By Arif Hasan and Ben Natan
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Two football writers—Arif Hasan and Ben Natan—with some political experience attempt to dissect a pair of issues each week through their fairly far left political lenses. This can't possibly go wrong.
||CleanEpisode 025: Fire and Rouhani||Arif Hasan and Ben Natan take on a cavalcade of topics and try to look past the political theatre of the news cycle surrounding he "explosive" revelations like Michael Wolff's book Fire and Fury. We also look at the Iranian protests from the...||1/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 024: The Donor Ransom Act||Arif and Ben break down the Senate and House versions of the tax bill — the "Donor Relief Act" — and go into detail about what's in it and why it represents a threat to governance and provides the basis for GOP donor payback in a year without many..||12/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 023: Chair of the DoNna C||Arif and Ben are back with takes on the Donna Brazile "revelations" about the DNC and potential rigging of the Democratic Primary, as well as more words on gun violence in the United States. They talk about the role of the DNC, what people might mean...||11/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 022: Tackling Patriotism (Never Sticking to Sports)||Ben and Arif talk about the "kneeling" controversy brewing in the NFL, a rare opportunity to mix their two passions of sports and politics. Colin Kaepernick's kneeling (or having had kneeled) has intersected with one of Donald Trump's rallies, where...||9/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 021: The Moment Trump Truly Became a Colonialist||In this episode of the Wide Left Podcast, Ben Natan and Arif Hasan talk about the relief efforts of Hurricane Harvey, discuss the clear connection to climate change and discuss what it means for a government to be understaffed in that scenario. After...||8/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 020: Tired and Exhausted||Ben Natan and Arif Hasan talk about the only thing dominating the news cycle right now, the Charlottesville demonstration and the administration's poor response. We talk about what can be done, how these things can begin and the thread of white...||8/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 019: The Lion's Purr of the Senate||Arif Hasan and Ben Natan return from a two-week break to talk about the ongoing ridiculousness surrounding the health care debate, as well as discuss the hastily constructed ban against trans service members in the military. Then they talk about the...||7/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 018: A Free Press and Korean Mess||Arif Hasan and Ben Natan talk about the nature of a free press and how it's eroding in both structural ways and through deterrence. We discuss different types of press infringements and freedoms before moving onto the recent escalation of words and...||7/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 017: Pride Protest and the Broken BCRA||Arif and Ben talk about their experiences at their respective cities' Pride parades as well as some of the issues that have made their way into the headlines when it comes to Pride. After that, they talk about the clearly broken Senate health care...||6/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 016: Sanctioned Slaughter and Misery in the Middle East||Arif Hasan and Ben Natan discuss legalized slaughter from law enforcement officers on people of color and how modern valorization of police leads to holding them to lower standards while holding blacks up to impossible standards. We also discuss...||6/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 015: Covert Congress and Overt Pride with Guest Katelyn Burns||Arif Hasan and Ben Natan discuss the nefarious acts the Senate and House have been up to while the country has had their attention focused on the Comey and Sessions hearings, including a budget reconciliation strategy for health care in the Senate and..||6/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 014: Paris Climate Discords||Arif Hasan and Ben Natan discuss the President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accords and what it means for the United States and the world when it comes to climate change. A quick rundown on the realities of climate change..||6/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 013: High-Skilled Immigration and Low-Skilled Advisors||Arif Hasan and Ben Natan talk about the most recent Jared Kushner revelations with attempting to establish a backchannel with Russia and then delve into the largely successful H-1B visa program that is now under fire. After that, they briefly discuss...||6/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 012: All the News That's Fit to Miss||Arif Hasan and Ben Natan do a quick rundown on all the updates with the Trump scandal, but they also cover a bevy of news that's been easy to miss over the past week, including updates in health care news, education policy, prison and criminal justice..||5/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 011: The Russians Are Comey||Arif Hasan and Ben Natan review a particularly hectic week for the Trump administration that includes three separate (at least) scandals, including a new one involving Israeli intelligence and the old bogey, Russia. That also means talking about the...||5/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 010: Cool From ACA||Arif Hasan and Ben Natan return to talk about the AHCA, single-payer and the French elections. Once again, a deep dive into policy analysis for the health care bill is interspersed with a larger philosophical discussion about the nature of government...||5/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Brief, One-Week, Hiatus||There's no podcast this week! Arif Hasan and Ben Natan have been swamped covering the NFL Draft in their other job, so they won't be able to provide you with the fully-researched, detailed podcast you deserve. If you missed it, be sure to listen to...||5/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 009: Strategic Purity||This week, Arif and Ben talk about the controversy surrounding the late-breaking Bernie Sanders endorsement for Jon Ossof and how it contrasts with the easy endorsement he gave Heath Mello. From there, they engage in a wider discussion about the...||4/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 008: The Violence Inherent in the System||Arif Hasan and Ben Natan use the Berkeley protests as a jumping off point to discuss the place violence has in politics and how the lens with which we should view violence should start at the structure of politics. Is it ethical to punch Richard...||4/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 007: Syria-s Business||Arif and Ben once again return to the Middle East to talk about the gas attacks by Bashar al-Assad and the retaliatory strikes authorized by Donald Trump at Shayrat airfield. We go through the timeline of the civil war, the nature of deterrence...||4/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 006: Drone Baby Drone||Arif and Ben open with a discussion on the bizarre Mike Pence controversy and then move into a discussion about drone strikes and civilian casualties in Iraq, Syria and other theaters in the War on Terror. Also, a brief discussion on having a "War on...||4/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 005: Russia, Russia, Russia||Ben Natan and Arif Hasan decide to delve deep into the heart of the talk about Russia, and examine not just all of the connections built between Trump, his associates and Russia but the risks the Democrats may incur by pursuing the story and the...||3/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 004: Bad Budgets and Nuclear North Korea||Ben Natan and Arif Hasan break down a bad budget and dig deep on a nuclear North Korea. We figure out the significance of arts and sciences funding to the fabric of a nation and check out congressional testimony and publicly available intelligence...||3/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 003: The Right Outbabies the Left||In this week's episode, Ben and Arif devote the entire hour to a tweet sent out from representative Steve King of Iowa, about "restoring civilization with someone else's babies." We talk about the concepts of civilization, culture and boundaries, as...||3/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 002: Who Knew It Could Be So Complicated||Arif Hasan and Ben Natan take on the repeal-and-replace debate with health care and go deep in the weeds when it comes to health care law. After that, they take on the US-Iranian relationship and it's complicated but important history—especially...||3/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSo Much For the Tolerant Left||In the inaugural episode for Wide Left, Ben Natan and Arif Hasan not only introduce themselves, they also tackle the recent DNC chair elections featuring Tom Perez and Keith Ellison. After that they have a broad discussion about the refugee crisis and..||2/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Makes Politics Great Again
Extremely fact based, backed by data podcast discussing why things are the way they are. For someone who's busy lifestyle doesn't allow the time to do their own research, and unfortunately have to rely on news sources for current events, this podcast goes in depth with facts on the current state of our country and our standing with our friends and foes. Easy to follow along and understand, so it keeps your attention throughout the episode. Now one of the few podcasts that I look forward to listening to on a weekly basis. Thanks for putting your time into this podcast!
Politics for the people
Both Ben and Arif bring unique perspectives to the table - politically, socially, and culturally.
Highly recommend to anyone interested in remaining politically engaged and in keeping up with where the modern world is heading.
Political talk can often come across as preachy but Ben and Arif do a great job talking to each other and the listeners. Not at them. Fact based, intelligent discussions regardless of my personal politics.