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Dec 11, 2016

The time to hesitate it through

No time to wallow in the mire...

This week we face the facts, put on our long pants and marching boots and launch the first volleys at the orangeatang.


Here is the Rick Perlstein article Michele mentions: Meet The Press 


From The Nation magazine, 5 Practical Principles to Guide Our Work Under Trump

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Dec 3, 2016

Anytime is the right time to get serious about your relationship with food, but for some reason, it's a timely topic during the Nov-Dec food fest we call "the holidays".

Michele Happe began her work with addiction with Dr. Judi Hollis, a vanguard in the fields of alcohol addiction and food obsession.

This episode is an informal discussion about our relationship with food and how to develop a livable relationship with what we eat, why we eat and how much.  Whether you have an issue with your weight or are just curious about the subject, you'll enjoy this discussion on food and eating.  Judy and Michele talk about eating attachment and how the concepts have changed over the past 50 years.  They also discuss the similarities and differences between Alcoholics Anonymous and Overeaters Anonymous.

Find out more, or post your questions on the Judi Hollis website.  Be sure to check out her book "Fat Is A Family Affair", now in its 2nd edition.  Of course, you can also discuss here or on the IMT Facebook page.



Nov 18, 2016

The Democrats now know why they lost and the goal is clear, they have to win back voters and get them to the polls.  They have 3 distinct choices to get there, or they can find some combination of them.

One thing for sure, they need fresh faces in Congressional leaders.  The old guard has got to go.  Just as rural Americans voted for Trump, not so much what he said he was going to do, but just to send a message to America, something different is needed.

We discuss this at length and debate why Tim Ryan should replace Nancy Pelosi.  Perhaps this floor speech from 2006 will convince you, he's the firebrand we need at this crucial time.

Thanks for listening.  Please considering subscribing to this podcast and liking us on iTunes.

We're looking for some millennials to be on the podcast. If you're interested you can email to or post to us on the blog or FB page.


Nov 17, 2016

There are many good opinion pieces being written in the near post-election days about the looming battle among GOP establishment, Conservative hardliners and shameless Trump lackey wannabes.  They're coming from both sides and they all strike a similar tone that doesn't bode well for Trump.

Also in these post-election times, news sources are coming out of the woodwork. Russian hacking is epidemic and it's hard to tell truth from lies.   You'll get some good tips how to recognize it.

To close, Samantha Bee made a call to action regarding Paul Ryan's comment about not being aware of the 400+ hate crime incidents since the President he endorsed but didn't support was elected.  Sam suggests we all print out a story and mail it to the address shown below.

Links for this IMT Moment:

The GOP and Trump's appointments

I told conservatives to work for Trump. One talk with his team changed my mind.

Steve Bannon Is Not a Nazi—But Let’s Be Honest about What He Represents

Intraparty fratricide looms over the GOP

The triumphant GOP is mired in crisis after crisis

Fake News, How to Avoid It

An Extremely Helpful List of Fake and Misleading News Sites to Watch Out For

Here's the list

Samantha Bee's Call to Action

A Letter You Can Send Paul Ryan

Nov 4, 2016

We're back after a 3 week hiatus for our collective mental health.  In this last podcast before the election we make our predictions and discuss the constantly changing dynamics of what's now a surreal electoral situation.

We're starting to turn a new corner and get into more cultural/social issues and put politics on the back burner.  Michele, our resident mental health professional, has been interested in the connection between poverty and mental illness.  We talk about how it's handled in other countries who make it a priority. Two of the sources she talks about this week are:

Poverty Can Lead to Mental Illness (NPR)  and

The Original Underclass (The Atlantic)


Finally one last plea to get out an vote if you haven't already.  

Take care and thanks for listening.  Post your comments and questions here and on Facebook, we love hearing from you.

Oct 15, 2016

Keeping up with Trump revelations is exhausting. By late October, he'll be caught whacking it outside a nunnery. There are not many places left for this thing to go that don't involve kids or cannibalism. We wait, miserably, for the dong shot.  ~Matt Taibbi

This week is devoted solely to women's issues and how they have shaped the last weeks of the campaign from hell.

Oct 7, 2016

The VP debates turned out to be an event despite the major pundit predictions of a snooze-fest.  Who won is determined by your criteria preference being either style (Pence) or substance (Kaine).  As hurricane Matthew surges towards the U.S. no one seems to want to mention the climate change elephant in the room.  Lastly, after having written off Clinton in Ohio, she's back leading in some polls mostly because Trump can't keep his cake-hole shut and is making some blue collar voters think twice.

Thanks for listening!


Sep 30, 2016

ToniD fills in for Bill this week as she, Michelle and Chris dissect the debate, ponder Trump's trauma and decide that it's only going to double down in the second debate. For the 3rd party people consider it perfectly sane to vote Green, seriously.  The reasons are many in this article by Paul Street.  Please, stop fretting over der Donald's neofascist nightmare.  Now's not the time, but it is the time to not get distracted from true progressive issues.

I heard this discussion the day after we made the podcast on BBC World Service "Challenging America's Two Party System" and hope everyone gives it a listen.  Great panel including Lawrence Lessig.

All this and more.  Thanks to all the listeners!  Be sure to like us on iTunes.

Sep 23, 2016

Bill's off this week so Michele and I tried to fill the void but that just can't be done!  We pondered the causes and consequences of the police killings of black men in Virginia and Oklahoma and then turned our sites on the first Presidential debates on Sept. 26.

We'd love to hear from you on FB or email  and don't forget to like us on iTunes.

Thanks for listening

Sep 9, 2016

It's amazing we got this episode in the can.  Several "connectivity" issues in the ether this week climaxing in Bill getting completely cut-off just as he was closing his argument.  We'll finish that thought next week when Michele's off to the coast.  This week we talk the absence of Labor Day, what happens when a game host hosts a political event, what that holds for the 3 Presidential debates and who is worse on war?

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Sep 2, 2016

Finally, a week not totally filled with election drivel, but where to start?  What about the stories suggesting the 2016 election could be hacked?  What about the sweetheart deal Ireland made with Apple?  Now that we know it's OK not to end the podcast on a happy note, what about the capitalists now having total control of the planet?   C'mon and listen up, there still are plenty laughs to be had.   We'd love to hear your comments..

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Spray painted on a train/subway trestle

Aug 26, 2016

Innocent until proven guilty is a protection for those tossed into the legal system.  This doesn't apply to political candidates vying for the most important job on the planet.  Money and favors have been the hot topic this week in the news.  What exactly did donors get or not get from giving money to the Clinton foundation is not the real problem.  The real problem is it opens the question "Was there any corruption".  This question should never have come up in the first place.   We discussed it at length.  What do you think?

Another week passed with too much Trump mind numbing brain games.  We didn't discuss this at length, the trauma has taken it's toll on the team.

In the search for solutions to our problems with democracy, we revisited our topic last week of jobs in the "gig" economy.  Yes! magazine has several great pieces on it in the current issue.   Read: As 9-to-5 Jobs Vanish, Look Who’s Reinventing the Working World.

Aug 19, 2016

Until people realize our economic system is based on a lucky few at the expense of everyone else, American families will continue to disintegrate.  We saw it happen when folks moved from Appalachia to what's now the Rust Belt and we see it today after those jobs have left and most new jobs don't pay a living wage.

There is a way out and that's what we discuss this week on IMT.

Aug 12, 2016

Our most controversial and best discussion yet.  Since the 1950's America's families have faced major changes.  We've gone from the single family breadwinner to you can't work enough jobs to pay the bills. Michele, Bill and Chris get into the weeds and decide we've only scratched the surface on this topic.  

We start the show with some media Show 'N Tell on stories that have caught our eye and Bill follows up from last week with what's he's learned about foreign money in U.S. elections.  Michele talks about the DEA's non-action and Chris shares how the GOP's play to the lowest denominator has backfired.

Brace yourselves!


Foreign Money in U.S. Elections

DEA- No Change in Marijuana Classification

How GOP Anti-Intellectualism Gave Rise to Trump

Aug 5, 2016

The time is right to change the American narrative from the one of the last 40 years written in favor of conservatives by corporations and neoliberal Democrats who have been supplying the corporate friendly policies they ask for paid by roundabout donations through the SCOTUS created sewer that is Citizens United. 

We ponder the old, what could be the new and would it make any difference.  Inspiration for the topic came from It’s Time to Cultivate a New Grand Narrative by Harvey J. Kaye.

On keeping with our promise to share information each one on the team offers up a link you might enjoy

Bill: Foreign Influence A series exploring how money from abroad has entered the 2016 presidential election thanks to Citizens United. From the intercept.

Michele: Landlord Nation: Boomers’ New Retirement Plan Is Millennials Paying Rent The foreclosure crisis turned America into a market of renters—and rent collectors. From Bloomberg

Chris: Harvard Republican Club Issues Blistering Non-Endorsement Of Trump, Breaking 128-Year Streak  Some light reading

Aug 2, 2016

Today, August 2, Trump kicked a mom with a crying baby from his rally and then later joked about receiving a Purple Heart handed to him by a supporter. 

This podcast borrows heaving from an article published July 32 on Salon by Chauncey Devega "Who wins? Trump and the GOP’s doctrine of fear vs. Hillary and the Democrats’ hopeful and progressive vision"

It's time to give  up trying to figure out why people support Trump.  It's time to focus on getting him defeated soundly in November but doing all you can do to get all your friends and family to the polls/absentee ballot.   Trying to figure how these people feel about Trump is like trying to explain what love is.  Though, you might come closer if you approached it from the hate angle.

Also, Jim Hightower explains why the Republican Party Platform is worth getting behind.

Thanks for listening. Michele, Bill will be back to set me straight later this week.

Take care


Jul 30, 2016

Both conventions failed to mask the faces of discontent on their convention floors. Here's an editorial from uncovering the facade painted by the DNC on a convention scarred from the beginning by yet another email scandal.  We also hear from Jim Hightower on what the unhappy voters on the left are doing, in conjunction with Republicans, Greens and Libertarians, as a result of The People's Summit held this summer in Chicago.

Jul 29, 2016

The drama of both conventions has played out kinda like we expected. Both parties are seeing members leave because they can't support the nominee.  What does this mean for the election? Michele, Bill and Chris go places you won't hear on the M$M.

Jul 25, 2016

Some folks can always get what they want, but how do they do it and why?  How do you set your boundaries?  How do you know if you even have boundaries?   Michele wanted to release some inner tension today because her mom scolded her for not using a wooden spoon to stir the sauce.  She explains the ways controllers get what they want and what you can do to keep from always having to give in. YOU MUST LISTEN TO THIS OR YOU ARE A BAD, BAD, PERSON! :-)  I kid, I kid!

Jul 23, 2016

Since the Fairness Doctrine was killed, the mainstream media has been turned into a revenue generating machine.  Content is not designed to inform but to make you tune in to get the ratings to be able to charge more for commercials.

All is not lost, new sources are appearing all the time.  They come and go but some have taken root.  Michele, Bill and Chris share their's.  What's in your earbuds?  Let us know.

Jul 22, 2016

Michele and Chris reconnect with former podcast pal, Bill (aka cent, aka Willie). Chris wants to know what's going to happen to Bernie's populist uprising.  What will become of all the changes he's pushed into the Clinton playbook?  What will really happen in the Clinton White House?  What is the future of the Democratic Party and are there any competitors on the horizon?

Jul 15, 2016

Did you think you had your last civics class?  Guess not.  We're not political scientists or history professors but we're ready for a refresher on democracy and how it unites and divides a nation that struggles with individual vs the rights of everyone.

Michele and Chris wrestle with this brain-twister and also cherry pick from today's current events.




Jul 12, 2016

Michele and Chris discuss the connections between the economy, the elections, the media and violence.  How we fix our mindset to memes shutting out any hope for compromise.

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