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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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    The Pillars of Polarization and Persuasion

    The Pillars of Polarization and Persuasion

    Air Date 12/6/2022
    Today, we take a look at some of the factors driving hyper-partisanship in the US right now along with multiple arguments to not give up on the power of persuasion. 
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    Ch. 1: What If We Don't Need To 'Fix' Polarization? - The NPR Politics Podcast - Air Date 3-20-21
    NPR's Danielle Kurtzleben interviews Lilliana Mason, associate professor of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland, about her book Uncivil Agreement.
    Ch. 2: Getting Past Polarization: Anand Giridharadas - Ideas - Air Date 11-23-22
    The extremes are extreme in U.S. politics. But Anand Giridharadas and some other progressives are convinced that there are uncompromising approaches that can move up to 60 percent of voters to value democracy and human rights.
    Ch. 3: How to fix our polarized conversations (with Robb Willer) - How to Be a Better Human - Air Date 2-1-21
    Is your family, community, or even your country more divided than ever? Today’s guest Robb Willer is here to share some compelling insights on how we might bridge the ideological divide and offer some intuitive advice on ways to be more persuasive.
    Ch. 4: Can persuasion bridge the political divide? - Front Burner - Air Date 11-25-22
    In his book, Giridharadas speaks with experts on reaching people — organizers, activists, politicians, cognitive scientists, and even a cult deprogrammer — and takes a critical look at his fellow American progressives.
    Ch. 5: Why We're So Polarized - The Truth of the Matter - Air Date 10-25-21
    Johns Hopkins University professor Dr. Lillianna Mason joins the podcast for a discussion of political polarization in the U.S. and how politics have become central to the identities of many Americans across racial, religious and cultural lines.
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    Ch. 6: An innovative polling model can move us past political polarization - The Future of Everything - Air Date 6-24-22
    A Stanford professor explains how the deliberative polling model can get people to listen to one another and even compromise on some of society’s most complex policy issues.
    FINAL COMMENTS
    Ch. 7: Final comments on hyper-partisanship in the ballot box
    MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):
    Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr  Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent Activism Music: This Fickle World by Theo Bard (https://theobard.bandcamp.com/track/this-fickle-world) Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent  
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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Monopolies Run By Morons

    Monopolies Run By Morons

    Air Date 12/3/2022
    Today, we take a look at the mega-companies that touch all of our lives and the monopolistic practices that have been developed to keep power and wealth concentrated with the few while the rest of us get screwed. 
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    Ch. 1: Tech Monopolies - Last Week Tonight with John Oliver - Air Date 6-13-22
    John Oliver discusses tech monopolies, and how to address the hidden harm they can do.
    Ch. 2: How Ticketmaster Is Destroying Live Music - More Perfect Union - Air Date 10-19-22
    Ticketmaster is destroying live music. Their scam fees now cost as much as 78% of a ticket. They control the events, the venues, and even the artists. There’s a movement pushing the Justice Department to take on its monopoly. Cory Doctorow breaks it down.
    Ch. 3: Corporate Greed Is Causing Inflation But The Rich Blame Workers - Thom Hartmann Program - Air Date 11-16-22
    Not since the Great Depression have corporate profits soared so high. But it is not enough to satisfy them. More than 54% of the inflation America is experiencing is caused by record-setting corporate profits.
    Ch. 4: Why Food Prices Could Skyrocket Thanks to This Grocery Merger - More Perfect Union - Air Date 11-14-22
    Safeway, Ralphs, Smiths, Harris Teeters, Shaws, Kings, Randalls, and about 25 other brands, will all be owned by a single company if the Kroger-Albertsons merger goes through. And that’s really bad news for the prices you pay.
    Ch. 5: Chokepoint Capitalism (with Cory Doctorow and Rebecca Giblin) - Pitchfork Economics with Nick Hanauer - Air Date 11-1-22
    Novelist Cory Doctorow and intellectual property expert Rebecca Giblin discuss their new book, Chokepoint Capitalism, which documents the increasing tensions between extractive corporations and creative laborers.
    Ch. 6: Making The Case For Abolishing Billionaires - MSNBC - Air Date 11-21-22
    "One after another, four of our best-known billionaires laid waste to the image of benevolent saviors carefully cultivated by their class," Anand Giridharadas writes in a recent New York Times column.
    Ch. 7: Elon Musk Is An Idiot (and so are Zuck and SBF) - Adam Conover - Air Date 11-23-22
    Tech CEOs aren't geniuses, and here's the proof.
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    Ch. 8: Chokepoint Capitalism (with Cory Doctorow and Rebecca Giblin) Part 2 - Pitchfork Economics with Nick Hanauer - Air Date 11-1-22
    FINAL COMMENTS
    Ch. 9: Final comments on how regulation helps stop financial scams
    MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):
    Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr  Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent Activism Music: This Fickle World by Theo Bard (https://theobard.bandcamp.com/track/this-fickle-world) Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent  
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Bonus Sample: Political Movements

    Bonus Sample: Political Movements

    Original Air Date: 11-5-22

    Today, Jay!, Amanda, Deon and Erin discuss:

    - The Neverending Story

    - Instilling distrust through abuse

    - More on collectivist storytelling

    - Joseph Campbell and the myth of the monomyth

    - The politics of public toilets and potty training
     

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    References:

    The Martin Beck Police Mystery Series

    Joseph Campbell's Myth of the Monomyth | Part 1 - Maggie May Fish

    The Weird History of Gender-Segregated Bathrooms - Live Science

    The Powerful History of Potty Training - The Atlantic

    How an urban myth about litter boxes in schools became a GOP talking point
     

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    • 18 min
    Bonus Edition: Don't Call Me Out My Name

    Bonus Edition: Don't Call Me Out My Name

    Air Date: 12-1-22
    Today, Jay!, Amanda and Deon discuss:
    - That the youth are doing away with "You're welcome"
    - Words Matter: Building solidarity or maintaining power structures through vocatives
    - The power play of intentional misnaming
    - Ye's name, ego and run for president

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    References:
    A scorching hot take on why younger people say 'no problem' instead of 'you're welcome.'
    https://www.upworthy.com/a-scorching-hot-take-on-why-younger-people-say-no-problem-instead-of-you-re-welcome-rp

    Words Matter by Sally McConnell-Ginet
    https://bookshop.org/a/13356/9781108445900

    HOW TO PRONOUNCE YE AND MEANING OF KANYE’S NEW NAME EXPLAINED
    https://www.hitc.com/en-gb/2021/10/19/how-to-pronounce-ye-and-meaning-of-kanyes-new-name-explained/

    Trump faulted for dinner with white nationalist, rapper Ye
    https://apnews.com/article/2022-midterm-elections-kanye-west-entertainment-donald-trump-21ea30fc30a9a97074581015b25e18bf

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    The Ugly Underbelly of The Beautiful Game (Qatar World Cup)

    The Ugly Underbelly of The Beautiful Game (Qatar World Cup)

    Air Date 11/30/2022
    Today, we take a look at the context of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar including the labor abuses endemic in the construction of the facilities, the authoritarianism and anti-LGBTQ policies of the Qatari government, and the corruption fundamental to the inner working of FIFA that brought the tournament to Qatar in the first place.
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    Ch. 1: Qatar and a World Cup controversy - Front Burner - Air Date 11-10-22
    In the decade since Qatar won its bid to host this year's tournament, allegations of bribery, discrimination and human rights abuses have threatened to overshadow the game.
    Ch. 2: What Does Qatar Want? - Pro Revolution Soccer - Air Date 11-25-22
    Tom speaks to Lebanese writer and activist Ali Reda about why Gulf petrostates are investing billions into football – particularly in the north of England – and what the British state gets out of the deal.
    Ch. 3: Qatar and the World Cup of Shame - Burn It All Down - Air Date 4-20-21
    We discuss the (longstanding) controversy around the Qatar 2022 FIFA Men's World Cup including the ongoing inhumane working conditions and indentured servitude for migrant laborers building stadiums that have led to at least 6,500 deaths
    Ch. 4: World Cup: Welcome to Qatar! - Today, Explained - Air Date 11-4-22
    Soccer is sometimes called “the second religion of the Arab World,” and Qatar is the region’s first country to host the World Cup.
    Ch. 5: Qatar World Cup: FIFA president defends tournament in extraordinary speech - Channel 4 News - Air Date 11-19-22
    FIFA's President Gianni Infantino gave an extraordinary speech in which he railed against Western hypocrisy over migrant workers
    Ch. 6: 'One Love' campaign hit by threat of FIFA sanctions - DW News - Air Date 11-21-22
    The threat of sanctions has resulted in the seven European nations who had signed up to the One Love campaign, including England and Germany, announcing their decision to abandon plans to wear the rainbow-themed captain’s armbands.
    Ch. 7: Boom in demand for 'One Love' arm bands banned by FIFA - FRANCE 24 English - Air Date 11-24-22
    The "One Love" armbands that captains of some teams at the World Cup had been intending to wear to show support for the LGBTQ+ community are seeing a boom in demand among the general public after FIFA decided to ban players from wearing the armbands.
    Ch. 8: Qatar World Cup - Last Week Tonight with John Oliver - Air Date 11-21-22
    John Oliver discusses the Qatar World Cup, the human rights violations happening in the sporting event’s host country, and what perfection really means to David Beckham.
    Ch. 9: Human Rights and the Qatar World Cup - Global Dispatches -- World News That Matters - Air Date 11-16-22
    In this episode, we speak with Michael Page, deputy director in the Middle East and North Africa division at Human Rights Watch We discuss how and why migrant workers were exploited in Qatar and then have a conversation about human rights
    MEMBERS-ONLY BONUS CLIP(S)
    Ch. 10: How FIFA corrupted the World Cup - Vox - Air Date 11-23-22
    FIFA announced the 2022 World Cup would take place in a surprising country, Qatar. At that same meeting, they also announced that the 2018 World Cup would take place in Russia. These selections set off a new chapter in FIFA’s history
    FINAL COMMENTS
    Ch. 11: Final comments on the propaganda master class put on by the president of FIFA
    Reference: FIFA President Gianni Infantino Press conference
    MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions)
    Produced by Jay! Tomlinson
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    The Ugly Underbelly of The Beautiful Game (Qatar World Cup)

    The Ugly Underbelly of The Beautiful Game (Qatar World Cup)

    Air Date 11/30/2022

    Today, we take a look at the context of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar including the labor abuses endemic in the construction of the facilities, the authoritarianism and anti-LGBTQ policies of the Qatari government, and the corruption fundamental to the inner working of FIFA that brought the tournament to Qatar in the first place.

    Be part of the show! Leave us a message at 202-999-3991 or email Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com

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    SHOW NOTES

    Ch. 1: Qatar and a World Cup controversy - Front Burner - Air Date 11-10-22

    In the decade since Qatar won its bid to host this year's tournament, allegations of bribery, discrimination and human rights abuses have threatened to overshadow the game.

    Ch. 2: What Does Qatar Want? - Pro Revolution Soccer - Air Date 11-25-22

    Tom speaks to Lebanese writer and activist Ali Reda about why Gulf petrostates are investing billions into football – particularly in the north of England – and what the British state gets out of the deal.

    Ch. 3: Qatar and the World Cup of Shame - Burn It All Down - Air Date 4-20-21

    We discuss the (longstanding) controversy around the Qatar 2022 FIFA Men's World Cup including the ongoing inhumane working conditions and indentured servitude for migrant laborers building stadiums that have led to at least 6,500 deaths

    Ch. 4: World Cup: Welcome to Qatar! - Today, Explained - Air Date 11-4-22

    Soccer is sometimes called “the second religion of the Arab World,” and Qatar is the region’s first country to host the World Cup.

    Ch. 5: Qatar World Cup: FIFA president defends tournament in extraordinary speech - Channel 4 News - Air Date 11-19-22

    FIFA's President Gianni Infantino gave an extraordinary speech in which he railed against Western hypocrisy over migrant workers

    Ch. 6: 'One Love' campaign hit by threat of FIFA sanctions - DW News - Air Date 11-21-22

    The threat of sanctions has resulted in the seven European nations who had signed up to the One Love campaign, including England and Germany, announcing their decision to abandon plans to wear the rainbow-themed captain’s armbands.

    Ch. 7: Boom in demand for 'One Love' arm bands banned by FIFA - FRANCE 24 English - Air Date 11-24-22

    The "One Love" armbands that captains of some teams at the World Cup had been intending to wear to show support for the LGBTQ+ community are seeing a boom in demand among the general public after FIFA decided to ban players from wearing the armbands.

    Ch. 8: Qatar World Cup - Last Week Tonight with John Oliver - Air Date 11-21-22

    John Oliver discusses the Qatar World Cup, the human rights violations happening in the sporting event’s host country, and what perfection really means to David Beckham.

    Ch. 9: Human Rights and the Qatar World Cup - Global Dispatches -- World News That Matters - Air Date 11-16-22

    In this episode, we speak with Michael Page, deputy director in the Middle East and North Africa division at Human Rights Watch We discuss how and why migrant workers were exploited in Qatar and then have a conversation about human rights

    MEMBERS-ONLY BONUS CLIP(S)

    Ch. 10: How FIFA corrupted the World Cup - Vox - Air Date 11-23-22

    FIFA announced the 2022 World Cup would take place in a surprising country, Qatar. At that same meeting, they also announced that the 2018 World Cup would take place in Russia. These selections set off a new chapter in FIFA’s history

    FINAL COMMENTS

    Ch. 11: Final comments on the propaganda master class put on by the president of FIFA

    Reference: FIFA President Gianni Infantino Press conference

    MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions)

    Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

    Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com

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