War of the Words offers hard-hitting progressive talk and opinion by Activist Wayne Besen, an independent-minded host.
Ep. 18 - Nancy Pelosi’s Trip to Taiwan Upholds Freedom and Democracy
On today's show, I argue that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made the right move in visiting Taiwan. At a time of rising authoritarianism across the globe, including America, she made a strong stand in support of freedom and democracy. Then I interview Nancy Thompson, founder of the organization Mothers Against Greg Abbott. She discusses her campaign to defeat the extremist Texas governor, who she says is harming Texas families.
Next, we pay homage to my friend Jerry Stephenson, who passed away this week. He was the father of the Ex-Gay’s Survivors movement and dedicated his life to fighting conversion therapy and exposing religious hypocrites. To discuss the topic of conversion therapy, I have a conversation with Matt Ashcroft, a survivor of the Ex-Gay Group Journey in the Manhood.
Ep. 17 - Extremists cause moral panic in Nebraska to seize power
On today's show, we talk about an alarming sex panic in Nebraska that has shaken up the state's politics. What started as an attack by Christian nationalists on liberals and LGBTQ people has morphed into a hostile takeover of the Republican Party. Then we interview Mimi Swartz, an executive editor with Texas Monthly. We're going to discuss Texas politics. Do Democrats have a shot at political power in 2022, or will they be disappointed once again?
Ep. 16 - The Fight Against the Conservative Fib Factory
On today's show, we discuss how Republicans use historical revisionism to whitewash history and sanitize their unsavory behavior. Then we interview Paul Street, who's on the editorial board of the organization Refuse Fascism. Street is the author of many books, including his latest, This Happened Here: Amerikaners, Neoliberals, and the Trumping of America.
Ep. 15 - Trump and his Enablers compromised Israel’s National Security and Sovereignty
On today’s show, we examine why Trump and the Republican Party jeopardize Israel’s national security and sovereignty. Then we address the burning question on everyone’s mind. Is this week’s scorching weather the result of climate change? Find out in our conversation with Julie McNamara, an expert with the Climate & Energy program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. Thanks for joining War of the Words. I’m your host Wayne Besen. Enjoy the show.
Ep. 14 - When Republicans Scream ‘Socialism’, They Imperil Capitalism
On today’s show, we respond to right wing Republicans who smear progressives as communists, simply because they want a fairer economy and a strong middle class. We also address how conservatives deliberately conflate Venezuela’s authoritarian socialism with Democratic Socialism in Scandinavia. Apparently, they think American voters are too dumb to know the difference.
We then interview prolific author Gene Stone. He’s the author of books including number one Washington Post bestseller The Bush Survival Bible, the number one Los Angeles Times bestseller The Trump Survival Guide, The Secret of People Who Never Get Sick and the Engine 2 Diet. You won’t want to miss our riveting conversation on topics ranging from politics, veganism and LGBTQ issues.
Ep. 13 - These Religious Fanatics Want to Convert You or Kill You
On today’s show, we discus right wing Republican efforts to take away life-saving HIV prevention drugs, commonly known as PrEP. Yes, it’s as crazy and dangerous as it sounds. We talk about how perverse attempts by Republicans to portray a 10-year-old rape victim’s abortion as a hoax backfired. Then we interview Katherine Stewart. She has reported on the Religious Right for more than a decade. She is the author of “The Power Worshippers: Inside the Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism”.