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.
Jesus and John Wayne -- Guns, God, Masculinity and the Christian Fascist Assault on American Democracy
Kristin Du Mez is the author of Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation.
She explains how right-wing Christian extremists took over the Republican Party and why they view the evildoer Donald Trump as a type of weapon to advance their war on secular democracy.
She also highlights the role of white right-wing Christian extremists in Trump’s coup attack and lethal assault on the Capitol – and the importance of the movie Braveheart in their imaginary.
Dave Grossman on "Killology" and America's Out of Control Police
Former United States Army Ranger and Lieutenant Colonel (retired) Dave Grossman is one of the world's leading experts on the psychology of killing.
Grossman usually travels approximately 300 days a year conducting trainings and seminars.
He shares his insights on mass shootings, America's culture of violence, if armed teachers help to prevent school violence, and what he believes is the root cause of bad behavior by America’s police and other law enforcement.
Why Can't You Lose Weight? The Processed Food Industry Has Weaponized Your Hunger
Michael Moss is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist and bestselling author of Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us. His new book is Hooked: Food, Free Will, and How the Food Giants Exploit Our Addictions.
Moss explains how the processed food industry has weaponized our hunger. He also highlights how the processed food industry is constantly developing new products and technologies that human beings will find irresistible.
Jeff Sharlet Reflects on Navigating and Surviving the American Dream-Nightmare
Jeff Sharlet is the bestselling author of The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power and C Street: The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy. His newest book is This Brilliant Darkness: A Book of Strangers.
Sharlet reflects on writing about and living through the Age of Trump and its fascism, death, plague, isolation, and other miseries for the American people and the world.
Why Do People Kill? Lt Joe Kenda Explains The "Killer Triggers"
Lt. Joe Kenda (ret.) was a detective with the Colorado Springs Police Department for twenty years. During that time, he solved 356 of the 387 murder cases he investigated.
Kenda is the host of the new discovery+ show American Detective. His new book is Killer Triggers.
Kenda explains the randomness of life and why murder and chaos are often indiscriminate in who they touch – and why. He also debunks common myths about serial killers and other evildoers.
"Mindfulness" Will Not Save You From The Pandemic or Anything Else
Ronald Purser is a professor of Management in the College of Business at San Francisco State University. His most recent book is McMindfulness: How Mindfulness Became the New Capitalist Spirituality.
Purser explains how neoliberal gangster capitalists and other plutocrats have cooptated “mindfulness” for profits and ultimately as a tool for creating a passive, isolated, weak public of consumers and passive citizens.
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Chauncey’s delivery of truth is fun and personal and I look forward to listening to his weekly unique and nuanced interviews. Facing the truth together with Chauncey helps me feel less lonely in this social world that empowers human predators.
Climbing the lighthouse of truth
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Long time listener
A bit shocked by today’s episode spotlighting a pro gun cop who doesn’t understand the difference between data and anecdotal evidence. Shame on you, Chauncey. Won’t be supporting or listening any longer.