It’s Friday, January 20, 2017. You know what that means...Donald Trump gets inaugurated at noon today. I hope you’re done with your mourning, because now it’s time to get in gear, and organize to stand up and fight. This is Kevin Mahoney, editor and founder of Raging Chicken Press and Raging Chicken Media. Each week I talk to our Capitol muckraker-in-chief, Sean Kitchen, about the good, the bad, and the ugly in state and national politics.
On today’s show, we’ll get into our thoughts on this inauguration day. We are recording before the inauguration takes place, so we’ll get to our thoughts on the actual inauguration next week. But today, we’ll talk a little bit about what’s on our minds.
We’ll also talk about some bad signs coming out of the PA Democratic Party. Looks like they may not have learned their lessons from the 2016 election. We’ve also got a really exciting announcement about the Rick Smith Show and the expansion of progressive media! Some hopeful signs on this dark day. We’ve also got some music to share with you - some music for the resistance. Check out "The Resistance," by The Invisible World. You can download the song and pay what you can. All proceeds go to Planned Parenthood and Midwest Music Foundation. All that and more on today’s show.
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It’s Friday, January 13, 2017. This is Kevin Mahoney, editor and founder of Raging Chicken Press and Raging Chicken Media. Each week I talk to our Capitol muckraker-in-chief, Sean Kitchen, about the good, the bad, and the ugly in state and national politics.
On today’s show, we’ll talk about PA Senator Scott Wagner’s official announcement that he is in for the 2018 gubernatorial race. Sean Kitchen was at the event...but he didn’t get to hear what Wagner had to say. Why? Well, he was booted from the event. So, Sean joined SEIU members outside the walls of Wagner’s Trash Emporium who were there to protest Wagner’s anti-worker agenda.
Plus, we’ll look back at this week’s GOP vote-a-rama to start the process of repealing Obamacare. Trump says YES, but Republicans are getting a little nervous about the pushback they are already feeling from constituents. And during the we hours of the vote-a-rama, PA Senator Bob Casey and 12 other Democrats joined the Republican Majority to shoot down a Bernie Sanders and Amy Klobuchar amendment that would have allowed the importation of prescription drugs from Canada. Big Pharma strikes again. And this Sunday, January 13, is a national day of action to save Health Care. Events are happening all over the country - in PA, the major event will be taking place in Philly.
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We’ll also talk about the media’s persistent focus on the lack of “expertise,” “understanding,” and “credentials” in the Trump administration - missing the point that the incoming administration is about naked power and we have a media structure that lacks the practice in taking on power. All that and more on today’s show.
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It’s January 6, 2017. Happy New Year and welcome back to Raging Chicken Out d’Coup Podcast. This is Kevin Mahoney, editor and founder of Raging Chicken Press - and now, Raging Chicken Media. Each week I talk to our Capitol muckraker-in-chief, Sean Kitchen, about the good, the bad, and the ugly in state and national politics.
On today’s show, we’re digging into the role Dark Money is playing and will play in future Pennsylvania elections. We’ll dive into Sean’s articles digging into the Dark Money swimming around right-wing glory boy State Senator Scott Wagner’s newly announced campaign for Governor. The stage is set for a dirty election in 2018.
And...We are edging closer to the dawn of Trumplandia...T minus two weeks and counting. We’ll take a look about why the resistance must begin now. There are some encouraging signs from the new Democratic Party leadership, but let’s be clear: the Democrats will cave at the drop of a hat unless there are powerful political movements pushing them to do the right thing.
Kentucky makes dramatic move to force through ALEC-based right-to-work legislation after right-wing Republicans gain supermajorities in the 2016 elections. Rick Smith was one of the only media outlets to sound the alarm at the opening of his show on Thursday.
And...Raging Chicken now has a team of eight writers ready to pull-no-punches in the resistance to the coming Trump administration. We’ll introduce you to them and let you in on new moves at Raging Chicken. All that and more on today’s show!
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It’s December 21, 2016. Welcome back to Raging Chicken Radio’s Out d’Coup Podcast. Today on the show Kevin and Sean talk about PA’s right-wing Governor-in-waiting, State Senator Scott Wagner; books for the battle ahead; and, calls for building progressive media networks in PA.
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State Senator Scott Wagner is the darling of the PA right-wing and the state’s homegrown Trump. He’s built himself a loyal caucus thanks to his deep pockets and his embrace of anti-worker, anti-immigrant, and anti-environment politics. Sean walk us through his recent article about Wagner’s proclamation that he has “big balls” as he destroys PA’s unemployment centers.
Kevin highlights two important books for progressive organizing in 2017: Jane McAlevey’s No Shortcuts: Organizing for Power in the New Guilded Age; and, Mark and Paul Engler’s co-written book, This is an Uprising: How Nonviolent Revolt is Shaping the Twenty-First Century.
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Happy Holidays to all. We’ll see you in 2017!
It’s December 14, 2016. Raging Chicken Radio is back! Trumplandia is coming folks and we are rebuilding and getting ready for the fights ahead. We have been off air since mid-September and to say that a has happened, is the understatement of the decade. This is Kevin Mahoney, editor and founder of Raging Chicken Press - Welcome to Raging Chicken Radio’s Out d’Coup podcast. Sean Kitchen and I are back and ready to take on Trump’s Suicide Squad and the tide of right-wing politics in PA.
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A quick Facebook Live! event in the aftermath of Rex Tillerson - CEO of Exxon/Mobil - being appointed as Trump's Secretary of State. This is nothing short of a dystopian Suicide Squad.
Kevin Mahoney talks about Trump's Suicide Squad, the return of Raging Chicken's Podcast, and the new writers we are bringing aboard in preparation for the fight back!
It’s Sept 16, 2016! Happy Mexican Independence Day! Happy Trail of Tears Commemoration Day! And, Happy Collect Rocks day! And I guess it’s happy Hillary Health Conspiracy Day?
Today in Trump DeFiles we get an explosion of conspiracy theories about Clinton’s health and the revolt of the deplorables. And what’s up with the national Democrats seeking a love-fest with Republicans. Really? In state news, we've got PA Debit Card Payroll legislation - SB 1265; two so-called “Blue Lives Matters” bills introduced in the PA House; and, the vote is in from APSCUF: 93% of faculty vote to authorize a strike. Negotiations continue today...will we see a strike date set? All that and so much more!
Sorry for the delayed posting of this episode. We squeezed in a short episode on Friday 9/9 in the midst of a crazy week. This week we talk about the media failure around the "Commander-in-Chief" forum; PA legislature can't quite let go of the plan to rob workers through a plan to replace paychecks with debit cards; and APSCUF faculty complete three days a strike authorization vote. All that and more!
We took a little break as the new school year got underway. But, it’s just freaking great to be back. Today in Trump DeFiles - Trump courting the black vote in Philly, Taco Truck invasion, & To Mexico or Not to Mexico. We’ll get into the district attorney scandal in Philly and new photos suggesting there’s at least one cop in Philly with White Nationalist sympathies. And let’s not forget the strike authorization vote this week by the faculty at PA’s State System of Higher Education. All that and so much more!
* 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.