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S3E10:our Finale! whos popular on today’s podcast

The very popular, still talked about debate on MSNBC, NBC News and Telemundo’s is over but it is our focus on today’s podcast.

The debate, held June 27th is still making news. In our last blog post and podcast episode, we discussed Kamala Harris and her criticism of Joe Biden’s record on busing.

In this episode, Denise from California and I give opinion and analysis of Joe Biden and the remaining candidates featured on the final night of the debates.

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S3E9:is biden still popular and the history of busing in today’s podcast

Today’s show is so jam packed it’s almost an hour long!  The popular debate which aired Thursday June 26th on NBC, MSNBC and Telemundo is the focus of this blog and podcast.

The ratings for night two became the highest rated democratic debate in broadcast history according to Nielsen. But this episode will focus squarely on the disappointing history if desegregation efforts that failed in part due to white moderates like Joe Biden.

The push by those on the progressive left and the internal struggles this nation faced trying to fight integration in the north and the south, transformed the democratic party for a second time.

As civil right drained the party of dixiecrats, busing drained the democratic party of liberal progressives, helping to give rise to the Regan Revolution, conservatism and eventually Donald Trump.

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S3E8: Gerrymandering survives, politicians make moves

Today’s podcast we finish our analysis of night one of the 2020 democratic debate which aired on Wednesday June 24th on NBC, MSNBC and Telemundo and discuss gerrymandering.

It’s been five days since the debates and already some candidates, like Harris and Booker, have altered their positions on Medicare For All.  

Meanwhile, from night two, governor Hickenlooper’s campaign is reportedly in “shambles” after the debate.

All eyes are on Kamala Harris who has seen a sizeable bump since the debate.   She’s hopped over Warren and Sanders in a new Iowa poll.

The standing which had been Biden, Sanders, Warren – in this new poll is – Biden, Harris, Warren. 

But will Harris’ slippery stance on issues like healthcare with which she has tied herself to progressive leaders Sanders and Warren, end up costing her moderate votes?

And will her flip flop to supporting private insurance, sour her toward progressive groups?

We discuss the losers from Wednesday’s debate below:


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S3E7: the administrative state deconstructed

Liberal but practical podcast

The World As I Like It To Be is a liberal podcast, but I like to think we are a practical one.

On today’s show we will discuss the winners and losers from night one of the 2020 democratic debate that aired on NBC and MSNBC and Telemundo on Wednesday 26th 2019.

The purpose of today’s blog is to discuss why some of what Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren would like to do will not work. Both having to do with the court and world events.

But first, according to  The New York Times, almost 15.3 million Americans tuned into Wednesday’s debate, a number that far exceeded what NBC News had anticipated.

Viewership almost equaled the 2015 Democratic primary debate between Bernie Sanders and Hilary Clinton.

It’s important to note that 15.3 million did not include streaming services or live viewings on YouTube, Facebook and other progressive podcasts and online series that normally skew close to the democratic base.

Surprisingly, the commander in chief remained relatively quiet on twitter during the whole thing.  I wonder why….

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S3E6: 2020 Candidates -harris and biden and the 13 keys

MSNBC, NBC and Telemundo will air the democratic debates on Wednesday and Thursday. The debates will not be like many of the political shows on MSNBC.

We expect one or more of the candidates to be eliminated tonight and for others to rise.

This is the second part of this blog. With me is Denise from California.

Our focus on the show is Amy Klobuchar, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker and Joe Biden.

Then we discuss a few caveats I see as potential game changers for Democrats or Republicans like the 13 keys and Supreme Court outcomes on gerrymandering as well as the census question.

Finally, what happens if Roy Moore is the Republican nominee again in Alabama.  Will Doug Jones remain in his seat for a longer term?

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S3E5:2020 Candidates debate! Our take on Sanders, Warren and Buttigieg

Like many progressive podcasts out there today we begin opinion and analysis of the 2020 candidates as the race for President on the democratic side begins.

Last season we gave our view of the 2020 candidates here, here and here.  But a lot has changed since then. 

Controversy has hit Mayor Pete in his hometown of South Bend, Indiana where he is the sitting mayor.

Meanwhile as one falls, another rises.  Elizabeth Warren got good news today. 

The senator from Massachusetts saw her poll numbers go up in two important polls.  The Morning Consult Poll and Emerson Poll both see Warren rising to a solid number three closer than ever to Sanders.

One year anniversary

Our thoughts on these issues and more, as we hit the one year mark! There are a lot of progressive podcasts to choose from. Thanks for choosing ours.


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S3E4: Policing and racism. What to do when cops shoot w. Det Small

Today’s show is timely as stories in the newspaper and on social media speak of policing and racism within law enforcement.

People are tired of reading stories where cops shoot an unarmed man in the back, then say they where in fear for their lives.

What is going on?

After today’s show, I hope it becomes clear why the police and law enforcement will not change under the current system.

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S3E3:Racism AT THE 66, police brutality cases and intervention

On today’s show Detective Small shares stories of corruption in the police department and one of many police brutality cases he was involved.

But first, we begin our discussion on an article in the NY Daily News on racism at the 66th Precinct.

the 66th covers a mostly diverse community which includes Chinatown, Borough Park and Sunset Park.

It is here that Michael Moy, a 24 year veteran of the department , got into fight with white detectives and was placed on modified duty.

The Asian American detective says he got tired of the “frat house” environment and racist jokes including the mocking of his accent.

Daily News: Post placed around the department by the cops in question.

Was a fight between the officers the best way to deal with this? How should detective Moy have handled the situation?

Detective Small has a lot of experience in this area that includes one incident that almost cost him his job. Listen:

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S3E2: Exploitation of women and How to stop it w Det Small

On today’s show (#theworldasilike) we continue our conversation on the exploitation of women through  misogyny and sexism with Detective Darnley Small.

There is some good news on this front:

The governor of Maine has signed a bill that would expand the rights of those seeking abortion according to Vox.

Along with California, Maine would allow “non doctors” to perform abortions within a medical facility like a clinic.

Two dozen other states allow non doctors to prescribe abortion related medication.

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S3E1: a cop shooting racism and sexism w/ detective darnley small

We are back with season three of The World As I Like It To Be (#theworldasilike) podcast and none too soon. Another day, another potential cop shooting makes the headlines.

Whether it is the bombshell Netflix documentary When They See Us by Ava DuVernay and produced by Robert DeNiro and Oprah Winfrey among others,

or a Utah mother seeing her 10 year old child being held at gun point by a police officer or a Delaware man traveling to  Pennsylvania to settle old tickets ending up dead in police custody, America is once again being forced to face this ugly truth without our society and, so called, justice system.

On today’s show we will be speaking to Detective Darnley Small, a retired instructor for the New York City police department.  

Detective Small worked in the human relations unit which trained bosses and officers within the department on issue of racial tolerance and discrimination within the department.

His understanding and training on discrimination and racism and what happens in the department will be very instructive for us.  

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