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War of The Words Podcast

War of The Words Podcast

By Wayne Besen
War of the Words offers commentary and news analysis by Activist Wayne Besen, a progressive, independent-minded host.
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Florida's New Fascism and the Rise of the Global Hate Industrial Complex - Interview with Heidi Beirich

War of The Words Podcast

Florida's New Fascism and the Rise of the Global Hate Industrial Complex - Interview with Heidi Beirich

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The Supreme Court Isn’t Serving America, but a Subversive, Anti-Democratic Religious Movement
On today’s show, we discuss the renegade Supreme Court. We pose the question, are they working for America or a radical movement to end democracy? Then we interview Sean Faircloth, former mayor of Bangor, Maine and author of, Attack of the Theocrats: How the Religious Right Harms us All—and What We Can Do About It. In our interview, we discuss the Supreme Court’s brazen attack on Separation of Church and State. We end the show with a shocking story of Texas schools proposing to soft-pedal “slavery” as “involuntary relocation”.  No, I’m not making this up.
57:28
July 01, 2022
A Terrifying Time Machine: Republicans are turning back the clock
We begin the show with me reflecting on my childhood in Texas and discussing the many ways fundamentalist Christians dominated every aspect of our lives. The right-wing coup of the Supreme Court has now elevated these backward elements of my youth, as they seek to violently reclaim America and enforce their narrow worldview. Then, we discuss Cassidy Hutchinson damning January 6 testimony that shed more light Trump’s criminality. We end the show celebrating a Polish court that ruled so-called "LGBT-free zones" are unconstitutional.
30:15
June 28, 2022
Imagining life in a post-democracy America
On today’s War of the Words: We examine what life in America would be like if Trump’s ongoing coup succeeds. We interview James Kirchick, author of Secret City: The Hidden History of Gay Washington. We talk about the Jan 6 committee and how Donald Trump must be arrested for America to move on. He did the crime, so he must do the time.
39:24
June 23, 2022
More Herschel Walker Secret Kids Discovered and The Republican Threat to Democracy
On today’s show, Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker has a secret. Well, three of them, actually. Find out what they are. We’ll discuss the latest Jan 6 hearing – which was truly shocking. We talk about Joe Biden’s Executive Order protecting LGBTQ people from “ex-gay” conversion therapy. We interview Alvin McEwen, an expert who monitors the Religious Right. And, you won’t believe this, we end with the Russians trashing French and Italian food. Who would have guessed? I hope you enjoy the show.
35:26
June 16, 2022
Life in America after Roe v Wade and Protecting LGBTQ Pride from Nazis with Self-Defense
In this episode, Wayne discusses the urgent need for LGBTQ self-defense to beat back Nazis invading Pride events. He also interviews Terry Cosgrove of Chicago’s PersonalPac. He talks about life in a post Roe v Wade America.
01:02:52
June 14, 2022
Tucker Carlson's Racism and Lies Examined
In this episode, Wayne talks about how in the weeks following the Uvalde, Texas school massacre there have been 34 mass shootings and 700 people killed. Wayne also breaks down a FOX News segment from host Tucker Carlson, to show how he insidiously stokes racial divisions and promotes white supremacy. We also spotlight Tucker Carlson’s “manly” cackle. You won’t want to miss it!
19:13
June 09, 2022
Florida's New Fascism and the Rise of the Global Hate Industrial Complex - Interview with Heidi Beirich
On today’s War of the Words with Wayne Besen, we take issue with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ outrageous attack on the Special Olympics. We call out five baseball players on the Tampa Bay Rays who refuse to wear a rainbow logo for the team’s Pride Night. The players condemned the so-called “gay lifestyle”, in the name of Jesus, and told LGBTQ people to be celibate. Wayne ends the show with a riveting conversation with Heidi Beirich, the co-founder of the Global Project Against Hate and Extremism. They will discuss the recent rise of white supremacist hate groups and the rapid growth of political fascism.
47:01
June 07, 2022
Republicans are more upset by Drag Queens than Guns in Schools - Interview with Scott Hamilton
On this episode of War of the Words, host Wayne Besen interviews Scott Hamilton, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Democratic Party. They discuss Scott’s plans to win in a ruby red state that is staunchly anti-LGBTQ and anti-abortion. Wayne also talks about attacks on the LGBTQ community during Pride month. In one such assault this week, Donald Trump Jr. is more concerned about drag queens performing in schools than taking AR-15 assault rifles out of the schools.
36:10
June 02, 2022
Gun Nuts Cover Butts at Texas NRA Convention
Only days after a gun massacre at a Texas elementary school, the NRA opened its convention in Houston. In a supreme act of hypocrisy, the NRA is banning guns while twice impeached, ex-president Donald Trump speaks. The NRA doesn’t even believe its own extreme rhetoric that the answer to gun violence is more guns! Too bad they care more about protecting themselves instead of schoolchildren. In this episode, we explore the tragedy of gun violence in America and how Republican obstruction has stopped meaningful gun safety reform.
20:57
May 27, 2022
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News and commentary through a progressive lens. War of the words podcast with Wayne Besen.
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May 27, 2022