Edit 2020-08-21: Added Culture Wars Radio Podcast
I love podcasts. Here I mirror podcasts which seem to have otherwise disappeared from the web.
There are a lot of files in total here, so I'd appreciate it if you only download what you need, and that you download rather than stream (to avoid repeated loads). I don't have infinite bandwidth.
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Shows archived on this page:
- Ed Brayton's Declaring Independence (2008–2011)
- Ed Brayton's Culture Wars Radio (2012)
- Ed Brayton's Culture Wars Radio Podcast (2018)
Ed Brayton's Declaring Independence
I am reasonably confident that I have every episode of this show. If you have reason to believe that I don't, or if you want to volunteer to transcribe or write descriptions for any episodes, please let me know!
These files are hosted with the creator's permission.
|Guests: Spencer Ackerman, the national security correspondent for the Washington Independent and Edwin Kagin, legal director for American Atheists.
|Guest: Jeff Morley, the national editorial director for the Center for Independent Media.
|Guests: Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Glen Miller
|Guest: Joann Bell, ACLU of Joann Bell
|On tonight's Declaring Independence my guest will be: Mike Lillis, the Congressional correspondent for the Washington Independent. We'll be talking about the stimulus bill, the TARP program and other goings on in Washington.
|There's only one guest on the show tonight for the full hour and that is Radley Balko. We talk about a wide range of issues, mostly revolving around corruption and abuse in law enforcement.
|On tonight's Declaring Independence: My first guest will be Daphne Eviatar, legal correspondent for the Washington Independent. We will be talking about the many important cases and issues on which the Obama administration has continued to maintain the same unconstitutional and unjust positions that the Bush administration did. The second part of the show will be a departure from the usual format. Last week my friend Vinx performed in Ann Arbor and I taped an interview with him and taped the whole show (plugged in to the sound board directly). The second half of the show will mix parts of that interview with music. Hope you all enjoy.
|On Declaring Independence tonight: Chris Stellar, a reporter for the Minnesota Independent, will be on to give an update on the Al Franken/Norm Coleman legal battle going on in the courts there. And Amanda Metskas, executive director of Camp Quest, a summer camp for children of freethinkers, atheists, agnostics and humanists, will be on to talk about her organization.
|Mike Lillis, the Congressional correspondent for the Washington Independent. Weâll be talking about the stimulus bill.
|Tonight's Declaring Independence is going to be a very difficult one and I encourage you all to tune in. We're going to put a human face on the issue of late-term abortion. My first guest is going to be Lynda Waddington, a colleague of mine from the Iowa Independent. 14 years ago, she actually had a late-term abortion because they discovered a serious problem with the fetus. It's a remarkable story that, quite frankly, is not going to be easy to talk about. Just preparing for the interview tonight has really shaken me up emotionally. But it's an important story and we need to put it out so that people understand that this is not an abstraction, this is an issue that involves real people facing the most painful choice imaginable. My second guest will be my friend Genie Scott, executive director of the National Center for Science Education. Listen here.
|Tonight on Declaring Independence: My first guest will be Wayne Besen of Truth Wins Out. We'll be discussing the ex-gay movement and the damage it does to young gays and lesbians. My second guest will be constitutional law professor Dan Ray. We will be discussing the Supreme Court's ruling in Caperton v Massey and the Sotomayor nomination. Listen here.
|Tonight on Declaring Independence: Spencer Ackerman, foreign policy specialist, will be on to talk about the situation in Iran as well as other recent developments in the Middle East. Daphne Eviatar, legal analyst, will be on to talk about the Obama administration's DOMA brief, FOIA stonewalling and much more. And don't miss another long distance dedication. Listen here.
|On tonight's Declaring Independence: The first guest is Mike Lillis, the congressional correspondent for the Washington Independent. We'll be talking about a bunch of issues, from the healthcare debate in Congress to the global warming bill to the Sotomayor nomination to Al Franken finally joining the Senate. The second guest is Jeff Sharlet, author of the book The Family: Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power. Listen here.
|On tonight's Declaring Independence: My first guest will be Daphne Eviatar, the legal correspondent for the Washington Independent. We'll be talking about the sad farce that is the Sotomayor confirmation hearings. My second guest will be Gerry Hebert, director of the Campaign Legal Center. Gerry was the DOJ official who exposed Sen. Jeff Sessions as a racist when he was up for a judgeship. My third guest will be Marcy Wheeler of Firedoglake. We'll be discussing the recent IG report on warrantless wiretaps and related issues. Yes, this is the same Marcy Wheeler who uttered the word 'blowjob' on MSNBC a couple weeks ago and caused such outrage. Listen here.
|Tonight is a very important show on Declaring Independence. I'll be interviewing Mark Klein, the AT&T; technician who blew the whistle on the company for allowing the NSA to install equipment that gave them real-time access to nearly every phone call, email and text message being sent anywhere in the United States. He is the author of the book Wiring Up The Big Brother Machine...And Fighting It, which is absolutely terrifying. I'll also be speaking with Dave Weigel of the Washington Independent about the birther movement. Listen here.
|First Guest: Tim Skubick from Off the Record Second Guest: Jeff Seaver from CFI Michigan Listen here.
|First Guest: Daphne Eviatar, the legal correspondent for the Washington Independent Second Guest: Jim Underdown from Center For Inquiry Listen here.
|My first guest will be Chris Stellar of the Minnesota Independent. We'll be talking about the amusing madness of Michele Bachmann. My second guest will be Amy Bach, author of a new book called Ordinary Injustice: How America Holds Court. We'll be talking about the many flaws in our criminal justice system. Listen here.
|First Guest: Dave Weigel of the Washington Independent Second Guest: Amy Bach, author of Ordinary Injustice: How America Holds Court Listen here.
|On tonight's Declaring Independence: Spencer Ackerman will be on discussing Afghanistan and other foreign policy challenges facing the Obama administration. Nat Hentoff will be on for the second time, but this time we'll be mostly discussing jazz history. Listen here.
|After a two week break for the holidays, Declaring Independence is back on the air tonight. The first guest will be Daphne Eviatar of the Washington Independent, who will be talking about prosecuting the underwear bomber and many other things. The second guest will be Robin Goldstein, author of The Wine Trials 2010. This is a really interesting book about the false market for high-end wine and how it is created and maintained by aspirational marketing. Listen here.
|Special Guest: Ibn Warraq, author of "Why I am Not a Muslim" and "Defending the West" Listen here.
|Mike Lillis, congressional correspondent for the Washington Independent, will be on the show to talk about health care reform, a possible 2nd stimulus package and what the Scott Brown election might mean. Mikey Weinstein will be on to talk about those scopes with Bible verses on them and other issues relating to religion in the military. Alicia Skillman also joins Declaring Independence to discus issues confronting the trans-gendered Listen here.
|On tonight's Declaring Independence: Dan Quinn from the Texas Freedom Network will be on to talk about the latest battles with the State Board of Education there over the social studies curriculum. Gerry Hebert, executive director of the Campaign Legal Center, will be on to talk about last week's Supreme Court ruling on corporations and campaign finance laws. Listen here.
|On tonight's Declaring Independence: Dr. Michael Gilbert, a former member of law enforcement and now a professor of criminal justice at the University of Texas -- and a leading member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) -- will be on to talk about the harms caused by drug prohibition. And Tim Skubick, the dean of Michigan's capitol reporters, will be on to talk about the state of the state, the upcoming midterm elections and the Michigan governor's race. Listen here.
|On tonight's Declaring Independence: Dave Weigel will be on to talk about the national tea party convention that he attended, the O'Keefe racism accusation and many other things. And Barry Lynn of Americans United for Separation of Church and State will be on to talk about....well, you can probably figure that out. Listen here.
|On tonight's Declaring Independence: Mike Lillis, the congressional correspondent for the Washington Independent, will be on to talk about the jobs bill, health care reform and other goings on in Congress. Marcy Wheeler will be on to talk about the Office of Professional Responsibility's report on John Yoo and the subsequent cover up going on at the DOJ. Listen here.
|Paul Krassner, publisher of The Realist, founder of the Yippies and legend of the 1960s will be on to talk about....well, all kinds of things. Listen here.
|On tonight's Declaring Independence: Daphne Eviatar, an old friend of the program, will be back with us. She is now an attorney with Human Rights First. We'll be attacking Liz Cheney with a verbal meat cleaver. Olga Akselrod, an attorney with the Innocence Project, will be on to talk about the scandal of wrongful convictions and how to prevent them. Listen here.
|On tonight's Declaring Independence: Mike Lillis will be on to give us an update on what is going on in Congress with the health care reconciliation and much more. DJ Grothe will be on to talk about magic, science and skepticism. Listen here.
|On the April Fool's Day edition of Declaring Independence: Marcy Wheeler will be on to talk about a very important new ruling involving the state secrets privilege in the Al Haramain case. And Carol Tavris, a social psychologist, will be on to talk about her brilliant book Mistakes Were Made (But Not By Me). The book is about cognitive dissonance, self-justification, rationalization and the way our minds fool us into thinking we're being objective when we're not. Listen here.
|On tonight's Declaring Independence: The first guest will be Eartha Melzer, our reporter with the Michigan Messenger who does such incredible work on environmental issues and much more. She'll be talking about Dow Chemical, dioxin, corporate funded research and other issues. The second guest will be David Bennett, a history professor from Syracuse University. He'll be talking about the resurgence of right wing extremist groups -- militias, tea parties, "patriot" groups, etc., and how they fit into American history. Listen here.
|On tonight's Declaring Independence: The first guest will be Todd Heywood, one of my reporters for the Michigan Messenger, to talk about his time with the militias and other subjects. The second guest will be Daphne Eviatar, who just returned from observing the military tribunals at Guantanamo Bay and has lots to tell us about them. Listen here.
|After a two-week hiatus, Declaring Independence returns tonight with this lineup: Mike Lillis, the congressional correspondent for the Washington Independent, will be on to talk about the Massey coal mine explosion after spending a couple weeks in West Virginia doing some investigating. And Dan Ray, professor of constitutional law at Cooley Law School, will be on to talk about the Elena Kagan nomination. Listen here.
|On tonight's Declaring Independence: Annie Lowrey, the financial reporter for the Washington Independent, will be on to talk about the financial regulation bill going through Congress, and probably a few other things. And John Hollway, co-author of a book called Killing Time: An 18-Year Odyssey from Death Row to Freedom. It's the story of a New Orleans man who spent 18 years on death row for a murder he did not commit, only to be exonerated when it was discovered that one of the prosecutors had deliberately withheld DNA evidence in the case. A civil suit he filed is to be heard by the Supreme Court soon. Listen here.
|On tonight's Declaring Independence: My guest will be Andrew Restuccia, the energy and environment correspondent for the Washington Independent. We'll be talking about the Gulf oil spill, the Michigan oil spill, the Massey coal mine explosion and why government and industry do little to prevent them. Listen here.
|My guest will be Annie Lowrey, the finance and economics correspondent for the Washington Independent. We'll be talking about new stimulus plans and the risk of a double dip recession. Listen here.
|On tonight's Declaring Independence: Dan Ray, professor of constitutional law, will be on the show to talk about the recent state secrets privilege ruling and various assorted other things. Listen here.
|My guest will be Will Cleery, Director of Legal and Public Advocacy for the Foundation for Individual Rights in Eduation (FIRE), a group I support very strongly. We'll be talking about the constant attempts to squash free speech on college campuses. Listen here.
|On tonight's Declaring Independence: My guest will be Shari Murgittroyd, director of the MSU Sexual Assault Center. We won't be talking about the specific case of alleged sexual assault by two MSU basketball players, but we will be talking about sexual assault on college campuses and the tragedy of how society still treats rape victims. Listen here.
|On tonight's Declaring Independence: My guest will be Jesse Zwick of the Washington Independent. He'll be on to talk about campaign finance issues, especially the huge influx of money to third party groups who take out campaign ads without anyone knowing the identity of the donors who paid for the ads. Listen here.
|On tonight's Declaring Independence: My guest will be Rich Robinson, executive director of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network. We'll be talking about a lot of things related to last week's discussion -- campaign finance, disclosure laws, third party groups influencing elections, etc. Listen here.
|On tonight's Declaring Independence: My guest will be Bill Ballenger, editor of Inside Michigan Politics. We'll be talking about the aftermath of the GOP's landslide takeover of every part of the Michigan state government. Listen here.
|On tonight's Declaring Independence: My guest will be Jeff Seaver, director of the Center for Inquiry of Michigan. We'll be talking about a new ad campaign by the American Humanist Association contrasting some of the barbaric parts of the Bible with humanist principles. We'll also be talking about the larger issues of the place of non-believers in a predominately religious society. Listen here.
|On tonight's Declaring Independence: My guest will be Daphne Eviatar from Human Rights First. We'll be talking about the Khadr plea bargain, the Ghailani verdict and other issues involving the law and the war on terror. Listen here.
|Interview: James "the Amazing" Randi
Ed Brayton's Culture Wars Radio
I am reasonably confident that I have every episode of this show. If you have reason to believe that I don't, or if you want to volunteer to transcribe any episodes, please let me know! Thanks to commenter Carl for help tracking down the metadata for these episodes.
These files are hosted with the creator's permission.
|Guests Ellery Schempp and Fred Karger
|On the debut of Culture Wars Radio, Ed introduces his co-host, comedian Don Reese, and interviews Ellery Schempp, the plaintiff in one of the most important church and state cases in American history, and Fred Karger, the first openly gay man to run for a major party presidential nomination (and the Republican party at that).
|Money in Politics and Religion in Government
|Today's guests are Rich Robinson of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network, who will talk about the influence of money in politics, and Steven Hewett, a veteran who returned home from Afghanistan to find that his hometown had erected a war memorial for fallen soldiers and was flying a Christian flag over it.
|Rock Beyond Belief and the Southern Center for Human Rights
|Guests: Justin Griffith, the organizer of the Rock Beyond Belief event at Ft. Bragg, and Stephen Bright, the director of the Southern Center for Human Rights.
|Guest Jeremiah Bannister
|Sophie Hirschfeld and Sex Workers' Rights
|Guest: Sophie Hirschfeld, an advocate for sex workers' rights. We talk about the whole issue of sex work and sex workers' rights, as well as her own personal journey from Mormonism to being a professional dominatrix.
|Michelle Alexander and JT Eberhard
|Guests: Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow, and JT Eberhard of the Secular Student Alliance
|Why Are You Atheists So Angry? With Greta Christina
|Guest: Greta Christina, author of Why Are You Atheists So Angry: 99 Things That Piss Off the Godless.
|The War on Drugs and the War on Health
|Peter Christ from Law Enforcement Against Prohibition on the corruptions of the war on drugs, and Dan Ray, a professor of constitutional law at Cooley, talking about the health care challenge and the Supreme Court.
|Skeptics and Mental Illness
|Guests: JT Eberhard on mental illness and the skeptical community, and Mikey Weinstein on religious freedom in the U.S. military
|Escapee From Westboro Baptist Church
|Guests: Nate Phelps, son of Fred Phelps; and Carlos Miller, a journalist who fights for the right to record the police.
|Jeremy Beahan joins Ed to discuss the recent debate between Dinesh D'Souza and Susan Jacoby.
|David Feldman and Edwina Rogers
|Guests: David Feldman and Edwina Rogers, the new executive director of the Secular Coalition for America.
|Daphne Eviatar on Gitmo and Dr. Jill Stein, Green Party Presidential Candidate
|Guests: Daphne Eviatar, an attorney with Human Rights First, talking about the newly restarted military tribunals at Gitmo; and Dr. Jill Stein, Green Party presidential candidate.
|Todd Heywood and Jill Stein
|Guests: Part two of Ed's interview with Jill Stein; also, investigative reporter Todd Heywood.
|Jamie Kilstein and Andrew Tripp
|The guests are Andrew Tripp, talking about the concept of privilege, and Jamie Kilstein.
|Health Care and the Constitution with Prof. Dan Ray
|Guest Dan Ray, Constitutional Law professor joins Ed to discuss the recent Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act.
|Jessica Ahlquist on the Separation of Church and State and Todd Heywood on the Calhoun County Oil Spill
|Guests: Jessica Ahlquist, on her lawsuit against her high school's prayer banner and more; Todd Heywood, discusses the new report about the Calhoun County oil spill that occurred over two years ago.
|Dr. David Gorski and Mike Farrell
|Guests: Dr. David Gorski and Mike Farrell.
|Guests: Paige Moss and Rebecca Hensler
|Guests: Paige Moss, on growing up in an exorcism believing household and Rebecca Hensler, founder of Grief Beyond Belief.
|RH Reality Check and Atheism Plus
|Guests: Robin Marty from Reproductive Health Reality Check, talking about the politics of abortion, and Jen McCreight, talking about Atheism Plus.
Culture Wars Radio Podcast
I'm unsure as to whether this is a complete set. There is no Episode 23, but this may be a numbering issue. Dates are approximate, partially based on dates in an archived XML feed, and partially on file creation dates. Descriptions are mostly taken from the feed (and written in the first person). Thanks to commenter Carl for help tracking down a couple of these.
|The first episode of the relaunch of Culture Wars Radio, with Ed Brayton and Dan Ray. On this episode, we discuss the Supreme Court ruling in Masterpiece Cakeshop v Colorado Civil Rights Commission and Trump's ongoing legal problems.
|Episode 1 mp3
|The first of a few bonus episodes released to Ed's Patreon supporters.
|Episode 1 (supplemental) mp3
|The lost episode (audio is unlistenably out of sync).
|Episode 2 mp3
|Yes, episode three. There was an episode two, but it was beset with serious techincal difficulties that were unrecoverable. It was available very briefly, then I deleted it, so those who downloaded it have a collector's item on their hands that, someday, might fetch as much as a buck fifty on Ebay. Or not. Anyway, in this episode we talk about the Supreme Court's punting of the partisan gerrymandering case out of Wisconsin and about the appalling policy of separating families at the border. Enjoy.
|Episode 3 mp3
|For some reason, this did not update automatically as it should on Monday. This is episode 4 of Culture Wars Radio, where we spend the entire hour talking about the retirement of Justice Kennedy from the Supreme Court and the effect it will have both on the future of the court's jurisprudence on key issues and on the midterm elections in November.
|Episode 4 mp3
|>In this episode, we talk more about the Supreme Court opening, about the immigration battle and about a couple cases the Supreme Court handed down at the end of the term, the travel ban case and a gerrymandering case out of Texas.
|Episode 5 mp3
|In this episode, we talk briefly about Trump's embarrassing behavior at the NATO summit, then the last 55 minutes or so to talk about all of the varieties of originalism. Most people, even those who are politically astute, don't realize that originalism is not automatically conservative, that there are liberal versions of originalism and that even even those who reject originalism as the sole arbiter of constitutional meaning still use it as one of the many interpretive tools a judge or scholar has to understand the meaning of the text.
|Episode 6 mp3
|This episode is devoted almost entirely to a discussion of Trump, Putin and the Russia scandal. We ask the question of whether Trump is being blackamailed and, if so, with what information?
|Episode 7 mp3
|Most of this podcast focuses on Donald Trump's pathological dishonesty and his war not only on democracy, but on reality itself. The comparisons to Orwell's 1984 are obvious, with him demanding that you ignore what you see and hear. He even denies having said things that we have him on video saying.
|Episode 8 mp3
|In this episode we talk about the clear case for obstruction of justice against Donald Trump, a case he makes stronger with every tweet he makes about the investigation. We also talk about a very important anti-gerrymandering ruling and ballot referendum here in Michigan and about the batshit crazy Q Anon conspiracy theory.
|Episode 9 mp3
|Another supplemental episode, discussing concepts in constitutional law.
|Episode 9 (supplemental) mp3
|Episode 10 mp3
|On this episode, we talk a great deal about Trump's no good, very bad, horrible week and a half. His legal problems jumped by orders of magnitude when David Pecker and Allen Weiselberg got immunity to testify against him. Pandora's Box is about to be opened and a whole lot of criminal activity is going to come flying out of it.
|Episode 11 mp3
|On Episode 12 of Culture Wars Radio, we talk about the latest developments in the various Donald Trump legal cases, including the Mueller investigation, and about the absurdity of Ben Shapiro's claim that conservatives do a good job of policing their own to keep fringe extremists out.
|Episode 12 mp3
|My apologies for this not going up sooner. This was right when I went into the hospital. On this episode, we focus primarily on the op-ed written by an anonymous "senior official" in the Trump administration about the interior resistance that tries to keep Trump from following his worst impulses, and about the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings.
|Episode 13 mp3
|We finally have the latest episode done. Sorry for the delay, but I had some seriously bad health problems over the weekend. In this episode, we talk about the Manafort cooperation agreement, the rape allegations against Brett Kavanaugh and much more.
|Episode 14 mp3
|This is Episode 15 of Culture Wars Radio. Most of the hour is spent discussing all aspects of the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings and how he lied through his teeth in his testimony. We had to skip last week because I was in the hospital, but we're back now and I'm getting better so we should be good to go.
|Episode 15 mp3
|On this episode of Culture Wars Radio, we talk about some new information on Brett Kavanaugh, about Trump's most recent lies and about the appalling murder of Jamal Khashoggi by the Saudi government (and Trump's disingenuous, toothless reaction to it).
|Episode 16 mp3
|On this episode, we spend about a third of the show talking about the Saudi government's lies about the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. Then we end with a long, spontaneous discussion on the subject of how you maintain a functioning democracy when something near half the people living in the country are actually living in an alternate reality where facts and logic simply do not matter.
|Episode 17 mp3
|On this episode, we talk about the attempted bombings of 14 prominent Democrats and Trump critics, the absurdity of Trump calling for civility, the latest lie from Saudi Arabia about the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, and much more.
|Episode 18 mp3
|On this episode, we talk about the midterm elections, Trump's unconstitutional desire to end birthright citizenship, his demagoguery about the refugee caravan and much more.
|Episode 19 mp3
|On this episode, we talk about the firing of Jeff Sessions and his replacement by total crackpot Matt Whitaker, about Trump bailing on honoring the troops in Paris, and about the midterm elections, among other things.
|Episode 20 mp3
|We missed a week because I was in the hospital again, but we're back and we're talking about Trump losing several court cases over the limits of his authority, his tireless need to insult veterans and much more.
|Episode 21 mp3
|After a three-week break brought on by yet another hospitalization, we return to talk about all of the huge developments in the various investigations surrounding Trump and a few other issues.
|Episode 22 mp3
|Episode 24 mp3