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This podcast is a beautifully executed compilation combining the absolute best in left-leaning political news, commentary and occasional comedy with great music to pull it all together. In each edition I choose a political theme and deliver a variety of stories and perspectives from an array of sources on that theme.

This podcast is a beautifully executed compilation combining the absolute best in left-leaning political news, commentary and occasional comedy with great music to pull it all together. In each edition I choose a political theme and deliver a variety of stories and perspectives from an array of sources on that theme.
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Washington, DC

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This podcast is a beautifully executed compilation combining the absolute best in left-leaning political news, commentary and occasional comedy with great music to pull it all together. In each edition I choose a political theme and deliver a variety of stories and perspectives from an array of sources on that theme.

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English


Episodes

#1322 Freedom of Speech vs Freedom of Reach (Regulating Facebook)

12/4/2019
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Air Date 12/4/2019 Today we take a look at some solutions to our social media problems of fake news, propaganda and hate in all forms spreading like wildfire through society Be part of the show! Leave us a message at 202-999-3991 EPISODE SPONSORS: Madison-Reed.com (Promo Code: LEFT) | Clean Choice Energy SHOP AMAZON: Amazon USA | Amazon CA | Amazon UK MEMBERSHIP ON PATREON (Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content!) SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Are Democrats Breaking Up Big Tech with Tim Wu - The...

Duration:01:21:43

#1283 Native (Mis)Representation (Native Peoples Series Part 5) (Repost)

11/27/2019
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Air Date: 6–21-2019 Today we take a look at the ways that Native Peoples are represented in white society and pop culture, how some are working to take back their own narratives and some insight into the profound effects, both positive and negative, of how peoples are represented. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Opinion polls about offense and the Redskins football team - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 5-27-16 The Washington Post conducts...

Duration:01:23:57

#1265 Moving beyond tragedy by surviving and adapting (Native Peoples Series Part 4) (Repost)

11/27/2019
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Air Date: 4–16-2019 Today we take a look at just a few of the aspects of modern life for Native Peoples that we can see as stemming from the racism and colonialism that has been endemic in post-contact America. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: American Indians Confront “Savage Anxieties” - Moyers and Company - Air Date 12-26-14 Bill speaks with Robert A. Williams Jr., a professor specializing in American Indian law, about how deals such as the one...

Duration:01:14:30

#1252 Taking the first steps of American imperialism (Native Peoples Series Part 3) (Repost)

11/27/2019
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Air Date: 2–26-2019 Today we take a look at the process of systematic, government-sponsored genocide against the native peoples of North America that kicked off the wealth-accumulating, territory-expanding American empire we know and love today Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz on digging deeper to understand America's past - Popaganda from @BitchMedia - Air Date 6-16-16 Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz describes the process of coming to...

Duration:01:20:50

#1230 Thanksgiving and cultural heritage (Native Peoples Series Part 2) (Repost)

11/27/2019
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Air Date: 11–27-2018 Today we take a look at the literal and figurative bloody messes of the history of Thanksgiving and the identities of native peoples Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: A Code Switch Thanksgiving Feast - Code Switch - Air Date 11-21-17 Exploring the conflicting narratives of American Thanksgiving. Ch. 2: Historian Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz on Thanksgiving: "It Has Never Been About Honoring Native Americans" - @DemocracyNow - Air Date:...

Duration:01:14:28

#1216 Taking a closer look at Columbus Day (Native Peoples Series Part 1) (Repost)

11/27/2019
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Air Date: 10–5-2018 Today we take a look at the rarely-told, real legacy of Christopher Columbus and some of the reverberations from his actions that can still be felt to this day Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Indigenous Peoples Day - Progressive Faith Sermons w @RevDrRay - Air Date 10-23-16 The origin stories we tell ourselves and the importance of understanding that the words we use change the way we think. Ch. 2: The Truth of...

Duration:01:10:57

Bonus - Brave New Words: Access to Medicine

11/25/2019
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Sponsored: Today we feature a full episode of Brave New Words focusing on one of the most pressing issues for Americans: access to medicine and the fight against Big Pharma. Brave New Words is a new, limited series podcast about the power of changing the narrative of the political arguments we have, using those new narratives to drive major progressive wins around the world and create real change. Search for Brave New Words wherever you get your podcasts or find the show at...

Duration:00:35:49

#1321 Decolonization is for Everyone

11/23/2019
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Air Date: 11/23/2019 Today we take a look at just a few forms the decolonization movement is taking from finance to cartography to the internet and beyond. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 EPISODE SPONSORS: Clean Choice Energy SHOP AMAZON: Amazon USA | Amazon CA | Amazon UK MEMBERSHIP ON PATREON (Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content) SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Decolonizing Wealth Through Indigenous Leadership - @theLFshow w @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date 7-25-18 Laura...

Duration:01:22:58

#1320 The Rise and Inevitable Fall of Neoliberalism (Audio Fixed)

11/20/2019
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Air Date: 11/20/2019 Today we take a look at how Neoliberalism was born, how it was maintained and why it is on the verge of collapse. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 EPISODE SPONSORS: Clean Choice Energy SHOP AMAZON: Amazon USA | Amazon CA | Amazon UK MEMBERSHIP ON PATREON (Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content) SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: How NeoLiberalism Happened with George Monbiot Part 1 - Pitchfork Economics with Nick Hanauer - Air Date 10-8-19 Nick and his guests...

Duration:00:50:09

#1319 Democrats and Plutocrats, Wealth Tax and Wall Street

11/15/2019
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Air Date: 11/15/2019 Today we take a look at the proposals from Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders for a Wealth Tax and how those proposals run afoul of not just Republican Fats Cats but Democratic Fat Cats as well Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 EPISODE SPONSORS: Bombas.com/BEST | Forecast Fest Podcast (Wherever you get your podcasts) | Clean Choice Energy SHOP AMAZON: Amazon USA | Amazon CA | Amazon UK MEMBERSHIP ON PATREON (Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus...

Duration:01:10:57

#1318 Why We Cannot Have Nice Things (How Racism Hurts Everyone, Including White People)

11/12/2019
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Air Date: 11/12/2019 Today we take a look at some of the ways that conservative policies, willed into existence almost exclusively by white people, measurably hurt people and shorten life expectancies, including those who most fervently support the self-destructive policies. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 EPISODE SPONSORS: Madison-Reed.com (Promo Code: LEFT) | Clean Choice Energy SHOP AMAZON: Amazon USA | Amazon CA | Amazon UK MEMBERSHIP ON PATREON (Get AD FREE...

Duration:01:20:14

#1228 Why men will be better off without the patriarchy ​(Repost)

11/8/2019
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Air Date: 11/16/2018 Today we take a look at the system of patriarchy from the perspective of how it negatively impacts men in our culture, thereby demonstrating the need for feminism to advocate for all those negatively impacted by patriarchy, regardless of gender Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: What Is the Patriarchy? | Feminist Fridays - @marinashutup - Air Date 11-02-14 An overview of patriarchy with a focus on how it hurts everyone, not just...

Duration:01:20:07

#1317 Taking to the Streets in Chile and Around the World to Protest Neoliberalism

11/5/2019
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Air Date: 11/5/2019 Today we take a look at the many protests ongoing around the world with a very strong through-line of demands to reverse austerity, lessen inequality, and improve public services, all hallmarks of neoliberal economic policies Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 EPISODE SPONSORS: Madison-Reed.com (Promo Code: LEFT | Forecast Fest Podcast (Wherever you get your podcasts) | Clean Choice Energy SHOP AMAZON: Amazon USA | Amazon CA | Amazon...

Duration:01:14:22

#1316 Winning the messaging war for a just, moral health care system

11/1/2019
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Air Date: 11/1/2019 Today we take a look at how the debate over our health care system has been framed and how we should frame it. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 EPISODE SPONSORS: BetterHelp.com/BOTL | Forecast Fest Podcast (Wherever you get your podcasts) | Clean Choice Energy SHOP AMAZON: Amazon USA | Amazon CA | Amazon UK MEMBERSHIP ON PATREON (Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content) VOTE IN THE WEEKLY SHOW TOPICS POLL SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Ex-Health Insurance...

Duration:01:21:14

#1315 The Wrecking Crew (The Trump appointees running the government)

10/29/2019
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Air Date: 10/29/2019 Today we take a look at some of the main characters that make up the Trump administration to get a sense of who they are, where they're coming from and how they're working tirelessly to ruin everything good about our government and find brand new ways to be terrible Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 EPISODE SPONSORS: BetterHelp.com/BOTL | Clean Choice Energy SHOP AMAZON: Amazon USA | Amazon CA | Amazon UK MEMBERSHIP ON PATREON (Get AD FREE Shows...

Duration:01:21:18

#1314 Hong Kong Protests (Where Colonialism meets Neoliberalism)

10/25/2019
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Air Date: 10/25/2019 Today we take a look at the complicated series of forces driving the protests in Hong Kong that span the ideological spectrum. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 EPISODE SPONSORS: BetterHelp.com/BOTL | Forecast Fest (Available where you get your podcasts) | Clean Choice Energy SHOP AMAZON: Amazon USA | Amazon CA | Amazon UK MEMBERSHIP ON PATREON (Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content) VOTE IN THE WEEKLY SHOW TOPICS POLL SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Will...

Duration:01:14:38

#1313 Why Prison Abolition is not Nearly as Scary as it Sounds

10/22/2019
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Air Date: 10/22/2019 Today we take a look at why the concept of prison abolition isn’t as scary as it sounds, the answer to the question of what would replace prisons and why you’re wrong for even asking that in the first place. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 EPISODE SPONSORS: BetterHelp.com/BOTL | Madison-Reed.com (Promo Code: LEFT) | Clean Choice Energy SHOP AMAZON: Amazon USA | Amazon CA | Amazon UK MEMBERSHIP ON PATREON (Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus...

Duration:01:17:16

#1312 How Trump managed to make the Middle East more chaotic

10/18/2019
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Air Date: 10/18/2019 Today we take a look at the recent developments between Turkey and Syria and the role Trump played in allowing Turkey to effectively invade Syria and extend its border. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 EPISODE SPONSORS: BetterHelp.com/BOTL | Blinkist.com/BEST | Clean Choice Energy SHOP AMAZON: Amazon USA | Amazon CA | Amazon UK MEMBERSHIP ON PATREON (Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content) SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Trump Abandoned Kurds, Genocide To...

Duration:01:18:15

#1311 Our Culture and Our Economy are Making Us Depressed

10/15/2019
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Air Date: 10/15/2019 Today we take a look at the literally depressing truth about our economy, our work and the culture that surrounds it. We work too hard to be perfect, we don't get enough time off, many of us don't have enough control over the work we do and too many know their jobs are completely worthless. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 EPISODE SPONSORS: Bombas.com/BEST | Madison-Reed.com (Promo Code: LEFT) | Clean Choice Energy SHOP AMAZON: Amazon USA |...

Duration:01:24:18

#1310 At Long Last (Trump Impeachment)

10/4/2019
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Air Date: 10/4/2019 Today we take a look at this whole impeachment kerfuffle I’ve been hearing about. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 EPISODE SPONSORS: Clean Choice Energy SHOP AMAZON: Amazon USA | Amazon CA | Amazon UK MEMBERSHIP ON PATREON (Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content) (No topics poll this week. BotL is on its first-ever real vacation next week!) SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Whistleblower Complaint Shows Abuse of Office with James Risen - Democracy Now - Air Date...

Duration:01:21:09