The Log – A weekly offering of news and opinion with social critic at large Charles Bursell.
Ep.55 (2/22/20) “No TV” – You can call it “streaming” but it’s still just TV and it’s as moronic and manipulative as it ever was.
Ep.54 (2/15/20) “Starting Over” – The Republican votes on Impeachment were democracy’s final death knell, just as the 2020 Primaries officially began, putting us in a nine-month election countdown to a new democracy.
Ep.53 (2/8/20) “Best of Season One”– On our first anniversary, highlights of season one includes stories, poetry, and radio theatre with Chuck & Chucky and the CBP Players. Also, rare archive tape of The Log from 1933.
Ep.52 (2/1/20) “Democracy is dead. Long live democracy!” – “I’m rubber you’re glue” defeats “If it quacks like a duck” in the aborted impeachment trial, marking the official end of American democracy. This sets up the period between now and Election Day as the most consequential since the nation’s founding.
Ep.51 (1/25/20) “Paradox of the Heap” – When is a pile of sand NOT a pile of sand? Also: Snow isn’t the problem, cars are. And: Don’t do the KC tomahawk chop.
Ep.50 (1/18/20) “Rock Paper Scissors Journalism” – A simple game to help you be a better news aggregator. Also, political migration: Blue voters should move to Red states and take them over. Easy!
Ep.49 (1/11/20) “Escaping Fortune” – New Year mulligans, Iran plan, cookie etiquette, and dodging death.
Ep.48 (1/4/20) “Radical, Not” – You’re probably not a radical, but you should be. Plus, an addendum to last week’s year/decade review.
Ep.47 (12/28/19) “New Year’s Review/Preview” – 2019 year in review, looking back at the 10’s and looking ahead to the 20’s
Ep.46 (12/21/19) “Small Town Christmas” – Host Charles Bursell talks with singer/songwriter Peter Donalds and plays songs from his album “Small Town Christmas”
Ep.45 (12/14/19) “Throw the book at him” – The wannabe crime boss will face an impeachment trial. Democrats have chosen a narrow path, but the country, and history, would have been better served by throwing the book at him.
Ep.44 (12/7/19) “The day I met Jimmy Carter” – The Media Bias chart, the “I don’t care” philosophy, prayers for Jimmy Carter, and The Ten Commitments.
Ep.43 (11/30/19) “Sing! Dance! Shoot! Shout! Shop!” – Hunters, Hamilton, Fascists, (ok) Boomers, and a dime store Oprah.
Ep.42 (11/23/19) “The Thanksgivingest Holiday” – A motley collection of guests perform a First Thanksgiving pageant then hit the table for turkey and talk on politics, gender, food, death, memes and more. Also, there’s too much hollering in the world.
Ep.41 (11/16/19) Climate crisis, white supremacy, and economic injustice. Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez connect the dots and lay out their vision. Writer/activist Naomi Klein opens.
Ep.40 (11/9/19) Economic injustice, a dire climate warning, and the end of Tr*mp. Resetting The Log’s mission topics.
Ep.39 (11/1/19) Radio theatre, a Halloween jam, new poetry, an old ghost story, and conversation on the meaning of the Scary Season. (Spoiler alert: your greatest fear is also your deepest desire.)
Ep.38 (10/26/19) Turns out we were wrong: Dylan really can sing, autumn leaves shouldn’t be raked, and Trump’s really going down this time.
Ep.37 (10/19/19) – Ranking the Dems, predicting the ticket, and pondering Anarchy. Chucky Bucky critiques the pub crowd. Uncle Chuck recites poetry.
Ep.36 (10/12/19) How food and comedy will save us: Family farms are a gazillion times better than Big Ag, and a better world through better jokes.
Ep.35 (10/5/19) The OJ Trial, Monty Python, Che Guevara, war, FOX, Poe and more. This week in history with commentators Chuck and Chucky.
Ep.34 (9/28/19) Climate Revolution! – Defeating climate crisis requires the overthrow of Capitalism, the restoration of democracy, and radical individual lifestyle reform, all of which have huge upsides.
Ep.33 (9/21/19) What would Howard Zinn think about Ken Burns’ “Country Music” series? Also: faulty professors, the good news about Nationalism, watching the world burn and… there’s no such thing as white people?
Ep.30 (8/31/19) Labor news and politics, Charles Bursell kicks off his 2020 Liberty/Justice campaign. Analysts Chuck & Chucky on the big stories NOT in the news.
Ep.29 (8/24/19) Abolish money, ban guns, open borders, and return stolen land to First Nations. Charles Bursell brings his issues to the 2020 Presidential campaign.
Ep.28 (8/17/19) No plastic, no guns, no cops, no borders, and people belong to the land – not the other way ’round. SFPW episodes 11-15.
Ep.27 (8/10/19) Billy gets Grandpa Jake to tell the whole story of how his generation destroyed money forever. The boys celebrate the summer holidays in a perfect world. SFPW episodes 7-10.
Ep.26 (8/3/19) It’s 70 Years in the future and all problems are solved. Follow the adventures of Jake, Pat, and Billy, as they try to handle it. Episodes 1-6 of “Scenes From a Perfect World” as heard weekly on The Log.
Ep.25 (7/27/19) Hear Mueller’s compelling story of conspiracy and obstruction in a format you’ll actually enjoy. No made-for-TV highlights, no pompous punditry, and NO Republicans! Extended excerpts with all the fat cut out.
Ep.24 (7/20/19) How to respond to Trump’s latest all-time low. Musician Peter Donalds celebrates the Apollo 11 Anniversary with his favorite moon songs. Episode 13 of “Scenes From a Perfect World.”
Ep.23 (7/13/19) Think you know the best climate crisis solutions? Test yourself. Speaking of solutions, let’s fix that border emergency. Episode 12 of “Scenes From a Perfect World.”
Ep.22 (7/6/19) They put “happy” stories at the end of newscasts to lull you back to sleep. Climate crisis and #trumpcamps are not TV shows you can turn off.
Ep.21 (6/29/19) The 2020 Dems are off and running. Highlights from Charles Bursell’s Democratic Debate watch party. Guests: Chucky Bucky and Uncle Chuck.
Ep.20 (6/22/19) The 19th Amendment, Juneteenth, Solstice, and Pride make June the best month. So says Charles Bursell with guest co-host Chucky Bucky. Episode 10 of “Scenes From a Perfect World.”
Ep.19 (6/15/19) Climate Crisis solutions are right in front of us. They’re cool, they’ll work, and we should be excited. Episode 9 of “Scenes From a Perfect World.”
Ep.17 (6/1/19) Pride Month is here! Robert Mueller has a voice. Dreams of friendship and defiance. Episode 7 of “Scenes From a Perfect World.”
Ep.16 (5/25/19) Don’t let outrage over the news depress you – make it sustainable and holistic. Charles Bursell delivers his 2019 commencement speech. Episode 6 of “Scenes From a Perfect World.”
Ep.15 (5/18/19) Barbaric abortion bills and the Republican playbook. Political advice for 2020 (a two-woman ticket!) and beyond. Episode 5 of “Scenes From a Perfect World.”
Ep.14 (5/11/19) Over a million species will be driven to extinction without fundamental changes to world economics and agriculture. A turning point toward impeachment for Agent Orange. Episode 4 of “Scenes From a Perfect World.”
Ep.13 (5/4/19) Burned-out or overwhelmed by the news? Charles Bursell makes the case for keeping up. Episode 3 of “Scenes From a Perfect World.”
Ep.12 (4/27/19) Thunberg, Attenborough, and McKibben on the urgent need to reverse climate change. Income inequality and the assault on democracy. AOC’s “A Message From the Future.” Premiere of the new serial “Scenes From a Perfect World”(episodes 1 and 2).
Ep.11 (4/20/19) Charles Bursell on the Notre Dame fire and public reaction. Analysis of the Mueller report with Chuck and Chucky.
Ep.10 (4/13/19) Charles Bursell breaks down Stephen Miller’s white supremacist US immigration policy and Chuck & Chucky analyze the week’s news: The black hole image, Israeli elections, Julian Assange arrest, “acting” federal officials, and Ohio’s heartbeat bill.
Ep.9 (4/6/19) Uncle Joe is a man of the past. Agent Orange is the first American President. Individual and collective solutions to climate change. The milk and cereal conundrum, weird PETA ads, and free food from Socialists.
Ep.8 (3/30/19) “New Studies” on the cost of US trade tariffs, the pain of gentrification, pointless trigger warnings, and hawking kids’ snacks with cartoon characters. Charles Bursell hosts a family discussion about the Mueller Report and the very very bad media.
Ep.7 (3/23/19) A preinvasion indigenous concept of “ownership,” either/or/both/more followup, and a 1933 episode of The Log with Lionel Bursell. Your personal invitation to three happenings at the New Arts & Media studios.
Ep.6 (3/16/19) The Tim “Apple” story is fake news. How the world would be a much better place without money. Podcast suggestions.
Ep.5 (3/9/19) The hubris of Daylight Saving, Chucky Bucky on Catholic reform, ceding America back to Native Tribes, and “It’s almost never either/or, it’s almost always both and more.”
Ep.4 (3/2/19) The full hour is dedicated to Michael Cohen’s testimony before House Oversight & Reform Committee. Includes Chairman Elijah Cummings complete and uninterrupted closing statement.
Ep.3 (2/23/19) Andrew McCabe and media literacy, Bernie and the 2020 Dems. Conspiracy theories, appeal to authority, and Occam’s Razor.
Ep.2 (2/16/19) Socialism v Capitalism, blue voter migration, State Legislatures at their worst, news analysis with Chuck and Chucky.