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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

#1097 Good-Natured (Economics and Culture) (Encore)

2/23/2018
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Air Date: 4/21/2017 Today we make the argument that people are naturally good and that society and economists should treat them that way 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: A lesson in Buddhist economics Part 1 - @thisishellradio - Air Date 3-7-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: Out With the Old - Casa Di Mondo Ch. 4: Act 2: Thomas Hobbes Was Wrong... Our Core Nature Is Good! -...

Duration:01:00:02

#1166 How to create a happier society and why the GOP refuses (Social Benefits)

2/20/2018
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Air Date: 2/20/2018 Today we respond to the recent Trump budget proposal with some economic theories of our own, a description of how we could make ourselves happier and more prosperous and an explanation for why the GOP governing philosophy is so at odds with implementing programs that people like 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: The corporate slight-of-hand in the wake...

Duration:01:09:06

#1165 The flip side of the coin (Palestine)

2/16/2018
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Air Date: 2/16/2018 Today, after having recently looked at a few of the details of Israel, we take a look at what's happening on the other side of the border, in Palestine. 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: Amer Zahr on working toward rights and democracy for all in Israel - Part 1 - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date 3-18-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: Parade Shoes - Arc and...

Duration:01:20:44

#1164 The context of the Korean Peninsula

2/13/2018
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Air Date: 2/13/2018 Today we take a look at the history and context of the Korean Peninsula, how it was split in two in the first place and how self-perpetuating actions have been taken ever since to bring us to the brink of what would be a completely unnecessary and utterly disastrous war 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: Ghosts of the Korean War - @Making_Contact - Air...

Duration:01:18:01

#1091 Progressives fighting on multiple fronts (The Resistance) (Encore)

2/9/2018
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Air Date: 3/31/2017 Today we look at the multi-front political battles being waged for the heart of the progressive movement, women’s movement, the Democratic party and the county as a whole 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: A roundup of grassroots resistance groups - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 3-8-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: A Lot of Work to Do - Friendly...

Duration:00:57:58

#1091 Progressives fighting on multiple fronts (The Resistance) (Encore)

2/9/2018
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Air Date: 3/31/2017 Today we look at the multi-front political battles being waged for the heart of the progressive movement, women’s movement, the Democratic party and the county as a whole 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: A roundup of grassroots resistance groups - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 3-8-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: A Lot of Work to Do - Friendly...

Duration:00:57:58

#1163 Strange Bedfellows (Israel)

2/6/2018
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Air Date: 2/6/2018 Today we take a look at Israel from a variety of angles including what they do, who supports them and why 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: Breaking down Trump's moves on Israel - Intercepted (@theintercept) - Air Date 1-31-18 Ch. 3: Song 1: Quaver - Codebreaker Ch. 4: Act 2: What doesn't get mentioned when reporting on Israel - CounterSpin...

Duration:01:20:50

#1162 The economics of immigration and demonization

2/2/2018
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Air Date: 2/2/2018 Today we take a look at the economics of immigration, both the good and the bad, both the domestic and international Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Support our Winter Fundraiser! Join the Best of the Left Social Network! Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr Ch. 2: Act 1: The economics of immigration and demonization - Economic Update w: @profwolff - Air Date 2-28-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: Kawruwath Na -...

Duration:01:17:13

#1161 Privacy, what is it good for? (Privacy Rights)

1/30/2018
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Air Date: 1/30/2018 Today we take a look at part of the history of our privacy rights, who they protect the most and what's happening to them recently Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Support our Winter Fundraiser! Join the Best of the Left Social Network! Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Who is worst effected when we allow creeping anti-privacy technology - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date...

Duration:01:20:16

#1160 Backlashes (#MeToo and the Women's Movement)

1/26/2018
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Air Date: 1/26/2018 Today we take a look at some of the nuances of the #MeToo movement and the predictable backlash to it as well as the backlash to Trump in the form of the one-year anniversary Women's March Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Support our Winter Fundraiser! Join the Best of the Left Social Network! Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr Ch. 2: Act 1: Explaining the Aziz Ansari story - Backtalk from Bitch...

Duration:01:15:20

#1160 Backlashes (#MeToo and the Women's Movement)

1/26/2018
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Air Date: 1/26/2018 Today we take a look at some of the nuances of the #MeToo movement and the predictable backlash to it as well as the backlash to Trump in the form of the one-year anniversary Women's March Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Support our Winter Fundraiser! Join the Best of the Left Social Network! Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr Ch. 2: Act 1: Explaining the Aziz Ansari story - Backtalk from Bitch...

Duration:01:15:20

#1060 We should avoid these ends by avoiding these beginnings (Godwin’s Law) (Repost)

1/23/2018
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Air Date: 11/25/2016 Today we look at the comparison between the rise of Hitler and the rise of Trump, not to say that they are the same but to try to learn from the past in order to see farther into our own future and avoid the terrible ends that are possible Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Support our Winter Fundraiser! Join the Best of the Left Social Network! Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1:...

Duration:00:59:35

#1159 Voters need to pick their reps, not the other way around (Gerrymandering)

1/19/2018
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Air Date: 1/19/2018 Today we take a look at one of the most important and least understood problems with our broken democracy, gerrymandering, including some ideas to fix it Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Support our Winter Fundraiser! Join the Best of the Left Social Network! Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Drawing New Lines - On the Media - Air Date 5-24-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: Great is the Contessa -...

Duration:01:04:44

#1159 Voters need to pick their reps, not the other way around (Gerrymandering)

1/19/2018
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Air Date: 1/19/2018 Today we take a look at one of the most important and least understood problems with our broken democracy, gerrymandering, including some ideas to fix it Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Support our Winter Fundraiser! Join the Best of the Left Social Network! Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Drawing New Lines - On the Media - Air Date 5-24-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: Great is the Contessa -...

Duration:01:04:44

#1158 What America refuses to remember about Martin Luther King Jr.

1/16/2018
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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 Support our Winter Fundraiser! Join the Best of the Left Social Network! Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: MLK What...

Duration:01:11:33

#1157 Policy without humanity (Immigration)

1/13/2018
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Air Date: 1/13/2018 Today we take a look at a bit of the history, and some of the recent developments of, the debate over immigration policy and the people affected by it Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Support our Winter Fundraiser! Join the Best of the Left Social Network! Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: INCREDIBLE Watch George HW Bush & Ronald Reagan Debate Immigration In 1980 - Majority Report...

Duration:00:46:52

#1072 A progressive vision for our economic future (Encore)

1/9/2018
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Air Date: 1/17/2017 Today we take a look at the Democrats failure to present viable economic solutions and offer a new vision for where we should go from here. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Support our Winter Fundraiser! Join the Best of the Left Social Network! Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Democrats failed to offer a better solution - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date 11-26-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: ...

Duration:00:57:41

#1072 A progressive vision for our economic future (Encore)

1/9/2018
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Air Date: 1/17/2017 Today we take a look at the Democrats failure to present viable economic solutions and offer a new vision for where we should go from here. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Support our Winter Fundraiser! Join the Best of the Left Social Network! Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Democrats failed to offer a better solution - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date 11-26-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: ...

Duration:00:57:41

#1156 Women of color get the job done (Racism and Elections)

1/5/2018
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Air Date: 1/5/2018 Today we take a look at some of the challenges and triumphs for women of color and what thanks they should get in return Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Support our Winter Fundraiser! Join the Best of the Left Social Network! Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Why We Riot: The language of the unheard - NewsBeat - Air Date 12-18-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: Streamer - Arc and Crecent Ch. 4: Act...

Duration:01:11:02

#1155 Leisure, Desperation or a Reorientation (The Future of Work)

1/2/2018
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Air Date: 1/2/2018 Today we take a look at a few different visions of what the future holds for our labor market and some policies we should be putting in place to set the scene for the coming evolution of work Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Support our Winter Fundraiser! Join the Best of the Left Social Network! Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: The future of work in a world of artificial intelligence...

Duration:01:07:53

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