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The Chauncey DeVega Show

The Chauncey DeVega Show is the official podcast of Salon.com politics writer Chauncey DeVega. On a weekly basis the show features a relaxed and free-form conversation with artists, authors, musicians, researchers, academics, journalists, activists, as well as Hollywood actors and directors.

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Ep. 369: "5 Days at Memorial" and How Doctors Decided Who Lived and Died During Hurricane Katrina
Dr. Sheri Fink is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and the author of the New York Times bestselling nonfiction book Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital about the horrible choices that doctors had to make as Hurricane Katrina decimated New Orleans. Dr. Fink reflects of the challenges of managing one's ups and downs during difficult times such as the coronavirus pandemic and the Age of Trump, the importance of coping mechanisms such as gallows humor, and how doctors and other people who are confronted with life and death as part of their jobs navigate that world. She also shares how social capital, various forms of inequality, and human failings more generally contribute to how doctors and other caregivers decide the value of a human life as seen during the extreme crisis that was Hurricane Katrina as well as on a more routine day-to-day basis as well.   Chauncey DeVega continues to highlight how the mainstream American news media is refusing to consistently explain to the American people the realities of the existential threat to their safety, security, and future represented by the MAGAites, the Republican neofascists and the larger White right. To that point, Chauncey offers a close reading of Trump’s vile speech in Youngstown, Ohio and how it mirrors the themes and warnings contained in the landmark book The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William L. Shirer. There is also an “Easter egg” at the end of this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. WHERE CAN YOU FIND ME? On Twitter: https://twitter.com/chaunceydevega On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chauncey.devega My email: chaunceydevega@gmail.com HOW CAN YOU SUPPORT THE CHAUNCEY DEVEGA SHOW? Via Paypal at ChaunceyDeVega.com Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thechaunceydevegashow
87:03 09/26/2022
Ep. 368: It is Almost Impossible to Escape America's Poverty Trap
Colleen Shaddox is the co-author (with Joanne Goldblum) of the book Broke in America: Seeing, Understanding, and Ending US Poverty. Her essays and other writing have been featured by NPR, the New York Times, the Washington Post and other leading publications and media outlets. In this wide-ranging conversation, Colleen Shaddox reflects on her journey to becoming an activist and truth-teller about poverty and other forms of social inequality and injustice in America. Shaddox highlights the importance of emphasizing the agency and dignity and intelligence of the poor, the working class, and other strivers and hardworking people in America who are under assault by gangster capitalism as they try to make a better life for themselves, their families, and communities. Colleen Shaddox and Chauncey DeVega also discuss social capital, poverty shaming, living a principled life, and maintaining one’s balance in a time of ascendant fascism, cruelty, and other evil. Chauncey DeVega (again) calls out the hope peddlers and others who have convinced themselves that Donald Trump is going to jail and believe in other false happy endings. And Chauncey has a rap session where he ponders the meaning of his first birthday since The Event of last year, journeys home to see his mama for Labor Day weekend, has a big only child working class attack of anxiety and worry, sees horrible things on these mean streets where life is so very cheap, goes to the movies, is the CM Punk AEW controversy a work or a shoot?, and updates everyone on his other (mis)adventures. There is also an “Easter egg” at the end of this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. WHERE CAN YOU FIND ME? On Twitter: https://twitter.com/chaunceydevega On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chauncey.devega My email: chaunceydevega@gmail.com HOW CAN YOU SUPPORT THE CHAUNCEY DEVEGA SHOW? Via Paypal at ChaunceyDeVega.com Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thechaunceydevegashow
118:24 09/12/2022
Ep. 367: The Truth Report -- The South Side of Chicago is Not a Problem to be Solved, It is a Home for the American Spirit
This is a sneak preview of this week's installment of The Truth Report: https://thetruthreportwithchaunceydevega.libsyn.com/ep-119-the-south-side-of-chicago-is-not-a-problem-to-be-solved-it-is-a-home-for-the-american-spirit Sudhir Venkatesh is the William B Ransford Professor of Sociology and African-American Studies at Columbia University. His books include Floating City and Gang Leader for a Day. Sudhir Venkatesh’s new book is The Tomorrow Game: Rival Teenagers, Their Race for a Gun, and a Community United to Save Them. He reflects upon his 30-year relationship with the South Side of Chicago and how racism and classism distort the complex truth about that community and the people who live there. Sudhir Venkatesh also explains the importance of listening, respect, and allowing people to tell their own life stories and how sociologists – and people more generally in this moment of democracy crisis and other troubles – can benefit from learning that lesson. In this wide-ranging conversation, he also grapples with how American higher education and its most elite institutions have failed to rise to the challenge in this moment of ascendant fascism, the coronavirus pandemic, gangster capitalism, and other great crises. Sudhir Venkatesh also shares his thoughts on the critically acclaimed HBO TV series The Wire, and how contrary to the wishes of many white liberals and others who want easy answers while being entertained, it is not some type of definitive text and the authoritative final word about “urban poverty” and crime in America. WHERE CAN YOU FIND ME? On Twitter: https://twitter.com/chaunceydevega On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chauncey.devega My email: chaunceydevega@gmail.com HOW CAN YOU SUPPORT THE CHAUNCEY DEVEGA SHOW? Via Paypal at ChaunceyDeVega.com Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thechaunceydevegashow
14:39 09/07/2022
Ep. 366: Nuclear Espionage? More Proof That Donald Trump is The Worst President in American History and a Traitor
Brynn Tannehill is a leading trans activist and essayist. She has written for such leading publications as The New York Times, The Huffington Post, and The Advocate. Tannehill is a former United States Naval Aviator and officer who also served as a campaign analyst for the 5th Fleet Headquarters in Bahrain. After leaving the military, she worked as a senior defense research scientist in private industry. Tannehill is the author of several books including American Fascism: How the GOP is Subverting Democracy. Tannehill explains that the Republican-fascist movement is in full revolutionary mode and will not stop until America’s pluralistic multiracial democracy is destroyed. She highlights the need to use the correct moral language to describe the Republican-fascists and Trump-led anti-democracy movement as evil and why the Democratic Party and too many centrist “reasonable” liberal and progressive types are unable to do what is necessary to save American democracy. Tannehill also separates fact from fiction regarding what is actually known about Donald Trump being investigated by the Department of Justice for allegedly violating the Espionage Act and betraying America’s nuclear and other most closely guarded secrets. She details a scenario where Donald Trump is (finally) arrested and charged with committing high crimes, then escapes responsibility, and the United States spirals into widespread neofascist violence and other deadly mayhem. Chauncey DeVega reflects on the pressures of writing “hot takes” about America’s escalating crises, why so many public voices succumb to chasing controversy and “if it bleeds it leads”, and the necessity of being calm, cool, and collected during this national emergency. WHERE CAN YOU FIND ME? On Twitter: https://twitter.com/chaunceydevega On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chauncey.devega My email: chaunceydevega@gmail.com HOW CAN YOU SUPPORT THE CHAUNCEY DEVEGA SHOW? Via Paypal at ChaunceyDeVega.com Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thechaunceydevegashow
94:53 08/16/2022
Ep. 365: Marvel Comics Writer Jason Aaron Shares His Love of Great Storytelling in Comic Books, Graphic Novels, and Professional Wrestling
There are two guests on this WWE SummerSlam weekend episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show Jason Aaron is the writer of such comics books and graphic novels as Thor, Star Wars, Avengers, Punisher, Conan The Barbarian, The Goddamned, Sea of Stars, and many other popular must-read titles. The new Marvel Cinematic Universe film Thor: Love and Thunder was heavily inspired by Aaron’s The Mighty Thor and Thor: God of Thunder. Jason Aaron reflects on his journey from “breaking into” the comic book business to his triumph as a writer at Marvel. He also shares what he does to remain focused, positive and to ensure that he always appreciates the good fortune for the amazing career he has earned and enjoyed so far. Jason Aaron also passes along some of the wisdom he has learned along the way about what it takes to succeed at an elite level as a professional creative person. And Jason Aaron and Chauncey DeVega have a wide-ranging conversation about their mutual love of the art, drama and physical storytelling that is the best of professional wrestling and why CM Punk’s return and his feud with MJF was one of the greatest recent stories in all of sports. Irv Muchnick is one of America’s leading sports journalists and investigative writers. His essays and other writing have appeared in Sports Illustrated, People, The Washington Monthly, and the Sunday magazines of the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. He is the author of three books, Chris & Nancy, Wrestling Babylon, and Concussion Inc.. Muchnick shares his thoughts on the rise and fall of (now former) WWE CEO and Chairman Vince McMahon and how history may remember him and his legacy not just for sports and professional wrestling but for American society more broadly. Muchnick also reflects on how it feels to see many of the stories about scandal, crime, corruption, and other bad behavior in the world of professional wrestling and sports that he exposed years and decades ago now being “discovered” by the mainstream news media. And Chauncey DeVega offers his analysis of “season one” of the House Jan. 6 hearings, explains why there are no Republican “heroes”, and warns that Rep. Liz Cheney is not a friend of democracy and should never be trusted. Chauncey also shares his review of the new documentary Fire of Love. Quick Episode Summary 00:48 introductions, thanks, and shout-outs 19:33 the pathetic desperate search for Republican heroes by the American people and the House Jan. 6 committee 37:40 Review: Fire of Love 46:30 Irv Muchnick 01:07:00 Jason Aaron 01:44:30 ILAC, affirmations, and encouragements to positive action WHERE CAN YOU FIND ME? On Twitter: https://twitter.com/chaunceydevega On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chauncey.devega My email: chaunceydevega@gmail.com HOW CAN YOU SUPPORT THE CHAUNCEY DEVEGA SHOW? Via Paypal at ChaunceyDeVega.com Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thechaunceydevegashow
113:46 07/31/2022
Ep. 364: The Truth Report -- Eddie Glaude Explains That America is in Great Pain and on a Horrible Journey and White Racial Innocence Will Not Save It
This is a sneak preview of this week's installment of The Truth Report: https://thetruthreportwithchaunceydevega.libsyn.com/ep-117-america-is-in-great-pain-and-on-a-horrible-journey-and-white-racial-innocence-wil-not-save-it Eddie Glaude Jr. is the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor and Chair of the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University. His publications include "Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul", "In a Shade of Blue: Pragmatism and the Politics of Black America", and his most recent, the New York Times bestseller, "Begin Again: James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for our Own". Professor Glaude has also written for The New York Times, The Huffington Post, and Time and is a frequent guest commentator on MSNBC. He is also the host of the new podcast “History is US”.   Professor Glaude explains how American society is stuck in a state of grieving, loss, death, and pain because of the covid pandemic, neofascism, and the other unresolved and worsening existential crises facing the country.   He also reflects on how Black Americans and their Blues Sensibility has gifted them with a unique insight into and capacity for surviving and triumphing over American fascism and the many related lies and myths that (White) Americans tell themselves about the country Professor Glaude warns that white racial innocence and an American culture that is infantile, immature, and in profound denial about reality will likely bring the end of the American experiment. WHERE CAN YOU FIND ME? On Twitter: https://twitter.com/chaunceydevega On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chauncey.devega My email: chaunceydevega@gmail.com HOW CAN YOU SUPPORT THE CHAUNCEY DEVEGA SHOW? Via Paypal at ChaunceyDeVega.com Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thechaunceydevegashow
12:02 07/21/2022
Ep. 363: Baz Luhrmann’s Great New Movie "Elvis" is Much More Than The Sum of Its Parts
This week’s very special episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show focuses on Baz Luhrmann’s new movie Elvis and the life, music, legend, meaning, and enduring importance of “The King” Elvis Presley. “Champion” Joe Lansdale is the award-winning author of more than 50 novels including the amazing Hap and Leonard series. His Bram Stoker Award-nominated novella, Bubba Ho-Tep, was made into a movie of the same name by Don Coscarelli and featured Bruce Campbell and Ossie Davis. Joe Lansdale shares what it was like experiencing the Elvis cultural phenomenon as a young man; the power of black music and Presley’s relationship to it; youth culture and sex; and Luhrmann’s new movie as a work of art and a type of true lie. Joe Lansdale also shares a powerful memory about exactly where he was and what he was doing the moment he found out that Elvis Presley had died. And Joe Lansdale reflects on getting to know Michael Kenneth Williams, shares some thoughts about his beloved cult classic film Bubba Ho-Tep, and of course updates folks on the future of Hap and Leonard. Michael Bertrand is the second guest on this week’s installment of The Chauncey DeVega Show. He is a professor of history at Tennessee State University and the author of the book Race, Rock, and Elvis. Bertrand separates fact from fiction about Elvis Presley’s relationship to black music and the color line; the complex dynamics of race and class in Presley’s life, career, and cultural meaning; and why we are still talking about The King almost five decades after his death. Chauncey DeVega goes to the movies and reviews The Black Phone, Mr. Malcolm’s List, Crimes of the Future, Brian and Charles, The Phantom of the Open, and Top Gun: Maverick. And Chauncey is overwhelmed with emotion while watching G.I. Joe: The Movie 35th Anniversary. WHERE CAN YOU FIND ME? On Twitter: https://twitter.com/chaunceydevega On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chauncey.devega My email: chaunceydevega@gmail.com HOW CAN YOU SUPPORT THE CHAUNCEY DEVEGA SHOW? Via Paypal at ChaunceyDeVega.com Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thechaunceydevegashow
109:59 07/12/2022
Ep. 362: Jeff Sharlet’s Journey into the Dark Heart of the American Fascist Nightmare Fever Dream
Jeff Sharlet is a journalist and bestselling author of The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power and C Street: The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy. His new article “January 6 Was Only the Beginning” is featured in the July/August 2022 issue of Vanity Fair magazine. Sharlet shares what it was like to journey across America into the dark heart of Trumplandia and the MAGAverse, what is a fascist surreal nightmare and a country that feels like it is coming apart at the seams and foundation as it teeters on the precipice of widespread political violence and bloodshed. He also explains why the mainstream news media and the other centrists, hope peddlers, professional smart people, and “respectable” political elites – and too many everyday Americans -- are in such denial about the American nightmare and refuse to believe that Donald Trump, the Republican-fascists, and the larger white right are an existential threat to American democracy and the larger society. On this bountiful episode of the podcast, Chauncey DeVega explains the importance of remaining calm and focused during a time of great emergency. Chauncey also shares his thoughts on this tsunami assault on American freedom and democracy in the form of an illegitimate Supreme Court that over the course of a week took away women’s reproductive rights and freedoms, gave guns more rights than human beings, and continued to push the country towards being a full-on Christian fascist theocracy.   And Chauncey DeVega shares what took place during his recent epic soap operatic visit home to see his beloved mama and other people. Quick Episode Summary 00:45 decompressing and centering ourselves 07:00 introduction and situation report 34:00 day-to-day things you can do to get your momentum for the long fight ahead 49:00 story time, an epic journey home, 3 revelations, and counting my blessings and good fortune 01:31:00 Jeff Sharlet 02:21:00 positive energy, calls to action and ILAC WHERE CAN YOU FIND ME? On Twitter: https://twitter.com/chaunceydevega On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chauncey.devega My email: chaunceydevega@gmail.com HOW CAN YOU SUPPORT THE CHAUNCEY DEVEGA SHOW? Via Paypal at ChaunceyDeVega.com Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thechaunceydevegashow
149:12 06/27/2022
Ep. 361: Your "Hashtag Activism", "Likes", "Shares", and "Tweets" Will Not Save You From the Fascist Nightmare or Other Political and Societal Disasters
Gal Beckerman is the senior editor for books at The Atlantic. His new book is The Quiet Before: On the Unexpected Origins of Radical Ideas. His previous work When They Come for Us We’ll Be Gone was named book of the year by the Washington Post and The New Yorker. Beckerman reflects on his working-class origins and values, his vocation as a writer and relationship to books and literature, and career and personal lessons learned during his journey to the New York Times and now The Atlantic. As seen with the examples of the Arab Spring, Black Lives Matter, and organizing against police brutality, Beckerman also explains the pitfalls of believing that the Internet, social media, and other digital tools are a substitute for “old school” on the ground organizing and corporeal politics in the struggle against Power and for a justice. In short, you cannot “tweet”, “like”, “share”, or “Facebook” your way to a successful social movement and substantive resistance against fascism, authoritarianism, and other anti-democracy and anti-human forces. Chauncey DeVega does some public thinking about the recent gun massacres in Buffalo, New York and Uvalde, Texas, America’s need for a moral reckoning, and why hope warriors and other people of conscience must be kind to themselves in order to endure in the long struggle against the many different types of evil at work in the Age of Trump and beyond. WHERE CAN YOU FIND ME? On Twitter: https://twitter.com/chaunceydevega On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chauncey.devega My email: chaunceydevega@gmail.com HOW CAN YOU SUPPORT THE CHAUNCEY DEVEGA SHOW? Via Paypal at ChaunceyDeVega.com Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thechaunceydevegashow 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.
72:46 06/13/2022
Ep. 360: Confronting The Raw Truth About The White Supremacist Terrorist Attack on The Black Community in Buffalo
This week’s special episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show confronts the white supremacist terrorist attack on the black community in Buffalo, New York. Leonce Gaiter’s nonfiction writing has appeared in The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Times, LA Weekly, Newsweek, and The Washington Post. Gaiter is also the author of the historical novel, “I Dreamt I Was in Heaven - The Rampage of the Rufus Buck Gang”. He reflects on questions of justice, black rage, black revenge, and white denial and complicity in response to white supremacist terrorism and other white racist violence. Gaiter warns that there is a vested interest among America’s political class and other elites – on both sides of the color line -- to not truly confront white supremacy in this society. He explains why the Buffalo white supremacist terrorist’s manifesto and name should be spread widely and used as a tool to shame White America about its relationship to and enabling of white supremacist violence and other evil. Tim Wise is an author, activist and leading expert on white privilege and racism. He is the author of many books, including his most recent "Dispatches From the Race War." He explores the role of white privilege, white racial innocence, and white denial in the Buffalo white supremacist terrorist attack. Wise warns that the white supremacist terrorist attack in Buffalo is likely the first of what will be many other such events here in the United States. He also counsels that we must remain persistent in the anti-racism struggle and not surrender to exhaustion or otherwise be worn down by repetition. Chauncey DeVega reflects on racial battle fatigue, the long Black Freedom Struggle, and how to defend oneself against pathological white supremacy and racism in a country that is in the midst of a neofascist attack on democracy and the health, lives, sanity, and future of black and brown people and other marginalized groups. And Chauncey returns to the foundational question in these moments of evil and destruction: what type of human being do you want to be? SELECTED LINKS OF INTEREST FOR THIS EPISODE OF THE CHAUNCEY DEVEGA SHOW Buffalo: This is where Donald Trump's race-war fantasies lead Expert panel on the Buffalo shooter and what he stands for: "He was not a lone gunman" A barrage of ‘never-ending gunshots’: Inside the Buffalo massacre Buffalo shooting victims: ‘Hero’ guard and a teacher who was a ‘pillar of the community’ are among 10 killed WHERE CAN YOU FIND ME? On Twitter: https://twitter.com/chaunceydevega On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chauncey.devega My email: chaunceydevega@gmail.com HOW CAN YOU SUPPORT THE CHAUNCEY DEVEGA SHOW? Via Paypal at ChaunceyDeVega.com Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thechaunceydevegashow 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.
86:42 05/18/2022
Ep. 359: The Battle to Save American Democracy From the Republican-Fascists Will Be Long and Difficult -- And Quitting Is Not an Option
Don Winslow is a bestselling crime fiction author, political activist, a hope warrior, and one of our premiere truth-tellers. His videos about the dangers to democracy embodied by Donald Trump and the Republican Party have been viewed online more than 250 million times. Don Winslow is the author of many bestselling novels, including "Savages" (2010), "The Cartel" (2015), "The Force" (2017), and "The Border" (2019). His work has also been adapted for major Hollywood movies and TV series. His new book, the first in a trilogy, is "City on Fire." He explains that the struggle to save American democracy will be a very long one and that exhaustion, quitting, and surrender are not options. Winslow also warns that Donald Trump and his cabal will escape serious punishment for their crimes and why naïve optimism is the enemy of democracy and the long struggle against the global right. Don Winslow also offers advice on writing and his vocation, and the lessons about life and being a good father, husband, man, and citizen that he learned from his role-models and mentors. In this bountiful episode of the podcast, Chauncey DeVega prepares the American people for the great anti-climax that will be the “revelations” soon to be made fully public by the House Jan. 6 committee about Donald Trump’s coup attempt and the attack on the Capitol. Chauncey also shares a story about the importance of being kind to ourselves. And Chauncey DeVega goes to the movies and shares his reviews of Everything Everywhere All at Once, Ambulance, The Contractor (which was a very, very special screening), and The Unbearable Weight Of Massive Talent. Friend of the podcast Mr. Bill also stops by for a special discussion of the amazing new film, The Northman. Quick Episode Summary 15:56 The Great Anticlimax 20:17 Story Time: The Importance of Being Kind to Yourself 38:31 Movie Reviews 01:06:00 The Northman 01:26:00 Don Winslow on America’s democracy crisis SELECTED LINKS OF INTEREST FOR THIS EPISODE OF THE CHAUNCEY DEVEGA SHOW Author Don Winslow on why he’s retiring from writing and turning his attention to activism Is Donald Trump finally getting weaker? Don't believe the hype Do the Democrats know how to fight? Jan. 6 committee signals it's still scared of Trump Trump's latest hate rally: A master class in cult mind control WHERE CAN YOU FIND ME? On Twitter: https://twitter.com/chaunceydevega On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chauncey.devega My email: chaunceydevega@gmail.com HOW CAN YOU SUPPORT THE CHAUNCEY DEVEGA SHOW? Via Paypal at ChaunceyDeVega.com Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thechaunceydevegashow 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.
122:20 05/03/2022
Ep. 358: Honoring and Remembering Eric Boehlert
This episode is in honor of author, journalist, and media critic Eric Boehlert who passed away on April 4, 2022. Chauncey DeVega reflects on Boehlert’s life and truth-telling and shares his final article about media malpractice and the Biden administration. Chauncey also reads Will Bunch’s wonderful tribute to Eric Boehlert at The Philadelphia Inquirer. This episode of the podcast revisits our conversation with Eric Boehlert from January 2021, several weeks after Trump and his cabal’s coup attempt.    * * * Eric Boehlert is an award-winning journalist who has written for Rolling Stone and Media Matters. He is also the author of the books "Bloggers on the Bus: How the Internet Changed Politics and the Press" and “Lapdog: How the Press Rolled Over for Bush". Boehlert is the editor and founder of PressRun.Media. He explains how the American mainstream corporate news media helped to enable Donald Trump’s fascist coup attack on the Capitol by denying reality and trying to silence those voices who were sounding the alarm. Boehlert also highlights how the leading voices among the American news media consistently fail in their analyses and predictions yet are consistently rewarded for doing so. And Boehlert identifies the mainstream news media narratives that will be used to avoid confronting the ongoing crisis that will be Donald Trump’s fascist movement and its threat to the future of the country during Biden’s presidency and beyond. Chauncey DeVega reflects on how time and reality are broken in America where over the course of two weeks the country has (will) experienced a fascist coup attack, impeachment, Dr. King’s remembrance day, and the inauguration of President Joe Biden. Chauncey also details how counterterrorism and other national security experts are warning that Donald Trump’s fascist movement is evolving into a type of insurgency as seen in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other failed states. SELECTED LINKS OF INTEREST FOR THIS EPISODE OF THE CHAUNCEY DEVEGA SHOW Why is the press rooting against Biden? Eric Boehlert’s tragic death came as U.S. desperately needs to hear his message | Will Bunch WHERE CAN YOU FIND ME? On Twitter: https://twitter.com/chaunceydevega On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chauncey.devega My email: chaunceydevega@gmail.com HOW CAN YOU SUPPORT THE CHAUNCEY DEVEGA SHOW? Via Paypal at ChaunceyDeVega.com Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thechaunceydevegashow Please subscribe to and follow my new podcast The Truth Report https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-truth-report-with-chauncey-devega/id1465522298 http://thetruthreportwithchaunceydevega.libsyn.com/ 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.
44:01 04/19/2022
Ep. 357: The Truth Report -- Chris Hedges Reflects on the New Censorship and Authoritarianism of the 21st Century
This is a sneak preview of this week's installment of The Truth Report: https://thetruthreportwithchaunceydevega.libsyn.com/ep-113-chris-hedges-reflects-on-the-new-censorship-and-authoritarianism-of-the-21st-century Chris Hedges is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, bestselling author, and social critic. His most recent book is Our Class: Trauma and Transformation in an American Prison. He reflects on the sudden deletion of his popular Emmy-award winning RT Network television show “On Contact” from YouTube in the aftermath of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Hedges also explains what that reveals about the new censorship in the 21st century, a time when social media and other corporate actors exercise an almost unrestricted power to shape public opinion and to silence those voices and individuals they deem to be problematic. And Chris Hedges tries to prepare the American people for a 21st century where Christian fascists, right-wing fake populists, the corporatocracy and other right-wing authoritarians will be in power and the mainstream news media and the Democratic Party with its centrist monied interests (and a desperate yearning to return to “normal”) is going to simultaneously be both crushed and willing agents of the new order. WHERE CAN YOU FIND ME? On Twitter: https://twitter.com/chaunceydevega On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chauncey.devega My email: chaunceydevega@gmail.com HOW CAN YOU SUPPORT THE TRUTH REPORT? Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TheTruthReportPodcast Via Paypal at ChaunceyDeVega.com Music at the end of this week's episode of The Truth Report is by JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound. You can listen to some of their great music on Spotify.
09:44 04/09/2022
Ep. 356: Advice on Navigating and Surviving the Emotional, Physical, and Spiritual Harm Caused by Living in a White Racist Society
Resmaa Menakem is an artist and psychotherapist. He is the author of several books including The New York Times bestseller My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies. His new book is The Quaking of America: An Embodied Guide to Navigating Our Nations Upheaval & Racial Reckoning. He explains how white supremacy and life in a racist society such as the United States has a profound impact on black and brown people’s mental, emotional, physical and psychological health and overall wellbeing. Resmaa also warns that American neofascism and Trumpism are existential threats not just to black and brown people – but to white people as well….even if most of the latter are in profound denial of that fact. He also explains what being a true “white ally” during a time of ascendant white supremacy and neofascism really means and how too many white folks – especially “good liberals” – are not prepared for what that obligation actually entails. Chauncey DeVega shares his recent life and death medical journey with Resmaa and what he learned about his brain and mind during a recent visit to the neurologist. Chauncey also warns that many good and well-intentioned Americans are being manipulated by Russian propaganda about the war in Ukraine. And Chauncey DeVega shares his detailed review of the movie The Batman. SELECTED LINKS OF INTEREST FOR THIS EPISODE OF THE CHAUNCEY DEVEGA SHOW Donald Trump, Michael Flynn call for violence — they're not kidding, but the media doesn't care Don’t be fooled: The GOP love affair with Putin is worse than it looks How Are Putin’s Far-Right Fans in the West Reacting to His War? Putin’s Propaganda Machine Is What America’s Far-Right Wants Ukraine war: 'My city's being shelled, but mum won’t believe me' WHERE CAN YOU FIND ME? On Twitter: https://twitter.com/chaunceydevega On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chauncey.devega My email: chaunceydevega@gmail.com HOW CAN YOU SUPPORT THE CHAUNCEY DEVEGA SHOW? Via Paypal at ChaunceyDeVega.com Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thechaunceydevegashow 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.
110:58 03/24/2022
Ep. 355: What is it Like When the Republican-Fascist "Critical Race Theory" Witch Hunt Comes After You?
Ted Thornhill is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Florida Gulf Coast University where he is also the founder and director of the Center for Critical Race and Ethnic Studies He shares what it is like to be under siege by (and resisting) the Republican-fascist Orwellian assaults on higher education as seen with the “critical race theory” white supremacist moral panic and other attacks on the truth and human decency. Ted Thornhill also reflects on the personal, professional, and other costs of being a truth-teller – and how and why he endures -- in a moment of white backlash and white rage in the Age of Trump and beyond. And Ted Thornhill offers some wisdom and hard-earned advice to young black and brown scholars and others who are pondering a career in American higher education as teachers or administrators in a moment of such great crisis with its ascendant fascism and resurgent white supremacy. Chauncey DeVega reflects on how too many people are being seduced by ghoulish impulses in their reactions to Russia’s war on Ukraine. And Chauncey DeVega is disgusted by all of the supposed “pundits” and assorted armchair experts who are circulating their subpar analyses about the events in Ukraine, and by doing so are doing the American people and the world a great disservice. And Chauncey sets the record straight about “Hank the Tank” a very handsome and unfairly maligned and slandered bear person who has been accused of breaking into human people’s homes and eating their food. SELECTED LINKS OF INTEREST FOR THIS EPISODE OF THE CHAUNCEY DEVEGA SHOW It’s Different, They’re White: Media Ignore Conflicts Around the World to Focus on Ukraine The Left Must Stand With the Ukrainian People and Against Putin’s War Putin Was the First Alt-President: How the New U.S. Administration Needs to Think about Russia Why white evangelical Christians are Putin's biggest American fan base Col. Alex Vindman: How Trump's coup attempt encouraged Putin's Ukraine invasion How white supremacy fuels the Republican love affair with Vladimir Putin The Racial Reality: Republicans wield Dr. King’s words as weapons of whiteness WHERE CAN YOU FIND ME? On Twitter: https://twitter.com/chaunceydevega On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chauncey.devega My email: chaunceydevega@gmail.com HOW CAN YOU SUPPORT THE CHAUNCEY DEVEGA SHOW? Via Paypal at ChaunceyDeVega.com Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thechaunceydevegashow 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.
106:47 03/07/2022
Ep. 354: Life Lessons From General Smedley Butler, the (first) Jan. 6 Coup Plot, and How War is a Racket
Jonathan Katz is the author of the new book Gangsters of Capitalism: Smedley Butler, the Marines, and the Making and Breaking of America's Empire. His essays and other writing have appeared in such leading publications as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, the New Republic, The Guardian, Mother Jones and Foreign Policy. He is also a recipient of the James Foley/Medill Medal for Courage in Journalism. Jonathan explains the parallels between Donald Trump and his cabal’s coup attempt on Jan. 6, 2021 and the “Business Plot” against President Roosevelt in the 1930s. He also warns that the alliance and attraction between the moneyed classes and fascism and other forms of authoritarianism are nothing new in American life. He also shares how legendary Marine Corps General Smedley Butler went from being a gangster for capitalism and an enforcer of American empire to a person of conscience – and the lessons we can all learn from that transformation in this dark time of democracy crisis and ascendant fascism and other forms of inhumanity. Jonathan and Chauncey also reflect on what they learned from their health crises about life, vocation, and managing trauma and fear. Chauncey DeVega cuts a much-deserved promo on the hope peddlers, happy pill sellers, and other members of the commentariot and political class who continue to live in an alternate universe of narcissistic denial, delusion, and happy endings that minimizes the existential danger represented by Donald Trump and the Republican-fascists and their movement. And Chauncey shares an update on his health journey, trials and tribulations, realizations, luck, and what it means to get your bounce back. SELECTED LINKS OF INTEREST FOR THIS EPISODE OF THE CHAUNCEY DEVEGA SHOW Trump suggests Clinton campaign staffers should be put to death — and demands 'reparations' Oath Keepers leader confirms group was expecting Trump to impose martial law on Jan. 6 Michael Flynn Is Still at War At last the Republican Party comes clean: It stands for terrorism and Trump, against democracy Donald Trump's fantasies of racial violence reflect an all-too-real history Republicans have dropped the mask — they openly support fascism. What do we do about it? Monkey 'queen' led a violent coup to become her troop's first female leader. Now her reign is in jeopardy WHERE CAN YOU FIND ME? On Twitter: https://twitter.com/chaunceydevega On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chauncey.devega My email: chaunceydevega@gmail.com HOW CAN YOU SUPPORT THE CHAUNCEY DEVEGA SHOW? Via Paypal at ChaunceyDeVega.com Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thechaunceydevegashow 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.
92:49 02/15/2022
Ep. 353: The Truth Report -- Donald Trump and the Republican Neofascists Have Pushed America to the Brink of a Second Civil War
This is a preview of this week’s installment of The Truth Report.  https://thetruthreportwithchaunceydevega.libsyn.com/ep-109-donald-trump-and-the-republican-neofascists-have-pushed-america-to-the-brink-of-a-second-civil-war Barbara Walter is a professor of international relations and political science at UC San Diego and one of the world's leading experts on civil wars, political violence, and terrorism. She is also a permanent member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a frequent live guest on CNN, and an active consultant for the World Bank, the United Nations, and the Departments of Defense and State. Her new book is How Civil Wars Start. Barbara Walter explains how Donald Trump, the Republican fascists, and other right-wing ethnic violence entrepreneurs have pushed the United States to the brink of a second civil war. She warns that after Trump’s coup attempt and lethal attack on the Capitol by his followers that the United States ceased to be a democracy and is now what experts describe as an anocracy – a failing if not failed democracy exists somewhere between autocracy and authoritarianism. And Barbara Walter details what a second American civil war would look like and why it would be a very long and bloody struggle. WHERE CAN YOU FIND ME? On Twitter: https://twitter.com/chaunceydevega On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chauncey.devega My email: chaunceydevega@gmail.com HOW CAN YOU SUPPORT THE TRUTH REPORT? Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TheTruthReportPodcast Via Paypal at ChaunceyDeVega.com Music at the end of this week's episode of The Truth Report is by JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound. You can listen to some of their great music on Spotify.
11:22 02/06/2022
Ep. 352: Racism Will Bring America's Ultimate Destruction
Leonce Gaiter’s nonfiction writing has appeared in The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Times, LA Weekly, Newsweek, and The Washington Post. His essay “The True Story of The Harder They Fall’s Villain Is Even Weirder Than in the Movie” was recently featured at Slate. He is the author of several novels including his most recent, “In the Company of Educated Men”. Gaiter is also the author of the historical novel, “I Dreamt I Was in Heaven - The Rampage of the Rufus Buck Gang”. He explains how an allegiance to Whiteness and the many big and little lies of white supremacy and racism will bring the ultimate destruction of the United States. Gaiter also warns that American fascism and the Jim Crow Republican and Trump’s attempt to overthrow America’s multiracial democracy on Jan. 6 (and beyond) highlights a profound cultural and political sickness across the color line here in America. He also reflects on how White America is fundamentally in denial and possessed by a willful naivete and gross childish thinking about its capacity for and attraction to violence, death, and destruction. Chauncey shares his New Year’s 2022 thoughts about life, vulnerability, responsibility, vocation, money, choices, what it means to be “normal”, and “the big picture” after his recent brush with death. He also highlights how the hope peddlers and happy-pill sellers and too many others in the mainstream American corporate news media are continuing to normalize (and literally white wash) American neofascism and Trumpism even as they reflect on the one-year “anniversary” of Jan. 6. And Chauncey DeVega also shares some wisdom about optimism and hope and struggle as learned from the Black Freedom Struggle hope warrior titans Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. SELECTED LINKS OF INTEREST FOR THIS EPISODE OF THE CHAUNCEY DEVEGA SHOW The Jan. 6 anniversary: How the media failed — and still can't admit it Once again Republicans will try to claim MLK — but if he were here, they'd despise him One year later, mainstream media still doesn't see Jan. 6 attack as racial That's Why They Crucified Him: An Interview with James Cone We Can’t Let Radical Hope Disappear Into the Abyss of Authoritarianism The Jan. 6 Insurrectionists Begging for Pardons Sound an Awful Lot Like Confederate Soldiers The True Story of The Harder They Fall’s Villain Is Even Weirder Than in the Movie WHERE CAN YOU FIND ME? On Twitter: https://twitter.com/chaunceydevega On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chauncey.devega My email: chaunceydevega@gmail.com HOW CAN YOU SUPPORT THE CHAUNCEY DEVEGA SHOW? Via Paypal at ChaunceyDeVega.com Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thechaunceydevegashow 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.
107:37 01/20/2022
Ep. 351: New Year's Eve 2021 Potpourri -- 1980s Cold War Action Movies, the Meaning of a Good Death, and What Troubles Await America and the World in 2022 and Beyond
This is a special New Year’s Eve 2021 episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show and The Truth Report. Elliot Ackerman is both a former White House Fellow and Marine. He served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he received the Silver Star, the Bronze Star for Valor, and the Purple Heart. Ackerman is also an ex–CIA paramilitary officer. His new book (co-written with Adm. James Stavridis USN (Ret.)) is The New York Times bestseller 2034: A Novel of the Next World War. Elliott and Chauncey reflect on coming of age during the Reagan years and the meaning of such 1980s film classics as Red Dawn and Top Gun. Elliot also shares his concerns about America’s new “cold war” rivalry with China, Russia’s aggression towards Ukraine, America’s democracy crisis and the frightening possibility of a second civil war or some other calamity. In the aftermath of Chauncey DeVega’s health emergency, Elliot shares his thoughts on mortality, living a good life, and what it means to die a good death. WHERE CAN YOU FIND ME? On Twitter: https://twitter.com/chaunceydevega On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chauncey.devega My email: chaunceydevega@gmail.com HOW CAN YOU SUPPORT THE CHAUNCEY DEVEGA SHOW? Via Paypal at ChaunceyDeVega.com Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thechaunceydevegashow 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.
58:47 01/01/2022
Ep. 350: The Life Wisdom of Artist Winfred Rembert and His Memoir of the Jim Crow South
Winfred Rembert was one of America’s great contemporary artists. Originally from Cuthbert, Georgia, Rembert painted on carved and tooled leather where he chronicled black life during the Jim Crow terror regime through the lens of his own personal experiences. Rembert’s artwork and life story are a testament to the enduring spirit of black Americans and his attempt to live a good life even in the face of much struggle and tragedy. Winfred Rembert would eventually settle in New Haven, Connecticut, where he would pass away in April 2021. Rembert was honored by the Equal Justice Initiative in 2015 and awarded a United States Artists Barr Fellowship in 2016. His life and work have also been the focus of two documentary films. Rembert’s art has been featured by galleries and museums across the United States. Winfred Rembert’s life and art are the subject of his memoir, co-written with philosopher Erin Kelly, “Chasing Me to My Grave: An Artist’s Memoir of The Jim Crow South”. On this week’s episode, Erin Kelly reflects on her friendship with Winfred Rembert and the life lessons and wisdom he shared with her while they worked together on his memoir. Kelly also shares how Rembert was able to maintain such fortitude, joy, and love of life, family, friends, and creativity even in the face of very challenging day-to-day circumstances caused by poverty and the color line. Through his art and humanity Winfred Rembert had a profoundly positive impact on many people beyond his immediate circle of family and friends. Erin Kelly shares what it was like to be in the presence of such a special human being. Erin Kelly and Chauncey DeVega also contemplate questions of the good life, justice, and what it means to bear witness in an American society that is rapidly succumbing to neofascism and so many other forms of evil and injustice – and where most people choose to look away and/or collaborate. The struggle does indeed come at a cost. Chauncey shares what happened to him during a recent health emergency and how he almost ended up playing the slot machines at the big casino in the sky. SELECTED LINKS OF INTEREST FOR THIS EPISODE OF THE CHAUNCEY DEVEGA SHOW An Artist on How He Survived the Chain Gang | The New Yorker Life After Lynching in “Ashes to Ashes” The Late Winfred Rembert Documented His Life With Art — And Now A Book All Me: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert Winfred Rembert, 75, Dies; Turned Painful Memories Into Art What happens if Trump admits it all? Nothing much — at this point, that might help him WHERE CAN YOU FIND ME? On Twitter: https://twitter.com/chaunceydevega On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chauncey.devega My email: chaunceydevega@gmail.com HOW CAN YOU SUPPORT THE CHAUNCEY DEVEGA SHOW? Via Paypal at ChaunceyDeVega.com Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thechaunceydevegashow 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.
105:03 12/27/2021
Ep. 349: There is No "Nice" or "Kind" Way to Warn the American People About the Rising Fascist Tide and Disaster
Ruth Ben-Ghiat is a professor of history and Italian studies at New York University and an expert on fascism and authoritarianism. Her opinion essays and other writing have been featured by CNN, the Washington Post, The New Yorker and the Atlantic. Ruth Ben-Ghiat's most recent book is Strongmen: From Mussolini to the Present. Ruth Ben-Ghiat reflects on how authoritarianism and America’s escalating democracy crisis are an attack on the American people's individual and collective emotions, intellect, bodies, and overall well-being. She also explains why so many Americans – as well as elites in the news media and larger political class – are, more than five years later, still in a state of denial about the Trump Republican fascist movement and its existential threat to American society. Chauncey DeVega continues to warn America’s so-called pro-democracy forces that they are letting themselves be overwhelmed by the fascist onslaught and rising tide. How? By not understanding the true nature of the enemy. And Chauncey reviews several new films, C'mon C'mon, Encanto, Wolf, and Paul Verhoeven’s Benedetta. SELECTED LINKS OF INTEREST FOR THIS EPISODE OF THE CHAUNCEY DEVEGA SHOW Are We Doomed? 'Absolute liars': Ex-D.C. Guard official says generals lied to Congress about Jan. 6 Gun-loving Trump supporters are amassing 'shock troops' to attack democracy: former firearms exec If America really surrenders to fascism, then what? Painful questions lie ahead Ahmaud Arbery and America: This fragile moment of justice doesn't mean "the system works" Hillary Clinton was right about the "deplorables" — and about the end of Roe v. Wade WHERE CAN YOU FIND ME? On Twitter: https://twitter.com/chaunceydevega On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chauncey.devega My email: chaunceydevega@gmail.com HOW CAN YOU SUPPORT THE CHAUNCEY DEVEGA SHOW? Via Paypal at ChaunceyDeVega.com Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thechaunceydevegashow 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.
77:00 12/08/2021
Ep. 348: Are Terrible People Attracted to Power? Or Does Power Make Them Terrible?
Brian Klaas is a columnist at The Washington Post, a political scientist, and an associate professor in global politics at University College London. He is the author of several books including The Devil’s Accomplice, The Devil’s Apprentice, and How to Rig an Election. His new book is Corruptible: Who Gets Power and How It Changes Us. Brian Klaas warns that America’s political, social, and other institutions are structured to reward and encourage sociopathic and other anti-human and authoritarian behavior. Klaas also explains that to prevent the rise of another fascist-authoritarian such as Donald Trump (or his successors) will require not just treating the symptoms of a pathocracy but also a deep examination of how America’s elite class attracts and rewards such vile human beings. He also warns that American democracy is rapidly succumbing to the poisons of fascism, authoritarianism and violence. And Brian Klaas shares what it was like to speak with some of America’s and the world’s most dangerous leaders and other personalities – and why learning from them is necessary if we are to create healthier political and social institutions. Chauncey DeVega reflects on our collective exhaustion and what it feels like to be on the “doom treadmill”. Chauncey also offers some advice about how to manage and defeat the Republican fascist assault on American society and feelings of being wholly overwhelmed. And on this bountiful podcast episode, Chauncey DeVega shares some hate mail and reviews two new movies that he wants to warn the public to avoid -- lest they fall into a deep slumber. Plus, he also educates the public about the “goat man”. SELECTED LINKS OF INTEREST FOR THIS EPISODE OF THE CHAUNCEY DEVEGA SHOW Still hate Hillary? Get over it: She was right about Trump then — and she's right now "Critical race theory" is a fairytale — but America's monsters are real After the Rittenhouse verdict: Will "white freedom" spell the ruin of America? Gun-loving Trump supporters are amassing 'shock troops' to attack democracy: former firearms exec Trump ally Michael Flynn tried to get a top Pentagon official to help overturn the election after Trump lost, book says Republicans are fomenting a violent insurgency in America. It may have already started Legend of the Goatman WHERE CAN YOU FIND ME? On Twitter: https://twitter.com/chaunceydevega On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chauncey.devega My email: chaunceydevega@gmail.com HOW CAN YOU SUPPORT THE CHAUNCEY DEVEGA SHOW? Via Paypal at ChaunceyDeVega.com Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thechaunceydevegashow 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.
78:15 11/23/2021
Ep. 347: The Truth Report -- Tim Wise Explains How The Jim Crow Republicans "Critical Race Theory" Bogeyman is Powered by White Rage
This is a preview of this week’s installment of The Truth Report which features anti-racism educator, activist, and premier truth-teller Tim Wise. https://thetruthreportwithchaunceydevega.libsyn.com/ep-106-the-jim-crow-republican-critical-race-theory-bogeyman-is-powered-by-white-rage. * * * Tim Wise is one of America's and the world's leading experts on white privilege and racism. He is the author of numerous books including his most recent Dispatches from the Race War. He explains how white rage and white privilege have been combined in the Jim Crow Republican Party’s very successful “critical race theory” bogeyman attacks as seen in Virginia (and soon around the country) against the Democrats, the very idea of public education, and the teaching of America’s real history of racial inequality and injustice. Wise also highlights how these “critical race theory” attacks are a manifestation of a desire by white parents and others invested in the many big and small lies of Whiteness to create their own white “safe space” where the humanity of brown and black people is marginalized and ultimately ignored. And Tim Wise explains exactly how the Democrats and others can successfully fight back against the Jim Crow Republicans’ white supremacist “critical race theory” bogeyman attacks. WHERE CAN YOU FIND ME? On Twitter: https://twitter.com/chaunceydevega On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chauncey.devega My email: chaunceydevega@gmail.com HOW CAN YOU SUPPORT THE CHAUNCEY DEVEGA SHOW? Via Paypal at ChaunceyDeVega.com Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thechaunceydevegashow Please subscribe to and follow my new podcast The Truth Report https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-truth-report-with-chauncey-devega/id1465522298 http://thetruthreportwithchaunceydevega.libsyn.com/ 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.      
07:43 11/09/2021
Ep. 346: Denis Villeneuve’s New Film "Dune" and the White Savior Problem
Emmet Asher-Perrin is a writer and cultural critic. They are also the news and entertainment editor for Tor.com Asher-Perrin critically interrogates the new Dune film and its white savior theme(s) and questions of identity, gender, power, orientalism and cultural appropriation. They also reflect upon Denis Villeneuve’s choices in terms of casting, narrative, visual storytelling and character development. Mr. Bill, friend of The Chauncey DeVega Show and expert on all things Dune and science fiction, also joins this week’s episode where he explains some of the many story elements that the casual viewer may have missed or not understood in the new Dune film. He also highlights the great challenges that Denis Villeneuve had to overcome in adapting such a sprawling science fiction story. Mr. Bill also translates how the events that we see in Dune part 1 are part of a much larger story – that if told correctly with sequels – will make for a powerful conclusion that greatly complicates any claim that Dune is a “white savior” story. Chauncey DeVega updates you good people on his recent health scare and why you should pay close attention to your diet. Chauncey also goes to the movies and offers up his reviews of “The Last Duel”, “Last Night in Soho”, “Halloween Kills”, “Lamb”, and “Titane” And Chauncey DeVega keeps sounding the alarm about the Republican fascist assault on democracy and how infrastructure and the “Build Back Better Plan” will not save the country if black and brown and other pro-democracy Americans are not allowed to vote. SELECTED LINKS OF INTEREST FOR THIS EPISODE OF THE CHAUNCEY DEVEGA SHOW The Enduring Appeal of Dune as an Adolescent Power Fantasy The Socialist Dune? What Draws Us to the Reactionary Darkness of Dune? Welp, We Finally Have a Movie That Sure Seems Like Dune Why It’s Important to Consider Whether Dune Is a White Savior Narrative Dune: Denis Villeneuve Responds To Criticisms That The Sci-Fi Epic Is A White Savior Story WHERE CAN YOU FIND ME? On Twitter: https://twitter.com/chaunceydevega On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chauncey.devega My email: chaunceydevega@gmail.com HOW CAN YOU SUPPORT THE CHAUNCEY DEVEGA SHOW? Via Paypal at ChaunceyDeVega.com Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thechaunceydevegashow 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.
93:51 10/31/2021
Ep. 345: How the Jim Crow Republicans are Going to Steal the 2022 Midterm and 2024 Presidential Elections
Hello good people! On this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show I am sending up a a signal flare and sharing a sneak preview of The Truth Report. https://thetruthreportwithchaunceydevega.libsyn.com/ep-105-how-the-jim-crow-republicans-are-going-to-steal-the-2022-midterm-and-2024-presidential-elections I also update you good and kind members of The Chauncey DeVega Show family about my whereabouts and recent battle with cooties. **** Greg Palast is an investigative journalist whose work has been featured by the BBC, the Guardian, the Nation, and Rolling Stone. He is the author of the bestselling books Billionaires & Ballot Bandits and The Best Democracy Money Can Buy. His most recent book is How Trump Stole 2020. Greg Palast reflects on how he predicted almost precisely how Donald Trump’s regime, the Republican fascists, and their agents would try to steal the 2020 presidential election. Greg Palast is now warning that Trump and his Republican fascists are continuing their coup against American democracy, where these fake audits such as in Arizona and the anti-women’s freedom laws in Texas will be used as a blueprint across the country to steal the 2022 midterm and 2024 presidential elections. WHERE CAN YOU FIND ME? On Twitter: https://twitter.com/chaunceydevega On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chauncey.devega My email: chaunceydevega@gmail.com HOW CAN YOU SUPPORT THE CHAUNCEY DEVEGA SHOW? Via Paypal at ChaunceyDeVega.com Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thechaunceydevegashow 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.
11:54 10/22/2021
Ep. 344: Remembering Sociologist James Loewen
This is a special Indigenous Peoples' Day episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show in honor of sociologist and historian James Loewen who passed away on August 19, 2021. **** 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.  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. WHERE CAN YOU FIND ME? On Twitter: https://twitter.com/chaunceydevega On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chauncey.devega My email: chaunceydevega@gmail.com HOW CAN YOU SUPPORT THE CHAUNCEY DEVEGA SHOW? Via Paypal at ChaunceyDeVega.com Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thechaunceydevegashow 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.
47:37 10/11/2021
Ep. 343: How Do You Decide the Financial Value of a Human Life?
Kenneth Feinberg served as the Special Master of the U.S. government’s September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. He has also been responsible for compensation programs for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, the Virginia Tech massacre, and other tragedies. He is also the subject of the documentary "Playing God" as well as the new Netflix film “Worth”. Ken Feinberg reflects on how he navigates the pressures and difficulties of deciding the literal financial value and material worth of a person’s life. He also shares his thoughts on negotiating and the fine art of listening and being a better communicator. And Ken Feinberg offers some life wisdom about the importance of family, what is means to be “working class”, mistakes people make when deciding to become a lawyer, and how his upbringing shaped his values and the man he would become. Chauncey DeVega reflects on why so many people hate Hillary Clinton even though she was correct in warning about the damage to American society and democracy that is being caused by Donald Trump’s “deplorables” and other neofascist cult members. And Chauncey continues to warn that mass denial (especially by the corporate news media) about Trump’s coup, Jan. 6, and escalating political violence by the Jim Crow Republican fascists and their movement will not save the American people. SELECTED LINKS OF INTEREST FOR THIS EPISODE OF THE CHAUNCEY DEVEGA SHOW CNN Poll: Most Americans feel democracy is under attack in the US White terror: Millions of Americans say they'd support violence to restore Trump to power Robert Pape on insurrectionist movement in U.S. - "Intelligence Matters" The Entire United States Is Now the Reichstag Building Will the mainstream media ever face its failure to tell the truth about Jan. 6? WHERE CAN YOU FIND ME? On Twitter: https://twitter.com/chaunceydevega On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chauncey.devega My email: chaunceydevega@gmail.com HOW CAN YOU SUPPORT THE CHAUNCEY DEVEGA SHOW? Via Paypal at ChaunceyDeVega.com Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thechaunceydevegashow 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.
61:09 10/05/2021
Ep. 342: Donald Trump is Not Going Away -- No Matter How Much You Wish He Would
Dr. Mary Trump is a clinical psychologist and business woman. She is also Donald Trump’s niece. She is the author of the bestselling book Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man. Her new book is The Reckoning: Our Nation's Trauma and Finding a Way to Heal. Mary Trump explains why so many Americans are still in deep denial about Donald Trump’s enduring power and his ability to cause destruction and other harm to American society and the world. She warns that such denials and related fantasies about Donald Trump and his fascist movement somehow just “disappearing” or “going away” are a function of naivete and childish thinking rooted in fear, immaturity, and not reality. Mary Trump also details how white privilege and denial and trauma have all come together in this moment to prevent an effective response to Trumpism, the Jim Crow Republicans, and American fascism more generally. She warns that yes, Donald Trump and his followers do indeed want to physically hurt (and worse) those Americans and others they identify as the enemy. Chauncey DeVega explains that America’s political elites on both sides of the aisle knew for a long time that Donald Trump represented an existential threat to American society per the “revelations” in Bob Woodward’s new book Peril – yet, with few exceptions, they chose to be quiet and not warn the American people and the world. And Chauncey DeVega reviews several new movies including Flag Day, The Eyes of Tammy Faye, The Card Counter, and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. SELECTED LINKS OF INTEREST FOR THIS EPISODE OF THE CHAUNCEY DEVEGA SHOW Opinion: The crisis will get worse before it gets better. Are Democrats prepared? Trumpism has Entered Its Final Form Rogue general vs. rogue president: GOP cultists willing to defend Trump destroying the world Robert E. Lee and the Trumpists: Why a Confederate "hero" is still important Wendy Brown on Sheldon Wolin and Inverted Totalitarianism Trump put Milley in an Impossible Position WHERE CAN YOU FIND ME? On Twitter: https://twitter.com/chaunceydevega On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chauncey.devega My email: chaunceydevega@gmail.com HOW CAN YOU SUPPORT THE CHAUNCEY DEVEGA SHOW? Via Paypal at ChaunceyDeVega.com Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thechaunceydevegashow 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.  
77:07 09/20/2021
Ep. 341: Deconstructing The "New" Candyman Film -- Is it a Masterpiece or Something Else Entirely?
Adilifu Nama is Professor of African American Studies at Loyola Marymount University. He is the author of several books including Super Black: American Pop Culture and Black Superheroes. His newest book is I Wonder U: How Prince Went beyond Race and Back. Nama critically interrogates the “new” film “Candyman” and locates it relative to horror genre conventions, cinematic representations of black pain and trauma, and what if anything the film has to offer in terms of a substantive engagement with the black culture industry and “representation” and so-called “wokeness”. Nama also makes a very provocative intervention that “Candyman” may in fact be Jordan Peele’s way of speaking back to (white) critics and the general public’s expectations about the trajectory of his career after the success of “Get Out”. By contrast, Chauncey makes the claim that “Candyman” may in fact be a genius film – depending on what is revealed about the intentionality of Jordan Peele and Nia DaCosta in terms of parody and the film’s too obvious political commentary. On this week’s podcast, Chauncey also reflects on America’s spiral down to outright fascism as seen in how Texas and the Supreme Court are taking away women’s and black and brown people’s civil and human rights. SELECTED LINKS OF INTEREST FOR THIS EPISODE OF THE CHAUNCEY DEVEGA SHOW Republicans seethe with violence and lies. Texas is part of a bigger war they’re waging Sotomayor’s Defiant Dissent Roe v Wade died with barely a whimper. But that’s not all Republicans Are Giving Abortion Opponents Power Over the Rest of Us The Sinister Origins of the Texas Abortion Law, and Why Democrats Are So Unprepared to Do Anything About It Trumpists live in an alternate reality — but they believe in it, and that's terrifying WHERE CAN YOU FIND ME? On Twitter: https://twitter.com/chaunceydevega On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chauncey.devega My email: chaunceydevega@gmail.com HOW CAN YOU SUPPORT THE CHAUNCEY DEVEGA SHOW? Via Paypal at ChaunceyDeVega.com Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thechaunceydevegashow 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.
75:02 09/06/2021
Ep. 340: "War Made Easy" and the Pitfalls and Lies of American Empire and its Forever Wars
Norman Solomon is the author of several books including War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death". He is also the founder and executive director of the Institute for Public Accuracy. Solomon explains how the United States is actually a global empire. He also details how propaganda is used to convince the American people to support war, the country’s military industrial complex, and war profiteering. Solomon also reflects on the myth of American Exceptionalism and its role in sustaining the American Empire and its forever wars. And Chauncey DeVega returns from a several-week hiatus during which he went home to visit his mother who he had not seen for almost 2 years because of the coronavirus pandemic. SELECTED LINKS OF INTEREST FOR THIS EPISODE OF THE CHAUNCEY DEVEGA SHOW Exclusive: FBI finds scant evidence U.S. Capitol attack was coordinated - sources DHS Memo: Capitol Attackers Plotted in Advance Follow the money: Understanding the deep roots of Donald Trump's coup attempt Afghanistan War 'Largely a Wealth Transfer' to Military Contractors, Says 'Black Swan' Author Taliban Didn't Win in Afghanistan, the Defense Contractors Did | Opinion Randall Beach: Thumbs down for robots, thumbs up for Ben WHERE CAN YOU FIND ME? On Twitter: https://twitter.com/chaunceydevega On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chauncey.devega My email: chaunceydevega@gmail.com HOW CAN YOU SUPPORT THE CHAUNCEY DEVEGA SHOW? Via Paypal at ChaunceyDeVega.com Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thechaunceydevegashow 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.
77:09 08/25/2021