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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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#1218 Kavanaugh forced upon America (Supreme Court)

10/12/2018
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Air Date: 10/12/2018 Today we take a look at the process and conclusion of Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court and how the whole spectacle, top to bottom, was drenched in some of the worst aspects of patriarchy and toxic masculinity that our society has to offer. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: MustTriumph | Audible| Tidal Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK| Clean Choice Energy Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content: Support our show...

Duration:00:48:29

#1217 The monopoly that ate our economy (Amazon)

10/9/2018
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Air Date: 10/9/2018 Today we take a look at the monopolistic practices of Amazon with a focus on their effects on labor and wages in America Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: Newsvoice| SwingLeft| Tidal Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK| Clean Choice Energy Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content: Support our show on Patreon SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Stacy Mitchell on why it’s time to break up Amazon - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date...

Duration:00:43:49

#1216 Taking a closer look at Columbus Day

10/5/2018
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Air Date: 10/5/2018 Today we take a look at the rarely-told, real legacy of Christopher Columbus and some of the reverberations from his actions that can still be felt to this day Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: Newsvoice.com/Left| SwingLeft.com/Left Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK| Clean Choice Energy Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content: Support Best of the Left on Patreon! SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Indigenous Peoples Day - Progressive Faith...

Duration:00:43:11

#1215 Demonizing welfare to divide and conquer

10/3/2018
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Air Date: 10/2/2018 Today we take a look at the fact that welfare technically no longer exists in America except as a dog whistle term used to push an ideology that divides the majority for the enrichment of the minority. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: ExpressVPN| SwingLeft Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK| Clean Choice Energy Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content: Support Best of the Left on Patreon! SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: The 'Welfare' Dog-Whistle...

Duration:00:47:12

#1214 The long history of racial voter disenfranchisement

9/28/2018
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Air Date: 9/28/2018 Today we take a look at the long legacy of racially-based voter disenfranchisement from Reconstruction right up to today and the many, many forms it takes as those who strive to benefit from suppressing the vote employ an ever-evolving slate of strategies to keep themselves in power. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: Must Triumph Podcast| Blinkist Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK| Clean Choice Energy Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus...

Duration:00:48:14

#1213 Ten Years On (The Financial Crisis and Disastrous Recovery)

9/25/2018
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Air Date: 9/25/2018 Today we take a look at where we stand, now ten years on from the beginning of the Great Recession in 2008. Inequality has spiked, the banks are more profitable than ever and not a single banker went to jail for fraud. Now we must look ahead to how we can better manage the next inevitable crash. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: Pipeline Film | Bambas | SwingLeft Amazon USA | Amazon CA | Amazon UK | Clean Choice Energy Get...

Duration:00:48:37

#1212 Feudalism with Dinner (Our Culture of Tipping)

9/21/2018
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Air Date: 9/21/2018 Today we take a look at the economics, sexism and racism embedded in the restaurant industry, largely due to the practice of tipping. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: Newsvoice| Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK| Clean Choice Energy Support Best of the Left on Patreon! SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: The Racist History of Tipping - Splinter - Air Date 9-4-17 Tipping was considered “un-American” and “undemocratic” when rich Americans...

Duration:00:48:50

#1211 Corporate Monopoly and Political Power

9/18/2018
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Air Date: 9/18/2018 Today we take a look at the current state of the centuries-old fight against the monopolization of economic and political power and how these forces threaten the very concept of democracy. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: Newsvoice Support Best of the Left on Patreon! SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: America was Birthed in Opposition to Corporate Monopoly - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date 01-03-18 Why are libertarians trying to change the...

Duration:00:46:17

#1210 Brett Kavanaugh and the Imperial Presidency (Supreme Court)

9/14/2018
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Air Date: 9/14/2018 Today we take a look at the confirmation process of Brett Kavanaugh, his stance on several critical issues and his threat to democratic values and separation of powers in the federal government Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: Newsvoice App| Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK Support Best of the Left on Patreon! SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Brett Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearings Prove It's Not About the Constitution, It's About Power -...

Duration:00:48:19

#1209 Being part of the solution (How to argue your values)

9/11/2018
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Air Date: 9/11/2018 Today we take a look at some strategies to and reasons why we need to have better political conversations Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: The Daily Show: Ears Edition Podcast| Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK Support Best of the Left on Patreon! SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Robb Willer: How to have better political conversations - @TEDTalks - Air Date 2-9-17 Robb Willer studies the forces that unite and divide us. As a social...

Duration:00:46:11

#1208 Collective power through solidarity (Unions)

9/7/2018
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Air Date: 9/7/2018 Today we take a look at several of the ways that average people benefit from collective action including unionization, class action lawsuits and politically attuned investing of pooled pension funds. Plus, making the obvious case for why the Democratic Party needs to get wholeheartedly on board with policies that unwaveringly support working people and empower collectivism. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: Blinkist| Amazon USA|...

Duration:00:49:21

#1207 Bleeding us to death (Health Care Costs)

9/4/2018
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Air Date: 9/4/2018 Today we take a look at many of the underlying reasons that health care in America is so expensive and how those who benefit from the status quo work to keep it that way Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: Warby Parker| Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK Support Best of the Left on Patreon! SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Exposing Massive Waste In Our For-Profit Medical System - @RingOfFireRadio - Air Date 10-30-17 Investigative journalist...

Duration:00:43:28

#1206 The war on journalism, truth and democracy itself

8/31/2018
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Air Date: 8/31/2018 Today we take a look at some of the tactics and ramifications of Trump's all-out war with journalism which is his strategy to undermine the most potent force capable of opposing an administration of lies and propaganda Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: BetterHelp| Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK Support Best of the Left on Patreon! SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Trump's War on Journalism - Newsbeat - Air Date 3-1-18 Obama had his "War...

Duration:00:47:49

#1205 The multi-front war on the environment and our health

8/28/2018
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Air Date: 8/28/2018 Today we take a look at just some of the many ways the Trump administration is systematically attacking the environment and our health to pave the way for increased profits for the business interests who have the administration's ear Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: CleanChoice Energy | Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK Support Best of the Left on Patreon! SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Profit Over Grizzlies: Trump Admin Tries to Gut...

Duration:00:43:31

#1204 The past, present and future of international trade

8/24/2018
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Air Date: 8/24/2018 Today we take a look at some of the historical context for the dynamics of international trade, some progressive ideas about managing the domestic results of trade, the economics and politics of tariffs and the dangers of trade wars. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: Bolt - Online Security as a Service| Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK Support Best of the Left on Patreon! SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Explaining the economics and...

Duration:00:47:29

#1203 The causes and dangers of the international rise of the right

8/21/2018
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Air Date: 8/21/2018 Today we take a look at some of the reasons behind the rise of right-wing movements around the world but also at some of the various shapes they're taking, strategies they're following and emerging trends that may lend them additional momentum in the future Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: BetterHelp| Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK Support Best of the Left on Patreon! SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Madeleine Albright’s Warning Of...

Duration:00:44:25

#1202 The threats against reproductive justice - past, present and future

8/17/2018
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Air Date: 8/17/2018 Today we take a look at the threats to reproductive justice everywhere, from the newest Supreme Court nominee to the entire long and storied history of the structures of power clamoring to control the bodies of women with a particular focus on the destinies of communities of color Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors:Casper| Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK Support Best of the Left on Patreon! SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Mark Joseph Stern...

Duration:00:40:48

#1201 Dehumanizing and abusing the outsider for political gain (Immigration)

8/10/2018
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Air Date: 8/10/2018 Today we take a look at some of the historical context that sheds light on our current immigration debate by showing that there is essentially nothing new about it, only the details are fresh. We'll also explore the evolution of criminalizing immigration, the abuse of separated children and the GOP need to build a demographic control machine. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: Clean Choice Energy | Bolt | Amazon USA | Amazon CA |...

Duration:01:15:22

#1200 The Democratic autopsy and the progressive path forward

8/7/2018
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Air Date: 8/07/2018 Today we take a look at a few of the reasons the Democrats went from controlling both houses of Congress and the presidency 10 years ago to being completely out of power today and then lay out a series of steps the left can take to return to power Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: Better Help | Amazon USA | Amazon CA | Amazon UK Support Best of the Left on Patreon! SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Thomas Frank explains how the Democrats...

Duration:00:50:07

#1126 Explaining the concept you need to understand, Neoliberal Economics (Encore)

8/3/2018
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Air Date: 8/15/2017 Today we look at the origins, underpinnings and effects of neoliberal economic thinking and policies. #1, it has nothing to do with who Americans think of as “liberals”. #2, both major US political parties are on board with it to varying degrees. #3, it’s pretty much what everyone in the world is pissed off about without necessarily knowing that there’s a name for it Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Donate or become a Member to support the...

Duration:01:00:14