Hellbent

Hellbent

Hellbent Podcast is a twice weekly political news and commentary podcast by Devon Handy and Varsha Venkat. They aim to bring a heavy intersectional feminist lens to the male-dominated political commentary space. They are funny, fierce, and unyielding. Their conversational style and penchant for swearing make Hellbent a fun, engaging way to discuss politics

Episodes

September 27, 2019 53 min
It's impeachment o'clock, motherfuckers.
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Devon and Varsha discuss the SCOTUS ruling that effectively cancels asylum in the United States. They also discuss Kavanaugh and the in-depth reporting about one of his accusers, Debbie Ramirez 
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Devon and Varsha discuss Comic Con, racist tweets by Trump (shock!) and the "send her back" chant. They also talk about immigration policy at large, ICE's latest attempt to circumvent due process and the contrast to the patriarchy's obsession with due process for rich white men.

There are a few SPOILERS (from Devon's time a Comic Con)
Captain Marvel SPOILER: 9:50-10:34
Endgame SPOILER: 12:57-13:27
So SKIP those...
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Devon and Varsha discuss the atrocities being committed against migrants at the southern US border. They discuss important historical context and how this has become a concerted ethnic cleansing effort against migrants. They also analyze congress' response to the issue and how we as a country can mitigate ongoing damage from this horrific situation.
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Devon and Varsha discuss the humanitarian crisis at the border and the 6 children who have died as a result of ICE and Border Patrol. They also discuss impeachment, Nancy Pelosi, and why there is hope for the future. 
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May 15, 2019 50 min

Devon and Varsha are back after a brief unplanned hiatus to discuss the litany of bullshit abortion laws going on the book in red states, ikncluding the freshly-passed steaming pile of garbage that was just passed in the Alabama state senate.

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Devon and Varsha discuss NOT the Mueller report, but Attorney General William Barr's 4 page word vomit ABOUT the Mueller report. Varsha sits down with Kaitlin Byrd, aka GothamGirlBlue, to discuss the Aunt Becky college admission scandal and 2020 politics. THIS IS OUR LONGEST EPISODE TO DATE AND WE CUT MOST OF THE KAITLIN BYRD INTERVIEW.

If you'd like to hear the whole Kaitlin Byrd interview, which we HIGHLY recommend, you ...

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Varsha interviews Kaytlin Bailey, comedian, podcaster on The Oldest Profession Podcast, and the communications director for Decriminalize Sex Work. She is also a sex worker herself. They discuss the history of sex work, current laws that hurt sex workers and Pretty Woman. This is one of Devon's favorite interviews ever on this show.

You can follow Kaytlin @kaytlinbailey https://twitter.com/kaytlinbailey

Listen to Kaytlin&...

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March 18, 2019 58 min

Devon and Varsha discuss Beto entering the 2020 race, Ilhan Omar's antisemetic remarks and the devastating terrorist attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand that left 50 dead and injured 50 more.

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Devon and Varsha discuss HHS's new rule that prohibits Title X funding recipient (aka Planned Parenthood) from even REFERRING their patients for abortions - they have put a domestic gag rule in place. They also yell about the Michael Cohen House Oversight Committee testimony and the racism faced by congresswomen there.

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February 23, 2019 60 min

Devon and Varsha discuss a horrible proposed bill in Arkansas, another white men who was plotting a domestic terrorist attack, and Bernie Sanders' announcement that he will seek the Democratic nomination for president in 2020, despite not being a Democrat.

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February 19, 2019 50 min

Devon and Varsha sit down with Charlotte Clymer, Press Secretary of Rapid Response for the Human Rights Campaign. She is also a prolific and insightful political commentator and the coolest person you can follow on Twitter. Join them for an "audio brunch," in which they bitch about the ongoing dumpster fire that is the Commonwealth of Virginia, the slate of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, and how Twitter is shaping...

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February 15, 2019 53 min

Devon and Varsha respond to the State of the Union address. They were not impressed.

Varsha's interview with Ian Millhiser coming shortly!

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February 11, 2019 38 min

Varsha interview scholar and historian Erin Bartram about sexism, racism and other sins in academia. They also discuss Erin's new magazine, Contingent. It's a glorious nerd-out about what it's like to work in academia when history has never been more important.

Follow Erin: https://twitter.com/erin_bartram

Follow Contingent Magazine: https://twitter.com/contingent_mag

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Devon and Varsha discuss the racist and homophobic attack on actor Jussie Smollett, the misinformation in the bullshit "late term" abortion debate and the growing slate of 2020 Democratic party presidential hopefuls. Again. This primary may kill your hosts.

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January 26, 2019 53 min

Devon and Varsha discuss the government shutdown, the UNKNOWN number of children that have been taken from their parents at the border and other stories that flew under the radar while the government closed for a RECORD SETTING 35 days.

They spend some time reveling in the fact that Nancy Pelosi saved the goddamned day.

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Devon and Varsha discuss the rapidly developing Democratic field of 2020 presidnetal candidates, the destructive and ongoing Trump Shutdown and marginal tax rates.

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Devon and Varsha discuss the Trump Game of Thrones poster, newly-elected HBIC Nancy Pelosi, and the Trump administration's newest attempt at rolling back and getting rid of civil rights laws and regulations.

Feels good to be back!

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December 12, 2018 54 min

Devon and Varsha discuss ICE, Republian power grabs in Wisconsin and Michigan, and the hot fucking mess that is Trump's trade policy.

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Devon and Varsha get a little tipsy and discuss the Mueller Russia invstigation and Melania Trump's murder forest.

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