Hal Sparks Radio Pgm -- Anniversary Episode Live in NYC! 8/23/13
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Happy Anniversary and thank you, Todd Akin! Seriously. A year ago today, Hal brought me on because "legitimate rape" was said out loud by a candidate for United States Senate. In this episode, live in studio from NYC, we hit on everything from foreign policy and disaster capitalism to transgender and feminist issues.

I get personal -- Again. Spoiler alert: I'm not heteronormative and it's a part of my identity like being tall, cis, female, white and adopted. it's a descripter of who I am. If you're freaking out, check yourself and leave me out of it. For more info on the non-monogomy and non-conforming behavior subscribe to the fantastic Tristan Taormino's podcast, Sex Out Loud.

Everyone must, must, must read the piece by the amazing Janet Mock on the battle for trans*-inclusive health care and how it affects Chelsea Manning: http://janetmock.com/2013/08/22/chelsea-manning-transgender-healthcare/

ICYMI, here's where you find Naomi Klein's book, The Shock Doctrine. Also, Hal does his recap on Manning, Snowden and whistleblowing in general. (Sidenote: just because I'm on the show doesn't mean we are the same person; this is not the Borg; I have my own opinions. #kthx)

And it's the 50th Anniversary March on Washington -- Jobs and Justice. Read this exerpt via The Nation Magazine on all us misremembering The Dream; which took us to friend of the show, Lee Camp's bit on teaching history that actually happened

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Hal Sparks Radio Pgm -- Chicago stands up to ALEC, 8/10/13
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Chicago was ground zero in the fight against the encroaching corporatocracy when the 40th anniversary party for the American Legislative Exchange Council descended August 6-9. Hal and I talk the broad coalition protesting which included teachers, fast food workers, students, pilots, parents, occupiers, libertarians, and real -- for real -- conservatives. I get a big angry when discussing activist friends being introduced to the pavement and being arrested despite wielding nothing but camera phones, permits and the First Amendment.

I touch on what ALEC is, how it operates, the whistle blowing that lead to the Center for Media and Democracy's ALEC Exposed project/documentary, and why all those school privatization and Stand Your Ground laws look eerily similar. Spoiler alert: it's not because legislators across the country are telepathic.

More to read/watch:

The Nation's Micah Uetricht covered the actions: ALEC Convention Met With Protests in Chicago and Same Old ALEC

For pics/tweets from protesters and citizen journalists from the events visit Heavy's website.

For additional background on ALEC, see Rick Perlstein's reporting in The Nation -- ALEC's Illegal Past?; The Best of the Left Podcast's activism segment -- ALEC in Education; and the always on-point Cliff Schecter's piece for AlJazeera -- Unarmed and Dangerous?

By the way, Wisconsin:

Independent photojournalist and Wisconsin native Jenna Pope was arrested for singing at the capitol in Madison. Check her post at JennaPope.Com.

ALEC photo credit: Natalie Solidarity

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Hal Sparks Radio Pgm -- Confessions of a Single Woman, 8/3/13
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It turns out I'm 34, single, female and I enjoy sex. I don't care if that makes Pat Robertson or his friends uncomfortable. In this country, I have a constitutional right to live my life the way I want. I build long-term, affectionate relationships that include physical expression and -- gasp! -- pleasure. I suggest you deal with it. Or, better yet, don't deal with it. Don't worry about. Go find yourself a hobby that doesn't include spying in my bedroom. We'll both be happier. 

The North Carolina governor and his condescending cookies are about more than "protecting the unborn" or even regulating my access to birth control. It's rooted in the Puritanical heritage of our patriarchy that can't help itself from telling me what's proper, appropriate, acceptable, or good for me.

Hal and I touch on that as well as the latest in reproductive justice and renaming the "War on Women" to be more inclusive. Writer Lauren Rankin has a piece in Truthout everyone should read: Not Everyone Who Has an Abortion is a Woman. Check your cis privilege -- especially if that sentence makes no sense to you at all.

I also recommend a recent Majority Report interview with Sam Seder and Jodi Jacobson on stigma and the broader background to the anti-choice, anti-sex legislation.

Direct download: HSRP08313.m4a
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