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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

#1273 Death of the Old, Birth of the New (Global Authoritarianism)

5/17/2019
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Air Date: 5/17/2019 Today we take a look at the socially and politically existential threat of our time - the fight against encroaching authoritarianism in the US and around the world. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: Madison-Reed.com(Promo Code: LEFT) Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK| Clean Choice Energy Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content: Support our show on Patreon! SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Donald Trump Puts Our Democracy and Our Lives in Serious...

Duration:00:47:39

#1272 The disaster of election capitalism (Election Security)

5/14/2019
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Air Date: 5/14/2019 Today we take a look at the disastrous system of hackable, unverifiable and expensive electronic voting machines that were our solution to the hanging-chad fiasco of the Florida 2000 presidential election. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK| Clean Choice Energy Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content: Support our show on Patreon! SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: New poll shows public concern for voting machine...

Duration:00:45:31

#1271 The moderates are coming! (Beto, Biden and Buttigieg)

5/10/2019
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Air Date: 5/10/2019 Today we take a look at the three moderate white guys sending a shiver up the collective legs of the members of the Democratic Party establishment and the mainstream media Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK| Clean Choice Energy Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content: Support our show on Patreon! SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Sam Does a Deep Dive on Beto - The Majority Report - Air Date 3-20-19 Beto brags...

Duration:00:49:47

#1270 Surveillance Capitalism is threatening democracy itself

5/7/2019
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Air Date: 5/7/2019 Today we take a look at the impacts, from personal to global, of the paradigm of companies profiting off of surveillance of their users, otherwise known as surveillance capitalism. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK| Clean Choice Energy Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content: Support our show on Patreon! SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: A Threat to Global Democracy How Facebook & Surveillance Capitalism Empower...

Duration:00:44:36

#1269 Following the thread of the global Great Transition

5/3/2019
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Air Date: 5/3/2019 Today we take a look at several topics that, at first glance, may seem to be unrelated but that I think are all tied together with a thread that runs through all of them and points the way toward The Great Transition we are currently in the middle of. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: Tavour.com(Promo Code: LEFT) Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK| Clean Choice Energy Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content: Support our show on...

Duration:00:51:59

#1268 Are they really taking our jobs? (The Economics of Immigration)

4/30/2019
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Air Date: 4/30/2019 Today we take a look at just the economic side of immigration including the effects from low-skilled immigrants and high-skilled immigrants and then look at an alternative vision for how we should debate the issue from the left Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: Primary 2020 Ride Home Podcast | MadisonReed.com(Promo Code: LEFT) Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK| Clean Choice Energy Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content: Support...

Duration:00:42:06

Bonus Edition: From Brexit to Standing Rock

4/26/2019
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Air Date: 4/26/2019 Today I have a double-bonus show for you with additional clips on Brexit and Native Peoples Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Bonus Clips: Why Brexit Shouldn't Have Been A Surprise - On the Media - Air Date 1-18-19 Is Corbyn’s Socialism Possible Within the EU? - Lapavitsas and Jay - The Real News - Air Date 3-17-19 The historic and starkly divided nature of Brexit - Between The Lines - Air Date 1-23-19 Dozens of Native American women have...

Duration:00:46:56

#1267 Fighting for the soul of the Democratic Party (Progressives vs the Establishment)

4/23/2019
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Air Date: 4/23/2019 Today we take a look at the current state of the Democratic Party in the wake of the 2018 elections that swept in a new class of Super-Progressives who are now locking horns with the more establishment and conservative leadership of the party as they all gear up for the 2020 primary and general elections. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: Cannabis: The Illegalization of Weed in America| Bombas.com/BEST | Primary Ride Home...

Duration:00:47:23

#1266 Writing human bias into the code that runs our lives (Algorithms)

4/19/2019
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Air Date: 4/19/2019 Today we take a look at the racism, sexism and classism that is permeating the algorithmic systems that are directing more and more of our online and offline lives Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: Tavour.com+ Promo Code: LEFT | Blinkist.com/BEST | Primary 2020 Ride Home Podcast (Find it where you listen to podcasts) Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK| Clean Choice Energy Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content: Support our show...

Duration:00:47:24

#1265 Moving beyond tragedy by surviving and adapting (Native Peoples)

4/16/2019
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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. This episode is fourth in an ongoing series focusing on Native Peoples in North America. Previous episodes are, in order, #1216 on Christopher Columbus, #1230 on Thanksgiving and #1252 on Westward Expansion. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors:...

Duration:00:45:29

#1264 Protesting neoliberalism the only way they could think to (Brexit)

4/12/2019
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Air Date: 4/12/2019 Today we take a look at everything there is to know about Brexit, Lexit, Remain and Reform, the Irish question, The Troubles, the neoliberalism of the EU and the senses of local and national identity in an age of globalism Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: Madison-Reed.com+ Promo Code: Left Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK| Clean Choice Energy Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content: Support our show on Patreon! SHOW NOTES Ch....

Duration:00:55:59

#1263 Worker protections help (almost) everyone (Labor Rights)

4/9/2019
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Air Date: 4/9/2019 Today we take a look at the overwhelming benefits to society of labor, health and safety regulations and how they only people who don't come out ahead are those who have to pay for them Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: Madison-Reed.com+ Promo Code: Left | Cannabis: The Illegalization of Weed in America Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK| Clean Choice Energy Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content: Support our show on...

Duration:00:53:01

#1262 Waiting for the Roe to drop (Reproductive Justice)

4/5/2019
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Air Date: 4/5/2019 Today we take a look at the current state of abortion rights - Hint: They're already in tatters - and speculate about what's to come as Roe vs Wade faces relentless chipping away and the possibility of full repeal. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: Madison-Reed.com+ Promo Code: Left Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK| Clean Choice Energy Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content: Support our show on Patreon! SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: States...

Duration:00:49:14

#1261 Profitable Extremism (How Social Media Propagates Hate)

4/2/2019
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Air Date: 4/02/2019 Today we take a look at the so-called "Algorithms of Oppression." Not that they're made to be that way on purpose but that it is a natural outcome of a profit-based system that incentivizes people to post the most click-baity content while the system learns the viewer's weaknesses to ruthlessly feed them whatever will keep them engaged. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: Madison-Reed.com+ Promo Code: Left Amazon USA| Amazon CA|...

Duration:00:43:43

#1260 Gearing up for the fight for Medicare for All

3/29/2019
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Air Date: 3/29/2019 Today we take a look at the history of why we don't already have Medicare for All, just a handful of the overwhelming reasons why we need it and the fight ahead to make it a reality Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: Madison-Reed.com+ Promo Code: Left | Blinkist.com/BEST Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK| Clean Choice Energy Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content: Support our show on Patreon! SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Why We Don't Have...

Duration:00:56:02

#1259 The rebirth of the antitrust movement (Monopolies)

3/26/2019
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Air Date: 3/26/2019 Today we take a look at the story of Amazon’s enormous growth, the history of how our antitrust laws were neutered and how the former is making us rethink the latter Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK| Clean Choice Energy Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content: Support our show on Patreon! SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: The Story of How Amazon Got So Powerful - Senator Bernie Sanders - Air Date 9-17-18 How...

Duration:00:54:16

#1258 The art and science of apologies and forgiveness

3/22/2019
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Air Date: 3/22/2019 Today we take a look at apologies and forgiveness, some of the building blocks for a healthy human society, at a moment in time when society is reorganizing itself in several ways at once, making it all the more necessary that we refresh ourselves on the fundamentals of how best to relate to each other Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: Madison-Reed.com+ Promo Code: Left Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK| Clean Choice Energy Get...

Duration:00:48:53

#1257 Debunking the reactionary intellectuals of the dark web

3/19/2019
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Air Date: 3/19/2019 Today we take a look at the likes of Sam Harris and Jordan Peterson as a window into the world of their followers and as an inoculation against thinking they're people worth taking seriously just because they make sense one-third of the time. Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: Privacy.com/Best| Madison-Reed.com+ Promo Code: Left Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK| Clean Choice Energy Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content: Support our...

Duration:00:51:13

Bonus Edition #142 The Nordic Theory of Love

3/15/2019
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Air Date: 3-1-19 Today I share an unusual clip and talk for a while about how much better Scandinavia is than the US. Bonus Clip: The Nordic theory of love and independence with author of “The Nordic Theory of Everything” Anu Partanen - Zero to Travel - Air Date 2-7-17 Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Produced by: Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like...

Duration:00:30:00

#1256 A Green New Deal to build a new Common Sense

3/12/2019
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Air Date: 3/12/2019 Today we take a look at the development of the Green New Deal and its impacts on economics, labor, frontline communities climate mitigation and the politics of the possible Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Episode Sponsors: Privacy.com/Best| Madison-Reed.com+ Promo Code: Left Amazon USA| Amazon CA| Amazon UK| Clean Choice Energy Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content: Support our show on Patreon! SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Green New Deal In Development -...

Duration:00:50:27