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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

#1291 The Life and Death Politics of Health Care

7/23/2019
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Air Date: 7/23/2019 Today we take a look at the fight for Medicare for All through the lens of the Democratic Primary elections. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: Babbel.com | SimpleHabit.com/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: All About Medicare For All - Election Ride Home with Chris Higgins - Air Date 4-12-19 Bernie launched his latest...

Duration:00:48:58

#1186 Confronting the Legacy of the Confederacy (Repost)

7/19/2019
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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 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr Ch. 2: Act 1: Confederacy - @LastWeekTonight with @iamjohnoliver - Air Date 10-09-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: Long and Low Cloud - The Bulwark Ch. 4: Act...

Duration:01:18:26

#1290 The World is Rising in Rebellion Against Climate Inaction

7/16/2019
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Air Date: 7/16/2019 Today we take a look at the widespread movements gaining steam around the world using disruption of business as usual as a tactic to protest insufficient governmental action on climate change Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: Simple Habit| Madison Reed(Code: LEFT) Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK| Clean Choice Energy Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content: Support our show on Patreon! PODCAST AWARDS: Nominate us in the "NEWS &...

Duration:00:48:37

#1289 How to Build a War from Scratch (Iran)

7/12/2019
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Air Date: 7/12/2019 Today we take a look at the well-planned and completely predictable build-up to war with Iran from the Republican neocons and theocrats who've wanted this war for decades Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: Bombas.com/BEST | Madison-Reed.com(Coupon Code: LEFT) Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK| Clean Choice Energy Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content: Support our show on Patreon! PODCAST AWARDS: Nominate us in the "NEWS & POLITICS"...

Duration:00:49:21

#1288 #DontLookAway from US Concentration Camps for Asylum Seekers

7/10/2019
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Air Date: 7/10/2019 Today we take a look at the history, legality, conditions and consequences of US concentrations camps erected to house asylum seekers fleeing from unspeakable violence only to land in the hands of Trump's intentionally torturous immigration detention system Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: Babbel.com | Simplehabit.com/LEFT Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK| Clean Choice Energy Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content: Support our show...

Duration:00:52:49

#1287 Mitch McConnell is the Forking Worst

7/5/2019
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Air Date: 7/5/2019 Today we take an unflinching look at Mitch McConnell and what a bad, bad man he is for basically all of the reasons. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: Binkist.com/BEST | MOVAGlobes.com/BEST(Use Coupon Code: BEST) Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK| Clean Choice Energy Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content: Support our show on Patreon! SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Money Money Money Part 1 - Embedded with Kelly McEvers and Tom Dreisbach - Air...

Duration:00:48:23

#1286 The Rise of Christian Nationalism

7/2/2019
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Air Date: 7/2/2019 Today we take a look at the ways in which Christians are being rallied to see themselves as the true victimized minority in America, a key component to stoking right-wing nationalism Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK| Clean Choice Energy Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content: Support our show on Patreon! SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Rise of the Christian Taliban - The Intercept with Mehdi Hasan - Air Date...

Duration:00:49:50

#1285 Naked Capitalism has a Fig Leaf

6/28/2019
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Air Date: 6/28/2019 Today we take a look at the ways that extreme inequality and many of the worst instincts and repercussions of capitalism are being upheld and perpetuated by our culture of philanthropy. It turns out that what we see as the rich giving back is really more of a purchase on their part, a purchase of our acceptance of inequality and the right of the wealthy to rule Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: MOVAGlobes.com/BEST(Coupon Code:...

Duration:00:47:03

#1284 How progressive philanthropy strangles progress

6/25/2019
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Air Date: 6/25/2019 Today we take a look at the surprisingly varied ways that progressive, well-meaning, do-gooding philanthropists have consistently held back the social movements they are attempting to help and have strangled attempts to implement truly egalitarian policies designed to help everyone Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: Bombas.com/BEST | Madison-Reed.com(Coupon Code: LEFT) Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK| Clean Choice Energy Get...

Duration:00:51:04

#1283 Native (Mis)Representation (Native Peoples Series Part 5)

6/21/2019
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Air Date: 6/21/2019 Today we take a look at the ways that Native Peoples are represented in white society and pop culture, how some are working to take back their own narratives and some insight into the profound effects, both positive and negative, of how peoples are represented Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: MOVAGlobes.com/best(Coupon Code: BEST) Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK| Clean Choice Energy Get AD-FREE Shows & Bonus Content: Support...

Duration:00:51:06

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6/20/2019
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Duration:00:10:33

#1282 Marginalized groups within marginalized groups (LGBTQ)

6/18/2019
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Air Date: 6/18/2019 Today we take a look at the violence being inflicted upon the LGB and particularly T community as well as the history of our societies erasure of trans people who have been around for thousands of years Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK| Clean Choice Energy Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content: Support our show on Patreon! SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Here is What We're Fighting For: The Story of Stonewall -...

Duration:00:49:34

#1281 The Politics and Principle of Reparations

6/14/2019
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Air Date: 6/14/2019 Today we take a look at the renewed call for reparations for slavery, Jim Crow and beyond that is infusing the 2020 Democratic primary campaign as well as the history of the campaign for reparations Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: MOVAGlobes.com/Best(Coupon Code: BEST) | Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK| Clean Choice Energy Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content: Support our show on Patreon! SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: 40 Acres and A Mule,...

Duration:00:46:40

#1280 Modern Monetary Theory: We already use it, now we need to understand it

6/11/2019
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Air Date: 6/11/2019 Today we take a look at Modern Monetary Theory and the neoclassical economics it is looking to replace. It’s very important to understand the logistical and political mechanisms by which money for progressive policy priorities would be appropriated by congress and the debate over MMT gets to the core of those issues and seeks to change the paradigm we use to think about government spending. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors:...

Duration:00:48:13

#1279 Understanding the growing movement for impeachment

6/7/2019
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Air Date: 6/7/2019 Today we take a look at the arguments for and against impeaching Donald Trump in the House of Representatives and sending an indictment over to the Senate where the trial would be held Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK| Clean Choice Energy Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content: Support our show on Patreon! SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Justice Interruptus with Paul Waldman - On the Media with Brooke...

Duration:00:42:31

#1278 What the Mueller Report says and does not say

6/4/2019
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Air Date: 6/4/2019 Today we take a look at the long-awaited Mueller Report and see what conclusions can be drawn from it. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK| Clean Choice Energy Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content: Support our show on Patreon! SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Summarizing the lead up to the release of the Mueller Report - GasLit Nation with Andrea Chalupa and Sarah Kendzior - Air Date 4-23-19 A brief history of...

Duration:00:46:45

#1277 We have entered a new stage of attacks on abortion

5/31/2019
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Air Date: 5/31/2019 Today we take a look at the renewed energy in the anti-choice movement in the wake of the appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. We have entered a new phase, having transitioned from the "chipping away" phase to the "full frontal assault" phase. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK| Clean Choice Energy Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content: Support our show on Patreon! SHOW NOTES Ch....

Duration:00:48:50

#1276 Our built environment shapes society and vice versa (Urban Development)

5/28/2019
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Air Date: 5/28/2019 Today we take a look at the ways that how we design and fund our towns, cities and housing impacts the quality of life for everyone in society 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: Jeanne Gang: Buildings that blend nature and city - @TEDTalks - Air Date...

Duration:00:47:07

#1275 So, Marxism. What is that all about?

5/24/2019
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Air Date: 5/24/2019 Today we take a look at the much-maligned, rarely-understood field of economic and social study known as Marxism Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: 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 Contributions of Karl Marx Part 1 - Economic Update - Air Date 5-25-18 Professor Wolff takes a deeper look at the life and work of Karl Marx...

Duration:00:47:00

#1274 From White Supremacy to the White Power Movement

5/21/2019
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Air Date: 5/21/2019 Today we take a look at the recent trend of White Nationalist and White Power-related violence, the history of where it's coming from and why the US government does next to nothing to combat it. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK| Clean Choice Energy Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content: Support our show on Patreon! SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Radical White Terrorism with Nesrine Malik - Intercepted with...

Duration:00:49:14