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#1125 Understanding and surviving the age of anger (Encore)||Air Date: 8/8/2017 Today we look at the forces causing a great deal and anger and upheaval all around the world, how that anger is being misdirected and what we can do in our own lives to face it Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991...||7/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1197 Showing up at the last minute to fight for the Supreme Court||Air Date: 7/17/2018 Today we take a look at the history of what led us to be on the brink of the most conservative Supreme Court in 90 years, some of the details as to what's at stake and some ideas on fighting back, now and in the future Be part of...||7/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1196 Building a media that supports rather than undermines democracy||Air Date: 7/13/2018 Today we take a look at the media landscape and how it enables rather than challenges our horrific political status quo and we also hear suggested alternatives structures that could help us change the game Be part of the show!...||7/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1195 Criminalizing protest with civility as a cudgel||Air Date: 7/10/2018 Today we take a look at the attempts to distract with calls for civility and the attempts to suppress dissent with various bans and impediments to protest Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode...||7/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1123 Preparing for the end of the world, or at least capitalism (Encore)||Air Date: 8/1/2017 Today we look at the state of capitalism, the logical arguments for its inevitable demise and the evidence that the end may more nigh than ever before Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Donate or become a...||7/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1194 The why and the how to make voting cool again (Elections)||Air Date: 7/3/2018 Today we take a look at the movement underway to take back power for progressive ideas in this country from a variety of perspectives all working toward a common goal Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 ...||7/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1193 Fighting for a representative democracy (voting Rights and Gerrymandering)||Air Date: 6/29/2018 Today we take a look at the multi-pronged campaign to prevent as many people from voting as possible and what we can do about it Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Donate or become a Member to support the...||6/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1192 Fighting for Single Payer and against our neoliberal health system||Air Date: 6/26/2018 Today we take a look at the misguided transformation of our thinking about health care that causes us to accept the idea of it being a market-based commodity, who continues to support this idea and why it continues to make...||6/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1121 This episode is worth your time (Culture and Technology) (Encore)||Air Date: 7/21/2017 Today we look at the technology that massively influences how we spend our time and hear lots of advice on how we can begin to take back control Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme:...||6/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1191 Stumbling toward peace on the Korean Peninsula||Air Date: 6/19/2018 Today we take a look at where we are in the negotiation process with North Korea and how we got here Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: Audiobook: What Truth Sounds Like| Amazon...||6/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1190 Hurricane Maria laid bare the colonialism and capitalism in Puerto Rico||Air Date: 6/15/2018 Today we take a look at the high toll Puerto Rico is paying, in both money and lives, for the triple disasters of colonialism, Hurricane Maria and disaster capitalism Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 ...||6/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1189 Our dehumanizing, traumatizing, child-abusing immigration system||Air Date: 6/12/2018 Today we take a look at the absolute horror show that is the US immigration system. Understanding that it was bad before but has been revved up to literally inhumane as our government makes a concerted effort to dehumanize asylum...||6/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1120 Stopping and building at the same time (Progressive Movement) (Encore)||Air Date: 7/28/2017 Today we look at the woeful state of the Democratic Party and the strategy to bring them back from the brink Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Visit: https://www.patreon.com/BestOfTheLeft Show Notes Ch. 1:...||6/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1188 Impoverished, imprisoned and invisible (Disability Justice)||Air Date: 6/5/2018 Today we take a look at some of the adversity facing disabled people from labor rights to health care accessibility to incarceration Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors:The Brave Podcast| Simple...||6/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1187 Taking the long view on Trump and Russia||Air Date: 6/1/2018 Today we take a rare sojourn into the world of Trump's seemingly endless corruption in business and life with a focus on his long history with Russia. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors:...||6/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1186 Confronting the Legacy of the Confederacy||Air Date: 5/29/2018 Today we take a look at the legacy of the Confederacy, the monuments and white supremacy it left behind and the racial terror institutionalized in America based on upholding its values Be part of the show! Leave a message at...||5/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1110 The rise of hate in America (White Supremacy) (Encore)||Air Date: 6/09/2017 Today we take a look at some of the structures of white supremacy and the moment in the sun it is currently enjoying Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Become a member and enjoy ad-free episodes and bonus content!..||5/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1185 Putting the politics of the left back together (Elections)||Air Date: 5/22/2018 Today we take a look at the importance of the upcoming mid-term elections and the necessary danger of infighting amongst the left Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Become a member and enjoy ad-free episodes and...||5/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1184 Lighting the fuse in the Middle East (Iran and Israel)||Air Date: 5/18/2018 Today we take a look at the context and history that preceded the US cancellation of the Iran nuclear agreement Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Become a member and enjoy ad-free episodes and bonus content!...||5/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1183 Debating proposals for a next-generation economy (Social Benefit Programs)||Air Date: 5/8/2018 Today we take a look at both the policies of a Federally-Guaranteed Jobs program and a Universal Basic Income and hear arguments for and against each Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Become a member and enjoy...||5/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1119 The inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men (Encore)||Air Date: 7/12/2017 Today we look at many of our misconceptions of the nature of poverty, the interconnectedness of economics with all aspects of life and some suggestions on how to pursue justice Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991...||5/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1182 Wrongheaded laws and prosecutors (Injustice System)||Air Date: 5/8/2018 Today we take a look at how we came to have some of the mandatory minimum laws that we do, how they came out of a sense of desperation from an underserved and ignored community, and how prosecutors have used those laws to make...||5/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1181 The Red-State Revolt (Teachers Strikes)||Air Date: 5/4/2018 Today we take a look at the falling dominoes of rebellion and demands for justice in the form of teachers strikes as they go from one educationally decimated red state to the next Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991..||5/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1180 A Bhutanese Travelogue||Air Date: 5/1/2018 Today I tell stories about Bhutan including personal experiences and what I can about the cultural and political past, present and future of the country Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Become a member and enjoy...||5/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1108 A conservative solution to solving climate change (Encore with New Ending)||Air Date: 5/30/2017 Today we look at some conservatives engaged in the fight against climate change and their best policy proposal to get the job done Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Become a member and enjoy ad-free episodes and...||4/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1179 Stories from the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan||Air Date: 4/20/2018 Today we take a look at some of the highlights of the Kingdom of Bhutan including the most famous of their exports, Gross National Happiness and many lesser-known aspects of their focus on happiness, good governance and...||4/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||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|
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!!