Reviews For Best of the Left - The best of progressive and liberal talk

Jay does all the work for us! Then all we have to do is listen and do what's right.
Good content with lots of commentators on a single topic. Unfortunately, many guests are all gloom and doom. I wish they would introduce guests and have longer interviews. Also, podcast has occasional weird musical interludes for no reason.
Best of the left?!? How is it possible to beat Stalin’s record? This podcast could be improved by making it consist solely of white noise. (One wonders which of those words “triggered” you half-wits the most.)
Keep up the good work, J ! This podcast is a very well selected set of chunks of radio programs that I love listening when I get time to do so. Awesome collection ! It is the Voice of the Silenced Majority.
Just feel irritable from listening to them dance around topics. Single payer = using someone else’s money to buy something for someone else. It goes against logical reasoning of making something better. It makes a worse product or service more expensive. Not more expensive to the person receiving the service or product... unless they pay taxes!
Terrifically useful compendiums of Left throught. My only quibble is that the speakers are not identified until the end of the episode. Would be so helpful if the description had a list.
Jay, thanks again! Here's me listening to your horrible/wonderful podcast: Discouraged, hopeful, encouraged, hopeless, giddy, deflated, depressed, invigorated, satiated and starving. As I write this quick appreciation from Gilbert, AZ suffering a 25 year drought, my door is open to a quenching light rain after several months of no precip at all. For a few minutes at least, I've chosen to deny climate and embrace weather! I'll be spreading links to your show and this episode in particular. Your work does not go unnoticed. Thank you for the rain- if only to rinse the salty tear streaks from my face after gorging on the smorgasbord of clips relating to our treatment of the most vulnerable huddled masses of humanity that present at our shores. Special note to the very fine N-word president haters who've stumbled here: There is much joy for you also to foam over within this episode because truth is often ugly and shameful.
In the short time I've been subscribed to this podcast, what I've heard has helped me develop a much deeper understanding of societal problems and the rationale for liberal solutions. The narrative is honest, yet relatively broad, comprehensive, and humble; arguments are supported with historical evidence; the guests are diverse and appropriately chosen for the topics at hand. This podcast goes far beyond a rally cry for the Democratic Party, which is refreshing indeed.
Jay is doing some of the most important journalistic work of the day. How do you access subjects that need in-depth and nuanced attention in a society that has an attention deficit? Jay has found a way. I love this podcast and it has led me to many other sources that I also love. Bravo.
Try some. Download. Making you think better! ✌️
This is the best the Left has to offer? This explains so much.
Best of the Left consistently pulls interesting clips from a (fairly) broad list of sources that is entertaining and raises some worthwhile points. I can expect to leave the show with a witty one-liner and something worth thinking about if not discussing, so I had high hopes for the show. However, these clips invariably cut out any data behind their reasoning. It could be that this is just too cumbersome for a show more focused on entertaining, but it's very difficult for me to take a show seriously that repeatedly makes claims about broad topics without citing where the information comes from, or at least why we should find their argument compelling. This show began to feel like a bitter echo chamber, so I will be searching elsewhere for my news and political updates.
Wow talk about communist ideology at its worst don’t listen if you are a real America almost as bad as TYT network
The work that goes into curating this podcast, culling the best discussions on a theme from multiple sources, is huge. And they make it seamless. I am a political junkie and this is in my top 5 I listen to weekly. I learn a lot - everytime. Thank you for your excellent work.


By SovRedd
They claim to be on the left, but also claim to be liberals. Very ironic
I can learn so much in just this podcast. I listen to many but if I’m time limited this one is the best!!! I one fun hour
Real news from a progressive view point 📰 💯 😌
Show does a great job of compiling a number of programs into an excellently themed show.


I have been listening to Jays podcast for years and appreciate all the hard work he puts into making a brief coverage of current topics. If you want to get right to the meat and potatoes of the left and center leaning media, listen to Best of the Left podcast and stay up to date on topics of interest.
I love listening to BOTL podcast. It’s a great compilation of various progressive voices relating to the current issues of the week. The best part is how organized the show notes are. Descriptions and links to the original content are easy to access. I am easily able to share them on my social media accounts.
The “host” of the show does some vocal fry thing that will make you involuntarily start making fun of him in the car. Seriously, I like this show. But when the choice comes to press play, I have to decide if I can take the pain of the host’s voice.
This is one of the 3 or 4 podcasts that I really look forward to. I have never been disappointed. Even the older episodes are good and frequently still pertinent. My only complaint is about one of the commercials. There is one for Amazon that is introduced by a lecture on consumerism. I wasn’t that offended the first time I heard it although I thought it was patronizing - now when I hear it I feel like deleting the whole podcast, except I’m the one who would be punished because I like the dang show’s content so much. My appeal is “lose the script for that Amazon ad and write a new one, please”. Aside from that trivial and petty complaint, I recommend this podcast 100%. It does not lecture or nag, it informs. The presentation is engaging and riveting and, at times, enraging. Jay (the host? - not sure if that is the correct word) finds these fascinating people and provides access to their thoughts/ideas/facts on many different topics so that the listeners don’t have to dig around on the internet looking for it. Towards the end of the show, Jay offers many concrete ways that listeners can take action and actually DO something to advance those concerns most important to them. In short, download this and listen to it. You will not regret it :)
I love this show
Jay brings together lots of great clips across from mainstream and progressive outlets that give a representative picture of what most reasonable, well-informed, open-minded people should know, think about and ACT on. plus he gives a well-reasoned response to many counter arguments that come in over the transom.
Not only is Best of the Left one of the rare podcasts expressing a more leftist politic, it also covers more topics in more depth than the dozens of liberal/centrist podcasts I listen to regularly. Such a great resource to those of us growing increasingly frustrated at the Democrats' progressive entrenchment in neo-liberalism in such an era.
One stop " shopping" program for progressive news and information. Keep up great work.
Honestly, if this is the best of the left, the left is going to die very soon. Some of these guys are actually really logical and make sense. Others are just throwing insults left and right and claiming to be smart. It is an awful Collection.
This podcast is so well produced. As a progressive guy, I appreciate an informative podcast with great ideas and not just party pooping.
You can tell that a lot of hard work goes into each episode. I learn at least one new thing each time I listen. Keep up the good work!
Jay (show creator) puts enormous effort in this podcast and the quality is evident with every episode. Jay does not shy away from shining a probing light on sometimes clearly controversial and nuanced subjects. I have been a listener and subscriber since 2012. This is however the first time I am submitting a review. Keep up the good work Jay & team. You all make the podcast incredibly informative and worth the time to listen to.
I like hearing what different programs have to say on a subject.
Jay!'s curation of progressive media is always a welcome respite of sanity from the usual rot that pervades.
Too left. Alt left to me. Done.
Constant whining about what isn't "FAIR." Hey you entitelist idiots, life isn't fair. The Declariation of Independance guarantees Life, Liberty and the PERSUIT of happiness. It does not garantee happiness. Socialist/communists think happiness is a right, IT IS NOT A RIGHT.
I listen to it every day. It is a great progressive radio program. Informative, inspiring and thoughtful!
Must listening cross section of progressive thought. I don't know how Jay manages to curate this info into coherent chunks 2 times a week, but sure glad he does it. Thank you, thank you.


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Very intellectual and articulate liberal discussions on a wide variety of topics.
This show has been with me on many lovely car trips, slow days at work, and any given lazy day. Sometimes it's hard to listen to, sometimes it's immeasurably empowering, but it's always perfectly formatted!
I live in the southern midwest and this podcast give a voice to a perspective that isn't popular here but that I really think is the right way to be going. This podcast gives me access to a lot of topics conversation and thought provoking subjects that I had a hard time finding on my own. It helps me start the same conversations with my friends in this time where we are all trying to ignite a passion for political action for great causes.
This podcast is thorough and informative. It's philosophical and also loaded with ideas to take action.
Deep, intelligent, and thoughtful, unlike so many. Even if you disagree with the politics, you'll learn something. So worth the time and listening.
Really appreciate the depth of this programme. Not fancy. Just awesome.
Easily one of my favorite podcasts. I often find other shows to subscribe to when listening.
Socialists and leftists have started so many genocides that it is reasonable for one to preemptively shoot them before they have the political opportunity to once again kill millions of people like in Russia, Ukraine, China, NK, Burma, Somalia, Germany, Or now in Venezuela, where soldiers regularly shoot alleged criminals on site.
Couldn't ask for a better summary of major/important/timely issues on the Left. Great job, keep up the good work. EDIT: This is right now the only podcast that I pay a monthly donation/subscription fee for, and I feel good about that. I get so much out of it, I want to support Jay for his hard work in whatever small way I can.
A amazing collection of leftist commentary that cuts the fat and skips right to the most substantial and essential portions from various shows. The portions sampled from other sources are always informative and very progressive. Tip of the hat for all the hard work that goes into this. Also, take special note of the song selection between segments. They always relate directly to the segment you just heard in often hilarious ways.
I cannot say enough about The Best of the Left. If you are a progressive with a desire to engage and learn look no further. The podcast is a confluence of ideas organized in a way that truly informs and empowers listeners. Thank you, sincerely.