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

Expertly-curated progressive politics, news, and culture produced by leftist humans, not algorithms or AI. This is an award-winning podcast that dives deeply into a wide range of national and international issues facing society and governments. We draw from hundreds of sources of progressive news and commentary. Est. 2006. Save time by listening to a range of perspectives on a focused topic in each episode and be introduced to new sources you will not have come across on your own!

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February 25, 2024 14 mins

Air Date: 2-25-24
Today, Jay!, Amanda, and Deon discuss:
- authoritarian Technocracy
- and why interoperability may be one of the best weapons against it

REFERENCES:
THE RISE OF TECHNO-AUTHORITARIANISM

Big Tech Won’t Let You Leave. Here’s a Way Out

The Great Interoperability Convergence: 2023 Year in Review

 

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Air Date 2/23/2024

2024 is already shaping up to be even more of a disaster than expected. The causes for anxiety are many and varied, leaving many of us with questions. We generally try to avoid topics and commentaries that lean into the realm of pure speculation but today we decided to lean all the way in to answer your most pressing questions. What about Biden's support of Israel? What about his age? ...

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Air Date 2/20/2024

"Luddite" should never have become the epithet that it is as the Luddites were never afraid of or opposed to technological advancement, they only opposed the exploitation of workers and the degradation to society that came with the unfair distribution of the benefits of the targeted technology.

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Air Date: 2-19-24
Today, Jay!, Amanda and Deon discuss:
- how augmented reality and the Apple Vision Pro affects the human brain 
- how algorithms are changing and flattening our culture
- how to take back your life from algorithmic choices

REFERENCES:
The Vision Pro's scary side effect

Why Tim Cook Is Going All In on the Apple Vision Pro

We’ve Forgotten How to Use Computers

Have Algorithms Ruined Our Culture?

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Air Date 2/17/2024

The debate over education has been derailed from the legitimate concerns of the past focused on the downfalls of No Child Left Behind and Common Core policies into a cul-de-sac of ignorance over opposition to diversity, equity and inclusion programs and the teaching of critical race theory. Not to mention the new McCarthyism that has sprung up to squash any criticism of Israel's genoci...

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Air Date 2/13/2024

The entire political system has lurched to the right on immigration as Democrats adopt the talking points of the Republicans and the MAGA Republicans put Trump's election chances over the policies they claim to support.

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Air Date 2/10/2024

Continuing to tell the stories of those directly impacted by abortion bans is important to demonstrate the extreme stances taken by anti-choice politicians but we also look ahead to potential ways the situation could be made even worse as well as efforts to relieve the suffering.

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Air Date 2/7/2024

Loneliness is an epidemic that long-predates the COVID lockdowns that only made things worse but it's not primarily cultural or even technological in origin. The issue largely has to do with how our built environment is designed and then social and technological aspects compound the problem.

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Air Date: 2-6-24
Today, Jay!, Amanda, Deon and Erin discuss:
- The impacts of the myth of the model minority
- Haley and Ramaswamy Denying America's racism as they both experience and use racism during the Republican primary race

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Vivek Ramaswamy and the lie of the “model minority”

Nikki Haley and Vivek Ramaswamy Can’t Escape GOP Racism

Scholars worry Ha...

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Air Date 2/3/2024

We attempt to understand as many of the interlocking elements as possible in the current Middle East conflicts sparked most prominently by the ongoing genocide in Gaza.

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Air Date: 1-28-23
Today, Jay!, Amanda, Deon and Erin discuss:
- Boardgames Ritual
- Making kids cry buy taking their phones away at school
- Making kids sad by never buying them phones in the first place

REFERENCES:
It Sure Looks Like Phones Are Making Students Dumber

Schools don't want kids on cellphones. Is banning them the solution?

Birmingham head calls for ban after pupils 'in tears' when phones confiscated

The Schools Tha...

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Air Date 1/26/2024
In an election year where, more than ever before, democracy itself is on the ballot, there is less democracy happening in the lead-up to the election than at any time in recent memory. And with two profoundly disliked candidates running, the supporters of democratic ideals have a hard uphill push ahead of them.
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Air Date 1/23/2024

The recent discovery of hundreds of bodies buried behind a jail in unmarked graves sparks a renewed discussion about the futility and counter-productiveness of our system of incarceration and the context of our history that has brought us to this point.

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January 20, 2024 70 mins

Original Air Date 12/3/2022

Today, we take a look at the mega-companies that touch all of our lives and the monopolistic practices that have been developed to keep power and wealth concentrated with the few while the rest of us get screwed.

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Air Date 1/17/2024

It is evident that the immigration debate is more about acquiring raw power than about immigration as demands from the Republican Party change along with whatever strategies they feel are most likely to get Republicans elected and in the age of Trump, that means the most draconian, harmful and, ultimately, pointless demands to date.

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Air Date: 1-15-23
Today, Jay!, Amanda, Deon and Erin discuss:
- why one of the last isolated tribes in the world desperately wants to stay that way
- why we know that women also hunted, counter to what all the male archeologists would have us believe 

REFERENCES:
Why Uncontacted Tribes Want to Stay Uncontacted

They choose to live in isolation—but the world won’t leave them alone

The Mission Documentary

The Theory That Men Evolve...

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Air Date 1/13/2024

The Supreme Court began to lose its legitimacy in the eyes of many when President Obama wasn't allowed to fill the open seat left by the death of Antonin Scalia but, in truth, the scandal and manipulation of the nation's highest court go back much, much farther than that. However, in a bygone age, scandal was handled much differently than today, putting our current state of disfunction...

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Original Air Date 1/7/2023

Today, we take a look at the criminal charges against Donald Trump that the January 6th Committee has referred to the DOJ but examine them through the lens of past presidential crimes that have gone unpunished from Nixon to George W. Bush

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Air Date: 1-7-23
Today, Jay!, Amanda, Deon and Erin discuss:
- the little bit of Paganism that's in all of us
- the Christian priests who want to reform the church through psychedelic mushrooms

REFERENCES:
The Return of the Pagans

God, Magic Mushrooms, and Me


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Air Date 1/5/2024

As the war in Gaza drags on, accusations of genocide by Israel have been filed by South Africa at the International Court of Justice and we are reminded that the tactics and technology that Israel develops and tests against Palestinians are sold around the world.

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