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Potstirrer Podcast

100 EpisodesProduced by Jaye PoolWebsite

Where politics, religion and history collide - and it's not always polite! Political opinion podcast hosted by former political science instructor and current political observer Jaye Pool. Left-leaning yet not perfectly bound by ideology. Historical context with a dose of progressive Christianity … read more


27 - Pay No Attention to That Man Behind the Curtain

Do we have a "free press" in the United States? Jaye makes the case that even though the news media are not owned by the government, elite monopolistic ownership of media outlets and lack of federal regulations lead to outcomes not much different than state-run news media. What does the lack of free press mean for our democracy?

Also - we debut a new segment called "Editorial by Jaye." In the first "editorial," Jaye gives her reaction to the Alfie Evans case. While the case is extremely tragic - is it also an example of nationalized health care gone horribly wrong?

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