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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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