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What'd you miss if you skipped Daily Kos Radio yesterday? Well, some of it was like this:

Jennifer Rubin's horrible column:


You can find all of yesterday's highlights here, and the full show podcast here. (Now with links to non-Flash players that you can even access on your mobile devices.)

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What's happening in Congress today?

In the House

Late start, and nothing but suspensions today. Though it's of some slight interest that one of the suspension bills is the FY13 Foreign Relations Authorization bill. Ordered reported out of committee by voice vote, it sounds like they might actually have basic agreement on this one and be able to get the job done.

In the Senate

After failing to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to the DISCLOSE Act yesterday, the Senate pulled an all-nighter (well, a til-1-am-er, I guess) on the subject, and will reconsider the vote today. No telling where they'll go next if the vote fails again. Why did the Senate stay in session all night for this? I don't know. I think they thought it was dramatic. I hate to get down on 'em when they try to generate some excitement, but they do these things to highlight the absurdity of filibusters, but the thing is, no Republicans have to talk. The Republicans are perfectly happy to leave the floor and go relax. So what ends up happening is that a bunch of Democrats make themselves tired, but that's about it.

On the Radio

I'm predicting a strong chance of continued Bain storms for Tuesday, with instability in the atmosphere remaining throughout the week. DemFromCT will join us for his regular morning shift, and we'll see if we can't pull a few surprises, too. Come on by, and let me know via Twitter what's burning up the wires in your world. And bring the kiddies, why don't ya? (Well, maybe not. We sometimes take extra advantage of not being regulated by the FCC, if you know what I mean.)

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Comment Preferences

  •  for today's shows (6+ / 0-)

    "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

    by Greg Dworkin on Tue Jul 17, 2012 at 05:37:48 AM PDT

  •  One suggestion (4+ / 0-)

    You should also publicize the SHOUTCast smart phone app. It's the main reason that I started listening this week.

    I saw someone tweet that being on the west coast they couldn't listen since they were in the process of getting ready for work and then travelling to the office.

    That's my situation from where I am. But yesterday I literally carried you around with me from the bedroom getting ready to the kitchen eating breakfast to the car driving in to the office and then sitting at my desk for that first hour as Ministry of Truth took over.

    So mention the app in the diary body and also in some tweets to get the word out :-)

    Oh, and good morning. We are going to go shower now


  •  You better apologize (0+ / 0-)

    Yes!  I am listening!

  •  Since Bain & Co was the cult (0+ / 0-)

    Does the name Bain have something to do with what the cult had for a mission statement?

  •  Talk radio is boring (0+ / 0-)

    I don't listen to talk radio because it is boring. When Daily Kos announced Daily Kos Radio I thought it might be different. It isn't. It's boring. I'm sorry, but for Christ's sake do it differently. It's fine to use right-wing formats, but Jeeze Louise do them better. Take them, transform them, own them.

    In this sound-snippet you talk about the difference between Jennifer Rubin and Ezra Klein. The difference isn't to do with their opinions, but with their writing styles. Jennifer Rubin uses pointed adjectives to prod her readers to her conclusions. Ezra uses well-developed arguments based on facts. Hers is a goad, his is an invitation. Daily Kos Radio should be to right-wing talk radio what Ezra Klein is to right-wing blog writing. You may be broadcasting lefty things, but you sound exactly like right-wing radio. It's a total turn-off.

    Don't grouse to make a point. Whining is the audio equivalent of pointed adjectives. Who does that? Children and Rush Limbaugh, that's who. Why does Rush do it? Because his audience is stupid. Don't condescend to us! Develop an article and deliver it without relying on cheap short cuts like verbal cues.

    Be prepared. If you're going to mention a right-wing blogger know the man's name for crying out loud. Make sure your guests are prepared, too. In the SHOUTcast you sound like a couple of kids discussing Mitt Romney over Fruit Loops. Become worthy of the Ministry of Truth.

    I can't tell you how angry it makes me when progressives appropriate conservative vehicles and then drive them badly. Talk radio reaches a specific demographic. It isn't interested in our point of view. People who are interested don't listen to talk radio. Liberal talk radio struggles badly. So why use their model to reach our demographic? If you're going to use radio, do it in a way that isn't "talk". Reinvent it.

    •  which segment did you listen to? (0+ / 0-)

      mine? feedback welcome.

      "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

      by Greg Dworkin on Tue Jul 17, 2012 at 09:23:15 AM PDT

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    •  i totally agree.... (0+ / 0-)

      the radio show is incoherent and unfocused. they should realize that they need to be prepared on what they say...all radio hosts used scripts...the jennifer rubin segment amounted to saying that jennifer rubin is a bad person. very juvenile. do some research on her.

      i hope dkos keeps the show on, but media has to have some professionalism.

      •  You might like some of the other ones. (0+ / 0-)

        You know what shows you might like better? How about the ones where I explained some of the details of Congressional procedure? I don't think anyone else will spend the time I spend explain the dynamics of the filibuster in the Senate, or the motion to recommit in the House. I wonder if that would be more to your liking.

        Hey, not everybody's going to love the show. And not every host is going to have in mind the same long-term goals for what progressive radio should be.

        But I think it's fair to say we've had a pretty good mix of subjects, and approached them in very different ways.

  •  Going to give it a try (0+ / 0-)

    Talk radio can be a turnoff if the host isn't prepared and informed. I really don't like it when someone gives their opinion about something (even if I agree ) and they can't back it up with facts. Alex Bennett can waste more airtime talking about nothing ( not prepared) and I have to agree with Rush on this: Bill Press ( nice fellow) is not a mental giant. The reason Thom Hatrmann and Randi Rhodes are my favorite talk shows is because when you are done listening you feel like you've been in class and now you need to finish your homework.

    Since talk radio is over 90% conservative, I'm always hopeful that liberal talk will succeed. I will definitely check this out. Best of luck!

  •  Great show (0+ / 0-)

    It gets better every day.  I had to go find Rocky Mountain Mike's 'Come on Baby Mitt's a Liar', and I had to facebook link it.  It's great!

  •  Could you please include... (0+ / 0-)

    the direct stream URL in the "how to listen" info? Those of us that plug the url into wherever/however we're listening would be grateful!

    FYI, it's

    "But hate wears you down, and does not hurt your enemy. It is like taking poison and wishing your enemy would die." - - Cherokee saying

    by brillig on Tue Jul 17, 2012 at 10:52:46 AM PDT

  •  left wing radio (0+ / 0-)

    has to be as radically left as the right wing is extremist right.

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