About The Show

Why Podcast Now?

I owe alot of my participation, knowledge and understanding of the world to podcasts. With each year since 2008 my tastes and listening went more and more leftward along with my politics. Since the occupy movement I’ve identified as a social anarchist and found too few podcasts that fit my practice, concerns and what I want to see in the future. There are some, but not enough variety, and each one, great as they are, are not for those new to the topics and thinking of the revolutionary left. Over the past few years I though of doing my own, being interviewed on a friends local podcast (Focus on Albany) and running for office has made me realize the pressing need for the perspective of radical activists to be out there, connecting news and issues to our lives and spreading leftwing ideas to a wider audience without depending on deep readings or internal comedy.
With the establishment of community radio in Albany: WCAA LP The Voice(community arts and activism); I shifted from the standard straight to online model to helping build this on the ground media institution. Money raised via Pateron will go towards the station, so any support is not just for me but many others to gprovide a platform for their voices. It fits right into how I feel we move forward in the current world, act local, but broadcast global.

What’s the Title Mean?

The title comes from an anarchist podcaster who had some of his own problematic ideas, but one I liked was naming what we were doing as “left of the left of the left”. There is also a book called, ‘Left of the Left’. From these titles I got the idea of calling my program the 3 Lefts (3 Lefts make a Right, etc). They could also represent the 3 types of ideology I represent, and represented by my co-hosts and other guests; socialism (red), anarchism (black), and ecology (green).

About the Host

Dan Plaat

Born and Raised in Albany with a Jewish and activist background, earned degrees in Architecture and History at City College of NY where he was active in the secular/atheist movement before joining Occupy Wall St. Upon finishing college I did the activism grind supporting protest and lobbying projects with Occupy Albany, before moving to Green Party organizing which includes running for office and moving toward community and education projects like the show.  A big nerd with a love of most things animated and gaming, are also among my various interests.