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As two former journalists, we catch you up to speed on the history behind current events -- and give you tools to navigate the news. Because we can’t afford to be under informed at a transformative time such as this.

Catch Me Up 2 Speed Ralph Gaston & Joan Obra

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As two former journalists, we catch you up to speed on the history behind current events -- and give you tools to navigate the news. Because we can’t afford to be under informed at a transformative time such as this.

    Episode 18- the Courts & Constitution, Part II

    Episode 18- the Courts & Constitution, Part II

    We're back with the second installment of our Courts & Constitution episodes! In Part II we continue the discussion about SCOTUS' role in interpreting the Constitution, and the potential of the highly important Moore vs. Harper case to set more uncharted precedent. We also examine the movement by well-funded groups to rewrite the Constitution, which could concentrate power even more in the hands of the few.
     
    Moore v. Harper - SCOTUSBlog.com
    Elections Clause, US Constitution
    SCOTUS' biggest case this term threatens American Democracy - Washington Post
    ​​Republicans' next big play - re-writing the Constitution (Business Insider)
    13th - ALEC & Stand your Ground laws (YouTube)
    The right is seeking to re-write the Constitution - Center for Media & Democracy
    Who is Barre Seid? (The Hill)
    Patagonia founder donates company to fight climate change - CNBC.com
    State of money in politics - opensecrets.org
    Rebecca Solnit: Hope is an embrace of the unknown - The Guardian

    • 39 min
    Episode #17: The Courts & The Constitution, Part I

    Episode #17: The Courts & The Constitution, Part I

    The first of a two-part series on the Federal Courts & the Constitution, Part I focuses on the history & ideologies driving SCOTUS decisions today.
    uscourts.gov - basic info on the Supreme Court
    Justice Antonin Scalia on Charlie Rose Show: Philosophy of an Originalist
    Elie Mystal: Allow Me to Retort: A Black Guy's Guide to the Constitution
    SCOTUS ‘should reconsider’ contraception, same-sex marriage rulings (POLITICO)
    Justice Sotomayor on 60 Minutes, 2013 (excerpt)
    A second Constitutional Convention? Some Republicans want to force one (NY Times)

    • 23 min
    Episode #16: Reset, Refresh, Review

    Episode #16: Reset, Refresh, Review

    We are back with Season #2 of Catch Me Up To Speed!  Our second season begins with a review of our 5 news tips in action. We showcase the coverage of California primary election results as an example of how these tips can work in concert to provide a fuller view of current news events.
    NY Times: Progressive Backlash in CA Fuels Dem Debate on crime (June 8, 2022)
    Newsweek: Progressives face urban revolt (June 8, 2022)
    Mission Local: on the SF Recall (Prop H)
    Alec Karakatsanis Substack: How to Spin an Election (June 9, 2022)
    NY Magazine: CA 'Law & Order' narrative didn't survive late returns
    LA Times: CA primary lesson for pundits:Don’t speak too soon in the age of mail-in voting (June 22nd)
    Philadelphia Inquirer: PA House to investigate DA Krassner
    Philadelphia Inquirer: Committee to Investigate DA Krassner's office selected (July 13th, 2022)

    • 24 min
    Episode #15: Exceptional women of Black History Month w/Kortnei Morris

    Episode #15: Exceptional women of Black History Month w/Kortnei Morris

    Our first podcast of 2022 features special guest Kortnei Morris, who gets us up to speed on 4 exceptional black women as a fitting send-off to Black History Month: Ida B. Wells, Fannie Lou Hamer, Pauli Murray, and Susie Revels Cayton.
    Bio of Ida B. Wells-Barnett
    Fannie Lou Hamer
    https://www.paulimurraycenter.com/
    Susie Revels Cayton
    https://www.jstor.org/

    • 49 min
    Episode #14: The Forgotten foreign policies of FDR & JFK

    Episode #14: The Forgotten foreign policies of FDR & JFK

    We're back with Episode #14, where we take a look at how  our foreign policy is shaped in politics & media, the array of think tanks that do the shaping, and two popular past foreign policy visions that are all but forgotten: FDR's 'Good Neighbor' policy and JFK's 'Alliance for Progress.'
    JFK Revisited: Through the Looking Glass (Showtime)
    Global Go-To Think Tank index report (2020)
    Anti-colonial policies of FDR (JStor, Political Science Quarterly)
    JFK & Hammarskjold vs. the Power Elite (James Dieugenio)
    HR McMaster on Afghanistan (PBS News Hour, August 16, 2021)
    Kennedy, Johnson & the nonaligned World (Robert Rakove)
    Battling Wall Street (Donald Gibson)

    • 32 min
    Episode #13: From Jim Crow to abortion: the courts & our rights

    Episode #13: From Jim Crow to abortion: the courts & our rights

    Some call the Texas Heartbeat Act a novel way to ban abortions. But this style of law, enforced by bounty hunters instead of state governments, isn’t new: It’s a return to laws during slavery and Jim Crow. In this episode, we’ll look at how the courts permitted these laws in the past -- and how they paved the way for Texas’ current abortion law. 
    Supreme Court declines hearing on Texas 'Heartbeat' Act (NY Times)
    Is there a 'Fetal Heartbeat' at 6 weeks? (LiveScience)
    Heather Cox Richardson: Texas law aims at Civil Rights as well as abortion
    Justice Sotomayor's dissent (The Nation)
    Fugitive Slave Act of 1850
    Origins of the Religious Right (POLITICO)
    The 'Fifth Circuit Four'
    US Justice Dept. sues Texas over abortion law (NY Times)

    • 29 min

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