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.
||Republican Media Stunts, NSA Data Dump and Cecil the Lion||GOP candidates clamor for attention, the NSA deletes its data and outrage over the death of Cecil the lion.||7/31/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Presidential Candidates on the Economy, Race and Immigration||Hillary talks "shortermism," Democratic infighting and Trump makes waves again.||7/24/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Iran, America's Work Ethic and Fetal Tissue for Sale||An Iran deal, longer work hours and Planned Parenthood.||7/17/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Greece, Hacks & Trump on Top||Greece lurches toward a bailout deal, again.||7/10/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Bring Down the Flag||A holiday show about symbolism.||7/2/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Love Wins||The Supreme Court rules that gay marriage is legal in all 50 states.||6/26/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Climate Change, Candidate Talk and Tragedy in Charleston||Were the Charleston murders an act of terrorism or a hate crime?||6/19/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Shame, Speedboats & Trade||Jeb Bush says we need more shame in our lives and Obama loses on trade.||6/12/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Clown Car Grows||Three more candidates join the presidential field. Plus, NSA reform and professors who fear their students.||6/5/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ISIS Advances||Republicans blame each other for ISIS and Rand Paul says that's GOP hawks' fault.||5/29/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Patriot Act, Biker Shootout and Minimum Wage||Deadly Shootout in Waco, drafting a New Patriot Act, and minimum wage at $15.||5/22/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Jeb, Trade & Hillary||Jeb struggles with his Iraq position, Obama/Dems clash over trade and Hillary stays away from the media.||5/15/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||NSA, Immigration and Nice Nails||Reforming the Patriot Act, Hillary on Immigration and exploiting nail workers.||5/8/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Baltimore, Same-Sex Marriage & Bernie Sanders||Police charged in death, SCOTUS talks marriage, a new Democratic candidate||5/1/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Drone Strikes, David Petraeus, Clinton Money Troubles||American drones kill hostages, Governor David Petraeus gets off easy, the Clintons under fire.||4/24/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||A Scooby Van, A Trade Deal and a Gyrocopter||Hillary road trips to Iowa, Senators talk trade and campaign finance lands at the Capitol.||4/17/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||It's Official for 2016, Obama & Castro Talk, Murder in South Carolina||Presidential candidates roll in, US-Cuba policy, and another police shooting||4/10/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||An Iran Deal and Indiana's Religious Freedom Law||We have framework for an Iran deal.||4/3/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||War in Yemen, Ted Cruz for President, Harry Reid Retires||We're now involved in three major conflicts in the Middle East.||3/27/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Budgets, Loretta Lynch and Benjamin Netanyahu||The GOP budget, Loretta Lynch's nomination and Israel's election.||3/20/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Letter to Iran, Hillary's Emails, Blurred Lines, SAE||Should Republicans have written to Tehran? The Clintons' private email server. Marvin Gaye's copyright. Racism at the University of Oklahoma.||3/13/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Iran Nuclear Negotiations, Hillary's Emails, Ferguson Findings||Can Iran be trusted? Clinton emails and funding. Systematic racial abuse in Ferguson.||3/6/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||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|
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).