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Journalist and author Liza Featherstone (@lfeatherz) joins us to discuss her new book, Divining Desire: Focus Groups and the Culture of Consultation.

On today's show: What Conor Lamb's victory means for the GOP. Sean Hannity criticizes student walkouts, brags about being 100% Irish.

Journalist, author, and professor Liza Featherstone joins us to discuss her latest book, Divining Desire: Focus Groups and the Culture of Consultation. The surprising origin of focus groups in the government of 1920s Vienna. The influence of demographics and the difference between quantitative and qualitative research. How the tactic migrated to the U.S. government during WWII, then jumped to Madison Avenue in effort to jumpstart the postwar economy. The connection between advertising and psychoanalysis and the influence of Freud's ad man nephew. The push back against "subliminal marketing." How the focus group migrated back to politics in the 1980s.

A lone protestor (and MR listener) heckles Sebastian Gorka outside an event in Ohio.

On the fun half: John from San Antonio on the blue wave sweeping the country. Sam gives Chris Lapakko some documentary tips. Ronald Raygun responds to criticism. New WH economic advisor Larry Kudlow's greatest failed predictions. The Democrats who voted for the Dodd-Frank rollback. Ryan Zinke defends his private jet rides and other excessive spending. Rand Paul criticizes Gina Haspel's torture record. Dubya's press secretary Dana Perino defends the Bush admin's early aughts torture program on "The Five." Juan Williams tries to talk sense into The Five but they dig their heels in and joke about waterboarding. Kudlow's $100k/month (former?) coke habit. Jordon Dyrdahl-Roberts, who quit his job at the Dept. of Labor rather than cooperate with ICE, calls in to break down the "just following orders" defense. (Donate to his crowdfunding page here.) A caller recommends an article on Splinter News, "The Market Can't Solve A Massacre."

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Good morning on today's show, Christy Thornton,(@llchristyll)  a Professor in the Sociology Department at Johns Hopkins University joins us to talk about the prospect of Mexico electing a left President.

First, Fox and Friends try to spin Conor Lamb's victory as disappointing for Dems.

Who is Andrés Manuel López Obrador and where does he fit in the context of Mexican democracy? The outlines of the Mexican left. The long shadow of Mexico's longtime sole party, the PRI. What are the major problems facing Mexico, from historical neoliberalism to foreign interference.

On the fun half - Is Elon Musk a 'good capitalist,' students across the country walk out in protest of inaction on gun control, RIP scientist and NHS-defender Stephen Hawking, Alex Jones decodes Rex Tillerson,

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On today's show: Trump bids a fond farewell to Rex Tillerson. Sarah Huckabee Sanders won't blame Russia for UK gas attack, even after Theresa May said it was probably them. Republican Rick Saccone claims to be the underdog in PA Congressional race. Incoming CIA director Gina Haspel's dark history of overseeing torture and covering it up afterwards. Trump won't answer a valid question re: Tillerson. ICE spokesman in resigns over being told to lie about California arrests.

On the fun half: Why is the Trump White House so uptight about letting Stormy Daniels talk? Alex Jones thinks Daniels is working with globalists to take down America. Jimmy Dore thinks we should team up with Mike Cernovich for the anti-war cause. Hillary Clinton continues to ruin everything. Stacy Dash is running for Congress, has an awkward appearance on Ari Melber. Why budget surpluses are bad. A caller in Austin reports what he knows about the mail bomb attacks there. A caller in Pittsburgh says Hillary isn't helping. Sam's thoughts on Cuomo. A caller discusses voter purging in WI. Sam's undistinguished basketball career. Why do we hate Jordan Peterson? Let's break it down.

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On today's show: Trump wants to arm teachers who are "naturally talented" with guns.

William Darity Jr.(@SandyDarity) joins us to discuss An Economic Bill of Rights for the 21st Century, a piece he co-authored for The American Prospect with Darrick Hamilton and Mark Paul. FDR's proposed "second bill of rights" that would have enshrined economic rights into the constitution. Employment programs under the New Deal and the idea of a federal jobs guarantee. How such a program would be funded. How a public jobs program would increase the power of workers and create a floor for wages and benefits. What these jobs would actually consist of and how they'd fulfill other promises in the bill, like housing, healthcare and education. Why the right to an adequate education needs to be written into the constitution. Darity's updates to FDR's original list of rights: the right to sound financial services, a clean environment, and trust fund as birthright. How guaranteeing these rights would help fight racial inequality.

Elizabeth Warren calls out fellow Democrats for supporting the bill that would deregulate banks. John from San Antonio updates us on Democrats in Texas. Trump owns "sleepy eyed son of a bitch" Chuck Todd. Betsy Devos drowns on '60 Minutes.' Ronald Raygun shares another ICE horror story. Alex Jones shills fluoride-free mouthwash. Steve Bannon tells France's National Front to keep up the good work. How to handle a stubborn moderate.

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Direct download: 3-12-18-William_Darity-pub.mp3
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Digby (@digby56) and Andy Kindler (@AndyKindler) join us for Casual Friday.

On today's show: Trump likes Gary Cohn even though he's a "globalist." Trump's awkward press conference with steel workers.

Digby (@digby56) of Salon.com updates us on what the hell Trump thinks he is doing with North Korea. Hannity's absurd "rocket man blinked" segment. More theories on the Stormy Daniels situation. A pee-themed performance Trump might have watched in Moscow. A brief explanation of the Seychelles story.

Andy Kindler (@AndyKindler) joins us to talk masculinity and drag some right wing bozos. Chad Prather's ode to the alpha male. Dennis Miller's depressing comedy. Adam Carolla's documentary on campus snowflakes. Miller's attempts to take down Kathy Griffin. Maybe he's just not that smart? A new Jimmy Reefercake song is played.

On the fun half: Parkland High School student Sarah Chadwick's parody video of Dana Loesch's NRA ad. A caller recommends the BBC series "North South," about industrialization in England, and the Left Flank Gam1ng Youtube channel. Greg's uncle calls in from Nebraska. The Yakubian left defines neoliberalism. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's very expensive door. Sen. Dean Heller tries to boost re-election bid with Justice Kennedy retirement rumors. A caller reports back from Dave Rubin's "free speech" event sponsored by the Ayn Rand Institute. A caller relates how Sam inoculated him against libertarianism.

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Professor Richard D. Wolff (@profwolff), of U Mass Amherst and The New School, joins us to discuss the failure of capitalism and what socialism in the US could look like.

On today's show: Sam Nunberg changes course on complying with Mueller's subpoena. Professor Richard D. Wolff (@profwolff) returns to talk Marxism, crisis, and economic democracy. How the financial crisis of 2008 awoke many Americans to the fatal flaws of capitalism and made them curious about socialism. How globalization and the credit industry have harmed the working class. The Corbyn-led Labour Party's plan to democratize the economy via worker coops. A brief analysis of MMT. The past failures and future potential of unions. For more Richard D. Wolff, check out Democracy at Work and Economic Update.

On the fun half: Florida state rep. Elizabeth Porter says children have no right to influence gun control policy. Dana Loesch responds (sort of) to CT governor calling the NRA terrorists. Jeff Sessions suddenly cares about states' rights. Susan Page and Jeremy Peters unwittingly contradict each other re: microaggressions. Some Puerto Ricans critical of San Juan mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz. NRA TV chuds angry you can wear a Colin Kaepernick jersey to vote. Trump claims he'll build the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem for $250k. Anthony in Miami questions the blue wave. How to make sure you haven't been purged from the voter rolls. Jamie's dad calls in to wish her a pre-emptive happy birthday, and another quality Raygun call.

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Direct download: 3-07-18-Richard_Wolff-pub.mp3
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Labor reporter Mike Elk (@MikeElk) joins us to discuss the teachers' strike in West Virginia.

On today's show: The GOP's fake mailer about Democrat Conor Lamb's support of gun rights. Ted Cruz's hackish attack ad against Beto O'Rourke.

Labor reporter Mike Elk (@MikeElk) of The Guardian and Payday Report joins us to talk about the West Virginia teachers' strike. The issues that led up to the strike and why the striking teachers had the support of their communities. The role of union leadership and why they accepted a deal the rank and file rejected. An explanation of the deal that ended the strike for real. Under what circumstances will the teachers and other state workers' 5% raise be funded by cuts to Medicaid? The strike's ripple effect on other states. The history of militant labor in West Virginia and how that squares with the state's drift toward the Republican Party. The significance of having a majority-female teachers' union and the value of emotional labor.

On the fun half: The GOP's creepy attack ad against Conor Lamb. Ted Cruz's hackish attempts to make fun of Beto O'Rourke's name. Chuck Schumer makes a lackluster case for Israel at AIPAC. John from San Antonio updates us on voting patterns in Texas. Dissident Peasant critiques Ted Cruz's country song and offers his perspective on solidarity in red states and eroding confidence in Trump. White House chief economic advisor Gary Cohn pretends to quit over trade tariffs but it's probably for his own personal enrichment. Sam challenges (more) libertarians to come on the show and debate him. A caller details the dire pollution situation in Missouri, recommends the documentary "Atomic Homefront." Sam plays clips from his "Sex and the City" appearance and talks about Cynthia Nixon's primary chances against Cuomo. The bottomless cynicism of Pennsylvanians. What is left-libertarianism? Sean Hannity cucks Roger Stone.

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David Dayen (@ddayen) joins us to discuss bipartisan attacks on Wall Street reform.

On today's show: Updates on how the West Virginia teacher strike is developing. Will Oklahoma teachers be next? And Sam Nunberg's origin story involves meeting Trump at Wrestlemania.

Journalist David Dayen (@ddayen) of The Intercept joins us to discuss the latest bipartisan attack on Wall Street reform. While Congressional bill S.2155 was pitched as a way to relieve community banks and credit unions from the more onerous and expensive parts of Dodd-Frank, Citigroup and other "stadium banks" have been successfully lobbying to build in as many shelters for themselves as possible. 13 Democratic senators support the bill, including Jon Tester, Heidi Heitkamp, Joe Donnelly, and Mark Warner. Dayen discusses Democrats' political rationalizations for supporting the bill as well as the nuts and bolts of how it will promote bank consolidation, hamper regulation, and increase the risk of another financial crisis. For more on the topic, check out Dayen's latest article here and keep up with his work here.

On the fun half: Why you should stop calling conservative Democrats "moderate Democrats." Greg from OK on the potential strike brewing in his state. Would the MR crew eat lab meat? John from San Antonio with an encouraging update on early voting results in TX. Sam Nunberg's strange day of press. A caller degrades sacred plant medicine by accusing Jimmy Dore of being on it. Jim Bakker claims his apocalypse food bucket biz is "a coop." NY Congresswoman Claudia Tenney claims most mass shooters are Democrats. What's making the DCCC so unresponsive to regular people? Michael explains why he'd vote for Dennis Kucinich.

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Ryan Grim (@RyanGrim) of The Intercept joins us to talk about the tightening legal net around Jared Kushner and why the DCCC is attacking progressive candidates. 

Brian Kilmeade tells Ainsley Earhardt if she's worried about he pay at Fox News she should be glad she isn't in Hollywood.

The, a look a the Kushner family's business practices and what a failed loan deal with the Qataris tells us about the sort of legal trouble Jared may be in. Why democratic strategists are still stuck in the 'have no position' style of politics, now regarding the emerging consensus for universal healthcare coverage.

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On today's show: The West Virginia teacher strike and how it relates to the Janus case. School child owns Governor James Justice on the topic of education funding. Cliff Schecter (@cliffschecter) joins us for a weekly politics rundown. What's different about the Parkland shooting that will actually inspire change? The state of Georgia's extortion of Delta over the NRA discount. How gun control will impact youth voting patterns. The latest on Jervanka.

Sam re-plays a 2015 interview with the legendary Barry Crimmins, who sadly passed away this week. Crimmins talks political comedy, refusing to shake Henry Kissinger's hand, and "Call Me Lucky," the documentary film Bobcat Goldthwait made about his life. He also discusses the abuse he suffered as a child and its effects on him as an adult, and the complicity of the Catholic church in covering up abuse.

On the fun half: Laura Ingraham claims Trump isn't racist. Tucker Carlson criticizes Trump re: gun control. A caller plugs Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a progressive who is running for Congress in New York. Dissident Peasant talks union organizing and the WV teacher strike. A caller on the liberatory potential of technology. Mindy will have none of her Republican neighbor running for office. Alex Jones claims Youtube suspended him because he's exposing pedophiles, but he's recently been accused of sexual harassment and discrimination. Rush Limbaugh thinks the teacher who brought a gun to school is a "radical leftist" plant. A delightful call from Jordan Peterson. Sam and Jamie discuss their relationship to Marxism.

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Direct download: 3-02-18-Cliff_Schecter-pub.mp3
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