Best of the Left - The best of progressive and liberal talk
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This podcast is a beautifully executed compilation combining the absolute best in progressive and liberal political news, commentary and occasional comedy with great music to pull it all together. Each edition focuses on a political theme and delivers a variety of stories and perspectives from an array of sources on that theme. By the way, this is an ENHANCED PODCAST with cool features built in which is fun but that means that it's not compatible with everyone's audio player. For the STANDARD MP3 feed visit BestOfTheLeft.com to subscribe (even if you still want to use iTunes to manage your subscription).
||Clean#1178 Economic Evolution (Capitalism, Consumerism and Beyond)||Air Date: 4/17/2018 Today we take a look at the debate between individualism and varying forms of collectivism, the benefits and drawbacks of consumerism and some philosophies of economics both past and future Be part of the show! Leave a message at...||4/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1113 Tax cuts and deregulation have failed before and will fail again (Encore)||Air Date: 6/20/2017 Today we take a look at the legacy of conservative economics in Kansas, the new federal budget being pushed that would echo the Kansas disaster, deregulation that will cost citizens billions and the intellectual underpinning of...||4/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1177 What society does not know, nor want to know about Martin Luther King||Air Date: 4/10/2018 Today we take a look at some of the lesser-known sides of Martin Luther King's life and legacy, not just about his radicalism and focus on labor rights but also some new takes on the long shadow of the patriarchal views he held and..||4/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1176 The Gun Debate (is less of a debate than we think)||Air Date: 4/6/2018 Today, in response to a conservative listener who sent in a voicemail about gun culture and policy, the entire episode is a point by point response to that call, complete with as many clips as usual from some regular and irregular...||4/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1175 You are the product in the internet economy (Facebook)||Air Date: 4/3/2018 Today we take a look at the latest revelations about the (mis)use of Facebook's data in an attempt to influence US elections, some of those who've seen this coming for years and some thoughts on what to do about it Be part of the...||4/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1106 If you can’t beat them, suppress them (Voting Rights) (Encore)||Air Date: 5/23/2017 Today we look at the current state of voting rights and the full press efforts being made to expand voter suppression far and wide across the country Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Become a member and enjoy...||3/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1174 Renewed and repackaged racism (Drug War)||Air Date: 3/27/2018 Today we take a look at the blossoming of the renewed efforts of the conservative drug warriors Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Become a member and enjoy ad-free episodes and bonus content! Visit:...||3/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1173 Think transgenerationally, act simply (Culture and Environment)||Air Date: 3/23/2018 Today we take a look at the structures, barriers and incentives standing between us and simpler, more fulfilling, happier and more environmentally sustainable lives Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Become a...||3/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1172 The cultural legacy of the way The West was won (Gun Culture)||Air Date: 3/20/2018 Today we take a look at the culture behind the gun culture in the US in an attempt to better understand it and to glean new ideas on how to fix it Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Become a member and enjoy...||3/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1171 Debt, profit and modern-day slavery (Injustice System)||Air Date: 3/16/2018 Today we take a look at the catastrophic point where cutting taxes, racism, capitalism, immigration policy and our punitive-rather-than-rehabilitative criminal justice system all meet Be part of the show! Leave a message at...||3/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1109 Finding the path forward for Democrats and the progressive movement (Encore)||Air Date: 6/6/2017 Today we look at where the Democratic party went wrong that led them to their current disempowered state and some of the arguments for why moving in a progressive direction is both morally correct and electorally smart Be part of...||3/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1170 Understanding the causes and cures of the opioid crisis||Air Date: 3/9/2018 Today we take a look at Trump's half-hearted and misguided attempt to address the opioid crisis as well as give some understanding to the history of opioids in the US, the multifaceted reasons why they're being abused at record...||3/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1169 Playing with Winter (Threat and Effects of Nuclear War)||Air Date: 3/6/2018 Today we use Trump's threats to commit genocide in North Korea as the jumping off point to take a look at the process of launching and the probable result of using nuclear weapons Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991..||3/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1168 Understanding the Rise of the Right||Air Date: 3/2/2018 Today we take a look at the rise of the right from Trumpism in the US to the far-right parties gaining steam in Europe and beyond Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Become a member and enjoy ad-free episodes and...||3/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1167 The kids are alright and they are leading the way again (Parkland Shooting)||Air Date: 2/27/2018 Today we take a look at the youth-lead response to the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School as well as some history of youth-protest movements Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Become a member and...||2/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1097 Good-Natured (Economics and Culture) (Encore)||Air Date: 4/21/2017 Today we make the argument that people are naturally good and that society and economists should treat them that way Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell -...||2/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1166 How to create a happier society and why the GOP refuses (Social Benefits)||Air Date: 2/20/2018 Today we respond to the recent Trump budget proposal with some economic theories of our own, a description of how we could make ourselves happier and more prosperous and an explanation for why the GOP governing philosophy is so at...||2/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1165 The flip side of the coin (Palestine)||Air Date: 2/16/2018 Today, after having recently looked at a few of the details of Israel, we take a look at what's happening on the other side of the border, in Palestine. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1:...||2/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1164 The context of the Korean Peninsula||Air Date: 2/13/2018 Today we take a look at the history and context of the Korean Peninsula, how it was split in two in the first place and how self-perpetuating actions have been taken ever since to bring us to the brink of what would be a completely..||2/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1091 Progressives fighting on multiple fronts (The Resistance) (Encore)||Air Date: 3/31/2017 Today we look at the multi-front political battles being waged for the heart of the progressive movement, women’s movement, the Democratic party and the county as a whole Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show...||2/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1163 Strange Bedfellows (Israel)||Air Date: 2/6/2018 Today we take a look at Israel from a variety of angles including what they do, who supports them and why Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John...||2/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1162 The economics of immigration and demonization||Air Date: 2/2/2018 Today we take a look at the economics of immigration, both the good and the bad, both the domestic and international Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Support our Winter Fundraiser! Join the Best of the Left...||2/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1161 Privacy, what is it good for? (Privacy Rights)||Air Date: 1/30/2018 Today we take a look at part of the history of our privacy rights, who they protect the most and what's happening to them recently Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Support our Winter Fundraiser! Join the Best...||1/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1160 Backlashes (#MeToo and the Women's Movement)||Air Date: 1/26/2018 Today we take a look at some of the nuances of the #MeToo movement and the predictable backlash to it as well as the backlash to Trump in the form of the one-year anniversary Women's March Be part of the show! Leave a message at...||1/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1060 We should avoid these ends by avoiding these beginnings (Godwin’s Law) (Repost)||Air Date: 11/25/2016 Today we look at the comparison between the rise of Hitler and the rise of Trump, not to say that they are the same but to try to learn from the past in order to see farther into our own future and avoid the terrible ends that are..||1/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1159 Voters need to pick their reps, not the other way around (Gerrymandering)||Air Date: 1/19/2018 Today we take a look at one of the most important and least understood problems with our broken democracy, gerrymandering, including some ideas to fix it Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Support our Winter...||1/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1158 What America refuses to remember about Martin Luther King Jr.||Air Date: 1/16/2018 Today we take a look at the legacy of Martin Luther King that some people prefer to forget and most people never learned about. In fact, it is likely his forgotten opinions that got him killed rather than his calls for racial...||1/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1157 Policy without humanity (Immigration)||Air Date: 1/13/2018 Today we take a look at a bit of the history, and some of the recent developments of, the debate over immigration policy and the people affected by it Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Support our Winter...||1/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1072 A progressive vision for our economic future (Encore)||Air Date: 1/17/2017 Today we take a look at the Democrats failure to present viable economic solutions and offer a new vision for where we should go from here. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Support our Winter Fundraiser! Join...||1/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1156 Women of color get the job done (Racism and Elections)||Air Date: 1/5/2018 Today we take a look at some of the challenges and triumphs for women of color and what thanks they should get in return Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Support our Winter Fundraiser! Join the Best of the Left...||1/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1155 Leisure, Desperation or a Reorientation (The Future of Work)||Air Date: 1/2/2018 Today we take a look at a few different visions of what the future holds for our labor market and some policies we should be putting in place to set the scene for the coming evolution of work Be part of the show! Leave a message at...||1/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1154 An election, a crash and echos of the past and future (A look back at 2008)||Air Date: 12/29/2017 Today we take a look back to 2008 in our third annual 10-years-hence retrospective spectacular! Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Support our Winter Fundraiser! Join the Best of the Left Social Network! Show...||12/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#988 When climate science meets faith-based economics (Encore)||Air Date: 02/05/2016 Today we look at the intersection of the climate crisis with our current economic system including how monopolies, trade deals, market failures and the concept of “externalities” all work together to make climate change...||12/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1039 What worker coops can do for us (Capitalism) (Encore)||Air Date: 08/30/2016 Today we look in detail at the overdue concept of worker-owned and operated enterprises and what they can do to help improve the lives of people who work for a living Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Support...||12/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1153 The War on Christmas™ 2017||Air Date: 12/19/2017 Today we look at the current state of the War on Christmas™. Has it already been won by the forces of Trumpism? Do we need a "Surge"? Are we getting unexpected reinforcements from anti-Santa Christians? Turn in to find out! Be...||12/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1152 Rise of the oligarchy (Money in Politics)||Air Date: 12/15/2017 Today we look at the history and current state of rich people seeking to undermine democratic rule by the people in favor of oligarchy for the rich Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Support our Winter...||12/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1094 An identity group that any one of us might join at any time (Disability Rights) (Encore)||Air Date: 4/11/2017 Today we look at a variety of ways to bring the disability rights movement into the mainstream of media, advocacy and the world Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Support our Winter Fundraiser! Show Notes Ch. 1:...||12/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1151 Resuscitating the anti-trust movement (Monopolies)||Air Date: 12/8/2017 Today we look at the rebirth of the anti-trust movement in a struggle to save democracy in the face of a new era of worldwide corporate tech monopolies Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Support our Winter...||12/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1150 The Price of Free (Silicon Valley and Big Data)||Air Date: 12/5/2017 Today we look at some of the hidden ways that big tech is influencing our lives personally and societally Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Support our Winter Fundraiser! Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond...||12/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1149 The loss of liberty at the hands of concentrated power (Media and Net Neutrality)||Air Date: 12/1/2017 Today we look at the inevitable results of a lax approach to anti-trust legislation: the consolidation of corporate power and money used to buy influence over the writing of regulations which allow for further consolidation of...||12/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
I have recomanded this show alot. Keep up the great work.
This is is very embarassing to liberals. C'mon you can do better...
An excellent roundup!
What a great way to sample the day's highlights of left-leaning talk radio. You get a nice heaping slice of liberal viewpoint in a nice, tidy little package (especially with the new, more manageable shorter format). Great show, and we lefties appreciate the research effort!!