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October 22, 2016: A Debate With Kshama Sawant: Is a Vote for Jill Stein Wasted?; HRC v Trump One Last Time

October 23, 2016 @ 10:26 am

This week, we start off with a debate between Joshua Holland and Seattle City Councillor Kshama Sawant about whether a vote for Jill Stein is an investment in breaking the two-party system in the future (Sawant) or a waste of time for ad ineffective and self-marginalizing third party (Holland). The debate was produced by KUOW public radio in Seattle, which was kind enough to offer us permission to include it in this week's show.

Central to Sawant's argument is that efforts to push Dems to the left have been fruitless. So our second guest gives this week's show a theme of sorts. 

We're joined by Kaitlin Sweeney, press secretary for the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, a group that's dedicated to promoting the idea of the Warren/Sanders wing of the Democratic Party. And Sweeney gives us a recap of the third and final presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

A-Punk: "Vampire Weekend"
U2: "In a Little While"
Eric Clapton: "Wonderful Tonight"
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October 15, 2016: Russia, and the Syrian Disaster; The Truth About Pitbulls

October 17, 2016 @ 10:21 am

This week, our show is 100% election-free! Or it is after the intro, anyway. 

First, we're joined by Mark Goldberg, editor of UN Dispatch and host of the Global Dispatches podcast, to talk about the new UN General Secretary, Antonio Guterrez, Syria and the growing diplomatic mess between the US and Russia.

Then we'll switch gears and talk about pit bulls, and the mythology that's developed around these dogs -- one that makes them the most frequently abused and abandoned breeds -- with Bronwen Dickey, author of Pit Bull: The Battle Over an American Icon.

Paul McCartney and Wings: "Live and Let Die"
The Monkees: "Gonna Buy Me a Dog"
Otis Redding: "Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song)"
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October 1, 2016: A Race in Name Only; Conason on the Clinton Foundation; Policing with Driverless Cars

October 2, 2016 @ 1:30 pm

This week, we'll speak with Joe Conason about his timely new book, Man of the World: The Further Endeavors of Bill Clinton

Then we'll be joined by Boston Globe transportation columnist Robin Washington to talk about the future of policing in an era of driverless cars. Traffic stops make up fully half of what cops do.

Wyclef Jean: "Heaven's in New York" 
The Fugees: "No Woman, No Cry"
Bruce Springsteen: "Backstreets"
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September 24, 2016: Roy Edroso on the Right-bloggers’ Election; Digby Previews the Debates; New Climate Warning

September 25, 2016 @ 12:34 pm

This week, we'll speak to OG blogger and Village Voice right-wingologist Roy Edroso about the 2016 election as seen through the prism of the conservative blogosphere. 

Then Heather "Digby" Parton will join us to preview Monday's first presidential debate. 

And last but not least, David Turnbull, campaign director for Oil Change International, will tell us about his group's new study showing that fully exploiting the fossil fuel projects that are already online will force global temperatures above the target agreed to in Paris last year. 

PowerSolo: "Knucklehead"
Edith Piaf: "Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien"
Bill Withers: "Ain't No Sunshine"
Talking Heads: "My Love Is You"
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September 10, 2016: Zaitchik On the Road with Trump Supporters; Humanitarian Aid in Honduras

September 25, 2016 @ 12:26 pm

This week, we'll be joined by Alex Zaitchik to talk about his new book, The Gilded Rage: A Wild Ride Through Donald Trump's America. 

Then Kristy Siegfried, migration editor for IRIN News, will tell us about the unique challenges that aid agencies face in Honduras, a country plagued with violence that isn't officially a conflict zone. 

Finally, we go back to the archives for an interview with UC Irvine sociologist Paul Piff, whose research shows that the wealthy aren't like you and I -- they're less ethical. 
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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.

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. 

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. 

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. 

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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