The Good Fight, with Ben Wikler
By Ben Wikler
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A show about people changing the world, powered by MoveOn.org. David vs. Goliath battles for justice, told from the behind-the-slingshot point of view... with a twist of comedy. Email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
||Clean42: Coal, you're going to lose. You too, ALEC.||The inside scoop on huge jumps forward by two of the best progressive fights around.||4/13/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Clean41: We're back! Had a baby. Got Kickstarted. And talked to three heroes.||Suzy Lynn Wikler, Sister Simone Campbell, Shannon Watts, and Garlin Gilchrist II: an all-star line-up||3/24/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Clean40: Why #BlackLivesMatter||Alicia Garza, #blacklivesmatter cofounder, take us inside the movement igniting a generation||2/3/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
|4||CleanVideoVIDEO: Kickstarter for Good Fight, Year Two. Featuring Al Franken.||Want more real-life David vs Goliath stories? Chip in.||1/29/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Clean39: ALEC: Match.com for evil||Meet ALEC—and Nick Rathod, the guy fighting back||12/17/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Clean38: How the kid with two moms saved the Boy Scouts||Let's give Zach Wahls the merit badge for general awesomeness.||12/3/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Clean37: What $10 million buys you in U.S. politics||Mayday SuperPAC, part 3: the aftermath||11/17/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Clean36: Turn Out For What||The story of Rock the Vote's deliciously viral election party anthem.||10/29/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Clean35: The progressive secret weapon||Inside the labs of the election-science Manhattan Project that could save 2014||10/24/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Clean34: Fed up with the economy?||Turns out there's a little committee in charge of making sure you don't get a raise.||10/16/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Clean33: Inside the ginormous, huge-tastic climate march||Hear the People's Climate March make history||9/26/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Clean32: Will police body cameras prevent the next Ferguson?||Accountability, delivered via Bluetooth||9/15/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Clean31: Mayday Super PAC Strikes Back||Lawrence Lessig did the impossible. Now the real work begins.||8/26/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Clean30: Garlin Gilchrist II: Detroit, diaspora, and destiny||Why he left. Why he's going back.||8/13/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Clean29: Live from Netroots||Live from the streets of Detroit, Michigan, the Good Fight brings you stories of progressive leaders and Detroiters fighting to get their water turned back on.||7/19/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Clean28: Cory Booker and Rand Paul: partners on crime||New hope for fixing a gruesomely broken system.||7/16/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Explicit27: War on women? Meet the resistance||UltraViolet's Nita Chaudhary takes us inside the fight to make the antifeminist backlash backfire||7/11/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanWin Report: Hobby Lobby, Hillary, and the Beyonce voters||Victories and defeats in the most important progressive fights of the week.||7/3/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Explicit26: Pulitzer winner. Undocumented. American.||Jose Antonio Vargas’s new film "Documented" will change the way you think about immigration||7/1/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Clean25: Lawrence Lessig, Aaron Swartz, and the Super PAC to end Super PACs||How challenge and tragedy inspired a mega-plan to fight money in politics||6/23/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanWin Report: Rick Perry said what?!||Victories and defeats in the most important progressive fights of the week.||6/20/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Clean24: The 347 climate wins you've never heard of||Inside America's #1 climate victory: the grassroots uprising that shut down 1/3 of U.S. coal plants||6/11/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Clean23: The plot to bring democracy to America||How the National Popular Vote could end red states, blue states—and swing states||5/28/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Clean22: You've got to hear this preacher||Rev. Jim Wallis on faith, Obama, and the least of these.||5/16/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Clean21: Beating the Koch brothers||The fight behind Citizen Koch, the documentary that the Koch brothers crushed... almost.||5/5/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Clean20: Minimum wage myths, busted||Everything you ever wanted to know about why raising the minimum wage makes total economic sense||4/24/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Clean19: NRA, watch out: Meet Bloomberg's supermom secret weapon||Shannon Watts, $50 million from Bloomberg, and the inside story of a grassroots uprising||4/17/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Clean18: The muckraker and the border patrol||How an investigative journalist revealed a Rodney King-style beating and changed the border security debate.||4/10/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Clean17: The Nanny Uprising||Inside the fight for the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights||4/3/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Clean16 Guns in libraries, Hobby Lobby birth control, happy dolphins||A mega Win Report of victories and defeats from the most important progressive fights in America.||3/27/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Clean15: The really dumb reason 5 million people are uninsured||... and why the good guys are gonna win.||3/20/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Clean14: This interview is illegal in Uganda||Inside the fight against an unbelievably vicious anti-gay law||3/13/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Clean13: Social Security cuts: the clearest explanation anywhere||Behind the scenes in the fight that knocked Social Security cuts out of Obama's 2015 budget.||3/6/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Clean12: Did we just prevent a war with Iran?||A new law would've put us on a path to war. Here's how we beat it.||2/25/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Clean11: Utah? Gay marriage in Utah?||A joy-tacular story about David and Goliath winning the right to marry each other.||2/6/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Clean10: More leaders like this, please||She's pretty much exactly who you'd want leading the fight against inequality and money in politics.||1/27/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Clean9: This prison is weird||A former prisoner who saw something, said something... and, well, you'll see.||1/23/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Clean8: The 2013 Winnie Awards||A podcast awards ceremony about fights that mattered.||1/9/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Clean7 Short: How the nuns saved Obamacare||Sister Simone Campbell, of the Nuns on the Bus, tells an amazing story. Plus, Pope Francis!||12/25/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||Clean6: Coca-Cola voter suppression. Beating ALEC. LIVE from Rootscamp.||Diet Coke. Cherry Coke. Voter Suppression Coke. Thanks to a brilliant grassroots campaign, one of these products has been discontinued. On this episode, recorded live at the Rootscamp activist summit, we take you behind the slingshot in the...||12/18/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||Clean5: Gillibrand. Rape in the military. NSA World of Warcraft.||A heartbreaking, and heart-fixing, podcast about a fight we've got to win.||12/12/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||Clean4: Fast food strike. McQuiz. The Ballad of Healthcare.gov.||The podcast for people who want to fix not just a website, but the whole economy. Does the Obamacare website make you want to sing? Don't answer. Just listen: we've taken care of that for you already. And once the music stops, it's time for a visit...||12/5/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||Clean3: Nuclear option. Drugs. Thanksgiving.||Has the so-called "nuclear option" destroyed all life in the U.S. Senate? If not, why is it empty this week? And speaking of military metaphors in politics: was the war on drugs ever good policy? Plus: what might be lurking in America's turkey this...||11/27/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||Clean2: Obamacare. DREAMers. Escaping the fever swamp.||The Obamacare Defense League, the win report, and the inside story of the DREAM Act movement||11/21/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||Clean1: Launch. Franken. Obamacare. Wins.||Al Franken's origin story, the mind-blowing big picture on Obamacare, and the Win Report.||11/14/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanComing soon!||Your new favorite show is about to exist.||11/11/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
If you took the Colbert Report, and This American Life and then elegantly blending them together into an imaginative, funny, smart, lefty hour of awesomeness, you have an idea about what to expect with The Good Fight.
Rachel Maddow meets Ira Glass meets the Onion
Imagine the political incision of Rachel Maddow, the storytelling genius of Ira Glass, and the cutting-edge satire of the Onion. Imagine all those three combined, and you’re still not close to how good this is.
Funny, moving, inspiring, heartbreaking, compelling, thrilling, exciting, and other nice adjectives.
Inspiring and practical, all in one
I was skeptical at first that another liberal podcast is what the doctor ordered. I've been in the choir constantly preached to by the likes of Stephanie Miller, Ed Schultz, and yes... Al Franken. However this podcast is different.
First of all, it's honest. They admit failures without sugarcoating them. Living in a world where only good things happen gets old after a while. Reality is messy and no progress is ever made without setbacks and false starts.
Second, it's practical. It's not ideological about what's right and what's wrong on every issue. The podcast lives in the real world where compromise is required to get anything done, and even watered-down victories are still victories to be celebrated.
Third, it's inspirational. Instead of sitting and feeling smug about hearing my own opinions being spouted back at me, I'm challenged to participate in the process to actually make a change.
This is rapidly becoming my second favorite podcast (Sorry Ben... Rachel Maddow still has you beat). I look forward to it every week.