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Best of the Left - Progressive Politics and Culture, Curated by Humans, Not Algorithms
Best of the Left - Progressive Politics and Culture, Curated by Humans, Not Algorithms
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An award-winning, expertly-curated podcast of progressive politics and culture. Diving deeply on a wide range of topics, we draw from more than... more

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#1540 The Grift of Life (Scam Culture™ and the Economy it has built)

Air Date 1/31/2023 Today, we take a look at just some of the nearly infinite ways in which our society,... more

01 Feb 2023 · 1 hour, 11 minutes
Bonus Sample: Capitalism Culture and System Failure

Original Air Date: 1-17-23 Today, Jay!, Amanda, Erin and Deon discuss: - The updated dress code in the Missouri legislature ... more

28 Jan 2023 · 19 minutes
#1539 Stolen Children is Stolen History, Heritage, and Culture (Indian Child Welfare Act)

Air Date 1/25/2023 Today, we take a look at the long, global history of invading peoples stealing the children of... more

25 Jan 2023 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
#1538 Authoritarian Coup Attempts Around the World

Air Date 1/21/2023 Today, we take a look beyond our shores to other examples of anti-democratic forces seeking to take... more

22 Jan 2023 · 1 hour, 1 minute
#1461 Neoliberalism is Hanging on for Dear Life in Changing Times (Repost)

Original Air Date 12/15/2021 Today we take a look at the cracks and fissures appearing ever more quickly in the... more

18 Jan 2023 · 1 hour, 22 minutes
#1537 All Your Faves Were Radicals (Beyond Martin Luther King Jr)

Air Date 1/14/2023 This Martin Luther King Day weekend, we take a look at a wider range of Black radicals... more

14 Jan 2023 · 1 hour, 12 minutes
#1536 Your Food Choices Are Not Your Food Choices

Air Date 1/11/2023 Today, we take a look at the way unscientific guidelines, government subsidies, corporate propaganda, cultural context, capitalism,... more

11 Jan 2023 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
#1535 We Don't Do Accountability (Trump and GOP Crimes That Go Unpunished)

Air Date 1/7/2023 Today, we take a look at the criminal charges against Donald Trump that the January 6th Committee... more

07 Jan 2023 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
#1534 Every Move You Make (Facial Recognition, TikTok, and Surveillance Capitalism 2.0)

Air Date 1/3/2023 Today, we take a look at the emerging implementation of facial recognition technology in public and commercial... more

03 Jan 2023 · 1 hour, 12 minutes
Bonus Sample: Join the Indoctri-Nation!

Original Air Date: 12-15-22 Today, Jay!, Amanda, Erin, and Deon discuss: - Why framing corporations are moral actors is a... more

31 Dec 2022 · 19 minutes
#1451 The Foxification of American Media (Fox News 25th Anniversary) (Repost)

Original Air Date 10/27/2021 Today we take a look at some of the ways that 25 years of Fox News... more

27 Dec 2022 · 1 hour, 28 minutes
#1533 How Theocracies Begin and End (Rise of the Far-Right + Demanding Women's Rights in Iran)

Air Date 12/24/2022 Today, we compare the far-right religious extremists who are fighting to gain power in the US with... more

24 Dec 2022 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
The Last Resort (The Story of Cal-Exit)

What if California seceded from the United States? If it did, what would happen? Would it usher in a new... more

22 Dec 2022 · 8 minutes
Bonus Sample: Don't Call Me Out My Name

Original Air Date: 12-1-22 Today, Jay!, Amanda and Deon discuss: - That the youth are doing away with "You're welcome"... more

20 Dec 2022 · 18 minutes
Accelerationism is the Brick on the Gas Pedal of the Runaway Car of Society

Air Date 12/17/2022 Today, we take a look at the fringe philosophy of accelerationism that is having a bigger impact... more

17 Dec 2022 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
The Labor Movement is a Hot Mess and Democrats Are Not Much Help

Air Date 12/13/2022 Today, we take a look at the labor dispute within our freight rail industry as well as... more

13 Dec 2022 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
The Problem with Facebook is Facebook (Repost)

Original Air Date 11/9/2021 Today we take a look at the Facebook business model that is driving hate, lies, violence,... more

11 Dec 2022 · 1 hour, 23 minutes
The Pillars of Polarization and Persuasion

Air Date 12/6/2022 Today, we take a look at some of the factors driving hyper-partisanship in the US right now... more

07 Dec 2022 · 1 hour, 10 minutes
Monopolies Run By Morons

Air Date 12/3/2022 Today, we take a look at the mega-companies that touch all of our lives and the monopolistic... more

04 Dec 2022 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
Bonus Sample: Political Movements

Original Air Date: 11-5-22 Today, Jay!, Amanda, Deon and Erin discuss: - The Neverending Story... more

02 Dec 2022 · 18 minutes
The Ugly Underbelly of The Beautiful Game (Qatar World Cup)

Air Date 11/30/2022 Today, we take a look at the context of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar including the... more

01 Dec 2022 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
Thanksgiving and cultural heritage (Repost)

Original Air Date 11/27/2018 Today we take a look at the literal and figurative bloody messes of the history of... more

26 Nov 2022 · 1 hour, 13 minutes
Making Antisemitism Great Again with Ye, Kyrie Irving and Dave Chapelle

Air Date 11/22/2022 Today, we take a look at three recent incidents of celebrities using their platforms to spread antisemitic... more

23 Nov 2022 · 1 hour, 16 minutes
Moving beyond tragedy by surviving and adapting (Repost)

Original Air Date 4/16/2019 Today we take a look at just a few of the aspects of modern life for... more

20 Nov 2022 · 1 hour, 15 minutes
A History of Political Violence in the US

Air Date 11/15/2022 Today, we take a look at our extremely steady history of political violence from the Revolution, through... more

16 Nov 2022 · 1 hour, 13 minutes
Don't Panic: Irrational Fear and Panic in the US

Air Date 11/12/2022 Today, we take a look at a few types of panic that regularly strike within communities or... more

13 Nov 2022 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
An Historic, World-Shaping Election, Of Sorts (China, Xi Jinping)

Air Date 11/8/2022 Today, we take a look at the life and times of China's president, Xi Jinping, and his... more

09 Nov 2022 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
Bonus Sample: Chatbots and Catbots

Original Air Date: 10-24-22 Today, I am talking with Amanda, Deon and Erin. We discuss: - The rise of AI-powered... more

04 Nov 2022 · 17 minutes
Pocketbook Pain and Corporate Profits

Air Date 11/1/2022 Today, we take a look at the corporate price-gouging and massive profits happening under the cover of... more

01 Nov 2022 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
An extremist cult conspired to destroy the United Kingdom from within

Air Date 10/29/2022 Today, we take a look at the destruction accomplished over decades by adherents to a libertarian, neoliberal... more

29 Oct 2022 · 1 hour, 10 minutes
The election of a lifetime for this year

Air Date 10/26/2022 Today, we take a look at the 2022 election and the political dynamics at play as the... more

26 Oct 2022 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
Bonus Sample: The Fascist Hobbit and the Conservatism of Storytelling

Original Air Date: 10-12-22 Today, I am talking with Amanda, Deon and Erin. We discuss: - The new fascist party... more

25 Oct 2022 · 18 minutes
The Physical Structures of Structural Racism and the Fight for Environmental Justice (Repost)

Original Air Date 9/8/2021 Today we take a look at the legacy of red-lining, the building and subsequent destruction of... more

21 Oct 2022 · 1 hour, 18 minutes
A History of White Violence in Policy and Practice (Repost)

Original Air Date 8/18/2021 Today we take a look at history of white people deciding to get their way through... more

18 Oct 2022 · 1 hour, 13 minutes
Demanding Rights for Women in Iran

Air Date 10/14/2022 Today, we take a look at the women-led protests roiling Iran in response to violent crackdowns from... more

14 Oct 2022 · 1 hour, 16 minutes
Bonus Sample: Life is a Series of Tasks

Original Air Date: 9-27-22 Today, I am talking with Amanda, Deon and Erin. We discuss: - Nazis using The Amanda... more

12 Oct 2022 · 18 minutes
Settler Colonialist Structures Around the World (Repost)

Original Air Date 10/9/2021 Today we take a look at structures and specifics of settler colonialism from around the world... more

11 Oct 2022 · 1 hour, 26 minutes
International Fascist Movement on the Move

Air Date 10/8/2022 Today, we take a look at the recent elections in Italy, Brazil and Sweden where far-right parties... more

08 Oct 2022 · 58 minutes
Ronald Reagan, It Turns Out, Was Bad

Air Date 10/5/2022 Today, we take a look at the life and legacy of President Ronald Reagan, the last transformational... more

05 Oct 2022 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
Reverse Freedom Rides (Human Trafficking Asylum Seekers)

Air Date 9/30/2022 Today, we take a look at the attention-grabbing stunt of transporting asylum seekers from Texas to Martha's... more

01 Oct 2022 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
Bonus Sample: Good Questions and Bad Answers

Original Air Date: 9-8-22 Today, I am talking with Amanda, Deon and Erin. We discuss: - Dystopian longtermism - Why... more

27 Sep 2022 · 18 minutes
The Clean-Up Crew (The System of Activist Judges Defending Trump)

Air Date 9/24/2022 Today, we take a look at the decades-long scheme to funnel conservative activist judges into the judiciary... more

24 Sep 2022 · 1 hour, 12 minutes
Set the Sun on the British Empire (Queen Elizabeth II)

Air Date 9/21/2022 Today, we take a look at the history and legacy of British imperialism and slavery through the... more

21 Sep 2022 · 1 hour, 16 minutes
Creating a Digital World of our Worst Habits

Air Date 9/17/2022 Today, we take a look at the way terrible patterns of the past like colonialism, racism, propaganda,... more

17 Sep 2022 · 1 hour, 13 minutes
The Morality of Debt and Forgiveness

Air Date 9/14/2022 Today, we take a look at the history and hysteria behind debt and debt forgiveness while Biden... more

14 Sep 2022 · 57 minutes
Ownership and Rights in a Digital World

Air Date 9/9/2022 Today, we take a look at platforms, goods, and business models in the modern landscape of the... more

09 Sep 2022 · 1 hour, 14 minutes
Economic Underclass, Political Pawns (Immigration and Asylum Seeking)

Air Date 9/6/2022 Today, we take a look at the precarious state of our immigration and asylum system, the legacy... more

06 Sep 2022 · 1 hour, 17 minutes
The Long Legacy of Making Deals with the Devil (Bipartisanship) (Repost)

Original Air Date 8/21/2021 Today we take a look at the history of bipartisanship and appeasement in the US dating... more

04 Sep 2022 · 1 hour, 13 minutes
Avoiding Accountability

Air Date 8/31/2022 Today, as we wait to see if Trump will ever be indicted for any of his many,... more

31 Aug 2022 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
Preparing for the next proxy-war (China and Taiwan)

Air Date 8/27/2022 Today, we take a look at the tensions between China and Taiwan, the tensions between China and... more

27 Aug 2022 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
Best of the Left - Progressive Politics and Culture, Curated by Humans, Not Algorithms
Preparing for the next proxy-war (China and Taiwan)
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Air Date 8/27/2022 Today, we take a look at the tensions between China and Taiwan, the tensions between China and the U.S.... more