The Majority Report with Sam Seder (general)

It's Casual Friday! Sam speaks with Heather Digby Parton, contributing writer at Salon.com and proprietor of the blog Hullabaloo, to round up the week in news. Then, he's joined by Matthew Film Guy! First, Sam runs through updates on South Africa’s emergency ICJ injunction to stop Israel’s assault on Rafah, aid to Israel and Gaza, Trump’s legal woes, North Carolina’s bipartisan mask ban, Gov Abbott’s pardoning the murderer of a BLM protester, DOJ’s plan for weed, DeSantis’ institutionalized climate denial, and continuing student activism on college campuses (this from Bard), before watching MTG get repeatedly put in her place on the House floor. Digby then joins, as she and Sam dive into the GOP’s heartwarming display of unity (down to the suit), as they leave their responsibilities behind to show up in support of the ever-marginalized Donald Trump, before unpacking the (un)likelihood of any real criminal accountability for Trump in this (or any) legal case. Next, they look to Biden’s ongoing “popularity” struggles, parsing through his upcoming appearance at Morehouse’s commencement, and unpacking why he refuses to more actively target the overwhelmingly unproductive and unpopular House GOP, wrapping up with an assessment of his campaign as his poll numbers continue to dwindle. Matthew Film Guy then joins, as he beefs with Sam over aesthetics, soft launches his upcoming project (and continuing film class), and recommends Terence Davies’ “The Long Day Closes.”

And in the Fun Half: Sam parses through Jimmy Carter’s unflinching criticism of Israel’s apartheid state, Lauren Boebert calls for more “cognitive dissonance” tests on Joe Biden, and Paul Bet David and Tim Pool beef over – get this – interview travel plans, plus, your IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:48pm EDT

It’s an EmMajority Report Thursday! She speaks with Regina Kunzel, professor of history and women's, gender, and sexuality studies at Yale University, to discuss her recent book In the Shadow of Diagnosis: Psychiatric Power and Queer Life. Then, she speaks with Beshara Doumani, professor of Palestinian studies at Brown University, to discuss the 76th anniversary of the Nakba. First, Emma runs through updates on South Africa’s ICJ appeal to stop Israel’s Rafah invasion, growing public dissent from Biden allies to his support of Israel’s genocide, the US’ detainment of an anti-zionist Israeli academic, Bob Menendez’s genius legal tactic, the assassination attempt on Slovakia’s Prime Minister, Trump’s legal woes, Argentinian homophobic hate crimes, and Louisiana gerrymandering, before watching CNN try to save face on their coverage of the violence against student protesters. Professor Regina Kunzel then dives right into the history of the psychiatric industry, from its roots as a custodial care industry (asylums, etc) in the 19th Century, through its slow battle for professional legitimacy over the first half of the 1900s, exploring how this push for legitimacy saw the industry lay claim to a wide range of “problems in living” such as anxiety, depression, and (importantly) homosexuality and gender nonconformity. Expanding on this, Professor Kunzel tackles the presentation of queerness as a “treatable” mental disorder, one that would eventually be codified as a personality disorder (alongside pedophilia and sadism) with the introduction of the DSM in 1952, before stepping back to look at the role World War II, and more specifically the emphasis on mental health screenings, had in giving state-backed legitimacy to the psychiatric industry writ large, and in its particular pathologization of queer identity. After looking at the central role de-pathologizing homosexuality played in the gay rights movement of the 1970s, and the side-effect of gender “deviance” taking a back seat to homosexuality, Professor Kunzel wraps up with the re-emergence of the medical and psychiatric attack on queer identity with the mainstreaming of transphobic politics over the last decade. Professor Beshara Doumani then joins, walking through the 76 years of Palestinian oppression and ethnic cleansing since the 1948 Nakba, with the original event seeing the expulsion of over 80% of Palestinians from their homes, the end of the Palestinian state (and Palestinian society), and the creation of the State of Israel in the vacuum left by British colonial rule. Continuing the conversation, Professor Doumani contextualizes the central role the Nakba plays in Palestinian trauma and oppression to this day, exacerbated and brought to the fore with the following “earthquakes” of the 1967 Six-Day War, which saw hundreds of thousands more Palestinians ethnically cleansed, and the Oslo Accords complete isolation of Palestinians between the river and the sea. After diving deeper into the particular failure of the 2-state “solution,” Professor Doumani walks Emma through the specific repression he’s faced as a Palestinian academic, and the tremendous increase it has seen in the wake of October 7th.

And in the Fun Half: Emma is joined by Brandon Sutton and Matt Binder as they watch British bigot Mike Graham boot Arab-Israeli Jew Avi Shlaim from his program for being honest about Israeli apartheid. Alec from Western New York explores the evolution of his perspective on anti-zionism, Mike in Denver on the second coming of meme-stock, and Bumble creator discusses the alienating future of AI-infused dating. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:14pm EDT

It's Hump Day! Sam speaks with writer and labor organizer Mindy Isser to discuss her recent piece in In These Times entitled "In Labor’s Mission to Organize the South, Another Domino Could Soon Fall." Then, he speaks with Anna Clark, reporter at ProPublica covering issues in the MidWest, to discuss her recent reporting on the Flint water crisis, 10 years later. First, Sam runs through updates on Biden’s continuing arms sales to Israel, Israel's goal of settling the Gaza Strip, Michael Cohen’s star turn, US inflation rates, climate change, Maryland’s primaries, Trump’s corruption, Rudy Giuliani, suits against major corporations, and the 2024 Presidential Debates, also diving into appearances from Vivek Ramaswamy and Mike Johnson at the Trump Trials, featuring some live translation during the latter’s speech. Mindy Isser then jumps right into the South’s long history of anti-union sentiment and politics, looking at the statistics behind the South’s union dearth, and the major driving forces of racism and anti-communism that have shaped the elite-driven attack on organized labor from the Congress of Industrial Organizations’ (CIO) “Operation Dixie” in the 1940s through the UAW’s ongoing expansion attempt today. After expanding on the role race has played in the recent union-busting attempts at the Vance, Alabama Mercedes plan, Sam and Mindy discuss the recent NLRB ruling that established a system card check lite, and how southern politicians are pushing back against it, before parsing more specifically through what the UAW’s success organizing the Chattanooga VW plant meant for a union renaissance in the South, and the hope that remains strong heading into the Vance Mercedes plant vote tally. Next, Anna Clark joins, first walking through the now infamous story of Flint, Michigan’s water crisis, which began one decade ago this spring with the horrendously executed switch off of Detroit’s Lake Huron water supply, followed by a tremendous display and unaccountability and incompetence from the political leadership of Flint appointed by Governor Snyder. After expanding on the devastating health effects faced by the consumers of Flint’s toxic water supply (including a two-year outbreak of legionnaires disease), and the lack of transparency in the face of crisis, Clark looks to the attempts at finding justice for the people of Flint, tackling the state of an ongoing class action lawsuit before wrapping up with the failure of various criminal proceedings, and how Flint is still holding out hope for accountability.

And in the Fun Half: Sam talks with Kowalski from Nebraska about getting more votes in a 2024 Nebraska Republican primary than Nikki Haley, and why his stance on immigration (among others) worked in his (albeit brief) campaign, Marjorie Taylor Greene’s beef with Mike Johnson continues to stew, and Charlie from the North East has an expansive conversation on gun control. The Biden Administration continues their genocide denial, Tim from Boston has a podcast rec, and Eric Adams has a totally-not-racist idea to solve NYC’s lifeguard shortage. Sam from Baltimore discusses his perspective on Maryland’s David Trone, and Ronald Raygun challenges Sam on the wokification of comedy. Jordan Peterson continues to be a shameless well of content, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:58pm EDT

It's News Day Tuesday! Sam and Emma break down the biggest headlines of the day. First, they're joined by Mohamed Aldaghma, who still has family in Gaza after the Rafah crossing was closed, to discuss some recent developments with them and what the state of affairs is on the ground in Gaza. They also speak with David Dayen, executive editor at The American Prospect, to discuss some of his recent reporting on the Biden administration's industrial policy. First, they run through updates on the mass cleansing of Gaza, Israel’s unlikely victory conditions, today’s West Virginia and Maryland primaries, Louisiana’s abortion ban, Michael Cohen’s testimony, Biden’s poor polling, and Steve Bannon’s legal woes, also listening to Tommy Tuberville’s pleas to end the mental anguish facing Trump in the courtroom. Mohammad Aldaghma then joins from Belgium as he updates MR on his family’s safe evacuation from Gaza to Egypt, the serious medical issues still facing them, and the state of his close family – including father, siblings, and more – still in Khan Younis. After briefly touching on the perception in Gaza of the central role the US has played in maintaining this war, and the inspiration they are finding in the news of growing domestic dissent, Aldaghma wraps up with the continuing effort to get his family to safety, and how the MR audience can help. David Dayen then joins, as he walks Sam and Emma through Biden’s recently announced tariffs on Chinese electric vehicles (and various production elements), the overwhelming success of the Chinese EV industry, and why the US so fears the introduction of the Chinese product to the US market (they’re cheaper and better). Expanding on this, David dives into the context of these tariffs on the US market, drawing an analogue to US regulations on Japanese cars in the 1980s as he explores how these tariffs alongside bolstered EPA and EV requirements for US auto manufacturers serve to give the US market space (and incentive) to catch up, before wrapping up by exploring the role the Big Three (Ford, GM, Stellantis) play in EV production, and what a domestic production chain would mean for cheaper products.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma continue their conversation with David Dayen as he helps them parse through Biden’s new industrial policy with the recent reboot to the U.S. grid system, and parse through some highlights from Maryland’s primary races, including David Trone’s attempt to use a background of poverty and alcoholism to appeal to black voters, and the “sudden” influx of AIPAC money to Sarah Elfreth after her opponent started discussing dark money in politics. They also bask in Bill Burr’s passive takedown of Bill Maher’s absurd ego, and watch Vivek Ramaswamy attempt to defend his recent White Supremacist cucking at the hands of Ann Coulter, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 5_14_Dayen_Gaza_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:04pm EDT

Happy Monday! Sam & Emma host Teresa Ghilarducci, director of the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis (SCEPA) at The New School, to discuss her recent book Work, Retire, Repeat: The Uncertainty of Retirement in the New Economy. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on the State Department’s Leahy Law report, the contradictory evacuation orders coming out of Gaza, internal dissent in the Biden Administration, Trump-Biden polling, Trump’s legal woes, Katie Britt, labor action, and Nancy Mace, also diving into the Biden Administration’s changing position on Israel’s war. Teresa Ghilarducci then joins, diving right into the recent report on Social Security trust’s longevity, and unpacking the myths of the US’ supposed “retirement crisis,” before exploring why the incredible low-end wage growth and robust employment of the post-2020 US economy has proven to be the best formula for funding any retirement system. Next, Ghilarducci steps back as she, Sam, and Emma walk through the primary issue facing Social Security’s funding: the $168k income cap. Teresa parses through how this cap cuts off vast quantities of income in the US from the reaches of Social Security, with folks like Elon Musk covering their yearly payment before January 1st is half over, the additional source of income of capital gains revenue that remains untouched by Social Security, and the minimal impact that eliminating either of these restrictions would have on economic activity. After an extensive conversation on the shift in US retirement from defined benefit plans to defined contribution plans, how that change shifted the risk on the shoulders of the employees, and why employers have such a drastically better capacity to handle said risk, Ghilarducci tackles the false narrative around the state of retirement age and labor in the US, and wraps up with the central elements of her “Grey New Deal” plan to reaffirm the value of the US labor force.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma discuss the gaping Candace Owens-sized hole in the Daily Wire’s newest production, Lindsay Graham discusses nuking Gaza, and watch a Zionist Joe Scarborough get put in his place by his father-in-law over the Oslo Accords. They also watch Kowalski from Nebraska discuss his Senate campaign live on KETV, tackle Trump’s return to his roots (lying about his crowd size), and listen to Tim Pool discuss the negatives (calls the Bible antisemitic) and positives (calls the Quran antisemitic) of the US’ new Antisemitism bill, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 5_13_Ghilarducci_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:10pm EDT

It's Casual Friday! Sam and Emma speak with Ryan Grim, D.C. Bureau Chief at The Intercept and co-host of Counter Points, to round up the week in news. First, Sam and Emma react to some of the new developments in Trump's hush money trial, including the appearance of...someone different to advocate for Trump outside the courthouse: Florida Sen. Rick Scott. The MR Crew, and reporters speaking to Sen. Scott, speculate that, due to Trump's gag order, Trump may be calling in some surrogates who are less...inhibited than Trump is at the moment. Then, after not being able to figure out his laptop, Ryan Grim joins the program by phone, and he, Sam, and Emma start off by recapping the calamitous end of Kristi Noem's book tour, with the last stop on Stuart Varney's Fox Business show looking like the breaking point. They then discuss how AIPAC has been slightly neutralized in the election cycle this year, and, per Ryan's reporting and analysis, the fear some in the organization are feeling that they don't possess the same sway over Biden given his decision to withhold some aid to Israel over the prospect of a Rafah invasion, AND that they haven't been as impactful or decisive in Democratic primaries, specifically against Squad members. Ryan outlines some of the equivocating that Bidenworld has done after Biden's comments on withholding aid, and Grim zeroes in on the cleavage between the Biden administration officials responsible for military and intelligence actions (Defense Secretary Austin & CIA Director Burns) who are in negotiations with Israel & Palestine, compared to that of the diplomatic and political actors (Secretary of State Blinken & Biden's Chief of Staff Jeff Zients) who have been much more deferential both publicly and privately towards Israel. They then discuss the terrible implications for the U.S., Palestinians, and even Israeli soldiers in terms of casualties and damage if a large scale ground invasion of Rafah occurs, and how, even if Biden and Netanyahu may understand those implications, they may be too involved ideologically to try and put a real stop to it. Grim then updates Sam and Emma on some of the other AIPAC machinations going on, including their infusion in an Oregon congressional primary to stop Rep. Pramila Jayapal's sister, Susheela, from winning. They then finally discuss what political implications this may have for President Biden in November, and how, if voters who would actually be championing Biden (activists, politically engaged young voters) weren't so disgusted with Biden's conduct in Israel, they'd be endorsing and highlighting some serious policy victories that Biden's engaged in (banning natural gas export terminals, for example). Instead, the connotation with Biden due to his support of Israel is inevitably clouded for some in his key voter bases.

And in the Fun Half, Sam, Emma, and Bradley react to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu speaking with Dr. Phil in Jerusalem (???) about how Israel will fight even with his fingernails if they have (and, Netanyahu qualifies, that they do have more to fight with than fingernails. Thanks for clarifying!) Afterwards, they take a look at Israel's UN representative, Gilad Erdan, getting in some prop work at the General Assembly meeting, claiming that the body is shredding its charter by admitting Palestine into the body further with more privileges (he literally shredded a tiny copy of the UN charter.) They then react to some of the right wing fearmongering over anti-Semitism (something they've always really cared about, seemingly), with Florida Rep. Aaron Bean warning a House subcommittee that...2nd graders are trafficking in Nazi propaganda. Then the MR Crew gets through the jump scare of watching Katie Britt talk (hasn't gotten over the State of the Union response cadence, seemingly) about Jewish college students being treated like civil rights activists in the 1960's, Trump's appeal to Jewish voters outside the courthouse (they should be ashamed of themselves if they've supported Biden), as well as Trump being totally normal and not concerned about RFK siphoning votes away from him. He just needed to make a 4+ minute long video about how he's more anti-vax than RFK is. He's not worried! Plus, your calls & IM's!

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Direct download: 5-10_Grim-Pub.mp3
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It’s an EmMajority Report Thursday! It’s an EmMajority Report Thursday! She speaks with Rachel Nolan, historian of Latin America at Boston University’s Pardee School of Global Studies, to discuss her recent book Until I Find You: Disappeared Children and Coercive Adoptions in Guatemala. Then, she speaks with Raga Makawi, editor at African Arguments, to discuss the ongoing conflict in Sudan. First, Emma discusses President Biden's recent CNN interview with Erin Burnett, where he makes the claim that he'd withhold aid to Israel if a full-scale invasion into Rafah occurs. This led to some predictably normal responses from Prime Minister Netanyahu reposting a video of himself speaking about Israel acting alone if it needs to, and National Security Minister Ben-Gvir tweeting out that Hamas loves Biden. Rachel Nolan then joins the program to discuss her book on the crisis of the disappeared children in Guatemala, and how little media coverage and understanding is attached to this subject. All of this in the backdrop of a severe and violent sectarian conflict within the country, which led to the conditions from which disappearances and the for-profit adoption boom out of Central and South America began to increase and expand. Rachel dives into the number of organizations that have participated in the adoption racket out of Guatemala, the erasure of birth parents stories when it comes to understanding the "adoption triad" (birth parents, adoptee, & adopted parents), the idea of the "white savior" complex and how that intersects with these types of adoptions/dismissals of indigenous communities both domestically in the U.S. and abroad, as well as how, if at all, Trump's family separation policies impacted this industry. Raga Makawi then joins the program to provide some additional context to the ongoing conflict in Sudan, which has now surpassed a year of fighting. Raga outlines the central players, including the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), the Sudanese government and military, and how both sides staked their positions in the conflict not only over the past year, but stemming back to the 2018 revolution as well as the 2004 conflict in Darfur. Raga also emphasizes the serious famine concerns in the area as a result of this conflict, who some other external players are geopolitically (Iran, as an example), how economic extraction and plunder from outside forces factor into the conflict itself, and what Western audiences don't understand about the conflict due to lack of media coverage/literacy on the issues germane to the situation.

And in the Fun Half, Emma, Matt Binder, Brandon Sutton, & the entire MR Crew react to Likud Knesset member Tali Gottlieb melting down over Biden's pledge to not provide aid to Israel if their forces invade Rafah, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene taking on the "uniparty" by filing the motion to vacate against Speaker Johnson, "social entrepreneur" Chris Pan's cringeworthy BitCoin-themed commencement address/magic show at Ohio State University, Elise Stefanik attempting another witchhunt in a congressional subcommittee hearing, this time directed at the Chancellor of New York City Public Schools, and the inevitable Vivek Ramaswamy-Ann Coulter meeting of the minds on Vivek's "TRUTH" podcast, where...Ann Coulter tells him she couldn't vote for him for President because he's Indian (Vivek appreciated the candor!). Plus, your calls & IM's!

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Direct download: 5_9_Emma_Thurs_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:41pm EDT

It's Hump Day! Sam and Emma speak with David Bacon, journalist and photographer focusing on labor issues, to discuss his recent piece in the Nation entitled "Big Ag’s Latest Blow to Workers' Rights." Then, they speak with 2 members of the Princeton University Gaza Solidarity Encampment, who are currently on a hunger strike in opposition to Israel's offensive in Gaza. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on US arms shipments to Israel, Biden’s Leahy Law report, the House GOP’s threat to the ICC, Trump’s legal woes, the global wave of pro-Palestinian student activism, climate change, Utah’s anti-trans tip line, and Robert Kennedy Jr’s brain worms, before parsing through Fox News’ odd yet unsurprising take on Stormy Daniel’s testimony. David Bacon then joins, diving right into California’s AB-2183, an agricultural labor law bolstering workers’ right to unionize with an effective card check system, contextualizing it within the ongoing labor renaissance in the US alongside a renewed NLRB, and the important role laws like this (and similar ones as seen in New York) play in restoring the balance in labor relations. Bacon then walks Sam and Emma through the ongoing legal battle against the constitutionality of AB-2183, first exploring the disputed United Farm Workers Union election that pushed the Wonderful Company’s case, before looking into the simultaneous dubious nature of the case and unfortunate likelihood that an eventual Supreme Court decision could still result in the overturning of the law (or worse). Wrapping up, David tackles the immense resources behind the Wonderful Company’s campaign, and California’s major role in shaping national labor relations. Next, David and Rosangela join from Princeton’s Gaza Solidarity Encampment, as they parse through the intense and severe administrative backlash to campus anti-war and pro-divestment activism that pushed them and other activists to a hunger strike, before taking Sam and Emma through the list of demands the activists are presenting the school, including financial transparency, relations to Israeli and Palestinian institutions, and dropping legal charges against student activists. After expanding on the school administration’s consistent bad-faith treatment of the student activists, David and Rosangela walk through the incredible support both the encampment and hunger strike have gotten from the local and University communities, and how organizers have managed to keep the message on track as administrators continue to misrepresent their effort.

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Direct download: 5_8_Bacon_Princeton_-pub.mp3
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It's News Day Tuesday! Sam and Emma break down the biggest headlines of the day. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on Israel’s advance on Rafah in the wake of Hamas accepting a ceasefire deal proposed by the US, the testimony of Stormy Daniels, Social Security, Boeing, Biden’s support for Israel, Trump’s legal woes, inter-state abortion immigration, the RNC, and MTG, before watching Brian Kilmeade attempt to spin Trump’s ongoing trials into victories for Trump’s enterprise. Next, they parse through the recent story around Hamas accepting a ceasefire-for-hostages deal, only for Israel to immediately turn around and kill the agreement as they moved forward with their invasion of Rafah, closing down Rafah crossing, demanding evacuation (from the last haven in Palestine), and separating families, in a desperate push to complete this ethnic cleansing. Sam and Emma look at the recent “warning” letter sent to the International Criminal Court by 12 GOP Senators (from McConnell to Cruz) threatening retaliation and worse if the ICC continues with its plan to issue arrest warrants for Bibi Netanyahu and Yoav Gallant, and tackle Biden’s impending deadline to prove Israel’s compliance with humanitarian law following the Leahy Law as they explore how the US’ unwavering support for this genocide has only further weakened the international “rules-based” order that Biden supposedly sought to restore. After walking through the recent reports on the promising future of Social Security and Medicaid, and the importance of expanded IRS capacity, Sam and Emma wrap up the free half with a deep dive into the recent revelations around Henry Cuellar’s corruption, and what that means for Democratic Party leadership’s support for his reelection.  

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma discuss the controversy around Kristi Noem undertaking a typical matriarchal task (slaughtering the family puppy), Bernadette from New England dives into the classism ingrained in the US Healthcare system, and Osama from North Carolina asks about Egypt’s potential in conflict with Israel. George Santos catches Nick Fuentes with a gotcha that could only stump a homophobic fascist, the right has a new solution for social alienation (a bogus male supplement), and Dan from Texas explores term limits for SCOTUS Justices. Clay from Minnesota discusses the administrative backlash to anti-war activism at Carleton College, plus, your calls and IMs!
 

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Direct download: 5_7_Seder_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:01pm EDT

Happy Monday! Sam and Emma speak with Eric Klinenberg, professor in social science and Director of the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University, to discuss his recent book 2020: One City, Seven People, and the Year Everything Changed.  First, Sam and Emma run through updates on Israel’s staunch refusal to stop the bloodshed in Gaza, a tentative hold on US ammo to Israel, famine in Gaza, Missouri abortion rights, starvation in Sudan, US labor law, the downfall of Henry Cuellar, and Utah’s new tip line for anonymous genital reports. Professor Eric Klinenberg then joins, as he, Sam, and Emma preface the conversation with the idea of “natural disasters” largely being a function of society’s capacity to deal with natural phenomena, with “2020” looking at what the crises under COVID revealed about the incredibly precarious, fractured, and individualist society of the United States. Expanding on this, Professor Klinenberg tackles the ethnographic nature of this work, and the overwhelming nature of the trauma suffered by the public during the pandemic, something also seen during the Spanish Flu epidemic in the early 20th Century. After further contextualizing the United State’s role as an outlier in many regards when it came to the COVID-19 pandemic, including its supposedly elite levels of preparedness and its disproportionate failure in preventing deaths, Eric walks Sam and Emma through the unique failure that faced the US in the form of a complete abdication of leadership from the federal government – led (at the time) by the Trump Administration – in favor of extreme politicization, nihilism, and polarization at a time where social solidarity was of the utmost importance. Klinenberg looks at the glimmers of hope found throughout these crises, and how the government quickly stamped them out, before exploring the Biden Administration’s particular role in refusing to acknowledge or address the continuing effects of these crises, and the US’ ever-precarious footing heading into the 2024 election.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma watch as Mitt Romney lets the connection between Israel and the TikTok ban slip, and Alan Dershowitz offers to go to legal defense for the ultimate victims of anti-semitism: Christian Zionists. Ole Miss frat boys show up for apartheid, Kristi Noem objects to another fake-news narrative picked up from her autobiography, and Marjorie Taylor Greene just wants to be clear about who’s responsible for Jesus’ death. Jerry Seinfeld finally breaks through the shackles of Big Woke in his newest release "Unfrosted: the Pop-Tart Story", plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 5_6_Klinenberg_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:09pm EDT

It's Casual Friday! Sam and Emma speak with Mehdi Hasan, founder, CEO, and editor-in-chief of the new media company Zeteo, to discuss the biggest stories of the week and his new venture. First, Sam & Emma check in on Trump's trial, where people are concerned about how he keeps falling asleep. But that doesn't matter to South Carolina diner patrons* (*Ainsley Earhardt's friends and family), including former South Carolina State Rep. Chip Huggins, who thinks Trump is being crucified in court. It also doesn't apply to NewsMax's Carl Higbie, who is ecstatic to see how much energy Trump is showing by taking a car from lower Manhattan to Trump Tower on 5th Avenue. Then Mehdi joins Sam and Emma, and they discuss how the propaganda in support of Israel appearing on news and social media is the greatest since the entire media machine threw itself behind the Iraq War in the early 2000's. They discuss President Biden's reactions to the campus protests, the weaponization of the word "democracy", the baffling decision by Senate Majority Leader Schumer to reportedly partner with Speaker Johnson to invite Netanyahu to address Congress, and also check out Sen. Bernie Sanders explaining why Israel may end up being President Biden's own version of Vietnam.

And in the Fun Half, the MR Crew check out Joe Rogan decrying out of control wokeness infiltrating college campuses, a respected Dartmouth history professor, Annelise Orleck, being forcibly arrested by police at a campus protest, Mehdi Hasan expertly dressing down Piers Morgan in a debate over the usage of the word "Intifada", and Donald Trump pretending like he doesn't know who RFK Jr. is when asked about him, even though they met at Trump Tower in 2016, and Trump is worried he's going to siphon votes away from him in November. Plus, your calls & IM's!

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Direct download: 5_3_Hasan_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:10pm EDT

It’s an EmMajority Report Thursday! Emma speaks with César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández, Chair in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties at Ohio State University, to discuss his recent book Welcome the Wretched: In Defense of the “Criminal Alien”. Then, she speaks with Schuyler Mitchell, writer and fact checker based in Brooklyn, to discuss her recent piece in The Baffler entitled "Pinkwashing the Timeline". First, Emma runs through updates on the violent crackdown by police (and Zionist mobs) on UCLA’s anti-war encampment, Blinken’s visit to Israel ahead of a likely invasion of Rafah, Israeli settler attacks on Palestinian aid, the House’s bogus antisemitism bill, South Dakota abortion rights, Trump’s response to encampment raids, the death of a SECOND Boeing whistleblower, Amazon labor violations, and devastating floods in Kenya, before parsing through the rage-inducing coverage of the violent attacks on anti-war peaceful demonstrations on college campuses, with some help from the poorly-executed propaganda of the NYPD. César García Hernández then joins, diving right into the evolution of anti-immigrant rhetoric in the US, with the Reagan administration’s campaign for the War on Drugs recentering the narrative around crime, a position that mainstream Democrats like Bill Clinton and then-Senator Joe Biden would quickly assimilate to. Expanding on this, Hernández looks to the Obama Administration’s continuation of this narrative, with a regime of deportation framed around ideas like “Felons not Families” as he and Emma tackle the Democrats’ constant race to the right on immigration in a supposed (but never successful) pitch to GOP voters. After parsing through the central role that migrant labor plays in this political battle, they step back to assess the era of anti-immigrant rhetoric that came before the War on Drugs, with serious penalties for illegal entry and reentry stemming from the racist immigration laws on the books from the start of the 20th Century. Schuyler Mitchell then walks Emma through the concept of “pinkwashing,” or the dressing up of violent ideology in socially accepted liberal values, looking at Israel’s insistence on presenting itself as a progressive haven – in juxtaposition to their narrative of the “savage” Palestinians. Mitchell and Emma then look at a little classic Israeli liberal TV as they parse through the obvious homophobia and transphobia of Eretz Nehederet’s parody of Columbia students as a pitch-perfect example of Israel’s hypocrisy, before wrapping up with the role pinkwashing plays in Israel’s simultaneous self-victimization and self-valorization.

And in the Fun Half: Emma is joined by Matt Binder and Brandon Sutton as they discuss the typical “savages” arguments being made against Gazans, the NYPD’s propaganda launch in the wake of their violent raid on Columbia students, and watch JD Vance fall for the most obvious bait from Kaitlan Collins. Krystal Ball unpacks her cohost’s obvious fascism, Pete Cresswell reflects on the tradition of campus occupations, and America from México discusses transphobia on the left. Josh from Virginia breaks down the crackdown on UNC’s anti-war protests, the MR Team breaks down the outrageous “outside agitators” narrative with some help from the GOP’s big guns, and Kristi Noam struggles to come back from boasting about the murder of a 14-month-old dog, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 5_2_Hernandez_Mitchell_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:38pm EDT

It's Hump Day! Sam speaks with Tyler Vasseur, letter carrier and shop steward in the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), Branch 9, to discuss his recent piece in Labor Notes entitled "Momentum for Open Bargaining Grows in the Letter Carriers." Then, Sam speaks with David Dayen, executive editor at the American Prospect, to discuss his recent piece outlining the new FTC rule regarding non-compete clauses, co-authored with Luke Goldstein. First, Sam runs through updates on escalating violence by police and Zionists against anti-war protesters, Netanyahu’s imminent invasion of Rafah, the Federal Reserve, Biden drug policy, state abortion bans, New York’s special election for Congress, Johnson and Johnson’s talc settlement, and labor rights, before watching Mike Johnson and Marjorie Taylor Greene trade shots ahead of a potential motion to vacate the Speakership. Tyler Vasseur then joined, first outlining NALC’s union structure and role as one of four postal unions, before exploring the progressive division between the unions – including the desynchronization of their contracts –  under the US’ shift into neoliberalism at the end of the 20th Century. Expanding on this, Vasseur explores the concept of “open bargaining,” and what it would mean in terms of activating and mobilizing NALC’s base of workers, as well as creating a much more transparent negotiating process. After walking through the major forces driving NALC members’ attempt at reform, and touching on the major roles of the US pre-funding mandate for the USPS and the 2008 Financial crisis in crippling industry wages, Tyler wraps up with the inspiring factor of the ongoing union renaissance in the US, and how this project has already begun to reshape organizing efforts within NALC. David Dayen and Sam then look to the absurd evolution of the “non-compete” contract clause, first popularized as a tool to prevent the spread of company secrets among executives, and now used to constrain some 30 million workers in industries from dog grooming to fast food. After expanding on the expansive chunk of our economy crippled by non-compete clauses, David walks us through the ongoing legal battle to overturn the bipartisan ban, how the legacy of Antonin Scalia looms large over this topic, and why the Supreme Court’s bogus “Major Questions” Doctrine is central to these arguments. After expanding on the likely evolution of this court battle, Dayen wraps up with a brief update on Live Nation’s attempt to court DC insiders with some help from the free (but evidently not priceless) press.

And in the Fun Half: Sam parses through yesterday’s mass escalation of violence against anti-war student protesters on college campuses across the US, with the NYPD sending a SWAT team to infiltrate the Student occupation of Harold Hall, and police in LA allowing a pro-Israel violent mob assault UCLA protesters, also expanding on the absurd and constant attempts to completely misrepresent these campus protests and the student activists behind them. Jose from Houston calls in with some updates on union business in the transport industry, Marcus from Huntington Beach explores the MAGA takeover of his local government and how to push back, Charlie Kirk shames Zionists for not thinking their grand Jewish conspiracy would come back around to hurt them, and Cory from Florida shares his experiences with the constraints of non-compete clauses. Dave Rubin floats his theory on the jihadists behind public health, and Paul Bet David admonishes a Columbia Student for not knowing NYU’s investment portfolio, in his leadup to platforming George Soros conspiracy, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 5_1_Vasseur_Dayen_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:28pm EDT

It's News Day Tuesday! Sam and Emma speak with Peter Shamshiri, or Law Boy on Twitter, co-host of If Books Could Kill & the 5-4 Podcast, to discuss the recent oral argumentsat the Supreme Court. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on Israel’s pre-October 7th war crimes, student anti-war encampments on campuses across the US, Trump’s legal woes and presidential hopes, gender-affirming care in Virginia, RFK’s ballot access, and New York’s Congressional special election, before parsing deeper into Israel’s continuing ethnic cleansing of Gaza, with an invasion of Rafah imminent amid falling bombs, and look into the lies behind Israel’s supposed hostage “negotiations.” Peter Shamshiri then joins, first looking to Grants Pass v. Johnson, the SCOTUS case tackling an Oregon municipality’s criminalization of sleeping outdoors in an attempt to initiate police crackdowns on homelessness, discussing the precedent of Martin v. Boise – requiring adequate shelter beds for the unhoused population before the criminalization of “camping” – that this case is attempting to overturn, and framing it within the context of the 8th Amendment’s prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment. After further contextualizing this case within the West Coast’s ongoing crusade against the houseless, and tackling how a Court desperate to undermine the 8th Amendment is likely to handle it, Shamshiri turns to Idaho and Moyle v. United States, and the Supreme Court’s impending decision on whether the US Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act requiring necessary care in life-threatening situations should override Idaho’s stringent abortion ban (it should). Next, Peter, Sam, and Emma parse through Starbucks v. McKinney, Starbucks’ challenge to the NLRB’s lower standards for court injunctions, allowing them to rush to prevent potential unfair labor practices while they assess the situation, and what the Supreme Court’s likely anti-labor decision will mean for the future of the NLRB, before wrapping up with a conversation on the “novel” case around Donald Trump’s presidential immunity, and what dwindling faith in the Supreme Court means for the American legal profession.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma discuss the unsurprising trend in violent crime along the border and the absurd refusal of the media to acknowledge its sensationalist presentation of the crime and border crisis, January 6th developments, and watch an Israeli Spokesperson fight for his life when confronted with Israel’s own bogus claims. Nancy Pelosi joins Joe Biden in doing everything she can do to get Trump reelected, Henry from Cincinnati explores the recent anti-war protests at OSU and the harrowingly regular presence of snipers on campus. A caller walks through the situation of his friend stuck in Gaza, what’s being done to organize his escape and how you can help, Josh from Chicago discusses the anti-Semitic assumption of dual loyalty (to Tottenham), the MR Crew tackles the lies about the supposed consensus around Zionism in Jewish communities, and Jerry Seinfeld finally locks in on a reactionary pivot after two decades of career decline, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 4_30_Shamshiri_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:25pm EDT

Happy Monday! Sam is back from vacation! He and Emma speak with Ari Berman, national voting rights correspondent at Mother Jones, to discuss his recent book Minority Rule: The Right-Wing Attack on the Will of the People—and the Fight to Resist It. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on Israel’s imminent invasion of Rafah (in the wake of weeks of bombing), Israeli officials’ fears of ICC arrest warrants, the absurd debate over university student activism and whether silencing free speech is the true free speech, Mike Johnson’s speakership, presidential polling, the UAW, and Kristi Noam’s screwing of the pooch, before parsing deeper through the insane response from University administrators at Columbia, Emory, and Ohio State, threatening their students with eviction, violence, and more in the face of protests. Ari Berman then joins, as he, Sam, and Emma touch on his history reporting on voting rights with MR, and how “Minority Rule” serves as a culmination of his reporting on modern-day efforts at the GOP’s undemocratic takeover and how they play into an ever-shifting battle between democracy and elite rule. Stepping back, Berman looks to America’s inception and the central role the US Constitution played in bolstering the US’ constraints on popular rule, with institutions like the Senate, Supreme Court, and Electoral College all serving to act as checks to the people’s power of democracy and federalism. Moving forward, Abe walks Sam and Emma through some of the major periods of democratic progress and (largely racist) backlash in US history, including reconstruction’s shift towards a multi-racial democracy and the following minoritarian overthrow in the South that established Jim Crow rule, and the major progress made under the Civil Rights Movement – which saw a variety of voting-right legislation passed over the 1970s – and the GOP’s reaction that we’re still dealing with today. Parsing deeper into this latter era, Berman looks at the role played by folks like Pat Buchanan in pushing the GOP back toward their project of minoritarian rule, establishing the blueprint of the GOP’s takeover of the undemocratic institutions of US politics and the establishment of a network of think tanks and foundations to shape the generations to come. After an extensive conversation on how the politics (and normalization) of Pat Buchanan paved the way for a Donald Trump presidency, grounded in culture war and white resentment, and how the GOP’s takeover of Wisconsin politics at the outset of the 2010s provided an easy laboratory for anti-democratic policy, Berman wraps up the interview with a plea for the Democratic Party to recognize and strategize against these institutional threats to US democracy, and how refusing to do so paves the way for the likes of Donald Trump.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma parse through Kristi Noam’s big swing at the Vice Presidency – and the bodies she left in her wake – watch JD Vance continue to represent his cuckstituency, and bask in Hasan’s evisceration of a British genocide apologist. Morning Joe has flashbacks to his pro-Vietnam War days, Atrios tackles the hypocrisy of the “look what you made me do,” response to protestors, and Dave Rubin doesn’t see the issue in his criticism of marginalized groups' support for Palestine. Bill Barr explains why the socialist agenda of climate change and education standards is a much bigger threat to Democracy than the GOP’s attempt to undermine voting rights and elections, and Charlie Kirk’s failures not not get pwnd by “children” continue, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 4_29_Berman_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:52pm EDT

It's Casual Friday! Emma speaks with political commentator Owen Jones to round up the week in news. Then she speaks with comedian Kate Willett! First, Emma runs through updates on the brutal assault on Emory students and faculty protesting genocide and cop-city by the Atlanta police, mass arrests of anti-war protesters on college campuses across the US, Israel’s imminent invasion of Rafah, US troops’ presence in Chad, Trump’s legal woes, Net Neutrality, the climate crisis, and new anti-trans legislation out of Tennessee, before parsing through some rather telling comments from the ongoing Supreme Court case about Trump’s potential immunity as President, with representation going as far as to make space for immunity over extra-judicial assassinations. Owen Jones then joins, as he and Emma reflect on the last seven months of constant scenes of devastation and genocide coming out of Gaza, and the mainstream media’s heart-wrenching insistence on downplaying the horror, denying the deaths, and running cover for Israel’s project of ethnic cleansing under the guise of victimhood. Expanding on this, Jones and Emma explore how the severe repression and propaganda from mainstream Western political institutions is seeing an en-masse public awakening to the genocide of Gaza, and the Western elites’ violent commitment to controlling the discourse, with supposed “liberal democracies” from the US to the EU and UK defaming anti-zionist Jews and anti-semites and uplifting actual racists and Jew-haters as legitimate actors. After parsing through the absurdity of the media’s insistence on ignoring the obvious rhetoric and policy that has shaped Israel’s approach to this entire war, Owen steps back to look to the role of the UK in particular, with the Labor Party’s step back from the coalition of Jeremy Corbin at the end of the last decade, and committing itself fully to Israel’s agenda of dehumanization and hasbara. Wrapping up, Jones walks Emma through the performative cruelty of the UK’s Tory government’s ongoing illegal and immoral deportation scheme for asylum seekers. Kate Willet also joins, as she and Emma discuss the repression of left-wing beliefs in the supposedly “liberal” entertainment industry, and the growing trend of the industry’s support for right-wing reactionary comics. Kate and the MR Team explore the attempt to present left-wing comedy as hyper-politicized and right-wing comedy as almost de-politicized, before wrapping up by touching on the difficulty of escaping the self-censorship pushed on women and lefties when it comes to speaking out about politics.

And in the Fun Half: Emma previews new allegations about Kristi Noam’s killer personality, watch Briahna Joy Gray refuse to back down from Rising Co-Host Robby Soave’s fascist criticism of student protests, reflects on the greater failure of the US media amid this crackdown on free speech, and listen to Donald Trump attempt to frame these non-violent protests as worse than Charlottesville. Shawn Hannity’s Blonde and blue-eyed guest waxes about the severity of the ongoing “illegal occupation” of Pal– I mean– of college campuses by students who pay tuition to be there, and the MR Crew discusses the media’s reproduction of genocidal propaganda, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:58pm EDT

It’s an EmMajority Report Thursday! She speaks with Gretchen Sisson, sociologist at the University of California, San Francisco, to discuss her recent book Relinquished: The Politics of Adoption and the Privilege of American Motherhood. Then, she speaks with Ryan Doerfler, law professor at Harvard University, to discuss his recent piece in Dissent Magazine entitled "We Are Already Defying the Supreme Court", co-authored with Samuel Moyn. First, Emma runs through updates on Trump’s immunity and hush money cases, the US’ new foreign aid package, Israel’s impending invasion of Rafah, continuing crackdowns on anti-war student protests in the US, Arizona politics, Harvey Weinstein, the TikTok ban, the resignation of Ariel Henry, and repression of dissent in Iran, before expanding on the conversation about activism on campuses, and the GOP’s insistence on maintaining the parallels with the 1960s anti-war movement. Gretchen Sisson then joins, first walking through extensive research she conducted with women who have relinquished children to the private adoption system, exploring how and why they make the decision, and how they reflect on the process some years later. Next, Sisson walks Emma through the myth of the relationship between abortion and adoption, and the reality of a distinct divide between those who seek the two options, alongside the myth of a “high supply” in the adoption market, with (once again) the inverse seeing many adoption clinics closing due to a lack of available children for adoption. Expanding on this, Gretchen explores how the “market” influence of the adoption industry shapes a largely coercive and exploitative relationship between adoption agencies and women who would often prefer to keep their children, a relationship that is largely reflective of the industry’s roots in the family separation projects practiced against Indigenous and Black communities in the US. After touching on the major role that major Christian religious institutions have played throughout the history of the private adoption industry, and the relationship between private adoption and the foster care system, Emma and Gretchen wrap up the interview with an exploration of how many mothers come to feel very critical of the adoption system and how it failed both them and their child. Professor Ryan Doerfler and Emma then look to the long history of non-compliance – and even outright defiance – in the face of Supreme Court rulings considered unjust, with Professor Doerfler walking us through the more extreme precedents set by the presidencies of Abraham Lincoln and FDR to issue direct challenges to the court, alongside the much more recent tradition of administrative non-compliance or policy loopholes as seen in the fights for affirmative action, student loan forgiveness, and more. After stepping back to look at the myth of Marbury v. Madison’s role in legitimizing judicial activism – a tactic that the Supreme Court would not truly take on until the Civil War era, Professor Doerfler explores how the conversation around the ever-changing scope of the Supreme Court became isolated from the public to solely and intra-governmental affair over the second half of the 20th Century, in a weird conflation of the rule of law and the rule of the courts. Ryan and Emma look at the current era of backlash to the Supreme Court, from the Hobbs decision to attacks on the administrative state, and what we can do to get Democrats to start fighting back, before wrapping up with a brief conversation on the stunning bravery of anti-war student activists at Harvard and across the US.

And in the Fun Half: Emma is joined by Matt Binder as they watch Channel 4’s interview with an anonymous IDF member on the prevailing perspectives within Israel’s military, also diving into the continuing wave of student protests against Israel’s genocide in Gaza, and the violent police repression seen at UT Austin, USC, and Emory that has continued the parallels with the 1960s anti-war movement on campuses like Kent State. They also dive into the continuing smears against students from both Netanyahu and the ADL alike, and watch Edward Said attempt to grapple with the same double standards some four decades ago. Chris from the Bay Area debates which generation killed American class politics, and Wisconsin Senate candidate Eric Hovde botches his public pledging of the ‘legiance, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 4_25_Sisson_Doerfler_-_pub_.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:34pm EDT

It's Hump Day! Emma speaks with Jeremy Gantz, contributing editor at In These Times, to discuss the recent unionization efforts at Trader Joe's. Then, she speaks with Leah Goodridge, Commissioner on the New York City Planning Commission and former member of the New York City Rent Guidelines Board, to discuss efforts to support rent stabilization in the city. First, Emma runs through updates on the incumbent victories in yesterday’s PA primaries, Trump’s legal woes, the Senate’s Ukraine-Taiwan-Israel aid package, new mass grave reports coming out of Gaza, Biden’s new labor regulations, Elon Musk’s desperate Tesla promises, a DOJ settlement, the Supreme Court’s anti-labor agenda, and fascist legislation coming out of Idaho, Tennessee, and North Carolina, before watching Summer Lee’s phenomenal speech in the wake of her massive victory against a Pro-Israel challenger. Jeremy Gantz then joins, diving right into the major recent developments in the bargaining process between Starbucks and Starbucks Workers United, with Atlanta hosting the first genuine sit-down bargaining session in almost a year, before stepping back to walk through the two years of hardline union-busting, despite consistent pushback from both the NLRB and the general public, with only the negative change to their public image pushing them back to the table. Next, Gantz expands to the greater context of the retail industry, with major companies like Trader Joe’s and REI operating their own en-masse union-busting campaigns, exploring why the decentralized nature of the industry, as well as the high employee turnover rates, make these particularly difficult organizing efforts. Wrapping up, Jeremey walks Emma through the role of the ongoing suit sponsored by SpaceX and joined by Starbucks attempting to undermine the NLRB, and what the future of these unionization drives will likely entail. Leah Goodridge then joins, first bringing Emma through her own experiences working with New York’s housing industry, and the major issues facing the affordable housing sector, both in its policy and access, and in the greater construction and maintenance it requires. Expanding on this, Goodridge explores the ever-present power struggle with developers and landlords on one side, and tenants and homeowners on the other, tackling how the former group can both manufacture the public rhetoric and villainize their opponents, often presenting their domination over the industry as heroic or necessary for a functioning of society. After touching on some of the major issues in what makes up the affordable housing market (unaffordable, single-bedroom units), Leah and Emma look to the role of the Faircloth Amendment in killing federal investment in the expansion of the affordable housing market, and pushing the responsibility for constructing and maintaining the infrastructure almost entirely onto the private sphere. Next, Goodridge touches on the major factors of the broker system and the epidemic of vacant units (often used as speculative assets) in driving up housing costs, before she and Emma dive deep into the topics of rent control and Tenant’s Rights, unpacking what these terms entail and how the media completely misrepresents the role they play in equalizing the power dynamic between landlords and renters, before wrapping up with a brief assessment of Squatter’s Right’s minor (yet unsurprisingly overblown) role in the conversation.

And in the Fun Half: Emma covers Elon Musk’s unsurprising response to Tesla’s cratering profits and stock price (make unachievable and absurd promises), Garrett from VA on the growing extraction of profits from medical clinics by insurance companies, Rick from Baltimore explores how he came to MR, and Kowalski from Nebraska gives his takes on the rent control and Big Tech conversations from the day. The MR Team also watches the harrowing footage of (content warning) a Zionist counter-protester getting bonked by a flag, listens to some powerful reflections from a Columbia University anti-zionist Jew, and gives some much-needed aesthetic advice to Trump’s attorney. Newt Gingrich has a stunning parallel for the ‘persecution’ of Donald Trump, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 4_24_Gantz_Goodridge_-_pub_.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:20pm EDT

It's News Day Tuesday! But first, Emma speaks with Randall Eliason, white collar crime professor at George Washington University Law School and author of the Sidebars newsletter, to discuss the recent developments in all of Trump's criminal cases. First, Emma runs through updates on today’s Pennsylvania primaries, Trump’s ongoing hush money case, primary polling, growing backlash to Zionist repression on college campuses, Israel’s bombardment on Rafah, Senate legislation, solar subsidies, FTC policy, Starbucks v. NLRB, Tennessee’s charter voucher bill, and the UK’s new migrant deportation program, before parsing through the Supreme Court’s ongoing case likely to uphold Grants Pass, Oregon’s effective ban on homelessness. Professor Randal Eliason then joins, first reminding us of the general tally of Trump’s myriad civil and criminal legal cases, before diving deeper into the ongoing trial surrounding his hush money payments to Stormy Daniels, including the state’s attempt to spin the genuine falsification of legal and business records into an attempt to interfere in the development of the 2016 election. After assessing what he sees as the weak points in the state’s arguments, and quickly running through the role of the already-convicted Michael Cohen in these payments, Professor Eliason explores the extreme stance being taken by Trump’s legal team, not just arguing against the election interference claims but attempting to claim that the records themselves are legitimate. Next, Emma and Randall look to the civil cases facing Trump, including the massive bond he currently owes New York, and parse a little deeper through the major cases out of Florida – surrounding his mishandling of classified documents – and D.C. – on the role he played in the January 6th insurrection attempt. Wrapping up, they tackle the role of Trump’s Supreme Court immunity hearings in preventing either of these cases from impacting his candidacy, and explore what a second Trump presidency would mean for the future of any of these cases. Emma also touches on the ongoing anti-war and anti-genocide protests coming out of Columbia University, and the powerful display by faculty to stand with the students.

And in the Fun Half: Emma gets some primary previews from John from San Antonio, Jesse Watters is astonished the criminal justice system is treating Trump like a criminal, and the State Department has an unsurprising need to know more before commenting on the mass grave revelations out of Gaza. Raz from Ojai asks for some pointers on debating universal healthcare, the MR Team unpacks the absurd conversation around crime (from all sides of the political spectrum), and Tucker Carlson and Joe Rogan ponder the legitimacy of Darwin’s Theory of Evolution, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 4_23_Eliason_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:21pm EDT

Happy Monday! Emma speaks with Ashley Dawson, English professor and founder of the Climate Action Lab at the City University of New York (CUNY), to discuss his recent book Environmentalism From Below: How Global People’s Movements Are Leading The Fight For Our Planet. Then she’s joined by Mike Elk of the Payday Report to discuss the recent vote by workers at the Volkswagen Chattanooga plant in Tennessee to unionize with the United Auto Workers (UAW).

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Direct download: 4_22_Dawson_Elk_-_pub_.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:56pm EDT

It's Casual Friday! Sam and Emma speak with Jeet Heer, national affairs correspondent for The Nation, to round up the week in news. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on Israel’s retaliation against Iran, the US veto of UN Membership for Palestine, Trump’s legal woes, the State Department’s internal reports of Israel’s human rights violations, Mike Johnson’s foreign aid failures, Columbia University’s crackdown on student protesters, FISA, and RFK’s candidacy, before watching Kevin O’Leary continue his campaign as Trump’s PR Rep for New York-based legal battles. Jeet Heer then joins, diving right into Israel’s ongoing campaign to drag the US into a regional conflict, first walking through the obvious signs before this past week, and touching on the telling parallels with the proxy warfare that led up to World War I, before looking at the major role both Bibi Netanyahu as an individual, and the Israeli government writ large play in pushing this conflict expansion to galvanize support from the political apparatuses backing them. After walking through the context for the US’ veto of Palestinian membership to the UN, and our insistence on walking this road of wholehearted Genocide Denial alone, Jeet, Sam, and Emma parse through the horrifying developments out of Columbia University as the university President had over 100 students arrested for peaceful protest. They also discuss the threat of a Trump presidency, the GOP’s insistence on pretending they don’t want to ban abortion (despite their myriad ongoing attempts to ban abortion), and wrap up with a brief assessment of Mike Johnson’s job security.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:20pm EDT

It’s an EmMajority Report Thursday! She speaks with Max Felker-Kantor, associate professor of history at Ball State University, to discuss his recent book DARE to Say No: Policing and the War on Drugs in Schools. Then, she speaks with journalist Erin Reed, author of the Erin In The Morning newsletter on SubStack, to discuss the recent gender identity review by the National Health Services (NHS) in the United Kingdom. First, Emma runs through updates on Israel’s ongoing assault on Rafah, ongoing institutional support for Israel’s genocide among the US government and major corporations, US sanctions against Iran, the White House’s climate stance, Boeing hearings, Disneyland unionization, Biden’s polling numbers, Mike Johnson’s failing speakership, and the Senate’s rejection of the Mayorkas impeachment sham, before parsing a little deeper through the recent report on the horrendous abuse and torture of Palestinian hostages in Israel and the ongoing showdown between Columbia University’s anti-zionist student body, and hyper-zionist institutional leadership. Professor Max Felker-Kantor then joins, diving right into the evolution of DARE’s prevalence in US schools and society, and how it got its start with the LAPD. First, Professor Felker-Kantor walks Emma through the precursor to DARE, with LA Chief of Police Darrel Gates’ strategy throughout the 1970s to send undercover officers into schools to bust drug dealers – a project that had been failing as the War on Drugs kicked into full swing by the end of the decade – and his subsequent attempt to shift from cracking down on the supply end of the War on Drugs, to cracking down on the demand. Expanding on this, Felker-Kantor explores the creation of DARE as a joint venture between the LAPD and local schools, with officers essentially becoming ingrained the education environment and classrooms, even going as far as to pitch themselves as friends and mentors to the students, and quickly taking off across the US over the 1980s, before walking through the slow collapse of the program as more and more evidence came out about the strategy’s failure in preventing drug addiction or exposure. Wrapping up, Max walks Emma through the extensive funding network of the DARE program, beginning with internal LAPD funding before quickly expanding to state and federal grants over the 1980s and start of the ‘90s, and why its particular ability to cling to its non-profit status has allowed it to remain, in some capacity, as a global organization today. Erin Reed and Emma then jump right into the background for the UK’s recent Cass Report on transgender care, stepping back to briefly cover the rise of transphobic activism in the UK at the end of the 2010s, and the major policy impacts it had despite fringe following, including the NHS-sponsored ‘independent’ and ‘unbiased’ review by Hillary Cass. After giving some background on the evidently not-so-unbiased Cass herself, Reed parses through the clear failure of the report itself to live up to these supposed standards, actively excluding both trans voices and experts on trans care from the report, relying on outdated and fraudulent statistics (compiled by notorious homophobes nonetheless), and repeatedly requiring absurdly high standards for trans care – standards not met by the vast majority of both adult and pediatric care – while rarely substantiating any of the claims about the supposed dangers.

And in the Fun Half: Emma is joined by Brandon Sutton and Matt Binder as they talk with Colin from Missouri about sports team owners extorting taxpayers, address the absurdity of “woke” segregation, and watch Professor Ruha Benjamin absolutely nail her acceptance speech for a Spelman College honorary degree by calling out institutional support for genocide and white supremacy. They also dive into the ongoing suppression of student activist voices on college campuses right now, with a particular focus on Columbia University’s ongoing campus activism and the administrative backlash, before talking with Genevieve from Tucson about Operation Olive Branch’s work helping Palestinians in Gaza. After touching on the mass manufacturing errors facing Tesla’s Cybertrucks, they talk with Erin from Atlanta about Cobb County State candidate Gabriel Sanchez, and watch Matt Walsh pretend like nobody cares about women’s sports, after months of obsessing about women’s sports, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 4_18_MFK_Reed_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:27pm EDT

It’s Hump Day! Sam speaks with Daniel Poppen, member of the union organizing committee at the Trader Joe’s location in the North Center neighborhood of Chicago, to discuss the staff’s decision to file for a union election. Then, he speaks with Matt Bruenig, founder of the People’s Policy Project, author of the NLRB Edge newsletter, and co-host of “The Bruenigs” podcast, to discuss his recent NLRB filing against Steven Crowder. First, Sam reacts to State Dept. spokesperson Matthew Miller refusing to answer the Associated Press's Matt Lee's question about why they've been unable to verify whether Israel struck an Iranian diplomatic target in Syria. Then, Sam's joined by Dan Poppen as they take us through the steps that led the Trader Joe's North Center location in Chicago to vote for a union election. Dan discusses some of the issues that have been facing Trader Joe's workers, the inspiration they've received from other unionizing Trader Joe's locations around the country, and what they can anticipate going forward after the vote totals are finalized. Then, Sam is joined by Matt Bruenig to discuss his representation of Jared Monroe, AKA "Not Gay Jared", the former "Louder With Crowder" employee, who has filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) against Steven Crowder and the company. Bruenig outlines the main pillars that constitute the NLRB complaint, and provides some context to Jared's experience while working for Steven Crowder, what that entailed, and what they're hoping to achieve as the complaint is arbitrated and decided upon.

And in the Fun Half, Sam reacts to Google employees demonstrating and conducting sit-ins against Google's work with Israel in their New York and California offices. He and Matt then check in on Speaker Johnson's tightrope walk, attempting to pass a supplemental foreign aid bill, which his far-right faction doesn't want. Johnson, who's now referring to him as a "wartime Speaker", is losing soldiers as an outline has been revealed, with Pennsylvania Rep. Scott Perry complaining that there's no border funding in the legislation (it was in another bill that Perry and his cohort didn't support). On the other end, former Kevin McCarthy confidant Rep. Garret Graves asks the all-important question: "What are Republicans getting" from this supplemental? And now, Speaker Johnson is only being offered tepid support from former President Trump, who is now willing to wait and see what happens to him with the motion to vacate looming over his head. Sam and Matt then turn to Trump's hush money trial, with Trump attorney and spokesperson Alina Habba telling Fox's Martha McCallum that Trump will be regarded like *wait for it* Nelson Mandela if he were to be put in jail for violating his gag order. Sam covers the recent Politico scoop of comedian Rob Schneider tanking a performance in front of Senate Republicans and their staffers, before diving into Trump's recent rally this weekend where he heard chants of "Genocide Joe!", to which he responded in part by saying: "You're not wrong". And, finally, Sam and Matt step into Dave Rubin's corner, where Rubin discusses his concerns about his inability to "arbitrage" the divide between the left and the right. Then, they check in on Dave's conversation with Will Cain from last week, where Dave tries his absolute hardest to take shots at Tucker Carlson and Candace Owens while *trying his absolute hardest* not to actually take shots at Tucker Carlson or Candace Owens. Plus, your IM's!

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Direct download: 4_17_Poppen_Bruenig_-_pub_.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:18pm EDT

It's News Day Tuesday! But first, Sam and Emma speak with Matt Duss, executive vice president at the Center for International Policy, to discuss the events of the past weekend involving Iran & Israel. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on Trump’s legal woes, Israel’s ongoing conflicts in the Middle East, the New York Times’ anti-Palestinian bias, the House GOP’s conflicted agenda, DOJ anti-trust, and SCOTUS’ recent attack on protest, before exploring reports on how Trump’s hush money case is devastatingly interfering in his personal life. Matt Duss then joins, first parsing through the context for Iran’s retaliation against Israel, including the consistent communication between Iran and the US, and clear intent from Iran to deescalate in the wake of their attack on Israeli military facilities, before touching on the conflict between the genuine threat of rising tensions in the region and the understanding that this response could have been much worse. After briefly touching on the role that this Iran-Israel affair plays in Bibi Netanyahu’s attempt to cling to power (and Israel’s attempt to maintain international legitimacy), they shift to the US perspective, exploring the complete failure of Biden’s approach to Israel’s genocidal and offensive campaign, and what it has done to undermine his ability to reestablish (or even maintain) an international rules-based order. Sam and Emma wrap up the first half by diving into the ongoing attempt by the House to reauthorize FISA’s expansion of the surveillance state.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma watch Mike Johnson maintain a brave facade in the face of his party’s insanity, chat with a Tesla worker, and watch Clay Travis and Buck Sexton walk through their plan to get Trump off (of his criminal charges). Annie Fitzgerald calls in to discuss her campaign for State House in Washington’s 38th District, Matthew from Oregon on the hypocrisy of Israel’s rhetoric, and John Hagee reiterates Christian Theocrats’ support for Israel. Aaron Rodgers goes full conspiracy brain in an honest vocalization of why someone would support RFK, and Ronald Raygun asks some important questions about David Pakman’s role in things, plus, your calls and IMs!

 

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Direct download: 4_16_Duss_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:09pm EDT

Happy Monday! Sam and Emma speak with Dylan Penningroth, professor of Law and History at the University of California, Berkeley, to discuss his recent book Before The Movement: The Hidden History of Black Civil Rights. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on Iran’s military-specific retaliation to Israel’s bombing of their consulate, Trump’s ongoing hush money trial, FISA renewal, Mike Johnson’s Ukraine package, dropping violent crime and burglary rates, Haiti’s “ruling council,” Tesla’s mass firing, and Biden’s polling, before diving a little deeper into the rationality behind Iran’s approach to Israeli violence. Professor Dylan Penningroth then joins, diving right into the personal story behind his decades-long research into the major evolution of Black civil rights as a concept. Stepping back, Professor Penningroth, looks to the 19th-century conceptualization of Black civil rights, with a particular distinction from any political or social rights, carving out a minuscule space in civil society where Black people were given very particular privileges, first contextualizing what these “civil” privileges entailed (largely relating to low-level contract and property law), before walking through the evolution of these rights in both the reconstruction era and during the subsequent White Supremacist backlash at the turn of the 20th Century. Expanding on this, Penningroth walks through Lincoln’s role in enumerating the ideology of separate political, social, and civil rights in the US (with only the latter needed for true equality), and the consistent pushback from Black activists from the 1830s through the 1960s, insisting that both social and political rights were needed to guarantee the civil. Wrapping up, Dylan walks Sam and Emma through how the mainstream conceptualization of civil rights evolved from the Party of Lincoln to the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma discuss the Biden Administration’s careful approach to ongoing developments between Iran and Israel, dive into coverage of Trump’s hush money trial (and MR’s potential coverage), and discuss AOC’s growing role in the Democratic Party. Kari Lake, Charlie Kirk, and Ben Shapiro rally behind Donald Trump’s pitch to step back on abortion (at least rhetorically). Mike Lindell gives some major updates on the Democratic plan to steal Texas, plus, your IMs!

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Direct download: 4_15_Penningroth_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:57pm EDT

It’s Casual Friday! Sam and Emma speak with Heather Digby Parton, contributing writer at Salon.com and proprietor of the blog Hullaballoo, to round up the week in news. Then, they’re joined by Mark Bankston, partner at the law firm Farrar & Ball, to discuss a new case that he is taking up. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on Iran’s impending retaliation against Israel, Israel’s ongoing prevention of certain aid amidst famine in Gaza, Biden’s student loan cancellation, the Senate’s new NLRB legislation, Biden’s closing of the gun show loophole, climate change numbers, and the SCOTUS corruption scandal(s), before diving into Pelosi’s ongoing condescension to Palestine supporters and anti-genocide activists despite her call to halt arms sales to Israel. Digby then joins, diving right into Arizona’s recent State Supreme Court decision that reverted the state to an 1860s law criminalizing abortion, the GOP responding to the ongoing abortion pressure by attempting to make the 15-week appear like a moderate position, and the lies behind the right-wing’s “exceptions” and “states rights” arguments. Next, they look to Donald Trump’s legal woes, as Heather walks Sam and Emma through the genuine threat Trump feels from his hush money trial, first exploring the tabloid fears before tackling the political consequences of a campaign finance violation that has already put Michael Cohen in jail (admittedly on federal charges), before wrapping up with what to expect from this case’s development now that it’s in Alvin Bragg’s court. Mark Bankston then joins, first updating Sam and Emma on the developments in his case representing Ben Brody, who was publicly accused by Elon Musk of being a Neo Nazi involved in a Neo Nazi brawl despite being a 22-year-old Jewish college student in a different state, including the case’s development into discovery and hearings. Next, Bankston breaks down his newest case representing Mauricio Garcia, who was wrongfully identified as the Alan, Texas Neo Nazi shooter by myriad right-wing media outlets from Fox and Newsmax to TimCast and Louder with Crowder, with no retraction or apology despite the obvious journalistic malpractice involved, cementing their lies and attacks on Garcia. Expanding on this, Mark, Sam, and Emma tackle the complete resistance to accountability from the defendants in this case so far, with some even going as far as to downplay the media corrections, from refusing to show the correct photo after showing the wrong one (*cough* Tim Pool *cough*) to fully dubbing the corrections a psyop, before wrapping up with a brief preview of the future of this case.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma watch Ben Shapiro and Charlie Kirk go all in on the GOP’s new plan to straight-up lie to the American public about their abortion agenda, and listen to Jesse Watters struggle to mathematically conceptualize someone making less than $100k per year, plus, your IMs!

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Direct download: 4_12_Digby_Bankston_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:11pm EDT

It’s an EmMajority Report Thursday! She speaks with Brett Christophers, Professor at the Department of Geography at Uppsala University in Sweden, to discuss his recent book The Price Is Wrong: Why Capitalism Won’t Save The Planet. Then, she’s joined by Ronnie Chatah, host of the Beirut Banyan YouTube channel and co-host of the MTV podcast, to discuss the current geopolitical circumstances in Lebanon.

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Direct download: 4_11_Christophers_Chatah_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:22pm EDT

It’s Hump Day! Sam and Emma speak with Jeremy Kimbrell, a measurement machine operator at the  Mercedes-Benz plant in Vance, Alabama and member of the volunteer organizing committee at the plant, to discuss the plant’s recent decision to file for a union election with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), to join the United Auto Workers (UAW). Then, they speak with Terri Gerstein, director of the Wagner Labor Initiative at New York University, to discuss the recent efforts in different states to weaken or strengthen child labor laws. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on Arizona’s major State Supreme Court decision, Biden’s rhetorical and policy developments on Israel, inflation, immigration policy, EPA, ESDA, and FAA operations, and the candidacies of RFK and Cornel West, before diving a little deeper into Arizona’s Supreme Court decision reverting the state’s reproductive policy to an 1864 law. Jeremy Kimbrell then joins, diving right into his history working at Mercedes’ Alabama plant of around 5,000, and the progressive attempts to organize one of two (the other being in South Carolina) Mercedes plans not represented by a collective bargaining agreement, with the major revelations at the UAW in the wake of COVID coming about at the perfect time, and allowing the plant to begin their unionization efforts with the backing of a major union. After tackling the major emphasis on a democratic organizing process, Kimbrell steps back to parse through the recent unfair labor practice filings the plant has filed against Mercedes both domestically, and in German courts, and how they could play into the ongoing unionization process. Terri Gerstein then walks Sam and Emma through the role of child labor law in the US, largely setting stronger safety and work regulations for child labor on both the federal and state levels, and what ongoing attacks from the right are doing to undermine these regulations, including gutting permit requirements and redefining work to allow kids to work in previously-considered-hazardous workplaces. After looking at the particular roles of “fissured workplaces,” and right-wing state legislatures in worsening this issue, wrapping up the interview by tackling the additional issue of the US’ incredibly weak mechanisms of labor enforcement and accountability, and how we can start to change that.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma dive deep into the theocratic GOP’s ongoing attack on abortion, from Arizona legislators praying on the state seal to debates and defenses of Trump’s pivot to the “moderate” position of “let the states outlaw it,” before touching on the months late Democratic backlash to Israel’s ongoing genocide. Peter from California dives into the US relationship to antisemitism (and a new bill to enforce it), Kevin McCarthy goes on the offensive against his own pedophilic petard, and Teagan from Seattle updates MR on the dangers of a new British trans healthcare report. James from Long Island gives a worrying update on Nassau’s Bruce Blakeman, and Stephen Crowder and co. share their thoughts on women’s freedoms, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 4_10_Kimbrel_Gerstein_-_pub_.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:12pm EDT

It's News Day Tuesday! Sam and Emma break down the biggest headlines of the day. First, they run through updates on Netanyahu’s plan to cleanse Rafah, the ceasefire deal being pushed in Egypt, the UNSC’s assessment of Palestinian membership, the GOP’s insistence on maintaining child poverty, environmental regulation, and the legal woes of Donald Trump and Eric Adams, before diving into Biden’s newest iteration of a student debt relief plan and why he insists on repeatedly falling into the same traps. Sam and Emma also discuss Trump’s pivot back to states’ rights on abortion, and Laura Ingraham’s pivot back to defending states’ rights on abortion, and watch Biden’s new targeted Roe v. Wade ad, before parsing through the incredible success of the Child Tax Credit in alleviating child poverty in the US, and why the GOP (and some Democrats) are so insistent on killing it. After tackling the major climate change developments in Europe’s top human rights court, Sam and Emma wrap up the free half with the killing of the nomination of the potential first Muslim judge on the Federal Bench, and the ongoing struggle against institutionalized medical racism in the US.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma expand on the EPA’s recent pollution regulations, James Comer addresses AOC’s allegations that he’s using suspect Russian intelligence in his Biden impeachment, all because he’s using suspect Russian intelligence in his Biden impeachment, and RFK Jr’s Campaign Director paints a picture of an ideal Election Day for RFK – the election of Donald Trump. Doug from LA asks for business advice, Jacob Frey defends his veto of minimum wage protections for Uber and Lyft drivers to deafening silence, Michael Knowles continues to struggle in the art of drama, and the TimCast crew endorses embracing oppression, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 4_9_News_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:22pm EDT

Happy Monday! Sam and Emma speak with David Masciotra, author, lecturer and journalist based in Indiana, to discuss his recent book Exurbia Now: The Battleground of American Democracy. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on Israel’s continuing operations in the ethnic cleansing of Gaza, mounting pressure on Biden to halt weapons transfers to Israel, Sec. Mayorkas’ impeachment, student debt relief, unionization, and Mike Johnson’s Ukraine aid package, before diving into Donald Trump’s new middle-ground stance on abortion legislation, and the subtle backlash from his evangelical base. David Masciotra then joins, first outlining the definition of the “exurbs” – distinct from suburbia due to its lower density and greater distance from urban centers, yet much wealthier and with much more robust infrastructure than rural areas – and exploring the particular role they play in bolstering far-right politics electorally. After contextualizing the rise of exurbs as a late-stage development of white flight beginning in the mid-‘90s, with real estate firms building up isolated communities in previously rural towns and using exclusionary politics and property tax gimmicks to recruit those still escaping the growing diversity of urban centers and even some suburban areas, Masciotra walks Sam and Emma through the infrastructure of exurbia’s isolation, with residents largely working outside of their towns while all civic, media, and commercial roles are taken over by mega-churches, casinos, and massive corporations, resulting in little-to-no connection with their community, much less the outside world. Wrapping up, David explores the major issue that comes with addressing these severely isolated communities, particularly when their “problems” largely arise from reactionary cultural issues grounded in racial resentment and Christian nationalism, and why our hope in conquering this issue lies in on-the-ground and bottom-up organizing.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma dive into the increasing pressure on Biden to halt weapons transfers to Israel after the IDF’s slaughter of the employees of DC’s favorite Chef José Andrés, Bernie Sanders’ staunch rejection of Biden’s rhetorical posturing of anger with Netanyahu, and Jonathan Guyer’s recent reporting on the role of one Brett McGurk in Biden’s Israel policy (particularly when it comes to the risk of expanding the conflict into a regional war). Jon Stewart discusses Apple’s massive fear of the FTC and Lina Khan, Dawn Staley has no time for transphobic fear-mongers, and far-right weirdos Rudy Giuliani and Brian Glenn posit interesting scientific theories. Bill Maher struggles to find common ground with Billy Dee Williams despite their shared appreciation for blackface.

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Direct download: 4_8_Masciotra_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:22pm EDT

It’s a Casual Friday all calls and all clips edition! Sam, Emma and the MR Crew break down the biggest stories of the week. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on the opening of the Erez crossing for aid to Gaza, the US economy, Biden’s student debt relief, Trump v. Tish James, and immigration policy, before parsing through More Perfect Union’s leaks about major union-busting practices at Mercedes’ Alabama plant ahead of a major UAW unionization vote. Next, Sam and Emma look at the recent evolutions in US policy toward Israel’s genocide in Gaza, with Blinken revealing that Biden HAS, in fact, had the leverage to force Netanyahu and Israel’s hand with aid, as well as using the phrase “immediate ceasefire” (whatever that means to them), before tackling the recent report on Israel’s AI-facilitated “Where’s Daddy?” program used to target the spouses and children of their military targets, and watching Senator Coons come forward on conditioning aid to Israel. They also talk with Rick from San Francisco about the Affordable Connectivity Program, Scott from Monterey absolutely dismantles Sam’s anti-libertarian hypothetical, and Gary explores the concept of a 2024 Kamala Harris candidacy.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma discuss Crowder’s potential unfair labor practices case, Nancy Mace beefs with Maria Bartiromo over Kevin McCarthy, and Rosanne Barr offers some quick wisdom for young women (it’s just blood libel). Bro Flamingo questions the reappearance of Hillary ahead of the 2024 elections, Dave from Haverhill blue-balls Sam, and Lara Trump offers up some sweet MyPillow talk. RFK defends his spoiler candidacy, PBD and co. have a pitch for Candace Owens, and Ronald Raygun puts on his rose-colored glasses for MR’s 20th anniversary, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 4_5_Casual_Friday_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:59pm EDT

It's an EmMajority Report Thursday! She speaks with Arvin Alaigh, writer & political activist from New Jersey, currently a Ph.D student at the University of Cambridge, to discuss his recent piece in The Nation entitled "Abolishing the “Ballot Line” Will Reshape Progressive Politics." Then, she speaks with Mya Frazier, journalist based in Columbus, Ohio, to discuss her recent piece in Harper’s entitled “The Eviction Experts.” First, Emma runs through updates on +972’s recent report on Israel’s use of AI technology to bomb the families of Palestinian targets, Biden’s supposed “anger” over Israel’s slaughter of World Central Kitchen workers, Israeli elections, Donald Trump’s legal woes, Ukraine’s war efforts, labor action in Alabama and Chicago, fascism in Texas and Alabama, and emissions reporting, before watching Richard Haass’ call for sanctions against Israel. Arvin Alaigh then joins, first walking through what New Jersey’s “ballot line” voting entailed, and how it drastically reduces the chances of outsider and non-county-endorsed candidates in state primaries. Stepping back, Alaigh walks Emma through the corrupt politics that the ballot line policy has enabled, with two major culprits, Governor Phil Murphy and Senator Bob Menendez, also inspiring the most recent scandal, with Gov. Murphy using his power to push his wife onto the preferred ballot spot to replace recently-indicted Sen. Menendez’s seat, seeing opposition Andy Kim file suit with no pushback from even Murphy’s allies. Wrapping up, Arvin tackles the current state of the suit, and the ongoing injunction against New Jersey’s ballot line policy. Mya Frazier then brings Emma through a brief history of her reporting on eviction and tenant-landlord power dynamics, and how reporting on the wave of evictions in the wake of the end of the COVID-19 eviction moratorium brought her to a corporate landlord conference of the Columbus Apartment Association. Expanding on this, Frazier walks through the major role that tech companies and startups played at the conference, advertising their ability to automate and streamline much of the landlord process, and how the automation trend plays with the increasing private consolidation of housing to severely undermines the power of tenants, bringing mass and constant eviction crisis to places like Columbus (Ohio). Next, Frazier parses through the severe necessity (and near impossibility) of federal housing regulation for tenants’ rights, before wrapping up with a who’s who of the consolidation of the housing market.

And in the Fun Half: Emma is joined by Brandon Sutton and Matt Binder as they discuss the heartwarming work of the World Central Kitchen and the White House’s heartless insistence that Israel has yet to break international law. Jack from Colorado calls in to discuss the ongoing shift of right-wing content creators to manosphere content, which transitions perfectly into a Charlie Kirk clip, and Kenny from Berkeley expands on the growing movement of student organizing. They also discuss Israel’s targeting of Iran amid US-Iranian negotiations, watch Chaya Raichik struggle to define wokeness in 2024, and talk with Ross from New York about depatriated and deported veterans, and the organizing efforts of Black Deported Veterans of America, plus, your calls and IMs!

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It’s Hump Day! And Sam is coming to us LIVE from the Mass Torts Conference in Las Vegas!  Sam and Emma run through updates on Israel’s excuses for the slaughter of World Central Kitchen workers, Biden’s newest military support package for Israel, Biden’s poor swing state polling, yesterday’s primaries, Ukraine aid, Wisconsin politics, and the major earthquake that hit Taiwan, also watching Dr. Thaer Ahmad’s appearance on CNN after his walking out of a meeting where Biden was attempting to reach out to the Arab American community over Gaza. After briefly touching on the specific nature of mass tort law, Sam is joined by Tommy James of Tommy James Law in Birmingham, Alabama, first touching on his history as a trial lawyer and how he began representing institutionalized young people. Diving deeper into his work with kids in the “troubled teen” industry, James walks through how these for-profit institutions take unregulated money from both the state and families in a scam that claims to help the most troubled of kids, despite employing untrained, uncertified, underpaid, and overworked employees, and often leaving children with worse scars than they arrived with. Next, James walks through his recent and ongoing cases in the industry, before expanding on his ongoing cases suing the state DOE and DHR over approving the institutionalizing of children in sub-standard educational settings, and what the success of those cases could mean moving forward. Mike Papantonio of Levin Papantonio Rafferty then talks with Sam about the importance of holding corporations accountable for their crimes against the public, looking into his case against HSBC over their laundering of money for international criminal enterprises and terrorist organizations, why legal structures make it that even the worst of corporate associations can only be punished through civil means, and why, without actual criminal consequences, corporate accountability will continue to be a fantasy. Andy Childers, also from Levin Papantonio Rafferty, then joins to update us on his ongoing case regarding Abbott Labs and Johnson and Johnson’s continued marketing of cow’s milk formulas to preterm infants despite repeated and clear evidence that it has severe health effects in premature babies, including necrotizing enterocolitis, and the arguments this case hinges on. Wrapping up the show, Sam and Emma watch Rob Schmitt and Art Laffer (of the Laffer curve) pin inflation on worker wages, and Donald Trump is still a wildly xenophobic border fascist.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:48pm EDT

It's an EmMajority Report TUESDAY! Sam is out in Las Vegas for the Mass Torts Conference, so Emma is filling in! She speaks with Annelle Sheline, a former staffer with President Biden's State Department, to discuss the reasoning behind why she left her post, namely the Biden administration's efforts to continue to supply military assistance to the Israeli military's offensive in Gaza. First, Emma runs through updates on Israel’s murder of World Central Kitchen and expanding fascist effort, major headlines for today’s primaries, Florida’s abortion ban, RFK’s ballot access, Mike Johnson’s Ukraine Aid, and far-right legal battles, before expanding on the details of Israel’s slaughter of WCK workers. Anelle Sheline then joins, diving right into the context for her resignation in protest from Biden’s State Department, exploring her work on Yemen that preceded joining the government, and the continuing human rights work she participated in over the first year of her contract with the government. After parsing through the major factor – Biden’s continuing support for Israel’s genocide of Palestinians in Gaza – for her resignation, Sheline parses through some of the greater (albeit immaterial) dissent within the Biden government, including a State Department that is well-prepared to begin enforcing the human rights and arm-sales policies that the US is currently circumventing to support Israel’s war, also touching on why the electoral pressure of the “uncommitted” vote is having the biggest sway on Biden in terms of dissent. Next, Anelle walks Emma through the greater implications of Biden’s support for apartheid on a global scale, including how it plays into the US’ already degrading status on the international stage following the Iraq War and Donald Trump, and Israel’s continuing insistence on expanding the conflict throughout the Middle East, before wrapping up by touching on the role of the Abraham Accords in pushing this conflict, and the overwhelming domestic dissent facing Israel’s occupation (despite warming relations with some regimes). Emma also parses through the various “uncommitted” movements in today’s democratic primaries, and Wisconsin’s ballot initiatives.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:50pm EDT

Happy Monday! Sam and Emma speak with Yanis Varoufakis, economics professor and former Finance Minister of Greece, to discuss his recent book Technofeudalism: What Killed Capitalism. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on continuing US arms sales to Israel, infrastructure regulation, Florida’s Medicaid dump, New Jersey’s ballot design, and new reports on racial biases in medicine, also watching Christiane Amanpour talk with Zahiro-Shahar Mor about Israel’s failing genocide. Professor Yanis Varoufakis then joins, first walking through the evolution from Feudalism’s formula of land ownership and rent extraction to Capitalism’s formula of the ownership of the means of production and profit extraction, before diving into his concept of “Technofeudalism,” a rising system of digital fiefdoms – Amazon a primary example – where products not produced by the owner of the platforms are sold with a massive rent extraction. Expanding on this, Professor Varoufakis explores the role of these platforms’ ownership of the means of behavioral modification (via the extraction of data, once again, not produced by them) as an example of what he calls “cloud capital,” which takes up massive proportions of the global GDP and siphons it off from the labor market, before stepping back to analyze the role of the 2008 financial crisis and the commitment to the neoliberal dynamic of austerity for the people, socialism for the banks, in allowing the private world to funnel massive amounts of investment into cloud capital and allow existing companies (Meta, Google, Amazon, etc) to establish these digital fiefdoms. Wrapping up, Professor Yanis Varoufakis tackles the role that various fiscal and anti-trust policies, the idea of a bill of digital rights, and workplace democratization could play in helping to reclaim and reshape these technofeudalist fiefdoms.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma watch Ramy Youssef say ‘Free Palestine’ to rapturous applause on SNL, Rep. Tim Walberg gets caught on camera calling for the genocide of Gaza, and Donald Trump Jr. talks hunting. They also watch Olayemi Olurin school Eric Adams on the Breakfast Club as they tackle the insane fear-mongering around crime in NYC, like “selling fruit” and “smoking weed,” plus, your IMs!

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It's the Majority Report's 20th Anniversary Special! Tune in to reminisce and celebrate with the MR Crew and a number of special guests! After briefly running through updates and diving into the far-right’s newest objection to the Maryland bridge collapse (paying for functioning infrastructure), Sam talks with Janeane Garofalo about the parallels and progress in the marginalization of anti-war voices in mainstream media from the lead-up to the Iraq war to the ongoing silencing of pro-Palestinian media members, and touch on the ever-present problem of the far-right. Marc Maron then joins as he and Sam reflect on the early days of Air America, the establishment of the Majority Report, and the progressive attempt to take over radio, Kyle calls in, exploring his two-decade relationship with MR and the lasting impact he’s had in shaping this program, and John Benjamin from Your Childhood then parses through the major role HE played in the conceptualization and creation of the MR show. After briefly catching up with former Secretary of State of Florida, Katherine Harris, Sam walks through the major moments in MR’s evolution and the many people who helped make them happen. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:51pm EDT

It's another EmMajority Report Thursday! Emma speaks with Casey Michel, Director of the Combating Kleptocracy Program at the Human Rights Foundation, to discuss his recent piece in the New Republic entitled “How Viktor Orbán Conquered the Heritage Foundation.” Then, she’s joined by Joel Thornton, professor in the department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington, to discuss the recently released global air quality report. First, Emma runs through updates on international and US opposition to Israel’s ethnic cleansing of Gaza, the collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge, the death toll of immigration, SBF’s prison sentence, Matt Schlapp’s case, the Moscow terror attack (and subsequent violence), Disney v. DeSantis, and NBC v. Ronna McDaniel, before parsing through the legacy of a broken healthcare system that Joe Lieberman leaves. Casey Michel then joins, diving right into Orbán’s role as Hungary’s authoritarian Prime Minister, serving his 14th year, and far-right icon in the war against “wokeness” and democracy. Expanding on this, Michel parses through Orbán’s recent low-key visit to the US to meet with the Heritage Foundation, walking through the nationalist parallels between Trump and Orbán (particularly with their evangelical bases), the influence that modern autocrats like Putin and original fascists like Mussolini have provided to Orbán regime, and how the US far-right think tanks are attempting to pick up on his blueprint. After briefly touching on the expansive role of foreign autocracies and authoritarian regimes in financing right-wing think tanks like the Heritage Foundation, Emma and Casey wrap up the interview with an assessment of the Heritage Foundation’s “Project 2025” and their attempt to turn Donald Trump into a more efficient fascist. Professor Joel Thornton then walks Emma through the context for IQAir’s recent report on the severe standing of air quality globally in 2023, including the for-profit incentives of the company, and the wide breadth of standards for the research, before stepping back to explore what we can glean from the report, and the genuine state of air pollution. Expanding on this, Professor Thornton explores the major role climate change has played in offsetting the progress various countries have made in containing the proliferation of particulates, with 2023’s myriad forest fires playing a major role in the year’s problem of air quality, and assesses the major effects these particulates can have on human health, impacting everything from the respiratory tract to cognitive function.

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It’s Hump Day! Sam speaks with Lisa Heinzerling, law professor at Georgetown University, to discuss the impact of the Supreme Court’s upcoming rulings on Loper Bright Enterprises  v. Raimondo & Relentless v. Department of Commerce, as well as the court hearing arguments yesterday regarding mifepristone and medication abortion. Then, Sam speaks with Heather Herbert, a hospice registered nurse at PeaceHealth Medical Center in Springfield, Oregon and member of the Oregon Nurses Association (ONA),  to discuss the recent strike action at the hospital and the new labor complaints they’ve filed with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). First, Sam runs through updates on the US public’s disapproval of Israel’s genocide, the US State Department, Texas’ fascist border power grab, labor action across the US, legal woes for Trump and Co., and Ronna McDaniel’s brief NBC tenure, before diving into details of the collision that collapsed Francis Scott Key in Baltimore, and the profiteering that drives disasters like this one. Professor Lisa Heinzerling then joins, diving right into the context of the Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine’s suit against the FDA, including their objections to the FDA’s relaxation of requirements for Mifepristone, the most common abortion medication in the US, and the overwhelming scientific evidence for the efficacy and safety of the drug. Expanding on this, Professor Heinzerling looks at this case within the broader context of the Supreme Court’s attack on the administrative state, fitting neatly into a pattern of cases with very vague and obscure claims of injury resulting in massive shakeups to the legal and political structure in the US, something also reflected in Loper Bright Enterprises v. Raimondo, before walking through the greater idea of the Chevron Doctrine and administrative deference. After assessing where this current iteration of the Roberts Court stands among the most extreme activist courts, Lisa and Sam wrap up the interview with a brief conversation on the reaction of legal institutions and law schools to the myriad ongoing Supreme Court scandals. Nurse Heather Herbert and Sam then dive into the context of ONA’s ongoing labor action, with contract negotiations stalling for over a year as PeaceHealth attempted to force lower pay on some 125 hospice and home care workers, despite the same qualifications as hospital nurses with additionally extensive and expensive training required. After expanding on the serious hit this process took on these Nurses, Herbert dives into the hospice Nurses' difficult decision to strike, tackling the clear unfair labor practices exercised by PeaceHealth in response, and wrapping up with a conversation on the strike’s support from and impact on patients and community members.

And in the Fun half: Sam admires the growing protests against US complicity in the genocide of Gaza, including actions against Reps Jeffries and McGovern and President Biden, and watches the right-wing attempt to spin the Francis Scott Key Bridge disaster into a diversity issue instead of a capitalism one. Casey in DC uncovers some odd coincidences in Rep. Bill Johnson’s (R-OH) post-congress career path, Bobby from Georgia explores the perception of inflation under Biden alongside rising housing costs, and Fox News hosts react to the Ronna McDaniel saga. Dylan from Ft. Collins on the slow journey out of right-wing conspiracy, Pep from Texas on Blinken’s Zionism, and Stephen Crowder’s workplace and domestic abuses come to the fore, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:23pm EDT

It's News Day Tuesday! Sam and Emma break down the biggest headlines of the day. First, they run through updates on Anthony Blinken’s certification of Israel’s military integrity, the NYT’s subtle backtracking on its 10/7 article, Julien Assange, Biden’s Polling, the Francis Scott Key Bridge, Mifepristone, the Moscow Terror attack, Florida’s youth social media ban, Elon Musk’s legal battles, and RFK’s big tech donor-turned VP, before parsing through Donald Trump’s ongoing financial woes. Next, Sam and Emma look to SCOTUS as they preview their upcoming Mifepristone decision based on a 19th Century lewdity law, explore the GOP’s failing agenda, and parse through Biden’s complete obliteration of any goodwill in the eyes of the US public over the last few months. Expanding on this, they walk through Matt Miller’s disturbing comments on the US’ disregard for international law, and what is sacrificed in Biden’s all-out support for genocide in Gaza.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma watch James Comer try to give his Biden impeachment attempt a second life, Dave Rubin has Sam Seder flashbacks, and they discuss the growing problem of islamophobia in the US government as a Muslim judicial nomination comes into question. They talk with Marceline from PA and Ben from Flagstaff about MR’s coverage, Rachel Maddow addresses the election-denying elephant in the NBC green room, and Joe Rogan tackles the ever-relevant “cancel culture in academia” with Jonathan Haidt, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:44pm EDT

Happy Monday! Sam and Emma speak with Ingrid Robeyns, humanities professor at the Utrech University in The Netherlands, to discuss her recent book Limitarianism: The Case Against Extreme Wealth. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on the passage of a UNSC ceasefire resolution, Congress averting a government shutdown, the terror attack in Moscow, Mike Johnson’s speakership, Congress’ killing of an important internet subsidy, Donald Trump’s legal woes, Mifepristone, New Jersey’s senate race, and Ronna McDaniel’s NBC gig, before parsing through the details of the first UNSC ceasefire resolution not vetoed by the US. Professor Ingrid Robeyns then joins, diving right into the concept of “limitarianism” as a political belief that emphasizes the central importance of limiting wealth inequality and concentration in a functioning society, with the extreme stratification seen in the West (and particularly in the US) pushing severe social and political ills with little to no moral grounding. Expanding on the former, Professor Robeyns dives into the problems that arise in the relationship between money and politics under extreme inequality, with various factors, from campaign finance to political lobbying, giving a very wealthy few immense political power, before she, Sam, and Emma explore how extreme wealth concentration can give these same individuals the freedom to dictate social programs and overtake the public sphere to the detriment of everyone else, and the environment. After briefly touching on the particular role capitalism’s ills play within these issues, Ingrid walks Sam and Emma through the moral philosophical grounding of “limitarianism” as a refutation of modern society’s supposed meritocracy, bringing into question the role of the individual in coming out the victor of countless natural and social lotteries. Next, Professor Robeyns tackles the role of wealth inequality in creating an inequality division between capital and labor, allowing the former to dictate the rules of the latter, and parses through what solutions are needed – particularly in terms of welfare, social and housing programs, and unionization – to rebalance that dichotomy, before wrapping up the interview looking at the importance of taking fiscal action against tax havens and unregulated free trade, and why changing the public perception on wealth is so necessary in this battle.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma discuss Bibi’s response to the US not vetoing the UNSC ceasefire resolution, the state of Israel’s ethnic cleansing of Gaza, AOC’s direct callout of Israel’s genocide, and Chuck Todd’s direct callout of his NBC employers over their hiring of Ronna McDaniel. Fox News gears up against MTG and Matt Gaetz as another speakership coup attempt takes root against Mike Johnson, and Mike Lindell comes forward with evidence of – get this – voter fraud in 2020, plus, your IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:02pm EDT

It's Casual Friday! And the MR Crew is doing an all CALLS & CLIPS SHOW! Then, they're joined by Jason Myles, co-host of the This Is Revolution podcast! First, Sam and Emma run through updates on the US’ faux-ceasefire resolution, the UK’s threat of an arms embargo to Israel, UNRWA funding, humanitarian assistance to Gaza, Netanyahu’s potential visit to Congress, aid to Ukraine, the GOP agenda, the DOJ’s agenda, and Bob Menendez’s why I left the left (foreign bribes), also watching Phyllis Bennis unpack exactly why the US’ faux ceasefire resolution was so pernicious. They also dive into the US media’s coverage of famine in Gaza, the balance between Democratic incompetence and Democratic malfeasance on Israel, and watch Chip Roy and Marjorie Taylor Greene initiate the most recent House GOP mutiny. After running through some highlights of the Right’s response to Trump’s massive debt to New York, Jason Myles joins, diving right into his recent article “Same as it Ever Was: The Illusion of American Political Discourse In Media,” on the faux-evolution of US political discourse alongside immaterial policy changes. Jason tackles the progression of US immigration policy from the progressive facade of the Obama Administration, through the backlash to Trump’s objectionable and visibly brutal border policy, up to Biden’s recent pivot to completely embrace the GOP and Trump’s far-right framing of the border crisis, before he, Sam, and Emma parse through parallels with the rhetoric around crime and the Defund movement.

Sam and Emma then expand on the ongoing GOP mutiny against Speaker Mike Johnson, parse through the dramatic break between Candace Owens and the Daily Wire, and bask in the complete unraveling of the GOP’s Biden inquiry, with some help from Russian collusion.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:51pm EDT

It's another EmMajority Report Thursday! Emma speaks with John Washington, staff writer at Arizona Luminaria and contributor for The Intercept, to discuss his recent book The Case For Open Borders. Then, she's joined by Christoph N. Vogel, research director of the Insecure Livelihoods Project at Ghent University and author of the book Conflict Minerals, Inc.: War, Profit and White Saviourism in Eastern Congo, to discuss recent developments in the conflict involving the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Rwanda. First, Emma runs through updates on the US recent tiptoe toward calling for a ceasefire, Israel’s ongoing siege on Gaza, the major wins for the right in the upcoming government funding bill, Bernie and AOC’s new Green New Deal for housing, Trump’s financial woes, Julian Assange, the GOP’s Biden inquiry, the DOJ v. Apple, Bolsonaro’s falsified documents, and AMLO’s response to Texas, before parsing a little deeper through the makeup of Congress’ recent funding bill. John Washington then joins, parsing through the Democrats’ recent complete capitulation to Donald Trump’s far-right border militancy agenda, the common thread of this tactic by Democrats, and the absurdity of their rhetorical posturing alongside policy acquiescence, with a clear parallel in the politics of Mexico’s AMLO. Expanding on this, Washington and Emma tackle the political class’ commitment to the status quo on immigration, despite the relative recency (and ineffectiveness) of the shift toward closed, militarized borders, and how an argument for more humane and responsive immigration policy is still grounded in modern-day examples and is much more aligned with the rhetoric that much of the “progressive” west employs. John then dives into the economics of border militancy, with the increased precarity for migrants pushing them into more and more exploitative conditions and driving down wage and condition standards for citizens as well, with the globalization of exploitation alongside the restriction of the movement of people becoming cemented with the Free Trade Agreements of the neoliberal era. Wrapping up, Washington and Emma walk through the brutal ineffectiveness of border militancy, and what alternative visions to immigration could look like. Christoph Vogel then dives into the major problems with Western coverage of conflict in the Congo, largely employing a depoliticized, resource– and narrative-driven form of storytelling about issues with deeply political roots. After briefly touching on the role of Mobutu Sese Seko in Congolese relations to the West, Vogel walks through the three major periods of conflict in the recent history of the DRC, beginning with the rule and eventual overthrow of Mobutu in the ‘90s, the return of the DRC name under Laurent and then Joseph Kabila in the early 2000s (including the first democratic elections in 2006) during the Second Congo War, and finally the ongoing period of unstable and fracturing political and security environment, with countless militia and belligerent groups revolting and driving record displacement in the country. Expanding on the ongoing period of crisis, Vogel walks through the constant speculation and polemics around the data of the displacement and devastation by the main parties involved, and the relatively minor role resource extraction, particularly mining, has played in generating and maintaining these conflicts. Lastly, Chris Albright joins to discuss the devastating impact of last year’s environmental disaster in East Palestine, walking through the major impacts on the health of him and his community, and the lackluster response from Joe Biden and Ohio representatives, also touching on their ongoing attempt to hold the President and representatives accountable, and what those of us outside of East Palestine can do to support their cause.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:24pm EDT

It's Hump Day! Sam and Emma speak with Mark Joseph Stern, senior writer at Slate, to discuss the recent developments at the Supreme Court after new oral argument were read earlier this week. Then, they speak with Rebecca Burns, author and journalist based in Georgia, to discuss her recent piece in The American Prospect entitled "Against The Wind." First, they run through updates on yesterday’s primaries, Trump’s strong polling out of Georgia and North Carolina, Blinken’s most recent visit to the Middle East, Biden’s Israel policy, Congress’ budget, housing, and crime, before diving deep into Jared Kushner’s recent comments on the “valuable” “waterfront property” of Gaza that he recommends Israel capitalize on. Mark Joseph Stern then joins, diving right into the recent insane judicial debacle that has been the handling of Texas’ SB-4 – essentially declaring full control over immigration services – by the notoriously right-wing Fifth Circuit and the Supreme Court of the US, walking through the Fifth Circuit’s administrative stay on the decision in an attempt to prohibit SCOTUS from overturning it, and SCOTUS’ eventual decision to legally uphold the lower courts’ stay while also denouncing the further use of it, resulting in the Fifth Circuit reversing itself, with no real culmination to the issue. Next, they look at Murthy v. Missouri, an attempt by Missouri’s and Louisiana’s Attorneys General to abuse Missouri’s single-judge division by submitting a suit with major federal implications on the Government’s ability to converse with social media companies, before wrapping up with SCOTUS’ blanket disapproval of the case, and what it will mean for the future of single judge divisions. Rebecca Burns then walks Sam and Emma through the emergence of the anti-wind movement as a product of the climate-denial movement’s shift towards tactics of delay, successfully capitalizing on misinformation and the NIMBY movement to mobilize even progressive communities against wind-based renewable energy projects. Wrapping up, Burns parses through the evolution of this movement, coming to fruition in opposition to Biden’s climate agenda, the major misinformation that it has capitalized on, and how it has successfully worked to delay his major policy victories.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma walk through the major results from yesterday’s elections, including the Florida Democratic Party losing multiple mayorships in Democratic strongholds and the setup for Ohio’s senate race, before parsing through GOP candidate Bernardo Moreno’s recent statements dancing around his anti-reproductive rights platform, and what could be in store for the Senate if the GOP wins a majority in November. Donald Trump’s major financial penalties cause right-wing nutsos to panic, Lynn from California dives into the story of Nex Benedict and the state of trans wellbeing in the US, Randy from Virginia grapples with alienation and electoral politics, and Kowalski from Nebraska gives updates on agriculture and more. They also parse through the insane story of a GOP state senator’s sexual harassment on the floor of Nebraska’s unicameral legislature, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:20pm EDT

It's News Day Tuesday! Sam and Emma break down the biggest headlines of the day. But first they speak with David Dayen, executive editor at the American Prospect, to discuss his recent piece regarding The National Association of Realtors decision to end their practice of 6% agent commission sales for residential home sales. Sam and Emma run through updates on today’s primary elections, the funding of the US government, UAW expansion, the Supreme Court, Donald Trump’s financial woes, Biden’s approach to Israel’s continuing siege, and the new asbestos ban, also, Donald Trump reinforces his station as the true candidate for Jews. David Dayen then joins, parsing through the history of the real estate industry (and the National Association of Realtors) and their system of price-fixing standards via the use and abuse of commission fees to qualify for listing on the Multiple Listing Service (MLS). Expanding on this, Dayen walks through last year’s class-action anti-trust suit in Missouri that saw a jury hit the National Association of Realtors with $1.8 billion in damages, as well as the copycat cases that have since cropped up across the country, resulting in a massive settlement alongside the end of the industry’s commission-based price fixing tactics, before walking through the major impacts this could have on the US housing market in terms of lower fees, greater affordability, and a weaker realty lobby. After briefly touching on what this case tells us about the growing power of anti-trust in the US, David, Sam, and Emma wrap up with Google’s continuing anti-trust problems. Sam and Emma also watch some highlights from Donald Trump’s recent rally in Ohio, and parse through the UAW’s ongoing expansion.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma parse through recent polling around the coming US election, with the majority of the country disapproving of either candidate, and the major impact that Biden pivoting to an agenda based around Social Security and Medicare could have, in contrast with the genuinely negative impact Biden’s immigration pivot has had. They also watch the lowlights from Don Lemon’s “hard-hitting” interview that had Elon Musk so unsettled, hear from Musk’s value-tainment sycophants, and talk with Brendan from Washington about the Optum RX hack. Tim Pool struggles to avoid talking about Israel, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Happy Monday! Sam and Emma speak with David Bellos, professor of Comparative Literature at Princeton University, to discuss his recent book Who Owns This Sentence?: A History of Copyrights and Wrongs, co-authored with Alexandre Montagu. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on Israel’s targeting of Al-Shifa hospital, the false UNRWA accusations, Russian elections, US realtors, SCOTUS, the sale of US Steel, the Federal Reserve, and Donald Trump’s legal woes, before parsing through objections from US representatives to the continued commitment to Israel’s obvious lies about UNRWA. Professor David Bellos then joins, diving right into the contemporary distinctions between patents, trademarks, and the monstrous world of copyright, with the former two requiring applications and reapplications, while copyright allows for extensive, long-term monopoly over intellectual property for both individuals and corporations. After briefly touching on the concept of intellectual property writ large, Professor Bellos steps back to look at the initially parallel histories of patents and copyright, both birthed alongside the creation and dissemination of the printing press in 15th Century Venice to provide a distinction between the limited ownership of newly-authored works and the public domain of older and classical art, also touching on the much longer (and more severe) history of trademarks stretching back through the medieval times. Moving forward, Bellos then walks Sam and Emma through how the evolution of the world of intellectual property over the 18th and 19th Centuries largely took place in Western Europe, with Paris and London leading the way to the 1886 Berne Convention while other Western states like the US seriously lagged, also touching on the lack of ideology or even rationality behind the slow but steady expansion of these rights, before parsing through the US’ 180º turn on intellectual property over the 20th Century as they came into their hegemonic station, not only signing onto Berne but forcing anyone who wanted help from the Neoliberal order to do so as well. Following a conversation on the particularly astounding role of employer or corporate ownership over intellectual property, they wrap up the interview with an assessment of IP’s role in stifling creativity, how major media companies would react to a complete overhaul of IP law, and what ideal reforms to IP would look like. Sam and Emma also update us on the Aldaghma family’s escape from Gaza.

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It's Casual Friday! Sam and Emma speak with Jeet Heer, national affairs correspondent for The Nation, to round up the week in news. And then, they're joined by Matthew Film Guy! First, Sam and Emma run through updates on Trump’s Georgia case, Menendez’s legal woes, Gaetz’s Subpoena, Russian elections, Donald Trump, and objections from big tech over labor laws, also parsing through some of the major seats up for grabs in the House and Senate come November. Jeet Heer then joins, as he helps Sam and Emma parse through Sen. Schumer’s recent call for new Israeli elections alongside a two-state solution, looking at it in the context of the “uncommitted” movement as a (rather weak) attempt to stay the pressure from the left ahead of the election, despite the genocide raging on. Jeet, Sam, and Emma expand on the electoral conversation, discussing RFK’s ballot access problem and VP PR stunt, and the Democrats’ continuing failure to mobilize voters for Biden, before wrapping up by assessing Biden’s dwindling polling numbers and the absolute absurdity of his new TikTok ban. Matthew Film Guy also joins, tackling his Oscar re-previews, and offering up his suggestion of what to watch this week –– Kiarostami’s “Like Someone in Love.”

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It's another EmMajority Report Thursday! Emma is BACK from vacation! She speaks with Samantha J. Simon, Assistant Professor in the School of Sociology and School of Government and Public Policy at the University of Arizona, to discuss her recent book Before The Badge: How Academy Training Shapes Police Violence. Then, she speaks with Ed Zitron, writer of the Where's Your Ed At newsletter on SubStack, to discuss the state of the Internet and digital media. First, Emma runs through updates on the IDF striking a UN aid distribution center, Israel’s continuing bloodlust, Biden and Schumer on Israel, the U.S TikTok ban, the FBI’s Biden informant, primary elections, the sale of US Steel, Bernie’s 32-hour work week, the death of Nex Benedict, Florida’s settlement over their homophobic education policy, and mass displacement in the Eastern Congo, before parsing through the Biden Administration’s role in pushing forward the new TikTok ban legislation, and the admitted role October 7th played in garnering bipartisan agreement. Professor Samantha Simon then joins, diving right into her ethnographic work exploring the role of police training as a socializing and discriminating force, first tackling the “Bad Apples” myth, and the organizational focus on instilling in their officers a specific worldview that emphasizes threats, danger, and the use of violence. After walking through the particular examples she saw in her research, and how the mentality of police works to recontextualize the dangers they face, she and Emma parse through how training works to weed out officers that resemble the mold of a victim or perpetrator, rather than a “hero.” Wrapping up, Samantha and Emma explore the particularly adversarial role police departments have with media and activists, and the general suspicion they have of “out” groups. Ed Zitron and Emma then dive into the devolution of Social Media under Big Tech’s unsustainable philosophy of endless growth, and the self-reinforcing loop of algorithms shaping the very content that is pumped into them by creators, also looking to the topic of generative AI, and the similar problem that is presented there by the curation of data and media by dubious standards pushed by capitalists and their algorithms. After briefly touching on Elon Musk’s ongoing attempt to profit off of his destruction of Twitter and the evolution of the “Hapsburg AI,” Zitron wraps up by walking through his take on Congress’ TikTok bill, sponsored by an out-of-touch gerontocracy and greedy capitalists, and why the Apple Vision Pro is a perfect example of the rot economy.

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It's Hump Day! Sam speaks with Nicholas Boni, writer, photographer and musician based in Brooklyn, & Cea Weaver, tenant organizer with Housing Justice For All in New York, to discuss Nicholas's recent piece in Jacobin entitled "Social Housing for New York Is on the Table". Then, Sam speaks with John Samuelsen, International President of the Transport Workers Union (TWU), to discuss the prospects of a commuter rail worker strike in Boston, where they've been without a contract for over 200 days. First, Sam runs through updates on the performance of ‘uncommitted’ in the Washington primary, the House voting to sort of ban TikTok, questions about more GOP testimony, Trump’s legal battles, the House GOP, the Federal Judiciary Committee, US labor action, and aid for Ukraine, before parsing through the recent TikTok “ban” legislation rushed through the House. Nicholas Boni and Cea Weaver then join, diving right into the complete affordability crisis facing New York State, resulting from a lack of existing stable, affordable housing and investment into new permanent, affordable housing projects, and their solution of a Social Housing Development Authority (SHDA), a statewide tenant’s rights coalition, funded and supported by the state, that would work to rezone, maintain, rehabilitate, acquire, and construct new affordable housing projects across New York State, relying on a much broader base than existing housing authorities like NYCHA, allowing for them to function on a much broader, and much more effective scale. Expanding on this, Weaver and Boni look at the SHDA as a true public-sector alternative to the speculative role of private real estate, walking through the process and legislation SHDA would rely on in their acquisition of housing and land for maintenance, rehabilitation, and construction, and the role the Authority would play in working with to take over existing housing and establish tenant-run cooperatives. After walking through some real-world lasting examples of this kind of housing infrastructure, Cea and Nicholas wrap up by assessing the current state of the fight, and what to look for moving forward. John Samuelson then joins, walking through the TWU’s role representing transit workers across the US, before zooming in on the ongoing issues facing Local-2054, with active profiteering and exploitation from the French company Keolis in their management of Massachusetts’ Commuter Rail, all bankrolled by the US taxpayer. After walking through the long battle between the local and Keolis in their ongoing contract negotiations, Samuelson walks through the ongoing exploitation faced by transit mechanics and coach cleaners on the South Side, and the role of the MBTA and Massachusetts DOT in allowing this brutal exploitation. Wrapping up, John Samuelson assesses the future of Local-2054’s fight, and what we can do to support them.

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It's News Day Tuesday! Sam breaks down the biggest headlines of the day. But first, Sam speaks with Brian Concannon, human rights lawyer and executive director of the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), to discuss the ongoing political instability in Haiti. First, Sam runs through updates on Biden’s response to Trump’s calls for cuts to entitlements, Netanyahu-Biden relations, dissent for the US’s support for Israeli, aid to Gaza, the US economy, the 2024 election, Biden’s age, the RNC, the NLRB v. Trader Joe’s, and Indian fascism, before diving into the testimony from Special Counsel Robert Hur on Biden’s age. Brian Concannon then joins, diving right into Haiti’s history as one of the few successful anti-colonial revolutions and why the West has never forgiven them for that, exploring the reparations Haiti was forced to pay to France for their slaves, and the ongoing neocolonial domination from the US. Expanding on this latter point, Concannon walks through the evolution of Haitian politics in the wake of Jovenel Moïse’s attempt to cling to power with US backing despite finishing his term as President, and the eventual successful attempt by the US to install Western-backed candidate Ariel Henry in the wake of Moïse’s assassination, tackling what mechanisms US and the west use to prop up Henry’s Presidency, including diplomatic and financial support from key international institutions, and how the US has shot down any attempt from the Haitian population to present alternative or even semi-democratic visions. After briefly touching on the US’ long neocolonial objections to a democratic or progressive Haitian government, and the growing pressure for anti-colonial reparations, Sam and Brian parse through the US’ ongoing attempt to install a foreign military presence in Haiti to back Henry’s regime, touching on the myriad objections they’ve received from propositioned militaries, and why the US is positioning it as an ultimatum if Haiti wants to step towards new, democratic elections. Sam also walks through the Biden administration’s response to Donald Trump’s threat to cut Medicare and social security, Ben Shapiro proving, once again, that he doesn’t know what he’s talking about, and ongoing attempts to get Biden to condition military aid to Israel, before wrapping up with a brief assessment of the Netanyahu regime amid growing backlash to Israel’s occupation of Palestine.

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Happy Monday! Sam speaks with Dr. Peter J. Hotez, Dean for the National School of Tropical Medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine, to discuss his recent book The Deadly Rise of Anti-science: A Scientist's Warning. Sam runs through updates on the US’ facilitating of Israel’s genocide in Gaza, revelation around Israel’s coercion of UNRWA members, progressives vs. AIPAC, the NLRB’s joint employer ruling, Boeing’s criminal inquiry, and Haiti’s state of emergency. Dr. Peter J. Hotez then joins, beginning by stepping back to tackle the evolution of both his work on vaccines and the anti-science movement, and of the movement itself, beginning in 1998 with claims of the MMR vaccine’s correlation with autism, and continually reinventing itself in the wake of scientific evidence and studies disproving its newest claims. After touching on the particular anti-vax grift around increased autism diagnosis, Dr. Hotez and Sam parse through the evolution of the union between the anti-science and right-wing movements, with the former beginning as more of a niche movement in California and Texas, before dwindling success forced the it to reinvent itself, finding roots in the Tea Party. Expanding on this, they look at the ideological common ground between the anti-science community and the US right, including an emphasis on individual freedoms, attacks on elites, and general hatred for the state, all of which helped push it to the fore with the COVID-19 crisis, with Fox News and sitting Congresspeople actively misinforming and fear-mongering around vaccine safety. Peter and Sam also touch on the particular role Big Pharma’s greed and malpractice played in pushing distrust of the medical industry, and explore what it would mean to redefine the medical and scientific communities’ restricted relationship to both the public and the marketplace, before wrapping up the interview by looking to the horizon of the ongoing COVID pandemic, and the future of humanity’s relationship to vaccines.

And in the Fun Half: Sam dives into Biden’s attempt to tentatively set a conditional red line for supporting Netanyahu’s siege of Gaza, and Bibi’s direct and clear refutation of that, also watching the stark difference between the Pentagon’s assessment of Israel’s and Hamas’ respective dangers to aid for Palestinians, and Google Cloud engineers speak out against their company’s role in facilitating the genocide in Gaza. Boom from Indianapolis touches on more transphobic abuse felt by non-trans people, Jacob from Alabama (and the Valley Labor Report) explores the varying responses to Senator Katie Britt’s response to Biden’s State of the Union, and Maria Bartiromo revolutionizes the whole “they’re using illegals to get more votes” conspiracy. Donald Trump touches on touching the third rail (social security), plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 3_11_Hotez_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:51pm EDT

It's Casual Friday! Sam speaks with Ryan Grim, D.C. Bureau Chief at The Intercept and co-host of Counter Points, to round up the week in news. Then, he's joined by Francesca Fiorentini, host of the Bitchuation Room! First, Sam runs through updates on yesterday’s State of the Union, Biden-Trump polling, US aid to Gaza, US arms to Israel, ceasefire talks, NATO, US jobs numbers, Iowan fascism, FEC policy, and Donald Trump’s defamation debt, also parsing through the impact of yesterday’s ceasefire protest outside of the SOTU, and Biden’s supposed hot mic moment committing to his insistence that he’ll definitely convince Netanyahu to let in aid sometime soon. Ryan Grim then joins, running through some updates on recent challenges to the Intercept and the mass layoff that hit the company’s unionized staff, before stepping back to assess the absurdity of Biden’s hot mic comments to Senator Bennett and the doubtfulness around Biden doing something new to stop this conflict. Expanding on this, Grim and Sam walk through Biden’s role in pushing unconditional US support for the genocide in Gaza, the oddity of the leaks coming out of VP Harris’ office, and Biden’s history of being a centrist cipher on every issue OTHER than militant Zionism and US imperialism. Next, they parse through Biden’s SOTU statements on immigration, completely turning the notion that “no human is illegal” and continuing to commit to the GOP’s framing on the border, before wrapping up by assessing Biden’s goal for the speech, and how well he accomplished it. Francesca Fiorini and Sam then address the question of who Biden’s SOTU speech was for, explore the vague notions of liberal politics that he promoted with little to no agenda to back it up, and gauge the future of democratic leadership after this election cycle. After briefly touching on Biden’s comments on the whole “gerontocracy” problem, Francesca and Sam wrap up the free half by parsing through GOP Senator Katie Britt’s response to Biden’s State of the Union, and the – ah – pointed reviews from the GOP establishment.

And in the Fun Half: Sam watches Lara Trump extoll the public’s general embarrassment around Trump as proof of his strong base, Candace Owens highlights the problem of those damn cultish Jews, and Sean Hannity accidentally paints Joe Biden as “having energy,” plus, your IMs!

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Direct download: 3_8_Grim_Fiorentini_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:14pm EDT

It's another EmMajority Report Thursday! Emma speaks with Hanno Hauenstein, independent journalist based in Berlin, to discuss his recent writing in Haaretz and The Intercept regarding the German media's suppression of pro-Palestinian voices. Then, she speaks with Alberto Toscano, professor of communications at Simon Fraser University, about his recent book Late Fascism: Race, Capitalism, and the Politics of Crisis. First, Emma runs through updates on tonight’s State of the Union, ongoing slaughter in Gaza, illegal US arms sales to Israel, growing regional tensions around Israel, Trump’s immunity trial, the averted government shutdown, Alabama GOP’s panicked IVF legislation, anti-migrant violence, Haiti-US relations, and Florida anti-labor legislation, also parsing through DeSantis’ commentary on Nikki Haley’s presidential campaign. Hanno Hauenstein then joins, diving right into the role of Germany as the third-largest arms seller to Israel, and an increasing ally to the Zionist state in the lead-up to October 7th. Next, Hauenstein walks Emma through the growing anti-Palestinian and antisemitic rhetoric coming out of the German government and media attempting to silence pro-Palestinian rhetoric and critique of Israel, as seen in the recent backlash to a joint Palestinian-Israeli documentary winning an award at a Berlin film festival. After briefly running through Germany’s historical support for the Zionist cause as a form of reparations for their actions in the Holocaust, despite shifting the cost of these reparations onto an unconsenting population of Palestinians, Hanno tackles the active repression and Islamophobia coming from the German state and media, and its impact on the German population. Professor Alberto Toscano then joins, walking through the abstract problem of defining fascism, and its core context as an ideology that arises from capitalist crisis to enlist mass participation in the politics of domination and exclusion. After briefly touching on the long history of anti-fascist thinkers identifying elements of fascism in liberal democratic contexts, Professor Toscano expands on fascism’s relationship to capitalism as its necessary material pretext, including the important distinction between fascism and totalitarianism writ large, and liberal democracy’s attempts to obscure fascism’s roots in the material issues stemming liberal democracy. Expanding on this, Toscano and Emma explore the conception of fascism as colonialism and imperialism turned inward, exploring the major influence of these projects on the classical fascist states of Italy and Germany, as well as the tight-knit relationship between American neo-imperialism and fascist rule, before they wrap up by assessing immigration and border control as the newest front for the fascist cause, and the central role liberal democrats have played in facilitating that project.

And in the Fun Half: Emma is joined by Brandon Sutton and Matt Binder as they tackle the attempted sale of Palestinian land to settlers in a New Jersey synagogue, the supposed plan by the Biden Administration to finally push aid through their own military outpost to the besieged people of Gaza, and talk with Dave from Jamaica about the devolution of the Right-wing’s hypocrisy around sexuality. RFK runs through the central role of sexual predators in his 2000s social network, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 3_7_Hauenstein_Toscano_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:52pm EDT

It's Hump Day! Sam and Emma speak with Dave Weigel, author of the "Americana" newsletter at Semafor, to break down the results from Super Tuesday. Then, they're joined by Joe Mizrahi, secretary treasurer of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), Local 3000, to discuss the union's efforts to lead the "Uncommitted" vote in the Washington state primary, coming up next Tuesday March 12th. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on Super Tuesday, McConnell’s endorsement of Donald Trump, the race for Senate Majority Leader, a government shutdown, Israel’s offensive in Rafah, SpaceX’s attack on the NLRB, and Menendez’s newest charge, before parsing through IfNotNow’s action at Adam Schiff’s victory speech last night. Dave Weigel then joins, diving right into what he saw as the major stories coming out of Super Tuesday, including Haley’s choice to drop out without endorsing Trump and the growing momentum around the “Uncommitted” protest vote, walking through the limited undermining of Donald Trump during the GOP Primary for the former, and assessing the productive engagement (and what impact it could have) for the latter. Next, Weigel dives into AIPAC’s major primary and general election races to look forward to, exploring the prospects of their attack on progressive Democrats and what (if anything) could be seen as a “loss” by the pro-Israel lobby, before wrapping up with a quick assessment of the results coming out of North Carolina and Texas, and whether far-right primary victories means more pickups for Democrats come November. Joe Mizrahi then quickly runs through the major role UFCW Local-3000 plays across the Pacific Northwest, and the central role solidarity and activism play in organizing the 55,000-strong union. Mizrahi walks through the union’s decision to first endorse a ceasefire, and now to endorse voting “uncommitted,” including the process that led to the unanimous decision on the latter, and why the union saw this protest vote as an opportunity to push Biden towards a more viable candidacy. After briefly running through the pushback to the union’s most recent endorsement, Mizrahi wraps up the interview by walking through Local-3000’s organizing around the issue, and what they hope to achieve.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma explore Tim Walz’s response to the incredible showing of the “uncommitted” vote in yesterday’s Minnesota Primary, assess the impact of Nikki Haley dropping out on the general, and parse through the exile of Brett Weinstein from the public square (he got blocked by Elon Musk). Amy Klobuchar stands up for anti-trust, Snyder in Salem and Michael in Miami respectively explore the future of the US Left and left media, and Fox’s The Five salutes the senatorship of Kyrsten Sinema. Mindy discusses her nerves around Trump, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 3_6_Weigel_Mizrahi_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:11pm EDT

It's News Day Tuesday! Sam and Emma break down the biggest headlines of the day. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on today’s Super Tuesday elections, Donald Trump’s ballot access, Texas’ border fascism, Port au Prince, the DOJ, Minnesota labor action, US aid to Palestine, undergraduate athletics unions, and medical debt relief, before walking through the varying efficacy of an “uncommitted” vote across today’s primaries, and touching on today’s Senate race in California and Governorship in North Carolina. Next, They walk through the framing of Biden’s immigration pivot as a Trump win, Trump’s recent comments on whether he’ll reach out to Nikki Haley, Fox and Friends’ insightful commentary on the GOP’s anti-feminist base, and Trump’s new nickname for NC Lt. Governor Marc Robinson. Wrapping up the free half, Sam and Emma parse through the story (and the story behind the story) around the alleged censoring of Kamala Harris’ pro-ceasefire rhetoric from the White House.

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:21pm EDT

Happy Monday! Sam and Emma speak with Rashid Khalidi, professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University, to discuss his 2020 book The Hundred Years' War on Palestine: A History of Settler Colonialism and Resistance, 1917–2017, and his views on the Israel-Gaza conflict as it stands now. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on the Supreme Court keeping Trump on the ballot for November, the GOP primary, the US airdropping aid to Gaza, Super Tuesday, Haiti’s State of Emergency, the GOP’s struggle to run the House, and the major anti-trust victory over the Jet Blue-Spirit merger, also parsing through Joe Biden and Kamala Harris tentatively wading into the “temporary ceasefire” conversation. Professor Rashid Khalidi then joins, first stepping back to explain why he began his work on Palestinian resistance in 1917, well before the establishment of the state of Israel, looking at the central role of the West – namely Britain and the US – in support and facilitating the violent establishment and maintenance of a Zionist apartheid state. Beginning in 1917, Professor Khalidi then works his way through the history of Palestinian’s last century of struggle, first exploring occupation under the British mandate, the role of European nationalism and anti-semitism in facilitating the Balfour declaration and the establishment of a Zionist state, and the combination of violent British and Zionist repression against Palestinians, alongside mass ethnic cleansing, in the decades leading up to World War II. After touching on the evolution of both the Palestinian nationalist movement and the extremist zionist cause over this era, Rashid walks Sam and Emma through Israel’s various extreme massacres and ethnic cleansing that occurred leading up to and during the 1948 Nakba, the role of the one-sided UN Partition plan in pushing the start of the catastrophe, and the devastating impact it had on the state of the Palestinian nationalist movement. Next, Professor Khalidi, Sam, and Emma look at the evolution of Israel’s apartheid rule and ethnic cleansing over the two decades before the 1967 Arab-Israeli war, and the impact of that war in furthering the devastation, before looking at the rebirth of the Palestinian nationalist movement with the Palestinian Liberation Organization and First Intifada. After tackling the failure of the Oslo Accords (and the negotiations around them), Professor Khalidi runs through the major influence of US politics in all evolutions of the conflict in the second half of the century, a trend that would grow in the wake of the Second Intifada in 2000, and continues to this day, before wrapping the interview up with a quick assessment of the central role of the US in facilitating the ongoing genocide in Gaza, and the role of the other Arab states in the region.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma talk with John from San Antonio as he previews major Super Tuesday races including finding Feinstein’s replacement and progressive battles in Texas, New York, North Carolina, and more. They also watch CNN’s Christiane Amanpour nail Netanyahu’s Special Advisor on Israel’s involvement in the Flour Massacre, and Jesse Watters spotlights Tulsi Gabbard for Trump’s VP. Trump stumbles over the Q-Anon anthem, Tyler from Washington explores the new era of social media, and Mitch McConnell’s GOP colleagues begin to demand he align with Trump’s agenda, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:12pm EDT

It's Hump Day! Sam speaks with Michelle Eisen, organizing member of Starbucks Workers United (SWU), to discuss the breaking news that Starbucks may be willing to return to the negotiating table with SWU. Then, Sam is joined by Melissa Gira Grant, staff writer at the New Republic, to discuss her recent reporting on Project 2025. First, Sam runs through updates on the tremendous showing of the “Uncommitted” vote in Michigan’s Democratic Primary, an imminent government shutdown, US’ commitment to begin to start working on trying to get Israel compliant with international law soon maybe, IVF legislation, UAW expansion, Arizona fascism, anti-trust action, the impotency of the New York Democratic machine, climate change, and Nepo babies Hunter Biden and Lara Trump, before diving into CNN’s coverage of Michigan’s “Uncommitted” vote, attempting to downplay and obscure the political movement behind it. SWU’s Michelle Eisen then joins, reflecting on the major developments in their unionization drive in the 11 months since her last MR appearance, including Starbucks’ contract stonewalling and active discrimination against union stores and workers. Next, Eisen looks to the role of Starbucks’ recent trademark lawsuit and the union’s countersuit in pushing Starbucks to come back to the table with the union and attempt to prove good faith after years of union-busting, and granting backpay and other benefits provided to the union. Wrapping up, Michelle and Sam tackle the central role workers will play in these negotiations moving forward, and where the timeline for the reparations currently stands. After briefly touching on Mitch McConnell’s announced resignation from Senate leadership, Sam is joined by Melissa Gira Grant who jumps right into what “Project 2025” is, an agenda blueprint provided by the far-right Heritage Foundation and supported by some hundred other groups that outlines their plan for a fascist transition in the case of a GOP victory in 2024. After briefly stepping back to look and where this project came from, and the particular role that Donald Trump plays in it, Grant walks Sam through the specifics of the project, centering around this idea of enshrining the family (more specifically the heterosexual nuclear family) at the core of policies to undermine same-sex marriage, trans rights, the DOE, social programs writ large, and generally gut the 14th amendment’s right to privacy when it comes to sexual and gender identity. After briefly touching on the role of the 1873 Comstock Act as central to the Heritage Foundation’s plan, Grant tackles Project 2025’s major goals of removing all mention of reproductive rights and abortion from US government policy, and punishing any governmental or public organizations that do not comply with their myriad fascist changes. Wrapping up, Melissa and Sam discuss the ideological focus of the project’s recruitment methods, and why their numbers are falling well short of their vision as the election draws closer.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:14pm EDT

It's News Day Tuesday! But later in the program Sam and Emma speak with Ofer Cassif, member of the Israeli Knesset representing the Hadash coalition, to discuss the recent failed effort to expel him for Israeli parliament due to his support of the case against Israel that South Africa has brought in front of the International Court of Justice (ICJ). First, Sam and Emma react to Shawn Fain's interview with CBS's Robert Costa, where, despite Costa's surprise at Fain's appearance and mild-mannered nature, Fain makes clear that he doesn't believe billionaires should exist and that class warfare has existed for 40 years. They then dive into today's Michigan presidential primary and the burgeoning effort to vote "Uncommitted" instead of for President Biden, and what kind of numbers the "Uncommitted" effort could generate to instill real fear in the Biden campaign. Then, they touch on the FTC responding to the proposed Kroger-Albertson's merger, and how, under the leadership of Chair Lina Khan, the interests of workers has come front and center when it comes to potentially unfair mergers that could stifle competition and better wages. After that, they discuss the continued fallout from the Alabama Supreme Court ruling on IVF, and Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth's decision to ask for unanimous consent for her legislation that would enshrine federal protections for IVF and other treatments. And finally, the MR Crew react to President Biden's appearance on Seth Meyers, where he predicted a negotiated ceasefire would be coming soon, while also reminding viewers that he is a proud Zionist, even referencing his favorite person to reminisce about, Golda Meir. Ofer Cassif then joins the program to discuss the details surrounding the failed attempt to expel him from the Knesset, the attitudes towards Israel's offensive in Gaza among the broader Israeli public, what, if any investigations into the violence on Oct. 7th are underway regarding potential further implication of IDF soldiers in some of the violence that took place, and how the "judicial reform" efforts of pre-Oct. 7th by Netanyahu and Likud both precipitated current attitudes towards the Israeli offensive and against the people of Gaza. Cassif emphasizes that empathy and support for victims of Oct. 7th at the hands of Hamas doesn't obviate empathy and support for victims in Gaza at the hand of Israeli forces, and highlights how ruthless some of the reactions have been towards families of Israeli hostages who are calling for an extended ceasefire so that their family members can have a chance at safe passage home to Israel, that is to say if they're still alive.

Later, Sam and Emma react to journalists Yuval Abraham and (friend of the show) Basel Adra accepting an award for their documentary at a Berlin film festival, and highlighting the inequities of Israeli society. This, of course, was deemed "anti-semitic" by the mayor of Berlin and Israeli news channels. Closer to home, they take a look at Barnard College outlawing decorations on dorm doors due to similarly spurious charges of "anti-semitism" (this time in the form of a lawsuit by a group of students. The MR Crew then check in on the festivities of CPAC this past weekend, where Megyn Kelly looks on the bright side of anti-semitism on college campuses, and Stephen Miller outlines in gratuitous detail what a 2025 Trump immigration (read: deportation) agenda would really look like. Plus, your calls & IM's!

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:18pm EDT

Happy Monday! Sam is BACK from vacation! He and Emma speak with Ganesh Sitaraman, law professor at Vanderbilt University, to discuss his recent book Why Flying Is Miserable: And How To Fix It. First, Sam and Emma touch on how former President Trump's 2024 campaign is going after handily defeating Nikki Haley in South Carolina on Saturday, and what he is choosing to focus on in order to win back skeptical independent women voters in the suburbs: by, as he does to Fox's Bret Baier, re-litigating the 2020 election of course! They then reflect upon how Trump won't actually need that support because, as he said at a gathering of black conservatives in South Carolina this weekend, black people will vote for him because they know what it's like to be indicted and charged with crimes. After that, Sam and Emma talk to Ganesh and discuss how the system for airlines that began in the 1930's in the U.S. came about, and how it differed and was similar to other public entities like the U.S. Post Office. Ganesh expands upon how Congress struggled with implementation of the airline industry and whether over or under-regulating the industry would lead to too much or not enough competition. Sam asks Ganesh if, as per the Constitution in how it enumerates capabilities for the Post Office, whether lawmakers could have invoked that authority in the Constitution to reflect on air travel, a "Post Office of the skies" if you will. Later, Ganesh gets into how airports and ticket pricing factored into the development of U.S. air travel, and how quality of travel precipitously declined after deregulation took effect on the industry in the late 1970's. This then led to, in the 1980's, many mergers and bankruptcies in the sector, and a return to how the industry was constructed in the 1930's, only without any robust regulations to guardrail anything. Ganesh makes the case for a "public option" for airlines to reinstate some competition as well as to discourage any future bailouts of the industry, as well as why he believes in that option more than re-regulating the industry entirely.

And in the Fun Half, Sam and Emma discuss congressional Republicans and presidential campaigners running away from Alabama's IVF decision, with Florida Rep. Byron Donalds ensuring that he supports IVF for the purpose of "breeding great families," as well as Trump spokesperson Karoline Leavitt refusing to answer whether Trump actually cares about IVF or not (she doesn't know). James Comer tells NewsMax's Rob Schmitt about the "micro piece" (pause) that is now-disgraced FBI informant Alexander Smirnov's testimony about the Biden's dealings in Ukraine, Joe Rogan and Dr. Phil freak out about the NYPD city dancers, and the MR Crew turns to where Joe Rogan, really, goes for his research: Bret Weinstein & Tucker Carlson, solemnly talking about the dissolution of "the West." Plus, your calls & IM's!

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:48pm EDT

It's Casual Friday! Emma speaks with Krystal Ball, host of Breaking Points, to round up the week in news. Then, she is joined by actress and comedian Amanda Seales!

First, Emma runs through updates on Israel’s flattening of Gaza, Israel’s murder of children in the West Bank, US intelligence undermining UNRWA involvement in October 7th, the hope of a ceasefire, and new Russia sanctions, before watching Tommy Tuberville’s confused support for Alabama’s IVF-ban. Krystal Ball then joins, diving right into the recent State Supreme Court decision out of Alabama officially establishing embryos as children and effectively outlawing IVF treatment, exploring the Chief Justice’s insane Biblical defense, how it gives away the game on the right’s end goals with reproductive constrictions, and what it means for reproductive care in Alabama moving forward. Next, Ball and Emma parse through the recent mainstream media coverage of Biden’s age issues and their attempt to convince us of his totally real behind-the-scenes spryness, tackling the role it plays heading into the presidential election, and what to make of the question of voting between someone facilitating a genocide, and someone who definitely would also facilitate a genocide, before briefly assessing the (however slim) possibility of a Kamala Harris candidacy. They then touch on recent news about US intelligence downplaying Israeli evidence of UNRWA participation on October 7th, and what to make of the US’ active facilitation of this genocide in the face of their own intelligence and mass public objection, then wrapping up the interview by touching con Krystal’s recent coverage of Julian Assange’s extradition trial. Amanda Seales then walks through her own experience awakening to the US and Israel’s occupation of Palestine, exploring the relationship as one of the final pillars of US imperialism, mythology, and exceptionalism. Next, they touch on the relationship between Zionism and White Supremacy, with help from anti-immigrant protesters in Tel Aviv, before relating it to the domestic politics in the US and the solidarity between communities marginalized by American Empire.

And in the Fun Half: Emma watches Alabama’s fundamentalist Chief Justice walk through his insane worldview, Rep. Andy Ogles calls for the murder of all Gazan children, and an AI scam in the New Hampshire Democratic Primary comes to light. Shark Tank’s Kevin O’Leary mourns the sanctity of NYC real estate investors after Trump is punished for mere fraud, plus, your IMs!

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Direct download: 2_23_Ball_Seales_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:24pm EDT

It's an EmMajority Report Thursday (of a whole week of EmMajority Reports!)! She speaks with Mark Joseph Stern, senior writer at Slate, to discuss the recent developments of the Supreme Court term. Then, she speaks with Michael Klare, professor of emeritus of peace and world security studies at Hampshire College, to discuss his recent piece in The Nation entitled "Surviving an Era of Pervasive Nuclear Instability." First, Emma runs through updates on the US defense of Israel’s occupation of Palestine in front of the ICJ, the growing death toll in Gaza and its astounding projections, Ro Khana’s visit to Michigan, Biden’s Trumpian executive action on immigration, fascism in Texas, Alabama, and Oklahoma, child labor in the US, and US environmental policy, before diving into updates on the GOP’s impeachment scam (the one against Biden, more specifically). Mark Joseph Stern then joins, diving right into McElrath v. Georgia, a unanimous decision by Justice Kentanji Brown Jackson, exploring the case’s basis in attempting to retry an acquitted man in obvious violation of double jeopardy and looking at how KBJ’s history as a public defender played into her decision. He also tackles a case against a Virginia magnet school’s attempt to incorporate success in underperforming schools into their otherwise race-blind admissions, and Samuel Alito’s attempt to defend anti-gay bigots’ right to discriminate as jurors, before wrapping up with SCOTUS’ likely decision on the Clean Air Act’s Good Neighbor clause, and the devastating impact it could have on the EPA and Ozone regulation. Professor Michael Klare then walks Emma through the recent emergence of China as a nuclear superpower on the global stage, looking at the role of US military expansion in the Indo-Pacific and contentious support for Taiwan in pushing Chinese nuclear expansion. Next, Professor Klare walks through each of the major nuclear flashpoints right now, including Russian-Nato tensions, Taiwan, and the South China Sea, before diving into the status of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s nuclear arsenal, and the precarious nuclear relationship between India and Pakistan. After touching on the US’ potential role in providing nuclear capacities to Saudi Arabia, alongside a broader assessment of nuclear munitions across the globe, Klare explores what to do to make people care about the nuclear threat again.

And in the Fun Half: Emma is joined by Brandon Sutton and Matt Binder as they discuss the intricacies of Madame Web, watch Nancy Pelosi actively affirm Israel’s right to continue the slaughter of Gaza and deny US complicity, while Israel’s Chief Pink Washer celebrates the genocide at a Knesset hearing. Bret Weinstein and Joe Rogan posit their bold theory that AIDS is actually caused more by lifestyle decisions than HIV, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:26pm EDT

It's Hump Day! First, in a pre-taped conversation, Sam speaks with Seth Goldstein, legal counsel for Trader Joe's United & the Amazon Labor Union (ALU), to discuss a recent legal filing by Amazon, Trader Joe's, and SpaceX that alleges that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is unconstitutional. Then, Emma speaks with Dr. Tarek Loubani, associate professor at the University of Western Ontario and leader of the Glia Project, to discuss what is happening on the ground now that hospitals in Gaza are mostly non-operational. First, Emma runs through updates on the US vetoing a UN ceasefire resolution for the THIRD time, Gaza’s dire situation, Ukrainian troops, US sanctions on Russia, Trump’s legal woes, the FBI’s Biden Informant and his foreign connections, SCOTUS attacks, student debt, Starbucks unions, and the murder of a nonbinary child in Oklahoma, before watching Nikki Haley put on her best Hillary Clinton pants(uit) and accuse Trump of Russia-connected authoritarianism. Then, Sam is joined by Sam Goldstein as they dive into the evolution of the legal attacks on the NLRB, beginning with Amazon’s objections to the NLRB’s role in the Amazon Labor Union elections of 2022, and seeing Elon Musk file suit against the NLRB’s constitutionality in the wake of a decision against SpaceX. Next, Goldstein steps back, walking through the establishment of the National Labor Relations Act in 1935 as an attempt to institutionalize the conflict between labor and management in an attempt to somewhat protect workers’ rights, and the near-nonexistent changes in its management (outside of the 1947 Taft-Hartley Act) over the following eight decades, despite the overwhelming changes to the labor market with the rise of Tech and the gig economy. After tackling the history of challenges to its unconstitutionality, Seth walks Sam through the three major planks of SpaceX’s case – namely: the requirement of good cause for Presidents to remove NLRB judges, the Seventh Amendment right to a jury, and the Board’s combination of legislative, judicial, and executive powers. Exploring each point, Goldstein tackles the absurdity of each point within the broader operations of the US government, and the devastating impact the case could have on both the NLRB and the administrative state writ large. After discussing SpaceX’s attempt to keep this legal battle in Texas, Goldstein wraps up with Trader Joe’s similar case coming out of Connecticut, the threat IT poses to the NLRB, and what to expect moving forward. Dr. Tarek Loubani then joins, first parsing through his experience doing humanitarian and medical work in Gaza over the last decade, and touching on his experiences during Gaza’s Great March of Return in 2018, which saw thousands of Gazans shot during peaceful and civil demonstrations against their conditions, including Dr. Loubani himself. Next, Loubani assesses the complete devastation of Gaza’s medical care during Israel’s ongoing ethnic cleansing of the region, with Israel’s active attacks on both medical institutions and medical personnel setting a new standard for depraved warfare, also exploring the harrowing and devastating realities of genocide and apartheid on the ground, from both a medical and broader perspective. Tarek also discusses his experiences at Al-Shifa Hospital, and unpacks the insane claim that Hamas could operate its military out of overpacked and overwhelmed medical centers, before wrapping up by addressing the active culpability and complicity of the West and the need to hold our politicians accountable.

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Direct download: 2_21_Goldstein_Loubani_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:15pm EDT

It's News Day Tuesday! Emma speaks with Bill Deere, director of the Washington office of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), to discuss the ongoing situation with the agency in Gaza. Then, she speaks with Richard Wiles, President of The Center for Climate Integrity (CCI), to discuss the recent report the CCI issued about the plastics industry. First, Emma runs through updates on the UN’s ceasefire vote, the ICJ’s hearings on Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestine, the Knesset’s attempt to expel Ofer Cassif, the decimation of Gaza, the expansion of Israel’s war, Trump’s demanding lead over the GOP, Alabama’s Supreme Court decision to further clamp down on reproductive rights, and West Virginia’s criminalization of librarians, before watching some of the major public actions in Europe ahead of Julia Assange’s extradition trial. Bill Deere then joins, diving right into the history of UNRWA’s founding in the wake of the 1948 Nakba as a “temporary” service to aid Palestinian refugees, that has since taken on a breadth of responsibility to feed, educate, and medicare millions of refugees across Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, the West Bank, and Gaza in the 75 years since, working as a primary healthcare network, an education provider, and the primary humanitarian assistance provider, with little to no development towards an ends to their work. After touching on the overwhelming pressure that faces the 30k workers at UNRWA, Deere and Emma walk through the recent expansion of UNRWA activity in Gaza as Israel’s ethnic cleansing of the region has progressed, made all the more difficult by the devastating conditions and the active obstruction from Israeli demonstrators. Next, Bill briefly walks through the recent allegations of UNRWA involvement in 10/7, including Israel’s refusal to provide UNRWA with the actual proof, UNRWA’s decision to nonetheless fire those allegedly involved, and the international community’s revocation of funding in response, before touching on the devastating impact of that funding, and the ongoing attempts to keep UNRWA operating. Wrapping up, Deere explores the work UNRWA does with the Biden Administration, and what those of us outside of Government and NGOs can do to help. Richard Wiles then dives right into the myth of single-use plastic recycling and the recent revelations around the oil and gas industry’s multi-decade attempt to keep the plastics industry thriving at the expense of humanity. Wiles walks through the failure of the industry to push landfills and incineration as appropriate plastic disposal methods in the mid-1900s due to their obvious environmental impacts, looking to recycling as their answer – despite myriad internal studies that had shown it to be an expensive and wasteful process – presenting public demonstration project after public demonstration project alongside large sums of money to bring state and local governments on board with their bunk science. Wrapping up, Wiles and Emma explore the various legal battles going on in an attempt to hold the industry accountable for their societal harms, and what to expect from them moving forward. Emma also expands on the recent decision out of Alabama to categorize frozen embryos as children.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:45pm EDT

Happy Monday! Emma speaks with Abdul Alkalimat, professor of African American Studies & library and information science at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, to discuss his book The History of Black Studies. First, Emma runs through updates on the rising Gaza death count, the crippling of Nasser Hospital, the expansion of Israel’s ground offensive, Biden issuing another ceasefire veto, another ICJ case, Russia’s recent offensive in Ukraine, Trump’s abortion ban, EV sales, forever chemicals, Wisconsin’s gerrymandering, and Pakistan’s election, before diving into Fox’s coverage of Trump’s recent massive fine from the state of New York. Professor Abdul Alkalimat then joins, diving right into the founding of Black studies in the US over the 1960s and 70s, serving as a professionalization and a manifestation of a long history of Black intellectual tradition and social movements that US higher education and academia all but ignored. Expanding on this, Professor Alkalimat dives into the convergence of disciplines in the creation of Black studies, picking up on the tradition of black intellectual history, and taking advantage of a wide range of subjects in their attempt to best understand and interpret the Black experience. Next, Emma and Abdul tackle the rediscovery of Black intellectual history in the academic context through the creation of Black studies, bringing to light the incredible educational power of social movements – from Black Power and Civil Rights to New Communism and the Women’s Movement – to raise new questions about society and redefine how we thought about race, both domestically and internationally. After walking through his concepts of deficit, difference, and dependency that undergird racism in the US, Professor Alkalimat touches once again on how Black studies works to redefine, recontextualize, and challenge mainstream notions of US and global society, as well as the Black experience itself, before wrapping up the interview with the primary challenges facing the current era in the struggle for Black self-determination. Emma also watches recent statements from Lula da Silva on Israel's ongoing genocide in Gaza with the West's support.

And in the Fun Half: Emma talks with Mitch from Houston about the liberal fatigue seen in response to both the COVID-19 Pandemic and Israel’s ethnic cleansing of Gaza, Hannah from San Diego discusses her experiences with discrimination as a Jewish college student, and NPR and NBC join hands to present Trump’s new, incredibly rational 16-week abortion ban. Tucker Carlson and Ben Shapiro beef over who’s the better fascist when it comes to US support for Israel, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:28pm EDT

It's Casual Friday! Sam and Emma speak with political commentator Olayemi Olurin to round up the week in news. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on the totally natural passing of Alexei Navalny, Israel’s raiding of Nasser hospital in Khan Younis, Israel’s new West Bank settlement program, ceasefire calls from Australia, New Zealand, and Canada, one of the GOP’s countless impeachment shams, student debt relief, US aid to Israel, Amazon joining Elon Musk’s challenge to the NLRB, same-sex marriage in Greece, New York’s redistricting, Donald Trump’s legal woes, and the IRS’ tax filing pilot, before watching Tucker Carlson’s attempt to defend his Putin interview. Olayemi Olurin then joins, diving right into her insight into New York’s ongoing manufactured crises around crime and immigration, particularly from her perspective as a defense attorney. Olurin first looks to the evil of Eric Adams as she explores the roots of these “crises” in the NYC Mayor and the New York Democratic machine, diving into his ongoing attack on bail reform, and how the bail system serves as economic leverage for prosecutors, before touching on the potential ends of the FBI’s investigations into his campaign. Next, Olay walks Sam and Emma through the recent Democratic endorsement of the New York Democrats’ moderate push after Tom Suozzi’s victory in NY-3, looking at the insanity of presenting Long Island politics as “normal,” and tackling Democrats’ insistence on remaining outrageously out of touch with their constituents. She also discusses the tactic of voting for the weakest adversary, before wrapping up the interview by touching on the unsurprising fact of the Democratic Party’s support for Israel.

And in the Fun Half: Emma explores the NYT’s recent kind-hearted coverage of Israel’s (self-proclaimed) fascist West Bank settlers, Caleb from Trenton tackles the pervasion of Nazi propaganda in the US, Guy from Jupiter discusses accountability for exploiters of undocumented labor, and Matt Taibbi continues to struggle with his breakup with Elon Musk, now one-year out. Tucker Carlson marvels at the existence of global capitalism in Russia, Tim Pool rants about how nobody cares about Kristen Stewart or how she looks, and Candace Owens calls women “the new perverts”, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:42pm EDT

It's another EmMajority Report Thursday! She speaks with Premilla Nadasen, professor of history at Barnard College, to discuss her recent book Care: The Highest Stage of Capitalism. Then, she speaks with Hasan Ali, journalist reporting on US foreign policy and South Asian politics, to discuss his recent piece in The Nation entitled "The Unexpected and Uncertain Result of Pakistan’s Elections." First, Emma runs through updates on the IDF’s raid of Al Nasser, the shooting at the Chief’s Super Bowl Parade, Donald Trump’s legal woes, polling coming out of Michigan, the impeachment of Secretary Mayorkas, NY Democrats’ willful ignorance, the Texas National Guard, and Indonesian election results, before watching some commentary from orphaned children in Gaza. Professor Premilla Nadasen then dives right into the role of the pandemic in exposing the massive societal gaps in our appreciation for care work, before stepping back to look at what exactly “care work” entails, and how the industry is framed as necessary and “essential” as laborers receive little to no benefits for their work and no support from the government. Expanding on this, Professor Nadasen walks through the makeup of the industry’s workforce, its evolution after taking off at the onset of the neoliberal era, and the role undermining the welfare state played in maintaining insecurity among marginalized segments of the population, pushing them into the unregulated field of care work. After looking at the hypocrisy this creates – that of forcing women out of their families to take care of the children of the wealthier –   Premilla walks through the importance of supporting care work outside of the marketplace, and wraps up with a brief assessment of the role of social reproduction in care work. Hasan Ali then quickly runs through the political evolution of Imran Khan, from cricket star to military-backed Trumpian populist to politically imprisoned anti-military martyr, working up to the recent mass repression of Khan’s PTI party members ahead of Pakistan’s 2024 election, and the massive attempt by the military to steal the election out of PTI’s grasps. After running through Khan’s antagonistic relationship with the USA and CIA, Ali explores the intense backlash to the military’s attempt to steal the election, and what to expect heading forward if the PTI is truly able to come out as victors.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:33pm EDT

It's Hump Day! Sam speaks with Griffin Ritze, a union organizer at Amazon's largest air hub in Kentucky, Amazon KCVG, and Marcio Rodriguez, a Planeside Ramp worker and member of the Amazon Labor Union-KCVG organizing committee, to discuss their efforts to ratify their constitution and file with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) for a union election. Then, Sam speaks with Dr. Thaer Ahmad, emergency room physician and assistant program director of the Advocate Christ Emergency Medicine Residency Program, to discuss his recent experience volunteering at the Al Nasser Hospital in Khan Younis in the Gaza Strip. First, Sam runs through updates on the GOP finally succeeding in the impeachment of Sec. Mayorkas, Pennsylvania Democrats’ victory, minimum wage legislation, Israel’s siege of Rafah, the US State Department’s weapons “review,” and Pakistani elections, before diving into Tom Suozzi’s victory in the NY-3 special election to replace George Santos. Griffin Ritze then joins, diving right into the major factors behind the beginning of the unionization effort at KCVG, with Amazon cutting benefits amid rising inflation and internal dissent, alongside the labor victory at Amazon JFK-8. After touching on his firing just weeks ago in the lead-up to an election filing, Ritze wraps up by expanding on the major problems with the working conditions at the KCVG Amazon air freight location, and what we can do to support their fight. Dr. Thaer Ahmad then walks through his assessment of the already shaky state of the healthcare system in pre-October 7th Gaza, as well as his relationship to the healthcare system, as a first-generation Palestinian-American doctor, before tackling the extensive effort it took to get into Gaza as a healthcare worker. Next, Dr. Ahmad explores the extreme changes in quality of life in Southern Gaza from his previous experiences providing healthcare, parsing through the impact of mass displacement into Rafah alongside the dwindling number of functioning hospitals in the region creating a system of severely overworked, underfunded, and under-resourced healthcare workers. After looking at the impact of the mass starvation and water scarcity on health, Thaer explores the constant siege on hospitals, even in the south of Gaza, and the clear goal of extending the ethnic cleansing until Gaza is gone, also expanding on the massive impact of the violent occupation on children in Gaza. Wrapping up, Dr. Ahmad dives into the insanity of Israel’s backers revoking aid for UNRWA, the devastating impact of the blockage of aid to Gaza, and the US’ insistence on not going around it, before wrapping up with what we can do to help get humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza.

And in the Fun Half: Sam watches Channel 4 once again confront an Israeli spox. over the lack of evidence around their UNRWA claims, MSNBC tiptoes around addressing the Nakba, and Michael Cohen makes some claims about Trump’s nepotism. Kevin from Detroit highlights the ‘Listen to Michigan’ Campaign to pressure Biden and Democrats over their support for Israeli apartheid, Mo from Texas parses through issues of empathy and healthcare in the US, and Juliet from Portland tackles trans marginalization in queer community. Steve Bannon talks about American apartheid, the MR Crew explores the disappearance of competitive US House districts, and Dana Bash discusses some factors in Tom Suozzi’s victory.

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It's News Day Tuesday! Sam and Emma speak with Luke Goldstein, writing fellow at The American Prospect, to discuss his reporting on the special election being held today in New York's 3rd Congressional District. First, Sam and Emma run through updates into the Senate’s military aid deal, the House GOP’s Mayorkas Impeachment 2.0, flight attendant labor action, Joe Biden’s limp warnings to Israel, inflation, and Kari Lake’s Senate candidacy, before diving into the response to the Senate’s Foreign Aid bill for Ukraine and Israel. Luke Goldstein then joins, diving right into his assessments of NY-3’s special election candidates, walking through Democrat Tom Suozzi’s relationship to Israel-aligned PACs, as well as his relationship to the NY Democratic establishment, and the GOP’s Mazi Pilip’s role as an ex-IDF member with a shady financial past, before focusing in the primary fighting grounds of support for Israel and general conservatism. Stepping back, Goldstein walks through Suozzi’s connections to Jay Jacobs, Chair of the NYS Democratic Committee and head of the NY Dems’ right-wing shift that lost the Democrats the House in 2022, before looking at both Suozzi and Pilip’s desire to separate themselves from their national party leadership, and wrapping up with an assessment of their chances. Sam and Emma also dive into the King of Jordan’s recent appearance alongside Biden, Biden’s insistence on looking weak to everyone, whether it be over immigration or Israel, and conclude the free half by looking at the continuing action in Israel to block aid to Gaza.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma discuss Jon Stewart catching flack from the libs over stating Biden’s age, watch Tucker get repeatedly cucked by Putin, and chat with Lefty Paul Ryan about talking to your lib friends. Femme Shapiro bravely uses her Daily Wire platform to uplift child labor, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:31pm EDT

Happy Monday! Sam and Emma speak with Lainey Newman, research assistant at Harvard Law School, to discuss her recent book Rust Belt Union Blues: Why Working-Class Voters Are Turning Away from the Democratic Party, co-authored with Theda Skocpol. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on Israel’s bombing of the Palestinians taking refuge in Rafah, Biden and Trump’s varying support for war, the election to fill George Santos’ seat, the House GOP goes after Mayorkas… again, Pakistani election results wrap up, and Matt Gaetz’s ethics hearings continue, also touching on Bibi Netanyahu’s recent appearance on Fox News to touch on Israel’s ongoing war against “barbarism” and to save “civilization.” Lainey Newman then joins, diving right into her research methods compiling and analyzing archival, interview, and ethnographic data exploring the political evolution of the Rust Belt’s “union-man” archetype – also touching connection to the region. Next, Newman dives into her exploration of the influence of unions as third places and integral parts of community infrastructure in the Rust Belt, tackling the role they played throughout much of the 20th Century, playing host to community events, local organizing, religious affairs, as well as disseminating important news and political developments, alongside its role as a collective bargaining unit. Moving forward, Lainey walks Sam and Emma through the disappearance of this third-place over the second half of the century, with the collapse of steel regulation and rise of neoliberalism obliterating the union jobs and general population of the Rust Belt, and thus killing the major progressive counterweight to conservative community institutions and third places. After tackling the role of unions in bolstering race relations, and the role the Democratic Party played in the downfall of unionism, Newman wraps up with a quick assessment of union politics heading into the 2024 election.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma dive into the mass ongoing repression of Palestinian sympathies in Israel, Andrew from Chicago explores the future of housing reform in Chicago and beyond, and RFK gets inter-Kennedy pushback over the use of his family’s pictures in a Super Bowl ad. Ehab from Tucson parses through the difficult questions of voting amid Biden’s support for Israel’s genocide – alongside the likelihood of any institutional awareness – Sarah from Chicago explores the influence of Israel’s occupation of Palestine on Islamophobia in the US, and Donald Trump flexes on those parasitic NATO allies we have. Blackwater’s founder decides to weigh in on imperialism, plus, our calls and IMs!

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

It's Casual Friday! Sam and Emma speak with Ryan Grim, D.C. Bureau Chief at The Intercept and co-host of Counter Points, to round up the week in news. First, then run through updates on Israel’s expanding (and failing) assault on Gaza, the White House’s Leahy report, Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, immigration, inflation, and Missouri abortion law, before diving into Biden’s recent highlighting of an admittedly editorialized Special Council report on his handling of classified documents and the state of his memory. Ryan Grim then joins, diving right into his take on the insanity of the recent Special Council report coming out of Merrick Garland’s DOJ, the insanity of Biden’s response, and why it’s kind of his fault anyway, before touching on the other White House report on the Leahy law, and why Biden has not given Netanyahu any reason to stop his genocide. Next, Grim parses through the recent election interference coming out of Pakistan, with the former members of politically imprisoned Imran Khan’s PTI party seemingly having a resounding victory taken away from them through bribery, torture, and intimidation, also touching on his questioning of a State Department spokesperson on the issue, and what to expect from the authoritarian maneuver going forward.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma discuss the right-wing infighting over the recent immigration bill, the insanity of the abuses migrants are facing in the US, and the race for George Santos’ congressional seat. Rickey from San Diego gives some commentary on the various genocide cases against Israel, Ethan from LA discusses Joe Biden and Democrats’ ideological take on the border, and Tony from Baltimore asks some questions about wealth inequality and the housing market, plus, your calls and IMs!

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It's another EmMajority Report Thursday! She speaks with Mark Paul, assistant professor of economics at Rutgers University, to discuss his recent book The Ends of Freedom: Reclaiming America’s Lost Promise of Economic Rights. Then, she speaks with Guillaume Long, former foreign minister of Ecuador and Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR), to discuss his recent piece published Foreign Policy entitled "How a Start-Up Utopia Became a Nightmare for Honduras." First, Emma runs through updates on US military action in Iraq, Bibi’s insistence on continuing his genocide in Gaza, Biden’s attempt to patch things up over that ol’ ethnic cleansing, Biden’s border plan, Trump’s legal battles, Marianne Williamson’s candidacy, climate change, a new report on the incredible success of gender-affirming care, and Bolsonaro’s alleged crimes, also watching Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s incredible speech on the House floor condemning US support for Netanyahu’s genocide. Professor Mark Paul then joins, diving right into the inspiration for his piece on an Economic Bill of Rights (and his economic work as a whole) in seeing the richest nation in history make its citizens suffer through the 2008 financial crisis, both conceptualizing that wealth and why GDP doesn’t present the full picture of a country’s well being under capitalism. Expanding on this, Professor Paul steps back and examines the difference between the negative rights (freedom from X) outlined in the US Constitution, and the positive rights (freedom TO X) that folks like FDR – and some framers – enumerated, and the central importance of promoting freedom – not just protecting it. After walking Sam and Emma through the role of the Civil Rights Movement in carrying forward FDR’s anti-capitalist torch, and touching on the role of the Federal Reserve in abandoning its responsibility to manage employment, Mark Paul tackles the complimentary prongs of a jobs guarantee and a universal basic income, working together to rebalance the labor market and present a genuine choice in how workers contribute to society. Wrapping up, they parse through the more abstract element of what “freedom” can mean and assess how the US still fails to deliver on its negative freedoms. Guillaume Long then runs through a brief explanation of the evolution of Honduran politics in the wake of the 2009 US-supported coup and the decade of authoritarianism that followed, before stepping back to walk through the parallel rise of Honduras’ ZEDEs – special economic development zones that offer near-complete autonomy to corporations over swaths of Honduran territory – despite large backlash from the Honduran public and legal world. After parsing through some of the details of Honduras’ major ZEDEs, and the central role the issue played in the election of leftist Xiomara Castro in 2021, Long walks Emma through the growing efforts against the abuses of corporations, the Western-backed private court that is pushing back, and what to expect as this battle comes to a head.

And in the Fun Half: Emma is joined by Brandon Sutton and Matt Binder as they assess the insanity of Fox’s recent broadcasting of a full assault of a migrant, Armando from Portland dives into the devastation facing young men in Gaza, and Joe Rogan and Aaron Rodgers go full LeBron-Wade as they effortlessly flow between transphobic bigotry, pseudo-anti capitalism, and pure misinformation. Bro Flamingo gives some updates on his union experiences, Tommy Tuberville questions Biden’s mental capacities, the right continues its attack on education, and George Santos gloats about the GOP’s failures in the House, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:54pm EDT

It's Hump Day! Sam and Emma speak with independent journalist Erin Reed, author of the Erin In The Morning newsletter on SubStack, to discuss the state of anti-trans legislation moving its way around the country in 2024. Then, they speak with Margie Mason & Robin McDowell, investigative reporters for the Associated Press, to discuss their recent reporting on prison labor in the United States. And in the Fun Half, Tim Heidecker makes a special appearance! First, Sam and Emma run through updates on the House GOP blowing their majority, Donald Trump’s legal woes, the Nevada election, UAW expansion, Ronna McDaniel, and the IRS, also watching MTG reflect on the recent failures of her and her cohorts. Erin Reed then joins, diving right into the busy 2024 in state-level anti-trans legislation in the US, first parsing through the media’s insistence on emphasizing bigoted and misinformed perspectives – as seen in the New York Times’s recent piece by Pamela Paul – and how the arguments seen in those texts are perfectly reflected in the statehouse hearings in red states. Expanding on this, Reed walks through the major legislative developments in the anti-trans fascism of the US, including Indiana’s school-snitch forms, the plethora of legislation coming out of Missouri and Iowa, and Florida’s Real ID bill, before wrapping up by looking at the major donors behind the GOP’s tactic of all-out transphobia. Margie Mason and Robin McDowell then walk Sam and Emma through their research into the thriving industry of Prison labor in the US, with a particular focus on the agricultural industry and how it presents a clear thread on the US’ evolution from a Slavery economy to the Prison-Industrial Complex. They then look to the Louisiana Angola Prison as a perfect representation of this, literally evolving from a plantation to a prison over Reconstruction, helping them to tackle the role of the 13th Amendment in pushing this development, before parsing through the major labor rights issues involved in prison labor, and how states do (and don’t) regulate it. Wrapping up, Mason and McDowell explore the reactions from major industries and corporations that benefit from prison labor to the growing transparency around the issue, and what changes to look for moving forward.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma are joined by Tim Heidecker as he and Sam put aside their differences in appreciation of the true journalism that the US so lacks today. Expanding on this, they parse through Tim’s in-depth report on Tim Pool’s too-easily digestible content, explore some industry musings on what could be going on behind the scenes at the Compound™, and ponder the likelihood of an FBI infiltration into the TimCast team. Sam and Emma also parse through the unsurprising reports coming out about the dearth of proof in Israel’s claims about UNRWA involvement on October 7th, and have an expansive conversation on Democrats’ (and the media’s) insistence on fully embracing Donald Trump’s framing on the immigration debate. Tucker Carlson and Brett Weinstein ponder gender ideology, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:38pm EDT

It's News Day Tuesday! Sam and Emma speak with journalist Katya Schwenk, to discuss her recent reporting on Boeing published in The Lever. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on Blinken’s visit to the Middle East, Amnesty International’s report on Israel’s murders in the West Bank, the dearth of evidence of actual UNRWA involvement in October 7th, Michigan Democrats’ action against Biden’s Gaza policy, the GOP’s immigration bill fiasco, the Mayorkas impeachment, Harlan Crow’s suspect finances, college student unions, and another corrupt funder of Eric Adams’ mayoral campaign, also parsing through Mayor Abdullah Hammoud of Dearborn, Michigan’s statements on voters’ and Arab-Americans’ issues with Joe Biden. Katya Schwenk then joins, diving right into the most recent Boeing scandal, kicking off this January when the door panel blew out in an Alaska Airlines flight over Portland, and how it put the spotlight back on Boeing’s string of fatal crashes at the end of the 2010s, before briefly touching on the (nonexistent) role DEI played in these malfunctioning. Stepping back, Schwenk dives into Boeing’s launch of a new Max 737 in 2018 despite internal awareness of various software issues, the company’s skirting of certain federal regulations, and their eventual (minimal) fraud charges from Trump’s DOJ during his final weeks in office, also exploring the DOJ’s eventual agreement to drop charges if the company met compliance over the next three years – a period that ended just two days after the recent Alaska Airlines emergency landing. Expanding on this, Katya looks at the reassessment of this deal between Boeing and the US Government, and whether the obvious continuation of Boeing’s unregulated production issues will be called into question, or if the US will continue to allow a major US company to skirt regulation, before wrapping up, by walking Sam and Emma through the major financial success of Boeing. Sam and Emma also dive into the collapse of Biden’s immigration deal with the GOP, and parse through each side of the bipartisan opposition to the Biden Administration’s “Trump-Era policy.”

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Happy Monday! Sam and Emma speak with Steven Friedman, director of the Centre for the Study of Democracy at the University of Johannesburg, to discuss his recent book Good Jew Bad Jew: Racism, anti-Semitism and the assault on meaning. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on Biden’s strikes on Iraq and Syria, environmental disaster in Los Angeles and Chile, Israel’s assault on Gaza, the DOA US border deal, Biden’s dismal polling, US labor action, Mike Johnson’s Israel aid, and issues in Boeing and Tesla production, before parsing through the Democrats once again choosing to capitulate to far-right policy despite no electoral benefit, with little to no pushback from the US media. Steven Friedman then joins, parsing through the birth of his recent work from the severe backlash to anti-Zionist and anti-racist Jews as “self-hating,” alongside a severe perversion of the concept of anti-Semitism from the hatred of Jews as a people, to a narrow opposition to the apartheid state of Israel, also touching on the growing union between the state of Israel and the biggest celebrity symbols of anti-Semitism. Stepping back, Friedman explores the evolution of Zionism in relation to a largely Europe-based Jewry, with OG Zionists like Theodor Herzl and A.D. Gordon seeing the exclusion of the Jewish people from the European elite as a cultural failing of their people – one that can be solved via the establishment of a Zionist state and thus a Zionist elite. Expanding on this, Friedman walks Sam and Emma through Europe’s perspective on Zionism, with German and British elites highlighting the roles Israel could play in both acting as a European-aligned outpost in the Middle East and as a way to encourage the expulsion of Jews from Europe. Next, Steven back to the establishment of Israel as an attempt by certain people to Europeanize the Jewish people, through a complete embrace of Europe’s fashionable ideologies of nationalism and colonialism, particularly as Jewish discrimination in Europe largely excluded them from these developing regimes, and touches on the nature of the Holocaust as exemplary of the spectrum of humanity with which the West viewed the rest of the world. Wrapping up, Friedman, Sam, and Emma explore the history of the relationship between South Africa and Palestine and what the relationship between democracy and apartheid tells us about Western ideology.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma discuss the impending end of Kyrsten Sinema, watch Jack Posobiec connect the strings on Taylor Swift’s DNC ties, and discuss Connecticut’s new debt cancellation plan. Thomas Friedman returns to the New York Times to remind us of his extraordinary bigotry, John Kirby struggles not to say the obvious regarding US military action in the Middle East, and the MR Crew dives into the “why” of Biden’s attempted immigration deal, plus, your calls and IMs!

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It's Casual Friday! Sam and Emma speak with Jeet Heer, national affairs correspondent for The Nation, to round up the week in news.  First, Sam and Emma run through updates on the US public’s opposition to Israel’s genocide in Gaza, Medicare drug price negotiations, the Child Tax Credit, a US immigration deal, GOP fundraising, Eric Adams’ fundraisers, and the NTA strike, before diving into the absurd coverage of Cori Bush’s ongoing ethics investigation. Jeet Heer then joins, diving right into the complete failure of the US’ supposed attempt to prevent Israel’s genocide in Gaza from becoming a regional conflict, first discussing Jake Sullivan’s pre-October 7th claims touting the Biden Administration’s peace in the region, before touching on Biden’s supposed “behind the scenes” talks with Israel, and the role they play in keeping his Democratic colleagues at bay. Next, they look at Biden’s ongoing attempt to normalize Israel-Saudi Arabia relations, despite that being a primary factor in Hamas’ 10/7 attacks, whether his refusal to return to the Iran Nuclear Deal plays into his belief in Trump’s Abraham Accords, and how the hell this conflict can be seen as any sort of a win for his reelection campaign. Wrapping up, Heer dives into his premonitory coverage of the right-wing’s obsession with Taylor Swift.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma watch House GOP’s members explain why they’re voting for the Mayorkas impeachment, a Texas convoy member explains how Jews are paying Hezbollah to invade the US even though they’re going to attack Synagogues, and Matt from Alberta discusses the chaos of Alberta’s politics under the conservative premiership of Danielle Smith. Eddie from Fort Worth dives into the story of Stetson Kennedy, Jordan Peterson and Ben Shapiro explain why becoming uber-wealthy is pious, actually, and Marjorie Taylor Greene tries to censure Ilhan Omar because of – get this – racism, plus, your calls and IMs!

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It's another EmMajority Report Thursday! She speaks with Dr. Uche Blackstock, emergency physician and former associate professor of emergency medicine at the New York University, to discuss her recent book Legacy: A Black Physician Reckons With Racism In Medicine. Then, she is joined by Ken Klippenstein, investigative reporter at the Intercept, to discuss his recent reporting on the U.S.'s covert military presence in the Middle East. First, Emma runs through updates on the US lawsuit against Biden for funding the genocide in Gaza, the genocide itself, the war’s regional expansion, US economic development, congressional policy, UAW expansion, RFK’s candidacy, and Myanmar’s secret prisons, before watching South Africa’s response to the continuing genocide in Gaza in the face of the ICJ’s ruling, and the complicity of third party states. Doctor Uché Blackstock then dives right into her background growing up within a community of Black physicians, including her mother, to becoming the first Black mother-daughter legacy graduates from Harvard Med, and touches on the impact of her mother’s passing from leukemia – largely influenced by racialized environmental risk factors – in shaping her perspective on health and race. Next, Dr. Blackstock steps back to tackle the history of Black physicians in the US, looking at the decrease in the rate of Black physicians in the US from 1910-2008, and the impact of the Flexner Report on shutting down many of the thriving Black educational medical institutions, pushing Black people away from the profession and the remaining Black physicians involved out of their communities. After touching on the importance of both policy and institutional pressure to support continued medical practice in marginalized communities, Dr. Blackstock walks Emma through the greater context of racial discrimination in medicine beyond the socioeconomic, including the bias experienced interfacing with the healthcare system, and how the industry approaches issues that predominantly impact Black people and communities of color, before wrapping up with the particular impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Black communities. Ken Klippenstein then joins, briefly walking through the recent revelations to the US public of US troop activity in the Middle East, exploring why both the US and the host countries prefer to keep the presence low-key, and why that often results in the US public remaining unaware until personnel are killed. Stepping back, Ken walks Emma through the evolution of the Biden Administration’s transparency on military activity in the region – particularly in the wake of Israel’s siege on Gaza – the role the US is playing in expanding the conflict in Israel, and what to expect from this military presence moving forward.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:09pm EDT

It's Hump Day! And Emma is BACK! Sam and Emma speak with Rena Wong, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) local 663, to discuss the recent strike efforts by grocery workers in Minnesota. Then, they speak with Abby Vesoulis, national politics reporter at Mother Jones, to discuss her recent piece entitled "A Nixon-Era Food Program for Babies and Pregnant People Is Running Out of Cash'. First, Sam runs through updates on US retaliations to the Jordanian drone strikes, House and Senate politics, Elon’s $56 billion bummer, anti-trans legislation in Florida and Utah, DOJ proceedings against Cory Bush, Sinema’s fundraising downfall, Trump’s legal expenditures, and corporate awareness about climate change, before touching on Larry Kudlow and Marjorie Taylor Greene’s pitch to the Fox audience on the impeachment of Secretary Mayorkas. Rena Wong then joins, diving right into the role of UFCW Local 663 in representing many of Minneapolis’ essential workers, and the major issues facing their treatment at the hands of their employers. Wong begins by walking through the major transformations that 663 underwent over 2023, pushed by blatant disrespect from the corporations and their proposals that completely ignored the massive sacrifice their workers undertook during the pandemic, and the incredible profits that resulted from it., tackling the issues of payment, cost of living, and inflation, as well as severe and illegal anti-union campaigns from employers. After touching on the major strike actions that Local 663 undertook last year – including one in the lead-up to Christmas – Rena wraps up with the major factors behind the union’s transformation and the central role of unions in providing employees with the tools and strategy to stand up for each other and themselves. Abby Vesoulis then walks through the major role the WIC program plays in providing millions of mothers, infants, and children in the US with proper nutrition, and the incredibly obvious benefit it provides to society, before stepping back to walk through the inner workings of the program, how it connects with mothers and children, and how it uses its funds. After touching on the GOP’s pressures to cut funding for the program, and their successful attempt to delay its funding, Vesoulis wraps up by looking at the devastating impact cuts to the program could have on millions of Americans.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma discuss Israel’s continued desecration of Palestinian civil society in Gaza and beyond, the US and IDF’s poor attempts to defend these actions, and the Israeli government’s complete lack of respect for the life of anyone – even their own hostages. They also touch on the insanity that is Donald Trump’s foreign policy, talk with Joe from Florida about his issues with the program, discuss being pro-Palestine in Europe with a caller, and watch Benny Johnson talk pop-star psyops, plus, your calls and IMs!

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It's News Day Tuesday! But first, Sam speaks with Diana Buttu, Palestinian analyst and former legal advisor to the Palestine Liberation Organization, to discuss the International Court of Justice (ICJ)'s recent ruling in the case South Africa brought against Israel. First, Sam runs through updates on US-Israeli military action in the Middle East, the House GOP, US weapons exports, US labor action, Donald Trump, and French farmers, before admiring Florida Rep. Salazar’s poor politicking and walking through the insanity of the West revoking aid for UNRWA in the wake of the International Court of Justice’s ruling against Israel. Diana Buttu then dives into the ICJ’s recent ruling in South Africa’s genocide case against Israel over their war on Gaza, walking through the decision itself, the makeup of the justices, and why the near-unanimity in their decision is completely unsurprising considering South Africa’s overwhelming evidence, also touching on why the ICJ’s ruling is about as close to a ceasefire charge as we could’ve asked for. After walking Sam through the actual working definition of genocide, and the importance of the third-party obligations under the Genocide Convention and ICJ, Buttu assesses the active culpability of the West in Israel’s genocide, furthered by the recent revoking of funding for UNRWA. Wrapping up, they work through Israel’s response to the ICJ ruling, whether they’ll follow the decision, and what to make of much of the Israeli populace’s uncritical support for the ethnic cleansing of Gaza.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:40pm EDT

Happy Monday! Sam speaks with Wendy Parmet, professor of law, public policy, and urban affairs at Northeastern University, to discuss her recent book Constitutional Contagion: COVID, the Courts, and Public Health. First, Sam runs through updates on the continued expansion of Israel’s war on Gaza, Israel and Co.’s response to the ICJ ruling by cutting funding to UN Aid groups, the Senate immigration deal, the impeachment of Secretary Mayorkas, Donald Trump’s rape case, and Texas’ secession, before parsing through Nancy Pelosi’s recent allegations that pro-Palestine protesters are just Putin-paid propagandists. Wendy Parmet then joins, diving right into the concept of public health policy, how policymakers assess the impact of their work on broader populations, and the concept of Salus populi suprema lex. Stepping back, Professor Parmet walks Sam through the factors that influence US public health policy, and how those have evolved over the last couple of centuries, first looking to the 19th Century US’s defining element of the institution of slavery, before parsing through the public health policy from vaccine mandates to sanitary measures and food quality regulations that thrived on the state and local levels, and the overwhelming belief in the superiority of common (white) welfare to individual rights. Moving into the 1900s, Parmet explores the decision of Jacobson v. Massachusetts which affirmed the state’s right to mandate vaccinations under criminal consequences, how the era’s rampant epidemics influenced the decision, and looks to the impact of WW2 and the New Deal on the understanding of rights, before tackling the evolution of individual, corporate, and religious rights’ supremacy over regulation during the second half of the century. Wendy and Sam then expand on this as they move into the 21st Century, tackling the mass politicization of the courts, the emergence of the Federalist Society, the Roberts Court’s belief in individualism, and the culmination of the GOP’s attack on the administrative state, assessing how these elements served to undermine and gut the state of US public health, coming to a head with the COVID-19 pandemic. Wrapping up, Professor Parmet tackles the current moment in US public health, and the impact of the recent decimation of the US public health system on our already fraying social contract.

And in the Fun Half: Sam admires the GOP disarray caused by Biden completely capitulating to their immigration policy, talks with Ashley from Vermont about the aptly named IRS leaker Charles Littlejohn, Katrina from NoLa discusses being doxxed by Congresspeople (specifically, Majorie Taylor Greene), and Sean from Washington highlights the pro-Palestinian organizing going on in the NEA and AFT. Sam also highlights the insanity of the GOP going all-in on this bogus Texas secession schtick, Matt from South Texas discusses Texas, and Greta from Upstate NY explores the problems of voting for Biden. Matt Schlapp ponders the horrors of a world where he's held accountable, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:16pm EDT

It's Casual Friday! Sam and Emma speak with Heather Digby Parton, contributing writer at Salon.com and proprietor of the blog Hullabaloo, to round up the week in news. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on the International Court of Justice’s decision in South Africa’s genocide case against Israel, Biden’s cratering popularity, Trump’s torpedoing of an immigration deal, Biden’s environmental policy, Matt Gaetz’s ethics investigation, Texas’ secession, and Gov. Whitmer’s Michigan policy, before parsing through South Africa and others’ initial reactions to the ICJ’s provisional decisions made against Israel. Digby then joins, diving right into the devolution of Donald Trump over Biden’s presidency, tackling mainstream media’s hesitancy to cover it, and Nikki Haley’s successful undermining of Trump’s status within the GOP, despite his continual cucking of every other GOP candidate. Next, Digby, Emma, and Sam assess Biden’s irrational commitment to the ideology of Bibi Netanyahu, before wrapping up with the likely sacrifice of Mike Johnson, and the chaos brewing between the GOP and the federal government with Texas’ refusal of direct SCOTUS orders.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma parse through the specifics of the ICJ’s provisional orders to Israel, whether Israel will even abide by them, and how the decision provides a chance to reframe the conversation around the genocide in the West, also touching on some fake reports that came out of Israel in the wake of 10/7. Next, they look down south as they watch Ken Paxton attempt to defend Texas’ independent control over the border, with other GOP Governors toeing the line between supporting fascism and not violating the Constitution. Tim Pool gets mad that his guests keep threatening violence, and Peter Navarro gets sentenced, plus, your IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:39pm EDT

It's another EmMajority Report Thursday! She speaks with Juliet Hooker, professor of political science at Brown University, to discuss her recent book Black Grief/White Grievance: The Politics Of Loss. Then, she speaks with Zachary Foster, proprietor of the website Palestine Nexus, to discuss the events on the ground in Israel and Gaza. First, Emma runs through updates on the UAW’s endorsement of Joe Biden, Israel’s siege on Gaza, the ICJ’s impending decision on Israel’s genocide, Senate and House politics, GOP fascism, and an Argentinian general strike, before parsing through Greg Abbott’s standoff with the US government, Joe Biden, and the Supreme Court over border control, and Joe Biden’s incredible willingness to capitulate. Julie Hooker then joins, diving right into her discussion of grief and grievance, and what distinguishes the pain and loss suffered under oppression, from the self-victimization and feelings of loss felt by the oppressor as equality, using moments like January 6th and the Black Lives Matter movement to contextualize this within US politics, and to highlight the grave danger to democracy that is White grievance. Next, Professor Hooker steps back and explores how Black people – largely women – are the ones forced to defend against the threat of White grievance to democracy, such as the fights for enfranchisement, student loan relief, and more. Zachary Foster then dives into his work at Palestine Nexus, and the central importance of preserving Palestinian history and culture in a world that is constantly seeking to silence and destroy it. Next, Foster steps back and walks Emma through the evolution of Palestinian identity, with documents both within the Arab world and the West referring to the Palestinian people and land as such beginning in the late 19th Century, well before the establishment of Israel, and solidly as a pre-Zionist identity. Foster and Emma then walk through the evolution of the Zionist project and its impact on the Palestinian people, with a minimal presence through the turn of the century and into the 1900s, only for the end of the British mandate and the rise of Hitler in Germany to fast track the self-proclaimed settler-colonial project. Expanding on this, Foster tackles the influence of European nationalism (and the exclusion of Jews from this process) on both forcing Zionist emigration from Europe and inspiring the settler-colonial tactics that followed, seeing the ethnic cleansing of some 750k Palestinians at the onset of the Nakba in 1948, and continuing throughout the next few years, before looking to the 1967 war, and Israel’s resulting occupation of the West Bank, Gaza, and the Golan Heights. After summarizing the ongoing occupation as a 56-year process of expulsion, land confiscation, destruction of infrastructure, and active disenfranchisement, Zachary and Emma wrap up the interview by looking at South Africa’s ICJ case against Israel, and the Zionist project’s absurdly narrow attempt to redefine genocide.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:11pm EDT

It's Hump Day! Sam and Emma speak with KJ Boyle, research assistant with The Revolving Door Project, to discuss his recent piece in The New Republic entitled "Donald Trump Is No Friend to the Working Class." Then, they speak with Prem Thakker, politics reporter at The Intercept, to discuss his recent reporting on the use of chemical weapons on pro-Palestine demonstrators at Columbia University. And THEN, they are joined by David Bedar, history teacher and member of the Newton Teacher's Association (NTA), to discuss the teacher's union ongoing strike efforts. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on Donald Trump’s New Hampshire win, US strikes on Yemen and Iraq, fracturing among the House and Senate GOP, mass layoffs, Sweden’s NATO pitch, Ukraine’s defensive, and US abortion travel bans, before parsing through Nikki Haley’s response to her concrete loss in New Hampshire and Donald Trump’s response to her. KJ Boyle then joins, diving right into his assessment of the incredible flourishing of the US labor movement under President Biden – particularly coming out of Donald Trump’s administration – despite some pushback. Boyle tackles Donald Trump’s very typical GOP approach to the labor wing of his administration, appointing CEOs and union-busting lawyers to the DOL and NLRB, before stepping back to assess Biden’s appointments in Jennifer Abruzzo at the NLRB, and Julie Su as Secretary of Labor, and their importance in pushing us towards a return to the Joy Silk doctrine, and a re-establishment of US labor rights. Prem Thakker, next, walks Sam and Emma through Columbia University’s long history of student activism and divestment campaigns, beyond and including Israel, before running through a briefer summary of the recent developments on Columbia’s campus in the wake of October 7th, which have seen the disbanding of multiple pro-Palestinian student organizations and the rampant discrimination and harassment of Palestinian students and allies. Thakker wraps up with the recent attack on a Colombia protest by alleged Zionist students, and Colombia’s refusal to address the incident without extreme pressure. David Bedar joins from the picket line in Newton, MA, as he walks through the basis for the NTA’s strike in the city and the Mayor’s complete mismanagement of the education sector, from underfunding and understaffing to poor pay and absurdly poor family policy, before wrapping up the show by walking through the incredibly important role of the Newton community and alumni network in standing with the Teachers’ association, and what those of us outside of the community can do to help.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma discuss Jimmy Dore’s new alchemical grift (it’s just Silver Hawkery), Donald Trump shouts out Q in the year 2024 (and it works), and Nikki Haley’s subdued performance among the best possible electorate for her. Barbara Lee kills her debate response to Adam Schiff over calls for a ceasefire, the MR Crew watches another Israeli dissident speak out against their country’s failures and abuses, and Charlie Kirk downgrades his bigotry to purely speculative. Fox calls out the “media training” of the “Vice President” and the super mean statements by “snowflake” AOC, and the MR Crew walks through developments in the Child Tax Credit, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:46pm EDT

 

It's News Day Tuesday! Sam and Emma break down the biggest headlines of the day. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on Donald Trump’s widening lead heading into the New Hampshire primaries, the Supreme Court’s decision on the Supremacy clause and Texas’ border policy, Israel’s ongoing genocide in Gaza, the US and UK’s continuing strikes against Yemen, the US’ growing labor consciousness, Senate policy, and developments in the US tax game, before watching Nikki Haley hold those darn Media Trumpers accountable on Fox and Friends. Next, they parse through Shawn Fain’s recent statements calling for preparations for a General Strike in 2028 (with an apt callback to the Reagan era), and explore the Democrats’ minimal gains from their ongoing capitulation to the GOP’s radical immigration policy. Next, they get into updates out of Gaza, including Israel’s complete decimation of Gaza’s infrastructure and cultural institutions, their flailing military campaign, and why the American people are so “obsessed” with this issue, also touching on Netanyahu’s ongoing battle with the families of Israeli hostages. Wrapping up, Sam and Emma tackle Biden and the UK’s ongoing battle with the Yemeni Houthis, the absurd and destructive futility of the tactic, and tackle Israel’s recent meeting with the EU over their plans for a prison island for Palestinians.

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Direct download: 1_23_News_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:38pm EDT

Happy Monday! Sam and Emma speak with Elie Mystal, justice correspondent at The Nation, to discuss the oral arguments that took place at the Supreme Court last week for Loper Bright Enterprises v. Raimondo. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on DeSantis putting a dunce hat on his dunce hat, Netanyahu healthily surviving a no-confidence vote, the growing death toll in Gaza, the US’ “totally not a war” in Yemen, Donald Trump’s widening lead over Nikki Haley, auto union organizing, House tax policy, and Mike Johnson’s speakership, before reflecting on DeSantis’ evolution from Trump fanatic, to Trump heretic, to Trump cuck. Elie Mystal then dives right into the history of SCOTUS’ Chevron Doctrine, with the right championing in the 1980s as Reagan attempted to use his cabinet to cripple the relatively nascent administrative state, and the unanimous decision by the Court to delegate the reading of administrative law to the experts in the agencies, rather than allowing for themselves and lower court judges to dictate the meaning of all legislation. After briefly running through this decision’s relationship to the budding institution of the modern administrative state, and why – despite the conservative origin of the case – it is hugely important for the functioning of government and democracy as a whole, Mystal tackles the massive role the Chevron Doctrine has played since it was established in 1984, deciding some 17,000 cases, and the complete legal chaos that would be caused by overturning it. Elie and Emma also touch on the asymmetrical nature of this fight – with the difficulty of governance further inflamed by the ease of obstruction – and parse through the various ideological stances of the conservative Supreme Court justices that are likely to decide this case, before wrapping up with the future of the fight for the administrative state, why it might lie (unfortunately) in Congress.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma watch Tim Scott campaign in the streets and the sheets for the Vice Presidency, parse through the continuing evolution of Israel’s genocide in Gaza, and the Biden Administration’s refusal to acknowledge the rhetoric coming out of the Israeli government. Michigan voters parse through their major issues with Biden ahead of 2024, Jeffrey from Memphis discusses voting in his first election, and Sam from Portland dives into his city’s housing crisis. Donald Trump basks in DeSantis’ failure, the MR Crew discusses the harrowing impact of the US’ growing abortion bans, Tim Pool blows his chance with Trump Jr., and Sarah from Newton explores the ongoing Newton teachers’ strike. Jeff from Iowa inspires a long conversation on the electoral college and the politics of voting, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 1_22_Mystal_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:13pm EDT

It's another EmMajority Report Thursday. She speaks with Marco Fonseca, instructor in Latin American and International Studies at the York University's Glendon campus, to discuss the circumstances surrounding new Guatemalan president Arévalo's swearing-in. Then, she speaks with Minneapolis City Councilmember Robin Wonsley, to discuss her upcoming goals for her 2nd term in office and her support of a ceasefire resolution that's in front of the council. First, Emma runs through updates on the US striking Yemen for the fourth time, Pakistan’s military response to Iran, Israel’s continuing devastation of Gaza, the politics of the US Senate, Hakeem Jeffries’ defense of Summer Lee, and SCOTUS’ challenge of the Chevron Doctrine, before watching Anthony Blinken ponder the passive tragedy of the ongoing genocide in Gaza. Marco Fonseca then dives right into Bernardo Arévalo de Leon finally assuming the office of the Guatemalan presidency, first walking through his role in Semilla – a party born out of Guatemala’s 2015 anti-corruption protests – and as the son of Juan Jose Arévalo – Guatemala’s first democratically elected president and social and labor icon. Professor Fonseca then steps back to look at the long period of corrupt right-wing rule that proceeded the election of Bernardo Arévalo, beginning in the early 1990s under President Álvaro Arzú with the rise of the “Pact of the Corrupt” in Congress establishing the dominance of the militant neoliberal political class, moving through the 2014-15 revelations by CICIG about the deep corruption in the government and the following backlash that birthed Semilla, and wrapping up the story with the regressive Presidency of Jimmy Morales and Alejandro Giammettei’s failures during COVID. After briefly running through Bernardo Arévalo’s incredible candidacy, Marco gets into the massive political project from the establishment to stop him from assuming office, beginning in September of 2023 with the Public Ministry pushing an attempt to undermine the election authorities and annul the results, and continuing until a surprising move by the US to speak out against the overwhelming corruption in Guatemalan politics. Wrapping up, Fonseca tackles the ultimate swearing-in of Arévalo and the central role of indigenous organizers in making that happen. Robin Wonsley, Minneapolis City Councilmember, then jumps right into her political and organizing background, from the inspiration found in the material conditions of Minneapolis, through the Occupy and BLM movements, and culminating in the George Floyd protests in 2020, the year before her election. Expanding on this, she discusses the importance of political representation that fights for and with community organizers, particularly when it comes to combating political disaffection in a city dominated by a neoliberal establishment. Wrapping up, Councilmember Wonsley walks through the biggest fights she’s had in her first term in the council, from labor policy supporting ride-share drivers to climate change policy and rent control, as she runs for reelection.

And in the Fun Half: Emma is joined by Brandon Sutton and Matt Binder as they dive deep into an Israeli Spokesperson’s appearance on Channel 4 news, and the insistence of the Pro-Israeli establishment on refusing to acknowledge look at context that isn’t “October 7th” or the Holocaust, even when the topic is decades-long apartheid rule and an ongoing genocide. Flower Bro from San Fransisco calls in to chat third-party voting, the MR Crew admires the merchandising of the Trump Fan Art community, and Ron DeSantis continues to ride the anti-woke ripple, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:23pm EDT

 

It's Hump Day! Sam and Emma speak with Joseph Jewell, professor and department head of black studies at the University of Illinois Chicago, to discuss his recent book White Man’s Work: Race and Middle-Class Mobility into the Progressive Era.

First, Sam and Emma run through updates on the Senate voting down Bernie’s call for releasing data on Israeli human rights violations, Hamas negotiations, devastation in Gaza, Iran’s strike on Pakistan, Biden’s redesignation of the Houthis as a terror group, the Chevron doctrine, the Child Tax Credit, the Jet Blue-Spirit merger, growing child labor issues in the US, and Trump’s newest court appearance, also parsing through the developments in the GOP primary coming out of the Iowa caucuses. Joseph Jewell then dives right into his work on the evolution of the race-class nexus in 19th Century America, and the continuing impact of these developments today, including the role of freed black men in Atlanta, Tejano police officers in San Antonio, and Chinese immigration workers in San Fransisco. Professor Jewell then looks to post-Civil War Atlanta, walking through the concentration of former slaves in manual labor and agriculture, and the impact on their freedom – alongside reconstruction’s social policies – in disrupting this racialized labor construction, with a particular impact in funneling Black men into federal work, including the postal service. Expanding on this, Professor Jewell walks through the following evolution of the reconception of these racialized labor stereotypes, restructuring around questioning the role of African Americans in Federal jobs and the trust they can hold in positions with important social functions. Next, Joseph walks Sam through the story of Tejano police officers in the San Antonio police forces over the 1800s, with the repeated blurring and brightening of the lines of whiteness and Tejano identity, with these officers serving an important role in rounding up Black and brown criminals, a quality which took on even more importance post-Civil War, despite rarely holding any power in the department. Expanding on this, they tackle the use of drug stereotypes in pushing back on the growing role of Tejanos in the public workforce, with a specific emphasis on the role of alcohol in Tejano communities. Professor Jewell then looks to the Bay Area and the role of Chinese-American workers – largely as Chinese translators – in US immigration offices, exploring the similar parallels in reframing the conversation around a stereotype that undermines trust in these non-white races to perform honestly in a white political system, emphasized in the firing of one Richard Williams, before wrapping up with the lasting legacy of each of these stories on the modern relationship between class and race in the US.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma watch Bassem Youssef school PBD2 on the facts around the ethnic cleansing and genocide of Gaza, listen to Palestinian filmmaker Bisan Owda ask “what would you do,” and parse through the Biden Administration’s inhumane and unconditional support for Israel’s genocidal aims. Taylor Swift drives the right insane by having political opinions, Sam from Baltimore dives into the Maryland Senate race, and Patrick from Buffalo discusses global warming. Amber from Northern VA discusses the Democrat-GOP gulf on Trans issues and how to grapple with that when organizing, Malika from Raleigh gives her take on the obsession with youth politics, and the MR Crew chats about the shortcomings of the “voting privilege” conversation, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:35pm EDT

It's News Day Tuesday! The MR Crew is back from the long weekend! They speak with Dave Weigel, author of the "Americana" newsletter at Semafor, to break down the results from last night's Iowa Republican Caucus.

 First, Sam runs through updates on the expanding conflict in the Middle East, the massive pro-Palestine demonstrations across the globe this weekend, Israel’s ongoing assault on Gaza, Biden’s reelection campaign, congressional policy, and Texas’ expanding domination over US border policy, plus, Vivek is cake, and Ron DeSantis is humiliated coming out of the Iowa caucus. Dave Weigel then joins, jumping right into his experience at yesterday’s Iowa caucus and how the media presented Donald Trump’s decisive win. Weigel then looks to second place, as he walks through what the Iowa results mean for Ron DeSantis’ continuing struggle, voter turnout, and what the small gap between DeSantis and Nikki Haley in third shows about the right’s general lackluster feel for non-Trump candidates. Expanding on this, Dave and Sam preview the upcoming New Hampshire primary, looking at the vast differences between the two electorates, the importance of the race as an inevitable Haley home loss looms in the next primary, and how the Democrats are organizing around it. Next, they discuss Biden’s complete capitulation to a dwindling GOP majority in the House on Immigration, why it will do nothing to win him any votes, and everything to let Republicans define the debate, before wrapping up with how Biden’s support for Israel is dampening the minimal excitement for his campaign that exists. Sam expands on this as he parses through Texas’ recent move to block Border Patrol from rescuing migrants crossing the Rio Grande, resulting in the death of a mother and two kids, before touching on the regionalization of Israel’s war on Gaza, and the Biden Administration’s insistence on maintaining the obvious Kabuki theater around pressuring Israel to not do a genocide.

And in the Fun Half: Sam explores recent polling on US citizens’ preference between a functioning democracy and an economy, a caller asks about swaying his pro-Israel parents, and thought-leaders Tommy Tuberville and Larry Kudlow discuss the hoax of Climate Change, which is a very real threat from China. Christian from Grand Rapids discusses mobilizing for electoral issues, Matt Walsh talks about the absurdity of scientists being able to do science, the Sunrise movement meets Donald Trump, and Marty from the Amish Country walks through his experience at this weekend’s march for Palestine in DC and his thoughts on the Cop City-IDF connection. Kowalski from Nebraska dives into the unprecedented horrors of Climate Change, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Happy Martin Luther King Day!  MR's compilation of MLK-related audio returns!

Excerpts include:

-A previously unheard speech from MLK on reparations, white economic anxiety and guaranteed income

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

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

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

-Walter Cronkite reporting King’s assassination in 1968.

-Nina Simone performing the song “Why?” live, 3 days following MLK’s assassination at the Westbury Music Fair on Long Island in April 1968.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:41pm EDT

It's Casual Friday! Sam and Emma speak with Osita Nwanevu, contributing editor at the New Republic, to discuss his most recent piece on free speech and to round up the week in news.

Also, David Feldman joins us! First, Sam and Emma run through updates on the US-UK strikes on Houthi targets in Yemen, Israel’s defense at the Hague, Donald Trump’s defense in NYC, Bernie’s new foreign policy resolution, the child tax credit, the mutiny against Mike Johnson, and DeSantis’ DeMoralization, also touching on the right’s idiotic attempt to pin the Boeing crashes on DEI and wokeness. Osita Nwanevu then joins, looking at the US and UK’s recent bombing of Yemen as another theater in Israel’s ever-expanding war on Gaza, also walking through the justifiable political maneuver the Houthis were engaging in, and Biden’s ongoing attempt to undermine his presentation as the stabilizing, empathetic Presidential candidate heading into 2024’s election. Next, they parse through some of South Africa’s early arguments against Israel at the International Court of Justice, with a particular focus on the rhetoric coming out of the Israeli government and military, before wrapping up with an assessment of the US and Biden Administration’s dwindling credibility. David Feldman then joins for some good-natured ribbing, an in-depth analysis of Iowan politics, and an identity crisis, as he pitches his new podcast alongside religious conversion therapy.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma look at some of the early arguments at the ICJ, watch Donald Trump use Biden’s wars to pitch himself as the sane candidate, and Greg Abbott laments his inability to shoot migrants. Laura Ingraham presents her obtuse angle on Biden’s border deal, Matt Walsh isn’t gay, Aaron from LA highlights some labor action coming out of CA, and Marion from Memphis discusses the value of child labor, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:12pm EDT

It's another EmMajority Report Thursday! Emma speaks with Ussama Makdisi, professor of history at the University of California, Berkeley, to discuss the subject matter of his book Age of Coexistence: The Ecumenical Frame and the Making of the Modern Arab World. Then, she speaks with Rune Moller Stahl, assistant professor in political economy at Copenhagen Business School, to discuss his recent piece in Jacobin entitled "Tesla Has Bitten Off More Than It Can Chew by Picking a Fight With Swedish Unions." First, Emma runs through updates on Israel’s ongoing ethnic cleansing of Gaza, the UAW’s expansion, the GOP primary, GOP policy, and GOP politics, before touching on some of the opening statements at the International Court of Justice. Ussama Makdisi then joins, diving right into the deep historical context of the case against Israel at the ICJ, looking first at the roots of Zionism in the 1800s as a response to intense antisemitism in Europe, and as a project that took inspiration from Europe in its nationalist, colonialist solution. Expanding on this, Professor Makdisi explores the prevalence of multi-religious coexistence across the Middle East in that era, particularly between Arabs and Jews, how that extended to Palestine, and the culture of denialism around both pre-Nakba Palestinian culture, and the Nakba itself, before touching on the roots of said issues in the west’s Islamophobia, and antisemitism. After briefly touching on the inspiration Israel takes from the white supremacist regimes of South Africa and Jim Crow USA, Ussama and Emma discuss the establishment of Israel within the context of Europe’s greater colonial project in the Middle East, before wrapping up the interview by touching on South Africa’s case at the ICJ.  Rune Moller Stahl then walks Emma through the evolving multi-industry and multi-national strike against Tesla in the Nordic countries, beginning with Tesla technicians walking off their jobs in demand of a collective agreement, before sympathy strikes swiftly spread across unions throughout Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and Finland. After expanding on the cultural divide between Elon Musk’s anti-union attitude and the Nordic model, Professor Stahl parses through the distinct roles of unions in the United States and Sweden, and how they differ in power, organizing, and action.

And in the Fun Half: Emma is joined by Brandon Sutton as they tackle John Fetterman’s turn as he speaks against South Africa’s case against Israel at the ICJ, Nick from Pittsburgh dives into political organizing in PA, Corey from Indianapolis discusses ZuckNuts, and Donald Trump gives a genuine answer on the GOP’s fanatical pro-life segments. PBD and Co. discuss yoga pants, Gage from Salt Lake City on the lingering presence of 1/6, and Armando in Portland tackles the DEI-Airline conspiracy. Chris Christie gets props from Trump, and it’s not for dropping out, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:59pm EDT

It's Hump Day! Sam speaks with Alex Press, staff writer at Jacobin, to discuss her recent piece entitled "In 2023, the US Working Class Fought Back." Then, they speak with Bill McKibben, contributing writer at The New Yorker and founder of ThirdAct.org, to discuss how 2023 was the hottest year on record. First, Sam runs through updates on Israel’s direct statements of ethnic cleansing in front of Secretary Blinken, Trump’s attempted immunity case, tonight’s GOP debate, the government shutdown, Mayorkas’ potential impeachment, labor action, and free lunch, before listening to Trump’s attorney’s desperation in the face of literally any line of actual legal questioning. Alex Press then joins, diving right into the numbers behind 2023’s labor boom which saw some 500k workers striking – doubling 2022’s numbers (which doubled those of 2021) – with a particular boom in action in the union-sparse private sector. After walking through the influence of the COVID-19 pandemic on inspiring this post-crisis wave of labor action, Press steps back to explore the massive influence of the Chicago Teachers Union strike on the evolution of the US labor world, alongside movements like Occupy, Bernie Sanders’ 2016 campaign, and the 2020 uprisings, in shaping the current organizing movement. Next, Alex and Sam touch on the incredible moves made by the NLRB in 2023 – including Card Check lite – and what they’d like to see from the board moving forward, before wrapping up with her expectations on major strikes (and the influence of Shawn Fain’s UAW) heading into 2024. Then, Bill McKibben and Sam tackle the complete silence following 2023’s record-setting heat numbers, the overwhelming influence of “climate delayers” in US politics, and the fossil fuel industry’s 8-figure ad campaign to keep the US population on their side. After briefly expanding on the growth of both renewable energy and the extreme impacts of climate change in 2023, McKibben dives into the massive growth of US oil production and natural gas, the greenhouse explosion it has been causing, and the pressing need for Biden to make choices beyond the important changes in 2022’s Inflation Reduction Act. Wrapping up, Bill emphasizes the threat of growing US industry and the influence of Big Oil heading into 2024.

And in the Fun Half: Sam watches as Blinken continues to bend the knee to Israel on the world stage, Gideon Levy unpacks the horrors Israel is currently inflicting on Gaza, and Tim Pool goes to bat for Boeing and the private plane industry as they remain under threat by DEI. Tony from California discusses using the blueprint of the Dobbs decision to undermine the right, Elliot from Washington dives into Epic Games’ destruction of Bandcamp, and Tulsi endorses the ‘Free’ Speech of Twitter. Dave Rubin asks if it’s racist to be racist if they’re immigrants, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:15pm EDT

It's News Day Tuesday! Sam and Emma break down the biggest headlines of the day. We'll also be joined by Mark Joseph Stern (@mjs_dc). First, Sam and Emma run through updates on Donald Trump’s ballot appeal, Blinken’s visit to Israel, the mass arrest at Pro-Palestine protests in NYC, GOP infighting and a looming government shutdown, global warming, Nikki Haley’s rise, the battle over Mayorkas, and Twitter’s journalist purge, before diving into Biden supporters’ problematic response to a Pro-Palestine protest. Mark Joseph Stern then joins, diving right into the focus on the 14th Amendment’s Section III in Donald Trump’s ongoing ballot-access case, with both Colorado and Maine citing it for their exclusion of him from both primary and general election ballots, parsing through the details of the clause, and the dependence of a congressional vote to reallow any insurrectionists to run for office. Expanding on this, Stern parses through the various legal (and more likely, political) avenues Trump’s legal team could take, and where the various conservative – yet supposedly originalist – Supreme Court justices might land. Next, they look into the ongoing Supreme Court case around Idaho’s near-total abortion ban, including SCOTUS overturning a stay on the ban, and how the ban weaponizes punitive measures against both doctors and patients. Sam and Emma also cover Mike Johnson’s total ripoff of Kevin McCarthy’s speakership, a new ruling on the gig economy, and Twitter’s most recent round of anti-journalist suspensions.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma tackle the importance of voting this year – with a shout to Olayemi Olurin’s recent video – Missouri’s Secretary of State attempts to turn whataboutism into a legal argument to ban Biden from the ballot, and the crew tackles Israeli politician Ofer Cassif joining South Africa’s case charging Israel with crimes of genocide. Alex Jones, Jimmy Dore, and Eric Adams give their low-level supervillain takes on immigration, and Donald Trump goes on Lindell TV to take down the idea of climate change. Miguel from Arkansas discusses the role of Kamala Harris moving forward, Mel from Texas gives some updates on the evolution of college admissions amidst attacks on higher education, and Jon Does from Tampa and Michigan tackles military service and Biden’s electoral problems, respectively. The Tim Pool compound goes Neverland Ranch, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:58pm EDT

Happy Monday! Sam and Emma speak with Neil Kraus, professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls, to discuss his recent book The Fantasy Economy: Neoliberalism, Inequality, and the Education Reform Movement. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on Israel’s continuing strikes in Lebanon, the growing death count in Gaza, Congress averting a government shutdown and funding wars, Medicare, Wayne LaPierre’s reign over the NRA, and another brewing Boebert scandal, before parsing through the new footage from January 6 (now three years out), and the evolution of the GOP’s attempt to spin it. Neil Kraus then joins, diving right into the fantasy of the neoliberal consensus that has reshaped the economy, and our education system, in the interests of corporations and the wealthy, exploring, in particular, how it has manufactured an antagonistic relationship between the public and our education system. Expanding on this, Professor Kraus tackles the myths that the political class has perpetrated against education, pinning the blame on the system for everything from employment and wages to failing industry, before stepping back to tackle the failures of these myths, and how they obscure the role of general economic conditions. After assessing the neoliberal-libertarian coalition in the attack on public and higher education, Neil, Sam, and Emma discuss whether we are at the end of the neoliberal consensus, and what it will take to swing the political fight over education.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma discuss Donald Trump’s theories on magnets, Obamacare, and the Civil War – each growing in concern – watch Mehdi Hasan’s final sign-off on NBC, and get another British masterclass on the weaponization of white feminism. Brett Weinstein and Dave Rubin discuss the trauma of being blocked by Elon Musk, Cory from Branton breaks Sam’s heart, and Rocko in the UK expands on the implications of insurrection, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:03pm EDT

It's Casual Friday, the first of 2024! Sam and Emma round up the short week in news, joined by Ryan Grim.

First, Sam and Emma run through updates on Israel’s expanding war ambitions, evolving US involvement (and the potential for conditioned aid), the US economy, Elon Musk’s lawsuit against the NLRB, the GOP impeachment bit, and the trillions in untaxed profits among the country’s capitalist, before parsing through the right’s continued commitment to the anti-covid schtick. Ryan Grim then joins, as he reflects on US State Department Spox. Matthew Miller’s response to Grim’s recent questions on South Africa’s suit against Israel over their crimes of genocide in Gaza, and the likelihood of State Department officials becoming implicated, before they step back and walk through the greater basis for South Africa’s case, and where the US' complicity comes into play. Expanding on this, they walk through the cratering opinion of Israel both domestically and internationally, the incredible media bubble that the Israeli population lives under, and the intense sphere of IDF control around any news coming out of Israel or Palestine, before briefly touching on the extent of the political cost Biden is willing to acknowledge (much less respond to). Wrapping up, they tackle the future of GOP Congressional control amid their impeachment proceedings and discuss the ongoing democratic crisis in Pakistan.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:07pm EDT

It's an EmMajority Report Thursday, the first of 2024! She speaks with Dr. Sydney Calkin, senior lecturer in the School of Geography at Queen Mary University in London, to discuss her recent book Abortion Pills Go Global: Reproductive Freedom across Borders. Then, she speaks with Francis Boyle, professor of international law at the University of Illinois, to discuss South Africa filing a case against Israel at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) against Israel over its actions in Gaza.

First, Emma runs through updates on the US taking actions against the Houthis over the conflict in the Red Sea, Israel’s mounting death toll in Gaza, the US’ reaction to South Africa’s charge of Genocide against Israel, the murder of a New Jersey Imam, Ilhan Omar’s attempt to block Saudi and UAE arms sales, the Epstein files, Donald Trump’s corruption, Lina Khan’s FTC, the DOJ vs. Texas, and DeSantis anti-vax administration, before parsing through Joy Reid’s recent interview with a Palestinian American member of the Biden Admin who resigned in protest. Sydney Calkin then joins, diving right into general perceptions of the illegal abortion industry, with generally violent pictures coming to mind, and how that contrasts with the reality of countries where black market access to abortion pills like Mifepristone and Misoprostol allows women to rely on restricted drugs to perform generally safe, at home abortions. Calkin then walks through the role of the abortion pill in a post-Roe v. Wade United States, playing a major role in states both with and without abortion access, before expanding the picture as she looks to the pill’s role in recent reforms in Poland, the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Next, Sydney walks Emma through her particular interest in the illegal cross-border dealing of this drug, before analyzing the central role it played in redefining what abortion could look like, and wrapping up with a quick assessment of the continuing fight for reproductive rights. Francis Boyle then runs through a quick background on the UN’s International Court of Justice and the criminal suit South Africa has brought against Israel over their genocide of Palestinians, exploring his personal history as the first lawyer to win a case on genocide at this court, and why precedent suggests South Africa has a strong chance of winning. After parsing through the difference between the ICJ and the ICC – the latter of which has a history of failing Palestinians – and what this suit means for both Israel and South Africa, Francis and Emma discuss John Kirby’s diminishment of the case, and explore the active complicity of the US government per the ICJ’s statutes. Boyle wraps up with a quick analysis of the relevant legal text and assesses the expected timeframe of the case.

And in the Fun Half: Emma is joined by Brandon Sutton and Matt Binder as they tackle the recently released Epstein documents, including a feature of fan-favorite Alan Dershowitz, watch Pope of the Jews go after President Gay, and listen to Dan from Oceanside discuss the future of Baby Boomer politics. Dave from Jamaica calls in for his takes on Ben Shapiro’s attacks on former Harvard president Claudine Gay, Tim Pool revises Nikki Haley’s Civil War revisionism, and the MR Crew reflects on the absurdity of caring about citation practices as a proxy for genocide, plus, your calls and IMs!

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It's Hump Day! Sam and Emma speak with Trita Parsi, executive vice president at the Quincy Institute, to discuss the state of play in Israel/Gaza nearly 3 months after October 7th. Then, they're joined by Paul Ortiz, professor of history at the University of Florida, to discuss how unions in Florida have been pushing back against Gov. Ron DeSantis's draconian anti-labor policy in the state.

First, Sam and Emma run through updates on the recent attack on Iran’s memorial for General Soleimani that killed 100, Israel’s drone strike in Beirut, Bernie’s call to block additional funding for Israel, the Fed’s case against Menendez, the House GOP’s consolidation around Trump as their majority thins, Texan fascism, and the Ivy president debacle, before parsing through Israel’s absurd escalation of their ongoing conflict to the wider region of the Middle East. After briefly tackling the growing indictments against Senator Bob Menendez, Trita Parsi joins to discuss Israel expanding its offensive to Beirut and Damascus alongside the unclaimed terror attack, all serving to reinforce Israel’s desire to bring this conflict onto the regional stage. Expanding on this, Parsi discusses Israel’s apparent tact of provoking a military response from Iran, or a greater escalation from Hezbollah, and why that hinges on the US’ unconditional support for Israel’s disproportionate responses. Next, Trita, Sam, and Emma parse through what this potential escalation means for direct US military action, including the clear alignment of Houthi attacks on US troops with Israel’s ongoing ethnic cleansing of Gaza, and what it means for Israel’s multi-decade attempt to inspire war between the US and Iran. Wrapping up, Parsi looks at the Biden Administration’s unwavering support for this conflict, and whether there’s any hope for his electoral coalition moving forward. Paul Ortiz then joins, as he walks through the history of the United Faculty of Florida, formed in the 1970s in response to decades of attacks against Floridian educators over criticizing the American right or supporting progressive causes, and contextualizes their current work within the Florida Education Association. After expanding on the ongoing bout of attacks against educational freedom by Ron DeSantis’ administration, with help from Chris Rufo, Ortiz dives into the union’s emphasis on the social justice model of organizing, using community ties and interaction to bolster their intersectional approach to supporting their teachers amid ongoing attacks, before wrapping up with an assessment of UFF’s incredible success in fighting back against fascism, and the hope that lies in the students they support.  

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma watch Israel’s telling response to South Africa initiating a suit against them over crimes of genocide in the International Criminal Court, Michael Knowles pleads with his followers to make Nazi propaganda out of beloved animated children’s characters, and Tim Pool reflects on the pre-Mohammad era of humanity. Aaron Rodgers puts his bad foot in his mouth over the Epstein list, Nick from Michigan discusses pressuring Biden from the left (and the importance of the Democratic primaries in doing so), Aaron from Texas dissects the hypocrisy of Bill Maher, and Nick from Winnepeig on talking with conservatives, plus, your calls and IMs!

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It's the first News Day Tuesday of 2024! The MR Crew is back to catch up on the biggest headlines of the last week. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on Israel’s continuing siege on Gaza, the Israeli government’s open admittance of ethnic cleansing, Biden’s bypassing of Congress in weapons sales to Israel, Biden’s low polling numbers, Donald Trump’s appeal of Colorado’s ballot ban, Kathy Hochul’s veto, the Epstein docs, NLRB rulings, and 2023’s dropping homicide rates, before tackling Trump’s fascist agenda and watching Fox’s take on the GOP nomination if Trump is indicted. After briefly running through the escalation of Israel’s war on Gaza to a regional conflict, they watch Nikki Haley attempt to toe the line between being an overt racist and insinuating the Civil War was about slavery, and Steve Bannon and Jack Posobiac tackle why the far-right won’t ever accept her (she’s a woman). Next, they parse through Biden’s incredibly poor polling numbers heading into 2024, what that means heading into the election, and why an electorally-focused agenda would focus more on economic policy rather than funding a genocide, before parsing through Israeli officials’ recent statements highlighting their overt policy of ethnic cleansing. Wrapping up, the MR team tackles the repressive media bubble inside Israel, the genocidal perspective of the Israeli public, and highlights the recent arrest of Tal Mitnick over his refusal to serve Israel’s genocidal regime.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR! It's the 5th and FINAL day of the Majority Report's Best Ofs of 2023. First, the MR Crew revisit their interview with Ilan Pappe, professor of history at the University of Exeter and Director of the European Centre for Palestine Studies, to discuss the ongoing conflict in Israel and Gaza. Then, comedian David Feldman of The David Feldman Show (or is it?)

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It's day 4 of the Majority Report Best Ofs of 2023! First, the MR Crew revisit their interview with Jane McAlevey, Senior Policy Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley's Labor Center, to discuss her recent book Rules to Win By: Power and Participation in Union Negotiations. Then, Emma revisits her conversation with Camille Rey, a mother of a trans child who left Texas and moved out of state due to Texas's extremely restrictive anti-trans laws. And THEN, H. Jon Benjamin calls into the program to discuss Sam's future with Bob's Burgers.

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It's Day 3 of the Majority Report Best Ofs of 2023! First, the MR Crew revisits their interview Gerald Horne, Professor of History and African American Studies at the University of Houston, to discuss his recent book The Counter-Revolution of 1836: Texas Slavery & Jim Crow and the Roots of U.S. Fascism. And then, they revisit an interview from all the way back in December of 2022 with Adam Hochschild, lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley School of Journalism, to discuss his recent book American Midnight: The Great War, a Violent Peace, and Democracy's Forgotten Crisis.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:38pm EDT

It's Day 2 of the Majority Report's Best Ofs of the year! First, the MR Crew revisit their interview with Clara Mattei, Assistant Professor of Economics at the New School for Social Research, to discuss her recent book The Capital Order: How Economists Invented Austerity and Paved the Way to Fascism. Then, Emma revisits her conversation with Noah Kulwin and Brendan James to discuss the most recent season of the Blowback podcast. And then, comedian Judy Gold, host of the Kill Me Now podcast!

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