In brief: My regular spot with Hal Sparks on WCPT Radio, Chicago!

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Overview:

I was on to catch Hal’s listeners up with the latest on the Whole Woman’s Health case out of Texas, fighting the omnibus anti-abortion law HB2. This is the law Wendy Davis and the “unruly mob” successfully filibustered in 2013 — only to see Gov. Perry call another special session to pass it. The Supreme Court has decided to hear the case and I have the update, the timeline, and what’s at stake for the country.

Links to on-air references:

My piece for Truthout: "Texas Women Are Already Inducing Their Own Abortions; Will the Supreme Court Worsen This Trend?”

"The Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole Overview & In-Depth Timeline” via The Center for Reproductive Rights

Map of clinics from pre-HB2 to now to what’s at stake via The Center for Reproductive Rights

"Supreme Court to hear major abortion case” via MSNBC

The easy download/stream and additional text description/info/video/audio is available at the Guest Media Spot Archive tab on my website.

Catch me hosting The Katie Speak Show airing on Netroots Radio Saturdays at 7pmEST and Mondays at 6pmEST. Subscribe to the podcast for free at iTunes.

You can hear The Hal Sparks Radio Program live Saturdays from 12-2pm EST on WCPT.

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In brief: My regular spot with Hal Sparks on WCPT Radio, Chicago!

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Overview:

I was on with Hal to talk about the Planned Parenthood shooting in Colorado Springs. WCPT was having technical difficulties, so Hal couldn’t hear me — which makes for a couple gaps in the segment. But my recorder works and hopefully you’ll still find the segment valuable. Hal has a tendency to unnecessarily include “mentally ill” in the categories of people who shouldn’t have access to guns as though we’re likely to be perpetrators, but the content of the back and forth is overall focused on rhetoric in politics and media that promote and excuse extremist, violent behavior like this against reproductive healthcare providers.

Links to on-air references:

My piece on the shooting at The Establishment: "Targeted Attacks On Abortion Providers Is Domestic Terrorism”

"White Americans Are Biggest Terror Threat in U.S.: Study” via NBC News

The easy download/stream and additional text description/info/video/audio is available at the Guest Media Spot Archive tab on my website.

Catch me hosting The Katie Speak Show airing on Netroots Radio Saturdays at 7pmEST and Mondays at 6pmEST. Subscribe to the podcast for free at iTunes.

You can hear The Hal Sparks Radio Program live Saturdays from 12-2pm EST on WCPT.

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In brief: My regular spot with Hal Sparks on WCPT Radio, Chicago!

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Overview:

First, I continue to ask, if defunding or ending Planned Parenthood (or trying to) is so vital: Why is it only important to the GOP when the budget is due in like five seconds?

Hal and I discussed the debate — both the theater and the talking points the eventual candidate will be unable to run from in the general election; not every debate is going to be “moderated” by Jake Tapper. I play Politifact and explain why the GOP can’t actually defund Planned Parenthood the way they’re portraying; yes, people would lose access, but no, they can’t strip all the funding because that’s not how it works.

I also make Carly Fiorina’s lies about the CMP videos even worse: they preyed on a grieving family by stealing footage of an intensely sad moment to portray something that doesn’t actually happen, but is a necessity in their talking points to end abortion care.

Louisiana is the state Hal was referencing that Planned Parenthood is suing to restore funding. That kind of fight is expensive; PP shouldn’t have to do that and patients shouldn’t have to wonder if the clinics will be open and their healthcare will be available when they go for an appointment.

Links to on-air references:

"8 Things The GOP Debate Got Wrong About Abortion And Planned Parenthood” at Huffington Post

"GOP Bills Seem to Confuse Planned Parenthood With Kermit Gosnell” by Emily Crockett at RH Reality Check

"Why We're Losing the Planned Parenthood Debate, and How We Can Win” by Erin Matson & Pamela Merritt at Rolling Stone

“Senate eyeing vote on 20-week abortion ban” at The Hill

My HuffPostLive segment I referenced during the show: "HuffPostLive Panel: Will The GOP Actually Defund #PlannedParenthood? (09/17/15)”

This headline is awful & why is this even a poll? But they include a comparison of PP vs GOP, so here it is: "How the Public Views Planned Parenthood and the NRA” via Meet The Press, NBC News

"Hillary Clinton: 'Republicans Should Be Ashamed' Over Vote To Defund Planned Parenthood” via Huffington Post

"Fact Check: How Does Planned Parenthood Spend That Government Money?” via NPR Politics

"Unplanned pregnancies cost taxpayers $21 billion each year” Guttmacher Institute stats via Washington Post

"Planned Parenthood Unit Sues Louisiana Over Medicaid Funding” via The Wall Street Journal

Graphic via Ultraviolet

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Catch me hosting The Katie Speak Show airing on Netroots Radio Saturdays at 7pmEST and Mondays at 6pmEST. Subscribe to the podcast for free at iTunes.

You can hear The Hal Sparks Radio Program live Saturdays from 12-2pm EST on WCPT.

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In brief: My regular spot with Hal Sparks on WCPT Radio, Chicago!

Note: I'm a writer and radio host full time, providing much of my content for free. If you can, consider supporting my work by becoming a patron at PATREON or making a one-time donation through PAYPAL. Thank you!

Overview:

Hal had me on to do a little celebration of my new show — something that wouldn’t be happening without him. He contends that he totally knew what he was doing putting me on air the first time (or few times); whether he did or not, I’m definitely grateful. I wouldn’t have considered broadcasting — let alone fallen in love with it — if he hadn’t decided my voice was valuable four years ago.

When I jumped in for hour two, Hal was mid-Trump Fest. He was playing roulette with Trump’s recent stump speech broadcast on C-Span, just hitting play at random places. It was everything you’d expect it to be and more. We also heard from one of Hal’s awesome regular callers who blames Palin — and therefore McCain — for the quality of the 2016 GOP candidates. I definitely see his point.

Links to on-air references:

VIDEO: "Donald Trump Campaign Rally in Mobile, Alabama” via C-Span

"15 Head-Scratching Quotes From Donald Trump's Presidential Announcement Speech” via Mic

The easy download/stream and additional text description/info/video/audio is available at the Guest Media Spot Archive tab on my website.
Catch me hosting The Katie Speak Show airing on Netroots Radio Saturdays at 7pmEST and Mondays at 6pmEST. Subscribe to the podcast for free at iTunes.

You can hear The Hal Sparks Radio Program live Saturdays from 12-2pm EST on WCPT.

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In brief: My regular spot with Hal Sparks on WCPT Radio, Chicago!

Note: I'm an activist/writer/media contributor full-time. If you can, consider supporting my work so I can do more of it by becoming a patron at PATREON or making a one-time donation through PAYPAL. Thank you!

Overview:

I’ll be honest: I’m having a hard time talking about this court decision. Watching as my friends prepare to reshutter their clinics has been rough emotionally. I couldn’t bring a ray of sunshine to this spot. In fact, I explain part of how this decision could negatively affect abortion access in the entire country depending on how SCOTUS handles the appeal.

If you want to help, you can support Fund Texas Choice, the abortion fund that helps Texans with travel logistics. They’re about to get even busier and the volunteers who answer the hotline are going to have to say no when their annual funds are depleted. Sending patients to New Mexico and helping them travel hundreds of miles in their own state is expensive and every dollar you give goes to someone in need.

Links to on-air references:

"Fifth Circuit Upholds More HB 2 Provisions, Dares the Supreme Court to Step In” by Jessica Pieklo at RH Reality Check

"Court Upholds Texas’ ‘Devastating’ Anti-Choice Omnibus Law” by Andrea Grimes at RH Reality Check

More on Texas — my HuffPostLife Panel with three badass reprojustice Texans: "#HB2 Decision Shutters Clinics Again #FightBackTX — HuffPostLive (06/10/15)”

The easy download/stream and additional text description/info/video/audio is available at the Katie Speak Live! tab on my website.

Note: If you haven’t yet, please check out my new ”#GetWell2015 series! I’m detailing all the uncomfortable messiness of what it takes to get well in this country. I’m personally navigating insurance (still a thing despite ACA), talking mental health and poverty stigma, and discussing the obstacles to care.

Subscribe to get all a selection of my appearances through iTunes at Katie Speak Live Archives.

You can hear The Hal Sparks Radio Program live Saturdays from 12-2pm EST on WCPT.
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In brief: My regular spot with Hal Sparks on WCPT Radio, Chicago!

Note: I'm an activist/writer/media contributor full-time. If you can, consider supporting my work so I can do more of it by becoming a patron at PATREON or making a one-time donation through PAYPAL. Thank you!

Overview:

To be fair, the GOP never has asserted that they’re much into abiding by the rules they impose on other people. Or, really, even the basic rules we’ve all agreed to live by.

This week Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) was indicted on charges that start with what amounts to tax evasion and are beginning to look like he was paying hush money to cover up sexual misconduct with a former student — a high school student. Hal and I did some extrapolation on this and how a culture that requires all sexual expression to be closeted leads to people seeking out power dynamics. What’s the best way to ensure no one knows about a sexual relationship of any kind? Have coercive power over the other person or persons.

And speaking of power, Scott Walker has thoughts on mandatory, unnecessary ultrasounds (yes, these bills would require them to be vaginal due to how far along the pregnancy would be): they're “just a cool thing" for women. Oh. I have thoughts of my own on this as well as Hillary’s hair color quip making national news.

Links to on-air references:

"Why Dennis Hastert got indicted by the feds” at The Washington Post

"Hastert's hush money was to cover up sexual misconduct with former student, sources say” at CNN.com

”Hillary Promises Her Hair Won’t ‘Turn White in the White House’" via MEDIAite

"Scott Walker: Mandatory Ultrasounds Are 'Just A Cool Thing' For Women” via Talking Points Memo Livewire

The easy download/stream and additional text description/info/video/audio is available at the Katie Speak Live! tab on my website.

Note: If you haven’t yet, please check out my new ”#GetWell2015 series! I’m detailing all the uncomfortable messiness of what it takes to get well in this country. I’m personally navigating insurance (still a thing despite ACA), talking mental health and poverty stigma, and discussing the obstacles to care.

Subscribe to get all a selection of my appearances through iTunes at Katie Speak Live Archives.

You can hear The Hal Sparks Radio Program live Saturdays from 12-2pm EST on WCPT.
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In brief: [Trigger Warning - child abuse/sexual assault] My regular spot with Hal Sparks on WCPT Radio, Chicago!

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Overview:

This story matters. Josh Duggar is not an anomaly.

The way people — including viable presidential candidates — are flocking to defend an admitted, serial child molester is the most quintessential example of patriarchy, purity culture, and distorted fundamentalist religiosity intermingling into a perfect storm I’ve ever seen or could possibly imagine. Currently, TLC is considering continuing the show — just minus Josh. So, they’ll still be including the parents who knew and covered it up to continue the money flow as well as the victims — Josh’s SISTERS — who, no doubt, wouldn’t be allowed to decide for themselves if they participated. Perfect.

Hal and I talk about purity culture a lot; here we break down all the elements we could get to in a 20 minutes segment. There’s really just way too much; I suggested my friend Dianna’s book (link below) and the pile of resource clips to get more of the story and analysis.

I took Michelle Duggar’s “used bicycle” analogy and the hypocritical mouthpiece jerkbag describing her in the clip Hal played personally. I’m “unethical” to these people because I have more than one romantic partner, but their celebrities and leaders prey on children and cheat on their wives while my partners all did, have, and will consent to being involved with a polyamorous person not looking for an anchor (spouse/live-in, etc) partner. (I wrote about it at The Frisky if you’re interested in more.) I know who I am, what I want, and I form long-lasting loving bonds with many people — friends, family-by-choice, and romantic partners. These people have no idea who they are, how to treat each other in an honest way, how to communicate what they need and MOST IMPORTANTLY how to give/ask for consent.

Links to on-air references:

The book I recommended: ”Damaged Goods” by the awesome Dianna Anderson

"How the Duggar’s homeschooling curriculum instructed them to deal with sexual abuse.” graphic via @Spacekatgal

"Josh Duggar's Police Records Destroyed” at Talking Points Memo

"Josh Duggar Didn't Make a "Mistake," He Committed a Crime” by Zerlina Maxwell at Cosmopolitan

"Josh Duggar Resigns From Family Research Council Amid Charges of Child Molestation” by Jodi Jacobson at RH Reality Check

"Breaking: 'I Acted Inexcusably' – Josh Duggar Apologizes, Resigns From Family Research Council” at The New Civil Rights Movements

”Josh Duggar Resigns From Family Research Council” at The Daily Caller

”Josh Duggar and the Conservative Infatuation With Fame" at The Daily Caller

"The Duggars’ dangerous cult of purity” by Alexandra Petri at The Washington Post

"Listen to Michelle Duggar’s anti-anti-discrimination robocall” at The Washington Post

"Oprah Sent Duggar Family Packing After Molestation Tip” via TMZ

The easy download/stream and additional text description/info/video/audio is available at the Katie Speak Live! tab on my website.

Note: If you haven’t yet, please check out my new ”#GetWell2015 series! I’m detailing all the uncomfortable messiness of what it takes to get well in this country. I’m personally navigating insurance (still a thing despite ACA), talking mental health and poverty stigma, and discussing the obstacles to care.

Subscribe to get all a selection of my appearances through iTunes at Katie Speak Live Archives.

You can hear The Hal Sparks Radio Program live Saturdays from 12-2pm EST on WCPT.
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In brief: My regular spot with Hal Sparks on WCPT Radio, Chicago!

Note: I'm an activist/writer/media contributor full-time. If you can, consider supporting my work so I can do more of it by becoming a patron at PATREON or making a one-time donation through PAYPAL. Thank you!

Overview:

Hal has some great callers; the clip opens with Carl (or Karl — sorry I don’t have the spelling) from Nashville continuing the discussion of why demographics vote or don’t vote for certain candidates on gender and race. I backed up the caller with some shade for white women who are our least reliable assumed progressive voting block. Women of color have been bailing us out for years; just look at the voting records ever time you hear “women delivered the election."

I have a slight panic attack when Hal insinuates that the GOP has been Ready For Hillary for eight years because they thought she was going to be the candidate in 2008. If anyone needs me, I’ll be hiding out until November 9, 2016.

We dug into Obama & Hillary Derangement Syndromes — Hal slams white male privilege by reminding them that they are “one symbolic demographic,” even if Wayne LaPierre wants to make them the default and other the rest of us.

And I nailed a caller who thinks “social issues” aren’t interconnected with economic justice. I can’t with the false dichotomy and with people who don’t understand that healthcare, equality, and access to education don’t affect people's economic capability.

Links to on-air references:

"NRA's Wayne LaPierre On Clinton And Obama: 'Eight Years Of One Demographically Symbolic President Is Enough’” via Media Matters For America

"White Women: Let’s Get Our Shit Together” by Andrea Grimes at RH Reality Check

"‘Obamacare’ reduces medical financial stress for U.S. families” via Maddow Blog

The easy download/stream and additional text description/info/video/audio is available at the Katie Speak Live! tab on my website.

Note: If you haven’t yet, please check out my new ”#GetWell2015 series! I’m detailing all the uncomfortable messiness of what it takes to get well in this country. I’m personally navigating insurance (still a thing despite ACA), talking mental health and poverty stigma, and discussing the obstacles to care.

Subscribe to get all a selection of my appearances through iTunes at Katie Speak Live Archives.

You can hear The Hal Sparks Radio Program live Saturdays from 12-2pm EST on WCPT.
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In brief: My regular spot with Hal Sparks on WCPT Radio, Chicago!

Note: I'm an activist/writer/media contributor full-time. If you can, consider supporting my work so I can do more of it by becoming a patron at PATREON or making a one-time donation through PAYPAL. Thank you!

Overview:

332 abortion restrictions in 43 states. Just in the first quarter of 2015. THREE-HUNDRED AND THIRTY-TWO IN FORTY-THREE STATES. I’m going to keep saying it until everyone gets that the all-out assault on bodily autonomy is happening to them. It’s time to get mad, y’all.

Hal is all in. It’s been gratifying watching him get more angry and righteous on this issue over the past few years. Today, in response to the attempted systematic elimination of trained abortion providers, he asked a question I can only nod in answer to:

"There's no way the people crafting [‪#‎abortion‬ restriction] bills don't know what will happen; are they just comfortable with a killing field of women?”

I talk about the forced malpractice of the “misinformed consent” laws and the ways anti-abortion legislators and activists are driving providers out of business with lawsuits, expensive litigation fighting unconstitutional laws, & harassing/targeting them incessantly.

We also gave it to Rand Paul who apparently doesn’t know about Ayn Rand’s pro-choice stance. And I showed some uncharacteristic love to Debbie Wasserman Schultz for her unapologetic, unflinching abortion stance.

Links to on-air references:

"Trends in the States: First Quarter 2015” via Guttmacher Institute

"In Arizona, Arkansas, women must be told that abortion can be ‘reversed’” at WaPo

"The ‘Science’ Behind Arizona’s Mandatory ‘Abortion Reversal’ Advice” by Dr. David A. Grimes

My friend, OGBYN/abortion provider that I quoted: Dr. Leah Torres

My piece for RHRC: "‘Living in the Crosshairs’ Puts Human Face on Grim Clinic Violence Statistics”

My interview at Upworthy: "Can spa-like surroundings help reduce the stigma surrounding abortion?”

"Kansas Limits Abortion Method, Opening a New Line of Attack” at The New York Times

"Debbie Wasserman Schultz Answers Rand Paul on Abortion, Paul Promptly Distorts the Hell Out of It” via ”Little Green Footballs

The easy download/stream and additional text description/info/video/audio is available at the Katie Speak Live! tab on my website.

Note: If you haven’t yet, please check out my new ”#GetWell2015 series! I’m detailing all the uncomfortable messiness of what it takes to get well in this country. I’m personally navigating insurance (still a thing despite ACA), talking mental health and poverty stigma, and discussing the obstacles to care.

Subscribe to get all a selection of my appearances through iTunes at Katie Speak Live Archives.

You can hear The Hal Sparks Radio Program live Saturdays from 12-2pm EST on WCPT.
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In brief: My regular spot with Hal Sparks on WCPT Radio, Chicago!

Overview:

I always love when I get to tell Hal he’s even righter than he thought he was. His set up to the spot was on how elections matter all the way down the ticket to comptrollers. I added context through the Feminist Majority Foundation’s recent clinic targeting report and a book I’m reviewing on increasing violence against reproductive healthcare providers; as the anti-choice laws have been passed, violence has increased nationwide.

We moved on quickly, so for more of my set-up on increased targeting of abortion providers, see the round-up of writing and media I did during 40 Days For Life this year: #40DaysForLife Annual Targeting Round-up

The bill — SB 1318 — sitting on the Arizona governor’s desk is, in essence an insurance coverage ban. ACA plans already cannot cover abortion care, but residents may purchase an additional rider (think: the unfortunately named infamous “rape insurance” law from Michigan). This bill would prohibit private insurance companies from offering that, so basically it’s restricting the free market the GOP loooooooves so much to inhibit reproductive healthcare.

We talked about the provision getting the most attention: a junk “science” add-on masked as a “information” disclosure or “informed consent” cause. Hal paralleled these chip-away at access laws to the LGBTQ discrimination allowance “religious freedom” laws in 40% of our states (and the federal government). It’s a right-wing strategy and it’s working because it can play as reasonable.

I also got righteous about not doing a general boycott of a state. Follow the #WeAreIndiana hashtag & support the businesses that are LGBTQ-friendly rather than further injuring and stigmatizing an entire population. After a call from an Indiana resident, Hal nails why the discrimination against some individuals is hypocritical. You didn’t build that.

The easy download/stream and additional text description/info/video/audio is available at the Katie Speak Live! tab on my website.

Note: If you haven’t yet, please check out my new ”#GetWell2015 series! I’m detailing all the uncomfortable messiness of what it takes to get well in this country. I’m personally navigating insurance (still a thing despite ACA), talking mental health and poverty stigma, and discussing the obstacles to care.

Subscribe to get all a selection of my appearances through iTunes at Katie Speak Live Archives.

You can hear The Hal Sparks Radio Program live Saturdays from 12-2pm EST on WCPT.
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In brief: My regular spot with Hal Sparks on WCPT Radio, Chicago!

Note: I'm an activist/writer/media contributor full-time. If you can, consider supporting my work so I can do more of it by becoming a patron at PATREON or making a one-time donation through PAYPAL. Thank you!

Overview:

Hal and I were at our wonky best, discussing the possible outcomes and affects of King v. Burwell, the latest attempt to gut the Affordable Care Act. (I’ll excerpt Jessica Mason Pieklo’s RHRC piece in the full podcast notes.) The plaintiffs are relying on what amounts to a typo in the language — “established by the State” — that describes the subsidies to insurance exchanges. It’s unlikely that it’ll be entirely struck down, but could be “Voting Rights Act” - ified with the “typo” clause slashed and returned to this Congress for a fix — right as a national election is getting started.

I’m the poster child for the ACA, but I’m protected in one of the 14 states (California) that created its own exchange. As for residents of the other 36 states — my brother, an Illinois resident, included, they’ll have to wait until June to find out if their subsidies vanish. People like my brother — who had a kidney transplant in college — who can’t afford to shoulder the premium payments on their own or would have to go back to an employer-based, stuck-in-your-job system, would be the ones who suffer. The groups most affected? Say it with me: marginalized groups like people of color, LGBTQ people (who STILL have to fight for healthcare availability even with the ACA), low-income people (that’s me raising my hand), rural residents who would have to drive to sliding scale clinics. You know, the politically inconvenient folks.

We boiled the ACA down to two words that conservatives should love: individual choice. And Hal posits that Obamacare is filling a gap that used to be part of unions: providing some choice, mobility and stability toward the end of working years before qualifying for programs like Medicare and Medicaid.

Links to on-air references:

"The Fate of the Affordable Care Act Rests in John Roberts’ Hands—Again” by Jessica Mason Pieklo at RH Reality Check

"Supreme Court Can't Save Obamacare” by Christopher Flavelle at Bloomberg View

The easy download/stream and additional text description/info/video/audio is available at the Katie Speak Live! tab on my website.

Note:: If you haven’t yet, please check out my new ”#GetWell2015 series! I’m detailing all the uncomfortable messiness of what it takes to get well in this country. I’m personally navigating insurance (still a thing despite ACA), talking mental health and poverty stigma, and discussing the obstacles to care.

Subscribe to get all a selection of my appearances through iTunes at Katie Speak Live Archives.

You can hear The Hal Sparks Radio Program live Saturdays from 12-2pm EST on WCPT.
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In brief: My regular spot with Hal Sparks on WCPT Radio, Chicago!

Note: I'm an activist/writer/media contributor full-time. If you can, consider supporting my work so I can do more of it by becoming a patron at PATREON or making a one-time donation through PAYPAL. Thank you!

Overview:

I love doing radio with Hal for lots of reasons, but especially when he turns a phrase that’s so simple and on point and new as he did in his intro to our segment on the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade: “Roe revealed that legality.” Rather than Roe making abortion legal, as most of us explain it, Hal emphasizes that the courts were merely affirming an existing legality granted by the Constitution. Expect to hear me use this wording in the future.

I got wonky in my description of the Hyde Amendment — the appropriations amendment to the budget prohibiting those insured by Medicaid from accessing abortion care — and turned it into my typical sunshiney call to action. YOU — Yes, You — You, there, in the blue state! You have a chance to prove your liberal/progressive descriptor and do something for ALL THE PEOPLE, including those in red states who’s representatives act against their interests. Hyde gets re-proposed and signed EVERY YEAR, which means right now — LIKE RIGHT NOW — you can tweet, write and call your presumably (at least “check the box” level) pro-choice reps and tell them not to support a budget with Hyde attached. ContactingTheCongress.org will tell you who your reps are if you don’t know and you can tweet right at them — and attach @WhiteHouse while you’re at it.

Clearly the president and his administration are movable on choice; they swapped language in less than 48 hours between the State of the Union (stigmatizing) and Roe 42 (supportive and firm). Let him know you expect him to wield his veto pen to help marginalized, low-income Americans.

Oh. The graphic. On the 42nd anniversary of Roe, the head of NARAL got preempted from discussing the anti-choice measure that passed the House by Tom Brady’s balls. Not even kidding. Dennis (our producer) played me out with Brady quotes to mark the end of satire. #RIPSatire

Links to on-air references:

My #Roe42 pieces:

for Truthout"New Year, Same as the Old Year? 2015 Reproductive Rights Preview”

for Bitch Media"In Reality, Not All Americans Have Access to Safe, Legal Abortion”

and for RH Reality Check"Your Right to Abortion Care Is in Danger—No Matter Where You Live”

More on Hyde and how to join the fight on coverage bans via The National Network of Abortion Funds: Learn About Hyde

The easy download/stream and additional text description/info/video/audio is available at the Katie Speak Live! tab on my website.

Note:: If you haven’t yet, please check out my new ”#GetWell2015 series! I’m detailing all the uncomfortable messiness of what it takes to get well in this country. I’m personally navigating insurance (still a thing despite ACA), talking mental health and poverty stigma, and discussing the obstacles to care.

Subscribe to get all a selection of my appearances through iTunes at Katie Speak Live Archives.

You can hear The Hal Sparks Radio Program live Saturdays from 12-2pm EST on WCPT.
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Overview:

Today was some riffing on what religious freedom actually means — despite what the extremist conservatives in Congress claim. We hit on freedom of speech and its limitations; Hal tied it to Charlie Hebdo because he likes transitions and segments to be tied together.

We talked elections and legislation and how the focus on the contents of my womb while disregarding the contents of my stomach (or lack thereof). Neither Hal nor I ever tire of pointing out hypocrisy, so please enjoy this round of “you are who we thought you were” GOP breakdown.

Note:: If you haven’t yet, please check out my new ”#GetWell2015 series! I’m detailing all the uncomfortable messiness of what it takes to get well in this country. I’m personally navigating insurance (still a thing despite ACA), talking mental health and poverty stigma, and discussing the obstacles to care.

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Category:HSRP -- posted at: 11:27am PDT
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My regular spot with Hal Sparks on WCPT Radio, Chicago!

Overview:

The new GOP-lead Congress got sworn in and before they could unpack their offices, introduced the federal 20-week abortion ban as promised. Then, the next day, they introduced four more harmful, restrictive laws.

Hal and I talked about why they’re doing it — the politics of pushing the conversation to the extreme “right” and normalizing the language — and what the implications are for 2016. Too soon, you say? Primary fundraising should begin any moment because Iowa is less than a year away. I’m not gonna lie: I was happy to hear Hal would support Hillary in the general because we’ll have to, but he’s not psyched either. Despite our issues with her, though, the optics of a female democratic candidate vs whoeverthedouche the GOP runs is a pretty satisfying thought.

Hal riffed on his “God doesn’t care about your hat or He wouldn’t live where he had to look down on the top of your head” bit and I tossed in Carlin’s Pope hat bit on the heals of his GOP “pro-life" hypocrisy bit. The bonus of doing radio with a comic is that you get to infuse comedy into almost any topic, thus making it easier to digest.

And, since Hal is predicting another banner anti-equality week for our new Congress, I’m back on next Saturday to talk whatever harmful jerkbaggery they’re following up with. So tune in at 1pmEST/10amPST!

Links to on-air references:

"Congress Introduces A National Abortion Ban On Its Very First Day Back” by Tara Culp-Ressler at Think Progress

"What Do Joni Ernst's Senate Win and Support for Embryo "Personhood" Really Tell Us?” — my piece for Truthout

”Zealot” by Reza Aslan

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Category:HSRP -- posted at: 12:41pm PDT
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In brief: My regular spot with Hal Sparks on WCPT Radio, Chicago!

Overview:

Today’s segment comes with a Trigger Warning for rape, sexual assault, victim blaming, explicit descriptions of abuse, etc. Please take care when listening and sharing.

I told part of my story of abuse and repeated rape (a story that will publish this week to include additional coverage of the fall-out) and explained while RS’s use of the word “discrepancy” was basically calling “Jackie” (the victim) a liar because they couldn’t own up to their own journalistic failings.

We did a quick inclusion of Bill Cosby’s allegations and I read part of my friend Ali Safran’s story at Buzzfeed about why we should believe survivors even if they can’t tell their story EXACTLY the same hundreds of times.

UPDATE: RollingStone quietly edited and reissued their “apology” to a more appropriate blaming of their staff late on Saturday. With the damage very much done and the publisher of a right-wing extremist site having already outed the UVA victim by name.

If you experience gendered threats of violence on Twitter — where support is NOTORIOUS for not caring, please use the Women, Action, Media’s new reporting tool. They’re working with Twitter to document the systematic harassment and hopefully change policy: WAM Twitter Harassment Reporting Tool

Links to on-air references:

"A Note to Our Readers” — the awful rape apology from RollingStone

Survivors respond to RollingStone, UVA and #IStandWithJackie at Buzzfeed Ideas

"Victims’ Memories Are Imperfect, But Still Perfectly Believable — 'Just tell us you’re making it up.’” by Ali Safran who’s organization Surviving in Numbers is one you should follow and support

"Why I Don’t Want To Hear Both Sides Of Rape Cases: A sexual assault survivor argues that assailants’ and victims’ accounts should not be given the same amount of weight."

WAM Twitter Harassment Reporting Tool

Graphic via KnowYour IX Facebook page

Support Know Your IX” and Follow on Twitter

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Category:HSRP -- posted at: 8:24am PDT
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In brief: My regular spot with Hal Sparks on WCPT Radio, Chicago!

Overview:

The most important message from today’s podcast: VOTING MATTERS, so FindYourFuckingPollingPlace and share with your networks so they know where to vote as well. If you’re disillusioned with national politics, I get it. That just makes your local school board, state representatives, etc. MORE important.

Hal and I talked about SO much related to voting and elections. There are pile of links and additional resources in the blog extras at KatieSpeak.com. I’m including the links to the on-air references below, but to get the extra write-ups and context, check out the full podcast notes on my blog.

Links to on-air references:

Paul Weyrich on voter suppression: ”I don’t want everybody to vote” via Media Matters For America

Listen to all things Imani Gandy on This Week In Blackness

"Black Women Are an Electoral Voting Force. Recognize.” by Imani Gandy, RH Reality Check

"What’s Up With All These Voting Restrictions?: A GIF-splanation” by Imani Gandy, RH Reality Check

Find out about the FIVE BALLOT initiatives in ILLINOIS

Know your voting rights in Illinois via AFLCIO and ACLU

Antichoice bills are on the ballot in three states (VOTE NO on all):

COLORADO: "Colorado’s ‘Personhood’ Amendment Is an Attack on Women of Color” by Cristina Aguilar at RH Reality Check

NORTH DAKOTA: "North Dakota Ballot Measure Would Declare Life Begins At Conception” via Talking Points Memo

TENNESSEE: "The Nation's Biggest Abortion Battle Is Playing Out in Tennessee” by Molly Redden at Mother Jones

"California’s Innovative Experiment To Tackle Abortion Stigma” by Tara Culp-Ressler at Think Progress

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Category:HSRP -- posted at: 8:24am PDT
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In brief: My regular spot with Hal Sparks on WCPT Radio, Chicago!

Overview:

There are now eight clinics legally allowed to provide abortion care to the 5.4 million Texans of reproductive age. The Fifth Circuit, who’s ruling this week to impose the last measure of the omnibus anti-abortion law known as HB2 which has now shuttered 80 percent of the state’s safe abortion providers, estimated that 900,000 Texans will now need to travel more than 150 miles to access care.

In a state where barriers to birth control and other early reproductive health services means over half the pregnancies are unintended, this is nothing less than a public health crisis. From nearly 50 clinics a few years ago to 8 — and those in the eastern cities are also seeing patients from neighboring Louisiana.

SUPPORT Fund Texas Choice and the Center For Reproductive Rights.

Hal does a great job of calling out Justice Scalia for protecting Hobby Lobby’s “right” to deny its employees full use of their earned health insurance for reproductive care while the CEOs invest in companies that manufacture drugs used for lethal injections. ::drop mic::

And so, Hal and I will keep talking about this. Over and over and over all the way to the Supreme Court and through the next election when I promise you access to reproductive care will be front and center whether we’re Ready For Hillary or not.

Links to on-air references:

"No Undue Burden? What Texas' HB 2 Means for Maria*” by Andrea Grimes at Rh Reality Check

"Fifth Circuit Rules No Burden Too Great to Deny Texans Safe Abortion Care” by Jessica Mason Pieklo at RH Reality Check

"Report: States With Most Abortion Restrictions Have Worst Health Outcomes” by Teddy Wilson at RH Reality Check

"13 Texas abortion clinics close overnight | MSNBC” by Irin Carmon at MSNBC.com

"Andrea Ferrigno on Being Forced to Close Our Doors in McAllen Once Again [VIDEO] |” via Whole Woman’s Health

"Another Choice Lost: HB 2 Targets Most of Texas’ Independent Abortion Providers (Updated)” by Andrea Grimes at Rh Reality Check

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Category:HSRP -- posted at: 11:57am PDT
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Today’s episode comes with a TRIGGER WARNING for intimate partner violence and child abuse. The National Domestic Violence Hotline can be reached online 24/7 in over 170 languages at at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).

Hal and I hadn’t had a chance to talk about Ray Rice and the NFL’s intimate partner violence issues yet, so there was a lot of ground to cover. We talked about Friday’s ridiculous press conference (Go, Rachel Nichols!), why Roger Goodell has GOT to go, the revictimization of Janay Rice with the video release, and how law enforcement isn’t the answer to a cultural problem.

We also touched on It’s On Us, a new campaign to end sexual assault. As with most programs, I’m in favor of parts and the intention as a whole while viewing segments as problematic. Having stars like Kerry Washington and figures like President Obama say the phrase “It’s on us to prevent sexual assault” is pretty revolutionary if seen in the context of culture change. The pledge is clear that ANY and ALL non-consensual sex is assault, full stop. And that we must create safe spaces where survivors are believed and supported.

The “bystander intervention” aspect is very “take the keys from your friends” campaign-ish and emphasizes situations like stranger rape and group party settings — which are the minority of assaults. Most assaults happen in the context of established relationships (friendships, dating, new partners, etc) and reinforcing that misperception is a problem. But I’m glad to be living in an era where the president of the United States feels he must weigh in on the plague of sexual assault. So, I’ll take this as a jumping off point and continue to call for even better programs and campaigns.

Links to on-air references:

Get caught up: "How the Ray Rice scandal unfolded between the Baltimore Ravens, Roger Goodell and the NFL”

In case you thought it was just Ray Rice: "San Francisco 49ers, NFL scrutinized after domestic violence arrests”

Ravens offered Ray Rice a staff job “acclimating new players to the league” — and other atrocities: "ESPN: Ravens official told Ray Rice video was '(expletive) horrible,' but team didn't pursue tape”

From Dave Zirin: "Why NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell Must Go and Who Should Replace Him”

SIGN: #GoodellMustGo petition from Ultraviolet

My piece for The Frisky on censoring survivors and revictimizing Janay Rice: "The Soapbox: TIME Shouldn’t Question #WhyIStayed”

A must read from Brittney Cooper, aka Professor Crunk: "The racial parenting divide: What Adrian Peterson reveals about black vs. white child-rearing”

#ItsOnUs pledge

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Category:HSRP -- posted at: 5:24pm PDT
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Hal and I talked repro wins, hypocrisy and a 2016 sneak peak (we’re only a year away from primary fundraising, folks)!

The Center for Reproductive Rights and Whole Woman’s Health are back in court Monday to fight the admitting privileges TRAP law slated to close all but six of the remaining Texas Clinics September 1st. (I’ll be there covering a few stories!) This will be an interesting back to back with the ruling in favor of the Mississippi clinic last week that allows its doors to remain open. Stay tuned…

And Hal and I gave some love to the Notorious R.B.G. — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. I tell you why we’re SO DAMN LUCKY she isn’t retiring as we comment on her new awareness of the pop culture fame she’s experiencing following the scathing Hobby Lobby decision dissent.

We also spent some time on the Satanists trolling Hobby Lobby to see how far the “firmly held religious belief” ruling can go. We all know religious beliefs come with a conservative Biblical interpretation requirement.

Links to on-air references:

Mississippi’s Last Clinic Stays Open — For Now by Irin Carmon

"Whole Woman’s Health Takes Texas to Court over HB 2” via Whole Woman’s Health

"Ruth Bader Ginsburg Loves Her Notorious R.B.G. Nickname, Knows About Biggie Now” via Vanity Fair

"Satanists Troll Hobby Lobby: How far do religious-liberty claims actually extend following the Supreme Court's ruling?” via Emma Green at The Atlantic

We Are Ultraviolet, the organization fighting back against sexism that I mentioned. Check out their latest petition: "Tell the Senate: Pass the bill to reverse Supreme Court's birth control ruling” and follow them on Twitter: @Ultraviolet

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Category:HSRP -- posted at: 2:18pm PDT
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So Hobby Lobby happened. Businesses and corporations aren’t just people; they’re now religious people. Despite EVERYONE calling it a “narrow” decision, immediate rulings in both lower district courts AND right there at SCOTUS made it clear feminists aren’t being alarmist banshees. Hal and I make some light of Hobby Lobby for sanity’s sake, while hopefully conveying the importance of the deacon and the ramifications especially for low-income workers without many employment options.

In Dalia Lithwick’s predictably brilliant piece for Slate, she dispels the “narrow” narrative this way (emphasis mine):

[I]n an unsigned emergency order granted Thursday evening, the very same court said that this very same workaround it had just praised was also unconstitutional, that this workaround also burdened the religious freedom of religious employers. Overnight, the cure has become the disease. Having explicitly promised that Hobby Lobby would go no further than Hobby Lobby, the court went back on its word, then skipped town for the summer.

Meanwhile, clergy in Illinois protest Hobby Lobby by handing out condoms — at Hobby Lobby. This is my favorite thing.

Hal and I also went into what Free Speech is and isn’t exactly — aka, you aren’t free from consequences ones the speech leaves your lips. And we trace all this conservative fear and outrage back to the whole women and brown people demanding their rights, slowly but surely. Rich white dudes are thinking “revolution,” yanno, to protect themselves.

And Hal describes the states (including his home state of Kentucky) opposing same-sex marriage as being “in the business of animal husbandry.” I cosign.

We also took some callers. You can be one of those, by the way: 773-763-9278.

Links to on-air references:

"Quick Change Justice While you were sleeping, Hobby Lobby just got so much worse" by Dahlia Lithwick at Slate

"Illinois Clergy Protest SCOTUS Ruling By Giving Out Condoms At Hobby Lobby” by Caitlin MacNeal at Talking Points Memo

"Sirius XM radio host Anthony Cumia fired over 'racially charged’ tirade”

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Category:HSRP -- posted at: 3:03pm PDT
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Yep. More McCullen, Supreme Court and clinic defense. This week’s unanimous SCOTUS decision struck down the Massachusetts 35-foot state-wide buffer zone protecting reproductive healthcare clinics and open the door to challenges against most of the patchwork of ordinances and laws across the country. Hal and I talk Scalia’s conflict, the reality of violence, the hypocrisy of upholding “free speech zones,” etc. and SCOTUS not giving so much as half a care for the real lives of real people.

Links to on-air references:

”My Wife’s Abortion v. Your Free Speech by ,Aaron Gouveia via Time

"Don’t Tread on Grandma: The Supreme Court Reframes the Abortion-Free Speech Debate in ‘McCullen’” by Jessica Mason Pieklo via RH Reality Check

"'Open Season on Reproductive Health Care Clinics': A Clinic Escort Responds to McCullen Ruling”, my piece at BradBlog & Truthout

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Category:HSRP -- posted at: 10:32am PDT
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Hal Sparks Radio Pgm -- Rich White Dudes Commandeer All The Things (06/14/14)

Overview

I can always count on Hal to join me in railing against misogyny and rampant misunderstanding of consent in our culture. So when George Will penned his rape apology, victim blaming column, I knew we’d be chatting about it on HSRP.

And we touched on the new ramp-up to "re-war" (?) in Iraq. It fits with the rich, white, male privilege in our political class who only value their own lives and autonomy. For the same reason they think they can commandeer my body at will, they think they have the right to seize land and resources and power overseas.

Links to on-air references:

"Dear George Will -- A Few Words on My #SurvivorPrivilege”, my piece at HuffPo Women. Audio version available at KatieSpeak.com

"The Iraq Mess: Place Blame Where It Is Deserved" via The New Yorker

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Category:HSRP -- posted at: 9:23am PDT
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Variation on a theme — the inability of our broader culture to understand the concept of consent — was the topic on both of our minds. And since I was in the Chicago studio for both hours, Hal and I dug deep into the idea of what he calls (and I like) “cultivating yes culture.”

We teach “no means no,” which I had considered problematic even before admitting to myself that I was on the receiving end of intimate partner violence over a five year period with my ex. So, drawing on the recent stories in the news about “honor killings” abroad and misogyny-fueled murders here at home, Hal and I did what we do: we discussed third-rail, adult topics much ignored by our culture because of discomfort and an outdated sense of decorum.

This show comes with trigger warnings, though still FCC clean. We — of course — had our silly moments, but this HSRP is definitely on the serious side. We took several calls, so if you’re downloading/streaming just for me (thanks!), remember it’s Hal’s show. I’m just in the sidecar. And next time — tune in and call in!

Links to on-air references:

Jessica Valenti’s piece on the UCSB shooting and misogyny not being a mental illness

Dave Zirin’s piece for The Nation on Ray Rice exemplifying the culture of violence against women

Ta-Nehisi Coates piece on the case for reparations that Hal referenced on air — it’s a must read.

I recommended Tristan Taormino’s PuckerUp website for the people who think asking for consent “ruins the moment.” Get all her things; listen to her radio show: Sex Out Loud (nsfw).

My spot with on Dennis Trainor Jr’s new show that landed me on Newsbusters for being unapologetic about liking sex.

(Graphic credit for the “consent stoplight” goes to: Brenna McCaffrey)

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Category:HSRP -- posted at: 7:06am PDT
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It was patriarchy on parade today (everyday?) for my spot with Hal. Jill Abramson got fired from the helm of The New York Times this week and she claims it happened after expressing concern about pay equity. She was subsequently called “pushy” and sent packing. There’s a bit of debate about her believability; as Andi Zeisler argues at Bitch Media, the plausibility of her story is enough to cause pause.

Also on the show, Senator Marco Rubio’s latest lip-smacking inane claims. I admit to being excited and immediately texting Hal when I saw he had claimed liberals couldn’t denigrate his climate change denial — which is totes based on science — because we deny the proven science behind life beginning at conception. Seriously. This man is a United States senator.

As usual we expound on the broader implications and cultural commentary. And then Hal misses me saying I had to go, so I abruptly fail to return after the break at the end of the clip. BUT! In two weeks I’ll be in the Chicago studio for the full two hours, so tune in Saturday, May 31 12-2pmEST at WCPT for a solid side-car appearance.

Links to on-air references:

"Like a Boss: Five Reasons Jill Abramson's Firing Matters” by Andi Zeisler for Bitch Media

"Marco Rubio Defends His Climate Denialism With Unscientific Rant On Abortion” by Tara Culp-Ressler via Think Progress

"Rubio Slams Liberals' 'Hypocrisy' On Abortion, Climate Change” by Catherine Thompson via Talking Points Memo

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Category:HSRP -- posted at: 10:25pm PDT
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Hal Sparks Radio Pgm — Just Say No: The Privilege of Opting Out (04/19/14)

Overview

Today I used the Bundy Ranch hypocrisy and Hal’s theory on the GOP misunderstanding of consent to posit a new, umbrella theory: most white, cis, straight rich dudes have never confronted the concept of consent because they were born with the privilege of assumed consent in place.

We also talked libertarianism and the hypocrisy of not understanding consent while basing an entire political/social concept on the desire to say “No” to anything at any time.

Links to on-air references:

Bundy Ranch: "TPM Interview: Ex-Sheriff Says He Was Wrong About Bundy Ranch's Human Shields”

Opting out: Best of the Left Podcsat #809, Ch 21 (voicemails) “Attempting to define a libertarian, Gordon From Chicago”

Plaintiffs in the “Hobby Lobby” SCOTUS case opposing the ACA birth control mandate: National Organization for Women’s “Dirty 100”

My girl Wagatwe Wanjuki, amazing Title IX activist, speaker, writer: ”Stop Telling Survivors They Must Report to the Police” at Feministing

"Privilege” the concept, 101 (clunky, but not too heady explanation): "Check my what?" On privilege and what we can do about it

Must-read on understanding the fight/flight response in conservatives: ”The Republican Brain: The Science of Why They Deny Science — and Reality” by Chris Mooney

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Category:HSRP -- posted at: 11:13am PDT
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Hal Sparks Radio Pgm — Purity Parade (03/22/14)

“Nanny State!” “Get your hands off my [insert anything here] !”

With the corporate/1% giveaways and the poking around in our bedrooms the GOP does and tries to do (over 200 anti-choice bills introduced ALREADY in 2014), it just gets increasingly silly to hear them upset about the “nanny state.” They’re not letting up.

Hal tackled the failing GOP “rebranding” effort on today’s show; I got to come on for the purity/sex police portion of the show. It is nice to give the ProLife Action League and other anti-choice groups more than one reason to find me “hard to like”.

I jumped in as Hal was doing is rant on legitimate sex as the GOP sees it:

You have a duty to the Motherland to make babies. And if you don’t do that, your relationship is less legitimate.

This, of course, is extremely out of touch with the overwhelming majority of Americans: "Poll: Majority Opposes Employer Exemption From Birth Control Mandate”. Not that that’ll stop them from trying whether or not the Hobby Lobby case goes their way.

I gave a nod to the disregard for law and order coming out of Georgia with the enhanced Stand Your Ground provisions: ”Georgia Legislators Think Felons Should Be Able To Shoot You" by <https://twitter.com/cliffschecter">Cliff Schecter.

This lead, obviously, to a discussion about “respect” and how conservatives think it should be earned Sopranos/Godfather style. Ya know, with machismo and blood lines. White, male blood lines.

And Hal couldn’t resist poking me with the Purity Ball documentary Nightline is doing. If you haven’t heard about purity balls and how fathers claim their daughters, presenting them to the Lord as chaste until they can be passed on to their husbands, well, you can imagine how I responded: “I may have done six or seven things today — and it’s 1pm in NYC — that the GOP/Purity Ball crowd thinks should be illegal…and may be in some places.”

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Category:HSRP -- posted at: 1:01pm PDT
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Hal Sparks Radio Pgm -- "ProLifeActionLeague Targeting & My Refusal to Shut Up" (03/15/14)

The ProLife Action League made history with my face. Also that of an abortion provider and pro-choice journalist. We’re on what is essentially a wanted poster for all 40 days of Lent with dog whistle language like “notorious” and “pray for those involved with the culture of death.” Obviously, Hal was going to have me on to discuss it.

My friends Lizz Winstead & Dianna Anderson are quoted on my blog where I thank them for publicly calling out the PLAL’s use of prayer as a weapon. Also, the fantastic folks at Religion Dispatches covered their targeting campaign with the appropriate tone, history and interviews with PLAL head Eric Scheidler.

The piece — "For Love or Threat: Pro-Life Prayer Includes Names, Photos of Abortion-Rights Advocates” by Alana Massey — is remarkably balanced. Please visit their pages/feeds to comment and thank them. Highlights:

Or, in Scheidler’s view, “[Dr. Chastine] was rather naïve to think she could be this anonymous abortionist coming into Wichita, at George Tiller’s former practice of all places.” Reverend Harry Knox, president and CEO of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, doesn’t agree that God’s will is quite so self-evident. Campaigns like PLAL’s, with their use of names and photographs, are potential catalysts for harassment according to Reverend Knox. “Creating what looks like a wanted poster, then asking people to pray for those shown, is just hate in love's clothing.”

Those of you who’ve listened/followed Hal and I for a while, will remember when I became an official feminist menace — the first time the PLAL wrote about me. What’s enjoyable for those of us who think hypocrisy is important to avoid and rampant in anti-choice groups are the competing signals I’m getting from them.

The PLAL just can’t seem to decide with they want me to keep talking or renounce my wicked ways. First, they decry: I Want Katie Klabusich to Keep On Talking! complete with superlatives and a bastardization of my NOH8 photo, captioned "No, Katie! Don’t tape your mouth closed!” And now they want me to sit down, shut up, and renounce my wicked ways. Clearly, I’m not listening.

Perhaps you can help them understand why. Feel free to respectfully comment on their blog and Facebook page — which apparently is going to feature my face for the duration of Lent.

Today’s extra nod goes to producer Dennis, who honored my new “notorious” label (a long-time dog-whistle to the anti-choice fringe that “it’s totally cool if you hurt this person”) by playing Duran Duran's “Notorious” for my bumper music. Dennis, you are spectacular as always.

 

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Hal Sparks Radio Pgm — What Rape Culture? Maine Edition (03/01/14)

Maine state Rep. Lawrence Lockman is awful. Like, really, really awful. Blogger Mike Tipping put together a post of quotes pulled from the course of Lockman’s career about rape, the LGBT community and AIDS, and abortion. I know, you’re shocked to hear that some old white dude is anti-gay and anti-woman and anti-anyone-not-having-missionary-procreative sex within the confines of a marriage bed. Or that those deviating from his narrow thoughts on appropriate sexual behavior deserve whatever punishment they might get.

Hal and I went into more depth on our theories about GOP men not understanding consent or agency. Hal wonders aloud if Lockman has ever even had consensual sex. We toss some appropriate rage at the Alabama rapist sentenced to PROBATION for his third conviction as well ask, “What rape culture?”

Oh, and then there was this from Virginia state senator Steve Martin:

I don’t expect to be in the room or will I do anything to prevent you from obtaining a contraceptive. However, once a child does exist in your womb, I’m not going to assume a right to kill it just because the child’s host (some refer to them as mothers) doesn’t want it to remain alive.

Robin Marty makes all kinds of points about why his rewrite was also awful: "Virginia Lawmaker Calls Pregnant Women ‘Hosts,' and That’s a Good Thing”. And Feminsting said what I was thinking: "So, please, Sen. Martin, don’t hold back–keep telling us what you really think.”

I’ll give the real Steve Martin the final word:

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Hal Sparks Radio Pgm -- "GOP's Continued Trouble With Consent" (02/08/14)

Happy 2nd Birthday to my niece, Norah!! I did today’s show on the drive to her birthday party, so I was in a festive, excitable mood. Which means, I had thoughts about some desperate audio from the right-wing extremists…

In case you missed it, here’s the story as only Wonkette can say it: Rand Paul Wants Dems To Give Back All Their Filthy Bill Clinton Sex Money

Rand Paul said more dumb things. This time they were about Bill Clinton, Monica Lewinsky and an oddly place “slam” on Senator Claire McCaskill. Hal continues to contend that all of this nonsense boils down to the Republican men being completely unable to understand the concept of consent.

I add that they don’t view a woman’s sexuality outside the context of a man’s desire, which means consent is irrelevant. Of course, this leads to my laughing at the idea Rush and his party have that sex with feminists is no fun. The only people who find this more funny than feminists themselves are the people who get to have sex with feminists because it’s the most fun of all the things ever.

As promised, here’s the link to the t-shirt by my friendCamille DeMere that I couldn’t read on air: I Only Fuck Feminists

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Hal Sparks Radio Pgm — “SOTU and 1000 GOP Responses" (02/01/14)

If you follow me on twitter, you’ve already gotten most of my take on the State of the Union and the 100000 GOP responses. But Hal and I do it longer than 140 characters (Hey-yo!) and with audio fun. I obviously disagree that POTUS gave an appropriate nod to repro rights/access, but Hal and I both loved the Mad Men line because it so wonderfully set up CMR response and Rand Paul’s inanity.

All you need to know about Representative Cathy McMorris Rogers is in the NARAL graphic that accompanies this segment. Enjoy and pass it around. Here’s the Media Matters for America piece I referenced that fact checked FoxNews et al on the ACA: "Called on to Explain Big Story, Media Botches Obamacare."

Policy Mic did a great piece fact-checking all the responses: ”Fact Check: What Republicans Got Wrong in Their SOTU responses,”. FactCheck.org handled McMorris Rogers on “layoffs” because of the ACA: ”Is Obamacare Causing Health Care Layoffs?” And, finally, a Spokane paper broke down the lies in the claim that “Betty from Spokane” was seeing a massive increase in her health insurance costs because of the ACA: "'Betty in Spokane’ cited in McMorris Rodgers’ speech, declined health insurance options.”

Quick apology about my connection: anybody who wants to purchase a progressive radio station and deck it out with super equipment that’d rock. WCPT has phone issues; we do everything we can to minimize that.

Also, I’m running the segment after mine because the audio is too golden to set aside. Catch the Rush response to the SOTU if you can handle the misogyny. And Hal predicts the near future of the political fights — immigration, economics (i.e. jobs), ACA/healthcare, and ESPECIALLY clear division b/t how Dems and Repubs feel about a women controlling her body and make the same pay. Hal has never been more right: “It’s because they really do believe that women are less…and inherently weaker.”

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HSRP 01/25/14 -- Roe turns 41 and Mike "Uncle Sugar" Huckabee

If you missed it, Mike Huckabee is awful. Or as Alex Wagner of MSNBC put it, he’s royally “Hucked Up.” This once decent-on-economic-justice-issues governor from Arkansas is apparently throwing his hat into the 2016 ring with the departure of the indicted Governor Ultrasound and soon-to-be-indicted Governor BridgeGate. To do that these days, you have to make an appearance at the GOP winter meeting dressed up as a misogynistic extremist.

You should really read his whole speech. Robin Marty has the highlights along with commentary that makes it digestible in her Care2 Repro Wrap: "Uncle Sugar Wants to Give you the Pill and Other News."

I also suggest Imani Gandy’s spectacular audio on TWiB: "Mike Huckabee: Idiot". Hal and I gave a shout-out and some love to NateDogg, who I hear is doing better. xoxo And I referenced Imani’s piece on nuns, birth control, the ACA, etc. all made simple in non-lawyer speak: "The Establishment Clause: A Simpler Answer to the Contraception Question.”

Oh, and a word to producer Dennis at WCPT who’s bumper music is often eclipsed by Hal’s or my excitement to jump into a topic or the travails of terrestrial radio. He gave love to Joan Jett, “Do You Wanna Touch Me” for Huckabee’s “libido” comments and Def Leppard’s “Pour Some Sugar On Me” for the “Uncle Sugar” nonsense. Someday I’m going to steal you away to a studio with dream equipment so everyone can appreciate your genius, my friend.

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Hal Sparks Radio Pgm -- "Shut Up and Know Your Role!" 2013 Break Down (12/28/13)

Happy New Year! Almost…

Hal had me on to break down the year, both the good and the bad. We cited pieces from Robin Marty "Repro Wrap: End of the Year, End of the Clinics" and Media Matters "Know Your Role And Shut Your Mouth: How Conservatives Treated Women in 2013". I also mentioned the extremely important investigative piece by Adele Stan on how there is no longer (if there ever was) a line between "social" conservatives and "economic" conservatives. Her piece Anatomy of the War on Women lays out the Koch brothers, et al and their funneling of money to groups like Americans United for Life.

We also talked about how the Democrats finally got it together and changed the filibuster rules for judicial nominees. If you nodded off, WAKE UP because this is huge. This recent Majority Report segment with Cliff Schecter gives you more if you missed the story or didn't get how important a 90 seat swing in our judiciary is the most important thing to happen in 2013: The Dems Finally Go Nuclear.

Finally, go to Lady Parts Justice to find out how Lizz Winstead and Revolution Messaging are following up the Texas Women Forever telethon. I'll be involved in this campaign to call out awful politicians and register voters ahead of the 2014 midterms. We must -- and can! -- prevent another 2010-style Tea Party victory lap!

Note about the meme/picture selection: I loved everything about NARAL hiring Ilyse Hogue as their president in 2013 even before I had the chance to get to know her a little. She unapologetic about reproductive justice, doesn't parse words and has made the organization simultaneously focused on the bigger picture and the personal narratives that advance issues surrounding abortion care. I couldn't agree more with her quote, delivered in Texas during the special legislative session that catapulted Wendy Davis to national fame. The far right-wing may think they're winning in the short term -- victories that do affect real people's lives. However, they have mobilized women and their allies. They better fasten their seat belts for 2014…

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Hal Sparks Radio Pgm -- MI Dodges Democracy With "Rape Insurance" Bill (12/14/13)

Michigan subverted democracy this past week via "citizen petition" -- a way for 4% of the population to go around a ballot initiative that would never pass and a governor who has vetoed similar legislation already. Why did they do that? To mandate that women must decide in advance if they wanted to have abortion care coverage on their insurance, even in cases of rape and fetal abnormality.

Robin Marty covered it at Care2 -- As Michigan Passes 'Rape Insurance' Bill, One Senator Tells of Her Own Sexual Assault -- and Talking Points Memo covered the democracy head fake -- Michigan Legislature Passes Controversial Abortion Insurance Bill.

Hal and I discussed the broader implications, the fact that Michigan may be alone on the democracy subversion angle, but it certainly isn't alone on the insurance restrictions for abortion care.

And I got a little love for being a co-producer, co-writer, social media director, media promoter, fundraiser for #20 on Policy Mic's 28 Most Iconic Feminist Moments of 2013. Wait'll they get a load of 2014…

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Hal Sparks Radio Pgm -- Voters Reject Abortion Restrictions AGAIN (11/23/13)

Hal had me on to recap a very busy week in reproductive justice. And, in case I don't remember to say it often enough, my gratitude for his insistence that these issues are covered on his show continues to grow with every spot.

When abortion restrictions are put to popular vote, they lose. Every time. Full stop. Albuquerque proved it AGAIN. The 20-week ban lost by a ten point margin because of grassroots efforts by pro-choice groups. Hal continues to hammer the point that this chipping away municipality by municipality and clinic by clinic is a concerted, long-term plan by the extreme right-wing. Which is a good chance for me to plug Robin Marty and Jessica Mason Pieklo's book, Crow After Roe that outlines the legislative and court-based effort to overturn Roe v Wade.

Texas is AH-MAZING. The #TexasWomenForever telethon ROCKED with more than $54,000 raised from more than 800 individual donors. The next morning, however Justice Scalia spoke, giving his seal of approval on the admitting privileges provision that shut down 1/3 of the clinics in Texas and threatening to close more doors in the long term. This crisis continues and is about you even if you're in a "safe blue state."

We pause to say, "Fuck you, Rush." Ok, we stayed FCC appropriate, but everybody knows what Hal and I were thinking.

I posit that Rick Perry think's he's god, which was corrected by Hal. Perry thinks he was appointed by god, a much scarier proposition.

And we took a few minutes for the ACA destruction plan uncovered by Talking Points Memo. I'm hearing none of it because I got my first premium bill for the NY state exchange this week which means I am officials ready to go for January 1 and comprehensive coverage! I dare the GOP to try and take it from me. Seriously. Try.

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Hal Sparks Radio Prgm — TexasWomenForever (11/09/13)

#TexasWomenForever -- November 18, streaming everywhere!

Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can Choose: Online Telethon to Support TX Women

The nation is pulling together for the women of Texas who -- following the lifting of the Fifth Circuit Court stay -- only have abortion access in six of the state's 256 counties.

THIS IS NOT OK! We love Texas -- geography should NOT equal access. So, the amazing, hilarious Lizz Winstead and completely unpredictable, spectacular Sarah Silvermanhave pulled together a last minute telethon with a line-up you won't believe.

Hal was kind enough to let me come on and plug the event, which has gotten more Texas-y, more abortion-y, more funny, more crazy, more surprise guest-y than I built up on the show! I'll be live tweeting from the event account (as well as my own) @TXWomenForever and using the hashtag #TexasWomenForever, so get a group together to watch the livestream (link coming soon to the event page) and join in the conversation!

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Hal Sparks Radio Pgm — Shutdown and the Return of Sanity? (10/019/13)
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I remain an eternal optimist, if a skeptical one. The poll numbers for the GOP have been drastically dragged down by the tea party intransigence in the House -- to the lowest percentage since polls have been taken on favorability. People are legitimately angry and that anger overshadowed the shaky roll out to the Affordable Care Act. With midterms just a year away and those enrolling in the exchanges about to experience comprehensive health insurance -- some for the first time in their entire lives, I see hope on the horizon.

Hal and I chat crazy vs pragmatism and how IN LOVE I am with Obamacare, how I'm not alone in my excitement as detailed by Robin Marty in Rolling Stone this week, and how the McCutcheon case heard by SCOTUS could rain all over my optimism.

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Hal Sparks Radio Pgm -- Now with 100% less Hal Sparks! 10/6/13
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If you're streaming/downloading/tuning in for Hal Sparks, you won't find him here! I took over the hosting seat and the mic on October 6, 2013 to talk GOP shutdown. I stacked the show with my favorite people and let them tackle how the Republican intransigence affects real people. We threw out stats and facts inconvenient to Speaker Boehner and his caucus, mocked the insanity of a Congressional minority demanding something for doing their damn jobs and I took down a ring-wing caller who thought he'd amuse himself by playing "Stump the Fill-in Host."

We had a very heart-felt story from a listener who understands what cuts to the WIC program mean, ridiculous audio provided by Johnny -- in the sidecar as always, and I gave producer Dennis a heart-attack by announcing that the FCC was out of commission due to the shutdown. Check it out, share, subscribe and go follow/read/listen to/enjoy my badass guests!

Guest info:

Robin Marty, reproductive justice warrior! Also, author of Crow After Roe, a book everyone should get, and journalist/encyclopedia of state-level repro health issues, laws and pending legislation.

Michael Brooks, producer and contributor to The Majority Report and host of Intersection at Aslan Media.

Cliff Schecter, progressive media guru, pundit, author, advocate and gracious guest.

Imani Gandy, The Angry Black Lady, host/writer/blogger/recovering lawyer/reproductive rights and intersectional feminist badass.

Dean Obeidallah, comedian and filmmaker of the new documentary The Muslims are Coming!, now rent-able/buy-able on iTunes. Here's his opinion piece, 10% of Americans like Congress: Are they nuts?, we discuss on the show.

Ilyse Hogue, President of NARAL Pro-Choice America.

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Hal Sparks Radio Pgm -- Ted Cruz Faux Filibuster Fundraising, 9/28/13
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Ted Cruz is beyond ridiculous. Hal couldn't resist spending some time on his faux filibuster -- aka fundraising speech -- and I couldn't resist the Seuss moment. You have to hear Cliff Schecter nail the Cruz irony deficiency for "Casual Fridays" on the Majority Report, which I bastardized badly.

Here's the Ted Cruz tweet that makes it clear his staff rivals him in a lack of basic governing lingo: "SCOTUS is what?"

In all seriousness, the House GOP is moving the country toward a governmental shut down so they can continue their temper tantrum. Even if a budget manages to pass, the debt ceiling is right around the corner. Don't forget to thank former representative, now governor, Mike Pence (R-IN) for kicking off the debt ceiling-budget merry-go-round. (My piece on Pence and his cohorts: anti-woman language to the budget they passed at midnight Sunday morning, should give you deja vu. They haven't learned anything from 2012; let's make sure we have.

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Hal Sparks Radio Pgm -- Papal Praise! 9/21/13
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Moral ambiguity episode! wherein I join Hal and John mid-Ted Cruz discussion. I couldn't resist including the lead-in ahead of my segment because, well, Braveheart reference. Also, Hal boils the Conservative/GOP/Republican party's challenge with gendery equality and LGBT rights down to the white, rich patriarchal majority's trouble understanding the concept of consent. Marriage equality and contraception are not "slippery slopes," so just stop it.

Then we get to it: I like this pope. I said it. No, he isn't perfect. Please reread the previous paragraph about moral ambiguity. I wrote about the shift in focus out of the Vatican -- "Oh. My. God." -- and why it matters what he said last week whether you're Catholic or not.

The technical issues out of the WCPT studio (hooray, phone line fun!) meant Hal and I couldn't hear each other for much of the segment. Hang with us and stay tuned -- I'll be in Chicago to broadcast live and in person coming up!
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Hal Sparks Radio Pgm -- The Muslims Are Coming! 9/7/13
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A Hal Sparks Radio Program extra! Dean Obeidallah and Negin Farsad joined Hal to discuss their new comedic documentary The Muslims Are Coming! which opens this week in Chicago and coming up in LA, NYC and Seattle. Find out what it was like taking on Islamophobia in red-state America and why you have to get to a viewing!

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Hal Sparks Radio Pgm -- No War With Syria 9/7/13
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This segment is almost entirely dedicated to the campaign for intervention in Syria. Hal and I discuss how the War Powers Act has changed executive power over the last several administration, President Obama seeking approval for "limited engagement" from Congress and how we both hope for a peaceful, diplomatic solution before any bombs are launched.

There is a great humanitarian need with millions of Syrians having fled their own country. Listen to my activism segment for The Best of the Left Podcast -- No War With Syria and click on the YouTube "About" tab to sign the petitions from Rep. Alan Grayson and CREDO Action urging your legislators to refrain from adding to the bloodshed.

You can get more background on the conflict from two great Majority Report segments: 9/5 Ali Gharib: Syria Action Does Not Have To Mean War and 9/4 Matt Duss: Don’t Attack Syria.

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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.

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Hal Sparks Radio Pgm -- Dominating Democracy, 7/13/13
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Hal gives a great intro on the current wave of anti-choice laws/bills, complete with all the reasons I'm proud to be on air discussing women's rights with him so frequently. We go into the substance of my piece, Dominating Democracy, where I put reproductive rights in the broader context of our larger democracy. Make no mistake, the GOP has no regard for our country's history or process. 

Excerpt: "In no place outside your fantasy of a martini greeting at the door with dinner of its way out of the over and your slippers being presented to you by your obedient wife with her perfectly coiffed hair-do does legislating a woman's bodily autonomy exist as a thing that works...So, STOP IT. Women are having none of it. We're screaming and people are paying attention. Very quickly the coalition broadened beyond the predictable organizations and allies. You are infringing on the human rights of your citizenry and you are trampling all over democracy to do it."

I am also including the segment after mine where Hal & John play the entire clip of Sarah Slamen attempting to testify at the Texas statehouse. Also, Hal coins the word "midwiffery" -- pronounced "Mid-whif-hery" -- just before a Monty Python reference so fast you'll almost miss it.

Here's the information on the reporting from Ari Berman on voting rights as published in The Nation. His appearance on The Majority Reportjust after the SCOTUS decision does an amazing job of breaking down the likely outcome and what's already happening in the states formerly covered by Section Five.

You can also find my piece, Dominating Democracy, on Raging Chicken Press.
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Hal Sparks Radio Pgm -- Talkin' Texas, 6/29/13
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Rick Perry is just awful. That's not exactly news. TX Senator Wendy Davis standing up to him and his anti-woman cohorts for more than ELEVEN STRAIGHT HOURS, however, is dramatic, comendable news largely ignored by major corporate media. Nearly 200,000 people watched the livestream feed as Davis stood between SB5 -- a bill that would reduce the number of abortion clinics in her state to 5 -- and the women of Texas. When republicans succeeded in shutting her down and democrats ran out of rules or order to back her up, supporters outside the chamber screamed and yelled to run out the clock -- a moment so dramatic it continues to bring tears to my eyes. The Texas Tribune YouTube page has tons of available video, including the last few minutes: as republicans attempted to call the roll despite the noise.

The Texas legislature begins a second expensive (to the tune of a likely $800,000) legislative session to try again. The tireless Jessica Luther has all the information on how you can help from anywhere in the country and will be tweeting from the capitol on Monday, July 1 as legislators return. This fight is about all of us as Ohio lawmakers made clear when they crammed every imaginable abortion restriction they could think of into the budget they passed on Friday. Robin Marty of RH Reality Check has the latest on Ohio where lawsuits will be the only recourse when Gov Kasich signs the budget today.

This is what the GOP is doing in "off" years. They think no one is watching, that no one will see. It is our democratic duty to watch and then to vote when the legislators who seek to eliminate our rights ask us to rehire them. So, tune in and pass it on.

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Hal Sparks Radio Pgm -- Wade Davis interview segment (Chicago Pride 2013) 6/29/13
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This clip has 100% less me! Wade Davis is too awesome not to share, so here is his interview on HSRP ahead of the Chicago 2013 Pride Parade where he was Grand Marshall.

Davis's badassery extends beyond his high profile advocacy and work changing the public perception of LGBTQ Americans to You Belong, a unique project bringing together queer youth and allies through athletics. "Like" You Belong on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/YBInitiative and find out how you can support this amazing project.

From his You Belong bio:

Wade Davis II is a nationally recognized speaker, advocate, writer and educator. He is a former NFL athlete who teaches at-promise youth how to define success for themselves and to thrive in society. His writings and interviews have appeared in the LA Times, The Huffington Post, New York Times, The Advocate, OutSports, TheGrio.com, and other media.

Also, Wade is a board member of You Can Play and GLSEN's (Gay, Lesbian, Straight Educational Network) Sports advisory board. He was invited to speak at the International AIDS Conference in Washington, DC in 2012 and is currently partnering with the Minority AIDS Institute.

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Hal Sparks Radio Prgm -- Fetal Masturbation Leads to 20-week Abortion Ban Segment, 6/22/13
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"Fetal masturbation" is the newest "reasoning" for limiting women's access to abortion care -- and it's introduced into the national legislative debate by former OBGYN, Rep. Burgess. We have the amazing audio. 

The House passes a draconian 20-week abortion ban that hardly gives a passing glance at the woman carring the fetus. Forget "health of the mother," we're in "life of the mother" language and territory, which narrows the allowance to an alarming window of immedicacy. (Seriously, go get Crow After Roe and hear more about why language is important and what the red flags are in legislation.)

I get an online visit from the head of the "ProLife" Action League who stops by my blog personally to imply that the PLAL is thrilled with me and that I should "Keep On Talking!"

And, finally, Hal and I discuss why pro-choice, pro-woman advocates/activists feel such kinship with the LGBTQ movement: it's the same assholes who find us all threatening. Hal's description of what causes that and the long human rights struggles resulting from patriarchal discomfort are can't-miss!

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Hal Sparks Radio Prgm -- Tag Team Patriarchal Smackdown Segment, 6/15/13
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That's it. Hal and I have both had enough of the "You fed us the apple, you are intrinsically less-than" nonsense GOP legislators aren't even bothering to dance around anymore. What happened to all that "outreach training?" We take on the 20-week ban that passed the House judiciary committee (I still don't know what the hell they're doing discussing abortion), the all-out assault on women's access to reproductive care and a reminder from Hal that it isn't stopping at abortion. Santorum wasn't an anomoly, ladies, they're after your birth control.

Then I make my pitch for restriction-free abortion care. We trust our medical community through groups like the American Medical Association to dictate ethical practices on everything from organ transplantation to prescription writing. Why does abortion need a special set of laws to tell doctors what is appropriate for their patients? (Spoiler alert: it's not about protecting women, it's about controlling them.)

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Hal Sparks Radio Prgm -- I'm officially a feminist menace segment, 6/8/13
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Hal and I discuss my new position as thorn-in-the-side of the "Pro-Life" Action League who flipped out over my Picketers vs Patients piece. We take the time to give Allen West what he deserves over his snide comments concerning rape in the military, including the history behind conflating the issue of female sexuality with genocide. (Not kidding...)

And I get slightly loud and angry over the possiblity that the Anonymous member who passed on PUBLICLY AVAILABLE social media posts in order to get the Stubenville rapists prosecuted may serve more than 5x the jail sentence as the actual rapists.

I give mention to a badass new book, Crow After Roe which everyone who cares about women's access to care should go get immediately. Show the authors, Robin Marty and Jessica Mason Pieklo some appreciation; they're both awesome Twitter follows!

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Hal Sparks Radio Pgm -- Louie Gohmert needs to stop talking segment, 5/25/13
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...wherein Hal and John discuss women's reproductive rights in front of -- but not with -- me. They were taking their cues from Congress, where the all male, all rich, all white GOP panel parade continues in an effort to elminate my bodily autonomy. I continue to take it personally. I explain why Louie Gohmert can't have it both ways, using technology to detect a heart beat and therefore necessitate banning abortions post-20-weeks while proclaiming that a woman carrying a non-viable fetus detected by similar technology should "wait...and see."

We also discuss what "strict constitutionalist" actually mean. Spoiler alert: it means anti-every-who-isn't-a-white-male-landholder. 

I call for the marginalizing of women's clinic picketers, to turning them into the next Westboro Baptist Church -- mocked and deserving of our communal scorn. The discussion resulted in my Picketers vs Patients piece which has garnered much attention from the "Pro-Life" Action League.

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Hal Sparks Radio Pgm -- military rape segment 5/18/13
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Hal and I talk the issues surrounding rape in the military, eg. PTSD stigma & chain of command leading to underreporting, legislators working to change the culture and how the "poeverty draft" leads to military issues of all kinds being largely ignored by the majority of the public.

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Sexy Liberal Chicago Saturday Edition of HSRP
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Hal, John and I are all together in the WCPT studio for both hours of The Hal Sparks Radio Program!

Joining us to talk Rand Paul "minority outreach" is Imani Gandy, The Angry Black Lady; Hal has an epiphany about state/federal GOP coordination and I rail on the faux right-wing freak out over Kermit Gosnell -- a man who's horrors their shame stigmas and ruthless regulations created.

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Live in NYC with Hal Sparks and Lee Camp - 4/27/13
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By request, the April 27, 2013 Hal Sparks Radio Program broadcast/recorded live in New York with special guest Lee Camp! Listen and find out if I manage to inhale long enough to exhale a sentence, or if I laugh for a solid 120 minutes. Warning: don't attempt to eat while streaming as this show is a choking hazard!

Catch the Hal Sparks Radio Program every Saturday from 12pmEST-2pmEST LIVE on Ustream and streaming audio at WCPT Chicago. Subscribe to my blog, Katie Speak where I talk with knowledge and snark about reproductive justice, personal liberty and anything else that raises my rage.

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