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W. Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu are comedians who take politics seriously — and longtime friends, trying to help keep each other sane. Join them as they pull the alarm on the dumpster fire that is American politics, and talk to the creators, thinkers, and leaders doing the work to defend and reinvent our democracy.
 
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This week on The Bugcast: we gush about our kids for a while, say farewell to a British acting legend, plus we play 8 Creative Commons tracks. Songs played Abnormal Changes – Fire Ring – from Russia – source Дан Дараш – День Святого Валентина – from Ukraine – source Smoking With Poets – Warm In Sweden – from UK – source Pokki DJ – Hold Me – from Sa…
 
This week on The Bugcast: we gush about our kids for a while, say farewell to a British acting legend, plus we play 8 Creative Commons tracks. Songs played Abnormal Changes – Fire Ring – from Russia – source Дан Дараш – День Святого Валентина – from Ukraine – source Smoking With Poets – Warm In Sweden – from UK – source Pokki DJ – Hold Me – from Sa…
 
Amber Ruffin's career is really taking off (FYI, The Amber Ruffin Show is now on NBC), and she and her sister Lacey Lamar are as close as ever, trading stories about the crazy everyday racist behavior Lacey encounters in their hometown of Omaha, Nebraska. Their book You Won't Believe What Happened to Lacey is necessary reading for anyone who doesn'…
 
This week on The Bugcast: Caroline is in pain, classic TV programs get rebooted, plus 8 Creative Commons tracks. Songs played Abnormal Changes – Demons – from Saint Petersburg, Russia – source Smoking with Poets – Pain(t) On Me – from UK – source Kinematic – Speakeasy – from Melbourne, Australia – source Xander Black – Hey! Mr Drifter – from Perth,…
 
This week on The Bugcast: Caroline is in pain, classic TV programs get rebooted, plus 8 Creative Commons tracks. Songs played Abnormal Changes – Demons – from Saint Petersburg, Russia – source Smoking with Poets – Pain(t) On Me – from UK – source Kinematic – Speakeasy – from Melbourne, Australia – source Xander Black – Hey! Mr Drifter – from Perth,…
 
Can we talk about Palestine? Dr. Marc Lamont Hill (who, admittedly, calls himself "a prisoner of hope") says we can, and that Americans are ready to even if our government isn't. He joins Hari and Kamau for a conversation that encompasses Michael Che, Bill Clinton, the Fourth Geneva Convention, and the Columbia House record club. Then Kamau's Mom, …
 
This week on The Bugcast: we talk about the Royal Family, the Perseverance landing, and Eurovision, plus 8 Creative Commons tracks. Songs played Jon Worthy – Better Days – from Nashville, TN – source D Jay Koi – House Party (feat. Fil Straughan) – from France – source The Tangerine Club – Solitaire Tango – from Brazil – source Neon NiteClub – Golde…
 
This week on The Bugcast: we talk about the Royal Family, the Perseverance landing, and Eurovision, plus 8 Creative Commons tracks. Songs played Jon Worthy – Better Days – from Nashville, TN – source D Jay Koi – House Party (feat. Fil Straughan) – from France – source The Tangerine Club – Solitaire Tango – from Brazil – source Neon NiteClub – Golde…
 
Historian, journalist and hero-of-Hari Vijay Prashad analyzes the Farmers' Protest in India and makes a powerful case for why their struggle is our struggle. And while he's at it, he salutes Rihanna, defines Marxism, and makes quick work of Dinesh D'Souza. Comic duo The Lucas Brothers give the backstory for the new film Judas and the Black Messiah …
 
This week on The Bugcast: we’re back in normal time again this week, as we talk about lockdown and play 8 Creative Commons tracks. Songs played Back On Earth – Heroes – from Paris, France – source Paolo Orecchia – Bellissima – from Italy – source Alfonso Lugo – Chocolate – from Los Angeles, CA – source MOGU – Glassberry – from Russia – source The T…
 
This week on The Bugcast: we’re back in normal time again this week, as we talk about lockdown and play 8 Creative Commons tracks. Songs played Back On Earth – Heroes – from Paris, France – source Paolo Orecchia – Bellissima – from Italy – source Alfonso Lugo – Chocolate – from Los Angeles, CA – source MOGU – Glassberry – from Russia – source The T…
 
What does cancel culture have to do with defunding the police? How do we liberate our attention? Can better orgasms improve public policy? Hari and Kamau get answers—and Valentine's Day advice—from pleasure activist and abolitionist adrienne maree brown, author of We Will Not Cancel Us. Plus: Adam Jentleson lays out the Jim Crow roots of the filibu…
 
This week on The Bugcast: Caroline is at the controls this week, as she presents her 16 favourite tracks of Creative Commons and independent music from the last year. Songs played Pinegroove – Hello Originally played on episode 648 Mercury & The Architects – See The World Originally played on episode 625 The Jist – Best Thing Yet (Live) Originally …
 
This week on The Bugcast: Caroline is at the controls this week, as she presents her 16 favourite tracks of Creative Commons and independent music from the last year. Songs played Pinegroove – Hello Originally played on episode 648 Mercury & The Architects – See The World Originally played on episode 625 The Jist – Best Thing Yet (Live) Originally …
 
Hari and Kamau debate the morality of Super Bowl-watching before being joined by legendary poet Nikki Giovanni. She's out with a new collection called Make Me Rain, and ready to talk about everyone from Kwame Alexander to Tupac, James Baldwin to Colin Kaepernick. Hear why Nikki Giovanni is inspired by the women who launched Black Lives Matter—and t…
 
This week on The Bugcast: Dave’s takes control as he selects 16 of his favourite tracks of Creative Commons and independent music from the last year. Songs played Rude – Cold Inside Originally played on episode 604 Dr Groove Gang – It’s Got To Be Funky Originally played on episode 630 Paper Clips – Something Happened Originally played on episode 60…
 
This week on The Bugcast: Dave’s takes control as he selects 16 of his favourite tracks of Creative Commons and independent music from the last year. Songs played Rude – Cold Inside Originally played on episode 604 Dr Groove Gang – It’s Got To Be Funky Originally played on episode 630 Paper Clips – Something Happened Originally played on episode 60…
 
Porsha Williams, star of The Real Housewives of Atlanta and granddaughter of civil rights legend Rev. Hosea Williams, talks about why she put her body on the line to demand justice for Breonna Taylor. ACLU Racial Justice Program Director ReNika Moore breaks down the immediate and long-term agenda for racial equity after Trump. And Kamau tries to ex…
 
This week on The Bugcast: we hand the song choices to you, and play 15 of your favourite pieces of Creative Commons and independent music from the last year. Songs played Mercury and the Architects – Loophole – requested by Aurélien Originally played on episode 609 I Am Not Lefthanded – Strawberries in Summer – requested by Lainey Originally played…
 
This week on The Bugcast: we hand the song choices to you, and play 15 of your favourite pieces of Creative Commons and independent music from the last year. Songs played Mercury and the Architects – Loophole – requested by Aurélien Originally played on episode 609 I Am Not Lefthanded – Strawberries in Summer – requested by Lainey Originally played…
 
Hari and Kamau explore the pressing questions: What would Martin Luther King Jr. have been like on Twitter? Can live-streaming a federal crime boost your real estate business? And how many ways can Donald Trump end up in jail? They're joined by CNN analyst and former FBI special agent Asha Rangappa. Plus: Listeners bid a fond farewell to our 45th P…
 
This week on The Bugcast: we spend time looking at the events in the USA over the last week, and play 8 pieces of great Creative Commons music! Songs played Robert Avellanet – Shine Your Light – from Los Angeles, CA – source Elephant Funeral – An Empty Room – from Pittsbourg, PA – source Invisible Tears – Tomorrow We Are Twenty – from Pescia, Italy…
 
This week on The Bugcast: we spend time looking at the events in the USA over the last week, and play 8 pieces of great Creative Commons music! Songs played Robert Avellanet – Shine Your Light – from Los Angeles, CA – source Elephant Funeral – An Empty Room – from Pittsbourg, PA – source Invisible Tears – Tomorrow We Are Twenty – from Pescia, Italy…
 
Hari and Kamau can't help noticing that Blue Lives Matter, except when they try to defend the Capitol. Cat Brooks of the Anti Police-Terror Project and Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff of the Center for Policing Equity unpack what it means to "defund the police" — and why it's so damn hard. Plus, the ACLU's Kate Ruane is concerned about Twitter's Trump ban, …
 
This week on The Bugcast: we review our goals and achievements for last year, look to this year, and play 8 pieces of great Creative Commons and independent music! Songs played Lynzi – Cage – from Los Angeles, CA – Direct from Artist Invisible Tears – I’ve Got An Empty Heart – from Pescia, Italy – source Mercury & The Architects – Cheers To The Vie…
 
This week on The Bugcast: we review our goals and achievements for last year, look to this year, and play 8 pieces of great Creative Commons and independent music! Songs played Lynzi – Cage – from Los Angeles, CA – Direct from Artist Invisible Tears – I’ve Got An Empty Heart – from Pescia, Italy – source Mercury & The Architects – Cheers To The Vie…
 
Just when Kamau and Hari thought they could breathe and take in the Democratic victories in Georgia's Senate runoff, an armed right-wing mob storms the Capitol. Hear their reaction to the chaos in DC and their conversation with Nse Ufot of the New Georgia Project and The Intercept's Ryan Grim about how Democrats can make the most of their power (an…
 
This week on The Bugcast: we see out the European Union, and see in the New Year, plus 8 pieces of great Creative Commons music! Songs played Iced Blade – Exorcism – from Tokyo, Japan – source Shearer – Martyr – from Berlin, Germany – source Breezeless – Country Lady – from Herne, Germany – source Square A Saw – Hola – from Eschweiler, Germany – so…
 
This week on The Bugcast: we see out the European Union, and see in the New Year, plus 8 pieces of great Creative Commons music! Songs played Iced Blade – Exorcism – from Tokyo, Japan – source Shearer – Martyr – from Berlin, Germany – source Breezeless – Country Lady – from Herne, Germany – source Square A Saw – Hola – from Eschweiler, Germany – so…
 
This week on The Bugcast: a shorter show this week as we briefly review Christmas and Podcrawl, and play 4 pieces of fantastic Creative Commons music! Songs played Kyle Cox – No Matter How Far – from Nashville, TN – source Liv Margaret – Coney Island Acoustic – from Nashville, TN – source Alles – Aching – from Bucharest, Romania – source Fresh Body…
 
This week on The Bugcast: a shorter show this week as we briefly review Christmas and Podcrawl, and play 4 pieces of fantastic Creative Commons music! Songs played Kyle Cox – No Matter How Far – from Nashville, TN – source Liv Margaret – Coney Island Acoustic – from Nashville, TN – source Alles – Aching – from Bucharest, Romania – source Fresh Body…
 
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