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An award-winning, expertly-curated podcast of progressive politics and culture. Diving deeply on a wide range of topics, we draw from more than 100 sources of progressive news and commentary. Est. 2006.

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An award-winning, expertly-curated podcast of progressive politics and culture. Diving deeply on a wide range of topics, we draw from more than 100 sources of progressive news and commentary. Est. 2006.

    Following the thread of the global Great Transition (Repost)

    Following the thread of the global Great Transition (Repost)

    Today we take a look at several topics that, at first glance, may seem to be unrelated but that I think are all tied together with a thread that runs through all of them and points the way toward The Great Transition we are currently in the middle of.

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Decolonization is for Everyone (Repost)

    Decolonization is for Everyone (Repost)

    Today we take a look at just a few forms the decolonization movement is taking from finance to cartography to the internet and beyond.

    • 1 hr 22 min
    Progressive Policies Are Good Politics

    Progressive Policies Are Good Politics

    Today we take a look at the results of the elections beyond the presidency and find that progressive policies did well which should be a lesson to Democrats currently looking to find their bearings and choose a direction.

    • 58 min
    The Conservative Fever Swamp is Reaching Critical Mass

    The Conservative Fever Swamp is Reaching Critical Mass

    Today we take a look at the Republican Party and that which is hath wrought. The deeply racist and conspiratorial constituency has been part of the party for decades but it wasn't always the dominant strain. Today it clearly is and in an age of hyper-polarization and with enthusiastic stoking from Trump, that branch of the party is perfectly primed to splinter from shared reality completely in a spectacular, violent way.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    The Coup Attempt We Saw Coming Years in Advance

    The Coup Attempt We Saw Coming Years in Advance

    Today we take a look at the slow-motion coup that we've known was coming since 2016. The baseless lawsuits, the absurd claims and the perpetual grift. Always the grift.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Tell Stories, Not Myths: Democracy in America

    Tell Stories, Not Myths: Democracy in America

    Today we take a look at the long and shifting history of the myth of democracy in America. We've never had it since the beginning but the reasons have shifted, ebbed and flowed over time. Now, in the midst of an attempted slow-motion coup, we look back at this most central American myth.

    • 1 hr 11 min

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dgsldlogos ,

Enjoyable even from the Right

I agree with almost nothing in any episode or on any topic, but it is thoughtful and well-produced and helps me to approach people I disagree with differently and understand better the thinking from the opposing side. Thank you for the effort and skill in production and curation, as well as the responsive feedback to voicemails and listener questions.

Mimienyc ,

Interesting but...

Jay’s voice and pronunciations are extremely annoying. The way he ends his last word of every sentence is giving misophonia. I like hearing your ideas although I do not agree with some of them. Its very hard to find people on the left whose voices don’t annoy me. (Michael Barbarro from NYT podcast also so annoying). Amanda laughs way to much. Also very annoying.
Ok now for substance: well, i don’t get why either of you thought making fun of cable news for 10 minutes was any more interesting than the cable news networks themselves. And yes, I agree 5 days of election was long and it seemed like “key alert” was every 5 seconds with nothing new to say. I really like Steve Kornacki and enjoyed all the numbers. Wasn’t confusing at all. Also, it’s painstakingly annoying to hear that you noticed that Floridians voted for 15$ minimum wage but were afraid to vote for Biden bc they feared socialism. Meanwhile he ran on increasing it to 15$ but lost Florida. The irony. I think it’s time you ditch the word socialism. It’s not popular. It’s like an anchor to a sinking ship. People like programs that help them, yes.. Making more money, yes. but they don’t want to hear socialism. Stop it. It’s not working. Presenting helpful popular programs but labeling them as socialism is political suicide. Please be open to this and take this as constructive criticism. Messaging is key. Democrats didn’t get the message right again. Didn’t stand up to “defund” police crap enough. Went on and on about health care. At the end, the people we need to convince are the ones that need money on their table. They will vote for the person that they think will provide that. I hate Trump and it’s sad so many are conned by him, but dems need to straighten their message and you’re delusional if you think socialism is the one. It’s not.

Jensteph71 ,

Truth is hard for Neanderthals

It’s ok, I know it’s hard to accept that in supporting Trump you’re complicit in unadulterated evil, but you don’t need to confess or anything just vote for Biden & all will get better soon I promise!

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