Madgecast S1E18 - Fight for the Future, Not Just Against the Donald

This week on the Madgecast we're talking about how fighting for the future might be more effective and fun than just fighting against the Donald, because fuck that guy.

  • My primary text this week is Alex Steffen's talk entitled "The Heroic Future" -- you should take the time to watch it, it might be the best hour of your day
  • And here's a timeline of what exactly needs to happen each decade in order for us to meet our Paris Accord agreements, which were mostly about keeping the temperature increase to only 2 degrees Celsius and here's the abstract of the Science paper it was based on
  • The March for Science is happening all over the country April 22 -- I hope you will take part!

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Madgecast S1E17 - We Won! Let Us Gloat, and Talk About How

This week the resistance won a historic battle, and this podcast is all about analyzing how that happened, and what we can learn from it:

  • The Republican Party is nothing without a figure to focus their hate on. Republican Representative Tom Rooney from Florida came right out and said this in The Atlantic
  • The GOP either lacks wonks, or won't listen to them, and so they created an absolutely terrible bill 
  • Citizen action overwhelmed representatives on this bill -- 50 to 1 ratio of calls against and for
  • The Art of the Deal LOLOLOLOLOLOL
  • If people hate the AHCA, and aren't super fond of ACA, then why not try for something even better? We aren't going to be playing defense forever ...
  • What Obama said is totally true: "Our Constitution is a remarkable, beautiful gift. But it’s really just a piece of parchment. It has no power on its own. We, the people, give it power — with our participation and the choices we make. Whether or not we stand up for our freedoms. Whether or not we respect and enforce the rule of law. America is no fragile thing. But the gains of our long journey to freedom are not assured."

I hope you let this wind fill your sails! Thanks for listening, as always, and don't forget to subscribe and leave a review on iTunes, and tell your friends. Let's spread the word about resistance, self-care, and leapfrogging over these retrograde pieces of shit into a future that works for everyone.

Madgecast S1E15 - Down With Bullshit Made-Up Hierarchies

This week we talk about

  • an ACLU Resistance Training I attended yesterday -- you can watch the broadcast hereand read more about their Freedom Cities project here
  • the fact that protest not only impacts policy; it also shapes the narrative
  • how much of our culture is built on bullshit made-up hierarchies, and how we can bring them down

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Madgecast S1E14 - Who Runs the World? Hermione

This week we discuss

  • Why we shouldn't fall for false equivalence arguments like "Angry protesters are just as bad as the things they are protesting" -- and how this kind of tone-policing dismisses important voices in our movement
  • How enraging it is when less-informed men come at me with condescending arguments as though I just need to be educated and then I'll think the same way they do
  • Why it behooves everyone to honor the words of the Hermione Grangers of the world

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Madgecast S1E13 - Unapologetically Intolerant Liberal Seeks Realists of Larger Reality

This week on the podcast I'm a little fired up

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Madgecast S1E12 - The Donald Is America's Abusive Boyfriend

This week on the Madgecast we discuss

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Madgecast S1E11 - We Will Not Go Away / Welcome to Your Every Day

This week's podcast has it all! There's a little bit of me talking a little bit about how the shit show that is America right now is triggering AF. And then there's an interview with my new pal Katie Farnan, one of the leaders of Indivisible Front Range Resistance, in which we discuss:

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Madgecast S1E10 - Shit Is Complicated But Glossing Over It Isn't the Answer

This week we talk about a known bug in the human brain called the Fundamental Attribution error, and why insisting on ideological purity is a mistake. The answer to complexity isn't to shut it out or deny it; it's to develop our capacity for handling it:

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Madgecast S1E9 - White Women: Let's Love Solidarity More Than Our Privilege

Intersectionality: it's not just a fancy word made up by progressives to drive nice white women crazy. It describes the way that different forms of oppression intersect and can't really be divided in how they show up in the lives of individuals and groups.

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Madgecast S1E8 - Getting Around Big Daddy

This week, we talk about how conservatives are much better salespeople than liberals, and how we can change that:

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Madgecast S1E7 - How To Become An Activist

This week's podcast is about

The important thing is to just get started.

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Thanks for listening, xox

Madgecast S1E6 - We're Our Only Hope

This week we discuss the radical value of simply taking care of other people.

  • Sick Woman Theory -- this is an important read, especially if you, like me, have fallen into the trap of de-valuing the feminized work of care-taking
  • The quote "Prettiness is not a rent you pay for occupying a space marked 'female'" comes from this article on Dress A Day
  • Threshold Singers: This is the video that made me want to join them!

Madgecast S1E5 - Why Don't You Run For Office?

Show notes

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Madgecast Episode S1E4 - Love Doesn't Just Win

On this week's podcast:

  • An activist training I attended and what I learned from it
  • Why we need to stop using cliches like "Love wins"
  • The End of Protest by Micah White, one of the co-founders of Occupy Wall Street

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Thanks for listening! Xox

Madgecast Episode S1E3 - Of Many Minds


In which we discuss

  • How weird it is to be perfectly happy and completely terrified at the same time
  • Looking at some of the maps by which I navigate the world, and how they, and the ground they describe, are changing
  • Trumpgrets, and how some of them are hard to enjoy
  • This article informs some of my thoughts on building a politics of empathy this week: Please Stop Thinking You're Better Than Trump Supporters
  • And -- A CHALLENGE! Find a community or activist meeting in your town this week and go to it! And let me know how it goes.

Thanks for listening <3

Madgecast Episode S1E2 - What Would Olamina Do?

In which I talk about

  • Octavia Butler, brilliant author and apparent psychic (Parable of the Sower, Parable of the Talents)
  • And why it's super important that we not abandon "identity politics" in an attempt to win more racist votes

Here's some links for you, too

Let me know what you think! Xox