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January 21, 2017: How Fragile Is Democracy? | Life Under Authoritarian Gov Can Be Dull & Tolerable

January 22, 2017 @ 3:29 pm

To kick off this week's show, Joshua Holland lays out an entirely plausible scenario in which Trump -- and unified GOP control of government -- results in only manageable damage to the republic. It's not a prediction, which would be pollyannish, but it could work out this way if decent people stand up against what's coming.

 

Then we'll speak with Yascha Mounk, a lecturer at Harvard, who argues that it's easier than most people believe for even established democracies to slide into authoritarianism.

 

Picking up on that theme, Cornell's Tom Pepinsky relays some lessons from Malaysia. He says that today's authoritarian governments bear little resemblance to the totalitarian dystopias of our collective imagination -- and argues that the popular image of authoritarian rule is problematic in the age of Trump. 

 

Finally, Heather Hurlburt from New America offers a sober view of Barack Obama's foreign policy legacy.

 

Playlist:
Moby: "Run On"
Grandmaster Flash: "It's a Shame"
Gnarls Barkley: "A Little Bit Better"
The Band:  "We Can Talk"

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January 14, 2017: The Crimes of Seal Team Six; Trump, Russia and the Left

January 15, 2017 @ 2:56 pm

Seal Team Six-- the highly trained "tip of the spear" widely hailed for killing Osama Bin Laden -- has taken on legendary status in the American imagination. But this week, Matthew Cole offered a painstakingly reported look at the darker side of the vaunted special operations group for The Intercept. We'll be joined by Cole to discuss the abuses he uncovered, and the failures of command that enabled them.

 

Then we'll speak with Yale political scientist John Stoehr about the US intelligence community's conclusion that Russians hacked the 2016 election, and how on the left the issue has become intertwined with hostility toward Hillary Clinton and resentments lingering from the Democratic primaries.

 

Playlist:
Junior Parker: "Tax Man"

Blackalicious: "Alphabet Aerobics"
Ricky Nelson: "Lonesome Town"

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January 7, 2017: The Resistance Against Trumpism Begins; Mild-Mannered College Prof Is Considering Civil Disobedience

January 8, 2017 @ 1:49 pm

It's our first show since the holidays, and we want to wish everyone a happy New Year! Hopefully 2017 will suck less than last year. 

 

This week, we'll be joined by progressive organizer extraordinaire Billy Wimsatt to talk about the emerging resistance to the Trump regime, and the white nationalist movement that put it into office. 

 

Then we'll be joined by Harold Pollack, a moderate, temperate scholar at the University of Chicago who's been thinking about the need for civil disobedience to counter Trump's attempt to trample on the kinds of norms that have long been central to keeping our pluralistic society together.

 

Playlist:
Coco Robicheaux: "Walk With the Spirit"
Postmodern Jukebox: "Bad Romance"
De La Soul: "Transmitting Live From Mars"

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Dec 10, 2016: Is Trump Really Going to Blow Up the ACA?; The Wingnut Behind OH’s “Fetal Heartbeat” Bill

December 11, 2016 @ 12:44 pm

This week, we're talking health care. 

 

First up is Matthew Buettgens, a health care analyst with The Urban Institute and co-author of a new study detailing what would result if Congressional Republicans repeal much of the ACA through budget reconciliation -- which can't be filibustered -- and can't come to an agreement on a replacement. 

 

Then we'll be joined by Richard Kirsch. Kirsch is a senior fellow at The Roosevelt Institute, and he was previously the national campaign director for Healthcare for Americans Now (HCAN), the huge coalition that pushed the ACA through Congress in the first place. He thought his fight to establish a national infrastructure was done, but he's getting back into the fight to preserve as much of the ACA as possible. Kirsch says it's the defining battle of our generation. 

 

Finally, we'll speak with Mother Jones reporter Nina Liss-Schultz about Ohio's "fetal heartbeat" bill, and the Christian extremist who championed it. 

 

Playlist: 
Bruce Springsteen: "Royals"
Rolling Stones: "Heart of Stone"
Flying Lizards: "Money, That's What I want"
Nina Simone: "I Want a Little Sugar in my Bowl" 

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December 3, 2016: Digby on the Trumpocalypse; Dean Baker: Yes, the Economy Is Rigged

December 4, 2016 @ 2:05 pm

This week, Heather "Digby" Parton talks about what went wrong in 2016, what our future under the Trump regime may look like and how the media isn't prepared to hold the first aggressively post-truth president's feet to the fire. 

 

Then we're joined by Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, to talk about his new book, Rigged:  How Globalization and the Rules of the Modern Economy Were Structured to Make the Rich Richer.

 

Playlist:
Alabama Shakes: "Hold On"
Sad Clown with a Golden Voice: "Royals"
En Vogue: "Prayer"

 

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November 26, 2016: Ruy Teixeira and John Judis Are Divided on the Emerging Democratic Majority

November 27, 2016 @ 2:28 pm

In 2002, during the last period of unified Republican control of our government, John Judis and Ruy Teixeira wrote The Emerging Democratic Majority, a seminal book on the demographic shifts underway in the United States, and how they may reshape American politics. The book influenced a lot of people's thinking about the future of both the progressive and conservative coalitions. 

 

After the 2014 midterms, Judis underwent a change of heart, writing that we were seeing the emergence of a new Republican advantage. Key to his argument was that Democrats were losing too many white voters, even as the "Obama coalition" of younger voters, people of color and unmarried women had won two decisive victories in the previous presidential elections.

 

Even after the election of Donald Trump, who was carried over the top by a massive advantage among less-educated white voters, Teixeira remains confident that progressive values are going to be ascendant in the coming years, largely as a result of a changing electorate.

 

This week, we're joined by Ruy Teixeira and John Judis to talk about what the future may hold. 

 

Playlist: 
Eddie and the Hotrods: "The Kids Are Alright"
Ingrid Michaelson: "The Way I am"
La Casa: "Mi Barrio"

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November 19, 2016: The Trumpocalypse Is Here: What the Heck Just Happened?1?

November 20, 2016 @ 10:29 am

This week, we have a Politics and Reality Radio first: A show with no guests.

 

Joshua Holland works through how a grifter like Donald Trump became president, and says that we're in for some dark days ahead -- and that Trump's most enthusiastic supporters will experience some of the darkest.

 

Playlist:
Twisted Sister: "We're Not Gonna Take It"
Buffalo Springfield: "For What It's Worth"
Eminem: "Mosh"
Cultura Profética: "Get up, Stand Up"
Sergio Leone: "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly"

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November 5, 2016: Sam Wang Talks Polling; The Coming GOPocalypse; What Are Black republicans Thinking?

November 5, 2016 @ 1:22 pm

We've come to our final show before the 2016 election, which feels like it's dragged on for 20 years. Whether you're an optimist or a pessimist, we have something for you this week. 


First up, stats guru and election modeller Sam Wang from the Princeton Election Consortium talks to us about missing voters, phantom swings and why his rival's model at FiveThirtyEight is more bearish on Hillary Clinton's chances of victory than everyone else. (As of Saturday afternoon, PEC's model gives Hillary Clinton a 99 percent likelihood of becoming the 45th president.) 


Then we'll be joined by Brian Beutler, a senior editor at The New Republic, to talk about his disturbing piece, "The Trump Apocalypse Might Not Come, But the Republican One Will." If you thought Republican obstruction of a Democratic president's agenda had reached a zenith with Barack Obama, and couldn't possibly get worse, Brian has some bad news to deliver.


Finally, we'll be joined by Stanford University sociologist Corey Fields to discuss his new book, Black Elephants in the Room: The Unexpected Politics of African American Republicans. If you've ever wondered how any African-American could support the party that nominated Donald Trump, Fields will share some of the insights he got researching that question.  


Make sure to vote on Tuesday, and remind a few friends to vote as well!


Playlist (Do you sense a theme?):
Barry McGuire: "Eve of Destruction"
Thea Gilmore: "Bad Moon Rising"
Elvis Costello: "Waiting for the End of the World"
The Doors: "The End"
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October 29 Show: Comey Drops a Bomb; Campus Speech Wars; Rick Perlstein on the GOP After Trump

October 30, 2016 @ 12:20 pm

This week, we speak with Ian Millhiser, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress Action Fund and legal analyst for Think Progress, about FBI Director James Comey's oddly vague letter to Congress regarding emails reportedly found on a computer shared by Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin.


Then we're joined by journalist E.J. Graff, a senior fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism and managing editor of the WaPo's Monkey Cage blog, to talk about what she discovered when she drilled down past the headlines of some high-profile campus controversies for a recent report released by Pen America. Graff's observations may surprise you.


Finally, we'll speak to historian and author Rick Perlstein about the future of the GOP after the rise of Trumpism, and the potential for Election Day violence.


Playlist: 
Chris Lavancher: "Lone Train Whistle"
Nirvana: "Oh, Me"
Sandy Rogers: "Fool for Love"
Bobby McFerrin: "The Garden"
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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.


Playlist: 
A-Punk: "Vampire Weekend"
U2: "In a Little While"
Eric Clapton: "Wonderful Tonight"
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