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.

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Ep 511: Buh Bye Bolton and Mexico Will Pay for Medicare for All

September 13th, 2019

1:11:41

We're here for the Republican civil war between the Trump and Bolton camps. And it's time for Democrats to hit back hard on Republican framing on …

Ep 510: Sharpie That Wall!

September 7th, 2019

1:07:57

Donald Trump thinks a sharpie marker re-forms reality. David Brooks really loses it (and we know why), and it's not even 2020 yet, but 'indeeeepeeendents' are already raising their hands to express dismay with, you …

Ep 509: Bret-Bugs at Trump's Doral G7 Golf Club

August 30th, 2019

41:13

Bret Stephens quits Twitter and all of Twitter laughs. And Trump lies to the whole entire world about China, bedbugs, phone calls, crowd size, poll …

Ep 508: The President Is Insane, But The Governor Is Terrific

August 23rd, 2019

58:45

The media learned to say 'liar' and 'racist.' Now they'll have to practice saying 'lunatic.' And we are celebrating the progress Illinois is making …

Ep 507: Were ALL the Sane People on Vacation This Week?

August 17th, 2019

1:06:22

It was a week when insanity (Steve King, Ken Cuccinelli, Rush Limbaugh, and Joe Walsh) had way more platform than we deserved to witness. More at

Ep 506: All The Facets Come Together

August 9th, 2019

56:08

All the facets of GOP evil: guns, toxic masculinity, racism, and xenophobia, come together in the shootings in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio. And we …

Ep 505: Moscow Mitch and Leningrad Lindsey

August 3rd, 2019

1:02:29

Republican corruption and the healthcare "debate" among Democrats proves Obama won.  More at ProLeftPod.com.

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Ep 504 The Great Republican Rebranding Project Begins

July 27th, 2019

1:03:45

Burn the lifeboats! No Republican rebranding. Mueller was a bias confirmation hearing.  David Brooks tweeted what? And a Republican called out Donald …

Ep 503: Racism Week at the White House

July 20th, 2019

59:59

And when Republicans are cornered by their party's own sh*t hitting the fan, they push the "both sides" button! We bring several receipts. More at

Ep 502: Impeach Him Already!

July 13th, 2019

1:09:17

Frustration? Ya think? And what to do while we're waiting for what we hope is inevitable.  More at ProLeftPod.com.

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Ep 501: Burn the GOP Rebranding Lifeboats

July 6th, 2019

1:00:04

The Purple Project attempts a re-set of the Republican "brand" by pretending "our problem"  is about civic engagement and love for democracy. We …

Episode 500: Dedicated to You Our Listeners

June 28th, 2019

1:00:57

Debates, Donald hits a new low, and how come Never Trumpers won't just push a Bill Weld primary challenge to Trump, instead of instructing Democrats …

Ep 499: Countdown to 500!

June 22nd, 2019

58:46

Chop wood, carry water, rescue our accidentally closed Post Office Box.  If you've had something from us returned to sender, please send it again.  (We blame VISA, the postal unions were GREAT to help us fix it.)  You …

Ep 498 Trump Treason Is Just One Way Republicans Cheat

June 15th, 2019

54:21

Republicans cheat consistently and constantly to gain power. More at ProLeftPod.com.

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Ep 497: Elizabeth Warren's Gol'Darn Optimism

June 8th, 2019

1:00:39

Driftglass chooses between ranting about Glenn Greenwald and ranting about Michael Gerson. Blue Gal wonders if she’ll ever again be as optimistic about the future as Elizabeth Warren, and that makes her sad yet …

Ep 496: Maybe If Robert Mueller was on The Bachelorette

June 1st, 2019

46:51

Bill Kristol, Maggie Haberman, and the beltway media's circling of the wagons. And we’re all just waiting around for our fellow Americans to catch up …

Ep 495: Our Rage is Working

May 25th, 2019

53:47

Liberals have actually won the impeachment argument. It's time to put the entire Republican Party on trial. More at ProLeftPod.com.

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Ep 494: Welcome to The Culture Wars

May 17th, 2019

58:49

Thanks to the GOP for radicalizing white middle-class women! Jerry Nadler is running out of fks, and in local news, a walkout at the local newspaper …

Ep 493: Is It 2007 All Over Again? And ALL Politics is LOCAL.

May 10th, 2019

50:07

Driftglass gets involved locally and depressed nationally, but the children will lead us. And we wish a very Happy Mother’s Day to moms and …

Ep 492 : The Rule of Douchebags and Reasons for Optimism

May 4th, 2019

55:25

Congressional hearings are a reason for optimism, even with Barr and Trump’s stonewalling. And the “Rule of Douchebags” circles the wagons in media …

Ep 491: The Illegitimate So-Called President and Precedent

April 26th, 2019

1:03:19

Mainstream media's obsession with "precedent" collides with Republicans persistent denial of their own history. Nixon? Never happened! George W. …

Ep 490: Mueller Grabs the Narrative

April 20th, 2019

57:13

In spite of his administration’s efforts to front-load the narrative, the release of the Mueller Report has taken away the ability of Trump (and Barr) to tell the story of the Russia investigation. Narratives matter in …

Ep 489: Republicans Try to Re-Write History Again

April 12th, 2019

1:06:43

History will not judge Donald Trump, we will. It will require fighting the Trump-off machine that will inevitably be turned on by the frequently …

Ep 488 Three Mexican Countries Cause Windmill Cancer

April 5th, 2019

58:44

A round up of the week's infuriating news, with evidence that the "coverup in plain sight" really is that. (Near the end, middle child interrupts our …

Ep 487: A Cover Up in Plain Sight

March 29th, 2019

57:59

The Barr Letter, announcements from our podcast, Driftglass's 14th blogiversary, and more at ProLeftPod.com.

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Ep 486 Cows, Comey, and "No Collusion! No Collusion!"

March 22nd, 2019

48:58

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, …

Ep 485: The Privileged Few

March 15th, 2019

1:06:56

This was a week about privileged people and their greed: rich college parents, gun manufacturers, journalism interns, White House Press corps, Paul …

Ep 484: Progressive Values FTW

March 8th, 2019

1:06:54

Progressive values mean no DNC debate on Fox, LGBTQIA+ must be accepted in the United Methodist Church, and we liberals must learn to fight to win. …

Ep 483 Where Are The Boxes?

March 1st, 2019

58:09

Republicans "question" Cohen, the breakup of the United Methodist Church, and Why do “moderate” Republicans think THEY get to pick the Democratic …

Ep 482: Trivia Night

February 22nd, 2019

59:19

We're headed to Trivia Night on Friday, and how that leads in to Roger Stone, Trump's fake "shutdown" woes, and a family birthday. Bernie enters the …

Ep 481: Roger Stone Eat Your Heart Out

February 15th, 2019

58:49

Driftglass and Blue Gal celebrate the day we met face to face eleven years ago. Oh sure, Roger Stone has a gag order from a federal judge, but Driftglass is in Twitter jail (again!). We feel chided by the Mister Rogers …

BONUS Episode: Steve Schmidt and The BS Walks Podcast

February 11th, 2019

25:24

Steve Schmidt got asked a "hard" question and walked out on his own podcast?!?  Driftglass and Blue Gal couldn't resist podcasting on this …

Ep 479 'Republicans Never Did This To President Obama'

February 8th, 2019

1:07:15

Trump finally tells his biggest lie ever. 

SOTU, Stacey Abrams, Jeff Bezos, Blackface, What we need in a Democratic nominee, and more.  Check out our …

Ep 478 When Do Billionaire White Guys Get a Turn at the Microphone? KIDDING

February 1st, 2019

1:03:09

Kidding! Kidding!  But with Howard Schultz, Noah Rothman, and of course, President Wangdoodle dominating the news this week, we wondered why. More at

Ep 477: The Cave and The Stone

January 25th, 2019

1:07:33

Roger Stone indicted, the so-called president caves, and we invent a new term for perpetual media reputation recovery, because the Weekly Standard …

Ep 476 Trump's Terrible Twos (The Trump Shutdown Continues)

January 18th, 2019

1:07:33

A wild week framed by the New York Times story that the FBI investigated Trump as a Russian asset, and the Buzzsprout report that Trump told Michael …

EP 475 Our Ninth Anniversary Show

January 11th, 2019

1:00:28

We've been podcasting for 9 years, so we look back at an abbreviated (by Blue Gal) list (by Driftglass) of the past 9 years. You can read the whole …

Ep 474 ITMFA and a BOLO

January 5th, 2019

58:29

A Congresswoman shows her anger, and what it's about. We talk liberal anger versus conservative anger, and why the beltway press is totally comfortable with one of them. David Brooks blames "partisanship" and Chris …

Ep 473:Prague Spring

December 28th, 2018

57:58

Whoops there was a cell phone bounce in Prague. Trump went to a battleground despite his now-proven-to-be-fake bone spurs. And DG and BG visit the …

Ep 472 All Hail President Limbaugh

December 22nd, 2018

1:01:44

“Trump Resign” is trending.  Mattis Resigned, there’s zero function at Trump’s White House. The Magnitsky act is everything -- the sanctions are …

Ep 471: The Smocking Gun!

December 15th, 2018

1:05:40

We didn’t know that Mick Mulvaney would be named Chief of Staff when we recorded this podcast Friday afternoon, but Driftglass’s description that any …

Ep 470: Dang You Friday News Dump!

December 8th, 2018

1:10:56

Recorded BEFORE we had any news from Mueller, dang it. Citizens United allows wealthy mob bosses to run Republican governments. Driftglass offers the definition of “access journalism,” and is the internet maturing, or …

Ep 469 -- Stupid Watergate Becomes Stupid Godfather

December 1st, 2018

51:06

The Cohen bombshell is something everyone should have seen coming since the Republican Convention of 2016. Climate Change is real but doesn’t have to …

Ep 468: Put the Ladder Down, but Burn the Lifeboats

November 24th, 2018

57:32

Happy Thanksgiving weekend! We talk about helping smaller podcasters (and recommend that bigger podcasters than us do the same). Also, burn the lifeboats for never-Trumpers profiting from being wrong, and those who want …

Ep 467 Team Pelosi With An Asterisk

November 16th, 2018

1:11:31

We've got career advice for Nancy Pelosi?   Sure!  Also what we've learned from Ta-Nahisi Coates, why Blue Gal knits so much, and how Driftglass is …

Ep 466 After Elections, Chop Wood Carry Water (Part Infinity)

November 10th, 2018

55:31

Dedicated to our dear departed friend Vegas Jessie.  We go over the victories and treasure what we learned campaigning even in those races we lost. …

Ep 465 SPECIAL Pre-Election Episode: Both Sides Don't!

November 2nd, 2018

49:42

Driftglass and Blue Gal share some of the reasons Both Sides Don't and encourage all their listeners to get out the vote!  More at ProLeftPod.com.

Ep 464: Newt Gingrich is the Original MAGA 'Bomber'

October 26th, 2018

1:01:58

We remember that Newt Gingrich started throwing bombs long before actual bombs became a thing against Democrats and the media.  And it turns out the MAGAbomber is Fox News's core demographic, so they've got that going …

Ep 463 - Ignore The Noise and DG Attends a Debate

October 19th, 2018

1:02:59

For the next three weeks, the sound and fury of right wing distraction and nonsense will be rising all around you.  Ignore it and focus on the fundamentals.   Driftglass attended a congressional debate and tells us all …

Ep 462 Taylor Swift-Boating

October 12th, 2018

1:04:30

Trump distracts with Kanye but we skip that insanity (literal) to talk about voter suppression, because it appears to be 1963 again in Georgia and Texas.  DG goes after Michael Gerson and Glenn Beck.  And we send our …

Ep 461: Let’s Get To Work, Dangit!

October 5th, 2018

1:13:35

On a day when it appears the Kavanaugh Nomination will pass, Youngest Child has learned that doing her school work improves her grades. Can we …

Ep 460: They wanted Liberal tears and Liberal tears will drown them.

September 28th, 2018

1:00:00
Lindsey Graham, Crisis Actor. The Kavanaugh meanness points to the abuser who is UNQUALIFIED to sit on the high court. Everyone has a survivor …

Ep 459 The Kavanaugh Disaster and The Whale in the Dumpster

September 21st, 2018

1:09:42
Kavanaugh and Company in the Trump White House fail to not appear guilty. Senator Hirono teaches Washington a special word. Women didn't choose …

Ep 458 The Pompeii Ideas Festival

September 14th, 2018

1:10:03
Nevermind the smoke flowing from the volcanos and wildfires, the hurricane bearing down on the Atlantic coast, or the so-called president who truly …

Ep 457 Wingnut Agnosia

September 7th, 2018

58:24
Wingnuts lack the power of memory, but get lots and lots of Karma this week. More at ProLeftPod.com.

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Ep 456 President von Hindenburg is Dead

August 31st, 2018

1:09:14
John McCain was no saint but was likely the last lockbolt against Republicans going full fascist. Aretha Franklin’s funeral shows where the moral …

Ep 455 Indicted and Unindicted Co-Conspirators

August 24th, 2018

1:19:06
The Republican President is an unindicted co-conspirator. Republicans hate women. Duncan Hunter throwing his wife under the bus and Donald Trump's crimes directly connected to him treating his wives like sh#t. Ron …

Ep 454 Take Our Security Clearance, Please!

August 17th, 2018

1:19:06
Jeanne Pirro says take away Hillary Clinton's security clearance. Please take away ours! More at ProLeftPod.com.

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Ep 453 Rock the Vote, Ditch the Crocs (also, ditch White Supremacy)

August 10th, 2018

1:25:31
We hear from a listener who wants more GOTV, and can you believe the amount of corruption in one administration? Hope Hicks went on Air Force One, not even the tarmac! And Blue Gal reads actual titles from another …

Ep 452 Nothing Covered That Shall Not Be Revealed...

August 3rd, 2018

1:01:00
It's all coming out. Russia, Manafort, totalitarianism in the Republican Party. Burn the lifeboats, no rebranding for the Republican Party, even into …

Ep 451 Driftglass in Twitter Jail and Other News

July 27th, 2018

1:15:27
Driftglass wound up in Twitter Jail for a while but he's out now on personal recognizance? More of the week's news and a rant about why this awful …

Ep 450: Trumpers love Russians Because They’re “White”

July 20th, 2018

55:57
The Republican party follows Trump down the pro-Russia sewer. Why? It’s about racism, fascism, and misogyny, same as it ever was. More at

Ep 449: Throw Away Your Sushi? Stay Healthy in the Trump Era.

July 13th, 2018

1:09:59
A very bad week for Republicans. The Peter Strzok hearings, Donald Trump's disastrous attack on NATO, and the Russian indictments. How to stay healthy when you feel the world is going to sh*t. And what breaks …

Ep 448 The Second President of the Confederacy

July 6th, 2018

1:15:10
Trump is the second President of the Confederacy. This podcast is NOT brought to you by "Hello Fascist" - boxed meals for Republican enablers and …

Ep 447 After SCOTUS, Chop Wood, Carry Water, Part Infinity

June 29th, 2018

1:01:55
We've got work to do! Deep breath, set despair aside, and prepare like hell for the midterms, including the #FamiliesBelongTogether March this weekend. Also RIP Harlan Ellison. More at ProLeftPod.com.

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Ep 446 You Bet Your A$$ Liberal Heads Exploded

June 22nd, 2018

1:17:56
If the Right wanted to make liberals heads explode, using "baby cages" on migrant children did it. Congratulations fellow liberals we are now the …

Ep 445 Trump: Friend to our Enemies, Enemy to our Friends

June 15th, 2018

1:02:39
The Republican administration is separating children from their parents at the border and still found the time to look the other way at Scott Pruitt's corruption and Donald Trump's lack of history and math skills. More …

Ep 444 We Won't Win with Good Intentions

June 8th, 2018

1:10:52
Sad news: Driftglass got laid off from his part-time job. Colbert, Heilmann and Michelle Goldberg get the Pro-Left bump. Nobody needs Bill …

Ep 443 The Whole GOP is ‘That Illuminati Guy’

June 1st, 2018

1:03:50
Conspiracy theories like “Beyonce is the Illuminati something” are the Republican Party, and have been for longer than Trump. What does Jeff Sessions have on Trump? Roseanne is not as important as expanding Medicaid …

Ep 442 "Remember, a loss of meaning is not normal"

May 25th, 2018

59:54
Our episode title comes from "Legion" on FX. We read your letters and discuss the week's news (recorded before Trump cancelled the North Korea Summit). More at ProLeftPod.com.

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Ep 441 Apologize!

May 18th, 2018

1:09:12
We talk about Rudy Guiliani, at least one person who is "tired of winning," and a number of people who've discovered all of a sudden that Truth is important, like Rex Tillerson and Matthew Dowd. A surprising sincere …

Ep 440: It’s Always 2003

May 11th, 2018

57:57
Notice how torture, Dick Cheney, and claiming Democrats are terrorists is back? It’s the Republican pay-to-play book! Along with Race Bait and Switch with their own voters. Michael Cohen’s very bad week, and hey, Rudy …

Ep 439 We Won't Stand Aghast At Nothingness

May 4th, 2018

1:13:24
Maybe the Trump Era is an alternate universe designed to destroy the Republican Party and chasten the mainstream media. Or maybe we just need to fight harder for what's right. FX's Legion and the book of Revelation, …

Ep 438 No Diamond, No Silk

April 27th, 2018

1:11:14
Three Reboots: Queer Eye, Lost in Space, and ...Jonah Goldberg reboots Ayn Rand? We do get to Trump's Fox and Friends meltdown eventually. But …

Ep 437 We Used to Walk on the Moon

April 20th, 2018

1:00:00
Hannity is the third client, Haley is not amused, and some climate denying whack job is head of NASA. Plus some Comey. More at ProLeftPod.com.

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Ep 436 Stupid Watergate Speeds Up

April 13th, 2018

1:07:55
Multiple Trump Meltdowns. Buh Bye Paul Ryan. Facebook is a new thing in the world, we'll regulate it in time. The dignity of everyone in the world …

Ep 435 Trench Warfare

April 6th, 2018

1:02:32
We apologize for the occasional sound distortion in this week's show -- we're working on it!!! More at ProLeftPod.com.

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Ep 434 Driftglass 13th Blogiversary!

March 30th, 2018

1:17:27
Driftglass celebrates his 13th blogiversary by taking on all the regular targets. For details on how to support the show visit us at ProLeftPod.com.

Ep 433 Do Not Congratulate

March 23rd, 2018

1:19:09
Do Not Congratulate-gate, what happens when Fox News determines policy at Twitter-speed, The Illinois Primary results, Cambridge Analytica and more. …

Ep 432 The Uncivil Rights Movement

March 16th, 2018

1:01:29
They're firing everyone in the White House and replacing them with Fox News Green Room Zombies?

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Ep 431 No chaos. No chaos. You’re the chaos.

March 9th, 2018

1:21:02
It's nothing but chaos in the Trump White House. More at ProLeftPod.com, where we have a new Patreon in addition to our Paypal account and GoFundMe

Ep 430 Tariffs, Beechiz!

March 2nd, 2018

1:05:59
Trump goes off the rails on Tariffs. We've got advice for progressives and applause for students, strikers, and Moms.

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Ep 429 The Kids Are Alright

February 23rd, 2018

1:11:46
Student Activism is back. And Manafort is going down. Also, Bible Bitch and Sandy Hook Promise.

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Ep 428 How Was Infrastructure Week for YOU?

February 16th, 2018

1:14:48
Another shooting, but this one is different. 13 indictments of Russians. And Trump's lawyer paid Stormy? Really? That reminds us of our new fake …

Ep 427 The Shape of Watergate

February 9th, 2018

1:25:42
This week's politics. The Nunes footnotes, Washington Prayer Breakfast now with more Russians! Deficits schmeficits, and there's another "No …

Ep 426 The Left Remembers

February 2nd, 2018

1:18:39
Yeah we remember that George W. Bush was a terrible president. We remember LOTS of things. (recorded Thursday before the big nothing burger of the Nunes memo was known among the Cable News outlets, but we knew). More …

Ep 425 Government by Lawsuit

January 26th, 2018

1:10:15
If society needs something under the Trump Era, people have to sue to get it. Also Hannity screws the pooch, Trump shows his butt on Obstruction of Justice, and we talk about getting serious because this is a tragedy …

Ep 424 Trump's Wall is the Last Confederate Monument

January 19th, 2018

1:10:36
The brink of government shutdown is entirely about Trump's sh*thole racism. More at ProLeftPod.com

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Ep 423 Our 8th Anniversary Episode (Sh**hole Edition)

January 12th, 2018

1:12:34
Donald Trump's insanity and cruel policies won't stop us from celebrating The Professional Left Podcast's 8th Anniversary.

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Ep 422 Fire and Fury-ous

January 5th, 2018

1:00:43
It's the book. And also the reaction to the book from the White House.

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Ep 421 Year End Double Episode (Featuring Science Fiction University)

December 29th, 2017

1:41:54
We end the year with a long one. And after the music Driftglass tells you what HE thinks is wrong with The Last Jedi (spoilers, though his critique is what many others have said.) Happy New Year!!! And thanks for …

Ep 420 (Blaze It!) Trump Wins The Very Easiest Thing

December 22nd, 2017

1:11:02
Great, Trump got tax cuts for the rich from a Republican Congress. Not exactly a miracle, but don't tell Mike Pence and Ben Carson that. Driftglass gets five minutes to rant about David Brooks, and hooray! J20 …

Ep 419 Roy Moore Loses, Trump Harasses Again

December 15th, 2017

1:12:50
What is with Donald Trump sexually harassing Senator Gillibrand? And Roy Moore still has not conceded the Alabama Senate Seat as of this writing. …

Ep 418 Al Franken Will Be Fine

December 8th, 2017

1:21:02
We'll miss Al Franken in the Senate. The week's politics after we announce that our Amazon account was cancelled, taking with it half the income we …

Ep 417 Burn the Lifeboats, It's Mueller Time

December 1st, 2017

1:18:56
NOTE: Blue Gal talks late in this podcast about why she's a #MeToo participant. It's not difficult to talk about and she doesn't cry, but people …

Ep 416 Happy Thanksgiving Weekend

November 24th, 2017

54:53
David Brooks omits whole sentences of Lincoln's Second Inaugural address because what Lincoln said was inconvenient to his argument. No one at the …

Ep 415 Everlasting Republican Double Standards

November 17th, 2017

1:13:06
Why are we talking about Bill Clinton? Also Bible B*tch finds a surprise from Google when looking for a Bible verse. What is our way out of …

Ep 414 Stupid Watergate Needs Stupid Martha Mitchell

November 10th, 2017

1:04:03
Recorded Thursday afternoon. Carter Page, why do conservatives buy books that reinforce their worldview but liberals don't? Both Siderism and …

Ep 413 Memo to the Next Democratic President

November 3rd, 2017

57:22
Trump is using Hillary Clinton and the last election to rally his base around him as his White House goes down. But Democratic presidents could do …

Ep 412 Living in The Shawshank Redemption

October 27th, 2017

1:07:23
Driftglass gives us the three rules for surviving these Shawshank Redemption times. BG explains why Halperin points to the new "Spotlight" zeitgeist …

Ep 411 Healthcare? Meltdown

October 20th, 2017

1:02:55
What the hell, Trump? You're for a healthcare compromise and then you're not and you have time to golf with Lindsey and feud with the NFL but the …

Ep 410 Not Today Satan (or Trump)

October 13th, 2017

1:11:12
Friday the 13th doesn’t scare us, and neither does that stupid person who says he's "the president." Trump literally does not know how anything works. Meanwhile, we discuss how to protect ourselves from toxic stress …

Ep 409 All Workarounds All The Time

October 6th, 2017

1:07:26
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

Ep 408 An Alabama Non-Confederate Divorcee Explains Roy Moore

September 29th, 2017

1:19:51
Blue Gal/Fran lived in Alabama for 12 + years. She explains Roy Moore. The tax cuts for billionaires plan is a Republican plan. And Trump is along for the ride. Why what congress does doesn't matter to the 1%. More …

Ep 407 The Republican Machine Kills

September 22nd, 2017

1:00:20
Messaging. And how the Republican Party is a machine designed to destroy government and make rich people richer. More at ProLeftPod.com

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Ep 406 Medicare for All, DACA redux, and the Gorsuch Heist

September 15th, 2017

1:12:56
The Democrats learn how to brand, consequences of the Trump's anti-immigration reaches college campuses. Bible B*tch responds to Charles Blow, and …

Ep 405 Chuck and Nancy, Hurricane Irma, and DACA

September 8th, 2017

1:06:23
Don't worry about normalizing Trump. Nation, and media, wide response to Trump's DACA decision proves the Resistance is working. Hurricanes yield …

Ep 404 Arpaio Pardoned, Hurricane Harvey, and Pastors Behaving Badly

September 1st, 2017

1:12:05
We discuss why horrific events like Hurricane Harvey prove the need for societal thinking and competent leadership. More at ProLeftPod.com

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Ep 403 Blue Gal Wants Her Own Dragon

August 25th, 2017

47:07
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 …

Ep 402 - The Last Confederate Monument

August 18th, 2017

1:09:33
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 …

Ep 401 What's With All the Nazi References Donald?

August 11th, 2017

1:17:45
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 …

Ep 400 The 400th Episode!

August 4th, 2017

1:19:38
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 …

Ep 399 Healthcare Debate Kills 'Both Sides' Journalism - For Now

July 28th, 2017

1:12:55
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 …

Ep 398 Spicer Out and We're Still Fighting for Healthcare

July 21st, 2017

1:14:28
Trump is losing lawyers and staff, Trumpcare is dead, or is it? Russia. Russia. Russia. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com

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Ep 397 Ted Cruz's Billy Bass Healthcare Plan

July 14th, 2017

1:15:12
It's just terrible! Trading certainty for Truth. And OMG Don Jr, of course. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com

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Ep 396 Trusting in the Process, but not the Republicans

July 7th, 2017

1:08:20
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 …

Ep 395 Collusion's Just Another Word

June 30th, 2017

1:10:12
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 …

Ep 394 The Big Reveal: GOP are Monsters

June 23rd, 2017

1:16:41
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 -- …

Ep 393 The White House is Full of Red Shirts

June 16th, 2017

1:15:10
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 …

Ep 392 James Comey’s Hostile Workplace Environment

June 9th, 2017

54:20
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 …

Ep 391 The Worst President Ever

June 2nd, 2017

1:11:37
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 …

Ep 390 Hey NATO, Why Don't You Keep Him?

May 26th, 2017

1:16:08
Donald Trump goes overseas while Obama and Hillary professionally troll him. And the secret reason why their budget must cut everything. More at …

Ep 389 This is All Roger Ailes' Fault

May 19th, 2017

1:07:52
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 …

Ep 388 Binge Watching Watergate II

May 12th, 2017

1:12:46
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 …

Ep 387 Fighting The Terrible Awful AHCA

May 5th, 2017

1:13:07
And winning. Why did Congressional Democrats sing after the vote? The answer may surprise you! More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com.

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Ep 386 Trump wants another 100 days...in hexadecimal

April 28th, 2017

1:02:29
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 …

Ep 385 Mar-A-Grifto at 100 Days

April 21st, 2017

57:56
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 …

Ep 384 Cable News is Corrupt on Purpose, Just Like Trump

April 14th, 2017

1:10:00
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 …

Ep 383 The Joint Chiefs Serve Pudding to Trump

April 7th, 2017

59:13
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 …

Ep 382 Tele-Town Halls and Terrible Tweets

March 31st, 2017

1:14:09
Our GOP Congressman held a tele-town hall, Blue Gal won a bet with herself, and Driftglass celebrates his 12 year (!) Blogiversary. More at …

Ep 381 The Republican Civil War, Russiagate and AHCA Fail

March 24th, 2017

1:08:04
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 …

Ep 380 Worst Budget Blueprint Ever

March 17th, 2017

1:01:11
The Cornfield Resistance versus Medicaid Bureaucracy, Budget cuts from Trump, Why won't the media mention Breitbart? And more at …

Ep 379 Paul Ryan is a Mean Idiot

March 10th, 2017

1:21:21
Healthcare. Too much Ayn Rand. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com

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Ep 378 We Won't Get Gaslighted

March 3rd, 2017

1:08:58
Trump's Speech afterglow lasted less than a day. The political environment is crazy-making on purpose. Jeff Sessions. An insane interview with …

Ep 377 DNC Chair? Don't Care! (And Other News)

February 24th, 2017

1:10:25
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. …

Ep 376 The Trump White House is Splunge!

February 17th, 2017

1:11:34
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, …

Ep 375 The Long Fight Ahead (That We Will Win)

February 10th, 2017

1:07:32
Civil War, the Civil Rights Movement, Winston Churchill, the Gay Rights Movement. Why silencing Elizabeth Warren fulfills Republican Goal number one …

Ep 374 Immigration Battle? Blame the Irish

February 3rd, 2017

1:10:02
We blame the Irish (Driftglass's people) for total hypocrisy when it comes to the refugee immigration battles. The President is insane. David …

Ep 373 This Must All End

January 27th, 2017

1:19:12
These days are like The Godfather 2. What shall Democrats do when their Senators cave? Trump evil lightning round, and David Brooks mansplains the …

Ep 372: Don't Buy The Trump Cult Nonsense

January 20th, 2017

1:33:14
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 …

Ep 371 The Press Must Get Their Act Together

January 13th, 2017

1:02:04
Trump is about to bulldoze the press. They can stop him. We can help. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com

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Ep 370 Strange Days, Stranger Alliances

January 6th, 2017

1:15:24
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 …

Ep 369 'Finally, A Resistance Podcast!'

December 30th, 2016

56:27
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! …

Ep 368 The Mob is Rome - Rome is The Mob

December 23rd, 2016

59:38
Trump is the Republican Party. And we are resolved to stop his extremism.

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Ep 367 Memory, Russia, and What Matters

December 16th, 2016

1:10:17
The hacking. Bernie Sanders and "political correctness", and the Atlantic / Ta-Nehisi Coates article about Barack Obama. More at …

Ep 366 Carrier and Rustbelt Manufacturing Thanks Obama

December 9th, 2016

1:14:43
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 …

CORRECTED Ep 365 Pick Your Battles

December 2nd, 2016

1:08:17
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 …

Ep 364 Why So Mad, Trump Voters?

November 23rd, 2016

1:02:00
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. …

Ep 363 We Resist

November 18th, 2016

1:08:54
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 …

Ep 362 Recovering From the Shock, 2016

November 9th, 2016

54:14
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)

Ep 361 Less Than 100 Hours To Go

November 4th, 2016

59:51
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 …

Ep 360 Operation Memory Hole

October 28th, 2016

1:02:58
They will have forgotten all about Trump by January, but we won't let them. And Jason Chaffetz? Please. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com

Ep 359: When the Deplorables Lose to the Democrats

October 21st, 2016

1:07:38
The fight within the GOP to assign blame for the Trump loss. And where's Paul Ryan? More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com

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Ep 358 That 90s Show (Strategic Forgettery)

October 14th, 2016

1:10:03
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 …

Ep 357 Forgive the Sinner, Not the Sin

October 7th, 2016

54:04
Do we have to forgive Trump supporters? Not yet. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com

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Ep 355 Never Land a Soft Punch

September 23rd, 2016

1:02:36
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 …

Ep 354 We Need a Bigger Basket

September 16th, 2016

1:07:31
Deplorables, Trump's Childcare Trickle Down Plan, The Worst Birther Day Ever for the media. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com

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Ep 353 Media Gets a Visit from Karma

September 9th, 2016

1:04:33
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 …

Ep 352 The Cure for Drumpf Based Depression

September 2nd, 2016

1:09:17
Is the whole Donald Trump thing getting you down? There is a cure! More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com

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Ep 351 We Got Your Alt Left Right Here

August 26th, 2016

1:25:36
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," …

Ep 350 Remembering Vs Gaslighting

August 19th, 2016

58:22
Driftglass and Blue Gal celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary. We remember, actually remember, Andrew Breitbart, while Bill Kristol pretends to. …

Ep 349 What Trump Says is NOT Controversial

August 12th, 2016

1:18:34
The Gerrymandered Media of Fox News, why the Olympics matters, how the GOP actually set fire to their brand before Trump. More at …

Ep 348 The Trump Bubble Bursts

August 5th, 2016

1:20:57
Not to have schadenfreude, but... More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com

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Ep 347 The Democratic "Morning in America" Convention

July 29th, 2016

1:26:56
#We're With Her and we're grateful for Bernie. The speeches and reactions and family fights that happened this week. More at …

Ep 346 The Republican National Conflagration

July 22nd, 2016

1:16:04
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 …

Ep 345 What Donald Actually Says Matters

July 15th, 2016

1:10:06
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 …

Ep 344 Shootings, Emails, and Leaves (Roger Ailes Alooone)

July 8th, 2016

1:30:34
[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 …

Ep 343 Brexit and Bye Bye Benghazi

July 1st, 2016

1:20:20
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 …

Ep 342 It's The Republican Voters, Stupid

June 24th, 2016

1:34:17
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 …

Ep 341 The Wall Republicans Already Built

June 17th, 2016

1:17:38
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 …

Ep 340 The Primary's Over

June 10th, 2016

1:24:09
Thank you Bernie, we're with her, and more at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com

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Ep 339 Trump University, Hillary's Speech, and Family

June 3rd, 2016

1:22:40
A very bad week for Reince Priebus, Hillary's very good speech, and in all the weirdness, family busyness keeps us grounded. More at …

Ep 338 The Left Remembers

May 27th, 2016

1:18:06
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 …

Ep 337 A Tough Week But This Too Shall Pass

May 20th, 2016

1:05:27
The Nevada Democratic Convention brought out a lot of anger. Standing together against doxing would be a good start. Plus, Megyn Kelly? Driftglass …

Ep 336 The GOP Egg Cracks

May 13th, 2016

1:11:05
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 …

Ep 335 WHCD, Trump Wins, MorningJoe Takes His Call

May 6th, 2016

1:12:16
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 …

Ep 334 The Saddest SOB You Ever Met And Trump

April 29th, 2016

1:13:00
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 …

Ep 333 Escape From New York

April 22nd, 2016

1:09:28
The New York Primary is over - Donald Trump is still unqualified to be President. Why liberals shouldn’t necessarily want open primaries and primary …

Ep 332 It's All In Your Perspective

April 15th, 2016

1:12:43
Everyone faces something that humanizes them, except maybe Ted Cruz? Why Donald Trump is winning, and we can't re-litigate 2009. More at …

Ep 331 Sully, Kristol, Coulter on MSNBC

April 8th, 2016

1:14:10
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 …

Ep 330 The April Fools

April 1st, 2016

1:38:44
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 …

Ep 329 The Long Good Friday Political Podcast

March 25th, 2016

1:27:03
We are running mostly rough audio this week! An hour of politics followed by 30 minutes of your stories submitted to Science Fiction University. …

Ep 328 Illinois Votes. Obama nominates for SCOTUS. Stop Trump?

March 18th, 2016

1:16:23
The week in review. We vote in the Illinois primary, Hillary visits Springfield, Lindsey Graham endorses...CRUZ? And more. See our website …

Ep 327 Trump Steaks and Trump Stakes

March 11th, 2016

1:17:06
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 …

Ep 326 They're All Liberals Now?

March 4th, 2016

1:03:32
The Republican "Establishment" -- particularly Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, attempt to save the GOP from Donald Trump. Another GOP debate, this time …

Ep 325 Trumpenfreude

February 26th, 2016

1:08:21
The center scrambles to deal with the inevitability of Trump. Part 2 of podcast recorded after the Houston GOP debate. More at …

Ep 324 : Republicans Are Told The Past Actually Happened!

February 19th, 2016

1:10:29
Perfect justice for the Bush family, via Donald Trump, Oprah, Apple, Illinois Budget crisis, and Science Fiction University holds a short story …

Ep 323 Be Excellent To Each Other!

February 12th, 2016

1:24:10
Buh Bye Rand, Christie, and Carly; OMG Robot Rubio; Obama comes to Springfield; New Hampshire wrap up. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com.

Ep 322 Rubio Makes Three Equal One

February 5th, 2016

1:12:24
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 …

Ep 321 Trump No Trump

January 29th, 2016

1:01:53
Recorded before the GOP Debate. What IS conservatism, anyway? Also, Flint and White Privilege. And in Science Fiction University, our quiz and …

Ep 320 I Quit Endorses You're Fired

January 22nd, 2016

1:14:34
The Republican and Democratic races. Self image in politics. and in Science Fiction University we talk weapons in sci fi. Pew! Pew! More at …

Ep 319 Bowie, Rickman, SOTU, and GOP Debate

January 15th, 2016

1:14:41
The loss of two working actors, Obama’s State of the Union Vs. The Republican Travesty Debate. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com

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Ep 318 Our 6th Anniversary Show, Historical Perspective

January 8th, 2016

1:15:55
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 …

Ep 317 Institutional Failure At The Movies

January 1st, 2016

1:19:00
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 …

Ep 316 Don't Say the R Word

December 25th, 2015

1:11:56
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 …

Ep 315 -Trump and the Poop Emoji. Also Star Wars.

December 18th, 2015

1:14:57
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 …

Ep 314 Fascism in the Political Spin Cycle

December 11th, 2015

1:12:47
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 …

Ep 313 Shooting, Prayer Shaming, and Chicago

December 4th, 2015

1:06:51
The shootings at San Bernadino and the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic. Bible Bitch notes that the media's claim of "prayer shaming" is …

Ep 312 Happy Thanksgiving!

November 25th, 2015

1:03:27
A short review of the week’s politics and your terrific letters about what you’re grateful for. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com

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Ep 311 The Republican Party is Automated

November 20th, 2015

1:15:34
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 …

Ep 310 A Fact-Free Debate, Killing Baby Hitler

November 13th, 2015

56:27
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 …

Ep 309 The End of the Republican Party

November 6th, 2015

1:19:44
We discuss why Kentucky’s governor makes no sense, the end of the Republican Party, and why Mannatech and Ben Carson appeal to Evangelicals.

Ep 308 Marco Lies, Jeb Dies!

October 30th, 2015

1:06:23
GOP Debate Re-Cap, Happy Birthday Driftglass, Halloween Sci Fi University! More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com

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Ep 307 Reality Bites

October 23rd, 2015

1:01:50
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 …

Ep 306 David Brooks, Dem Debate, and Sully

October 16th, 2015

56:38
Did David Brooks go full Driftglass? Not exactly. The democrats debated each other the way both sides (oops) should debate. And Andrew Sullivan …

Ep 305 No, Really, Both Sides Don't!

October 9th, 2015

1:11:58
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 …

Ep 304 Benghazi Baby Parts All A GOP Hoax

October 2nd, 2015

1:06:29
Boehner, Planned Parenthood, and some corporate media whores walk into our podcast.... More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com

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Ep 303 The Pope Gives a Bernie Sanders Speech?

September 25th, 2015

1:11:58
Recorded after the Pope's address to Congress, and before John Boehner announced his resignation. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com

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Ep 302 The GOP Clown Carly

September 18th, 2015

1:07:06
Carly Fiorina is the best liar on the GOP debate stage. Also, faith and Joe Biden and more. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com.

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Ep 301 Kim Davis Won't Marry Homo naledi, Neither.

September 11th, 2015

1:10:34
A new species of man but Kim Davis will be disappointed. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com.

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Ep 300 The Three Hundredth Episode

September 4th, 2015

1:22:19
DG and BG answer your AMA questions and cover the weeks political news. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com

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Ep 299 All Trump, All The Time.

August 28th, 2015

1:14:15
Only the tragic shooting of young journalists on camera interrupts the media's Trump Ratings Addiction. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com

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Ep 298 UPDATED Work, Bernie, Black Lives Matter

August 21st, 2015

1:14:00
The work life balance doesn't exist to corporations. Bernie Sanders teaches jounalism to journalists. And Hillary has a difficult convo with #BLM. …

Ep 297 Stranger than Fiction

August 14th, 2015

1:00:32
Donald Trump, Erick Erickson, and Roger Ailes are all rewriting history with a completely unconvincing plot. More at professionalleft.blogspot.com.

Ep 296 The First GOP Debate and #JonVoyage

August 7th, 2015

1:17:11
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, …

Ep 295 Is Cecil the Lion a Proxy War?

July 31st, 2015

1:25:20
Cecil the Lion - Environmental crime and misplaced rage. Why is Ron Fournier's job MORE protected than Cecil? More at …

Ep 294 The Obama Coalition Without Obama

July 24th, 2015

1:05:21
Netroots Nation 15 shows the Obama Coalition adjusting to life without a President Obama. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com

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Ep 293 Liars, Damn Liars, and @Lawrence

July 17th, 2015

1:06:57
We discuss Planned Parenthood and the faked video, Lawrence O'Donnell and Donald Trump, and David Brooks white-splaining Ta-Nehisi Coates. More at …

Ep 292 You Are Not Watching The News

July 10th, 2015

1:17:10
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 …

Ep 291 Catch-Up Episode

July 3rd, 2015

1:42:10
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 …

Ep 290: Can We Haz Single Payer Now, Too

June 26th, 2015

1:17:14
A great week for liberals. But mixed with personal stuggle and pain for Charleston. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com. (This podcast recorded …

Ep 289: Charleston Shootings and USA Racism

June 19th, 2015

1:13:50
The Charleston shootings were White supremacist racism. Also Donald Trumpism, and TPP is about corporate power. More at …

Ep 288 Oh my god! Chuck Todd!

June 12th, 2015

1:13:44
Chuck Todd gives an extraordinary interview about his experience in the media. And John Thune tells the biggest lie on Twitter ever? Please note …

Ep 287 Die with the Lie

June 5th, 2015

1:02:02
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 …

Ep 286 The Moral Conversation

May 29th, 2015

Moral conversations must involve issues of povertyand injustice. Who gets to lie? Who gets to decide what a “moral conversation” looks like? More …

Ep 285 That Square in Baghdad Named Bush

May 22nd, 2015

1:09:02
Finally litigating the Iraq War! Thanks Jebya! More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com

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Ep 284 The Chickens Come Home To Roost

May 15th, 2015

1:11:29
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 …

Ep 283 Teacher Depreciation Week

May 8th, 2015

1:10:24
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 …

Ep 282 Baltimore Rises Up and Bernie Runs

May 1st, 2015

1:16:47
Bernie Sanders is running, Baltimore is burning, and media is failing. Bible Bitch goes full Driftglass, and Science Fiction University is about sex …

Ep 281 Lord of the Flies in the Ointment

April 24th, 2015

1:05:39
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 …

Ep 280 Marco! Rubio! Also Hillary.

April 17th, 2015

1:05:06
And Driftglass is mostly serious about drafting Glenn Greenwald for President. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com.

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Ep 279 The Razor in the Apple

April 10th, 2015

54:38
Why the media can't "blame" anyone for government and societal failures. Hint: It's Money. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com.

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Ep 278 The Time Machine

April 3rd, 2015

1:12:35
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 …

Ep 277 Ted Cruz and GOP Tribalism

March 26th, 2015

51:27
"Respecting" Republican evangelicals, the real story behind the human trafficking bill, and thanks to Charlie Pierce. More at …

Ep 276 Aaron Schock, Buh Bye!

March 20th, 2015

1:28:18
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 …

Ep 275 The Letter, Layoffs, and the Ladies!!!

March 13th, 2015

1:14:04
#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. …

Ep 274 But Did Hillary Email Bibi?

March 6th, 2015

1:10:06
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 …

Ep 273 Serial Liars and Winning Progressives

February 27th, 2015

1:16:44
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 …

Ep 272 May I Have My “Opinion”?

February 20th, 2015

1:11:02
We discuss conservatives who think spouting hate and then hiding behind “my opinion” is political debate. Rudy Giuliani and Dinesh d'Souza go full …

Ep 271 Jon Stewart, Brian Williams, and Us

February 13th, 2015

1:02:38
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 …

Ep 270 Prayer Breakfasts, Blasphemy, and Aaron Schock

February 6th, 2015

59:14
We discuss religion, secular prescriptions from David Brooks, Blasphemy from Stephen Fry, the Book of Job, and then Driftglass lets it rain down on …

Ep 269 Buh Bye Andrew Sullivan

January 30th, 2015

56:23
Andrew Sullivan quits blogging!?! Is Driftglass the last holdout on the single shingle blogging platform? Also, what YouTubers in the White House …

Ep 268 The Honesty Episode

January 23rd, 2015

1:02:40
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 …

Ep 267 The 5th Anniversary Show

January 16th, 2015

55:05
Same as it ever was? Driftglass and Blue Gal talk about how little has changed in right wing media since 2010. More at …

Ep 266 Betrayed Conservatives and Charlie Hebdo

January 9th, 2015

53:51
Conservatives feel betrayed by the election of John Boehner? Charlie Hebdo, Bible Bitch, and theocracy. We forgot to fix poverty, and Lindsey …

Ep 265 Social Media is a Baby (New Year)

January 2nd, 2015

55:33
GOP White Supremacy, Chuck Todd gives away the secret, Social Media is new, Bible Bitch reading the Bible in a Year, Christianists not good …

Ep 264 Intro to 'Both Sides Don't'

December 26th, 2014

55:29
We discuss both-siderism and give examples. Plus a special science fiction university where YOU get to answer the trivia questions! More at …

Ep 263 What's in the Pope's Cloak?

December 19th, 2014

56:32
The Pope barters the Cuba deal? Jeb Bush on Facebook. Why we want Elizabeth Warren for Senate, for ever. More at professionalleft.blogspot.com

Ep 262 Ferguson, Torture, and The Wish of Angels

December 12th, 2014

1:02:38
We discuss the last time the system worked, and what went wrong. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com.

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Ep 261 The Marketing Genius of the Civil Rights Movement.

December 5th, 2014

1:03:55
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 …

Ep 260 The Thanksgiving Show

November 27th, 2014

55:01
We discuss immigration, Ferguson, and read your Thanksgiving letters. Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com

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Ep 259 Don't be the Ahole at Thanksgiving

November 21st, 2014

1:03:37
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 …

Ep 258 Wait, That's MY Pron!

November 14th, 2014

52:21
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 …

Ep 257 Don't Panic

November 7th, 2014

1:00:38
We mourn Election Results, 2014, but keep the faith. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com.

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Ep 256 Smarter than Sarah Palin?

October 31st, 2014

58:02
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. …

Ep 255 A (Confederate) Land Called Reagan

October 24th, 2014

1:01:10
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, …

Ep 254 We Interrupt This Podcast With Broccoli

October 17th, 2014

37:31
Driftglass has an urgent health situation concerning unswallowed broccoli, and we survive it and podcast anyway. More at …

Ep 253 American ISIS?

October 10th, 2014

59:41
Racism, Ebola, and Fox News. Plus Science Fiction University. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com

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Ep 252 Sick of Sarah Palin? Let's Play Offense.

October 3rd, 2014

1:00:02
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 …

Ep 251 Chicken Bone in the Throat of US Progress

September 26th, 2014

1:10:59
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 …

Ep 250 Freedom Cows and Fake Republicans

September 19th, 2014

1:09:43
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 …

Ep 249 Our Response to Violence. Obama’s Legacy Already?

September 12th, 2014

1:00:31
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 …

Ep 248 We're Being Trolled!

September 5th, 2014

58:16
When The National Review announces their post-election Conservative Cruise, and Meet the Press decides to jazz it up with Luke Russert and Joe …

Ep 247 The Best Of Show

August 29th, 2014

1:20:42
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 …

Ep 246 Megan McCardle Blames The Tea Party On Obamacare?

August 22nd, 2014

50:26
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 …

Ep 245 Ferguson and Chuck Gregory's Very Bad Product

August 15th, 2014

1:10:27
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 …

Ep 244 Executive (dis)Function

August 8th, 2014

49:13
Back to school! And what about Congressional Fail? Or is the fail deliberate? Plus Science Fiction University takes on Time Travel. More at …

Ep 243 Who Gets To Be Alpha Teabagger?

August 1st, 2014

1:02:32
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 …

Ep 242 Dear Abby (Huntsman)

July 25th, 2014

1:32:10
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 …

Ep 241 Love More For Every Hate

July 18th, 2014

1:19:16
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 …

Ep 240 Where's the Pro-Choice Conga Line?

July 11th, 2014

1:06:48
Blue Gal gets an invitation to a "women's event" by her Republican Congressman. Will hilarity ensue? And Science Fiction University looks at Golden …

Ep 239 Stop "Harvesting" Voters

July 4th, 2014

49:25
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 …

Ep 238.5 CORRECTED. Disney and the Pharisees

June 27th, 2014

1:04:10
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 …

Ep 237 Why is Dick Cheney on My Tee Vee?!?

June 20th, 2014

55:55
Not all of the answers are obvious. Also, Science Fiction University. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com

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Ep 236 Cantor Loses and Lincoln's a Hippie

June 13th, 2014

57:25
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 …

Ep 235 You Mean We Clean Up the Planet for Nothing?

June 6th, 2014

57:37
The Bergdahl "controversy" and the EPA regulations prove the GOP is nothing but a giant reflex machine. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com.

Ep 234 #YesAllWomen, #YesAllMadMen

May 30th, 2014

1:08:11
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 …

Ep 233 Mad Men and the White America Brand Problem

May 23rd, 2014

1:05:23
"White America" is a brand, according to Driftglass. Note that there may be "Mad Men" spoilers in this podcast. Also Science Fiction University. …

Ep 232 Slow News is Good News (for Podcasts)

May 16th, 2014

1:03:31
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 …

Ep 231 - "A Great Point If It Were True"

May 9th, 2014

59:56
Eric Bolling rewrites the calendar, Joe Scarborough beats up hippies. Driftglass and Blue Gal respond. Also Obamacare helps hospital patients and …

Ep 230 That's What The Money is For!

May 2nd, 2014

1:13:40
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 …

Ep 229 Fox News? Enough.

April 25th, 2014

51:30
Bluegal has had it with the Bundys. And Driftglass wonders why Andrew Sullivan gets to call himself a blogger. More at …

Ep 228 Stop Pretending

April 18th, 2014

42:27
On what has traditionally been called "Blog Against Theocracy" weekend, Blue Gal argues that her fellow Christians should stop it with the …

Ep 227 The Ayn Rand Musical

April 11th, 2014

1:08:34
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 …

Ep 226 The Corrupt Supremes and 'Workers are People, My Friend”

April 4th, 2014

1:01:45
The horrible Supreme Court decision, where we Progressives go from here, and labor relations when workers aren’t “people.” More at …

Ep 225 Don't Ever Interview Newt Gingrich in a Wig

March 28th, 2014

51:07
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 …

Ep 224 Obamacare and Zombies

March 21st, 2014

1:07:38
We discuss Bill Kristol, our Medicaid saga, and Zombie books. Plus, Science Fiction University takes your philosophical and gossip questions. More …

Ep 223: Abraham Lincoln, RINO

March 14th, 2014

1:13:15
Lincoln was a Republican in name only. Also denialism hits ACA beneficiaries hard, and why whould the Congressional Progressive Caucus even FLOAT a …

Ep 222 CPAC, Rachel Maddow, and "Lindsey Graham for President"?

March 7th, 2014

56:47
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, …

Ep 221 Framing the (Money) Debate

February 28th, 2014

54:59
Free trips for members of Congress? And in Science Fiction University we remember Harold Ramis. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com

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Ep 220 Flyover Country Liberals

February 21st, 2014

1:04:25
We discuss flyover country, the VW union vote, and how ACA has become the Missouri Compromise of the 21st Century. More at …

Ep 218 The Media Malpractice Edition

February 7th, 2014

59:03
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, …

Ep 217 State of the Union - "Poor and Proud"

January 31st, 2014

1:13:01
We react to the State of the Union without getting tossed off a balcony. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com

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Ep 216 Glenn Beck's Apology Tour?

January 24th, 2014

42:31
Glenn Beck apologizes and Morning Joe gives him a tongue bath. Why conservatives can't argue facts. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com

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Ep 215 Our 4 Year Anniversary Show

January 17th, 2014

55:51
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. …

Ep 214 Chris Christie Takes the Cannoli

January 10th, 2014

54:14
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 …

Ep 213 WHERE does Ted Cruz take a leak?

January 3rd, 2014

47:34
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 …

Ep 212 Change from Within

December 27th, 2013

53:26
The difference between 'passive' and 'prioritized' politics. BG suggests we not wait for a certain generation to "die off" before pushing for …

Ep 211 The Media's Statue-of-Liberty Playbook

December 20th, 2013

1:14:34
Turns out the media passes around right-wing memes like a football during the Statue of Liberty play. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com

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Ep 210 The Downton Abbey Jesus

December 13th, 2013

1:03:13
Fox's Megyn Kelly says Jesus and Santa are white, we get a letter insisting that BOTH sides... DG reacts accordingly.

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Ep 209 Let Them Take Dog Medicine plus Limbaugh

December 6th, 2013

58:33
We read a suprising submission to an investment column about taking your own dog's prescription medication. DG does a spot-on Rush Limbaugh …

Ep 208 Thanksgiving and Media Double Standards

November 29th, 2013

33:52
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 …

Ep 207 We Don't Negotiate With Terrorists

November 22nd, 2013

55:31
The JFK and Gettysburg anniversaries yield some dangerous and nasty rhetoric on the right. Why we DON"T want Elizabeth Warren for President, and …

Ep 206 - If you like your hurricane death toll, you can keep it!

November 15th, 2013

57:22
The mainstream media compares the Obamacare rollout to Hurricane Katrina. No, really. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com

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Ep 205 Where are the White Women At? The Voting Booth.

November 8th, 2013

1:12:16
Do Virginia gubernatorial results and angry Texas voters point out that we are entering another suffragette-driven Progressive Era? More at …

Ep 204 The Perfect IOKIYAR Moment

November 1st, 2013

1:09:52
Rand Paul provides a perfect instance of IOKIYAR. Also JP Morgan Chase spends your food stamp money on lobbying. More at …

Ep 203 IT Obamacare, The Pope, and the USA is NOT broke.

October 25th, 2013

57:14
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 …

Ep 202 Shutdown Over and Casablanca

October 18th, 2013

1:17:36
DG makes predictions about the media, sees Casablanca again, and after the music, we discuss whether Science Fiction is the canary in our political …

Ep 201 We Need Insurance and the GOP Needs a Green Pen

October 11th, 2013

1:03:42
"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. …

Ep 200 The Republican Shutdown

October 4th, 2013

54:00
Thanks for all the support! The Professional Left Podcast is 200 episodes old! Also, the Federal Government shut down. Coincidence?

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Bonus: Breaking Bad Mini-Cast "Granite State"

September 27th, 2013

30:58
We discuss the penultimate episode of the series "Breaking Bad."

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Ep 199 Ted Cruz and the One Sided Recovery

September 27th, 2013

50:15
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

Ep 198 There Is No Spoon, Louie Gohmert!

September 20th, 2013

1:05:06
Louie Gohmert compares guns and murder to spoons and obesity. Also, news of the week and Science Fiction University. More at …

Bonus: Breaking Bad Mini-Cast "Ozymandias"

September 20th, 2013

28:50
The Professional Left discusses the latest episode of AMC's Breaking Bad.

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Ep 197 End of the Eleventh Level Chess Myth

September 13th, 2013

59:03
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, …

Bonus: Podcasting on Breaking Bad "To'hajiilee"

September 13th, 2013

21:45
Driftglass and Blue Gal, AKA "The Professional Left" gab about the latest episode of AMC's Breaking Bad. Spoilers for the latest episode are …

Ep 196 Tall Guy Walks Into a Bar, Syria, and The Future

September 6th, 2013

1:09:27
Analogies with Syria, and in Science Fiction University, the future as mostly correctly predicted by Isaac Asimov. More at …

BONUS: DG and BG on Breaking Bad

September 6th, 2013

10:55
Ten minutes of bonus content where The Professional Left discusses the end of AMC's Breaking Bad.

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Ep 195 Syria, and Bob Cesca on Fixing NSA/FISA

August 30th, 2013

53:23
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 …

Ep 194: The Empathy Show

August 23rd, 2013

1:05:50
Republican power stops with their lack of empathy; why Twitter is not a community, and Science Fiction University.

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Ep 193 Both Sides Don't Have Birthers

August 16th, 2013

56:52
The week's politics. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com

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Ep 192 Money is the Dark Side of the Force

August 9th, 2013

1:16:06
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. …

Ep 191 The Good As Enemy of the Perfect

August 2nd, 2013

1:12:31
Sex, Fracking, Lotteries, and is compromise always a dirty word?

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Ep 190: Carlos Danger and Sh*t Sandwiches

July 26th, 2013

1:20:26
Anthony Weiner, Harold Ford, Jr. and the best SF books for new readers. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com

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Ep 189 Reaching into the Memory Hole

July 19th, 2013

1:20:56
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 …

Ep 188 Liberal Avengers Assemble! Gasland 2, & Happy Bday Blue Gal!

July 12th, 2013

1:11:55
Gasland 2, Sharknado, the Farm Bill, Texas, Abortion. And Blue Gal wants no Precious Moments figurines for her birthday. Thanks for all your …

Ep 187 Egypt and North Carolina - Theocracy Inaction

July 5th, 2013

1:00:14
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 …

Ep 186 Bob and Chez and Scalia and ...Newt?

June 28th, 2013

1:18:12
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 …

Ep 185 The Letters Show plus DG Fan Fiction

June 21st, 2013

51:40
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 …

Ep 184: God Forbid We Should Hurt the Chain of Command!

June 14th, 2013

1:04:25
Why Glenn Greenwald reminds DG of his late stepfather. Microsoft fail at E3. Plus: relationship advice for the science fiction lover and those who …

Ep 183 Drying, Spying, and Lying

June 7th, 2013

1:10:24
DG and BG survive another flood in the basement, discuss Glenn Greenwald and Chris Christie, and answer trivia about old skool blogging. More at …

Ep 182 Buh Bye, Michele Bachmann

May 31st, 2013

58:25
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 …

Ep 181 Contempt of Congress

May 24th, 2013

1:24:21
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 …

Ep 180 Cancer, Art, and the Coming Whitewater Summer

May 17th, 2013

1:11:20
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 …

Ep 179 Darryl Issa's Scavenger Hunt and Barf Mark Sanford

May 10th, 2013

47:47
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 …

Ep 178 When it's too little, too late?

May 3rd, 2013

1:08:34
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 …

Ep 177 Why is Newt Gingrich on our Tee Vee?

April 26th, 2013

1:05:22
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. …

Ep 176 Is it 1968 all over again?

April 19th, 2013

1:00:13
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 …

Ep 175 Rand Paul’s White-splaining Jamboree and Other Outreach

April 12th, 2013

1:19:09
The difference between racism and white supremacy is, white supremacists "don't see color." More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com

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Ep 174 Gay Marriage, Mark Sanford, and A Social Security... Bluff?

April 5th, 2013

1:11:37
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 …

Ep 173 Going All Old Testament On Their A$$s

March 29th, 2013

1:09:09
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 …

Ep 172 Iraq, Obamacare, and a Letter from the DSCC

March 22nd, 2013

1:14:31
We discuss the anniversary of Iraq, whether Obamacare has been set up to fail, and Blue Gal wonders about money, politics, and progressiveism when …

Ep 171 It's All About US.

March 15th, 2013

1:22:28
In an admittedly self-indulgent episode, Driftglass and Blue Gal read a mean letter about their marriage, pick a fight with Sirota and Greenwald, …

Ep 170 Filibuster Rand Paul Style

March 8th, 2013

1:08:00
We discuss the Rand Paul Filibuster and why is Ralph Reed on our Tee Vee? More at professionalleft.blogspot.com

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Ep 169 The Supreme Court, Chicago as Versailles, and Hannity’s Chickens

March 1st, 2013

44:11
We discuss Scalia, Chicago politics in the IL-2nd, and Bob Woodward runs...to Hannity? More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com.

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Ep 168 The Drone Letters

February 22nd, 2013

50:32
We read four letters from listeners regarding Barack Obama and the drone strikes. Driftglass admits he's not mad at fellow liberals, just blog …

Ep 167 SOTU and The Republican Savior

February 15th, 2013

53:36
The State of the Union, the thirsty senator, and the future of liberal broadcasting. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com

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Ep 165 John McCain Wants More Iraq Wars, Please!

February 1st, 2013

53:43
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 …

Ep 163 The GOP Retreats in More Ways Than One

January 18th, 2013

1:05:23
The GOP Retreat, David B’s Humility Syllabus, and the NRA’s very very bad web ad. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com

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Ep 162 Maddow...and Casablanca?

January 11th, 2013

56:54
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 …

Ep 161 Declaring War on the Politeness Police

January 4th, 2013

1:02:57
Sometimes politeness is just another word for going along with liars. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com.

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Ep 160 The Dick Armey Invasion?

December 28th, 2012

1:02:40
“Even Tom Friedman” blames the Republicans for the current debacle; The Dick Armey invades Freedomworks, and how are today’s pundits like an …

Ep 159 Just Make Louie Gohmert Speaker Already

December 21st, 2012

1:01:42
A reflection on Sandy Hook; the GOP goes still lower, and interruptions from middle child. Merry Christmas!

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Ep 158 The Two Americas

December 14th, 2012

54:54
[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 …

Ep 157 "That's Why They Call It Money"

December 7th, 2012

1:03:26
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 …

Ep 156 Dark Matter in the Media Universe

November 30th, 2012

1:14:12
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 …

Ep 155 The Thanksgiving Letters Show

November 23rd, 2012

56:54
Happy Thanksgiving weekend! We read your letters on the air. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com

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Ep 154 Post Election News Dump and GOP Equals The Confederacy?

November 16th, 2012

59:16
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

Ep 153 Election 2012 (yay!) and the Fiscal Cliff

November 9th, 2012

59:15
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 …

Ep 152 Hurricane Sandy, David Brooks, and Octavia Butler [walk into a podcast]

November 2nd, 2012

1:06:20
The worst storm in centuries, the worst David Brooks column in memory, and some really good science fiction you may have missed. More at …

Ep 151 Stop Your Robocalls, Callista Gingrich!

October 26th, 2012

1:01:23
The Professional Left gets a robocall from Newt’s former mistress. The final Presidential debate is me-too Mitt. Also should we cover “reasonable …

Ep 150 Town Hall Debate and Can We Ignore Certain Right-Wing Lunatics Yet?

October 19th, 2012

49:13
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 …

Ep 149 BIDEN'D!

October 12th, 2012

57:42
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 …

Ep 148 Debate Fail? Or High Broderism on Parade?

October 5th, 2012

51:04
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 …

Ep 147 CORRECTED. Republican Denialism Will Rise Again!

September 28th, 2012

1:06:57
[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 …

Ep 146: 47% and Mitt Romney’s Political Sister Wives

September 21st, 2012

53:57
Mitt Romney’s secret video and how many sides of his GOP “family” think he’s cheating on them. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com

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Ep 145 Learning from Willard’s Libya Lies

September 14th, 2012

1:08:58
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 …

Ep 144 The Democratic Convention and Twitter Fun

September 7th, 2012

1:19:39
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 …

Ep 143: Dotty Harry at the RNC (and Mitt's Taxes)

August 31st, 2012

52:02
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.

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Ep 142 Spastic Tubes and Netflix Queues

August 24th, 2012

50:23
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 …

A Conversation with Joan Walsh

August 21st, 2012

24:40
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 …

Ep 141 The Return of John Galt and Plato’s “Noble Lie”

August 17th, 2012

52:34
Romney’s taxes (still!) Choice of Ryan means Rupert runs the show (still!) And how preconceived notions govern public opinion for better or worse. …

Ep 140 Media Segregation and the History of Liberals Being Right

August 10th, 2012

1:07:31
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 …

Ep 139 Conservatives on Facebook - Debate Opponents or Energy Vampires?

August 3rd, 2012

49:43
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 …

Ep 138 Mitt Flakes London!

July 27th, 2012

1:04:02
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 …

Ep 137 To Kill a Mockingbird in Aurora, Colorado

July 20th, 2012

59:08
Recorded the day of the horrific shooting in Aurora, Colorado, Driftglass and Blue Gal discuss literature, deflecting the mob, and why humanity is …

Ep 136 Do we HAVE to vote Obama? And your letters...

July 13th, 2012

1:18:39
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 …

Ep 135 Don't Eat Each Other Alive, Democrats!

July 6th, 2012

1:05:47
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 …

Ep 134 The SCOTUS End of the World Edition

June 29th, 2012

1:02:57
SCOTUS decision causes a right wing meltdown; Driftglass recovers from surgery (really), and the new MSNBC show proves a horrible disappointment. …

Politics, Sex, and Religion with Comedian Hal Sparks

June 24th, 2012

28:58
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 …

Ep 133 Yo! Keep Mitt Romney’s Tax Havens Straight!

June 22nd, 2012

1:09:18
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 …

Ep 132 The Sex(ism) Podcast

June 15th, 2012

1:07:19
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 …

Ep 131 Wisconsin, Bradbury, and Why are all the Left Wing Jobs "Volunteer Coordinator"?

June 8th, 2012

46:53
We discuss the loss in Wisconsin and the loss of Ray Bradbury, and Driftglass gets frustrated that left wing political action depends on volunteers, …

Ep 130 MittFail on Apps and Education

June 1st, 2012

54:45
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, …

For Crooks and Liars: An interview with John Fugelsang

June 1st, 2012

17:09
On behalf of Crooks and Liars.com, Blue Gal (Fran) interviews comedian John Fugelsang about comedy, religion, and Mitt Romney's "Etch a Sketch" …

Ep 129 Chicago protests, the New Civil War, and OMG Newt on MTP!

May 25th, 2012

1:05:39
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 …

Ep 128 Driftglass Reads "Drift," h/t @Maddow

May 18th, 2012

1:00:16
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 …

Ep 127 - Let the Wild Rumpus Start! Maurice Sendak, Gay Marriage, and the Broken Congress

May 11th, 2012

1:04:48
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 …

Ep 126 Does Fox News want Romney to Lose? And Whither the Occupy Movement?

May 4th, 2012

56:20
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 …

Ep 125 Paul Ryan and the GOP: "We're Too Wrong to Fail!"

April 27th, 2012

1:07:46
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 …

Ep 124 Supporting the Homo Commie Lib Conspiracy, one pissant question at a time.

April 20th, 2012

1:05:49
Letters from our listeners share how small acts can disrupt the paradigm. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com.

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Ep 123 Conspiracies from Ayn Rand, Saul Alinsky...and Dan Savage?

April 13th, 2012

59:03
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? …

Ep 122 Blog Against Theocracy, Marketing Racism, and PA Tea Party Sin

April 6th, 2012

1:01:28
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 …

Ep 121 Maddow, Trayvon, Abortion, Supreme Court, and Chicago

March 30th, 2012

1:16:09
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 …

Ep 120 The JOBS Bill? 10 Conservative Lies about Jobs

March 23rd, 2012

1:07:16
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 …

Ep 119 - How To Talk Politics When You Must

March 16th, 2012

51:30
After a brief review of the upcoming Illinois GOP Primary, we answer three (3!) letters regarding talking politics with our neighbors without losing …

Ep 118 - GOP Circles the Wagons; Is it Okay to Boycott?

March 9th, 2012

59:27
Why don't individual Republicans just say Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh don't speak for them? Driftglass responds to criticism (not from …

Ep 117 Top Ten News Stories from The Party from Another Planet

March 2nd, 2012

1:00:58
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 …

Ep 116 Sex, the Sacred, and the Profane

February 24th, 2012

43:47
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 …

Ep 115 Condoms at CPAC, or Will Success Spoil Rick Santorum?

February 17th, 2012

46:02
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 …

Ep 114: "The Tolerance Dollar is a Good Dollar"

February 10th, 2012

43:12
Komen, JCPenney, and the Catholic Church are learning lessons about capitalism and how tolerance, equality, and social justice sells. More at …

Ep 113 Parenting, Schools, and an Open Letter to Kathleen Sibelius

February 3rd, 2012

49:01
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. …

Ep 112 The Pro Left Response to SOTU - and 'To the moon, Newt"!

January 27th, 2012

52:53
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 …

Ep 111 Hey Fox News, If You've Got a Blacklist, We Wanna Be On It.

January 20th, 2012

42:17
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 …

Ep 110 The Long Podcast; Should we just crash the system?

January 13th, 2012

1:23:47
We read three letters regarding protesting versus crashing the system. Abolishing the Senate? Occupying the DNC? Seceeding from Fox America? …

Ep 109 In GOP Analysis, Are You Following the Money or the Lies?

January 6th, 2012

38:40
Newt, two Ricks, and the real consequences of Republican Lies on real people. Plus a listener innoculates himself against David Brooks and catches …

Ep 108 The Ron Paul Luv Affair and the End of "Traitor"

December 30th, 2011

32:03
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" …

Ep 107 The Top Ten Lies of Today's Politics

December 23rd, 2011

1:06:57
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 …

Ep 106 The Media's Trench Warfare versus Real People, Real Change

December 16th, 2011

47:31
How the mainstream media puts protection from their own "vocational harm" above all else. Also, Star Trek, ObamaCare, and The Holy Roman Empire of …

Ep 105: Lit Crit: The Tragedy of Newt and the Unreliable Narrator of the Media

December 9th, 2011

1:01:28
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 …

Ep 104 Ancient Rome and Your Conservative Relatives, also Zappa

December 2nd, 2011

50:01
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 …

Ep 103 The Annual Thanksgiving Episode with Your Letters

November 25th, 2011

31:28
Now an annual tradition, we read from selected letters from you, our readers. Thanks so much for your listenership and support! More at …

Ep 102 #OWS and OMG

November 18th, 2011

48:14
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 …

BONUS Content: Driftglass Interviewed on KOPN-FM 89.5 Columbia MO

November 15th, 2011

55:15
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 …

Ep 101 Bubble, Bubble, Republicans in trouble

November 11th, 2011

44:37
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 …

Ep 100: The One Hundredth Episode

November 4th, 2011

41:45
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 …

Ep 99 [Percenter] Can the Revolution Be Advertised?

October 28th, 2011

35:45
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 …

Ep 98: Occupy the Boardroom? What about Occupy the Newsroom?

October 21st, 2011

45:30
The GOP Vegas Debate, Occupy the Boardroom, defending unions from old urban legends, and why angry lapsed Catholics make the best angels on earth. …

Ep 97 The Republican Party = the real extremist anti-American radicals

October 14th, 2011

52:36
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 …

Ep 96 - #OWS - The Glitch in the Matrix

October 7th, 2011

42:54
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 …

Ep 94 What Class Warfare? 1-2-3 what are we fighting for?

September 23rd, 2011

55:24
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 …

Ep 93 Star Trek versus the Tea Party?

September 16th, 2011

42:14
Is there a difference between Republicans and Libertarians? And why English Majors make the best political analysts. And Driftglass compares and …

Ep 92 The Reagan Debate; and the Professional Left Five Year Plan?

September 9th, 2011

41:58
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

Ep 91 "Barack, how could you have pardoned Nixon?"

September 2nd, 2011

53:16
Driftglass has one question for Barack Obama. Also, a question for us liberals: are we sticking to principles or fetishizing our politics? More at …

Ep 90 What does the Right have that we don't? A Rookie Bench.

August 26th, 2011

53:37
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 …

Ep 89 The Last Premarital Podcast

August 19th, 2011

50:08
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 …

Ep 88: Magical thinking with Tom Friedman, Cokie Roberts, and...Nixon?

August 12th, 2011

37:21
They're not really on our show. Also, how beltway narratives actually affect social security. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com.

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Ep 87 Playing the Long Game, Fighting the Long War

August 5th, 2011

50:20
The battle against conservatism started long ago, and now begins again with a fight against centrism. Truman, Mencken, and T-Bills. More at …

Ep 86 It gets better...for liberals?

July 29th, 2011

41:14
We discuss serenity prayers, centrism as news, theraputic swearing, and a psychoanalysis of...Bill Maher? More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com.

Ep 85 Who is in charge at the GOP?

July 22nd, 2011

54:40
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 …

Ep 84 Tea Party Crazy and the Default

July 15th, 2011

57:23
The Crazy didn't start with Tea Party; Default Crisis; and How Do Progressives Channel Their Anger? More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com

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Ep 83 Are we too hard on Republicans? Don't ask David Brooks.

July 8th, 2011

35:37
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 …

Ep 82 Bachmann's Brain

July 1st, 2011

41:58
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 …

Ep 81 The Netroots Nation Double Album Podcast

June 24th, 2011

1:02:11
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 …

Ep 80 The Death Penalty at Closing Time

June 19th, 2011

4:31
In which the Professional Left commandeer "Radio Row" for a quick chat about criminal justice before being chased from the stage.

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Ep 79 Over Lunch at Netroots Nation: Hijacked? Or Ignored?

June 18th, 2011

4:30
A brief recording over lunch. We discuss the media coverage, and non-coverage, of Netroots Nation 11

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Ep 78 Raw file: From Netroots Nation 2011

June 17th, 2011

11:22
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 …

Ep 77 You can't put the USA in Hospice Care, GOP!

June 10th, 2011

31:05
Our last podcast before Netroots Nation. Driftglass put his stepdad in hospice care this week, and there are connections between that experience and …

Ep 76 Weinergate? Palin's Bus? What about Healthcare?

June 3rd, 2011

56:15
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 …

Ep 75 Can we ultimately undo GOP 2011's shenanigans?

May 27th, 2011

38:49
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 …

Ep 74: Is Roger Ailes #%^ing with us? And how can we respond to right wing email memes?

May 20th, 2011

34:57
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, …

Ep 73 The End of the World and "Thug Rapper" Poetry

May 13th, 2011

33:50
What we want from Armageddon, how Republicans abuse language, Paul Ryan vs. the reality-based community, David Brooks, Karl Rove. Also, the serious …

Ep 72 Osama, Obama, and How to be an Effective Liberal

May 6th, 2011

32:39
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: …

Ep 71 An (almost) Birther-Free Podcast

April 29th, 2011

42:15
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 …

Ep 70 Liberal Messaging on Medicare and a Weekend with Susie Bright

April 22nd, 2011

37:43
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 …

Ep 69: Budgets, Abortion, and the one thing Obama didn't say.

April 15th, 2011

39:34
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 …

BONUS CONTENT: Mad as Hell in America with Adam Klugman with guests Blue Gal and Driftglass

April 12th, 2011

21:38
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 …

Ep 68 Can you hear the GOP dogwhistle now?

April 8th, 2011

45:17
The debate over the budget as a typically subtle GOP race bait. Voting irregularities in Wisconsin, and the real reason Obama's birth gets …

Ep 67 Hey GOP, is this some kind of April Fool's Joke?

April 1st, 2011

43:00
Happy Blogiversary, Driftglass! And thanks for the votes, we won the Netroots Nation scholarship! This week we question whether current event …

Ep 66 WTF happened to so-called journalism?

March 25th, 2011

49:39
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 …

Ep 65 The Power of Memory; Oligarchs and Dimwits

March 18th, 2011

48:27
DGs unique eulogy for David Broder, praying for Japan, and why Brooks and Sullivan will never explain away the oligarchs and dimwits in their …

Ep 64 Newt, Wisconsin, and Plus C'est La Meme Chose

March 11th, 2011

40:55
We discuss Newt in Iowa, why Al Franken is a prophet, Wisconsin, and how parenthood has changed Driftglass. More at ProfessionalLeft.blogspot.com.

Ep 63 The Ayn Rand Episode [Not]

March 4th, 2011

50:50
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 …

Ep 62 The Union Label!

February 25th, 2011

1:01:52
"Without an organized labor movement, this is a two-class, feudal, Christian, police state, run by the f#@$ing Koch brothers." - DriftglassAlso a BG …

Chicago's next mayor, Wisconsin's uprising, and the Kama Sutra of the Liberals

February 18th, 2011

38:45
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 …

Publishing the Banns, and a "Formal" Debate on Palin

February 11th, 2011

51:37
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 …

Egypt, Charlotte, and the Sarah Palin Embargo

February 4th, 2011

36:20
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 …

Hey, Michele Bachmann! You left out "Atonement."

January 28th, 2011

47:10
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 …

Celebrating Lieberman's departure, Reagan's birthday? and our Liberal Elevator Speech.

January 21st, 2011

45:25
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 …

Our One Year Anniversary Show: Civility, "Blood Libel," and the GOP's real problem.

January 14th, 2011

39:25
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 …

BONUS CONTENT: Interview with WORT-FM, Madison WI

January 11th, 2011

55:07
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!

January 7th, 2011

33:01
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 …

Rahm for mayor, a challenge to Jon Stewart, and "coming out" as a Liberal.

December 31st, 2010

39:25
Happy New Year! DG is suspected of Twitter shenanigans (he's innocent!), and BG kicks "adult conversations" about Social Security to the curb. …

All I want for Christmas is a way to deal with my wingnut neighbors and relatives

December 24th, 2010

45:25
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 …

"No Labels", Sanders, and Full Metal Mondale

December 17th, 2010

47:50
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 …

Did we lose the White House without an Election?

December 10th, 2010

31:25
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). …

Hey Obama, Get Your Head Out of Your Asperger's!

December 3rd, 2010

40:40
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 …

Thanksgiving Weekend: Your Letters, TeaPublicans, and the Sublimity of Swearing

November 26th, 2010

47:20
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 …

Liberal Elitists? Maddow, Bright, Taibbi, and Yours Truly

November 19th, 2010

38:50
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, …

Eff You George W. Bush. Catfood, and Rand Paul's Elephant Adventure.

November 12th, 2010

44:10
"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 …

Alan Grayson for Chief of Staff; the GOP War on the Media; and Will Sarah Palin Run for President?

November 5th, 2010

43:55
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. …

GOP White Supremacy, Esquire's Balanced Budgets, and Happy Birthday Driftglass

October 29th, 2010

41:10
Happy Halloween! We discuss why the real political divide is between scared white people and everybody else. Election week burnout leads us to talk …

"It gets better" for the straight kid, too. And...Have we touched bottom on Tea Party stupid yet?

October 22nd, 2010

40:35
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 …

Red - Nosed Campaigns and Blue Collar Liberals

October 15th, 2010

34:15
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 Sex Costumes, Tea Party Pathology, and Off to Church with David Brooks

October 8th, 2010

33:05
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 …

James O'Keefe's Creepy Sex Hubris! And how to beat the bullies.

October 1st, 2010

38:00
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 …

Hey Blanche Lincoln, We Want Our Party Back!

September 24th, 2010

27:10
Should a progressive Arkansan vote for Blanche Lincoln this November? Driftglass says yes, Blue Gal's not so sure. The real test question for …

God, Sex, and Open Season on Calista Gingrich

September 17th, 2010

27:05
Carefully avoiding "masturbation in Delaware jokes", Driftglass and Blue Gal instead traverse Christine O'Donnell's patriarchal theocracy, Newt …

Can Obama Get His Groove Back?

September 10th, 2010

38:10
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 …

BONUS PODCAST: The Daley Show

September 9th, 2010

34:45
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 …

Beck, Palin, and Obama's Real "Secret Plot"

September 3rd, 2010

45:05
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 …

BONUS CONTENT: On Writing and the Lost Art of Blogging

September 2nd, 2010

38:45
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 …

The Worst Lie Conservatives Tell

August 27th, 2010

40:15
What's the worst lie conservatives tell? A listener's email provides both worry and hope for the future. More at

Blago, Old Boys, and Bad Foreplay

August 20th, 2010

37:00
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 …

We're now the Professional Left!

August 13th, 2010

41:50
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 …

The Great Republican vs. Republican Divide

August 6th, 2010

35:25
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 …

Why won't Sarah Palin Friend Us on Facebook?

July 30th, 2010

29:50
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 …

Andrew Breitbart, Enemy of Democracy

July 23rd, 2010

31:15
Blue Gal and Driftglass overcome the tragedy of Breitbart's media reach and political power to discuss the travesty of Breitbart's actions. (And …

Republicans and Pundits: Let's play the "Evil, Stupid, or Crazy" game!

July 16th, 2010

57:05
In this extended podcast, birthday girl Blue Gal and Driftglass run down the following list of conservatives, GOP politicians, and a few pundits, and …

Sex Club Zoning, Hanging Laundry, and Why Progressives Can't Take the Summer Off.

July 9th, 2010

29:20
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

It's the Economy, Stupid (Special "Driftglass Got Laid Off Again" Edition)

July 2nd, 2010

38:03
The recently laid-off Driftglass and his blogger colleague Blue Gal discuss why conservatives must never discuss the working man's economy, what …

Are YOU a good liberal? Are we?

June 25th, 2010

33:03
What makes a good liberal, and why are conservatives, particularly tea party candidates, self-destructing? Driftglass and Blue Gal discuss how …

Does the BP disaster mean we might actually reform the world?

June 18th, 2010

36:44
Driftglass and Blue Gal discuss whether the latest explosion of GOP outrageous behavior, apologizing to BP, means we muckrakers might actually have a …

The Lost Episode, our first ever from January

June 11th, 2010

23:02
This podcast from January was never uploaded to Buzzspout. We discuss the issues of jobs, conservatism. blogging, and whether we'll give our podcast …
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