Civil Politics (7/15/16): Pence, I Choose You!

In our first half we speak about Turkey, Trump’s pick for VP, and of course Sanders endorsing Clinton. In our second half we discuss the shootings of black men and police officers that occured during our break.

Further Reading:

Bernie Sanders Endorses Hillary Clinton, Hoping to Unify Democrats

Emails show NSA rejected Hillary Clinton’s request for secure smartphone

The new Trump-Pence campaign logo is raising eyebrows

“Never Trump” Movement Dies in Committee

Boris Johnson is foreign secretary: The world reacts

PM Theresa May starts ministerial appointments

The Driving Life And Death Of Philando Castile

Dallas police chief to protesters: “We’re hiring”

‘Graceful in the lion’s den’: Photo of young woman’s arrest in Baton Rouge becomes powerful symbol

One Day in 1970 That Changed Policing in the U.S.

Obama: U.S. Cracking Down on ‘Militarization’ of Local Police

Boris Johnson wins ‘most offensive Erdoğan poem’ competition

 

 

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 (4/8/16):The Panama Conundrum

Tonight we start off speaking about the release of the Panama Papers, and return to speaking about the ongoing primaries. In the second half we continue with the primary process, and end speaking on the “bathroom bills” being approved in various states.

Further Reading:

The Panama Papers: Here’s What We Know

Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron Is Under Fire Over His Father’s Offshore Fund

Mossack Fonseca: inside the firm that helps the super-rich hide their money

No, Bernie Sanders didn’t retroactively win Nevada (contains audio)

Mass. Dems elect delegates Saturday

Bruce Springsteen Cancels Show in North Carolina To Protest ‘Bathroom Bill’

Mississippi RV park owner evicts interracial couple

Civil Politics (3/11/16): Armed Education

Stefan hops into the moderator chair this week! (for half the show at least!)

We begin reviewing the votes of the last week. The two important topics we cover are violence at Trump rallies against Muslims and people of color, and in the second half we focus on how states are starting to allow guns in classrooms.

Further Reading:

Trump Rally Attendee Charged With Punching Protester In The Face

Silently protesting Muslim woman ejected from Trump rally

Clinton apologizes for calling Nancy Reagan a ‘very effective, low-key’ AIDS advocate

Marijuana campaign sues state over disqualified petition signatures

US presidential elections 2016: State by state results tracker

How Guns on Campus Could Change What Texas Teaches

Civil Politics (1/1/16): Our Dangerous Year

We review our year in news and politics, and speak about how this will affect the next year.

Further Reading:

Number Of Police Officers Killed By Gunfire Fell 14 Percent In 2015, Study

 

in self defense

“In Self-Defense”. 1876 editorial cartoon by A. B. Frost. Depicts a caricatured former Confederates in the U.S. South with a knife and smoking gun in his hands standing over the corpse of an African-American toddler.

Civil Politics (12/4/15): It Needs to Stop

We open with speaking shootings. California, Colorado, and others – and the fact that we need to say “and others” to clarify the topic is a particular point of frustration.

We then pivot to celebrating women being allowed to serve in any and all aspects of our military, and the 2016 Presidential Race.

Further Reading:

Greenfield police officer under fire for allegedly displaying Confederate flag in garage

Civil Politics (11/20/2015): The Dire Reality of Refugees and Paris

We speak about the attacks on Paris and its ramifications; how we approach refugees while considering our safety, why there is a debate over how and who we allow to come to the US, the opinions of our presidential candidates, and what being a refugee or immigrant means. In the second half of the show, we talk about the American SAFE Act and the group Anonymous’ cyber attack on ISIS.

Ending sound clip from Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.

Further Reading:

The American Flag Hijab
House Votes To Increase Security Checks On Refugees From Iraq, Syria
Full Description of H.R. 4038: American SAFE Act of 2015
Anonymous Begins “Operation ISIS”