The Flaming Sword of Justice, with Ben Wikler






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Andy Barr tells the story of working with Al Franken on the path from comedian to Senator--from the formation of Team Franken, the research operation behind 2003's Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right, through driving a tank on a USO tour, through election night 2008... and a very long night it was. 

Direct download: Sword_2012_05_06.mp3
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Christine Roque, activist and journalist from the Philippines, describes her experience of the SMS-fueled 2001 uprising that bloodlessly overthrew the government--as a 15-year-old. Plus, the fascinating back story of a journalist massacre.

Direct download: Sword_2012_04_29.mp3
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Billy Wimsatt, aka Upski, is a behind-the-scenes, and sometimes in-front-of-the-scenes, force in national progressive politics--but he was a force to be reckoned with long before he started thinking about political power. On a special Flaming Sword of Justice, hear Billy's backstory--how he went from writing the book Bomb the Suburbs to write Please Don't Bomb the Suburbs without changing his underlying commitment to justice.

Direct download: Sword_2012_04_08.mp3
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Sam McLean and Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman tell how they helped GetUp!, Australia's online advocacy group, end a national government's 11-year regime, bring home a Guantanamo prisoner, and transform their national politics forever.

Direct download: Sword_2012_04_01.mp3
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Holden Karnofsky of tells the story of his attempt to rewrite the rules for how $200+ billion a year in philanthropy is given away -- from a side project of some hedge-fund young guns, to a dream in a cockroach-ridden closet of an apartment in the East Village, to a reality moving millions of dollars a year to save lives.

Direct download: Sword_2012_03_25.mp3
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The back stories of two unlikely activists, both of whom have changed the world through the power of information--but are in certain key respects dissimilar: Bradley Manning and Roger Ailes. Our guests: Chase Madar, author of The Passion of Bradley Manning, and Ari Rabin-Havt, author of The Fox Effect: How Roger Ailes Turned a Network Into a Propaganda Machine.

Direct download: Sword_2012_03_18.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:36am EST

John Raskin beats the West Side Stadium; Aaron Swartz tells the surprising story of zoning and urban sprawl; and Ben Wikler tells how he got started in activism fighting a Coca-Cola deal in local schools.

Direct download: Sword_2012_03_11.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:38am EST

Anna Rose, Simon Sheikh, and Ben Margetts tell the story of Australia's climate movement -- from college friendship to national legislative victory, with a marriage along the way. 

Direct download: Sword_2012_02_26.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:57am EST

Zack Exley on the creation of the New Organizing Institute and inside Wikipedia; Randy Parraz on the epic Arizona immigration recall rebellion.

Direct download: Sword_2012_02_19.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:17pm EST

Three awesome Brooklynites: Irin Carmon, freshly returned to Brooklyn from Guatemala, spoke talk about what it looks like at the other end of the US deportation system; Amanda Marcotte guided us through the real politics and realpolitik of Obama, contraception, and the religious right; and Justin Krebs revealed the premise and promise of Drinking Liberally, which promotes democracy one pint at a time.

Direct download: Sword_2012_02_12.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:44am EST

Brianna Cayo Cotter on the Verizon fee fight; Stephen Geer remembers 2008.

Direct download: Sword_2012_02_05.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:51am EST

#3: College pals vs Keystone XL

The back stories of two awesome wins: Daniel Mintz on the progressive campaign that drove Obama's new investigation of the mortgage fraud behind the Great Recession, and May Boeve on the mind-blowing story of the group of college friends who created Step It Up,, and fueled the Keystone XL victory. Plus, the inside scoop on Ben Wikler's unexpectedly short haircut!

Direct download: Sword_2012_01_29.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:59pm EST

Ben Brandzel reviews the supermovements of 2011 and takes us back to the uprising in Wisconsin, Deepa Gupta pulls into the heart of the historic anti-corruption uprising in India, and Aaron Swartz tells the fullest, behind-the-scenes-est, where-it-all-really-started-est story of the SOPA/Internet censorship story that American broadcasting has ever dared air.

Direct download: Sword_2012_01_22.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:46am EST

Ricken Patel of, Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman of, and Garlin Gilchrist II of in a dot-org smorgasbord of truth, freedom, and--of course!--flaming, swordful justice. 

Direct download: Sword_2012_01_15.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:35am EST