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Michael Brooks hosts Professor Daniel Bessner (@dbessner) to discuss what's happening in Minnesota as protestors square off with authorities in the wake of George Floyd's killing. Also: the growing gig economy in academia.

On today's show: Side by side comparison of George Floyd protests & Michigan stay-at-home protest. Woman throws tear gas canister back at the cops.

Professor Daniel Bessner (@dbessner) joins Michael to discuss what's happening in Minnesota as protestors square off with authorities in the wake of George Floyd's killing. Why don't we see more of these kinds of insurrections in America? The Gilded Age and the history of political violence. Tucker Carlson says Minneapolis protests (he calls it rioting) are unacceptable, not about what happened to George Floyd. The monopoly on "legitimate" use of violence as defining characteristic of the state. The history of policing in the US and how early police forces brought colonial tactics home. Also: How the gig economy is impacting higher education.

On the fun half: Unemployment hits 40 million. Edward Luce piece in FT shows how Trump's Covid negligence was an effort not to spook the markets. PA State Rep. Brian Sims curses out GOP PA House members who did not disclose Covid diagnoses. Trump takes steps to sell more weapons to Saudi Arabia. Judge Napolitano asks "why have [these cops] not been charged?" on Fox News. Joe Scarborough dedicates a cover of a Paul McCartney song to show support for frontline workers. Laura Ingraham says free market will lead us down the right path out of Covid, left wants to keep you contained forever.

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Sam hosts Touré F. Reed, professor of history at Illinois State University, to discuss his new book Toward Freedom: The Case Against Race Reductionism and the reforms needed to address racial inequality and disparities.

On today's show: Andrew Ross Sorkin loses it over co-hosts' lack of human empathy: "100,000 dead!"

Sam hosts Touré F. Reed, professor of history at Illinois State University, to discuss his new book Toward Freedom: The Case Against Race Reductionism and the reforms needed to address racial inequality and disparities. The misconception that postwar liberals failed black Americans because of class reductionism. The reasons, beyond racism, that the programs of the New Deal did not benefit blacks and whites equally. The idea of the "culture of poverty" and why anti-discrimination laws did not go far enough. What idealist/essentialist concepts of race and racism get wrong.

On the fun half: Trump criticizes Biden for wearing a mask, says reporter is "politically correct" for wearing a mask. Fauci says he wears a mask because it's a symbol of "what you should do." Steve Doocy is proud that private sector capitalism is leading the way out of Covid. Kilmeade defends wars in Middle East, says a generation of Americans could grow up with "a semblance of freedom." Hannity is concerned about lake of the Ozarks Memorial Day parties. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Sam hosts HuffPost journalist Zachary Carter to discuss his new book, The Price of Peace: Money, Democracy, and the Life of John Maynard KeynesCarter and Sam explore the life of Keynes and his role in developing the concept of Macroeconomics and the social implication of economics. Keynes' thinking on how to deal with crises and emergencies during the Spanish Flu pandemic and WWI are particularly applicable to our current moment. Carter breaks down Keynes' philosophy of "the good life" and why all could enjoy the finer things in life like art and leisure to the benefit of society writ large. Sam and Carter make a distinction in Keynes's belief in who gets to regulate the macroeconomy. Keynes generally did not believe the proletariate was not the most effective way to deliver the good life to the masses; the government and its officials must provide material benefits to society. The two conclude their discussion considering the Keynes model of economics after his death and its perception contrasted with the neoliberal model promoted by Friedrich Hayek and Milton Friedman. 

And in the Fun Half: Birding while black, upcoming Democratic primaries, a voting rights victory in Florida courts, Obamagate sizzles out, Jimmy Dore's unscientific response to shelter-in-place, states cooking infection data, plus your calls and IMs!

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Sam recaps the week's biggest stories with Brandon Sutton (@prettybadlefty) of The Discourse podcast, and Matthew Film Guy (@langdonboom) shares his latest movie picks for shelter in place.

On today's show: Trump's Abbott and Costello explanation of his most recent Covid test.

Brandon Sutton (@prettybadlefty) of The Discourse joins Sam to discuss the week's big stories: Trump tries to make hay from Obamagate. Folks say racist things about Obama in Sarah Palin report by Al Jazeera during 2008 election. Biden ends interview with Charlamagne tha God saying black people should vote Biden or "they ain't black." The Democratic Party's attitude of entitlement toward black voters.

Matthew Film Guy (@langdonboom) joins Sam to update us on his life in the quar and recommend some movies: Forest for the Trees, Melancholia, and California Split.

On the fun half: How to talk leftists into voting for Biden. Costco Garrett calls in to make the case for why being forced to wear a mask in Costco violates his civil liberties. Michigan AG threatens Trump if he refuses to wear mask at Ford plant. Tucker Carlson says there's no evidence the lockdown saved lives. Michael Knowles says Democrats made "Faucian" bargain during Covid response. QAnon Senate candidate in Oregon, Jo Rae Perkins, wins GOP primary. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Michael Brooks hosts The Nation's John Nichols (@NicholsUprising) to discuss his upcoming book, The Fight for the Soul of the Democratic Party: The Enduring Legacy of Henry Wallace's Anti-Fascist, Anti-Racist Politics

On today's show: Trump says voting is an honor, should not be a write-in thing.

The Nation's John Nichols (@NicholsUprising) joins Michael to discuss his upcoming book, The Fight for the Soul of the Democratic Party: The Enduring Legacy of Henry Wallace's Anti-Fascist, Anti-Racist PoliticsHenry Wallace was a progressive figure who served as Secretary of Agriculture under FDR, as well as VP and later, Secretary of Commerce. His politics were in many ways ahead of their time, as he took a truly intersectional view on fighting corporate interests, racism, and imperialism, at home and abroad. Looking at Wallace's political career, as well as those of other progressives like Jesse Jackson and George McGovern, Nichols lays out a case for how politicians like Bernie Sanders and AOC can fight for change both within and against the system.

On the fun half: PBS Lula package and interview: Lula says Bolsonaro thinks Trump is "a higher being," copies the US President. Glenn Beck says ending social distancing is a new Civil Rights movement. Klob & co try to solve the crisis with $4k job training tax credit. Striking McDonald's worker explains demands. Mike Pompeo denies that firing IG was retaliatory, says media reports are "crazy."

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Sam hosts Vox senior correspondent Ian Millhiser to discuss the 2020 Supreme Court term, including Trump v. Mazars USA, LLPTrump v. Vance, and what we can expect from the court going forward. We're live at noon EST.

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Sam hosts Yale epidemiologist, Gregg Gonsalves, co-director of the Global Health Justice Partnership, to discuss the prospects of "reopening America" and what to expect during the summer months in the age of COVID.

And in the Fun Half: the Trump hydroxychloroquine saga, Pelosi gets her meme points, the Right's efforts to undermine Biden are not working, Sherrod Brown takes on Steve Mnuchin, why privileged people need to show outrage too, plus your calls and IMs!

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Sam hosts Nathan Tankus, director of research at the Public Money Network, to discuss the Fed, PPP's shortcomings, and the incoming corporate consolidation post-Covid-19. Enjoy a 20% discount at Nathan Tankus' substack here! (https://tinyurl.com/y76aljt4)

On today's show: Eric Trump claims coronavirus is Democratic hoax, will ‘magically’ vanish after 2020 election.

Nathan Tankus, director of research at the Public Money Network, to discuss the Fed, PPP's shortcomings, and the incoming corporate consolidation post-Covid-19. Nathan goes over the basics of MMT, including: What is money? What gives it value? The relationship between debt and savings. Why the US government could, if it wanted to, use massive deficit spending to fund recovery programs without suffering the rumored ill effects of inflation. And more.

On the fun half: Nancy Pelosi says all Dems wanted stabilizers for HEROES but they couldn't because of budgetary rules. Tim Ryan gives impassioned speech calling out GOP reps on House floor. Kevin McCarthy says HEROES Act is "socialist wishlist," cites weed, prisoners, illegals, and voting. Trade advisor Peter Navarro says death rate is high because more people are killing themselves, because of "stay at home" orders. A discussion on the merits of voting for Biden in the general. HHS Secretary Alex Azar does race science, says we're a "diverse population" and minorities have high co-morbidities.

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Sam hosts David Dayen (@ddayen), executive editor at The American Prospect, and Matt Binder (@MattBinder), host of the DOOMED podcast and writer at Mashable.

On today's show: Whistleblower Dr. Rick Bright says winter 2020 could be "darkest in modern history."

David Dayen (@ddayen), executive editor at The American Prospect, joins Sam to break down the House Democrats 'HEROES' act and the political malpractice it represents. From the bill's corporate focus to its pre-emptive compromises, it's clear Pelosi and the centrist Democrats are trying to make sure the crisis does not lead to structural change. Meanwhile, Pramila Jayapal and the progressive caucus have mounted a hapless opposition. And Joe Biden is doubling down on being Joe Biden. What a mess.

Matt Binder (@MattBinder), host of the DOOMED podcast and writer at Mashable (and MR alum!) joins Sam to discuss his televised "discussion" with Brandon Straka (remember him?) and the conspiracy theories driving Boomer politics, from Pizzagate to Q-anon.

On the fun half: Jon from San Antonio wonders if Americans will ever express their anger over Covid politically. Ronald Raygun plugs GoFundMe for striking agricultural workers; donate at GoFundMe.com/didyoueattoday. Dr. Bright shares email correspondence with industry executive saying "we are in deep shit." Dr. Bright says administration was warned about PPE shortages were coming in January. Trump and Kayleigh McEnany describe Obama pandemic response as "paper packet." McConnell admits he lied about Obama plan for pandemic. Trump says we have the best testing, but it is overrated, complains he doesn't get enough credit. Trump says we'd have fewer cases if we did less testing. Trump denies talking to anyone at DOJ regarding Richard Burr stepping down from Senate Intel chair. Biden says he wouldn't vote for himself if he believed Tara Reade. Indiana Senator Mike Braun objects to demands to release CDC guidelines to reopen country, blames COVID outbreak on bureaucratic stodginess. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Michael Brooks hosts Tim Shorrock of the Nation to discuss how South Korea successfully combatted the coronavirus, kept its economy functioning, and kept its people safe.

On today's show: Trump says Obamagate was the "greatest political crime in history," Obama officials would be in jail if he were a Democrat.

Tim Shorrock of the Nation joins Michael to discuss how South Korea successfully combatted the coronavirus, kept its economy functioning, and kept its people safe. How South Korea's President Moon Jae-in was elected on a platform of expanding the welfare state and normalizing relations with North Korea. The steps the President has taken to fulfill these promises in office and his resulting popularity. SK's relationship with China. The aggressive program of testing and contact-tracing that enabled South Korea to flatten the curve without draconian lockdown measures.

On the fun half: Trump moves the goalposts, now says over 100k deaths is not bad. Trump says Fauci concern over reopening schools "not an acceptable answer." Trump says mail-in voting is a Democrat ploy to stop GOP. Senate votes that the government can now look at your web browsing data without a warrant. Pramila Jayapal explains her proposals to expand HEROES stimulus. Jim Clyburn says he likes Jayapal's bill and all, but "we have to pay for all these things."

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Sam breaks down the week's top headlines with Michael Brooks, including Pelosi's next round of stimulus spending, the Senate HELP hearing, and the on-going Supreme Court cases.

On today's show: People who strongly dislike both candidates are breaking for Biden. MONDAY: Trump's "transition into greatness" rollout, "a phrase you're gonna hear a lot." Establishment Dems don't want to talk about what's in the HEROES Act: 60-80% of tax benefits go to top 10%, no public option or protection against rising ACA premiums...Sam and Michael break it down.

On the fun half: Fauci says if we don't respond in an adequate way we will have a resurgence. Tucker attacks Fauci, reminds people he was not elected, suggests he's a dictator, no better than your average epidemiologist. Mike from PA on special election to fill Katie Hill's seat: can anything be extrapolated? Rand Paul accuses Obama of coordinating against Trump and Flynn, asked about evidence, Paul says he has a strong feeling. Right wing media site claims stealth Trump voters are the president's secret weapon. Responding to Trump's "ask China" remark to Asian reporter, Don Jr. says media is race-baiting president. Mitt Romney calls out WH testing czar for misleading statements about testing data. Situationist supercut of brands saying we're all in this together. Should Michael stop defending Glenn Greenwald?

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Sam hosts historian Walter Johnson to discuss his new book The Broken Heart of America: St. Louis and the Violent History of the United States and how the pandemic has disproportionately impacted black Americans. Johnson describes the history of St. Louis and his theory of western anti-black racism, one of expulsion and white nationalism, rather than southern racism, which depended on slave labor. Sam and Johnson also explore how real estate development and municipal ordinances helped formalize St. Louis's institutional racism. Sam and Johnson conclude their conversation assessing covid19's disproportionate impact on black America and the Ahmaud Arbery lynching. 

And in the Fun Half: the real Obamagate, Trump's "Mission Accomplished" moment, Trump tells an Asian American reporter to direct her question to China, Stuart Varney says direct cash payments are equivalent to buying votes, today's special elections, Dave Rubin ties himself in a logic knot, the Biden voting rationale, plus your calls and IMs!

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Sam hosts economist Mark Blyth (@MkBlyth) to discuss Covid19's economic impact and what elected officials can do to help working people before the next spending bill is passed.

On today's show:

FRIDAY: Sharing news that White House staff now infected, Trump says it proves testing isn't that great.

Sam hosts economist Mark Blyth (@MkBlyth) to discuss Covid19's economic impact and what elected officials can do to help working people before the next spending bill is passed. How the stock market is different from the economy. When will the crisis impact the stock market? The downsides of a "just-in-time" economy. The myth that we are in a wartime economy. Is there anything that gives Mark hope for the future?

On the fun half: MONDAY: White House trade advisor Peter Navarro says this is not the Great Depression. Peter Navarro meltdown about Disney being open in Shanghai and not California. Kilmeade & Hegseth say we need a "military mindset" to defeat Covid-19 by going back to work. Mnuchin says White House still wants payroll tax cut in next stimulus bill, agrees with McConnell liability. Kilmeade says 2020 election is not Biden v. Trump, it's Obama v. Trump. SATURDAY: Pennsylvania House Speaker says kids can develop herd immunity, teachers need to earn their pay. Ben Shapiro says Michael Flynn did not lie to FBI, he fibbed, a fib is non-material. Fox News is ready to put Obama on trial for Michael Flynn case.

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Sam hosts Alex Pareene (@pareene) of the New Republic and Comedian Andy Kindler (@AndyKindler) to discuss the week's biggest stories. Sam also hosts National Nurses United President Jean Ross to discuss the union's protest in Washington DC and the government's failure to deliver PPE to frontline workers in the fight against Covid19.

On today's show: Trump praises Barr for dropping Flynn case. AG Barr asked about Flynn case, says history is written by the winners.

Alex Pareene (@pareene) of the New Republic joins Sam to discuss the GOP's irresponsible re-opening of the economy and why even the Democrats' progressive caucus has been so bad at passing useful Covid-related legislation. The GOP is killing to kill the hostages; the Dems aren't. How state level austerity will undo any federal stimulus. The disappointment felt by even "normie" Democrats.

National Nurses United President Jean Ross joins Sam to discuss the union's protest in DC and the government's failure to deliver them the supplies they need to fight this pandemic. How the current crisis lays bare "lean production," under-staffing, and more that nurses have been protesting for decades. What listeners can do to help.

Comedian Andy Kindler (@AndyKindler) joins Sam to discuss the art in his house, his mental health problems, and Dennis Miller's last appearance on Sean Hannity. Check out his debut stand-up album, "Hence the Humor."

On the fun half: Asked about his message to America's mothers for Mothers' Day, Trump says the military is great and he's got meetings at Camp David. Trump whines about "artificial" closing of economy as unemployment graphics play on screen. Dave Rubin says he wants some government run healthcare, so long as it's a bunch of private plans competing in the market place. Cops assault men for social distancing concerns in Brooklyn. Jamie on police abolition. How to make the lesser of two evils argument to people who've been hurt by Biden's policies? Plus, your phone calls.

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Michael Brooks hosts former Foreign Minister of Ecuador Guillaume Long (@GuillaumeLong) to discuss the failed coup attempt in Venezuela and the kind of lawfare being used against governments in Latin America during the age of Covid-19.

On today's show: Ahmaud Arbery murdered by racist vigilantes while jogging in Georgia; suspects have ties to local law enforcement.

Former Foreign Minister of Ecuador Guillaume Long (@GuillaumeLong) joins Michael to discuss the latest failed coup attempt in Venezuela and the kind of lawfare being used against governments in Latin America during the age of Covid-19. Silvercorp's pathetic coup attempt and the privatization of military operations. How the US government uses private contractors to distance itself from responsibility. The reasons why open military intervention in Venezuela would be unlikely. How each unsuccessful coup attempt makes Maduro stronger. How the US-controlled Organization of American States (OAS) is returning to its Cold War duties. How "lawfare" (a combination of law and warfare) is being used against former president Rafael Correa to subvert democracy in Ecuador. The influence of China in Latin America. What should be at the top of the agenda for the Latin American left?

On the fun half: Brian Mier explains SilverCorp USA's presence in Brazil during 2018 elections. Flashback: Nancy Pelosi gives standing ovation to Juan Guaido. Wednesday: Trump dismisses nurse who says her New Orleans hospital has PPE troubles. Thursday: Nurses demonstrate outside White House, 88 pairs of shoes for 88 nurse deaths during Covid-19. Kayleigh McEnany says there were supposed to be 2.2 million deaths, moving goal posts. Kayleigh McEnany on Trump's "warriors" statement: he meant Americans are "warriors" because they're staying home and observing social distancing. GOP Rep. Dr. Andy Harris says "we're safer from death if we're not born" in BS defense of no contact tracing measures. Rally for Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia: "We want justice!"

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Sam breaks down the week's biggest headlines with Michael Brooks, including Trump's plans to reopen, GOP disaster austerity and Bay of Pigs Pt. 2: Venezuela.

On today's show: Trump on why he didn't get ahead of pandemic: "I had a lot of things going on." Trump on making people go back to work: says "we have to do it," "there's no win," says he'll create the greatest economy. To follow up question about task force, growing death and infection, Trump says Americans are "warriors." Dennis Prager says Americans can quit their jobs if they feel returning is unsafe, says Covid liability lawsuits show the US is being ruined by the left.

On the fun half: "Sam Seder" leaves mean review of Michael's book. The Democrats have no policy agenda. Greg Gutfeld says reporter's "Mission Accomplished" gotcha question was a reference to Katrina, Gutfeld was not fooled. Ohio Governor Mike Dewine announces budget cuts to education and Medicaid. Should Warren be primaried? Cuomo announces partnership w/ Gates Foundation so they can ruin public education again. Brian Kilmeade says Monroe Doctrine is in play, Cuba needs to watch out. Hannity and Fox & Friends say militias should not stage armed protests at state houses, leave the Nazi flags at home. Wisconsin SCOTUS Judge Rebecca Bradley compares stay-home orders to WWII internment. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Sam hosts historian Sarah Milov to discuss her latest book, The Cigarette: A Political History. Milov and Sam walk through tobacco's role in American culture and the government's role in developing the cigarette market. From WWI to FDR's New Deal and the Marshall plan, tobacco (and cigarettes) played a principal role in American politics, economic growth, and war efforts. The turning point for tobacco's relationship to the federal government was the Surgeon General's 1964, which cited the dangers of smoking, including the rise of lung cancer. Milov and Sam walk through the gradually growing protest against the tobacco lobby, including their fight against television advertising, the Fairness Doctrine, and antismoking advocacy like GASP. Sam and Milov also discuss the cultural conflict between unions, workers' rights, and smokers' rights. What killed the cigarette was a combination of non-smoker entitlement to public spaces and workplace cost-centered restrictions that ended up reducing smoking numbers and drove smoking to the margins and mostly affected the impoverished.  

And in the Fun Half: polling Democrats after Biden denies Tara Reade allegations, Sam and Brian Kilmeade agree for the first time, Kellyanne Conway says the House will waste Fauci's time, Laura Ingraham is now a pro-death epidemiologist, Matt Gaetz wants police departments to stop using Chinese drones--how about all police drones, Q-fan John Ratcliffe's DNI confirmation hearing, plus you IMs!

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Sam hosts New York Magazine writer and author David Wallace-Wells (@dwallacewells) to discuss the state of the Covid-19 pandemic in the US and how it will impact our climate change debate.

On today's show: Larry Kudlow is mad people keep bringing up his "airtight" clip, says he was speaking about facts at the time.

New York Magazine writer and author David Wallace-Wells (@dwallacewells) joins Sam to discuss the state of the Covid-19 pandemic in the US and how it will impact our climate change debate. The rapid changes that have happened over the course of the pandemic and how much we still don't know. The confusion over who people should listen to. Trump's abdication of responsibility. Why haven't international organizations like the WHO been more helpful? Is this pandemic teaching people the value of state bureaucracy? The lethal combination of ideology and corruption driving the WH response. What measures might actually end the pandemic.

On the fun half: Trump hopes the election will be a referendum on his crisis response, claims he's created the world's best health systems. Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves says he will open state because MS is not NY, NJ despite rising Covid cases in MS. Dan Bongino says we live in a police state now that prisoners are being released from jails infected w/ Covid. Fox host says bailouts do not equal redistribution. Dave Rubin says his intellectual movement is the largest growing in the country. NYPD beat up young man and bystander for not having a mask, "flexing." Trump says he's been treated worse than Lincoln. Sam on the George W Bush video. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Sam hosts Digby (@Digby56) and comedian Judy Gold (@JewdyGold) this May Day Friday, and special guest Winsome Pendergrass (@WinsomePenderg4), a tenants' rights organizer in NYC who is leading today's rent strike.

On today's show: Joe Biden denies Tara Reade alleged assault: "it never happened."

Digby (@digby56) joins Sam to discuss the latest on Tara Reade's allegations of sexual assault against Joe Biden and Trump's homicidal response to the Covid-19 crisis. Trump says "Democrat states" want bailouts, suggests GOP states are handling this better, talks about "negotiating position."

Winsome Pendergrass (@WinsomePenderg4), of Housing Justice for All and New York Communities for Change, joins Sam to discuss tenant organizing in New York City. She outlines the pre-existing housing crisis in NYC and Governor Cuomo's negligent handling of it before explaining why Cuomo's "eviction moratorium" is not enough and what people are doing to fight back. Get involved at housingjusticeforall.org and nycommunities.org!

Judy Gold (@JewdyGold) joins us for some catharsis about Mad King Trump and a discussion of her new book, "Yes, I Can Say That: When They Come For The Comedians, We Are All In Trouble." Order it at JudyGold.com.

Larry Hogan has South Korean tests guarded by National Guard at undisclosed location because he fears federal repossession. Armed right-wing protesters at Michigan State House. Jamie analyzes the Biden sexual assault story from a socialist feminist perspective. Dennis Prager says his choice to not wear a mask outside makes him like Rosa Parks, Nazi resistors. Tucker Carlson says Covid "gave our leaders more power" than anyone "in the history of this country." Trump wants to know which DNI official said Covid-19 was not Chinese made. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Michael Brooks hosts Kurt Hackbarth (@KurtHackbarth) of Jacobin to discuss his latest piece, "Never Let a Pandemic Go to Waste," on how Mexican elites have used the pandemic to thwart President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's (AMLO's) efforts to govern as an economic populist.

On today's show: Brian Williams segment on Trump's nervous breakdown gives Trump a nervous breakdown. Trump's "Lyin' Brian Williams" tweet.

Kurt Hackbarth (@KurtHackbarth) of Jacobin joins Michael to discuss his latest piece, "Never Let a Pandemic Go to Waste." After running and winning on an anti-corruption, anti-drug war, economically populist platform, AMLO has faced substantial challenges from right-wing forces both foreign and domestic. Now, in the wake of Covid-19, elites are doing everything they can to use the crisis to discredit and undermine him. Hackbarth provides context for the critiques being made of AMLO's Covid-19 response, as well as what he's done right, and the dirty tricks the corporate media is using to attack him.

On the fun half: Amazon, Instacart and other essential workers planning huge labor action on May 1 (don't cross the picket line!). A national rent strike is also coming; learn more at housingjusticeforall.org. Trump says virus will go away, wants to see the Yankees play at Yankee Stadium with fans. Trump says virus will go away: "It's gonna go." Fox & Friends debate restriction rollbacks and those vulnerable, callous Kilmeade suggests Ainsley is overreacting. Karen Pence explains why Mike Pence didn't wear a mask, says he gets tested often and Mayo Clinic didn't tell him. Secret Marxist Jim Cramer asks Nancy Pelosi what she will do to help people who've lost their jobs, Pelosi emits Biden-esque string of pablum. Andrew Cuomo uses masks sent to Albany to construct art mural instead of distributing them. Ben Shapiro says we're making "actuarial deductions" about Covid, a senior's life is worth less than a child's.

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Sam hosts Dr. Michael Osterholm, Principal Investigator and Director of the Minnesota Center of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance, joins Sam to discuss the Trump administration's current plan for reopening America and what we can expect for the rest of 2020. Dr. Osterholm lays out the risk of opening the economy, overwhelming our healthcare system, and why covid19 is different from previous infectious diseases. Dr. Osterholm says that this virus will march on against any mitigation we offer; therefore, we need to construct the best plan to prepare to return to work. What ways can we bring back society? Things like baseball without crowds could help craft a society that allows us to move with the virus. The lack of federal leadership has been a fundamental problem in the age of covid19. There needs to be a Marshall Plan for testing and PPP, something plaguing our country's response. Sam and Dr. Osterholm conclude their conversation discussing best practices to keep from spreading the virus.

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Sam hosts author and Columbia history professor Adam Tooze to discuss the on-going recession and his latest piece in Foreign Policy, "The Normal Economy is Never Coming Back." Sam and Tooze discuss the troubling disconnect between the financial markets and the "real economy" and the strange lack of parity between them. Tooze compares this economic moment to the cartoon roadrunner suspended in midair off the edge of a cliff, spinning its legs before it looks down and crashes. The global economy has never experienced a shock quite like this. It will be a while before debts go unpaid, and the banks' balance sheets become problematic. We're all living on credit right now, which will eventually run out. Businesses with small margins with lower-educated workers will be the first to show damage. Sam and Tooze then move the conversation to the role of banks and who gets saved during the pandemic's economic triage. The two conclude their discussion on ways to build political capital against austerity measures pushed by McConnell, why the national debt is a red herring wielded for political gain, and how Democrats need to spend to help the American people.

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Sam hosts Frank Snowden, professor of history at Yale, to discuss his new book, Epidemics and Society: From the Black Death to the Present

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Sam hosts Frank Snowden, professor of history at Yale, to discuss his new book, Epidemics and Society: From the Black Death to the PresentHow densely populated environments brought humans into contact with Covid-19. The disaster of unpreparedness and how economic inequality causes diseases to impact the poor more than the rich. How diseases heighten class tensions. An epidemic's role in the Haitian revolution and other uprisings through history. How work, transportation, and capitalism itself will need to be re-thought in the wake of Covid-19.

On the fun half: Pelosi says "just calm down" to those who think she made a tactical error in relief fight with McConnell. Pelosi wonders whether minimum guaranteed income may now be "worthy of attention." A national rent strike is brewing; more at housingjusticeforall.org. Asked about injecting disinfectant, Trump said he was being sarcastic to troll the media. Should the left be reaching out to wealthier, more highly educated people? Newt Gingrich says money for states has strings attached. Mark Cuban says we need to "lift up from the bottom" and help working people, implement a federal job guarantee and UBI for stay-at-home parents. Steve Doocy says we can't really know if Covid-19 measures are working in the moment, wonders about Sweden model. Tom Cotton says we need to stop STEM student exchanges with China, implies Shakespeare was from the US? Gorka says the left hates Trump because of his masculinity.

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Sam hosts Emma Vigeland and David Feldman and breaks down the week's biggest headlines. Emma and Sam breakdown the latest round of stimulus money, the road ahead for Democrats, and why our elected officials need to see themselves as essential workers during this pandemic crisis.

Then David Feldman joins Sam for maybe his most honest and transparent conversation about the state of American culture and whether or not we are allowed to change the way our country fundamentally operates. Ultimately, the suffering we see playing out before us is the result of our political leaders' decisions. You don't want to miss this one.

And in the Fun Half: why is Larry Summers leading the Biden economic recovery, AOC takes a stand, and A Bernie or Bust call!

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Michael Brooks hosts Jacobin writer Meagan Day (@meaganmday) and Jacobin editor Micah Uetricht (@micahuetricht) to discuss their new book, Bigger Than Bernie: How We Go from the Sanders Campaign to Democratic Socialism

On today's show: Trump says "we're covered 100" to attack Iranian boats.

Jacobin writer Meagan Day (@meaganmday) and Jacobin editor Micah Uetricht (@micahuetricht) join Michael to discuss their new book, Bigger Than Bernie: How We Go from the Sanders Campaign to Democratic SocialismDespite failing to win the Democratic nomination, the Bernie Sanders campaign helped build a movement that must go beyond the electoral sphere and the career of any single politician if it's going to succeed. Looking at the past, present, and potential future of leftist movements in the US, Day and Uetricht identify how labor organizing and "class struggle elections" can build working class power and continue the fight for democratic socialism.

On the fun half: Gordon Brown says we must address global inequality to stop Covid-19 spread. Anderson Cooper says Vegas is a virus petri dish, Las Vegas Mayor says he's an alarmist and it's up to casino owners to figure out how to social distance. Vegas mayor offers city residents as tribute to American economy: "we offer to be a control group." Cuomo is upset about questions about protestors, says anyone upset with unemployment delays can get a job as an essential worker. Sarah Huckabee says AOC is putting people down and she might want to remember what it's like to be a bartender. Pennsylvania workers leave PPE plant after a month straight of living and working in their factory.

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Sam and Michael break down this week's top headlines and then Sam rolls an interview he did with Diane Ravitch (@DianeRavitch) on her new book, Slaying Goliath: The Passionate Resistance to Privatization and the Fight to Save America's Public Schools

On today's show: Trump deflects on VA hydroxychloroquine study and NIH assessment: "I don't know...we'll take a look." After VA hydroxychloroquine tests, Dr. Oz now says we have to wait for randomized trial Dr. Fauci asked for. Study: people who watched Hannity instead of Carlson less likely to follow social distancing rules. William Barr tells Hugh Hewitt DOJ would support legal action if governors' restrictions go "too far." GA governor Brian Kemp doesn't seem to understand his own plan, says he's re-opening close contact businesses because they're the only ones not allowed open, claims they're safer than grocery stores. Nashville 21-year-old battling Covid-19 warns youth to take the virus seriously. Hannity shares a bunch of headlines from March saying Covid-19 is Trump's biggest disaster, doesn't make a point defending Trump.
 Brian Kilmeade & Ainsley Earhardt thank President for allowing au pairs to remain in America, saying it helps the middle class. Daily Wire's Michael Knowles says lockdown is saving zero lives, more will die from unemployment. FLASHBACK MARCH 26: Matt Walsh makes the "drive your car" analogy for Covid-19 risks, says economy should be saved, deaths have to be "way over 35,000."

Diane Ravitch (@DianeRavitch) joins Sam to discuss her new book, Slaying Goliath: The Passionate Resistance to Privatization and the Fight to Save America's Public SchoolsA decades-long trend of school privatization has done nothing to help the average American student; on the contrary, it's made things worse. In this book, Ravitch details how rich and powerful actors like the Kochs, the DeVos family, Bill Gates, Mike Bloomberg, and others have attempted to systematically dismantle our public education system, and what parents, teachers, students and other across the country have been doing to resist.

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Sam hosts Time Magazine senior correspondent Charlotte Alter (@CharlotteAlter) to discuss her new book The Ones We've Been Waiting For: How a New Generation of Leaders Will Transform America on how millennial political leadership will change the country in the not-so-distant future. 

On today's show: Brian Kilmeade asks Dr. Oz if economic impact "outstrips" public health benefit, Dr. Oz says no.

Time Magazine senior correspondent Charlotte Alter (@CharlotteAlter) joins Sam to discuss her book, The Ones We've Been Waiting For: How a New Generation of Leaders Will Transform America. The millennial generation has been steadily entering politics, with 26 millennials now representing their districts in Congress. To study what impact that might have on US electoral politics, Alter examined the factors that shaped this generation's worldview, as well as the experiences of millennial politicians from Dan Crenshaw to AOC.

On the fun half: Devastatingly effective Trump 2020 ad features Pelosi's ice cream fridge. Scott Walker says we can reopen the manufacturing industry, but keep workers from lunch breaks and breakrooms. Georgia governor Brian Kemp lays out plan to re-open GA's business on Friday, claims it's not a political decision. Ben Shapiro says smart business owners will pay workers less because they can guarantee a job to workers, says workers would be smart to work for less because unemployment will run out. Brian Kilmeade gets upset after learning Tom Brady was stopped from working out at a park in Tampa Bay, Florida. Trump mocks media: "It was all about ventilators, ventilators, ventilators."

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Sam hosts Chryl Laird (@chryllaird), Assistant Professor of Political Science at Bowdoin College, to discuss her book Steadfast Democrats: How Social Forces Shape Black Political Behaviorwhich explains why African-Americans are the most unified voting bloc in American history.

On today's show: Trump attacks press and Maggie Habermann in press conference on Covid-19 progress.

Chryl Laird (@chryllaird), Assistant Professor of Political Science at Bowdoin College, joins Sam to discuss her book Steadfast Democrats: How Social Forces Shape Black Political Behavior. Greater social mobility for African-Americans has led to greater political diversity, with a third now identifying as ideologically conservative. But African-American voters remain the most solidly Democratic voting bloc in the US, with 80-90% identifying as Democrats. Laird explicates the factors shaping this reality, with a particular attention to the guardrails put in place by community and social cohesion.

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Sam hosts Benjamin Dixon of the Benjamin Dixon Show to break down the week's top stories and what's next for Americans as states prepare plans to reopen society.

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Benjamin and Sam discuss the disconnect between the stock market, the real economy, and the corporate consolidation that it will bring. Furthermore, the two explore why the Democrats are offering such a limited set of proposals to help working people during this crisis. Sam posits that this may be part of the Democrats' general election strategy against Trump--offer nothing, make the election a referendum on the Donald Trump presidency. Conservatives are also becoming restless over states' shelter in place orders. The DeVos family has organized protests in critical states like Michigan to show anger at Democratic leaders like Gretchen Whitmer and others. Sam and Benjamin conclude their conversation considering the names floated for a potential Biden administration.

And in the Fun Half: a GMO question from left field, the meatpacking covid19 crisis, our testing apparatus is non-existent, Trump blows off testing, Oprah's fake TV doctors are harming the public health, a look into the mind of a Q member on Gorka's show, Dave Rubin gets pushback from a Fox News commentator, the left's approach to electoral politics, and Ross Perot gives 3rd party advice from heaven, plus your calls and IMs!

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Michael Brooks hosts Djene Bajalan (@djenebajalan), Assistant Professor of Middle East History at Missouri State University, to discuss how Covid-19 is affecting the Middle East and how the virus will leave its mark on geopolitics.

On today's show: Steve Mnuchin says Americans should be able to stretch a $1200 check over 10 weeks.

Djene Bajalan (@djenebajalan), Assistant Professor of Middle East History at Missouri State University, joins us to discuss how Covid-19 is affecting the Middle East and how the virus will leave its mark on geopolitics. How the US is using the Covid-19 crisis to intensify sanctions on Iran and how those sanctions are helping solidify support for the Iranian government, even among its critics. The effect of the pandemic on Saudi Arabia's economy and the war in Yemen. The likely human fallout from Covid in refugee camps. How the virus could preserve the status quo in Syria. How will it affect Erdogan's grift in Turkey?

On the fun half: Laura Ingraham says Americans should be furious that mortality projections are lower than expected. Nancy Pelosi shows off her ice cream collection to James Corden. Prank caller wrecks Sebastian Gorka and his big fat head. Monday: The second wave of Cuban doctors head to Turin, Italy to combat Covid-19. Prime Minister of St. Vincent & the Grenadines Dr. Ralph Gonsalves says Venezuela is being threatened amid Covid-19 pandemic. Bernie talks with Cardi B about endorsing Biden, the state of the nation. Michigan MAGA man cries about not being able to buy paint or lawn fertilizer; woman wants to get her hair and nails done.

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Sam hosts Howard Bryant (@hbryant42), senior writer at ESPN.com and ESPN the Magazine, to discuss his new book, Full Dissidence: Notes from an Uneven Playing Field

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Sam hosts Howard Bryant (@hbryant42), senior writer at ESPN.com and ESPN the Magazine, to discuss his new book, Full Dissidence: Notes from an Uneven Playing FieldWhile many in the Obama era told tales of a "post-racial America," this has never existed, even for black Americans lucky enough to gain some measure of wealth. Examining his own life experiences as well as those of people like Colin Kaepernick and President Obama, Bryant shows why so many black Americans are increasingly pessimistic about our political institutions, including both major political parties. Also: the sinister aspects "the American dream" takes on when black people are incentivized to leave their communities as soon as they become financially successful.

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Sam breaks down the top headlines, including the critical Wisconsin Supreme Court win for Democrats, how Sanders' endorsement will influence Joe Biden's campaign, and Trump's plans and committees to reopen America. With Nomiki Konst (@NomikiKonst) of 'The Nomiki Show' and fun half appearance by Jamie!

On today's show: Trump says he has total authority to reopen the country, governors need him one way or another. Trump says President's "authority is total" to reopen the country after governors say they don’t want to reopen it. Progressive ousts conservative incumbent from WI Supreme Court in surprise upset. CBS reporter relentlessly questions why Trump admin took so long with response to Covid-19. Fauci upset with media trying to get him, says all his work is voluntary, nobody is forcing him to do anything. Florida Surgeon General removed from meeting after saying state should continue social distancing until vaccine is available.

On the fun half: Bernie Sanders endorses Joe Biden. Biden says "we can't build back to the past," the failures of the social safety net have been exposed. Kyle Kulinski tweet about not voting for Biden in general. Bernie Sanders lays out "task forces" between Biden and Sanders campaign staffs. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumpka pushes back against concern that workers won't go back to work because unemployment pays better. Reflecting on his work during Covid-19 shelter in place, Chris Cuomo has decided he hates his work. South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem announces hydroxychloroquine testing on state's Covid-19 cases. Brian Kilmeade, still upset about PPP loan conditions, says workers need owners.

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Sam hosts author Katherine Stewart (@kathsstewart) to discuss her new book, The Power Worshippers: Inside the Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism and why the religious right's network of think tanks, advocacy groups, and pastoral organizations are better organized and funded that we realize.

On today's show: FRIDAY: Trump says he wants to re-open the economy, criteria is in his head.

Author Katherine Stewart (@kathsstewart) joins Sam to discuss her new book, The Power Worshippers: Inside the Dangerous Rise of Religious NationalismWhat is Christian nationalism, or more broadly, religious nationalism? Which came first, the religious doctrine or the drive for power? How Jerry Falwell and the religious right ginned up anger over abortion to protect segregated Christian schools' tax exempt status. The difference between how these operators talk to their base and how they talk to their big donors. How Betsy Devos fits into that lineage.

On the fun half: Bill Bennett says projections show Covid-19 will kill less people than the flu, which means it's no worse than the flu. Dave from Jamaica on why the left shouldn't involve itself in religion, politically. Charlie Kirk says he doesn’t think Dr. Fauci’s testing plan will work because Americans want to go back to work. Creationist Cat flexes on Sam. Fauci explains why White House did not immediately mitigate against Covid-19, said there was a lot of pushback. Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN): "We need to see China as the enemy here and cut funding to WHO and UN Human Rights Council." Greg Gutfeld's interesting 2020 campaign strategy: all the fallout from Covid-19 is socialism! How the “Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act” of 2006 was an effort to destroy the USPS. Andrew Cuomo explains why Di Blasio alone can't decide to cancel school in NYC: metropolitan area needs to work together. Matt Walsh is outraged and upset that nurses filmed a TikTok during Covid-19. NYC cops manhandle a young boy trying to sell candy on the subway.

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Sam hosts Alex Pareene, staff writer at The New Republic and host of "The Politics of Everything," and comedian Andy Kindler to break down the week's most important stories and Dennis Miller's whereabouts.

Sam and Alex begin their discussion with an autopsy of the Democratic primary, Bernie Sanders's decision to suspend his campaign, and the Democratic party's victory over the Sanders left. Pareene explains why high information Democratic voters' inherent trust of corporate news is such an obstacle for progressive insurgent candidates. Looking forward to the general election, Sam posits that the Biden campaign message will mirror the Democrats' 2018 House election message, namely, Stop Trump, with little else to offer voters. Sam and Alex discuss the Democratic party's leadership vacuum, what comes after Pelosi, Schumer, and Biden, and their failure of imagination for this moment of crisis. Finally, Sam and Alex conclude their conversation with Biden's "concessions" to Sanders' supporters, which turn out to be concessions to Biden's core constituents. 

Andy Kindler then joins Sam to discuss Dennis Miller's recent appearance on the Rubin Report, and why Dennis Miller hates himself. 

And in the Fun Half: what not voting for Biden won't do, Don Peebles doesn't understand the flatten the curve principal, when you take on investment risk you have to take the losses, it seems like Brian Kilmeade has a friend with a struggling restaurant, California fast-food workers are striking for working conditions, plus your calls and IMs!

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Michael Brooks hosts Rob Larson  (@IronicProfessor), professor of economics and author of Bit Tyrants: The Political Economy of Silicon Valley, to discuss his piece in Jacobin, "Bill Gates’s Philanthropic Giving Is a Racket" and why billionaire-fueled philanthropic endeavors amount to flashy public relations stunts.

On today's show: Brian Kilmeade fears that Bernie holding onto delegates means socialism will live on.

Michael Brooks hosts Rob Larson  (@IronicProfessor), professor of economics and author of Bit Tyrants: The Political Economy of Silicon Valley, to discuss his piece in Jacobin, "Bill Gates’s Philanthropic Giving Is a Racket." Bill Gates' Jeffrey Epstein connection. How Bill Gates used philanthropy to improve his reputation at a time when he was on trial for monopolistic activities. How bad did you have to be to get the attention of the Clinton Justice Dept? The reasons the super-rich seek to influence public education. Why "philanthropy" in developing nations is not all it's cracked up to be. What steps can we take to democratize the tech industry?

On the fun half: Lula says Bolsonaro must change his dismissive corona virus response.  Tucker Carlson asks if Biden is prepared to run for president. Pompeo says US will reevaluate US funding to WHO. AG Bill Barrl aments Covid-19 partisanship, says media has a "jihad" against hydroxychloroquin. Trump pivots to general election mode, asks "Where is Obama? Why hasn't he endorsed Sleepy Joe?" Jamie and Michael debate the merits of economic protectionism. Paul Broun campaign ad in Georgia says times like these you need your 2A rights, starts an AR15 giveaway.

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Josh Orton (@joshorton), National Policy Director and Senior Advisor to the Bernie Sanders campaign, Michael Brooks (@_michaelbrooks) of 'The Michael Brooks Show' and Nomiki Konst (@NomikiKonst) of 'The Nomiki Show' join Sam to discuss the end of the Bernie Sanders campaign and break down today's headlines. Jamie Peck of 'The Antifada' is also back on mic!

On today's show: Josh Orton, formerly of the Majority Report and more recently of the Bernie Sanders campaign, joins us to discuss the campaign's accomplishments and what we can learn from its trajectory. Michael Brooks, Nomiki Konst, and Jamie Peck also join Sam for a roundtable discussion on why the Sanders campaign was ultimately unsuccessful and where the progressive left should go from here if it wants to build power. The establishment wing of the Democratic Party may have won this round, but changing demographics, emerging grassroots networks, and rising labor unrest point in some exciting directions for the future.

John King on CNN says Bernie should have said more nice things about Biden when conceding. Trump explains all the ways people cheat through mail-in ballots, but it's fine if he does it, "because I'm allowed to." Joe Biden says he should've followed his gut and advocated for moving the WI election two days after dodging the same question. Milwaukee voters waiting in line share stories of how they were denied mail-in ballots. Wisconsin Assembly speaker in full PPE: "It's safe to vote!" Doctor says research may be misleading re: the need to treat Covid-19 with ventilators.

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Sam hosts Mike Konczal, Director of Progressive Thought at the Roosevelt Institute, to discuss the stimulus package and what Congress will do next. John Nichols (@NicholsUprising), National Affairs Correspondent at the Nation magazine, also joins Sam to discuss today's Wisconsin primary amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Mike Konczal, Director of Progressive Thought at the Roosevelt Institute, to discuss the stimulus package and what Congress will do next. Where are economists at with their understanding of the crisis? How the US will suffer without the built-in stabilizers of other countries. The intentional design flaws of the American unemployment system and the impact of Clinton-era welfare reform. What House Democrats should be doing differently. What phase four of the stimulus should focus on.

John Nichols (@NicholsUprising), National Affairs Correspondent at the Nation magazine, joins Sam to discuss today's Wisconsin primary amid the Covid-19 pandemic. How WI went from having good elections and public health to the current state of affairs. How conservative-held courts pushed through WI's elections after the governor tried to postpone them. How shutting down most polling stations will worsen crowding at the ones still open, particularly in cities. How should WI Democrats respond?

On the fun half: Trump says IG HHS report about 300 hospitals' lack of testing supplies: "it's wrong." Shoplifting tips from a caller. Footage from overburdened Milwaukee and Waukesha Wisconsin polling stations. Biden on the Democratic Convention and Wisconsin primary: "trust the science, decisions made by the courts." Sean Hannity calls for an economic task force featuring Art Laffer (of the discredited curve) and Stephen Moore. Tucker Carlson says we're going to regret shelter in place orders, says unless we explain why working is dangerous, we should go back to work. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Sam hosts Dr. Mark Alain Déry (@drdery), an infectious disease expert at Access Health Louisiana, to discuss the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and the Trump administration's response as it continues its spread across the continental US.

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Inclusive Action For The City is raising money for an emergency relief fund for street vendors in Los Angeles, as many food vendors are receiving little to no assistance from the state. Donate at https://www.inclusiveaction.org/covid19response

There is also a mutual aid network for Asian-American communities in LA County who are disproportionately affected by Covid-19. Donate here: https://tinyurl.com/qwkxp8f

Listener Heidi is a licensed behavior therapist and social skills coach specializing in children, teens and young adults with autism. She is set up for telemedicine visits, and can be reached at hmm1713@gmail.com

The Mask Crusaders is a group of costume designers and other theatrical types making and providing PPE to healthcare workers. Get involved or request PPE at https://mask-crusaders.com/

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Trump gives potentially deadly medical advice, tells people to take as-yet unapproved drug hydroxychloroquine for Covid-19: "What have you got to lose?” Doctor describes the potential side effects and dangers of hydroxychloroquine. Trump blocks Fauci from answering question about hydroxychloriquine.

Dr. Mark Alain Déry (@drdery), an infectious disease expert at Access Health Louisiana, joins Sam to discuss the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and the Trump administration's response as it continues its spread across the continental US. Déry's experience treating and tracking the virus at Louisiana's largest Medicaid clinic. The difficulties in tracking Covid-19 versus other diseases like HIV. Why we need to shift to antibody testing. The problems caused by the US refusing to adopt world testing standards. The best ways to protect yourself. How human development encroaching on nature contributes to the spread of new viruses.

On the fun half:

A caller expresses cynicism towards electoral campaigns as a tactic for progressive change. John Berman asks trade policy advisor why he's giving medical advice and challenging Fauci. Dr. Drew threatens to sue people for posting clips of his terrible Covid-19 comments. Woman going to church not concerned about Covid-19; "I'm covered in Jesus' blood." Kenneth Copeland preaches away Covid-19 to an empty church. Asked about delay in federal delivery of respirators, Trump tells reporter to "stop asking wise guy questions." Jim Clyburn says new committee will not investigate Trump administration's preparedness or response to Covid-19 during oversight committee investigation. Josh from Chicago provides a counterpoint to the first caller. The Cuomo brothers' conflict of interest.

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Sam hosts Chris Hayes, host of MSNBC's All In with Chris Hayes, and comedian H. Jon Benjamin. 

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--NYU med students are organizing the distribution of PPE to hospitals. Go to https://www.ppe2nyc.com
--Restaurant workers are in dire need of your assistance. Visit http://bit.ly/rwcfdonate to DONATE.
--The Swissvale Community Action Committee (SCAC) is a group in Swissvale, PA, (a neighborhood of Pittsburgh) which pushes for progressive change locally. SCAC is currently running a mutual aid program (MAP) -- organizing and dispatching locals who are willing to volunteer to take care of tasks during the pandemic on behalf of those who are most vulnerable.
--Universal Pro/DIY masks SAVES LIVES. https://www.maskupusa.org/
--Hudson Highlands Nature Museum workers need your help, you can donate here to help them reopen the park by June https://www.hhnm.org/ 
--The Pensacola DSA has a list of Covid19 needs request form and resources available here bit.ly/PensacolaCOVIDNeeds bit.ly/PenascolaCOVIDResources
--Narberth Community Food Bank (https://www.narberthcommunityfoodbank.org/) in Narberth, PA is in dire need of a freezer so that it is able to accept and store food for the needy in its community. You can donate here https://gofundme.com/f/x3njd-a-cause-i-care-about-needs-help
--http://mutualaid.nyc/ is a resource linked to blocks and neighborhoods. Those who can can sign up for specifics tasks and services they can provide and are linked to local coordinators, and those in need can sign up for services.
--https://ncov2019.live/data is a global coronavirus tracker designed by Avi Schiffman, who is only 17!

On today's show:

Chris Hayes and Sam Seder discuss their upstate retreats and how the age of Covid19 is bringing us back to the age of household production, like baking bread. The two explore the absurdity and cruelty of the new PPE market and the commercial entities that are price gouging states while the federal government enables it, and we subsidize it. Hayes and Sam broaden the conversation assessing the myriad of ways the Trump may be using the pandemic as a business opportunity. So what about the Democrats? Where is Democratic leadership demanding accountability and oversight? Hayes and Sam examine the strange duality and tension between expanded unemployment benefits and zero-interest loans to small businesses that keep their staff on board. This tension and failure to small business owners and workers could be explosive, heading into the fall elections. 

H Jon Benjamin, the famous comedian and voice actor, joins Sam to discuss his career and what it's like to voice various "drawrings." Sam does his best James Lipton Inside the Actors' Studio and Behind the Music of H Jon Benjamin. Benjamin also gives Sam some advice on how to get back into showbiz. Check out Jon's Instagram fundraising drives here!

And in the Fun Half: Does it matter if Bernie stays in the race? The stunning growth of joblessness in America, Trump says the economic recession is fake and will return to normal levels, the USS Comfort is a publicity stunt, Steve Mnuchin says there's enough oversight for the stimulus, the racial disparity in Covid19 infections, comparing a democratic leadership response on a state level, considering the Biden movement and hypocrisy in politics, helping food service workers with strike demands, plus your calls and IMs!

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Author and historian Harvey J. Kaye (@HarveyJKaye) joins Michael Brooks to discuss how our government's past responses to all-encompassing crises can help chart a path forward through the Covid-19 pandemic.

On today's show: Dr. Rishi Desai explains all the ways the Trump White House failed to contain Covid-19.

Author and historian Harvey J. Kaye (@HarveyJKaye) joins Michael Brooks to discuss how our government's past responses to all-encompassing crises can help chart a path forward through the Covid-19 pandemic. The GOP plan to keep workers powerless. The parallels between our current moment and the 1920s, when the economy was said to be "roaring" but was only actually roaring for capital. The contributions of FDR. How to do labor organizing when we are all stuck indoors? How the Farmers' Holiday Association agitated for power in the early 1930s. How down-on-their-luck New Yorkers helped each other survive in an encampment called Camp Thomas Paine. The dangers of not knowing our history.

On the fun half: Trump brags about being #1 on Facebook. Trump concludes press conference by praising Bolsonaro's efforts in Brazil. Asked what laid off workers should do for healthcare, Pence thanks insurance companies. A sidebar on how Jared Kushner got into Harvard. Trump praises Pence's healthcare answer, says he's impressed the VP didn't answer the question for five minutes.

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When Matt's video game takes up too much bandwidth, the MR crew accidentally broadcasts an episode of the Ken, Ken & Ken Show, the Stoughton area Number#1 Conservative, Constitutional, Anti PC, Freedom loving morning show with Scotso, the Deuce, The New Dork, and Stinky Bren Bren!

On today's show: Mitch McConnell says impeachment distracted Congress from Covid-19, compliments Tom Cotton for being first Senator to criticize Chinese. Trump says impeachment probably distracted WH efforts to combat Covid-19.

Ryan Grim (@ryangrim), a lib reporter from The Intercept, joins the KKK crew for a free exchange of ideas. If Dr. Anthony Fauci isn't talking to Hillary, why won't he turn over his phone records? Why don't libs want women like Kelly Loeffler to make money in the stock market? If "price gouging" by companies during a pandemic is bad, why is wage gouging by workers AOK?

Rich Lowry says Trump has silenced any "just the flu" arguments. Tuesday: Trump says it's never enough for some governors (re: Cuomo and ventilators). Sunday: Trump gives helpful career advice to reporter, says media should be nice to White House. Ben Shapiro says workers striking for safer conditions is the same thing as price gouging for protective equipment. Gorka says he had Covid-19 in January. James O'Keefe gets tested, says media is overblowing Covid-19 and it's just the flu. Christian Evangelist preacher, friend of arrested pastor, says he will hold Woodstock style Easter service. Call: Anthony from San Juan. My Pillow CEO says Trump is turning liberals because of Covid-19 efforts, calls critics of WH press conference "evil.” A call from Hunter Biden.

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Professor of Law and Political Science Rick Hasen (@RickHasen) joins Sam to discuss his new book, Election Meltdown: Dirty Tricks, Distrust, and the Threat to American Democracy as well as the impact of Covid-19 on the 2020 general election and remaining primaries. Nomiki Konst (@NomikiKonst) joins Sam for the fun half.

Plugs and Notices:

Confused about how college students should fill out the census? Watch this helpful video: https://youtu.be/B4Ee8ol_LxY

The Mutual Aid Tenant Collective of Hudson County, NJ (MATCH) is providing help to those who need it in the Covid-19 crisis via grocery/supply runs and tenant support. Donate via PayPal at hudsonmutualaid@gmail.com or Venmo at
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Jamie’s friend’s store, Cult Party, was broken into and robbed. They were already missing out on most of the Covid-19 stimulus programs because they are run as a co-op. Help them get back on their feet at https://www.gofundme.com/f/cult-party-robbery

Support independent book stores by buying audiobooks through libro.fm, not Amazon

Listener Dr. Eric provides telehealth services through https://amwell.com/cm/

A Facebook group called "COVID Assistance Network - Chester County [PA]" seeks to connect people who need assistance with local groups and others who are willing to help during this crisis: https://www.facebook.com/groups/545555112760833/

More info on making DIY face shields: https://nyinnovate.com/2020/03/26/face-shields-icreate/

Stony Brook University Hospital now accepting PPE donations: https://news.stonybrook.edu/newsroom/stony-brook-now-accepting-personal-protective-equipment-donations/

Texas company looking to dock paychecks for those receiving stimulus checks: https://tinyurl.com/rrlywqo

Check out Pop Culture Classroom at popcultureclassroom.org for tons of free resources and lesson plans including how to make comic books and/or games, educational history comics with teacher's guides, and lesson plans to accompany popular age-appropriate graphic novels.

Tracking real-time corona virus updates from around the U.S. and Canada at coronavirus.1point3acres.com

"I'm offering free tutoring for math and science courses using Zoom to help out students that need help getting through their online courses. The schedule is 3:30 to 5:30, Monday through Friday. All people need to do is use this link, https://zoom.us/j/6948404515, and I'll be there."

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Diamond & Silk suggest death numbers are being inflated to harm Trump's popularity.

Professor of Law and Political Science Rick Hasen (@RickHasen) joins Sam to discuss his new book, Election Meltdown: Dirty Tricks, Distrust, and the Threat to American Democracy as well as the impact of Covid-19 on the 2020 general election and remaining primaries. As the 2020 presidential campaign begins to take shape, there is widespread distrust of the fairness and accuracy of American elections on both sides of the aisle. Factors driving this include voter suppression tactics (particularly on the part of Republicabs), pockets of incompetence in election administration (often in large cities controlled by Democrats), and foreign and domestic misinformation campaigns. Hasen goes over how these currents have manifested in recent years and offers some ideas for reforms that might restore people's faith in the US electoral system.

On the fun half:

Governor of Montana Steve Bullock says he needs test kits, Trump says he hasn't heard about testing problems. IMAGE: Number of COVID-19 tests performed per 100K People (as of 3/30). Longtime Trump defender Mike Francesa blows up on air at Trump's Covid-19 failures. My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell gives "dear leader" appreciation speech about Donald Trump at WH press briefing. A caller on the negative political fallout of the crisis. Friday: Evangelical pastor says he will continue services because he has machines that can instantly kill any virus. Sunday: Trump says landlords will "take it easy" for tenants. Workers walk off the job at the Staten Island Amazon warehouse to demand safer conditions. Friday: Union rep tells construction workers they're free to go, "let's look out for each other." Biden says M4A would not help alleviate this crisis, says Covid-19 has not changed his stance on single payer. Sunday: Asked about his statements on governors needs, Trump denies prior statement, says journalists should be nice. A plug for genstrike.org, which is seeking to network a national movement of rent, debt and labor strikes.

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Author Adam Cohen joins Sam to discuss his new book, Supreme Inequality: The Supreme Court's Fifty-Year Battle for a More Unjust America.

Plugs and Notices:

Don't forget to fill out the census!

Instructions on making two different kinds of facemasks can be found at https://youtu.be/lKOcisLGfnU and https://youtu.be/ljldaY1dHyA

Best practices for dealing with potentially infected packages can be found at The Prepared (https://tinyurl.com/ua3bo97)

Get involved with a volunteer-run messenger group at https://covid19messengers.com

Donate to the NYC DSA's mutual aid Covid-19 relief fund at bit.ly/covid19aid

Austin's Coach Potatoes Sofa Factory has converted its entire operation to producing PPE for the city and those in need. Donate to their efforts at https://www.gofundme.com/f/sofa-factory-stops-production-to-make-ppe-masks

Jamie's friend's store, Cult Party, was broken into and robbed. They were already missing out on most of the Covid-19 stimulus programs because they are run as a co-op. Help them get back on their feet at https://www.gofundme.com/f/cult-party-robbery

Michele Happe is offering half-price life coaching sessions to MR listeners: https://www.mhappe.com

Luna Video Games in San Diego, CA is shut down due to the Covid-19 crisis. Visit their website for info on making purchases for curbside pickup, or to donate to their employees' GoFundMe: http://www.lunavideogames.com/howtohelp.php

Bit Drafted creates 3D models and is working on a 3D printer pattern for a ventilator: https://www.bitdrafted.com/

Urban Artifact, a bar in Cincinnati, OH, is shut down, but is approved to ship their sour and fruited beers. Check them out at https://www.artifactmerch.com

Refoundry trains formerly incarcerated people to repurpose discarded materials into home furnishings and mentors them into their own business and/or career path. Donate at https://www.refoundry.org/donate

Someone Cares is a soup kitchen in Costa Mesa, CA that is badly in need of supplies. Donate at http://www.someonecareskitchen.org

Buy Bernie-themed apparel and more at Ronkeyo Designs: https://teespring.com/stores/ronkeyo-designs

The Freelancers Union has a guide on how to apply for paid sick leave for affected freelancers: https://tinyurl.com/w2yusbm

Go here to donate to a fund to help hourly workers through the Covid crisis: https://www.gofundme.com/f/helphourlyworkers

Operation Dynamo is a platform for crowdsourced 3D printing of parts for machines related to Covid-19; volunteers will 3D print the necessary parts (e.g. parts for respirators) and send them to the hospitals. Get involved at https://operationdynamo.org, and contact nimashoghi@gmail.com with any questions.

On today's show: Author Adam Cohen joins Sam to discuss his new book, Supreme Inequality: The Supreme Court's Fifty-Year Battle for a More Unjust AmericaIn 1969, President Richard Nixon launched a reactionary attack on the Supreme Court, appointing conservative judges and dismantling the liberal majority that had, under Chief Justice Earl Warren, made landmark decisions in favor of the rights of the poor and racial minorities. Cohen traces the radical rightward swing of the courts that continues to this day, and makes prescriptions for what Democrats should (but have yet to) do to reverse it. Only when Democrats let go of the idea that the courts should be apolitical will they be able to effectively fight back.

On the fun half: Judge Jeanine is drunk on her show. Larry Kudlow asked why he said the virus was contained last month: "I'm as good as the facts are." Biden says it's "too harsh" to say Trump has blood on his hands. Dr. Anthony Fauci says we could see 100k-200k Covid-19 related deaths. Trump says government response will have been a success if only 200k people die from Covid-19. Mindy tells of her Twitter ban; follow her new account at @MaydayMindy1. Asked why GOP-led Florida got all requested supplies and Dem-led states have not, Trump says governors are happy. Trump attacks a CNN reporter for asking about when he said he wants Democratic governors to be more “appreciative.” DECEMBER 4: Constitutional law scholar during impeachment lays out why withholding aid is impeachable. Trump suggests maybe  NY hospital workers are stealing masks. Kowalski on why he thinks Trump will get re-elected. What the heck is up with Cliff? Fox & Friends mailbag question asks Trump about "special interests" in stimulus packages, Trump says Democrats are trying to make "levels of voting" such that Repulicans never win another election.

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Sam hosts Nomiki Konst (@NomikiKonst) of the Nomiki Show and Matthew Film Guy on this casual Friday!

Plugs and Notices:

Access a database of Covid-19 mutual aid groups in Australia here (https://tinyurl.com/uhbf74a)

Organized and United Residents of Michigan City is a community group organizing mutual aid projects and legislative demands in Michigan City, IN. Find out more at https://ourmc.org/

Go here to donate to journalist Hunter Walker's fund to support housekeepers and day laborers suffering from loss of income (https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-support-housekeepers-and-day-laborers)

Thinklab has a collection of Covid-19 related fundraisers at https://thinklab.com/site/gofundme.com

Follow @OaklandNurse on Twitter for updates from an ER nurse at a county hospital in Oakland, CA who is also the president of his SEIU Local 1021 chapter

Check out CareerOneStop for info on applying for Covid-19 specific benefits (https://tinyurl.com/tauwuk7)

The AFL-CIO has a state-by-state database of resources for workers affected by Covid-19 at https://aflcio.org/covid-19/state-resources

For info on applying for Medicaid, visit https://www.usa.gov/medicaid

Covid Collections is an initiative in NY/NJ which picks up small batch donations of extra PPE and delivers them to healthcare providers and facilities in need (https://www.covidcollections.com)

Next Gen America helps young people navigate the process of voting in elections (https://nextgenamerica.org/pledge-to-vote-2020/)

On today's show:

Nomiki Konst (@NomikiKonst), of The Nomiki Show, joins Sam to discuss the political and economic aspects of the Covid-19 crisis. Covid's impact on small businesses. Trump downplays New York's ventilator needs on Hannity. Ainsley Earhardt questions if NY really needs that many ventilators, says now is not the time for Cuomo to play the blame game. Is Trump saving the federal government's supply of ventilators for swing states? AOC slams the Senate's corporate bailout bill on house floor. The privatization that goes on under disaster capitalism. Will New York's Democratic primary be moved back or eliminated? Jamie returns for a discussion of former staffer Tara Reade's new sexual assault allegation against Biden.

On the fun half: Film Guy Matthew stops by to recommend some films: Zero Mostel plays a bad guy in Elia Kazan's 1950 noir "Panic in the Streets." Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Alan Arkin star in Zach Braff's 2017 heist comedy "Going In Style." The recently deceased have just one week to choose one memory to keep for eternity in Hirokazu Koreeda's 1998 fantasy-drama "Afterlife." Jeff Bridges stars in John Huston's 1972 neo-noir boxing drama "Fat City." And Candid Camera's 1970 hidden camera style reality film "What Do You Say To A Naked Lady?" provides a window into the casual misogyny of the time.

Trump says nobody could've prepared for this, that he inherited a broken situation, and he doesn't need the Deference Production Act. Trump says "things are being considered" for people with no health insurance, "a lot of different things." 2017: Steve Bannon says Trump's goal is the “deconstruction of the administrative state.” Matt Walsh, Daily Wire Christian-in-Chief, draws false equivalence between auto deaths & Covid-19 mortality projections. Dennis Prager skeptical of quarantine effectiveness, says quarantine should only stay in effect if death toll surpasses flu numbers (30,000 -50,000).

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David Dayen, the Executive Editor at The American Prospect, joins Sam to discuss the Senate stimulus package and the "money bazooka" it aims directly to large corporations and CEOs. Sam and Dayen break down how the bailout will work for industries like the airlines and workers. Dayen explains the absurdity of Democrats means-testing the one time $1200 lump sum, the complicated unemployment insurance expansion, and why the census delivery might be the best means to deliver aid to Americans. Dayen then describes how the Fed's leveraged lending will work and why the Democrats' oversight board will be ineffective, and it will create more significant wealth disparities.

And in the Fun Half: Michael and Sam critique the Senate bailout from the left, Bernie Sanders rails against GOP senators who are "concerned" about unemployment insurance payments, Hannity can't decide how to approach the bailout, Trump says the media wants everyone to suffer through Covid19, plus your IMs!

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Sam breaks down the Senate's $2T stimulus package with special guest Michael Brooks who makes his MR social distancing debut!

Plugs and notices:

-Donate to NYC DSA's Covid-19 relief efforts at bit.ly/covid19aid

-Ars Technica has up-to-date information on the Covid-19 pandemic here; it updates at 3pm every day.

-New info from the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment: It's possible, but unlikely, for the virus to be spread by infected people touching surfaces.

-Food safety and corona virus: a guide from Serious Eats

-Go here to find out how to donate to NYC hospitals

-Chilling interview with Dr. Scott Gottlieb notes that 56% of hospitalized corona patients in NYC are under age 50

-s/o to Costco workers on Long Island; reminder to observe the quarantine!

-Psychotherapist offers low sliding scale fees to MR listeners; ricardo@roblestherapy.com

-Verde Greens offers fresh farm boxes for pickup to customers in the Houston area

On today's show: Governor Cuomo suspends mortgages but not rent payments in New York. State Senator Mike Gianaris introducing a bill to freeze rents for tenants; NYC residents call your local reps!

Sam and Michael break down the Senate's $2 trillion stimulus package. The Democrats' utter failure to leverage Trump's homicidal incompetence. Should help for businesses and help for people have gone in two separate packages? The House version of the bill. The superior measures Denmark and South Korea are taking. Trump annoyed with governors criticizing his inaction: "it's a two-way street.” Boeing CEO David Calhoun on Fox Business: "We have other options" if government wants to condition bailout on getting a share in the company. Brit Hume supposes people are mad about Trump's Covid-19 response because we're polarized, which makes everyone mad about everything.

On the fun half: What could Biden do to appeal to Bernie supporters? Joe Biden flubs Covid-19 response statement on The View: "the cure will be worse than the problem." Bernie on MSNBC says that bailouts need to be done in a way that protects working people. Caller asks why he should vote for Biden when the Dems have been screwing him over for decades. Michael makes the case for the progressive left boycotting the election until certain demands are met. Trump says reopening country on Easter would be beautiful. Fauci's reaction when Trump says "deep state department."  Trump press secretary not sure if task force was informed about Trump's Easter Sunday decision. Raygun shares stories of government malpractice around Covid-19 and immigration courts.

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Dr. Danna Young (@dannagal), a Communication & Political Science Professor at University of Delaware, joins Sam to discuss her new book, Irony and Outrage: The Polarized Landscape of Rage, Fear, and Laughter in the United States

Plugs and notices:

-Donate to the NYC DSA's Covid-19 relief efforts at bit.ly/covid19aid

-Project N95 connects manufacturers of medical supplies with distributors, local governments, and hospitals to get supplies to where they are needed. Learn more or request to be connected at projectn95.com

-The Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota has a wealth of pandemic-related info on their website

-Get advice on how to properly use Covid-19 home testing kits at Stat News

-According to ACP Internist Weekly, it's probably fine to use NSAIDs like Advil if you have Covid-19 and can normally tolerate them

-The North Carolina AFL-CIO is pushing the state government to expand unemployment insurance for all affected workers in the state. Folks can send a letter here.

-Go here to donate to a relief fund for NC restaurant workers.

-Go here to sign a petition for NC Governor Roy Cooper to enact a rent/mortgage/utility payment freeze.

-Day One Disaster relief and Triangle DSA are looking for volunteers for their relief efforts; sign up here.

-ATTN WI VOTERS: It's important to vote for Jill Karofsky for the state Supreme Court on April 7! Absentee ballots can be requested online by March 30 with a proof of ID at myvote.wi.gov, and Jill Karofsky’s website is jillforjustice.com.

-shout out to the paramedics of NJ, specifically IAFF local 4610 and the Trinitas Hospital mobile intensive care unit in Elizabeth

-Out-of-work foodservice folks have created a Facebook group to share resources and help each other through the Covid-19 crisis. Look up "Food and Beverage Solidarity" on Facebook!

-Schwans home service is offering no-contact food delivery nationwide and they accept SNAP benefits. Download the Schwans app on Google Play or in the Apple app store or visit Schwans.com 

-Visit covidtotals.com for up-to-date info from Johns Hopkins University

-Reclaiming Our Homes is a coalition in LA that’s already helped several unhoused families move into vacant homes owned by CalTrans, the state highway department. Visit reclaimingourhomes.org/takeaction to learn more, donate, and get involved!

-Check out the 10 Percent Happier app for meditations to help you through the crisis: www.tenpercent.com/live

-Monocacy Farm Project grows produce for the emergency food system in the Lehigh Valley of PA. Donate at MonocacyFarmProject.org

-Watch the five night theatrical run of Michael Watson's 1920's comic Ithaqa for free via live-stream here, and go here to help fund the project.

-Sewing patterns for DIY facemasks can be found here.

-Order bongs, spoons and more from glass blower Wes Griffiths via his Instragram page, @deestrukt

-Check out the Non Applicable (N/A) podcast on politics, history, and current events here

-Help the Renassaince Faire industry recover from losses here

-Order quality Wisconsin cheese from Cheese Brothers at www.cheesebros.com.

-Go here to donate to the solidarity fund for nail technicians fighting for their rights in Portland, OR. Facebook: SOLIDARITY WITH FB NAIL TECHS

-NJ law firm Swartz Swidler is providing free consultations for those hoping to file claims under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

-Dr.Heidi Morein is setting up a private telehealth service; reach her at hmm1713@gmail.com

-Check out www.moonlittreedesigns.etsy.com for wreaths, floral arrangements, invitations, and printables.

-New free webzine @social_distanzine catalogs art made during this crisis; check it out at https://nosucharts.com/social-distanzine

-Subscribe to The Proletari@, a newsletter made in affiliation with the Tri-Ctiies Mutual Aid Network, the Northeast TN Workers' Alliance, and the Appalachian Liberation Library, by emailing prolenews@gmail.com.

-View the results of a Cambridge study on the relative efficacy of masks and mask alternatives here.

On today's show:

Dr. Danna Young (@dannagal), a Communication & Political Science Professor at University of Delaware, joins Sam to discuss her new book, Irony and Outrage: The Polarized Landscape of Rage, Fear, and Laughter in the United States. Comedians engaging in political satire tend to be liberal-leaning, while the right has a lock on angry opinion programs. Drawing on decades of research on political and media psychology, Young delves into the personality traits that shape what kind of media liberals and conservatives, respectively, like to consume.

On the fun half: Trump says coronavirus restrictions will be lifted "soon," dismisses health experts. A caller shares his firsthand account of the differences between the US and South Korea's Covid-19 response. Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick says grandparents would willingly die for the market economy. Trump won’t commit to public health experts’ advice, misidentifies states as countries. Ed Henry on Fox News: “Every life matters…but what is the balance?” Cow Guy business investor says Trump needs to have his "Churchillian Moment" and reopen the markets. Jamie calls in with updates on DSA activity, a rant about capitalism, and a recommended reading from Chinese journal Chuang. Laura Ingraham interviews Covid-19 patient who credits hydroxychloroquine with his recovery. Sean Hannity, with Mike Pence on the line, shares sketchy drug "regimen" that will supposedly keep people from getting infected. Raygun calls in with a film recommendation for Saul.

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Alex Sammon (@alex_sammon), staff writer at the American Prospect, joins Sam to discuss the Covid-19 stimulus and his new piece, "It’s Time to Nationalize the Airlines."

On today's show: Plugs and notices!

-The Doe Fund’s Good Food Works program has an innovative plan to deliver quality food and quality jobs to New Yorkers in need. Learn more and donate at ioby.org/project/good-food-works

-The Buff Tutor Network provides tutoring in the STEM fields: Bufftutor.com

-Support the arts by donating to the Author's League Fund and the Dramatists' Guild Foundation

-Donate to the Chico DSA's Butte County Mutual Aid Fund via GoFundMe here.

-Stocked Cafe in Brooklyn is open for business and delivering

-Donate to NYC-DSA's Mutual Aid COVID-19 Relief Fund at bit.ly/covid19aid

Alex Sammon (@alex_sammon), staff writer at the American Prospect, joins Sam to discuss the Covid-19 stimulus and his new piece, "It’s Time to Nationalize the Airlines." In light of the Covid-19 crisis, the Republicans want to offer the airline industry a no-strings-attached bailout; the Democrats' bailout has some strings, but not many. Tracing the history of airlines in the US, paying special attention to their deregulation under President Carter, Sammon makes the case that nationalizing the airlines would be the best option for the public good and perhaps even the airlines themselves.

US unemployment may hit 30% this summer (it was 25% during the Great Depression). Local Florida County Commissioner claims you can use a blowdryer to treat Covid-19. Covid-19 spread timeline in TN/KY.

On the fun half: Joe Biden finally releases short video on pandemic response. Trump says hospital workers should sanitize and reuse masks. Trump's WH had warnings from intel agencies going back to January, did nothing. Trump says he's not using the Defense Production Act because companies are doing the right thing anyway. Graph of Covid-19 spread in different countries shows the US is not flattening the curve. Poll: Democrats taking the pandemic more seriously than Republicans. FEMA administrator refuses to provide straight answer about shipping out the federal stockpile of masks. Why progressives should hate Andrew Cuomo. Does the MR crew wear pants when broadcasting remotely?

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Sam is joined by Alex Pareene (@pareene) of the New Republic and Brendan James (@deep_beige) of the new Iraq War podcast "Blowback," to recap the week's news and most important stories.

On today's show: Plugs and notices! New Everly Well Covid-19 test costs $135, should be free. NY state senator Andrew Gounardes and Bay Ridge Cares soliciting volunteers; sign up here. Wrong world ceramics making flasks, other things. Visit coworker.org to petition Trader Joe’s for hazard pay for its workers. Support the arts during this time: musicalartists.org/membership/relieffund, actorsfund.org. Support Invisible Mass Records. And don't forget justcoffee.coop!

Alex Pareene (@pareene), staff writer at The New Republic, joins Sam to discuss the political implications of the Covid-19 pandemic. Will Trump's poor handling of the pandemic hurt him politically? The Democrats have been terrible at assigning blame thus far, so probably not. The Democrats' utter failure in leadership. Burr, Loffler, others should be held to account for insider trading during a crisis. Where is Cuomo's plan? Sam narcs on some people for stealing from Home Depot.

Brendan James (@deep_beige), former producer of Chapo Trap House, joins Sam to discuss "Blowback," his new Iraq War podcast. The definition of "blowback." What history the podcast covers. The involvement of great talents like James Adomian and mediocre ones like H. Jon Benjamin. The right-wing utopianism involved in the US-led reconstruction of Iraq. The power wielded by neocon ideologues and weird horny college grads. The US failure to even get the oil. The regime change wish list and Rumsfeld's admission that Iraq was low-hanging fruit. The mysterious disappearance of billions of dollars.

Video calendar of Trump's statements on Covid-19. Richard Burr calls NPR report on his insider trading “tabloid style hit piece.” Tucker Carlson says Burr must resign and face prosecution, betrayed his country. March 10: Sen. Kelly Loffler (R-GA) after selling stocks, buying telework stock, tells constituents via Twitter that America is Prepared for Covid-19. Trump says it's not the federal government's job to provide supplies to states in need. Press conference: Trump says WH was prepared for Covid-19, just not for the media’s unfair scrutiny. Trump nods off during Covid-19 WH task force meeting. Where should the grassroots movement behind Bernie Sanders go from here? Joe Biden calls on every CEO in America to promise not to do stock buybacks.

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Sam takes over Thursday to discuss the state of the Covid19 pandemic and the government's response. Sam opens the show with Plugs and Notices from listeners and experts on causes and research most relevant to the on-going Covid19 pandemic. You can send your plugs or notices to reporters@majority.fm, and Sam will share them on an upcoming episode.

On today's show, Sam tackles how the bailout and Congress should allocate funds to industries like airlines and direct cash transfers to workers. The political gamesmanship between the White House and Congressional Democrats has not played out as the Democratic establishment hoped.

Sam and the team are working out technical difficulties as we move forward amidst the Shelter in Place Majority Report. Thank you for your support!

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On today's show: Dave Weigel (@daveweigel), political reporter at The Washington Post and proprietor of its election newsletter The Trailer, joins Sam to discuss Tuesday's results, the future of the Sanders campaign, and the impact of COVID-19 on primary elections and the upcoming general election in November.

On the fun half: Fox News ghouls change their tune on COVID-19 in WaPo compilation. MSNBC report: Trump lied about the WHO not offering test to the US. Timeline of Trump's COVID-19 statements. CNN's Dana Bash, who might need her head examined, says Trump is "the kind of leader that people need." Daily Wire says boomers aren’t taking the virus seriously because they’ve lived through many crises, contemplated mortality. Trump suspends foreclosures and evictions in April.

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Sam, broadcasting from his remote studio, is joined by Elie Mystal (@ElieNYC), Justice Correspondent at the Nation, to discuss his March cover story, "If We Don’t Reform the Supreme Court, Nothing Else Will Matter."

On today's show: Why aren't they postponing the primaries?

Sam is joined by Elie Mystal (@ElieNYC), Justice Correspondent at the Nation, to discuss his March cover story, "If We Don’t Reform the Supreme Court, Nothing Else Will Matter. The failures of both Bernie and Biden, respectively, to deal with the political nature of the Supreme Court. How "strict constructionism" is used as a smokescreen for a reactionary program. How the Federalist Society has stacked the court with conservative judges. The Democrats' failure to deal with (and/or tacit support of?) the SCOTUS' increasingly right-wing character. How can we reform the court? How could the GOP tamper with the 2020 election?

Will COVID-19 help or hurt Bernie's chances in the primary? We just don't know yet!

On the fun half: Biden's terrible record on Social Security. Tom Cotton says Democrat's House COVID-19 relief bill won't pass Senate because it doesn't go far enough, fast enough. Devin Nunes says you should go out to restaurants and pubs, then claims he meant drive-thrus and delivery. A plug for Bob Altemeyer's "The Authoritarian Personality." Stuart Varney says airlines deserve to be bailed out because they're "like a utility." Fox and Friends chide spring breakers in Florida for crowding beaches, promote Ainsley's friend's chicken salad chain restaurant (it's open, folks!). German start-up produced 1.4 million COVID-19 tests but the US turned them down. Daily Wire host says he hopes the virus will make women stay home with the kids more because that's what God wants, bashes public schools. Gristedes CEO says Trump has done everything right, is "tough enough" to force a vaccine out if a company has it.

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Sam breaks down last night’s debate and what to expect moving forward as the Majority Report does its part to flatten the curve with social distancing practices and telework. Sam discusses plans to move Majority Report production to his satellite studio and shares precautions listeners should take to help prevent the spread of the virus. Before leaving the MR studio for the foreseeable future, Sam examines the Trump administration’s inaction and its 2018 decision to disband the NSC pandemic response team. On this freebie Monday, in the second half of the show, Sam recaps last night’s Democratic debate between Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders. Sam explains why Sanders should have capitalized on Biden’s decision to attack Sanders “super PACs,” none of which the former Vice President could name. And why progressives need to start asking Biden about the “new normal” why his platform of returning to Obama-era policy is no longer possible in the wake of this pandemic.

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Ryan Grim of The Intercept joins the Majority Report to discuss the 2020 Democratic Primary, the latest news on Covid19, and the government's response to the growing pandemic. Sam and Grim discuss the state of the Democratic Primary in the wake of our growing public health emergency. They discuss the implications of Trump's inaction on Covid19, how Biden and Sanders should campaign against it, and why Republicans will turn on Trump if the pandemic overwhelms the US healthcare system. Sam and Ryan take a look back at Elizabeth Warren's decisions which led to the end of her campaign, and the implications of not endorsing Sanders, including what that means for her future as a figurehead for the Progressive movement. They also dive into Warren's relationship with Sanders and her feeling that Sanders is not a skilled politician; she still sees Sanders as the rabblerousing independent Senator from Vermont, not a nationally popular politician who can reshape the Democratic party. The two conclude their conversation forecasting Sunday's one-on-one Democratic debate in Washington.

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Journalist Kate Aronoff (@KateAronoff) joins Michael Brooks to discuss her latest in The New Republic "Joe Biden’s Sketchy Climate Record." The two discuss Biden's votes on climate and his undeserved credit for the Paris Agreement.

On today's show: Kevin McCarthy not concerned about test kits, says private company is "on the verge" of helping.

Kate Aronoff (@KateAronoff), staff writer at The New Republic, joins us to discuss her latest piece, "Joe Biden’s Sketchy Climate Record." Joe Biden has attempted to take undeserved credit for the Paris Climate Agreement, but that's only the beginning of his spotty record. Rather than the total transformation of the economy that's needed, Biden still favors the Obama admin's "all of the above" strategy, which leans on tax credits and the private sector to develop green energy, rather than placing limits on extraction.

Michael on the weaponization of corruption against left governments.

On the fun half: Kowalski updates us on his Congressional run. What's up with the Working Families Party? Joe Biden speaks on the corona virus, offers no good plan. Comparison: What the right thinks socialism is vs. what socialism is. Jim Cramer says administration knows nothing. Trump will save us with low interest loans and tax cuts. C-SPAN camera still rolling after Trump's address. Flashback, March 10: Trump says it will go away. Donna Shalala plays "Fight Song" during committee hearing on COVID-19.

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On today's show: Why Warren didn't endorse anyone. What should Bernie's strategy be going forward? Bernie gives a speech, leverages the young in a way that doesn't feel like a threat.

On the fun half: Jeff from GA is not giving up the fight. Jake Tapper says 2020 feels like 2004 all over again. Donna Brazile says Biden speaks his heart, doesn't think too much, is a man of passion. Jerry the Autoworker on Fox News, they stereotype him as speaking for anyone not from coasts. Trump says consumers are okay and that he's seen all kinds of contingencies re: COVID-19. Larry Kudlow looks kind of sleepy while standing behind Pence. Dr. Anthony Fauci tells Hannity viewers COVID-19 is 10x more deadly than flu.

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Dave Weigel (@daveweigel), proprietor of the Washington Post's The Trailer newsletter, joins the Majority Report to preview tonight's Democratic primary contests in Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, North Dakota, Idaho, and Washington.

On today's show: Biden says he didn't believe Iraq had WMDs. 2003: Biden says we need to take out Saddam, risk of not doing so is much greater.

Dave Weigel (@daveweigel), political reporter for The Washington Post, joins us to preview tonight's spate of Democratic primaries. The shift that's occurred since 2016 with regard to white working class voters and Bernie. How many more delegates could Bernie pick up in CA as mail-in votes are counted? How accurate are the polls this time? Steps the Biden campaign is taking to limit his exposure to the public. What's the deal with Warren's non-endorsement? The continued malfeasance of Warren's staff. Biden says he would veto m4a if passed by House and Senate. What effect will COVID-19 have on the primary and general election?

On the fun half: What is Elizabeth Warren thinking? Surrogate says Warren won't endorse Bernie because he campaigned in MA. NAFTA protestors at Biden rally in Michigan. Matt Binder supercut: Biden v. Bernie on NAFTA passage. Trish Reagan has a Trump impeachment meltdown over COVID-19. Bernie COVID-19 roundtable discusses the cost of NOT making the vaccine free. This morning: Alex Azar says he doesn't know how many people have been tested. Mike from PA calls in to rant about the progressive movement.

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Political scientist Davin L. Phoenix (@Davin_Phoenix) joins the Majority Report to discuss his book, The Anger Gap: How Race Shapes Emotion in Politics, and explains how anger animates political participation amongst different demographic groups in America.

On today's show: Trump visits Nashville after tornado damage, talks about boy carried by tornado.

Political scientist Davin L. Phoenix (@David_Phoenix) joins the Majority Report to discuss his book, The Anger Gap: How Race Shapes Emotion in PoliticsHow different groups respond to anger in the political sphere: older black people are less anger-driven than younger black people and whites of all ages. How Mitt Romney failed to mobilize anger. The perception/promise of progress under Obama and how it inspired young black people to ask for more. How durable will this "anger gap" be? The higher likelihood that young black people will express their political anger via non-electoral organizing like BLM.

On the fun half: Ben Carson says there's no plan for the Grand Princess docking in Oakland, says he can't share plan. CDC director Robert Redfield praises Trump. Why the CDC didn't use WHO test when there were CDC test problems. Ben Carson says not everyone needs a test. Surgeon General can't say how many Americans have been tested for COVID-19. The trajectory of COVID-19 in Italy. George Stephanopoulos asks if US should have more intensive community planning for pandemic, Ben Carson emphasizes personal responsibility. NOVEMBER: Morning Joe panel shares concern over Biden's cognitive decline. How Trump will beat Biden by suppressing Dem turnout. Don Jr. challenges Hunter Biden to a debate, says he will release his taxes. A caller on how his experience making calls for Bernie revealed Biden's vulnerability on trade.

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Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon) of the Benjamin Dixon Show and David Roth (@david_j_roth), writer at the New Republic and formerly of Deadspin, join Sam to discuss the week in news including the state of the 2020 race and Mike Bloomberg's historic failure to buy the presidency.

On today's show: Larry Kudlow tells people not to worry about COVID-19, keep working.

Benjamin Dixon joins us to break down the Super Tuesday results. Why did older southern black voters go for Biden? The impact of endorsements. How would a Warren endorsement affect Bernie's chances? Warren cites "organized nastiness" from Sanders supporters in first interview after ending her campaign. How tone policing is being weaponized to get the left under control. Prediction: more exposure will be bad for Biden.

David J Roth (@david_j_roth) joins us to discuss the absurdity of Bloomberg's run for office. Would it have gone differently with a less personally repellent billionaire? Comparisons to "The Magic Christian," a 1959 satirical novel about a billionaire who loves humiliating people.

On the fun half: CNBC Wall Street guy says we should preemptively infect everyone with COVID-19. Trump says COVID-19 is not that bad, people can go to work. NIAID director says president is not holding CDC efforts hostage, fields questions on why we're not using the WHO's test. Mindy's theory on why boomers don't care about Biden's mental decline. Trump on Warren's campaign: she lacked talent and she's mean. Charlie Kirk calls Trump the guardian of Western civilization. Charlie Kirk claims Bernie wants to tax you 52% for m4a. 2016: Charlie Kirk attacks Trump for going after Ted Cruz's wife. Sean Spicer's new show "Spicer & Co" premieres on Newsmax! NYT ed board and Brian Williams can't do math on Bloomberg campaign spending. Hillary Rosen whitesplains MLK Jr. to Nina Turner, then apologizes for disrespecting "angry black women."

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Daniel Bessner, Associate Professor of American Foreign Policy at the University of Washington, joins Michael Brooks to discuss his recent piece in The New Republic, "To End Forever War, End the Dollar's Global Dominance." Brooks and Bessner begin their conversation with an autopsy of Super Tuesday and an assessment of why the Biden campaign might not be as well-positioned as the media narrative leads people to believe. Bessner also looks at the way the Boomer generation voted so overwhelmingly for Biden in Tuesday's primaries and places it in the historical context of the "American Century." Brooks and Bessner consider the political realignment on the horizon where ownership of universal programs and anti-capitalist measures are up for grabs between the nativist right-wing and the progressive left. Pivoting to Bessner's recent article, the professor explains the electorate's failure to understand it's not just US military power that perpetuates US hegemony, but also the dollar's power. Bessner says anti-imperialists should make "monetary multilateralism" a core principle; it is the only way to assure nations' autonomy in the global market and the only way to prevent the US from pursuing its global projects. 

And in the Fun Half: the Bernie campaign moving forward, Bernie's Obama ad, concerns for Biden in the general, Trump trolls Bloomberg, the President tells his Fox News constituency they can go to work if they have covid19, plus your calls and IMs!

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The MR crew wraps up their Super Tuesday coverage with the help of Brandon Sutton (@prettybadlefty), host of The Discourse, and Alex Pareene (@pareene) of The New Republic.

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Dave Weigel from the Washington Post's The Trailer joins Sam to preview Super Tuesday and what to expect from the day's massive delegate haul.

On today's show: Chris Matthews retires, acknowledging how workplace behavior has changed. Biden can't quite quote the declaration of independence.

Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) joins us to discuss predictions for Super Tuesday. The impact of the Clyburn endorsement. Why did most of the turnout surge go to candidates other than Bernie? Obama's hands-off approach to influencing the election. How will white rural voters behave without a Clinton to vote against? What's up with the Warren and Bloomberg campaigns? How much would Bernie benefit from Warren dropping out? Tentative evidence on Bernie turning out non-voters, winning independents. Working Families Party says Warren will not endorse Biden.

On the fun half: Meghan McCain says Super Tuesday is Bernie supporters' Alamo, calls them dirty thugs. Fox and Friends says establishment (Perez, Clinton, Obama) is lining up to stop Bernie. Beto says we need Joe Biden to restore "moral authority" of the country. June 2019: Beto says Biden is a return to the past. Pete Buttigieg puts on a Texas drawl, says Biden will "win the era for the values we share." Sept 2019: Buttigieg (correctly) says Biden's message of returning to normal won't turn out voters in Midwest. Trump wonders why we can't use vaccine being tested now as soon as tomorrow. Trump wonders if we use the flu vaccine to fight COVID-19 too, right? 2000: Biden votes "yes" on tabling Wellstone amendment, which would have required drugs developed with public money to be sold at reasonable prices. 2000: Bernie advocates for affordable drug prices on House floor. A caller on why her conservative TX relatives like Bernie.

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Sam and the MR Crew bring you the latest headlines and stories to get you ready for Super Tuesday. Sean McElwee from Data for Progress joins to discuss the latest polls as well.

On today's show: Sam and Benjamin in Worcester MA.

Sean McElwee (@SeanMcElwee), co-founder and executive director of Data For Progress, joins us to talk South Carolina and beyond. The effect of the Clyburn endorsement. What will be the effect of Buttigieg dropping out? Would Warren dropping out help Sanders? Looking ahead to NC, VA, and TX. A vote for Warren is a vote for Biden.

On the fun half: FRIDAY: Trump calls COVID-19 the Democrats' "new hoax." Ronald Raygun bids farewell to Sam. Jon from San Antonio calls in with the latest numbers. Photo of Pence leading the COVID-19 team in prayer. Trump says he doesn't regret calling COVID-19 a hoax. Pence won't agree that he believes Democrats don't want people to get COVID-19. Alex Azar says he will take HHS whistleblower complaint very seriously. Biden says he has a game plan for his presidency, Bernie is "pie in the sky." The leftist origins of "pie in the sky." Churchgoers turn backs to Bloomberg's speech at Selma church. Trump debuts his "Mini Mike" material. Husband of LA DA pulls gun on BLM community leaders. Greek coastguard pushes back against Syrian refugees in dinghy.

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Comedian Kate Willett (@katewillett), Brandon Sutton (@prettybadlefty), and Dave Wiegel (@daveweigel) of The Washington Post join Sam on the last Casual Friday before Super Tuesday!

On today's show: The crew reacts to the New York Times' story about superdelegates threatening to steal the nomination from Bernie at the convention. What impact will the corona virus have on the election?

Dave Weigel (@daveweigel), of The Washington Post, joins us with an update from South Carolina, Biden's poll numbers, and the impact of mainstream press coverage. Biden's potential impact on Bloomberg. Dave's take on the NYT superdelegate story.

Trump Wednesday press conference on corona virus: "treat it like the flu, right?" Bad morale on floor of New York stock market.

On the fun half: Rush Limbaugh: "the corona virus is an effort to get Trump." Don Jr. says Democrats want corona virus to kill millions of people. Mulvaney repeats talking point that corona virus is an effort by the press to take down Trump. Fox News interviews man out of corona virus quarantine. Rep. Doggett (D-TX) asks Azar about N95 masks availability for healthcare workers. Garth Brooks wears Barry Sanders jersey to football game, angers fans. Betsy DeVos doesn't know or care how many charter schools are failing. Diamond & Silk go deep at CPAC.

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Alex Sammon of the American Prospect joins Michael Brooks to discuss his piece, "Barack Obama's Legacy Is Narendra Modi." Sammon and Brooks dive into how the former president helped rehabilitate the prime minister on the global stage, which helped set the stage for Modi's current anti-Muslim agenda in India. The two explain how Modi deliberately allowed the 2002 Hindu riots in Gujarat to transpire while he was the state's Chief Minister; this made him even too toxic even for the Bush administration, which barred him from obtaining a travel visa to the US. After Modi won the Indian Prime Minister election in 2014, Barack Obama invited him to the White House to reform trade between the US and India and looked the other way to Modi's humanitarian crimes. Advisors like Steve Rattner gave cover to Obama when they made the media rounds to praise Modi's government as a model of economic and social justice. Brooks and Sammon explain the diplomatic horse-trading between Obama and Modi, where the Indian PM would open markets to US investment and Obama would ignore the Hindu nationalist's authoritarianism in India. Brooks and Sammon conclude their discussion with a broader examination of liberal foreign policy, and how it will always be subject to the interests of the business investor class. 

And in the Fun Half: an update on Modi from a listener in India, Thomas Friedman wants a Democratic coup from "the grown-ups," Warren her position on superdelegates is not different from Bernie's in 2016, a Washington Post data team investigates Evo Morales election from 2019, Mike Pence called to save us from Coronavirus, Trump explains why he made cuts to CDC and HHS, plus your calls and IMs! 

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The MR crew brings you the news!

On today's show: Bloomberg wedges in his "joke." Bloomberg defends Xi, claims he's not a dictator. Bernie defends past comments on Cuba and China, calls out Bloomberg's support of Xi. Bloomberg slips, admits he bought Congress. Warren attacks Bloomberg on NDAs, treatment of female workers. Chris Matthews asks Warren why she believes accusations against Bloomberg. Bloomberg says he would've had more trouble amassing his fortune as a black man. Bloomberg lies about stop and frisk; judge who ordered an end to stop and frisk calls out Bloomberg, Biden's lies on MSNBC.

On the fun half: Chris Matthews issues on-air apology for comparing Sanders' NV win to Nazis taking over France: "I was wrong." Trump says US corona virus cases are down to ten. Larry Kudlow says US has contained the corona virus, economy is holding up nicely. How Democrats should capitalize on Trump's mishandling of corona virus. John Kennedy questions and berates acting DHS Secretary re: corona preparedness. Indian rioters tearing down mosque spire. Trump asked about Modi's anti-Muslim policies, says travel ban is not religious discrimination because SCOTUS said so. Project Veritas catches ABC News correspondent criticizing corporate media. Fact checking vs. capitalism. How likely is the DNC to steal the nomination from Bernie at the convention?

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Syracuse University Professor of Political Science, Elizabeth F. Cohen, joins the Majority Report to discuss her new book, Illegal: How America's Lawless Immigration Regime Threatens Us AllIn it, Cohen chronicles the past century's history of immigration, white nationalism, and the militarization of the border in the 1980s.

On today's show: Pope of the Jews Ben Shapiro calls Bernie a JINO.

Elizabeth F. Cohen joins the Majority Report to discuss her new book, Illegal: How America's Lawless Immigration Regime Threatens Us All. The Trump administration has intensified the persecution of immigrants to a fever pitch in recent years. In this book, Cohen traces the history of immigration restrictions in the US and the factors driving them, from the Johnson-Reed Act of 1924, to the Hart-Celler Act of 1965, to the War on Drugs, to the post-9/11 era. She ends with some recommendations on how to improve immigration policy.

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Sam and the Majority Report crew are back from their hiatus to bring you the latest news stories, including Bernie's resounding win in Nevada, Trump's latest loyalist appointment, and updates on the most crucial court decisions in 2020.

On today's show: Bernie speaks about uniting a rainbow coalition to defeat Trump at San Antonio rally. Bloomberg says he will "make the whole country behave" in musical staged at fundraiser. A wrap-up of news from over the break, including: Supreme Court cases, troubling climate change stats, Greyhound bans ICE from its buses, EPA un-bands mercury, and China's handling of the corona virus. Kris Jansen on MSNBC sighs as she reports Latinx voters voted overwhelmingly for Bernie. Warren supporter takes down sign, explains why she will support Bernie. Eric Kingsburg, elder millennial, explains to Boomer dad why young people like Sanders.

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Happy Friday! Sam hosts author Joe William Trotter to discuss his new book Workers on Arrival: Black Labor in the Making of America. Sam also interviews progressive candidate Jessica Scarane, who is running in the Democratic primary for Delware's Senate seat currently held by Chris Coons.

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Happy Thursday! Sam hosts Thom Hartmann to discuss his new book The Hidden History of the War on Voting: Who Stole Your Vote and How to Get It Back

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Happy Wednesday! Sam hosts author Stuart Schrader to discuss his new book Badges Without Borders: How Global Counterinsurgency Transformed American PolicingSam also interviews progressive candidate Andrew Romanoff, who is running in the Democratic primary for Colorado's Senate seat currently held by Cory Gardner.

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Happy Tuesday! Sam hosts Ganesh Sitaraman of Vanderbilt Law School to discuss his new book The Great Democracy: How to Fix Our Politics, Unrig the Economy, and Unite America. Sam also interviews progressive candidate Morgan Harper(@mh4oh), who is challenging Joyce Beatty in Ohio's 3rd District.

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Nancy Pelosi's primary opponent Shahid Buttar joined Sam to discuss his effort to unseat her from the left.

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Then, Michael Rothfeld joins us to discuss his new book, "The Fixers" on the bottom-feeders who helped Trump take the presidency. What the National Enquirer had to do with Trump's victory. How Arnold Schwarzenegger was protected in the same way Trump was. Trump's sensitivity about his dirty laundry. Michael Cohen's role despite not being a good lawyer. Who is Trump's Roy Cohn?


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Sam hosts Emma Vigeland of TYT (@EmmaVigeland) and Ben Dixon of the Benjamin Dixon Show (@BenjaminPDixon) to discuss the week's top stories.

On today's show: Hero takes selfie with Bloomberg, gets him to say "stop and frisk!"

Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon) joins us to discuss his discovery and viral propagation of the racist Bloomberg video. How do we get this information out to black voters to stop this oligarch from buying the Democratic Party and ruining our democracy? Ben has thoughts. NYT video on Tyquan, a stop and frisk target during Bloomberg's administration. 2008: Michael Bloomberg says ending redlining caused the housing crisis(!) Bloomberg claims we improve education by cutting teaching force in half, doubling class size. Study Hall offers microgrant for memes that spread the truth about Bloomberg. Warren attacks Bloomberg for trying to buy the election. Bloomberg's sexual harassment lawsuits. Bloomberg says he's friends with Trump. Bloomberg claims dummies in flyover states don't understand trans people.

On the fun half: Bill Barr says Trump's tweets make it impossible for him to engage in a cover-up. Kamala grills Barr in Mueller hearings. Giuliani is losing his mind on Ukraine disinformation. Former Ohio state wrestler testifies Jim Jordan called him crying on July 4th.

Virgil Texas (@VirgilTexas) of Chapo Trap House brings the wonk party re: the NH primary, voter turnout, and the biggest threat to Bernie.

Dennis Prager says it's not fair white people can't say the N-word. Katie Porter questions census director on RNC mailers "2020 Congressional District Census."

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Happy Thursday! Michael Brooks hosts Eric Blanc, author of Red State Revolt: The Teachers' Strike Wave and Working-Class Politics, to discuss his experience organizing, the state of strikes in France, and why single-payer is the way forward on healthcare.

On today's show: Woman protests Bloomberg rally in Tennesee.

Eric Blanc, author of Red State Revolt: The Teachers' Strike Wave and Working-Class Politics, joins us. What's going on with the protests and strikes in France? How Emmanuel Macron's attacks on the French welfare state sparked an explosion in class struggle. How workers in red states managed to triumph in recent labor battles here in the US. How Medicare-for-all would help unions by taking healthcare off the bargaining table.

On the fun half: Bernie says he has more union support than Pete will ever have. Why the head of the Culinary Union in Nevada is spreading disinformation about Medicare-for-all. Bernie responds to James Carville's crusade against the Sanders campaign: He's a hack. One of Amy Klobuchar's biggest backers is an evil agribusiness company. Warren impliesss that Bernie has super PACs and ssssucks up to wealthy donorssss. If Bloomberg gets the Democratic nomination, should people vote for him? Bloomberg responds to pushback over his racist 2015 Aspen Institute speech about stop and frisk. Jumaane Williams says Bloomberg had 10 years to apologize for bad policies, says Bloomberg can't be bought because he's doing the buying. The Fat Jew takes a stand.

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On today's show: Bloomberg with Christine Lagarde at the IMF in April of 2018 on the virtues of regressive taxation. Bernie wins NH primary! Trump to AG Bill Barr: "Congratulations" for undermining Roger Stone prosecutors. Trump asked about Roger Stone, says he has an "absolute right" to tell the Justice Department what to do.

On the fun half: Jordan Peterson's daughter gives weirdass "update" on her dad's health, news outlets uncritically convey it. Bloomberg is sorry he took so long to understand the effects of stop and frisk. Jamaal Bowman, Matt Binder tweet damning facts re: Bloomberg and stop and frisk. Bloomberg's horrible record on racial justice. Mark Levin calls Bernie a "radical statist Marxist" who has never changed a tire or taken blood and is racist for moving to VT. Ben Shapiro says Bloomberg was right to defend stop and frisk and that he distrusts Trump's criminal justice reform because "a lot of these people" are going to increase the crime rate if let out of prison. Trump still blames 2016 loss in NH on voter fraud, "hundreds of buses" from MA. Van Jones comments on CNN that Bernie is a phenomenon but cable pundits won't talk about him. Sunny Hostin takes Amy Klobuchar to task for her record as a prosecutor after highlighting her lack of support from POC. Nina Turner on with Chris Hayes responds to Culinary Union leadership attacking Bernie on healthcare in NV.

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Happy Tuesday! We're previewing tonight's New Hampshire primary with Dave Weigel proprietor of the Trailer from the Washington Post. Looking back at the last week of electoral primary, Weigel says the most significant outcome from the Iowa app debacle was how it shifted the narrative, helping Pete Buttigieg surge in New Hampshire. Meanwhile, Weigel diagnoses what went wrong with the Biden campaign and explains how the Bloomberg 2020 campaign is changing the way billionaires can dictate a primary on the Democratic side. Sam and Weigel conclude their conversation with a discussion about how to motivate voters who low-information, low-stake voters to go to the polls in November.

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Happy Monday! Sam is back from his quick trip to New Hampshire and is joined by the executive editor at the American Prospect David Dayen to discuss his latest, "Welcome to the Bullshit Economy," which examines why our economy rewards grift over competency. Sam and Dayen take stock of the Democratic Party leadership after its chaotic week in Iowa. Dayen expounds why projects like Shadow and Acronym typify our Bullshit Economy, where self-dealing and denial of responsibility are endemic to its survival at the expense of average Americans and our most essential institutions. Sam and Dayen also look forward to tomorrow's primary in New Hampshire and how it might shape the field for the Nevada caucus and the South Carolina primary. 

And in the Fun Half: Joe Biden's Dog Face Pony Soldier, Bernie Sanders' new defense against "socialist" critiques, Obama's record on the housing crisis, a ground report from Las Vegas ahead of the Nevada caucus, Pete Buttigieg McKinsey-speaks his way through his dread policing record, Amy Klobuchar offers empathy she can't deliver, how to convince your friends to not vote Bloomberg, the Kennedy legacy in Massachusetts, the importance of the Romney vote to remove Trump from office, Lindsey Graham completely flummoxed defending Rudy's claims that he "has the goods," Clinton's 2016 modeling problems, 

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Direct download: 2-10-20-David_Dayen-pub.mp3
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Comedian David Feldman (@David_Feldman_) and The New Republic's Alex Pareene (@pareene) join us for Casual Friday. And check out Alex's new podcast at the New Republic The Politics of Everything.

On today's show: 2017: Mayor Pete extols Bernie's ability to work across the aisle and the Senator's consistency. 2o2o: Pete says his issue with Bernie is his "my way or the highway" approach. The Iowa disaster, self-dealing, and the circle jerk of patronage that led to the Shadow/Acronym app situation. MSNBC analyst says it's disingenuous of Bernie to say he won Iowa. Jimmy Dore says Iowa is the reason we don't have serious policy discussion.

David Feldman (@David_Feldman_) joins us to talk the Democratic primaries, party unity, and being a lefty from way back.

On the fun half: Trump exoneration speech: calls FBI scum. Trump says deep state was trying to overthrow him. Larry King interrupts Dave Rubin State of the Union live stream to talk about baseball. Jason Johnson says Bernie has raised more money, but Warren has more donors. "Why didn't you stay in Mexico?" Racist white dad interrupts Mexican dad at diversity and inclusion meeting at Michigan school.

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Direct download: 2-7-20-Alex_Pareene-David_Feldman-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:58pm EDT

Happy Thursday, Michael Brooks hosts Connor Kilpatrick from the Jacobin to discuss "Mayor Pete Was the Kinda Kid Who Unplugged the Sega If He Was Losing" and the state of play in the Democratic primary and what will happen to the Pete Buttigieg campaign. Just as the interview with Connor began, Tom Perez tweeted that there would be a "recanvass" in Iowa, where the Iowa Democratic Party will double-check existing records, further delaying the final results in Iowa. The news all comes on the heels of reports that Bernie Sanders nearly closed the state delegate equivalent between himself and Pete Buttigieg. The IDP and DNC's seemingly endless failures on display this week has further illustrated the party's incompetence and the shortcomings of our current meritocratic system. Shifting gears, Michael and Connor explore Buttigieg's career history, his connections to different sources of institutional power, and why establishment Democrats have put their hopes into a college town mayor from Indiana for 2020. The two close out their conversation considering Sanders fundraising haul for January. 

And in the Fun Half: Briahna Joy Gray on the Sanders campaign organizing satellite campaign, the DNC recanvassing catastrophe, support for Omar Fateh in Minneapolis, reframing democratic socialism for 21st century Americans, Jason Johnson takes the mantle of the online billionaire-defender, the significance of Mitt Romney's vote to convict Trump on the abuse of power impeachment article, Lindsey Graham is mad, Sebastian Gorka calls Romney a millennial, we revisit Gorka's war college dissertation, inheriting the white supremacy and the "Bernie Bro" moniker, how we warp sociopolitical language and diminish its value, plus your calls and IMs! 

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Direct download: 2-6-20-Conor-Kilpatrick-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:44pm EDT

News with MR crew and Dr. Rob Davidson (@DrRobDavidson) joins us to discuss Medicare.

On today's show: Steve Kornacki explains the convoluted Iowa caucus delegate count.

Dr. Rob Davidson (@DrRobDavidson), ER doctor and Executive Director of the Committee to Protect Medicare, joins us. Davidson discusses his confrontation with Mike Pence over "block grants," a GOP strategy to force states to make cuts to Medicaid. What block grants mean and the major upcoming votes. How the Medicaid expansion has impacted patients. The longterm damage to productivity incurred by cuts to public healthcare programs. How doctors' conversion from small business owners to wage workers has impacted their support of m4a. Find out more at committeetoprotect.org.

On the fun half: Trump panders to POC (but not the ones from other countries) in SOTU. Trump lies about less people on food stamps. Trump lies about protecting patients with pre-existing conditions. Trump lies about USMCA. Rush Limbaugh surprised by medal ceremony which had been reported by multiple news outlets. Would the MR crew ever vote for Bloomberg? Trump says "stankuary." A caller on how unions in Nevada may play a role in that state's primary. Nancy Pelosi applauds Juan Guaido faster than anyone else at SOTU. Pelosi tears up Trump's speech #nancytheripper. Jason Johnson gets mad at Nina Turner for calling Bloomberg an oligarch. James Carville is losing it over Bernie Sanders and Democratic strategy.

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Direct download: 2-5-20-Rob_Davidson-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:29pm EDT

We're live tonight from the Brooklyn to cover the Trump's State of the Union. We also breakdown the 62% reported results from Iowa caucus, the self-dealing plaguing American meritocracy and the Democratic establishment, and suffering Rush Limbaugh receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom. We close out the show with Democratic responses from Michigan Gretchen Whitmer and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

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Direct download: 2-4-20-SOTU-2020.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:43pm EDT

Sam and MR Crew host Benjamin Dixon, Ryan Grim, and Virgil Texas the evening of the Iowa Caucus!

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Direct download: 2-3-20-Iowa_Caucus.mp3
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Happy Monday! It's finally here, after more than a year of campaigning, the Democratic presidential hopefuls put in their final pitches before Iowans head to their local precincts to caucus. Dave Weigel of the Washington Post's The Trailer joins us to give the state of play in the Democratic race. And we'll be back for live coverage this evening around 8 PM EST. Weigel recounts his 60+ days in Iowa and fills listeners in on the story behind the scrapped Des Moines Register poll. In trying to predict how the 2020 Democratic primary will shakeup, Weigel admits it's hard to tell because of the lack of polling this cycle. Then, Sam compares the Bernie Sanders 2020 campaign to the Howard Dean campaign in 2004. Weigel then describes each candidate's closing message before tonight's caucus and why Buttigieg has not pulled away from the pack the way Obama did in 2008, despite imitating the 44th president's message. Sam and Weigel consider why power players have not attacked Sanders more comprehensively. Finally, the two conclude their conversation explaining the process for tonight's delegate count. 

And in the Fun Half: Chris Matthews' contempt for leftists, looking forward to Super Tuesday, how Trump will treat his exoneration, Chris Christie is right for almost 80 seconds about Mike Bloomberg, understanding China's economy, an upcoming mansplaining convention, the Bernie Sanders campaign's organizing has checked all the boxes in Iowa, reports from precinct captains, in 2016 Rachel Maddow congratulates Bernie's efforts to help Hillary, Rashida Tlaib is fed up with Hillary's comments about Bernie, how to best address Hillary's attacks on Bernie,

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Direct download: 2-3-20-Dave_Weigel-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:28pm EDT

Happy Friday! Sam has a full slate to help recap the week's top headlines, including, Chris Hayes, David Roth, and Matthew Film Guy! Chris Hayes returns to the Majority Report for his first appearance in three years to discuss the Senate impeachment trial, Alan Dershowitz's absurd defense of executive power, and what lies ahead for senators up for reelection in purple states. Then, David Roth, formerly of Deadspin, is back to spread the word about the new Unnamed Temporary Sports Blog, which will publish the blogs the Deadspin writers couldn't after they resigned en masse last fall. Finally, Matthew Film Guy shares photos from Sundance Film Festival, where he did everything but go to film screenings. 

And in the Fun Half: John from San Antonio shares the latest polling and delegate counts in the Democratic primary, Donald Trump never discussed Biden corruption before the former Vice President launched his 2020 campaign, Trump's lies about farmers like he lies about any marginal group, an ER doctor tells Mike Pence that block grant Medicaid will hurt patients, right-wing Jewish family members, Jimmy Dore doesn't do his homework, Pam Bondi struggles during the question period of the Senate impeachment trial, manufacturing consent amongst capitalists, plus your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 1-31-20-Chris_Hayes-David_Roth-Matthew_Weiss-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:25pm EDT

Happy Thursday! Michael Brooks is back to host the Majority Report and is joined by Meagan Day to discuss her recent pieces in the Jacobin“How to Clean Up the Welfare State” and “Joe Biden’s Checkered Ethical History Is Fair Game for Criticism.” 

Michael and Meagan begin their conversation discussing the importance of door-knocking before your state’s primary. Meagan recounts her conversations with potential voters in California and how she discovered most voters are undecided, and organizers can have a significant impact on persuading them. Michael and Meagan go on to consider the Democratic primary and what the two frontrunners, Biden and Sanders, would look like matched up against Trump. Meagan points out that Trump has been giving a lot of attention to “Crazy Bernie” on the stump. She welcomes a 2020 election that centers whether or not it’s “crazy” to provide healthcare to all, climate justice, and other human rights. To Meagan, there’s a clear distinction between Trump and Bernie’s record on corruption and advocating for working people.

Conversely, Meagan argues, Biden does not offer such a clear difference between himself and Trump. She and Michael layout Biden's record of corruption and his efforts to reform social security. Biden's history makes him an easier target for Trump in a general election and would reinforce the impression that there's little distinction between the two candidates and not bring people to the polls. Michael and Megan conclude their conversation addressing the perception of the American welfare state and how expanding universal programs would help strengthen support for it. 

And in the Fun Half: TBT Biden's history of plagiarism, Bloomberg ads on MR videos, Klobuchar's damaging DA history, Jared Kushner and Netanyahu have no respect for the human rights of Palestinians, the utility of leftists appearing on Fox News programs, notes from the ground in Iowa, Bloomberg's NDA silencing, Big Gay Ice Cream is the best, plus your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 1-30-20-Meagan_Day-pub.mp3
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Happy Wednesday! Sam  breaks down the latest headlines including the rash of anti-Bernie op-eds and ads landing just days before the Iowa Caucus. The arguments put forth by Jonathan Chait and David Frum fail to recognize the reality of the 2020 election and that its focus will center Donald Trump and defeating him. Their belief that Bernie Sanders is a uniquely unelectable candidate is unfounded for a variety of reasons all of which Sam explores in today's episode.

And in the Fun Half: reports from the Women's March in North Carolina, Kowalski defends the military budget in theory, the White House says Bolton's book contains top secret information that can't be revealed, some boots-on-the-ground reporting from Iowa, Libertarian Corn Pop calls in, Ronald Raygun explains the new Public Charge laws, college admission changes, Mindy's ex-husband loves Joe Rogan and will vote for Bernie,  plus your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 1-29-20-Sam-Seder-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:13pm EDT

As the Senate impeachment trial of Donald Trump continues into its eighth day, Sam is joined by historian Brenda Wineapple to discuss the impeachment of Andrew Johnson and her latest book, The Impeachers: The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a Just Nation

On today's show: March 2018: Lou Dobbs excited to welcome John Bolton back to White House. Lou Dobbs last night: John Bolton is a tool for the "radical Dims and the deep state."

Historian Brenda Wineapple joins us to discuss the impeachment of Andrew Johnson and her latest book, The Impeachers: The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a Just NationWith the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, his VP Andrew Johnson became an unlikely successor to the president widely credited with ending chattel slavery in the US. Johnson then proceeded to use his executive powers to oppose many aspects of Reconstruction, pardoning rebel leaders and defying the will of Congress. Wineapple examines this history, from how Johnson ended up as Lincoln's VP in the first place, to his use of executive power to uphold white supremacy, to the precedent set by the Senate's verdict not to remove him from office. This history seems especially relevant in light of current events.

On the fun half: Country singer John Rich tries to stop a school from teaching about white privilege. Chris Matthews says Bernie wouldn't stop his car to help an average person. Counterpoint: Woman in wheelchair recounts how Bernie helped her avoid getting hit by a car. Steve Rattner on the need for a viable centrist to stop Sanders. Rattner says there's a lot of activity to stop Bernie. Pete Buttigieg, with a straight face: "Polls show I'm the best candidate to take on Trump." Buttigieg remembers Kobe Bryant's excellence on the basketball field. Ben Shapiro says Bernie would've aligned with USSR (hence Nazis) in WW2. Jay Sekulow's brother Jordan, 37, is drunk on TV. Sean Hannity says conspiracy to commit murder is not a crime. Pete Hegseth says the 21st century is 25 days old. Josh from Chicago gives an on-the-ground report re: canvassing for Bernie in Iowa.

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Direct download: 1-28-20-Brenda_Wineapple-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:38pm EDT

Happy Monday, MR listeners! We're back with a full slate of news and joined by Nomiki Konst of the Nomiki Show.

On today's show: Trump reveals the moment he became pro-life at March For Life. Mitt Romney wants to hear from John Bolton. Bernie is surging in Iowa! Last week: Biden lies about freezing social security: "I didn't propose a freeze." Sunday: Biden defends stance on social security cuts/freezes: "That was over 20 years ago." Bernie won't apologize for critique of Biden's record on social security.

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Direct download: 1-27-20-Nomiki_Konst-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:25pm EDT

Brandon Sutton (@PrettyBadLefty) and Film Guy Matthew Weiss (@langdonboom) join us.

On today's show: Fox Business reporter explains his scoop about Obama wanting to speak out against Bernie. Medicaid block grants under Trump outsource cuts to states. The significance of Obama-to-nobody voters and the prevalence of POC in that demo. The role of race and gender rhetoric, and how those categories are connected to class.

Film Guy Matthew (@langdonboom), official MR film critic, calls in to give us an on-the-ground report from the Sundance Film Festival.

The critique that Bernie hasn't been vetted: lol wut? What kinds of attacks could Trump use on Bernie? Warren confronted by mad dad who paid off daughter's student loans. Dan Crenshaw says student loan forgiveness is "buying votes." Sylvia Garcia explains how Senate Ukraine caucus supported Victor Sholkin's removal. TUESDAY: Josh Hawley says there are no new facts presented by House impeachment managers. FRIDAY: Tim Scott: House impeachment managers have not added a single fact to the record (despite votes to do so). Rick Scott is upset he can only drink water during the impeachment trial. Rudy on Fox and Friends sounding like a Q-Anon believer. Acting ICE director says they intend to deport DACA recipients if SCOTUS rules w/ Trump.

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Happy Thursday, Michael Brooks hosts Paul Heideman to discuss his latest piece in the Jacobin, "The Third Way is the Past. Socialism is the Future," which tracks neoliberalism's failures, particularly its rejection of the left, and why Democratic Socialism is on the rise. Michael and Heideman begin their conversation tracing the history of Third Way politicians, keeping it limited to parties that had a history aligned with social democratic policies. Heideman highlights programs like federal block grants as a policy change that pared back the welfare state and allowed states to divert funds away from the people and to partisan political projects which functioned to open the free markets. Michael and Heideman shift gears to the UK and Tony Blair's failure to maintain power after his blunders through the Iraq War alongside the marketization of the NHS and education policy in parliament. Heideman argues that Third Way politics in England imploded because New Labor had to own the Iraq War, while the Democrats could blame Republicans for our Mid East blunders. Third Way politics in America have eroded slowly during the Obama presidency after the 44th president's limited bailout reforms and growing wealth inequality. And while Clinton's loss in 2016 seemed like Third Way's demise, it may last a few years longer if Joe Biden can win in 2020. Michael and Heideman conclude their conversation considering why socialism is the best antidote for a runaway capitalist system controlled by oligarchs. 

And in the Fun Half: continuing the question of racism's core, useful tips for Bernie phone-bankers, Jim Messina says Bernie is the least electable Democratic candidate, Amy Klobuchar gets the much-coveted Comedy Writers endorsement, a look back at Bernie's consistency, TBT: Jim Messina's homophobic political ad from 2002, a clip of Michael's Lula interview, Zoe Lofgren makes a salient point--we need transparency in government, the Fox & Friends audience do not care about impeachment at all, plus your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 1-23-20-Paul_Heideman-pub.mp3
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The MR crew breaks down the news.

On today's show: Chris Coons is setting himself up to be a power broker, block progressive agenda. Donate to his primary challenger at jessfordelaware.com! Biden rejects the claim that Bernie is ahead of the VP with black voters under age 35. Trump still complaining about Schiff paraphrasing, says WH has all the material. Jay Sekulow resentful of "lawyer lawsuits;" Adam Schiff responds. John Roberts reprimands lawyers/impeachment managers, reminds Senators of the dignity of the Senate.

On the fun half: Sam and Jamie speak with a surprisingly reasonable libertarian. Biden ad attacks Bernie ad on social security, says he's wanted to protect SS his entire career, will increase benefits. Bernie ad features audio of Biden saying he wants to cut SS in the '90s. 2008: Joe Biden says "absolutely" you have to put SS on the table. Joe Rogan says he'll vote for Bernie...wishes he'd pick Tulsi as running mate. Buttigieg has his "please clap" moment in NH. Josh from Chicago on canvassing in NH. How to support the Palm Beach County Tenants Union: @pbctenantsunionpatreon.com/pbtenantsrising. Kowalski invites Sam to a Polish heritage festival. Biden gets defensive with journalist re: Bernie's apology. A caller on the material origins of right-wing populism.

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Direct download: 1-22-20-Sam_Seder-pub.mp3
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Happy Tuesday! Author and organizer Jane McAlevey joins Sam to discuss her new book,  A Collective Bargain: Unions, Organizing, and the Fight for Democracy, on how workers must continue to fight with broad-based supermajorities across the working class. McAlevey and Sam begin their conversation discussing the state of labor organizing in America during the Trump era and the recent progress of teacher unions across the country. McAlevey explains how Collective Bargain differs from her previous books and the need to reeducate the working populace on unions and their common misconceptions. McAlevey contextualizes the benefits of unions through Silicon Valley labor practices. She describes how tech become a new arena for organizing in 2020, where forced arbitration agreements leave workers with very little agency over their labor or workplace environments. There is no way around collective organizing if tech workers want to change their company's culture--it cannot happen in a top-down system. Beyond one's place of employment, looking at the state of the judiciary system and the campaign finance laws, the best (and possibly only) tool working people have in our society is to organize with strategic strikes that shut things down in the streets. That is how workers will win in a post-Trump era.   

And Nomiki Konst joins Sam for the Fun Half to discuss: Trump's grief over Notre Dame, the 'Middle Class' Joe fallacy, even Tom Brokaw recognizes it, Bernie's ground game in Iowa as the Senate Impeachment trial begins, why the Senate Dems resent Bernie, AOC on challenging the Democrats status-quo and fighting for public programs, the stupidity of the NYT split-endorsement, Protestors are frustrating Pete Buttigieg, former Breitbart lackey Kurt Bardella does not speak for everyday Democrats, plus one call from John in San Antonio!

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Direct download: 1-21-20-Jane_McElevey-pub.mp3
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Our compilation of MLK-related audio returns with a new addition this year with excerpts from this newly-released speech via The Root:

"Exclusive: Martin Luther King Jr. Talks Reparations, White Economic Anxiety and Guaranteed Income in Previously Unheard Speech"

Dr. King’s first TV “interview” from the show "The Open Mind – The New Negro" in 1957, hosted by Professor Richard D. Hefner.

Beyond Vietnam, delivered on April 4, 1967 at Riverside Church in New York City.

MLK’s last speech “Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution“ delivered at the National Cathedral, Washington, D.C., on 31 March 1968.

Walter Cronkite reports King's assassination.

Nina Simone "Why?" live, 3 days following MLK's assassination.

Direct download: MLK_DAY_2020.mp3
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Happy Friday! Digby and Judy Gold join Sam and the MR Crew to discuss the top stories of the week, including the Lev Parnas revelations, impeachment heads to the Senate, and the breach of the Sanders/Warren non-aggression pact. Starting with *The Story*: Sam and Digby agree that the Sanders and Warren story is new, but it certainly does not deserve the amount of coverage provided by the media. Consider the fact that we were on the brink of war last week, and the president's impeachment trial will begin next week in the Senate. Meanwhile, the revelations from Lev Parnas' document dump shed new light on the Ukraine scandal and the interactions between Giuliani and his Ukrainian oligarch contacts. Digby and Sam go through all the players and key figures involved in the Ukraine quid-pro-quo. Finally, as impeachment moves to the Senate, Digby and Sam consider the limited press access permitted by Mitch McConnell and why Chuck Schumer isn't railing against the leader's decision. 

Then, Judy Gold joins Sam and asks how the hell can Ken Starr and Alan Dershowitz possibly be working for the White House in 2020? Judy is at the end of her rope--Democrats need to win the White House back this fall. She's had enough of these assholes in the GOP. They conclude their conversation considering the reasons for having children.

And in the Fun Half: the Saga of American Action Network's "Stacy," John from San Antonio wonders if Elizabeth Warren is angling for a Biden VP spot, low information voters and Chris Hayes' classic TNR piece from 2004, Devin Nunes tries out a dozen lies about his relationship with Lev Parnas, while Donald Trump and Rudy are in the same boat, and if they're going down, they're going down together. 

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Sam is joined by education writer Robert Pondiscio to discuss his latest book How the Other Half Learns: Equality, Excellence, and the Battle Over School Choice. Matt Binder joins us to host the Fun Half.

On today's show: Sam on the Bernie Sanders/Liz Warren post-debate exchange.

Sam is joined by education writer Robert Pondiscio to discuss his latest book How the Other Half Learns: Equality, Excellence, and the Battle Over School ChoiceSam and Pondiscio discuss the author's year embedding at Success Academy, one of New York's most contentious charter schools: his experience there, the ideas behind public charter schools, and what made Success Academy perform so highly. Sam asks: What about the fact that charter schools attract students whose parents are more motivated and engaged in their lives? Doesn't that skew the results, and maybe disadvantage kids whose parents are not as engaged? A spirited back and forth.

On the fun half: More Bernie/Warren analysis. Chuck Schumer on why he'll vote no on USMCA: it doesn't contain environmental protections. NYT questions Buttigieg on his role in downsizing, Canadian bread price fixing scandal. Kowalski on the inspiring possibilities of American farmers protesting for a Green New Deal.

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Good Wednesday morning, we're back from last night's debate coverage and ready to bring you the latest news on impeachment, our breakdown of Iowa debate, and the rest of the day's headlines.

On today's show: Trump says energy efficient lightbulb makes people look orange. Trump goes after energy efficient appliances. Warren refuses to shake Bernie's hand after debate. Karen Finney is upset about Bernie and his bros. Mika calls out CNN moderator Abby Phillips for framing questions to Bernie/Warren about their conversation. Amy Klobuchar forgets governor's name. Bernie talks Iraq, Vietnam, wars based on lies.

On the fun half: The View takes on Bernie bros, relitigate 2016, McMeghan says he hurt Hillary, has a problem with women. Stephen King anti-Collins billboard van parked outside his home, and hers. Brit Hume says Bolton testimony, whatever he says, won't move GOP senators. Schiff says Parnas documents show Giuliani was working in Ukraine with Trump's consent. November: Gun girl gets owned at Rutgers.

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Sam and the crew bring you all the 2020 Democratic primary news in anticipation of tonight's debate in Des Moines, IA.

On today's show: Project Veritas catches Bernie volunteer Kyle saying DNC will be just like 1978. Also: saying Bernie's free college plan will educate people to not be Nazis. Trump labor department changes Obama-era rule on labor. WI judge orders purging of over 200,000 voters. On the Bernie Sanders sexism nothingburger: Warren statement claims Bernie told her a woman can't win in private convo. HEADLINE: Biden says sexism won't happen to him. Bernie encourages a third grade girl to run for office, and presidency. Bernie 1988: says a woman can win, asks if voters on the side of working people or corporate interests. Emily's list posts story: "Can a woman beat Trump? Some Democrats wonder if it's worth the risk." Ad against Republican Cory Gardner: He works for Trump, not Colorado.

On the fun half: A classic libertarian debate. Cheri Bustos won't say whether AOC's fundraising is helping the Democrats. Obama 2008: Reminding voters about Senator Clinton's track record. Obama 2008: Clinton is rewriting history with her Iraq War vote. An Iranian caller on the demonstrations against Iran's authoritarian government.

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Sam is joined by Peter Jan Honisberg, professor of law at the University of San Francisco School of Law, to discuss his new book, A Place Outside the Law: Forgotten Voices from Guantánamo

On today's show: Friday: Mike Pompeo continues to shift story about "imminent threat" intel.

Sam is joined by Peter Jan Honisberg, professor of law at the University of San Francisco School of Law, to discuss his new book, A Place Outside the Law: Forgotten Voices from Guantánamo. How many people are still imprisoned at Guantánamo Bay and how/why the US has a base in Cuba. The narrow circumstances under which the Bush admin would release detainees. How the US purchased its prisoners. The heartbreaking stories of the Guantánamo prisoners, loved ones, and whistleblowers. The torture tactics used on prisoners. How whistleblower Matt Diaz unmasked violations of the Geneva Convention. The invention of the term "enemy combatant." Obama's broken promise to close the camp and what he could have done to make good on it.

On the fun half: Mike from PA sparks a convo about the latest Bernie/Warren kerfuffle. Warren says she's disappointed in Bernie campaign criticizing her supporters. Warren fundraising email blast about Bernie campaign's (alleged) critique of her electability. Politico poll reports same info as the "attack" on Warren. Gun girl Kaitlyn Bennett gets shut down by college student about bathroom hysteria. Trump says we're making great deals with the Saudis and they're paying for our troops. Mark Esper equivocates on Trump's claim about the embassies being targeted. Joe Biden at Brookings in July 2003: we need to go to Iraq and stay there for a long time. Biden endorses "prevention doctrine" in support of preventative wars.

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Direct download: 1-13-20-Peter_Jan_Honigsberg-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:54pm EDT

Happy Friday! On today's show, Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon), host of the Benjamin Dixon Show. Sam and Ben begin their conversation considering the conclusion of the "Clinton Investigation," which will end in the coming weeks "with no criminal charges or other known impacts," according to the Washington Post. Switching gears to material and present issues, Dixon and Sam switch gears to the Congressional proposals from Elisse Slotkin, Barbara Lee, and Tim Kaine aimed at limiting the White House's military powers. The two then describe the tick-tock of how the Trump administration further destabilized US diplomatic relations in both Iraq and Iran after using faulty intelligence to deploy rash military actions. These developments alone are grounds for impeachment. With that in mind, McConnell's decision to endorse legislation that would dismiss articles impeachment means nothing; Pelosi can send new articles based on this week's actions alone. Considering the stakes in the Senate, where has minority leader Chuck Schumer been in all of this? Dixon and Sam conclude their conversation reflecting on billionaire ad spending in the 2020 election and Steyer's massive leap to 15% in the latest South Carolina Democratic primary poll.

And in the Fun Half: some positive veganism, ending the Hillary Clinton DOJ investigation once and for all, Sam agrees with Trey Gowdy's assessment that impeachment will hurt vulnerable GOP senators, Trump is back out on the campaign trail to sell the Suleimani assassination, Biden's history shows he's stuck in the era of bipartisanship and cutting social services, plus your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 1-10-20-Ben_Dixon-pub.mp3
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