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In 2020, former Governor of Massachusetts Deval Patrick launched a new podcast series on what it means to be American in 2020 and beyond. Governor Patrick said, “'Being American’ is a series of conversations with people of uncommon wisdom, some you already know and some you don’t know yet, about what it means or ought to mean today to be American. People are dealing with serious challenges that need specific solutions, but I also sense we need a clearer understanding of who we are, a shared ...
 
Keeping democracy alive Democracy is not a spectator sport, it requires informed participating citizens. On Keeping Democracy Alive, we delve into dynamics that both inhibit democracy and reinvigorate it. looking into issues from: domestic economic issues to foreign, labor, trade, and education policy, NSA spying, the drug war, prison, police, and judicial issues, electoral and protest politics, middle east realities, right and left wing populism, environmental and energy issues, the wealth ...
 
Two friends have a nice time discussing history, with a focus on the weird and perverse and occasionally crime and parapolitics. Theme Music courtesy of Interesting Times Gang; find them on Bandcamp at https://itgang.bandcamp.com
 
Travel and Beer, Beer and Travel. Whichever way you want to say it, these are the two things that make up the Miles and Pints Podcast. From conversations with brewers and discussions about breweries around the world to talk with travelers about the places they're been and how they got there, we will have it all. If you’re like us and you love both Travel and Beer, then this is the perfect podcast for you. Give it a listen, subscribe so you don’t miss any episodes, and be sure to tell your fr ...
 
NOW ON iTUNESFor nearly five years, Greg Grasso has been interviewing noted authors stateside and abroad. What started out as a hobby, is now consuming his free time and interest in Spy, Thriller, Historical and Biographical Authors, looking into what makes them tick, how they process information and content, and why they write. ------------------------David Baldacci was his first novelist, and since has led to some of the greatest and most renown authors as Jeff Deaver, Tess Gerritsen, Raym ...
 
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Pat Buchanan was ahead of his time. He used the KKK’s David Duke to breed a new nativist religious nationalism, based on fear of liberalization. On this show political science professor Joseph Lowndes sheds light on how the Republican Party The post Violent Authoritarianism: How Did This Become the GOP? appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
In this special episode of the Being American Podcast, Gov. Patrick sits down with renowned political analyst and election handicapper, Dave Wasserman. Wasserman is the Senior Editor for the U.S. House of Representatives at the Cook Political Report w/ Amy Walter. They discussed the outcome of the 2021 elections in Virginia and New Jersey, where th…
 
This week, the LU Boys are joined once again by friends of the pod Patrick and Ian to discuss the monstrously long director's cut of Oliver Stone's JFK, a bizarre yet highly swag/awful film that explores a baffling (and frankly homophobic) explanation for the John F. Kennedy assassination. We also discuss Oliver Stone's new documentary JFK Revisite…
 
James Jenneman returns to the show to discuss what's been going on in our lives and spiritual development over the past few months. Lots of red meat here for sure! Check out James on Twitter at (4) James Jenneman (@jameslj) / Twitter And checkout Blackbird podcast here: https://blackbirdpodcast.com
 
How can one have optimum performance at your job when you have to hide your identity? There was fear of disruption by having openly trans troops in our military. But the truth is the only disruption was from people in The post Why the Fear of Trans Troops in the Military? appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
It’s easy to be all for cutting “waste” in the Pentagon budget but that enables continuing plans to spend 7.5 trillion over ten years. And on what? Could shoveling money to the military make us less secure? On this show The post Slice A Trillion From Defense: Bring Greater Security? appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Let us warmly welcome you back into the American Utopia of Allen Dulles. First, we give a very brief recounting of America’s involvement in the Russian Civil War, and then we fast forward ahead to the 1940s when Dulles was engaging in a power struggle in Washington with Harry Truman while the early CIA dipped its toes in regime change during the 19…
 
They’ve save countless human lives in many wars. Military working dogs have a new monument at the Navy Memorial in Washington DC and it’s about time. Dogs are an essential asset deserving recognition. On this show first up is 20 The post Remembering the Dogs on Veterans Day appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
This week, Team LU discuss the undisputed heavyweight champion of Rock and Roll Debauchery: GG Allin. GG was a filthy, violent, disturbed freak, and the many tales of his extreme actions both on and off stage stand as testament to these facts. He was no one to admire, for sure. But he did record a few rippers tho… Follow The Rock & Roll Underground…
 
Niklas Blanchard @cheapseatsecon joins me again to continue our conversation on Accelerationism. One of the necessary bumps in the road we have to traverse on this journey is probably my least favorite thinker of all time: one, David Hume. We talk about Hume's writings on passions, free will, religion, and the psychological nature of human action a…
 
Claiming the election was stolen, “angry loyalists storming the building while overwhelmed security guards gave way. The slavishly loyal vice-president who would, the president hoped, restore him to power.” Sound familiar? This was 1986 in Manila. Author and history professor The post He Knows a Coup When He Sees One appeared first on Keeping Democ…
 
This week, the LU Boiz explore the life and times of one of history’s most overlooked figures: The legendary Viking Age Explorer, Warrior, Poet and King, Hrolf Brownbreeches. Through a close examination of the historical record, notably the 12th Century Icelandic Epic Hrolfingr Saga, we hope to shine some light on a guy who just doesn’t get as much…
 
Everyone who supported him projected what they wanted to see on him in 2008. In his new book He Was Our Man In Washington, A History of the Obama Years, author Owen Symes reveals such little known facts as Obama’s The post What Was the Obama Presidency Really? appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
JimBob, of @madebyJimBob fame on instragram, joins me once again to discuss culture, capitalism, and building towards something rather than away from something. Check out JimBob on IG at https://www.instagram.com/themadebyjimbob/ Savage Memes Vol 3 here - https://madebyjimbob.com/ NFTs on OpenSea - https://opensea.io/themadebyjimbob Linktree - http…
 
For decades the majority of Americans, Democrats and Republicans have supported taxing the rich but politicians in both parties have turned a deaf ear. But the grudging acceptance that everyone but the richest pays their taxes may be ending. On The post Tax The Rich to Boost the Economy appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
If it can’t be seen, it can’t be measured, and it doesn’t count. But a lot of the best results of public education can’t be seen. Quantifying was put there to assure command and control from the top down bureaucrats The post How Measuring Education Fails appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.Von Burt Cohen
 
Hello from the gutters of New York City... Join us for another American Haunting tale. In the summer of 1976, a string of killings began in the New York City boroughs of Queens and the Bronx. Despite the modus operandi being similar throughout them, the police did not realize they had a string of serial murders until the following year. By the summ…
 
In this episode, Trine Center for Sports Studies Director, Brandon Podgorski, talks with professional golf photographer, Patrick Koenig. Patrick has been featured in GOLF Magazine and Golf Digest and is recognized as one of the country’s most popular golf influencers. We discuss how he turned his passion into a career that has seen him travel the w…
 
It’s been normalized. Americans who are neither Christian nor white may not necessarily feel open discrimination, but privilege underlies everyday life. The starting point is not neutral, as we’d prefer to believe. On this show Dr. Kyati Y Joshi talks The post Pervasive Yet Invisible White Christian Privilege appeared first on Keeping Democracy Ali…
 
Welcome to Season 2 of Being American! Today's conversation features candid interviews with our host, Governor Deval Patrick, and his two guests. The first, Cecile Richards, former President of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and a co-chair of American Bridge 21st Century. They discuss the Texas abortion law, SB8, and the impact that l…
 
It was called the Gilded Age. In the late 19th and early 20th century, there was extreme wealth and everybody else (remind you of another time?). Wall Street bankers back then were getting robbed, someone had to protect them. In The post Making the World Safe for Plutocracy: The History of American Policing appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive…
 
Cyprian (formerly Vin Armani) joins me again to chat about building the ark, and how the culture is responding to the end of an empire. Definitely go back and listen to episodes 2-25 and 3-08 to hear more from my talks with Cyprian, and follow him at @Cyprianous on Twitter
 
This week, the LU Boys discuss the fascinating, millenia-old phenomenon of Demonic Possession and Exorcism. Since prehistory, man has often found wild, fantastic explanations for every variety of malady, including the notion of the body being infested by malign spirits. However, despite advances in modern medicine and research into mental illness, …
 
It’s not about education reform; Republicans like Florida’s DeSantis and others are actually out to end public education. On this show, New Republic editor Kathryn Joyce looks behind such appealing phrases as Parents Bill of Rights to reveal a long The post Republican Goal: End Public Education, End Democracy appeared first on Keeping Democracy Ali…
 
Precapitalist indigenous cultures have a lot to offer us today for a better, greener future. And socialism is not how its pictured. Neglected by the Great Men study of history, Rosa Luxemburg, a 4′ 11″ disabled young woman from what’s The post The Prescience And Vision of Rosa Luxemburg. Who? appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Come with us on a journey out of space and time, into another dimension… This week, the lads continue their Halloween-special month with another terrifying tale. Join us as we examine the Pont-Saint-Esprit mass psychosis in the small French commune from 1951. Following some unexplained poisoning of the bread in the town, its residents were descende…
 
In this episode, Trine Center for Sports Studies Director, Brandon Podgorski, talks with Coordinator of Development for Mount Vernon Nazarene University Athletics, Paul McNeal. Paul explains how he was able to use his experience community building as a high school basketball coach into his current role in athletic fundraising.…
 
When she came onto the civil rights stage, the men assumed she’d sing, not speak. But Fannie Lou Hamer was a force. As author Kate Clifford Larson tells the amazing story in her new book Walk With Me, she stood The post For Inspiration Today: Fannie Lou Hamer In the Early 60s appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
It’s not like displaying a large red cross protects doctors from attack anymore. Yesterday’s Covid heroes are today vilified by some. Across the globe, health care workers have become routinely targeted. For example in Myanmar, since it is not an The post From Heroes to Targets: Medical Workers Under Attack appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive…
 
Justin Campbell, host of "Fact Check This Podcast" invited me on to talk about, well, everything! It was a blast and I know you're going to enjoy it. Justin also does A/V production work for multiple shows in the liberty community, like Break The Cycle, Lions of Liberty, and Counterflow. Justin on Twitter - (2) Justin Campbell (@jcamp1521) / Twitte…
 
This week, in our first ghoulish October episode, the LU Boys talk about one of history’s most misunderstood, troubled young men: Vlad III of Wallachia, more famously known as Vlad Tepes, or the Impaler (ooooh I wonder why…). Best remembered in the public eye as a purported inspiration behind the character of Count Dracula, we will dive a bit deepe…
 
With violence so deeply embedded into America’s foreign policy, it’s become invisible. But who does it harm more; us of them? On this show global religion teacher and author Kelly Denton-Borhaug says it is time to grow up and face The post The Harmful Naivete of A Foreign Policy of Violence appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Chances are if you've performed comedy in Toronto, you're likely one degree of separation from this episode's guest; Gary Rideout Jr., owner of Toronto's famous Comedy Bar & Director of Business Development at The Second City in Toronto. This episode dives into Gary's timeline as a budding comedian-turned-business owner and tracks the many successe…
 
Carlos Abelar, host of Los Libertinos on YouTube, and co-owner of Paloma Verde CBD, invited me on his show to throw some chingasos and fire! We talk about my upbringing in the 80's and 90's, entrepreneurial spirit, walking away from abusive relationships, Twitter magic, and what it's like to grow up around books! Check out his YouTube channel here:…
 
They’re doing it again. Remember the Peace Dividend after Vietnam? Right, it never happened. Now with another war finally ended, here we are again. On this show, retired USAF Lieutenant Colonel William Astore says the amount of money shoveled to The post Even When It Loses, the Pentagon Wins appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Jason, co-host of the 2 Bit Podcast invited me on to chat about what's been going the past year and a half, and how we have grown, learned, and changed on our personal journeys. Check out Jason & Mark here on Youtube - 2Bit Podcast - YouTube And Here on Twitter: Mark - 2Bit Podcast / Mark Aaron (@MaaronC) / Twitter Jason- 2BitPodcast/Jason☦👑🎙🍁🦘 (@2…
 
This week, the LU boys discuss a plethora or lesser known cryptids, eschewing the basic ass Loch Ness Monsters and Bigfeet to talk about the really fringe, dumb ones that aren't famous for a reason. If you listen closely you might notice the worst Judas Priest song in here too. Follow the Menehune on Twitter: @leftunreadpod (also our instagram) @po…
 
In this episode, Trine Center for Sports Studies Director, Brandon Podgorski, talks with President and Founder of Living Sport, Alicia Marinelli. Alicia discusses her time as a sports business professional in pro and amateur sports as well as her current role with Living Sport. Living Sport provides students with domestic and international opportun…
 
The earth itself is today paying the price for the 20th century fossil fuel bonanza. Now instead of continuing to have all humanity in service to that powerful sector, it’s time to pay the climate and colonization debt. When George The post There Is Enough to Go Around. But Not the Way We’ve Been Doing It appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
It’s so easy for the national security state to just paint the same old picture for Americans: Russia and China are military threats. But in truth they are not. They are rising economically in large part because we have wasted The post Must We Do the Cold War Again? appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
This week, Evan and Cam sat down with Alex Herbert, PhD candidate in Soviet History and co-host of the Providence Leftist Radio podcast, to discuss the collapse of the Soviet Union. We ended up mostly eschewing our notes and just picking his brain about the period, and it was great. We think you'll agree. Also, R.I.P. Norm Macdonald. You can follow…
 
Caleb Brown, host of the Catholic Libertarian Podcast, and Caleb Brown YouTube Channel, invited me on to talk about The Bible. We get into my journey over the past year and a half, and how "The Story" needs to be told now, more than ever. Caleb on Twitter - (8) Caleb Brown (@Calebbrown549) / Twitter Caleb on YouTube - Caleb Brown - YouTube…
 
Philanthropies came into being to launder a plutocrat’s reputation. It’s become an industry today whose goal is preserving great wealth and maintaining dominance and control. According to our guest Edgar Villanueva, philanthropy has to be more than a wealth building The post Decolonize Philanthropy: What Does That Mean? appeared first on Keeping De…
 
The prospect of losing the power of empire brings out fear which can lead to police states. Or it can be seen as an opportunity for significant improvement. On this show, Matt Wehmeier, who spent recent years in the former The post Are We There? How Empires Fall appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Today’s Guest: Ashley Smith from My Wanderlusty Life In today’s conclusion of our interview with Ashley Smith, we dig deep into the travel side of things before it all comes back to beer again. Ashley tells us how she likes to travel and what some of her favorite places to visit are both domestically and abroad. Then we talk all about Oktoberfest, …
 
Rachel Tobias, Queen, joins me to talk about how to dig yourself out of the depression of personal poverty, and walks listeners through a starter program of how to help themselves achieve independence and social mobility. Rachel on Twitter - Office Of Existential Management (@RachelDTobias) / Twitter Rachel at Amrta Studios - AMRTA STUDIOS…
 
Have we learned that the military is not necessarily the best tool for the job? On this show New Republic journalist Jordan Michael Smith talks about the self imposed failures, squandering America’s power. Right after the attack, the world was The post 20 Years after 9/11: Are We Any Smarter? appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
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