Behind the News with Doug Henwood

Reviews For Behind the News with Doug Henwood

For those looking for the topics of each episode (it’s a bummer that the episodes don’t have titles here): there is an archive of episodes online (just search Behind the News). Henwood interviews the smartest leftist writers, scholars and organizers around and asks well-informed, devil’s-advocate questions that get them to elucidate their positions clearly. Excellent, knowledgeable interviewer.
Doug Henwood is witty and gets great interviews. The latest episode, on the Nazi borrowings of US Jim Crow race law and an epic segment the criminalization of labor power, was one of the best podcasts I've listened to in a while. Behind the News also has the best music, though Street Fight Radio gives it a run for its money there
Smart, accessible, and filled with real people (all weak points for other finance news).
I only wish episodes were more frequent, because this is one of my essential sanity checks. Henwood approaches his subjects with intelligence and heart.
Totally intelligent. This goes beyond a snappy analysis of our neoliberal dilemma, to suggest ways we might even organize the utopia we deserve.
I had read about this podcast from a couple different places online, so I decided to download it tonight. I am listening to a recent episode now, and it is fantastic. Very accessible and easy to listen to. The interviews are great, talking about real issues affecting working people. I like it, it’s what the news should be.
If you’re looking for an engaging podcast with in-depth interviews on politics and economics from a left perspective, this podcast is one of the very best. Doug is a great interviewer, and his show is full of very informative guests.
Doug's shows are always insightful and engaging. He cut's through the propaganda and spin to help the audience makes sense of the current events, from a left perspective. To keep it simple he tells the truth.
This is an excellent podcast with interesting interviews on politics, finance, and culture. Doug Henwood's other hat is as co-editor of the Liscio Report, a closely followed economics newsletter.
Four stars instead of five only because there are two accounts for the same program that seem to update at different times? Can we get this straightened out?
This is a great podcast. "Behind the News" was recently removed from the air by WBAI-FM in New York, so it's a great gift to New York area listeners that this show is available as a podcast. Henwood's comments are always astute, and the range of his guests is impressive. Anyone interested in alternatives to much of the nonsense that passes for political and economic news in America should listen to this podcast.
Forget "Democracy Now", if you want intellient commentary... leftists should be checking out this podcast and Doug's "Left Business Observer". Perfect blend of commentary and interviews. I can't remember the last time he had a boring or irrelevent guest.
Doug Henwood doesn't provide easy platitudes and "preaching to the choir" narrative. His in depth interviews with his thoughtful and intelligent guests provide historical, economic and sociological background on the burning issues of the day.
Anyone reading this review is already smart enough to know that we need to hear a variety of opinions in order to be truly informed. You should subscribe to this podcast. You will be glad that you did.
It must be said that Doug Henwood is a one of a kind. From his journal, The Left Business Observer, through his books such as Wall St., to his weekly politics and economy show on WBAI, he has a unique knack for being able to tackle even the most seemingly mundane or conceptually difficult aspects of economic theory and practice with a critical eye and to convey with substance and intelligence their political meanings even to those, like me, who don't have the economic background to understand these implications otherwise. Plus, he always has exellent and easy flowing interviews with some top journalists, intellectuals, academics and activists on important topics such as Iran, Iraq, the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, US politics, unionization, etc. Lastly, (though I get creeped out from the 80s electro pop or whatever it is he sometimes sneaks in), he is able to fill the show's segues with some great music.