Ep 20 Working families and new labor department changes, stochastic terrorism, and call to action for Millennials

September 15, 2017

In Episode 20, we discuss the latest changes that will impact working American families under Trump's Labor Secretary, Alexander Acosta, specifically, changes to the sharing economy, traditional manufacturing, and overtime rules. In the Trumpster Fire, we define "stochastic terrorism" and explain how Trump uses this rhetorical strategy to incite his base and avoid culpability and we review the PEN America statement about Trump's attacks on journalists. Our Media Minute encourages you to listen to our friends over at Raging Chicken Press, and our Activist Action is a specific call-to-action for our Millennial listeners. Empower yourself by joining our community and feel less alone in this topsy-turvy time. Share this episode with your social media networks and ask others to listen and join this fight. We are in this together.

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Expert Extra #11: Dr. Stephanie Andrea Allen on the difference between Black and POC, black lesbian writers, and why we need to work harder at finding these voices

September 8, 2017

This week's Expert Extra features Dr. Stephanie Andrea Allen, a native Southerner and out Black lesbian writer, scholar, editor of Lez Talk: A Collection of Black Lesbian Short Fiction and Solace: Writing Refuge, and LGBTQ Women of Color, and the founder of BLF Press, an independent Black feminist press dedicated to amplifying the work of women of color. She helps us understand the difference between "Black" and "Person of Color" and how being Black in America is different from being any other POC, the importance of Black lesbian voices, and why we all need to work harder to locate and listen to these voices, along with some reading recommendations.

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Ep 19 Inside 254 visits the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture

September 1, 2017

In Episode 19, we share our impressions of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture, along with details about how YOU can visit this wonderful new museum. In the Trumpster Fire, we talk about the Congressional Black Caucus and their refusal to meet with Trump. Our Activist Actions ask you watch, read, and listen to some very specific black voices. Empower yourself by joining our community. Share this episode with your social media networks and ask others to listen and join this fight. We can do better together.

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Ep 18 Charlottesville and white supremacy: Inside 254 takes a side

August 18, 2017

In Episode 18, we pick a side on the events in #Charlottesville and discuss the white supremacist structure of the United States. In the Trumpster Fire, we define and discuss false equivalency, equivocation, and how Trump's use of "on many sides" in relation to the Nazi rally and counterprotests in #Charlottesville is dangerous. Our Media Minute and Activist Actions ask you to dig deeper. This no-holds-barred episode is a bit longer than usual, and digs into some lesser-reported angles of the Charlottesville incident. Join us and #resist. Share this episode with your social media networks and ask others to listen and join this fight. We can do better together.

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Expert Extra #10: Chuck Wendig on resistance and writing

August 11, 2017

This week's Expert Extra features New York Times best-selling author Chuck Wendig, who is also known for his blog terribleminds.com. We discuss how writing is an act of resistance, the problem with silencing writers' voices, the value of community for writers, and "ways to stay motivated in this shit-shellacked era of epic stupid."

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Ep 17 Outtake “Strump”

August 8, 2017

Enjoy this outtake from our recording of Episode 17 as we inadvertently have fun with Trump's name.

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Ep 17 US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley gets a grade, why the world hates America now, favorite Game of Thrones women characters, and how to take action on the global gag rule

August 4, 2017

In Ep 17, we give US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, a grade, talk about why the world hates America now in the Trumpster Fire, share Amanda's favorite Game of Thrones women characters in Media Minute, and Colleen suggests how to take action on the global gag rule in the Activist Action.

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Expert Extra #9: Teaching Tolerance senior editor Monita Bell on social justice advocacy in schools

July 28, 2017

This week's Expert Extra features Monita Bell, senior editor at Teaching Tolerance and author of Getting Hair "Fixed": Black Power, Transvaluation and Hair Politics. We discuss the definition of 'social justice', why social justice advocacy in schools is important, and what teachers, parents, and even older students can do.

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Ep 16 Native American tribal sovereignty and Bureau of Indian Affairs in the era of Trump

July 21, 2017

Episode 16 focus on Native American tribal sovereignty (what it is, why it matters, how it is now in danger) and changes to the Bureau of Indian Affairs in the era of Trump. The Trumpster fire asks whether Trump's promise to bring coal jobs back to America includes indigenous nations, our Media Minute reviews the film The Cherokee Word for Water, and the Activist Action provides information and what you can do to help with the ongoing Bears Ears' Monument battle.

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Expert Extra #8: Melissa Reed, CEO of Planned Parenthood Keystone

July 14, 2017

This week's Expert Extra features Melissa Reed, the CEO of Planned Parenthood Keystone. We discuss the challenges to women if the GOP repeals the #ACA, what Planned Parenthood does and what defunding actually means, plus how Planned Parenthood Keystone is fighting back on a regional level and what you can do to help.

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