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. He is 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show features writer Jared Yates Sexton. This is the second installment of a two-part conversation.
This week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show features writer Jared Yates Sexton.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.