Lush Left Podcast chat


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!



A fantastic conversation with Laura Moser! (Jan 4th, 2019)

I had a wonderful conversation with Laura Moser, former congressional candidate for the 7th Congressional district in Texas, and founder of -- we discuss social media, Beto O'Rourke and much more!


Alexander Reid Ross, author of the fascinating, "Against the Fascist Creep" (Dec 30th, 2018)

Mary Angela talks with author of “Against the Fascist Creep”, Alexander Reid Ross about his fascinating book. We discuss the rise of fascism in Europe, the origins, the reality that the far RW has existed in the United States since the end of WW2 -- we discuss this, the rise of the alt right and so much more.

As the election of Donald Trump shows, fascism in all its white nationalist and alt-right permutations is alive and well in the United States. Alexander’s book maps the connections, names...

Fabulous conversation with Hamilton Nolan, Senior writer covering politics for Splinter News (Dec 24th, 2018)

I sat down with Hamilton Nolan, writer for Splinter News. We discuss his piece "Bernie Don't Run". We go over Hamilton's piece and ask the question, "should Bernie run" -- thought-provoking conversation!


I had a fantastic and hilarious conversation with Nathan Bernard -- talking the alt-right and more! (Dec 18th, 2018)

Nathan Bernard covers of the Alt-Right in a way that's hilarious and effective! He has been profiled in Rolling stone and more. We talk about Laura Loomer, Gavin McInnis and various figures of the far RW. Constantly tracking the likes of Mike Cernovich, Alex Jones, Baked Alaska, The Proud Boys and more are doing it with humor (and accuracy!), Nate's work is important! Follow him on Twitter and his outlet, -- an incredibly interesting discussion!


Ryan Haas, producer of "Bundyville" -- a fascinating conversation about the Bundy family and more! (Dec 16th, 2018)

I had an amazing conversation with the producer of "Bundyville", Ryan Haas. Ryan and I discuss what it was like to produce the hugely successful podcast and experience learning the ideology of the Bundy family. We talk about the Far Right-wing/Patriot movement, the inner workings and motivation behind the 2014 Bundy standoff, Cliven Bundy's decades-long legal dispute with the Unites States Bureau Land Management (BLM), the standoff at the end of 2015/early 2016 at the Malheur National Wildfir...


Dan Canon, civil rights attorney, former congressional candidate & creator of a great new project! (Dec 7th, 2018)

Mary Angela Perna sat down with civil rights attorney, Dan Canon. Dan ran in Indiana's 9th Congressional district and is now channeling that passion for progressive values into his new media outlet, "Midwesticism". A fabulous and inspiring conversation!


Harvey J. Kaye, author, historian, professor reminds us that we are radicals at heart. (Dec 3rd, 2018)

Wonderful to have Harvey J. Kaye on Lush Left again! He is a Prof. of Democracy and Justice at the University of Wisconsin in Green Bay, an historian, author of "The Fight for the Four Freedoms: What Made FDR and the Greatest Generation Truly Great", "Thomas Paine and the Promise of America: A history & Biography" among others and has important work featured on Bill Moyers and elsewhere.

We discuss what the left can do in this age of Trump, labor, unions, the promise that IS America. And Harv...


Richard (RJ) Eskow, host of The Zero Hour, writer, Common Dreams,, Salon & more! (Dec 2nd, 2018)

A very interesting conversation with Richard (RJ) Eskow of The Zero Hour radio show as we discuss characters like Sam Harris, Jordan Peterson and the entire scam of "The Intellectual Dark Web". Mr. Eskow was also the former lead writer for the Bernie Sanders campaign of 2016. He also has bylines in Salon, Common Dreams and many more.


Mark Gongloff, an editor at Bloomberg Opinion and I discuss midterms, Trump's reaction, NJ and more! (Nov 30th, 2018)

Join Mary Angela Perna who sat down with Mark Gongloff, an editor with Bloomberg Opinion, formerly a managing editor at, Huffington Post and the Wall Street Journal. We discuss Trump's reaction to the midterms, how NJ has gone blue in just four years, Facebook, Zuckerberg, antitrust issues and much more!


David Neiwart, journalist, expert of the far RW, SPLC reporter, author of "Alt America" (Nov 24th, 2018)

David Neiwert is an American freelance journalist (Mother Jones, Washington Post, The Baffler and more), the recipient of the National Press Club Award for Distinguished Online Journalism in 2000 for a domestic terrorism series he produced for MSNBC. David's work can also be found on SPLC's Hate Watch.

David is the author of several books. His latest, "Alt-America: the Rise of the Radical Right in the age of Trump is vital reading. David Neiwart is the go-to regarding right-wing extremist inf...


Cara Baldari, Sr. Policy Director of First Focus. Discussing childhood poverty and more! (Nov 21st, 2018)

Mary Angela Perna sits down with Cara Baldari, Sr. Policy Director of the bipartisan group, First Focus. An organization working daily to reduce and bring awareness around childhood poverty. A very insightful conversation about what First Focus does and ways this organization can help not only educate people about the realities of poverty and the impacts this has on children, but also ways we can get involved!


Chris Stroop, #Exvangelical, writer, scholar and bylines in Playboy, Foreign Policy & more! (Nov 17th, 2018)

Chris Stroop, Ex-Evangelical, scholar and writer (Playboy, Foreign Policy and more) joins Mary Angela Perna for an incredibly informative conversation regarding the Religious Right, the Evangelical's response to Trump, the hypocrisy and more. Chris grew up in an Evangelical home and brings awareness with regards to the abuses, cognitive dissonance and so much more. You're going to want to check this discussion out!


Elizabeth King, journalist, Splinter, Pacific Standard joins Lush Left to discuss the far RW (Nov 16th, 2018)

Elizabeth King is an independent journalist covering politics, activism and more. She has bylines in Splinter, The Nation, Bitch, Truthout, Rolling Stone and more. She is also a contributing writer for Pacific Standard. Elizabeth joins Mary Angela Perna on Lush Left to talk about the far right-wing, #antifa, law enforcement's failure to respond to the uptick in far right-wing violence, the inaction of law enforcement when they had clear info on RW extremist groups and more!


Laura Belin of Bleeding Heatland! (Nov 12th, 2018)

Laura Belin is a favorite of Lush Left! Her blog, Bleeding Heartland is the go-to regarding Iowa politics! Mary Angela Perina sits down with Laura for a discussion regarding the results of the midterms, Trump and more!


Mary Angela Perna talks with the great investigative reporter, Ken Klippenstein of TYT Invesigates (Nov 7th, 2018)

Investigative reporter, Ken Klippenstein of TYT Investigates talks with Mary Angela Perna about the 2009 Honduras coup, the migrant caravan and firms in both Democratic Party AND Republican camps that have profited.


I talk with co-host and Executive Editor, The Ring of Fire, Farron Cousins! (Nov 5th, 2018)

I have the great honor of talking with Farron Cousins of The Ring of Fire. We talk about how Trump is riling up his base using the caravan, conspiracy theories, right-wing media and so much more!


The fabulous Tish Lampert, photographer, author of "I Protest", and host of America Speaks Podcast (Nov 4th, 2018)

Always a favorite of Lush Left, Mary Angela Perna talks with Tish Lampert! Tish is an amazing photographer, activist, author of the upcoming book, "I Protest" and host of America Speaks Podcast on KSFR FM (and available on iTunes)


A great chat with columnist for Befair Exchange & Politico, Paul Krishnamurty! (Oct 22nd, 2018)

A fabulous conversation with Betfair Exchange and Politico columnist, Paul Krishnamurty! We talk midterms, the rise of the right in Europe, the disaster that is Trump and the GOP. A must-listen!


Meet Jen Senko of the documentary, "The Brainwashing of My Dad"! (Oct 20th, 2018)

An important conversation with Jen Senko, filmmaker of the documentary, "The Brainwashing Of My Dad", We discuss the rise of right-wing media through the lens of her dad, Fox News, the history of today's right-wing propaganda and more!


Commentary 10/19/2018 -- the importance of voting, messaging, Supreme Court and Jimmy Dore (Oct 19th, 2018)

Messaging matters. Voting matters. We need an informed left to overcome the GOP and commentators like Dore don't help.