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15
Sep

Out d’Coup | Sanders Single-Payer Bill; DSA and Left Organizing; Ponies for All; Climate Change and Hurricanes; Trump Taps David Freed; #PAbudget; Space News and More!

Bernie Sanders introduces a single-payer bill with 16 cosponsors. Just in time for perspective on “What Happened?” Will the Democratic Party get the Sanders Bump and move significantly to the left? It’s looking like it.  All I know is that I want my pony. We talk the growth of DSA and left organizing. In the wake of Harvey and Irma, now is exactly the time to talk about climate change. Kate Aronoff burning it up at The Intercept in the wake of catastrophic hurricanes. We’re watching disaster capitalism in real time now, folks. Trump deepens his relationship with Chuck and Nancy - more like a booty call, really. Trump’s voting fraud commission continues to expose how Kris Kobach plans to suppress the vote in 2018 and 2020. Fearless Girl gets blue ribbon and Wall Street bull doused with blue paint in protest of climate denial. Crude bomb goes off on London tube. And Harvard invites then disinvites Chelsea Manning to be a visiting fellow, thanks to Mike Pompeo and a spineless dean of Harvard’s Kennedy School Institute of Politics.

David Freed - Cumberland County, DA - nominated to US Attorney Office. Maybe he’ll be bringing his binders full of white supremacists with him. The Intercept picks up coverage of Evan McLaren, too. Wolf votes for fracking moratorium in Delaware River Basin Commission. PA House Republicans approves budget filled with gimmicks and cuts to environmental programs. I may want my pony, but PA House Republicans are trafficking in unicorns.

In today’s last call, Chris Robé on his new book, Breaking the Spell: A History of Anarchist Filmmakers, Videotape Guerrillas, and Digital Ninjas at Kutztown University.

We say goodbye to Cassini. Space X releases “bloopers” video. Sean get’s his hand in a crowler video. This might be his big break.

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8
Sep

Out d’Coup | Hurricane Devastation; Trump’s New Friends “Chuck and Nancy”; Russian Hackers on FB; Sen. Wagner and LaRouche; PA Budget; DACA; PA Student Power; Space News and More!

Hurricane devastation continues. Texas residents are barely digging out from Harvey as Irma - the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the open Atlantic - is slated to smash into Florida as a category 4 storm on Sunday. The storm has already claimed at least 19 lives in the Carribean. Meanwhile, the Harvey death toll topped 70. Houston area first responders are now suing chemical plant Arkema for negligence in plant’s explosion. At least 30 companies have now reported toxic spills in Harvey’s wake.

Trump makes friends with Chuck and Nancy. Paul Ryan taken to the woodshed, according to Lou Dobbs. What’s this mean for the Democratic party and the 2018 elections? Facebook admits that Russian hackers bought at least $100,000 in ads in an attempt to influence. One of first troll accounts was a fake Harrisburg resident. Rachel Maddow finally forced to get off the Russia, Russia, Russia beat...walks through the history of alt-right and Republican party.

Senator Soprano - Scott Wagner, has got a soft spot for Lyndon LaRouche, at least when it comes to opening his checkbook. Was it LaRouche’s Holocaust denial or his “The British are Coming” conspiracy that did it for ya, Scottie? PA Republicans planning to cut millions in hazardous waste programs to solve budget problems. Huge DACA protests across the state. Man arrested at Toomey televised town hall for asking questions about DACA. Charlie Dent gets out of the game. John Taylor out too. Tracking down the paper trail on alt-right Evan McLaren. And, PA Student Power Network organizing for free tuition at Pennsylvania’s public universities.

In space news, NASA researchers looking to the 19th century to land a rover on Venus. Ever read Wiliam Gibson’s The Difference Engine, or grooved on steampunk? NASA has. On Sept. 15th we’ll have to say goodbye to the Saturn orbiter, Cassini. Beginning Sept. 13, NASA will begin live webcasts about the program leading up to Cassini’s live-streamed plunge into Saturn’s atmosphere. Sean’s got a new Out d’Coup extra planned for next week on the anniversary of the 1897 Lattimer Mine Massacre near Hazleton, PA. And, what the hell is Verrit anyway and who cares?

Special shout out to Old Man and Skinny Guy - awesome new gaming podcast just launched last week. Go check them out on podbean HERE or check out their website RIGHT HERE.

 

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1
Sep

Out d’Coup | Hurricane Harvey; Berkeley Clashes; March to Confront White Supremacy; Kamala Joins Bernie; H’Burg Police’s New Riot Gear; Wagner Bombs; Alt-Right in PA: Modern Times; and More!

Hurricane Harvey wreaks havoc in Houston and Texas. It’s a devastating window into our climate future. Violent clashes between right-wing and anti-fascist protesters in Berkeley raises many questions about political strategy, media failures, and militarization of the police. Trump removes the ban on supplying police departments with military hardware. Harriet Tubman is officially off the $20 bill. Oh, and Joe Freaking Arpaio? Really? No connection there. [vader]. At least 100 faith leaders, activists, and students are walking from Charlottesville to DC for a “March to Confront White Supremacy.” They left on Monday and will arrive in DC on September 6. Gorka kicked out of the big house. More staff drama. Kamala Harris signs onto Sanders’s Universal Health Care Bill.

Harrisburg City Council voted to approve Harrisburg Police Department’s request to purchase military grade riot gear. Because Charlottesville? Senator Soprano, Scott Wagner plays his anti-Semitic comedy routine this week in Pittston. Crickets. Alt-Right advocate takes to the pages of Penn-Live to cry, “we’re not Nazis”...we just want to preserve “white heritage and identity.” Dog whistle Dog whistle Dog whistle. And more on the “we’re not racists” front, John McNesby, president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 calls a group of Black Lives Matters activists “rabid animals” following a protest in front of a police officer’s house.

And today is Force Friday! That’s right, get all your new Star Wars gear starting today. Modern Times coffee is awesome and so is their new ownership model. Kevin gets a real grinder, but he misses Sour Sunday in favor of back to school.

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24
Aug

Out d’Coup | Forward from Charlottesville; Refuse Fascism Nov. 4; Trump Still Trump; Sen. Wagner on Nazis; Sen. Martin’s Anti-Protest Bill; Alt Right on Campus; the Eclipse; and so much more!

Reflecting on Charlottesville. Is it time for regime change in the U.S.? If the organization Refuse Fascism has anything to say about it November 4th is "go time." Boston is still strong and Phoenix is rising in resistance to neo-nazis and the alt right. Alt right celebrities and anti-Muslim organizations cancel rallies and retreat to their internet safe spaces. Trump continues to be Trump. Business leaders bail on his Manufacturing Council. Bannon forced out? Or maybe, he finished what he needed to do inside the White House. Now it’s back to Breitbart to pressure from the outside.

State Senator Scott Martin moves ahead with his anti-protest bill. Senator Soprano...Scott Wagner, mimics Trump, forgetting to condemn nazi violence in Charlottesville. The big question remains does he have black friends too? Philly, Lancaster, Carlisle and other PA cities draw thousands in solidarity with Charlottesville and resistance to fascism. PA Student Power Network holds first statewide leadership training retreat ahead of the start of the school year. PA has the largest number of anti-government militias in the U.S. Sean survives the ETown Fair. And, Daryl Metcalfe just couldn’t take the heat, so he blocked Sean on Twitter. Open Records challenge coming soon? We shall see.

In today’s last call we’ll talk staring at the sun during the eclipse, space, and beer.

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Check out: "The Ballad of Daryl Metcalfe," from the Jay Thurber Show.

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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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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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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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