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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.

    "5 Days at Memorial" and How Doctors Decided Who Lived and Died During Hurricane Katrina

    "5 Days at Memorial" and How Doctors Decided Who Lived and Died During Hurricane Katrina

    Dr. Sheri Fink is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and the author of the New York Times bestselling nonfiction book Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital about the horrible choices that doctors had to make as Hurricane Katrina decimated New Orleans.
    Dr. Fink reflects of the challenges of managing one's ups and downs during difficult times such as the coronavirus pandemic and the Age of Trump, the importance of coping mechanisms such as gallows humor, and how doctors and other people who are confronted with life and death as part of their jobs navigate that world.
    She also shares how social capital, various forms of inequality, and human failings more generally contribute to how doctors and other caregivers decide the value of a human life as seen during the extreme crisis that was Hurricane Katrina as well as on a more routine day-to-day basis as well.  
    Chauncey DeVega continues to highlight how the mainstream American news media is refusing to consistently explain to the American people the realities of the existential threat to their safety, security, and future represented by the MAGAites, the Republican neofascists and the larger White right.
    To that point, Chauncey offers a close reading of Trump’s vile speech in Youngstown, Ohio and how it mirrors the themes and warnings contained in the landmark book The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William L. Shirer.
    There is also an “Easter egg” at the end of this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show.
    WHERE CAN YOU FIND ME?
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    • 1 hr 27 min
    It is Almost Impossible to Escape America's Poverty Trap

    It is Almost Impossible to Escape America's Poverty Trap

    Colleen Shaddox is the co-author (with Joanne Goldblum) of the book Broke in America: Seeing, Understanding, and Ending US Poverty. Her essays and other writing have been featured by NPR, the New York Times, the Washington Post and other leading publications and media outlets.
    In this wide-ranging conversation, Colleen Shaddox reflects on her journey to becoming an activist and truth-teller about poverty and other forms of social inequality and injustice in America.
    Shaddox highlights the importance of emphasizing the agency and dignity and intelligence of the poor, the working class, and other strivers and hardworking people in America who are under assault by gangster capitalism as they try to make a better life for themselves, their families, and communities.
    Colleen Shaddox and Chauncey DeVega also discuss social capital, poverty shaming, living a principled life, and maintaining one’s balance in a time of ascendant fascism, cruelty, and other evil.
    Chauncey DeVega (again) calls out the hope peddlers and others who have convinced themselves that Donald Trump is going to jail and believe in other false happy endings.
    And Chauncey has a rap session where he ponders the meaning of his first birthday since The Event of last year, journeys home to see his mama for Labor Day weekend, has a big only child working class attack of anxiety and worry, sees horrible things on these mean streets where life is so very cheap, goes to the movies, is the CM Punk AEW controversy a work or a shoot?, and updates everyone on his other (mis)adventures.
    There is also an “Easter egg” at the end of this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show.
    WHERE CAN YOU FIND ME?
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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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    • 1 hr 58 min
    The Truth Report -- The South Side of Chicago is Not a Problem to be Solved, It is a Home for the American Spirit

    The Truth Report -- The South Side of Chicago is Not a Problem to be Solved, It is a Home for the American Spirit

    This is a sneak preview of this week's installment of The Truth Report:
    https://thetruthreportwithchaunceydevega.libsyn.com/ep-119-the-south-side-of-chicago-is-not-a-problem-to-be-solved-it-is-a-home-for-the-american-spirit
    Sudhir Venkatesh is the William B Ransford Professor of Sociology and African-American Studies at Columbia University. His books include Floating City and Gang Leader for a Day.
    Sudhir Venkatesh’s new book is The Tomorrow Game: Rival Teenagers, Their Race for a Gun, and a Community United to Save Them.
    He reflects upon his 30-year relationship with the South Side of Chicago and how racism and classism distort the complex truth about that community and the people who live there.
    Sudhir Venkatesh also explains the importance of listening, respect, and allowing people to tell their own life stories and how sociologists – and people more generally in this moment of democracy crisis and other troubles – can benefit from learning that lesson.
    In this wide-ranging conversation, he also grapples with how American higher education and its most elite institutions have failed to rise to the challenge in this moment of ascendant fascism, the coronavirus pandemic, gangster capitalism, and other great crises.
    Sudhir Venkatesh also shares his thoughts on the critically acclaimed HBO TV series The Wire, and how contrary to the wishes of many white liberals and others who want easy answers while being entertained, it is not some type of definitive text and the authoritative final word about “urban poverty” and crime in America.
    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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    • 14 min
    Nuclear Espionage? More Proof That Donald Trump is The Worst President in American History and a Traitor

    Nuclear Espionage? More Proof That Donald Trump is The Worst President in American History and a Traitor

    Brynn Tannehill is a leading trans activist and essayist. She has written for such leading publications as The New York Times, The Huffington Post, and The Advocate.
    Tannehill is a former United States Naval Aviator and officer who also served as a campaign analyst for the 5th Fleet Headquarters in Bahrain. After leaving the military, she worked as a senior defense research scientist in private industry.
    Tannehill is the author of several books including American Fascism: How the GOP is Subverting Democracy.
    Tannehill explains that the Republican-fascist movement is in full revolutionary mode and will not stop until America’s pluralistic multiracial democracy is destroyed.
    She highlights the need to use the correct moral language to describe the Republican-fascists and Trump-led anti-democracy movement as evil and why the Democratic Party and too many centrist “reasonable” liberal and progressive types are unable to do what is necessary to save American democracy.
    Tannehill also separates fact from fiction regarding what is actually known about Donald Trump being investigated by the Department of Justice for allegedly violating the Espionage Act and betraying America’s nuclear and other most closely guarded secrets.
    She details a scenario where Donald Trump is (finally) arrested and charged with committing high crimes, then escapes responsibility, and the United States spirals into widespread neofascist violence and other deadly mayhem.
    Chauncey DeVega reflects on the pressures of writing “hot takes” about America’s escalating crises, why so many public voices succumb to chasing controversy and “if it bleeds it leads”, and the necessity of being calm, cool, and collected during this national emergency.
    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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    • 1 hr 34 min
    Marvel Comics Writer Jason Aaron Shares His Love of Great Storytelling in Comic Books, Graphic Novels, and Professional Wrestling

    Marvel Comics Writer Jason Aaron Shares His Love of Great Storytelling in Comic Books, Graphic Novels, and Professional Wrestling

    There are two guests on this WWE SummerSlam weekend episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show
    Jason Aaron is the writer of such comics books and graphic novels as Thor, Star Wars, Avengers, Punisher, Conan The Barbarian, The Goddamned, Sea of Stars, and many other popular must-read titles.
    The new Marvel Cinematic Universe film Thor: Love and Thunder was heavily inspired by Aaron’s The Mighty Thor and Thor: God of Thunder.
    Jason Aaron reflects on his journey from “breaking into” the comic book business to his triumph as a writer at Marvel. He also shares what he does to remain focused, positive and to ensure that he always appreciates the good fortune for the amazing career he has earned and enjoyed so far.
    Jason Aaron also passes along some of the wisdom he has learned along the way about what it takes to succeed at an elite level as a professional creative person.
    And Jason Aaron and Chauncey DeVega have a wide-ranging conversation about their mutual love of the art, drama and physical storytelling that is the best of professional wrestling and why CM Punk’s return and his feud with MJF was one of the greatest recent stories in all of sports.
    Irv Muchnick is one of America’s leading sports journalists and investigative writers.
    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 three books, Chris & Nancy, Wrestling Babylon, and Concussion Inc..
    Muchnick shares his thoughts on the rise and fall of (now former) WWE CEO and Chairman Vince McMahon and how history may remember him and his legacy not just for sports and professional wrestling but for American society more broadly.
    Muchnick also reflects on how it feels to see many of the stories about scandal, crime, corruption, and other bad behavior in the world of professional wrestling and sports that he exposed years and decades ago now being “discovered” by the mainstream news media.
    And Chauncey DeVega offers his analysis of “season one” of the House Jan. 6 hearings, explains why there are no Republican “heroes”, and warns that Rep. Liz Cheney is not a friend of democracy and should never be trusted.
    Chauncey also shares his review of the new documentary Fire of Love.
    Quick Episode Summary
    00:48 introductions, thanks, and shout-outs 19:33 the pathetic desperate search for Republican heroes by the American people and the House Jan. 6 committee 37:40 Review: Fire of Love 46:30 Irv Muchnick 01:07:00 Jason Aaron 01:44:30 ILAC, affirmations, and encouragements to positive action WHERE CAN YOU FIND ME?
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    • 1 hr 53 min
    The Truth Report -- Eddie Glaude Explains That America is in Great Pain and on a Horrible Journey and White Racial Innocence Will Not Save It

    The Truth Report -- Eddie Glaude Explains That America is in Great Pain and on a Horrible Journey and White Racial Innocence Will Not Save It

    This is a sneak preview of this week's installment of The Truth Report:
    https://thetruthreportwithchaunceydevega.libsyn.com/ep-117-america-is-in-great-pain-and-on-a-horrible-journey-and-white-racial-innocence-wil-not-save-it
    Eddie Glaude Jr. is the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor and Chair of the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University.
    His publications include "Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul", "In a Shade of Blue: Pragmatism and the Politics of Black America", and his most recent, the New York Times bestseller, "Begin Again: James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for our Own".
    Professor Glaude has also written for The New York Times, The Huffington Post, and Time and is a frequent guest commentator on MSNBC. He is also the host of the new podcast “History is US”.
     
    Professor Glaude explains how American society is stuck in a state of grieving, loss, death, and pain because of the covid pandemic, neofascism, and the other unresolved and worsening existential crises facing the country.
     
    He also reflects on how Black Americans and their Blues Sensibility has gifted them with a unique insight into and capacity for surviving and triumphing over American fascism and the many related lies and myths that (White) Americans tell themselves about the country
    Professor Glaude warns that white racial innocence and an American culture that is infantile, immature, and in profound denial about reality will likely bring the end of the American experiment.
    WHERE CAN YOU FIND ME?
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    • 12 min

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