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It's Hump Day! Emma speaks with Vinnie Perrone, President of Teamsters Local 804, to discuss the recent tentative agreement reached between the Teamsters and UPS. Then, Emma speaks with Rebecca Lewis, senior state politics reporter at City & State New York, to discuss her recent reporting on the introduction on safe injection sites in the state. First, Emma runs through updates on the slow uncovering of the Maui wildfires death count, Biden’s environmental regulations, FBI shenanigans, the continuing abuse of Dianne Feinstein, DNC’s new chair, fascist politics in North Carolina, and RFK teaming up with a sitting GOP Rep, before diving into the spectacular fall of Rudy Giuliani and his myriad ongoing legal battles – from the Trump indictments to his own interpersonal and financial abuses. Vinnie Perrone then joins as he helps to contextualize the historic agreement made between the Teamsters and UPS, walking through the massive concessions from UPS’ side (aka decent labor practices), from Holidays to anti-labor technology, before tackling the major victory on the Teamsters’ front: the elimination of UPS two-tiered wage system. Expanding on this, Perrone walks Emma through the myriad elements of UPS’ system that needed restructuring, and how the deal helped bring about 7,500 full-time promotions, before parsing a little further through new policies on certain anti-labor tech and workplace environments. They wrap up the interview by discussing the Teamsters’ labor action within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and the recent influx in labor action in the US. Rebecca Lewis and Emma then dive into what Safe Injection Sites are, and how they made their way to the forefront of the harm reduction debate around drug abuse in the US, tackling their immense success for decades outside of the US, and the proven lack of any negative impact on local drug use. Next, Lewis walks Emma through recent statements made by the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York awkwardly targeting the recent small-scale Safe-Injection Sites, despite the Districts’s long-standing role within the US judicial system, and the genuine support across NYC Mayors for this initiative. Wrapping up, Lewis parses through the slow introduction of this policy over decades of shifting public opinion toward drug addiction, and how the battle will be waged moving forwards.

And in the Fun Half: Emma and the MR Team reflect on the fascist inclinations that come over the wealthy when it comes to the homeless and impoverished, Amber from Northern Virginia dives into Gov. Youngkin’s anti-trans agenda, and Tim Pool posits the idea of Chinese Space Lasers starting the Maui wildfires. Armando from Portland on how to protect places (like Maui) from disaster capitalism, and Michael Flynn wonders why the Jews didn’t push back against Nazi discrimination. UAW president Shawn Fain absolutely eviscerates the anti-labor narratives against both autoworkers and Hollywood workers, and Jason Whitlock perfectly demonstrates the astroturfed absurdity of the right’s new Anthem, plus, your calls and IMs!

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It's News Day Tuesday! But first, Sam and Emma speak with Murtaza Hussain, reporter at The Intercept, to discuss recent reporting from him and Ryan Grim involving the U.S.'s previously unreported pressure campaign to remove Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan from power. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on a ruling in Montana on the role of climate change in governmental considerations, labor action in Hollywood, as well as with the SEIU, the climbing death toll in Hawaii, DeSantis cucking to even Disney, and Russian attacks in western Ukraine, before diving into the massive indictment of Donald Trump (and 18 allies) coming out of Georgia. Murtaza Hussain then dives right into a summary of the diplomatic cable between the US State Department and the Pakistani ambassador to the US that was recently unearthed, first walking through the background on tensions between the US and Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Imran Khan over Khan’s “aggressive neutrality” towards the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and unpacking the theorized contents of the cable surrounding the US pressuring Pakistan to move forward with a vote of no confidence against Khan. After parsing through the exact details of the exchange (which was very much what had been theorized), Hussain steps back to walk Sam and Emma through Khan’s relationship to Pakistani politics as a whole, his entrance into the political realm as an objector to US intervention in the region, his turn against the military (and theirs against him), and his overwhelming public support despite a recent three-year sentencing to political imprisonment. Wrapping up, they reflect deeper on what we can learn about the US involvement in throwing their weight behind an anti-democratic movement in Pakistan – one suspected of myriad crimes against journalists, politicians, and citizens – from the recently revealed messages.

And in the Fun Half: Sebastian Gorka goes on Newsmax to absolutely rail against the SUPPOSED crime of conspiracy?! as the MR crew reflects on Donald Trump’s myriad ongoing legal issues, and watch 2014 Ben Shapiro totally school 2023 Ben Shapiro on bootlicking (kind of). RFK continues his strong left-wing campaign against public health, abortion rights, and financial regulation, and a harrowing story of a pre-teen’s forced birth comes out of Mississippi. The team also watches some killer labor action coming out of Detroit, before analyzing a clip of Matt Walsh, theocratic fascist, being a theocratic fascist, plus, your calls and IMs!

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It's a special edition of the Majority Report: The MR Crew are celebrating the life of Michael Brooks, as his 40TH BIRTHDAY was yesterday. They're joined by a number of friends and former guests of The Michael Brooks Show to commemorate.

Guests on the show today: Lisha Brooks, Michael's sister; Luke Mayville of Reclaim Idaho, TV, film, and video producer Artesia Balthrop, Drew Mikhael, scholar in the Centre for the Study of Ethnic Conflict at Queen’s University Belfast, Ben Burgis, columnist at Jacobin and host of Give Them An Argument With Ben Burgis, and Bhaskar Sunkara, president of The Nation. Plus, some birthday wishes from other friends!

First, Sam and Emma run through updates on Trump’s tampering in Georgia, the civil war amongst his Co-Conspirators, the failures behind the Hawaii wildfires, the Wisconsin GOP’s attack on the state Supreme Court, a potential Assange plea deal, and fascist attacks on education, before diving into the recent raiding of a Kansas Newspaper by local police. Then, Sam, Emma, and the MR Crew are joined by countless guests as they share stories of the beauty, joy, strength, and righteousness that Michael brought into their lives, and the lives of countless others – touching on how he constantly welcomed people into his life, delivered masterful impersonations and impressions, influenced and connected with the politics of strangers and friends alike, grew his vision of cosmopolitan socialism, and so much more.

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It's Casual Friday! Emma hosts Alex Pareene, Contributing Editor at the New Republic and co-host of the Politics of Everything podcast, to round up the week in news. Then, she's joined by Francesca Fiorentini, host of The Bitchuation Room podcast! Emma starts off with some more harrowing updates from the wildfires in Maui, where residents were advised by police to jump into the ocean to escape the blaze. Then, MR bestie Alex Pareene joins Emma and the crew to break down the big headlines, starting off with the big win for abortion rights and democracy in Ohio after Issue 1 was rejected by voters. Emma and Alex discuss, given the consistent success that left-leaning issues have had with ballot measures in purple-to-red states, sometimes even more success than actual Democratic politicians, what liberals and the national Democratic party can learn from this. They also wonder if, given the success on the ground in referenda like Issue 1, as well as voters, liberal and independent, now having seen the Republicans assault on democracy with their own eyes on January 6th, 2021, whether the "abortion & January 6th" political strategy is the most salient one going into 2024. They then touch upon the January 6th indictment brought down by Special Counsel Jack Smith on Trump, and how Emma was "libbing out" over the impressive and effective nature of how streamlined Smith made the indictment, seemingly intentionally so. Emma brings up Sam's contention about how Trump is running in the 2024 primary, and how it differs slightly from 2020 and 2016: that Trump, due to all of the legal arenas that he is exposed in going into 2024, is essentially fighting for his life, existentially and politically. News breaks as this discussion is going on, with the announcement from Attorney General Merrick Garland now announcing that he has, upon request, appointed David Weiss, the U.S. attorney in Delaware, regarding the investigation into Hunter Biden. This is SEPARATE from the Robert Hur special counsel into Biden's possession of classified documents, a trend that, Alex points out, has never worked to make Republicans trust that Democrats are being properly overseen and investigated. This leads to a very well-earned discussion on the unique uselessness of Garland as a Cabinet official, compared to someone like FTC chair Lina Khan.The topic turns to Ron DeSantis, whose presidential campaign has continued to crater, and how, in retrospect, it seems as if this implosion has been all but inevitable. Alex marvels at how, even after 7 years of Donald Trump, no one in the Republican Party seems to have any idea on how to actually "deal" with Trump, especially now that, as Matt points out, DeSantis's candidacy is essentially contingent upon an act-of-god taking Trump out of the primary. The MR Crew take a stroll down memory lane, exemplifying Trump's debate prowess in pantsing his fellow primary opponents when Ted Cruz tried to explain "New York values" to a debate audience, remarks that Trump proceeded to destroy him on. This is proof, for Alex, that it almost seems silly that Trump wouldn't want to participate in the first debate in a few weeks, because nothing endears him to voters more, because the talk radio and pro wrestling instincts are actually Trump's strongest (and not DeSantis's). Emma and Alex end their chat discussing yet another bombshell ProPublica report on Justice Clarence Thomas's seemingly endless benefits, trips, and gifts he received from a number of extremely rich benefactors, and what, if anything, congressional Democrats might do to try to rein in corruption on the Supreme Court. The lack of oversight on these unimpeachable justices, and the lack of coherence of any political message coming from the Democrats on what they plan to do to combat the undemocratic nature of the court, will inevitably lead to disillusionment in rank-and-file voters. One last appeal against blanket reverence for institutionalism is made, and then Emma lets bestie Alex go.

Then, Francesca joins the MR Crew right before she was going to head out to walk the picket line in solidarity with the WGA and SAG-AFTRA. They react to CNBC's Jim Cramer's bone-deep fear of UAW President Shawn Fain, and how, per Cramer, the man is seemingly as charismatic as Malcolm X and as frightening as Freddy Krueger. They then take a look into the romance of Ron and Casey DeSantis and how, during an NBCNews interview, Casey outlines how, when she was undergoing treatment for cancer, Ron...picked up their kids from school. They get a few more laughs in at DeSantis's expense, revisiting some of his extremely unnatural retail politicking, before Francesca jumps off.

And in the Fun Half, Emma takes a look at Al Gore's recent TED Talk where he eviscerates the idea of pushing more chips into the middle of the table and investing in carbon capture (something the Biden Administration is literally doing right now), as well as the pick-me girl musings of Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez on Barbenheimer. Plus, your IM's!

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It's an EmMajority Report Thursday! She speaks with Sara Marcus, assistant professor of English at the University of Notre Dame, about her recent book Political Disappointment: A Cultural History from Reconstruction to the AIDS Crisis. Then, Emma is joined by Zoya Teirstein, climate change and health reporter at Grist, to discuss her recent reporting on climate change-related illnesses. Emma starts off by highlight reporting in Bloomberg that showed how the city of Minneapolis had beaten back inflation in no small part due to a concerted effort to build more affordable housing in the city. Emma also touches upon Texas Rep. Joaquin Castro's visit to Eagle Pass, Texas, as he surveyed the absolutely evil conditions Texas Gov. Greg Abbott had set up at the Southern border to control and deter migration. Then Emma is joined by Sara, and they begin their conversation by specifying what the moments of "political disappointment" in American history are per her scholarship, and what are the specific characteristics that makes these moments correlate with one another. As Sarah explains, these moments (starting with Reconstruction and ending with the response to the AIDS crisis in the 1980's) bear similarities in the cultural responses to them. Emma notes that the moments that Sara highlights, that of "political disappointment" aren't monocultural historical moments from the 1960's, but ones that center on marginalized communities. Sara observes how the narratives of "progress" perpetuated in American history are ones that are clearly rebutted and contradicted by the experiences of marginalized communities, as writers like WEB Dubois observed in their writings. They then touch on another moment outlined in Sara's research, the Civil Rights Movement, and how her thesis manifested in ideological and strategic conflict between Martin Luther King Jr. & Stokely Carmichael, and how that conflict was ultimately exacerbated by the people reporting on and historicizing it. They jump back in time to Sara's research on the 1930's, specifically the quarrels that characterized the politics surrounding the New Deal, specifically within the American Communist movement in the fight against fascism, and how the factionalism at the time complicated and blurred the lines of racial coalitions at the time. Emma reflects on how some of these notions that Sara outlines, and how they show some strong parallels with some of the disaffection of young voters on the Left who, galvanized by Bernie Sanders' 2016 and 2020 presidential campaigns, are unsure of what may come in the future that may replicate that, if anything. They touch on the feminist movement in the 1960's and 1970's, before ending the conversation on Sara's section on the AIDS crisis.

Then, Emma speaks with Zoya, and asks her to react to some of the footage coming out of the island of Maui in Hawaii, that's been besieged by raging wildfires. Zoya observes that this summer has been a summer of weather extremes across the country, and that the situation in Maui is no different. Emma asks Zoya if she thinks there's been a larger media reckoning in how climate change has been covered, seeing now that, in the context of the air quality issues in New York City earlier in the summer, that extreme weather issues have come home to everyone nationwide as opposed to the protection from them some may expect on the East Coast in urban centers. Emma and Zoya then dive into her reporting in Grist, and how Samoa and its residents, as well as its physicians, have been on the forefront of climate-related illness, both experiencing it and treating it, and, in Zoya's estimation, it'd be a mistake for medical practitioners to not try and emulate early treatment methods that Samoan doctors are developing. Emma asks Zoya what she thinks are some heat and climate-related illnesses may become more and more prominent as extreme weather events begin to become more and more common. Emma asks how some of these climate-related illnesses, like fungal-based illnesses or illnesses like dengue fever, are able to migrate when they may have been previously unable to, and how lower-income areas with less supported water and sanitation infrastructure can be even more adversely affected by this disease migration. They end the conversation by touching on Zoya's most recent piece, about the heat-related illnesses found in people in Phoenix, Arizona, after 31 straight days of over 110 degree heat. Zoya, trying to stem the tide of doomerism, ultimately does qualify that there have been serious and encouraging medical breakthroughs to help mitigate these issues (whew!).

And in the Fun Half,  Emma is joined by Brandon and Binder as they break down Michael Knowles hawking an abortion reversal pill, Fox News highlighting a Mom on TikTok...bemoaning American capitalism??, Matt Walsh complains that people care more about the fate of hummingbirds than the fate of white people, and Twitter flack Linda Yaccarino tries to claim that X (??) is even safer than it was a year ago (Binder, you'd be surprised, doesn't agree with this!). Plus, your calls & IM's!

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It's Hump Day! Sam and Emma speak with Moe Tkacik, investigations editor at The American Prospect, to discuss her recent suite of pieces in this month's issue on the U.S. healthcare system. Then, they're joined by Nicole Cyrille, member of the SAG-AFTRA negotiating committee, to discuss the recent developments in the strike and what to expect going forward. Sam and Emma start off the show by reacting to the big victory in Ohio surrounding Issue 1, the ballot measure that Ohio Republicans were attempting to utilize to make it harder for Ohioans to codify abortion rights into the state Constitution in the fall. Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose spoke with Steve Doocy on Fox & Friends this morning, to make clear that actually, it's totally fine that his side lost by millions of votes! Then, they're joined by Moe to discuss her astounding amount of reporting in this month's issue of The American Prospect about the U.S. healthcare system, and its frankly near-criminal origins. Moe traces back how the healthcare industry as we know it, dating back to the 1960's, was essentially created by crooks, leading to the essential codification of healthcare law that is rarely ever enforced, and which essentially benefits a sprawling network of middlemen at the expense of actual patients. The structure of this policy Moe claims, ultimately leads to adverse outcomes: making patients sicker then healthier, while a smaller group of individuals become richer and richer. Moe also traces some of the history of the American Medical Association (AMA), the standard for healthcare administration prior to the 1960's, as well as an organization characterized in opposition to socialized medicine. Moe then tells the story of United Healthcare, one of the premier organizations that characterized and revolutionized the inequitable structure of U.S. healthcare through the advert of HMO's, or health maintenance organizations, and how, through their financing structure, HMO's make it extremely difficult for medical professionals to maintain a successful practice via lowballing them, while also making pains to only offer coverage for necessary care. Sam, Emma, and Moe, discuss how United Healthcare and the HMO model is essentially a vertical integration model, and how that model spread from United Healthcare to other aspects of the industry, like drug pricing. Moe enlightens Sam and Emma on the weird tale of Pharma Bro Martin Shkreli actually *taking on* price gougers of a certain drug before he got into his own troubles doing some price gouging of his own. Moe also breaks down pharmacy benefit managers (PBM's), the distributors of pharmaceuticals and their presence within the supplying of drugs to pharmacies and customers, and the inherently corrupt bargain that legitimizes them in the healthcare supply chain. Moe finally breaks down some potential solutions to the inherent corruption, grift, and mismanagement within the U.S. healthcare system, including a more robust enforcement of Medicare fraud laws.

Then, they're joined by Nicole to discuss some updates on day 26 of the SAG-AFTRA strike and Day 100 of the WGA strike. Nicole gives a brief rundown on the main issues for SAG-AFTRA in their labor action(being treated with dignity and respect by streamers, corporate executives, and producers, raising minimum wages in a new agreement so actors can qualify for healthcare.) Nicole breaks down the discrepancies between linear network TV and the streaming model that has taken over, with syndication benefits no longer applying to shows on streaming, an enormous sea change in the industry that is ultimately penalizing creators while the people behind streaming platforms get more rich of the backs of those same creators. Nicole elucidates how there has still been no clarity on the metrics behind the success and failures of shows on streaming, which gives them leverage to not have to give in to any demands to the creators because there's no mutual frame of reference. This, as Nicole explains, the companies hire analytics companies like Parrot, so that they have this information while the creators themselves aren't permitted access to that data. Sam asks Nicole if he thinks there's a potential to any cleaving between the wants and needs of a subscription model for a business like Netflix compared to a business like Amazon, something Nicole says, while she can't confirm this, is hard to fathom because 1. They're beholden to their shareholders and 2. They don't have to adhere specifically to a fall schedule like producers did under the linear model. Nicole offers her perspective as a member of the disabled community in show business, an audio description narrator, and how both of those groups are even further marginalized by the inequities inherent within why SAG-AFTRA is striking for better conditions. They then touch on "interim agreements" and what they entail, as well as the AMPTP trying to strike a wedge between the WGA and SAG-AFTRA (unsuccessfully) before Nicole jumps off.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma dive into the absolute messaging flop carried out by Ohio Republicans on Issue 1, and how seemingly no one has learned their lessons as to what is salient for voters when it comes to trans issues and abortion rights. They then discuss a great story of workers with the Houston-based organization Food Not Bombs being let off on charges of...feeding the homeless in public..., before getting into the ever-deepening hole that Steven Crowder keeps digging for himself because he can't stop defending exposing himself to his employees (allegedly!) They then finally check in on Donald Trump, sweaty and nasty as ever, reveling in his groupies in New Hampshire. Plus, your calls & IM's!

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It's News Day Tuesday! But first, Sam and Emma speak with writer and conflict analyst Hannah Rae Armstrong to discuss the developments in the conflict in Niger. First, Sam and Emma check in on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, doing some retail politics in Kentucky and getting mercilessly booed and heckled for his troubles. Then, they're joined by Hannah, in a dispatch from where she's located in Dakar, Senegal, to give some context to the burbling conflict in Niger, and the history of the Sahel region where the country is located, one that has been defined by coups recently. Hannah mentions that, given the turbulence in the Sahel countries of Niger, Burkina Faso, & Mali, it's been known as the "Coup Corridor" in Africa. Emma probes on why, in Niger, per Hannah, the leadership under Nigerien President Bazoum was mostly democratically elected in name only. Hannah then breaks down some of the electoral history in Niger prior to Bazoum, and the military action that was taken to depose Bazoum and who seized from him. Sam asks Hannah about the colonial and resource-based interests within the country and if that factors in at all to the regional turbulence, an influence (in this case, from the French) that Hannah concedes is slightly overblown at this point. They then touch upon the regional influence that the Russian mercenary Wagner Group have in the area, with Wagner leader Prigozhin going so far as to congratulate military leaders on the coup of President Bazoum, and if that had any influences on the conflict, and if there's any chance of a proxy war in the region given some of these outside foreign influences. They then discuss the inevitable American influence on this conflict, and how, as with many global destabilization efforts, military leaders and members had been trained and matriculated in the U.S., and whether the U.S. support for President Bazoum is sincere. Hannah tells Sam and Emma what might be next for Niger the country and the Sahel region going forward before she jumps off. Afterwards, Sam touches on Lee Harris's reporting in The American Prospect about Biden's Labor Department being set to issue a ruling on the Davis-Bacon Act, a ruling that could raise the salaries of some of the lowest-paid workers on infrastructure projects.

And in the Fun Half, Sam and Emma check in on Ron DeSantis bravely monologuing to NBC for 2 minutes before conceding that Donald Trump lost the 2020 election, as well as former Trump Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany potentially...admitting she watched private testimony from Hunter Biden's business associate Devon Archer last week. They then touch on an inscrutable point Greg Gutfeld tried to make about "mobs", then zero in on RFK's...seemingly thin healthcare policy that he outlined on milquetoast podcaster Jimmy Dore's show yesterday. Plus, your calls & IM's!

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:04pm EDT

Happy Monday! Sam and Emma speak with Micha Frazer-Carroll, columnist at The Independent, to discuss her recent book Mad World: The Politics of Mental Health. First, Sam and Emma touch on Trump attorney John Lauro, who made the rounds on the Sunday shows yesterday, and specifically the strategy that he and Trump are attempting to cast doubt on holding the January 6th trial in D.C., and moving it to the..."diverse" location of...West Virginia. Then, they're joined by Micha and get started by discussing Micha's journey and struggle with her own mental health, and how those experiences shaped her reporting and scholarship that went into "Mad World." She then discusses some of the history behind how mental health issues and other characteristics of people's gender & sexuality, their marital status, among other things were traced as pathologies for people's mental state in a way to categorize and stigmatize them, as opposed to identifiers and signifiers of someone's emotional and mental state that were simply lived experiences within the context of their personal lives. Micha, Sam and Emma also discuss how the idea of "stress" and the struggle with mental health within society, especially under global capitalism, is extremely individualized, as opposed to an idea of approaching stress as something systematized and baked into the trappings of labor, incarceration, homophobia, and other issues within and without the workplace. They discuss the history of asylums within the UK and how that, and how "mad" people or people suffering from "madness", paralleled that of how mentally ill people were treated in the U.S. as well. Emma brings up this idea of mental health "awareness" and how awareness of the vitality of mental healthcare has been completely saturated without any tangible approach to actual policy that would mitigate the structures and circumstances that exacerbate people's mental health struggles, the ones that require that so-called "awareness".

And in the Fun Half, Sam and Emma discuss Israel's National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir's recent comments about military action against Palestinians, something Sam referred to as "Praise-To-Slay", before diving into Steven Crowder's advertisement (featuring the Majority Report!) promoting a great" Re-Platforming" that's coming up tomorrow. They then discuss striking LA hotel workers outside the Fairmont Miramont getting forcibly dispersed by LAPD officers and hotel security basically masquerading as Pinkertons deputized by police. They also touch on some of Universal Studios' hardball against WGA and SAG-AFTRA picketers by, as Adam Conover, outlines, literally uprooting the sidewalk the picketers are attempting to walk on. They then turn to Ron DeSantis desperately trying to get Iowans to care about him seeing a guy in San Francisco shitting on the street, then touch on a huge appeals court decision in Mississippi turning over a Jim Crow-era voting law. Plus, your IM's!

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

It's an ALL CALLS edition of Casual Friday! Call in at 646-257-3920 if you want to chat with the MR Crew! First, Sam and Emma run through updates on Donald Trump’s Not-Guilty plea, his other legal challenges, the continuing Fed assault on labor, Justice Kagan’s response to Alito, the Biden Crime Family, more scientific support for gender-affirming care, and Wisconsin’s new era of politics, before diving into Jeff Merkley’s discussion of a Biden primary challenger, and where the progressive fight lies heading into 2024. Next, they expand on the massive indictment on Donald Trump that occurred this week, a first step in holding any US President accountable for their actions, watching Trump’s attorney John Lauro talk with Laura Ingraham as a foreshadowing of his future legal defense, alongside his “other” defenses (delaying and racism). Next, they parse through Jack Smith’s killer indictment, and how the work tactfully prepares for the various legal avenues Trump’s defense might take, before wrapping up the free half by basking in the glory of Rudy Giuliani’s hellish last few weeks of leaks.

And in the Fun Half: Nick from Pennsylvania dives into Tesla’s various product failures, John from Oregon tests the waters on that whole “alien” thing, and Jessica from Ohio clarifies that the Kink community does NOT claim Rudy Giuliani. Jasmine from Texas gives an update on SB-193, and Josh from Chicago discusses the Saudi invasion of professional sports. They also chat with Hank from Austin, and Brandon from Cincinnati on organizing under Amazon, plus, your calls and IMs!

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

It's another EmMajority Report Thursday! She speaks with Azad Essa, senior reporter for Middle East Eye, to discuss his recent book Hostile Homelands: The New Alliance Between India and Israel. Then, she's joined by Paris Marx, author of the Disconnect newsletter and host of the Tech Won't Save Us podcast, to discuss their recent writing on ChatGPT.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:29pm EDT

It's Hump Day! Sam speaks with attorney Matthew Butterick about a lawsuit he's involved with representing artists against OpenAI, the company behind ChatGPT. Then, he's joined by political reporter Cameron Joseph to discuss the upcoming referendum in Ohio, entitled Issue 1, regarding ballot measures in the state. First, Sam runs through updates on Donald Trump’s various legal woes, WGA-Studio talks, Flint’s new natal care plan, the Fed’s continuing war on labor, SCOTUS record low public approval, and Russian bombing of Ukrainian grain stores, before parsing through the recent, massive indictment of Donald Trump of multiple charges of conspiracy and obstruction. Matthew Butterick then joins, diving right into his work with various acclaimed authors taking on the unauthorized use of their work across various AI engines, which, in fact, entirely rely on pre-existing and often-copyrighted works for their primary inputs, not to mention producing infringing derivative works with its outputs. After diving a little deeper into how this case centers on copyright infringement, and how it applies to other forms of AI (e.g. art and music), they wrap up by tackling the shape of the case as a class-action suit, and what the next steps are in this battle. Cameron Joseph then walks Sam through Ohio’s various upcoming referendums, first looking to the referendum to enshrine abortion rights in the State Constitutions that is scheduled for November, and tackling the long organizing process that took it to get there, before touching on the legislature-expedited response by Gov DeWine’s Secretary of State to launch an earlier referendum (scheduled for August) that makes it vastly more difficult to pass a constitutional referendum. After tackling the state of Ohio politics that led to these respective referenda, and why, the anti-referendum referendum seems poised to fail, they wrap up by looking to the ongoing political debacles in Wisconsin as liberals begin to take power and abuse the tools set up by the previous conservatives in their place.

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

It's News Day Tuesday! Sam and Emma break down the biggest headlines of the day. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on 2024 Presidential polling, Hunter Biden’s newest nothing allegations, Donald Trump’s various legal woes, LA’s hotel strike, Oklahoma public education policy, Phoenix’s destructive heatwave, and the Biden administration’s Student Debt plan 2.0. Next, they watch Bryan Cranston and Ilana Glazer tackle the ridiculous inhumanity of the studio executives amidst both the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes, before diving a little deeper into public opinion on Joe Biden heading into the final 12 months of the election cycle, and why Biden’s failure to pass much of his agenda with Build Back Better might come back to haunt him. They also dive deeper into the details of Biden’s brand-new Student Loan relief program, the non-revelations around Hunter Biden, and correct the record on the Lab Leak discussion with Ryan Grim.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma tackle the conservative obsession with identity politics, as Vivek Ramaswamy dances around the existence of institutional racism and Malika from Raleigh tackles the genuine violence in pushing progress for marginalized people aside. Sam and Emma also discuss RFK ramping up his zionist rhetoric, and Soren from Minneapolis parses through another anti-trans grift attempt in the world of sports, plus, your calls and IMs!

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

Happy Monday! Sam and Emma speak with Meron Rapoport, editor of Local Call and writer at +972 Magazine, to discuss the recent passage of  Prime Minister Netanyahu's proposed judicial reforms through the Knesset, its challenges before the Supreme Court, and the unrest that's resulted. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on Republican primary polling, Donald Trump’s various indictments, Biden’s brand new student loan program, Florida’s Black history curriculum, extreme heat in Phoenix, and Twitter’s hate speech problem, before parsing a little more thoroughly through the prospects for the Presidential primary on the right. Meron Rapoport then joins, diving right into a recap of the major overhauls to the Israeli judiciary that recently took place, the role the Courts can play in reining it in, and where it will leave Israel’s supposed “democracy.” Expanding on this latter element, Rapoport walks through some of the major players involved in Netanyahu’s reforms, and the violent and genocidal stances towards Palestine and Democracy that they have maintained for decades, including Yariv Levin, Itamar Ben-Gvir, and Bezalel Smotrich. Wrapping up, Meron walks through the responses from the rest of Israel to the passing of Netanyahu’s overhaul, including how it interplays with growing anti-apartheid sentiment in recent years, and talks with Sam and Emma about the future of US-Israeli relations as the latter dives further into fascism.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma discuss the role of the US Supreme Court and watch Mark Joseph Stern perfectly encapsulate why Samuel Alito’s recent “leave the Court alone” rampage is absurd and obscene. They also discuss Donald Trump’s various indictments, watch Ben Shapiro explain “That’s just Don!” and Alfred and Matthew have some words to share, plus, your calls and IMs!

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

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. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on Donald Trump keeping his criminal charge numbers up, Mitch McConnell’s future in the Senate, ramping heat waves across the US, environmental and fuel efficiency standards, and Elon’s continuing fraud, also watching Ron DeSantis attempt to defend his white supremacist curriculum. Digby then joins as she helps parse through Trump’s attempt to repurpose the “Crooked” and “crime family” monikers from Hillary to Biden, and touch on Ron DeSantis’ floundering campaign and why his attempt to out-flank Trump on the right was ridiculous. Digby, Sam, and Emma then attempt to assess what the hell his message is going into 2024, and what the greater GOP message is (and is it anti-Social Security?), before wrapping up with coverage of the ongoing strife between McCarthy and… the rest of the House.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:21pm EDT

It's another EmMajority Report Thursday! She speaks with James Risen, senior national security correspondent at The Intercept, and co-author Thomas Risen, to discuss their recent book The Last Honest Man: The CIA, the FBI, the Mafia, and the Kennedys—and One Senator's Fight to Save Democracy. First, Emma runs through updates on ANOTHER Fed rate raise despite cooling inflation, rising child labor, a telecom probe, Mitch McConnell’s medical emergency, Niger’s coup, and Hunter Biden’s legal woes, before touching on Jim Cramer’s telling CNBC comments on the UPS Teamsters and UAW. James and Thomas Risen then join, diving right into a background on Senator Frank Church and his political evolution into a progressive, anti-imperialist, and anti-authoritarian legend of American politics, including his outspoken opposition to the Vietnam War and the expansion of the US Intelligence community in the wake of the assassination of JFK, and eventual push for the establishment of the Senate Select Committee to Study Governmental Operations with Respect to Intelligence Activities (Church Committee). Next, the Risens explore the expansion of the US Intelligence community post-WWII, tackling the establishment of the CIA as a covert actor for US hegemony on foreign soil, putting them on track to rapidly become the international assassination juggernaut they are today, before expanding on their interaction with domestic actors, their mutually antagonistic relationship with J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI, and the FBI’s own relationship to political conspiracy and terrorism. After taking on the establishment of the Church Committee in the wake of Watergate, the state of disillusionment with the US government, and the revelations the Church Committee brought forward (particularly around COINTELPRO), James, Thomas, and Emma wrap up by assessing the absurdity of the GOP’s attempt to frame their Congressional farce as the Church Committee 2.0.

And in the Fun Half: Emma is joined by Brandon Sutton and Matt Binder as they discuss the British-American accent dynamics in Hollywood, DeSantis’ position on an RFK cabinet roll, and the Weinstein couple muses about their voyeuristic experience at a recent drag show. Lucas from Montana dives into the anti-woke hijacking of libraries, Cody from Georgia expands on today’s interview and connections with JFK and the Oswalds, Newsmax comes for the White House dogs, Kowalski proposes a prudent judicial philosophical conundrum, and Adam from Rhode Island brings up Elon’s active destruction of Twitter, plus, your calls and IMs!

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It's Hump Day! Sam and Emma speak with Luis Feliz Leon, staff writer at Labor Notes, and Alicia Ozier, a warehouse worker at the Amazon delivery station in Pontiac, Michigan, to discuss the recent decision by Pontiac Amazon workers to walk out for hours on Amazon's "Prime Day". Then, they're joined by author and filmmaker Greg Mitchell to discuss the recent Christopher Nolan film "Oppenheimer" and Greg's scholarship on the man himself, J. Robert Oppenheimer.

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It's News Day Tuesday! Sam and Emma break down the biggest headlines of the day. First, they run through updates on a potential UPS-Teamsters deal, Israeli protests around the rollback of judicial powers, the DOJ v. Texas, record-breaking employment numbers across the US, Big Pharma’s response to Bernie’s new tact, increasing threats to IRS agents, and the introduction of Prager U into the Florida educational curriculum, also diving into Molly Nussbaum’s reflections of the SAG-AFTRA strike. After parsing a little deeper through the response by Israelis to the Knesset disempowering the judiciary, Sam and Emma discuss the pure inhumanity coming out of Texas, with increasing revelations around the violent treatment of migrants and refugees on and around the border. Next, Sam and Emma take on the massive economic and quality-of-life issues in the US, despite rising employment numbers, and why the extensive financialization of necessities – like housing and healthcare – essentially negates any potential benefits of capitalism, ensuring that any profitable problem isn’t solved, and any unprofitable solution is never employed.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:32pm EDT

Happy Monday! Sam and Emma speak to freelance journalist David Neiwert to discuss his recent book The Age of Insurrection: The Radical Right's Assault on American Democracy. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on Israel disempowering their Supreme Court, offensives in Moscow and Odessa, the recent Spanish elections, various labor actions across the country, Bernie’s pursuit of government-developed pharmaceuticals, and environmental warming, also diving into Ron DeSantis’ recent comments on Florida’s new “lost cause” education around the “civilizing” nature slavery. David Neiwert then joins, parsing through his own history studying right-wing authoritarianism in the US, beginning with his childhood in Idaho, strong John Birch Society territory, before starting his work in journalism during the rise of white supremacist militias, the Aryan nation, and hate crimes over the 1970s and ’80s, tackling the internal conflicts of addressing these subjects as a journalist, and why journalism must be rooted in public welfare. Moving forward, Neiwert tracks the evolution of right-wing extremist and white supremacist organizations over the Clinton and Bush administrations, leading up to the mobilizing event of Obama’s (a black person’s) election, before looking to the era of the Trump regime and the leadup to January 6th. After walking through the defining traits of right-wing authoritarian followers – namely submission aggression, and conventionalism – Neiwert, Sam, and Emma dive into the January 6th insurrection, the various narratives around it, and why it was no doubt a neo-fascist insurrection, before wrapping with 1/6’s aftermath, and how the far-right has pivoted to localized, grassroots insurrections.

And in the Fun Half: Mike Pence perfectly demonstrates how abortion exceptions aren’t really exceptions at all, the MR Team basks in the glory of recent labor action with UPS and McDonalds, and Mehdi Hasan goes right after one of the major players behind Trump’s child separation policy. Troy from Indiana discusses anti-woke attention-seeking in country music, Hope from Nevada dives into California’s Proud Boys problem, and a libertarian from Oregon spews some genuine nonsense, plus, your calls and IMs

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

It's Casual Friday! Sam and Emma chat with Ryan Grim, DC Bureau Chief at The Intercept, to round up the week in news. Then, they're joined by Matthew Film Guy! First, Sam and Emma run through updates on Donald Trump’s myriad upcoming legal cases, more labor action in film and theatre, UPS pilots standing with UPS Teamsters, fascist witch hunts and legislation, and the least surprising Crowder revelations, before they parse through a debunking of RFK’s recent appearance on the GOP’s “Weaponization of Federal Government” committee. Ryan Grim then joins as he walks Sam and Emma through his perspective on an encounter with Jesse Watters he had at the 2016 White House correspondent’s dinner over Watters’ ambush journalism, and why he remains unrepentant. Next, they dive into the recent Congressional drama over the US’ relationship with the Israeli apartheid state, as Grim dives into the boycott of Israeli President Isaac Herzog's recent appearance, Rep. Jayapal’s statements on the racism of Israel, and the ultimate vote House to rebuke these anti-Israel statements, before they reflect on the impact DMFI and AIPAC have had over the last few election cycles, particularly in how they’ve sought to undermine and buy-out progressive and pro-Palestine candidates. After briefly touching on updates to Donald Trump’s various legal battles, Ryan, Emma, and Sam wrap up by discussing recent revelations around the COVID “Lab Leak” theory, the GOP’s recent leak of their own, the partisanship around the theory – and bipartisanship around China hawkery – and what the lack of evidence for a lab-origin means for debate. Matthew Film Guy then joins as he unpacks his complex feelings for the upcoming “Barbie” movie, why brand affiliation is the wrong way for movies to go, why the Left™ needs to learn to enjoy things, and gives his recs of “How to with John Wilson” and Nina Menkes’ “Queen of Diamonds.”

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:55pm EDT

*REST IN POWER MICHAEL JAMAL BROOKS*

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It's an EmMajority Report Thursday! She speaks to Melissa Villa-Nicholas, associate professor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Rhode Island, to discuss her recent book Data Borders: How Silicon Valley Is Building An Industry Around Immigrants. Then, she is joined by Kyle Bailey, Ph.D candidate at York University in Toronto, to discuss the recent right wing shift in Finland's government. First, Emma runs through updates on Trump’s various legal woes, Biden’s meeting with the president of the UAW, the absurd ongoings of the House, abortion legislation, and labor news, before reflecting on the 3rd anniversary of the passing of Michael Brooks, and his lasting legacy on the Left, and watching Biden’s recent statements on labor policy. Melissa Villa-Nicholas then dives right into her concept of “Data Borders,” looking at the core concept of “borderlands,” particularly those between the US and Mexico, and how data plays a massive role in the functioning of these areas – particularly when it comes to the interactions between individuals and federal agencies. Professor Villa-Nicholas then dives into the role of tech companies like Amazon and Palantir in constructing massive databases for law enforcement and predictive policing, that often rely on the data mining of immigrants, with border and immigration agencies like ICE and DHS tracking all sorts of biometric data from those crossing (both legally, and illegally). Expanding on the public-private partnership between federal agencies and big tech, Melissa parses through the history of tech involvement in the militarization of police, how private surveillance has permeated myriad legal industries, and what the future of fighting for information autonomy – especially for non-citizens – looks like. Kyle Bailey then steps back as he walks Emma through the results from April’s election in Finland, seeing the emergence of a far-right-neoliberal coalition ousting the left-wing Prime Minister Sanna Mirella Marin, and why this flip largely lies in the classic anxieties around the collapse of neoliberalism, the climate, and rising populism. After expanding on the rise of the far-right Finns Party, and the militant racists that stand at its forefront, Bailey and Emma wrap up the interview by looking at the major policy implications of the new coalition, how it might impact Finnish labor and welfare, and the role the invasion of Ukraine has played so far.

And in the Fun Half: Emma is joined by Brandon Sutton and Matt Binder as they watch Sam’s message from the SAG-AFTRA picket line, talk with Micah from Sacramento, and watch Ben Shapiro attempt to Twitter-lawyer Donald Trump out of legal troubles. Candace Owens blames “gay pedophilia” on “gay people” rather than “pedophiles,” and Brett Weinstein comes to the shocking realization that much of the IDW community is aligned with Nazis, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:29pm EDT

It's Hump Day! Sam speaks to Mila Wade, a Louisville area Starbucks worker, who participated in recent store shutdowns in conjunction with workers at Sunergos Coffee.  Then, they are joined by Guardian environmental reporter Oliver Milman to discuss his recent piece "'Double Agents: Fossil-Fuel Lobbyists Work for US Groups Trying to Fight Climate Crisis." First, Sam runs through updates on the slow walking of Trump’s stolen documents case, Russian attacks on Odessa grain infrastructure, Rudy’s potential flip, protests in Israel, Atlanta City Council sabotaging an upcoming Cop City referendum, and US relations to Israel, diving into Rashida Tlaib’s intense (and accurate) comments on Congress’ refusal to acknowledge Israeli apartheid. Mila Wade then dives right into the recent labor action across the Louisville-Clarkson area that shut down all Starbucks and Sunergos coffee shops in the cities, tackling the ongoing unionization process that the various Starbucks shops are undergoing, and the myriad ways in which Starbucks, despite successful unionization votes, is seeking to undermine and discourage the bargaining process. After expanding on the joint action between Starbucks and Sunergos employees, Wade and Sam discuss the importance of growing labor consciousness among our younger generations, particularly in sparking inspiration and connections among those with limited access to labor organizing, before wrapping up with the future of the labor fight, and what those of us on the outside can do to help. Oliver Milman then walks through the myriad ongoing climate emergencies across the US and the globe, as he discusses the proliferation of oil and gas lobbyists working on BOTH sides of the fight, whether that be environmental organizations, museums, tech companies, or local governments, all supposedly “pushing back,” while effectively funneling information directly back to those they’re fighting against. Wrapping up, Milman and Sam parse through the other moral and tactical conflicts of interest that arise from the fossil-fuel double agents, and the various absurdities that come from using the tools of capitalism to fight an effect of capitalism.

And in the Fun Half: Sam watches RFK plunge even deeper into the far-right libertarian trend of reactionary fear-mongering, Jake Tapper becomes the most recent media member to ask Ron DeSantis why he’s sucking to his face, and Marjorie Taylor Greene happily steps into her new post as Biden’s PR rep. Todd from Raleigh reflects on the absurd lionization of the Unabomber, Jacob from Alabama dives into the state’s attempt to avoid redistricting (and what may come from it), and David from Wyoming dives into the US’ continuing attacks on unhoused folks. Vic from Ventury walks through safety vs. surveillance tactics when it comes to dashcams, and Ben Shapiro levels another hearty media critique against a… Disney casting choice, plus, your calls and IMs!

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

 

It's News Day Tuesday! Sam and Emma speak to KJ Boyle, research assistant at the Revolving Door Project, to discuss FTC Chair Lina Khan's appearance before the House Judiciary Committee last week. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on Donald Trump’s various ongoing (and approaching) trials, Alabama gerrymandering, labor action in UPS and Amazon, and fascist policy in Iowa and Texas, before diving into the absurd arguments around any criminal proceedings involving Trump, and the complete lack of a conspiracy cannon on the far right. KJ Boyle then dives right into the phenomenal job Lina Khan has done in completely upsetting the business establishment by… being anti-monopoly, walking through her nearly 70 features in WSJ OpEds, and how, exactly, she has gone about revamping the FTC. He, Sam, and Emma then look to her appearance before the HJC, discussing the major talking points the GOP has leveled against her, and the absurdity of a Meta-stock-owning ethics council claiming her interest in anti-trust maybe should recuse her from dealing with Meta. Wrapping up, they watch the highlights from Khan’s appearance, and why anti-trust is a winning topic moving forwards. Sam and Emma also dive into the recent reports coming out of Texas of Gov. Abbott’s order for the border patrol to begin drowning and dehydrating migrant children.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma watch Ron DeSantis do the classic Republican “your Medicare is safe… but not really” schtick, Kowalski from Nebraska gives an agriculture report and parses through some difficult tensions in yesterday’s NATO interview. Sam reflects on his own influence on the SAG strike, No Labels gets astonishingly exposed as a fraud, and Lydia from PA dives into her experiences with gender-affirming care at the VA. Mason from Alabama and Alan from North Carolina discuss their respective local politics, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:52pm EDT

Happy Monday! Sam and Emma host Daniel Bessner & Derek Davison, co-hosts of the American Prestige podcast, to discuss last week's NATO summit in Lithuania. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on labor action across the US, the Russian invasion of Ukraine, AIPAC Dems’ attacks on Jayapal, and Ron DeSantis, before watching AOC help pump up a crowd of UPS Teamsters in the lead-up to a potential strike. Daniel Bessner and Derek Davison then run through a brief history of NATO since the fall of the USSR, exploring how the US dealt with the disappearance of its only hegemonic challenger – choosing to push a mass expansion of the anti-Soviet (and pro-US) NATO alliance, and ramping up their levels of military action across the globe as the project for a New American Century began. Bessner and Davison then look to the 2004 NATO expansion alongside NATO action in Afghanistan as a continuation of US tactics of hegemonic expansion during the Cold War, particularly the country’s shift towards a capitalist-focused foreign policy that maintains the dominance of the US Dollar. After looking at the US and NATO’s stance towards Ukraine, and how the decision to tempt them with acceptance completely bit the organization in the ass, they wrap up by assessing the US’ slow pivot to the Pacific, and looking at what role the US can (and should) play in promoting peace in Ukraine.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma watch Ron Pearlman’s killer response to Bob Iger’s comments about using the strike to force actors into homelessness, before tackling the incredibly spineless and corrupt response by Democrats to Rep. Jayapal’s statements on Israel’s apartheid state. Jim Jordan defends the little man (Elon Musk) against constant attacks (emails) from the oppressor (Lina Khan), Jody from MA dives into the problems with assisted living, and Miles from Minneapolis dives into his experiences with the Teamsters’ Sean O’Brien. Sam and Emma also address RFK’s odd anti-Semitic and sinophobic COVID claims, plus, your calls and IMs!

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It's a JAM PACKED Casual Friday! Sam and Emma host Alex Pareene, Contributing Editor at the New Republic and host of the Politics of Everything podcast, to round up the week in news. Then, they're joined by actor and SAG-AFTRA member Andrew Leeds to discuss the most recent vote by the union to authorize a strike. And THEN, they're joined by comedian Andy Kindler, host of the Thought Spiral podcast! First, Sam and Emma run through updates on the Republicans’ absurd budget proposal, the Democrats successfully killing it, and SAG-AFTRA going on strike, as well as the disgusting corporate proposals that got the film and TV industry to this point. Alex Pareene then joins as he dives into the continuing story of inflation, and what could have been if the establishment wasn’t so keen on ignoring its roots in price gouging. Next, he, Emma, and Sam look to the Republicans’ grotesque $900bln defense bill as perfectly exemplary of the GOP’s complete capitulation to anti-woke politics despite its stunning lack of popularity – something that’s also seen in the falling popularity of the once-prophesied DeSantis campaign, before wrapping up the interview with an assessment of New York state politics post-Cuomo and what a strong NY Democratic party could mean on the national level. Andrew Leeds then walks through the central issues facing SAG-AFTRA, discussing the massive role residuals play in actors’ income, and in qualifying for healthcare and other union benefits, only for the streaming revolution to nearly take these payments off the shelves entirely. After expanding on the attempted gigification of the acting industry, Andrew wraps up by discussing the incredible spirit of solidarity in the union (and their sister orgs), and what those on the outside can do to help. Andy Kindler concludes the first half as he assesses the incredible grifting done by Jimmy Door, and tackles why the hell some famous people get so obsessed with being wrong they dive headfirst into bigotry.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma watch Fran Drescher’s killer remarks to help launch SAG-AFTRA’s strike, and watch Peter Hotez aptly summarize the legitimacy of the “lab leak” theory. Ben Shapiro continues his attacks on women’s rights, plus, your IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:18pm EDT

It's an EmMajority Report Thursday! She talks to Bradford Vivian, Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences at Penn State University, to discuss his recent book Campus Misinformation: The Real Threat to Free Speech in American Higher Education. Then, she is joined by Marco Fonseca, instructor in Latin American and International Studies at the York University Glendon campus, to developments surrounding Guatemala's elections. First, Emma runs through updates on Biden’s visit to Ukraine, a potential return to the ERA, labor action with SAG, the EPA, and Ray Epps’ lawsuit against Fox News (and how it might have played into Tucker’s departure). Bradford Vivian then joins as he parses through the evolution of conservative attacks on higher education over the last few decades, with entire organizations, like TPUSA and YAF, and individuals, like Brett Weinstein and Barry Weiss, who have built up an entire industry of reactionaries who go to colleges to talk about how they can’t say anything at colleges. Professor Vivian parses through this blueprint as, largely, a pretext for state-control of higher education, and a way to undermine social justice movements, and the communities that form around and within academia. Stepping back, Bradford walks Emma through some parallels between this era of anti-intellectual attacks, and the similar conservative battle we saw in the mid-20th century, particularly in how it can serve to undermine social justice movements, before parsing through how the recent attacks have pervaded through all levels of education, K-12, as we see with attacks on CRT and the Don’t Say Gay bill. Marco Fonseca tackles the most recent round of Guatemalan elections and the surprise success of the Semilla party, a left, anti-corruption party that won enough to advance to a runoff, before stepping back to discuss the roots of the “Seed” party in the Guatemalan spring, with son of first President Arévalo helping to found the party. After walking through the CIA-backed Coup that violently halted the Guatemalan spring, and the decades of growing corruption that followed, Fonseca dives into the recent backlash to said corruption and parses through why the Elite interference in the 2023 election seemingly ignored the threat of Semilla, before they wrap up the show by assessing the future of Guatemalan election integrity as a Semilla ban becomes more and more likely.

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

It's Hump Day! Sam and Emma talk to Bill McKibben, contributing writer at The New Yorker and founder of ThirdAct.org, to discuss the recent climate disasters across the country. Then, they are joined by Palestinian journalist and activist Basel Adra to discuss his recent piece in The Nation entitled "The Destruction of Masafer Yatta," co-authored with Yuval Abraham.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:17pm EDT

It's News Day Tuesday! Sam and Emma break down the biggest headlines of the day. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on recent NATO drama, Iran’s continuing lack of nukes, Trump’s various criminal cases, Israel’s political turmoil, and severe environmental repercussions being felt across the US, before diving into Fox News’ and the GOP’s whattabout game as their primary witness for the crimes of the Biden family is arrested for being a foreign agent. Next, Sam and Emma dive a little deeper into the ongoing NATO drama, with backlash to both Sweden’s entry and Ukraine’s lack of a concrete path, also touching on the climate change inflection point that we are in the midst of, with Florida’s waters reaching all times temperature highs (along with the rest of the World’s environment), and the North East going through torrential storms, before diving into Obama’s recent statements about his tone-deaf advice to Malia about climate nihilism (you know, that thing he largely symbolizes for her generation). They wrap up the free half by discussing the recent stories about mothers and their daughters being charged for “illegal” abortions, and the criminalization of healthcare as the most recent manifestation of the GOP’s fascist attacks.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:01pm EDT

Happy Monday! Sam and Emma speak with Mark Joseph Stern, senior writer at Slate, to discuss the bombshell rulings that came down at the end of the Supreme Court's most recent term. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine and outside support, the future of a government shutdown, the Supreme Court ethics bill, climate change, labor action, and more theocratic fascism from the right, before diving into the anniversary of the Tusla White Supremacist massacre of a massive Black community, and the Oklahoman Right’s ongoing effort to revise history. Mark Joseph Stern then joins as he tackles the rollout of the Supreme Court’s most recent session, beginning with moderate cases in June before rapidly dropping vitriolic right-wing decisions right before the July 4th break, effectively helping to bury the disastrous role the Court is continuing to play in US politics. Next, he, Sam, and Emma parse through the individual roles the liberal justices on the Court have assumed, before Stern walks through SCOTUS’ recent rejection of Student Debt Cancellation via the HEROES Act, why the Court relied on the Major Questions Doctrine, and whether the Biden Administration’s pivot to the Higher Education Act could be successful. After a discussion on 303 Creative v. Elenis, the absurd lack of standing in the case, and how it largely undermines Lawrence v. Texas (Sodomy Law), Emma, Sam, and Mark wrap up the interview by assessing the affirmative action decision, and Clarence Thomas’ ultimate decision to limit active diversity to the military.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma dive into the Biden Administration’s advancement of war crimes in Ukraine, sending cluster bombs in the face of decades of research to their devastating civilian impact, UPS Teamsters begin assembling the ranks for an upcoming strike, and Donald Trump gets very confused about who absolutely should be in jail and who absolutely shouldn’t. Keith from Ashville dives into recent experiences with transphobic in public (and how to deal with them) and Jonuh from Richmond brings up debate tactics online vs. irl. Cody from Denver shares his experiences with the devastating real-world impact of transphobia on individuals and their communities, and inspires a discussion of the absolute need to be a militant advocate for marginalized communities, particularly in the face of escalating political persecution and bad faith attempts to justify them. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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

It's Casual Friday! And Sam's BACK from vacation! He and Emma talk to David Dayen, executive editor at the American Prospect to round up the week in news. First, Sam and Emma run through this week’s headlines, including the impact of the Fed’s continuing impact on workers, US funding for Ukraine, three straight days of global heat records, Lula’s impact on Amazon deforestation, and labor action, before Sam parses through his recent trip to Monticello. David Dayen then joins as he starts by peppering Sam with questions about his work with RFK as well as Kennedy’s political evolution over the last two decades, before the conversation shifts to Dayen’s recent article on the economic theory of government spending “crowding out” private business. David parses through what this economic theory entails, how it has become baked into any US policy, with any public spending requiring equivalent support for private businesses, and why the incredible success of the IRA and CHIPS act should absolutely be challenging this and the role direct public investment can play in the economy. Continuing, David, Sam, and Emma tackle the material impact a change in our economic philosophy could have, and what a return to big government could mean. After a quick discussion on the continuing inflation misinformation, they wrap up the interview by assessing the Biden administration’s pivot to the Higher Education Act for Student loan forgiveness.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma watch Fox and Friends try to shift recent job growth to be demonstrative of… the failure of Biden’s government, Ron DeSantis gets hit with “Why don’t people like you?” by a Fox host, and Ben Shapiro, notorious theocrat, tries to make out queer identity to be a “belief system” thus not a protected identity. NC Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson does apologia for the Moms for Liberty, and Greg Gutfeld talks violent crime, like detergent theft, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:17pm EDT

The MR Crew is back with an EmMajority Report Thursday! She speaks to David Broder, Europe editor at Jacobin, to discuss his recent book Mussolini's Grandchildren: Fascism in Contemporary Italy. Then, she speaks to Amjad Iraqi, editor at 972 Magazine, to discuss the recent escalation of violence by the Israeli military in a Palestinian refugee camp in Jenin. First, Emma runs through this weekend’s headlines, including Biden’s student debt pivot, the Mar-a-Lago warrant, Trump’s fundraising, mass shootings in the US, labor action, and environmental updates, before diving into Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers’ recent killer legislative move. David Broder joins as he first runs through updates on recent turmoil in France in the wake of a police shooting of an unarmed teenager, tackling the history of over-policing Black and migrant communities in Europe, and how the French and European far-right is turning this issue into one of heterogeneity and immigration, with little to no pushback from Macron and the center. Next, Broder shifts his focus back to Italy, as he walks Emma through the normalization of far-right political figures, from Berlusconi to Meloni, and how the growth of the clearly-fascist wing of the American GOP has given an excuse to ethnonationalists worldwide. Stepping back, Broder dives into how right-wing Italians are grappling with their country’s history with fascism, and the attempt to repaint their role during WW2 as victims of communist violence rather than oppressors aligned with the Nazis, before they wrap up the interview by looking deeper at Giorgia Meloni’s cult-of-personality and how her womanhood is used symbolize the greater eugenicist underpinnings of fascism. Amjad Iraqi then joins as he and Emma walk through the past few weeks of increasing genocidal violence against Palestinians in the West Bank city of Jenin. After tackling the significant escalation that Israel took by bombing the West Bank, Iraqi walks through the actual process of violence and settlement that occurred in Jenin, the toll on the Palestinian population, and the increasing violence of Israeli apartheid.

And in the Fun Half: Emma is joined by Brandon Sutton and Matt Binder as they talk with Scott from Baltimore about the Baltimore PD’s complete mishandling of a mass shooting this weekend, discuss the future (or lack thereof) of social media as Twitter’s fall is all-but assured, Ron DeSantis’ response to backlash to his homophobia, and the unsurprising revelation of Eric Adam’s lies. Charlie Kirk brings out the classic White Supremacist hits in a discussion of affirmative action, and Anthony from Long Island discusses his victory in a Brookline, MA election, plus, your calls and IMs!

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

The MR Crew are still off after July 4th so we're coming to you with another mid-year Best Of! This one, from late November 2022, is with Dale Kretz, visiting assistant professor of history at the University of California, Santa Barbara, to discuss his recent book Administering Freedom: The State of Emancipation after the Freedmen's Bureau. 

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The MR Crew are off today so we're coming to you with a special mid-year best of! In an episode from February 2018, Sam spoke with the late, great Daniel Ellsberg about his book The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner.

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It's Casual Friday! Emma talks to David Griscom, co-host of Left Reckoning, to round up the week in news. Then, she is joined by Chill Goblin!

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It's an EmMajority Report Thursday! She speaks to Andrew Seaton, junior research fellow at St. Anne's College at the University of Oxford, to discuss his recent book Our NHS: A History of Britain's Best Loved Institution. Then, Emma talks to Camille Rey, a mother of a trans child who left Texas and moved out of state due to Texas's extremely restrictive anti-trans laws. First, Emma runs through the day’s headlines, touching on the severe air quality issues in the US, a terror attack on a gender studies class in Canada, Donald Trump’s alternative tactics to shirk responsibility for his stolen documents, and mass arrests in French protests against police brutality, before parsing through the Supreme Court’s affirmative action decision, their perversion of the 14th Amendment, and the highlights of the dissents. Andrew Seaton then joins as he dives right into the NHS’ 75-year history as a beloved British institution that always seems to be under threat from the right, first looking at the current state of the service – with the NHS deeply hindered during the pandemic alongside increasing cost-of-living and wage-crises among its laborers. Slowly working backward, Seaton then walks Emma through the Labor Party’s slow revitalization of the NHS over the 21st Century, revamping its budget after decades of cuts, and seeing a drastic improvement in its efficacy and efficiency, only for the emergency of a string of conservative governments in the later 2010s to completely reverse their progress. Continuing the journey backward, Emma and Andrew explore how the NHS remained the beast that Thatcher couldn’t slay during the neoliberal turn, before taking on the post-war labor project that was establishing the NHS, and how the project was viewed by the rest of the West (particularly the US). Camille Ray then discusses her experiences as the mother of a trans kid in Texas as anti-LGBTQ legislation gets more and more repressive, painting a picture of the impact of the mere existence of this legislation on trans kids, and the exclusionary and transphobic tactics that they employ. Wrapping up, Ray and Emma look at the reality of being a trans kid in the US, walking through what gender-affirming care ACTUALLY looks like, and what her and her son’s post-Texas life has provided.

And in the Fun Half: Emma is joined by Brandon Sutton and Matt Binder as they admire Vic Berger’s newest Tim Pool video, watch Tim struggle to define any policy reasons for loving Ron DeSantis, and Bob Woodward dives into the ridiculousness of Trump’s ongoing documents scandal. Alex in Missouri parses through Tim Pool’s incredibly stupid abortion arguments, Brennan in Kentucky dives into crypto scams, and the MR Crew watches RFK go full capital shill for the VC world. They also watch David Sacks discuss his crypto pump-and-dump schemes, and Eric Adams calls an organizer a slave-owner for questioning him, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:10pm EDT

It's Hump Day! Emma hosts Mike German, fellow at The Brennan Center for Justice, to discuss a recent interview he did with Mireya Navarro, the editor-in-chief of Brennan en Espanol, entitled "Why White Supremacist Groups Attract Latinos to Their Ranks." Then Emma is joined by Matt Ford, staff writer at The New Republic, to discuss his recent piece entitled "Clarence Thomas Wants to Demolish Indian Law." First Emma runs through the day’s headlines, including Trump claiming “ego” instead of “insanity,” updates on Prigozhin’s mutiny, more wildfire disasters, trans rights, and Yusef Salaam’s entrance into the New York City Council, also diving into Laura Ingraham’s ridiculous coverage on what’s fringe and what’s not. Michael German then joins, diving right into his history as an FBI agent infiltrating White supremacist groups, exploring how these groups function and extend their reach beyond other explicitly white folks, provided they align with their ethnonationalist beliefs. After tackling the particular role of Hispanic ethnicity within white supremacist communities, German wraps up the interview by assessing the greater attempts by these groups to polish their public appearance both to draw in members and avoid the typical “domestic terrorist” image. Matt Ford then walks through the Supreme Court’s recent Moore v. Harper decision rejecting the fringe “Independent State Legislature” theory, and why, despite it not being the perfect outcome, we should be thankful it wasn’t worse. He and Emma then tackle Gorsuch’s staunch defense of native sovereignty, exploring where he grounds his stance, why his conservative colleagues don’t align with him, and how the votes might fall in upcoming cases on native sovereignty. After assessing the Supreme Court’s impending affirmative action cases and why an overturn is all but expected, Ford dives into the constitutional attack on marriage equality, and wraps up with an exploration of the absurd arguments (that might work) about the unconstitutionality of a wealth tax.

And in the Fun Half: Emma talks with Jason from Ft. Worth on the right’s bad-faith manipulation of academic studies – as shown by Tim Pool – before she and the crew dive into her discussion with Tim on his undermining of a 10-year-old rape victim’s story, and talk with Matt from Oregon on the horrific real-world implications of fascist reproductive viewpoints. They also explore Mikhaila Peterson’s grappling with her father’s violent misogyny, Greg Gutfeld’s undermining of his own transphobic stances, and Trump’s “bravado” defense, plus, your calls and IMs!

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

It's News Day Tuesday! Sam and Emma break down the biggest headlines of the day. First, they run through headlines on the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Harper v. Moore, as well as cases on wealth tax and statute of limitations in sexual abuse cases (sorry Jim Jordan!), the US Government’s intel failures leading up to January 6th, Prigozhin’s makeup with Putin, the repercussions of fascist abortion policy, and Delaware’s bill on giving corporations the right to vote. Sam and Emma then dive into the recently released tapes of Donald Trump very explicitly discussing his mishandling of classified documents, walking through the contents of the tape itself, and how it might impact Trump’s candidacy moving forwards. Next, they look to the Supreme Court, as they break down their surprising rejection of the Independent State Legislature theory, and reflect on Jim Jordan’s history in institutions of pedophilia as a new Supreme Court case potentially puts him back in the spotlight. Wrapping up the free half, they look to the recent report on the extreme unlikelihood of the Wuhan Lab Leak theory on the origins of COVID-19, and why so many centrist pundits went crazy over it.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma watch Jesse Watters shine in his new role as the face of fascism on Fox, really putting his own spin on the “Obama isn’t American” schtick, before they parse through a little more of Tim Pool’s embarrassment at the hands of Emma, first tackling his obvious smear campaign calling Emma a “pedophile” just to get the attention off of his own idiocracy. They also walk through Tim’s claim to be the only true anti-imperialist, despite supporting imperialism, and his absolutely astounding comment that treaties from before he was born don’t count, plus, your IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:21pm EDT

Happy Monday! Sam and Emma speak to Kimberly St. Julian-Varnon, History Ph.D candidate at the University of Pennslyvania, to discuss the recent developments in the Russian/Ukraine conflict that have transpired since Friday. Sam and Emma start off the week by checking in on the Faith & Freedom Coalition Conference in Washington D.C., where a Liberty University communications official said, out loud and on camera, that the right needs to act more like Hitler and Stalin did to seize control of education. Then Kimberly joins the show to discuss the absolute chaos that has been the last 48 hours in the Russia/Ukraine conflict. Kimberly explains why, after the last time she was on the Majority Report in March of 2022, she isn't surprised by how protracted the conflict has been, and emphasizes that, per her scholarship and research, that the United States is not the principle actor in the war, and that the U.S., particularly the Biden Administration, most likely would prefer a negotiated settlement so as to forestall conservative attacks on the amount of military aid going to Ukraine. They then dive into the complex web of associations between Yevgeny Prigozhin, the head of the mercenary Wagner Group, Sergei Shoigu, the head of the Russian army, and Valery Gerasimov, the head of the war effort in Ukraine, and why exactly Prigozhin took this moment to turn his forces back from Ukraine and into Russia, in order to briefly occupy the city of Rostov-on-Don, before negotiating with Vladimir Putin and Belarus's Lukashenko to stand down and defect to Belarus. Sam and Emma ask Kimberly what she thinks is next going forward, whether Prigozhin can survive the mutiny attempt after the settlement with Putin, and what the end goals of any supposed rebellion like this would be for Prigozhin. Kimberly also warns against observers who see this as potentially the end of Putin's leadership in Russia, noting that, due to the overwhelming control of state media in the country, it's very hard to determine how much of this is actually getting through to the Russian public.

And in the Fun Half, Emma and Sam break down some of Emma's legendary performance on the "Culture War" podcast live and in-studio with Tim Pool and the "Actual Justice Warrior" Sean Fitzgerald. Emma and the MR Crew watch the classic moment where Tim melted down when asked about the Allen, Texas shooter who had posted screenshots from an episode of "TimCast" on a personal social media profile. Emma then touches on racist man-on-the-street legend Jesse Watters officially getting Tucker's old spot on Fox News, the 2024 presidential primary war on words between Big Guys Chris Christie and Donald Trump, as well as their...divergent receptions at the Faith & Freedom Coalition Conference. Plus, your calls & IM's!

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

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. First, Sam runs through updates on abortion legislation, the house GOP coming after Social Security and Medicare, the PFAS lawsuit, Biden sucking up to Modi, and Starbucks’ labor action over pride, before diving into Ron DeSantis’ commitment to anti-democratic actions, and watching AOC eviscerate his authoritarian tendencies on the House floor. Digby then joins as she and Sam dive right into this week’s massive story about the implosion of an “experimental” (aka unregulated) submersible, parsing through the industry experts’ (such as James Cameron) response to the Oceangate CEO’s rejection of safety procedures. They also dive into how this story is a perfect encapsulation of the anti-scientific and hyper-individualist libertarian strain that has run rampant over the last few decades, from climate denial to anti-vaxxers, looking also at the recent RFK vs. Peter Hotez, as another prime example. Wrapping up, Sam and Digby dissect parallels between the reactionary pushback to social change that birthed the lost cause movement, and our contemporary pushback to reproductive and gender-affirming care.

And in the Fun Half: Sam watches Charlie Kirk try to pin the submersible disaster on wokeism, Josh Hawley takes on the “religion” of woke, and Laura Ingraham denounces the anti-democratic criminalization of friendship between Justice Alito and Harlan Crow. Anthony from Austin gets nitpicky on fiduciary duties, Hannity attempts to calm the storm between Lauren Boebert and MTG, and Jannine Pirro reminds us that you can’t criticize capitalism under any circumstances. Cameron from Washington dives into fascist unreality, and RT from DC addresses MR’s perspective on Elon Musk. They also talk with Emma Vigeland as she reflects on her appearance on Tim Poo’s “Culture War” this morning, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:27pm EDT

It's another EmMajority Report Thursday! She speaks to journalist Sian Norris to discuss her recent book Bodies Under Siege: How the Far-Right Attack on Reproductive Rights Went Global. Then, Emma talks to Sam Russek, reporter and researcher at The New Republic, to discuss his recent piece on the upcoming Houston mayoral race. First, Emma runs through today’s headlines, diving into a disheartening SCOTUS decision, and the growing friendliness between Indian PM Narendra Modi and myriad institutions of the US, from Democratic leadership to Big Tech and Elon Musk. Sian Norris then joins as she dives right into the foreign exchange of discrimination that occurs across the West, both between issues – such as anti-LGBTQ discourse advancing anti-abortion issues – and countries, with the US importing the UK’s TERFdom while exporting the vehement hatred for reproductive rights. Expanding on this, Norris parses through the role of social media in bolstering this global exchange of discrimination, bringing domestic narratives and lies to every inch of the globe, and creating a network of discrimination that serve to reinforce the quintessential European and US ideology of white male supremacy. Wrapping up, Emma and Sian assess the state of discrimination in both the US and Europe, and the role of austerity and financial crisis in bolstering this hatred. Sam Russek steps back as he analyzes the history of Houston’s mayoral race, first tackling who the “Left” candidates are, and why none of them genuinely represent the progressive wing of the party. Wrapping up, Russek looks to the role of labor (and the Fire Department’s union in particular) in exposing truths of John Whitmer and Sylvester Turner’s respective ideologies, both for better and worse, and dives into the failures of the Texas democratic parties and Houston’s democratic leadership.

And in the Fun Half: Emma is joined by Brandon Sutton and Matt Binder as they parse through the absurd and glorious confrontation between Marjorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert, and watch Donald Trump’s bold response to questions about his role in developing the COVID vaccine. Marcus from Left Flank Vets tackles the state of military recruiting, Kowalski from Nebraska gives us an agriculture update, and Glenn Beck sparks a conversation on the right’s ridiculous relationship to slurs. Bernie absolutely shuts down Fox’s Wall Street talking points, and Eric from Jersey parses through the misinformation and disinformation tactics of the anti-vax wing, plus your calls and IMs!
 
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Direct download: 6_22_Norris_Russek_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:32pm EDT

It's Hump Day! Sam speaks with Lauren Kirchner, investigative reporter at Consumer Reports, to discuss her recent reporting on the chemicals known as PFAS. Then, Sam's joined by Alex Sammon, politics writer at Slate, to discuss his recent piece entitled "Want to Stare Into the Republican Soul in 2023?". Sam kicks off the show and reacts to yet another bombshell piece of reporting from ProPublica on Samuel Alito's previously undisclosed fishing trip to Alaska with hedge fund billionaire Peter Singer. The only difference is, this one came with a prebuttal Op-Ed from Justice Alito himself in the form of a Wall Street Journal Op-Ed. Then, Lauren joins the show to discuss the multi-district lawsuit involving PFAS, the "forever chemicals" that are used for non-stick purposes like Teflon and ScotchGard, and how the lawsuit is geared towards firefighting foam that has PFAS as its main ingredients, and that it's ultimately seeped into soil and drinking water. They then go into the origin of the phrase "forever chemicals", as well as one of the more notable litigation efforts against the usage of PFAS, as was the case in Ohio involving Dupont and the Teflon manufacturer 3M that was ultimately adapted into the film "Dirty Waters." Sam asks about EPA rule-making when it comes to PFAS, what the history of that has been, and what is being done now by Biden's EPA to limit the usage of PFAS. After diving into some more of the particulars of the current multi-district lawsuit, they finally dive into the history of the development of PFAS in the 1970's, and how 3M got involved with mainstreaming it, before 3M ultimately had to reveal to the EPA that a large majority of the population has PFAS within their bloodstream due to air and consumption exposure (even newborn babies are born with PFAS in their bloodstream!). Then, Alex joins the show to discuss his recent visit to a huge car dealer conference in Texas, the insane profit margins that car dealers have experienced especially since COVID started, and how they are underrated in how singular their political influence is in electoral politics, especially in Republican politics. Alex and Sam then discuss the unique campaign finance gambits that Ron DeSantis is engaging in with his presidential campaign and his "Never Back Down" Super PAC, and whether it's really "legal" or not.

And in the Fun Half, Sam and the MR Crew take a look into the House Judiciary Committee hearing regarding Special Counsel John Durham and his investigation that yielded no convictions, part 2 of Trump's Fox interview with Bret Baier (a new sound drop emerges from these clips), Chris Christie shocks CNBC with how unlikable he is, and Sam's former Red Sox legend turned psychopath Curt Schilling really shows how far things have come since the 2004 miracle team by telling Jesse Watters (metaphorically!) that Republicans should take up arms against the left. Plus, your calls & IM's!

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Direct download: 6_21_kirchner_sammon_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:06pm EDT

It's News Day Tuesday! Sam and Emma break down the biggest headlines of the day. They first run through updates on Donald Trump’s impending court date over his “documents” debacle, Hunter Biden’s guilty plea on tax and gun charges, Virginia’s potential trifecta, continuing greedflation, climate change, dropping US murder rates and rising US temperatures, and more. Then, Sam and Emma dive into Donald Trump’s classified document scandal, and watch him effortlessly pivot from a pitch for suburban women to election fraud. Bret Baier runs through Trump’s myriad cabinet failures (and Donald’s own commentary on them) and Ben Shapiro screams and screeches about the integrity of the DOJ. Wrapping up, Sam and Emma discuss Digby’s recent reporting on the corruption of Burisma in Ukraine, and where (if at all) the Bidens land in the matter.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma discuss DeSantis’ diminutive draw, and watch Peter Hotez effortlessly address the absurd attacks on him as “pro-pharma” by RFK, also parsing through the misinformation strewn throughout RFK’s recent appearance on Joe Rogan. Dee from South Carolina discusses the grooming of young libertarians, Mitchell from Tucson expands on RFK’s wifi lies, and Matt from Houston dives into the hostile takeover of his city’s public school system. Steve from Seattle discusses discussing voting, and Tim Pool claims a left-wing conspiracy is making him seem uncool, plus, your call and IMs!

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Direct download: 6_20_Seder_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:22pm EDT

Happy Juneteenth! Sam and Emma speak to Imani Perry, professor of African-American Studies at Princeton University, author of South to America: A Journey Below the Mason-Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation, to discuss the history and legacy of Juneteenth, as well as the importance of its becoming a federal holiday. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on the DOJ’s refusal to investigate 1/6, an impending government shutdown, the pace of global warming, Texas labor protections, and the rising flames of the Gas stove debate, also watching Charlie Kirk denounce the “segregationist holiday” of Juneteenth. Professor Imani Perry then dives into the background of what Juneteenth is, the importance of a celebration that understands the long processes of manumission and civil rights, and explores the holiday’s similarly long journey from a local celebration to a federal holiday. Stepping back, Professor Perry walks Sam and Emma through the modern significance of Juneteenth amidst a consistent push toward an ahistorical lost cause ideology, and the necessity of using this day to educate and get people to readdress the practice of Democracy, before they wrap up by tackling the role of capitalism and neoliberal precarity in keeping white supremacy alive and well in the US’ working class.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma discuss the Conservatives’ sudden pivot to gas stove policy, Jesse Watters’ genuinely inhumane comments about homelessness, and why the sudden conservative pivot towards homophobia is completely unsurprising and, in fact, completely representative of the GOP’s entire strategy. They also dive into Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s appearance on Joe Rogan, parsing through the misinformation about ivermectin and vaccines, and discussing the fundamental problem with a “pharma-skeptical” stance that doesn’t actually question the structure of big pharma. NYC Driver calls in to expand on Rogan’s history with the wellness industry, Spencer from LA discusses the relationship between religion and progressive politics, and Ronald Raygun dives into the parallels between religious cults and the tactics of the wellness industry, plus, your call and IMs!

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Direct download: 6_19_Perry_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:28pm EDT

It's a special All Calls Casual Friday! Call into the show at 646-257-3920! Sam and Emma also talk to Astra Taylor, co-founder of the Debt Collective, about what's next in the fight to maintain student debt forgiveness as the Supreme Court gears up to rule on President's Biden's plan. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on the Supreme Court’s recent decision impacting native sovereignty, peace in Ukraine, Iowa’s abortion ban, labor action, and climate change, also diving into Boris Johnson’s exit from Parliament and the MASSIVE updates on the Biden crime family (turns out there’s still not much). Nathan from Kansas City dives into the bigger picture of pistol brace legislation, Kaley from Boston discusses the relationship between queer acceptance and legislation, and Mike from Troy takes on the absurd lack of comprehension Matt Walsh and Jordan Peterson have on the topic of trans medical issues. Sam and Emma also listen to JP’s Antifanalysis, Eric from Pittsburgh brings up criterion censorship, and Dave from Charlottesville explores the dem-ification of NC and the impact it has on local corruption. Astra Taylor then walks through the state of Biden’s student debt relief, why his admin insisted on using the HEROES Act, and why other avenues remain open to him. They also assess the impending Supreme Court cases on the issue, and explore what Biden actually would be open to.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma talk with Anonymous about the world of political consulting, Jake from Rhode Island discusses the impact of a local school board takeover, and Steven from Mississippi explores the relationship between fundamentalist religion and the rejection of non-religiously-affiliated welfare. DJ Cold Case clears up some of yesterday’s Discord drama, Michael Knowles is offended by a flag, and Billy from Sacramento dives into her experiences transitioning, and the lack of understanding around hormone therapy, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 6_16_Astra_Taylor_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:13pm EDT

It's an EmMajority Report Thursday! She talks to Kerry Howley, feature writer at New York Magazine, to discuss her recent book Bottoms Up and the Devil Laughs: A Journey Through The Deep State. Then, she is joined by Edwin Ackerman, assistant professor of sociology at Syracuse University, to discuss his recent piece on Mexican politics in the New Left Review entitled "The AMLO Project". First, Emma runs through Thursday’s headlines, tackling the Supreme Court’s decision regarding native sovereignty, and Lindsay Graham’s bold appearance on Hannity to wish Donald Trump a very happy birthday. Kerry Howley then dives right into her work exploring the extreme results of the loss of personal identity in the age of the Internet, working through the story of Reality Winner, a 25-year-old whistleblower whom the US Government painted as a deep-state terrorist. First, she and Emma step back to look at how she became contracted with the NSA, where she stumbled upon a document suggesting Russia had engaged in election interference in 2016, before parsing through her delivering of said document to the Intercept, where the information was completely mishandled resulting in the full force of the law coming down on Winner. Next, Howley dives into the project of the prosecution to turn Winner into a radical anti-American terrorist, largely by relying on factors of her life directly related to her work with the government, before she and Emma explore how this story is reflected in the backlash to various US whistleblowers, as well-meaning citizens, feeling civic obligation, are turned into anti-social monsters by the very government look misconduct forced their hand in the first place. Wrapping up, they look at the neoliberal nature of precarity as a central factor in putting all of us in similarly difficult positions. Edwin Ackerman then walks through the rise of Andrés Manuel López Obrador, current President of Mexico, from a surprise left-wing mayoral victory in Mexico City to a 30-point victory in the 2018 election. After stepping back to explore his political evolution and party affiliation, Emma and Ackerman tackle the success of his recently established MORENA party, and the pro-labor reforms his government has implemented, also touching on the evolution of his base, and addressing the allegations of authoritarianism from certain neolib outlets. Wrapping up, they explore the relationship between corruption, populism, and left-wing politics, and how AMLO’s regime has begun to change that.

And in the Fun Half: Emma is joined by Matt Binder and Brandon Sutton as they tackle the generative language model in sheep’s clothing that is AI, celebrate the success of Kari Lake’s new single, and watch Crowder discuss parental and marital abuses seemingly unrelated to his own actions. Dave from Jamaica and the MR Crew reminisce on some of their favorite conservative “punk” anthems, Gerrard from Florida discusses discussion of religion, and Glenn Grothman finally lends a voice to the voiceless (gas stoves), plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 6_15_Howley_Ackerman_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:16pm EDT

It's Hump Day! Sam and Emma discuss some of the biggest stories of the week, including (of course) Trump's arraignment in Miami yesterday. Then, they're joined by Dr. Titi Afolabi, resident physician in internal medicine at Mass General Brigham (MGB), to discuss the MGB resident physicians recently winning their National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) election. First, Sam and Emma run through today’s biggest headlines, including updates on Fed policy, the GOP’s devious dealings on the debt ceiling, the NLRB’s expansion of the definition of “employee,” and a deal between UPS and their teamsters. Next, Sam and Emma parse through coverage of Donald Trump’s arraignment on the right, including Fox News’ dubbing of Biden as a “Wannabe Dictator,” and the classic “everyone who’s against Trump is a pedophile/commie/CRT-fan” arguments from myriad right-wingers, before looking ahead to the Democratic primaries in 2024 and what role RFK will play amidst his shift towards free-market politics. Dr. Titi Afolabi then dives right into the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on exacerbating the already extreme nature of Mass Gen’s residents’ copious work and low pay, further undercutting the care they could provide their patients. After walking through the particular economic context of this unionization drive, Dr. Afolabi, Sam, and Emma tackle the various cohorts involved at MGB and why the residents are the first to organize, before wrapping up the conversation by analyzing future organizing strategy after the recent NLRB decision, and where they fit into greater Residency organizing.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma tackle Cornel West leaving the People’s Party for the Green Party, and the response from PP, also touching on Dave Rubin’s meeting with Balázs Orbán (no familial relation, yes political relation), and watching Nicholas Carlson, Global EIC of Insider, engage in grassroots union busting. Chris from Albany discusses the importance of Emma’s recent trans-people-in-sports take, Guy from Charlotte dives into the absurdity of certain “civil war” attitudes, and Ryan from Central Florida parses through the state of his state’s politics. John from VA shares a personal story, Charlie Kirk takes on woke condiments, and Sam discusses the evolution of RFK Jr. and his role in the upcoming presidential election, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 6_14_Afolabi_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:51pm EDT

Sam and Emma host Peter Shamshiri, or Law Boy on Twitter, co-host of the 5-4 Podcast, to discuss some of the recent big decisions coming out of the Supreme Court, and what's still left on the docket. Sam and Emma start off by taking another look at some of the reactions to the big Trump indictment prior to his arraignment this afternoon in Miami. They include Alan Dershowitz, who famously didn't doubt the severity of the indictment (he did, days ago), discussing how bad this looks for Trump, and Speaker McCarthy going with the "bathroom doors lock" defense for why Trump would have multiple boxes of classified documents in his bathroom in Mar-A-Lago. Then Peter joins the show to discuss whether he'd go to bat for Trump in Florida since he apparently is still looking for lawyers, but then more seriously dives into the shocking Milligan decision, where Justices Kavanaugh and Roberts sided with the liberals to preserve the Voting Rights Act. Sam, Emma and Peter then discuss the Talevski case, Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson's first majority opinion, that, via a narrow ruling, preserved the structure of Medicaid. They then look to the future as to how the court might view the affirmative action and student debt decisions that are still before them, and if there are any other cases that Peter has his eye on (keep track of Brackeen v. Haaland, a case involving the Indian Child Welfare Act.)

And in the Fun Half, the MR Crew discuss Steve Bannon and Rudy Giuliani wanting to shove Hunter Biden's laptop up Bill Barr's ass, James Comer DEFINITELY having something from that FBI form him and Chuck Grassley think will indict the "Biden Crime Family", Tulsi Gabbard's big announcement that she's BACK in the military (heading up the PsyOps division, incidentally), the big New Yorker piece about Bari Weiss's OTHER sham venture, plus, your calls & IM's!

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Direct download: 6_13_Shamshiri_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:17pm EDT

Happy Monday! Sam and Emma host Alissa Quart, executive director of the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, to discuss her recent book Bootstrapped: Liberating Ourselves from the American Dream. Then, they're joined by Aaron Kleinman, director of research for the States Project at Future Now, to discuss the Virginia legislative primaries, coming up next Tuesday June 20th. Sam and Emma first run through today’s big headlines, parsing through Trump’s most recent indictments, and why even his GOP allies are saying he might be done. Alissa Quart then dives right into the ironic origins of the US’ “bootstraps” myth of the “self-made man” as terms meant to poke fun at those who believed in this oxymoronic dream, before being embraced by various earnest authors like Emerson and Thoreau – as well as perhaps less earnest ones – who began to reframe these ideas in celebration of rugged individualism (despite their own dependence on community). Expanding on the conversation, Quart then walks through the redefining of these ideas on a political level over the course of the Twentieth Century, from the Presidency of Hoover to the Neoliberal turn under Reagan and Clinton, all serving to reify the defining American myth of meritocracy. After touching on the particular corporatization of this myth in the 21st Century, Alissa, Sam, and Emma wrap up by exploring interpersonal and political avenues to begin busting this myth, and ways to materially begin that shift. Aaron Kleinman then takes on Virginia’s impending legislative primaries, and why these elections make or break the politics of a swing state that serves as a lifeline to much of the hard-red South, particularly with the threat of pro-life Democrats.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma watch Bill Barr turn his back on Donald Trump while Kari Lake jumps in line to defend him (and her VP chances), Joe from Ohio discusses accountability for gun control, and Aesop’s Foibles discusses political firings and the world of unemployment. The MR Crew also dives into the Trump-DeSantis race as it heats up (very unevenly), and watches Charlie Kirk effortlessly put down women at the TPUSA Young Women’s Leadership Summit. Mike from Maryland asks the MR Crew for their takes on some gun laws, plus, your calls and IMs!

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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. Sam and Emma start off by discussing the Supreme Court's shocking decision regarding Alabama's congressional districts, and how Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson's constitutional interpretation in oral arguments back in October helped set up a victory for the Voting Rights Act. Then, Digby joins the show to discuss the bombshell Trump indictment, how the case has been assigned to a judge Trump literally appointed to the bench, and the entire Republican party, including presidential candidates trying to depose him from the top of the presidential ticket (looking at you, Meatball Ron) are coalescing behind an extremely coordinated PR campaign: that Trump is the victim of a 2-tiered justice system designed to prosecute Democrats' political enemies, and that America is descending into a banana republic. They also observe that this strategy has taken hold all over the spectrum, whether it's televangelist Robert Jeffress declaring that the Durham report "immunizes" Trump from being indicted, to "reasonable" Rep. Nancy Mace toeing the new party line on Fox with Harris Faulkner. They remark on how no one, save for also-ran presidential candidate Asa Hutchinson, could bring themselves to even acknowledge that what Trump did was illegal and disqualifying for him to run for elected office. They also get down to one of the simpler aspects of this matter: If Trump had just given all the documents back after being subpoenaed, this wouldn't have even been on anyone's radar, let alone the Department of Justice! Digby, Sam, and Emma also speculate on why so many candidates in the Republican primary haven't dropped out: they're hoping for a deus ex machina of sorts-Trump dying or going to jail. And Trump is hoping for a deus ex machina of his own: to stick it out in the race, win the nomination and the presidency, then potentially issue...himself a presidential primary. They touch on the unique odiousness of Ron DeSantis the man and Ron DeSantis the presidential candidate, as well as the current House Freedom Caucus uprising after the debt ceiling bill passed and was signed into law.

And in the Fun Half, Sam and Emma talk about Marjorie Taylor Greene not knowing what the Glass-Steagall Act was because...she was born after it came out, Megyn Kelly taking Dave Rubin to the mat over his DeSantis surrogacy and DeSantis's unwillingness to any unfriendly media (Megyn Kelly?? Unfriendly media??), a fresh new take on false-flag left-bashing in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota that saw a man get 2 years in prison for vandalizing his own home and blaming it on lefty anarchists. Plus, your calls & IM's!

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It's an EmMajority Report Thursday! She talks to independent journalist Antony Loewenstein to discuss his recent book The Palestine Laboratory: How Israel Exports the Technology of Occupation Around the World. Then, she is joined by Ramenda Cyrus, John Lewis Writing Fellow at The American Prospect, to discuss her recent piece entitled "Predatory Lending’s Prey of Color." First, Emma runs through updates on the Freedom Caucus’ debt ceiling tantrum, Comer walking back his contempt vote, the Supreme Court turning out a surprising Voting Rights Act decision, Fox’s lawsuit against Tucker, growing jobless claims, the passing of Pat Robertson, Louisiana’s gender-affirming care ban, and foreshadowing of a coup in Colombia, also diving into Steve Malloy’s appearance with Laura Ingraham to reassure us that the health effects of smoke are actually just a liberal conspiracy. Antony Loewenstein then dives right into his reporting on Israel’s export of their apartheid technologies, beginning with his work in Afghanistan, South Sudan, and Honduras, and his realization that in these very geographically-specific conflicts, there were always traces of the tactics and technologies employed by Israel in their occupation of Palestine.  Next, he and Emma step back to assess Israeli apartheid as the longest-running occupation in modern history, with the Israeli economy – largely in tech and defense – raking in the big bucks from the relationship, with financial ties to the West from the beginning of the Nakba strengthening their economic and political support over the last 75 years. Antony then assesses Israel’s role as the 10th biggest arms dealer in the world, despite their relatively small size, with the occupation of Palestine acting as one of the most active military and intelligence testing grounds in the world, before he walks Emma through the long history of this industry and export in Israel, including their role in supporting genocide across the Global south during the 1970s and ‘80s, and how they have kept those ties strong over the last decade. Next, Ramenda Cyrus walks through the story of Ms. Lilly to demonstrate the prominent and growing issue of predatory lending in the US, parsing through the tactics these predators use, and the infrastructural gaps they exploit. Wrapping up, Cyrus and Emma explore the particular role of Bank-deserts in inflaming this issue, why this exploitation primarily affects low-income people of color, and how this all relates to the defanging of Dodd-Frank.

And in the Fun Half: Emma is joined by Brandon Sutton and Matt Binder as they assess the Supreme Court’s surprising decision on an Alabama voting rights case, Tom from Raleigh discusses the validity of abstinence, and Chris Christie launches his campaign with an attack on the Trump family swamp. DeSantis catches backlash for a low blow against Trump (literally just using AI), Dan from Boise explores the idea of abortion “tourism” and the backlash to it, and the MR Crew covers LIV Golf’s merger with PGA. Tommy from somewhere gives some music recs, David Sacks spreads his billions between the DeSantis and RFK bandwagons, and Kristi Noem starts her campaign for Trump’s VP, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:26pm EDT

It's Hump Day! Sam hosts independent journalist Erin Reed to discuss the recent spate of anti-trans bills working their way through state legislatures across the country. Then they're joined by Joshua Landis, head of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma, to discuss Syria's recent re-introduction into the Arab League. It's Hump Day! Sam hosts independent journalist Erin Reed to discuss the recent spate of anti-trans bills working their way through state legislatures across the country. Then they're joined by Joshua Landis, head of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma, to discuss Syria's recent re-introduction into the Arab League. First, Sam runs through updates on the Florida grand jury Trump case, Mark Meadows’ testimony against Trump, the continuing environmental emergency in the American northeast, right-wingers leaving behind their gas stove schtick, Tucker’s Twitter show, and US-Ukraine intelligence on the Nord Stream fiasco, also diving into the absurdity of economists sticking with their decades-old unemployment lies. Erin Reed then dives right into assessing the state of the right-wing’s attack on trans people nationwide, exploring how they got the entire GOP on board despite the topic’s electoral failures, and why Florida is a good case study for the fundamentalist dystopia they want to create. Wrapping up, Erin tackles the similarities we see between transphobic healthcare legislation and abortion TRAP laws, discusses the fight between progressive and fundamentalist states over border rights and trans care, and why parental rights might wind up saving trans lives in court. Joshua Landis then reflects on over a decade of US-Syrian conflict, stepping back to parse through the role of US intervention under the Obama Administration, with Obama’s trepidation and interventionist tendencies resulting in a classic US counterinsurgency quagmire, destabilizing the region in the hopes of weakening Assad’s regime while not fully delivering power to outside terrorist groups (Hezbollah, Al Qaeda, ISIS, etc). They also tackle the role of this conflict as a US proxy war, while simultaneously pushing the parties involved closer to the US’ supposed “enemies.” After assessing the current actors in the region, and the particular role of US-Kurdish relations, Joshua walks Sam through Donald Trump’s Caesar sanctions, and the current HR-3202 to continue them, exploring what the actual goal of these sanctions was, and why the US refuses to learn from their imperialist mistakes.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and the MR Crew discuss the relative importance of the UFO whistleblowing case, watch Manchin get shut up by environmental protestors, Gabriel from Washington dives into AI growth, and Corey from SF parses through the ADHD medication shortage. Lauren Boebert and Matt Gaetz side with guns over gas stoves in the culture war, and Crazy Canadian asks many questions about the recent Glacier NW v. Teamsters SCOTUS decision, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Sam and Emma host Mark Joseph Stern, senior writer at Slate, to discuss the recent decisions regarding labor and environmental regulation by the Supreme Court. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on Ukraine’s defensive, DeSantis’ human trafficking schtick, Atlanta’s City Council approving the Cop City funding in the face of mass public opposition, Oklahoma’s funding of religious schools, SAG-AFTRA’s strike, PGA’s merger with a Saudi golf league, and the Quebec wildfires, before parsing through some of yesterday’s best speeches in front of the Atlanta City Council. Mark Joseph Stern then dives right into assessing last month’s Sackett v. EPA decision in which the Supreme Court unanimously curtailed the Clean Water Act’s wetland protections, going in and effectively rewriting Congress’ provision protecting wetlands “adjacent” to protected bodies of water in favor of only those with surface connections – less than 50% of those originally protected. Stern, Sam, and Emma go on to tackle this decision’s relationship to the Chevron doctrine, going beyond simply undermining vague delegations of power to governmental agencies and completely editing out explicit Congressional approval of agency power. Next, Mark Joseph Stern parses through the Court’s 8-1 decision on Glacier NW vs. Teamsters, siding against employees’ right to strike, in favor of protecting minimal property damage that the strikers made an active effort to prevent, as Stern walks Sam and Emma through the overriding of clear precedent and the power of the NLRB in this decision. Wrapping up, Mark explores why the Supreme Court’s decisions in June aren’t likely to get better.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma tackle Cornell West’s entrance into the Presidential race with the People’s Party, discuss Twitter’s continuing debacle around their TwitterFiles, and parse through the mystery deal between Marjorie Taylor Greene and Kevin McCarthy to get the debt ceiling deal done. They also dive into Florida’s virulently anti-immigrant SB-1718 and the impact its passing has had, Mario in Georgia dives into DeSantis’ military comments, Kai from New Jersey discusses his state’s elections, and William from LA discusses the importance of diverse news sources. Fox News finds a theocratic temp to fill Tucker’s spot, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:23pm EDT

Happy Monday! Sam and Emma host Steve Vladeck, Chair in Federal Courts at the University of Texas School of Law, to discuss his recent book The Shadow Docket: How the Supreme Court Uses Stealth Rulings to Amass Power and Undermine the Republic. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on Ukraine’s offensive, the WGA writers’ strike, Twitter’s dropping revenue, fascist legislation in Tennessee and Texas, Mike Pence’s entrance to the GOP primary, and rising COVID rates, also previewing the increasingly fascist candidacies of Nikki Haley and other Trump opponents. Steve Vladeck then dives right into the distinction between the newly dubbed “Shadow Docket” and the Merit Docket – which involves years of litigation, oral arguments, full decisions and is typically what we think of when we imagine a Supreme Court case – and the longstanding reliance on both dockets, the former for routine and expedited cases, and the latter for cases with material and lasting impact. Vladeck then walks Sam and Emma through the revolution that the shadow docket has undergone during the Post-Trump conservative majority, with the Court expediting the Trump Administration’s challenges whenever requested, and essentially ignoring the processes that gave their institution legitimacy in the first place. After assessing the rather partisan nature of the Court’s recent use of the shadow docket, Sam, Emma, and Steve look at the evolution of the docket and the public’s faith in the Court and emphasize the importance of public pressure in delegitimizing this institution.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma chat with Giuseppe in Jacksonville on the devastating impact fundamentalists have on their (and neighboring) communities, explore Joe Manchin’s potential presidential run, and AJ from Baltimore assesses the electoral evils of Trump and DeSantis. Steve Deace rings in Pride Month by calling Trump gay, Candace Owens, Jordan Peterson, and Matt Walsh do some unsurprisingly stupid and deranged transphobia, and Robert from Manhattan discusses coverage of trans rights, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:17pm EDT

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 they are joined by comedian and writer Adam Conover to give an update on the WGA writers strike. First, Sam runs through updates on the debt ceiling, labor updates across the US, Biden’s student loan forgiveness, Georgia’s Trump investigation, and Ron DeSantis’ continuing embarrassments, also touching on the Right’s most recent super secret documents that will definitely nail the Biden family this time! Alex Pareene then dives right into assessing how much this debt ceiling could’ve been avoided if Democrats weren’t obsessed with publicity and crisis politics and had just passed it in December, walking through the myriad legislative shortcomings from Biden and Democratic leadership since the first separation of the Bipartisan Infrastructure bill from Build Back Better. Alex and Sam wrap up by tackling the GOP primary, and whether every single Republican hopeful might just be praying for a Trump conviction. Adam Conover then talks Sam through updates on the writers’ strike as it reaches its fifth week, tackling the scope of the issues – from the gigification of the job to the labor threat of AI – and exploring why the Film and TV CEOs are so intent on breaking age-old norms of how to make good products just to save a few bucks. Wrapping up, Adam walks through the Guild’s proposals and the value of both intra-union and inter-union solidarity.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and the MR Crew discuss Trump’s claims that going-anti-woke makes you go broke, admire Donald’s fine tiptoeing of the vaccine-denial line, and explore Chick-Fil-A’s decision to go woke! Markwayne Mullin boldly asks “Why not just replace actual education with religion,” and Redford in Dallas parses through an upcoming real estate crisis, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:41pm EDT

It's another EmMajority Report Thursday! She talks to Matthew Dallek, historian and professor of political management at George Washington University, to discuss his recent book Birchers: How the John Birch Society Radicalized the American Right. Then, she speaks to independent reporter Moira Lavelle to discuss her recent reporting in Jacobin on the Greek elections. First, Emma runs through updates on the House passing the debt ceiling deal, reported statements by Trump on his classified document debacle, DeSantis’ continued kowtowing to Trump, fascism in Tennessee and Turkey, Florida’s business strike, and Project Veritas turning against James O’Keefe, also parsing through Georgia’s fascist crackdown on anti-Cop City activists, and the active lies coming out of Brian Kemp’s office. Matthew Dallek then dives right into the history of the John Birch Society’s shaping of the American Right, diving into their birth as a domestic Cold War anti-communist organization intent on following the blueprint of Senator McCarthy and exposing and expelling all communists from US politics. Next, Professor Dallek walks through their tactics that are deeply reflected in the GOP of today, including spreading conspiracy theories, establishing martyrs, and dabbling in anti-democratic and anti-Semitic messaging, before exploring the quintessential “Birchers” in US politics throughout the last half-century, from Pat Buchanan to Rand Paul, and looking at the importance of the Birch Society’s emphasis on local organizing. Moira Lavelle then parses through the recent non-conclusive Greek elections, with no party establishing a majority via election or coalition, first taking on the myriad factors in Greece’s current political disillusionment and desire for stability, before stepping back to analyze the floundering trust for Syriza, the left-wing party most recently elected in 2015, and why their right-wing opponents, New Democracy, are successfully capitalizing on this moment. Wrapping up, Lavelle discusses the likelihood of a New Democracy victory in the coming round of elections, and what that means for a future of continuing austerity and instability in the country.

And in the Fun Half: Emma is joined by Matt Binder as they discuss the ongoing Daily Wire-Elon Musk beef over Twitter’s decision to cancel their premier of Matt Walsh’s transphobic documentary on the app, and the recent despicable backlash to a recent CUNY Law graduate from the NY political and legal establishment. Luke from Florida calls in to discuss why MR doesn’t want to take his guns, Shane from Vancouver dives into the secret second shooter behind Kid Rock’s Bud Light video, and Omar from Austin dives into Kirsten Gillibrand’s recent work on exposing UFOs. The MR Crew also covers the Supreme Court’s recent shocking decision to side with a company suing a union for striking, and the complete rhetorical domination of Ron DeSantis by Donald Trump, plus, your calls and IMs!

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It's Hump Day! Sam and Emma talk to Ken Klippenstein, investigative reporter at the Intercept, to discuss his recent reporting on the Pentagon's efforts to combat disinformation. Then they speak with Nick Turse, contributing writer at The Intercept, to discuss his recent series on Henry Kissinger.  First, Sam and Emma run through updates on the debt ceiling move to the House floor, the Sacklers getting shielded from accountability, conservatives’ turn against Chick-fil-A, Twitter’s plummeting valuation, and the SEIU’s new anti-trust suit, before watching Matt Gaetz walk through the Freedom Caucus’ plan to handle the debt ceiling, and what else could be pushed through. Ken Klippenstein then looks to his reports on the Pentagon’s propaganda efforts, with the recent (re)establishment of a “Perception Management Office,” first, walking through the Pentagon’s history of “perception management,” particularly coming out of the Vietnam war, and the complete public backlash to the eventual establishment of this office under the post-9/11 Bush administration. After touching on the lack of backlash to the recent re-establishment of this office, Ken, Sam, and Emma tackle the actual work this office engages in, and how they keep it undercover. Nick Turse then parses through his series on how Henry Kissinger’s level of imperial bloodshed was somehow even greater than previously believed. First, he establishes the incredible political and media network that Kissinger still maintains to this day, before stepping back to explore his work interviewing survivors and witnesses to Kissinger’s terror and the relentless violence he wrought in places like Cambodia. They also touch on Kissinger’s rampant and indiscriminate bombing of Cambodia in the context of initiating the Watergate scandal, and as the original blueprint for US counterinsurgency “forever wars.”

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma dive into the SEIU’s anti-trust suit against UPMC Hospital Network’s monopsony, the impeachment of Ken Paxton, and what it means that Trump is rallying behind him. They also look at the anti-LGBTarget rapper’s appearance on Fox, Candace Owens’ free-flowing fundamentalism, and Ken from South Carolina talks about MAMMOTH climate change solutions. Owen from LA discusses an impending real estate disaster, and Jesse Watters runs cover for DeSantis’ witness to war crimes. Sam from St. Augustine dives into the exploitative world of military recruitment, plus, your calls and IMs!

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The MR Crew is back from the long weekend! It's Newsday Tuesday, as Sam and Matt break down the biggest headlines of the day.

It's Newsday Tuesday, as Sam and Matt break down the biggest headlines of the day. First, Sam runs through updates on the big winners from the debt ceiling deal (it’s just the defense contractors), the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine, Uganda’s severe anti-LGBTQ policy, wage gains post-COVID, homeowner insurance in California, and some new GOP Presidential hopefuls. Then, Sam dives into Ken Paxton’s impending impeachment, with commentary from a Trump underling, and discusses what Trump stepping in to support Paxton, despite the GOP-backing of his expulsion, means moving forwards, before touching on the precedent Clarence Thomas might have set ahead of Paxton’s wife potentially serving on the jury. Next, they dive into the conclusion of the debt ceiling deal-making period, exploring the other options Biden had other than complete capitulation, Kevin McCarthy’s attempts to turn this into a W for him, and what (if anything) can still be done to hinder the deal. They also touch on the future of Biden’s Student Debt relief.

And in the Fun Half: Sam talks with Luke from St. Louis about the right’s obsession with seeming cool, Mark from Massachusetts parses through the GOP’s new presidential primary possibilities, and Alex from Georgia explores the complete meltdown that fundamentalists face when they question literally anything about themselves or their world view. They also watch Ron DeSantis attempt to defend his existence in the Presidential primaries, the right’s call to boycott Target, and the incredible creativity it has inspired. They wrap up with a conversation on AI, and talk with Glen from Atlanta on the evolving Cop City debate in City Council, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Happy Memorial Day! In a pre-taped conversation, Sam chats with author and filmmaker Greg Mitchell about his most recent work entitled "Memorial Day Massacre: Workers Die, Film Buried, streaming on PBS.

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It's Casual Friday! Sam and Emma host David Dayen, executive editor at the American Prospect to round up the week in news. Then, they're joined by David Feldman of The David Feldman Show!

First, Sam and Emma run through updates on the debt ceiling debacle, Trump’s masterful classified document gambit, Gov. Waltz stopping Minnesota’s legislative roll dead, and the corruption of Ken Paxton, before parsing through the Supreme Court’s dismantling of the EPA’s clean water act and the future it warns for the Chevron Doctrine. David Dayen then joins as he, Sam, and Emma walk through the ongoing non-negotiations that are also totally not about the debt ceiling, from why Democratic leadership is continuing to speak one way and act another, to the potential roles of a continuing resolution or sequester tactic. They also dive into the lawsuit against Biden and Yellen filed by a Boston Federal Employees’ Union, and why Biden will ultimately have to break a law (whether constitutional or congressional is up to him), before watching AOC’s response to Democrats legitimizing McCarthy’s tactics, and assessing the “red lines” of either party in this negotiation. David Feldman trades barbs with Sam and Emma before Sam realizes they’re just speaking to a computer.

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

It's an EmMajority Report Thursday! She hosts Brendan Ballou, federal prosecutor and former Special Counsel for Private Equity in the Justice Department's Antitrust Division, to discuss his recent book Plunder: Private Equity's Plan To Pillage America. Then, she talks to freelance journalist Kim Kelly to discuss her recent piece in In These Times entitled "The Young Miners Dying Of An 'Old Man's Disease.'" First, Emma runs through updates on Ron’s DeBacle on Twitter Spaces as Trump’s lead grows, dwindling faith in Dianne Feinstein, the GOP’s repeal of Student Debt relief, January 6th sentencing, Medicaid coverage, and reports on Ken Paxton and from Ken Klippenstein, before diving into the incredible disaster that was Ron DeSantis’ presidential announcement on Twitter Spaces yesterday, from the unsurprising technical difficulties of Elon’s Twitter to DeSantis’ somehow overemphasizing his lack of charisma. Brendan Ballou then parses through what the hell private equity is, including their reliance on mass quantities of borrowed money, the quick turnover of the companies they purchase, and the ubiquitous presence of private equity across myriad industries, including those most central to our every day life (healthcare, infrastructure, communication). Next, Ballou walks through a few case studies of the decay wrought by private equity, looking at the Carlyle Group’s acquisition of ManorCare nursing homes and Sun Capital’s acquisition of Friendly’s, to demonstrate how private equity simultaneously cripples the capacities of the companies they purchase and shirk any accountability for the issues that come (whether that be the well-being of workers and patients or defaults and financial mismanagement). Wrapping up, they tackle the particular exploitation of pension funds by private equity groups, discuss private equity in relation to other labor issues in the US, and explore what can be done to push back. Kim Kelly then dives right into the rampant reemergence of Black lung amongst coal miners in central Appalachia, tackling why the disease disappeared after the 1977 mine safety act, and why the continuation of environmental and labor exploitation in the region has slowly exposed West Virginia and Kentucky miners to mass amounts of silica. After looking at the federal push for greater regulation, Kelly and Emma tackle the impact of union-busting in pushing these issues onto central Appalachia and wrap up by tackling what is being done to fight back.

And in the Fun Half: Emma is joined by Brandon Sutton and Matt Binder as they parse through the absurdly predictable failure that was Ron DeSantis’ campaign launch, and the incredible fodder it provided for Trump and his social media team. They also watch Jimmy Dore go all-in on the crypto-hawking game (just a few years late), Jason from Columbus has the Crew tackle a few important topics, and Emmit from Cleveland dives into the Supreme Court’s attack on environmental regulation. They also cover Nikki Haley’s floundering presidential campaign, and the hilarity coming out of the Texas statehouse, plus, your calls and IMs!

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 It's Hump Day! Sam and Emma host economist Nathan Tankus, proprietor of the Notes on the Crises newsletter, to discuss the debt ceiling negotiations. Then, they're joined by Jessica Valenti, author of the Abortion, Every Day newsletter on SubStack, to discuss the recent anti-aborton laws being passed in state legislatures across the country. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on the GOP’s increasing demands for cuts (and spending), student loan forgiveness, a collab between Tiny D and Tiny E, fascist legislation in South Carolina, Florida, and Montana, and Target’s response to homophobic violence at their stores, plus, John Roberts addresses concerns about internal Supreme Court ethics problems by assuring us it’ll be addressed internally. Nathan Tankus then joins, diving right into the complete incompetence within Democratic leadership that led up to this debt ceiling debacle, including the “lessons” Biden is taking from last decade’s debt ceiling debacle, and why they refused to make a plan B in case the obstructionist GOP obstructed. Next, he, Sam, and Emma tackle the balance between maliciousness and incompetence within both parties, before parsing through the unilateral actions Biden COULD take (including the platinum coin), and why Democrats love to manufacture their own failures. Jessica Valenti then shifts the conversation to the Republican attack on reproductive health, tackling the massive problems presented by the GOP’s “exceptions,” why, despite the discourse, they have little to no practical effect on actually getting vulnerable people abortions, and why taking them seriously only puts more lives in danger. After parsing through the particulars of Republican states’ legislative strategy, they look to the likelihood of a National Ban, and greater tactics of chipping away at reproductive freedom for all Americans. Wrapping up, they explore the relationship between attacks on reproductive healthcare and transgender healthcare, and reflect on two decades of failing Democratic messaging.

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It's News Day Tuesday! Sam and Emma break down the biggest headlines of the day. First, they run through updates on the subpoena of Donald Trump, E. Jean Carroll’s new charges against Trump, a vehicular strike on the White House, the slow acceptance of greedflation theory by economic elites, and Ron DeSantis’ police, also tackling Kevin McCarthy and Joe Biden agreeing on their desire to potentially agree to negotiate an agreement on the debt ceiling negotiation. Sam and Emma dive a little deeper into the absurd coverage of the greed factor in inflation, the lingering desire to make it seem like a fringe factor, and how to push the Fed to actually tackle this issue. They then parse through Minnesota’s incredible progress with a trifecta and a one-seat Senate majority, walking through the history of the DFL, the incredible pro-labor legislation they’re passing, and the importance of actually using power when you have it (*cough* national Democrats *cough*).

And in the Fun Half: MR has some technical troubles (totally unrelated to the gerontocratic control of the studio), they watch Newsmax talking heads demean Fox for following the same human rights laws that they – as residents of NYC – also must follow, and Ren from Oregon dives into the private debt issue in the US. Mike from Portland solves Sam’s computer issues, William from Portland reflects on the legacy of Michael Brooks, and Greg from Beaumont dives into tacit collusion, before Brian from Germany parses through some crazy attacks on mutual aid activism in North Carolina. Mississippi schools crack down on any non-normative gender expression, and Tusli runs to the defense of killer Daniel Penny, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Happy Monday! Sam and Emma host Rosie Collington, Ph.D candidate at University College London, to discuss her recent book The Big Con: How The Consulting Industry Weakens Our Businesses, Infantilizes Our Governments, And Warps Our Economies, co-authored with Mariana Mazzucato. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on the debt ceiling fight, Biden’s plummeting polling (and why he still fares better than the GOP’s candidates), Minnesota’s gig work bill, Manchin sinking Julie Su’s candidacy, the NAACP travel advisory for Florida, the devastating death of an 8-year-old in border custody, and failing US intelligence at home and abroad, before diving into the Democratic party’s (and particularly their leadership’s) insistence on never having any real power. Rosie Collington then joins as she parses through the massive state of the management consulting industry in the US, with agencies like McKinsey, Boston Consulting Group, and Bain, working for both the regulatory (political) and industrial sides, and conning the public into believing they actually have a massive impact on the economy. She walks Sam and Emma through the evolution of the consulting-industrial complex, with the introduction of the Reaganomics of the 1980s in both reducing spending on welfare and shifting the distribution of it onto private industry, and the neoliberal establishment cementing this shift over the next couple of decades, with private companies slowly taking over not just the implementation, but the development of public policy in the US. After parsing through the rollout of the ACA under Obama, as well as stories like the East Palestine derailment and McKinsey’s role in the opioid crisis, as key examples of the failure of consulting’s control over the government, from the conflicts-of-interest in creates to the obscuration of responsibility for our democratic officials, Collington wraps up by tackling the role of elite institutions in laundering the reputation of consulting industries, and explores what actions the US government can take to protect democracy.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma dive into AI’s role in the WGA and SAF strikes, with some help from Tesla stans, Moms for Liberty exemplifies the GOP’s exterminationist rhetoric, and Hitchen’s Ghost dives into his personal experiences with Killology experts. Ash from Southern Illinois reflects on the criminalization of a teacher’s trans acceptance, Dez from NJ discusses unionizing his workplace, and Emma reflects on mistakes made in reporting on a recent “Karen” story. DeSantis continues to flounder socially, and Tim Pool acts in his role as the final body in the reactionary right’s human centipede of (dis)information, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:26pm EDT

It's Casual Friday! Sam and Emma host Ryan Grim, DC Bureau Chief at The Intercept, to round up the week in news. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on the Democratic Leadership’s abuse of Dianne Feinstein, the Supreme Court, Disney pulling their jobs from Florida, and Machaela Cavanaugh and Megan Hunt continuing to kill it on the Nebraska Senate floor. Ryan Grim joins as he, Sam, and Emma reflect on the history of the Biden and Obama administrations in debt ceiling fights, and the complete fear that should be held when they “negotiate” with Republicans. They tackle the likelihood of Biden invoking the 14th for the debt ceiling and why McCarthy would secretly love that, actually, before touching on the elite musings about how useful a little economic crisis would be. They also discuss the corruption behind keeping Dianne Feinstein in her seat, as well as Rudy Giuliani’s pardon scheme, and the lack of substance in the Durham investigation. Wrapping up, Ryan parses through his recent article on the US’ voluntary involvement in Yemen, despite what they had us believe, the failures of proxy warfare, and why the US’ paranoia as a failing superpower is pushing against peace, inflamed by China’s active brokering of peace.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma discuss White Supremacist Marjorie Taylor Greene’s genuinely despicable denouncement of Jamaal Bowman, the reporting of an Illinois teacher to the police for having a single queer book, and the following politicization of it by the far-right. Matt Walsh and Michael Knowles theocratically fascist all over the place, and Megan Kelly comes for an already injured Fox News, plus, your calls and IMs!

 
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Direct download: 5_19_Grim_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:20pm EDT

It's an EmMajority Report Thursday! Emma makes her triumphant return from the West Coast. She speaks with Henry Grabar, staff writer at Slate, to discuss his recent book Paved Paradise: How Parking Explains The World. Then, she is joined by Marilyn Thompson, reporter at ProPublica, to discuss her recent reporting in South Carolina on Rep. James Clyburn. First, Emma runs through updates on the continuing attacks on Mifepristone, Illinois’ semi-auto ban, dwindling trust in the Supreme Court, DeSantis’ pending entrance into the Presidential race, Montana’s TikTok ban, and border patrol violence, also touching on the breaking news around Pelosi’s role in delaying Dianne Feinstein’s exit from the Senate, in the hopes of securing said seat for protégé Adam Schiff. Henry Grabar dives right into the absurdity of having a car-centric society, with land dominated by parking lots, where the constant question is “Why no parking?” He first tackles the base desire for free, convenient, and available parking, and the problems that each one of these elements creates, ultimately generating a lack of available parking in high-density areas and/or suburban sprawl, alongside the “if you build it [parking spots] they [more drivers needing to park] will come” nature of the issue. Next, Grabar walks Emma through the history of parking as a planning issue, beginning with the popularization of the Model-T at the start of the 20th Century, with the US ultimately settling on various requirements for the creation of parking alongside any new buildings, and how this, once again, created a misappropriation of land to parking, disincentivized the creation of myriad types of housing, from broader affordable housing to architectural models like rowhouses, and spurred NIMBYism. Wrapping up, they parse through the various environmental impacts of the parking issue, and how various levels of politics are tackling the issue. Marilyn Thompson then joins, as she explores her recent report on Rep. Clyburn’s work with the South Carolina GOP on planning their severely gerrymandered congressional map, tailoring the Sixth Congressional District to his liking. After working through Clyburn’s history with the district, Thompson establishes why this tactic is so backward and actively hurts Democratic and Black representation in South Carolina.

And in the Fun Half: Emma is joined by Brandon Sutton and Matt Binder as they touch on autonomous Teslas’ continued insistence on subtly breaking laws, talk with Ethan from Sports Twitter about Nancy Pelosi’s role in keeping Dianne Feinstein in office and the absurdity of painting this as “feminist” when it’s ultimately about keeping another woman out of office, and watch Ben Shapiro wax poetic about the bane of humanity (Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition). Marty from Houston discusses the financial impact of the culture war on Drag, RFK – the supposed progressive – claims that “it’s the politicians, not the capitalists” that are the issue, and Dylan from New Mexico reflects on the cultivated inhumanity around the homeless people in our society. They wrap up by watching Machaela Cavanaugh and Jermaine Johnson speak out against fascism on their respective statehouse floors, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 5_18_Grabar_Thompson_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:31pm EDT

It's Hump Day! Sam hosts Anjeanette Damon, government accountability reporter in ProPublica's Southwest Office, and Byard Duncan, engagement reporter also at ProPublica, to discuss their recent piece entitled "The Ugly Truth Behind “We Buy Ugly Houses”. Then, Sam is joined by Vilma Serrano of the Oakland Education Association (OEA), to discuss the recent agreement struck between striking teachers and the school district. First, Sam runs through updates on Democrats' victories in yesterday’s special elections, debt ceiling discussions, a potential expulsion of George Santos, the continuing abuse of Dianne Feinstein, North Carolina’s abortion ban, and Missouri’s reversal of a trans healthcare ban, before diving into the alleged sale of pardons by Rudy Giuliani and Donald Trump. Anjeanette Damon and Byard Duncan then join as they dive right into “We Buy Houses” and the franchises of the house wholesale industry, with individuals buying into the branding and advertising system that the national company offers to jumpstart their legitimacy, before looking to their practice of targeting homeowners that simultaneously find themselves in an insecure situation while also maintaining a higher home equity rate, allowing these seemingly “legitimate” (though largely unlicensed and unregulated) brokers to frame the sale around their debts and expenses rather than the actual worth of the house. Stepping back, Damon and Duncan explore the lack of regulation and licensing requirements in the cash-focused house wholesaler industry, as well as the actual practice of wholesaling, before wrapping up by tackling the massive information asymmetry on housing data and how the housing flipping industry aims to keep it that way. Vilma Serrano jumps right into the recent 7-day strike by the Oakland Education Association, walking through the need for the wholesale rebuilding of the Oakland public school system, and the 7 months of fruitless negotiations on the matter, also touching on the major issues at hand, and how the union hopes to address them. Expanding on this, Serrano and Sam tackle the rise of Social Unionism, and the importance of fighting for broader community needs, before wrapping up the interview by parsing through the destructive effect of Bill Gates’ education reform movement.

And in the Fun Half: Sam dives into the Right’s ridiculous attempts to keep the Durham investigation drama alive, from Tommy Tuberville’s “don’t ask don’t tell” tactic to Tim Pool’s bank heist analogy, and touches on the North Carolina abortion ban. August from the Finger Lakes brings up the supposed redemption of George W. Bush, Liam from Portland explores class’ role in intersectionality, and Austin from Georgia discusses Cop City, and police “justice.” Mike from Philly brings Marianne Williamson into the mix, and the MR Crew dives into Elon Musk’s “White Supremacy’s violence is a psyop, actually” take, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 5_17_Damon_Duncan_Serrano_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:39pm EDT

It's News Day Tuesday! Sam breaks down the biggest headlines of the day. First, he runs through updates on the debt ceiling talks and whether Biden will cave, reports on the moral and political corruption of Rudy Giuliani, the release of the Durham report, the US Virgin Island’s case against Elon Musk, Erdogan’s election repression, the booming rejection of Cop City at Atlanta’s recent city council hearing, the swearing in of Brandon Johnson as Chicago Mayor, Minnesota labor legislation, and the IRS’ report on their own discrimination, before parsing through the Right-Wing spin on the empty Durham report. Next, Sam and the MR Crew dive into the debt ceiling debate and the leaked news of Democrats playing defense for Kevin McCarthy, and whether it actually foreshadows decent strategy from the Biden camp. Wrapping up, they preview today’s special elections in Pennsylvania and tackle the expansive corruption of Rudy Giuliani recently released, from sexual assault to the sale of pardons, and the role of US intelligence.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and the MR Crew discuss the ridiculous emphasis on work requirements after decades of their failure, the clear rejection of the multi-million dollar Cop City investment by Atlanta community members, and why the right is still screaming “Laptop!” Josh Hawley talks about his manhood, a Louisville caller dives into the barriers of tackling white supremacy exclusively through class analysis, and Carly from Philadelphia dives into the HD-163 race in Pennsylvania. The crew uncovers some information about Bari Weiss’ UATX grift, Ben Shapiro rants about the biology of anthropomorphized beavers on Blue’s Clues, Marily from Tucson dives into the threat to one’s life that is being jailed in America, and Maya from Grand Rapids discusses the role of COVID funds moving forwards. Abraham from Illinois shares some harrowing stories about immigration enforcement in Florida, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 5_16_Seder_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:40pm EDT

Happy Monday! Sam hosts Kidada E. Williams, associate professor of history at Wayne State University, to discuss her recent book I Saw Death Coming: A History of Terror and Survival in the War against Reconstruction. Sam begins the show by talking about the upcoming debt ceiling battle, and how it seems increasingly likely that Biden is going to cave to Kevin McCarthy and the Republicans by agreeing to some spending caps and additional work requirements, when he absolutely doesn't have to if he and his administration had any creativity whatsoever. Then, Kidada joins the show and Sam and her start off by recapping what The "Dunning School" of history was, how it came about, and what its essential project was (sanitizing the Confederacy, as well as the racist, violent legacy of post-Civil War Reconstruction.) Sam and Professor Williams also marvel at how successful the project of the Dunning School was, highlighting anecdotally how minimal amounts of time and resources were dedicated in classrooms to fully fleshing out the harmful Reconstruction's effects on black Americans actually were. Professor Williams then dives into her scholarship, where she located direct testimony from families taken in the field by members of Congress in the post-Civil War South, and how these testimonies paint a picture of what really happened after the Civil War supposedly "ended": the fighting became a sort of guerrilla war against free black people, and the war itself didn't neatly "end", so to speak. Professor Williams recounts, per her research, the gratuitous and brutal violence free black people faced even after being released from bondage, and even after receiving the rights that they did not possess before prior to the Civil War. They wrap up the conversation by centering the issues of white supremacy and how crucial they are to what happened during Reconstruction: a concerted effort and investment in the furtherance of white supremacy, not just by white Southerners, but by white Northerners too, in the project of continuing to marginalize and subjugate free black people.

And in the Fun Half, Sam talks about Latino truckers taking to social media to call for a boycott of Florida because draconian immigration laws proposed under Gov. Ron DeSantis, Elon Musk's free speech crusades on Twitter resulting in censoring people on the site to not upset the Turkish government, a decision that even pissed off Enes Kanter Freedom. Protesters with Climate Defiance demonstrate at Sen. Amy Klobuchar's book event ("The Joy Of Politics", in stores near you!), and the weekend Fox & Friends crew get upset with President Biden for daring to utter the words "white supremacy" when talking about the famously not-racist United States.  Plus, your calls & IM's!

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Direct download: 5_15_Williams_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:33pm EDT

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, he is joined by Matthew Film Guy! First, Sam runs through updates on the debt ceiling debate, CNN’s response to backlash from their Trump Town Hall, the “end” of the COVID emergency and Title 42, Joe Manchin taking on the EPA, various mainstream court cases, and Elon’s new CEO, before diving into the floundering “reports” of the intense corruption of the Biden Crime Family. Digby then joins as she and Sam dive into Anderson Cooper’s insanely “holier than thou” response to critiques of CNN, as well as the looming conservative shadow of John Malone over the company, before quickly running through ongoing debates about the Debt Ceiling. Wrapping up, they touch on the “end” of COVID, per the Biden Administration, and how well over 1 million deaths later, the US has learned absolutely nothing. Film Guy “Matthew Film Guy” Matthew joins as he and Sam run through the impact of the WGA strike on the movie and TV industries, reflect on Sam’s appearance on Movie Night Extravaganza, and Matthew’s film suggestion of the Romanian New Wave film “Four Months, Three Weeks, and Two Days.”

And in the Fun Half: Sam tackles the right wing’s vitriolic coverage of the killing of Jordan Neely, with Jesse Watters and Greg Gutfeld uplifting the “heroic” murder of a guy whose crime was being hungry and upset, also touching on Elon’s new CEO appointment as Twitter overlooks a financial cliff, and Ben Shapiro’s “Pope of the Jews” schtick expanding to proclaim himself “Pope of the Rape Victims.” Wrapping up, they discuss Biden’s fascist immigration policy in the wake of Title 42 being rolled back, and Tommy Tuberville’s defense of White Nationalists in the military.

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Direct download: 5_12_Digby_FGM_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:29pm EDT

It's an EmMajority Report Thursday! She hosts author Corban Addison to discuss his recent book Wastelands: The True Story of Farm Country On Trial. First, Emma dives into updates on the indictment of George Santos, Dianne Feinstein’s return, the end of the COVID national emergency, Israel’s continuing genocide against Palestine, Rep. Rashida Tlaib and Sen. Bernie Sanders teaming up for a Nakba day, healthcare legislation, and Amazon’s tax breaks, before parsing through the absolute sh*t show that was CNN’s Town Hall with Donald Trump, and the Media’s complete capitulation to his celebrity. Corban Addison then joins as he walks Emma through his story on the real-world legal thriller that was the Mass Action lawsuit against North Carolina’s hog farms, beginning with a discussion of the broader legal avenues this case followed, before stepping back to explore the history of North Carolina’s hog industry, which arose in the 1960s following the Tobacco industry’s collapse as Wendell Murphy, owner of the largest feed mill at the time, took a page out of the book of Tyson’s chicken industry, contracting the floundering NC farms to be packed full of his pigs. Moving forward, Addison dives into the slow but sure monopolization of the region’s industry, culminating in the purchase of Murphy’s Smithfield Foods by the WH Group, the world’s biggest pork manufacturer based out of China, who continued to streamline the production in the US, as China did not allow the same industry tactics that North Carolina saw. Parsing through these practices, Corban and Emma tackle the creation of mass cesspools of hog waste by these corporations, and the complete disregard for the environmental impact or the well-being of their neighbors. After looking at the horrors that came out of this regulatory disaster, Addison wraps up by assessing the compensation in the case, and why, ultimately, the only solution is federal regulation.

And in the Fun Half: Emma is joined by Brandon Sutton and Matt Binder, diving into the genuine horror that is Dianne Feinstein’s staff (and Democratic leadership) letting her return to the Senate, Kowalski from Nebraska calls in with his assessment of today’s interview, and Charlie from New Jersey dives into the Mainstream media’s obsession with Donald Trump and their co-dependent relationship with far-right politics. They also tackle the indictment of George Santos, the right-wing response to the Allen, TX shooter citing Tim Pool and LibsofTikTok, and Lucy from Brooklyn dives into the role of NDAs in elite culture, and the despicable and alien behavior of today’s ultra-wealthy, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 5_11_Addison_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:15pm EDT

It's Hump Day! Sam and Emma host Dennis Tajer, Communications Committee Chair Captain for the Allied Pilots Association (APA) to discuss a potential strike amongst American Airlines pilots. Then, writer Greg Iwinski joins the show from the Writers Guild of America East (WGAE) picket line as they strike for a better contract and working conditions! First, Sam and Emma react to the bombshell guilty verdict that found former President Trump liable for sexual battery and defamation against E. Jean Carroll, and the...less-than-vigorous response from Republican senators asked to react to the decision. They're then joined by Dennis, who explains the various infrastructures of pilot unions, why American Airlines pilots specifically and overwhelmingly approved a strike authorization, what exactly the pilots are fighting for in terms of a work-life balance that did not exist before COVID, and what's next in terms of negotiations and demand-setting. Then, late night comedy writer Greg Iwinski comes on the program from the picket line outside Amazon and HBO headquarters in Hudson Yards in Manhattan. He explains the reasons as to why the Writers Guild of America (WGA) decided to authorize a strike, how writing work for television has completely changed, from that of a holistic writing and artistic process to one that resembles what it's like to work in the gig economy, how studios and networks offering day-rate projects doesn't and cannot lead to a lasting career in show business (there are no day rates for...paying rent and feeding one's children, for example), and what people can do to help out the striking writers.
 
And in the Fun Half, Sam loses his mind over Sen. Dianne Feinstein's continued absence from her job. He and the MR Crew also react to Rep. George Santos's surrender to New York authorities over 13 (!!) federal charges, and...another less-than-vibrant reaction from top Republican brass in the house to these revelations. Matt Walsh has something to say about manliness in sports, and Emma breaks down some BOMBSHELL reporting in the Washington Post that shows that legendary writer Alex Haley may have doctored a quote by Martin Luther King in an interview where he heavily criticized Malcolm X. Plus, your calls & IM's!
 
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It's News Day Tuesday! Sam and Emma break down the biggest headlines of the day, running through updates on the beginnings of the debt limit talks, Conservatives’ attempts to distance themselves from the Allen, TX shooter, the Senate Judiciary’s request to Harlan Crow, labor action with airline pilots and pilot writers (that’s a WGA joke), Israel’s strike on Palestinian civilians in Gaza, and updates on fascism in statehouses across the country. Next, they dive into Kyrsten Sinema’s “ugh BOTH sides amirite” argument on the debt ceiling, respond to Jodey Arrington’s absurd arguments about Biden’s debt ceiling plans, and address the absolute failure of Medicaid work requirements in Arkansas. Wrapping up, Sam and Emma parse through the horrors of this weekend’s mass shooting in Allen Texas, the shooter’s unsurprising connection to the far right, from Tim Pool to LibsofTikTok, and how to deal with the devastation that their stochastic terrorism has wrought on our country.

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Happy Monday! Sam and Emma host Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean of the University of California, Berkeley Law School, to discuss his recent book Worse Than Nothing: The Dangerous Fallacy of Originalism. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on the multiple mass killings in Texas this weekend, debt limit talks, Title 42, Trump’s civil rape case, Biden’s floundering polling numbers, and labor action from the WGA and Oakland teachers, before diving into the coverage of this weekend’s mass shooting in Texas, and the right, once again, weakly recycling their “politicization” talking points. Erwin Chemerinsky then joins as he walks through the popularization of “originalism” coming out of the failed nomination of Robert Bork to the Supreme Court in 1987, exploring what originalism is, and how it relies on reverse engineering the opinions of our “framers” from the perspective of whatever “originalist” is making the argument. After parsing through the history of originalism, Erwin takes on the five central problems with originalism, beginning with the epistemological problem of being unable to actually determine the intent of countless framers involved in constructing our constitution, the incoherence problem of the framers’ rejection of a static view of the constitution grounded in the exact (and incredibly vague) words they put forward, the abhorrence problem of what originalism would actually result in (segregation, sex-based discrimination, etc), the modernity problem of how drastically the technologies and infrastructure of our era have departed from that of the 18th Century, and, lastly, the hypocrisy problem presented by the obvious inconsistent application of originalism by any and all originalists. Wrapping up, Professor Chemerinsky tackles why originalism has grown so prevalent in constitutional discourse, the massive conservative project that brought it to this point, and how the left can push back.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma dive into this weekend’s massacre in Texas, Dick Durbin’s complete impotence when it comes to Dianne Feinstein’s absence, and Brian from North Carolina reflects on a country that has normalized myriad violent and antisocial horrors. The MR Crew reflects on the Right’s one-sided concerns with corruption, and Shenida calls in to recommend Prince Harry as a guest on the show.  Emma and Sam address the absurd coverage of Emma’s “public places should be safe for homeless and impoverished people too” take. They dive into Trump’s testimony in his civil rape case, 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. First, Emma dives into updates on the US job growth, the White House’s debt limit concessions, Clarence Thomas’ corruption, the continuing banking crisis, Dianne Feinstein’s absence, fascist legislation in Florida and Indiana, and Donald Trump’s rape case, also diving into the recent revelations about the Federalist Society’s backdoor funding of Ginni Thomas. Alex Pareene then joins as he and Emma dive into Clarence Thomas’ endless stream of corruption allegations, whether anything will actually be done about it, and how liberal institutions affirm the Court’s corruption. They also touch on the disappearance of Dianne Feinstein, the holdup it has created in the judicial confirmation process, and what (if anything) Democrats will do about it, before parsing through Biden’s role in the matter, where his 2024 candidacy stands, and his likely matchup with Trump. After tackling the impotence of the “Republican in Blue clothing” tactic of Manchin and Sinema, they wrap up the interview with the devastating story of the killing of Jordan Neely, and the horrors of uplifting right-wing violence fantasies.

And in the Fun Half: Emma parses through Steven Crowder’s 2015 Op-Ed, “I’m a Guy and I’ll Never Badmouth my WIfe,” Caleb from Canton discusses the absurdity of the billionaire genre of Nazi obsession, and Matt dives into the greatness of Chris James. Devon from Alberta asks Emma about the Oilers, the MR Crew parses through Lance from the Serfs’ killer appearance on Tim Pool’s show, and Michael Knowles and Matt Lech bond over their pro-Hooter stances, plus, your calls and IMs!

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It's an EmMajority Report Thursday! She hosts David Allen, historian of U.S. foreign relations, to discuss his recent book Every Citizen a Statesman: The Dream of a Democratic Foreign Policy in the American Century. Then, Emma talks to Joshua Craze, writer and researcher specializing in Sudan, to discuss the recent civil conflict that's broken out in the region over the past few weeks. First, Emma runs through updates on a brand new Clarence Thomas corruption reveal, the FED getting back into their attacks on the working class, the murders of Jordan Neely and Tyre Nichols, the anniversary of the IDF’s murder of Shireen Abu Akleh, McDonald’s child labor fiasco, and Montana Gov. Gianforte signing off on his state’s fascist legislation, also diving into the heartless and incoherent responses from Mayor Eric Adams and Gov. Kathy Hochul to the killing of Jordan Neely on the New York subway. David Allen then joins as he dives right into the rise of undemocratic control over the US National Security State, and how it became so normalized after decades of debate. Allen first steps back to parse through the state of US Foreign Policy at the beginning of the 20th Century, with the First World War finally putting the US in an important position on the world stage, in an era with an incredibly small State Department with a much more direct relationship to Democracy, as represented by the forming of the Foreign Policy Association, an organization made up by myriad progressive activists and suffragettes,  in 1918, as well as attempts to educate the American public on issues of foreign policy and collective participation. However, as the US moved out of the Second World War with a massively expanded government and State Department, as well as growing tensions (both Nuclear and otherwise) with the emergence of the Cold War, the government began to detach the public from the processes of state-making and foreign policy, establishing agencies like the National Security Council and the Department of Defense. Wrapping up, Allen walks Emma through the cementing of the exclusive nature of US Foreign Policy, the role of think tanks and elite participation, and whether any optimism is held for the future of democratic participation in USFP. Joshua Craze then joins as he parses through the rise and fall of Omar Al Bashir’s rule over Sudan, the civilian transition in the wake of the 2019 ousting, and the ongoing competition between military, paramilitary, and civilian-driven groups. Next, they dive into the role of US support for military control, both in bolstering Al Bashir’s neoliberal regime, and in actively pushing out civilian resistance committees in the rebuilding process due to their opposition to neoliberal economics. Wrapping up, Craze tackles the particular roles that the capital city of Khartoum and the region of Darfur play as the center stage of the warfare, the impact of the devastation in Khartoum on greater humanitarian issues, and why the most discussed solutions all involve an unpopular and impotent military gaining full power, likely starting a process of civilian transition all over again.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:57pm EDT

It's Hump Day! Sam hosts Ian Millhiser, senior correspondent at Vox, to discuss the upcoming cases that will be before the Supreme Court this term. Sam starts off by touching on the recent revelations surrounding Tucker Carlson's text messages disclosed from the Dominion lawsuit, and how he still isn't buying that these are the reasons Fox ultimately let him go. Then, he touches on former Bush Attorney General and "Serious Person" Michael Mukasey's appearance at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, and how Mukasey, if he were a judge, wouldn't potentially ruin a friendship by not going on their private jet. Then Ian joins the program, with Sam and him starting off by discussing the Supreme Court writ large, in an attempt to pinpoint just how long the institution has been fundamentally broken (hit: dating back to the Dred Scott decision, so over 100 years.) They then touch on Loper Bright Enterprises v. Raimondo, the newest case the court has taken in their desperate attempts to gut the federal regulatory state. Ian also discusses the recent "judge-shopping" that's been going on, i.e. anti-abortion advocates angling to get their cases on abortion medication like mifepristone into Amarillo Texas judge and right-wing theocrat Matthew Kacsmaryk's courtrooms so he can ideally rule in their favor. They then talk about Glacier Northwest v. Teamsters, a potentially landmark case that could determine when and how workers are allowed to strike. Finally, Ian provides a bit of a primer on cases that will be decided on this term, including cases involving affirmative action, student loan forgiveness, and Moore v. Harper, the case surrounding the validity of "independent state legislature theory" deciding contests in presidential elections.

And in the Fun Half, Sam and the MR Crew take a look at more of Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse's remarks from the Senate Judiciary Committee on Supreme Court ethics, Adam Conover calling out rich CEO's on CNN as the WGA strike continues, what Tucker Carlson actually said in that text that supposedly got him fired and how it compares to the standard racist fare that one of his possible successors, Jesse Watters, spews on a daily basis, and Abby Grossberg, his former producer, making clear that Fox News calls the shots for congressional Republicans. Plus, your calls & IM's!

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Sam and Emma host Jane McAlevey, Senior Policy Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley's Labor Center, to discuss her recent book Rules to Win By: Power and Participation in Union Negotiations. They begin by running through updates on the WGA strike, an impending airline strike, the fascist attacks on Zooey Zephyr, fascist attacks on healthcare in Oklahoma and Florida, Vice Media’s impending bankruptcy, and the Rangers’ devastating loss last night, before parsing through the Senate Judiciary hearing on the Supreme Court’s ethics issues. Jane McAlevey then joins as she walks Sam and Emma through her experiences working in, and writing about the labor organizing process, from her time with the AFL-CIO in the ‘90s through her multiple texts that attempt to address the disconnect between labor mobilization and labor organizing, and understanding organizing as community outreach rather than focusing on those already aligned with your goals. Next, McAlevey dives into the challenges of the unionization process, with union-busting remaining prevalent well after a successful vote and throughout the bargaining processes, the importance of having community support and solidarity to bolster the long and draining battle, and the networks community organizing can create. She also looks to the case studies that she explores in her books, tackling the importance of building on worker knowledge and transparency in the bargaining process, and before they wrap up the interview by walking through the recent renaissance of labor consciousness in the US, the importance of youth labor activists, the future of labor action, and why capitalists want more of the gig economy.

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

Happy Monday! Sam and Emma host Quinn Slobodian, professor of the History of Ideas at Wellesley College, to discuss his recent book Crack-Up Capitalism: Market Radicals and the Dream of a World Without Democracy. Sam and Emma start off by checking in on the numerous improprieties of the conservative Supreme Court justices Gorsuch, Thomas, and Roberts, as well as their decision to take a case that looks to dismantle the regulatory state. Then, they're joined by Quinn, whose 2018 book Globalists Sam was a big fan of; Quinn says that Crack-Up Capitalism is a sequel of sorts, attempting to answer the question that, after globalization lost its luster, where did market radicalists and their ideology want to go next? Sam asks whether the process surrounding the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) was a prime example of the changing headwinds amongst this group surrounding the idea of "free trade", and how that term continued to warp as we kept getting farther and farther from 2016. They then get into the meat of the book, discussing the newest ideas amongst this group of market radicalists (read: libertarians): creating secessionist communities, drawing from ideas stemming from gated communities and homeowner's associations, that proliferated heavily in the 1990's to create a different political and societal system: that of an entirely private government, that does not adhere to the general whims of American democracy (election cycles every 2 or 4 years). Quinn also touches on the "frontier" mentality that embodies this type of mentality, one that dates all the way back to the "manifest destiny" idea in the 19th century. They end the conversation by discussing whether this idea of an a-democratic society is the underpinning of an actual ideological movement, or if it is backfilling a pretty general conservative ideal: creation of prosperity for the few and the wealthy at the great expense of the working poor.

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

It's Casual Friday! Sam and Emma host Jamelle Bouie, opinion columnist at the New York Times and co-host of the Unclear and Present Danger podcast, to round up the week in news. Then, they're joined by comedian Tim Heidecker, who has a real bone to pick with Sam!

First, Sam and Emma run through updates on the blocking of multiple abortion bans in state legislatures, a soon-to-release Kavanaugh documentary, the budget cut debate, Elon’s Twitter, and the fascistic expulsion of Zooey Zephyr from the Montana legislature, before admiring Ron DeSantis’ most recent blowup after being questioned about his role at Guantanamo. Jamelle Bouie then joins as he dives right into the Supreme Court’s crisis of legitimacy, with half of the justices under fire for some form of corruption, while the Chief Justice refuses to recognize the system of checks and balances, walking through why Democratic leadership is refusing to even contemplate Court reform due to severe fears of backlash, despite it being a fight against unpopular institution full of unpopular people pursuing unpopular policies while under a corruption scandal. Next, they dive into the departure of Tucker Carlson from Fox News and whether it will genuinely have an impact on the company’s fascist indoctrination, before wrapping up with an assessment of a 2024 Democratic primary. Tim Heidecker then calls in to teach Sam a thing or two about what real journalism looks like.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma dive into the fascism and genocidal rhetoric of the Montana legislature, the activism coming from the Montana Governor’s children, and the blocking of abortion bans in both Nebraska and South Carolina. A Colorado caller (Sam from the future?) rants on Solar tariffs, Cody from Georgia discusses breaking the cycle of fundamentalist abuse, the MR Crew tackles the updates to Stephen Crowder’s abuse, and Master Chief Keef from New York ponders Tucker’s future, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:23pm EDT

It's an EmMajority Report Thursday! She hosts Adrienne Buller, Senior Fellow at Common Wealth, to discuss her recent book The Value of a Whale: On the Illusions of Green Capitalism. Then, in a pre-taped conversation, Emma sits down with Mark Himmelstein and Marshawn Brewer of the bargaining committee for Fordham University graduate students, to discuss their recent organizing efforts and yesterday's walkout from classes.

First, Emma runs through updates on Manchin’s future, Disney’s lawsuit against DeSantis, Tucker’s firing, Montana’s fascist GOP ousting Zooey Zephyr, Schumer’s meeting with Elon Musk, and Trump’s myriad legal battles, before diving into Tucker Carlson’s weak debut post-Fox. Adrienne Buller then dives right into her recent piece on green capitalism, first exploring how the title parodies an IMF article evaluating the capital worth of whales to the global economy, and parsing through neoliberalism’s emphasis on financialization and market-driven solutions. Next, Buller steps back to assess green capitalism as a whole, understanding its recognition of the climate crisis as progress while still recognizing how it seeks to exploit said crisis, walking through the myriad “green” tactics, like carbon pricing/capture and ESG, and exploring how they work to incentivize rather than regulate, thus providing more than enough loopholes for capitalists to offshore and offset exploitation. Wrapping up, Adrienne and Emma look to Biden’s IRA as a perfect example of green capitalism’s market-based solutions, the importance of grounding solutions in justice, and why social justice can’t prioritize profitability. Then, Emma is joined by Mark Himmelsbach and Marshawn Brewer as they walk through the impetus for the unionization of Fordham’s graduate students, from the University’s failure to respond to COVID to New York’s growing cost-of-living crisis, and explore what its like to battle against an institution that refuses to recognize you, much less your struggles. Wrapping up, they dive into the union’s recent walkout, where the union’s hopes lay, and how those of us outside of the union can help.

And in the Fun Half: Emma is joined by Matt Binder as they tackle Bernie’s Biden endorsement, watch Crowder get eviscerated by an up-and-coming Amy Schumer, and Wayne from Iowa holds Emma accountable for her child-labor-phobic comments. They also tackle Dwayne Wade’s recent comments on Florida’s growing fascism, Nico from San Francisco helps the crew parse through SF’s anti-homeless fury, and Ron Johnson doesn’t give a sh*t about your crops. Marjorie Taylor Greene capitalizes on her committee seats with some staunch homophobia, and Robert from Georgia dives into the Tucker Carlson firing, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:22pm EDT

It's Hump Day! Sam and Emma host Amy Wilentz, Professor of Literary Journalism at the University of California Irvine and contributing editor at The Nation, to discuss her recent piece in The Nation entitled "Haiti, April 2023: Soon There Will Be No One Left to Kidnap." Then, they're joined by Djene Bajalan, professor of history at Missouri State University, to discuss the upcoming Turkish elections. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on Kevin McCarthy’s impending austerity bill, the nomination of Julie Su, John Roberts’ ethics crisis, Fox’s opposition file on Tucker,  and Bernie’s Biden endorsement, before diving into a former Tucker producer’s testimony on what’s been coming out of Fox News. Professor Amy Wilentz then steps back to walk through the impact of the 2010 Haiti Earthquake in cementing the US-backed rule of Ariel Henry over a country with devastated infrastructure that was falling more and more into the hands of capitalists and gangs, before analyzing the complete neutering of Haiti’s governmental forces, be they military or police, the connections between the cops and the criminals, and how these elements bolstered the rise of gangs and human trafficking in the country, leading to its current moment of intense upheaval. Wrapping up, Amy, Sam, and Emma explore what solutions are even viable, and why an election might only serve to reinforce the current moment of chaos. Djene Bajalan then dives into the nationalist discourse ahead of Turkey’s election, before walking through the role this election plays in Erdogan’s path to supreme power. After tackling the impact of the Turkey-Syria earthquake earlier this year and Erdogan’s fascistic response, Sam, Emma, and Djene wrap up the interview by tracing the political movements that have existed alongside Erdogan’s reign, and what to expect from their post-election check-in.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma cover the attacks on Kevin McCarthy’s austerity from the right, the silencing of Zooey Zephyr on the Montana house floor, Candace responding to Crowder with infinitely more grit than he provided, and the importance of building new housing.  Cade from Washington dives into the importance of engaging local politics on an individual level, and Kyle from LA starts a long conversation on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and the predication of violence, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:29pm EDT

It's News Day Tuesday! Sam and Emma break down the biggest headlines of the day. First, they run through updates on Biden’s reelection bid, the departures of Tucker and Don Lemon, new SCOTUS corruption allegations, Trump’s alternate impending trials, the silencing and repression of Zooey Zephyr and her supporters, Harry Belafonte, DeSantis’ floundering, and the corruption of a Florida Surgeon General. Next, Sam and Emma parse through Biden’s incredibly boring reelection announcement, the rights’ somehow MORE boring response to said announcement, and speculate on the Democratic primary, before diving into the role of abortion and crime in the leadup to the 2024 elections. They also dive into Tucker’s final moments at Fox News, Greg Kelly’s and Donald Trump’s reflections on the matter, and what spurred both his and Don Lemons’ departures from their respective news organizations. Wrapping up the first half, Sam and Emma cover the corruption of Joseph Ladapo, DeSantis’ Florida Surgeon General, who altered key findings in a study on COVID-19 vaccine safety.

And in the Fun Half: Kowalski from Nebraska dives into agricultural and environmental updates, Matt Walsh struggles to respond to a youth activist with anything but “uh, what’s a woman?” and Joe Manchin goes on Hannity to denounce the evil lies of the IRA – that he was central to shaping. Jeff from New Mexico dives into the forgotten stories of the Twitter Files, Oochie Wally discusses the ignorance of the US’ “Red Summer” of white supremacist uprisings, and Stephen Crowder comes out as the newest member of the “Incredibly Divorced Bigots” club, plus your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:16pm EDT

Happy Monday! Sam and Emma host Jon Shelton, professor at the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay, to discuss his recent book The Education Myth: How Human Capital Trumped Social Democracy. And, Matt RETURNS to the MR Studio!

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:05pm EDT

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 run through updates on the Supreme Court’s Mifepristone decision, far-right legislation coming out of North Carolina, Texas, and the US House, and Buzzfeed news closing shop. Digby then joins Sam and Emma as they dive into the conclusion of the Fox-Dominion lawsuit, the internal incompetence of Fox News, and the destructive force of Rupert Murdoch’s empire, as well as Kevin McCarthy’s lackluster debt ceiling hustle, and the uncertain standing of centrists like Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema. They also discuss the cold war in the GOP primary, as DeSantis’ floundering puts the GOP establishment in disarray, while Biden’s announcement is still impending, with only Bobby Kennedy and Marianne Williamson likely to serve as imperfect messengers of the Left, and why a true progressive candidacy must be grounded in coalition building and union solidarity. Wrapping up, they discuss the upcoming generation of politicians, including the passion of the Justins in Tennessee, and the horrors of the Right’s young guard.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma dive a little deeper into Texas passing a law requiring the 10 Commandments to be “prominently displayed” in classrooms, the resignation of the Vice Chair of Tennessee’s House Republican Caucus over sexually harassing interns,  and the stalling nomination of Julie Su. They also parse through a few of DeSantis’ defenders and betrayers, plus, your IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:55pm EDT

It's a special 4/20 EmMajority Report Thursday! Emma hosts Michael Sandel, professor of Government Theory at Harvard University, to discuss his book Democracy's Discontent: A New Edition for Our Perilous Times. Michael Sandel then dives right into why he decided to update his 1996 work “Democracy’s Discontent,” looking back at that period as simultaneously the apex of faith in the neoliberal Washington consensus and one that saw the first tricklings of unraveling community infrastructure, the diminishment of citizens’ representation, and general feelings of insecurity which were all affirmed with the 2008 financial crisis. Picking up in the wake of the crisis, Professor Sandel explores how the elite decided to put the system back together again, rather than actually rethinking the role of finance in the economy, sparking bipartisan anger that birthed two movements: a new socialist movement on the left, and the tea party movement on the right. Parsing deeper through this anger. Sandel and Emma discuss the explicit rejection of elites’ credentialism and meritocratic hubris, tackling what these concepts entail, how they birthed the populist nominations of Bernie Sanders and Donald J. Trump, and why they so contributed to growing feelings of alienation during the first two decades of the 21st Century. Next, Michael walks through a distinction between two conceptions of freedom, one grounded in consumerism and the other in civic ideals, exploring how the emphasis on the former has bolstered democracy’s discontent, while the latter offers us a route out of it, before they wrap up the interview by exploring what a reorganizing of our economy towards civic ideals would entail, and why universal service programs might (MIGHT) be an answer.

And in the Fun Half: Emma is joined by Brandon Sutton and Matt Binder as they tackle Elon Musk’s natalism perfectly coalescing with Tucker Carlson’s direct white supremacy, Nick from Pittsburg dives into the horrors of SpaceX’s failed experiment, and the MR Crew covers Elon’s crackdown on free speech, capitalizing on the same rules that pushed the Hunter Biden coverup. They also discuss a CEO’s “pity city” speech to those she’s exploiting, Elly from South Carolina dives into Nancy Mace’s abortion switch-up, and Charlie Kirk fears WokeGPT. Kevin from Philly reflects on the Pity City speech, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:09pm EDT

It's Hump Day! Sam hosts Patrick Rucker, finance reporter for The Capitol Forum and contributor at ProPublica, to discuss his recent piece entitled "How Cigna Saves Millions by Having Its Doctors Reject Claims Without Reading Them". Then, he's joined by percussionist Andy Blanco with the Musician's Union Local 802, to discuss their recent organizing efforts against Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY). First, Sam runs through updates on Fox settling their dominion case, the Supreme Court’s response to the Mifepristone hold, Canadian labor action, Clarence Thomas’ corruption, DeSantis’ visit to Washington, and Iowa advancing children’s right to work, before diving into coverage of Fox’s settlement, and the extant cases they still face. Patrick Rucker then dives right into his discovery of Cigna’s scam, walking through the statistics of the inhumane pace at which their doctors would reject insurance claims, and the outrageous quantity of rejections that this has led to, with no substantive reason behind a vast majority of said rejections. After tackling the parallels with the banking sector’s Robo-signing scandal and the breadth of the impact of this brand of corruption, Sam and Patrick wrap up by discussing the “legality” of Cigna’s malpractice, how to push back against it, and whether the other insurance companies have already jumped on board with their tactics. Andy Blanco and Sam then parse through Local 802’s role in the New York concert world and the exploitation they face, before looking at the impact of COVID on their labor situation, and how DCINY forced them into filing unfair labor practice claims. Wrapping up, they tackle the union’s demands, and how we can help them in their fight.

And in the Fun Half: Sam discusses the GOP’s insistence on making Hunter Biden’s D*ck Pics a story, Oscar from Compton discusses local disputes with firefighters, Michelle in Brooklyn tackles the exportation of labor overseas, and John from Indiana calls in about last week’s Twitter drama. Sam and Bradley also touch on Floridian politics, with parents fighting back against theocratic rule while DeSantis goes to war with Disney, Ethan Schmidt makes a fool of himself, and Jasmin from Texas dives into corrupt election legislation, plus, your calls and IMs!

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

It's News Day Tuesday! Sam catches up on some of the biggest stories of the day, as well as some he missed while he was out. First, he runs through updates on the launching of the Fox-Dominion trial, the Mifepristone ban, the GOP’s support for Dianne Feinstein, the WGA overwhelmingly authorizing a strike, the White House’s role in the recent Child Labor revelations, continuing gun violence in the US, Sudan’s ceasefire failing to materialize, and Karen Bass’ anti-homelessness project. Next, Sam dives a little deeper into the absurdity of allowing Dianne Feinstein to continue her reign, Samuel Alito putting the Mifepristone hold on hold, why his own precedents delegitimize the ban, and whether the Major Questions Doctrine will come into play, before touching on the potential next step for the conservative judiciary: trans healthcare. Then, he walks through a recent New York Times article on the rise of the right wing’s obsession with transphobia, why it (unsurprisingly) ignores the role of liberal institutions – such as the New York Times – in legitimizing this rise, and refuses to acknowledge the negative electoral impact this bigotry has had. Wrapping up the first half, Sam and the MR crew run through the White House’s role in the recent child labor crisis, the central role undocumented children play, and why Arkansas’ new child labor laws put migrant kids at risk.

And in the Fun Half: Amy from Oregon dives into the inside perspective on the science behind trans healthcare, Ron DeSantis releases a defensive ad in response to Trump’s attacks, Ben Shapiro worries that Elsa might be gay, and the right offers its first anti-monopoly stance: break up big beer! Eric from San Diego reflects on the 75th anniversary of the Nakba, San from Texas discusses the local impact of rising Christian Nationalism in politics, and Clark from Houston discusses the inflaming genocidal rhetoric from the right. Sam also touches on the Ali Alexander revelations, plus, your calls and IMs!

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

Happy Monday! Sam is back from vacation! He and Emma speak with Jon D. Erickson, professor of sustainability science and policy at The University of Vermont, to discuss his recent book The Progress Illusion: Reclaiming Our Future from the Fairytale of Economics. Then, they're joined but Justin Alo of Teamsters Local 542 and Matt Leichenger of Teamsters Local 804 to discuss UPS workers' campaign for a new contract. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on the freezing of Mifepristone, the Fox-Dominion case, the Supreme Court hearing a case on Christians having to work on Sundays, the success of the faculty union at Rutgers, continuing gun violence across the US, the GOP Primary, and Macron’s assault on the French working class, before parsing through the absences of Sam Seder and Dianne Feinstein. Jon D. Erickson then dives right into his concept of “progress illusion,” as capitalism’s fairytale of market-driven, hyper-privatized progress, defined by marginal benefits and hyper-individualized choices that completely ignore the biophysical realities of our planet and who we are as humans. Next, he steps back to discuss the ideological nature of economics, and why that must be understood in searching for who and what economic systems are built for, diving into the statistic of Gross Domestic Product as a symbol of neoliberal progress, and how it emphasizes privatized profits while ignoring the social costs. After tackling the idea of economic systems as our servants (rather than masters), Professor Erickson walks Sam and Emma through his view of a statistic that is conscious of public costs, as put into practice in Vermont, and where such a system still falls short. Wrapping up, Jon, Emma, and Sam debate the role of capitalism and degrowth in a future that doesn’t exclusively value private profits. Justi Alo and Matt Leichenger then dive into the recent UPS teamsters’ strike, what the Teamsters for a Democratic Union caucus represents, and how a new generation of union organizers is stepping up. They also discuss UPS’ massive profits over the pandemic, alongside diminishing working conditions, and what the teamsters’ demands for this strike entail.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:25pm EDT

It's a very special Casual Friday! Emma hosts Twitch streamer extraordinaire Hasan Piker to round up a crazy week in news.Then, Emma is joined by Francesca Fiorentini, host of The Bitchuation Room podcast! First, Emma runs through updates on Clarence Thomas’ corruption, Israel’s military escalation, the continued flood of anti-trans legislation in the US, Biden’s response to the abortion pill ruling, Ron DeSantis’ 6-week abortion ban, Dianne Feinstein’s replacement, and a potential Yemen ceasefire, before diving into Nebraska State Senator Machaela Cavanaugh’s emotional testimony as her filibuster in support of trans kids reaches its seventh week. Hasan Piker then joins as he draws parallels between himself and billionaire philanthropist Harlan Crow, takes on the absurdity of having Charles “the Bell Curve” Murray give a character endorsement, and dives into the recent leaking of US military secrets over a Discord argument. They also tackle the Taibbi-Musk falling out, before Emma is joined by Francesca Fiorentini to discuss Francesca officially putting the “birth” in “birthing person,”  Trump’s “Pudding Fingers” attack ad on DeSantis, updates on the Dominion case, and Candace Owens’ obsession with being the most fash of the fascists.

And in the Fun Half: Emma and Bradley tackle the coverage of a recent leak of US military secrets, as Glenn Greenwald and Tucker Carlson side with schooling your Discord kittens over the US national security state, as well as aligning arbitrary debate with conscientious whistleblowing, plus, your IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:22pm EDT

It's an EmMajority Report Thursday! Emma hosts Sarah Brayne, professor of sociology at the University of Texas at Austin, to discuss her recent book Predict and Surveil: Data, Discretion, and the Future of Policing. Then, Emma is joined by Donna Murch, associate professor of History at Rutgers University and President of the New Brunswick Chapter of Rutgers AAUP-AFT, to give an update on the teachers strike going on at the university right now. First, Emma runs through updates on the Fifth Circuit’s response to the Texas Court ban on the abortion pill, Dianne Feinstein’s response to calls for her retirement, the reinstatement of Tennessee’s outspoken state house members, Arizona’s GOP-led expulsion of an election denier, Biden’s labor secretary nomination, ACA and Medicaid expansion for DREAMers, and Biden’s border policy, also touching on DeSantis begging his Floridian colleagues not to endorse Trump, Trump’s multiple fraud cases, and far-right legislation in Oklahoma and North Dakota, before watching Tom Scott dance around his intense anti-abortion stance. Sarah Brayne then dives right into her fieldwork over the past five years tailing and interviewing myriad members throughout the LAPD, including civilian employees and officers, exploring why the LAPD was the perfect location as one of the most technologically-advanced and well-funded police department, and as a department that has been forced into a more transparent relationship to the public after a few decades of incredible abuse and corruption to end the 20th Century. After briefly walking through her interviews with the LAPD, Brayne dives into the birth of LAPD’s dragnet and directed surveillance, with their systems of surveillance stemming from their role in collecting data for the federal government in the wake of 9/11, and the realization that this data can be applied locally in myriad departments, before stepping back to look at military intervention in the Middle East as a further example of US imperialism coming home to roost. Next, Emma and Sarah expand on the relationship between police departments and the corporations involved in surveillance tech and data integration, before they wrap up by tackling tackle the Police’s “nothing to hide, nothing to fear” ideology when it comes to surveilling other communities in contrast to their complete rejection of any internal surveillance, and why data collection, much like algorithms and AI, can simply never be objective. Donna Murch then walks through the creation of Rutgers' multi-Union coalition in the wake of pandemic cutbacks, their bargaining process, and why NJ labor law is bolstering their fight, before concluding the conversation by walking through union demands, and how best to support them in this endeavor.

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:55pm EDT

It's Hump Day! Emma hosts Aris Komporozos-Athanasiou, associate professor of sociology at University College London (UCL), to discuss his recent book Speculative Communities: Living with Uncertainty in a Financialized World. Then, Emma is joined by economist Nathan Tankus, proprietor of the Notes on the Crises newsletter, to discuss recent developments at the Federal Reserve and Silicon Valley Bank. First, Emma runs through updates on an impending recession, Memphis reinstating Justin Pearson to the Tennessee Statehouse, the identity of the Louisville shooter, Dianne Feinstein’s retirement, the drying of the Colorado River, and Alvin Bragg’s response to the attacks on him from the right, before diving into the recent letter from Rashida Tlaib and other progressive congressional members calling for the release of Julian Assange. Aris Komporozos-Athanasiou then dives right into defining “speculative communities,” as a community defined and united by its uncertain future, resigned to collective contemplation and anxiety with no solid structural support, before stepping back to explore “speculation” as a deterministic economic concept – an individual taking an unwanted risk for future gains – versus looking at it from a community perspective, as an open-ended engagement with our uncertain futures. This brings Professor Komporozos-Athanasiou to the topic of “political speculation,” which he defines as the weaponization of instability to capitalize on the confusion and anxiety it creates, as seen in the rise of right-wing populism in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. Wrapping up, he and Emma tackle the role of enclosure in cutting off other community outlets for anxiety and structures for stability. Nathan Tankus and Emma then walk through what’s wrong with the Federal Reserve, from the absurdity of putting one agency in charge of the economy, to its obvious obsession with one side of its dual mandate. They conclude the interview by addressing the Fed’s response to the recent Silicon Valley bank run, and why the legislative deregulation of banking encourages administrative inaction.

And in the Fun Half: Hua from Raleigh dives into the role of gentrification in community displacement, Emma addresses yesterday’s Twitter drama, and the failures of popularism (especially in an electoral sense). Mitch from Glendale discusses Marianne Williamson’s candidacy, Emma and Bradley tackle the disappearance of Dianne Feinstein, watch Tucker Carlson quiver at the feet of his forgiving lord (Donald Trump), Elon Musk argues that he HAD to fire most of Twitter’s staff in order to waste money losing advertisers, and Jordan Peterson’s guest offers some of the most disgusting anti-trans arguments yet, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:23pm EDT

Emma hosts Jake Bittle, staff writer at Grist, to discuss his recent book The Great Displacement: Climate Change and the Next American Migration. Then, she's joined by David Cohen, professor at Drexel Law School, to discuss the recent district court rulings on medication abortion in Texas and Washington State. And in the Fun Half, it's Dan From The Internet! First, Emma runs through updates on the identity of the Louisville bank shooter, statistics on gun violence in the US, Nashville reinstating Justin Jones to the Tennessee statehouse, and potential ethics hearings about Clarence Thomas’ relationship to billionaire GOP donor Harlan Crow, before diving into updates on the incredible Rutgers faculty strike and the support among students. Jake Bittle then dives right into his work exploring the existing displacement of myriad communities in the US due to environmental disasters, first walking through the parallels and contrasts he draws with the great migration of Black Americans from the South over the first half of the 20th Century, and the particular role that the chaotic nature of climate disaster plays in separating them. Next, Bittle walks through the various examples we have in recent years of climate displacement, from California wildfires to the flooding and weather in the South, to explore why failed capitalist policies – like those around housing and corporate exploitation – create insecure communities that cannot appropriately respond to immediate disasters, before looking to a particular community in North Carolina as a perfect example for why we need to emphasize resilience over relocation when these disasters strike. Professor David Cohen then parses through the last week in abortion news, with a carefully coordinated GOP lawsuit in Texas successfully overturning a multi-decade precedent by the FDA that approved the abortion pill Mifepristone. He and Emma discuss the particular role of Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk in pushing the GOP agenda through the US court system, analyze his absurd reliance on 1800s obscenities laws in his decision, and why this decision completely ignores medical studies and the authority of the FDA. Wrapping up, they tackle the impact this ruling might have on gender-affirming care, and other medical rights under threat.

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:08pm EDT

Happy Monday! In a pre-taped conversation, Sam speaks with Bruce Schneier, lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, to discuss his recent book A Hacker’s Mind: How the Powerful Bend Society’s Rules, and How to Bend them Back. First Emma, runs through updates on the leaking of classified documents about the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the potential reinstatement of Rep. Justin Jones to the Tennessee Statehouse, the revelations about Harlan Crow’s interests (beyond buying politicians), Rutgers’ faculty strike, and Israel’s expansive bombings over Ramadan, before parsing through the recent overturning (and overturning of said overturning?) of the multi-decade precedent of the FDA’s approval of the abortion pill Mifepristone. Next, Bruce Schneier dives right into the concept of hacking as a way to subvert the intent of a system while following its rules, something not inherently negative or criminal, as he walks Sam through myriad examples of non-digital hacking, from the first filibuster to the rules of F1 and cricket, and how those in power of the system responded. Sam and Schneier then turn more particularly to the role that power plays in this equation, with hacks against those with power getting codified out while hacks by the powerful are often accepted, walking through the politics of tax loopholes and financial “hacks” in comparison to the technological hacking of financial institutions and corporations. Wrapping up, they explore how to push back on this power imbalance, the role Artificial Intelligence, in particular, can play in helping the public scope out and regulate the hacks of the elites, and why keeping AI privatized is antithetical to its ability to level the playing field.

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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 a CRAZY week in news. Then, Emma's joined by writer Jacob Silverman! First, Emma runs through updates on the threats to trans rights from the Supreme Court and Joe Biden, respectively, AOC on the impeachment of Clarence Thomas, Israel’s attacks on Palestinians observing Ramadan, a death row conviction being vacated, unemployment increases, and the outrageous $15 donation from the Judge in Trump’s NYC case, before parsing through the ousting of Justine Pearson and Justin Jones from the Tennessee statehouse for attempting to have a voice. Alex Pareene then joins as he and Emma walk through Donald Trump’s ongoing case in New York, the charges he’s facing, the impact it will (or won’t) have on the 2024 election, and why it reinforces his desire to regain the presidency. They also tackle this week’s results in Wisconsin’s special elections, and Scott Walker perfectly represents the GOP’s open warfare on the priorities and rights of young people, before they wrap up the interview by assessing Brandon Johnson’s victory in Chicago and what urban progressives can learn from it. Jacob Silverman also walks through the collapse of Sam Bankman-Fried’s FTX, and what it tells us about the worlds of crypto and Big Tech writ large, before he and Emma dive into Matt Taibbi’s recent evisceration at the hands of Mehdi Hasan, and the absurdity of being a journalist that gets countless facts wrong and refuses to be critical with their sources.

And in the Fun Half: Emma and Bradley dive into AOC’s statements on Clarence Thomas’ corruption, and how Congress will move forwards, Fox ignites a brand new culture war: now in Two-Ply! They also touch on the coverage of Israel’s attacks on Al Aqsa mosque, plus, your IMs!

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It's an EmMajority Report Thursday! Emma hosts Van Jackson, professor of international relations at Wellington College in New Zealand, to discuss his recent book Pacific Power Paradox: American Statecraft and the Fate of the Asian Peace. Then, Emma is joined by Murtaza Hussain, reporter at The Intercept, to discuss his recent piece co-authored with Ryan Grim entitled "ELON MUSK’S TWITTER WIDENS ITS CENSORSHIP OF MODI’S CRITICS".

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It's Hump Day! Emma hosts  Jarod Facundo and Luke Goldstein, writing fellows at The American Prospect, to discuss the results from last night's mayoral race in Chicago. First, Emma runs through updates on yesterday’s election results, Trump pleading not guilty, and the right’s response to Wisconsin’s political shifts. Jarod Facundo and Luke Goldstein dive right into Brandon Johnson’s unapologetically left-wing campaign for Chicago Mayor, his rejection of the Chicago political establishment, and what his victory represents for progressivism across the nation. Next, they step back to assess how Brandon Johnson even found himself in this runoff against establishment candidate Paul Vallas,  after entering the race barely above 2%, walking through his campaign’s emphasis on the ground game, the role of local organizations like the Chicago Teachers Union and United Working Families, and what community organizing meant for his success. They also tackle the positive impact of his riskier policy strategies, presenting a wide breadth of solutions to the voters’ public safety worries rather than taking a “tough on crime” tact, and parse through the impact of Johnson’s and Vallas’ respective endorsements, before wrapping up by exploring this election in relation to Chicago’s recent corruption, and what it says about support for neoliberal politics and austerity.

And in the Fun Half: Emma discusses doubts around Trump’s 34 Felony charges with Will from Cincinnati, debates the reason behind a North Carolina Statehouse member’s party affiliation swap, and covers another piece of journalistic malpractice from a Bari Weiss outlet. Dave from Pennsylvania and Kenny from Berkeley discuss the impact of AI, Kid Rock teaches approximately 20 cans of Bud Light a lesson, and Joe from South Texas asks about the Lincoln Project. Emma also touches on the “Zazademon” alter ego of AOC, plus, your calls and IMs!

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It's an extra special News Day Tuesday as Sam and Emma are on Trump INDICTMENT WATCH. Then they're joined by John Nichols, national affairs correspondent for The Nation, to discuss Tuesday's Wisconsin State Supreme Court race. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on far-right legislation advancing in Tennessee, Florida, and Mississippi, Finland’s introduction to NATO, Elon’s court order, and Bernie’s endorsement of Brandon Johnson for Chicago Mayor, before diving into the coverage of Donald Trump’s impending arraignment, featuring Alan Dershowitz live with Sean Spicer. John Nichols then joins and he and Sam immediately jump back to 2010, to reflect on the hijacking of Wisconsin’s political system by the Koch-funded right wing, coming to fruition with the election of Scott Walker in 2010, and seeing a mass gutting of labor rights, voting rights, and general political engagement. Next, Emma, John, and Sam parse through the consequences of this era, with the US’ worst case of gerrymandering cementing GOP control for the next decade, despite Democrats sweeping in state-wide races, leaving the only viable route back to democracy through the judiciary. This brings them to today’s special elections in Wisconsin, with the state’s Supreme Court and Senate both featuring massive races for the future of Wisconsin’s democracy. After looking at the issues that are central to Wisconsin’s special election, Nichols shifts to Chicago, walking through Brandon Johnson’s race against Paul Vallas, Vallas’ courting of the right wing, and the impact a Johnson victory could have on the progressive movement nationwide.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma watch Tucker clamor to make New York look worse today than it was under conservative control (it’s not), talk philosophy with Ronald Raygun, and explore the mass financialization of American life with Jeff from Michigan. Ben Shapiro, notorious inspiration for multiple mass shooters, blames all trans people for the recent shooting in Tennessee, before talking with callers Ally from South Carolina about US Foods’ unionization, Tommy from California about civil liability for gun manufacturers, Nick from New Jersey about Rutgers’ teachers’ strike, and Eric from Minnesota about gun control discourse, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Sam and Emma host Douglas Rushkoff, professor of Media Studies at Queens College, to discuss his recent book Survival of the Richest: Escape Fantasies of the Tech Billionaires. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on Trump’s arraignment, the Chinese Spy Balloon, opinions on Trump’s indictment, Trump’s growing lead over DeSantis, and the advancement of the Dominion vs. Fox case, before diving into James Trusty, Trump’s attorney, appearing on Fox. Douglas Rushkoff dives right into the genesis of his study on the escapist fantasies of tech billionaires, as he was invited to speak at a wealthy tech talk, only for the discussion to run off the rails into fantasies of post-apocalyptic autocracy. Parsing through this, Professor Rushkoff looks at the inverse relationship between wealth and empathic response, and explores why the ideology of big tech seeks to separate the capitalist from the labor exploitation that creates their capital, as seen in everything from their industrial practices to Musk’s colonies on Mars. This brings Rushkoff to the topic of “Effective Altruism” as a way for Tech entrepreneurs to excuse the exploitation and discrimination that comes from their products in favor of supposed future benefits for the next stage of humanity, and why philosophical arguments (rather than material ones) ground this reactionary libertarianism. Wrapping up, Douglas, Sam, and Emma tackle the refusal of tech “disruptors” to attempt disrupting capitalism, and what we can learn from Elon Musk’s Twitter debacle.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:58pm EDT

It's Casual Friday! Sam and Emma host Mehdi Hasan, host of The Mehdi Hasan Show on MSNBC and Peacock, to break down the week in news and discuss his recent book Win Every Argument: The Art of Debating, Persuading, and Public Speaking. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on the GDP and employment rate, regulation on “stadium” banks like SVB, the DOJ’s lawsuit against Norfolk Southern, Missouri voting to defund libraries for attempting to have constitutional rights, North Dakota’s “preferred-pronoun” ban, and Sam’s 19th year of being the perfect face for radio, before parsing through Donald Trump’s reaction to his indictment, live and unfiltered on Truth Social. Mehdi Hasan then joins as he gives his first reactions to the indictment of Donald Trump, reflecting on how many decades it took to finally hold this man accountable, and why this was the charge that finally broke him. Hasan also walks through the Right’s response to the indictment, as it drips with White Supremacist ideas of Jewish control and manipulation of Black and Brown folks, from Laura Ingraham’s discussion with Matt Gaetz to Trump’s own responses, before finally getting around to discuss Mehdi’s upcoming book, wrapping up the interview with Sam challenging him to a few quick debates.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma talk with Ayman from the Table Moments Podcast about Social Security solvency, and putting our life and future in the hands of Big Tech corporations instead of the government, Ari from Seattle posits questionable empathy tests for suffrage, and Andrew from San Diego shows that even libertarians can want communism. Tim Pool breaks down about the idea of Sam Seder, and Chaya Raichik goes to Capitol Hill to meet hero AOC, plus, your calls and IMs!

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It's another EmMajority Report Thursday! She hosts Matthew Connolly, professor of international and global history at Columbia University, to discuss his recent book The Declassification Engine: What History Reveals About America's Top Secrets. Then, Emma speaks with Orly Noy, editor at Local Call and chair of B'Tselem's executive board, to discuss her recent piece in +972 Magazine entitled "Do Israeli protesters really want democracy?" First, Emma runs through updates on a rollback of the Iraq war authorizations, Netanyahu’s response to Biden, price gauging in the egg market, the Trump Grand Jury in New York, Texas’ anti-gay judicial decision, Biden advancing open drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, and far-right legislation coming out of Kentucky, West Virginia, and Florida, before diving into Mitt Romney, notorious job killer, running cover for Howard Schultz on the Senate floor. Mattew Connelly then joins as he walks through the current state of the US’ secrecy state and the outrageously massive extent of it, with the agency responsible for tracking classified document numbers declaring that they officially lost count five years ago, leading to the recent news revelations around the hoarding of documents at the homes of Donald Trump, Mike Pence, and Joe Biden. Next, Connelly steps back to trace the evolution of the US’ “Dark State” from the Constitutional Convention, with the Framers enshrining Congress’ right to keep deliberations secret while still acknowledging the President’s need to act with secrecy and dispatch, through an era of general transparency from the state, and up to the start of the Second World War. From here, Matthew and Emma parse through the extensive expansion of the US intelligence and secrecy apparatus that aligned with the complete expulsion of marginalized identities from the Federal Government in the wake of the Second World War, ingraining a very particular white-male perspective throughout these institutions, before looking deeper at the impact of the US Elites’ Cold War anxieties and how they extended far beyond foreign fears, with the Pentagon running secret domestic war scenarios (for instance: race war). Wrapping up, Connelly walks through the evolution of the Dark State over the last few administrations, its relationship to US imperialism, and why he uses the term “Dark State” instead of “Deep State.” Orly Noy then joins as she and Emma attempt to tackle Israel’s relationship with democracy amidst a period of (supposedly pro-Democracy) political protests and the country’s ongoing apartheid regime, looking at the importance of considering all communities extending from the river to the sea when discussing Israeli democracy. From here, they work to assess the inherently anti-democratic nature of a system built on injustice and supremacy, and why “democracy for me and fascism for thee” will never be sustainable.

And in the Fun Half: Emma is joined by Matt Binder and Brandon Sutton as they watch Chaya Raichik struggle to fill the boots of Goebbels and the like, Pat Robertson accidentally answering a question about trans folks as a Christian rather than a fascist, and assess how much the Right-Wing truly drives culture war BS. Spacko, the Voice of Scam Economy, calls in to discuss mass social media harassment and legal recourse, Mark from New Mexico discusses James O’Brien’s concept of contempt for the conmen and compassion for the conned, and the MR Crew cover the San Jose Police Officer’s Association’s role in drug trafficking and Jamaal Bowman confrontation over gun control. Lucy from Delaware takes on the importance of calling out the fascist legislation cropping up across the US, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:32pm EDT

It's Hump Day! Sam hosts Hannah Story Brown, writer and researcher at The Revolving Door Project, to discuss her recent piece on Biden's approval of The Willow Project. Then, Sam speaks with Michelle Eisen, organizing member of Starbucks Workers United, on her experience organizing Starbucks stores all across the country. First, Sam runs through updates on Biden labeling Bibi Netanyahu persona non grata in the wake of severe authoritarian shifts in Israel, the NY Grand Jury announcing no announcement of charges against Trump this week, Pence to appear before the January 6th Grand Jury, how the Nashville shooter was able to acquire guns, a Credit Suisse whistleblower, the FDA approving Narcan for over-the-counter sale, and Tucker’s upcoming testimony in court, before parsing through the highlights from Howard Schultz testimony during this morning’s HELP Committee. Hannah Story Brown then walks Sam through the long-term process to pass the Willow Project, with ConocoPhillips, a Texas-based oil company, proposing a drilling project in the arctic wilderness of the Alaskan North Slope that was swiftly approved by the Trump administration, only for Environmental groups to successfully challenge it in court, and force the issue onto Biden’s table. Looking at this next phase in Willow’s development, Story Brown tackles the minimally updated environmental reviews done by the Biden administration, not only refusing to consider not-drilling as an option, but only cutting the project back by 8%, despite both acute local risks, and the grander global issue of climate change. Wrapping up, Sam and Hannah discuss the role of corporate interest in moving this environmental fiasco along, and dive into the impact of Biden’s new Chief of Staff, Jeff Zients. Michelle Eisen then joins, diving into her background as a Starbucks worker, working part-time up until the pandemic shut down her primary trade, and what it was like to see the company’s commitment to their workers dwindle further and further, until the public health crisis of COVID-19 became the final straw, with the company asking workers to break the law and put their own safety at risk with little compensation, all while touting record-breaking profits. Next, Eisen and Sam parse through the unionization process with Starbucks Workers United, both as a single workplace and as the first of hundreds to be unionized in the US, and the necessity of maintaining active in the face of militant union-busting, before they wrap up by covering the union’s major asks, and why legislation such as the PROAct can help make it happen.

And in the Fun Half: Sam basks in the public evisceration of Howard Schultz, as Ed Markey and Bob Casey take him to task while he whines about being labeled a “Billionaire,” despite once not having a billion dollars. Sam responds to Joe Rogan’s recent spineless callout, “Matt Taibbi” calls in to discuss the unfair treatment of journalists, and KJ from Wisconsin dives into the upcoming election. Asanti from Jersey talks AI art, Bruce from Florida discusses the heel turns of Glenn Greenwald and Matt Taibbi, and Tim Pool once again forgets to read the article he’s citing ahead of time. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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