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April 19, 2014 Show

April 20, 2014 @ 9:23 am

This week, we'll speak with Harvard law prof Lawrence Lessig. He has a plan to curb the pernicious influence of money in politics that's so crazy, it just might work. We push him on the details.

Then we ask George Lakoff, a cognitive linguist at UC Berkeley, to help us understand why so many people think that the ACA includes a provision for "free birth control," when it so obviously does not.

Playlist:
Amy Winehouse: "You Know I'm No good"
Johnny Cash: "One Piece at a Time"
Radiohead: "Creep (acoustic Version)"

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April 12, 2014 Show

April 20, 2014 @ 9:10 am

This week, we speak with Tim Sylvester, president of Teamsters Local 804, about a rare win for labor, as UPS is forced to hire back a bunch of drivers it terminated over a modest labor action.

Then we'll be joined by Sally Denton, author of The Plots Against the President: FDR, a Nation in Crisis and the Rise of the American Right, about Franklin Roosevelt's crazy tea partiers.

Finally, we replay our February interview with Harvard's Theda Scokpol on Obama's tea partiers.

Playlist:
The Clash: "Armagideon Time"
Salt-n-Pepa: "Shake Your Thang"
Nirvana: "Heart Shaped Box"
Centurions: "Zed's Dead Baby"

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April 5, 2014 Show

April 20, 2014 @ 9:02 am

This week, we speak with Stephen Bezruchka, a professor of public health at the University of Washington, about how inequality kills.

Then Johns Hopkins political scientist Steven Teles will tell us about the rise of the conservative legal movement -- appropriate in the wake of McCutcheon.

Playlist:
Wilco: "California Stars"
Outkast: "The Whole World"
Gary Glitter: "Rock 'n Roll Part 2"

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