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A podcast by two former journalists that fills in the gaps between daily news and historical trends. (Photo by Matt Botsford on Unsplash)

A podcast by two former journalists that fills in the gaps between daily news and historical trends. (Photo by Matt Botsford on Unsplash)


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A podcast by two former journalists that fills in the gaps between daily news and historical trends. (Photo by Matt Botsford on Unsplash)




Episode 18- the Courts & Constitution, Part II

We're back with the second installment of our Courts & Constitution episodes! In Part II we continue the discussion about SCOTUS' role in interpreting the Constitution, and the potential of the highly important Moore vs. Harper case to set more uncharted precedent. We also examine the movement by well-funded groups to rewrite the Constitution, which could concentrate power even more in the hands of the few. Moore v. Harper - Elections Clause, US Constitution SCOTUS'...


Episode #17: The Courts & The Constitution, Part I

The first of a two-part series on the Federal Courts & the Constitution, Part I focuses on the history & ideologies driving SCOTUS decisions today. - basic info on the Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on Charlie Rose Show: Philosophy of an Originalist Elie Mystal: Allow Me to Retort: A Black Guy's Guide to the Constitution SCOTUS ‘should reconsider’ contraception, same-sex marriage rulings (POLITICO) Justice Sotomayor on 60 Minutes, 2013 (excerpt) A second...


Episode #16: Reset, Refresh, Review

We are back with Season #2 of Catch Me Up To Speed! Our second season begins with a review of our 5 news tips in action. We showcase the coverage of California primary election results as an example of how these tips can work in concert to provide a fuller view of current news events. NY Times: Progressive Backlash in CA Fuels Dem Debate on crime (June 8, 2022) Newsweek: Progressives face urban revolt (June 8, 2022) Mission Local: on the SF Recall (Prop H) Alec Karakatsanis Substack: How...


Episode #15: Exceptional women of Black History Month w/Kortnei Morris

Our first podcast of 2022 features special guest Kortnei Morris, who gets us up to speed on 4 exceptional black women as a fitting send-off to Black History Month: Ida B. Wells, Fannie Lou Hamer, Pauli Murray, and Susie Revels Cayton. Bio of Ida B. Wells-Barnett Fannie Lou Hamer Susie Revels Cayton


Episode #14: The Forgotten foreign policies of FDR & JFK

We're back with Episode #14, where we take a look at how our foreign policy is shaped in politics & media, the array of think tanks that do the shaping, and two popular past foreign policy visions that are all but forgotten: FDR's 'Good Neighbor' policy and JFK's 'Alliance for Progress.' JFK Revisited: Through the Looking Glass (Showtime) Global Go-To Think Tank index report (2020) Anti-colonial policies of FDR (JStor, Political Science Quarterly) JFK & Hammarskjold vs. the Power...


Episode #13: From Jim Crow to abortion: the courts & our rights

Some call the Texas Heartbeat Act a novel way to ban abortions. But this style of law, enforced by bounty hunters instead of state governments, isn’t new: It’s a return to laws during slavery and Jim Crow. In this episode, we’ll look at how the courts permitted these laws in the past -- and how they paved the way for Texas’ current abortion law. Supreme Court declines hearing on Texas 'Heartbeat' Act (NY Times) Is there a 'Fetal Heartbeat' at 6 weeks? (LiveScience) Heather Cox Richardson:...


Episode 12 - The News They DON'T tell you, Part II

We're back with the second podcast on our fifth news tip - seek out the news they DON'T tell you. In this episode we focus on three international news events that received differing, yet often incomplete, news coverage for the past month: the protests & political upheaval in Haiti, the protests (and reaction to them) in Cuba, and the ongoing attempts to prosecute Julian Assange. NY Times op-ed on Haiti history: 'We owe Haiti a debt' Major Gen. Smedley Butler (excerpt from Untold History...


Episdode #11 -The news they DON'T tell you

We're back with the first of a two-part series on our 5th news tip - look out for the news they don't tell you. Our focus in this episode is on foreign policy, starting with Venezuela...and showing how growing your list of news sources can give a better view of what is going on. OAS calls for new elections in Honduras - NBC News/Assoc. Press, Dec. 2017 Why people are fleeing Honduras - NPR Ryan Grim on U.S. History - 'Rising', The Hill, June 10 2021 Understanding Venezuela's economic...


Episode 10 - Filibuster 101

We're back with our 10th episode, and this one is quite timely - we're giving a primer on the Senate filibuster. This episode, 'Filibuster 101', gives an overview what the filibuster is, where it came from, how it works, and how it is holding up legislation in the Senate. That, plus our look at the news - and a preview of Episode #11! US Senate's definition and history of the filibuster How the filibuster has stood in the path of the rights of African Americans - Wash. Post 2020 Election...


Episode #9 - Asian American history

We're back for the final episode in our three-part series on Asians in America with a look back at Asian American history, which is deeper and more profound in the writing of the American story than it's given credit for. We also conclude the episode - our first during AAPI Heritage Month - with some thoughts on how to move forward in solidarity with the planned infrastructure bill, and how it may help all undeserved communities in America. Key Facts about Asian Americans (Pew Research...


Episode #8 - Asian American issues in the media

We're back with Episode #8 - the second of our three part series on Asians in America. In this episode, we will look at how the media covers violence against Asians, and also give some media training so you can help write draft of your own history. Capt. Jay Baker comments (WXIA Atlanta) March 17th CNN Article: “Fetishized, sexualized and marginalized, Asian women are uniquely vulnerable to violence.” March 18th NY Times: “How Racism and Sexism Intertwine to Torment Asian-American...


Episode #7 - Thu Quach, PIVOT & One Nation

Episode #7 begins our focus on the Asian-American diaspora with our very first podcast interview! Thu Quach of Asian Health Services & co-founder of the Progressive Vietnamese American Organization (PIVOT). Thu's amazing journey has inspired many - from advocating for immigrants during the Trump Administration, to caring for the community during the COVID pandemic. Her work continues with AHS, PIVOT, and One Nation AAPI - and she's just getting started! We will have a second podcast within...


Episode #6: What is 'Radical', anyway?

We’re happy to be back with Episode #6, where we want to ask a big question: What is ‘radical’, anyway? We want to Catch you Up To Speed on other eras in American History that were seen as ‘radical’, but in retrospect seem necessary, even essential. We’re also moving into re-working our format, and will bring regular examples of our ‘4 Tips for following the News’, while setting the stage for even more new themes and features for future episodes. Links: Click here for some background on...


Episode #5: Legacy of the Capitol Riot & What's next?

A Capitol Riot, a failed insurrection, a second impeachment, and a new President. Welcome to January, 2021. We return to catch you up on why the events of January 6th will effect us all far beyond the Trump presidency. Are we at the start of a 'Third Reconstruction', and were the events of January 6th a preview of a new 'Redeemer' movement? Is the recent push for domestic terror laws reminiscent of the push for the Patriot Act in the wake of 9/11? We will talk about all of that while...


Episode #4 - It HAS Happened here...

2021 is upon us, and we return to talk about political coups in America. With the Trump Administration seeking ways to retain their power as Inauguration Day approaches, we catch you up on coups - both attempted and successful - that are already part of our history. Catch up more with information from these links: The Battle of LIberty Place, New Orleans, 1874 Plots against the President (Sally Denton) The Wilmington, NC Massacre of 1898


Episode #3 election wrap-up

We're back with some thoughts about the 2020 election, political trends to watch for in 2021, and some history on the Senate in advance of Georgia's dual elections in January. Show Links: Click here for Vox's article on President Trump's next post-election moves. Here is the profile piece on Chuck Rocha Here is the link for the Reuters Institute Digital News Report You can find Tom Bonier's assessment of the AAPI vote here. And here is more information on Stop AAPI Hate 2020.


Episode #2:The Black Vote in America

This presidential election season has produced a battle for black voters unlike any in recent election history. Black voters have been reliably democratic for several generations, but the history of the black vote shows that this voting group has shifted before - and may be charting a new path yet again. Podcaster's Note: There are a LOT of sources for this episode, here are some of the key ones: Black Reconstruction in America, W.E.B. DuBois The Second Founding, Eric Foner Kennedy and...


Episode #1: The Intro & 4 tips to Navigate the News

Welcome to the inaugural episode of our new podcast! Our first episode focuses on four tips for consuming media: 1) Don’t look for absolute truth in the news, for it’s just the first draft of history. 2) Consider all sources critically -- including the top newspapers. 3) Follow the money, and you’ll see who pays to influence media narratives. 4) Let go of binary thinking. Liberal v. conservative is a 20th-century construct, and will increasingly become obsolete. We give you a lot of...