Friday, May 27, 2016

Episode 36: The Outsider and Dropping Out

Rob is back! That's right, our lefty book monger has returned and joins Jon and Dave in a spirited discussion around the notion of The Outsider and the political process. The boys also take a deep look at the MI 8th District's new lack of Democrat challenger...

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Episode 35: Flint Feud Continues, Is Bernie Ungrateful?

Rob is out this week, so Jon and Dave took a chance to talk to Melissa Mays again, the Flint Water Mom, with new information and a feud in the science of the issue. It never ends. They then take a look at Nevada's Democratic Convention and wonder just who's side is anyone on, besides their own?

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Episode 34: Trump Is It, Let's Go Down Ticket!

Join Jon, Dave and Rob as they broadcast from the belly of the beast and look at the effect the Trump nomination is having on down ticket Republicans and Democrats. Who is staying the party line? What does it all mean? The boys also take a careful look at the hotly-contested U.S. Senate seat in their hometown.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

5-11-2016: Rob's Book of the Week!

Natural Capitalism by Paul Hawken, Amory Lovins and L. Hunter Lovins


In Natural Capitalism, three top strategists show how leading-edge companies are practicing "a new type of industrialism" that is more efficient and profitable while saving the environment and creating jobs. Paul Hawken and Amory and Hunter Lovins write that in the next century, cars will get 200 miles per gallon without compromising safety and power, manufacturers will relentlessly recycle their products, and the world's standard of living will jump without further damaging natural resources. "Is this the vision of a utopia? In fact, the changes described here could come about in the decades to come as the result of economic and technological trends already in place," the authors write.

They call their approach natural capitalism because it's based on the principle that business can be good for the environment. For instance, Interface of Atlanta doubled revenues and employment and tripled profits by creating an environmentally friendly system of recycling floor coverings for businesses. The authors also describe how the next generation of cars is closer than we might think. Manufacturers are already perfecting vehicles that are ultralight, aerodynamic, and fueled by hybrid gas-electric systems. If natural capitalism continues to blossom, so much money and resources will be saved that societies will be able to focus on issues such as housing, contend Hawken, author of a book and PBS series called Growing a Business, and the Lovinses, who co-founded and directed the Rocky Mountain Institute, an environmental think tank. The book is a fascinating and provocative read for public-policy makers, as well as environmentalists and capitalists alike. --Dan Ring

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Episode 33: It's Official... Dear God, It's Official...

Jon, Rob and Dave take another look at the final throes of the Republican primary and begin the talk about down ballot ramifications (including the Big Red Mitten). Where do the candidates go from here? Strap in, this ride may get bumpy.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

5-4-2016: Rob's Book of the Week!

Lies My Teacher Told Me by James Loewen


Winner of the 1996 American Book Award and the Oliver Cromwell Cox Award for Distinguished Anti-Racist Scholarship

Americans have lost touch with their history, and in this thought-provoking book, Professor James Loewen shows why. After surveying twelve leading high school American history texts, he has concluded that not one does a decent job of making history interesting or memorable. Marred by an embarrassing combination of blind patriotism, mindless optimism, sheer misinformation, and outright lies, these books omit almost all the ambiguity, passion, conflict, and drama from our past. In ten powerful chapters, Loewen reveals that:

The United States dropped three times as many tons of explosives in Vietman as it dropped in all theaters of World War II, including Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Ponce de Leon went to Florida mainly to capture Native Americans as slaves for Hispaniola, not to find the mythical fountain of youth. Woodrow Wilson, known as a progressive leader, was in fact a white supremacist who personally vetoed a clause on racial equality in the Covenant of the League of Nations. The first colony to legalize slavery was not Virginia but Massachusetts. 

From the truth about Columbus's historic voyages to an honest evaluation of our national leaders, Loewen revives our history, restoring to it the vitality and relevance it truly possesses.