Thursday, May 9

The Professional Left Episode 802: Twelve Angry Men Is a Lie


A black-and-white movie from decades ago taught us something that just isn't true about the "power of persuasion." This and the week's news -- more at

Tuesday, May 7

This Podcast Comes With A Trigger Warning

⚠️ Trigger Warning: Trump Trauma ⚠️ 

 On this week's "No Fair Remembering Stuff" episode, we dive into the collective amnesia many Americans seem to have about the complete shit-show that was 2020 under the Trump administration's "leadership." 

How have so many already forgotten that for an entire year, we had a petulant man-child occupying the Oval Office who utterly botched the federal pandemic response at every turn? An incompetent egomaniac who could never admit failure or take responsibility, instead choosing to gaslight and distract. 

As the COVID-19 crisis raged out of control, Trump was more concerned with protecting his fragile ego than protecting American lives. From endorsing unhinged disinfectant theories to downplaying the virus's severity, this deranged narcissist's negligence led to thousands of preventable deaths on his watch. 

But for many, blotting out those traumatic memories is a coping mechanism. Our brains simply can't process the gaslighting, ignorance, and criminality that defined the Trump regime's pandemic mismanagement. A perfectly understandable psychological defense. 

However, we can never allow ourselves to forget and become complacent. We must keep recounting the layered trauma of the Trump era, manifesting in policy disasters like COVID-19 bungling. It's the only way to prevent America from ever re-electing such a staggering inept leader again. 

Tune in for our brutally honest admissions about the 2020 PTSD we're all still recovering from. It's tragedy and terror told through our trademark candor and dark humor.

Tuesday, April 30

New Science Fiction University!


This week on the Science Fiction University Podcast, we go back to the classics by examining the 1951 sci-fi film "The Day the Earth Stood Still" and its source material - the 1940 short story "Farewell to the Master" by Harry Bates.

We analyze how the Cold War-era film adapted and expanded upon the original story's premise of a human-like alien arriving on Earth with a terrifying robot enforcer to deliver an ultimatum to humanity. From the iconic performances to the still-relevant themes of anti-militarism and nuclear disarmament.

It’s a lively discussion delving into the origins of one of sci-fi's most beloved tales of First Contact gone awry. Tune in for all the historical context, literary analysis, and fresh takes on a true classic from the golden age of sci-fi cinema and prose.

#ScienceFictionUniversity #TheDayTheEarthStoodStill #FarewellToTheMaster #ScienceFiction #ClassicSF #MichaelRennie #RobertWise

Thursday, March 14

Ep 786 The Professional Left Podcast - Crowning the Veep?

Here or where ever you get your podcasts. 

 AKA "Britt Mace Noem and Stefanik Enter The Veep Pageant." A bunch of Republican women face plant in an attempt to win the favor of a convicted sex offender. Republican states are pro lead poisoning and conservative pundits come out against ...retirement? 

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Thursday, February 15

Ep 779 The Professional Left Podcast: The Jon Stewart Blowback


Sorry Jon Stewart, both siderist nonsense when it Mango Mussolini versus Grandpa Joe just doesn't cut it in 2024.  We also celebrate an anniversary and a milestone.  This week marks when Driftglass and Blue Gal met face-to-face for the first time sixteen years ago (thanks, Shakespeare's Sister!) and this week will also bring our seven millionth download for this podcast.  Fran studies Dietrich Bonhoeffer for Lent, and Driftglass is SURE that David Brooks is trolling him.  (Twitter definitely is.)  Thanks so much to our listeners!  More at

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Tuesday, February 13

Ep 778 No Fair Remembering Stuff: Watts

In this thought-provoking episode, join us as we, two admittedly white midwesterners who were Pre-K at the time of the event, nevertheless take a look back at a significant event in American history – the 1965 Watts Uprising.  This leads us to think about how technology, particularly cell phones, and demographic change have significantly changed how police brutality is experienced and confronted.  And we talk about how white anger and "law and order" voting is echoed in the MAGA backlash against the first Black President.  More at

Link for this episode:  CBS report on the Watts Riots, 1965

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