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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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Now displaying: October, 2015
Oct 30, 2015
This week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show explores all things Star Wars and Star Wars: The Force Awakens related. 

Almost 40-years-ago George Lucas created one, if not the, most important film and popular culture universe of the 20th century. In less than two months, the much anticipated sequel to the landmark original Star Wars sequels will debut in December.

For the first part of this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, friend of the podcast, and Star Wars expert Bill the Lizard sits in to share his thoughts about the most recent (and presumably final) trailer for The Force Awakens. Chauncey and Bill the Lizard have chatted about their theories regarding the new film(s), its plot, and shared their hopes and worries about JJ Abram's new Star Wars films on several previous occasions onThe Chauncey DeVega Show. In this final conversation before The Force Awakens, they make some final predictions about the plot,its parallels with A New Hope, work through their feelings about why "Millennials" do not seem to be connecting with the movies, and deconstruct the final trailer.

The featured guest on this week's podcast episode features author Mark Clark.

Mark is the author of the new book Star Wars FAQ: Everything Left to Know About the Trilogy That Changed the Movies. He has also written books on the Star Trek film and TV universe.

Star Wars FAQ: Everything Left to Know About the Trilogy That Changed the Movies is a great book that examines the making of the film, its place in popular culture, and delves deep into the mythologies and mysteries about the iconic franchise. Star Wars FAQ is a wonderful resource for experts as well casual fans of theStar Wars universe. Mark possesses a deep and effortless knowledge about Star Wars and is able to relay his knowledge of the films, their creation, marketing, and hidden history, in a very compelling way.

Senior Jedi Knights, Padawans, and casual fans of Star Wars and science fiction/space fantasy will learn a great deal from Mark's book and generous sharing.

In this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Chauncey chimes in on the hellish third Republican Presidential Primary Debate, proclaims the greatness of the drink known as the Moscow Mule, talks about his innovations in reheating Middle Eastern food that gives him "the itis", updates folks on his food poisoning experience, calls out Ben Carson's slavery-abortion piss poor pseudo historical allusions, and mocks Christian religious fundamentalists who rob their kids of the joy that is Halloween.
Oct 23, 2015

Sociologist Douglas McAdam is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show.

Dr. McAdam is the author or coauthor of some 85 articles and 18 books such as Freedom Summer and Political Process and the Development of Black Insurgency, 1930-1970. His new book, Deeply Divided: Racial Politics and Social Movements in Postwar America examines race, political polarization, and the rise of the Tea Party movement. Dr. McAdam is also a member of American Academy of Arts and Sciences--what is one of the most prestigious honors in all of the Arts and Letters.

On this week's episode of the podcast, Chauncey and Dr. McAdam talk about the "Black Lives Matter" movement, social movements, resistance in the digital and social media age, the Black Freedom Struggle, the persistence of the color line in the Age of Obama, and the rise of Donald Trump. 

Douglas is a very kind, funny, disarming, and great conversation partner at the virtual bar known as The Chauncey DeVega Show

During this installment of the podcast, Chauncey DeVega shares a story about food poisoning, his subsequent suspicion that he was the target of a voodoo curse, preliminary thoughts on the most recent Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie trailer, gives some advice "Dear Prudence" style about a woman who discovered that her beau practiced bestiality while a teenager, and then shares an online fundraising letter from professional black conservative grifter Ben Carson.

Oct 16, 2015

Filmmaker, producer, and singer John Michael Williams is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. This is an expansive conversation that touches on John's recent documentary "Bridgend" about the epidemic of teen suicides in a small town in the United Kingdom, finding one's life vocation, money, success, human strength and human weakness on both sides of the color line, as well as the nuts and bolts of making a documentary film. 

 
It is likely that John Michael Williams was a motivational speaker and counselor in a previous life. He does some great teaching and sharing of life wisdom during the conversation at the virtual bar known as The Chauncey DeVega Show.
 
On this this week's show, Chauncey DeVega talks about his adventures at the local check cashing store and the challenges of being poor in America, talks about the Democratic debate and "Black Lives Matter", and wonders about Hillary Clinton's choice of debate attire. Was it inspired by Star Trek or Babylon 5?
 
Chauncey also gets a bit discombobulated from his lemon lime soda and does a Cornell West impression before reading a bit from a powerful story about America's racist carceral society and how a group of prison inmates defeated the much vaunted Harvard University debate team.
Oct 9, 2015

Performance artist M. Lamar is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. M. Lamar is a New York city-based composer, musician, performer, multimedia artist, and counter tenor whose work "Negrogothic, a Manifesto" has been featured by The New York Times and the Museum of Modern Art.

M. Lamar is smart, funny, and honest. In this conversation, M. Lamar and Chauncey talk about art, creativity, race, sexuality, the movie Django: Unchained, fetishing the black penis, racial violence, lynching, and a range of other topics. 

Chauncey and M. Lamar also share some personal stories about sex and intimate adventures across the color line. 

This is a "grown folks" conversation that may not be appropriate for younger listeners. 

In this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Chauncey offers some thoughts on the Oregon mass shooting, ammosexuals, and "men's rights" sad and silly souls. Chauncey also cuts a promo on Ben Carson's betrayal of the Black Freedom struggle and the faux Right-wing outrage about Anthea Butler's wondering if Carson is indeed "coon of the year". 

And because he can't resist calling out Right-wing dreams of tough guy foolishness and guns, Chauncey also tells (again) his story about his late night street fight with a fiend who wanted to shoot him dead. 

In this overstuffed with goodness episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, there is also some titillating--funny?--bonus content at the end of the podcast.

Oct 1, 2015

Nina Hartley is the guest on this week's edition of The Chauncey DeVega Show

Nina is a legendary adult film actress and sex educator who has starred or performed in more than 650 films since her debut in 1984. She continues to perform, give lectures, and run seminars on sexual health, agency, and spirituality. 

She is also a great and enthusiastic conversation partner.

In this conversation, Nina and Chauncey talk about the state of American politics and the psycho-sexual derangement of today's Republican Party, democratic socialism, justice, the Civil Rights and Women's Rights movements, feminism, religion and spirituality, sexual pleasure and health, and her role in the movie Boogie Nights

On this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Chauncey gives some love and congratulations to 2015 MacArthur Genius Award recipient Ta-Nehisi Coates, talks about Ben Carson's black conservative shuck and buck betrayal of the Black Freedom Struggle, as well as his magical religious delusional thinking. Chauncey also gives an enthusiastic recommendation for the new movie Sicario

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