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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

#1320 The Rise and Inevitable Fall of Neoliberalism (Audio Fixed)

11/20/2019
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Air Date: 11/20/2019 Today we take a look at how Neoliberalism was born, how it was maintained and why it is on the verge of collapse. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 EPISODE SPONSORS: Clean Choice Energy SHOP AMAZON: Amazon USA | Amazon CA | Amazon UK MEMBERSHIP ON PATREON (Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content) SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: How NeoLiberalism Happened with George Monbiot Part 1 - Pitchfork Economics with Nick Hanauer - Air Date 10-8-19 Nick and his guests...

Duration:00:50:09

#1320 The Rise and Inevitable Fall of Neoliberalism

11/20/2019
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Air Date: 11/20/2019 Today we take a look at how Neoliberalism was born, how it was maintained and why it is on the verge of collapse. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 EPISODE SPONSORS: Clean Choice Energy SHOP AMAZON: Amazon USA | Amazon CA | Amazon UK MEMBERSHIP ON PATREON (Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content) SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: How NeoLiberalism Happened with George Monbiot Part 1 - Pitchfork Economics with Nick Hanauer - Air Date 10-8-19 Nick and his guests...

Duration:00:50:09

#1319 Democrats and Plutocrats, Wealth Tax and Wall Street

11/15/2019
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Air Date: 11/15/2019 Today we take a look at the proposals from Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders for a Wealth Tax and how those proposals run afoul of not just Republican Fats Cats but Democratic Fat Cats as well Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 EPISODE SPONSORS: Bombas.com/BEST | Forecast Fest Podcast (Wherever you get your podcasts) | Clean Choice Energy SHOP AMAZON: Amazon USA | Amazon CA | Amazon UK MEMBERSHIP ON PATREON (Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus...

Duration:01:10:57

#1318 Why We Cannot Have Nice Things (How Racism Hurts Everyone, Including White People)

11/12/2019
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Air Date: 11/12/2019 Today we take a look at some of the ways that conservative policies, willed into existence almost exclusively by white people, measurably hurt people and shorten life expectancies, including those who most fervently support the self-destructive policies. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 EPISODE SPONSORS: Madison-Reed.com (Promo Code: LEFT) | Clean Choice Energy SHOP AMAZON: Amazon USA | Amazon CA | Amazon UK MEMBERSHIP ON PATREON (Get AD FREE...

Duration:01:20:14

#1228 Why men will be better off without the patriarchy ​(Repost)

11/8/2019
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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 SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: What Is the Patriarchy? | Feminist Fridays - @marinashutup - Air Date 11-02-14 An overview of patriarchy with a focus on how it hurts everyone, not just...

Duration:01:20:07

#1317 Taking to the Streets in Chile and Around the World to Protest Neoliberalism

11/5/2019
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Air Date: 11/5/2019 Today we take a look at the many protests ongoing around the world with a very strong through-line of demands to reverse austerity, lessen inequality, and improve public services, all hallmarks of neoliberal economic policies Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 EPISODE SPONSORS: Madison-Reed.com (Promo Code: LEFT | Forecast Fest Podcast (Wherever you get your podcasts) | Clean Choice Energy SHOP AMAZON: Amazon USA | Amazon CA | Amazon...

Duration:01:14:22

#1316 Winning the messaging war for a just, moral health care system

11/1/2019
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Air Date: 11/1/2019 Today we take a look at how the debate over our health care system has been framed and how we should frame it. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 EPISODE SPONSORS: BetterHelp.com/BOTL | Forecast Fest Podcast (Wherever you get your podcasts) | Clean Choice Energy SHOP AMAZON: Amazon USA | Amazon CA | Amazon UK MEMBERSHIP ON PATREON (Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content) VOTE IN THE WEEKLY SHOW TOPICS POLL SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Ex-Health Insurance...

Duration:01:21:14

#1315 The Wrecking Crew (The Trump appointees running the government)

10/29/2019
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Air Date: 10/29/2019 Today we take a look at some of the main characters that make up the Trump administration to get a sense of who they are, where they're coming from and how they're working tirelessly to ruin everything good about our government and find brand new ways to be terrible Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 EPISODE SPONSORS: BetterHelp.com/BOTL | Clean Choice Energy SHOP AMAZON: Amazon USA | Amazon CA | Amazon UK MEMBERSHIP ON PATREON (Get AD FREE Shows...

Duration:01:21:18

#1314 Hong Kong Protests (Where Colonialism meets Neoliberalism)

10/25/2019
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Air Date: 10/25/2019 Today we take a look at the complicated series of forces driving the protests in Hong Kong that span the ideological spectrum. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 EPISODE SPONSORS: BetterHelp.com/BOTL | Forecast Fest (Available where you get your podcasts) | Clean Choice Energy SHOP AMAZON: Amazon USA | Amazon CA | Amazon UK MEMBERSHIP ON PATREON (Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content) VOTE IN THE WEEKLY SHOW TOPICS POLL SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Will...

Duration:01:14:38

#1313 Why Prison Abolition is not Nearly as Scary as it Sounds

10/22/2019
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Air Date: 10/22/2019 Today we take a look at why the concept of prison abolition isn’t as scary as it sounds, the answer to the question of what would replace prisons and why you’re wrong for even asking that in the first place. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 EPISODE SPONSORS: BetterHelp.com/BOTL | Madison-Reed.com (Promo Code: LEFT) | Clean Choice Energy SHOP AMAZON: Amazon USA | Amazon CA | Amazon UK MEMBERSHIP ON PATREON (Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus...

Duration:01:17:16

#1312 How Trump managed to make the Middle East more chaotic

10/18/2019
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Air Date: 10/18/2019 Today we take a look at the recent developments between Turkey and Syria and the role Trump played in allowing Turkey to effectively invade Syria and extend its border. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 EPISODE SPONSORS: BetterHelp.com/BOTL | Blinkist.com/BEST | Clean Choice Energy SHOP AMAZON: Amazon USA | Amazon CA | Amazon UK MEMBERSHIP ON PATREON (Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content) SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Trump Abandoned Kurds, Genocide To...

Duration:01:18:15

#1311 Our Culture and Our Economy are Making Us Depressed

10/15/2019
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Air Date: 10/15/2019 Today we take a look at the literally depressing truth about our economy, our work and the culture that surrounds it. We work too hard to be perfect, we don't get enough time off, many of us don't have enough control over the work we do and too many know their jobs are completely worthless. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 EPISODE SPONSORS: Bombas.com/BEST | Madison-Reed.com (Promo Code: LEFT) | Clean Choice Energy SHOP AMAZON: Amazon USA |...

Duration:01:24:18

#1310 At Long Last (Trump Impeachment)

10/4/2019
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Air Date: 10/4/2019 Today we take a look at this whole impeachment kerfuffle I’ve been hearing about. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 EPISODE SPONSORS: Clean Choice Energy SHOP AMAZON: Amazon USA | Amazon CA | Amazon UK MEMBERSHIP ON PATREON (Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content) (No topics poll this week. BotL is on its first-ever real vacation next week!) SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Whistleblower Complaint Shows Abuse of Office with James Risen - Democracy Now - Air Date...

Duration:01:21:09

#1309 Facing Our Existential Dread Head On (Trump and Climate Anxiety)

10/1/2019
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Air Date: 10/1/2019 Today we take an unflinching look at two of the major sources of anxiety in modern life, Donald Trump and the climate crisis, and some of what we can do to find a degree of calm. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 EPISODE SPONSORS: Madison-Reed.com (Promo Code: LEFT) | Clean Choice Energy SHOP AMAZON: Amazon USA | Amazon CA | Amazon UK MEMBERSHIP ON PATREON (Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content) SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Why We Are Drawn to Charismatic...

Duration:01:22:47

#1308 Understanding America by Understanding 9/11

9/27/2019
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Air Date: 9/27/2019 Today we take a look at the legacy of 9/11; the war on terror, the PATRIOT Act, our collective PTSD and our desperate clinging to American Exceptionalism™ Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 EPISODE SPONSORS: Blinkist.com/BEST | Madison-Reed.com (Promo Code: LEFT) | Clean Choice Energy SHOP AMAZON: Amazon USA | Amazon CA | Amazon UK MEMBERSHIP ON PATREON (Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content) VOTE IN THE WEEKLY SHOW TOPICS POLL SHOW NOTES Ch....

Duration:01:25:37

#1307 The Melting Pot Goes to the Polls (The 2020 Electorate)

9/24/2019
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Air Date: 9/24/2019 Today we take a look at the 2020 electorate. Not the election, not the candidates, the electorate - the people voting. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 EPISODE SPONSORS: Babbel.com | Clean Choice Energy SHOP AMAZON: Amazon USA | Amazon CA | Amazon UK MEMBERSHIP ON PATREON (Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content) SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: The New Voters of 2020 with Steve Phillips - Start Making Sense with Jon Wiener - Air Date 5-8-19 We need to...

Duration:01:19:06

#1306 Kochland: How We All Became Residents of a Libertarian Fever Dream

9/17/2019
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Air Date: 9/17/2019 Today we take a look at the lives and legacies of the Koch Brothers. Or, put more pointedly, we look at how two decedents of a bonafide conspiracy theorist have almost single-handedly doomed us to endure runaway climate chaos while suffering from severely degraded labor standards and a broken democracy. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 EPISODE SPONSORS: Babbel.com | Madison-Reed.com/LEFT | Clean Choice Energy SHOP AMAZON: Amazon USA | Amazon CA...

Duration:01:18:05

#1305 How to Build an Empire (A History of American Expansion)

9/13/2019
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Air Date: 9/13/2019 Today we take a look at the history and the process of the building of an American empire that currently spans the globe but allows as few people of color to vote as possible. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 EPISODE SPONSORS: Bombas.com/BEST | Clean Choice Energy SHOP AMAZON: Amazon USA | Amazon CA | Amazon UK MEMBERSHIP ON PATREON (Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content) VOTE IN THE WEEKLY SHOW TOPICS POLL! SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Daniel Immerwahr:...

Duration:01:19:39

#1304 The Coming Recession and How Progressives Can Prepare For It

9/10/2019
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Air Date: 9/10/2019 Today we take a look at the economic indicators portending a recession, the global impacts of Trump's trade war with China and then look ahead to what policies progressives should be ready to implement when the next inevitable recession eventually hits. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 EPISODE SPONSORS: Babbel.com | Madison-Reed.com/LEFT| Clean Choice Energy SHOP AMAZON: Amazon USA | Amazon CA | Amazon UK MEMBERSHIP ON PATREON (Get AD FREE Shows...

Duration:01:14:53

Sponsored: Brave New Words, a podcast about how creating new narratives produce progressive wins

9/9/2019
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Brave New Words is a new podcast about the power of changing the narrative of the political arguments we have, using those new narratives to drive major progressive wins around the world and create real change. Search for Brave New Words wherever you get your podcasts or find the show at BraveNewWordsPod.com Additional Praise for Brave New Words: Jee Kim, Executive Director, Narrative Initiative “Anat has the unique ability to take thorny challenges and offer concrete ways to...

Duration:00:06:27