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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

#1298 Standing up Against Cowardly Fear, Fragility and Mass Murder (Gun Responsibility)

8/20/2019
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Air Date: 8/20/2019 Today we take a look at the El Paso and Dayton shootings by connecting the dots between white supremacy, misogyny, privilege and power Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 EPISODE SPONSORS: Babbel.com | Madison-Reed.com (Use 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: El Paso and Dayton and White Supremacy - Democracy Now -...

Duration:01:19:43

#1297 Corporate Media is Designed to Ruin Political Discourse in America

8/16/2019
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Air Date: 8/16/2019 Today we take a look at just a few of the ways that it is in the nature of corporate media to ruin political discourse by dismissing progressive perspectives and preferring hype and controversy over substance Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 EPISODE SPONSORS: Bombas.com/BEST | Credo.com/BEST | Blinkist.com/BEST | Clean Choice Energy SHOP AMAZON: Amazon USA | Amazon CA | Amazon UK MEMBERSHIP ON PATREON (Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus...

Duration:01:20:46

#1296 Decolonizing the Puerto Rican Mind

8/12/2019
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Air Date: 8/12/2019 Today we take a look at the recent rebellion in Puerto Rico that unseated the governor as well as plenty of the context of what led us to this point Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 EPISODE SPONSORS: Credo.com/BEST | 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 Truth About Puerto Rico A U.S. Colony - News Beat - Air Date...

Duration:00:54:02

#1295 How Fascism Uses White Supremacy to Delegitimize Non-Whites and Enrich the Wealthy

8/6/2019
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Air Date: 8/06/2019 Today we take a look at the racist attacks by Trump and his supporters against "The Squad" and how those attacks are in line with a long tradition of working to delegitimize and silence the perspectives of non-whites in America Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 EPISODE SPONSORS: Credo.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: A...

Duration:01:17:52

#1294 Journalism is Under Attack in America Like Never Before

8/2/2019
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Air Date: 8/02/2019 Today we take a look at the ways that Trump and his administration are systematically chipping away at the concept of a free press, a hallmark tactic of authoritarian governments everywhere Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 EPISODE SPONSORS: Babbel.com | Credo.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: Freedom of the Press with Lisa...

Duration:01:19:24

#1293 Debating Democratic Socialism and How to Get There

7/30/2019
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Air Date: 7/30/2019 Today we take a look at the ongoing debate about socialism between socialists and non-socialists alike, including discussion of tactical strategies on where to set our goals and how to get from here to there 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: John...

Duration:00:48:15

#1290 The World is Rising in Rebellion Against Climate Inaction (Audio Fixed)

7/30/2019
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This episode, when originally posted, had its wires crossed and some listeners would have heard a rerun episode instead by mistake. This has been fixed so please re-download the episode and enjoy it as it was intended. 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...

Duration:00:48:37

Bonus: Bernie Sanders Speech on Democratic Socialism

7/30/2019
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In preparation for our next regular episode on the topic of socialism in America and Bernie Sanders' role in bringing the debate to the center of the Democratic primary campaign, I wanted to make available Sanders' full speech from George Washington University in June.

Duration:00:47:31

#1292 A Republic, If We Can Keep It (Unrigging Gerrymandering)

7/26/2019
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Air Date: 7/26/2019 Today we take a look at the fight for free and fair elections in which voters choose their representatives rather than the politicians getting to select their voters to keep themselves in power indefinitely regardless of the will of the people. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 EPISODE SPONSORS: Babbel.com | Blinkist.com/BEST | Clean Choice Energy SHOP AMAZON: Amazon USA | Amazon CA | Amazon UK MEMBERSHIP ON PATREON (Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus...

Duration:00:46:31

#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

#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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Preview of Episode One of Bleeped: Riviera Beach sought to use eminent domain to take away 5,500 people's homes. Fane Lozman tried to stop them. Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts. More information: https://www.bleeped.org

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