Top 33 Progressive News Shows on YouTube [2020 Edition]
Democracy At Work
Professor Richard Wolff is the guy for socialist economics right now. He is one of the hosts of Democracy at Work. And even though everything about this show’s Boomer aesthetic suggests it would provide pro-establishment talking points, it’s actually one of the most subversive programs on this list. That’s because Wolff and many others on the show are avowed socialists, which is a more aggressive approach to language than many on the Left are willing to use.
Watching Wolff is like watching your favorite college professor lecture. Great content that doesn’t get nearly the attention it deserves. Wherever you find Wolff content, it’s guaranteed to be good.
The Damage Report with John Iadarola
John Iadarola of TYT fame also hosts The Damage Report, providing his own daily take on current events and providing a “damage report” of what damage the Trump administration is causing. If you like John on the main show, you’ll love him here. The show also features a heavy dose of Jarar Jackson, also of TYT. It’s a good show with TYT’s trademark production-value.
The Breakdown with Shaun King
I love Shaun King and pretty much everything he does. He is constantly the target of online attacks from the right, center, and sometimes the left, too and his strength through all that is noteworthy. The Breakdown offers a few shows a week focused on single topics. King speaks from the heart and keeps conversations grounded in the struggle, instead of getting lost in theory or talking down to people. The Breakdown is an excellent show if you are looking for a show that motivates, inspires, and educates.
Jacobin Magazine has come out strong with content since social distancing measures were put in place in the US. The leftist magazine puts out several longform videos per day and has been an especially useful source for information on the Labour Leaks in the UK. Their interviews dig deep into all sorts of subjects and their guests so far have been impressive.
Most noteworthy right now is that Michael Brooks from TMBS and Ana Kasparian from TYT recently joined forces to launch a new weekend show on Jacobin’s YouTube focused on how the left can be more strategic. Awesome!
Rising, The Hill
Rising has all the good parts of mainstream media—the production value, the guests, the professional hosts, etc—but without the corporate-sponsored opinions. Rising has come out of nowhere to be one of my absolute favorite news shows. It is not an intentionally Leftist show by any means, but host Krystal Ball is a progressive and defends progressivism well. The other host, conservative commentator Saagar Enjeti, is an anti-corruption conservative poppulist (at least that’s my read).
The Real News Network
Baltimore-based TRNN is a people-funded operation, meaning they don’t accept donations from corporations or advertisers. The daily show offers. Because they don’t have editorial pressures, they happen to be pretty progressive! WHo would have thought! Definitely check out TRNN for fact-based real journalism.
The Zero Hour with RJ Eskow
The Zero Hour is hosted by RJ Eskow, who was a writer for the 2016 Bernie Sanders campaign. I had never come across the show until I was finishing up this article. But, in watching the show, it’s great! Eskow is smart, his show has solid production value, and he does a great job critiquing the media. Which is good, because that’s one of the points of his show. As he says, “We can’t have a political revolution without a media revolution”, and he is sooo right.
Last Week Tonight
Look, I get it. John Oliver is not a comrade who is going to help us bring on the revolution. But, he is a smart dude who understands basic progressive values like healthcare as a right. His show is enlightening and educational and serves as an important reference point for non-political-nerds.
Act.tv started back during the Occupy Wall Street movement. The show, hosted by Julianna Forlano, offers excellent progressive content, with an emphasis on animated explainer videos, interviews, and live streams. Act.tv is a project of Democrats.com, an online community of Democrats and progressive activists.
The show is worth checking out, especially the animated explainer videos, like the one posted above.
acTVism, hosted by Zain Raza, is a German based independent news show that offers content in both German and English. I don’t know much about the show, but from what I’ve seen, Raza offers educational long form editorial and interview content. It is a good show though sometimes it is a struggle to wade through the German content that I simply don’t understand. I’m sure that’s good too though!
Run It Back Politics
This is shameless self promotion. My show is not on top of anything but I’m trying to make content and help usher in the next progressive era. I recently launched a podcast and YouTube show. Check it out.
Did I leave any must-know Progressive shows out? Let me know in the comments below and I might just add them to the list.