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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.

    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?
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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?
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    My email:
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    HOW CAN YOU SUPPORT THE CHAUNCEY DEVEGA SHOW?
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    • 2 hr 4 min
    The Truth Report -- Dr. Bandy Lee Warns That Trumpism Is a Public Health Emergency Which is Reaching Terminal Levels For American Democracy and Society

    The Truth Report -- Dr. Bandy Lee Warns That Trumpism Is a Public Health Emergency Which is Reaching Terminal Levels For American Democracy and Society

    This is a sneak preview of this week's installment of The Truth Report:
    https://thetruthreportwithchaunceydevega.libsyn.com/ep-133-dr-bandy-lee-warns-that-trumpism-is-a-public-health-emergency-that-is-reaching-fatal-levels-for-american-democracy-and-society
    Dr. Bandy Lee is a forensic psychiatrist and a leading expert on violence who taught at Yale School of Medicine and Yale Law School for 17 years before transferring her activities to Columbia and Harvard.
    Dr. Lee is also the editor of the New York Times bestseller, The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 37 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President.
    She is currently president of the World Mental Health Coalition, the largest professional organization to address the problem of dangerous leadership and its contribution to a “mental health pandemic.”
    Dr. Lee continues to warn that Trump and his MAGA movement and American neofascism constitute a public health emergency, which as seen on Jan. 6 and with Trump’s escalating threats of massive violence and destruction is only continuing to get worse. She also warns that Trump’s megalomania and the enduring power of the MAGA cult reflects how American society is sick with malignant normality and how that collective state of evil and pathological behavior can only lead to doom and destruction.
    Dr. Lee reflects on where the country would now be if the news media, political class, and other elites had responded properly to the warnings issued by mental health professionals more than seven years ago that Donald Trump represented an extreme threat to American society and that his obvious unwellness would spread and infect the nation if he were to become president – and if he wins the 2024 Election Dictator for Life will become a terminal disease for American democracy and society. 
    WHERE CAN YOU FIND ME?
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    HOW CAN YOU SUPPORT THE CHAUNCEY DEVEGA SHOW?
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    • 10 min
    The Fog Monster -- A Very Special Christmas Story Episode

    The Fog Monster -- A Very Special Christmas Story Episode

    On this special Christmas Day episode of the podcast, Chauncey DeVega is upset because his travel plans to visit his mom and dear friends were ruined by the fog. Instead of deciding to sit home alone and sulk, he instead shares an epic story of rage and adventure and romance and reflecting on life that took place during his many hours at the airport.
    Chauncey also does some research on why many people have erotic feelings towards Santa Claus (and Mrs. Claus).
    And on this impromptu episode of the podcast, Chauncey DeVega revisits his investigation into the African-American characters from the beloved movie A Christmas Story.
    WHERE CAN YOU FIND ME?
    On Twitter:
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    My email:
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    HOW CAN YOU SUPPORT THE CHAUNCEY DEVEGA SHOW?
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    • 53 min
    On Jan. 6 Capitol Hill Police Officer Sgt. Aquilino Gonell Went to Work and Did His Job By Defending American Democracy

    On Jan. 6 Capitol Hill Police Officer Sgt. Aquilino Gonell Went to Work and Did His Job By Defending American Democracy

    There are two guests on this week’s episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show.
    Dr. Justin Frank is a former clinical professor of psychiatry at the George Washington University Medical Center and the author of Trump on the Couch: Inside the Mind of the President.
    He warns that Donald Trump appears to be a megalomaniac, who as demonstrated by his recent comments at a rally in Iowa, truly does believe that he is some type of Chosen One who has been selected by “god” and “Jesus” to be America’s first dictator.
    Dr. Frank also explains how Trump’s obviously diseased mind and severe mental unwellness is rooted in a need to protect himself from reality – and how the pro-democracy forces can perhaps pierce Trump’s defense shield as they try to stop his fascist movement and takeover of the country. 
    Sgt. Aquilino Gonell is a Dominican immigrant, former U.S. Army Soldier, and Iraq War veteran. He’s been a Capitol Hill Police Officer for the past 17 years and was one of four police officers who testified before the House Select Committee investigating the January 6th Insurrection. He’s been recently featured in The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, NPR, CBS Mornings, NBC News, Fox-TV, MSNBC, The Daily Beast, The Hill, and Rolling Stone. He is the recipient of the Carnegie Immigrant Award.
    Sgt. Gonell’s new book (with co-author Susan Shapiro) is American Shield: The Immigrant Sergeant Who Defended Democracy.
    Sgt. Gonell shares what it was like on the ground as he and his fellow officers tried to defend the Capitol on Jan. 6 against Trump’s MAGA terrorist mob and attack force who were trying to end American democracy as part of the coup attempt.
    Sgt. Gonell also reflects on his personal trauma, healing, questions of character, and how he became the type of man he is as shown by his service to the country when it would have been much easier to not have shown up to work on that historic Jan. 6.
    Chauncey DeVega shares his thoughts on the growing sense of dread in our collective consciousness and that something even more horrible has happened these last few days and weeks as Trump and the MAGA movement are growing in power and their victory in next year’s presidential election -- which will mean the end of American democracy -- appears even more likely.
    Chauncey also reflects on where he is in his journey on the two-year anniversary of the Event.
    WHERE CAN YOU FIND ME?
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    • 1 hr 30 min
    A Reflective, Somewhat Serious, Funny, Titillating and Advice-Filled Special Thanksgiving Weekend Episode

    A Reflective, Somewhat Serious, Funny, Titillating and Advice-Filled Special Thanksgiving Weekend Episode

    On this special Thanksgiving 2023 episode of the podcast, Chauncey DeVega shares his thoughts on gratitude, why it is fine to be human and grumpy and not so happy on this holiday, and of course reads (and warns about) Dictator Trump’s Thanksgiving proclamation and why you should be preparing for his return to the White House.
    Chauncey also has some fun on this special episode of the podcast as he explains why there are some things you never buy on sale at Black Friday, continues to rage about his enemy the Turkey, offers some advice on sexy times after eating Thanksgiving dinner, and dialogues with the AI chatbot non-human entity about a range of dilemmas related to the holiday. 
    And Chauncey DeVega shares some thoughts about Eli Roth’s new movie Thanksgiving. 
    WHERE CAN YOU FIND ME?
    On Twitter:
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    My email:
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    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

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240 Ratings

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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!

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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.

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10 STARS ⭐️

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