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This podcast is a beautifully executed compilation combining the absolute best in left-leaning political news, commentary and occasional comedy with great music to pull it all together. In each edition I choose a political theme and deliver a variety of stories and perspectives from an array of sources on that theme.

This podcast is a beautifully executed compilation combining the absolute best in left-leaning political news, commentary and occasional comedy with great music to pull it all together. In each edition I choose a political theme and deliver a variety of stories and perspectives from an array of sources on that theme.
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Washington, DC

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This podcast is a beautifully executed compilation combining the absolute best in left-leaning political news, commentary and occasional comedy with great music to pull it all together. In each edition I choose a political theme and deliver a variety of stories and perspectives from an array of sources on that theme.

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English


Episodes

#1242 Fighting for a Green New Deal

1/18/2019
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Air Date: 1/18/2019 Today we take a look at the groundwork for a Green New Deal as it's being laid and the fight that is heating up around the policies, not just between political parties but between the separate wings (and generations) of the Democratic Party Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: Madison-Reed.com+ Promo Code: Left | WearPact.com+ Promo Code: BestoftheLeft Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK| Clean Choice Energy Get AD FREE Shows &...

Duration:00:47:08

#1241 The Price of Empire (US Foreign Policy)

1/15/2019
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Air Date: 1/15/2019 Today we take a look at the history and mechanics of US empire and the military-industrial-congressional complex that gleefully perpetuates it. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: Madison-Reed.com+ Promo Code: Left Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK| Clean Choice Energy Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content: Support our show on Patreon! SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Weapons industry lobbies for more weapons - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) -...

Duration:00:44:39

#1240 The bare-knuckle fight for democracy itself

1/11/2019
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Air Date: 1/11/2019 Today we take a look at the small-D anti-democratic power grabs implemented by many GOP-led legislatures during the lame-duck session with the explicit intention of subverting the will of the voters and the most significant democracy reform bill since the Watergate era meant to help restore eroded democratic norms that was introduced by the new Congress' House Democrats as their first order of business. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode...

Duration:00:47:29

#1239 Building the future of an international progressivism

1/8/2019
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Air Date: 1/8/2019 Today we take a look at the burgeoning call for progressivism to look beyond national borders to create policies, solidarity and power that spans, unified, across the world. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: Madison-Reed.com+ Promo Code: Left Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK| Clean Choice Energy Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content: Support our show on Patreon! SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Progressive International Progressives of the...

Duration:00:48:46

#1238 Bailouts, Tea Parties, Torture, Fear, Health Care and Citizens United (A Look Back at 2009)

1/4/2019
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Air Date: 1/4/2018 Today we take a look back at the year 2009 in our annual 10-years-past retrospective to see what we may learn. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: Blinkist.com/Best | Madison-Reed.com+ Promo Code: Left Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK| Clean Choice Energy Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content: Support our show on Patreon! SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: One last jab at Bush - Wait Wait Don't Tell Me Ch. 2: January 22nd, 2009: Mike Pence...

Duration:01:00:35

#562 Occupy My Heart

1/2/2019
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Air Date: 1/4/2012 Today, From WCPT Radio, Playwright W. C. Turk, producer Greg Alexander and the Occupy Players we hear a presentation of Occupy My Heart: A Revolutionary Christmas Carol Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Support the show via Patreon Listen on iTunes | Stitcher | Spotify | Alexa Devices | +more Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at...

Duration:00:39:04

#784 Christmas in black and white (War on Christmas™) (Repost)

12/25/2018
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Air Date: 12/21/2013 You didn't think the War on Christmas™ could get any more exciting but then someone decided to bring race into the mix and the whole thing blew sky high. We'll report back as casualty numbers are confirmed. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Genesis of Bill O'Reilly's War On Christmas - Jimmy Dore Show - Air Date 12-6-13 Ch. 3: Song 1: Ding Dong...

Duration:00:59:44

#1237 Understanding the Yellow Vests protest

12/21/2018
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Air Date: 12/21/2018 Today we take a look at the Yellow Vests protest in France to understand what they are, how they started and what implications they have for the struggle between neoliberal, fascist and progressive politics worldwide Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: HRW.org/BEST | Madison-Reed.com + Promo Code: Left Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK| Clean Choice Energy Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content: Support our show on...

Duration:00:48:00

#1236 The War on Christmas™ 2018

12/18/2018
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Air Date: 12/18/2018 Today, as we do each year, we take a look at the current state of the War on Christmas™ but with more of a historical focus on how we got here Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: ExpressVPN.com/LEFT| Madison-Reed.com+ Promo Code: Left Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK| Clean Choice Energy Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content: Support our show on Patreon! SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Judith Flanders explains that Christmas has always been...

Duration:00:46:26

#1235 A Counterbalance to Canonization (The Political Life of George H.W. Bush)

12/14/2018
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Air Date: 12/14/2018 Today we take a look critically at the life and times of George H.W. Bush Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: Action Heat| HRW.org/best| Madison-Reed.com+ Promo Code: Left Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK| Clean Choice Energy Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content: Support our show on Patreon! SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: A Clear-eyed perspective on H.W. Bush to counter the misty vision of the mainstream - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) -...

Duration:00:46:28

#1234 Neoliberalism and the fascism it breeds (Brazilian Election)

12/11/2018
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Air Date: 12/11/2018 Today we take a look at the election of a true neofascist to be president of Brazil and some of the economic and political realities that lead us to this point Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: Action Heat| Bombas.com/Left| Madison-Reed.com+ Promo Code: Left Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK| Clean Choice Energy Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content: Support our show on Patreon! SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Media reports unironically...

Duration:00:45:55

#1233 The US-backed war fueling the worlds worst humanitarian crisis

12/7/2018
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Air Date: 12/7/2018 Today we take a look at the ongoing war in Yemen including its origins, multitude of players, the US supporting that is helping drive the worlds worst humanitarian crisis and what we can and should do to stop it. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: HRW.org/best| Madison-Reed.com+ Promo Code: Left Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK| Clean Choice Energy Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content: Support our show on Patreon! SHOW...

Duration:00:48:46

#1232 Understanding our last chance to save ourselves

12/4/2018
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Air Date: 12/4/2018 Today we take a look at the two major recent climate change reports that were released and some of the new energy arriving in Congress determined to be equal to the task Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: Action Heat| HRW.org/best| Madison-Reed.com+ Promo Code: Left Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK| Clean Choice Energy Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content: Support our show on Patreon! SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Behind the scenes at the...

Duration:00:52:09

#1231 A new rise of hatred for an old target (Anti-Semitism)

11/30/2018
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Air Date: 11/30/2018 Today we take a look at the history and present of anti-semitism in America Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: HRW.org/best| Madison-Reed.com+ Promo Code: Left Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK| Clean Choice Energy Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content: Support our show on Patreon! SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Antisemitism in USA - @BackStory - Air Date: 05-25-2018 Ch. 2: The Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting - Past/Present - Air Date...

Duration:00:46:32

#1230 Thanksgiving and cultural heritage

11/27/2018
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Air Date: 11/27/2018 Today we take a look at the literal and figurative bloody messes of the history of Thanksgiving and the identities of native peoples Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: ActionHeat | ExpressVPN.com/Left| Madison-Reed.com+ Promo Code: Left Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK| Clean Choice Energy Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content: Support our show on Patreon! SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: A Code Switch Thanksgiving Feast - Code Switch - Air...

Duration:00:45:29

#1155 Leisure, Desperation or a Reorientation (The Future of Work) (Repost)

11/23/2018
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Air Date: 1/2/2018 Today we take a look at a few different visions of what the future holds for our labor market and some policies we should be putting in place to set the scene for the coming evolution of work Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: The future of work in a world of artificial intelligence - Ideas - Air Date 9-12-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: Take a Tiny Train - Ray...

Duration:00:56:04

#1229 The politics of anger from the Founding Fathers to the Women's Movement

11/20/2018
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Air Date: 11/20/2018 Today we take a look at the gendered nature of anger and how the anger of women is feared as a potentially revolutionary force Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: BeFrugal.com/Best| HRW.org/Best| Madison-Reed.com+ Promo Code: Left Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK| Clean Choice Energy Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content: Support our show on Patreon! SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Rebecca Traister on women's anger and Kavanaugh's rage - Start...

Duration:00:46:56

#1228 Why men will be better off without the patriarchy

11/16/2018
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Air Date: 11/16/2018 Today we take a look at the system of patriarchy from the perspective of how it negatively impacts men in our culture, thereby demonstrating the need for feminism to advocate for all those negatively impacted by patriarchy, regardless of gender Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: ActionHeat.com/best or Coupon Code: Best | HRW.org/Best| Madison-Reed.com+ Promo Code: Left Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK| Clean Choice Energy Get AD...

Duration:00:47:19

#1227 Stochastic Terrorism and the Bully Pulpit

11/13/2018
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Air Date: 11/13/2018 Today we take a look at rising of right-wing terrorism in the US and the unmistakable link to the violent rhetoric and extreme policies of right-wing politicians Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: Bombas.com/Left| Casper.com/BEST+ Promo Code: Left Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK| Clean Choice Energy Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content: Support our show on Patreon! SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Violent Extremism in the U.S. - NowThis...

Duration:00:44:16

#1226 Understanding the toxic US-Saudi Arabian relationship

11/9/2018
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Air Date: 11/9/2018 Today we take a look at the stunningly consistent history of the relationship between the US and Saudi Arabia. A relationship born out of a need for oil and sustained for the sake of empire. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: Blinkist.com/Best| Madison-Reed.com(Promo Code: Left) Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK| Clean Choice Energy Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content: Support our show on Patreon! SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Inside the...

Duration:00:46:46