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An award-winning, expertly-curated podcast of progressive politics and culture. Diving deeply on a wide range of topics, we draw from more than 100 sources of progressive news and commentary. Est. 2006.

An award-winning, expertly-curated podcast of progressive politics and culture. Diving deeply on a wide range of topics, we draw from more than 100 sources of progressive news and commentary. Est. 2006.

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Washington, DC

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An award-winning, expertly-curated podcast of progressive politics and culture. Diving deeply on a wide range of topics, we draw from more than 100 sources of progressive news and commentary. Est. 2006.

Language:

English


Episodes

Bonus Sample #255 Good Questions and Bad Answers

9/27/2022
Original Air Date: 9-8-22 Today, I am talking with Amanda, Deon and Erin. We discuss: - Dystopian longtermism - Why the Man-O-Sphere won’t get you a girlfriend - Cultural commodification Join our Discord Server References: Salon - Understanding "long-termism": Why this suddenly influential philosophy is so toxic Psychology Today - The Rise of Lonely, Single Men In Defense of Witches: The Legacy of the Witch Hunts and Why Women Are Still on Trial Affiliate...

Duration:00:18:48

#1516 The Clean-Up Crew (The System of Activist Judges Defending Trump)

9/24/2022
Air Date 9/24/2022 Today, we take a look at the decades-long scheme to funnel conservative activist judges into the judiciary to support Republican policy goals and the resulting legal bulwark defending Trump against prosecution and supporting his future election efforts. Be part of the show! Leave us a message at 202-999-3991 or email Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Transcript BestOfTheLeft.com/Support (Get AD FREE Shows and Bonus Content) Join our Discord community! OUR AFFILIATE...

Duration:01:12:54

#1515 Set the Sun on the British Empire (Queen Elizabeth II)

9/21/2022
Air Date 9/21/2022 Today, we take a look at the history and legacy of British imperialism and slavery through the lens of the divergent views on the passing of Queen Elizabeth II and the growing movement of former colonies to achieve full independence. Be part of the show! Leave us a message at 202-999-3991 or email Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Transcript BestOfTheLeft.com/Support (Get AD FREE Shows and Bonus Content) Join our Discord community! OUR AFFILIATE...

Duration:01:16:05

#1514 Creating a Digital World of our Worst Habits

9/17/2022
Air Date 9/17/2022 Today, we take a look at the way terrible patterns of the past like colonialism, racism, propaganda, feudalism, and abuse of corporate monopoly power are recreating and re-entrenching themselves in the digital world Be part of the show! Leave us a message at 202-999-3991 or email Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Transcript BestOfTheLeft.com/Support (Get AD FREE Shows and Bonus Content) Join our Discord community! OUR AFFILIATE LINKS: ExpressVPN.com/BestOfTheLeft GET INTERNET...

Duration:01:12:58

#1513 The Morality of Debt and Forgiveness

9/14/2022
Air Date 9/14/2022 Today, we take a look at the history and hysteria behind debt and debt forgiveness while Biden is canceling student debt and opponents of the idea are reacting in the most predictable way possible because they misunderstand the relationship between debt and morality. Be part of the show! Leave us a message at 202-999-3991 or email Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Transcript BestOfTheLeft.com/Support (Get AD FREE Shows and Bonus Content) Join our Discord community! OUR...

Duration:00:57:16

#1512 Ownership and Rights in a Digital World

9/9/2022
Air Date 9/9/2022 Today, we take a look at platforms, goods, and business models in the modern landscape of the digital marketplace. We start by questioning the morality of engaging in given platforms that cause harm - cryptocurrencies' role in crime and Facebook's role in destabilizing society, for instance - and then examine virtual products and virtual talents, the movement demanding the right to repair, and the coming world of digital art produced by artificial intelligence. Be part of...

Duration:01:14:12

#1511 Economic Underclass, Political Pawns (Immigration and Asylum Seeking)

9/6/2022
Air Date 9/6/2022 Today, we take a look at the precarious state of our immigration and asylum system, the legacy of neoliberalism and imperialism in South and Central America, the inhumanity practiced by both of our political parties (though not equally), and the ever-present possibility that things could get worse. Be part of the show! Leave us a message at 202-999-3991 or email Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Transcript BestOfTheLeft.com/Support (Get AD FREE Shows and Bonus Content) Join our...

Duration:01:17:34

#1436 The Long Legacy of Making Deals with the Devil (Bipartisanship) (Repost)

9/4/2022
Original Air Date 8/21/2021 Today we take a look at the history of bipartisanship and appeasement in the US dating back to before the Civil War and tracking it all the way up to the current negotiations over the infrastructure bill. Be part of the show! Leave us a message at 202-999-3991 or email Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Transcript BestOfTheLeft.com/Support (Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content) SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: The Unnatural Endurance of Bipartisanship Part 1 - The Politics of...

Duration:01:13:20

#1510 Avoiding Accountability

8/31/2022
Air Date 8/31/2022 Today, as we wait to see if Trump will ever be indicted for any of his many, many, many crimes, we take a look at the long and illustrious history of powerful people avoiding prosecution in the United States. Be part of the show! Leave us a message at 202-999-3991 or email Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Transcript BestOfTheLeft.com/Support (Get AD FREE Shows and Bonus Content) Join our Discord community! SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Welcome to the golden age of white collar crime...

Duration:01:06:32

#1509 Preparing for the next proxy-war (China and Taiwan)

8/27/2022
Air Date 8/27/2022 Today, we take a look at the tensions between China and Taiwan, the tensions between China and the U.S. vis-a-vis Taiwan, the tensions between Russia, Europe and the U.S. vis-a-vis China and Taiwan and the tension between these small-minded struggles for global power and the dangers posed to the human race by nuclear weapons. Be part of the show! Leave us a message at 202-999-3991 or email Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Transcript BestOfTheLeft.com/Support (Get AD FREE Shows...

Duration:01:03:38

Bonus Sample #253 Bill Maher vs George Carlin

8/24/2022
Become a member to hear the full show and support our work! Original Air Date: 7-8-22 Today, I am talking with Amanda, Deon and Erin. We discuss: - Collections of Guns - Identity and Consumerism - Educating Worker Drones - The Amanda Principle Revisited - George Carlin vs Bill Maher VoicedMails: We define what we wear - Zach the Theologian Passion is exploited by capital - Heather References: The Strange Afterlife of George Carlin George Carlin's American Dream -...

Duration:00:22:53

#1508 On the Questionable Usefulness and Longevity of NATO

8/20/2022
Air Date 8/20/2022 Today, we take a look at the history of NATO and its role in the world after the fall of the Soviet Union which has come back into focus due to the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, sparking previously neutral countries to request NATO membership, all while an eye to a future causes speculation on how NATO should respond to the growing geopolitical influence of China. You got all that? Be part of the show! Leave us a message at 202-999-3991 or email...

Duration:01:05:41

#1507 Installing Loyalists: The Multi-Pronged Destruction of Our Democracy Already in Progress

8/16/2022
Air Date 8/16/2022 Today, we take a look at the strategies underway to systematically dismantle democracy in the United States including installing Big-Lie™ believers in elected and poll-working positions, preventing state-level Supreme Courts from holding GOP-dominated state legislators to the state constitutions, and wiping out tens of thousands of career civil servants from the federal government to be replaced by right-wing extremists. Leave us a message at 202-999-3991 or email...

Duration:01:09:26

#1433 The legacy of White Supremacy in schools, health care and public pools (Repost)

8/13/2022
Original Air Date 8/10/2021 Today we take a look at the mechanisms by which the legacy of White Supremacy is harmful to the health and wellbeing of individuals and society as a whole. Be part of the show! Leave us a message at 202-999-3991 or email Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Transcript BestOfTheLeft.com/Support (Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content) SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Why Is Our Economy So … White (with Heather McGhee) - How To Citizen with Baratunde - Air Date 4-8-21 This week, author...

Duration:01:24:29

#1506 Native Landback for a Healthier Society and Environment

8/10/2022
Air Date 8/10/2022 Today, we take a look at the origins of the European colonial land-grab, the need for the #Landback movement, and the benefits to society and the environment in the context of the climate crisis to return stewardship of the land to native peoples. Be part of the show! Leave us a message at 202-999-3991 or email Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Transcript BestOfTheLeft.com/Support (Get AD FREE Shows and Bonus Content) Join our Discord community! OUR AFFILIATE LINKS: Check...

Duration:01:14:52

#1505 The Largest Investment in Climate Mitigation in US History

8/5/2022
Air Date 8/5/2022 Today, we take a look at the politics of energy and climate in a world addicted to fossil fuels but full of people striving to push us past the tipping point toward a clean energy future Be part of the show! Leave us a message at 202-999-3991 or email Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Transcript BestOfTheLeft.com/Support (Get AD FREE Shows and Bonus Content) Join our Discord community! Internet Privacy with ExpressVPN! Get your audiobooks from Libro! SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Biden...

Duration:01:04:18

#1504 Neurodiversity is Strength

8/2/2022
Air Date 8/2/2022 Today, we take a look at what neurodiversity is and why it should be seen as a strength and benefit to society when accommodated properly rather than a problem to be solved or, worse, ignored. Be part of the show! Leave us a message at 202-999-3991 or email Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Transcript BestOfTheLeft.com/Support (Get AD FREE Shows and Bonus Content) Join our Discord community! OUR AFFILIATE LINKS: BestOfTheLeft.com/Libro SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: What Exactly is...

Duration:01:13:16

#1422 Teach No Evil, Protest No Evil, Vote Not At All (Repost)

7/30/2022
Original Air Date 6/9/2021 Today we take a look at the motivations behind legislation being introduced in statehouses around the country to ban the teaching of Critical Race Theory, criminalize the right to protest and limit the right to vote. Now if only there were some theory we could look to to understand the complicated interconnectedness of these subtly racist ideas... Be part of the show! Leave us a message at 202-999-3991 or email...

Duration:01:21:47

#1503 The Supremely Extreme Court

7/26/2022
Air Date 7/26/2022 Today, we take a look at recent Supreme Court rulings aside from overturning abortion rights and how all signals are that they are going full steam ahead on a conservative authoritarian deconstruction of the past 100 years of progress Be part of the show! Leave us a message at 202-999-3991 or email Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Transcript BestOfTheLeft.com/Support (Get AD FREE Shows and Bonus Content) Join our Discord community! Get your audiobooks from Libro! SHOW...

Duration:01:10:01

#1502 Conflict, Climate, Capitalism and Famine

7/22/2022
BestOfTheLeft.com/Support (Get AD FREE Shows and Bonus Content) Sign up through wren.co/best to make a difference in the climate crisis, and Wren will plant 10 extra trees in your name! Join our Discord community! SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Global Food Prices Are at A Record High - The Takeaway - Air Date 6-22-22 We speak with Ukrainian-American Anna Nagurney, Chair in Integrative Studies at the Isenberg School of Management at The University of Massachusetts - Amherst about the latest on...

Duration:01:05:09