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 four of the most insightful news analysts anywhere.
||The US, Russia and Ukraine; Sebelius Leaving||Should the Ukrainian city of Donetsk join Russia? HHS Secretary Sebelius steps down.||4/11/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Obamacare Signs Up 7 Million, SCOTUS Changes Campaign Finances||Seven million sign up for healthcare; the Supreme Court lifts campaign finance restrictions.||4/4/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Crimea Naivete, Hobby Lobby, Trusting the NSA||Who was naive about Crimea, SCOTUS considers religious freedom and can we trust the NSA?||3/28/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Russian Sanctions, NSA MYSTIC and the Hobby Lobby Case||Sanctions and reverse sanctions, more from Edward Snowden, SCOTUS considers the right to contraception.||3/21/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Senate v. CIA and Climate Change||The Senate and the CIA face off, Democrats stay up all night, and a special election.||3/14/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Russians in Ukraine, Republican Future, the Inevitability of Hillary||The Russians control most of Crimea, the CPAC Conference, and Hillary in 2016?||3/7/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Ukraine, Shrinking the Military, and Gay Marriage||This week, Ukrainian unrest, military cuts, and gay rights in Arizona.||2/28/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Ukraine, Facebook and WhatsApp, and Climate Change||Political protests in the Ukraine, what's up with WhatsApp and climate change as a political issue.||2/21/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Clean Debt Limit, Obamacare's Numbers, Gay Marriage, Cable Wars||A clean debt limit with housebroken Republicans, Obamacare's new numbers, gay marriage in Virginia||2/14/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Does Obamacare Kill Jobs? Will Immigration Pass?||Does Obamacare kill jobs or end job lock? Can immigration pass. Remembering Philip Seymour Hoffman. The Spring Olympics.||2/6/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Imperial President or Small Ball?||After the State of the Union, is it the imperial president or small ball? A GOP breakthrough on immigration.The Democratic war on trade and the agony of the 1%.||1/31/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Can Syria Be Solved? The Politics of Personality and Inequality||The Syrian peace talks, Wendy Davis, Bob McDonnell, inequality and a State of the Union preview.||1/24/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Obama's New NSA Plans||President Obama's lays out new NSA plans. Is anyone happy? Can anyone stop Hillary?||1/17/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||A Dismal Jobs Report and the Christie Bridge-gate||A disappointing jobs report, Chris Christie's Bridge-gate, Bob Gate's bombshell betrayal, Independents become the majority, and the War on Poverty Turns 50.||1/10/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Saving Mr. Snowden||Clemency for Snowden, the return of the Left, and Colorado pot.||1/3/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||A Year of Inequality: Scourge or Spur?||The meaning of inequality here and abroad, what should we be doing about it? Then, some holiday gifts.||12/26/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Obama Takes Stock at Year End||Obama holds a surprise news conference. We talk NSA, Obamacare, the Fed and "Duck Dynasty."||12/20/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||TII: Our Final Invention?||My conversation with James Barrat, author of ?Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence And The End Of The Human Era?.||12/17/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||A Bipartisan Budget Deal and the Tea Party Bolts||A budget deal, NSA reforms and the Volcker Rule...||12/13/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Meaning of Mandela and Income Inequality||Nelson Mandela's giant legacy, Obama speaks about income inequality amid fast food strikes and fights to raise the minimum wage, and Joe Biden goes to China.||12/6/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||TII: The Deep Roots of Our Political Divide||Political psychotherapy with Jonathan Haidt, author of ?The Righteous Mind.?||12/3/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||An Iran Deal, Supremes on Obamacare, Gratitude||A nuclear deal with Iran: Breakthrough or Munich? The Supreme Court takes up Obamacare. Reflections on gratitude and Beethoven.||11/26/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Debating Filibusters, Gay Marriage and JFK's Legacy||Senate Democrats squash part of the filibuster, the Cheney's are torn apart over gay marriage, and the 50th anniversary of JFK's assassination.||11/22/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||TII: Doubling Down on Campaign 2012||Behind the behind-the-scene stories of ?Double Down: Game Change 2012,? with authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann.||11/19/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Is Liberalism in Crisis? China in Transition||Could Obamacare be collapsing? China relaxes its one-child policy.||11/15/13||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).