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.
Professor Joseph Lowndes is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. He is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Oregon and the author of several books and articles including From the New Deal to the New Right: Race and the Southern Origins of Modern Conservatism as well as Race and American Political Development.
In this wide ranging conversation, Joe and Chauncey discuss topics such as America's "post-post racial" present and future, the challenge of reconciling history, the past, and the present along the color line, the role of black and brown conservatives in the neo liberal conservative agenda, and the symbolism and shortcomings of the Obama presidency.
During this installment of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Chauncey complains about having to pay taxes (and is angry at the global plutocrats who do not), and talks about Ted Cruz's college onanism habit, shares a story about his college roommate having sex with a strange woman who had a broken arm, and is excited about potentially receiving IRS tax exempt status for his new religion "porkism".
Professor Cedric Johnson is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. He is the author/editor of several books including Revolutionaries to Race Leaders: Black Power and the Making of African American Politics, as well as The Neoliberal Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, Late Capitalism and the Remaking of New Orleans.
Paul O'Brien is the guest on this week's special "Wrestlemania" themed episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. He is the author of the great series of crime noire novels set in the world of professional wrestling called Blood Red Bleeds Dollar Green. Paul is also an accomplished playwright and is working on a TV series and film project.
In this fun episode, Paul and Chauncey talk about their mutual love of professional wrestling, share some stories about growing up in the United States and Ireland, the craft of writing, the World Wrestling Entertainment's very problematic build up to Wrestlemania, and what it is like to work with Jim Ross on his autobiography. Paul is also an addiction therapist and counselor, and he shares his insights and experiences with helping people overcome the demons of drug and alcohol abuse.
In this installment of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Chauncey talks about the craven liars at CNN's GOP town hall meeting, complains about his failures in the kitchen, and offers some comments on the horrible Batman versus Superman movie.
Chauncey also cannot help but fantasize about one of Ted Cruz's alleged mistresses, the one and only Katrina Pierson, and how she seduced the Bible thumping Christian Dominionist Republican presidential primary candidate.
At the end of the podcast, Chauncey DeVega also makes his Wrestlemania 32 predictions.
Writer Andrew Heisel is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. Andrew's great essays and other work have been featured by such publications and sites as the Washington Post, Jezebel, Slate, LA Review of Books, and Vice Sports.
He is a great raconteur. In this week's conversation, Andrew and Chauncey talk about writing, the New England "deflategate" scandal, corruption in professional sports, concussions, "biorhythms", as well as the origins of the 1950's and 1960's era racist slogan "free white and twenty-one".
During this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Chauncey offers a memorial for Phife Dawg (Malik Taylor), cuts a promo on black Donald Trump supporters, talks about meeting Edward James Olmos at Chicago's C2E2 event, complains about forced prayer and hand-holding, and offers up a solution to the challenges caused by ISIS and its plague of sexually frustrated and unemployed young men.
Sex educator, BDSM practitioner, and kink expert Mollena Williams is the guest on this week's installment of The Chauncey DeVega Show. She is the author of the book Playing Well With Others. Mollena Williams also travels across the country (and world) where she gives seminars and lectures on human sexuality, being sex positive, and the pleasures of being open to one's deepest sexual desires. Mollena was recently featured in a New York Times story about her marriage to world renowned composer Georg Friedrich Haas.
In this fun and adult conversation, Mollena Williams and Chauncey talk about her life path, questions of sexual freedom and happiness, kink, "race play", white supremacy, and happiness in a person's intimate life. Chauncey and Mollena also dialogue about modern day black chattel slavery sex "plantations", the boundaries and rules of playing with sex and race, concerns about dignity, and how control of one's body and pleasure is an integral (and little discussed) part of the Black Freedom Struggle.
Mollena Williams is a funny, smart, and great conversation partner.
During this week's grown folks episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Chauncey also talks about his post Chicago Trump media appearances, complains about how a picture of him online does not do justice to his real beauty, warns Hillary Clinton about how Donald Trump will attack her in the 2016 presidential election, and discusses the Hulk Hogan penis trial and the legendary members of American presidents.
In this special installment of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Chauncey shares his experience at the Chicago Donald Trump "No-Show" Rally.
There was much which occurred there that was not accurately reported by the mainstream corporate news media. In this special episode, Chauncey shares how the atmosphere was not as dangerous as depicted by the corporate news media, that the "violence" which did occur was instigated by Donald Trump's minions, and offers a hypothesis about how Il Duce never intended to speak in Chicago.
Astronomer David Weintraub is the guest on this week's installment of The Chauncey DeVega Show. Dr. Weintraub is a Professor at Vanderbilt University in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and author of the new book Religions and Extraterrestrial Life: How Will We Deal With It?
In this fun conversation, Dr. Weintraub and Chauncey talk about "first contact", the challenges of time, speed, and distance in humankind's efforts to travel outside of our solar system, worries about the privatization of space travel, the potential for "resource wars" in space between nations and corporations, science education, and popular culture.
During this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Chauncey talks about the Democratic and Republican primaries and debates, going to see Donald Trump in Chicago, and shares a sad story about his neighbor's home being foreclosed on.
Given the extraterrestrial discussion on this week's podcast, channeling the spirit of Art Bell and Coast to Coast AM, Chauncey has some fun sharing a story from the Weekly World News about Big Foot and Hillary Clinton.
Sociologist Allan G. Johnson is the guest on this week's installment of The Chauncey DeVega Show. He is the author of many books--non-fiction, memoirs, and fiction--including The Gender Knot: Unraveling Our Patriarchal Legacy, The Forest and the Trees: Sociology as Life, Practice, and Promise. He is one of the country's foremost experts on questions of race, gender, and social (in)equality. Dr. Johnson is a wonderful guest who sat with Chauncey DeVega under the learning tree and did some teaching and sharing.
In this conversation, Allan and Chauncey talk about the changing same that is race and racism in America, how systems of privilege are reproduced while also being denied by their beneficiaries, whiteness and masculinity, fear and anxiety in White America, and the lack of moral leadership in the United States around questions of race and justice.
During this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Chauncey talks about his frustrations with a forthcoming podcast guest, complains about the WWE's "Fastlane" pay-per-view event, continues to explain "Trumpmania", shills for Sasha Baron Cohen, and makes his Oscars 2016 predictions. Chauncey also shares how through his amazing powers of logic and reasoning he was able to figure out the cause of his facial skin blemishes.
Writer and cultural historian Preston Lauterbach is the guest on this week's installment of The Chauncey DeVega Show. Preston is the author of the great new book Beale Street Dynasty which examines the intersecting lives, fascinating personalities, the power of the color line, and self-made men in the post-Civil War South. In all, Beale Street Dynasty is an amazing work that reveals a great deal about sex, song, and politics in Memphis, Tennessee, and America, more broadly.
Preston does some great sharing and teaching in this week's episode. Chauncey and Preston talk about Elvis Presley and race, day-to-day life for black entertainers on the "Chitlin' Circuit", politics and life in the post war South, navigating freedom and slavery, and the life of the amazing black politician-gangster-entrepreneur-arts patron Mr. Robert Church.
During this week's episode of the podcast, Chauncey talks about Donald Trump and professional wrestling, offers up his own conspiracy theory about the death of Antonin Scalia, and complains about impending decrepitude and his irritated skin.