The Leftscape Podcast: ‘When Things Blow Up (Episode 15)’

This week, The Leftscape takes an unexpected vacation from political news to catch up on a personal update as Mary McGinleyWendy Sheridan, and Robin Renée talk about Mary’s Labor Day Weekend mishap. We hear quite a bit about her hospital stay, and though dealing with a broken ankle pain and immobility, Mary makes sure to remind listeners to call Congress to tell them to vote against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Wendy introduces the week’s main topic — when things blow up on Facebook. What do you do when you post a political meme or comment and come back later to find your normally mild-mannered friends torching your timeline? She expresses frustration with those who argue against her feminist posts and those who don’t acknowledge legitimate safety concerns women and other female-presenting people face. She also acknowledges her own gender bias. Robin wonders about how to talk to “well-meaning white people” (as the phenomenon is often termed on With Friends Like These) and recounts her realization that one can be aware and work through conflict as well as choose to step out of the fray.

Here are a few reasons to celebrate this week: National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, National Line Dance Week, Balance Awareness Week (Mary is a lot more aware now), Waffle Week, Days of Prayer and Remembrance, National Video Games Day, National Day of Encouragement, and International Day of the Programmer. Birthdays include Neil Peart, Ben Folds, Maurice Chevalier, and Barry White.

One more reason to celebrate: The winners of the limerick contest have been announced! Listen in to hear the co-hosts read limericks by Broken Humorous, Jay Dobkin, and David Sklar. Read them, comment, and share your own verse on the Leftscape website.

Listen to The Leftscape – the shape of progressive conversation: “When Things Blow Up (Episode 15).”


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