The people behind The Intercept’s fearless reporting and incisive commentary—Jeremy Scahill, Glenn Greenwald, Betsy Reed and others—discuss the crucial issues of our time: national security, civil liberties, foreign policy, and criminal justice. Plus interviews with artists, thinkers, and newsmakers who challenge our preconceptions about the world we live in.
Rank #1: The Haspel Ultimatum.
Ralph Nader analyzes the state of the Democratic Party, the DNC lawsuit against Russia, and lays out the John Bolton threat. Whistleblower and Senate candidate Chelsea Manning talks about prison, comparisons to Edward Snowden, and her campaign. And artist Ricardo Cortés ("Go the Fuck to Sleep") talks about the secret history of the coca and cola in your Coke, his post-9/11 coloring book about xenophobia, and his latest work, “Sea Creatures from the Sky,” a children’s book about otherness.
Rank #2: Capitalism’s Consigliere.
Former senior health insurance executive-turned-whistleblower Wendell Potter explains McKinsey’s role in our insurance nightmare and how Pete Buttigieg is using industry talking points to attack Medicare for All. Potter also discusses his career working for insurance giants, soaring medical costs in the U.S. and his role in killing Hillary Clinton’s health care initiative in the 1990s.Propublica reporter Ian MacDougall discusses McKinsey’s relationship with the Saudi regime, its work for Rikers island, and how it helped push opioids to doctors and patients. MacDougall also lays out his reporting on how McKinsey’s work for ICE in detaining and deporting immigrants disturbed career immigration officials.And, the Justice Department’s Inspector General blasted the FBI over its lies and omissions in obtaining a secret FISA warrant to spy on Trump campaign operative Carter Page. Intercept co-founder Glenn Greenwald discusses how the report vindicates civil liberties activists and serves as a striking rebuke of the bipartisan love affair with law enforcement and intelligence agencies.
Official Podcast of the Cum Boys. Hosted by Nick Mullen (@nickmullen) and Stavros Halkias (@stavcomedy), two PROFESSIONAL comedians, folks. Also featuring Adam Friedland (the girl of the show).
Rank #1: Ep. 19 - Rape Science.
We get into some scientific stuff in this one. Ever hear of Bill Nye? Well imagine if he fucked. That's basically what this show is. about.
Rank #2: Ep. 17 - Old Friends.
I had to take a minute to cover some controversy that happened this week on facebook. I don't want to get into specifics but let's just say it involved a guy who may or may not be related to Seth Dickfield. Adam and stav wanted to bully me out of talking about it and they had nothing to discuss anyways so I feel like I came out the hero in this one.
Journalist Mehdi Hasan is known around the world for his televised takedowns of presidents and prime ministers. In this new podcast from The Intercept, Mehdi unpacks a game-changing news event of the week while challenging the conventional wisdom. As a Brit, a Muslim and an immigrant based in Donald Trump's Washington D.C., Mehdi offers a provocative perspective on the ups and downs of American—and global—politics.
Rank #1: Intercept Podcast Special: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joins Intercept reporters Ryan Grim and Briahna Joy Gray for an in-depth conversation about her approach to politics and social media, her thoughts on 2020, and her out-of-nowhere congressional campaign. As a new member of the House Financial Services Committee, she’s already shaping the conversation with her call to raise the top marginal tax rate to 70%. Former North Carolina congressman Brad Miller, a progressive Democrat who served for years on the Financial Services Committee, joins the conversation to talk about the challenges Ocasio-Cortez will face there.
Rank #2: Deconstructed Special: The Noam Chomsky Interview.
Linguist, activist, and political theorist Noam Chomsky has been speaking out against U.S. interventionism from Vietnam to Latin America and the Middle East since the 1960s. He’s the most cited author alive, but you won’t see him on the nightly news, or in the pages of most major newspapers. On this week’s Deconstructed, Chomsky sits down with Mehdi Hasan to discuss the impeachment inquiry, the 2020 Democratic field, and why he opposed Trump’s Syria troop withdrawal.
Election days come and go, but political and social revolutions that attempt to transform our society never end. Listen to The Bernie Sanders Show to stay informed on the political revolution, our focus in the fight for a progressive agenda and how Bernie and others are fighting back against the Trump administration and its efforts divide us up
Rank #1: Episode 4: Jane Mayer.
Jane Mayer, who literally wrote the book on money in politics, joins Bernie to talk about the Koch brothers, Robert Mercer and her latest book "Dark Money."
Rank #2: Episode 9: Al Gore.
Bernie talks to former Vice President Al Gore about climate change, his new film, "An Inconvenient Sequel," and how big money is controlling our political system.
Democracy Now! is an independent daily TV & radio news program, hosted by award-winning journalists Amy Goodman and Juan González. We provide daily global news headlines, in-depth interviews and investigative reports without any advertisements or government funding. Our programming shines a spotlight on corporate and government abuses of power and lifts up the stories of ordinary people working to make change in extraordinary times. Democracy Now! is live weekdays at 8am ET and available 24/7 through our website and podcasts.
Rank #1: Democracy Now! 2020-03-18 Wednesday.
Democracy Now! 2020-03-18 WednesdayHeadlines for March 18, 2020"It's Inadequate": Rep. Ro Khanna Says White House Stimulus Plan Helps Big Business, Not WorkersDelay or Hold Primaries: Can the 2020 Election Be Safeguarded Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic?Facing Mass Layoffs, Restaurant Workers Living "Tip to Mouth" Demand Living Wage & Paid Sick LeaveDownload this show
Rank #2: Democracy Now! 2020-03-17 Tuesday.
Democracy Now! 2020-03-17 TuesdayHeadlines for March 17, 2020Spain Locks Down & Nationalizes Private Healthcare as Coronavirus Deaths Double & Cases SkyrocketInside Prison Amid Coronavirus Pandemic: Incarcerated Journalist Says Millions Behind Bars at RiskMeet 17-Year-Old Avi Schiffmann Who Runs Coronavirus Tracking Website Used by 40+ Million GloballyDownload this show
Former Obama speechwriter Jon Lovett and a panel of comedians, actors, journalists, and some of the many famous Friends of the Pod appear before a live audience to break down the week’s biggest news. Quizzes! Impressions! Shouting at cable news clips! And everyone’s favorite: nuanced discussion. New episodes every Saturday.
Rank #1: Baby Got Backchannel.
Jared Kushner is in very big trouble, Trump studies abroad, the administration releases a cruel budget, and the GOP holds a seat in Montana. The Daily Beast's Ira Madison III, Fargo's Allison Tolman, and comedian Bobby Lee join to break down the week's news. Plus, our own Tommy Vietor takes us through the Kushner madness.
Rank #2: Protect Stacey Abrams!.
And we're back. Live from Radio City! Fox News reads John Bolton's texts on air so Desus and Mero join Jon for "OK, Stop." Wyatt Cenac, Alyssa Mastromonaco, and Dulcé Sloan cover the Democratic debate and discuss which candidate is our Hawkeye. Then Stacey Abrams talks about protecting the vote in battleground states and what her romance novels have in common with Republican voter suppression. And thanks to Michael Barbaro for being part of our intro video. What a week. What a time to go to votesaveamerica.com/fairfight.
Organizer and activist DeRay Mckesson explores news, culture, social justice, and politics with analysis from fellow activists Brittany Packnett and Sam Sinyangwe and writer Clint Smith III. DeRay also dives in deep with experts, influencers, and diverse local and national leaders to better understand the issues. New episodes every Tuesday.
Rank #1: BONUS POD with Edward Snowden.
DeRay speaks with Edward Snowden about his perspective on Trump's decision to fire FBI Director Comey, the intersection of race and surveillance, the relationship between the police and the government, and his thoughts about his own status returning to America.
Rank #2: If You Believe in Justice.
DeRay, Clint, and Brittany discuss women’s wages, misconduct records for corrections officers, prison riots in context, and Donald Glover. Louisiana State Senator JP Morrell joins DeRay to talk about his efforts to overturn a law that does not require a unanimous jury for criminal convictions.
How do we survive in the age of Trump? Kamau and Hari are here for you. In season 2 of Politically Re-Active, comedians and longtime friends W. Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu navigate the dumpster fire that is the US political landscape. The hosts answer questions and separate fact from fake news with help from today’s most fascinating artists, activists, writers, journalists and political thinkers. Join Kamau and Hari as they discuss how to move forward, how to be an active part of the resistance, and how to stay joyful in the face of the unknown. Don’t “hold up, wait a minute” - subscribe today.
Rank #1: Roxane Gay on Anger After the Election.
This week on Politically Re-Active, Kamau and Hari process the election results. Standup comedian Laurie Kilmartin and writer Roxane Gay join the guys to help make sense of a deeply painful moment in American history. From the costs to black and brown communities, to the culpability of the mainstream media, to what the future will actually look like following the end of Hillary’s historic run, there are many questions and few answers. This is not the post-election conversation we wanted to have. Note: This episode was recorded on the evening of November 9, 2016. White people, if you need somewhere to start, join Showing Up For Racial Justice: http://www.showingupforracialjustice.org/aboutFind more information about Roxane Gay’s essays, books, and appearances at http://www.roxanegay.com/.And Laurie Kilmartin is always performing in LA and all over the country. Find her dates here: http://www.kilmartin.com/.Finally, Hari’s new album Mainstream American Comic and Kamau’s album Semi Prominent Negro can be yours if you visit www.killrockstars.com. Need more of your favorite hosts? Find where they’ll be appearing at http://www.wkamaubell.com/ and http://www.harikondabolu.com/. Thanks for listening – tweet us at #politicallyreactive or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rank #2: Facing the Future with CNN’s Jake Tapper.
What do you do when a liar, xenophobe, misogynist, and racist becomes president? Get to work and do some damn good reporting if you’re guest Jake Tapper of CNN. In our final episode of the season, Kamau and Hari continue to process the reality of a Trump presidency by reading notes from our listeners who are also coping with the election results. Then, the guys talk with the CNN Anchor and Chief Washington Correspondent about the future of journalism, the elitism of the Democratic Party, and how Hillary Clinton hurt her chances at the presidency with a decision made 15 years ago. Whether you think it’s the beginning of the end or the end of the beginning, join us as we face the future and figure out what to do next.Jake Tapper hosts The Lead every day on CNN at 4pm EST. You can also catch him on Sunday mornings while he anchors CNN’s State of the Union. Follow Jake on Twitter: @jaketapper.Thanks to all of you who have been listening to the show this season! We’ve been reading your tweets and emails. If you want a Season 2, continue to tweet us at #politicallyreactive or email us at email@example.com!In the meantime, check out Hari’s new album Mainstream American Comic and Kamau’s album Semi Prominent Negro can be yours if you visit www.killrockstars.com. Need more of your favorite hosts? Find where they’ll be appearing at http://www.wkamaubell.com/ and http://www.harikondabolu.com/.
Emmy Award—winning producer, actor, and comedian Larry Wilmore is back on the air, hosting a podcast where he weighs in on the issues of the week and interviews guests in the worlds of politics, entertainment, culture, sports, and beyond.
Rank #1: Bill Simmons Talks Politics, Conspiracies, and Legacies | Larry Wilmore (Ep. 47).
Larry Wilmore sits down with HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons to discuss a wide range of topics including the legacy of black sitcoms (5:00), the JFK and moon landing conspiracy theories (19:00), President Trump’s behavior, and *the long-term legacies of LeBron James and other athletes (56:00).
Rank #2: A Mailbag With Bill Simmons and Pete Aronson on Breaking Into the Entertainment Industry and ‘The Bernie Mac Show’ | Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air.
Larry Wilmore is joined by Bill Simmons to answer some mailbag questions, including why Kamala Harris dropped out of the presidential race (5:47) and what he wishes he had known when he started writing (31:44). Then, Larry sits down with the executive vice president of programming and production at AMC, Pete Aronson, to talk about how he got his start in the industry (39:46), and Larry tells the story of why he got let go from ‘The Bernie Mac Show’ (1:24:36).Host: Larry WilmoreGuests: Bill Simmons and Pete Aronson
Political journalist and cultural critic Ana Marie Cox sits down with liberals, conservatives, activists, former white supremacists, and others for conversations that explores our differences. It’s not about finding common ground; it’s about learning to see the world through someone else’s eyes. New episodes every Friday.
Rank #1: “Atheism and the Alt-Right, with Chris Stedman and Diana Butler Bass”.
This week, Humanist chaplain and community activist Chris Stedman joined Ana to discuss the unique relationship between movement atheism and the Alt-Right. Chris wrote a piece on the trend from prominent atheists like Bill Maher, Sam Harris, and Richard Dawkins to promote some liberal social policies while putting forth critiques of social justice policies that amount to an “alt-light.” Ana and Chris delve deep into the atheist movement, investigating why and how atheists have found common ground with Christian white nationalism in the broader Trump coalition.Historian Diana Butler Bass joins Chris and Ana to answer a listener question about finding forgiveness for Christians in the age of the Trump, as well as for a discussion about the many roads that compassion and forgiveness can lead down.https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/3k7jx8/too-many-atheists-are-veering-dangerously-toward-the-alt-rightGet in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and @crooked_friends on Twitter.Check out our sponsors!Go to sunbasket.com/friends for $35 off your first order.Get free shipping on your first order at everlane.com/friends. You’ll get 25% off your first box when you keep all five items in your box at stitchfix.com/friends.Visit thrivemarket.com/friends for 25% off your first order plus a 30-day free trial.
Rank #2: "Sex Robots Titillate and Childish Gambino Provokes with Ross Douthat and Doreen St. Felix".
New York Times op-ed columnist Ross Douthat (@DouthatNYT) joined Ana this week to continue the discussion they started in columns last week. Ross wrote an op-ed in the Times about the prospect of sex robots as the answer for people who can’t fulfill their sexual desires, to which Ana responded with a lengthy critique. To take that debate off the computer screen, they conducted a wide-ranging conversation that encompassed Ross’ argument, Ana’s problems with it, and what it’s like writing in the age of Trump.After the conversation with Ross, the New Yorker’s Doreen St. Felix (@dstfelix) joined Ana to talk about Childish Gambino’s music video for “This is America.” Doreen analyzed the new video, and they tried to parse through who it was actually made for as well as what makes Glover so compelling.You can find Ross’ sex robot piece here: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/02/opinion/incels-sex-robots-redistribution.htmlHere’s Ana’s response to Ross’ piece: https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/robot-sex-w519788You can find Ross’ Hefner piece mentioned in the episode here: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/30/opinion/hugh-hefner.htmlHere’s Doreen’s analysis of “This is America”: https://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/the-carnage-and-chaos-of-childish-gambinos-this-is-americaGet in touch with the show at email@example.com and on Twitter at @crooked_friends.Thank you to our sponsors!Get your body moving in the workspace at fully.com/friends.Get 25% off your design package at havenly.com/friends.Receive free shipping on your first order at everlane.com/friends.For $35 off your first order, visit sunbasket.com/friends.
In politics, you’re often told not to get lost in the weeds. But we love the weeds! That’s where politics becomes policy – the stuff that shapes our lives. Every Tuesday and Friday, Matthew Yglesias is joined by Ezra Klein, Dara Lind, Jane Coaston and other Vox voices to dig into the weeds on important national issues, including healthcare, immigration, housing, and everything else that matters. Produced by Vox and the Vox Media Podcast Network.
Rank #1: Mayor Pete and the state of LGBTQ politics.
Jane, Dara, and Matt on queer politics after marriage equality.Resources:"Before Stonewall" by Jane Coaston, MTV News"My Mayor Pete Problem" by Dale Peck, New Republic"Last Men Standing" by Erin Allday, SF Chronicle"You Wanted Same-Sex Marriage? Now You Have Pete Buttigieg." by Shannon Keating, BuzzFeed"The Struggle for Gay Rights Is Over" by James Kirchick, AtlanticCensus & LGBT Demographic Studies Archive, The Williams InstituteWhite paperHosts:Matt Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior Correspondent, VoxJane Coaston (@cjane87), Senior politics correspondent, VoxDara Lind (@DLind), Immigration reporter, ProPublicaMore to explore:Subscribe to Impeachment, Explained on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Overcast, Pocket Casts, or your favorite podcast app to get stay updated on this story every week.About VoxVox is a news network that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines.Follow Us: Vox.comFacebook group: The Weeds Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Rank #2: A Weeds farewell to Paul Ryan.
Jane, Ezra, and Matt consider Paul Ryan’s legacy and new research on crime and the minimum wage. References and further reading: Ezra’s piece on House Speaker Paul Ryan’s legacy Matt’s essay following the announcement of Paul Ryan’s retirement Ted Cruz’s confusing tweet of Beto O’Rourke speaking on the shooting of Botham Jean A white paper examines the effects on criminal recidivism when states increase minimum wages Annie Lowrey’s piece in the Atlantic on a jobs guarantee Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Crooked Minis takes a step back from the chaotic breaking news to offer a new series every month that explores an issue or event that reflects cultural, political, or societal changes in America and need more than a 10-minute conversation and a split-second news cycle to unpack.
Rank #1: How are Republicans weaponizing voting?.
DeRay Mckesson, activist and host of Pod Save the People, sits down with Ari Berman, senior reporter for Mother Jones and author of Give Us The Ballot, to discuss midterm results, where the country currently stands as it pertains to voting rights and what can be done to change it.
Rank #2: How dangerous is dark money?.
A conversation between Jane Mayer, author of "Dark Money" and Tommy Vietor of Pod Save America and Pod Save The World about the billionaires funding the rise of the radical right.
“Pod Save America” cohost Tommy Vietor thought foreign policy was boring and complicated until he got the education of a lifetime working for President Obama’s National Security Council. On “Pod Save the World,” he and former deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes break down the latest developments and bring you behind the scenes with the people who were there. New episodes every Wednesday.
Rank #1: U.S. policy towards Israel.
Tommy and Ben Rhodes talk with former U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro about his time in Israel, why the Middle East Peace process failed, Trump's approach to Israel, the BDS movement, whether support for Israel is getting politicized, Netanyahu's legal jeopardy, and Jared Kushner managing our relationship with Saudi Arabia.
Rank #2: Trump goes to war with Iran.
In a bonus episode, Tommy and Ben discuss Trump’s decision to assassinate a top Iranian official named Qassem Soleimani. What happened? How did we get here? Who is Soleimani and why is he so influential? What happens next and how should the 2020 Democrats respond?
Citations Needed is a podcast about the intersection of media, PR, and power, hosted by Nima Shirazi and Adam Johnson.
Rank #1: Episode 22: Trumpwashing -- How the Media Uses Trump to Launder Our Criminal Past.
The unique threat and vileness of Donald Trump’s presidency can’t be overstated. Since he took office a year ago, he’s increased civilian deaths in Afghanistan by 50%, increased civilian deaths in Syria and Iraq (surpassing Obama’s death toll in just under 7 months), issued dozens of nuclear threats against North Korea, unraveled the Iran deal, bombed Hezbollah, Iranian and SAA positions in Syria, signed a smash and grab tax bill for billionaires, and issued order after order making life hell for immigrants and other vulnerable communities. But with this unique threat comes a rhetorical habit of "Trumpwashing" that, while perhaps tempting in the short term, will - in the long term - have disastrous effects. The desire to revamp the image of the pre-Trump Republican party and the United States in general – a concept Ali Abunimah coined “Trumpwashing” - is a favorite rhetorical tic of Russia-obsessed democrats and centrist extremists who’s primary charge is treating the phenomenon of Donald Trump as anomalous from American history, rather than its most pure, and even logical, manifestation. This trope - in addition to denying the realities of the past hundred years of American politics and policy - carries with it pernicious long term effects. We discuss this broader narrative with The Intercept's Jon Schwarz.
Rank #2: Episode 45: The Not-So-Benevolent Billionaire: Bill Gates and Western Media.
Russia, as we all know, has sinister “oligarchs” whereas in the United States, we are told, we have “philanthropists,” “job creators,” and “titans of industry” who earn their wealth through hard work, moxie, and guile. Aside from a few cartoonishly evil billionaires – like the Walton family, Peter Thiel, and the Koch brothers – the average American has a warm and fuzzy feeling about the super wealthy. The most notable of these Benevolent Billionaires is Bill Gates, whose foundation, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, operates the largest overseas “nonprofit” regime in the world, worth over 40 billion dollars–– twice that of the next biggest foundation. The Gates Foundation receives almost uniformly softball coverage from the media, many of whom receive funding from Gates through various investment and donor arrangements, both from his personal coffers and the foundation that bears his name. In this two-part episode we ask how much this network of patronage effects Western media’s overwhelmingly positive and uncritical coverage of Gates. How can one can be critical of this type of massive outsized influence without devolving into paranoia? What is the nature of the capitalist ideology that informs Gates’ so-called philanthropy? And how do his programs often harm those they allegedly aim to help? We are joined this week by Dr. Linsey J. McGoey, associate professor of sociology at the University of Essex and author of the book, “No Such Thing as a Free Gift: The Gates Foundation and the Price of Philanthropy.”
Podcasts from Jacobin magazine
Rank #1: The Dig: Mistaking Identity Politics.
Checking your privilege. Invisible knapsacks. Intersectionality. In his new book from Verso, Mistaken Identity: Race and Class in the Age of Trump, Asad Haider questions the terms and concepts that underpin much liberal and left conversation about race and racism, exploring critiques advanced by the black radical tradition to mount a thoroughgoing demolition of what we now refer to as "identity politics" — something that had a quite different meaning when it was first coined by the black, radical lesbian feminists of the Combahee River Collective. This is not a book that dismisses racism and sexism. Quite to the contrary. Haider shows that we can only confront and defeat oppressions like racism and sexism if we recognize their relationship to the capitalist exploitation of the working class as a whole. The corollary is also true: capitalism can never be defeated without recognizing and fighting the various oppressions that help sustain it. Thanks to Verso Books. Check out We Built the Wall: How the US Keeps Out Asylum Seekers from Mexico, Central America and Beyond by Eileen Truax (versobooks.com/books/2606-we-built-the-wall) and Old Gods, New Enigmas: Marx’s Lost Theory by Mike Davis (versobooks.com/books/2779-old-gods-new-enigmas). And support this podcast with $ and access our weekly newsletter at patreon.com/TheDig
Rank #2: Dig: Organize and Fight with Ilhan Omar.
Pep talk time: Dan interviews Rep. Ilhan Omar to give us some perspective and prepare us for the fight ahead. Please support this podcast at Patreon.com/TheDig