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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.

Language:

English


Episodes

#1191 Stumbling toward peace on the Korean Peninsula

6/19/2018
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Air Date: 6/19/2018 Today we take a look at where we are in the negotiation process with North Korea and how we got here Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: Audiobook: What Truth Sounds Like| Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK Support Best of the Left on Patreon! SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Explaining how we found ourselves in a new day on the Korean peninsula - Citations Needed - Air Date 4-26-18 Ch. 2: Bruce Cummings on a chance for peace in Korea -...

Duration:00:39:12

#1190 Hurricane Maria laid bare the colonialism and capitalism in Puerto Rico

6/15/2018
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Air Date: 6/15/2018 Today we take a look at the high toll Puerto Rico is paying, in both money and lives, for the triple disasters of colonialism, Hurricane Maria and disaster capitalism Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: Clean Choice Energy Support Best of the Left on Patreon! SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Deadlier than Katrina & 9/11 Hurricane Maria Killed 4,645 in Puerto Rico, 70 Times Official Toll - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 05-30-18 Ch. 2:...

Duration:00:44:28

#1189 Our dehumanizing, traumatizing, child-abusing immigration system

6/12/2018
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Air Date: 6/12/2018 Today we take a look at the absolute horror show that is the US immigration system. Understanding that it was bad before but has been revved up to literally inhumane as our government makes a concerted effort to dehumanize asylum seekers on the run for their lives. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Donate or become a Member to support the show! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft Amazon: Bookmark your link to support the show when...

Duration:00:48:27

#1120 Stopping and building at the same time (Progressive Movement) (Encore)

6/10/2018
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Air Date: 7/28/2017 Today we look at the woeful state of the Democratic Party and the strategy to bring them back from the brink Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: All roads lead to Trump unless we make major changes - #PoliticallyReactive with @wkamaubell and @harikondabolu - Air Date 6-15-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​The Perfect Space -...

Duration:01:15:29

#1188 Impoverished, imprisoned and invisible (Disability Justice)

6/5/2018
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Air Date: 6/5/2018 Today we take a look at some of the adversity facing disabled people from labor rights to health care accessibility to incarceration Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors:The Brave Podcast| Simple Contacts Support Best of the Left on Patreon! Help improve the captions on our YouTube version of the showfor anyone who would rather read that listen to the show! SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Bottom Dollars Trailer - Rooted in Rights...

Duration:00:47:37

#1187 Taking the long view on Trump and Russia

6/1/2018
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Air Date: 6/1/2018 Today we take a rare sojourn into the world of Trump's seemingly endless corruption in business and life with a focus on his long history with Russia. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK| Clean Choice Energy Support Best of the Left on Patreon! SHOW NOTES 1:03 Ch. 1: Trump and Russia from 30,000 feet - Who. What. Why. - Air Date 12-15-17 11:00 Ch. 2: Sarah Kendzior on the Oligarch Envy...

Duration:01:16:34

#1186 Confronting the Legacy of the Confederacy

5/29/2018
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Air Date: 5/29/2018 Today we take a look at the legacy of the Confederacy, the monuments and white supremacy it left behind and the racial terror institutionalized in America based on upholding its values Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Become a member and enjoy ad-free episodes and bonus content! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr Ch. 2: Act 1: Confederacy -...

Duration:01:18:46

#1110 The rise of hate in America (White Supremacy) (Encore)

5/25/2018
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Air Date: 6/09/2017 Today we take a look at some of the structures of white supremacy and the moment in the sun it is currently enjoying Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Become a member and enjoy ad-free episodes and bonus content! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Hate Groups Promise Revolt If Trump Abandons White Supremacy - @RingOfFireRadio - Air Date:...

Duration:01:24:28

#1185 Putting the politics of the left back together (Elections)

5/22/2018
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Air Date: 5/22/2018 Today we take a look at the importance of the upcoming mid-term elections and the necessary danger of infighting amongst the left Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Become a member and enjoy ad-free episodes and bonus content! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr Ch. 2: Act 1: Dems Targeting 12 States to Prevent Decade of Republican Gerrymandering -...

Duration:01:15:39

#1184 Lighting the fuse in the Middle East (Iran and Israel)

5/18/2018
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Air Date: 5/18/2018 Today we take a look at the context and history that preceded the US cancellation of the Iran nuclear agreement Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Become a member and enjoy ad-free episodes and bonus content! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr Ch. 2: Act 1: Trump Pulls United States Out of Iran Nuclear Deal, Dramatically Escalating Threat of War with...

Duration:01:18:52

#1183 Debating proposals for a next-generation economy (Social Benefit Programs)

5/15/2018
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Air Date: 5/8/2018 Today we take a look at both the policies of a Federally-Guaranteed Jobs program and a Universal Basic Income and hear arguments for and against each Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Become a member and enjoy ad-free episodes and bonus content! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr Ch. 2: Act 1: Understanding different styles of basic income schemes -...

Duration:00:46:01

#1119 The inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men (Encore)

5/12/2018
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Air Date: 7/12/2017 Today we look at many of our misconceptions of the nature of poverty, the interconnectedness of economics with all aspects of life and some suggestions on how to pursue justice Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Become a member and enjoy ad-free episodes and bonus content! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Dividing the generations to distract...

Duration:01:27:09

#1182 Wrongheaded laws and prosecutors (Injustice System)

5/8/2018
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Air Date: 5/8/2018 Today we take a look at how we came to have some of the mandatory minimum laws that we do, how they came out of a sense of desperation from an underserved and ignored community, and how prosecutors have used those laws to make things worse. But there is hope to turn this around. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Become a member and enjoy ad-free episodes and bonus content! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening...

Duration:01:15:02

#1181 The Red-State Revolt (Teachers Strikes)

5/4/2018
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Air Date: 5/4/2018 Today we take a look at the falling dominoes of rebellion and demands for justice in the form of teachers strikes as they go from one educationally decimated red state to the next Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Become a member and enjoy ad-free episodes and bonus content! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr Ch. 2: Act 1: Teachers Say What's Wrong With...

Duration:01:19:43

#1180 A Bhutanese Travelogue

5/1/2018
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Air Date: 5/1/2018 Today I tell stories about Bhutan including personal experiences and what I can about the cultural and political past, present and future of the country Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Become a member and enjoy ad-free episodes and bonus content! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft

Duration:01:09:19

#1108 A conservative solution to solving climate change (Encore with New Ending)

4/28/2018
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Air Date: 5/30/2017 Today we look at some conservatives engaged in the fight against climate change and their best policy proposal to get the job done Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Become a member and enjoy ad-free episodes and bonus content! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Bob Inglis Changing the dialogue on energy and climate Part 1 - TEDxJacksonville -...

Duration:01:12:29

#1179 Stories from the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan

4/20/2018
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Air Date: 4/20/2018 Today we take a look at some of the highlights of the Kingdom of Bhutan including the most famous of their exports, Gross National Happiness and many lesser-known aspects of their focus on happiness, good governance and environmental protection. We will also look at one of the blackest marks of the countries past, one that still hangs around their necks to this day Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Become a member and enjoy ad-free episodes and...

Duration:01:18:58

#1178 Economic Evolution (Capitalism, Consumerism and Beyond)

4/17/2018
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Air Date: 4/17/2018 Today we take a look at the debate between individualism and varying forms of collectivism, the benefits and drawbacks of consumerism and some philosophies of economics both past and future Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Become a member and enjoy ad-free episodes and bonus content! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr Ch. 2: Act 1: Debunked "Socialism...

Duration:01:19:44

#1113 Tax cuts and deregulation have failed before and will fail again (Encore)

4/14/2018
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Air Date: 6/20/2017 Today we take a look at the legacy of conservative economics in Kansas, the new federal budget being pushed that would echo the Kansas disaster, deregulation that will cost citizens billions and the intellectual underpinning of modern conservative philosophy that is driving all this Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Become a member and enjoy ad-free episodes and bonus content! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft Show Notes Ch. 1:...

Duration:00:57:58

#1177 What society does not know, nor want to know about Martin Luther King

4/10/2018
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Air Date: 4/10/2018 Today we take a look at some of the lesser-known sides of Martin Luther King's life and legacy, not just about his radicalism and focus on labor rights but also some new takes on the long shadow of the patriarchal views he held and reinforced Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Become a member and enjoy ad-free episodes and bonus content! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by...

Duration:01:20:42