Civil Politics (6/17/16): Whats the Matter With Kansas?


Some With Histories of Mental Illness Petition to Get Their Gun Rights Back

British lawmaker shot dead, EU referendum campaigns suspended

A background guide to “Brexit” from the European Union

The (((echo))), explained

What’s the Matter with Kansas?: How Conservatives Won the Heart of America

Bernie Sanders pushes supporters to run for office


Civil Politics (6/10/16): Brock (the Mocked) Turner

Our first half is dominated by the case of convicted rapist Brock Turner, and rape culture in general. Our second half is focused, of course, on the primaries.

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Civil Politics (5/23/16): Sanders vs Trump??

Not many notes for this show, as our producer was somehow put in the moderators chair. Hope you enjoy!


Further Reading (Supplied by Sue!)


  • Trump Sanders debate might signal just how much the big parties that govern America have lost control of the presidential nomination…. Christian Science Monitor

  • Bernie Sanders questioned on his knowlege of private sector and job creation by KFI radio staff. He walks out of interview. Buzzfeed.

  • Trumps casual racism toward native americans:  Calling Elizabeth Warren Pocohontas for example and why it was so bad.  (Other candidates said insensitive things also).  Cultural Editor Simon Moya-Smith at Indian Country Today.  Origin of Pocohontas name etc. Interview on KXLF.

  • Hillary Clinton email scandal: Other Secretaries of State also guilty, but guidance became more strict during her tenure.  (Colin Powel deleted all his AOL State Dept. emails)

  • 32,000 emails from HRC: read them for yourself.

Civil Politics (4/15/16): Delegate Math

Starting off we talk about how the GOP Convention could work… and not work. Or work in weird ways.

In the second half its all about the Democratic Debate on 4/14.

Further Reading (wow a lot!):

Looks Like New York Republicans Haven’t Forgotten About Ted Cruz’s “Values” Dig
GOP’s convention Rules 37 and 38
GOP Delegate: Trump Primary Wins ‘Absolutely Irrelevant’ At Convention
Broad Stroke: Several online items have misleadingly claimed that Ted Cruz tried to ban dildoes in Texas
Democrats to sue Arizona officials over primary voting problems
Mayor Greg Stanton’s letter to DOJ – City of Phoenix
Lightning strikes more common in Texas than in-person voter fraud, says Cory Booker
Donald Blankenship Sentenced to a Year in Prison in Mine Safety Case
Peabody Energy Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection
Fact-checking Bill Clinton’s Philly defense of his controversial crime bill
Free Markets? Tesla Battles Car Dealers Over Right To Sell Cars


Civil Politics (4/1/2016): The Soul of the Parties


The conversation revolves around the heart of the political parties in the united states, and how the climate this year might drastically change them.

Further Reading:

How much money is behind each campaign?

How the GOP creates its convention rules

We Expect Women to Have Impostor Syndrome. That’s Why We Can’t Handle Hillary Clinton.

Girl asks Hillary Clinton: ‘As president, will you earn the same as a man?’ – video

Civil Politics (2/12/16): Only 12 People

The NH Primary and the Democratic dominates the conversation, and how this affects the candidates going into South Carolina.

Further Reading:

CNNPolitics – What is a ‘brokered convention’? Here is a (kind of) simple explanation

Wikipedia – Brianna Wu

The Trial of Henry Kissinger by Christopher Hitchens


Civil Politics (2/5/16): Iowa Couscous

We finally have an actual vote to talk about! The Iowa Caucus dominates our discussion. In the first half we talk about the Republican results, and then we move on to the Democratic side and focus on voting rights. At the end we touch on the scandal involving Toyota using race as a reason to increase the cost of a loan.