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.
||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|
||Left, Right and Gratitude||An American defined, optimism versus pessimism, and a hefty dose of gratitude.||11/26/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Immigration Debate||Is Obama acting as an imperial president or a common sense immigration reformer?||11/21/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||China, Keystone, Immigration and the Net||Obama in China, a showdown over Keystone, immigration wars and net neutrality.||11/14/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Election Postmortem||A drubbing for Democrats, the Supremes take up Obamacare and more troops head to Iraq.||11/7/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Tim Cook, Midterms, BiBi Is Chicken and Fast-Food Workers in Denmark||Apple CEO Tim Cook announces he?s gay, why the ?war on women? isn?t playing in the midterm elections, and why fast-food workers in Denmark make so much money.||10/31/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Fear in Canada, Ebola in New York and Midterm Madness||Shooting in Ottawa, another Ebola case, closing in on the election, seeds of the next housing crisis.||10/24/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||A Week of Fear: Ebola, Wall Street, Midterms & Freezing Eggs||Fear of Ebola, Fear on Wall Street, Midterm worries and freezing eggs, the new corporate benefit.||10/17/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Gay Marriage, Islam, Panetta and Malala Yousafza||A show on tolerance: Gay marriage triumphs, Islam's dust up on Bill Maher, Panetta's complaints and Malala Yousafza gets the Nobel Prize.||10/10/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Hong Kong, Secret Service, Ebola||The standoff in Hong Kong, the Secret Service collapses, Ebola comes to America||10/3/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Syria, Eric Holder, Climate Change and the Truth about the Fed||Missions relaunched in Syria, a big climate week in New York, the legacy of Attorney General Eric Holder, the truth about Goldman Sachs and the Fed.||9/26/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Scotland, ISIS, Alibaba, Midterms||A No vote in Scotland, a Yes vote on ISIS, Alibaba's billions, Ukraine's plight and the race to the midterm elections.||9/19/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Obama's New War, Scotland's Vote, Campaign Finance||Obama lays out a policy on ISIS, Scottish independence, the Senate takes on Citizens United, Ray Rice.||9/12/2014||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).