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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


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#1258 The art and science of apologies and forgiveness

3/22/2019
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Air Date: 3/22/2019 Today we take a look at apologies and forgiveness, some of the building blocks for a healthy human society, at a moment in time when society is reorganizing itself in several ways at once, making it all the more necessary that we refresh ourselves on the fundamentals of how best to relate to each other 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...

Duration:00:48:53

#1257 Debunking the reactionary intellectuals of the dark web

3/19/2019
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Air Date: 3/19/2019 Today we take a look at the likes of Sam Harris and Jordan Peterson as a window into the world of their followers and as an inoculation against thinking they're people worth taking seriously just because they make sense one-third of the time. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: Privacy.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...

Duration:00:51:13

Bonus Edition #142 The Nordic Theory of Love

3/15/2019
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Air Date: 3-1-19 Today I share an unusual clip and talk for a while about how much better Scandinavia is than the US. Bonus Clip: The Nordic theory of love and independence with author of “The Nordic Theory of Everything” Anu Partanen - Zero to Travel - Air Date 2-7-17 Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Produced by: Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like...

Duration:00:30:00

#1256 A Green New Deal to build a new Common Sense

3/12/2019
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Air Date: 3/12/2019 Today we take a look at the development of the Green New Deal and its impacts on economics, labor, frontline communities climate mitigation and the politics of the possible Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: Privacy.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: Green New Deal In Development -...

Duration:00:50:27

#1255 Democratizing our presidential elections (National Popular Vote)

3/8/2019
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Air Date: 3/8/2019 Today we take a look at two strategies being pursued in parallel to reform our presidential election process and make every vote for president count equally Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: Privacy.com/Best| 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: The origins of the electoral...

Duration:00:49:09

#1254 Israeli right-wing politics has lead to some strange, fascist bedfellows

3/5/2019
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Air Date: 3/5/2019 Today we take a look at how the illiberalism of the Israeli government has alienated the vast majority of democratic nations and individuals who support human rights, leaving the country with some of the most far-right, fascist, white-supremacist, anti-Semitic people in the world as their only remaining allies. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: Privacy.com/Best| Madison-Reed.com+ Promo Code: Left Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK|...

Duration:00:50:46

#1253 The Joy of Tax (Comparing the US and Scandinavian Systems)

3/1/2019
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Air Date: 3/1/2019 Today we take a look at the social benefits of high taxation as the US gears up for our first genuine debate on raising taxes in a long time with an eye toward the life-improving programs that money could fund. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: Privacy.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...

Duration:00:54:52

#1252 Taking the first steps of American imperialism (Native People)

2/26/2019
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Air Date: 2/25/2019 Today we take a look at the process of systematic, government-sponsored genocide against the native peoples of North America that kicked off the wealth-accumulating, territory-expanding American empire we know and love today Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: Privacy.com/Best| Bambas.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...

Duration:00:49:12

#1251 Candidate Spotlight: Warren and Harris

2/22/2019
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Air Date: 2/22/2019 Today we take a look at two of the most popular politicians who have announced their candidacies for the Democratic nomination for the presidency, Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: Privacy.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: Is It Time For Kamala...

Duration:00:54:00

#1158 What America refuses to remember about Martin Luther King Jr. (Repost)

2/19/2019
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Air Date: 1/16/2018 Today we take a look at the legacy of Martin Luther King that some people prefer to forget and most people never learned about. In fact, it is likely his forgotten opinions that got him killed rather than his calls for racial equality. 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: MLK What They Won't Teach In School Part 1 - News Beat (@USNewsBeat) - Air Date...

Duration:01:08:34

#1250 Teachers at the forefront of a resurgent progressive labor movement

2/15/2019
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Air Date: 2/15/2019 Today we take a look at recent teachers union strike in the Los Angeles school district and see it as another event in an emerging pattern of progressive uprisings that have been stirring for the last decade, fighting back against the status quo, the neoliberal instinct to privatize everything for the ultimate benefit of billionaires. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: Privacy.com/Best | Blinkist.com/BEST | Madison-Reed.com+ Promo...

Duration:00:49:20

#1249 Understanding Boycott, Divest, Sanctions (BDS)

2/12/2019
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Air Date: 2/12/2019 Today we take a look at both the BDS movement and the backlash response to it resulting in firings and legislation in many states (and pending federally) to restrict employment and business opportunities from those who fail to pledge in writing to not support of the boycott of Israel Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: Privacy.com/Best| Madison-Reed.com+ Promo Code: Left Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK| Clean Choice Energy Get AD...

Duration:00:54:06

#1248 There you go again. Venezuela and America's addiction to imperialism

2/8/2019
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Air Date: 2/8/2019 Today we take a look, briefly, at the last 100 years of Venezuelan history to understand how they went from oil riches and inequality to revolution and social progress only to run afoul of American imperialism Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: Privacy.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...

Duration:00:46:19

#1247 The Fight for the Four Freedoms (FDR vs. Libertarianism)

2/5/2019
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Air Date: 2/5/2019 Today we take a look at the history of FDR's "Four Freedoms" and "Economic Bill of Rights" that laid the groundwork for the fight for economic freedom for all that continues to this day. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: Privacy.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: Harvey Kaye, "The...

Duration:00:46:10

#1246 To amend or not to amend and if so, how? (Article V Convention)

2/1/2019
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Air Date: 2/1/2019 Today we take a look at the warring factions of progressive and conservatives who are all trying to amend the constitution in various ways. Some progressives want to call for a Convention of States to propose an amendment, as do some conservatives, while others are calling for an amendment but would rather it go through the Congress for reasons that will be explained. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: Privacy.com/Best|...

Duration:00:47:12

#1245 Don't call it a shutdown

1/29/2019
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Air Date: 1/29/2019 Today we take a look at the planned chaos and fever dream governing style cooked up by the radical, anti-government conservatives running the country, otherwise known as the shutdown Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: Privacy.com/Best| Madison-Reed.com+ Promo Code: Left | WearPact.com+ Promo Code: BestoftheLeft Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK| Clean Choice Energy Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content: Support our show on...

Duration:00:44:51

#1244 A Nation of (Criminalized) Immigrants

1/25/2019
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Air Date: 1/25/2019 Today we take a look at the past and present of our immigration system to understand the paradigms within which the entire debate takes place Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: Privacy.com/Best| Blinkist.com/Best| Madison-Reed.com+ Promo Code: Left | WearPact.com+ Promo Code: BestoftheLeft Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK| Clean Choice Energy Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content: Support our show on Patreon! SHOW NOTES Ch. 1:...

Duration:00:47:32

#1243 The story of Socialism in America

1/22/2019
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Air Date: 1/22/2019 Today we take a look at socialism in America from our often violent response to the concept in the wake of the Russian Revolution through the recent revival in interest driven primarily by the younger generation today Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: Privacy.com/Best| Madison-Reed.com+ Promo Code: Left | WearPact.com+ Promo Code: BestoftheLeft Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK| Clean Choice Energy Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus...

Duration:00:49:27

#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 & Bonus...

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) - Air...

Duration:00:44:39