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 four of the most insightful news analysts anywhere.
||The Global Mess Edition||We discuss the mess in Israel, along the border, between Germany and the US. and the Afghanistan election.||7/12/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Good Money News, Hobby Lobby Fallout, and FB?s Big Experiment||Obama?s good economic news, the Hobby Lobby fallout, anger in Israel, and Facebook?s social experiments.||7/3/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Supreme Court Goes... Phonanimous?||The Supreme Court's big decisions on cell phones, recess appointments and abortion buffer zones. Supporting Syrian rebels and the Ukraine.||6/27/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||What Now in Iraq and Syria, House GOP, Scott Walker||Starting from scratch in Iraq, Republican leadership and Scott Walker.||6/20/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Bergdahl Exchange, a Soft Economy, and Dowd Gets Baked||The Bergdahl exchange raises questions about the Taliban, looking at the real state of the US economy, and Maureen Dowd gets really high in Colorado.||6/6/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Deadly Shooting, Obama Foreign Policy and Edward Snowden||Deadly attacks spark discussion about mental health, sexism and gun control. President Obama plans to pull out of Afghanistan and Edward Snowden speaks out.||5/30/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||VA Scandal, China's Cyber War and Gas Deal||How much does the VA hospital scandal hurt Obama? Is China's cyber war the new frontier? China and Russia's gas deal.||5/23/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Jill Abramson Fired, Karl Rove on Hillary, VA Scandal||Was Jill Abramson fired for being pushy? Karl Rove goes after Hillary's health. Is there a scandal brewing at the VA?||5/16/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||DC Drama, Ukraine, Nigeria, the Return of Monica Lewinsky||Conspiracy week in Washington, mixed Moscow messages, Benghazi, Boko Haram and Monica Lewinsky.||5/9/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||A Good and Bad Economy, Ukraine, the Death Penalty||Mixed messages on the economy, growing tensions in the Ukraine, and a renewed debate over the morality of the death penalty.||5/2/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Inequality, Foreign Affairs Troubles, and a Nevada Rancher||Thomas Piketty's book on economics and rising inequality, a rough week in foreign affairs and Cliven Bundy offers some unsolicited advice.||4/25/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Cooling Off in Ukraine, Warming Up for the GOP||Tensions in Ukraine cool off, GOP poll numbers heat up, and just what is the purpose of college sports.||4/18/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||The US, Russia and Ukraine; Sebelius Leaving||Should the Ukrainian city of Donetsk join Russia? HHS Secretary Sebelius steps down.||4/11/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Obamacare Signs Up 7 Million, SCOTUS Changes Campaign Finances||Seven million sign up for healthcare; the Supreme Court lifts campaign finance restrictions.||4/4/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Crimea Naivete, Hobby Lobby, Trusting the NSA||Who was naive about Crimea, SCOTUS considers religious freedom and can we trust the NSA?||3/28/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Russian Sanctions, NSA MYSTIC and the Hobby Lobby Case||Sanctions and reverse sanctions, more from Edward Snowden, SCOTUS considers the right to contraception.||3/21/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Senate v. CIA and Climate Change||The Senate and the CIA face off, Democrats stay up all night, and a special election.||3/14/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Russians in Ukraine, Republican Future, the Inevitability of Hillary||The Russians control most of Crimea, the CPAC Conference, and Hillary in 2016?||3/7/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Ukraine, Shrinking the Military, and Gay Marriage||This week, Ukrainian unrest, military cuts, and gay rights in Arizona.||2/28/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Ukraine, Facebook and WhatsApp, and Climate Change||Political protests in the Ukraine, what's up with WhatsApp and climate change as a political issue.||2/21/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Clean Debt Limit, Obamacare's Numbers, Gay Marriage, Cable Wars||A clean debt limit with housebroken Republicans, Obamacare's new numbers, gay marriage in Virginia||2/14/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Does Obamacare Kill Jobs? Will Immigration Pass?||Does Obamacare kill jobs or end job lock? Can immigration pass. Remembering Philip Seymour Hoffman. The Spring Olympics.||2/6/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Imperial President or Small Ball?||After the State of the Union, is it the imperial president or small ball? A GOP breakthrough on immigration.The Democratic war on trade and the agony of the 1%.||1/31/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Can Syria Be Solved? The Politics of Personality and Inequality||The Syrian peace talks, Wendy Davis, Bob McDonnell, inequality and a State of the Union preview.||1/24/14||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).