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June 5, 2022 @ 9:34 pm

6/6/22 - Try Literally Anything

In Which We Discuss:

1. Does Pride Month belong to straight people now? A research-free exposé!

2. It’s shooting city out there, so naturally our representatives are back to begging us for help.

3. Alaska is looking to one-up CA’s chaotic primary process…and succeeding!

4. We’re pretty sure we attended the last Iowa Caucus.

5. Biden White House baffled by sad polling numbers as Americans face numerous predictable and solvable crises.

6. Democrats find unity on student debt cancellation: Everybody hates the White House plan.

 

Brain Trust Live is Lila Nordstrom and Brent Thornburg's look at the week in electoral and political news. Join the millions of quarantiners, sirens, helicopters, barking dogs, and computer beeps who love our podcast and tell your friends about BTL!  Then rate us on iTunes or find us FacebookTwitterTumblrStitcher, or Instagram!

And, as always, you can buy and review Lila's book here: Some Kids Left Behind

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May 22, 2022 @ 10:07 pm

5/23/22 - Let Them Eat Formula!

In Which We Discuss:

1. Free ballot guides! Free ballot guides! DM us on Twitter if you want our free LA ballot guide!

2. There’s nothing like the sweet taste of learning that PA hates Connor Lamb as much as non-PA does.

3. Big primaries are coming up on Tuesday, including Cuellar/Cisneros.

4. NY’s new maps have led to Manhattan chaos!

5. Eric Adams claims he’s not thinking of running for president, but he’s also lying about living in NJ so do with that what you will.

6. Let them eat formula! But, like, really. Let them. Babies need food.

 

Brain Trust Live is Lila Nordstrom and Brent Thornburg's look at the week in electoral and political news. Join the millions of quarantiners, sirens, helicopters, barking dogs, and computer beeps who love our podcast and tell your friends about BTL!  Then rate us on iTunes or find us FacebookTwitterTumblrStitcher, or Instagram!

And, as always, you can buy and review Lila's book here: Some Kids Left Behind


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October 24, 2021 @ 10:14 pm

10/25/21 - Zebras on the Loose [w/ guest Tatenda Musapatike]

In Which We Discuss:

1. Tatenda Musapatike talks voting, Real Housewives, and Dem strategy

2. Infrastructure Update: Just…what?

3. Voting rights is filibuster reform. Everything is filibuster reform.

4. Joe Biden wants you to want to pay your student loans

5. A sentence we never thought would be necessary to say: India Walton is not David Duke

6. Apparently the solution to zebras on the loose is…more zebras on the loose

 

Follow Tatenda on Twitter and Instagram: @TatendaCheryl

Follow Voter Formation Project: @VoterFormation

 

Brain Trust Live is Lila Nordstrom and Brent Thornburg's look at the week in electoral and political news. Join the millions of quarantiners, sirens, helicopters, barking dogs, and computer beeps who love our podcast and tell your friends about BTL!  Then rate us on iTunes or find us FacebookTwitterTumblrStitcher, or Instagram!

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October 3, 2021 @ 10:10 pm

10/3/21 - Almost a Real Infrastructure Week

In Which We Discuss:

1. For the first time in 5 years we almost had a real infrastructure week.  Almost.

2. A review of all the dumb ways moderates waste money.

3. Are we talking about the fucking debt ceiling??? Again???

4. I do not have enough closet space for a repeat of the toilet paper shortages.

5. Who fixes an oil pipeline when nobody knows who owns it? 

6. We freed Britney! But who’s in charge of worrying about her now?

 

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Brain Trust Live is (still) Lila Nordstrom and Brent Thornburg's look at the week in electoral and political news. Join the millions of quarantiners, sirens, helicopters, barking dogs, and computer beeps who love our podcast and tell your friends about BTL!  Then rate us on iTunes or find us FacebookTwitterTumblrStitcher, or Instagram!

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September 19, 2021 @ 8:02 pm

9.21.21- No Takeaways

In Which We Discuss:

1. 9/11 is over, but you can still buy Lila’s book, Some Kids Left Behind.

2. The main correct takeaway from the CA Recall is that money was wasted and there’s nothing to learn from it.

3. Everybody is trying to leave the Senate

4. Losing statewide office once is one of the ways to get yourself onto a ballot for statewide office in Texas.

5. Infrastructure season update: lol.

6. Joe Biden, just like last time he was in the Executive Branch, is not afraid to deport you.

Brain Trust Live is (still) Lila Nordstrom and Brent Thornburg's look at the week in electoral and political news. Join the millions of quarantiners, sirens, helicopters, barking dogs, and computer beeps who love our podcast and tell your friends about BTL!  Then rate us on iTunes or find us FacebookTwitterTumblrStitcher, or Instagram!

 

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August 22, 2021 @ 6:44 pm

8/22/21 - Vote NO

In Which We Discuss:

1. Lila’s book comes out on TUESDAY AUGUST 24th. Get a copy.

2. If you’re in California, you already have your ballot and you only have to answer one question so voting NO on the recall couldn’t be easier.

3. Prop 22 is as illegal and ridiculous as it sounded.

4. Say it with us: Bush officials are not experts in Afghanistan, they are the opposite of that.

5. The COVID booster shots are coming.

6. Which is a good thing because there’s a post-vax Senate outbreak is in process.

 

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Brain Trust Live is (still) Lila Nordstrom and Brent Thornburg's look at the week in electoral and political news. Join the millions of quarantiners, sirens, helicopters, barking dogs, and computer beeps who love our podcast and tell your friends about BTL!  Then rate us on iTunes or find us FacebookTwitterTumblrStitcher, or Instagram!

 

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June 21, 2021 @ 10:45 pm

6/22/21 - The Dem Consensus on Consensus [w/ guest Kat Calvin (@KatCalvinLA)]

In Which We Discuss:

1. Kat Calvin (@KatCalvinLA) is in the studio to tell you why we can’t have a Dem consensus on Voter ID that involves...having Voter ID. [Go share her twitter thread about it!]

2. Democrats are bad at power: an exposé

3. The latest on infrastructure season is that it is now infrastructure year. We will never have an infrastructure deal. Get a new hobby.

4. The NYC Mayor’s race is ending in the same chaotic fashion it started: with headlines about Andrew Yang

5. Rhode Island: A non-surprising place to find an all-white country club

6. Happy Father’s day to all, including the sad men crashing weddings and funerals just for the attention while they work as unpaid hotel concierges at tacky resorts in Florida!

Also:

CALL YOUR REPS. ABOUT EVERYTHING. Make this number your profile picture. Tweet it every day. Add it to your phonebook:

Capitol Hill Main Switchboard: (202) 224-3121

 

Brain Trust Live is (still) Lila Nordstrom and Brent Thornburg's look at the week in electoral and political news. Join the millions of quarantiners, sirens, helicopters, barking dogs, and computer beeps who love our podcast and tell your friends about BTL!  Then rate us on iTunes or find us FacebookTwitterTumblrStitcher, or Instagram!

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April 25, 2021 @ 5:49 pm

4/26/21 - Warm Fuzzy Feelings

In Which We Discuss:

1. Derek Chauvin is a man who will be going to jail and that’s a nice thing. We could have this warm fuzzy feeling about the justice system anytime if we tried.

2. Joe Biden allows John Kerry to ride a Lime scooter on camera even though, as his boss, he probably could have put a stop to that.  

3. Andrew Yang loves lesbian bars but apparently not the lesbians who congregate at them.

4. Nancy Pelosi vs. Squad: A battle with no winners

5. Please commit to hating the Caitlyn Jenner candidacy for the right reasons

6. New American Psycho: The Josh Hawley Story

 

Also:

CALL YOUR REPS. ABOUT EVERYTHING. Make this number your profile picture. Tweet it every day. Add it to your phonebook:

Capitol Hill Main Switchboard: (202) 224-3121

 

Brain Trust Live is (still) Lila Nordstrom and Brent Thornburg's look at the week in electoral and political news. Join the millions of quarantiners, sirens, helicopters, barking dogs, and computer beeps who love our podcast and tell your friends about BTL!  Then rate us on iTunes or find us FacebookTwitterTumblrStitcher, or Instagram!

 

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October 18, 2020 @ 9:57 pm

BTL #372 - Who Needs The News - 10/19/20

In Which We Discuss:

1. Americans everywhere vote early, wish they could now just sleep for weeks and wake up on November 4th. 

2. Amy Coney Barrett is awful, but is there anyone worse than Dianne Feinstein?

3. Biden hits Trump where it hurts the most: TV ratings.

4. Trump now banking all his election hopes on locking up all Democrats.

5. The NY Post posts the postiest election conspiracy theory yet. 

6. In a shocking departure from Trump, Chris Christie has mostly the right takeaways after his week in the ICU.

Brain Trust Live is Lila Nordstrom and Brent Thornburg's look at the week in electoral and political news. Join the millions of quarantiners, helicopters, barking dogs, and computer beeps who love our podcast and tell your friends about BTL!  Then rate us on iTunes or find us FacebookTwitterTumblrStitcher, or Instagram!

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October 15, 2020 @ 9:38 pm

The 2020 California Prop Guide: Audio Edition - 10/15/20

Looking for more insight and discussion on the uber-confusing CA props? We'll take you through all twelve of the CA props, confusion and all, and make sure you at least understand why you don't understand what you're voting on. Plus, we'll look to other states to see what voters there are being asked to parse!

 

Looking for a cheat sheet to take to the polls? Check out our PDF prop guide here: http://www.braintrustlive.com/blog/2020/9/29/the-btl-california-proposition-guide-nov-2020-general-election-is-out

 

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