Fri, 23 August 2019
Happy Friday! On today's show, Ben Mankiewicz from Turner Classic Movies and Matt Binder from Mashable join Michael Brooks to breakdown the news of the week! We're live at noon EST. Brooks is joined by Turner Classic Movies host Ben Mankiewicz to discuss new and upcoming films. The two begin their conversation with the existential question, "why are there so many goddamn superhero movies?" Mankiewicz gives a brief overview of the golden age of 1970s cinema and the economics of the blockbuster and studio consolidation in the 1980s. Shifting to politics, Brooks and Mankiewicz consider Trump's latest moniker, "the King of the Jews," the country's incapacity to express shock, and the president's bewildering charisma. Mankiewicz ends the interview with film recommendations, including Network, Three Days in the Condor, The Conversation, and Ace in the Hole.
Then, Matt 1.0, Matt Binder of the podcast Doomed, joins Brooks in-studio to discuss the growing Bernie Sanders movement and white nationalism embedded in State Department bureaucracy. Binder recounts his recent interview with Michael Hayden of the Southern Poverty Law Center who discovered Matthew Q. Gebert. Gebert was a State Department official who is involved in the white nationalist movement. Gebert was a rising star at the Bureau of Energy Resources even after his brother had reported him to the FBI, citing his brother's involvement in white nationalist groups around Washington. Brooks and Binder discuss the problem with covering hate groups on YouTube and social media, which cannot differentiate between those who promote toxic ideologies and those who cover and report on them.
And in the Fun Half for Freebie Friday: Andrew Miller from Amazon Watch explains the Bolsonaro government's involvement in the rainforest's raging wildfires, a reminder that Dave Rubin doesn't care about Brazilian deforestation, a flashback Friday: Wyatt Ingraham Koch, the coming Biden v. Trump Jello debate, plus your calls and IMs!
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Fri, 23 August 2019
The DNC decides that the imminent collapse of planet Earth isn’t worth talking about for 2 hours.
Meanwhile, Bernie Sanders unleashes an ambitious $16 trillion plan to fight climate change as he calls for fossil fuel executives to be criminally prosecuted.
And lastly, Bill Barr’s Justice Department sent its Immigration Judges an email linked to a White Nationalist blog post full of anti-semitic attacks.
And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES:
The intercept has a in depth piece from the Front Lines of Bolsonaro’s War on the Amazon rainforest, as Brazil’s forest communities fight against this climate catastrophe.
Vanity Fair is reporting that Trump has been privately telling congressional Republicans that he thinks gutting Medicare could be a “fun second term project.”
The American Prospect reports that Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have returned campaign contributions from individuals employed at hedge funds that have investments in Puerto Rican debt, after an open letter from a coalition of progressive activist groups sent last week demanded that presidential candidates reject donations tied to the misery on the island.
Direct download: 082319_AM_QUICKIE.mp3
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