The Good Fight, with Ben Wikler
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info_outline Sen. Gillibrand, sexual assault, and the fight to fix military justice (Rerun from #5) 08/06/2015
Sen. Gillibrand, sexual assault, and the fight to fix military justice (Rerun from #5) Women and men who serve in uniform often face an enemy within their own ranks: sexual assault. In this story, newly remastered from The Good Fight's 5th episode in December 2013, we tell the story of survivor Trina McDonald as she went from enlistee to victim to survivor to fearless advocate, and how she joined forces with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand to take on the system that had failed her.
info_outline 44: How Al Franken beat Comcast and saved the Internet 06/27/2015
44: How Al Franken beat Comcast and saved the Internet One monopoly to rule them all: Comcast's attempt to gobble up Time Warner threatened the very Internet as we know it. But one senator fought back.
info_outline 42: Coal, you're going to lose. You too, ALEC. 04/14/2015
42: Coal, you're going to lose. You too, ALEC. Spring is finally here. Daffodils dancing int he breeze, pollen collecting on car roofs, and the symphony of coughs filling the air. It's not just allergies that are making it hard to breathe. It's also coal. Ending coal fired power is the best weapon against the US's asthma epidemic. Host Ben Wikler checks in With Mary Anne Hitt, the Director of the Sierra Club's beyond Coal Campaign, about her recent victories. And Nick Rathod brings Ben up to speed ont he progress of the young but mighty State Innovation Exchange, Progressive's best weapon against the evil ALEC. Here comes the sun!
info_outline 41: We're back! Had a baby. Got Kickstarted. And talked to three heroes. 03/25/2015
41: We're back! Had a baby. Got Kickstarted. And talked to three heroes. So much glory: Kickstarter triumph, new baby, and encore visits from three beloved guests. Sister Simone gets back on the nun bus; Shannon Watts faces down the NRA; and Garlin Gilchrist makes us all want to move to Detroit. http://tgf.fm/41
info_outline 40: Why #BlackLivesMatter 02/04/2015
40: Why #BlackLivesMatter Co-founder Alicia Garza shares the story of how #BlackLivesMatter began—and how it became the rallying cry for a movement, ignited by tragedy, that is fighting for survival. http://tgf.fm/40 And back the show by Feb 5 here: http://tgf.fm/ks
info_outline VIDEO: Kickstarter for Good Fight, Year Two. Featuring Al Franken. 01/29/2015
VIDEO: Kickstarter for Good Fight, Year Two. Featuring Al Franken. Want more Good Fight magic in the world? This is the moment to help, at tgf.fm/ks. We're running a Kickstarter campaign to raise $100,000 for our second year of shows, and we're already halfway there—but if we don't raise $50,000 more in the next seven days, it all disappears.
info_outline 38: How the kid with two moms saved the Boy Scouts 12/03/2014
38: How the kid with two moms saved the Boy Scouts Zach Wahls, as a teenage Eagle Scout, gave a speech that changed the nation. If you ever clicked the headline "Two lesbians had a baby, and this is what they got," that speech was what you got—a speech that shifted the way millions of people thought about marriage equality. But as it turned out, that speech was just his warm-up act. On the latest Good Fight, Zach Wahls tell his extraordinary story—a tale of family, growing up, and a David-and-Goliath struggle to rescue the soul of a great American institution.
info_outline 37: What $10 million buys you in U.S. politics 11/17/2014
37: What $10 million buys you in U.S. politics Mayday SuperPAC, Lawrence Lessig's anti-corruption moonshot, lost nearly all of its races in the 2014 midterms. Does that mean it failed? Or does the shadow of money in politics extend beyond mere wins and losses? Professor Lessig and the Progressive Campaign Change Committee's Adam Green take us behind the vote tally and into the heart of the campaign-finance darkness for part 3 of The Good Fight's Mayday 2014 trilogy. http://tgf.fm/37
info_outline 36: Turn Out For What 10/29/2014
36: Turn Out For What 2014 was the election that young people were supposed to ignore. But then came the voting anthem nobody can stop humming. Today on The Good Fight, the inside story of Turn Out For What—as recounted by Rock The Vote's Ashley Spillane and Dan McSwain, and featuring the voices of Lil Jon, Lena Dunham, Fred Armisen, and Whoopi Goldberg. It's the electoral viral mega-hit of the year, 10 million views strong, exactly when we need it most.
info_outline 35: The progressive secret weapon 10/24/2014
35: The progressive secret weapon Conservatives might have money, but progressives have something even more powerful: science. That's right: gigantic, statistically valid, scientifically rigorous experiments about the best way to win elections.
info_outline 34: Fed up with the economy? 10/16/2014
34: Fed up with the economy? Why haven't wages risen in 40 years? It's not just bad luck. The mostly invisible, ultra-powerful folks who run at the Federal Reserve have gone to great lengths to keep it that way. When too many people get jobs, when pay starts going up... wham! They knock things back down again.
info_outline 33: Inside the ginormous, huge-tastic climate march 09/26/2014
33: Inside the ginormous, huge-tastic climate march They promised the biggest climate march in world history. But when the big morning arrived, the Weather app showed a thundercloud.
info_outline 32: Will police body cameras prevent the next Ferguson? 09/15/2014
32: Will police body cameras prevent the next Ferguson? The killing of Michael Brown, and the military-style police crackdown that followed, exposed millions of Americans to the wide-open Pandora's Box that is the American way of law enforcement. In the weeks since, as the nation wrestled with fundamental questions of race and justice, media across the country have alighted on what seems like an easy answer: just put cameras on the police!
info_outline 31: Mayday Super PAC Strikes Back 08/26/2014
31: Mayday Super PAC Strikes Back Lawrence Lessig's Mayday Super PAC stunned the political world by raising $7 million to fight corruption. Now comes the hard part: using money in politics to kick money out of politics. Lessig returns to the show to bring us inside the battle.
info_outline 30: Garlin Gilchrist II: Detroit, diaspora, and destiny 08/13/2014
30: Garlin Gilchrist II: Detroit, diaspora, and destiny Before the Win Report, before MoveOn.org, Garlin Gilchrist II was exactly the person Detroit couldn't afford to lose: a brilliant, entrepreneurial computer engineer and civic patriot. He left. But now he's back. Here's his story. http://tgf.fm/30
info_outline 29: Live from Netroots 07/20/2014
29: Live from Netroots The soon-to-be legendary live taping of The Good Fight from Netroots Nation 2014! Hear amazing stories from NARAL president Ilyse Hogue and newly-elected NEA president Lily Eskelsen Garcia, thrill to a live Win Report with Garlin Gilchrist II, and march through the streets with Mark Ruffalo and a big crowd of Detroiters as they try to get their water turned back on. Netroots is a massive annual gathering of progressive activists, organizers, and media/tech people; featured speakers this year included Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren. But the highight of it all happened in room 320: the Good Fight Live.
info_outline 28: Cory Booker and Rand Paul: partners on crime 07/16/2014
28: Cory Booker and Rand Paul: partners on crime For decades, criminal justice reform was political Kryptonite. But Cory Booker isn't from Krypton. Booker joins us to explain why he's tackling this fight—and how, in a Festivus miracle of bipartisanship, he teamed up with Rand Paul. http://tgf.fm/28
info_outline 27: War on women? Meet the resistance 07/11/2014
27: War on women? Meet the resistance UltraViolet co-founder Nita Chaudhary takes us behind the scenes in the insurgent, devastatingly effective campaign to make the anti-feminist backlash backfire. The strategy: using cutting-edge online advocacy to put a political and economic price on sexism. The good news: it's working. Hobby Lobby, watch out. Find background info, links to sources, and how to get involved here: http://tgf.fm/27
info_outline Win Report: Hobby Lobby, Hillary, and the Beyonce voters 07/03/2014
Win Report: Hobby Lobby, Hillary, and the Beyonce voters In this week's Win Report, the Supreme Court rules on Hobby Lobby blocking birth control and home-care workers' rights. Good news and bad news on climate change. Plus, marriage equality in Kentucky, a gay police chief in South Carolina, and more updates from around the country.
info_outline 25: Lawrence Lessig, Aaron Swartz, and the Super PAC to end Super PACs 06/24/2014
25: Lawrence Lessig, Aaron Swartz, and the Super PAC to end Super PACs What if you’re doing the wrong thing with your life? That’s what 20-year-old Aaron Swartz asked Lawrence Lessig. In response, Lessig transformed his career. Today, he’s got an insanely audacious plan to kick billionaires out of politics… with help from billionaires. Hear his story: http://tgf.fm/25
info_outline Win Report: Rick Perry said what?! 06/20/2014
Win Report: Rick Perry said what?! A stand-alone Win Report! The latest victories and defeats in progressive fights throughout the country, including Gov. Rick Perry's stupid comment about homosexuality and Obama's recent and awesome executive orders. http://tgf.fm/WR0620
info_outline 24: The 347 climate wins you've never heard of 06/11/2014
24: The 347 climate wins you've never heard of Obama's new carbon pollution rules are the biggest step ever taken by the U.S. government to fight climate change—but they're not the biggest step taken by the country. The most important win is one that's taken place invisibly, in city by city battles over the last decade: a grassroots campaign that's blocked 90% of proposed coal-fired power plants (182 in all) and shut down a third of the existing coal plants in the nation—165 and counting.
info_outline 23: The plot to bring democracy to America 05/28/2014
23: The plot to bring democracy to America The National Popular Vote campaign is on track to do the impossible: fix the broken, crazy, undemocratic way the USA picks its presidents. The New Yorker's Hendrik Hertzberg takes us inside the fight. Plus, a new Win Report.
info_outline 22: You've got to hear this preacher 05/16/2014
22: You've got to hear this preacher Rev. Jim Wallis left evangelical Christianity to fight for social justice—and then found his vocation by mixing them together. Now, he's a spiritual adviser to Obama, a force in immigration, and our guest. Plus: a new Win Report. http://tgf.fm/22
info_outline 21: Beating the Koch brothers 05/06/2014
21: Beating the Koch brothers The documentary Citizen Koch was almost crushed by the Koch brothers' power. But filmmakers Tia Lessin and Carl Deal fought back. Today, the story behind the movie America's ultra-conservative power brokers don't want you to see.
info_outline 20: Minimum wage myths, busted 04/24/2014
20: Minimum wage myths, busted Opponents of raising the minimum wage like to claim that economists are on their side. They're wrong. In this episode: the truth about minimum wage economics, the fight in the field, and the reason the jobs debate is a sideshow. Learn more at http://thegoodfight.fm/20