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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

#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

#1303 Election Systems are Not to Be Trusted, They are to Be Verifiable

9/6/2019
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Air Date: 9/6/2019 Today we take a look at the fact that our election system is designed to fail in ways that undermine the legitimacy of our elections and, by extension, our entire democracy. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 EPISODE SPONSORS: Blinkist.com/BEST | Election Ride Home| 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:...

Duration:01:26:08

#1302 Protecting the Amazon Rainforest from a Fascist

9/3/2019
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Air Date: 9/3/2019 Today we take a look at the attacks on the Amazon rainforest and its inhabitants by the fascist government of Brazil and the protests and worldwide boycotts springing up in response Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 EPISODE SPONSORS: Election Ride Home Podcast| Clean Choice Energy SHOP AMAZON: Amazon USA | Amazon CA | Amazon UK MEMBERSHIP ON PATREON (Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content) SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Bolsonaros Climate Change Denial and...

Duration:01:21:27

#1301 Building a Livable and Just World in a Time of Climate Chaos

8/30/2019
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Air Date: 8/30/2019 Today we take a look at the strategies being developed to mitigate and adapt to climate chaos while centering social justice in our planning 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) VOTE IN THE WEEKLY SHOW TOPICS POLL! SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Life After Carbon with Peter Plastrik and John Cleveland - Infinite...

Duration:01:20:01

#1300 Progressive prosecutors are repairing our injustice system from the ground up

8/27/2019
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Air Date: 8/27/2019 Today we take a look at the movement to elect progressives to the position of chief prosecutors in cities across the country in an effort to curb mass incarceration and bring a real understanding of justice back to our justice system Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 EPISODE SPONSORS: Babbel.com | Madison-Reed.com (Promo Code: LEFT) | Clean Choice Energy SHOP AMAZON: Amazon USA | Amazon CA | Amazon UK MEMBERSHIP ON PATREON (Get AD FREE Shows &...

Duration:01:19:19

#1299 The Democratic Divide, Disagreeing AND Being Disagreeable

8/23/2019
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Air Date: 8/23/2019 Today we take a look at the lengths the Democratic leadership will go in an attempt to silence the emerging progressive movement within their ranks and how all of this is self-defeating if one actually cares about general Democratic principles rather than just maintaining power for power's sake. 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...

Duration:00:49:47

#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