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Sam hosts Garrett Felber, professor of history at the University of Mississippi, to discuss his new book, Those Who Know Don't Say: The Nation of Islam, the Black Freedom Movement, and the Carceral State. Sam and Felber discuss the organizing tactics used by black nationalists from within the carceral state and the Nation of Islam. Felber's book spotlights the local organizers on the ground and how such efforts differed from the national politics of black civil rights. Sam and Felber compare and contrast the 1960s civil rights movement to contemporary BLM actions, the multiracial composition of today's protests, and self-reporting and recording of police behavior. The two conclude their conversation assessing the long fight against "police reform." 

And in the Fun Half: Trump's triple interview Monday shows his campaign's desperation, the Weinstein Brothers are who we thought they were, cultural Marxism returns to Fox & Friends, rising cases in across the sun belt, AOC's implied endorsement of Sam, the Peterson foundation, plus your calls and IMs!

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Sam hosts David Rohde, executive editor of The New Yorker, to discuss his new book In Deep: The FBI, The CIA, And The Truth About America's 'Deep State' and how presidential power has grown since Nixon.

On today's show: Trump supporter at rally not worried about Covid, says death rate is low, hydroxychloroquine is working.

David Rohde, executive editor of The New Yorker, joins Sam to discuss his new book In Deep: The FBI, The CIA, And The Truth About America's 'Deep State' and how presidential power has grown since Nixon. Where the term "deep state" originated and what it actually means. The different ways liberals and conservatives view the unelected government and military officials who make up the 'deep state.' The history of presidents interacting with (and inappropriately using) the deep state, the reforms of the 1970s, and what's new about Trump, Bannon, and Alex Jones' relationship with it and the conspiracy theories they're selling. How AG Bill Barr is trying to shift the balance of power in US government.

On the fun half: What's up with the polling location closures in KY? Trump says he asked officials to slow testing. Peter Navarro claims Trump was just joking about stifling Covid testing! Trump drinks water with one hand, does incomprehensible comedy routine. Chris Wallace asks Mercedes Schlapp why the Tulsa turnout was so low, Schlapp says it was protest concerns. Brian Kilmeade says you can't criticize Jefferson for having slaves, whole world was doing slavery, says the constitution allowed for American progress. Kilmeade shocked at Teddy Roosevelt statue coming down: "He wasn't even a part of colonialism." Baton Rouge resident & film producer calls out school board member for shopping online during meeting to change name of Robert E Lee HS. Joe Rogan philosophizes about young people protesting against "injustice," claims not to understand. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Sam hosts NY-14 Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) to discuss her June 23rd primary and what to expect from the progressive caucus before the next round of Covid-19 relief. Historian Gerald Horne joins Sam to discuss the history of Juneteenth in the age of Trump.

On today's show: AOC's closing campaign ad pitch for reelection: "A better world is possible."

NY-14 congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) joins Sam to discuss her June 23rd primary and what to expect from the progressive caucus before the next round of Covid-19 relief. Why the finance industry is donating to AOC's opponent, Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, the former CNBC anchor who lived in Trump tower before she carpet-bagged her way to Queens. The balance between local and national politics and the importance of mutual aid. The reasoning behind AOC's votes on the CARES and HEROES acts. Why the progressive caucus isn't always so progressive.

Historian Gerald Horne joins Sam to discuss the history of Juneteenth in the age of Trump. The various steps that led to Texas finally abolishing slavery on June 19, 1865. The messy process of actually getting rid of unpaid labor. How revisionists have changed this history to fit a liberal narrative. How Juneteenth could be adopted as a national holiday and what it might look like. Check out Horne's newest book, "The Dawning of the Apocalypse: The Roots of Slavery, White Supremacy, Settler Colonialism, and Capitalism in the Long Sixteenth Century."

On the fun half: Chuck Todd says GOP Senators are the people happiest about DACA ruling. Josh from Chicago plugs the DSA slate running in NYC; check out socialists.nyc to learn about the candidates. Trump scrolls through phone during small-business roundtable. Donald Trump Jr. tries to get father's approval in special Father's Day interview. Don Jr. begs for father's approval of his quarantine beard, Trump says he doesn't like it. Dinesh D'Souza says Antifa is the product of leftist academics, says the left hates Lincoln because he unmasked Democrats during Civil War era (taxes = slavery). Tucker says Democrats are using BLM protests to replace current system w/ new system that ends "equality" (suggesting that white people will be punished for being white). MAY 2020: Dave Rubin says leftist minds go into "protection mode" when their friends leave the left. Daily Wire hosts say it's time for Cold War round two, need to stop the growing leftist movement in USA. Raygun weighs in on the DACA ruling. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Michael Brooks hosts Djene Bajalan (@djenebajalan), Assistant Professor of Middle East History at Missouri State University, to discuss the new revelations from John Bolton's book and the similarities between Turkey's AKP government and America's GOP in terms of repressing dissent.

On today's show: Cops shoot projectile at man filming from window in Louisville, KY. Rep. Matt Gaetz concern trolls (Crowder-like) when Rep. Cedric Richmond describes the threats cops pose to black men.

Djene Bajalan (@djenebajalan), Assistant Professor of Middle East History at Missouri State University, joins Michael to discuss the revelations in John Bolton's book and the similarities between Turkey's AKP government and America's GOP in terms of repressing dissent. Deep state conspiracy theories and other commonalities between Trump and Erdogan. The use of state violence against protesters. How the HDP expanded from a Kurdish party to a broad social democratic party. Mike Flynn's relationship to the Erdogan government. How repression of minorities in China, Turkey, Israel and elsewhere exemplifies a larger political trend. How US foreign policy has shifted since the Obama era.

On the fun half: Bernie Sanders and Barbara Lee attempt to redirect funding from the Pentagon. CNN report on SCOTUS ruling that Trump cannot end DACA program. Eight hour lines for unemployment benefits in Kentucky. Trump says he gave Bolton a chance, but "I wasn't very enamored" and his book has classified information. Trump says the protests are dying down because protestors don't know what they're protesting. Brandon Straka says he was removed from flight because he refused to wear a mask, NYT reporter records incident: Straka said he had a medical condition, did not have documentation to prove it. Astead Herndon tweet says Straka is fabricating his story.

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Sam hosts Jay Willis (@JayWillis), senior contributor at The Appeal, to discuss the Supreme Court's recent ruling on LGBTQ discrimination and what lies ahead for the 2020 court term.

On today's show: Covid cases spike in many states. Aubrey Huff says he's not wearing a mask, says he won't stop living because people have preexisting conditions.

Sam hosts Jay Willis (@JayWillis), senior contributor at The Appeal, to discuss the Supreme Court's recent ruling on LGBTQ discrimination and what lies ahead for the 2020 court term. The weird logic Neil Gorsuch used to arrive at this opinion. The constitutional principles at play in both the majority opinion and the Alito dissent. How the Chevron doctrine factors in. What other decisions may be coming down the pike?

On the fun half: Trump says he'll ban choke holds with the exception of when an officer thinks his life is threatened. Glenn Beck says Soros is paying Syrian Kurds (bad Kurds, commies) to train US protestors to topple America. Steven Crowder gets mad at black mural artist for saying white people call the cops on black people, immediately calls the cops on him. Is Paw Patrol indoctrinating our children with fascist copaganda? Matt Walsh says Pontius Pilate caved to mob rule, implies Jesus was cancelled by PC culture. Tucker says his show last night about BLM's unchecked power was highest rated, says he and his viewers are not crazy for fear that PC mob will come for them. Tom Cotton says Twitter threatened to shut down his account after Cotton said he'd send military to shoot protestors. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Sam hosts environmental lawyer Barbara Freese to discuss her new book, Industrial-Strength Denial:
Eight Stories of Corporations Defending the Indefensible, from the Slave Trade to Climate Change. Sam and Freese discuss how the psychology of corporate denial has remained the same over centuries. Freese contends that when confronted with the harm they cause—whether to individuals or to the environment—corporations deny the evidence, blame their victims, complain of witch-hunts, attack their critics, and rationalize their destructive behavior. Sam and Freese also delve into how society fights back against corporate lies using tools of democracy like boycotts, government intervention, and media scrutiny.

And in the Fun Half: when the White House lies about "flattening the curve," Larry Kudlow says get used to Covid, the importance of the NY16 and Kentucky senate primary, Greg Gutfeld's Steven Crowder DMs, plus your phone calls and IMs!

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Sam hosts Geraldo Cadava (@gerry_cadava), professor of history at Northwestern University, to discuss his new book The Hispanic Republican: The Shaping of an American Political Identity, from Nixon to Trump and the post-war efforts by conservatives to make inroads with the largest growing demographic in America.

On today's show: Supreme Court rules that LGBT people are federally protected from employment discrimination. Trump hobbles down stair ramp at West Point commencement with West Point band playing in background.

Geraldo Cadava (@gerry_cadava), professor of history at Northwestern University, joins Sam to discuss his new book, The Hispanic Republican: The Shaping of an American Political Identity, from Nixon to TrumpHow Nixon and Reagan used the politics of elite representation to appeal to Hispanic/Latino voters as individual candidates. How Latino support for Reagan fit in with the larger trend of the "Reagan Democrat." How growing nativism in the Republican Party caused Hispanic Republicans to dig in and defend the party. How Hispanic Republicans went from supporting the candidate in spite of the party, to supporting the party in spite of the candidate.

On the fun half: WH officials did know the significance of Juneteeth, didn't think there'd be this much pushback. Trump says he's done more for black Americans than Anyone, except maybe Lincoln "although it's always questionable." Kudlow says rise in cases and hospitalizations across country are not sign of a second wave, but rather "small bumps." SUNDAY: Tapper thanks Kudlow for suggesting people wear masks, presumes Kudlow will wear one in Tulsa on Saturday, Kudlow hesitates. Kudlow says WH doesn't want to renew unemployment supplement, says WH wants to incentivize going back to work. Joe Rogan asks Bill Burr about his feelings on wearing a mask, Burr is having none of it. Tim Scott says any repeal of qualified immunity is a "poison pill" from Democrats and nothing will get done if Democrats insist qualified immunity repeal stays. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Sam hosts Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon) of The Benjamin Dixon Show and David Roth (@david_j_roth) of the New Republic to discuss this week's top stories and the continued protests against police brutality.

On today's show: Harris Faulker asks Trump why he referenced "looting and shooting" from 1968, brings up its racist origins.

Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon) of The Benjamin Dixon Show joins Sam to discuss the week's top stories. Voter suppression in GA as dry run for the general election. The escalation of police violence against protesters and Democratic mayors' complicity. What we have gained from this wave of uprisings. The need to get Pelosi & co out of power and bring in a new generation of leaders. The symbolism of the Tulsa massacre. Arizona top public health official says "can't stop, won't stop" (the spread of Covid, living).

David Roth (@david_j_roth) of the New Republic joins Sam to discuss his recent article, "Twilight of the Cop Consensus." How calls to defund or even abolish the police went from a longtime activist demand to a widespread, common sense idea. The advances made in the recent wave of protests. The ideas carried forward from Occupy. How a looming wave of evictions could re-start the struggle.

On the fun half: Cop apologizes to his colleagues for taking a knee with protesters. General Milley apologizes for his part in Trump bible photo op. Trump rally RSVP has registrants sign Covid waiver. Fox & Friends wonder if Trump understands the significance of Juneteenth. ‘Cowards’: Congressman (and former Black Panther) Bobby Rush slams Chicago police caught lounging in his office amid looting. Ainsley says the Juneteenth rally in Tulsa is "a great opportunity" to help race relations. Trump says the cops are "dominating the streets with compassion." Tom Cotton warns of the slippery slope of renaming bases, Washington monument will be renamed "obelisk of wokeness." Matt Walsh says systemic racism isn't real, look at Ilhan Omar, AOC, and Obama.

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Michael Brooks hosts Alexandria Neason, staff writer at the Columbia Journalism Review, to discuss her piece "Officials Say..." and her reporting on the relationship between the media and police.

On today's show: Ben Shapiro says left wants "systemic unjustice," insane circular logic arrives at "there is no systemic racism" and things that are "legally racist" are so "on behalf of minorities."

Alexandria Neason, staff writer at the Columbia Journalism Review, joins Michael to discuss her piece "Officials Say..." and her reporting on the relationship between the media and police. The history of police propaganda and how the cops have worked with the mainstream press to create their own reality and enforce white supremacy. The white press' handling of the 1955 Emmett Till story as case study. How the police continue to leak their own info to the press in cases like that of Laquan McDonald, who was fatally shot by Chicago police in 2014. The reckoning that journalists are currently having with regard to their complicity in how they cover the police.

On the fun half: The incomplete picture the May jobs report paints of Americans' economic well being. Asked about Trump tweet on OAN report about 75-year-old in Buffalo, Kayleigh McEnany says Trump is just raising questions. Fascist Brian Kilmeade: If cops show weakness they "will be steamrolled." After Elliot Engel tries to call out progressive challenger Jamal Bowman, Bowman says he's a school principal in Engel's district, hasn't seen him because Engel lives in Maryland. American Indian movement tears down Columbus statue at Minnesota statehouse. Black conservative at Trump roundtable says Don Lemon and Joy Reid are more dangerous than drug dealers. Steve Mnuchin says there's not much distinction between indoor and outdoor spread of Covid. Dave Rubin says secularism is running rampant, and that's why he's exploring religion. Trump 2020 boat ad.

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Sam and Michael Brooks break down the latest headlines and stories from last night's primaries, police reform messages from Capitol Hill, and the on-going Covid19 pandemic.

On today's show: Hannity says "I'm not making any comparisons" after he compares investigation into Trump to George Floyd's death. Obama and Trump's intern photos tell a tale of two White Houses. Talking about police reform, Kevin McCarthy says people should not be judged based on color of skin or the color of their uniform. NYPD SBA President says cops are the real victims at press conference: "stop treating us like animals!" Kilmeade asks NY PBA President what kind of reforms the police want for themselves...asks if they want more money. Matt Walsh is bothered by those honoring George Floyd: "there's no evidence this was a great man."

On the fun half: NYT drone footage of voting lines in Georgia primaries. GA Rep. Doug Collins (running for Senate) says it's always the same counties w/ voting problems in Georgia. Brian Kilmeade shares (now walked back) asymptomatic spread WHO report, says 100,000 lives is a lot but so is 25,000 retail stores. English cop racially profiles a man: "the reason I stopped you is you're a black male." Should prison abolitionists ally themselves with right-wing libertarians? Minneapolis council woman says it's a place of privilege to call police during a violent break-in. Josh from Chicago on the need to marginalize cops from the labor movement. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Check out Matt’s podcast, Literary Hangover, at Patreon.com/LiteraryHangover, or on iTunes.

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