Citizen Radio

Episode #173 Citizen Radio is officially an independent podcast as of today! As a result, the podcast is more reliant than ever on listener support, so spread the word, and send your friends to where they can subscribe to the podcast for free.

Stay tuned this week for some incredible guests, such as Rachel Maddow, Anti-Flag, Rise Against, Chris Hardwick, System of a Down's Serj Tankian, Noam Chomsky, and more!

Congress failed to bring equality to the military this week when they refused to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell. Allison and Jamie discuss the travesty, and also why John McCain is a lying liar. 

Plus, they discuss Blanche Lincoln, the Senator from Walmart, and the need to reform the Democratic Party from the inside-out.

It's time for more of your Listener Mail! Your questions/comments this week concern what the hell to do if you're a 15-year-old atheist trapped in Kansas, and if President Obama deserves credit for shrinking the deficit by eight percent.

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Episode #172 Jamie shares more stories from Kansas, including the racist crowd-pleasing jokes he took issue with while he was there.

Allison receives a love letter from Frasier's Kelsey Grammer. Kind of.

Here's what happened: A while ago, Allison wrote an article about Grammer's newest business venture: "Right Network," which promises to be a pro-business, pro-military pro-nationalist television channel. Because as we all know, there aren't enough Capitalistic, militaristic, pro-US, old, white males on the teevee.

There have been a lot of stand-up Citizen Radio fans this week, who get some special shout-outs in this episodes, including the Kansas fans who came out to support Jamie, and the London fans, who met up for the Protest the Pope gathering. Great job, you Comrades Of The Week!

Finally, it's time for more of your Listener Mail! Your questions/comments this week involves feeding the homeless, Jamie's 9/11 song, and Citizen Radio's meanest banishment ever.

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Episode #171 Jamie talks through his trauma, which is a result of doing morning radio in Kansas, including his colorful interactions with anti-Semites and Democratic bigots.

Allison interviews special guest, journalist Doug Henwood about the deficit hysteria, the Obama administration's abandonment of labor, and if there can ever be a true "recovery" when unemployment remains so high.

Check out The Real News' series of highly informative interviews with Doug.

Christine O'Donnell is the new crazy, crazy face of the Tea Party. Every day, it seems new, hilarious quotes surface from O'Donnell's past, including the time she said: "American scientific companies are cross-breeding humans and animals and coming up with mice with fully functioning human brains. So they’re already into this experiment." Beware the mice men!

Allison scolds the establishment media for not holding the deficit hypocrites accountable even as centrist Democrats actively work to increase the deficit, while claiming they're "fiscally conservative."

It's time for more Listener mail! Your questions/comments this week involve using the word "retard," and a listener gets banished by Jamie for complaining about Citizen Radio's condemnation of alcohol and meat-eating.

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Episode #170 The next time one of your little wiener Libertarian friends says government is always the problem, and never the solution, tell them about Dr. Frances Oldham Kelsey, who saved thousands of children from being born with flipper arms.

Allison and Jamie discuss Libertarians, including Rand Paul, and how deregulation bloodhounds have hollowed out the state, made regulation ineffective, which led to horrific accidents like the Massey mine explosion and BP oil rig disaster.

Citizen Radio has received lots of mail asking for fliers, which don't exist, so it's up to YOU talented people to make some! Send your CR fliers to Allison and Jamie at

Next, it's time for your Listener Mail! Your questions/comments this week involve Meghan McCain (and if you should hate her,) homelessness, cutting down on meat, and how to defeat the evil Rep. Peter T. King.

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Episode #169 One in seven Americans lived in poverty in 2009, the highest level since the 1960s.

Citizen Radio talks about why most poor people shouldn't feel ashamed because their debt has been acquired in a rigged system that requires the underclass overuse credit in order to survive.

The largest lobbying group in the world, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, has been accused of tax fraud.

Allison discusses the story of Spc. Alyssa Peterson, who killed herself after refusing  orders to participate in torture.

Iraq-based U.S. soldiers respond to President Obama's declaration that they are "non-combat" troops.

Finally, it's time for more of your Listener Mail! In this very special edition, one of you is banished for being an idiot, and another is praised for recommending an ethical business. Also, Allison and Jamie discuss the corporate sponsorship of music festivals.

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Episode #168 Jamie recounts where he was on the morning of September 11, 2001, and Allison talks about the fetishizing of national tragedies.

The rest of the episode is devoted to your Listener Mail!

Your questions/comments this week entail if straight people should get married when gay people can't, launching a new campaign of ad-busting, and if there are any good Conservative bloggers you should be reading.

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Episode #167 Twelve American soldiers face charges over a secret "kill team" that allegedly blew up and shot Afghan civilians at random and collected their fingers as trophies.

Dozens of flight attendants spent an early Tuesday afternoon picketing for higher wages. Among them, was Phoenix-based flight attendant Kirsten Arianejad, who says she was recently fired from Compass Airlines after telling a television reporter she was "on food stamps."

When students in California return to school this fall, they will have a brand new environmental curriculum — developed, in part, by oil giant BP.

According to the group Mayors Against Illegal Guns, US government data shows 75 percent of the guns were purchased in the four US states that border Mexico—Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California.

An estimated five million uninsured children in the United States were eligible for Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) but were not enrolled in either plan, according to a new report.

Finally, Citizen Radio answers your Listener Mail! Your questions/comments this week concern the mosquito device, which is designed to chase away teenagers from public spaces, veganism, and party loyalty.

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Episode #166 Allison and Jamie wrap up their dispatches from Bumbershoot, including some interesting stories concerning Hole and Weezer. 

Allison reports on the "mosquito," a device placed outside certain merchant shops in Washington D.C., which emits a high-pitch sound designed to drive away teenagers. She considers this a weapon, and argues teenagers have the right to destroy it in self-defense.

The mosquito is yet another device used to suppress the natural rebellious state of teenagers, much like Prozac, webcast monitoring, constant police presence in schools, tasers, and sound cannons. 

In related tasering news, Washington police have killed five civilians in a single week, and two of those deaths involved tasers.

Finally, Jamie explains why Ke$ha is evil, and how MTV videos encourage teenagers to think they're somehow "abnormal" for not wanting to slut it up and act like complete morons.
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Episode #165 Citizen Radio reports from Bumbershoot in Seattle. Allison gives her thoughts on certain drunken Bob Dylan fans, and Jamie offers a contrast by describing the Edward Sharpe experience.

In exchange for Pentagon-level access, NBC threw pretty boy Richard Engel on the back of an army bus and framed the narrative as the "last combat troops" leaving Iraq. In reality, 50,000 troops (with guns!) remain in Iraq, plus over 100,000 private contractors inside enormous US-build bases. The occupation is far from over, which is why the AP refused to parrot the official government line.

Also, Jamie banishes another Citizen Radio listener, and brainstorms about different ways to keep corporations from advertising at individuals. Allison explains the "public space" defense, while Jamie proposes boycotting the worst corporate offenders.

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Episode #164 President Obama gave his official "Leaving Iraq" speech...even though 50,000 super nice non-combat troops (armed with guns!) will stay behind in those huge military bases, along with 150,000 private contractors. Other than that, we're totes out of there, yo.

It's time for more of your Listener Mail, featuring another e-mail about vegetarian food in Taiwan (yup - another one!) Plus, how to not become an apathetic, weepy mess.

Allison and Jamie talk with Jay Tomlinson, founder of the Best Of The Left podcast BOTL features clips of your favorite lefty podcasts and shows, such as The Daily Show, The Young Turks, and of course, Citizen Radio!

They chat with Jay about how he started the show, the evolution of podcasting, and his advice on how to create a successful podcast.

Support great, independent media, and make a donation to the Best Of The Left today!

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