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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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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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RASHIDA TLAIB - PROGRESSIVE CANDIDATE FOR MICHIGAN'S 13TH DISTRICT (Jul 6th, 2018)

Rashida Tlaib is a Blue America endorsed Candidate running in Michigan's 13th Congressional District. Rashida is a former State Representative in Lansing and has been a people’s lawyer at the Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice, she's an activist legislator who will take the people's message to Congress and take it to the streets if necessary. She is not messing around, and if we want someone who will put her life on the line for progressive values it is Rashida Tlaib!

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LAURA BELIN - IA'S 20 WK ABORTION BAN & ROE VS WADE (Jul 6th, 2018)

Laura Belin of Bleeding Heartland talks to hosts Mary Angela Perna and David Slavick about the Iowa GOP's attack on women's right to choose, how pro-choice groups are fighting back, and strategies for taking on anti-choice laws in the post-Roe v Wade era that may come with a new Trump SCOTUS candidate.

Read Laura's piece How Iowa's 20-week abortion ban could be overturned:

https://www.bleedingheartland.com/2018/06/30/how-iowas-20-week-abortion-ban-could-be-overturned/

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Julia Salazar - DSA Endorsed Democratic Candidate Running For The NY Senate In North Brooklyn (Jun 29th, 2018)

Julia Salazar - DSA Endorsed Democratic Candidate Running For The NY Senate In North Brooklyn

On heels of Alexandria Ocasio Cortez win we talk to Julia Salazar the brilliant organizer, thinker & unapologetically left DSA endorsed Dem Senate candidate running in NY’s 18th representing North Brooklyn. w/Mary Angela Perna & David Slavick.

Get involved in Julia's Campaign:
https://salazarforsenate.com/
Give to Julia's Campaign:
https://secure.actblue.com/donate/salazar-for-senate-1
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Progressive victory in 2018 with Southern Political Director of Working Families Eric Robertson (Jun 27th, 2018)

Eric Robertson is the whip smart, pull no punches, never say die Southern Political Director of Working Families Party. In this interview we talk about what victory looks like in 2018. We cannot understate how valuable his voice is in supporting a better progressive politics in the US. Eric's insights are irreverant and unmatched. He gets progressive politics and what can win the future.

Support Eric's work with Working Families Party here:
https://secure.actblue.com/donate/wfpnc_general?refco...

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Gaius Publius on winning a progressive future in the Democratic Party through "high leverage races" (Jun 27th, 2018)

Gaius Publius on winning a progressive future in the Democratic Party by supporting aggressive progressives in "high leverage races." Gaius makes some incredibly insightful points in this interview and his wisdom is hard to contradict. It's a must listen for anyone who wants a better future for the country.

Check out all of his writing at:
https://gaiuspublius.tumblr.com/

Follow him on twitter at:
https://twitter.com/gaius_publius?lang=en

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Saira Rao - Publisher and Progressive Candidate Running in #CO01 (Jun 17th, 2018)

Saira Rao is a briliant lawyer, publisher and progressive candidate running in Colorado's 1st Congressional District. The primary date is June 26th!

Here's what Blue America's Howie Klein says about Saira Rao:
"Denver is not a swing district. Obama won it by double digit margins both times he ran and in 2016 Hillary beat Trump there 69–23%. The PVI is a healthy D+21. And in the 2016 caucus Bernie won 14,624 (54.4%) to 12,097 (45.0%). This is exactly the kind of district that should be sending s...

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Michael Devito JR - Progressive Democratic Candidate Running in #NY11 District (Jun 17th, 2018)

The NY Democratic Primary is coming up June 26th! It's time that one of the Bluest States have True Blue Progressives representing them in Congress. Michael Devito Jr is a soulful, heartfelt, former Marine, educator and real progressive vying to take on likely GOP winner convicted felon and right-winger Michael Grimm in NY11 General. Listen to this episode and you'll know why we need more people like him in Congress!

Learn More and Contribute at:
https://www.devitoforcongress.com/
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DuWayne Gregory - Progressive Democratic Candidate Running in #NY02 Who Can Beat Peter King! (Jun 9th, 2018)

DuWayne Gregory is the Suffolk County Legislature Presiding Officer & Progressive Democratic congressional candidate running in #NY02 who has the message, charisma and experience to knock of Peter King this November! He’s a strong progressive not afraid to stand for #MedicareForAll! Endorsed by Sister Giant, Working Families Party, Congressional Black Caucus, Blue America and more!

The 2018 Cook Partisan Voter Index for this district is R+3, meaning that in the previous two presidential electi...

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Laura Belin - Bleeding Heartland - (Almost) Everything You Need To Know About the Iowa Primary (Jun 3rd, 2018)

Laura Belin of Bleeding Heartland fills us in on all things Iowa Primary! We talk about the Democratic Governors Race, the new voter law and how that may affect voter turnout, and all four of the congressional races! Don't miss this great overview of this bellweather state!

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Laura Belin of Bleeding Heartland on #MeToo, Big Money, & The Iowa Governors Race (May 31st, 2018)

Laura Belin of Bleeding Heartland on the wild Iowa Governors race, #MeToo moments in politics, how big money is transforming how politics are done in Iowa & how progressive energy is translating into political reality on the ground. 

Laura's relentlessly informed, articulate, funny and whip-smart. She is a critical resource for taking the temperature of 2018 & 2020 and that’s why we asked her to be our Heartland Correspondent! Look for more Laura on upcoming episodes.

Read her recent piece on p...

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Liz Watson The Progressive Democrat Running To Win A Better Future in IN-09 (May 30th, 2018)

Liz Watson is the progressive Democrat taking on underperforming GOP backbencher who is governing against the interests of Indiana’s 9th District. Liz’s progressive political bonafides are first rate she served as the political director of workplace justi

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Michael Brooks On Building A Smarter Left Movement (May 29th, 2018)

We sit down Michael Brooks host of The Michael Brooks Show and co-host of the award-winning Majority Report with Sam Seder for some real talk on how we can build a smarter more strategic left and don't hesitate to call out the dumb-dumb left. Michael isn't just a great guest he's family, our own David Slavick produces TMBS. You'll love this casual, candid conversation where we don't pull any punches. Don't miss this episode.

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Levi Tillemann — The Blue America Endorsed Progressive Congressional Candidate In CO-06 (May 25th, 2018)

Levi Tilleman's race in Colorado's Sixth Congressional District may have gotten on your radar because of the DCCC's to push him out of the race in favor of a corporate new dem candidate but that's not what makes him special. He's a special candidate because of his unmatched experience on enviornmental issues, his bold vision for Colorado and his progressive agenda. You'll hear his passion in this interview with Lush Left hosts David Slavick and Mary Angela Perna.

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Rich Jensen - Recovering The Memories Of Sub Pop, Seattle And Grunge (May 25th, 2018)

An early collaborator with the definitive “Indie” K and Sub Pop music labels in the 1980s, Rich built the business infrastructure for Sub Pop, establishing its rise as a showcase for Nirvana, Soundgarden, Mudhoney, and many artists to follow.

Rich served as Sub Pop General Manager and Sub-President from 1991 to 1999. Rich co-founded Up Records, launching the careers of platinum artists Modest Mouse and Built to Spill.

In this interview we talk about his journey from Olympia, Washington to Seatt...

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Laura Belin of Bleeding Heartland on Iowa's Six-Week Abortion Ban (May 21st, 2018)

Laura Belin of Bleeding Heartland talks to hosts Mary Angela Perna and David Slavick about the drastic six-week abortion law just pushed through the Iowa legislature which would put limits on nearly all legal abortions in the state. The law has been challenged by Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, ACLU of Iowa and the Emma Goldman Clinic in Iowa City. The state attorney general has stepped away from the case suggesting that the Executive Council authorize the Thomas More Society to defend t...

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Speaking Truth to Power with Alex Lawson Of Social Security Works, Thom Hartmann Show & We Act Radio (May 16th, 2018)

Proud to have one of our favorite political talkers and DC wonks Alex Lawson back on the Lush Left Podcast. In this episode, we speak truth to power about the cruelty of the GOP agenda and what progressives need to do to fight back and win the future!

Alex Lawson is the Executive Director of Social Security Works, is a frequent guest host of The Thom Hartmann Program, one of the top progressive radio shows in the country, and owner of We Act Radio.

For more information on Social Security Works...

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Ben Dixon On The Best Use Of Progressive Energy in 2018 (May 11th, 2018)

Ben Dixon, host of the Ben Dixon Show, founder of Progressive Army and contributor to the Majority Report w/Sam Seder sits down with Mary Angela Perna and David Slavick on the Lush Left Podcast to talk about how best to use progressive energy in 2018. We've seen some factionalizing of the left both in ideology and in approach to politics. 2018 may be our last shot at capitalizing on the energy stoked in 2016 and if we don't start winning now we might never win. We talk about Assad Apologists,...

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Dr Jim Zogby On The Democrats In 2018 (May 11th, 2018)

We talk to Dr. Jim Zogby long-standing member of the DNC executive board and Sander's appointee to the Unity Reform Commission about the the prospects for Democrats in 2018.

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Kyle Frenette - Manager Of Bon Iver & Blue America Endorsed Candidate in WI07 (May 1st, 2018)

Kyle Frenette’s road to politics isn’t typical of most candidates we interview on the Lush Left Podcast. He spent seven years as the manager of Wisconsin’s own Bon Iver and is the co-founder of Middle West Management. He is endorsed by Howie Klein’s Blue America for his strong progressive values and solid campaign.

Here’s what Blue America has to say about Kyle:

“Kyle Frenette is the progressive Democrat running for the old Dave Obey seat in northern Wisconsin, currently occupied by Ryan ally ...

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