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Sam and Emma host David Roediger, American Studies professor at the University of Kansas, to discuss his latest book, The Sinking Middle Class: A Political History, on the relatively recent phenomena of centering the middle class in political rhetoric and how both parties use it as a cudgel to beat back progressive policy. They walk through the development of the “middle class” designation as a largely European concept that began to shift in the US as the Cold War developed and the American relationship to class was forced into the public eye. Roediger then explores how the neoliberal turn of the post-Cold War era saw the term take off in political discourse, boosted by Stanley Greenberg’s sway on the Clinton administration, as a way to appeal to white voters without actively discussing race. Next, they look into how the middle class is used in contemporary politics, with both parties coalescing around a definition during the early 2010s, and decentering the discussion of poor Americans, before touching on the role of SocDems, like Sanders and Warren, and how they must work to simultaneously address class and racial justice issues, and whether or not this appeal to total universality is actually as dangerous as centrist Dems might want you to think. They round out the free half with a conversation on the judicial confirmation process, looking into how supposedly liberal lawyers such as Neal Katyal bolster Mitch McConnell’s obstructionist strategies in order to garner favor among conservative judges.

And in the Fun Half: Nomiki Konst joins in for the most painful meninist hour as the crew covers Jimmy Dore’s monetization of misogyny and sexual harassment, and Thomas calls into debate about men’s rights – but like just from his perspective not with actual facts and figures. Next, Fox and Friends try to flip the script on teachers being good for our children, Mitch McConnell yanks off Manchin’s fig leaf of bipartisanship, exposing the horrors underneath, Kowalski in NE calls in with an agriculture report, and Marjorie Taylor Green finally recognizes the incomparability of the Holocaust, even if the Dems are still kinda national socialists in her mind. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Sam and Emma host author Clint Smith, staff writer at the Atlantic, to discuss his new book, How the Word is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America on how the legacy of slavery has been passed down and obscured through generations of storytelling, and the manner in which this manifests in modern society. They walk through the sites that Smith visits in his book – from Monticello, looking at how the stories of Thomas Jefferson perfectly encapsulate the cognitive dissonance of how Americans view ourselves, to Angola Prison as a symbol of modern enslavement literally build upon a plantation – and how the heirloom of ideology is passed down through every element of our society, through education, through infrastructure, and certainly through community policing measures. Smith explores his experiences at a Sons of Confederate Veterans celebration, and the importance of elevating empirical historical facts in making space for activists and organizers to express contemporary racism as carrying the remnants and residues of these systems through all elements of American society. Susan Collins helps Sam and Emma round it out with a discussion on her killer renewable energy tax, ensuring that those aiding our environment pay their fair share to use the roads.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma check in on the NYC Mayoral Race and how Eric Adams’ suggestion of a 400:1 student to teacher ratio might actually not be a good idea, then Dave Rubin bombs because of Big Tech and the Liberal Agenda and Dana Bash forgets to even acknowledge AOC’s comments before hitting on her CNN bipartisanship talking points in response, plus, your IMs!

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Sam and Emma host David Sirota, founder of and editor at The Daily Poster, to discuss the tough developments around progressive hopes for the Biden Administration, including bipartisan dead-ends, bad-faith attacks on Ilhan Omar, and the possibilities of filibuster reform in the Senate. Sam, Emma, and David touch on the power of narcissistic spotlight syndrome, and how it presents differently from Manchin to Sinema, before they look into the Manchin human shield theory and how Democrats manage to hit the emotional core of the donor class without working the rules to get things done. They chat about how the party of “hope and change” is seemingly afraid of making actual structural change, how the role of the federal government in spearheading progress has all but disappeared, and what the best tactic is to bring the Left into the discussion of Manchin’s niche view of bipartisanship. They round out the discussion on how democratic leadership’s continued vilification of Ilhan Omar spotlights the party’s hypocrisy, choosing to hide their own stances on tough issues over centering genuine policy change. Then, Andrew Callaghan, creator of Channel 5, joins to discuss his chaotic documentation of the fringes of America, from the connections between the wellness community and Q-anon, to conspiracies around the deaths of celebrities like Prince and Kobe. They end on discussions of exploitation in the media industry, and Andrew enquires about Crowder’s cringe and cold feet.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma talk about getting cops off the street without boosting the surveillance state, why the country reopening has seen a boom in demand reasonably not met by supply, and watch Ryan Grim stick by his leftist roots and provide Emily Jashinsky with free education on WWII. Tucker Carlson then continues his discomforting obsession with AOC, particularly around the topics of fertility and womanhood, and Dave Rubin shows off his arts and crafts skills, constructing a perfect straw man, before Sam ponders a debate with Ben Shapiro on his roles as the King of the Jews and quick-talking fascist and Fox & Friends draws the line from Critical Race Theory to… China. Emma and Sam finish it off with Ron Paul’s BitCon speech on the entertainment of the pandemic, and the unsurprising fact that a Bitcoin convention promoting these beliefs resulted in a COVID outbreak, plus, your IMs!

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Emma hosts Astra Taylor, activist, and member of the Debt Collective, to discuss her new book Remake the World: Essays, Reflections, Rebellions on how we can and must organize around each other to help lift ourselves out of the confining and isolating world that has only been exacerbated by the brutality of 2020. They look into the metaphor of conspiracy, stemming from its original meaning of “to breath together,” and how the U.S. government, since well before the pandemic, has constricted the organizing ability and space of workers and the left. They begin with the conspiracy doctrine, which prohibited workers from organizing starting in the colonial era, before looking into why conspiracy theories (in the modern sense) have taken such a hold on the Right, with capitalism helping to monetize confusion and conspiracy stemming from the center of power. Astra explores the devastating fact that we cannot fact-check ourselves out of this problem, and how collective action from the left is the only way to combat growing isolation, insecurity, and inequality before rounding out the discussion by reflecting on the lessons of the Occupy movement and the importance of messy organizing. Then, Emma gets into the Democrats’ unsurprisingly maddening choice to turn their back on Ilhan Omar, choosing to invite more violence against her over backing her completely balanced critique of Israeli and U.S. terrorism, and Mitch McConnell juggles Trump’s role in the party with maintaining his political course and continuing to fundraise.

And in the Fun Half: Brandon and Matt join Emma to chat early 2000s tv dramas before Andrew from Illinois calls in to give his takes on Manchin’s games from someone deeply embedded in West Virginian politics, and Dewey from Chicago jumps off that conversation to lead to crew into a discussion of potential Democratic ploys for the 2022 midterms. Next, JD Vance and Tucker Carlson bring out the dog whistles, Ben Shapiro finally finds a reason to crack down on the use of the N-word, and anti-vaxxers find inspiration in perspiration. Connor from NJ looks to the stars in discussing the growing technocratic surveillance state sponsored by SpaceX, the crew looks into the “look what you made me do” logic of policing, and Nancy Pelosi and co. jump on the bandwagon of using ingrained Islamophobia to bolster their own standing at the expense of Ilhan Omar, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Sam and Emma host John B. Judis, Editor-at-Large at Talking Points Memo, to discuss his new book 'The Politics of Our Time: Populism, Nationalism, Socialism,' on the political movements in America so far in the 21st century and what conflicts and influences they might have on one another in the coming decades. They walk through the thin ideology of populism as creating a dichotomy between “the people” and “the elite,” how these definitions can (and do) diverge between the Left and Right with someone like Trump combining pro-domestic industry rhetoric with anti-union and anti-immigrant policy, and get into a debate around the questionable importance and morality of the Left recognizing nationalism, and whether that line gets drawn at the border, at citizenship status, or elsewhere. Next, they look into the rebirth of U.S. socialism under the Scandinavian model before Judis explores how socialism and populism have grown together in U.S. history, and gives us his takes on why the kids aren’t alright with capitalism. Sam and Emma round out the first half with discussions on how the internalized trauma from the U.S. healthcare system has contributed to vaccination hesitancy, and unpack Judis’ conflation of Left populism and pure Right-wing nationalism and whether his takes on the failures of Left-wing anti-nationalism were exaggerated or not.

And in the Fun Half: After reflecting further on the interview, Sam and Emma chat with born-again leftist Jason on his libertarian indoctrination, escaping the hate-spiral chokehold of the online alt-right, and how, particularly when it comes to issues such as the Great Gay Cake Debate, libertarian logic begins to crumble with any scrutiny. Then, Louie Gohmert chimes in with his thoughts on the effects of stars and space rocks on our Earthly environment as Emma ironically nails the status of Mercury retrograde, Jean from Springfield discusses the danger of falling into the nationalist trap of disguising culture war as class analysis, and Tom McDonald, fresh off his first trip to Sandals Jamaica (judging by the haircut at least), struggles with both rhyme and reason as he forces more culture war references into three and a half minutes than any angry Canadian could ever imagine. AOC finds the cracks in Manchin’s shield of bipartisanship and the staff gives out their book recommendations, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Sam and Emma host Henry Farrell, SNF Agora Professor of International Affairs at Johns Hopkins, to discuss his new paper "Rechanneling Beliefs: How Information Flows Hinder or Help American Democracy," taking on the state of American democracy in historical context, and looking into how our current crisis has developed and what we can do to reverse it. They cover the basics, such as what democracy actually is, and look into how the self-reinforcing elements of democracy have begun to break down as our shared belief systems and faith in democracy have become more stratified than ever. Farrell walks us through a variety of ways that these issues can be countered on the particular level, reinforcing a less partisan environment and making it more difficult for any party to assert long term control, and how this focuses on the importance of bipartisan consequences rather than allowing emphasis on bipartisan support to consistently undermine any actual change. Lastly, they discuss the role of Fox News in the social media ecosystem, and why the EU could serve as a model for unifying anti-trust laws with broader principles on privacy and information flow to help stymy the malignancy of fake news. Sam and Emma touch on how Obama’s insistence that Republicans will see the light is representative of a refusal to acknowledge this democratic crisis, and celebrate the senate passing a New York State anti-trust bill.

And in the Fun Half: Nomiki Konst joins Sam and Emma in debating how far Biden is really willing to go in getting nothing done, and what Kamala Harris could possibly have benefitted from telling Americans to tell migrants to go home, before Ronald Raygun calls in to give us his thoughts on the latter. They discuss developing protests as Jacob from Alabama covers the success of the Miner’s strike despite brutal arrests and the continuing trend of automobile attacks, and look into the Border Patrol’s use of a helicopter to deter Line 3 pipeline protesters in Minnesota. Lance from the Serfs helps us dig into the horrors of the residential school system in Canada and the importance of the Land Back movement in finding at least a base level of reparations. Then, Sam, Emma, and Nomiki push back on the absurdity of Republicans crusading against Critical Race Theory while being unable to point towards anti-white (lol) consequences from any law, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Sam and Emma host Adam Weinstein, Research Fellow at the Quincy Institute, to explore the status of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, and what the region might look like moving forwards. They look into why the Pentagon might want a quick withdrawal now that they are committed to withdrawing at all, and whether or not U.S. contractors will choose to linger beyond the military’s time in the country before Weinstein walks us through the Afghan Security Force’s capacity, and the intelligence community’s concerns about not having as robust of a surveillance state in the region. They round out the discussion by examining the history of the conflict as a 40-year civil war, how the U.S.’s role in anti-soviet jihad is responsible for much of the destabilization that has occurred, and the fantasy of a clean counter-insurgency. Sam and Emma unpack Manchin’s bootlicking of bipartisanship even as republicans continue to restrict voting on the state level, and really really try to think about the Senate glass as half full.

And in the Fun Half: Angus King finally falls on the right side of the filibuster-or-democracy debate, Tucker Carlson hits us with the age-old “if homeless people really wanted houses they would buy them” argument, and Milo Yiannopoulos discusses giving queer folk something to be proud of this June (him going straight). Next, Mike from Omaha explores the antisemitic conspiracy theory at the roots of the conservative war against Critical Race Theory, before Sam chats about his own experiences with conservatives rallying against the Jews, and how the far-Right maintains this antisemitism while publicly claiming parallels to Jews in Nazi Germany. Sam and Emma look into the fact that Donald Trump might not put his pants on like the rest of us, and Ben from NY calls in to chat about the 2022 NY governor race while Sam boosts the importance of pressing Cuomo and State Senators on the upcoming NY Medicare for All Bill, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Sam and Emma host Heather "Digby" Parton, proprietor of the wönderblog Hullabaloo and Salon.com contributor, to discuss the week's top stories, including Biden's bipartisan fetish President Manchin and the filibuster, and more. They explore the Democrats’ plan to make June the month of failure, using the filibuster as part of their ass-covering project, and Biden’s lack of leverage over Manchin, before moving on to how the Republicans have been mastering the obstructionist blueprint for decades. Next, they touch on the futures of the voting, infrastructure, and (now singular) reconciliation bill, and how Manchin remains the bar for Biden to put a bill up for a vote. Sam and Emma then watch Lara Trump bust the theory of Trump’s August Inauguration, and Sam hypothesizes how Q stans will work around her comments (it’s easy, just delay it a month!).

And in the Fun Half: Dagen McDowell declares government-run healthcare dead (ironically enough), because, obviously, we ALL have healthcare, and Glenn Greenwald doesn’t quite understand just wanting healthcare. Sam, Emma, Brendan, and Matt discuss how Donald Trump is working to sustain his base to ensure the role of presumptive nominee in 2024, and look into how PC culture has begun to interfere in the papal labor market before Rudolph Giuliani blows them away with HisPillows, and slippers, and more! Then, Kiester from FL rebuts Mike from Miami’s Gillum takes, Jeff from LA calls in to discuss the horrors of insurance copay policy, and the crew watches George P. Bush’s baptize himself in all Trump’s glory as he prepares his run for Texas AG, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Sam hosts Emory Professor of Law Dorothy A. Brown to discuss her new book, The Whiteness of Wealth: How the Tax System Impoverishes Black Americans – and How We Can Fix It, on the myriad ways in which race is coded into our tax systems, reserving benefits and breaks for white families across the board. Dorothy and Sam discuss the difficulty of tracking racially disparate tax policy when the IRS refuses to track data on race, and how she came to look into race and taxation. They explore how family tax policies since the early 1900s have explicitly served white folks – from reserving benefits for single wage households, to how the free transfer of wealth has let wealthy white families separate death from taxes – and how 529s and student loans act to ensure Black Americans pay more, and earn less, in going to college. Next, they look into how tax subsidies reinforce the racist housing market, privileging homeowners in white neighborhoods over tenants and homeowners in Black communities, and how this has created more demand on the income of Black folks to support the housing of their families. Sam then gets some free accounting help as they dissect how the Democrats’ discussion on raising the SALT deduction cap provides meaningless benefits for the wealthy. Lastly, Sam and Emma round out the show by discussing the transition back into the Brooklyn office, before they admire Kyrsten Sinema's dedication to avoiding hard decisions on the Senate floor.

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Sam and Emma host professor of African American studies Carol Anderson to discuss her latest book The Second: Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America on how the right to bear arms has been a means to suppress black Americans. Anderson details how black Americans throughout history have organized to defend themselves against state violence and racist uprisings. Anderson notes that black Americans' efforts to arm themselves were constant and well-founded given the violence perpetrated against them, however, they could never out-arm the white citizens who wished ill on them. Sam and Anderson then discuss the Black Panthers' open carry efforts to "police the police" and how "gun control" in California began as a means to disarm Bobby Seale and Huey Newton. Anderson wraps the conversation by discussing contemporary laws surrounding gun control, police brutality, and the discrepancy between gun carriers like Phalando Castile and Kyle Rittenhouse.

And in the Fun Half: Biden is hopeful because of soap ads with interracial couples, what's productivity and will remote work change anything, tokenism in the modern GOP, Tucker Carlson says unvaccinated Americans are subject to "Medical Jim Crow," the politics of inclusion, Ben Domenech's complete misunderstanding of the Cold War, John Kennedy's vacuous reelection campaign video, plus your calls and IMs!

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Sam and Emma are back from their Memorial Day break to discuss the top stories kicking off this week, from the anniversary of the Tulsa Massacre to the Texas Democrats' exit, and what we hope Democrats have learned from the failures of the January 6th commission. They begin by exploring the rising tensions, bolstered by the KKK and SCOTUS decisions, that led up to the 1921 Tulsa Massacre on Black Wall Street, then they look into the culmination of Republicans' decades-long crusade against the vote – from the staunch refusal to support an investigation into the January 6th coup attempt to the current wave of voting-restriction bills. Sam and Emma discuss the Texas Democrats' decision to walk out of the House, sacrificing the discussion of their initiatives for the sake of the enfranchisement of their constituents, how it can be a lesson for national Democrats who actually have a majority, and why taking on the unconstitutional nature of the filibuster must be the next step in the Senate. The duo rounds out the first half with a discussion of the leaked Biden memo on unilateral immigration reform.

And in the Fun Half: Nomiki Konst joins as the crew looks into the reemergence of the NY Health Act's Single-Payer system, first introduced in 1992, how a weakened Cuomo in an election year provides the perfect storm for NY to forge a path for a progressive agenda, and Nomiki explores multiple layers of the Dianne Morales clusterf*ck in the lead up to the NYC Mayoral primary. Next, they respond to the H3 Podcast's call for a Seder-Crowder debate, hopefully without Stephen's parental supervision this time, and delve a little deeper into the "discourse" that occurred at the Patriot Roundup "Coup"-Anon Conference. Emma emphasizes the importance of recognizing the commonality of Lab Leaks worldwide in a responsible discussion of the emerging possibility of the Wuhan Lab Leak, plus your IMs!

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Sam hosts Alex Pareene, staff writer at the New Republic and host of The Politics of Everything, to discuss Manchin's stand on the filibuster, the sclerotic senate democrats, and Schumer's plan for filibuster reform all comes down to the June calendar.  Matthew Film Guy joins in the second half to discuss Amazon's purchase of MGM, how shows work now in the streaming age, and why Reality Bites is the essential Gen X movie.

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Sam and Emma discuss the top stories of the week including ongoing infrastructure negotiations, some wins for climate activists, and democrats lining up a legislative agenda post-filibuster.  Sam and Emma breakdown the recent memo from Judge Amy Berman Jackson and Bill Barr's role in not charging Trump following the Mueller report, in which Barr's justification of foregoing charges was his own opinion. The two round out the first hour of the show explaining how climate activists are working their way around the worst instincts of fossil fuel corporations, and how the Biden administration is still greenlighting drilling projects.

And in the Fun Half: the Gaza ceasefire doesn't end the Palestinian expulsions, a young black republican from Arizona is running to defeat AOC, Trump doesn't want to crush the dreams and fears of his UFO believer supporter, voting and then holding left candidates accountable, Jamie Dimon and JP Morgan collected nearly $1.5B in consumer overdraft fees, plus your calls and IMs!

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Sam and Emma host Yale professor of history Elizabeth Hinton to discuss her new book America on Fire: The Untold History of Police Violence and Black Rebellion Since the 1960s and the importance of recasting what were once considered "riots" as rebellion, and how the original framing of those events helped elected officials stall on civil rights.

And in the Fun Half: Dave Rubin continues his identity waltz to oblivion, relitigating the Trump impeachment trial, why the right loves Majorie Taylor Greene, reactionaries cannot stand the slow march of cultural acceptance of different people, does atheism have utility for the left, the cycle of punishment after incarceration, balancing communication with policy, plus your calls and IMs!

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Sam and Emma host trans activist and law professor Dean Spade to discuss his book Mutual Aid: Building Solidarity During This Crisis (and the Next) on what we learned about collective action through the Covid-19 pandemic and how to better prepare for the next one. They explore what mutual aid is, why solidarity, not charity, is necessary to make up for the failures of the system, and how, beyond meeting material needs, mutual aid helps build connections and mobilize communities to work for and exercise self-determination, setting up long term systems of care for the future. Then, Spade chats about the challenges of anarchist organizing, the importance of understanding leaderships that produce mutuality and participation, rather than concentrated power in individuals, and what a successful post-transformative society would look like. They also delve into Sam’s comparison to union organizing and how mutual aid is deeply embedded throughout the histories of marginalized communities worldwide. Sam and Emma also chat infrastructure bill, and Fox returns to its roots and recenters the Black on Black crime narrative.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Nomiki swap radio horror stories, passivity is the norm on police reform, Rick Santorum says the left's cancel culture is taking over the entire culture, Tucker Carlson adds another peg to the Replacement Theory board, Ron DeSantis passes a bill for Donald Trump to get back on Twitter, why Andrew Yang can fumble the bag and continue to grow his brand, how the crew plans to vote in the NYC Mayoral race, plus your IMs!

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Sam and Emma host Heather McGhee, a senior fellow at Demos, to discuss her new book The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together on how the legacies of slavery and systemic racism hurt all Americans in material ways. They explore her concept of “drain pool politics,” in which white Americans started to vote away their own public benefits in response to desegregation, and its historical grounding in the white elite breaking up working-class solidarity by targeting Black and Brown folks at the expense of poor whites. They delve deeper into the effect of this “zero-sum” view of race in America that is used to distract and divide with manufactured cultural grievances, and what kind of work needs to be done, like building solidarity through organizing and confronting race, to begin to change the American consciousness. Then, Sam and Emma unpack Liz Cheney doing her best to dance around the connection between Trump’s election fraud claims and the current wave of voting bills, all while accidentally tying everything back to the 2000 election.

And in the Fun Half: Michael from Miami calls in to give out much deserved congratulations to Sam and Emma before exploring potential Democratic challengers in the Florida Senatorial race, the crew explores the coverage of the Wuhan origins of Covid-19 and the undertones of anti-science and anti-China rhetoric, and John from California provides much-needed information and resources around the current political devastation in Burma. Next, Ruben from El Paso discusses the potential universal college option, and Marjorie Taylor Green finds solidarity with the “second class” citizens of the Holocaust – or at least the "rational" sect of the Jews. Finally, Robert Gates does some wonderfully dishonest blame-shifting onto the Palestinians and the “Arab States” for the sustained violence in the region, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Sam and Emma host Ben Dixon of the Benjamin Dixon Show to talk about the top stories of the week and shifting tides of leftist activist authority in U.S. politics, then Ben Burgis, author of Canceling Comedians While the World Burns, joins to discuss his critique of the current American left. Ben Dixon explores how the greater activist sway in U.S. politics has totally changed the discourse around Israel’s apartheid regime, helping shift the Biden administration’s stance on ceasefire and ensuring that Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib can’t be isolated by the Democratic party for speaking out, before moving onto the blatant Republican obstruction of January Sixth commission and how that could undermine centrist dems’ consistent excuses on bipartisan support. Then, the ladder Ben gives us an argument on how Cancel Culture™ is holding back the left by undermining solidarity and reinforcing carceral logics, and what can be done in terms of breaking up social media to help, before he and Sam explore the greater progression of the left from its niche in the early aughts to the today’s constant performances of social activism.

And in the Fun Half: Louie Gohmert warns all of the many Bernie or Bust Billionaires of the gulags and lack of managerial duties in their future, Sam and Emma are forced to double-check Kevin McCarthy’s vax stats, and Chris Doocy incredulously lists off oddly incorrect COVID statistics. Then, Sam and Emma explore the Squad’s vote on the capitol police budget, plus, your calls and IMs!

 

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Emma hosts today’s Majority Report, featuring an interview Sam recorded with Jonathan Daniel Wells, University of Michigan Professor of History, on his latest book “The Kidnapping Club: Wall Street, Slavery, and Resistance on the Eve of the Civil War.” They explore slavery's deep ties to the financial centers of the North, NYC in particular, even after slavery laws began to change. Centering on the southern ties of Wall Street and Tammany Hall, Jonathan and Sam talk about the horrors of the Kidnapping Club, a collection of NY Police, Judges, Slave Catchers and US Marshals who trafficked free Black folk from the North into Southern captivity regardless of fugitive status, and how Black abolitionists such as David Ruggles fought and organized to push back against their reign of terror. Next, Emma reviews Tim Ryan’s passionate performance on the floor, and how he found a way to be stunned by Republicans’ refusal to engage in bipartisanship over January 6th and climate change and looks into Ted Cruz’s claim that Biden is sabotaging Netanyahu’s apartheid regime by… selling them $700 million in arms.

And in the Fun Half: Dave from Jamaica calls in to chat about the success of right-wing Israeli propaganda before Fox’s Katie Pavlich and Dan Bongino give us some perfect examples of what he was talking about, forcing Geraldo Rivera of all people into the anti-War Crime camp. Emma and Matt dig into the tired “human shield” excuse for Israeli slaughter, and how refusing Palestinians any chance of self-governance or freedom has engendered Hamas's control of the region. Then, Andrew Giuliani fudges his political resume, citing the first decade of his life as central to his time spent in politics, and the Cuomos show off their own take on NY political dynasties, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Sam and Emma host epidemiologist Dr. MarkAlain Dery and host of the Covid Noise Filter podcast to discuss the state of the pandemic, including vaccine effectiveness, the new CDC mask guidance and the agency’s litany of failures during the covid pandemic, and why not achieving herd immunity is not the end of the world.

And in the Fun Half: inside baseball on rhetoric to convince American Jews on Israel policy, miners striking for the 9th week in Alabama, the media’s cultural level does not address societal ills, Katie Porter brings out the whiteboard to illustrate the Pharma fantasy about research and development of new drugs, big progressive wins in the Pennsylvania democratic primaries, the January 6 commission is further proof that Trump remains the center of conservative universe, plus your calls and IMs!

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Sam and Emma breakdown the latest development in Gaza, how the media and Democrats are drawing lines in a new Israel-Palestine narrative, and the reaction from the global community. Sam also gives a rundown of the Supreme Court's decision to hear Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization and what it could mean for Roe v. Wade and the 2022 midterm elections.

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Sam and Emma host historian Aviva Chomsky to discuss her latest book Central America's Forgotten History: Revolution, Violence, and the Roots of Migration on the history of extraction, exploitation, and the root causes behind migration from the Northern Triangle to the southern US border, as well as why the American empire bears much of the responsibility for the region's sustained destabilization.

And in the Fun Half: how we talk about politicians and sex workers, the new mask discourse, Israel destroying the media infrastructure in Gaza is about punishment, Alan Dershowitz remains one of the worst living Americans, Dan Bongino uses facts and logic to the best of his ability, Ricky Schroeder know for playing a cop and little Lord Fauntleroy harasses Costco, plus your IMs!

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Sam and Emma host Daniel Levy, president of the US Middle East Project, and Noah Kulwin, co-creator of the Blowback podcast, to explore two of the US’ messiest and most destructive long-term foreign policy relationships in Israel and Cuba, respectively. Daniel joins to discuss the attacks in Gaza, how commitment to Israeli impunity has undermined a future of a feasible Israeli state, and how raising consciousness around white supremacy has helped discourse in the US to begin to shift, even as the Biden administration gives the green light to continued Israeli violence. Sam and Emma delve into the roles of Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib in changing tides in Congress, then, Noah Kulwin unpacks the myths of the conventional narrative around the Cuban revolution and Cuba's relationship with the US. He explores how the 1959 revolution acted as a second war of independence, separating them from the neocolonial systems of the US, and the devastating effects of the proceeding embargo and total isolation forced on Cuba by the US, particularly after the fall of the USSR.

And in the Fun Half: Brian from Kansas explores the serious racism in Israel, even within its own borders, MTG yells into the void about… AOC and diapers? Ronald Raygun joins to talk about growing consciousness around the Israel occupation of Palestine, and Matt Walsh engages in the erasure of his peers and claims that white supremacy does not exist. Next, a Proud Boys leader finally sees the injustice of Donald Trump in all the wrong ways, and Ben from NY calls in to get Sam and Emma’s perspectives on the NYHS curriculum. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Sam and Emma host James R. Skillen, professor at Calvin University joins to discuss his new book This Land is My Land: Rebellion in the West on the history of how conservatives have used public lands as a pitch to stoke resentment of federal law and play out their libertarian fantasies.

And in the Fun Half: Bari Weiss's moral depravity, violent suppression in Myanmmar, Andrew Yang is a cipher for NY's conservative Jewish community, Newsmax anchor chides Jewish Democratic voters for not supporting their "home country," some insight from an orthodox Jewish caller on any "other" group, plus your calls and IMs!

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Sam and Emma host founder and senior correspondent at the Intercept Jeremy Scahill to discuss his new series Empire Politician on how Biden is the manifestation of US foreign policy over the past 50 years, including Biden's relationship to the intel community, the on-going apartheid efforts in Israel and more.

And in the Fun Half: Steven Crowder edits Sam out of a video about left violence and vitriol, why political scientists need to be cautious sharing research online, Tucker Carlson reminds his audience he thinks they're dumb as hell, amending the For the People Act in the Senate, Palestinian writer speaking out against Israeli apartheid is forcibly removed from his home, Israel's trajectory is continued oppression of Palestinians and isolation, somehow a question about Force the Vote, a caller explains how she got into politics through Majority Report, a truther says MR comedy guest David Feldman wrote copy for the CIA ad, plus your calls and IMs!

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Sam and Emma host legal scholar and human rights activist Noura Erakat to discuss Israel's latest assault on Palestinians in Jerusalem's Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood and the larger colonial apartheid project carried out by Israel since its inception and the United States's blank check to Israel.

And in the Fun Half: Nomiki Konst introduces MR to her co-host Arun Chaudhary, whose new show premiers next Monday! Red state governors explain why they need to shut off federal UI, what is happening with the GOP leadership, why Israel has to be a one-state solution, winning the NY mayoral Democratic primary, Ron Kuby speaking up for Steven Donziger, plus your IMs!

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Sam and Emma host journalist Cory Doctorow to discuss his new book “How to Destroy Surveillance Capitalism” on the issue of tech monopolies, antitrust laws, and what we can do to reign in Facebook and Google. They explore big tech’s self-portrayal as mind manipulators, how their power comes from a historically cooperative relationship between the government and monopolies, and Doctorow dissects how increased interoperability and expansive antitrust laws can begin to break up this relationship. Then, Sam and Emma talk Republicans getting out to suppress the vote, and watch Texas Representative Rafael Anchia explain the unsurprisingly racist relationship between purity and voting laws to a somehow surprised Briscoe Cain.

And in the Fun Half: The group chats horrible bosses, cancel culture’s cross-species impact, and monopolies as a natural endpoint of capitalist accumulation, before Ryan from NJ helps unpack the unemployment myths Fox has been peddling. Next, Coop calls in to explore the democratization of Brooklyn’s energy grid, Adam from NY talks progressive chances in purple districts, and Sam and Emma watch David Litt jump on Newsmax’s Monday blues. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Sam and Emma host Heather Parton, columnist at Salon.com and proprietor of “Digby’s Hullabaloo,” and talk with attorney Steven Donziger about the criminal conspiracy that Chevron has been enacting against him. Heather, Sam, and Emma delve deep into the chokehold Donald Trump has over Republican fealty, and what (and who) this might affect in the coming midterms. Then, Steven Donziger recounts the ongoing attempt to force him into jail as part of a greater conspiracy to continue imperialist exploitation of indigenous folks in Ecuador and elsewhere. Emma, Sam, and Steven explore how Chevron has been using a private prosecutorial regime and a network of corrupt judges to force criminal contempt and RICO charges on him, with the aim of undermining an Ecuadorian Supreme Court decision defending Indigenous people’s human rights.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma encourage ICE agents to resign in protest of Biden’s immigration policy, they explore Tucker Carlson’s manipulation of VAERS as part of the broader anti-vax disinformation campaign, and Charlie Kirk recoins tragedy of the commons. Next, Laura Ingraham and Dinesh D’Souza rage against BrainPOP, exploring how Moby the educational robot is undermining the American family unit, and the Utah GOP come together to express their dearest grievances - beyond Mitt Romney - from the cancellation of dixie to “taxed enough already!” Plus, your calls and IMs!

 

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Sam and Emma host Ian Millhiser, Vox senior correspondent, to discuss his new book, “The Agenda: How a Republican Supreme Court Is Reshaping America,” and how conservative control of the courts could impact democratic government for years to come. They chat about coming out of a decade defined by congressional inaction and judicial activism, how the SCOTUS is seeking to defang congressional delegation abilities and boost (certain) religious exemptions, and how republicans have embedded their roots of minority rule in all levels of the court system. Next, Fox News hosts Ron DeSantis’s assault on enfranchisement, McConnell’s dedication to obstruction, and the positives and… more positives of Biden waiving the vaccine patents.

And in the Fun Half: Emma explores the NHL’s refusal to hold Tom Wilson accountable, Andrew from Chicago gives domestic insight into evangelical politics, and the group sees first-hand Israeli excuses for forced Palestinian exile. Montana Gov. Gianforte promotes deprivation for the sake of dignity, the CIA tries to rebrand from puppet dictators to millennial girl bosses, and Caitlyn Jenner and her community’s fight and flight are triggered by the mere existence of poverty. Lastly, the group shares their favorite James O’Keefe disinformation attempts, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Sam and Emma host Elizabeth Catte, author of Pure America: Eugenics and the Making of Modern Virginia to discuss how Virginia's embrace of eugenics allowed the state government to control its poor white population, land rights, and why we've memory-holed our eugenics past.

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Sam and Emma host Aaron Kleinman, Director of Research at the Future Now, to discuss how the 2020 Census data will impact redistricting in the House. Then Astra Taylor and Umme Hoque from the Debt Collective join to discuss how those striking against student debt will escalate their demands now that the Biden Administration has not met their demands.

And in the Fun Half: Sam's midterm advice for the Dems: use before you lose it, Mark Warner says we need to lower worker standards for equality's sake, McCarthy feeds Liz Cheney to wolves, Glenn Beck and Bill O'Reilly have a "gentleman's disagree" over Biden, and Sam reads your IMs!

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Sam and Emma host author and activist Victoria Law to discuss her new book, “Prisons Make Us Safer”: And 20 Other Myths about Mass Incarceration, on how our perception of incarceration has been wrong from the start. We're live at noon ET.

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Sam and Emma host Alex Pareene, staff writer at the New Republic, to situate us after 100 days of the Biden presidency, exploring how his administration is inviting pressure to force them towards progressive policy, and how we’re still in a grey area in terms of knowing what the Senate is genuinely willing to get done. Then, they chat about Pareene’s pieces on using Cancel Culture to distract the Republican culture war away from substantively evil policy, and the Right’s legislative defense of vehicular terrorism, before covering how Yang’s unique celebrity status brought him to the top of the NY Mayoral race in spite of uninspiring policy, and the Daily Wire’s near self-parody, without self-awareness. Lucie Steiner of the AM Quickie and KUMP podcast joins us for the Fun Half.

And in the Fun Half: Lucie Steiner joins to explore Tucker Carlson’s repressed WASP schadenfreude, Ben Shapiro’s thumbnail politics, and the crew explores how the Right’s attacks on Critical Race Theory is both a racism and a censorship issue, before talking about Big Tech’s role in online censorship. Next, Rudy Giuliani’s defense gets steered back on track by Tucker Carlson, while Andrew Giuliani uses his dad’s drama to bolster his status as a theoretician. Then, the Daily Wire owns the libs by… celebrating their own Matt Lauer... and Ben Shapiro is the ultimate gifted child, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Sam and Emma host David Dayen, Executive Editor at The American Prospect, to assess Biden's first 100 days in office, what he's accomplished, what's been left on the table, and how we should read last night’s address as we move forward. They talk discourse versus policy, how lingering deficit hawkery obfuscates the future benefits of childcare and infrastructure improvements, and why it’s more pressing to provide immediate relief to American families than it is to tax the rich to pay for it. Then, Sam and Emma continue the conversation around Biden’s “blue-collar blueprint” and Jamaal Bowman helps highlight democrats’ tenuous hold over the senate in his response to Biden’s address.

And in the Fun Half: Dave from Scranton calls in to talk about avoiding reactionary politics and cynicism in the left, the group presents the Grifter Elegy that is J.D. Vance’s senatorial run, and Donald Trump sticks by Rudy Giuliani through levels of double standards that nobody has ever seen before, while Andrew gets theoretical in defense of his daddy. Next, they touch on Kamala Harris’ refusal to acknowledge the unrest caused by U.S. imperialism abroad, and by systemic racism at home, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Sam and Emma host Kyle Riismandle, senior lecturer at NJIT and author of Neighborhood of Fear: The Suburban Crisis in American Culture, 1975–2001 to discuss how the American suburbs became a place where its inhabitants feared everything that came to it. Riismandle explains how Americans imagined, traversed, and regulated suburban space in the last quarter of the twentieth century.

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Sam and Emma host Michael Mechanic, senior editor at Mother Jones, to discuss his new book, Jackpot: How the Super-Rich Really Live—and How Their Wealth Harms Us All. Sam, Emma, and Mechanic look at the rarified world of billionaires, how the average American subsidies the wealthiest members of our society, and why Biden's plan to strengthen IRS is the only way to claw back the power held by billionaires.

And in the Fun Half: Matt Walsh is surprised people look at him with concern, Rick Santorum tells young conservatives a bedtime story, Gutfeld has a Paw Patrol understanding of cops and firemen, a 27-year-old is running for senate in Maine to unseat Dianne Finestein, Jim Justice is doing more for West Virginians then Joe Manchin, plus your calls and IMs!

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Sam and Emma host Columbia Law professor Jamal Greene to discuss his new book “How Rights Went Wrong: Why Our Obsession with Rights Is Tearing America Apart.” They delve into the absolutist, legalized view of rights that frames discourse in the US, how it diverges from the Framers original community-shaped vision of rights, and how exploring the rights on all sides of disputes might lead to more productive political conversation both in and out of the courts. Next, Sam and Emma continue their discussion around vaccine IP law, the crisis in India, and Bill Gates’ role in all of it, and brainstorm Larry Kudrow’s favorite meat-based beers.

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Sam and Emma host Osita Nwanevu, staff writer at the New Republic, and Andy Kindler. With the former, they talk Democrats’ favoring of out-of-touch symbolism over substantive change, Biden’s preemptive deference to the right, and how these elements have come to light through the filibuster and PRO Act charades and were reinforced by responses to the Chauvin trial. Then, a newly confident Andy Kindler shows off his theme song and petite wardrobe, and talks Gutfeld!’s revelatory spin on “comedy.” Sam and Emma discuss Kavanaugh’s 180º on second chances for kids and explore a year of the right severely misunderstanding COVID.

And in the Fun Half: Republicans’ herd mentality overcomes their supposed desire for herd immunity, wokeness overtakes the Disney world experience, Sam reminisces on his trip to Epcot, and Emma and Sam discuss the tragedy of Dave Rubin. Glenn Greenwald sticks up for the little man (Matt Gaetz) and takes on the cultural imprisonment that is canceling, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Sam and Emma host journalist and author Ann Neumann to discuss her new piece in the Baffler – “Who Owns Vaccines?" – on the barriers of IP patents and how US vaccine hoarding risks needless COVID deaths abroad. They touch on Bill Gates and the exploitative nature of capitalist philanthropy, how the West has socialized the costs while privatizing the profits of vaccines, and what the Biden Administration would need to do to help. Next, Sam and Emma cover the raging COVID situation in India, the republicans rediscovery of the debt ceiling, and Chuck Schumer wheeling away from his senatorial responsibilities.

And in the Fun Half: Matt explores Schumer’s intimate policymaking relationship with the Baileys from Massapequa, Ben Shapiro shows off his small wood, and the group talks about the political obfuscation of Pat Tillman’s story. Then, Sinema shows her true colors in a call with the AZ Chamber of Commerce, and Bro Flamingo and Brandon explore how domestic police and the US military are part of the same imperialist project that maintains forever wars at home, and abroad. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Sam and Emma host Ryan Grim, DC Bureau Chief at The Intercept, to discuss his new bombshell report "The Bigger Short" on how the Wall St housing crisis of 2008 could happen again, this time in commercial real estate. Grim shares foreboding research that shows up to a third of all commercial real estate loans might be fraudulent in their valuation. Ryan details how the Fed might address this potential fraud and what the ripple effects are in the market.

And in the Fun Half: Sam unveils the MR Discord, link below! Tucker Carlson does racism on the fly, Gutfeld! refracts the reactionary mind, Brit Hume speaks for the golf club crowd, Tucker Carlson's yearbook appears, establishing land trusts for the Majority Report, plus your calls and IMs!

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Sam and Emma host Dr. Carl Hart, professor of psychology at Columbia University, to discuss his new book Drug Use for Grown-Ups: Chasing Liberty in the Land of Fear on the culture of drug use and why we should reframe drug use in a more empathetic light.

And in the Fun Half: how to enforce meaningful drug reform policies, the Obama era GOP leadership is trying to retcon the GOP before Trump, the insanity of the Florida anti-protest bill, Trump sits down with Hannity, FTV is a patented left flank grift, plus your IMs!

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Sam and Emma host Joshua D. Rothman, University of Alabama professor of history, to discuss his new book, The Ledger and the Chain: How Domestic Slave Traders Shaped America, the myths around the slave trade industry, the deep ties between slavery and US imperialism, and Racial capitalism’s exploitative innovation. Prof. Rothman walks us through the financialization of the exploitation, and explores how our economy was built on money from the domestic slave trade. Next, Sam and Emma chat about Manchin coming around on the PRO act, the futility of police training, and the United Mine Workers’ decision to support a just transition program away from fossil fuels.

And in the Fun Half: Emma and Matt question Saul Seder’s hot bat, Dave from Richmond and Ronald from Washington call in to chat marijuana policy (both state-wide and personal), and Mike Lindell foresees Satan’s last hurrah. Then, the Biden Admin’s fear of optics on immigration seems to favor the Right, Sam compares Yang to a Bloomberg without resources, and James Comer finds out weaker gun laws means more gun purchases, plus, your calls and IMs.

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Sam hosts Heather Parton, columnist at Salon.com and proprietor of the überblog “Digby’s Hullabaloo,” and friend and known pacifist David Feldman. With the former, they chat about the U.S.’s relationship with both domestic and foreign violence, discussing the devastating tragedies of gun violence and police brutality that never seem to cease, and how to get police off the streets, before exploring Biden’s decision to leave Afghanistan by the upcoming anniversary of 9/11, and the failure to take accountability for our role in unsettling life in the region by maintaining Trump’s low rate of refugee acceptance. Next, David Feldman talks his time in the Greg Gutfeld writer’s room, why he’s against bringing our bombs home, and why anti-war protest movements are the bane of U.S. success on foreign soil.

And in the Fun Half: Kevin McCarthy turns a blind eye to Matt Gaetz’s bad behavior, Majorie Taylor Green and Paul Gosar form a new caucus to rally the TradFash, Sam takes on Bitcoin, and John from San Antonio talks how much power the Squad actually has, and what we can do to increase that. Then, Uncle Drew from Chicago calls out Lori Lightfoot’s inflated love for police budgets and refusal to take responsibility for recent police violence, and Tucker Carlson recounts three months of the Biden Presidency, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Sam and Emma host Richard Yeselson. strategic campaigner and editorial board member at Dissent Magazine, to discuss his recent essay in Jacobin "The Defeat at Amazon and the Union Fights to Come.” They contextualize what happened in Bessemer within broader Union history, explore how the Democrats’ failure to push for Union Card Check has led to a pressing need for the PRO Act, and chat what this means for the future of labor in the U.S. Additionally, Kristen Clarke’s evergreen satire turns around John Cornyn’s reverse-racism “gotcha” attempt, and Sam and Emma talk debt reveal day, the influx of transphobic policy in the U.S., and House Committees' approval of D.C. Statehood and looking into a Reparations Process.

And in the Fun Half: Warren from Toronto and our very own Matt Binder help us celebrate recent developments in media unionization, from the Ringer Union’s hard-fought success to Mashable’s current battle. Then, Geraldo Rivera goes gloves-off with Don Bongino on Hannity Primetime Hour, Tucker Carlson and his favorite “scientist”  modernize Reefer Madness, Chris from Michigan talks M4A from the healthcare worker perspective, and Kenny from Cali chats 420 Etymology and Graduate Student Worker strikes. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Sam and Emma host Dave Zirin, sports editor at The Nation, to discuss the politics in sports including the MLB pulling the All-Star Game from Atlanta, NCAA athlete pay, and push back on Olympics real estate development in Los Angeles.

And in the Fun Half: who will get the windfall of prescription drug savings CMS or ACA, Ted Cruz tries to talk about protests in Minnesota without reminding people of his role in Jan 6 riots, John Boehner sees Trump and the GOP as a force of nature he had no part of, Matt Walsh is cool with being a racist, the corporatization of social justice and the right training its base to reject it all, Tucker Carlson looking to corner the anti-vax audience, plus your IMs!

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Sam and Emma host Anthea Butler, religious studies professor at the University of Pennsylvania, to discuss her new book White Evangelical Racism: The Politics of Morality in America and why the evangelical vote is still the strongest and most unified voting bloc in American politics.

And in the Fun Half: thoughts on Biden's plans to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan, Tucker Carlson sleight of hand on "replacement theory," Jesse Watters contributes to the American Conservative solipsism, Ilhan Omar joins protestors on hunger strike in support of Yemen in DC, the future of right-wing media, Nomiki's thoughts on the NYC mayoral race, romancing a wealth cap in America, plus your calls and IMs!

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Sam and Emma host Gabe Winant, professor of history at the University of Chicago, to discuss his new book, The Next Shift: The Fall of Industry and the Rise of Health Care in Rust Belt America. They explore how a healthcare complex was built up around the failing industrial sector, the destabilizing switch from retroactive to prospective billing, and the “trilemma” facing the U.S. government’s handling of a privatized healthcare industry. Next, Sam and Emma cover Rep. Pelosi’s Fear-of-Single-Payer, the Bessemer Union vote, and the republicans’ nitpicking at what an “Infrastructure” bill definitionally means.

And in the Fun Half: Sam takes on taxonomies, we debate whether angry folks on Twitter are more powerful than Senator McCarthy’s legacy, and Lavinia from Brooklyn explores Big Tech’s algorithmic relationship with cancel culture. Sam and Emma talk death (of the monarchy) and vaxxes, Fauci’s mask shortage cover-up, and Tucker Carlson and Jimmy Dore’s clinic on self-victimization, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Sam chats with the Daily Poster’s David Sirota about Joe Manchin’s filibuster turn around, the Democrats’ blame game with the Senate Parliamentarian, and progressive intra-party dealmaking troubles. Sam also touches on the progressive shift in New York State politics as Cuomo continues to be embroiled in scandal. Then, Casual Friday sees Matthew Film Guy return to talk about his new cut, the Snyder Cut, and his late-pandemic movie recs.

And in the Fun Half: Tom calls in with a civil war history lesson, Dave Rubin reacts to Wokeism’s threat to Western Culture, Meghan McCain’s attempt to reclaim the “Breitbart” name, and Tucker Carlson’s rant on replacement. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Sam and Emma host Quincy Institute Middle East Research Fellow Dr. Annelle Sheline to discuss the Biden Administration’s Yemen policy and relationship with Saudi Arabia. Next, Jonathan Guyer, managing editor at the American Prospect, joins us to discuss the domestic incentives of Big Tech-consultants that drive our National Security State.

And in the Fun Half: We talk Brandon’s ghosting, Joe Manchin’s filibuster obstinance, and the republicans’ grift against cancel culture. Then Eve from Boston provides much-needed context for Tucker Carlson’s transphobic pseudo statistics, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Sam and Emma host three progressive candidates for the 2022 election cycle including Tom Nelson challenging Ron Johnson in the Wisconsin Senate, Nina Turner vying for Marcia Fudge's special election seat in Ohio's 11th, and Isiah James progressive primary challenge of Yvette Clark in New York's 9th district.

And in the Fun Half: John from San Antonio shares his thoughts on lefty candidate chances in 2022, the role of Prop 22 on Biden's infrastructure plan, Tucker Carlson's trans panic, the national infrastructure bank coalition, day 2 of Gutfeld! leaves more questions than answers, where is the left's Joe Rogan, plus your calls and IMs!

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Sam and Emma host Texas State history professor Sarah R. Coleman to discuss her new book The Walls Within: The Politics of Immigration in Modern America on how immigration law has evolved in the last 50 years in America. And progressive activist Nabilah Islam joins us in the Fun Half to discuss what's happening in Georgia.

And in the Fun Half: Nabilah Islam gives us an update of what's happening in Georgia, caller with concerns over immigration anxiety in Europe, the material degradation of the immigrant court system and how Biden has failed to fix anything in the immigration process, Sam and Emma break down the premiere of "Gutfeld!", Tucker Carlson knows he's full of shit, plus your calls and IMs!

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Sam is back this week and covering the stories leading the headlines including the voting rights and culture war clash in Georgia, the race against a fourth Covid wave, and the arrival of infrastructure week. Sam and Emma discuss the kabuki theater of infrastructure week, Sam remembers when MAGA was Pat Buchannan's conservative populism and the GOP's action memo for how they'll win the working class vote of the future.

And in the Fun Half: Sam's last film role, gold-bugs are now crypto-bugs, Michelle Malkin validates white nationalists, Mike Lindell is letting it all out, untangling the immigration gordian knot, plus your calls and IMs!

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Emma begins by discussing the relevant developments in the Derek Chauvin trail and the disintegration of the defenses’ case. Then, Manny Fidel, opinion writer for Business Insider, joins the podcast to talk about the biggest news stories of the week. Manny, Emma, and Matt begin by discussing the breaking news pertaining to the sex trafficing investigation of Matt Gaetz, which now involves him and Joel Greenberg breaking into a license facility to make fake IDs. Manny, then, discusses Biden’s announcement of his $2.25 trillion infrastructure bill which has shattered any hopes that Biden would continue to be a more progressive president than we expected. Finally, Emma asks Manny how effective he believes the right’s rhetoric about canel culture will be in rallying the base under the Biden administration. 

 

And in the Fun Half: Alabama tries to keep yoga out of public schools, Alex Berenson’s still spewing lies about coronavirus after being wrong about everything, Rachel Campos-Duffy says that liberals are trying to “feminize” the military, Grant Stinchfield calls Biden a ding-dong for supporting equal pay for male and female soccer players, plus your calls and IMs!
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Emma hosts Ken Klippenstein, reporter for The Intercept, to discuss his three recent articles on the horrible experiences of Amazon employees and their unionization efforts. First, Ken talks about his reporting on delivery associates who routinely have to urinate in bottles in order to meet daily quotas. Despite Amazon’s claims, Ken uncovered documents that show that management has not only been aware of this issue, but that they actively tell their employees to keep this practice a secret. Then, Ken discusses the recent tweets coming from Amazon’s PR account which have gone after people making these accusations. Ken believes that whoever has been tweeting is someone from senior leadership, possibly even Jeff Bezos himself. Finally, Ken discusses his investigation into Amazon’s paid twitter army who are trained to go after any criticism and aggressively defend the company on social media. Ken’s reporting has brought to light what a lot of us have suspected all along: Amazon employees work under horrible conditions and any unionization efforts have been actively shut down by management.  

 

And in the Fun Half: Antony Blinken’s hit single, watch Marjorie Taylor Greene do “butterfly pull ups,” Ben Shapiro justifies his views on voter suppression based off of his experiences at DisneyLand, Adam Sandler as “the waterboy” is going to come visit you in line to vote, Kristi Noem doesn’t seem to know what infrastructure is, the freshman Republican Senator “hype video” is just plain confusing, plus your calls and IMs!
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Andreas Malm joins Sam to discuss his new book, “How to Blow Up a Pipeline: Leaning to Fight in a World on Fire.” Andreas begins by explaining that while the pandemic has temporarily tamped down the climate movement, it has simultaneously led to a 7% drop in world-wide emissions and demonstrated how government can effectively intervene in the private sector during a crisis. Then, Sam asks Andreas to explain the two strategies of the climate movement, one being putting pressure on the government to pass policy and the other being reducing profits of fossil fuel companies through physically shutting down their operations. Andreas discusses the limitations of peaceful climate activism and argues for the need for a more radical flank in the movement. And finally, as it turns out, renewable energy is actually much cheaper to produce, but companies refuse to switch over because they can get away with a much higher markup on fossil fuels than they would be able to on renewables. 

 

And in the Fun Half: Emma talks a little football, compensation for college athletes goes before the Supreme Court, is Matthew McConaughey running for governor of Texas?, Lil Nas X is selling “blood soaked sneakers,” how to address gun violence, Peter Navarro spews lies about the origins of the coronavirus, plus your calls and IMs!
 
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Emma hosts Edo Konrad, Editor-in-Chief of +972 Magazine, to discuss the rise and success of the Irsraeli right and last week’s election results. Edo begins by explaining the political failure of centrist left candidate Benny Gantz and his decision to join Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right wing coalition in last year's election. Then, Edo dives into Palestinian politics in Israel, explaining the consolidation of the four Palestinian political parties, the disintegration of the Joint List, and Mansour Abbas decision to join Netanyahu’s coalition. Finally, in order to ensure his own political survival, Edo talks about Netanyahu’s dangerous decision to bring Jewish extremism into the fold of his party and the potential long term implications of that political move.

 

And in the Fun Half: Nomiki tunes in, exploitation in the video game industry, Chuck Schumer wants you to write letters to Joe Biden to cancel student loan debt instead of doing his job, Emma’s done wasting time on Glenn Greenwald, Marjorie Taylor Greene is outraged that liberals are trying to keep Americans safe, Marco Rubio’s wake up call comes in the form of a mariachi band, plus your calls and IMs!

 

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Sam interviews Jennifer Berkshire & Jack Schneider of the Have You Heard podcast about their book,  A Wolf at the Schoolhouse Door: The Dismantling of Public Education and the Future of School.” Jack begins by giving a brief history on the origins of the anti-public education movement in Bary Goldwater’s 1964 presidential campaign, as a response, in part, to the civil rights movement. Jennifer explains how the right has already begun laying the groundwork for the total privatization of education through advocating for “funding students, not systems,” in which parents are given vouchers to decide how they want to educate their children. Then, they discuss how the Democratic Party has also contributed to the disintegration of public schools through commodifying education by placing more importance on standardized testing and introducing charter schools. Jennifer and Jack make the point that as important as the public education system is, it is not the solution to poverty that billionaires such as Bill Gates claim it is. This leaves the question, what is the goal of our public education system and how can we protect it from those trying to dismantle it?

 
And in the Fun Half: Mike Lindell promises Trump will be back in August, Bernie joins Amazon workers from the picket line in Alabama, John Joyce’s “Grinch Act,” the LAPD detains reporters during the Echo Park protests, what turned Emma and Matt into a lefties, Matt’s thoughts on the JFK assasination, who would win? Steve Schmidt vs. Rick Wilson and Sarah Huckabee Sanders vs. Meghan McCain, plus your calls and IMs!

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Sam and Emma host Alex Pareene, staff writer at The New Republic and co-host of “The Politics of Everything” podcast, to discuss the passage of voter suppression legislation in Georgia, Joe Manchin’s role in the filibuster negotiations, and Kyrsten Sinema’s political strategy in Arizona. Alex assesses the Biden presidency thus far and critiques Biden’s failure to play a leading role in spreading vaccines to the Global South and requiring vaccine companies to share their patents. Then, through the lens of Biden’s first press briefing, Alex discusses the issues with journalism and mainstream media.
 
Afterwards, Carl Beijer tunes in to go through a series of questions about socialism ideology and in practice. Sam challenges Carl’s ideas on private property vs personal property, government management of the economy, exploitation of labor, manifesting the will of the people in a consolidated government, and more.
 
And in the Fun Half: Jimmy Dole says “journalist” Dave Rubin should be allowed enable as many white supremacists on his show as he wants, Dan Crenshaw is impressed with Biden’s vaccine roll-out, Congressional candidate Dan ‘Big Dan’ Rodimer needs a better director for his campaign ads, Tucker Carlson says liberals are forcing Republicans to vote for fascists, plus your calls and IMs!

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Sam and Emma host ProPublica journalist Alec MacGillis and author of “Fulfillment:Winning and Losing in One-Click America” to discuss how Jeff Bezos has used America’s infrastructure to make Amazon the most dominant monopoly in the US. Alec explains how Amazon has been a driving force of regional inequality and has stunted prosperity and business activity around the country, including in the cities where it resides. Starting with Amazon’s founding in Seattle, Alec talks about the conglomerating effect of tech companies and Amazon’s ability to strategically avoid paying taxes through setting up warehouses in states with a smaller sales tax and moving profits offshore. Through the interview, Alec explores the question as to whether this is an issue specifically with Amazon’s unethical company practices or if this is indicative of a fundamental flaw in our capital structure that awards massive trusts. With the majority of Democrats believing that Amazon is the most trustworthy institution in America, what can be done to reverse the domination of these tech monopolies?
 
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Sam and Emma host Jemima Pierre, professor of African American Studies at UCLA, to unpack the long history of Haiti, the first free black republic established in 1804, and successive years of occupation and exploitation by France and the US. Then, Jemima discusses how this history has led to the current political situation in Haiti where the Organization of American States (OAS) and the UN have essentially propped up dictators, such as current leader Jovenel Moïse, against the will of the Hatain people. After, Brian Concannon, director of Project Blueprint and advisor at IJDH, joins to further explain the U.S.’, along with France and Canada’s, economic and geopolitical interest in thwarting Haitian democracy. Brain describes steps that the Biden administration and the House of Foreign Affairs Committee should take to end their support of Jovenel Moïse’s government and restore Haitain sovereignty.
 
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Sam and Emma host ACLU Deputy Director for Transgender Justice Chase Strangio to discuss the anti-trans legislation make its way across GOP-controlled statehouses across America. We're live at noon ET.

Sam and Emma begin with discussing the Biden administration's immigration policy at the border and react to Dan Crenshaw’s interview with Mehdi Hassan. Then, Sam and Emma host ACLU Deputy Director for Transgender Justice Chase Strangio to discuss the increase in anti-trans legislation that has made its way across GOP-controlled statehouses. Chase explains how the current wave of anti-trans legislation in girls sports is the new manifestation of the same kind of GOP generated transphobic panic that informed the restroom bills in 2016-17 and is used to drive up Republican voter turnout. And further, Chase discusses the current legal precedent set by Bostock v Clayton County that protects trans rights, which GOP state legislatures actively disregard. Finally, Sam and Emma discuss Glenn Greenwald’s “oppression ladder” in the LBGTQ community.
 
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Sam and Emma host Benjamin Dixon to discuss the week's top stories including HR 1 and what GOP-held state legislatures efforts to repeal voting rights, reforming the Senate filibuster rule, and managing expectations for an incomplete Biden term. Then Paul Blest of Discourse Blog joins to discuss the worker-owned website's one-year anniversary, what's happening with MTG's rise, why Lil Marco is a bellwether for the Senate GOP.

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Sam and Emma host author and activist Victoria Law to discuss the recent spate of anti-Asian hate crimes and her new book “Prisons Make Us Safer.” Then philosopher Jules Evans joins the program to discuss his theory of "Conspirituality" on the link between New Age spirituality and conspiracy in America.

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Sam and Emma host University of Detroit Mercy professor Alex Zamalin to discuss his latest book Against Civility: The Hidden Racism in Our Obsession with Civility on the need for disruptive organized pressure to combat racism and its thread through American history.

And in the Fun Half: Brandon Sutton joins us to see Mitch McConnell threaten the Democrats who want to change the filibuster rule, Dave Rubin concedes he'll stay in California because he doesn't want to be a second class citizen, the existential wandering of the conservative movement during Biden's first 100 days, Matt Walsh's cancel culture take, Steven Crowder's stale racism, investing in schools to get kids back in the classroom, fallacy of the pure meritocracy, plus your calls and IMs!

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Sam and Emma host Washington Post national politics reporter Dave Weigel to discuss the on-going union organizing efforts in Alabama and how Democrats are leveraging them to their political advantage. Weigel offers his take on how the Biden administration has operated differently so far from previous Democratic administrations, particularly how Biden has not (yet) scaled back ambitions to meet the political moment. Weigel and Sam also discuss the staffing efforts in DC and how young Democratic operatives are starting to rediscover LBJ-style material politics. Then Seneca Savoie of Homes Not Handcuffs in Austin joins us to discuss organizing efforts to end criminal charges against homelessness in Austin.

And in the Fun Half: Sam agrees with Michael Knowles on cancel culture, why red states refuse to offer Medicaid expansion, Dave Rubin is putting on his trial lawyer hat, white-knuckling through cancel culture, Brian Kilmeade understands slavery because of Roots, a daylight saving debate, plus your IMs!

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Sam and Emma host Michelle Meagher, Senior Policy Fellow at the Centre for Law, Economics and Society at University College London, to discuss her new book Competition is Killing Us: How Big Business is Harming Our Society and Planet - and What To Do About It. Sam, Emma, and Michelle begin their conversation with how Michelle came to have an existential awakening while working in antitrust at a multinational law firm. The interview continues with Meagher laying out the myths of the free market including how multinational corporations operate independently of their shareholders as well as how governments make winners and losers with policy decisions.

And in the Fun Half: Stacey Abrams shares her support for suspending the filibuster for HR1, raising taxes on corporate America for the first time since 1993, Sam's favorite senator Chris Coons explains why he voted against 15 minimum wage, Ron Johnson says he did not fear Jan 6 rioters because they weren't BLM, the compulsion to self-identify, why the Rio Grande Valley is voting conservative, plus your calls and IMs!

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Sam and Emma host David Dayen, executive editor at the American Prospect, and Francesca Fiorentini of The Bitchuation Room to break down the massive American Rescue Plan, Biden's accelerated vaccination timeline, and leaving the Reagan era for good.

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Sam and Emma host Elizabeth Pancotti, policy director at Employ America, to discuss the details of the $1.9T American Rescue Plan and what was left out of the bill too. Pancotti makes sense of the bill and the money going directly to working Americans, and critiques some of the not-so-fiscally-conservative spending measures in the bill, too.

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Sam and Emma host journalist and author Brendan O'Connor to discuss his new book, Blood Red Lines: How Nativism Fuels the Right, on how American fascism is playing out at the US border. Sam, Emma, and Brendan discuss how we arrived at our current moment of border nativism and how capital and the far-right broker their political and policy ends regarding immigration at the southern border. And a brief history of what happens when the right coopts environmental language to advance their politics of racial purity.

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Sam and Emma discuss the CDC's new guidelines for vaccinated Americans and how the right-wing media is working to undermine government vaccination efforts. Sam then reviews the top lines in the $1.9 Covid relief bill like the child tax credit, reparations for black farmers, and shoring up union pensions. Next, the filibuster showdown will be fought on the Voting Rights laws. Sam and Emma wrap the free half critiquing the Biden administration's migrant response, and a coda to the Lincoln Project.

And in the Fun Half: the next phase of Fight for $15, the need for an actionable left foreign policy, Hannity freaks out about HR 1, Tucker toes the line on ecofascism, Brian Kilmeade says teachers have it easy, plus your calls and IMs!

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Sam and Emma host professor Mark Robert Rank to discuss his new book Poorly Understood: What America Gets Wrong About Poverty on realities of American poverty and what has to be done to reduce suffering in 21st century America. Plus, the MR community says goodbye to Jamie.

On today's show: Fox News says Covid relief bill is too much money, will allow people to not go back to work.

Sam and Emma host professor Mark Robert Rank to discuss his new book Poorly Understood: What America Gets Wrong About Poverty on realities of American poverty and what has to be done to reduce suffering in 21st century America. Who is poor in the United States? What kind of economic and political factors have contributed to austerity policies? A summary of policies that could mitigate inequality in the Covid era.

Joe Scarborough says era of Reagan is over now after passage of $1.9T.

On the fun half: Asked why he supported amendments to limit relief as Senator of one of the poorest states, Manchin says relief must be targeted for those who need it most. Asked about filibuster, Joe Manchin says "maybe filibuster needs to be more painful," worries about minority power in Senate, explains his basic belief in Senate. Reporter admits "Americans" saying there are immigrant surges happening under Biden is in fact Donald Trump. Benny Johnson says Marxists are erasing American culture, cites Mr. Potato Head, Dr. Suess, Mrs. Butterworth, Land-O-Lakes Butter, the Washington Redskins, etc. FRIDAY: Sinema thumbs down vote on $15/hr amendment vote. The MR community says goodbye to Jamie.

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Sam and Emma host Heather "Digby" Parton (@digby56) of Salon.con and Hullabaloo to discuss the Senate's efforts to pass Biden's $1.9T Covid relief bill, Cuomo's fall from grace, and other top stories of the week. And Andy Kindler (@AndyKindler) joins us in the fun half.

On today's show: Sen. Ron Johnson delays Covid relief bill with bizarre visual metaphor, making clerks read bill out loud.

Sam and Emma host Heather "Digby" Parton (@digby56) of Salon.con and Hullabaloo to discuss the Senate's efforts to pass Biden's $1.9T Covid relief bill, Cuomo's fall from grace, and the Voting Rights Act. Strengths and weaknesses of Biden's stimulus vs Trump's. How much time do Dems have to improve on voting rights before the door shuts on them forever?

Comedian Andy Kindler (@AndyKindler) joins the program to discuss the weird news of the day, including the revelation that their colleague Jimmy Pesto was among the group of MAGAs that stormed the capitol.

On the fun half: Bernie calls out parliamentarian, says it's ridiculous that an unelected staffer makes decision about $15/hr. Sam and Emma give opinions on Bernie's strategy. Kyrsten Sinema does a sassy dip as she votes against $15 minimum wage. Mitch McConnell says $1.9T relief bill is unnecessary because economy is already bouncing back due to GOP efforts under Trump. Glenn Greenwald claims that Trump, Bannon, and Tucker Carlson are socialists. Plus, your IMs.

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Sam and Emma hosts Joshua Brewer (@JBrewerMe), an organizer at RWDSU (Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union) on workers' efforts to unionize at the Bessemer, Alabama fulfillment center. Then Eric Levitz (@EricLevitz) joins to discuss the Democrats' decision to limit who gets Covid relief checks in the $1.9T relief bill.

On today's show: Mondaire Jones explains why passing HR 1 is so crucial to American democracy.

Sam and Emma hosts Joshua Brewer (@JBrewerMe), an organizer at RWDSU (Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union) on workers' efforts to unionize at the Bessemer, Alabama fulfillment center. Why this organizing effort is happening in Bessemer right now. The connection to the George Floyd uprising. The underhanded tactics Amazon is using to discourage workers from organizing. How the law is designed to weaken unions. What's at stake in this fight?

Eric Levitz (@EricLevitz) of New York Magazine joins the program to discuss the Democrats' decision to limit who gets Covid relief checks in the $1.9T relief bill. Why did conservative Democrats want additional mean-tested "targeting"?

On the fun half: Ro Khanna says he's not a socialist because capitalism spurs wonderful inventions, like Hamilton musical. Megyn Kelly tweets about Cardi B vs Dr Seuss. Don Jr. tweets about cancel culture, hides that his copy of "the Cat in the Hat" is bilingual. Cuomo defends behavior, says he hugs and kisses people all the time. Friend-of-the-show Andray Domise educates us on the movement to resist the latest US-backed dictator in Haiti (for more check out haitibetrayedfilm.com). The importance of covering domestic political prisoners. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Sam and Emma recap the top stories of the week including the voting rights cases before the Supreme Court and GOP efforts to further restrict voting rights across the country.

On today's show: Biden says US will have enough supply to vaccinate every adult by end of May. What's in the Covid relief bill? The Strand moves Cuomo’s book from "notable" to “history” shelf. Supreme Court seems ready to uphold racist voting restrictions.

On the fun half: Cuomo says he supports a woman’s right to come forward, he didn’t feel his actions were inappropriate. Debating HR 1, Kevin McCarthy says voting rights debate is like canceling Dr. Seuss. Glenn Beck declares the era of freedom in America over now that Dr. Seuss and Mr. Potatohead are canceled. Idaho Republican votes against using federal funds for early education, says it makes it 'easier for mothers to come out of the home.' Plus, your IMs.

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Sam and Emma host HuffPost journalist Jonathan Cohn on his new book The Ten Year War: Obamacare and the Unfinished Crusade for Universal Coverage on the last decade of healthcare debate in America and what lies ahead.

Sam, Emma, and Jonathan begin their conversation discussing the failures of the Clinton healthcare bill from the first Clinton administration and what was learned from its failures. Cohn traces how healthcare expansion and legislation moved through the Democratic leadership and through the 2008 primary and subsequent legislative committees before becoming the PPACA at the beginning of Obama's first term. The interview concludes with Cohn giving his assessment on

And in the Fun Half: a game of chicken within the Democratic leadership, Jon from San Antonio challenges Sam on independent voters, holding Joe Biden accountable for not holding MBS accountable, CPAC conservatives are done with Fox News, conservatism is pure spectacle, everything is downstream from cancel culture, plus your calls and IMs!

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Sam and Emma host MIT professor Justin Reich (@bjfr) on his latest book Failure to Disrupt: Why Technology Alone Can’t Transform Education on remote learning's failures during the Covid crisis and how we can improve schooling in the event of future pandemics.

On today's show: Biden gives bid of support to Alabama workers and their right to unionize.

Sam and Emma host MIT professor Justin Reich (@bjfr) on his latest book Failure to Disrupt: Why Technology Alone Can’t Transform Education on remote learning's failures during the Covid crisis and how we can improve schooling in the event of future pandemics. While Silicon Valley has promised great advancements in education through trendy new technology, it hasn't exactly panned out that way. Examining things like proctoring software (which functions like spyware), auto-grading, and MOOCs (Massive Online Open Courses), Reich shows how tech alone cannot mitigate inequality or revolutionize education.

On the fun half: Jen Psaki says Cuomo accusers deserve to be treated with respect and dignity, supports independent investigation. Asked about Biden administration decision to not sanction MBS personally and general accountability, Jen Psaki says US will hold Saudi Arabia accountable, suggests US doesn't sanction heads of state personally. Trump hints that he might run again, beating Democrats a "third time" (crowd goes wild). Fox and Friends pumped that Trump is back, Kilmeade says Trump looks thinner, he wants to unite the GOP. Right wing figure espouses Qanon beliefs during CPAC panel, talks about being canceled for addressing Q, child trafficking and finding out what's really going on. Reporter asks if WH is pushing harder for Neera Tanden than $15 minimum wage. Asked about horrible death rates in South Dakota, Kristi Noem says press should ask same question to other governors. Singer botches National Anthem at CPAC. Young girl sells lemonade to pay for her brain surgery in "heartwarming" local news story. Plus, your IMs.

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Sam and Emma host Alex Pareene (@pareene), staff writer at the New Republic and host of "The Politics of Everything" podcast to breakdown the week's top stories including why Democrats should call Kyrtsen Sinema's bluff. Plus, Matthew Film Guy (@langdonboom) stops by to talk movies!

On today's show: Rep. Elissa Slotkin (of  natsec lady gang "the badasses") defends Biden's attack against Iranian proxies in Syria.

Alex Pareene (@pareene), staff writer at the New Republic and host of "The Politics of Everything" podcast joins Sam and Emma to breakdown the week's top stories including why Democrats should call Kyrtsen Sinema's bluff. VP Harris' refusal to override the parliamentarian and keep $15 min wage in the relief bill as political malpractice. What happens to the Senate's legitimacy when good things can't happen for reasons that make no sense?

Matthew Film Guy (@langdonboom) stops by to talk movies! Are movie theaters going away forever? Friday film pick: Toni Erdmann (2016) by Maren Ade, about a jokester dad's efforts to connect with his career woman daughter. And check out Black Bear (2020), a new movie starring Aubrey Plaza that Matthew edited!

CPAC hosts have to remind audience that they support law and order and are on private property, thus they must wear masks. Mondaire Jones commemorates passing of the Equality Act with heartfelt personal testimony. Dave Rubin performs outrage about Potatohead, realizes Potatohead was probably always gender neutral, says we live in the stupidest times. Ainsley Earhardt worried about new Potatohead marketing, Steve Doocy seems to believe that backlash from anti-woke led Hasbro to backtrack (not the case). Rand Paul goes on anti-trans rant during first trans doctor confirmation hearing. MTG turns up the aggrievement machine, says she was a victim of Jan 6 attack, Equality Act is an attack on women, motions to adjourn. Amazon airs anti-union ads on Twitch. CPAC rolls video package of Japanese author calling Trump an American samurai. Plus, your IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:34pm EDT

Sam and Emma take a look at some of the most important stories of the week including the parliamentarian's ruling on a $15 minimum wage, fixing the USPS, and more.

On today's show: Chris Hayes asks Bernie Sanders if Senate has votes for $15 minimum wage on up/down vote, Bernie laughs "no." John Thune recounts making a wage in the '70s, says it's too much to raise wages to $15/hr, even though his wages in '70s (adjusted for inflation) were higher than $15/hr. Ro Khanna explains why passing $15 minimum wage is not conditioned on parliamentarian ruling, "Be honest with folks." Roger Marshall (R-KS) says he had a low wage job in HS and college and it helped him graduate debt free. DeJoy says he’s sticking around at post office til his work is done. After Jim Jordan says Democrats are hypocrites and Post Office is besieged by partisanship, Gerry Connolly explains how USPS was hamstrung by GOP appointments and political efforts. Former aide speaks out about how Cuomo sexually harassed her.

On the fun half: Asked if Trump should speak at CPAC, the GOP leadership is divided. Reopened Miami detention center for children is the same one where Kamala had her manufactured meme moment. One year ago today: Larry Kudlow claims "we have contained" the corona virus. Rep. Marie Newman (IL-03) gives floor speech on importance of passing the Equality Act. Marjorie Taylor Greene posts sign outside door saying there's only two genders. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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

Sam and Emma host former Labor Secretary Robert Reich (@RBReich) to discuss his latest book, The System: Who Rigged It, How We Fix It, plus his take on the Biden administration's efforts so far and his assessment of how the 46th president has stacked his administration.

On today's show: Ron Johnson suggests that rioters were not in fact Trump supporters.

Sam and Emma host former Labor Secretary Robert Reich (@RBReich) to discuss his latest book, The System: Who Rigged It, How We Fix It, plus his take on the Biden administration's efforts so far and his assessment of how the 46th president has stacked his administration. Democracy vs oligarchy. The advent and subsequent rollback of antitrust. Are the oligarchic tendencies baked into the capitalist system?

On the fun half: Tucker says he looked for Qanon online and couldn't find it. Recently canceled CPAC speaker, Young Pharoah, says Matt Schlaap should also be canceled for previous comments on Jews if the same standards applied (Pharoah agrees w/ Schlaap's previous comments.) Poll: GOP voters care most about illegal immigration, support for police. Asked about Cuomo's role in nursing home deaths, WH spox Psaki avoids questions and says administration works with all governors. Mitch McConnell suggests Democrats will go it alone on Covid relief, says the spending is unnecessary at this moment. Jimmy Dore goes on Tucker, blames Democrats for lack of Covid relief, defends people voting for Trump, criticizes second impeachment. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Sam host Denver University Professor of Law Nancy Leong (@nancyleong) to discuss her new book, Identity Capitalists: The Powerful Insiders Who Exploit Diversity to Maintain Inequality, on how the powerful wield diversity to ensconce their priorities and agendas.

And in the Fun Half: Who is coming to Neera Tanden's defense, Ted Cruz does crisis communications, MEghan McCain on the vaccine rollout, Newt Gingrich calls the vaccine anti-white, the Florida Agriculture Commissioner refuses to lower the flag for Rush Limbaugh, plus your calls and IMs!

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Sam is back today with Emma to host author and professor Naomi Klein (@NaomiAKlein) to discuss the climate disaster this past week in Texas and her latest NYT op-ed "Why Texas Republicans Fear the Green New Deal."

On today's show: Ron Johnson says Texas snow storm is reason why Green New Deal is a terrible idea.

Author and professor Naomi Klein joins the program to discuss climate disaster in Texas and her latest NYT op-ed "Why Texas Republicans Fear the Green New Deal." How those in power use "the shock doctrine" to take advantage of crises to execute policy goals. The invasion of Iraq, the fascist coup in Chile, and other past examples of the shock doctrine in action. What's different about the crisis in Texas? How renewable sources of energy lend themselves to decentralization.

On the fun half: Former cop implicates NYPD in the murder of Malcolm X. Dallas resident explains $6700 electricity bill for February, puts in context with normal month. Asked if state leadership failed, GOP Rep. Michael McCaul (TX10) says federal government deserves some blame for what happened in Texas, alludes to 2011 report about winterizing Texas grid. JULY 2020: New Wisconsin Democratic Senate candidate basically admits he's never been to Wisconsin before his dad went to buy the Milwaukee Bucks. Nina Turner explains why the people need to understand the difference between grassroots organizing and wielding power within government. Don Jr. from a gun bunker says that teachers unions are keeping children from going to school, says Biden is owned by teachers unions. Eric Weinstein says Jack Dorsey is throttling his Twitter account, asks him to fix it. Plus, your IMs.

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Ana Kasparian (@AnaKasparian) of TYT and the Jacobin Weekend Show joins Emma on this casual Friday.

On today's show: De Blasio backs up Ron Kim's statements about Cuomo on Morning Joe.

Ana Kasparian (@AnaKasparian) of TYT and the Jacobin Weekend Show joins Emma to discuss the big stories of the week: Ted Cruz's leaked texts. White House Press Sec. Jen Psaki muddies the waters wrt Biden’s refusal to forgive $50k in student debt. Ted Cruz does walk of shame in Cancun airport. Ted blames his kids for Cancun trip: “I was trying to be a dad.”

On the fun half: Rep. Lauren Boebert displays guns haphazardly on bookshelf during virtual House committee hearing. UK Home Office releases corny 'no meeting up' video. Rudy Giuliani tells Steve Bannon a disgusting 'joke' about golfing with Ailes and Trump. Premier Doug Ford compares listening to Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath's criticism to "nails on a chalkboard" on Wednesday, Horwath says he should apologize to Canadians. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:03pm EDT

We are live at noon. Kate Aronoff joins Emma to discuss the extreme weather events in Texas and elsewhere, and the seemingly coordinated right-wing media reaction it. Also, Ted Cruz's brief Cancun excursion, Trump remembers Rush.

And on the fun half: More on Ted Cruz, Andrew Cuomo cracking?, Dumpster Cops in Texas,and your calls and IMs.

 

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John Fetterman, Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania and candidate for United States Senate in 2022, joins Emma to talk about his fossil fuel pledge, running for Senate, whether he supports medicare for all, and more. We also discuss Rush Limbaugh's death and Joe Biden's town hall.

On the fun half: Sam calls in re: Rush, Biden wants biracial commercials to save us, corporations are going socialist, and your calls and IMs!

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Political Scientist Robert A. Pape tallks with sam about his piece in the Atlantic, "The Capitol Rioters Aren’t Like Other Extremists."

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:13pm EDT

David Zucchino joins us to discuss his book, "Wilmington’s Lie:
The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy"

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Sam hosts Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon) of the Benjamin Dixon Show and David Roth (@david_j_roth), editor at Defector and host of The Distraction Podcast, to discuss the week's top stories including the second senate impeachment trial of Donald Trump and the Biden administration's Covid relief plans.

On today's show: Rep. Raskin argues that if Trump returned to office he would not bother to reign in his supporters' violent attacks on political opponents. Lindsay Graham says he wants an investigation into what Nancy Pelosi knew before January 6.

Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon) of the Benjamin Dixon Show joins Sam to discuss stories including: Trump's second impeachment trial and the Biden admin's shrinking Covid relief checks. Trump's lawyer argues that his impeachment is "constitutional cancel culture." Sen. Whitehouse says Senate ethics committee should look at GOP senators' role in Jan 6 riots. Dave Ramsey says if you're concerned about difference of $600 or $1400 relief then you have bigger problems in your life.

David Roth (@david_j_roth), editor at Defector and host of The Distraction Podcast, joins Sam to discuss where the Trumpist wing of the GOP goes from here. Will Marjorie Taylor Greene actually write laws, or just become a touring aggrievement show? OAN's sentimental tribute to Trump Presidency includes sad piano music, poem by Rudyard Kipling. Speaking about Dallas Mavericks' decision to not play national anthem before games, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick says it's like the Jan 6 riots. Mike Huckabee running ads on Newsmax, targeting grandparents to buy their grandkids books on Trump's accomplishments. Brian Kilmeade says media isn't talking about falling Covid cases because Dems can't pass their wasteful stimulus if the numbers are going down. OCTOBER 2020: Seema Verma at Aspen Ideas Festival says governors are on board with Medicaid work requirements, people don't want to be on Medicaid. CNN interviews children of parents who fell deep into Qanon conspiracy. Plus, your IMs.

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Sam hosts Ari Berman, senior reporter at Mother Jones, to discuss the deluge of statehouse legislation aiming to curb voting rights for the next election cycle. Sam and Ari examine how states have tried to restrict voting rights after the 2013 Supreme Court decision which no longer required southern states to receive federal approval before changing their voting laws. Sam and Ari then explore how voting laws may change in the midterm cycle and the next presidential election. Ari warns against the restrictive voting rights and how it could very well come back to hurt the GOP turnout, not just the Democrats. Sam and Ari go state-by-state on how battleground state legislatures are trying to restrict voting rights from gerrymandering to court elections.

And in the Fun Half: Tucker Carlson goes full InfoWars, the union drive at the Alabama Amazon fulfillment center, water rights in Florida, student loan forgiveness on Fox and Friends doesn't go exactly according to plan, plus your calls and IMs.

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Sam and Emma host New York Times cybersecurity reporter Nicole Perlroth to discuss her new both This Is How They Tell Me the World Ends: The Cyberweapons Arms Race on the new world of espionage and cyber-warfare and Washington's failure to address cyber over the past several decades. Sam and Emma discuss the history of Zero-Day programming and the arms race to exploit digital infrastructures across the globe, as well as how to begin to reign in these attacks.

And in the Fun Half: Democrats moving beyond Clinton talking points, Cuomo is ready to ruin NY with Covid again, the Passion of Neera Tanden, presenting the Best of Bruce Castor, Kilmeade's revelation on Trump's lawyers,

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Sam and Emma look forward to the second impeachment trial of former president Donald Trump, the latest on Covid relief, and more on today's show.

And in the Fun Half: Luara Ingraham goes full Goebbels, the GOP blames the left for politicizing Covid, and Brian Kilmeade advocates for abolishing the federal minimum wage, plus your calls and IMs!

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Sam hosts New Orleans epidemiologist Dr. MarkAlain Dery to discuss the state of the Coronavirus in the US, including the science behind the vaccines, and why people should remain vigilant as more infectious variants begin to spread across the country.

And in the Fun Half: the church of Donald Trump, Mike Lindell predicts the end times, and Democrats negotiate against themselves to decide who's worthy of relief checks.

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Sam and Emma host Heather "Digby" Parton from Salon.com and Hullabaloo to discuss the stories of the week, including the Senate budget passed earlier this morning and the future of the GOP. And David Feldman joins us in the Fun Half and puts all his cards on the table.

And in the Fun Half: the false equivalency between BLM protests and the Capitol riots, the case to abolishing student loan debt, Rudy Giuliani says this 1st Amendment stuff is going too far, plus Marjorie Taylor Greene's floor speech, and your calls and IMs!

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Matt Stoller (@matthewstoller), author of the BIG Substack, joins Sam and Emma to discuss the vaccine distribution rollout and why monopolies have slowed the vaccination process across the country.

On today's show: Jim Jordan says taking action on Marjorie Taylor Greene's past comments is a slippery slope, gives a tired take on cancel culture.

Matt Stoller (@matthewstoller), author of the BIG Substack, joins Sam and Emma to discuss the vaccine distribution rollout and why monopolies have slowed the vaccination process across the country. The international cooperation that went into the vaccine rollout. Why independent pharmacies are doing better than monopolistic chains at distributing the vaccine. Will Biden appoint anti-monopolist Lina Khan to an antitrust slot?

On the fun half: Mike Bloomberg feigns empathy says we need to open schools for the children, teachers need to get in line. C-SPAN caller: "Democrats are going to keep eating the babies." A plug for the Atlanta Justice Alliance's mutual aid projects (@AtlantaJustice for donation links). Newsmax top anchor can't decide what side he'll take on the Myanmar coup (tweets two hours apart). Trump's SAG resignation letter. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Sam and Emma host Sarah Jaffe (@sarahljaffe) to discuss her new book, Work Won't Love You Back: How Devotion to Our Jobs Keeps Us Exploited, Exhausted, and Alone and how to build a better relationship with our labor.

On today's show: Even Newsmax has had enough of Mike Lindell, anchor walks off mid-interview, Lindell goes on about Dominion voting machines.

Sam and Emma host Sarah Jaffe (@sarahljaffe) to discuss her new book, Work Won't Love You Back: How Devotion to Our Jobs Keeps Us Exploited, Exhausted, and Alone and how to build a better relationship with our labor. What is "the working class"? The shift that has occurred in the US from a manufacturing economy to service and care work, and the gendered dynamics at play. The dangers of "family" rhetoric at work and the rise of personal branding. The importance of collective, worker-led solutions and social justice unionism.

On the fun half: Bill Hemmer compares Marjorie Taylor Greene to Ilhan Omar, says at least MTG isn't seen as a racist. Asked about whether House GOP supports Cheney or Greene More, Steve Scalise says the real concern is Biden administration. Ilhan Omar statement on MTG. Trump impeachment trial lawyer says it's bad to show Capitol riot footage, "Why does the country need that now?" Kristi Noem says South Dakota leading the way on Covid response, 1 in 500 SD residents have died of Covid. South Carolina mom who lost job during pandemic explains how she fell into Qanon conspiracy culture. Tim Pool says AOC shouldn't serve if she can't handle the intimidation and threats, says he supports Tulsi. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Sam and Emma discuss the stories of the week, including the Democrats' plan to pass Covid relief, the problem with the Senate PayGo laws, and the takeaways from AOC sharing her story from the January 6 Capitol riots.

And in the Fun Half: the misogyny of after AOC sharing her story from January 6, the GOP defends Marjorie Taylor Greene, what's happening in liberal cities in red states, Meghan McCain flattens the MTG controversies, plus your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:02pm EDT

Sam and Emma host Maurice Chammah, staff writer at The Marshall Project, and author of Let the Lord Sort Them: The Rise and Fall of the Death Penalty joins the show to discuss his new book and how America might move beyond its shameful history of capital punishment. Sam and Chammah explore how the death penalty took hold through American culture, particularly Texas, and its relationship to reconstruction and lynchings in the south. Chammah continues to describe the mythology of Texas, frontier justice, and how it impacted the continuation of the death penalty. The two continue their conversation considering how state governments made capital punishment operational from the 1970s onward, and how Bill Clinton used it to secure his political future. Sam, Emma, and Chammah conclude their conversation by examining the future of the death penalty and how a Democratic administration could work around states' efforts to uphold their capital punishment. Chammah closes the discussion by talking about changing punitive carceral reform and the incremental changes needed to provide a more humane society.

And in the Fun Half: Reaching out to Christians with left talking points, will Dems repeal GOP tax cuts, why the fever will not break for the GOP, dispatches from George Floyd Park in Minneapolis, the disturbing footage of Rochester NY cops pepper-spraying a black child in the back of their squad car, plus your calls and IMs!

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Sam and Emma host Alex Pareene (@pareene) of The New Republic and Francesca Fiorentini (@franifio), host of The Bitchuation Room podcast, to discuss the week's top stories including the end of Biden's bipartisanship, Democrats' filibuster debate, and the GameStop short squeeze.

On today's show: Austin cuts police budget, uses money to buy a hotel for the homeless. Marjorie Taylor Greene, from her car, suggests Vegas shooting was planned to turn people against 2nd amendment rights. FEB 2019: Marjorie Taylor Greene says Nancy Pelosi is guilty of treason, and those who commit treason can be executed for their crimes.

Alex Pareene (@pareene) of The New Republic joins Sam and Emma to discuss the week's top stories. Obstacles to Biden's early measures. How the Dems are using reconciliation to pass Covid-19 relief without Republican support. The issues around filibuster reform. Trump's continued influence on the Republican Party.

Francesca Fiorentini (@franifio), host of The Bitchuation Room podcast, joins the show for some Casual Friday fun. Leon Cooperman complains about billionaires being treated unfairly by day traders.

On the fun half: Matt Gaetz goes to Wyoming to rally support to oust Liz Chaney in 2022 cycle. Ainsley Earhardt says Robinhood shutting down Gamestop trading is just like cancel culture, both are little guys being shut down. Gorka talks about how Trumpers should not start a third party. Trump claims he can help get Republicans elected in meeting readout. Talking about Dominion lawsuits with Steve Bannon, Rudy says he's not worried because he considers himself a journalist, blames Lincoln Project for Capitol Hill insurrection. Steve Mnuchin's wife Louise Linton has made a terrible movie. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Sam and Emma host Eric Levitz (@EricLevitz) of New York Magazine to discuss the state of the filibuster negotiations in the senate, and then Edward Ongweso Jr (@bigblackjacobin) from Vice Motherboard joins to discuss the Reddit/GameStop/Robinhood short squeeze and what comes next in the populist financial story of the year.

On today's show: Pelosi slams GOP leadership for response to Marjorie Taylor Greene.

Sam and Emma host Eric Levitz (@EricLevitz) of New York Magazine to discuss the state of the filibuster negotiations in the Senate. Dems have the chance to enact filibuster reform, but Manchin and Sinema say they won’t bust the filibuster. Why are they like this?

Edward Ongweso Jr (@bigblackjacobin) from Vice Motherboard joins to discuss the Reddit/GameStop/Robinhood short squeeze and what comes next in the populist financial story of the year.

On the fun half: Squawk Box guest, venture capitalist, comments on how angry younger generations seem to be, says there's nihilism in recent social movements. Chamath Palihapitiya basically argues the stock market is bullshit, "Just because you were wrong, doesn't mean you get to write the rules." Marx brags about playing the stock market in 1864. Biden reaffirms he will not ban fracking. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Sam and Emma host Mike Konczal (@rortybomb), director at the Roosevelt Institute, to discuss his new book Freedom from the Market: America’s Fight to Liberate Itself from the Grip of the Invisible Hand on how to redefine our rights and freedoms beyond the control of the marketplace.

On today's show: Rand Paul brings motion to require vote on whether or not February impeachment trial is constitutional, Rand Paul says Dems are not governing and ignoring their own rhetoric that inspires violence.

Sam and Emma host Mike Konczal (@rortybomb), director at the Roosevelt Institute, to discuss his new book Freedom from the Market: America’s Fight to Liberate Itself from the Grip of the Invisible Hand on how to redefine our rights and freedoms beyond the control of the marketplace. Neoliberalism and capitalism defined. How markets are restricting people's freedom. How government spending can be leveraged to promote equality.

On the fun half: Mike Lindell joins Tucker Carlson after Twitter removed MyPillow CEO's account, says he was hacked by Germans and Dominion. Mike Lindell continues on rant, Tucker Carlson thanks him for coming on, "Why's he been censored?" Tucker Carlson defends Qanon believers, "No government can tell you what to think." Tucker says there's no such thing as privilege, goes on remarkably racist rant on zero sum theory. Andrew Ross Sorkin explains Gamestop situation and hedgefund Melvin Capital's loss in pulling out of their short scheme. Billionaire tech investor Chamath Palihapitiya defends power of individual investors to compete with hedge funds. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Sam and Emma discuss the state of the Senate filibuster, what to expect from Covid relief negotiations and the second Trump impeachment trial. Nomiki joins on the fun half.

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