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(2015/02/24) The wealth divide and the crumbling bridge across it (Economics)

February 24, 201578 min
Edition #901
Today we take a look at the extreme wealth inequality that’s plaguing our nation, the insufficient attempts to correct the problem as well as it’s underlying causes
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Show Notes
Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill
Ch. 2: Act 1: The bootstraps myth and The American Dream™ - @DecodeDC - Air Date: 1-8-15
Ch. 3: Song 1: Decode DC Theme Song

Ch. 4: Act 2: .@NickHanauer on inequality - @TEDTalks - Air Date: March 2012
Ch. 5: Song 2: "RazorWire" - Chris Priest

Ch. 6: Act 3: Wealth Gap - @LastWeekTonight with @iamjohnoliver - Air Date: 7-13-14
Ch. 7: Song 3: Heads You Win, Tails I Lose - Surfin' Safari (2001 - Remaster)

Ch. 8: Act 4: Yes, the budget grows and for good reason - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date: 2-6-15
Ch. 9: Song 4: One Way Street - I Can't Stand the Rain

Ch. 10: Act 5: Can Democrats Stop Republican Social Security Change? - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 01-25-15
Ch. 11: Song 5: I Wish I Knew (Logo Remix) - Gildas Kitsuné Season's Greetings Mix (The Merry Christmas Edition)

Ch. 12: Act 6: Whats With Politicians Fetishizing About Cutting Social Security? - @majorityfm - Air Date: 01-07-15
Ch. 13: Song 6: Out of Touch - The Very Best of Daryl Hall & John Oates (Remastered)

Ch. 14: Act 7: Bolstering Unemployment Benefits with the 2016 Budget via @WhiteHouse - Best of the Left Activism
Ch. 15: Song 7: "This fickle world" - Theo Bard

Ch. 16: Act 8: Give jobs, not welfare - Economic Update with @profwolff - Air Date: 1-5-15

Ch. 17: The impact of the TPP on marginalized communities - Chrissie from Kansas
Ch. 18: Endorsing choice for vaccinations - Jeff from Cleveland, OH
Ch. 19: The 25% gender wage gap doesn't take hours worked into consideration - Tod from California
Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics

Ch. 20: Final comments Part 1: Responding to Jeff from Cleveland about vaccines
Ch. 21: Final comments Part 2: Responding to Tod from California about the gender wage and wealth gaps
Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone

Activism: Bolstering Unemployment Benefits with the 2016 Budget via @WhiteHouse
Take Action:
Let the White House know you support the unemployment provisions of the 2016 budget via phone (202-456-1111), email/mail and via Twitter to @WhiteHouse and @BarackObama
Use ContactingTheCongress to let your reps know you expect them to publicly support the unemployment plan.
Sources/further reading:
Fiscal Year 2016 Budget of the U.S/ Government via The White House
"Obama's Budget Proposes a Major Overhaul of Unemployment Insurance” by Danny Vinik at The New Republic
"Right-Wing Media Use Flawed Study To Attack Unemployment Benefits” by Rachel Calvert at Media Matters for America
"U.S. jobless claims fall as labor market gains momentum” by Lucia Mutikani at Reuters
"Conservatives Cheer Research Saying Cuts To Unemployment Benefits Helped The Economy” by Arthur Delaney at HuffPo
"Obama Budget Signals End Of Austerity, Return Of Sanity” by Dave Johnson at Common Dreams
Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich

Produced by Jay! Tomlinson
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