25 episodes

Left, Right & Center is KCRW’s weekly civilized yet provocative confrontation over politics, policy and pop culture.

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    • 4.3, 1.8K Ratings

Left, Right & Center is KCRW’s weekly civilized yet provocative confrontation over politics, policy and pop culture.

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
1.8K Ratings
1.8K Ratings
Chumpernickel ,

Gone downhill

Liz Breunig is insufferable. I use to love this show when Rich Lowry’s absurd Trump apologies and deflections were balanced by a real Liberal, but Liz Breunig is horrid. Her arguments are superficial and confused and she doesn’t seem to have a regular grasp of the facts. She doesn’t seem to be a liberal at all and insufferably smug to boot.

Jaspie13 ,

Liz Breunig is not a liberal

I wanted to like this, but rich Lowry says ridiculous things that go unquestioned, and Breunig gets to spout her smug,greenwald-Esque takes as though she represents Democrats. She doesn’t. She’s a pro-life Bernie supporter, which has to be a tiny faction. This show does the opposite of what it purports to do.

TheRonin08 ,

The format shows the problem.

I used to love Left, Right, and Center for being a solid run-down of the news and a good primer for the different arguments on different issues. I’ve learned a lot from having an array of hosts, and tried to use the different perspectives to inform my own views even when I have ideological differences with the people arguing them.

But somewhere around the NFL protests the show’s format and a reliance on commentator Rich Lowry began to give me heartburn.

Accommodating right-wing views and phrases that sometimes originate in 4-Chan has made me question KCRW’s understanding of presenting viewpoints unchallenged. Lowry has mocked Liberals for “Virtue Signaling” and attacked colleges for moderating hate speech under the guise of free speech defense but then turned on NFL players for “attacking the troops” in their protests.

This week on Twitter, Lowry praised Brett Kavanaugh got vigorously defending accusations of sexual assault, accusations that were corroborated and fact-checked by reporters doing work that Lowry frequently denigrates. So long as the show considers these views equal to the broad spectrum of policy debate that range from conservative to extensively liberal, Listeners will know they’re sharing the table with right-wingers that smile and nod when the dog whistle is blown.

There is a place in our media for debate on different perspectives, but Left Right and Center has become the Podcast version of Crossfire, letting morally repugnant viewpoints slip in with regular debate. I grew up in a conservative household, I learned conservative perspectives on policy and economics. Attacking NFL players, Kavanaugh’s accusers, and Colleges isn’t a debate about policy, it’s kindling for a culture war that’s starting to claim actual lives.

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