The Leftscape is known for dealing with some challenging issues from time to time, but this is the first episode that has been given an official heads up. “Rant, Rock, Reflect” carries a content warning for discussion of sexual harassment and sexual assault. And though listeners are likely used to a few f-bombs and other colorful language on the show, this one has a bit more cursing that usual. Ok, on with the show summary…
What are the tapes that run in your head? Which beliefs and thought patterns are hidden in your psyche that show up and catch you unaware? What is the assumption behind what you are drawn to and what you avoid? Which preferences are you comfortable with? Which are prejudices that you work to release? Sparked by the main topic in “When Things Blow Up (Episode 15),” Robin Renée, Mary McGinley, and Wendy Sheridan reflect on some of their own personal biases regarding gender, intelligence, race, ethnicity, and culture.
The week’s news, still dominated by the Kavanaugh U.S. Supreme Court nomination and its fallout, includes the protests at Yale by those who oppose the nomination, and the power and personal impact of #whyididntreport. The conversation morphs into a righteous rant on sexual harassment in the workplace and anywhere/everywhere else. Wendy is mad as hell, and for good reason.
The show begins by welcoming October with mentions of only a sampling of the month’s observances: Self-Promotion Month, Vegetarian Month, Squirrel Awareness Month, Bat Appreciation Month, World Menopause Month, Feral Hog Month, and Sarcasm Month are just a few. In the “Why is this Awesome?” segment, Robin sings the praises of the debut full length album of one of her all-time favorite bands, Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!
The Leftscape – the shape of progressive conversation: “Rant, Rock, Reflect (Episode 18).”