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Conservative, Liberal, Centrist: You gotta screw one, marry one, murder one. Introducing Party of One. What's the real difference between a Republican and a Democrat? Still believe the game's red vs. blue in Washington? Here's something new for your ears. Party of One pushes past the political posturing and ramped-up rhetoric of division, to uncover a much scarier reality: It's business that's booming, and we're the ones losing. And the stakes couldn't be higher. Tune in for conversations wi ...
 
Unapologetically outraged that kindness is now controversial. Why is this even a conversation?! Feel like you’re the only one still seeing straight as our piece-of-shit civilization burns to the ground around you? Us too. We’re talking politics without fear, bringing together (sometimes wildly divergent) progressive perspectives and breaking down what’s really happening now with incisive commentary, sharp banter and a healthy helping of righteous indignation. Come get mad with us! And then t ...
 
The Mindful Cranks broadly explores the cultural translation of Buddhism in the West, various facets of Buddhist modernism, and the mainstreaming of mindfulness in secular contexts. The podcast serves as a forum for voices that go beyond the dominant narratives which have been thus far uncritical of consumerism, medicalization, psychologization, corporatization and self-help approaches. Drawing from a wide range of disciplines — the humanities, philosophy, cultural studies, education, critic ...
 
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In Episode 37, I spoke with Kathleen Gregory about her chapter “The Modern Mindfulness Movement and the Search for Psychological Redemption” recently published in Richard Payne’s new edited volume, Secularizing Buddhism (Shambala Publications, 2021). Kathleen offers a unique perspective on modern mindfulness as she is both a licensed therapist and …
 
Richard Payne is the Yehan Numata Professor of Japanese Buddhist Studies at the Institute of Buddhist Studies in Berkeley, California and the Graduate Theological Union. I spoke with Richard about his new edited volume, Secularizing Buddhism: New Perspectives on a Dynamic Tradition, published by Shambala. Our conversation explores how the discourse…
 
It’s the American Dream: “Available” to all, accessible by some, denied to many, indifferent to the consequences — just the way the good lord intended it to be! The productive forces have given us so much stuff, but the endless extraction, manufacture and commodification of planetary and human resources is leading us down a path we won’t be able to…
 
What’s the real difference between dissent and disloyalty? Why is “subversion” so subjective? And why does advocating for workers rights, affordable housing and racial equity make you a monster? We’re talking political persecution the American way, with a deep dive into one of our darkest chapters as a nation: The House Un-American Activities Commi…
 
Conservative, Liberal, Centrist: You gotta screw one, marry one, murder one. Introducing Party of One. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/party-of-one/id1571174758 What's the real difference between a Republican and a Democrat? Still believe the game's red vs. blue in Washington? Here's something new for your ears. Party of One pushes past the p…
 
In this episode I had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Sarah Shaw, who is an Honorary fellow of the Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies; and lecturer for the Oxford University Department of Continuing Education. We spoke about her new book, Mindfulness: Where It Comes From and What It Means – published in paperback by Shambala. This is a very acces…
 
It's hot AF! The Left Bitches are wrapping up the season all sweaty. The climate crisis is real... so we're getting rid of our plastic straws once and for all! Kidding, fuck Big Oil. Biden just became the sixth consecutive president to bomb Iraq and the media wants you to believe the move was "defensive." What type of upside-down reality do we live…
 
Life as an anti-Zionist Israeli Jew: Author and human rights activist Miko Peled reflects on growing up in a prominent Zionist family in Israel, what turned his world upside down, and how he came to be an outspoken supporter of the liberation of Palestine. What’s with the two-state delusion? What does justice look like for Palestinians? What good i…
 
All eyes on Latin America: What's burning in what imperialists have long called "America's backyard"? Kawsachun News co-founder Camila Escalante assesses the state of the Latin American left in 2021. What's the deal with Peru's recent elections? How are things for ordinary Bolivians after one year of a US-backed coup regime? Is the US still trying …
 
There’s a Left Bitch in the NFL! The Takeover host and LA Chargers running back Justin Jackson breaks down life as a leftist on football’s biggest stage. We get into Biden’s America, what politicized us, and how to best use large platforms for the greater good. How do professional athletes navigate political conversations in the locker room? And wh…
 
Bibi on his way out as Israeli PM? So what do/can/should we expect from likely successor Naftali Bennett? MintPress News founder and editor-in-chief Mnar Muhawesh Adley talks Netanyahu 2.0, what it’s like growing up Palestinian-American in the belly of the beast, and the challenges of independent media. Spoiler alert: Facebook always wins. Who's re…
 
Does Bella Hadid have bigger balls than The Hulk? As Israel’s ongoing warcrimes against Palestinians continue, Zionists are pulling out all the stops to salvage Israel’s image worldwide. Big Tech's censoring pro-Palestine content (oh hey, Instagram!) while the pro-Israel lobby smears celebrity voices speaking for justice. Mark Ruffalo crumbled unde…
 
As Israel's heinous war crimes intensify, enormous crowds are mobilizing across the globe in support of Palestine. Are the Bitches naive to believe the tide may finally be turning toward justice? Abby Martin, creator of the Empire Files and director of Gaza Fights for Freedom, talks media lies, pro-Israel propaganda, and what people of conscience c…
 
Palestine is rising, resisting and rejecting Israel's racist colonial occupation that’s violently subjugated millions since 1948. Will there be justice as long as Western imperialism has a say? Electronic Intifada director Ali Abunimah parses the bloodthirsty propaganda from corporate media that’s been distorting the reality on the ground in the Mi…
 
SENSITIVE CONTENT: This episode contains references to sexual violence How can Democrats get away with attacks on sexual assault survivors? Is it all just partisan politics to them? The Bitches are joined by author, activist, and former Senate aide Tara Reade to discuss her experience coming forward about sexual assault. Democrats were rightfully o…
 
What good is the US' covid "recovery" when its imperialist policies abroad are keeping people sick - and the virus mutating - in the Global South? Hint: follow the money! We’re talking "vaccine apartheid" with organizer and independent political analyst Amanda Yee. India is facing the most devastating wave of the virus yet; supply and hospital bed …
 
The Bitches are back after a rare week off, so what'd we miss? For starters, we're once again being told that the US has plans to withdraw from Afghanistan. What's the catch? The US doesn't just leave, does it? Where does the longest war in US history go from here? Plus, was Derek Chauvin's conviction really "justice" for the murder of George Floyd…
 
AOC called the cops on our very own Ryan Wentz. What a Karen! Plus Biden's fortified unity construction, Trump's border wall = same shit, different prez. Joined this week by special guest Bitch and host of Struggle Session Leslie Lee. The Left Bitches are Anissa Naouai, Erica Marable, Amanda Getty, and Ryan Wentz. Produced by Gregory Haddock with m…
 
WTF is AOC talking about?! Journalist Danny Haiphong on the abject cynicism of Biden’s border crisis. New reports paint a disturbing picture of more kids in cages than ever, so why don’t the liberals outraged under Trump care anymore? The Squad promised to “push Biden left” - how's that going? Plus, the “secret sauce” Biden administration officials…
 
In this episode, I was fortunate to speak to Gregory Kramer who is the founding teacher of the Insight Dialogue Community. Back in 2015, I invited Gregory to be one of the keynote speakers at an international conference that I organized on Mindfulness at SFSU. I knew of his work on Insight Dialogue. I recently stumbled upon his new book, A Whole-Li…
 
Human advocacy in LA’s Echo Park is growing and the cops are cracking down. We’re joined by journalist Richard Medhurst to talk American authoritarianism. Ever wondered how the US would respond to its own actions if they were committed by a foreign government? Would it impose sanctions on itself? Launch a coup? Plus, we get into Biden’s strike on S…
 
Russia or China: Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the biggest bogeyman of them all? We're talking new Cold Wars and imperialist propaganda with the Grayzone’s Max Blumenthal. Anti-Asian hate crimes rose 150% in major US cities last year; how has the US military’s so-called “Asia pivot” fueled deadly racism at home? How much of China's "human right…
 
New bitch alert! Ryan Wentz joins the pod to talk Biden’s “stimulus” package: POTUS just abolished poverty! But like didn't Joe “Crusader For The Poor" Biden shill for corporations for 40 years? Plus, can you believe the Royal Family is racist?! Has there ever been such a thing as a Woke Colonial Monarchy™? As the public is distracted by Oprah’s in…
 
Who's up for some good ol' fashioned capitalism bashing? We're dumping the two-party duopoly with activist and Amped Up podcast host Ryan Knight. How much longer will we be forced to settle for crumbs and choose between a right-wing Democratic Party and a far-right Republican Party? Are we all living in denial? It’s pretty clear we’re being lied to…
 
Biden goes PRESIDENTIAL as the third consecutive US president to bomb Syria! Alleged Putin puppet and host of Redacted Tonight and Moment of Clarity Lee Camp joins us to break down Biden’s big-boy strike, which Washington's media is somehow calling "defensive." Do we all feel safe now? Liberals are scrambling to Biden’s defense: Find out who actual…
 
Guest Left Bitch, European Parliament Member and Irish socialist Clare Daly is clapping back at her EU colleagues who are scapegoating external “threats” like (surprise!) Russia to prop up the arms industry across the pond. Sound familiar? So how do we break the cycle? Through the power of politicians? Or through the power of the people? Also, what…
 
Buckle up for Obama 2.0! Less than a month into the Biden era, liberals are back at brunch and progressives are failing to hold 46 accountable. Meanwhile far-right movements aren’t going anywhere, and they’re growing across the West. The Bitches and Jacobin’s Nando Vila ask why. Plus, neoliberal girlboss Neera Tanden’s confirmation hearing was pure…
 
From Moscow with love! Joined this week by guest Left Bitch Katie Halper, podcast host and... nefarious Russian bot? How a film about the existential threat posed by corporate greenwashing led to McCarthyite smears. Is everyone you disagree with a Putin puppet? Speaking of, who is this Navalny guy, really? And what governments are the Bitches actua…
 
In this episode, I spoke with Daniel Simpson about his wonderful new book, The Truth of Yoga: A Comprehensive Guide to Yoga’s History, Texts, Philosophy, and Practices, just published by North Point Press. It’s an easy read because Daniel is a professional writer having left a burgeoning career in journalism after he became disillusioned with mains…
 
Let's talk about race, baby! Writer Natalie Guerrero and director Tom Mishra join the Bitches to share their hysterical new web series Liberal Whites and how uncomfortable it makes their friends. Pro tip: Most “woke” white people are really really bad at anti-racism, and now it’s okay to laugh about it! The Left Bitches are Anissa Naouai, Erica Mar…
 
In this episode I spoke with Andrea R. Jain, Associate professor of religious studies at Indiana University, Indianapolis about her new book Peace Love Yoga: The Politics of Global Spirituality, published by Oxford University Press. Our conversation explores how modern, commodified yoga serves a neoliberal agenda by containing social activism and p…
 
Patriot Act 2.0, anyone? The Bitches and journalist Glenn Greenwald talk propaganda and Silicon Valley censorship, Biden’s plan to fight the white supremacists, and what Donald Trump's Twitter ban means for the left. While liberals keep cheering Big Tech's silencing of ex-President Trump for "incitement," "sedition" and "treason," here's who's gain…
 
Sifting through the rubble of whatever that was at the Capitol, was 2020 just a test-run for the real bad shit? First: HOW? And was it actually a coup attempt? And was that police collusion we saw? It's speculation central over here and no one does it quite like the Left Bitches. But really: would white supremacist far-right thugs have stormed Wash…
 
"Lesser of two evils" crushing your soul? The Bitches get optimistic: Building a viable 3rd-party alternative has happened before in the US and yes, it can happen again. Eugene Puryear of Breakthrough News on how to unify working people around the one issue that threatens us all. Why was #ForceTheVote on Medicare for All such an epic failure? Did T…
 
So what'd we get from Congress for Christmas? Payouts to Israel's apartheid regime, funds for Venezuela's opposition, prop-ups for right-wing protesters in Hong Kong, and tax breaks for owning a racehorse. And not enough in rescue payments to cover a month of our rent, while Americans are now stealing baby food and formula. Connecting the dots betw…
 
In this episode I spoke with Michal Pagis who is an associate professor of sociology at Bar Ilan University, Israel about her new book Inward: Vipassana Meditation and the Embodiment of the Self published by the University of Chicago Press in 2019. Using micro-sociological analysis through participant observation and auto-enthnography, Michal studi…
 
On the brink of homelessness in covid pandemic apocalyptic winter: Yasha Levine's living the eviction nightmare right now, along with millions of other American families whose government has failed them. Imagine if housing was a human right. Instead we see the weaponization of the covid crisis by the elites to prey on the vulnerable. And holy fuck:…
 
If our progressive "saviors" within the Democratic Party can't make Medicare for All happen during a deadly pandemic, can we officially stop counting on them to deliver? Jimmy Dore's on this week and he's got words for Bernie and AOC. Why tf is she still protecting Mama Bear Pelosi? And why is a pothead comedian in his garage getting more movement …
 
In this episode I spoke with Adrian Daub about his new book, What Tech Calls Thinking, published by FSG Originals. I discovered Adrian’s fascinating book in a New York Times review which called it ‘scintillating.” Adrian examines the philosophical traditions tech leaders and their boosters draw on to make plausible and inevitable their industry’s r…
 
That horrifying moment you agree with your conservative brother-in-law on Facebook: This is 2020. Erica’s back from the front lines of the #BlockGarcetti protests, where cops got brutal. Makes sense: The LA mayor (and Biden cabinet hopeful) approved the largest LAPD budget ever, during a pandemic and economic dumpster fire. Speaking of, what happen…
 
Subscribe on Patreon to get the whole episode and see the video! As mass evictions loom for New Year’s, we gotta ask: Do the Democrats get off on losing? Once again for the people in the back: “The other guy’s an asshole” isn’t a strategy, just ask Native Americans in this state, who voted Trump in a big way. 14.6 million Americans lost health insu…
 
What are the Bitches thankful for on this most genocidal holiday of the year? Not GoFundMe Joe, who’s still panhandling despite being backed by literally 186 billionaires. Never surprised, always infuriated: We’ve got a Who’s Who of Biden’s new, kinder Cabinet of Horrors - one of them’s a wannabe pop star! From a “lightly seasoned Jeff Bezos” to ca…
 
Bernie's a cuck for how he bailed when Biden stole the nomination: Discuss. Kyle Kulinski joins this week with some much-needed last-stand survival tactics for a fractured left. Who's up for a general strike? Also, internet censorship: life on the "borderline" of acceptable content and why we definitely can't say this on Facebook. Plus what advice …
 
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