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Political Scientist: Dems Need to Start Fighting Dirty for American Democracy

April 11, 2018 @ 1:40 pm

This week, we're joined by David Faris, a political scientist at Roosevelt University who authored a new book titled, It’s Time to Fight Dirty: How Democrats Can Build a Lasting Majority in American Politics. Faris argues that Republicans have exploited every institutional power to create an anti-democratic partisan electoral advantage, and Democrats need to fight fire with fire if they want to move the country forward.  

 

Then we speak with Evan Weber, co-founder of the Sunrise Movement, about the "Sunrise Semester" program -- his organization's plan to train dozens of young climate activists across the country to take time off to help save our planet. 

 

Finally, we go back to the archives for an interview with Jeffrey Swanson, a professor of psychiatry at Duke University, about a fascinating and troubling study he conducted which found that a significant number of gun owners also have anger and impulse control issues. 

 

Playlist:
Cream: "SWLABR"
Rolling Stones: "She Smiled Sweetly"
Patsy Cline: "Back in Baby's Arms"

 

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Joan Walsh: Dems Are Finally Fighting for State Houses; Affirmative Action for Reactionaries; Antifa Has Nazis on the Run

March 28, 2018 @ 11:10 am

We kick off this week's show with Joan Walsh, national correspondent for The Nation and contributor to CNN, to talk about how, after years of neglect, progressive groups and the Democratic Party are finally contesting state legislative races across the country.

 

Then we'll be joined by David Klion, a Brooklyn-based writer, to discuss The Atlantic's decision to hire Kevin Williamson -- a right-wing provocateur of questionable talent --in order to bring "ideological diversity" to the prominent magazine's lineup of opinion writers. Williamson is the latest anti-Trump conservative to get a prominent platform in the supposedly liberal media despite a history of some highly offensive rhetoric. 

 

Finally, we'll speak with Dartmouth historian Mark Bray, author of Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook, about what the media miss in their coverage of the movement.

 

Playlist:
Smashmouth: "Road Man"
Jonathon Adams and the cast of Rocky Horror Picture Show: "Eddie"
Son Little: "O Me O My"
Jesse Belvin: "Guess Who"

 

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New Philly DA’s ‘Radical’ Justice Reforms | Why Are White Guys Stockpiling Guns? | Katha Pollitt: Left Needs to Take #Russiagate Seriously

March 18, 2018 @ 1:59 pm

Elections have consequences. This week, we kick off with Maura Ewing, a writer-in-residence at the Fair Punishment Project, talking about her piece for Slate on Philadelphia's newly elected District Attorney Larry Krasner and the "wild" and "unprecedented" criminal justice reforms he's been rolling out in his first few months in office. 

 

Then we're joined by Greater Good editor Jeremy Adam Smith, who wrote a piece for Scientific American this week about why white men are stockpiling guns. 

 

Finally, Katha Pollitt returns to the show to talk about what #Russiagate skeptics get wrong and why the left needs to take the issue seriously. 

 

Playlist:  
The White Stripes: "I Think I Smell a Rat"
Prince Buster: "Shaking Up Orange Street"
Salt N Pepa: "None of Your Business"
Rolling Stones: "Not Fade Away"

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War on Unions May Have Unintended Consequences; Rightwing Violence Against Cops; Anti-Choicers’ New Strategy

March 4, 2018 @ 4:14 pm

This week, we're joined by union organizer Shaun Richman, who explains why Janus v. AFSCME, corporate America's latest assault on organized workers, may come back to bite them in the form of more labor unrest. 

 

Then we welcome Luke Barnes from Think Progress to discuss his piece on fringe right-wing violence against law enforcement, and how it often goes under-reported by the national press. 

 

Last but not least, Rewire News investigative reporter Sofia Resnick tells us about the Red Rose Rescues -- and anti-abortion activists' latest strategy to deny women the right to choose.

 

Playlist: 
Bitter: Sweet: "The Mating Game"
Lil Troy: "Wanna Be a Baller"
The 5 6 7 8s: "Woo Hoo"
Ray Charles: "Hit the Road Jack"

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Former SWAT Operator Says Trump’s Call to Arm Teachers Is Ridiculous; A Different Approach to Medicare for All

February 25, 2018 @ 4:20 pm

This week, Donald Trump repeatedly called for arming teachers. It's his Big Idea to contain gun violence, despite the fact that all mass shootings, on and off of school campuses, represented only around 3 percent of gun homicides last year. We kick off our show by talking to someone who knows a thing or two about facing off against armed bad hombres, and who says the idea is nothing short of silly. David Chipman served as a member of the ATF's Special Response Teams  -- the agency's equivalent of SWAT -- and now serves as a senior policy advocate at the Giffords Campaign.  

 

Then we'll speak with Topher Spiro, senior fellow for health policy at the Center for American Progress, about CAP's new proposal for a universal health care system called Medicare Extra for All.

 

Finally, we'll be joined by Frank Clemente, executive director of Americans for Tax Fairness, to discuss corporate America's efforts to pay Republicans back for the windfall it received in the tax bill with a wave of propopaganda designed to hoodwink the public into thinking that the cuts are trickling down into their paychecks.

 

Playlist:
Gorillaz: "Fire Coming Out of the Monkey's Head"
Earl: "Tongue Tied"
The Beatles: "Hello Little Girl"
Moby: "Down Slow"

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Are Dems Really the ‘Most United Party’ in Modern History?; Kentuckians Sue Trump Over Medicaid Sabotage

January 28, 2018 @ 1:34 pm

This week, author and researcher Sean McElwee joins us to push back on some deeply embedded conventional wisdom about the supposed battle for the "heart and soul" of the Democratic Party. Everyone wants to believe they're engaged in a grand ideological dispute, but McElwee argues that after years of leftward movement within the coalition, it's really much ado about very little. 

 

Then we'll be joined by Cara Stewart, an attorney with the Kentucky Equal Justice Center, to talk about a lawsuit that she and her colleagues filed this week challenging the Trump regime's guidance allowing states to impose new restrictions on Medicaid that threaten to strip insurance coverage from tens of thousands of low income workers in the Bluegrass State. 

 

Playlist:
Ennio Morricone: "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly Theme"
Elvis Presley: "King Creole" 

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Whether Trump Is Mentally Ill May Be the Wrong Question; A Former Prosecutor on Wrongful Convictions

January 21, 2018 @ 2:01 pm

This week, Joshua Holland talks about the #TrumpShutdown. 

 

Then we're joined by Richard Friedman, a professor of clinical psychiatry and director of the Psychopharmacology Clinic at Weill Cornell Medical College, who says that speculation about Trump's mental health miss the point given that anyone can see he's unfit for office. 

 

Then we welcome Mark Godsey, a legal scholar at theUniversity of Cincinnati School of Law and co-founder of the Ohio Innocence Project. Mark discusses his new book, Blind Injustice: A Former Prosecutor Exposes the Psychology and Politics of Wrongful Convictions

 

Playlist:
Southern Culture on the Skids: "Nitty Gritty"
Eek-a-Mouse: "Long Time Ago"
The Wedding Band: "Lonely Hearts"

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“Collusion” Author Luke Harding on Trump-Russia; Gary Cohn and Trump’s Goldman Sachs White House

December 3, 2017 @ 12:46 pm

It's a two-book show!

 

This week, we're joined by The Guardian's Luke Harding to talk about his new book, Collusion: Secret Meetings, Dirty Money, and How Russia Helped Donald Trump Win. We recorded this interview a day before we learned that Trump's former National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn, pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI and is cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. 

 

Then we welcome the I-Fund's Gary Rivlin, co-author, with Michael Hudson, of Wall Street's White House: How Gary Cohn Wrecked the Global Economy and Parlayed It Into a White House Job. The fact that Trump surrounded himself with Goldman Sachs vets highlights the degree to which his populist rhetoric about "America first" and "good jobs" was always just a giant grift. 

 

Playlist: 
The Paragons: "The Tide Is High"
Rickey Nelson: "Lonesome Town"

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A Trump-Approved Game of Thrones in Saudi Arabia; Paradise Papers Show We’re Being Robbed

November 12, 2017 @ 2:57 pm

This week, Joshua Holland offers a brief rant about one of the more prominent strawmen that's been deployed to downplay the issue of Russian meddling in the 2016 elections. 

 

Then we're joined by Madawi Al-Rasheed, a visiting professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science, to talk about Mohammad bin Salman, also known as "MBS" -- the brash, young Saudi Crown Prince who consolidated an enormous amount of power in recent weeks by detaining over a dozen of his royal rivals and other senior Saudi officials. Al-Rasheed will help us understand not only what's going on within the kingdom, but also the larger regional context of MBS' dangerous power play.  

 

Finally, we'll speak with Gabriel Zucman, a professor at UC Berkeley and author of The Hidden Wealth of Nations: The Scourge of Tax Havens, about the so-called "Paradise Papers" -- a treasure trove of leaked documents that reveal the tax avoidance strategies of the upper crust of the elite -- and what they reveal about how tax havens screw the rest of us. 

 

Playlist:
The Shins: "New Slang"
Rostam: "Bike Dream"
Manu Chao: "Bongo Bong"

 

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GOP Tax Deform; Trump’s ACA Sabotage Is worse Than You Thought; Marcotte on #MeToo

October 29, 2017 @ 10:38 am

This week, we kick off the show with a discussion of the GOP's plans for "tax reform" with Frank Clemente, director of Americans for Tax Fairness. Spoiler alert: Bad economics + staggering hypocrisy about deficits = a muddled mess. 

 

Then we welcome Sam Berger, a senior policy advisor at The Center for American Progress who's been tracking the Trump regime's efforts to undermine the Affordable Care Act. You've no doubt heard talk of "sabotage," but it's probably worse than you thought. 

 

Finally, Salon columnist Amanda Marcotte joins us to consider whether the outpouring of revelations of sexual harassment and other abuses that have followed Harvey Weinstein's fall signal a paradigm change or just a bump in misogyny's long road. 

 

Playlist:
Brave Combo: "Jeopardy"
Mozart Heroes: "Mozart's Symphony No 40/ Metallica's Enter the Sandman"
College Humor: "The Beatles vs. Joan Jett vs. Cypress Hill vs. House Of Pain vs. Rage Against The Machine Mashup"
John Lurie National Orchestra: "Let's Get Ready to Rumba"

 

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