KCRW's Left, Right & Center
By R.Scheer, A.Huffington, M.Miller & T.Blankley
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Provocative, up-to-the-minute, alive and witty, KCRW's weekly confrontation over politics, policy and popular culture proves those with impeccable credentials needn't lack personality. This weekly "love-hate relationship of the air" features three of the most insightful news analysts anywhere.
||Another Mass Shooting||Another mass shooting has left ten people dead at a community college in Oregon. Also on the program, Russian strikes in Syria.||10/2/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Boehner, Pope, China and VW Emissions||Boehner's resignation, the Pope's visit, and China's and VW's emissions.||9/25/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Carly Fiorina's Big Night||Carly Fiorina's big night at the GOP presidential debate. Also, a Muslim teenager gets arrested for building a clock.||9/18/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Iran's Done Deal||Is the US doing enough for Syrian refugees?||9/11/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Iran Deal Has the Votes||The growing Syrian refugee crisis, Trump on Spanish...||9/4/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||World Markets in Turmoil||Is Donald Trump like eating a pig ear at a boutique restaurant?||8/28/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Trump's Immigration Plan||Hillary talks about Black Lives Matter.||8/21/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Cuba, Ferguson & Competition for Hillary?||The stars and stripes are flying in Havana.||8/14/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Donald Trump Is Hot in Cleveland||The GOP debate, immigration and Iran.||8/7/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Republican Media Stunts, NSA Data Dump and Cecil the Lion||GOP candidates clamor for attention, the NSA deletes its data and outrage over the death of Cecil the lion.||7/31/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Presidential Candidates on the Economy, Race and Immigration||Hillary talks "shortermism," Democratic infighting and Trump makes waves again.||7/24/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Iran, America's Work Ethic and Fetal Tissue for Sale||An Iran deal, longer work hours and Planned Parenthood.||7/17/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Greece, Hacks & Trump on Top||Greece lurches toward a bailout deal, again.||7/10/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Bring Down the Flag||A holiday show about symbolism.||7/2/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Love Wins||The Supreme Court rules that gay marriage is legal in all 50 states.||6/26/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Climate Change, Candidate Talk and Tragedy in Charleston||Were the Charleston murders an act of terrorism or a hate crime?||6/19/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Shame, Speedboats & Trade||Jeb Bush says we need more shame in our lives and Obama loses on trade.||6/12/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Clown Car Grows||Three more candidates join the presidential field. Plus, NSA reform and professors who fear their students.||6/5/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ISIS Advances||Republicans blame each other for ISIS and Rand Paul says that's GOP hawks' fault.||5/29/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Patriot Act, Biker Shootout and Minimum Wage||Deadly Shootout in Waco, drafting a New Patriot Act, and minimum wage at $15.||5/22/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Jeb, Trade & Hillary||Jeb struggles with his Iraq position, Obama/Dems clash over trade and Hillary stays away from the media.||5/15/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||NSA, Immigration and Nice Nails||Reforming the Patriot Act, Hillary on Immigration and exploiting nail workers.||5/8/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Baltimore, Same-Sex Marriage & Bernie Sanders||Police charged in death, SCOTUS talks marriage, a new Democratic candidate||5/1/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Drone Strikes, David Petraeus, Clinton Money Troubles||American drones kill hostages, Governor David Petraeus gets off easy, the Clintons under fire.||4/24/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||A Scooby Van, A Trade Deal and a Gyrocopter||Hillary road trips to Iowa, Senators talk trade and campaign finance lands at the Capitol.||4/17/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
I am so tired of yelling in political discussion. Once people start, all rational discourse ends. To those people who keep saying that the title is misleading, get over yourself. Where else are you going to find a true conservative like Tony Blankley (who served in the Reagan Administration) really stand up for his conservative beliefs with true rational thought.. alongside the left wing Robert Scheer who honestly discusses things with Tony. Although they may disagree most of the time, their discussions never get so resentful that they are unwilling to admit where they agree. Arianna Huffington definitely comes in with pretty sharp criticism of the right wing, but she also relentlessly attacks Clinton and the Demorcratic party (often!). Also, Tony NEVER backs down from her or anyone else. It's refreshing to see STRONG commentators on BOTH sides!... not the daily massacre that is Hannity and Colmes.
Views on the News of the Week
I think this is the best of the weekly news roundup shows. One of the strengths is that there are no pushovers on either side; you truly do get a well stated position on all both the left and the right. The show isn't as strong though when there isn't at least three of the regulars.
This show in addition to Democracy Now are my favorites.
LR&C is a refreshing show to listen to because you get a chance to listen to different views. It is priceless when it comes to trying to understand the mind and reasoning of a view that you oppose. If you are a fair and patient person, you will find that even your opponents have legitimate reasons for their views (however strange they may seem at times).