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Better Left Podcast

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Better Left is a podcast about progressive people, with some politics sprinkled in. As a group, we live our progressive principles every day, but we know we can do better. Both as hosts of a podcast, but also as part of a greater movement that at its heart promises to bring prosperity and opportunit… read more

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Joshua Collins’ Campaign doxxed a voter and... covered it up?

May 13th, 2020


Content Warning: This episode covers topics including bullying, sexual assault and doxing.

In this week's episode, Corn and Jay discuss a follow-up …

The Joshua Collins Campaign doxing scandal, bullies, and how to be the Better Left

April 28th, 2020


Content Warning: This episode covers topics including bullying, sexual assault and doxing.

In this week's episode, Corn and Jay discuss bullying and …

The AFSCME Council 28/WFSE Frontline Heroes Fighting for Our Lives Against COVID-19

April 7th, 2020


We apologize for the quality of our audio. We're getting settled with our respective home studios during quarantine, and we are eternally thankful to …

Councilman Upthegrove talks Taxes, Transit, & Archdiocese Fires Gay Teachers

March 17th, 2020


Right now Team Better Left are sequestered in our respective homes and preparing to coordinate our all-remote call-in podcast, the first time we've …

BHM/365: Blackness, Hip-hop, and Nanny of the Maroons

March 1st, 2020


Ash sits down with local community activists/poets; Kamali, Maven and Seneca “Rosie Rocket” Rose to celebrate Black History Month and discuss a wide range of related topics spanning from Racial and Gender Identity to …

Corn Goes to Iowa: What Went Down in Caucus Town

February 21st, 2020


Jay and Troy talk with Cassidy "Corn" Butler and Mark "Krouton" Routon, who were in Iowa working the caucus, Corn was there as Field Director, and …

Boys Talk Star Wars, Justice v Kobe, SEIU v Providence, & Remembering Bacca

February 17th, 2020


Discussed in this show:

Greetings friends. We had some concerns about this week's show. The topics of race, gender, violence against marginalized …

Special Episode: Sitting with the Puget Sound John Brown Gun Club

February 12th, 2020


Brothers Michael and Brian and special contributors to the Better Left Network, sit down for an in-depth conversation with Shannon and Jazz from the Puget Sound John Brown Gun Club. John

What is The Three Percenter …

Allison M F Taylor: Community Leader, LGBTQ Advocate, Courageous Survivor

February 4th, 2020

Warning: This episode contains vivid descriptions of a brutal knife attack from the perspective of a survivor. It's powerful, it's heartwrenching, …

Isaac Marion, Warm Bodies Author: Cancel Culture, Fundamentalism, and Meaning.

January 6th, 2020


Wow. You are going to love this. Jay and Sarah bring on a very special guest, and we talk about losing your religion, having a best selling book …

Hip-Hop Artist Ash Leon at the Intersection of Gender, Race, and Activism in Seattle

December 22nd, 2019


In this episode, Ash leone is back in the studio for the prequel to our conversations from episode #26, with your hosts Sarah and Troy, and Producer Jay at the helm.

This episode we talk about:

Gender identity and its …

Bless Our Corn Down in Iowa, Holiday Survival, and Support Sybrina Fulton!

December 16th, 2019


Wow! A man named Bernard came and stole our Corn and took her all the way to Iowa! Oh whyyyowa!? Because she's a badass political organizer and …

Guests Kamali Senior & Ash León: Seattle IS NOT Dying, We're Just Racist AF!

December 3rd, 2019


Our guests on this episode: Kamali Senior, Writer, community activist, and organizing director for Seattle Against Foreclosure and Eviction (S.A.F.E.), and Ash León, activist for S.A.F.E., hip hop artist, and public …

Bezos, Biden, & ICE All Suck, So We Rallied! Troy Survived Congress Camp

November 25th, 2019


You've worked hard, now play hard! Listen to the show and let us know what you think about it.

Like us! Subscribe to us! Share a thought with us! Have a topic idea? Want to be a guest? Know a great guest? Want to come …

Seattle Jesus, Take the Wheel: Jamil Suleman of Jesus In Seattle Fame

November 11th, 2019


Shout-out to Abraham!

It's Jesus, and he's in Seattle - he's leading the Pride parade, he's marching in the Women's March, he's testifying in front of Seattle City Council, and he is hanging out with the Better Left …

Peter Khalil & Nicolette Horaites: Khalil for Congress

November 4th, 2019


Our guest is a Congressional candidate Peter Khalil and his campaign manager Nicolette Horaites joins Sarah and Jay Smith to talk about why he is …

Shaun Scott for City Council, Orion is the WOR(st), & Our Horrors!

October 27th, 2019


In this episode, we talk with Shaun Scott! Shaun Scott is a candidate for Seattle City Council District 4, the area comprising the U-District, Wallingford, Eastlake, Roosevelt, and NE Seattle, and we like him! It's a …

Love for City Council, Synagogue Attack, Blizzard Nerfs Hong Kong

October 21st, 2019


Our friend Kiesha stops by at the end of our show to help celebrate Jay's birthday. Kiesha started a non-profit called Opportunities in Our Communities, and we hang out to do the Palate Cleanser! Also in this epi: Sarah …

Mike Yestramski of AFSCME/WFSE, Jay Forms Progressive Voltron

October 15th, 2019


Spoiler Alert! Mike Yestramski Jr. came to visit to talk about his run for President of the AFSCME Council 28 WFSE, then Jay slipped into something more comfortable (a giant Penguin suit), and Yestramski won his race! …

Politics with Franc & Adam & Wally Wankings Drops a Doopidy-Doo

October 2nd, 2019


Sarah is joined by hosts Troy, Corn, and Atom, with producer Jay on the dials. In this episode, we visit with our old friend Franciose and Adam and …

Special Episode: The End of Ice Author Dahr Jamail

September 20th, 2019


“I am losing precious days. I am degenerating into a machine for making money. I am learning nothing in this trivial world of men. I must break away and get out into the mountains to learn the news” From ― John Muir

Sarah is Back! Thoughts & Prayers for Michael Bolton, 9/11

September 19th, 2019


Sarah is back, as is our friend Pun Master Atom! Bill has moved himself to the South in order to bring some Better Left love to our Southern brothers …

Andrew Hong, Warren In Seattle, & Riddle Me This!

September 9th, 2019


The team is together again, and this time it's for the last time for one of, just like the first time again. High school community organizer Andrew …

Seattle Primaries, Candidate Survivor, Clowns: Clothes or Face?

September 3rd, 2019


Troy sits in for Sarah this week, hanging out with Jay, Bill, and Corn for the biggest lil' podcast in the nation! It's a fun show? We're all a little sad because this is one of Bill's last shows in person because he's …

An Order of Ben Shapiro & Epstein Drama with a Side of Catch-Up

August 25th, 2019


Troy and Jay are back in Seattle so we're rushing to catch up on all the news we missed! Bill, Troy, Sarah, and Jay sit down to talk about the latest …

Better Left To Church

August 16th, 2019


An agnostic, a pentecostal evangelical, a Methodist, and a Jew walk into a bar and make a podcast episode.

Join Sarah as she sits with Adam, Jay, and Joyanne to talk about what it's like being a person of faith on the …

Guest Tammy Morales, Many Meth'd Animals, & Let's Get Familiar!

July 26th, 2019


Seriously this time, what the @#!*?

Someone made a bit ol' meth of some live gators, but suddenly Deez Nutz! Listen as we spin a concerning tale of …

Full: Elect Tammy Morales for Seattle City Council District 2

July 25th, 2019


Here's the full, unedited interview with Seattle City Council candidate Tammy Morales, running in District 2. We talk DSA, concentration camps, …

Hall4six, Who's That White Guy, and a Spelling Boo.

July 15th, 2019


Hey! It's Episode 9!

In this weeks what the shit, we are seriously disturbed to hear about a woman who wiped many personal fluids in some delicious ice cream. Just as disturbing, we talk about the voter suppression …

Seattle City Council Candidate Melissa Hall: Full Interview

July 15th, 2019

Enjoy the complete, unedited interview with Seattle City Council candidate for District 6, Melissa Hall. While you listen to the conversation, check out her website here:

Questions for Melissa? …

Proud Boys Junk Up Seattle, Concentration Camps, & Vomit Candy!

June 26th, 2019


It's Episode 8! We've got PunMaster General and friend to the show Atom as a special guest, and the usual crew too! Follow us on @BetterLeftCast.

The Ari Hoffman Extended Interview

June 20th, 2019


Sarah and Jay Smith dig into the big topics with Seattle District 2 City Council candidate Ari Hoffman. We talk about climate change, taxes, equality versus equity, criminal justice reform, the Rainier Beach Youth Jail, …

Ari Hoffman, Rainbow Marketing, & Hate Crimes Up 400%

June 20th, 2019


Content Warning: It's an emotionally heavy conversation this episode, with discussions around the rise in hate crimes, personal stories related to hate crimes, and tough discussions around the discrimination that LGBTQ+ …

Whole Washington's Single Payer Universal Care! Corn Shucks Lil' Dicky Palumboo

June 12th, 2019


Welcome to Episode 6!

We've got quite a show this week. Are you familiar with Whole Washington? You should be because they are working hard to bring …

Guest Tae Phoenix, We Talk Iran, & Mad Libs!

May 27th, 2019


What the %@&$?

Seth Rogan gets sexy on the cover of GQ inspires talk about body positivity for men, the people behind the Noah's Ark replica in Kentucky are suing God (not really, but the Bible suggests you can?) …

Spoilers, Abortion rights, Guest Sherae Lascelles

May 21st, 2019

Warning: Game of Thrones Spoilers!

This Episode:

Warning: Game of Thrones Spoilers!

This One Weird Trick Lowers Suicide Rates: Spoiler, it's higher wages

Fight Abortion Prohibition: We have an emotional discussion about …

Bezos in Spazos? Crosscut Fest! Riot Walkout!

May 13th, 2019


We're getting the hang of this, maybe? Check out the breakdown for this show below, and check out the links! Questions? Send a note to, or reach out to @Meta_Troy on Twitter. Happy to answer …

Riot Sounds, Fun! Our Primary Picks, and the Butter Judge.

May 6th, 2019


This is our second episode! We decry Riot games' policy of forced arbitration and forced flatulent inhalation, talk a change of heart on Joe Biden, …

Better Left Podcast: The Maiden Voyage

April 28th, 2019


Join us for the very first episode of the very first season of the Better Left Podcast. In this episode, former Washington State Congressional candidate for the 2018 midterm elections, Sarah Smith, is joined by her …

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