Green Paper Ballots (Episode 54)

Mary McGinley, Wendy Sheridan, and Robin Renée get together this time around to chat about ways we can all vote with our dollars. Whether electronic, plastic, or old-fashioned green “paper ballots,” we have the power to choose to spend or not spend our money in each potential transaction. Do you choose Costco over Walmart? Do you avoid Hobby Lobby, Chik-fil-A, or Wendy’s? How much effort do you put into supporting businesses you think are a net positive in the world? Listen to this conversation as Mary, Wendy, and Robin weave through the questions and complications. Scroll down to explore links that can help you make choices about your buying power. Thanks to friend and listener Scott Brown for this political discussion topic and the link suggestions.

The news is mostly an unwanted topic in this episode. An update about the Mueller, She Wrote and The Daily Beans podcasts turns out to be no news, which is good news. Celebrations and political actions this week include Congressional Startup Day (August 21st), Krishna Janmashtami (August 24th), National Power Rangers Day and National Rainbow Bridge Rememberance Day (August 28th). Birthday shout outs go to Kenny Rogers, Beenie Man, James Corden, Yvie Oddly, Rick Springfield, Kevin A. Patterson, Elvis Costello, Gene Simmons, Rob Halford, Sean Connery, Tim Burton, Cesar Millán, Paul Reubens, and Robin Renée. Word nerd alert: Wendy and Robin get inventive with their uses of “blanket forting” and “conject.”

The Leftscape co-hosts are taking a short vacation. Look for the next show on Wednesday, September 11th.


Things to do:

Say hello on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and send in your topic ideas for upcoming shows.

March on Washington or in a solidarity event on Saturday, September 21st: We the People March

Get informed and think about where you prefer to spend your money:

Hobby Lobby: Women’s Rights v. Corporate Beliefs” in FindLaw

30 Fortune 500 companies that donate to Democrats and Republicans” in Business Insider

Did your favorite company donate to Democratic or Republican campaigns? This startup will tell you.” in The Washington Post

Consumers Should Be Voting Every Day – with Their Wallets” in

You Have the Power in Your Wallet” in

Vote with Your Dollar Toolkit” by

Watch “United Breaks Guitars” by Dave Carroll:


Watch an adorable and “controversial” Cheerios commercial:



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