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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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August 13, 2016: Tomasky on Trump’s Meltdown; Locked-up Asylum Seekers on Hunger Strike; The Green Party

August 14, 2016 @ 9:57 am

This week, we welcome Daily Beast columnist Mike Tomasky back to the show to talk about how low Trump might go. 

Then we're joined by Adanjesus Marin, director of Make the Road PA, who will tell us about a group of mothers who fled violence for asylum in the U.S., only to find themselves pointlessly detained with their children in a for-profit facility in Pennsylvania.


Finally, we'll speak with Truthout's Candice Bernd, who attended the Green Party's annual meeting in Texas last weekend. 


Playlist: 
The Civil Wars: "Billie Jean"
Fun Boy Three & Bananarama: "Ain't What You Do"
Southern Culture on the Skids: "El Mysterioso"
Mike Post: "Theme from Hill Street Blues"
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July 30, 2016: Marcotte: Republicans See a Dystopian Hellscape; Digby: Dems Embrace America

July 31, 2016 @ 11:46 am

This week, Joshua Holland kicks off the show with a look at what the #DNCLeaks do and don't tell us about the relationship between senior party officials and the Sanders campaign.


Then we'll be joined by two Salon columnists to take a look back at the two major parties' political conventions. They offered dramatically different presentations of the world around us.

First, we'll speak to Amanda Marcotte about what it was like in the belly of the beast -- at the GOP convention in Cleveland. Amanda also caught some of the fireworks in Philadelphia.

Then we'll talk about the Democrats' remarkably inclusive convention in Philadelphia, which culminated in the first woman being nominated to top a major party ticket. 

Playlist: 
Sarah Darling: "With or Without You"
Radio Citizen: "The Hop"
Norah Jones: "Come Away With Me"
Sia: "I Go to Sleep"
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Karoli Kuns Read 10,000 Clinton Emails

July 13, 2016 @ 1:10 pm

Crooks and Liars managing editor Karoli Kuns was a self-proclaimed "Clinton hater." She waded through thousands of Hillary Clinton's emails digging for dirt, but she came away from the exercise with a very different view of the Democratic nominee. 

In this clip, Kuns speaks with Politics and Reality Radio host Joshua Holland about what she gleaned from a deep dive into the emails that have stirred so much controversy. 
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July 9, 2016: More Police Bloodshed; Wingnuts Attack Comey; Roger Ailes Is Gross

July 10, 2016 @ 10:14 am

This week, we start with a commentary about the mass shooting of police officers at a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas.


Then we're joined by Robert Gangi, executive director of the Police Reform Organizing Project (PROP), to discuss the two unjustified police shootings of black men that apparently pushed the Dallas shooter over the edge. 

We also talk to Karoli Kuns, managing editor of Crooks and Liars, about FBI Director James Comey's recommendation that Hillary Clinton not face charges for Emailghazi, and the backlash it set off on the right. 

Finally, we welcome Cristina Lopez, a researcher and reporter at Media Matters, to talk about the lawsuit filed by Gretchen Carlson this week alleging that Fox News boss Roger Ailes sexually harrassed her in the grossest possible way. 

Playlist:
U2: "In a Little While"
Junior Murvin: "Police and Thieves"
Queen Latifah: "U.N.I.T.Y"
Nina Simone: "I Want a Little Sugar in my Bowl"
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June 25, 2016: Alan Grayson from the House Sit-In; Dean Baker on #Brexit; All Politics Are Identity Politics

June 26, 2016 @ 9:47 am

This week, we'll speak with economist Dean Baker about what's next for the UK, the EU and our IRAs following the UK's surprising move to exit the European Union. We're in uncharted waters, but Dean has some ideas about how all of this might play out. 


Then we'll play an interview we recorded with Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) on Thursday, as he participated in the Dems' unprecedented occupation of the chamber to demand some action on gun violence. Grayson says way too much has been made of one proposal to bar people on the no-fly and selectee lists from buying guns. The Dems were also demanding expanded background checks and that the gunshow and internet loopholes be closed. 


Finally, we're joined by GWU political scientist John Sides. Sides explains how people select candidates and parties, and notes that social identity always plays a major role. We only call it "identity politics" when the identity in question is being a woman or POC or religious minority.


Playlist: 
Beastie Boys: "Shake Your Rump"
Johnny Cash: "Don't Take Your Guns to Town"
Richard Cheese: "Stairway to Heaven"
Jeff Buckley: "Hallelujah"
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June 18, 2016: Dayen on the Continuing Foreclosure Crisis; What About the Muslim Left?

June 19, 2016 @ 9:56 am

This week, we have two really good, in-depth discussions of very different topics. 


First up, we speak with journalist David Dayen about his new book, Chain of Title:  How Three Ordinary Americans Uncovered Wall Street's Great Foreclosure Fraud. Dayen tells the story of three victims of the foreclosure crisis who took the unusual step of actually reading their mortgage documents and ended up helping expose what may well be the biggest consumer fraud in history. 


Then we'll be joined by Ali Gharib, contributor to The Nation and Politics and Reality Radio's senior Middle East correspondent. Ali recently co-moderated a forum on the Islamic left for Democracy: a Journal of Ideas, and we discuss the fact that while a larger share of American Muslims identify as liberal than the population overall, Islam is always represented by its hard-right faction in the media. 


Playlist: 
The Valentines: "Gun Fever"
Seu Jorge: "Life on Mars"
Atlas Sound: "Walk a Thin Line"


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