231 The Freedom Show – Life and Liberty of the Constitution

It’s the 4th of July which means it’s my old roomie and pal Mary’s Birthday. Now that’s worth celebrating!!!

Today I teach Con Law 101. Okay, not really, but I wanted to deepen my understanding of the 14th Amendment which I haven’t thought about in detail since law school. While the language, “No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws,” seems straight forward to me as it relates to body autonomy, the Supreme Court has battled over the concept of liberty and the right to privacy for decades. I wanted to understand why. I enter the rabbit hole to the recent Supreme Court decision in Dobbs and end with my unfortunate and cynical conclusion that the court interprets the laws the way it wants to. 

Admittedly, it’s not an easy task wrangling the different thoughts and opinions from over the years, but truthfully I don’t know why we are turning to precedent that existed when women had no official rights under the constitution. That being said, there is plenty of common law to show that abortion was not criminalized prior to the quickening stage, and that often abortion was criminalized to protect the life of the mother because abortion practices were quite dangerous. I also don’t understand why the issue at hand isn’t a women’s right to body autonomy and to make personal and private health decisions. I can only conclude it’s because if that was the “right” that was to be reviewed and balanced against a State’s interest, the Court would be hard pressed to come to the same decision. There was zero consideration, review, analysis or balancing of a woman’s interest in her health as it relates to the often life threatening and nearly always life changing state of being pregnant. We’ve officially returned to the dark ages. 

References:

Cornell Law School Civil Rights

The Dobbs Decision Has Unleashed Legal Chaos for Doctors and Patients article in the New Yorker.

Sirius Gateway Info is -> here.

We listened to these songs throughout the show to give us a chance to digest and be inspired…You can’t hear them here because I don’t have the rights to them, but you can still enjoy them on your own time.

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#179 “Free Your Mind” with Theresa

Following up on my first annual “freedom” themed show, this year, I return to the book, You Are Now Less Dumb, to continue sharing about different cognitive biases we all likely have. Last year I touched on “Narrative Bias” (you are a being capable of logic and reason who falls short of that ideal in predictable ways) and “The Backfire Effect” (when your deepest convictions are challenged by contradictory evidence, your beliefs get stronger). This year I turn to “The No True Scotsman Fallacy” (you will shift your definitions to protect your ideologies) and “The Illusion of Asymmetric Insight” (you are driven to create and form groups and then believe others are wrong just because they are others). But first, I talk about “self delusion” from the introduction to the book which gives a nice overview of our general misconceptions. Why do I care about these things? Well because I fancy myself an independent thinker, but the only real way to be sure of that, if surety is even possible, is for me to look for holes in my thinking and this book does a fabulous job of helping me to see where I fall short. So, if you too want to free your mind and be truly independent, then this is the show for you!

Here’s my article on “unhiddenness.”

You can hear my accompanying playlist featuring “Dreaming” by Blondie, “Roam” by the B52’s, “Freedom” by George Michael, “Holiday” by Madonna, “”Free Your Mind” by En Vogue, “Freedom” by Beyonce, “My Power” by Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians, and my fave “Revolution” by the Heartless Bastards, lyrics below:

Where you going, my friend?
Have you forgotten when
There was a time filled with hope instead of fear that’s in your heart
There was a time when life was simple and innocent to start
Do you remember?
Do you remember?

Where you going, my friend?
Have you forgotten when
There was a time when false information wasn’t so rampant in the sphere
There was a time when you weren’t questioning everything you hear
Do you remember?
Do you remember?

Constantly being advertised, your life commercialized and disguised
As happiness in pills and potions, fancy threads and cars in motion
Hypnotized by gilded lies to line the pockets of so few
While hungry politicians feed bullshit to the masses
To ensure their statuses and further divide the classes

Uh-huh

And you were born with a voice so open up and speak your mind
Raise consciousness and elevate how we all relate don’t hesitate
No need to be better or smarter than anybody else
Leave judgement at the door for others and yourself

The revolution is in your mind
The revolution is in your mind
The revolution is in your mind
The revolution is in your mind

Big Brother’s watching you and trying to sell you something new
And I just want to take away take away the blues
Big Brother’s watching you and trying to sell you something new
And I just want to take away take away the blues

The revolution is in your mind
The revolution is in your mind
The revolution is in your mind
The revolution is in your mind

Revolution
Revolution
Revolution
Revolution

When I get up, oh, I get up in the morning
All I really want is the truth
Oh, when I open my eyes and I get up in the morning
All I really need is the truth

You were born with a voice so open up and speak your mind
Raise consciousness and elevate how we all relate don’t hesitate
No need to be better or smarter than anybody else
Leave judgement at the door for others and yourself

The revolution is in your mind
The revolution is in your mind
The revolution is in your mind
The revolution is in your mind

When I get up, oh, I get up in the morning
All I really want is the truth
Oh, when I open my eyes and I get up in the morning
All I really need is the truth

Revolution
Revolution
Revolution
Revolution

The revolution is in your mind
The revolution is in your mind
The revolution is in your mind
The revolution is in your mind

Revolution
Revolution
Revolution
Revolution

The revolution is in your mind
The revolution is in your mind
The revolution is in your mind
The revolution is in your mind

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#126 “Freedom, Love, Joy and Peace” with Theresa

Today it’s just me, Theresa, talking about freedom and independence with a little help from some musicians and the book, You Are Now Less Dumb by David McRaney. Why this show? Why this format? The 4th of July stirs up lots of thoughts and feelings for me so I seek to find some answers or get clearer on the narratives that drive these thoughts and feelings. We’ll dive into the Declaration of Independence, some history, a cursory overview of narrative bias and the backfire effect which is basically a biased narrative problem, and how these biases may affect how we view our history and the current events unfolding in our world today. Oh our poor, little, infallible brains!

NOTE: I cannot play all these songs in their entirety on the podcast because of rights so if you want to hear the show as it aired you can catch it on Radio Kingston’s website!

Here’s the NPR playlist that I reference, and the following songs are played in an effort to expand the base of narratives that shape our understanding of history. 

“Joanne Little” by Sweet Honey in the Rock, “Supper Time” by Ethel Waters, “Strange Fruit” by Billie Holiday, “Another Man Done Gone” and “Trouble So Hard” by Vera Hall, “Alabama” by John Coltrane, “Wade the Water to My Knees” by the McIntosh County Shouters, “Land of the Free” by Esperanza Spalding, “America” by Prince. Here’s a Spotify playlist with the available songs.

Today’s show was produced, engineered and edited by me 🙂 blame me!!

We also heard music from Shana Falana!

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#24 Jen Shagawat (Shellshag, Starcleaners) “Freedoms and Staying True to Your Dreams Through it All”

It’s Independence Day, and today we’re Girl Talking about the meaning of independence for ourselves and for everyone. For those of you wanting to work on your own white privilege, check out Wild Mystic Woman on Instagram.

Shana and Theresa continue the conversation around eating habits and healing ourselves, freeing ourselves you might say from the emotional pull of food, and Shana shares from her journaling on her own personal beliefs. If you want support in this conversation around intuitive eating, tune into the Food Psych Podcast with Christy Harrison.

We also get to hear a fun and wild ride of an interview Shana did with her original "i want what SHE has" gal pal, Jen Shagawat, musician and producer, owner of Jewel Street Studio in Brooklyn, NY, drummer and singer for the band Shellshag, co-creator of Shellshonic Shag-O-Vision and owner of Starcleaner Records. Check out Jen’s doc on the band the Slits HERE! Whew…enjoy the show, and let’s work together to make sure all beings are safe, happy and free!

Next week’s guests are Cal Patch, maker extraordinaire and Theresa’s sewing guru, and Hawley Hussey, artist, writer, educator and activist. Until then, Love YOURSELF and uplift one another!!!

Wild Mystic Woman
https://www.instagram.com/wildmysticwoman/

Food Psych with Christy Harrison
https://christyharrison.com/foodpsych/

Jen Shagawat
http://www.starcleaner.com/
http://www.slitsdoc.com/about-1.html

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