Krystal Kyle & Friends

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 Feb 7, 2022
Great guests and I love the news recaps they do just before bringing in their guest on the subject. Gives context.

 Nov 29, 2021

Armando Moran
 Jan 17, 2021
great show hosts and interesting guests.


Krystal Ball, cohost of Breaking Points podcast, and Kyle Kulinski, host of Secular Talk, dive into politics, philosophy and random BS with people they like.

Episode Date
Episode 78: Branko Marcetic

Author and journalist Branko Marcetic joins us to discuss online censorship of left-wing and independent media.

Jun 25, 2022
Episode 77: Mike Figueredo

The Humanist Report host talks to us about coming out, his experiences in left media, and the current wave of anti-trans and anti-gay legislation in the U.S.

Jun 18, 2022
Episode 76: David Wallace-Wells

This week’s guest, journalist David Wallace-Wells, talks with us about why climate change isn’t being treated as the central issue that it is — and what’s at stake.

Jun 11, 2022
Episode 75: Toby Muse

We’re joined by author and journalist Toby Muse to discuss the Colombian presidential election.

Jun 04, 2022
Episode 74: Mac (GoodPoliticGuy)

We’re joined by Mac (who you know as GoodPoliticGuy) to discuss current events, specifically the shooting in Uvalde, TX and the ways to address American gun violence.

May 28, 2022
Episode 73: Doug Henwood

We’re joined by Doug Henwood, economic journalist and analyst, to discuss the crypto crash of just a few weeks ago.

May 21, 2022
Episode 72: Harvey Kaye and Alan Minsky

Historian and author Harvey Kaye and Executive Director of Progressive Democrats of America Alan Minsky weigh in on how Democrats prioritize struggles for economic justice — and what those priorities should look like.

May 14, 2022
Episode 71: Ari Rabin-Havt

In this episode, we discuss the recent leak of a draft from the Supreme Court that would strike down Roe v. Wade. We also speak with our guest, Ari Rabin-Havt, who worked as the deputy campaign manager of Bernie 2020, about his new book's inside look at the campaign.

May 07, 2022
Episode 70: Marianne Williamson

We’re joined by activist and author Marianne Williamson to discuss Nina Turner’s run for Congress, the future of the Democratic Party, and more.

Apr 30, 2022
Episode 69: Senator Nina Turner

Nina Turner rejoins the podcast to discuss her current run for Congress, how this race is different from the last, and how she’ll bring the progressive fight to the halls of Congress.

Apr 16, 2022
Episode 68: Daisy Pitkin

We talk to author and organizer Daisy Pitkin about union organizing at Amazon, Starbucks, and beyond.

Apr 09, 2022
Episode 67: Paul's Ego

With Paul’s Ego of Deep Fat Fried, we dive into the topics of class reductionism, voting for the lesser of two evils, how leftist politicians can avoid the pressure of the status quo, and more.

Apr 02, 2022
Episode 66: Amy Vilela

We talk to Amy Vilela about her progressive campaign for Nevada’s First District.

Mar 26, 2022
Episode 65: Christian Smalls

Amazon union organizer Christian Smalls discusses his experience working at Amazon, how left politicians are showing up for workers, what’s next for unionizing efforts, and more.

Mar 19, 2022
Episode 64: Trita Parsi

Dr. Trita Parsi discusses why this moment demands that the U.S. disentangle itself from hawkish, war-bent alliances, how the situation in Ukraine relates to Middle Eastern politics, and more.

Mar 12, 2022
Episode 63: Matt Duss

Foreign policy advisor Matt Duss joins us to discuss Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, why the Left shouldn’t be calling for sanctions, and more.

Mar 05, 2022
Episode 62: Catherine Liu

Author Catherine Liu joins us to talk about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the political role of the professional-managerial class.

Feb 26, 2022
Episode 61: Michael Levitin

Michael Levitin, author of Generation Occupy, talks to us about Occupy Wall Street’s ten-year legacy and the future of left populist movements.

Feb 19, 2022
Episode 60: Felix Biederman

Chapo Trap House co-host Felix Biederman joins us to discuss the podcast’s journey, the economic struggle today’s young people face, and more.

Feb 12, 2022
Episode 59: Ben Burgis

Writer Ben Burgis joins us to discuss current events, including the controversy surrounding Joe Rogan and Spotify.

Feb 05, 2022
Episode 58: Johann Hari

Author Johann Hari exposes the personal and societal factors that affect the modern attention span — and what we can do about it.

Jan 29, 2022
Episode 57: Peter Goodman

Author and journalist Peter Goodman joins us to discuss the myth of heroism surrounding today's billionaires — and why it's a lie.

Jan 22, 2022
Episode 56: Henry Williams

We're joined by Henry Williams, co-founder of the Gravel Institute, to talk about his experiences building a major digital platform for leftist education.

Jan 15, 2022
Episode 55: Christopher Leonard

Christopher Leonard, author of Lords of Easy Money: How the Federal Reserve Broke the American Economy, joins us to discuss the institution's secret history.

Jan 08, 2022
Episode 54: Chris Hedges

Prolific author and journalist Chris Hedges joins us to discuss the state of leftist politics at the turn of the new year and the future of the Democratic Party.

Jan 01, 2022
Episode 53: Maximillian Alvarez

We talk to Max Alvarez of The Real News about mainstream narratives putting customers’ convenience over workers’ needs, as well as the problems and potential in current bipartisan support of strikes.

Dec 25, 2021
Episode 52: Steven Donziger

We talk to Steven Donziger about his release from prison and the ongoing grassroots struggle for his freedom.

Dec 18, 2021
Episode 51: Freddie DeBoer

With writer Freddie DeBoer, we debate the question: Are leftists’ political programs popular enough to win?

Dec 11, 2021
Episode 50: Adolph Reed Jr.

Adolph Reed Jr. joins us to discuss getting money out of politics, coalition-building on the left, and more.

Dec 04, 2021
Episode 49: David Doel

This week's guest, David Doel, talks to us about how the left is responding to the Biden administration, labeling your politics, and much more.

Nov 27, 2021
Episode 48: Katie Halper

Katie Halper joins us to discuss the country's strike wave and the role of electoralism.

Nov 20, 2021
Episode 47: Katie Rader

Professor of political science Katie Rader talks us through a recent study from Jacobin, YouGov, and the Center for Working Class Politics on how left campaigns can deliver for the working class.

Nov 13, 2021
Episode 46: TJ Kirk

TJ Kirk, or the Amazing Atheist, joins us to discuss atheism, religion, and ethics.

Nov 06, 2021
Episode 45: Jordan Chariton

Jordan Chariton, co-founder of Status Coup, joins us to discuss the state of independent media and the political stories at the front of our minds.

Oct 30, 2021
Episode 44: Jonah Furman

Labor Notes reporter Jonah Furman joins us to talk about the John Deere strike.

Oct 23, 2021
Episode 43: Ken Klippenstein

We talk to Intercept reporter Ken Klippenstein about the media landscape, how big business is pulling the political levers to impose its agenda, and the big stories he’s broken.

Oct 16, 2021
Episode 42: Jeff Stein

Washington Post White House economics reporter Jeff Stein joins us to discuss budget bill proceedings, Biden's leadership style, and more.

Oct 09, 2021
Episode 41: David Sirota

We're joined by David Sirota, Bernie 2020 advisor and founder of the Daily Poster, to discuss the strategies behind the budget bill.

Oct 02, 2021
Episode 40: Eric Vaughan and Patrick Lovell

We're joined by writer/director Eric Vaughan and producer Patrick Lovell to discuss their documentary The Con and its perspective on the 2008 crash.

Sep 25, 2021
Episode 39: Russell Brand

Russell Brand joins us to talk about his political philosophy, connecting modern politics with spirituality and comedy, and current events.

Sep 18, 2021
Episode 38: Faiz Shakir
Joined by Faiz Shakir, we discuss the left pressures on the Biden administration, the challenges and rewards of creating independent media, and much more.

Sep 11, 2021
Episode 37: Charlie Houpert and Ben Altman

Joined by Charlie and Ben of Charisma on Command, we discuss the psychology of the 2016 election, why Democrats' standard campaigning techniques fail, and much more.

Sep 04, 2021
Episode 36: Ro Khanna

This week, we spoke with Representative Ro Khanna about what’s possible for progressive Democrats in Congress, as well as what must be done to change the status quo upheld by the party establishment.

Aug 28, 2021
Episode 35: Matthew Hoh

Matthew Hoh is an outspoken critic of the U.S. military’s endless wars. We talk to him about his realizations and decision to leave the military, his advocacy against the war in Afghanistan, his political journey, and much more in this week’s episode of Krystal Kyle & Friends.

Aug 21, 2021
Episode 34: Steven Donziger

We talk to human rights attorney Steven Donziger to get the full story of his landmark case against the fossil fuel giant Chevron.

Aug 14, 2021
Episode 33: Irami Osei-Frimpong

We sit down with your favorite Funky Academic, Irami Osei-Frimpong, to discuss the importance of institutional participation in our social and political lives, the illusion of choice that liberalism supports, and much more.

Aug 07, 2021
Episode 32: Senator Bernie Sanders

Krystal talks to Senator Bernie Sanders about his current work as Chairman of the Budget Committee, the new budget bill, his assessment of the Biden presidency, and more.

Jul 31, 2021
Episode 31: Dan Price

In 2015, Dan Price, CEO of Gravity Payments, raised Gravity’s minimum yearly salary to $70k — and lowered his own salary to $70k from over a million dollars. In this week’s episode of Krystal Kyle & Friends, we talk to Dan about this choice, from its catalyst to its effects.

Jul 24, 2021
Episode 30: Briahna Joy Gray

This week, we were lucky enough to invite Briahna Joy Gray, host of Bad Faith podcast and Current Affairs contributing editor,  onto the show to talk about exploiting the cracks in the Democratic establishment.

Jul 17, 2021
Episode 29: Ismail Ali

This week's guest is Ismail Ali of MAPS [Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies], who tells us about the hidden history of drug criminalization.

Jul 10, 2021
Episode 28: Gabriel and John Shipton
This week, we were honored to hold a discussion with Gabriel and John Shipton, the brother and father of American hero Julian Assange. As we mention in our conversation, the violations of First Amendment rights and basic human rights that led to Assange’s incarceration have an impact on all of us.

Jul 04, 2021
Episode 27: Hasan Piker

Hasan Piker — you know him as HasanAbi, the wildly popular leftist Twitch streamer and commentator — joined us for this week’s episode of Krystal Kyle & Friends.

Jun 26, 2021
Episode 26: Margaret and David Talbot

We brought David and Margaret Talbot onto the show to talk about their work unearthing and portraying leftist history.

Jun 19, 2021
Episode 25: Pete Davis

This week, we talked to Pete Davis, author of Dedication: The Case for Commitment. How well are we serving ourselves and our world by refusing to stand by what we believe in? And when there’s room for us to commit ourselves to these projects, how can we make the leap?

Jun 12, 2021
Episode 24: Rose McGowan

We’re honored to be joined by political activist and actress Rose McGowan for this week’s episode, discussing the hypocrisy of the Democratic Party, the culture of fear and violence in Hollywood, and the solidarity of the ruling class — from the CIA to the media.

Jun 05, 2021
Bonus Episode 23: Krystal and Saagar's Big News

In a special crossover episode of Krystal Kyle & Friends and Saagar’s podcast The Realignment, Krystal and Saagar reveal why they left The Hill and what they are planning moving forward.

Jun 01, 2021
Episode 22: Vaush

Vaush joins us on the show to discuss how leftists should regard the Biden presidency, the legacy of Bernie or Bust, supporting Palestine, and more.

May 29, 2021
Episode 21: Abby Martin

As continued Israeli violence against Palestinians led to a Palestinian general strike, we had the opportunity to speak with Abby Martin about mainstream coverage of the apartheid — and about how Israel, aided by the U.S.’s imperialist interests, has controlled the narrative.

May 22, 2021
Episode 20: Rania Khalek

Rania Khalek gave us her insight into Israel’s current ethnic cleansing of Palestinians, taking us through the past history of the Israeli occupation and the conditions of Israeli military rule.

May 15, 2021
Episode 19: James Suzman

We speak to author and anthropologist James Suzman about his compelling and thorough history of work, beginning at the dawn of the Stone Age and moving forward to an analysis of current labor conditions in our capitalist society.

May 08, 2021
Episode 18: Dr. Cornel West

It was an honor to be joined this week by Dr. Cornel West, celebrated author, philosopher, and professor, for a conversation about Dr. West’s political activism and personal journey.

May 01, 2021
Episode 17: Richard Wolff

Prominent Marxian economist and author Richard Wolff joins us on the show to discuss Modern Monetary Theory, how the Biden admin is measuring up to expectations, and even more.

Apr 24, 2021
Episode 16: Dan Kovalik

Author and longtime Steelworkers labor lawyer Dan Kovalik joined us on KK&F this week to talk cancel culture. Why does cancel culture matter? When should people be “cancelled,” and when is cancellation harmful to the left’s political goals?

Apr 17, 2021
Episode 15: Christopher Ryan

This week’s guest on KK&F is Christopher Ryan, an author and researcher on human sexuality. If you’re not familiar with his book Sex at Dawn, we hope you’ll enjoy watching our conversation with him, covering everything from the personal — are our brains wired for monogamy? — to the societal and political.

Apr 10, 2021
Episode 14: June Lapine (shoe0nhead)

This week, our friend June Lapine (you know her as Shoe0nHead) tells us about her political journey and radicalization among the online left, her personal journey as an online content creator, and why she’s glad she went for Bernie in 2016 — among many other things.

Apr 03, 2021
Episode 13: Andrew Yang

We sat down with Andrew Yang this week and dug into the million-dollar questions about his advocacy for a UBI and how that fight has changed in the last year, his stance on Medicare for All, his thoughts on the NYC political landscape, and more.

Mar 27, 2021
Episode 12: Matt Taibbi

We talk to Matt Taibbi, cohost of Useful Idiots,  whose journalistic work has covered presidential campaigns from an outsider perspective, revealed the corporate evil at the heart of the 2008 financial crisis, and more.

Mar 20, 2021
Episode 11: John Nichols

This week’s episode of Krystal Kyle & Friends, featuring journalist and author John Nichols, turns to the history of American progressivism in order to understand how the left can analyze its opportunities in a Biden presidency and strategize to build institutional power.

Mar 13, 2021
Episode 10: Carl Hart

In this week’s conversation with Dr. Carl Hart, we dig into the topics of the U.S.’s racist and dysfunctional criminal justice system, the importance of personal freedoms, and the struggle to legalize drug usage.

Mar 06, 2021
Episode 9: Dylan Ratigan

Episode 9 of Krystal Kyle & Friends focuses on Dylan Ratigan’s critiques of money in politics, but in order to understand how Dylan became a populist who “flew under the radar” at institutions like MSNBC, we were also eager to hear about his upbringing and political journey. He absolutely didn’t disappoint.

Feb 27, 2021
Episode 8: Glenn Greenwald

For our eighth episode, we spoke with Glenn Greenwald, co-founder of The Intercept and current author of the Glenn Greenwald Substack, to discuss his political work and his philosophical roots.

Feb 20, 2021
Episode 7: Krystal and Kyle

We discuss the impeachment proceedings and the confirmation hearing of Neera Tanden, as well as our own political journeys.

Feb 13, 2021
Episode 6: Noam Chomsky

On this week's episode, we talk to Professor Noam Chomsky about his past political work, leftists’ current challenges and goals, and the Biden presidency.

Feb 06, 2021
Episode 5: Justin Jackson

Justin Jackson is a running back for the LA Chargers and a political activist who was a leading voice in #forcethevote. He’s become a prominent voice on the left against the demonization of ordinary citizens and for a policy-centric approach to winning people over. He talked to us about what Gamestop means for the country, why he’s tough on progressives, and how he wins over Trump supporters in the locker room.

Jan 30, 2021
Episode 4: Senator Nina Turner

In our fourth conversation on Krystal Kyle & Friends, we’re joined by visionary leader Senator Nina Turner to discuss her campaign for Ohio’s eleventh congressional district, her theory of change, and her thoughts on how a people’s candidate interacts with the political establishment.

Jan 23, 2021
Episode 3: Thomas Frank

In this week’s episode, we sit down with Thomas Frank to flesh out the story of how the Democrats abandoned working-class politics, how Republicans seized the populist narrative, and how Americans can look to a people-led political movement in our own past as a bulwark against Trumpism. Thomas Frank is the author of multiple books on Populism and working-class politics, including What's the Matter with Kansas?, Listen, Liberal, and The People, No. 

Jan 16, 2021
Episode 2: Bhaskar Sunkara

Bhaskar Sunkara is the Founding Editor and Publisher of Jacobin Magazine and author of The Socialist Manifesto: The Case for Radical Politics in an Era of Extreme Inequality. He’s been an integral part of building the modern American left and a profound influence on both of us. He offered insights into the coming era of left politics and some provocative reflections on how to think about this week and what to do next.

Jan 09, 2021
Episode 1: Marianne Williamson

In the early days of 2021, cross a major resolution off your list: spend over an hour getting to know Marianne Williamson with us. As the first guest on our podcast, Marianne discusses her intellectual influences, her opposition to the status quo of the Democratic Party, and her views on the populist energy bubbling up around Medicare for All and COVID stimulus checks.

Dec 31, 2020