Episode 12: Climate Change Says What?

Climate change. Have you thought about it today? How about yesterday? How about tomorrow? Not to put too fine a point on it, but what's your plan? This week, your hosts discuss climate change stories in the news (and more importantly, the lack of them as seen here, here and here), Summer's Twitter polling, Jesse's adventures with science fiction meat substitution products, wondering if we need to be vegan, the dead-for-the-moment AHCA bill (bye!), one host's possible impending trip to Russia (yes really), and finally, Jonathan's awesome and catchy ode to Flippin' Flynn.

This week, it's just your folksy, friendly hosts, sitting around and talking the talk. Summer, Jonathan and Jesse got together during the snowstorm to record their thoughts about affordable health care, the welfare state, the Overton window, and switching Trump and Clinton's genders. A special shout-out to cosplay wizard Ginny McQueen, who sent us all some resistance t-shirts!

Here is Jonathan's 2nd-favorite podcast On the Media, busting up myths about poverty in America. Also from that wonderful service called public radio, check out this look at two decades of welfare reform on Marketplace. This is a further explanation of the Overton window, aka the window of discourse. The Clinton/Trump genderbender is well worth a watch. And here is the montage of front page news about 24 million losing healthcare.

Episode 10: Praise for a Drunk 10-Year-Old

This week on The 451, your hosts aren't ashamed that they skipped out on the Congressional Address. That speech is still a good lead-in to talking about punditry, the old Malaysian Airlines 24/7 news cycle, Twitter conspiracies and uh, Russia. Their guest is the estimable Janai Nelson, associate director-counsel of the NAACP LDF, who has been down in Texas (with a broken leg!) fighting a court battle over some ugly voter ID laws.

Here is more info on G.W. Bush's "inner Rembrandt." For a comprehensive look at state-by-state voter restrictions, check out "Democracy Diminished", a thorough (and alarming) report from the LDF. This is the recent Supreme Court victory Ms. Nelson discussed, in the controversial case of Buck vs. Davis. And here are a few recent resistance profiles from Jesse in GOOD magazine: Joss Whedon, Maxine Waters and Sherrilyn Ifill of the LDF.

Episode 9: Sovietology

This week on The 451, your hosts mull over how happy they should feel about Flynn's departure, panicking about rumors, enacting change on the micro level, and Trump's gastrointestinal health. Their guest is conservative professor, author and expert on Russia/nuclear proliferation, Tom Nichols.

Check out Adam Gopnik's Talk of the Town from last week, looking at Trump's radical anti-Americanism. Find out if there is a Showing Up For Racial Justice (SURJ) chapter in your area (or start one if there isn't). And check out the latest book from this week's guest, The Death of Expertise (couldn't be more relevant!)

 

Episode 8: The More You Know

This week our discussion centers around unlikely pockets of resistance, cabinet nominees and Supreme Court concessions, and the Muslim ban. Summer talks with fact checker Talia Lavin—who gives a good crash course on media and information literacy.

If you want to keep track of how your senators are voting, this is a great resource. Here is the story Jonathan mentioned about electoral redistricting in Wisconsin, and Miami's mayor, who just decided to give up his sanctuary city status, is up for election in 2017.

Episode 7: Love And Hope

Trump is now the President. It happened, and on the heels of the ever-so-empowering Women's March, your 451 hosts are figuring out how to deal. This may not be the most hopeful episode you've heard, but hey. Sometimes we all just need to navigate unpleasant truths together. Luckily this week we spoke to someone with a phenomenal message of hope, Brooklyn rabbi and equal rights activist Rachel Timoner. Let her sage words give you a boost.

ICYMI, here is the story (with great visuals) about Greenpeace hanging a Resist banner over the White House. If you want to nerd out on how authoritarian regimes acquire and maintain power, Summer suggests you read Ambiguities of Domination. Keith Ellison talked to Ezra Klein about the importance of getting out and knocking on every door (for building an anti-Trump coalition, and beyond). And Swing Left is a smart initiative to help build up progressive members of Congress (their staff members are now public).

 

Episode 6: Hard To Say Goodbye

This week on The FourFiftyOne we come to grips with a hard truth: Tomorrow is the inauguration of that guy, and it seems to really be happening. Still, the future is unwritten and giving up isn't an option. Our guest this week is the outspoken Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, who is boycotting inauguration and has some words of hope and inspiration for our listeners.

We mention Susan Hennessey's alarming piece on the other compromising info the Russians might have on Trump; the Fisa warrant that may or may not have been requested by the FBI; how Vladislav Surkov's plans for Russia may be mirrored in the U.S.; Rep. Maxine Waters delivers the best press conference you've ever seen in 21 delicious seconds; Rebecca Solnit gives a powerful interview with Bob Garfield, and reminds us of her inspirational read, Hope in the Dark; our spirits were lifted by Christopher Noxon's graphic essay that connects our current struggles with the civil rights movement; while we're at it, John Lewis' graphic novel March is a must-read; and we get ready for the weekend.

Episode 5: Thor's Day Debut (Mini Episode Update)

Welcome to The 451's first "minisode", as we transition our weekly release day from Mondays to Thursdays. This week Jesse, Jonathan and Summer each give their favorite lists of resistance actions, talk about how hard it is to use words, and kick off The Official 451 Book Club. (Don't shop at Amazon, okay?) The episode ends with a call to action from none other than Martin Luther King Jr.

Talia Levin (aka Chick in Kiev), a fact-checker for the New Yorker, has a daily tinyletter with concrete resistance actions for your inbox. Another fact-checking wiz is Susan Rogan, who emails out her Rogan's List of ways to resist each day. If you'd rather get your marching orders in one weekly lump email, Wall of Us sends out a quartet of resistance actions every Sunday night. And one of our listeners called in to share her new collective of Brooklyn artists called the Everyday Project, giving "simple daily actions to prepare for a Trump presidency." Also, if you want to read a powerful (and highly relevant) book along with your podcast hosts, check out Dark Money by Jane Mayer, which we will be discussing on the show in the not-too-distant future.

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Episode 4: Never Give Up, Never Surrender

This week on The FourFiftyOne, hosts Summer, Jesse and Jonathan kibitz about locking down your cybersecurity, saving Congressional ethics, the ACA, jerks on Twitter, and Jesse's houseboat dreams. They also pause to remember that Republicans are human beings who might hold the door open or let you merge into oncoming traffic. The guest this week is Emily Ellsworth, editor and former Republican Congressional aide whose post-election Twitter advice was read by upwards of 25 million citizens. As always, hope springs eternal.

The Crash Override Network is an easy, handy guide to locking down your cybersecurity, especially helpful if you're being swarmed by trolls (cough cough, Summer). Call the Halls is Emily Ellsworth's one-stop resource for contacting politicians the smart way. Here is a fun photo of Republicans laughing about millions of uninsured people. And here is the geeked-out sci-fi reference that gave this episode its name. In our postscript, Summer updates us on Congressman Eric Swalwell's Protect Our Democracy Act.

 

Episode 3: Naming Names

So 2016 is over, and your podcast hosts have hope for the new year; hope that there won't be mutually assured nuclear destruction in 2017, hope that there won't be Muslim internment camps, and hope that...our future selves won't look back at 2016 and think, "That year was pretty decent by comparison." This week Summer, Jesse and Jonathan discuss the real things that provide them that hope (Spoiler: Republican politicians, again), nuclear nightmares, what Bernie is up to, preserving your sanity when it's pushed to the limits, and delicious hot chocolate. We also have esteemed scholar Samir Chopra on the show to talk about what active resistance needs to look like (Spoiler 2: you'll need to leave your house). 

Links for this week: An Economist poll showed that more than half of Trump voters (and some Democrats) still believe in the conspiracy theories behind Pizzagate, as well as Hillary Clinton's obvious Satan worship. Award-winning composer Michael Friedman put together a fantastic songbook based on interviews with Trump supporters and others during the election cycle. The Washington Post plans to add 60 newsroom jobs. This is the strong piece written by this week's guest Samir Chopra on resisting a Muslim registry similar to or worse than the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS). The Action Group Network, founded by House of Cards creator Beau Willimon, is an easy way to start/join small resistance groups in your community. Rise When We Fall aims to utilize effective Tea Party tactics of attending—and speaking out loudly at—Town Hall meetings. And once you have that calming cup of hot chocolate in front of you, here is Eric Schlosser's deep dive into the state of our nuclear arsenal, World War Three, By Mistake.

Episode 2: Saving Artax

So, how 'bout them politics goin' on? This week, hosts Summer, Jesse and Jonathan discuss the electoral college vote, the abnormality of Trump, and the case for hope. Authoritarian scholar Dr. Sarah Kendzior joins The FourFiftyOne to talk about the dangers of rising autocracy, and California Congressman Eric Swalwell explains his bill to investigate Russian hacking of the 2016 election. (Artax is the name of the horse who dies in the Swamps of Sadness in the 1984 fantasy film The NeverEnding Story.)

Links for this week: Elizabeth Warren plans to introduce a bill to implement the emoluments clause; the Trump transition team has requested names of people working on gender equality in the State Department; some Trump voters are angry about his plans to defund Planned Parenthood; Sarah Kendzior's best-selling essay collection; and Eric Swalwell's Protect Our Democracy Act—the full text of the bill is here, and the hashtag is #ProtectOurDemocracy.