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Can We Abolish the Police Yet? with Maurice Mitchell

Can We Abolish the Police Yet? with Maurice Mitchell

June 1, 2020

George Floyd's murder re-ignited the movement against police brutality and for black lives. Francesca Fiorentini and comedian Nato Green welcome Maurice Mitchell of Working Families Party and Movement 4 Black Lives into The Bitchuation Room to discuss everything from capitalism and anti-racism to the "Flu Klux Klan" and Riverdance. Plus SpaceX's launch and a Nazi-collaborating alligator dies in Moscow. Thank you for supporting this show with your tips, 5 star ratings and reviews! Watch the show LIVE on YouTube, Facebook and Twitch at /franifio.

Are We Gon’ Be Alright? with Jeff Chang

Are We Gon’ Be Alright? with Jeff Chang

May 25, 2020

Taking stock of Anti-Asian racism amidst a resurgence of hate crimes, and why identity politics still matter with author and journalist Jeff Chang. Plus co-hosts Francesca Fiorentini and Nato Green debut a brand new segment "This Week in Karen", why Diehard 3 makes little sense and Francesca's beef with Andrew Cuomo.

EP 29: Nasal Swabs and New Normals

EP 29: Nasal Swabs and New Normals

May 18, 2020

Science! Think about it. The Bitchuation Room with Francesca Fiorentini returns as a shelter in place livestream. At her side is comedian, labor organizer and wannabe mixologist Nato Green. This week, clinical lab scientist Veronica Huerta joins to explain Covid-19 testing and why it is that we're so bad at it. Plus, Nato wants sourdough starters forever and Francesca wants to bring back the bush. Not George. Join in LIVE every Sunday at 6pm PST/9pm EST on YouTube, Facebook or Twitch to be part of the conversation.

 

Are You Serious About Winning? LIVE with Jane McAlevey

Are You Serious About Winning? LIVE with Jane McAlevey

February 8, 2020
Are you working to win power, guy listening to podcast in traffic? The Bitchuation Room LIVE! is back with the smart, no BS union organizer Jane McAlevey. Francesca is joined by comic Nato Green to talk about Jane's new book "A Collective Bargain: Unions, Organizing, and the Fight for Democracy" and how the left can get serious about taking economic power. Plus your Nato and Francesca tell some new jokes, some bad jokes, some woke jokes and some dad jokes.
SPECIAL: Making Nonsense of the Mueller Report

SPECIAL: Making Nonsense of the Mueller Report

June 15, 2019
How Robert Mueller didn't indict the President or (more of) his grifters based on this report is ridonkulous. Francesca goes over the juiciest details of the Mueller report, and offers up impressions, tidbits, sweeping generalizations. Joined by comedian and sweetheart Matt Lieb (FilmDrunk), Francesca digs into it all including a very a fun edition of Mad Libs with the most redacted section. Enjoy!
 
CONTENTS (to help you get through it.)
 
17:45 LAWS THAT ARE VIOLATED & DOCUMENTED IN THE MUELLER REPORT 
 
21:44 DISCLAIMER ABOUT REPORT ACCURACY
 
23:58 PART 1: RUSSIAN MEDDLING
 
29:29 PART 2: CONSPIRACY WITH RUSSIA
 
35:13 WIKILEAKS' 7D CHESS MISHAP  
 
39:00 TRUMP KNEW WIKILEAKS WAS GOING TO DROP HEAT
 
41:03  MAD LIBS!
 
1:02:33 PART 3: OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE
EP 25: Mueller Light and Tulsi Kool-Aid

EP 25: Mueller Light and Tulsi Kool-Aid

March 24, 2019
Is the President a witting, unwitting, or nit-witting Russian puppet? Francesca gives her take on the not-yet-released Mueller report while trying to avoid tribalist political sand traps. Also, why does the "left" insist on Tulsi Gabbard for president when her foreign policy is so inconsistently hawkish and Islamophobic? To talk about it in The Bitchuation Room is national social justice organizer of the Poor People's Campaign, Kait Ziegler, plus the regular degular schmegular guest comic Matt Lieb. Also Chelsea Clinton vs. Meghan McCain in a presidents' and presidential hopefuls' daughters edition of "Sext Elect Overthrow." 
EP 24: Who’s Taking The Beto?

EP 24: Who’s Taking The Beto?

March 17, 2019
The Beto bubble is bursting early while Biden is the spaghetti and meatballs of political imagination. To discuss the centrists jumping into the 2020 fire is comedian Johan Miranda (Larry Charles' Dangerous World of Comedy) and DSA organizer Brandon Ramirez. Plus how Democrats have no real plan to fix immigration and if they did, what would it look like? And the college tuition bribery scandal brings us an edition of "Sext, Elect, Overthrow" highlighting the scourge of "influencers". 
EP 23: Progressive Pushback Over Palestine

EP 23: Progressive Pushback Over Palestine

March 7, 2019

In American politics there's only one right way to criticize Israel. Don't. But progressive congresspeople like Ilhan Omar aren't following suit, criticizing occupation and the Israeli lobby and being called antisemitic for it. This time however grassroots pressure is changing the narrative in the Democratic Party, and forcing Congress to have a good long think about its priorities. Francesca is joined by Professor Maytha Alhassen and comedian and organizer Josh Androsky. Plus a "Sext Elect Overthrow" with Kate Beckinsale, Antoni Porowski and his average guac, and Pete Davidson and his not-so-average -- you get it.

EP 22: The Politics of Domestic Work (and the ‘A-Team’ of the labor movement)

EP 22: The Politics of Domestic Work (and the ‘A-Team’ of the labor movement)

March 3, 2019
There's one movement at the crossroads of the crisis of workers rights, immigration reform, racial inequality, and even feminist politics: the movement of domestic workers.  Thankfully organizers like Jess Morales Rocketto are helping housecleaners, caregivers and nannies gain power and win rights with the National Domestic Workers Alliance. She joins Francesca along with comedian and actor Jenny Yang (Busy Tonight on E!) to talk workers rights, Beto O'Rourke, Dianne Feinstein and the attack of Green New Deal children, some late Oscars analysis and a Republican Wives Club edition of "Sext Elect Overthrow." 
EP 21: Can We Criticize Israel Yet? (LIVE!)

EP 21: Can We Criticize Israel Yet? (LIVE!)

February 26, 2019
Why is criticizing the Israeli occupation antisemitic but Marvelous Mrs. Maisel can say 'brisket' ten times without repercussions? Three Jews and a gentile discuss the fallout of Rep. Ilhan Omar's tweets on the Israeli lobby, the hypocrisy of the right on antisemitism, and how the military industrial complex will ensure Congress' undying loyalty to our human rights-violating ally. Francesca and co-host Nato Green welcome journalist Nora Barrows Friedman (co-founder of Electronic Intifada) and comedian Matt Lieb (Newsbroke, Filmdrunk).