Fri, 29 January 2016
Cliff Schecter and Sam explains why Trump is right to be angry at Fox. Why Fox is not a media organization and how they played the same game in media that Trump has in politics. Jeb Bush cannot shake Donald Trump and is bizarre again. Jeb Bush is so sad. Ted Cruz has a terrible debate. Marco Rubio says insane things but no one notices because he is so boring. Jeb wants to take down Rubio. Rand Paul has a good night and how cynical Fox's debating questioning was. The Democrats debate controversy. Why Debbie Wasserman Schultz is a terrible DNC Chair and who what would a Bernie Sanders Donald Trump election look like. (9:00)
Isabel Gillies has new dogs. How do you best train dogs, we find out. Does Isabel still support Trump? Republicans and fear mongering. Did the Republican debate make any difference? Isabel loves Alan Rickman and she tells us to watch Truly Madly Deeply. (58:00)
On The Fun Half: Donald Trump mocks Jeb Bush. The Saudi Prince who knows how to own Trump. The birth of "Islamic Trump". Bernie and Hillary who is the more practical choice and your calls IMs.
Thu, 28 January 2016
Guardian columnist and author of the new book Disaster Capitalism: Making a Killing Out of Catastrophe (buy it on Jet.com or Amazon) Antony Loewenstein explains what “disaster capitalism” means (7:00). Privatization and the European and American strategy to make life harder for refugees. How Western policy feeds the refugee crisis in the Middle East. The corporations who benefit from disaster capitalism. Colonial histories and abuse of refugees. Australia’s brutal approach to asylum seekers. The Clinton Foundation and Haitian sweatshops. Why the United States does not want Haiti to be truly independent. The connection between NGOs and disaster capitalism. US policy in Afghanistan and the complete lack of understanding of Afghan culture and politics and the ongoing power of crony capitalism under the Obama Administration.
On The Fun Half: Is Michael taking “Primal Blueprint” payola? The Washington Post’s pathetic attack on Bernie Sanders. How big a threat is Bernie Sanders to the system. The Democrats debate controversy. Sam explains what Hillary Clinton is doing in her call for another debate. Donald Trump stands firm on Bill O’Reilly’s show and your calls and IMs.
Wed, 27 January 2016
Law Enforcement moves against the squatters in Oregon.
David Dayen explains the problem with liberal establishment attacks on Bernie Sanders and the deeper implications for reform policies.
-Why are establishment Democrats attacking the 21st century Glass-Steagall. Missing the point on stronger financial reform. Why institutions were to "interconnected" to fail. The need for structural reforms. The need for statutory reforms an the difficult of enforcing complex regulation. Restricting banking and protecting the economy. (11:30)
-"Shadow Banking" and the distraction from the larger issues. Eliminating fraud and what Elizabeth Warren's new Glass Steagall bill does. Why the arguments against serious banking reform is undermining vital economic protection, the global consensus on segregating assets in banking. Also why the attacks on Bernie Sanders matter beyond him. (31:00)
On The Fun Half: Donald Trump is not showing up to the next debate and its not going to matter. Fox News is not a news organization. Right Wing Mandela endorses Trump. Debbie Wasserman Schultz hugs Michael Bloomberg. Plutocrat runs ads attacking Bernie in Iowa and your calls and IMs.
Tue, 26 January 2016
Bernie Sanders fights back against the false narrative of "the era of big government being over." Sanders sharpens the differences with Hillary Clinton. Sanders talk movingly about his parents. (10:00)
Hillary Clinton's powerful anti Islamophobia statement. Who is most ready to be President? The problems with Clinton's foreign policy and Martin O'Malley cannot get it together. (25:00)
On The Fun Half: More revelations of the Snyder Administration's grotesque decision making that led to the poisoning of Flint's water. Jeb Bush's disgusting response to the Flint crisis. Chris Christie goes out of his way to be the worst. Oregon militia man challenges Christie to a sumo match and your calls and IMs.
Mon, 25 January 2016
The distinction between FDR-brand liberalism and socialist democracy. The role of liberty in FDR’s liberalism. The importance of public goods, and moving expenditures from private market to the public sector. Bernie’s democratic socialism as distinct from FDR liberalism and Bernie’s appeal to the New Deal legacy. Bernie’s focus on unfairness as opposed to freedom. The progressive vision of negative freedom. (8:45)
Theories of change. The liberal establishment’s on the plausibility of Bernie Sanders’ revolution. Why Bernie Sanders’ campaign isn’t based on a “charismatic leader” theory. What kind of grassroots power can candidates build? The different legacies of the McGovern and Goldwater campaigns. How Goldwater set the table for the ascendancy of Reagan. Why taking on the establishment is a major uphill battle. (28:30)
On The Fun Half (56:16) - Friction between online Bernie supporters and the black voters not sold on Bernie, update on socialized medicine for military families, the horror that was 18-year-old Ted Cruz, Trump bullies Glenn Beck and Ted Cruz and your IMs and calls!
Fri, 22 January 2016
It's Casual Friday and Cliff Schecter discusses the forty third of anniversary Roe v Wade. Why we have been moving backward since the Roe decision. The anti choice assault on low income women. Why there was nowhere for Martin O'Malley to go in the Democratic Primary. Why the Clinton campaign is freaking out at the rise of Bernie Sanders. The differences between Barack Obama and Bernie Sanders in Iowa. The silent power of Democratic Socialists in the Democratic Primary? Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton's closing ads for Iowa. Republican hacks united against Trump. The Republican establishment split on Trump and Cruz and is Trump a more scary nominee than Cruz? (9:15)
On The Fun Half: Debating Bernie Sanders. Jeb Bush needs his Mom! How left wing are each member of the Majority Report? And your calls and IMs.
Thu, 21 January 2016
Journalist Andy Kroll explains why Jeff Roe, Ted Cruz's campaign manager is this generations Karl Rove. Jeff Roe's brutal political history. Destroying candidates who didn't need to be destroyed. The bizarre behavior of Jeff Roe. Why Cruz and Roe picked each other and why Roe believes in base elections. Also why the Cruz campaign will only get more negative. (10:30)
Matt Katz author of the new book Chris Christie’s Bridge to Redemption explains where the Bridgegate investigation stands. The clouds hanging over Chris Christie. David Wildstein and Christie's odd High School experience. How Christie's political career was build on fundraising for George W Bush. How Christie's questionable conduct as District Attorney. Who is David Samson and why he might still threaten Christie's legal future. The relationship between Andrew Cuomo and Christie and are there other skeletons in Christie's closet? (29:15)
On The Fun Half: would there be a massive backlash against reparations? Scotty B might run with Donald Trump?! Fox & Friend's has a disgusting segment on the Flint water crisis and your calls and IMs.
Wed, 20 January 2016
Eddie S. Glaude Jr. a the Chair of the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University and author of the new book Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul (buy the book on Jet or Amazon!) explains the reality of the "Black Depression" in America.
-The “Value Gap” and the flawed economic recovery, especially in black communities. How the belief that white people are more important is ingrained systematically. Environmental racism, from poor waste disposal to Flint, Michigan’s water crisis. Real estate redlining in 2015. “Things haven’t changed;” what has changed and what hasn’t. (11:30)
-Privatizing black misery by ignoring structural economic racism. How the “face of welfare” used to be associated with poor white people. Obama’s “Brother’s Keeper” notion as a “reverse dog whistle” meant to allay concerns of white people. The invisible power of white social networks and the naturalization of privilege. The role of fear in hiding the truth. (22:10)
-The experience of masking racial truths in the workplace. Self-policing of personal style and opinion by black men to navigate the stresses caused by how blackness is perceived. The rarity of truly integrated spaces. Racism as a congenital disease. The misremembering of Martin Luther King, Jr. Believing one thing about racial equality and and naturally acting contrary to those beliefs. (32:10)
-The hereditary nature of privilege and illiberal values. How panic over the loss over white privilege explains the current political tumult. The difference between white outrage at the loss of privilege compares to black outrage at systematic oppression. How the economic system has now made white workers vulnerable. Glaude’s view on the disagreement between Ta-Nahesi Coates and the Bernie Sanders campaign on reparations. (47:09)
On The Fun Half: Random Rush. Sarah Palin's endorsement of Donald Trump is just as crazy and deranged as you would hope. Donald Trump destroys Jeb Bush again. Oregon militia guys blow a Shofar and your calls and IMs.
Tue, 19 January 2016
On today's show, political strategist and writer Bridget Todd (@BridgetMarie) joins us to review the Democratic debate. (9:00) The chasm in substance between the DNC and GOP debates, and how the DNC is missing an opportunity to draw the distinction with multiple debates. Hillary vs Bernie on healthcare. Bernie on partisanship being more a media a myth than cause of dysfunction, which he says is really down to congress being bought by moneyed interests. Hillary tries to paint Bernie as an Obama-basher to cover for Wall St. donations. The logic behind this strategy and how it will play out over time. Advice to the Bernie and Hillary campaigns.
On the Fun Half - Rubio isn't up-to-date with the Flint, Michigan lead-poisoned water, more debate recap, and listener calls and IMs!
Mon, 18 January 2016
Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day! Today’s show is a compilation of clips including:
Dr. King's first tv interview in 1957 on The Open Mind, episode "The New Negro," hosted by Professor Richard D Hefner. (8:40)
April 4, 1967, King delivers his first public antiwar speech, “Beyond Vietnam,” at New York’s Riverside Church. (36:45)
April 4, 1968, CBS Evening News, Walter Cronkite reports on King's assassination. (1:32:45)
Nina Simone performing “Why?” live three days after the death of Martin Luther King, Jr. (1:35:50)