As uncool as it is when cell phones are the instruments used to call the authorities on unsuspecting black people sleeping, mowing the lawn, having a barbecue, or generally existing in public, it is at least a bit of a consolation prize that lately they are also being used to record these altercations for the world to see. Robin Renée shares insight into the everyday perils of living while black and recalls recording for Biff Bam Pop’s Podcast Network show Audacious Eleven just after being stopped by police. Wendy Sheridan and Mary McGinley join the discussion with observations and thoughts on the current barrage of stories of the trouble caused by the likes of Permit Patty, BBQ Becky, ID Adam, and others – private citizens going out of their way to “keep the peace” and maintain “law and order.” Mentioned in the mix is The Nation article, “The Social Shaming of Racists is Working.”
Other news includes the disruption of the Pride in London march by anti-trans lesbians, and the recent cancellation of several tour dates by Elvis Costello to allow him to rest and recover from cancer surgery. Offbeat U.S. celebrations of the day include National Hot Dog Day and National Caviar Day, but as longtime entrepreneurs since before the naming of “the gig economy,” Wendy, Robin, and Mary make a special point to highlight National Independent Retailers Week.
If you are in the mood to check out some of the media that The Leftscape podcasters are into this summer, here are a few things to explore: Pod Save America, Lovett of Leave It, 2 Dope Queens, The Unofficial Expert, How to Draw Comics, Babylon 5, The Expanse, Florence Foster Jenkins, Armed Forces, Kamakiriad, You Must Remember This, AskBiGirlz, Mueller, She Wrote, and Beyond Yacht Rock.
Listen to The Leftscape – the shape of progressive conversation: “Permit Patty Problems (Episode 8).”