The Professional Left Podcast with Driftglass and Blue Gal

The Professional Left Podcast with Driftglass and Blue Gal

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Award winning bloggers Driftglass and Blue Gal talk about politics from The Left. This podcast is not safe for work. More at http://ProLeftPod.com.


503: Racism Week at the White House
Jul 19 • 59 min
The week’s news and politics from Driftglass and Blue Gal
502: Impeach Him Already!
Jul 12 • 69 min
The week’s news and politics from Driftglass and Blue Gal
501: Burn the GOP Rebranding Lifeboats
Jul 5 • 60 min
The week’s news and politics from Driftglass and Blue Gal
Episode 500: Dedicated to You Our Listeners
Jun 28 • 60 min
The week’s news and politics from Driftglass and Blue Gal
499: Countdown to 500!
Jun 21 • 58 min
The week’s news and politics from Driftglass and Blue Gal
498 Trump Treason Is Just One Way Republicans Cheat
Jun 14 • 54 min
The week’s news and politics from Driftglass and Blue Gal
497: Elizabeth Warren’s Gol’Darn Optimism
Jun 7 • 60 min
The week’s news and politics from Driftglass and Blue Gal
496: Maybe If Robert Mueller was on The Bachelorette
May 31 • 46 min
The week’s news and politics from Driftglass and Blue Gal
495: Our Rage is Working
May 24 • 53 min
The week’s news and politics from Driftglass and Blue Gal
494: Welcome to The Culture Wars
May 16 • 58 min
The week’s news and politics from Driftglass and Blue Gal
493: Is It 2007 All Over Again? And ALL Politics is LOCAL.
May 10 • 50 min
The week’s news and politics from Driftglass and Blue Gal
492 : The Rule of Douchebags and Reasons for Optimism
May 3 • 55 min
The week’s news and politics from Driftglass and Blue Gal
491: The Illegitimate So-Called President and Precedent
Apr 26 • 63 min
The week’s news and politics from Driftglass and Blue Gal
490: Mueller Grabs the Narrative
Apr 19 • 57 min
The week’s news and politics from Driftglass and Blue Gal
489: Republicans Try to Re-Write History Again
Apr 12 • 66 min
The week’s news and politics from Driftglass and Blue Gal
488 Three Mexican Countries Cause Windmill Cancer
Apr 5 • 58 min
The week’s news and politics from Driftglass and Blue Gal
487: A Cover Up in Plain Sight
Mar 29 • 57 min
The week’s news and politics from Driftglass and Blue Gal
486 Cows, Comey, and “No Collusion! No Collusion!”
Mar 22 • 48 min
Chris Hayes goes full Driftglass. James Comey is a David Brooks Beltway Republican. Blue Gal is kind to herself for this pre-primary season. Warren, Buttigieg, Sanders, Hickenlooper (did WHAT with his mom?). More at
485: The Privileged Few
Mar 15 • 66 min
The week’s news and politics from Driftglass and Blue Gal
484: Progressive Values FTW
Mar 8 • 66 min
The week’s news and politics from Driftglass and Blue Gal
483 Where Are The Boxes?
Mar 1 • 58 min
The week’s news and politics from Driftglass and Blue Gal
482: Trivia Night
Feb 22 • 59 min
Roger Stone, Trump’s fake “shutdown” woes, Bernie enters the race, Driftglass is *almost* out of twitter jail (?), and a family birthday.
481: Roger Stone Eat Your Heart Out
Feb 15 • 58 min
The week’s news and politics from Driftglass and Blue Gal
BONUS Episode: Steve Schmidt and The BS Walks Podcast
Feb 11 • 25 min
The Steve Schmidt meltdown leads to a bonus show from Driftglass and Blue Gal
479 ‘Republicans Never Did This To President Obama’
Feb 8 • 67 min
The week’s news and politics from Driftglass and Blue Gal
478 When Do Billionaire White Guys Get a Turn at the Microphone? KIDDING
Feb 1 • 63 min
The week’s news and politics from Driftglass and Blue Gal
477: The Cave and The Stone
Jan 25 • 67 min
The week’s news and politics from Driftglass and Blue Gal
476 Trump’s Terrible Twos (The Trump Shutdown Continues)
Jan 18 • 67 min
The week’s news and politics from Driftglass and Blue Gal
475 Our Ninth Anniversary Show
Jan 11 • 60 min
Nine Years in review from Driftglass and Blue Gal
474 ITMFA and a BOLO
Jan 4 • 58 min
The week’s news and politics from Driftglass and Blue Gal
473:Prague Spring
Dec 28, 2018 • 57 min
The week’s news and politics from Driftglass and Blue Gal
472 All Hail President Limbaugh
Dec 21, 2018 • 61 min
The week’s news and politics from Driftglass and Blue Gal
471: The Smocking Gun!
Dec 14, 2018 • 65 min
The week’s news and politics from Driftglass and Blue Gal
470: Dang You Friday News Dump!
Dec 7, 2018 • 70 min
The week’s news and politics from Driftglass and Blue Gal
469 — Stupid Watergate Becomes Stupid Godfather
Nov 30, 2018 • 51 min
The week’s news and politics from Driftglass and Blue Gal
468: Put the Ladder Down, but Burn the Lifeboats
Nov 23, 2018 • 57 min
The week’s news and politics from Driftglass and Blue Gal
467 Team Pelosi With An Asterisk
Nov 16, 2018 • 71 min
The week’s news and politics from Driftglass and Blue Gal
466 After Elections, Chop Wood Carry Water (Part Infinity)
Nov 9, 2018 • 55 min
The week’s news and politics from Driftglass and Blue Gal
465 SPECIAL Pre-Election Episode: Both Sides Don’t!
Nov 2, 2018 • 49 min
News and politics from The Professional Left
464: Newt Gingrich is the Original MAGA ‘Bomber’
Oct 26, 2018 • 61 min
News and politics from The Professional Left
463 - Ignore The Noise and DG Attends a Debate
Oct 19, 2018 • 62 min
The week’s news and politics from Driftglass and Blue Gal
462 Taylor Swift-Boating
Oct 12, 2018 • 64 min
News and politics from The Professional Left
461: Let’s Get To Work, Dangit!
Oct 5, 2018 • 73 min
The week’s news and politics from Driftglass and Blue Gal
460: They wanted Liberal tears and Liberal tears will drown them.
Sep 28, 2018 • 60 min
News and politics from The Professional Left
459 The Kavanaugh Disaster and The Whale in the Dumpster
Sep 21, 2018 • 69 min
The week’s news and politics from Driftglass and Blue Gal
458 The Pompeii Ideas Festival
Sep 14, 2018 • 70 min
The week’s news and politics from Driftglass and Blue Gal
457 Wingnut Agnosia
Sep 7, 2018 • 58 min
News and politics from The Professional Left
456 President von Hindenburg is Dead
Aug 31, 2018 • 69 min
The week’s news and politics from Driftglass and Blue Gal
455 Indicted and Unindicted Co-Conspirators
Aug 24, 2018 • 79 min
The week’s news and politics from Driftglass and Blue Gal
454 Take Our Security Clearance, Please!
Aug 17, 2018 • 79 min
The week of August 10-17.
453 Rock the Vote, Ditch the Crocs (also, ditch White Supremacy)
Aug 10, 2018 • 85 min
The week’s news and politics from Driftglass and Blue Gal
452 Nothing Covered That Shall Not Be Revealed…
Aug 3, 2018 • 61 min
The week’s news and politics from Driftglass and Blue Gal
451 Driftglass in Twitter Jail and Other News
Jul 27, 2018 • 75 min
The week’s news and politics from Driftglass and Blue Gal
450: Trumpers love Russians Because They’re “White”
Jul 20, 2018 • 55 min
Politics of the week from Driftglass and Blue Gal
449: Throw Away Your Sushi? Stay Healthy in the Trump Era.
Jul 13, 2018 • 69 min
The week’s news and politics from Driftglass and Blue Gal
448 The Second President of the Confederacy
Jul 6, 2018 • 75 min
The week’s news and politics from Driftglass and Blue Gal
447 After SCOTUS, Chop Wood, Carry Water, Part Infinity
Jun 29, 2018 • 61 min
The political week in review from The Professional Left
446 You Bet Your A$$ Liberal Heads Exploded
Jun 22, 2018 • 77 min
Baby cages?!? We’re coming for you, Republicans. It’s over for you.
445 Trump: Friend to our Enemies, Enemy to our Friends
Jun 15, 2018 • 62 min
The week in Republican awfulness and how we are fighting back.
444 We Won’t Win with Good Intentions
Jun 8, 2018 • 70 min
Layoffs and politics from proleftpod.com
443 The Whole GOP is ‘That Illuminati Guy’
Jun 1, 2018 • 63 min
Politics of the week from Driftglass and Blue Gal
442 “Remember, a loss of meaning is not normal”
May 25, 2018 • 59 min
The Week’s News and Your Letters
441 Apologize!
May 18, 2018 • 69 min
Those who are wrong about Democrats, healthcare and Truth. Guess Which Party!
440: It’s Always 2003
May 11, 2018 • 57 min
The week’s news and politics from Driftglass and Blue Gal
439 We Won’t Stand Aghast At Nothingness
May 4, 2018 • 73 min
A science fiction world or a call to arms?
438 No Diamond, No Silk
Apr 27, 2018 • 71 min
This week’s politics and stuff.
437 We Used to Walk on the Moon
Apr 20, 2018 • 60 min
The week’s news from Driftglass and Blue Gal
436 Stupid Watergate Speeds Up
Apr 13, 2018 • 67 min
Is it Impeachment time yet?
435 Trench Warfare
Apr 6, 2018 • 62 min
This week’s politics - Resistance is hard! and we don’t know how much longer this will take.
434 Driftglass 13th Blogiversary!
Mar 30, 2018 • 77 min
Driftglass takes on familiar targets…
433 Do Not Congratulate
Mar 23, 2018 • 79 min
The week’s news from Driftglass and Blue Gal
432 The Uncivil Rights Movement
Mar 16, 2018 • 61 min
Shakeup at the White House? Again, or still?
431 No chaos. No chaos. You’re the chaos.
Mar 9, 2018 • 81 min
The Chaos this week at the Trump White House
430 Tariffs, Beechiz!
Mar 2, 2018 • 65 min
Trump off the rails.
429 The Kids Are Alright
Feb 23, 2018 • 71 min
Student Activism is back, and Manafort is going down, and Bible Bitch and Sandy Hook Promise.
428 How Was Infrastructure Week for YOU?
Feb 16, 2018 • 74 min
Shooting, indictments, and a payoff for Stormy and others.
427 The Shape of Watergate
Feb 9, 2018 • 85 min
This week’s politics.
426 The Left Remembers
Feb 2, 2018 • 78 min
Don’t forget! George W. Bush was terrible. Also so is Trump.
425 Government by Lawsuit
Jan 26, 2018 • 70 min
What the frack, Hannity? Also Trump committed obstruction of justice but you knew that.
424 Trump’s Wall is the Last Confederate Monument
Jan 19, 2018 • 70 min
Trump is a racist.
423 Our 8th Anniversary Episode (Sh**hole Edition)
Jan 12, 2018 • 72 min
Eighth anniversary of the best liberal podcast from a cornfield!
422 Fire and Fury-ous
Jan 5, 2018 • 60 min
Michael Wolff’s book sucks all the air out of the news cycle this week.
421 Year End Double Episode (Featuring Science Fiction University)
Dec 29, 2017 • 101 min
A double episode because Donald Trump was double crazy this week.
420 (Blaze It!) Trump Wins The Very Easiest Thing
Dec 22, 2017 • 71 min
News of the week for 12/22/17
419 Roy Moore Loses, Trump Harasses Again
Dec 15, 2017 • 72 min
Ep 419 Roy Moore Loses, Trump Harasses Again
418 Al Franken Will Be Fine
Dec 8, 2017 • 81 min
Al Franken and two others resign from the Congress. Al Franken will be fine though.
417 Burn the Lifeboats, It’s Mueller Time
Dec 1, 2017 • 78 min
Michael Flynn and the GOP Tax Scam plus holding the GOP accountable
416 Happy Thanksgiving Weekend
Nov 24, 2017 • 54 min
David Brooks and other Republicans are very good at ignoring the inconvenient.
415 Everlasting Republican Double Standards
Nov 17, 2017 • 73 min
This isn’t about partisanship. Al Franken does not equal Roy Moore.
414 Stupid Watergate Needs Stupid Martha Mitchell
Nov 10, 2017 • 64 min
Both Sides Don’t.
413 Memo to the Next Democratic President
Nov 3, 2017 • 57 min
No Compromise with Conservative Media
412 Living in The Shawshank Redemption
Oct 27, 2017 • 67 min
Halperin, Hillary, Fox News and the fight ahead.
411 Healthcare? Meltdown
Oct 20, 2017 • 62 min
Trump is driving us nuts. And we’re going to stop this madness.
410 Not Today Satan (or Trump)
Oct 13, 2017 • 71 min
Fear Not on Trump and Healthcare, Resist Instead
409 All Workarounds All The Time
Oct 6, 2017 • 67 min
Service delivery people in healthcare keep Blue Gal sane. And there’s a lot of others working “around” this insane so-called president. More at proleftpod.com
408 An Alabama Non-Confederate Divorcee Explains Roy Moore
Sep 29, 2017 • 79 min
Roy Moore and the Republican Tax Cut Plan
407 The Republican Machine Kills
Sep 22, 2017 • 60 min
The Republican Party is a machine designed to destroy government and make rich people richer.
406 Medicare for All, DACA redux, and the Gorsuch Heist
Sep 15, 2017 • 72 min
The Democrats learn how to brand, consequences of the Trump’s anti-immigration reaches college campuses. Bible B*tch responds to Charles Blow, and the Beltway both-siders Bannon…and Bernie? Hillary’s book is boringly competent, accurate, and needed…
405 Chuck and Nancy, Hurricane Irma, and DACA
Sep 8, 2017 • 66 min
Don’t worry about normalizing Trump. Nation, and media, wide response to Trump’s DACA decision proves the Resistance is working. Hurricanes yield many analogies, but mostly hope that finally folks will wake up to climate change. More at
404 Arpaio Pardoned, Hurricane Harvey, and Pastors Behaving Badly
Sep 1, 2017 • 72 min
We discuss why horrific events like Hurricane Harvey prove the need for societal thinking and competent leadership. More at ProLeftPod.comREVIEW US ON
403 Blue Gal Wants Her Own Dragon
Aug 25, 2017 • 47 min
Blue Gal feels despair fighting the Breitbarts and the Mercers, and wishes she had a Game of Thrones style dragon for the battle. Then Bible Bitch intervenes. Visit our NEW website at ProLeftPod.com!REVI…
402 - The Last Confederate Monument
Aug 18, 2017 • 69 min
Saturday is Driftglass and Blue Gal’s 6th Wedding Anniversary! Also… Buh Bye Bannon. Why “history will NOT remember” that Republicans supported Trump. The last Confederate Monument is the Republican Party. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
401 What’s With All the Nazi References Donald?
Aug 11, 2017 • 77 min
What with Jeffrey Lord losing his job over a Nazi type tweet and Gorka and Miller taking turns out-Goebbeling each other….and what about the “bombs away” so-called POTUS? more at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
400 The 400th Episode!
Aug 4, 2017 • 79 min
We recorded this Wednesday (before the Grand Jury announcement dangit!) The GOP Lifeboat Builders, Trump goes after legal immigration? and remembering many of the podcasts. (There’s an archive of every episode at proleft.buzzsprout.com!)
399 Healthcare Debate Kills ‘Both Sides’ Journalism - For Now
Jul 28, 2017 • 72 min
There’s no way for pundits to make excuses that “both sides” are to blame for the health care cruelty of Republicans. That doesn’t stop them from trying. And of course, we recorded before news of Reince’s departure and Mooch’s divorce. Grr. More a…
398 Spicer Out and We’re Still Fighting for Healthcare
Jul 21, 2017 • 74 min
Trump is losing lawyers and staff, Trumpcare is dead, or is it? Russia. Russia. Russia. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
397 Ted Cruz’s Billy Bass Healthcare Plan
Jul 14, 2017 • 75 min
It’s just terrible! Trading certainty for Truth. And OMG Don Jr, of course. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
396 Trusting in the Process, but not the Republicans
Jul 7, 2017 • 68 min
Some decisions have to be made via a compromise between many stakeholders. In differing ways Driftglass and Blue Gal are not ready to make nice with the Republican Party. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com.
395 Collusion’s Just Another Word
Jun 30, 2017 • 70 min
Mika and Joe get blackmailed by the President of the United States. How to talk about health insurance, and we look ahead to 400 episodes of The Professional Left… More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
394 The Big Reveal: GOP are Monsters
Jun 23, 2017 • 76 min
The Health “Care” Bill is as bad as it can be. How we cope with despair via local activism. Bible Bitch calls out the Pence forced-birthers — that’s not scriptural — and we talk about Trump’s golf cart as an emblem of awful. More at professionalle…
393 The White House is Full of Red Shirts
Jun 16, 2017 • 75 min
Can Trump say “you’re fired” to his entire staff? And we review the audio book of “Al Franken: Giant of the Senate.” More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
392 James Comey’s Hostile Workplace Environment
Jun 9, 2017 • 54 min
The mostly bad political news of the week, and James Comey. And Blue Gal takes a moment to remind herself and everyone else to BREATHE. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
391 The Worst President Ever
Jun 2, 2017 • 71 min
It took pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord to get Disney to notice? And Kathy Griffin gets fired after apologizing, but Sean Hannity keeps his job after not? We’re mad. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com.
390 Hey NATO, Why Don’t You Keep Him?
May 26, 2017 • 76 min
Donald Trump goes overseas while Obama and Hillary professionally troll him. And the secret reason why their budget must cut everything. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
389 This is All Roger Ailes’ Fault
May 19, 2017 • 67 min
We don’t celebrate the death of Roger Ailes, but let’s be honest. Also, Trump Russia is important (too much breaking news but we did catch the “NUT JOB” comment) but health insurance is personal. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
388 Binge Watching Watergate II
May 12, 2017 • 72 min
Yes, this is Watergate the Second, but it’s dumped all episodes at once because the so-called president is tweeting his guilty acts and performing his cover-up in public. Can the Republican Congress and a complicit media pretend this isn’t happening u…
387 Fighting The Terrible Awful AHCA
May 5, 2017 • 73 min
And winning. Why did Congressional Democrats sing after the vote? The answer may surprise you! More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com.
386 Trump wants another 100 days…in hexadecimal
Apr 28, 2017 • 62 min
Trump’s 100 day fail. O’Reilly fans think Saul Alinsky is to blame for all of it, so Happy Alinsky Day Comrade! And the only thing more important than TrumpRussia is what we do now, and later. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com.
385 Mar-A-Grifto at 100 Days
Apr 21, 2017 • 57 min
Welcome to new listeners from the Bob Cesca Show! Picking your technology, picking your battles. Medicaid drama, Donald doesn’t have a plan, and we still don’t care how Tom Perez runs the Democratic Party. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com.
384 Cable News is Corrupt on Purpose, Just Like Trump
Apr 14, 2017 • 70 min
Cable News has a business model that follows ratings above all else, which makes them especially susceptible to a con artist like Donald Trump. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com.
383 The Joint Chiefs Serve Pudding to Trump
Apr 7, 2017 • 59 min
Turns out just about anybody can manipulate the so-called president. And the name we’ll call Republicans for the next 35 years. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com.
382 Tele-Town Halls and Terrible Tweets
Mar 31, 2017 • 74 min
Our GOP Congressman held a tele-town hall, Blue Gal won a bet with herself, and Driftglass celebrates his 12 year (!) Blogiversary. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
381 The Republican Civil War, Russiagate and AHCA Fail
Mar 24, 2017 • 68 min
Donald Trump had a very bad week. Jury is still out as to whether it was worse for Devin Nunes and Paul Ryan. Where’s Vladimir? Local News connects nearly always to national politics, and vice versa. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
380 Worst Budget Blueprint Ever
Mar 17, 2017 • 61 min
The Cornfield Resistance versus Medicaid Bureaucracy, Budget cuts from Trump, Why won’t the media mention Breitbart? And more at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com.
379 Paul Ryan is a Mean Idiot
Mar 10, 2017 • 81 min
Healthcare. Too much Ayn Rand. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
378 We Won’t Get Gaslighted
Mar 3, 2017 • 68 min
Trump’s Speech afterglow lasted less than a day. The political environment is crazy-making on purpose. Jeff Sessions. An insane interview with Carter Page. This is how Republicans do foreign policy always. And Hugh Hewitt has one job. More at Pro…
377 DNC Chair? Don’t Care! (And Other News)
Feb 24, 2017 • 70 min
DNC Chair race, Louie Gohmert hides behind Gabby Giffords, why you shouldn’t go easy on Trump voters, and Melania Trump reads the Lord’s Prayer. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
376 The Trump White House is Splunge!
Feb 17, 2017 • 71 min
No one in the Trump White House wants to say the boss is nuts. So “Splunge” (h/t Monty Python.) President Bannon continues his distraction work (same as he did at Breitbart). The most unhinged press conference ever, and what we must continue to do. …
375 The Long Fight Ahead (That We Will Win)
Feb 10, 2017 • 67 min
Civil War, the Civil Rights Movement, Winston Churchill, the Gay Rights Movement. Why silencing Elizabeth Warren fulfills Republican Goal number one (make liberals mad), and Super Bowl ads say we’re on the right side of history. Nordstroms and Meliss…
374 Immigration Battle? Blame the Irish
Feb 3, 2017 • 70 min
We blame the Irish (Driftglass’s people) for total hypocrisy when it comes to the refugee immigration battles. The President is insane. David Brooks copies his column from 1997, and we go to the doctor. (Thanks, Obama!) More at ProfessionalLeft.blog…
373 This Must All End
Jan 27, 2017 • 79 min
These days are like The Godfather 2. What shall Democrats do when their Senators cave? Trump evil lightning round, and David Brooks mansplains the Women’s March, More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
372: Don’t Buy The Trump Cult Nonsense
Jan 20, 2017 • 93 min
A long one because we need you, too! What makes politics a cult? Reverence without facts. We say goodbye to Obama and prepare our mission work as the Cornfield Resistance. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
371 The Press Must Get Their Act Together
Jan 13, 2017 • 62 min
Trump is about to bulldoze the press. They can stop him. We can help. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
370 Strange Days, Stranger Alliances
Jan 6, 2017 • 75 min
The week Megyn and Greta move to MSNBC and Sarah Palin apologizes to Julian Assange. We miss Hillary Clinton more than you know. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
369 ‘Finally, A Resistance Podcast!’
Dec 30, 2016 • 56 min
Happy New Year! We’re here and not going anywhere. Winter is Coming - Practical ways to resist Trump - Bible Bch goes all Revelation on ya, Donald! More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
368 The Mob is Rome - Rome is The Mob
Dec 23, 2016 • 59 min
Trump is the Republican Party. And we are resolved to stop his extremism.
367 Memory, Russia, and What Matters
Dec 16, 2016 • 70 min
The hacking. Bernie Sanders and “political correctness”, and the Atlantic / Ta-Nehisi Coates article about Barack Obama. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
366 Carrier and Rustbelt Manufacturing Thanks Obama
Dec 9, 2016 • 74 min
The Obama Administration had such a focus on rustbelt manufacturing, that nobody noticed. Also we’re mad about fake news and bible bitch says don’t panic, again!
CORRECTED Ep 365 Pick Your Battles
Dec 2, 2016 • 68 min
We talk about choosing a mission in the Trump Era. How it’s hard to focus on all of the insanity the Trump Presidency brings to our lives and psyches, so we have to focus on what WE as individuals are passionate about — also Chuck Todd stands up to in…
364 Why So Mad, Trump Voters?
Nov 23, 2016 • 62 min
Happy Thanksgiving! They won, so why are Trump voters still so mad? A letter prompts a conversation about Trump supporter family members. And gratitude for your cards and letters regarding Blue Gal’s mother passing. Thanks so much. More at Profess…
363 We Resist
Nov 18, 2016 • 68 min
And thus it begins. We resist the unprofessional fascist in the White House. Post election church service and words from the current President. And a discussion about surviving Thanksgiving. More at professionalleft.blogspot.com
362 Recovering From the Shock, 2016
Nov 9, 2016 • 54 min
Our podcast this week released the day after. We need you listeners to hang in there and work! Love you! Stay strong. xoxo (No podcast Friday)
361 Less Than 100 Hours To Go
Nov 4, 2016 • 59 min
This election will be over soon. Blue Gal dealing with the imminent passing of her mom; all of us dealing with election fatigue. Bible Bitch, Brian Williams Vs. Joe Scarborough, David Brooks and the great relaunch of conservativism that will not ha…
360 Operation Memory Hole
Oct 28, 2016 • 62 min
They will have forgotten all about Trump by January, but we won’t let them. And Jason Chaffetz? Please. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
359: When the Deplorables Lose to the Democrats
Oct 21, 2016 • 67 min
The fight within the GOP to assign blame for the Trump loss. And where’s Paul Ryan? More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
358 That 90s Show (Strategic Forgettery)
Oct 14, 2016 • 70 min
Trump’s worst week so far, and The Trump Defenders want to bring up the 1990s except when they don’t. Michelle Obama FTW. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
357 Forgive the Sinner, Not the Sin
Oct 7, 2016 • 54 min
Do we have to forgive Trump supporters? Not yet. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
356 High Anxiety and the Presidential Debates
Sep 30, 2016 • 74 min
We watched the Presidential Debate. :D
355 Never Land a Soft Punch
Sep 23, 2016 • 62 min
Governor Hedgefund, Chris Christie, Donald Trump, and all the other punchables. Don’t punch soft though. And by the way, love your neighbor applies to all of us, even while we’re punching out hatred and bigotry. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
354 We Need a Bigger Basket
Sep 16, 2016 • 67 min
Deplorables, Trump’s Childcare Trickle Down Plan, The Worst Birther Day Ever for the media. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
353 Media Gets a Visit from Karma
Sep 9, 2016 • 64 min
Matt Lauer does a terrible job but illustrates our point; Joe Scarborough can’t accept that he must vote for Hillary Clinton, and the Aleppo gaffe by Gary Johnson proves we actually need a Jimmy Carter foreign policy (Human Rights, anyone?) More at …
352 The Cure for Drumpf Based Depression
Sep 2, 2016 • 69 min
Is the whole Donald Trump thing getting you down? There is a cure! More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
351 We Got Your Alt Left Right Here
Aug 26, 2016 • 85 min
The Obama Election in ‘08 was Apollo 11. This election is Apollo 13 - no moon landing, just get us home safe! Trump reaches out to “the Blacks,” Clinton Foundation needs less f**ks, and the Alt Right speech has too much truth for MSM - too bad. Cabl…
350 Remembering Vs Gaslighting
Aug 19, 2016 • 58 min
Driftglass and Blue Gal celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary. We remember, actually remember, Andrew Breitbart, while Bill Kristol pretends to. Trump defies physics, the Tea Party was a scam all along, and Reince rallies with Trump because he’s…
349 What Trump Says is NOT Controversial
Aug 12, 2016 • 78 min
The Gerrymandered Media of Fox News, why the Olympics matters, how the GOP actually set fire to their brand before Trump. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
348 The Trump Bubble Bursts
Aug 5, 2016 • 80 min
Not to have schadenfreude, but… More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
347 The Democratic “Morning in America” Convention
Jul 29, 2016 • 86 min
#We’re With Her and we’re grateful for Bernie. The speeches and reactions and family fights that happened this week. More at professionalleft.blogspot.com
346 The Republican National Conflagration
Jul 22, 2016 • 76 min
We cover the (overused term, but hey, it originated in its political context with Driftglass) dumpster fire of this week’s RNC. No Science Fiction University this week — we’re exhausted!!! More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
345 What Donald Actually Says Matters
Jul 15, 2016 • 70 min
The Beltway Press creates false equivalence by ignoring what Trump is actually saying. And Driftglass takes a ride down memory lane to the all-too-familiar tropes of the 2004 Election. Science Fiction University geeks out on Mr. Robot (no spoilers f…
344 Shootings, Emails, and Leaves (Roger Ailes Alooone)
Jul 8, 2016 • 90 min
[Recorded before the tragic shootings in Dallas, Texas] We discuss the shootings in Baton Rouge and Minnesota, Trump’s White Supremacist supporters (is there a connection?), Hillary’s emails, and EW Roger Ailes sexual harassment lawsuit. More at Prof…
343 Brexit and Bye Bye Benghazi
Jul 1, 2016 • 80 min
A letter on Brexit from a British listener, Benghazi conspiracists turn on Trey Gowdy, Clinton and Trump approach the terrorist attack in Turkey…differently. Plus Science Fiction University. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
342 It’s The Republican Voters, Stupid
Jun 24, 2016 • 94 min
Recorded before the Brexit vote. The Democratic House stages a sit in, both Samantha Bee AND Jennifer Rubin notice the Republican voter is the problem, and we review the art house film “The Lobster.” (Hated it!) Plus Science Fiction University. Mor…
341 The Wall Republicans Already Built
Jun 17, 2016 • 77 min
The Republican Party has already built a wall ….dividing themselves from the majority of the electorate. But oh that 32%! (It’s a long political podcast this week so Science Fiction University is taking the week off and will return next week.) More…
340 The Primary’s Over
Jun 10, 2016 • 84 min
Thank you Bernie, we’re with her, and more at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
339 Trump University, Hillary’s Speech, and Family
Jun 3, 2016 • 82 min
A very bad week for Reince Priebus, Hillary’s very good speech, and in all the weirdness, family busyness keeps us grounded. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
338 The Left Remembers
May 27, 2016 • 78 min
Watching HBO’s “All the Way (with LBJ)” brings lots of lessons for progressives and their issues today. Also third party Republicans might choose Libertarians over No Labels, and the one person you don’t want against you when you protest. More at pro…
337 A Tough Week But This Too Shall Pass
May 20, 2016 • 65 min
The Nevada Democratic Convention brought out a lot of anger. Standing together against doxing would be a good start. Plus, Megyn Kelly? Driftglass has some not very nice words for her. Strident, even. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
336 The GOP Egg Cracks
May 13, 2016 • 71 min
Donald Trump sits on his Wall but flip flops on everything else, and it’s the GOP whose pieces are cracked up all over the ground. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
335 WHCD, Trump Wins, MorningJoe Takes His Call
May 6, 2016 • 72 min
A lie sandwich on truth bread: Larry Wilmore tells the truth about Joe Scarborough on Saturday, Scarborough takes Trump’s call on Wednesday, and then Rob Reiner tells the truth on Thursday. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
334 The Saddest SOB You Ever Met And Trump
Apr 29, 2016 • 73 min
Boehner tells the truth we liberals have been telling for years. Donald Trump and Manhattan as Rome. And we read your stories in Science Fiction University. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com.
333 Escape From New York
Apr 22, 2016 • 69 min
The New York Primary is over - Donald Trump is still unqualified to be President. Why liberals shouldn’t necessarily want open primaries and primary “reform.” There is no Tea Party. Review of just how bad things are in Illinois. Plus Science Fictio…
332 It’s All In Your Perspective
Apr 15, 2016 • 72 min
Everyone faces something that humanizes them, except maybe Ted Cruz? Why Donald Trump is winning, and we can’t re-litigate 2009. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
331 Sully, Kristol, Coulter on MSNBC
Apr 8, 2016 • 74 min
It’s a conspiracy and MSNBC just gave up. Sanders and (Bill?) Clinton have a rough week. Also, Harvard, abortion, and tax dodges are for the rich, And finally, a look at the Klan-bake Convention of 1924. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
330 The April Fools
Apr 1, 2016 • 98 min
Donald Trump “messes with the levels” of the GOP Forced Birthers. Governors in states with anti-gay bigots discover the power of “money as speech” means something completely different. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
329 The Long Good Friday Political Podcast
Mar 25, 2016 • 87 min
We are running mostly rough audio this week! An hour of politics followed by 30 minutes of your stories submitted to Science Fiction University. Happy Easter and/or Happy Spring to all of our listeners! More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
328 Illinois Votes. Obama nominates for SCOTUS. Stop Trump?
Mar 18, 2016 • 76 min
The week in review. We vote in the Illinois primary, Hillary visits Springfield, Lindsey Graham endorses…CRUZ? And more. See our website professionalleft.blogspot.com.
327 Trump Steaks and Trump Stakes
Mar 11, 2016 • 77 min
Donald Trump walks into the old Vatican like Martin Luther and realizes everyone is at least as corrupt as he is? Perfect! Plus, Marco Rubio’s last stand and Joe Scarborough comes to Jesus on Trickle Down. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
326 They’re All Liberals Now?
Mar 4, 2016 • 63 min
The Republican “Establishment” — particularly Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, attempt to save the GOP from Donald Trump. Another GOP debate, this time about the size of what’s in their pants, no, really. In Science Fiction University, we have the quiz, …
325 Trumpenfreude
Feb 26, 2016 • 68 min
The center scrambles to deal with the inevitability of Trump. Part 2 of podcast recorded after the Houston GOP debate. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
324 : Republicans Are Told The Past Actually Happened!
Feb 19, 2016 • 70 min
Perfect justice for the Bush family, via Donald Trump, Oprah, Apple, Illinois Budget crisis, and Science Fiction University holds a short story workshop. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
323 Be Excellent To Each Other!
Feb 12, 2016 • 84 min
Buh Bye Rand, Christie, and Carly; OMG Robot Rubio; Obama comes to Springfield; New Hampshire wrap up. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com.
322 Rubio Makes Three Equal One
Feb 5, 2016 • 72 min
Rubio is the savior for scared-of-Trump conservative pundits. The family fight in the Democratic Party. Rodeos we have been to already. And Bible Bitch and Science Fiction University. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
321 Trump No Trump
Jan 29, 2016 • 61 min
Recorded before the GOP Debate. What IS conservatism, anyway? Also, Flint and White Privilege. And in Science Fiction University, our quiz and also book recommendations for 2016.
320 I Quit Endorses You’re Fired
Jan 22, 2016 • 74 min
The Republican and Democratic races. Self image in politics. and in Science Fiction University we talk weapons in sci fi. Pew! Pew! More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
319 Bowie, Rickman, SOTU, and GOP Debate
Jan 15, 2016 • 74 min
The loss of two working actors, Obama’s State of the Union Vs. The Republican Travesty Debate. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
318 Our 6th Anniversary Show, Historical Perspective
Jan 8, 2016 • 75 min
Looking back on a show from 2010; Gun Control now and when the Black Panthers needed some; Trump reruns Willie Horton; Rahm Emmanuel has a very bad month. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
317 Institutional Failure At The Movies
Jan 1, 2016 • 79 min
How “Spotlight” and “The Big Short” point to other institutional failures, like the Tamir Rice lynching and the Media’s failure to document the Republican bigotry / Donald Trump Bubble. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
316 Don’t Say the R Word
Dec 25, 2015 • 71 min
The real word cable news analysts won’t discuss when explaining Trump is “Republican.” Merry Christmas to all who celebrate and may a wonderful 2016 lie ahead! More at professionalleft.blogspot.com
315 -Trump and the Poop Emoji. Also Star Wars.
Dec 18, 2015 • 74 min
No spoilers! DG takes the boys to see Star Wars; Wapo scolds those who want to block Donald Trump supporters on Facebook, and Blue Gal asks if Hugh Hewitt can moderate a debate, why not Driftglass? Science Fiction University includes reviews of Child…
314 Fascism in the Political Spin Cycle
Dec 11, 2015 • 72 min
We discuss how “special” the South Carolina Republican Party is, and the shocking news that Liberals were right all along. But since Money is the only speech, we never get to hear about that. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
313 Shooting, Prayer Shaming, and Chicago
Dec 4, 2015 • 66 min
The shootings at San Bernadino and the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic. Bible Bitch notes that the media’s claim of “prayer shaming” is bunk (she didn’t say bunk) and Driftglass talks about Rahm not being Daley (just being Daley) is again h…
312 Happy Thanksgiving!
Nov 25, 2015 • 63 min
A short review of the week’s politics and your terrific letters about what you’re grateful for. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
311 The Republican Party is Automated
Nov 20, 2015 • 75 min
It gets very predictable how the Republican Party will respond to crisis: Racism, fear, and bigotry. Visit our website at professionalleft.blogspot.com, and don’t forget to support the show by shopping our Amazon link at our website. Thanks!
310 A Fact-Free Debate, Killing Baby Hitler
Nov 13, 2015 • 56 min
The GOP holds a fact-free debate, Jeb gets bold on killing Baby Hitler, and the Christmas Lights are on in Illinois, thanks to union thugs… more at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
309 The End of the Republican Party
Nov 6, 2015 • 79 min
We discuss why Kentucky’s governor makes no sense, the end of the Republican Party, and why Mannatech and Ben Carson appeal to Evangelicals.
308 Marco Lies, Jeb Dies!
Oct 30, 2015 • 66 min
GOP Debate Re-Cap, Happy Birthday Driftglass, Halloween Sci Fi University! More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
307 Reality Bites
Oct 23, 2015 • 61 min
Reality bites the Benghazi Committee, Jeb! Bush and the brother who kept us safe, and Paul Ryan’s Work-Life Balance. Note: this podcast was recorded Friday morning and is released with less polishing than usual. Audio glitches are the fault of the p…
306 David Brooks, Dem Debate, and Sully
Oct 16, 2015 • 56 min
Did David Brooks go full Driftglass? Not exactly. The democrats debated each other the way both sides (oops) should debate. And Andrew Sullivan marked his place in the political pundit litterbox. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
305 No, Really, Both Sides Don’t!
Oct 9, 2015 • 71 min
The collapse of the House Republicans, but will the Beltway press notice? Our guess is this week will be an orgy of both siderism and false equivalence. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
304 Benghazi Baby Parts All A GOP Hoax
Oct 2, 2015 • 66 min
Boehner, Planned Parenthood, and some corporate media whores walk into our podcast…. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
303 The Pope Gives a Bernie Sanders Speech?
Sep 25, 2015 • 71 min
Recorded after the Pope’s address to Congress, and before John Boehner announced his resignation. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
302 The GOP Clown Carly
Sep 18, 2015 • 67 min
Carly Fiorina is the best liar on the GOP debate stage. Also, faith and Joe Biden and more. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com.
301 Kim Davis Won’t Marry Homo naledi, Neither.
Sep 11, 2015 • 70 min
A new species of man but Kim Davis will be disappointed. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com.
300 The Three Hundredth Episode
Sep 4, 2015 • 82 min
DG and BG answer your AMA questions and cover the weeks political news. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
299 All Trump, All The Time.
Aug 28, 2015 • 74 min
Only the tragic shooting of young journalists on camera interrupts the media’s Trump Ratings Addiction. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
298 UPDATED Work, Bernie, Black Lives Matter
Aug 21, 2015 • 74 min
The work life balance doesn’t exist to corporations. Bernie Sanders teaches jounalism to journalists. And Hillary has a difficult convo with #BLM. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com NOTE: Technical difficulties truncated an earlier upload of the p…
297 Stranger than Fiction
Aug 14, 2015 • 60 min
Donald Trump, Erick Erickson, and Roger Ailes are all rewriting history with a completely unconvincing plot. More at professionalleft.blogspot.com.
296 The First GOP Debate and #JonVoyage
Aug 7, 2015 • 77 min
We discuss the first GOP debate and the last episode with Jon Stewart. Also Obama punches back on the Iran Deal, and in Science Fiction University, a quiz on comets and a query: Would you give up Cable TV to fix Cable News?
295 Is Cecil the Lion a Proxy War?
Jul 31, 2015 • 85 min
Cecil the Lion - Environmental crime and misplaced rage. Why is Ron Fournier’s job MORE protected than Cecil? More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com.
294 The Obama Coalition Without Obama
Jul 24, 2015 • 65 min
Netroots Nation 15 shows the Obama Coalition adjusting to life without a President Obama. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
293 Liars, Damn Liars, and @Lawrence
Jul 17, 2015 • 66 min
We discuss Planned Parenthood and the faked video, Lawrence O’Donnell and Donald Trump, and David Brooks white-splaining Ta-Nehisi Coates. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com.
292 You Are Not Watching The News
Jul 10, 2015 • 77 min
Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and Tom Brokaw walk into a bar. What’s on the saloon’s TV is a news-like product, but it is not news. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
291 Catch-Up Episode
Jul 3, 2015 • 102 min
So much news happened last Friday we had to expand our podcast this week to fit it all in. Update on Junior Dude’s meds, Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality, Obama’s eulogy, plus this week’s political news. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
290: Can We Haz Single Payer Now, Too
Jun 26, 2015 • 77 min
A great week for liberals. But mixed with personal stuggle and pain for Charleston. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com. (This podcast recorded before the Supreme Court decision on Marriage Equality - woo hoo!)
289: Charleston Shootings and USA Racism
Jun 19, 2015 • 73 min
The Charleston shootings were White supremacist racism. Also Donald Trumpism, and TPP is about corporate power. More at professionalleft.blogspot.com.
288 Oh my god! Chuck Todd!
Jun 12, 2015 • 73 min
Chuck Todd gives an extraordinary interview about his experience in the media. And John Thune tells the biggest lie on Twitter ever? Please note Sci Fi University is about horror films and includes violent audio. More at professionalleft.blogspot.com
287 Die with the Lie
Jun 5, 2015 • 62 min
The GOP will do anything to not admit error re Iraq and the economy. Notice Hillary Clinton is not doing this. Both Sides Don’t. More at professionalleft.blogspot.com
286 The Moral Conversation
May 29, 2015
Moral conversations must involve issues of povertyand injustice. Who gets to lie? Who gets to decide what a “moral conversation” looks like? More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com..
285 That Square in Baghdad Named Bush
May 22, 2015 • 69 min
Finally litigating the Iraq War! Thanks Jebya! More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
284 The Chickens Come Home To Roost
May 15, 2015 • 71 min
This week marked codas on Mad Men, Obamacare, media lies, and Jeb Bush. (This episode recorded before the Senate’s turnaround on TPP.) More at professionalleft.blogspot.com
283 Teacher Depreciation Week
May 8, 2015 • 70 min
Teachers treated like dirt; Pamela Geller gets her war on. And in Science Fiction University, what three books would go with you in The Time Machine? More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
282 Baltimore Rises Up and Bernie Runs
May 1, 2015 • 76 min
Bernie Sanders is running, Baltimore is burning, and media is failing. Bible Bitch goes full Driftglass, and Science Fiction University is about sex robots. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com.
281 Lord of the Flies in the Ointment
Apr 24, 2015 • 65 min
HIllary starts a fifty state strategy, and we have no idea what Ted Cruz is talking about. Also, in a world without Republicans, would Barack Obama be a Republican? More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
280 Marco! Rubio! Also Hillary.
Apr 17, 2015 • 65 min
And Driftglass is mostly serious about drafting Glenn Greenwald for President. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com.
279 The Razor in the Apple
Apr 10, 2015 • 54 min
Why the media can’t “blame” anyone for government and societal failures. Hint: It’s Money. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com.
278 The Time Machine
Apr 3, 2015 • 72 min
We travel back to Rick Perlstein’s Nixon/Reagan book (same as it ever was), deal with Indiana and fundy denialism (same as it ever was) and talk a bit about our courtship (still going strong). More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
277 Ted Cruz and GOP Tribalism
Mar 26, 2015 • 51 min
“Respecting” Republican evangelicals, the real story behind the human trafficking bill, and thanks to Charlie Pierce. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
276 Aaron Schock, Buh Bye!
Mar 20, 2015 • 88 min
We bid buh bye to totally-not-gay Congressman Aaron Schock, and wonder over the crazy at Ted Cruz and Rick Santorum events. What’s the deal with Tom Friedman? And more at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com.
275 The Letter, Layoffs, and the Ladies!!!
Mar 13, 2015 • 74 min
#47Traitors write a letter and step in it again, Driftglass gets laid off (and we lose our insurance again), and the GOP has a women problem again. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com.
274 But Did Hillary Email Bibi?
Mar 6, 2015 • 70 min
Ben Carson not pure enuf! Hillary’s Email not official enuf! Rand Paul doesn’t clap for Bibi enuf! But Jeb Bush has enuf monees. For now. And Ferguson has plenty of racism. Plus Science Fiction University plays 21 Questions. More at ProfessionalLe…
273 Serial Liars and Winning Progressives
Feb 27, 2015 • 76 min
Democrats are winning on DHS funding, the media acknowledges that BIll O’Reilly is a serial liar, and progressives even get a Keystone veto and (after we recorded this podcast) net neutrality. A round up of Illinois primary results, Chicago and downst…
272 May I Have My “Opinion”?
Feb 20, 2015 • 71 min
We discuss conservatives who think spouting hate and then hiding behind “my opinion” is political debate. Rudy Giuliani and Dinesh d’Souza go full bigot, and Jeb Bush hires all the Bush 43 foreign policy team. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com.
271 Jon Stewart, Brian Williams, and Us
Feb 13, 2015 • 62 min
What’s the real story is when Brian Williams leaves for six months and Jon Stewart leaves forever? Bible Bitch reads a found poem about Elizabeth Warren, and in Science Fiction University, Driftglass geeks out about Better Call Saul. More at Profess…
270 Prayer Breakfasts, Blasphemy, and Aaron Schock
Feb 6, 2015 • 59 min
We discuss religion, secular prescriptions from David Brooks, Blasphemy from Stephen Fry, the Book of Job, and then Driftglass lets it rain down on Glenn Greenwald (briefly). More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
269 Buh Bye Andrew Sullivan
Jan 30, 2015 • 56 min
Andrew Sullivan quits blogging!?! Is Driftglass the last holdout on the single shingle blogging platform? Also, what YouTubers in the White House says about the mainstream media, and Sheldon Whitehouse hits one out of the park. More at ProfessionalL…
268 The Honesty Episode
Jan 23, 2015 • 62 min
We discuss The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, and how “keeping it 100” is a great idea for the whole political / media populace. State of the Union response fails, why Obama can keep talking like it’s 2009, and more at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
267 The 5th Anniversary Show
Jan 16, 2015 • 55 min
Same as it ever was? Driftglass and Blue Gal talk about how little has changed in right wing media since 2010. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com…
266 Betrayed Conservatives and Charlie Hebdo
Jan 9, 2015 • 53 min
Conservatives feel betrayed by the election of John Boehner? Charlie Hebdo, Bible Bitch, and theocracy. We forgot to fix poverty, and Lindsey Graham should talk. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
265 Social Media is a Baby (New Year)
Jan 2, 2015 • 55 min
GOP White Supremacy, Chuck Todd gives away the secret, Social Media is new, Bible Bitch reading the Bible in a Year, Christianists not good Christians or good Americans. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
264 Intro to ‘Both Sides Don’t’
Dec 26, 2014 • 55 min
We discuss both-siderism and give examples. Plus a special science fiction university where YOU get to answer the trivia questions! More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
263 What’s in the Pope’s Cloak?
Dec 19, 2014 • 56 min
The Pope barters the Cuba deal? Jeb Bush on Facebook. Why we want Elizabeth Warren for Senate, for ever. More at professionalleft.blogspot.com
262 Ferguson, Torture, and The Wish of Angels
Dec 12, 2014 • 62 min
We discuss the last time the system worked, and what went wrong. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com.
261 The Marketing Genius of the Civil Rights Movement.
Dec 5, 2014 • 63 min
What if there had been a FOX news in 1964? Hating non-Whites is the Fox News Business Model. Bible Bitch doesn’t think praying is an answer to being an a-hole. And Science Fiction University is about that movie “Alien.” More at ProfessionalLeft.blo…
260 The Thanksgiving Show
Nov 27, 2014 • 55 min
We discuss immigration, Ferguson, and read your Thanksgiving letters. Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
259 Don’t be the Ahole at Thanksgiving
Nov 21, 2014 • 63 min
We talk about whether we should be an a-hole at Thanksgiving when Crazy Uncle Liberty spouts off. Plus the future of podcasting, why Blue Gal expects 700 emails, and science fiction university. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
258 Wait, That’s MY Pron!
Nov 14, 2014 • 52 min
Net Neutrality has plenty of Republican defenders. Liberal fundraisers diss Hilary, and why liberals must stop arguing with an empty auditorium. Plus Science Fiction University and an invitation to write us for our letters show coming this Thanksgivi…
257 Don’t Panic
Nov 7, 2014 • 60 min
We mourn Election Results, 2014, but keep the faith. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com.
256 Smarter than Sarah Palin?
Oct 31, 2014 • 58 min
A Senate candidate (guess which party) gets complimented as being smarter than Sarah Palin. And a wrap up of all the non-hirings in media this week. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
255 A (Confederate) Land Called Reagan
Oct 24, 2014 • 61 min
The Pew People come out with a study that proves the Fox News Bubble; RIP Ben Bradlee and the difference between Watergate and Iran Contra. Also, more on politics and Science Fiction University. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
254 We Interrupt This Podcast With Broccoli
Oct 17, 2014 • 37 min
Driftglass has an urgent health situation concerning unswallowed broccoli, and we survive it and podcast anyway. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
253 American ISIS?
Oct 10, 2014 • 59 min
Racism, Ebola, and Fox News. Plus Science Fiction University. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
252 Sick of Sarah Palin? Let’s Play Offense.
Oct 3, 2014 • 60 min
Why do we let Sarah Palin, etc. determine what we on the Left talk about? Running like a goddamn Democrat (see Paul Wellstone and Pat Quinn). More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com.
251 Chicken Bone in the Throat of US Progress
Sep 26, 2014 • 70 min
It’s the same people every time who stop progress in the US. Also, bad negative ads, Blue Gal praises Zeke Emanuel’s “Die at 75” article, and Science Fiction University. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
250 Freedom Cows and Fake Republicans
Sep 19, 2014 • 69 min
Clive Bundy’s mooching off the gubmint again. Guess who’s suing to keep Libertarians off the ballot in Illinois? A chalkboard vote on the most jaw dropping lie of the week. Also, our congressman sends us a curious postcard, and Kay Bailey Hutchison…
249 Our Response to Violence. Obama’s Legacy Already?
Sep 12, 2014 • 60 min
ISIL, Ray Rice, and 9/11 all include reactions to videos of violent acts. Is violence normal? Also, the fight Obama should have fought six years ago. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
248 We’re Being Trolled!
Sep 5, 2014 • 58 min
When The National Review announces their post-election Conservative Cruise, and Meet the Press decides to jazz it up with Luke Russert and Joe Scarborough, you know The Professional Left is just. being. trolled. Also, employment advice from Driftglass…
247 The Best Of Show
Aug 29, 2014 • 80 min
After a ten minute intro, and before a current internet kitty and Science Fiction University, we broadcast a selection of “best of” clips, curated by our listener Scott. We hope you enjoy it! More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
246 Megan McCardle Blames The Tea Party On Obamacare?
Aug 22, 2014 • 50 min
A really awful example of the David Brooks School of Writing; Blue Gal takes on fellow White “bubble dwellers” on Facebook; a New Jersey listener is tired of The American Swastika; and after a Science Fiction University lightning round, a visit from t…
245 Ferguson and Chuck Gregory’s Very Bad Product
Aug 15, 2014 • 70 min
We discuss Sarah Palin, Ferguson, the “loss” of David Gregory for Chuck Todd? and why Fox News is ready to show us some Pandas. After the music, Bible Bitch deals with a sad news week. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
244 Executive (dis)Function
Aug 8, 2014 • 49 min
Back to school! And what about Congressional Fail? Or is the fail deliberate? Plus Science Fiction University takes on Time Travel. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
243 Who Gets To Be Alpha Teabagger?
Aug 1, 2014 • 62 min
Ted Cruz takes over the Republican House; Chuck Todd goes all Both Sides; No Labels is outed as an ineffectual vanity project; plus Bible Bitch and Science Fiction University. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
242 Dear Abby (Huntsman)
Jul 25, 2014 • 92 min
OOPS: Please note: There’s an extra fifteen minutes of empty air at the END of this week’s podcast. Technical error, does not affect the whole show, but when we say goodbye at around 1:15 it’s over! Thanks. We are temporarily devastated by the l…
241 Love More For Every Hate
Jul 18, 2014 • 79 min
It’s been a tough week. Refugees from Central America, war in Gaza, and the shooting down of Malaysian Airlines 17 — not to mention the stupidity of Congress (for instance Louie. Gohmert.) and the culpability of the media (David Gregory talking about…
240 Where’s the Pro-Choice Conga Line?
Jul 11, 2014 • 66 min
Blue Gal gets an invitation to a “women’s event” by her Republican Congressman. Will hilarity ensue? And Science Fiction University looks at Golden Age Authors and religion. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com.
239 Stop “Harvesting” Voters
Jul 4, 2014 • 49 min
A listener takes us to task on the issue of White Privilege, and we talk Thad Cochran, Hobby Lobby, and Murietta California’s Ugly Americans. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com (Please note that Science Fiction University and Bible B*tch are off f…
238.5 CORRECTED. Disney and the Pharisees
Jun 27, 2014 • 64 min
Audio on earlier podcast was corrupted and the opening music was dangerously loud. Bible B*tch discusses the religious right, we talk Disneyworld vs. the middle class, and science fiction and the nature of man. Also Science Fiction University. More …
237 Why is Dick Cheney on My Tee Vee?!?
Jun 20, 2014 • 55 min
Not all of the answers are obvious. Also, Science Fiction University. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
236 Cantor Loses and Lincoln’s a Hippie
Jun 13, 2014 • 57 min
Why are we happy? After all, Brat won. Also more rebranding of the GOP again and still, Bible Bitch goes after the NRA and Science Fiction University after the music. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
235 You Mean We Clean Up the Planet for Nothing?
Jun 6, 2014 • 57 min
The Bergdahl “controversy” and the EPA regulations prove the GOP is nothing but a giant reflex machine. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com.
234 #YesAllWomen, #YesAllMadMen
May 30, 2014 • 68 min
Mitch McConnell, Cliven Bundy, and Michael Grimm walk into a bar, and Blue Gal talks Bible Bitch and #YesAllWomen. Plus after the music “You’re Watching It Wrong With Driftglass” on the season finale of Mad Men.
233 Mad Men and the White America Brand Problem
May 23, 2014 • 65 min
“White America” is a brand, according to Driftglass. Note that there may be “Mad Men” spoilers in this podcast. Also Science Fiction University. More at Professional Left.blogspot.com.
232 Slow News is Good News (for Podcasts)
May 16, 2014 • 63 min
On a slow news week all the crazy stuff comes to the surface (and we didn’t even get to talk about the Idaho debate). Plus, we get to talk about our pet topics. BG does Bible Bitch, and DG does manufacturing employment and science fiction university….
231 - “A Great Point If It Were True”
May 9, 2014 • 59 min
Eric Bolling rewrites the calendar, Joe Scarborough beats up hippies. Driftglass and Blue Gal respond. Also Obamacare helps hospital patients and Alabama gets punished for their immigrant hate. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
230 That’s What The Money is For!
May 2, 2014 • 73 min
We discuss the money that corrupts people like Donald Sterling, read two of your letters on family and faith, and there’s also Science Fiction University. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
229 Fox News? Enough.
Apr 25, 2014 • 51 min
Bluegal has had it with the Bundys. And Driftglass wonders why Andrew Sullivan gets to call himself a blogger. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com.
228 Stop Pretending
Apr 18, 2014 • 42 min
On what has traditionally been called “Blog Against Theocracy” weekend, Blue Gal argues that her fellow Christians should stop it with the legislation of religion and get right with God or whatever. Plus Arianna Huffington and David Brooks start think…
227 The Ayn Rand Musical
Apr 11, 2014 • 68 min
We discuss a contest to name the Ayn Rand Musical (which is really a thing) and also the World of Work. Colbert gets hired, the kissing congressman’s girlfriend gets fired, and we recorded this podcast before Kathleen Sebelius could quit. (The second…
226 The Corrupt Supremes and ‘Workers are People, My Friend”
Apr 4, 2014 • 61 min
The horrible Supreme Court decision, where we Progressives go from here, and labor relations when workers aren’t “people.” More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
225 Don’t Ever Interview Newt Gingrich in a Wig
Mar 28, 2014 • 51 min
A week when the 24 hour news cycle let all the Chickenhawks on the air because controversy. Chris Hayes learns a valuable lesson about crazy women from Americans for Prosperity, and we round up the week with another audio Science Fiction University. …
224 Obamacare and Zombies
Mar 21, 2014 • 67 min
We discuss Bill Kristol, our Medicaid saga, and Zombie books. Plus, Science Fiction University takes your philosophical and gossip questions. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com.
223: Abraham Lincoln, RINO
Mar 14, 2014 • 73 min
Lincoln was a Republican in name only. Also denialism hits ACA beneficiaries hard, and why whould the Congressional Progressive Caucus even FLOAT a budget? More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
222 CPAC, Rachel Maddow, and “Lindsey Graham for President”?
Mar 7, 2014 • 56 min
Driftglass wonders why Lindsey Graham isn’t running for President. CPAC panels on parade, and why we can’t have a real conversation on TV about war, hunger, and corruption. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
221 Framing the (Money) Debate
Feb 28, 2014 • 54 min
Free trips for members of Congress? And in Science Fiction University we remember Harold Ramis. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
220 Flyover Country Liberals
Feb 21, 2014 • 64 min
We discuss flyover country, the VW union vote, and how ACA has become the Missouri Compromise of the 21st Century. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
219 What We Love: Unions, Liberals, Science Fiction
Feb 14, 2014 • 56 min
Happy Valentine’s Day! More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
218 The Media Malpractice Edition
Feb 7, 2014 • 59 min
h/t Paul Krugman on The Colbert Report for the title. Media malpractice in hiring Bill Kristol, fearing Chris Christie, mis-reading the CBO report, and negating the importance of facts. All in one week. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
217 State of the Union - “Poor and Proud”
Jan 31, 2014 • 73 min
We react to the State of the Union without getting tossed off a balcony. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
216 Glenn Beck’s Apology Tour?
Jan 24, 2014 • 42 min
Glenn Beck apologizes and Morning Joe gives him a tongue bath. Why conservatives can’t argue facts. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
215 Our 4 Year Anniversary Show
Jan 17, 2014 • 55 min
The Podcast is four years old this week! We celebrate in the usual way, by podcasting about liberal politics and the crimes of the mainstream media. More at professionalleft.blogspot.com.
214 Chris Christie Takes the Cannoli
Jan 10, 2014 • 54 min
Really, Chris Christie, don’t tell me you’re innocent. Because it insults my intelligence and makes me very angry. And Blue Gal channels her inner Liz Cheney. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com.
213 WHERE does Ted Cruz take a leak?
Jan 3, 2014 • 47 min
Media fail on the Benghazi story again; the anti-Clinton GOP playbook recycled for today, and why Ted Cruz can um, tell any TV reporter “it’s raining.” More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com.
212 Change from Within
Dec 27, 2013 • 53 min
The difference between ‘passive’ and ‘prioritized’ politics. BG suggests we not wait for a certain generation to “die off” before pushing for change. And after the music, a somber letter regarding grief, loss and healing. More at ProfessionalLeft.b…
211 The Media’s Statue-of-Liberty Playbook
Dec 20, 2013 • 74 min
Turns out the media passes around right-wing memes like a football during the Statue of Liberty play. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
210 The Downton Abbey Jesus
Dec 13, 2013 • 63 min
Fox’s Megyn Kelly says Jesus and Santa are white, we get a letter insisting that BOTH sides… DG reacts accordingly.
209 Let Them Take Dog Medicine plus Limbaugh
Dec 6, 2013 • 58 min
We read a suprising submission to an investment column about taking your own dog’s prescription medication. DG does a spot-on Rush Limbaugh impersonation, plus Bible Bitch and Sci Fi University visits The Doctor.
208 Thanksgiving and Media Double Standards
Nov 29, 2013 • 33 min
Firing Alec Baldwin might have been the right thing, but what about other media mess ups? And some of your Thanksgiving letters (more of those next week).
207 We Don’t Negotiate With Terrorists
Nov 22, 2013 • 55 min
The JFK and Gettysburg anniversaries yield some dangerous and nasty rhetoric on the right. Why we DON”T want Elizabeth Warren for President, and DG’s thoughts on employment. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com.
206 - If you like your hurricane death toll, you can keep it!
Nov 15, 2013 • 57 min
The mainstream media compares the Obamacare rollout to Hurricane Katrina. No, really. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
205 Where are the White Women At? The Voting Booth.
Nov 8, 2013 • 72 min
Do Virginia gubernatorial results and angry Texas voters point out that we are entering another suffragette-driven Progressive Era? More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
204 The Perfect IOKIYAR Moment
Nov 1, 2013 • 69 min
Rand Paul provides a perfect instance of IOKIYAR. Also JP Morgan Chase spends your food stamp money on lobbying. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com.
203 IT Obamacare, The Pope, and the USA is NOT broke.
Oct 25, 2013 • 57 min
DG remembers working in IT for government, the Pope says stuff he’d have been burned for five centuries ago, and we discuss obscene campaign finance and “Inherit the Wind.” More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
202 Shutdown Over and Casablanca
Oct 18, 2013 • 77 min
DG makes predictions about the media, sees Casablanca again, and after the music, we discuss whether Science Fiction is the canary in our political coal mine. More at Professionalleft.blogspot.com
201 We Need Insurance and the GOP Needs a Green Pen
Oct 11, 2013 • 63 min
“Both Sides Don’t” goes kinda viral, and the GOP loses big-time in polls and in policy. Also, we shop the Obamacare Exchanges because we have to. More at Professional Left dot blogspot dot com.
200 The Republican Shutdown
Oct 4, 2013 • 54 min
Thanks for all the support! The Professional Left Podcast is 200 episodes old! Also, the Federal Government shut down. Coincidence?
Bonus: Breaking Bad Mini-Cast “Felina”
Oct 4, 2013 • 29 min
We discuss the final episode of “Breaking Bad.”
Bonus: Breaking Bad Mini-Cast “Granite State”
Sep 27, 2013 • 30 min
We discuss the penultimate episode of the series “Breaking Bad.”
199 Ted Cruz and the One Sided Recovery
Sep 27, 2013 • 50 min
Blue Gal has a Bible B*tch for Ted Cruz. And we talk about why the beltway media enables crazies like him. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
198 There Is No Spoon, Louie Gohmert!
Sep 20, 2013 • 65 min
Louie Gohmert compares guns and murder to spoons and obesity. Also, news of the week and Science Fiction University. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com.
Bonus: Breaking Bad Mini-Cast “Ozymandias”
Sep 20, 2013 • 28 min
The Professional Left discusses the latest episode of AMC’s Breaking Bad.
197 End of the Eleventh Level Chess Myth
Sep 13, 2013 • 59 min
We agree with Digby that it’s time to end the Obama as multi-level chess master myth, but also end the Dronemaster McWorseThanBush myth, too. Also, what does it look like when we’re all asked to be entrepreneurs and we’re all broke? (bonus Breaking B…
Bonus: Podcasting on Breaking Bad “To’hajiilee”
Sep 13, 2013 • 21 min
Driftglass and Blue Gal, AKA “The Professional Left” gab about the latest episode of AMC’s Breaking Bad. Spoilers for the latest episode are included.
196 Tall Guy Walks Into a Bar, Syria, and The Future
Sep 6, 2013 • 69 min
Analogies with Syria, and in Science Fiction University, the future as mostly correctly predicted by Isaac Asimov. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com.
BONUS: DG and BG on Breaking Bad
Sep 6, 2013 • 10 min
Ten minutes of bonus content where The Professional Left discusses the end of AMC’s Breaking Bad.
195 Syria, and Bob Cesca on Fixing NSA/FISA
Aug 30, 2013 • 53 min
We talk for ten minutes or so about Syria, then Bob Cesca of The Bubble Genius Bob and Chez Show joins us to discuss what we should advocate for in terms of FIXING the NSA/FISA Court transparency problems. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
194: The Empathy Show
Aug 23, 2013 • 65 min
Republican power stops with their lack of empathy; why Twitter is not a community, and Science Fiction University.
193 Both Sides Don’t Have Birthers
Aug 16, 2013 • 56 min
The week’s politics. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
192 Money is the Dark Side of the Force
Aug 9, 2013 • 76 min
BG goes on a rant against a media who forgets that “million” is a number. And in Science Fiction University, comparing West Wing and Twilight Zone. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com.
191 The Good As Enemy of the Perfect
Aug 2, 2013 • 72 min
Sex, Fracking, Lotteries, and is compromise always a dirty word?
190: Carlos Danger and Sh*t Sandwiches
Jul 26, 2013 • 80 min
Anthony Weiner, Harold Ford, Jr. and the best SF books for new readers. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
189 Reaching into the Memory Hole
Jul 19, 2013 • 80 min
If you could pull one thing from the memory hole, what would it be? DG says impeaching Bush, BG says the sequester. Plus Trayvon Martin and Christian Witness? More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
188 Liberal Avengers Assemble! Gasland 2, & Happy Bday Blue Gal!
Jul 12, 2013 • 71 min
Gasland 2, Sharknado, the Farm Bill, Texas, Abortion. And Blue Gal wants no Precious Moments figurines for her birthday. Thanks for all your support, though!
187 Egypt and North Carolina - Theocracy Inaction
Jul 5, 2013 • 60 min
Why do fundamentalists and Zionists in the US get upset about The Muslim Brotherhood? Questions about journalism (but GG - free in honor of BG’s birthday month.) After the music, Stump the Chump Bible edition turns the table with Driftglass asking th…
186 Bob and Chez and Scalia and …Newt?
Jun 28, 2013 • 78 min
Shouting out to fellow podcasters Bob and Chez; also, SCOTUS decisions are all states’ rights, notice. Newt Gingrich gets a show on CNN, and an Illinois GOP official gets all sexist and racist? Really? More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
185 The Letters Show plus DG Fan Fiction
Jun 21, 2013 • 51 min
The inevitable Republican death spiral — in translation. Three of your letters, including fan fiction in which Driftglass meets his nemesis. And after the music, science fiction movie trivia. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com.
184: God Forbid We Should Hurt the Chain of Command!
Jun 14, 2013 • 64 min
Why Glenn Greenwald reminds DG of his late stepfather. Microsoft fail at E3. Plus: relationship advice for the science fiction lover and those who love him. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com.
183 Drying, Spying, and Lying
Jun 7, 2013 • 70 min
DG and BG survive another flood in the basement, discuss Glenn Greenwald and Chris Christie, and answer trivia about old skool blogging. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
182 Buh Bye, Michele Bachmann
May 31, 2013 • 58 min
We say goodbye to Michele Bachmann, and hello to a Republican FBI chief. Also an appearance by Middle Child, and Science Fiction quizzing. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
181 Contempt of Congress
May 24, 2013 • 84 min
We hate Congress, but not in the Ted Cruz way. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com.[PLEASE NOTE: This podcast has about 18 minutes of dead air on the end. Our apologies.]
180 Cancer, Art, and the Coming Whitewater Summer
May 17, 2013 • 71 min
Angelina Jolie’s message on breast cancer resonates close to home for BG; DG talks about the IRS and Art School, and the Whitewater Summer of our Discontent. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
179 Darryl Issa’s Scavenger Hunt and Barf Mark Sanford
May 10, 2013 • 47 min
Darryl Issa’s scavenger hunt over Bengazi, Fox Fail, Sanford’s win is barf inducing, plus, after the music, is Star Wars a slave narrative? More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
178 When it’s too little, too late?
May 3, 2013 • 68 min
Sandra Day O’Connor, PA Senator Pat Toomey, and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel all show it can be too late to tell the truth. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
177 Why is Newt Gingrich on our Tee Vee?
Apr 26, 2013 • 65 min
We discuss the troll-i-tude of Jennifer Rubin, why Newt Gingrich might get his own show on CNN, and keep the podcast Rand Paul free for one week. Also, science fiction quiz after the music (help us name that segment!) More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspo…
176 Is it 1968 all over again?
Apr 19, 2013 • 60 min
We wonder aloud if this awful week means deep change in the political zeitgeist. Also, a lot of politics, a little bit of knitting, and after the music, stump the science fiction stump!
175 Rand Paul’s White-splaining Jamboree and Other Outreach
Apr 12, 2013 • 79 min
The difference between racism and white supremacy is, white supremacists “don’t see color.” More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
174 Gay Marriage, Mark Sanford, and A Social Security… Bluff?
Apr 5, 2013 • 71 min
Republicans lose their mind over gay marriage, but re-nominate marriage buster Mark Sanford. And we’re busted up over whatever it is Obama is doing with his budget thing. WTF, Mister P? More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
173 Going All Old Testament On Their A$$s
Mar 29, 2013 • 69 min
The GOP as an Old Testament, Patriarchal tribe, a local Republican congressman is threatened with primary by the Club For Growth, and after the music, more stump the chump with Driftglass and Science Fiction (everybody take a drink)! Happy Easter / Pa…
172 Iraq, Obamacare, and a Letter from the DSCC
Mar 22, 2013 • 74 min
We discuss the anniversary of Iraq, whether Obamacare has been set up to fail, and Blue Gal wonders about money, politics, and progressiveism when she gets a fundraising letter from Tammy Baldwin on behalf of the less than progressive Democratic Senato…
171 It’s All About US.
Mar 15, 2013 • 82 min
In an admittedly self-indulgent episode, Driftglass and Blue Gal read a mean letter about their marriage, pick a fight with Sirota and Greenwald, come to an amazing conclusion about Republican legislators, and after the music, play stump the chump with…
170 Filibuster Rand Paul Style
Mar 8, 2013 • 68 min
We discuss the Rand Paul Filibuster and why is Ralph Reed on our Tee Vee? More at professionalleft.blogspot.com
169 The Supreme Court, Chicago as Versailles, and Hannity’s Chickens
Mar 1, 2013 • 44 min
We discuss Scalia, Chicago politics in the IL-2nd, and Bob Woodward runs…to Hannity? More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com.
168 The Drone Letters
Feb 22, 2013 • 50 min
We read four letters from listeners regarding Barack Obama and the drone strikes. Driftglass admits he’s not mad at fellow liberals, just blog thread hijackers. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
167 SOTU and The Republican Savior
Feb 15, 2013 • 53 min
The State of the Union, the thirsty senator, and the future of liberal broadcasting. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
166 Same as it ever was: Rebranding the GOP and Distrusting the CIA
Feb 8, 2013 • 54 min
More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
165 John McCain Wants More Iraq Wars, Please!
Feb 1, 2013 • 53 min
John McCain’s grumpy again. Also, how we “left-wing social engineer” REAL family values. Hint: It does not involve closing abortion clinics or US factories. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
164 Obama’s Second Inaugural, Davos, and Bengazi Witch Hunt Fail
Jan 25, 2013 • 62 min
More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
163 The GOP Retreats in More Ways Than One
Jan 18, 2013 • 65 min
The GOP Retreat, David B’s Humility Syllabus, and the NRA’s very very bad web ad. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
162 Maddow…and Casablanca?
Jan 11, 2013 • 56 min
Driftglass has a theory about Rachel Maddow and Rick’s Cafe Americain. Also, gun nuts, Iron Man 2, and how far can we actually go in the war on stupid? More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
161 Declaring War on the Politeness Police
Jan 4, 2013 • 62 min
Sometimes politeness is just another word for going along with liars. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com.
160 The Dick Armey Invasion?
Dec 28, 2012 • 62 min
“Even Tom Friedman” blames the Republicans for the current debacle; The Dick Armey invades Freedomworks, and how are today’s pundits like an always-wrong astrologer? More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com.
159 Just Make Louie Gohmert Speaker Already
Dec 21, 2012 • 61 min
A reflection on Sandy Hook; the GOP goes still lower, and interruptions from middle child. Merry Christmas!
158 The Two Americas
Dec 14, 2012 • 54 min
[This podcast was produced before the tragedy in Connecticut. Our hearts are broken for the victims and their families.] We discuss just how many “two Americas” there are. 2% versus 98%, the Coasts versus the interior, the South and the rest of us, …
157 “That’s Why They Call It Money”
Dec 7, 2012 • 63 min
Money in politics goes way farther and wider than even we think. Boehner has a binder, and how can there be a war on Christmas with so many Christmas trees in the White House? More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com.
156 Dark Matter in the Media Universe
Nov 30, 2012 • 74 min
How are David Gregory’s war stocks doing? The real lack of transparency in our media. Are we ignoring Howie Kurtz? And who were the real losers in this year’s election? More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
155 The Thanksgiving Letters Show
Nov 23, 2012 • 56 min
Happy Thanksgiving weekend! We read your letters on the air. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
154 Post Election News Dump and GOP Equals The Confederacy?
Nov 16, 2012 • 59 min
We discuss all the GOP freakout over the election results. Is the Confederacy all that’s left of the GOP? More at professionalleft.blogspot.com
153 Election 2012 (yay!) and the Fiscal Cliff
Nov 9, 2012 • 59 min
Even after their shellac-ing, the GOP is always Wrong but never in doubt. And a brief discussion of framing the fiscal cliff (hint: this is NOT a case of “both sides”). More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
152 Hurricane Sandy, David Brooks, and Octavia Butler [walk into a podcast]
Nov 2, 2012 • 66 min
The worst storm in centuries, the worst David Brooks column in memory, and some really good science fiction you may have missed. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com.
151 Stop Your Robocalls, Callista Gingrich!
Oct 26, 2012 • 61 min
The Professional Left gets a robocall from Newt’s former mistress. The final Presidential debate is me-too Mitt. Also should we cover “reasonable conservatives”? More at professionalleft.blogspot.com.
150 Town Hall Debate and Can We Ignore Certain Right-Wing Lunatics Yet?
Oct 19, 2012 • 49 min
We discuss the Town Hall Debate (Good Obama Showed Up!) and try to figure out if ignoring Ann Coulter and others will do any good. Also, why the Serenity Prayer is useless when it comes to global warming and the future of planet Earth. More at Profes…
149 BIDEN’D!
Oct 12, 2012 • 57 min
The Biden/Ryan debate versus High School Debate Rules. Blue Gal forced to watch FOX. And why we won’t eat out of Tom Brokaw’s cereal bowl. And a letter from a listener on the drug war and what do we do about Obama’s conservatism? More at Profession…
148 Debate Fail? Or High Broderism on Parade?
Oct 5, 2012 • 51 min
Romney lies his way to victory, but as Driftglass says this week, “the problem with our system is not that Republicans are liars. The problem with our system is that nobody calls them out on it.” And thanks to our listeners! This week we hit one MIL…
147 CORRECTED. Republican Denialism Will Rise Again!
Sep 28, 2012 • 66 min
[The earlier upload of this podcast had some dead air in the first ten minutes. This episode is corrected.] This was the week Republican Denialism reached its own polls, math, and even the election itself. What would Jesus say? And who would he dope …
146: 47% and Mitt Romney’s Political Sister Wives
Sep 21, 2012 • 53 min
Mitt Romney’s secret video and how many sides of his GOP “family” think he’s cheating on them. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
145 Learning from Willard’s Libya Lies
Sep 14, 2012 • 68 min
We use the words “Poor Romney” for the first and last time. Also, a few words about Presidents and War, and the Chicago Teacher’s Strike. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
144 The Democratic Convention and Twitter Fun
Sep 7, 2012 • 79 min
We talk about the DNC and how using Twitter while watching has changed us. Also, how atheists and believers can actually get along, without this whole God Pandering mumbo jumbo. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
143: Dotty Harry at the RNC (and Mitt’s Taxes)
Aug 31, 2012 • 52 min
It’s the RNC Week in Review! More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.comAlso, no matter what happens, we want to see Mitt Romney’s tax returns.
142 Spastic Tubes and Netflix Queues
Aug 24, 2012 • 50 min
We discuss the Akin Abortion A-hole-ery and recommend three old movies that help explain the current political extremeism, even though they’re from the sixties. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
A Conversation with Joan Walsh
Aug 21, 2012 • 24 min
Blue Gal speaks to Joan Walsh, Editor At Large at Salon Media Group Inc. and author of “What’s the Matter with White People: Why We Long for a Golden Age That Never Was.”
141 The Return of John Galt and Plato’s “Noble Lie”
Aug 17, 2012 • 52 min
Romney’s taxes (still!) Choice of Ryan means Rupert runs the show (still!) And how preconceived notions govern public opinion for better or worse. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
140 Media Segregation and the History of Liberals Being Right
Aug 10, 2012 • 67 min
Responding to a listener’s letter, we discuss specific historical events where liberals have been right all along. Also defending the Joe Coptic ad, dealing with crazy conservative emails from Uncle Fester, and why there is no “debate” on television n…
139 Conservatives on Facebook - Debate Opponents or Energy Vampires?
Aug 3, 2012 • 49 min
Can we really “debate” conservatives on Facebook? How to win and when to run. Also, Mitt Romney is completely unprepared to be President. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com.
138 Mitt Flakes London!
Jul 27, 2012 • 64 min
Mitt Romney’s Olympic performance proves Blue Gal’s theory that he doesn’t want to win this election. BG poops on the Democratic Party establishment, and despairs for the ecology of the planet. Driftglass exposes a fantastic find — Tom Friedman losi…
137 To Kill a Mockingbird in Aurora, Colorado
Jul 20, 2012 • 59 min
Recorded the day of the horrific shooting in Aurora, Colorado, Driftglass and Blue Gal discuss literature, deflecting the mob, and why humanity is worth saving. (Also Mitt Romney’s literary fail with his own narrative.) More at ProfessionalLeft.blogs…
136 Do we HAVE to vote Obama? And your letters…
Jul 13, 2012 • 78 min
Our letters show goes off on a lot of tangents — we don’t actually mean it when we say take a drink, you’ll get alcohol poisoning. Also please note that Monday is Blue Gal’s birthday and we’ll be away. Blogging and emails might go waiting. More at…
135 Don’t Eat Each Other Alive, Democrats!
Jul 6, 2012 • 65 min
Please note we are testing new recording equipment this week and sound quality varies. Driftglass and Blue Gal discuss how to disagree with other liberals without being disagreeable. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com.
134 The SCOTUS End of the World Edition
Jun 29, 2012 • 62 min
SCOTUS decision causes a right wing meltdown; Driftglass recovers from surgery (really), and the new MSNBC show proves a horrible disappointment. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com.
Politics, Sex, and Religion with Comedian Hal Sparks
Jun 24, 2012 • 28 min
On behalf of Crooks and Liars.com, Driftglass and Blue Gal have a conversation with comedian and social activist Hal Sparks. Hal will be touring with John Fugelsang on the “Politics, Sex, and Religion Tour” starting summer of 2012.
133 Yo! Keep Mitt Romney’s Tax Havens Straight!
Jun 22, 2012 • 69 min
Discussion of the broken Senate and completing the sentence “I don’t want to punish financial success, but…” After the music, BG throws down on the US Olympic Committee’s denigration of….knitters? More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
132 The Sex(ism) Podcast
Jun 15, 2012 • 67 min
Recorded before Michigan’s male Republicans got their panties in a twist over “the V word,” we talk about sex, sexism, and why the Republican Party’s ethos seems to have a problem just being decent to women. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
131 Wisconsin, Bradbury, and Why are all the Left Wing Jobs “Volunteer Coordinator”?
Jun 8, 2012 • 46 min
We discuss the loss in Wisconsin and the loss of Ray Bradbury, and Driftglass gets frustrated that left wing political action depends on volunteers, futons and brown rice. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com.
For Crooks and Liars: An interview with John Fugelsang
Jun 1, 2012 • 17 min
On behalf of Crooks and Liars.com, Blue Gal (Fran) interviews comedian John Fugelsang about comedy, religion, and Mitt Romney’s “Etch a Sketch” problem.
130 MittFail on Apps and Education
Jun 1, 2012 • 54 min
What the misspelling of “America” says about the CEO of the GOP. One of our listeners gets a letter from Mr. and Mrs. George W. Bush? Also, Charter Schools aren’t all bad, BUT… More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
BONUS: Driftglass Interviewed on KOPN-FM 89.5 Columbia MO
May 27, 2012 • 58 min
Interview from May 22, 2012
129 Chicago protests, the New Civil War, and OMG Newt on MTP!
May 25, 2012 • 65 min
We discuss the lay of the land in Chicago given the NATO and CTU protests. Is a new Civil War coming? And Driftglass wins the “when will Newt be back on Meet the Press” bet with Blue Gal. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com.
128 Driftglass Reads “Drift,” h/t @Maddow
May 18, 2012 • 60 min
Driftglass listened to the audiobook of Rachel Maddow’s “Drift” this week (HIGHLY recommended!), and that leads to a convo on citizenship, the history of war, and money. Also, if Gawker outed Robin Roberts, did “Good Housekeeping” push her back in the…
127 - Let the Wild Rumpus Start! Maurice Sendak, Gay Marriage, and the Broken Congress
May 11, 2012 • 64 min
We miss Maurice Sendak, get a great letter from a prison guard, and can states reject treaties that haven’t even been ratified? Can a crazy congresswoman give away the other half of her citizenship, too? More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
126 Does Fox News want Romney to Lose? And Whither the Occupy Movement?
May 4, 2012 • 56 min
We discuss whether Fox News (let alone Romney himself) wants Romney to lose the White House. Should Occupy be the Left’s Tea Party? And a renaissance in new progressive media starts with supporting the many new podcasts out there. More at Profession…
125 Paul Ryan and the GOP: “We’re Too Wrong to Fail!”
Apr 27, 2012 • 67 min
Paul Ryan ditches Ayn Rand, Peter Beinart makes religion unaccountable, and Look Who Else has a paying job in politics? (hint: He lied about Iraq as a professional lying liar.) More at professionalleft.blogspot.com.
124 Supporting the Homo Commie Lib Conspiracy, one pissant question at a time.
Apr 20, 2012 • 65 min
Letters from our listeners share how small acts can disrupt the paradigm. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com.
123 Conspiracies from Ayn Rand, Saul Alinsky…and Dan Savage?
Apr 13, 2012 • 59 min
We stand agog that Rick Santorum dropped out of the race for President this week…seems like months ago. And why do conservatives ignore Ayn Rand’s rampant anti-Christian message, and why do they get away with that? More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspo…
122 Blog Against Theocracy, Marketing Racism, and PA Tea Party Sin
Apr 6, 2012 • 61 min
It’s Blog Against Theocracy weekend. Justification for racism on the right has a long history — and the Tea Party leadership in Pennsylvania “stops a beating heart” and gets Blue Gal really upset. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com.
121 Maddow, Trayvon, Abortion, Supreme Court, and Chicago
Mar 30, 2012 • 76 min
The news this week has taken a break from election politics (thankfully) and so do we. Rachel Maddow’s book, the Trayvon Martin case, more on the culture war, and Driftglass (celebrating his SEVENTH blogiversary) gives us a Chicago News Update. More …
120 The JOBS Bill? 10 Conservative Lies about Jobs
Mar 23, 2012 • 67 min
Why Blue Gal isn’t going to knit a uterus for her congresscritter; and the top ten conservative lies about jobs and the economy. If you like these podcasts, please consider making a one-time or monthly contribution at professionalleft.blogspot.com. …
119 - How To Talk Politics When You Must
Mar 16, 2012 • 51 min
After a brief review of the upcoming Illinois GOP Primary, we answer three (3!) letters regarding talking politics with our neighbors without losing our tempers or our minds. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com.
118 - GOP Circles the Wagons; Is it Okay to Boycott?
Mar 9, 2012 • 59 min
Why don’t individual Republicans just say Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh don’t speak for them? Driftglass responds to criticism (not from advertisers), and what is wrong with radio advertiser boycotts? We’re advertiser-free and need your $5.00 contrib…
117 Top Ten News Stories from The Party from Another Planet
Mar 2, 2012 • 60 min
We cover the exhausting week of birtherism, Breitbart’s passing, and media fail on all fronts. Blue Gal gets verklempt reading your letters, and we recover our memories of Steve Gilliard, the true fallen “culture warrior” of the blogosphere. More at …
116 Sex, the Sacred, and the Profane
Feb 24, 2012 • 43 min
We start off Lenten podcasting (FTW!) with whether we should declare victory in the culture wars. The Right Wing’s long game on the abortion/birth control debate, and after the music we continue our discussion of Driftglass’s non-existent book deal. …
115 Condoms at CPAC, or Will Success Spoil Rick Santorum?
Feb 17, 2012 • 46 min
CPAC stands for “Conservative People Are Crazy (now with alcohol)”, and how Rick Santorum gives our nation a true debate that spells failure for the GOP. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com.
114: “The Tolerance Dollar is a Good Dollar”
Feb 10, 2012 • 43 min
Komen, JCPenney, and the Catholic Church are learning lessons about capitalism and how tolerance, equality, and social justice sells. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
113 Parenting, Schools, and an Open Letter to Kathleen Sibelius
Feb 3, 2012 • 49 min
Blue Gal has a helluva week being an involved, educated parent, and responds by writing a letter to the Secretary of Health and Human Services. Driftglass speaks to bureaucracies from the perspective of service providers, new ideas, and grant preserva…
112 The Pro Left Response to SOTU - and ‘To the moon, Newt”!
Jan 27, 2012 • 52 min
We present our response to the State of the Union and discuss why we are not impressed by the ‘conservative establishment’ freak out over a Newt Gingrich surge. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
111 Hey Fox News, If You’ve Got a Blacklist, We Wanna Be On It.
Jan 20, 2012 • 42 min
Andrew Sullivan claims he’s been blacklisted by Fox, and Newt is now a socialist? Also, why Republicans will always be aggrieved even when they win elections. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com.
110 The Long Podcast; Should we just crash the system?
Jan 13, 2012 • 83 min
We read three letters regarding protesting versus crashing the system. Abolishing the Senate? Occupying the DNC? Seceeding from Fox America? Commenting anonymously at a blog? [Careful there, buddy!] More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
109 In GOP Analysis, Are You Following the Money or the Lies?
Jan 6, 2012 • 38 min
Newt, two Ricks, and the real consequences of Republican Lies on real people. Plus a listener innoculates himself against David Brooks and catches Bobo Plague anyway. More at Professional Left.blogspot.com.
108 The Ron Paul Luv Affair and the End of “Traitor”
Dec 30, 2011 • 32 min
We wonder aloud why Andrew Sullivan thinks there can only be one “real” bigot in the GOP. Also, can we all agree to end using the word “traitor” when talking about those with whom we disagree? For America? More at Professional Left.blogspot.com.
107 The Top Ten Lies of Today’s Politics
Dec 23, 2011 • 66 min
Merry Christmas and Happy Festivus! We come up with a list of lies we’ve debunked all year, and debunk them end of the year list-style. Also, either you can’t be a gay conservative Republican, or they ALL are. More at ProfessionalLeft.Blogspot.com
106 The Media’s Trench Warfare versus Real People, Real Change
Dec 16, 2011 • 47 min
How the mainstream media puts protection from their own “vocational harm” above all else. Also, Star Trek, ObamaCare, and The Holy Roman Empire of Newt Gingrich. More at ProfessionalLeft.Blogspot.com.
105: Lit Crit: The Tragedy of Newt and the Unreliable Narrator of the Media
Dec 9, 2011 • 61 min
DG and BG go full-court literary theorists. Newt Gingrich is a tragedy for the GOP, and the unreliability of the Beltway Narrators points directly to their own failures and complicities. Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Casablanca, and Edgar Allen Poe. …
104 Ancient Rome and Your Conservative Relatives, also Zappa
Dec 2, 2011 • 50 min
Why the US is like Ancient Rome (corrupt from top to bottom) and a letter from a listener about dealing with his fact-averse conservative dad. More at ProfessionalLeft dot Blogspot dot Com. PS December 4-21 is Zappadan, an annual blog celebration of …
103 The Annual Thanksgiving Episode with Your Letters
Nov 25, 2011 • 31 min
Now an annual tradition, we read from selected letters from you, our readers. Thanks so much for your listenership and support! More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
102 #OWS and OMG
Nov 18, 2011 • 48 min
An alert reader highlights that we forgot David Brooks and David Gregory on last week’s podcast. We make it up to him, and discuss why #OWS is #winning, duh. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
BONUS Content: Driftglass Interviewed on KOPN-FM 89.5 Columbia MO
Nov 15, 2011 • 55 min
November 8, 2011 Driftglass interviewed on KOPN-FM (KOPN.org) on the show, “Sex, Drugs and Civil Liberties.” Thank you to KOPN for permission to rebroadcast.
101 Bubble, Bubble, Republicans in trouble
Nov 11, 2011 • 44 min
We discuss the conservative bubble pop that is this week’s election results in Ohio and elsewhere, and the bubble persisting around the heads of GOP candidates for POTUS. Also, sexism and whither the American Dream? More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
100: The One Hundredth Episode
Nov 4, 2011 • 41 min
Newt is the last man standing in the GOP Bar and Grill? What podcasting for 100 episodes has meant to us, why Rachel Maddow is actually wrong about silencing Paul Wolfowicz, and at long last, optimism for America. More at Professional Left.blogspot.com
99 [Percenter] Can the Revolution Be Advertised?
Oct 28, 2011 • 35 min
We discuss the anti-commercialism of #OWS and how in some cases it’s unwarranted. We’ve got our own Iphone app; and how come it took us so long to get addicted to Angry Birds? And from our mailbox, is Driftglass’s anonymity getting in the way of his …
98: Occupy the Boardroom? What about Occupy the Newsroom?
Oct 21, 2011 • 45 min
The GOP Vegas Debate, Occupy the Boardroom, defending unions from old urban legends, and why angry lapsed Catholics make the best angels on earth. More at Professional Left.blogspot.com
97 The Republican Party = the real extremist anti-American radicals
Oct 14, 2011 • 52 min
We discuss the GOP debates as a litmus test of their base and read letters from real ex-conservatives who have found a better way. Why the media has no language for #OWS, and finally we review the political movies “Ides of March” and… “Real Steel”?!?…
96 - #OWS - The Glitch in the Matrix
Oct 7, 2011 • 42 min
Why the corporate media can’t explain Occupy Wall Street and We are the 99 Percent. Plus Michelle Bachmann’s Hispanic Piranha Prom and Herman Cain’s “Mine Mine Mine” tax plan. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
94 What Class Warfare? 1-2-3 what are we fighting for?
Sep 23, 2011 • 55 min
Recorded before the Troy Davis execution: BG does a lighting round of items proving there is the class war is kinda, well, over. Why liberal activism will never pay a living wage (because we’re not d*cks) and why the Charlie Sheen Roast is EXACTLY li…
93 Star Trek versus the Tea Party?
Sep 16, 2011 • 42 min
Is there a difference between Republicans and Libertarians? And why English Majors make the best political analysts. And Driftglass compares and contrasts a tea party gathering… with a Star Trek convention? More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com.
92 The Reagan Debate; and the Professional Left Five Year Plan?
Sep 9, 2011 • 41 min
Laughter and horror over the GOP debate; and, how do we survive the political stress of the next five years? More at ProfessionalLeft.Blogspot.com
91 “Barack, how could you have pardoned Nixon?”
Sep 2, 2011 • 53 min
Driftglass has one question for Barack Obama. Also, a question for us liberals: are we sticking to principles or fetishizing our politics? More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
90 What does the Right have that we don’t? A Rookie Bench.
Aug 26, 2011 • 53 min
Driftglass uncovers the Right Wing Pundit Reserve Bench at Frum Forum. Also, a wedding recap and BG watches Democracy Now at the dentist. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
89 The Last Premarital Podcast
Aug 19, 2011 • 50 min
Driftglass and Blue Gal tied the knot on August 19. But before they headed to the courthouse, they posted a podcast about politics, theocracy, and stuff. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com.
88: Magical thinking with Tom Friedman, Cokie Roberts, and…Nixon?
Aug 12, 2011 • 37 min
They’re not really on our show. Also, how beltway narratives actually affect social security. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com.
87 Playing the Long Game, Fighting the Long War
Aug 5, 2011 • 50 min
The battle against conservatism started long ago, and now begins again with a fight against centrism. Truman, Mencken, and T-Bills. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
86 It gets better…for liberals?
Jul 29, 2011 • 41 min
We discuss serenity prayers, centrism as news, theraputic swearing, and a psychoanalysis of…Bill Maher? More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com.
85 Who is in charge at the GOP?
Jul 22, 2011 • 54 min
Driftglass argues that the mob is in charge at GOP headquarters. Film Noir, Allen West teaches us how to be ladies, and answering the centrists and stimulus - deniers. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
84 Tea Party Crazy and the Default
Jul 15, 2011 • 57 min
The Crazy didn’t start with Tea Party; Default Crisis; and How Do Progressives Channel Their Anger? More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
83 Are we too hard on Republicans? Don’t ask David Brooks.
Jul 8, 2011 • 35 min
David Brooks listens to his inner bond portfolio, we respond to a listener letter about the humanity of average Republicans, and tall tales from BG’s Ohio ancestors. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
82 Bachmann’s Brain
Jul 1, 2011 • 41 min
We discuss the real impact of the same-sex marriage victory in NY, what Ed Rollins “saving” Bachmann says about media fail, and can’t Mitt Romney find an actual unemployed person? More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
81 The Netroots Nation Double Album Podcast
Jun 24, 2011 • 62 min
We talk Rahm, Eleanor Roosevelt, and why we will Vote Obama without the -bot suffix, thank you very much. After the close, we share a recording we made in the minivan driving back from Netroots Nation. (We’re not married yet, but NN11 was the honeymo…
80 The Death Penalty at Closing Time
Jun 19, 2011 • 4 min
In which the Professional Left commandeer “Radio Row” for a quick chat about criminal justice before being chased from the stage.
79 Over Lunch at Netroots Nation: Hijacked? Or Ignored?
Jun 18, 2011 • 4 min
A brief recording over lunch. We discuss the media coverage, and non-coverage, of Netroots Nation 11
78 Raw file: From Netroots Nation 2011
Jun 17, 2011 • 11 min
Not your usual podcast. Recording from the road at Netroots Nation 2011, Driftglass and Blue Gal discuss Democracy for America’s messaging ideas, our hotel neighbors from Prosperity for America (yeah), and Michele Bachmann is here also too? More (and…
77 You can’t put the USA in Hospice Care, GOP!
Jun 10, 2011 • 31 min
Our last podcast before Netroots Nation. Driftglass put his stepdad in hospice care this week, and there are connections between that experience and our national agenda. Newt, Breitbart, and why America’s body politic must take better care of itself….
76 Weinergate? Palin’s Bus? What about Healthcare?
Jun 3, 2011 • 56 min
Yeah yeah we spend a few minutes as media personalities decrying that media personalities are spending a few minutes (okay, more) on the Weiner and Palin stories. Then we’re all bored with that and talk about Medicaid and physician reimbursement strat…
75 Can we ultimately undo GOP 2011’s shenanigans?
May 27, 2011 • 38 min
A listener writes in to ask if it’s actually possible to undo the legislative baloney being passed this year in GOP State Houses. And is using the term “hippie punching” a petulant whine or a call to action? More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
74: Is Roger Ailes #%^ing with us? And how can we respond to right wing email memes?
May 20, 2011 • 34 min
The GOP presidential race seems concocted for pure comedy. Is it? And while DG records from his madre’s house (helping out during a family hospitalization) BG answers some right wing bigoted emails that have, gasp, puppy and butterfly gifs attached. …
73 The End of the World and “Thug Rapper” Poetry
May 13, 2011 • 33 min
What we want from Armageddon, how Republicans abuse language, Paul Ryan vs. the reality-based community, David Brooks, Karl Rove. Also, the serious consequences of raising artist children. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
72 Osama, Obama, and How to be an Effective Liberal
May 6, 2011 • 32 min
We discuss the death of Osama bin Laden, why writing is like politics, and how to keep “the dream” alive when politicians break your heart. (Note: we also appear this week in Ep 10 of the Matthew Filipowicz show, matthewf.net.) More at ProfessionalLe…
71 An (almost) Birther-Free Podcast
Apr 29, 2011 • 42 min
We practically ignore the birth certificate thing in favor of a discussion of economics at home and in the world, why dissing David Brooks isn’t enough, and what we can say to make the average citizen wake up and listen. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogs…
70 Liberal Messaging on Medicare and a Weekend with Susie Bright
Apr 22, 2011 • 37 min
If conservatives can hammer home the same five talking points and win, why can we? Why pitting the elderly against younger people in the Social Security budget debate fails, why no means no when it comes to touching Medicare, and our weekend with sex…
69: Budgets, Abortion, and the one thing Obama didn’t say.
Apr 15, 2011 • 39 min
Driftglass and Blue Gal discuss the week that was, with “serious conversations” (yeah), budget battles and a near government shutdown over…what? Mike Pence’s gubernatorial hopes, that’s what. And where are the jobs, Mister Boehner? More at Profes…
BONUS CONTENT: Mad as Hell in America with Adam Klugman with guests Blue Gal and Driftglass
Apr 12, 2011 • 21 min
A recording of Driftglass and Blue Gal appearing on the radio program “Mad as Hell in America with Adam Klugman.” It originally aired on KPOJ-620 AM, Portland Oregon, on March 9, 2011, and streamed at Mad as Hell in America dot com. We are grateful …
68 Can you hear the GOP dogwhistle now?
Apr 8, 2011 • 45 min
The debate over the budget as a typically subtle GOP race bait. Voting irregularities in Wisconsin, and the real reason Obama’s birth gets conservatives in a tizzy. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com.
67 Hey GOP, is this some kind of April Fool’s Joke?
Apr 1, 2011 • 43 min
Happy Blogiversary, Driftglass! And thanks for the votes, we won the Netroots Nation scholarship! This week we question whether current event absurdities (Florida GOP’s blanching at the word “uterus” and Eric Cantor’s attempt to pass a bill without S…
66 WTF happened to so-called journalism?
Mar 25, 2011 • 49 min
Decrying the current crop of tee vee and web “pundits” gracing the political landscape. Who let Paul Wolfowitz back on our tee-vee? Also, why we all must nail our 95 theses to the door of the conservative church, and why the word “liar” should return…
65 The Power of Memory; Oligarchs and Dimwits
Mar 18, 2011 • 48 min
DGs unique eulogy for David Broder, praying for Japan, and why Brooks and Sullivan will never explain away the oligarchs and dimwits in their Republican midst. Also the power of thought and remembering when it comes to political battles. More at Profe…
64 Newt, Wisconsin, and Plus C’est La Meme Chose
Mar 11, 2011 • 40 min
We discuss Newt in Iowa, why Al Franken is a prophet, Wisconsin, and how parenthood has changed Driftglass. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com.
63 The Ayn Rand Episode [Not]
Mar 4, 2011 • 50 min
Blue Gal is not amused as Driftglass entertains her with a little late night Ayn Rand reading. Why Ayn Rand is still the real leader of the modern conservative movement. (It’s a bad thing.) Super rich people are not like us, and how to revive America…
62 The Union Label!
Feb 25, 2011 • 61 min
“Without an organized labor movement, this is a two-class, feudal, Christian, police state, run by the f#@$ing Koch brothers.” - DriftglassAlso a BG audiobook review and whither Mayor Emmanuel? More info at professionalleft.blogspot.com
Chicago’s next mayor, Wisconsin’s uprising, and the Kama Sutra of the Liberals
Feb 18, 2011 • 38 min
DG on who he’ll vote for for mayor of Chicago; and we celebrate the union uprising in Wisconsin, decry the federal budget proposal, and discover the real secret of filibuster reform. More at professionalleft.blogspot.com
Publishing the Banns, and a “Formal” Debate on Palin
Feb 11, 2011 • 51 min
Happy Valentine’s Day weekend! Blue Gal finally makes an honest man out of Driftglass, is “my wife’s gonna kill me” bar-room talk or dangerous rhetoric? And a debate over whether Sarah Palin will be the Republican Nominee in 2012. More at Profession…
Egypt, Charlotte, and the Sarah Palin Embargo
Feb 4, 2011 • 36 min
The long arm of history as Egypt revolts; the Democratic National Convention comes to North Carolina; and a Wapo reporter goes without Palin for a month? More at http://ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com.
Hey, Michele Bachmann! You left out “Atonement.”
Jan 28, 2011 • 47 min
DG remembers the last Apollo mission as we enter the age of La Vida Sputnika. Michele Bachmann gets jiggy with theocracy, but leaves out the ‘We Republicans must atone for our sins’ part. But then, so does Barack Obama. More at ProfessionalLeft.blog…
Celebrating Lieberman’s departure, Reagan’s birthday? and our Liberal Elevator Speech.
Jan 21, 2011 • 45 min
Driftglass and Blue Gal say buh-bye to Lieberman, discuss how liberal bloggers might acknowledge Reagan’s 100th birthday, and spend the rest of the podcast talking about vocabulary we can use to effectively parry the Fox News mentality, whether in a ba…
Our One Year Anniversary Show: Civility, “Blood Libel,” and the GOP’s real problem.
Jan 14, 2011 • 39 min
It’s our one year anniversary show. The real problem with the GOP, why mere civility and facts are not enough to move the dialogue forward, and a historical explanation of why “blood libel” is a perfect motif for conservative political discourse. Mor…
BONUS CONTENT: Interview with WORT-FM, Madison WI
Jan 11, 2011 • 55 min
Driftglass and Blue Gal of The Professional Left Podcast, interviewed on “A Public Affair” radio program, WORT-FM Madison Wisconsin, January 3, 2011.
The New House, a well-worn Chicago-DC chemical trail, and our choice for RNC Chair!
Jan 7, 2011 • 33 min
We endorse Ann Wagner for RNC Chair, discuss who this “Daley” Chief of Staff guy is, and whether conservatives or progressives are more betrayed by their elected leadership. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com
Rahm for mayor, a challenge to Jon Stewart, and “coming out” as a Liberal.
Dec 31, 2010 • 39 min
Happy New Year! DG is suspected of Twitter shenanigans (he’s innocent!), and BG kicks “adult conversations” about Social Security to the curb. Driftglass then issues a challenge to Jon Stewart, and finally we offer advice about “coming out” as a Libe…
All I want for Christmas is a way to deal with my wingnut neighbors and relatives
Dec 24, 2010 • 45 min
We got emails this week asking what to do about “People of the Lie” in our own micro-lives. We don’t have much practical advice, but we do have experience. In other news, is there something in the DNA that makes us liberal? And in the end, Blue Gal …
“No Labels”, Sanders, and Full Metal Mondale
Dec 17, 2010 • 47 min
We refuse to spend the podcast talking about Bill Clinton, though DG is tempted to talk exactly like him. The No Labels nonsense, and why the media has a vested interest in the DC status quo (follow the money). Why it’s more likely Bernie Sanders will…
Did we lose the White House without an Election?
Dec 10, 2010 • 31 min
Great disappointment with POTUS. Why Christmas is a terrible time for a lame duck session, and we cheer ourselves with a reminder that it’s Zappadan, a blog-based celebration of all things Frank Zappa (Dec 4-Dec 21). More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot…
Hey Obama, Get Your Head Out of Your Asperger’s!
Dec 3, 2010 • 40 min
We discuss Wikileaks, then BG diagnoses Obama as being the victim of his own high-functioning autistic experiment, working with good intentions to undo the “Imperial Presidency”. [BG then gets so mad at Congress that we actually have to bleep her.] …
Thanksgiving Weekend: Your Letters, TeaPublicans, and the Sublimity of Swearing
Nov 26, 2010 • 47 min
We read your terrific letters. Thanks so much to everyone who wrote in, and keep them coming at proleftpodcast AT gmail. We’ll be doing a letters show several times a year. Listen to archives for free with no download or registration at professio…
Liberal Elitists? Maddow, Bright, Taibbi, and Yours Truly
Nov 19, 2010 • 38 min
We discuss three media moments you may have missed: Rachel Maddow’s speech at Harvard, Susie Bright’s post-election broadcast, and Matt Taibbi on the charge of “liberal elitism.” We also bring in Jon Stewart, 9/11, and the most important reason Newt …
Eff You George W. Bush. Catfood, and Rand Paul’s Elephant Adventure.
Nov 12, 2010 • 44 min
“Decision Points” takes us back to the halcyon days when all it took to be a blogger was typing “eff you George W. Bush.” The catfood looks dead and stinks worse; is Rand Paul serious about defense cuts, and whatever magic will Glenn Beck use THEN ag…
Alan Grayson for Chief of Staff; the GOP War on the Media; and Will Sarah Palin Run for President?
Nov 5, 2010 • 43 min
We sigh heavily after the midterms. What’s next? More than just “Obama can’t trust Republicans.” He’ll have to hire a bulldog or become one himself. The GOP never loses when they attack the media, but what does that say about actual governing? And w…
GOP White Supremacy, Esquire’s Balanced Budgets, and Happy Birthday Driftglass
Oct 29, 2010 • 41 min
Happy Halloween! We discuss why the real political divide is between scared white people and everybody else. Election week burnout leads us to talk actual issues, especially Esquire.com’s plan to actually balance the budget by 2020. And BG wishes Dr…
“It gets better” for the straight kid, too. And…Have we touched bottom on Tea Party stupid yet?
Oct 22, 2010 • 40 min
Why the Juan Williams episode proves once again that the media is broken, and why we will never reach bottom when it comes to Tea Party stupid. Blue Gal loses it over so-called feminist defenders of Christine O’Donnell, and we end with a personal refl…
Red - Nosed Campaigns and Blue Collar Liberals
Oct 15, 2010 • 34 min
This podcast was recorded before we discovered that (a) Carl Paladino rents buildings to gay-themed nightclubs [were there GOP fundraisers held there? Oh wait, that’s BONDAGE themed nightclubs, sorry] and (b) Christine O’Donnell really IS a Palin clone…
O’Donnell Sex Costumes, Tea Party Pathology, and Off to Church with David Brooks
Oct 8, 2010 • 33 min
DG/BG promote a fellow blogger’s costume contest, and ask how on earth can the GOP hold so many disparate ideas and unprofessional candidates and think they’re electable? Maybe it has something to do with the media and the electorate, ya think? In oth…
James O’Keefe’s Creepy Sex Hubris! And how to beat the bullies.
Oct 1, 2010 • 38 min
This week we discuss the creepy sex hubris of James O’Keefe, the inside the beltway wankitude of Chuck Todd [vs. the social justice Christianity of Stephen Colbert], and the bully tactics of Jim DeMint. Also, why bloggers should not worry what Joe …
Hey Blanche Lincoln, We Want Our Party Back!
Sep 24, 2010 • 27 min
Should a progressive Arkansan vote for Blanche Lincoln this November? Driftglass says yes, Blue Gal’s not so sure. The real test question for whether the media is broken: “Is Newt Gingrich on your tee vee?” Plus we answer a naughty (?) question fr…
God, Sex, and Open Season on Calista Gingrich
Sep 17, 2010 • 27 min
Carefully avoiding “masturbation in Delaware jokes”, Driftglass and Blue Gal instead traverse Christine O’Donnell’s patriarchal theocracy, Newt Gingrich’s nonsensical right-wing playbook, and Chris Matthew’s troglodyte blind spot. Blue Gal declares th…
Can Obama Get His Groove Back?
Sep 10, 2010 • 38 min
Was this was the week Obama got his groove back? How can you have a good revolution without a strong middle class? (You can’t.) Finally, Blue Gal confesses that she actually agrees with Glenn Beck on one thing. And the history of the women’s suff…
BONUS PODCAST: The Daley Show
Sep 9, 2010 • 34 min
Da Mare ain’t gonna run no more! Long-time Chicagoan Driftglass discusses with Down-State Illinoisan Blue Gal the possible reasons why Mayor Daley isn’t running for re-election, who might take his place, and why this story has national and internation…
Beck, Palin, and Obama’s Real “Secret Plot”
Sep 3, 2010 • 45 min
Reviewing Beckapolooza and Vanity Fair’s paean to Palin, along with Obama’s big wet kiss to… GW Bush? Warning both the GOP and Chris Matthews that where Palin is concerned, they must be careful what they wish for. More at http://professionalleft.b…
BONUS CONTENT: On Writing and the Lost Art of Blogging
Sep 2, 2010 • 38 min
During the early days of September, Driftglass at Driftglass.blogspot.com experimented with “aggregate blogging” as an exercise in parody and self-preservation. In this bonus podcast, he and Blue Gal discuss how hard (and apparently how easy) it is to…
The Worst Lie Conservatives Tell
Aug 27, 2010 • 40 min
What’s the worst lie conservatives tell? A listener’s email provides both worry and hope for the future. More at http://professionalleft.blogspot.com
Blago, Old Boys, and Bad Foreplay
Aug 20, 2010 • 37 min
The Chicago perspective on the Blago verdict from DG; BG gives up trying to convert Pammy Atlas to the light side of the Force. Blue Gal loses it over the old man’s club of the US Senate. Plus, Eric Cantor’s very bad foreplay, and a feline wager go…
We’re now the Professional Left!
Aug 13, 2010 • 41 min
The DG/BG podcast is now “The Professional Left”! Gibbs, Kucinich, Gingrich and an effort by one emailer to “meet in the middle.” DG and BG decide meeting halfway between Earth and Planet Teabag is a bad idea.
The Great Republican vs. Republican Divide
Aug 6, 2010 • 35 min
Driftglass and Blue Gal discuss the Republican divide between Country Club Republicans and Tea Partiers. David Stockman disowned supply side economics, and Sharron Angle blurted out the barely-illicit affair between the Republican Party and FOX News. …
Why won’t Sarah Palin Friend Us on Facebook?
Jul 30, 2010 • 29 min
Facebook attained the 500 million user mark this week, and Sarah Palin once again Facebooked an attack against an imaginary foe, namely the now-defunct JournoList. Anti-social non-networker Driftglass and his slightly more social colleague Blue Gal d…
Andrew Breitbart, Enemy of Democracy
Jul 23, 2010 • 31 min
Blue Gal and Driftglass overcome the tragedy of Breitbart’s media reach and political power to discuss the travesty of Breitbart’s actions. (And POTUS is not left unscathed.) We end with a couple questions about the Bush tax cuts and why other tax br…
Republicans and Pundits: Let’s play the “Evil, Stupid, or Crazy” game!
Jul 16, 2010 • 57 min
In this extended podcast, birthday girl Blue Gal and Driftglass run down the following list of conservatives, GOP politicians, and a few pundits, and discuss whether they are Evil, Stupid, or Crazy: Sharron Angle, Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, Haley Barb…
Sex Club Zoning, Hanging Laundry, and Why Progressives Can’t Take the Summer Off.
Jul 9, 2010 • 29 min
Driftglass gets a special link, Blue Gal appears on a kinky radio program, and they both discuss why progressives can’t take themselves for granted during this election cycle. Past episodes and more at http://dgbgpodcast.blogspot.com.
It’s the Economy, Stupid (Special “Driftglass Got Laid Off Again” Edition)
Jul 2, 2010 • 38 min
The recently laid-off Driftglass and his blogger colleague Blue Gal discuss why conservatives must never discuss the working man’s economy, what death row inmates have in common with WalMart employees, and the difference between the late Senator Robert…
Are YOU a good liberal? Are we?
Jun 25, 2010 • 33 min
What makes a good liberal, and why are conservatives, particularly tea party candidates, self-destructing? Driftglass and Blue Gal discuss how conservatives have lost the ability to speak in code. We come up with a surprising conclusion as to what is…
Does the BP disaster mean we might actually reform the world?
Jun 18, 2010 • 36 min
Driftglass and Blue Gal discuss whether the latest explosion of GOP outrageous behavior, apologizing to BP, means we muckrakers might actually have a chance to reform a thing or two. And we give a couple of big name media types some advice on bloggin…
The Lost Episode, our first ever from January
Jun 11, 2010 • 23 min
This podcast from January was never uploaded to Buzzspout. We discuss the issues of jobs, conservatism. blogging, and whether we’ll give our podcast a name, which we didn’t.
It’s all Obama’s Fault! (In honor of Steve Gilliard)
Jun 4, 2010 • 33 min
This week’s podcast is in honor of blogger Steve Gilliard on the anniversary of his death. We hereby (sarcastically) acknowledge that everything bad since the dawn of time is “Obama’s fault,” including BP, the finale of LOST (spoiler), and that time t…
Is it sexist to call Sarah Palin stupid? and other blogger quandaries
May 28, 2010 • 38 min
This week we discuss what happens when the President visits Chicago, whether calling Sarah Palin “stupid” is sexist, and what a real tragedy the Tea Party is for all of us. Blue Gal discusses her reading of the book “Outliers” as it relates to Rand Pa…
Blind Trust and Teabagger Faith.
May 21, 2010 • 33 min
Driftglass and Blue Gal talk about music; can a song be too old to be cool? In our main event, can Driftglass trust a Chicago Democratic politician who changed her position, and now says Cook County is too broke to allow for a tax cut?Faith and trust …
Taking the Leap: Risk, Rewards, and the Media Elite
May 14, 2010 • 29 min
Driftglass and Blue Gal discuss Photoshop for iPhones, and possibly the worst concert summer series ever. Plus, why risk-taking is easy for those who can afford to go to Davos and impossible for the rest of us, and what we have to be grateful for in s…
Can Obama be a transformative President?
May 7, 2010 • 31 min
Driftglass talks about his trip to Laughing Liberally Chicago and their interview with Nixonland author Rick Perlstein. The subject of Perlstein’s interview was whether Obama can be a transformative President. Blue Gal attends a book club meeting wh…
Shakespeare, Sex, Obama, and the Press
Apr 30, 2010 • 24 min
Driftglass and Blue Gal laugh about how to impress women in graduate school with your (fake) knowledge of literature (h/t Harvard Lampoon’s Big Book of College Life). Driftglass (over) shares his experience as a white guy in a classroom full of angry…
Race, Sex, Class, and the White House Bed Linens
Apr 16, 2010 • 33 min
Driftglass and Blue Gal have a fascinating (and funny) discussion of race and class as it relates to the Teabaggers and the Obamas.On a serious note, is giving bigots publicity good or bad for democracy? Does exposure destroy or promote racism?Also, D…
Podcast 4-9-2010 The Director’s Un-Cut!
Apr 9, 2010 • 74 min
This is the raw tape from our conversation with Arvan of SexGenderBody.com. We had such a good time talking with him it was a shame to edit it down to thirty minutes, but we didn’t have time to make two shows! For hard-core DGBGPodcast fans only….
Rooting out the Teabagger Rot, Blog against Theocracy, and The Media is Guilty
Apr 2, 2010 • 30 min
Driftglass and Blue Gal discuss why we won’t get beyond Teabaggers as a nation until we put Dick Cheney on trial. Plus the blogswarm for Blog Against Theocracy is this weekend, and the media is guilty of coverup when it comes to conservative versus l…
The Best [Health Care] Reform We Never Had
Mar 26, 2010 • 32 min
We celebrate the sixth blogiversary of Driftglass (the blog), wrestle with the angst of liberals having to deal (always, throughout history) with deeply flawed Democratic Presidents. (Next week: we live-proofread our hate mail on the air!) Finally, …
Palin, Rove, and the Tyranny of “Centrism”
Mar 19, 2010 • 32 min
Driftglass absolves Blue Gal of the “sin” of gaining blog traffic from a Sarah Palin post. Then, discussion of Karl Rove’s evil, yet sadly effective, interview jujitsu. We wrap it up with why centrism only benefits conservatives. Plus, furries and …
The End Times for the GOP; Jesus, Buddha, and Susie Bright
Mar 12, 2010 • 33 min
In this not safe for work episode, Driftglass and Blue Gal discuss whether the rapid increase of GOP crazy indicates that we are living in the end times after all. We move on to ponder political responsibility, religion, and to cleanse our verbal pale…
Patriot Act, Blog against Theocracy, The Bible and Sci Fi.
Mar 5, 2010 • 30 min
Blue Gal and Driftglass invite right wingers to join them in working to repeal the Patriot Act. They discuss The Ten Commandments, which DG calls the best movie of all time, Easter, Bible weddings, and the best sci fi review ever.
GOP Words Have (No) Meaning - Deep South Politics - Fake Outrage
Mar 1, 2010 • 35 min
Driftglass and Blue Gal discuss why GOP word salad works, why Newt Gingrich might lose the South, and why fake outrage is the GOP method of choice. Plus a very special “guest” closes us out.
The Podcast that almost didn’t pod, or cast!
Feb 26, 2010 • 34 min
This is the podcast we recorded right before Blue Gal received that fundraising letter from Michael Steele that made Driftglass so mad. We cover the jobless future of America, the dearth of Republican intellectuals and how we miss ‘em, and how the 50’…
Blue Gal gets a letter: Driftglass loses his equilibrium.
Feb 19, 2010 • 31 min
Actually, we started laughing over a letter sent to Blue Gal by Michael Steele and the Republican National Committee, but then Driftglass just about walks out on the podcast because the letter’s insanity makes him so mad. Our most dramatic podcast ever.
Sarah Palin and the Davids (Brooks and Broder)
Feb 12, 2010 • 33 min
Driftglass and Blue Gal discuss how Sarah Palin and the GOP are actually engaging in a long tradition of the obscene and profane. Plus David Brooks and David Broder, GOP obscenity apologists.
Illinois Politics, the Media, and LOST.
Feb 6, 2010 • 36 min
Driftglass and Blue Gal discuss the Illinois primary result soap opera, the problems with new media and Obama’s leadership style, and end with a discussion of LOST, Twin Peaks and Petticoat Junction.
Obama at the GOP Summit - Bonus podcast
Feb 1, 2010 • 23 min
After our podcast last week, President Obama met with Congressional Republicans at their Baltimore retreat. We couldn’t let the week go by without talking about this amazing political event.
How (and if) to keep the political “faith”
Jan 29, 2010 • 39 min
Driftglass and Blue Gal respond to reader letters on how to keep the faith as a progressive given the current political environment. 1/29/2010
Driftglass and Blue Gal Podcast
Jan 21, 2010 • 42 min
Driftglass and Blue Gal discuss Blogroll Amnesty Day, why right wing hate radio succeeds while Air America went bankrupt, the coming divisive war with the Right, and our wish list for the State of the Union.