World Socialist Web Site Daily Podcast
By The International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI)
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This is the daily podcast of the World Socialist Web Site (wsws.org). The World Socialist Web Site provides detailed coverage of international events, incisive social analysis, and a clear political orientation for working people around the world.
||March 29, 2015||Weekend Edition||3/29/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||March 28, 2015||The war in Yemen and the American drive for global domination / US layoffs mount amid signs of economic slowdown / Republican budget plan slashes Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps||3/28/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||March 27, 2015||John Bolton?s call for war on Iran / US House passes sweeping new bipartisan assault on Medicare / Saudi Arabia, Egypt prepare US-backed invasion of Yemen||3/27/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||March 26, 2015||The firing squad returns to America / US backs Saudi airstrikes against Houthis in Yemen / Clash of oligarchs shakes Ukrainian regime||3/26/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||March 25, 2015||Growing warnings of another financial disaster / Washington halts drawdown of troops from Afghanistan / Israel spied on US-Iran talks in effort to block deal||3/24/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||March 24, 2015||Behind the tensions between Obama and Netanyahu / Tsipras in Berlin: Germany and Greece pledge ?cooperation? in imposing austerity / New defeat for Socialist Party as neo-fascists rise in French local elections||3/24/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||March 23, 2015||Detroit?s water shutoffs and the aristocratic principle / Houthi militia takes over Taiz as Yemen descends into civil war / Reign of police violence continues with killing of unarmed teen in Cleveland||3/22/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||March 22, 2015||Weekend Edition||3/21/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||March 21, 2015||Bellum Americanum: US imperialism?s delusions of world conquest / Detroit to resume mass water shutoffs / Philadelphia cops cleared in killing of 26-year-old||3/21/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||March 20, 2015||Capital punishment and the brutality of class rule in America / Syriza promises new austerity list as European institutions intensify pressure on Greece / Tunisian army called out after terror attack kills 23||3/19/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||March 19, 2015||The conflict over the China-backed Asian investment bank / Obama set to veto any cuts to Pentagon war machine / Massive police mobilization against anti-austerity protest in Frankfurt, Germany||3/18/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
Best coverage - best Marxist perspective
There is nothing like the WSWS. The historic authenticity, intellectual integrity and scientific diligence involved make this service an irreplaceable source of information for a global audience as well as an indispensable tool of political orientation for workers, students and those intellectuals who have not slipped into the vast quicksand of post-modernism and half-truths.
I was surprised to see the WSWS's material be formatted into a podcast, but the results have been surprisingly satisfactory.
Joseph Santolan, the narrator, possesses an attractive and steady voice, he manages pace and emphasis well and can keep the listener attentive. The overall quality is more or less professional while obviously working with a small budget, in particular the volume is constant and moderate. Nothing is worse than a narrator who sounds like he's riding a merry-go-round. The choice of music surprised me at first, but it's really growing on me, creating a "newsy" but sophisticated atmosphere. I'm relieved to see that the podcast was apparently given some forethought.
A note about reading the daily perspective: while concluding with the author's name is fine in print, it's a little disorienting on the air.
You can tell by listening that the producers are still experimenting to find the right format, I encourage them to continue to do so for a while. Exploring, especially perhaps other podcasts on itunes, might provide some ideas.
Possibly the worst that could have happened to a WSWS podcast would be that it is bland and dry enough to distract from the depth of the political and social analysis. I can happily say this hasn't happened, and the website's expansion into other media has gotten off to an auspicious beginning.
Best Analysis of World Events
Excellent analysis and coverage of U.S. and World events from a true, progressive left persepective. No one should go a day without the WSWS to get a better perspective on the world we live in. Been waitig a long time for the podcast - Thanks!