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What Would Bernie Sanders Do - The Podcast

In support of the progressive ideals of Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. In this first episode we get things going and state some Bernie fundamentals. Go to https://www.facebook.com/groups/whatwouldberniesandersdo for much more daily information on Bernie Sanders, 2016 candidate for president.
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Nov 14, 2017
Okay, it was SO long ago... I mean, shouldn't we just FORGET about how the DNC and Hillary Clinton's campaign fixed the presidential primary against Bernie Sanders? Uh... No. The subversion of our democracy by both parties is one of the primary (pun intended) reasons Presid*nt Trump's in office and Republicans are in power. And in typical Clintoncrat fashion, Donna Brazile publishes an expose on how the deck was stacked against Bernie... and THEN goes on CNN and says she believes the primary was a fair fight! Wait, what? 
 
But yes, Virginia, there is hope for honest legislators getting elected without using corporate dollars! Our interview guest,  U.S. Congressional Candidate for the 5th district of Illinois, Benjamin Thomas Wolf, is one of those Democrats. With an impressive resume ranging from the FBI to the State Department, Wolf responds with candor to our questions about running a grassroots campaign, military interventionism, the Second Amendment and much more. Our discussion with an honest and well-referenced public servant opens our eyes to the fact that we CAN indeed infiltrate and change the Democratic Party from the bottom up. 
 
So bottoms up, and remember--when you're fighting for what is right you're doing much more than just "resisting"! 
 
Find out much more about Benjamin Thomas Wolf by going here: https://www.wolfforcongress.org/

The What Would Bernie Sanders Do Podcast is Dr. Barry Kaufman with Host Darren Stephens and is produced in Chicago by Ruth Kaufman. Information on the podcast is supported by the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/whatwouldberniesandersdo/  Find us on Twitter and Instagram @wwbsdpodcast. Music by Robin Bienemann http://robinb.org/music.html. 

Sep 16, 2017
We tell Hillary Clinton "What Happened" because apparently nobody else will. In plain black and white, Clinton unwittingly exposes PRECISELY what happened by delivering a memoir which includes the kind of deception and divisiveness that turned the Democratic Party against its core values, all for the sake of serving the interests of Queen Clinton and her donor class. Yes, in plain black and white... but you'll see red after hearing her accusations against Bernie and the way blame is projected onto everyone -- except herself. 
 
Clinton must be jealous she's never possessed the prescience of Bernie Sanders, because the very Single Payer program Clinton predicted will (her quote) "never, ever come to pass" less than two years ago now has 16 prominent Democratic co-sponsors in the Senate. Bernie Sanders was ridiculed by corporate media (and corporate Democrats) for insisting that if enough people stand together they can implement fundamental change. But of course, Bernie is proven right again, as the same Democrats who wouldn't support his Single Payer bill in 2013 proudly sign on and speak out in favor of health care as right. 
 
Amidst all the donor-driven angst emerges a glimmer of hope, so continue fighting for what is right. The Political Revolution is alive and well--it must be if even the Democratic Party itself is Feeling the Bern!!
 
The What Would Bernie Sanders Do Podcast is Dr. Barry Kaufman with Host Darren Stephens, produced in Chicago by Ruth Kaufman. Information on the podcast is supported by the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/whatwouldberniesandersdo/. Learn more about how you can advocate for change in healthcare by going to https://www.healthcare-now.org. Find us on Twitter and Instagram @wwbsdpodcast. Music by Robin Bienemann http://robinb.org/music.html
Aug 28, 2017

Donald Trump fans wish it were 1861 again. Emboldened by Republican leaders who've reinforced hatred of the Federal Government that's existed since "liberals" took away their slaves, we all must suffer the ravages of an unresolved violent and racist history as Trump continues the party's "patriotic" mission of reducing access to education and health care for people of color and the poor.

Speaking of health care, Bernie Sanders is going to introduce his Medicare For All bill in the Senate, although he knows it won't pass. But in light of the Republican's mercenary and highly unpopular attempts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, Bernie understands now IS the time to keep the conversation going on a Single Payer plan--the American people are waking up to the fact that for-profit insurers are interested in one thing, and it's not their health.

Keep fighting for what we know is right! We can help Bernie by attending Town Halls with our representatives and becoming active on a local level. Make your voices heard and make a difference!

The What Would Bernie Sanders Do Podcast is Dr. Barry Kaufman with Host Darren Stephens and is produced in Chicago by Ruth Kaufman. Information on the podcast is supported by the Facebook page. Find us on Twitter and Instagram @wwbsdpodcast. Music by Robin Bienemann

May 7, 2017
Recorded May 5, 2017. Both parties have put us at the mercy of the for-profit health insurance industry for too long, and while Democrats sing "Nah-nah-hey-hey" at House Republicans for passing the treacherous "American Health Care Act", all this political football diminishes the health of millions of Americans . But the present charade on both sides of the aisle appears to have awakened many Americans and some politicians to the only viable answer: single payer healthcare.
 
Debbie Wasserman Schultz says "MYOB" to Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren for DARING to question the judgment of Barack Obama for accepting a $400,000 speaking fee from a Wall Street investment firm.  But the Democrats' close ties to Wall Street and Big Pharma are not only "our business"--they are a major reason we have Trump in the White House. Debbie and the Dems can run but they can't hide as we continue to call them out for working for the donors -- and against the interests of the 99%. 
 
"Progressive" media from MSNBC to Daily Kos attack Bernie Sanders for backing "anti-abortion" Democratic mayoral candidate Heath Mello in Omaha, and a "pro-gun" Democratic house candidate in Montana. As the Hillocrats look to marginalize Bernie, they offer insight as to why Democrats have lost a record number of legislative seats during President Obama's tenure.  Only Bernie seems to understand the true meaning of a "50-state strategy!" 
 
Tulsi Gabbard is one of the lone voices for peace in American politics. Her profound message is being condemned by "liberal" media and Democrats alike, so it is up to us to help her spread the word! 
 
The tide is turning, the Trauma of Trump and deception of the Democrats is awakening Americans to the fact that we have to work together to provide the services we all need to survive, so make the calls, attend the town halls, and work for progressive candidates on the local level. That's the best way to make sure this administration continues to Feel the Bern!
 
The What Would Bernie Sanders Do Podcast is Dr. Barry Kaufman with Host Darren Stephens and is produced in Chicago by Ruth Kaufman. Information on the podcast is supported by the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/whatwouldberniesandersdo/. Learn more about how you can help the campaign by going to www.berniesanders.com. Find us on Twitter and Instagram @wwbsdpodcast. Music by Robin Bienemann http://robinb.org/music.html. 
Apr 16, 2017

Let them eat chocolate cake...while we kill civilians. Who'll save us from WWIII? Certainly not the Republicans... but not the Democrats either! Prominent Democrats praise Trump's response to Syria and call for one of their own to be ousted from Congress for telling the truth! Of course, when what Tulsi Gabbard says exposes Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, Democrats once again choose party over people.

Speaking of party over people, Democrats start their "Unity Tour" with new DNC Chair Tom Perez visiting seven states with Bernie Sanders. And (we suppose) in the spirit of unity, Hillary Clinton now decides she's delighted with New York's free public college tuition plan, a plan she ridiculed during the presidential primary debates.

Bernie starts his own podcast (see below)! He offers reliable information about vital issues. This is the stuff that SHOULD be on MSNBC, but it appears Rachel Maddow and the rest think deflecting blame from the Democrats rests in massive amounts of coverage regarding.....RUSSIA! We give not only the disturbing numbers, but the irresponsible fearmongering Maddow engages in as the putative leader of the of the Democratic Party Media.

If you're still a fan of the very popular (according to widespread reports) Bernie Sanders you'll want to keep the focus on progressive struggles over education, healthcare and civil rights, and perhaps most importantly, steering our country away from nuclear confrontation.

The What Would Bernie Sanders Do Podcast is Dr. Barry Kaufman with Host Darren Stephens and is produced in Chicago by Ruth Kaufman. Information on the podcast is supported by the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/whatwouldberniesandersdo/. Find us on Twitter and Instagram @wwbsdpodcast. Music by Robin Bienemann http://robinb.org/music.html. 

Listen to Bernie Sanders' new podcast here! https://www.sanders.senate.gov/bernies-podcast

Host Darren has a new comedy podcast. Learn all about it here: www.gotmaf.com

 

 

Feb 20, 2017

Recorded February 17, 2017. Turn on NPR or other corporate media, and you're likely to hear Russia and/or Putin mentioned hundreds of times in a matter of hours. Dr K counted!

But how much did we hear about Gen. John Nicholson's statement to the Senate Armed Services Committee that after 15 years at war we're at a "stalemate" in Afghanistan? We discuss the general's underreported request for thousands more troops and billions in additional spending in the context of the propaganda campaign against Tulsi Gabbard's trip to Syria in search of a peaceful solution to our perpetual wars. What's the reason for so much discussion about Russia and so little mention of the consequences of our ongoing wars?

During their Town Hall debate on Obamacare, Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz embody the ideological rift between Americans. Bernie believes health care is a right and that we need to pool our resources to provide care for our fellow Americans. Ted Cruz follows the logic Hillary Clinton used during her primary campaign, that *access* to health care is a right and we need to make insurance plans affordable. But we've already heard this tune. You may have ACCESS to a Maserati, but will it really land in your garage?? 

So you say you want to change things from the ground up? Two members of Chicago's near west suburb Bellwood's School District 88 from share their insights on how and why they're campaigning as school board candidates: to prevent corruption and influence-peddling. Our guests inspired us with their passionate stories of why they want to change the culture to provide their children -- and ALL children -- with the education they deserve.

We provide a passing mention of Prez Trump in the context of why we should support organizations that are taking legal action against his administration. 'Nuff said.

As Bernie keeps reminding us, stay above the fray--focus on what really matters and get involved today!

The What Would Bernie Sanders Do Podcast is Dr. Barry Kaufman with Host Darren Stephens and is produced in Chicago by Ruth Kaufman. Information on the podcast is supported by the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/whatwouldberniesandersdo/. Learn more about how you can help the campaign by going to www.berniesanders.com. Find us on Twitter and Instagram @wwbsdpodcast. Music by Robin Bienemann http://robinb.org/music.html

Jan 30, 2017

Recorded January 27, 2017. You always hurt the one you love, and Trump loves the middle-class and veterans. Is it any surprise his first executive actions will inflict pain upon...the middle-class and veterans?

Bernie asks Trump's HHS cabinet nominee Tom Price if he believes healthcare is a right. When Dr. Price responds with the typical conservative dodge "we are a compassionate country", Bernie sets him straight. Unfortunately, the numbers place the United States toward the bottom of industrialized natIons when it comes to taking care of their most vulnerable.

Alternative facts are much less alternative when scientific facts are silenced. And the fossil fuel industry and agribiz are more profitable when they're able to pollute and poison. Let's join the "rogue" agencies trying to keep Americans informed about reality.

We'll be transitioning to emphasize direct action and information about how YOU can make a difference by infiltrating the political process at all levels. It's what Bernie Sanders has asked all of us to do!

The What Would Bernie Sanders Do Podcast is Dr. Barry Kaufman with Host Darren Stephens and is produced in Chicago by Ruth Kaufman. Information on the podcast is supported by the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/whatwouldberniesandersdo/. Learn more about how you can help the campaign by going to www.berniesanders.com. Find us on Twitter and Instagram @wwbsdpodcast. Music by Robin Bienemann http://robinb.org/music.html. 

Jan 17, 2017

Recorded January 13, 2017. Back in 1971, when Democrats were Democrats and Republicans were Republicans, Ted Kennedy opposed Nixoncare because it put Americans' health in the insurance industry's hands. Single payer was the only answer. Nearly 40 years later, the more conservative Obamacare is reviled by Republicans but unanimously embraced by Democrats and their media. Why do we stand by and cheer while both parties pass legislation benefiting the health of their donors' stocks and portfolios? (Listen in for the INSANE profit percentages insurers have made!) Should our lives be dependent on coverage through health insurers who invented the dreadful "pre-existing condition?" 

Bernie tells a "moderate Democrat" student at a CNN Town Hall ,who is concerned about "demonizing the wealthy," that we have to "change the culture" of our political system and our country. With Donald Trump preaching the "prosperity gospel" at his inauguration, have both parties conspired to get us past the point of changing the culture of profit over people? Did 13 Democrats actually block Bernie's amendment to allow re-importation of drugs from Canada? Will we wake up and realize that both parties are killing us softly with their rhetoric?

In our Chicago Progress segment, Steve Edwards of Chicago Socialist Alternative tells us there's still hope! He updates us on upcoming "Resist Trump" events and lays out the rationale for why neither party will provide us with the government that works for the 99%.

In every podcast, we offer direct action you can take to resist the insanity of Trump and the Republicans, and redirect the impostors in the Democratic Party. Get involved, get out in the streets, make the calls and let your voice be heard!

The What Would Bernie Sanders Do Podcast is Dr. Barry Kaufman with Host Darren Stephens and is produced in Chicago by Ruth Kaufman. Information on the podcast is supported by the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/whatwouldberniesandersdo/. Learn more about how you can help the campaign by going to www.berniesanders.com. Find us on Twitter and Instagram @wwbsdpodcast. Music by Robin Bienemann http://robinb.org/music.html

Jan 2, 2017

 

WWBSD #68, recorded 12/29/16. Do we have the power to head off Trump's agenda and push ahead with our own? Executive Director of Chicago Progress Andre Vasquez says we do, but not just through posting on social media. If we sit back while "our" party's administration is infiltrated by Goldman Sachs and the rest of Wall Street, and dismiss Hillary's financial industry entanglements, we can't be shocked when the Republican president-elect does essentially the same thing. Trump's cabinet is a natural extension of how Republicans and Democrats alike have been populating positions of influence in our government.
 
Neoliberal or real liberal, we have the power to heal the Democratic party from the ground up. We can help Keith Ellison become head of the DNC, the first major post-election indicator as to which way the Democratic Party is headed. We can avert and dispel corporate and party media's brainwashing, which includes such messages as "It's not Free Trade, it's automation!" Um, actually, automation has taken a smaller bite than they'd have you believe.  
 
There's much to do! Stay awake and keep the sunglasses on, and educate and empower your fellow Americans! As we state in this podcast, one place to start is right here: http://www.chicagoprogress.com/events/

 

The What Would Bernie Sanders Do Podcast is Dr. Barry Kaufman with Host Darren Stephens and is produced in Chicago by Ruth Kaufman. Information on the podcast is supported by the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/whatwouldberniesandersdo/. Learn more about how you can help the campaign by going to www.berniesanders.com. Find us on Twitter and Instagram @wwbsdpodcast. Music by Robin Bienemann http://robinb.org/music.html. 

Nov 14, 2016

Recorded November 12, 2016. Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton and will be sworn in as President of the United States. If ONLY there were someone who could have TOLD us this might happen! Well, someone did tell us, and it was the same guy who in the past has correctly predicted so many other things: BERNIE SANDERS! We tell that story and give clear data that, as we stated repeatedly on this podcast months ago, indicates that Bernie Sanders would have beaten Trump. Listen for the debate that should have been as we put "Donald" up against "Bernie." Hear Trump call Bernie a socialist -- and Bernie's response! ... The U.S. is now a subsidiary of the Trump Organization -- find out why. ... Bernie and Trump, a match made in heaven?? Sure! Until Bernie gives him hell! 

 

The What Would Bernie Sanders Do Podcast is Dr. Barry Kaufman with Host Darren Stephens and is produced in Chicago by Ruth Kaufman. Information on the podcast is supported by the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/whatwouldberniesandersdo/. Learn more about how you can help the campaign by going to www.berniesanders.com. Find us on Twitter and Instagram @wwbsdpodcast. Music by Robin Bienemann http://robinb.org/music.html

Nov 9, 2016

Recorded on November 7th, 2016. Podcast Extra! David Bender, Community Organizer at Chicago's American Indian Center, tells us about the Dakota Access Pipeline and upcoming No DAPL rally. And Dr K goes Columbo on Host Darren's President Obama as he unravels the mystery of why the president is "going to let it play out for several more weeks" instead of halting pipeline construction with a stroke of his pen. Stand up in Chicago and around the nation with Standing Rock to fight climate change, protect our environment, counter the influence of Wall Street on our politicians, and call out racial and social injustice in the continued oppression and exploitation of Native Americans. It's what Bernie Sanders would do!

 

The What Would Bernie Sanders Do Podcast is Dr. Barry Kaufman with Host Darren Stephens and is produced in Chicago by Ruth Kaufman. Information on the podcast is supported by the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/whatwouldberniesandersdo/. Learn more about how you can help the campaign by going to www.berniesanders.com. Find us on Twitter and Instagram @wwbsdpodcast. Music by Robin Bienemann http://robinb.org/music.html. 

Oct 30, 2016

If Donald Trump's favorite response to uncomfortable debate questions is to defer to his indisputable greatness as the remedy for the country's ills, Hillary's defaults are the Children's Defense Fund and Russia. While the media conglomerate's reality show, partially scripted by the Clinton campaign, has been constructed to keep us on the edge of our seats in a neck and neck presidential "race", the timely release of a video featuring the same stuff Trump has been saying and doing his entire adult life seems to be the final contrivance to hand Clinton a victory.

Perhaps if America was better educated we would not be witnessing such a tragic spectacle as the current presidential campaign. We talk with Kiah Nolan, former Chicago Teachers Union delegate and current Chicago Public School teacher about the recently averted strike and why it seems our wealthy leaders see public education as a burden instead of a priority. We thought because Rahm Emanuel was planning to run for re-election that he was making nice with the union in these negotiations, but when it comes to public schools it appears the school closer-in-chief is never really very nice.

The What Would Bernie Sanders Do Podcast is Dr. Barry Kaufman with Host Darren Stephens and is produced in Chicago by Ruth Kaufman. Information on the podcast is supported by the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/whatwouldberniesandersdo/. Learn more about how you can help the campaign by going to www.berniesanders.com. Find us on Twitter and Instagram @wwbsdpodcast. Music by Robin Bienemann http://robinb.org/music.html. 

Oct 17, 2016

Recorded October 13, 2016. They're Putin Us On! Red-baiting and fear mongering have been part of American exceptionalism since the 1950s and McCarthyism. Now the Democratic Party pulls out all the stops to divert attention from leaked e-mails from John Podesta and Clinton herself (among others). We discuss the clear evidence of how far Democrats will go to program the electorate by influencing media. We also see the futility of believing that somehow this election and Bernie Sanders have transformed Hillary Clinton into a progressive.

In episode 64 we called out the Obama administration and Secretary Clinton for approving $118 billion in arms sales to Saudi Arabia, which engages in war crimes in Yemen. Oh, man.... Those bomb fragments found at the site of a horrendous "oops" bombing in Yemen in which 140 civilians were killed and over 500 injured? The bomb was produced by Raytheon, the third largest military contractor in the United States.

If you want to hear the story of a representative who is motivated by his own experience with the rigged system, a man who will govern for the people, listen to our interview with Lee J Carter, candidate for Delegate for the 50th District in Virginia. This former Marine will wear his Code of Honor proudly in the Virginia House.

Don't do the Democratic Party's dirty work by cowering in the corner and parroting media distractions! (That means, don't just relay the Clinton campaign's tiiresome if true Trump tropes! Instead, spend time supporting down-ballot progressives who can and will make a difference.

The What Would Bernie Sanders Do Podcast is Dr. Barry Kaufman with Host Darren Stephens and is produced in Chicago by Ruth Kaufman. Information on the podcast is supported by the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/whatwouldberniesandersdo/. Learn more about how you can help the campaign by going to www.berniesanders.com. Find us on Twitter and Instagram @wwbsdpodcast. Music by Robin Bienemann http://robinb.org/music.html. 

Oct 5, 2016

Recorded October 2, 2016. State Representative Will Guzzardi of Illinois' 39th District is heading up a sane, actionable effort called Tuition-Free Illinois, which will work for free tuition at Illinois public colleges and universities! As you'll hear, Illinois CAN AFFORD THIS. If you don't think so, listen here -- and to our last podcast with Tom Tresser, author of the book CHICAGO IS NOT BROKE, FUNDING THE CITY WE DESERVE, which discusses how much tax-payer-generated TIF money is sitting around, when it's not being ripped away and given to corporations like Target and the wealthy Pritzker family. Also on the show, hear how President Obama WOULD do more according to the interests of his heart, the same heart that drove him to be a community organizer all those years ago -- but for political reasons (read: the interests of big dollar donors) he cannot. Aaaand TRUMPAPHOBIA -- are YOU infected?? In the current media landscape, few are immune. 

 

The What Would Bernie Sanders Do Podcast is Dr. Barry Kaufman with Host Darren Stephens and is produced in Chicago by Ruth Kaufman. Information on the podcast is supported by the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/whatwouldberniesandersdo/. Learn more about how you can help the campaign by going to www.berniesanders.com. Find us on Twitter and Instagram @wwbsdpodcast. Music by Robin Bienemann http://robinb.org/music.html

Sep 30, 2016

 

Recorded September 16, 2016 SAME PODCAST AS 63, just Tom Tresser interview. 

The What Would Bernie Sanders Do Podcast is Dr. Barry Kaufman with Host Darren Stephens and is produced in Chicago by Ruth Kaufman. Information on the podcast is supported by the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/whatwouldberniesandersdo/. Learn more about how you can help the campaign by going to www.berniesanders.com. Find us on Twitter and Instagram @wwbsdpodcast. Music by Robin Bienemann http://robinb.org/music.html

Sep 25, 2016

Recorded September 16, 2016. Special "Transparency" Episode! 

Bernie Sanders speaks out, at their conception, against abominations against our environment and tribal rights like the Dakota Access Pipeline. So why does it take public embarrassment or outrage to get leaders like President Obama and Hillary Clinton to take action? Could it be that they don't want to offend their friends and donors in high places?

President Obama promised the most transparent administration in history, which is probably why it takes e-mail leaks to prove that the usual pay-to-play and influence-peddling has completely painted over that "transparency." If you've got millions to stuff into the president's campaign coffers, you can be head of the FDA or get a cushy ambassadorship. And Colin Powell's leaked e-mails add to the list of ways Hillary Clinton has shown her incompetency.

In our Chicago Progress segment, we interview public defender, educator and grassroots organizer Tom Tresser about his revealing and disturbing book Chicago Is Not Broke: Funding the City We Deserve, which lifts the curtain on how the wealthy ruling class sequesters and squanders OUR tax dollars to enrich the pockets of developers, contractors and corporate interests. Hear how "TIF" districts are used in Chicago and nationwide to divert money from education and public resources in favor of development in high-income and tourist areas.

Another reason we need to get involved and take our government back. Time and time again, those at the top ignore our voices until it's too late and favor their $1,000 a bottle wine club associates (e.g. Rahm Emmanuel). Get together with Chicago Progress, Our Revolution and Brand New Congress to implement real change now and keep things BERNING for enemies of progressive values!

The What Would Bernie Sanders Do Podcast is Dr. Barry Kaufman with Host Darren Stephens and is produced in Chicago by Ruth Kaufman. Information on the podcast is supported by the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/whatwouldberniesandersdo/. Learn more about how you can help the campaign by going to www.berniesanders.com. Find us on Twitter and Instagram @wwbsdpodcast. Music by Robin Bienemann http://robinb.org/music.html

Get a copy of the book Chicago Is Not Broke!! http://www.wearenotbroke.org/

Sep 7, 2016

Recorded September 5, 2016. Why do our Democratic leaders speak out only AFTER the fact, whether it's EpiPens or pipelines? After Mylan raised the price of the EpiPen some 300% over 7 years, Hillary Clinton expressed outrage over their greed....on the campaign trail, of course. Darren and Dr. K. express outrage over Mylan's intermingling with the Democratic party, including its close ties and donations to the Clinton Foundation and its close family connection to Senator Joe Manchin -- "Hi, Dad!" And President Obama visits flood ravaged Louisiana but is conspicuously silent about climate change while his Interior Department auctions off 24 MILLION acres in the Gulf for fossil fuel drilling and exploration. Current Democratic Party leadership and their pragmatic progressivism is endangering our health and our planet.

But we DO have the power to change things! Our interview with Andre Vasquez of Chicago Progress offers hope for unifying the progressive movement, starting at the local level. We preview the goals and potential impact of Chicago Progress, and Andre offers hope that through informing and connecting we can let the people know that the power is in their hands to implement change from the bottom up. 

And...the WWBSD Podcast will be partnering with Chicago Progress! We'll be doing our part in offering a voice to local progressives regarding issues of concern and covering stories you might not hear about on the evening news. Getting the truth out so we can take action together--now THAT is something that Bernie Sanders would do! 

The What Would Bernie Sanders Do Podcast is Dr. Barry Kaufman with Host Darren Stephens and is produced in Chicago by Ruth Kaufman. Information on the podcast is supported by the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/whatwouldberniesandersdo/. Learn more about how you can help the campaign by going to www.berniesanders.com. Find us on Twitter and Instagram @wwbsdpodcast. Music by Robin Bienemann http://robinb.org/music.html. Support our sponsor by going to www.exceptionalpresence.com.

Aug 22, 2016

Recorded August 19, 2016. Hillary Clinton continues to show why the excitement over Bernie "pushing her to the left" and the "most progressive Democratic platform ever" is just empty rhetoric. Clinton chooses ardently pro-TPP, pro-fracking Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar to chair her transition team, which means thousands of appointments will be made by a free-trade, fossil-fuel industry stalwart. Argh. 

The debate between Tim Canova and Debbie Wasserman Schultz reveals the truth--Hillary and Debbie were separated at birth. And according to Dr K., both are afflicted with DFS, Donor Fronting Syndrome, and both clearly feel entitled to say anything and do anything to maintain their positions of power.

The main problem with a privatized health care system, aka Obamacare, rears its head as Aetna's CEO asserts his authority over the Department of Justice and pulls his company out of most health care exchanges. Perhaps Democrats will tone down their cheering for a system that puts bankers in charge of our healthcare.

Our Revolution marches on! Attend the online Our Revolution events in your area on August 24th. More info here: http://map.berniesanders.com Remain active and engaged in supporting the candidates who are Not For Sale and who uphold progressive values! 

Aug 14, 2016

Recorded August 12, 2016. The FDA just ordered the DEA to maintain marijuana as a Class 1 (prohibited) substance, because it has no "currently accepted medical use" and "the known risks of marijuana use have not been shown to be outweighed by specific benefits." We tell you how Bernie saw it coming and why the FDA would make such anti-scientific claims (and it's not because of what they're smoking).

What?? Dr K. is a "privileged, sexist lunatic?" Well, he according to posts on social media pertaining to those who accuse Hillary Clinton of being the evader-in-chief. Are we as a people following the example of Clinton, Trump and their media in using identity politics to change the subject -- and obscure the truth? It's a slippery slope, choosing name-calling over reality. 
 
The further we get from the DNC, the more she's slip slidin' away... As soon as Hillary's not on stage holding Bernie's hand, she starts reaching for the hands of war criminals from the past. Host Darren is incredulous: Is she allying herself with Kissinger and Rice -- really? But this isn't just a "strategy" to beat the orange Creamsicle in the general election. It's actually an affirmation of Clinton's penchant for war. 
 
Hey, don't despair--Berniecrats are on the rise nationwide! We summarize several races and offer hope for an eventual change in the buyout of our democracy. Attend an Our Revolution event in your area and don't let 'em Douse the Bern! 

The What Would Bernie Sanders Do Podcast is Dr. Barry Kaufman with Host Darren Stephens and is produced in Chicago by Ruth Kaufman. Information on the podcast is supported by the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/whatwouldberniesandersdo/. Learn more about how you can help the campaign by going to www.berniesanders.com. Find us on Twitter and Instagram @wwbsdpodcast. Music by Robin Bienemann http://robinb.org/music.html. Support our sponsor by going to www.exceptionalpresence.com.

Aug 8, 2016

Recorded August 7, 2016. THE REVITALIZED AND REINVIGORATED WWBSD PODCAST IS BACK! We've got a new opening and new mission -- and even a SPONSOR! 

First, we discuss a Democratic National Convention delegate's testimony and how the party's actions belie calls for "unity" and a move toward a progressive platform.

Speaking of actions not matching words, Joe Biden endorses Debbie Wasserman Schultz at a "Whip and Dip" in Florida, calling her a connected and influential party insider while marginalizing progressive opponent Tim Canova as a political lightweight. This is your reborn progressive Democratic Party...in reality just like the old one. Aargh! Say it ain't so, Joe!

Hillary Clinton short-circuits, and we have them um, "audio" to prove it! Dr K. always knew her circuitry would become worn. Perhaps this admission by Clinton herself explains her inexplicable behavior. Hopefully her circuits won't fizzle out when she receives that 3:00 AM phone call...

Bill Maher and a few of his fellow millionaires shout down Dr. Cornel West when he questions Hillary Clinton's judgment about taking out Gaddafi in Libya. Wait a minute... Are Democrats refusing to condemn the same deceptive tactics once used by George W. Bush to take us to war in Iraq? And why the silence regarding Nobel Peace Prize winner President Obama bombing seven countries without a declaration of war? Gosh, the Muslims who live there are going to get SO angry... 

We won't remain silent, and neither should you! Don't allow corporate media and Democrats to suppress the truth in favor of their donors! Let the Democrat establishment know we're out here watching, and when they screw up, let them FEEL THE BERN!!

The What Would Bernie Sanders Do Podcast is Dr. Barry Kaufman with Host Darren Stephens and is produced in Chicago by Ruth Kaufman. Information on the podcast is supported by the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/whatwouldberniesandersdo/. Learn more about how you can help the campaign by going to www.berniesanders.com. Find us on Twitter and Instagram @wwbsdpodcast. Music by Robin Bienemann http://robinb.org/music.html. Support WWBSD'S sponsor by going to www.exceptionalpresence.com.

Jul 27, 2016

Recorded July 26, 2016. Is it the Russians who are "messing" with our democracy, and Who Could Not Be Moved By Those Speeches? The millionaire pundits on MSNBC are doing the work of their peers in the DNC. Chris Matthews just rhetorically asked as to why the Russians are trying to get Donald J. Trump elected, referring to their hacking of DNC servers. Rachel Maddow and others have minimized the revelations regarding the DNC, or accused the Russians of "messing with" or "interfering in" American elections.
Well how about your own political party "messing with" or "interfering in" American elections? That seems to be insignificant to a ruling class who claims they are petrified of Trump yet picked the worst possible candidate to defeat him.

A caller to Thom Hartmann crystallizes the crumbling veneer of compassion foisted upon Americans as an appeal to vote for Hillary Clinton, and points to the hypocrisy of progressives celebrating Clinton's never-ending "evolution."

We will take a break for a week, and then return on a more limited basis. But there will be progressive movements to support and news to spread in our inimitable WWBSD fashion. Bernie started the revolution and he's still out there and so are we. Keep feeling the Bern!

The What Would Bernie Sanders Do Podcast is Dr. Barry Kaufman with Host Darren Stephens and is produced in Chicago by Ruth Kaufman. Information on the podcast is supported by the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/whatwouldberniesandersdo/. Learn more about how you can help the campaign by going to www.berniesanders.com. Find us on Twitter and Instagram @wwbsdpodcast. Music by Robin Bienemann http://robinb.org/music.html. 

Jul 24, 2016

Recorded July 21, 2016. It's not easy bein' green...or getting anyone from that party elected president. Bernie and Jill Stein are close in ideology, but clearly not at all alike in their ability to mobilize the masses. So what should we do? Infiltrate and try to reform a corrupted party, or build a new party from the ground up? Do we abandon Bernie's movement and his delegates who are working so hard for a progressive agenda?

And while the world was transfixed by a billionaire model and her plagiarism of the current first lady's words, the US committed an act of terrorism by killing innocents in Syria, a new report told of massive civilian casualties in Iraq over the past several months, and North Korea tested missiles with the potential to hit Guam. None of these stories made the front page or were mentioned by many corporate media outlets. Priorities, anyone? 

During the Republican National Convention, nary a word was spoken by party members or the media about their platform. And while it's predictably anti-everyone-but-the-wealthy-and-straight-and-white, we expose the Democrats for being only marginally better in their proposals. And for hiding the truth, just like the GOP. 

The Bernie wing of the Democratic party will not die. Support a third party, but don't abandon all hope that with our support, reformers like Nina Turner, Tulsi Gabbard, Tim Canova and others won't transform a party of the multinational corporations into a party of the muticultural people. Keep Berning! 

The What Would Bernie Sanders Do Podcast is Dr. Barry Kaufman with Host Darren Stephens and is produced in Chicago by Ruth Kaufman. Information on the podcast is supported by the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/whatwouldberniesandersdo/. Learn more about how you can help the campaign by going to www.berniesanders.com. Find us on Twitter and Instagram @wwbsdpodcast. Music by Robin Bienemann http://robinb.org/music.html

Jul 14, 2016

Recorded July 13, 2016. ABANDON SHIP?! Jill Stein or Bust!!? Bernie Sanders endorses Hillary Clinton and he's a sellout? If he didn't make the endorsement, you wouldn't see him at the Democratic Convention in July. And you wouldn't see him all over corporate media making Hillary Clinton speak the words he would have her say. She goes from corporate puppet to Bernie's puppet in one tiny little endorsement! It's worth it folks.

Speaking of corporate puppets, President Obama just gave an interview on reviving the Public Option from the grave which he dug for it. Hear the mastermind of the TPP (um, that's Obama) tell us how even when it comes to our health care, our very survival, we must balance the interests of the public and private good (private good = our corporate overlords).

On July 10th at an Illinois for Bernie fundraiser to send delegates to Philadelphia, Darren and Dr. K. heard delegate Troy LaRaviere fresh off the plane from the Platform Committee meetings. He told us about the backroom dealings, but also of some of the remarkable successes, that Bernie's representatives achieved.

And while the news is encouraging, we temper the enthusiasm regarding the amendments in the written platform document with our segment "Platforms From the Crypt", which looks back at the ambitious and unrealized promises of the platform of 2012.

Hey, Fellow Progressives! Please THINK before you jump off that ledge and throw away your vote to your cat Fluffy or the Green Party's Jill Stein! (With the same result.) Bernie Sanders has shown excellent judgement throughout his political career. The real change we are looking for does not happen overnight. It will take patience and a united front to assure it comes at all. Bernie has not caved in -- and neither should you. Keep Berning! 

The What Would Bernie Sanders Do Podcast is Dr. Barry Kaufman with Host Darren Stephens and is produced in Chicago by Ruth Kaufman. Information on the podcast is supported by the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/whatwouldberniesandersdo/. Learn more about how you can help the campaign by going to www.berniesanders.com. Find us on Twitter and Instagram @wwbsdpodcast. Music by Robin Bienemann http://robinb.org/music.html. 

 

Jul 11, 2016

Recorded July 7, 2016. House Democrats BOOED Bernie Sanders because he wouldn't offer a timeline for endorsing Hillary Clinton... We, uh, "discovered" audio of that closed door meeting! 

Timing is everything! The very day that an FBI report exposed Hillary Clinton for lying to Congress and America, as well as for being "extremely careless" and not a reasonable person, President Obama takes the stage with her and does his best Elizabeth Warren imitation, cheerleading about being"fired up" and saying "there has never been any man or woman more qualified for this office than Hillary Clinton — ever. And that’s the truth!” So either the FBI is covering up or President Obama is. Guess which one? 

A new Guardian article polls Americans who think climate change is "missing" from the 2016 election, which we use as proof as to how unaware the American public really is and what was missing from media coverage -- and why.

Natural selection might rule the day as high noon comes to the Republican Convention in Cleveland, where packing heat will apparently prove the ultimate manifestation of freedom.

And Philadelphia is just around the corner, giving progressives a chance to show America that money might still buy elections, but it can only conceal the truth for so long.

Take to the streets, get organized and Philly the Bern!

The What Would Bernie Sanders Do Podcast is Dr. Barry Kaufman with Host Darren Stephens and is produced in Chicago by Ruth Kaufman. Information on the podcast is supported by the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/whatwouldberniesandersdo/. Learn more about how you can help the campaign by going to www.berniesanders.com. Find us on Twitter and Instagram @wwbsdpodcast. Music by Robin Bienemann http://robinb.org/music.html. 

Jul 3, 2016

Recorded June 30, 2016. Message to Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party--stop inviting Dr K to see Hamilton with Hillary! 

Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren put on their "Blue Women Group" show in Ohio, a shameless display proving that distraction, cheerleading and fear mongering are what nails down the planks in the Democratic Party Platform this election cycle.

So what ARE they proposing for the Democratic party platform? While the media portrays "victories" for progressives and Bernie Sanders, many of these are merely lip service -- we give the details. When it comes to climate change, health care, free trade, a $15 minimum wage and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Clinton's surrogates throw a bone here and there but effectively shut down any potential for real change. The establishment wants the votes of progressives, and like their nominee they will, as Barack Obama said put it in 2008, "say anything but change nothing".

But we will continue to push for change, even if it looks like that push could mean trouble in Philly City! (And that musical theater reference means trouble for Dr K!)

The What Would Bernie Sanders Do Podcast is Dr. Barry Kaufman with Host Darren Stephens, and is produced in Chicago by Ruth Kaufman. Information on the podcast is supported by the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/whatwouldberniesandersdo/. Learn more about how you can help the campaign by going to www.berniesanders.com. Find us on Twitter and Instagram @wwbsdpodcast. Music by Robin Bienemann http://robinb.org/music.html

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