39 episodes

Better Left is a podcast about progressive people, with some politics sprinkled in. As a group, we live our progressive principles every day, but we know we can do better. Both as hosts of a podcast, but also as part of a greater movement that at its heart promises to bring prosperity and opportunity to everyone in the US. As a nation, we're coming to terms with what the word progressive even means. As a group of millions loosely assembled around a set of universal principles, the progressive left sure can get it wrong. Real wrong.
That's why we are talking. The Better Left hosts are working-class stiffs, labor union lovers, candidates for public office, hip-hop artists, Presidential campaign staff, campaign managers, attorneys, political strategists, teachers, philosophy nerds, video game professionals, passionate political activists, and really close friends. Sarah and Jay Smith, Troy Hewitt, Cassidy 'Corn' Butler, Atom Even Engel, and Ash León.
Wanna talk about it on the podcast? Maybe you want us to consider a different kind of guest, or to explore an idea from an entirely different point of view? Whatever you need, I'm sure we got it. Just send your thoughts to hello@betterleft.net, where your concerns and complaints are welcome, just leave our moms out of it.
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    • 4.5 • 23 Ratings

Better Left is a podcast about progressive people, with some politics sprinkled in. As a group, we live our progressive principles every day, but we know we can do better. Both as hosts of a podcast, but also as part of a greater movement that at its heart promises to bring prosperity and opportunity to everyone in the US. As a nation, we're coming to terms with what the word progressive even means. As a group of millions loosely assembled around a set of universal principles, the progressive left sure can get it wrong. Real wrong.
That's why we are talking. The Better Left hosts are working-class stiffs, labor union lovers, candidates for public office, hip-hop artists, Presidential campaign staff, campaign managers, attorneys, political strategists, teachers, philosophy nerds, video game professionals, passionate political activists, and really close friends. Sarah and Jay Smith, Troy Hewitt, Cassidy 'Corn' Butler, Atom Even Engel, and Ash León.
Wanna talk about it on the podcast? Maybe you want us to consider a different kind of guest, or to explore an idea from an entirely different point of view? Whatever you need, I'm sure we got it. Just send your thoughts to hello@betterleft.net, where your concerns and complaints are welcome, just leave our moms out of it.
Check out our website: https://betterleft.net/
Our Twitter: https://twitter.com/betterleftcast
Our Insta: https://www.instagram.com/betterleftcast/
Our Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BetterLeftCast

    Joshua Collins’ Campaign doxxed a voter and... covered it up?

    Joshua Collins’ Campaign doxxed a voter and... covered it up?

    Content Warning: This episode covers topics including bullying, sexual assault and doxing.
    In this week's episode, Corn and Jay discuss a follow-up to our last episode where we discussed the Joshua Collins doxxing scandal where Joshua Collins, a candidate for Washington's 10th Congressional District, got wrapped up in drama where a voter in his district was wrongfully accused of sexually aggressing a staff member of Joshua's campaign by Joshua. Corn and Jay talk about follow-ups that came out of an investigation that Jay did including Joshua's "apology" for doxxing.
    If you have seen or experienced doxing, bullying or other harmful behavior from candidates or others that are part of the movement, please share those experiences with us at hello@betterleft.net.
    To learn more about the Collins campaign check out his twitter @ https://twitter.com/Joshua4Congress or visit their campaign page at http://joshua2020.com.
    Or check out one of Joshua's debates with well-known Political Twitch streamers Destiny, Pxie, and others @ https://www.twitch.tv/videos/598031746
    For a copy of the complaint click here:
    https://betterleft.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/joshua_collins_doxxing_complaint.pdf
    For information concerning Jason Call's history of internal party harassment, check here: https://www.heraldnet.com/news/democrats-penalize-a-party-leader-for-unbecoming-conduct/
    Intro
    Artist: Ash Leon Title: Big Dipper Style
    License: With permission from the artist
    Adaptation: adjusted audio levels, cut to fit

    Outro
    Artist: Ash Leon Title: Sympathy for the Devil
    License: With permission from the artist
    Adaptation: adjusted audio levels

    • 33 min
    The Joshua Collins Campaign doxing scandal, bullies, and how to be the Better Left

    The Joshua Collins Campaign doxing scandal, bullies, and how to be the Better Left

    Content Warning: This episode covers topics including bullying, sexual assault and doxing.
    In this week's episode, Corn and Jay discuss bullying and the misuse of positions of power from those on the left. Join us as we examine a complaint filed with the Thurston County Democrats regarding Washington's 10th Congressional Candidate Joshua Collins who is alleged to have doxed a progressive voter in his own district. We also discuss other problematic actions from the Collins campaign including the Rent Strike Petition, concerns from tenant organizers in New York and the response from the campaign to them. Corn talks about why it is critical for us as leftists to hold candidates accountable, and how the actions of Collins and his campaign hurt electoral leftist politics for years to come.
    If you have seen or experienced doxing, bullying or other harmful behavior from candidates or others that are part of the movement, please share those experiences with us at hello@betterleft.net
    To learn more about the Collins campaign check out his twitter @ https://twitter.com/Joshua4Congress or visit their campaign page at http://joshua2020.com.
    Or check out one of Joshua's debates with well-known Political Twitch streamers Destiny, Pxie, and others @ https://www.twitch.tv/videos/598031746
    For a copy of the complaint click:https://betterleft.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/joshua_collins_doxxing_complaint.pdf
    Intro
    Artist: Ash Leon Title: Sympathy for the Devil
    License: With permission from the artist
    Adaptation: adjusted audio levels

    Outro
    Artist: Ash Leon Title: Big Dipper Style
    License: With permission from the artist
    Adaptation: adjusted audio levels

    • 1 hr
    The AFSCME Council 28/WFSE Frontline Heroes Fighting for Our Lives Against COVID-19

    The AFSCME Council 28/WFSE Frontline Heroes Fighting for Our Lives Against COVID-19

    We apologize for the quality of our audio. We're getting settled with our respective home studios during quarantine, and we are eternally thankful to Jay for his superlative editing skills and patience. We'll get better! Don't forget to give us some stars and subscribe! We hope you are all staying safe, sane, and healthy. Want to talk about it? Send a note to hello@betterleft.net! Follow The Better Left Cast on Twitter Follow the Better Left Cast on Facebook Follow the Better Left Cast on Instagram
    “We are aware that there are some inherent dangers in our work, but none of us signed up for a suicide mission,” said Yestramski.
    -Mike Yestramski Jr, RollCall.Com
    Mike is a psychiatric social worker at Western State Hospital, and President of AFSCME 28/WFSIE, the union representing approximately 45,000 state employees and public service workers across the state of Washington. That includes employees of state agencies, state colleges and universities, social services providers, state park employees, and correction officers, to name a few.
    While all of these public service jobs have been impacted by the unprecedented impact of this global pandemic, COVID-19 has created an untenable pressure on the frontline healthcare workers at facilities like Eastern and Western State hospitals, Harborview Medical Center, and the University of Washington Medical Center.
    In this episode, we check in with our friend Mike and unpack the reports we've heard from the frontline workers, the ever-present struggle with hospital administration to get the necessary PPE -protective gear used by hospital staff to reduce exposure and risk of infection for both patient and the people providing vital healthcare services.
    In the midst of this crisis, at the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak and in the United States, Mike speaks to what's going on and what the team at Washington State Federation of State Employees is doing to advocate on behalf of the incredible work on the frontlines, like #Courageous Duty Pay for front-line workers (SIGN THE PETITION!), and advocating for better screening and prioritized COVID-19 testing for front line staff.
    Mike at KUOW.ORG
    Mike at PublicNewsService.Org
    Michael Ferguson
    We also speak with our dear friend Michael Ferguson, an account manager for a company that provides lighting and technical services for large-venue public events. 200 employees were laid off as a result of the impact of COVID-19, and he speaks to the difficulty of the situation, and what he and other leaders from his field are doing to help- like raising $70,000 in support of Washington State Stage and Tech workers in an emergency fund.

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    Guests: Mike Yestramski Jr and Michael Ferguson
    Hosts: Troy Hewitt, Cassidy 'Corn' Butler
    Editing: Jay Smith
    Show Notes: Troy Hewitt
    Intro
    Artist: Hemijinks Title: Nice Ray
    License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/
    Adaptation: Reduced length to fit intro, adjusted audio levels
    Promoted by: https://www.tribeofnoise.com/viewMusic.php?fileID=17690

    Outro
    Artist: Ed Navarro Dee Title: Atacama
    License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/
    Adaptation: adjusted audio levels
    Promoted by:https://www.tribeofnoise.com/viewMusic.php?fileID=61477

    • 1 hr 45 min
    Councilman Upthegrove talks Taxes, Transit, & Archdiocese Fires Gay Teachers

    Councilman Upthegrove talks Taxes, Transit, & Archdiocese Fires Gay Teachers

    Right now Team Better Left are sequestered in our respective homes and preparing to coordinate our all-remote call-in podcast, the first time we've done that, so it should be both technically challenging and entirely frustrating- for everyone! We'll keep you posted! In the meantime, here's the latest episode:




    The Next Episode!
    We sit down with King County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove and talk about the recent firing of two teachers because they were marrying same-sex partners and his public advocacy on their behalf, among a host of other topics.




    "This is a reminder of the blatant discrimination that continues to exist in our community against members of the LGBT community," Upthegrove said.
    King County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove to NBC News






    We also finally learn what the King County Council does, talk about Dave's history in politics, and just generally have a great time. Dave was a delight to talk to and we are looking forward to hearing your thoughts.
    Check out the background for the episode at the links below:




    Dave Upthegrove from his King County Council page.

    A day in the life of Dave Upthegrove
    Wanna Have a Digital Hangout?



    We hope you are staying safe! How are you faring? Want to talk about it? How about a digital hangout? Let us know if you are interested in joining us for a digital hangout, who knows, maybe we'll turn it into a podcast. Let us know by sending an email to hello@betterleft.net!
    Episode Credits:
    Guest: David Upthegrove
    Editing: Jay Smith
    Episode Lead: Troy Hewitt
    Show Notes: Troy Hewitt
    Hosts: Cassidy Butler, Troy Hewitt, Jay Smith
    The Artists Behind our Tracks
    Intro
    Artist: Backyard Dreaming Title: Emotional Connection
    License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/
    Adaptation: Reduced length to fit intro, adjusted audio levels
    Promoted by: https://www.tribeofnoise.com/viewMusic.php?fileID=43851

    Outtro
    Artist: Lvin Red Title: On Top of the World (Feat. Quayba)
    License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/
    Adaptation: adjusted audio levels
    Promoted by: https://www.tribeofnoise.com/viewMusic.php?fileID=48705

    • 1 hr 17 min
    BHM/365: Blackness, Hip-hop, and Nanny of the Maroons

    BHM/365: Blackness, Hip-hop, and Nanny of the Maroons

    Ash sits down with local community activists/poets; Kamali, Maven and Seneca “Rosie Rocket” Rose to celebrate Black History Month and discuss a wide range of related topics spanning from Racial and Gender Identity to Youth Culture and Voting. They do it all through the sociopolitical lens they colloquially refer to as “Blackness”. Join us for this spiritual and often unconventional ride that we hope will inspire more questions and better solutions! References From The Show: https://www.facebook.com/thepeopleareSAFE S.A.F.E. (Seattle Against Foreclosure & Eviction) is a collective group made up of local disabled, queer, cash-poor, community organizers that have come together in an effort to help strengthen the fight against issues of displacement via gentrification through Community, Economic, Enivornmental and Social Justice. Attributions:
    Intro song: “Big Dipper Style” - Ash León

    Outro Song: “No Sympathy For The Devil” - Ash León
    Contact: Hello@betterleft.net
    Your Host: Ash León
    Editing: Jay Smith
    Show Notes: Ash León Guests: Kamali Derek Senior, Maven, Seneca “Rosie Rocket”

    • 1 hr 28 min
    Corn Goes to Iowa: What Went Down in Caucus Town

    Corn Goes to Iowa: What Went Down in Caucus Town

    Jay and Troy talk with Cassidy "Corn" Butler and Mark "Krouton" Routon, who were in Iowa working the caucus, Corn was there as Field Director, and Krouton as a volunteer in the field, both called to Iowa by their commitment to a Bernie Sander's Presidency, they're back to tell their stories from the field! Run-ins with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Michael Moore, trapping national press in an elevator, and more importantly, stories from the people of Iowa. It's a real adventure and you'll want to listen to every minute of it.
    References from the Show:
    Journey to Bernie organized by Carolyn Brotherton
    https://www.gofundme.com/f/journey-to-bernie-support?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link-tip&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet
    Support our friends who are out supporting Bernie! If you can't go yourself, support the people who are! Friends and fellow organizers, We are in a critical moment in this country and we have a real sho… Carolyn Brotherton needs your support for Journey to Bernie.

    Knock Doors for Bernie
    https://berniesanders.com/en/states/knock/
    Want to knock doors for Bernie in your neighborhood? Take our training to get a list of doors to knock near you!

    Travel to an Early State for Bernie
    https://berniesanders.com/en/states/berniejourney/
    Take your own Bernie Journey!

    Attributions:
    Contact: Hello@betterleft.net
    Your Hosts: Troy Hewitt, Jay Smith
    Editing: Jay Smith
    Show Notes: Troy Hewit
    Guests: Cassidy Butler, Mark Routon
    Intro song: Bern Necessities
    Outro Song: Bernie Can both parodies and written by Eli Alpern and performed by The Bernettes!!!!!

    • 1 hr 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

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I have enjoyed nearly every episode! Is it true that one of your hosts is very, very smart and so incredibly funny? Because I think so, if my ears can be believed. Make some merch!

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Awesome content!

Listened to your most recent episode highlighting our frontline heroes. Many of my friends and family are in the healthcare industry, so we really appreciate the support and message to the public. I agree that hopefully after all this has passed, we as a country will have learned from where we failed, and better prepare/position ourselves when the next big catastrophe happens again. Subscribed!

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