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The Bitter Truth with Abe Abdelhadi

A non-establishment show, asking questions the masses find difficult.Host Abe Abdelhadi is from L.A. and moved to Austin in March of 2015. He’s been a musician, a comedian and put out a novel in 2015, All Together Now. What do all these endeavors have in common? A desire to tell the truth.

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Don’t Worry, They Won’t Bite! Jaime Burnham Edwards and Shawna Edwards talk about life as a gay couple

Married couple and parents Jaime Burnham Edwards and Shawna Edwards talk about their lives as a married gay couple and raising their children. The Edwards’ discuss their backgrounds, upbringing and coming out to family and friends. We get into the background of the gay rights movement and how new generations of the LGBTQ community must continue the fight to move forward in the age of Trump. Raising a family has its challenges and the Edwards talk about how the different views with which they raise their children. Support independent media! Visit patreon.com/thebittertruth for details!


13 Jan 2020

Rank #1

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The CIA & Me: John Kiriakou discusses, torture, whistle blowing and the Espionage Act

Former CIA agent and whistle blower, John Kiriakou discusses exposing torture under the Bush Administraon and his prosecution and conviction under Barack Obama. He gets into Julian Assange, foreign policy and if we can work our way back. He is the host of the Loud & Clear podcast on all platforms as well as a well-known author. His books include, the Reluctant Spy, the Convenient Terrorist and Doing Time Like a Spy. These and others can be found at https://www.johnkiriakou.com/   Become a Bitter Pill at https://www.patreon.com/thebittertruth


26 Jun 2019

Rank #2

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Chronic Pain: Jaime Burnham Edwards and Jake Johnson discusses chronic pain and misdiagnosis

Businesswoman, athlete, wife and mother Jaime Burnham Edwards and SI-Bone’s Jake Johnson discuss chronic pain by way of the sacroiliac. Jaime lived with crippling pain for over a decade. Doctor after doctor misdiagnosed her back pain, not even addressing her lower back. Her story is only sad in that she got lucky; right as she was about to give up and resigning herself to “live with it.” Become a supporter by visiting patreon.com/thebittertruth.


29 Jul 2019

Rank #3

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Coming for Texas! Sema Hernandez on Her Senate Race

Coming for Texas! Sema Hernandez talks about her senate race, why she’s doing it and the future of the United States. We get into much of her platform and her very detailed plans to get it done. Ms. Hernandez is a dynamic, passionate leader who puts herself in the fight every day, whether it’s the environment or as Texas co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign. She ran in the 2018 primary against Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke and got 250,000 votes to his 675,000. Key point; she spent $4,000 to his $5,000,000! She is grass roots with no PACs or corporate cash whatsoever. With the DNC and DCCC gearing up to back a garden variety corporate tool, Ms. Hernandez is the real deal fresh air that not only Texas needs, but the United States requires.   Become a member! Visit patreon.com/thebittertruth for details!

1hr 2mins

30 Dec 2019

Rank #4

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Why Throw a Party...out? Ryan Simpson talks about ballot access and Socialism

Former Libertarian operative and campaign manager, Ryan Simpson discusses his journey from Libertarian die hard to true Independent. He gets into ballot access, the need to finally be rid of the Electoral College and actually defines what Socialism is. It’s a great hour.   Become a Bitter Pill at https://www.patreon.com/thebittertruth

1hr 7mins

10 Jun 2019

Rank #5

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Another Distraction? Steve Kling talks about the impeachment and why we should care

Steve Kling joins us for a lively discussion on why the impeachment matters, even if I think it’s just Schiff Show II. We get into other matters of state, including Bolivia and our coup happy past. Steve is a Texas business owner and Iraq War vet who ran in 2018 for State Senate of District 25 in Texas. We believe you’ll get a lot out of this conversation. Support the show and visit patreon.com/thebittertruth for details!

1hr 6mins

2 Dec 2019

Rank #6

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This Must be the New World: Adrian Boutureira Sansberro discusses everything from GM to Iran and Israel

Friend of the show, and all around good guy, Adrian Boutureira Sansberro joins us for a blow by blow catch up in several areas. He gets into the latest issues of the GM strike, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Israel. Adrian is a seasoned activist (Nicaragua, Venezuela) and political veteran, working with the Howie Hawkins campaign for the Green Party presidential nomination. We promise that much of what he has to share won't be heard anywhere else. Become a member at https://www.patreon.com/thebittertruth

1hr 3mins

23 Sep 2019

Rank #7

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Can a Gay, Jewish, Hispanic Republican Get a Break in Texas? Mauro Garza discusses his campaign against Joaquin Castro

Mauro Garza, a 20th District GOP congressional candidate in Texas and San Antonio businessman discusses his primary race, his platform and incumbent Joaquin Castro. We get into a spirited discussion on socialism, the GOP and Log Cabin Republicans. Mr. Garza and I had a great chat that involved socialism for the rich and capitalism for the rest of us. Among his businesses, he also owns Pegasus, one the nation’s largest LGBTQ clubs in the U.S. You can learn more about his campaign at https://maurogarzaforcongress.com/ You can support the show at https://www.patreon.com/thebittertruth


22 Oct 2019

Rank #8

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Y'all Been Had! Cindy Sheehan discusses the impeachment hearings and the Afghan Papers

Anti-war activist and author Cindy Sheehan (http://cindysheehanssoapbox.blogspot.com/) joins us to talk about the impeachment fracas and the Afghan papers, among other issues. She gets into perspective that most don’t have the guts to talk about. We get into U.S. imperialism and the fraudulent activity of the intelligence community at taxpayer expense. Ms. Sheehan has been on the front lines of regime change wars since lost her son in 2004 in Iraq. She also leads the March on the Pentagon (https://marchonpentagon.com/) in which they just wrapped up a march in October. Be a supporter of independent media! Visit patreon.com/thebittertruth for details!


6 Jan 2020

Rank #9

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Gullible for Hope: Raúl Fernández-Berriozábal Discusses, the wild hypocrisy in the Democratic Party

Friend of the show, activist, homeless advocate and good hearted globe trotter, Raúl Fernández-Berriozábal joins us for a lively discussion on the wild hypocrisy of the Democratic party and the impeachment inquiry of Donald Trump, as well as the current flurry of kid tested, government approved protests. We get into the true party in this country and how, like it or not, it’s really one cash party with a few superficial differences with “wings.” Raul has been an activist and homeless advocate for many years, working with several homeless non-profits in the bay area of California. He has been gassed in Egypt, protested in Central America, as well as his native Mexico. This was a great hour and as always, we welcome his expertise and knowledge. Be a Spoonful of Sugar or a Bitter Pill at patreon.com/thebittertruth


30 Sep 2019

Rank #10

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The Big Switch: Steve Kling talks about running for office and serving in Iraq

2018 Texas State Senate Democratic candidate, Steve Kling talks about running as a true progressive, his time in Iraq where he woke up to what we do there and the binary nature of discourse we have de-evolved into. Steve is a business owner, activist and has a unique point of view. Coming from a right-wing Texas family, he has become the bane of the DCCC’s existence because of his progressive stance. Become a member by visiting patreon.com/thebittertruth

1hr 4mins

5 Aug 2019

Rank #11

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When’s the U.K. Making their Brexit? Robin Koerner discusses Brexit and Parliament

Robin Koerner (https://www.robinkoerner.com/ ) discusses Brexit and Parliament and his potential run as a Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for the Brexit Party in the UK. We got into a bit of a skirmish over Nigel Farage and his criticism of immigration and Muslims. I included some links and you can decide. Otherwise, we had a very informative talk regarding the details of Brexit and how many Britons see the exit from the E.U. Is it worth the risk? Is there a risk?   Was Great Britain’s sovereignty ever at risk? Some Nigel Farage links. You decide: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/nigel-farage-trump-go-home-racist-tweet-genius-aoc-ilhan-omar-a9037571.html https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbBl4_PldH0 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPu4T4dP2sA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vpGZ69CBYM Become a member at https://www.patreon.com/thebittertruth


17 Sep 2019

Rank #12

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Keith Moon Never Went to Juilliard: Bruce Sanborn discusses his new book, comedy and the shady side of self-help.

Award winning journalist, author and comedian, Bruce Sanborn discusses his forthcoming book, “WIN! The Ultimate Success Guide for Losers, Freaks and Miscreants.” Here, Bruce gets into the shady side of the self-help business by lampooning its more egregious practitioners as well as explaining the origins of the book’s “creator,” Dr. Cal Cox. Bruce Sanborn is a writer, author and playwright from Los Angeles who has written for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and Late Night with David Letterman. He is also an award-winning journalist and screenwriter, having won four Virginia Associated Press awards for his work in radio news, one for Best Investigative Journalism and The Governor’s Screenwriting Award in Virginia. His plays have been staged in New York City at such venues as The Westbeth Theater, The Homegrown Theater and Ensemble Studio Theater. This was a FUN hour! Become a member at https://patreon.com/thebittertruth

1hr 4mins

8 Oct 2019

Rank #13

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Roger Waters and Me: Dr. John Haas talks about his latest interviews.

Dr. John Haas, of the Global Consortium, discusses his latest interviews with Pink Floyd founder Roger Waters and Iraq vet, Hector Barajas-Varela. Dr. Haas talks about the situation at the border and how so many vets are being deported to Mexico, without any VA help whatsoever. Next, we talk about his interview over the summer with Roger Waters. They get into the history of Pink Floyd, Syd Barrett and the Israeli-Palestinian question. Dr. Haas is the Founder and Director of the Global Consortium for Sustainable Peace, a network of global partners that share a common goal of bridging cultural gaps in the world and promoting peace. Dr. Haas has received numerous accolades, including a commendation from the United States Congress, recognizing his work in promoting global peace, education and understanding. He has lectured at universities and symposia around the world and the UN. Past guests of his network include Noam Chomsky, Norman Finkelstein and now…Roger Waters! Support the show! Visit http://www.patreon.com/thebittertruth for details!

1hr 4mins

28 Oct 2019

Rank #14

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The Great Gods of Business and Government: Ted Brown is running for congress in District 17 in Texas

Libertarian Congressional candidate, Ted Brown chats about his campaign and ideas for the U.S. moving forward. Ted Brown is a California transplant running for the seat vacated by Bill Flores. We discuss his rivals from both parties, the Schiff Show, how we got here and what can we do moving forward. Support the show! Visit patreon.com/thebittertruth for details!

1hr 2mins

25 Nov 2019

Rank #15

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…and Zeus was the King of Greece! Miko Peled discusses free speech, BDS and the facts and myths about the Israeli/Palestinian question

Friend of the show, author, activist, and renowned speaker, Miko Peled (the General’s Son and Injustice) gets into it today! He dives into the BDS movement, the human right to free speech and the world’s cold shoulder to the catastrophe that is the Israeli occupation, focused genocide and cultural dismantling of the Palestinian people. Miko is a former Red Beret in the Israeli Army and hails from one of the most prominent families in Israel. His father, General Matti Peled, was a key leader in the Six Day War. He had his awakening the hard way, as did Miko in 1982. More answers here than questions. Become a supporter at https://patreon.com/thebittertruth


12 Aug 2019

Rank #16

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Fighting for More Than Yourself: Neal Dikeman talks about his case with Texas

Businessman and 2018 Libertarian candidate, Neal Dikeman, discusses his trek through the Texas court system. He and his colleagues have been working tirelessly to overturn HB2504. This is a law that penalizes independent parties by paying a $3,125 filing fee. Of course, the “alternative” is not much of one. Dikeman has been tenacious in getting a temporary injunction but this is far from over. Texas Secretary of State, Ruth Hughs will not go quietly into the night. You will want to know how this affects everyone, not just one party. That’s not who he’s fighting for. Become a supporter of the show! Visit patreon.com/thebittertruth for details!

1hr 3mins

27 Jan 2020

Rank #17

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Getting More Than One Lesson: Abe Abdelhadi talks about American Exceptionalism kicking OUR ass.

How is it we get information that we’ve been lied to about every war in the last twenty years (at least) and YET we believe the narrative fed us by the very same people who lied to us the last time??? Here, we look at our past, our ego and our place in the world. Just who the hell do we think we are? James Baldwin famously said that the psychosis of the United States is that we can’t reconcile our ideals with our sins…we better start before it’s too late. You can become a patron at patreon.com/thebittertruth.


2 Jul 2019

Rank #18

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Danny Haiphong on the war on truth by the media and other “pillars” of so-called liberal thought

Today we speak to Danny Haiphong, co-author of American Exceptionalism and American Innocence: A People's History of Fake News--From the Revolutionary War to the War on Terror, and regular contributor to the Black Agenda Report. We talk about the decades long war on truth by the media and other “pillars” of so-called liberal thought. Mr. Haiphong illustrates, with stunning clarity, the omissions and hypocrisy foisted on the American people by their government, not least of which is the perpetuation of “innocence” and how we are always the “good guy.” Become a member at patreon.com/thebittertruth


24 Jul 2019

Rank #19

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Stolen Identity for Sale: Dr. Kate Balestrieri discusses the hijacking of LGBTQ by business and advertising

We get into how the LGBTQ community and other minority groups are largely seen as a commodity. Dr. Kate discusses how the objectivation of any marginalized group can be a detriment. She also gets into why we get threatened by change and how we can manage, not suppress our anger. Dr. Kate Balestrieri is a licensed therapist, author, Executive Director/Co-founder of Triune Therapy Group and co-host of Behind Closed Doors with Dr. Kate and Lauren. Leaving the KABC family, the third season of Behind Closed Doors with Dr. Kate and Lauren is moving to YouTube Live this August! Become a member at https://www.patreon.com/thebittertruth


15 Jul 2019

Rank #20