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Lush Left Media

By Mary Angela Perna
Progressive politics, conversations with journalists and writers from every major outlet, top-tier candidates on the state and national level, wellness and justice, speakers, activists and more! Host: Mary Angela Perna
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Season 3 EP 3: Candidate for California’s 42nd CD, Regina Marston--Democrat for Congress!

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Season 3 EP 3: Candidate for California’s 42nd CD, Regina Marston--Democrat for Congress!

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Amazing conversation with psychotherapist Nick Carmody
Important conversation with psychotherapist Nick Carmody, insights regarding the far right wing, dealing with friends and family we disagree with in today’s political climate and more. Subscribe to Nick’s informative Patreon! —>
April 03, 2022
The great journalist, Jonathan Alter joins Mary Angela Perna to discuss Putin’s invasion of Ukraine
We discuss the Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. His 40 years reporting give him a vast wealth of knowledge! At Newsweek, Alter wrote more than 50 cover stories, which included everything from Bill Clinton’s first interview after leaving the presidency, to Barack Obama’s first-ever magazine cover, to Alter’s personal story of living with cancer. Beyond politics and media, he has written extensively over the years about foreign policy, education, fiscal policy, terrorism, anti-Semitism, at-risk children, national service and a wide variety of other issues. On this episode, we discuss Jonathan’s piece for “Washington Monthly” —- Jonathan’s substack: —- Jonathan’s latest book, “His Very Best: Jimmy Carter, a Life”
March 02, 2022
Jordan Green of Raw Story, talking Trucker convoys, far RW & more
Columnist for Raw Story, Joshua Green joins Mary Angela Perna to discuss his piece, “The same far-right influencers behind the effort to overturn the election are pushing for a convoy on DC”& what’s happening in the overall far RW extremist movement. Joshua’s knowledge of the right wing is extensive and his column is a must-read!
February 22, 2022
Mary Angela Perna sits down with the amazing author and journalist, Nina Burleigh!
Nina Burleigh is the author of six books and a national journalist whose work has been published widely, including in Rolling Stone and The New York Times, to name a few outlets. She is also an executive producer on the docuseries Epstein's Shadow: Ghislaine Maxwell, streaming on Peacock and Sky. We discuss her piece published in The New Republic, The Rich Mothers of the Insurrection” —> & more!
December 20, 2021
Washington Post’s, Dana Milbank joins Mary Angela Perna on Lush Left Media, Season 4
The great Dana Milbank of The Washington Post joins me to discuss Trump’s former director of the Office of Management and Budget, Russ Vought. A constant Bannon guest on Bannon’s podcast, like most Trump appointees, radical, unqualified. How the RW like Bannon are bringing Vought on shows to sabotage Biden’s progressive economic agenda—or attempting to. Article: We also discuss the piece Dana wrote giving a thoughtful critique on the state of the press and how the need to be “adversarial” is problematic. There’s no comparing the Trump admin verses the Biden admin, as if both parties are the same. At a time where only one of the major parties in America believes in liberal democracy, Dana’s piece is vital:
December 13, 2021
Journalist Heidi Cuda & Emmy-winning immersive Entertainment producer, Jim Stewartson
Journalist, Heidt Cuda & award-winning immersive Entertainment producer, Jim Stewartson share their vast knowledge of the far RW with me on Lush Left Media! It’s vital we talk about rising fascism in America, the players and stay informed!
September 26, 2021
Murtaza Hussain of The Intercept. We discuss dark money groups & wealthy families hurting democracg
Murtaza Hussain of The Intercept joins me to discuss his piece about how wealthy right wing families are funding measures to undermine our democracy, in the name of “voter integrity”. This impacts state legislatures, the right to vote & more! The piece:
August 21, 2021
Will Bredderman, researcher and journalist of The Daily Beast comes on to talk about Bannon!
Award-winning journalist, Will Bredderman of The Daily Beast talks to me about a very weird building rented by Bannon’s latest biz partner, Miles Guo. A lot of very strange things around this situation! His piece:
July 30, 2021
A.CI. Thompson of Frontline PBS & ProPublica discusses the doc’”American Insurrection:’,
A. C. Thompson is a reporter and doc filmmaker of two vital docs on RW extremism, “American Insurrection” & “ DOCUMENTING HATE: NEW AMERICAN NAZIS” — both with Frontline PBS & ProBublica. We discuss the far right, RW groups emboldened and more.
July 26, 2021
Igor Derysh, columnist for Salon— we’re talking the evolution of Arizona’s Kyrsten Sinema
The great reporter for Salon, Igor Derysh returns to Lush Left Media. We’re talking about his piece exploring what happened to former leftie, Kyrsten Sinema! With voting rights on the line, her objection to stopping the filibuster is astounding! Ppl in AZ feel betrayed!
July 22, 2021
Jill Filipovic, CNN columnist, author, NY Times contributor, bylines everywhere & yoga instructor!
Jill Filipovic, a weekly columnist for CNN and a 2019 New America Future of War fellow, she is also a contributing writer to The New York Times and a former columnist for The Guardian. She’s also a yoga instructor! We talk democracy, yoga & more!
July 09, 2021
The fantastic reporter, Sam Thielman (CJR, The Guardian, NBCNewsThink & cohost of YAMMPOD podcast)
Journalist, Sam Theilman returns to Lush Left Media to talk RW fuckery & more!
July 02, 2021
Jesse Cannon, producer of The New Abnormal, Fever Dreams, Killed By Desk & more — fun convo!
Veteran music producer & now podcast producer of the wildly popular, The New Abnormal, Fever Dreams, Killed By Desk & more, Jesse Cannon sits down w/ me to dish on the music industry & political podcasting!
June 17, 2021
Visiting Georgetown Univ. professor, Thomas Zimmer & I talk about U. S. Democracy & more
Visiting Georgetown University professor, Thomas Zimmer, w/ a background in history & Transatlantic history & global health joins me to discuss RW authoritarianism both here in the U.S. —past, current & the future—also the rise of RW movements abroad.
June 14, 2021
Edward-Isaac Dovere joins Mary Angela Perna to discuss his new book!
Staff writer at The Atlantic, Edward-Isaac Dovere joins me for a fab (& juicy!) convo regarding the 2020 Democratic Party primary—outlined in his new book, “Battle for the Soul INSIDE THE DEMOCRATS' CAMPAIGNS TO DEFEAT TRUMP”
June 04, 2021
Jennifer Mercieca, professor, author. We discuss her book “Demagogue for President” and more!
JENNIFER MERCIECA is professor in the Department of Communication at Texas A&M University. She is the author of Founding Fictions and coeditor of The Rhetoric of Heroic Expectations: Establishing the Obama Presidency, and Her latest published in July 2020, “Demagogue for President: The Rhetorical Genius of Donald Trump” (very prescient!)
June 02, 2021
SE03, EP8 author & filmmaker, Jen Senko returns!
Documentary filmmaker & now author, Jen Senko chats with me about RW media, her new book “Brainwashing of My Dad” & more!
May 10, 2021
SE3, EP08 David Shor, data scientist, Sr. fellow at CAP action, talking Dem’s data, 2022 midterms!
David Shor is a data scientist, Sr fellow at CAP Action Fund, Sr. data scientist w/ Civics Analytics — we discuss the 2020 election, the GOP, how the polls were wrong and what Dems can do to win in 2022.
March 31, 2021
SE3, EP07 Anne Nelson, author of Shadow Network, Media, Money & the Secret Hub of the Radical Right
I sat down with journalist & writer of “Shadow Network”. We discuss the radical right, the Council for National Policy & the radical right’s 40 year plan to shape America. Through RW media, messaging, propaganda & so much more. Anne’s book is vital:
March 23, 2021
SE3, EP06 Igor Derysh of Salon —talking about the Mercers!
I sat down with Igor Derysh of Salon to go over his piece re the ultra RW family, the Mercers—read his piece “How one billionaire family bankrolled election lies, white nationalism — and the Capitol riot”:
February 16, 2021
S3 EP5 David Neiwert, expert on RW extremism. We discuss his latest piece, RW terrorism & more
David Neiwert is a columnist for The Daily Kos, bylines in most major outlets, author of several books on the RW, including his latest: Red Pill, Blue Pill: How to Counteract the Conspiracy Theories That Are Killing Us ( ) — we discuss his latest piece, the state of the far RW & more.
February 05, 2021
S3, EP 4 Bill Scher — bylines in Politico, Real Clear Politics, Washington Monthly —covid package
I sit down with journalist, Bill Scher (Politico, Real Clear Politics, Washington Monthly & more) —we discuss his piece, “Don't Squeeze the Manchin!” ( ) — Biden’s Covid package, reconciliation, moderates like Joe Manchin & more!
February 05, 2021
Season 3 EP 3: Candidate for California’s 42nd CD, Regina Marston--Democrat for Congress!
Meet an amazing candidate for the 42nd CD in California, Regina Marston. Fighting for climate, jobs & justice—she’s pragmatic, progressive and ready to help the people of her district. #CA42
January 29, 2021
Season 3 Ep 2: Alexander Reid-Ross — infighting on the far RW after January 6th, 2021
Alexander, expert and writer on far right extremism, we go over his Daily Beast article “Inside the Alt-Right Meltdown After Failed Capitol Putsch”:
January 26, 2021
EP 02: Alexander Reid-Ross, expert of the far RW
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Alexander Reid-Ross, author of “The Fascist Creep”, bylines in The Daily Beast, Haaretz and more. We discuss his latest piece on the infighting of right-wing extremists in the aftermath of Jan 6th, 2021
January 17, 2021
EP 1 Kay Richae (recorded previously summer 2020)
ICYMI, my interview with the fabulous speaker, Kay Richae. In the aftermath of #georgefloyd we talk about understands , healing and how we can respond.
November 17, 2020
November 17, 2020
November 17, 2020