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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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