Bad Faith

Bad Faith

America's only podcast. // with Briahna Joy Gray, former National Press Secretary for Bernie Sanders' Presidential campaign // and Virgil Texas // Subscribe for exclusive premium episodes at patreon.com/badfaithpodcast / @badfaithpod / badfaithpodcast at gmail dot com

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October 21, 2021 83 min

This week, Brie gets to the bottom of “Shorism,” — the messaging philosophy advanced by polling wiz kid David Shor, also known as popularism. Why does the idea that Democrats should do what’s popular rankle so many progressives, who’ve long defended Bernie on the grounds that he’s a populist, not a radical? And why are liberals so eager to embrace Shor when they rejected Bernie? What are the flaws in Shor’s approach, and what are t...

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Brie is joined by her best friend and former SWOTI (Someone's Wrong On The Internet) podcast co-Host Joe Lee to discuss Bad Art Friend -- the viral New York Times story about the ethical boundaries of public posting, creativity, and friendship. They also discuss the semi-viral Machine Gun K...

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October 14, 2021 113 min

This is the best, most good faith conversation about the final chapter of Dave Chapelle's four-part Netflix special The Closer you'll hear anywhere on the internet. Period. Brie is joined by Dr. Steven Thrasher -- the inaugural Daniel H. Renberg Chair of social justice in reporting (with an emphasis on issues relevant to the LGBTQ community) and an assistant professor of journalism -- and attorney, Champagne Sharks podcast ...

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Why are folks debating whether Kamala is "Black" and is it relevant to her presidential prospects? Is Brie over-invested in Cardi B's revolutionary politics or could she be the next Paul Robeson? Is the online-left sufficiently internationalist? How does one square the belief that W...

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This week, Seattle city council member Kshama Sawant returns to the podcast with an analysis of the ongoing infrastructure battle, and an update on the recall campaign against her. Brie asks her how she plans to best the corporate interests aligned against her, and whether there are any lessons learned from the effort to challenge India Walton's win in Buffalo, and Nina Turner's defeat in Cleveland. The pair then interrogat...

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After taking a mental health break from discussing the infrastructure bills and all the ways progressive electeds disappoint, Brie's back in full #ForceTheVote mode this week. She's joined by congressional clairvoyant David Sirota and legislative ace Jennifer Briney for a rip-roaring de...

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This week, Brie interviewed socialist mayoral candidate India Walton, who made history in June by defeating four term incumbent mayor Byron Brown in the Democratic primary for mayor of Buffalo, New York. Walton won fair and square, but in a move that's becoming all too familiar, the Democratic establishment is putting up a fight. After trying and failing to get on the ballot by starting a new party, Brown is waging a write in c...

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This week, Brie speaks to Christian Picciolini, a former white supremacist leader who went on to renounce hate and found the counter-extremism organizations Life After Hate and Free Radicals Project. They get into the pathways radicalized people take into the hate movement, the efficacy of dise...

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Earlier this month, the online left had a spirited debate about whether it should embrace "patriotism." Is pride in country inextricable from a noxious nationalism? Or can patriotism be redefined as something less jingoistic but equally appealing to the working classes? Should the Right have the exclusive ability to weaponize the stars and stripes to advance their faux populist agenda? Or should the left learn to love Ameri...

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September 20, 2021 7 min

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This week, Brie is joined by an all star climate panel: Historian, journalist, and host of Red Nation Podcast Nick Estes recently returned from Minnesota where he brings updates on the Line 3 oil pipeline protests; Walker Bragman, a reporter for the Daily Poster, who just broke a story revealin...

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September 16, 2021 52 min

Last spring, COVID struck, and by the end of 2020, 11 million Americans were significantly overdue on rent. The following March, the CDC imposed a federal eviction moratorium that offered temporary protection to some renters, but after Cori Bush and others progressives fought to extend it, the Supreme Court overturned the moratorium in August. This week, I spoke to the left's most visible housing activist, Cea Weaver, and local...

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This week, Brie spoke to political scientist, activist, former professor and writer Norm Finkelstein about his new book on identity politics and cancel culture. Specifically, he asked Brie to critique his chapter on Barack Obama, and how his identity was weaponized to sell his 2008 candidacy as having revolutionary potential that could meet the scale of the Great Recession. History has shown that Obama's no leftist, but Finkels...

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A week after they defeated Roe v. Wade, two sides of the evil triad (sans Susan Sarandon) convene to discuss their plot to ruin America. Or at least that's how some liberals might view this chat between Brie & physician, activist, and 2016 Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein. Brie asks Dr. Stein how she feels about being blamed for Trump, whether progressives will hold firm on their threat to tank the bi-parti...

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As the Trump era brought spiking hate crimes, white supremacist rallies, and a renewed interest in racist online communities, journalist Talia Lavin began a fascinating social experiment aimed at understanding and exposing the white nationalist movement: She went undercover as an idealized Arya...

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September 2, 2021 104 min

Democratic Party leadership is telling Californians to vote "no" on the question of whether to Governor Gavin Newsom. But there's a second question on the ballot: If a majority of Californians vote "yes," who should replace him? Democratic leaders have advised voters to leave the second question blank. But hasn't the New York mayoral race taught the left that it should consolidate early around progressive al...

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August 30, 2021 8 min

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The personal is political, so this week an all female panel weighs in on what it's like to date as a leftist. Is political alignment a necessity? Where would you draw the line? A Kamala Harris supporter? A Buttigeig stan? Do heteronormative gender dynamics make it more difficult for leftist...

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In this week's very special California episode, we talk Prop 22 and the Gavin Newsom recall with three very special guests. Cali guys Josh Olson and Dave Anthony don't just co-host The West Wing Thing podcast. They're a wealth of information about the Newsom recall effort and the very real threat posed by the leading Republican on the ballot -- Larry Elder (a villain straight out of central casting). But first, Brie pi...
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For this very special 100th episode, we're elevating house discourse by inviting two of the best minds on the left to interrogate the ethical questions that are driving the controversy. Marxist economist Richard Wolff and Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and theologian Chris Hedges weigh i...

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August 19, 2021 61 min

After a week of Afghanistan hot takes, one thing is clear: the left has an isolationism problem. Everyone agrees that imperialism is bad. But disagreement has emerged over what obligation, if any, America has to the country it's occupied for 20 years, and the individuals left behind. On one hand, some folks are arguing that there's no good way to withdraw, and that any discussion about how to improve Biden's actions thi...

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Noam Chomsky argued that a vote for Biden was a vote to save the planet. But it's clear now, if it wasn't already then, that Biden would to fail to meet the moment. Biden's climate platform was insufficient to begin with, but the winnowed version that's made it into the infrastr...

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