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.
Philosopher David Theo Goldberg is the guest on this week's installment of The Chauncey DeVega Show. Dr. Goldberg is one of the world's leading thinkers and writers on matters of race and the global color line. He is the author of numerous books and articles including the most recent Are We All 'Post Racial' Yet?. He is the Director of the University of California Humanities Research Institute and holds numerous faculty appointments at the University of California-Irvine.
Professor Goldberg's work has influenced a generation of students and scholars. His book The Racial State and The Threat of Race are two of the most necessary works for understanding the relationship between race, power, governmentality, and the neoliberal present.
Professor Goldberg does some great sharing and teaching in this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. David and Chauncey talk about Donald Trump, working class white authoritarianism, and how racism has evolved in the United States. Professor Goldberg also shares some stories about his career path where he worked with the Kurtis Blow on his classic rap video for the song "Basketball", New York before its "Disneyfication", David Bowie, Apartheid-era South Africa, the documentary Searching for Sugar Man, and of course the 1980s docudrama Shaka Zulu.
Dr. Goldberg was a great conversation partner and storyteller.
This week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show also features a special guest. Chauncey's mother stops by the virtual bar and salon. Be forewarned as she does not care about political correctness. Chauncey DeVega and his mother talk about Donald Trump, black people receiving poor service at restaurants, Chris Christie's weight, and her support of Republican John Kasich.
Anti-racism activist, author, and scholar Tim Wise is the guest on this week's edition of The Chauncey DeVega Show. Tim Wise is the author of numerous books including his most recent Under the Affluence: Shaming the Poor, Praising the Rich and Sacrificing the Future of America. He is also the subject of a great new documentary called White Like Me.
Tim Wise is a great friend of the podcast and Chauncey's other online work. During this, his second sit down at the virtual bar and salon, Tim Wise does not disappoint.
Tim and Chauncey talk about maintaining balance and mental health even while they spend a great deal of time working on issues related to the color line, discuss Donald Trump and alienated white voters, how to deal with white racial fragility and deflection, and adding new tools to the metaphorical toolbox for talking with folks about questions of justice and human rights.
In this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Chauncey also talks about this weekend's Super Bowl, the Iowa caucuses, and how The New York Times' resident conservative "borrowed" his analysis of Trump and professional wrestling. Chauncey is also brought to bliss by a new soda discovery and shares some scary facts about the horrible state of food safety in the United States.
Documentary filmmaker and writer Sofian Khan is the guest on this week's edition of The Chauncey DeVega Show. Sofian's films include The Dickumentary and his newest project The Interpreter.
During this fun and educational episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Sofian does some great sharing about the history of the penis, making The Dickumentary, and the interesting personalities he encountered while doing research on male genitalia. Chauncey and Sofian do some sharing about about the great Ron Jeremy, porn, male insecurity, circumcision, and the man who supposedly has one of the largest penises in the world.
In this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Chauncey also talks about the New England Patriots' playoff loss, last week's WWE Royal Rumble, and the Feds taking down the Bundy Brigands. Chauncey also shares some interviews with racist--and very honest--Donald Trump supporters that were featured in a very revealing CNN story.
Author and former senior United States Air Force intelligence officer Terry Finnegan is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. He is the author of the books Shooting the Front: Allied Reconnaissance in the First World War and A Delicate Affair on the Western Front: America Learns How to Fight a Modern War in the Woëvre Trenches.
Oliver is a professor of Film Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University. He is the author or editor of numerous books and articles, most recently the new volume Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained: The Continuation of Metacinema.
In this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Oliver and Chauncey discuss Tarantino's films, the politics of race and meaning in Django Unchained, media and representation, historical memory and Germany, terrorism, ISIS, and digital culture.
As a bonus, Dr. Speck sat down for a second round where he shared his thoughts about the Paris terror attacks, the San Bernardino gun rampage, and other matters. Oliver is a smart, fun, and witty guest. It was a pleasure to chat with him at the virtual bar known as The Chauncey DeVega Show.
During this episode, Chauncey DeVega commits a dangerous act of soda alchemy, discusses Obama's final State of the Union speech, and shares a story about how black folks turned a racial slur into something "beautiful" and the temptations said ugly word has for some white folks when they get drunk. In this week's show, Chauncey also says goodbye to David Bowie and shares his thoughts on the documentary God Loves Uganda.
David Silverman is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show.
He is the president of the American Atheists. David is also the author of the new book Fighting God: An Atheist Manifesto for a Religious World. He is one of the United States' most prominent voices in favor of a true separation between Church and State. Mr. Silverman is also an unapologetic, proud, "firebrand" atheist, who takes no prisoners.
In this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Chauncey and David, of course, talk about politics, faith, and religion in the United States. They also cut to the chase and explore questions of good and evil, God, theodicy, why so many atheists hide behind the cloak of "secular humanism", "agnosticism", and other such labels. David also helps Chauncey to decide if he is actually an atheist or maybe something else.
At the virtual bar, Chauncey and David also talk about love, marriage and personal relationships. Is it possible for a religious person and an atheist to find happiness together? If your partner actually thinks that you will go to hell in the afterlife because you are an atheist, is a healthy and happy relationship possible? Is religion a type of brainwashing and abuse?
David and Chauncey also talk about ISIS, religion, and the Republican Party during this great episode.
David is one hell of a conversation partner. It was wonderful to be able to sit down with him at the virtual bar and sort out matters of politics and religion.
During this first episode of 2016, Chauncey gives proper thanks to the folks who donated to the fundraising drive, talks about his recent interviews on Ring of Fire and Thom Hartmann, sends positive energy to Professor Larycia Hawkins, hints at future plans, and tells a story about how a man who was released from a hospital (or escaped?) helped him to further own his life calling.
This week's New Year's Eve episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show is two great shows in one.
The first part of the New Year's Eve podcast features a review and discussion of Star Wars: The Force Awakens with friend of the podcast and site Bill the Lizard. Bill and Chauncey have been thinking about, anticipating, and meditating on all things Star Wars for many years.
Their conversation about Star Wars: The Force Awakens is more than a basic review.
Chauncey and Bill the Lizard talk about how this new film is a remix of A New Hope, questions surrounding Arthurian legend and the Hero's Journey, speculate about how the First Order (the new version of The Galactic Empire) is now both multicultural and also includes women, explain how Commander Snoke must be Darth Plagueis the Wise, and map out what the sequels to J.J. Abrams version of Star Wars must do next to make or break the foundation laid down in The Force Awakens. This is a spoiler filled and fun conversation.
The second part of the New Year's Eve podcast turns to far more serious matters. In this extended segment, Chauncey talks about the extrajudicial killing of Tamir Rice and answers the question(s) asked by some online about how best to stay sane and positive in these trying times. To that end, Chauncey reads some of the wicked comments at the white supremacist Right-wing political website known as The Free Republic about the killing of Tamir Rice and the exoneration of the thug cops who stole his life. Chauncey then uses the wisdom of Dr. Na'im Akbar to help black and brown folks understand how best to win a psychological battle with white racists.
In this New Year's Eve episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Chauncey also gives some love to the now permanently retired radio legend Art Bell by playing a clip from one of the latter's amazing conversations with Father Malachi Martin, former exorcist for the Vatican.
Chauncey shills for the great new movie The Hateful Eight and then overshares during this episode of the podcast about his inexorable lust and explosive desire for Katrina Pierson, the bullet necklace wearing spokeswoman for Donald Trump.
Ned and Constance Sublette are the guests on this week’s episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. They are the authors of the amazing and powerful new book The American Slave Coast: A History of the Slave-Breeding Industry.
Ned and Constance do some serious teaching and sharing on a very difficult subject for this week’s show. Chauncey and his guests work through questions regarding the scale and scope of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, how many people were killed during that horrific business, why did the slave population in the United States grow as compared to other parts of the world, and what is “the capitalized womb” and “slave-breeding?”
Ned and Constance also take on common white supremacist and other myths about how chattel slavery in the “New World” was not as harsh as the labor experienced by European serfs or North American urban white industrial workers.
In addition to the amazing teaching and sharing offered by Ned and Constance, on this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Chauncey talks about Donald Trump and the “fascism” con game distraction, shares his secrets for healthy living, talks about popular culture and the new movie Spotlight, offers up his own story about an African Catholic priest who had lustful eyes, and gets personal as he confesses his anxieties about gaining weight and discovering that he does not in fact suffer from elephantiasis.
Dave Neiwert is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. He is one of the United States' foremost experts on the American Right-wing media, militia movement, and politics more generally. He current writes the Hatewatch blog for the Southern Poverty Law Center. Dave Neiwert is the author of several books including The Eliminationists. He is one of the founders of the essential news website Crooks and Liars. Dave is also an ally of our animal friends. His new book is Of Orcas and Men: What Killer Whales Can Teach Us.
Sean McElwee is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. He is a Research Associate at the Demos think tank. He is also a contributing writer for Salon and Al Jazeera. In this great conversation on The Chauncey DeVega Show, Sean and Chauncey talk about race and wealth inequality, if the United States is still a "democracy", libertarianism, and what the data reveals about how the plutocrats and 1 percent have gamed America's politics to their own advantage.
Sean also does some great sharing about the world of think tanks, dealing with trolls, and the challenge of translating complex information so that a smart and interested general readership can process and make use of it.
On this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Chauncey tells folks about his Thanksgiving dining at a Middle Eastern buffet, gives some love for the new movie Creed, and cuts a promo about loud and obnoxious children who almost ruined his dining experience.
Chauncey also talks about Fox News' Megyn Kelly's Jim and Jane Crow lynching culture complaints about black men who "reckless eyeball" America's police, as well as the GOP's proto fascist politics.
Paula Ioanide is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. Dr. Ioanide is a Professor of Comparative Race and Ethnicity Studies at Ithaca College.
She is the author of the great new book The Emotional Politics of Racism: How Feelings Trump Facts in an Era of Colorblindness. In this conversation on The Chauncey DeVega Show, Paula and Chauncey talk about emotion, empathy, sympathy, and human concern across the color line. They also discuss police brutality, the white racial frame, and if the white gaze is capable of seeing people of color as full and equal human beings.
Paula Ioanide also does some great sharing about her activist work and teaching in the American prison system.
On this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Chauncey talks about his week dealing with Right-wing sewer dwellers who were upset about his essay about the Paris terror attacks and the Right-wing hate media, gives an update on his recent TV and radio appearances, and then closes the show discussing so-called "safe spaces" on college campuses, as well as the manifesto for campus change offered by the young lions at Amherst College in Massachusetts.
This week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show features sports journalist Irvin Muchnick. In addition to many articles, he is the author of Justice Denied; Wrestling Babylon; and Concussion Inc.. He is a smart, direct, and incisive writer who is expert at locating events in the "world of sports" within their broader social context.
In this installment of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Irvin and Chauncey talk about how the worlds of professional wrestling and broader American culture and life intersect, the rise of Donald Trump, Irvin's groundbreaking journalism on the Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka domestic violence-murder case, as well as the Chris Benoit tragedy.
Irvin also shares some great insights about the N.F.L. concussion scandal and his new work on sexual exploitation and abuse in the USA Swimming organization.
This episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show also features Chauncey talking about the hypocrite Ben Carson and how his adviser Armstrong Williams is apparently a closeted gay man who was accused of sexual harassment, and how the GOP's horrible last debate is more evidence of the ways that Fox News is Right-wing state-controlled media. At the end of this week's episode, Chauncey gets personal and gives some inside advice to the students who are protesting racism at Yale and the University of Missouri based on his background as a student activist and quick few years as a college administrator.
Dr. Richardson is the author of numerous books including To Make Men Free: A History of the Republican Party and Wounded Knee: Party Politics and the Road to an American Massacre.
She is also a contributing writer for the online magazine Salon.com. Her essays on American politics, culture, and the past/present of the GOP offer an amazing amount of wonderfully researched and grounded insight into the dangers and threats posed by "movement conservatism" to the Common Good. Dr. Richardson is also a sharp and precise writer who has the rare ability to bring a deep understanding of American history, life, and politics to bear on contemporary topics of public concern in these United States.
In this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Heather and Chauncey talk about the history of the Republican Party, as well as how its war on the poor, people of color, and the "Other" who it has identified as the "enemy" is not new, but rather has been decades in the making. Chauncey and Dr. Richardson also dialogue about Donald Trump, how America in the Age of Obama is eerily like that of the United States before the Civil War, and share some thoughts on their fears about the future of the republic.
Dr. Richardson is a great guest and wonderful teacher who does some great sharing about the perils facing American politics as a function of the past living through to the present.
This installment of The Chauncey DeVega Show also includes Chauncey DeVega doing some truth-telling about white privilege and the TV show 60 Minutes' "white victimology blues" about heroin and pill addicts in "the heartland", while wondering why white folks get love, and black and brown folks get prison for being addicted to drugs. Chauncey also shares his disdain for Ben Carson's new "rap" song political campaign ad while demanding some empathy and sympathy for his addiction to high fructose corn syrup products.
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.
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.