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23
Aug

Colleen Clemens on Gender & the Olympics | Clip from August 16, 2016 episode of The Sit Down

* This clip is from the August 16, 2016 episode of The Sit Down. To listen to our entire discussion with Colleen Clemens, click HERE


We're back! Today on The Sit Down I welcome Dr. Colleen Clemens, associate professor of non-Western literatures at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania. We talk about the ways that issues of gender are front and center at the Rio Olympics, despite some pretty atrocious media coverage. More women are competing in this year's Olympics than ever before. The are shattering some Olympic records, but still are only getting second-rate coverage in major media outlets.

Then we talk about teaching and working in higher education. Millennials may be getting a bad rap in the mainstream media and the "get-off-my-lawn" privileged class, but they are coming to college campuses with much more interesting relationships to gender than the binary gender roles of "traditional" American culture. We talk feministing in higher ed in the classroom and as a faculty member in the workplace.


Finally, we talk Trump, misogyny, and the last gasps of privileged white guys. Can we draw a line from Death of a Salesman, through Falling Down, right to The Donald? You bet we can. In the face of Trumpism, is there anything to be optimistic about in this year’s presidential election? Tune in to find out.


Check out Colleen Clemen’s piece on the media’s coverage of the Olympics, “Dear Olympic Media: Do Better by Women Athletes,” over at Teaching Tolerance. For more of her work, check her blog RIGHT HERE.



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18
Aug

The Sit Down | Colleen Clemens is on talking gender and the Olympics; feministing in higher education; Trump and misogyny in the 2016 presidential election; and, more!

We're back! Today on The Sit Down I welcome Dr. Colleen Clemens, associate professor of non-Western literatures at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania. We talk about the ways that issues of gender are front and center at the Rio Olympics, despite some pretty atrocious media coverage. More women are competing in this year's Olympics than ever before. The are shattering some Olympic records, but still are only getting second-rate coverage in major media outlets.

Then we talk about teaching and working in higher education. Millennials may be getting a bad rap in the mainstream media and the "get-off-my-lawn" privileged class, but they are coming to college campuses with much more interesting relationships to gender than the binary gender roles of "traditional" American culture. We talk feministing in higher ed in the classroom and as a faculty member in the workplace.

Finally, we talk Trump, misogyny, and the last gasps of privileged white guys. Can we draw a line from Death of a Salesman, through Falling Down, right to The Donald? You bet we can. In the face of Trumpism, is there anything to be optimistic about in this year’s presidential election? Tune in to find out.

Check out Colleen Clemen’s piece on the media’s coverage of the Olympics, “Dear Olympic Media: Do Better by Women Athletes,” over at Teaching Tolerance. For more of her work, check her blog RIGHT HERE.




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18
Aug

Out d’Coup | The Trump (De)Files; PA Attorney General Kathleen Kane Convicted; Senator Toomey Stays Cozy With Trump; APSCUF Sets Strike Authorization Vote; and, more!

Today on Out d’Coup we take another dip into the Trump (De)Files for the latest filth and craziness that is the Trump campaign. This week Trump encouraged voter intimidation, finds out his campaign manager is carrying water for Russian-backed dictators, and more stuff from his visit to PA that makes you want to take a shower.


If that wasn’t enough, PA Attorney General Kathleen Kane is convicted on all charges. She’s got 90 days of freedom before she is sentenced. Oh, what could have been if she did not take the bait and break the law. On the other side of the aisle, right-wing Senator Pat Toomey stays in the Trump camp despite pressure. We also look at good and bad examples of progressives going after Toomey and other right-wing Senators across the country. Here’s a hint: You win by tying those folks to Trump, not the opposite.


Then Kevin talks (too much, I know) about next week’s vote by APSCUF representatives whether or not to authorize their first ever strike.


Finally, Sean gives us the low-down on a new beer available in Eastern PA markets - 
Wicked Weed out of Asheville, NC; and, Kevin waxes nostalgic about his cans of Pizza Boy’s Murren River IPA that are off to the recycling center. All that and more on today’s show!

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12
Aug

Out d’Coup | Trump off the rails again; new polls good news for Democrats; police shooting in Harrisburg; craft beer now at PA farmers markets, and more!

On today’s show we talk about some of the new national and statewide polls that are causing headaches in the Donald Trump presidential campaign. We also dub our weekly discussion of all the insane things Trump does each week, “The Trump (De)Files.” We also take a look at some of the PA polling that shows Katie McGinty taking the lead against the right-wing incumbant, Pat Toomey in the PA Senate race.


In the second segment we talk about a police shooting of Earl Pinckney, a 20 year old African-American man with a history of bipolar disorder. Pinckney was shot through his window in his home on August 7th following reports of a domestic dispute. While the details our complicated, we discuss what we know of the case and what it might mean for policing in this Capital city.


Finally, we talk about PA’s new “liquor modernization law,” Act 39, which, among other things, will allow for PA-based craft brewers to sell their wares at farmers markets. Then Sean gives us the lowdown on the latest Pizza Boy cans that he brought me from the brewery.


This is a special edition of the podcast in that we did it sitting in the same room as we ran a live Google Hangout for the first time!



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4
Aug

Out d’Coup | Trump Tests Out Derailing His Campaign; Bernie Launches “Our Revolution”; Big Progressive Win in Washington State; New Poll Shows Hillary With Big Lead in PA

Today we talk about Trump's increasing efforts to derail his own presidential bid and blame others for his demise. We take a look back at a week that saw Trump attack the family of a U.S. soldier who lost his life in Iraq; the release (some say by the Donald himself) of naked pics of Milania Trump; uneasy "sane" Republicans begin to speak out against Trump; and, the Trumpster's inability to keep his fingers off the Twitter. 

This week also saw the launch of Bernie Sanders's new organization, "Our Revolution," which promised to continue the fight to bring a political revolution to American politics, advancing a progressive agenda. The organization plans on supporting at least 100 candidates for local, state, and national office this fall. Have progressive finally learned that we need to invest in building our institutions for the long term? We shall see. 

Yesterday, the progressive Pramila Jayapal, won the Washington State primary. If her victory is any indication of a shift in the political wins in the country, that's good news for Zephyr Teachout's campaign in New York and Jamie Ruskin's in Maryland. A more progressive Congress in 2017? Just might be. 

We also talk about a newly released Franklin and Marshal poll showing Hillary pulling away from Trump by 11 points in PA. We're seeing similar results across the rust belt states. 
Finally, Sean fills us in on the latest Pizza Boy can release and Kevin "discovers" a hilarious hipster word...a couple years late. All this and more!

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28
Jul

Out d’Coup | LIVE (sort of) We talk GOP Convention, DNC Convention in Philly, Protests, Social Movements and More! #DemsInPhilly

Welcome to a SPECIAL EDITION of Raging Chicken Radio's Out d'Coup podcast. Today we talk about the end of the Republican Convention in Cleveland and the beginning of the Democratic National Convention in Philly. We get into the #Wikileaks controversy regarding the DNC chair (now former chair) Debbie Wasserman Schultz; splits in the Democratic Party; protests in the street of Philly; and, directions forward for progressive political movements. 

We recap Kevin Mahoney's on-the-ground reporting from the streets of Philly at the beginning of the week and the great work of left organizing by groups like Socialist Alternative. Finally, we close out with Sean's announcement that he has just become an Uncle! All the more reason to get into some of the latest beer news to keep the celebrations going. 

Why is this a "SPECIAL EDITION"? Well, because we did this show in the same room for a change and attempted to stream the podcast live. Facebook Live failed us (three times), so we switched over to Periscope for the last two segments of the show. We'll get the kinks worked out for next time...still, let us know what you think!
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25
Jul

The Sit Down | March for a Clean Energy Revolution in Philly ahead of the DNC. Interviews with activists and commentary

Kevin Mahoney was in Philadelphia for the March for a Clean Energy Revolution on the eve of the Democratic National Convention. It was an amazing march with a determination to deepen progressive social movements. Mahoney had a chance to talk to several people at the march and we bring those interviews you today in this special on-the-street episode of The Sit Down. Mahoney talks to:

Mahoney also gives his impressions of the march, the surprise HUGE turnout by Bernie Sanders activists, and so much more. Raging Chicken also has lots of photos posted up on our Facebook page and a bunch of videos on our YouTube channel, so check them out.


Oh, did we mention that it was freaking hot? No biggie. Mahoney will be back on the street tomorrow for more actions. Check out all the actions OUTSIDE the Democratic National Convention at DNC Action Committee.

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22
Jul

Out d’Coup | Today: RNC Craziness, DNC Protests, Social Movements, Pokemon Go, Coffee, & Beer

Today on Out d'Coup, we talk about the craziness at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland and the upcoming protests at the Democratic National Convention in Philly. What's this all mean for the country and the future of social movements? And Kevin Mahoney lays out why he thinks the Ted Cruz "fiasco" on Tuesday night was actually coldly orchestrated by the Trump campaign. 

Plus, we discuss the PA legislature's decision to move forward on anti-woman, anti-abortion legislation and some questionable alliances between some key politicians and the Catholic Church that are lurking behind the scenes. 

If that's not enough for you, we also talk Pokemon Go, PA roasted-fair-trade-organic whiskey barrel aged coffee, and...of course...beer. 

And believe it or not, there's more. Leave us a note and let us know what you think!
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15
Jul

BrewCast | We’re Off! An Experimental Audio Collaboration between Raging Chicken Radio and Biniek Biotech Brews!

We've been talking about this for a long time...here it is! The first episode of Raging Chicken Radio's BrewCast! Over the course of a couple of months, we will follow Chemistry teacher and home brewer Matthew Biniek as he brews a Belgian Strong Ale. This is his original recipe and it's his first time brewing it. We'll be there from mashing the grains to popping the cap. 

In today's episode we talk about the idea for this podcast and Matthew gives us a preview of the brewing process. We'll hear about his hope and fears for what he's calling his Raging Belgian (Woot!) and how he got into home brewing. This should be a hoot folks. Be sure to follow Biniek Biotech Brews on Untappd

Let us know what you think!
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14
Jul

Out d’Coup | Back from Vacation! Police Shootings, #PABudget, Bush Memorial Jig, and Craft Beer

It's a HUGE welcome back from vacation show! Kevin Mahoney goes away for a week, goes internet free for a week (after going for a swim with his phone), and the world goes nuts. We have lots to talk about: the poloice shootings of Philandro Castile and Alton Sterling; the shooting of five police officers in Dallas; a #PABudget funded through regressive taxation and one-time gimmicks; no APSCUF contract yet; PA Dem introduces a "Blue Lives Matter" bill; and, let's not forget the on-going fallout from Brexit. Whew! And what the hell was George W. Bush doing dancing with a shit-eating grin on his face at the memorial for the Dallas police officers killed by a sniper? 

After a heavy dose of politics, it's all craft beer. Kevin Mahoney talks about two new Central NY/Adirondack craft breweries that he visited on vacation last week: the Fulton Chain Craft Brewery in Old Forge, NY; and, Woodland Hop Farm and Fermentation in Marcy, NY. A cucumber lime saison? A dandelion farmhouse ale? Beer that tastes like and Adirondack camp fire? You bet! Plus, Sean Kitchen gives us an update on some great new releases at Pizza Boy Brewing

All this and more!

Just a note: Apparently, Kevin's head is still partly on vacation. He had the wrong mic live, so his end of the audio is a little tinny. Sorry about that!
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