The Flaming Sword of Justice, with Ben Wikler






June 2012
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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
Category:general -- posted at: 7:36pm EDT

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
Category:general -- posted at: 11:29pm EDT

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
Category:general -- posted at: 12:07pm EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT