Back to the Blanket Fort (Episode 125)

Robin Renée and Wendy Sheridan are back from summer vacation and are ready to begin a new season of The Leftscape. This season’s theme will be on DEMOCRACY. Upcoming shows will explore the U.S. democratic system, how we might rescue and preserve it, which systems might work better, democratic approaches in small groups and relationships, what we can learn about democracy from other times and places, and more.

In this episode, Wendy and Robin start off with a check-in about what they did over the break followed by Three Random Facts about boar taint, dolphins passing the pufferfish, and counting to high numbers. In the extended News segment, there is government overthrow in Sri Lanka, Boris Johnson’s resignation, the ongoing war in Ukraine, the Washburn fire in Yosemite, 4th of July shootings outside Chicago and in Philadelphia, President Biden’s executive order on abortion access, and the assassination of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Then they head to The Blanket Fort to talk about how to deal with the constant barrage of depressing and disturbing news with help from a Twitter thread by author and disinformation expert, Cindy Otis. At the end of the show, Robin and Wendy tackle two listener questions — one from Facebook involving humor, the show’s focus, and the meaning of leftism and another about UFOs from EV VanderWeil (whose name gets pronounced poorly). 

Things to do:

Read a Twitter thread by Cindy Otis on handling the endless torrent of negative news.

Call or text the new Mental Health Crisis Hotline: 988 after July 16, 2022. Emotional distress and suicide prevention help is available now and always at 1-800-273-8255.

Watch dolphins pass the puffer.

Sound engineering by Wendy Sheridan
Show notes by Robin Renée
Fake sponsor messages by Ariel Sheridan
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Remote recording by SquadCast

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