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Best of the Left - The best of progressive and liberal talk

This podcast is a beautifully executed compilation combining the absolute best in progressive and liberal political news, commentary and occasional comedy with great music to pull it all together. Each edition focuses on a political theme and delivers a variety of stories and perspectives from an array of sources on that theme. By the way, this is an ENHANCED PODCAST with cool features built in which is fun but that means that it's not compatible with everyone's audio player. For the STANDAR...more

Episodes

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

    Aug 17 2019

    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 Content) SHOW NOTE...more

  • #1296 Decolonizing the Puerto Rican Mind

    Aug 13 2019

    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 10-7-18 U.S. colo...more

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

    Aug 07 2019

    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 Racist By Any ...more

  • #1294 Journalism is Under Attack in America Like Never Before

    Aug 03 2019

    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 Sun and Ron...more

  • #1293 Debating Democratic Socialism and How to Get There

    Jul 31 2019

    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 Nichols on ...more

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

    Jul 30 2019

    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 202-999-3991   Episode Sponso...more

  • Bonus: Bernie Sanders Speech on Democratic Socialism

    Jul 30 2019

    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.

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

    Jul 26 2019

    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 Content!) ...more

  • #1291 The Life and Death Politics of Health Care

    Jul 23 2019

    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 Medicare For ...more

  • #1186 Confronting the Legacy of the Confederacy (Repost)

    Jul 20 2019

    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 2: Avenue o...more

  • #1289 How to Build a War from Scratch (Iran)

    Jul 13 2019

    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" and/or "PEO...more

  • #1288 #DontLookAway from US Concentration Camps for Asylum Seekers

    Jul 10 2019

    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 on Patreo...more

  • #1287 Mitch McConnell is the Forking Worst

    Jul 05 2019

    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 Date 6-6-1...more

  • #1286 The Rise of Christian Nationalism

    Jul 03 2019

    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 6-20-18 Mehdi...more

  • #1285 Naked Capitalism has a Fig Leaf

    Jun 29 2019

    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: BEST for ...more

  • #1284 How progressive philanthropy strangles progress

    Jun 26 2019

    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 AD FREE...more

  • #1283 Native (Mis)Representation (Native Peoples Series Part 5)

    Jun 21 2019

    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 our sh...more

  • #1282 Marginalized groups within marginalized groups (LGBTQ)

    Jun 19 2019

    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 - Mother...more

  • #1281 The Politics and Principle of Reparations

    Jun 15 2019

    Air Date: 6/14/2019 Today we take a look at the renewed call for reparations for slavery, Jim Crow and beyond that is infusing the 2020 Democratic primary campaign as well as the history of the campaign for reparations 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 our show on Patreon! SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: 40 Acres and A Mule, Today ...more

  • #1280 Modern Monetary Theory: We already use it, now we need to understand it

    Jun 12 2019

    Air Date: 6/11/2019 Today we take a look at Modern Monetary Theory and the neoclassical economics it is looking to replace. It’s very important to understand the logistical and political mechanisms by which money for progressive policy priorities would be appropriated by congress and the debate over MMT gets to the core of those issues and seeks to change the paradigm we use to think about government spending. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991   Episode Sponsors: Madison-Reed...more

  • #1279 Understanding the growing movement for impeachment

    Jun 08 2019

    Air Date: 6/7/2019 Today we take a look at the arguments for and against impeaching Donald Trump in the House of Representatives and sending an indictment over to the Senate where the trial would be held 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: Justice Interruptus with Paul Waldman - On the Media with Brooke Gladstone and ...more

  • #1278 What the Mueller Report says and does not say

    Jun 05 2019

    Air Date: 6/4/2019 Today we take a look at the long-awaited Mueller Report and see what conclusions can be drawn from it. 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: Summarizing the lead up to the release of the Mueller Report - GasLit Nation with Andrea Chalupa and Sarah Kendzior - Air Date 4-23-19 A brief history of what l...more

  • #1277 We have entered a new stage of attacks on abortion

    Jun 01 2019

    Air Date: 5/31/2019 Today we take a look at the renewed energy in the anti-choice movement in the wake of the appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. We have entered a new phase, having transitioned from the "chipping away" phase to the "full frontal assault" phase. 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: Oriaku Nj...more

  • #1276 Our built environment shapes society and vice versa (Urban Development)

    May 29 2019

    Air Date: 5/28/2019 Today we take a look at the ways that how we design and fund our towns, cities and housing impacts the quality of life for everyone in society Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991   Episode Sponsors:Madison-Reed.com + Promo Code: 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: Jeanne Gang: Buildings that blend nature and city - @TEDTalks - Air Date 1-24-17 To learn m...more

  • #1275 So, Marxism. What is that all about?

    May 25 2019

    Air Date: 5/24/2019 Today we take a look at the much-maligned, rarely-understood field of economic and social study known as Marxism 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: The Contributions of Karl Marx Part 1 - Economic Update - Air Date 5-25-18 Professor Wolff takes a deeper look at the life and work of Karl Marx in celebrati...more

  • #1274 From White Supremacy to the White Power Movement

    May 22 2019

    Air Date: 5/21/2019 Today we take a look at the recent trend of White Nationalist and White Power-related violence, the history of where it's coming from and why the US government does next to nothing to combat it. 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: Radical White Terrorism with Nesrine Malik - Intercepted with Jeremy Scahil...more

  • #1273 Death of the Old, Birth of the New (Global Authoritarianism)

    May 18 2019

    Air Date: 5/17/2019 Today we take a look at the socially and politically existential threat of our time - the fight against encroaching authoritarianism in the US and around the world. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991   Episode Sponsors: Madison-Reed.com(Promo Code: 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: Donald Trump Puts Our Democracy and Our Lives in Serious Danger - @Tho...more

  • #1272 The disaster of election capitalism (Election Security)

    May 15 2019

    Air Date: 5/14/2019 Today we take a look at the disastrous system of hackable, unverifiable and expensive electronic voting machines that were our solution to the hanging-chad fiasco of the Florida 2000 presidential election. 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: New poll shows public concern for voting machine hackability - ...more

  • #1271 The moderates are coming! (Beto, Biden and Buttigieg)

    May 10 2019

    Air Date: 5/10/2019 Today we take a look at the three moderate white guys sending a shiver up the collective legs of the members of the Democratic Party establishment and the mainstream media 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: Sam Does a Deep Dive on Beto - The Majority Report - Air Date 3-20-19 Beto brags about his small ...more

  • #1270 Surveillance Capitalism is threatening democracy itself

    May 07 2019

    Air Date: 5/7/2019 Today we take a look at the impacts, from personal to global, of the paradigm of companies profiting off of surveillance of their users, otherwise known as surveillance capitalism. 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: A Threat to Global Democracy How Facebook & Surveillance Capitalism Empower Authoritariani...more

  • #1269 Following the thread of the global Great Transition

    May 03 2019

    Air Date: 5/3/2019 Today we take a look at several topics that, at first glance, may seem to be unrelated but that I think are all tied together with a thread that runs through all of them and points the way toward The Great Transition we are currently in the middle of. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991   Episode Sponsors: Tavour.com(Promo Code: LEFT) Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK| Clean Choice Energy Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content: Support our show on Patreon! SHOW NOT...more

  • #1268 Are they really taking our jobs? (The Economics of Immigration)

    May 01 2019

    Air Date: 4/30/2019 Today we take a look at just the economic side of immigration including the effects from low-skilled immigrants and high-skilled immigrants and then look at an alternative vision for how we should debate the issue from the left Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991   Episode Sponsors: Primary 2020 Ride Home Podcast  |  MadisonReed.com(Promo Code: LEFT) Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK| Clean Choice Energy Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content: Support our show on P...more

  • Bonus Edition: From Brexit to Standing Rock

    Apr 27 2019

    Air Date: 4/26/2019 Today I have a double-bonus show for you with additional clips on Brexit and Native Peoples Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Bonus Clips: Why Brexit Shouldn't Have Been A Surprise - On the Media - Air Date 1-18-19 Is Corbyn’s Socialism Possible Within the EU? - Lapavitsas and Jay - The Real News - Air Date 3-17-19 The historic and starkly divided nature of Brexit - Between The Lines - Air Date 1-23-19 Dozens of Native American women have disappeared in Mon...more

  • #1267 Fighting for the soul of the Democratic Party (Progressives vs the Establishment)

    Apr 24 2019

    Air Date: 4/23/2019 Today we take a look at the current state of the Democratic Party in the wake of the 2018 elections that swept in a new class of Super-Progressives who are now locking horns with the more establishment and conservative leadership of the party as they all gear up for the 2020 primary and general elections.  Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: Cannabis: The Illegalization of Weed in America|  Bombas.com/BEST  |  Primary Ride Home podcast 2020 ...more

  • #1266 Writing human bias into the code that runs our lives (Algorithms)

    Apr 20 2019

    Air Date: 4/19/2019 Today we take a look at the racism, sexism and classism that is permeating the algorithmic systems that are directing more and more of our online and offline lives Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991   Episode Sponsors: Tavour.com+ Promo Code: LEFT  |  Blinkist.com/BEST  |  Primary 2020 Ride Home Podcast (Find it where you listen to podcasts) Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK| Clean Choice Energy Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content: Support our show on Patreon! ...more

  • #1265 Moving beyond tragedy by surviving and adapting (Native Peoples)

    Apr 17 2019

    Air Date: 4/16/2019 Today we take a look at just a few of the aspects of modern life for Native Peoples that we can see as stemming from the racism and colonialism that has been endemic in post-contact America. This episode is fourth in an ongoing series focusing on Native Peoples in North America. Previous episodes are, in order, #1216 on Christopher Columbus, #1230 on Thanksgiving and #1252 on Westward Expansion. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991   Episode Sponsors: Madison-...more

  • #1264 Protesting neoliberalism the only way they could think to (Brexit)

    Apr 13 2019

    Air Date: 4/12/2019 Today we take a look at everything there is to know about Brexit, Lexit, Remain and Reform, the Irish question, The Troubles, the neoliberalism of the EU and the senses of local and national identity in an age of globalism Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991   Episode Sponsors: Madison-Reed.com+ Promo Code: 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: What's Happe...more

  • #1263 Worker protections help (almost) everyone (Labor Rights)

    Apr 10 2019

    Air Date: 4/9/2019 Today we take a look at the overwhelming benefits to society of labor, health and safety regulations and how they only people who don't come out ahead are those who have to pay for them Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991   Episode Sponsors: Madison-Reed.com+ Promo Code: Left  |  Cannabis: The Illegalization of Weed in America  Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK| Clean Choice Energy Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content: Support our show on Patreon! SHOW NOTES Ch. ...more

  • #1262 Waiting for the Roe to drop (Reproductive Justice)

    Apr 06 2019

    Air Date: 4/5/2019 Today we take a look at the current state of abortion rights - Hint: They're already in tatters - and speculate about what's to come as Roe vs Wade faces relentless chipping away and the possibility of full repeal.  Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991   Episode Sponsors: Madison-Reed.com+ Promo Code: 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: States poised to res...more

  • #1261 Profitable Extremism (How Social Media Propagates Hate)

    Apr 03 2019

    Air Date: 4/02/2019 Today we take a look at the so-called "Algorithms of Oppression." Not that they're made to be that way on purpose but that it is a natural outcome of a profit-based system that incentivizes people to post the most click-baity content while the system learns the viewer's weaknesses to ruthlessly feed them whatever will keep them engaged. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991   Episode Sponsors: Madison-Reed.com+ Promo Code: Left Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK|...more

  • #1260 Gearing up for the fight for Medicare for All

    Mar 30 2019

    Air Date: 3/29/2019 Today we take a look at the history of why we don't already have Medicare for All, just a handful of the overwhelming reasons why we need it and the fight ahead to make it a reality Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991   Episode Sponsors: Madison-Reed.com+ Promo Code: Left  |  Blinkist.com/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: Why We Don't Have Medicare for ...more

  • #1259 The rebirth of the antitrust movement (Monopolies)

    Mar 27 2019

    Air Date: 3/26/2019 Today we take a look at the story of Amazon’s enormous growth, the history of how our antitrust laws were neutered and how the former is making us rethink the latter 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: The Story of How Amazon Got So Powerful - Senator Bernie Sanders - Air Date 9-17-18 How Amazon got to b...more

  • #1258 The art and science of apologies and forgiveness

    Mar 23 2019

    Air Date: 3/22/2019 Today we take a look at apologies and forgiveness, some of the building blocks for a healthy human society, at a moment in time when society is reorganizing itself in several ways at once, making it all the more necessary that we refresh ourselves on the fundamentals of how best to relate to each other  Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991   Episode Sponsors: Madison-Reed.com+ Promo Code: Left Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK| Clean Choice Energy Get AD FREE S...more

  • #1257 Debunking the reactionary intellectuals of the dark web

    Mar 20 2019

    Air Date: 3/19/2019 Today we take a look at the likes of Sam Harris and Jordan Peterson as a window into the world of their followers and as an inoculation against thinking they're people worth taking seriously just because they make sense one-third of the time. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991   Episode Sponsors: Privacy.com/Best| Madison-Reed.com+ Promo Code: Left Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK| Clean Choice Energy Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content: Support our show on Pa...more

  • Bonus Edition #142 The Nordic Theory of Love

    Mar 16 2019

    Air Date: 3-1-19 Today I share an unusual clip and talk for a while about how much better Scandinavia is than the US.   Bonus Clip: The Nordic theory of love and independence with author of “The Nordic Theory of Everything” Anu Partanen - Zero to Travel - Air Date 2-7-17     Leave a message at 202-999-3991   Produced by: Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com...more

  • #1256 A Green New Deal to build a new Common Sense

    Mar 13 2019

    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 a message at 202-999-3991   Episode Sponsors: Privacy.com/Best| Madison-Reed.com+ Promo Code: 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: Green New Deal In Development - Green News R...more

  • #1255 Democratizing our presidential elections (National Popular Vote)

    Mar 08 2019

    Air Date: 3/8/2019 Today we take a look at two strategies being pursued in parallel to reform our presidential election process and make every vote for president count equally Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991   Episode Sponsors: Privacy.com/Best| Blinkist.com/BEST| Madison-Reed.com+ Promo Code: 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: The origins of the electoral college - @...more

  • #1254 Israeli right-wing politics has lead to some strange, fascist bedfellows

    Mar 05 2019

    Air Date: 3/5/2019 Today we take a look at how the illiberalism of the Israeli government has alienated the vast majority of democratic nations and individuals who support human rights, leaving the country with some of the most far-right, fascist, white-supremacist, anti-Semitic people in the world as their only remaining allies. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991   Episode Sponsors: Privacy.com/Best| Madison-Reed.com+ Promo Code: Left Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK| Clean Ch...more

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

    Mar 01 2019

    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 a message at 202-999-3991   Episode Sponsors: Privacy.com/Best| Madison-Reed.com+ Promo Code: 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: Dean ...more

  • #1252 Taking the first steps of American imperialism (Native People)

    Feb 26 2019

    Air Date: 2/25/2019 Today we take a look at the process of systematic, government-sponsored genocide against the native peoples of North America that kicked off the wealth-accumulating, territory-expanding American empire we know and love today Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991   Episode Sponsors: Privacy.com/Best| Bambas.com/BEST| Madison-Reed.com+ Promo Code: Left Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK| Clean Choice Energy Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content: Support our show on Pat...more

  • #1251 Candidate Spotlight: Warren and Harris

    Feb 23 2019

    Air Date: 2/22/2019 Today we take a look at two of the most popular politicians who have announced their candidacies for the Democratic nomination for the presidency, Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991   Episode Sponsors: Privacy.com/Best| Madison-Reed.com+ Promo Code: 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: Is It Time For Kamala Harris To Rec...more

  • #1158 What America refuses to remember about Martin Luther King Jr. (Repost)

    Feb 19 2019

    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   Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: MLK What They Won't Teach In School Part 1 - News Beat (@USNewsBeat) - Air Date 1-8-18 Ch. 3: S...more

  • #1250 Teachers at the forefront of a resurgent progressive labor movement

    Feb 16 2019

    Air Date: 2/15/2019 Today we take a look at recent teachers union strike in the Los Angeles school district and see it as another event in an emerging pattern of progressive uprisings that have been stirring for the last decade, fighting back against the status quo, the neoliberal instinct to privatize everything for the ultimate benefit of billionaires.  Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991   Episode Sponsors: Privacy.com/Best  |  Blinkist.com/BEST |  Madison-Reed.com+ Promo Cod...more

  • #1249 Understanding Boycott, Divest, Sanctions (BDS)

    Feb 12 2019

    Air Date: 2/12/2019 Today we take a look at both the BDS movement and the backlash response to it resulting in firings and legislation in many states (and pending federally) to restrict employment and business opportunities from those who fail to pledge in writing to not support of the boycott of Israel Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991   Episode Sponsors: Privacy.com/Best| Madison-Reed.com+ Promo Code: Left Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK| Clean Choice Energy Get AD FREE Sho...more

  • #1248 There you go again. Venezuela and America's addiction to imperialism

    Feb 08 2019

    Air Date: 2/8/2019 Today we take a look, briefly, at the last 100 years of Venezuelan history to understand how they went from oil riches and inequality to revolution and social progress only to run afoul of American imperialism Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991   Episode Sponsors: Privacy.com/Best| Madison-Reed.com+ Promo Code: 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: Attemp...more

  • #1247 The Fight for the Four Freedoms (FDR vs. Libertarianism)

    Feb 06 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 a message at 202-999-3991   Episode Sponsors: Privacy.com/Best| Madison-Reed.com+ Promo Code: 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: Harvey Kaye, "The Fight for the...more

  • #1246 To amend or not to amend and if so, how? (Article V Convention)

    Feb 01 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 a message at 202-999-3991   Episode Sponsors: Privacy.com/Best| Madison-Reed.com+ P...more

  • #1245 Don't call it a shutdown

    Jan 29 2019

    Air Date: 1/29/2019 Today we take a look at the planned chaos and fever dream governing style cooked up by the radical, anti-government conservatives running the country, otherwise known as the shutdown Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991   Episode Sponsors: Privacy.com/Best| Madison-Reed.com+ Promo Code: Left | WearPact.com+ Promo Code: BestoftheLeft Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK| Clean Choice Energy Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content: Support our show on Patreon! SHOW NOTES...more

  • #1244 A Nation of (Criminalized) Immigrants

    Jan 25 2019

    Air Date: 1/25/2019 Today we take a look at the past and present of our immigration system to understand the paradigms within which the entire debate takes place Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991   Episode Sponsors: Privacy.com/Best| Blinkist.com/Best| Madison-Reed.com+ Promo Code: Left | WearPact.com+ Promo Code: BestoftheLeft Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK| Clean Choice Energy Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content: Support our show on Patreon! SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Sanitizing Our...more

  • #1243 The story of Socialism in America

    Jan 22 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 a message at 202-999-3991   Episode Sponsors: Privacy.com/Best| Madison-Reed.com+ Promo Code: Left | WearPact.com+ Promo Code: BestoftheLeft Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK| Clean Choice Energy Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content: Suppo...more

  • #1242 Fighting for a Green New Deal

    Jan 18 2019

    Air Date: 1/18/2019 Today we take a look at the groundwork for a Green New Deal as it's being laid and the fight that is heating up around the policies, not just between political parties but between the separate wings (and generations) of the Democratic Party Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991   Episode Sponsors: Madison-Reed.com+ Promo Code: Left | WearPact.com+ Promo Code: BestoftheLeft Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK| Clean Choice Energy Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content: ...more

  • #1241 The Price of Empire (US Foreign Policy)

    Jan 15 2019

    Air Date: 1/15/2019 Today we take a look at the history and mechanics of US empire and the military-industrial-congressional complex that gleefully perpetuates it. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991   Episode Sponsors: Madison-Reed.com+ Promo Code: 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: Weapons industry lobbies for more weapons - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 3-9-18...more

  • #1240 The bare-knuckle fight for democracy itself

    Jan 11 2019

    Air Date: 1/11/2019 Today we take a look at the small-D anti-democratic power grabs implemented by many GOP-led legislatures during the lame-duck session with the explicit intention of subverting the will of the voters and the most significant democracy reform bill since the Watergate era meant to help restore eroded democratic norms that was introduced by the new Congress' House Democrats as their first order of business. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991   Episode Sponsors: ...more

  • #1239 Building the future of an international progressivism

    Jan 08 2019

    Air Date: 1/8/2019 Today we take a look at the burgeoning call for progressivism to look beyond national borders to create policies, solidarity and power that spans, unified, across the world. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991   Episode Sponsors: Madison-Reed.com+ Promo Code: 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: Progressive International Progressives of the world unite; you...more

  • #1238 Bailouts, Tea Parties, Torture, Fear, Health Care and Citizens United (A Look Back at 2009)

    Jan 04 2019

    Air Date: 1/4/2018 Today we take a look back at the year 2009 in our annual 10-years-past retrospective to see what we may learn.  Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991   Episode Sponsors:  Blinkist.com/Best  |  Madison-Reed.com+ Promo Code: 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: One last jab at Bush - Wait Wait Don't Tell Me Ch. 2: January 22nd, 2009: Mike Pence praises G.W. Bu...more

  • #562 Occupy My Heart

    Jan 02 2019

    Air Date: 1/4/2012 Today, From WCPT Radio, Playwright W. C. Turk, producer Greg Alexander and the Occupy Players we hear a presentation of Occupy My Heart: A Revolutionary Christmas Carol Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991     Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Support the show via Patreon Listen on iTunes | Stitcher | Spotify | Alexa Devices | +more Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfThe...more

  • #784 Christmas in black and white (War on Christmas™) (Repost)

    Dec 25 2018

    Air Date: 12/21/2013 You didn't think the War on Christmas™ could get any more exciting but then someone decided to bring race into the mix and the whole thing blew sky high. We'll report back as casualty numbers are confirmed. 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: Genesis of Bill O'Reilly's War On Christmas - Jimmy Dore Show - Air Date 12-6-13 Ch. 3: Song 1: Ding Dong Merrily On High - ...more

  • #1237 Understanding the Yellow Vests protest

    Dec 22 2018

    Air Date: 12/21/2018 Today we take a look at the Yellow Vests protest in France to understand what they are, how they started and what implications they have for the struggle between neoliberal, fascist and progressive politics worldwide Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991   Episode Sponsors:  HRW.org/BEST  |  Madison-Reed.com + Promo Code: Left Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK| Clean Choice Energy Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content: Support our show on Patreon!   SHOW NOTES Ch. ...more

  • #1236 The War on Christmas™ 2018

    Dec 19 2018

    Air Date: 12/18/2018 Today, as we do each year, we take a look at the current state of the War on Christmas™ but with more of a historical focus on how we got here Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991   Episode Sponsors: ExpressVPN.com/LEFT| Madison-Reed.com+ Promo Code: 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: Judith Flanders explains that Christmas has always been whatever you ...more

  • #1235 A Counterbalance to Canonization (The Political Life of George H.W. Bush)

    Dec 14 2018

    Air Date: 12/14/2018 Today we take a look critically at the life and times of George H.W. Bush Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991   Episode Sponsors: Action Heat| HRW.org/best| Madison-Reed.com+ Promo Code: 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: A Clear-eyed perspective on H.W. Bush to counter the misty vision of the mainstream - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 12-6-1...more

  • #1234 Neoliberalism and the fascism it breeds (Brazilian Election)

    Dec 11 2018

    Air Date: 12/11/2018 Today we take a look at the election of a true neofascist to be president of Brazil and some of the economic and political realities that lead us to this point Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991   Episode Sponsors: Action Heat| Bombas.com/Left| Madison-Reed.com+ Promo Code: 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: Media reports unironically about markets re...more

  • #1233 The US-backed war fueling the worlds worst humanitarian crisis

    Dec 07 2018

    Air Date: 12/7/2018 Today we take a look at the ongoing war in Yemen including its origins, multitude of players, the US supporting that is helping drive the worlds worst humanitarian crisis and what we can and should do to stop it. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991   Episode Sponsors: HRW.org/best| Madison-Reed.com+ Promo Code: 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: MSNBC f...more

  • #1232 Understanding our last chance to save ourselves

    Dec 04 2018

    Air Date: 12/4/2018 Today we take a look at the two major recent climate change reports that were released and some of the new energy arriving in Congress determined to be equal to the task Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991   Episode Sponsors: Action Heat| HRW.org/best| Madison-Reed.com+ Promo Code: 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: Behind the scenes at the IPCC with Dr...more

  • #1231 A new rise of hatred for an old target (Anti-Semitism)

    Nov 30 2018

    Air Date: 11/30/2018 Today we take a look at the history and present of anti-semitism in America Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991   Episode Sponsors: HRW.org/best| Madison-Reed.com+ Promo Code: 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: Antisemitism in USA - @BackStory - Air Date: 05-25-2018   Ch. 2: The Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting - Past/Present - Air Date 11-6-18   Ch. 3: O...more

  • #1230 Thanksgiving and cultural heritage

    Nov 27 2018

    Air Date: 11/27/2018 Today we take a look at the literal and figurative bloody messes of the history of Thanksgiving and the identities of native peoples Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991   Episode Sponsors: ActionHeat | ExpressVPN.com/Left| Madison-Reed.com+ Promo Code: 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: A Code Switch Thanksgiving Feast - Code Switch - Air Date 11-21-17...more

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

    Nov 23 2018

    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   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 - Ideas - Air Date 9-12-17 Ch. 3: Song 1:  Take a Tiny Train - Ray Catcher Ch. 4: A...more

  • #1229 The politics of anger from the Founding Fathers to the Women's Movement

    Nov 20 2018

    Air Date: 11/20/2018 Today we take a look at the gendered nature of anger and how the anger of women is feared as a potentially revolutionary force Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991   Episode Sponsors: BeFrugal.com/Best| HRW.org/Best| Madison-Reed.com+ Promo Code: 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: Rebecca Traister on women's anger and Kavanaugh's rage - Start Making Sen...more

  • #1228 Why men will be better off without the patriarchy

    Nov 16 2018

    Air Date: 11/16/2018 Today we take a look at the system of patriarchy from the perspective of how it negatively impacts men in our culture, thereby demonstrating the need for feminism to advocate for all those negatively impacted by patriarchy, regardless of gender Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991   Episode Sponsors: ActionHeat.com/best or Coupon Code: Best | HRW.org/Best| Madison-Reed.com+ Promo Code: Left Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK| Clean Choice Energy Get AD FREE Sho...more

  • #1227 Stochastic Terrorism and the Bully Pulpit

    Nov 13 2018

    Air Date: 11/13/2018 Today we take a look at rising of right-wing terrorism in the US and the unmistakable link to the violent rhetoric and extreme policies of right-wing politicians Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991   Episode Sponsors: Bombas.com/Left| Casper.com/BEST+ Promo Code: 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: Violent Extremism in the U.S. - NowThis World - Air Dat...more

  • #1226 Understanding the toxic US-Saudi Arabian relationship

    Nov 09 2018

    Air Date: 11/9/2018 Today we take a look at the stunningly consistent history of the relationship between the US and Saudi Arabia. A relationship born out of a need for oil and sustained for the sake of empire. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991   Episode Sponsors: Blinkist.com/Best| Madison-Reed.com(Promo Code: 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: Inside the brutal realit...more

  • #1225 The origins of the libertarian plan to remake America

    Nov 06 2018

    Air Date: 11/6/2018 Today we take a look at the movement behind the anti-government, pro-wealthy campaign to remake America that dates back much farther than the Koch Brothers.  Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991   Episode Sponsors: Madison-Reed.com(Promo Code: 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: Jane Mayer, Dark Money - @InDeepRadio w @AngieCoiro - Air Date 3-23-18 Rober...more

  • #1224 Fixing the underlying mechanism of our democracy (Election Integrity)

    Nov 02 2018

    Air Date: 11/2/2018 Today we take a look at some of the various ways our election system is vulnerable to tampering and hacking from within and without and how it poses a threat to our democracy by casting doubt on the system whether any tampering actually happens or not Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991   Episode Sponsors:  SwingLeft.org/Left  |  Madison-Reed.com(Promo Code: Left) Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK| Clean Choice Energy Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content: Support...more

  • #1223 How and why conspiracy theories infiltrate our politics

    Oct 30 2018

    Air Date: 10/30/2018 Today we take a look at the phenomenon of conspiracy theories from several different angles including psychology, political necessity and some of the conspiracies de jour. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991   Episode Sponsors: SwingLeft| Express VPN Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK| Clean Choice Energy Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content: Support our show on Patreon!   SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Stephan Lewandowsky on the mind of a conspiracy theorist - Point of Inqui...more

  • #1222 A crisis of illegitimacy of our institutions

    Oct 26 2018

    Air Date: 10/26/2018 Today we take a look at the crumbling trust in the Supreme Court in the wake of the Kavanaugh confirmation, not to mention the undemocratic electoral college, undemocratic Senate and a whole slew of anti-democracy GOP dirty tricks that have been used to acquire and intrench power for a conservative minority Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991   Episode Sponsors: Madison-Reed.com (Promo Code: Left)| MustTriumph.com Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK| Clean Choi...more

  • #1221 Strategies to take back power for the left

    Oct 23 2018

    Air Date: 10/23/2018 Today we take a look at various strategies, some institutional and some organizational, for the left to take back power and steer the country back toward small D democracy Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991   Episode Sponsors: Madison-Reed.com (Promo Code: Left) | SwingLeft.org/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: Talking with progressive leaders on tak...more

  • #1220 Fighting the Dark Money Machine

    Oct 19 2018

    Air Date: 10/19/2018 Today we take a look at the Koch brothers and the movement they spawned to better understand exactly how to fight back Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991   Episode Sponsors: Blinkist.com/Best  |  Tidal.com/Brooklyn Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK| Clean Choice Energy Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content: Support our show on Patreon!   SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Jane Mayer on the positive vision the Kochs paint - The Ezra Klein Show - Air Date 6-3-18 Jane Mayer explain...more

  • #1219 How the GOP became the most destructive force in the world

    Oct 16 2018

    Air Date: 10/16/2018 Today we take a look at the distant and recent history of conservatism in America and beyond and follow the steps that have led to their rejection of science at a moment in history when it has never been more critical to heed the warnings of scientists Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991   Episode Sponsors: Blinkist| Bombas Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK| Clean Choice Energy Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content: Support our show on Patreon!   SHOW NOTES Ch. 1...more

  • #1218 Kavanaugh forced upon America (Supreme Court)

    Oct 12 2018

    Air Date: 10/12/2018 Today we take a look at the process and conclusion of Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court and how the whole spectacle, top to bottom, was drenched in some of the worst aspects of patriarchy and toxic masculinity that our society has to offer. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991   Episode Sponsors: MustTriumph | Audible| Tidal Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK| Clean Choice Energy Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content: Support our show on Patreon  ...more

  • #1217 The monopoly that ate our economy (Amazon)

    Oct 09 2018

    Air Date: 10/9/2018 Today we take a look at the monopolistic practices of Amazon with a focus on their effects on labor and wages in America Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991   Episode Sponsors: Newsvoice| SwingLeft| Tidal Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK| Clean Choice Energy Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content: Support our show on Patreon   SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Stacy Mitchell on why it’s time to break up Amazon - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 2-21-18 Amazon is a ra...more

  • #1216 Taking a closer look at Columbus Day

    Oct 05 2018

    Air Date: 10/5/2018 Today we take a look at the rarely-told, real legacy of Christopher Columbus and some of the reverberations from his actions that can still be felt to this day Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991   Episode Sponsors: Newsvoice.com/Left| SwingLeft.com/Left Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK| Clean Choice Energy Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content: Support Best of the Left on Patreon!   SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Indigenous Peoples Day - Progressive Faith Sermons w @RevDrRay...more

  • #1215 Demonizing welfare to divide and conquer

    Oct 03 2018

    Air Date: 10/2/2018 Today we take a look at the fact that welfare technically no longer exists in America except as a dog whistle term used to push an ideology that divides the majority for the enrichment of the minority.  Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: ExpressVPN| SwingLeft Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK| Clean Choice Energy Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content: Support Best of the Left on Patreon!   SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: The 'Welfare' Dog-Whistle Part 1 - Cit...more

  • #1214 The long history of racial voter disenfranchisement

    Sep 28 2018

    Air Date: 9/28/2018 Today we take a look at the long legacy of racially-based voter disenfranchisement from Reconstruction right up to today and the many, many forms it takes as those who strive to benefit from suppressing the vote employ an ever-evolving slate of strategies to keep themselves in power. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991   Episode Sponsors: Must Triumph Podcast| Blinkist Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK| Clean Choice Energy Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content: Su...more

  • #1213 Ten Years On (The Financial Crisis and Disastrous Recovery)

    Sep 25 2018

    Air Date: 9/25/2018 Today we take a look at where we stand, now ten years on from the beginning of the Great Recession in 2008. Inequality has spiked, the banks are more profitable than ever and not a single banker went to jail for fraud. Now we must look ahead to how we can better manage the next inevitable crash. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991   Episode Sponsors: Pipeline Film | Bambas | SwingLeft   Amazon USA | Amazon CA | Amazon UK | Clean Choice Energy   Get AD FREE Sh...more

  • #1212 Feudalism with Dinner (Our Culture of Tipping)

    Sep 21 2018

    Air Date: 9/21/2018 Today we take a look at the economics, sexism and racism embedded in the restaurant industry, largely due to the practice of tipping. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991   Episode Sponsors: Newsvoice| Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK| Clean Choice Energy Support Best of the Left on Patreon!   SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: The Racist History of Tipping - Splinter - Air Date 9-4-17 Tipping was considered “un-American” and “undemocratic” when rich Americans began to adopt t...more

  • #1211 Corporate Monopoly and Political Power

    Sep 18 2018

    Air Date: 9/18/2018 Today we take a look at the current state of the centuries-old fight against the monopolization of economic and political power and how these forces threaten the very concept of democracy. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991   Episode Sponsors: Newsvoice   Support Best of the Left on Patreon!   SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: America was Birthed in Opposition to Corporate Monopoly - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date 01-03-18 Why are libertarians trying to change the proud traditio...more

  • #1210 Brett Kavanaugh and the Imperial Presidency (Supreme Court)

    Sep 14 2018

    Air Date: 9/14/2018 Today we take a look at the confirmation process of Brett Kavanaugh, his stance on several critical issues and his threat to democratic values and separation of powers in the federal government Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991   Episode Sponsors: Newsvoice App| Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK  Support Best of the Left on Patreon!   SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Brett Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearings Prove It's Not About the Constitution, It's About Power - @RingOfFire...more

  • #1209 Being part of the solution (How to argue your values)

    Sep 11 2018

    Air Date: 9/11/2018 Today we take a look at some strategies to and reasons why we need to have better political conversations Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991   Episode Sponsors: The Daily Show: Ears Edition Podcast| Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK  Support Best of the Left on Patreon!   SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Robb Willer: How to have better political conversations - @TEDTalks - Air Date 2-9-17 Robb Willer studies the forces that unite and divide us. As a social psychologist, he ...more

  • #1208 Collective power through solidarity (Unions)

    Sep 07 2018

    Air Date: 9/7/2018 Today we take a look at several of the ways that average people benefit from collective action including unionization, class action lawsuits and politically attuned investing of pooled pension funds. Plus, making the obvious case for why the Democratic Party needs to get wholeheartedly on board with policies that unwaveringly support working people and empower collectivism. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991   Episode Sponsors: Blinkist| Amazon USA| Amazon CA...more

  • #1207 Bleeding us to death (Health Care Costs)

    Sep 04 2018

    Air Date: 9/4/2018 Today we take a look at many of the underlying reasons that health care in America is so expensive and how those who benefit from the status quo work to keep it that way Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: Warby Parker| Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK  Support Best of the Left on Patreon!   SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Exposing Massive Waste In Our For-Profit Medical System - @RingOfFireRadio - Air Date 10-30-17 Investigative journalist Marshall Allen ...more

  • #1206 The war on journalism, truth and democracy itself

    Aug 31 2018

    Air Date: 8/31/2018 Today we take a look at some of the tactics and ramifications of Trump's all-out war with journalism which is his strategy to undermine the most potent force capable of opposing an administration of lies and propaganda Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991   Episode Sponsors: BetterHelp| Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK  Support Best of the Left on Patreon!   SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Trump's War on Journalism - Newsbeat - Air Date 3-1-18 Obama had his "War on Whistleb...more

  • #1205 The multi-front war on the environment and our health

    Aug 28 2018

    Air Date: 8/28/2018 Today we take a look at just some of the many ways the Trump administration is systematically attacking the environment and our health to pave the way for increased profits for the business interests who have the administration's ear Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991   Episode Sponsors: CleanChoice Energy | Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK  Support Best of the Left on Patreon!   SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Profit Over Grizzlies: Trump Admin Tries to Gut Endangered Sp...more

  • #1204 The past, present and future of international trade

    Aug 24 2018

    Air Date: 8/24/2018 Today we take a look at some of the historical context for the dynamics of international trade, some progressive ideas about managing the domestic results of trade, the economics and politics of tariffs and the dangers of trade wars. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991   Episode Sponsors: Bolt - Online Security as a Service| Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK  Support Best of the Left on Patreon!   SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Explaining the economics and politics of tari...more

  • #1203 The causes and dangers of the international rise of the right

    Aug 21 2018

    Air Date: 8/21/2018 Today we take a look at some of the reasons behind the rise of right-wing movements around the world but also at some of the various shapes they're taking, strategies they're following and emerging trends that may lend them additional momentum in the future Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991   Episode Sponsors: BetterHelp| Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK  Support Best of the Left on Patreon!   SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Madeleine Albright’s Warning Of Global Fascism...more

  • #1202 The threats against reproductive justice - past, present and future

    Aug 17 2018

    Air Date: 8/17/2018 Today we take a look at the threats to reproductive justice everywhere, from the newest Supreme Court nominee to the entire long and storied history of the structures of power clamoring to control the bodies of women with a particular focus on the destinies of communities of color Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991   Episode Sponsors:Casper| Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK  Support Best of the Left on Patreon!   SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Mark Joseph Stern on how co...more

  • #1201 Dehumanizing and abusing the outsider for political gain (Immigration)

    Aug 10 2018

    Air Date: 8/10/2018 Today we take a look at some of the historical context that sheds light on our current immigration debate by showing that there is essentially nothing new about it, only the details are fresh. We'll also explore the evolution of criminalizing immigration, the abuse of separated children and the GOP need to build a demographic control machine. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: Clean Choice Energy | Bolt | Amazon USA | Amazon CA | Amazon UK ...more

  • #1200 The Democratic autopsy and the progressive path forward

    Aug 07 2018

    Air Date: 8/07/2018 Today we take a look at a few of the reasons the Democrats went from controlling both houses of Congress and the presidency 10 years ago to being completely out of power today and then lay out a series of steps the left can take to return to power Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991   Episode Sponsors:  Better Help  |  Amazon USA  | Amazon CA  |  Amazon UK  Support Best of the Left on Patreon!   SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Thomas Frank explains how the Democrats lost s...more

  • #1126 Explaining the concept you need to understand, Neoliberal Economics (Encore)

    Aug 03 2018

    Air Date: 8/15/2017 Today we look at the origins, underpinnings and effects of neoliberal economic thinking and policies. #1, it has nothing to do with who Americans think of as “liberals”. #2, both major US political parties are on board with it to varying degrees. #3, it’s pretty much what everyone in the world is pissed off about without necessarily knowing that there’s a name for it Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991   Donate or become a Member to support the show!  Visit: ...more

  • #1199 Criticizing a society that breeds depression

    Jul 31 2018

    Air Date: 7/31/2018 Today we take a look at some causes of depression that our society tends to look away from. Instead of focusing only on chemical imbalances, it seems wise to look outside ourselves at the circumstances we find ourselves in and ask how much our surrounding effect what goes on inside Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991   Episode Sponsors:  Dollar Shave Club  |  Better Help  |  Amazon USA  |  Amazon CA  |  Amazon UK  Support Best of the Left on Patreon!   SHOW N...more

  • #1198.5 Decolonization, Reconciliation and The Sacred Mountain - Presenting: Offshore

    Jul 27 2018

    Air Date: 7/27/2018 Today I do something a little different and present to you (with permission) the entire first episode of the second season of the outstanding podcast, Offshore. Offshore is produced by Honolulu Civil Beat, a nonprofit and non-partisan investigative news site in Hawaii and I especially think the BotL audience will appreciate their telling of the story of the Mouna Kea Protectors on the big island of Hawaii. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Donate or become ...more

  • #1198 All we have to fear is fear itself (Our Culture of Fear)

    Jul 24 2018

    Air Date: 7/24/2018 Today we take a look at our current moment in history and the two basic paths that lay before us, one dominated by fear that drives a willingness to give up power to authoritarian rulers and the other guided by hope for a better future and a willingness to work together toward that future Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors:  Better Help  |  Dollar Shave Club  |  Amazon USA  |  Amazon CA  |  Amazon UK  Support Best of the Left on Patreon!   S...more

  • #1125 Understanding and surviving the age of anger (Encore)

    Jul 20 2018

    Air Date: 8/8/2017 Today we look at the forces causing a great deal and anger and upheaval all around the world, how that anger is being misdirected and what we can do in our own lives to face it Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Donate or become a Member to support the show!  Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft    Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Age of Anger: A History of the Present by Pankaj Mishra - @thi...more

  • #1197 Showing up at the last minute to fight for the Supreme Court

    Jul 17 2018

    Air Date: 7/17/2018 Today we take a look at the history of what led us to be on the brink of the most conservative Supreme Court in 90 years, some of the details as to what's at stake and some ideas on fighting back, now and in the future Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991   Donate or become a Member to support the show!  Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft    Episode Sponsors: Better Help | Bolt Online Security | Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK  Support Best of the L...more

  • #1196 Building a media that supports rather than undermines democracy

    Jul 13 2018

    Air Date: 7/13/2018 Today we take a look at the media landscape and how it enables rather than challenges our horrific political status quo and we also hear suggested alternatives structures that could help us change the game Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: BetterHelp | Amazon USA | Amazon CA | Amazon UK Support Best of the Left on Patreon!   SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Jeff Cohen on Cable News Hawks - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 3-30-18 As the US govern...more

  • #1195 Criminalizing protest with civility as a cudgel

    Jul 10 2018

    Air Date: 7/10/2018 Today we take a look at the attempts to distract with calls for civility and the attempts to suppress dissent with various bans and impediments to protest Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors:  Bolt Online Security| Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK  Support Best of the Left on Patreon!   SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: The Problem with Civility - On the Media - Air Date 6-30-18   Ch. 2: Criminalizing Protest - @USNewsBeat - Air Date 6-14-18   Ch. 3: The Civ...more

  • #1123 Preparing for the end of the world, or at least capitalism (Encore)

    Jul 07 2018

    Air Date: 8/1/2017 Today we look at the state of capitalism, the logical arguments for its inevitable demise and the evidence that the end may more nigh than ever before Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991   Donate or become a Member to support the show!  Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft    Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Caitlin Moran on the need for a revolutionary upgrade to society - Politics & Prose fr...more

  • #1194 The why and the how to make voting cool again (Elections)

    Jul 03 2018

    Air Date: 7/3/2018 Today we take a look at the movement underway to take back power for progressive ideas in this country from a variety of perspectives all working toward a common goal Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991   Episode Sponsors: Amazon USA | Amazon CA | Amazon UK |  Clean Choice Energy Support Best of the Left on Patreon!   SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Plan to engage in civics this year - Sunday Civics - Air Date 1-7-18   Ch. 2: Young Voters and the Progressive Path Forward - ...more

  • #1193 Fighting for a representative democracy (voting Rights and Gerrymandering)

    Jun 29 2018

    Air Date: 6/29/2018 Today we take a look at the multi-pronged campaign to prevent as many people from voting as possible and what we can do about it Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991   Donate or become a Member to support the show!  Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft    Episode Sponsors: Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK  Support Best of the Left on Patreon!   SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Karen Hobert Flynn on Census & Citizenship - CounterSpin - Air Date 3-30-18   Ch. 2: David ...more

  • #1192 Fighting for Single Payer and against our neoliberal health system

    Jun 26 2018

      Air Date: 6/26/2018 Today we take a look at the misguided transformation of our thinking about health care that causes us to accept the idea of it being a market-based commodity, who continues to support this idea and why it continues to make suckers of us all Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991   Episode Advertisers: Audiobook: What Truth Sounds Like   Donate or become a Member to support the show!  Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft    SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Natalie Shu...more

  • #1121 This episode is worth your time (Culture and Technology) (Encore)

    Jun 22 2018

    Air Date: 7/21/2017 Today we look at the technology that massively influences how we spend our time and hear lots of advice on how we can begin to take back control 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: The Panda is Dancing - @TimeWellSpentio - Air Date 11-28-16 Ch. 3: Song 1:  N/A Ch. 4: Act 2: Tim Wu on The Attention Merchants - The Zero Hour w: @RJEskow - Air Date 4-29-17 Ch. 5: Song 2...more

  • #1191 Stumbling toward peace on the Korean Peninsula

    Jun 19 2018

    Air Date: 6/19/2018 Today we take a look at where we are in the negotiation process with North Korea and how we got here Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991   Episode Sponsors: Audiobook: What Truth Sounds Like| Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK  Support Best of the Left on Patreon!   SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Explaining how we found ourselves in a new day on the Korean peninsula - Citations Needed - Air Date 4-26-18   Ch. 2: Bruce Cummings on a chance for peace in Korea - Start Making S...more

  • #1190 Hurricane Maria laid bare the colonialism and capitalism in Puerto Rico

    Jun 15 2018

    Air Date: 6/15/2018 Today we take a look at the high toll Puerto Rico is paying, in both money and lives, for the triple disasters of colonialism, Hurricane Maria and disaster capitalism Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991   Episode Sponsors: Clean Choice Energy Support Best of the Left on Patreon!   SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Deadlier than Katrina & 9/11 Hurricane Maria Killed 4,645 in Puerto Rico, 70 Times Official Toll - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 05-30-18   Ch. 2: Colonialism during hu...more

  • #1189 Our dehumanizing, traumatizing, child-abusing immigration system

    Jun 12 2018

    Air Date: 6/12/2018 Today we take a look at the absolute horror show that is the US immigration system. Understanding that it was bad before but has been revved up to literally inhumane as our government makes a concerted effort to dehumanize asylum seekers on the run for their lives. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991   Donate or become a Member to support the show!  Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft    Amazon: Bookmark your link to support the show when you shop! U...more

  • #1120 Stopping and building at the same time (Progressive Movement) (Encore)

    Jun 10 2018

    Air Date: 7/28/2017 Today we look at the woeful state of the Democratic Party and the strategy to bring them back from the brink Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft  Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: All roads lead to Trump unless we make major changes - #PoliticallyReactive with @wkamaubell and @harikondabolu - Air Date 6-15-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​The Perfect Space - The Avett Br...more

  • #1188 Impoverished, imprisoned and invisible (Disability Justice)

    Jun 05 2018

    Air Date: 6/5/2018 Today we take a look at some of the adversity facing disabled people from labor rights to health care accessibility to incarceration Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors:The Brave Podcast| Simple Contacts    Support Best of the Left on Patreon! Help improve the captions on our YouTube version of the showfor anyone who would rather read that listen to the show!   SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Bottom Dollars Trailer - Rooted in Rights (@rootedinrights)   Ch....more

  • #1187 Taking the long view on Trump and Russia

    Jun 01 2018

    Air Date: 6/1/2018 Today we take a rare sojourn into the world of Trump's seemingly endless corruption in business and life with a focus on his long history with Russia. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991   Episode Sponsors: Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK| Clean Choice Energy Support Best of the Left on Patreon!   SHOW NOTES 1:03 Ch. 1: Trump and Russia from 30,000 feet - Who. What. Why. - Air Date 12-15-17   11:00 Ch. 2: Sarah Kendzior on the Oligarch Envy Haunting President...more

  • #1186 Confronting the Legacy of the Confederacy

    May 29 2018

    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 Become a member and enjoy ad-free episodes and bonus content! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr  Ch. 2: Act 1: Confederacy - @LastWeekTonight with @i...more

  • #1110 The rise of hate in America (White Supremacy) (Encore)

    May 25 2018

    Air Date: 6/09/2017 Today we take a look at some of the structures of white supremacy and the moment in the sun it is currently enjoying Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Become a member and enjoy ad-free episodes and bonus content! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Hate Groups Promise Revolt If Trump Abandons White Supremacy - @RingOfFireRadio - Air Date: 12-31-16 Ch. 3: So...more

  • #1185 Putting the politics of the left back together (Elections)

    May 22 2018

    Air Date: 5/22/2018 Today we take a look at the importance of the upcoming mid-term elections and the necessary danger of infighting amongst the left Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Become a member and enjoy ad-free episodes and bonus content! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft   Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr  Ch. 2: Act 1: Dems Targeting 12 States to Prevent Decade of Republican Gerrymandering - @DavidPakmanShow ...more

  • #1184 Lighting the fuse in the Middle East (Iran and Israel)

    May 18 2018

    Air Date: 5/18/2018 Today we take a look at the context and history that preceded the US cancellation of the Iran nuclear agreement Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Become a member and enjoy ad-free episodes and bonus content! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft   Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr  Ch. 2: Act 1: Trump Pulls United States Out of Iran Nuclear Deal, Dramatically Escalating Threat of War with Iran - @Democr...more

  • #1183 Debating proposals for a next-generation economy (Social Benefit Programs)

    May 15 2018

    Air Date: 5/8/2018 Today we take a look at both the policies of a Federally-Guaranteed Jobs program and a Universal Basic Income and hear arguments for and against each Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Become a member and enjoy ad-free episodes and bonus content! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr  Ch. 2: Act 1: Understanding different styles of basic income schemes - Upstream - Air Da...more

  • #1119 The inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men (Encore)

    May 12 2018

    Air Date: 7/12/2017 Today we look at many of our misconceptions of the nature of poverty, the interconnectedness of economics with all aspects of life and some suggestions on how to pursue justice Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Become a member and enjoy ad-free episodes and bonus content! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Dividing the generations to distract from the clas...more

  • #1182 Wrongheaded laws and prosecutors (Injustice System)

    May 08 2018

    Air Date: 5/8/2018 Today we take a look at how we came to have some of the mandatory minimum laws that we do, how they came out of a sense of desperation from an underserved and ignored community, and how prosecutors have used those laws to make things worse. But there is hope to turn this around. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Become a member and enjoy ad-free episodes and bonus content! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: Loving A...more

  • #1181 The Red-State Revolt (Teachers Strikes)

    May 04 2018

    Air Date: 5/4/2018 Today we take a look at the falling dominoes of rebellion and demands for justice in the form of teachers strikes as they go from one educationally decimated red state to the next Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Become a member and enjoy ad-free episodes and bonus content! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft   Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr  Ch. 2: Act 1: Teachers Say What's Wrong With Education I...more

  • #1180 A Bhutanese Travelogue

    May 01 2018

    Air Date: 5/1/2018 Today I tell stories about Bhutan including personal experiences and what I can about the cultural and political past, present and future of the country Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Become a member and enjoy ad-free episodes and bonus content! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft  

  • #1108 A conservative solution to solving climate change (Encore with New Ending)

    Apr 28 2018

    Air Date: 5/30/2017 Today we look at some conservatives engaged in the fight against climate change and their best policy proposal to get the job done Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Become a member and enjoy ad-free episodes and bonus content! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Bob Inglis Changing the dialogue on energy and climate Part 1 - TEDxJacksonville - Air Date 12-...more

  • #1179 Stories from the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan

    Apr 20 2018

    Air Date: 4/20/2018 Today we take a look at some of the highlights of the Kingdom of Bhutan including the most famous of their exports, Gross National Happiness and many lesser-known aspects of their focus on happiness, good governance and environmental protection. We will also look at one of the blackest marks of the countries past, one that still hangs around their necks to this day Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Become a member and enjoy ad-free episodes and bonus conten...more

  • #1178 Economic Evolution (Capitalism, Consumerism and Beyond)

    Apr 17 2018

    Air Date: 4/17/2018 Today we take a look at the debate between individualism and varying forms of collectivism, the benefits and drawbacks of consumerism and some philosophies of economics both past and future Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Become a member and enjoy ad-free episodes and bonus content! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr  Ch. 2: Act 1: Debunked "Socialism Has Never Wor...more

  • #1113 Tax cuts and deregulation have failed before and will fail again (Encore)

    Apr 14 2018

    Air Date: 6/20/2017 Today we take a look at the legacy of conservative economics in Kansas, the new federal budget being pushed that would echo the Kansas disaster, deregulation that will cost citizens billions and the intellectual underpinning of modern conservative philosophy that is driving all this Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Become a member and enjoy ad-free episodes and bonus content! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A ...more

  • #1177 What society does not know, nor want to know about Martin Luther King

    Apr 10 2018

    Air Date: 4/10/2018 Today we take a look at some of the lesser-known sides of Martin Luther King's life and legacy, not just about his radicalism and focus on labor rights but also some new takes on the long shadow of the patriarchal views he held and reinforced Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Become a member and enjoy ad-free episodes and bonus content! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas...more

  • #1176 The Gun Debate (is less of a debate than we think)

    Apr 06 2018

    Air Date: 4/6/2018 Today, in response to a conservative listener who sent in a voicemail about gun culture and policy, the entire episode is a point by point response to that call, complete with as many clips as usual from some regular and irregular sources, with plenty of disagreement but, ultimately, finding lots of common ground Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Support my Climate Ride! Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr  Ch. 2...more

  • #1175 You are the product in the internet economy (Facebook)

    Apr 03 2018

    Air Date: 4/3/2018 Today we take a look at the latest revelations about the (mis)use of Facebook's data in an attempt to influence US elections, some of those who've seen this coming for years and some thoughts on what to do about it Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Support my Climate Ride! Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr  Ch. 2: Act 1: Facebook Data Massively Obtained & Misused by Cambridge Analytica - @DavidPakmanShow - Air ...more

  • #1106 If you can’t beat them, suppress them (Voting Rights) (Encore)

    Mar 30 2018

    Air Date: 5/23/2017 Today we look at the current state of voting rights and the full press efforts being made to expand voter suppression far and wide across the country Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Become a member and enjoy ad-free episodes and bonus content! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Where we stand on voting rights right now - Start Making Sense from @TheNatio...more

  • #1174 Renewed and repackaged racism (Drug War)

    Mar 27 2018

    Air Date: 3/27/2018 Today we take a look at the blossoming of the renewed efforts of the conservative drug warriors Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Become a member and enjoy ad-free episodes and bonus content! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr  Ch. 2: Act 1: Michelle Alexander We Must Respond Forcefully & Challenge Jeff Sessions's New War on Drugs - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 05-19-17 ...more

  • #1173 Think transgenerationally, act simply (Culture and Environment)

    Mar 23 2018

    Air Date: 3/23/2018 Today we take a look at the structures, barriers and incentives standing between us and simpler, more fulfilling, happier and more environmentally sustainable lives Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Become a member and enjoy ad-free episodes and bonus content! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr  Ch. 2: Act 1: You Can't Have Infinite Growth On A Finite Planet - Sustai...more

  • #1172 The cultural legacy of the way The West was won (Gun Culture)

    Mar 20 2018

    Air Date: 3/20/2018 Today we take a look at the culture behind the gun culture in the US in an attempt to better understand it and to glean new ideas on how to fix it Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Become a member and enjoy ad-free episodes and bonus content! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr  Ch. 2: Act 1: The origins of gun culture and violence - Ideas from CBC - Air Date 10-1-17 ...more

  • #1171 Debt, profit and modern-day slavery (Injustice System)

    Mar 16 2018

    Air Date: 3/16/2018 Today we take a look at the catastrophic point where cutting taxes, racism, capitalism, immigration policy and our punitive-rather-than-rehabilitative criminal justice system all meet Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Become a member and enjoy ad-free episodes and bonus content! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr  Ch. 2: Act 1: Targeting minority communities as sourc...more

  • #1109 Finding the path forward for Democrats and the progressive movement (Encore)

    Mar 13 2018

    Air Date: 6/6/2017 Today we look at where the Democratic party went wrong that led them to their current disempowered state and some of the arguments for why moving in a progressive direction is both morally correct and electorally smart Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Become a member and enjoy ad-free episodes and bonus content! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft     Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Thoma...more

  • #1170 Understanding the causes and cures of the opioid crisis

    Mar 09 2018

    Air Date: 3/9/2018 Today we take a look at Trump's half-hearted and misguided attempt to address the opioid crisis as well as give some understanding to the history of opioids in the US, the multifaceted reasons why they're being abused at record levels and some ideas as to how to address the problem both humanely and effectively 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: Trump's Opioid Res...more

  • #1169 Playing with Winter (Threat and Effects of Nuclear War)

    Mar 06 2018

    Air Date: 3/6/2018 Today we use Trump's threats to commit genocide in North Korea as the jumping off point to take a look at the process of launching and the probable result of using nuclear weapons Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Become a member and enjoy ad-free episodes and bonus content! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr  Ch. 2: Act 1: Trump calls for genocide - @CounterSpin - Ai...more

  • #1168 Understanding the Rise of the Right

    Mar 02 2018

    Air Date: 3/2/2018 Today we take a look at the rise of the right from Trumpism in the US to the far-right parties gaining steam in Europe and beyond Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Become a member and enjoy ad-free episodes and bonus content! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr  Ch. 2: Act 1: Brian Klass on understanding what it takes to make Trumpism enticing - The Good Fight - Air Da...more

  • #1167 The kids are alright and they are leading the way again (Parkland Shooting)

    Feb 27 2018

    Air Date: 2/27/2018 Today we take a look at the youth-lead response to the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School as well as some history of youth-protest movements Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Become a member and enjoy ad-free episodes and bonus content! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft     Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr  Ch. 2: Act 1: “The Time to Act Is Now” Florida School Shooting Survivors Confr...more

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

    Feb 23 2018

    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! - @Thom_Hartmann - Ai...more

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

    Feb 20 2018

    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 of the Ne...more

  • #1165 The flip side of the coin (Palestine)

    Feb 16 2018

    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 Crecent Ch. 4: A...more

  • #1164 The context of the Korean Peninsula

    Feb 13 2018

    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 Date 2-7-1...more

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

    Feb 09 2018

    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 People Ch. 4: Act 2...more

  • #1163 Strange Bedfellows (Israel)

    Feb 06 2018

    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 (@FAIRmediawatch) - ...more

  • #1162 The economics of immigration and demonization

    Feb 02 2018

    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 - Amarasiri Pei...more

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

    Jan 31 2018

    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 3-11-16 Ch. 3: So...more

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

    Jan 26 2018

    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 Media - Air D...more

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

    Jan 23 2018

    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: O'Connor Decries...more

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

    Jan 19 2018

    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 - The Contessa ...more

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

    Jan 16 2018

    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 They Won't Tea...more

  • #1157 Policy without humanity (Immigration)

    Jan 13 2018

    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 (@MajorityFM) - ...more

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

    Jan 09 2018

    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: Once There Was...more

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

    Jan 05 2018

    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 2: Who stands...more

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

    Jan 02 2018

    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 - Ideas - Ai...more

  • #1154 An election, a crash and echos of the past and future (A look back at 2008)

    Dec 29 2017

    Air Date: 12/29/2017 Today we take a look back to 2008 in our third annual 10-years-hence retrospective spectacular! 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: Iowa caucus on Jan 3: We might have seen the beginning of our first black president - The Young Turks - BotL Air Date 1-5-08 Ch. 3: Song 1:  Weathervane - CloudCov...more

  • #988 When climate science meets faith-based economics (Encore)

    Dec 27 2017

    Air Date: 02/05/2016 Today we look at the intersection of the climate crisis with our current economic system including how monopolies, trade deals, market failures and the concept of “externalities” all work together to make climate change worse 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: Externalities - by @DavidSuzuki -...more

  • #1039 What worker coops can do for us (Capitalism) (Encore)

    Dec 23 2017

    Air Date: 08/30/2016 Today we look in detail at the overdue concept of worker-owned and operated enterprises and what they can do to help improve the lives of people who work for a living 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: Own The Change: Building Workplace Democracy One Worker Cooperative At A Time - The F Word w...more

  • #1153 The War on Christmas™ 2017

    Dec 19 2017

    Air Date: 12/19/2017 Today we look at the current state of the War on Christmas™. Has it already been won by the forces of Trumpism? Do we need a "Surge"? Are we getting unexpected reinforcements from anti-Santa Christians? Turn in to find out! 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 Is Santa's Helper Wearing Black...more

  • #1152 Rise of the oligarchy (Money in Politics)

    Dec 15 2017

    Air Date: 12/15/2017 Today we look at the history and current state of rich people seeking to undermine democratic rule by the people in favor of oligarchy for the rich Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Support our Winter Fundraiser! Join the Best of the Left Social Network! how Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Why The Koch Brothers Despise The Constitution - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 07-26-17 Ch. 3: Song ...more

  • #1094 An identity group that any one of us might join at any time (Disability Rights) (Encore)

    Dec 12 2017

    Air Date: 4/11/2017 Today we look at a variety of ways to bring the disability rights movement into the mainstream of media, advocacy and the world Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Support our Winter Fundraiser! Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Media coverage of disabilities and the ADA getting better but still lacking - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 7-31-15 Ch. 3: Song 1: Nothing Is Good Enough (Instrumen...more

  • #1151 Resuscitating the anti-trust movement (Monopolies)

    Dec 08 2017

    Air Date: 12/8/2017 Today we look at the rebirth of the anti-trust movement in a struggle to save democracy in the face of a new era of worldwide corporate tech monopolies Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Support our Winter Fundraiser! Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: The Fight for Antitrust - On The Media - Air Date 9-21-17 Ch. 3: Song 1:  The Rampart - Castle Danger Ch. 4: Act 2: Changing how we understand the pur...more

  • #1150 The Price of Free (Silicon Valley and Big Data)

    Dec 05 2017

    Air Date: 12/5/2017 Today we look at some of the hidden ways that big tech is influencing our lives personally and societally Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Support our Winter Fundraiser! Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: The intersection of big data, targeted advertising and elections - Le Show - Air Date 11-26-17 Ch. 3: Song 1:  Shhhame (Instrumental Acoustic) - PC-ONE Ch. 4: Act 2: Throwing rocks at the Google b...more

  • #1149 The loss of liberty at the hands of concentrated power (Media and Net Neutrality)

    Dec 01 2017

    Air Date: 12/1/2017 Today we look at the inevitable results of a lax approach to anti-trust legislation: the consolidation of corporate power and money used to buy influence over the writing of regulations which allow for further consolidation of corporate power. Plus, throw in the suppression of anti-corporate opinions through monopolistic media empires and the dismantling of Net Neutrality principles. Welcome to The Gilded Age 2.0 Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Support ou...more

  • #1148 Understanding the past to rebuild for the future (Democratic Party)

    Nov 28 2017

    Air Date: 11/28/2017 Today we look at recent revelations about the conduct of the DNC during the 2016 campaign, a new Democratic Autopsy report that strives to shine light the failures and opportunities for the party and the recent election wins and what they can tell us about a path forward Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Support our Winter Fundraiser! Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Elizabeth Warren NAILS What's ...more

  • #964 History of the Christian Right (Religion) (Encore)

    Nov 24 2017

    Support our Winter Fundraiser! Air Date: 11/21/2017 Today we take a look at the history of how Christianity was, in large part, coopted by the Republican party on behalf of business interests and how anyone started getting the idea that we were founded as a religious, much less Christian, nation Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 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: How 'One Natio...more

  • #1147 The thrill and horror of the Harvey Weinstein Effect

    Nov 21 2017

    Air Date: 11/21/2017 Today we look at gender-based harassment and assault, the revolution in thinking on the subject we are currently in the midst of and some ideas to institutionalize positive change Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Join the Best of the Left Social Network! Donate or become a Member to support the show!  Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft  Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Sexual Harassmen...more

  • #1146 An Unmitigated Disaster (The GOP Tax Plan)

    Nov 17 2017

    Air Date: 11/17/2017 Today we look at just a few of the many ways that the GOP tax plan is intended to help the well-off, harm the needy and defile a pristine wilderness just to top things off Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Join the Best of the Left Social Network! Donate or become a Member to support the show!  Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft  Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Bowing to the paymasters...more

  • #1065 The fight for truth in a post-fact world (Media) (Encore)

    Nov 14 2017

    Air Date: 12/16/2016 Today we look at the problems with the media, so many problems, and what lessons we should learn in the wake of the election Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Join the Best of the Left Social Network! Donate or become a Member to support the show!  Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft  Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: The real kinds of bias that still exist in the media - @InDeepRadio w @...more

  • #1145 A government small enough to get inside your body (Reproductive Justice)

    Nov 11 2017

    Air Date: 11/11/2017 Today we look at the many ways conservatives across the country are systematically chipping away at the rights of all people who require access to any kind of reproductive health services Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Join the Best of the Left Social Network! Donate or become a Member to support the show!  Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft  Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: The Stat...more

  • #1144 Denying and deconstructing with all their might (Environmental Regulations)

    Nov 07 2017

    Air Date: 11/07/2017 Today we look at the systematic deconstruction of the environmental regulatory infrastructure at the hands of anti-environment radicals, otherwise known as the "Climate Denying Dream Team" Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Join the Best of the Left Social Network! Donate or become a Member to support the show!  Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft  Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Trump’s...more

  • #1143 Strategies for a winning coalition (Progressive Movement)

    Nov 03 2017

    Air Date: 11/03/2017 Today we look at the battle at the heart of the rift in the progressive movement over strategies on the proper direction to go from here. As is so often the case, the answer is not one or the other but both Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Join the Best of the Left Social Network! Donate or become a Member to support the show!  Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft  Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch....more

  • #1096 The oligarch who decided to buy the White House (Corruption)

    Oct 31 2017

    Air Date: 4/18/2017 Today we look at some of the lesser-known characters in the right-wing oligarchy who now own the White House and Supreme Court Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Join the Best of the Left Social Network! Donate or become a Member to support the show! Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Inside How the Federalist Society & Koch Brothers Are Pushing for Trump ...more

  • #1142 Long past time to boycott the NFL

    Oct 27 2017

    Air Date: 10/27/2017 Today we look at some of the recent and no-so-recent political problems plaguing the NFL including the protests against police abuse, institutional racism, sexism, homophobia and their coverup of the traumatic brain injuries suffered by countless players. And we discuss why it all matters Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Join the Best of the Left Social Network! Donate or become a Member to support the show!  Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft ...more

  • #922 A crisis of culture (Capitalism)

    Oct 24 2017

    Air Date: 5/15/2015 Today we take a hard look at modern-day civilization and culture and ponder what we could do to make things better Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Join the Best of the Left Social Network! Donate or become a Member to support the show!  Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft  Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill 00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: The Death of Culture at the Hands of the Profit Motive - @majorityfm - Ai...more

  • #1141 The perils of power and powerlessness (Toxic Masculinity)

    Oct 20 2017

    Air Date: 10/20/2017 Today we look at the dangers that (primarily) white men face on multiple points along the power spectrum and how dangerous forms of masculinity lead to the dehumanizing of these men and those they encounter Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Join the Best of the Left Social Network! Donate or become a Member to support the show!  Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft  Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch....more

  • #1140 Smoke, mirrors and myth (Tax Cuts for the Wealthy)

    Oct 17 2017

    Air Date: 10/17/2017 Today we look at the philosophy, tricks of the trade and long-term strategy behind the GOP's never-ending quest to grant more tax cuts to corporations and the wealthy while cutting popular programs aimed at aiding the poor Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Join the Best of the Left Social Network! Donate or become a Member to support the show!  Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft  Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement...more

  • #1139 In the wake of the Las Vegas shooting

    Oct 13 2017

    Air Date: 10/13/2017 Today we look at the usual pattern of political and media theatre that occur after every major shooting incident and some of the facts that explain why we shouldn't continue in this pattern any longer Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Join the Best of the Left Social Network! Donate or become a Member to support the show!  Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft  Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Ac...more

  • #873 The other new Jim Crow (Voting rights) (Repost)

    Oct 10 2017

    Air Date: 11/04/2014 For information on the current effort to reform the electoral college that I discuss at the top of the show, visit: EqualVotes.us  Today we take a look at the ways the Republican Party has been working to suppress voter turnout to benefit their electoral chances while claiming to be stopping voter fraud which basically doesn't exist Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Join the Best of the Left Social Network! Donate or become a Member to support the show!  ...more

  • #1138 Condemning, Defending and Rebuilding the Media

    Oct 06 2017

    Air Date: 10/06/2017 Today we look at the inadequacy, the potential, structures and the humanity of the corporate media Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Join the Best of the Left Social Network! Donate or become a Member to support the show!  Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft  Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Media Needs to Do Better Covering Trump Now Than During the Campaign (w/Guest Katrina vanden Huev...more

  • #1137 A perfect blend of colonialism, racism and disaster capitalism (Puerto Rico)

    Oct 03 2017

    Air Date: 10/03/2017 Today we look at the current and ongoing disaster befalling the US territory of Puerto Rico that all began long, long before the most recent hurricanes laid all of the injustice bare Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Join the Best of the Left Social Network! Donate or become a Member to support the show!  Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft  Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Puerto Ricans...more

  • #1136 Doing the Right Thing After Exhausting All Other Options (Medicare For All)

    Sep 29 2017

    Air Date: 09/29/2017 Today we look at the Bernie-Sanders-lead movement to implement the most comprehensive universal health insurance system in the world Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Join the Best of the Left Social Network! Donate or become a Member to support the show!  Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft  how Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: America Is Ready For Universal Healthcare - Majority Report (@Ma...more

  • #1135 Understanding the Effects of Immigration

    Sep 26 2017

    Air Date: 09/26/2017 Today we look at the economic and criminal implications of immigration policy Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Join the Best of the Left Social Network! Donate or become a Member to support the show!  Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft  Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: The economic benefit of immigrants - Economic Update w: @profwolff - Air Date 2-28-17 Ch. 3: Song 1:  modum - Kai Enge...more

  • #1085 A case against the myth of individualism (Culture) (Rerun)

    Sep 22 2017

    Air Date: 03/07/2017 Today we look at the dangerous myths of individualism and the American Dream™, some of their origins and some of their consequences Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Join the Best of the Left Social Network! Donate or become a Member to support the show!  Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft  Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Cultural influences on our perspective of self w/Gish Jen - Thin...more

  • #1134 Unnatural Disasters (Hurricanes and Humans)

    Sep 19 2017

    Air Date: 09/19/2017 Today we look not so much at hurricanes and the climate science behind them (though we touch on that as well) but focus more on what we can see more clearly when it’s illuminated by so-called “natural” disasters, the structural inequality and legacies of decision-making that make these disasters worse than they need to be Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Join the Best of the Left Social Network! Donate or become a Member to support the show!  Visit: http...more

  • #1133 Understanding Authoritarianism

    Sep 15 2017

    Air Date: 09/15/2017 Today we look at the history and structures of authoritarianism and explore how they relate to at Trump campaign and administration Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Join the Best of the Left Social Network! Donate or become a Member to support the show!  Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft  Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: It can't happen here Part 1 - Ideas from the CBC - Air Date 1-17...more

  • #1132 800,000 Hostages (Immigration and DACA)

    Sep 12 2017

    Air Date: 09/12/2017 Today we look at the combination of racism and cold political calculations that went into the decision to hold 800,000 DACA recipients hostage in order to placate the GOP’s scared white base and create leverage to force through funding for the southern board wall (also to placate the GOP’s scared white base) Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Join the Best of the Left Social Network! Donate or become a Member to support the show!  Visit: https://www.patreo...more

  • #1131 Inflicting pleasure (Media and Propaganda)

    Sep 08 2017

    Air Date: 09/08/2017 Today we look at our vapid media landscape and see how it lead, some would say inevitably, to the election of someone like Donald Trump Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Join the Best of the Left Social Network! Donate or become a Member to support the show!  Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft  Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: The destruction of facts - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air ...more

  • #1130 Schoolyard bully with nuclear weapons (Foreign Policy)

    Sep 05 2017

    Air Date: 09/05/2017 Today we look at just a couple of the major international conflicts Donald Trump is severely under-qualified to navigate Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Join the Best of the Left Social Network! Donate or become a Member to support the show!  Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft  ​Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Andrew Bacevich on the neoconservative-laid groundwork for President Trump...more

  • #902 Rethinking the fundamentals of drugs and addiction (Drug War)

    Sep 01 2017

    Air Date: 02/27/2015 Today we take a look at not only the destructive forces at work within the drug war but also look deeper at the causes of addiction and drug abuse that could change all of your preconceived notions on the topic and maybe even our society as a whole Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Join the Best of the Left Social Network! Donate or become a Member to support the show!  Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft  Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond ...more

  • #1129 The free press has been bought (Corporate Media and Billionaires)

    Aug 29 2017

    Air Date: 08/29/2017 Today we look at the systemic problem with advertiser-driven, for-profit media and how billionaires have begun exploiting the system to their own benefit even more Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Join the Best of the Left Social Network! Donate or become a Member to support the show!  Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft  Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Corporate corruption of news and...more

  • #1128 Confronting fascism in the land of free speech

    Aug 25 2017

    Air Date: 08/25/2017 Today we look at the constant struggle between the freedom to speak and the necessary limits placed on that freedom due to the rights of others to not be substantially harmed by that speech Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Join the Best of the Left Social Network! Donate or become a Member to support the show!  Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft  Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: WSJ Re...more

  • #1127 White supremacy requires violence and there is more to come (Charlottesville)

    Aug 22 2017

    Air Date: 08/22/2017 Today we look at what may be the violent death throes of white supremacy. As Trump and the GOP embolden white supremacists to action and violence, the rest of the country is awoken to the need to deal swiftly and decisively with the relics of our racist past  Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Join the Best of the Left Social Network! Donate or become a Member to support the show!  Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft  Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening The...more

  • #870 Don't police me, bro! (Feminism)

    Aug 18 2017

    Air Date: 10/21/2014 Today we take a look at a variety of ways that (mostly) men attempt to police the actions and choices of (mostly) women, causing nothing but damage as a result Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Join the Best of the Left Social Network! Donate or become a Member to support the show!  Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft  Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: The List of Rules for Women - @jsmoo...more

  • #1126 Explaining the concept you need to understand, Neoliberal Economics

    Aug 15 2017

    Air Date: 08/15/2017 Today we look at the origins, underpinnings, and effects of neoliberal economic thinking and policies. #1, it has nothing to do with who Americans think of as “liberals”. #2, both major US political parties are on board with it to varying degrees. #3, it’s pretty much what everyone in the world is pissed off about without necessarily knowing that there’s a name for it. The alternate title for today's episode was “Invest in torches and pitchforks” Be part of the show! Leave a...more

  • #934 The long shadow of southern white supremacy (Racism)

    Aug 11 2017

    Today we take a look at the history of race and white supremacy in America to understand the incredibly loud echoes of the past that continue to reverberate strongly in modern society Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill 00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: The Trick of Whiteness, Historically and Today - @timjacobwise - Air Date: 12-5-14 Ch. 3: Song 1: Time to Go Home - Michael Franti & Spearhead 00:06:56 Ch. 4: Act 2: Black, White and Red All Over - @onthemedia - A...more

  • #1125 Understanding and surviving the age of anger

    Aug 08 2017

    Air Date: 08/8/2017 Today we look at the forces causing a great deal and anger and upheaval all around the world, how that anger is being misdirected and what we can do in our own lives to face it Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Donate or become a member to support the show!  Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft    Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Age of Anger: A History of the Present by Pankaj Mishra - @th...more

  • #1124 Searching for a problem to implement a terrible solution (Voting Rights)

    Aug 04 2017

    Air Date: 08/4/2017 Today we revisit the old idea that if voting mattered they wouldn’t let you do it and the fact that that is exactly what they’re trying to do. Between allowing the chaos and uncertainty caused by hackable and unverifiable voting machines and systematic voter suppression efforts it seems clear just how much they don’t want people to trust or participate in the system Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991   Donate or become a member to support the show!  Visit: h...more

  • #1123 Preparing for the end of the world, or at least capitalism

    Aug 01 2017

    Air Date: 08/1/2017 Today we look at the state of capitalism, the logical arguments for its inevitable demise and the evidence that the end may be more nigh than ever before Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991   Become a member to support the show!  Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft   Today's episode is sponsored by Blue Apron.  Get your free meals at: www.BlueApron.com/Best Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: C...more

  • #1122 Real-Life Alternatives to the Prison/Industrial Complex

    Jul 28 2017

    Air Date: 07/28/2017 Today we look at the cause and state of our prison system and hear some suggestions on ways to fundamentally reform it Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991   Amazon: Bookmark your link to support the show when you shop! USA: http://www.bestoftheleft.com/amazon  Canada: http://www.amazon.ca/?&camp=212361&linkCode=wsw&tag=besofthelef0c-20&creative=380789  UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/?&camp=212361&linkCode=wsw&tag=besofthelef-21&creative=380789   Show Notes Ch...more

  • #925 A bad idea for all the reasons (Death Penalty)

    Jul 25 2017

    Air Date: 05/26/2015 Today we take a look at the US death penalty from all angles. Cultural norms? We’re an outlier. Protecting the innocent? We kill innocent people. Following the letter of the law? We’re absolutely breaking the 8th amendment to the Constitution. Fiscal responsibility? The death penalty costs about 3 times more than life imprisonment. And don’t forget about the racially biased implementation and the structurally biased trail system of death penalty cases. Be part of the show! L...more

  • #1121 This episode is worth your time (Culture and Technology)

    Jul 21 2017

    Air Date: 07/21/2017 Today we look at the technology that massively influences how we spend our time and hear lots of advice on how we can begin to take back control Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991   Today’s Episode is sponsored by:  Away - First Class Luggage at a Coach Price Visit: www.awaytravel.com/best and use the promo code BEST to save $20   Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: The Panda is Dancing - @TimeWellSpe...more

  • #1120 Stopping and building at the same time (Progressive Movement)

    Jul 18 2017

    Air Date: 07/18/2017 Today we look at the woeful state of the Democratic Party and the strategy to bring them back from the brink 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: All roads lead to Trump unless we make major changes - #PoliticallyReactive with @wkamaubell and @harikondabolu - Air Date 6-15-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​The Perfect Space - The Avett Brothers Ch. 4: Act 2: David Sirota Discusses...more

  • New Announcement + Rerun: #777 Laboring in badly-designed machines (Labor Movement)

    Jul 14 2017

    Air Date: 11/25/2013 A look at what we need to remember to appreciate about the labor movement. Is the American Dream possible anymore as we seem to be racing to the bottom? What changes can we make to fight back? 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: Is the American Dream a Reality? – David Pakman Show – Air Date: 10-02-13 Ch. 3: Song 1: You Are Dreaming - Our Ill Wills Ch. 4: Act 2: W...more

  • #1119 The inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men

    Jul 11 2017

    Air Date: 07/11/2017 Today we look at many of our misconceptions of the nature of poverty, the interconnectedness of economics with all aspects of life and some suggestions on how to pursue justice 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: Dividing the generations to distract from the class war - CounterSpin @FAIRmediawatch - Air Date 1-8-16 Ch. 3: Song 1:  Class-Warfare - Chris Priest Ch. 4:...more

  • #1118 A look in at the TERF wars (Feminism and Trans Rights)

    Jul 07 2017

    Air Date: 07/07/2017 Today we look at gender dysphoria, transitioning, de-transitioning and the various perspectives on these phenomena 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: Norman Spack How I help transgender teens become who they want to be - @TEDTalks - Air Date 4-16-14 Ch. 3: Song 1:  Luriana Lurilee - Ben McElroy Ch. 4: Act 2: Julia Serano on Transfeminism, Gender, Biology, and Makin...more

  • #1117 We were founded to resist corruption, now it’s all we know

    Jul 04 2017

    Air Date: 07/04/2017 Today we take a look at the history and present state of corruption in America, both for the special case of Donald Trump and the system-wide corruption we almost take for granted 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: America's Lost Anti-Corruption History - On the Media - Air Date 3-3-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​Corruption - Jah Cure Ch. 4: Act 2: Zephyr Teachout explains the...more

  • #1116 The evolution of policing (Injustice System)

    Jun 30 2017

    Air Date: 06/30/2017 Today we take a look at some of the problems with modern policing and how we got to now 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: The evolution of law enforcement - Ideas - Air Date 6-15-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​Hill Street Blues (Main Theme) - Knightsbridge Ch. 4: Act 2: Positive proposals for police reform - @theLFshow w: @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date 3-2-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​...more

  • #1115 An enormous tax cut for the rich disguised as health care

    Jun 27 2017

    Air Date: 06/27/2017 Today we take a look at the enormous amount of damage the latest version of the GOPs vision of health care would inflict on the nation and keep our eye on the ultimate goal of a Medicare-For-All system 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: Sen. Ron Wyden on the Secret Republican Health Care Bill - On The Media - Air Date 6-16-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​Ask - The Smiths Ch. 4:...more

  • #1114 Running the world with an inferiority complex (Foreign Policy)

    Jun 23 2017

    Air Date: 06/23/2017 Today we take a look at the state of foreign affairs as Trump trips and stubbles his way through his learning curve 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: Another foreign policy built by an administration of lies - Intercepted (@theintercept) - Air Date 3-1-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​Misinformation - Silvanus Ch. 4: Act 2: Could Trump's White House Bury or Even Destroy the Lan...more

  • #1113 Tax cuts and deregulation have failed before and will fail again

    Jun 20 2017

    Air Date: 06/20/2017 Today we take a look at the legacy of conservative economics in Kansas, the new federal budget being pushed that would echo the Kansas disaster, deregulation that will cost citizens billions and the intellectual underpinning of modern conservative philosophy that is driving all this 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: Conservatism is failing from Topeka to Tulsa to t...more

  • (2017/06/16) So, this whole Russia thing, right?

    Jun 16 2017

    Edition #1112 Today we take a high-level look at the Trump/Russia controversy and examine how we should and shouldn’t be reacting to it. 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: Manchurian candidate or useful idiot? - Intercepted (@theintercept) - Air Date 3-1-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​Дискотека Авария - Малинки (feat. Ж. Фриске) Ch. 4: Act 2: A theory on how Trump got involved politically with Rus...more

  • (2017/06/13) Hamstringing American innovation and restricting growth industries

    Jun 13 2017

    Edition #1111 Today we take a look at the ways America is being left behind by the rest of the world in the future of energy production thanks to the climate denialism of the Republican party.  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: Donald Trump announces our pull-out from Paris agreement - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 6-1-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​Alone Too Long - Daryl Hall & John Oates...more

  • (2017/06/09) The rise of hate in America (White Supremacy)

    Jun 09 2017

    Edition #1110 Today we take a look at some of the structures of white supremacy and the moment in the sun it is currently enjoying 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: Hate Groups Promise Revolt If Trump Abandons White Supremacy - @RingOfFireRadio - Air Date: 12-31-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​​A Dose of White Supremacy - Neffe Odom Kragh-Muller Ch. 4: Act 2: As Confederate Monuments Come Down, th...more

  • (2017/06/06) Finding the path forward for Democrats and the progressive movement

    Jun 06 2017

    Edition #1109 Today we look at where the Democratic party went wrong that led them to their current disempowered state and some of the arguments for why moving in a progressive direction is both morally correct and electorally smart 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: Thomas Frank on how Democrats lost their Democratic values - The Zero Hour w: @RJEskow - Air Date 4-22-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: ...more

  • (2017/03/14) Living in an empire of lies (Propaganda) (Repost)

    Jun 02 2017

    Edition #1087 Today we look at the mechanics and consequences of systemic lies and propaganda in an age of ignorance and anti-intellectualism 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: Carl Sagan saw the Future - Quirks and Quarks - Air Date 1-27-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: Can't Hide from the Truth - The Hot 8 Brass Band Ch. 4: Act 2: How to question the information we receive - @thisishellradio - Air ...more

  • (2017/05/30) A conservative solution to solving climate change

    May 30 2017

    Edition #1108 Today we look at some conservatives engaged in the fight against climate change and their best policy proposal to get the job done 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: Bob Inglis Changing the dialogue on energy and climate Part 1 - TEDxJacksonville - Air Date 12-10-13 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​Free Enterprise - Dexter Jones' Circus Orchestra Ch. 4: Act 2: Ted Halstead: A climate solu...more

  • (2017/05/26) Another genuine attempt to understand Trump conservatives

    May 26 2017

    Edition #1107 Today we look again at some of the underlying forces that shape the modern conservative mindset, including an answer (at long last!) to how anyone could think conservative comedy is funny 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: Introduction + Deep Story - What Drives Trump Supporters? Sociologist Arlie Russell Hochschild on Anger & Mourning of the Right - @DemocracyNow - Air Da...more

  • (2017/05/23) If you can’t beat them, suppress them (Voting Rights)

    May 23 2017

    Edition #1106 Today we look at the current state of voting rights and the full press efforts being made to expand voter suppression far and wide across the country 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: Where we stand on voting rights right now - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 4-12-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​What's Going On - Marvin Gaye Ch. 4: Act 2: Voter ID Suppressed 200,000 Wis...more

  • (2017/05/19) The Surge comes to the War on Drugs

    May 19 2017

    Edition #1105 Today we look at the impact Jeff Sessions and the entire Republican government is having on drug policy in America and how we should be addressing destructive drug addiction instead 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: Jeff Sessions Pushes New War on Drugs While Killing Obama-Era Police Reform Measures - @DemocracyNow - Air Date: 04-11-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​Cold Hearts / Closed...more

  • (2017/05/16) What Trumpcare would mean and how we can do better

    May 16 2017

    Edition #1104 Today we look at some of the specifics of the health care bill that Republicans passed through the House of Representatives including it’s impact on pre-existing condition coverage, coverage for women and more 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: Protests Erupt After House Republicans Pass Healthcare Bill That Could Hike Premiums for Millions - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 05-05...more

  • (2017/05/12) Freedom isn’t free, it’s paid for with your taxes

    May 12 2017

    Edition #1103 Today we look at the Trump administrations proposed tax plan, a progressive alternative for how we should be spending our money and some of the underlying principles of paying taxes 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: The DISASTER That Is Donald Trump's Tax Plan - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 04-27-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: You're a Disaster - Dragonette Ch. 4: Act 2: Corporations...more

  • (2017/05/09) Racism built a system we all suffer under

    May 09 2017

    Edition #1102 Today we look at the ways we are all adversely effected by the racist structures of our society and examine the ways liberals helped build these systems and continue to fail to serve the needs of people of color 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: Dr. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor on how we're all suffering from racism and capitalism - @Making_Contact - Air Date 1-23-17 Ch. 3: So...more

  • (2017/05/05) Free speech in an age of fascists

    May 05 2017

    Edition #1101 Today we look at some of the many layers of debate around freedom of speech, the freedom to protest, violent vs non-violent resistance and the fight against fascism 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: Protest Rights Under Threat - On The Media - Air Date 2-7-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​Free and Equal Speech - Chris Priest Ch. 4: Act 2: A Couple of Yiannopolous Supporters Actually ...more

  • (2017/05/02) Building a strong society and an innovative economy (Earned Benefits)

    May 02 2017

    Edition #1100 Today we look at the myriad benefits of earned benefits and why we should be looking to greatly expand our social benefits programs rather than cut them 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: Fox News: Starve The Poor, Feed The Rich - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 12-30-16 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​Let's Eat the Poor - alan ross haynes Ch. 4: Act 2: David Dayen On Social Security Expansio...more

  • (2017/04/28) The science of the times

    Apr 28 2017

    Edition #1099 Today we look at the importance of science in our lives and public policy and also at the Trump administration’s drive to stop science in it’s tracks 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: Science in America - Neil deGrasse Tyson - Air Date 4-19-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​N/A Ch. 4: Act 2: The history of how we know that humans are driving climate change - Science VS - Air Date 3-16-...more

  • (2017/0425) Trump and Republicans take aim at women (Reproductive Justice)

    Apr 25 2017

    Edition #1098 Today we look at the current state of abortion politics here and abroad and explain how the Republicans intend to hurt women and increase the number of abortions worldwide by ignoring science and humanity 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: Education and contraception bring abortion rates as low as 1973 - Savage Love w: @FakeDanSavage - Air Date 1-31-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​Than...more

  • (2017/04/21) Good-Natured (Economics and Culture)

    Apr 21 2017

    Edition #1097 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! - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 01-...more

  • (2017/04/18) The oligarch who decided to buy the White House (Corruption)

    Apr 18 2017

    Edition #1096 Today we look at some of the lesser-known characters in the right-wing oligarchy who now own the White House and Supreme Court 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: Inside How the Federalist Society & Koch Brothers Are Pushing for Trump to Reshape Federal Judiciary - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 03-21-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​Follow the Money - Vova Zen Ch. 4: Act 2: Robert Mercers b...more

  • (2017/04/14) Reckless Empire and the Forever War (Foreign Policy)

    Apr 14 2017

    Edition #1095 Today we look at a Trump’s foreign policy so far, question the prevailing narrative and look back at how we got to now 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: Trump Bombs Syria: It's Bad, Really Bad - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 04-10-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​Handlebars - Flobots Ch. 4: Act 2: Taking the wider angle perspective on America's militarism - #PoliticallyReactive with @w...more

  • (2017/04/11) An identity group that any one of us might join at any time (Disability Rights)

    Apr 11 2017

    Edition #1094 Today we look at a variety of ways to bring the disability rights movement into the mainstream of media, advocacy and the world 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: Media coverage of disabilities and the ADA getting better but still lacking - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 7-31-15 Ch. 3: Song 1: Nothing Is Good Enough (Instrumental) - Aimee Mann Ch. 4: Act 2: Brin...more

  • (2017/04/07) The Exxon President goes to war with the planet (Climate)

    Apr 07 2017

    Edition #1093 Today we look at Trump’s recent moves to dismantle Obama’s environmental legacy, the legal troubles he faces and the bright future that renewable energy is still headed towards  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: Trump SHREDDING Obama's Environmental Rules - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 03-30-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​Revolution (Human Need Over Profit) - Tha Truth Ch. 4: Act 2: R...more

  • (2017/04/04) Under surveillance from all angles (Privacy Rights)

    Apr 04 2017

    Edition #1092 Today we look at the ways in which both corporate and governmental institutions are looking to gain more and more access to your private data and communications 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: Clarifying exactly how much you're getting screwed by internet companies - @HumorlessQueers - Air Date 3-25-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: I'm Confused - Handsome Furs Ch. 4: Act 2: You're...more

  • (2017/03/31) Progressives fighting on multiple fronts (The Resistance)

    Mar 31 2017

    Edition #1091 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 People Ch. 4: Act 2: Inte...more

  • (2017/03/28) The corporatization of our schools (Education)

    Mar 28 2017

    Edition #1090 Today we look at the confirmation of Betsy DeVos to head the Department of education and some of the ideological and historical context that brought us to this point 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: Betsy DeVos Confirmation Proves You Can Buy Power - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date: 02-09-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​Oligarchy - The Haymarket Squares Ch. 4: Act 2: The truth about sch...more

  • (2017/03/24) A Corporate Judicial Coup (Judge Gorsuch and the Supreme Court)

    Mar 24 2017

    Edition #1089 Today we look at the hearings of Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch, how we got to here and what his possible placement on the court portends for our future 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: The important Gorsuch stories the media is missing - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 2-17-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​One - Apocalyptica Ch. 4: Act 2: Discussing the judicial coup Re