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The True Centre Podcast

42 EpisodesProduced by Jeff PaganoWebsite

A podcast on Irish and American politics with a progressive slant, from the site First Person Plural

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The True Centre Podcast 011 - "The Cost Of Living Coalition March"

June 19th, 2022


My thoughts on the Irish Left in general and a march/rally in Dublin on Saturday in particular.

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The True Centre Podcast 010 - "Beware The Thirty Odd Percent"

June 17th, 2022


The Marriage Equality and Repeal the 8th referenda results were great, but if we're not careful the losing minority could be organised and …

The True Centre Podcast 009 - US media "forgets" that governing is for everyone

May 24th, 2022


Democratic candidate for governor of Georgia says one thing, US media spins it as another - and not just the right wing media either.

An article on what Stacey Abrams actually said > Georgia GOP attacks Stacey Abrams …

The True Centre Podcast 007 - Happy 20th birthday TYT

February 18th, 2022


As my favourite source of Progressive online news turns 20 years old, I talk about how I came across them, how they cover the news and what other …

True Centre Podcast 006 - Succession and the Bridge Too Far

February 10th, 2022


Could've gone a lot longer with this ramble on rich people and their excesses but thankfully I kept it to 10 minutes!

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The True Centre Podcast 005 - "Brave Fishermen & Ireland's Fluid Neutrality"

January 27th, 2022


The Irish government's policy of neutrality has meant different things over the years, but just how neutral have they been when it comes to the …

The True Centre Podcast 004 - "Biden's First Year"

January 20th, 2022


A ramble on Biden's presidency so far...

* How he was nominated

* The goodwill he had at the time of inauguration

* How niggly Senate rules allowed …

The True Centre Podcast 003 - "My Brush With The Misinformation Nation"

January 2nd, 2022


I normally want these to be just 10 minutes but I go on a bit longer as I explain my side of the story after going down a COVID related twitter …

The True Centre Podcast 002 - "Who the hell am I?"

December 17th, 2021


Episode 2 of TTCP where I ramble on about why literally anyone should be able to talk about politics and government.

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The True Centre Podcast 001 - Introduction

December 10th, 2021


The latest attempt at relaunching my political site First Person Plural sees the first episode of what I'm calling The True Centre Podcast where I …

FPP Rants & Rambles 5 - Palestine

May 20th, 2021


Why I feel I’m entitled to opinions on the latest Middle East crisis, followed by those opinions.

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FFP Rants & Rambles 4 - Voting rights

May 12th, 2021


It might not be the sexiest topic but when it comes to getting the most from our elected officials it could be the most important.

FPP Rants & Rambles 3 - Some thoughts on...The Big Lie

May 7th, 2021


Republicans and right wing media normally do soundbites and branding better than anyone but this might one of the best of them all.

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FPP Rants & Rambles 2 - Some thoughts on...Biden's First 100 Days

April 28th, 2021


Is “not being Trump” enough for Biden’s first 100 days to be a success or has there been more?

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FPP Rants & Rambles 1 - Some thoughts on...#DerekChauvinTrial

April 22nd, 2021


Quick look at my takeaways from the trial, like how racism was talked about without being talked about, how the trial was misrepresented in the press …

Finale : What's The Story With...Trump Derangement Syndrome?

January 22nd, 2021


With Joe Biden finally in the White House, Jeff & Keego round off the series with a chat about what comes next.

In future you'll find Jeff's …

#21 : What's The Story With...The Georgia Runoffs?

January 5th, 2021


Just when we thought we were out, Trump dragged us back in....

Jeff & Keego return for some final pods leading up to Joe Biden's inauguration, assuming the current President throwing his toys out his pram doesn't …

#20b : What's the story with...elections having consequences?

November 13th, 2020


Jeff & Keego discuss how the two candidates are dealing with the aftermath of the election as well as looking ahead to the further drama that lies ahead.

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#20a : Bonus episode - Result reactions & "The Original Jeffsplainer"

November 9th, 2020


Jeff & Keego recorded their individual responses to the eventual declaration of a winner at the weekend, plus I recorded Jeffsplainer number 19 though it is a reworking of one from April 19.  We'll be back with our …

#19 : What's the story with...claiming victory?

November 5th, 2020


Since the beginning of July this pod has been leading to this week, now all we have to do is work out what exaclty happened!!!  Jeff & Keego …

#18 : "What's the story with...Election Night?"

October 29th, 2020


It's almost here, folks.  Jeff & Keego look over different scenarios that could happen across the pond from November 3 onwards.

Episode 1 as …

#17b : "What's the story with...the Final Debate?"

October 23rd, 2020


This week Jeff & Keego talk about coyotes, swimming lessons, rabid dogs,’s obvious our subject was the final presidential debate, right?

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#17a : What's the story with...campaign promises? (pre-debate bonus episode)

October 22nd, 2020


With the second/third Presidential debate taking place overnight between Thursday and Friday, I’ll have my weekly chat with Keego afterwards and that …

#16 : What’s the story with…“Dark Money”?

October 15th, 2020


Less than three weeks to polling day and Jeff & Keego discuss the murky waters of the money behind politics, as well as a contentious cable news …

#15 - What's the story with...the October Surprise?

October 9th, 2020


This week Jeff & Keego talk about expecting the unexpected in October and how the VP candidates got on in Wednesday night's debate.

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#14b - "What's the story with...those two 'Master Debaters'???"

October 2nd, 2020


Jeff & Keego try so hard to make sense of that first debate that we run a bit longer than usual, but it was worthwhile.  

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#14a : What's the story with...the first Presidential debate? (preview special)

September 29th, 2020


In a special pre-first debate edition, Jeff & Keego offer some thoughts and expectations.

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#13 : What’s the story with...the US Supreme Court?

September 25th, 2020


This week we discuss the implications of the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, we take a look at the latest polls, and also Jeff …

#12 : What’s the story with...Trump’s enablers?

September 18th, 2020


This week Jeff & Keego talk about those who help the President hold on to power - we also look at the polls, how Biden won the Irish-American …

#11 : What’s the story with...the US COVID19 response?

September 11th, 2020


This week Jeff & Keego discuss how Trump's (mis-)handling of the COVID19 pandemic would remind you of Die Hard, just at the same time news is …

#10 : What's the story with...Black Lives Matter?

September 3rd, 2020


This week Jeff & Keego talk about what people like us, who are likely to go our entire lives without experiencing injustice from the police, can …

#9 : What’s the story with...President Donald J Trump?

August 28th, 2020


This week Jeff & Keego take on the "big man" himself and talk about who he actually is and how he manages to hide it.  We also look a bit more at how he's using the post office and other means to steal the election.

#8 : What's the story with...Party Conventions?

August 20th, 2020


This week Jeff tries to make the subject of political party conventions sound interesting.   Oh, well, at least he tried.  Then Keego points out a …

#7 : What’s the story with...Hillary Clinton?

August 15th, 2020


Slightly later than usual this week, and a slightly different format.  Keego has wanted to discuss Hillary's influence on this campaign so he …

#6 : What’s the story with...voter suppression?

August 7th, 2020


This week Jeff & Keego look at the timely issue of voter supression after the loss of two great civil rights campaigners named John.  They then discuss other recent developments in the campaign like Biden's one …

#5 : What’s the story with...the US Media?

July 31st, 2020


This week Jeff & Keego look at the ways Trump & Biden can use the different forms of media to their advantage in the campaign, and what we as …

#4 : What's the story with...The Vice Presidency?

July 24th, 2020


This week the "Jeffsplainer" is all about the roles the VP has played over the years, where the current one Mike Pence fits in, and how a former one …

#3 : What's the story with...The Democrat Party?

July 17th, 2020


This week we get a "Jeffsplanation" of the Democrats, focusing on the challenges faced by Joe Biden ahead of November.  Then Keego looks at ways in which the two candidates need to hone their messaging.

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#2 : "What's the story with...The Republican Party?"

July 10th, 2020


This week I talk about how the Republicans went from being "The Party of Lincoln" to being "The Party of The Lincoln Project", then Keego picks out …

#1 : What's the story with...the Electoral College?

July 2nd, 2020


It's the pilot episode, the time when you get all the gridlines, er grenades, er gremlins, out of the system.  Jeff has a go explaining how the …

Pilot : "What, exactly, is a 'Progressive'?"

July 5th, 2019


To get used to the podcast software, I read out a post on the FPP blog from April 2019.


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