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No-holds-barred progressive commentary and newsmaker interviews with journalist Bob Gatty and guests. Insight into today's news plus analysis, with focus on social issues and just a little lean to the left.

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The Lean to the Left Podcast Bob Gatty

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No-holds-barred progressive commentary and newsmaker interviews with journalist Bob Gatty and guests. Insight into today's news plus analysis, with focus on social issues and just a little lean to the left.

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    Fighting Teen Depression with Purpose

    Fighting Teen Depression with Purpose

    In this episode of the Lean to the Left podcast, we delve into the critical issue of teenage depression and the alarming rates of youth suicide.

    Host Bob Gatty welcomes Dr. Scott Kolbaba, an Internal Medicine Physician from Chicago, who shares his poignant experiences and insights. Dr. Kolbaba, an Amazon bestselling author, highlights his children's book 'Clara's Magic Garden,' which addresses themes of depression and self-worth.

    Through powerful anecdotes and a deep understanding of mental health, Dr. Kolbaba explores the importance of finding purpose as a potential solution to combating teenage depression.

    He also discusses the role of parents and significant others in identifying and nurturing the passions of young people to help them overcome depression.

    Don't miss this compelling conversation that offers hope and actionable advice for parents and caregivers.

    00:00 Introduction to Teenage Depression and Suicide Rates

    00:31 Dr. Kolbaba's Journey and Insights on Teenage Depression

    02:53 The Power of Purpose: Dr. Kolbaba's Approach to Battling Depression

    07:49 Personal Stories and the Impact of Finding Purpose

    14:39 Adoption Stories and Addressing Bullying

    19:12 Advice for Parents on Recognizing and Addressing Depression

    22:14 The Role of Schools and Society in Supporting Mental Health

    25:55 Exploring Miraculous Experiences: Physicians Untold Stories

    28:48 Closing Thoughts and the Importance of Purpo 

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    • 30 min
    The Birth of TOGETHER!, Movement for Political Change

    The Birth of TOGETHER!, Movement for Political Change

    Bringing Civility and Innovation to Politics: Together's Vision for the Future

    Lean to the Left podcast hosts an insightful discussion with Jason Palmer, Debra Perry Piscione, and Kwame Jackson, co-founders of Together, a new organization aimed at reducing political polarization by mobilizing young voters and endorsing a new generation of leaders.

    Aiming for inclusivity, civility, and entrepreneurship, Together seeks to transform American politics by endorsing candidates who represent common sense and bipartisan values.

    The podcast delves into the founders' backgrounds, the mission and structure of Together, and their plans to engage and rally young Americans for a profound political impact.

    The Timeline: 00:00 Introduction to Lean to the Left Podcast and Jason Palmer's Political Journey

    01:05 Launching 'Together': A New Organization for Political Change

    01:47 Meet the Co-Founders: Their Roles and Visions for 'Together'

    07:29 Jason Palmer's Reflections on His Presidential Run and Future Plans

    08:57 'Together's' Strategy: Endorsing Candidates and Mobilizing Young Voters

    14:11 Addressing Political Divisions and Fostering Civility

    20:45 'Together's' Approach to Political Issues and Candidate Endorsements

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    • 33 min
    The Lean to the Left Podcast: A Forum to Consider, Then Decide

    The Lean to the Left Podcast: A Forum to Consider, Then Decide

    On the Lean to the Left podcast, author Matthew Stevenson credits our show with providing a forum for meaningful intellectual discussion about the key political and social issues of our time. Stevenson made his comments at the close of an interview for our show during which he discussed the conundrum faced by many voters who must choose between President Biden and Donald Trump in November. That episode is now streaming.

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    • 2 min
    The Trump-Biden Conundrum: A Deep Dive With Matthew Stevenson

    The Trump-Biden Conundrum: A Deep Dive With Matthew Stevenson

    In this episode of the Lean to the Left podcast, host Bob Gatty is joined by author Matthew Stevenson, who discusses his book 'Donald Trump's Circus Maximus and Joe Biden's Excellent Adventure,' detailing his firsthand experiences following the 2016 and 2020 U.S. presidential elections.

    Stevenson shares insights into the personalities of key political figures like Donald Trump, Joe Biden, and Hillary Clinton, and the political carnival atmosphere of campaigns.

    The discussion explores the broader implications of these elections on American democracy, Trump's impact on the Republican Party, and the potential future of political parties in the U.S. Stevenson also delves into the impeachment trials following the January 6th insurrection, Trump's legal troubles, and offers a critique of the current state and direction of both the Republican and Democratic parties.

    Finally, Stevenson provides his personal perspective on the future of American politics and the significance of political engagement and advocacy. Trump, he says, is virtually ruining the Republican Party.

    00:00 Introduction to the Podcast and Guest Matthew Stevenson

    02:00 Matthew Stevenson's Background and Political Insights

    04:53 Deep Dive into Trump's and Biden's Political Campaigns

    08:18 Reflections on Trump's Impeachment Trials and Political Consequences

    12:44 Trump's Legal Battles and Supreme Court Dynamics

    22:29 The Future of American Politics and the Republican Party

    32:12 Where to Find Matthew Stevenson's Work

    33:48 Closing Thoughts and Appreciation

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    • 36 min
    Challenging the Bankers Blub: The Fight for an Equitable Financial System

    Challenging the Bankers Blub: The Fight for an Equitable Financial System

    In this episode of the Lean to the Left Podcast, host Bob Gatty interviews Gerald Epstein, author of 'Busting the Bankers Club,' and a professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

    Epstein discusses how powerful interests within the 'Bankers Club,' including big banks like JP Morgan and Bank of America, federal institutions like the Federal Reserve, financial regulators, and others, have maintained a financial system that benefits the wealthy at the expense of the majority.

    He explores the dualities of the financial system, its manipulation by powerful interests, the adverse impact of current banking practices on the average person, and the potential for reform.

    Epstein argues for the break-up of the Bankers Club to create a more equitable and functional financial system that serves broader societal needs, including those of marginalized communities and the push for a greener economy.

    He also addresses the challenges of making such transformations and highlights the efforts of activists, public officials, and reform-minded groups working towards these goals.

    The conversation delves into specifics such as the destructive influence of credit card interest rates, the legacy of economic policies that have exacerbated racial inequalities, and the potential for public banks to fulfill social missions.

    Epstein emphasizes the importance of democratizing financial institutions, like the Federal Reserve, and the need for wide-ranging reforms to address issues of inequality and to harness finance as a force for good in society.

    He calls for passage of federal legislation to create public banks that serve marginalized communities, communities of color, small businesses, and funds "green" environmental initiatives.

    00:00 Introduction: The Cycle of Bank Bailouts

    01:48 Unveiling the Bankers Club: Allies and Operations

    04:56 The Dual Faces of Finance: Necessity and Destructiveness

    11:03 The Federal Reserve's Role and Influence

    20:25 Addressing Inequality and the Power of Public Banks

    24:17 Racial Inequality and Financial Systems

    27:16 The Fight for Financial Reform and Public Banks

    33:06 The Political Landscape and Economic Implications

    39:30 Concluding Thoughts and Where to Find the Book 

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    • 42 min
    Lori Alhadeff: A Mother Fights for Safer Schools

    Lori Alhadeff: A Mother Fights for Safer Schools

    In this episode of the Lean to the Left podcast, Lori Alhadeff shares the heartbreaking story of losing her daughter Alyssa in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting on Valentine's Day, 2018.

    Lori discusses the founding of the Make Our Schools Safe organization, dedicated to preventing such tragedies through initiatives like Alyssa's Law, which mandates panic buttons in schools. Lori, also a school board member, highlights the importance of community involvement in school safety, detailing her organization's efforts in passing Alyssa's Law in several states and advocating for its national adoption.

    The podcast dives into the establishment of Make Our Schools Safe clubs (MOSS Clubs) and various fundraising and awareness events aimed at enhancing school security and involving students and parents in the safety dialogue.

    00:00 Welcome to Lean to the Left: A Story of Tragedy and Action

    00:42 Remembering Alyssa: A Life Full of Light

    01:21 From Grief to Action: Founding Make Our Schools Safe

    03:08 The Mission of Make Our Schools Safe and Alyssa's Law

    04:39 Lori's Journey: School Board Member and Advocate

    05:50 Alyssa's Law: A Nationwide Push for Safer Schools

    09:26 Engaging the Community: MOSS Clubs and Fundraising Efforts

    15:05 The Challenge of Legislative Action and Continuing the Fight

    18:08 A Call to Action: Making Schools Safer for Everyone

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    • 21 min

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12 Ratings

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Insightful

Bob is an engaging host, who offers knowledge and experience on an array of topics. Thoughtful, entertaining show.

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The Frank and Direct Conversations You Want to Hear

Bob Gatty opens up the space for listeners to follow along some of the most thought-provoking and powerful conversations. Whether you are looking to improve an area of your life or career, Bob’s got a conversation for you.

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