Bad Faith

By Briahna Joy Gray & Virgil Texas

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America's only podcast. // with Briahna Joy Gray, former National Press Secretary for Bernie Sanders' Presidential campaign // and Virgil Texas // Subscribe for exclusive premium episodes at patreon.com/badfaithpodcast / @badfaithpod / badfaithpodcast at gmail dot com

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Episode 128 Promo - The Boy Who Cried White Supremacist
08:17

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Briahna speaks with Batya Ungar-Sargon, Deputy Opinion Editor of Newsweek & author of a provocative new book titled Bad News: How Woke Media is Undermining Democracy. A self-described "former woke," Batya is now skeptical of left media culture that feels increasingly elite & distant from journalisms working class roots. But while Brie & Batya agree on mainstream media's deficits, they disagree on the extent to which "wokeness" itself is the problem. They debate intersectionality, defund the police, free college, AOC, left immigration policy, & more. We've been saying this a lot recently, but this is a good one. Thank you for supporting Bad Faith and enabling us to do substantive, in person interviews like this one.

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Produced by Ben Dalton (@wbend).

Theme by Nick Thorburn (@nickfromislands).

Nov 29, 2021
Episode 127 - It's Giving Thanks (w/ Ben Jealous)
01:20:04

Extremely good vibes in this Thanksgiving episode with former NAACP president, Maryland gubernatorial candidate, professor, and most importantly, Bernie Bro, Ben Jealous. Sometimes it's just nice to let the conversation follow a great conversationalist, and this week, the chat covers the biographical, racial identity, the merits of "defund" as a slogan, Ben's voting rights advocacy and why Biden's dragging his feet on filibuster reform, and a former gubernatorial candidates insights on what Democrats did wrong in Virginia. Like I said, the vibes are immaculate. Happy turkey day. Consider subscribing so Brie isn't constantly worried about subscriber numbers & producer Ben doesn't have to edit holiday episodes.

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Nov 24, 2021
Episode 126 Promo - Has "White Supremacy" Jumped the Shark?
06:10

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This week, Brie digs deeper into some broader themes that emerged from the Kyle Rittenhouse discourse. How productive is the "white supremacist" descriptor attached to not just Kyle, but to any number of actors associated with conservative politics. Even if it's accurate, does a maximalist view of white supremacy undermine the potency or rhetorical relevance of the term? Is it unnecessarily divisive? Or is the negative reaction to the term evidence that we're not talking about white supremacy enough? Briahna is joined by Zaid Jilani, journalist and author at Inquire More substack, who recently wrote an article which, among other things, questioned the the wisdom of squad members describing Rittenhouse as "white supremacist." Irami Osei-Frimpong provides a counterpoint: arguing that the path to racial equality requires an unflinching commitment to racial reeducation where whites aren't "coddled", and what he describes as white cultural deficits are interrogated. It's a passionate conversation with no punches pulled. A must listen.

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Nov 22, 2021
Episode 125 - "White People's Business": On The Kyle Rittenhouse Trial & The Left Divide (w/ Olayemi Olurin)
01:28:42

This week, public defender & commentator for the Law Crime Network Olayemi Olurin returns to Bad Faith to discuss the Kyle Rittenhouse trial and how the media's selective marshaling of facts has led to a divide not just between the political right and the left, but among left commentators. Olurin walks us through the facts of the case, the charges, and the evidentiary burden the prosecutor must meet, before delving into accusations of judicial bias and prosecutorial malfeasance. Finally, Brie and Olay spend the last 30 minutes of the podcast trying to parse the extent to which their politics are informing their opinion on whether Rittenhouse behaved reasonably. Would they stand by the standard being applied if an armed BLM supporter had been chased by right-wing protestors? If presented with this fact pattern on a law school exam, absent politics, would Brie choose to argue self defense, or manslaughter? Does Matt Orfela's video change things? And, in the course of defending Rittenhouse, did Adam Corolla unwittingly prove that Rittenhouse did not, in fact, act in self defense?

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Nov 18, 2021
Episode 124 Promo - Don't Cry over 12 Gallons of Spilt Milk (w/ Claudia Sahm)
06:57

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This week, Brie broke down everything you need to know about inflation, the supply chain crisis, and Larry Summers with economist and senior fellow at the Jain Family Institute, Claudia Sahm. Sahm addresses the Biden administration's bad messaging around the link between the COVID stimulus & inflation, opines on whether Buttigieg can be blamed for the supply chain crisis, and weighs in on how Larry Summers manages to fail up as a professional wrong person year after year, administration after administration. Twitter spent last week joking about an MSNBC story on inflation using, as a peg, a large family with atypical dairy needs. This week, Bad Faith assures you that there's no need to cry over milk -- spilt or otherwise. Stay until the end for Brie's personal, never before shared, Larry Summers story.

Claudia's newsletter can be found at https://stayathomemacro.substack.com/

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Nov 15, 2021
Episode 123 - No Good COPS (w/ David Wallace-Wells)
01:12:39

This week. Brie talks climate with David Wallace-Wells, New York Magazine Editor at Large and author of The Uninhabitable Earth -- one of the most sobering climate reads out there. Wallace-Wells helps Brie unpack what exactly is in the infrastructure bills with respect to climate, and asks whether AOC's claim that "America's back" at the COP 26 climate conference is a wee bit premature. Brie & Wallace-Wells also discuss what is and isn't being achieved at the Glasgow climate conference, whether climate goals are reachable in the absence of any global accountability mechanism, and the case climate reparations. What does the global north owe the global south, and is there any way the global north will pay absent pitchforks and revolution? Finally, we close out this week's public episode with an interview with one of the climate protestors who famously blocked Joe Manchin's Maserati last week. Kidus Girma, fresh off a two week hunger strike, talks climate strategy for the future, and what parties eager to prevent the end of the world as we know it can do.

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Nov 11, 2021
Episode 122 Promo - Blackish (w/ Thomas Chatterton Williams)
06:11

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This week, Brie speaks with cultural critic & author Thomas Chatterton Williams about his latest book, Self Portrait in Black & White: Unlearning Race. You may know him as one of the authors of the infamous Harpers letter on cancel culture, or from controversy surrounding his takes on hip hop culture from his first book. But in this wide reaching, intimate conversation, Brie and Thomas confront what it means to be "culturally Black," and whether, per Thomas' thesis, he's right to want to be an "ex" Black man. Does ones choice in partner affect their "racial authenticity?" Is Rachel Dolezal a model for how we should perform racial fluidity? What's the line between pride in ones cultural identity and performing the kind of "race craft" that can create a brand of "cultural whiteness" that shores up white supremacy?

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Nov 08, 2021
Episode 121 - Marxist Place of Ideas (w/ Andrew Sullivan)
01:33:06

Brie sits down in person with author and podcaster Andrew Sullivan to continue a conversation they started on his Dishcast podcast last month. After discussing the value of intra-ideological exchange, the two debate the existence of structural barriers to equality, the definition and value of critical race theory, equity vs. equality, and whether facial neutrality obscures substantive inequity in our legal system, or system of governance, and more. It's an extremely spirited, extremely good faith debate. Full video of this episode to be posted to Bad Faith YouTube. Subscribe so as not to miss it.

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Nov 04, 2021
Episode 120 Promo - Spoiled for Choice (w/ Andrew Yang)
07:27

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This week, Andrew Yang returns to the pod to discuss his new book, Forward, and his plan to launch a 3rd party. Brie asks Yang some tough questions about what went wrong with his NYC mayoral candidacy, his friendship with Dave Chappelle, & whether "human centered capitalism" is an oxymoron. It's a wide reaching, intimate conversation that touches on Yang's childhood, astrology, media bias, scenes from the campaign trail and more. It's Andrew as you've never heard him before.

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Nov 01, 2021
Episode 119 - I Do Not Dream Of Labor
01:03:47

This week, Brie fulfills a longtime ambition: Chatting with former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis about Star Trek. The two Trekkies discuss utopias, the future of capitalism, Noam Chomsky's viral vaccine mandate take, and what's left for the left. But that's not all. This week is a two-parter, and in the second interview, Brie chats with friend of the show, New York Assembly member Zohran Mamdani, who is now nine days into a hunger strike. Why? Zohran is striking in solidarity with with New York taxi drivers fighting for relief from medallion debt. Listen to learn more and to find out how to support this worthwhile cause.

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Oct 28, 2021
Episode 118 Promo - Fight Harder (w/ Ro Khanna)
07:04

This week, Brie grills California Representative Ro Khanna on why progressives hesitate to call out Joe Biden, along with “rotating villains” Manchin & Sinema, for his role in obstructing democratic policies from a $15 min wage to student debt cancellation. Why should we trust Biden’s “heart” is in the right place on $15 an hour or the infrastructure bills if he declines to use tools in his arsenal — namely executive orders — to advance is own agenda? Is focusing on the good stuff coming out of the infrastructure negotiations merely giving credit where credit is due? Or is it ultimately a tactic used to distract voters from remembering all that was prematurely bargained away by Democrats who seem allergic to leverage? Did progressives miscalculate by not demanding a $15 min wage be included in the “must pass” Covid bill last March? And why isn’t Biden called out as the person responsible for that provision being removed. (Can’t blame the parliamentarian for everything). Brie also asks Khanna about his Colin Powell tribute tweet, and why progressives continue to participate in the hagiography of war criminals.

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Oct 25, 2021
Episode 117 - Al B. Shor
01:23:43

This week, Brie gets to the bottom of “Shorism,” — the messaging philosophy advanced by polling wiz kid David Shor, also known as popularism. Why does the idea that Democrats should do what’s popular rankle so many progressives, who’ve long defended Bernie on the grounds that he’s a populist, not a radical? And why are liberals so eager to embrace Shor when they rejected Bernie? What are the flaws in Shor’s approach, and what are the take always? And when will the left finally embrace the value of a messaging strategy? Brie talks to an all-star brain trust this week: Osita Nwanevu of The New Republic, Eric Levitz of New York Magazine, and Matt Breunig of the People’s Policy project. It’s the definitive word on Shorism.

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Oct 21, 2021
Episode 116 Promo - Bad Art Co-Host
07:16

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Brie is joined by her best friend and former SWOTI (Someone's Wrong On The Internet) podcast co-Host Joe Lee to discuss Bad Art Friend -- the viral New York Times story about the ethical boundaries of public posting, creativity, and friendship. They also discuss the semi-viral Machine Gun Kelly/Megan Fox mishigos. Drinks were had. Vulnerability happened. It's a vibe.

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Oct 18, 2021
Episode 115 - Chapelle Schmo
01:53:54

This is the best, most good faith conversation about the final chapter of Dave Chapelle's four-part Netflix special The Closer you'll hear anywhere on the internet. Period. Brie is joined by Dr. Steven Thrasher -- the inaugural Daniel H. Renberg Chair of social justice in reporting (with an emphasis on issues relevant to the LGBTQ community) and an assistant professor of journalism -- and attorney, Champagne Sharks podcast host, and cultural critic Trevor Beaulieu. Together, the three try to figure out what's driving Chapelle's focus on the trans community, whether it's all transphobia, or if there's something worth engaging in Chapelle's work. Is Chapelle accurately observing an inconsistency between how punching "down" at Black Americans and punching down at Trans folks are perceived? Or is he just encouraging an unhealthy game of "oppression Olympics?" Is he erasing Black LGBTQ people in his commentary? Or, as he claims, is his audience misunderstanding that his target isn't Trans people. It is, as it has always been, white people? Listen, let us know what you think, and don't forget to subscribe on YouTube to watch the video episode. (Listen to the audio to hear embedded clips from the special).

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Oct 14, 2021
Episode 114 Promo - Wish With One Hand, Shit in the Other (w/ Dr. Charisse Burden-Stelly)
06:55

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Why are folks debating whether Kamala is "Black" and is it relevant to her presidential prospects? Is Brie over-invested in Cardi B's revolutionary politics or could she be the next Paul Robeson? Is the online-left sufficiently internationalist? How does one square the belief that White Americans are too racist to vote for policies that benefit Blacks with a redistributive economic agenda -- much less Reparations? Assistant Professor of Africana Studies and Political Science at Carleton College, Dr. Charisse Burden-Stelly (Dr. CBS) weighs in on Racial Capitalism, Stacey Abrams, the "white working class," CRT, "The Squad," and more.

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Oct 11, 2021
Episode 113 - Total Recall (w/ Kshama Sawant)
01:00:31

This week, Seattle city council member Kshama Sawant returns to the podcast with an analysis of the ongoing infrastructure battle, and an update on the recall campaign against her. Brie asks her how she plans to best the corporate interests aligned against her, and whether there are any lessons learned from the effort to challenge India Walton's win in Buffalo, and Nina Turner's defeat in Cleveland. The pair then interrogate the strategy around the infrastructure fight, and Kshama offers advice on how to know if a political battle is real or merely pageantry. You can support Kshama's solidarity campaign at https://www.kshamasolidarity.org/donate, and learn more about Socialist Alternative at https://www.socialistalternative.org/.

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Oct 07, 2021
Episode 112 Promo - Conscious Uncoupling
09:36

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After taking a mental health break from discussing the infrastructure bills and all the ways progressive electeds disappoint, Brie's back in full #ForceTheVote mode this week. She's joined by congressional clairvoyant David Sirota and legislative ace Jennifer Briney for a rip-roaring debate on the status of Biden's last great shot at passing meaningful legislation before Democrats reap what the've failed to sow during midterms. (Or is it the last shot?) The trio strategizes the next point of leverage, whether progressives are rightly seen as sellouts or just hapless, and why you never split the bill. 

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Oct 03, 2021
Episode 111 - Buffalo Smolder (w/ India Walton)
48:45

This week, Brie interviewed socialist mayoral candidate India Walton, who made history in June by defeating four term incumbent mayor Byron Brown in the Democratic primary for mayor of Buffalo, New York. Walton won fair and square, but in a move that's becoming all too familiar, the Democratic establishment is putting up a fight. After trying and failing to get on the ballot by starting a new party, Brown is waging a write in campaign against Walton -- accepting right-wing money in support of his challenge. So this week, Brie asked Walton to discuss the stakes of the ongoing contest, to detail how she won, to explain what other left candidates can learn from her success, and to explore whether the lack of support she's received from the Democratic establishment makes her skeptical about the potential of electoralism. The two also discuss the squandered potential of the George Floyd protests, how the failing American healthcare system is generating sympathy for socialism, and how left purity politics hurt the movement.

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Sep 30, 2021
Episode 110 Promo - Under the Skin (w/ Christian Picciolini)
06:11

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This week, Brie speaks to Christian Picciolini, a former white supremacist leader who went on to renounce hate and found the counter-extremism organizations Life After Hate and Free Radicals Project. They get into the pathways radicalized people take into the hate movement, the efficacy of disengagement work, how we should judge redemption, and more, in the context of Christian's latest book Breaking Hate: Confronting the New Culture of Extremism.

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Sep 27, 2021
Episode 109 - You Can Do A Patriotism (w/ Gerald Horne)
01:24:15

Earlier this month, the online left had a spirited debate about whether it should embrace "patriotism." Is pride in country inextricable from a noxious nationalism? Or can patriotism be redefined as something less jingoistic but equally appealing to the working classes? Should the Right have the exclusive ability to weaponize the stars and stripes to advance their faux populist agenda? Or should the left learn to love America, too? Is political scientist and cultural critic Micheal Parenti correct when he says there is no true patriotism without a love a justice? Or is that just wishful thinking? This week, Brie invited African American History Professor & prolific author Gerald Horne on to discuss whether the white supremacist roots of American History foreclose the possibility that patriotism can work for the left.

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Sep 23, 2021
Episode 108 Promo - Step Up 3°C
07:44

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This week, Brie is joined by an all star climate panel: Historian, journalist, and host of Red Nation Podcast Nick Estes recently returned from Minnesota where he brings updates on the Line 3 oil pipeline protests; Walker Bragman, a reporter for the Daily Poster, who just broke a story revealing that while Biden was on his climate tour, his administration argued that scientific proof of catastrophic climate change “does not present sufficient evidence” to halt the government’s plan to vastly expand offshore drilling; and senior climate reporter from Huffington Post Alex Kaufman weigh in on efforts to raise the criminal penalties for climate action. They discuss how indigenous identity and liberal lingo have been weaponized to provide cover for the Biden administration's climate inaction, and what we all can do about it.

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Sep 20, 2021
Episode 107 - Housing & The Dress
52:03

Last spring, COVID struck, and by the end of 2020, 11 million Americans were significantly overdue on rent. The following March, the CDC imposed a federal eviction moratorium that offered temporary protection to some renters, but after Cori Bush and others progressives fought to extend it, the Supreme Court overturned the moratorium in August. This week, I spoke to the left's most visible housing activist, Cea Weaver, and local organizer & Fred Hampton Leftist Podcast contributor Afeni, about what to do next. Cea unpacks important root causes for the housing crisis -- like limited housing stock -- and ruminates on the structural/philosophical barriers at play -- like America's commitment to homeownership as a path to financial security. Afeni offers essential insights gleaned from working as an activist on the ground in DC, and proposes radical solutions that might work better than a polite letter to your congressperson. Afeni explains what she learned from conversations with squad-members on the capital steps, Cea helps us focus on what we should be fighting for, and yes, toward the end, yes -- we discuss The Dress.

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Sep 16, 2021
Episode 106 - Thanks, Obama (w /Norm Finkelstein)
12:36

This week, Brie spoke to political scientist, activist, former professor and writer Norm Finkelstein about his new book on identity politics and cancel culture. Specifically, he asked Brie to critique his chapter on Barack Obama, and how his identity was weaponized to sell his 2008 candidacy as having revolutionary potential that could meet the scale of the Great Recession. History has shown that Obama's no leftist, but Finkelstein's critique goes beyond Obama's policy commitments (or lack thereof) to interrogate the extent to which the  narrative of Obama as an exceptional intellect and politician is, itself, a fiction.  Did Obama really earn his spot on the Harvard Law Review, or was he a beneficiary of White liberal guilt? Is Finkelstein overly strident in his critique, or is Brie overly sensitive about critiques that center Obama's intellect and ability rather than his policy commitments? What can we learn from the people Obama surrounded himself with -- from speech writers to senior advisors -- and is Brie right that how we critique Obama matters nearly as much as the critique itself? This was a hot one, but a good one. We cut this interview down by over an hour, and end with Ben and Brie summarizing takeaways from this interview and last week's chat with Talia Lavin, and reflecting on Brie's approach to interviews and how she can continue to improve.

Sep 13, 2021
Episode 105 - It's Not Easy Being Green (w/ Dr. Jill Stein)
01:26:02

A week after they defeated Roe v. Wade, two sides of the evil triad (sans Susan Sarandon) convene to discuss their plot to ruin America. Or at least that's how some liberals might view this chat between Brie & physician, activist, and 2016 Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein. Brie asks Dr. Stein how she feels about being blamed for Trump, whether progressives will hold firm on their threat to tank the bi-partisan infrastructure bill if the reconciliation bill fails, and about her beef with the Movement for a People's Party. They also discuss the poison pill against 3rd parties embedded in HR-1, the failure of progressive media to cover Rank Choice Voting and third party efforts, how to get through to anti-vaxxers, and motherhood. It's a conversation Brie's been wanting to have for a while, and it's a good one.

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Sep 09, 2021
Episode 104 Promo - Thank You For Not Smoking
10:00

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As the Trump era brought spiking hate crimes, white supremacist rallies, and a renewed interest in racist online communities, journalist Talia Lavin began a fascinating social experiment aimed at understanding and exposing the white nationalist movement: She went undercover as an idealized Aryan date on white's-only dating sites. To disguise her own Jewish roots, Talia used images of an anonymous European huntress to set a trap for lonely white supremacists. The result of her investigation into the alt-right was 2020's acclaimed book, Culture Warlords. Nearly a year after its publication, Brie asked Talia about what drove her to want to enter the belly of the beast, what she learned, and whether her direct experiences with white supremacy have made her doubt the possibility of a broad, multiracial coalition. To what extent, if at all, is deprograming Nazis a useful goal? Is Nazi punching as scalable as addressing the social and economic marginalization endemic to some of her targets? Why not both? It was an unexpectedly spirited conversation that ended abruptly when Talia ended the interview. Did Brie push things too far?

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Sep 06, 2021
Episode 103 - California Schemin’
01:44:08

Democratic Party leadership is telling Californians to vote "no" on the question of whether to Governor Gavin Newsom. But there's a second question on the ballot: If a majority of Californians vote "yes," who should replace him? Democratic leaders have advised voters to leave the second question blank. But hasn't the New York mayoral race taught the left that it should consolidate early around progressive alternative? As we discussed last week, the leading contender to replace Newsom is conservative talk show host Larry Elder -- not a guy you want in charge of the environment, COVID management, or, well, anything. But because the Democratic Party is hedging all bets on Newsom, there hasn't been much guidance about who the best left candidates in the race really are. The liberal media, unsurprisingly, has been silent about the progressive candidates in the race. Unfortunately, left media hasn't been any better. That's why this week, Brie spoke to a panel of three leading left candidates: Green Party candidate & criminal defense attorney Dan Kapelovitz, Socialist Equality Party candidate David Moore, and California National Party candidate and political science lecturer at San Francisco State, Michael Loebs. This conversation is as much about their individual candidacies as is is about their respective parties' theories of change. Everyone here may agree on the need for Medicare for All, but a non-Marxist professor of Marxism cum successionist, a Trotskyite, and a Green Party member each have very different theories of how to get there. It's an edifying conversation that interrogates the likelihood that a President Gavin Newsom will bring us Medicare for All, questions the value of "pushing" Democratic politicians who will always serve capital, and asks: should California just go it alone? I also ask the panelists why they haven't managed to consolidate around one left candidate with two weeks left until election day. If you support this type of substantive podcasting, consider subscribing at http://patreon.com/badfaithpodcast

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Sep 02, 2021
Episode 102 Promo - Swipe Left
08:26

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The personal is political, so this week an all female panel weighs in on what it's like to date as a leftist. Is political alignment a necessity? Where would you draw the line? A Kamala Harris supporter? A Buttigeig stan? Do heteronormative gender dynamics make it more difficult for leftists women to constructively negotiate disagreements with less progressive men? Do leftist ladies who date women have it easier? Are certain professions "off limits" or can a leftist and a hedge fund manager find true love together? What happens when your dating aspirations are out of synch with your political values? We probe these questions and more in this sure-to-be-controversial episode.

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Aug 30, 2021
Episode 101- (Larry) Elder Abuse, w/ Josh Olson, Dave Anthony, & Edward Ongweso Jr
01:37:08
In this week's very special California episode, we talk Prop 22 and the Gavin Newsom recall with three very special guests. Cali guys Josh Olson and Dave Anthony don't just co-host The West Wing Thing podcast. They're a wealth of information about the Newsom recall effort and the very real threat posed by the leading Republican on the ballot -- Larry Elder (a villain straight out of central casting). But first, Brie picks the brain of Vice journalist Edward Ongweso Jr., who has been closely covering Prop 22, which was ruled unconstitutional early this week. What are the implications for gig workers in the state, and how do right wingers keep winning with regressive ballot initiatives (and Governors) in a state where Democrats out number Republicans two to one? We have fun with this one.
 
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Aug 26, 2021
Episode 100 Promo - Knock Down The Hous(anabi)
07:36

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For this very special 100th episode, we're elevating house discourse by inviting two of the best minds on the left to interrogate the ethical questions that are driving the controversy. Marxist economist Richard Wolff and Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and theologian Chris Hedges weigh in on whether there is a moral maximum income, by what standard we should judge leftists who become wealthy in the course of their advocacy, and why the left is so easily distracted by superficial internecine battles during this time of great crisis. We then move on to discuss more substantive divides on the left, and whether the so-called "institutional left's" theory of power is, in fact, demobilizing people at the very moment they should act. It's a banger.

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Aug 23, 2021
Episode 99 - Biden's Pullout Game
01:01:10

After a week of Afghanistan hot takes, one thing is clear: the left has an isolationism problem. Everyone agrees that imperialism is bad. But disagreement has emerged over what obligation, if any, America has to the country it's occupied for 20 years, and the individuals left behind. On one hand, some folks are arguing that there's no good way to withdraw, and that any discussion about how to improve Biden's actions this month is an expression of imperialist sympathies. On the other hand, leftists shocked by images of men falling from cargo planes and stories about the unique threats faced by women are horrified by the indifference to the human cost of withdrawal. Is there a principled middle ground between isolationism and imperialism? Is it possible to articulate a standard by which "intervention" is justified? Would the left argue against humanitarian intervention in Rwanda? What about WWII? This week, we have a robust conversation about the vacuum created by the fact that the world lacks international institutions with the authority to mediate global disputes, what America should do in lieu of said institutions, and how we got into this mess in the first place. Our guests assess whether we should all be "Biden Bros" on this issue, or if a more nuanced approach would serve the left better. We're joined by Graeme Smith, journalist and author of The Dogs are Eating Them Now: Our War in Afghanistan, Stephen Semler, co-founder of Security Policy Reform Institute -- a think tank developing and promoting ideas to align U.S. foreign policy with working-class interests -- and Shahid Buttar, a former congressional candidate and constitutional lawyer. It's a conversation you won't hear anywhere else on the left.

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Aug 19, 2021
Episode 98 Promo - Doom And Gloom While Things Go Boom
07:49

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Noam Chomsky argued that a vote for Biden was a vote to save the planet. But it's clear now, if it wasn't already then, that Biden would to fail to meet the moment. Biden's climate platform was insufficient to begin with, but the winnowed version that's made it into the infrastructure bills leaves even more to be desired. Brie asks this week's guests, Eric Holthaus, meteorologist, journalist, author of The Future Earth, and Peter Kalmus, NASA technical scientist & author of Being the Change: Live Well and Spark a Climate Revolution, to measure the implications of the new IPCC report against Biden's infrastructure plans and answer the question: Is it time for doom and gloom or for things to go boom-- as in non violent sabotage against dirty energy infrastructure? Is eco-pessimism a natural outgrowth of the climate crisis or is it caused by the failure of activists to connect climate consequences to political actors and hold them accountable? And why are so few scientists willing to call out meager climate budgets as a form of climate denialism?

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Aug 16, 2021
[UNLOCKED] Episode 94 - "Hit 'Em In The Soul": The Final Days of Nina Turner's Fight For Ohio's 11th District
01:14:34

Originally on Patreon, Brie's first person report from Cleveland on Ohio's 11th district congressional race between Senator Nina Turner and Shontel Brown. From the ground, she experienced the volleys of negative cable TV ads first hand, went to church with the candidates, observed the lawn sign wars, and spoke to myriad voters and politicians about the effect the negative campaigning has had on their incentive to vote and their choice of candidate. From interviews with AG Kieth Ellison and DFA's Yvette Simpson to speeches by Nina Turner and Danny Glover, this is a perspective you're not going to get anywhere else. Not only is Brie's family from Cleveland, she was able to embed with the Turner campaign and gain access other reporters can only dream of. 

Aug 16, 2021
Episode 97 Promo - Winning! (w/ Ari Rabin-Havt) (Part 2)
04:41

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In part two of Brie's interview with Bernie 2020 Deputy Campaign Manager Ari Rabin-Havt Brie drills down on the tough questions: Why did Bernie endorse so soon? Why didn’t he hold out for more confessions? Why not force the vote on 15? Why the alleged reluctance to be remembered like Ralph Nader? We’re we right to want to force the vote? It’s tense. It’s informative. It’s helps us know where we are and where we need to be. It’s worth listening to.

Listen to Part One here.

Aug 12, 2021
Episode 96 - Winning! (w/ Ari Rabin-Havt)
01:32:33

Lots of folks have thoughts and feelings about why Bernie lost, and whether Nina Turner fell into the same traps as Bernie during her bid to represent Ohio's 11th district. But it's time to talk to the experts. This week, we spoke to someone with inside knowledge: Deputy Campaign Manager for Bernie 2020 Ari Rabin-Havt. Few people were as close to Bernie on the campaign as Ari, so Brie asked him hard questions about what went wrong in 2020, before pivoting to questions about the future: Are Bernie and the squad truly maximizing their leverage to fight for the issues that got them elected? This is an epic two-parter, filmed in person at chez Brie. The first part will be released free, even though it's a Monday. Thursday's episode -- part two -- will be premium. Video of part one will also air Monday. Let us know if you have follow up questions, because Ari has said he will make himself available for a livestream. (We had end the interview at 2.5 hours, but there's a ton more to discuss).

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Aug 09, 2021
Episode 95 - Black Enough for TV?
01:29:19

After he tweeted about Bertrand Cooper's viral Current Affairs article "Who Actually Gets to Create Black Pop Culture?," we invited Very Smart Brothers co-founder Damon Young to dialogue with Cooper about his piece. The two pop culture commentators debate whether it's a problem that so few poor Black Americans are able to create art about poor Black folk -- even though that version of "the Black experience" is increasingly marketable as an avenue for White catharsis in the age of Black Lives Matter. As tragedies like George Floyd's death open the door for "Black content," how concerned should we be that creative opportunities flow to elite, often Ivy League Black folks rather than members of communities like the one George Floyd came from? Do affluent Black creators have an obligation to disclose the gap between their own life experiences and the cultural products they produce? Is it "right" for Dave Chapelle or Donald Glover allow their audiences to assume they're "from the streets", or is it appropriative for them to profit off of assumed "authenticity?" Must a creator share the class identity of the characters they produce? Is the Black middle class sufficiently precarious that it's "entitled" to tell all Black stories? We tackle these questions and more on this week's episode of Bad Faith.

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Aug 05, 2021
Episode 94 Promo - "Hit 'Em In The Soul": The Final Days of Nina Turner's Fight For Ohio's 11th District
06:49

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Thanks to your Patreon support, I was able to fly to Cleveland this weekend to report on how locals in Ohio's 11th district are feeling about the congressional race between Senator Nina Turner and Shontel Brown. From the ground, I experienced the volleys of negative cable TV ads first hand, went to church with the candidates, observed the lawn sign wars, and spoke to myriad voters and politicians about the effect the negative campaigning has had on their incentive to vote and their choice of candidate. From interviews with AG Kieth Ellison and DFA's Yvette Simpson to speeches by Nina Turner and Danny Glover, this is a perspective you're not going to get anywhere else. Not only is my family from Cleveland, I was able to embed with the Turner campaign and gain access other reporters can only dream of. Spend a day with me on the campaign trail as we await Tuesday's election results.

Aug 03, 2021
Episode 93 - Bill Cosby Elegy (w/ Glenn Loury)
01:02:25

This week, Brie debates one of America's foremost Black conservative public intellectuals, Brown University Economics Professor Glenn Loury. Is there overlap between conservative critics of liberal race politics lefty critics of liberal "woke" culture? Or does the conservative focus on fixing "Black culture" serve the same function as the liberal focus on "curing racism" to the exclusion of material interventions? It's a difficult but productive conversation. Stick around to the end at which point Professor Loury dishes on what it's like to be a Black conservative married to a Black "Bernie Bro," and how Brie can learn to date across the aisle.

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Jul 29, 2021
Episode 92 Promo - Miner Inconvenience
07:40

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Over 1000 coal miners in Alabama have been on strike since April 1st over cuts in pay, loss in paid holidays and time off, and spiking health insurance costs. But nearly 4 months into the strike, the mainstream media channels have stayed silent. This week, Brie spoke to Kim Kelly, an independent journalist who has been covering the strike on the ground, and Phil Smith, Director of Communications and Governmental Affairs United Mine Workers of America. The pair offered context for the strike, including violent acts of intimidation by the company, and went on to offer a nuanced assessment of whether the miners could see a left populist movement as a political solution to the labor conflict at hand. How does a "Bernie style" message go over in Alabama? Is it possible to pitch the Green New Deal to coal country? Is a distain for big government an insurmountable bias for Democrats, or is the real issue that government so far has failed to address ongoing problems like high healthcare costs and the opioid epidemic? Can a left populist movement turn Alabama blue?

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Jul 26, 2021
Episode 91 - Tossed Ballots & Cancelled Meds
01:12:06

It's a twofer this week. Brie traveled to Seattle to speak to activist Andre Stackhouse of Whole Washington about his group's effort to achieve Medicare for All in Washington State. He addressed skepticism about the ability to fund universal healthcare on the state level, concerns that a state-by-state approach drains focus from the national effort, and the strategic barriers to success. But first, I spoke to 2016 Green Party VP candidate and national spokesperson for Black Alliance for Peace Ajamu Baraka about third party politics, the importance of internationalism, BLM's controversial statement in support of the Cuban government, how being drafted into the Vietnam War radicalized him, and more. (No spoilers ;)).

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Jul 22, 2021
Episode 90 Promo - Debt on the Installment Plan (w/ Astra Taylor)
08:24

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Millions of Americans have had their student loan payments on hold since the start of the pandemic, but with the deadline on debt postponement looming, so does the question: if Biden asks us to start paying again, will we? This week, I spoke to founder of the Debt Collective Astra Taylor about the possibility of a student debt strike, and how to address the bad faith arguments against student debt relief from both sides of the aisle. We revisit some 2020 campaign moments from Pete and Liz, discuss the biblical roots of the debt jubilee, and strategize about how to capitalize on the heightened consciousness around student debt cancellation now that Biden has broken campaign promise to immediately cancel at least $10k.

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Jul 19, 2021
Episode 89 - "Fat Back & Biscuits": On Clyburn, CRT, & Capitalist Realism (Part 1)
01:00:18

What does an ideologically diverse group of Black marxists have to say about Jim Clyburn, CRT, identity politics, and the future of left politics post-Bernie? It turns out, quite a bit. We convened this panel to talk about Haiti, but this conversation was too good to cut off prematurely. We'll be delivering hour two -- the Haiti conversation -- in a bonus episode, but tune in to this episode to hear us debate how to beat Jim Clyburn at his own game, whether calls to defund the police and meaningfully address climate change are ultra left, and whether the left can be saved by a Black Bernie Sanders.

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Jul 15, 2021
Episode 88 Promo - Cancel [The Supreme] Court
07:25

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Last summer, the country was engaged in a robust conversation about how Democrats could reform the court to compensate for the last 40 years of conservative judicial dominance which culminated in the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh. But Biden punted on the question of court reform, vowing to host a commission on the subject instead. Well, the commission happened last week, and while it was mostly theatre, the question of court reform remains an important one. This week, we brought two ideologically diverse law professors who testified on the Biden commission together to discuss their preferred approaches to court reform, along with friend of the show Eric Segall, Ashe Family Chair Professor of Law at Georgia State; Niko Bowie, Assistant Professor at Harvard Law; and Ilan Wurman, associate professor at Arizona state join us for a spirited debate about how to improve the court, whether we should even have a constitution, and the Hungarian judicial system. It's a good one.

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Jul 12, 2021
Episode 87 - Wrath of Carbon Removal
59:08

Has geoengineering gotten a bad rap? More and more people on the left are saying . . . maybe? Historically, carbon capture and solar radiation modification technology have been exploited by the fossil fuel industry as alternatives to cutting carbon emissions. But things have gotten so bad on the climate front that some environmentalists now think geoengineering must be a part of a broader climate management solution. This week Brie speaks to three experts in the field about the ethical, policy, and technological implications of geoengineering: Assistant Professor at University of Buffalo and author of After Geoengineering: Climate Tragedy, Repair, and Restoration Holly Jean Buck, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown University and author of the upcoming book Reconsidering Reparations Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò, and Alexander C. Kaufman, a senior reporter at HuffPost covering climate change, energy, and environmental policy.

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Jul 08, 2021
Episode 86 Promo - You Down With C.R.T.?
13:58

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Republicans are big mad about Critical Racial Theory, liberals are arguing about the definition of CRT, and the left is mostly sniping about how much they hate Robin DiAngelo. But should we be responding more substantively?

Christopher Rufo, the man who started the war on CRT knows exactly what he's doing. And it's no casual project: "‘Political correctness’ is a dated term and, more importantly, doesn’t apply anymore... The other frames are wrong, too: ‘cancel culture’ is a vacuous term and doesn’t translate into a political program; ‘woke’ is a good epithet, but it’s too broad, too terminal, too easily brushed aside. ‘Critical race theory’ is the perfect villain," he told the New Yorker.


Conservatives realize that CRT is the perfect cultural war distraction. It avoids the issue of how little Republicans are working to improve the lives of their voters, while also taking aim at a Marxist academic approach that shines light on the fact that our legal and political system is rigged in favor of elites. But liberals seem not to realize quite what they're up against, or how powerful anti-CRT arguments based in individualism are to social conservatives of all races. This week, we spoke to writer Freddie deBoer & host of The Black Athenians Irami Osei-Frimpong about whether the left should defend CRT, how to devalue the wages of whiteness, and how much money it would take for Freddie to give up being white.

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Jul 05, 2021
[UNLOCKED] Episode 24 - Sorry To Podcast You with Boots Riley (Part 2)
44:58

In honor of the Bad Faith YouTube channel hitting 40,000 subscribers, we've unlocked Part 2 of our two-part interview with Boots Riley, conducted November of last year. Listen to Part 1 here.

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Jul 05, 2021
Episode 85 - Understanding Tigray (w/ Vanessa Tsehaye)
01:06:38

This week, we cover the crisis in the Tigray region in northern Ethiopia, where civil war has been raging since last November. The conflict has lead to what may become the worst humanitarian crisis in the region in decades, with 350,000 Ethiopians facing famine conditions, and reports of sexual violence and ethnic cleansing. Brie speaks to Swedish-Eritrean human rights advocate Vanessa Tsehaye about the origins of the conflict, and why theories about the root of the conflict are so controversial on social media. Why does one political camp cast the Tigray People's Liberation Front as "terrorists," while another views the Ethiopian Federal Government as enabling and denying genocide? Vanessa attempts to explain how ethnic conflict, federalism, and colonialism are affecting the dispute, and how the American left should weight calls for humanitarian intervention against concerns about US imperialism.

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Jul 01, 2021
Episode 84 Promo - Nate Greenwald Order
07:28

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After Nathan Robinson wrote a lengthy critique of Glenn Greenwald accusing him of "serving the right" and "spouting dangerous conservative hyperbole against the left," Glenn had a few choice words for him on Twitter. Hating to see friends-of-the-pod fight, we invited them both to a Bad Faith Pod Cancel Court (TM) session, during which they could develop their arguments in full without character limits or character attacks. Topics include whether Glenn's appearances on conservative media implicitly validate right wing narratives about Democrats, how journalists should deal with facts that undermine their own political agendas, Noam Chomsky's climate-based vote-blue-no-matter-whoism, how to and whether to cover detransitioning, accusations of racism against Lee Fang, Glenn's recent choice choice to publish an article making the case for a link between reformist prosecutors and rising crime rates, whether the Senate should be abolished (or preserved because it protects minority interests), whether cancel culture is real, whether corporate appropriation of BLM/Pride means the left has won the culture wars, and more. It's an epic, 2.5 hour journey, and you're going to want to hear every minute.

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Jun 28, 2021
Episode 83 - What Would You Say You Do Here? (w/ David Sirota)
01:11:50

We brought back hill aficionado & veteran journalist David Sirota to attempt to explain the unexplainable: Why did Democrats agree to two separate infrastructure bills when doing so drains their leverage?; Why are progressives suddenly willing to withhold their vote over climate policy when they bent the knee over the fight for $15?; Why does Bernie still go on Pod Save America? Ok, we didn't really discuss the last one. But we did analyze clips from Bernie's recent PSA interview, AOC's Morning Joe interview, and other notable media clips from the week.

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Jun 24, 2021
Episode 82 Promo - Art Paper
06:51

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Choosing among the 8 "major"candidates in the New York mayoral race might be depressing, but here's some good news: Ranked Choice Voting means you can include some lesser known candidates on your ballot -- candidates that actually reflect your values. In advance of election day, which is on Tuesday June 22nd, Brie spoke to two progressive candidates. First, she spoke to Art Chang -- a Bernie-voting son of Korean immigrants who grew up in Jim Crow Atlanta. He's running on universal childcare, revitalizing the arts, and automating social safety-net benefits. Brie asks him about his private/public background, and why those lefties who have been burned by Andrew Yang's corporate pivot shouldn't be wary of his corporate roots. Next, she spoke to rapper and community organizer Paperboy Love Prince, who received more votes from New York City residents than almost anyone in the race when they ran for congress against a 26 year incumbent last year, winning 20% of the vote. (They also won more votes than AOC in her congressional primary). Come for rap lyrics about Eric Adams, stay for the substantive analysis of what working class New Yorkers are going through, and what Paper plans to do to help.

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Jun 21, 2021
Episode 81 - Listen, Lab Leak (w/ Thomas Frank)
01:19:36

Last time Brie and Virgil spoke to Thomas Frank the 1/6 riots were ongoing in the background. Now, time has offered some perspective on whether that was truly a "populist" moment, the future of both left and right populism in this country, and what history tells us about how to "push Biden left" as so many liberals promised to do. We also dig into Frank's enormously popular Guardian article on the lab leak theory and what it it reveals about our media that it only now considered "acceptable" discourse. Also, Brie makes Frank listen to some Pod Save America and asks him to weigh in on Obama's seeming ignorance of his own populist charm.

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Jun 17, 2021
Episode 80 Promo - Friend the Vote (w/ Ryan Grim)
07:29

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Briahna confronts her former boss and DC bureau chief at The Intercept Ryan Grim over the bad blood which emerged over Force The Vote. In the most productive FTV conversation to date, they address accusations of journalism, bad faith arguments from House progressives that went unchallenged in interviews at The Internet, and the strategic merits of leveraging narrow congressional majorities to fight for concrete demands that advance working class interests. Hatchets were buried, but not before digging up bones.

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Jun 14, 2021
Episode 79 - Rocket to Russia
01:19:44

This week, we brought two titans of Russiagate together for a tete-a-tete for the ages. On one side, Matt Taibbi, who has been wanting against the excesses of Russia hysteria long before Rachel Maddow made her first 10 million off the subject. On the other, Michael Isikoff, Chief Investigative Correspondent for Yahoo News, who very graciously has reconsidered some of his past views, and was open to discussing lessons learned and other fault lines defining the left/center-left perspectives on contemporary politics. This is a barn burner. (Is this cancel court?)

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Find TK News, Conspiracyland, & Skullduggery.

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Jun 10, 2021
Episode 78 Promo - White Virility
08:31

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Finally, the main stream media seems to have caught up with what we've been saying all along: Biden isn't trying to do squat. We talk infrastructure bill, the latest parliamentarian mishigas, and where progressive priorities currently stand. We also bookend this episode with a conversation about Obama's latest interview with Ezra Klein, whether push back from mainstream media liberals like Jason Johnson over Biden's Tulsa remarks means Biden is at a tipping point with Black voters, and whether liberals actually stand for anything. It's a great panel with comedian and co-host of Reply Guys Julia Claire, Contributing Editor at The Nation Doug Henwood, and friend of the show and host of Champagne Sharks Trevor Beaulieu.

Find Doug Henwood's LBO News, Champagne Sharks, and Reply Guys.

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Jun 07, 2021
Episode 77 - The 42nd Street Why?
01:24:36

Wondering what's been going on with the NY mayoral race? We've got you covered. Three weeks out from election day, the presumptive left candidate, Dianne Morales, has been derailed by allegations that she was mistreating Black and Brown staffers, underpaying them, and denying them healthcare coverage. The left candidate with the best shot of winning, Scott Stringer, went down under the weight of a sexual assault allegation weeks ago. Now, the left is scrambling for a replacement -- someone who can defeat the cop, the Obama guy, the Black entrepreneur, and the Asian entrepreneur. Should the left go all in with the charter school loving Latina sanitation pro claiming tons of expertise but no progressive bona fides? Or should it opt for the Warrenesque civil rights attorney cum MSNBC pundit with the impressive resume whose favorite credential is "mom"? Is it too late to rehabilitate Stringer now that the #metoo allegation has been vetted with little there there? Is Yang really that bad? We review debate footage & the Morales allegations in detail and let you know where we land.

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Jun 03, 2021
Episode 76 Promo - Fight For Someone You Don't Know
09:23

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This week, we spoke to Palestinian American activist Linda Sarsour and Professor Marc Lamont Hill, author of Progressive Except for Palestine, about what’s currently happening in the region, Biden’s response to the conflict, and the political potential of Black/Palestinian solidarity. Why are so many neoliberal politicos eager to undermine longstanding affinities between stateside Black liberation movements and Palestinians here and abroad? And how can activists and movement participants ensure that the shifting Overton window doesn’t swing back to the “progressive except for Palestine” status quo?

Later in the episode, we speak to Sarsour one-on-one about why BLM leadership chose not to leverage last summer’s protests (and the votes of protestors) in exchange for concrete demands from the Biden administration. Will “vote blue no matter who” be the go-to strategy in 2024? Or will organizers finally draw a line in the sand?

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May 31, 2021
Episode 75 - Wild Wild (w/ Dr. Cornel West)
01:43:05

We speak to the one-and-only Dr. Cornel West about the professional consequences of his advocacy Palestine, his tenure battle with Harvard, and what he makes of the gap between the media response to his case versus Nikole Hannah-Jones's tenure battle. How does the silence or complicity of the Black media elite obstruct progress by manufacturing consent for neoliberalism? And how does a flat, racially essentialist understanding who the "good guy" is make progressive advocacy more difficult, from BLM to Gaza? But first, Brie and Virgil discuss what Biden should have accomplished by George Floyd's anniversary using executive orders, the waning sympathy for Palestine, and what the two have in common.

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May 27, 2021
Episode 74 Promo - Indoor Cats (w/ Chelsea Manning) (Part 2)
08:54

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And now, the thrilling conclusion of Bad Faith's 2-part interview with whistleblower and Twitch streamer Chelsea Manning. We talk, among other topics, cancel culture, Caitlin Jenner, Palestine, social media, eggs, solitary confinement, and the printing press.

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May 24, 2021
Episode 73 - Texaco's Oil
01:18:47

We talk to environmental lawyer Steven Donziger, actress and humanitarian Susan Sarandon, and 2020 presidential candidate and author Marianne Williamson about the fraud case Chevron pursued against Donziger after he won an historic $9.5 billion judgment against the oil giant. Chevron was found liable for polluting an indigenous community in Ecuador, resulting in an epidemic of birth defects and cancer. Donziger has been under house arrest for over 600 days, and is currently waiting for the results of a bench trial (that means no jury) that's being prosecuted not by the state, but by a law firm with financial ties to Chevron. In a departure from the American norm, the courtroom has been closed to cameras, but Sarandon and Williamson, who both attended the trial, joined us to give us a first hand account of what happened in the court room. Afterward, they engaged us in a broader conversation about the trajectory of their left activism, their disappointment with elected progressives who fail to use their leverage to extract concessions, and the professional and personal toll they've paid for standing for principle. Learn more about Donziger's case at http://freedonziger.org/

But first, Virgil delivers some news:

After over four years as a co-host, co-producer, and collaborator, I am departing Chapo Trap House in order to pursue other creative projects.

Our partnership together has been nothing short of an immense political and artistic accomplishment. And though it is the right time for me to explore new directions, I will always be grateful for having had the opportunity to be a part of Chapo, and I will always treasure the memories of our collaboration, our friendship, our listeners, and the tremendous success we enjoyed together. This separation is mutual and amicable, and I wish Will, Felix, Matt, Amber, and Chris the absolute best in continuing to build Chapo into an even greater success and in all future projects.

Chapo can continue to be found at http://patreon.com/chapotraphouse and on Twitter @ChapoTrapHouse.

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May 20, 2021
Episode 72 Promo - Indoor Cats (w/ Chelsea Manning) (Part 1)
18:07

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Part one of our interview with former intelligence analyst and whistleblower Chelsea Manning about her decision to disclose classified documents to Wikileaks, how her time in jail prepared her for COVID isolation, why she thinks Obama commuted her sentence, the root cause of 1/6 and America's political legitimacy crisis, her social media coping strategy, and much much more. Tune in next week for Part 2, including Chelsea's thoughts on the recent Israeli attacks on Gaza and more.

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May 17, 2021
Episode 71 - A Plane to Thailand (w/ Kate Aronoff)
01:28:49

Tired of defeatist, nihilistic conversations about climate change? Same. That's why this week, we invited climate writer Kate Aronoff to talk brass tacks about where the Biden administration falls short, the new bipartisan face of climate denial, and how social movements may have the power to do what captured legislators won't. Kate walks us through the structural impediments to enacting climate regulation that really works, and she explains how our legal and regulatory system has been rigged to make sure we keep paying for the harms from which corporate polluters profit. We can't capitalism our way out of this one. Kate explains why.

Also in this episode: Brie tries to make Virgil sad with maudlin southeast Asian commercials, Andrew Yang comments on Israel, and the gang talks about going to Japan..

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Find Kate's forthcoming book Overheated: How Capitalism Broke the Planet -- And How We Fight Back right here.

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May 13, 2021
Episode 70 Promo - Bug Save America
04:47

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For you, our intimate listeners, we turned on the mic for an intimate V&B sesh over who will raise the kids in the commune, late stage capitalism angst, The Giver, Bong Joon Ho flicks, and other various & sundry existential things. Guests are cool but honestly, this is good stuff.

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May 10, 2021
Episode 69 - The 69th Street Bridge Song
01:57:45

This week, we do a deep dive into NYC politics with some real New Yoykas: State Assemblymember Zohran Mamdani, tenant organizer Cea Weaver, & journalist Ross Barkan. We discuss socialist solutions to NY's dysfunctional housing policy, whether Dianne Morales is the real deal for leftists, the #metoo allegations against Scott Stringer, the fair and the specious critiques of frontrunner Andrew Yang, how Cuomo's bevy of scandals is affecting the legislation coming out of Albany, and why the rent is still too damn high. Big 212 energy energy here folks. [Brie obviously wrote this copy. Don't judge Virgil for the New Yoykas thing. He's better than that.]

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May 06, 2021
Episode 68 Promo - Drained Pool Politics (w/ Heather McGhee)
09:55

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As president of Demos, Heather McGhee oversaw some of the best research we have on what message *actually* works to flip voters to the left. She joins us this week to talk about how the race/class "divide" is misunderstood, the new Yale study claiming that talking about race makes progressive policies less appealing, and what messaging is most effective on persuadable voters. Stay until the end of the episode, where Virgil and I reflect on whether Elizabeth Warren lost because of her gender, why Obama was able to win while Black, and the political weaponization of the word "racist" -- a prescient conversation recorded before Tim Scott's response to Biden's Congressional Address sparked an ongoing debate about whether America is, in fact, racist.

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May 03, 2021
Episode 67 - This Is How We Win (w/ Jane McAlevey)
01:38:04

We talk to organizer, author, and one of the most important labor voices on the left Jane McAlevey. She explains why there's no substitute for the power to withhold labor, why more organizing must precede calls for general strikes, and why celebrating Manchin's PRO Act cosponsorship may be a strategic mistake if not tied to calls for filibuster reform.

Also: the Bad Faith Discord has been launched!

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Find Jane's Bessemer post-mortem at the Nation. Her personal website is https://janemcalevey.com/

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Apr 29, 2021
Episode 66 Promo - Cancel Court (w/ Natalie Wynn)
06:24

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We chat with Natalie Wynn, better known as ContraPoints, whose videos explore gender, ethics, race, politics, and social criticism. Tempered in the fires of YouTube, she's famous for flipping alt-right youths to the left with her opulent sets and smart, well-researched, witty videos. But we were happy to grab her for an intimate conversation about what it's like to be the subject of an internet pile-on, how penance should replace cancellation, the oppression Olympics, and how to perk up Virgil's Zoom set up.

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Apr 26, 2021
Episode 65 - (100) Days of Biden
01:39:20

This week the gang checks in on whatever the hell is going on in Congress with returning guest David Dayen, executive editor of American Prospect, and new guest Jennifer Briney, host of the Congressional Dish podcast, who breaks the pundit mold by actually trying to read all the bills. (Really. All of them.) We cover topics ranging from the infrastructure bill to Save Our Stages, the bloated military budget to the PRO Act, WTO to FTV. We assess recent media claims that Biden has exceeded the expectations of progressives, and Virgil finds his comb. It's a good one.

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Apr 22, 2021
Episode 64 Promo - Both/And: How to Talk About Race and Class in America (w/ Eddie Glaude Jr.)
11:06

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We're joined by Dr. Eddie Glaude Jr., Princeton professor & author of Begin Again: James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own, and Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul, for one of the most productive, good faith conversations ever on the subject of race vs. economic anxiety, how to talk about racism to racists, and how race reductionists derail universalist policies with bad faith arguments.

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Apr 19, 2021
Episode 63 - These Are Their Stories
01:30:38

In a week marked by multiple instances of police misconduct, and under the shadow of the ongoing Derick Chauvin trial, Virgil and Brie sit down with two former public defenders to discuss why "reform" isn't good enough. Lara Bazelon is a law professor and the former director of the Loyola Law School Project for the Innocent in Los Angeles. She's also the author of the viral 2019 NYT article "Kamala Harris Was Not a Progressive Prosecutor." Scott Hechinger, formerly of the Brooklyn public defenders office, is the founder of Zealous, an advocacy organization aimed at leveraging the power of public defenders to end mass incarceration.

Before the interview, Brie and Virgil set themselves up for canceling as bourgeois elites by debating their favorite brunch-spot vibes, and post interview, the pair ruminates on how "copaganda" has created undue public sympathy for prosecutors.

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Lara's forthcoming novel A Good Mother is available for preorder.

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Apr 15, 2021
Episode 62 Promo - The Virus Is The Virus
05:39

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This week, we speak to author and journalist David Wallace-Wells about his recent retrospective on the COVID pandemic. With the benefit of a year's perspective, who are the real villains of the pandemic, and how does the persistent ambiguity about the causal factors behind outbreaks obscure blame, and amplify our ability to politicize circumstances beyond our control?

After the interview, Virgil and Brie opine on their dream COVID art, their favorite pandemic flicks, and whether it's appropriate to touch a stranger's puppy.

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Apr 12, 2021
Episode 61 - How Billionaires Won COVID (w/ Anand Giridharadas)
01:54:55

Brie and Virgil speak to writer Anand Giridharadas about how billionaires managed to gain ground during the COVID crisis, and the narratives elites circulate to justify the growing inequality between the 99% and the 1%. After the interview, Briahna reflects on how in college she was indoctrinated into the "win win" ideology that obscures capitalism's victims. At the top of the episode, Virgil gives an NFT update, and Brie reviews some clips showing how the media is manufacturing consent for the Biden agenda.

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Apr 08, 2021
Episode 60 Promo - They're Doing Their Best
10:04

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This week we're joined by Bad Faith veteran Leslie Lee III, host of Struggle Session, and Kate Willett, comedian, writer, and co-host of Reply Guys for a freewheeling conversation about Matt Geatz, Biden Town Hall highlights, the infrastructure plan, the latest AOC kerfuffle, and all the other big news from the past week. Also, how Brie nearly got Podesta'd.

Come for the news, stay for the laughs. It's a fun one.

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Apr 05, 2021
Episode 59 - Both Sides Now (w/ Prof. David Harvey)
01:33:00

We ask Marxist economic geographer and CUNY professor David Harvey about how to discern incremental reformism from true revolutionary change, what Marx would do if he were a squad member, and what Harvey's post-capitalist fantasy looks like.

But first, Virgil & Brie debate the similarities between Joe Biden & Steve Harvey, break down Elizabeth Warren and Chuck Schumer's burden-shifting strategy to achieve student debt cancellation, and evaluate Schumer's recent claims that next time the all-powerful parliamentarian might generously let us have a living wage.

Stick around until after to interview for some thoughtful ruminations about where the dialectic goes from here, and some healthy West Wing bashing.

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Find Prof. Harvey's video series "Reading Marx's Capital" on YouTube.

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Apr 01, 2021
Episode 58 Promo - AOC & Me
06:05

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Virgil and Brie open with a close read of the recently released AOC interview in DSA's Democratic Left magazine, and the World Socialist Web Site article about said interview that incited the left. They separate the good faith critique from the bad, correct some mischaracterizations in the WSWS article, and offer their own original critique of the political strategy Representative Ocasio-Cortez articulated.

Next, Brie and Virgil interview Jacobin's executive editor Seth Ackerman on his recent essay about one of the most celebrated aspects of the COVID relief bill: the child tax credit expansion. What is the likelihood the bill will be made permanent, how seriously should we take the claims that it halves child poverty, and should we be worried about the social engineering aspects of the tax benefit?

Stick around until the end when Brie and Virgil talk fashion and whether dressing fancy is compatible with left politics.

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Mar 29, 2021
Episode 57 - The Gang Makes An NFT
01:52:45

This week we're bringing you about three podcasts worth of content. Because we're working harder, not smarter.

Virgil successfully explains what an NFT is to Brie, who only gets moderately mad at how stupid the concept is, leading to a philosophical conversation about the nature of value and the show's latest get-rich-quick scheme. Also at the top, Brie roasts Virgil's water bottle for a solid 7 minutes.

Then the pair are joined by our panelists Kylie Brakeman -- the front-facing-camera comedian who won over the left with her parodies of blue-check liberals, and Carlos Ramirez-Rosa -- Chicago Alderman, Illinois Vice-Chair of Bernie's 2020 campaign, and first socialist elected in the Second City in nearly a century. They talk comedy, local politics, and a collection of absurd media clips from Jen Psaki's bromides to Chris Cuomo's prop work.

Finally, Virgil reads Brie some of the unhinged defenses of Andrew Cuomo from his most ardent supporters, and Virgil and Brie tackle the question: Is Cuomo, in fact, a Black woman?

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Find Kylie and her videos on Twitter at @deadeyebrakeman and Instagram at @deadbrakeman. FInd Carlos on Twitter at @CDRosa and at his website https://www.carlosrosa.org/.

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Mar 25, 2021
Episode 56 Promo - The Bare Minimum
05:28

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Virgil and Brie discuss Rep. Pramila Jayapal's recent Deconstructed interview in which she explained her strategic approach to the fight for fifteen. Why threaten to withhold one's vote for the COVID bill over unemployment checks but not a $15 minimum wage, and what does her rationale tell us about the real obstacles to securing structural reforms?

Next, Brie interviews an RSDW organizer, an Amazon employee, and two members of The Socialist Alternative about the state of play in Bessemer, Alabama. With less than a week left before the vote on whether to unionize, local organizers explain what impact the union drive has had on the community's broader politics.

Finally, Brie and Virgil discuss the Atlanta shootings and recent uptick of anti-Asian violence. Together, they consider the social pressure for members of aggressed identity groups to "weigh in" on high profile tragedies, and the social function doing so serves.

Donate to the survivors and families of the victims of the Atlanta massacre here: https://twitter.com/RedCanarySong/status/1372990146170253318.

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Mar 22, 2021
Episode 55 - America: The Farewell Tour (w/ Chris Hedges)
01:54:23

We're joined by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Chris Hedges to get his take on the state of the left: What are the structural factors and ethical rationalizations that keep congressional progressives from taking the adversarial approach required to push a united Democratic government left? How can we parse good faith excuses from the bad, and what does history tell us about the way forward?

But first, we check in with Zoe Muellner who is working to organize Colectivo, a midwestern coffee chain. And at the top, Virgil and Brie briefly follow up on the controversy surrounding this week's premium episode: Has Black Twitter really canceled Virgil?

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Find Colectivo Collective on Instagram and at their website http://colectivounionyes.com/

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Mar 18, 2021
Episode 54 Promo - NewNew
06:44

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Sometimes when you start recording you just don't know where the conversation is going to take you. Topics broached in this week's very special Virgil & Brie episode include: Virgil's knowledge of the Black film canon, Brie's quest to understand what is meant by "Lynchian," the fall of Andrew Cuomo, how Democrats killed the #MeToo movement, Adam Sandler classic Little Nicky, and NewNew -- the new app which gives the public more control over content creators. Yay.

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Mar 15, 2021
Episode 53 - The Trouble With Normal Is It Always Gets Worse (w/ John Nichols)
01:43:55

Brie and Virgil host veteran progressive journalist and author John Nichols. In one of our favorite interviews, the The Nation journalist provides much needed historical context for the ongoing internecine battles on the left. He helps us answer the tough questions: How much risk tolerance should the left have for battles that must be fought, but aren't easily won? Who will emerge as the next A. Phillip Randolph poised to "make Biden do" what America needs? And what will happen if the progressive organizations that historically filled that role don't step up?

Brie and Virgil discuss the Meghan Markle/Oprah interview and strategies for watching Family Feud.

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Find John's recent books The Fight for the Soul of the Democratic Party and The "S" Word at Verso.

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Mar 11, 2021
Bonus - The Fight for $15 Isn't Over
03:37:02
As a 6 month anniversary bonus, we're releasing an audio version of last Friday's live stream with Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant, journalist David Sirota, constitutional lawyer and Nancy Pelosi challenger Shahid Buttar, & former AOC advisor & communications professional Corbin Trent. It was an incisive discussion about the ways Democrats can continue to fight for a $15 minimum wage. We hope you enjoy. 

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Mar 10, 2021
Episode 52 Promo - Labor Pains
10:12

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Brie and Virgil speak to two guests on opposite sides of the labor divide. Journalist Lauren Gurley update us about the historic RWDSU union drive at the Amazon fulfillment center in Bessemer, Alabama. Then we're joined by CEO Dan Price, who went viral after he set a $70,000 minimum wage at his company. Now that Democrats have thrown the "fight" for 15, what does the struggle look like going forward?

But first, Brie and Virgil catch up on the latest COVID bill developments and review the liberal response to what Senator Nina Turner has aptly described as "half a bowl of shit." Brie and Virgil annoy each other with awful videos.

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Mar 08, 2021
Episode 51 - Debt by Audio
01:38:08

This week, we tackle a subject close to Brie's heart, and by heart, we mean the amygdala, where anger is born: Student debt. Conversations about student debt are often stuck in the primordial stage. We spend so much time going back and forth with Pete Buttigieg types and their bad faith attacks that it's hard to get to the interesting questions: Why do we have a hierarchical higher education system to begin with? Why do we expect high school to be free but not college? What would it actually cost to cancel all student debt, and what perverse incentives exist for debt holders who profit off of America's students?

We get into it all with debt aficionado, Current Affairs editor, and attorney with Equal Justice Works Sparky Abraham. We're also joined by Bridget Read, journalist at The Cut and author of recent pieces on the movement to cancel student debt, and the ongoing political battle over the $15 minimum wage.

We close the episode by catching up on the fight for fifteen and the latest Kardashian news.

Read Sparky's articles on student debt at Current Affairs Magazine:

https://www.currentaffairs.org/2021/01/what-a-better-biden-would-say-about-student-loan-debt

https://www.currentaffairs.org/2020/11/if-you-want-to-enact-free-college-cancel-student-debt-immediately

https://www.currentaffairs.org/2020/02/student-debt-forgiveness-lets-do-some-math

https://www.currentaffairs.org/2019/04/the-case-for-free-college

https://www.currentaffairs.org/2018/06/how-student-debt-is-worsening-gender-and-racial-injustice

Listen to the referenced episode of Current Affairs podcast with Astra Taylor and Liz Breunig here: https://cloudutil.player.fm/series/current-affairs/medical-debt-special-with-astra-taylor-and-elizabeth-bruenig

Read Bridget's latest on the fight for $15 here: https://www.thecut.com/2021/03/pramila-jayapal-interview-minimum-wage-filibuster.html

And her interview with Astra Taylor and Kendra Brooks here: https://www.thecut.com/2021/02/joe-biden-can-cancel-all-student-debt-he-just-wont.html

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Mar 04, 2021
Episode 50 Promo - The Hamilton Defense (w/ Rep. Ro Khanna)
06:20

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In Bad Faith's 50th episode spectacular, Brie and Virgil ask California Rep. Ro Khanna the tough questions: Does the $15 minimum wage debacle prove again that the "inside" game doesn't work? Why don't the policy priorities of Democratic congress members reflect the policy priorities of Democratic voters? Why haven't House progressives worked toward a replacement for Nancy Pelosi? What's the timeline for Medicare for All? Why do you support capitalism? 

Come for an analysis of what's really keeping us from getting a $15 minimum wage. Stay for Brie struggling to remember enough from a 2010 copyright class to justify closing out these episodes with dope tracks. 

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Theme by Nick Thorburn (@nickfromislands).

Mar 01, 2021
Episode 49 - Black Identity Extremism
02:12:21

Did Bernie do enough to win the Black vote? Is the left doing enough to push back against the narratives spun by Black figureheads and media figures who fatally impacted Bernie's chances in South Carolina? What opportunities does the "Black voter block" present to a left looking for leverage with the Democratic Party? How do we contend with the weaponization of identity? On this last episode of Black History Month, we put those questions to Adolph Reed, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania; Paul Prescod, public school teacher, political liaison with the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, and contributing editor for Jacobin; and Dean Robinson, Associate Professor of Political Science at UMass Amherst.

But first, Virgil and Brie give a Neera Tanden update in their new segment NEERA WATCH, and Brie and Virgil explain their wrong opinions on Pod Save America and Bobs Burgers respectively.

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Feb 25, 2021
Episode 48 Promo - You Dropped This (w/ Martin Luther King III)
07:10

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Brie speaks to Martin Luther King III, MLK Jr's oldest son, about how to hold the Democratic Party accountable to the "base" it largely ignores between campaign season. In particular, Brie asks about Joe Biden's leaked call with civil rights leaders, and what to do about Jim Clyburn, whose policy preferences often align more with Clyburn's donor base than the party's base.

Virgil and Brie weigh in on the status of Neera Tanden's OMB confirmation: What will Bernie do now that Joe Manchin has declined to confirm her, and how might this affect the ongoing negotiations around the fight to include a $15 minimum wage in the next COVID bill?

Also, our producer Ben catches us arguing about eggs.

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Feb 22, 2021
Episode 47 - Fools Rush In
01:34:35

Virgil & Brie take on one of the world's most cancelable subjects -- one which, ironically, is often ignored by the conservative cancel culture discourse: the Israel/Palestine conflict. Professor, author, and activist Marc Lamont Hill and his co-author ReThinking Foreign Policy's Mitchell Plitnick join us to discuss their new book Except for Palestine: The Limits of Progressive Politics and explain why positions like BDS and human rights for Palestinians remain a third rail in American politics -- even on the left.

But first, Brie and Virgil cover two recent deaths: entertainer Rush Limbaugh, and Joe Biden's political goodwill, which passed during Wednesday night's CNN town hall.

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Find more of Mitchell Plitnick's work at rethinkingforeignpolicy.org and mitchellplitnick.substack.com.

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Feb 18, 2021
Episode 46 Promo - Stars Burn Alone (w/ Rachel Rabbit White)
03:37

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Virgil & Brie talk to poet, sex worker, and true romantic Rachel Rabbit White about her acclaimed book of poetry, Porn Carnival, long-distance dating in the age of COVID, whether tragedy is at the heart of romance, and her silver-screen worthy relationship with author bank robber Nico Walker, whose novel Cherry has been made into a film dropping later this month.

Rachel and Brie question Virgil about his favorite date spots, the nature of love, and why dirigibles spell romance. Also, Rachel reads Brie's chart to assess her romantic prospects.

Find Rachel's book of poetry, Porn Carnival, at your local bookstore or your preferred book monger.

See pictures of her engagement photoshoot here.

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Feb 15, 2021
Episode 45 - Quote, The Worst
01:26:45

Katie Halper (@kthalps), Leslie Lee III (@leslieleeiii), and Nathan J. Robinson (@nathanjrobinson) join today's panel to discuss the rise and maybe fall of three historic posters: former think tank head-turned-OMB nominee and "loathsome ambassador for Bidenism" Neera Tanden; former President-turned-insurrectionist Donald J. Trump; and former Guardian columnist-turned-podcast panelist Nathan J. Robinson. We break down the highlights of Neera's contentious confirmation hearings, debate the utility of Trump's second impeachment trial, and get a first person exclusive on the latest episode in the ongoing free speech/cancel culture war: The conscious uncoupling of Nathan from the Guardian over what they described as anti-Semitic tweets. (Hint: They were not anti-Semitic).

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Read Nathan's article on his firing and consider subscribing to Current Affairs.

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Feb 11, 2021
Episode 44 Promo - Is Our Dems Learning? (w/ David Dayen)
09:37

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Monday brings a play-by-play of the big game: the contest over who's getting stimulus checks. Brie and Virgil talk to American Prospect's David Dayen about where we are on that promised $2000 and that $15 minimum wage. But first, Dayen unpacks his reporting on why Katie Porter was kicked off the Financial Services Committee and what the left can do about it. Also, Brie struggles through sports talk, and the pair discusses which racist logo they want to root for.

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Feb 08, 2021
Episode 43 - Semper GameStop (w/ Grace Blakeley)
01:18:09

We ask Marxist economist, journalist, and author Grace Blakeley about the revolutionary potential of the GameStop short, her read on America's economic response to the COVID crisis, and to explain what quantitative easing is just one more time. Virgil and Brie catch up after a brief hiatus and cover the important stories he missed: dog shampoo, parking, and some socialists on CNN.

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The Corona Crash: How The Pandemic Will Change Capitalism is available from Verso Books. Grace is also on Twitter at @graceblakeley.

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Feb 04, 2021
Episode 42 Promo - Spoiler Alert! (w/ Ralph Nader)
07:36

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Consumer advocate, attorney, Presidential candidate, and Brie's personal hero Ralph Nader chats about the future of third parties, what the younger generation doesn't know about commanding public attention, and how a very small fraction of the population can effect very big change.

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Feb 01, 2021
Episode 41 - A Socialist Alternative (w/ Kshama Sawant)
01:13:12

So, we've talked to Marxist economists, DSA members, workers, communist hip hop artists, and union leaders about the lefts' path forward. But what if there were another way? Not a third way, but an organization that offers a somewhat different, more adversarial theory of change than the one proposed by the DSA and adopted by much of the left?

This week, we spoke to Seattle City Council member and Socialist Alternative member Kshama Sawant -- the first socialist to win a city-wide election since 1916. We talked about her political evolution, alternative theories of change, and how she managed to do what the left often struggles to do: win. We also covered her campaign to fight efforts to recall the results of her 2019 reelection, and force her off the Seattle City Council.

Learn more about Sawant's solidarity campaign to unite against the recall here.

Learn more about the Socialist Alternative here.

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Jan 28, 2021
Episode 40 Promo - Leftward Ho!
10:12

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We talk the future of left organizing, the radical labor movement, socialists in Congress, and the inside/outside strategy with a diverse panel of communists, socialists, and/or podcasters. Joining the shouting match are Bhaskar Sunkara, founder of Jacobin and former Vice Chair of the Democratic Socialists of America; Sean KB, worker and co-host of The Antifada; and David Duhalde, Vice Chair of the DSA Fund and former political director of Our Revolution.

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Jan 25, 2021
Episode 39 - The Red Green (w/ Professor Richard Wolff)
01:50:50

After briefly walking us through the history of contemporary economic systems from feudalism to capitalism, Marxist Economist Richard Wolff explains why we must move past capitalism before it's too late, and how to achieve that transition. He weighs in on the importance of third party candidates, the #forcethevote debate, his former classmate Janet Yellen's ideology, the efficacy of an "inside/outside" strategy, and how Bernie disappointed him. It's 100% the best Richard Wolff interview you'll hear this week. 

And it's one of our all time favorites.

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Learn more about Professor Wolff and his excellent podcast here: https://www.rdwolff.com/

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Jan 21, 2021
Episode 38 Promo - The Reactionary Mindfreak
07:05

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To help us understand how the left can beat the reactionary forces that culminated in the breach at the U.S. Capitol, we spoke to Corey Robin, author of The Reactionary Mind: Conservatism from Edmund Burke to Donald Trump, and fellow podcasters Tarence Ray from Trillbilly Worker's Party and Tony Boswell of Minion Death Cult. Robin applies theory and historical perspective to the problem -- tracing the history of reactionary movements through the 20th century, and making the case that Republican Party is weak despite the recent uprising. Ray brings a ground-level perspective from Kentucky, where, as an organizer and social commentator, he is observes Trump's cultural impact up close. Finally, Boswell brings an intersectional organizer's perspective which centers the role of poverty, precarity, and white supremacy. It's a rich conversation that identifies as many solutions as it does problems.

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Jan 18, 2021
Episode 37- The Anti-Social Not-Work
01:34:26

Constitutional lawyers Glenn Greenwald and Zephyr Teachout join us to answer the big holdover question from last Wednesday's "coup attempt": What rights do we have on the internet? Was Twitter right to ban Trump? If so, by what standard? Should we cheer the de-platforming of Parler? And if so, what protections does the radical left have from being similarly treated? We tackle the politics of Section 230, explore anti-monopoly solutions to the internet speech and privacy problem, and pay homage to Glenn for all of our success.

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Or subscribe to Glenn Greenwald's competing ex-Bernie staff member podcast After Hours at his Substack: https://greenwald.substack.com/

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Jan 14, 2021
Episode 36 Promo - The Dutiful and the Banned
04:34

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Virgil and Brie tackle all the takes of the week, from Kamala's Vogue cover to the plan to impeach Trump. Again. They debate whether banning Trump from Twitter is a positive development or a sign of Big Tech authoritarianism, whether economic anxiety motivated the coup attempt, and the comparative merits of the Death Star versus the Borg Cube.

Your takes have been adjudicated. There are no appeals.

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Jan 11, 2021
Episode 35 - The Gods Must Be F*cking With Us
02:18:05

When we scheduled an interview with historian & populism expert Thomas Frank, we didn't expect to be recording with a right wing faux-populist coup in the background. Turns out, he was an ideal guest. Frank helped us to understand our current political moment by examining history of populism in this country from the 1890s through the Bernie revolution. Over the course of two action packed  hours, the author of What's The Matter With Kansas, Listen Liberal, and The People, No explains how we got here and how we're most likely to get out of this mess. Virgil and Brie react in real time to the ongoing protests, Brie's groceries spoil, and Paul Robeson sings.

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Jan 07, 2021
Episode 34 Promo - The New Year Conceit
07:20

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Briahna works through her feelings about the speakership vote, Virgil details why you're not getting a $2000 check, and the pair talks CrossFit boyfriends, Julian Assange, Trump's latest attempt to stop the steal, and the future of the left. 

Jan 04, 2021
Episode 33 - The #Resistance Is Futile
01:42:28

Fulfilling Briahna's long standing ambitions, we finally did a full on Star Trek episode. We invited back comedian Wyatt Cenac to resolve our episode five feud over whether Star Trek is a useful on-ramp for socialism or, instead, is merely dressed up space imperialism. We're also joined by Sasheer Zamata from Hulu's Woke, and Josh Olson of the excellent West Wing Thing podcast. If you don't already love Star Trek, you will after this. Or not. Virgil didn't. Enjoy this break from politics. Mostly.

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Dec 31, 2020
Episode 32 Promo - 2020 Vision
07:03

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After a week of punditry, we called upon Michael Lighty -- former director of public policy for National Nurses United, Healthcare Constituency Director for Bernie 2020, and founding fellow of the Sanders Institute -- to weigh in on the grassroots plan to secure Medicare for All. What is the timeline for securing Medicare for All now that Biden is going to be president? Are we really resigned to wait for the next Bernie?

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Dec 28, 2020
[UNLOCKED] Episode 30 - If Not Now, When?: The Case for #ForceTheVote
01:22:46

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Left YouTube star Kyle Kulinski and leftist running back for the LA Chargers Justin Jackson join us to make the definitive case for the #ForceTheVote movement. Justin explains how the debate that has divided the left all started -- walking us through his viral exchange with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Kyle weighs in with his expertise as a co-founder of Justice Democrats, the group that recruited AOC. Has the squad drifted from the original purpose of the Justice Democrats?: To be a group that's truly oppositional to corporate Democrats -- the Tea Party of the left?

Brie lets off some steam about the Bad Faith arguments circulating online, including a recent Jacobin article that, despite its smug bluster, fails to answer a critical question: How does the left plan to draw attention to the gap between what 88% of Democratic voters want, and what barely half of House Democrats will provide? And if not now, during a global pandemic, when will we put real pressure on the party to provide healthcare as a human right?

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Link to Briahna's article on #ForceTheVote: https://www.currentaffairs.org/2020/12/the-case-for-forcing-a-floor-vote-on-medicare-for-all

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Dec 25, 2020