If you’re anything like me, you have your reasons for being untrusting of corporate media. They have a tendency to broadcast for ratings instead of producing quality content because they’re trying to run a business at the same time as informing the people. If we know anything about corporate America, it’s that they know it is best to keep the public un or ill-informed.
Luckily, there is no shortage of media that isn’t bought, and real progressive media today (not CNN or NBC) comes in the form of podcasts, YouTube channels, and over the airwaves. With all of what’s out there now, it can take a great amount of sifting to find the stuff that you like best. I’ve created a list of 5 programs on a variety of platforms and of varying popularity that are worth your time to check out. Don’t be surprised if you get hooked on one or all of them.
THE MAJORITY REPORT
Host: Sam Seder
The first incarnation of the show was when sam and Janeane Garofalo launched the Majority Report on air America Radio On March 31, 2004. Sam brought it back as a podcast in late 2010 early 2011. Regular guests include Matt Taibbi, Janeane Garofalo, Digby, Marc Maron, and Andy Kindler. Expect debate breakdowns, in-depth analysis of political developments, interviews with a wide variety of authors and political wonks, and some good laughs in the second half if you listen live on the radio at noon, which is usually an awesome takedown of the right wing.You can catch them on the radio Monday thru Friday or by podcast after the fact. While you’re at it, check out their app on the android for iPhone and Android.
BEST OF THE LEFT
Host: Jay! Tomlinson (spelled with a “!” to add excitement to his life)
This podcast focuses in on a specific issue and brings you the best clips from all around the progressive sphere to give you a balanced view on these crucial matters. Clips used in the show commonly come from The Young Turks, The David Pakman show, The Thom Hartmann Show, comedians, and many more. The last 15 minutes of this over hour-long show are generally call-ins from listeners with questions or comments on issues to which Jay! responds. If you’re looking for something to give you some laughs and thoughtful commentary, this show’s for you.
Host: Kyle Kulinski
One of my personal favorites, this YouTube channel puts out anywhere from four to eight ten-minute segments every day on any issue imaginable. Kyle uses the first minute or two to show a video, read an article, poll, or quote; then he breaks it down and explains what it means if there is complex language, debunk a lie made, or whatever else. If you don’t understand an issue, even after reading on it extensively, see if he’s done a segment on it recently, he’s a trustworthy guy. He’s not afraid to call out or back up anyone on an issue no matter where they fall on the political spectrum. His commentary has no bias. Segments are published Monday thru Friday and you can catch The Kyle Kulinski Show live show Monday thru Friday 5 pm to 7 pm EST.
Hosts: Robert Smith, David Kestenbaum, Jacob Goldstein, Stacey Vanek Smith, Steve Henn
This is a bi-weekly podcast that dives into the world of economics, taking on topics large and small and makes complex issues easy for anyone to understand. Planet Money got its start in September 2008 in the midst of the 2008-2009 Global Financial Crisis to try and make sense of this complex calamity for people. Today, the 20-minute show usually features a guest star with an interesting story which the planet money crew then breaks down through investigative reporting. Think of it as the “This American Life” of economics. The finished product is very approachable, presented in everyday language. Although the show doesn’t take a political stance at all it’s still an invaluable resource for anyone who wants a better understanding of our economy.
THE THOM HARTMANN PROGRAM
Host: Thom Hartmann (who woulda guessed)
Thom Hartmann is a heavyweight in progressive media. He started his radio show back in 2003 and has been airing ever since. A wide variety of guests, progressive and conservative, come on the show to have meaningful conversation and debate on the countless issues we face today. Every Friday on the first hour of the show is “Brunch with Bernie” where Senator of Vermont and Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and Thom talk about what he’s been up to that week in congress and elsewhere. People have the opportunity to call in and ask Mr. Sanders questions as well. You can catch the show on the radio Monday thru Friday noon to 3 pm EST.