In “A Leftscape 4th of July (Episode 6),” the co-hosts explore what it is to be patriotic in the United States in these troubled times. The conversation invites listeners to ponder these questions: What is patriotism to you in the time of Trump? Do you celebrate the country’s beauty, abundance, power, or potential? Does the current political climate find you shying away from waving the flag? Wendy Sheridan, Robin Renée, and Mary McGinley work through their thoughts on love of country, aspects of life in the U.S. both positive and painful, and resolve to reclaim the red, white, and blue. They welcome thoughts and comments on these themes from those within and outside the U.S.
The news discussion at the top of the show includes the federal court ruling to expedite reuniting children and adult family members who have been separated at the border, Sinclair Broadcast Group’s encroachment on anti-monopoly rules, Disney’s bid to purchase 21st Century Fox, the Janus decision, and the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. Mary has an anecdote to tell about how Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ being asked to leave The Red Hen restaurant took on a personal twist for her. Amidst the worrisome news, the black women-powered justice system in Fulton, GA is another good reason to celebrate.
Everyone takes a moment to share about songs that speak to the American experience. They take on the challenging and brilliant “This is America.” Among the favorites are Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man,” The Cowsill’s “Love American Style,” and Steve Forbert’s “The American in Me.”
Enjoy the Spotify playlist:
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Listen to The Leftscape – the shape of progressive conversation: “A Leftscape 4th of July (Episode 6).”