Someone once said that, “Home is not where you live but where they understand you.” For our own Dave Carter, that place is deep in the bayous of Louisiana, where he finds people who work hard, play hard, and live life to the fullest. Whether they understand Dave is one matter, but there’s no mistaking the connection that both Dave and his wonderful bride have with these good people — a connection which we hear about in a story, told as only Dave can tell it.

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“These are the times that try men’s souls,” wrote Thomas Paine over two centuries before Chuck Schumer or Nancy Pelosi began trying the soul of an entire nation. Our own Dave Carter was feeling especially soulful after some news events last week, and decided to voice his thoughts on a special edition of Radio Deplorable. The resulting podcast was written, produced, edited, mixed, sliced and diced by Dave, leading us to suspect that he missed his calling. Asked to comment, he says, “I’m not sure what that calling was, but I agree that I probably missed it.” We think you’ll find the ensuing 10 minutes enjoyable.

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There is a place for politics, but not necessarily every place. Convinced that some aspects of life should remain beyond that gritty business, Dave Carter sat down for a conversation with someone he describes as, “a generous, wise, and grand lady.” Ruth Allen has seen enough to fill several volumes on life’s most important lessons. A Native American Indian, Ms. Allen has served as the Commissioner of Indian Affairs for the State of Tennessee. Her titles and accomplishments include everything from public office to being an EMT and a Red Cross Instructor who deployed to St. Thomas to provide disaster relief after Hurricane Hugo to chatting with a sitting US President and Vice President. There’s much more, but we’ll let Ruth tell you in this fascinating and very compelling interview. Oh yes, and Ms. Allen is also Dave’s mother in-law, so he is on his best behavior in this one.

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Sometimes, the temptation to take a symbol, or even a term of disparagement, and turn it against one’s opponents, particularly when those opponents specialize in smug condescension, is difficult to resist. So Dave Carter didn’t bother trying. Resistance takes too much energy anyway, and he’d rather use that energy having fun and chatting with his fellow deplorables. The idea of Radio Deplorable is to shine a spotlight on the people and places that those in the NYC-DC-LA vortex neither understand nor like very much.

Whether it is a chat with an author or commentator, a mechanic, a pastor, an interesting stranger at a truck stop, or just random thoughts from the host, the animating perspectives of this podcast will emanate from the folks that the condescending class claims to look out for, but who rarely miss an opportunity to sneer at and belittle. Years ago, Bill Buckley said that he would rather be governed by the first 2,000 names in the Boston phone directory than by the entire faculty of Harvard. At Radio Deplorable, we will, in a sense, go treasure hunting in the phone book.

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