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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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April 30, 2017: Can Trump Really Cook Planet Earth? | Will the GOP Pull Off Tax Reform?

May 2, 2017 @ 8:44 am

This week, we kick off with Paul Waldman, who wrote that Republicans have already backed themselves into a corner on tax reform.

 

Then we'll be joined by Ben Adler, who says that Trump might discover that throwing a wrench into efforts to curb green house gas emissions may be more difficult than he thought. 

 

Finally, we'll be joined by Popular Science staff writer Kendra Pierre-Louis to talk about a new study that tried to get a handle on where as many as 13 million Americans who might be displaced by rising sea levels might go. 

 

Playlist:
The Simpsons Cast: "In a Gadda da Vida"
Old 97s: "Good with God"
White Stripes: "You're Pretty Good Looking"
Roxy Music: "India"

 
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April 15, 2017: United Isn’t Alone; A Stealthier Assault on the ACA; Trump v. Kim Jong Un Won’t End Well

April 16, 2017 @ 12:24 pm

We kick off this week's show with an interview with Helaine Olen, who wrote in The New York Times this week that United's decision to bloody a paying customer for refusing to "voluntarily" give up his seat is a microcosm of some larger, and genuinely troubling trends in our society.  

 

Then we'll be joined by Christine Grimaldi, a reporter for Rewire News, to talk about how Donald Trump and HHS chief Tom Price can and may undermine the Affordable Care Act without Congress -- and how those moves might hurt women and LGBT people. 

 

Finally, we'll speak with Christine Ahn, co-founder of the Korea Policy Institute and international coordinator for WomenCrossDmx.org, for her insights into what rising tensions between the US and North Korea are really about. 

 

Playlist:
Southern Culture on the Skids: "Wheels"
Bobby Womack: "That's the Way I feel About You"
Ricky Nelson: "Lonesome Town"
Antonio Vivaldi: "Concerto for 2 Corni Da Caccia in F Major"

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April 8, 2017: Partisan Reality in the Age of Trump; Phyllis Bennis on America’s Dangerous Syrian Adventure

April 9, 2017 @ 1:44 pm

For decades, Republicans have not only rejected the neutral arbiters of fact -- the media, the academy, science -- bought sought to create their own, alternative information infrastructure. This week, we'll speak with Vox's Dave Roberts about a piece he wrote recently laying out how this "tribal epistemology" is playing out under a president whose mendacity is unprecedented. 

 

Then we'll be joined by Phyllis Bennis, director of IPS' New Internationalism Project and author of Isis and Syria: The New Global War on Terror, to talk about Trump's sudden turnabout on Syria, Friday's missile strikes, and what might happen next. 

 

Playlist:
Moby: "Why Does My Heart Feel so Bad?"
Deathray: "Scott"
Tito Puente: Para Los Rumberos"

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April 1, 2017: What Next After Trumpcare’s Implosion? | Neil Gorsuch: The Chamber’s Judge

April 2, 2017 @ 11:42 am

This week, we'll be joined by Harold Pollack, a mild-mannered health wonk from the University of Chicago, for a post-mortem on the disastrous GOP bill to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act -- and a look at what may lie ahead for healthcare.

 

Then we'll speak with Daniel Dudis, director of Public Citizen's Chamber Watch, to discuss a new report he and a colleague wrote about the Chamber of Commerce's legal philosophy and litigation strategies. This is timely, as Neil Gorsuch, Donald Trump's pick to replace Antonin Scalia on the nation's highest court, hasn't said much about his own philosophy, but used to represent the Chamber in private practice. 

 

Playlist: 
Haley Reinhart and Postmodern Jukebox: "Creep"
Patty Loveless: "Two Coats"
Marcia Griffiths: "Working to the Top"
Cachao: "Los Tres Golpes"

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March 4, 2017: Trump Has Undermined Counterterrorism; Voodoo Economics and Obamacare Repeal

March 6, 2017 @ 1:33 pm

This week, we'll speak with budget guru and Forbes columnist Stan Collender, who says that Trump will have to violate the law to pass his budget. Collender also notes that the GOP's plan to quickly repeal Obamacare has failed, and that may have far-reaching consequences for the rest of their agenda.

 

Then we'll be joined by counterterrorism expert Whitney Kassel to talk about how Trump, for all of his bluster about getting touch on terrorism, has undemined that effort with a toxic mix of incompetence and Islamophobia. 

 

Finally, we'll speak with George Polisner, who quit a cushy job at Oracle to start a new platform for civil engagement called civ.works

 

Playlist:
Morgan James: "Come Together"
Gorillaz: "Tomorrow Comes Today"
Pretty Lights: "Finally Moving"
Sergio Leone: "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly"

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Feb 18, 2017: Authoritarians Hype Terror Threat; 3.5% of the Population Can Topple a Dictator; What’s Russia’s Game?

February 19, 2017 @ 12:35 pm

This week, we begin by looking at the specter of terrorism, both real and imagined. Hyping the threat of terrorism and crime is a trademark of authoritarian governments. It should be noted that we recorded the show before Donald Trump cited a non-existent terror attack in Sweden. 

 

Then we'll be joined by Luke Harding, author of A Very Expensive Poison: The Definitive Story of the Murder of Litvinenko and Russia's War with the West. Harding spent four years as The Guardian's Moscow bureau chief, and he offers some insight into the larger strategy behind Russia's influence campaigns in the West. 

 

Finally, we'll speak with Erica Chenoweth, a professor of international studies at the University of Denver and co-author of Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict. Chenoweth and her co-author, Maria Stephan, found that when even a small portion of the population is actively engaged, citizens can topple a dictator -- and that nonviolent resistance is the quickest, most effective way of fighting an authoritarian government.  

 

Playlist:
The White Stripes: "300 MPH Torrential Downpour Blues"
The Coasters: "Poison Ivy"
Southern Culture on the Skids: "Wheels"

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Feb 11, 2017: Trump’s Getting Rolled by Foreigners; Red Flags for Authoritarianism; Would a General Strike Work?

February 12, 2017 @ 12:32 pm

This week, we begin with a look at Donald Trump's terrible, horrible, no good, very bad first three weeks in office. It turns out that when you have no idea what you're doing, it's easy for the pros to walk all over you, and that's precisely what's happened to the Trump regime so far.

 

Then we'll be joined by Erik Loomis, a labor historian at the University of Rhode Island, to discuss recent calls for a general strike, and Trump's attempt to drive a wedge into the American labor movement. 

 

Next up is University of Georgia political scientist Cas Mudde, who explains why experts on authoritarian governments are sweating the Trump regime, and then lays out some signs of democratic deconsolidation to watch for in the years to come.

 

Finally, we'll speak to Ryan Devereaux from The Intercept, who reports that some of the most disturbing provisions of Trump's executive orders on immigration have largely flown under the radar as the media focused first on the wall, and then the hamfisted "Muslim ban." 

 

Playlist -- this week's musical theme is, "nevertheless, she persisted":
Queen Latifah: "U.N.I.T.Y."
Rocky Rivera: "Pussy Kills"
Nina Simone: "Ain't Got No, I Got Life"

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