Thank you...

Thank you all for your support of us and of Talking Left.

Unfortunately, we've made the difficult, personal decision to discontinue the show.  As many of you know, we work Monday through Friday in Progressive radio, and we have realized that trying to do this seven days a week has left us unable to give this show, or our "day job" the full attention and dedication they deserve.  As there are so many amazing Progressive podcasts and radio shows, we both feel that it isn't fair of us to take a great Sunday morning time slot on several online and terrestrial stations, when it could be filled by a show that has the time and energy to give the audience - you - what you really deserve.

If you're looking for something to fill this time, please check out the "Progressive Talk Directory" on this site - where you will find an incredible list of free or low-cost shows to listen to. 

For anyone who would like to reach us, even after this show is off air, feel free to email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , to find us on Twitter - @TalkingLeft, @ProducerShaneO, or @DanielleOnRadio.  We hope to keep the conversation ongoing - we know we'll have thoughts about the news, politics, and stories of the day, and we'd love to hear yours as well.

Thank you to the numerous amazing guests who have joined us over the years.  From lawmakers to scientists to authors to friends - speaking to you was truly an honor, and we thank you for taking the time for our show.  

Thank you to the various stations who believed in us - Netroots Radio, SoFloRadio, We Act Radio, Progressive Voices - and the woman who took a chance on our show before anyone else did - Nicole Sandler of Radio or Not.  We were proud to be part of your progressive radio families, and we'll always be here to help in any way we can.

Quite a few of you have followed us - and provided us wonderful friendship - over the five years of Talking Left and previous shows... to you, we owe an even bigger thank you.  You guys literally made this worthwhile, despite the exhaustion, for a very long time.  Your friendship means the world to us, and we hope you'll keep in touch.  You guys listened to us as we found our voice, and encouraged us even when we fell on our faces - and we love you for it.  

Thanks again to all of you... Keep fighting the good fight... And, now we've got some free time to fight it with you!

- Danielle & Shane 

Talking Left Episode 2014-32

The Five Stages of Mourning the Midterms...

 

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After Democrats lost big in the 2014 Midterm elections, we needed a little help grieving.  So, this week on Talking Left, we decided to go through all five stages of mourning, and tried to accept the reality of the next two years by the end of the show.

In hour one, we spoke to Brad Friedman of The Brad Blog, who helped us cope with our denial. Our first reaction to the election results was "the fix was in," and Brad's amazing work helped us understand why we felt that way.  From voter suppression to unverifiable electronic voting machines, it's easy to feel like he election results did not reflect the will of the voters.  And, it's easy to see how important it is to dump the machines and go back to paper ballots - as Brad has been saying all along.  Be sure to read about some of the major issues that occurred during this election, so we can work to prevent them in 2016.

In the second hour, we dealt with our anger and bargaining phases.  We expressed our resentment towards Democrats who ran away from Progressive values, and our anger at the Republicans agenda for 2015.  Although we may not have been ready to bargain with the new majority in Congress, it appears that President Obama was already starting to make deals with his decision to put more troops in Iraq, and his nomination of pro-corporate lawyer, Loretta Lynch, for attorney general.

And, in hour three, we reach our depression and acceptance stages over the midterm results.  But, rather than focus too much on the depression - which is easy for Dems to do after this election - we talked about how to deal with it, and how comedians will be rejoicing over the results.  And, don't forget, we'll have two years of new Tea Party Senators that could be a big gift to Democrats in the next election.  As far as acceptance goes, we may have to accept that Republicans will control Congress for the next two years, but that's about all we have to accept.  We don't have to accept Democrats who bend to the will of the GOP, and we don't have to accept the myth that this is the government the voters actually wanted.

We've got two years to turn this ship around - so let's buck up, get active, and take back our democracy!

Thanks to Rocky Mountain Mike for writing and producing our incredible theme music! Please check out his amazing Sound CloudThanks to We Act Radio - 1480AM WPWCNetroots Radio,SoFlo RadioProgressive Voices on Tune in, and Radio or Not,- for helping to ensure all listeners have corporate-free, independent radio!  You can also follow all of the news about upcoming topics and guests on our Facebook page and on Twitter @TalkingLeft.  And you can subscribe to Talking Left free on iTunes!

As always, thanks for listening!

Talking Left Episode 2014-31

Vote, vote, vote!

 

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This week on Talking Left, we wanted to focus on the midterm elections.  It's more important than ever to get out and vote this year, so be sure you show up and participate in our democratic process.

In hour one we spoke with James Cullum, Capital Hill Reporter for the Talk Radio News Service.  James is heading to North Carolina to cover the extremely close race between Senator Kay Hagan and State Speaker of the House Tom Tillis.  As one of the most important, and most expensive, Senate races in the country, it'll be interesting to see whether Big Money and voter suppression can defeat the incumbent.  Keep an eye on TalkRadioNews.com for James's coverage of the race, and check out his personal website for some awesome photos!

Next we heard from David Kearns, independent candidate for state senate in Brevard County, Florida.  David is a long-time friend of the show, and a true Progressive, and he knows a thing or two about Florida's criminal governor, Rick Scott.  Please help get the word out for David, and support him if you're able.  He would be a great voice for the people of the Sunshine State, and someone who isn't afraid to stand up to Republicans in Tallahassee.

With all the voter suppression tactics and legislation going on around the country, it's important to know how to protect your vote.  In hour three, Chris Melody Fields of the Election Protection coalition joined us to explain where you can find information about voting laws in your state, and who you can contact if you feel that your right to vote is being threatened.  Remember that you can call 1-866-OUR-VOTE if you have any questions or problems on election day, and you can download their free app to have all this important information right at your fingertips!

Thanks to Rocky Mountain Mike for writing and producing our incredible theme music! Please check out his amazing Sound CloudThanks to We Act Radio - 1480AM WPWCNetroots Radio,SoFlo RadioProgressive Voices on Tune in, and Radio or Not,- for helping to ensure all listeners have corporate-free, independent radio!  You can also follow all of the news about upcoming topics and guests on our Facebook page and on Twitter @TalkingLeft.  And you can subscribe to Talking Left free on iTunes!

As always, thanks for listening!

Talking Left Episode 2014-30

Elections, Climate, & The Audacity of the Rich!

 

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This week on Talking Left, we tried to cover all the big stories you won't hear in the corporate media - and we had some great guests to help us!

In hour one, we spoke with James Cullum, Capital Hill Reporter for the Talk Radio News Service.  James attended the North Carolina Senate debate and gave us his take on Pizza Guy, Sean Haugh, and the two major candidates.  Hopefully, the Libertarian in this race will make it easier for Kay Hagan to hang on to her seat, an for Democrats to hold on to the Senate.  Regardless of our complaints about the party, we all have to admit that things won't get better if Republicans get control of the upper chamber.  We'll watch this race - and all the others around the country - closely, and we'll keep hoping that we can save the Senate!

Next, we played our interview with Desi Doyen of the Green News Report from filling in for Thom Hartmann on Friday.  Desi explained how much more climate coverage we're seeing in this year's election, and how environmental justice is becoming a movement.  Desi & Brad Friedman always cover many important climate stories in The Green News Report, so be sure to check it out for all the stories we didn't get to.

In hour three, we played another interview from Friday - this one with Andrew Crocker, Legal Fellow for the Electronic Frontier Foundation.  Andrew explained one of the most recent legal fights over government surveillance, and why we have to keep up the fight to protect our privacy.  Don't forget to support the EFF, and share news of all of their amazing work with yor friends!

Thanks to Rocky Mountain Mike for writing and producing our incredible theme music! Please check out his amazing Sound CloudThanks to We Act Radio - 1480AM WPWC, Netroots Radio, SoFlo Radio, Progressive Voices on Tune in, and Radio or Not,- for helping to ensure all listeners have corporate-free, independent radio!  You can also follow all of the news about upcoming topics and guests on our Facebook page and on Twitter @TalkingLeft.  And you can subscribe to Talking Left free on iTunes!

As always, thanks for listening!

 

Talking Left Episode 2014-29

The Red Sunday Spectacular!

 

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This week on Talking Left, we talked Ebola, elections, and perhaps the scariest of all... the Supreme Court.

In hour one, we got in to the news you probably won't hear in the corporate media, and gave you our take on California's "Yes means Yes" law and the pubic freak-out over Ebola.

In the second hour, we continued our yearly Supreme Court "Red Sunday" preview tradition with Ian Millhiser, Constitutional Policy Analyst for the Center for American Progress and Justice Editor of the Think Progress Blog.  Ian helped us understand some of the big cases that our nation's highest court has already agreed to hear this year, including partisan and racial gerrymandering, and abortion rights.  He also explained a few cases that the Supreme Court is likely to agree to hear.  Ian always does an amazing job of helping us understand why these cases are important, so be sure to follow his work throughout the term, and pre-order a copy of his upcoming book: "Injustices: The Supreme Court's History of Comforting the Comfortable and Afflicting the Afflicted."

And, in hour three, we spoke with David Bender, the political director of Progressive Voices, about the upcoming midterm elections, and why we all need to get out and vote.  As David explained, we can't allow negative ads and deceptive polls keep us from the ballot box, and this election is way too important to sit things out.  Be sure you get out and vote this November, and help your friends and neighbors do their part as well!

Thanks to Rocky Mountain Mike for writing and producing our incredible theme music! Please check out his amazing Sound CloudThanks to We Act Radio - 1480AM WPWC, Netroots Radio, SoFlo Radio, Progressive Voices on Tune in, and Radio or Not,- for helping to ensure all listeners have corporate-free, independent radio!  You can also follow all of the news about upcoming topics and guests on our Facebook page and on Twitter @TalkingLeft.  And you can subscribe to Talking Left free on iTunes!

As always, thanks for listening!

 

Talking Left Episode 2014-28

Elections matter.

 

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This week on Talking Left, we wanted to dig in to a few stories that the corporate media has been skipping or glossing over.  

In hour one, we spoke with Justice Putnam of Netroots Radio about police brutality, Ferguson, and the need to change our militarized police forces.  The stories of police violence and brutality seem to be a daily event, but we can't allow them to become the norm.  We must return to community policing and give citizens more power to hold cops accountable.  There are some great suggestions, and details for more events at National Black United Front DC.

In the next hour, we got in to the "war" against ISIS with our great friend Nicole Belle, formerly of Crooks and Liars.  Nicole gave us her take on the ridiculous notion that we can bomb the world in to peace, and the fact that Congress is shirking their responsibility to vote on military action.  And, our "mainstream" media is failing to provide a real debate on whether or not we should be bombing anyone at all.  

And, as if this show could get any better with those first two guests, Brad Friedman of The Brad Blog joined us for the entire third hour!  We got to hear Brad's brilliant take on voting rights around the country, on the wife-beating judge Mark Fuller, and, on the Republican operative who had the audacity to threaten Brad over his reporting. To find out more about the Don Siegleman case, be sure to check out - and share - Free-Don.org!

Thanks to Rocky Mountain Mike for writing and producing our incredible theme music! Please check out his amazing Sound CloudThanks to We Act Radio - 1480AM WPWC, Netroots Radio, SoFlo Radio, Progressive Voices on Tune in, and Radio or Not,- for helping to ensure all listeners have corporate-free, independent radio!  You can also follow all of the news about upcoming topics and guests on our Facebook page and on Twitter @TalkingLeft.  And you can subscribe to Talking Left free on iTunes!

As always, thanks for listening!

 

Talking Left Episode 2014-27

The People have the power!

 

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This week on Talking Left, we covered everything from the Senate's vote to authorize arming so-called "moderates" in Syria to the Scotland Independence Vote to the People's Climate Mobilization.  Through it all, one very important message stood out - all around the country, Americans are waking up and speaking out.  Together, we can shape a better nation.

And, we also spoke with Pete Callahan of We Act Radio, before he left to cover the People's Climate Mobilization in New York City! If you're in the area, be sure to swing by and say hello to Pete.  And, if you're not, find an event near you or watch the streams at WeActRadio.com!

Thanks to Rocky Mountain Mike for writing and producing our incredible theme music! Please check out his amazing Sound CloudThanks to We Act Radio - 1480AM WPWC, Netroots Radio, SoFlo Radio, Progressive Voices on Tune in, and Radio or Not,- for helping to ensure all listeners have corporate-free, independent radio!  You can also follow all of the news about upcoming topics and guests on our Facebook page and on Twitter @TalkingLeft.  And you can subscribe to Talking Left free on iTunes!

As always, thanks for listening!

 

Talking Left Episode 2014-26

War by any other name is still war.

 

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This week on Talking Left, we played some great interviews from guest hosting for Thom Hartmann, and gave you our take on some of today's top news.  And!! This week is also the debut of Talking Left on the Progressive Voices channel on TuneIn!  

In the first hour, we got in to two different rulings on election laws.  In Ohio, voting rights were protected, but voters in Wisconsin were not so lucky.  In addition, we talked about another court ruling, which considered the question - should lying in political campaigns be illegal?  And, of course we talked about the Senate's votes on a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United, and why it's important that we keep up the fight to get money out of politics.

In hour two, we gave you our take about the United States being "at war" with ISIS, as well as President Obama's take on the Authorization for Use of Military Force from back in 2013.  The biggest question we have is for Congress... if they're not willing to vote on sending our military men and women back in to Iraq, why they heck do they even want to be in Congress?

And, in the second hour, we also played for you an interview with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Hedrick Smith, author of "Who Stole The American Dream?".  Hedrick explained how the shift from stakeholder to shareholder capitalism has harmed workers, and how a return to viewing employees and customers as part of the business could repair some damage to our nation.

During the third hour we play two great interviews from sitting in for Thom on Friday.  First up was Cindy Cohn, General Counsel and Legal Director for the Electronic Frontier Foundation.  Cindy explained the recent ACLU v. Clapper hearing on NSA surveillance, and what we can do to help declare government spying unconstitutional.  After that, we played Friday's interview with Tim Karr, Senior Director of Strategy at Free Press.  Tim talked about this week's "Internet Slowdown Day" and why we should care about net neutrality.

Thanks to Rocky Mountain Mike for writing and producing our incredible theme music! Please check out his amazing Sound CloudThanks to We Act Radio - 1480AM WPWC, Netroots Radio, SoFlo Radio, Progressive Voices on Tune in, and Radio or Not,- for helping to ensure all listeners have corporate-free, independent radio!  You can also follow all of the news about upcoming topics and guests on our Facebook page and on Twitter @TalkingLeft.  And you can subscribe to Talking Left free on iTunes!

As always, thanks for listening!

 

Talking Left Episode 2014-25

It all comes down to the money!

 

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This week on Talking Left, we covered a ton of different topics, but most of them connected in one way: money.  AND - for the first time ever, Talking Left was taking your calls LIVE!  

In hour one, we talked about some of the under-reported news of the week, and got in to Tesla's extortion of the state of Nevada.  At one point in this nation, our strong infrastructure and educated workforce was enough to entice businesses to locate here.  Now, we're not only seeing states compete against each other, we're all competing with overseas workers.  Tesla may be a great company when it comes to ending our addiction to fossil fuels, but that doesn't mean they should get to skip out on paying taxes.

In hour two, we gave you a different spin on Eric Cantor moving to a Wall Street investment bank... courtesy of the fine folks at Crooks and Liars.  It's outrageous that Cantor is permitted to skip out on the end of his term to cash in big as a bankster, but it's even scarier to think about what his staffers may be up to.  Congressional staffers are unelected and unaccountable, and many of these powerful individuals are simply starting a much more lucrative career as K Street Lobbyists.  We need to stop the revolving door in Congress, and it's about time to start thinking about how those laws should also apply to staffers.

And, speaking of corruption - we also spoke with James Cullum, Capital Hill Reporter for the Talk Radio News Service, about the recent conviction of former Governor Bob McDonnell. In addition to being an incredible photo journalist - and be sure to check out his work here - James also covered Virginia politics for years.  He gave us his take on the scandal, the conviction, and how the people and the state of Virginia may feel about the whole ordeal.


In the third hour, we spoke with two incredible guests.  First up, we spoke with Kymone Freeman of We Act Radio, about the ongoing effort to find justice for Mike Brown.  Kymone and the amazing people over at the National Black United Front are working to turn Ferguson from a moment into a movement.  Be sure to follow We Act Radio for news of upcoming events, and use the hash tag #DCFerguson to follow along on social media.

Last, but certainly not least, we heard from Ian Millhiser of Think Progress, about two other huge stories this week.  Ian helped us understand the DC Circuit Court's decision to withdraw an earlier ruling on the Affordable Care Act, and put the issue before all the judges on that panel.  To learn more about that case, check out Ian's article, "Federal Appeals Court Withdraws Decision Defunding Obamacare."  As if that news wasn't enough to talk about, Ian also explained exactly why the Louisiana Judge who upheld that state's same-sex marriage ban was wrong, wrong, wrong - and not simply in a moral way.  As usual, Ian made it easy to understand some very complex cases, and we can hardly wait until the release of his upcoming book: "Injustices: The Supreme Court's Nearly Unbroken History of Comforting the Comfortable and Afflicting the Afflicted."

As this was also the first week we started taking your calls live, we wanted to give a special shout out to our first callers.  Big thanks to Marty and Snorky for helping us break the ice, and here's the link that Snorky mentioned, as promised:  www.islandconnect.com/partner/IIC

Thanks to Rocky Mountain Mike for writing and producing our incredible theme music! Please check out his amazing Sound CloudThanks to We Act Radio - 1480AM WPWC, Netroots Radio, SoFlo Radio, and Radio or Not,- for helping to ensure all listeners have corporate-free, independent radio!  You can also follow all of the news about upcoming topics and guests on our Facebook page and on Twitter @TalkingLeft.  And you can subscribe to Talking Left free on iTunes!

As always, thanks for listening!

 

Talking Left Episode 2014-24

Thank a Union!

 

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This week on Talking Left, we gave you our take on some of this week's big news, and we cut loose a bit without any guests!

In hour one, we talking about Mitch McConnell getting busted sucking up to the Koch brothers, and explained the FEC gridlock that's effectively giving Republicans a free pass on some creative campaign donations.  We also touched on McConnell's newest opponent in Kentucky - the Libertarian police officer David Patterson.  

In the second hour, we finally got to the most important Constitutional Amendment of our summer series - money in politics.  Although we may have frustrated a few of our listeners by saying that spending money is speech and corporations sometimes need to be "people" - we hope that you stay listening through out explanation.  

Also in hour two, we got in sexism and the so-called "Rape Culture," and how puritanical beliefs allow anti-women views to be perpetuated in our society.

And, of course, in hour three we talked Labor Day, and the many reasons why we should thank a union on this - and every - Labor Day!  Unions have helped fight for many of the rights, protections, regulations, and holidays that we often take for granted, and it's important that we keep fighting for our right to organize.  

Thanks to Rocky Mountain Mike for writing and producing our incredible theme music! Please check out his amazing Sound CloudThanks to We Act Radio - 1480AM WPWC, Netroots Radio, SoFlo Radio, and Radio or Not,- for helping to ensure all listeners have corporate-free, independent radio!  You can also follow all of the news about upcoming topics and guests on our Facebook page and on Twitter @TalkingLeft.  And you can subscribe to Talking Left free on iTunes!

As always, thanks for listening!

 

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