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Funny, speaking truth-to-power, and cutting through the grift, rightward drift, and cultural rifts in left politics. Hosts Mary Angela Perna and David Slavick, producer of The Michael Brooks Show Lush Left Podcast will continue to bring the political commentary, biting humor, and top tier interviews with some of the smartest people on the left. Guests have included: Gaius Publius, Matt Breunig, Elizabeth Breunig, Matt Stoller, Kaniela Ing, Austin Frerick, Mike Elk, Dave Weigel, Wayne Gladstone, Bill Corbett, Dr Jim Zogby, Naomi Konst, Ken Silverstein, Krang T Nelson, Leslie Lee III, Murder Bryan, and more!

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Conversation with Matt McDermott, pollster, Director at Whitman Strategies (Sep 17th, 2018)

Matt McDermott is a pollster by trade. He is the Director at Whitman Strategies and brings a wealth of solid information regarding what we can do on the left to WIN. The #resistance is more than just a hashtag and we discuss with Matt what we can do to fight back and progress in this age of Trump!

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Nancy Altman President of Social Security Works (Sep 14th, 2018)

Nancy Altman, President of Social Security Works joins Lush Left to discuss not only the importance of making sure social security and SSI and social programs are kept in place, but expanded. We also discuss the myths surrounding social security, her new book and much more!

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Khary Penebaker, DNC member, board member of Everytown USA (Sep 10th, 2018)

Khary Penebaker is a #GunViolence Survivor, board member of Everytown, treasurer of the DNC Black Caucus. Join us for Khary's inspiring journey to activism and the vital need for gun reform.

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Khary Penebaker, Gun Violence Survivor, treasurer of the DNC Black Caucus, board member of Everytown (Sep 10th, 2018)

Khary Penebaker is a #GunViolence Survivor, Board Member of Everytown, fellow treasurer of the DNC Black Caucus

Join us for an important conversation. We talk about the need for gun reform and so much more. Khary is truly an inspiration.

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Meet Cooper Teboe, Campaign Manager of Ro Khanna (Sep 4th, 2018)

Cooper Teboe is Ro Khanna's Campaign manager and Director of Finance. He truly walks us through a "day in the life" of one of our country's most progressive people in Congress, Ro Khanna. We also discuss what we as progressives can and should be doing moving forward!

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Meet Cooper Teboe, Campain and Director of Finance to Congressman Ro Khanna! (Sep 4th, 2018)

We sat down with Cooper Teboe, Campaign Manager and Finance Director of progressive Congressman, Ro Khanna. We talk about the day in the life as far what it's like to work with one of our most progressive people in congress. We also discuss what we as progressives can do moving forward in this age of Trump

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Slate's Jordan Weissmann on Betsy Devos & the Texas Plan to Arm Teachers (Aug 29th, 2018)

Jordan Weissmann is Slate’s senior business and economics correspondent. In this interview we talk to him about his piece in Slate titled "The Department of Education Has Looked Into Whether to Let Schools Use Federal Money to Buy Guns." It's an excellent piece and a great example of how we truly are living under a government that is far from normal.

Please check out his new podcast "Working"

Read this fantastic piece here:
https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/08/department-of-education-co...

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Austin Frerick - Open Markets Institute - Monopolies, Markets & Elections (Aug 24th, 2018)

Austin Frerick of the Open Markets Institute and contributor to Forbes talks monopolies,what open markets really means and elections in the US. We touch upon Elizabeth Warren's new plan to hold corporation's accountable, big agriculture, big banking and more. Truly eclectic and informative episode!

Check out Austin's piece on Tom Carper and Dow/DuPont:
https://openmarketsinstitute.org/articles/tom-carper-senator-dowdupont/
Follow Austin on Twitter:
https://twitter.com/austinfrerick
Follow Open Mar...

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Dayna Steele Democratic Congressional Candidate In TX36 (Aug 18th, 2018)

Dayna Steele is the Democratic nominee for Texas congressional district 36. She has a long, well-earned reputation of integrity and compassion as a successful business and community leader in Southeast Texas. She's a strong progressive with deep roots in her community, and a real grasp of the local culture and needs of her district. She's running against the fifth most regressive Congressman in the country he makes Paul Ryan look like Bernie Sanders, imagine replacing a guy like that with a s...

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Tish Lampert Photographer, Activist, Host of America Speaks Podcast Returns (Aug 17th, 2018)

Tish's work is a visual documentary of our nation’s contemporary historic milestones, and reminds us where we’ve been, who we are, and brings into focus our changing democracy, framing the story through the power of the printed image.

Her work has been compiled into a book, "I Protest" she is also the host of "The AMERICA SPEAKS PODCAST" on KSFR for more Tish Lampert see her work at www.tishlampert.org

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Ross Barkan Progressive Candidate For NY State Senate 22 (Aug 9th, 2018)

On this episode of the Lush Left Podcast we have journalist turned candidate Ross Barkan. He's got a great vision for his District and provides a progressive voice to an underserved district.

You'll love the introductory commercial shot with his mother calling her friends to vote for Ross. It's a great use of social media.

Give to Ross's campaign at:
http://rossbarkan.com/

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Jenny Marshall On Pushing The Progressive Movement Forward! (Aug 8th, 2018)

Jenny Marshall recent progressive candidate for congress in North Carolina pulls no punches in this tremendous interview about how to push the progressive movement forward during elections and beyond. This interview was recorded a few weeks ago but is even more prescient today than it was before. We need to see elections not as something that happens every two years but as part of a consistent push for progressive values.

Follow Jenny Marshall at:
https://twitter.com/marshall4house

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Eric Robertson Talks Stacey Abrams, Building Coalitions & Taking On the GOP (Jul 31st, 2018)

Eric Robertson is the Southern Political Director of Working Families Party in this episode we talk Stacey Abrams, building coalitions to win elections and the fights that matter, and taking on the GOP.

Follow him at:
https://twitter.com/eric4themany

Get involved with Working Families Party:
http://workingfamilies.org/take-action/

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Djene Bajalan Talks Social Democracy in the Heartland (Jul 31st, 2018)

Djene Bajalan is an assistant professor in the Department of History at Missouri State University. His research focuses on Middle Eastern affairs and he has previously taught and studied in the United Kingdom, Turkey, and Iraqi Kurdistan.

In this episode he talks about how to approach America's legacy of social democracy when talking politics in the Heartland.

Follow Djene at:
https://twitter.com/djenebajalan

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Harvey J Kaye — FDR, The Four Freedoms & How Understanding the Past Will Help Us Win the Future (Jul 30th, 2018)

Harvey J Kaye, Professor of Democracy and Justice at University Wisconsin Green Bay sits down with Mary Angela Perna and David Slavick to discuss FDR, The Four Freedoms & how understanding the the United States history of Social Democracy will help win the future.

Please follow Harvey on Twitter:
https://twitter.com/harveyjkaye
Check out his amazing catalog of books, we've read quite a few and could not recommend them enough! A great starting point is his book "The Fight for the Four Freedoms...

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GAIUS PUBLIUS - ON THE FORMATION OF THE NEXT US CONSTITUTION (Jul 27th, 2018)

Gaius Publius, a professional writer living on the West Coast of the United States and frequent contributor to DownWithTyranny, digby, Truthout, and Naked Capitalism talks about the evolving US Constitution and how it will need to change to meet the needs of the 21st Century and tackle inequality.

Read his piece on the topic here:
https://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/openforum/article/The-next-U-S-Constitution-is-forming-now-13047939.php

Follow him on Twitter @Gaius_Publius
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Alessandra Biaggi - Candidate for NY State Senate District 34 (Jul 27th, 2018)

Alessandra Biaggi - Candidate for NY State Senate District 34
Alessandra Biaggi is taking on the founder of the IDC in NY's 34th Senate District, she's a brilliant progressive taking the Republican light establishment on head on.

Support her campaign:
https://www.biaggi4ny.com/
Follow her on Twitter:
@biaggi4ny

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Kerri Evelyn Harris - Candidate for US Senate in Delaware (Jul 27th, 2018)

Kerri Evelyn Harris - Candidate for US Senate in Delaware

Kerri Evelyn Harris is a bold progressive taking on incumbent Senator Tom Carper in the Democratic Primary in Delaware. Kerri has a bold vision for a more just, equal and fairer society. She has a background as an organizer and knows what needs to be done to fulfill the promises she's making on the campaign trail when in the Senate.

Support her campaign:
https://www.kerrievelynharris.com
Follow her on Twitter:
@kerriharrisde

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Tish Lampert - Photographer, Activist, Host of the America Speaks Podcast (Jul 23rd, 2018)

Tish's work is a visual documentary of our nation’s contemporary historic milestones, and reminds us where we’ve been, who we are, and brings into focus our changing democracy, framing the story through the power of the printed image.

Her work has been compiled into a book, "I Protest" she is also the host of "The AMERICA SPEAKS PODCAST" on KSFR for more Tish Lampert see her work at https://www.tishlampert.org

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DIGBY ON CIVILITY, CIVICS, COMMUNITY ONLINE AND COMING TO OUR SENSES ON THE LEFT (Jul 6th, 2018)

We talk to Heather Digby Parkr about civility, civics, community online and coming to our senses on the left! We track back to our roots talking about blog culture under GW Bush, how progressives lost our way during Obama, and how we are getting our groove back under Trump.

We didn't pull any punches asking the important questions about whether the Democrats have the guts to take on Trump, what we can learn from the Bush Era to resist the Trump Regime, and what we need to do to ensure 2020 is...

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