The Chauncey DeVega Show

The Chauncey DeVega Show

The Chauncey DeVega Show is the official podcast of Salon.com politics writer Chauncey DeVega. On a weekly basis the show features a relaxed and free-form conversation with artists, authors, musicians, researchers, academics, journalists, activists, as well as Hollywood actors and directors.... Show More

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Christopher Leonard is a business reporter whose work has appeared in such publications as The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. He is the author of the bestselling new book Kochland: The Secret History of Koch Industries and Corporate Power in America.

Leonard explains how Charles Koch and his political network were able amass so much power and influence over American life. He also o... Read more

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Terry Heaton was a television news executive for The Christian Broadcasting Network during the 1980s where he worked primarily on "The 700 Club". Heaton also served as one of Pat Robertson's advisers during his 1988 presidential campaign. 

Terry Heaton is the author of several books including his most recent, "The Gospel of Self: How Jesus Joined the GOP".

Heaton explains how right-wing... Read more

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There are two guests on this week's special 250th episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show.

Chris Arnade is a photographer and contributing writer for the New York Times, Atlantic, Guardian, Washington Post, Financial Times, and Wall Street Journal. His new book is Dignity: Seeking Respect in Back Row America.

Arnade reflects on leaving his job as a stock trader on Wall Street and embarking on a qu... Read more

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Dr. Justin Frank is a former clinical professor of psychiatry at the George Washington University Medical Center and a physician with more than 40 years of experience in psychoanalysis. He is the author of the bestselling books Bush on the Couch and Obama on the Couch. His newest book is Trump on the Couch. Dr. Frank's work has appeared in Time magazine and the D... Read more

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Tim Alberta is Politico Magazine’s chief political correspondent. He is also the author of the bestselling new book American Carnage: On the Front Lines of the Republican Civil War and the Rise of President Trump.

Alberta explains how the American fascist Donald Trump took over a very willing and eager Republican Party, what it was like to interview Donald Trump, and is the president a p... Read more

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Tim Wise is one of America's and the world's leading experts on white privilege and racism. He is the author of numerous books including his most recent Under the Affluence: Shaming the Poor, Praising the Rich and Sacrificing the Future of America. Tim Wise explains why three years into Trump's presidency there are still so many journalists, reporters and other political observers who are "shocked" and "surprised" by his blatant ra... Read more

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J. Michael Straczynski is the creator of landmark TV shows such as Babylon 5 and Sense8. He also wrote comic books such as The Amazing Spider-Man, Thor (both the movie and the comic book), and Superman: Earth One. J. Michael Straczynski was also one of the primary writers for beloved 1980s children's cartoons such as He-Man, She-Ra and The Real Ghostbusters. His new autobiography is Becoming Superman: My Journey from Poverty to Hol... Read more

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Dr. Bandy Lee is a forensic psychiatrist and a leading expert on violence at the Yale School of Medicine. She is also the editor of the New York Times bestseller, The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 37 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President. Dr. Lee and other leading mental health professionals working in conjunction with the World Mental Health Organization, convened an online town hall meeting in anticipation ... Read more

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Joy-Ann Reid is the host of "AM Joy" on MSNBC. She is the author of several books including Fracture: Barack Obama, the Clintons and the Racial Divide as well as We Are the Change We Seek: The Speeches of Barack Obama. Her new book is The Man Who Sold America: Trump and the Unraveling of the American Story.  Reid explains how Donald Trump has betrayed American democracy, why his violence, racism and other vile behavior is appealing... Read more

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Eve Ensler is an author, Tony Award-winner, playwright and activist. Her award-winning play The Vagina Monologues ran for more than 10 years and has been performed in more than 140 countries. Ensler's new book The Apology is a meditation on the decades of sexual abuse and other violence she endured from her father and on how she finally purged his power over her life through creative confrontation and forgiveness.  Ensler reflects ... Read more

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Hope Frye is a human rights attorney who has been defending the human dignity and civil rights of migrants, refugees and other groups of vulnerable people for 40 years. Hope became involved  when she chaired the Board of Center for Human Rights & Constitutional Law and now leads teams of lawyers and doctors into ORR, ICE and CBP detention facilities to monitor compliance with the landmark 1997 Flores Settlement Agreement governing ... Read more

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Bryan Edward Hill is the writer of such comic books as the Batman Detective Comics series, Batman and the Outsiders, and also Michael Cray. His newest project is American Carnage.   Bryan shares his thoughts on the rise of Trump, the New Right, and making art and telling the truth in this moment. He also explains the connections between existential angst, extremism, and why men and boys join such groups as ISIS and white supremacis... Read more

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There are two guests on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. Michael Wolff is the author of the bestselling book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House. His new book is Siege: Trump Under Fire.  He explains the real reason why Special Counsel Robert Mueller decided to not indict Donald Trump for obstruction of justice. And will Donald Trump leave the White House if defeated in 2020?  Dr. John Gartner is a contribu... Read more

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Jared Diamond is a professor of geography at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author of numerous books including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies. Dr. Diamond's new book is Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis. In addition to many other honors, Dr. Diamond is the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation genius award.  Dr. Diamond highlights the four factors tha... Read more

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The Truth Report with Chauncey DeVega is my new podcast. It is a companion to The Chauncey DeVega Show. The Truth Report will feature many of the same great conversations on a weekly (or twice weekly) basis as The Chauncey DeVega Show. But The Truth Report is more "traditional" and will not feature my extended analyses of the week's events and other commentary. You can find The Truth Report with Chauncey DeVega at Apple Podcasts, I... Read more

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W. Kamau Bell is a comedian who is the host and executive producer of the Emmy Award winning CNN docu-series United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell. Kamau’s writing has been featured in The New York Times, Vanity Fair, The Hollywood Reporter, CNN.com and The LA Review of Books. Kamau reflects on what it means to tell the truth about a very divided America, why the Democrats must pursue bold action to stop Donald Trump, the rea... Read more

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Ben Fountain is the author of the novel Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, winner of the National Book Critics' Circle Award and a finalist for the National Book Award. Fountain traveled across the country during Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign in an effort to document that political and social disaster as it took place in real time. The result is his most recent book Beautiful Country Burn Again. Fountain explains the deep... Read more

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Malcolm Nance is one of the leading voices who for several years has been sounding the alarm about Donald Trump and his coterie's connections to Russian President Vladimir Putin and his oligarchs and spies. Nance was a career intelligence and counterterrorism officer who has served with U.S. Special Operations forces, the Department of Homeland Security and other agencies. He has worked in the Middle East, North Africa, the Balkans... Read more

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There are two guests on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. Paul Sturtevant is the founder and Editor-in-chief of The Public Medievalist and the author of the book The Middle Ages in Popular Imagination: Memory, Film and Medievalism. Paul is also a Visitor Research Specialist for the Smithsonian Institution. Paul reflects on how the "high fantasy" genre which includes Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings as well as games... Read more

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There are two guests on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. Ira Steven Behr was the showrunner and executive producer of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. He is also the co-director and executive producer of the new documentary What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Behr has also been a writer and executive producer on the HBO series Outlander. He reflects on the origins of Deep Space Nine, what he ... Read more

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