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17
Aug

Out d’Coup | INTERVIEW: Dave Levitan on His New Book, “Not a Scientist: How Politicians Mistake, Misrepresent, and Utterly Mangle Science;” Sean Checks in from California

On today's show, Kevin is talking with Dave Levitan about his new book, Not a Scientist: How Politicians Mistake, Misrepresent, and Utterly Mangle Science. Levitan's book is a great tool to identify and cut through some of the rhetorical strategies politicians use in pursuit of their ideological agendas. We talk climate change, anti-vax, NASA, and more! Levitan will be visiting the Midtown Scholar Bookstore in Harrisburg on August 26th at 4 pm to discuss his book and sign copies.

And, believe it or not, Sean Kitchen is still alive in California. We were able to grab a few minutes to talk Charlottesville, National Parks, beer, and Daryl Metcalfe - aka - the crack in the PA Republican's pipe. And, of course, we talk new beer releases at Free Will Brewery and Pizza Boy. 

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Second break music: "Today in Charlottesville," by the always awesome David Rovics

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10
Aug

Out d’Coup | Exclusive Interview with Karen Feridun from Berks Gas Truth on Pipelines and Resistance; Sean in CA; Kevin in ADK

We've got a special episode of Out d'Coup for you today. Sean is in California scoping out National Parks, beer, and the local "greenery." Kevin is visiting family in the Adirondacks and nursing an abscessed tooth. So, this week we bring you an exclusive interview with Karen Feridun of Berks Gas Truth that we recorded on August 3rd. The morning we recorded this interview, all sorts of pipeline and fracking related news was breaking including a possible PA budget deal including a severance tax; Trump's move to appoint FERC commissioners; a ridiculous Senate Energy Bill; and, the sale of the site of the Lancaster Stand encampment. Karen and Kevin bring the climate action rage in today's episode. 

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3
Aug

Out d’Coup | ACA Repeal Dead?; Bernie Introducing Single-Payer Bill; Millennials Largest Voting Bloc; Fairness Center Carpetbaggers; Barletta’s In; Severance Tax; Space News and More!

Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare, dead. Zombie repeal lives on. Bernie Sanders goes on CNN to announce he’s moving forward with a single-payer bill. Meanwhile, House Democrats are already moving on a Medicare for All plan with HR 676. As of today, 116 Democrats have signed on to the bill, including all five from Pennsylvania. Those same House Democrats vow not to withhold funding for anti-abortion candidates. Stephen Miller tells the press Trump’s new immigration plan is not racist, you cosmopolitan idiots. Puts a stake in Statue of Liberty mythology along the way. The Mooch got screwed. Trump Organization prepared to start a trade war with China on Friday. Trump-loving gun fetishist calls for shoot protesters at Trump’s Huntington, West Virginia rally today. And, Millennials are now the largest voting bloc according to a new report from the Pew Research Center.

The Fairness Center along with other Commonwealth Foundation and Koch Brother groups are suing teachers...and carpetbagging from Oklahoma? You bet. Lou Barletta set to officially join the clown car on Friday. Much heralded natural gas severance tax in PA budget negotiations will force the DEP to privatize fracking permits. Governor Tom “Carbon” Wolf doesn’t believe the environment will be weakened. The Stand encampment in Lancaster County will have to find a new location to resist the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline. The 107-acre farm was just sold to Williams, the pipeline company. Can’t imagine pipeline protesters will be welcome. Lancaster Against Pipelines says, "The Stand is not a property. It's a vibrant grassroots movement." The fight goes on.

In today’s last call: Southern and tropical birds seen in Central Pennsylvania. No climate change here, Governor Wolf. Space Fest this weekend at the Intrepid Air and Space Museum in NYC. The ethics of exploring Mars. “Let’s not use Mars as a backup planet,” says Lucianne Walkowicz from the Chicago based Adler Planetarium. Checking in with Woodland Farm Brewery and Fulton Chain Craft Brewery next week. And, Sean gives us the full wedding recap.

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31
Jul

Out d’Coup Short | Happy Birthday Sean Kitchen

We're testing out our new production set up! And, it's a perfect day to do it! Happy Birthday to Raging Chicken's muckraker-in-chief, Sean Kitchen!

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27
Jul

Out d’Coup | Healthcare Destruction Continues; Anthony “Badda Bing” Scaramucci Debuts; a Better Deal?; Trump Bans Trans; Wolf Loves Coal; PASSHE Report; and, more!

Mitch McConnell gives healthcare destruction one more shot. Now it’s the “skinny bill.” Protests erupt in Senate chamber with chants of “Kill the bill, don’t kill us!” Capitol Police arrest protesters while attempting to block journalists from covering the arrests. Looks like the crackdown on protesters and journalists continues. New White House Communications Director, Anthony “Badda Bing” Scaramucci, bringing mob discipline to White House. You gotta freaking problem with that? Justice Department responds and announces a crackdown on leakers.

Democrats offer “Better Deal,” but can’t seem to shake Clinton-era corporate Democrat speak in making their case. Yawning messaging shows fear of growing progressive power. There are some important policy initiatives nonetheless. New Bloomberg poll shows that Donald Trump is more popular than Hillary Clinton. Yes, you heard that right. And Michael Moore takes Broadway.

In Pennsylvania, a judge temporarily halts construction of the Mariner East 2 pipeline after Sunoco Pipeline found in violation of several environmental regulations and at least 14 household wells were contaminated. Governor Wolf gives allows special interest backed longwall mining bill to become law. Educational Management consultant group NCHEMS releases the full report on PASSHE’s future. Not much new, but things will begin to heat up as Chancellor prepares to depart and the new academic year is set to begin. Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski indicted as part of a federal corruption probe. Pawlowski now faces more than 50 counts, including extortion, bribery, and fraud. Federal in a corruption case that a federal prosecutor likened Wednesday to selling City Hall to the highest bidder. As early as today, PA Senate to consider House Bill 59 to restrict access to Medicaid. And PA Senate prepared to vote on revenue package for budget - looks like a severance tax is included.

In space news, Star Trek Discovery makes a splash at ComicCon. GOP Representative Dana Rorhbacher asks NASA scientists if an ancient civilization existed on Mars. NASA April Fools joke spurs the deep conspiracy web about secret Martian base. Sean preps for a wedding. Free Will Brewing has a can release today at 3 pm - Cloudy with a Chance of Charcuterie. New England-style IPA 4 packs of 16oz. Cans.

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20
Jul

Out d’Coup | McConnell’s Epic Healthcare Fail; Shocking News from McCain; Sean @ DC Healthcare Protests; PASSHE Chancellor Quits; Metcalfe Whines; Musk AI Warning; Plus Space & Beer News!

John McCain has been diagnosed with brain cancer, according to the Mayo clinic in Phoenix, AZ. The prognosis is not good for McCain. McCain’s announcement drew some of the attention away from Mitch McConnell’s colossal failure to repeal and replace Obamacare. The CBO scores McConnell’s last ditch attempt to repeal the ACA without replacing it. According to the report, more than 32 million Americans would be thrown off health insurance - a full 10 million more than under the GOPs repeal and replace plan. Trump orders Senate Republicans to come up with a repeal and replace plan. Late night meetings yield diddly. Sean Kitchen heads to DC for health care protests. 155 people arrested. Pennsylvania activists were there as well and converged on Senator Toomey’s DC office - there is no place you can hide Senator. And Sean gets a close up of a Rand Paul staffer...and he’s exactly what you’d expect.

Less than a week after a consultants report on the future of PA’s State System of Higher Education was released, Chancellor Frank Brogan announces his “retirement.” Brogan was hired almost four years ago through an unprecedented secret search process in which search committee members were forced to sign confidentiality agreements by former Board of Governors chair, Guido Piccini. Brogan’s hiring was the third straight chancellor from Florida who rose the political ladder as Jeb Bush’s right-hand-man in education, despite a lack of academic credentials. I guess secret processes don’t lead to the best-qualified candidate, do they, Guido? Jess King launches her challenge to Smucker to a pretty impressive crowd. And, Daryl Metcalfe breaks down and cries again after getting called a racist.

In space news, Elon Musk warns that government needs to regulate the development of AI before robots start killing people in the street. Google Street View now lets you explore the International Space Station. NASA releasing hundreds of videos to YouTube. Pennsylvania climate to be like Texas by 2100. Free Will Brewing sells out almost immediately of its Cloudy2 can release last week. Freewill's collaboration with Lavante Brewing was a New England-style IPA and it's awesome. And it’s Shark Week...in Harrisburg. Or, at least at Pizza Boy?

 

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13
Jul

Out d’Coup | GOP Senate Health Bill 1.1; Battle for the Net; Police Tear Gas Anti-Fascists in VA; Harrisburg Police and Surveillance; #PABudget mess; PASSHE report; Teleportation; and, Mars Housing

Senator Turtle, aka Mitch McConnell, prepares to introduce GOP Healthcare Bill 1.1 today. Medicaid cuts remain. Dangles dollars in an attempt to pass the new version - exactly in the way we said he would. Joe Scarborough of Morning Joe leaves the Republican Party to media fanfare. But who really cares? FCC looks to end net neutrality. Over 100,000 websites, activists, and organizations stage an online protest in defense of a free and open internet. G20 protests say that another world is not only possible, it’s necessary.  “Ninja Turtle” riot police tear gas anti-KKK protesters in Charlottesville, VA. 23 people were arrested. As it turns out, police made house calls ahead of the protest showing either that they really care or that our surveillance state has gotten WAY out of hand.

Harrisburg police inadvertently admit that they are sharing and consulting with state surveillance center - so-called “fusion centers.” Our little slice of Big Brother right here in the Keystone state. Gov. Wolf allows a hollow budget to go into effect. PA State lawmakers decide a revenue package is not really urgent. They try one sneak attack against Medicaid before they went off to enjoy their summer. Long-awaited consultant report on the future of PASSHE - Pennsylvania’s 14 public universities. What will this mean for the future of public higher education in the state? A second PA Senate review is due December 1.

In space news, beam me up, Scotty, except in Chinese. Chinese scientists successfully teleport photon to a satellite in orbit. NASA awards $200,000 for Mars housing. Huge advances in the use of recycled materials in construction. Imagine if we had the will to do it here. Fittingly, Pizza Boy releases Flying Laser Beams. Sean says, Rye Me a River. Gollum reads Trump. All that and more on today’s show.

 

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7
Jul

Out d’Coup | Suppressing the Media; G20 Kicks Off; Wolf Says ‘NO’ to Kobach; #PABudget; H’burg Police Gear Up; Cosplay Patriot Shoots Hisself; Challenger for Smucker; and a Ton of Space News!

The 4th of July does not give us a break from the degradation of our democracy. Ted Cruz gets Trump embrace for a heartless health care plan. The Washington Post reports that a new analysis from the right-wing American Enterprise Institute shows that the White House gender pay gap has more than tripled in the first six months of Trump rule. Trump organization turns to social media and the Justice Department to increase attacks on media.  Rachel Maddow issues warning to journalists after exposing forged secret documents. Trump has trouble finding a hotel room in Hamburg as G20 protests explode ahead of the beginning of today’s summit. Trump builds alliances with global strongmen. Zombies march in Hamburg’s streets. And California Governor Jerry Brown announces climate summit next year in San Francisco. Here’s mud in your eye, Donny.

Right-wing militia wannabe shoots hisself at Gettysburg. He was there to defend dead Confederate soldiers against the threat of a fake Antifa action. Pennsylvania faces yet another credit downgrade as fake budget still in search of funding. PA’s Republican House Majority Leader Dave Reed saying Thursday there is still no agreement. House is in session today. Senate will be in session tomorrow. There’s always the Chris Christie option - Shut down the government to get primo beach space for you and your family. Harrisburg police lobbying city council for $65,000 to militarize their operations. Republican Congressman Lloyd Smucker from Lancaster gets the first challenger for 2018. Bring the class and pipeline war. As Gov. Wolf doubles down on fossil fuels and Trump walks away from the Paris Agreement, global automakers are making big moves to go electric. Volvo just announced it will be ALL electric or hybrid beginning in 2019. France announces it will end sales of gas or diesel cars by 2040. Norway will ban non-electric or hybrid cars by 2025. And Tesla rolls out the Tesla 3 today.

In today’s last call, PA Gubernatorial hopeful Paul Mango gets spiritual in the Capitol. And, we’ll sort out the biggest story of the summer - are babies being secretly sent to Mars to become slaves? Yes, NASA actually had to weigh in on this one. Insert facepalm here. Robocop is real...in Dubai. And, Raging Chicken takes step toward Houston for first annual SpaceCom.  

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30
Jun

Out d’Coup | GOP Senate Ready for Next Health Care Attack; NRA Calls for War?; Antifa new Boogeyman; PA Budget with No Way to Fund; Guns in School; Body Cam Bill; and More!

Senate Republicans face round two in their repeal and replace health care debacle. The resistance heats up as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell horse-trades to push a vote before the August recess. Will opioids do the trick? Trump floats Repeal then Replace later plan. Mika Brzezinski fights Trump’s sexism with Cheerios. Cable News is, of course, thrilled at finally being able to cover a story it is trained to cover. Good thing the travel ban still partially in place, right? Are anti-fascists the new right-wing boogeyman? If they are, the NRA seems to have a plan. PennLive provides a “Guide to Antifa,” but misses the story.

It’s budget deadline time. Pennsylvania lawmakers are poised to vote on a $32 billion spending plan, even though they have no idea how to pay for it. Apparently, that’s enough for Lt. Gov. Mike Stack to invite state senators to his office for a party. We’re going to wait until we see where the money for the budget will come from before popping the cork. Will we see severance tax on natural gas? Closing Delaware loophole? Will this be another budget that gets enacted without the Governor’s signature? Meanwhile, across the river in New Jersey, Chris Christie’s insistence upon restructuring the state’s largest insurer, Horizon Blue Cross. Pennsylvania passes Guns in Schools bill...taking their cue from the NRA apparently. Two Democrats join Republicans in voting for taking one more step toward turning schools into Westworld training centers. And, Governor Wolf gets on board to limit public access to police body cam and dashcam recordings.

In today’s last call we’ll talk trailer hitch hell, Fourth of July celebrations, and what we’ll be drinking!  

Mahoney's tip: Check out North Slope Brewery if you're near Dallas, PA. 

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23
Jun

Out d’Coup | Killing Health Care; Surprise, Ossoff loses; Time for Universal Basic Income?; PA Dems and Plastic Bags; RCP’s Intercept Shout Out; Protests, Space News, and More!

Senate Republicans emerged from their dark lair to unveil their goal to return millions of American’s to the dark ages of pay or die health care. The repair and replace bill is brutal. So-called Republican moderates cry crocodile tears ahead of their vote to strip health care from the neediest. Pennsylvania’s own Senator Pat Toomey is, of course, running point on the health care debacle. Ossoff loses to the surprise of no one on this show. Has Universal Basic Income’s time come? Concerns about automation and a resurgent left put that question front and center. Missouri votes to fire people who use birth control - HULU provides the cultural reference for protest.

Gov. Wolf vetoes plastic bag bill that would have prevented municipalities from banning plastic bags. Some in PA Democratic Party leadership not happy because they love plastic bags. Neither is the American Progressive Bag Alliance - yes, there is actually a trade group with this name. Radio host quits after being told not to criticize Trump. Raging Chicken gets the mention in a great piece the Intercept on an attempt by the gas industry to suppress pipeline protests. Kudos to Sean’s investigative work on that!  Delaware County Memorial Hospital nurses continue their fight against corporate health care. Prospect Medical Holdings now in court. As we are recording, protests break out at PA Senator Scott Wagner’s sham hearing on the soda tax in Philadelphia:

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KFC in space? This is the future of galactic capitalism. New Portugal The Man album is out and Sean is basking in his glory.

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