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Best of the Left - Leftist Perspectives on Progressive Politics, News, Culture, Economics and Democracy
Best of the Left - Leftist Perspectives on Progressive Politics, News, Culture, Economics and Democracy
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Tumultuous Year of Democracy: Left-Wing victories in the UK, France and Mexico with lessons for the US

Air Date 7/17/2024 Recent elections in the UK, France and Mexico spanned the spectrum from confirming inevitabilities to completely upending... more

17 Jul 2024 · 2 hours, 9 minutes
Bonus Sample: In a Dinghy of Hope

BestOfTheLeft.com/Support (Hear the Full Show, Members Get Bonus Shows + No Ads!) Air Date: 7-14-24 Today, Jay!, Amanda, and Deon... more

14 Jul 2024 · 21 minutes
#1641 Green Energy and Public Transport: Feeling blue and seeing red about the inevitable messiness of transitioning to a low-carbon economy

Air Date 7/12/2024 From solar scams to controversial congestion pricing and the smart grid that's needed to connect it all,... more

12 Jul 2024 · 1 hour, 52 minutes
The Fight for the Four Freedoms (FDR vs. Libertarianism) (Throwback)

Original Air Date: 2/5/2019 Today we take a look at the history of FDR's "Four Freedoms" and "Economic Bill of... more

09 Jul 2024 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Bonus Sample: Primal Scream of Catharsis

Air Date: 7-7-24 Today, Jay!, Amanda, Deon and Erin discuss: - Some stuff that we planned and A LOT more... more

07 Jul 2024 · 18 minutes
#1640 China Explained: From Cars to Computer Chips, Communism to Carbon Emissions, the South China Sea to Space, and Clinton to Biden

Air Date 7/5/2024 China is an undeniable force in the world relating to several major political issues and to address... more

05 Jul 2024 · 2 hours, 54 minutes
Migrants and Refugees on Fortress Earth: Our politicized, fortified, industrialized borders in the US and Europe

Air Date 7/2/2024 Border security around the world continues to take turns for the dark and dystopian as right-wing sentiment... more

02 Jul 2024 · 2 hours, 6 minutes
Bonus Sample: The Torment Nexus

Air Date: 6-30-24 Today, Jay!, Amanda, Deon and Erin discuss: - the baffling trend of tech companies using cautionary tales... more

30 Jun 2024 · 14 minutes
AI: From Killer Apps to Killer Robots, the Present and Future of Artificial Intelligence Spans the Spectrum

Air Date 6/28/2024 AI, like all new technologies, won't be all good or all bad. In fact, my favorite understanding... more

28 Jun 2024 · 2 hours, 21 minutes
#1590 Red Caesar and Project 2025: A fascist fever dream by the Claremont Institute and the Heritage Foundation (Throwback)

Original Air Date: 10/23/2023 The people who want to pull the country in directions that are only supported by a... more

25 Jun 2024 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Bonus Sample: Of Kidults and Puppets

Air Date: 6-23-24 Today, Jay!, Amanda, Deon and Erin discuss: - The Kidult trend in depth (since we had to... more

23 Jun 2024 · 23 minutes
Shifting Populations, Shifting Politics: The European elections show a shift toward the hard right over fears of immigration and scarcity

Air Date 6/21/2024 The European elections could have been worse but they weren't great. Shifting politics among mainstream parties is... more

21 Jun 2024 · 1 hour, 48 minutes
The Growing Threat of Minority Rule (Throwback)

Original Air Date: 12/11/2021 Today we take a look at the many structures of American government that tilt to favor... more

18 Jun 2024 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
Bonus Sample: Let the Kids (and Adults) Play

Air Date: 6-16-24 Today, Jay!, Amanda, Deon and Erin discuss: - The importance of unsupervised playtime for children and why... more

16 Jun 2024 · 17 minutes
The Supreme Court Is In Bad Shape. Like, Really Bad. And SCOTUS Is Going To Take Us All Down With Them

Air Date 6/14/2024 We're in the middle of Supreme Court opinion season, which is not going well for non-extreme conservatives... more

14 Jun 2024 · 3 hours, 6 minutes
Democracy on the Decline: The US is not alone in facing threats to democracy, others countries are showing how democracies fail

Air Date 6/11/2024 Democracies don't break all of a sudden in a moment of crisis, they fail slowly over time... more

11 Jun 2024 · 3 hours, 9 minutes
Bonus Sample: Uncertain and Powerless

Air Date: 06-09-24 Today, Jay!, Amanda, Deon and Erin discuss: - how focusing on the "politics" of an event trivializes... more

09 Jun 2024 · 13 minutes
Abortion as the Tip of the Iceberg: the fight for privacy, bodily autonomy, and functional democracy after Dobbs overturning Roe v Wade

Air Date 6/7/2024 Banning abortion is wildly unpopular and also one of the primary motivators for the group most strongly... more

07 Jun 2024 · 2 hours, 23 minutes
Fights for Fair Pay, Journalism vs Sensationalism, Billionaire Bailouts, and Addiction Capitalism: Sports are a Microcosm of the Ills of Society

Air Date 6/4/2024 The problems that arise within the systems of sports are the same problems we all face everywhere... more

04 Jun 2024 · 2 hours, 22 minutes
Bonus Edition: Solved It! Conspiracy Theorists, Comment Sections, and Trump

Air Date: 6-2-24 Today, Jay!, Amanda, Deon and Erin discuss: - How one MIT study used AI to reduce belief... more

02 Jun 2024 · 17 minutes
Unnatural Disasters (Hurricanes and Humans) (Throwback)

Original Air Date: 9/19/2017 Today we look not so much at hurricanes and the climate science behind them (though we... more

31 May 2024 · 54 minutes
SiliCON Valley: The False Promises, Enshittification Economics, and Misguided Adventures of the Twits of Tech

Air Date 5/28/2024 Today we look at the most disappointing yet most idolized false heroes of our day, the titans... more

28 May 2024 · 2 hours, 21 minutes
Bonus Sample: Not everything that counts can be counted

Air Date: 5-26-24 Today, Jay!, Amanda, Deon and Erin discuss: - the con of supply and demand economics being about... more

26 May 2024 · 16 minutes
Body Neutrality in the World of Ozempic: Reassessing Weight, Body Positivity, Physical and Mental Health, and even the Economics of Body Size

Air Date 5/24/2024 Assessing the impacts of new diet drugs on physical and mental health in the context of our... more

24 May 2024 · 2 hours,
Unrivaled Global Arms Dealer: Officially and Illegally Exporting the US Gun Culture Around the World

Air Date 5/21/2024 Whether by the US government playing matchmaker for the domestic weapons industry or through the illegal trade... more

21 May 2024 · 1 hour, 59 minutes
Looking to avert further tragedy (War on Drugs™) (Throwback)

Original Air Date: 5/9/2015 Today we take a look at the continuing failure that is the War on Drugs™ as... more

19 May 2024 · 46 minutes
Bonus Sample: At the Carwash: Living in a World Not Built for Humans

BestOfTheLeft.com/Support (Hear the Full Show, Members Get Bonus Shows + No Ads!) Air Date: 5-16-24 Today, Jay!, Amanda, Deon and... more

17 May 2024 · 18 minutes
Hitting Where it Hurts in Our Era of Negative Partisanship: Messaging left-wing politics amid cultish politics

Air Date 5/15/2024 In an age of cultish in-group/out-group politics and media, we seek to find messaging for progressive partisans... more

15 May 2024 · 2 hours, 6 minutes
New Era of Antitrust for a New Era of Capitalism, Mega-Corporations and Big Tech

Air Date 5/11/2024 The effort to turn theory into practice that will open up new ways of thinking about antitrust... more

12 May 2024 · 53 minutes
#1627 Campus Protests and the Crackdown: Civil resistance against Israeli genocide in Gaza, responses from university presidents to Biden

Air Date 5/7/2024 Civil resistance on campuses across the country against Israeli genocide in Gaza calling for cease fire and... more

07 May 2024 · 2 hours, 55 minutes
Bonus Sample: Satire requires a clarity of purpose and target lest it be mistaken for and contribute to that which it intends to criticize.

Air Date: 5-5-24 Today, Jay!, Amanda, Deon and Erin discuss: - Jerry Seinfeld blaming the "extreme left" and "PC culture"... more

05 May 2024 · 17 minutes
Remix - Protest Crackdown: Power Concedes Nothing Without a Demand and the Response is Predictable

Air Date 5/3/2024 A look back at previous coverage of criminalizing protests, weaponizing civility, and violent responses to peaceful dissent.... more

03 May 2024 · 1 hour, 14 minutes
Society of Extreme Wealth and its Discontents: Tax avoidance, wealth inequality and the detrimental effects felt by us all

Air Date 5/1/2024 The past, present, and future of tackling the uselessness of extreme wealth by exposing and closing tax... more

01 May 2024 · 58 minutes
Bonus Sample: War Is the Continuation of Policy with Other Means

Get full, weekly bonus shows! Air Date: 4-29-24 Today, Jay!, Amanda, Deon and Erin discuss:  - how the film 'Civil... more

29 Apr 2024 · 14 minutes
The Morality of Debt and Forgiveness (Throwback)

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

26 Apr 2024 · 1 hour, 13 minutes
Island Fervor: Cuba and Haiti Struggle for Economic and Political Self-Determination in the Face of Respective Histories of Exploitation and Embargo

Air Date 4/24/2024 Only by understanding the past can we understand the present and the histories of Cuba and Haiti... more

24 Apr 2024 · 59 minutes
Bonus Sample #300 My People are Humans

BestOfTheLeft.com/Support (Members Get Bonus Clips and Shows + No Ads!) Air Date: 4-22-24 Today, Jay!, Amanda, Deon and Erin discuss:... more

23 Apr 2024 · 14 minutes
#1623 Burning American Credibility on Support for Israel's Genocidal War in Gaza - Biden, Netanyahu, and the double standards of the rules-based order

Air Date 4/20/2024 Old habits die hard and the American establishment's unquestioning support for Israel is a very old habit... more

20 Apr 2024 · 57 minutes
Bonus Sample: Selling Bliss

Air Date: 4-18-24 Today, Jay!, Amanda, Deon and Erin discuss: - how a tech start-up is trying to sell a... more

18 Apr 2024 · 18 minutes
Understanding the Boycott, Divest, Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israeli mistreatment of Palestinians (Throwback)

Original Air Date 2/12/2019 Today we take a look at both the BDS movement and the backlash response to it... more

16 Apr 2024 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
Capitalism Culture Catastrophes On Land, Sea, And In The Sky - Baltimore Bridge Collapse, Boeing Blowout, and the Continuing Threat to Railway Workers

Air Date 4/12/2024 The forces of capitalism and deregulation loom large as industrial transport disasters continue to pile up with... more

12 Apr 2024 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
How Democrats Lost Their Way On Economics And Are Starting To Find It Again

Air Date 4/9/2024 The neoliberal legacy of the New Democrats continues to loom large but it really does seem like... more

09 Apr 2024 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Bonus Sample: Someone is Wrong on the Internet

Air Date: 4-7-24 Today, Jay!, Amanda, Deon and Erin discuss: - Many facets of our society are clearly broken by... more

07 Apr 2024 · 14 minutes
Tell Stories, Not Myths: Democracy in America (Throwback)

Original Air Date: 11/10/2020 Today we take a look at the long and shifting history of the myth of democracy... more

05 Apr 2024 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
Threatening the 2024 Election to Subvert Democracy, from Legal Maneuvers in Congress and Unconstitutional Congressional Maps to Violent Threats Against Election Workers

Air Date 4/3/2024 As the country gears up for the election in November, we look at a variety of ways... more

03 Apr 2024 · 56 minutes
Bonus Sample: No Laughing Matter

Air Date: 4-1-24 Today, Jay!, Amanda, Deon and Erin discuss: - how Trump uses humor to normalize his behavior and... more

01 Apr 2024 · 16 minutes
A Guide to Protests Against Injustice from the Peaceful to the Deadly

Air Date 3/30/2024 We are living through an age of protest from the opposition to the Iraq war, the Arab... more

30 Mar 2024 · 54 minutes
Bonus Sample - Coping: Magic Mushrooms, Bath Time, Perpetual Therapy, and Pain Killers

Air Date: 3-28-24 Today, Jay!, Amanda, Deon and Erin discuss: - how the wealthy use psilocybin to deal with stress... more

28 Mar 2024 · 14 minutes
People Are Waking Back Up To The Need For Labor Unions (Throwback)

Original Air Date: 12/23/2021 Today we take a look at some of the history of labor struggles in America and... more

26 Mar 2024 · 1 hour, 9 minutes
Forget Equality, Embrace the Feminism of Freedom - Breaking entirely free from the structures of White supremacy and heteropatriarchy

Air Date 3/23/2024 Equality has been at the heart of civil rights movements for decades but what we have failed... more

23 Mar 2024 · 55 minutes
Bonus Sample: Cause it's all about control

Air Date: 3-21-24 Today, Jay!, Amanda, Deon and Erin discuss: - how AI became a tool in the gender culture... more

21 Mar 2024 · 16 minutes
The Profitable and Political Moral Panic Around Trans People: Debunking Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria, Groomers, and Detransitioning Misconceptions

Air Date 3/19/2024 We break down some of the pseudoscience the trans panic is built on, look at the political... more

19 Mar 2024 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
The Party of Putin and the Propaganda Leading the GOP to Trump and the US to Russian-Style Autocracy

Air Date 3/15/2024 Republicans have been trending toward Putin fandom for more than a decade but with each passing year... more

15 Mar 2024 · 57 minutes
Bonus Sample: Answering men's cry for help

Air Date: 3-11-24 Today, Jay!, Amanda, Deon and Erin discuss: - mascuzynity and the conservative male ethos - talking to... more

11 Mar 2024 · 12 minutes
To Exist is to Resist: Life and Activism in Occupied Palestine Working Toward Rights and Democracy For All in Israel (Throwback)

Original Air Date 2-17-2018 We hear from activists and advocates to get a sense of the life, land, and walls... more

08 Mar 2024 · 58 minutes
Strange Bedfellows: Looking at why Ethno-Nationalists Admire Israel and the Violence Inflicted on Gaza (Throwback)

Original Air Date 2/7/2018 Looking at Israel from a variety of angles including what they do to Palestinians in Gaza... more

05 Mar 2024 · 47 minutes
Bonus Sample: #293 I love you, man

Air Date: 3-3-24 Today, Jay!, Amanda, Deon and Erin discuss: - why men struggle with friendship  - why men and... more

03 Mar 2024 · 16 minutes
Envisioning a Leftisț Economic Future of Postcapitalism, High-Tech Automation, Universal Basic Income and a World (Mostly) Without Work

Air Date 3/1/2024 We don't have to think too hard to understand the fears of a world in which work,... more

01 Mar 2024 · 59 minutes
Deep-Fakery and Deep Consequences for Democracy: AI-generated fake news threatens elections around the world and makes people question the ability to know what is real

Air Date 2/28/2024 AI-generated deepfakes, entirely fabricated audio and video of recognizable people, are here. They have been on the... more

28 Feb 2024 · 56 minutes
Bonus Sample: Techno Authoritarians vs Interoperabilities

Air Date: 2-25-24 Today, Jay!, Amanda, and Deon discuss: - authoritarian Technocracy - and why interoperability may be one of... more

25 Feb 2024 · 14 minutes
Breathless Speculation: Biden's Baggage, Trump's Tyranny, Misleading Media, Courts and Criminality

Air Date 2/23/2024 2024 is already shaping up to be even more of a disaster than expected. The causes for... more

23 Feb 2024 · 1 hour, 1 minute
New Tech and the New Luddite Movement; Inequitable Distribution of Benefits from New Technology Always Sparks Demands from Labor and AI is Rekindling the Old Arguments

Air Date 2/20/2024 "Luddite" should never have become the epithet that it is as the Luddites were never afraid of... more

20 Feb 2024 · 59 minutes
Bonus Sample #291 Recommendations and Manipulations

Air Date: 2-19-24 Today, Jay!, Amanda and Deon discuss: - how augmented reality and the Apple Vision Pro affects the... more

19 Feb 2024 · 12 minutes
Higher Education: the Myths, McCarthyism, and Change Makers at a time when education is under attack for free speech, DEI and CRT but arguably needs changes to meet a changing world

Air Date 2/17/2024 The debate over education has been derailed from the legitimate concerns of the past focused on the... more

17 Feb 2024 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
The Border, and Our Border Politics, Are a Mess - As Trump and MAGA-driven misunderstanding and panic about the nature of immigration dominates election concerns.

Air Date 2/13/2024 The entire political system has lurched to the right on immigration as Democrats adopt the talking points... more

14 Feb 2024 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
The Post-Roe World is Bad But it Could Still Get Worse - Abortion Bans in the US Are Causing Widespread Suffering for Both Patients and Doctors Attempting to Navigate the New Normal

Air Date 2/10/2024 Continuing to tell the stories of those directly impacted by abortion bans is important to demonstrate the... more

10 Feb 2024 · 1 hour, 14 minutes
#1608 Widespread Loneliness is a Solvable Social Problem - Urban Design, Architecture, Co-housing, and Community Action and Support Can Make Our Towns Better

Air Date 2/7/2024 Loneliness is an epidemic that long-predates the COVID lockdowns that only made things worse but it's not... more

07 Feb 2024 · 59 minutes
Bonus Sample: A Cul-de-Sac of Ignorance

Air Date: 2-6-24 Today, Jay!, Amanda, Deon and Erin discuss: - The impacts of the myth of the model minority... more

06 Feb 2024 · 11 minutes
The Tangled, Flammable Web of War in the Middle East

Air Date 2/3/2024 We attempt to understand as many of the interlocking elements as possible in the current Middle East... more

03 Feb 2024 · 58 minutes
Bonus Sample: Make the Children Cry in Order to Save Them

Air Date: 1-28-23 Today, Jay!, Amanda, Deon and Erin discuss: - Boardgames Ritual - Making kids cry buy taking their... more

28 Jan 2024 · 11 minutes
Biden's Barriers and Boons to Reelection

Air Date 1/26/2024 In an election year where, more than ever before, democracy itself is on the ballot, there is... more

26 Jan 2024 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
Our Prison System is a Demonstrable Failure

Air Date 1/23/2024 The recent discovery of hundreds of bodies buried behind a jail in unmarked graves sparks a renewed... more

23 Jan 2024 · 52 minutes
Monopolies Run By Morons (Repost)

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

20 Jan 2024 · 1 hour, 10 minutes
The Border Crisis is Manufactured for Political Opportunity

Air Date 1/17/2024 It is evident that the immigration debate is more about acquiring raw power than about immigration as... more

17 Jan 2024 · 1 hour,
Bonus Sample: Looking to the Past to See Ourselves

Air Date: 1-15-23 Today, Jay!, Amanda, Deon and Erin discuss: - why one of the last isolated tribes in the... more

15 Jan 2024 · 12 minutes
Clarence Thomas and the Highest Court in the Land with the Lowest Standards of Ethics

Air Date 1/13/2024 The Supreme Court began to lose its legitimacy in the eyes of many when President Obama wasn't... more

13 Jan 2024 · 53 minutes
We Don't Do Accountability (Trump and GOP Crimes That Go Unpunished) (Repost)

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

09 Jan 2024 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
Bonus Sample: The Christians and the Pagans

Air Date: 1-7-23 Today, Jay!, Amanda, Deon and Erin discuss: - the little bit of Paganism that's in all of... more

08 Jan 2024 · 13 minutes
What Happens in Israel and Gaza Doesn't Stay in Israel and Gaza

Air Date 1/5/2024 As the war in Gaza drags on, accusations of genocide by Israel have been filed by South... more

05 Jan 2024 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
Christian Nationalism is not Christianity, it is Fascism

Air Date 1/2/2024 Trump's greatest impact has been to bring the fringes of the conservative movement into the center and,... more

02 Jan 2024 · 55 minutes
Bonus Sample: First they came for the Italian babies

Air Date: 12-31-23 Today, Jay!, Amanda, and Deon discuss: - how Italy is making it harder for same-sex partners to... more

01 Jan 2024 · 17 minutes
Accelerationism is the Brick on the Gas Pedal of the Runaway Car of Society (Repost)

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

29 Dec 2023 · 1 hour, 13 minutes
How Theocracies Begin and End (Rise of the Far-Right + Demanding Women's Rights in Iran) (Repost)

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

26 Dec 2023 · 1 hour, 17 minutes
Housing Cannot be a Fundamental Human Right and a Commodity at the Same Time

Air Date 12/23/2023 The housing crisis is at a worse point than at any time in recent history. Solutions are... more

23 Dec 2023 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
Taming the Beast: AI Regulation Before Human Relegation

Air Date 12/20/2023 AI needs to be regulated by governments even though politicians don't understand computers just as the government... more

20 Dec 2023 · 57 minutes
Bonus Sample: Meaningless rituals are useful but self-driving cars are more questionable

Air Date: 12-15-23 Today, Jay!, Amanda, and Deon discuss: - why humans need rituals for mental health and community -... more

16 Dec 2023 · 16 minutes
Kiss of Death: Henry Kissinger's Bloody Legacy of Indifference

Air Date 12/12/2023 Henry Kissinger, it turns out, was actually a pretty good representative of the United States, the foreign... more

13 Dec 2023 · 56 minutes
Bonus Samples: No one likes how this is going | Not Worth It

WINTER SALE! 20% Off Memberships (including Gifts) in December! Original Air Dates 12-3-23 and 12-10-23 We discuss in episode #281:... more

11 Dec 2023 · 31 minutes
The rise of fascism around the world driven by economic insecurity

Air Date 12/8/2023 Neoliberalism has created a lot of economic suffering and insecurity in addition to weakened social ties over... more

08 Dec 2023 · 58 minutes
Building a positive future by first envisioning it and then designing it

Air Date 12/5/2023 It's important to focus on positive visions and not only get stuck in doom cycles of complaining... more

06 Dec 2023 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
International Fascist Movement on the Move (Throwback)

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

02 Dec 2023 · 1 hour, 13 minutes
Pushing for Medicare For All in the Laboratories of Democracy

Air Date 11/29/2023 The movement for universal health care is still underway, though it rarely gets recognized in mainstream discourse.... more

29 Nov 2023 · 55 minutes
Testing New Climate Solutions: Geothermal and Geo-Engineering

Air Date 11/26/2023 As the hottest year in 125,000 years or so begins to come to a close, we turn... more

26 Nov 2023 · 1 hour, 12 minutes
Ronald Reagan, It Turns Out, Was Bad (Repost)

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

22 Nov 2023 · 1 hour, 16 minutes
Bonus Sample: Tracking people and animals in order to save them and ourselves

Air Date: 11-17-23 Today, Jay!, Amanda, Erin and Deon discuss: - The internet culture of putting people on blast, -... more

17 Nov 2023 · 18 minutes
Beyond Neoliberalism: Dreaming a new economic system into being

Air Date 11/14/2023 The Supreme Court turned the table on average, working people back in the 70s when they empowered... more

15 Nov 2023 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Israel and Palestine are less complicated than you think: Standing for international law while condemning crimes against humanity, war crimes, antisemitism, and apartheid.

Air Date 11/10/2023 Violence and oppression are destructive and corrosive to both the victim and perpetrator and this goes a... more

11 Nov 2023 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
Broken News: Understanding traditional media and social media reporting on the war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza

Air Date 11/6/2023 Media literacy is a basic requirement for understanding the war in Gaza, as propaganda, misinformation, and disinformation... more

06 Nov 2023 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
#TBT Avoiding Accountability: How the powerful in the US have almost always been allowed to skate by (Throwback)

Original Air Date: 8/31/2022 Today, as the news of Trump's various trials continues to drop out, we take a look... more

01 Nov 2023 · 1 hour, 23 minutes
#TBT Installing Loyalists: The Multi-Pronged Destruction of Our Democracy Already in Progress (Throwback)

Original Air Date: 8/16/2022 Today, we take a look at the strategies underway to systematically dismantle democracy in the United... more

27 Oct 2023 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
Red Caesar and Project 2025: A fascist fever dream being given a vaguely respectable coat of paint by the Claremont Institute and the Heritage Foundation paving the way for an unconstrained, lawless, authoritarian Republican president

Air Date 10/23/2023 The people who want to pull the country in directions that are only supported by a small... more

24 Oct 2023 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
Bonus Sample #279 Complainers gonna complain, creepers gonna creep

Air Date: 10-21-23 Today, Jay!, Amanda, Erin and Deon discuss: - the complainers at The Atlantic - why a mindful... more

21 Oct 2023 · 16 minutes
War in the Holy Land: Context Behind the Atrocities, Crimes Against Humanity, and the Possible Escalation That Will be Detrimental to All Sides in the Wake of the Hamas Attack Israel is Calling Their "9-11"

Air Date 10/17/2023 There is absolutely no understanding of the conflict in Israel and Gaza without deep context, history, and... more

17 Oct 2023 · 1 hour, 14 minutes
The Shutdown That Wasn't And The Chaos That Is: The far-right of the GOP has been intent on not governing for a long time and eating their own, like McCarthy most recently, is their go-to maneuver.

Air Date 10/13/2023 Understanding the historical context of the civil war within the GOP as they have just fought their... more

13 Oct 2023 · 59 minutes
#TBT Agents of Chaos: The New Congress (Throwback)

Original Air Date: 2/22/2023 Today, we take a look at some of the work of the chaotic wrecking crew that... more

10 Oct 2023 · 1 hour, 9 minutes
What Conservatives Think of When They Think of the Children: Child Labor, Child Brides, Child Mothers, Childhood Poverty, Child Indoctrination

Air Date 10/7/2023 Spanning the gamut of terrible policy choices and their impacts on children, we look today at the... more

07 Oct 2023 · 58 minutes
Cop City is the Backlash to the Backlash Against Police Brutality and Murder, the Atlanta Community is Fighting Back and Creating a Blueprint for Change in the Process

Air Date 10/3/2023 The Stop Cop City movement in Atlanta is the current tip of the spear of the police... more

04 Oct 2023 · 1 hour, 9 minutes
Bonus Sample: Obfuscating Reality Through Layers of Fantasy

Air Date: 9-29-23 Today, Jay!, Amanda, Erin and Deon discuss: - The economics of witch trials - The creation of... more

29 Sep 2023 · 19 minutes
Workers Rights Ascendent Amid Writers and Actors Strikes in Hollywood and the UAW Strikes Against the Big 3 US Automakers all While the Sociopathic Reality of Capitalism is Laid Bare by CEOs Explain How Exploiting Workers is Intrinsic to the System

Air Date 9/26/2023 Rays of hope for the worker's struggle against unfettered, exploitative capitalism are coming from multiple angles as... more

26 Sep 2023 · 59 minutes
Israel's Political Upheaval, Supreme Court Power Struggle, US Support, and the Normalization of Apartheid

Air Date 9/24/2023 Israel's politics have been upended by the return of Netanyahu as Prime Minister, put in office with... more

24 Sep 2023 · 1 hour,
#TBT Redefine, Unburden and #DefundThePolice: With Copy City renewing debate over policing, we look back at the counterargument (Throwback)

Original Air Date: 8/8/2020 Today we take a look at the concept of defunding the police; what it means, what... more

22 Sep 2023 · 59 minutes
Alluring Conspiracy Culture vs Capitalism: The Driving Forces that are Attracting People into Conspiratorial Thinking About Trump, COVID, Economics, Military Affairs and More.

Air Date 9/18/2023 Exploring the captivating world of conspiracy theories! We are all wired to believe misinformation to some degree,... more

18 Sep 2023 · 1 hour, 1 minute
#TBT Island Recovering From Disaster: Hurricane Maria laid bare the colonialism and capitalism in Puerto Rico (Throwback)

Original Air Date: 6/15/2018 The high toll Puerto Rico is paying, in both money and lives, for the triple disasters... more

16 Sep 2023 · 57 minutes
Maui Fire Sale: Hawaiian Colonization, Disaster Capitalism, and the Climate Crisis Fueling Wildfires and Housing Insecurity in Native Hawaiian Communities on Maui and Beyond

Air Date 9/13/2023 This eye-opening episode will explore the complex web of colonialism, disaster capitalism, and climate change is ravaging... more

13 Sep 2023 · 56 minutes
Bonus Sample: The human condition since the Christianization of Europe

Air Date: 9-8-23 Today, Jay!, Amanda, Erin and Deon discuss: - The need for good structures of society, not scripture... more

08 Sep 2023 · 17 minutes
Indicted Authoritarianism Up For Debate: GOP presidential candidates debate the future of the party just in case Donald Trump is found guilty of any of his many crimes and somehow manages to lose the GOP primary or is barred from office.

Air Date 9/6/2023 The first GOP presidential debate happened without the frontrunner, Donald Trump, being present for the event but... more

07 Sep 2023 · 1 hour,
Bet Your Life: Sports betting is opening new and expensive ways to waste your time and destroy your mental health. The impacts of gambling are straining the legitimacy of sports and how they're reported by ESPN and beyond.

Air Date 9/3/2023 Sports gambling through smartphones has become widely available and wildly addictive but the effects are being felt... more

03 Sep 2023 · 1 hour,
#TBT Rise of the Oligarchs Like the Ones Taking Clarence Thomas on Trips: From the Libertarians of the Chicago School and the Push for Market Fundamentalism to the Megadonors Pulling the Strings of Politicians Today (Money in Politics) (Throwback)

Original Air Date: 12/15/2017 The history and current state of rich people seeking to undermine democratic rule by the people... more

31 Aug 2023 · 54 minutes
Native Landback for a Healthier Society and Environment (Repost)

Original Air Date 8/10/2022 Origins of the European colonial land-grab, the need for the #Landback movement,  and the benefits to... more

30 Aug 2023 · 1 hour, 25 minutes
Neurodiversity is Strength: Autism, ADHD and Beyond (Repost)

Original Air Date 8/2/2022 Explaining neurodiversity and why it should be seen as a strength and benefit to society when... more

27 Aug 2023 · 1 hour, 18 minutes
#TBT How to Debate Your Values: Being part of the solution in an age of hyper-polarization as we enter a new election cycle (Throwback)

Original Air Date 9-11-2018 Strategies to, and reasons why we need to, have better political conversations. As the first GOP... more

25 Aug 2023 · 58 minutes
Positive masculinity is a process. Many boys hear more about what they shouldn't say, how they shouldn't act, but without a strong alternative example which opens the door for the purveyors of toxic masculinity like Andrew Tate to fill the gap.

Air Date 8/23/2023 For decades, we have rightly been focused on dialing back endemic misogyny and poking holes in the... more

24 Aug 2023 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
A.I. is a big tech airplane with a 10% chance of crashing, should society fly it? ChatGPT was only the starter pistol but it has shown the sloppiness of these companies and the need for regulate artificial intelligence for the public good.

Air Date 8/20/2023 Big tech is currently scrambling to bring untested A.I. products to market, over-promising, under-delivering, and working hard... more

20 Aug 2023 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
#TBT Maui Fire and Power to the People: The Future of Public Ownership and Local Control (Throwback)

Original Air Date 12-7-2019 In the context of the devastating fire on Maui, we are replaying this throwback episode to... more

18 Aug 2023 · 1 hour, 14 minutes
Bonus Sample: There Are No Mild-Mannered People on the Internet

Air Date: 8-15-23 Today, Jay!, Amanda, Erin and Deon discuss: - The Internet, it turns out, is bad... more

16 Aug 2023 · 17 minutes
Trump's historic third indictment containing three counts of conspiracy and one of obstruction regarding the 2020 election and Jan 6th, 2021

Air Date 8/12/2023 Today, we take a look at the most consequential case against Trump which summarizes his direct involvement... more

12 Aug 2023 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
#TBT What Drives Trump Conservatives - "Strangers in Their Own Land" (Throwback)

Original Air Date 11-1-2016 Today we dive deeply into the world of conservatives as described in the new book “Strangers... more

10 Aug 2023 · 1 hour, 1 minute
January 6th Insurrection Hearings (Everyone Knew The Lie Was A Lie) (Repost)

Original Air Date 6/25/2022 Today we take a look at some of the takeaways from the hearings investigating the January... more

09 Aug 2023 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
How Florida's education reform works to maintain unjust power imbalances

Air Date 8/6/2023 Today, we take a look at the education curriculum reforms currently being pushed through in Florida through... more

07 Aug 2023 · 59 minutes
Bonus Sample: Alternate Universes

Air Date: 8-4-23 Today, Jay!, Amanda, Erin and Deon discuss: - Barbie, Black Mirror and corporations in on the joke... more

04 Aug 2023 · 17 minutes
Cluster Headache, Matching War Crimes with War Crimes Against Russia in Ukraine

Air Date 8/2/2023 Today, we take a look at the status of the war in Ukraine and the decision made... more

02 Aug 2023 · 1 hour,
A Healthier Humanity Through a Wellness Economy (Repost)

BestOfTheLeft.com/Support (Get 20% Off Membership in July!) Original Air Date 6/17/2022 Today we take a look at many intertwining realizations... more

31 Jul 2023 · 1 hour, 14 minutes
#TBT Teachers at the forefront of a resurgent progressive labor movement (Throwback)

BestOfTheLeft.com/Support (Get 20% Off Membership in July!) Original Air Date: 2/15/2019 Today we take a look at recent teachers union... more

28 Jul 2023 · 41 minutes
#1574 Creative vs Control: Hollywood strikes for livable wages and the future of human creativity

BestOfTheLeft.com/Support (Get 20% Off Membership in July!) Air Date 7/25/2023 Today, we take a look at the impact of the... more

26 Jul 2023 · 54 minutes
Confronting Climate Chaos with Action and Adaptation

BestOfTheLeft.com/Support (Get 20% Off Membership in July!) Air Date 7/22/2023 Today, we take a look at the action needed to... more

22 Jul 2023 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
#TBT Our Culture and Our Economy are Making Us Depressed (Throwback)

Original Air Date: 10/16/2019 Today we take a look at the literally depressing truth about our economy, our work and... more

19 Jul 2023 · 1 hour, 15 minutes
Building a circular, sustainable economy for all

Air Date 7/16/2023 Today, we take a look at the problems of overconsumption and some policy solutions for reducing waste... more

16 Jul 2023 · 56 minutes
Bonus Sample: The good news is that the end is nigh

Air Date: 7-14-23 Today, Jay!, Amanda, Erin and Deon discuss: - A bad take on smartphones - Eating alone -... more

14 Jul 2023 · 16 minutes
Understanding what we lost with the repeal of affirmative action

Air Date 7/11/2023 Today, we take a look at the history and unceremonious end of affirmative action for college admissions... more

12 Jul 2023 · 1 hour, 1 minute
#1570 The overpopulation debate is more philosophical than empirical

BestOfTheLeft.com/Support (Become a member in July for 20% off!) Air Date 7/8/2023 Today, we take a look at the dubious,... more

09 Jul 2023 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
#TBT Leisure, Desperation or a Reorientation (The Future of Work) (Throwback)

BestOfTheLeft.com/Support (Get 20% Off Membership in July!) Original Air Date: 1/2/2018 Today we take a look at a few different... more

07 Jul 2023 · 56 minutes
Winning Progressive Policies with Better Messaging

BestOfTheLeft.com/Support (Get 20% Off Membership in July!) Air Date 7/4/2023 Today, we take a look at the difference between the... more

04 Jul 2023 · 53 minutes
Bonus Sample #273 Marriage Proposals

BestOfTheLeft.com/Support (Become a member in July for 20% off!)   Air Date: 7-1-23 Today, Jay!, Amanda, Erin... more

02 Jul 2023 · 14 minutes
#1495 No One Supports the Economic Interests of Rural America (Repost)

Original Air Date 6/11/2022 Today we take a look at the reasons why Democrats lost rural America and why it's... more

28 Jun 2023 · 1 hour, 19 minutes
The Shifting Landscape of the Religion-Conservative-Political Complex

Air Date 6/25/2023 Today, we take a look at the state of the religious right as declining religiosity and the... more

25 Jun 2023 · 54 minutes
#TBT The Fight for the Four Freedoms (FDR vs. Libertarianism) (Throwback)

Original Air Date 2-5-2019 Today we take a look at the history of FDR's "Four Freedoms" and "Economic Bill of... more

23 Jun 2023 · 1 hour, 1 minute
How to Sell an Immoral Economic System to the Masses

Air Date 6/20/2023 Today, we take a look at the story of how neoliberalism was born, how corporations were organized... more

21 Jun 2023 · 53 minutes
Bonus Sample: Billionaires Selling the System

Air Date: 6-17-23 Today, Jay!, Amanda, and Deon discuss: - Hoopy Froods - Other people with diarrhea  - The lack... more

19 Jun 2023 · 17 minutes
The New Hotness in Scam Culture (Crypto Currency and NFTs)(Repost)

Original Air Date 4/13/2022 Today we take a look at the mainstreaming of crypto and NFTs by celebrity endorsements, why... more

18 Jun 2023 · 1 hour, 21 minutes
#TBT An Examination of Fear, Anger, Forgiveness and Grace (Also, Mr. Rogers) (Throwback)

Original Air Date 2-2-2020 Today we take a look at the relationship between fear, anger and how to deal with... more

15 Jun 2023 · 1 hour, 14 minutes
Wrestling with Ethical Consumption Under Capitalism

Air Date 6/13/2023 Today, we take a look at the struggle to act ethically, at least by our own measure... more

14 Jun 2023 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
#1565 Co-Housing Builds Community and Fights Loneliness

Air Date 6/10/2023 Today, we take a look at the emerging trend of various community housing styles people are using... more

10 Jun 2023 · 53 minutes
#TBT The story of Socialism in America (Throwback)

Original Air Date 1-22-2019 Today we take a look at socialism in America from our often violent response to the... more

09 Jun 2023 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
#1564 How Marketing Has Shaped Our World for the Worse

Air Date 6/6/2023 Today, we take a look at the widespread impact of marketing on culture, consumerism, transportation, food, gender... more

07 Jun 2023 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
Bonus Sample: Infantile Engineers

Original Air Date: 5-31-23 Today, Jay!, Amanda, Erin and Deon discuss: - Towel Day - Adults liking things made for... more

05 Jun 2023 · 17 minutes
Putting Our Kids to Work for Corporate Profits

Air Date 6/3/2023 Today, we take a look at the dynamics at play between our immigration and labor policies that... more

04 Jun 2023 · 1 hour, 12 minutes
#TBT Corporate media’s fight for legitimacy in the age of Trump (Throwback)

Original Air Date 2/17/2017 Today we look at the state of the corporate-controlled media in the age of Trump, how... more

18 May 2023 · 48 minutes
#1560 Immigration Crisis: Biden vs. Trump, Undocumented Workers, Anti-Immigrant Hate, Migrant Abuse, and the Economic Fallout of Florida's New Law

Air Date 5/16/2023 Today, we take a look at the current state and deep context for why our immigration and... more

17 May 2023 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
Company Towns are a Bad Solution to a Real Problem

Air Date 5/13/2023 Today, we take a look at the history and resurgent idea of the company town, sometimes described... more

14 May 2023 · 58 minutes
#TBT Understanding Authoritarianism (Throwback)

Original Air Date 9/15/2017 Today we look at the history and structures of authoritarianism and explore how they relate to... more

11 May 2023 · 58 minutes
Bonus Edition #270 I'd Like to Phone a Friend

Air Date: 5-10-23 Today, Jay!, Amanda, Erin and Deon discuss: - Self-Love and Loneliness - Friends - Commercialized Coitus -... more

11 May 2023 · 17 minutes
States of Hate, Right-Wing Legislatures Go Full-Tilt While the Courageous Fight Back

Air Date 5/9/2023 Today, we take a look at the hyper-polarization of our era and the anti-democratic instincts of the... more

10 May 2023 · 1 hour, 12 minutes
Tactics and Counter-Tactics of the Struggle for Labor Rights

Air Date 5/5/2023 Today, we take a look at the history and present of the labor movement to demonstrate how... more

06 May 2023 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
Oil Wealth and Oligarchy, Over 100 Years of Polishing Unredeemable Reputations

Air Date 5/2/2023 Today, we take a look at the intertwining of oil wealth, philanthropy, and culture washing from John... more

02 May 2023 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
The Kids Are Not Alright (Boys, Girls, Culture and Social Media)

Air Date 4/26/2023 Today, we take a look at the trials and tribulations facing the youth today as men and... more

27 Apr 2023 · 1 hour, 10 minutes
Bonus Sample #269 Tell Good Stories and Jokes

Air Date: 4-21-23 Today, Jay!, Amanda, Erin and Deon discuss: - How you’re seen by others is important - Jokes... more

22 Apr 2023 · 16 minutes
Destroying Education and Democracy for Fun and Profit

Air Date 4/19/2023 Today, we take a look at the history and present of the interconnected movements to privatize education... more

20 Apr 2023 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
The Nuremberg Trials of J.K. Rowling: Misogyny and Authoritarianism in the Bizarro World

Air Date 4/16/2023 Today, we take a look at some of the arguments of the anti-trans feminist movement, known by... more

17 Apr 2023 · 1 hour, 18 minutes
Elon Musk is Not Your Savior and He Is Actually Awful (Repost)

Original Air Date 4/20/2022 Today we take a look at the bizarre halo effect that seems to surround Elon Musk... more

12 Apr 2023 · 1 hour, 25 minutes
Bonus Sample: Making Corrections

Original Air Date: 4-6-23 Today, Jay!, Amanda, Erin and Deon discuss: - Reactions to the Half Hour News Hour -... more

08 Apr 2023 · 14 minutes
The Cyberwar Did Not Begin with Cyber Pearl Harbor (Repost)

Original Air Date 4/2/2022 Today we take a look at the modern reality of cyber war. It's not the mass... more

05 Apr 2023 · 1 hour, 19 minutes
Invasion of Iraq, 20 years later

Air Date 3/31/2023 Today, we take a look at the history and legacy of the invasion of Iraq by the... more

01 Apr 2023 · 1 hour, 17 minutes
The Disinformation War We Are Not Fighting (Repost)

Original Air Date 3/16/2022 Today we take a look at the dynamics of mis- and disinformation as well as the... more

29 Mar 2023 · 1 hour, 29 minutes
Making sense of the senseless war in Ukraine

Air Date 3/26/2023 Today, we take a look at the Russian invasion of Ukraine as the debate over continuing to... more

27 Mar 2023 · 59 minutes
Bonus Edition: Absurdity on top of absurdity

Original Air Date: 3-23-23 Today, Jay!, Amanda, Erin and Deon discuss: - giving credit where due - the mysteries of... more

24 Mar 2023 · 17 minutes
Red States, Where Democracy Goes to Die and Terrible Legislation is Born

Air Date 3/21/2023 Today, we take a look at how GOP-controlled states are subverting democracy with a form of "competitive... more

22 Mar 2023 · 1 hour,
Fox News is worse than we imagined or: they all knew they were lying

Air Date 3/18/2023 Today, we take a look at how Fox News is being exposed as the alleged liars-for-pay we... more

18 Mar 2023 · 55 minutes
Bonus Sample: AI may destroy society and capitalism will help

Original Air Date: 3-10-23 Today, Jay!, Amanda, Erin and Deon discuss: - Nick being a liar - The competing values... more

16 Mar 2023 · 17 minutes
The War on Woke Pits the GOP Against Their Usual Allies in Big Business

Air Date 3/14/2023 Today, we take a look at the rise of "woke capitalism" as the cudgel now being wielded... more

15 Mar 2023 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
Shaping the Future of the Internet

Air Date 3/8/2023 Today, we take a look at some of the emerging elements of technology and regulation that will... more

09 Mar 2023 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
Exist, Resist, Indigenize, Decolonize: A story of colonialism, cultural renaissance and modernity

Air Date 3/4/2023 Today, we tell a story of colonialism, dispossession and cultural renaissance as a lens through which to... more

04 Mar 2023 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
The Faustian Bargain of Technological Advancement and Societal Degradation (Repost)

Original Air Date 1/15/2022 Today we take a look at tradeoffs that are becoming ever more evident between the advancement... more

02 Mar 2023 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Bonus Sample: The Laughter to Darkness Ratio

Original Air Date: 2-23-23 Today, Jay!, Amanda, Erin and Deon discuss: - Briefly celebrating a Super Bowl victory - Extinguishing... more

25 Feb 2023 · 17 minutes
#1545 Agents of Chaos: The New Congress

Air Date 2/22/2023 Today, we take a look at some of the work of the chaotic wrecking crew that is... more

23 Feb 2023 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
#1544 Block History Month: The Campaign to Erase Uncomfortable Truths About Black History

Air Date 2/17/2023 Today, we take a look at the importance of teaching a full and unflinching version of Black... more

18 Feb 2023 · 1 hour,
Capitalism doesn't live up to the hype

Air Date 2/14/2023 Today, we take a look at some origins, alternatives and misunderstandings of capitalism from the Dutch East... more

14 Feb 2023 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
Despair and violence in Israel's illiberal and exclusionary "democracy"

Air Date 2/10/2023 Today, we take a look at the recent rise in tensions in the wake of Israel electing... more

10 Feb 2023 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
Bonus Sample #264 How To Talk About The Super Bowl

Air Date: 2-8-23 Today, Jay!, Amanda, Erin and Deon discuss: - Using emotional intelligence to talk about sports - Uncomfortable... more

08 Feb 2023 · 16 minutes
#1541 Tear down paradise and put up a dystopian police state (Cop City)

Air Date 2/5/2023 Today, we take a look at the threat to the lives of environment protectors around the world... more

05 Feb 2023 · 1 hour, 10 minutes
#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
Bonus Sample Bill Maher vs George Carlin

Become a member to hear the full show and support our work! Original Air Date: 7-8-22 Today, I am talking... more

24 Aug 2022 · 22 minutes
On the Questionable Usefulness and Longevity of NATO

Air Date 8/20/2022 Today, we take a look at the history of NATO and its role in the world after... more

20 Aug 2022 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
Installing Loyalists: The Multi-Pronged Destruction of Our Democracy Already in Progress

Air Date 8/16/2022 Today, we take a look at the strategies underway to systematically dismantle democracy in the United States... more

16 Aug 2022 · 1 hour, 9 minutes
The legacy of White Supremacy in schools, health care and public pools (Repost)

Original Air Date 8/10/2021 Today we take a look at the mechanisms by which the legacy of White Supremacy is... more

13 Aug 2022 · 1 hour, 24 minutes
Native Landback for a Healthier Society and Environment

Air Date 8/10/2022 Today, we take a look at the origins of the European colonial land-grab, the need for the... more

10 Aug 2022 · 1 hour, 14 minutes
The Largest Investment in Climate Mitigation in US History

Air Date 8/5/2022 Today, we take a look at the politics of energy and climate in a world addicted to... more

05 Aug 2022 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
Neurodiversity is Strength

Air Date 8/2/2022 Today, we take a look at what neurodiversity is and why it should be seen as a... more

02 Aug 2022 · 1 hour, 13 minutes
Teach No Evil, Protest No Evil, Vote Not At All (Repost)

Original Air Date 6/9/2021 Today we take a look at the motivations behind legislation being introduced in statehouses around the... more

30 Jul 2022 · 1 hour, 21 minutes
The Supremely Extreme Court

Air Date 7/26/2022 Today, we take a look at recent Supreme Court rulings aside from overturning abortion rights and how... more

26 Jul 2022 · 1 hour, 10 minutes
Conflict, Climate, Capitalism and Famine

BestOfTheLeft.com/Support (Get AD FREE Shows and Bonus Content) Sign up through wren.co/best to make a difference in the climate crisis, and Wren... more

22 Jul 2022 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
Bonus Edition: The Fog of Work (Repost)

Original Air Date 4/16/2020 Today, Amanda and I discuss a few of the aspects of life during a pandemic that's... more

17 Jul 2022 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
Navigating Post-Roe America

Air Date 7/13/2022 Today, we take a look at how the Supreme Court stripped abortion rights for half the country,... more

13 Jul 2022 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
Bonus Sample: The Assumptions of Capitalism Culture

Original Air Date: 6-6-22 Today, I am talking with Amanda, Deon and Erin. We discuss: - The Dawn of Everything... more

08 Jul 2022 · 17 minutes
America, A Beginner's Guide

Air Date 7/4/2022 Today, for this milestone episode, I attempted to squeeze in as many clever and interesting ideas as... more

04 Jul 2022 · 1 hour, 27 minutes
Fighting with at least two hands tied (Conservative Democrats Manchin and Sinema) (Repost)

Original Air Date 6/19/2021 Today we take a look at the politics of obstruction in service to big donors' interests... more

02 Jul 2022 · 1 hour, 16 minutes
Mitch McConnell is the Forking Worst (Reposted)

Original Air Date 7/5/2019 Today we take an unflinching look at Mitch McConnell and what a bad, bad man he... more

28 Jun 2022 · 1 hour, 16 minutes
Everyone Knew The Lie Was A Lie (January 6th Insurrection Hearings)

Air Date 6/25/2022 Today we take a look at some of the takeaways from the hearings investigating the January 6th... more

25 Jun 2022 · 1 hour,
Pride and Prejudice

Air Date 6/22/2022 Today we take a look at the complicated evolution of Pride Month in an era of much... more

22 Jun 2022 · 1 hour, 9 minutes
A Healthier Humanity Through a Wellness Economy

Air Date 6/17/2022 Today we take a look at many intertwining realizations that are beginning to permeate society which include... more

17 Jun 2022 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
Home Is Where The Hardship Is (Housing Crisis)

Air Date 6/15/2022 Today we take a look at the many reasons why we are experiencing a housing crisis in... more

15 Jun 2022 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
No One Supports the Economic Interests of Rural America

Air Date 6/11/2022 Today we take a look at the reasons why Democrats lost rural America and why it's important... more

11 Jun 2022 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
Progressives and the Primaries

Air Date 6/8/2022 Today we take a look at progressive victories in primary elections around the country and explain why... more

08 Jun 2022 · 1 hour, 12 minutes
Bonus Sample: Tales of Panic

Original Air Date: 5-16-22 Become a member! Connect with our Discord community!   Today, I am talking with Amanda, Deon... more

07 Jun 2022 · 17 minutes
Marketing, Messaging and Mass Shootings

Air Date 6/4/2022 Today we take a look at some of the obvious steps we need to take to reduce... more

04 Jun 2022 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
The Great Replacements (Conspiracy vs Reality)

Air Date 6/1/2022 Today we take a look at the current conspiracy theory known as "The Great Replacement" which posits... more

01 Jun 2022 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
Mismanaging Capitalism Can Lead to Fascism (Inflation and the Working Class)

Air Date 5/27/2022 Today we take a look at the disruptions to society that can unfold in times of economic... more

27 May 2022 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
Bonus Sample: Tell Me A Story

Original Air Date: 4-26-22 Today, I am talking with Amanda, Deon and Erin. We discuss: - Libertarians proving themselves wrong... more

25 May 2022 · 16 minutes
The Disneyfication of Our Past, Present and Future (Repost)

Original Air Date 5/8/2021 Today we take a look at the culture that Disney has helped create and how they... more

21 May 2022 · 1 hour, 38 minutes
Our Democracy is Filibusted, Time to Kill the Filibuster (Repost)

Original Air Date 4/14/2021 Today we take a look at the one element of our government that, above all others,... more

17 May 2022 · 1 hour, 25 minutes
#1490 What To Do As We Enter A Post-Roe World

Air Date 5/14/2022 Today we take a look at the options and actions still available after the Supreme Court overturns... more

14 May 2022 · 1 hour, 10 minutes
Journalism, Social Media and the Billionaire Business Model

Air Date 5/10/2022 Today we take a look at the impacts of media ownership on society including legacy newspapers and... more

10 May 2022 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
Seeking Approval from the GOP Fringe is Making Them Mainstream

Air Date 5/7/2022 Today we take a look at the jockeying for position that is happening among GOP politicians, both... more

07 May 2022 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
Oceans Rise, Empires Fall (The Coming New World Order)

Air Date 5/4/2022 Today we take a look at the tectonic shifts in the geopolitics happening under our feet; the... more

04 May 2022 · 59 minutes
Unionizing is a Labor of Love

Air Date 4/29/2022 Today we take a look at the rising wave of successful unionization efforts and the corporate tactics... more

29 Apr 2022 · 1 hour, 18 minutes
Will Be Wild, a Deep Dive into January 6th

From critically acclaimed podcast studios Pineapple Street and Wondery comes a new 8-part series called Will Be Wild that shines... more

26 Apr 2022 · 6 minutes
The Politics We Have, The Politics We Need (Socializing the Oil Industry)

Air Date 4/23/2022 Today we take a look at how we got to the form of toothless liberalism we are... more

23 Apr 2022 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
Elon Musk is Not Your Savior and He Is Actually Awful

Air Date 4/20/2022 Today we take a look at the bizarre halo effect that seems to surround Elon Musk and... more

20 Apr 2022 · 1 hour, 11 minutes
Coming Catastrophe at the Supreme Court

Air Date 4/16/2022 Today we take a look at the coming wave of attacks on abortion and the foundational concept... more

16 Apr 2022 · 52 minutes
The New Hotness in Scam Culture (Crypto Currency and NFTs)

Air Date 4/13/2022 Today we take a look at the mainstreaming of crypto and NFTs by celebrity endorsements, why they're... more

13 Apr 2022 · 1 hour, 11 minutes
Bonus Sample: Hair of the Dog

Original Air Date: 3-15-22 Today, I am talking with Erin (not from Philly), Deon and Erin from... more

10 Apr 2022 · 16 minutes
A New Voice of Dissent on the Supreme Court (Ketanji Brown Jackson)

Air Date 4/6/2022 Today we take a look at the nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court,... more

07 Apr 2022 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
Best of the Left - Leftist Perspectives on Progressive Politics, News, Culture, Economics and Democracy
The New Hotness in Scam Culture (Crypto Currency and NFTs)
Best of the Left - Leftist Perspectives on Progressive Politics, News, Culture, Economics and Democracy
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Air Date 4/13/2022 Today we take a look at the mainstreaming of crypto and NFTs by celebrity endorsements, why they're terrible by... more