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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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October 29 Show: Comey Drops a Bomb; Campus Speech Wars; Rick Perlstein on the GOP After Trump

October 30, 2016 @ 12:20 pm

This week, we speak with Ian Millhiser, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress Action Fund and legal analyst for Think Progress, about FBI Director James Comey's oddly vague letter to Congress regarding emails reportedly found on a computer shared by Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin.


Then we're joined by journalist E.J. Graff, a senior fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism and managing editor of the WaPo's Monkey Cage blog, to talk about what she discovered when she drilled down past the headlines of some high-profile campus controversies for a recent report released by Pen America. Graff's observations may surprise you.


Finally, we'll speak to historian and author Rick Perlstein about the future of the GOP after the rise of Trumpism, and the potential for Election Day violence.


Playlist: 
Chris Lavancher: "Lone Train Whistle"
Nirvana: "Oh, Me"
Sandy Rogers: "Fool for Love"
Bobby McFerrin: "The Garden"
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October 22, 2016: A Debate With Kshama Sawant: Is a Vote for Jill Stein Wasted?; HRC v Trump One Last Time

October 23, 2016 @ 10:26 am

This week, we start off with a debate between Joshua Holland and Seattle City Councillor Kshama Sawant about whether a vote for Jill Stein is an investment in breaking the two-party system in the future (Sawant) or a waste of time for ad ineffective and self-marginalizing third party (Holland). The debate was produced by KUOW public radio in Seattle, which was kind enough to offer us permission to include it in this week's show.


Central to Sawant's argument is that efforts to push Dems to the left have been fruitless. So our second guest gives this week's show a theme of sorts. 


We're joined by Kaitlin Sweeney, press secretary for the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, a group that's dedicated to promoting the idea of the Warren/Sanders wing of the Democratic Party. And Sweeney gives us a recap of the third and final presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.


Playlist: 
A-Punk: "Vampire Weekend"
U2: "In a Little While"
Eric Clapton: "Wonderful Tonight"
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October 15, 2016: Russia, and the Syrian Disaster; The Truth About Pitbulls

October 17, 2016 @ 10:21 am

This week, our show is 100% election-free! Or it is after the intro, anyway. 


First, we're joined by Mark Goldberg, editor of UN Dispatch and host of the Global Dispatches podcast, to talk about the new UN General Secretary, Antonio Guterrez, Syria and the growing diplomatic mess between the US and Russia.


Then we'll switch gears and talk about pit bulls, and the mythology that's developed around these dogs -- one that makes them the most frequently abused and abandoned breeds -- with Bronwen Dickey, author of Pit Bull: The Battle Over an American Icon.


Playlist: 
Paul McCartney and Wings: "Live and Let Die"
The Monkees: "Gonna Buy Me a Dog"
Otis Redding: "Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song)"
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October 1, 2016: A Race in Name Only; Conason on the Clinton Foundation; Policing with Driverless Cars

October 2, 2016 @ 1:30 pm

This week, we'll speak with Joe Conason about his timely new book, Man of the World: The Further Endeavors of Bill Clinton


Then we'll be joined by Boston Globe transportation columnist Robin Washington to talk about the future of policing in an era of driverless cars. Traffic stops make up fully half of what cops do.

Playlist: 
Wyclef Jean: "Heaven's in New York" 
The Fugees: "No Woman, No Cry"
Bruce Springsteen: "Backstreets"
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September 24, 2016: Roy Edroso on the Right-bloggers’ Election; Digby Previews the Debates; New Climate Warning

September 25, 2016 @ 12:34 pm

This week, we'll speak to OG blogger and Village Voice right-wingologist Roy Edroso about the 2016 election as seen through the prism of the conservative blogosphere. 

Then Heather "Digby" Parton will join us to preview Monday's first presidential debate. 


And last but not least, David Turnbull, campaign director for Oil Change International, will tell us about his group's new study showing that fully exploiting the fossil fuel projects that are already online will force global temperatures above the target agreed to in Paris last year. 


Playlist: 
PowerSolo: "Knucklehead"
Edith Piaf: "Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien"
Bill Withers: "Ain't No Sunshine"
Talking Heads: "My Love Is You"
 
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September 10, 2016: Zaitchik On the Road with Trump Supporters; Humanitarian Aid in Honduras

September 25, 2016 @ 12:26 pm

This week, we'll be joined by Alex Zaitchik to talk about his new book, The Gilded Rage: A Wild Ride Through Donald Trump's America. 

Then Kristy Siegfried, migration editor for IRIN News, will tell us about the unique challenges that aid agencies face in Honduras, a country plagued with violence that isn't officially a conflict zone. 


Finally, we go back to the archives for an interview with UC Irvine sociologist Paul Piff, whose research shows that the wealthy aren't like you and I -- they're less ethical. 
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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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