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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

#1266 Writing human bias into the code that runs our lives (Algorithms)

4/19/2019
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Air Date: 4/19/2019 Today we take a look at the racism, sexism and classism that is permeating the algorithmic systems that are directing more and more of our online and offline lives Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: Tavour.com+ Promo Code: LEFT | Blinkist.com/BEST | Primary 2020 Ride Home Podcast (Find it where you listen to podcasts) Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK| Clean Choice Energy Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content: Support our show...

Duration:00:47:24

#1265 Moving beyond tragedy by surviving and adapting (Native Peoples)

4/16/2019
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Air Date: 4/16/2019 Today we take a look at just a few of the aspects of modern life for Native Peoples that we can see as stemming from the racism and colonialism that has been endemic in post-contact America. This episode is fourth in an ongoing series focusing on Native Peoples in North America. Previous episodes are, in order, #1216 on Christopher Columbus, #1230 on Thanksgiving and #1252 on Westward Expansion. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors:...

Duration:00:45:29

#1264 Protesting neoliberalism the only way they could think to (Brexit)

4/12/2019
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Air Date: 4/12/2019 Today we take a look at everything there is to know about Brexit, Lexit, Remain and Reform, the Irish question, The Troubles, the neoliberalism of the EU and the senses of local and national identity in an age of globalism 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....

Duration:00:55:59

#1263 Worker protections help (almost) everyone (Labor Rights)

4/9/2019
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Air Date: 4/9/2019 Today we take a look at the overwhelming benefits to society of labor, health and safety regulations and how they only people who don't come out ahead are those who have to pay for them Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: Madison-Reed.com+ Promo Code: Left | Cannabis: The Illegalization of Weed in America Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK| Clean Choice Energy Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content: Support our show on...

Duration:00:53:01

#1262 Waiting for the Roe to drop (Reproductive Justice)

4/5/2019
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Air Date: 4/5/2019 Today we take a look at the current state of abortion rights - Hint: They're already in tatters - and speculate about what's to come as Roe vs Wade faces relentless chipping away and the possibility of full repeal. 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: States...

Duration:00:49:14

#1261 Profitable Extremism (How Social Media Propagates Hate)

4/2/2019
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Air Date: 4/02/2019 Today we take a look at the so-called "Algorithms of Oppression." Not that they're made to be that way on purpose but that it is a natural outcome of a profit-based system that incentivizes people to post the most click-baity content while the system learns the viewer's weaknesses to ruthlessly feed them whatever will keep them engaged. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: Madison-Reed.com+ Promo Code: Left Amazon USA| Amazon CA|...

Duration:00:43:43

#1260 Gearing up for the fight for Medicare for All

3/29/2019
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Air Date: 3/29/2019 Today we take a look at the history of why we don't already have Medicare for All, just a handful of the overwhelming reasons why we need it and the fight ahead to make it a reality Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: Madison-Reed.com+ Promo Code: Left | Blinkist.com/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: Why We Don't Have...

Duration:00:56:02

#1259 The rebirth of the antitrust movement (Monopolies)

3/26/2019
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Air Date: 3/26/2019 Today we take a look at the story of Amazon’s enormous growth, the history of how our antitrust laws were neutered and how the former is making us rethink the latter 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 Story of How Amazon Got So Powerful - Senator Bernie Sanders - Air Date 9-17-18 How...

Duration:00:54:16

#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...

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...

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...

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