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Stephanie Kelton (@StephanieKelton) joins Sam to discuss her new book, "The Deficit Myth: Modern Monetary Theory and the Birth of the People's Economy." To those who favor a robust welfare state bolstered by generous federal spending, "how are you going to pay for it?" is an all-too-familiar rejoinder. But what if that question were irrelevant? In her latest work on modern monetary theory, or MMT, Kelton lays out the case for a new understanding of money and taxes that could free up the federal government to disregard the deficit in service of the public good.

For members,  the 11/13/12 inteview with Michael Hastings on The Real David Petraeus Scandals.

 

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Direct download: 7_10_friday_kelton_-_pub.mp3
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Frank Smyth joins Sam to discuss his new book, "The NRA: The Unauthorized History." The NRA is one of the three most powerful lobbying groups in Washington, DC, consistently opposing restrictions on gun ownership and enjoying a mutually beneficial relationship with Trump and the GOP. But it has not always been this way. In this book, Smyth traces the history of the organization, from its surprising roots in post-Civil War New York City, to the "Cincinnati Revolt” of 1977 that changed its political direction, to the rabidly reactionary force it is today.

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Direct download: 7_9_Frank_Smyth_-_pub.mp3
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Greg Mitchell joins Sam to discuss his new book, The Beginning or the End: How Hollywood―and America―Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. In 1945, multiple Hollywood studios set out to make films about the advent of the atomic bomb — including one written by Ayn Rand. In this book, Mitchell tells the story of how President Truman and the military successfully pressured Hollywood to drain these films of all critique, revealing how the government molded culture into propaganda in postwar America.

And for members: Sam talks with late journalist Michael Hastings on Stanley McCrystal.

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Michael Pettis (@michaelxpettis), professor of finance at Peking University’s Guanghua School of Management and senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, joins Sam to discuss his new book, Trade Wars Are Class Wars:
How Rising Inequality Distorts the Global Economy and Threatens International Peace. While "trade wars" are often thought of as countries competing against one another to protect their workers' interests, they are largely conducted on behalf of elites. In this book, Pettis examines how globalization impacts inequality and spurs international conflict, as well as what we can do about it.

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Direct download: 7_7_Tuesday_Michael_Pettis.mp3
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Elaine Tyler May joins Sam to discuss her book, "Fortress America: How We Embraced Fear and Abandoned Democracy."

Elaine Tyler May on how our obsession with security has made citizens fear each other and distrust the government, making America less safe and less democratic.

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Direct download: 7_6_Monday_Elaine_Tyler_May.mp3
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Sam hosts Alex Pareene (@pareene), staff writer at The New Republic and host of The Politics of Everything podcast to discuss the week's top stories. AM Quickie writer Jack Crosbie (@jscros) also joins to discuss his new project The Discourse

On today's show: Trump says Covid is "getting under control," says virus has "got a life... we're putting out that life." Trump brags about unemployment numbers, down to 11%.

Sam hosts Alex Pareene (@pareene), staff writer at The New Republic and host of The Politics of Everything podcast, to discuss the week's top stories. Progressive wins (Jamaal Bowman!) and losses (Charles Booker). Who will Biden pick as his running mate? The coming eviction apocalypse.

AM Quickie writer Jack Crosbie (@jscros) joins Sam to discuss his new project The DiscourseAlso: DNC pours money into Amy McGrath's quixotic campaign. Why "The Lincoln Project" is garbage. Right wing talker Joe Pags parodies "at the hop" as "at the CHOP." Got 'em!

On the fun half: ‘She’s got the gun on me’: White woman charged with assault after pulling pistol on black mother, daughter. Asked if WH regrets pushing reopening so quickly, Mnuchin says "absolutely not," claims it's the states' responsibility. Cole James Cash announces Ghetto News Network on Means TV. How should socialists relate to electoralism? Tucker Carlson offers a belabored mixed metaphor comparing spread of BLM protests to corona virus. WEDNESDAY: Ben Carson says painting BLM in the streets is like having a confederate flag painted in a public space. Dean Cain says Superman could never say "truth justice and the American way" today.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:38pm EDT

Michael Brooks hosts writer Achin Vanaik to discuss his recent piece in Jacobin magazine, "The Escalating Crisis on the India-China Border," and why each country's foreign policy deserves blame for the escalation.

On today's show: Biden looking for Cuban and Venezuelan American votes with red baiting anti-Trump ad.

Writer Achin Vanaik joins us to discuss his recent piece in Jacobin magazine, "The Escalating Crisis on the India-China Border," and why each country's foreign policy deserves blame for the escalation. The historic origins of the India-China border dispute going back to colonial times and followed by the Cold War. How the US-China conflict has affected India's relationship with the US. US efforts to keep both India and Pakistan as strategic allies in the region, particularly in the post-9/11 era as the US has sought hegemony in the Middle East. The differences between the Chinese and US governments in how they approach foreign policy. The weak criticisms offered by India's opposition parties on Modi's aggression towards China.

On the fun half: Sao Paolo food carriers and drivers strike and ride in protest of poor wages and working conditions. Vic Berger supercut of Alan Dershowitz soundbites about his relationship with Epstein. Trump says he's gonna make a great positive statement on minimum wage. US state dept admits its role in the lava jato case. Bank of England denies Maduro access to Venezuelan gold. Trump reiterates that he believes Covid-19 will disappear...and we'll have a vaccine. Press asks McEnany if Trump believes virus will disappear, she says yes, he's confident, & he's cutting bureaucratic red tape to make it happen. Brian Kilmeade blames the rise of Covid on "mixed messages" from scientists about masks. Dave Rubin says he will not abandon California for Texas, he will fight to make California red. Trump WH scales back mandates that insurers cover Covid tests. Ft. Lauderdale cop's body cam footage reveals him yelling "did you see me F those MFers up?" after firing on protestors. Black TPUSA spokesman blames celebrity and popular culture for making black Americans fear police.

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Sam hosts historian Federico Finchelstein (@FinchelsteinF) to discuss his new book, A Brief History of Fascist Lies, why fascists regard obvious and often hateful lies as truth, and why so many of their followers have believed the falsehoods.

On today's show: Laura Ingraham says Biden will raise statues of Colin Kaepernick and Stacey Abrams.

Sam hosts historian Federico Finchelstein (@FinchelsteinF) to discuss his new book, A Brief History of Fascist Lies, why fascists regard obvious and often hateful lies as truth, and why so many of their followers have believed the falsehoods. The differences between fascists' lies and lies told by normal politicians. What is "populism" and do left- and right-wing populism have anything in common? Is Bernie Sanders actually a left-wing populist? The substitution of a charismatic leader for "the people," and who "the people" are to figures like Trump and Bolsonaro. The connections between fascism and capitalism.

On the fun half: Chris James pranks conservative radio show as "Steve," an angry cop from Idaho. TUESDAY: Fauci opening statement, fears sharp rise in Covid infections. Texas Lt. Gov Dan Patrick says he won't listen to Fauci and his science, doesn't need him anymore. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis says he's not slowing state's reopening, says it's not the reopening that's causing the surge, it's all the activities people have done. Tucker says GOP is the only institution "open to the rest of us" who want to live peacefully. Tucker says our current elected officials abandoned the middle class, your children's generation is worse off than you. Brian Kilmeade says withdrawing from Afghanistan would not be an "apt reward" for 19 years of war. Mitch McConnell warns Democrats about changing legislative fillibuster rule. Brian Kilmeade says NYers "gonna get a taste" with a (not really all that) reduced police force. Who will be Biden’s VP pick?

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Direct download: 7_1_A_Brief_History_of_Fascist_Lies_w__Federico_Finchelstein_-_pub.mp3
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Sam hosts Elie Mystal, justice correspondent at the Nation magazine, to discuss this week's SCOTUS rulings on abortion TRAP laws, executive authority over the CFPB, USAID funding, and the First Amendment, and religious schools receiving taxpayer dollars. Sam and Elie breakdown the recent rulings with the understanding that John Roberts is doing his best to dress up the court as an apolitical institution. Mystal says the goal of Roberts is to bend the law as much as possible to the GOP's agenda. The two conclude their conversation assessing the possibility of court-packing under a Democratic White House and conservatives justices' efforts to deescalate calls for court-packing.

And in the Fun Half: Rand Paul wants Fauci to be more optimistic about COVID response, Cuomo's Mt. COVID metaphor, a disappointing result in Kentucky senate primary, Trump's white power retweet and the Daily Wire clean-up, the barefoot gun-totters in St. Louis, Donald Trump misses the beautiful statues in the towns and villages, Sasha Baron Cohen pranks a conservative rally in Washington, plus your calls and IMs!

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Sam hosts Adam Goodman, assistant professor of history at the University of Illinois at Chicago, to discuss his new book, The Deportation Machine: America's Long History of Expelling Immigrants

On today's show: Mike Huckabee says you can only blame Trump for Covid if US mismanaged response and pretended it wasn't serious.

Sam hosts Adam Goodman, assistant professor of history at the University of Illinois at Chicago, to discuss his new book, The Deportation Machine: America's Long History of Expelling ImmigrantsAnti-immigrant politics have taken center stage in the age of Trump. In this book, Goodman tracks the history of anti-immigrant politics and deportations in the US, from the anti-Chinese laws of the 1920s, to the treatment of Mexican migrants as guest-workers to be exploited but never accepted, to the rise of exclusionary policies targeting Mexicans via a system of formal deportations, “voluntary” departures, and self-deportations. The goal: to blame "the other" for economic problems and exert discipline over migrant labor.

On the fun half: MAY 20: Hannity says Florida and Texas got it right, media owes them an apology. Dan Crenshaw and Brian Kilmeade blame Covid spike on BLM protests. Doctor shows masks do not cause hypoxia. Asked about White House's "do as I say, not as I do" Covid policy, Mike Pence says Trump rallies are about freedom of assembly. Dallas Baptist church choir sing without masks during service that featured Mike Pence. Dallas woman throws a no-mask fit at grocery store, emptying her cart before checkout. St. Lucie Co. Florida man says mask ordinance is attempting to "muzzle" him. Dave Rubin admits he's asked Rogan's team "a bajillion" times to have him back on JRE & gotten no response. Nathan Robinson & Glenn Greenwald on authentic politics, populism, Sagaar & Krystal Ball. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Sam and Digby recap the week's biggest stories with Digby of Salon and Hullabaloo include the politics behind wearing masks, the state of Trump's 2020 campaign, and the rising positive COVID case rate across the south. Jon Benjamin joins Sam to discuss their latest t-shit collaboration, "I'm Losing It, Bro!" but the two did not consider how to split the proceeds before launching the initiative. The shirt proceeds will go to the Skid Row Housing Project. Benjamin also reveals that he "hate listens" to the Majority Report. 

And in the Fun Half: Trump can't name a second-term policy priority, a caller's experience with the NHS, Fox News anchors struggle to explain why Trump polls look so bad, the GOP is running on keeping confederate statues up, Covid breakouts across the south, Larry Kudlow adds another wrong prediction to his mantel, reasons to be excited about the progressive movement, and the DC statehood vote, plus your calls and IMs!

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Michael Brooks hosts Murtaza Hussain of The Intercept to discuss his new piece, "Two Brooklyn Lawyers Accused of Throwing Molotov Cocktails are the Public Face of Trump Administration's Crackdown on Dissent," and how the administration might prosecute protestors. Michael and Murtaza explore federal prosecutors charges against Urooj Rahman and Colinford Mattis for throwing a molotov cocktail through an empty police van window. Murtaza and Michael breakdown the draconian charges against the two young lawyers and how such measures threaten protestors and clamp down dissent.

And in the Fun Half: Bill Barr's politicization and authoritarian impulses at the DOJ, the record day of positive Covid cases in the US, the fight for the democratic party, water rights in Brazil, Gorka faces tyranny at a DC restaurant, Tucker Carlson's right-wing populism road to nowhere, and the sad decline of Dave Rubin.

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Sam hosts Elie Mystal (@ElieNYC) of The Nation to discuss the SCOTUS term and Bill Barr's politicization of the Justice Department. Sam then hosts Aaron Kleinman (@BobbyBigWheel), Director of Research at the Future Now Fund and co-creator of Give Smart, to discuss last night primaries in New York, Kentucky, and Virginia.

On today's show: Jamaal Bowman's inspiring victory speech about poverty, oppression, and racism: "it's killing all of us."

Elie Mystal (@ElieNYC) of The Nation joins Sam to discuss the SCOTUS term and Bill Barr's politicization of the Justice Department. The strengths and weaknesses of the recent SCOTUS decision on discrimination against LGBT workers, and the positive precedent it could set. Why the Trump WH isn't getting their way on DACA. The reasons why Bill Barr should be removed from office. Theories on the Barr-led firing of Geoffrey Berman, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.

Aaron Kleinman (@BobbyBigWheel), Director of Research at the Future Now Fund and co-creator of Give Smart, joins Sam to discuss last night primaries in New York, Kentucky, and Virginia. Why are the results taking so long? Probable wins for Mondaire Jones, Jamaal Bowman and other progressives in New York. Big win for AOC. Potential progressive advances in VA, KY. How the largely anti-incumbent mood benefits progressives.

On the fun half: Trump calls Covid "kung flu," says he's unsure why it's called Covid-19. At rally, Trump says November elections will be most corrrupt ever. Trump says Americans voted in person during WWI & WWII, should vote in person in November. Son of Congressman Dan Bishop says of young conservatives, "we ain't chokers." At Trump rally, woman laments cancelled Aunt Jemima: "she was the picture of the American dream." Tim Pool predicts AOC is in trouble, will lose her seat to a moderate...then later claims he repeatedly said she would win. MPD union boss says BLM is committing acts of terrorism, makes demands for more training and funding. Dave Rubin praises Ted Cruz. Fox & Friends are shocked St. Paul MN wants to remove armed guards from schools. Asked about how she's come to terms w/ critique of Biden at debates, Kamala Harris says "it was a debate!" Plus, your calls and IMs.

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Sam hosts Garrett Felber, professor of history at the University of Mississippi, to discuss his new book, Those Who Know Don't Say: The Nation of Islam, the Black Freedom Movement, and the Carceral State. Sam and Felber discuss the organizing tactics used by black nationalists from within the carceral state and the Nation of Islam. Felber's book spotlights the local organizers on the ground and how such efforts differed from the national politics of black civil rights. Sam and Felber compare and contrast the 1960s civil rights movement to contemporary BLM actions, the multiracial composition of today's protests, and self-reporting and recording of police behavior. The two conclude their conversation assessing the long fight against "police reform." 

And in the Fun Half: Trump's triple interview Monday shows his campaign's desperation, the Weinstein Brothers are who we thought they were, cultural Marxism returns to Fox & Friends, rising cases in across the sun belt, AOC's implied endorsement of Sam, the Peterson foundation, plus your calls and IMs!

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Sam hosts David Rohde, executive editor of The New Yorker, to discuss his new book In Deep: The FBI, The CIA, And The Truth About America's 'Deep State' and how presidential power has grown since Nixon.

On today's show: Trump supporter at rally not worried about Covid, says death rate is low, hydroxychloroquine is working.

David Rohde, executive editor of The New Yorker, joins Sam to discuss his new book In Deep: The FBI, The CIA, And The Truth About America's 'Deep State' and how presidential power has grown since Nixon. Where the term "deep state" originated and what it actually means. The different ways liberals and conservatives view the unelected government and military officials who make up the 'deep state.' The history of presidents interacting with (and inappropriately using) the deep state, the reforms of the 1970s, and what's new about Trump, Bannon, and Alex Jones' relationship with it and the conspiracy theories they're selling. How AG Bill Barr is trying to shift the balance of power in US government.

On the fun half: What's up with the polling location closures in KY? Trump says he asked officials to slow testing. Peter Navarro claims Trump was just joking about stifling Covid testing! Trump drinks water with one hand, does incomprehensible comedy routine. Chris Wallace asks Mercedes Schlapp why the Tulsa turnout was so low, Schlapp says it was protest concerns. Brian Kilmeade says you can't criticize Jefferson for having slaves, whole world was doing slavery, says the constitution allowed for American progress. Kilmeade shocked at Teddy Roosevelt statue coming down: "He wasn't even a part of colonialism." Baton Rouge resident & film producer calls out school board member for shopping online during meeting to change name of Robert E Lee HS. Joe Rogan philosophizes about young people protesting against "injustice," claims not to understand. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Sam hosts NY-14 Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) to discuss her June 23rd primary and what to expect from the progressive caucus before the next round of Covid-19 relief. Historian Gerald Horne joins Sam to discuss the history of Juneteenth in the age of Trump.

On today's show: AOC's closing campaign ad pitch for reelection: "A better world is possible."

NY-14 congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) joins Sam to discuss her June 23rd primary and what to expect from the progressive caucus before the next round of Covid-19 relief. Why the finance industry is donating to AOC's opponent, Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, the former CNBC anchor who lived in Trump tower before she carpet-bagged her way to Queens. The balance between local and national politics and the importance of mutual aid. The reasoning behind AOC's votes on the CARES and HEROES acts. Why the progressive caucus isn't always so progressive.

Historian Gerald Horne joins Sam to discuss the history of Juneteenth in the age of Trump. The various steps that led to Texas finally abolishing slavery on June 19, 1865. The messy process of actually getting rid of unpaid labor. How revisionists have changed this history to fit a liberal narrative. How Juneteenth could be adopted as a national holiday and what it might look like. Check out Horne's newest book, "The Dawning of the Apocalypse: The Roots of Slavery, White Supremacy, Settler Colonialism, and Capitalism in the Long Sixteenth Century."

On the fun half: Chuck Todd says GOP Senators are the people happiest about DACA ruling. Josh from Chicago plugs the DSA slate running in NYC; check out socialists.nyc to learn about the candidates. Trump scrolls through phone during small-business roundtable. Donald Trump Jr. tries to get father's approval in special Father's Day interview. Don Jr. begs for father's approval of his quarantine beard, Trump says he doesn't like it. Dinesh D'Souza says Antifa is the product of leftist academics, says the left hates Lincoln because he unmasked Democrats during Civil War era (taxes = slavery). Tucker says Democrats are using BLM protests to replace current system w/ new system that ends "equality" (suggesting that white people will be punished for being white). MAY 2020: Dave Rubin says leftist minds go into "protection mode" when their friends leave the left. Daily Wire hosts say it's time for Cold War round two, need to stop the growing leftist movement in USA. Raygun weighs in on the DACA ruling. 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 the new revelations from John Bolton's book and the similarities between Turkey's AKP government and America's GOP in terms of repressing dissent.

On today's show: Cops shoot projectile at man filming from window in Louisville, KY. Rep. Matt Gaetz concern trolls (Crowder-like) when Rep. Cedric Richmond describes the threats cops pose to black men.

Djene Bajalan (@djenebajalan), Assistant Professor of Middle East History at Missouri State University, joins Michael to discuss the revelations in John Bolton's book and the similarities between Turkey's AKP government and America's GOP in terms of repressing dissent. Deep state conspiracy theories and other commonalities between Trump and Erdogan. The use of state violence against protesters. How the HDP expanded from a Kurdish party to a broad social democratic party. Mike Flynn's relationship to the Erdogan government. How repression of minorities in China, Turkey, Israel and elsewhere exemplifies a larger political trend. How US foreign policy has shifted since the Obama era.

On the fun half: Bernie Sanders and Barbara Lee attempt to redirect funding from the Pentagon. CNN report on SCOTUS ruling that Trump cannot end DACA program. Eight hour lines for unemployment benefits in Kentucky. Trump says he gave Bolton a chance, but "I wasn't very enamored" and his book has classified information. Trump says the protests are dying down because protestors don't know what they're protesting. Brandon Straka says he was removed from flight because he refused to wear a mask, NYT reporter records incident: Straka said he had a medical condition, did not have documentation to prove it. Astead Herndon tweet says Straka is fabricating his story.

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Sam hosts Jay Willis (@JayWillis), senior contributor at The Appeal, to discuss the Supreme Court's recent ruling on LGBTQ discrimination and what lies ahead for the 2020 court term.

On today's show: Covid cases spike in many states. Aubrey Huff says he's not wearing a mask, says he won't stop living because people have preexisting conditions.

Sam hosts Jay Willis (@JayWillis), senior contributor at The Appeal, to discuss the Supreme Court's recent ruling on LGBTQ discrimination and what lies ahead for the 2020 court term. The weird logic Neil Gorsuch used to arrive at this opinion. The constitutional principles at play in both the majority opinion and the Alito dissent. How the Chevron doctrine factors in. What other decisions may be coming down the pike?

On the fun half: Trump says he'll ban choke holds with the exception of when an officer thinks his life is threatened. Glenn Beck says Soros is paying Syrian Kurds (bad Kurds, commies) to train US protestors to topple America. Steven Crowder gets mad at black mural artist for saying white people call the cops on black people, immediately calls the cops on him. Is Paw Patrol indoctrinating our children with fascist copaganda? Matt Walsh says Pontius Pilate caved to mob rule, implies Jesus was cancelled by PC culture. Tucker says his show last night about BLM's unchecked power was highest rated, says he and his viewers are not crazy for fear that PC mob will come for them. Tom Cotton says Twitter threatened to shut down his account after Cotton said he'd send military to shoot protestors. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Sam hosts environmental lawyer Barbara Freese to discuss her new book, Industrial-Strength Denial:
Eight Stories of Corporations Defending the Indefensible, from the Slave Trade to Climate Change. Sam and Freese discuss how the psychology of corporate denial has remained the same over centuries. Freese contends that when confronted with the harm they cause—whether to individuals or to the environment—corporations deny the evidence, blame their victims, complain of witch-hunts, attack their critics, and rationalize their destructive behavior. Sam and Freese also delve into how society fights back against corporate lies using tools of democracy like boycotts, government intervention, and media scrutiny.

And in the Fun Half: when the White House lies about "flattening the curve," Larry Kudlow says get used to Covid, the importance of the NY16 and Kentucky senate primary, Greg Gutfeld's Steven Crowder DMs, plus your phone calls and IMs!

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Sam hosts Geraldo Cadava (@gerry_cadava), professor of history at Northwestern University, to discuss his new book The Hispanic Republican: The Shaping of an American Political Identity, from Nixon to Trump and the post-war efforts by conservatives to make inroads with the largest growing demographic in America.

On today's show: Supreme Court rules that LGBT people are federally protected from employment discrimination. Trump hobbles down stair ramp at West Point commencement with West Point band playing in background.

Geraldo Cadava (@gerry_cadava), professor of history at Northwestern University, joins Sam to discuss his new book, The Hispanic Republican: The Shaping of an American Political Identity, from Nixon to TrumpHow Nixon and Reagan used the politics of elite representation to appeal to Hispanic/Latino voters as individual candidates. How Latino support for Reagan fit in with the larger trend of the "Reagan Democrat." How growing nativism in the Republican Party caused Hispanic Republicans to dig in and defend the party. How Hispanic Republicans went from supporting the candidate in spite of the party, to supporting the party in spite of the candidate.

On the fun half: WH officials did know the significance of Juneteeth, didn't think there'd be this much pushback. Trump says he's done more for black Americans than Anyone, except maybe Lincoln "although it's always questionable." Kudlow says rise in cases and hospitalizations across country are not sign of a second wave, but rather "small bumps." SUNDAY: Tapper thanks Kudlow for suggesting people wear masks, presumes Kudlow will wear one in Tulsa on Saturday, Kudlow hesitates. Kudlow says WH doesn't want to renew unemployment supplement, says WH wants to incentivize going back to work. Joe Rogan asks Bill Burr about his feelings on wearing a mask, Burr is having none of it. Tim Scott says any repeal of qualified immunity is a "poison pill" from Democrats and nothing will get done if Democrats insist qualified immunity repeal stays. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Sam hosts Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon) of The Benjamin Dixon Show and David Roth (@david_j_roth) of the New Republic to discuss this week's top stories and the continued protests against police brutality.

On today's show: Harris Faulker asks Trump why he referenced "looting and shooting" from 1968, brings up its racist origins.

Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon) of The Benjamin Dixon Show joins Sam to discuss the week's top stories. Voter suppression in GA as dry run for the general election. The escalation of police violence against protesters and Democratic mayors' complicity. What we have gained from this wave of uprisings. The need to get Pelosi & co out of power and bring in a new generation of leaders. The symbolism of the Tulsa massacre. Arizona top public health official says "can't stop, won't stop" (the spread of Covid, living).

David Roth (@david_j_roth) of the New Republic joins Sam to discuss his recent article, "Twilight of the Cop Consensus." How calls to defund or even abolish the police went from a longtime activist demand to a widespread, common sense idea. The advances made in the recent wave of protests. The ideas carried forward from Occupy. How a looming wave of evictions could re-start the struggle.

On the fun half: Cop apologizes to his colleagues for taking a knee with protesters. General Milley apologizes for his part in Trump bible photo op. Trump rally RSVP has registrants sign Covid waiver. Fox & Friends wonder if Trump understands the significance of Juneteenth. ‘Cowards’: Congressman (and former Black Panther) Bobby Rush slams Chicago police caught lounging in his office amid looting. Ainsley says the Juneteenth rally in Tulsa is "a great opportunity" to help race relations. Trump says the cops are "dominating the streets with compassion." Tom Cotton warns of the slippery slope of renaming bases, Washington monument will be renamed "obelisk of wokeness." Matt Walsh says systemic racism isn't real, look at Ilhan Omar, AOC, and Obama.

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Michael Brooks hosts Alexandria Neason, staff writer at the Columbia Journalism Review, to discuss her piece "Officials Say..." and her reporting on the relationship between the media and police.

On today's show: Ben Shapiro says left wants "systemic unjustice," insane circular logic arrives at "there is no systemic racism" and things that are "legally racist" are so "on behalf of minorities."

Alexandria Neason, staff writer at the Columbia Journalism Review, joins Michael to discuss her piece "Officials Say..." and her reporting on the relationship between the media and police. The history of police propaganda and how the cops have worked with the mainstream press to create their own reality and enforce white supremacy. The white press' handling of the 1955 Emmett Till story as case study. How the police continue to leak their own info to the press in cases like that of Laquan McDonald, who was fatally shot by Chicago police in 2014. The reckoning that journalists are currently having with regard to their complicity in how they cover the police.

On the fun half: The incomplete picture the May jobs report paints of Americans' economic well being. Asked about Trump tweet on OAN report about 75-year-old in Buffalo, Kayleigh McEnany says Trump is just raising questions. Fascist Brian Kilmeade: If cops show weakness they "will be steamrolled." After Elliot Engel tries to call out progressive challenger Jamal Bowman, Bowman says he's a school principal in Engel's district, hasn't seen him because Engel lives in Maryland. American Indian movement tears down Columbus statue at Minnesota statehouse. Black conservative at Trump roundtable says Don Lemon and Joy Reid are more dangerous than drug dealers. Steve Mnuchin says there's not much distinction between indoor and outdoor spread of Covid. Dave Rubin says secularism is running rampant, and that's why he's exploring religion. Trump 2020 boat ad.

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Sam and Michael Brooks break down the latest headlines and stories from last night's primaries, police reform messages from Capitol Hill, and the on-going Covid19 pandemic.

On today's show: Hannity says "I'm not making any comparisons" after he compares investigation into Trump to George Floyd's death. Obama and Trump's intern photos tell a tale of two White Houses. Talking about police reform, Kevin McCarthy says people should not be judged based on color of skin or the color of their uniform. NYPD SBA President says cops are the real victims at press conference: "stop treating us like animals!" Kilmeade asks NY PBA President what kind of reforms the police want for themselves...asks if they want more money. Matt Walsh is bothered by those honoring George Floyd: "there's no evidence this was a great man."

On the fun half: NYT drone footage of voting lines in Georgia primaries. GA Rep. Doug Collins (running for Senate) says it's always the same counties w/ voting problems in Georgia. Brian Kilmeade shares (now walked back) asymptomatic spread WHO report, says 100,000 lives is a lot but so is 25,000 retail stores. English cop racially profiles a man: "the reason I stopped you is you're a black male." Should prison abolitionists ally themselves with right-wing libertarians? Minneapolis council woman says it's a place of privilege to call police during a violent break-in. Josh from Chicago on the need to marginalize cops from the labor movement. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Sam hosts journalist Vincent Bevins to discuss his new book The Jakarta Method: Washington's Anticommunist Crusade and the Mass Murder Program that Shaped Our World. Bevins shares the untold story of the US's role in promoting slaughter across Indonesia in the name of securing western capitalism. Bevins shares the history of Sukarno in Indonesia, the Bandung Conference, and the rise of third-world powers after WWII. Sam and Bevins discuss US involvement in suppressing the Indonesian left, including bombings and training Indonesian military commanders at Ft. Leavenworth, culminating in the US-backed Suharto's takeover of the Indonesian government, which killed 1 million innocent people. Bevins explains how the Jakarta method helped lay the groundwork for Operation Condor and the state terror that took place in Central and South America in the 70s and 80s. 

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Brooklyn College professor Alex Vitale (@avitale) joins Sam to discuss law enforcement reform, police abolition, and his book The End of Policing(Free ebook version available now from Verso books!)

On today's show: Brian Kilmeade cannot believe we're talking about defunding the cops. Ainsley fearmongers about crime rising if people can no longer call 911 in NYC.

Brooklyn College professor Alex Vitale (@avitale) joins Sam to discuss law enforcement reform, police abolition, and his book The End of PolicingThe history of policing as social control tied to capitalist exploitation. How the recent expansion of the police in the US was tied to austerity and the resulting social problems. Homelessness, youth gangs, mental health, and other issues the police should not be used to manage. Abolition as a political framework and how shrinking police budgets and reinvesting the funds fits into it. The Minneapolis PD as perfect disproving ground for Obama's reform platform. Vitale's take on the reform package proposed by House Democrats.

On the fun half:  Eliot Engel on AOC endorsing Jamal Bowman: she shouldn't anoint whomever she wants. Video of Engel trying to speak at rally. Asked if he would defund the police, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey says no, faces brutal walk of shame. Bill Barr hedges against police reform, says DOJ only investigates police depts after states, says officials need to look at all evidence. Bill Barr relitigates what happened with peaceful protest in Lafayette Sq. on Monday. Buffalo PD applaud their colleagues leaving the courthouse after they're charged with felony assault of 75 year old man. Larry Kudlow is getting people excited about the American comeback. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Sam hosts Shahid Buttar (@shahidforchange), the democratic socialist candidate challenging Nancy Pelosi in CA-12 this fall.

On today's show: Trump talks about how everyone should get “fair treatment” from law enforcement, brags about how he saved the economy.

Shahid Buttar (@shahidforchange) joins us to discuss his Congressional run and help break down the news. Why Shahid is running against Nancy Pelosi and how she is complicit in the ongoing crimes of the Trump administration. The ripple effect it could have if Shahid wins. Buffalo PD shove 75 year old man, knock him unconscious, he starts bleeding from his ears. How the current uprising is a synthesis of prior movements like Occupy and BLM. How the CIA has driven the militarization of the police.

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Michael Brooks hosts Wosny Lambre (@BigWos) of the Athletic and Count the Dings network to discuss the protests underway across America.

On today's show: Cops assault man who is just trying to get home in NYC. Letter from PBA to cops trying to suppress dissent: “it’s good against evil and good always wins.”

Wosny Lambre (@BigWos) of the Athletic and Count the Dings network joins Michael to discuss the protests underway across America. A report on what's happening Los Angeles. Why are mayors so afraid of the cops? Tucker Carlson monologue about "mobs" edited with police brutality footage. Wos' experiences with the police growing up in a black neighborhood in Queens.

On the fun half: Cops fire pepper spray and "non-lethal" rounds at man with pregnant girlfriend in car. DOJ no ID secret police deployed in DC. Military police march through DC. Former FBI deputy director of counterterrorism says far left drawing from Black Panthers, Weather Underground, says 2016 Dem platform had same philosophy. Jesse Watters suggests MPD cop killed George Floyd because there was drug trafficking at the club where they both worked. Drew Brees asked about kneeling returning to NFL, says he'll never agree with disrespecting flag, serves up patriotism schlock. Sean Spicer interviews Donald Trump, wants the President to call him a good boy, Trump negs him about 'Dancing with the Stars.'

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Sam hosts Aaron Kleinman (@bobbybigwheel), director of research at the Future Now Fund, to discuss last night's primary results and voting during Covid-19, and Michael Brooks joins for the fun half.

On today's show: DC police teargas a 100% peaceful protest. Lakota helicopter hovers low over protesters in effort to intimidate. GOP senators deflect/ignore/leave when asked about Trump's actions against Lafayette Square peaceful protest.

Aaron Kleinman (@bobbybigwheel), director of research at the Future Now Fund, joins Sam to discuss last night's primary results and voting during Covid-19. The general anti-incumbent sentiment in the air. Progressive upsets in NM and PA; Valerie Plame loses to a progressive. DSA-endorsed Summer Lee fends off primary challenge from her right. The difficulties of knocking off incumbents during a pandemic. Steve King loses his primary. WI GOP's efforts to suppress the vote causes backlash.

On the fun half: Peaceful protestor arrested after professing love and pain for all involved in protests (including cops). Cops brutalize press as they march into protest. California military grade truck tells protestors who don't move they "will be dead." Campus reform dork Cabot Phillips says young people join antifa because of leftist indoctrination at college, desire to be cool. Trump insists he was only down in the bunker to inspect it. Tucker Carlson says if protests continue, nobody will want to be a cop and "young men with guns will police neighborhoods." Protester roasts cops in comedic fashion. White Philadelphia locals roaming streets with baseball bats, serve as American brownshirts. Plus, your calls and IMs.

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Sam breaks down the latest round of protests and Trump's efforts to rally the silent majority. Sam reviews Trump's call state governors in the show's free half, where the president demanded they "dominate" protestors and jail those who organized the protests. He also investigates Trump's bible photo-op outside St. Johns Church and Trump's use of the military to disperse peaceful protestors. The free half wraps up with clips from yesterday's protests in Seattle and what happened with the All Lives Matter bowhunter in Salt Lake City.

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Sam hosts Scott Roberts, Senior Director of Criminal Justice Campaigns at Color of Change, to discuss the nationwide protests against police brutality. John Barry, author of The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Plague in History also joins the program to discuss how the 1918 Spanish Flu can inform how America handles the second wave of Covid19.

On today's show: Sam hosts Scott Roberts, Senior Director of Criminal Justice Campaigns at Color of Change, to discuss the nationwide protests against police brutality. The connections between austerity and bloated police budgets. How the police are used to deal with social ills that would be better handled by social workers or mental health professionals. The negative role played by police unions. The contingencies impacting the effectiveness of consent decrees. Some ideas for reforms that could tamp down on police brutality.

John Barry, author of The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Plague in History also joins the program to discuss how the 1918 Spanish Flu can inform how America handles the second wave of Covid19. How the confluence of biology and politics created the conditions for a deadly global pandemic in 1918. What the 1918 pandemic taught us about the need for government transparency. The political obstacles to treating a global pandemic and what governments around the world should be doing.

On the fun half: National Guard fires rubber bullets at bystanders with no warning. NYC MTA bus driver refuses to transport cops. Tom Cotton says if unrest continues, the 101st airborne should be called in. A call from Sam's long lost son. Biden suggests the "reform" of cops shooting people in the leg instead of the chest. Dan Bongino calls for DOJ and White House to "legally decapitate" antifa. Asked if Trump will address nation, Kayleigh McEnany says that won't stop antifa. Plus, your calls and IMs.

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Sam hosts Howard Bryant (@hbryant42), ESPN writer and author of Full Dissidence: Notes from an Uneven Playing Field, and the New Republic's Alex Pareene (@pareene) to discuss the week's top stories and the on-going protests and unrest in Minneapolis.

On today's show: Hennepin County DA says there's evidence that prevents DA from charging cops.

Howard Bryant (@hbryant42), ESPN writer and author of Full Dissidence: Notes from an Uneven Playing Field, joins Sam to discuss the protests in Minneapolis and elsewhere, police violence, and the unequal protection provided by police to black and white citizens.

Alex Pareene (@pareene) of the New Republic joins Sam to discuss the punitive policies that led to widespread police violence. Negative shout out to Amy Klobuchar, who declined to prosecute the cop who killed George Floyd for previous offenses. CNN reporter and crew arrested in Minneapolis. Footage from Autozone in Minneapolis arouses suspicion that the man who set the fire was an agent provocateur. Tucker strawmans protest: if racism is a national emergency, what's not acceptable? Says racism in policing is not real because cops kill more white people.

On the fun half: Sean Hannity says actions in Minneapolis are disrespectful to George Floyd's family, says protests fuel more hate. Rush Limbaugh says Trump's conspiracy theories are "clever...people don't get the subtlety of Trump." Trump says vote by mail is ripe for fraud, kids running around raiding mailboxes, harvesting ballots. A DSA member reports on the nurses' rally in Tampa, FL; call HCA Healthcare at 615 344 9551 to demand PPE for nurses. Plus, your calls!

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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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Category:general -- posted at: 4:49pm EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 4:18pm EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 1:02pm EDT

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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Direct download: 5_18_Understanding_Pandemic_Fiscal_Policy_w__Nathan_Tankus_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:38pm EDT

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.

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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.

And in the Fun Half: a binary choice between Biden and Trump, Mike Pence is protected by God--but what about the rest of us, Dave Rubin makes a breakthrough, the latest conservative fury over a removed YouTube video from doctors who say covid19 is the flu, an extended discussion on where the left needs to focus its energy, plus your calls and IMs!

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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.

And in the Fun Half: the My Pillow guy's memoir is coming out, Tucker Carlson's toxicity, Tara Reade's allegation against Joe Biden, weighing Joe Biden's candidacy, the cancelled presidential primary, Trump's return to the podium, plus your calls and IMs!

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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.

On the fun half: Canadian demonstrates how easy it is to apply for assistance in Canada. Healthcare workers lead counter-protest in Denver against shelter-in-place protestors. How would video games get made in a post-capitalist society? Journalist Weija Jiang asks about travel from China, Trump says he cut it off, but the failure since then is the issue. Asked why he delayed DPA a month when hospitals have been asking for swabs, Trump says DPA is "a big hammer" and that governors could get supplies themselves "very easily." Donald Trump is now a YouTube news show. Newt Gingrich says Pelosi and Schumer probably wouldn't mind if the economy crashed and people suffered. Kevin McCarthy says you can't rule out that Dems are trying to crash the economy to help Biden in November. Judge Jeanine says China will not destroy this country with "a Wuhan virus," says we need to punish China. Judge Jeanine says the models have been off the whole time and people are suffering: "What about the rest of us?" Plus, your calls and IMs!

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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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Direct download: 4_16_How_Covid19_Impacts_the_Middle_East_w__Djene_Bajalan_-_pub.mp3
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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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For every mask Susan Rodger sells, she is donating a mask to healthcare workers. Purchase or request a mask in Facebook group "ShopLidora Chatter"

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/

Nikon is offering free online photography classes at https://www.nikonevents.com/us/live/nikon-school-online/

On today's show:

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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PLUGS & NOTICES:
--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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On today's show:

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!

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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.

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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.

And in the Fun Half: Public Health and conservative media misinformation, Sam got overexcited with a recent spam call, Jerry Falwell Jr. says Covid19 is an overhyped biological weapon from North Korea, the Bolsonaro Covid19 test interference, Seema Verma will do everything in her power to protect Medicaid block grants, Katie Porter corners the CDC Director, and Sarah Palin is on the Masked Singer, plus your calls and IMs!

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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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Direct download: 3-11-20-Sam_Seder-pub.mp3
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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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Category:general -- posted at: 3:41pm EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 3:31pm EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 3:35pm EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 3:52pm EDT

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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Direct download: 2-26-20-Sam_Seder-pub.mp3
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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.

On the fun half: Mindy comes out for Bernie! Pete Buttigieg (or maybe Bane) calls in. Buttigieg copies Obama's speeches. Joe Biden closes speech in SC saying he's running for Senate. Jason Johnson says "oligarch" is hoity-toity language. Jason Johnson's oligarch list w/ net worth. Jason Johnson tells Nina Turner Bloomberg doesn't deserve the "oligarch" label. Tucker says corona virus will kill more people because of "wokeness." Bernie defends Cuba remarks, admires Castro's literacy program, disavows authoritarianism. Obama makes positive remarks about Cuba, Castro. Mike from PA dispels notions of a contested convention.

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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.

On the fun half: Pete Buttigieg's fake viral beacon light moment. Bloomberg claims he earned his billions through hard work. TikTok shows how much a billion is using rice. Bernie Sanders says maybe Bloomberg's workers helped him amass all that wealth. Warren attacks Bloomberg on sexual harassment, NDAs. Biden attacks Bloomberg on ACA. Bloomberg says cuts to safety net will keep people from overusing it. Pod John and Dan Pfeiffer says the left is "crying centrist." Jason Johnson says Bernie's WOC staffers are "island of misfit black girls." Chris Matthews says Bernie winning in Nevada is like Nazis overrunning France in 1940. Chris Matthews wonders if moderate Democrats would prefer four more years of Trump to have better candidate in 2024. Marco Rubio rails against democratic socialism. Trump says US needs to deal with LA homeless population before Olympics in 2028 (and not by giving everyone a home).

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Direct download: 2-24-20-Sam_Seder-pub.mp3
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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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Direct download: 2-21-20-Joe_William_Trotter-Jessice_Scarane-PUB.mp3
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