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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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Expertly-curated progressive politics, news, and culture produced by leftist humans, not algorithms or AI. This is an award-winning podcast that dives deeply... more

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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
Best of the Left - Leftist Perspectives on Progressive Politics, News, Culture, Economics and Democracy
Hitting Where it Hurts in Our Era of Negative Partisanship: Messaging left-wing politics amid cultish politics
Best of the Left - Leftist Perspectives on Progressive Politics, News, Culture, Economics and Democracy
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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 to achieve... more