KCRW's Left, Right & Center

KCRW, Josh Barro, Rich Lowry

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Left, Right & Center is KCRW’s weekly civilized yet provocative confrontation over politics, policy and pop culture.

58:08 | Nov 9th

This week, a few polls in key battleground states made a lot of liberals nervous. The polls show signs of a close 2020 election, a departure from the picture we often see in national polling. Part of the message is that President Trump’s electoral co...Show More

55:25 | Oct 19th

The situation in Syria changed quickly this week. A five-day cease-fire, which Turkey is calling a “pause,” negotiated by Vice President Mike Pence, seemed to be barely holding up less than 24 hours after it was announced. President Trump considers t...Show More
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50:24 | Nov 16th

The impeachment hearings have begun. Thirteen million Americans tuned in on Wednesday, and President Trump himself was angry tweeting about them on Friday. Will they change minds as the House heads toward what could be a near party line vote to impea...Show More

56:07 | Nov 1st

In a near party line vote, the impeachment inquiry is now a formal inquiry. Once divided, all but two Democrats voted for the resolution. How did the party coalesce so quickly? On Sunday morning, President Trump announced a special forces mission, ...Show More

50:28 | Oct 25th

Ambassador William Taylor described a quid pro quo — military aid in exchange for a Ukrainian announcement of an investigation into Burisma — in his testimony to Congress. He says a top national security official told him that, and EU Ambassador Gord...Show More

51:21 | Oct 11th

The Ukraine story got a lot bigger this week. Can a lot of this mess be explained by pointing to the departure of the people in President Trump’s circle who contained his worst instincts? The impeachment story and a health scare have shaken up the D...Show More

52:16 | Oct 4th

“As I said on the phone, I think it’s crazy to withhold security assistance for help with a political campaign.” That was a text message from our top diplomat in Ukraine last month, just before this whole mess about President Trump’s pressure on Ukra...Show More

57:29 | Sep 27th

Nancy Pelosi says the inquiry is on, and it now has the support from nearly every Democrat and therefore, a majority of the House. This may be a rapid impeachment — just two months and just about the new Ukraine scandal. Should this be quick and easy...Show More

51:44 | Sep 20th

There’s a whistleblower complaint from a member of the intelligence community that has something to do with President Trump communicating an inappropriate promise to a foreign leader. Multiple outlets are reporting the memo is about Ukraine and the p...Show More

1:06:01 | Sep 14th

Ten Democratic presidential candidates took the stage Thursday night at Texas Southern University. There were a lot of predictions for the debate, and well, not all of them came to be. For one, we didn’t really get the Biden-Warren showdown many peop...Show More

55:01 | Sep 6th

Hurricane Dorian devastated the Bahamas and battered the Carolinas, but what dominated the news cycle? President Trump’s insistence that Alabama would “most likely be hit (much) harder than anticipated” by the hurricane. He spent the week trying to j...Show More

51:38 | Aug 31st

The week started with news from the G7 summit and headline-grabbing fires in the Amazon. Then, new polls this week seemed to indicate the Democratic primary race was tightening around Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. Other new polls sh...Show More

54:27 | Aug 23rd

Clearly, it’s still August. Let’s review. President Trump was told he couldn’t buy Greenland from Denmark, so he canceled a visit to Denmark. The White House floats trial balloons of policies to address recession fears, while the president calls co...Show More

52:17 | Aug 16th

It was a wild week in the financial markets, driven by increasing worries about the global economy. President Trump delayed some tariffs on China so they won’t affect the holiday shopping season — an implicit admission that his trade policy is hurtin...Show More

53:08 | Aug 3rd

This week, the political debate dominated political debate.

55:33 | Jul 26th

Special Counsel Robert Mueller finally testifies before congress but did anything new come to light?

57:02 | Jul 19th

President Trump infuriated a fractured Democratic party this week by telling four of its newest members to go back to where they came from, but did his statement galvanize his base or his opponents’?

54:41 | Jul 5th

How is the American government system doing in its 243 year?

56:55 | Jun 21st

President Trump got ready to attack Iran and then, at the last minute, called it off.

50:28 | Jun 14th

There’s been some interesting movement in the polls as the candidates parade through Iowa.

51:22 | Jun 7th

There were Trumpian moments, but it wasn’t Trump’s most turbulent trip to Europe.

53:56 | May 24th

It was supposed to be infrastructure week for real this time.

58:55 | May 17th

This week, we moved a lot closer to a court challenge that could significantly reduce or eliminate constitutional protections for abortion rights.

53:28 | May 10th

It’s a special live Left, Right & Center recorded at UC Santa Barbara.

55:27 | May 3rd

A special live Left, Right & Center from the Milken Institute Global Conference.