The Majority Report with Sam Seder

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The MR Crew join together to commemorate the 2nd anniversary of dear friend and colleague Michael Brooks's passing. They'll be joined to reminisce and remember Michael and his legacy by his sister Lisha, Joshua Kahn RussellWosny Lambre, Bhaskar SunkaraBen Burgis and David Griscom. Emma and Sam dive right into reflecting on Michael’s entrance into their lives and the beauty and humility he brought to them. Lisha then joins as they reflect on the legacy of the Michael Brooks Show, and the power of his words and outlook reaching all the way back to his childhood, and Joshua Kahn Russell calls in from Peru on Michael’s organic interest and ability to connect with people on myriad topics, even if that means mapping Simpson’s characters’ political relationships to the Springfield power plant. After exploring Michael’s rapid and meaningful entrance into his life, Wosny walks through Michael’s incredible grace (even in disagreement) and how that allowed him to open up so many people to his empathy and thoughts. Bhaskar and Sam dive deep into Michael’s ability to create bits that intrinsically hit at his satirical critiques while building entire worlds around them, before expanding on Wosny’s discussion about Michael’s ability to unite critique and care. Ben Burgis walks through his relationship with Michael up until the final TMBS show, and his ability to engage people in topics that had no reason to be engaged with, and David Griscom joins as he and the crew reflect on some of Michael’s most beautiful critiques and the ideas that sympathy is not solidarity and of being ruthless with systems, and kind to individuals. Sam and Emma wrap up the show with kind words from IMers across the MRU.

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

Sam and Emma break down the biggest headlines of the day, from the excess heat on the climate to the lack of heat on Manchin, first diving into Biden’s internal decision on whether or not to declare a climate emergency as Manchin revokes his OWN proposal in the wake of monied interests’ behind-the-scenes discussion, and Chad Meredith, anti-choice judge, being officially dropped from his federal nomination,  and the wave of local news reports (despite how decrepit local news infrastructure has become) on the hindering of reproductive care by medical professionals, requiring a delay of any medical intervention until the life of the child bearer is clearly under threat, resulting in countless stories of gallons of blood loss, serious complications, and more – even in the case of nonviable births. Expanding on this, they address the failure of the Democratic party’s messaging on protecting medical professionals that can provide reproductive care and the institutional barriers to these professionals doing their job without legal repercussions. Emma and Sam also explore the greater theocratic aims of the Republican party, and the quality of the divine judgments of “not being able to carry a viable child,” “being gay or trans,” or “simply having a womb” as standards of criminal justice, and the absurdity of republicans pretending that certain abortions aren’t abortions because they’re good. They wrap up the first half with an expanded conversation on Biden’s efforts to combat climate change, what he can (and largely isn’t going to) do, and the role of reigning back the Supreme Court in actually tackling these issues.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma discuss the beauty of the 1/6 commission likely pushing Trump to announce his presidential run earlier, Biden’s continuously dropping polling as 64% of Democrats want another 2024 candidate, and John Fetterman once again squashing the “centrist Dems win and lefties lose” argument. The crew tackles the upcoming midterm polling, the likelihood of Democrats keeping the Senate and losing the House, and the races to pay attention to. The Secret Service happened to have an institution-wide messaging wipe days after 1/6, a caller asks for Manchin’s stance on inflation and mass military spending, and the UK Rail Strike’s messaging continues to absolutely smack its competition. Dave Rubin bolsters Blaze’s race against the Daily Wire on whose more transphobic, an Oklahoma mayor resigns after months-long homophobic harassment, Jeff from Minneapolis discusses Destiny’s absurd arguments against Sam, and Chris from the Bay Area tosses up some guest suggestions. Jeff from Western Mass talks Democratic strategies of self-immolation, and Jason Rantz excuses AOC’s stature as a leftist woman of color live on Fox, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:23pm EST

Emma hosts Oliver Bullough, author of the Coda Story newsletter, to discuss his recent book Butler to the World: How Britain Became The Servant of Tycoons, Tax Dodgers, Kleptocrats, and Criminals. Emma dives into the official tally of 400 police officers present at Uvalde’s Robb Elementary for the shooting, Rand Paul putting a stop to Biden’s anti-choice judicial nomination, and Ken Klippenstein’s fantastic journalism in discovering the Secret Service’s coverup of texts sent in the wake of 1/6, before getting to the bigger story of this weekend: Manchin (once again) standing directly between Joe Biden’s agenda and the public. Oliver Bullough then joins as he first situates his relationship to Russia, having studied its politics closely since the start of Putin’s reign, and how this provided an intimate perspective on the development of Russia’s extractive regime, bringing him to his realization that behind every oligarch (even beyond Russia) were British-supported offshore locations where their wealth could be protected from the people they took it from. After a discussion on how Russia’s extraction economy came to be after the fall of the Berlin Wall, with the west pushing shock doctrine capitalism and an immediate turn to privatization, Emma and Oliver explore how London’s “democracy” offered Russian oligarchs a way to short circuit the system of needing Russian democracy to protect their wealth, with a similar dynamic also appearing in post-colonial regimes where elites sought to maintain London as their economic center, from India to Nigeria and more. Diving deeper into the lingering tentacles of the British empire, Emma and Oliver explore how former British colonies served each other (and regimes from Russia to China) as offshore tax havens for wealth extraction, tackling the US’ role in it as well, before taking on globalization as a way to circumvent the sovereignty of the “third world.” They wrap up the interview by diving into the state of Britain’s global kleptocracy today, and how it supports oligarchy across the globe.

And in the Fun Half: Emma talks with Sandy from Ontario on Canada’s own attacks on abortion accessibility and acceptability, Jordan Peterson goes all in on nazi-horseshoe theory, claiming trans-affirming surgery to be the same as the non-consensual experimentation by Hitler’s notoriously trans- and homophobic regime, and Emma dives deeper into the state of Murdoch’s TERF-wars. Rob from Jersey explores how Jordan Peterson retained his stature as a legitimate academic, and why that is slowly changing, Elise Stefanic (part of the majority of Republicans that refuse to serve on the 1/6 committee) complains about not being a part of the 1/6 committee, and Miguel from Texas explores liberal republicanism. Chris Coons defends Joe Biden’s visit to MBS, and Brennan from KY gives Emma the official “Leftist Bona Fides” test, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:03pm EST

Sam and Emma host Ryan Grim, DC Bureau Chief at The Intercept, to round up the week in news. Then, they're joined by Matthew Film Guy! First, however, Sam and Emma dive into the Indiana AG’s investigation into the 10 y/o rape victim’s doctor, the Secret Service deleting texts from 1/6, Starbucks Workers United’s new series of complaints to the NLRB, and Joe Biden’s arrival in Saudi Arabia, before diving deeper into the response from GOP Leadership in Ohio and Indiana (and nationally) to immediately question the story of a 10 y/o’s rape, despite its common occurrence in Ohio, before shifting to a “well it's not really an abortion if it’s a child” talking point in the wake of the story’s confirmation. Then, they’re joined by Ryan Grim as they dive into Eric Swalwell’s questioning of Catherine Glenn Foster, CEO and President of Americans United for Life, comparing the right’s rhetoric to that of the Salem Witch trials (whose legal authors happened to have been cited by Justice Alito) in how they define concepts in a way that determines their outcome (if it’s legal it's not abortion, if it’s illegal it is), looking back to Todd Akin’s statements on “legitimate rape” and the immediate backlash he faced in comparison to today’s embrace of fundamentalism. Expanding on this, they take on the tactic of fear-mongering with medical professionals, as seen in the attacks on the 10 y/o’s abortion provider, and how they seek to pretend some reproductive care is legitimate while clearly attempting to eradicate any access to such care, then shifting the conversation to the role of the US media and how ill-fitted it is to respond to this moment, from the Washington Post's Glenn Kessler’s legitimization of the right’s attempts to undermine this story (even though children under 15 receive abortions about once per week in Ohio) to the greater issue of media having no actual access to emerging stories – especially when potential sources are under intense legal pressure to stay silent. Next, they dive into state-level fights to preserve abortion, including Kansas’ attempt to latch on to the “medical freedom” talking point, despite its role in undermining trust in medical care, and look at how this evangelical fundamentalism will continue to target social groups they want to police. Wrapping up the interview they tackle the Democrats’ inability to take responsibility for Manchin and Sinema, both in terms of getting them on board with the party and disciplining them for their departures, and set up what to expect for the upcoming midterm election. The great Matthew Film Guy then joins as he discusses his discovery of the niche early 2000s indie production “Mean Girls,” discusses his ever-burgeoning film projects, and dives into the work of Hou Hsiao-hsien.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma discuss the Biden Administration’s response to Roe being overturned, the importance of Janeane Garofalo, and the threats against Pramila Jayapal that seem to fly under the media’s radar. Tim Pool doesn’t believe the pregnant 10-year-old was raped, Sam and Emma tackle the lie of the “last liberal,” Ben Shapiro’s pretend ignorance of his stochastic terrorism having a genuine impact on the well-being of trans people, and Snooki becomes a central endorsement in the PA Gov race. Plus, your IMs!

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Direct download: 7-15_Grim_Pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:14pm EST

Emma hosts Daniel Laurison, visiting scholar in Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, to discuss his recent book Producing Politics: Inside The Exclusive Campaign World Where the Privileged Few Shape Politics For All of Us. First, Emma dives into Biden’s upcoming trip to Israel and Saudi Arabia and the GOP’s recent offensive against a 10-year-old rape victim’s abortion, from denying the validity of the trauma to coming after the provider – with the AG of both states involved contributing themselves (alongside some help from the Wall Street Journal and Washington Post). Then, Daniel Laurison joins as he and Emma first dive into the topic of political campaigns, reflecting on their first intimate experiences in these spaces and its dissociative nature, before exploring the clear research into on-the-ground fieldwork and its role in campaign success, despite its unglamorous nature. Daniel then discusses what the campaign world holds against this form of organizing, from the neoliberal language of efficiency to the role of the exclusive culture of campaign professionals, and how this builds a stagnancy in strategy on both sides of the establishment aisle. Next, he expands on the bipartisan nature of this campaign institutionalism, looking at the only slight differences in demographics among the two parties’ campaign wings, and the funneling of POC into diversity-specific roles, before they shift to a brief conversation on the roles of the legend of the disaffected suburban voter and party polarization in bolstering this obsession with decades-old messaging tactics. They wrap up the interview by tackling the Democrats’ infatuation with winning voters from the right rather than bringing in the disillusioned and marginalized, and advancing a critique of the party’s fear of stepping away from monied interests. Emma also discusses her take on the NY SD-59 race.

And in the Fun Half: Emma is joined by Brandon and Binder as they cover the assassination of Shinzo Abe, the 1/6 Committee’s piece on Trump-supporting commentators such as Alex Jones and Tim Pool, and Drew from Portland dives into the emergence of militia use in Portland nightlife. Ken from Charleston critiques Matt Huber’s discussion on degrowth, Kowalski from Nebraska covers Sri Lanka’s recent agro-disaster (and the lessons it could teach degrowthers), and Lauren Boebert’s appearance with Steve Bannon to discuss why Ilhan Omar’s clothes oppress her. Greg Gutfeld defends Uvalde Police officers, to the rest of his colleagues’ discomfort, Tucker Carlson comes back around to defending Putin, and H from Boston gets some stuff off his chest, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:15pm EST

Sam and Emma host Daniel Nichanian, editor-in-chief of Bolts Magazine, to discuss big upcoming races at the state and local levels in the run-up to the midterms. Then they are joined by Lupe Rodriguez, executive director for the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice (NLRJ), to discuss the Institute's ongoing efforts to protect abortion care post-Roe. Sam and Emma begin by checking in on day 7 of the Jan. 6th hearings, then move to John Bolton telling Jake Tapper to take it from him: he knows a thing or two about coups d'etat, Jan. 6th wasn't his first go-around. Then Sam and Emma are joined by Daniel, who breaks down some of the biggest inflection points in the state and local races in November when it comes to ballot measures, state supreme court races, statehouse fights, as well as local races in district attorney's offices, county sheriff's offices, county prosecutors and attorneys general's offices around the country, that could affect vulnerable people after the Supreme Court overturned Roe V. Wade.

Sam and Emma are then joined by Lupe to discuss the on-the-ground efforts before AND after Roe was overturned, who will be most adversely affected by this, how the NLRJ is assisting vulnerable people seeking abortion care, what they think about the Biden Administration's response so far to the ruling, and how they will prepare (read: brace) for a potential federal abortion ban in the future if the Congressional chambers and the White House change hands in 2022 and 2024.

And in the Fun Half, the MR Crew discuss another LEFT IS BEST situation arising in Minnesota, Khiara Bridges trouncing another idiot Senator yesterday (shockingly, not Josh Hawley AGAIN), and Sam's second solemn correction of the broadcast: that Hawley didn't appear on Tucker to whine about how Professor Bridges treated him, but that he actually ended up on HANNITY instead. (We regret the error.) Then, they dive into Episode 7 of the Jan. 6th hearings: The One Where All The Crazy Idiots Try And Kill Each Other. Finally, they look at recently leaked video of the disgraceful response by the Uvalde police to the shooting at Robb Elementary. Plus your calls and IM's!

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:44pm EST

Sam and Emma break down the biggest headlines of the week, including Biden’s tardy response to the overturn of Roe and updates on the 1/6 committee. After a quick run-through of Starbucks’ plague of worker solidarity and updates on the BA-5 variant, Sam and Emma explore the corroboration of Hutchinson’s testimony last week, their hopes for this week’s primetime hearing, and whether or not the Democrats will seek to draw a contradiction between them and the GOP or just Ultra-MAGA and everyone else. Next, they look to Biden’s recent signing of the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA), exploring the obscurities around health “exemptions” and the importance of MANDATING intervention with emergency medical conditions as perhaps the only way to ensure reproductive health is appropriately handled, with an emphasis on the whistleblower clause as necessary to protect the doctors, nurses, and health professionals that make these determinations, before looking at how this executive order effectively tackles the bounty laws established in Texas and elsewhere. After tackling the possibility of Democrats advancing any legislation (even non-binding resolutions) that denounces abortion bans and why Joe Manchin still stands in the way of this possibility, Sam and Emma shift over to the announcement that Biden aims to STILL move his anti-choice judicial nominee forwards as they assess what deal could possibly make that worthwhile. Wrapping up the first half, Emma and Sam discuss the greater system of judicial confirmation and how it became so central to our politics over the last decade and a half.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma take a call with Mark from AZ on comparing the bans on assault rifles to bans on alcohol, unfortunately forgetting alcohol is one of the most regulated products on the market and also something people CHOOSE to enter their bodies, Prof. Khiara Bridges absolutely stuns Josh Hawley with the news that dehumanizing people makes for inhumane treatment, and Biden takes hard-hitting questions on gun control like “will you do something?”Jordan Peterson reveals Putin’s secret agenda for the invasion of Ukraine – taking on the WOKE agenda of the US – and Matt Walsh gets stumped by his own question. Brian Kilmeade and the Brownstone Institute cry over the invasion of historical fact into their “sacred spaces” (museums), Devin from New Brunswick explores the role of assimilation in Black and queer communities in the US, and Charles from Brooklyn on comparisons between Dobbs and Dred Scott. Seth from Wyoming discusses the threats of death and sexual assault that comes from living in a conservative town and being an outspoken progressive, plus, your calls and IMs!

 

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

Sam and Emma host Ben Tarnoff, co-founder of Logic Magazine, to discuss his recent book Internet for the People: The Fight For Our Digital Future. First, however, Sam and Emma discuss  Biden’s ever-falling polling numbers, COVID’s new variants, and Biden’s announcement that his admin doesn’t care for pro-choice activists because what they want (abortion access) isn’t what the Democratic party wants. Ben Tarnoff then joins as they dive right into what the internet exactly is, tracking its birth from a pentagon protocol language in the 1970s, through its slow opening up to academia, and into its greater civilianization during the 1990s, exploring the privatization of this era as the National Science Foundation began to shut down its core infrastructure and the government shifts control over this central infrastructure entirely to telecom corporations. Tarnoff then discusses what this privatization actually looked like (rather than the privatization of more physical infrastructure), and analyzes the alternatives of greater public control that were presented at the time, why they were promptly stamped out by the telecoms lobby, and what a core system operated by and for the public would allow in terms of a democratize internet. Next, they get into a deeper conversation on the role of intellectual property in erecting wall gardens around the internet, with folks like Bill Gates leading a fight against the open-source ethics of the early internet and ensuring the only opportunities were privatized one, and why offering a diverse array of open source options for using the internet is necessary for building an accessible area of the internet that isn’t driven by the profit motive. Wrapping up the interview, they expand on the roles of the profit motive and competition in crippling internet access for marginalized communities, and why anti-trust, despite being an important step, seeks to make markets better rather than make sure that they do not matter, and thus cannot be a stand-alone option.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma take a call from a Michigan organizer on the importance of OTG work for state and local elections, particularly with redistricting giving the Democrats a good chance of picking up a seat in the senate, Herschel Walker explores the meteorological pressure systems of “good” and “bad” air, and the crew recaps Tucker Carlson and Glenn Greenwald’s preview of the “vicious fight” against Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover that now has Twitter taking him to court… so that he’ll actually follow through with his bid. Josh from Chicago explores last weekend’s shooting from the perspective of a Highland Park local, Dave from Jamaica discusses breaking Democratic leadership’s obsession with norms, and Jane Doe from the East Coasts offers a warning story of the horrors of inaccessible reproductive care. Donald Trump colludes – I mean CONCLUDES a speech by taking a load off of his supporters’ chests (by load I mean shirt), and Kamala Harris situates the instability of our situation and how to stabilize and situate our current instability. Brandon from Canada talks government, plus, your calls and IMs!
 
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Direct download: 7_11_Tarnoff_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:53pm EST

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It's Casual Friday! Sam and Emma host Alex Pareene, Contributing Editor at the New Republic and proprietor of the AP newsletter on Substack, to round up the week in news. Then Sam and Emma are joined by comedian Lizz Winstead, co-host of the Feminist Buzzkills Live! podcast.

Then Sam and Emma are joined by comedian Lizz Winstead, co-host of the Feminist Buzzkills Live! podcast. First, Emma and Sam touch on Sam’s conversation with Destiny before diving into Gavin Newsome making an astonishingly good policy move, initiating the production of Insulin in California, taking a small step in undermining the dangers of IP in medicine. Then, Alex Pareene joins as they discuss how to get up in the morning, the importance of engaging in local organizing – not just in terms of its greater efficacy, but also with the importance of community support – and expand on Newsome’s insulin policy as a shocking departure from the lack of imagination in the Democratic Party. Next, Alex, Sam, and Emma look to Biden’s recent executive action on reproductive rights, and how it perfectly aligns with the Democratic Party’s inability to take actions that don’t tiptoe around the issues at hand, doing nothing to genuinely secure the right to reproductive healthcare, and instead focusing on how they can use this rollback of rights to secure votes, despite giving us no idea of why voting for them will help our rights. Diving deeper into liberal impotency, they discuss Biden and Democratic Leadership’s refusal to do anything but follow precedent as the right completely obliterates any precedent that comes in their way, with their commitment to the consultant class only giving rise to the term “ultra-maga” to fight back, all while still attempting to make bipartisan agreements with the “respectable” side of a fundamentalist party. They wrap up the interview by looking forward to the upcoming midterms, the impact Dobbs might have on it, and whether Democrats will finally remember that things other than federal elections matter. Then, Lizz Winstead joins as she dives into her work with the Abortion Access Front, centering both practical and medical support funds and the importance of engaging people in their own capacities to both keep them activated and address the countless areas of action that are needed. They also discuss the idea of the right’s cruelty being fundamental to their agenda, the flaccidity of Democrats’ arguments on “exemptions,” and the importance of uplifting the stories of actual people facing intense oppression and marginalization.

And in the Fun Half: Emma and Sam dive into the EU’s recent condemnation of the SCOTUS’ overturn of Roe v Wade, the Brits absolutely nail Boris’ exit music, and Jack from GA critiques Sam’s claims on US Plutocracy. Sam reviews his debate with Destiny last night and the revelation that his opponent truly had no idea what he was talking about, Fox and Friends discuss how Boris Johnson lost the trust of the UK (his GLOBALIST tactics of ISOLATIONISM), and Sam and Emma admire Ron Johnson even thinking he would have time to run an ad that refers to a specific “most recent mass shooting.” OK Gov Stick speaks on the probable cause of CRT in a Tulsa classroom (god knows that city has no history of issues with race relations), Dore reminds us that the true oppressed class is Christians, who totally have no political power right now (especially on the Supreme Court), and Vaughn from Wisconsin discussion institutionalism in law schools. Plus, your calls and IMs!

 

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Direct download: 7_8_Pareene_Winstead_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00pm EST

Emma hosts Matt Huber, professor of Geography at Syracuse University, to discuss his recent book Climate Change As Class War: Building Socialism On A Warming Planet.

Fun Half Link: https://youtu.be/7VBSIZSyn7o

First, Emma walks through updates on Boris Johnson’s official resignation, the police’s response to their role in the Highland Park shooter acquiring his gun, Biden’s anti-abortion judicial nom having been delayed due to… the overturn of Roe v. Wade, and another Robb Elementary teachers speaking out on the Texas police response (or lack thereof). Then, Matt Huber joins as he and Emma dive right into this conflict between systemic critiques and critiques on individual consumption, looking at the former as a straightforward critique that looks to those in control of production, rather than one that dances around capitalism’s inherent issues by deputizing the professional-managerial class to police the carbon footprints of themselves and others. After expanding on the role of free-market ideology in promoting the idea that we, the consumers, shape production – rather than the people that control production – Emma and Matt dive deeper into the climate activism found in the PMC and how this hyper-educated class attempts to marshall their credentials for advantages in the labor market, calling out the right’s roles in the “lies” and “denial” in popular discourse, rather than how they (and the Democrats) sanction fossil fuel extraction for profit (and thus avoiding the easy solution of nationalizing the energy industries). Next, Huber walks through the different archetypes of PMC climate activists, and their individualist, self-centered tactics, before they wrap up the interview by tackling the importance of deindustrialization that is led by industrial workers, and discussing the pros and cons of a degrowth mindset.

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Direct download: 7_7_-_Huber_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:40pm EST

Sam and Emma host Aaron Kleinman, director of research for the States Project at Future Now to discuss how Roe V. Wade being overturned is affecting fights for state legislatures around the country. Then, they are joined by Trita Parsi, Executive Vice President at the Quincy Institute, to discuss the Biden Administration's positioning towards Iran.
 

 First, Sam and Emma dive into updates from this weekend’s Highland Park shooting, Boris Johnson’s looming resignation in the UK, and Mississippi’s failed attempt to reign in their trigger laws at the hands of a trial that was anything but secular. Then, Aaron Kleinman joins to walk through what the States Project is, and how it is working at the state level to secure the individual rights under attack from the rights with a particular focus on its role in securing reproductive rights. Next, Kleinman walks through the biggest statehouse and state senate races across the battleground states, starting with the single-seat that is keeping Arizona under unfettered Republican control, and Maine’s role, despite the reemergence of LePage, in leading the way for the most progressive agendas across the country. They also discuss the electoral mapping changes that have pushed back against minoritarian control in Michigan and Pennsylvania (which is especially important in the latter state with the GOP’s Theocratic Governor candidate), and explore the possible success in undermining wholesale Republican control in North Carolina and Nebraska, before wrapping up by diving into the action and organizing from the States Project and how we can support THEIR support of grassroots gubernatorial and state-based campaigns. Trita Parsi then joins as they dive into what the JCPOA was, its particular focus on hindering future nuclear developments, how it crumbled under Trump and why nobody else stepped in to prop it up. Expanding on this, they discuss how Biden, despite every campaign promise, has stayed in lockstep with Trump and demanded updated negotiations, before they conclude their interview by clarifying the role and theory behind the Abraham Accords in contrast with the Baghdad Dialogue, and how central Israel’s obsession with being THE power of the Middle East has been to halting any progress.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma dive deeper into how the Highland Park shooter got his gun and Darren Bailey, IL GOP nominee for Governor, hosts a campaign rally minutes from the shooting to declare that we must “move on.” Sam addresses his role in preventing you from organizing by forcing you to watch the show instead, Dave Rubin struggles to make Sean Spicer laugh, and Joe Rogan explores his influence in a surprisingly honest manner. The crew reflects on Liz Cheney’s denouncement of the “killing fields” that she sees reproductive health clinics as, Owen from LA discusses institutional dysfunction on the left, and Ronald Raygun asks what it would take to get Sam stuck between a rock and a wet place. Plus, your calls and IMs!

 
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Direct download: 7_6_Parsi_Kleinman_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:55pm EST

Sam and Emma host Peter Shamshiri, or Law Boy on Twitter, co-host of the 5-4 Podcast, to discuss the recent Supreme Court term and what the big decisions mean for us going forward.
 
 Sam and Emma first run through the terrifying updates from this weekend, including a longer conversation on the Highland Park shooting (of the multiple mass shootings), Brittany Griner’s plea to Biden, Ohio successfully forcing a 10-year-old to escape the state to terminate a pregnancy resulting from rape, and updates on Russia’s bombing of a mall in Ukraine. Then, Peter Shamshiri joins as dive into the West Virginia v EPA case and the conservative Court’s ultimate goal of unwinding the administrative state all the way back to the Lochner Era, looking at how the case addresses the Clean Air Act, claiming the EPA only has authority to police specific facilities rather than preemptively impose standards on the energy industry as a whole, even though the policy they were addressing had already been rolled back. Next, they look into the history of Justice Roberts’ “Major Questions Doctrine,” first exploring the emergence of the Chevron Doctrine towards the end of the 20th Century asking that courts defer to administration on the interpretation of statutes, followed by the beginning of its undoing in an FDA case in the 2000s (despite the same court supporting it for Bush’s EPA), before getting into the accelerated takedown of the Chevron doctrine throughout the pandemic, from the CDC’s eviction moratorium to OSHA’s workplace vaccine mandate. They then shift to the court granting cert to a North Carolina case addressing the independent state legislature theory, another idea that came to prevalence under John Roberts and during the Bush administration, central to Bush v. Gore (a project worked on by Roberts, Kavanaugh, and Coney Barrett), with an extended conversation on the worst (and most likely) outcomes from this case and the contrast it draws in undermining state courts and putting the powerfully in their own hands. They wrap up the interview with a conversation on the Dobbs case, this Court’s emphasis on religious freedom and how it can shape a world where non-fundamentalists are ostracized, the absolute meaninglessness of the abortion “exemptions” in such a society, and the constitutional right to interstate travel.

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Direct download: 7_5_Shamshiri_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:01pm EST

It's Casual Friday! Sam and Emma host 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 dive into SCOTUS officially taking out a chunk from the administrative state, Biden’s decision to nominate an anti-abortion judge to a federal bench, and the Republican desire to tell us that Dobbs changed nothing. Then, Digby joins as they get right into this week as a culmination of, at a MINIMUM, the last six years, assessing the decisions on Roe, gun control, and the EPA, and to hear a case next session on states’ rights to send alternate electors despite vote tallies. Diving deeper into the state of the conservative court’s commitment to the Independent State Legislature doctrine they explore Kavanaugh first citing this theory in 2020 via shadow docket as the culmination of minoritarian control, before getting into the reactions from the right and the surprise at their clear fear of electoral backlash. Next, they expand on the repercussions we’re already seeing from the overturn of Roe, largely centered on the unreliability of exceptions, and whether doctors can take a risk that will jeopardize their career and freedom, and look to the Democrats’, once again, stone-cold inaction, doing less in the wake of the biggest rollback of rights in US history than they did for anti-abortion Democrat Henry Cuellar. They wrap up the interview by assessing the obvious extremism in the Republican party, from Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’ recent statements that aborted babies can be found in the COVID-19 vaccine to everything we’ve seen at the 1/6 hearings, and the refusal of Biden to even consider his opposition anything but respectable as very representative of Democrats’ messaging impotence.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma discuss Biden putting the feelers out for a second presidential campaign as Harris’ replacement lane gets narrower and narrower, Liz Cheney has a congressional debate with a bunch of conspiracy theorists, and Jeff from Atlanta expands the discussion on Biden’s anti-abortion judicial nomination. Dave Rubin proclaims himself as the “should-be conservative hero,” and Mike Cernovich confronts his demons and says, respectfully, no! Johnny from Houston talks calling racists racist, Pat the Hippie explores the future of Minnesotan politics, and Donald Trump takes responsibility for DeSantis’ success (sowing the seeds of his own replacement!), plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 7_2_Digby_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:44pm EST

Emma hosts Natasha Lennard, columnist at The Intercept, to discuss her recent reporting before, during, and after Roe V. Wade's overturning by the Supreme Court. Then, Emma is joined by Greg Casar, candidate for Congress in Texas's 35th District, to give us an update from the campaign trail. First, Emma dives into Biden’s role as the passive PR president, finally coming along to back other people doing something about Roe, and she covers what a politician that actually has initiative looks like (AOC being the perfect example). Then she’s joined by Natasha Lennard as she dives into us finally meeting the known horror of an overturned Roe, looking at how this decision will be enforced by exploring the genre of enforcement that has defined the US’ police state throughout its history: an alliance between far-right vigilantism and a reactionary state – seen perfectly in Texas’ civil bounty laws. Expanding on this, Lennard walks through the history of the vigilante groups, from lynchers in the Jim Crow south to slave patrols in the north, as a clear expression of the US elites’ desire to maintain control of the bodily autonomy of Black people, women, and particularly Black women. Next, with help of the Daily Wire crew, they walk through the importance of antiracism and queer liberation in the fight for reproductive rights, before preparing for the Democratic tactic of calling the right “hypocritical” when they codify abortion prohibition on a national level, and wrapping up the interview by looking to the organizers and activists that have already set up the networks by which we must fight for the right to bodily autonomy. Greg Casar then joins as he dives into the response to Roe trigger laws as someone running for TX-35, and the importance of using your power to bend the arch towards justice, next looking to the importance of empathetic and open policy towards immigrants and solutions to the massive rent issues in the US today.

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Direct download: 6_30_Lennard_Casar_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:05pm EST

Sam and Emma host Mark Joseph Stern, senior writer at Slate, to discuss the recent bombshell SCOTUS opinions, and what other decisions remain to be issued. Then, they are joined by Matt Stoller, Director of Research at the American Economic Liberties Project and author of the BIG newsletter on SubStack, to discuss what's been going on at the Federal Trade Commission. First, Sam and Emma dive into Cassidy Hutchinson’s testimony on Trump’s request to let more armed protesters into the Capitol since “they’re not here to hurt me,” and the Supreme Court allows Louisiana to redistrict around the disenfranchisement of African Americans. Then, they’re joined by Mark Joseph Stern as he dives right into Carson v. Makin and the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down a Maine requirement for private schools that received PUBLIC funding (largely due to lack of resources for public education in the area) to maintain a secular education, even though these schools are known to reject Muslim and Jewish students and ostracize children of same-sex couples. He, Emma, and Sam discuss how far Kavanaugh and Roberts could go in dismantling secularism and bolstering the funding for hyper-religious PUBLIC institutions. Next, they look to the Kennedy case in Washington, as the Supreme Court struck down the lemon doctrine in the case of a high school football coach coercing his players into Christian prayer. They first boil it down to the legal dispute, looking at the conservative justices’ rejection of the “endorsement” of religion as a violation of the establishment clause, before they look to the factual dispute, covering the blatant lies that the conservative majority based their decision on, including ignoring student statements that they were ostracized for refusing to join the prayer, the fact that the coach spent over 50 games leading these prayers, despite only being penalized for the last three, and the fact that the coach voluntarily left the job in the wake of being placed on PAID administrative leave. They wrap up their interview by diving into the rapid manner by which the conservative justices’ agenda is being passed, and look at the future of their agenda and the doctrines they’ll look to overturn next. Then, Matt Stoller joins as he walks through the Financial Trade Commission’s declaration to enforce the Robinson-Patman act requiring corporate middlemen to be paid exclusively for services rendered, looking at the role of Pharmaceutical Benefits Managers, how they extort the industry, and what role this might play in hindering future monopsonies, which leads them to a brief discussion on the monopsony of Minor League Baseball, the role MLB’s anti-trust exemption plays in this, and what is being done to push the Majors to provide living wages to the futures of their sport.

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Direct download: 29_Stern_Stoller_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:59pm EST

Sam hosts William Forbath, Associate Dean for Research at the University of Texas at Austin Law School, and Joseph Fishkin,  Professor at the UCLA School of Law, to discuss their recent book The Anti-Oligarchy Constitution: Reconstructing the Economic Foundations of Democracy. Sam first runs through recent updates, from AOC and progressives pushing the White House to take action on Roe and the discovery of 46 dead migrants in an abandoned San Antonio trailer, to the GOP’s insistence that, no, fundamentally undermining reproductive rights in the country ISN’T important, and everything is basically the same. Then, he’s joined by William Forbath and Professor Joseph Fishkin as they dive right into the state of the public’s relationship to the US Constitution, with the left lacking a vision of how it functions within the political society and the right having successfully ingrained it as central to how the constitution shapes policy, before situating our political era as a second Gilded Age defined by economic and political inequality, and why the left’s lack of a constitutional vision means that these are not seen as constitutional issues. Next, they trace the recent history of how the two US parties relate to the court, with the institutionalist liberals basking in the afterglow of the Warren court while the GOP, since at least Nixon, has seen opposition to the Court’s “progressive” nature as central to their victories. Forbath and Fishkin then jump back to the founders, assessing how they weighed their beliefs of a judicial system as central to a functioning democracy while understanding that it had no right to overrule the will of the people via the legislature, seeing the constitution as a check on the concentration of power to be used against governmental institutions, and thus puts forward a duty to legislate against economic and political concentration. They then shift to the rise of the anti-slavery Republican Party in the mid 19th Century and their vacation of the South as any semblance of a base until they had begun to dismantle the concentration of economic and political power in the region with the prevalence of slave owners and the electoral role of the 3/5ths clause, moving into an era of egalitarian constitutionalism emphasizing checks on concentrations of economic and political powers and a distribution of opportunity that extends across race gender, that saw the Reconstruction amendments (despite clear loopholes) attempt to reshape the role of the constitution. Next comes the 20th Century, as they walk through the rise of federal courts in the wake of the industrial revolution and the simultaneous populist political movement that came out against the rising concentration of wealth, with Taft attempting to build up the Court’s stature as it became clear they were on the side of the corporation, only for his (physical and meta) attempts to culminate during the reign of FDR after he forced the anti-democratic court into lockstep with him. They wrap up the interview by looking at the lasting effects of the post-FDR Warren Court, and the current shattering of the view of the courts as apolitical, before looking forwards to the upcoming judicial attacks against legislative capacities and how we can move forwards in a way that bolsters the will of the people rather than the deification of the Courts.

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Direct download: 6_28_Forbath_Fishkin_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:58pm EST

Sam hosts Khiara M. Bridges, professor of law at the University of California, Berkeley, to discuss the recent overturning of Roe V. Wade and the repeal of concealed carry laws in New York State by the Supreme Court. First Sam reviews the standards set by this 6-3 conservative Supreme Court, overturning Roe and concealed carry laws while promoting single-religion prayer in public school, and the unsurprising result of an already unpopular court having it’s approval ratings go into free fall, before covering MSNBC accidentally stumbling into Reproductive Rights activists that actually know the history of reproductive rights and the Democrats’ fight (or lack thereof) for it. Then, he is joined by Professor Khiara Bridges as she dives into the actual state of the Dobbs decision, the difference between Alito’s opinion to overturn Roe and Roberts’ concurrence which saught to only address the ACTUAL question of the case on the viability line, and why the concepts the Court was addressing changed with the replacement of RBG with ACB. Next, they get into the role of the “Due Process” clause of the 14th Amendment, exploring how the leak went after this concept much more aggressively than the actual opinion and walking through the other elements of this Reconstruction amendment, and how this attempt to undermine the clause is still central to the opinion, just obscured in qualifier about what THIS case is doing, before Professor Bridges dives into the 9th Amendment and the legal establishment’s refusal (from academia to the courts) to actually acknowledge the idea of rights of the public not previously enumerated in the Constitution. The professor then walks Sam through how the 14th Amendment’s Due Process Clause has been interpreted as a right to privacy, via reason and logic, by previous courts dating back to the start of the 20th Century, and dives into the arbitrary algorithm set up by this Court to reject “new” rights on a case by case basis, wrapping up by exploring this algorithm’s contrary implementation in the Bruen decision.

And in the Fun Half: Sam admires Tulsi Gabbard’s empathy and commitment to rationality by refusing to respond to the Roe decision (which definitely has nothing to do with her move to conservatism), Kristi Noem reminds us that every life is precious, unless that life could produce a white dude, and the LAPD finally get back to their roots of ruthlessly beating nonviolent protesters and journalists alike. SCOTUS shows us we have nothing to fear from their future by shooting tear gas from their roof, Chuck Todd gets awkward when AOC brings up holding justices accountable for their actions and statements, and Ronald Raygun reflects back on the Trump Cuck Rushmore with our recent 1/6 revelations. Rudy claims he was struck by a boulder only for video evidence to show who the real Sisy-phus is, James from CO calls in about a libertarian track to home ownership, plus, your calls and IMs!
 

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Direct download: 6_27_Bridges_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:35pm EST

It's Casual Friday! Sam hosts Jamelle Bouie, opinion columnist at the New York Times and co-host of the Unclear and Present Danger podcast, to discuss his recent piece "The Gerontocracy of the Democratic Party Doesn’t Understand That We’re at the Brink." First, Sam dives right into the Supreme Court’s overturning of the half-century precedent of Roe v. Wade as the first major rollback of any established right in US history, the thirteen trigger laws it enacts, and the future of reproductive health when healthcare professionals are forced to weigh they own well being and security in making decisions. Jamelle Bouie then joins as he and Sam dive right into the growing divide between establishment Democrats and younger progressives in just acknowledging the horrendous state of our politics, as seen in Whip Clyburn’s official response to the Roe decision stating that it was “anti-climactic,” and take on the role of the Gerontocratic leadership of the Democratic party and their ossified perspective on how politics can and does function in the 21st Century, from Pelosi’s requests for a “strong Republican party” to Biden’s praising of McConnell’s integrity. Next, Bouie dives into his recent research into the Republican party that preceded today’s neoconservatism and their shift to hard-edged partisanship, contrasting this with the Democrats’ desire to triangulate in politics, as we saw with Hillary’s comments on sacrificing trans people for the integrity of anti-democratic institutionalism, and refusal to acknowledge that, yes, the GOP does mean what they say. After a conversation on the future of this fight, and the other big fights coming down the SCOTUS pipeline, Sam and Jamelle wrap up the interview by assessing the 1/6 hearings, Mike Pence, and the Democratic leadership’s attempted creation of right-wing heroes. Sam further dives into the other precedents (Griswald, Casey, Loving, etc) that are put in question by this decision and the absurdity of Thomas’ argument that this won’t set a precedent… while encouraging an extension of this decision to future cases.

And in the Fun Half: Sam explores the meaning behind the Majority Report name, James Carville asks for our help, and House Democrats sing God Bless America for some unknowable reason. Katie from Providence dives deeper into the subjectivity around the abortion “exemptions,” and how the objective nature of the punishment for abortions will easily overshadow them. Shannon from the USVIs discusses supporting Black women in the US, Alan and Brendan from North Carolina reflect on the shaping of their perspectives on reproductive rights, Valerie from AZ talks constitutionality and the Supreme Court teeing up myriad elements of queer rights to be overturned, and Mindy reads a statement from the Archdiocese of New York. The crew listens to Mick Lynch’s inspirational responses to the UK media’s insulting coverage of their rail strike, and Ron Johnson throws Mike Kelly under the bus, to which Kelly says, “who?” Jeff Clark can’t believe that Federal Agents wouldn’t let him wear the pants in their relationship, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 6_24_Bouie_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:58pm EST

Sam hosts Mike Konczal, director of macroeconomic analysis at the Roosevelt Institute, to discuss his recent paper "Prices, Profits, and Power" that he co-authored with Niko Lusiani. Then, Sam is joined by Amane Badhasso, candidate for Congress in Minnesota's 4th District, to give an update from the campaign trail. First, Sam dives into the decision in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. Bruen which saw SCOTUS reject the constitutionality of limiting concealed carry permits to those with heightened need, looking at how this changes what the Second Amendment means, and the ahistorical perspective required to come to this decision. Next, he’s joined by Mike Konczal who jumps right into defining inflation and situating the US economies capacity and supply coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic, before he and Sam get into the material difference between demand-created inflation, and inflation caused by a lagging supply that has been crippled by a multi-year pandemic. Then, Konczal compares the state of US inflation with our peers in Europe, with our economy jumping out ahead of them towards the beginning of the pandemic as we had to fund the economic stabilizers they already had, before the Russian invasion of Ukraine shot the European economy right up to our level, and he and Sam look at the idea of wage-driven inflation (which is a dubious cause of our current moment), and assess the rampant corporate profits of the last two years and the price gauging and demand-based inflation that they are tied to. They wrap up the interview by diving into the paths the Fed is taking to combat inflation, with a focus on encouraging saving rather than spending, and Mike gives his own takes on what could help inflation without also hurting those already made most marginalized by inflation. Amane Badhasso then joins as she dives into her connection to Minnesota Congressional District 4 as a refugee finding a safe haven, and her desire to promote and expand a progressive and community-oriented platform, contrasting that with her opponent’s deep ties to the Military-Industrial complex, before they conclude their discussion by touching on the relationship between US and Israel and what it means for her to take on mass human rights violations.

And in the Fun Half: Sam is joined by Matt and Brandon as they dive into updates from the 1/6 hearing, as the Republicans, almost all of whom refused to serve on the committee, reject the lack of perspective as “cross-examination” in what is very much not a court case. Ted Cruz fears the Antifa riots that will break out after the Roe decision, and Veronica from Olympia dives deep into her personal experience with running as a Democrat in a state race that the left is very unlikely to win. They also walk through the biggest races in the upcoming midterms, admire Herschel Walker’s initiative to grant statehood to DC and Puerto Rico, and dive into attacks against Lauren Boebert from the same conservative PAC that went after Madison Cawthorne. Brian from Flagstaff thinks the problem is that the Civil War never ended, plus, your calls and IMs!

 
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Direct download: 6_23_konczal_badhasso_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:39pm EST

Sam hosts Jaz Brisack of Starbucks Workers United to give us some updates from the unionization efforts on the ground. Then, Sam is joined by Michael Bronski, professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Harvard University, to discuss his recent piece in the Boston Review "Grooming and the Christian Politics of Innocence". First, Sam dives into the continuing defamation suit by Dominion against Fox, SCOTUS’ decision to publically fund private religious schools, and the blistering updates from the 1/6 hearing, including testimony from Shea Moss, the election official accused by name by Trump, on the life-shattering matter that this was for her, from death threats at her home to racist threats in public, and Trump asks Arizona House officials to give him a break, I mean it’s what? 11,000 votes?? Next, Jaz Brisack joins as she and Sam get right into her incredible history in labor organizing having only recently graduated, discussing growing up in Texas and Mississippi and knowing she wanted to work in the field of labor, with her first dip into organizing during the fight with the United Auto Workers to organize a massive Nissan factory and what she learned from those original interactions with dirty anti-union corporate tactics. Although that vote fell short in 2017, Jaz discusses the massive influence it had on her and her hopes for organizing, as she carried her interest in labor organizing and labor history into her years as a Rhodes Scholar, before finally getting into her work organizing fast-food franchises in upstate New York. Here, she dives into her work, both labor and organizing, at Panera and Spot Coffee, and how her work with the International Workers of the World finally brought her to the Starbucks in Buffalo where the inklings of SWU began. After diving deep into the challenges and unique qualities of being the first (of so many) unionized Starbucks in the world and the nature of supposedly “progressive” organizations creating a divide in the workplace when it comes to labor rights and violations, they wrap up the interview by covering the importance of labor fights making it onto the mainstream stage and where SWU is going next. Professor Bronski then drops by to walk through the history of the translation of a Christian politics of innocence into homophobic and transphobic legislation, first looking at the sexual psychopath laws of the 1920s to ’30s and the shift in the ‘40s and ‘50s to focusing on the threat to children, before diving deeper into this concept of “innocence” and how it plays into a Christian fundamentalist’s political ideology. Next, they discuss the role of figureheads like Anita Bryant in pushing back against any social progress for the LGBTQ+ community and bringing about the ’90s version of “don’t say gay” legislation, before they wrap up the interview with a larger conversation on the waves of homophobia as reactions to threats on the patriarchy, the role of the Women’s lib movement in this, particularly in opening up children to be corrupted, and situate this moment of homophobic political backlash.

And in the Fun Half: Sam dives into the 1/6 hearings and why Democrats are obsessed with the few Republicans that determine speaking out against Trump to be their best career path, and listen into Adam Schiff’s discussion with AZ Speaker of the House on Trump’s official requests to overturn the election, Shea Moss’ mother on how Trump’s public accusations have had wildly distressing effects on their day-to-day lives, and Ron Johnson’s defense of his chief of staff attempting to deliver false elector lists to Mike Pence in the WAKE of the 1/6 violence. Chris from Berkeley and Valerie from AZ dive into the pain and frustration they feel about how Democrats are handling these hearings, Gregory from Oklahoma dives into his race for State House District 26, and Jesse Watters pitches COINTELPRO-ing the reproductive rights advocates protesting outside of the Supreme Court. Plus, your calls!

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Emma hosts Robert Kuttner, founder and editor at the American Prospect, to discuss his recent piece "After Hyper-Globalization". Then Emma is joined by David Adler, General Coordinator at Progressive International, to discuss the recent Colombian elections. First, however, Emma discusses Israel once again disbanding a corrupt far-right apartheid government, to leave the power open for another new far-right apartheid movement to come to power, and dives into the slow but steady emergence of evidence proving more and more of the Uvalde Police’s statements as blatant lies attempting to cover their ass as they stood around while children died. Then, Robert Kuttner joins as he and Emma dive right into what hyper globalization is, and why this system, based on a complete absence of regulation of commerce, trade, and production across borders, was so primed to fail (hint: it had to do with its complete refusal to regulate capitalism), collapsing as soon as China arrived in the WTO and refused to comply, and the COVID pandemic shut down supply lines worldwide. Next, Kuttner walks through the history of hyper globalization, with Clinton’s neoliberal regimes of the 90s starting a move to international trade agreements that sought to undercut foreign countries’ ability to regulate capitalism and gave US Banks footholds abroad, before he and Emma jump back to the 1940s, looking at the conceptual systems that preluded it, focusing on the Bretton Woods system of Keynesian economics that emphasized what was essentially an international new deal, built on the spine of an International Monetary Fund to advance funding to struggling economies, a World Bank for public investment in development, and an International Trade Organization that allows countries to enforce labor rights in international trade. Robert Kuttner then contrasts Keynes’ dream with the eventual World Trade Organization as a purified right-wing capitalist version of his vision, abusing concepts of sovereignty, property rights, and intellectual property to bolster Western corporations and keep down nations that they see as only necessary for extraction. They wrap up the interview by touching on the role of Biden (and Trump!) in reversing this global trend, and discuss what a new deal for the global south would look like, and how we can fight for it. Then, Emma is joined by David Adler as he situates Gustavo Petro’s victory as the first progressive administration to come to power in Colombia, coming to power in a wholesale rejection of the far-right, neo-imperial military alliance that defined the Uribismo ideology that defined Iván Duque Márquez’s administration and those that came before him (since, unsurprisingly, the Uribe administration). They wrap up their discussion with a conversation on the international reactions from both the far-right and the progressive left, the importance of the recent success of leftist candidates in Latin America, and the corruption and lies that fuel the US’ relationship in the region.

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Sam and Emma host Robin D.G. Kelley, professor of American History at UCLA, to discuss Juneteenth, observed today. First, however, Sam and Emma dive into Gustavo Petro’s victory in Colombia’s presidential election over a mayoral tycoon, Melanchon’s coalition topping Macron’s (and both being beaten out by LePen’s), Iowa’s Supreme Court overturning the state constitution’s protection of abortion rights, and the outright refusal of liberals to hold any ranking Republican accountable for the stochastic terrorism that led to 1/6. Then, they’re joined by Professor Kelley as he first tackles the classic story behind the holiday, celebrating the arrival of Union forces in Galveston Texas to deliver the good news of emancipation, supposedly marking the official end of slavery in the US, and contrasts this with the way Black folks in Texas celebrated this moment, referring to it as a “jubilee” and a recognition of their divine sovereignty over their own life and land, as they look forwards to right to vote and the promise of reconstruction. Continuing off this, Kelley, Sam, and Emma discuss the actual history of the emancipation proclamation as leaving out some 450k enslaved people, the actual freedom of these people coming through their own agency and fight as they flocked to help union forces, and the role Texas played as a haven for slave owners escaping this “tyranny.” After touching on the continuation of this fight, with the right’s bulwark against history and the liberals’ own erasure in favor of uplifting a fallacy of unity, Professor Kelley dives into celebrating Juneteenth in a way that genuinely raises these issues and views this date as the start of a new war for reconstruction, working towards the reparations and decolonization that were seen in the promise of reconstruction, and expanding it to fights for indigenous people from Palestine to the US. Then they expand the discussion to the relationship between racism and capitalism (or just racial capitalism), how the birth of this economic system occurred in a European society that centered on racial and gendered differences for social delineations, and thus had access to a mode of thinking that legitimized the exploitation of “lesser” people. Next, they look to the development of capitalism in the United States, and how it built up white patrimony to deceive the majority of white Americans, and patriotism and nationalism for the rest, indoctrinating them into a world where racial and ethnic hierarchy are standards, before they wrap up the interview by emphasizing that class struggle is not colorblind, anti-racism is not anti-class, and that to truly fight these powers and live up to the promise of Juneteenth’s jubilee, we have to simultaneously take on these overlapping systems.

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It's Casual Friday! Sam hosts Heather Digby Parton, contributing writer at Salon.com and proprietor of the blog Hullabaloo to round up the week in news. Then Sam is joined by Jason Myles, co-host of the This Is Revolution podcast. First, Sam covers the confirmation that Ginni Thomas was conspiring with John Eastman, Trump’s Coup Lawyer, and Assange’s extradition being approved. Digby and Sam then get right into the updates from Yesterday’s 1/6 hearing, from Donald Trump calling his Vice President the “P-word” (hint: it’s not “Pence” or “President”), and debate who Trump’s next right-hand man will be, especially as the god squad votes are among the most important in his control of the Republican party. Next, Sam and Digby have some discourse on the discourse around 1/6, exploring the contrast between US coverage of the hearings (or really, the lack thereof) and the coverage abroad, getting deep into the US political establishment’s obsession with legitimizing the right as a party with integrity, and contrasting them with “magas” and “ultra-magas,” despite the central involvement of active Senators, Congresspeople, and spouses of Supreme Court Justices, with everyone participating, from Grassley to Graham, completely aware of the illegality of what they were planning. Diving deeper into yesterday’s focus on Mike Pence, Digby and Sam analyze why someone who supposedly was against this, kept asking people for advice and debating strategy with the MAIN strategizers of the insurrection, before walking through the role of Michael Ludwig in legitimizing the “bipartisan” nature of the committee, and exploring the future of Republican insurrection attempts as they shift to more localized corruption and grassroots bigotry. Then, Sam is joined by Jason Myles as they dive into his recent video essay exploring the progression of Black cinema and the role it played both in Hollywood as a whole and the greater American and African American cultures, starting in the 1960s, with the new left of Maverick filmmakers making independent films and a push for more Black power contrasted with the actual rise of Blaxploitation movies, with movies like Sweet Sweetback and others practically saving Hollywoods bottom line, despite going completely against the general Black intelligentsia. Jason then dives into the next stages, as the ‘90s came back around to independent films (once again due to falling profits) making these “hood films” on the defective young black man, diving into the infection of neoliberalisms’ focus on “cultural” shortcomings and ignoring the classism and racism that were the actual issues of the time, and how these stereotypical and exploitative films pushed Black power away from the political realm and into, exclusively, the cultural realm. They wrap up their interview by looking at the modern era of Black cinema, the contrasts between films like Black Panther and Moonlight, and the need to return Black power to a political concept.

And in the Fun Half: Tulsi dances around Sean Hannity’s stupidity, Jesse Watterboard has an idea to get to the bottom of the SCOTUS leak, and DeSantis celebrates the ancestry of Apartheid heir Elon Musk. Ted Cruz takes shots at Disney’s queer agenda, as he points to the integrity of regimes that are rejecting the upcoming “Lightyear” film, such as China and the UAE. Meghan Kelly returns to the media as she calls out her former employers for discussing the fact that trans kids who are rejected by their families frequently resort to suicide, plus, your IMs!

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Emma hosts Devon Carbado, professor at the UCLA School of Law, to discuss his recent book Unreasonable: Black Lives, Police Power, and the Fourth Amendment. First, Emma runs through recent news from Ginni Thomas’ communications with John Eastman about overturning the election, to the Fed raising interest and likely triggering a recession just to undermine worker power and the effect of gas price gouging on inflation. Then she’s joined by Professor Devon Carbado as they dive right into the relationship between the Fourth Amendment and the police state, as this constitutional statute from 1791 has provided access to and control over Black people and their bodies, first looking at the qualification of “search and seizure” as the only police actions that are protected, to the insanely low standards of what it means for police accostings to be “reasonable,” such as confronting someone in a high crime area. They then dive into the 1968 decision in Terry v. Ohio that affirmed the police’s right to stop and frisk without probable cause, provided that they meet the even lower standard of “reasonable suspicion,” setting the stage for one of the least effective and most violating “investigatory” tools, which still maintains its legality even after the NYPD failed to claim reasonable suspicion in Floyd, et al. v City of New York. Next, Professor Carbado walks through the stages of Black oppression in the US and the refusal by the right the understand and acknowledge the history throughout these developments, before he takes on the various levels of policing in this country that put Black people and people of color in more direct confrontation with the police, including the fact that repeated exposure increases the probability of being harmed, the culture of police and their unions, qualified immunity, and the impossibility of holding them to account. Emma and the Professor then look to Whren v United States and the Supreme Court’s (including RBG) affirmation of racial profiling, discussing how this decision as well aided the beaurocratization of racism and classism that we saw so clearly in Ferguson, with police fines making up over a quarter of the city’s budget. They wrap up the interview by diving deeper into the judicial system’s role, how the right’s specificity in targeting precedent and setting up legal apparatus like the Federalist Society allows them to stack the courts for their agenda, and what the Left can learn from that.

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Sam and Emma host Jamie Edwards, organizer with the Trader Joe's Union effort in Hadley, Massachusetts, to discuss the union organizing efforts from the ground. First, however, they touch on the GOP’s flipping of a century-long Democratic seat in Texas, discuss a Florida Synagogue’s suit against the Florida abortion ban, and discuss how odd it was that Rep Loudermilk was giving tours to people who just happened to show up on 1/6. Steve Bannon reveals that the 1/6 committee completely ignored Mike Lindell’s information, the couple that armed themselves as a BLM rally marched past their house gives tips on gun safety, and Sam and Emma walk through a recent California survey showing that living with a gun owner doubles your chances to die by homicide and does nothing to decrease your chances of a home invasion. Next, they dive into the most Hershel Walker of Hershel Walker news, as it’s revealed that the man who rants against fatherless households in Black communities, happens to have left a household fatherless. Finally, Emma and Sam are joined by Jamie Edwards as they dive into their experience organizing Trader Joe’s Unite’s first chapter in Hadley, MA, first looking at the beginnings of the campaign at the start of the pandemic, when, after years of falling benefits, they and their colleagues were directly faced with the corporation’s active refusal to take their safety seriously, from fully banning masks and gloves at the outset, to pressure from management to ignore capacity limits. Next, they get into the more typical forms of union-busting that the organizers have faced, from Jamie being sent home for wearing a union pin to threats against workers’ future wages and general disciplinary action, before they get into the success of TJU, and the roles the pandemic, a strong NLRB, and the unionizations of Starbucks and Amazon departments nationwide have all played in keeping the energy up. Jamie then wraps up the interview by covering the importance of Trader Joe’s United being an independent union, especially with corporations’ “third party” talking points, and discusses the future of the fight.

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Sam and Emma host Mark Joseph Stern, staff writer at Slate, to preview the incoming SCOTUS opinions of the week. First, Sam and Emma preview primary Tuesday, the ever-mounting success of Starbucks unions, and remind us that much like Liz Cheney, Bill Barr is NOT our friend. Then, they’re joined by Mark as they dive into this “storm before the even bigger storm” moment in the Supreme Court, first covering why the Supreme Court’s summer decision dumps all come down to the end of June so they can get out on vacation, and speculating on the order of the drops when there are so many massive decisions currently pending. Next, they get into the actual issues at hand, looking to the many layers of Dobbs v Jackson, including the continued obscurity around the leak and leaker’s identity, what small “cleanups” we’ll see in comparison to Alito’s leaked draft, and the futures of Griswald and Sodomy laws. They also dive into Andrus v Texas, looking at how the Supreme Court allowed lower-level courts to overturn the Sixth Amendment guarantee to effective assistance of counsel, practically removing habeas review and other judicial practices while still keeping their institutional image intact, and explore this deferral of the Court as an affirmation to the lower courts’ that they will allow the overturning of their own precedent if it aligns with their conservative ideology. Sam then gets right into the administrative state as he, Emma, and Mark Joseph Stern look to West Virginia v EPA, discussing the role of Brett Kavanaugh’s baby, the major questions doctrine, in bolstering the Court’s ability to undermine the delegatory capacities of Congress and the executive branch by requiring explicit and specific congressional guidelines. After a conversation on the “activist” nature of this conservative court, they wrap up the interview by discussing the future of concealed carry with New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. Bruen, and the use of coercive religious practices in public schools with Kennedy v. Bremerton.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma cover the updates on yesterday’s 1/6 hearing, exploring the accusation of Trump’s campaign lawyer as “an agent of the deep state” for rejecting the validity of the Dominion fraud, McClain from Iowa, Bradley’s Dad from LA, AND Peter from St. Paul all dive deep into handling conversations with conservative parents and the importance of finding commonalities, as the right becomes more and more the Republican Party of (some of our) fathers. Brock from Wichita talks gun control, and Fox News displays their militant support for trans people by… telling the story of a conservative family’s acceptance of their son, which of course makes Matt Walsh angry when there’s an excellent documentary talking about women’s bodies right there! Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Sam and Emma host Jefferson Morley, editor of the JFKFacts blog, to discuss his recent book Scorpions' Dance: The President, the Spymaster, and Watergate. Sam and Emma begin by assessing the fundamentally bipartisan-and-nothing-else gun control bill, and cover the arrest of Idaho White Supremacists planning a riot at a pride event, Sarah Palin’s advancement in the Alaskan senate race, and walk through the 10 republicans in the Gun Control gang of 20, and the unsurprising fact that almost half are retiring. Then, Jefferson Morley joins as they dive right into what the Watergate conspiracy was, and how it was covered at the time, including the classic representation of the incident as an example of a crusading free press taking on a lawless president, and how this discourse completely obscures the hidden hand of the CIA and how their role in the conspiracy has crystalized over the last half-century. They then dive into what Nixon’s plan for this group of “Plumbers” was, originating from his paranoia around government leaks and the anti-war movement, and coming to fruition via recommendations from Richard Helms, director of the CIA, who helped provide 4 of the 7 members of the team. Next, they jump back to the actual developments of the Watergate investigation, with the slow release of tapes in the weeks following, despite Nixon’s constant pressuring of Helms to stop the FBI investigation, and how this led the public to focus not on the CIA’s role in Watergate, but their other abuses, from foreign assassinations to spying on Americans, as the Church Committee in charge of the senate investigation of the CIA wanted to keep it Bipartisan and away from the Nixon investigation. Morley then dives deep into Nixon’s relationship with his intelligence agencies, working as a lawless president alongside a lawless CIA, as he couldn’t convince Hoover to dig into domestic surveillance, making his relationship with Helms’ CIA central to his power, working closely in Nixon’s assassination attempts on Salvador Allende’s cabinet, and providing Nixon with a relationship that he could leverage – not with the knowledge of their foreign interventions but with a threat over hidden information with the Bay of Pigs. After an extensive conversation on what this “hidden information” likely entailed, that being the CIA’s role in the assassination of JFK, and the internal spy games being played against each other by the White House, CIA, FBI, and Joint Chiefs of Staff, Morley, Sam, and Emma wrap up the conversation by exploring the lasting lessons we can learn about the dangers of a lawless president that is supported by a lawless CIA.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma watch Dennis Prager signal out the true evil of our society: evil. Calvin from Montana calls in about Democrats’ chance in the upcoming midterm cycle as Biden explains, totally unrelatedly, why republicans are good, actually. Sam and Emma dive into the 1/6 hearings, from the attacks on Capitol Police to Giuliani’s drunken proclamation that Trump, with no evidence, should claim victory in the wake of the 2020 election. As Starbucks’ unionization trends continue, Schultz goes on a rampage against this “secondary party” (workers) invading the Starbucks family, and Patriot Front is detained in Idaho. JB from Cleveland gives updates on surveys helping trans visibility, plus, your calls and IMs!

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It's Casual Friday! Emma hosts David Griscom, co-host of Left Reckoning, to round up the week in news. Then, Emma is joined by the DSA's Stylianos Karolidis and Sumathy Kumar to discuss their For the Many candidate slate in New York City. First, Emma dives deep into yesterday’s debut of the primetime 1/6 hearings, appreciating the committee’s breadth of day-one topics, from Trump’s 7-point plan to overturn the election, the complete disconnect between him and any federal defense agencies, and the impact of his “stand back and stand by” tweet, to the role of Bill Barr and the barebones, yet horrifying, unseen footage of the coup attempt. Next, she’s joined by Left Reckoning’s David Griscom as they dive into the Texas-centric news of the week, starting off with the more hopeful news of an Austin Starbucks’ successful unionization vote, before diving into a conversation on policing that begins with a contrast between Capitol Police’s treatment of BLM protesters and 1/6 Coup attempters, and shifting to the continued lies and cowardice of the Uvalde police as an example of the extreme disinvestment from public good that the neoliberal era has created. Next, David and Emma tackle the crisis of Texas’ power grid, as Ted Cruz blames rising prices on the (nonexistent) Texas Green New Deal, rather than their hyper-privatized power grid which serves profit overall, including a recent approval of price-fixing for Bitcoin mining while the rest of the state is encouraged to minimize electricity consumption in +100ºF Weather. Griscom wraps up the interview by diving into HIS story of Texas, as he dissects and rejects this recent move by the far-right to paint a picture of a Straight, White, conservative, Christian Texas that’s being invaded by Trans folks and immigrants, and walks through the challenges to Abbott’s recent bill to investigate the parents of gender-affirmed trans kids. Then, Emma is joined by Stylianos Karolidis and Sumathy Kumar as they walk through the broader and more specific strategic goals of NYC-DSA’s “For the Many” slate of 13 candidates across the City and up into the Hudson Valley, from pushing climate-centric discourse and working to reinvent NY housing policy to changing the culture of NY State Politics as a whole.

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Emma hosts John S. Huntington, professor of history at Houston Community College, to discuss his recent book Far-Right Vanguard: The Radical Roots of Modern Conservatism. First, Emma covers Yesterday’s SCOTUS ruling that protects federal law enforcement from civil rights lawsuits, the ACLU challenges Greg Abbott’s directive to investigate the parents of trans kids, and the haunting reflections from Miah Cerrillo in the wake of surviving the Uvalde shooting. Professor John S. Huntington then joins as he and Emma unpack the gap in academia that inspired his project, choosing to look all the way back to the outset of the 20th Century for the origins of modern conservatism, rather than starting from Nixon, Reagan, and the birth of neoliberalism, discussing the groundswells of radical conspiracy theorists, white supremacy, and anti-communism that now define the contemporary right. Jumping back to the start of the 1900s, Professor Huntington and Emma contextualize the state of the two-party system as one with both conservatives and liberals on both wings, a form of US politics that is extinct today, leading up until the 1920s which saw a rebirth of the nativism and racism of the previous century with the second coming of the KKK and the release of Birth of a Nation, seeing Klansmen suddenly strewn throughout US society, from corporations to Congress, and building up through the 1930s, setting the groundwork for a coalition against FDR’s New Deal democracy made up of businessmen, segregationists, and anti-communism conspirators. Emma and John then dive into the decentralized element of this conservative network, walking through the genuinely fascistic Klan supporters who wanted a renaissance of a white Christian America in contrast with the Jeffersonian Democrats who simply wanted to rescue their party from the commie that was FDR, with anti-communism as an easy rhetorical connection tieing them together against their enemies. After a discussion on the role of the first era of the red scare in setting up this rhetoric, Emma and Prof. Huntington dive deeper into the Jeffersonian Democrats’ founder James Reed, as well as figures like J. Evetts Haley, Robert Welsch, and William F. Buckley as the innovators of the conservative movement, from the anti-communism of the early 1900s to the neoliberalism of Nixon and Reagan, funneled through organizations like Buckley’s John Birch Society, and working to paint a picture of a “respectable” far-right that is different from the conspiracy kooks, who just happen to share the same policy ideas. This brings them to the era where academics tends to start their study, with the rhetorical shift to dog-whistle politics that occurs with the transition to neoliberalism under Nixon and in the wake of Goldwater’s rise, before they wrap up the interview by diving into the state of the two parties today, and discuss why conservatism has had so much more success in ingraining their talking points in political discourse, and pushing their fundamentalist policy as the baseline of acceptability.

And in the Fun Half: Emma is joined by Matt and Brandon as they cover Senators Lummis and Gillibrand deciding that NOW (in the wake of multiple massive crypto crashes) is the time to endorse Americans putting their retirement savings on the blockchain, Jack Del Rio claims 1/6 to be a “dust-up,” and Emma goes in on the exploitation of college sports. Devin from Alberta calls in to distill the idea of laying claim to right-wing claimed “space” to trigger the conservatives, Jay Z and Dorsey open a bitcoin academy (more similar to Trump University than any educational institution), and Kyle Rittenhouse sees little killers like himself facing backlash all across the US (presumably from Buffalo to Uvalde). Justin from Augusta discusses the Bill of Rights as inherently reactionary, Abby Martin takes on Sec. Blinken as he proclaims his support for Saudi Arabia and Israel at a freedom of the press conference, and Dennis Prager comes out as a baby-hater (those tiny-toed narcissists!) Emma and Matt discuss being called “groomers” by those that support pedophiles, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Emma hosts Alex Sammon, staff writer at the American Prospect, to discuss his recent article "The RNC's Ground Game of Inches." Then, Emma is joined by Joe Eskenazi, editor and columnist at Mission Local, to discuss San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin's recall last night. First, Emma covers the continued kabuki theater around gun control as Schumer now shifts to a smaller deal, Matthew McConaughey speaking on the Uvalde tragedy before staging a photo op with Henry Cuellar, and touch on the recall of Chesa Boudin. Then, she’s joined by Alex Sammon as they dive into his coverage of the RNC’s mass investment in community centers as they begin to gun for very specific impoverished communities, first discussing the complete runaround that Sammon saw as organizers and facilitators refused to return calls or discuss the centers, forcing him to attend in person. This gave him an intimate view of these centers, which have been cropping up across the US since the GOP’s realization that they actually are not THAT far behind in polling with communities of color, and that just bringing around certain communities in certain states can have massive dividends, as they shift to a grassroots movement that is reminiscent of left-wing organizing that focuses on meeting community needs. Sammon then dives specifically into his experiences at the community center in Robeson, North Carolina, a historically blue district in a supposedly blue state, and how the GOP took advantage of growing racial tensions between Native and Black populations alongside an economic collapse in the wake of the NAFTA replacement, as he explores the complete swap between organizing tactics of the GOP and Democrats, as the former shifts to a ground game, with these community centers offering daily programming with a clear association to the right, whereas democrats have chosen to go after airplay in districts where myriad people have no internet access. They wrap up their discussion by touching on what this says about the complete failures of Democratic messaging under Biden. Next, Emma is joined by Joe Eskenazi in reaction to the successful recall of Chesa Boudin, San Francisco’s reform-focused DA, and the complete lack of surprise around the result. Next, he looks to flesh out the dynamics that were working behind the scenes, with the wealthier enclaves of the city, alongside real estate investment and a big SF PAC, and why, no matter how important it is, following the money is not a tangible electoral tactic, just as confronting emotions with statistics (e.g. no, SF does NOT have a crime wave) is unsuccessful when the wealthy constituency believes to the heart in the antisocial behavior of the poorer communities. They wrap up the interview by diving deeper into Boudin’s relationship (or lack thereof) with the SFPD, walking through the obvious refusal to work (whether a work stoppage, underperformance, or both) for his office, why this is so common in relationships between Police forces and their governing officials,  how Mayor London Breed took advantage of this and used Boudin as her scapegoat, and what the conversation around San Franciscan politics should look like moving forwards.

And in the Fun Half: Emma takes a very quick call with Justin from Ohio on why in the world Democrats try to appeal to the need for strong opponents, the absurdity (and obvious homophobia) of going from “parents’ rights” to making it illegal for a parent to bring a child to a drag show, and Steve Scalise discusses the total lack of regulation around planes (must’ve never flown in one). Chris Coons comes to Joe Biden’s defense for bolstering his allyship with MBS, Charlie from NJ discusses the “what if it was YOUR [daughter, child, wife, sister, Black friend]” talking point making its way into the gun control debate, and Tulsi Gabbard takes on the most pressing issues in American politics: Hunter Biden’s sex scandals and her social media following. The Queen of England appears more lifelike than ever, and Steph from NY proposes a waterworks public project, plus, your calls and IMs!

 

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Sam and Emma host Matt Ford, staff writer for the New Republic, to discuss the most important cases coming before the Supreme Court this month. Then Sam and Emma are joined by Akela Lacy, politics reporter at the Intercept, to discuss her recent piece "What's Stopping Chesa Boudin?" ahead of his recall election. Emma and Sam first cover the indictment of 5 Proud Boys on the eve of the nationally televised 1/6 hearings, and John Cornyn finally comes to his senses on gun control and speaks out against easy access to… Elementary Schools. Matt Ford then joins as they walk through the massive consequences that we must prepare for regarding this conservative SCOTUS and their upcoming decisions. Matt begins by assessing the discord behind the scenes of the Court right now, from a difficulty in finding cohesion in rulings and reports of lacking amicability, to the news of the leak and the friction that has caused, before diving deeper into internal reactions to the leak, including the belief that it was a liberal-left attack on the institution’s integrity, and what role the justices could’ve played in the matter. Next, they cover the matter of what the leak covered, diving into Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization and the 15-week cut off as an effective reversal of Roe v. Wade, as well as looking at the greater implications of undermining 4A privacy rights, from an overturn of Obergerfell to a return to sodomy laws. Matt, Sam, and Emma also cover the upcoming New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen as the first 2A case since 2010, and look to West Virginia v. EPA as the next step in the conservative road to demolishing the administrative state. Then, Akela Lacy joins as she situates the recall attempt against Chesa Boudin as one of many recalls targeting reform-minded DAs, regardless of popularity or success, and a product of an effort that started before Boudin even effectively took office, with massive amounts of money flowing in from countless angles, including the former Chair of the San Francisco DNC  working as a paid “volunteer,” and mass investment from police unions and realty associations. Next, they cover the massive project that this recall effort has entailed, including the purchasing of the website days before Boudin took office and the creation of an “outlet” (it’s just a substack) on the talking points, before unpacking the lies and misinformation that fuels the establishment attacks, and wrapping up with a discussion on the relationship between Boudin and the San Francisco police.

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Sam and Emma host Gary Gerstle, Professor of American History at the University of Cambridge, to discuss his recent book The Rise and Fall of the Neoliberal Order: America and the World in the Free Market Era. First, Emma and Sam dive into the continued rise of mass shootings over this weekend, the Uvalde Police’s continually changing story, Dr. Oz’s victory in the PA GOP Senate Primary, and Elon suddenly scrapping his Twitter deal after finding out about Twitter BOTS, but definitely not his crashing Tesla stock. They’re then joined by Professor Gerstle as they work through the concept of political orders as these prolonged eras of dominant ideologies, with the two that he largely covers being the New Deal political order, lasting from FDR’s reign up until the ‘60s or so, and the Neoliberal Order, burgeoning in the ‘70s and lasting up until the end of Obama’s presidency, looking at these two orders in contrast, with the former compelling the right to assimilate into a democratic socialist ideology, and the latter seeing a Clinton-lead democratic party assimilating into corporate liberalism and deregulation. Next, they get into the factors that drive the emergence of new orders, starting as a modest movement of political organizations and actors, before networks of donors, constituents, think tanks, and policy networks and political actors arise around it as it proves itself as a viable political system. They then look to the crises that left the vacuum for these orders to step in, with the 1930s Great Depression marking the largest capitalist crisis in US History, and the ‘70s recession occurring alongside rising racial tensions, US imperialism, and a reemergence of international industrial competitors seeing US Capital suddenly threatened from all sides. Sam, Emma, and Professor Gerstle then walk through the evolution of political orders and how one took issue and influence from its priors, first looking to FDR’s desire to create a new form of liberalism, one that puts everyday Americans in a position to actually enjoy their freedom, before Freidman and Hayek come around and reject his appropriation of liberalism, but still looking to government as a corporate facilitator, particularly with the role of the military in ensuring the safety and freedom of markets worldwide. After covering the role of the fall of the USSR and Clinton’s assimilation to neoliberalism, Sam, Emma, and Professor Gerstle walk through our contemporary moment as the neoliberal order stalls, and the difference between a fight between a far-right and a progressive left and the single-camp transitions of previous orders.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma discuss Dr. Jill Biden’s unveiling of a new Nancy Pelosi stamp, just as pride month starts, in an unfortunate moment of institutional fetishization, Dave Rubin obsesses over Elon Musk fighting to get his workers back to work, before inquiring about who died and left COVID in charge. Sam and Emma discuss the original rise of TERFism in England, cover the Ohio GOP’s new bill requiring genital inspections of young girl athletes, a Wisconsin high school gets bomb threats for trying to teach their students to respect queer people, Miles from LI talks the evolution of “based,” and Louie Gohmert comes to the defense of the Right’s right to lie right to the Government. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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It's Casual Friday! Sam and Emma host Alex Pareene, Contributing Editor at the New Republic and proprietor of the AP newsletter on Substack, to round up the week in news. Then, Sam and Emma are joined by comedian Sarah Silverman to discuss her recent Off-Broadway musical The Bedwetter! First, Emma and Sam walk through the news, including NYC tightening their stringent gun laws, the social security trust getting extended by at least a year, Florida ending gender-affirming healthcare… for adults on medicaid, and Biden visiting Saudi Arabia as OPEC announces a production boost. Alex Pareene then joins as they dive into his article on the “unanswered question,” addressing an entire generation’s recognition of our political system as completely broken, before they walk through the weirdness of the state of our economy, including an incredibly strong employment rate and wages on the rise, while the media and government are fear-mongering about gas prices and inflation, and ignoring soaring rent and the inaccessibility of homeownership. Alex then dives into how democratic leadership is viewing this economic moment, as their property value skyrockets but corporations are finding it difficult to higher people an unlivable wages, and looks to the pandemic as a massive cause of the booming housing prices, with the “work from home” economy allowing white wealthier folks to move to lower-rent areas (thus driving up prices), and the stoppage in building production and a collapse of the supply line making the price of creating accessibility sky high. Next, Alex, Emma, and Sam look to the political divide between discussing inflation and gas prices, and refusing to address the inability of Americans to afford a roof over their heads, as representative of the democratic leadership’s ideological commitment to corporate neoliberalism even as their polling numbers continue to dwindle. They wrap up the interview with an extended conversation on policing, and how, in the wake of the Uvalde massacre, the media and government have to readdress their relationship to policing, and why Biden refuses to initiate such a political movement. Then, Emma and Sam are joined by comedian, author, playwright, and just all-around creative talent that is Sarah Silverman, as they unpack her work with the late-great Adam Schlesinger to convert her memoir into a critically-celebrated (by Sam, at least) musical, how Sam connects to these stories (obviously important), and the beautiful influence she had on one Emma Vigeland.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma take a call from Ronald Raygun on the absurd pseudo-“standards” that we hold police to, Candace Owens doubles down on the Uvalde shooter being trans, because it’s not normal for adult men to purse their lips, and Greg Gutfeld uplifts apolitical niche commentator Joe Rogan. Sam unpacks his takes on Nomiki’s race against progressive Kristen Gonzalez, and Jose Vasquez calls in to announce his State Senate candidacy in Reno Nevada. Plus, your calls and IMs!
 
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Emma hosts Dorothy Roberts, professor of Law, Sociology, and Civil Rights at the University of Pennsylvania, to discuss her recent book Torn Apart: How the Child Welfare System Destroys Black Families--and How Abolition Can Build a Safer World. Emma first covers yesterday’s simultaneous mass shootings, including five dead in Tulsa, the continued shortage of US-produced baby formula, the Israeli murder of another journalist in the occupied West Bank, and the GOP pitching mental health policy, which they don’t support, as a solution to gun violence. Professor Dorothy Roberts then joins to discuss her book as a continuation of her work on the family policing system that we call “child welfare,” a system that fits neatly within our greater carceral apparatus. First, she and Emma trace the history of the family policing system back to the early era of American settler colonialism and slavery, with family separation as a tool of control over Black and indigenous communities, seen in the wake of the Civil War with “apprenticeships” of black children that put them back in the hands of former slave owners, and throughout the early history of the US Military removing indigenous kids from their communities, put into either military barracks or the infamous residential schools. Professor Roberts and Emma then discuss the framing of tactics as the criminalization of poverty disguised as the saving of children, and how this “benevolent terror” stripped agency away from POC and families under the guise of empathy. Next, Prof. Roberts walks through the impact of political stereotypes of Black women on the genuine criminalization of them and their children, starting with Reagan’s endorsement of the “welfare queen” myth alongside the trifecta of crime control, the war on drugs, a complete unraveling of the welfare system, and continuing deep into the Clinton administration’s commitment to neoliberalism. They wrap up the interview by moving to the criminalization of Black women’s pregnancy in a way that has become increasingly more prevalent in an era of assault on reproductive rights, and take on the particular role of law enforcement in ensuring these terror attacks on poor families are committed, before Dorothy takes on the importance of income community-based programs and services in creating a future without these carceral attacks on family.

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Sam and Emma host Dr. Leah Torres of the West Alabama Women's Center to discuss her recent piece in Slate "Doctors in Alabama Already Turn Away Miscarrying Patients. This Will Be America’s New Normal." Then, Sam and Emma are joined by Richard Revesz, professor and Dean Emeritus at New York University School of Law, to discuss the EPA v. West Virginia case before the Supreme Court. Emma and Sam first dive into Biden’s approval of another round of military support for Ukraine and the ever-changing story of the Uvalde police comes under more and more fire as their faulting of Robb Elementary teachers becomes another disproven factor. Dr. Torres then joins as she, Emma, and Sam unpack the soft power of the anti-abortion laws in Alabama, starting with her assuming the role of a “pariah” among her colleagues upon her migration from New Mexico as an abortion activist and provider. This immediately resulted in another colleague filing an unethical complaint against her, which the state responded to by launching a full-scale investigation into Dr. Leah Torres over “fraud,” with completely unrelated and baseless accusations over vague form responses. Next, Dr. Torres takes this idea of the state deciding what their records say and mean, and shifts into a more specific discussion of abortion access and care, particularly in a state where that care is criminalized, telling stories of her colleagues forced into fear denying treatment to 13-year-old rape victims and miscarriage patients over minuscule rules and regulations that they might not be able to disprove, before she wraps up the conversation by diving deeper into the countless ways the growing abortion rhetoric and legislation will lead to needless deaths. Then, Sam and Emma are joined by Professor Richard Revesz as they get right into the idea of the “major questions doctrine,” cousin of the non-delegation principle, and the role it plays in today’s Supreme Court ideology. After covering how it will be used in the EPA v. West Virginia, Prof Revesz dives deeper into how this doctrine takes on the administrative state, requiring specific guidelines for any government agency (whereas the non-delegation principle rejects delegation outright), the role it played in SCOTUS decisions against the CDC and OSHA, and what it can tell us about the goals of this Court. They wrap up the interview by focusing on public opinion regarding the Court, specifically, before looking at the role the legal-academic institutions across the US play in providing legitimacy to the Court. The Free Half is wrapped up as Nomiki Konst joins to announce her candidacy for NY State Senate District 59, her goals for the most progressive district in a progressive state, and what it would look like to represent Long Island City, Astoria, and Stuy Town alongside Gramercy as a member of the New York State Senate.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma dive right into the bad faith and pseudo-philosophical debates around trans rights, with Sam reflecting on Sam Harris’ philosophizing about torture, and the dishonest rhetoric around “silencing” while trans people are genuinely being assaulted worldwide, before the crew debates Central vs. Prospect Park and Sam spends some time listing things one can do in Prospect Park. Charles Booker’s new campaign ad hits incredible emotional heights (particularly rare as he’s a democrat) and isn’t just him asking for money on a very windy hill (cough Amy McGrath cough), Tim Pool contradicts Tim Pool’s statements on gun rights before bringing in Tim Pool’s theories on civil war to add nuance to Tim Pool’s counterarguments to civil war, and Sam and Emma dive behind the SCOTUS curtains and the apparent disrespect of Justice Roberts by the conservative leaker. They also look to the upcoming GA midterms, as Herschel Walker takes a step back from Donald Trump, plus, your IMs!

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Sam and Emma break down the latest headlines, from the Democratic Leadership finally stepping in to ask for “reasonable republicans,” which they’ll surely respond positively to, to the continuing organizing movement within Starbucks franchises nationwide. They begin by covering the rapid response to American gun violence that we’re seeing… in Canada, Austin’s exploration of local abortion protection, and the incredible rate of successful unionization votes at Starbucks across the US. Next, Sam and Emma reflect on the anniversary of Thomas Friedman’s appearance on Charlie Rose, and his proclamation of the cultural problems of the “terrorism bubble” and “morality of the weak” were enough to invade Iraq when combined with the fact that we “could,” before they jump to Biden’s promotion of his opposition as “reasonable,” despite everything about their politics and how they’ve developed over the last two decades, and look to Adam Kinzinger as the pinnacle of what a “reasonable” member of the GOP would look like today – a representative that’s retiring. Then, they shift to the gun control debate, discussing 2008’s Heller decision and Scalia’s recognition of the right to bear arms in one’s OWN home, before they watch Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy and North Carolina Lt. Gov Mark Robinson discuss the need for assault weapons to defend against feral pigs and federal pigs, respectively, and wrap up the news day with Nathan Selvig’s appearance at this weekend’s NRA conference, as he walks through the importance of both thinking and praying in stopping future gun violence.

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It's Casual Friday! Sam and Emma host Heather Digby Parton, contributing writer at Salon.com and proprietor of the blog Hullabaloo, to round up the week in news. Then, Sam and Emma are joined by Matthew Film Guy! Emma and Sam first dive into the Uvalde Police’s ever-changing story, the White House’s upcoming, likely-to-fail gun control package, and the GOP striking down a domestic terror bill, before watching Texas Lt. Chris Olivarez excuse Uvalde police’s inaction as believing they had “contained” the shooter… inside of a childrens’ classroom. Digby then joins as she and Sam reflect on two decades of covering these senselessly devastating instances of gun violence against children, from Wayne LaPierre asking the government to pry his gun from his “cold dead hands” in the wake of Columbine, to the tentative moments after Sandy Hook, where it seemed as though politicians would come around to reform, only for the NRA to disseminate all of the necessary talking points in a complete rejection of progress. This brings Emma, Sam, and Heather to a discussion on the collapse of the NRA in recent years, held up in court over embezzlement charges, yet with the Republican base more than picking up their torch and centering fundamentalist takes on gun ownership in electoral pushes. After briefly touching on the failure of Democrats in the wake of these mass shootings, reaching all the way back to their blame of Al Gore’s gun control stance in 2000, Sam, Emma, and Digby return to the devastation in Uvalde as they tackle how a fully-militarized police department, as we have throughout the US, finds it reasonable to leave a mass shooter in a school filled with children due to fears for THEIR OWN (the cops’) safety, as the Uvalde Police now claim they believed there to be no more living children in the classroom, despite the multiple incoming 911 calls FROM LIVING CHILDREN, clamoring from one lie to another as federal inaction from the democrats is the only repercussion that looms. Then, Matthew Film Guy joins as they discuss the central importance of art in creating the worlds we imagine for our futures, and in challenging and disrupting the status quo of our present, as Sam, Emma, and he give their takes on the importance of John Cassavetes and Mad Men, and Matthew rounds out the interview with his recommendations of Andrey Zvyagintsev’s “Loveless” and John Gianvito’s “Profit Motive and the Whispering Wind.”

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma look to the GOP’s stale response to mass shootings, as Kevin McCarthy pushes the “mental health” talking point, while refusing to address or help mental health, and Lauren Boebert cites 9/11 to ask “why ban guns when we didn’t ban planes,” despite the countless massive (and problematic) regulations that DID arise in the wake of the terror attack. They also get into Biden sending out previews for a $10k student debt cancellation (for certain people only, of course), and Dave Rubin, the last liberal, now identifies as a Republican, plus, your IMs!

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Direct download: 5_27_Digby_Matthew_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:46pm EST

Emma hosts Treva B. Lindsey, professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the Ohio State University, to discuss her recent book America, Goddam: Violence, Black Women, and the Struggle for Justice. First, Emma dives into the right pitching the same nonsense solutions to gun violence, addressing anything but guns or violence, Cuellar v Cisneros still being counted, and AOC officially endorses all 13 DSA candidates in New York. Professor Lindsey joins as they first address the recent overturning of Roe v. Wade as a symbol of the compounding crisis faced by Black women, creating the unlivable living that she analyzes in her book, using Alito’s leaked opinion to get right into the extractive and exploitative history of Black women’s reproductive rights, from forced pregnancy to forced sterilization, that remains an actual example of Margaret Atwood’s fantasy world. Next, Professor Lindsey and Emma look to the other factors in these compounding crises, even beyond explicitly sexualized and racialized violence, produced by the social distribution of resources to White upper-class families, and away from Black and lower-class neighborhoods, directly relating to a lack of accessibility to necessary infrastructure, from education to healthcare, before they look to a concrete example that we saw over the pandemic, as the US started a discussion around the importance of “essential workers” only for the empathy to trickle away as it became more and more clear who made up that class (Black people, POC, and women). They also discuss the cynicism around the vaccine as stemming from this history of constant crises of violence, even in the medical industry from the Tuskegee experiments to (again) forced sterilization, and how the lasting stigmas from this world (our world) remain prevalent. After Professor Lindsey tackles the roles of the Criminal Punishment system and environmental exploitation in clamping this nexus of crises into place, they touch on the intimate nature of taking on such a project, and discuss the role of Nina Simone in inspiring the title.

And in the Fun Half: Emma is joined by Matt and Brandon as they tackle the Right’s classic response to the school shooting in Texas, as they pitch boogiemen culprits that, while not guns, they ALSO feel uncomfortable addressing. Binder dives into the role of the Right’s transphobia in this, and Ren calls in to discuss the moment of tension that trans folks are in and the beauty that can be found in progressive communities regardless. Brandon, Matt, and Emma, dive deep into a discussion on the violent and clear inaction by police officers that directly lead to the death of children at Robb Elementary, Jonah from CA calls in about trans-advantage in skateboarding, and Dave Rubin embraces wage cuckery, plus, your calls and IMs!
 
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Direct download: 5_26_Lindsey_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:44pm EST

Sam and Emma host Harvey Kaye, professor emeritus of democracy at the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay, and Alan Minsky, executive director of the Progressive Democrats of America, to discuss their recent mission statement published in Common Dreams, the 21st Century Economic Bill of Rights. However, Emma and Sam first dive into yesterday’s mass shooting at an elementary school in Texas, walking through the mass boom in gun sales over the past two years, the common link between mass shooters and violence against women, and the ahistorical neoliberal view that gun control is a revolutionary concept in the US. Then, they’re joined by Professor Harvey Kaye and executive director Alan Minsky as they dive into the history of economic bills of rights, first proposed in the US by FDR as a centerpiece to his 1944 State of the Union, built on his economic declaration of rights and his concept of the four freedoms (speech, worship, freedom from want, freedom from fear), and looking to support the rights people wanted to see enumerated after World War II, seeing healthcare and jobs, particularly, as central to defeating the constraints of need. These concepts were then picked up by the democratic party under Truman, and even framed as the party platform in 1960 ahead of JFK’s candidacy. Next, Kaye and Minsky walk through the 10 rights present in the 21st Century Declaration, including universal healthcare, the right to education and the internet, affordable and accessible housing, a clean environment, support at birth and in retirement, a fair justice system, sound financial services, and a right to recreation and participation in democratic life, all of which, as they walk through, are tied to current legislation supported by Bernie Sanders, the squad, and other progressives. Next, they dive into the rhetorical element of this fight, perhaps the one in which we have the longest to go, first looking at the relationship between liberty and governing powers, before diving into what a productive future for a progressive left in the US would look like, both in terms of changing the conversation and building on the CPC’s existing role in the Democratic Party.

And in the Fun Half: Emma and Sam talk with John from San Antonio as he dives into the more hopeful elements of the state of our politics, from unionization to Jessica Cisneros’ continued hope, before they address Nancy Pelosi’s robocall in support of an anti-choice anti-gun-control candidate, the massive Georgia turnout, and how we could see a positive drive for Democratic turnout in the midterms. David from Grand Junction discusses corporate America’s refusal to hire amid their mindless drive for efficiency, teacher Lauren calls in on rising COVID rates in schools, and Isaac has an extensive conversation on Saudi Arabia’s conflict in Yemen. In returning to the shooting, Sam and Emma discuss Beto O’Rourke performing maybe his first genuinely emotional political stunt, Newsmax pitching more cops in school once again, despite the myriad cops that were at this school who just decided to get themselves out of danger and leave it to the teachers, and Matt Walsh hails State Farm while Crowder goes full fash, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 5_25_-_Kaye_Minsky_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:04pm EST

Audio from last week, the MR Crew breaking down the incoming primary news out of Pennsylvania, Kentucky, North Carolina, Oregon, and Idaho!

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Direct download: election_coverage_5_24.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:39pm EST

Sam and Emma host Blake Emerson, assistant professor at the UCLA School of Law, to discuss some of the recent rulings coming out of the 5th Circuit. Then, Sam and Emma are joined by Leah Litman, assistant professor at Michigan Law School and contributor to Slate, to discuss the recent SCOTUS ruling for Sen. Ted Cruz against the SEC. Emma and Sam start the show by diving into the US finally accepting trade with Venezuela, unsurprisingly centered on oil, the AP’s acceptance that it was, despite everything Israel was saying, probably the IDF that murdered Shereen Abu Aqleh, Kushner and Mnunchin’s ties to middle eastern oligarchs, and David Purdue doubling down on racism to win his primary and go up against Stacy Abrams. Then, Professor Emerson joins as they break down the recent ambush on the SEC in the Fifth Circuit, discussing WHAT this Texas-based circuit is, the appellate court’s role, and why Jarkesy v SEC was chosen to break down regulatory and administrative capacities of the executive branch. Next, they look at what the case entailed, parsing why the SEC chose to prosecute George Jarkesy in an administrative court, and why, like other agencies from the FDA to the EPA, this ability allowed them to expressly enforce policy without relying on years-long court cases or having to sacrifice their expertise. Professor Emerson then dives into the actual decision, walking through the court’s claims that it: 1) Violated the right to a jury; 2) violated the THEORETICAL non-delegation principle; and 3) violated the unitary executive theory, which, as a theory, is ALSO theoretical, and discusses how all three are incredibly outlandish decisions, particularly for a court that should be committed to Supreme Court precedent. Then Leah Litman hops in as she, Emma, and Sam look at the crumbling judicial infrastructure of constitutional rights in the US, from the Voting Rights Act to Roe v. Wade, and parses through Ted Cruz’s own case brought against the SEC under the right to use post-election contributions to repay pre-election loans, and the state’s commitment to poorly representing its constituents in Shinn v Martinez/Ramirez.

And in the Fun Half: Emma and Sam are joined by Nomiki Konst as they discuss Fox and Friends gearing up for the general elections as they crackdown on Stacy Abrams letting down “The Blacks.” They also dive into the GA primaries, as the largely unpopular (for everyone, mind you) Mike Pence rallies behind Brian Kemp, Majorie Taylor Greene questions why we talk about the Buffalo shooting, when there were also other shootings with much lower death tolls and much less vitriolic inspiration, and guests on an MSNBC 1/6 panel explore the Antifa troublemakers behind the FBI behind the conservatives behind the 1/6 insurrection. TERFs slowly begin realizing that maybe rallying behind hatred won’t get you love, plus, your IMs!

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Direct download: 5_24_-_Emerson_Litman_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:45pm EST

Sam and Emma host David Dayen, executive editor at the American Prospect, to discuss his recent piece in the Intercept "BLOWING THE TRUCK WHISTLE: A Carbon Dioxide Delivery Driver’s Long Journey to Expose Airgas", on one of many examples of the US’ failing infrastructure. Sam and Emma begin by previewing tomorrow’s primaries in Texas and Georgia, also touching on the news of Ginni Thomas’ encouragement of overturning the 2020 election, US aid to Israel largely contributing to the destruction of US aid to Gaza and Palestine, and the chaos of NYS redistricting. Then, David joins as they first walk through the recent baby formula crisis in the US as the first example of our failing infrastructure, diving into the recalled production from Abbott labs – which produces approximately 20% of all formula in the US – and assessing what makes baby formula production different than other supply lines, with 98% of it actually coming from domestic production. Next, they discuss the similar problems we’ve faced since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, from PPE at the start of 2020 to the semiconductors that stunted countless industries of production when Taiwan shut down, and look at the elements of the US and neoliberal economies that set the stage for these failures, from centralization and emphasis on efficiency to a lack of resiliency or redundancy for any future crisis. Next, they walk through the state-by-state monopolies which guide the production of baby formula in the US, of which Abbott holds 34 states and DC, and how the US’ thoughtlessly structured welfare programs set the system up to fail. They wrap up the interview by covering David’s new piece and what we can learn from the failure of the trucking and shipping industries to self-regulate, and why, as always, the repercussions were shifted to fall on the wage laborers.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma dive deeper into the IDF’s murder of Palestinian-American reporter Shereen Abu Aqleh, as well as the lies Israel has told surrounding it, and look at AOC’s response to the US’ continued aid to apartheid. John from San Antonio and Brody from Dallas dive into tomorrow’s primaries, giving expansive insight into Jessica Cisneros’ race against Cuellar, Sandy from Ontario covers some Canadian election previews, and Dan from WA discusses Israeli extremism. Bill Cassidy goes to the Harvard School of Public Health to remind students to control for only caring about white people, Randy from WA discusses having children, and then the entire news cycle becoming impending disasters, from the CTC rollback to student loan forgiveness and baby formula shortages, plus, your calls and IMs!


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It's Casual Friday! Sam and Emma host Ben Dixon of The Benjamin Dixon Show to round up the week in news. Then, Sam and Emma are joined by David Feldman of The David Feldman Show. Ben Dixon joins as they run through the Right’s reaction to recent white supremacist mass shootings, following MTG’s rejection of a domestic terror bill on the grounds that Black people are terrorists too, and Ben dives into the need for organized self-defense as racial terror from individuals and the state continues to heighten. Ben, Emma, and Sam then cover Tucker Carlson’s claim that these people are being called white supremacists for their economic critiques of Joe Biden, like murdering 10 Black people in broad daylight, and Crowder asks why we don’t object to Black neighborhoods, where, incidentally, Black people were forced into areas of exploitative economic, housing, and health policy. Ben then dives deeper into the role of algorithms as today’s principal organizing factor for white supremacists, as it bolsters their commitment to controversial coverage in their clamor for celebrity, reinforcing the worst and most exploitative elements of society. Ben wraps up his time on the show by exploring his recent experiences with racialized violence in Jacksonville, and gives Sam and Emma a preview of an incredibly emotionally-charged song soon to be released. Next, Dave “David” Feldman joins as he dives into the horrible anti-semitism that has driven a wholesome political action committee like AIPAC to change its name and go through dark money avenues, reminds us of the importance of standing up for the Davids of this world (Zelenskyy, David Feldman, Howard Schultz) against the disastrous goliaths (Putin, Sam, wage workers), before also touching on his connection to unions (via Pinkerton, of course), and the importance of bearing his teeth. Sam and Emma also cover the continued destruction of Eastern Ukraine by Russia, and the massive impact it will have on starvation rates in the region, Elon’s sexual harassment charges, and the NYT’s shockingly bad coverage of Oklahoma’s abortion ban.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma discuss the GOP’s response to Fetterman’s victory, as Dr. Oz goes the populist route of calling PA potheads lazy and calling out people who wear hoodies, before the Church MIlitant network gets one step ahead of every mainstream Republican as they proclaim that they’re gunning for gay marriage, birth control, and casual sex next. Fox and Friends come out FOR the baby formula shortage, Sam from PA has an extended discussion on the massive impact abortion bans will have on disabled people and those with any number of medical conditions, Matt from NJ dives into rhetorical responses to freedom arguments, and Cynthia Lummis is showered by jeers as she tries to bring transphobia to a commencement address, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 5_20_Dixon_Feldman_-_pub.mp3
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Emma hosts Brian Hochman, associate professor at Georgetown University, to discuss his recent book The Listeners: A History of Wiretapping in the United States. Then, Emma is joined by journalist Talia Lavin to discuss her recent piece in Rolling Stone "The Buffalo Shooter Isn’t a ‘Lone Wolf.’ He’s a Mainstream Republican".

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Direct download: 5_19_Hochman_Lavin_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:51pm EST

Sam and Emma host Jon Marshall, associate professor at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, to discuss his recent book Clash: Presidents and the Press in Times of Crisis. Then, Sam and Emma are joined by Alex Speidel, organizer for the United Paizo Workers to discuss their meeting at the White House and Paizo's unionizing efforts. Professor Marshall dives right into where the dynamic between the Presidency and the press stands today, looking at the troubled relationship as a continuation of two centuries of US history. Next, he, Emma, and Sam jump back to the 1790s, looking to John Adams’ attacks on newspapers via the Sedition Act, cracking down on critiques of the government, only to see a spectacular backfire with a resounding loss in the election of 1800. Prof Marshal then walks through the structure he follows in his analysis, using ten specific presidencies that he thought reflected the progression of this dynamic, next moving forwards to the Presidency of Abe Lincoln, and the influence he took from the abolitionist press of the time, seeing it both as a central perspective to take in on the issue and as an important part of his GOP coalition, as the press pushed him from a tentative but anti-slavery president to signing the emancipation proclamation. Emma, Sam, and Jon then move forwards to Woodrow Wilson’s prosecution of anti-war journalists during the first World War, not only relying on Adams’ Sedition Act but bringing about the Trading with Enemies and Espionage acts, and the rollback of the overwhelming executive isolation from the press as the war ended – particularly after his lack of a relationship with the press saw the Right step in and turn public opinion on his League of Nations – before the Espionage act made its return in the late aughts and early 2010s with Obama employing the act against whistleblowers more than all previous presidents combined. This, of course, set the stage for Donald Trump’s presidency, and his extension of espionage to journalists on the *receiving* end of leaks, particularly amidst the media boom of the 21st century, with countless new avenues (both more and less legitimate) arising between the President and media, yet algorithms and a crippling of local news serving to corrupt and corporatize much of the industry. They wrap up the interview by diving deeper into disinformation in media and the role government can, and should, play in supporting integrity in journalism. Then, Alex Speidel joins as they discuss what Paizo is, the size of the TTRPG industry, and how the pandemic saw space for him and his co-workers to create personal bonds that would serve as the eventual web of solidarity for the first North American TTRPG union and beyond. Sam and Emma also cover the progressive Ws on Ws on Ws from yesterday’s primaries, Ukraine’s halting peace talks, and DeSantis’ crackdown of those cracking down on those cracking down on free speech, or something.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma break down the message that was sent to corporate Democrats in last night’s primaries, with big victories in PA and KY, Ben Shapiro blames wokeness for legitimizing Great Replacement fears, and Mike from Jersey shows state pride while Gabe from KC walks through the progressive primary Ws. Chris Wallace pushes Bernie on Build Back Better, unfortunately going after the wrong person 12 months too late, Jimmy Dore says Donald Trump is the true anti-imperialist president and blames progressives for making him horny for DeSantis, Scott from TX dives into religion and conservatism, and Ronald Raygun dives into Right Wing media. Jordan Peterson and Bret Weinstein cannot deal with their cruelty being met with people making fun of them, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 5_18_Marshall_Spiedel_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:22pm EST

Sam and Emma break down the biggest headlines of the day, and debrief the Big Lie-ve Show in Boston last Sunday! And in the evening, the MR Crew will be breaking down the incoming primary news out of Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and more!

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Direct download: 5_17_Seder_-_pub.mp3
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Sam hosts Kris Manjapra, history professor at Tufts University, to discuss his recent book Black Ghost of Empire: The Long Death of Slavery and the Failure of Emancipation.

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Direct download: 5_16_Manjapra_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:18pm EST

It's Casual Friday! Sam and Emma host Alex Pareene, Contributing Editor at the New Republic and proprietor of the AP newsletter on Substack, to round up the week in news. Alex, Emma, and Sam begin with Hannity reassuring his audience that nothing will change with the Roe v. Wade decision, because, of course, the radical left is just hysterical, and the irony of this perspective when the GOP (and Manchin) were just ranting about any legislative codification actually creating a massive imbalance in… keeping the right to abortion the same. This brings them to a problem being faced by both of the party institutions, as now that the fight against Roe has suddenly been won, nobody has a coherent plan for what to do next. Looking to the Democratic leadership, they then dive into their obsession with institutionalism, particularly when it comes to the Senate and Supreme Court, and how it blinds them from the reality that’s unfolding before their eyes, as seen with Nancy Pelosi’s obsession with a “strong Republican party” and endorsing anti-choice democrats, as if a majority control with a party that doesn’t align on fundamental rights could achieve anything when it came to those fundamental rights.  Expanding on this, they explore the countless left-wing policies that somehow are dealbreakers for a Pelosi endorsement, and how the focus on taking down progressives in primaries is a complete waste with an impending midterm where the Democrats have no message and no plan. They wrap up the interview by discussing the out-of-touch nature of the politics of Democratic leadership, Biden’s transactional nature as President, and Sam and Emma touch on stoppages in both COVID and Ukraine support, Elon’s falling stocks, and the GOP’s refusal to look at child poverty as a genuine economic issue.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma discuss the Republican establishment running away from discussions on Roe v. Wade implications, and also from discussions on Rick Scott’s platform, and also discussions on their OWN platform, Oochie Wally compares hosting a podcast to running World of Warcraft, Kilmeade pressures Mark Esper on why he would discuss Trump’s plans to bomb Mexico, and Ryan from TN discusses the real horrors of the Roe decision’s impact on miscarriages. Joe Rogan asks us to imagine gay people facing homophobia, because that’s what’s happening to straight kids RIGHT NOW. Sam and Emma dive into the disturbing videos of the IDF’s assault on Shireen Abu Aqleh’s funeral, Ronald Raygun reflects on the legacy of one Glenn Beck, and Glenn Greenwald discusses self-care tactics such as tweeting death threats, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Emma hosts Amia Srinivasan, Professor of Social and Political Theory at the University of Oxford, to discuss her recent book The Right to Sex: Feminism in the 21st Century. Then Emma is joined by Melanie D'Arrigo, candidate for Congress in New York's 3rd district, to give us an update from the campaign trail. Prof. Srinivasan and Emma dive right into the biggest news of the last two weeks, taking on their initial reactions to the Roe v. Wade leak, from the instinctive and personal horror to deranged awe for the American conservatives seeing their strategy of the last half-century finally come to fruition, before getting into the questions this decision raises and what the future of reproductive rights looks like when the party defending them is constantly inert. Next, they turn to Professor Srinivasan’s book, looking at the divide between the sphere of politics and the private sphere, and how she follows in the path of emphasizing the inherently political nature of feminism and sex. First looking to the feminisms of the ‘60s and ’70, Emma and Amia discuss this repoliticization of private issues, as concepts like abortion, family structure, childcare, and education became central to the feminist fight, alongside a birth of sex positivity, before the ‘80s rolled around and saw pushback amidst feelings of encouraging sex on men’s terms, looking beyond just consent at the larger coercive factors. This brings Professor Srinivasan to an analysis of the neoliberal market ideology, with consent and contracts as the only moral factor, considering sexual freedom along the same lines of tradeoffs, particularly around status, and how this analysis can be used to pushback, particularly against incel misogyny. They then look to the development of feminisms’ stances on porn, with the antithesis to sex positivity seeing porn as the lynchpin of patriarchy and a training ground for men’s subjugation of women, despite the large inaccessibility of porn at the time, before the boom of the internet in the 21st Century saw it become almost ubiquitous in much of the Western world, and thus plagued by monopoly and corruption as a neoliberal institution. Emma and Amia pin that conversation with a discussion on the importance of a sex-worker-owned-and-led world of porn as the only one where they can have a sense of security, before they wrap up the interview with a discussion on #MeToo, and the racialization and classism involved in rape accusations and where they go in the legal world. Then, Melanie D'Arrigo discusses her campaign in NY-3, and engaging as a progressive with notoriously conservative constituents. Emma also covers Israel’s murder of journalist Shereen Abu Aqleh, Finland getting closer to joining NATO, and Manchin’s objection to giving women rights, when that’s not what some Americans want!

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Sam and Emma host Tony Delorio, Secretary-Treasurer of the Teamsters Local 665, to discuss the recent organizing efforts at Amy's Kitchen in Los Angeles. Then Sam and Emma are joined by India Walton, former mayoral candidate in Buffalo and Senior Strategic Organizer at Roots Action, to discuss the push to cancel student debt in the U.S. Tony, Sam, and Emma dive right into the Teamsters Local 665’s work with food processing workers at Amy’s Kitchen, famed frozen food provider, after responding to calls from workers and being met with some of the harshest working conditions that they’d seen, with a near 50% rise in production with no additional workers, and “benefits” that were frankly driving workers deeper in debt. Central to this, as Tony explores, was the relationship to medical benefits, as the factory had a working relationship with a nearby medical center that sent workers right back to work before, in the wake of the first unionization attempts, Amy’s granted workers a generous $2/hr wage, only for medical premiums to go up by $400, thus the “raise” meant workers were losing up to $80 per month. Next, Tony, Emma, and Sam dive into how this abuse came to be from a company that espouses an organic, community-based, family working culture, telling a story that is all too similar with a slow-but-steady development of Amy’s Kitchen into a large-scale corporation, with the founding family stepping to the side in favor of the executive board, and looking away as working conditions dwindled. Tony then gets into the work between the Teamsters and workers, as the initial unionization attempts were quickly followed by a realization that what was really needed was a large-scale media push, which came alongside a worker-supported boycott by coops across the US, filing B Corp complaints, and drawing attention to the union-busting attempts going on. They wrap up the interview by looking deeper into the state of labor in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, with Biden’s NLRB actually stepping up for workers as massive corporations like Starbucks and Amazon crackdown on dissident workers. Then, Sam and Emma are joined by India Walton as they cover her perspective on the Biden Administration’s internal student debt relief, from quantity to means testing, and why she holds hope for a full 50k in relief, before diving deeper into how the student debt crisis came to be, how it impacts everyday folks, and why this policy would be a massive win for Democrats.

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Sam and Emma break down the biggest headlines of the week! They begin with the response from Democratic leadership to this mass stripping of rights, as they immediately step in… to expand police details for Supreme Court justices, before diving into non-Roe news from Biden once again putting domestic COVID aid on the back burner, Russian continued strikes in Odessa and along weapons supply lines, and the upcoming decisions by Finland and Sweden on joining NATO. Then, Emma and Sam dive back to the 1970s as they tackle the last fifty years of reproductive rights, with the GOP assimilating anti-choice policy into their platform as early as 1976 in an attempt to win over the apolitical evangelical wing, before becoming a foundational value as the Republican party shifted into the Reagan years. Next, they look to the Democratic Leadership’s apparently ahistorical view of party politics, as Nancy Pelosi continues to push the absolute fetishization of her opposition, pining for a strong Republican party, one that loves a woman’s right to choose and environmental activism, while reality continues to see more and more right-wing fundamentalist policy pass, before Emma dives into Pelosi’s belief that the GOP must look at their base like she looks at hers, taking it back from these “extremists,” rather than using their popularity to get your agenda passed. Next, Chuck Schumer assumes his riveting monotone delivery as he exemplifies the Democrats’ fecklessness on the Senate floor, and Joe Scarborough dives into Alito’s takedown of the 14th Amendment, walking through the myriad other rights that it puts on weak footing, and pushing the Democrats to please compromise, maybe taking like 60% of a right? Like half of a right to interracial marriage or something. They also wrap up the first half by diving into updates on the leak, the right’s continued insistence that a FELONIOUS liberal clerk leaked this decision… to hold the conservative justices to their anti-choice decision.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma cover DeSantis’ new school of propaganda, as he announces a mandatory education on “Victims of Communism Day,” and dive into his CRT-related banning of… a math textbook. They also dive into Alabama advancing a bill to criminalize all trans people under the age of 19, bolstering the already sky-high rates of depression and suicidal intent in genderqueer teens, and lending credence to the abuse and harassment that causes it. Notorious ally Jimmy Dore then rants on this mass swath of trans activists (it’s one tweet) and their violent nature, before Sam and Emma dive into the culmination of Hillary Clinton’s “use the invasion of Ukraine to weaken Russia” talking points after Russia’s invasion, as Dem consultants discuss our role in the “conflict” as “fundamentally at war by proxy.” Kev from Quincy discusses the relationship between abortion and child poverty, Julian from Spokane discusses the devastating emotion of this week, and what avenues to protect abortion exist, and Sam and Emma dive into the myth of student debt relief being an elitist policy. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Sam and Emma host Lily Geismer, professor of history at Claremont McKenna College, to discuss her recent book Left Behind: The Democrats' Failed Attempt to Solve Inequality. on the shift from New Deal democratic ideology, to the neoliberal tactic of entrusting social development in private enterprise in a pivot to the white suburbanite. Professor Geismer first discusses the ascendancy of this Democratic ideology, situating us in the late 80s with the rise of the MIke Dukakises, Tony Coelhoes, and Bill Clintons, embracing tech, trade, and finance as the solution to economic growth, from the Route 128 in Mass to Coelho’s focus on raising corporate money, and the inspiration Governor Clinton (during his Arkansas years) took from these policies. Next, she, Emma, and Sam walk through how this sector of the Democratic party came to be, as in the wake of the 1960s the Democrats found themselves on the defensive, with all of their policy coming as a reaction to the shifting GOP, and a new guard of “Watergate Babies” coming in and opposition traditional Democrats and fueling mistrust of government, asking for a shift away from the special interest groups of the labor movement and focusing on middle-class white suburbanites. Next, Professor Geismer looks to the shift that these Democrats took from focusing on “fairness” to promoting “opportunity” in a major move away from redistributive politics and towards promoting (supposedly) meritocratic capitalism, and dives deeper into what Bill Clinton’s Arkansas looked like, from his attempted emulation of Silicon Valley to bringing in ShoreBank and other early microeconomic financiers, cutting social security in preference for privatized loans to certain poor folks. Looking to the Democratic primaries of the 1980s, they then dive into why this emerging neoliberal wing was able to win over the future of the Democratic party, coming to climax with Bill Clinton’s market-driven pseudo-populism, and leading to three decades demonstrating exactly why this ideology cannot function. After briefly touching on the differences between the “Watergate Baby” form of neoliberalism and Milton Friedman’s form of neoliberalism, Emma, Sam, and Prof. Geismer wrap up with a discussion on whether or not we are seeing the end of this era, and what the world we are moving towards might look like. Sam and Emma also discuss the protests in the wake of the Roe v. Wade leak and the State’s unsurprisingly demeaning reaction, continued Russian war crimes, and US weapons sales to Ukraine.

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It's Casual Friday! Sam and Emma host Heather Digby Parton, contributing writer at Salon.com and proprietor of the blog Hullabaloo, to round up the week in news. Then, Sam and Emma are joined by Russ Feingold, President of the American Constitution Society and former United States Senator from Wisconsin to discuss the leaked Supreme Court Roe V. Wade opinion. Digby, Sam, and Emma get right into this leak as the culmination of the saga of neoconservatism starting with Reagan, looking back over the last three decades on how the democrats’ insisted on making more room for the GOP’s fundamentalist values, completely misunderstanding what fundamentalism is, and the impossibility of appeasing it. This brings them to the Democratic leadership, looking at their complete lapse in understanding the fight they are supposedly up again, from going soft on pro-life arguments in the early aughts to suddenly being faced with a clear cut outcome, yet still “scrambling” for what to do, likely to resort to the only tactic they do commit to: fundraising. After briefly touching on the state of the undemocratic institutions that are the Supreme Court and US Senate, Sam, Emma, and Digby take on the likelihood of a national ban coming from a Republican majority legislature, as well as the other mass changes to the US constitution we can expect, from Plessy v. Ferguson to Gov. Abbott’s recent challenge to teaching migrants. Then, Russ Feingold brings up the idea of this being a product of a Republican Party led by Donald Trump, versus it as a culmination of anti-choice rhetoric starting with Reagan, looking to the complete lack of precedent for such a decision, and diving into Feingold’s relationship to the Supreme Court. They wrap up their discussion by diving into the American Consitution Society’s method for recruiting and evaluating potential judicial nominees, from lower circuits to the Supreme Court. Sam and Emma also discuss Joe Biden’s Senate as a filibuster-controlled wing of the legislature, California’s attempt to be an abortion refuge, and Louisiana’s attempt to ban abortion after fertilization. They also touch on updates from Ukraine and Mariupol and dive into the political implication of the SCOTUS leak.

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Emma hosts Kim Kelly, labor reporter and columnist at Teen Vogue, to discuss her recent book Fight Like Hell: The Untold History of American Labor. Then Emma is joined by Jessica Cisneros, candidate for Congress in Texas's 28th Congressional District, to give us an update from the campaign trail. Kim Kelly begins by just situating the current state of the labor movement, particularly coming off of her reporting from Bessemer, Alabama, and reflecting on the differences between that Amazon unionization effort and the success we’ve seen in Staten Island recently, before she and Emma get into the importance of looking to labor history for lessons from past organizers and past victories. Next, they get into the mythological image of the American union worker, the older white guy with grease on him, and the electoral fetishization of appealing to him, contrasting this figure with the incredibly diverse makeup of a working class. Kelly then looks to her own connection to organizing, first reflecting on her parent’s union membership and then getting into her first experience unionizing the Vice office back in the early 2010s, becoming only the second digital media union, and seeing firsthand how unions can achieve incredible things for their workers, from accessible and gender-affirming care to reasonable wages and myriad other material changes. She and Emma then jump back to 1824 discussing the first factory strike in US history, by young women in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, as a first example of how unionization is both not a white male activity, and is incredibly effective at lifting those who are viewed as easily exploitable into positions of leverage and safety, looking to more contemporary examples of Flight Attendants as well, before looking to how executives use different racial and cultural groups to divide workers. Moving to the turn of the century, they first discuss the mass strikes of washerwomen in Atlanta during the 1881 Cotton Exposition as they get into a discussion on the segregation of the labor movement, looking also to the brotherhood of sleeping car porters (the first AFL-recognized Black union), and the Philly local aid chapter of the IWW (the first nationally recognized interracial union), before they shift slightly to the large-scale women’s organizing movement like the uprising of the 20,000 in NYC, discussing the paths they inspired including the impact of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory pushing one of the biggest engineers, Frances Perkins, of social security and the New Deal deeper into the realm of organizing. Moving to the West Coast, Kim and Emma discuss how the 1940s saw sugar cane plantations in Hawaii continuously shift between targeted immigrant communities, dropping one and looking to another as each organized themselves (before working together), and dive into the “Ya Basta!” movement for janitors in CA, before wrapping up by touching on the current state of the NLRB and the inspiration we can find in (certain places of) the Biden Administration. Emma also chats with Jessica Cisneros on fighting for workers and a progressive agenda when up against an anti-choice Democrat in Texas.

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Sam and Emma host Jeff Hauser, the head of the Revolving Door Project at the Center for Economic and Policy Research. Then, Sam and Emma are joined by Jordan Flowers, co-founder of the Amazon Labor Union and The Congress of Essential Workers. First, Sam and Emma dive into the Ohio primaries, as JD Vance comes out on top to fight Tim Ryan, Nina Turner comes up short once again, and Biden’s dance around abortion while McConnell straight-up refuses to address anything but the leak. Jeff, Sam, and Emma begin with Hauser’s thoughts on the implications of the SCOTUS leak, particularly with his history working at the DOJ, diving into the need for progressive and center-left organizers to keep this central to political discourse. Next, they dive into his work as head of the Revolving Door Project, looking at the cyclical path followed by the Democratic consultant class, between working to develop policy for the party and working to get around that policy for corporations, and diving into the examples they’ve been tracking in the Biden administration, and whether that has anything to do with the Democrats’ refusal to actually stick up to corporate crime, despite the incredible popularity such action would have. They then dive further into active Democratic inaction, particularly in the realms of supply chain economics and reproductive rights, looking at other, incredibly popular moves that Democratic leadership could (and likely won’t) make, including putting on corporate pressure in the fight for consumers against price gouging, and pushing back against an antagonistic Supreme Court and forcing big decisions, even if they lose. Jordan Flowers then joins, diving into the creation and cultivation of the Amazon Labor Union and Congress of Essential Workers, before looking at the mixed bag that was the recent round of ALU elections for the LDJ-5 storage center, discussing the roles of part-time employment and storage duties played in giving Amazon easier ability to display union-busting propaganda. They also look at the incredible success of the unions, discussing today’s visit of his co-founders to the White House, and what the fight looks like going forwards.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma dive into the two democratic reactions to the Roe v. Wade decision: the first being putting it on midterm voters (as Biden did) and the second being the profoundly ahistorical tactic of blaming “Trump Republicans” (as Schumer and Pelosi did) for the extremist result. Grant Stinchfield for some reason sees KBJ as the source of the leak, definitely not because of her race or gender but for other, nonexistent reasons. Ronald Raygun reflects on various developments in Democrats’ ability to talk about serious issues, as he, Emma, and Sam look at Michigan State Sen. Mallory McMorrow’s continued ability to stir passion in her base, and Aaron from Chicago dives into the role of the Supreme Court in general. Crowder dives into his views on the diverse tastes of rapists, and our favorite Men’s Rights activist calls to explore his take on the abortion topic (it’s not as bad as you’d think, but everything else he says is). Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Sam and Emma host Khiara M. Bridges, professor at Berkeley Law School, and Michelle Oberman, professor at Santa Clara University School of Law, to discuss the bombshell leaked SCOTUS brief that would overturn Roe V. Wade. Prof. Bridges first joins to clarify what it actually was that was leaked, looking at Justice Alito’s first draft of, what he hopes to be, the majority opinion, whether that means the overturn is likely (it is very likely) and whether that can change (possibly), before they get into discussing the role of the leak as a tactic to ward off any defectors and soften the blowback against the right when it comes to the midterms. They then look to the institution itself, diving into the corroding trust that resulted in this leak, and Professor Bridges’ take on the “originalist exercise” and the absurdity of lending extra credence to beliefs that were birthed from an incredibly exclusive population. Next, Khiara, Sam, and Emma look at Alito’s take on of substantive due process and other 14th Amendment guarantees, particularly as bat signals for the right to go after Obergefell (same-sex marriage) and Lawrence (TX sodomy laws). Professor Oberman then joins to look to the future, as they dive into what repercussions we could see from a full federal ban on abortion, particularly when it comes to the iron law of prohibition, and what Black market abortions entail, before looking at the overwhelming child poverty that would further be inspired by these policies. They wrap up their discussion by noting the importance of centering the needs of the most marginalized and vulnerable when attempting to build a response, looking at HOW they’ll be affected, and then building infrastructure from there. Sam and Emma also talk the Ohio and Indiana primaries, and watch Mitch McConnell’s immediate pivot to blaming the left for the leak.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma are joined by Nomiki Konst as they cover Susan Collins’ absolute SHOCK over yesterday’s SCOTUS decision after years of her telling us that Justice Kavanaugh would NEVER vote this way, diving into the disastrous desire of centrists and Democrats to meet conservatives half-way on abortion, and touching on Ari Fleischer’s appearance on Fox to rally against the misguided zealot that leaked this. This brings them to a conversation on the Right’s obsession with the leak, and where the leak might’ve come from, before they touch on Tucker Carlson’s fun redefinition of neoliberalism (hint: it’s a smokescreen for race and gender politics), Josh Mandel capitalizes on Trump’s idiocy to claim his endorsement of JD Vance as his own, and the crew dives into the New York State gerrymandering ruling. They wrap up with one more conversation on the politics of the leak, plus, your IMs!

 
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Sam and Emma host J. David McSwane, reporter at ProPublica, to discuss his recent book Pandemic Inc.: Chasing the Capitalists and Thieves Who Got Rich While We Got Sick, on the fraudulent paths of government money at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. David begins by covering the state of our infrastructure (or lack thereof) at the start of the pandemic, including an incredible 1% of necessary strategic reserves of PPE and other equipment which had been cut down in the wake of Democrats’ sequestration attempts in the 2010s and Donald Trump’s general crippling of anything governmental. Moving into the actual governmental response, David, Emma, and Sam then dive into how the execution of early pandemic policy genuinely made the preparations look effective, as nearly half of the pandemic response budget was swallowed up by corporations who held largely expired goods, setting a government contracting frenzy shoveling cash to any dude on the streets who said they had access to masks. Exploring this, David walks through his experiences on Robert Stewart’s private jets, jumping across the country clearly in search of more excuses for the never-to-materialize masks, before getting into the story of Mike Bowen’s Prestige Ameritech, perhaps the only legitimate source of masks that the US Government explored, and how his deal fell through due to personality differences, and touching on how one Fillakit LLC acquired their contract and shipped pre-expanded soda bottles through FEMA and across the country. Next, David McSwane dives into the role of the Kushner children in expanding this fraud beyond government contracts to the Paycheck Protection Program, diving into the myriad pseudo corporations and fake farms that sprang up to claim millions. Sam and Emma also touch on the Connecticut bill attempting to protect out-of-state abortion seekers, the White House’s ongoing internal battle over whether or not to cancel student debt, and the incredible fraud of the New York Times as Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns continue to trickle out years-old behind-the-scenes drama from Republicans over Build Back Better.

And in the Fun Half: Emma pays a visit to the NLRB’s vote tally for the Amazon labor fight while Sam takes a call from John in New Mexico on MR’s relationship to their mods and covers the Right’s constant ideology that looks for culture war openings, meaning gay people’s right to exist is just as much up for debate in 2022 as it was in 1982. Casey from Washington calls in about beetles, wildfire, and Canadian lumber supply, Charlie Kirk explores the positive impacts of recessions (they fuck over workers and undermine their leverage), and Sam and Emma walk through a harrowing Marist poll in the lead-up to the midterms. Ron DeSantis rips off Trump’s Gold Card, and Ben Shapiro discusses the violent culture war instigation that was Democrats giving Black folks the right to vote. Will Cain finds out some of his Fox co-hosts might not be vaccinated, David from LA explores the CA Governor's race, and the NLRB Amazon vote trickles in, plus, your calls and IMs!

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It's Casual Friday! Sam and Emma host Ari Rabin-Havt, former deputy campaign manager for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt), to discuss his recent book The Fighting Soul: On the Road with Bernie Sanders. Then, Sam and Emma are joined by Matthew Film Guy! Ari, Emma, and Sam first dive into what his roles were traveling with Bernie throughout the 2020 campaign, particularly in the wake of Ari’s arrival on the team in the wake of his 2016 run. Ari Rabin-Havt then explores what it’s like to have that intimate perspective, particularly when it comes to Bernie’s atypical relationship to his popularity, which jumped to unprecedented levels in 2016, and in his reflections on bringing the magic from his previous campaign into 2020. After touching further on Bernie’s evolution between the two elections, Ari reflects on the role of Democratic leadership in completely leaving Bernie out to dry when it came to his fight with Jeff Bezos in 2018 and giving him the inside lane there, and discusses how the relationship between Bernie and Elizabeth Warren developed over the course of the second campaign, from the launch of their campaigns, to Bernie’s heart attack, and all the way through the well-documented clash on the Iowa debate stage. Sam, Emma, and Ari briefly touch on any massive changes to the campaign that would’ve been made in reflection two years later, from the first debate to Super Tuesday, before they wrap up the interview by discussing the central importance of a movement of workers to actually carry and support the progressive agenda, the importance of supporting actual organizers, and what possibilities remain around a third Bernie presidential campaign. Then, Matthew Film Guy (AKA Film Guy Matthew) discloses his BTS drama in his most recent movie, and walks through THREE movie recommendations, including Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s “Syndromes and a Century,” Joanna Hogg’s romance in the time of Thatcher “The Souvenir,” and Luchino Visconti’s work “Rocco and his Brothers.” Sam gives Matthew his Disney World tips, and Sam and Emma cover re-juiced military aid to Ukraine, Biden’s tiptoe tapdance with student debt relief, and the absurdity of means-testing.

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Emma hosts writer and historian Alicia Puglionesi to discuss her recent book In Whose Ruins: Power, Possession, and the Landscapes of American Empire, on the US imperialist claims over land, resource, and history. Alicia begins by situating her work within prior research on parapsychology and the story of a white tourist’s psychic experience while visiting an indigenous burial mound, which led her to look to the colonization of the past as a practice to legitimize the colonization of the present. Starting from these earthworks, Alicia and Emma then dive into the various tactics of 19th Century America in manipulating the history of the land, with perspectives from the sciences, antiquarians, and even archeology to produce myths such as that of the “Lost Race” that was really responsible for indigenous wonders, that served to support their contemporary politics. Next, Alicia dives into the story of Henry Rowe Schoolcraft, a failing businessman who went to work for the Office of Indian Affairs in Michigan, where he marries into an Ojibwe family and begins collecting their stories and traditions, publishing them under his own name for the express purpose of creating a connection to the place for white Americans. Moving away from land as the primary resource for the accumulation of wealth, Alicia and Emma get into the stories of the early oil barons in western Pennsylvania and how they painted their role as a divine benediction, the culmination of the purpose of the land being this mass industrialization of the region, before Alicia dives into the completely ignored historical use of oil in indigenous communities as a representation of how the destructive capacity we associate with it, is not necessarily inherent in oil. They then look to the early 20th Century and the waterways projects as the US began building dams across America, as they get into the concept of non-military claims to land, with capitalism as an extension of power just like the military is, exploring the flooding of countless vital indigenous lands for the purpose of, once again, building up industrialization in the region. Alicia dives into the final resource explored in the book, looking at the Manhattan Project’s relationship to the New Mexican indigenous communities and histories, and exploring nuclear power as a representation of the US’s building of hegemony to the point of apocalypse – alongside what we’ve seen with oil and climate change – before they wrap up the interview with a conversation on the role of the land back movement and how the land of national parks may serve as a starting point. Emma also touches on Russia’s developing tactics in their imperialist invasion of Ukraine, Marjorie Taylor Greene’s looking to the church as the savior of woke charitable giving, and Chuck Schumer’s push for student debt relief.

And in the Fun Half: Emma doxxes Matt Binder’s Nancy Pelosi fancam account, and Brandon waxes poetic on countless topics. They cover Judge Jeanine Pirro’s objections to both forgiving student debt, and paying off her own debts, Dennis Prager dives into the false flag that is every hate crime ever, and Colin from Brooklyn reflects on his assault and fining by an NYPD officer over biking through an open red light. This sparks a greater conversation on policing and police control, before Dave from Jamaica dives into the absurdity of debate as a way to convince others to change their mind, Matt, Emma, and Brandon watch Andre Iguodala dive into HIS $25k in crypto losses, and why they’re a form of student debt themselves. They also watch Oklahoma GOP Chair John Bennett discuss the non-violent firing squad he wants to take on Anthony Fauci, plus, your calls and IMs!
 
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Direct download: 4_28_Puglionesi_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:34pm EST

Sam and Emma break down the biggest headlines of the last week, in Sam's first news day back in studio! They begin by unpacking the fact that over half of Americans, per CDC estimates, have contracted COVID at least once now, discussing the intra-studio experiences with the virus and how vastly it can differ from person to person, before they dive into Biden’s pardon of Abraham Bolden, JFK’s Secret Service member and the first Black member to serve the President’s detail, looking at why he was arrested in the first place, and what a government that doesn’t hide CIA/FBI domestic intervention from the public might look like. Next, they jump to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, as US and Russia expand their war aims amidst their imperialist expansions (though employing different tactics), and unpack the US’s role, particularly as devastation continues in Yemen and Afghanistan, before they watch Rand Paul go toe-to-toe with Tony Blinken on whether Russia kinda deserves to remake their Soviet empire, and highlight the importance of pushing for Ukrainian agency. Moving deeper into discussion on the Republican Party, Sam and Emma discuss the flip in impact for Trump endorsements, as JD Vance and others see their polling numbers jump following his appearance in support of them, and look at the ever trickling in NYT leaks of Kevin McCarthy’s (and other leadership’s) turn on Trump and Trump-supporting Congresspeople immediately following 1/6. They also dive into the other incompetent party in the US, looking at Biden’s continuously ambiguous relationship to student debt cancelation, and the Democrats’ inability to run on a single issue even as their competition pushes public discourse against abortion, LGBTQ folks, and CRT further and further to the right.

And in the Fun Half: Emma has Sam unpack his stance on Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover, as they cover the ambiguous nature of the site’s politics and political engagement, the fear of what Musk’s “free speech” might actually mean, and watch Ben Shapiro and Mark Levin unpack their desire for Musk to fill up the Twitter ranks with garbage fascists. Devin Nunes discusses Trump’s LOVE for surprises (not to mention his feelings towards flabbergastery), CSPAN gets a call about all those minorities on TV, and Burt from Burnsville MN expands the discussion on social media solutions. Midi Doctors talks no-fly zones over Ukraine, Sam and Emma respond to the silly Aaron Maté discourse, and Jordan Peterson and Douglas Murray discuss how talking about slavery is more painful than the lasting effects of slavery. James from TX discusses how transphobic and anti-teacher discourse has trickled into teachers’ minds, causing fear and panic over not being able to discern the gender of tadpoles in an elementary school science project, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 4_27_Seder_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:14pm EST

Sam hosts David Dayen, executive editor at the American Prospect, to touch on the big weekend in news, as well as all of the fantastic journalism going on at the Prospect. He and Sam kick it off with his recent piece “The Accidental Revolution,” first covering the absolute state of despair within the Democratic Party, from Biden’s low (and falling) approval rating, poor midterm polling, and a 2024 election map that makes it unlikely for the Democratic majority to last, all paving the road for a worst-case scenario for a filibuster-proof Republican majority in the Senate. Next, they jump to the main villain of the Democratic party under the Biden Administration, looking to Joe Manchin’s booming approval rating in WV, and get into what we can learn from the Democrats’ failures with Build Back Better, whether it be the ineffectiveness of trying to pack something for every silo of the party into a single bill, the absurdity of interest groups just shoving legislative possibilities together, and how the reconciliation process provides limited opportunity to get anything done. However, as David continues, he and Sam dive into what the American Rescue Plan alongside Democratic inaction has made room for, looking at the bill as a restoration of pre-pandemic employment rates, bolstering worker ability in the labor market, with the following great resignation preceding the biggest boom in labor organizing during the neoliberal era, seeing the largest employers in the country (Starbucks, Amazon, etc) get organized from the bottom up. Expanding on this, David and Sam dive into the role of labor in American party politics, and the hope of a labor party (either separate from the Democrats or by taking over leadership) finally coming to fruition as the true “accidental revolution” they are hoping for. Next, they look to the reaction to the other consequences of the American Rescue Plan, at its interaction with the supply chain’s effect on inflation, what Fed tactics to tighten up the labor market might mean for workers, and why addressing supply-based inflation with demand-based solutions is a complete mistake. They wrap up the interview by talking about Elon Musk’s Twitter bid, and what is happening to the subscription model (particularly in journalism) amidst massive inflation. Sam also covers DeSantis’s election crimes office bill, Marjorie Taylor Greene shooting the insurrection shit with Mark Meadows, and Jane McAlevey’s response to yesterday’s call on organizing social workers.

And in the Fun Half: Sam is joined by Nomiki Konst as they cover Fox’s Kennedy discussing the true problem in American culture: educating our kids for free, and Steven Crowder gets deep into the truly confusing topics (gay sex, how does penis go into penis??) as he tactfully (not at all) links homosexuality and pedophilia. Piers Morgan and Donald Trump discuss the stupidity of various key leaders in the Republican Party, and Sam notes how Trump’s body language constantly reflects his rightful place on the porcelain throne, Tucker Carlson dives into savior Elon Musk and his bid to rescue Twitter from the clutches of the powerful elite, and McCarthy goes to the border to do some grassroots whataboutism. Sam and Nomiki also touch on the inaction within the chaos of the Democratic party and their inability to deal with party politics, plus your IMs!

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Direct download: 4_26_Dayen_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:22pm EST

It's Sam's triumphant return to the show! He and Emma host Sandy Jacoby, Research Professor at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, to discuss his recent book Labor in the Age of Finance: Pensions, Politics, and Corporations from Deindustrialization to Dodd-Frank, on the contradictions ingrained in the relationship between organizing and shareholders. Professor Jacoby begins by situating the first era of union financialization at the end of the 19th Century with the birth of labor banks as a way to bolster worker funds, until the Great Depression flipped nearly every single one belly up, burning the relationship between the two sectors for much of the next fifty years over the New Deal era. The start of the neoliberal era in the 70s forced unions to look for ways to boost their power once again, turning to union pension funds, which offered both direct and indirect control over money for their workers, with a particular focus on the public State and Local funds such as CalPERS, which used their billions to bolster myriad labor fights in their state. After briefly touching on the different structures of the public pension funds, Professor Jacoby, Emma, and Sam dive into how this led to these funds putting in place shareholder policies, trading financial support for policies that favor shareholders’ profits over workers, particularly pushing stock options and stock-based pay for executives, seeing a complete shift to marketization, including swapping pensions for 401ks, and commitments to labor squeezes to bolster share prices. Next, Professor Jacoby dives into how this financialization tied the roles of these pensions, shareholders, and CEOs together, fighting for the same short term returns despite their inverse relationship with the health of corporations, labor, and community, and how this structure forced union objections to be made in alignment with shareholder profits. They wrap up the interview by exploring what separating unions’ organizing interests from their pension interests could look like, the role that de-financializing corporations plays, and where the world of labor is at in this conversation. Sam also unpacks his personal pandemic experience these past two weeks, before he and Emma unpack the continued escalation of Russian violence in Ukraine, Kevin McCarthy scrambling to get back in Trump’s good graces, and how the labor movement got to the incredible moment it finds itself in.

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Direct download: 4_25_Jacoby_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:34pm EST

It's Casual Friday! Emma hosts Alex Pareene, Contributing Editor at the New Republic and proprietor of the AP newsletter on Substack, to round up the week in news.

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Direct download: 4_22_Pareene_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:40pm EST

Emma hosts Paolo Gerbaudo, Director of the Centre for Digital Culture at King's College London, to discuss his recent book The Great Recoil: Politics after Populism and Pandemic.  Emma first starts off by covering the amoral impending execution of Melissa Lucio, despite growing evidence that she was not responsible for the death of her child. Then, Emma touches briefly upon the pro-wrestling promo that is the preview for Donald Trump's sit down interview with Piers Morgan. Paolo joins Emma afterwards to explain the concept behind the "Great Recoil", as well as the question of what kind of management system is most functional/beneficial for this particular market economy. Paolo also explains the concept of what the left should and does value in terms of the idea of "security"-social security, environmental security, as opposed to the traditional definitions that entail physical protection (ahem, military spending.) He notes that there is overwhelming evidence globally that people thrive within their lives when provided with social safety nets in order to succeed. Paolo then defines the concept of "neo-statism", and how a concept of delivering public goods without the necessitation of a market justification would open up so many more avenues to improve people's overall wellbeing. Emma and Paolo then touch on the question of how the prospects of democracy look globally in an era demanding more of state action regardless of political system, what happens when a country doesn't have an efficient public health, transit, and infrastructural sector can lead to (ahem, COVID, the entire US economy), and how these concepts being discussed either dovetail or mesh with the idea of "populism" as its been exemplified in the 2010's with Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders's campaigns. They then touch on bureaucracy and how, while sometimes a bad word, it can be used to benefit the most vulnerable people (incentivizing young bureaucrats, working class bureaucrats and how people with access to this knowledge and literacy can transmit it to people who've never had the luxury of hiring people to understand it.) They finally touch on the US's booster shot efforts, the massive economic and social infrastructure of Amazon, and how outsourcing this type of bureaucracy to consultancies and corporations only weakens public sector structure to do what it would be capable of doing without these obstacles.

Then, in the Fun Half, Emma is joined by Matt and Brandon to discuss Rudy Giuliani's much ballyhooed debut on the Masked Singer, Don Jr. weighing in (slurring in) on the Libs of TikTok drama, Dennis Prager discussing whether leftists (who he fears more than death) can ever be truly happy, and Tulsi Gabbard continuing to turn into Dave Rubin by weighing in on the Florida "parents rights" legislation on Hannity (surprise-she's into it). Plus, your calls & IM's!

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Direct download: 4_21_Gerbaudo_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:33pm EST

Emma hosts Daisy Pitkin, organizer at Workers United, to discuss her recent book On The Line: A Story Of Class, Solidarity, and Two Women's Epic Fight to Build A Union. Then Emma is joined by Brianna Wu, executive director of The Rebellion PAC, to discuss the upcoming primary in Ohio's 11th Congressional District between Nina Turner and Shontel Brown. Daisy begins by discussing the tone of her work, as it focuses on what it *feels* like to build worker solidarity, rather than what happens along the road to success, diving into how this work was birthed well after the labor efforts, as she reflected on her connections with those that built the union alongside her. Next, she brings Emma back to the early 20th Century as they discuss the story of the Uprising of the 20,000, a mass strike amongst young women working in the New York shirtwaist industry – the biggest general strike by women in American history – and their incredible success in bringing over 500 employers to the table, winning better working conditions, wages, and much more, before they dive into the other side of the story, as Pitkin dives into the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in 1911, resulting in 146 (easily preventable) deaths, as the picture of early 1900 organizing paints the clear benefits of winning the union fight, and the devastating consequences of employers coming out on top. Then, Daisy brings us back to her experiences working with Arizona industrial laundry workers in the early 2000s, as she walks through the myriad dangers at the factories, from laborers like Alma in the soil-sort department working with bare hands to parse through used hospital garments, to others that had to climb through intensely heated machinery to avoid production delays. She then gets into the story of her and Alma’s undercover work in setting out to create a web of solidarity, looking to their blitz method of contacting and discussing unions with almost all 220 workers at the factory in 48 hours, setting up a meeting, and unpacking the commitment all 220 of them wanted to make together, before getting into the fight that followed – from the 200+ mandatory anti-union meetings in the three weeks that followed, to the illegal firing of Alma and three other leaders. After tying together the story of this effort with the following year-long fight against the illegal union-busting practices, and the incredible ruling that pushed a bargaining order on the employer, Emma and Daisy wrap up the interview with a discussion on what today’s labor moment can learn from these stories, why we should be optimistic, and the beauty of the bottom-up tidal wave that is the current labor movement. Emma also touches on President of Deference Joe Biden continuing to go along with whatever right-wing extremist judgment comes through, the continued devastation in Mariupol, and the catastrophe that has been Pete Buttigieg’s reign as the Secretary of Transportation.

And in the Fun Half: Emma is joined by Brianna Wu as they unpack her work in The Rebellion PAC, what she has learned from her own campaigns for Congress, the battle for Ohio’s 11th district, and the fight for policies that actually connect with constituents, especially those that aren’t fully invested in the political machine. Emma also covers Michigan State Senator Mallory McMorrow’s impassioned rejection of the Right’s aggressive targeting of queer youth, and the role religion can play in lifting up the most marginalized in society. Bill O’Reilly says “fuck it! Let's fly it live!” Ted Cruz talks Mickey Mouse f*cking Pluto, Mariana from Minneapolis discusses individuals and combating environmental change, especially in building the world you want to see, and Jesse Watters gives us the horrifying tale of how he got a first date with one of his producers. Michele Bachmann shames Islamic supremacy, since Christians are truly superior and we get some updates on Richmond Starbucks’ unionization success; plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 4_20_Pitkin_Wu_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:28pm EST

Emma hosts Drew Pendergrass, doctoral student in Environmental Engineering at Harvard University, and Troy Vettese, environmental historian at the European University Institute, to discuss their recent book Half-Earth Socialism: A Plan to Save the Future From Extinction, Climate Change, and Pandemics, on putting together a socialist model for a society that operates without economic markets and with respect for ecological theory, climate science, and urban and land-use planning. Drew and Troy begin by situating their work as an attempt to think through what socialism does, and can mean when attempting to tackle modern questions and social issues, with a particular focus on conservation. They then dive into the specific systems and infrastructures that would be necessary in such a society, from mass investment in public transportation, greater food choice to support a transition away from industrial husbandry, and a commitment to re-wilding and building up nature preserves from around 10-15% of land to around 50%, before looking at why socialism is necessary as the overarching system supporting this world. Next, Emma, Drew, and Troy look deeper at the history of conservation and the ideologies that drive it, first looking at their work as a critique building off of E.O. Wilson and completely changing our relationship to land-use as we try to undo our creation of a sixth mass extinction, before they jump back to the 1700s and the major schools of thought around our relationship to nature – including the influence of Hegel and the humanization of nature into utopia, and the Malthusian social Darwinism that sees “positive” checks (mass deaths) on population numbers as central to humanity’s continued existence. They also touch on how the role of conservationism, particularly today, almost entirely serves the realm of philanthropy, as they dive into prevailing narratives and models around tackling the climate crisis we face, and how they often act contrary to the ecological crisis, looking at nuclear power and carbon capture technology specifically, before wrapping up by discussing their own perspectives on the issue, and the video game attached to their work that lets people practice building their own environmental models for the future, and see what worlds they could support. Emma also covers a Florida judge’s overturning of the federal mask mandate on public transit and planes, Israel’s continued air raids on Gaza at the height of Ramadan, and Ron DeSantis banning textbooks for discussing social-emotional learning.

And in the Fun Half: Emma takes a call with Ken from Charleston as they unpack today’s interview, before watching Eric Bolling take Ilhan Omar’s suggestion of praying on an airplane as disrespect towards good Christians, and Fox’s the Five dive behind who’s really in charge of Biden, refusing to walk on eggshells as they daringly analyze the Easter Bunny’s role at this weekend’s White House Celebrations. She also touches on Alex Jones’s clinging to Tucker Carlson as his walls of conspiracy crumble around him, Carter from NorCal discusses the importance of the collective element of collective bargaining, even when outside of a union, and a Swedish caller dives into this weekend’s Quran book burning and the corruption of the Swedish police. Comrade Greeting Card discusses airline COVID policy, Matt and Emma dive into the Right Wing’s inability to differentiate between investigative journalism discussing the possible identity of an anonymous harasser, and the revealing of all personal information (doxxing), plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 4_19_Pendergrass_Vettese_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:22pm EST

Emma hosts Gina Dent, Associate Professor of Feminist Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, to discuss her recent book Abolition. Feminism. Now., co-written with Angela Davis, Erica Meiners, and Beth Richie. Professor Dent and Emma begin by discussing how the mainstream roles of feminism and abolitionism have changed over the last half-century, including how certain forms of feminism became a standard starting in the ‘70s, yet it maintains its perception as a threat to the capitalist norm, and how abolitionism has fought for decades to become a part of the national discourse, with 2020 commonly seen as the year it broke into the mainstream discussion. Next, they unpack the non-abolitionist feminisms that have played a central role in progressive rhetoric since the ‘70s, why it’s important to both align much of abolitionism and feminism, and why we must understand how these “carceral feminisms” work to reinforce the Prison-Industrial Complex, and make our communities less safe and more susceptible to all types of harm (including gender-based harm). After briefly touching on how important the work of and with incarcerated folks was for their work, Professor Dent dives into the constant work that Black Feminist Liberationists have engaged in, often either excluded from the mainstream feminist discourse or strategically incorporated to bolster the carceral state, as we see particularly with the crime bill and Violence Against Women Act in the ‘90s. She then dives into the separation of state-sanctioned and interpersonal harms in the mainstream and the emphasis abolitionism makes on discussing them together, understanding that shifting away from interpersonal violence in favor of state violence does nothing to help women, and how the individualization of crime has served to exacerbate violence, particularly as it aligned with the deconstruction of state- and community-based welfare services. Emma and her then look to the importance of disarticulating crime from punishment, understanding how criminalization is often birthed outside of choice, and what rehabilitative actions can be taken BEFORE imprisonment to reduce both antisocial behavior and the punishment that often follows. They wrap up the interview by talking through the importance of abolition’s emergence into the mainstream, how to separate reformist reforms that bolster the POC from non-reformist reforms, and the importance of uplifting trans and indigenous voices and the harm the state perpetuates against them, often in correlation with the interpersonal harm they face. Emma also touches on Russia’s ramped-up attacks in Ukraine, Israel’s SECOND attack on the Al-Aqsa mosque in the middle of Ramadan, and the devastating shootings this weekend in South Carolina. She also admires CNBC’s conversation with fresh-faced Amazon CEO Andy Jassy as they dive into why they support unions, they’re just bad for Amazon specifically.

And in the Fun Half: It’s Emma’s birthday! Kowalski from NE calls in to celebrate, the crew admires Tucker Carlson’s brave endorsement of “bromeopathy” (like homeopathy but more scrote-focused) and Bro Flamingo calls to dive into the anti-woke left, where they come from, and how they’re poisoning the well of online leftist discourse. Roger Stone and Donald Trump dish on Ron DeSantis, the crew looks back at Vic Berger's killer edit on DeSantis’s appropriation of DJT’s elegant hand gestures, and Matthew from Philadelphia dives into small-scale individual and communal action to fight climate change. The Fox Five turn on Greg Abbott, Alex from NY gives his bday fight club matchups, and Elijah Schaffer (Blaze TV) and Dave Landau spend an interview uplifting trans genocide. Sam “not a libertarian” from Gary, Indiana dives into the role of the constitution in fighting the state, and what we can or should do about the 2nd Amendment, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 4_18_Dent_-_Pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:19pm EST

It's Casual Friday! Emma hosts David Griscom, co-host of Left Reckoning, to round up the week in news before she’s joined by a little-known guest star later on. David begins by diving into his recent move to Texas as he and Emma cover the absurdity of the state’s local politics. First, they look to Greg Abbott’s most recent stunt of forcibly shipping migrants off to “blue” cities, copying right off of Ted Cruz’s playbook, and using human props who’ve already been forced on the run for an incredibly pointless boondoggle. Alongside these busses, they look to the bargaining over imports and migration that Abbott has engaged with on the border, despite everything the Constitution says, and the bipartisan backlash he’s received for the severe stoppages along the supply line that resulted from all of his actions. Next, Emma and David discuss the evolution of his Governorship over the last few years, using a continuous State of Emergency from the start of the pandemic to turn his state from a weak governor state to one with him as the pinnacle of authority, before they look to future alternatives as they dive into the ever disheartening campaigning by Beto O’Rourke, and why the guy has decided to alternate between wildly left-wing (taking your guns) and grossly right-wing (supporting Title 42) talking points. They wrap up their interview with an in-depth pathological analysis of “truth lover” Elon Musk, his media manipulation, and how he’s become the king of speculation – since his actual inventions aren’t all that successful. Then, Emma is joined by a fresh-faced and raspy-voiced Sam Seder as he discusses his recent bout of COVID-19 and what being sick is like, before they get into the absurdity of Texas’ unconstitutional disruption of foreign trade, and the digital vs analog elements of coronavirus, whatever that means. Emma also dives into Christian Smalls’ killer appearance with Tucker Carlson, shutting down every misogynistic talking point and keeping the conversation on the importance of fighting for unions and worker solidarity, before briefly touching on Israel’s bombing of mosques in the middle of Ramadan.

And in the Fun Half: Emma takes a call with Nate from Portland on the “People for Portland” group that’s using phrases like “cleaning up garbage” as dog whistles for an attack on the homeless, Will from Indiana discusses the IU grad student strike and wishes Emma a happy early birthday! Mo Brooks discusses the corruption of Washington, and the pay-to-play nature of committee assignments, but interestingly doesn’t discuss any alternatives, Fox & Folks continue their absurd copaganda in the wake of the Brooklyn terror attack. Then Ethan Osborn from Covington, KY discusses his campaign for House District 4, and Ethan Mackey, Missouri State Rep, takes a stand for trans kids everywhere as he takes on the ingrained bigotry he grew up with. Jen Psaki announces the Biden administration’s return to thinking about student debt (thankfully), plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 4_15_Griscom_Seder_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:21pm EST

Emma hosts Alex Press, writer at Jacobin, to discuss her recent pieces on the burgeoning labor movement countrywide and Eric Adams's homelessness policies. Then Emma is joined by Daniel Bessner, co-host of the American Prestige podcast on SubStack, to discuss his recent brief for the Quincy Institute, "Ending Primacy to End U.S. Wars." Emma and Alex begin Eric Adams’ front-facing assault on the homeless, including the NYPD’s terror unit conducting an encampment sweep while a literal terrorist wandered the city, diving into his pointlessly expensive muscle-flexing of boosting the NYPD budget alongside cutting homeless services, before diving into his blame of protesters and parents for the deaths of Black teenagers by gunshot. Next, they swing over to Alex’s labor reporting, as she first contextualizes the recent discourse over unionization within the ever-falling rate of unions in the US, before looking into the positives we have seen in the wake of the Great Resignation of 2020. However, she then discusses the move from the individual action of this wave of resignation, to the collective action we’ve seen particularly amongst Starbucks and Amazon workers, as we begin to switch from temporary improvements for ourselves to bolstering the protections for workers and our colleagues as a whole, walking through the story of the unionization of the JFK-8 Amazon fulfillment center and the corporate neglect that lead to it. They wrap up the interview by touching on the labor movement amongst truckers in LA and Long Beach as Alex and Emma explore Biden’s improved NLRB and the genuine actions they’re taking to protect workers in the ever-evolving gig economy. Then, Daniel joins as he and Emma walk through the evolution of US armed primacy, first assessing its beginnings on the global stage in the wake of WW2, before walking through how it developed in the century before that, with the US simply containing their action as an expansionist power to the Western hemisphere. Next, they walk through the developments of the ‘30s and ‘40s that lead American elites to worry about their place on the global stage, and push us to become the hegemonic powers we see today. After discussing our armed primacy throughout the Cold War, they discuss our turn to the Middle East in the wake of the fall of the Berlin Wall, how we used it to legitimize keeping our place as the world’s police, and how it set us on a collision course with Iraq, before wrapping up the interview with the concept of a turn to the pacific, and what the future of armed primacy (and hopefully its decline) could look like. Emma also touches on PR pro-Eric Adam’s NYPD flaunting the arrest of Frank James, despite them having absolutely nothing to do with it.

And in the Fun Half: Emma is joined by Matt and Brandon as they watch Charlie Kirk discuss horizontal organizing… of houses, MTG goes to notorious feminist Matt Gaetz as he flies in to rescue her from BULLY Jimmy Kimmel, and Brandon gets into the feminization of videogames in the wake of gamer gates’ crackdown on giggle physics. Evan from NJ discusses Ukrainians returning to their homes, and gets Matt to dive into the new Q Anon documentary, before they discuss TN Senator Frank Niceley’s discussion of Hitler’s unproductive attitude, Rachel Duffy’s going all-in on promoting wage cucking, and Dave from Jamaica engages in a fantastic conversation on the categorizations we use in sports, plus, your calls and IMs!

 
Check out Alex's work at Jacobin here: https://www.jacobinmag.com/author/alex-press
 
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Emma hosts Sara Matthiesen, Professor of History at George Washington University, to discuss her recent book Reproduction Reconceived: Family Making and the Limits of Choice After Roe V. Wade, and how reproductive rights and the concept of choice have been manipulated and under attack in the age of Roe. Professor Matthiesen and Emma begin by exploring the large-scale questions of the book, from how Roe v. Wade completely changed the conversation around bodily autonomy to one on the idea of choice, to how the treatment of family plays into this. Sara Matthiesen then gets into this idea of “choice,” how this euphemism for abortion came to be, and the importance of recognizing the preexisting conditions that are necessary to choose to start a family, as she contextualizes the Roe decision at the beginning of the neoliberal era of austerity, seeing Nixon’s veto of universal childcare actually as a signal of the conservative fear of more women in the workforce and the downfall of the nuclear family, and an announcement of the state’s withdrawal from bolstering the project of the family writ large. Next, she and Emma tie in the role of the sexual revolution and red scares to the conservative preservation of “family values” (straight, cis, white, middle class) and the complete destruction of the welfare state, especially for poorer Black and brown mothers, discussing what additional labors are forced onto people in order to reproduce and maintain their family. They then dive into the role mass incarceration played in this project against non-perfectly-nuclear families, particularly in the neglect incarcerated individuals face at the hands of the state, from healthcare neglect resulting in countless severe illnesses and injuries alongside incredibly poor pregnancy care, to the active work against allowing communication between incarcerated individuals and their families, especially when it comes to court-ordered hearings. They wrap up the interview by touching on the role of queer parenting in this conversation, walking through the state’s lack of recognition of queer parenting as valid, and its insistence on the existence of a “male” and “female” provider as perhaps its only real involvement in the family. Emma also dives into Putin’s statement that he was really trying to HELP Ukrainians this whole time, as the Pentagon ramps up their weapon support, before she moves to Eric Adams continued scapegoating of the homeless in the face of a terror attack by someone who routinely raged at houseless (and other minorities) on social media, all while the funding for the police spikes and countless supposedly “affordable” housing apartments are kept empty.

And in the Fun Half: Emma takes a call with Ren from Oregon as they cover the rapid deterioration of trans rights in the US, with states like Alabama and Mississippi moving forward with bills for the forcible detransition of teenagers, and the complete lack of urgency from liberals on this matter, then, the Fox & Friends hosts reveal that the violent and insane people responsible for yesterday’s terror attack in Brooklyn are the homeless people that angered the shooter. Stephen from Pittsburg gives some updates on PA unionization, DeSantis continues to live out his dreams of government in the 80s, and the ACA somehow makes a return to town halls. Hannah from Southern California gives an open and honest discussion about the need for African American and Queer studies in American high schools, Greg Kelly tells us not to worry because “slavery was just a phase, mom!” Alex from NY calls in for some more discussion on parents’ relationship to schooling, plus, your calls and IMs!

 
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Emma hosts journalist Cole Stangler to discuss the recent French election results. Then, Emma is joined by investigate reporter Amanda Chicago Lewis to discuss her recent piece in the New Republic "Legalized Pot Was Supposed to Help Build Black Wealth in Los Angeles. It Failed." First, Cole and Emma dive into the major takeaways from the first round of the French presidential election, setting up a fight between President Macron’s political establishment and the Far Right’s Marine Le Pen, and how the democratic socialist candidacy of Jean-Luc Mélenchon found a foothold despite a right-wing-dominated media empire, and a fractured support system in the National Assembly, by relying on a coalition of working-class voters, a recognition of multiculturalism, and a general set of bread and butter economic policy. Next, they dive into the second round matchup, as Cole covers Macron’s shift to the right over his candidacy, particularly in his embrace of Islamophobic fear-mongering, repeal of the wealth tax, and commitment to a law and order candidacy. They compare and contrast his hard pivot to racism with Le Pen’s more subtle shift away from overtly racist rhetoric (despite its continued role in her policy) as she found herself challenged from the right, before Cole covers the general anti-Macron sentiment grounding Le Pen’s campaign, and the establishment’s preparations to blame the left for any defeat from the right. Next, Amanda Chicago Lewis joins as they discuss the racial equity policy that is “all the rage” in progressive states legalizing marijuana, and the unsurprising manipulation of Black and brown business owners that’s going on behind the scenes. First, Amanda dives into the representation of the policy as a “license to generational wealth” for people of color, and how, instead, we’ve seen the process for an equity license drive business owners to predatory loans to meet absurd conditions just so they can even be considered. They wrap up the interview with the story of Kika Keith and her attempts to take advantage of this supposed equity program in her city, only to be stymied left and right by the US government (both state and federally), and look to past policies of Black Capitalism and redlining to explain the US’s need to have complete control over the terms and conditions of Black wealth. Emma also touches on the Sunset Park subway attack that occurred this morning and Joe Scarborough’s recommendation for Dems to focus on conservatives being canceled on social media… to win the midterms?

And in the Fun Half: Emma is joined by Nomiki Konst as they cover Ben Shapiro’s reminder that rising sea levels will AT WORST, contribute to mass homelessness, Zack from Tennessee dives into conservatism in the southeast and its relationship to legislative success, and Amy Wax’s absurd collection of violently racist rhetoric about her own students. Alex Walker goes OFF on those darn whiney leftists, Spencer from Utah discusses the anti-trans anti-teacher legislation from the teacher's perspective, and Jennifer the GenX-er ends the show with a shower of positivity, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Emma hosts Elizabeth Popp Berman, associate professor of organizational studies at the University of Michigan, to discuss her recent book Thinking Like An Economist: How Efficiency Replaced Equality In U.S. Public Policy, on how the era of neoliberalism saw a new mode of reasoning in Washington, and the lasting effects it has today. First, Emma and Professor Berman paint a picture of how she opens her book, diving into why the election of Obama in 2008 serves as a perfect climax of the hyper marketization of US policy over the last half-century, looking at his facade of change and aesthetic of progress grounded in policy that ultimately looked nothing like the progressive action of Democrats from the ‘30s to ‘60s. Next, Professor Elizabeth Popp Berman jumps back to the ‘60s as she works to summarize this Econ 101 mode of reasoning that centers microeconomic concepts such as incentive and efficiency, originally coming into the Defense Department from the Rand Corporation, emphasizing cost-benefit analysis and catching on quickly in the midsts of LBJ’s Great Society expansion. As this way of thinking spread throughout Washington, one of the most disastrous effects was how it hooked itself into the Democratic party, defanging any talk of larger social spending in the name of equality after Johnson, led by a technocratic ideology of the markets, and coming into full swing under Carter as the early administrations of the ‘70s proved its efficacy in bolstering political and market power. Diving further into Carter’s regime, Beth and Emma look to public interest groups and policy schools in bolstering faith in technocracy and the elite hyper-marketization of our government, undermining healthcare accessibility, anti-trust regulation, and much more in favor of maximizing efficiency, before touching on how these schools of thought effectively ingrained themselves in Washington’s culture. Emma then dives into the incongruous relationship between efficiency and broader claims about rights (human, civil, economic, or other), as Professor Berman discusses the impact of this on social justice policy in the neoliberal era, before they wrap up the interview by looking at the hyper-specificity of this mode of economic reasoning (opposed to a labor-focused or Keyensian mode of economic reasoning), and discuss what the future of the left looks like, particularly when it comes to shifting away from this constraint on policy. Emma also dives into updates from Ukraine, as Jake Tapper posits meeting bloodshed with even more bloodshed in order to stop the bloodshed, and looks to France as she discusses the neoliberal centrist drive to appeal to the far right.

And in the Fun Half: Emma takes a call with Dan from Boiling Springs on the new age spirituality community’s growing dissolution with the vitriol in Q Anon-like conspiracy, Chris Coons apologizes for responding to Republican corruption with obstructionism, William from CA discusses getting around abortion bans, and a start-up guru takes a dip into promoting unhealthy habits to lower insurance costs. Caitlyn Jenner gives an unsurprisingly despicable take on the “Don’t Say Gay” legislation, Jeff from New Mexico gets into the nitty-gritty of today’s interview, and Jean from France discusses his “lesser evil” conundrum ahead of the upcoming election. DJT forgets who’s prosecuting him for what, and Pradeep from Canada dives into how Jordan Be Peterson-ing and the Texas abortion indictment, plus, your calls and IMs!

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It's Casual Friday! Sam and Emma host Pascal Robert, co-host of the This Is Revolution podcast, to wrap up the week in news.
Pascal first takes on the meaning of yesterday’s successful nomination of Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court, first walking through her qualifications, as the first justice with public defense experience since Thurgood Marshall, and why Biden’s reduction of her nomination to identity politics undermines the incredible progressive victory her confirmation provides. He, Emma, and Sam then dive into how her confirmation impacts the ideology of the court, as the first seat replacement that actually shifts the court slightly to the left (despite its otherwise far-right makeup), before Pascal walks through his view of the Right’s counter-revolution of the last half-century and the Court’s role as a counter-majoritarian conservative institution throughout US history, save the New Deal period. Then reflecting on KBJ’s history, they discuss the minimal critiques from the left, alongside her willingness to fight for the underdog, using her early-career experience to practice law from myriad perspectives (rather than just the corporate one), before Pascal wraps up by walking through the last fifty-year progression of the Black political class, from the mayors of the early Civil Rights era that supported redistributive policy despite their neoliberal alignment, through the urban regimes of the ’80s that began to fully embrace the neoliberal policies, and into the ‘90s’ complete marketization and embrace of DLC politics, as Robert assesses the mayorship of PR expert Eric Adams. Sam and Emma also touch on stalling peace talks between Russia and Ukraine, Puerto Rico’s continuing power outage, and Lindsay Graham’s and Rand Paul’s insistence on disrespecting KBJ on the Senate floor.
 
And in the Fun Half, the MR Crew checks out Ron DeSantis's new campaign track "Sweet Florida", then flash to the past to the all-time classic "Bush Was Right", they check in on Ben Shapiro melting down over milestone appointments like KBJ's, Morning Consult shows how much the Child Tax Credit lapse torpedoed Congressional Dems' standing, Judge Jeanine goes ballistic over the concept of student loan debt forgiveness, Steven Crowder sticks to his morals (being against tardiness) and cancels on Matt Gaetz, Jonathan Swan pisses off Mitch McConnell by asking him "do you have morals?", and the Fox & Friends crew go off on Austin, Texas for being *checks notes* "pro-homeless" (???). Plus, your IM's!
 
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Emma hosts Luke Savage, staff writer at Jacobin Magazine, to discuss his new book The Dead Center: Reflections On Liberalism And Democracy After the End Of History.  Then, Emma is joined by Rana Abdelhamid, candidate for Congress in New York's 12th Congressional District, to give us an update from the campaign trail. Luke and Emma begin by looking at what the "end of history" means, and how this period, that they were both born into, came to establish a ubiquity of neoliberalism’s status quo in the wake of the fall of the Soviet Union and the decline of fascism. They dive particularly into the assimilation of liberals, particularly in the US and UK, into the ideology following the decade of the 80s that saw overwhelming conservative success, looking to Tony Blair and his ability to both channel the zeitgeist of the status quo, and present himself as a transformational figure. This leads them to the Obama era, marking the beginning of the end of the “end of history” in the wake of the financial collapse, and the “ideological universalism” that he employed to fit himself into the center of history and culture, bolstering his transformational status while committing to his conservative politics. They then briefly touch on the role of other political staples of early 2000s culture, such as The Daily Show and the West Wing, and how they created this belief in a commitment to systems, with a cultural rejection of the right, that simply is not a plausible way for politics to function. They wrap up the interview by looking at the role of liberal incompetence, and how the Democratic party in the US manages to consistently act as though they have no power over the system that they control, and the role this played in first bolstering the Bush administration’s inadequacy, then pushing Obama’s inaction, and finally helping Trump’s candidacy along, even pushing forwards his role in 2024. Then, Emma talks with Congressional candidate Rana Abdelhamid on serving NY-12, committing to a progressive agenda that serves her constituents, and how it feels to take on an incumbent that actively looks away from her own district. Emma also dives into Biden’s vocal support of workers’ collective bargaining, particularly in the Amazon case, Chuck Todd apologizes for broadcasting such nonsense, and Jen Psaki does her best to remind people that it was JUST verbal, he’s not going to actually do anything about it.

And in the Fun Half: Emma is joined by Brandon and Matt as Emma does all she can to fend Dave from Jamaica away from online sports betting, Candace Owens calls out those mentally unstable adult predators, as she puts her trust in those attempting to legalize child marriage in Tennessee. Rep. Raul Ruiz goes in (though not all the way) on the gas and oil industry’s disaster capitalism with the invasion of Ukraine, Steve from Audubon discusses Disney and the right’s homophobia,  and Sean Hannity subtly calls for the execution of George W Bush. Gregory from OK gives us some exciting updates on his campaign, Matt touches on the influence of American neoconservatism on Putin’s Russia, and Eddie from Ft. Worth discusses not being pro-murder, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Sam and Emma host Jonathan Robins, Associate Professor of History at Michigan Technological University, to discuss his recent book Oil Palm: A Global History. Then, Sam and Emma are joined by Warren Hilsbos of the Coal Baron Blockade! Prof. Robins begins with the state of the palm oil industry – the world’s biggest oil industry – extracting from tropical regions of South East Asia, with some production in Africa and Latin America as well, all funneling into the oil’s ubiquity across our food products, as well as the industry’s absurd rates of deforestation, indigenous displacement, and destruction of biodiversity. Next, he, Sam, and Emma jump back to the 19th Century with Europe’s colonization of countless African nations and communities and the appropriation of many of their medicinal and culinary practices, central to which was the use of palm oil. As the transatlantic slave trade was slowly abolished, the shipping industries saw palm oil as the perfect replacement, central to countless of the developing products of the industrial revolution. As the world progressed into the 20th Century, fats and oils became central to nutrition in the western world, palm oil slowly moved to the center of colonial business interests, producing more oil per tree, per acre, than coconuts and other agricultural oils, yet, as Professor Robins explores, the power of indigenous communities, and their connection to their land stood strong, refusing to hand over their forests or their labor to the settlers in their backyard. Thus, the settler-colonial industry switched its focus to the much less densely populated forests of South East Asia, where it was much easier to lay claim to others’ land and funnel in indentured servants from across the continent, subsidized by European regimes like the English and the Dutch. Next, Jonathan walks Sam and Emma through the developments of the mid-1900s, which saw a crackdown on cheap labor practices that competed with American businesses, with much of the labor coercion leaving the industry up until the 1980s (classic). They wrap up the interview by touching on regulation in recent years, as more progressive practices exist only independently, while the main palm oil industry employs the ever-trustworthy practices of self-policing, evaluating, and promoting their own vastly more expensive “ethically sourced” products (which, unsurprisingly, has seen little-to-no engagement on the corporate level). Sam and Emma also touch on the rampant spread of “Don’t Say Gay” and anti-abortion bills throughout the South and Midwest, all charges falling through in the murder of Amir Locke, and Jen Psaki’s incredulous response to Steve Portnoy’s “why not?” take on World War Three.

Then, Emma and Sam are joined by Warren Hilsbos with West Virginia Rising, as they discuss this weekend’s “Coal Baron Blockade” at Grand Town Power Plant, the sole consumer of Manchin’s dirty coal plant, and how the group is taking on their senator’s decision to side with corporate corruption over his constituents’ well-being. In the Fun Half, Ben Shapiro joins in with Senators Cotton and Blackburn as they take on “radical left” constitutionalist Ketanji Brown Jackson, due to her fear of discussing bajingos and hoo-has in a Senate confirmation hearing for a SUPREME COURT seat. Dustin from Queens calls in on Democrats’ refusal to invest in public housing, particularly from the angle of building their base, and PR Mayor Eric Adams funnels some taxes to billboards promoting his city in Florida. Mike Lindell gets served, before trying to politely return the envelope, Charlie Kirk and the Right want MORE gender neutrality in schools (one would assume with their rhetoric at least), and Wren from Oregon calls in with updates on anti-trans legislation, and her experiences with Gender Critical community members, plus, your calls and IMs!

 
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Emma hosts Ken Klippenstein, investigative reporter at The Intercept, to discuss his recent piece "LEAKED: NEW AMAZON WORKER CHAT APP WOULD BAN WORDS LIKE “UNION,” “RESTROOMS,” “PAY RAISE,” AND “PLANTATION”.  Ken and Emma begin by summarizing the incredible culmination of the Staten Island Amazon unionization effort, beginning back in April 2020 with a walkout for MINIMAL safety protocols in the middle of a pandemic, resulting in the firing of Christian Smalls, only for the fight to completely turn on its head as employees found inspiration and a drive to solidarity with Christian and his other co-workers turning their attention to the creation of a new, independent union for Amazon laborers, combatting wildly offensive and dismissive attempts at union-busting by the company, leading up to last weeks astounding success. After briefly touching on the incredible response to the successful union vote, looking at it as one of the biggest labor victories in half a century, Ken dives into a few of the other investigations he has held into Amazon’s poor safety regulation. They then get to the real reveal that Klippenstein discovered, as they dive into Amazon’s leaked internal messaging server and its exhaustive list of banned words ranging from the obvious (racial epithets, slurs) to the obviously exploitative (union, fire, accessibility, freedom, slave labor, living wage, identity, FREEDOM). Ken walks through both the original senior meetings that saw internal social media as a solution to their inability to keep employees, and the revelation that was realizing such a platform would also have to guard against the “dark side” of social media (worker solidarity). They wrap up the interview with a little compare and contrast between Amazon’s internal messaging and their external social media policy which is actual humans cranking out dissociatively positive tweets in support of management. Emma also dives into Howard Schultz’s return to the podium of Starbucks Town Halls as he dangles shiny tokens of the non-fungible variety in the eyes of his “partners” to distract from the incredible wave of unionization efforts occurring in his coffee shops throughout the country, before touching on the information coming in about Russian war crimes, what their retreat from Kyiv might mean, and insights into the UN’s new IPCC report.

And in the Fun Half: Emma is joined by Nomiki Konst as they show off their Elizabeth Holmes impressions, Justin from Georgia calls in to discuss the Amazon unionization victory, and how and WHY different media members tried to tie in AOC to the conversation. JD Vance discusses the bad hombres coming over the border, but just means the Sacklers, as Emma and Nomiki reflect on the absurdity of the liberal Hillbilly Elegy phase. Sarah Palin and Jesse Watters fantasize about AOC in a piece on the left just “pounding and pounding” ideas of sex and gender deeper and deeper into our heads, and Kenny from Berkeley discusses changing the conversation on electoralism. Evan from NJ talks about representations of Biden’s weaknesses, Prager U says “let us into your kids’ bed(times)” Kowalski talks about the YouTube channel “Knowing Better,” plus, your calls and IMs!

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Sam and Emma host John M. Schuessler, Associate Professor of Government and Public Service at Texas A & M University, to discuss his book Deceit On The Road To War: Presidents, Politics, and American Democracy, and how the blueprint to manufactured consent for US intervention developed over the last century. Professor Schuessler begins by situating his work coming out of graduate research on FDR and the leadup to WW2 in the early aughts, right as the debate around the Iraq war was peaking, and the inspiration he found in the parallels between how President Roosevelt and President Bush saw a window to get into war, and took it. Jumping back to 1941, Sam, Emma, and John look to FDR’s perspective as the Second World War escalated, understanding that if the Nazis took control over the USSR or Europe our time at the top of the global stage would be over, while having to balance that with an anti-interventionist public that wanted no more than economic and military aid to the allies. They distill his plan into the sphere of the Atlantic, where FDR hoped to isolate any action, and the Pacific, where he wanted to avoid any military engagement. However, unable to find any excuses in the Atlantic to garner support for action against Germany, FDR’s policy began to shift as he used an oil embargo to push Japan over the brink, expecting light retaliation and instead getting the Pearl Harbor attacks. Next, they walk through the state of the foreign policy elite at the time, who, much like the leaders of the Military-Industrial Complex today, were concerned with the downfall of the Liberal order above all, with much more invested in America’s role as a global superpower than they have to lose in going to war. Jumping forwards, they contrast this with the tools George W. Bush had at his disposal, between a fully developed relationship between government, business, and the military, an incredibly homogenized media industry, and an ethos of “the end of history” in the air, all serving to bolster his choice to ride complete misinformation into decades of disaster and bloodshed in the Middle East. They wrap up by shifting to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, as they unpack Biden’s maneuvers to avoid joining the warfare compared with the complete lack of subtlety on Putin’s end, as leak after leak reveals false flag plans and other clamors for justification, before they unpack the relationship between deceptions for war and deceptions for peace, and the similarities that intelligence disclosure plays among the two. Sam and Emma also touch on the updates to KBJ’s nomination to the Supreme Court, the House’s weed bill, and CNBC’s unintelligible squawking about the Staten Island Amazon union win.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma take a call with Jeremy from Indiana on the IBEW strike in Chicago, Mel from TX-3 calls in with some juicy RINO drama, and Dick Durbin talks overnight specials in LA (not innuendo). Sen. Roy Blunt discusses why, despite KBJ meeting all standards, he won’t vote to confirm her, Sen. Graham rallies against electing her to the high court, and Tulsi Gabbard says “keep the government out of our children’s beds, that’s where I belong!” Amir from Northern Virginia showers the crew with front-handed insults, Sam and Emma get some Space Force revelations, and Katie Porter calls in following Nerd Cheetah’s whistleblowing on MR’s dark money slush fund, plus, your calls and IMs!

 
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Sam and Emma host Ryan Grim, DC Bureau Chief at The Intercept, to round up the week in news. Then in the Fun Half, we have a special April Fool's Day compilation! Ryan and Sam begin by taking on the incredible work done by Amazon organizers in Staten Island and Bessemer Alabama as the unionization votes trickle in, with the former looking like a raving success, and the latter showing vast improvements over last year’s vote, leading them into a discussion on the stagnation in the National Labor Relations Board, with the Right’s dedication to the war on organized labor building over the last few decades as the Democrats just sort of stand around. This gets Sam and Ryan into a discussion on corporate Dems, Manchin, Sinema, and Kelly, effectively sinking the Biden Administration’s nomination for the Labor Department, and the general anemia of Biden and Democratic leadership. Shifting to the other crumbling party, Ryan and Sam look to the Republicans’ tantrums during the nomination of Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court, spewing talking points about her being “weak on pedophilia” alongside their typical bad faith racist attacks, and the failure of the Democrats on the committee to properly respond to and amplify the absurdity of their opponents. Next, they look to the discussions around Medicare Advantage plans, how good insurance companies are at taking what they know about you and making you pay more because of it, and the connection between Democrats’ refusal to associate with Medicare (despite its popularity) goes hand in hand with Democrats’ refusal to do anything to expand it (despite its efficacy), before they wrap up with a discussion on the pathways of change for the CMS. They wrap up the interview with a discussion on Manchin’s coal corruption and familial fraud, the state of states’ gerrymandering, and Sam dives into the supply line, and gas industry price gouging.

And in the Fun Half: Sam is caught BLUE-handed (because he’s a lib!) by independent journalist and Substacker Ronald Raygun as he openly drinks store-bought apple cider and makes uncannily succinct comments, before Ken, Ken & Ken (no relation to Ken & Ken in the Morning) take on Sam’s estrogen elitism and soyboy stupidity. The show is wrapped up with an incredibly passionate takedown of all things corrupt by fringe genius Danny Bruce and source A. A. Seeman.

 
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Emma hosts Danielle Lindemann, Associate Professor of Sociology at Lehigh University, to discuss her recent book True Story: What Reality TV Says About Us. Then, Emma is joined by Alexandra Hunt, candidate for Congress in Pennsylvania's 3rd District, to give us an update from the campaign trail! First, Professor Lindemann joins as she and Emma bond over their school rivalries and love for reality TV, diving into how these reflections of social interaction and hierarchy can provide a zany, yet very useful sociological lens. They begin by situating where and how the social juggernaut that is reality TV came to be, looking to the 2000s cultural benchmark of “Survivor” to serve as the emergence of the genre, before it took off on a wider scale amid the 2007 writers’ strike. This leads them to a discussion on how reality TV’s structure differs from typical programming, requiring drastically less overhead, from flexibility in paying talent, to lack of writers or any union staffing, and how the genre fits into the profit incentives of the industry, and thus reflects many of the economic models of our society, particularly when it comes to the gig economy. Next, Professor Lindemann dives into how she unpacks this sociological lens throughout her work, looking first at the smallest social unit of the individual, before working through what it can tell us about families and other smaller groups, leading all the way up through the larger and more abstract social structures of class, race, gender, and sexuality. Emma then gets into how, despite the largely hedonistic picture that reality TV shows paint, the majority of them still work to reinforce conservative and Christian values, showing the right ways that certain people should act and dress, as she looks to Rachel Lindsay’s discussion of being the first Bachelorette of color, and the insanely high standards she had to meet to even be a part of that world. Then, they look to American Idol as Emma and Danielle explore how reality TV is a producer’s dream in terms of its ability to be manipulated to tell a specific story, as this talent show was able to constantly spew themes of patriotism, individualism, and meritocracy. They then look to the larger themes that we can see in the genre, as it explains to us the legitimacy of the class system, from the Honey Boo Boos and Tiger Kings with their working-class buffoonery to the indulgence of the Real Housewives, and how whiteness is the standard of having your story told, all serving up an incredibly regressive picture of people under the shield of “this is just people being people.” They wrap up the interview by touching on the hold reality TV has on our culture, from forming para-social relationships in the internet age to gifting us our 45th president.

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Sam and Emma host Paul Renfro, Assistant Professor of History at Florida State University, to discuss his recent book Stranger Danger: Family Values, Childhood, and the American Carceral State.

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Sam and Emma break down a crazy weekend in news, from Biden's EuroTrip to KBJ's confirmation process, labor to COVID, the courts and more! They begin with Ron DeSantis’s official signing of the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, as he pulls out the classics when it comes to homophobic fear-mongering, calling out corrupt Hollywood and the predators that endanger our children, and the role of public education and our teachers as scapegoats of the Right’s attack. Next, they jump into the changing tides in Ukraine’s defense against Russia as ceasefire talks become more hopeful, Putin lets go of his “de-nazification” claim, and discussions of letting Kyiv join the EU begin, before they also touch on how the Donbas region will come into play. This brings them to a discussion on Biden’s recently released budget proposal, as he finally puts forward more progressive taxation, including a wealth tax on families worth more than $100,000,000, only to boost the defense budget by 10%, and then look to the media’s reaction to this, as CBS hosts totally unbiased technocrat and former Trump Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney to explore why this wealth tax is so unnatural and perhaps even unconstitutional. They wrap up the bigger news stories by covering, “How Joe Manchin Aided Coal, and Earned Millions,” in the New York Times, diving into his campaign of corruption, starting as State Senator in the 80s as he paved the way for extra coal power plants with lower regulations, just happening to take them on as the sole customer of his mines, before striking up some political bargains with AmBit utilities, alongside getting a small stake in the company, and effectively grew his power from Governor to Senator as he benefited from his mutualistic relationship with the coal industry.

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Sam and Emma host freelance journalist Alexander Zaitchik to discuss his recent book Owning The Sun: A People's History of Monopoly Medicine From Aspirin To COVID-19 Vaccines, on the development of patent regimes from an attempt to democratize knowledge to a system of corporate and institutional control. Zaitchik begins by walking Sam and Emma back to the inception of intellectual property and patents in Elizabethan England as a tool to constrain the Crown’s power to assign monopoly rights, and why, despite this attempt to democratize the production of knowledge, liberal thinkers of the time (such as John Locke) saw it as dampening the flow of knowledge. After briefly touching on the belief in IP rights as encouraging innovation, despite the transhistorical belief in knowledge as a collective product, and the lack of financial incentives behind almost every technological development before the industrial revolution, Sam, Emma, and Alexander look to the affirmation of patents and IP in the US Constitution as a tool of democratization, as we saw in England, and how that developed into a practice of corporate obstructionism beginning in the Gilded Age. Zaitchik then dives into the Presidency of Andrew Jackson, and his attempt to further “democratize” (his words, not mine) the patent regime by aligning it with physical property rights, thus completely individualizing knowledge under the guise of opening it up. This led to a rise of corporate research labs in the late 1800s, as they figured out how to amass more and more patents for technological and medical developments, keeping them in the hands of a corporate monopoly rather than individual innovators. Next, Alexander jumps to the New Deal era and attempts to rein in the patent regime, as FDR’s Department of Justice pushed a culture of anti-trust regulation, looking back to the Constitution’s statements on patents as a charge to support the diffusion of knowledge, particularly in the wake of WW1’s technological advancements falling into the hands of corporations that would go on to work intimately with Nazis. This brings them to the period from the 40s to the 80s which saw treasury-funded research go into public control, requiring genuine commitment to public interest for any monopoly approval, before neoliberalism took over in the Reagan era, with the passing of the Bayh-Dole act and Reagan’s creation of the DC Circuit Court of Appeals as a tool to fast track the approval of monopolies, really taking ideological court-packing to a new level. They wrap up the interview with an extended discussion on Bill Gates’s philanthropy in the world of global health, his leveraging of incredible financial, institutional, and media power to push his ideology, and how incredibly representative this is of countless issues with medical and technological IP, and the laundering process that is American philanthropy. Sam and Emma also touch on Biden’s falling approval ratings as he clamors to grab onto bad faith footholds, and the live drama that we saw this weekend (at the MR show, of course).

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma cover the most ridiculous takes in the wake of Will Smith’s slapping of Chris Rock at the Oscars, some of which are offered up by our very own comments section, and Jimmy Dore realizes that the true victims of the assault are stand-up comedians everywhere. Amy Klobuchar comes at the moral authority of the Supreme Court without going far enough to impact the power they have, Rick Scott offers up his plan to hike up taxes on half of the country and take away their healthcare as McConnell, for some reason, tries to sweep it under the rug, and Lara Logan returns for some classical anti-Semitic conspiracy theory stemming from Darwin. Nick from Pittsburgh discusses nuclear power and private regulation and Kowalski from NE reflects on the live show, plus, your calls and IMs!

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It's Casual Friday! Sam and Emma host Ian Millhiser, senior correspondent at Vox, to discuss the Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. Then, Sam and Emma are joined by comedian Judy Gold, host of the Kill Me Now podcast! Sam and Emma start off by discussing President Biden visiting Brussels to survey NATO's positioning in the Russia/Ukraine conflict, as well as answer questions from reporters like "Have you considered World War 3 more strongly yet, and if so, why not?"
 
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Emma hosts journalist William Neuman to discuss his recent book Things Are Never So Bad That They Can't Get Worse: Inside the Collapse of Venezuela. Then, Emma is joined by Summer Lee, candidate for Congress in Pennsylvania's 12th District, to give up an update from the campaign trail. William Neuman begins by jumping back to his first move to Venezuela at the start of the 2010s, as a correspondent for the New York Times, tracing the story of Venezuela’s economic collapse. He starts with the booming success of Hugo Chavez in the 2000s, as he oversaw an incredible jump in oil prices, and began a spree of government spending and borrowing, without saving the income for any future crisis – thus, when Chavez died from cancer in the wake of his 2010 reelection, passing the reins to Nicolás Maduro, only for a massive drop in oil prices, down to around a quarter of the peak of Chavez’s administration, to completely cripple the economic output of the country beginning in 2012. The rest of the 2010s saw Maduro attempt to grapple with the crisis while uncertain about altering Chavez’s pre-existing policy, as hyperinflation, depression, and rising refugee rates took over, leading up to the mass blackouts in 2019, and eventual controversy over Maduro’s reelection. This brings Neuman and Emma to the role of US foreign policy and sanctions in pushing Venezuela over the edge, as former President Trump and John Bolton pushed intervention to the extreme, with the Defense Department rejecting any actual invasion, before Bolton chose to “go for the win” and push Maduro completely out of office by putting an incredibly stringent set of general sanctions, effectively enforcing a complete oil embargo against the country, cutting them off from the world economy and digging them deeper into this crisis – effectively. This, of course, came alongside the declaration by Juan Guaidó that he was the legitimate president, with much of the West clamoring to support and recognize him, despite the similar illegitimacy of his claim in the wake of large disenfranchisement and voter suppression, with American Republicans attempting to capitalize on the socialist boogeyman to bolster their electoral push in Florida. Emma and William then dive into the counter to this negative branding of Socialism by the US, looking to Chavez’s autocratic rise as a populist, appropriating the socialist rhetoric and symbolism of the 60s and 70s in Latin America, without taking on the actual policy, pushing increasing polarization and capitalizing on the oil boom. After briefly touching on what the country looked like during the economic collapse, and the various unsuccessful (and some successful) policy the government took on at the time, Emma gets Neuman to dive into what the role of the leftist opposition in Venezuela is, as they discuss the discourse from politicians such as Henrique Capriles and the need to not just take down the bad guys in government, but to build up good and functioning institutions in the wake. Emma also touches on the end of Ketanji Brown Jackson’s confirmation hearings, the continued Russia escalation in Ukraine, and the disastrous and corrupt shadow docket decision by SCOTUS to overturn the Wisconsin State Supreme Court’s decision regarding redistricting.

And in the Fun Half: Emma hosts Summer Lee as they unpack fighting for her base of poor and working-class Pennsylvanians when up against union-busters, being a part of a legislative arena with white supremacists strewn throughout it, and what working for Pittsburgh means to her. Then, Brandon and Matt join as Kowalski gives his agriculture update, Tucker goes deep into the role of genes and the Supreme Court, and Joe Rogan defends the ideology behind the “don’t say gay” bills, lighting fire under the bigots’ fight for the right to be themselves (violent assholes). Bee from PA discusses Leftists and the culture war, as Matt, Brandon, and Emma unpack who the “Left” is, and the difference between “culture war” and “civil rights,” before Cory Booker goes Cuckoo for Crypto, Bari Weiss takes the crown for cringiest Ukraine poem – overtaking both the Pelosi x Bono collaboration and the wonderful AnnaLynne McCord's “If I Were Your Mother” – plus, your calls and IMs!

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Sam and Emma host Jacob Silverman, staff writer at The New Republic, to discuss cryptocurrency and his upcoming book with Ben McKenzieEasy Money. Sam and Emma start off by recapping some of the crazier moments from Day 2 of Ketanji Brown Jackson (KBJ)'s confirmation hearing, like when Lindsey Graham screamed at Dick Durbin that he'd spend countless taxpayer dollars to kill Guantanamo Bay inmates, despite most of them still there never being charged with any crimes. Then they are joined by Jacob, who begins the conversation by defining cryptocurrency, the high priced Wall Street deals we've been seeing regarding the asset recently, and how "tokens" are now being used as opposed to stock options in these deals to skirt around securities regulations. They then touch upon where these massive cash infusion and expenditures go in these deals (the answer-mostly marketing and celebritizing these assets). Jacob then touches on the "greater fool theory" and how passing the buck to more and more credulous investors leads to greater profits for some of these crypto companies, and whether standard policy white papers and prospectuses exist for such a speculative asset. They then touch on how exactly Bitcoin and other cryptos could possibly be valued given how unstable an asset it is, the fallacious notion that Bitcoin is extremely "state of the art" tech to begin with, the emergence of "casino capitalism" within both crypto and sports betting, and how many of the Bitcoin scams (think Turkish Martha Stewart) mostly operate either as "rug pulls" or as basic multi-level marketing (MLM) schemes. They then discuss the limits of "DYOR" (Do Your Own Research) when the research available usually comes from people with skin in the crypto game, as well as what the hell NFT's actually are. They end the conversation with Jacob distilling the crypto business model to its essence: that of people with too much cash exploiting people with not nearly enough cash to make up for how much they'll lose investing in these products.

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Sam and Emma break down a big weekend in news, from the SCOTUS confirmation hearings of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Russia-Ukraine conflict, from labor to COVID and more! They begin by tackling the continued holdup on aid to Afghanistan (alongside other war-torn regions like Yemen) by the West in the wake of Biden pilfering the $7 Billion of funds for the region. Then, Sen Durbin helps Ketanji Brown Jackson address Josh Hawley’s shameless comments and his utter lack of self-awareness, as she discusses literally just doing her job, before Sam and Emma watch Marsha Blackburn use KBJ’s nomination to tee-up the Right’s next attack on bodily autonomy, and ponder how much more Republicans might have respected the nomination, if she had spent her time pissing and shitting and screaming about beer and her anti-child pornography calendar. Former AG Bill Barr continues the theme, as he shamelessly plugs the Right’s commitment to respecting SCOTUS nominations, completely forgetting how the current AG, Merrick Garland, came to assume that position. After briefly touching on the Republicans trying to tie KBJ to CRT, Sam and Emma cover updates on the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Biden’s trip to Europe, and the horrifying child death rate in Afghanistan in the wake of the US pullout and thievery.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma are joined by Nomiki Konst as they discuss Stephanie Murphy’s version of “Why I Left the Left,” despite successfully pushing every centrist policy during Biden’s time in office, before getting into Fox hooking onto a regional women’s swim meet as the pinnacle of women’s oppression, interviewing DOZENs of women (the rest are just off-screen) who just happen to be walking away from the Democrats, entrusting the well-being of the female sex to anti-abortion activists. Emma also dives into the rise of the UK as TERF-Island, and what we can expect as this conservative campaign begins to dig into US mainstream media, and why – just like every other piece of fascist agenda – the solution to tackle this (non) “problem” (giving gender-affirming care to help assimilate trans people to their preferred bodies) will never be used. Sam is baffled why this is even a problem, Donald Trump talks the future of the past, and Eric Trump discusses the horribleness of contemporary geopolitics and what that means for Biden riding a bicycle. JD Vance balances not being a winner with being a massive loser, Tucker works on his best Fallon impression to flatter Kid Rock, plus, your IMs!
 
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Sam and Emma host Adolph Reed, professor emeritus of political science at the University of Pennsylvania, to discuss his recent book The South: Jim Crow and Its Afterlives, on the lasting legacy of the racial order that defined the post-reconstruction era, and its intrinsic ties to labor and exploiting the Black workforce. Professor Reed first situates when the Jim Crow period was, as regimes of racial segregation began consolidating as reconstruction waned, and becoming a genuine wholescale institution of the South at the end of the 1800s, lasting well into the 20th Century and beyond the Second World War, before he dives into the driving forces behind this coalition: power and labor. Prof. Reed leads Emma and Sam through the pushback to rising Republican populism in the South during the flux period of reconstruction, as the white Democratic elite began to fear their overthrow (just more taxes and multi-racial labor coalitions), thus pushing coups (some literally) throughout southern governments, and shutting the doors behind them, reserving politics to control of the ownership class, and employing disenfranchisement and segregation to undermine the growing power of Black freed folks. This brings them to the concept of disenfranchisement as a means to an end for the Right, keeping them in power by relying on the racial social order that had been created, and how this is representative of why the Right has found footholds in power where the left has failed: having a practical end (keeping power and elite control) that they can maneuver different means to support. Next, Professor Reed dives into two mainstream misunderstandings of the end of Jim Crow: 1) That racism ended with the end of Jim Crow, or 2) that the changes didn’t truly matter. He then dives into how neoliberalism (and liberalism) have created a view of race as the one and only fault-line of American politics – that slavery and Jim Crow were made to produce racism, not cotton and sugar or Right-wing governments – and the importance of centering the labor exploitation of Black folks (alongside many others), before they wrap up the interview by looking at how anti-racism organizing and the future of US politics will have to deal with this “flattening” of political discourse. Sam and Emma also touch on Lindsay Graham complaining that he was criticized for supporting Brett Kavanaugh (potential sexual assaulter) while the Dems don’t receive that backlash for the Kentanji Brown Jackson (definitely a Black woman) nomination.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma watch Josh Hawley go off about the constitutional nature of child pornography as he tries to tie Ketanji Brown Jackson to the people she put in jail, Chucky Summer from LA calls in about redistricting, and then they cover Kentucky’s 15-week abortion ban and State Sen. Karen Berg’s incredible impassioned plea as one of the few women and ONLY radiologist in the State Senate. Ronald Raygun and Emma team up to question Sam on why he doesn’t capitalize on this correlation between the amount of skin he exposes and wealth redistribution to refugees. Kowalski from NE goes from Sam’s body to rising wood (prices), and Ohio republicans brawl over… definitely something. Dave Rubin responds to the backlash to his birth announcement and grapples with maintaining both his dignity and grift, plus, your calls and IMs!

 
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It's Casual Friday! Sam and Emma host Alex Pareene, Contributing Editor at the New Republic and proprietor of the AP newsletter on Substack, to round up the week in news. Then, Sam and Emma are joined by comedian Andy Kindler, host of the Thought Spiral podcast! Alex, Sam, and Emma dive right into the Democrats being faced with their biggest fear (doing literally anything for the public) as they watch Nancy Pelosi absolutely rip a reporter a new one for asking about COVID when people are dying… but not the ones dying of COVID – simply dumping the pandemic to the side in favor of the Democrats’ “single kitchen table issue” tactic, where they don’t discuss anything but, in this case, Ukraine, and how they are once again turning to a very arbitrary scapegoating of Russia. Next, they dive into the absurdity of the Dems’ (supposedly) popularist tactics, yet are scared to death of taking on “culture war” issues that are supported by vast majorities of the American public, from reproductive freedom to education and queer rights, instead reading limericks from Bono in support of the Ukrainian people, rather than, say, accepting Ukrainian refugees. Alex then leads Sam and Emma into a discussion of this fear-of-culture war that Democrats cannot overcome, and how their inaction on these issues, if anything, reinforces their inaction on genuine policy issues, especially when both of them are having rampant material effects as the right garners more and more state majorities, before they wrap up the interview with a discussion on the Cuomo coalition taking on cancel culture, with a guiding hand of the law helping them along the way. Sam and Emma also cover the horrors of the Idaho abortion bill, the 11k civilian deaths (supported by the US) in the war in Yemen that the US refuses to acknowledge, and the role the Supreme Court might play in the upcoming midterm elections.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma are joined by the great Andy Kindler, as he explores his proud time spent as a “Brief Boy,” and cover the beauty of Darlene Rudin, before they all get into the backlash to Dave Rubin (no relation) announcing that he and his husband are expecting a future baby, from friends and foes alike. Sam and Emma also cut up the pie with the ranking of US pizzas, and discuss the narrow scope of the things Democrats are actually fighting for, plus, your IMs!

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Emma hosts writer Britni de la Cretaz and Lyndsey D'Arcangelo, women's basketball writer for the Athletic, to discuss their recent book Hail Mary: The Rise and Fall of the National Women's Football League, and what they’ve uncovered in diving into the history of the league and the women that played in it. D’Arcangelo and de la Cretaz dive into the research that led them to the history of this league, first studying the role of women in football writ large, before stumbling onto the Toledo Troopers, the winningest team in Pro Football history, and somehow the only National Women’s Football League team that the media has left any trace of. Next, Britni and Lyndsey walk through what the league’s relationship with the media and public looked like at the time, including the shoestring budgets and misogynistic coverage that they had to operate with, which unfortunately still reflects the state of women’s sports in the US, before they dive deeper into the limited coverage they received, which generally focused on the body shapes, and “attractiveness” of the women playing the game, and how it petered off as soon as they found it had lost its novel appeal. Jumping back to the end of the 19th Century, de la Cretaz and D’Arcangelo dive into a Harvard - Yale women’s football game that saw incredible reception, both by the women who came to play and spectate, and even by the male onlookers – despite the exploitative nature behind their attendance – and how throughout the history of Football, women have clearly shown their interest in playing and engaging with the sport. This brings them to the beginnings of the NWFL in the 1960s, as Sid Friedman, a sports agent at the time, saw an opportunity to make a spectacle of women that could play the sport against men, slowly expanding it to more and more women’s football teams in the rust belt, and eventually launching the creation of the league. Despite the success the teams saw in the run-up to the creation of the league, in the wake of the expansion the women saw little-to-no media coverage, and what they did see hinged on the misogyny they had begun the discussion with, not to mention rampant homophobia both within the media and in the running of the teams themselves, despite the largely queer player base. This brings them to a discussion of the role of infrastructure to bolster the development of young athletes, and how when it comes to male athletes the positive impact of the infrastructure is ignored, just like the negative impact on women with lacking infrastructure is ignored, as they discuss the role of Title IX’s passing in the same era as the NWFL, and look forwards to see what changes could and should be done to promote women’s sports in the future. Emma also covers the ramping efforts to get the US involved in hot warfare, alongside the complete evaporation of international aid to other war-torn countries like Yemen, and dives into Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA)’s love for disaster capitalism.

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Sam and Emma host Vivek Chibber, professor of sociology at New York University, to discuss his recent book The Class Matrix: Social Theory After the Cultural Turn, on the postwar shift in the left from strategic takes on the material condition of the working class to an analysis of capitalist indoctrination, and the unproductive nature of this development when it comes to organizing for the downfall of capitalism. Professor Chibber situates leftist thought in the 1800s and early 1900s with an understanding that if you want people to change the systems of the world, you must look at their material conditions, the choices they have, and the constraints they face, before contrasting that thought process with the prominent academic thought after the cultural turn that put ideological indoctrination at the center, no longer seeing workers as rational responders to their material circumstance, but as victims to the whims of the state, media, and cultural elite. They walk through the obvious elitism that resulted from driving this wedge between workers who have been fooled and academic Marxists that perceive the world as it is, before jumping back to the end of the 1800s to see how this developed. They begin with a discussion on the socialist perspective that dominated the first half of the 20th Century, seeing revolutions and upheavals of social and political orders across the world that encouraged and reinforced the inevitability of capitalism’s downfall, only to come out of the devastation of the Second World War with the system more stabilized than ever. Prof. Chibber, Sam, and Emma then walk through the material contrast that organizing offered between the 30s and the late 50s, as the circumstances required for worker solidarity became riskier and riskier, and the jobs they held became more and more central to maintaining their livelihood – not duping workers into consent, but resigning them to the hand they’ve been dealt. They then dive into the strategic work, and unfortunate failures of the union left over the 70s and 80s, forcing them into retreat as the academic world took over the role of pondering capitalism’s faults despite their removal from the material issues central to those faults. Next, Professor Vivek Chibber looks to the ’60s as he takes on the internal contradictions of solving these material issues, as this period saw incredibly high wages in the wake of decades of union success, yet also saw some of the largest waves of striking in the west, as the capitalist class offset that development with a rampant increase in the speed and level of production. They wrap up the interview by taking on the modern-day implications of this shift, the differences in funding and supporting worker organizing versus telling workers they don’t understand their world, and why seeing organizing take a front seat again might signify a shift away from this resignation, as organizing becomes more and more worth the risks, before touching on the role of the legislative arena in bolstering this fight. Sam and Emma also touch on the US media’s insistence on making sure everyone knows how much Ukraine needs a no-fly zone to deal with their “bully,” and their willingness to have the hard discussions when it comes to other people’s livelihood.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma run through some Republican Primary races, touching particularly on Herschel Walker’s touching analysis of why apes still exist if they evolved into humans, and why that’s going to help him reach the end zone of the general election for GA Senate. Arash from the 510 dives into the inability of anti-vaxxers to cite their sources, and how central a lack of scientific literacy is to their promotion of misinformation, Dave Rubin takes Crowder’s “bit” of pretending to be a woman, but still having political opinions – crazy, right? Ryan Grim questions Jen Psaki on what the US is doing to give Zelesnky leverage in negotiations with Russia, particularly on the material level, Tennessee fully commits to favoring rapists over bodily autonomy, and Candace Owens can’t get beyond the meanness of the criticism levied against her, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Sam and Emma (freshly back from vacation!) break down a huge weekend in news, from the Russia-Ukraine conflict and the courts to labor and COVID, and more! Sam and Emma begin by reflecting on the myriad examples of incredible anti-war activism in the face of repression that we’ve seen by the Russian people, from newscasters to the elderly, as they dive into the xenophobia required to hold citizens accountable for the horrors of an autocratic regime, and how the Russian people are pushing back on it. Continuing with the theme of authoritarian terror, they then look to the recent Guardian report on the CIA keeping detainees (pre-trial, of course) at Guantanamo Bay to serve as “training props” to teach “interrogators” full-on torture techniques, as they follow the story of Ammar al-Baluchi, his abduction from Pakistan, and the decades he has spent at the bloody hands of American intelligence operatives as they were celebrated for their work. Next, they dive into legislatively-backed oppression in the US, as the Texas Supreme Court releases their final decision affirming the state’s bounty-based abortion ban, and the immediate legislation it inspired across the US, from Idaho’s law featuring higher bounties and more provider-focused penalties, to Missouri taking on the “out of state” loophole – states’ rights who? Sam and Emma also dive into Joe Manchin sinking Biden’s Fed Nomination of Sarah Bloom Raskin, as he sidles up with the Republicans, keeping his word to his passionate and loyal base of oil tycoons.

And in the Fun Half: Emma and Sam watch Fox & Friends rant about Biden using TikTok to disseminate information, referring to the up and coming influencers as “useful idiots,” which, honestly, might give them too much credit in their usefulness, Jay from Canada dives into the horrors of long-term COVID, particularly when it comes to the neurological effects, and Robert from NY differentiates gun ownership from bodily autonomy. The media sees the everyman Tom Brady as the model for retirees getting back into their absurdly physical labor, Lara Logan discusses build-a-bioweapon, and Glenn Greenwald gets dissected in only 33 tweets. Fox and Frenemies build their tension, Gregory from Oklahoma gives some updates from the campaign trail, and Sam busts a union live, on-air, plus, your calls and IMs!
 
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