“The future is unwritten; we will write it.” ✍️

On this week’s episode: we’re talking about how connecting with people on the Fediverse for only one week has started to free our brains from the lies of corporate social media, how colonialism rears its ugly head within the details of music copyright laws, why kidney transplants are perhaps cooler than you’d imagined, and how—as potentially terrifying a moment as this week’s US election may be—we are still the ones who will write the future.

Links:
https://joinmastodon.org/
https://locusmag.com/2019/03/cory-doctorow-terra-nullius/

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“Join us next time on Celebrity Coincidences!” ⭐️

On this week’s episode: we’re talking about how the people of Brazil might have saved the planet this week, how the “Fediverse” has inspired us to love the internet again, why anti-monopoly enforcers are heroes, how the disgraced former president is still trying to take a wrecking ball to democracy, and how a bit of little-known Julia Roberts trivia ties her to a major historical figure and makes us smile.

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“Anti-semitism is bad; Halloween is good.” 🎃

We’re officially back for Season 5! We’re talking about how great it is when the government we’ve elected actually does good stuff for us, how monopolies suck, why Shannon has become a cold-blooded murderer, why we can’t merely ignore Kanye West’s hate speech, what it feels like to go out of your depth, and — inspired by Jamie’s birthday — just how very old we all are, with a fun perspective brought to us courtesy of Seinfeld’s George Costanza.

Here’s the link for Vote Save America, in case you need to get registered / learn about your local ballot issues / sign up to volunteer (HINT HINT).

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“We’re (almost) back!”

On this week’s episode: we’re back-ish from summer break! We’re starting a whole new season … but not for realsies until the second half of October when we’ve gotten back from a work trip for Jamie. For now, we’re just stopping in to say hi and see you soon! We’re so excited to resume our ongoing conversation with you. ❤️

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“Be a soft landing place for someone else’s heart.” ❤️‍🩹

It’s our last podcast before summer break! For the first time in American history, the Supreme Court has removed legal protections for a fundamental human right. We share how we’re processing our emotions around this development, what it signals about future moves by the white christian fascist movement to cement their power and establish minority-rule authoritarianism here, and some concrete steps we can take to channel our energy into fighting the hell back.

We also debut the final song from our album project — “Good to Me” — which is centered on the personal commitments we’ll need to make to ourselves in this time, in order to cultivate peace in our spirits, and to access and use our power.

Links:

abortionfunds.org

votesaveamerica.com/midterm-madness

fourmore.us

mitch hedberg

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“No such thing as a sober fascist.” 🍸

We’re talking about the vulnerability hangover Shannon had after finishing the writing for the last song of her album, the sober birthday celebration of the fact that Jamie’s last actual hangover was 18 years ago, and how we think it’s impossible for someone who’s legitimately done their inner work to be a fascist (lookin’ at you, Texas Republicans — the platform you just adopted is telling on the black hole of your souls).

Links:

https://aftontickets.com/ShipwreckedMusicFestival
https://misfitstars.com/2021-sobriety-series/
https://statuskuo.substack.com/p/the-texas-gop-just-went-full-fascist

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“It’s easier to con a man than convince him he’s been conned.” 🦝

This “been conned” theme runs through a couple of our conversation topics today: the mind-bending / heartbreaking unreality in which MAGA folks exist, and the bombshell evidence the Jan. 6 Commission is revealing about the coup attempted by the disgraced former president.

We also talk about some sexy anti-monopoly action coming down the pike, and we make the world debut of our new song, “Serenity.”

Links:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2022/06/12/election-suspicion-georgia-greene-trump/
https://mattstoller.substack.com/p/torpedoes-in-the-water
https://current.thedispatch.com/p/getting-smart-on-intelligence

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“Freedom, order, and violence.” 🦅

We’re getting smart about topics that are painfully useful in 2022! 😭 Like what exactly do white Christian nationalists believe about America, and what implications does that have for the rest of us? What can we, as individuals, do to reduce gun deaths? How big, exactly, is a blue whale’s heart? (Ok, that one’s not painful at all.) And what do we have in common with a two-headed calf? (Also not painful, but very lovely, in fact.)

YLE firearms article: https://yourlocalepidemiologist.substack.com/p/firearms-what-you-can-do-right-now

NY Magazine Christian nationalism article: https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2022/06/white-christian-nationalism-is-a-threat-to-democracy.html

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“I’m so sorry about your terrible hobby.” 🙄

We are arming ourselves with facts for the gun reform debate! 💪🏻 And also with knowledge about the specific ways in which the very tiny minority of gun nuts try to confuse that debate in order to delay us and stop us from taking any action on gun control.

We also take a lovely detour into ancient language, gain some spiritual inspiration from an NBA star, and share our new song, “I Am.”

• call your senators: 202-224-3121
https://votesaveamerica.com
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/ultraconserved-words-ice-age-language-study_n_3228664
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-science-is-clear-gun-control-saves-lives/

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“What the river told me.” 🏞

Oof. It’s another horrifying day in a horrifying time in the so-called home of the brave. We spend a lot of our conversation doing unfiltered and honest exploration of our thoughts and feelings about the mass gun murder at a Texas elementary school, and how it connects to the broader landscape of rising fascism in America.

We also talk about the message a river had for us yesterday: how making a conscious connection to something bigger and more everlasting than this moment in history may be essential for us to survive it, and to love ourselves and each other through it.