‘A View from the Left Side’: New Podcast from Rep. PPH (video)

Rep. Pam Powers Hannley

I’m not the politician who strides into the room with an entourage and takes the first opportunity to grab a mic and give a speech. I’m the politician who wanders around parties and events chitchatting incognito until somebody, like my husband, tips people off and blows my cover.

Before COVID, I heard a lot of your stories with this way.

Literally everywhere I go–even to Jim’s recent Rincon Rangers High School Reunion–people tell me how much they appreciate getting an insider’s view of the Arizona Legislature through my video updates and blog posts.

Although this blog has been quiet since the end of a grueling, six-month Legislative session, I have been busy in the background.* Given the dismal state of our state government and the struggles to make progressive change in the Congress, I decided to up my communication game and start a weekly podcast.  Each episode of A View from the Left Side focuses on a specific topic and includes a commentary to set the stage, followed by guest interviews. My podcast is available in podcast format through several services like Spotify, Stitcher Radio, I Heart Radio and others. You can also subscribe to my YouTube channel and get the podcast, along with my other updates.

A View from the Left Side began with a soft opening on August 20 with Episode 1: The State of Politics in Arizona. There is obviously a lot of material for a political podcast in Arizona. 

Ending on June 30, 2021, the first session of the 55th Legislature was the longest session in recent history because it took the Republicans two months to get their radical agenda passed. With the House split 31-29, they needed every one of their members to pass horrible ideological bills like the Flat Tax, the alternative tax to get around Prop 208 (Invest in Ed), Arizona’s extreme anti-abortion bill (SB1457), Critical Race Theory, Empowerment Scholarship (ESA) expansion and the PEVL purge and other voter suppression.

As predicted, the state got sued over several laws and petition drives started. In Episode 2: Arizonans Fight Back Against #AZLeg Republicans with Six Referenda, my guests detail the pushback against extremist Republican ideas. Other episodes cover hot topics like COVID 19, reproductive choice, online gaming and more. Here is a list of the eight episodes that I have published. Look for new episodes every Friday. They premiere on podcast format first, followed by YouTube. (The YouTube version includes some video, whereas the podcast version is only audio.)

A View from the Left Side Episodes

Episode 1: The State of Politics in Arizona Podcast Format / YouTube

Episode 2: Arizonans Fight Back Against #AZLeg Republicans with Six Referenda Podcast Format / YouTube

Episode 3: Arizona Bowl: Using Sex to Sell Football and Gaming Podcast Format / YouTube

Episode 4: Labor Day: How Unions Are Organizing Arizona Podcast Format / YouTube

Episode 5: Fighting Back Against Repressive Anti-Choice Laws in Arizona and Texas Podcast Format / YouTube

Episode 6: COVID19 in Arizona: Where Are We Now? 18 Months Later … Podcast Format / YouTube

Episode 7: The Filibuster: It’s Time to Remove a Relic of Racism Podcast Format / YouTube

Episode 8: Updates: From Taxes to Reproductive Rights and COVID … What’s the Latest? Podcast Format / YouTube

* NOTE: I have since added the podcast episodes to this website for easy access.


Cybersecurity, Corporate Surveillance, & Crypto: How Safe Are We? A View from the Left Side

An overabundance of fake news, paid political advertising and trolls gaslighting the facts have turned most social media sites into cesspools of misinformation and click bait to boost engagement and profits.There is little or no regulation to protect the privacy of the unassuming public or to ensure the accuracy of information disseminated through social media. Consumers are left to ferret out scams and misinformation on their own.   The highly unregulated landscape of Internet-based commerce and finance is the ideal breeding ground for risky, questionable get-rich-quick schemes. Enter cryptocurrency, nonfungible tokens (NFTs), and blockchain.  Maybe you have heard these terms, but you don't know exactly what they mean or you're not sure why you should care. Today's podcast covers Internet privacy, cybersecurity and their relationship to cryptocurrency, NFTs and blockchain. My guests today are two of my colleagues in the Arizona House of Representatives. Serving LD10 in Tucson, Rep. Domingo Degrazia is a lawyer by profession, a Certified Information Privacy Professional, and drafter of the proposed Arizona Data Privacy bill. He is Whip for the House Democratic Caucus and serves on both the Judiciary and Rules Committees. Serving LD18 in Maricopa County, Rep. Mitzi Epstein is a computer systems analyst by profession. She worked for Olin Brass Manufacturing and in the Treasury Department at Citicorp Mortgage. She is Ranking Democrat on the House Ways and Means Committee and also serves on the Rules Committee and the Land, Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee.Time StampPPH Commentary 00:42Interview with DeGrazia and Epstein 05:26Privacy and Security on the Internet 06:08Are People too Trusting? 08:36Are Devices Listening to Us? 09:52There Is Little Government Regulation. Tech Regulates Itself 10:11Personal Information Was Used Against People in WWI, WWII 11:03Radicalization and Misinformation Spreads through Social Media 12:52Outrage Algorithms Build Anger and Profits 13:58European Internet Regulations 14:34Regulation Is Patchy or Nonexistent in Most US States 15:40Is It a Good Thing that Some Apps Track Your Every Step? 16:53Some of Your Data Is Being Collected and Used by Other Countries, including China 17:23Deleting Apps that Track You 18:33What about Cryptocurrency, Nonfungible Tokens, and Blockchain? 19:23Blockchain Is Just One Tool 20:46Which AZLeg Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Committee Members Are Invested in Crypto? 22:42Cryptocurrency Is Built on Nothing 23:03Nonfungible Tokens (NFTs)
  1. Cybersecurity, Corporate Surveillance, & Crypto: How Safe Are We?
  2. Fight for $15 in a Right-to-Work State
  3. Updates: From Taxes to Reproductive Rights & COVID … What's the Latest?
  4. The Filibuster: It's Time to Remove a Relic of Racism
  5. COVID19 in Arizona: Where Are We Now? 18 Months Later …