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.
||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|
||It's Official for 2016, Obama & Castro Talk, Murder in South Carolina||Presidential candidates roll in, US-Cuba policy, and another police shooting||4/10/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||An Iran Deal and Indiana's Religious Freedom Law||We have framework for an Iran deal.||4/3/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||War in Yemen, Ted Cruz for President, Harry Reid Retires||We're now involved in three major conflicts in the Middle East.||3/27/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Budgets, Loretta Lynch and Benjamin Netanyahu||The GOP budget, Loretta Lynch's nomination and Israel's election.||3/20/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Letter to Iran, Hillary's Emails, Blurred Lines, SAE||Should Republicans have written to Tehran? The Clintons' private email server. Marvin Gaye's copyright. Racism at the University of Oklahoma.||3/13/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Iran Nuclear Negotiations, Hillary's Emails, Ferguson Findings||Can Iran be trusted? Clinton emails and funding. Systematic racial abuse in Ferguson.||3/6/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CPAC, Bibi, Pot in DC||Conservatives get fiery, Turmoil over Netanyahu's Visit, Funding Homeland Security, Legalizing Marijuana in DC.||2/27/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Walmart Wages, Does Obama Love America? Violent Extremism||Walmart workers get a raise, Guiliani says the president doesn't love America, Obama talks violent extremism.||2/20/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Authorizing War Against ISIS, Muslims Murdered, Gay Marriage||Congress Debates Bombing ISIS, Muslim Murders in NC, Alabama Gay Marriage.||2/13/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Politics of Vaccines, You're Hired, Unrest in the Ukraine||Should people have to vaccinate their children? Also, a blockbuster jobs report and a last ditch effort for peace in the Ukraine||2/6/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Matt Miller & Mitt Romney Say Goodbye, Keystone Pipeline, Greece and the Ukraine||Matt Miller's last LRC, Mitt Romney bows out, Senate approves Keystone pipeline, Gr-exit for real? Ukraine Trouble.||1/30/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Tumult in the Arabian Peninsula, SOTU, NY Corruption||Chaos in Yemen, Change in Saudi Arabia,State of the Union, Europe's Monetary Explosion||1/23/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Paris Reacts, Gay Marriage, Swiss Currency, Romney Again?||Paris one week later, the Swiss surprise, Mitt Romney redux, Supreme Court will decide gay marriage by Summer.||1/16/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Tragedy in Paris||Charlie Hebdo and the stakes for Free Speech, oil prices plunge and the revolt at Harvard.||1/9/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Mario Cuomo, Bush-Clinton? Afghanistan Legacy||Remembering Mario Cuomo, the emerging prospects of Jeb Bush, are we out of Afghanistan and De Blasio versus the cops.||1/2/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||2014: The Year That Was||A year-end meditation on all things policy and political.||12/26/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Sony Hack and Cuba||Should Sony release the movie amid North Korea's threats? Cuba's New Outlook.||12/19/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||The CIA Torture Report, the Congressional Spending Bill||The CIA Torture Report -- a national shame or partisan revisionism? Also, revolt against the big spending bill.||12/12/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Police Troubles & Rolling Stone's Apology||Police abuse, Rolling Stone on a UVA sexual assault report and legislating immigration.||12/6/2014||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).