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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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Jan 21, 2017

This week's podcast is a special episode focusing on the inauguration of The Fascist in Chief of the United States Donald Trump. To help him reflect on these ominous days, four guests stop by to offer their thoughts and reflects on the installation of Donald Trump. 

Irv Muchnick, investigative journalist and sports writer commiserates about the role of professional wrestling in the election of Donald Trump and the WWE's Linda McMahon's nomination for the American Il Duce's cabinet. "Champion" Joe Lansdale, author extraordinaire of the "Hap and Leonard" series and other goodness chimes in with his thoughts about Trump's inauguration and Russian interference with the election. "Werner Herzog's Bear", friend of many years of Chauncey DeVega stops by to talk about teaching in this moment, having children, and how they will remember Barack Obama. Professor Adilifu Nama closes out the show by sharing his thoughts about Barack Obama and John Henry, how black folks will--as we always do--survive this moment, and has a good laugh about the movie "Candyman". 

In this week's special episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Chauncey reflects on his failed efforts to warn the American people about the threat posed by Donald Trump and his fascist movement, is frustrated about the lack of fire and energy in the Chicago protests on inauguration day, and demands that so-called "liberals" and Democrats get a spine and truly fight back against the Trumpthuglicans. 

To close out this week's special inauguration themed podcast, Chauncey also shares some stories about ghosts in the White House and how he hopes that they torment Donald Trump and his apparatchiks. 

Jan 14, 2017

Kelly Baker is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. She is the author of Gospel According to the Klan: The KKK’s Appeal to Protestant America, 1915-1930, as well as The Zombies Are Coming!: The Realities of the Zombie Apocalypse in American Culture.

In this week's episode of the podcast, Kelly and Chauncey talk about the "good white people" problem and racism, white identity politics and Donald Trump, the history of the Ku Klux Klan, as well as the various genres of hate mail and white toxic masculinity. Chauncey and Kelly also talk about their shared love of zombies and the not so hidden gender and racial politics of The Walking Dead TV series.

During this week's podcast, Chauncey talks about going to see Barack Obama's farewell address as a member of the press, shares a fun story about the naming practices of the ghetto underclass, and gives his thoughts on what is really going on with Donald Trump's golden shower scandal. At the end of this week's episode, Chauncey also shares some thoughts on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s radicalism and the inauguration of the American fascist Donald Trump.

Jan 6, 2017

The guest, for this, the first official podcast episode of 2017, is Lester Spence. He is the author of several great books including Stare in the Darkness: The Limits of Hip-hop and Black Politics and is a frequent contributor to news outlets such as MSNBC, the BBC, and National Public Radio. Dr. Spence is also an Associate Professor of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University.

In this far ranging and broad conversation, Lester and Chauncey talk about race and popular culture, neoliberalism and black politics, why Beyonce is not "politically resistant", social media "activism", police thuggery, and the role of "black public intellectuals" at the end of the Age of Obama and through to the nightmare that will be the Age of Trump. Lester and Chauncey also talk about analog vs. digital culture and the art of being a master of the turntables. 

During this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Chauncey answers some questions sent in by friends and listeners of the show and also reads some hate mail.

Jan 1, 2017

Happy New Year!

On this week's impromptu podcast episode, Chauncey Devega offers up some personal reflections on the year past and hopes for the upcoming 2017. What was Chauncey grateful for last year? What are his hopes for the future? On this week's podcast, Chauncey also calls up Mama DeVega on the telephone and she offers up her thoughts on Donald Trump, what we need to do going forward, what she is grateful for this past year, and the best attitude to have in life. Hint: Stay positive and do something! 

Dec 24, 2016

This week's special fundraising podcast guest is Ben Winters, author of the New York Times bestselling book "Underground Airlines". In this expansive conversation, Ben and Chauncey talk about the "what if?" scenario of how white on black chattel slavery continues into present-day America that drives "Underground Airlines", writing race and the color line as a white author, as well as the rise of Donald Trump and what the popularity of his bigotry says about America. Ben and Chauncey also discuss their mutual love of comedy, Ben's time trying to be a stand up comedian, and of course, the nuts and bolts about the craft of writing.

During this week's Christmas and holiday season episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, per the tradition of Festivus, Chauncey airs his grievances, talks about the Christmas Card industrial complex, and shares a clip of what happens when Jean Shepherd of "A Christmas Story" fame meets the Ku Klux Klan.

Dec 17, 2016

This week's special fundraising podcast guest is the civil rights icon, educator, and 1968 Olympic gold medalist Dr. Tommie Smith. He is most widely known for his iconic "Black Power" salute with John Carlos. Dr. Smith has spent the decades after that iconic moment traveling the country and world sharing his life wisdom about human rights, dignity, and the power of education. 

Chauncey and Dr. Smith discuss Colin Kaepernick and how he has inspired political awareness and activism among his fellow athletes, what moved Dr. Smith to sacrifice so much by speaking truth to power during the 1968 Olympics, why some people choose action and others inaction, and a lack of national moral leadership in today's America. 

During this week's podcast, Chauncey also shares his initial thoughts on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story after seeing it Thursday night, reflects on "fake news" and his recent essay on Trump and America as a banana republic, and offers some comments on Barack Obama's final press conference of 2016.

Dec 9, 2016

For this month's fundraiser, I have four special guests for the podcast. This week's very special fundraising podcast features Van Jones. He has served as President Barack Obama’s special adviser for green jobs and is a frequent guest commentator for news outlets such as CNN. He is also the author of Rebuild the Dream” and “The Green Collar Economy" in addition to leading several nonprofits such as Dream Corps. 

In this week's episode, Van and Chauncey talk about the 2016 presidential election, "identity politics", Jones' experience talking with Trump supporters during the campaign, how the so-called "smart people" got it wrong, and his new CNN special "The Messy Truth".

During this week's podcast Chauncey also shares the wisdom of George Takei on how the imprisonment of Japanese-Americans during World War 2 echoes the anxieties of the present, reads some hate mail from a Trumpthuglican troglodyte, and has an epic Cornel West moment.
Dec 6, 2016

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

Documentary filmmaker Steven Okazaki stops by to discuss his new documentary 'Mifune: The Last Samurai' and to also share what his documentary about drug addiction in America's rural and suburban communities can tell us about the election of the American Il Duce Donald Trump.

Zach Schonfeld is the second guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. He is a culture and politics writer for Newsweek Magazine.

In this week's episode of the podcast, Zach and Chauncey talk about the genius of Andy Kaufman, Donald Trump and political performance art, how best to fake one's own death, and "political correctness", and the business that is writing about culture and politics for a living.

During this week's podcast Chauncey explains why he was "thankful" on Thanksgiving for Donald Trump's victory, gives a soft start to the December fundraiser for the podcast and his other online work, and previews his conversation with Van Jones and the other great guests he has spoken to for the show this month. Chauncey also tells the truth about the stupid mouth breathers in places like Kentucky who hate Obama so much that they voted for Donald Trump and other Republicans who will take away their health insurance.

Nov 22, 2016

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

Author, writer extraordinaire, and friend of the podcast "Champion" Joe Lansdale stops by to share his thoughts on Donald Trump's winning the White House, if Trump's voters are stupid, ignorant, racist or all three, and updates us on Season Two of Hap and Leonard on SundanceTV.

William Astore is the second guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. He is a history professor and retired Air Force Lt. Colonel. Astore is also a contributor to TomDispatch, The Nation, Truthout, and The Huffington Post where he writes about military affairs and international relations. 

In this week's episode of the podcast William and Chauncey talk about Donald Trump's "foreign policy", our shared love of Star Wars and science fiction, what it was like to be stationed at Cheyenne Mountain during the Cold War, and what real national security would look like in the United States. 

During this week's podcast Chauncey comes out of his media detox post-Trump period of reflection and mourning, reads a letter from someone who will be personally impacted by Trump's meanness and fascism, makes a public promise, and shares some wisdom from the political theorist and philosopher Sheldon Wolin. Chauncey also discovers a new favorite animal friend--the echidna.
Nov 9, 2016

This week's very special episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show focuses on the 2016 presidential election and Donald Trump's victory over Hillary Clinton. Historian, writer, and friend of Chauncey DeVega, the one and only "Werner Herzog's Bear" aka Jason Tebbe stopped by the show Sunday night to soothe Chauncey's nerves about what could--and did--transpire on Election Day.

As the horrible outcome that was Donald Trump's victory became readily apparent, Mama DeVega called in to share her analysis and thoughts. Hint: like Chauncey, she too thought that Trump would win the presidency. And like Chauncey, she too is mighty upset at the stupidity of white American voters who backed the fascist racist Donald Trump.

During this week's special Election Day podcast, Chauncey cuts a promo on the Trumpthuglicans, curses the black and Latino idiots who voted for Donald Trump, and ponders the future of the United States. Chauncey also tries to resist saying "I told you so" about how he and Michael Moore predicted Trump's victory more than a year ago.

Oct 28, 2016

There are two guests on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. Psychiatrist David Reiss returns to analyze Donald Trump's behavior during presidential debates and to offer his thoughts on the Republican nominee's love of sexually harassing women and other noxious behavior. Writer and New York Times guest columnist Jared Yates Sexton also returns to the show. He shares some stories about violence and vitriol at Trump's rallies, his insights about what happens on Election Day, and ideas about how we should keep the lines of communication open with the Trumpthuglicans.

During this week's podcast, Chauncey talks about Negan and the season premiere of The Walking Dead. Chauncey also shares some thoughts on the new smut film We are the Flesh that he had the misfortune of recently viewing at The Chicago International Film Festival. And Chauncey offers up some on the spot audio of the great late night mayhem at Friday's restaurant and reads some hate mail.  

Oct 21, 2016

Professor Jennifer Mittelstadt is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. She is a Professor of History at Rutgers University and the author of the new book The Rise of the Military Welfare State.

In this week's episode of the podcast, Jennifer and Chauncey talk about the social safety net, gender, race, welfare, and the United States military. Jennifer also offers some great insights about the influence of "free market" ideologies in some surprising places--such as the decision to end the draft in the United States. Chauncey and Jennifer also try to make sense of Donald Trump and how to best locate him relative to American history.


During this week's podcast, Chauncey reviews Shin Godzilla, the new Birth of a Nation, and The Accountant. Chauncey also offers some thoughts on the third presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton and what transpired there. Hint: Donald Trump is a great threat to American democracy. 

Oct 10, 2016

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.

Sep 30, 2016

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.

Sep 23, 2016

Professor Whitney Strub is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. He is an Associate Professor and Director of Women's and Gender Studies at Newark College of Arts & Sciences and University College-Newark. Whitney is also author of the books Perversion for Profit: The Politics of Pornography as well as The Rise of the New Right and Obscenity Rules: Roth v. United States and the Long Struggle over Sexual Expression.

In this week's episode of the podcast, Whitney and Chauncey discuss Right-wing moral panics and toilet obsessions, local film culture and Newark, porn and sexuality, traveling down Route One and stopping at adult bookstores, the great film Cruising, and the politics of sexuality, gender, and race. 
 
During this week's podcast, Chauncey updates folks on his travels, tells a story about his 12 hour trip from Chicago to New Haven, encountering a white racist Trumpthuglican TSA agent, and his mother's eccentricities. Chauncey also makes some predictions about Monday's presidential debate between Trump and Clinton and offers some comments about police thuggery in Tulsa and Charlotte. 
Sep 9, 2016

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.

Sep 2, 2016

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.

Aug 26, 2016

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.

Aug 19, 2016

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.

Aug 12, 2016

Phil Torres is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. Phil is an author, contributor at the Future of Life Institute, Affiliate Scholar at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, and founder of the X-Risks Institute.

In this week's episode of the podcast, Phil and Chauncey talk about the future, extinction level events, emerging technologies, the Terminator films A.I. scenario, the singularity, and the role of technology in human development. Chauncey and Phil also do some sharing about the puzzle of "expertise," religion and mass psychology, low information voters, and the rise of Donald Trump.
 
During this week's podcast, Chauncey talks about his recent appearance on The Big Picture with Thom Hartmann, Jim Crow-like Black Codes in Baltimore and their thuggish cops, and the new movie Suicide Squad. Chauncey also reads some kind fan emails and has a good time mocking the future predictions of America in 2034 as offered up by white supremacists.
Aug 5, 2016

Nicholas Stargardt is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. Professor Stargardt is a historian at Oxford University and the author of several books including the most recent
Witnesses of War - Children's Lives under the Nazis and The German War: A Nation Under Arms.

 
In this week's installment of the podcast, Dr. Stargardt and Chauncey discuss children, trauma, the Holocaust and World War 2. Dr. Stargardt also shares his thoughts on the role of "everyday" Germans in World War 2 and the rise of Hitler. Chauncey and Dr. Stargardt also do some sharing about the particular challenges experienced by Afro-Germans under the Nazi regime, as well as try to locate Donald Trump's proto fascism within the proper political and historical context. 

During this week's podcast, Chauncey talks about the horrible new Star Trek Beyond movie, complains some more about the Chicago heat, and talks about the new revelations regarding Right-wing Fox News sex pervert Roger Ailes.
Jul 29, 2016

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.

Jul 21, 2016

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.

Jul 15, 2016

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

In this week's installment of the podcast, Jared and Chauncey talk about their shared love of professional wrestling, do some fantasy booking for the WWE, explore how the basics of good fiction writing can be applied to improve the WWE's current story lines, and have some reminiscing about the glory days of the (then) WWF and WCW back in the 1980s and 1990s.
 
During this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Chauncey shares his experience marching with Black Lives Matter in Chicago and has the good fortune to interview a white woman who started out saying "All Lives Matter" and was then persuaded to join the protest. Unfortunately, this positive interaction was balanced out by how Chauncey encountered a drunk, racist, and very loud Donald Trump supporter at a local bar several days later.
 
Chauncey also offers some thoughts on the Nice, France terror attacks and the dangers of radical religion and gives an update on what he learned from the doctor about his magical and amazing blood.
 
Jul 8, 2016

This week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show features writer Jared Yates Sexton.  

Jared's first-hand reporting on the Donald Trump phenomenon has been featured by The New York Times and The New Republic.

In this week's installment of the podcast, Jared and Chauncey talk about their experiences at Donald Trump's political rodeos/rallies, how the American Il Duce has crated a "safe space" for open expressions of white racism and bigotry, political polarization, and Jared's recent seven-hour long car trip with a Republican to attend a Hillary Clinton rally.
 
Jared and Chauncey also do some mutual sharing about growing up poor and working class and the complications of the color line.

During this week's episode of the show, Chauncey summons W.E.B. Du Bois as he offers some extended commentary and analysis about how America's police have declared war on black people, as well as some thoughts on last night's Dallas sniper attacks.
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