Left-wing political cartoonist Ted Rall and right-wing political cartoonist Scott Stantis cut the BS out of today's news, politics and pop culture.
Ted Rall, coming at things from the left and Scott Stantis, coming from the right tackle the major issues of the day. First off, Italy elects Giorgia Meloni, head of the Brothers of Italy, a political party founded by neo-facists which begs the question; is the whole world going totalitarian or what? Next, Scott and Ted discuss the Fed and it's passion for brining back the '70's and all of the economic pain that comes with it. Lastly, breaking news as Edward Snowden, (who Ted wrote the biography of), is granted Russian citizenship from Vladimir Putin. Is this just the Russian system working or is it Putin thumbing his nose at America? All of this and more on the best podcast in the world!
Left-leaning editorial cartoonist Ted Rall and right-leaning editorial cartoonist Scott Stantis debate the two major developments in the Ukraine Russia war. Russia is calling up more troops and wants to hold plebiscites in the territory it controls with a view toward annexation. Ted and Scott have differing views about which aspect could lead to further escalation in the conflict. The governors of Texas and Florida are deporting asylums seeking immigrants to Northern states. We discuss the humanitarian and political aspects of this strange story. Finally: where are we in the upcoming key midterm elections?
Charles Lipson, University of Chicago Professor Emeritus of political science, and a regular contributor to Real Clear Politics, Newsweek, Spectator/World and The Wall Street Journal, joins cartoonists Scott Stantis and Ted Rall in a freewheeling discussion on the continuing war in Ukraine. They also take a deep dive into presidential succession. With Joe Biden insisting he's really running for reelection and Donald Trump doing the same, we have to wonder—because at the time of the next election, one will be 82 and the other 78. What happens if the winner dies before the electoral college convenes? Interesting people having interesting conversation. You should listen.
Editorial cartoonists Ted Rall and Scott Stantis are in a glum mood following the Gannett newspaper chain's decision to fire/lay off/buy out their colleague Andy Marlette, marking another milestone in the media's war against political cartooning. First, however, Rall and Stantis discuss the evolving prospects for the midterm elections in light of the increasing impact of the Dodds decision overturning abortion rights, Hunter Biden's laptop and what's on it and why corporate media still refuses to talk about it.
This week's episode sees two of America's top editorial cartoonists, Ted Rall (on the Left) and Scott Stantis (on the Right), debate the legacy of the last leader of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev. Next, the boys critique President Joe Biden's recent speech calling MAGA Republicans fascist. In the third segment Scott and Ted review the reports coming out analyzing America's Covid response. (Spoiler alert: we didn't do too good). Plus, as always, flamethrower drones.
Joe Biden wants to forgive up to $20,000 per student loan borrower. Ted and Scott do a deep dive into who qualifies and why and why it's weird, and Scott takes a stand against executive action rather than congressional debate in the situation. America's favorite left wing and right wing political cartoonist discuss the phenomenon previously known as slacking, now known as "quiet quitting." Finally, Ukrainian President Zelensky has been outed as a major liar to the Ukrainian people, some of whom are not pleased about it. In a democracy, or what passes for one, what if anything are the people entitled to know?
Two of America's top editorial cartoonists sit down to discuss the future of Republican firebrands Liz Cheney and Sarah Palin. Then they talk about the horrible knife attack on author Salman Rushdie and their own experiences with political violence aimed at them and other US political cartoonists. Finally the two get into how much they love/hate superhero movies, (can you guess which one holds which opinion?).
Former President Donald Trump's Florida home raided by the FBI as he prepares to be deposed by the New York attorney general's office. Will Trump be able to survive, or even thrive, as a result of overreach that feeds into his supporters' sense of eternal grievance? Cartoonists Ted Rall and Scott Stantis discuss the political ramifications. Ted downloads about his second week in Russia and how it bore zero resemblance to the picture of doom and gloom depicted by Western news media. Democrats got stuff done, finally. Does it matter? If so, how much?
This episode finds award-winning cartoonist Ted Rall Zooming in a report from St. Petersburg, Russia. He and Scott Stantis (not in Russia) discuss Speaker Nancy Pelosi's historic trip to Taiwan. Which leads the lads to talk about the assassination of Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri. Scott and Ted also discuss Monkey Pox and, last, Ted delivers a boots-on-the-ground report about life inside the Russian Federation under Western sanctions. Spoiler: it's nothing like you think.
In this week's DMZ America Podcast, cartoonist Ted Rall calls fellow cartoonist Scott Stantis on a shaky line from Russia. Listen to this first-hand account of how US sanctions are (not) affecting Moscow and how things look and feel in the Russian capital. LA Times investigative reporter Paul Pringle, in the news over his controversial book ("Bad City") calling out corruption at the Times and in LA in general, and attacking his own newspaper over a USC scandal, played a key role—perhaps largely forgotten—in the LA Times' infamous decision to fire and smear Ted as a favor to the LAPD. Scott and Ted remember how things went down in 2015 and analyze how few people at the LA Times have much to be proud of.
Ted and Scott welcome their good friend Editorial Cartoonist Mike Thompson (ex-USA Today, Detroit News) to the podcast as a guest. Mike has written a fascinating graphic-journalism piece on workplace bullying and its role in the Great Resignation. We go on to handicap the candidates for the 2024 Democratic presidential nomination. (Spoiler alert: It's pretty bleak.) Finally, we go into the sordid story of Hunter Biden. Should we care that the Mainstream Media doesn't give a rip about this growing scandal?
Political cartoonists Scott Stantis and Ted Rall engage in a lively debate over the Middle East. Iran claims to have nuclear weapons technology, whatever the hell that means, which has Scott worried to the point that he's contemplating bombing the country. Meanwhile Biden cozied up to Saudi Arabia's dictator this week, prompting Ted to to go off the rails. But first, the final report is out on the police non-reaction at the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, and the question is: can the cops be redeemed?
Ted and Scott have a full plate. First off, they discuss the latest mass shooting, on July 4th in Highland Park Illinois, and what, if anything, can be done to prevent the next ones. (Spoiler:they actually come close to agreeing on a solution). Next up, Ted predicted it and, sadly, it looks like Putin's forces are pushing on to victory in eastern Ukraine. What comes next? Lastly, (and we are not making this up), there is movement afoot suggesting the Democrats need to make Hillary their nominee in 2024. Scott and Ted totally agree on what should be done about this...
Political cartoonists Ted Rall and Scott Stantis debate and discuss the week's issues from the Left and the Right. The Democrats' Jan. 6th hearings turned interesting as a White House staffer claims she overheard the Secret Service discussing Trump's trying to grab the wheel of the Presidential limo to lead the insurrection. Office gossip or treason? Women's right to choose—is it toast in the red states or will a sustained campaign of protest...never mind. As Russia consolidates its gains in Ukraine, Presidents Rall and Stantis propose peace terms.
The DMZ America podcast falls off of the rails hard, but first Ted and Scott discuss the SCOTUS decision to throw abortion back to the states. Earlier the court struck down a New York gun law. Then the boys discuss Ukraine and living the narrative vs reality. Finally, the conversation inexplicably turns to masturbation and involuntarily celibates aka Incels.
Ted and Scott break down the breaking news that British authorities have approved the extradition of Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange to the United States to face espionage charges in connection with the Chelsea Manning leaks. Both Scott and Ted are deeply disturbed by the implications and threats to free speech, a free press and democracy itself.
Ted Rall and Scott Stantis believe that every political cartoonist should know what he or she would do if they became President of the United States. This week we put that question to the test. What, if anything, can the president do to combat inflation? As President Biden prepares to suck up to murderous Saudi Arabia, does he have an alternative? Are red-flag laws common-sense gun legislation or are they the first step down the path to dystopian authoritarianism?
Scott, who was interviewed by DMZ America podcast co-host Ted Rall, finally returns the favor and interviews Ted. Where he came from and how his opinions were shaped. From a troubled and tumultuous childhood in Dayton, Ohio to becoming a bestselling and highly-regarded editorial cartoonist, columnist and author. Learn about this most fascinating man in this week's Season One-ending episode.
Police are supposed to protect and serve, but apparently all they were good for at the school shooting in Uvalde Texas was standing outside and beating up distraught parents. Why are cops cowards? Ted and Scott have different theories. Can mass shootings be prevented? Probably not, but Scott and Ted have suggestions on ways to mitigate the bloodshed. Finally, the war in Ukraine. Looks like Russia has the upper hand. What's next?
In the first segment Ted Rall gives a brief history lesson of Taiwan and why President Joe Biden's recent comments about the island non-state are so dangerous. Segment two has co-host Scott Stantis and Ted wondering just who is the next big thing in the Democratic party. (Hint-it's NOT Vice President Kamala Harris). Lastly but certain not least, Ted and Scott have a HUGE announcement they want to share with you.
Editorial cartoonist Scott Stantis is back from hiking the Grand Canyon and ready to rumble with fellow cartoonist Ted Rall about inflation, Joe Biden's sinking approval ratings, that $40 billion we're sending to Ukraine and a bunch of observations on other stories from this week's news headlines.
In this episode Ted, (who is suffering following his fifth Covid shot), and Scott discuss the lousy state of editorial cartooning illustrated by the horrendous winners of the Pulitzer Prize. Next, they discuss the aftermath of the leaked SCOTUS Roe v. Wade decision and the state of progressives in the United States. Lastly, the U.S. economy in free fall and the Biden administration's stumbling response.
Political cartoonists Ted Rall (left) and Scott Stantis (right) analyze the breaking news that the US Supreme Court will almost certainly overturn the landmark 1973 abortion rights decision Roe v. Wade. Ted and Scott consider the impact on the midterm election campaign and the result, predict the likelihood of a sustained campaign of protest by the left, and ponder the nature of existence itself.
Scott and Ted dedicate the first segment of this episode to delve into the taboo subject of adult males who become victims of domestic abuse at the hands of their female partners, the Johnny Depp v. Amber Heard defamation trial being a case in point. In the second segment, we delve into Ukraine, DisneyWorld having its own government taken away in Florida by Governor Ron DeSantis, the floundering Biden economy and driverless cars.
Joe Biden is throwing America open to any Ukrainian who wants to come here, but even if you've been waiting for years to cross the southern border as a refugee because the United States overthrew and destroyed your home country's democratically elected government, you need not apply. Simultaneous terrorist attacks throughout Afghanistan paint an ominous portrait of renewed civil conflict in a country that is suffering from 97% mass starvation due to White House policies. Johnny Depp's extraordinary courage testifying to being abused by his mother and his ex-wife Amber Heard prompt a discussion about the hidden epidemic of American men abused by women. Check out this week's DMZ America podcast with political cartoonists Ted Rall and Scott Stantis.
Two of America's best political commentators, cartoonists Ted Rall and Scott Stantis, discuss the sun setting on this last American century. The "Don't Say 'Gay'" policy in our public schools gets a closer look and the latest polls are in, and things are looking pretty bleak for the Biden Administration and the Democratic Party.
If you like your podcasts focused like a laser, this isn't your episode. Cartoonists Ted Rall and Scott Stantis are as scattered as the world itself in their takes on foreign crises in Ukraine and the Taiwan Strait and the weird prospects for the 2024 presidential election.
In this edition two of the top commentators in the country, Ted Rall and Scott Stantis, discuss the Ukraine War so far. The dangers of having an old president and The Slap. (No surprise, Ted thinks all of these problems can be solved with a flamethrower drone...)
Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson appears almost certain to be headed towards Senate confirmation as soon as the next US Supreme Court justice. What does it say about America that she is taking heat for representing Guantánamo detainees? Ted is dismayed by Jackson stated acceptance of late Justice Antonin Scalia's radical-right originalist theory of constitutional interpretation. Scott and Ted debate major talking points surrounding America's involvement in the war between Russia and Ukraine. Finally, Scott comes out as the most sexually repugnant thing you can be in the age of libertinism: a prude. Christine Emba's new book "Rethinking Sex: A Provocation" is the starting point of the discussion about how younger women feel pressured to do things in bed that they really don't want to do.
Ted gets called a traitor, Putin lackey and useful idiot. Ted takes umbrage. Scott and Ted ask our listeners for their input on how to continue to grow our podcast and we have our fingers crossed that the makers of flamethrower drones would sponsor our show.
Scott points us to an excellent example of journalistic malpractice, this time by the New York Times about COVID-19 and different outcomes in Democratic versus Republican states. Ted and Scott dig deep into the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Ted talks about why he draws cartoons for Sputnik News.
In the first segment of this edition, Ted and Scott discuss the ongoing invasion of Ukraine by Russian army. What happens next? What about the dangers of painting Russia into a corner? The second segment is focused on whether sins of the past are manifesting themselves into a new type of exclusionary bigotry.
Russian troops launched military operations throughout Ukraine, as Scott predicted. Scott thinks it's 50-50 whether they remain for a full-fledged occupation or, as Ted speculates, this is a temporary incursion/raid intended to flesh out the breakaway eastern Russian-aligned republics and degrade Ukraine's military prior to withdrawal. Scott favors an aggressive response from the West; Ted argues this is a fight in which the US shouldn't get involved.
In this episode, Scott and Ted debate what the United States response ought to be should Putin's Russia invade Ukraine. Ted goes deep into the weeds to explain how anti-SLAPP laws in America have been used by the powerful to screw over the weak and damaged, and destroy defamation law. (You know it's bad when the likes of Ted feel sorry for Sarah Palin.) The third segment has Ted and Scott discussing what they are going to create, and how, as they are teamed up to draw on the same day on CounterPoint.
It's a lively fast moving episode as cartoonists Ted Rall and Scott Stantis marvel at a First Amendment that allows felony prosecution of someone ripping up a piece of paper and throwing it away, try to predict just how far Joe Biden's poll numbers can fall, and talk about the Uyghurs, suddenly at the center of discussion after years of being ignored due to the winter Olympics in Beijing. Who are they? Why do they matter? And how can we live with ourselves for being so incredibly hypocritical?
In this edition of the DMZ America Podcast Ted explains his dislike of "Maus" cartoonist Art Spiegelman while Scott explains how this particular book banning is no banning at all. The boys go on to discuss Senator Ted Cruz's ham-handed attack on Affirmative Action that may, in fact, have some merit. They conclude the episode by defending Elon Musk's right to privacy and, of course, Ted brings up his favorite subject: Flamethrower Drones.
Justice Stephen Breyer has announced his retirement at age 83. Biden gets to appoint his replacement. Will he use this opportunity to solve the Incredible Shrinking Kamala problem? Conservative cartoonist Scott Stantis argues yes. Ted Rall suggests how freeing up the veep seat could unify the Democratic Party with a specific pick to replace Harris as vice president. Hint: she's progressive.
It's a busy news week as political cartoonists Scott Stantis (right) and Ted Rall (left) solve the world's problems. Ukraine: will Russia invade and, if they do, should we care or do anything to show it? College admissions policies are back before the Supreme Court. The University of Washington releases something close to a comprehensive list of words and phrases woke Americans aren't allowed to utter. And House Speaker, age 81, announces she's running for Congress again. Does this mean she'll break her promise to step down as Speaker at the end of this year?
Ted and Scott grade President Joe Biden's first year in office. They go on to discuss the hot mess that Democratic Congressional leadership has made and conclude with a potpourri of issues ranging from the delay in launching 5G network to current tensions over Ukraine to the new Anne Frank book.
Democrats will almost certainly lose control of the Senate in November. Why, 10 months before that disaster, would a party about to become a minority party want to get rid of the filibuster, the most potent weapon a minority party can have? Scott and Ted speculate on what appears to be the stupidest political decision of their lifetimes. Prince Andrew is a pig but you already knew that; Scott and Ted talk about the nature of privilege and how it games the system. And it looks like Hillary Clinton is flirting with yet another run for the presidency — God help us all, there's actually a possibility.
Ted and Scott talk about the one year anniversary of the riot/uprising/coup of January 6 and its effect on the future of America. Be warned, they go deep into the weeds of history and political philosophy to find meaning in that one, crazy day.
For the last podcast of the year, Scott and Ted look back at the year that was and consider the world of politics and culture in the year ahead and beyond. From January 6 to the midterms to scary prospects for Democrats in 2024, we don't hesitate to speculate. Also, Ted has Covid.
Scott and Ted discuss the never-ending pandemic and the issues surrounding it. Including Dr. Fauci and President Biden's warning of a "Winter of Death." (Fun.) Scam artists ripped off Uncle Sam to the tune of $2.5 billion. We explore the Khashoggi murder by the Saudis and how the UAE got involved. Ted asks, is this an act of war? Lastly, Ted and Scott take on the most difficult issue of them all: Dogs vs. Cats. We find NO common ground on this one.
You have heard the rest, now here are the best political analysts in America! Cartoonist-hosts Ted Rall and Scott Stantis unravel the mystery of why Joe Biden's poll approval numbers continue to tank despite the economy not really being that bad, grizzly prospects for the Democrats in the midterms and 2024, Russian saber-rattling along the border with Ukraine and whether we should get involved, as well as feeling seriously bummed about Christmas time and holidays in general. Plus: flamethrower drones!
Ted and Scott dedicate the whole podcast to a subject nobody cares about: the abominable state of America's criminal justice system. Major focus this week is on the decision by Michigan prosecutors to charge a 15-year-old child as though he were an adult. From the need for top-to-bottom reform at all levels of the criminal justice system to finding a place of agreement on sex with cats. This may not be the podcast America wants, but it is the podcast America needs!
Best friends and political cartoonist Ted Rall and Scott Stantis dissect a busy news week. Yet another school shooting, this one north of Detroit, prompts the question: can we do anything to control guns? Abortion rates are before the US Supreme Court and this time it's really serious. This segues into an unscheduled digression about what the hell is wrong with the American left or even if one exists. And finally: should Democrats admit the truth — Joe Biden isn't really running for reelection?
Our cartooning colossuses have a full plate this week. As Scott and Ted predicted last week, Kyle Rittenhouse got a get-out-of -jail-free card for early Christmas. We discuss the political and practical ramifications. In addition, we discuss whether or not the U.S. Constitution is in dire need of an upgrade. Also, piggybacking on Ted Rall's column we dive into inflation. With Scott getting bent all out of shape over President Biden raiding the Strategic Oil Reserves and the boys giggle over a potential Harris vs. Buttigieg contest in 2024.
Another busy news week and America's cartooning sweethearts are here to break it down for you. Conservative cartoonist Scott Stantis and progressive cartoonist Ted Rall are best friends who agree to disagree. Kyle Rittenhouse looks like he's about to walk on charges of shooting three people at a Black Lives Matter protest in Wisconsin last year. The Steele Dossier has completely collapsed but media organizations won't admit they published garbage. Donald Trump shakes off yet another of his alleged sexual assault victims using America's corporate-backed anti-SLAPP statute. Biden passed infrastructure but his numbers are still tanking and we know why.
Ted and Scott discuss the meaning, content and ramifications of the Infrastructure Bill and what Progressives will do if they don't get a real Build Back Better bill. What do election results portend from Virginia and New Jersey? They ask, "Are there any moderates left?"
Editorial cartoonists Ted Rall and Scott Stantis bring all of the issues into crystal-clear focus from their vastly different political perspectives. From culture wars to Facebook to "Let's Go, Brandon!" to the coarsening of America . And what the Hell is wrong with Virginia?!?!?!
Conservative cartoonist Scott Stantis and progressive cartoonist Ted Rall go even longer this time! Sparks fly over whether Colin Powell was a hero or a zero, Ted offers a primer on the internal politics of Afghanistan after the Taliban takeover, Scott calls for a new Cold War against China while Ted deplores the old one against the Soviet Union, and Ted and Scott trade ideological places on whether transportation secretary Pete Buttigieg ought to take two months off from work six months into his new job. Plus more!