Here’s a bit of a roundup of the current shape of progressive conversation on The Leftscape. On “The Women Most Likely To… (Episode 50),” co-hosts Robin Renée, Wendy Sheridan, and Mary McGinley talk about the six women among the Democratic candidates for the U.S. presidency. Episode 51, “The Endicott Dreams of Gary Wilson,” features a conversation with the off-the-beaten-path musician.
For months now it has felt too soon, but with the primary debates underway, Wendy, Mary, and Robin decided it was finally time to talk about the Democratic presidential candidates. Wendy thought that the guys in the race have been getting quite enough air time and wanted to focus the conversation on the female candidates for the highest office in the U.S. Listen in for the impressions, considerations, concerns, and hopes each of the co-hosts has about the six women contenders: Tulsi Gabbard, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Elizabeth Warren, and Marianne Williamson. In the News segment, Robin keeps it upbeat with Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s win of “Best Real-Life Hero” at the MTV Movie & TV Awards, announces the Philadelphia Podcast Festival and the very first RESPECT: Women’s Podcast Festival coming up on August 24th-25th at Amalgam Comics and Coffeehouse in Philadelphia.
Gary Wilson, the self-declared “King of Endicott,” in his own outsider way, is living the dream. About a month before heading out on his July-August U.S. tour, Gary took the time to chat with superfan Robin Renée about his career from its beginnings with the band Lord Fuzz to being rediscovered in the 1990s and re-rediscovered at the start of the new millennium. He flows through stories of his childhood in Endicott, NY, adventures in hippie/post-hippie/pre-punk New York City of the late 60s and early 70s, and his current collaboration with kindred spirit, R. Stevie Moore. Gary shares his thoughts on politics in the arts, talks about what keeps him fascinated with his early years and influences, and he sheds some light on his “tormented teen idol” aesthetic. In News, Wendy leads the discussion on the real-time tragedy of migrant camps in the U.S. and the Close the Camps protests manifesting around the country. In both episodes, Mary, Wendy, and Robin report on their attendance at pride events in New York and New Jersey, including World Pride and the celebration of 50 years since the Stonewall riots in New York City.
Last week, a post on the Leftscape Facebook page about nonbinary gender on International Nonbinary Day really took off! It seems an upcoming show on the topic is warranted. In the meantime, The Leftscape thanks and welcomes all the new friends and listeners!
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