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Ed Caesar of The New Yorker joins us to discuss his latest piece, "The Reputation-Laundering Firm That Ruined Its Own Reputation," on how a renowned British PR firm, Bell Pottinger,  worked with dictators and oligarchs and deliberately inflamed racial tensions in South Africa—and destroyed itself in the process. Caesar's piece details how seemingly innocuous industries like public relations can take on accounts for corrupt political actors like the Gupta family and propagate evil consequences like those from Bell Pottinger's "state capture" campaign in South Africa during the Jacob Zuma presidency.

And in the Fun Half: the infamous Sam Harris "REASON" tattoo, Sam Harris compares Ezra Klein to a Klansman, lamenting the death of Christopher Hitchen and the lack of intellectual challenge on the secular right, the conservative authoritarian movement sweeping Latin America, Trump supporters tell CNN "quit trying to make us feel teary-eyed about the children," Tony Reali's heartfelt monologue on grief and humanity in an era of moral bankruptcy, The President's Show predicted the "Zero-Tolerance" policy in May 2017, Republican congressman Roger Marshall thinks 5-year-old Guatamalans are drug runners, the state of the "oppressed atheist," the Jeffrey Epstein protester at Trump's rally in Duluth, and, of course, your lovely IMs and calls!

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Author and journalist Matt Taibbi (@mtaibbi) joins us to discuss the war for New York's 19th district and the new John McCain documentary, 'For Whom the Bell Tolls.'

On today's show: Corey Lewandowski on 10-year-old Downs syndrome child being separated from mother at border: "whomp whomp." Kirstjen Nielsen gets protested by DC DSA members at Mexican restaurant.

Matt Taibbi joins us to discuss 'The Battle of Woodstock,' his series of reports on a Democratic primary in New York's 19th Congressional district. How this primary exemplifies larger trends in the Democratic Party. The seven candidates running and the various monied interests they represent. How the DCCC has been intervening in an attempt to squash Jeff Beals and Dave Clegg, the two candidates who qualify as "Berniecrats." How the DCCC's overemphasis on fundraising conveniently shuts out progressive candidates. Also: John McCain's (largely successful) efforts to evade accountability for inviting right-wing populism into the Republican Party via Sarah Palin. (Check out Taibbi's review of the McCain doc here.)

On the fun half: Sam calls Stephen Miller's newly public phone number. Trump says he'll "make changes" to House GOP immigration bills. Progressive advocacy group American Bridge plays crying border children audio outside Trump International Hotel in DC. Fox News' Trish Regan calls internment camps for kids "tough love." Is this policy really a deterrent? The crew discusses the idea of open borders. Ted Cruz's proposed immigration bill. Michael Cohen turns on Trump. A Nazi calls in to argue with Sam about the bell curve...again!

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Eliza Griswold (@elizagriswold) joins us to discuss her new book, Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America.

On today's show: Sam calls out libertarian Tim Carney for his disingenuous concern-trolling re: ICE's family separation policy.

Poet and journalist Eliza Griswold joins us to discuss her new book, Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America. Why Stacey Hanes of Amityville, PA signed a natural gas lease to let a Texas company frack on her land and how she realized there was something wrong with her family's water supply. The history of mineral rights leases in Appalachia. How fracking works and why it's so difficult to do it safely. The nightmare of trying to figure out what's giving people cancer when the chemicals used in fracking are proprietary. How rural America's "resource curse" has disenfranchised the people there and built up resentment towards urban areas. The Whiskey Rebellion of 1791, onerous farm regulations, and other factors driving rural distrust of big government. How Stacey went from concerned parent to political activist in her efforts to get redress from the corporations polluting her community.

Conservative commentator Todd Starnes calls asylum-seekers "illegal alien invaders," outlines how this is different from the Holocaust.

On the fun half: Ronald Raygun steals valor from 4-H. Jeff Sessions says "in Nazi Germany, they were keeping the Jews from leaving the country." Acting ICE director Thomas Homan uses Nuremberg defense to reject Nazi comparison, says they're "simply enforcing laws." John Kelly describes plan to separate families in March 2017. A caller in Arkansas on how right-wing media indoctrinated people into the the Republican cult starting with Jerry Falwell in the 1980s. Direct Action Alliance Portland protest outside ICE detention center in Portland, Oregon. Trump directs Pentagon to create "space force" military branch. Chris in Taiwan on the audio of kids in ICE detention centers.

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Journalist and author Alfredo Corchado joins us to discuss his new book, Homelands: Four Friends, Two Countries, and the Fate of the Great Mexican-American Migration.

On today's show: "Leading Republicans" like Laura Bush oppose separating kids from parents. Protesters interrupt Mike Pence speech in Columbus, OH.

Alfredo Corchado joins us to discuss his book, Homelands: Four Friends, Two Countries, and the Fate of the Great Mexican-American Migration. The 1986 law that gave amnesty to undocumented immigrants for labor reasons. How one farming town in PA showed how immigrants can integrate into American life. NAFTA's complex impact on the Mexican people and economy; "good for Mexico, bad for Mexicans." Why more Mexicans are thinking twice about immigrating to the US and the factors driving violence along the US-Mexico border. Rep. Beto O'Rourke's immigrant rights march. A breakdown of who is seeking asylum in the US. Do these policies fulfill their stated goal of deterring asylum seekers from coming?

On the fun half: Steve Doocy, WH spokesman Hogan Gidley says child detention centers are more like "pens" than cages ('cause that's so much better). Ronald Raygun outlines ICE's attempts to pass the buck, recommends the book 'Defiant Braceros: How Migrant Workers Fought for Racial, Sexual, and Political Freedom.' DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen claims "don't believe the press...kids [in camps] are very well taken care of." Internal DHS memo shows accelerated rate of child detentions. Caller Josh on the parallels between Reagan and Trump. Are Baby Boomers to blame for society's ills and are millennials gaining class consciousness? ICE officer in Maine asks bus riders for papers, driver says you must be a US citizen to ride the bus. Trump says his hands are tied by the law, blames Democrats for current immigration policy. A caller in Appalachia asks how to create left-populist reform in states where it seems nearly impossible. Sam destroys a MAGA chud who calls in to argue about immigration. A plug for the Poor People's Campaign and its upcoming march on DC June 23 (more at poorpeoplescampaign.org).

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Direct download: 6-18-18-Alfredo_Corchado-pub.mp3
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Cliff Schecter (@cliffschecter ) and Judy Gold (@JewdyGold ) join us.

On today's show: Donald Trump CONFIRMS that Peter Doocy is the son of Steve Doocy.

Cliff Schecter joins us to discuss latest news from Washington. Paul Manafort is going to jail, Michael Cohen lost his legal team, New York has filed a civil suit against three of the Trump kids for illegal conduct with their fake charities, what happened with the Singapore summit, and more!

Judy Gold joins us to rail against all things Trump. Paul Ryan dodges a question on Scott Pruitt's ethics scandals. Journalist confronts Sarah Huckabee Sanders over families separated at border, asks "don't you have any empathy?" What will Manafort's prison experience be like?

Jimmy Reefercake continues to make good on his promise to only parody songs by classic butt-rock band The Doors until weed is legal everywhere.

On the fun half: Chris Hayes' interview with whistleblower Antar Davidson, who says the detention center where he worked was "like a private prison" full of traumatized kids. Trump's creepy motivational mural. Hundreds (including Cynthia Nixon) protest Cuomo's "master builder" award; Jamie provides a firsthand report. Joe Rogan pwns Dave Rubin over building codes, Rubin insists the left are "the real racists."

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Good morning everyone, on today's show, journalist Jay Cassano, joins us to discuss his new piece, Pentagon’s Top Official For East Asia Led Think Tank Funded By Defense Contractors And Foreign Governments. Cassano shares the history of Project 2049 and how defense contractors and arms dealers are funneling their influence through a bevy of think tanks. Cassano then explains how the weapon system and defense arms race will continue to ratchet up international tensions, specifically in the South China Sea.

And in the fun half: Arizona state legislator doesn't hide the racist immigration ball, Trump will bring back the remains fallen Korean War veterans to their 145-year-old parents, Joe DeVito from Staten Island smashes his framed De Niro photo because Trump, Dave Rubin asks "what does government do well?" before approving USPS's ability to ship his chickens, plus your thoughtful calls and IMs!

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Author Nomi Prins (@nomiprins) joins us to discuss her new book, Collusion: How Central Bankers Rigged the World.

On today's show: 74-year-old Rudy Giuliani's still got it, had an affair with a married New Hampshire hospital administrator. High school pitcher Ty Koehn strikes out childhood friend, gives him a hug afterwards. Wisconsin Democrats win special election Scott Walker tried to keep from happening. Nazi Corey Stewart wins Republican primary in VA, setting him up to run against Tim Kaine.

Journalist and author Nomi Prins joins us to discuss the role central banking played in the financial crisis of 2008 and subsequent bank bailout. The purpose the central bank is supposed to serve: lender of last resort, regulator. A brief summary of how private banks knowingly caused the 2008 crash with their subprime mortgage pyramid scheme. How the government wound up insuring toxic assets. Why Bush and Obama gave bailout money to the banks directly, rather than homeowners who owed money to banks. The ideology driving this anti-populist decision. An explanation of quantitative easing. The problem with conjuring money from thin air and giving it to the wrong people. Are there any institutional fixes?

On the fun half: John from San Antonio on ranked choice voting. Anthony in Miami on voter suppression in Ohio. Trump's North Korean propaganda video. Rachel Maddow's theory that Putin is dictating Trump's NK policy. How Elon Musk is different from pro athletes. Fox and Friends on Trump's tweets about Robert DeNiro. Awesome anarchist/veteran/dad curses out Seattle's city council for repealing corporate tax that would've helped the homeless. Domino's Pizza steps up to repair America's crumbling infrastructure. A caller questions the definition of money. A caller points out that a WSJ article validated Maddow's "theory" before she even came up with it.

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On today's show: A summary of the "four point peace pledge" and why it does basically nothing. Will the talks nonetheless lead to a loosening of tensions with North Korea? Lindsey Graham "violently disagrees" with Trump's military concessions. Trump gives Kim the thumbs up at press conference, says he trusts him. SCOTUS rules in favor of voter suppression in Ohio.

On the fun half: Trump says Kim Jong-Un has a "great personality." Lead diplomat Dennis Rodman's thoughts on denuclearization. Tom Cotton says "once they have missiles," we have to go to the table. Ex-White House aides who taped together Trump's ripped up documents to CNN: "we thought it was a joke." A caller asks, "what are identity politics?" Should we spend time criticizing the mainstream media or focus on building our own networks? Mike from PA defends the blue wave. Will a boldly progressive program win elections for Democrats? A discussion of the connection between social movements and electoral politics (Jamie defends last week's guest Kim Moody). The Mooch calls in with an apt metaphor for the Trump White House.

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Reporter and author Guy Lawson joins us to discuss his recent article for The New York Times, "First Canada Tried To Charm Trump. Now It's Fighting Back."

On today's show: Larry Kudlow is drunk (or something) on CNN.

Guy Lawson (@GuyLawson2) joins us to discuss the trade war brewing with Canada. How his research began with the Canadian counter-propaganda campaign re: Trump, then developed as the situation unfolded. The history of Canada's relationship to US power. Foreign minister Chrystia Freeland's dire warnings and the fragile state of our rules-based alliance with Canada. Canadians' view of Trump as the natural result of the American system, not a thing apart from it. The lasting damage a trade war with Canada could do.

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On the fun half: Ronald Raygun on how Jeff Sessions is changing asylum law for the worse. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) visits SeaTac federal detention facility, says "mothers could not stop crying." Trump claims he feels "horrible" about detention centers that separate children from parents, blames Democrats. Trump trade advisor Peter Navarro says "there's a special place in hell" for Justin Trudeau, accuses him of "stabbing us in the back." Gorka agrees with him, calls Trudeau "childish." Justin Trudeau trolls Trump with framed photo of Trump's grandfather's Canadian brothel. Abby Huntsman slips up and calls Singapore summit a "meeting of dictators." Alex Jones has a conspiracy theory about Anthony Bourdain's death. John in San Antonio on ranked choice voting. Are Jamie and Michael too vague about socialism and are they turning people off? What's the progressive line on free trade? A Canadian caller on ISDS.

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Direct download: 6-11-18-Guy_Lawson-pub.mp3
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Digby (@digby56) & Isabel Gillies  (@isabelgillies) join us for Casual Friday.

On today's show: Trump says "I don't think I have to prepare very much" for North Korea summit. Gorka mocks "clown" Dennis Rodman for attending Singapore summit, is possibly just jealous.

Heather Parton aka Digby (@digby56), of Salon.com and Digby's Hullabaloo (digbysblog.blogspot.com) joins us to break down the latest tomfoolery from Washington DC. Trump's utter lack of preparation for the G7 summit and naked fealty to Russia. Scott Pruitt's fracking billionaire benefactor and the circle of corruption. What's Giuliani doing in Israel? The role of economic sanctions. The sidelining of John Bolton. The Democrats' enduring lack of nerve and need for new leadership.

Isabel Gillies (@isabelgillies) joins us to remember Anthony Bourdain and discuss the mental health crisis in this country. Check out her work at isabelgillies.com.

Jimmy Reefercake debuts a new song, "Riders on the Stormy."

On the fun half: Josh in Chicago on mental health and capitalism. Brenda plugs MN gubernatorial candidate Rebecca Otto. Sam breaks down the ACA lawsuit. A caller drags Elon Musk. Alex Jones chases Bernie Sanders at LAX. Dana Loesch defends masculinity. A caller fills us in on grift and civil rights violations at Whatcom County jail. Manafort indicted for obstruction of justice. Mariah Parker sworn into local office on a copy of Malcolm X's autobiography. The dangerous flaws of '13 Reasons Why.'

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