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A Trump-Approved Game of Thrones in Saudi Arabia; Paradise Papers Show We’re Being Robbed

November 12, 2017 @ 2:57 pm

This week, Joshua Holland offers a brief rant about one of the more prominent strawmen that's been deployed to downplay the issue of Russian meddling in the 2016 elections. 

 

Then we're joined by Madawi Al-Rasheed, a visiting professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science, to talk about Mohammad bin Salman, also known as "MBS" -- the brash, young Saudi Crown Prince who consolidated an enormous amount of power in recent weeks by detaining over a dozen of his royal rivals and other senior Saudi officials. Al-Rasheed will help us understand not only what's going on within the kingdom, but also the larger regional context of MBS' dangerous power play.  

 

Finally, we'll speak with Gabriel Zucman, a professor at UC Berkeley and author of The Hidden Wealth of Nations: The Scourge of Tax Havens, about the so-called "Paradise Papers" -- a treasure trove of leaked documents that reveal the tax avoidance strategies of the upper crust of the elite -- and what they reveal about how tax havens screw the rest of us. 

 

Playlist:
The Shins: "New Slang"
Rostam: "Bike Dream"
Manu Chao: "Bongo Bong"

 

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GOP Tax Deform; Trump’s ACA Sabotage Is worse Than You Thought; Marcotte on #MeToo

October 29, 2017 @ 10:38 am

This week, we kick off the show with a discussion of the GOP's plans for "tax reform" with Frank Clemente, director of Americans for Tax Fairness. Spoiler alert: Bad economics + staggering hypocrisy about deficits = a muddled mess. 

 

Then we welcome Sam Berger, a senior policy advisor at The Center for American Progress who's been tracking the Trump regime's efforts to undermine the Affordable Care Act. You've no doubt heard talk of "sabotage," but it's probably worse than you thought. 

 

Finally, Salon columnist Amanda Marcotte joins us to consider whether the outpouring of revelations of sexual harassment and other abuses that have followed Harvey Weinstein's fall signal a paradigm change or just a bump in misogyny's long road. 

 

Playlist:
Brave Combo: "Jeopardy"
Mozart Heroes: "Mozart's Symphony No 40/ Metallica's Enter the Sandman"
College Humor: "The Beatles vs. Joan Jett vs. Cypress Hill vs. House Of Pain vs. Rage Against The Machine Mashup"
John Lurie National Orchestra: "Let's Get Ready to Rumba"

 

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The Religious Right’s Links to White Supremacy; Bannon’s Civil War; John Amato on Trump v. Gold Star Families

October 22, 2017 @ 11:05 am

This week, we'll be joined by Sharona Coutts from Rewire News, who will tell us about a new analysis that found a significant overlap on social media between prominent white supremacists and the religious right. 

 

Then we'll talk about Stephen Bannon's war on the Republican "establishment" -- and the grifters who are coming along for the ride -- with American Prospect columnist Eliza Newlin Carney. 

 

Finally, we'll speak with rock star and Crooks and Liars founder John Amato about Donald Trump's latest public battle with a Gold Star family, and consider whether Niger is really "Trump's Benghazi."

 

Playlist:
Spearhead and Zap Mama: "To My Ba-Bay!"
Southern Culture on the Skids: "Country Funk"
Nightmares on Wax: "You Wish"
Otis Redding: "These Arms of Mine" 

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Karoli Kuns on Trump’s Latest Outrages; David Dayen: How Congress Just Screwed Puerto Rico

October 18, 2017 @ 11:30 am

This week, we'll get our wonk on with Austin Frakt. He's a man of many affiliations -- health care economist at the Department of Veterans Affairs, and an associate professor at Boston University and visting scholar at Harvard. Austin tells us about "all-payer" rate-setting, and how it could provide another option for progressive health care reform in the coming years.  

 

Then Crooks and Liars managing editor Karoli Kuns will join us to vent about Donald Trump, and some of the terrible things he'd done of late. There's no normalization of that guy on this show.

 

Finally, we'll speak with David Dayen, who wrote a piece this week for The Intercept about how Congress just gave the suffering people -- US citizens -- of Puerto Rico yet another huge middle finger. 

 

Playlist:
The Kinks: "Big Black Smoke"
Doc Gynéco: "Dans Ma Rue"
Iggy Pop: "Candy"
U2: "In a Little While"

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One in 11 Americans Have Impulsive Anger Issues and Guns; Digby on Weinstein and False Equivalence

October 9, 2017 @ 1:08 pm

This week, we begin with Jeffrey Swanson, a professor of Psychiatry at Duke University, who will talk about an eye-raising study that he and his colleagues published in 2015 which looked at the number of Americans who display signs of impulsive anger and have ready access to a firearm. There was a subgroup among them that should be especially alarming. 

 

Then we'll be joined by Heather "Digby" Parton to talk about the media's obsessive desire to draw parallels between Harvey Weinstein, a sleazy Democratic donor, and Donald Trump, a sleazy reality-TV host whom the Republican party nominated to run for president of the United States and who is now far more popular among the party's rank-and-file than most elected officials who didn't confess to being serial sexual harrassers.  

 

Finally, we'll be joined by Yochai Benkler, co-director of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, to discuss his study of the media landscape -- including social media -- which shaped the 2016 presidential election. 

 

Playlist:
Italiano Technico: "Hey Mambo"
Son Little: "O Me O My"
Ricky Nelson: "Lonesome Town"

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There’s More to Antifa Than the Media Coverage Suggests; David Neiwert on Charlottesville and the Right’s New Extremists

August 23, 2017 @ 1:49 pm

This week, we'll speak to Scott Crow, an author and former antifa activist, to talk about what the media coverage tends to miss about these often controversial groups of radical fascist-fighters. 

 

Then we'll be joined by David Neiwert, a veteran journalist who's covered far-right movements for years. David is currently the Pacific Northwest correspondent for SPLC's Intelligence Report and the author of the upcoming book: Alt-America: The Rise of the Radical Right in the Age of Trump. We'll talk to him about the riots at Charlottesville, and what they say about the latest iteration of white nationalism in the US.

 

Playlist:
Guns 'n' Roses: "Civil War"
Barry McGuire: "Eve of Destruction"
Buffalo Springfield: "For What It's Worth"

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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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