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Trump’s In-Your-Face Kleptocracy | Meet Two Dem Congressional Candidates Who Might Change the Balance of Power

May 13, 2018 @ 12:44 pm

We kick off this week's show with a rundown, incomplete but depressing, of what we know so far about how Trump and his inner circle have profited from the presidency.  

 

Then we're joined by two Democratic candidates vying to run against Rep. John Faso (R-NY) in one of the hottest swing districts this cycle, New York's 19th. This is the district that got a lot of attention in 2016, when Zephyr Teachout challenged Faso. It could decide the balance of power in the House this fall.

 

First, we speak with Brian Flynn, a businessman who combines progressive politics with a willingness to fight. You can find out more about his platform by visiting https://www.brianflynn.us/.

 

Then we're joined by Antonio Delgado, an attorney and a naturally gifted speaker who is the only Democratic candidate to have raised more cash than Faso. Learn more about him at https://www.delgadoforcongress.com/.

 

And we'll be featuring more of the candidates in NY 19 in subsequent shows!

 

Playlist: 
Bob Dorough: "I'm Just a Bill"
De La Soul: "Transmitting Live From Mars"

 

 

 

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Amanda Marcotte on Troll Nation | Incels’ Deadly Misogyny | Bruce Bartlett: “Reverse Racism” and Trump

May 6, 2018 @ 12:53 pm

We kick off this week's show with Salon columnist Amanda Marcotte. Amanda tells us all about her new book, Troll Nation: How The Right Became Trump-Worshipping Monsters Set On Rat-F*cking Liberals, America, and Truth Itself.

 

Then we're joined by Robyn Pennachia, who has the unfortunate task of covering the bizarre misgonyistic murder cult known as "incels" for Wonkette. Robyn helps us answer a key question: Just what the Hell is wrong with New York Times columnist Ross Douthat and other commenters who take these sick freaks' twisted grievances seriously?

 

Finally, we speak with former Reagan official and conservative apostate Bruce Bartlett about how Donald Trump capitalized on the surprisingly widespread view that white people are the victims of discrimination in the US. 

 

Playlist:
Pixies: "Debaser"
Walter Murphy: "5th of Beethoven"
Eek-a-Mouse: "Atlantis Lover"
Benny Goodman Orchestra: "Old Man River"

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Study: Trump Has Made White People More Hateful | Digby on the Conservative Cult of Victimhood

April 29, 2018 @ 12:51 pm

The spike in hate crimes and everyday harrassment of people of color since Trump announced his candidacy has been referred to as "The Trump Effect." Thus far, it's largely been based on anecdotal evidence. But that's no longer the case. This week, we speak with Brian Schaffner, a political scientist at Umass Amherst, about his new study which lends empirical support to the claim. 

 

Then we're joined by Heather "Digby" Parton to talk about Kevin Williamson's incessant whining about censorship, a ludicrous Congressional hearing on Diamond and Silk and a conspiracy theory about Facebook suppressing conservative voices and the right's embrace of a powerful victimhood narrative. 

 

Playlist:
Superorganism: "Everybody Wants to Be Famous"
General Trees: "Raggamuffin"

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Political Scientist: Dems Need to Start Fighting Dirty for American Democracy

April 11, 2018 @ 1:40 pm

This week, we're joined by David Faris, a political scientist at Roosevelt University who authored a new book titled, It’s Time to Fight Dirty: How Democrats Can Build a Lasting Majority in American Politics. Faris argues that Republicans have exploited every institutional power to create an anti-democratic partisan electoral advantage, and Democrats need to fight fire with fire if they want to move the country forward.  

 

Then we speak with Evan Weber, co-founder of the Sunrise Movement, about the "Sunrise Semester" program -- his organization's plan to train dozens of young climate activists across the country to take time off to help save our planet. 

 

Finally, we go back to the archives for an interview with Jeffrey Swanson, a professor of psychiatry at Duke University, about a fascinating and troubling study he conducted which found that a significant number of gun owners also have anger and impulse control issues. 

 

Playlist:
Cream: "SWLABR"
Rolling Stones: "She Smiled Sweetly"
Patsy Cline: "Back in Baby's Arms"

 

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Joan Walsh: Dems Are Finally Fighting for State Houses; Affirmative Action for Reactionaries; Antifa Has Nazis on the Run

March 28, 2018 @ 11:10 am

We kick off this week's show with Joan Walsh, national correspondent for The Nation and contributor to CNN, to talk about how, after years of neglect, progressive groups and the Democratic Party are finally contesting state legislative races across the country.

 

Then we'll be joined by David Klion, a Brooklyn-based writer, to discuss The Atlantic's decision to hire Kevin Williamson -- a right-wing provocateur of questionable talent --in order to bring "ideological diversity" to the prominent magazine's lineup of opinion writers. Williamson is the latest anti-Trump conservative to get a prominent platform in the supposedly liberal media despite a history of some highly offensive rhetoric. 

 

Finally, we'll speak with Dartmouth historian Mark Bray, author of Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook, about what the media miss in their coverage of the movement.

 

Playlist:
Smashmouth: "Road Man"
Jonathon Adams and the cast of Rocky Horror Picture Show: "Eddie"
Son Little: "O Me O My"
Jesse Belvin: "Guess Who"

 

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New Philly DA’s ‘Radical’ Justice Reforms | Why Are White Guys Stockpiling Guns? | Katha Pollitt: Left Needs to Take #Russiagate Seriously

March 18, 2018 @ 1:59 pm

Elections have consequences. This week, we kick off with Maura Ewing, a writer-in-residence at the Fair Punishment Project, talking about her piece for Slate on Philadelphia's newly elected District Attorney Larry Krasner and the "wild" and "unprecedented" criminal justice reforms he's been rolling out in his first few months in office. 

 

Then we're joined by Greater Good editor Jeremy Adam Smith, who wrote a piece for Scientific American this week about why white men are stockpiling guns. 

 

Finally, Katha Pollitt returns to the show to talk about what #Russiagate skeptics get wrong and why the left needs to take the issue seriously. 

 

Playlist:  
The White Stripes: "I Think I Smell a Rat"
Prince Buster: "Shaking Up Orange Street"
Salt N Pepa: "None of Your Business"
Rolling Stones: "Not Fade Away"

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War on Unions May Have Unintended Consequences; Rightwing Violence Against Cops; Anti-Choicers’ New Strategy

March 4, 2018 @ 4:14 pm

This week, we're joined by union organizer Shaun Richman, who explains why Janus v. AFSCME, corporate America's latest assault on organized workers, may come back to bite them in the form of more labor unrest. 

 

Then we welcome Luke Barnes from Think Progress to discuss his piece on fringe right-wing violence against law enforcement, and how it often goes under-reported by the national press. 

 

Last but not least, Rewire News investigative reporter Sofia Resnick tells us about the Red Rose Rescues -- and anti-abortion activists' latest strategy to deny women the right to choose.

 

Playlist: 
Bitter: Sweet: "The Mating Game"
Lil Troy: "Wanna Be a Baller"
The 5 6 7 8s: "Woo Hoo"
Ray Charles: "Hit the Road Jack"

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Former SWAT Operator Says Trump’s Call to Arm Teachers Is Ridiculous; A Different Approach to Medicare for All

February 25, 2018 @ 4:20 pm

This week, Donald Trump repeatedly called for arming teachers. It's his Big Idea to contain gun violence, despite the fact that all mass shootings, on and off of school campuses, represented only around 3 percent of gun homicides last year. We kick off our show by talking to someone who knows a thing or two about facing off against armed bad hombres, and who says the idea is nothing short of silly. David Chipman served as a member of the ATF's Special Response Teams  -- the agency's equivalent of SWAT -- and now serves as a senior policy advocate at the Giffords Campaign.  

 

Then we'll speak with Topher Spiro, senior fellow for health policy at the Center for American Progress, about CAP's new proposal for a universal health care system called Medicare Extra for All.

 

Finally, we'll be joined by Frank Clemente, executive director of Americans for Tax Fairness, to discuss corporate America's efforts to pay Republicans back for the windfall it received in the tax bill with a wave of propopaganda designed to hoodwink the public into thinking that the cuts are trickling down into their paychecks.

 

Playlist:
Gorillaz: "Fire Coming Out of the Monkey's Head"
Earl: "Tongue Tied"
The Beatles: "Hello Little Girl"
Moby: "Down Slow"

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Are Dems Really the ‘Most United Party’ in Modern History?; Kentuckians Sue Trump Over Medicaid Sabotage

January 28, 2018 @ 1:34 pm

This week, author and researcher Sean McElwee joins us to push back on some deeply embedded conventional wisdom about the supposed battle for the "heart and soul" of the Democratic Party. Everyone wants to believe they're engaged in a grand ideological dispute, but McElwee argues that after years of leftward movement within the coalition, it's really much ado about very little. 

 

Then we'll be joined by Cara Stewart, an attorney with the Kentucky Equal Justice Center, to talk about a lawsuit that she and her colleagues filed this week challenging the Trump regime's guidance allowing states to impose new restrictions on Medicaid that threaten to strip insurance coverage from tens of thousands of low income workers in the Bluegrass State. 

 

Playlist:
Ennio Morricone: "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly Theme"
Elvis Presley: "King Creole" 

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Whether Trump Is Mentally Ill May Be the Wrong Question; A Former Prosecutor on Wrongful Convictions

January 21, 2018 @ 2:01 pm

This week, Joshua Holland talks about the #TrumpShutdown. 

 

Then we're joined by Richard Friedman, a professor of clinical psychiatry and director of the Psychopharmacology Clinic at Weill Cornell Medical College, who says that speculation about Trump's mental health miss the point given that anyone can see he's unfit for office. 

 

Then we welcome Mark Godsey, a legal scholar at theUniversity of Cincinnati School of Law and co-founder of the Ohio Innocence Project. Mark discusses his new book, Blind Injustice: A Former Prosecutor Exposes the Psychology and Politics of Wrongful Convictions

 

Playlist:
Southern Culture on the Skids: "Nitty Gritty"
Eek-a-Mouse: "Long Time Ago"
The Wedding Band: "Lonely Hearts"

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