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.
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
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."
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".
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.
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."
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).
February 18, 2019
Baited by the far right, Trump declares a national emergency with the same cadence that an eight year old explains the Lego movie. Plus former Starbucks CEO and presidential hopeful Howard Schultz (i.e. "HowSchu") flexes his Venti-sized elitism in a CNN town hall by declaring that he "doesn't see color." Grassroots organizer Joshua Kahn (Wildfire Project) and stand-up comedian Paco Romane (Sup Doc Podcast) join Francesca to understand attacks on progressive movements both from the far right and the far center. Plus a cultural appropriation edition of "Sext, Elect, Overthrow"! Thanks to Marc Atinkson for editing and Creative Commons music producer Kevin MacLeod.
February 9, 2019
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wants to save the planet AND the middle class? Not before Nancy Pelosi tinkles all over it. Francesca welcomes Crooked Media's Erin Gloria Ryan and The Young Turk's Brett Erlich to assess whether centrist shade has been thrown, and what the Green New Deal could mean for American politics and our future. Also why was there a war hype-man in the Capitol building during the State of the Union? And Francesca gets real about liberals fawning over AOC while still resenting Bernie Sanders. Plus "Sext, Elect Overthrow" with rising right-wing starlets including the Barbie you never played with, Tomi Lahren.
February 4, 2019
And so the madness begins. Not with a bang but with meaningless polling data. Two more unqualified comedians Kiran Deol (Crooked Media's "Hysteria" Podcast) and Matt Lieb (Newsbroke, Filmdrunk Podcast) join Francesca to separate centrist from progressive, shill from shrill, ego from id. We talk Cory Booker's big donors, Kamala Harris as the best on-screen President, Gillibrand, Biden, Bloomberg, Brown, Bernie, Elmo and Warren. Plus an all-acronym game of "Sext, Elect Overthrow": NFL, NSA or NPR.