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Jun 2021

Out d’Coup LIVE | Kadida Kenner, Exec Dir of The New Pennsylvania Project

On this episode I welcome Kadida Kenner to the program. Kadida is the Executive Director of The New Pennsylvania Project. The New Pennsylvania Project (NPP) was founded in May 2021 to expand Pennsylvania’s electorate so it reflects the Commonwealth’s demographically changing population. The NPP will engage and empower young residents and those living in underrepresented and often neglected communities of color and immigrant communities.

Kadida Kenner is the founding executive director of the New Pennsylvania Project. Kadida was previously a writer, producer, and director for college sports television programming in Charlotte, North Carolina, but energized by the 2016 elections, she decided to take a hiatus from TV production, and return to campaign and organizing work. In 2017 Kadida moved back to Pennsylvania to take on the role of director of campaigns for the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center including the We The People – PA and Why Courts Matter – PA campaigns.

Beginning in May of 2021 Kadida became the executive director of the New Pennsylvania Project, an organization modeled after the successful New Georgia Project and Fair Fight Georgia, both founded by former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams. The New Pennsylvania Project civically engages, registers, mobilizes and empowers often-ignored constituents, especially the youth, and communities of color in rural, urban, and suburban Pennsylvania in a year-round effort to change and expand the electorate in the Commonwealth.

Kadida is a tireless advocate for social and economic justice issues and is motivated to empower and excite the electorate to enthusiastically vote in every election, and all the way down the entire ballot. The Temple University graduate was born outside Pittsburgh and currently lives in Harrisburg, although she grew up in West Chester, Pennsylvania, coincidentally the birthplace of her organizing hero, civil rights icon, Bayard Rustin.

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Jun 2021

Out d’Coup LIVE | Cory Doctorow on his book, “How to Destroy Surveillance Capitalism”

On this week's show, I welcome Cory Doctorow to the program to talk about his book, How to Destroy Surveillance Capitalism

Cory Doctorow is a science fiction author, activist, and journalist. His latest book is Attack Surface, a standalone adult sequel to the young adult novels, Little Brother and Homeland. He is also the author of Radicalized and Walkaway, science fiction for adults; a young adult graphic novel called In Real Life. His first picture book for younger kids, Poesy the Monster Slayer, was released last summer. You can pick up all his books at the shop on his website.

He maintains a daily blog at Pluralistic.net. He works for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, is a MIT Media Lab Research Affiliate, is a Visiting Professor of Computer Science at Open University, a Visiting Professor of Practice at the University of North Carolina’s School of Library and Information Science and co-founded the UK Open Rights Group. Born in Toronto, Canada, he now lives in Los Angeles.

You can get all of his books on his website at https://craphound.com/

Jun 2021

Out d’Coup LIVE | Colleen Gray Nguyen, Democratic Candidate for PA State House in Cumberland County

This week I welcome Colleen Gray Nguyen to the show. Colleen is a candidate for PA State House in Cumberland County - currently, that's the 87th district, but that could change after redistricting. 

Colleen has been living with type 1 diabetes since the age of 3. She co-founded the Keystone Diabetic Kids Camp where she continues to serve on the planning committee and volunteers as a camp counselor. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Nicholas Wolff Foundation which hosts summer camps for children with disabilities. She’s the co-founder of Harrisburg Beer Week, the state leader for the #insulin4all movement, and has worked in both volunteer and professional capacities for PA Stands Up, the Cumberland County Democratic Committee, the East Pennsboro Democratic Club, and campaigns for Nicole Miller, Tara Shakespeare, and Shanna Danielson. 

Colleen is a graduate of the Emerge PA training program, and was awarded the JFK Award for Visionary Leadership and Innovation by the Cumberland County Democratic Party. She lives in Enola, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania with her husband and three children.

You can support Colleen Gray Nguyen's campaign right now, right here: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/colleenforpa

Follow her on Twitter: @ColleenForPA

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May 2021

Out d’Coup LIVE | Brian Bailie on the Pandemic, Crisis of Academic Governance, & Disaster Capitalism

This week I welcome Brian Bailie back to the program to talk about a new report, "COVID-19 and Academic Shared Governance," by the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). The report finds that college and university administrations responses to the COVID-19 pandemic disregarded the norms of academic governances and "were affected largely by administrative fiat, with little or no consultation with the faculty ever where austerity and emergency measures had dramatic effects on the curriculum, an area traditionally considered the faculty's primary responsibility." We'll may also dip into a recent report by the Roosevelt Network, “The Financialization of Higher Education at the University of Cincinnati,” as well as the broader attack on public higher ed. 

Brian  Bailie is an Associate Professor of rhetoric and composition at the University of Cincinnati’s Blue Ash College. Brian’s latest articles include, “Are We an Academic Journal? Editing as Ethical Practice for Change,” co-authored with Steve Parks, in Reflections: A Journal of Community Engaged Writing and Rhetoric, and the ever-timely piece in Present Tense: A Journal of Rhetoric in Society, , “So, Richard Spencer is Coming to Your Campus. How He was Allowed on, and How You Can Confront Him.” 

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A special shout out to Jonathan Mann who wrote our intro song, “There Are No People in the Future.” Check out all is great stuff on his YouTube page and follow him on Twitter @songadaymann

May 2021

Out d’Coup LIVE | Open Phones - PASSHE, Reading List, New Shows, Whatever is On Your Mind

We're opening up the "phones" again on this week's Out d'Coup LIVE. We'll be talking more about PASSHE redesign plans, the expansion of Raging Chicken's podcasts, some things I've been reading (prepare yourself for a little MMT convo), and whatever you all bring to the table.

Some topics for tonight:

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We're continuing to test our new platform for Out d'Coup LIVE. We'll be doing some real-time experiments with Riverside.fm. We wanted to make it as easy as possible for listeners to join the show while at the same time boosting the quality of our sound. So, we'll give it a whirl.

During the live show, I'll announce when we'll be taking calls. If you want to call into the show, you should join the show on Riverside.fm and turn the volume off on YouTube, otherwise you'll get a delay and feedback.

You can join the show, Monday 5/24/21 @ 7pm using this link: https://riverside.fm/studio/out-dcoup-live

Once your are in the show, you can comment in real time. You should be able to "call in" to the show too. Here's the info for how that works: https://support.riverside.fm/en/articles/4666206-live-call-in


May 2021

Out d’Coup LIVE | Nick Marcil and Alex Karlesses organizers with PASSHE Defenders

On this week's show I welcome Nick Marcil and Alexandra Karlesses. Nick and Alex are graduate students at West Chester University who wrote a piece for the student newspaper The Quad, "Hallmarks of neoliberalism pervade PA system of higher education." In that piece they argue, 

"While the promise of market efficiency can seem tempting under such bleak circumstances, it is not a sustainable model of increased access or more abundant resources in higher education. In fact, despite the increasing reliance on this model, inflation-adjusted per-student state funding has declined in 41 states since 2008, according to a study by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. In PA alone, we have seen about a 40% reduction since the year 2000 in state funding across the board, even as universities continue to struggle and threaten to shut their doors."

Now, Alex and Nick are helping launch a new organization, "PASSHE Defenders," Fighting for a Fully Funded State System of Free Public Higher Education. Sounds like an appropriate addition to the Marvel Universe and I'm all in. Find them on Twitter @DefendersPasshe & Instagram passhe_defendersYou can join them for an organizing meeting this Thursday, May 20 @ 7:00 pm - SIGN UP HERE. 

It turns out today is a good day to have them on, too. Earlier today the PA Senate Democratic Caucus Policy Committee held a hearing on PASSHE consolidation plans. State Senators Katie Muth, Lindsey Williams, and Judy Schwank led questions for panels featuring faculty, staff, students, and administrators. 

Nick Marcil is a first-year Higher Education Policy and Student Affairs masters student at West Chester University. He is a current Graduate Assistant for Student Engagement in the Center for Civic Engagement & Social Impact and will be returning there next year. He graduated from the West Chester University in May 2020, where he majored in Early Grades Preparation and a minor in Mathematics Education (Pk-8).

Alex Karlesses is a first-year Higher Education Policy and Student Affairs masters student at West Chester University. She is a current Graduate Assistant in the Twardowski Career Development Center, and thoroughly enjoys counseling students and helping them with their postgraduate plans. She was also recently elected as the Vice President of the Graduate Student Association, and plans to use her platform to promote and plan programming for first-generation students, as well as help graduate students obtain any resources they need to help secure funding or further aid for their studies. She graduated from the University of Delaware in 2017, where she majored in English and Journalism.


May 2021

REPLAY: Out d’Coup LIVE from March 22, 2021| Future of PASSHE: Fail Fast, Dissolve, or Organize

Out d'Coup's Friday politics round-up is off this week. I thought that since we've been talking a lot about PASSHE Chancellor Greenstein's plans to "redesign" PA public higher ed that I'd post a replay of an Out d'Coup LIVE from March in which I breakdown some of the history of "PASSHE-in-crisis" and Chancellor Greenstein's rhetorical strategies to get people to buy into his plans for consolidation and austerity under his "redesign" brand. 

Kevin Mahoney


The Chancellor of the PA State System of Higher Education, Dan Greenstein, has dropped a few bombshells this week about the future of the 14 state owned university system. Public higher education in PA is facing an uncertain future now. We'll be taking your calls about PASSHE and the future of public higher ed.

Sound from this week's PA State Senate higher ed appropriation hearings, unpacking the rhetorical strategy of PASSHE Chancellor, and so much more. 

A special shout out to Jonathan Mann who wrote our intro song, “There Are No People in the Future.” Check out all is great stuff on his YouTube page and follow him on Twitter @songadaymann

May 2021

Out d’Coup LIVE | Joshua Pribanic, co-creator/director of ‘Rights of Nature’ documentary, “Invisible Hand”

On tonight’s show, I welcome Joshua Boaz Pribanic, the co-creator and -co-director of the Rights of Nature documentary, Invisible Hand. Invisible Hand has been called a “paradigm shifting” documentary about the struggle for the recognition of “Rights of Nature,” quite possibly a defining battle of our times where nature, democracy face off in rural America. Produced by award-winning actor Mark Ruffalo, Invisible Hand takes us behind the curtain of the global economy where “Rights of Nature” becomes capitalism’s primary opponent. The film’s epic battle does not begin in the centers of global capital, but in the small rural community of Grant Township, PA as residents band together to stop a fracking waste injection well from being located in their town. The “Rights of Nature” may be the most provocative, and powerful, assemblages of Western legal traditions and Indigenous knowledge that this country has ever seen. And it may be what is necessary to combat the climate crisis and reimagine global civilization. 

Joshua is a film director, editor, investigative reporter who gained international attention for his reporting on fracking shale gas in the United States. He’s probably best known for his award-winning documentary films on fracking, the 2013 film Triple Divide and the 2017 film, Triple Divide [Redacted], and, now, of course, Invisible Hand. Joshua is also the co-founder of the investigative journalism non-profit, Public Herald where he serves as Editor-in-Chief. Public Herald has been cited in over 200 publications including The New Yorker, Mother Jones, Rolling Stone,  and The New York Times.

A special shout out to Jonathan Mann who wrote our intro song, “There Are No People in the Future.” Check out all is great stuff on his YouTube page and follow him on Twitter @songadaymann

Apr 2021

Out d’Coup LIVE | Dr. Jamie Martin, president of APSCUF on PASSHE’s disconnected redesign

On tonight’s show, I welcome Dr. Jamie Martin to the show. Martin is the president of the APSCUF, the faculty union representing the 14 state-owned universities making up the PA State System of Higher Education. Faculty, staff, and students are facing a precarious future as the Chancellor of the state system, Daniel Greenstein, pushes forward his agenda to merge six universities into two, layoff scores of faculty and staff, throw students' academic programs into flux, and force more classes online. Greenstein tells a fairy tale narrative of his "Redesign" plans, but many faculty, students, and staff aren't buying in. Earlier today, Greenstein dropped his 439 page university merger plan - a plan that will be presented to the Board of Governors this Wednesday, April 28. We'll talk about how we got here and where we need to go.

Martin graduated from IUP with bachelor’s and master’s degrees and a doctorate in criminology. Her research has focused on qualitative research, corrections, and criminal-justice ethics. She has published articles in the Journal of Criminal Justice Education and American Journal of Criminal Justice, and she has also published a book called Looking Out: Jailed Fathers’ Perceptions about Separation from Their Children. Additionally, she won the Center for Teaching Excellence Award in 2004 and the Outstanding Teacher Award in the College of Health and Human Services in 2008.


  • April 27 – LHU APSCUF town hall

    Lock Haven University’s APSCUF chapter will host an online Q&A session for alumni to discuss consolidation. The session runs 7–8 p.m. Tuesday, April 27, in Zoom meeting ID # 977 1143 0089.

  • April 28 – Consolidation-plan presentation and Day of Action:
    8:30 a.m. | BOARD OF GOVERNORS MEETING (livestreamed) — Click here for details about how to watch and how to participate in public comment that morning.

  • 11:30 a.m. SAVE OUR STATE SCHOOLS will host a streamed event to discuss advocacy surrounding the plan. We’ll share registration when it is available; better yet, you can sign up for SOSS email alerts to hear directly from them.

  • Follow Save Out State Schools on Twitter: @OurStateSchools. Look for additional. Sign up for additional information and email alerts on their webpage: SaveOurStateSchools.org.

  • Check out APSCUF's student page with additional events and organizing info.  

A special shout out to Jonathan Mann who wrote our intro song, “There Are No People in the Future.” Check out all is great stuff on his YouTube page and follow him on Twitter @songadaymann

Apr 2021

Out d’Coup LIVE | Karen Feridun, Founder Berks Gas Truth & Co-Founder of Better Path Coalition

On today’s show, I welcome back to the program, Karen Feridun. Karen is the Founder of Berks Gas Truth, a grassroots community organization fighting to ban fracking and all shale gas infrastructure. She is co-founder of the statewide Better Path Coalition. For the past 11 years, she worked with organizations in PA, NY, NJ, and DE to get the ban on fracking in the Delaware River Basin that was imposed in February. She is currently part of an international coalition working to stop Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) exports and a national coalition working with members of Congress to reform the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

We'll be talking about The Better Path Coalition's "We Are the Ones" campaign. The coalition hopes to build on the recent decision to ban fracking in the Delaware River Basin and the release of Kristina Marusic’s bombshell report for Environmental Health News, “Fractured: The Body Burden of Living Near Fracking” - and pressure the Wolf administration to end his support of fracking and the fossil fuel industry once and for all.


A special shout out to Jonathan Mann who wrote our intro song, “There Are No People in the Future.” Check out all is great stuff on his YouTube page and follow him on Twitter @songadaymann

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