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August 27, 2016: Rise of the Alt-Right | David Zirin on Rio After the Games | Quirky Stories with Wonkette

August 28, 2016 @ 10:04 am

This week, we'll talk about Trump and the rise of the quasi-fascistic "alt-right" with Heidi Beirich from the Southern Poverty Law Center.


Then we'll be joined by The Nation's radical sports editor, Dave Zirin, to look at the massive land-grab underway in the wake of the Olympic games in Rio. 


Finally, we'll look at some of the nuttier stories in American politics this week with Rebecca Schoenkopf, the proprietrix of Wonkette.


Playlist:
Travis: "Hit Me Baby One More Time"
Jamie Cullum: "Don't Stop the Music"
Lissie: "Bad Romance"
Pink Floyd: "Dogs" 
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August 20, 2016: Private Prisons Can See the Writing on the Wall; Is Obamacare Unraveling?

August 21, 2016 @ 8:58 am

This week, Joshua Holland considers how much fun Donald Trump's comically dysfunctional campaign would be if only it was certain that he wouldn't become president.

Then we're joined by Keith Rouda from the Progressive Change Campaign Committee to talk Obamacare. News last week that Aetna was pulling out of the exchanges sent shockwaves through the media. Were the gloom and doom predictions about the Affordable Care Act actually coming true, for once? Well, it turns out that there's more to the story.


Finally, Christopher Petrella, a lecturer in American cultural studies at Bates college who studies mass incarceration and the private prison industry, joins us to talk about the DOJ's announcement that it would phase out the use of private prisons, and what that really means, and doesn't mean, for our carceral culture. 


Playlist: 
Cream: "Strange Brew"
Johnny Cash: "Folsom Prison Blues"
Jeff Buckley: "Hallelujah"
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August 13, 2016: Tomasky on Trump’s Meltdown; Locked-up Asylum Seekers on Hunger Strike; The Green Party

August 14, 2016 @ 9:57 am

This week, we welcome Daily Beast columnist Mike Tomasky back to the show to talk about how low Trump might go. 

Then we're joined by Adanjesus Marin, director of Make the Road PA, who will tell us about a group of mothers who fled violence for asylum in the U.S., only to find themselves pointlessly detained with their children in a for-profit facility in Pennsylvania.


Finally, we'll speak with Truthout's Candice Bernd, who attended the Green Party's annual meeting in Texas last weekend. 


Playlist: 
The Civil Wars: "Billie Jean"
Fun Boy Three & Bananarama: "Ain't What You Do"
Southern Culture on the Skids: "El Mysterioso"
Mike Post: "Theme from Hill Street Blues"
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July 30, 2016: Marcotte: Republicans See a Dystopian Hellscape; Digby: Dems Embrace America

July 31, 2016 @ 11:46 am

This week, Joshua Holland kicks off the show with a look at what the #DNCLeaks do and don't tell us about the relationship between senior party officials and the Sanders campaign.


Then we'll be joined by two Salon columnists to take a look back at the two major parties' political conventions. They offered dramatically different presentations of the world around us.

First, we'll speak to Amanda Marcotte about what it was like in the belly of the beast -- at the GOP convention in Cleveland. Amanda also caught some of the fireworks in Philadelphia.

Then we'll talk about the Democrats' remarkably inclusive convention in Philadelphia, which culminated in the first woman being nominated to top a major party ticket. 

Playlist: 
Sarah Darling: "With or Without You"
Radio Citizen: "The Hop"
Norah Jones: "Come Away With Me"
Sia: "I Go to Sleep"
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Karoli Kuns Read 10,000 Clinton Emails

July 13, 2016 @ 1:10 pm

Crooks and Liars managing editor Karoli Kuns was a self-proclaimed "Clinton hater." She waded through thousands of Hillary Clinton's emails digging for dirt, but she came away from the exercise with a very different view of the Democratic nominee. 

In this clip, Kuns speaks with Politics and Reality Radio host Joshua Holland about what she gleaned from a deep dive into the emails that have stirred so much controversy. 
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July 9, 2016: More Police Bloodshed; Wingnuts Attack Comey; Roger Ailes Is Gross

July 10, 2016 @ 10:14 am

This week, we start with a commentary about the mass shooting of police officers at a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas.


Then we're joined by Robert Gangi, executive director of the Police Reform Organizing Project (PROP), to discuss the two unjustified police shootings of black men that apparently pushed the Dallas shooter over the edge. 

We also talk to Karoli Kuns, managing editor of Crooks and Liars, about FBI Director James Comey's recommendation that Hillary Clinton not face charges for Emailghazi, and the backlash it set off on the right. 

Finally, we welcome Cristina Lopez, a researcher and reporter at Media Matters, to talk about the lawsuit filed by Gretchen Carlson this week alleging that Fox News boss Roger Ailes sexually harrassed her in the grossest possible way. 

Playlist:
U2: "In a Little While"
Junior Murvin: "Police and Thieves"
Queen Latifah: "U.N.I.T.Y"
Nina Simone: "I Want a Little Sugar in my Bowl"
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June 25, 2016: Alan Grayson from the House Sit-In; Dean Baker on #Brexit; All Politics Are Identity Politics

June 26, 2016 @ 9:47 am

This week, we'll speak with economist Dean Baker about what's next for the UK, the EU and our IRAs following the UK's surprising move to exit the European Union. We're in uncharted waters, but Dean has some ideas about how all of this might play out. 


Then we'll play an interview we recorded with Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) on Thursday, as he participated in the Dems' unprecedented occupation of the chamber to demand some action on gun violence. Grayson says way too much has been made of one proposal to bar people on the no-fly and selectee lists from buying guns. The Dems were also demanding expanded background checks and that the gunshow and internet loopholes be closed. 


Finally, we're joined by GWU political scientist John Sides. Sides explains how people select candidates and parties, and notes that social identity always plays a major role. We only call it "identity politics" when the identity in question is being a woman or POC or religious minority.


Playlist: 
Beastie Boys: "Shake Your Rump"
Johnny Cash: "Don't Take Your Guns to Town"
Richard Cheese: "Stairway to Heaven"
Jeff Buckley: "Hallelujah"
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June 18, 2016: Dayen on the Continuing Foreclosure Crisis; What About the Muslim Left?

June 19, 2016 @ 9:56 am

This week, we have two really good, in-depth discussions of very different topics. 


First up, we speak with journalist David Dayen about his new book, Chain of Title:  How Three Ordinary Americans Uncovered Wall Street's Great Foreclosure Fraud. Dayen tells the story of three victims of the foreclosure crisis who took the unusual step of actually reading their mortgage documents and ended up helping expose what may well be the biggest consumer fraud in history. 


Then we'll be joined by Ali Gharib, contributor to The Nation and Politics and Reality Radio's senior Middle East correspondent. Ali recently co-moderated a forum on the Islamic left for Democracy: a Journal of Ideas, and we discuss the fact that while a larger share of American Muslims identify as liberal than the population overall, Islam is always represented by its hard-right faction in the media. 


Playlist: 
The Valentines: "Gun Fever"
Seu Jorge: "Life on Mars"
Atlas Sound: "Walk a Thin Line"


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June 11, 2016: Is Hillary Her Worst Enemy?; How the Right Shifted on Mass Incarceration

June 12, 2016 @ 9:18 am

This week, as Hillary Clinton becomes the presumptive nominee, we'll be joined by Rebecca Traister, who spent days up and close with HRC and wrote a terrific profile for New York Magazine. It's long been said that in small groups Clinton is very different from her public image -- relaxed, smart and funny -- but she's so media-shy that the public image is unlikely to change. 


Then we'll speak to Johns Hopkins political scientist Steven Teles about a new book he co-authored with David Dagan titled, Prison Break: Why Conservatives Turned Against Mass Incarceration. It's a fascinating look at one of the rare examples of a political coalition reversing course on what was a core piece of their agenda -- being "tough on crime." It wasn't quick, and didn't come easy.  

Finally, if a Democratic Platform Committee hearing falls in the forest -- or is broadcast on C-Span -- and nobody hears it, does it make a sound? We have a couple of short highlights of past Politics and Reality guests Larry Mishel and Heather Boushey testifying this week about what we need to do to make the economy work.


Playlist:
Earth, Wind and Fire: "Shining Star"
Amy Winehouse: "To Know Him Is to Love Him"
Eek-A-Mouse: "I Love Weed"
Dizzy Gillespie and Arturo Sandoval: "Night in Tunisia"
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June 6, 2016 Show: Muhammad Ali, Radical Muslim; Can the Media Handle Donald Trump?

June 4, 2016 @ 3:16 pm

This week, we look at Muhammad Ali's black nationalism, his opposition to intermarriage and the backlash he faced from the white establishment after refusing to fight in Vietnam. Of the North Vietnamese, Ali famously said, "They never called me nigger, they never lynched me, they didn't put no dogs on me, they didn't rob me of my nationality, rape and kill my mother and father."

Then we'll be joined by Joe Strupp, a senior reporter at Media Matters, to talk about the media's challenges covering a candidate like Donald Trump -- and their failures so far. Strupp says media outlets are at risk of losing what remains of their credibility by covering him like an entertaining freakshow.


Finally, we'll be joined by Imani Gandy, senior legal analyst at Rewire News and co-host of TWIB Prime, to discuss the right's bizarre fixation on where people pee. She also lays down the law that supports the Department of Education's advisory for schools to let students use the facilities that match their expressed gender. 


Playlist: 
Otis Redding: "Mr. Pitiful"
Muhammad Ali: "Stand By Me"
Johnny Wakelin & The Kinshasa Band: "The Black Superman Muhammad Ali"
Prince: "Cream"
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