hike situation.
Labor reporter Josh Eidelson joins us to discuss the Walmart strikes happening across the country, the possibility of a mass coordinated disruption of Black Friday, and the power and vulnerability of labor in the United States. Plus, John is going to Guantanamo Bay! Also, a listener points out Obama's condescending language when talking about women's issues.
Kevin Gosztola of FireDogLake on 3rd party politics and short-term thinking in the Democratic Party, Patrick Robbins on an anti-Spectra pipeline action full of naked people painted green, and NYC subpoenas Ken Burns' footage of the Central Park 5.
Micah Uetricht on the striking Walmart workers in Illinois and California, the jobs numbers are in and look better than usual, and our take on the first presidential debate, as well as distressing torture acceptance and NDAA updates.
Chaz Mannenheim is out on the street, asking the people what news stories were the absolute tops in September 2012!!! Hear tales of Politicians and Parties, Savory Burgers and Secret Video, Raging Riots and Ryan Reynolds! And if that’s not enough, Chaz finds himself in quite the bind when someone from his past comes (literally) running back to him! Fun and Games on this edition of MONTH IN REVIEW!!!!!!
Pussy Riot lawyers discussing their case - we have audio of their talk at NYU, and a new report on drones details the horror and anguish they cause.
Greg Palast joins us to discuss his new book, Billionaires & Ballot Bandits, as well as the Chicago teachers strike.
Iona Craig reports from Yemen on the bomb blast that killed 12 people, how Anwar al-Awlaki was perceived in Yemen, and growing anti-American sentiment throughout the country.
Cowbird, Zeega, and Narratively are multimedia platforms enhancing and easing the processes of journalism.
Middle East social media expert talks about the difference between the uprising in Syria and others in the region.
Taking truth for granted is a dangerous thing to do as a consumer of news media.
We break down President Obama's speech to the DNC, as well as Michelle Obama's and Bill Clinton's.
The Free Wood post Editor-In-Chief talks providing political satire with news that's "almost reliable."
What do students gain from unpaid internships in the media and entertainment industries?
Hold On To Your Pants, CHAZ MANNENHEIM Is Here To Bring You The Skinny On The Top Stories From AUGUST 2012!!!! In This Politics Heavy Installment You’ll Hear About The Dramatic Build-Up To The Republican National Convention, The Chic-fil-a Fiasco, And The Sheer Size Of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie! All Delivered With Poise And Grace By The One And Only Chaz Mannenheim! ENJOY!!!
The blame game over the economy roles on as Washington contemplates separating investment and commercial banking.
DID YOU HEAR!!! Jerry Sandusky Is Going To Jail!! DID YOU KNOW!!! Wisconsin Stopped Eating Cheese To Engage In Democracy!!! OH MY GOD!!!! Alec Baldwin Just Got Physical!!! These Stories And MUCH MUCH MORE As The Ever Enigmatic Chaz Mannenheim Brings You Today’s News In Only The Way That He Can! With Style, With Panache, With Class!!! ENJOY!!
Rodney King was found dead at the bottom of his swimming pool on June 17, 2012, at age 47. His beating by LA police in 1991, infamously caught on videotape, sparked a controversial trial and riots which exposed continuing racial tensions at the time. After King’s death, Reverend Al Sharpton said the beating "made America focus on the presence of profiling and police misconduct." This week on BTR Pulse, Lauren Hawker asks people about their memories of Rodney King and whether they think the issues surrounding those events have changed since then.
With 2011 left behind and a new year upon us, BTR Pulse host Lauren Hawker heads down to New York City's Greenwich Village to ask people what they predict for 2012. From politics and the presidential election to the Super Bowl and celebrity divorces, she gauges their guesses.

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