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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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