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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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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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    Peter Sacks on Libertyland: Is America's Democracy Under Attack?

    Peter Sacks on Libertyland: Is America's Democracy Under Attack?

    Welcome to the 'Lean to the Left' podcast! In this episode, host Bob Gatty interviews Peter Sacks, author of 'Libertyland', a gripping thriller that explores themes of individualism and political conspiracy reminiscent of January 6th.

    Sacks discusses his inspiration, his background in economics and journalism, and his transition from nonfiction to fiction writing. They delve into current political issues, the influence of Ayn Rand's ideology, and the potential future of American democracy.

    Peter also talks about his previous award-winning works and his views on the intersection of politics, economics, and education in the United States. An engaging conversation about literature, politics, and society.

    Bonus: In this episode, at about 8:00 minutes in, an uninvited guest appears. Can you tell me who/what makes his appearance? 

    00:00 Welcome to Lean to the Left Podcast00:08 Introducing Peter Sacks and Libertyland

    01:58 Peter Sacks' Background and Career

    03:48 The Inspiration Behind Libertyland08:05 Themes and Philosophical Insights in Libertyland

    11:38 From Nonfiction to Fiction: Peter's Journey

    15:20 Political Reflections and Current Events

    18:05 The State of American Politics

    20:02 The Threat of Trump and MAGA Movemen

    t30:07 Concluding Thoughts and Where to Find Libertyland

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    • 32 min
    Life After Diagnosis: Sarah Cart's Guide for Caregivers

    Life After Diagnosis: Sarah Cart's Guide for Caregivers

    In this powerful and touching episode of the Lean to the Left podcast, Sarah Cart, a journalist, wife, and mother of four, shares her heartfelt journey of becoming her husband's caregiver when he needed a heart transplant.

    Sarah reflects on the emotional and physical challenges, the support from her community, and the importance of faith, grit, and grace.

    She provides valuable advice for other caregivers and emphasizes the significance of organ donation. Through her story, listeners are offered a glimpse of love, resilience, and the miracles that arise from the darkest times.

    00:00 Introduction to Caregiving

    00:20 Sarah's Story: Becoming a Caregiver

    00::39 The Memoir: On My Way Back to You

    02:16 The First Signs of Illness

    05:16 The Impact of COVID-19

    07:36 Ben's Career and Forced Retirement

    08:54 Coping Mechanisms and Meditation

    10:25 The Heart Transplant Journey

    14:36 Post-Transplant Challenges

    19:20 Advice for Caregivers

    20:10 Community Support and Gratitude

    28:43 Final Thoughts and Organ Donation

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    • 31 min
    Mal Hyman's Congressional Bid: Beacon of Hope for South Carolina

    Mal Hyman's Congressional Bid: Beacon of Hope for South Carolina

    In this episode of the Lean to the Left podcast, Democratic candidate Mel Hyman outlines his campaign for South Carolina's solidly Republican 7th congressional district.

    With a focus on Common Sense for the Common Good, Hyman aims to unseat one-term incumbent Russell Frye. The discussion spans a wide range of topics, including jobs, healthcare, education, reproductive rights, and the environment.

    Hyman shares his history as a public school and university teacher, his blue-collar work experience, and his critical views on Donald Trump, especially in light of recent criminal charges.

    The conversation also delves into immigration reform, gun control, campaign finance reform, social security, Medicare, and climate change. Hyman emphasizes the need for significant legislative efforts to protect democracy and improve the lives of working families.

    He ends the interview by advocating for a children's bill of rights and making education more affordable while highlighting the importance of returning to civility in political discourse.

    00:00 Introduction to Mel Hyman's Campaign 00:38 Mel Hyman's Background and Values

    01:27 Thoughts on Donald Trump and His Legal Issues

    04:31 The Threat of Another Trump Administration

    06:05 Economic Improvements Under Biden 09:06 Abortion and Reproductive Rights

    11:53 Gun Control and School Safety

    14:45 Immigration Policy and Challenges

    18:47 Campaign Finance Reform

    21:11 Social Security and Medicare

    26:32 Environmental Protection and Climate Change

    29:56 Children's Bill of Rights and Education

    33:40 Conclusion and Final Thoughts 

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    • 36 min
    Veteran Diplomat Stuart E. Eizenstat Says US Must Continue Supporting Efforts to End Wars in Ukraine & Gaza

    Veteran Diplomat Stuart E. Eizenstat Says US Must Continue Supporting Efforts to End Wars in Ukraine & Gaza

    Explore the insightful analysis of veteran diplomat Stuart E. Eizenstat on ending Wars in Gaza & Ukraine as he shares the keys to peace and diplomacy from his long experience as an international negotiator.

    In this episode, we speak with Ambassador Eisenstadt about his latest book, which includes interviews with dozens of U.S. and global leaders such as Presidents Clinton, Carter, and others.

    Eisenstat offers reflections on key diplomatic skills, current geopolitical issues like the Ukraine War and Gaza conflict, and provides advice for U.S. military strategy. He also shares personal anecdotes and insights from his extensive negotiations experience, including his work on Holocaust issues and economic peace processes.

    Eizenstat said the eventual resolution of the Ukraine conflict will hinge on a strategic stalemate on the battlefield. 

    "This war in Ukraine will ultimately end when both sides believe they can't get anything further on the battlefield in terms of their political goals," he said.

    Eizenstat advocated for the U.S. to continue providing critical military aid to Ukraine, comparing the potential outcomes to the armistice that concluded the Korean War, rather than a direct peace agreement.

    The long time diplomat said the US. must "give Israel the means to defeat and disable Hamas as a governing and military structure, But, we have to also, as the administration is trying to do, combine diplomacy with military force."

    Eizenstat cautioned that Hamas will not be defeated alone by military force. and that the US. must "look at Gaza as part of a broader conflict. And that broader regional conflict involves Iran on the one hand, which has been the military supplier for Hamas, with its so called, and they call it this, their axis of resistance with Hamas, with Hezbollah, with the Houthis, with Syria."

    00:00 Introduction and Guest Welcome

    00:32 Purpose of the Book

    01:40 Key Skills for Successful Diplomacy

    03:01 Stamina in Diplomacy

    04:36 Lessons from Past Negotiations

    04:58 Ukraine Conflict and U.S. Military Role

    10:26 Gaza Conflict and Diplomatic Strategies

    15:51 Holocaust Negotiations and Personal Reflections

    16:42 Trump's Foreign Policy and Biden's Age

    21:28 Importance of U.S. International Engagement

    22:27 Personal Anecdotes and Conclusion

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    • 37 min
    Dixie Dems: Political Controversies & Upcoming Elections

    Dixie Dems: Political Controversies & Upcoming Elections

    Join the Dixie Dams—Arthur Hill, Robert Thompson, and the host from South Carolina—as they dive into current political issues on the Lean to the Left podcast.

    The episode covers a range of hot topics including Trump's New York hush money trial, a new initiative to energize young voters called TOGETHER!, Supreme Court decisions on gerrymandering and other impactful rulings, and heated debates over DEI funding.

    Discussions also address the controversies surrounding political figures like Marjorie Taylor Greene and analyze the changing political landscapes in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia.

    Whether it's local legislation on masks and development or national electoral implications, this episode provides an in-depth look at America's political atmosphere.

    00:00 Welcome to the Lean to the Left Podcast

    01:29 Diving into the Trump Hush Money Trial

    04:09 Political Climate and Voter Sentiments

    09:00 Nationwide Initiative to Unite and Mobilize Young Voters

    10:47 The Curious Case of RFK Jr.'s Brain Worm

    12:54 Supreme Court's Controversial Decision on Gerrymandering

    16:46 State Politics: Mask Laws and DEI Funding

    32:35 Election Integrity and the Fulton County Court Clerk Race

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    • 38 min
    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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