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A podcast of politics and culture, from the editors of Current Affairs magazine.

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    • 4.7 • 509 Ratings

A podcast of politics and culture, from the editors of Current Affairs magazine.

    Activists You Should Know (feat. Lesley Williams)

    Activists You Should Know (feat. Lesley Williams)

    This episode was originally posted to our Patreon feed a month ago, but we've decided to make it free for everyone. If you enjoy this kind of content, please consider subscribing to our bonus feed at www.patreon.com/CurrentAffairs!

    Contributing editor Eli Massey begins a series of in-depth interviews with local activists. To begin with, he speaks to his friend Lesley Williams (@lesleywilliams), a librarian and activist with Jewish Voice for Peace, and based in Evanston, IL. Amongst other things, they discuss the influences of Black and Jewish culture in her life, her travails arranging pro-Palestinian programmes for the local community, and her critique of Evanston's "reparations" policy.

    This episode was edited by Dan Thorn of Pink Noise Studios in Somerville, MA.

    • 1 hr 50 min
    #73: The Pro-Bird/Anti-Fandom Caucus

    #73: The Pro-Bird/Anti-Fandom Caucus

    The panel discuss the recent slate of anti-trans bills, theorize on politics as fandom, and announce their vows for post-pandemic life.

    Today's flock consists of legal editor Oren Nimni, senior editor Brianna Rennix, amusements and managing editor Lyta Gold, and editor-in-chief Nathan J. Robinson.

    This episode was edited by Dan Thorn of Pink Noise Studios in Somerville, MA.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    #72: Are Property Taxes Real?

    #72: Are Property Taxes Real?

    The team talk through the question of "vaccine passports", reimagine taxes, and judge whether it is obligatory to stay informed.

    For the vaccine passport discussion, they are joined by Magnus Jamieson, who has previously guested on the podcast to talk about risk and resilience, and who has been following the COVID situation closely in his capacity as a stats geek (not, he would like us to stress, as an epidemiologist). In some brief patches, Magnus's audio features interference due to extraterrestrial whales careening through the universe, for which we can only apologize.

    "Is MMT Real?" is an ongoing in-depth series that follows Sparky and Pete as they interview a series of economists and try to puzzle out the truth of MMT. You can listen to it now (along with all our other bonus episodes) for just $5 a month at www.patreon.com/CurrentAffairs.

    The panel this week was associate editor Vanessa A. Bee, finance editor Sparky Abraham, poet-at-large Cate Root, contributing editor Eli Massey, editor-in-chief Nathan Robinson, guest science guy Magnus Jamieson, and host Aisling McCrea.

    This episode was edited by Dan Thorn of Pink Noise Studios in Somerville, MA.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Immigration Update: Biden's First 100 Days

    Immigration Update: Biden's First 100 Days

    Continuing our series of semi-regular immigration updates, Current Affairs' resident immigration lawyers Brianna Rennix and Oren Nimni explain the Biden administration's supposed changes in immigration policy, and what they've seen on the ground so far. This episode, like all our immigration updates, is not paywalled.

    This episode was edited by Dan Thorn of Pink Noise Studios in Somerville, MA.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    #71: Collective Bargaining For Better Yachts (feat. Ryan Kekeris)

    #71: Collective Bargaining For Better Yachts (feat. Ryan Kekeris)

    The Current Affairs panel welcomes a guest - Ryan Kekeris (@punished_ryan), director of communications of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades. In this episode, Ryan explains the ins and outs of the PRO Act, Sparky gives us a potted history of trade routes, and the team explore what it means to turn powerlessness into power.

    The panel this week was Ryan Kekeris, finance editor Sparky Abraham, senior editor Brianna Rennix, and host Nick Slater.

    Sign up for PRO Act phonebanking: https://actionnetwork.org/forms/proactphonebank
    William F. Buckley/Ronald Reagan Canal Debate: https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/politics/1978/01/24/the-canal-debate/43b772f5-beab-48ba-bb43-25aa5782302a/
    Otters helping each other over a wall: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXRsjYIuP6Y

    This episode was edited by Dan Thorn of Pink Noise Studios in Somerville, MA.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Voicemailbag XIV

    Voicemailbag XIV

    Once again we peruse, examine and eat your voicemails. Subjects include office animals, accusations of "childishness", the nature of the self and imaginary metros.

    The panel this week was made up of senior editor Brianna Rennix, administrative Zoomer Kate Gauthreaux, amusements & managing editor Lyta Gold, editor-in-chief Nathan J. Robinson, and host Sparky Abraham.

    This episode was edited by Dan Thorn of Pink Noise Studios in Somerville, MA.

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
509 Ratings

509 Ratings

kalistowe ,

The return of humor and authentic intelligent debate

These podcasts are fresh and a powerful representation of the possibility of engaged and thoughtful debate on everything (art, bureaucracy, activism, politics, grievances!!, etc) from a left perspective. Spontaneity and creativity is not lost! (Plus the original music by Danny Bradley is amazing and often…Funny)This is the perfect complement to detailed political analysis in the Current Affairs magazine.

Huskerco1 ,

Failure to address the question

On their recent episode on Immigration, there was a great deal of criticism of President Bident's policies without many suggestions on how to improve the situation. Further, the speakers failed to address the obvious question - Do they support Open Borders? If they do not, then what do they want to do? If they do, then they should be upfront about their position and address the obvious criticisms of that position. Finally, there is too much unnecessary profanity on the show. The choice of language diminishes from the seriousness of the discussion.

Darrel Revick ,

Book Review

I really Enjoyed your review of the Tuttle Twins book series and pointed out how African Americans are not to be portrayed as having Libertarian ideas because they all think the same and are “far more socialist” as you put it. I will be sure to let Walter Williams, Thomas Sowell, and Candace Owens know that their “white boy opinions” are rather distasteful. Thank you.

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