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June 26, 2022 @ 10:28 pm

6/27/22 - The End of Roe/World Roundtable

In Which We Discuss:

We’re doing a roundtable about the end of Roe and…that’s basically it.

 

About Our Guests:

BEN SOFTNESS is an old friend of Lila’s who spent years as partner at a DC law firm, where he briefed half a dozen cases in the Supreme Court on issues of statutory and constitutional law. He’s the author of an article on how the Supreme Court is usually incrementalist and avoids seismic shifts in the law to protect its legitimacy —an article who's premise was recently disproven! He is also the reformed Republican from Lila’s book, Some Kids Left Behind, available wherever books are sold.

SASCHA MEISEL is a lawyer and friend of the pod who’s experience in campaign work and the law seemed relevant here. And also she’s Lila's personal lawyer b/c sometimes Lila gets into her car and cries until she gives her legal advice.

 

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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May 15, 2022 @ 9:28 pm

5/16/22 - Stupidity Week

In Which We Discuss:

1. Protests should feel more like protests and less like guitar circles: A graduate thesis from Brain Trust Live.

2. Somehow Donald Trump missed the opportunity to endorse a pro-rape candidate in the PA primaries, and that seems like an oversight.

3. There’s nobody to vote FOR on the LA mayoral ballot, just people to vote against.

4. Biden had a prime stupidity week, but at least the deficit is going down.

5. Baby formula: Let’s find some.

6. Student Loans: Let’s cancel some.

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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April 3, 2022 @ 6:41 pm

4/4/22 - GOP Obsessions

In Which We Discuss:

1. New York is the only place on earth insane enough to continually come for Amazon…and win.

2. Trump’s phone logs - or lack thereof - are the latest in his ongoing quest to one-up Richard Nixon. 

3. The White House is very concerned about the effect of inflation on the defense budget, not as concerned about it impacting your ability to eat.

4. Known liar Madison Cawthorn finally gets in trouble for telling an absolutely unbelievable story that’s…probably his first true one.

5. The KBJ SCOTUS hearings prove once again that the GOP cannot think of anything other than child pornography. 

6. America’s least-favorite slam poet is ready to bring crazy sentence syntax back to Washington.

 

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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February 28, 2022 @ 11:56 pm

3/1/22 - LA Needs A Mayor [w/ guest Chris Melody Fields Figueredo of BISC]

In Which We Discuss:

1. Our guest Chris Melody Fields Figueredo of Ballot Initiative Strategy Center joins us to talk props and progressive policy!

2. The LA Mayor’s race update you forgot you needed!

3. And the Love is Blind recap that you knew you needed

4. Joe Biden finally delivers on a campaign promise in appointing Ketanji Brown Jackson to SCOTUS

5. In all this week’s excitement, you probably forgot about the SOTU. It’s today!

6. What a dick move to start a war right now, two years into a pandemic. People haven’t even gone to their first party yet!

 

Find the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center (BISC) Online:

Twitter: @BallotStrategy

Instagram: @BallotStrategy

Web: www.ballot.org

 

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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January 30, 2022 @ 10:14 pm

1/31/22 - More Binders Full of Women [w/ guest Kat Calvin]

In Which We Discuss:

1. Our long-promised guest Kat Calvin is finally here!

2. Biden is collecting his own binders full of women for Breyer’s soon-to-be-open SCOTUS seat.

3. After 36 years of single handedly saving democracy, Pelosi assures us she will run again!

4. We incepted the San Jose Mayor to try gun insurance and couldn’t be more excited!

5. The Olympics are here, so you can finally experience the splendor of living through the Golden Age of Ice Dancing TM.

6. Of course the Bidens are cat people.

Find Kat and Her Work Online:

 

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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January 9, 2022 @ 9:54 pm

1/10/22 - Thanks, Teachers! [w/ guest Carissa Byrne Hessick]

In Which We Discuss:

1. Carissa Byrne Hessick joins us to talk about her book Punishment Without Trial: Why Plea Bargaining is a Bad Deal.

2. COVID is everywhere thanks to…teachers?

3. Jobs: You can now even do them with COVID!

4. Voting: What if we could protect your ability to do it

5. Chris Matthews and Hillary Clinton chime in with a message from the bunker.

6. Madison Cawthorn ends his marriage to a Crossfit Influencer who may or may not be a Russian spy.

 

* Follow Carissa on Twitter: @CBHessick

* Buy Carissa's Book: Punishment Without Trial: Why Plea Bargaining is a Bad Deal

 

* Buy Lila's Book: Some Kids Left Behind

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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June 27, 2021 @ 9:16 pm

6/28/21 - Ennui on the Funeral Crashing Circuit

In Which We Discuss:

1. We’re starting with Britney. For the clicks.

2. The votes are in in the New York City mayor’s race. So we’ll tell you who won in one to two months!

3. Infrastructure. We’ve got nothing left on this one.

4. SCOTUS went so far to the dark side that Clarence Thomas had to speak up.

5. Don’t worry, you can still go to prison for longer than Derek Chauvin if you put your mind to it. Or if you just happen to be Black.

6. Apparently the funeral crashing circuit got boring.

 

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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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October 4, 2020 @ 9:41 pm

BTL #370 - VIP Superspreader Event [w/ Special Guest Grant Sloss] - 10/5/20

In Which We Discuss [w/ special guest Grant Sloss]:

1. White House host nation’s first VIP-only, black-tie superspreader event. 

2. Trump now attempting to die of COVID in a last-ditch attempt to get out of a massive IRS bill and crushing debt.

3. The first presidential debate (and likely the last) was, in the words of Jake Tapper, “a hot mess inside a dumpster fire, inside a train wreck.”

4. Cal Cunningham is part of the exact kind of lame sexting scandal you’d expect from a DNC-backed moderate. But don’t worry, Thom Tillis has COVID.

5. Another year, another set of Prop 13 battles hit the California ballot.

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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September 20, 2020 @ 9:48 pm

BTL #368 - Worst Case Scenario - 9/21/20

In Which We Discuss:

1. Early voting has begun in four states and is coming to you too!

2. RBG passed away, ushering in a worst case scenario for democracy

3. Mitch McConnell is a hypocrite. Stop being shocked by that

4. Joe Biden takes credit for inventing what drag queens have been doing for months to get people to events mid-pandemic

5. We’re voting #no on the California ballot even containing these two props

6. New updates on the deer Chuck Grassley hit eight years ago

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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June 21, 2020 @ 9:56 pm

BTL #355 - The Emptysburg Address - 6/22/20

 

In Which We Discuss:

1. Hillary Clinton bravely comes off the sidelines to endorse a 16 term incumbent

2. Trump reveals himself to be an expert ramp physicist at his sparsely attended Tulsa rally

3. Neil Gorsuch borrows Dick Cheney’a hunting rifle for this week’s SCOTUS decisions

4. John Bolton’s Moustache finally reveals its secrets! 

5. “Law and Order” president signs entirely predictable policing executive order amidst nationwide protest

6. Klobuchar withdraws from VP race, seemingly unaware that the rest of us had proactively withdrawn her weeks ago

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, 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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