Chauncey DeVega

The Chauncey DeVega Show

The Chauncey DeVega Show

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From Salon.com politics and culture writer Chauncey DeVega. "The Chauncey DeVega Show" is a relaxed and long-form conversation with the best and most insightful experts on politics, the color line, human rights, philosophy, history, the arts, and the world of popular culture and entertainment.

Episodes

Ep. 237: Is Game of Thrones Racist and Sexist?

May 19, 2019 01:26:56

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There are two guests on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show.

Paul Sturtevant is the founder and Editor-in-chief of The Public Medievalist and the author of the book The Middle Ages in Popular Imagination: Memory, Film and Medievalism. Paul is also a Visitor Research Specialist for the Smithsonian Institution.

Paul reflects on how the "high fantasy" genre which includes Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings as well as games such as Dungeons & Dragons help to teach the public lessons--mostly incorrect--about medieval Europe. He also shares his thoughts on military strategy as depicted in Game of Thrones, why the medieval fantasy genre is so popular, and J.R.R. Tolkien's Eurocentrism and racism as shown through his Lord of the Rings universe.

And of course Chauncey cannot help but to sing the praises of Martin Lawrence's underappreciated comedy classic Black Knight.

At the end of this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show there is a special bonus segment where Paul offers his answers about famous "what if?" military battles from the medieval world.

Timothy Malone is the second guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. He teaches philosophy at Antioch University and is the author of the recent essay "The Real Monster in 'Game of Thrones' Is Its Hidden Reactionary Ideology" which can be read at Truthout.

Timothy explains Game of Thrones's reactionary politics, its racism and sexism as seen through white savior figures such as Daenerys Targaryen, how Missandei and Grey Worm exist to fulfill the emotional and other needs of white characters, and the powerful symbolism of the White Walkers and the wall.

Timothy Malone also reflects on the vitriolic rage which was directed at him because he dared to criticize and make clear the very problematic politics and overall worldview of Game of Thrones.

On this week's show, Chauncey DeVega highlights how Democratic Party's leaders are breaking basic rules of strategy regarding their decision to not impeach Donald Trump.

Chauncey also shares three stories about the culture of cruelty and evil being encouraged and unleashed by Donald Trump, the Republicans and their racial authoritarian American fascist regime against children, gays and lesbians, immigrants, and poor people.

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Lunch lady let boy run up $8 debt rather than go hungry — then she got fired Ben Carson Wants To Evict Families With Undocumented Immigrants From Public Housing The Complicity of Ben Carson Trump Administration to LGBT Couples: Your ‘Out of Wedlock’ Kids Aren’t Citizens Trust Pelosi Kirstjen Nielsen halted White House plan for mass family arrests before firing Nebraska cellist's music helps soothe shelter dogs

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Ep. 236: Ira Steven Behr Reflects on the Legacy and Meaning of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and the new documentary What We Left Behind

Ep. 231: Exploring the Politics and Meaning of Jordan Peele's New Film "Us"

Ep. 190: Black Genius and Childish Gambino's "This is America"

Ep. 156: Nancy MacLean Explains the Radical Right-wing's Plans to Destroy American Democracy

Ep. 69: Michael Witwer on the Secret History of the Dungeons and Dragons Role-playing Game

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Music at the end of this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show is by JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound. You can listen to some of their great music on Spotify. 

Ep. 236: Ira Steven Behr Reflects on the Legacy and Meaning of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and the new documentary What We Left Behind

May 12, 2019 01:29:03

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There are two guests on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show.

Ira Steven Behr was the showrunner and executive producer of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. He is also the co-director and executive producer of the new documentary What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

Behr has also been a writer and executive producer on the HBO series Outlander.

He reflects on the origins of Deep Space Nine, what he learned from the new documentary What We Left Behind, the challenges and triumphs of creating what would be such a highly influential non-episodic TV series, escaping the shadow of Star Trek: The Next Generation, the choices that were made regarding Avery Brooks' character Captain Benjamin Sisko (the first black starring character in Star Trek history), how the show dealt with topical issues such as religion, ethnic conflict, poverty, sexism, as well as gay and lesbian relationships.

Behr also shares the storyline of what a hypothetical eighth season of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine would have looked like.

Hugo-award nominated podcaster and writer Alasdair Stuart is the second guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show.

He shares his thoughts on the new movie Avengers: Endgame and its problematic treatment of female characters such as Nebula and Black Widow, how the film is a well-deserved love letter to Robert Downey Jr.'s depiction of Iron Man, and where the Marvel Cinematic Universe goes with and after the new Spiderman movie.

Chauncey and Alasdair also share some hopes and worries about J.J. Abrams and his new Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and ponder why this generation of fans seem so invested in how much money a movie makes as some type of (sad and pathetic) validation of their own self-esteem and identity.

On this week's show, Chauncey DeVega laughs at those members of the so-called "Resistance" who think that this newest "revelation" about Donald Trump losing a billion dollars and likely committing tax fraud will actually hurt his popularity among the Trump CHUD cultists and Republicans as a whole. Why won't this newest "scandal" matter? This is all explained by the sunk cost fallacy and the classic social psychology research study When Prophecy Fails.

Chauncey also reflects on Gene Roddenberry's hopeful vision of the future as seen in Star Trek and how far America and humankind have to go to achieve such a goal.

SELECTED LINKS OF INTEREST FOR THIS EPISODE OF THE CHAUNCEY DEVEGA SHOW 

Exclusive: Trump, the billion-dollar loser — I was his ghostwriter and saw it happen Decade in the Red: Trump Tax Figures Show Over $1 Billion in Business Losses After Backlash, Rhode Island School District Rolls Back 'Lunch Shaming' Policy When Gene Roddenberry Explained 'Star Trek' in 1966 1 million species of plants and animals at risk of extinction, U.N. report warns

IF YOU ENJOYED THIS WEEK'S SHOW YOU MAY LIKE THESE EPISODES OF THE CHAUNCEY DEVEGA SHOW AS WELL

Ep. 187: Avengers: Infinity War / The Secret History of Marvel v. DC Comics

Ep. 166: All Things "Star Wars" and "The Last Jedi"

Ep. 142: Jason Aaron on Writing "Star Wars", "Southern Bastards", and Reflections on the South

Ep. 113: Joe Lansdale and William Astore Ponder Trump's Victory

Ep. 70: Deconstructing "Star Wars: The Force Awakens"

Ep. 69: Michael Witwer on the Secret History of the Dungeons and Dragons Role-playing Game

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Music at the end of this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show is by JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound. You can listen to some of their great music on Spotify. 

Ep. 235: Jonathan Metzl on Being Targeted by neo-Nazis/Tim Wise on White Privilege and White Christian Terrorists

May 4, 2019 01:15:35

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There are two guests on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show.

Jonathan Metzl is the Frederick B. Rentschler II Professor of Sociology and Psychiatry, and the director of the Center for Medicine, Health, and Society, at Vanderbilt University in Nashville.

He is the author of several books, including Prozac on the Couch and The Protest Psychosis. His new book is Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment is Killing America's Heartland.

Dr. Metzl shares what it was like when Nazis descended upon his talk about Dying of Whiteness last Saturday at the Politics and Prose bookstore in Washington D.C.. Dr. Metzl locates this latest example of Trump-inspired right-wing hooligan behavior within a broader context of anti-Semitism and racism in America.

Metzl also reflects on the moral crisis inflicting Republicans and other conservatives who continue to support Donald Trump and his regime.

Tim Wise is the author of numerous books including his most recent Under the Affluence: Shaming the Poor, Praising the Rich and Sacrificing the Future of America.

Wise connects the harassment of Dr. Metzl to a series of events last week which saw a lethal Nazi attack on a Jewish synagogue in California as well as Donald Trump continuing to lie about and literally whitewash his comments about the Nazi and other white supremacist lethal mob action in Charlottesville in 2017.

Wise explains how whiteness, privilege and Jewish identity are connected to one another in a complicated and complex way--this is especially true in a moment of resurgent hatred against Jewish folks. Wise also highlights why white right-wing Christian terrorists are not considered a real threat by Trump's regime and many other (white) Americans.

Tim Wise makes it clear: this is a moment of existential crisis in America and there is no room for sitting on the sidelines and not fighting back against right-wing thugs who want to overturn America's multiracial democracy.

On this week's show, Chauncey DeVega calls out, again, why William Barr and the Trump regime must be stopped as together they are working to destroy the rule of law and to make Trump into a king or emperor for life. Chauncey also honors Riley Howell, the UNC Charlotte college student who gave his life in the heroic defense of others.

SELECTED LINKS OF INTEREST FOR THIS EPISODE OF THE CHAUNCEY DEVEGA SHOW 

This UNC Charlotte student knocked the shooter off his feet and saved lives  The Story of a Mass Shooting Survivor and Anthropologist  Barr Will Bring Down America Unless Democrats Step Up The alleged synagogue shooter was a churchgoer who talked Christian theology, raising tough questions for evangelical pastors 'Impeachment Will Help Republicans' and Other Myths

IF YOU ENJOYED THIS WEEK'S SHOW YOU MAY LIKE THESE EPISODES OF THE CHAUNCEY DEVEGA SHOW AS WELL

Ep. 234: Kathleen Belew Explains the Long History of the White Power Movement and its Global Plans for "Race War"

Ep. 233: Jonathan Metzl Explains How Donald Trump's Voters are Dying of Whiteness

Ep. 229: Tim Wise on White Privilege and the Varsity Blues College Cheating Scandal

Ep. 228: Tim Wise on the New Zealand Mosque Massacres and the Violence of White Privilege

Ep. 226: Vegas Tenold on the Rebirth of White Nationalism in America

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Music at the end of this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show is by JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound. You can listen to some of their great music on Spotify.

Ep. 234: Kathleen Belew Explains the Long History of the White Power Movement and its Global Plans for "Race War"

Apr 27, 2019 01:09:02

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Kathleen Belew is a professor of history at the University of Chicago and the author of the new book Bring the War Home: The White Power Movement and Paramilitary America. 

Belew explains white supremacy is a cultural, social and political problem rather than just the pathology of a relatively small number of people, what "white power" really means, and how white supremacist and other right-wing foot soldiers, activists, and enablers are engaging in and preparing for various forms of "race war" against their "enemies".

Professor Belew also locates the recent New Zealand neo-Nazi terrorist attacks in New Zealand are part of a much larger and older pattern of right-wing violence--which includes being early users of the Internet and "social media".

On this week's show, Chauncey DeVega reflects on the reaction to his recent essay about how right-wing border militias are Donald Trump's foot soldiers and shock troops. Are the American people just exhausted from too much truth-telling? Have the American people almost fully surrendered to Donald Trump and the right-wing's assault on democracy? 

Chauncey also shares some hate mail which again shows how Donald Trump is a human drug for his political cult members.

At the end of this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Chauncey shares some quick thoughts about the new Avenger's: Endgame.

SELECTED LINKS OF INTEREST FOR THIS EPISODE OF THE CHAUNCEY DEVEGA SHOW 

The MAGA Bomber is right: Donald Trump is "like a new found drug" Right-wing border militias are the shock troops of Donald Trump's authoritarian movement Why So Many Violent White Supremacists Aren’t Charged With Domestic Terrorism Federal judge says Coast Guard officer accused of terror attack plot will be released from detention

IF YOU ENJOYED THIS WEEK'S SHOW YOU MAY LIKE THESE EPISODES OF THE CHAUNCEY DEVEGA SHOW AS WELL

Ep. 228: Tim Wise on the New Zealand Mosque Massacres and the Violence of White Privilege

Ep. 213: James Hansen Reflects on the Life of Neil Armstrong, "First Man", and the Future of NASA and Space Travel

Ep. 187: Avengers: Infinity War / The Secret History of Marvel v. DC Comics

Ep. 178: Donald Trump is the Leader of a Political Cult

Ep. 175: "Black Panther" and Questions of Diversity and Representation in Comic Books and Graphic Novels 

WHERE CAN YOU FIND ME?

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Music at the end of this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show is by JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound. You can listen to some of their great music on Spotify.

Ep. 233: Jonathan Metzl Explains How Donald Trump's Voters are Dying of Whiteness

Apr 21, 2019 01:00:19

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Jonathan Metzl is the Frederick B. Rentschler II Professor of Sociology and Psychiatry, and the director of the Center for Medicine, Health, and Society, at Vanderbilt University in Nashville.

Metzl is the author of several books, including Prozac on the Couch and The Protest Psychosis. His new book is Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment is Killing America's Heartland.

Metzl explains how Trump's voters in Red State America are literally dying of whiteness and their devotion to the Republican Party and its harmful policies, why guns and god are such an important part of personal identity and meaning for white "working class" Trump voters, and how racism and a need to punish nonwhites and other "outsiders" motivates "working class" white conservatives in their political decision-making. 

Dr. Metzl also shares stories about white Trump voters who are on their death beds but are proud that they never took "Obamacare" because they wanted to make sure that "welfare queens" and "Mexicans" did not have access to "their" health care. Dr. Metzl also recounts tragic stories about white Trump and Republican "ammosexuals" who love their guns more than their children, relatives, and friends. 

On this week's show, Chauncey DeVega offers some extended thoughts about the Mueller Russia report and how, even in its redacted form, the 450 page document paints a damning portrait of a traitorous president and his cabal who colluded with Russia to seal an election and then obstructed justice to cover it up. Chauncey also shares an important concept which explains how Trump, Barr and their right-wing media were able to control the public discourse surrounding the Mueller report by introducing the concept of "criminal conspiracy" being the same thing as "collusion". 

And Chauncey warns, again, that Donald Trump's fascist regime is out of control, the rule of law is imperiled and now there are de facto right-wing militias and death squads in waiting on patrol along the U.S.-Mexico border.   

SELECTED LINKS OF INTEREST FOR THIS EPISODE OF THE CHAUNCEY DEVEGA SHOW 

A militia group detained migrants at the border. The ACLU calls it kidnapping Welcome to the Fourth Reich: Donald Trump's assault on the rule of law will not end well What Mueller Found on Russia and on Obstruction: A First Analysis Mueller report: Donald Trump failed us as commander-in-chief The Mueller Report Is an Irrefutable Case That Trump Is Unfit for Office Impeach Donald Trump

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Ep. 232: Robert Reich Explains That Donald Trump is a Gangster Capitalist Tyrant and It is the Young People Who Will Save America

Ep. 216: Seth Abramson Explains How Robert Mueller Will Put the Trump Crime Family in Prison

Ep. 212: Donald Trump Thinks He is God and So Do His Followers

Ep. 129: Jane Elliott Explains the Blue-Eyed/Brown-Eyed Teaching Exercise, Racism, and the Rise of Donald Trump

Ep. 76: David Theo Goldberg Meditates on the Global Color Line

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Music at the end of this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show is by JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound. You can listen to some of their great music on Spotify.

Ep. 232: Robert Reich Explains That Donald Trump is a Gangster Capitalist Tyrant and It is the Young People Who Will Save America

Apr 13, 2019 52:16

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Robert B. Reich is Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley. He served as Secretary of Labor in the Clinton administration and was also an economic adviser to Barack Obama. Dr. Reich has written fifteen books, including the best sellers Aftershock, The Work of Nations, and Beyond Outrage, and, his most recent, The Common Good. He is also the co-creator of the award-winning documentary, Inequality For All as well as the Netflix original documentary Saving Capitalism.

Dr. Reich explains how extreme social inequality helped to create Donald Trump's presidency and if those fundamental problems are not addressed then Trump is but the first of many American gangster capitalist tyrants. Reich also reflects on the America that could have been if President Roosevelt's Economic Bill of Rights had been implemented, why the right-wing hates Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and how America's young people are going to save the country from the evils of the new Gilded Age.

On this week's show, Chauncey DeVega shares his thoughts on the new Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker trailer, the very problematic politics of the new hit movie Best of Enemies, and why Kofi Kingston and Wrestlemania 35 made him happy. Chauncey also puts a human face on America's neoliberal Donald Trumpian gangster capitalist Social Darwinism nightmare by sharing a story about how poor rural white folks go off into the mountains to scavenge for roots when their disability checks run out each month.

And Chauncey warns, again, that Donald Trump's fascist regime is out of control and the assault on the rule of law is reaching what appears to be a never-ending crescendo.

SELECTED LINKS OF INTEREST FOR THIS EPISODE OF THE CHAUNCEY DEVEGA SHOW 

After the check is gone: The underground economy has long been a part of rural America, where some receiving disability benefits are forced to work to survive.

Did billionaires pay off Republicans for passing the Trump tax bill?

The Trump Tax Cuts Did One Thing: Give Rich People More Money

How A Trump Proposal Could Reduce 'Happy' Disabled People

Trump Just Purged DHS Because Its Leaders Weren’t Breaking the Law Enough

Trump told CBP head he'd pardon him if he were sent to jail for violating immigration law

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Ep. 220: Timothy Snyder Explains How Donald Trump's "National Emergency" Will Be Used to Overthrow American Democracy and the Constitution

Ep. 199: Yes, We Should be Comparing Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler

Ep. 167: Brian Klaas Explains How Donald Trump is the Despot's Apprentice

Ep. 139: Ruth Ben-Ghiat Analyzes Authoritarianism and Donald Trump's Predatory Masculinity

Ep. 134: Timothy Snyder Explains How to Fight Back Against Donald Trump

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Music at the end of this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show is by JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound. You can listen to some of their great music on Spotify.

Ep. 231: Exploring the Politics and Meaning of Jordan Peele's New Film "Us"

Apr 5, 2019 01:13:49

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This week's very special episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show explores the politics and meaning of Jordan Peele's new film "Us".

Kendall Phillips is a professor at Communication and Rhetorical Studies at Syracuse University. He is the author of Projected Fears: Horror Films and American Culture as well as Dark Directions: Romero, Craven, Carpenter, and the Modern Horror Film.

Kendall explains how "Us" is part of a new golden age of American horror movies, the ways that horror movies reflect the social anxieties and fears of a given moment in time, the sophistication of Jordan Peele's understanding of the horror genre and its narrative conventions and aesthetic, and how "Us" is a deep critique of class, racial, and other types of privilege.

Dr. Adilifu Nama is an Associate Professor of African American Studies at Loyola Marymount University. He is the author of several books including Race on the QT: Blackness and the Films of Quentin Tarantino as well as Super Black: American Pop Culture and Black Superheroes.

Adilifu is much more critical of Jordan Peele's "Us". To that end, he suggests that "Us" fails to live up to Peele's previous film "Get Out" and does not tell the truth about race and class in America.

Adilifu is also concerned about how "Us" is, in his opinion, narratively incoherent.

Chauncey and Adilifu also try to make sense of the racial semiotics of "Us" and what Peele suggests about "grotesque blackness", violence and race--but ultimately fails to fully develop in the film.

On this week's show, Chauncey DeVega ponders the following question: what is the role of horror movies in a horrible and cruel world where Trump and his evil regime are abusing the vulnerable by doing such things as putting non-white immigrants and refugees in concentration camps, allowing children like Jakelin Caal Maquin to die because of a lack of proper medical care, and the Supreme Court approves inmates being executed by especially cruel and unusual means.

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The Death Penalty Is Getting Crueler Neil Gorsuch Just Made Death Worse 'We Are Running Concentration Camps': Images From El Paso Stir Outrage Over Migrant Treatment Department of Homeland Security admits that it "restructured" domestic terror team Trump Lies Again About the Father of a Guatemalan Girl Who Died After Crossing the Border

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Ep. 203: How Search Engines Like Google and Other Algorithms Reproduce Social Inequality

Ep. 133: Henry Giroux Explains How the Culture of Cruelty Helped to Elect Donald Trump

Ep. 177: Is the "Black Panther" Movie Disrespectful to Black Americans?

Ep. 175: "Black Panther" and Questions of Diversity and Representation in Comic Books and Graphic Novels

Ep. 43: Henry Giroux on Neoliberalism and the Culture of Cruelty

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Music at the end of this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show is by JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound. You can listen to some of their great music on Spotify.

Ep. 230: Laurence Tribe Explains Why Robert Mueller and Impeachment Will Not Save America From Donald Trump

Mar 25, 2019 01:00:06

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Laurence Tribe is a professor of constitutional law at Harvard University. Tribe is also the Carl M. Loeb University Professor at Harvard University. He is the author of several books including his most recent (co-written with Joshua Matz) To End a Presidency: The Power of Impeachment.

Professor Tribe explains that impeachment will not stop Donald Trump and why the Democrats should instead use investigations and hearings to stop his assault on democracy. Tribe also offered a warning--now fulfilled--that the final Mueller report about Trump and Russia would not save America because the special counsel's mandates were too narrow. And Laurence Tribe answers the frightening question that must now be pondered again in light of Mueller and Barr's decisions about Trump, collusion and obstruction of justice: What if Donald Trump is defeated in 2020 and he refuses to leave the presidency?

On this week's show, Chauncey DeVega explains why Attorney William Barr did his job as Trump's personal insurance policy by protecting his boss from charges of obstructing justice. Chauncey also highlights the many questions summoned by Barr's 4 page summary of Mueller's report and what in total looks like a political cover-up.

SELECTED LINKS OF INTEREST FOR THIS EPISODE OF THE CHAUNCEY DEVEGA SHOW 

Bill Barr’s Weasel Words What the Left Got Wrong About Robert Mueller Barr’s Startling and Unseemly Haste The Mueller-Industrial Complex Collapses It's official: Russiagate is this generation's WMD

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Ep. 227: Chris Hedges on Bernie Sanders' "Race Problem" and America's Broken Politics of Spectacle and Corruption

Ep. 216: Seth Abramson Explains How Robert Mueller Will Put the Trump Crime Family in Prison

Ep. 196: Malcolm Nance Explains Donald Trump and Russia's Plot to Destroy American Democracy

Ep. 195: Richard Painter on Why He is No Longer a Republican and Trump's Threat to American Democracy

Ep. 127: Malcolm Nance Explains How Russia Hacked the 2016 Election and Manipulated the Traitor Donald Trump

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Music at the end of this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show is by JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound. You can listen to some of their great music on Spotify.

Ep. 229: Tim Wise on White Privilege and the Varsity Blues College Cheating Scandal

Mar 22, 2019 59:56

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Tim Wise returns for the second installment of a two-part conversation here on The Chauncey DeVega Show.

Tim Wise is the author of numerous books including his most recent Under the Affluence: Shaming the Poor, Praising the Rich and Sacrificing the Future of America.

Time Wise explains how the "Varsity Blues" college and university admissions cheating and bribery scandal reflects a pathological culture among America's white elites, the many ways that unearned white advantages and white privilege along lines of race and class operate across all levels of America's educational system, and how "affirmative action" for white folks--especially the rich and upper classes--is the norm in American society.

Tim Wise also explains why the beneficiaries of the "Varsity Blues" criminal conspiracy should be expelled from their colleges and universities.

On this week's show, Chauncey DeVega ponders more examples of this broken malignant reality that is TrumpWorld. First, Donald Trump insults the deceased Senator John McCain and demands that the corpse-ghost thank him for providing a proper funeral. Second, Trump embraces and endorses the vile hateful violent views of his fellow authoritarian, President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, during their recent meeting at the White House.   

And there is a fun "Easter egg" for ghetto nerd boys and girls on this week's podcast if they listen through to the very end of the show. 

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Tank! Tank! I Hate The Dead Man!!! The Corpse Is Mean!!!

The President Of Brazil Made An Anti-LGBTQ+ Statement. Trump Nodded Along

Nazis Have Always Been Trolls

The Death of Fascist Irony

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Ep. 226: Vegas Tenold on the Rebirth of White Nationalism in America

Ep. 225: Dr. Bandy Lee Warns That Donald Trump's Mental Health is America's Real National Emergency

Ep. 221: Tim Wise on White Privilege and the Trump Covington High School MAGA Mob

Ep. 211: Racism is a Weapon of the Rich That's Being Used Against All of Us

Ep. 210: Donald Trump is Responsible for the Pittsburgh Synagogue Massacre and the "MAGA Bomber"

Ep. 180: The Racial Wealth Gap is a Threat to American Prosperity

Ep. 150: Timothy Snyder Explains how Donald Trump will use Charlottesville to advance his fascist agenda

Ep. 149: Analyzing the White Supremacist Terrorism in Charlottesville

Ep. 129: Jane Elliott Explains the Blue-Eyed/Brown-Eyed Teaching Exercise, Racism, and the Rise of Donald Trump

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Ep. 228: Tim Wise on the New Zealand Mosque Massacres and the Violence of White Privilege

Mar 16, 2019 57:38

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This week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show focuses on the white supremacist neo-Nazi terror massacre in Christchurch, New Zealand which killed at least 50 people and left 50 others injured.

Tim Wise is the author of numerous books including his most recent Under the Affluence: Shaming the Poor, Praising the Rich and Sacrificing the Future of America.

Wise explains how the New Zealand terror attack is an example of the ways that whiteness and white privilege are experiencing a global existential crisis, Donald Trump's responsibility for encouraging and legitimating hate crimes and other white right-wing violence, and if the public should still be surprised by the evil events in Christchurch, New Zealand.

On this week's show, Chauncey DeVega reads a profile of the Muslim brothers and sisters who were killed and injured by the neo-Nazi Trump-inspired mass murder Mosque attacks in New Zealand. 

SELECTED LINKS OF INTEREST FOR THIS EPISODE OF THE CHAUNCEY DEVEGA SHOW 

Does anyone doubt that Donald Trump inspired the New Zealand massacre?

The Terrorism That Doesn’t Spark a Panic 

What does Christchurch attack tell us about rightwing extremism?

Five initial thoughts on the New Zealand terrorist attack

Muslim Americans Fearful That "Islamophobia Is A Winning Message"

The Victims Of The Christchurch Attack Include Parents, Children, And Refugees

IF YOU ENJOYED THIS WEEK'S SHOW YOU MAY LIKE THESE EPISODES OF THE CHAUNCEY DEVEGA SHOW AS WELL

Ep. 226: Vegas Tenold on the Rebirth of White Nationalism in America

Ep. 225: Dr. Bandy Lee Warns That Donald Trump's Mental Health is America's Real National Emergency

Ep. 221: Tim Wise on White Privilege and the Trump Covington High School MAGA Mob

Ep. 210: Donald Trump is Responsible for the Pittsburgh Synagogue Massacre and the "MAGA Bomber"

Ep. 150: Timothy Snyder Explains how Donald Trump will use Charlottesville to advance his fascist agenda

Ep. 149: Analyzing the White Supremacist Terrorism in Charlottesville

Ep. 45: Jonathan Lethem on "Old" New York, "They Live", and the Culture of Disreputability

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Ep. 227: Chris Hedges on Bernie Sanders' "Race Problem" and America's Broken Politics of Spectacle and Corruption

Mar 8, 2019 57:35

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Chris Hedges returns for a second conversation.

He is the author of the new book America: The Farewell Tour.

Hedges is also the author of other award winning books including Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle, Death of a Liberal Class, War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning, American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America, and Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt.

Hedges explains how the Michael Cohen hearings before Congress are just another symptom of how America's political leaders--both Democrats and Republicans--are corrupt and live in their own reality, why Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar are hated for telling too much truth, and warns about the strangle hold that Christian fascists have over the United States through theor unholy alliance with Donald Trump.

And Chris Hedges is also very direct about how Bernie Sanders has a "race problem", one that is fundamentally rooted in the fact that most white liberals actually have no real and meaningful relationships with black people or other nonwhites.

On this week's show, Chauncey DeVega reflects on another seven days in this malignant reality which included the Leaving Neverland documentary about the likely sex deviant Michael Jackson, the banality of evil on full display with Trump's henchwoman Kirstjen Nielsen's testimony before Congress about concentration camps for brown and black children, and how Trump is a necromancer who wins the White House again in 2020 because his supporters think he is a tool of God. 

Chauncey is also very upset and very sad that TrumpWorld is so disorienting that he forget to buy tickets to Star Wars Celebration in Chicago.  

SELECTED LINKS OF INTEREST FOR THIS EPISODE OF THE CHAUNCEY DEVEGA SHOW 

Donald Trump's 2020 re-election strategy: Scaring white people with threats of violence

Did God give us another chance with Trump?

Leaving Neverland review – astonishing accounts of Michael Jackson's sexual abuse

Kirstjen Nielsen Says ‘We Don’t Use Cages for Children’—After U.S. Put Migrant Kids in Cages

Meet the Group of Right-Wing Christians Who Believe President Trump Was Chosen by God

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Ep. 209: Chris Hedges Explains How America is a Diseased Society and Donald Trump is the Symptom

Ep. 189: Dr. Mark Goulston on Maintaining Our Emotional Well-being and Fighting Self-Sabotage

 Ep. 174: Yascha Mounk on the Rise of Trump and the Decline of Western Democracies

Ep. 169: White Supremacy and the So-Called "War on Christmas"

Ep. 164: Henry Giroux Evaluates America One Year After Donald Trump

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Ep. 226: Vegas Tenold on the Rebirth of White Nationalism in America

Mar 2, 2019 01:09:34

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There are two guests on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show.

Vegas Tenold is the author of the new book Everything You Love Will Burn: Inside the Rebirth of White Nationalism in America. He is an award-winning journalist who has covered the far right in America for years, as well as human rights in Russia, conflict in central Africa and the Middle East, and national security. A graduate of Columbia University’s School of Journalism, his work has appeared in publications including the New York Times, Rolling Stone, New Republic, and Al Jazeera America.  

Vegas spent 6 years embedded inside white supremacist and other white terrorist hate organizations. He shares his on the ground perspective and experience in Charlottesville during the white supremacist riot which killed Heather Heyer, what white supremacists actually envision for their ideal white "ethnostate", their delusions about "white identity" and "white European unity", as well as the ways that racism, whiteness, and toxic violent masculinity intersect. Vegas also offers some stories about how young white men (and women) are radicalized into joining white racist terrorist organizations. 

Last Sunday, Kevin Willmott won an Oscar for his work writing Spike Lee's film BlacKkKlansman. Kevin is also a friend of The Chauncey DeVega Show. This is our victory lap. From the archives several months ago. 

Kevin Willmott is a professor of film at The University of Kansas. He is also one of the writers on Spike Lee's great new film BlacKkKlansman. Kevin and Chauncey discuss the surreal truth of how Ron Stallworth, a black man, teamed up with a fellow police officer, who is Jewish, to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan. Kevin also reflects on how BlacKkKlansman is a direct counter to the racism and bigotry of Trump's America, W.E.B. Du Bois' concept of "double consciousness", blaxploitation films and the desperation of hate mongers. Chauncey and Kevin also share what happened when they watched BlacKkKlansman in a theater with white Donald Trump supporters. 

On this week's show, Chauncey DeVega reflects on how politics and popular culture overlap in the form of the white savior film--and Oscar winner for best picture--Green Book and the multigenre spectacle that was Trump's personal fixer Michael Cohen's testimony before the House. Chauncey also explains the role played by paid for black conservative human prop Lynne Patton in the role of "best black friend" in a Trump racism romantic comedy. 

SELECTED LINKS OF INTEREST FOR THIS EPISODE OF THE CHAUNCEY DEVEGA SHOW 

Antisemitism rising sharply across Europe, latest figures show The Year in Hate: Rage Against Change  MSNBC Analyst: If Coast Guard Neo-Nazi Was Muslim, Trump’s ‘Thumbs Would Be Sore’ From All the Tweeting  Feds: Coast Guard Lieutenant Has Neo-Nazi Ties, Had Hit List of Targets  Charlottesville: Race and Terror – VICE News Tonight on HBO

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Ep. 216: Seth Abramson Explains How Robert Mueller Will Put the Trump Crime Family in Prison 

Ep. 200-2: Joe Feagin on Liberal White Racism and "Colorblind" America 

Ep. 200-1: Black KkKlansman/Joe Feagin on Donald Trump, Racism, and Elite White Male Power 

Ep. 157: Tom Nichols Explains Donald Trump and the Nuclear "Madman Theory" 

Ep. 149: Analyzing the White Supremacist Terrorism in Charlottesville 

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Ep. 225: Dr. Bandy Lee Warns That Donald Trump's Mental Health is America's Real National Emergency

Feb 22, 2019 01:08:11

Description:

There are two guests on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. 

Bandy Lee is a professor at the Yale School of Medicine and one of the principle editors of the New York Times bestseller The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President. 

She continues to warn the public about how Donald Trump's mental health is a threat to world peace, how his fake "national emergency" is an extension of his apparent mental illnesses, explains the knot of symbiotic pathology that ties him and his supporters together, and how sick societies produce sick leaders.

David Neiwert also stops by the virtual bar and salon. He is an investigative journalist based in Seattle and a contributing writer for the Southern Poverty Law Center. He is the author of numerous books including the new Alt-America: The Rise of the Radical Right in the Age of Trump, The Eliminationists: How Hate Talk Radicalized the American Right, Of Orcas and Men: What Killer Whales Can Teach Us, and Over the Cliff: How Obama's Election Drove the American Right Insane. 

David highlights how America's police have been working with the so-called "alt-right" white supremacists and other hate mongers against Antifa and other freedom fighters, why right-wing militias are not up in arms--literally--against Donald Trump and his "national emergency", and how there will be more violence from Trump and his MAGAites. 

On this week's show, Chauncey DeVega shares a story about how Trump's vile regime views nonwhite babies and children as being "disposable". How? By placing them in concentration camps located on toxic waste dumps. 

Serendipity of the worst type: after Chauncey talked with David Neiwert we learned that a white supremacist neo Nazi who is an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard was planning to commit mass murder inspired by and as directed by his leader Donald Trump. 

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The Trump Administration Wants to Detain Migrant Kids at Toxic Waste Sites  Coast Guard Officer Accused of Racist Mass-Murder Plot, Kept ‘Hit List’ of Democrats and MSNBC Hosts  Hate groups reach record high  MSNBC guest: FBI often calls white supremacist violence "hate crimes" instead of "terrorism," diverting resources from enforcement   Fox News has spent years promoting claims of a “coup” against Donald Trump

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Ep. 205: Psychiatrist Bandy Lee Warns That Donald Trump is Delusional and Living in His Own Reality 

Ep. 210: Donald Trump is Responsible for the Pittsburgh Synagogue Massacre and the "MAGA Bomber" 

Ep. 178: Donald Trump is the Leader of a Political Cult 

Ep. 173: Bandy Lee Continues to Warn the World About Donald Trump's Mental Health 

Ep. 152: Lance Dodes Warns That Donald Trump is Sociopathic

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Ep. 224: How Black Americans Used the Sears Catalog to Fight Back Against Jim and Jane Crow Racism

Feb 14, 2019 01:01:13

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Professor Louis Hyman is a historian of work and business at the ILR School of Cornell University, where he also directs the Institute for Workplace Studies in New York City. He has published two books on the history of personal debt (Debtor Nation and Borrow) and a history of how American work became so insecure (Temp).

Several months ago Louis wrote a series of Twitter posts which were read by millions of people about the "hidden history" of how African-Americans used the Sears catalog as a way of fighting back against Jim and Jane Crow white racism and white supremacy.

Professor Hyman explains how the consumer's republic was and remains a key battleground for civil rights and the color line, the many ways that black Americans used the Sears catalog as a way of participating in day-to-day resistance against segregation and other types of discrimination across the United States, and how Sears and America's suburban mall culture were sites where whiteness was both reproduced and defended. Louis also debunks the very popular (and empowering) myth that Sears was co-founded by a black man.

On this week's show, Chauncey DeVega reflects on Ralph Ellison's "Invisible Man" and  a recent experience with everyday racism. And in keeping with the theme of this week's show Chauncey also shares a wonderful story about the nationwide network of Sears retirees who gather on a regular basis to socialize, reconnect, and who are keeping the wonderful legacy of that American cultural and retail institution alive.

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Louis Hyman homepage Ralph Ellison's “Invisible Man” as a Parable of Our Time Sears Is Dying, but Workers' Loyalty Lives On Butterfly Center Files For Restraining Order Against Trump’s ‘Unconstitutional’ Border Wall  The investigation into Trump’s inauguration money looks quite serious  “Prevent Any Type of Misappropriation of Funds”: Amid Scrutiny of Trump's Inauguration Spending, Democrats Introduce New Oversight Legislation 

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Ep. 217: David Blight Explains How The Wisdom of Frederick Douglass Can Help to Save American Democracy

Ep. 200-2: Joe Feagin on Liberal White Racism and "Colorblind" America

Ep. 173: Bandy Lee Continues to Warn the World About Donald Trump's Mental Health

Ep. 163: Anti-Black Violence, Whiteness, and the Pleasures of Owning People

Ep. 152: Lance Dodes Warns That Donald Trump is Sociopathic

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Ep. 223: Eddie Glaude Jr on The Age of Trump vs The Black Freedom Struggle

Feb 7, 2019 01:00:16

Description:

Eddie Glaude Jr. is the William S. Tod Professor of Religion and African American Studies at Princeton University. His publications include Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul and In a Shade of Blue: Pragmatism and the Politics of Black America. In 2006, he worked with Cornel West to develop a public online course called the “Covenant Curriculum: A Study of Black Democratic Action.”

Professor Glaude has also written for The New York Times, The Huffington Post, and Time, and he has appeared on the Tavis Smiley Show, Hannity & Colmes, MSNBC, CNN, and C-SPAN.

Professor Glaude explains the lessons of the Black Freedom Struggle for surviving in a time of disaster that is Donald Trump's presidency, how not to surrender to despair in this moment, developing a more sophisticated way to discuss race and social inequality, and how Black Pragmatism and black folks' "Blues Sensibility" are tools for living and maintaining our moral virtue.

On this week's show, Chauncey DeVega explains why Donald Trump's State of the Union address was (another) vile, violent, and dangerous threat to democracy and the American people.

Chauncey is also disgusted by how the American people continue to aid and abet Donald Trump and the Republican Party's evil treatment of brown and black children from Latin and South America who have been "disappeared" into concentration camps.

At the end of this week's show Chauncey shares a story about a Black History Month Pioneer who invented the video game cartridge.

SELECTED LINKS OF INTEREST FOR THIS EPISODE OF THE CHAUNCEY DEVEGA SHOW 

Eddie Glaude homepage Cascade of lies from the prince of lies: But don't kid yourself, his fans loved it Women in White Surrender to Trump’s Thoroughly Fascist State of the Union The Alarming Message in Trump’s State of the Union Jerry Lawson, a self-taught engineer, gave us video game cartridges Good Samaritans who moved more than 100 people from tents to a hotel are 'just regular people trying to help' James Brown: The Circus Singer and the Godfather of Soul

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 Ep. 200-2: Joe Feagin on Liberal White Racism and "Colorblind" America

 Ep. 191: When Ted Thornhill Taught a Class Called "White Racism" the Right-wing Mob Threatened His Life

 Ep. 184: Ed Ayers Explains Why Americans are Still Fighting About the Civil War

 Ep. 171: Carol Anderson Explains White Rage and the Rise of Donald Trump

 Ep. 170: George Ciccariello-Maher Told the Truth About Toxic White Masculinity and Mass Shootings and Lost His Job

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Ep. 222: Colin Kaepernick, the NFL, and the Politics of the Black Athlete

Jan 31, 2019 01:16:41

Description:

David Leonard is Professor in the Department of Critical Culture, Gender and Race Studies at Washington State University, Pullman.

He is the author of numerous books and articles on race, politics, popular culture and sports including After Artest: The NBA and the Assault on Blackness.

David explains how sports are inherently political, why Colin Kaepernick is viewed as such a threat by the NFL and White America, Black Lives Matter and "taking a knee" at sporting events, the black athlete as a social and political figure, the insincere and problematic neoliberal politics of Nike's 30th anniversary "courage" ad campaign, as well as Tim Tebow, white privilege and hypocrisy.

On this week's show, Chauncey DeVega challenges the myth of billionaires and capitalism as uplifting the world's poor and being saviors for humanity and shares how Donald Trump is now the White House sex tour guide who lies (ever always, again and often) about Barack Obama. Chauncey then reads some hate mail as he reflects on the fallout from his series of widely read essays on the Covington High School Catholic Teen Magaites and white privilege.

At the end of this week's show, Chauncey shares two happy stories.

The first is about a working class man who just won Powerball. The second is a wonderful story about a 3-year-old boy who was lost in the woods and saved by a friendly bear.

SELECTED LINKS OF INTEREST FOR THIS EPISODE OF THE CHAUNCEY DEVEGA SHOW 

Dr. David J Leonard If The Hoodie Conjures Up White Fears Of Violence, Imagine How The MAGA Hat Makes American People Of Color Feel Black Children Don’t Have Nick Sandmann’s Rights Bill Gates says poverty is decreasing. He couldn’t be more wrong White-Washing White Supremacy: Media Rushes to Excuse Covington Catholic Students What Covington Catholic Students Should Know About the Church’s History With Indigenous People A boy who was lost in the woods says a bear kept him company. No one can prove it didn't happen Brooklyn Truck Driver Wins $298.3 Million Powerball Jackpot Donald Trump's White House Tour Reportedly Highlights All the Places Sex Happened

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Ep. 221: Tim Wise on White Privilege and the Trump Covington High School MAGA Mob

Ep. 200-1: Black KkKlansman/Joe Feagin on Donald Trump, Racism, and Elite White Male Power

Ep. 194: Cartoonist Rob Rogers was Fired Because He Refused to Stop Telling the Truth About Donald Trump

Ep. 191: When Ted Thornhill Taught a Class Called "White Racism" the Right-wing Mob Threatened His Life

Ep. 184: Ed Ayers Explains Why Americans are Still Fighting About the Civil War

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Ep. 221: Tim Wise on White Privilege and the Trump Covington High School MAGA Mob

Jan 24, 2019 01:28:15

Description:

Tim Wise is one of the United States' leading anti-racism activists, authors, and scholars. He is the author of numerous books including his most recent Under the Affluence: Shaming the Poor, Praising the Rich and Sacrificing the Future of America.

Wise explains how the Covington High School Trump mob's racist mocking and harassment of Native American elder Nathan Phillips in Washington, D.C. is an example of white privilege in action, how white racial innocence is presumed to always be operative in America, the ways that white folks--especially white conservatives--are rarely held responsible for their racist behavior, and the many ways that teachers and parents and other adults have failed to properly educate the white Trump teen MAGA mob.

Tim Wise also shares what he would tell the Covington High School teenage Trumpsters if he was invited to give a talk or training at their school.

On this week's show, Chauncey DeVega shares some recent examples of horrible and abominable behavior including Donald Trump and Mike Pence trying to claim Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy as their own, how the Trump regime wants to kill the "useless eaters" by cutting food stamps--again, and how 26 billionaires have more money than 3.8 billion people on the whole planet.

And at the end of this week's show Chauncey DeVega shares a story about the intelligence of our animal friends the crows and geese.

 

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Tim Wise Official Site. This ‘Black Israelite’ from Brooklyn sparked the Covington controversy Geese Use Their Brains To Survive In Cities The Consequences of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Canonization The top 26 billionaires own $1.4 trillion — as much as 3.8 billion other people “Land Gets Stolen. That’s How It Works.” The MAGA Boys Are Racist Brats

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Ep. 202: Tim Wise Explains How the Republican Party is a White Identity Cult

Ep. 149: Analyzing the White Supremacist Terrorism in Charlottesville

Ep. 129: Jane Elliott Explains the Blue-Eyed/Brown-Eyed Teaching Exercise, Racism, and the Rise of Donald Trump

Ep. 76: David Theo Goldberg Meditates on the Global Color Line

Ep. 75: Tim Wise on White Privilege and White Racial Fragility

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Ep. 220: Timothy Snyder Explains How Donald Trump's "National Emergency" Will Be Used to Overthrow American Democracy and the Constitution

Jan 17, 2019 01:29:21

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There are two guests on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show.

Yale University historian and New York Times-bestselling author Timothy Snyder returns to The Chauncey DeVega Show. He is the author of "On Tyranny" and the new book "The Road to Unfreedom".

Dr. Snyder explains how Donald Trump will--like other dictators and authoritarians--use his "national emergency" to overthrow American democracy and the Constitution, why "states of exception" are so very dangerous for democracies, and how the government shutdown reflects the right-wing's fake "populism" and mix of sadism and public policy to maintain power over their followers.

The second guest is Dr. John Feffer. He is the director of Foreign Policy in Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies. In 2012-13, he was also an Open Society Fellow looking at the transformations that have taken place in Eastern Europe since 1989. Dr. Feffer is the author of several books and numerous articles. His latest non-fiction book is Aftershock: A Journey into Eastern Europe’s Broken Dreams. He is also the author of the dystopian novel, Frostlands, the stand-alone sequel to Splinterlands

Dr. Feffer explains the key global societal fissures which will create the dystopic world of the year 2050, how Americans and other people are buying into their own surrender and domination through "participatory totalitarianism", the ways that the corporate state will find a balance between pleasure and pain to control the public and subvert democracy, and what if anything can be done to stop the disaster(s) on the horizon which will create what he describes as "Spinterlands".

On this week's show, Chauncey DeVega ponders how cultural and personal malaise has kept the American people from engaging in massive resistance to Donald Trump, the Republican Party and their neo fascist movement. In one of the most surreal moments in a bizarre upside world that is TrumpAmerica, the Great Leader hosted a college champion football team and fed them hundreds of hamburgers from McDonald's. In response Chauncey DeVega explores the possibility that Donald Trump may in fact be the Hamburgler's evil brother.

And Chauncey DeVega was sick last week and in the interest of public health and public safety tries to discover the identity of "patient zero" who left him sick with the cooties.

SELECTED LINKS OF INTEREST FOR THIS EPISODE OF THE CHAUNCEY DEVEGA SHOW 

Timothy Snyder official site. John Feffer offical site. Ex-FBI Officials Say Spy Inquiry into President Trump Is ‘Uncharted Territory’ Former Bush official Richard Painter: "Substantial chance" Trump is being blackmailed by Putin “He’s not hurting the people he needs to be”: a Trump voter says the quiet part out loud The untold truth of the Hamburglar

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Ep. 216: Seth Abramson Explains How Robert Mueller Will Put the Trump Crime Family in Prison

Ep. 196: Malcolm Nance Explains Donald Trump and Russia's Plot to Destroy American Democracy

Ep. 195: Richard Painter on Why He is No Longer a Republican and Trump's Threat to American Democracy

Ep. 176: Timothy Snyder Warns That Trump Could Cancel the 2018 Midterm Elections

Ep. 134: Timothy Snyder Explains How to Fight Back Against Donald Trump

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Ep. 219: How Psychics and Ghost Hunters Are Using Technology to "Hack" the Paranormal and Supernatural

Dec 31, 2018 01:09:25

Description:

Peter Bebergal writes widely on the speculative and slightly fringe. His essays and reviews have appeared in NewYorker.com, The Times Literary Supplement, Boing Boing, The Believer, and The Quietus. He is the author of Season of the Witch: How the Occult Saved Rock and Roll. His new book is Strange Frequencies: The Extraordinary Story of the Technological Quest for the Supernatural

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During this Art Bell Coast to Coast AM inspired New Year's Eve special episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Peter explains how mystics, psychics, and other practitioners of the occult and magic used the early versions of the internet as a space to practice their dark arts, how the national trauma of the American Civil War fueled the practice known as "spirit photography", and how séances were a space for female empowerment through the "spiritual fluid" known as "ectoplasm". Peter also researches if yes, you can actually hear the voices of the dead speaking through radio waves and other manifestations of "electronic voice phenomena".

On this week's New Year's Eve special episode Chauncey honors Alan Naiman, a hero who worked as a humble (and very frugal) social worker, and who at the time of his passing away gave 11 million dollars to charities which help babies and children.

Chauncey also reflects on our shared trials and struggles in the Age of Trump during these last few weeks of 2018. And as we wind down 2018 and transition to 2019, Chauncey offers some critical appraisals about the progress of the podcast, his own personal successes and failures during the past year, and (hopefully) shares some wisdom about goal setting and personal progress in 2019.

 

SELECTED LINKS OF INTEREST FOR THIS EPISODE OF THE CHAUNCEY DEVEGA SHOW 

What Will History Books Say About 2018? Social worker leaves behind $11m for children's charities A frugal social worker left $11 million to children's charities in his will In Memory of Alan Naiman: A Man Who Devoted His Life to Children Trump expresses no sympathy for dead migrant children or for furloughed American workers Democrats Slam President Trump for Saying His Administration Has No Responsibility for Migrant Child Deaths From Arizona to Yemen: The Journey of an American Bomb Child soldiers from Darfur fighting at front line of war in Yemen, returned soldiers say

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Ep. 166: All Things "Star Wars" and "The Last Jedi"

Ep. 142: Jason Aaron on Writing "Star Wars", "Southern Bastards", and Reflections on the South

Ep. 130: Peter Bebergal Explains How the Occult Saved Rock and Roll/Jared Yates Sexton Previews Wrestlemania 33

Ep. 126: Colin Dickey Discusses Ghosts, Trauma and American Cultural Memory

Ep. 26: Jason Colavito on Fringe History, UFOs, White Supremacists and Big Foot

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Ep. 218: What Type of a White Person Do You Want to Be?

Dec 24, 2018 01:16:47

Description:

Paul Breines was a student at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin and a member of the Student Council on Civil Rights when he was arrested for his participation in the Freedom Rides during the summer of 1961. As part of the Freedom Ride Breines, along with three other students, traveled from Nashville, Tennessee to Jackson, Mississippi via a Greyhound bus where all four participants were arrested in the Greyhound terminal in Jackson, Mississippi on 21 July 1961. Paul Breines is also Associate Professor Emeritus of History at Boston College.

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Professor Breines shares what it was like to challenge Jim Crow racial terrorism--with his life--as a Freedom Rider during the Civil Rights Movement, how he as a white person made the decision while in college to confront white supremacy, and the rules of living a principled life that he learned from his mother.

Professor Breines also reflects on one of the most important questions of the modern age: What type of White Person do I want to be? And by implication, what type of Human Being should we all want to be?

This conversation is from one of the very first episodes of The Chauncey Devega Show and has been reedited and remastered as a holiday gift and way of saying "thank you" to all of the good and kind friends, listeners, fans and other supporters of the podcast.

On this week's Christmas holiday-themed podcast Chauncey warns the public about how Frosty the Snowman is really an evil undead wizard. Chauncey also hopes that Krampus--the goat man supernatural being who punishes naughty people during the December holiday season--will take Donald Trump and his wicked voters and other supporters to the underworld as punishment for their sins.

And Chauncey also reminds the friends, supporters, and other listeners of The Chauncey DeVega Show that racism and white supremacy are often absurd but that this makes such ideologies no less dangerous. A Christmas holiday example: in the Netherlands neo-Nazis and other right-wing fiends are physically attacking people who want "Zwarte Piet" aka "Black Peter", the racist blackface minstrel assistant to "Sinterklaas" aka Saint Nicholas, removed from that country's and region's holiday celebrations.

SELECTED LINKS OF INTEREST FOR THIS EPISODE OF THE CHAUNCEY DEVEGA SHOW 

This notorious Christmas character is dividing a country Who is Krampus? Explaining the horrific Christmas beast Frosty The Snowman Is Probably A Lich The Slave Experience of the Holidays American slaves' Christmas was a respite from bondage – and a reinforcement of it

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Ep. 169: White Supremacy and the So-Called "War on Christmas"

Ep. 159: White Supremacists Don't Know Much About European History

Ep. 154: Dallas Penn Reflects on the Black Blogosphere, Life, Collecting, and Hip-Hop

Ep. 33: Adilifu Nama on Race, Science Fiction and Black Nerds

Ep. 32: David Greven on How "Star Trek" Explores Sexuality, Gender and Race

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Ep. 217: David Blight Explains How The Wisdom of Frederick Douglass Can Help to Save American Democracy

Dec 19, 2018 01:24:16

Description:

David Blight is the Class of 1954 Professor of American History at Yale University. He is also the Director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition. Professor Blight is the author of many books including his newest Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom.

Professor Blight is also a contributing writer for such publications as The New York Times, Washington Post Book World, the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Boston Globe. 

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Professor Blight explains how the wisdom and example of Frederick Douglass's life can help save American democracy in the Age of Trump, separating the myth and legend of Frederick Douglass from the real man, and how studying the Black Freedom Struggle and the color line can help us to better understand how the United States of today came to be.

On this week's podcast Chauncey reflects on the many interesting happenings in one recent day and what they tell us about our shared humanity and the horrible death--and the Trump regime's mocking and evil response to it--of a seven-year-old child from Guatemala who recently was stolen away from her family and this world while in the custody of the United States Border Patrol.

SELECTED LINKS OF INTEREST FOR THIS EPISODE OF THE CHAUNCEY DEVEGA SHOW 

David Blight homepage The death of Jakelin Caal Maquin: "Mission accomplished" for the Trump deterrence agenda? We Are Governed By Monsters Now There Is a Human Rights Disaster on the Border. The Worst Is Yet to Come. A Century of U.S. Intervention Created the Immigration Crisis Michael Flynn sentencing postponed after judge issues blistering rebuke Trump Foundation agrees to dissolve under a judge's supervision as New York state accuses family of running slush fund for Trump's business interest and political plans  Russian propagandists targeted African Americans to influence 2016 US election Cold War Civil Rights: Race and the Image of American Democracy The Cold War and the Color Line: American Race Relations in the Global Arena How spray-on hair does (and doesn’t) work 

IF YOU ENJOYED THIS WEEK'S SHOW YOU MAY LIKE THESE EPISODES OF THE CHAUNCEY DEVEGA SHOW AS WELL

Ep. 214: James Loewen Explains the Lies Your Teachers Told You About American History

Ep. 191: When Ted Thornhill Taught a Class Called "White Racism" the Right-wing Mob Threatened His Life

Ep. 189: Dr. Mark Goulston on Maintaining Our Emotional Well-being and Fighting Self-Sabotage

Ep. 181: Daina Berry Explains How Black Slaves were the Human Gold That Built American Empire

Ep. 163: Anti-Black Violence, Whiteness, and the Pleasures of Owning People

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Ep. 216: Seth Abramson Explains How Robert Mueller Will Put the Trump Crime Family in Prison

Dec 12, 2018 01:09:17

Description:

Seth Abramson is the author of the New York Times bestselling book Proof of Collusion: How Trump Betrayed America.

Abramson's work and commentary has also been featured by The Washington Post, The New York Times, New York Magazine, Newsweek, Vanity Fair, The Boston Globe, Politico, The Wall Street Journal, Roll Call, USA Today, NPR, Politico, The Atlantic, Rolling Stone, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Chicago Tribune, The New Yorker, Newsweek and many other news outlets.

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Abramson explains how special counsel Robert Mueller is conducting one of the most sophisticated and thorough investigations in American history into Trump's collusion with Russia and the ways that Donald Trump and his cabal have repeatedly shown that they are guilty.

Abramson also provides an insider's perspective on what it must be like to be Donald Trump's attorneys and how Robert Mueller's team is responding to the mountains of evidence--and foolish, obvious, apparently criminal behavior--that is the Trump-Russia scandal.

Abramson makes a prediction: Robert Mueller's investigation will be successful and Donald Trump's only salvation will come from staying in the White House as long as possible to avoid being put in prison.

On this week's podcast Chauncey explains why the Trump-Russia scandal is about more than "just" collusion and treason but a fight for the soul of the country and any effort to defend the social safety net and those of us who are not members of the 1 percent from the global plutocrats and their culture of cruelty. To that end, Chauncey shares a story about the heroic women who stood up to Donald Trump by telling The New York Times about what it is like to be undocumented workers at his New Jersey golf club and where they also take care of his home there.

And of course, Chauncey shares a wonderful story about a great and brave doggie animal family member friend who guarded their human being's home and waited for them to return after the recent California inferno.

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Seth Abramson homepage The Mueller Investigation Nears the Worst-Case Scenario 14 Trump and Russia Questions Robert Mueller Knows the Answers To NRA leader, Jack Abramoff and GOP operative tied to alleged Russian spy Maria Butina have long history as foreign agents lobbying together Is ICE Targeting Activists? Undocumented Trump golf club employee doesn't regret speaking out Fintan O’Toole: Trial runs for fascism are in full flow After the deadly Camp Fire, a dog waited for his owner’s return. They’ve finally been reunited

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Ep. 153: There's "No Easy Way Out" When You are Bowling with Gangsters and Hustlers

Ep. 162: Bruce Bartlett Explains Why the Republican Party Must Die

Ep. 172: America's Elites Will Survive a Nuclear War and You Will Die

Ep. 179: CIA Veteran Melvin Goodman on the Perils of the Trump Administration

Ep. 196: Malcolm Nance Explains Donald Trump and Russia's Plot to Destroy American Democracy

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Ep. 215: How the Podcast "Serial" Crafts a Narrative About Inequality, Race, Class and America's Criminal Justice System

Dec 6, 2018 01:16:22

Description:

There are three guests on this week's special December fundraising month episode of the podcast. 

Julie Snyder is the co-creator and producer of the hit podcast series Serial. Emmanuel Dzotsi is the co-host and reporter for Serial's most recent season which focused on crime and punishment in America as revealed through what happens at the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas in Cleveland. 

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Julie and Emmanuel reflect on what they learned about justice and inequality in season 3 of Serial, the challenges of balancing truth-telling and narrative, and how race and class--especially white privilege--complicates the ways that different audiences respond to the "shocking" unfairness that Serial "exposed" about the country's criminal justice system. 

Criminal justice reporter George Joseph is the third guest on this week's show.

George's work has appeared at The Appeal, ProPublica, The Guardian, Foreign Policy, and The Verge. His most recent story IBM Used NYPD Surveillance Footage To Develop Technology That Lets Police Search by Skin Color warns the public about how major cities such as New York are deploying facial recognition and other "artificial intelligence" programs which "learn" about the "races" of different groups in order to "teach" cameras and other surveillance technology to search and follow their human targets on command.

This is Orwellian-level racial profiling enabled by "big data" and algorithms.

George also shares his reporting on police brutality and how plain clothes and other undercover cops are running amok in America and what this reveals about a larger police culture of racism and discrimination and violence. 

On this week's podcast Chauncey explains how Michael Flynn's deal with Special Counsel Mueller is just one more sign that the Trump mafia crime family is encircled. The question now becomes how will Trump and his cabal lash out against the rule of law to stay in power by expanding their authoritarian regime. 

And Chauncey reviews the story about how a black private school-academy in Louisiana was able to use black pathology porn and other stereotypes to hustle Ivy League and other almost all-white elite colleges and universities. 

Of course, Chauncey "connects the dots" by calling out how the real issue is the ways that elite universities function as gatekeepers of privilege and social capital which will do anything to punish those individuals who dare to expose the real con job that is elite higher education and a corrupt ruling class in America. 

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Adam Wheeler Went to Harvard Louisiana School Famous for Sending Black Kids to Ivies Abused Children, Falsified Transcripts  Louisiana School Made Headlines for Sending Black Kids to Elite Colleges. Here’s the Reality Wisconsin’s GOP Aims to Strip Power From the Incoming Democratic Governor IBM Used NYPD Surveillance Footage To Develop Technology That Lets Police Search by Skin Color Don't Send Your Kid to the Ivy League So What If Everyone at Harvard Gets an A? Sesquipedalian--Charles Farrell : Musician, Former Boxing Promoter Faulty Predictions?

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Ep. 203: How Search Engines Like Google and Other Algorithms Reproduce Social Inequality 

Ep. 200-2: Joe Feagin on Liberal White Racism and "Colorblind" America

Ep. 179: CIA Veteran Melvin Goodman on the Perils of the Trump Administration

Ep. 120: Kelly Baker on "The Good White People" Problem

Ep. 83: Andrew Heisel on the NFL, Biorhythms, Race and Writing

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Ep. 214: James Loewen Explains the Lies Your Teachers Told You About American History

Nov 29, 2018 01:32:01

Description:

There are two guests on this week's podcast.

James Loewen is the author of the bestselling book Lies My Teacher Told Me. He has also written award-winning books such as  Sundown Towns, Teaching What Really Happened, and The Confederate and Neo-Confederate Reader. 

In his several decades of teaching and scholarship Professor Loewen has traveled around the United States and world giving lectures and offering training sessions to educators and activists and the general public. He has also won prestigious awards for his scholarship and other work from the American Sociological Association and the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. 

Professor Loewen shares his thoughts on the resurrection of the Confederacy in the South and the Republican Party, the Charlottesville white supremacist riot, history memory, "sundown towns" and racial segregation, and resurgent anti-Semitism in the Age of Trump. In addition, Professor Loewen also reflects on the need to tell the truth about American history in the classroom and the struggles over how textbooks should discuss (or not) white on black chattel slavery and other crimes in the country's history. 

Professor John Terrell is the second guest on this week's show.

He is the Regenstein curator of Pacific anthropology at the Field Museum in Chicago, a professor of anthropology at the University of Illinois at Chicago, an adjunct professor of anthropology at Northwestern University, and an honorary fellow in anthropology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Professor Terrell explains why so-called "DNA tests" such as "23andMe" help to perpetuate incorrect and dangerously outdated ideas about "race", geography, and human ancestry, how new age eugenics and "race science" tries to erroneously connect "intelligence" to "heredity" and "populations", and why having these discussions with the public about science and society is so difficult. 

On this week's podcast Chauncey reviews how Donald Trump's assault on democracy and human dignity and even the survival of the human race continued over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

And Chauncey shares his thoughts about the new movies Creed 2 (which was horrible) and Green Book (which was a pleasant surprise). Plus, Chauncey reminds all of the good, kind, and generous friends, listeners and other supporters that next month, December 2018, is fundraising month to support The Chauncey DeVega Show and his other projects and work.


This week's podcast with James Loewen and John Terrell can be listened to or downloaded here.

SELECTED LINKS OF INTEREST FOR THIS EPISODE OF THE CHAUNCEY DEVEGA SHOW 

DNA Tests Quietly Reinforce Terrible and Scientifically Inaccurate Concepts of “Ethnicity” How I Learned About the “Cult of the Lost Cause” The Costs of The Confederacy Sigrid Johnson Was Black. A DNA Test Said She Wasn't Trump’s border violence is sick entertainment for his fans: And they love it Trump White House tried to bury U.S. climate report. That has only generated more attention Trump threatens to declassify ‘devastating’ docs about Democrats

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Ep. 185: If Donald Trump is Removed From Office There Will be Violence

Ep. 129: Jane Elliott Explains the Blue-Eyed/Brown-Eyed Teaching Exercise, Racism, and the Rise of Donald Trump

Ep. 123: Monkey Madness with Anthropologist Agustin Fuentes

Ep. 97: Alondra Nelson Explains Race and "The Social Life of DNA"

Ep. 98: Jared Yates Sexton on the Donald Trump Political Rodeo

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Ep. 213: James Hansen Reflects on the Life of Neil Armstrong, "First Man", and the Future of NASA and Space Travel

Nov 21, 2018 01:24:59

Description:

There are two guests on this week's podcast.

James Hansen is a professor of history at Auburn University in Alabama and the author of the acclaimed biography First Man: The Life of Neil Armstrong. Dr. Hansen has also served on the Research Advisory Board of the National Air and Space Museum and the Editorial Advisory Board of the Smithsonian Institution Press.

Hansen shares his thoughts on the new movie First Man starring Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong, what it was like to advise Gosling on the role, consulting on the script, and how different audiences have imposed their own political views onto the movie. 

In addition, Hansen reflects on how fame impacted Neil Armstrong and what it was like to get to know Armstrong over the course of the many years it took to write such a definitive biography. Hansen also offers some insights into the relationship between NASA and the color line through such notables as the black women who were the "human computers" that helped to make the moon mission possible. 

Reed Tucker is the second guest. He is a journalist and author whose writing on entertainment and popular culture has appeared in the New York Post, Esquire, Fortune, USA Today and elsewhere. 

His most recent book is Slugfest: Inside the Epic 50-year Battle between Marvel and DC. 

Reed and Chauncey discuss the life and legend of the now departed Stan Lee. What is true about Stan Lee's life and what was fantasy and myth? Who were Stan Lee's friends and enemies? How can we view Stan Lee's life as a type of road map and barometer for the past, present and future of comic books and graphic novels?

On this week's podcast Chauncey sounds the alarm about all of the animals hurt and in need of help because of the California inferno. Chauncey also makes some Thanksgiving week movie recommendations and then shares some "entertaining" stories about Donald Trump's corrupt new acting Attorney General and the latter's involvement with "inventions" such as a toilet for "well-endowed" men, Big Foot DNA, and money for time travelers.

And of course, Chauncey has to shine a light on how Paul Manafort--one of Trump's henchmen--is apparently very much into "interracial" cuckolding and sex parties.


SELECTED LINKS OF INTEREST FOR THIS EPISODE OF THE CHAUNCEY DEVEGA SHOW 

How to help the animals affected by California's wildfires First Man by James Hansen What’s Fact and What’s Fiction in First Man SLUGFEST by Reed Tucker The darker side of Stan Lee’s legacy 100+ Characters Created and Co-Created by Stan Lee Trump raised prosecuting Clinton with top White House, Justice officials Cucks, Cuckolding and Campaign Management The Acting Attorney General Helped an Alleged Scam Company Hawk Bizarre Products

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Ep. 26: Jason Colavito on Fringe History, UFOs, White Supremacists and Big Foot

 Ep. 57: Nina Hartley's Wisdom on Sex, Politics, and "Boogie Nights"

 Ep. 58: M. Lamar on Black Masculinity, Sex and being "Negrogothic"

 Ep. 175: "Black Panther" and Questions of Diversity and Representation in Comic Books and Graphic Novels

 Ep. 187: Avengers: Infinity War / The Secret History of Marvel v. DC Comics

 Ep. 195: Richard Painter on Why He is No Longer a Republican and Trump's Threat to American Democracy

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Ep. 212: Donald Trump Thinks He is God and So Do His Followers

Nov 13, 2018 01:16:03

Description:

There are two guests on this week's podcast.

Psychiatrist Justin Frank returns to The Chauncey DeVega Show. He is a former clinical professor of psychiatry at the George Washington University Medical Center and a physician with more than 40 years of experience in psychoanalysis. He is the author of the bestselling books Bush on the Couch and Obama on the Couch. His newest book is Trump on the Couch. Dr. Frank's work has appeared in Time magazine and the Daily Beast and he has appeared as an expert commentator and guest on MSNBC, CNN, PBS and other outlets.

Dr. Frank explains how Donald Trump has a thought disorder and believes that he is God, why Trump's supporters are in love with him, and how Trump's loyalists such as the "MAGA bomber" and others who have disorganized minds seek affirmation and security from their cult leader Donald Trump.

In addition, Dr. Frank sounds the alarm about how Donald Trump encourages and gives permission for violence and how Trump's regalia such as the "MAGA" hat is a way for his supporters to live inside of their leader and to become him by proxy. Dr. Frank also shares how he would counsel Donald Trump if he came to him seeking treatment.

Daniel Block is the second guest. He is the editor of The Washington Monthly in addition to being one of that publication's writers and reporters.

Daniel and Chauncey discuss "The Democrats of Trump Country" and what it is like for liberals and progressives and other people of conscience who are living behind enemy lines in Trumplandia, the types of political organizing they are doing in those spaces, and how "Culture War" issues--and especially radical right-wing Christianity--have created two Americas, separate and hostile from one another and living in their own realities.

During this week's podcast Chauncey conducts a postmortem for the 2018 midterm elections and what the victories by the Democrats do and do not mean for resisting Donald Trump and the Republican Party.

Chauncey also warns that the 2018 midterms were a type of perverse mandate and encouragement for Donald Trump and the Republican Party's continued assault on American democracy and vile campaign of hatred and bigotry.

And to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One, Chauncey reads the epic poem "The Charge of the Light Brigade".

SELECTED LINKS OF INTEREST FOR THIS EPISODE OF THE CHAUNCEY DEVEGA SHOW 

Trump on the Couch The Democrats of Trump Country GOP candidate improperly purged 340,000 from Georgia voter rolls, investigation claims  Trump’s rain decision casts dark clouds over his Paris trip Bernie Sanders on Andrew Gillum and Stacey Abrams: Many Whites Made ‘Uncomfortable’ Voting for Black Candidates Bernie Sanders Clarifies Comments About Racism Hurting Black Candidates Think 2020 Will Be Better for Senate Democrats? Think Again If the midterms were a test of the country’s character, Americans failed The Charge of the Light Brigade by Alfred, Lord Tennyson One Hundred Years Ago, the Harlem Hellfighters Bravely Led the U.S. Into WWI Why Richard Harrow Makes for a Better Tragic ‘Boardwalk Empire’ Hero Than Nucky Thompson

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Ep. 206: Donald Trump is an Adult Baby Whose Greatest Power is Hate

Ep. 139: Ruth Ben-Ghiat Analyzes Authoritarianism and Donald Trump's Predatory Masculinity

Ep. 128: Andrew Gelman Clarifies Some Misconceptions About the 2016 Election, Mama DeVega Returns, and Jane Elliott Chimes In

Ep. 124: John Kinder on World War One, Disabled Veterans, and Technological Fetishism

Ep. 35: Jeffrey Sammons and John Morrow Discuss "The Harlem Hellfighters"

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Ep. 211: Racism is a Weapon of the Rich That's Being Used Against All of Us

Nov 5, 2018 01:20:01

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Ian Haney Lopez is The Earl Warren Professor of Public Law at the University of California, Berkeley and author many articles and numerous books including White by Law and his most recent Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class. Lopez is also a Senior Fellow at Demos in addition to being the Director of The Haas Institute's Racial Politics project. 

Professor Lopez and Chauncey discuss how racial demagoguery dominates the Republican Party, the many ways that racism hurts white folks, and ways that the very rich and other plutocrats use racism as a tool to divide and distract so that they can steal from the American people. Professor Lopez also shares a new way of thinking about the relationship between race and class in America--one which he thinks can help create a better and more healthy democracy...and yes, help the Democrats defeat the Republican Party and Donald Trump.

The second guest on this week's episode is James Stern. He is the producer of the new film Old Man and the Gun which stars Sissy Spacek and Robert Redford. Stern is also the producer and director of the new documentary American Chaos where he traveled throughout Trumplandia talking to the Great Leader's political cult members. Stern shares his thoughts on why Trump's supporters are so devoted to him, the strategic errors that the Democrats keep making, and how apathy and disgust with American democracy is the long-term threat posed by Trumpism.

During this week's podcast Chauncey urges caution about the so-called "blue wave" that many Democrats are expecting in tomorrow's midterm elections. Chauncey is also very concerned that through trickery and other means that the Republicans may actually end up winning many more contests during the midterms than most observers expect and how that will leave the Democrats even more disheartened and discombobulated. And to find some perspective Chauncey shares the wisdom of Brother Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his much overlooked speech he delivered at the "Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom" on May 17, 1957.

SELECTED LINKS OF INTEREST FOR THIS EPISODE OF THE CHAUNCEY DEVEGA SHOW  

Martin Luther King’s Call to ‘Give Us the Ballot’ Is As Relevant Today As It Was in 1957 Michael Moore Slams Nancy Pelosi for "Predicting" Democrats will Win Midterm Elections The answer to GOP dog whistles? Democrats should talk more about race, not less Democrats hold 7 point advantage ahead of midterms as Trump's base comes back home: NBC-WSJ poll Kemp's office launches probe of Georgia Democratic Party ahead of historic election Number of Georgia Voters Purged by Brian Kemp Continues to Climb Democracy Now: Palast Sues Georgia’s Brian Kemp for Purging 340,000 Voters

IF YOU ENJOYED THIS WEEK'S SHOW YOU MAY LIKE THESE EPISODES OF THE CHAUNCEY DEVEGA SHOW AS WELL 

Ep. 188: Timothy Snyder on How Donald Trump is Hurting White People in Order to Stay in Power

Ep. 180: The Racial Wealth Gap is a Threat to American Prosperity

Ep. 174: Yascha Mounk on the Rise of Trump and the Decline of Western Democracies

Ep. 171: Carol Anderson Explains White Rage and the Rise of Donald Trump

Ep. 132: Sheldon Solomon Explains How Death Anxieties and Existential Angst Helped to Elect Donald Trump

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Ep. 210: Donald Trump is Responsible for the Pittsburgh Synagogue Massacre and the "MAGA Bomber"

Oct 31, 2018 01:19:55

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David Neiwert is an investigative journalist based in Seattle and a contributing writer for the Southern Poverty Law Center. He is the author of numerous books including the new Alt-America: The Rise of the Radical Right in the Age of Trump, The Eliminationists: How Hate Talk Radicalized the American Right, Of Orcas and Men: What Killer Whales Can Teach Us, Over the Cliff: How Obama's Election Drove the American Right Insane.

David and Chauncey discuss how Donald Trump, the Republican Party, and the right-wing hate media instigate violence such as what took place last week in Pittsburgh, the "MAGA Bomber", and the hate crime killing of 2 elderly black people in Louisville. David also details the various elements of the so-called "alt-right" and how its white supremacist politics are central to the violence inspired by Donald Trump. In addition, David explains the role (and dangers) of "scripted violence" and "eliminationist" language used by today's conservatives against their fellow Americans and the intentional violence which occurs as a result.

David and Chauncey also issue a warning: there will only be more violence as directed and encouraged by Donald Trump and his allies if the Democrats win control of the House of Representatives in next week's midterm elections.

During this week's podcast Chauncey "connects the dots" about the sensationalistic violence of Trump's "MAGA Bomber" to the barbarism of the mass murder which took place at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. Chauncey also offers a new concept for listeners of the podcast: America is a "pathocracy".

Chauncey again asks, "what are the American people going to do?" in the face of Donald Trump and the right-wing movement's fascist violence against them.

SELECTED LINKS OF INTEREST FOR THIS EPISODE OF THE CHAUNCEY DEVEGA SHOW  

Dave Neiwert's website  Pittsburgh shooting: Squirrel Hill is a Jewish enclave and Mr. Rogers' neighborhood From Democracy to Pathocracy: The Rise of the Political Psychopath  ‘An Attack On Everything That We Stand For’: Rabbi Late For Service, Misses Shooting By Mere Minutes  A 97-year-old, an elderly wife and husband: These are the 11 victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre  Why isn't Kroger shooting being called a hate crime, critics ask REVEALED: MAGABomber married a fellow stripper while he was touring the country as a private dancer but left her after just a few months - and he is due to appear in Miami federal court on Monday Cesar Sayoc was a stripper, a club manager, a dry cleaner and, cops say, a mail bomber Pipe Bombs Sent to Trump Critics, Right Wing Nationalist Terror Stalks the Nation

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Ep. 203: How Search Engines Like Google and Other Algorithms Reproduce Social Inequality

Ep. 197: How Donald Trump and the "Alt-Right" Use Political Magic to Expand Their Power 

Ep. 191: When Ted Thornhill Taught a Class Called "White Racism" the Right-wing Mob Threatened His Life 

Ep. 190: Black Genius and Childish Gambino's "This is America" 

Ep. 185: If Donald Trump is Removed From Office There Will be Violence

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Ep. 209: Chris Hedges Explains How America is a Diseased Society and Donald Trump is the Symptom

Oct 23, 2018 52:50

Description:

Chris Hedges is the author of the new book America: The Farewell Tour.

He is also the author of numerous award winning books including Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle, Death of a Liberal Class, War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning, American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America, and Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt.

Chris Hedges and Chauncey discuss how America is a deeply sick and pathological society, why Donald Trump is the symptom and not the cause of this disease, and the role of celebrity culture and consumerism in the downfall of American democracy.

Chris Hedges and Chauncey also reflect on the need for a more advanced and sophisticated understanding of how race and class relate to one another and the perils of empty symbolic politics such as the so-called "Women's March". Chris Hedges also explains why peoples resistance movements such as Standing Rock and the Ferguson Uprising are the real way forward if American democracy and a humane and free society are to finally be created and salvaged in the country. 

During this week's podcast Chauncey asks, "What year is it?" when New Age Jim Crow Enforcers are keeping black folks from voting in Georgia, Jewish-Americans and others are being made into second class citizens by Christian fascists with the support of the Trump regime, and the fascist bigot Donald Trump tells transgender people that their personhood is "illegal" and their identities do not exist under American law. 

On this week's show Chauncey also celebrates Jeremiah Harvey, a 9-year-old black child, who refused to forgive a white racist woman who claimed he groped her. 

SELECTED LINKS OF INTEREST FOR THIS EPISODE OF THE CHAUNCEY DEVEGA SHOW 

Chris Hedges at Truthdig Chris Hedges discusses America: The Farewell Tour The Wizard of Voter Suppression: Brian Kemp’s Long History of Making Black Votes Disappear Black kid wrongly accused of groping white woman: 'I don't forgive this woman, and she needs help' The Trump administration’s latest anti-transgender action, explained South Carolina is Lobbying to Allow Discrimination Against Jewish Parents

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Ep. 208: Max Boot Explains Why the Republican Party Needs to be Burned to the Ground

Ep. 195: Richard Painter on Why He is No Longer a Republican and Trump's Threat to American Democracy

Ep. 186: Reza Aslan on How Donald Trump has Turned White Christian Evangelicals Into a Cult 

Ep. 184: Ed Ayers Explains Why Americans are Still Fighting About the Civil War

Ep. 164: Henry Giroux Evaluates America One Year After Donald Trump

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Ep. 208: Max Boot Explains Why the Republican Party Needs to be Burned to the Ground

Oct 16, 2018 58:32

Description:

Max Boot is the author of numerous bestselling books including The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam, The Savage Wars of Peace: Small Wars and the Rise of American Power, War Made New: Technology, Warfare, and the Course of History, 1500 to Today and Invisible Armies: The Epic History of Guerrilla Warfare from Ancient Times to the Present. His newest book is entitled The Corrosion of Conservatism: Why I Left the Right. In addition, he is the Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow in National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and a contributor to the Washington Post and CNN.

Dr. Boot and Chauncey discuss the "Never Trump" movement and why so many "traditional" and "principled" conservatives continue to support a dangerous and radically deranged and authoritarian Donald Trump and Republican Party. Dr. Boot also explains why it took him so long to acknowledge and confront his own Republican Party's long history of racism, bigotry and other authoritarian tendencies.

Dr. Boot and Chauncey also ponder if the Republican Party in its present form can ever be salvaged or should it instead be burned down to the ground. And Dr. Boot offers his thoughts on if Donald Trump is a traitor who has committed treason.

During this week's podcast Chauncey reviews another sick week in Donald Trump's American dystopia where 5-year-old children are forced to sign court documents surrendering their rights, the Republican Party keeps black and brown and young people from voting across the country in order to steal elections, and how Trump's ICE Border Immigration thugs have been robbing, raping, kidnapping, and murdering people.

Chauncey also "connects the dots" about why Donald Trump's USA Today op-ed was not really about "healthcare" but instead was another threat and encouragement of violence by the Great Leader against the Democratic Party and anyone who opposes Trump's movement. 

At the end of this week's podcast Chauncey shares a story about a wonderful human animal friend hero who saved lives during Hurricane Michael.

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Max Boot homepage Voting Rights Group Appeals Latest Ohio Voter Purge Ruling AP Investigation: Deported parents may lose kids to adoption Why I’m Leaving the Republican Party Trump’s USA Today op-ed: The real point was to threaten his enemies with violence The five year old who was detained at the border and convinced to sign away her rightsI listened to all six Trump rallies in October you should too

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Ep. 157: Tom Nichols Explains Donald Trump and the Nuclear "Madman Theory"

Ep. 146: Tom Nichols Explains How Anti-intellectualism and the War on Expertise Led to the Rise of Donald Trump

Ep. 123: Monkey Madness with Anthropologist Agustin Fuentes

Ep. 97: Alondra Nelson Explains Race and "The Social Life of DNA"

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Ep. 207: Anthony Bourdain's Dear Friend Joel Rose Reflects on His Passing, Life, and Their Final Project "Hungry Ghosts"

Oct 8, 2018 01:18:27

Description:

Joel Rose is the author of such acclaimed novels as Kill, Kill, Faster, Faster and The Blackest Bird. He is also a dear and close friend of the late, great and very much missed Anthony Bourdain. Their friendship was also a creative partnership. Together they co-wrote The New York Times bestselling graphic novel Jiro Dreams of Sushi and its prequel Get Jiro! Blood and Sushi. Joel and Anthony's final project together is the new graphic novel Hungry Ghosts.

Joel and Chauncey reflect on Anthony Bourdain's life and why he is so beloved by legions of fans around the world. Joel also explains Bourdain's life philosophy, how they met and became such close friends, Bourdain's strength through vulnerability and what they learned from each other.

Joel and Chauncey also bond over their shared working class origins and present, appreciating their fathers' wisdom and examples, as well as navigating through financial insecurities and fears.

During this week's podcast Chauncey explains, again, why it was no surprise that Brett Kavanaugh and the Republicans were able to win the Supreme Court and con and intimidate the Democrats and so many others in the news media and among the public.

Chauncey also cuts a promo on cowardly and weak Democrats such as Cory Booker and other people who actually believe that we should love Donald Trump's voters and other Republicans because they are our "fellow Americans".

At the end of this week's podcast Chauncey shares a very important essay from The New Yorker which details in precise terms how Donald Trump is a political magician and illusionist.

SELECTED LINKS OF INTEREST FOR THIS EPISODE OF THE CHAUNCEY DEVEGA SHOW 

Anthony Bourdain’s ‘Hungry Ghosts’ Is Not for the Faint of Heart Joel Rose books Anthony Bourdain’s Literary Legacy in 13 Books Inside 'Get Jiro: Blood and Sushi' Anthony Bourdain's Newest Comic Book The untold truth of Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations Has Backing Kavanaugh Really Lost The GOP The Women’s Vote? What most disqualifies Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court Trump Engaged in Suspect Tax Schemes as He Reaped Riches From His Father
Donald Trump’s tax ‘fraud’ was exposed - and no one cares Donald Trump on Democrats: "You Don't Have to have Matches to be an Arsonist"

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Ep. 188: Timothy Snyder on How Donald Trump is Hurting White People in Order to Stay in Power

Ep. 174: Yascha Mounk on the Rise of Trump and the Decline of Western Democracies

Ep. 142: Jason Aaron on Writing "Star Wars", "Southern Bastards", and Reflections on the South

Ep. 135: Scott Snyder Shares His Thoughts on Writing Batman, Politics, and "Diversity" in Comic Books

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Ep. 206: Donald Trump is an Adult Baby Whose Greatest Power is Hate

Sep 30, 2018 01:36:39

Description:

Dr. Justin Frank is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the George Washington University Medical Center and a physician with more than forty years of experience in psychoanalysis. He is the author of the bestselling books "Bush on the Couch" as well as "Obama on the Couch". Dr. Frank's new book is "Trump on the Couch". Dr. Frank's work has appeared in Time Magazine and at the Daily Beast. He has also been an expert commentator and guest on such media outlets as MSNBC, CNN and PBS.

Dr. Frank and Chauncey discuss Donald Trump's various mental pathologies, how they are rooted in his childhood and how Trump is the first president who is an adult baby. Dr. Frank also explains how Donald Trump's greatest power is the permission he gives his followers to hate their enemies and to show disgust and contempt towards civilization and normal society. And Dr. Frank warns the American people and the world that Donald Trump exhibits signs of sociopathy and will never change his temperament or behavior. 

Chauncey's friend and one of the co-founders of their old blog "We Are Respectable Negroes" also stops by the virtual bar and salon. Gordon shares his thoughts on Bill Cosby the now convicted sex criminal, the weaknesses of the Democratic Party, and Donald Trump the circus freak. Gordon also updates Chauncey on his various food adventure travels around the world while they both celebrate the greatness that is the King of the Hill TV show.

Chauncey also makes an announcement: There is now a voicemail number for The Chauncey DeVega Show where you can leave a kind message, ask a question, just say hello, do impressions, confess your love for him, read a poem or just share the power of The Love Train!

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During this week's podcast Chauncey reviews how America's rape culture was put on trial by the United States Senate and Brett Kavanaugh and rich white elite male privilege won--again. 

Never forget. In the tumult of chaos that was Kavanaugh's elite white male privilege temper tantrum before the world Chauncey also reminds everyone about how the Republicans passed another 3 trillion dollar tax scam bill and more then 10,000 Hispanic and Latino migrant and refugee children are still in Donald Trump's concentration camps.

SELECTED LINKS OF INTEREST FOR THIS EPISODE OF THE CHAUNCEY DEVEGA SHOW 

The saga of Brett Kavanaugh: Class, social capital and endless privilege Senate Republicans: Would you trust Brett Kavanaugh alone with a woman you care about?         Lindsey Graham, Brett Kavanaugh, and the unleashing of white male backlash The White House is reportedly limiting the FBI’s Kavanaugh investigation. Trump says that’s not the case Michael Avenatti’s client says she witnessed Kavanaugh sexually assault girls in high school With Nation Transfixed By Kavanaugh Monstrosity, House GOP Votes to Give Rich Another $3 Trillion in Tax Cuts A Supreme Court Case Could Liberate Trump to Pardon His Associates Kavanaugh is lying. His upbringing explains why How we know Kavanaugh is lying Why everyone should oppose Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation

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Ep. 177: Is the "Black Panther" Movie Disrespectful to Black Americans?

Ep. 175: "Black Panther" and Questions of Diversity and Representation in Comic Books and Graphic Novels

Ep. 170: George Ciccariello-Maher Told the Truth About Toxic White Masculinity and Mass Shootings and Lost His Job

Ep. 145: Randolph Hohle Explains How Neoliberalism and the Color Line Intersect

Ep. 85: Cedric Johnson on the Long Black Freedom Struggle

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Ep. 205: Psychiatrist Bandy Lee Warns That Donald Trump is Delusional and Living in His Own Reality

Sep 23, 2018 01:14:21

Description:

Bandy Lee is a professor at the Yale School of Medicine and one of the principle editors of the New York Times bestseller The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President.

On this week's show, Dr. Lee and Chauncey discuss how Donald Trump's mental health continues to worsen, how insiders from the White House reached out to her last year--well before the recent New York Times anonymous op-ed--with concerns and fears about the president, and how authoritarianism is a type of collective mental illness. Dr. Lee continues to sound the alarm about how Donald Trump is a very dangerous person, who because of his mental health issues, may start a nuclear war.

And Dr. Lee explains how Trump and his followers are stuck in a relationship based upon collective narcissism--and how this shared pathology has led to violence--which will only continue to worsen.

During this week's podcast Chauncey discusses Brett Kavanaugh and toxic white (predatory) masculinity and how such behavior is encouraged among elite white men in America. Chauncey also explains the role of classism in the excuses being made for elite white men like Brett Kavanaugh by Republicans, conservatives, and his other defenders.

SELECTED LINKS OF INTEREST FOR THIS EPISODE OF THE CHAUNCEY DEVEGA SHOW 

The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President by Dr. Bandy Lee Exclusive: Psychiatrist Bandy Lee says White House officials told her Trump was “unraveling” 5 reasons the anonymous New York Times op-ed drives Donald Trump so crazy Diagnosing Donald Trump, and His Voters President Trump Is Defending Kavanaugh the Same Way He Defended Himself and Other Men Mark Judge's Memoir About Brett Kavanaugh's High School Portrays a Culture of Aggression and Excessive Drinking A flag of underwear: Photo from Kavanaugh’s time shows DKE hijinks Jason Miller, Former Trump Aide Leaves CNN After Ex Claims He Gave Woman ‘Abortion Pill’ Minnesota lawmaker abandons campaign amid daughter's allegations of inappropriate conduct

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Ep. 182: How Collective Narcissism Explains Donald Trump's Control Over His Followers

Ep. 173: Bandy Lee Continues to Warn the World About Donald Trump's Mental Health

Ep. 160: John Gartner Warns That Donald Trump is Mentally Ill/John Mueller's Indictments

Ep. 152: Lance Dodes Warns That Donald Trump is Sociopathic

Ep. 138: Bandy Lee Sounds the Alarm about Donald Trump's Mental Health

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Ep. 204: Carl Hart Explains How Everything You Think You Know About Drugs is Wrong

Sep 17, 2018 01:46:48

Description:

Carl Hart is the Chair of the Department of Psychology at Columbia University. Professor Hart is also the Ziff Professor of Psychology in the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry. Professor Hart has published numerous scientific and popular articles in the area of neuropsychopharmacology and is co-author of the textbook Drugs, Society and Human Behavior (with Charles Ksir). His most recent book, High Price: A Neuroscientist’s Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society.


On this week's show, Carl and Chauncey discuss the myths fueling the racist and classist "War on Drugs" in America, untruths about America's supposed "opiate addiction crisis" and Donald Trump's white "working class voters", why illegal drugs should be made legal, and basic questions of human agency and freedom.

Carl also shares how the 1980s crack baby myth came into existence and the way that movies such as New Jack City fueled the War on Drugs and its many lies about "urban crime".

Alasdair Stuart also stops by the virtual bar and salon this week as well. He tells a story about going to this year's Worldcon convention in San Jose and the right-wing wannabe "alt-right" Nazis he encountered there. Alasdair and Chauncey also talk about all manner of popular culture including Henry Cavill and Superman, the failures of The Walking Dead, Star Wars, and Patrick Stewart's return to Star Trek.


During this week's podcast Chauncey reflects on American dystopia, Donald Trump, and the alleged sex crimes of United States Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. And Chauncey also shares an email from a reader/listener about if America under Trump is becoming like Nazi Germany. 

Spoiler alert! There is some Predator themed bonus content at the end of this week's show. 

SELECTED LINKS OF INTEREST FOR THIS EPISODE OF THE CHAUNCEY DEVEGA SHOW 

High Price: A Neuroscientist's Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society by Carl Hart  PseudoPod    Escape Pod Worldcon Documentary "The House I Live In" Carl Hart vs. Bill O'Reilly The Myth of the Crack Baby - The Atlantic Sympathy is for white people: The “60 Minutes” segment that highlights America’s startling double standard on addiction What the 'Crack Baby' Panic Tells us About the Opioid Epidemic - The Atlantic What we're getting wrong about 'deaths of despair' - MarketWatch Ice T Tells The Secret History Of 'New Jack City' - Okayplayer 'New Jack City' Screenwriter Spills Behind-the-Scenes Details in New Interview - Colorlines Patrick Stewart to Reprise 'Star Trek' Role in New CBS All Access Series 'The Walking Dead': What Went Wrong With This Show? – Rolling Stone

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Ep. 201: Bryan Edward Hill on Writing Batman, Black Lightning, and How to Live One's Own Best Life Philosophy

Ep. 166: All Things "Star Wars" and "The Last Jedi"

Ep. 61: All Things "Star Wars" Explained by Mark Clark

Ep. 29: Mickey Hess on the Genius of Ol' Dirty Bastard

Ep. 190: Black Genius and Childish Gambino's "This is America"

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Ep. 203: How Search Engines Like Google and Other Algorithms Reproduce Social Inequality

Sep 10, 2018 01:32:10

Description:

Safiya Noble is the guest on this week's edition of The Chauncey DeVega Show. She is a professor at the University of Southern California (USC) Annenberg School of Communication and the author of the new book Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism.


On this week's show, Safiya and Chauncey discuss how algorithms such as Google as well as "artificial intelligence" are actually making social inequality worse in America and around the world, the misplaced faith in such technologies, their threat to democracy, and why so many people use social media and other types of digital distractions to find meaning in their otherwise lonely and unfulfilled lives in an age of economic precarity.


During this week's podcast Chauncey reflects on The New York Times op-ed from an anonymous Trump senior staff member and how psychiatrist Bandy Lee shared with him, first, how she was contacted last year about Trump's apparently failing mental health.

Chauncey is also upset that MSNBC did not mention his name, again, and also blurred out his name when talking about Dr. Lee's conversation with people at the White House regarding Donald Trump's mental health.

Dr. David Reiss, who is one of the contributors to the bestselling book The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump, also stops by the virtual bar and salon this week to explain why Donald Trump is so mentally unwell that he would likely not qualify to be a police officer--never mind having the authority to order the destruction of the world with nuclear weapons. 

At the end of this week's podcast, Chauncey shares a warning from history--this time from a Holocaust survivor who also fought the Nazis in the Warsaw ghetto--about the perils America and the world are experiencing because of the rise of Trumpism and other right-wing authoritarian movements around the world.

Ep. 202: Tim Wise Explains How the Republican Party is a White Nationalist Cult

Sep 4, 2018 01:24:01

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Tim Wise is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. 

Anti-racism activist, author, and scholar Tim Wise is the guest on this week's edition of The Chauncey DeVega Show. Tim Wise is the author of numerous books including his most recent Under the Affluence: Shaming the Poor, Praising the Rich and Sacrificing the Future of America.

On this week's show, Tim and Chauncey discuss Donald Trump's obsessions with "white genocide" in South Africa, the true meaning of "White Identity Politics" and its relationship to Whiteness, if racists and other bigots should be shamed in public via social media such as Twitter and Facebook, and white racial paranoia about the so-called "browning of America".  

During this week's podcast Chauncey reviews, how again, another white supremacist--this time one who is associated with some of the country and world's most prominent neo Nazis--has been discovered writing public policy in Trump's White House.

Chauncey also shares a story about the real power of love--in this case a 99-year-old man who walks 6 miles every day to see his wife in the hospital. And during this week's Labor Day episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show our intrepid host is also very excited to go see Maceo Parker perform at the Chicago Jazz Festival.  

Ep. 201: Bryan Edward Hill on Writing Batman, Black Lightning, and How to Live One's Own Best Life Philosophy

Aug 27, 2018 01:34:57

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Bryan Edward Hill is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. 

He is the writer of such comic books as the Batman Detective Comics series and also Michael Cray. His newest project is American Carnage which is forthcoming from Vertigo. In addition to writing comic books Bryan is also a TV writer whose credits include Ash vs. The Evil Dead.  

On this week's show, Bryan and Chauncey discuss how being working class black folks impacted their life trajectories, questions of "representation" and opportunity in the business that is popular culture, and the art of storytelling.

Bryan also shares some great stories about being attacked by one of the Wu-Tang Clan's hangers-on, living one's best life philosophy and principles, traveling around the world, and combating self-sabotage and impostor syndrome.

And during this week's podcast Chauncey explains how Donald Trump's "white genocide" victimology narrative proves that he is, again, a white supremacist Santa Claus. Chauncey also refuses to offer a hagiography for the now late and departed Senator John McCain. Chauncey also ponders why the Catholic Church is not considered an ongoing criminal enterprise whose leaders should be in prison for protecting sick, monstrous, sexual predators who abuse children.

Ep. 200-2: Joe Feagin on Liberal White Racism and "Colorblind" America

Aug 21, 2018 01:26:12

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Joe Feagin is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. This is part two of our conversation which began on last week's very special 200th show.

He is a distinguished professor of sociology at Texas A&M University and one of the leading scholars of race and social inequality in the world. Professor Feagin has written dozens of books including The White Racial Frame:Centuries of Racial Framing and Counter-Framing, Racist America, and How Blacks Built America.

Professor Feagin and Chauncey discuss "liberal racism", the so-called "browning of America", how the language developed by social scientists and others to describe racism and white supremacy is inadequate, and white racial logic and social change. Professor Feagin also shares his hopes and fears about America's future and the long view of the country's history. Chauncey also shares a story--that is more proof--of how white supremacists have infested Trump's White House.

In this week's special part 2 of the 200th episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Mama DeVega makes her triumphant return. She is angry at the local Chinese restaurant, is combating Trump fiends at the gym, and explains that she wouldn't be nice to white bigots with the hope of changing their minds about racism like Daryl Davis does. Mama DeVega also shares a story about seeing the great late Aretha Franklin in concert.

And at the end of this week's show Chauncey explains the real reason that Trump is stripping his enemies of their security clearances, calls out ICE thugs who waylay pregnant women and their partners, and has a good time discussing how a white man in Florida was caught on video complaining that the police were "treating him like a black man". 

In honor of the 200th episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Chauncey also shares one of his favorite things as an "Easter egg" at the end of this week's podcast.

Ep. 200-1: Black KkKlansman/Joe Feagin on Donald Trump, Racism, and Elite White Male Power

Aug 13, 2018 01:39:15

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There are two guests on part one of this very special two-part 200th episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show.  

Kevin Willmott is a professor of film at The University of Kansas. He is also one of the writers on Spike Lee's great new film BlacKkKlansman. Kevin and Chauncey discuss the surreal truth of how Ron Stallworth, a black man, teamed up with a fellow police officer, who is Jewish, to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan. Kevin also reflects on how BlacKkKlansman is a direct counter to the racism and bigotry of Trump's America, W.E.B. Du Bois' concept of "double consciousness", blaxploitation films and the desperation of hate mongers. Chauncey and Kevin also share what happened when they watched BlacKkKlansman in a theater with white Donald Trump supporters. 

Joe Feagin is the second guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. He is a distinguished professor of sociology at the University of Texas-Austin and one of the leading scholars of race and social inequality in the world. Professor Feagin has written dozens of books including The White Racial Frame:Centuries of Racial Framing and Counter-Framing, Racist America, and How Blacks Built America. 

During this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Professor Feagin and Chauncey discuss the myth of white "working class anxiety" and Trump's election, liberal racism, and all of the myths and half-truths being circulated about race and class in the parts of the country which voted for Donald Trump. Professor Feagin also offers some warnings about the hope that "millennials" and other young white people will be and are less racist and bigoted than their parents and grandparents.

In this week's very special 200th episode, Chauncey DeVega ponders if a black man named Daryl Davis who befriends white supremacists and brings them to the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C. is a hero or perhaps just a well-intentioned but gullible man.

And at the end of this week's show, Chauncey gives some advice to a black woman who is dating a white man who refuses to acknowledge her anxieties and fears about racism and violence in Trump's America.

Ep. 199: Yes, We Should be Comparing Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler

Aug 8, 2018 01:22:43

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Richard Frankel is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show.   

He is a professor of history at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette and the author of numerous articles as well as the book Bismarck’s Shadow: The Cult of Leadership and the Transformation of the German Right, 1898-1945.

Frankel's work can also be read at Newsweek and the History News Network. 

During this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Professor Frankel and Chauncey discuss how the rise of Donald Trump and the movement he represents have clear parallels with Adolf Hitler and the Nazis, why so many historians are afraid to speak that truth, and how wasting precious time debating Donald Trump's threat to democracy and if he is a fascist (or not) is a recipe for disaster. Professor Frankel also explains how "regular" "everyday people" are necessary for evil to take place on a massive scale.

In this week's episode, Chauncey DeVega survives another heat wave, is excited to see an early screening of BlacKkKlansman, and recommends the new film Puzzle. Chauncey also explains Donald Trump's next move in the Russia collusion scandal and proudly accepts an amazing award from a white supremacist website. 

And at the end of this week's show Chauncey shares more interesting and titillating discoveries about the sexual kink proclivities of the bigots and hate mongers in the "alt-right" movement towards My Little Pony and "furries".

Ep. 198: Eothen "Egon" Alapatt on the Art of Record Collecting and Protecting J. Dilla's Musical Legacy

Aug 1, 2018 01:38:38

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Eothen "Egon" Alapatt is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show.   

He is the founder and president of Now-Again Records, the reissue imprint he founded in 2002. He oversees all of the label’s reissues and manages a vast catalog of music from the 1950s through the present day, with a focus on the mid-1960s through the mid-1980s. He is the creative director of the J. Dilla Estate and is partners with Madlib in Madlib Invazion. Eothen was also Stones Throw Records’ general manager from 2000 until 2011. He is also one of the world's foremost record collectors--aka "crate digger"--of lost funk, soul, hip hop, rock, and other music.  


During this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Eothen and Chauncey discuss the hidden roots of hip hop music and culture in New Haven, Connecticut, their parallel experiences growing up there, and all of the important and fascinating hip hop gatekeepers and personalities they encountered outside of the New York City area.

Eothen also shares some stories about digging for lost musical gems, the current state of commercial hip hop, the commodification of "world music", and what has been lost in the transition from analog to digital culture. And of course, Eothen reflects on J. Dilla's musical legacy.

In this week's episode, Chauncey DeVega updates everyone on his travels which included some critical self-reflection, an imminent big decision, encountering a ghost, falling in love twice, eating too much, seeing dear friends, the financial obligations of only children, Mama DeVega's nagging and how he needs to be a better son.   

And at the end of this week's show Chauncey is simultaneously titillated and upset by white racist Republicans who are into Bigfoot Porn and other interspecies erotica.

Ep. 197: How Donald Trump and the "Alt-Right" Use Political Magic to Expand Their Power

Jul 17, 2018 01:15:36

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Gary Lachman is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show.  

He is the author of several books and has lectured across the United States, Britain and Europe on the relationship between consciousness, esoteric knowledge, politics, history and culture. He is perhaps best known as a founding member of the New York new wave band Blondie, in which he played bass from 1975 to 1977. His new book is Dark Star Rising: Magick and Power in the Age of Trump.


During this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Gary and Chauncey discuss mass psychology and how symbols and other types of images and narratives influence emotion, Trump's power over his followers, the concept of synchronicity and "magic", and the ways that Vladimir Putin has been able to recreate reality for the Russian people with the goal of expanding Russian empire. Gary also explains the deep connections between the occult and esoteric knowledge as practiced by such figures as Stephen Bannon and the so-called "alt-right" movement.

In this week's episode, Chauncey DeVega comments on the anti-climactic meeting in Helsinki where Donald Trump publicly betrays the United States to his handler and boss Vladimir Putin. 

And at the end of this week's show Chauncey shares a warning from Harry Leslie Smith, who is 94-years-old and a veteran of the RAF in World War 2 and also a writer for The Guardian, about the rise of Trumpism and right-wing authoritarian movements around the world. 

Ep. 196: Malcolm Nance Explains Donald Trump and Russia's Plot to Destroy American Democracy

Jul 9, 2018 01:17:37

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Malcolm Nance is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. He is a career intelligence and counterterrorism officer for the United States government. In his more than three decades working in that capacity, Nance served with U.S. Special Operations forces, the Department of Homeland Security and other agencies. He has worked in the Middle East, North Africa, the Balkans, South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. 

A frequent guest contributor on MSNBC, Nance has authored several books, including the bestselling The Plot to Hack America: How Putin’s Cyberspies and WikiLeaks Tried to Steal the 2016 Election.

Nance’s new book is The Plot to Destroy Democracy: How Putin and His Spies Are Undermining America and Dismantling the West.


During this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Malcolm Nance and Chauncey discuss how Donald Trump is Russia and Vladimir Putin's agent, the overwhelming evidence that Russia colluded with Donald Trump and his inner circle to steal the 2106 presidential election and how the Russians were able to undermine American democracy by exploiting conservatives and other members of the right-wing.

Malcolm Nance also sounds the alarm about why the 2018 midterm elections may be the last chance the American people have to save the country's (and global) democracy from Trump, the Republican Party, and Vladimir Putin's autocratic plot.


In this week's episode, Chauncey DeVega offers some comments on Trump's hate rally in Montana and how white children are learning the lessons of white supremacy from their Trumpist parents. On this week's episode Chauncey continues to highlight the human cost of Donald Trump and the Republican Party's campaign of ethnic cleansing and white racial terrorism against black and brown refugees, migrants, and immigrants.

At the end of this week's installment of The Chauncey DeVega Show, our intrepid host shares some emails from listeners about the importance of protest movements, and if we should in fact shun and marginalize Trump supporters.

Ep. 195: Richard Painter on Why He is No Longer a Republican and Trump's Threat to American Democracy

Jul 3, 2018 01:08:40

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Richard Painter is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. Painter was White House chief ethics counsel under George W. Bush and is a frequent political commentator and analyst on CNN, MSNBC and other news networks. He is also a professor of corporate law at the University of Minnesota and the author of several books including "Getting the Government America Deserves."

Although he has been a Republican nearly all his life, Painter is now running as a Democrat for the U.S. Senate seat recently vacated by Al Franken.


During this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Richard Painter and Chauncey discuss the threat to American democracy embodied by Donald Trump, why he is no longer a Republican and how the Republican Party became so revanchist, racist, and dangerous.

Painter also offers a warning to the Democrats about the perils of "identity politics" for the 2018 midterms and 2020 presidential election.    

In this week's episode, Chauncey DeVega wonders if protest movements such as the marches against Trump's evil treatment of black and brown refugees have any power against a neoliberal authoritarian regime. Chauncey also tries to help Democrats, liberals, and progressives--especially those cowardly "centrists"--work through their stages of grief about Justice Kennedy retiring, the Muslim ban, the assault on unions, and other Trump victories.   
At the end of this week's installment of The Chauncey DeVega Show, our intrepid host shares a story about a right-wing "Christian" church which is located next to one of the Trump regime's prisons for children--and how the wicked Trump Christians there support the abuse of Latino and Hispanic refugees and immigrants.

Ep. 194: Cartoonist Rob Rogers was Fired Because He Refused to Stop Telling the Truth About Donald Trump

Jun 25, 2018 01:11:03

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Rob Rogers is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. He is a nationally-syndicated political cartoonist who worked with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette newspaper for 25 years before being fired several weeks ago. Why? Because he refused to stop telling truth about Donald Trump.  

During this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Rob Rogers and Chauncey discuss the personal costs of telling the truth about Donald Trump's regime in an era of cowardice as well as how Rogers decided to not compromise and sell out his principles to the Trump-allied publisher and new editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Rob Rogers also shares his insights about the challenges of drawing political cartoons about the grotesque and evil human caricature that is Donald Trump. 

In this week's episode, Chauncey DeVega wonders if this was the week that the American people will look back upon in the near future when American democracy and human decency and American Exceptionalism finally died with Trump's direct channeling of Nazi ideology, an obvious and unapologetic war on our brown brothers and sisters at the U.S.-Mexico border, Melania's enabling cruelty, the denial of how Stephen Miller and Michael Anton are white supremacists, and Trump's continued assault on the rule of law in America while most of the country's people do nothing because they are sheep.

 At the end of this week's installment of The Chauncey DeVega Show, our intrepid host explains how Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels is being channeled by Donald Trump and his allies. Chauncey also shares some wisdom from those who fought back against Hitler's regime about how to organize and fight a day-to-day battle against evil. 

Ep. 193: Michael Eric Dyson on Donald Trump and America's Moral Crisis

Jun 17, 2018 01:07:26

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Michael Eric Dyson is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. He is a Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University and the author of many books including What Truth Sounds Like: Robert F. Kennedy, James Baldwin, and Our Unfinished Conversation About Race in America as well as Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America. 

Dr. Dyson is also a frequent guest on Real Time with Bill Maher as well CNN, MSNBC, and NPR. 

During this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Professor Dyson and Chauncey discuss the crisis in moral leadership and values which birthed Donald Trump's presidency, how right-wing Christians helped to conceive this wholesale abandonment of democracy and dignity, and how whiteness and white privilege have (again) undermined the common good--and yes, how such values also hurt white people. Professor Dyson and Chauncey also discuss the burden that black and brown people have to save American democracy from white racism and those individuals and forces such as Donald Trump and his white rage-filled supporters. 

In this week's episode, Chauncey DeVega ponders the alpha male bromance between Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un, Trump's Fox News madness and threats against Americans who are not sufficiently "loyal". Chauncey is also enraged by the wicked evil that is how Trump's regime is breaking up families at the Mexican-U.S. border and explains the reckoning that is coming to America.

Ep. 192: What was It Like to be Jewish and to Live Across the Street From Hitler?

Jun 10, 2018 01:25:56

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This week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show features two guests. 

Professor Edgar Feuchtwanger is a Jewish historian who grew up across the street from Adolph Hitler and witnessed the rise of the Nazism and its evil firsthand. Professor Feuchtwanger shares the memories of that dark time from a child's perspective and with a historian's insight in his new book Hitler, My Neighbor: Memories of a Jewish Childhood, 1929-1938

On this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Edgar Feuchtwanger recounts what it was like to, literally, see Hitler on a regular basis, how his father was sent to Dachau, his memories of Kristallnacht, and the ways that the German people so quickly embraced Hitler and the Nazis. Professor Feuchtwanger also offers a chilling warning for the American people (and the world) in the Age of Trump and the rise of right-wing fascists and authoritarians around the world: Wake up!

Psychiatrist Dr. David Reiss also stops by the virtual bar and salon this week to discuss the suicide of Anthony Bourdain and to help Chauncey process his anger towards someone whose work he admired and that he viewed as one cool white soul brother. 

During this week's podcast, Dr. Reiss explains why a rich and successful person who is beloved around the world would kill themselves and how suicide is a type of extreme mental state that is different from "depression". Dr. Reiss also shares how he tries to help his own patients who are thinking of taking their own lives. 

At the end of this week's installment of the podcast Chauncey shares some of Anthony Bourdain's best quotes and life wisdom. 

Ep. 191: When Ted Thornhill Taught a Class Called "White Racism" the Right-wing Mob Threatened His Life

Jun 4, 2018 01:08:57

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Ted Thornhill is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. He is a Professor of Sociology at Florida Gulf Coast University who received national attention because he dared to teach a course in January 2018 called "White Racism". Like many other educators in the Age of Trump, Professor Thornhill was targeted by a coordinated campaign of harassment--including death threats that necessitated his needing armed guards outside of his classroom--by the right-wing mob including Fox News.  

During this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Professor Thornhill and Chauncey discuss how the classroom is a political space, the right-wing campaign against him, and how he did not yield or surrender to the threats of the Fox News-driven thuggery and harassment. Professor Thornhill and Chauncey also highlight common misconceptions about racism in "colorblind America", the myth that is "reverse racism", and of course how Donald Trump was able to win the White House. 

In this week's episode, Chauncey DeVega again sounds the alarm about the American fascist Donald Trump. This week's warning: Donald Trump's attorneys recently told special counsel Robert Mueller that Trump is above the law and is a de facto king or emperor. And to make matters even worse, Rudy Giuliani actually told the Huffington Post that Donald Trump could kill James Comey and there would be no immediate consequences because Trump is president.

During this week's podcast Chauncey DeVega also makes a realization: Donald Trump is a pimp and American democracy is his prostitute.

Ep. 190: Black Genius and Childish Gambino's "This is America"

May 28, 2018 01:24:39

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Stephen Casmier is the guest on this week's Childish Gambino "This is America" themed episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. He is a professor of English at Saint Louis University and the author of the great essay Donald Glover and Richard Pryor, or the Chokehold of the Minstrel Show which can be read at Medium.

During this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Stephen and Chauncey have a wide ranging conversation about black art and black genius, the problems with how concepts such as "intersectionality", "representation" and "identity politics" have been commonly used and understood, the uprising in Ferguson, and America's almost pornographic relationship to black suffering. Dr. Casmier and Chauncey also deconstruct the politics and aesthetics of Childish Gambino's amazingly popular new song and video "This is America".

In this week's episode Chauncey DeVega intervenes against the horrible cruelty and evil that is the Trump administration's war on the children and families of undocumented residents, immigrants, and refugees. Chauncey also reflects on the right-wing "patriotic" anthem "I'm Proud to be an American" and how it tells some unintentional truths about the culture of cruelty and the horrible wrongs in the country. At the end of this week's podcast, Chauncey has a good laugh about the lawsuit by the people behind the iconic children's TV series "Sesame Street" against the new adult comedy "The Happytime Murders".

Ep. 189: Dr. Mark Goulston on Maintaining Our Emotional Well-being and Fighting Self-Sabotage

May 20, 2018 01:27:07

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Mark Goulston is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. He is a psychiatrist and author of several best-selling self-help books including Just Listen, Get Out of Your Own Way, and Talking to Crazy: How to Deal with the Irrational and Impossible People in Your Life. 

Dr. Goulston has also been a guest on and his work featured by the CNN, CBS, NBC, ABC, BBC News, Oprah, Today, NY Times, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Forbes, Investor’s Business Daily and the Los Angeles Times. He also hosts the podcast Prison Letters with Dr. Mark Goulston.

During this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Dr. Goulston and Chauncey discuss how to overcome self-sabotage, becoming better communicators, managing negative influences in our lives, and fighting back against depression and other mental health challenges. Dr. Goulston also reflects on the 2016 presidential race and offers some suggestions as to how the Democratic Party can better fight back against Donald Trump's alpha male bullying behavior.

In this week's episode Chauncey DeVega honors brother Malcolm X's birthday by sharing a New York Times editorial about his assassination. Unfortunately, Chauncey is also forced in the aftermath of the Sante Fe massacre by gun, to again, discuss how ammosexuals and other conservative gun fetishists are feeding America's children to the Gun God Moloch. On this week's show, Chauncey also peers into the right-wing hate sewer and its pit of defective women-hating "incels" who are debating if the Sante Fe mass murderer Dimitrios Pagourtzis was "too handsome" to be counted among their breed.

Of course, Trump University is always is session. This week's topic? The newest revelations about how Trump's cabal was willing to take assistance from Saudi Arabia and the UAE as coordinated by a child molester to steal the 2016 presidential election and by doing so to undermine American democracy.

Ep. 188: Timothy Snyder on How Donald Trump is Hurting White People in Order to Stay in Power

May 14, 2018 01:47:45

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There are two guests on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. 

Yale University historian and New York Times-bestselling author Timothy Snyder returns to The Chauncey DeVega Show. He is the author of "On Tyranny" and the new book "The Road to Unfreedom". This is Professor Snyder's fourth appearance on The Chauncey DeVega Show.

Professor Snyder and Chauncey discuss how America's democratic institutions are under siege by Donald Trump and the Republican Party's fascist campaign, the ways that Trump and his allies are hurting white voters in order to stay in power by redirecting their rage at nonwhites and other groups, and the concept known as "sadopopulism". Professor Snyder also explains how both liberals and conservatives are weakening America's democratic project. 

Jared Yates Sexton is the second guest on this week's example of The Chauncey DeVega Show. He is the author of The People Are Going to Rise Like the Waters Upon Your Shore: A Story of American Rage. On this week's show, Jared and Chauncey discuss on the American news media continues to fail the public by not telling the truth about the threat posed by Donald Trump and how comedienne Michelle Wolff dared to expose the too cozy relationship between the so-called liberal news media and their right-wing propagandist "frenemies". 

Jared also explains how Donald Trump is a political mafia boss who is running the White House like a criminal enterprise and personal protection racket. 

Of course, as is their habit, Jared and Chauncey have to talk about the former's trip to this year's Wrestlemania, booking Roman Reigns, the Andre the Giant documentary on HBO, and how logical storytelling can help to salvage so many of the problems plaguing the WWE.


In this week's episode Chauncey DeVega explains the hidden history of Mother's Day and its radical progressive roots in the women's rights and pacifist movements. Chauncey also offers an update in the Republican Party's continual effort to punish and hurt the most weak and vulnerable members of American society. This week's target? The elderly, differently-abled, and other people who will be thrown out of nursing homes and into the streets because of cuts to Medicare.

Chauncey also gives a "You Big Dummy Award" to one of Trump's human deplorables whose business is going bankrupt because of the Great Leader's "soft ethnic cleansing" campaign against nonwhite immigrants.

Ep. 187: Avengers: Infinity War / The Secret History of Marvel v. DC Comics

May 6, 2018 01:44:28

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There are two guests on this week's Avengers: Infinity War and the secret history of Marvel vs. DC comics themed episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. 

Writer and Hugo-award nominated podcaster Alasdair Stuart is the first guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. Alasdair and Chauncey discuss their thoughts on Avengers: Infinity War and what it reveals about the future of the Marvel film universe, the pathos and menace of Josh Brolin as Thanos, and all that Infinity War does so very right in terms of emotion and relationships. Alasdair also tries to convince Chauncey that Star Trek: Discovery is not that horrible and offers some positive energy about why the new Han Solo Star Wars movie may actually be much better than expected. 

Reed Tucker is the second guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. His work has been featured in the New York Post, Esquire, Fortune, and USA Today. Reed is also the author of the new book Slugfest: Inside the Epic, 50-year Battle between Marvel and DC

During this week's installment of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Reed explains the secret history of Marvel and DC comics, the bust and boom era of comic books in the late 1980s through to the 1990s, great forgotten and obscure characters, tales of espionage, the trials and tribulations of Superman, and if this great era of superhero movies will end well--or terribly. 

In this week's episode Chauncey DeVega tries to make sense of a Donald Trumpian dystopian moment that feels like it is torn out of the pages of a poorly written science fiction novel or comic book. To wit: During this wild and wacky last week Trump and Kanye West united, Alex Jones claimed that Trump is part of a secret alliance which is fighting a sentient computer program like in the Terminator movies, and The New York Times pondered if so-called "incel" terrorists should have access to sex robots, human sex workers, and other unfortunates who will be receptacles for male sexual rage. Chauncey connects the dots so that you can stay (relatively) sane. 

Ep. 186: Reza Aslan on How Donald Trump has Turned White Christian Evangelicals Into a Cult

Apr 29, 2018 01:44:27

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Reza Aslan is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. He is the author of numerous books including the New York Times-bestseller "Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth" as well as "No god but God". Reza was also the host of the CNN documentary TV series "Believer". 

During this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Reza and Chauncey discuss Donald Trump's hold over white right-wing evangelical Christians and how they are acting like a religious-political cult in the service of Trump and the Republican Party.

Reza also explains the role of racism and greed in how white right-wing Christian evangelicals came to be so corrupt and hypocritical in their overwhelmingly loyalty to Donald Trump. 

Ed Simon also stops by the virtual bar and salon this week. He is a contributing writer for such publications as Newsweek, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, and Jacobin.

Ed explains how white right-wing Christian evangelicals misread the Bible, warns about being dismissive of white right-wing evangelicals as just being "stupid" and "hypocrites" and sounds the alarm about the threat posed to America's secular democracy by Christian Nationalists.  

In this week's episode Chauncey DeVega reflects on the passing of the great James Cone and how his amazing scholarship resonates as a warning against the culture of cruelty, racism, and hatred of the poor as manifest in how white right-wing Christians support Donald Trump and want to destroy the social safety net as well as any vestiges of a humane society. Chauncey also shares his thoughts on the new Avengers: Infinity War movie. 

And at the end of this week podcast Chauncey channels the late great Art Bell and shares some new information about the United States government's secret "psycho-electric" mind control weapons.

Ep. 185: If Donald Trump is Removed From Office There Will be Violence

Apr 21, 2018 01:44:06

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David Cay Johnston is the guest on this week's edition of The Chauncey DeVega Show. He is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter who has followed Donald Trump's life and career for 30 years. Johnston shared those insights in the New York Times bestselling book The Making of Donald Trump.

Johnston's new book is It's Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration is Doing to America.

During this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, David and Chauncey discuss how Trump's family and upbringing created a man who is so comfortable with lying and being involved in illegal and other morally questionable activities, the failures in Hillary Clinton's and the Democratic Party's strategy and messaging, and how Robert Mueller will show that Donald Trump is a traitor who conspired with Russia to steal the White House, has likely committed financial crimes and obstructed justice. David Cay Johnston also offers a chilling warning--there will be violence from Trump's supporters if their Great Leader is impeached or otherwise removed from office.

In this week's episode Chauncey DeVega offers his thoughts on  the Republican Party's and Donald Trump's war on the "useless eaters" through their cruel effort to take away food stamps from children, healthcare from the sick, and aid for the disabled. Chauncey also has fun discussing the self-hating Afrocentric conman Fox News favorite who is giving out African-American "slavery reparations" coupons for Starbucks. 

And at the end of this week's podcast Chauncey shares some hate mail and deconstructs a very dangerous example of some new age white supremacist propaganda.

Ep. 184: Ed Ayers Explains Why Americans are Still Fighting About the Civil War

Apr 14, 2018 01:23:34

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Historian Ed Ayers is the guest on this week's edition of The Chauncey DeVega Show. Ed Ayers has written and edited twelve books, including In the Presence of Mine Enemies: Civil War in the Heart of America, winner of the Bancroft Prize and the Beveridge Prize; and The Promise of the New South: Life After Reconstruction, a finalist for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. His new book is The Thin Light of Freedom: The Civil War and Emancipation in the Heart of America

Ayers has been named National Professor of the Year, received the National Humanities Medal at the White House, and been elected President of the Organization of American Historians. 

During this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Professor Ayers and Chauncey discuss popular myths about the American civil war and slavery, the Charlottesville white supremacist riot, public memory and monuments to the Confederacy, and why Donald Trump's presidency may ironically have helped to renew American democracy by spurring on a new progressive movement.

In this week's episode Chauncey DeVega tries to make sense of an especially tumultuous week where Donald Trump raged, his "pee pee" sex video seems more likely to exist, Syria was attacked, and Trump basically admitted that he obstructed justice to stop any investigation into his collusion with Russia to steal the 2016 election.  

And in this week's episode of the podcast Chauncey shares some letters written by African-American soldiers during the Civil War as well as newspaper ads where formerly enslaved black Americans desperately search for their families and friends after Emancipation. 

Chauncey also honors Art Bell, the radio legend and pioneer who passed away on Friday

Ep. 183: Tim Wise Explains How White Privilege and White Racism Hurt White People

Apr 8, 2018 01:25:42

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Anti-racism activist, author, and scholar Tim Wise is the guest on this week's edition of The Chauncey DeVega Show. Tim Wise is the author of numerous books including his most recent Under the Affluence: Shaming the Poor, Praising the Rich and Sacrificing the Future of America.

During this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Tim and Chauncey discuss toxic white masculinity and mass shootings in the context of the Parkland high school massacre, white racial fragility, and how white privilege and white racism continue to hurt white people in Donald Trump's America. And in a first for the podcast, Chauncey and Tim respond to a listener's email who is seeking advice for how best to deal with their racist Donald Trump Tea Party supporting father and what strategies that white folks who want to fight for justice along the color line can implement in their own lives and communities.

In this week's episode Chauncey DeVega continues to document how Trump's presidency is an exercise in corporate corruption and theft and also highlights the continued violence by Trump's human deplorables against the American people.

And in this week's show Chauncey shares what may be an unpopular opinion about the NYPD's horrific and tragic killing of a mentally ill black man named Saheed Vassell.

Ep. 182: How Collective Narcissism Explains Donald Trump's Control Over His Followers

Apr 1, 2018 01:11:46

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Elizabeth Mika is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. She is a psychotherapist and contributor to The New York Times bestselling book The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President.

On this week's podcast Mika and Chauncey discuss the danger to democracy and public safety embodied by Donald Trump and his followers, how collective narcissism is a type of social pathology that leads to violence and why millions of people are attracted to Trump's evil. Mika also sounds the alarm about the combustible relationship that exists between collective narcissism, racism, and authoritarianism in America under Donald Trump's regime. 

In this week's episode, Chauncey calls out the absurdity that is Andrew Sullivan again channeling racist pseudo science in a much-discussed recent essay at New York magazine. Chauncey also ponders the power of negrophobia and its role in the street executions of Alton Sterling, Stephon Clark, and Danny Ray Thomas by America's police. Could it be that black people are monsters, possess super powers, and can stop bullets like "negro cocaine fiends?" 

And Chauncey has a horrible secret to share....he watched Tyler Perry's new movie Acrimony and loved it.

Ep. 181: Daina Berry Explains How Black Slaves were the Human Gold That Built American Empire

Mar 24, 2018 01:31:30

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Daina Ramey Berry is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. She is an associate professor of history and African and African diaspora studies, and the George W. Littlefield Fellow in American History, at the University of Texas at Austin. 

Professor Berry is the author of the new book The Price for Their Pound of Flesh: The Value of the Enslaved, from Womb to Grave, in the Building of a Nation.


On this week's podcast Professor Berry and Chauncey discuss how the monetary value of black enslaved people in America was determined from the cradle to the grave, the selling of black people's bodies (both alive and dead) to medical schools, the barbaric practice known as "womb insurance", the saga of Nat Turner's skull, the many ways that black human property fought back and resisted their dehumanization by white society, and how chattel slavery ultimately built American empire. Professor Berry also shares what it was like to work as a historical consultant on the recent "Roots" TV series.

In this week's episode, Chauncey announces the launch of the official Patreon page for The Chauncey DeVega Show

Chauncey also ponders the musical stylings of the "raw dog" lothario Donald Trump and the new details about his affair with a Playboy bunny. Chauncey also explains how Cambridge Analytica helped to manipulate Trump's ignorant, gullible racist human deplorables by data mining and focus groups--and yes, by singling out the viewers of Duck Dynasty and The Walking Dead.

At the end of this week's podcast Chauncey shares a story about the African-American and white descendants of a white slave master who gathered together at his plantation to reflect on their "shared" "family" history.

Ep. 180: The Racial Wealth Gap is a Threat to American Prosperity

Mar 17, 2018 01:20:16

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Dedrick Asante-Muhammad is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. He is Senior Fellow, Racial Wealth Divide at Prosperity Now and one of the principle authors of the much-discussed report, The Road to Zero Wealth: How the Racial Wealth Divide is Hollowing Out America’s Middle Class.
Dedrick has also held senior leadership positions with the NAACP and the National Action Network.  
On this week's podcast Dedrick and Chauncey share their personal reflections on race, family, and upward mobility, how class identity is incorrectly depicted in American popular culture as well as the perils and allure of TV programs such as Blackish and The Cosby Show. Dedrick also explains how the racial wealth gap is a threat to American prosperity (and democracy) for all people on both sides of the color line.   In this week's episode, Chauncey advises caution for all the Democrats who are celebrating a win in the Pennsylvania special election and warns the public to not buy into the silly narrative that Donald Trump is somehow weakened by all of the supposed "chaos" in the White House.   During this week's podcast Chauncey also reads a story about the working poor and a wonderful woman who worked for Disney World and could not afford a proper place to live--she was found dead in the car which served as her home.   At the end of this week's podcast Chauncey shares some fun and bizarre stories about a gang of little people who robbed homes in Boston and how a man tried to seduce a gorilla named "Big George" at a zoo. And of course, Chauncey laments the end of Toys R Us.

Ep. 179: CIA Veteran Melvin Goodman on the Perils of the Trump Administration

Mar 10, 2018 01:30:11

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Melvin Goodman is the guest on this week's special fundraising month episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. He served in the Central Intelligence Agency for 24 years as an intelligence analyst where he specialized in U.S.-Soviet relations.

Dr. Goodman is also the author of several books on national security and international relations including the most recent Whistleblower at the CIA: An Insider's Account of the Politics of Intelligence.    

He and Chauncey discuss what likely transpired with Donald Trump and Russia's efforts to undermine the 2016 presidential election, the so-called "deep state", Putin's real plans, and how Trump's failures will help China's rise to become the world's dominant power. Melvin also reflects on the nuclear perils of the Cold War and how America would be a much better place if the misadventures in Iraq and the Middle East had been avoided. 

In this week's episode, Chauncey continues to document Trump's and the GOP's war on the American people and is sickened by the professional smart people in the so-called "liberal news media" who laugh at the Great Leader's dangerous antics. Chauncey also shares a story about sexual psychology and Trump's alleged pee pee fetish. At the end of this week's podcast Chauncey is bored by the 2016 Oscar's and decides to share some white supremacist movie reviews about The Shape of Water and other Hollywood films.  

Ep. 178: Donald Trump is the Leader of a Political Cult

Mar 4, 2018 01:16:37

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Steven Hassan is the guest on this week's special fundraising month episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. He is one of the world's foremost experts on cults and mind control. 

Steven Hassan is the author of several bestselling books including Combating Cult Mind Control: The #1 Best Selling Guide to Protection, Rescue, and Recovery from Destructive Cults, Releasing the Bonds: Empowering People to Think for Themselves, and Freedom of Mind: Helping Loved Ones Leave Controlling People, Cults & Beliefs.

He and Chauncey discuss how Donald Trump is a political cult leader and if it is possible to free Trump's followers from his thrall. Steven also shares his thoughts on the power of social media and advertising over free will. He also offers up some information that may be new to many people: as a child Donald Trump was raised in a church whose leaders used mind control techniques against their followers.  


In this week's episode, Chauncey highlights how Trump's White House is corrupt and likely a criminal enterprise. The most recent example? Jared Kushner receiving hundreds of millions of dollars in loans from Citibank and Apollo Global Group. Chauncey also connects the dots between Trump's abuse of power as a means to make money from the presidency, the latest revelations about Kushner and the conflict between Saudi Arabia and Qatar, and General Smedley Butler's warnings about war profiteers and other gangster capitalists. 

At the end of this week's podcast Chauncey also wonders if the ammosexuals who go to church to get their AR-15 assault rifles "blessed" are somehow related to the underground mutants who worship a neutron bomb in the movie Beneath the Planet of the Apes.

Ep. 177: Is the "Black Panther" Movie Disrespectful to Black Americans?

Feb 28, 2018 01:17:02

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This is part 2 of the special fundraising month all things Black Panther episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. It is also Chauncey DeVega's way of saying thanks to all of the kind folks who have put some gold, silver, paper, or other monies into the donation bucket over at chaunceydevega.com 

There is approximately one more week left in the fundraiser. We are close to the goal. Any help would be appreciated in help us cross the finish line so that this fundraiser can be a success. One very kind donor or a few generous folks could mean the goal is met.

There are two great guests on this week's very special surprise episode.

In the first conversation, Chauncey spoke with Adilifu Nama about the new Black Panther movie. In that episode of the podcast, Chauncey also chimed in with his brief thoughts about the movie after viewing the movie the night of the debut. After that first viewing--and yes after seeing the movie a second time--Chauncey feels that it is very problematic and its "progressive" bonafides are much overrated, especially in terms of how it treats black Americans. 

Adilifu Nama is an Associate Professor of African American Studies at Loyola Marymount University and the author of the new book Super Black: American Pop Culture and Black Superheroes. Adilifu feels that the new Black Panther film is a "flawed masterpiece". He and Chauncey have a friendly debate about the movie, its cultural politics, the Black Atlantic, the problems with the character "Killmonger", and how Black Panther could have benefited from having some experts on African-American history and culture consult on the film.

Chris Lebron also stops by the virtual bar and salon. He is a professor of philosophy at Johns Hopkins University. He is also the author of the very controversial and much-discussed essay "'Black Panther' is Not the Movie We Deserve" which was featured over at the Boston Review. There, Lebron offers a sharp intervention about the politics of Black Panther and how the latter is extremely problematic and conservative in terms of its understanding of the black freedom struggle. Professor Lebron is also very critical of how Black Panther depicts black men as well as working class and poor black communities.   

And in the spirit of the Marvel Cinematic Universe there is also a post-credits "stinger" (i.e. Easter egg) at the very end of the podcast. 

Ep. 176: Timothy Snyder Warns That Trump Could Cancel the 2018 Midterm Elections

Feb 23, 2018 01:26:23

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There are two guests on this week's special fundraising month episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show.

Jared Yates Sexton is the author of The People Are Going to Rise Like the Waters Upon Your Shore: A Story of American Rage. He is also a professor in the Writing and Linguistics Department at Georgia Southern University. Jared is a fellow traveler and friend of The Chauncey DeVega Show. He and Chauncey sit down at the virtual bar and salon and catch up on recent developments about the Mueller investigation, Trump's vileness, the horrible things lurking in the shadows, Trump and the Republican Party's treason, and of course professional wrestling.

Timothy Snyder makes a return appearance on The Chauncey DeVega Show. He is one of the world's foremost experts on fascism, authoritarianism, and the rise of Donald Trump. He is a professor of history at Yale University and the author of the New York Times bestselling book On Tyranny. This is Professor Snyder's third appearance on The Chauncey DeVega Show. On this week's podcast he reflects on the state of American democracy after one year under Trump, cautions us all to be mindful of how the rule of law is being eroded, and warns about how Trump and his allies may try to stop the 2018 Congressional elections.


In this week's episode, Chauncey connects the dots between Trump's sociopathic behavior and the Parkland, Florida massacre. Chauncey also highlights the dangers of the Culture of Cruelty and how Trump's sociopathy is revealed in the broader war on so-called "illegal immigrants" in America. And at the end of this week's special fundraising month installment of the podcast, Chauncey shares a wonderful story about one of our doggie friends who decided to run for public office.

Ep. 175: "Black Panther" and Questions of Diversity and Representation in Comic Books and Graphic Novels

Feb 17, 2018 01:59:09

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There are two guests on this week's special fundraising month all things Black Panther episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. 

Adilifu Nama is an Associate Professor of African American Studies at Loyola Marymount University and the author of the new book Super Black: American Pop Culture and Black Superheroes. Adilifu and Chauncey discuss the cultural politics surrounding Black Panther, what the movie and graphic novel are trying to communicate about the Black Diaspora, and how the white gaze will be challenged by Black Panther's depiction of black folks' humanity. 

Ramzi Fawaz also stops by the virtual bar and salon. He is an assistant professor of English at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the author of The New Mutants: Superheroes and the Radical Imagination of American Comics. Ramzi explains how questions of inclusion and representation are central to comic books and graphic novels and the rich history of mutants in the genre. Ramzi also shares some powerful stories about the role that the "Letters to the Editor" page played in creating a sense of community for comic book fans--especially black and brown folks, gays and lesbians, women, and those readers who are not white, straight, and male.


In this week's episode of the podcast Chauncey offers an extensive meditation on why Americans love guns more than their children and how the gun god Moloch was fed new bodies and blood by the mass gun murder Nikolas Cruz this week in Parkland, Florida. 

And at the end of this week's special fundraising month installment of the podcast, Chauncey shares his review of the movie Black Panther.

Ep. 174: Yascha Mounk on the Rise of Trump and the Decline of Western Democracies

Feb 11, 2018 01:33:58

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The Chauncey DeVega Show is supported by its kind and good and generous listeners. There are no advertisements on the podcast. I have been offered that opportunity many times but have always said no. But twice a year, I put out the old begging bowl and ask the listeners--if they are able--to offer up a donation. The Paypal link can be found on the right-hand side of the screen at the website chaunceydevega.com

Yascha Mounk is the guest on this week's special fundraising month episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. He is a Lecturer on Political Theory at Harvard University's Government Department, a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Transatlantic Academy of the German Marshall Fund, and a Nonresident Fellow at New America's Political Reform Program. Yascha has also written three books including the forthcoming The People versus Democracy – Why Our Freedom Is in Danger and How to Save It.

He also writes a column at Slate in addition to hosting The Good Fight podcast

Yascha and Chauncey discuss how Trump rode a wave of global discontent about liberal democracies into the White House, how a lack of faith in democracies is spreading around Europe and other parts of the world, right-wing authoritarian populism, what can be done to save democracy, the responsibility of teachers and other educators in this moment of crisis, as well as what we know and don't know about how and why democracies succeed or fail. 
In this week's episode of podcast Chauncey shares how the Trump administration is now trying to kick immigrants out of the country if they dare to use public services such as Head Start or food stamps. Chauncey also reminds folks about the human cost of Trump's white supremacist war on black and brown immigrants by sharing a story about home healthcare workers and their importance to the most vulnerable Americans. And at the end of this week's special fundraising month installment of the podcast, Chauncey reads some hate mail. 

Ep. 173: Bandy Lee Continues to Warn the World About Donald Trump's Mental Health

Feb 3, 2018 01:24:29

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The Chauncey DeVega Show is supported by its kind and good and generous listeners. There are no advertisements on the podcast. I have been offered that opportunity many times but have always said no. But twice a year, I put out the old begging bowl and ask the listeners--if they are able--to offer up a donation. The Paypal link can be found on the right-hand side of the screen at the website chaunceydevega.com

Psychiatrist Bandy Lee is the guest on this week's special fundraising month episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. She is a professor at the Yale School of Medicine and one of the principle editors of the New York Times bestseller "The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President."

This is the second time that Bandy Lee has appeared on the podcast.

Lee and Chauncey discuss the predictions made in her book about the dangers posed by Donald Trump's mental health to the safety of the United States and the world, what she told Congress when she testified there several weeks ago as well the role of social pathology in electing Trump and the power he has over his followers. Bandy also explained what it was like to be a target of the right-wing mob because of her truth-telling about Donald Trump and what motivates her to be brave and to embrace the best of our humanity in a time of trouble and political darkness. 

In this week's episode, Chauncey DeVega also speaks with reporter and opinion writer Tommy Christopher from the political news and commentary site Shareblue about Trump's hellish State of the Union speech. Chauncey also explains why the Nunes memo about Trump and his cabal being victims of the so-called "deep state" is a great distraction and ploy where the truth is ultimately irrelevant. And at the end of this week's special fundraising month installment of the podcast, Chauncey shares a fascinating story about orcas.

Ep. 172: America's Elites Will Survive a Nuclear War and You Will Die

Jan 28, 2018 54:00

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Garrett Graff is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. He is the author of numerous books including his most recent, Raven Rock: The Story of the U.S. Government’s Secret Plan to Save Itself--While the Rest of Us Die. 

Graff's work has also appeared in such leading publications as WIRED, Esquire, and the New York Times. In addition, he has also been a guest on such major news networks as CNN, ABC, MSNBC, the BBC, and NPR.   


In this very timely episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Garret and Chauncey discuss nuclear warfare and how America's leaders thought they would survive an attack by the Soviets, hidden bunkers such as Raven Rock, the beloved 1980s movie Wargames, and how a lost security badge led to a much bigger story about America's shadow government.  


In this week's episode, Chauncey DeVega wonders what happens when hip-hop music and culture get old and also shares his choice for the movie most deserving of this year's Best Picture Oscar. And of course, Chauncey warns the American people (and the world) that although it is now known that Donald Trump tried to fire Robert Mueller back in June--and is now fully obstructing justice--in the final analysis nothing will change. Why? Because the Republican Party and Trump's fascist foot soldiers loathe democracy and only care about winning...and the Democratic Party is weak and has no courage.

Ep. 171: Carol Anderson Explains White Rage and the Rise of Donald Trump

Jan 21, 2018 01:07:51

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Carol Anderson is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. She is Professor of African American Studies at Emory University and the author of the New York Times bestselling book White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide.


During this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Carol and Chauncey discuss white rage and the election of Donald Trump, the demonization of Barack Obama and Black America by the white right, the many ways that white rage and white racism hurts white people, and how white supremacy has damaged American progress.


In this week's episode, Chauncey DeVega offers his thoughts on the new movies Phantom Thread, The Commuter, and Hostiles. Chauncey also has fun discussing Donald Trump's porno lady sex, hatred of sharks, and why Trump has a habit of attracting white supremacists and other bigots to his administration. On a very serious note, Chauncey shares an email about Trump and the Republican Party's war on disabled Americans as part of the crusade to kill and abuse the "useless eaters". To close out this week's show, Chauncey shares a story about a heroic man who lost his life while helping our animal friends.

Ep. 170: George Ciccariello-Maher Told the Truth About Toxic White Masculinity and Mass Shootings and Lost His Job

Jan 14, 2018 01:07:16

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George Ciccariello-Maher is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. He is a political scientist and activist who is a visiting faculty member at New York University. Professor Ciccariello-Maher was formerly at Drexel University before he was forced out of his position by a coordinated right-wing campaign of harassment which included death threats and other violence. 

Professor Ciccariello-Maher was targeted by the right-wing mob in this new era of McCarthyism because of a series of online posts and other comments which discussed toxic white masculinity and mass murder by guns in the aftermath of the Las Vegas Massacre. He further inflamed the mob by also mocking the delusional myth of so-called "white genocide" that is circulated by white supremacists across the right-wing echo chamber including Fox "News".

During this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, George and Chauncey discuss white identity politics, the right-wing's assault on higher education, as well as the rise of Donald Trump and what this moment reveals about enduring white supremacy and white male rage. George also shares what it was like to go on "Fox News" and defeat Tucker Carlson. 

In this week's episode, Chauncey DeVega continues to caution people to remain focused on the real issues instead of being mesmerized by Donald Trump's extremely bad and shameful second week of 2018--a week which included revelations about hush money to a porn star, saying that nonwhite people come from "sh@!hole" countries, the release of the very damning Fusion GPS testimony, and incompetence during a public meeting on immigration. To close out this week's podcast, Chauncey discusses the connections between "white trash" and Trump's "sh@!hole" slur of nonwhite immigrants.

Ep. 169: White Supremacy and the So-Called "War on Christmas"

Jan 8, 2018 01:36:12

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Randy Blazak is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. He is a tenured sociologist and criminologist who has taught at Portland State University as well as  the University of Oregon. He is the author of numerous books and articles and has had his work featured on NPR, CNN, the Discovery Channel, BBC, and the New York Times. He is most well known for infiltrating white supremacist hate groups such as the neo-Nazis in an effort to help the public understand the threat embodied by such organizations and individuals. Professor Blazak is also heavily involved with human rights organizations such as the Oregon Coalition Against Hate Crime.


During this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Randy and Chauncey discuss how Trump and the American right-wing wing's obsession with the nonexistent "War on Christmas" is part of a larger white supremacist agenda, why young white men are so angry and attracted to Trumpism and other white supremacist so-called "alt-right" organizations, if Trump himself is a white supremacist, and the lies and confusion about "white working class economic anxiety" that helped to usher in American fascism under Donald Trump. 

In this week's episode, Chauncey DeVega tries to make sense of the maelstrom of chaos and confusion that is the first week of 2018 where the book "Fire and Fury" has distracted too many people from substantive politics, a white supremacist planned a mass murder spree against black folks on an Amtrak train, Trump continues his fascist assault on the Constitution and an independent legal system, and the radical right-wing keeps on winning while so-called progressives and liberals (and too many other Americans) are stuck in a condition of learned helplessness. 

And to close out this week's podcast, Chauncey shares two uplifting stories about our animal family members and their human friends. 

Ep. 168: News Journalist Marvin Scott Shares Five Decades of Amazing Stories

Dec 30, 2017 01:47:41

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Marvin Scott is the guest on this week's special New Year's Eve episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. He is a journalist and reporter with more than 50 years of experience. Scott is an iconic personality in the New York area and has been a host on WPIX Channel 11 since 1980. He is also a master storyteller who covered some of the 20th century's most important events and personalities. He shares those stories in his new book As I Saw It: A Reporter's Intrepid Journey.

During this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show Marvin Scott and Chauncey talk about the rise of the 24/7 news cycle and Donald Trump, how Scott watched the news business quite literally change before his eyes, interviewing Yasser Arafat, a chance encounter with Martin Luther King Jr., and all of the regular people who helped to make the civil rights movement and the black freedom struggle possible. Scott also shares what it was like to spend a night in the infamous "haunted" house of Amityville horror fame. 

On this week's New Year's Eve episode, Chauncey reflects on the year past and shares some of his favorite movies, TV shows, podcasts, and comic books from 2017. On this week's show, Chauncey also does some personal reflecting about the year that was and his hopes and plans for 2018. 

And in keeping with the new tradition that is The Twilight Zone marathon on New Year's Eve, Chauncey reads a wonderful short story from Ray Bradbury about black folks on Mars who face a dilemma when white people seek salvation from a ruined Earth as refugees.

Ep. 167: Brian Klaas Explains How Donald Trump is the Despot's Apprentice

Dec 23, 2017 01:26:11

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Brian Klaas is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. He is a fellow in Comparative Politics at the London School of Economics. In addition to writing columns and essays that have appeared in The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Guardian, Foreign Affairs and numerous other publications, Klaas is the author of several books. His newest book is "The Despot's Apprentice: Donald Trump's Attack on Democracy."


During this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Professor Brian Klaas and Chauncey discuss how Trump's behavior is in keeping with despots around the world, the ways that political polarization helps democracy to fail, and how Trump's apparent incompetence lulled the public and the news media into a false sense of complacency which made American fascism possible. Klaas also explains how Trump's election is a powerful reminder of how there are tens of millions of Americans who have fascist and authoritarian inclinations.


In this week's Christmas week episode, Chauncey DeVega shares some stories about the real people who are the targets of Trump and the Republican Party's vicious and evil "tax reform" bill, a plan that is really designed to kill the useless eaters. To that end, Chauncey reads some stories about elderly people who have been evicted from nursing homes and thrown out into the street. And to close out this week's podcast, Chauncey--who loves animals--can't help but share how macaques are apparently now having sex with deer in Japan.

Ep. 166: All Things "Star Wars" and "The Last Jedi"

Dec 16, 2017 01:18:22

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May the Force be with you. 

This week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show celebrates all things Star Wars and the release of the newest installment in the saga "The Last Jedi". 

Patrick Johnson is the first guest on this week's show. He is an assistant professor of physics at Georgetown University and the author of the new book The Physics of Star Wars: The Science Behind a Galaxy Far, Far Away.  

Patrick and Chauncey discuss how science can help us to understand the Force, the physics behind lightsabers, the engineering involved in building the Death Star, and yes, if Han Solo could have made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs.

The second guest on this Star Wars themed episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show is Bill Slavicsek. He is one of the world's foremost experts on Star Wars. Bill helped to perfect the classic Star Wars roleplaying game from West End Games, wrote the legendary A Guide to the Star Wars Universe as well as the Star Wars Sourcebook. Bill's work continues to influence the writers and creators of the new Star Wars films including Rogue One and the TV show Rebels. He is also one of the principle game designers for Dungeons and Dragons and the online video game The Elder Scrolls.

Chauncey and Bill discuss the joy of playing "old school" roleplaying games like Star Wars and Dungeons and Dragons, how Bill became a game designer, the principles of good storytelling and share some life wisdom. Bill also offers his thoughts on the health of traditional pen and paper roleplaying games in an era of digital culture and video games. 

In this week's episode, Chauncey DeVega tells the truth about all of the folks who claim to love black women after the latter helped to defeat the wicked likely child sex predator and Christian fascist Roy Moore in Alabama. And Chauncey also shares his thoughts about Star Wars: The Last Jedi--hint it is not the great success that many reviewers and other people are claiming it is. 

Ep. 165: Nancy MacLean Dissects the Evil Republican "Tax Reform" Bill

Dec 10, 2017 01:19:26

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There are two guests on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. 

Nancy MacLean returns to explain the real impact and long-term devastation to the American people that will be caused by the Republican so-called "tax reform" bill. She is the William H. Chafe Professor of History and Public Policy at Duke University and author of the new book Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America.

Democracy in Chains was also one of the five finalists in the 2017 National Book Awards for non-fiction.   

During this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Nancy and Chauncey discuss how the Republican Party's "tax bill" is part of a bigger plot by the most extreme elements of the right-wing--including libertarians allied with the Koch brothers--to return America to a time before the 20th century. With last week's passage of their "tax plan" the Republican Party and the plutocrats (as well as Christian fascists) to which they are beholden have taken one more stop closer to eliminating programs such as Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid with the ultimate goal of eliminating the "useless eaters". Professor MacLean predicted this would happen in her new book Democracy in Chains. 

John Feffer is the second guest on this week's installment of The Chauncey DeVega Show. He is a foreign policy expert, philosopher, and author of the much-discussed new book Splinterlands which is a brilliant exploration of a future ruined Earth, an America in the midst of a de facto civil war, and how it call came to pass. This conversation with John is just a preview of a much longer full length episode that will air in the very near future.


On this week's show Chauncey mocks the Democrats and other liberals who actually believe that forcing Senator Al Franken and others who have been accused of sexual harassment to resign will somehow shame the Republicans into moving against Donald Trump and Roy Moore. Chauncey also shares some wisdom from Hannah Arendt about Trump's fascism and the threat posed by his human deplorable trash mob. And at the end of this week's podcast Chauncey shares a story about meeting an angel in human form at the local library.

Ep. 164: Henry Giroux Evaluates America One Year After Donald Trump

Dec 3, 2017 01:21:24

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Henry Giroux is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. He has written dozens of books and articles including America at War with Itself and the forthcoming The Public in Peril: Trump and the Menace of American Authoritarianism.

During this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Professor Giroux and Chauncey evaluate American democracy one year after Trump's election, wonder about how to stay positive during such a horrible time, and ponder what resistance looks like against American fascism. Professor Giroux also explains the dangers of malignant reality, why Trump's voters will never leave his side, and makes a bold prediction about the 2020 presidential election.


This week's episode also features some bonus content that can be heard at the end of the show. Documentary filmmaker Charlie Siskel stops by the virtual bar and salon to discuss his new project American Anarchist. Charlie also shares some insights learned from the making of the documentary projects Bowling for Columbine, The Awful Truth, and Finding Vivian Maier. And in the spirit of our ongoing discussion about Donald Trump, Charlie works through his initial thoughts about a documentary on America's fascist-in-chief demagogue.

In this week's episode, Chauncey DeVega tells the truth about the murderous and evil Republican "tax bill" which passed during the middle of the night last Friday. Chauncey is also disgusted by the Democratic Party and all the so-called liberals and progressives who are unable to stop the Republican Party--as well as how the American people are sheep who have not taken to the streets in massive protests against the Republican Party's destruction of the Commons and efforts to bring the United States back to a time before the 19th century.

Ep. 163: Anti-Black Violence, Whiteness, and the Pleasures of Owning People

Nov 25, 2017 01:35:17

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Volney Gay is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. He is a professor of religious studies, psychiatry, and anthropology at Vanderbilt University and author of the new book On the Pleasures of Owning Persons: The Hidden Face of American Slavery.

During this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Volney and Chauncey discuss how black chattel slavery was pleasurable for white people, anti-black violence throughout American history, the psychology of white supremacy, and white racial paranoia thinking. Volney also explains how anti-black violence helps to constitute Whiteness and the power of sadism together with racism in Donald Trump's appeal to his supporters.

This Thanksgiving week's episode also features some bonus content that can be heard at the end of the show. Gabriel Mendes stops by the virtual bar and salon to discuss his new book Under the Strain of Color: Harlem’s Lafargue Clinic and the Promise of an Antiracist Psychiatry. Gabriel shares some hidden history about how Dr. Fredric Wertham --who is most famous for his campaign against comic books--worked with the great Richard Wright to make mental health services more accessible to the residents of Harlem during the 1940s. 

In this week's episode, Chauncey DeVega explains why right-wing Christians like Roy Moore prey on young girls and how this is connected to the so-called "purity" movement where fathers take a vow to protect their young daughters' virginity. And reflecting on the real meaning of Thanksgiving, Chauncey also shares Tecumseh's Speech to the Osages (Winter 1811-12) about the imminent threat posed by white Americans to First Nations people.

Ep. 162: Bruce Bartlett Explains Why the Republican Party Must Die

Nov 18, 2017 01:21:55

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Bruce Bartlett is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. He served in the Reagan White House and also under George H.W. Bush. Bartlett is also a regular contributor to The New York Times and has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, and other major news networks. His new book is The Truth Matters: A Citizen's Guide to Separating Facts from Lies and Stopping Fake News in Its Tracks. 

During this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Bruce and Chauncey discuss how the Republican Party became a threat to American democracy, the failures of the American news media, the danger of "fake news" and its role in Trumpism. Bruce also shares some guidelines and suggestions for how we can improve our news media literacy. 

In this week's episode, Chauncey DeVega explains why the Democratic Party is pathetic as shown by their inability to defeat movement conservatives and the Republican Party. Chauncey also ponders the particular case of the sex deviant racist pervert Roy Moore and why Christian fascists are in love with him. And at the end of this week's show Chauncey shares some poetry in the spirit of Veterans Day.

Ep. 161: Rory Karpf on His New ESPN 30 for 30 Documentary About the "Nature Boy" Ric Flair

Nov 11, 2017 01:26:45

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Award-winning documentary filmmaker Rory Karpf is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. His much-anticipated ESPN 30 for 30 film "Nature Boy" on the amazing life and times of the legendary professional wrestler Ric Flair debuted earlier this week. 

During this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Rory and Chauncey discuss their mutual love of professional wrestling, how they fell in love with the sport, getting to know Ric Flair, the personal tragedies and the public persona, and why and how Flair has remained so relevant in global popular culture some forty years after he first debuted. Rory also gives some advice for aspiring filmmakers and those others who want to pursue their creative dreams. 

Mama DeVega also makes her return to the virtual bar and salon this week. Mama DeVega is very angry at people who suggest that somehow she is being manipulated and does not have opinions of her own. In rare form, Mama DeVega also tells the truth about Donald Trump, relays stories about being a civil rights pioneer, and gets upset about "the phantom pooper". 

In this week's episode, Chauncey DeVega shares a story about the human trash monsters who still support Donald Trump and also urges folks to not get too excited about the Democratic Party's wins at the polls on Tuesday. Chauncey also has a case of the blues and realizes that his sad mood is caused by the one-year anniversary of Donald Trump's conquering of the presidency and the climactic ascent of American fascism.

Ep. 160: John Gartner Warns That Donald Trump is Mentally Ill/John Mueller's Indictments

Nov 5, 2017 02:10:05

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This week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show features three guests and a special bonus Halloween feature. 

Psychologist John Gartner is the featured guest on this week's show. He is the founder of "The Duty to Warn", a political action organization and awareness raising campaign which is trying to sound the alarm about Donald Trump's mental health and how he is a threat to world peace. Dr. Gartner's "Duty to Warn" petition and open letter was featured in the New York Times and elsewhere. To date, it has received tens of thousands of signatures from mental health professionals in the United States and elsewhere. 

During this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Dr. Gartner and Chauncey discuss Trump's mental health, how his various pathologies are a threat to world peace, and how the so-called Goldwater Rule is a shield that protects cowardly psychologists and others who are afraid to speak truth to power. Dr. Gartner also explains the dangerous allure of demagogues such as Donald Trump and how he is able to control his millions of followers--and why they will not leave him. 

This week's podcast also features two other great guests to help make sense of Robert Mueller's indictments and the Russia Scandal. 

Author and journalist Jared Yates Sexton was one of the first voices to call attention to how Paul Manafort would likely be indicted for money laundering and other financial crimes. More than a year ago, Sexton correctly identified how money would be the smoking gun that would expose Trump's collusion with Russia to steal the 2016 election from Hillary Clinton. Jared explains how he connected the dots and what he thinks will happen next with Mueller's investigation and the Russia Scandal. 

Naveed Jamali is the author of How to Catch a Russian Spy. He explains how Mueller's indictment reveals the ways that Russian spies and other intelligence operatives compromised Trump's inner circle--most notably George Papadopoulos. Jamali also locates Putin's plans for Donald Trump and the chaos caused in the 2016 presidential election in a larger strategic context. Jamali is also deeply concerned that America is on the verge of a Constitutional crisis when and if Trump fires Mueller. 

In this week's episode, Chauncey tries to construct a narrative out of the maelstrom of Trump-related chaos and evil such as Kelly's piss poor ignorant claims about "compromise" and the Civil War, how Susan "Goebbels" Huckabee Sanders refuses to say that Trump believes that slavery was wrong, Trump's threats against the FBI and Hillary Clinton, and Mueller's indictments. Chauncey also shares some polling data about Trump's malignant reality and the control he has over his human deplorables and its implications for American fascism. 

As a special trick or treat Halloween bonus this week's show also features Adam Selzer  who is the author of H. H. Holmes: The True History of the White City Devil. He separates fact from fiction in the disturbing tale of Chicago's most famous "serial killer".   

Ep. 159: White Supremacists Don't Know Much About European History

Oct 27, 2017 01:07:39

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Dr. Dorothy Kim is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. She is an assistant professor of literature at Vassar College. Several months ago, Dr. Kim shared the following observations on the website In the Middle about the relationship between Eurocentrism, teaching, white supremacy, and the era of Donald Trump:  

“If the medieval past (globally) is being weaponized for the aims of extreme, violent supremacist groups, what are you doing, medievalists, in your classrooms?....Because you are the authorities teaching medieval subjects in the classroom, you are, in fact, ideological arms dealers....Neutrality is not optional."

After making this intervention Dr. Kim was a victim of a right-wing smear campaign led by Milo Yiannopoulos.   

During this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Dr. Kim and Chauncey discuss how the classroom is an inherently political space, the ways that Eurocentrism and white supremacy are present in academic fields such as Medieval Studies, the modern origins of the concept of race, and the fundamental misunderstandings that white supremacists have about Europe's past. Dr. Kim also explains how digital culture is a fertile space for the white gaze and its distortions of European history.   In this week's episode, Chauncey DeVega explains how White House chief of staff John Kelly channeled the logic of a military coup in his defense of Donald Trump's racist and sexist lies about the war widow Myeshia Johnson as well as Representative Francesca Wilson. And during this week's episode Chauncey shares a story about a late night encounter with one of Trump's human trash monsters, how right-wing trolls had a public orgasm of anger in response to one of his recent essays, and the importance of psychologist Erich Fromm's observations about fascism and authoritarianism in this moment of national (and global) emergency. 

Ep. 158: Lecturer Lars Maischak "Threatened" Donald Trump on Twitter and Lost His Job

Oct 22, 2017 01:32:19

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Dr. Lars Maischak is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. He is a lecturer of history at Fresno State University. Several months ago, Maischak exercised his rights of free speech and said via the social media platform Twitter that "to save American democracy, Trump must hang. The sooner and the higher, the better.." After making those comments Maischak was targeted by a coordinated and systematic campaign of harassment--which included death threats--by right-wing activists and their trolls. Lars was then put on leave from Fresno State University and has now been removed from the classroom.  

During this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Lars and Chauncey discuss fascism and Donald Trump's election as well as the explosive relationship between race, class, and white identity politics. Lars also shares his thoughts on free speech, academic freedom, and how today's right-wing hate machine is working to silent dissent in the academy and other areas of American life. Lars also explains why he took to Twitter to express his disgust about Donald Trump's administration and what it was like to be harassed by the right-wing smear machine. 

In this week's episode, Chauncey DeVega explains the real threat posed by former general and now Chief of Staff John Kelly's defense of Donald Trump's mean and cruel comments to war widow Myeshia Johnson. Chauncey also states clearly and plainly how Kelly's and Trump's lies and comments about Myeshia Johnson, her family, and Representative Frederica Wilson are just one more example of casual racism and sexism against black women in today's America. During this week's podcast Chauncey also offers his thoughts on the great new films The Florida Project and Mudbound.  

Ep. 157: Tom Nichols Explains Donald Trump and the Nuclear "Madman Theory"

Oct 15, 2017 01:54:34

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Tom Nichols is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. He is a professor of national security affairs at the United States Naval War College and also teaches at the Harvard Extension School. He is the author of seven books including "No Use: Nuclear Weapons and U.S. National Security" and “The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why It Matters.”

This is the second time that Dr. Nichols has been a guest on the show.

During this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Tom and Chauncey discuss Donald Trump's nuclear saber-rattling, "the madman theory", what would happen if a mentally unhinged president tried to launch America's nuclear weapons, and the likelihood that the United States goes to war with either Iran or North Korea. Dr. Nichols also highlights some frightening moments when the United States and the former Soviet Union almost attacked each other with nuclear weapons during the Cold War. 

Writer and podcaster Alasdair Stuart also sits down at the virtual bar and salon to share his thoughts about Blade Runner 2049. Alasdair and Chauncey critique the film, reflect on the many ways that it can be interpreted, and ponder Blade Runner 2049's likely sequels--and if they are indeed necessary. Alasdair also tries to convince Chauncey to give the horrible Star Trek: Discovery a second chance.

In this week's episode, Chauncey DeVega has the cooties and explores the science which justifies wearing an acifidity bag and also shares some insights about Trump's cult of political personality and how the Great Leader uses empathy to manipulate his sad and dangerous human deplorable foot soldiers. And at the end of this week's podcast, Chauncey shares three positive and uplifting stories about people having good fortune, children finding a forever family, and human heroes who save their animal friends.   

Ep. 156: Nancy MacLean Explains the Radical Right-wing's Plans to Destroy American Democracy

Oct 8, 2017 01:09:37

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Nancy MacLean is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. She is the William H. Chafe Professor of History and Public Policy at Duke University and author of the new book Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America. 

Democracy in Chains is also one of the five finalists in the 2017 National Book Awards for non-fiction.   

During this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Nancy and Chauncey discuss how right-wing libertarians allied with the Koch brothers are working to systematically undermine American democracy, the intellectual origins of their dangerous ideology, and the various personalities involved in this movement. Professor MacLean also reflects on the intense backlash against her new book and how the radical right-wing are trying to undermine the very idea of expert knowledge and desperately trying to remake American higher education in their own image.


On this week's show Chauncey dares to tell the truth about toxic white masculinity, the color line, and the Las Vegas massacre which killed 58 people and wounded more than 500 last weekend. Chauncey also tells a story about being invited to appear on Tucker Carlson Tonight which airs on Fox so-called "News" in order to discuss his recent essay on white men and mass shootings in America. And in this episode Chauncey gives an enthusiastic endorsement of the new film Blade Runner 2049.

Ep. 155: Frank Miller Reflects on Batman and a Career in Comic Books

Sep 30, 2017 01:00:51

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Frank Miller is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show.

He is one of the most influential voices in contemporary American comic books. During his 40 year career Miller has written such notable comic books and graphic novels as Daredevil: Born Again, Sin City, 300, Ronin, and Give Me Liberty. He is most known for his work on Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Batman: Year One and the new Batman: Dark Knight III: The Master Race. 

Miller has also won every major award in the comic book industry and is a member of the Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame.


During this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Frank and Chauncey discuss his career and experience writing Batman, life wisdom, learning about film from Robert Rodriguez while making the Sin City films. Frank also offers some reflections about failing and learning from his work on the Robocop 2 and Robocop 3 films. 

Comic book writer and editor Dirk Wood from IDW Publishing also sits down at the virtual bar and salon to share his thoughts about his exciting new arts and culture magazine Full Bleed. Dirk also give advice about how to break into comics, tells some stories about falling in love with comic books, and the ways that comic books and graphic novels can help literacy. Chauncey and Dirk also discuss how best to adopt toy and film properties such as G.I. Joe, Ghostbusters, Transformers and others into comic books.

On this week's show Chauncey calls out the cowards among the American people who do nothing to resist Trump and the Republican Party. Chauncey also acknowledged the strength and honor of the disabled brothers and sisters who helped to stop the monstrous Republican and Donald Trump "healthcare" bill. And in this episode, Chauncey cannot help but to ponder if Trump is a racist who does not care about the people suffering in Puerto Rico because they are not white.

Ep. 154: Dallas Penn Reflects on the Black Blogosphere, Life, Collecting, and Hip-Hop

Sep 24, 2017 01:43:58

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Dallas Penn is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. He is a pioneer in what was once known as the "black blogosphere", birthed the phrase "Internets", and has been a contributing writer to such hip-hop magazines as Mass Appeal, XXL Magazine, and The Source. He is also a founding member of the film-making collective, iNternets Celebrities.


During this relaxed and fun episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Dallas and Chauncey discuss the current state of hip-hop, digital versus analog culture, sneaker collecting and the pleasures of various subcultures, as well as the Bill Cosby sex scandal. Given that they are fellow online travelers Chauncey and Dallas also reflect on life, aging, their health, and the (obvious) mysteries of Donald Trump. 

Writer and podcaster Alasdair Stuart also sits down at the virtual bar and salon to share his thoughts about the new movie It. Stuart and Chauncey critique the film, discuss questions of adapting Stephen King's source material for the screen, and the film's various problems with race and gender. 

On this week's show, Chauncey DeVega reflects on the perils of Trump, North Korea and the "madman" theory of international relations. In this week's episode, Chauncey understands why folks may be upset at Trump's racist comments in Alabama towards black athletes who are protesting police brutality and social injustice--but cautions that the real issue is how Trump is a de facto financial con artist who is using the presidency to enrich his own bank account. 

Ep. 153: There's "No Easy Way Out" When You are Bowling with Gangsters and Hustlers

Sep 17, 2017 01:43:27

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This week's special birthday edition of The Chauncey DeVega Show features two guests.

Robert Tepper is the writer and singer of the classic 1980s song "No Easy Way Out" from the movie Rocky IV. He stops by the virtual bar and salon to share some stories about his career as a musician, life on the road, Sylvester Stallone, and how "No Easy Way Out" came into being. Tepper also gives some advice to up-and-coming musicians about their careers and enjoying the moment.

Sports journalist and writer Gianmarc Manzione is the second guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. He is Editor of Bowlers Journal and author of the book Pin Action: Small-time Gangsters, High-Stakes Gambling, and the Teenage Hustler who Became a Bowling Champion.

During this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Gianmarc and Chauncey discuss their shared love of the sport of bowling, common working class culture. Gianmarc then tells some great stories about the gangsters, crooks, hustlers and other colorful characters who dominated the big money "action bowling" (gambling) scene in the United States during its heyday from the 1950s to 1970s.

On this week's show, Chauncey DeVega reflects on his birthday and the health challenges that come with advancing decrepitude. In keeping with the spirit of sharing things that he loves on his birthday, Chauncey offers up some life wisdom learned from con artists and grifters and then reads from a wonderful story about the sloth--his spiritual avatar and one of his favorite animals.

Ep. 152: Lance Dodes Warns That Donald Trump is Sociopathic

Sep 9, 2017 01:33:09

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Dr. Lance Dodes is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. He is assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School (retired) and a psychoanalyst (Training and Supervising Analyst Emeritus at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute).

Dr. Dodes is a signatory to a nationally discussed letter which was published in The New York Times which warned the public about the dangers posed by Donald Trump's mental health. He also has contributed a chapter on Donald Trump and sociopathy in the forthcoming book The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President


During this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Dr. Dodes and Chauncey discuss how clinicians have a "duty to warn" the American people (and the world) about Donald Trump's mental health problems. Dr. Dodes also clarifies the common misunderstandings surrounding the so-called "Goldwater Rule". And  Dr. Dodes shares his thoughts about how he believes that Donald Trump is a sociopath and a megalomaniac not unlike other tyrants which we have seen throughout human history.

Writer and podcaster Alasdair Stuart also sits down at the virtual bar and salon to share his thoughts about the new Star Wars films and if they are in trouble because of a supposed "director problem". Stuart and Chauncey also select their own personal favorites to write and direct a Star Wars film and give an update on what is known about the plot and characters of Episode 8 and Episode 9 in the Star Wars Trilogies. 

On this week's show, Chauncey DeVega ponders ethical questions about the horrible hurricanes striking Texas, Florida, and the Caribbean such as "would he give aid and assistance to Trump supporters in those areas?" In this week's episode Chauncey also shares some troubling news about how current American politics have inspired the new Star Trek series "Discovery".

At this end of this week's episode, Chauncey also offers a personal reflection and promise in response to Ta-Nehisi Coates' new piece in The Atlantic about Donald Trump and whiteness.

Ep. 151: James Whitman Explains What Adolf Hitler and the Nazis Learned From American Racism

Sep 2, 2017 01:06:20

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James Q. Whitman is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. He is the Ford Foundation Professor of Comparative and Foreign Law at Yale Law School and author of the new book Hitler's American Model: The United States and the Making of Nazi Race Law.

During this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Professor Whitman and Chauncey discuss the connections between American "race scientists" and their peers in Germany, what the Nazis and Adolf Hitler learned from America's racial order, as well as how American anti-miscegenation laws and Jim and Jane Crow were admired by the Nazis. Professor Whitman also shares his thoughts on the troubling parallels between Donald Trump's rise to power, the recent events in Charlottesville, and Hitler's genocidal authoritarian regime.  

On this week's show, Chauncey DeVega reflects on Hurricane Harvey and what its devastating aftermath reveals about the color line, income inequality, and disaster capitalism. Chauncey also ponders the morality of trying to profit from the inevitable rebuilding efforts. At the end of the this week's podcast Chauncey also "connects the dots" between the high level of support for Donald Trump among America's police, disinformation about the Black Lives Matter movement, and how the Department of Homeland Security and other federal agencies have now labeled anti-fascists as "terrorists".

Ep. 150: Timothy Snyder Explains how Donald Trump will use Charlottesville to advance his fascist agenda

Aug 26, 2017 01:31:23

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Timothy Snyder is the first guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. He is an award-winning professor of history at Yale University and author of numerous books including Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin as well as Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning. His newest book is On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century.

This is Professor Snyder's second appearance on The Chauncey DeVega Show. His first conversation with Chauncey DeVega about Trump's election and the potential for a coup and a fascist regime was read several million times at the online magazine Salon and also shared almost 300,000 times on Facebook. That episode of the podcast was also listened to and downloaded more than 20,000 times. 

During this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Professor Snyder and Chauncey evaluate the health of American democracy after eight months of Trump as president, discuss how the recent white supremacist terrorism in Charlottesville could potentially fit into Trump's plans for authoritarianism in America, if Charlottesville was a "Reichstag Fire" moment, and how the rule of law is threatened by Trump's regime.

Professor Snyder also explains the historical antecedents and disturbing echoes of the white supremacist and neo-Nazi hate festival in Charlottesville relative to their origins in Nazi Germany.


This week's podcast also features Professor Cedric Johnson.

He is the author/editor of several books including Revolutionaries to Race Leaders: Black Power and the Making of African American Politics, as well as The Neoliberal Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, Late Capitalism and the Remaking of New Orleans. 

Dr. Johnson is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and African-American Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

During this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Cedric and Chauncey discuss the new movie Detroit, the accuracy of its depiction of that city's racial rebellion, how the civil rights movement is presented by Hollywood, and share some thoughts on the problematic racial essentializing politics of the much discussed and highly praised film Get Out.

On this week's show, Chauncey DeVega demands accountability from those people who are in denial about the threat posed by Donald Trump, shares a story about filming a documentary, and explains how today's black conservatives are a modern day version of the black people who helped the Ku Klux Klan in the American South after slavery.

Ep. 149: Analyzing the White Supremacist Terrorism in Charlottesville

Aug 19, 2017 01:32:20

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This week's special episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show examines the white supremacist terrorism in Charlottesville, Virginia which took place last week.

The first guest is Adele Stan. She is a journalist for The American Prospect. Her work has also appeared at Alternet. Adele was present in Charlottesville during the "Unite the Right" hate festival and shares her first person account of what transpired there.

The second guest is "James" from the leading antifascist, anarchist, and human rights information clearing house and website "It's Going Down". James has been tracking the white supremacist and other fascist organizations who ran amok in Charlottesville. He explains their connections, funding, if the "Unite the Right" hate festival was a success, and the role of physical active resistance in standing against fascists and their allies.

The third guest is Amanda Marcotte. She is a politics and culture writer for the online magazine Salon. Amanda shares her thoughts about resistance and non-violence in the aftermath of Charlottesville, as well as Trump's statements about white supremacist violence.

The fourth guest is Tim Wise. He is one of the United States' leading anti-racism activists and scholars. Tim reflects on the role of white privilege in the white supremacist political violence and mayhem in Charlottesville, toxic white masculinity and the white supremacist movement, how last weekend's events were very predictable, and white folks' denial about the dangers posed by the so-called "alt-right".

The fifth guest is Dr. David Reiss. He is a psychiatrist who has written extensively about Donald Trump. Dr. Reiss also a chapter in the forthcoming book The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President which attempts to assess Trump's mental health. Dr. Reiss offers his suggestions about maintaining one's sense of self and wellness in the aftermath of the terrorism in Charlottesville. He also provides some insights about the mental health of the white supremacists and other fascists who attended the "Unite the Right" hate festival and carnival of thugs.

During this week's episode, Chauncey implores white Americans to clean up their own house and to finally confront the deep sickness of racism and white supremacy that ran amok in Charlottesville--as well as the broader problem that is Trump's cabal and political cult.

Ep. 148: Van Jones Explains How Best to Resist Donald Trump

Aug 13, 2017 01:46:54

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Note: this week's podcast was recorded on the Friday evening before the white supremacist terrorist attack in Charlottesville, Virginia. 

Van Jones is the first guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. He is the president of Dream Corps, a two-time New York Times bestselling author, a former adviser to President Barack Obama, an activist and organizer, as well as commentator on CNN. He is currently traveling the United States as part of the WE RISE tour in an effort to mobilize voters to stand up against Donald Trump by working for systemic change on a local and national level.

During this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Van and Chauncey discuss America at six months under Trump's regime, the Democratic Party's failure to mobilize its voters, Trump's so-called "white working class" voters, what resistance should look like in this moment, and the responsibility that Bernie Sanders' and other third party voters who chose not to support Hillary Clinton on Election Day share for the national disaster that is Trump's presidency. 

This week's podcast also features two other great guests.

Friend of the podcast and contributor to Jacobin magazine "Werner Herzog's Bear" stops by to share some stories about his recent pilgrimage home to Nebraska and how "Trumplandia" is often misrepresented by the mainstream corporate news media. 

Writer and journalist Jared Yates Sexton also sits down at the virtual bar and salon to share his experiences fighting Trump's and other right-wing trolls online. Jared and Chauncey also make some predictions about the violence that Trump has unleashed in America and what they feel is the very real possibility of imminent death and mass mayhem across the United States caused by white supremacists and their allies. 


As is their habit, Jared and Chauncey also spend some time discussing professional wrestling, the upcoming WWE Summerslam pay-per-view, and of course Mayweather vs. McGregor. This is bonus content that can be heard at the very end of this week's podcast. 

In this week's episode, Chauncey DeVega reflects on Trump's threats of nuclear war with North Korea, the white supremacists in the White House, and pleads with listeners to prepare for what seems like obvious and predictable violence at this weekend's Charlottesville white supremacist hate festival.

At the end of this week's podcast Chauncey also shares a story about how small the world really is and why we should all count our blessings. 

Ep. 147: Randi Weingarten Explains the Dangers of Gangster Capitalism and the War on America's Schools

Aug 5, 2017 01:45:06

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Randi Weingarten is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. She is the president of the American Federation of Teachers and one of the country's leading advocates (and defenders) for public education and a true "we the people" democracy. 

During this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Randi and Chauncey discuss the war on America's public schools and teachers being waged by Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos, how "privatization" and other neoliberal "reforms are actually hurting American society, race and class and the Commons, gangster capitalism, and the ways that the battle for health care and public education intersect.

This week's podcast also features a special segment honoring the life and work of the American auteur and master filmmaker George Romero who passed away several weeks ago. 

Author Joe Lansdale stops by to offer his thoughts on Romero's legacy and the politics and impact of Night of the Living Dead. "Champion" Joe also tells a great story--as only he can--about seeing Night of the Living Dead at a drive-in theater during its initial release in 1968.

Writer and podcaster Alasdair Stuart also sits down at the virtual bar and salon to offer his insights about George Romero's impact on the United Kingdom in addition to sharing some thoughts on the present state of zombie horror cinema. 

In this week's episode, Chauncey DeVega reflects on how in Donald Trump's America history may not be repeating itself but it sure does rhyme. To that end, Chauncey shares a newspaper column from The New York Times that was written in 1922. The author's conclusion? Hitler did not really hate the Jews and was just pandering to get support from an ignorant public. 

Ep. 146: Tom Nichols Explains How Anti-intellectualism and the War on Expertise Led to the Rise of Donald Trump

Jul 29, 2017 01:31:43

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Tom Nichols is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. He is a professor of national security affairs at United States Naval War College and also teaches at the Harvard Extension School. His new book is “The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why It Matters.”

During this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Tom and Chauncey discuss the ways that anti-intellectualism, greed, and societal affluence led to the victory of Donald Trump, the American public's increasing disdain towards experts and the very idea of expert knowledge, the role of the internet and social media in the country's broken public discourse and politics, and how the importance of reading and literacy has become increasingly suspect in the United States. 

Historian John Broich also stops by the podcast to discuss his great essay over at Slate about the new movie Dunkirk and what it gets right (and wrong) about that epic World War 2 battle. 

In this week's episode, Chauncey DeVega is both horrified and very entertained by Donald Trump's very special week that involved the child-king emperor telling boy scouts about his very rich friend's orgy on a yacht, encouraging America's out of control police to brutalize black and brown people (i.e. "suspects"), and sharing torture porn stories about how drug gangs are ravaging good and innocent (white) American women. 

Chauncey also gives thanks and honors the kind folks who donated to the June fundraiser to support the podcast and his other work. 

Ep. 145: Randolph Hohle Explains How Neoliberalism and the Color Line Intersect

Jul 23, 2017 02:06:48

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Randolph Hohle is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. He is a professor of sociology at SUNY Fredonia and the author of several books including Race and the Origins of American Neoliberalism as well as Black citizenship and authenticity in the Civil Rights Movement.


During this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Randolph and Chauncey discuss how the color line and white supremacy intersect with neoliberalism, the ways that the language of "free markets" and "opportunity" do the work of colorblind racism, white elites in the aftermath of Jim and Jane Crow, and how markets help to perpetuate racial inequality. Randolph and Chauncey also share some stories about growing up as members of the working class, life paths, social capital, and neoliberalism's assault on higher education and learning. 

In this week's episode, Chauncey DeVega ponders if Americans are addicted to chaos in the Age of Donald Trump, discusses some new polling data which shows that Republicans would support the child king tyrant Donald Trump even if he shot someone dead in the street, and does a little reading from a great essay on rural white Americas's ignorance, racism, and religious fundamentalism.

Chauncey also shares some fun hate mails in this week's episode as well.

There is also a bonus segment at the end of this week's show where Chauncey drives to the casino with Mama DeVega during his recent trip home. 

Ep. 144: Resisting Fascism and White Supremacy in the Age of Donald Trump

Jul 8, 2017 02:03:25

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This week's very special episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show focuses on how to resist fascism and white supremacy in the Age of Donald Trump. There are four guests on this week's show.

The first guest is Ryan Lenz. He is an investigative journalist and researcher at the Southern Poverty Law Center. Ryan provides some context for the rise of the extreme right-wing under Donald Trump, voter suppression, and violence by the so-called "alt right" and their affiliated groups.

The second guest is Walidah Imarisha. She is an expert on the white supremacist origins of Washington and Oregon as well as the broader Pacific Northwest. Walidah provides some local context and historical background on the recent white supremacist murders of two white martyrs in Portland that occurred several weeks ago.

The final segment features two representatives from the antifascist labor organization the Chicago General Defense Committee Local 3. Mike and Andy share their thoughts on how best to resist fascists and white supremacists in the Age of Donald Trump, offer some insights on working class identity and organizing, free speech and the role of self-defense, non-violence, and corporeal politics in this moment.


During this week's episode, Chauncey DeVega laughs at how Fox News brought in Superman to complain about his recent essay on flying the American flag upside down as an act of protest against Donald Trump and continues to mock how easily the mainstream media and the public are hustled by Trump's Twitter game.

Ep. 143: Joseph Baker Explores the Lives of Bigfoot Hunters, Demonologists, and UFO Researchers

Jul 1, 2017 01:31:20

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Joseph Baker is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. He is a professor of sociology at Eastern Tennessee State University and the author of the book Paranormal America

During this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Joseph and Chauncey discuss alternative knowledge systems and conspiracy theories, the rise of Donald Trump, Infowars, and fantastical thinking, as well as how those people who believe in UFOs, Bigfoot, and ghosts construct reality. Joseph also shares some great stories about searching for Bigfoot and spending time with ghost hunters. 

In this week's episode, Chauncey DeVega calls out the foolishness that is America's obsession with Donald Trump's Twitter feed, tells a story about how he may have told too much truth during a recent radio appearance in San Francisco, and asks listeners if he should soften his approach to talking about the horrible reality that is America under Donald Trump. In the spirit of this week's episode, Chauncey also shares some stories from The Weekly World News. 

Ep. 142: Jason Aaron on Writing "Star Wars", "Southern Bastards", and Reflections on the South

Jun 24, 2017 01:34:06

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Jason Aaron is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. Jason is the writer of such great comic book and graphic novel series as Star Wars, Thor, Southern Bastards, and The Goddamned. Jason has also written The Punisher as well as Scalped.

During this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Jason and Chauncey discuss their love of graphic novels and comic books, rejection of religion, reflect on personal codes of honor and masculinity, and of course the greatness that is Star Wars. Jason and Chauncey also talk about "Southern culture" and identity, the Confederate flag, "diversity" and "representation" in comic books and graphic novels, as well as creating authentic stories and real characters. 


In this week's episode, Chauncey DeVega explains how the Republican Party's so-called "healthcare" bill in the Senate is actually a way to kill those Americans they view as "useless eaters", corporate news media malpractice, and how the Georgia special election reveals the likelihood that Trump will win another term as president in 2020. 

Chauncey also reviews the amazing and powerful new film Okja which he saw at an early screening last week.

At the end of this week's episode of the podcast, Chauncey explains how the Republican Party is comprised of political sociopaths and cannibals like the notorious Albert Fish who want to eat poor and working class people in order to given rich people more money. 

Ep. 141: Barry Blaustein Talks Professional Wrestling, Donald Trump, and Eddie Murphy

Jun 17, 2017 01:54:25

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Writer, movie producer, and director Barry Blaustein is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. Barry is the writer of such great comedies as Coming to America, The Nutty Professor, and Boomerang. Barry also helped to write Eddie Murphy's legendary skits on the TV show Saturday Night Live. And of course, Barry Blaustein narrated and produced the amazing documentary about professional wrestling Beyond the Mat. 

During this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Barry and Chauncey discuss their shared love of professional wrestling, how Donald Trump is a performance artist, how he made Beyond the Mat, what it was like trying to tell the true life behind the scenes stories of the (then) World Wrestling Federation, talk about Jake "the Snake" Roberts, and some of the "good" and "bad" things about professional wrestling today. Barry also shares some stories about working with and writing for Eddie Murphy as well as the challenge of being creative for a living. 

Jared Yates Sexton is also a guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. He is a journalist and writer who has extensively covered Donald Trump's campaign and now presidency. This is the third time that Jared has stopped by the virtual bar and salon and he has some great stories to tell about how Trump and the Right-wing media are causing violence and other problems within families and communities, offers some thoughts about Trump and the Russia scandal, and ponders how Trump's regime may end. Jared also loves professional wrestling, so of course, he and Chauncey have to talk about the WWE and Brock Lesnar's upcoming battle with Samoa Joe. 

In this week's episode Chauncey DeVega shares some insights about a crazy week that included an attack on a Republican congressional baseball game in Alexandria, violence by conservatives against Democrats, liberals, and their other enemies, and how a racist thug cop got away with the de facto lynching of Philando Castile. 

At the end of this week's episode of the podcast, Chauncey shares a story about gun violence and other foolishness at Chuck E. Cheese restaurants in Chicago. 

Ep. 140: Tim Wise Explores White Identity Politics in the Age of Donald Trump

Jun 10, 2017 01:45:52

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Anti-racism activist, author, and scholar Tim Wise is the guest on this week's edition of The Chauncey DeVega Show. Tim Wise is the author of numerous books including his most recent Under the Affluence: Shaming the Poor, Praising the Rich and Sacrificing the Future of America. He is also the subject of a great new documentary called White Like Me.

This is the third time that Tim has stopped by the virtual bar and salon--and our first conversation since the election of Donald Trump.

During this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Tim and Chauncey discuss what Trump's election reveals about white identity politics, the resurgence of "white nationalism" as something "respectable" under Trump's regime, questions of empathy (or not) for Trump's "white working class" voters, and the white backlash to Barack Obama.

Maya Rupert is also a guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. She is the author of a great new essay at The Atlantic about questions of race, gender, and representation in the new Wonder Woman movie. Maya and Chauncey offer their thoughts about Wonder Woman, share some concerns and hopes about the broader DC film universe, and do a little script doctoring along the way.

In this week's episode Chauncey DeVega shares some insights about James Comey's testimony before the Senate and wonders if this is all just an episode of the Scooby-Doo cartoon. Chauncey also shares some new research that further demonstrates the power of racism and nativism and bigotry among Trump's "white working class" voters. At the end of this week's episode of the podcast, Chauncey also asks the listeners for advice about reconnecting with some relatives he hasn't spoken to in almost two decades.

Ep. 139: Ruth Ben-Ghiat Analyzes Authoritarianism and Donald Trump's Predatory Masculinity

Jun 3, 2017 01:29:13

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Ruth Ben-Ghiat is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. She is a historian at New York University who specializes in authoritarianism, aesthetics, cultural politics, and Italian history. She is the author of numerous books including an upcoming project on authoritarianism and political strongmen. Ben-Ghiat is also a regular contributor to CNN, The Atlantic, and The Huffington Post.

During this week's show, Professor Ben-Ghiat and Chauncey discuss Donald Trump's rise to power, authoritarianism and American politics, the global color line, masculinity, and how violence is a central component of Donald Trump's appeal for his voters.

In this week's episode Chauncey DeVega offers some thoughts on the recent white supremacist murders in Portland as well as Trump's withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement. Chauncey also gives out a special prize for the "prank monkeys" who fell for Trump's "covfefe" foolishness. For this special fundraising episode of the podcast Chauncey responds to some questions sent in by listeners about white privilege and white supremacy as well as how best to resist Trump's fascist foot soldiers. Chauncey also has fun reading hate mail from a white supremacist.

Ep. 138: Bandy Lee Sounds the Alarm about Donald Trump's Mental Health

May 25, 2017 01:23:12

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Psychiatrist Bandy Lee is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. She is a psychiatrist at Yale University who specializes in public health and violence prevention. She recently convened a conference which explored questions related to Donald Trump's mental health and how psychiatrists and psychologists should respond to this crisis. The proceedings from this conference will be featured in a forthcoming book due out later this year. 

During this week's show Dr. Lee and Chauncey discuss how mental health practitioners have an obligation to the public, the so-called "Goldwater rule", Trump's apparent emotional and mental health challenges, what compelled his voters to follow him, and the dangers he poses to the American people and the world.  

Science fiction and horror writer, podcaster, and aficionado Alasdair Stuart is also a guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show and stops by to share his thoughts on the new movie Alien: Covenant.

In this week's episode Chauncey DeVega discusses the syphilitic emperor Donald Trump and his continuing efforts to cover-up how he is Russia's Manchurian candidate, Trump's evil federal budget, and the murderous violence and hatred inspired by Donald Trump and his fascist movement. This week's victim: Richard W. Collins III, a young African-American with a bright future ahead of him who was stabbed to death by a white supremacist in Maryland.

Ep. 137: Naveed Jamali Explains How Russia Could Have Infiltrated Trump's White House

May 20, 2017 01:27:49

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Counterintelligence expert Naveed Jamali, who is the author of the new book How to Catch a Russian Spy, is a guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. He shares his experiences as a double agent who worked as a counter-espionage officer against the Russians, his insights on how the Russians and other countries go about "flipping" citizens to work against their own nation, concerns about the 2016 presidential election, and the ways that Trump's inner circle may have been manipulated (or not) by Putin's spies.

In this week's episode, Chauncey does his best to make sense of the flood of information about how Donald Trump has obstructed justice and the many ways that the "deep state" has a traitorous president in their sights. Several days ago, Donald Trump also claimed that he is the victim of a "witch hunt" by his enemies. In response, Chauncey takes up this challenge and uses his vast knowledge of witchcraft and the occult to determine if Donald Trump is in fact a witch (or a warlock).

Ep. 136: Rachel Dolezal Explains "Transracial" Identity and Her Journey From "Black" to "White"

May 12, 2017 01:22:45

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Rachel Dolezal is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. She is an anti-racism and human rights activist who is most well-known for the controversy surrounding her decision to live as a "black" woman even though she was born "white". Rachel is also the author of the new book In Full Color: Finding My Place in a Black and White World.  

During this week's show, Rachel and Chauncey discuss the concept of "transracial" identity, Rachel's childhood, how she discovered her affinity for black people, what it is like to be a target for public scorn, and her thinking about how race is just a social construct and that individuals should be free to perform whatever racial or other social identity they feel most comfortable with.

Counter-intelligence expert Naveed Jamali who is the author of the new book How to Catch a Russian Spy is also a guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. He shares his thoughts about the Donald Trump and how the Russian government likely recruited National Security Advisor Michael Flynn to work as their covert agent and what this means for the firing of FBI Director James Comey.

In this week's episode, Chauncey offers an extended commentary about how Donald Trump is orchestrating a coup against American democracy, how his firing of Comey is a Constitutional crisis of the first order, and ponders if the American people are lions or sheep. 

Ep. 135: Scott Snyder Shares His Thoughts on Writing Batman, Politics, and "Diversity" in Comic Books

May 7, 2017 01:32:51

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Scott Snyder is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. He is an award-winning writer of graphic novels such as All-Star Batman, Detective Comics, American Vampire, The Wake and Swamp Thing.  

During this week's show, Scott and Chauncey discuss what it is like to write an iconic character such as Batman, questions of "diversity" and "inclusion" in comic books, the craft of storytelling and world-building, and how politics and the rise of Donald Trump should (or should not) be reflected in comic books and popular culture more generally. 

Friend of the podcast Bill the Lizard also stops by The Chauncey DeVega Show as well. Bill offers his thoughts on the controversy about the new Marvel comics storyline where Captain America is an agent of Hydra (i.e. a Nazi). Bill and Chauncey also talk offer some thoughts on the new Star Wars: The Last Jedi movie trailer.

In this week's podcast, Chauncey is angry that his enemies gave him cooties, shares some thoughts on how the Republican Party wants to kill poor and sick people, and ponders what quotes from the movie "Patton" that the ghouls in the Republican Party used to motivate themselves prior to their vote to destroy the Affordable Care Act on Thursday.

Ep. 134: Timothy Snyder Explains How to Fight Back Against Donald Trump

Apr 29, 2017 01:15:37

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Historian Timothy Snyder is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. He is an award-winning professor of history at Yale University and author of numerous books including Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin as well as Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning. His newest book is On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century.

During this week's show, Professor Synder and Chauncey discuss how American Exceptionalism is a lie that helped to pave the way for Donald Trump's regime, how best to describe Trump's politics, and how the public discourse in the United States remains unable to properly grasp the threat to democracy posed by this crisis in democracy. Professor Snyder and Chauncey also talk about the allure of Antisemitism for Trump's White House, what resistance should look like in this moment, and how long American democracy has before it fully succumbs to authoritarianism.

In this week's podcast, Chauncey talks about going to C2E2 in Chicago and in the interest of public decency offers some fashion advice for cosplayers. Chauncey also shares a story about financial insecurity among older Americans and plays an audio recording from the legendary Studs Terkel about how African-Americans would try to help poor white people in the South during the Great Depression.

Ep. 133: Henry Giroux Explains How the Culture of Cruelty Helped to Elect Donald Trump

Apr 22, 2017 01:41:50

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Philosopher Henry Giroux is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. He is one of the leading authorities on critical pedagogy and what he describes as the "culture of cruelty" in the United States. Dr. Giroux has written many books and articles including America at War with Itself and the forthcoming The Public in Peril: Trump and the Menace of American Authoritarianism.

During this week's show, Henry and Chauncey discuss neo-fascism in America and the election of Donald Trump, the culture of cruelty and its assault on the commons, neoliberalism, the surveillance society, and how loneliness and bigotry influenced Trump's voters. Henry and Chauncey also talk about their working class roots and how that has impacted their politics and writing. Of course, given his love of cinema, Dr. Giroux makes some suggestions about recent films that both inform and reflect the current political moment.

In this week's podcast, Chauncey shares some thoughts about Bill O'Reilly's departure from Fox News and reads the court transcript of his infamous "falafel" sexual harassment lawsuit. And Chauncey continues sharing a newspaper story from the Chicago Tribune about the "hilbilly" panic from the 1950s--this time with letters to the editor.

Ep. 132: Sheldon Solomon Explains How Death Anxieties and Existential Angst Helped to Elect Donald Trump

Apr 15, 2017 01:52:12

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Psychologist Sheldon Solomon is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. He is a leading authority on social psychology and helped to develop what is known as "terror management theory". Dr. Solomon has written numerous books and articles including In the Wake of 9/11: The Psychology of Terror and The Worm at the Core: On the Role of Death in Life.

During this week's show Sheldon and Chauncey discuss how existential angst and death anxieties influenced Trump's voters, Trump and destruction, how emotion can overcome reason in political decision-making, can any headway be made in bringing Trump's deplorables and other supporters back to normal society and reason, if individuals and cultures truly change, as well as the lack of expert voices on the role of psychology and politics in the mass media.

On this week's show, Chauncey shares some thoughts about being an only child and product of the working class, explains how White House spokesperson Sean Spicer is an anti-Semite and Holocaust-denier, and offers some thoughts about the new Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer and also the amazing second season of the Hap and Leonard television show. Chauncey also reads a newspaper story from the Chicago Tribune about how "hillbillies" were overrunning the city during the 1950s.

Ep. 131: Philip Zimbardo Explains What the Stanford Prison Experiment Can Tell Us About America and Donald Trump Today

Apr 7, 2017 01:23:04

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Psychologist Philip Zimbardo is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. He is one of the world's leading authorities on social dominance behavior and group dynamics. Most famous for the 1971 Stanford Prison Experiment, Dr. Zimbardo has written dozens of books and articles including the most recent "The Time Paradox: The New Psychology of Time That Will Change Your Life" and "The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil". His new work examines heroism and the ability of individuals to contribute to the Common Good by being socially conscious and present in their day-to-day decision-making. 


During this week's show, Dr. Zimbardo and Chauncey discuss the rise of Donald Trump and his impact on America's culture, bullying behavior by children, what does it mean to be a "hero", how to do small things to improve the world, and his reflections on the Stanford Prison Experiment. 

On this week's show, Chauncey also shares some thoughts about last weekend's Wrestlemania event, offers some comments about his widely read essay about Bernie Sanders and liberal racism, reads some hate mail and also one of the greatest comments about the vileness of Donald Trump and his inner cabal ever to be found on the Internet.

Ep. 130: Peter Bebergal Explains How the Occult Saved Rock and Roll/Jared Yates Sexton Previews Wrestlemania 33

Mar 31, 2017 01:55:00

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Peter Bebergal is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. He is the author of the new book Season of the Witch: How the Occult Saved Rock and Roll

During this week's show, Peter and Chauncey discuss the appeal of magic and the occult for musicians and artists, the moral panics about Satanism and heavy metal music during the 1980s in America, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, as well as how African trickster figures and other cultural practices influenced black music in America and across the Black Atlantic. Peter and Chauncey also talk about digital versus analog culture and the history of pen and paper as well as tabletop role-playing games.

Friend of the podcast Jared Yates Sexton, contributing writer for publications such as The New Republic as well as The New York Times, also stops by to make his predictions (and share some concerns) about this weekend's WWE Wrestlemania 33 event.  

On this week's show, Chauncey also shares his thoughts about some new data from this year's General Social Survey which shows that Republicans still believe that black people are dumb, lazy, and stupid. During this week's podcast, Chauncey also reads the obituary of Bill Minor, a journalist and a great white brother in the Black Freedom Struggle who passed away several days ago.

Ep. 129: Jane Elliott Explains the Blue-Eyed/Brown-Eyed Teaching Exercise, Racism, and the Rise of Donald Trump

Mar 24, 2017 01:18:17

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Jane Elliott is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. Elliot is an anti-racism educator and activist who is most well-known for her Blue-Eyed/Brown-Eyed teaching exercise.

During this week's show, Jane and Chauncey discuss Donald Trump and his racist movement, the origins of the Blue-Eyed/Brown-Eyed teaching exercise and the problem with language such as "white privilege". Jane Elliott also shares a powerful story about overcoming fear and confronting death threats.

On this week's show, Chauncey also shares his thoughts about how the Republican Party, Donald Trump and Paul Ryan want to kill the "useless eaters", the flood of developments that further implicate the Trump administration as being pawns of Vladimir Putin, and reads a personal story about the Meals on Wheels food program. During this week's podcast, Chauncey also warns the public about a child con artist who looks like Gary Coleman that scammed him out of money.

Ep. 128: Andrew Gelman Clarifies Some Misconceptions About the 2016 Election, Mama DeVega Returns, and Jane Elliott Chimes In

Mar 18, 2017 01:18:44

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This week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show features three great guests.

Political scientist and statistician Andrew Gelman is the first guest. He is a professor at Columbia University and the author of several books including Red State, Blue State, Rich State, Poor State: Why Americans Vote the Way They Do. He recently wrote a great piece for Slate called "19 Lessons for Political Scientists from the 2016 Election". During this week's episode, Dr. Gelman does some great teaching and sharing about the 2016 presidential election and what the so-called "smart people" got right and wrong.

Civil rights activist and educator Jane Elliott chimed in for the second segment of this week's podcast. She is most famous for her much discussed and documented Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes teaching and learning exercise from the 1960s. In the five decades since, Sister Elliot has not stopped speaking speak truth to power about the color line, prejudice, and bigotry in America and around the world. This is a preview of next week's full episode with Jane Elliott.

Mama DeVega also makes her return to The Chauncy DeVega Show. She gives thanks for the kind birthday gifts that the friends of the podcast and Chauncey DeVega sent her way. Mama DeVega and Chauncey also debate the merits of attending one's own funeral while still alive and how best to fake a death. Mama DeVega also shares a story about her encounter--or so she believes--with one of the 9-11 hijackers.

During this week's podcast, Chauncey talks about Sean Spicer's press conference where he defended Donald Trump's lies about wiretapping, the evil Trump 2018 budget and its plans to kill the "useless eaters", and gives out a "you big dummy award" to Rachel Maddow.

Ep. 127: Malcolm Nance Explains How Russia Hacked the 2016 Election and Manipulated the Traitor Donald Trump

Mar 10, 2017 01:27:04

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Malcolm Nance is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. 

He is a frequent contributor to MSNBC and other media outlets such as CNN, ABC News, FOX News, MSNBC, Al Jazeera, and Al Arabiya. Malcolm Nance is also the author of numerous books including The Plot to Hack America: How Putin's Cyberspies and WikiLeaks Tried to Steal the 2016 Election.

Nance was a career counterterrorism and intelligence officer for the U.S. government’s Special Operations, Homeland Security, and Intelligence agencies, with over 33 years of experience in combating radical extremism. An honorably retired U.S. Navy Arabic-speaking intelligence collections operator, field interrogator, Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape specialist and founder of the Advanced Terrorism, Abduction and Hostage Survival School, he spent more than two decades on clandestine antiterrorism and counterterrorism intelligence operations in the Middle East North Africa, the Balkans, South Asia, and sub-Saharan Africa in direct support of the Special Operations and Intelligence Community.


During this week's show Malcolm and Chauncey discuss how Vladimir Putin hacked and manipulated the 2016 presidential election as well as the United States corporate news media and Right-wing voters, map out how Donald Trump has likely been compromised by Russian intelligence agencies, the role of white supremacists such as Stephen Bannon and Sebastian Gorka in Trump's White House, spy craft, and the ways that Vladimir Putin's efforts to undermine American democracy are part of a larger global gambit.

On this week's show, Chauncey also shares his thoughts on the the new movie Logan, last week's WWE pay-per-view Fastlane, and digs up some little known history about the role of African-American spies and other covert agents during the Civil War.

Ep. 126: Colin Dickey Discusses Ghosts, Trauma and American Cultural Memory

Mar 3, 2017 01:09:44

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Colin Dickey is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. He is the author of several books including Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places. During this week's show Chauncey and Colin channel the Art Bell show as they discuss hauntings and collective memory, why skepticism is a requirement, the Winchester ghost sightings, the TV show American Horror Story, Native American burial grounds, as well as the color line, slavery and the spectral imagination. Colin and Chauncey also debate the merits of the recent Ghostbusters reboot and the very problematic gender politics of the original film. 

During this week's podcast, Chauncey talks about his trip home to see Mama DeVega for her birthday, what it was like to shoot an AR-15 at the gun range, and offers an assessment of the recent revelations about the traitors in the Trump White House. Chauncey also does a little research and shares an audio recording of a former black American slave telling the WPA project the ghost stories he learned as a child.

 

Ep. 125: Cornel Belcher Explains Trump's Victory and the Racist Backlash Against Barack Obama

Feb 18, 2017 01:16:11

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Cornell Belcher is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. He served as Pollster for the Democratic National Committee (DNC) under Chairman Howard Dean making him the first minority to lead in that role for either national Party. He also served on the polling team for both Obama presidential campaigns. Over the years, Cornell has worked with both Senate and House Democrats as Senior Political Advisor to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Cornell is the author of the new book, A Black Man in the White House: Barack Obama and the Triggering of America's Racial-Aversion Crisis.


During this week's show, Chauncey and Cornell discuss Donald Trump's victory over Hillary Clinton, what the polling data predicted (or not) about that outcome, the errors that the Democratic Party is making strategically in terms of outreach to young black and brown voters, the power of demographics, and how the white racial backlash against Barack Obama gave Donald Trump the White House.

During this week's podcast, Chauncey offers some comments on the Michael Flynn "scandal" and what the real hustle is, reads from a great profile of Trump adviser and white supremacist Stephen Miller as a young man, and shares some hate mail from a Trumpthuglican.

Ep. 124: John Kinder on World War One, Disabled Veterans, and Technological Fetishism

Feb 11, 2017 01:38:26

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John Kinder is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. He is the author of Paying with Their Bodies: American War and the Problem of the Disabled Veteran.


During this week's show, Chauncey and John discuss "human waste" and the other language that was used to describe disabled veterans, America's worship of technology and human improvement, the lies and other propaganda that were used to glorify the harm (and supposed recovery) of American soldiers during war, and why World War One matters in the present.

Dr. Kinder and Chauncey also talk about historical memory and the color line in cities such as Tulsa and Birmingham while reminiscing about their childhoods and a time before subcultures such as skateboarding and DJ culture had fully "sold out". 


During this week's podcast, Chauncey gloats about the epic New England Patriots Superbowl victory, talks about seeing George Takei's show here in Chicago, loses at the casino, and also ponders "Bootycandy". Chauncey also delivers an acceptance speech for the "IntellNigentsia" award which was bestowed on him by a prominent white supremacist website.

Ep. 123: Monkey Madness with Anthropologist Agustin Fuentes

Feb 3, 2017 01:47:27

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Agustin Fuentes is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. He is a professor of anthropology at the University of Notre Dame and is one of the leading experts on human social evolution, primate behavior, human and non-human interaction, and communication. Dr. Fuentes is also the author of many books including the forthcoming, "The Creative Spark: How Imagination Made Humans Exceptional". During this week's show, Chauncey and Agustin talk about the biological fiction that is race, how humans are not "naked apes", DNA testing and ancestry, debunk the "killer ape" hypothesis, and try to make sense of Donald Trump's voters. Professor Fuentes also breaks Chauncey's heart by explaining that "humanzees" such as Oliver the Chimp do not actually exist.

During this week's podcast, Chauncey shares some of the recent articles about Donald Trump's junta and subsequent coup and reads some angry email from a Trumpthuglican. Chauncey also makes his obligatory Superbowl 51 prediction. 

Ep. 122: William Smith Explains Racial Battle Fatigue

Jan 27, 2017 01:31:41

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William Smith is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. He is a professor at The University of Utah and author of numerous articles on race, identity, psychology, and higher education. He is most well-known for his contributions to the study of what is known as "racial battle fatigue". During this week's show, Chauncey and Professor Smith talk about racism and trauma, "racial battle fatigue" and learning, how colleges and universities are failing students of color, police brutality, and if videos of police violence against black people are a type of contemporary lynching photography.

During this week's podcast, Chauncey shares his thoughts on the new movies "Split" and "The Founder". Chauncey also reinforces the importance of the little things in life and then does some dream interpretation that involves toilets, religion, and Donald Trump. A warning: the latter does not go well. 

 

Ep. 121: A Special Donald Trump Inauguration Day Episode

Jan 21, 2017 01:11:52

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This week's podcast is a special episode focusing on the inauguration of The Fascist in Chief of the United States Donald Trump. To help him reflect on these ominous days, four guests stop by to offer their thoughts on the installation of Donald Trump. 

Irv Muchnick, investigative journalist and sports writer commiserates about the role of professional wrestling in the election of Donald Trump and the WWE's Linda McMahon's nomination for the American Il Duce's cabinet. "Champion" Joe Lansdale, author extraordinaire of the "Hap and Leonard" series and other goodness chimes in with his thoughts about Trump's inauguration and Russian interference with the election. "Werner Herzog's Bear", friend of many years of Chauncey DeVega stops by to talk about teaching in this moment, having children, and how they will remember Barack Obama. Professor Adilifu Nama closes out the show by sharing his thoughts about Barack Obama and John Henry, how black folks will--as we always do--survive this moment, and has a good laugh about the movie "Candyman". 

In this week's special episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Chauncey reflects on his failed efforts to warn the American people about the threat posed by Donald Trump and his fascist movement, is frustrated about the lack of fire and energy in the Chicago protests on inauguration day, and demands that so-called "liberals" and Democrats get a spine and truly fight back against the Trumpthuglicans. 

To close out this week's special inauguration themed podcast, Chauncey also shares some stories about ghosts in the White House and how he hopes that they torment Donald Trump and his apparatchiks. 

Ep. 120: Kelly Baker on "The Good White People" Problem

Jan 14, 2017 01:35:46

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Kelly Baker is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. She is the author of Gospel According to the Klan: The KKK’s Appeal to Protestant America, 1915-1930, as well as The Zombies Are Coming!: The Realities of the Zombie Apocalypse in American Culture.

In this week's episode of the podcast, Kelly and Chauncey talk about the "good white people" problem and racism, white identity politics and Donald Trump, the history of the Ku Klux Klan, as well as the various genres of hate mail and white toxic masculinity. Chauncey and Kelly also talk about their shared love of zombies and the not so hidden gender and racial politics of The Walking Dead TV series.

During this week's podcast, Chauncey talks about going to see Barack Obama's farewell address as a member of the press, shares a fun story about the naming practices of the ghetto underclass, and gives his thoughts on what is really going on with Donald Trump's golden shower scandal. At the end of this week's episode, Chauncey also shares some thoughts on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s radicalism and the inauguration of the American fascist Donald Trump.

Ep. 119: Lester Spence on Neoliberalism and Black Politics

Jan 6, 2017 01:49:12

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The guest, for this, the first official podcast episode of 2017, is Lester Spence. He is the author of several great books including Stare in the Darkness: The Limits of Hip-hop and Black Politics and is a frequent contributor to news outlets such as MSNBC, the BBC, and National Public Radio. Dr. Spence is also an Associate Professor of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University.

In this far ranging and broad conversation, Lester and Chauncey talk about race and popular culture, neoliberalism and black politics, why Beyonce is not "politically resistant", social media "activism", police thuggery, and the role of "black public intellectuals" at the end of the Age of Obama and through to the nightmare that will be the Age of Trump. Lester and Chauncey also talk about analog vs. digital culture and the art of being a master of the turntables. 

During this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Chauncey answers some questions sent in by friends and listeners of the show and also reads some hate mail.

Ep. 118: A Special New Year's Eve 2017 Episode

Jan 1, 2017 36:12

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Happy New Year!

On this week's impromptu podcast episode, Chauncey Devega offers up some personal reflections on the year past and hopes for the upcoming 2017. What was Chauncey grateful for last year? What are his hopes for the future? On this week's podcast, Chauncey also calls up Mama DeVega on the telephone and she offers up her thoughts on Donald Trump, what we need to do going forward, what she is grateful for this past year, and the best attitude to have in life. Hint: Stay positive and do something! 

Ep. 117: Ben Winters talks "Underground Airlines"

Dec 24, 2016 01:29:36

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This week's special fundraising podcast guest is Ben Winters, author of the New York Times bestselling book "Underground Airlines". In this expansive conversation, Ben and Chauncey talk about the "what if?" scenario of how white on black chattel slavery continues into present-day America that drives "Underground Airlines", writing race and the color line as a white author, as well as the rise of Donald Trump and what the popularity of his bigotry says about America. Ben and Chauncey also discuss their mutual love of comedy, Ben's time trying to be a stand up comedian, and of course, the nuts and bolts about the craft of writing.

During this week's Christmas and holiday season episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, per the tradition of Festivus, Chauncey airs his grievances, talks about the Christmas Card industrial complex, and shares a clip of what happens when Jean Shepherd of "A Christmas Story" fame meets the Ku Klux Klan.

Ep. 116: 1968 Olympic Legend Tommie Smith

Dec 18, 2016 01:01:34

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This week's special fundraising podcast guest is the civil rights icon, educator, and 1968 Olympic gold medalist Dr. Tommie Smith. He is most widely known for his iconic "Black Power" salute with John Carlos. Dr. Smith has spent the decades after that iconic moment traveling the country and world sharing his life wisdom about human rights, dignity, and the power of education. 

Chauncey and Dr. Smith discuss Colin Kaepernick and how he has inspired political awareness and activism among his fellow athletes, what moved Dr. Smith to sacrifice so much by speaking truth to power during the 1968 Olympics, why some people choose action and others inaction, and a lack of national moral leadership in today's America. 

During this week's podcast, Chauncey also shares his initial thoughts on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story after seeing it Thursday night, reflects on "fake news" and his recent essay on Trump and America as a banana republic, and offers some comments on Barack Obama's final press conference of 2016.

Ep. 115: Van Jones Explains "The Messy Truth" About Trumplandia

Dec 10, 2016 01:06:20

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For this month's fundraiser, I have four special guests for the podcast. This week's very special fundraising podcast features Van Jones. He has served as President Barack Obama’s special adviser for green jobs and is a frequent guest commentator for news outlets such as CNN. He is also the author of Rebuild the Dream” and “The Green Collar Economy" in addition to leading several nonprofits such as Dream Corps. 

In this week's episode, Van and Chauncey talk about the 2016 presidential election, "identity politics", Jones' experience talking with Trump supporters during the campaign, how the so-called "smart people" got it wrong, and his new CNN special "The Messy Truth".

During this week's podcast Chauncey also shares the wisdom of George Takei on how the imprisonment of Japanese-Americans during World War 2 echoes the anxieties of the present, reads some hate mail from a Trumpthuglican troglodyte, and has an epic Cornel West moment.

Ep. 114: Zach Schonfeld Ponders Donald Trump and Andy Kaufman

Dec 7, 2016 01:36:49

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This week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show features two great guests.

Documentary filmmaker Steven Okazaki stops by to discuss his new documentary 'Mifune: The Last Samurai' and to also share what his documentary about drug addiction in America's rural and suburban communities can tell us about the election of the American Il Duce Donald Trump.

Zach Schonfeld is the second guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. He is a culture and politics writer for Newsweek Magazine.

In this week's episode of the podcast, Zach and Chauncey talk about the genius of Andy Kaufman, Donald Trump and political performance art, how best to fake one's own death, and "political correctness", and the business that is writing about culture and politics for a living.

During this week's podcast Chauncey explains why he was "thankful" on Thanksgiving for Donald Trump's victory, gives a soft start to the December fundraiser for the podcast and his other online work, and previews his conversation with Van Jones and the other great guests he has spoken to for the show this month. Chauncey also tells the truth about the stupid mouth breathers in places like Kentucky who hate Obama so much that they voted for Donald Trump and other Republicans who will take away their health insurance.

Ep. 113: Joe Lansdale and William Astore Ponder Trump's Victory

Nov 23, 2016 01:53:25

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This week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show features two great guests.

Author, writer extraordinaire, and friend of the podcast "Champion" Joe Lansdale stops by to share his thoughts on Donald Trump's winning the White House, if Trump's voters are stupid, ignorant, racist or all three, and updates us on Season Two of Hap and Leonard on SundanceTV.

William Astore is the second guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. He is a history professor and retired Air Force Lt. Colonel. Astore is also a contributor to TomDispatch, The Nation, Truthout, and PomfThe Huffington Post where he writes about military affairs and international relations. 

In this week's episode of the podcast William and Chauncey talk about Donald Trump's "foreign policy", our shared love of Star Wars and science fiction, what it was like to be stationed at Cheyenne Mountain during the Cold War, and what real national security would look like in the United States. 

During this week's podcast Chauncey comes out of his media detox post-Trump period of reflection and mourning, reads a letter from someone who will be personally impacted by Trump's meanness and fascism, makes a public promise, and shares some wisdom from the political theorist and philosopher Sheldon Wolin. Chauncey also discovers a new favorite animal friend--the echidna.

Ep. 112: A Special Trump v. Clinton Election Night 2016 Episode

Nov 10, 2016 01:20:51

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This week's very special episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show focuses on the 2016 presidential election and Donald Trump's victory over Hillary Clinton. Historian, writer, and friend of Chauncey DeVega, the one and only "Werner Herzog's Bear" aka Jason Tebbe stopped by the show Sunday night to soothe Chauncey's nerves about what could--and did--transpire on Election Day.

As the horrible outcome that was Donald Trump's victory became readily apparent, Mama DeVega called in to share her analysis and thoughts. Hint: like Chauncey, she too thought that Trump would win the presidency. And like Chauncey, she too is mighty upset at the stupidity of white American voters who backed the fascist racist Donald Trump.

During this week's special Election Day podcast, Chauncey cuts a promo on the Trumpthuglicans, curses the black and Latino idiots who voted for Donald Trump, and ponders the future of the United States. Chauncey also tries to resist saying "I told you so" about how he and Michael Moore predicted Trump's victory more than a year ago.

Ep. 111: Jared Yates Sexton on Violence and Donald Trump's Rallies

Oct 28, 2016 01:52:25

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There are two guests on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. Psychiatrist David Reiss returns to analyze Donald Trump's behavior during presidential debates and to offer his thoughts on the Republican nominee's love of sexually harassing women and other noxious behavior. Writer and New York Times guest columnist Jared Yates Sexton also returns to the show. He shares some stories about violence and vitriol at Trump's rallies, his insights about what happens on Election Day, and ideas about how we should keep the lines of communication open with the Trumpthuglicans.

During this week's podcast, Chauncey talks about Negan and the season premiere of The Walking Dead. Chauncey also shares some thoughts on the new smut film We are the Flesh that he had the misfortune of recently viewing at The Chicago International Film Festival. And Chauncey offers up some on the spot audio of the great late night mayhem at Friday's restaurant and reads some hate mail.  

Ep. 110: Jennifer Mittelstadt Explains the Military Welfare State

Oct 21, 2016 01:35:23

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Professor Jennifer Mittelstadt is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. She is a Professor of History at Rutgers University and the author of the new book The Rise of the Military Welfare State.

In this week's episode of the podcast, Jennifer and Chauncey talk about the social safety net, gender, race, welfare, and the United States military. Jennifer also offers some great insights about the influence of "free market" ideologies in some surprising places--such as the decision to end the draft in the United States. Chauncey and Jennifer also try to make sense of Donald Trump and how to best locate him relative to American history.

During this week's podcast, Chauncey reviews Shin Godzilla, the new Birth of a Nation, and The Accountant. Chauncey also offers some thoughts on the third presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton and what transpired there. Hint: Donald Trump is a great threat to American democracy. 

Ep. 109: John Schiemann Explains Why Torture Does Not Work

Oct 10, 2016 01:26:38

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Professor John Schiemann is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. He is a Professor of Political Science at Fairleigh Dickinson University. He is the author of the new book Does Torture Work?

In this week's episode of the podcast, John and Chauncey talk about American foreign policy, torture, September 11th, and torture. John also does some great teaching about the "prisoner's dilemma", interrogation, and how psychologists became involved in how the United States decided to implement a torture program. 

During this week's podcast, Chauncey talks about Donald Trump's recent videotaped sex scandal. Chauncey also previews the second town hall debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump and then offers his thoughts about what transpired there. Hint: Donald Trump is a fascist and his foul behavior in St. Louis is more proof of how he is not fit to be President of the United States.

Ep. 108: Daniel Czitrom on the Gilded Age, Corruption, and "Copper"

Sep 30, 2016 01:23:48

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Professor Daniel Czitrom is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. He is a Professor of History at Mount Holyoke College. He is the author of several books including the new New York Exposed: The Gilded Age Police Scandal That Launched the Progressive Era. He has also written the bestselling textbook Out of Many: A History of the American People.

In this week's episode of the podcast, Daniel and Chauncey talk about New York, crime, and corruption during the Gilded Age, Donald Trump and Right-wing "populism", "political correctness" on college campuses, and the inclusion of Right-wing disinformation in high school textbooks. Daniel also does some great sharing about his work as a consultant on the BBC series "Copper" and his thoughts on historical accuracy in television and film.

During this week's podcast, Chauncey talks his incorrect prediction about the first Clinton-Trump presidential debate, shares a secret about his logic there, and tells a story about how he was almost chosen as humanity's champion against Skynet on NPR.

Ep. 107: Whitney Strub Connects Newark, Indy Films, and Moral Panics

Sep 23, 2016 01:44:54

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Professor Whitney Strub is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. He is an Associate Professor and Director of Women's and Gender Studies at Newark College of Arts & Sciences and University College-Newark. Whitney is also author of the books Perversion for Profit: The Politics of Pornography as well as The Rise of the New Right and Obscenity Rules: Roth v. United States and the Long Struggle over Sexual Expression.

In this week's episode of the podcast, Whitney and Chauncey discuss Right-wing moral panics and toilet obsessions, local film culture and Newark, porn and sexuality, traveling down Route One and stopping at adult bookstores, the great film Cruising, and the politics of sexuality, gender, and race.    During this week's podcast, Chauncey updates folks on his travels, tells a story about his 12 hour trip from Chicago to New Haven, encountering a white racist Trumpthuglican TSA agent, and his mother's eccentricities. Chauncey also makes some predictions about Monday's presidential debate between Trump and Clinton and offers some comments about police thuggery in Tulsa and Charlotte. 

Ep. 106: Psychologist Monnica Williams on Racism and Mental Health

Sep 9, 2016 01:18:41

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Psychologist Monnica Williams is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. She is a practicing clinician, educator, and expert on issues related to race, trauma, identity, and mental health. Dr. Williams is the author of numerous articles in leading research journals and has been featured by The Washington Post, The New York Times and The Huffington Post as well as other publications. 

In this week's episode of the podcast, Monnica and Chauncey discuss race and mental health, questions of identity, and racial disparities in health outcomes. Dr. Williams also shares her great insights on how race impacts the diagnosis of mental disorders for African-Americans and gives some wisdom about coping mechanisms, the black church, and how people of color learn to process trauma.

During this week's podcast, Chauncey celebrates his birthday, shares his favorite Star Trek episodes for this, the 50th anniversary of the original series, and then gives advice to someone who wants to have a threesome with her husband's mistress.

Ep. 105: Paul Street on Race, Class, Labor, and Neoliberalism pt. 2

Sep 2, 2016 01:27:17

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Paul Street is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. This is the second installment of a two part conversation. He is an author, activist, speaker, and policy expert whose work on politics, race, class, labor, neoliberalism, and related topic has been featured by Counterpunch, The New York Times, CNN, Al Jazeera, and the Chicago Tribune among many other outlets.


In this week's episode of the podcast, Paul and Chauncey continue their conversation about race, class, and labor in America. Paul also does some great sharing about globalization and his experience working as a laborer on the floor of a huge corporate plant somewhere in the Midwest, what riding buses cross country can teach us about class in America, and the challenge of being a freelance writer and paying the bills.

The writers of the great new professional wrestling documentary Lucha Mexico are also guests on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. Alex and Ian do some great sharing about the amazing world of professional wrestling in Mexico, the rich history of masked wrestling, and the fascinating personalities they encountered making Lucha Mexico.

[The full interview with the creators of Lucha Mexico has now been uploaded.]

During this week's podcast, Chauncey gets very serious and explains why Donald Trump's most recent speech in Phoenix is the final proof of how Trump is, yes, a full on fascist. In this episode of the podcast, Chauncey calls Mama DeVega and she shares her thoughts on Donald Trump's doctor and Trump's outreach campaign to black churches.

Ep. 104: Paul Street on Race, Class, Labor, and Neoliberalism pt. 1

Aug 26, 2016 01:08:44

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Paul Street is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. This is the first installment of a two-part conversation. He is an author, activist, speaker, and policy expert whose work on politics, race, class, labor, neoliberalism, and related topic has been featured by Counterpunch, The New York Times, CNN, Al Jazeera, and the Chicago Tribune among many other outlets.

In this week's episode of the podcast, Paul and Chauncey talk about Donald Trump's ascendance and right-wing authoritarianism, white alienation and working class politics, the corporate news media, the populist moment with Trump and Sanders, as well as Ta-Nehisi Coates and the role of the black intelligentsia in this social and political moment.

During this week's podcast, Chauncey talks about the so-called "alt-right," and telling the truth about its white supremacist, KKK, neo Nazi, white identity politics. Chauncey also explains how Trump's "alt-right" base are in reality political sexual deviant exhibitionists. Of course, in this episode of the podcast, Chauncey shares his thoughts on last week's WWE Summerslam pay-per-view event and Brock Lesnar's demolishing of Randy Orton and the problem of booking a professional wrestling Superman character who does not (yet) have any kryptonite.

Ep. 103: Tim Wise on Racism, David Duke, and Donald Trump

Aug 19, 2016 01:31:02

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Tim Wise is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. He is one of the United States' leading anti-racism scholars and activists. Tim is also the author of numerous books including his most recent, "Under the Affluence." 

Tim is a great friend of the show and this is his third appearance.

In this week's episode of the podcast, Tim and Chauncey talk about Donald Trump, the return of David Duke, and why it is racism and not "economic insecurity" that is the real basis of the Trumpthuglicans' devotion to their leader. In this conversation, Chauncey and Tim also play the prediction game and try to puzzle through what will happen once Donald Trump loses in November, ponder the power of so-called "hashtag activism," and talk about working on craft and improving one's ability to community with folks about these critical issues of social justice and equality.

During this week's podcast, Chauncey does some sharing about trying to find life balance, ponders the legacy of his father and how some folks are so quick to forget their friends after they pass away, and offers up a quick review of some new movies including Sausage Party, Pete's Dragon, and Hell or High Water. Chauncey also shares a personal story about why it is so important to reach out to our homeless brothers and sisters.

Ep. 102: Phil Torres Ponders Humanity's Future and Extinction

Aug 12, 2016 01:46:12

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Phil Torres is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. Phil is an author, contributor at the Future of Life Institute, Affiliate Scholar at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, and founder of the X-Risks Institute.

In this week's episode of the podcast, Phil and Chauncey talk about the future, extinction level events, emerging technologies, the Terminator films A.I. scenario, the singularity, and the role of technology in human development. Chauncey and Phil also do some sharing about the puzzle of "expertise," religion and mass psychology, low information voters, and the rise of Donald Trump.   During this week's podcast, Chauncey talks about his recent appearance on The Big Picture with Thom Hartmann, Jim Crow-like Black Codes in Baltimore and their thuggish cops, and the new movie Suicide Squad. Chauncey also reads some kind fan emails and has a good time mocking the future predictions of America in 2034 as offered up by white supremacists.

Ep. 101: Nicholas Stargardt on the Holocaust, Trauma, and Children

Aug 6, 2016 01:33:50

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Nicholas Stargardt is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. Professor Stargardt is a historian at Oxford University and the author of several books including the most recent
Witnesses of War - Children's Lives under the Nazis and The German War: A Nation Under Arms.

  In this week's installment of the podcast, Dr. Stargardt and Chauncey discuss children, trauma, the Holocaust and World War 2. Dr. Stargardt also shares his thoughts on the role of "everyday" Germans in World War 2 and the rise of Hitler. Chauncey and Dr. Stargardt also do some sharing about the particular challenges experienced by Afro-Germans under the Nazi regime, as well as try to locate Donald Trump's proto fascism within the proper political and historical context. 
During this week's podcast, Chauncey talks about the horrible new Star Trek Beyond movie, complains some more about the Chicago heat, and talks about the new revelations regarding Right-wing Fox News sex pervert Roger Ailes.

Ep. 100 part 2: The Black Israelites and International Mr. Leather

Jul 29, 2016 59:17

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This week's installment of The Chauncey DeVega Show is part 2 of our special 100th episode.

It is good fun, something random, and features the good, interesting, and smart people of Chicago.

This week's podcast was recorded on Michigan Avenue during Memorial Day weekend.

In the first conversation, Chauncey talks with a brother from the "Black Israelites" about race, politics, life, history, and yes...space aliens. This was something cool and our guest Black Israelite/Hebrew brother was smart, kind, and generous with his time.

In the second conversation, Chauncey spends some time at the International Mr. Leather competition and is fortunate enough to talk with two gentleman about leather, the kink lifestyle, love, and why Batman and Robin capture the spirit of their love.

During this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Chauncey can't help but call out Bill O'Reilly's racist comments about "well-fed" slaves who built the White House and as a rebuttal to O'Reilly's happy slave fantasies reads a letter from a former slave named Brother Jordan Anderson to his former white slave owner Colonel Patrick Henry Anderson.

Ep. 100: Kevin Willmott on Chi-Raq and Destination Planet Negro

Jul 22, 2016 01:20:26

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This week's episode special 100th episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show features film scholar, actor, writer, and professor Kevin Willmott.

Professor Willmott is a co-writer and producer of Spike Lee's film Chi-Raq as well as the recent film Destination Planet Negro. In addition to many other projects, Kevin also wrote and directed the amazing "documentary"/counterfactual film C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America.

In this week's installment of the podcast, Professor Willmott and Chauncey talk about how Donald Trump is a character in a satirical film, Hollywood's recent "obsession" with movies about slavery and the "black experience," the reception of the movie Chi-Raq, and the importance of talking honestly and critically about the color line and black history in America.

Kevin and Chauncey also have a moment of shared life experience as they reflect on what it was like to grow up with an older father and what having learned elders taught them about appreciating life and history.

During this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Chauncey talks about Donald Trump's genius speech at the RNC convention, what it has in common with Emperor Palpatine from Star Wars, and offers his thanks to the listeners to the podcast for helping it get to the 100th show.

Chauncey also offers up some thoughts on the four new movies that he saw while trying to escape Chicago's heat wave, talks about the horrible new Ghostbusters movie, and calls out the Republican sex freak hypocrites in Cleveland who hate on gay people and Muslims but apparently are watching all sorts of porn which features them.

Ep. 99: Jared Yates Sexton on the Craft of Writing & Pro Wrestling

Jul 15, 2016 01:26:19

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This week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show features writer Jared Yates Sexton.  This is the second installment of a two-part conversation. 

In this week's installment of the podcast, Jared and Chauncey talk about their shared love of professional wrestling, do some fantasy booking for the WWE, explore how the basics of good fiction writing can be applied to improve the WWE's current story lines, and have some reminiscing about the glory days of the (then) WWF and WCW back in the 1980s and 1990s.   During this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Chauncey shares his experience marching with Black Lives Matter in Chicago and has the good fortune to interview a white woman who started out saying "All Lives Matter" and was then persuaded to join the protest. Unfortunately, this positive interaction was balanced out by how Chauncey encountered a drunk, racist, and very loud Donald Trump supporter at a local bar several days later.   Chauncey also offers some thoughts on the Nice, France terror attacks and the dangers of radical religion and gives an update on what he learned from the doctor about his magical and amazing blood.  

Ep. 98: Jared Yates Sexton on the Donald Trump Political Rodeo

Jul 8, 2016 01:32:04

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This week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show features writer Jared Yates Sexton.  

Jared's first-hand reporting on the Donald Trump phenomenon has been featured by The New York Times and The New Republic.

In this week's installment of the podcast, Jared and Chauncey talk about their experiences at Donald Trump's political rodeos/rallies, how the American Il Duce has crated a "safe space" for open expressions of white racism and bigotry, political polarization, and Jared's recent seven-hour long car trip with a Republican to attend a Hillary Clinton rally.   Jared and Chauncey also do some mutual sharing about growing up poor and working class and the complications of the color line.

During this week's episode of the show, Chauncey summons W.E.B. Du Bois as he offers some extended commentary and analysis about how America's police have declared war on black people, as well as some thoughts on last night's Dallas sniper attacks.

Ep. 97: Alondra Nelson Explains Race and "The Social Life of DNA"

Jun 30, 2016 01:19:04

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This week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show features Alondra Nelson. She is a Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at Columbia University and author of the new book, The Social Life of DNA.

In this week's installment of the podcast, Dr. Nelson and Chauncey talk about DNA, the body, race, and how many African-Americans are using emerging technologies to trace their "roots" across the Black Atlantic. Chauncey and Alondra also discuss how social fictions such as "race" are reproduced in the popular imagination by human zoos such as The Maury Povich Show and the surprising connections between "welfare reform" and the rise of DNA-based ancestry and paternity testing.

Chauncey updates folks on his health travails and recent physical, and complains about the new Independence Day: Resurgence movie. Chauncey also highlights how Archie Bunker is the present-past of the Trump movement and the GOP, calls out racism against Elizabeth Warren, and cuts a promo on the Right-wing sex freaks Alex Jones and Roger Stone.

Ep. 96: Courtney Baker on Images of Black Suffering and Death

Jun 24, 2016 01:30:18

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This week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show features Professor Courtney Baker. She is a professor at Connecticut College and author of the new book, Humane Insight: Looking at Images of African-American Suffering and Death.

In this week's installment of the podcast, Dr. Baker and Chauncey talk about police and anti-black violence, the continuity of white on black racial terrorism from Reconstruction and the postbellum era to the present, and if the street vigilante and police killings of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown constitute "modern day lynchings". Chauncey and Courtney also discuss the value of Africana Studies, film, and student activism in the era of Black Lives Matter.

During this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Chauncey updates the listeners on his health challenges and reflects on how he took his good health for granted for too long. Chauncey also discusses Donald Trump's new found "Christian values", the hypocrisy of America's Christian evangelical authoritarians, and offers some thoughts on recent developments in popular culture including the suspension of WWE superstar Roman Reigns, the movie Lobster, and the "new" information about Michael Jackson's supposed pedophilia.

Ep. 95: Randy Roberts on Boxing, Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X

Jun 17, 2016 01:33:01

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This week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show honors Muhammad Ali. To that end, Professor Randy Roberts is the guest on this week's podcast. He is the author of the new book Blood Brothers: The Fatal Friendship Between Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X.    Dr. Roberts is an expert on social history and American culture whose other works include Joe Louis: Hard Times Man, Jack Dempsey: The Manassa Mauler, Papa Jack: Jack Johnson and the Era of White Hopes and Heavy Justice: The State of Indiana v. Michael G. Tyson.

In this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Chauncey and Dr. Roberts discuss Donald Trump the showman and professional wrestler wannabe, the color line and sports, the importance of Muhammad Ali to how we think about social change and struggle in the 1960s and beyond, Ali and the Nation of Islam, and the importance of legendary boxer Jack Johnson. Chauncey and Randy also do some fantasy booking and work through if Mike Tyson would have stood a chance in the boxing ring against Muhammad Ali.

During this week's installment of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Chauncey discusses the stranglehold that the NRA and ammosexuals have over the Common Good in the aftermath of the Orlando massacre. Chauncey also ponders what happens when Donald Trump loses in November and his Trumpthuglicans are left leaderless.

To close out this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Chauncey also tells a story about his high blood pressure fantastical journey from CVS to the local emergency room.

Ep. 94: Claire Conner, a Child of the John Birch Society Tells All pt. 2

Jun 10, 2016 01:11:52

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This week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show features Claire Conner. She is the author of Wrapped in the Flag: A Personal History of America's Radical Right. This is the second part of our conversation here on The Chauncey DeVega Show. The first episode can be listened to here.

Claire Conner is one of the "daughters" of the John Birch Society. In this installment of the podcast, she continues with her great sharing and teaching from last week. Claire tells an amazing story about what it was like to be in Dallas on the day that President Kennedy was assassinated; the role of the radical Christian Right in distorting American life, culture, and politics; why non-voting is a non-starter; and her thoughts on Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Donald Trump.

During this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Chauncey shares his struggles against the psychic warfare of his Right-wing CHUD enemies, is worried about his tummy troubles, discusses the Trumpthuglicans and last week's San Jose protests, people who want to kill him, and cuts a promo on one of the greatest self-hating black Americans of all time--the one and only Jesse Lee Peterson

  After months of teasing "exciting developments", Chauncey finally shares two of the present/future endeavors that he needs support for from the twice a year fundraiser and the good folks who follow the podcast and his other online work.

Ep. 93: Claire Conner, a Child of the John Birch Society Tells All pt. 1

Jun 2, 2016 01:39:36

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This week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show features Claire Conner. She is the author of Wrapped in the Flag: A Personal History of America's Radical Right. 

Claire Conner possesses unique insights about the Republican Party, the John Birch Society, and the broader White Right which she so generously shares during this installment of The Chauncey DeVega Show. Chauncey and Claire discuss what it was like growing up as the child of one of the most influential leaders in the John Birch Society, the rise of Donald Trump, and how the John Birch Society has (quietly) expanded its control over the Republican Party. Claire also shares how she escaped the grasp of the John Birch Society as a young adult.

This is the first of a two-part conversation. 

During this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Chauncey gives his thoughts on the WWE's brand split and the horrible new X-Men: Apocalypse movie. Chauncey also cuts a promo on Patrick Buchanan's racist screed "The Great White Hope" and how the latter explains the rise of Donald Trump. 

Chauncey is also under a psychic assault that has resulted in his having a summer cold and enlists the listeners of the podcast to fight back against this vicious, supernatural attack.

Ep. 92: Laurie Essig on How Consumerism Ruins Love and Marriage

May 26, 2016 01:50:16

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This week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show features Professor Laurie Essig. She is the author of several books including "American Plastic: Boob Jobs, Credit Cards, and Our Quest for Perfection. Dr. Essig is also a contributing writer for Psychology Today.

In this week's installment of the podcast, Laurie does some great sharing and teaching about how neoliberalism has distorted love, marriage, and other human relationships. Chauncey and Laurie also talk about race and "white" weddings, the dangers of consumerism, and of course, their mutual interest in the "human zoos" and "freak shows" that are reality TV.

During this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Chauncey gives his thoughts on WWE's Extreme Rules pay-per-view, the new movie The Nice Guys, and explains his decision about attending a White House summit event in June. Chauncey also does some truth-telling about Republican toilet sex deviant potty politics, and of course, the now fallen and disgraced Bill Cosby.

Ep. 91: Pro Wrestling, a Doggie Friend and Captain America

May 20, 2016 01:54:45

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This week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show features two great guests and friends of the podcast. 

Psychiatrist David Reiss returns to the show and shares his insights and thoughts about the deaths of music legend Prince and professional wrestling trailblazer Chyna and how they are victims of America's epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse. Dr. Reiss also shares his experience and wisdom about the challenges of pain management, detoxing, and recovery. Of course, David and Chauncey have to talk some professional wrestling and how Roman Reign's "flack jacket" is symbolic of how he is "protected" by the WWE and is subsequently hurting his ability to get over with the audience. Dr. Reiss also shares his thoughts about the documentary, The Resurrection of Jake the Snake Roberts.

Bill the Lizard is the second guest on this week's installment of The Chauncey DeVega Show. Bill the Lizard stops by the virtual bar and salon to offer his critical assessment of the new movie Captain America: Civil War. Bill also has some ideas on where the films need to go in the future and offers a very sharp and insightful observation about the relationship between Tony Stark, Steve Rogers, and the Winter Soldier. Plus, Bill the Lizard suspects that we most certainly have not seen the last of HYDRA in the Marvel Universe.

During this week's show, Chauncey begins by offering up a dedication and remembrance for one of his doggie friends who was tragically killed last week by a reckless driver. Chauncey also talks about being invited to a "summit" at the White House and if he should go, as well as his recent guest spots on the RT Network and Free Speech TV. 

To close out this week's show, Chauncey offers up some thoughts on the Republican Party's sick toilet obsessions and sex deviants who hide in toilets and sewers to look up women's dresses. 

Ep. 90: Richard Rubin Interviews World War One Veterans pt. 2

May 12, 2016 01:24:07

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Richard Rubin is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. This is the second part of my conversation with him about his great book about World War One, The Last of the Doughboys: The Forgotten Generation and Their Forgotten War.

In this installment of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Richard continues sharing stories about tracking down the last living American World War One veterans, shares his thoughts about the famed Harlem Hellfighters, gives his insights about traveling to World War One battlefields in Europe, and offers some suggestions about how best to think about researching World War One and travel abroad.

During this week's show, Chauncey is vulnerable while talking about how the news media has "borrowed" from his Donald Trump pro wrestling analysis without attribution or acknowledgement, cuts a promo on MSNBC's racism excuse-making for Donald Trump, and complains about a lack of etiquette by bicycle riders and people at movie theaters.

Chauncey hints at a big decision he had to make this week about his online work and writing, and then proceeds to share his worries that his skin and other health troubles are the result of being under a "spiritual assault" by his enemies. In keeping with his meditations on religious fundamentalism, Chauncey closes out the show by sharing a radio clip from Right-wing Christian sex deviant bigots who are worried that the movie Frozen is turning 4-year-old children into "homosexuals".

Ep. 89: Richard Rubin Interviews World War One Veterans pt. 1

May 6, 2016 01:21:27

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Richard Rubin is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. Richard is the author of the great book about World War One, The Last of the Doughboys: The Forgotten Generation and Their Forgotten War. 

In the first of this two part conversation, Richard shares his story about tracking down the surviving American veterans of World War One, their insights about life, memories of their time in service some one hundred years ago, what he learned from meeting folks of such advanced age and wisdom, as well as the challenges and rewards of collecting such rare oral histories.

During this week's show, Chauncey discusses the controversy over Larry Wilmore's performance at the White House Correspondents' Dinner, the White Gaze, the "n-word", and the genius of Richard Pryor. Chauncey also demands credit for explaining the rise of Donald Trump, his advice to Trump for winning the White House in November, talks about WWE's Payback event, and is very excited about going to see Captain America: Civil War.

Ep. 88: Lt. Colonel (Ret.) Dave Grossman Explains Learning to Kill

Apr 28, 2016 01:48:07

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Former United States Army Ranger and Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Dave Grossman is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. Lt. Colonel Grossman is one of the world's leading experts on the psychology of killing and combat. He is the author of several books including On Killing and On Combat. 

Lt. Colonel Grossman travels approximately 300 days a year, where in seminars and workshops he shares his insights on "killology" with military special forces and elite law enforcement personal from around the world.

In this installment of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Chauncey and Lt. Colonel Grossman discuss war and warfare, mass shootings, America's culture of violence, if armed teachers help to prevent school violence, how sleep deprivation is directly connected to suicides, police brutality, and questions about firearms and self-defense.

During this week's podcast, Chauncey also offers some sharing on the passing of Prince and the former WWE/WWF professional wrestler known as Chyna, how best to die, open marriages, adultery, and Beyonce's amazing "Lemonade" video music-essay. 

In this week's installment of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Chauncey also talks about the death penalty and his eye-opening experience attending a panel on the subject at Chicago's Harold Washington Library. And not to be too dragged down by the morbid, this week's show concludes with a discussion of the heartwarming and life affirming marriage of 90-year-old former U.S. Senator Harris Wofford to his 40-year-old partner Matthew Charlton.

Ep. 87: Bill Clinton vs. 'Black Lives Matter'

Apr 25, 2016 01:40:08

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This special installment of The Chauncey DeVega Show features four different guests in three acts.

In the first part of this week's episode Rufus Farmer and Erica Mines, the two African-American activists who Bill Clinton lectured and finger pointed out during a recent rally in Philadelphia, share their on the ground experience(s). Rufus Farmer's and Erica Mines's account of the Philadelphia rally is quite different from how the mainstream corporate news media framed "Black Lives Matter" "protesting" against Bill Clinton and his role in the 1994 Crime Bill.

Bill the Lizard, friend of the podcast and Chauncey DeVega's heterosexual life partner, stops by to discuss the horrible Batman vs. Superman movie, the new Star Wars: Rogue One trailer, and the amazing second season of the animated series Star Wars: Rebels.

Adding to an already overflowing with goodness episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Chauncey's mom (aka "Momma DeVega") makes her second appearance on the podcast. Momma DeVega and Chauncey talk about the naming practices of the ghetto underclass, self-destructive behavior, Al Sharpton's severe weight loss, and why she does not watch TV shows like Maury Povich, Hoarders, or My 600lb Life. Chauncey's mother is in a grumpy mood and proceeds to make fun of how a Catholic priest wanted to seduce a young Chauncey DeVega. She also finds it especially entertaining when Chauncey reminds her of how, when he was a child, a perverted man in a public bathroom tried to pee on him.

During this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Chauncey offers up some extended and heartfelt comments about colorism and self-hatred in the black community. And because he was feeling especially creative and inspired, at the end of this week's fun and special podcast, Chauncey also offers a poem about Bill O'Reilly's obsession with black people who have tattoos on their faces.

Ep. 86: Joseph Lowndes on Obama and "Post Racial" America

Apr 15, 2016 01:45:18

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Professor Joseph Lowndes is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. He is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Oregon and the author of several books and articles including From the New Deal to the New Right: Race and the Southern Origins of Modern Conservatism as well as Race and American Political Development.

In this wide ranging conversation, Joe and Chauncey discuss topics such as America's "post-post racial" present and future, the challenge of reconciling history, the past, and the present along the color line, the role of black and brown conservatives in the neo liberal conservative agenda, and the symbolism and shortcomings of the Obama presidency.

During this installment of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Chauncey complains about having to pay taxes (and is angry at the global plutocrats who do not), and talks about Ted Cruz's college onanism habit, shares a story about his college roommate having sex with a strange woman who had a broken arm, and is excited about potentially receiving IRS tax exempt status for his new religion "porkism". 

Ep. 85: Cedric Johnson on the Long Black Freedom Struggle

Apr 7, 2016 01:42:22

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Professor Cedric Johnson is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. He is the author/editor of several books including Revolutionaries to Race Leaders: Black Power and the Making of African American Politics, as well as The Neoliberal Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, Late Capitalism and the Remaking of New Orleans. 

Dr. Johnson is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and African-American Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

In this expansive conversation, Cedric and Chauncey discuss "Black Lives Matter", "substantive" versus "symbolic" politics, the limitations of social media "activism", Black Nationalism, the Trump phenomenon, the misunderstood concept of the "Black Freedom Struggle", and Hurricane Katrina.

Dr. Johnson then sat down for a second time to share his experiences at the "Black Lives Matter" Michigan Avenue protests back in December 2015.

During this newest installment of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Chauncey talks about the Wisconsin primaries, shares his thoughts on Wrestlemania 32, and is upset that he does not have the superpowers which white doctors in a new study from the University of Virginia believe that black folks are supposed to have. At the conclusion of this week's episode of the podcast, Chauncey offers his commentary on a recent fight at a Connecticut area Chinese buffet over crab legs and talks about why no respectable or sane person should ever eat at such an establishment.

Ep. 84: Paul O'Brien on Crime Novels and Professional Wrestling

Mar 31, 2016 01:44:39

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Paul O'Brien is the guest on this week's special "Wrestlemania" themed episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. He is the author of the great series of crime noire novels set in the world of professional wrestling called Blood Red Bleeds Dollar Green. Paul is also an accomplished playwright and is working on a TV series and film project.

In this fun episode, Paul and Chauncey talk about their mutual love of professional wrestling, share some stories about growing up in the United States and Ireland, the craft of writing, the World Wrestling Entertainment's very problematic build up to Wrestlemania, and what it is like to work with Jim Ross on his autobiography. Paul is also an addiction therapist and counselor, and he shares his insights and experiences with helping people overcome the demons of drug and alcohol abuse. 

In this installment of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Chauncey talks about the craven liars at CNN's GOP town hall meeting, complains about his failures in the kitchen, and offers some comments on the horrible Batman versus Superman movie. 

Chauncey also cannot help but fantasize about one of Ted Cruz's alleged mistresses, the one and only Katrina Pierson, and how she seduced the Bible thumping Christian Dominionist Republican presidential primary candidate. 

At the end of the podcast, Chauncey DeVega also makes his Wrestlemania 32 predictions.

Ep. 83: Andrew Heisel on the NFL, Biorhythms, Race and Writing

Mar 24, 2016 01:33:11

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Writer Andrew Heisel is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. Andrew's great essays and other work have been featured by such publications and sites as the Washington Post, Jezebel, Slate, LA Review of Books, and Vice Sports.

He is a great raconteur. In this week's conversation, Andrew and Chauncey talk about writing, the New England "deflategate" scandal, corruption in professional sports, concussions, "biorhythms", as well as the origins of the 1950's and 1960's era racist slogan "free white and twenty-one".

During this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Chauncey offers a memorial for Phife Dawg (Malik Taylor), cuts a promo on black Donald Trump supporters, talks about meeting Edward James Olmos at Chicago's C2E2 event, complains about forced prayer and hand-holding, and offers up a solution to the challenges caused by ISIS and its plague of sexually frustrated and unemployed young men.

 

Ep. 82: Sex Wisdom With "The Perverted Negress" Mollena Williams

Mar 17, 2016 01:57:29

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Sex educator, BDSM practitioner, and kink expert Mollena Williams is the guest on this week's installment of The Chauncey DeVega Show. She is the author of the book Playing Well With Others. Mollena Williams also travels across the country (and world) where she gives seminars and lectures on human sexuality, being sex positive, and the pleasures of being open to one's deepest sexual desires. Mollena was recently featured in a New York Times story about her marriage to world renowned composer Georg Friedrich Haas.

In this fun and adult conversation, Mollena Williams and Chauncey talk about her life path, questions of sexual freedom and happiness, kink, "race play", white supremacy, and happiness in a person's intimate life. Chauncey and Mollena also dialogue about modern day black chattel slavery sex "plantations", the boundaries and rules of playing with sex and race, concerns about dignity, and how control of one's body and pleasure is an integral (and little discussed) part of the Black Freedom Struggle.

Mollena Williams is a funny, smart, and great conversation partner.

During this week's grown folks episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Chauncey also talks about his post Chicago Trump media appearances, complains about how a picture of him online does not do justice to his real beauty, warns Hillary Clinton about how Donald Trump will attack her in the 2016 presidential election, and discusses the Hulk Hogan penis trial and the legendary members of American presidents.

Ep. 81: I was There--Donald Trump's Chicago 'No-Show' Rally

Mar 14, 2016 41:06

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In this special installment of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Chauncey shares his experience at the Chicago Donald Trump "No-Show" Rally.

There was much which occurred there that was not accurately reported by the mainstream corporate news media. In this special episode, Chauncey shares how the atmosphere was not as dangerous as depicted by the corporate news media, that the "violence" which did occur was instigated by Donald Trump's minions, and offers a hypothesis about how Il Duce never intended to speak in Chicago.

  In this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Chauncey also interviews a black Donald Trump supporter who wanted to engage in fisticuffs with two Black Lives Matter folks, gives some color commentary about what he saw and heard while in line and inside the venue, and ponders how Trump's white racist base will come to think about the Chicago event as their Alamo or battle against the Zulus or Mau Maus. 

Ep. 80: David Weintraub on Extraterrestrial Life and Religion

Mar 10, 2016 01:48:53

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Astronomer David Weintraub is the guest on this week's installment of The Chauncey DeVega Show. Dr. Weintraub is a Professor at Vanderbilt University in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and author of the new book Religions and Extraterrestrial Life: How Will We Deal With It?

In this fun conversation, Dr. Weintraub and Chauncey talk about "first contact", the challenges of time, speed, and distance in humankind's efforts to travel outside of our solar system, worries about the privatization of space travel, the potential for "resource wars" in space between nations and corporations, science education, and popular culture. 

During this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Chauncey talks about the Democratic and Republican primaries and debates, going to see Donald Trump in Chicago, and shares a sad story about his neighbor's home being foreclosed on. 

Given the extraterrestrial discussion on this week's podcast, channeling the spirit of Art Bell and Coast to Coast AM, Chauncey has some fun sharing a story from the Weekly World News about Big Foot and Hillary Clinton. 

Ep. 79: Allan G. Johnson on Empathy, Power, and Privilege pt. 2

Mar 3, 2016 01:31:12

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Sociologist Allan Johnson is the guest on this week's installment of The Chauncey DeVega Show. This is part 2 of the conversation which began on last week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show.

  Dr. Johnson is the author of many books--non-fiction, memoirs, and fiction--including The Gender Knot: Unraveling Our Patriarchal Legacy, The Forest and the Trees: Sociology as Life, Practice, and Promise. He is one of the country's foremost experts on questions of race, gender, and social (in)equality. 
In the second part of their conversation, Allan and Chauncey discuss masculinity, empathy, sexism, misogyny, "men's rights", and how best to talk with students and other people about systems of privilege.

During this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Chauncey offers his thoughts on last week's Oscars, Super Tuesday, and "Trumpmania". Chauncey also shares his anger and advocates for a new Deacons for Defense after watching the assault on a young black woman at Donald Trump's rally in Louisville, Kentucky.

Ep. 78: Allan G. Johnson on Empathy, Power, and Privilege pt. 1

Feb 25, 2016 01:37:36

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Sociologist Allan G. Johnson is the guest on this week's installment of The Chauncey DeVega Show. He is the author of many books--non-fiction, memoirs, and fiction--including The Gender Knot: Unraveling Our Patriarchal Legacy, The Forest and the Trees: Sociology as Life, Practice, and Promise. He is one of the country's foremost experts on questions of race, gender, and social (in)equality. Dr. Johnson is a wonderful guest who sat with Chauncey DeVega under the learning tree and did some teaching and sharing. 

In this conversation, Allan and Chauncey talk about the changing same that is race and racism in America, how systems of privilege are reproduced while also being denied by their beneficiaries, whiteness and masculinity, fear and anxiety in White America, and the lack of moral leadership in the United States around questions of race and justice.

During this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Chauncey talks about his frustrations with a forthcoming podcast guest, complains about the WWE's "Fastlane" pay-per-view event, continues to explain "Trumpmania", shills for Sasha Baron Cohen, and makes his Oscars 2016 predictions. Chauncey also shares how through his amazing powers of logic and reasoning he was able to figure out the cause of his facial skin blemishes.

 

Ep. 77: Preston Lauterbach on Memphis, Race and Beale Street

Feb 19, 2016 01:26:37

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Writer and cultural historian Preston Lauterbach is the guest on this week's installment of The Chauncey DeVega Show. Preston is the author of the great new book Beale Street Dynasty which examines the intersecting lives, fascinating personalities, the power of the color line, and self-made men in the post-Civil War South. In all, Beale Street Dynasty is an amazing work that reveals a great deal about sex, song, and politics in Memphis, Tennessee, and America, more broadly.

Preston does some great sharing and teaching in this week's episode. Chauncey and Preston talk about Elvis Presley and race, day-to-day life for black entertainers on the "Chitlin' Circuit", politics and life in the post war South, navigating freedom and slavery, and the life of the amazing black politician-gangster-entrepreneur-arts patron Mr. Robert Church.

During this week's episode of the podcast, Chauncey talks about Donald Trump and professional wrestling, offers up his own conspiracy theory about the death of Antonin Scalia, and complains about impending decrepitude and his irritated skin.

Ep. 76: David Theo Goldberg Meditates on the Global Color Line

Feb 11, 2016 01:41:08

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Philosopher David Theo Goldberg is the guest on this week's installment of The Chauncey DeVega Show. Dr. Goldberg is one of the world's leading thinkers and writers on matters of race and the global color line. He is the author of numerous books and articles including the most recent Are We All 'Post Racial' Yet?. He is the Director of the University of California Humanities Research Institute and holds numerous faculty appointments at the University of California-Irvine.

Professor Goldberg's work has influenced a generation of students and scholars. His book The Racial State and The Threat of Race are two of the most necessary works for understanding the relationship between race, power, governmentality, and the neoliberal present. 

Professor Goldberg does some great sharing and teaching in this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. David and Chauncey talk about Donald Trump, working class white authoritarianism, and how racism has evolved in the United States. Professor Goldberg also shares some stories about his career path where he worked with the Kurtis Blow on his classic rap video for the song "Basketball", New York before its "Disneyfication", David Bowie, Apartheid-era South Africa, the documentary Searching for Sugar Man, and of course the 1980s docudrama Shaka Zulu. 

Dr. Goldberg was a great conversation partner and storyteller.

This week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show also features a special guest. Chauncey's mother stops by the virtual bar and salon. Be forewarned as she does not care about political correctness. Chauncey DeVega and his mother talk about Donald Trump, black people receiving poor service at restaurants, Chris Christie's weight, and her support of Republican John Kasich. 

Ep. 75: Tim Wise on White Privilege and White Racial Fragility

Feb 4, 2016 02:03:18

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Anti-racism activist, author, and scholar Tim Wise is the guest on this week's edition of The Chauncey DeVega Show. Tim Wise is the author of numerous books including his most recent Under the Affluence: Shaming the Poor, Praising the Rich and Sacrificing the Future of America. He is also the subject of a great new documentary called White Like Me.

Tim Wise is a great friend of the podcast and Chauncey's other online work. During this, his second sit down at the virtual bar and salon, Tim Wise does not disappoint.

Tim and Chauncey talk about maintaining balance and mental health even while they spend a great deal of time working on issues related to the color line, discuss Donald Trump and alienated white voters, how to deal with white racial fragility and deflection, and adding new tools to the metaphorical toolbox for talking with folks about questions of justice and human rights.

In this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Chauncey also talks about this weekend's Super Bowl, the Iowa caucuses, and how The New York Times' resident conservative "borrowed" his analysis of Trump and professional wrestling. Chauncey is also brought to bliss by a new soda discovery and shares some scary facts about the horrible state of food safety in the United States.

Ep. 74: A History of the Penis with Sofian Khan

Jan 28, 2016 01:40:48

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Documentary filmmaker and writer Sofian Khan is the guest on this week's edition of The Chauncey DeVega Show. Sofian's films include The Dickumentary and his newest project The Interpreter.

During this fun and educational episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Sofian does some great sharing about the history of the penis, making The Dickumentary, and the interesting personalities he encountered while doing research on male genitalia. Chauncey and Sofian do some sharing about about the great Ron Jeremy, porn, male insecurity, circumcision, and the man who supposedly has one of the largest penises in the world.

In this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Chauncey also talks about the New England Patriots' playoff loss, last week's WWE Royal Rumble, and the Feds taking down the Bundy Brigands. Chauncey also shares some interviews with racist--and very honest--Donald Trump supporters that were featured in a very revealing CNN story.

Ep. 73: Terry Finnegan on Warfare and Moral Courage

Jan 21, 2016 01:45:23

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Author and former senior United States Air Force intelligence officer Terry Finnegan is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. He is the author of the books Shooting the Front: Allied Reconnaissance in the First World War and A Delicate Affair on the Western Front: America Learns How to Fight a Modern War in the Woëvre Trenches.


This is a great conversation where Chauncey and Terry discuss American history, warfare, our fathers, family legacies, careers, moral courage, the "Greatest Generation", unsung heroes, some big questions about the atomic bombings of Japan, Terry's time as a docent for the Enola Gay, how individuals and their choices make history, and whatever other topics happen to be broached at the virtual bar and salon. 

During this installment of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Chauncey also complains about being in his overpriced and cold Chicago apartment, reflects on how Ann Coulter tried to bait and taunt him this week on Twitter, shares a story about how the "sharing economy" and Uber exploits folks in this living neoliberal nightmare that is 21st century American life, and tries a new soda..which he has a very mixed (but ultimately positive) response to. 

Ep. 72: Oliver Speck on Tarantino, Django, Race and Digital Media

Jan 15, 2016 01:59:32

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Dr. Oliver Speck is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show.

Oliver is a professor of Film Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University. He is the author or editor of numerous books and articles, most recently the new volume Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained: The Continuation of Metacinema.

In this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Oliver and Chauncey discuss Tarantino's films, the politics of race and meaning in Django Unchained, media and representation, historical memory and Germany, terrorism, ISIS, and digital culture. 

As a bonus, Dr. Speck sat down for a second round where he shared his thoughts about the Paris terror attacks, the San Bernardino gun rampage, and other matters. Oliver is a smart, fun, and witty guest. It was a pleasure to chat with him at the virtual bar known as The Chauncey DeVega Show.

During this episode, Chauncey DeVega commits a dangerous act of soda alchemy, discusses Obama's final State of the Union speech, and shares a story about how black folks turned a racial slur into something "beautiful" and the temptations said ugly word has for some white folks when they get drunk. In this week's show, Chauncey also says goodbye to David Bowie and shares his thoughts on the documentary God Loves Uganda. 

Ep. 71: David Silverman is an Atheist Who is Fighting God and Religion

Jan 8, 2016 01:35:07

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David Silverman is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show.

He is the president of the American Atheists. David is also the author of the new book Fighting God: An Atheist Manifesto for a Religious World. He is one of the United States' most prominent voices in favor of a true separation between Church and State. Mr. Silverman is also an unapologetic, proud, "firebrand" atheist, who takes no prisoners.

In this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Chauncey and David, of course, talk about politics, faith, and religion in the United States. They also cut to the chase and explore questions of good and evil, God, theodicy, why so many atheists hide behind the cloak of "secular humanism", "agnosticism", and other such labels. David also helps Chauncey to decide if he is actually an atheist or maybe something else.

At the virtual bar, Chauncey and David also talk about love, marriage and personal relationships. Is it possible for a religious person and an atheist to find happiness together? If your partner actually thinks that you will go to hell in the afterlife because you are an atheist, is a healthy and happy relationship possible? Is religion a type of brainwashing and abuse?

David and Chauncey also talk about ISIS, religion, and the Republican Party during this great episode.

David is one hell of a conversation partner. It was wonderful to be able to sit down with him at the virtual bar and sort out matters of politics and religion.

During this first episode of 2016, Chauncey gives proper thanks to the folks who donated to the fundraising drive, talks about his recent interviews on Ring of Fire and Thom Hartmann, sends positive energy to Professor Larycia Hawkins, hints at future plans, and tells a story about how a man who was released from a hospital (or escaped?) helped him to further own his life calling.

Ep. 70: Deconstructing "Star Wars: The Force Awakens"

Jan 1, 2016 02:12:22

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This week's New Year's Eve episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show is two great shows in one. 

The first part of the New Year's Eve podcast features a review and discussion of Star Wars: The Force Awakens with friend of the podcast and site Bill the Lizard. Bill and Chauncey have been thinking about, anticipating, and meditating on all things Star Wars for many years.

Their conversation about Star Wars: The Force Awakens is more than a basic review.

Chauncey and Bill the Lizard talk about how this new film is a remix of A New Hope, questions surrounding Arthurian legend and the Hero's Journey, speculate about how the First Order (the new version of The Galactic Empire) is now both multicultural and also includes women, explain how Commander Snoke must be Darth Plagueis the Wise, and map out what the sequels to J.J. Abrams version of Star Wars must do next to make or break the foundation laid down in The Force Awakens. This is a spoiler filled and fun conversation.

The second part of the New Year's Eve podcast turns to far more serious matters. In this extended segment, Chauncey talks about the extrajudicial killing of Tamir Rice and answers the question(s) asked by some online about how best to stay sane and positive in these trying times. To that end, Chauncey reads some of the wicked comments at the white supremacist Right-wing political website known as The Free Republic about the killing of Tamir Rice and the exoneration of the thug cops who stole his life. Chauncey then uses the wisdom of Dr. Na'im Akbar to help black and brown folks understand how best to win a psychological battle with white racists.

In this New Year's Eve episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Chauncey also gives some love to the now permanently retired radio legend Art Bell by playing a clip from one of the latter's amazing conversations with Father Malachi Martin, former exorcist for the Vatican.

Chauncey shills for the great new movie The Hateful Eight and then overshares during this episode of the podcast about his inexorable lust and explosive desire for Katrina Pierson, the bullet necklace wearing spokeswoman for Donald Trump.

Ep. 69: Michael Witwer on the Secret History of the Dungeons and Dragons Role-playing Game

Dec 24, 2015 02:13:59

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This episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show features two great guests.   Star Wars: The Force Awakens is taking the world by storm. The Chauncey DeVega Show has done several special episodes with friend of the site Bill the Lizard about the new series of Star Wars films. Chauncey and Bill the Lizard have finally seen the new movie. They originally intended to talk for only 20 minutes, but instead ended up with an almost hour long deconstruction of the film, the future of the franchise, and other matters about the (for all intents and purposes) rebooted/remixed J.J. Abrams Star Wars universe.    This week's episode features 20 or so minutes of that conversation. It will be posted next week as an end of year full episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show.   The main guest on this week's installment of The Chauncey DeVega Show is Michael Witwer. He is the author of the great new book Empire of Imagination.   Popular culture is social history. In this wonderful conversation Michael Witwer and Chauncey talk about the history of pen and paper and dice role-playing games in the United States, the history of Dungeons and Dragons, share some great stories about its primary inventor Gary Gygax, laugh about how the U.S. military infiltrated Gygax's role-playing group, and explore the legacy of Dungeons and Dragons as one of the great influences on a whole generation of Hollywood filmmakers, video game creators, and authors.    Michael Witwer and Chauncey also discuss questions of "inclusion" around race and gender in role-playing fandom and events such as Gencon and the subgenre known as "swine gaming" that features "games" about the Holocaust, the genocide of First Nations peoples, and white on black chattel slavery in the New World.   Michael Witwer also surprises Chauncey with his in depth knowledge of Star Wars and how his brother does voice-over work for Star Wars video games and animated series.   In addition to the great teaching done by Michael Witwer and Bill the Lizard, Chauncey talks about Donald Trump's use of the phrase "schlonged", reflects on the death of Sandra Bland, offers up his Festivus grievances, tells folks about his iron skillet troubles, continues to thank the kind folks who donated to the fundraiser, and shares why he is happy and more or less content this holiday season.

Ep. 68: Joe Lansdale is Back to Talk "Hap and Leonard" & Other Goodness

Dec 18, 2015 02:33:02

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Print author, TV, and film writer Joe Lansdale is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. This is the second time that "Champion" Joe has stopped by to chat at the virtual bar and he does not disappoint.   Chauncey and Joe talked about a huge range of topics including, the new Hap and Leonard book and TV series, Paradise Sky about African-American cowboy Nat Love, Joe's work on the Batman cartoon series, writing Tarzan, thinking about the movie John Carter of Mars, generational change and codes of honor, manhood, race, martial arts, Ronda Rousey's loss, Bruce Lee, and whatever topics happened to come up.   Champion Joe is always lots of fun and does some great teaching and sharing as is his habit on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show.   This week's podcast also features some Star Wars: The Force Awakens content. Friend of the site and podcast Bill the Lizard stops by to talk with Chauncey about their excitement, fears, and worries about the new movie. This conversation was recorded Wednesday night before the premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens the next day. There will be a special all things Star Wars: The Force Awakens podcast episode next week where Chauncey and Bill the Lizard talk about the new movie.    In addition to the great sharing and teaching offered by Joe Lansdale and Bill the Lizard, on this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Chauncey talks about the human zoo sociopaths at the CNN GOP primary "debate", discussed the Freddie Gray mistrial for the first thug cop whose inaction/actions led to that horrible death, revealed more about his soda addiction, and talked about going on the David Pakman Show and the accusations that Chauncey looks like a turtle and is high on bath salts.

Ep. 67: Ned and Constance Sublette Discuss "The American Slave Coast: A History of the Slave-Breeding Industry"

Dec 11, 2015 01:49:23

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Ned and Constance Sublette are the guests on this week’s episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. They are the authors of the amazing and powerful new book The American Slave Coast: A History of the Slave-Breeding Industry

Ned and Constance do some serious teaching and sharing on a very difficult subject for this week’s show. Chauncey and his guests work through questions regarding the scale and scope of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, how many people were killed during that horrific business, why did the slave population in the United States grow as compared to other parts of the world, and what is “the capitalized womb” and “slave-breeding?” 

Ned and Constance also take on common white supremacist and other myths about how chattel slavery in the “New World” was not as harsh as the labor experienced by European serfs or North American urban white industrial workers.

In addition to the amazing teaching and sharing offered by Ned and Constance, on this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Chauncey talks about Donald Trump and the “fascism” con game distraction, shares his secrets for healthy living, talks about popular culture and the new movie Spotlight, offers up his own story about an African Catholic priest who had lustful eyes, and gets personal as he confesses his anxieties about gaining weight and discovering that he does not in fact suffer from elephantiasis.

Ep. 66: David Neiwert on the Right-wing Hate Media and the Beauty of Killer Whales

Dec 4, 2015 01:46:37

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Dave Neiwert is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. He is one of the United States' foremost experts on the American Right-wing media, militia movement, and politics more generally. He current writes the Hatewatch blog for the Southern Poverty Law Center. Dave Neiwert is the author of several books including The Eliminationists. He is one of the founders of the essential news website Crooks and Liars. Dave is also an ally of our animal friends. His new book is Of Orcas and Men: What Killer Whales Can Teach Us

This is the first conversation in the annual December fundraising month for the website ChaunceyDeVega.com and the podcast The Chauncey DeVega Show. David is a great guest and does some wonderful teaching and sharing on this week's installment of the show.    David Neiwert is an amazing guest who has supported Chauncey DeVega's work for some years. It was so cool to finally be able to chat with him on the podcast.
In addition to Dave's great conversation, on this episode of The Chauncey Devega Show, Chauncey talks about the bookend of mass shootings at Planned Parenthood and in California, gives some insight about the pressure to write "hot takes" on current events, offers up a poontang hypothesis about the San Bernardino shootings and radical violent Islam, complains about the New England Patriots getting screwed by the referees, as well his upsetness regarding his cold electric heat (not) warmed overpriced Chicago apartment.

Ep. 65: Sean McElwee from Demos Explores Race, Wealth Inequality and Democracy

Nov 28, 2015 01:32:17

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Sean McElwee is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. He is a Research Associate at the Demos think tank. He is also a contributing writer for Salon and Al Jazeera. In this great conversation on The Chauncey DeVega Show, Sean and Chauncey talk about race and wealth inequality, if the United States is still a "democracy", libertarianism, and what the data reveals about how the plutocrats and 1 percent have gamed America's politics to their own advantage. 

Sean also does some great sharing about the world of think tanks, dealing with trolls, and the challenge of translating complex information so that a smart and interested general readership can process and make use of it.

On this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Chauncey tells folks about his Thanksgiving dining at a Middle Eastern buffet, gives some love for the new movie Creed, and cuts a promo about loud and obnoxious children who almost ruined his dining experience. 

Chauncey also talks about Fox News' Megyn Kelly's Jim and Jane Crow lynching culture complaints about black men who "reckless eyeball" America's police, as well as the GOP's proto fascist politics.

Ep. 64: Paula Ioanide on How Emotions Trump Facts in a Colorblind Era

Nov 20, 2015 01:39:09

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Paula Ioanide is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. Dr. Ioanide is a Professor of Comparative Race and Ethnicity Studies at Ithaca College.

She is the author of the great new book The Emotional Politics of Racism: How Feelings Trump Facts in an Era of Colorblindness. In this conversation on The Chauncey DeVega Show, Paula and Chauncey talk about emotion, empathy, sympathy, and human concern across the color line. They also discuss police brutality, the white racial frame, and if the white gaze is capable of seeing people of color as full and equal human beings.

Paula Ioanide also does some great sharing about her activist work and teaching in the American prison system.

On this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Chauncey talks about his week dealing with Right-wing sewer dwellers who were upset about his essay about the Paris terror attacks and the Right-wing hate media, gives an update on his recent TV and radio appearances, and then closes the show discussing so-called "safe spaces" on college campuses, as well as the manifesto for campus change offered by the young lions at Amherst College in Massachusetts. 

Ep. 63: Irvin Muchnick on Pro Wrestling, the NFL, Concussions and Cover-ups

Nov 13, 2015 01:49:12

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This week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show features sports journalist Irvin Muchnick. In addition to many articles, he is the author of Justice Denied; Wrestling Babylon; and Concussion Inc.. He is a smart, direct, and incisive writer who is expert at locating events in the "world of sports" within their broader social context.

In this installment of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Irvin and Chauncey talk about how the worlds of professional wrestling and broader American culture and life intersect, the rise of Donald Trump, Irvin's groundbreaking journalism on the Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka domestic violence-murder case, as well as the Chris Benoit tragedy. 

Irvin also shares some great insights about the N.F.L. concussion scandal and his new work on sexual exploitation and abuse in the USA Swimming organization.

This episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show also features Chauncey talking about the hypocrite Ben Carson and how his adviser Armstrong Williams is apparently a closeted gay man who was accused of sexual harassment, and how the GOP's horrible last debate is more evidence of the ways that Fox News is Right-wing state-controlled media. At the end of this week's episode, Chauncey gets personal and gives some inside advice to the students who are protesting racism at Yale and the University of Missouri based on his background as a student activist and quick few years as a college administrator.

Ep. 62: Heather Richardson on the Republican Party vs. the Poor and People of Color

Nov 6, 2015 02:05:28

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Historian Heather Cox Richardson is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show.

Dr. Richardson is the author of numerous books including To Make Men Free: A History of the Republican Party and Wounded Knee: Party Politics and the Road to an American Massacre.

She is also a contributing writer for the online magazine Salon.com. Her essays on American politics, culture, and the past/present of the GOP offer an amazing amount of wonderfully researched and grounded insight into the dangers and threats posed by "movement conservatism" to the Common Good. Dr. Richardson is also a sharp and precise writer who has the rare ability to bring a deep understanding of American history, life, and politics to bear on contemporary topics of public concern in these United States.

In this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Heather and Chauncey talk about the history of the Republican Party, as well as how its war on the poor, people of color, and the "Other" who it has identified as the "enemy" is not new, but rather has been decades in the making. Chauncey and Dr. Richardson also dialogue about Donald Trump, how America in the Age of Obama is eerily like that of the United States before the Civil War, and share some thoughts on their fears about the future of the republic. 

Dr. Richardson is a great guest and wonderful teacher who does some great sharing about the perils facing American politics as a function of the past living through to the present.

This installment of The Chauncey DeVega Show also includes Chauncey DeVega doing some truth-telling about white privilege and the TV show 60 Minutes' "white victimology blues" about heroin and pill addicts in "the heartland", while wondering why white folks get love, and black and brown folks get prison for being addicted to drugs. Chauncey also shares his disdain for Ben Carson's new "rap" song political campaign ad while demanding some empathy and sympathy for his addiction to high fructose corn syrup products. 

This episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show can be downloaded from Libsyn and also listened to here. 

The Chauncey DeVega Show is available on Itunes and at Stitcher as well.

Ep. 61: All Things "Star Wars" Explained by Mark Clark

Oct 30, 2015 02:08:05

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This week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show explores all things Star Wars and Star Wars: The Force Awakens related. 
Almost 40-years-ago George Lucas created one, if not the, most important film and popular culture universe of the 20th century. In less than two months, the much anticipated sequel to the landmark original Star Wars sequels will debut in December.

For the first part of this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, friend of the podcast, and Star Wars expert Bill the Lizard sits in to share his thoughts about the most recent (and presumably final) trailer for The Force Awakens. Chauncey and Bill the Lizard have chatted about their theories regarding the new film(s), its plot, and shared their hopes and worries about JJ Abram's new Star Wars films on several previous occasions onThe Chauncey DeVega Show. In this final conversation before The Force Awakens, they make some final predictions about the plot,its parallels with A New Hope, work through their feelings about why "Millennials" do not seem to be connecting with the movies, and deconstruct the final trailer.

The featured guest on this week's podcast episode features author Mark Clark.

Mark is the author of the new book Star Wars FAQ: Everything Left to Know About the Trilogy That Changed the Movies. He has also written books on the Star Trek film and TV universe.

Star Wars FAQ: Everything Left to Know About the Trilogy That Changed the Movies is a great book that examines the making of the film, its place in popular culture, and delves deep into the mythologies and mysteries about the iconic franchise. Star Wars FAQ is a wonderful resource for experts as well casual fans of theStar Wars universe. Mark possesses a deep and effortless knowledge about Star Wars and is able to relay his knowledge of the films, their creation, marketing, and hidden history, in a very compelling way.

Senior Jedi Knights, Padawans, and casual fans of Star Wars and science fiction/space fantasy will learn a great deal from Mark's book and generous sharing.

In this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Chauncey chimes in on the hellish third Republican Presidential Primary Debate, proclaims the greatness of the drink known as the Moscow Mule, talks about his innovations in reheating Middle Eastern food that gives him "the itis", updates folks on his food poisoning experience, calls out Ben Carson's slavery-abortion piss poor pseudo historical allusions, and mocks Christian religious fundamentalists who rob their kids of the joy that is Halloween.

Ep. 60: Douglas McAdam Explains Why American Politics is So Deeply Divided

Oct 23, 2015 01:59:16

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Sociologist Douglas McAdam is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show.

Dr. McAdam is the author or coauthor of some 85 articles and 18 books such as Freedom Summer and Political Process and the Development of Black Insurgency, 1930-1970. His new book, Deeply Divided: Racial Politics and Social Movements in Postwar America examines race, political polarization, and the rise of the Tea Party movement. Dr. McAdam is also a member of American Academy of Arts and Sciences--what is one of the most prestigious honors in all of the Arts and Letters.

On this week's episode of the podcast, Chauncey and Dr. McAdam talk about the "Black Lives Matter" movement, social movements, resistance in the digital and social media age, the Black Freedom Struggle, the persistence of the color line in the Age of Obama, and the rise of Donald Trump. 

Douglas is a very kind, funny, disarming, and great conversation partner at the virtual bar known as The Chauncey DeVega Show. 

During this installment of the podcast, Chauncey DeVega shares a story about food poisoning, his subsequent suspicion that he was the target of a voodoo curse, preliminary thoughts on the most recent Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie trailer, gives some advice "Dear Prudence" style about a woman who discovered that her beau practiced bestiality while a teenager, and then shares an online fundraising letter from professional black conservative grifter Ben Carson.

Ep. 59: John Michael Williams Talks Suicide, Life, Hope and "Bridgend"

Oct 17, 2015 01:50:02

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Filmmaker, producer, and singer John Michael Williams is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. This is an expansive conversation that touches on John's recent documentary "Bridgend" about the epidemic of teen suicides in a small town in the United Kingdom, finding one's life vocation, money, success, human strength and human weakness on both sides of the color line, as well as the nuts and bolts of making a documentary film. 

  It is likely that John Michael Williams was a motivational speaker and counselor in a previous life. He does some great teaching and sharing of life wisdom during the conversation at the virtual bar known as The Chauncey DeVega Show.   On this this week's show, Chauncey DeVega talks about his adventures at the local check cashing store and the challenges of being poor in America, talks about the Democratic debate and "Black Lives Matter", and wonders about Hillary Clinton's choice of debate attire. Was it inspired by Star Trek or Babylon 5?   Chauncey also gets a bit discombobulated from his lemon lime soda and does a Cornell West impression before reading a bit from a powerful story about America's racist carceral society and how a group of prison inmates defeated the much vaunted Harvard University debate team.

Ep. 58: M. Lamar on Black Masculinity, Sex and being "Negrogothic"

Oct 10, 2015 02:20:33

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Performance artist M. Lamar is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. M. Lamar is a New York city-based composer, musician, performer, multimedia artist, and counter tenor whose work "Negrogothic, a Manifesto" has been featured by The New York Times and the Museum of Modern Art.

M. Lamar is smart, funny, and honest. In this conversation, M. Lamar and Chauncey talk about art, creativity, race, sexuality, the movie Django: Unchained, fetishing the black penis, racial violence, lynching, and a range of other topics. 

Chauncey and M. Lamar also share some personal stories about sex and intimate adventures across the color line. 

This is a "grown folks" conversation that may not be appropriate for younger listeners. 

In this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Chauncey offers some thoughts on the Oregon mass shooting, ammosexuals, and "men's rights" sad and silly souls. Chauncey also cuts a promo on Ben Carson's betrayal of the Black Freedom struggle and the faux Right-wing outrage about Anthea Butler's wondering if Carson is indeed "coon of the year". 

And because he can't resist calling out Right-wing dreams of tough guy foolishness and guns, Chauncey also tells (again) his story about his late night street fight with a fiend who wanted to shoot him dead. 

In this overstuffed with goodness episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, there is also some titillating--funny?--bonus content at the end of the podcast.

Ep. 57: Nina Hartley's Wisdom on Sex, Politics, and "Boogie Nights"

Oct 1, 2015 01:25:09

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Nina Hartley is the guest on this week's edition of The Chauncey DeVega Show

Nina is a legendary adult film actress and sex educator who has starred or performed in more than 650 films since her debut in 1984. She continues to perform, give lectures, and run seminars on sexual health, agency, and spirituality. 

She is also a great and enthusiastic conversation partner.

In this conversation, Nina and Chauncey talk about the state of American politics and the psycho-sexual derangement of today's Republican Party, democratic socialism, justice, the Civil Rights and Women's Rights movements, feminism, religion and spirituality, sexual pleasure and health, and her role in the movie Boogie Nights. 

On this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Chauncey gives some love and congratulations to 2015 MacArthur Genius Award recipient Ta-Nehisi Coates, talks about Ben Carson's black conservative shuck and buck betrayal of the Black Freedom Struggle, as well as his magical religious delusional thinking. Chauncey also gives an enthusiastic recommendation for the new movie Sicario. 

Ep. 56: Gary Brown on Writing Pro Wrestling, Benson and Reality TV

Sep 25, 2015 01:42:20

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Gary Brown is the guest on this week's edition of The Chauncey DeVega Show.

Gary is a TV writer, producer, and director who worked on such landmark shows as Benson and 227. Mr. Brown is also a former writer with World Wrestling Entertainment. Chauncey and Gary connected because of the latter's great piece in the L.A. Progressive that detailed how Donald Trump is actually a professional wrestling heel. Given Chauncey's series of essays on politics and professional wrestling, and how Donald Trump is running a reality TV show professional wrestling hustle on the American people, a conversation with Gary was natural and essential.

In fun conversation, Gary shares the details about his eclectic career in television, gives advice about pitching shows for TV, talks about Robert Guillaume and the show Benson, and tells some stories about working in professional wrestling and how it helped him to understand Donald Trump.

Gary and Chauncey also talk about day-to-day life on a sitcom set, the puzzle that is charisma and talent, the rise of reality TV as a genre, and the future and legacy of Bill Cosby.

On this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Chauncey also tells a story about poverty, race, parenting, child abuse, and his local McDonald's "restaurant", muses on the nature of truth vs. opinion, and sings a Madonna song inspired by the Pope's visit to the United States and Chauncey's experience growing up in a black Catholic church before he renounced religion.

Ep. 55: David Frankfurter on the Problem of "Evil" and the Supernatural

Sep 18, 2015 01:46:19

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Dr. David Frankfurter is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. He is a Professor of Religion at Boston University. David is also the author of several books, most recently, Evil Incarnate:Rumors of Demonic Conspiracy and Satanic Abuse in History.

Dr. Frankfurter does some great teaching in this episode of the podcast known as The Chauncey DeVega Show. What makes someone "evil?" How is that concept abused in American political and social discourse? Was Dylann Roof "evil?" What about the 9/11 hijackers?

What was going on in America during the 1980s and its moral panics about demonic possession, cults, and child kidnapping?

Chauncey could not resist asking Dr. Frankfurter about his research on witches, demonic possession, magic, and the supernatural. In response, David offers up some stories about his own experiences and scholarly research as a student of history, religion, and anthropology.

In this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Chauncey tries to regain his sanity after watching the 3-hour-long CNN 2016 Republican Primary Debate. He also offers thanks to the kind folks who offered him some online Paypal love for his birthday.

Chauncey is still in his "blue" post-birthday period and shares some life advice he received from a wise man at Friday's restaurant, meditates on his life trajectory, and speculates about his inability as a wannabe member of the TV commentariat to make sense of nonsense after watching the Republican debate.

At the end of this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Chauncey continues to speculate about Star Wars: The Force Awakens--he thinks he has figured out the story behind the title--and shares a nice story about a lost/found stray kitty cat in his neighborhood.

Ep. 54: Joe Uscinski on 9/11, Birtherism and Conspiracy Theories

Sep 11, 2015 01:47:03

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Political Scientist Joe Uscinski is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. He is the co-author of the new book American Conspiracy Theories.

It is now 14 years since the tragedy of September 11th. In this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Professor Uscinski and Chauncey discuss the conspiracy theories that have come into existence about that tragic day, how they function as a type of alternative belief system more generally, and the relationship between political values and a given person's propensity to believe in them.

Chauncey and Joe also dialogue about the role race plays--or not--in anti-Obama "Birtherism" and other related matters. 

Dr. Uscinski's ability to bring rigorous empirical techniques to the discussion of what is often empty conjecture and emotion about American conspiracy theories is refreshing and exciting. 

In this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Chauncey also does some sharing about his feelings of decrepitude on his birthday, offers up some "fun" conspiracy theories about a brand of tropical punch that supposedly made black men sterile, relays his own 9/11 memories, reads some Slavoj Zizeck, and gives a really good reason for why folks should wash the clothes they buy before wearing them.

Ep. 53: Jessie Daniels on Cyber Racism, Modern Lynchings and Digital Literacy

Sep 4, 2015 02:03:21

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This week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show features two great guests. 

The first part of the show is very unique, and is perhaps a first in the history of podcasting and other online media. Friend of the show and website Bill the Lizard stops by and offers up a very concerned and heartfelt intervention for his friend of many years Chauncey DeVega. Apparently, Chauncey has been compromised, grammatically possessed by an entity known as "epononymously". 

Over the course of several years, Bill the Lizard has been documenting Chauncey's possession and (now) emancipation. This is an amazing conversation about confronting the evil within ourselves--a journey made even more frightening by the fact that Chauncey did not know that he was under the control of such a terrifying and nefarious entity.

The second part of this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show features sociologist Jessie Daniels. Dr. Daniels is one of the founders--along with Professor Joe Feagin--of the great and essential website known as Racism Review

Jessie and Chauncey chatted several months ago and their first conversation was erased by a mischievous spirit. Jessie kindly agreed to sit down to a second chat at the virtual salon. This was great fun. In this conversation, Jessie and Chauncey talk about popular culture, cyber racism, digital literacy and racism, police murders, the language of "lynching", and Jessie Daniel's upcoming memoir. 

Chauncey also informs Jessie about the joy that is the movies Leprechaun and Troll 2. 

In this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Chauncey also talks about his favorite cologne, using "mud butt" as a catchall excuse for life's travails, his most recent interview on Ring of Fire TV, and feeling like his timing was off with several great essays full of rhetorical and political dynamite that were misfires this week and last.

Ep. 52: Walidah Imarisha on White Washing American History and Black Sci-Fi

Aug 26, 2015 01:50:19

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Walidah Imarisha is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show.

Walidah is an activist, writer, and historian whose work focuses on the history of black Americans in the Pacific Northwest, the power of speculative fiction, and how storytelling, organizing, and dreaming are essential tools for social change work.

I discovered her work on the website Gizmodo as referenced in a story about black migration to the Northwest. While there may not have been black folks in the game Oregon Trail, there most certainly were black Americans in every part of the United States and its territories.

Walidah's work is so exciting because she exposes that important "hidden history", while also using it to discuss the realities of white supremacy and racism in supposedly white "liberal" communities today.

In this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Walidah and Chauncey talk about race, history, and migration; have some ghetto nerd sci-fi mind meld moments; laugh about "Black Peoples Employment Month", and reflect on Imarisha's various experiences with presenting the truth and reality of so-called white liberal America at museums, schools, and other venues.

Walidah Imarish is the real deal--smart, quick, funny, and insightful. This was a fun and rich conversation at the virtual bar known as The Chauncey DeVega Show.

In this episode of the podcast, Chauncey also shares some stories about his journey back to Connecticut last week, ponders the eccentricities of aging parents, the realities of "dry begging", opens up his hands to try to cobble together some monies to fix his mother's washing machine, and talks about last weekend's WWE Summerslam event while also sharing a story about (quite literally) almost bumping into the great George Lucas at a local movie theater for the second time.

Ep. 51: On Collecting Sneakers and How to Do More Good Better

Aug 11, 2015 02:04:57

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This week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show features two firsts.

David Friendly is the director and producer of the new documentary on sneaker culture known as "Sneakerheadz". David is the first Best Motion Picture of the Year Oscar-nominated guest--for his work on the great movie Little Miss Sunshine--to sit down at the virtual bar and salon known as The Chauncey DeVega Show. David Friendly is also the first person to spend some time chatting with Chauncey DeVega who has won a BAFTA for Best Film.

Steve Scheier is the author of the new book Do More Good. Better. He is the first organizational consultant with expert and practical advice on "diversity", "leadership", and "the workplace" to be a conversation partner on The Chauncey DeVega Show.

This is a good and informative episode.

Chauncey and David talk about being a "closer" in the film business, the art and politics of sneaker culture, how making a documentary is different from working in other genres, and how sneaker culture is a type of social history.

In the next segment, Chauncey and Steve talk about a wide range of topics. How does a person navigate the corporate and not for profit worlds? How do questions of leadership, identity, and decision-making interact and complicate one another?

Steve and Chauncey also explore such topics as privilege, consulting, communication styles, and remaining positive and productive in the face of the challenging realities of the contemporary workplace where one may be afraid of truth-telling? What about finding a mentor? Surviving a toxic work environment?

During this episode of The Chauncey Devega Show, Chauncey also works through his mental confusion as caused by the Chicago heat, reflects on being slurred by a drunk woman at the local tap, is upset about ign't "Serial", talks about Donald Trump and pro wrestling, and shares the biological science that drives his addiction to high fructose corn syrup.

Ep. 50: Sean McFate on How Private Armies are Changing the World

Aug 6, 2015 01:50:28

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Sean McFate is the guest on this week's episode of the podcast known as The Chauncey DeVega Show.

Sean is an expert on international and military affairs. He is also the author of the book The Modern Mercenary: Private Armies and What They Mean for World Order. Sean McFate is also a very fun, smart, and insightful conversation partner as he and Chauncey DeVega dialogue about the present/future of warfare, the old/new rise of mercenaries, popular culture, foreign affairs, and the changing same that is war across the centuries.

This episode was great fun. How often does one get to ask an expert on military affairs about the movie Predator, and which military branch (or not) did Arnold Schwarzenegger's group of commandos belong to? 

In this week's installment of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Chauncey also talks about his apparently quite upsetting and controversial recent essay on toxic white masculinity, gets too excited by his Shasta root beer soda, talks about the White Right's human freak show obsession with "cuckservatives", and gives some advice to a sad soul on Reddit who is apparently in distress about his cuckolding predilections and obsessions.

This very full of goodness episode also includes an update about the ign't cluster in Chauncey DeVega's neighborhood, and the Sherlock Holmes-like mystery that has developed during these last few weeks. 

Ep. 49: Psychiatrist David Reiss on Professional Wrestling and America's Broken Mental Health Care System

Jul 31, 2015 02:04:40

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Psychiatrist David Reiss is the guest on this week's episode ofThe Chauncey DeVega Show. David and Chauncey first connected in a previous podcast discussion of the passing of the late great professional wrestler "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes.

  This is a continuation of that great discussion and David does some great sharing and teaching.   David is a mental health practitioner who in addition to his private practice and consulting has worked very closely with athletes from a range of backgrounds including professional wrestling.    David and Chauncey have a fun and wide ranging conversation that is not just good fun for those folks interested in the theater and drama of professional wrestling, but includes insight about America's broken mental healthcare system, police brutality, concussions and sports, over diagnosis of PTSD, and the over medication of the American public. David also shares some great stories about the great personalities and interesting people he encountered while working at horse racing tracks while in medical school back in the not too distant past.    As a bonus for this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, David and Chauncey reconnected to discuss the recent Hulk Hogan racism imbroglio.    In this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Chauncey also briefly shares his thoughts on the de facto murders of Sandra Bland and Samuel Dubose, is very angry about the killing of Mr. Cecil the Lion, and pitches some ideas for reality TV shows while watching the horrific Dating Naked.    Chauncey also gives an update to the Sherlock Holmes-like mystery that he has been investigating in his neighborhood A hint: Chauncey has actually seen one of the people involved in the mysterious tale of "letters thrown out of windows in the middle of the night by a person who may or may not be a prisoner". 

Ep. 48: Bill Fletcher Jr. on TransAfrica, Organizing, Resistance and Labor Unions

Jul 23, 2015 02:15:50

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There are two guests on this week's installment of The Chauncey DeVega Show. It is full of goodness, teaching, learning, and great conversations.

  The first talk features Jonny Campbell. He has directed HBO's recent miniseries Casual Vacancy based on the work of Harry Potter's J.K. Rowling.    Campbell also directed the zombie TV series In the Flesh on the BBC, in addition to the classic Dr. Who episode Vincent and the Doctor.   This conversation was great fun. Chauncey and Jonny have a great dialogue and to and fro about the choices that a director makes in helping to create a final product, the choices one makes in terms of adapting a book to film, life lessons learned in the business, advice for intrepid screenplay and script writers, the zombie genre, and other related matters.   The second part of the podcast is a sit down at the virtual bar with brother Mr. Bill Fletcher Jr.    Mr. Fletcher is the former director of the activism and advocacy group known as TransAfrica. He has also been on the editorial staff of the print and online magazine known as Black Commentator. Bill is a wonderful guest. He also shares some great mentoring, wisdom, advice, and guidance about social advocacy work, aging gracefully, the importance of labor unions to American progress, labor, the color line, and how social change workers can maintain positive energy in the face of adversity.   Great stuff.   In this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Chauncey also updates folks about his local neighborhood Sherlock Holmes mystery, his cooking mistake and (then) salvation from last week's podcast, and gets angry about all of the noise that seems to occur whenever he wants to do his promos and outros for The Chauncey DeVega Show.

 

Ep. 47: Gregory Downs on Reconstruction, Black Freedom and Resistance

Jul 17, 2015 01:53:21

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Historian Gregory Downs is the guest on this week's edition ofThe Chauncey DeVega Show. Dr. Downs is the author of the new book After Appomattox, which offers an analysis of the post Civil War era South, Reconstruction, American freedom, and the struggle for African-Americans to defend their newly one gains in the face of white racial terrorism. Professor Downs' new book is an excellent history of American politics and a corrective to misunderstandings about the Civil War and its aftermath. Dr. Downs also writes for The New York Times in its on-going series on the American Civil War. 

Gregory does some great teaching and sharing in this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. He disabuses Chauncey--in a very nice way--of some of his misconceptions about the United States Constitution and its relationship to chattel slavery, shares his thoughts on writing for a popular audience in The New York Times, and explains the particular historical relationship that Black America has with the United States government and why the Black Freedom Struggle can be described as being "emancipated into the arms of the State".    Chauncey and Greg also do some sharing about graphic novels and other "popular" depictions of American history.    In this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Chauncey also talks about the Bill Cosby sex scandal and the misunderstood racial politics of The Cosby Show, shares some thoughts about Ta-Nehisi Coates' new book, and tells a tale of intrigue and crime while applying his Sherlock Holmes-like powers of detection and investigation to solve a local mystery.

Ep. 46: Shan Nicholson on the Origins of Hip-Hop, Gang Culture, and Social Activism

Jul 10, 2015 01:45:37

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Documentary filmmaker Shan Nicholson is the guest on this week's edition of the podcast known as The Chauncey DeVega Show.

His new film Rubble Kings, explores the gang culture of New York during the 1970s and how it gave birth to hip-hop music and culture. Rubble Kings is also an excellent documentary about young people's political activism, a great and exciting examination of social change and youth culture, and a fun exploration of what I like to call "hidden history".

Friend of the podcast Bill the Lizard also stops by as well. Chauncey and Bill the Lizard talk about the new Terminator: Genisys movie, banter about their Star Wars: Episode 7 anxieties, and recap their online Skype role-playing game session with the traditional dice, pen, and paper game Pendragon.

In this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Chauncey tells us about going to the Socialism 2015 conference in Chicago, taking on some emotional baggage from listening to folks who have lost loved ones to police thuggery and murder, and how he was told that he is also too sexy and well-dressed to take the Socialist women for a ride on Space Mountain.

Chauncey also shares a story about braving bacterial meningitis to escort a random stranger to the hospital, and gives some tips to young black folks who hang out with colorblind white public mouth bloviating racists.

The friends and kinds folks who donated to the June fundraising drive that is used to support The Chauncey DeVega Show and ChaunceyDeVega.com are also given proper thanks in this new installment of the podcast.

This episode was a nice and fun opportunity to do some catching up after a brief 2 week hiatus, to recharge the emotional batteries, and to have a few laughs with a good friend.

Ep. 45: Jonathan Lethem on "Old" New York, "They Live", and the Culture of Disreputability

Jun 26, 2015 02:18:24

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Jonathan Lethem is the featured guest on this week's installment of the podcast known as The Chauncey DeVega Show.

He is the author of many award winning books including Dissident Gardens, The Fortress of Solitude, and Motherless Brooklyn.

Jonathan conducted a master class and did some wonderful sharing about the culture of disreputability, the movie They Live, race and class, generational politics, and shared some stories about growing up in a pre-Disneyfied New York City.

This episode also features a conversation with psychologist Dr. David Reiss about the loss of the great and amazing professional wrestler known as "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes, and why his death has hit fans of the sport so hard, and the reasons that so many people felt a personal connection to him.

In addition, portions of this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show were recorded in the very moments when The Charleston Massacre was a "breaking news event" on the cable news networks.

Instead of editing out those segments, they have remained in the show as a type of archive and online testimony to the power of that moment. At the end of this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Chauncey reflects on the week's happenings since The Charleston Massacre, the news cycle, the Right-wing hate media, and the GOP's efforts to derail any conversation about white domestic terrorism, guns, and toxic white masculinity.

Ep. 44: Ali Abunimah on Electronic Intifada, the Global Color Line, and the Israeli Lobby

Jun 12, 2015 01:38:27

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Ali Abunimah is the guest on this week's edition of the podcast known as The Chauncey DeVega Show.

He is an internationally known human rights activist and author whose work focuses on the struggle for the Palestinian peoples' full rights and freedom. Ali Abunimah is also the co-founder of the essential website Electronic Intifada

In this great conversation, Ali and Chauncey talk about many issues. They include the global colorline and human rights, the United States' militarized police, the relationship between Israel and America's police and military, the Israel lobby and American politics, the limited space in the corporate media for truth-telling, and how to maintain hope and positivity while doing social change work.

Chauncey also talks about his recent essay on racial battle fatigue, colorblind white liberal racism, and McKinney, Texas's police thuggery against young black and brown children at a local pool. 

Ep. 43: Henry Giroux on Neoliberalism and the Culture of Cruelty

Jun 5, 2015 01:44:04

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Dr. Henry Giroux is the guest on this week's edition of the podcast known as The Chauncey DeVega Show.

He is the author of numerous books such as the recent The Culture of Organized Forgetting.

He is also an essential voice in this time of trouble, neoliberalism, austerity, and cruelty.

Dr. Giroux has been a great guide for my work here on WARN and ChaunceyDeVega.com.

I am Padawan. He is Master Yoda. Our conversation is instructive, open, and honest because of that fact.

In this episode, I also share my thoughts on religious fundamentalism, Christian fundies, sexual guilt, and the Duggar molestation scandal.

Do I hold back? Never. No mercy. They do not deserve it.

In this episode of the podcast known as The Chauncey DeVega Show, Henry and I discuss neoliberalism, race, justice, capitalism, police thuggery, and the culture of disposability and cruelty.

Dr. Giroux and I also vibe around public pedagogy, teaching, life, and share some war stories about the political space that is the classroom.

Ep. 42: Leonce Gaiter on Black Manhood, the Old West, Honor and Revenge

May 29, 2015 01:50:48

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Leonce Gaiter is the guest on this installment of the podcast known as The Chauncey DeVega Show.

Leonce is the author of I Dreamt I Was in Heaven: The Rampage of the Rufus Buck Gang

He is a straight shooter and a real talker.

This is a great and honest conversation where Chauncey and Leonce have a real salon. There is no agenda or prepared set of questions in the conversation between Leonce and Chauncey: this is spontaneous, honest, and direct truth-telling without a filter.

We call this "grown folks talk".

The Chauncey DeVega Show has had some generous guests, and amazing moments of learning. This episode is one for the books.

In this episode, Leonce and Chauncey discuss notions of black male honor, revenge, and self-respect. What does it mean to be black, male, and brave? Why is American society afraid of black folks who claim their honor and self-respect?

How do movies that are revenge fantasies like Tarantino's Django, and commercial hip-hop, fit into America's collective imagination, anxiety, and fear about black manhood, respectability, and honor?

How do people of color navigate elite white spaces such as Harvard University, and what does that teach us about the color line? Why does black male self-respect and honor scare so many white folks?

Leonce also shares some great insights about writing, race, and the Old West.

Chauncey does some sharing in this episode about Memorial Day, Confederate white trash, thug cops, the Waco outlaw motorcycle riot and shooting, Barack Obama, and his recipe for frying pork chops.

Ep. 41: David Krugler on Black Resistance to White Violence During the "Red Summer" of 1919

May 22, 2015 02:05:34

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Historian David Krugler is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show.

David is the author of the new book 1919, The Year of Racial Violence: How African Americans Fought Back.

Dr. Krugler's work is an exciting intervention against a narrative of African-American passivity in the face of white racial pogroms and other violence in the post World War One era. Black America has used a range of means to resist white supremacy. "Non-violence" has come to dominate public memory about the Black Freedom Struggle. Great work such as David's is helping a broader public to learn what black Americans have always known: African-Americans fought back with honor and dignity against the violence that was visited upon them by Jim and Jane Crow, the white mob, and the racial state.

Dr. Krugler and Chauncey discuss the Black Freedom Struggle, why and how the legacy of African-American resistance to white racial violence has been erased in the American public memory, some of the great stories of resistance that David uncovered in his research, and what prompted the nationwide white on black racial terrorism of 1919 and its relationship to Whiteness.

David and Chauncey also talk about the former's great book on American civil defense during the Cold War and how racism even impacted the United States' preparations for defending against a nuclear war.

Friend of WARN Bill the Lizard also stops by to talk about the great new movie Mad Max: Fury Road.

And of course, Chauncey gives an epic recounting of how he damn near broke his leg before going to see Mad Max: Fury Road and what the recovery has been like so far.

Ep. 40: Robert Neer on Matters of Napalm, Technology and Morality

May 15, 2015 01:26:18

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Robert Neer is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show.

He is a historian at Columbia University and the author of Napalm: An American Biography.

Robert's work is a incisive and unique example of the history of objects and how that type of social history can illuminate broader questions of politics, life, and society.

Napalm: An American Biography is more than the history of a horrific weapon: it is an insight into American war fighting, inventions, and foreign affairs.

Dr. Neer and Chauncey talk about the history of napalm, its inventors, the moral questions that (should) govern the use of technology and science, the Vietnam War, American power, and the symbolism and meaning that have been constructed around such an iconic and terrifying weapon in both the world's and America's public imagination.

Chauncey also shares his thoughts on Tom Brady and "Deflategate", the Oklahoma tornadoes and the Amtrak train crash, how Republican racism has hurt America's infrastructure in the Age of Obama, and a frightening encounter with an entitled student who was moved to gross anger by a discussion of wealth inequality and consumerism. 

Ep. 39: Joe McKinney on Zombies and Disaster Planning

May 8, 2015 01:53:32

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Joe McKinney is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show.

He is the author of such popular zombie horror books as Dead City, Apocalypse of the Dead, Flesh Eaters and The Zombie King.

Mr. McKinney is also a police officer in San Antonio, Texas with expertise in disaster and emergency management.

Joe's professional police expertise and mastery of the zombie horror genre make his work uniquely exciting and compelling.

This makes for a great conversation as Chauncey and Joe discuss all things zombies in this week's episode of the podcast known asThe Chauncey DeVega Show. 

Joe and Chauncey talk about world building in speculative fiction, the challenges of managing the State's response to natural and other types of disasters, the chaos of a confused and frightened public, how a zombie outbreak would likely be responded to by the police and other authorities, fast versus slow zombies, chasing naked drunk suspects down the street, his approach to the craft of writing, and other related zombie goodness.

Chauncey also shares his thoughts on Freddie Gray and racism beat ambulance chasers, gives some respect to the Washington Post's Radley Balko, getting love from Mark "the Incredible Hulk" Ruffalo and the WWE's Paul Heyman on Twitter, the new Avengers movie, and surrendering to the necessity of wearing under eye concealer makeup. 

Ep. 38: C2E2 2015--Max Brooks and Bill Willingham

Apr 28, 2015 38:20

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This special episode of the podcast known as The Chauncey DeVega Show features two conversations from Chicago's 2015 Comic and Entertainment Expo.

The first conversation is with Max Brooks.

He is the author of the zombie tome and landmark work World War Z. His most recent project is the graphic novel The Harlem Hellfighters. It explores the history of one of America's most storied combat units and how their struggle for dignity and honor in the face of Jim and Jane Crow America is one of the most important, yet little known, histories of the colorline in the United States.

Max Brooks and Chauncey chat about the challenge of creating a graphic novel that also tries to be historically accurate where possible, Will Smith's adapting The Harlem Hellfighters as a Hollywood project, the epic book World War Z, and favorite reads from his childhood.

The second conversation features Bill Willingham.

He is the the author of such comic book series as the multiple Will Eisner award-winning series Fables, as well as Jack of Fables, Elementals, and Fairest.

Bill Willingham and Chauncey talk about the narrative arc of Fables, Bill's patience and generous listening to fans of his work, how Fables is an insight into his personal values, and offers some wisdom and advice for journeyman writers, artists, and other folks who want to work as professionals in the comic book industry.

Ep. 37: Keli Dailey on Comedy and the News

Apr 24, 2015 02:11:53

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Keli Dailey is the guest on this week's packed full of goodness installment of The Chauncey DeVega Show.

She is the host of News Hangover, an online comedy news series.

News Hangover is smart, sharp, and funny as Keli and her guests use comedy and satire as a means to talk about current events, social justice, and other related topics. Keli is also a journalist who worked at the U-T San Diego newspaper as a food writer. She is a Stanford grad and self-described "black hipster".

This makes for a great conversation as Chauncey and Keli connect the dots on a range of issues from life on the "racism beat", to learning the craft of comedy, the challenges of talking to young people about feminism and race, popular culture, Louis C.K. and the movie Pootie Tang, as well as the challenges of putting together a show like News Hangover.

This episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show was done just as the story about the video-recorded murder of Walter Scott by a thug cop in South Carolina was breaking as a national news item. Chauncey and Keli share an organic moment where they talk about the unending wave of white on black police and vigilante violence in the United States.

Friend of the podcast, Bill the Lizard, also joins the show as he and Chauncey discuss the new trailer for the movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Chauncey also shares his thoughts on the Michael Dyson versus Cornel West fracas, going to see legendary comic Dick Gregory, and a funny email about "race play" and kink that he received earlier this week.

Ep. 36: Claire Potter on Public Pedagogy, Digital Culture, Archives and Teaching

Apr 15, 2015 01:46:21

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Professor Claire "Tenured Radical" Potter is the guest on this installment of the podcast known as The Chauncey DeVega Show.

Dr. Potter is a scholar of American Studies, history, and popular culture.

She is a Professor of History at The New School and is the author/editor of several books including War on Crime: Bandits, G-Men and the Politics of Mass Culture and the forthcomingBeyond Pornography: How Feminism Survived the Age of Reagan.

As the "Tenured Radical" she is perhaps best known for her column at The Chronicle of Higher Education and as a scholar at the forefront of public pedagogy and its intersection(s) with digital media and democracy.

Claire has also been a friend of The Chauncey DeVega Show for some time. She has also been a great booster and supporter of Chauncey DeVega's other online work.

Dr. Potter is very sharp, witty, and wise.

This makes for a great conversation on the newest installment ofThe Chauncey DeVega Show.

In this new episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Claire and Chauncey talk about police brutality and life in New York in the shadow of the Eric Garner case, the perils, joys, and challenges of public pedagogy and intellectual work; and share some fun stories about the naughty, titillating, and scintillating things that can be found in famous folks' personal archives and collections.

Chauncey and Claire also talk about how Times Square was made into Disney World and the relationship between feminism and anti-pornography crusades.

Chauncey DeVega also cuts a not short opening promo about the killing of Walter Scott by the thug cop Michael Slager in South Carolina and does a bit of reading and reflection on the great essay The Police Are America's Terrorists.

Ep. 35: Jeffrey Sammons and John Morrow Discuss "The Harlem Hellfighters"

Apr 4, 2015 01:20:58

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Dr. Jeffrey T. Sammons and Dr. John H. Morrow Jr. are the guests on this week's installment of The Chauncey DeVega Show where we discuss their new book "Harlem's Rattlers and the Great War".

They are both starred scholars.

Jeffrey T. Sammons is Professor in the Department of History at New York University and the author of Beyond the Ring: The Role of Boxing in American Society. John H. Morrow, Jr., Franklin Professor of History at the University of Georgia, is the author of several books, including The Great War: An Imperial History.

It has been more than 100 years since the beginning of World War One. In many ways, much more so than is generally understood by the American general public, World War One, "The Great War," has profoundly shaped the present. This is also true of the global colorline.

This conversation on The Chauncey Devega Show about World War One and one of the United States' most legendary and accomplished military units--the "Harlem Hellfighters"--is a wonderful lens into some "hidden" American history of which (unfortunately) too few are aware.

In this new episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Chauncey and his conversation partners Jeffrey Sammons and John Morrow talk about separating myth from fact regarding World War One and African-American military service, why World War One is understudied in America's schools, how the "Harlem Rattlers" came to be known as the "Harlem Hellfighters", the struggles and unique challenges faced by The Harlem Rattlers/Hellfighters as a unit, their experiences in Europe as one of America's most distinguished and accomplished military units, as well as how Jim and Jane Crow impacted its heroes upon their return stateside.

Jeffrey and John also share their opinions about how the story of the legendary Harlem Hellfighters is being adapted for a movie starring Will Smith--one that is based on a graphic novel by Max Brooks.

Ep. 34: Rosalyn Dischiavo on Sex Education, BDSM, Porn and 50 Shades of Grey

Mar 28, 2015 01:41:19

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Rosalyn Dischiavo, founder of the Institute for Sexual Education and Enlightenment is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show.

This is a fun and interesting conversation that began several years ago when Dr. Dischiavo reached out to Chauncey DeVega with some questions about a blog post he shared regarding the colorline, kink, sexuality, and "race play".

That series of emails planted the seeds for Dr. Dischiavo's good sharing on The Chauncey DeVega Show.

Roz and Chauncey discuss issues of power, race, and sexual role-playing in the boudoir, the new movie and books 50 Shades of Grey, if online pornography is "harming" young people, how to give "the talk" about "the birds and the bees" to our children, the importance of communication to sexual intimacy and pleasure, and the shadow of Dr. Kinsey.

Roz also helps Chauncey to figure out if his parents did a good job preparing him to take the ladies on Space Mountain.

This is a jam packed full of goodness podcast episode as Chauncey also chats with Bryan, a fellow smart mark and friend, about this weekend's WWE Wrestlemania event.

Ep. 33: Adilifu Nama on Race, Science Fiction and Black Nerds

Mar 20, 2015 01:45:02

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Adilifu Nama, Professor of African-American Studies at Loyola Marymount University and expert on race and popular culture is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show.

Adilifu has written several books including Black Space and Super Black.

He has also written a forthcoming book on the films of Quentin Tarantino.

In this fun episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Adilifu and Chauncey take a long and winding walk along the colorline and its intersections with race, popular culture, and science fiction. 

Adilifu and Chauncey discuss their mutual discovery of a love of science fiction and film, how to reconcile white supremacy and science fiction as fans who are people of color, talked about their fear of the comic book store and the Whiteness of geek and nerd culture, and shared thoughts on Django: Unchained, teaching film, and the existential dilemmas of "blackness".

Chauncey and Adilifu also share their favorite horror movies--hint: one of them is the recent pathology porn film "Precious"--and mutual love of Clint Eastwood's revisionist Western classic "Unforgiven".

Chauncey shares some thoughts about Ferguson and his recent appearance on Ring of Fire TV, rants about incompetent tech support for his new HD webcam, talks about white Right-wing domestic terrorists, and reads a passage from Ethiop's classic essay "What Shall We do With the White People?"

Ep. 32: David Greven on How "Star Trek" Explores Sexuality, Gender and Race

Mar 13, 2015 01:16:25

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David Greven, professor and expert on Star Trek is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show.

David is the author of numerous books including Gender and Sexuality in Star Trek: Allegories of Desire in the Television Series and Films.

He is also Professor of English Language and Literature at the University of South Carolina.

In this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, David and Chauncey talk about the Star Trek TV and film universe and how it both represents and struggles with questions of gender, sexuality, and race.

David and Chauncey also discuss Kirk and Spock's "brotherly" love, Trek's problems with representing black masculinity,Voyager as a show where questions about gay and lesbian rights and agency were channeled via the holographic doctor, Data as a sexual being, and many other Star Trek related topics.

Chauncey and David also reminisce about their favorite childhood toy disappointments and the joys of watching early and mid 1980s New York television stations such as Channel 11 and Channel 9.

Chauncey DeVega offers some thoughts about the Oklahoma fraternity racism imbroglio and the Department of Justice's two reports on Ferguson.

Ep. 31: Paul Rosenberg on Why Voting Still Matters

Mar 6, 2015 01:37:42

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Journalist and political analyst Paul Rosenberg is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show.

Paul is a contributing writer to news outlets and websites such as Salon.comAlternet, and Al Jazeera. He is also the senior editor of Random Length News. Mr. Rosenberg also runs the website Merge Left.

Paul is a sharp and amazingly insightful observer of American (and global) politics. He is also very patient as he sits down with Chauncey DeVega under the learning tree.

In this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Paul and Chauncey discuss how to keep hope alive in an era of broken politics, neoliberalism, and austerity. Paul also explains to Chauncey how "principled non-voting" is not an effective strategy and actually works in the interest of the plutocrats and the 1 percent.

Paul and Chauncey also talk about how blogging and social media have changed journalism, why Obama is so malleable and weak in the face of Republican racism and obstructionism, and why the Democrats lost the midterm elections and are impotent in the face of the GOP's "drown the government baby in the bathtub" thuggery and irresponsible politics.

Chauncey DeVega also offers some reflections and thoughts on the passing of the one and only Mr. Leonard Nimoy.

Ep. 30: Frank Schaeffer on the Christian Right's Threat to American Democracy

Feb 6, 2015 57:16

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For this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, I had the great opportunity to talk with Mr. Frank Schaeffer.

He is a frequent guest on MSNBC, Free Speech TV, and many other radio and TV outlets.

Mr. Schaeffer possesses gifted insight on the rise of the Christian Right in the United States. As a young man, he was there as his father, along with the likes of Jerry Falwell, laid the groundwork for the influence of the Christian Right on the Republican Party. Frank has shared those experiences in his New York Times best-selling book Crazy for God.

I have been a longtime admirer of Frank Schaeffer's honesty and truth-telling. In this conversation, he and I talk about the rise of Christian Fascism and its threat to American democracy, the popularity of the movie American Sniper, how the useful idiots of the Religious Right are duped, his insights into the unholy union between the plutocrats and the Christian Right, and touch on matters of faith, spirituality, and religion as they relate to Mr. Schaeffer's new book Why I am an Atheist Who Believes in God.

Ep. 29: Mickey Hess on the Genius of Ol' Dirty Bastard

Jan 31, 2015 01:10:38

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For this, the second episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show of 2015, I chatted with Dr. Mickey Hess about the life and times of the legendary hip-hop artist Ol' Dirty Bastard.

Mickey took on the challenge of tracking down Dirty's family, friends, and fellow members of the seminal hip-hop group The Wu-Tang Clan for his new book The Dirty Version: On Stage, In the Studio, and In the Streets With Ol’ Dirty Bastard.

Hess's hip-hop vision quest paid off with a book full of great stories and insights about Ol' Dirty Bastard (aka Russell Jones). In this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Mickey separates myth from fact. How did ODB feel about fame? What was it like hanging out with Dirty's dear friend and fellow member of the Wu-Tang Clan, Buddha Monk, at a Houlihan's restaurant? How did Dirty's drug and alcohol use impact his art and life? Did ODB's time in prison lead to his untimely death?

Mickey and I also talk about ODB's unbelievable adventures such as lifting a car off of an injured child, crashing the Grammys, and of course taking a limousine with his family to cash their monthly welfare check.

Ep. 28: Jack Hamilton on the Golden Age of Hip Hop

Jan 23, 2015 01:33:23

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To begin 2015, The Chauncey DeVega Show will feature two shows focusing on hip hop music. 

Our first guest for 2015 is Jack Hamilton. He is a contributing writer at Slate magazine, and also an Assistant Professor of American Studies and Media Studies at the University of Virginia.

I am a member of the hip hop generation. My own work focuses on race, hip hop, and the politics of popular culture. It is always wonderful to chat with a fellow traveler such as Jack Hamilton.

In this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Jack and I talk about the life and legacy of the late, great, MC known as The Notorious B.I.G., the current state of hip hop music, the occasion of how many seminal hip hop albums are now 20-years-old, teaching popular music in the classroom, writing about music for Slate, the colorline and black music, and how/if the conversion from analog to digital has changed--in a negative way--publics' relationships with popular music, as well as the complicated role of the white critic in black music.

Ep. 27: Tim Wise on the Lie of Post Racial Politics and the Enduring Power of White Priviilege

Dec 24, 2014 01:11:51

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For this, the sixth episode of the third season of The Chauncey DeVega Show, I had the good fortune to chat with Tim Wise.

Tim is one of the United States' leading anti-racist educators and activists. He is the author of numerous books including Dear White America, White Like Me, Speaking Treason Fluently, and Between Barack and a Hard Place. In addition to speaking engagements stateside and internationally, Tim is a frequent guest on MSNBC, CNN, and other media outlets. Tim's website can be found here.

In this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Tim and I talk about the grind of travel, the merits (or not) of reading email and online comments, what it is like to have Nazi pen pals, pathetic black conservative race hustlers, his recent appearance on CNN's Headline News Network, his new documentary Colorblind: The Rise of Post-Racial Politics and the Retreat from Racial Equity, and why the Age of Obama has driven so many white folks--especially on the Right--into a state of mouth-frothing madness.

The format for The Chauncey DeVega Show is that of a virtual bar or salon where two folks sit down and chat with the conversation going where it does naturally. Tim and I have talked over the years via email: this new episode of the podcast series is an extension of that dialogue.

Ep. 26: Jason Colavito on Fringe History, UFOs, White Supremacists and Big Foot

Dec 18, 2014 01:05:59

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For this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, I had the great opportunity to talk with Jason Colavito. Our conversation is a real treat and gem for ghetto nerds and those others who are interested in fringe history and other types of "alternative" knowledge systems.

Jason is an expert skeptic whose work appears on his eponymous website jasoncolavito.com. He is the author of numerous books. Jason has also appeared in documentaries and other media where he offers up his direct, clear, and reality based expertise on mythologies and magical thinking such as the ancient aliens hypothesis, the theory of Atlantis, and the myriad of distortions and lies about human events that have come to populate the History Channel and its auxiliary H2.

As Jason and I discuss in this most recent episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, our world is full of wonder and amazing discoveries. Thus, there is no reason to lie, obfuscate, and generate from the ether, fringe histories, ancient aliens, and other like mess. Our world and universe is amazing enough without the need to create fictions that soothe our egos as opposed to nurturing the intellect.

In this wide ranging and very educational conversation, Jason and I discuss why the ancient aliens hypothesis is so compelling, the faux rigor and "scientific" approaches used by the fringe history community, the fixation that white supremacists have with UFO's, Vikings, and giants, the Afrocentic dreams of how black Africans discovered the "New World", and the oft discussed case of Betty and Barney Hill, an interracial couple who were supposedly kidnapped by extraterrestrials in the 1960s.

Ep. 25: Nick Chiles Ponders "Justice While Black"

Dec 10, 2014 01:13:19

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The police killer of Eric Garner is free. The police killer of Michael Brown is free. The police killer of 12-year-old Tamir Rice was a documented incompetent and a member of a racist Cleveland police department: he too is still free.

Even more grotesque--American police departments do not keep accurate documents noting how many people they actually kill in a given year. America may not have the "desaparecidos" of her Southern neighbors; yet, the allusion is a chilling one that hints at the power of bureaucracies to make people disappear into nothingness because the state deem acts of violence against those individuals to be "within the law".

In all, America's police are the primary means through which state violence is rendered on black and brown communities, as well as the poor.

What should a person of color do when they encounter the police? How can you ensure that you, your loved ones, friends, and community members best survive an encounter with the criminal justice system--what is the new Jim and Jane Crow?

In this, the fourth episode of Season Three, on the podcast known as The Chauncey DeVega Show, I had the great opportunity to chat with Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist Mr. Nick Chiles.

He is the author of the new book Justice While Black and current editor of the Atlanta Black Star newspaper.

Written with attorney Robbin Schipp, Nick's new book JusticeWhile Black is both an excellent (as well as accessible) history of the racist origins of America's police system, and a invaluable step by step guide for how to navigate the entrapping maze that is the American legal system and the many ways that it can (and will) ruin the lives of those people it encounters.

In our conversation, Mr. Chiles summed up the crisis and conundrum that is when the colorline encounters the American legal system as follows: just because it is within your Constitutional rights to do a thing does not mean that a given cop will respect those rights.

In this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Nick and I discuss what to do when a police officer stops you, how answering no more than the basic questions you are legally obligated to is the smart move, how families can cause chaos and trouble if you are arrested, the dangers of the plea bargain, the foolish hysteria around common sense "black respectability politics", tales of black lives ruined by the system, and if he watches "crime porn" such as The First 48 television show.

Nick also clears up some of Chauncey DeVega's misconceptions about what he should do if the police demand to search his car.

Ep. 24: Reverend Renita Lamkin on Justice and Resistance in Ferguson

Nov 21, 2014 59:31

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The imminent decision by a grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri about whether to (not) indict Darren Wilson for his choice to kill an unarmed teenager named Michael Brown looms over Ferguson, Missouri.

The grand jury will likely let Wilson go free without consequence for his wicked deeds. The tension in Ferguson--and around the United States--about the grand jury's decision is not an anxiety about the just Sword of Damocles. Rather, among the good, honest, ethical, and moral, the worry is that justice, of course, will not been done because black life is cheap and a white man wearing police blue has a de facto license to kill black and brown people with impunity.

In the first part of our conversation here on The Chauncey DeVega Show about the recent events in Ferguson, Missouri--and how that community is responding to the killing of Michael Brown by the thug police officer Darren Wilson--I was lucky to have the opportunity to talk with Mr. Lou Dubose, editor and reporter from The Washington Spectator.

For part two of The Chauncey DeVega Show's series on Ferguson, I talked with Reverend Renita Lamkin. She is a resident of Ferguson, a social justice activist, on the ground participant in the people's movement for civil rights and respect against the militarized and racist Ferguson police and local government, as well as a Pastor in the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Reverend Lamkin has been the subject of much conversation about the events in Ferguson both because of her participation in the people's movement (and subsequent injuries suffered at the hands--and at the end of the gun barrels--of the police) and bold truth-telling in her writings at the Huffington Post, a new piece at CNN, and interviews with a range of domestic and international media outlets.

Renita and I talk about how the mainstream media is distorting and misrepresenting the events in Ferguson, how white privilege is operative even among those white brothers and sisters who have chosen to stand with the black community in Ferguson, how faith and "liberation theology" guides her social justice work, predictions for Ferguson when/if Wilson does not face negative consequences for his actions, and what events and experiences made it possible for Renita Lamkin to pastor a majority black church.

Ep. 23: Lou Dubose at Ground Zero in Ferguson

Nov 14, 2014 43:29

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I have written extensively about the killing of Michael Brown by Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri. However, like most of the cultural critics, analysts, and interested public, I have not had an opportunity to actually go to Ferguson, and to speak with the members of the under siege, bullied, and harassed by the thuggish white police, African-American community that resides there.

For those of us who live outside of Ferguson, our insights into that community are mediated by others. While the broader issue of police brutality may resonate with us because of our personal encounters with racist and classist police power, this is no substitute for a direct experience and "eye on the ground" in Ferguson.

In the next two episodes of The Chauncey DeVega Show, I will try to remedy that social distance.

Lou Dubose, editor of The Washington Spectator, is the first guest in our two part series on the killing of Michael Brown by Darren Wilson, and the subsequent police riot against the black citizens of Ferguson.

  He is a very accomplished and experienced journalist who has written for The Nation magazine and has also appeared on news programs such as 60 Minutes.

Mr. Dubose has written an excellent series of stories about the events in Ferguson based on his experiences there in the aftermath of the police riot against the town's black and brown community.

In this conversation, Lou and I discuss the racial geography of Ferguson, what he learned from the young people he spoke to about their experiences with police harassment, how the police responded to the media, the inter-class tensions within the black community in response to the protests about Michael Brown's death, and his thoughts about the grand jury investigation into Darren Wilson and the future of Ferguson if the latter is not put on trial for the killing of Michael Brown.

The grand jury in Ferguson will be issuing its decision about Darren Wilson in the very near future.

My conversation with Lou Dubose is timely and essential.

Ep. 22: All Things Star Wars

Nov 7, 2014 01:29:31

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For this, the first episode of Season 3 of The Chauncey DeVega Show, I decided to reach back to the first guest on the first episode of the podcast series from almost two years ago.

Bill the Lizard is my heterosexual life partner (to quote Kevin Smith). He is also a great friend of the site and possesses a masterful intelligence and knowledge of all things Star Wars. In our first conversation for Season One, Bill and I discussed the (then) new announcement that JJ Abrams would be making Star Wars Episode VII, the challenges of that project, the Prequels, and the rebooting of the Expanded Universe.

In our newest conversation we discussed what is known aboutStar Wars Episode VII (which now has a title "The Force Awakens"), to be "spoiler free" or not, what The Force Awakensmust do in order to be a compelling and exciting Star Warsmovie, space opera and Guardians of the Galaxy, why the newGodzilla movie is a hellish monstrosity of the first order, and if a person's love of the character Groot should be a barometer for the goodness of their soul.

Bill the Lizard and I also played a game of "yeah or nay" regarding what characters from the Original Trilogy and Expanded Universe should make an appearance in Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.