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.
||CleanSanders and Trump Won Huge in New Hampshire||What's going to happen in Nevada and South Carolina?||2/12/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanIs It Time to Declare Donald Trump's Demise?||Can Marco Rubio consolidate the establishment vote? Artful smears in the Democrat side?||2/5/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanIt's Finally, Almost, Caucus Time||Donald Trump skips the last debate. Democrats fight for the soul of their party.||1/29/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanWho's Against: Trump, the Establishment and Flint Water?||National Review goes "Against Trump," Bernie goes against the establishment, and Flint, Michigan still needs water.||1/22/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanCompeting for Republican Values; Bernie Surges||Does Donald Trump have New York Values? Does Ted Cruz have Calgary values?||1/15/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanOregon Standoff, Obama on Guns and Immigration||President Obama says he's a single-issue voter for gun control.||1/8/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanWho Are the Winners and Losers of 2015?||We talk winners, losers, overrated and under-covered.||1/1/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanWhat Happened to the Republican Party?||Is America heading left?||12/23/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanRepublicans Debate Safety, the House Agrees on Spending||The Republicans hold their last presidential debate of the year.||12/18/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanChicago Police under Investigation, Trump Muslim Ban||Donald Trump proposes banning Muslims from entering the US||12/11/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanShooting in San Bernardino, Climate Change Conference||Trying to make sense of the latest mass shooting.||12/4/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanA Thankful Roundtable||We're thankful for modern medicine, helping refugees, consumer culture -- and Donald Trump?||11/27/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanThe Paris Attacks||The Paris attacks, their aftermath and the Syrian refugee crisis.||11/20/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanImmigration, Campus Free Speech versus Racism||Republican candidates debate immigration reform.||11/13/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanKeystone Rejected, Fact-Checking Ben Carson, Rubio the Frontrunner?||Obama rejects the Keystone Pipeline over climate concerns, Republicans fight for first place.||11/6/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanRepublicans Rage Against the Liberal Media||Debate backlash and a budget deal in the Senate.||10/30/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanBenghazi, Paul Ryan and Joe Biden||Hillary Clinton had a good week.||10/23/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanAfghanistan, Dem Debates and Fundraising||Obama announces we will not withdraw from Afghanistan after all.||10/16/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanHouse Leadership, Gun Control and Saving Syria||Republicans search for a new Speaker of the House.||10/9/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanAnother 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|
||CleanBoehner, 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|
||CleanCarly 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|
||CleanIran's Done Deal||Is the US doing enough for Syrian refugees?||9/11/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanThe Iran Deal Has the Votes||The growing Syrian refugee crisis, Trump on Spanish...||9/4/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanWorld Markets in Turmoil||Is Donald Trump like eating a pig ear at a boutique restaurant?||8/28/2015||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).