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Why Tax “Reform” May Prove Disastrous for the GOP; The Circle’s Closing in Around Trump; What About Medicaid-for-All?

August 6, 2017 @ 11:46 am

This week, we'll talk to Stan "The Budget Guy" Collender about the upcoming battles over tax reform, a new budget resolution and a debt ceiling hike. Collender, a columnist at Forbes, says that a divided GOP could end up self-immolating over all of this despite having unified control of government.

 

Then we'll be joined by Lindsay Beyerstein, an award-winning journo and host of The Breach by ReWire, to talk about Trump's hilarifying phonecalls to his counterparts in Mexico and Australia, and about the investigative noose that appears to be tightening around his White House.

 

Finally, we'll be joined by Nevada Assemblyman Mike Sprinkle, who introduced a bill that would have allowed Nevadans to buy into his state's Medicaid program. The measure was vetoed by Brian Sandoval, The Silver State's Republican governor, but Sprinkle is planning on reintroducing it in the future. Well talk about some of the pros and cons of this idea.

 

Playlist (can you discern a theme?):
Joe Cocker: "Summer in the City"
Alan Jackson: "Summertime Blues"
Shaggy: "In the Summertime
DJ Jazzy Jeff and Fresh Prince: "Summertime"

 

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Jacob Hacker: A Tough Road to Universal Coverage; Katha Pollitt on the Psychological Toll of Trumpism

July 30, 2017 @ 9:36 am

This week, Joshua Holland kicks off the show with a look at the hero worship of John McCain and the remarkable cowardice of 49 of his Senate colleagues. 

 

Then we'll be joined by Yale political scientist Jacob Hacker, one of the intellectual forebearers of Obamacare, to talk about what might be ahead in the fight to establish universal health care in the US, now in its 105th year. 

 

Finally, we'll talk to Kathe Pollitt, a columnist for The Nation, about a piece she wrote last week surveying how some liberals and progressives are coping after six months with Donald Trump in the White House. Their reactions are more diverse than you might imagine. 

 

Playlist:
Foo Fighters: "My Hero (Acoustic)"
Southern Culture on the Skids: "Camelwalk"
Celine Dion: "God Bless America"

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Is Medicare-for-All the Path to Single-Payer? | Fighting Fake News | Susie Madrak on Trump’s Meltdown

July 23, 2017 @ 11:52 am

This week, we kick off the show with a brief tribute to the one and only Sean Spicer, may he rest behind a bush somewhere. 

 

Then we'll be joined by mild-mannered health care wonk Harold Pollack from the University of Chicago to talk policy on the left and the right: Why the GOP's zombie bill never dies, and whether making a rapid transition to Medicare-for-All is a viable way to get to affordable universal coverage.

 

Then we'll be joined by Ohio State University scholar Gleb Tsipursky to talk about The Truth Pledge -- his scheme to use behavioral science to "nudge" people into combating fake news.

 

Finally, we'll talk to Susie Madrak, a contributing editor at Crooks and Liars, about a pretty zany week in Trumpland that began with POTUS trashing everyone in sight to the NYT.

 

Playlist:
Supreme Deluxe: "Alex Jones Rants as an Indie Folk Song"
Rolling Stones: "Play With Fire"
George McCrae: "Rock Your Baby"
Erykah Badu: "Rimshot (Outro)

 

 

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Yes, Conspiring to Undermine an Election Is a Crime; Jill Filipovic: Happiness Is a Feminist Cause

July 16, 2017 @ 1:09 pm

This week, we'll be joined by Randall Eliason, a former federal prosecutor who now teaches law at George Washington University, to talk about the many potential crimes that could be charged if it is proven that the Trump campaign conspired with the Russians to manipulate the outcome of the 2016 election. Campaign finance violations may be the least of it. 

 

Then we'll speak with Jill Filipovic from Kenya about her new book, The H-Spot: The Feminist Pursuit of Happiness.

 

And finally, a few words about the Republicans' zombie Obamacare repeal bill, which has been hit hard but just keeps coming. 

 

Playlist:
Boney M.: "Rasputin"
Imagine Dragons: "Believer"
John Lennon: "Instant Karma"

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July 1, 2017: Digby on Trump’s Assault on Democracy; David Dayen on CA’s SIngle-Payer Debacle

July 2, 2017 @ 9:12 am

This week, we'll be joined by OG blogger and Salon columnist Heather "Digby" Parton to talk about Kansas' AG Kris Kobach and what looks like the beginning of a nationwide campaign of voter suppression and intimidation. We have an authoritarian in the White House, but this is how we risk becoming an authoritarian country. 

 

Then David Dayen will talk about his Intercept piece about how single-payer advocates -- and a few Democrats trying to ride their energy to greater prominence -- introduced an unpassable single-payer bill and then blamed the Speaker of the Assembly for not forcing his caucus to vote on it. It's all pretty dispiriting. 

 

Playlist: 
Prince Buster: "Shaking up Orange Street
Old 97s: "Stoned"
TLC: "Intermission-lude"

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June 24, 2017: Study Finds the Right’s More Divided Than the Left; In MSM, Trump Spoke About Islam 7x More Than Muslims

June 25, 2017 @ 10:34 am

This week, we're joined by political scientist Lee Drutman, the author of a new study that finds -- yet again -- that cultural divides between the parties are more consequential than differences over economics and other concrete policy disputes. But what might be a more controversial finding is that the supposed existential battle for the heart and soul of the Democratic Party is overblown, and those who supported Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton in last year's primaries are more similar ideologically than the conventional wisdom would suggest. 

 

Then Joshua Holland takes a quick look at the politics of Senate Republicans' disastrous health care bill. 

 

Last but certainly not least, we speak with Meighan Stone, a fellow at Harvard's Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, about her new study looking empirically at how the mainstream press covers the Islamic community and refugees -- who speaks, what topics are selected and the overall tenor. What she found goes a long way toward explaining why large numbers of Americans' hold negative attitudes about the world's second largest religion. 

 

Playlist:
Pauline Henry: "Feel Like Making Love"
Santiago y Luis Auserón: "Las Malas Lenguas"
Pluto Shervington: "Kung Fu Fighting"
Donald Fagen: "Snowbound"

 

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June 17, 2017: New Study Blows Up White Working-Class Punditry; An Oligarchy Run by Jackasses?

June 18, 2017 @ 9:45 am

This week, Joshua Holland takes a hard look at the right's unhinged reaction to an abhorent but thankfully rare instance of left-wing violence. 

 

Then we welcome John Sides, a political scientist at George Washington University, to talk about his new study that finds, among other things, that those white working-class voters everyone's always talking about were already moving away from the Democrats and towards the Republicans before Donald Trump rode down that golden escalator. 

 

Finally, we go back to the archives for a 2013 interview with UC Berkeley psychologist Paul Piff, whose research into the ethical standards of "high status individuals" tells us something about our Grifter-in-Chief. 

 

Playlist:
Josh Ritter: "Getting Ready to Get Down"
Wax Tailor: "How I feel"
Serge Gainsbourg: "Je T'aime...Moi Non Plus"

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June 3, 2017: Ian Millhiser on Mueller and #Russiagate; Rebecca Leber on the Consequences of Ditching Paris

June 5, 2017 @ 2:29 pm

This week, we kick things off with Ian Millhiser from the Center for American Progress -- he also edits ThinkProgress Law -- to talk about the mandate that former FBI head Robert Mueller has to investigate potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. He'll also get us up to speed on a major development last week in a closely watched voting rights case.

 

Then we'll be joined by Kick-Ass Reporter Rebecca Leber from Mother Jones, who says that not only is Trump clearly ignorant about how the Paris Climate Accord works, he's also oblivious to the serious consequences that are likely to follow his decision to pull the United States out of it.

 

Finally, we'll speak with Soona Amhaz, an activist who, along with her co-curator Mark Mendoza, have published Crooked, a book of compelling photographs detailing the first months of the anti-Trump #resistance. All of the proceeds from the book will go to progressive organizations fighting Trump. 

 

Playlist:
Sublime: "D.J.S."
Curtis Mayfield: "Superfly"
Imagine Dragons: "Believer"
Eek-a-Mouse: "Queen Elizabeth"

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May 13, 2017: Digby on Trump’s Meltdown | The Resistance Tackles a Monstrous AHCA

May 14, 2017 @ 12:02 pm

It's hard to believe that Donald Trump could create so much chaos in such a short amount of time. This week, we'll kick off the show with Heather "Digby" Parton talking about what was arguably his craziest week yet. 

 

Then we'll be joined by Andy Slavitt, who served as the head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services under Obama. Now Slavitt's working with The Healthcare Townhall Project to make sure that people who live in districts represented by Republicans who are too cowardly to face their constituents have an opportunity to participate in a townhall and learn about the ACA repeal bill. 

 

Finally, we'll be joined by Caroline Isaacs, program director for the American Friends Service Committee in Tucson, Arizona. Caroline will discuss Attorney General Jeff Sessions' plan to reinvigorate the disastrous War on Drugs, and will tell us the truth about what's happening on the Southern border. 

 

Playlist:
Caro Emerald: "Back it Up"
Salt n Pepa: "None of Your Business"
Deee-Lite: "Deee-Lite Theme"
Los Lobos: "Flor de Huevo"

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May 6, 2017: What’s Next for Trumpcare? | Is Trump’s “Religious Freedom” Order a Big Nothingburger?

May 7, 2017 @ 2:34 pm

Last week, House Republicans a remarkably cruel health-care bill. Trump and House Republicans celebrated the "victory," but that's premature. This week, we're joined by Ryan Cooper from The Week to game out what might happen next as the debate moves on to the Senate. 

 

Then we'll talk about the so-called "religious freedom" order Trump signed this week with Investigative Fund reporter Sarah Posner. The ACLU said it was just political theater and decided not to sue, but Posner says it may have some teeth.

 

Finally, we'll chew the fat about various topics with David Ferguson, a senior editor at Raw Story.

 

Playlist: 
Queen Latifah: "Paper"
David Byrne: "My Love Is You"
Jack Sheldon: "I'm Just a Bill"
Elvis Presley: "You Were Always on My Mind"

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