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Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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Your DGB for today is to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by listening to and reading his powerful words.

It feels as though this day of remembrance has never been more relevant or necessary than it is today. As a country we have moved beyond dazed incomprehension (“Wait - did he just say…?!”) to an open acknowledgement that a deeply racist person occupies the highest office in the land. Despite claiming he’s the “least racist person,” Trump has made his white supremacist views difficult to ignore. It’s exhausting. We could all use a dose of the pragmatism and optimism that King embodied.

So enjoy your day off, if you’ve got it. But let’s not forget WHY we remember King. Gather your family around and tune into his words, read aloud perhaps. Take a deep breath and vow to fight another day.

 

Life In North Korea

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Your DGB for today is to grab some knowledge about life in North Korea.

How much do you know about The Hermit Kingdom AKA North Korea? Probably not as much as you think. Recently, The Ezra Klein Show podcast sat down with American journalist, Barbara Demick, to get some real facts about North Korea’s government, people and history. Demick is a journalist for the L.A. Times and author of Nothing to Envy: The Ordinary Lives of North Koreans, which is based on information she gathered while living in South Korea and extensively interviewing North Korean defectors.

As tensions mount between our countries it is vital that we have context. War with North Korea would be devastating to millions of its citizens and absolutely pointless. Listen to this podcast, available here: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/vox/the-ezra-klein-show/e/52606089

Demick’s book is also available on Amazon if you want to get even more in depth.

Grab back and don’t be a dotard!

The Daily

Your DGB for today is to listen to the October 18th episode of The Daily  podcast.     Many DGB staffers start their morning with The Daily, a podcast from The New York Times, hosted by Michael Barbaro. There’s a good chance that Barbaro is the most empathetic man to ever host a podcast. His voice soothes us each morning, even when we are listening to absolutely terrible news like what’s going on with the Rohingya people in Myanmar, or the horrific details of what Harvey Weinstein has done. You can find the podcast for Apple devices here:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-daily/id1200361736?mt=2&ign-mpt=uo%3D4  and for Android devices here:  https://play.google.com/music/listen?t=The_Daily&pcampaignid=MKT-na-all-co-pr-mu-pod-16&u=0&view=/ps/Iehqox2qhdcfny46lfzjqdrcobq      Today, we want you to listen to a recent podcast about Shannon Mulcahy, a steel worker with a heart of gold, and how her factory closed and moved to Mexico, the compassion she had for those she had to train, and why she voted for Trump. We don’t want this to be another think piece on why we should sympathize with Trump voters. DGB often feels like these people deserve exactly what they get, which is shit, for believing in Trump. We are asking you to listen today so that we can understand exactly why some people, who aren’t #MAGA racists, voted for Trump and what we can do, as liberals, to earn their votes back.     After listening to this podcast, which is more than five minutes of daily action...we apologize, we suggest subscribing to The Daily, if you aren’t already subscribed. It’s a great way to start your day and always keep up with the latest stories and support some amazing journalism.        

Your DGB for today is to listen to the October 18th episode of The Daily  podcast.

Many DGB staffers start their morning with The Daily, a podcast from The New York Times, hosted by Michael Barbaro. There’s a good chance that Barbaro is the most empathetic man to ever host a podcast. His voice soothes us each morning, even when we are listening to absolutely terrible news like what’s going on with the Rohingya people in Myanmar, or the horrific details of what Harvey Weinstein has done. You can find the podcast for Apple devices here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-daily/id1200361736?mt=2&ign-mpt=uo%3D4 and for Android devices here: https://play.google.com/music/listen?t=The_Daily&pcampaignid=MKT-na-all-co-pr-mu-pod-16&u=0&view=/ps/Iehqox2qhdcfny46lfzjqdrcobq

Today, we want you to listen to a recent podcast about Shannon Mulcahy, a steel worker with a heart of gold, and how her factory closed and moved to Mexico, the compassion she had for those she had to train, and why she voted for Trump. We don’t want this to be another think piece on why we should sympathize with Trump voters. DGB often feels like these people deserve exactly what they get, which is shit, for believing in Trump. We are asking you to listen today so that we can understand exactly why some people, who aren’t #MAGA racists, voted for Trump and what we can do, as liberals, to earn their votes back.

After listening to this podcast, which is more than five minutes of daily action...we apologize, we suggest subscribing to The Daily, if you aren’t already subscribed. It’s a great way to start your day and always keep up with the latest stories and support some amazing journalism.

 

 

Hellbent Podcast

Your DGB for today is to check out the Hellbent podcast. 

This podcast was created by Sarah Lerner, creator of @IfHillaryHad, featuring tweets from an alternate reality where Hillary is the 45th president of the United States, and Devon Handy, who are childhood friends. They break down politics with a conversational, feminist edge and a million “fuck”s. Note: they don’t give any passes to Bernie Bros.

These awesome women were kind enough to answer a few questions for us. Our conversation is below:


 

DGB:  You have action items for people to do after each episode. This is our entire business at DGB and it takes up all of our time. How in the hell is this just a footnote for you? Are you wonderwomen?

 

 

Hellbent:  We wish! In all seriousness, we don't think of our action items as a footnote, but we do try to make sure that we're encouraging folks to get & stay engaged in national, state, and local politics. This work is a marathon, not a sprint, so we hope that providing our listeners with a starting list of things to do helps push them to keep showing up and doing the work.

 

 

DGB:  We donated to support Hellbent and we retweet you way too much from our personal accounts. From 1-10, how creepy is our Resistance crush on you?

 

 

Hellbent:  Aww, your support and retweets mean a lot! Don't stop.

 

 

DGB:  What's your rage fatigue strategy? How do you stay engaged in your anger instead of sliding into depression over this whole mess of an administration?

 

 

Hellbent:  Honestly, doing the podcast has been a great avenue for us to channel our anger and frustration. It's a big release in a lot of ways. We've both found that staying on top of the news and being armed with information helps us stay motivated.

 

 

DGB:  In a related question, are you in talks to make IfHillaryHad a theme park or possibly a gated community we can move to?

 

 

Hellbent:  Ha! No, but if you find the portal into that world, please do let us know.

 

 

There you have it. Hellbent creators have confirmed what we at DGB believe: staying engaged may be tough, but it’s the best way to deal with our grief and anger. Keep going, Grabbers. It’s everything.

 

Time to Get On One

Your DGB for today is to check out this awesome new podcast, “On One with Angela Rye.”

If you’re like us, you’ve been celebrating the voices and faces that give us life during these dark and deeply weird days. Angela Rye, a frequent guest on CNN, NPR, and elsewhere, has been providing some of the very best commentary, analysis, and epic side-eyes this year. No one has been better at shooting down spin and the “alternative facts” coming out of Trumpworld than Rye. Want proof? Check out this clip of her showing the door to Trump apologist, Joe Walsh, saying that she doesn’t “talk to bigots.” Now Rye, whose impressive resume can be seen here, has her very own platform, where she says she’s going to discuss politics, race, and pop culture. On One’s first interview was with the inimitable Maxine Waters, which we think says a lot about the level of awesomeness this podcast will aspire to.

So tune in and #ResistYall. We will be.