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
), 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!
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:
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.
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!
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!
Today on Out d'Coup, Sean Kitchen is back from his vacation in the great mountain west! Was he lost in the Rockies or in one of Boulder's many marijuana dispensaries? We'll find out.
Plus, we'll talk about his most recent article calling out PennLive
for grouping peaceful anti-fracking protesters with the Ku Klux Klan and right-wing white militias under the rubric of "Domestic Terror Threats." We talk about what this says about the state of establishment media and why we need to support independent progressive media.
In the second segment, we talk about the next round in the fight to legalize marijuana for recreational use in PA. Sean discusses State Representative Jordan Harris's co-sponsorship memo
in favor of legalization. We also get Sean's first-hand account of his experience navigating Colorado's marijuana dispensary system.
Finally, we talk Colorado craft beer and some upcoming craft beer events in PA. Hope you'll join us!
Today on The Sit Down we’re talking social movements and public intellectuals with Jason Del Gandio. We talk about the role of communication, language and rhetoric in building and sustaining social movements, the future of the political movement that coalesced around the Bernie Sanders campaign, and the role of activist intellectuals in higher education.
Del Gandio is a scholar-activist and Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Public Advocacy at Temple University. His scholarship focuses on the theory and practice of social justice, especially when it comes to activism and social movements. He approaches these topics through the intersections of rhetoric, philosophy, and performance.
His public writing has engages with issues such as corporate control, the rhetoric of the Obama and Bush administrations, immaterial labor, autonomy, performance art, the Occupy movement, spontaneous uprisings, and the relationship between neoliberalism and the university. His writings have appeared in CounterPunch, Truth-out.org, Radical Philosophy Review, New Political Science, Dissident Voice, and the Journal of Aesthetics and Protest.
In his book, Rhetoric for Radicals: A Handbook for 21st Activists, Del Gandio seeks to help activists focus on effective communication that is often lacking in even some more experienced activists. As he argues, radicals have important messages to deliver, but are often so caught up in the passion of their causes that they often suffer from a credibility gap because of their lack of coherent message and delivery. Rhetoric for Radicals is a guide that can help activists develop strategic communication skills to be effectively heard.
Jason is also the co-editor with Anthony Nocella of Educating for Action: Strategies to Ignite Social Justice, and The Terrorization of Dissent: Corporate Repression, Legal Corruption, and the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act.
Today on The Sit Down we’re talking with Karen Feridun, the founder of Berks Gas Truth, a Kutztown, PA based grassroots community organization of over 600 concerned citizens fighting to stop unconventional natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania and across the country.
We’ll be talking about a critique of Obama’s Clean Power Plan by the coalition Pennsylvanians Against Fracking, of which Berks Gas Truth is a member. We'll also get Karen's take on former PA DEP Secretary John Quigley's email rant against his "friends" in the environmental movement. And, finally, we'll look ahead to the March for a Clean Energy Revolution on July 24th in Philadelphia. That’s on the eve of the Democratic National Convention.
To read Pennsylvanians Against Fracking's critique of the Obama Administration's Clean Power Plan, CLICK HERE.
Read John Quigley's email rant HERE.
Get the info on the July 24th March for a Clean Energy Revolution in Philadelphia RIGHT HERE.
This week, Sean is on vacation in Boulder, Colorado, one of the craft brew meccas in the U.S. We hope to catch up with Sean later in the week to get an update on his Rocky Mountain high.
But today is a BIG DAY! Today California, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota, and South Dakota hold their primaries and Caucuses. The California race is, of course, the big kahuna, with its 546 delegates at stake. But in this increasingly tense race on the Democratic side, today’s final Super Tuesday can’t be without controversy. Last night, the AP and then NBC and others reported that Hillary Clinton is the presumptive nominee based upon Democratic Party super delegate commitments. The fact that the media declared victory for Clinton before voters had a chance to vote today is leaving a sour taste in lots of people’s mouths. We’ll get into that with my surprise special guest on today’s Out d’Coup, Glenn Richardson!
Richardson is a Professor of Political Science at Kutztown University. He is the author of Pulp Politics: How Political Advertising Tells the Stories of American Politics published in a second edition by Rowman and Littlefield. He specializes in American government and political commmunication, especially campaigns and elections, political advertising, social media and news coverage of politics. His articles include "Visual Storytelling and the Competition for Political Meaning in Political Advertising and News in Campaign 2000," which earned the 2002 American Communication Journal Article of the Year Award; and "Ad Watch 3.0: Developing Audiovisual and Narrative Techniques for Engaging the Audiovisual Content of Political Advertising," in Poroi. He is currently working on projects focusing on the use of Twitter and politics and on political advertising.
Richardson is Chair of the state APSCUF Legislative Committee - APSCUF is the faculty union for the 14 state-owned universities in PA.
We’ll get Richardson’s take on today’s primaries, the tensions in the Democratic Party, and what’s happening in APSCUF’s current negotiations...faculty have been working without a contract for nearly a year.
We are one week out from the last big primary day for this year’s presidential election. The next contests will be next Tuesday, June 7th when California with , Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota, and South Dakota hold their primaries and Caucuses. California is the big kahuna with its 548 delegates at stake. Before we get there on June 4th the Virgin Islands will vote and on June 5th Puerto Rico goes to the polls. DC will close out the season on June 14.
We also want to put a plug in for the March for a Clean Energy Revolution on July 24 in Philadelphia - that’s the day before the Democratic National Convention begins in Philly. Organizers hope for a huge turnout. For more information you can go to http://www.cleanenergymarch.org/. To find a car pool or bus to the event, go to http://www.cleanenergymarch.org/bus. Next week, we’ll have Karen Feridun of Berks Gas Truth on The Sitdown to talk about the Clean Power Plan and the Clean Energy March. So, check it out.
It’s another Tuesday in this presidential election season. For the first time in a long time we don’t have a primary or caucus! But just because there are no primaries, doesn’t mean that there is no news. We’ll get into the big news of Bernie Sanders getting the opportunity to appoint a Dream Team to the Democratic platform committee. What will this mean for the future of the Democratic Party?
Plus, we’ll talk about the shocking proposal by Jay Badams, the Superintendent of the Erie School District, to shut down all of the city’s public high schools due to a lack of funding from the state. The proposal comes on the heels of a cutting video released by the school district, “Doing Nothing is Not the Answer,” putting pressure on PA politicians to adequately fund public education in the Commonwealth.
Then we’ll ask what’s creeping around in Philly public schools? Sean Kitchen will give us a preview of his upcoming story. And, what’s going on with the big shake up in the PA Department of Environmental Protection? DEP Secretary John Quigley gets the boot after some gas-loving Democrats put pressure on Gov. Wolf to kick him to the curb? Did the Governor cave to Big Gas?
Finally, Sean will give us a preview of his Rocky Mountain vacation and gives us a stellar beer recommendation. “I drank a growler,” says Kitchen. Can you say “Murren River IPA” from Pizza Boy Brewing?
Oh! And can you spot the editing mistake? The first person to send us an email with the editing mistake will get a Raging Chicken Press sticker! Just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org! We'll announce the winner on next week's podcast.