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The Chauncey DeVega Show is the official podcast of Salon.com politics writer Chauncey DeVega. On a weekly basis the show features a relaxed and free-form conversation with artists, authors, musicians, researchers, academics, journalists, activists, as well as Hollywood actors and directors.

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The Chauncey DeVega Show is the official podcast of Salon.com politics writer Chauncey DeVega. On a weekly basis the show features a relaxed and free-form conversation with artists, authors, musicians, researchers, academics, journalists, activists, as well as Hollywood actors and directors.

    From The Walking Dead to Hannibal Lecter: You Have Been Warned About Donald Trump’s Neofascist Horror Politics

    From The Walking Dead to Hannibal Lecter: You Have Been Warned About Donald Trump’s Neofascist Horror Politics

    Hello good humans. I am sharing the most recent episode of my other podcast The Truth Report here as well. I hope you are well and doing nice things for yourself as you fight back against the darkness. In solidarity!
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    On this episode of The Truth Report, Chauncey DeVega shares a version of his recent essay at Salon, “Donald Trump is testing out a new campaign strategy: horror politics”.
    WHERE CAN YOU FIND ME?
    On Twitter:
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    HOW CAN YOU SUPPORT THE TRUTH REPORT?
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    • 9 min
    From O.J. Simpson to George Floyd -- Medical Examiner Dr. Michael Baden Reflects on his Decades-Long Fight for Justice in a Broken Legal System

    From O.J. Simpson to George Floyd -- Medical Examiner Dr. Michael Baden Reflects on his Decades-Long Fight for Justice in a Broken Legal System

    Dr. Michael Baden is the former Chief Medical Examiner of New York City. He has been a medical examiner for forty-five years and has performed more than 20,000 autopsies. 
    He was the host of the HBO “Autopsy” series for thirteen years and is the author of several books including his most recent “American Autopsy: One Medical Examiner's Decades-Long Fight for Racial Justice in a Broken Legal System”.
    Dr. Baden reflects on his vocation and decades of work as a medical examiner, and how he has tried to use science and medicine to find the truth and advance the cause of justice. He also shares insights about the Michael Brown, George Floyd, and other tragic examples of police killings and murders.
    And Dr. Baden explains what it was like to be at the center of the media maelstrom that was the infamous O.J. Simpson murder trial.
    Chauncey DeVega convenes The Chauncey DeVega Show Secular Church Family and engages in some critical self-reflection as he shares what he has been up to these last few very long weeks, being tired from being an only child and member of the striving working class, and how Trump Trial Time (TTT) is draining all of us who are paying attention.
    And Chauncey DeVega continues to warn about how Donald Trump is a master propagandist who is using horror politics and sadism to further radicalize his cult members during his hush-money and other criminal trials and the 2024 presidential election.
    Chauncey also explains how, like other fascists, Donald Trump is expert at using scatological politics and that his diehard MAGA people are now wearing diapers – yes, real diapers – to the Dear and Great Leader’s cult meeting-rallies as a way of demonstrating their loyalty to him and the movement.
    WHERE CAN YOU FIND ME?
    On Twitter:
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    On Facebook:
    https://www.facebook.com/chauncey.devega
    My email:
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    HOW CAN YOU SUPPORT THE CHAUNCEY DEVEGA SHOW?
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    Patreon:
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    • 2 hr 7 min
    Glenn Kirschner Warns That Donald Trump and the Republican Party MAGA Fascists Are Trying to Murder American Democracy

    Glenn Kirschner Warns That Donald Trump and the Republican Party MAGA Fascists Are Trying to Murder American Democracy

    Glenn Kirschner is an NBC News/MSNBC on-air legal analyst and teaches criminal justice at George Washington University. He has a YouTube channel and Podcast, “Justice Matters with Glenn Kirschner.” Kirschner is also a former federal prosecutor with 30 years of trial experience. He served in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia for 24 years, rising to the position of Chief of the Homicide Section. In that capacity, Kirschner supervised 30 homicide prosecutors and oversaw all homicide grand jury investigations and prosecutions in Washington, DC.
    He explains why and how Donald Trump (and his confederates) have been able to evade serious accountability for their public crime spree against American democracy and society, including the Jan. 6 coup attempt and lethal terrorist attack on the Capitol.
    Kirschner cautions that contrary to the mainstream media’s narrative that the “walls are closing in” on Donald Trump given his multiple criminal and civil trials where he may face hundreds of years in prison and hundreds of millions of dollars in fines and judgements, the reality of the situation is much more perilous and uncertain.
    He warns that Donald Trump and the Republican fascists and the larger “conservative” movement are trying to kill American democracy and will not stop until they achieve their goal of unlimited power and putting Dictator Trump in the White House.
    Chauncey DeVega missed all of you good members of The Chauncey DeVega Show Secular Church Family and shares a pathetic and frustrating tale of how he has been under attack by a severe case of cooties (likely some type of targeted assault by a customized biological weapon) these last two or so months that caused the podcast to be delayed.
    Chauncey honors and celebrates the life of the Elder God and Titan Louis Gossett Jr. who passed away on March 29 and attends a special screening of his iconic film An Officer and a Gentlemen, during which he sheds some tears and engages in some deep reflective thinking about very important things.  
    And Chauncey DeVega reviews the new films Asphalt City, Love Lies Bleeding, and Late Night With The Devil. In the interest of public health and safety – and protecting your sanity -- Chauncey also survives the movies Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire and Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire so you don’t have to.
    WHERE CAN YOU FIND ME?
    On Twitter:
    https://twitter.com/chaunceydevega
    On Facebook:
    https://www.facebook.com/chauncey.devega
    My email:
    chaunceydevega@gmail.com
    HOW CAN YOU SUPPORT THE CHAUNCEY DEVEGA SHOW?
    Via Paypal at ChaunceyDeVega.com
    Patreon:
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    • 1 hr 59 min
    Heather Cox Richardson Warns That We Can Still Stop Dictator Trump and the American Fascist Movement – If We Have the Will and Fortitude to Do That Hard Work

    Heather Cox Richardson Warns That We Can Still Stop Dictator Trump and the American Fascist Movement – If We Have the Will and Fortitude to Do That Hard Work

    There are two guests on this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show.
    Brynn Tannehill is a journalist and author of "American Fascism: How the GOP is Subverting Democracy." Her essays and other writing have been featured at the New York Times, The Huffington Post, and The New Republic.
    Brynn reflects on doing the frustrating and challenging work of continuing to sound the alarm about Dictator Trump, American neofascism, and the existential threat that movement represents to the LGBTQ community and others deemed to be the enemy.
    She also shares her insights on why so many Americans – especially in the news media and political class – continue to be in a state of denial about the Trumpocene nightmare and the hellscape that awaits the American people when/if The Dear Leader and his cabal take power in 2025. 
    Heather Cox Richardson is Professor of History at Boston College. She is the author of numerous books including her most recent, “Democracy Awakening”. Richardson’s Substack newsletter “Letters From an American” is essential reading and is subscribed to by 1,400,000 people.
    She explains how the study of American history and peoples’ movements to expand real democracy are critical for defeating Trumpism, American neofascism and global illiberalism today. Heather also reflects on how her background as a working-class person helped to prepare her for the intellectually, spiritually, emotionally, and physically demanding work of defending American democracy in her role and responsibility as someone who thinks and writes publicly for a living.
    Chauncey DeVega summons the power of the Sincerity Prayer and shares his thoughts on our collective exhaustion from the Trumpocene and other life struggles and burdens -- and the importance of not surrendering to them.
    Chauncey also ponders the perfect film “Perfect Days” and the life lessons he learned from the people he encountered during his travels in his neighborhood.
    And Chauncey DeVega honors the career of the professional wrestling legend Sting. He is also very upset at the superfans and “Cody Crybabies” who are denying the world the epic WrestleMania 40 battle between The Rock and The Head of the Table Roman Reigns.
    WHERE CAN YOU FIND ME?
    On Twitter:
    https://twitter.com/chaunceydevega
    On Facebook:
    https://www.facebook.com/chauncey.devega
    My email:
    chaunceydevega@gmail.com
    HOW CAN YOU SUPPORT THE CHAUNCEY DEVEGA SHOW?
    Via Paypal at ChaunceyDeVega.com
    Patreon:
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    • 2 hr 22 min
    The Vince McMahon Sex Scandal Allegations Are About So Much More Than Professional Wrestling

    The Vince McMahon Sex Scandal Allegations Are About So Much More Than Professional Wrestling

    Irv Muchnick is one of America’s leading sports writers and investigative journalists.
    His essays and other writing have appeared in Sports Illustrated, People, The Washington Monthly, and the Sunday magazines of the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. He is the author of the books Chris & Nancy; Wrestling Babylon; Concussion Inc., Without Helmets or Shoulder Pads: The American Way of Death in Football Conditioning; and Underwater: The Greed-Soaked Tale of Sexual Abuse in USA Swimming and Around the Globe.
    Irv Muchnick reflects on why the recent “revelations” about Vince McMahon’s alleged Caligula-like sexual exploitation of an employee, harassment, and of creating a larger environment of sexual predation at the WWE/WWF should in no way be a surprise given what has been publicly known for decades.
    Irv also offers some context from his long history of reporting on the subculture(s) of professional wrestling and other sports such as swimming and gymnastics about how and why sexual harassment and abuse are unfortunately all too common both in those spaces and across American society.
    And Irv connects the dots between Donald Trump and Vince McMahon and what he describes as the “Trumpification” of American politics and life.
    Chauncey reflects on nostalgia, innocence, joy, pleasure, fan culture, and how to reconcile loving professional wrestling (and other things) with knowing about the real-life drama and human cost that it brings to its participants and others in that world. Ultimately, is innocence bliss?
    And Chauncey shares a story about being a hero in your own neighborhood (even when sick), thanks everyone for their support during his battle with the cooties, and in that spirit makes a public health announcement about the merits of folk medicine and the all-powerful asafetida bag.
    At the end of this episode of the podcast, there is also an “Easter egg” bonus segment from the archives with writer, movie producer, and director Barry Blaustein where he reflects on making the landmark professional wrestling documentary Beyond the Mat.
    WHERE CAN YOU FIND ME?
    On Twitter:
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    On Facebook:
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    My email:
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    HOW CAN YOU SUPPORT THE CHAUNCEY DEVEGA SHOW?
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    • 2 hr 15 min
    What Would America Be Like If Donald Trump's Jan. 6 Coup Had Succeeded?

    What Would America Be Like If Donald Trump's Jan. 6 Coup Had Succeeded?

    Alan Jenkins is a Professor of Practice at Harvard Law School where he teaches courses on Race and the Law, Communication, Law, and Social Justice, and Supreme Court Jurisprudence. Prior to joining the Harvard faculty, he co-founded and led The Opportunity Agenda. Jenkins has also been a frequent guest columnist in The Hollywood Reporter. He has also appeared frequently as a commentator on CBS and MSNBC.
    Alan reflects on what America would be like if Trump’s MAGA coup attempt had succeeded and how he (and Gan Golan) used that premise and thought exercise to create 1/6: A Graphic Novel. He also shares his worries and concerns about the present state and future of American democracy and the long Black Freedom Struggle in this time of white rage and neofascist assault, and reflects on what President Obama (who Alan casually knows from their time together at law school) must be thinking about his legacy.  
    Chauncey and Alan also reflect on the early days of comic book conventions and how they found their love for graphic novels and other such visual storytelling.
    On this landmark 400th episode of the podcast, Chauncey DeVega reflects on the journey, the perils and allure of being broken and exhausted by the Trumpocene (and how too many of his fellow travelers in the pro-democracy movement are quitting), and how the hope peddlers and other happy pill sellers will be amplifying their siren song voices as the reality of Dictator Trump becomes more real and imminent.
    Chauncey also shares some heartwarming animal friend and good human stories, is concerned about the future of his beloved New England Patriots in a post-Belichick era, and is embarrassed that he was defeated again by the Fog Monster and then by Sub Zero here in Chicago.  
    WHERE CAN YOU FIND ME?
    On Twitter:
    https://twitter.com/chaunceydevega
    On Facebook:
    https://www.facebook.com/chauncey.devega
    My email:
    chaunceydevega@gmail.com
    HOW CAN YOU SUPPORT THE CHAUNCEY DEVEGA SHOW?
    Via Paypal at ChaunceyDeVega.com
    Patreon:
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    • 2 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
239 Ratings

239 Ratings

wokein1969 ,

Chauncey DeVega show is great!

Chauncey DeVega is an outstanding journalist who chooses and interviews outstanding guests. He adds very good advice that is very positive. I support his show and hope you do too!

GuyDudeMan345 ,

Too Painful To Listen To

I saw an article referring to this podcast that was very critical of Trump. I thought there might actually be something substantive here. Nope. The host tells us repeatedly that Trump is the horror of all horrors, but like everyone else cannot seem to provide any actual point, just ramble on endlessly about the supposed danger. The first hour was so mindless, I decided to save the rest of humanity and write this review. Maybe someone will see it and be spared the agony.

NEW YORK FAM ,

10 STARS ⭐️

10 STARS … So incisive and thought provoking. I absolutely love listening to Chauncey DeVega podcast. He always touches my heart❤️ thank you Chauncey, we love you.

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