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  • Episode 322: The Bias of NewsGuard

    21 JUN 2024 · NewsGuard: It’s a teachers-union approved tool purporting to rate information sources on how “nutritious” to one’s information diet they are, but the teachers’ union seal of approval should lead readers to question just what the NewsGuard “Nutrition Label” is actually rating. Joining us to discuss NewsGuard and its links to the left is Illinois-based conservative activist John Tillman.  Links:  https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2024/may/27/newsguard-primes-children-in-public-schools-for-li/ https://capitalresearch.org/article/newsguard-and-uncle-sam-part-1/ https://capitalresearch.org/article/newsguard-and-uncle-sam-part-2/ https://capitalresearch.org/article/newsguard-and-uncle-sam-part-3/ https://capitalresearch.org/article/newsguard-and-uncle-sam-part-4/ https://www.thecommandingheights.com/ https://www.influencewatch.org/for-profit/newsguard/ Follow us on our socials:  Twitter: https://x.com/capitalresearch Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/capitalresearchcenter/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/capitalresearchcenter YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCp7NBbx93BDRMe2jM2h-Wpw
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  • Episode 321: The Environmentalist Billionaire You've Never Heard Of

    14 JUN 2024 · You’ve heard of Mike Bloomberg; those longer in years might remember Tom Steyer; deep readers of Capital Research Center might remember Fred Stanback; the billionaire environmentalist donor is a repeating figure. But you’ve probably not heard of C. Frederick Taylor, a reclusive California billionaire who drives millions to the environmentalist movement. Joining us to discuss Taylor, his Sequoia Climate Foundation, and the effect he’s having on environmental policy is our Capital Research colleague Ken Braun.  Links:  https://capitalresearch.org/article/the-sequoia-climate-foundation-part-1/ https://capitalresearch.org/article/the-sequoia-climate-foundation-part-2/ https://capitalresearch.org/article/the-sequoia-climate-foundation-part-3/ https://capitalresearch.org/article/the-sequoia-climate-foundation-part-4/ https://capitalresearch.org/article/the-progressive-international-part-3/ https://www.influencewatch.org/person/c-frederick-taylor/ Follow us on our socials:  Twitter: https://x.com/capitalresearch Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/capitalresearchcenter/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/capitalresearchcenter YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCp7NBbx93BDRMe2jM2h-Wpw
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  • Episode 320 - Dr. Fauci and the Freedom of Information

    7 JUN 2024 · The Freedom of Information Act was supposed to ensure public access to federal government documents, including written communications by senior officials. But the law has been wantonly circumvented; perhaps most notably by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s “homebrew” email server, but more recently it has come to light that aides of former National Institutes of Health official and de facto COVID lockdown czar Anthony Fauci openly wrote about their FOIA circumvention. Joining us to discuss FOIA, how officials try to evade it, and what can be done about it is veteran journalist (and member of the National Freedom of Information Act Hall of Fame) Mark Tapscott. Links: https://pjmedia.com/marktapscott/2024/05/23/now-will-the-foia-get-some-real-teeth-n4929282 https://www.influencewatch.org/non-profit/ecohealth-alliance/ https://www.influencewatch.org/person/peter-daszak/ Follow us on our socials:  Twitter: @capitalresearch Instagram: @capitalresearchcenter Facebook: www.facebook.com/capitalresearchcenter YouTube: @capitalresearchcenter
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  • Episode 319 - The Purpose of Sex Ed

    31 MAY 2024 · Note: This episode contains discussions of subjects that may not be suitable for children. Parental discretion is advised.  Everybody’s doing it—sex education. And as American sexual mores have grown more permissive, the organizational institutions devising sex education curriculums have pushed the Overton Window of sexual permissiveness to its maximum. Joining us to discuss the rise of contemporary sex education and the institutions behind it is Kali Fontanilla, Senior Fellow at the Capital Research Center. https://capitalresearch.org/article/the-sex-education-of-our-nations-children-part-1/ https://capitalresearch.org/article/the-sex-education-of-our-nations-children-part-2/ https://capitalresearch.org/article/the-sex-education-of-our-nations-children-part-3/ https://capitalresearch.org/article/the-sex-education-of-our-nations-children-part-4/ https://capitalresearch.org/article/siecus-is-pushing-sex-ed-for-social-change-in-our-nations-schools/ https://www.influencewatch.org/non-profit/sexuality-information-and-education-council-of-the-united-states/ https://capitalresearch.org/article/social-justice-unionism-part-4/ https://capitalresearch.org/article/advancing-after-getting-education-right/ Follow us on our socials:  Twitter: @capitalresearch Instagram: @capitalresearchcenter Facebook: www.facebook.com/capitalresearchcenter YouTube: @capitalresearchcenter
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  • Episode 318: Everything Leftism at California Endowment

    24 MAY 2024 · This week we cast our eye to the Pacific Coast, with inquiries into two major left-wing funders in the Golden State. First, the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation is suing the Tides Foundation; even as we say “Let them fight,” we must also ask what these two major left-wing institutions are fighting about. And then we introduce the California Endowment, one of many major left-wing grantmakers of which the average listener might not yet have heard. Joining us to discuss these major California institutions is Thomas Buckley, senior fellow at the California Policy Center. https://californiaglobe.com/fr/blm-sues-tides-foundation/ https://thomas699.substack.com/p/pennies-for-health-care-millions https://www.influencewatch.org/non-profit/california-endowment/ https://www.influencewatch.org/non-profit/black-lives-matter-foundation/
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  • Episode 317: Disclosing Foreign Grantmaking

    17 MAY 2024 · What efforts are American nonprofits funding overseas? By and large, we don’t know, and federal disclosure laws are no help because they don’t require American nonprofits (other than private foundations) to disclose their grants to organizations outside the United States. But that may change, as Congress considers legislation to reform “Schedule F” on the nonprofit tax return. Joining us to discuss the proposal is our colleague Robert Stilson, one of the loudest voices calling for the change. Links:  https://capitalresearch.org/article/require-nonprofits-to-disclose-their-foreign-grantmaking/ https://capitalresearch.org/article/the-need-for-foreign-grant-disclosure-by-nonprofits/ https://smucker.house.gov/media/press-releases/smucker-foreign-grant-reporting-act-receives-unanimous-support-committee https://www.influencewatch.org/non-profit/peoples-support-foundation-psf/ https://www.influencewatch.org/non-profit/peoples-welfare-association-pwa/ Follow us on our Socials:  Twitter: @capitalresearch Instagram: @capitalresearchcenter Facebook: www.facebook.com/capitalresearchcenter YouTube: @capitalresearchcenter
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  • Episode 316: Federally Funded Everything Leftism

    10 MAY 2024 · To say the federal government is merely “broke” is a gross understatement; as of recording the US Debt Clock shows the federal debt at over $34.7 trillion with the running annual deficit at nearly $2 trillion. While federal entitlement spending drives the growth in debt, the discretionary decisions of the Biden administration are very much not helping, as a new report from the Heritage Foundation shows. In short, the Biden administration is using a suspiciously expansive reading of the authorities delegating power from Congress to the Executive Branch to pursue “Whole of Government” Everything-Leftism policies at great public expense. Joining us to discuss his report is David Ditch, senior policy analyst at Heritage. Links:  https://www.heritage.org/budget-and-spending/report/funding-leftism-making-power-grabs-the-biden-administrations https://capitalresearch.org/article/explaining-everything-leftism/ Follow us on our Socials:  Twitter: @capitalresearch Instagram: @capitalresearchcenter Facebook: www.facebook.com/capitalresearchcenter YouTube: @capitalresearchcenter
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  • Episode 315: The Dark Money Network of Leftist Billionaires Secretly Transforming America

    3 MAY 2024 · If you’re a regular listener, you’ve heard the name “Arabella Advisors” before—the management company that sits at the center of a network of left-wing “dark money” advocacy nonprofits. Now, the story of Arabella Advisors, its network, and its influence is told in a volume authored by Capital Research Center’s president Scott Walter, imaginatively titled Arabella: The Dark Money Network of Leftist Billionaires Secretly Transforming America. Scott joins us this week to discuss the book. Links:  https://www.encounterbooks.com/books/arabella/ https://capitalresearch.org/article/written-testimony-on-extreme-environmental-activist-groups/ https://capitalresearch.org/article/donors-to-the-arabella-advisors-network/ https://americanmind.org/salvo/shedding-light-on-governing-for-impact/ Follow us on our Socials:  Twitter: @capitalresearch Instagram: @capitalresearchcenter Facebook: www.facebook.com/capitalresearchcenter YouTube: @capitalresearchcenter
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  • Episode 314: ESG's Labor Angle

    26 APR 2024 · I’m fond of saying—it’s in my Twitter bio—that “there’s always a labor angle.” From bad MLB umpiring to anti-anti-Hamas demonstrations, Big Labor is there. So I am the least surprised person to discover that the left-wing environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) activist investing movement is backstopped in part by and operates in service of Big Labor and its Everything Leftist agenda. Joining me and my colleague Robert Stilson, who studies the ESG movement for Capital Research Center, is Vinnie Vernuccio of the Institute for the American Worker. Links:  https://nypost.com/2024/03/21/opinion/unions-using-esg-to-control-workers-and-drain-americans-retirement-savings/ https://i4aw.org/reports/report-big-labors-push-to-force-investment-managers-to-ignore-fiduciary-duty-and-promote-unions/ https://www.influencewatch.org/non-profit/as-you-sow/ https://capitalresearch.org/article/20-years-of-esg-activism/ Follow us on our Socials:  Twitter: @capitalresearch Instagram: @capitalresearchcenter Facebook: www.facebook.com/capitalresearchcenter YouTube: @capitalresearchcenter
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  • Episode 313 - America's Worst Teachers Union?

    19 APR 2024 · It might be America’s worst teachers’ union—and knowing American teachers’ unions, that’s saying something. Since its takeover by a radical-left-wing, militant caucus in 2010, the Chicago Teachers Union has pushed a radical-left agenda through numerous strike actions and controversially aided the mayoral campaign of Brandon Johnson, a former lobbyist for the union, in the city. Just last month, the union allegedly used school time to rally students to vote for a tax hike ballot measure supported by the union and now-Mayor Johnson. Joining us to discuss the Chicago Teachers Union is Mailee Smith, Senior Director of Labor Policy at the Illinois Policy Institute. Links:  https://www.illinoispolicy.org/chicago-teachers-union-contract-demands-about-politics-bosses-power/ https://www.illinoispolicy.org/illinois-policy-institute-ethics-complaint-chicago-teachers-union-pressured-students-to-vote-yes-on-tax-hike/ https://www.illinoispolicy.org/what-you-should-know-about-chicago-teachers-union/ https://www.influencewatch.org/person/karen-g-j-lewis/ https://www.influencewatch.org/labor-union/chicago-teachers-union/ https://capitalresearch.org/article/teachers-unions-vs-teachers-parents-and-children-part-5/ https://capitalresearch.org/article/its-time-to-get-mad/ Follow us on our Socials:  Twitter: @capitalresearch Instagram: @capitalresearchcenter Facebook: www.facebook.com/capitalresearchcenter YouTube: @capitalresearchcenter
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The podcast where we go beneath the surface to reveal the web of connected influence, money, and motivation driving the news, sourced primarily from our website InfluenceWatch.org, the Capital Research...

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The podcast where we go beneath the surface to reveal the web of connected influence, money, and motivation driving the news, sourced primarily from our website InfluenceWatch.org, the Capital Research Center's online encyclopedia of the donors, non-profits, and influencers driving politics. You can watch the video version of the podcast at: http://bit.ly/2rnQygY
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