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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November 29, 2021 8 min

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Briahna speaks with Batya Ungar-Sargon, Deputy Opinion Editor of Newsweek & author of a provocative new book titled Bad News: How Woke Media is Undermining Democracy. A self-described "former woke," Batya is now skeptical of left media culture that feels increasingly elite & dis...

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Extremely good vibes in this Thanksgiving episode with former NAACP president, Maryland gubernatorial candidate, professor, and most importantly, Bernie Bro, Ben Jealous. Sometimes it's just nice to let the conversation follow a great conversationalist, and this week, the chat covers the biographical, racial identity, the merits of "defund" as a slogan, Ben's voting rights advocacy and why Biden's dragging his f...

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This week, Brie digs deeper into some broader themes that emerged from the Kyle Rittenhouse discourse. How productive is the "white supremacist" descriptor attached to not just Kyle, but to any number of actors associated with conservative politics. Even if it's accurate, does a max...

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This week, public defender & commentator for the Law Crime Network Olayemi Olurin returns to Bad Faith to discuss the Kyle Rittenhouse trial and how the media's selective marshaling of facts has led to a divide not just between the political right and the left, but among left commentators. Olurin walks us through the facts of the case, the charges, and the evidentiary burden the prosecutor must meet, before delving into acc...

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This week, Brie broke down everything you need to know about inflation, the supply chain crisis, and Larry Summers with economist and senior fellow at the Jain Family Institute, Claudia Sahm. Sahm addresses the Biden administration's bad messaging around the link between the COVID stimulus ...

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This week. Brie talks climate with David Wallace-Wells, New York Magazine Editor at Large and author of The Uninhabitable Earth -- one of the most sobering climate reads out there. Wallace-Wells helps Brie unpack what exactly is in the infrastructure bills with respect to climate, and asks whether AOC's claim that "America's back" at the COP 26 climate conference is a wee bit premature. Brie & Wallace-Wells also...

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This week, Brie speaks with cultural critic & author Thomas Chatterton Williams about his latest book, Self Portrait in Black & White: Unlearning Race. You may know him as one of the authors of the infamous Harpers letter on cancel culture, or from controversy surrounding his takes on h...

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Brie sits down in person with author and podcaster Andrew Sullivan to continue a conversation they started on his Dishcast podcast last month. After discussing the value of intra-ideological exchange, the two debate the existence of structural barriers to equality, the definition and value of critical race theory, equity vs. equality, and whether facial neutrality obscures substantive inequity in our legal system, or system of gov...

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This week, Andrew Yang returns to the pod to discuss his new book, Forward, and his plan to launch a 3rd party. Brie asks Yang some tough questions about what went wrong with his NYC mayoral candidacy, his friendship with Dave Chappelle, & whether "human centered capitalism" is an o...

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October 28, 2021 63 min

This week, Brie fulfills a longtime ambition: Chatting with former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis about Star Trek. The two Trekkies discuss utopias, the future of capitalism, Noam Chomsky's viral vaccine mandate take, and what's left for the left. But that's not all. This week is a two-parter, and in the second interview, Brie chats with friend of the show, New York Assembly member Zohran Mamdani, who is now ni...

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This week, Brie grills California Representative Ro Khanna on why progressives hesitate to call out Joe Biden, along with “rotating villains” Manchin & Sinema, for his role in obstructing democratic policies from a $15 min wage to student debt cancellation. Why should we trust Biden’s “heart” is in the right place on $15 an hour or the infrastructure bills if he declines to use tools in his arsenal — namely executive orders — t...

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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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October 18, 2021 7 min

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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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