Catch Me Up 2 Speed

Catch Me Up 2 Speed

A podcast by two former journalists that fills in the gaps between daily news and historical trends. (Photo by Matt Botsford on Unsplash)


October 19, 2022 39 min

We're back with the second installment of our Courts & Constitution episodes! In Part II we continue the discussion about SCOTUS' role in interpreting the Constitution, and the potential of the highly important Moore vs. Harper case to set more uncharted precedent. We also examine the movement by well-funded groups to rewrite the Constitution, which could concentrate power even more in the hands of the few.


Moore v. H...

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July 28, 2022 24 min

We are back with Season #2 of Catch Me Up To Speed!  Our second season begins with a review of our 5 news tips in action. We showcase the coverage of California primary election results as an example of how these tips can work in concert to provide a fuller view of current news events.

NY Times: Progressive Backlash in CA Fuels Dem Debate on crime (June 8, 2022)

Newsweek: Progressives face urban revolt (June 8, 2022)

Mission Local:...

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Our first podcast of 2022 features special guest Kortnei Morris, who gets us up to speed on 4 exceptional black women as a fitting send-off to Black History Month: Ida B. Wells, Fannie Lou Hamer, Pauli Murray, and Susie Revels Cayton.

Bio of Ida B. Wells-Barnett

Fannie Lou Hamer

Susie Revels Cayton

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We're back with Episode #14, where we take a look at how  our foreign policy is shaped in politics & media, the array of think tanks that do the shaping, and two popular past foreign policy visions that are all but forgotten: FDR's 'Good Neighbor' policy and JFK's 'Alliance for Progress.'

JFK Revisited: Through the Looking Glass (Showtime)

Global Go-To Think Tank index report (2020)

Anti-colonial pol...

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Some call the Texas Heartbeat Act a novel way to ban abortions. But this style of law, enforced by bounty hunters instead of state governments, isn’t new: It’s a return to laws during slavery and Jim Crow. In this episode, we’ll look at how the courts permitted these laws in the past -- and how they paved the way for Texas’ current abortion law. 

Supreme Court declines hearing on Texas 'Heartbeat' Act (NY Times)

Is there a ...

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We're back with the second podcast on our fifth news tip - seek out the news they DON'T tell you.  

In this episode we focus on three international news events that received differing, yet often incomplete, news coverage for the past month: the protests & political upheaval in Haiti, the protests (and reaction to them) in  Cuba, and the ongoing attempts to prosecute Julian Assange. 

NY Times op-ed on Haiti history: '...

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We're back with the first of a two-part series on our 5th news tip - look  out for the news they don't tell you.  Our focus in this episode is on  foreign  policy, starting with Venezuela...and showing how growing your list of news sources can give a better view of what is going on.

OAS calls for new elections in Honduras - NBC News/Assoc. Press, Dec. 2017

Why people are fleeing Honduras - NPR

Ryan Grim on U.S. History - &#...

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June 9, 2021 35 min

We're back with our 10th episode, and this one is quite timely - we're giving a primer on the Senate filibuster.  This episode,  'Filibuster 101', gives an overview what the filibuster is, where it came from, how it works, and  how it is holding up legislation in the Senate.   That, plus our look at the news - and  a preview of Episode #11!

US Senate's definition and history of the filibuster

How the filibuster ...

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We're back for the final episode in our three-part series on Asians in America with a look back at Asian American history, which is deeper and more  profound in the writing of the American story than it's given credit for.

We also conclude the episode - our first during AAPI Heritage Month - with some thoughts on how to move forward in solidarity with the planned infrastructure bill, and how it may help all undeserved commu...

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We're back with Episode #8 - the second of our three part series on Asians in America.  In this episode, we will look at how the media covers violence against Asians, and also give some media training so you can help write draft of your own history.

Capt. Jay Baker comments (WXIA Atlanta)

March 17th CNN Article: “Fetishized, sexualized and marginalized, Asian women are uniquely vulnerable to violence.”

March 18th NY Times: “H...

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Episode #7 begins our focus on the Asian-American diaspora with our very first podcast interview!

Thu Quach of Asian Health Services & co-founder of the Progressive Vietnamese American Organization (PIVOT).  Thu's amazing journey has inspired many - from advocating for immigrants during the Trump Administration, to caring for the community during the COVID pandemic. Her work continues with AHS, PIVOT, and One Nation AAPI - ...

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February 23, 2021 20 min

We’re happy to be back with Episode #6, where we want to ask a big question: What is ‘radical’, anyway?  We want to Catch you Up To Speed on other eras in American History that were seen as ‘radical’, but in retrospect seem necessary, even essential.

We’re also moving into re-working our format, and will bring regular examples of our ‘4 Tips for following the News’, while setting the stage for even more new themes and features for ...

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A Capitol Riot, a failed insurrection, a second impeachment, and a new President. 

Welcome to January, 2021.  We return to catch you up on why the events of January 6th will effect us all far beyond the Trump presidency. 

Are we at the start of a 'Third Reconstruction', and were the events of January 6th a preview of a new 'Redeemer' movement?  Is the recent push for domestic terror laws reminiscent of the push for ...

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December 31, 2020 42 min

2021 is upon us, and we return to talk about political coups in America.  With the Trump Administration seeking ways to retain their power as Inauguration Day approaches, we catch you up on coups - both attempted and successful - that are already part of our history.

Catch up more with information from these links:

The Battle of LIberty Place, New Orleans, 1874

Plots against the President (Sally Denton)

The Wilmington, NC Massacre ...

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November 15, 2020 29 min

We're back with some thoughts about the 2020 election, political trends to watch for in 2021, and some history on the Senate in advance of Georgia's dual elections in January.

Show Links:

Click here for Vox's article on President Trump's next post-election moves.

Here is the profile piece on Chuck Rocha

Here is the link for the Reuters Institute Digital News Report

You can find Tom Bonier's assessment of the AAP...

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October 21, 2020 42 min

This presidential election season has produced a battle for black voters unlike any in recent election history.  Black voters have been reliably democratic for several generations, but the history of the black vote shows that this voting group has shifted before - and may be charting a new path yet again.

Podcaster's Note: There are a LOT of sources for this episode, here are some of the key ones:

Black Reconstruction in Amer...

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Welcome to the inaugural episode of our new podcast!  Our first episode focuses on four tips for consuming media:

1) Don’t look for absolute truth in the news, for it’s just the first draft of history.

2) Consider all sources critically -- including the top newspapers.

3) Follow the money, and you’ll see who pays to influence media narratives.

4) Let go of binary thinking. Liberal v. conservative is a 20th-century construct, an...

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