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To mark our 69th episode, Kumars and Roqayah take a break from organizing talk to welcome back two of your favorite left Twitter personalities, known as and , both returning guests from our Patreon AFTER HOURS show, After Krang and Lana introduce themselves to the regular show listeners, Kumars tries and ultimately fails to guess the premise of Lana’s upcoming “leftist, funny” TV writing gig, and everyone shares their thoughts on various popular programs. Things get serious as they turn to the recent Buzzfeed expose of Breitbart News, which included emails showing a conscious effort by CEO and Trump advisor Steve Bannon and Milo Yiannopoulos to reintroduce and normalize white nationalist politics on the mainstream American right. Krang, Lana, Kumars, and Roqayah also discuss the documented contributions of nominally liberal journalists at Vice, Slate and others.
The conversation turns to Lana’s new article on the Jacobin website, which tackles suicide and gun control. Lana explains that the number of gun deaths from mass shootings in the US pales in comparison to gun deaths from suicides, arguing that the topic of suicide prevention is central to the gun control debate. Everyone shares their complicated personal perspectives on guns, gun control, and suicide, ending with a discussion of whether some form of collective ownership of weapons could be a viable leftist option for harm reduction.