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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.

Location:

Washington, DC

Description:

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

#1336 Throwing Our Weight Around (The Future of Trade)

2/15/2020
Air Date 2/15/2020 Today we take a look at the ways Trump is working to rewrite the rules of trade with NAFTA 2.0 (The USMCA), a post-Brexit agreement with the United Kingdom and what's emerging from the ongoing trade war with China. Be part of the show! Leave us a message at 202-999-3991 EPISODE SPONSORS: BOMBAS.com/LEFT | Listen to Politics: Meet Me In The Middle | Clean Choice Energy SHOP AMAZON: Amazon USA | Amazon CA | Amazon UK MEMBERSHIP ON PATREON (Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus...

Duration:00:50:40

#1256 A Green New Deal to build a new Common Sense (Repost)

2/11/2020
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 us a message at 202-999-3991 SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Green New Deal In Development - Green News Report - Airdate 2-12-19 'Green News Report' Special Coverage: The Green New Deal --- what's in it, what's not, and what happens next... Ch. 2: The Climate Fight with Naomi Klein...

Duration:00:48:04

#1335 Worldwide Authoritarianism is Built on the Back of Islamophobia

2/8/2020
Air Date 2/8/2020 Today we take a look at the globetrotting trend of building and maintaining far-right, authoritarian political power by stoking fear and hatred of Muslims. We will draw the connections between the Chinese Uighurs, the Rohingya people of Burma, the Governmental policy in India to strip Muslims of citizenship and the actions taken by the US over the past decades that have helped to turbo-charge this trend. Be part of the show! Leave us a message at 202-999-3991 EPISODE...

Duration:00:46:18

#1334 Your Life Will Have Been What You Paid Attention To (Attention Economy)

2/5/2020
Air Date 2/5/2020 Today we take a look at the past, present and future of behavior modification from worms to pigeons to prisoners, and finally, internet users. Be part of the show! Leave us a message at 202-999-3991 EPISODE SPONSORS: C-SPAN Campaign 2020 | 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 History of Persuasion with Larry Stern - The Stakes with Kai Wright and Amanda...

Duration:01:14:28

#1333 An Examination of Fear, Anger, Forgiveness and Grace (Also, Mr. Rogers)

2/2/2020
Air Date 2/2/2020 Today we take a look at the relationship between fear, anger and how to deal with the structural forces of harm in our society. To help us, we examine two of the greatest thinkers of the past 65 years, Martin Luther King Jr. and Mister Rogers, and go beyond the nonviolence of King and interrogate Mr. Roger's insistence on liking everyone just the way they are. Be part of the show! Leave us a message at 202-999-3991 EPISODE SPONSORS: C-SPAN Campaign 2020 | Clean Choice...

Duration:01:14:43

#1332 Old Wounds, New Wounds (Democratic Primary)

1/29/2020
Air Date 1/29/2020 Today we take a look at the flurry of controversy around the Democratic Primary race, once again exposing multiple rifts within the party along both ideological and gender lines. Be part of the show! Leave us 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) SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Debates and the Candidates Position on War - Democracy Now - Air Date...

Duration:01:22:06

#1331 A look into our frightening, fiery future (Australia Bushfires)

1/25/2020
Air Date 1/25/2020 Today we take a look at the climatic, political and social dynamics at play that have helped set the country of Australia ablaze both literally and figuratively Be part of the show! Leave us 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) SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: My Brother Fled Australia’s Climate-Fueled Inferno Part 1 - The Mother Jones Podcast -...

Duration:01:17:58

#1330 Facing an Irrational Foe (Trump escalates tension with Iran)

1/22/2020
Air Date 1/22/2020 Today we take a look at the history of US tensions with Iran and the reality that it has been the irrationality of multiple Republican administrations working hand-in-glove with the far-right government of Israel that has thwarted any chance of peace. Be part of the show! Leave us 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) SHOW...

Duration:00:46:14

#1329 Our Longest War Has Been a Lie All Along (The Afghanistan Papers)

1/18/2020
Air Date 1/18/2020 Today we take a look at The Afghanistan Papers which reveal in stark detail much of what the anti-war movement has known or strongly suspected since the beginning. Going beyond the scope of The Pentagon Papers of the Vietnam War era, The Afghanistan Papers feature interviews and documentation from top-ranking officials admitting from the start that they had no idea what they were doing in Afghanistan. Be part of the show! Leave us a message at 202-999-3991 EPISODE...

Duration:00:50:48

#1328 Iraq, Citizens United, Obamacare, The Tea Party and The Deepwater Horizon (A Look Back at 2010)

1/14/2020
Air Date 1/14/2020 Today we take a look back at the year 2010 in our annual 10-years-past retrospective to see what we may learn. 2010 was an enormous year of news and I've been working on this episode so long that I can hardly remember life before I started. Be part of the show! Leave us 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) SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Andrew...

Duration:01:17:22

Bonus Edition: Honorable Mentions 2009

1/9/2020
Air Date: 1/6/2019 Today, due to my current bout of perpetual-rake-in-the-face, I share a selection of honorable mentions from the 2009 retrospective show Bonus Clips: Introduction to SERE - Rachel Maddow Timeline summary of torture memos and fallout - Rachel Maddow Liz Cheney talks torture with the complicit media - The Young Turks Mancow gets waterboarded - The Young Turks Cheney testing the constitution - Rachel Maddow Correcting the record on Jim Cramer at CNBC - Daily...

Duration:01:14:40

#1253 The Joy of Tax (Comparing the US and Scandinavian Systems) (Repost)

1/3/2020
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 us a message at 202-999-3991 SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Dean Baker on Taxing the Rich - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 2-7-19 We’ll talk about some of the proposals to reduce wealth and income inequality—what they can and can’t do,...

Duration:00:53:50

#1247 The Fight for the Four Freedoms (Repost)

12/31/2019
Air Date 2/5/2019 Today we take a look at the history of FDR's "Four Freedoms" and "Economic Bill of Rights" that laid the groundwork for the fight for economic freedom for all that continues to this day. Be part of the show! Leave us a message at 202-999-3991 SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Harvey Kaye, "The Fight for the Four Freedoms" - Book TV - Air Date 5-11-14 Harvey Kaye examines the progressivism of the Roosevelt-era and argues that a reminder of the "four freedoms" could address today's...

Duration:00:44:33

#1246 To amend or not to amend and if so, how? ​(Repost)

12/27/2019
Air Date 2/1/2019 Today we take a look at the warring factions of progressive and conservatives who are all trying to amend the constitution in various ways. Some progressives want to call for a Convention of States to propose an amendment, as do some conservatives, while others are calling for an amendment but would rather it go through the Congress for reasons that will be explained. Be part of the show! Leave us a message at 202-999-3991 SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: We the People Amendment -...

Duration:00:45:26

#1243 The story of Socialism in America (Repost)

12/24/2019
Air Date 1/22/2019 Today we take a look at socialism in America from our often violent response to the concept in the wake of the Russian Revolution through the recent revival in interest, driven primarily by the younger generation today Be part of the show! Leave us a message at 202-999-3991 SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Red Dawn Americans and the Bolshevik Revolution - @BackStory - Air Date 11-9-17 One hundred years ago, Vladimir Lenin and his Bolshevik Party seized power in a revolution that...

Duration:00:47:46

#1327 Impeachment as a Lens Through Which to Understand the GOP

12/21/2019
Air Date 12/21/2019 Today we take a look at the GOP through modern history to understand how they came to be what they are and how the impeachment is throwing this reality into such sharp relief. Be part of the show! Leave us 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!) SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: What the framers didn't foresee was Mitch McConnell - Impeachment,...

Duration:01:09:46

#1326 Impeachment: A History Of

12/17/2019
Air Date 12/17/2019 Today we take a look at the history of impeachment starting with the crafting of the language in the constitution and on to how the impeachment process has played out over time. Be part of the show! Leave us a message at 202-999-3991 Take our audience survey: http://survey.libsyn.com/hippiesympathizer EPISODE SPONSORS: Bombas.com/LEFT | Madison-Reed.com (Promo Code: LEFT) | Clean Choice Energy SHOP AMAZON: Amazon USA | Amazon CA | Amazon UK MEMBERSHIP ON PATREON...

Duration:01:12:34

#1325 Impeachment: Ukraine, Russia, Corruption and Conspiracy Theories

12/13/2019
Air Date 12/13/2019 Today we take a look at the impeachment story through the lens of the last six years of history between Russia and Ukraine from the annexation of Crimea to election tampering and all that followed. Be part of the show! Leave us a message at 202-999-3991 EPISODE SPONSORS: Bombas.com/LEFT | Clean Choice Energy SHOP AMAZON: Amazon USA | Amazon CA | Amazon UK MEMBERSHIP ON PATREON (Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content!) SHOW NOTES Bonus Clip: Does the GOP have Putin...

Duration:01:26:07

#1324 State of the Unions and the 2020 Elections

12/10/2019
Air Date 12/10/2019 Today we take a look at the labor movement as energy and power continue to build and more workers continue to strike to demand better conditions for themselves and all of society in an intersectional movement for social justice. Though not much thanks can be given to either political party. Be part of the show! Leave us a message at 202-999-3991 EPISODE SPONSORS: Madison-Reed.com (Promo Code: LEFT) | Clean Choice Energy SHOP AMAZON: Amazon USA | Amazon CA | Amazon...

Duration:01:18:53

#1323 Power to the People: The Future of Public Ownership and Local Control

12/7/2019
Air Date 12/7/2019 Today we take a look at the reaction to decades of the fetishization of privatization in the form of a reinvigorated movement for public ownership of institutions meant to serve the public such as utilities, banks, train systems and so on. But this isn't your grandfathers' top-down public ownership, the new movement has bottom-up, accountable, democratic control of institutions at the very core of its mission. Be part of the show! Leave us a message at...

Duration:01:27:36