The Log – Opinion and news with Charles Bursell
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Ep.184 (9/23/20) “Life as Art” – A personal tribute to improv pioneer Dudley Riggs. Also, Rolling Stone Magazine’s top ten albums of all time.
Ep.183 (9/22/20) “2020 Train Wreck” – 200,000 US Covid deaths and counting. The Democrat’s last chance.
Ep.182 (9/21/20) “A World Without Ruth” – The loss of RBG coincides with the loss of our collective shit.
Ep.181 (9/18/20) “A Post-Covid Future” – Yancey Strickler’s forward looking essay on resilience, technology, collective courage, and the limits of growth.
Ep.180 (9/17/20) “Bad Cop, Bad Cop” – TV recommendation, f%&k the police, supporting protester “crimes,” Bootlicker Bill’s fascist fantasies.
Ep.179 (9/16/20) “No Profit, No Hate” – The great pot drop, zoom aesthetics, and cashing in on chaos.
Ep.178 (9/15/20) “The Joke’s Over” – The Orange Menace is a serious and imminent mortal threat. It’s time to tell him that to his face, on camera.
Ep.177 (9/14/20) “Good & Evil” – The Princess Bride reunion got us all in the feels, and that’s great. But when it comes to climate, economic, and social injustice – the crimes against humanity trifecta – f**k your feelings, it’s time for restitution.
Ep.176 (9/11/20) “American Dunces” – Of America’s myriad problems, our lack of smarts might be the most serious.
Ep.175 (9/10/20) “Rage Against Trump” – History’s first draft has been brutal to the Orange Menace.
Ep.174 (9/9/20) “Up In Arms” – Falwell’s freak flag, snail mail 2020, a grammar hole, SCOTUS on the ballot, a new MD “telethon.”
Ep.173 (9/8/20) “You Started It!” – Headline catch-up, defending the military, playing the blame game.
Ep.172 (8/28/20) “RNC Jumps the Shark” – Profoundly racist tropes, cringey code, carnage, fiction, and way more sports heroes than you would expect.
Ep.171 (8/27/20) “RNC Liefest, Day 2” – Repugs’ parade of populist propaganda.
Ep.170 (8/26/20) “Kenosha Deja vu Plus” – The street fight against racism continues and intensifies in Kenosha.
Ep.169 (8/25/20) “RNC Liefest, Day 1” – RNC’s first night is fact free, but plenty of laughs.
Ep.168 (8/24/20) “RNC Preview” – Dems’ campaign shell game, how to survive the RNC, family drama, Rose Garden debacle.
Ep.167 (8/21/20) “DNC for Lefties, Day 4” – Joe crushed expectations. Julia Louis Dreyfus was hilarious. Period.
Ep.166 (8/20/20) “DNC for Lefties, Day 3” – Obama rocks the best political speech of the century as Dems lose the maudlin sentimentality and go bold on issues.
Ep.165 (8/19/20) “DNC for Lefties, Day 2” – AOC’s stark contrast to Dems’ soft soap hard sell.
Ep.164 (8/18/20) “DNC for Lefties, Day 1” – Dems ace their TV production, eviscerate Trump, Bernie’s final plea the ONLY nod to Progressives.
Ep.163 (8/17/20) “DNC for Lefties, Preview” – Previewing the Democratic National Convention from a Lefty perspective.
Ep.162 (8/13/20) “The Virus King” – Seth Meyers is Covid Era’s late-night king. Also, security fences, Joe’s administration won’t eat babies, and today’s sermon: “Love Your Enemy.”
Ep.161 (8/12/20) “Progressive?” – Kamala Harris now defines the Democratic Party. What are real Progressives to do now?
Ep.160 (8/11/20) “Masters and Hacks” – Jerry Falwell Jr, Ellen, and Oprah don’t matter. Plus: You don’t really love music after all.
Ep.159 (8/10/20) “Where’s the Melody?” – T-shirt roulette, the last days of Immanuel Kant, the benefits of scrolling, musings on melody.
Ep.158 (8/7/20) “Love Me, I’m a Liberal” – Recent favorite memes and tweets.
Ep.157 (8/6/20) “Bothsideism is a Racket” – ‘Objectivity’ makes millions for the media and is a moral cop-out for the rest of us.
Ep.156 (8/5/20) “Fact-Checking the Axios Interview” – The latest presidential interview was an absurdist improv sketch.
Ep.155 (8/4/20) “Radio & Culture” – Thile’s ‘Live From Here’ too good for Public Radio so they axed it.
Ep.154 (8/3/20) “The Squad 2024” – Biden should commit to one term and hand 2024 to The Squad.
Ep.153 (7/31/20) “GDP, Democide, God speaks” – Why the GDP nosedive is great news, Democidal maniac in the White House, John Lewis’ final words.
Ep.152 (7/30/20) “2020 Hindsight” – History will judge harshly the virus deniers and anti-BLM deplorables along with their dark money creators.
Ep.151 (7/29/20) “Joe Speaks” – Extended excerpts of Joe Biden presenting his economic plan and taking reporters’ questions.
Ep.150 (7/28/20) “Police, Profits & Propaganda” – Big media cashing in on Trump’s reality war. Becoming a cop is too easy.
Ep.149 (7/27/20) “Skulduggery” – Right wing duplicity re activist’s murder and Covid deaths. 99 days to election!
Ep.148 (7/24/20) “Risky Business” – The riskiest jobs during a pandemic. Self-care Bingo. An anti-politics lecture from Karen. And, how to remove The Orange Menace now.
Ep.147 (7/23/20) “Cops & Politics” – Airtight defund/abolish numbers versus brazen political theatre.
Ep.146 (7/22/20) “Bags, Blowers, and Hockey Sticks” – Sports, bars and restaurants, protests, politics, and the virus – What kind of games are we playing here?
Ep.145 (7/21/20) “Death Math” – Stop manipulating Covid death numbers! Seriously, cut it out (and wear a damn mask).
Ep.144 (7/20/20) “Standing Alone” – Ruth Bader Ginsberg continues to meet the “moral obligation” that John Lewis asked of us. Time for all of us to step up.
Ep.143 (7/17/20) “This Isn’t Working” – Hiding data, racist “suburbs” and the art of the shun.
Ep.142 (7/16/20) “Masking Power” – Deaths mount as government flounders. Also, Biden’s environment plan, and a reminder: Capitalism still sucks.
Ep.141 (7/15/20) “The New Abolitionist” – Tax Day, capital punishment, and a list of institutions to abolish. Be radical. Be serious. Act now.
Ep.140 (7/14/20) “Bastille Day” – Things French: Revolution, Pepe Le Pew, and some really cool music.
Ep.139 (7/13/20) “A Case of the Mondays” – Gigging in the ‘burbs, ugly Hawaiian shirts, news anchors hawking local business, forced virus labor, distraction v connection.
Ep.138 (7/10/20) “RIP Mimi!” – Mimi Soltysic tribute, Bay Area gentrification, and Republicans’ new message on the virus: “Live with it.”
Ep.137 (7/9/20) “Only Lives Matter” – Good ideas and individual actions alone aren’t enough – legislators’ hands must be forced.
Ep.136 (7/8/20) “Cancel Culture” – Boomer cultural elites fear getting “canceled.”
Ep.135 (7/7/20) “Do-Nothing Propaganda” – History’s biggest losers, the Garden of Heroes, and Conservatives don’t hear lyrics.
Ep.134 (7/6/20) “Freedumb!” – Lefties are having a moment right now, especially in contrast to the “Freedumb” movement.
Ep.133 (7/3/20) “Topple ’em all!” – Why the State should never immortalize anybody.
Ep.132 (7/2/20) “Argue or Motivate?” – The anti-intellectual crowd may hate scientists but they love motivational speakers. Is that the key to reach them?
Ep.131 (7/1/20) “White Oppression” – Bill Maher is getting it all wrong on race.
Ep.130 (6/30/20) “Are you really a radical?” – Moderates seem radical only compared to the Fascist state they live in. Does that describe you?
Ep.129 (6/29/20) “It didn’t have to get this bad” – A doctor doesn’t tell their patient to “come back after you’ve hit rock bottom.” Let’s treat our political ills now and get on a wellness course STAT.
Ep.128 (6/26/20) “The Ignorance of Privilege” – Calling the Left race baiters and hate monger are pot/kettle accusations.
Ep.127 (6/25/20) “Memorabilia” – Jettisoning the trash in our personal history.
Ep.126 (6/24/20) “Fire and Fury” – A sensational story in Milwaukee reveals the impotence of police and the effectiveness of radical community action.
Ep.125 (6/23/20) “A Generational Moment” – By trolling the Orange Menace Gen Z makes its first score in a generational moment.
Ep.124 (6/22/20) “None of This is Normal” – Bolton book, Fox spin, Stacey Abrams, and virus denial.
Ep.123 (6/19/20) “Celebrate!” – Juneteenth, Summer Solstice, and Scenes from a Perfect World.
Ep.122 (6/18/20) “The State v Whites, Inc.” – The role of Whites in adjudicating justice for Black Lives.
Ep.121 (6/17/29) “Ignoring the Obvoius” – White folks’ stories, what not to criticize, and pretending the virus is over.
Ep.120 (6/16/20) “Living History” – How will you look in the history books?
Ep.119 (6/15/20) “Good News!” – Genuinely good news on BLM progress in the short term.
Ep.118 (6/12/20) “Fed Up-rising” – From 1619 to today, events providing context to the 2020 rebellion.
Ep.117 (6/11/20) “Respect My Authoritah!” – Whining cops, redefining racism, and other small stories in a big time.
Ep.116 (6/10/20) “Tr*mp’s Putin Cosplay” – Russia’s hand in Lafayette Park attack, an upstart right-wing network, and oh, there’s still a pandemic.
Ep.115 (6/9/20) “The Future of Privilege” – Acknowledging white privilege is only step one. It’s time to destroy the systems that maintain and uphold privilege.
Ep.114 (6/8/20) “Winning! – Aggressive cops and the wannabe strongman face-plant as global protests have already resulted in real and rapid political action, setting the stage for further wide-ranging reform.
Ep.113 (6/5/20) “Abolish the Police” – It’s not as radical as it sounds. Massive police budgets should be reallocated to better equipped, non-violent agencies, virtually abolishing police departments as we know them today.
Ep.112 (6/4/20) “Different Worlds” – Huge protests continue, white guilt, and “Shorewood Guy” illustrates two different worlds.
Ep.111 (6/3/20) “This Ain’t the ‘60s” – Boomers need to shut up about the 60s and follow a new generation of activist leaders.
Ep.110 (6/2/20) “The Fog of a Deeper War” – An open letter from “Antifa” and Dr. Cornel West on the big picture.
Ep.109 (6/1/20) “White Guy Talking” – White folks need to abolish the system designed for their benefit.
Ep.108 (5/29/20) “Language of The Unheard” – A third night of protests in Minneapolis triggers old debates about violence and justice.
Ep.107 (5/28/20) “Anti-Racism” – Being a white ally, Pelosi fights for Heroes Act, PA State Repugs hide members’ Covid case from exposed Dems.
Ep.106 (5/27/20) “Much Very Good Information” – The Good News Industrial Complex, George Floyd, Karen, and bad translations. Opinion and news with Charles Bursell
Ep.105 (5/26/20) “That’s How They Get Ya” – Favorite films, decluttering, and a reminder to not let them get you. How was your Memorial Day Weekend?
Ep.104 (5/22/20) “Waste Not” – Before we go out and buy new ones, we empty the cupboard of headlines we’ve missed the last few days and weeks. Culture, politics – well, mostly politics.
Ep.103 (5/21/20) “It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over” – Good news, bad news, and staying in the game against the virus.
Ep.102 (5/20/20) “Guard Your Potatoes!” – Stay-at-home saved lives, pandemic profiteering and the coming transformation.
Ep.101 (5/19/20) “Before It’s Too Late” – Hydroxychloroquine, stay-home defiance sets a potential time-bomb, the beauty of big government, and Bernie’s greatest hits.
Ep.100 (5/18/20) “Commencing” – A Lefty critique of Barack Obama’s commencement address.
Ep.99 (5/15/20) “Applause, Applause!” – A big thank you to all of you learning the ultimate lesson of the virus, that each life touches every life.
Ep.98 (5/14/20) “Open Schmopen” – Yeah, people will die. But I want to drink and get my nails done. WTF?
Ep.97 (5/13/20) “Baby Trump” – Wild(er) animals, Neanderthal news, and the best use of deep-fake technology to date.
Ep.96 (5/12/20) “Would You Kill Baby Hitler?” – Moral dilemmas in the time of the virus.
Ep.95 (5/11/20) “Moving Online” – The challenge and opportunity for live performers moving to online shows.
Ep.94 (5/8/20) “The Conspiracy Virus “ – A vicious loop of loony lies opens another front in the virus wars.
Ep.89 (5/1/20) “May Day! May Day!” – Workers strike for their lives during pandemic. Plus all the things we’re not talking about: Joe Biden, investor profiteering, and those cheesy corporate covid ads (“we’re here for you”).
Ep.84 (4/24/20) “The Evil & The Dumb” – A tiny coalition is flexing its outsized power.
Ep.79 (4/17/20) “Their Money, Your Life” – Sacrificing lives for our fictional god “The Economy”
Ep.74 (4/10/20) “Say it ain’t so! Joe?” – Bernie and Joe, day 2.
Ep.73 (4/9/20) “Bernie and Joe” – Bernie Sanders’ address on the suspension of his campaign and Joe Biden’s statement of response – in full.
Ep.69 (4/3/20) “Masking the Problem” – Did the CDC delay the recommendation of masks until after U.S. Senators could adjust their stock portfolios?
Ep.59 (3/21/20) “Seeking The Cure” – A pretend TV president is no remedy
Ep.58 (3/14/20) “Cor-oh-no!” – Isolating from the virus of bad information. Bernie’s last stand.
Ep.57 (3/7/20) “Voters, Not Pundits” – Our pundit fetish is making us terrible voters.
Ep.56 (2/29/20) “Match Us a Match!” – On the eve of Super Tuesday Democrats lose their f*ing minds over Bernie, while The Fascist in Chief marches on.
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.