KCRW's Left, Right & Center

KCRW's Left, Right & Center

  • The US, Russia and Ukraine; Sebelius Leaving

    Apr 11, 2014 | 29 min
    Should the Ukrainian city of Donetsk join Russia? HHS Secretary Sebelius steps down.
  • Obamacare Signs Up 7 Million, SCOTUS Changes Campaign Finances

    Apr 04, 2014 | 29 min
    Seven million sign up for healthcare; the Supreme Court lifts campaign finance restrictions.
  • Crimea Naivete, Hobby Lobby, Trusting the NSA

    Mar 28, 2014 | 29 min
    Who was naive about Crimea, SCOTUS considers religious freedom and can we trust the NSA?
  • Russian Sanctions, NSA MYSTIC and the Hobby Lobby Case

    Mar 21, 2014 | 29 min
    Sanctions and reverse sanctions, more from Edward Snowden, SCOTUS considers the right to contraception.
  • Senate v. CIA and Climate Change

    Mar 14, 2014 | 29 min
    The Senate and the CIA face off, Democrats stay up all night, and a special election.
  • Russians in Ukraine, Republican Future, the Inevitability of Hillary

    Mar 07, 2014 | 29 min
    The Russians control most of Crimea, the CPAC Conference, and Hillary in 2016?
  • The Ukraine, Shrinking the Military, and Gay Marriage

    Feb 28, 2014 | 30 min
    This week, Ukrainian unrest, military cuts, and gay rights in Arizona.
  • The Ukraine, Facebook and WhatsApp, and Climate Change

    Feb 21, 2014 | 29 min
    Political protests in the Ukraine, what's up with WhatsApp and climate change as a political issue.
  • Clean Debt Limit, Obamacare's Numbers, Gay Marriage, Cable Wars

    Feb 14, 2014 | 29 min
    A clean debt limit with housebroken Republicans, Obamacare's new numbers, gay marriage in Virginia
  • Does Obamacare Kill Jobs? Will Immigration Pass?

    Feb 07, 2014 | 30 min
    Does Obamacare kill jobs or end job lock? Can immigration pass. Remembering Philip Seymour Hoffman. The Spring Olympics.
  • The Imperial President or Small Ball?

    Jan 31, 2014 | 30 min
    After the State of the Union, is it the imperial president or small ball? A GOP breakthrough on immigration.The Democratic war on trade and the agony of the 1%.
  • Can Syria Be Solved? The Politics of Personality and Inequality

    Jan 24, 2014 | 30 min
    The Syrian peace talks, Wendy Davis, Bob McDonnell, inequality and a State of the Union preview.
  • Obama's New NSA Plans

    Jan 17, 2014 | 30 min
    President Obama's lays out new NSA plans. Is anyone happy? Can anyone stop Hillary?
  • A Dismal Jobs Report and the Christie Bridge-gate

    Jan 10, 2014 | 30 min
    A disappointing jobs report, Chris Christie's Bridge-gate, Bob Gate's bombshell betrayal, Independents become the majority, and the War on Poverty Turns 50.
  • Saving Mr. Snowden

    Jan 03, 2014 | 29 min
    Clemency for Snowden, the return of the Left, and Colorado pot.
  • A Year of Inequality: Scourge or Spur?

    Dec 26, 2013 | 30 min
    The meaning of inequality here and abroad, what should we be doing about it? Then, some holiday gifts.
  • Obama Takes Stock at Year End

    Dec 20, 2013 | 30 min
    Obama holds a surprise news conference. We talk NSA, Obamacare, the Fed and "Duck Dynasty."
  • TII: Our Final Invention?

    Dec 17, 2013 | 42 min
    My conversation with James Barrat, author of ?Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence And The End Of The Human Era?.
  • A Bipartisan Budget Deal and the Tea Party Bolts

    Dec 13, 2013 | 30 min
    A budget deal, NSA reforms and the Volcker Rule...
  • The Meaning of Mandela and Income Inequality

    Dec 06, 2013 | 30 min
    Nelson Mandela's giant legacy, Obama speaks about income inequality amid fast food strikes and fights to raise the minimum wage, and Joe Biden goes to China.
  • TII: The Deep Roots of Our Political Divide

    Dec 04, 2013 | 31 min
    Political psychotherapy with Jonathan Haidt, author of ?The Righteous Mind.?
  • An Iran Deal, Supremes on Obamacare, Gratitude

    Nov 26, 2013 | 30 min
    A nuclear deal with Iran: Breakthrough or Munich? The Supreme Court takes up Obamacare. Reflections on gratitude and Beethoven.
  • Debating Filibusters, Gay Marriage and JFK's Legacy

    Nov 22, 2013 | 30 min
    Senate Democrats squash part of the filibuster, the Cheney's are torn apart over gay marriage, and the 50th anniversary of JFK's assassination.
  • TII: Doubling Down on Campaign 2012

    Nov 19, 2013 | 30 min
    Behind the behind-the-scene stories of ?Double Down: Game Change 2012,? with authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann.
  • Is Liberalism in Crisis? China in Transition

    Nov 15, 2013 | 29 min
    Could Obamacare be collapsing? China relaxes its one-child policy.
  • A Nuclear Deal with Iran? Electoral Tilting

    Nov 08, 2013 | 29 min
    Elections, lies and apologies. John Kerry flies in for Iran nuclear negotiations.
  • This... Is Interesting: The Charitable Industrial Complex

    Nov 05, 2013 | 28 min
    My talk with Peter Buffet (Warren Buffet?s son) about what?s wrong with philanthropy.
  • NSA Spying and the Obamacare Wars

    Nov 01, 2013 | 29 min
    Silicon Valley and Europe tell the NSA to back off, and the Obamacare wars rage on.
  • Healthcare.gov, the Snowden Files, JP Morgan's Big Fine

    Oct 25, 2013 | 29 min
    Sound and fury over Healthcare.gov, listening in on Angela Merkel, and JP Morgan.
  • This... Is Interesting: Art as Therapy

    Oct 23, 2013 | 31 min
    "This... Is Interesting," a new program by Matt Miller, is now available as a podcast in iTunes. Enjoy the new show at http://kcrw.com/thisisinteresting
  • Lessons of the Shutdown

    Oct 18, 2013 | 29 min
    We have a government. Republican psychology. The future of Iran.
  • A Left, Right & Center One-Hour Special: Is There A Deal in Sight?

    Oct 11, 2013 | 58 min
    The People Want their Government Back, They Just Might Get It. Going In-Depth with Rep. Steve King.
  • This... Is Interesting: The Tea Party View

    Oct 08, 2013 | 32 min
    A conversation with Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, a leader of the Tea Party caucus.
  • Washington Chaos: Is There a Path Out?

    Oct 04, 2013 | 30 min
    Your federal government is closed, who's to blame? We may have the solution.
  • One Fiscal Cliff Down, Boehner, and Al Gore's Big Payday

    Oct 04, 2013 | 30 min
    The stop-gap fiscal cliff leaves nobody happy, Republicans open the 113th Congress with a fight, Google is not evil, and Al Gore cashes in.
  • Countdown to Shutdown, Ted Cruz and Friendly Iran

    Sep 27, 2013 | 29 min
    Countdown to a government shutdown, Ted Cruz as narcissistic genius, and fresh talks with Iran.
  • This... Is Interesting: Singapore?s 4 Percent Health Care Solution

    Sep 25, 2013 | 27 min
    "This... Is Interesting," a new program by Matt Miller, is now available as a podcast in iTunes. Enjoy the new show at http://kcrw.com/thisisinteresting
  • Political Gridlock, Iran, the Fed, the Pope

    Sep 20, 2013 | 29 min
    A government shutdown, an olive branch from Iran, the Fed and the Pope.
  • The Syrian Drama; Extreme Inequality

    Sep 13, 2013 | 29 min
    Obama and Syria: Machiavellian genius or epic incompetence?
  • This... Is Interesting: The Smartest Kids in the World Are Not in the U.S.

    Sep 11, 2013 | 31 min
    "This... Is Interesting," a new program by Matt Miller, is now available as a podcast in iTunes. Enjoy the new show at http://kcrw.com/thisisinteresting
  • The Syrian Debate Crescendo, and More NSA

    Sep 06, 2013 | 29 min
    The Syrian debate crescendos and more NSA revelations.
  • Syria and the Hour of Decision

    Aug 30, 2013 | 29 min
    Sober talk on the risks of action and inaction in Syria.
  • This... Is Interesting: Quality Journalism: Dead? Or Being Painfully Reborn?

    Aug 28, 2013 | 29 min
    "This... Is Interesting," a new program by Matt Miller, is now available as a podcast in iTunes. Enjoy the new show at http://kcrw.com/thisisinteresting
  • The Syrian Quagmire, Bradley Manning and College Costs

    Aug 23, 2013 | 29 min
    No good options in Syria and Egypt, Bradley Manning sentenced, the anniversary of the March on Washington and college costs.
  • Chaos in Egypt, NSA Revelations and the GOP

    Aug 16, 2013 | 29 min
    Egypt and the Mideast in Crisis, More from the NSA and the Republican Party.
  • This... Is Interesting: The Historical Jesus

    Aug 14, 2013 | 29 min
    "This... Is Interesting," a new program by Matt Miller, is now available as a podcast in iTunes. Enjoy the new show at http://kcrw.com/thisisinteresting
  • NSA Reform and Bezos Buys the Post

    Aug 09, 2013 | 29 min
    Obama's NSA reform, the Snowden factor, the future of journalism and the anniversary of Hiroshima.
  • This... Is Interesting: Thought-Controlled Computing

    Aug 07, 2013 | 29 min
    "This... Is Interesting," a new program by Matt Miller, is now available as a podcast in iTunes. Enjoy the new show at http://kcrw.com/thisisinteresting
  • Edward Snowden, Bradley Manning, Iran Sanctions and the Fed

    Aug 02, 2013 | 29 min
    Good news for Edward Snowden and Bradley Manning, Iran Sanctions, Who Will Head the Fed
  • Carlos Danger, an Economic Reboot and Insider Trading

    Jul 26, 2013 | 29 min
    The Saga of Carlos Danger, Obama's Economic Talk and Wall Street's Economic Racket 
  • Detroit Goes Broke and Zimmerman Goes Free

    Jul 19, 2013 | 29 min
    Detroit goes bust, Zimmerman goes free, and a controversial Rolling Stones cover.
  • This... Is Interesting: Can America Deal With Dying?

    Jul 16, 2013 | 29 min
    "This... Is Interesting", a new program by Matt Miller, is now available as a podcast in iTunes. Enjoy the new show at http://kcrw.com/thisisinteresting
  • Snowden, Food Stamps and an Immigration Thunderbolt

    Jul 12, 2013 | 29 min
    Edward Snowden's new move, Egypt in chaos, food fights on farms, filibusters and foreigners.
  • July 4 and the Meaning of America

    Jul 05, 2013 | 29 min
    Independence Day and the meaning of the Red, White and Blue.
  • This... Is Interesting: The Republicans? Secret Weapon?

    Jul 03, 2013 | 36 min
    "This... Is Interesting", a new program by Matt Miller, is now available as a podcast in iTunes. Enjoy the new show at http://kcrw.com/thisisinteresting
  • Monumental Movement on Gay Marriage, Voting Rights and Immigration

    Jun 28, 2013 | 29 min
    A new day for gay marriage, a step back on voting rights, and rumblings on immigration and climate change.
  • A Farm Bill; Immigration and Obama Abroad

    Jun 21, 2013 | 29 min
    Congress fails on the farm bill and surges on immigration. Plus the Fed, Obama abroad and tragic deaths.
  • This... Is Interesting: The Great Unwinding

    Jun 19, 2013 | 33 min
    "This... Is Interesting", a new program by Matt Miller, is now available as a podcast in iTunes. Enjoy the new show at http://kcrw.com/thisisinteresting
  • The Syrian Shift and the Meaning of Edward Snowden

    Jun 14, 2013 | 29 min
    We explore the Syrian "red line," Edward Snowden, the Debut of the Scheer O'Meter and immigration crunch time.
  • The Surveillance State and the China Summit

    Jun 07, 2013 | 29 min
    A surveillance state, the China summit, Susan Rice and Samantha Power.
  • This... Is Interesting: Will Google and Facebook Destroy the Middle Class?

    Jun 05, 2013 | 35 min
    "This... Is Interesting", a new program by Matt Miller, is now available as a podcast in iTunes. Enjoy the new show at http://kcrw.com/thisisinteresting
  • Eric Holder Meets the Press and the Lois Lerner State

    May 31, 2013 | 29 min
    Eric Holder, Lois Lerner, the rise of the female breadwinner and the end of Medicare anxiety.
  • Obama Ends the War on Terror

    May 24, 2013 | 29 min
    Short description: Obama ends the War on Terror, Eric Holder and the 1st Amendment, the IRS versus Apple, and gay Boy Scouts.
  • The White House Scandal Trifecta: IRS, AP and Benghazi

    May 17, 2013 | 29 min
    It's a week of scandal for the administration. Is it much ado about nothing, or game over?
  • Benghazi, Immigration, the FBI and the Summer of Debt

    May 10, 2013 | 29 min
    Debating Benghazi, Immigration, the FBI's Flub, the Summer of Debt and the Great Gatsby
  • This... Is Interesting: The Arab Spring: Have We Missed the Real Story?

    May 08, 2013 | 16 min
    "This... Is Interesting", a new program by Matt Miller, is now available as a podcast in iTunes. Enjoy the new show at http://kcrw.com/thisisinteresting
  • Two Economies, Immigration, Syria, and Second Term Woes

    May 03, 2013 | 29 min
    The Syrian ?red line? seems to have moved. Are good job numbers really that good? Congress looks again at immigration reform. And is Obama blowing his second term?
  • Syria, Boston and George W. Bush

    Apr 26, 2013 | 29 min
    Syria crosses the "red line," the Boston bomber's rights, George W. Bush's legacy.
  • This... Is Interesting: The Robots Are Coming!

    Apr 22, 2013 | 22 min
    "This... Is Interesting", a new program by Matt Miller, will be available as podcast soon. Until then, enjoy the new show at http://kcrw.com/thisisinteresting
  • The Latest from Boston, Gun Bills Fail

    Apr 19, 2013 | 30 min
  • Gun Control and Immigration

    Apr 12, 2013 | 29 min
    Gun control in the Senate. Plus, immigration and entitlements.
  • A Dismal Jobs Report and the Morning After Pill

    Apr 05, 2013 | 29 min
    A Depressing Jobs Report, Unrestricted Birth Control, Kamala Harris's Looks and Social Security.
  • Same-Sex Marriage and the Immigration Speed Bump

    Mar 29, 2013 | 29 min
    The Supreme Court and same-sex marriage; plus immigration policy.
  • Israel, Nukes and the GOP

    Mar 22, 2013 | 29 min
    Obama in Israel, Iraq ten years later, and the GOP autopsy.
  • Left, Aequum et Centrum

    Mar 15, 2013 | 29 min
    A new Pope, new budgets, new cyber threats... the same big banks.
  • A Tale of Two Economies, Obama's Charm Offensive

    Mar 08, 2013 | 29 min
    Two economies, President Obama's charm offensive, the Rand Paul filibuster, and Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg leaning in.
  • Fiscal Cliff Forever; Saucy Scalia; and Double Pope

    Mar 01, 2013 | 29 min
    Sequester madness begins today, the Supreme Court takes on the Voting Rights Act and gay marriage, a tough-sentence for Bradley Manning, and coming soon: a new Pope.
  • Sequester Madness, Republicans Love Obamacare? Redefining the GOP

    Feb 22, 2013 | 29 min
    Sequester madness, rethinking Republicans, the GOP turns Pro-Obamacare, an Oscar preview, and politicians behaving badly.
  • A Hagel Filibuster, SOTU, Pope and North Korea

    Feb 15, 2013 | 29 min
    A Hagel filibuster, Obama's big speech, North Korea's nuclear test, and a clash over the Pope.
  • Drones; SOTU; Rebranding the GOP; the Saturday Mail Shocker

    Feb 11, 2013 | 29 min
    The war over drones, Republican rebranding, the State of the Union preview, and the postman won't even knock once on Saturdays.
  • Blah Jobs, Grilling Hagel and Immigration Reform

    Feb 01, 2013 | 29 min
    Another blah jobs report, Hagel on the firing line and is this the year for immigration reform?
  • Inauguration, CIA Leaks, and a New Cop at the SEC

    Jan 25, 2013 | 30 min
    Is Obama the liberal Reagan? Jail time for CIA leaks, Mary Jo White nominated to head SEC and sending women into combat.
  • Guns, Inauguration Day, and the GOP Retreat

    Jan 19, 2013 | 29 min
    President Obama unveiled his gun-control package this week - will it lower gun violence? Also, the GOP ponders the debt limit as Obama drafts his second inaugural address.
  • Was Afghanistan worth it? Chuck Hagel, Jack Lew and Biden's gun plan

    Jan 11, 2013 | 29 min
    Karzai at the White House, was Afghanistan worth it? Nominating Chuck Hagel and Jack Lew, but where are the women? Joe Biden on gun reform. Should we mint a trillion dollar coin?
  • One Fiscal Cliff Down, Boehner, and Al Gore's Big Payday

    Jan 04, 2013 | 29 min
    The stop-gap fiscal cliff leaves nobody happy, Republicans open the 113th Congress with a fight, Google is not evil, and Al Gore cashes in.
  • Our Best Year Ever?

    Dec 28, 2012 | 29 min
    Our end-of-year special looks at asks whether 2012 was, in some ways, the best year ever, and compares the glasses that are half empty and the glasses that are half full.
  • Guns and the Naked Fiscal Cliff

    Dec 21, 2012 | 30 min
    The NRA breaks its silence about the school shootings in Connecticut by proposing armed security in schools; meantime, Speaker John Boehner's plan B goes nowhere.
  • School Shooting; Susan Rice Withdraws and More

    Dec 14, 2012 | 29 min
    School Shooting in Connecticut, Susan Rice withdraws, Obama on Pot, Bradley Manning, a little fiscal cliff, and the labor law in Michigan.
  • All Fiscal Cliff, All the Time

    Dec 07, 2012 | 29 min
    Is the brink of the cliff the new normal? Jobs remain stagnant as the fiscal cliff draws near.
  • Palestine, Rice and the Fiscal Cliff

    Nov 30, 2012 | 29 min
    The UN elevates the status of Palestine, Republicans continue to dis Susan Rice, Mitt tries the turkey chili, and a divided Washington glides toward the fiscal cliff.
  • Middle Class Blues

    Nov 27, 2012 | 29 min
    US jobs numbers stayed flat for June, and the Eurozone continues its downward slide. What's to become of America's middle class and who's to blame?
  • A New American Majority and the Fiscal Cliff

    Nov 26, 2012 | 29 min
    A post-election conversation on the new American majority and the impending fiscal cliff.
  • Election Post-Mortem: LRC Live at the Broad

    Nov 26, 2012 | 59 min
    Matt Miller, Bob Scheer and Matthew Continetti's definitive EXTENDED look at the presidential election that gave President Obama a second term.
  • Rockets near Jerusalem and Petraeus on the Hill

    Nov 19, 2012 | 29 min
    Rockets near Jerusalem, Petraeus on the Hill, leadership transition in China, and the death of the Twinkie.
  • The Big Gulp

    Nov 15, 2012 | 29 min
    Ugly job and manufacturing numbers for May confirm that March and April weren't any statistical blip. Markets took a dive. So whose downturn is this anyway?
  • Shooting Rampage in Colorado

    Nov 15, 2012 | 29 min
    Will a deadly shooting rampage in a Colorado movie theater push guns onto the election year political agenda? Can really effective gun control be legislated?
  • Goodbye Tampa, Hello Charlotte

    Nov 15, 2012 | 29 min
    The GOP leaves Tampa. The Democrats are headed to Charlotte. We look back at the Republican convention and ahead to what the Dems have in store.
  • US Film Stokes Mideast Violence

    Nov 15, 2012 | 29 min
    US embassies in the Islamic world under siege as an anti-Muslim movie trailer goes viral. Fed goes all-in for mortgage-backed bonds. Striking differences in Chicago.
  • Obama, Romney and Latino Voters

    Nov 15, 2012 | 29 min
    President Obama and challenger Romney talk to Latinos. Moody's is bearish on the big banks. The push and pull over Fast and Furious. And all eyes on SCOTUS.
  • Campaign Heating Up... The Planet Too

    Nov 15, 2012 | 29 min
    Latest polls show Obama?s lead widening. Your (kind-of) definitive guide to the Romney veepstakes and Eliot Spitzer says what he really thinks of Goldman Sachs.
  • Will Europe Decide the 2012 Presidential Race?

    Nov 15, 2012 | 29 min
    Democrats lose the Wisconsin recall. A drone strike takes out an al Qaeda leader. European economies slide. What will it mean for this fall?s election?
  • Obamacare? Romneycare? Robertscare?

    Nov 15, 2012 | 29 min
    The Supreme Court's 5-4 decision upholding (most of) President Obama's healthcare reform effort was a surprise for -- among other reasons -- who made up those five.
  • Hurricane Todd

    Nov 15, 2012 | 30 min
    Congressman Todd Akin's remarks about rape hit the GOP's best-laid-campaign-plans like a hurricane. Predicted for next week's GOP Convention? An actual hurricane.
  • Romney In London

    Nov 15, 2012 | 29 min
    Romney stumbles through London. Former CitiGroup CEO Sandy Weill rails against the mega-banks and Matt Miller spoils the Opening Ceremonies secret!
  • Greek Drama

    Nov 15, 2012 | 29 min
    Greece to vote on ditching the Euro. Egypt?s fledgling democracy faces a test. Obama by-passes Congress on immigration reforms. The GAO scorches Fed directors.
  • The Thirteen Percent Solution?

    Nov 15, 2012 | 29 min
    With the Paul Ryan pick, does Romney get a deficit-hawking, fiscally disciplined conservative? A cold-hearted, shrink-government-at-all-costs ideologue? Both?
  • Ted Cruz: Texas Tea Party and Ivy League

    Nov 15, 2012 | 29 min
    GOP Senate hopeful Ted Cruz is a Texas Tea Party darling with a national fan base. Maybe that's because Ivy Leaguer Cruz is not your typical Tea Party darling.
  • JP Morgan's 7-Billion-Dollar Surprise: Claw-Back to the Future?

    Nov 15, 2012 | 30 min
    JP Morgan's losses from its hedge-managers-gone-wild London unit could go as high as $7 billion. Too big to manage? And Bain becomes Romney's bane...a-gain.
  • The Democrats Have Their Say

    Nov 15, 2012 | 29 min
    Michelle Obama humanizes. Bill Clinton extemporizes. President Obama rhapsodizes. Then along come those August job figures. Incumbency has its pluses...and its minuses.
  • LRC Live: The Definitive Post-Mortem of Election 2012

    Nov 15, 2012 | 82 min
    Matt Miller, Bob Scheer and Matthew Continetti's smart, impassioned and sometimes irreverent look at the presidential election that gave President Obama a second term?
  • The Rorschach Debate

    Nov 15, 2012 | 29 min
    Parsing out the vice presidential debate becomes a Joe Biden Rorschach test.
  • Jobs, Taxes and Debatable Behavior

    Nov 15, 2012 | 29 min
    An uplifting jobs report, and a big win for Mitt Romney at the first presidential debate make for an exciting week in American politics.
  • Mom, Apple Pie and...Wealth Redistribution?

    Nov 15, 2012 | 29 min
    Mitt Romney spends another week on the defensive after a video surfaces, with him saying unflattering things about voters whose low incomes exempt them from income taxes.
  • Change versus Romnesia

    Nov 15, 2012 | 29 min
    It's down to the wire for the presidential campaign. Is it change or Romnesia, hope or status quo that will energize the base?
  • Debates Old and New, Newsweek and George McGovern

    Nov 15, 2012 | 29 min
    The last debate, the next debate, the demise of Newsweek and the meaning of George McGovern.
  • Crunch Time for the Candidates

    Nov 15, 2012 | 29 min
    The final word of the presidential campaign includes jobs numbers, Sandy and political endorsements.
  • Presidential Debates; Bibi Draws a Line

    Nov 15, 2012 | 29 min
    Romney and Obama prepare for their first presidential debate. Plus, American worker wages, and Bibi Netanyahu tells the UN that Iran's uranium enrichment program must be stopped.

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