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The Signal, a podcast from the Bucks County Beacon, shines a light on the right-wing extremist currents streaming though Bucks County and beyond. Twice a month we will talk to guests who will help listeners navigate these perilous political waters by providing insight, analysis, and organizing solutions so that we can steer the community toward calmer, saner progressive waters.

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The Signal, a podcast from the Bucks County Beacon, shines a light on the right-wing extremist currents streaming though Bucks County and beyond. Twice a month we will talk to guests who will help listeners navigate these perilous political waters by providing insight, analysis, and organizing solutions so that we can steer the community toward calmer, saner progressive waters.

    The Signal | Getting the Demoratic Party's Message Out, with JoAnn Loulan

    The Signal | Getting the Demoratic Party's Message Out, with JoAnn Loulan

    JoAnn Loulan has been a political activist since college, demonstrating during the Vietnam War and fighting for civil rights, and then after college for lesbian visibility and political rights. She's written 3 books about that issue (Lesbian Sex, Lesbian Passion, and Lesbian Erotic Dance) and was on many talk shows back when there was little lesbian visibility. In addition, she has been on book tours talking with thousands of people throughout the US, Canada, and Europe.Her political work continued with raising money for many democratic candidates including Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.
    In 2017 she started Local Majority, an organization that writes research papers for state legislative candidates in swing states. These are informational and well-researched about topics germane to their state (including Pennsylvania for 3 cycles) that the Democratic party does not provide. The group has written over 300 papers and is currently working in Arizona. 
    In 2022 she along with Tracy Sherman started the Democratic Messaging Project. The purpose of this group is to work around the algorithm so people know what Democrats are doing, have done, and will do to make lives better. They do digital in-app messaging, rolling billboards that grassroots groups use to amplify their message, static billboards, and work on college campuses to educate and get the youth vote out. She is also a mother of 3, a grandmother of 3 and finally marrying her partner of 30 years. 
    Today we talk about the work these two organizations are doing heading into the 2024 election.
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    The Signal | A Conversation with Mike Wendling About His New Book "Day of Reckoning: The Far Right’s War on Democracy"

    The Signal | A Conversation with Mike Wendling About His New Book "Day of Reckoning: The Far Right’s War on Democracy"

    Mike Wendling is U.S. National Digital Reporter for the BBC, based in Chicago. In 2020, he co-founded the BBC News disinformation unit and was editor and presenter of Trending, the BBC World Service show that covers the world of social media. He has decades of experience covering extremism, the American far right, social media and disinformation. Today he joins us to talk about his new book, out May 20, called Day of Reckoning: The Far Right’s War on Democracy.
    Host Cyril Mychalejko’s 5 Book Recommendations to Further Shine a Light on the Issue
    Going Mainstream: How Extremists are Taking Over, by Julia Ebner
    The Undertow: Scenes from a Slow Civil War, by Jeff Sharlet
    The Power Worshippers: Inside the Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism, by Katherine Stewart
    Meme Wars: The Untold Story of the Online Battles Upending Democracy in America, by Joan Donovan, Emily Dreyfuss and Brian Friedberg
    They Want to Kill Americans: The Militias, Terrorists, and Deranged Ideology of the Trump Insurgency, by Malcolm Nance
    ALSO LISTEN TO:
    EPISODE 5 – The Growing Fascist Threat To American Democracy, With Jeff Sharlet
    EPISODE 7 – Understanding Backlash Politics And Religious Conservatives Inciting School Board Wars, With PRRI’s Melissa Deckman
    EPISODE 12 – The New Apostolic Reformation: A Revolutionary Theocratic Movement Coming For Pennsylvania, The Nation, And The World
    EPISODE 18 - The Christian Right’s Crusade for Power and War on Democracy, with Katherine Stewar
     

    • 51 min
    The Signal | Bucks County's Joe Khan Wants to Be Pennsylvania’s Next Attorney General

    The Signal | Bucks County's Joe Khan Wants to Be Pennsylvania’s Next Attorney General

    Before running for Attorney General, Joe Khan served as the Solicitor for Bucks County, where he was credited with “redefining the role of County Solicitor.” In addition to overseeing all litigation for the County, Joe built partnerships with other public entities to protect consumers and the environment through innovative litigation, including the first lawsuit of its kind against social media companies for fueling a youth mental health crisis. Joe also played an instrumental role in protecting Pennsylvanian’s voting rights when he defeated Trump’s lawyers' efforts to throw out votes in Bucks County and led a multi-county effort to defeat similar efforts throughout the Commonwealth. During his tenure with Bucks County, the Pennsylvania Bar Association recognized him as 2022’s Government Lawyer of the Year and the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania honored him with the Outstanding Solicitor Award.
    Before his time as Solicitor, Joe served for a decade as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, where he resolved high-stakes matters across southeastern Pennsylvania, including the prosecution of the largest Ponzi scheme ever committed in Delaware County, and led the historic City Hall corruption probes in Allentown and Reading. He began his career in the Philadelphia District Attorney's office focusing on prosecuting cases of sexual assault, child abuse, and domestic violence.
    Today Joe joins us to talk about why he believes his experience and vision for the office makes him the best candidate to ensure we have a Democratic Attorney General for the next 4 years. 
    https://www.joekhan.com/

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    The Signal | “Building a Greater Society: A Guide to Political Revolution for Millennials & Generation Z,” with Connor O’Hanlon

    The Signal | “Building a Greater Society: A Guide to Political Revolution for Millennials & Generation Z,” with Connor O’Hanlon

    On this special episode of The Signal we welcome Connor O’Hanlon onto the Show. Connor is Chair of the Democratic Party in Doylestown, PA, and has spent his young adulthood serving his community on multiple non-profit and governmental boards. Connor's passion for progressive change led him to run for office at the age of 23 and shortly thereafter he became Chairman of the local party.
    In his role as Director of Candidate Development for the Bucks County Democratic Committee, he has coached and aided dozens of candidates to successfully run for office. His interest and knowledge of politics are amplified by his education from the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania.
    Today we talk about Connor’s new book “Building a Greater Society: A Guide to Political Revolution for Millennials & Generation Z,” which you can pre-order now! 

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    The Signal | Fighting for Women’s Rights with 365 Foundation Executive Director Natalie Venezia

    The Signal | Fighting for Women’s Rights with 365 Foundation Executive Director Natalie Venezia

    Natalie Venezia is Executive Director of the 365 Foundation,  which promotes women's empowerment through art, advocacy, and community service. As a local, key figure in the feminist movement, Natalie is at the forefront of the Foundation's efforts to empower women and promote gender equality. Through strategic partnerships with local organizations and a steadfast commitment to advocating for women's rights, 365 Foundation is leaving a significant imprint on the Lansdale community, by fostering a more inclusive and equitable society. As we wind down Women’s History Month, I’m glad to welcome Natalie to the podcast to talk about her organization and how they are fighting for a better future for women – and everyone else.
    Host Cyril Mychalejko’s 5 Book Recommendations to Further Shine a Light on the Issue 
    After Misogyny: How the Law Fails Women and What to Do about It, by Julie Suk
    Lady Justice: Women, the Law, and the Battle to Save America, by Dahlia Lithwick
    Herstory: 50 Women and Girls Who Shook Up the World (Stories That Shook Up the World), by Katherine Halligan and Sarah Walsh (Illustrator)
    Feminism for the 99%: A Manifesto, by Cinzia Arruzza, Tithi Bhattacharya, and Nancy Fraser
    Books Through Bars: Stories From the Prison Books Movement, by Moira Marquis and Dave "Mac" Marquis 
    ALSO LISTEN TO:
    EPISODE 24 – Radical Independent Media, Feminist Struggles, and International Women’s Day: A View from Latin America, with Dawn Paley
    EPISODE 17 –  After Misogyny: How the Law Fails Women and What to Do about It, with Julie C. Suk 
    EPISODE 9 – Feminicide, Impunity, And The U.S.’S Bloody History In Guatemala, With Victoria Sanford
    EPISODE 4 – Sylvia Pankhurst – Suffragette Socialist and Scourge of Empire, with Dr. Kate Connelly
    EPISODE 3 – The Radical History of International Women’s Day and the Feminist Movement, with Liza Featherstone
     

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    The Signal | Radical Independent Media, Feminist Struggles, and International Women’s Day: A View from Latin America, with Dawn Paley

    The Signal | Radical Independent Media, Feminist Struggles, and International Women’s Day: A View from Latin America, with Dawn Paley

    Dawn Marie Paley is an investigative journalist and author of Drug War Capitalism and Guerra Neoliberal. She is the editor of Ojalá (https://www.ojala.mx/en/ojala-home/), a feminist digital weekly providing reporting and analysis from Latin America. She is also a member of NACLA’s Editorial Committee.
    Host Cyril Mychalejko’s 5 Book Recommendations to Further Shine a Light on the Issue 
    Set Fear on Fire: The Feminist Call That Set the Americas Ablaze, by LASTESIS
    Feminist International: How to Change Everything, by Verónica Gago, translated by Liz Mason-Deese
    Compañeras: Zapatista Women's Stories, by Hilary Klein
    Bananeras: Women Transforming the Banana Unions of Latin America, by Dana Frank
    Textures of Terror: The Murder of Claudina Isabel Velasquez and Her Father's Quest for Justice, by Victoria Sanford
    ALSO LISTEN TO:
    EPISODE 17 –  After Misogyny: How the Law Fails Women and What to Do about It, with Julie C. Suk 
    EPISODE 9 – Feminicide, Impunity, And The U.S.’S Bloody History In Guatemala, With Victoria Sanford
    EPISODE 4 – Sylvia Pankhurst – Suffragette Socialist and Scourge of Empire, with Dr. Kate Connelly
    EPISODE 3 – The Radical History of International Women’s Day and the Feminist Movement, with Liza Featherstone

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