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Sam and Emma host Meron Rapoport, editor of Local Call, to discuss his recent reporting on the protests in Israel over Prime Minister Netanyahu's proposed judicial reforms for +972 Magazine and Mekomit. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on yesterday’s mass shooting in Nashville, testimony from banking regulators about $13 Billion of SVB’s uninsured deposits coming from 10 billionaires, NC expanding Medicaid, Dollar General’s safety violations, the NLRB coming after Chipotle, Howard Schultz being forced to testify in front of Bernie, and the NYT’s warning to staff that signed the open letter asking for “facts” to be “used” in articles about trans people, before parsing through the Right Wing’s immediate attempt to use the shooting in Nashville to vilify trans people (despite the large majority of targeted shootings being carried out by far-right extremists), and watch the right continue to argue for keeping children hungry. Meron Rapoport then joins as he dives right into the developments over the last four weeks (since his last appearance) in Bibi Netanyahu’s attempt to nullify the power of the judicial branch, first looking to the drive behind this authoritarian move, capitalizing on Israel’s lack of a constitution to bolster the power of his far-right coalition, while opening up pathways to the homophobic, misogynist, and the genocidal policy of his allies. After a brief conversation on the narrative of Bibi and his allies as anti-democratic, Emma, Sam, and Meron look to the overwhelming popular response from Israeli citizens to push back against this “reform,” with millions pouring out onto the streets over the last few weeks, culminating in the last 48 hours, where military personal have joined citizens in protest. Next, Rapoport walks through Bibi’s response to the protest, putting a delay on his authoritarian maneuver while attempting to form a private militia under minister control, before they wrap up by assessing Israel’s relationship to democracy as an apartheid state, the concept of pro-democracy protests that do nothing to address apartheid, and whether potential calls for a constitution will be viable.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma watch Donald Trump lay into Ron DeSantis’ lack of loyalty, Fox hosts from Laura Ingraham to Brian Kilmeade plead with Trump to lay off DeSantis, and Maria Bartiromo runs to the defense of poor Matt “got criticized by the left” Taibbi. Matt Walsh extols the value of genocide, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Sam and Emma host Jeff Sharlet, professor of English at Dartmouth College, to discuss his recent book The Undertow: Scenes From a Slow Civil War. First, Emma and Sam run through updates on the Manhattan Grand Jury returning to their Trump deliberations, the LA school strike, the Supreme Court declining to address Kansas’ severe racial gerrymandering, UAW’s election drama, and an ex-Tucker Carlson producer testifying on behalf of dominion, before diving into Israel’s ongoing mass protests of Netanyahu stripping the judiciary’s power, and the cognitive dissonance of Israel’s “democracy for me and fascism for thee” perspective on the apartheid state. Jeff Sharlet then dives right into how his work reviews the United States’ failing relationship with fascism, and how he views his own relationship to it, as a long-time journalist covering the Right Wing, walking through the complete refusal to even use the term “fascist” to describe the right until Trump’s rise to power, and how his ascendency saw a marked shift of Christian Nationalism towards a cult of personality. After a brief definition of fascism, Jeff, Sam, and Emma parse through what role the cult of personality plays in fascism, and how the Christian Theocrats see Trump as more of an avatar, a tool of god to unite the right, before stepping back to look at the evolution of fascism over the last 80 years, looking at the global rise of fascism today, and its continued connection to cultures of aggrievement. Next, Sharlet looks to the 2020 election and end of Trump’s reign as a particular spark under the far-right, igniting their theocratic attacks on abortion and trans people, also touching on how the far right, and everyone else, view this “slow civil war.” Wrapping up, they explore the concept of the “rabbit hole” of the far right, the absurdity of appealing to a politics of irrationalism with rationalism, and why the strongest measure in the fight against fascism is stepping up and building beautiful things that people want to be a part of.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma cover Biden’s incredibly mediocre response to criticism over the Willow project, Sam reflects on his appearance on the PBD pod, and Daniel from PA refutes the corporate claim that companies are job creators. Adam from New Jersey dives into non-US coverage suggestions, Donald Trump recycles 2-decade-old GOP talking points, and James Comer thinks Congress should decide local laws. Montana State Senator Daniel Zolnikov goes off on his NIMBY constituents, and Anesh from India argues that the patriarchy was an accident, but feminism is oppression, plus, your calls and IMs!

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It's an All Calls Casual Friday! Sam is back from sunny Florida after his appearance on the PBD Podcast. Him and Emma are then joined by comedian Andy Kindler, host of the Thought Spiral podcast! First, they run through updates on a Jan 6 insurrectionist launching a defamation case against Fox for painting him as a Federal infiltrator, the US’ airstrikes in Syria, the Donald Trump Grand Jury going on break, Montana youth suing their state for fossil fuel abuses, the end of the LA school strike, and 2022’s sharp uptick in book bans, before diving into Donald Trump’s recent Truth social breakdown. John from Indiana and Bee from Queens call in to discuss members of the left media laundering transphobic talking points (however innocently they may be doing so), Jay from Atlanta talks about TikTok’s trial, and Matt from Grand Rapids reflects on a Tucker Carlson segment from last night. Andy Kindler then joins as he and Sam reflect on the iconifying of various conservative figures during the US’ propaganda push at the start of the Iraq war, including the production of multiple action figures, before parsing through Matt Walsh’s defense of being a horrible husband (“its a JOKE” ). Louisa from Massachusetts dives into the legislative repression of medical procedures, before Sam walks through his recent appearance on the Patrick Bet-David (BPD) Podcast, from the social security debate to jailing rich people. Michael from Miami tackles Florida’s changing electorate and Yosef from Israel reflects on Bibi’s most recent authoritarian action, plus, your calls and IMs!

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It's an EmMajority Report Thursday! She hosts Natalia Mehlman-Petrzela, professor of history at The New School, to discuss her recent book Fit Nation: The Gains And Pains Of America's Exercise Obsession. Then she is joined by Daniel Finn, features editor at Jacobin, to discuss his recent piece "Britain’s Power Elite Has Defeated Its Challengers by Creating a Political Wasteland". Emma first runs through updates on another Fed interest rate increase, a Federal appeals judge ruling against Trump, Biden shutting down the White House’s COVID response team, the Senate voting to keep the AUMF, the Chicago Teachers’ union backing Brandon Johnson, and various updates on far-right challenges to democracy and Queer life, before parsing through Bernie Sanders’ confrontation with Moderna over their planned vaccine price gauge. Natalia Mehlman-Petrzela then joins as she and Emma dive right into the history of America’s fitness obsession and the complicated push and pull between progress with self-expression and corporations capitalizing on developing misogynist and capitalist expectations. First, Mehlman-Petrzela looks to the legacy of Jack LaLanne, the first Fifties fitness guru, and how his programs served to start a shift from seeing fitness as an ego-driven hobby to a fundamental aspect of self-improvement and health with broad consensus. After parsing through LaLanne’s particular marketing to suburban housewives, Natalia and Emma tackle the development of the fitness industry not around communal ideas of public health, but hyper-individualized concepts of self-improvement that nestled somewhere between labor and leisure, and how this saw success across the political spectrum, before wrapping up the interview with the impact of the 2008 financial crisis, fitness’ full transformation into a consumptive industry, and the hyper-atomization that we’ve seen since develop over the last few years. Daniel Finn and Emma then parse through his recent piece responding to the Economist’s dubbing of a new era of British politics as a new “Great Moderation,” which attempts to paint the active expulsion of the left wing from politics as a return to a politics of managerial competence after a period of populist demagoguery. Parsing through this, Finn tackles the very-much-still-relevant presence of the populist far-right in British politics and why that is seen as valuable to the center-right establishment, before he and Emma step back to assess how the British establishment was able to expunge the left wing of the labor party from mainstream politics. They first look to the material foundation of the 2008 financial crisis that was met with a decade of British austerity which completely crippled the working class, also exploring the two challenges it faced: one in the form of Scottish independence led by Nicola Sturgeon and the other in the emergence of a Labour movement led by Jeremy Corbyn. Wrapping up the interview, Finn walks Emma through the process through which the British establishment, bolstered by the mainstream press, was able to fearmonger over wedge-issue culture wars, taking a single element of a popular platform (trans rights for Sturgeon and pro-Palestine support for Corbyn) and painting it as a broad strokes undemocratic attack on a minority group.

And in the Fun Half: Emma is joined by Brandon Sutton and Matt Binder as they talk with Brian from Flagstaff about gun buyback’s potential in the US, also watching Russell Brand rep the Rumble brand, and the recent TikTok congressional hearing. Alena from VA on the coverage of Marianne Williamson, Charlie Kirk and Chaya Raichik use TikTok to connect the transphobic and anti-Chinese moral panics, and we get the previews of Sam’s appearance on the PBD podcast, plus, your calls and IMs!

 
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Sam and Emma host Meg O'Connor, senior reporter with The Appeal, to discuss her recent piece "POLICE KILLED HIS SON. PROSECUTORS CHARGED THE TEEN’S FRIENDS WITH HIS MURDER.". Then, they're joined by Kathy Hempstead, senior policy advisor at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, to discuss the impending unwinding of Medicaid continuous enrollment benefits. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on DeSanctis floundering in a theoretical primary, Twitter’s antisemitism problem, TikTok’s CEO’s testimony, new anti-trans legislation in Arkansas and Georgia, and the author of Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill pleading guilty to PPP fraud, before diving into Tucker Carlson’s musings on the potential arrest of Donald Trump. Next, Meg O’Connor dives right into the story of the murder of Jacob Harris, parsing through the Phoenix Police’s 12 hours of surveillance of Harris, 19, and three of his friends – some as young as 14 – the deletion of the Police Department’s internal communication from that period, and the charging of his compatriots with his murder. Stepping back, O’Connor walks through the robbery investigations by the Phoenix PD that led to this surveillance, why the complete lack of probable cause forced the police to delay any confrontation until the last possible moment, and how careless their ultimate approach to the situation was, before they wrap up by reflecting on how Phoenix prosecutors were able to turn the 11 bullets fired by their Police into the fault of his friends. Kathy Hempstead then runs Sam and Emma through what Medicaid’s impending breakdown actually entails, the role of joint Federal/State funding, and why dismantling this system is drastically more costly than keeping it in place.

And in the Fun Half: Emma and the MR Crew tackle the absurdity of the Ted Lasso performance at the White House Press Briefing, Marcus from Ohio calls in to debate gun control and assess the constant threats to private life, and Nikki Haley incorporates China hawkery into her defense of wokeness being more dangerous than COVID. Tusli continues her anti-trans grift, Alyssa from North Dakota reflects on her political environments, and Alex Jones, Stephen Crowder ask Trump to calm down the incitement while also claiming “what incitement?” Kowalski from Nebraska also calls in, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Sam hosts Spencer Ackerman, columnist for The Nation and author of the Forever Wars newsletter on Ghost, to discuss his recent piece "The Unlearned Lessons From the War in Iraq".  Sam begins by running through updates on the IPCC’s report on catastrophic warming levels, a brand new Fox lawsuit, the LA school system heading into a 3-day strike, Biden blocking the DC City Council’s right to carceral reform, the Israeli government continuing their attack on the judicial branch, Macron surviving the no-confidence vote, and COVID declassifications, before diving into John Bolton’s musings on the 20th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, as he laments the fact the US didn’t expand their failed military action even more. Spencer Ackerman and Sam then reflect on their own 2-decade relationship built around the developments of the US imperial project in Iraq, as they tackle the severity of American Amnesia around the conflict, before Ackerman walks through the two biggest lessons from the war that America has refused to learn – first on the horrors of American imperialism abroad, and second on why capitalism will always encourage these types of imperial extraction. Using these lessons as a broader lens, Sam and Spencer then look to the role of US intelligence in laundering the lies of the Bush administration alongside two decades of diminishing the horrors that we were conducting in the region, all while attempting to distance themselves from the products of their work (war crimes). Next, they turn to the role of mainstream media in further laundering the imperial perspectives, reflecting on news’ complete kowtow to the Bush administration, from the NYT’s famous “aluminum tube” story to a former Bush White House Press Secretary’s astonishment at the lack of pushback, before touching on how objectors and dissidents were painted as “unruly” and “mobs,” as they tackle the how the Iraq war built on the back of previous manufactured American crises. Wrapping up, Sam and Ackerman parse through the lingering impact of this era on American politics today, from how it affected COVID disinformation to what it can tell us about our current stand-off with China.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and the MR crew watch the right-wing response to a potential Trump arrest, from Lindsay Graham and Kevin McCarthy claiming that criminal justice IS suddenly political, to Lindell and Ben Shapiro on why this will beget a Trump victory. Kyle from Queens discusses recovering from his Dave Rubin era, Alena from Virginia parses through Marianne Williamson’s potential role in the Democratic Primary, and Michael Knowles debates the value of bringing back public executions. Carlos from Florida talks about the presence of LGBTQ communities in the south amidst severe legislative discrimination, and the Proud Boys get a rude welcome in NYC, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Sam and Emma are back with news and reflection on the Invasion of Iraq. First, they run through updates on Trump’s impending arrest in New York, UBS acquiring Credit Suisse, debates over rolling back the Dodd-Frank rollbacks that let the SVB collapse slide, Wyoming’s crackdown on the abortion pill, a new IPCC report, Florida making their school book bans accessible to any aggrieved parent, Macron’s impending no-confidence vote in France, Howard Schultz quitting his post at Starbucks rather than testify in front of Bernie Sanders, and revelations about Reagan and his team’s role in the delayed Iran hostage crisis. Next, they dive a little deeper into the response from Pence and DeSantis to the Manhattan DA’s charges against Trump, before they step back to reflect on the two-decade anniversary of the US’ invasion of Iraq. They parse through the lies and right-wing hawkery of Thomas Friedman, Colin Powell, and George W. Bush that pushed the US into this quagmire, and the absurd and inhuman perspectives that necessitated this war.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma watch the Daily Wire hosts flaunt their complete incompetence as patriarchs, Val from Nashville walks through updates on Tennessee's Nazi-supported trans- and homophobic legislation, and Audrey from Seattle chats AI. Gregory from Oklahoma reflects on his campaign, Paul from Minnesota discusses FedEx’s relationship to organized labor, and a San Diego caller explores the difference between deficit and debt. Max from Arkansas talks with the crew about Andrew Yang’s Forward Party, plus, your calls and IMs!

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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 Matt Strackbein, also know as The Letterhack, and filmmaker Janek Ambros to discuss Matt's comic book adaptation of Janek's 2019 film "Mondo Hollywoodland". Sam and Emma start off by taking a look at Elizabeth Warren's statement before the Finance Committee regarding SVB's collapse, and how the rollback of Dodd Frank regulations paved the way for this. Then David joins the show to discuss his Twitter hack, the Crapo bill that led to Dodd Frank rollbacks, who was responsible for regulating SVB in the first place, whether there were kickbacks involved, the need (or lack thereof) to bail out SVB's depositors, and whether Biden should look into firing Fed Chair Jay Powell and replacing him with a new Fed Chair. Then, Janek and the Letterhack join the MR Crew to discuss the genesis of Mondo Hollywoodland the movie as well as the comic book, as well as what's in store for the future.

And in the Fun Half, the MR Crew breaks down Jon Stewart's takedown of Larry Summers, Jimmy Dore's pampering of David Sacks, Maria Bartiromo still hawking COVID miracle cures on Fox airwaves, and a Florida man wrongfully sentenced to 400 years in prison finally freed. Plus, your IM's!

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Emma hosts Kate Aronoff, climate reporter for The New Republic, to discuss her recent pieces regarding environmental social and corporate governing, or ESG. Then, she's joined by Trita Parsi, Executive Vice President at the Quincy Institute, to discuss his recent piece in Foreign Affairs entitled "How China Became a Peacemaker in the Middle East", co-authored with Khalid Eljabri. First, Emma runs through updates on the abortion pill ban, the bailout of Credit Suisse, the rising probability of a recession, smog regulations, a potential freight rail merger, and statistics on COVID’s impact on pregnancy deaths, before parsing through Ro Khanna’s relationship to Silicon Valley and squaring his progressive positioning with his David Sacks fundraising. Kate Aronoff dives right into the recent GOP push (passing through both the House and Senate) against “Woke” Environmental and Social Governance (ESG) policies, watching Kevin McCarthy attempt to paint these programs as authoritarian mandates forcing retirement funds to invest in a left-wing agenda. Next, Aronoff walks Emma through the relationship of this Right-Wing project to their greater agenda of dismantling the administrative state, before they step back to tackle the actual relationship between ESG and major corporations, like BlackRock and Vanguard, looking at how these policies provide a path for rehabilitation of public opinion alongside copious tax breaks, while executives lobby behind the scenes to ensure that the policy never evolves to actual corporate regulation. Wrapping up, Emma and Kate explore the impact of Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act, and the future of environmental incentivization and regulation. Trita Parsi then jumps into the revelatory role of China in brokering a normalization agreement between Saudi Arabia and Iran, completely changing their previous stance on foreign policy, and showing that they must be taken seriously on the international stage when it comes to diplomacy. Next, they tackle the particular failure of the US’ multi-decade disaster in the Middle East, setting ourselves up as an inflammatory and biased outside actor that bends over backward for our allies, before they wrap up the interview with an assessment of the US elite’s China hawkery and the role it continues to play in the US’ refusal to promote Middle Eastern autonomy.

And in the Fun Half: Emma is joined by Brandon Sutton and Matt Binder as they tackle the revelations of Ron DeSantis’ various policies, from utensils to Ukraine, talk with Adam from Manhattan about the corruption behind our current financial moment, and Matt Lech goes all out on the conservative exploitation of hunger and poverty. Expanding on this, the crew tackles Minnesota State Sen. Steve Brazkowski’s denouncement of a school hunger program, and Jason from Minnesota calls in to give his take on the issue. They also discuss Russell Brand’s amicable appearance on Tucker Carlson and how it differs from his other relationships with corporate media, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Sam and Emma host Kari Lydersen, journalism lecturer at Northwestern University and staff writer at Midwest Energy News to discuss her recent piece at In These Times entitled "The Case for Nationalizing the Railroads." Then, they're joined by Bethany Kosmicki of the Temple University Graduate Students Association (TUGSA), to discuss their recent ratifying of a tentative agreement between their association and the University. First, Emma and Sam run through updates on Russia downing a US drone, the DOJ and Fed’s responses to SVB’s failure, the 5th circuit abortion pill case, environmental lawsuits over Biden’s approval of the Willow project, the Senate repealing their authorization of the Iraq war, and some brand new bank runs, before diving into the labor celebrations around Michigan repealing their right to work policy and starting a new life for labor in the state. Kari Lydersen then joins as she dives right into the recent era of mass consolidation in the US freight rail industry alongside a shift towards “precision scheduling” that emphasizes efficiency, sidelining track segments, lines, and jobs that they saw as unprofitable, before parsing deeper through who this “efficiency” actually serves (the C-suite), as it undercuts the workforce, leaves shippers entirely at the whims of the rail companies when it comes to scheduling, and ultimately leaves these companies as shells of their former selves. Next, Lydersen, Sam, and Emma assess the massive boom in profits that the freight rail industry has seen over the last decade and a half, before wrapping up the interview by tackling what a nationalization of the freight rail industry would entail, and why it’s actually a lot more feasible than it might sound. Bethany Kosmicki reflects on the culmination of 6 weeks of striking with TUGSA, as she, Sam, and Emma discuss the importance of understanding striking as both a last-ditch effort and a tactic that workers must be willing to exercise, before wrapping up the interview with a conversation on the future of US labor relations with a younger generation that understands their value.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma tackle Bethany ‘Grandma Killer’ Mendel going catatonic as she’s asked what “woke” means, and Larry Kudlow blames SVB’s collapse on “Woke Banking.” They also walk through revelations around the Atlanta PD’s murder of Cop City protester Tortaguita, Dalton from Ohio talks about ghost kitchens, and Dr. Karl from west Michigan discusses Germany’s relationship with Israel. Ben Shapiro freaks out about Europeans going swimming topless, and Colin from Nebraska runs through updates on State Sen. Machaela Cavanaugh’s filibuster over Nebraska’s anti-trans bills, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Sam and Emma host Alexandra Scaggs, reporter for the Financial Times, to discuss the recent turmoil surrounding the Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on inflation, the FDIC’s upcoming bank auctions, EPA water regulations, SCOTUS taking on a massive Shadow Docket case on trans rights, and South Carolina lawmakers proposing a death penalty for abortions, before diving into the incestuous dealmaking behind SVB’s collapse. Alexandra Scaggs then joins as she walks Sam and Emma through the four central elements of Silicon Valley Bank’s collapse, starting by assessing the rollback of the Dodd-Frank capital checks on banks with under $250 Billion in assets, which allowed SVB, the 16th biggest bank in the US, to completely undercapitalize without any awareness from regulators or the Federal Reserve. Next, Alexandra looks to the behind-the-scene shenanigans at SVB that kept them below the $250 Billion threshold, before turning to their relationship with depositors, making outlandish deals to get their clients to deposit well above the FDIC $250k insurance threshold. Bringing these various elements together, Scaggs explores how rumors of SVB’s undercapitalization with the Fed’s constant interest hikes were then spread to depositors, who made these losses official with en masse withdrawals during last Friday’s bank run. Wrapping up the interview, Alexandra, Sam, and Emma tackle how endemic this particular failure was to the ideology of Silicon Valley, one that is grounded in cash-poor companies with promises of future profits, alongside the general culture of Big Tech. Sam, Emma, and the MR Crew also discuss the SVB collapse’s relationship to the US’ general failure of centralized planning.

And in the Fun Half: Emma and Sam talk with Sterber from Idaho about the various disturbing bills coming out of the state, Sam eases Hamza from Utica’s fears of a 2008-esque recession, and Newsmax brings on the post-Great-Recession gold hawks in the wake of SVB’s collapse. They also summarize the Supreme Court’s upcoming shadow docket case on trans civil rights, watch Judge Kyle Duncan throw an absolute hissy fit in front of Stanford students, and Cuomo turns to the anti-progressive AIPAC grift. Mike in Orange County expands on the culture of Venture Capitalism that led to the SVB collapse, and Amy from Nashville parses through the potential impact of various anti-trans bills coming out of Tennessee. Trump continues his spectacular anti-DeSantis rants, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Sam and Emma host Will Sommer, politics reporter for The Daily Beast, to discuss his recent book Trust The Plan: The Rise of QAnon and the Conspiracy That Unhinged America. First, Emma and Sam run through updates on the Fed and treasury rushing to bail out SVB depositors, Biden approving the massive environmentally-destructive Willow project, Norfolk Southern’s refusal to compensate affected homeowners, a Texas judge hiding proceedings around the abortion pill from the public, Saudi-Iran talks, and the Atlanta PD’s murder of Cop-City protestor Tortaguita, before diving into the right’s attempt to pin SVB’s collapse on going woke, rather than Trump’s rollback of post-2008 regulations. Will Sommer then dives right into the first seeds of Q-anon, stemming, most likely, from a South African programmer taking inspiration from a gonzo Hunter S. Thompson work that invented a bonkers drug derived from pedophiles, and going all in on both the evangelical fetishization of the purity of children and 4Chan’s obsession with fake leakers. Walking through the next stage of Q’s evolution, Sommer explores the hijacking of Q’s posts by the Watkins brothers on 8Chan, before Will, Sam, and Emma step back and tackle how the theocratic “ends justify the means” ideology grounds itself in anti-social and bigoted behaviors. Next, they walk through Q’s influence from the coded language of Rush Limbaugh, and parse through the genuine presence of Q’s followers at the pinnacles of American power, from Marjorie Taylor Greene to the Thomas family. After assessing the standing of Q in politics moving forwards, Sommer, Emma, and Sam wrap up the interview with an analysis of the various conspiratorial and exploitative networks that Q is a part of.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma compare and contrast politicians’ takes on the SVB collapse, from Katie Porter on the Crapo Bill to Joe Lonsdale on protecting the “innovation” world from their own mistakes, Nancy Mace exemplifies the right’s attack on Social Security, and Lulu from Philly expands on the SVB collapse. Amir from VA responds to today’s interview on Q-Anon, and Charlie Kirk gets caught in his own election denialism. Linda from Texas recommends the work of Jessica Valenti, the Wall Street Journal blames the SVB collapse on the existence of Black and queer folks at the bank, Trent from Omaha discusses focusing on electoral issues, and Luke from Ithaca takes on the future of independent media, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Heather Digby Parton, contributing writer at Salon.com and proprietor of the blog Hullabaloo, to round up the week in news. Then, Sam and Emma are joined by Matthew Film Guy! First, Emma and Sam run through updates on Manhattan’s prosecution of Donald Trump, Biden’s new tax plans, the RNC teaming up with Ronny DeSantis (who privately has affirmed a 2024 presidential campaign), Santos’ prolific history of scamming, a potential Saudi-Iran deal, and Manchin’s possible run vs Biden in 2024. They also tackle Nikki Haley positioning herself to be Ron DeSantis’ VP before Digby joins to dive deeper into this Republican rift that we see forming between Donald Trump’s crazy CPAC coalition, and the Republican donor class’ attempt to juxtapose Ron DeSantis’ “moderate” fascism against it, looking particularly to the rhetoric about entitlements and the deficit that is coming out of the two camps. Looking forwards, Digby walks Emma and Sam through Donald Trump’s likeliest routes to victory, before they wrap up the interview by tackling Joe Biden’s confirmed and likely challengers in a Democratic Primary. Matthew Film Guy then joins to run his soft propaganda campaign for H. Jon Benjamin, assessing the (once again) lackluster Oscar nominations, and giving his own film suggestions of “Post Tenebras Lux” and “Margaret.”

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It's an EmMajority Report Thursday! Emma hosts Nick Seabrook, Professor of Political Science and Public Administration at the University of North Florida, to discuss his recent book One Person One Vote: A Surprising History of Gerrymandering In America. Then, Emma's joined by writer Tim Shorrock, proprietor of The Shorrock Files on Patreon, to discuss the recent agreement by Japan and South Korea to offer reparations to South Korean laborers who were forced to work in Japan during wartime. Then, Emma's joined by writer Tim Shorrock, proprietor of The Shorrock Files on Patreon, to discuss the recent agreement by Japan and South Korea to offer reparations to South Korean laborers who were forced to work in Japan during wartime. First, Emma runs through updates on investigations into misconduct in the Louisville and Memphis Police Departments, Mitch McConnell’s hospitalization, Ed Markey’s staff unionizing, the Michigan House’s recent legislation, Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ loosening of child labor regulations, and the climbing Palestinian death toll in Israel’s 2023 apartheid regime, before diving deeper into an interaction with Oklahoma Senator Markwayne Mullin as he tells a Teamster representative to “shut [his] mouth” in a meeting about worker exploitation and union busting. Nick Seabrook then joins as he dives right into gerrymandering as a uniquely American problem, highlighting the fundamental conflict of interest in having representatives control the borders of the regions that elect them, a problem that the founding fathers actively wrought on the country. After exploring the nature of the founding fathers’ gerrymandering, Seabrook steps back to explore how gerrymandering emerged from the British political tradition of “rotten boroughs,” which served to allow MPs to maintain corrupt influence under the veneer of democracy, a tactic that they extended in the cutting up of foreign lands under settler-colonialism, only for it to be curbed as a tactic in Europe and highlighted as a tactic in the US. Next, Nick walks Emma through the 1800s and the coining of the term “gerrymandering” in the US, up to the Supreme Court stepping in in the 1960s to mandate the “one person-one vote” electoral system that we employ today, before they wrap up the interview by tackling the racial vote dilution that followed, the impact of the Voting Rights Act, and where the undermining of the Act has left our electoral system. Tim Shorrock takes us through the history of Japanese imperialism in Korea and the role the US played in the matter, before exploring the false advertisement of Secretary Blinken’s agreement as “reparations,” and why this PR move by the US serves to inflame tensions between the US, North Korea, and China.

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Sam hosts Aaron Kleinman, director of research for the States Project at Future Now, to discuss the upcoming Wisconsin State Supreme Court election in April. Then they're joined by Peter Shamshiri, or Law Boy on Twitter, co-host of the 5-4 Podcast, to discuss the recent oral arguments before the Supreme Court. First, Sam runs through updates on the DOJ bringing a case against the Memphis PD, Biden’s budget (and its record-breaking defense spending), the reaction to Tucker Carlson’s white-washing of 1/6, and Twitter vs. the FTC, before diving into Elizabeth Warren’s takedown of Jerome Powell as he shunts one half of the Fed’s mandate (employment) in favor of the other (inflation). Aaron Kleinman then joins as he and Sam dive right into the Wisconsin Supreme Court race between Trump alumnus Daniel Kelly and “pro-democracy” Janet Protasiewicz, walking through the stakes – from election shenanigans to reproductive rights – before looking to the electoral nature of the state, with one of the country’s worst cases of gerrymandering, and wrapping up the interview exploring the Democrats’ success in special elections post-Dobbs, and how that could play out in the additional State Senate race. Peter Shamshiri and Sam then take on the status of Biden’s Student Loan relief program, summarizing the argument his administration is bringing in front of the Supreme Court, why said argument is so emergency-specific, and why the justices’ questions during oral arguments centered around administrative power. Expanding on this, Sam and Peter discuss the battle between the Chevron and Major Question Doctrines, and why the “standing” of the cases being brought against Student Debt relief is on flimsy ground, before wrapping up the interview by summarizing the Supreme Court’s recent cases regarding the constitutionality of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the accountability of tech platforms for what their algorithms promote.

And in the Fun Half: Another Daily Wire theocrat (Michael Knowles) preaches about why divine right monarchy is better at limiting power than democracy, Republicans try to pin Norfolk Southern’s climate disaster on “diversity” while still refusing to bolster regulations, and Bernie Sanders launches his investigation into Howard Schultz’s mass exploitation. Kevin McCarthy and Tucker Carlson feel the heat for their Twitter-files-esque release of footage whitewashing January 6th, plus, your IMs!

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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 DOJ stepping in to block JetBlue’s takeover of Spirit Airlines, Oklahoma’s weed vote, Atlanta protests at the developing Cop City, Florida and Ron DeSantis finally stepping up for the Davids of the world (insurance companies) as they take on Goliath (citizens), and Israeli protests shift to the military, before they watch the beautiful labor action in France as unions shut down the country ahead of Macron’s attempts to extend the retirement age. Then, Sam and Emma parse through Biden’s proposed budget adjustments to secure Medicare’s future, from extending solvency by increasing the income tax cap to closing up loopholes, before confronting the inevitable right-wing backlash and what public funding the GOP is likely to hold hostage. Wrapping up, they emphasize why the backlash to successful welfare programs – from the CTC to Medicare – is actually about undermining the revelation that our economic system doesn’t actually have to function the way we pretend it does.

And in the Fun Half: Emma, Sam, and the MR Crew parse through Tucker Carlson’s investigative reporting that reveals that some non-violence occurred alongside the violence of 1/6, Russell Brand kills it as a critically non-critical centrist, and the team talks with Jack from Maryland and get an update from Cigil on the Nigerian election. They also tackle Kerry Lake’s VP chances, discuss Karine Jean-Pierre’s derisive comments towards Marianne Williamson, and Americo from Mexico calls in to bolster the show’s support for trans rights. Sam and Emma discuss why Michael Knowlesism must be eradicated from public life, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Sam and Emma host author Steve Paxton to discuss his recent book How Capitalism Ends: History, Ideology and Progress. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on clashes in and around Atlanta’s developing “Cop City,” DHS’s illegal domestic intel program, Biden vs. the airlines, the East Palestine clean-up, Kari Lake coming out of CPAC as the #1 GOP VP choice, and Meta and Google playing along with the criminalization of abortion, before diving deeper into recent protests in Israel after Netanyahu rolled back judicial powers, walking through what it would take to reverse Israel’s severe shift right in recent decades. Next, Steve Paxton joins as he dives right into his exploration of capitalism as both an important step in social progress, and one that brought about its own obsolescence, first stepping back to explore capitalism’s revolution of humanity’s productive capacity, shifting society’s primary problem for the survival of its most marginalized from an issue of capacity to one of distribution, before looking to capitalism’s emphasis on equality of individuals, particularly in production and political participation, and how this promise was used to legitimize the emerging bourgeois class’ right to the means of production. Next, Steve walks Sam and Emma through capitalism reaching its critical mass in terms of social “progress,” with the profit incentive diverging from societal needs while technological innovation becomes largely driven by state-sponsored investment in universities, before they look to the development of the Right-Left binary as one not grounded in policies, but in pushes for and against social progress. Wrapping up, Paxton tackles the future evolution of socialism and labor relations that are built around public ownership of the means of production, and why the nationalization of particular industries (electric, healthcare) should be the primary focus of the Left.

And in the Fun Half: Emma, Sam, and the MR Crew tackle the future of the social security fight, the lingering impact of the death of Rush Limbaugh, and CPAC’s various shitshows, from Nikki Haley calling out the “woke virus” to Michael Knowles’ explicitly genocidal rhetoric. Anthony from Long Island discusses his upcoming campaign in Brookline, MA, Christina from SC discusses her state’s upcoming attack on abortion rights, and Sandy from Ontario platforms her country’s trans refuge bill. Dave Rubin comes out in support of Scott “Black People Are a Hate Group” Adams, and John Oliver eviscerates Ron DeSantis. Jordan from SoCal dives into the gamification of Amazon’s surveillance programs, plus, your calls and IMs!

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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. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on the Federal Reserve’s continued battle against labor, DeSantis going full fascist with the Florida legislature, the House ethics investigation into George Santos, Norfolk Southern’s cleanup in East Palestine, and Bari Weiss’ support of bonkers anti-trans “reporting,” before parsing through Joe Biden’s recent statements against the democratic right of the citizens of DC to be legislated by their elected officials. David Dayen then joins as he dives right into the move of Labor Sec. Marty Walsh to the Boston Bruins, the minimal void he leaves behind him, and what we can expect from Julie Su’s assumption of his position, walking through the policy that will be on her Department of Labor’s table, and their main job of sustaining the new workforce coming out of the CHIPs Act and the IRA. Next, David briefly walks Sam and Emma through ongoing discussions about Biden’s new FAA appointment, before shifting the conversation to the battle between labor and monopoly coming to a head with an upcoming airline merger seeing a battle between JetBlue and Spirit unions, and the regulatory failures of the freight industry resulting in Norfolk Southern’s chemical disaster in East Palestine. Wrapping up, David dives deeper into Norfolk Southern’s PR “clean-up,” and tackles the rhetorical pinning of inflation on labor.

And in the Fun Half: Emma and Sam discuss Fox tiptoeing around acknowledging their impending lawsuit with Dominion, Josh from New Jersey reflects on the Warren-Sanders split in the 2020 primary, and Ben from Long Island takes on the state of the job market. John from Southern Jersey talks about East Palestine, Tim Pool’s dad speaks out about Tim’s hypocrisy, and CPAC starts out exactly as stupidly as you’d expect. Burnon from KY pitches some risotto tactics and updates Sam on the bourbon industry, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Emma hosts Dr. Annelle Sheline, Middle East Research Fellow at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, to discuss her recent piece "Ending Counterproductive U.S. Involvement in Yemen." First, Emma runs through updates on Bernie launching a vote to subpoena Howard Schultz in the wake of their egregious and widespread anti-union practices, Blinken’s conversations with Russian representatives, the Havana pseudo-Syndrome, Norfolk Southern union workers getting sick at the East Palestine clean-up site, the cooling labor market, voters’ concerns about Biden’s age, Oregon’s UBI for homeless families, and the GOP’s congressional aims, before diving deeper into Biden’s successful Student-Debt-relief arguments in front of the Supreme Court. Dr. Annelle Sheline then joins as she and Emma reflect on their previous conversations on US involvement in Yemen, assessing the staunch stance by both the Trump and Biden administrations to stand against any Congressional War Powers Resolutions, with Trump openly embraced the Saudi-led war while Biden plays both sides, supporting more Saudi airstrikes in the region while vocally supporting a continuation of peace. Next, Dr. Sheline walks through the state of this 8-year-long humanitarian crisis, looking to comparisons with the Russian invasion of Ukraine and Israeli apartheid as they tackle Yemenis’ reliance on dwindling humanitarian aid and the massively destructive impact of blockades – which serve to destroy entire public institutions, infrastructure, and the futures of myriad generations – before she and Emma parse through the various parties involved in shifting this civil war into a proxy war, how and why they became involved, and why this outside funding (from all sides) can only serve to prolong this destruction. Wrapping up, they assess the role of the US in particular, their continued devastation reigned over the Middle East, a potential military pivot to the pacific, and why military-based competition with China would be an outrageously foolish move for the US elite to make.

And in the Fun Half: Emma is joined by Matt Binder and Brandon Sutton as they talk with Kowalski from Nebraska on the recent revelations about child and migrant labor and get an agricultural update from his farm. They also watch Israeli officials espouse virulently genocidal rhetoric and discuss the culpability of the international community in supporting the apartheid, Matt Walsh actively lies about his elite cohort as they push back against working-class access to education, and Adam and Valerie call in from Iowa to discuss the hypocritic and genocidal demonization of trans people and Cocaine Bear. Newsmax dives into the political role of their “mongoloid” demographic, plus, your calls and IMs!

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

Sam hosts Meron Rapoport, editor of Local Call, to discuss his recent reporting on the conflict in Israel & Palestine for +972 Magazine. Then, they're joined by ProPublica reporters J. David McSwane & Ryan Gabrielson to discuss their recent piece "A Christian Health Nonprofit Saddled Thousands With Debt as It Built a Family Empire Including a Pot Farm, a Bank and an Airline". First Sam kicks off with President Biden's remarks in Virginia Beach yesterday, where he (smartly) reminded everyone that every single Republican during his State of the Union address stood up to protect social programs...and were on camera doing so. He pairs this with former President Trump, who seemingly has gotten his groove back, continuing to piledrive Ron DeSantis over his support for cutting so-called "entitlements." Then, Sam's joined by Meron as they dive into the recent demonstrations in Israel over the judicial "reforms" that President Netanyahu and his far-right coalition want to implement, as well as the tremendous violence that has occurred over the last few days in Israeli settlements. Meron goes so far as to consider this one of, if not the most combustible time in history internally within Israel. Then, David and Ryan join Sam to break down their new bombshell reporting in ProPublica about Liberty HealthShare, a healthcare sharing ministry that, under the auspices of providing health services as a religiously affiliated non-profit, avoided almost all regulatory scrutiny while committing massive amounts of fraud.

And in the Fun Half, Sam and the gang  touch on poor "Meatball" Ron DeSanctimonious trying to hit back (weakly) at Trump on Fox while Trump runs wild on Seb Gorka's program, the new China hysteria on Capitol Hill  coming from FBI Director Wray on the lab leak and Rep. Matt Gaetz...spouting Chinese propaganda in a congressional hearing? And let's not forget Greg Gutfeld saying COVID didn't allow anyone to be racist! Also, Lindsey Graham gets hysterical about immigrants crossing the border and never leaving (a claim a NYTimes report directly refutes *this morning*). Paul Ryan and Charlie Sykes sit down for some reputation laundering about his membership on Fox's board, plus your IM's!

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Sam and Emma break down the biggest headlines of the day. They begin by discussing the oral arguments before the Supreme Court today, focusing on Biden's student debt cancellation plan. This includes Iowa's attorney general, Brenna Bird, insinuating to Maria Bartiromo that Biden's plan was designed to buy votes before the 2020 election, and Bernie Sanders fighting for universal cancellation on the SCOTUS steps while deliberations continue. Then they dive into the recent crackdown by the Biden Administration on child labor violations, as a seemingly direct result of reporting by NBCNews and the New York Times. Sam and Emma then go on to touch on the Commerce Department's application for semiconductor company subsidies, and how that application will mandate whoever is receiving those subsidies must provide their employers with the requisite childcare. And finally, the MR Crew breaks down yet another explosive Dominion Voting Systems court filing about Fox News's fraudulence in covering the 2020 election, with CEO Rupert Murdoch's own admissions that they were endorsing the "stolen election" narrative they didn't think to be true.

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Sam is back! He and Emma speak with Naomi Oreskes, professor of the History of Science at Harvard University, author of The Big Myth: How American Business Taught Us to Loathe Government and Love the Free Market, co-authored with Erik Conway. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on another “low-confidence” government report on COVID emerging from a Wuhan lab, Biden’s student debt relief plan coming to the floor of the Supreme Court, political protests breaking out in Mexico, the recent report on child labor in the US, Fox’s internal censorship ahead of Dominion’s multi-billion-dollar lawsuit against them, and Elon Musk’s commitment to being awful both publicly and privately, before diving into the death-knell in DeSantis’ presidential hopes: a Jeb Bush endorsement. Professor Naomi Oreskes then joins as she dives right into her work with Erik Conway exploring why intelligent people are so inclined to completely reject hard-won, well-established scientific evidence (from global warming to the impacts of child labor), and the government regulations that would best address the issues that are discovered, first taking on the influence of market fundamentalism on denouncing any and all attempts at government regulation. Professor Oreskes then walks Sam and Emma through the ideology of market fundamentalism, exploring the ever-looming threat of communism and the myth of the free market in creating a fundamental threat to liberty juxtaposed with a utopian and organic economic system, making any restraint on the market a step towards the return to serfdom, before shifting to how market fundamentalism was able to capitalize on pre-existing elements of US culture such as hyper-individualism and the deification of property rights. Moving into the evolution of this fundamentalist ideology in the West, Naomi Oreskes parses through the debates around child labor regulation, energy provision, and labor compensation to show how the ideology of market fundamentalism was laundered from the elites through academia and the electoral system during the first half of the 20th Century, alongside a mass investment into cultural propaganda align public opinion with their aims. Wrapping up, Sam, Emma, and Naomi explore the greater ideologies behind the emergence of market fundamentalism, from the Mont Pelerin society to Friedman and Hayek, and tackle why embracing truth to combat propaganda is necessary to win the battle.

And in the Fun Half: Emma and Sam parse through Charlie Kirk’s beliefs on the sociopolitical role of witches, Scott Adams’ insane “Black people are a hate group” statements which, unsurprisingly, got Elon Musk’s full approval, and Jesse Watters’ conversation with Tulsi Gabbard on why diversity is at the heart of all American issues. They also do a little early GOP-primary coverage, exploring Trump’s many targets, and debate the influence of Ben Shapiro’s failed dreams on his disgusting politics, plus, your IMs!

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It's Casual Friday! Emma speaks with Alex Pareene, Contributing Editor at the New Republic and proprietor of the AP newsletter on Substack, to round up the week in news. Then Emma is joined by political commentator Olayemi Olurin!

First, Emma runs through updates on the 1st anniversary of Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine, the US’ Ukraine policy, the Ohio EPA’s failure in relying on Norfolk Southern to do their own testing, environmental emergencies across the US, Tennessee’s transphobic legislation, Florida’s walkouts against DeSantis, and Minnesota removing drivers license requirements for housing, before diving deeper into Sean Hannity’s hard-hitting questions on whether any GOP primary opponent has a different platform than Trump. Alex Pareene then joins as he walks through the holes in the GOP’s response to the genuine failures of Biden’s administration in East Palestine, as they focus on deregulation (literally the centerpiece of GOP politics for a century) and culture war issues that never stick to Biden, before parsing through Pete Buttigieg’s incredibly weak response to his inaction over these last few weeks. They also tackle Ron DeSantis’ weak positioning ahead of the 2024 primaries, and assess the roles of Donald Trump and George Santos in shifting the Overton window for compulsive liars in politics. Olayemi Olurin then walks through her recent piece in Teen Vogue assessing the systemic racism ingrained in the US police state which led to the murder of Tyre Nichols, what we can learn from the Police and Media’s emphasis on the Black identity of (some of) the police officers, and the indoctrinatory impact of top-down institutional biases. Wrapping up, Olayemi and Emma discuss the widespread emergence of anti-trans and anti-drag legislation, the normalization of the harassment and marginalization of LGBTQ+ folks, and what the hell the legal world is making of these obvious abuses of the judicial system.

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Emma speaks with Trevor Aaronson, contributing writer at The Intercept, to discuss his recent podcast Alphabet Boys. Then, she's joined by freelance journalist Zachary A. Siegel, to discuss his recent coverage in Bolts Magazine of the Chicago mayoral race. First, Emma runs through updates on decreasing unemployment filings, Trump’s visit to East Palestine – beating out both Biden and Buttigieg – Norfolk Southern coming to an agreement with their unions, the ADL study on all of last years extremist killing coming from the Right wing, Israel’s bombing of the Gaza strip, early polling for Feinstein’s vacated CA Senate seat, and more, before diving into the Democrats’ failure to respond (in any capacity) to the disaster in East Palestine and the revelation of child labor abuses at Packers Sanitation Services Inc. Trevor Aaronson then joins as he dives right into the history of the FBI’s infiltration of left-wing political and civil rights movements, a tactic foundational to the Bureau’s Hooverian ideology, beginning with the Counter-Intelligence Program (COINTELPRO) of the 1950s that ran through the ‘70s, serving to undermine and endanger groups like the Black Panther Party and American Indian Movement and those that served as community leaders, and moving through Senator Frank Church’s investigation into and disbandment of this program and its horrendous abuses. Next, Aaronson walks through the post-Church Committee development of the FBI, as they somewhat took on a reserved role until the birth of the War on Terror, and a mass influx of funding for domestic political infiltration coming after the 9/11 terror attacks, and creating a renaissance of the FBI’s right to surveil and infiltrate without a criminal predicate. Trevor then looks to the protests of summer 2020 as he takes Emma through the story of Mickey Windecker, a self-proclaimed mercenary recruited by the FBI to infiltrate and inform on left-wing activists groups planning protests in Denver in the wake of the murder of George Floyd, employing violence, intimidation, and intra-community conspiracy to undermine and entrap Black anti-racist activists into illegal acts, resulting of the arrest of one protestor for the FBI-funded purchasing of weapons for the FBI informant, who would then give said weapon back to the FBI. After briefly touching on Jim Jordan and the GOP’s “Church Committee 2.0” and why we must push back against the revisionist narrative that the FBI only (or even primarily) targets the right wing, Emma and Trevor wrap up the interview by tackling the likelihood that these tactics were also prevalent outside of Denver, and the future of his reporting with “Alphabet Boys.”

And in the Fun Half: Emma is joined by Matt Binder and Brandon Sutton as they discuss Donald Trump’s visit to an East Palestine McDonalds, the Democrats’ obsession with evacuating from any areas where things go a little wrong for them, and why DeSantis’ crime tour won’t do much for his fight against Trump. Ben from Texas dives into his experiences in the struggling local news world, the crew covers pro-life Alaska State Rep. David Eastman’s statements on why child abuse ending in murder is good for society, actually, and why that’s not super abnormal for US politics. Bill Maher hosts Andrew Sullivan to discuss why trans rights are actually about forcing you to eat pussy and suck dick no matter what you want to do, Jordan Peterson explores why trans people are an affront to his god, and Mike from CA takes on the relationship between child labor and dangerous working conditions, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Emma hosts writer Malcolm Harris to discuss his recent book Palo Alto: A History of California, Capitalism, and the World. First, Emma runs through updates on the EPA-enforced Norfolk Southern clean-up in East Palestine, updates on various special elections, Biden’s inhumane plans for Title 42’s expiration, and Seattle City Council’s outlawing of caste discrimination, before parses through DeSantis’ crime tour and why we need to aggressively combat these culture war issues. Malcolm Harris then dives right into the story of Palo Alto as a paragon for American Capitalism, from the gold rush through the Silicon Valley revolution, beginning with an era of grassroots vigilantism legitimized by the federal government allowing the US to slowly seize California from Native groups and Spanish colonies. Walking through the goldrush and the following era, Harris discusses early Palo Alto through analogs of overseas colonies – detached from the rest of the US until the construction of the transcontinental railroad, yet a hotbed of exploitation, immigration, and globalization – before looking at how this era defined the disruptive and destructive nature of American settler-colonialism and its capitalist emphases. Next, Malcolm and Emma explore the story of Leland Stanford and his university as a further stage in the development of the disruptive and hyper-capitalist ideology of Palo Alto, before taking on the shift in technological innovation in the 20th century as the region turned towards the radio age, and began to cultivate the private-government relationship that grew in tandem with the Military Industrial Complex. After working through the post-Cold War developments, as Palo Alto saw a mass influx in Military tech funding, juxtaposed with a simultaneous militant movement exemplified by the Black Panthers, Malcolm and Emma wrap up the interview by taking on the modern history of Big Tech and the clear parallels between its neoliberal and libertarian reactionary ideology and that created the system that helps it thrive.

And in the Fun Half: Emma parses through the absurdity of Ben Shapiro’s arguments on the wage-to-cost-of-living gap, Stephanie from Alabama comments on yesterday’s interview on cops and courts, and Mike in Denver discusses the “Chritonesque” nature of Big Tech. Emma also dives into the genocidal transphobic rhetoric of Matt Walsh, Steven from Baltimore talks gender fluidity and Judith Butler, and Marjorie Taylor Greene expands on her calls for Civil War. Polling proves Donald Trump to be miles ahead of his Republican competition, and Mike from Buffalo takes on the stochastic terrorism of Matt Walsh and the like, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Emma hosts Joanna Schwartz, professor at UCLA Law School, to discuss her recent book Shielded: How The Police Became Untouchable. Then, she's joined by Sam Mellins, senior reporter at New York Focus. to discuss New York Gov. Kathy Hochul's top judicial nominee, Judge Hector LaSalle, being struck down by the State Senate in Albany. First, Emma runs through updates on a second earthquake hitting Turkey and Syria, China’s denial of any Russian allyship, the Israeli Knesset advancing Netanyahu’s extreme abuses of the judicial branch, Buttigieg’s delayed action in East Palestine, and Ron DeSantis launching his “Crime Tour,” before diving into Tucker Carlson’s attempt to shift East Palestine discourse away from corporate cost-cutting and towards Joe Biden’s “industrial sabotage.” Professor Joanna Schwartz then joins as she explores her focus on various untold stories of police brutality throughout the US, beginning with the story of Onree Norris, a 78-year-old victim of a wrong-address home invasion, to explore the complete lack of accountability faced by police departments nationwide when an incident doesn’t make the 24-hour news cycle. Diving deeper into Onree Norris’ story as she assesses the barrier of qualified immunity on his quest for justice, with prosecution requiring pre-existing judicial decisions surrounding the exact same circumstances – decisions that courts actively refuse to publish for this very reason – all serving to stifle any attempts to hold police, their departments, or their local government’s accountable. Next, Professor Schwartz zooms out to look at the history of qualified immunity, beginning with the passage of the Klu Klux Klan Act in 1871 which sought to grant the right of trial and due process to the recently freed Black population when it came to addressing justice for constitutional violations by the state, only for the Supreme Court to respond immediately by making various decisions to undermine and stunt these developments as the US continued into the Jim Crow era. Moving into the second half of the 20th Century, Joanna and Emma explore the Supreme Court’s decision to finally reverse this decision in 1968, then opening up lawsuits against local governments in ’71, only to – once again – launch various decisions that undermined this right, opening up local governments to passing qualified immunity and other measures that protect them from accountability and hinder victims of police brutalities’ quests for justice. Wrapping up the interview, they tackle the history and development of policing institutions in the US, coming out of the slave economy and settler-colonial structure of the early US, and discuss what policy measures can help bolster Americans’ right to justice in the face of state abuses. Sam Mellins then joins as he walks through Kathy Hochul’s failed nomination of Hector LaSalle to the Chief Judgeship of the NY Court of Appeals, why she embraced this loss so dearly, and where it leaves the future of this seat.

And in the Fun Half: Emma talks with Mason from Alabama on the relationship between gun-control legislation and policing reform, Donald Trump talks the “n-word” (Nuclear) and rags on DeSantis’ crime tour, and the crew parses through Jimmy Dore’s recent “anti-war” rally that featured promoters of the invasion of Afghanistan and Ukraine, and exemplified the untethering of Dore’s anti-establishment schtick from the relationship between labor and capital. George Santos finally takes down his walls on Piers Morgan Uncensored and gets honest about his lies, Bob from Raleigh plus, your calls and IMs!

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The MR Crew is back! Sam sits down for a pre-taped conversation with Peniel Joseph, joint professor of public affairs and history at the University of Texas at Austin, to discuss his recent book The Third Reconstruction:America's Struggle for Racial Justice in the Twenty-First Century. First, Emma runs through updates on Biden’s visit to Ukraine in the wake of Blinken’s statements on a Russia-China allyship, Jimmy Carter’s entrance into hospice care, East Palestine’s environmental disaster, Turkey’s corrupted infrastructure, and Supreme Court updates, before diving into Bernie’s appearance on Face the Nation as he assesses Biden’s presidency and his own legacy. Professor Peniel Joseph then joins as he walks through the stories of America’s three reconstructions, beginning with the broad outlines of the first post-Civil War reconstruction period that attempted to radically redesign our country around freedmen, investing in Black infrastructure, politics, ownership, and civic associations, while dual dueling ideologies grappled over the narrative in the background. Next, Professor Joseph parses through this battle between confederate redemptionists and radical reconstructionists, with the coalescing of various marginalized movements eventually losing the narrative battle to lost cause promoting historical revisionists, despite the incredible material revolution of the period, before he and Sam explore the dominant ideologies on Black assimilation during the period between our first two reconstructions, with the combination of broad legal equality with the white right to personal discrimination aiding the development of civic discrimination, from segregation to red-lining and more. After tackling the dissemination of the lost cause ideology, Peniel and Sam take on the post-WWII period through the 1970s that saw the second US reconstruction, looking at how the reconstructionists were able to dominate the narrative by the end of the period, initiating a 50-year consensus where marginalized people were able to slowly garner levels of political power theretofore unseen, before shifting to our modern reconstruction, beginning with the election of Obama, and taking on the dueling ideologies of today, juxtaposing the various progressive developments with far-right crackdowns on free speech and social activism. Wrapping up the interview, Sam and Peniel discuss the importance of clinging onto oral and non-traditional histories in an era defined by rhetorical struggle, and why we must continue to uplift marginalized stories and legacies.

And in the Fun Half: Jordan Peterson ponders whether it’s truly possible to treat queer people with dignity and respect, Emma covers Greta Thunberg’s evolving radicalism, and Ann Coulter appears on Tim Pool to spew nonsense in parallel with MTG’s appearance with Don Jr. as they discuss why being anti-war actually necessitates starting wars. Emma and Matt parse through the impact of Biden’s crackdown on striking freight rail workers on East Palestine’s disaster, and explore Bernie’s recent statements on Israel and fighting against their apartheid state. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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It's Casual Friday! Sam and Emma host Ryan Grim, DC Bureau Chief at The Intercept, to round up the week in news. Then, they're joined by Chapo Trap House's Matt Christman, to discuss his new podcast project Hell On Earth. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on Senator John Fetterman’s mental health, Rick Scott being forced to retreat his plan for sunsetting Medicare and Social Security, DeWine finally asking for FEMA’s help, the reveal of a brand new GOP fraudster, and medical policy changes in North Dakota (good ones) and Idaho (bad ones), before jumping into the release of new information in Dominion’s lawsuit against Fox, and Ohio’s GOP representatives finally come around to speaking up for their constituents in East Palestine. Ryan Grim then joins as he walks through the coverage of the freight rail chemical spill in East Palestine and the important role of independent media in keeping the story afloat as Norfolk Southern attempted to sweep it under the rug, before tackling the utter failure of Pete Buttigieg’s Department of Transportation in handling this issue and every other one they’ve faced. Next, Ryan, Sam, and Emma parse through the impact of Biden’s State of the Union in getting the GOP to abandon their cuts to Social Security and Medicare, discuss public opinions on the war in Ukraine, both at home and abroad, and dive into the complete defamation debacle that Fox is facing after intra-office messages were leaked flaunting their lies about election fraud. Next, Matt Christman dissects his most recent endeavor “Hell On Earth,” which walks through the evolution from feudalism to capitalism in Europe, first looking at the collision of the 30 Years’ War and a small environmental emergency and how it spurred a complete economic emergency on the continent, while protestant reformation and political realignments saw various alternatives emerge. Christman then looks to the English revolution and the purification of the church with a new understanding of government led by parliament with growing tides of radical democracy, exploring how this realignment in England, despite the empire’s minimal resources, opened the country up to take advantage of early capitalism and settler-colonialism, launching it to the peak of European power and pushing the West to fully embrace capitalism as the economic model. They wrap up the interview by tackling some extra fun tidbits on Fox’s lawsuit with Dominion.

And in the fun Half: Sam and Emma parse through Jimmy Dore’s appearance on Tim Pool’s show to explain why Pfizer is the only real problem in the world to be skeptical about, and shows exactly why his anti-establishment shtick is meaningless. They also tackle Matt Walsh embarrassing himself on the Tennessee House floor, plus, your IMs!

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Emma hosts Jarrod Shanahan, assistant professor of criminal justice at Governors State University, and Zhandarka Kurti, assistant professor of criminology and criminal justice at Loyola University, Chicago, to discuss their recent book States of Incarceration: Rebellion, Reform, and America's Punishment System. Then, Emma is joined by Jake Werner, Research Fellow at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, to discuss his recent piece entitled "Washington inflates the China balloon threat".
 
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Sam and Emma host Julia Rock, staff reporter at The Lever, to discuss her recent reporting on the Norfolk Southern train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, as well as recent meetings surrounding restaurant union negotiations. Then, they're joined by Suzanne Nossel, CEO of PENAmerica, to discuss the organization's efforts to combat censorship efforts at the state level by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on Dianne Feistein’s tentative retirement, Arizona’s Nitric Acid spill, Idaho’s ban on gender-affirming care, Oklahoma stripping a Lesbian mom of her parental rights, and the GOP getting upset over the FTC doing its job, before diving deeper into the House Republican’s frantic search for SOMETHING to cut, as the Senate GOP takes defense (even the woke stuff), social security, and medicare off of the table. Julie Rock then joins as she dives right into the recent regulatory debacle in East Palestine, walking through the last decade of deregulation of the freight rail industry, an age dubbed the “buyback era” by workers as their employers purchased stocks for the C-Suite while cutting spending on infrastructure, inspections, and workforce and safety redundancy, before looking to the role of lobbying in ensuring this deregulation, focusing particularly on the freight industry’s promotion of a mechanical break upgrade, only to turn around and object to any attempt to regulate the implementation of these breaks while carrying hazardous products, successfully having the Trump administration repeal the requirements while Pete Buttigieg has continued to lag on its reimplementation. Rock then shifts to her recent experiences sitting in on a National Restaraunt Association conference where NLRB General Council spoke on her agency’s crackdown on union-busting tactics in the industry, the fear held by C-Suites nationwide of Gen-Z labor organizing, and the tactics the corporations are looking to employ moving forwards. Next, Suzanne Nossel parses through how her work on censorship has progressed over the last decade, shifting from hyper-localized protests by parents to a full-scale legislative assault from state governments, walking through the myriad education-based restrictions coming out of Governor DeSantis’ office in Florida and the massive difference between interpersonal disputes over speech and authoritarianism at the invocation of the state, before wrapping up the interview by tackling the specifics of the College Board’s battle over AP African American history.

And in the Fun Half: Sma and Emma discuss Minnesota’s trans refuge bill, what it can do to fight back against the gender-affirming care bans cropping up across the US, and parse through Tim Pool running coverage for both the corporations and regulators responsible for East Palestine's chemical catastrophe, which Dion from Kentucky helps them expand on. Patrick from LA then walks Sam and Emma through an extended Men’s Rights hypothetical that begins with reproductive rights for all pronouns and ends with balancing the rights of courageous men with those of blue-haired cows (women), plus, your calls and IMs!

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Happy Valentine's Day! Sam and Emma break down the biggest headlines of the day, running through updates on this weekend’s mass shooting at Michigan State, the slowing consumer price increases, the revelations coming out of East Palestine, Biden nominating his 100th Federal Judge, Starbucks being punished for union busting, and Israel’s protests over Netanyahu’s abuses of the Judicial branch, before diving deeper into Nikki Haley’s Presidential run. Next, they parse through the discourse around the Norfolk Southern train derailment in East Palestine, with the catastrophe coming just months out from the US Federal Government stepping in to break a freight rail strike, as US freight companies cut down on their workforce, making fewer people work longer hours on bigger trains, before Sam and Emma tackle the lobbying of the Trump Administration to reverse break requirements of freight lines, which further emphasized the externalized cost of freight rail deregulation. Shifting into an Ohio-specific lens, Sam and Emma walk through the responses of Governor DeWine and Senator JD Vance as they tiptoe around the severe regulatory and labor issues at hand, pointing their fingers at woke EPA policies and a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that is still waiting for Ohio to actually request aid.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma watch Rep. Maxwell Frost absolutely nail his appearance on the House Oversight Committee, Biden nailing down the GOP on Social Security during the State of the Union and why we still can’t trust them, and the GOP’s bigoted and violent legislation against trans Americans. Patrick from Pelham Bay also walks through Brett Weinstein’s most recent quackery promotion, Rin from California dives into the GOP’s turn to fascism, and Hua from Raleigh talks about internal dysfunction and corruption at the EPA. Jordan Peterson wishes men had more at stake to stop them from assaulting women, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Sam and Emma host Gerald Horne, Professor of History and African American Studies at the University of Houston, to discuss his recent book The Counter-Revolution of 1836: Texas Slavery & Jim Crow and the Roots of U.S. Fascism. Then later in the show, they're joined by  Camille Gix, member of the Initiative I-135 steering committee at House Our Neighbors, the political committee for Real Change, to discuss  I-135, the housing initiative coming before Seattle voters until Tuesday February 14th. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on the climbing death toll from last week’s earthquake in Syria and Turkey, Turkey’s response to contracting failures, the DOJ’s lawsuit to halt a Jet Blue-Spirit merger, the IRS’ dramatic service approvement, Israel expanding their West Bank settlements, and Matt Schlapp’s response to being outed as a sexual harasser, before parsing through updates on the disaster chemical spill in East Palestine, Ohio, and the environmental catastrophe cover-up that is beginning to trickle out. Professor Gerald Horne then joins as he dives right into his work taking on the pre-foundational, foundational, and developmental myths of the United States, focusing on his analysis of the Texas revolution as a “counter-revolution,” seeking to expand institutions that promote a dearth of progress (indigenous dispossession, the transatlantic slave trade) rather than reinventing their institutions in favor of progress. Continuing his analysis of the Texas revolution, Professor Horne walks through the Texan elite and their push against the “Mexican Tyranny” of emancipation, then capitalizing on the success of their revolution by launching a period of mass bloodshed as they violently dispossessed the Comanches to expand their territories and plantations. Shifting away from Texas, Horne, Sam, and Emma explore the role of America and Mexico in challenging and supporting, respectively, Texas’ role in the transatlantic slave trade, with Andrew Jackson using the Trail of Tears to force indigenous people into Texas’ surrounding areas while Texas attempted to ally with now French-Occupied Mexico to stay off pressure from the US, lasting through to the Juneteenth arrival of Black Soldiers in Galveston to not only implement Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation but to put an end to the France-Texas alliance. Continuing forward through the turn of the century, Gerald walks through the lasting impact of this era of Texas history in the rebirth of the Klu Klux Klan, before stepping back to analyze the importance of the greater historical context behind this revolution, and how to unite macro and micro lenses of history. Camille Gix then joins to walk through Seattle’s I-135 initiative, what “Social Housing” implies, and why this model can bolster the reclamation of housing from the financial world to the public realm.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma watch Republicans talk around cuts to Social Security, assess the importance of raising the cap, analyze the connection between Chinese Spy Balloons and the UFOs invading US airspace this weekend, and discuss the rise and fall of 21st Century renaissance-man James O’Keef. Nova from Minnesota dives into the importance of fighting for SSDI, Owen from San Marcus talks about the reach of Matt Walsh and the issues of the computer science workforce, and Rosanne takes a note from the Babylon Bee for her newest stand-up set. They also discuss the Super Bowl, and the immediate aggrievement that the right found in it (Race War anyone?), 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. Then they are joined by Judy Gold, host of the Kill Me Now podcast!

It's Casual Friday! Sam and Emma host Heather Digby Parton, contributing writer at Salon.com and proprietor of the blog Hullabaloo, to round up the week in news. Then they are joined by Judy Gold, host of the Kill Me Now podcast! First, Sam and Emma run through updates on the devastating earthquake in Turkey and Syria, Florida’s High School sports board decides not to analyze the menstrual flows of high schoolers, a brand new George Santos story, Elon Musk’s various personal business failures, and Mississippi’s new aim to create a Jackson-specific criminal justice system, before parsing through updates on the horrifying train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, and the anti-labor policy that made it possible. Digby then joins as she dives right into the GOP’s brand new “Throwing Sh*t at the Wall Until it Sticks” committee, walking through Jesse Watters’ proclamation that he just wants to throw someone in jail while the rest of the Five obsess about whether the Right’s special investigation is more or less special than the Left’s. Next, they walk through AOC’s performance at the Subcommittee on Weaponization of Federal Government, highlighting Twitter’s special treatment of the far-right, before wrapping up the interview by parsing through the Republican Party’s complete embrace of minoritarian rule, and where the GOP-led House is going next. Judy Gold then gets right into the renaissance of her political vitriol with the emergence of George Santos, before she dives into her recent work transforming her book “Yes, I Can Say That!” into an Off-Broadway production, exploring the growing prevalence of silenced comedians (be they jailed or canceled) and the importance of judging the intent of a joke rather than claiming entire topics as “off-limits.”

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma expand on the train derailment in Ohio, the labor battle that preceded it, and the legal fight that might follow, before parsing through the footage revealing Atlanta PD’s lies and abuses that were covered up in the murder of Tortaguita in Cop City, and watching Ben Shapiro remind us to NOT BLAME THE BOSSES for going woke. Joe Rogan compares Jews and Money to Italians and Pizza, Ben Shapiro asks if we must judge bigoted political analysts for their bigoted political analysis, and Sam and Emma assess the future of a Democratic Presidential Primary, plus, your IMs!

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Emma hosts Anastasia Curwood, Professor of History at the University of Kentucky, to discuss her recent book Shirley Chisholm: Champion of Black Feminist Power Politics. Then, she's joined by labor and politics reporter Cole Stangler, to discuss the recent worker protests in France.  First, Emma runs through updates on the death toll from the earthquake that hit Turkey and Syria, the brutality coverup in the Atlanta PD’s Cop City killing of an activist, the role of Norfolk Southern Freight in helping kill the safety regulations that would’ve aided their most recent chemical derailment, and the Ohio reporter that was arrested for asking questions about the incident, before diving into Ron DeSantis absolutely charisma-free response to being called a pedophile by Donald Trump. Professor Anastasia Curwood then dives right into her work creating what may be the first true cradle-to-grave biography of one of America’s most important political figures of the 20th Century, parsing through Shirley Chisholm’s roots as a Brooklyn-born daughter of formerly enslaved immigrants from Barbados, immediately entering into a world of Black radicalism and political organizing, from her grandmother’s emphasis on self-determination to her father’s involvement with Marcus Garvey, all shaping the lead up to her political career. Next, Professor Curwood walks Emma through the start of Chisholm’s entrance into politics, running with insurgent Democrat clubs to win a seat on the New York State Assembly in 1964, where she would align herself growing Civil Rights movement and garner an incredible grassroots base that, alongside the electoral realignment coming out of the Civil Rights Act, put her in an ideal position to become Brooklyn’s first Black Congressperson as she road through a tough primary against former CORE Director James Farmer, before winning the general at the end of 1968. After tackling her role (both in the New York State Assembly and in the House) in fighting for a bolstered social safety net (including pushing a universal childcare bill all the way to Nixon’s veto), Emma and Anastasia Curwood wrap up the interview by assessing Chisolm’s relationship to the White Feminist movement of the era, including organizing greatly with women like Bella Abzug and Gloria Steinem earlier in her political career, only to be completely deserted by them in her 1972 presidential run. Next, Cole Stangler gets right into the Emmanuel Macron policy that would raise the French pension age at least two years for all workers, parsing through the general consensus among the French as an attack on their labor rights, delaying access to the funds that much of the French have spent decades paying and extending their reliance on labor exploitation. After briefly contrasting the French pension program with the US systems of Social Security and Medicare, Cole Stangler wraps up the interview by tackling the constitutionally-guaranteed labor rights in France, and what this means for the protest moving forwards.

And in the Fun Half: Emma is joined by Brandon Sutton and Matt Binder as Matt discusses his experience debating the right on “what if I like HAD to say the N-Word,” Ben Shapiro relays the good ol’ “don’t they teach Black people to listen to the cops” dog whistle, and Left Reckoning caller Joe calls in to discuss recommended guests for discussing China-Taiwan relations. Candace Owens flips the fuck out on “demonic” Trans people in coming to the defense of Witchcraft-promoter JK Rowling, WeWork inventor Adam Neumann reinvents Capitalism’ parasitic relationship to housing, and Dave from Jamaica tackles the alienating nature of AI Porn, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Sam hosts journalist Ann Neumann to discuss her recent piece in Harper's, "Falling Like Leaves: The war in Ethiopia and its crimes against civilians". Then, Sam's joined by Dawn Tefft, a Lead Organizer with Emergency Workplace Organizing Committee (EWOC), and Sam Harshner, organizer and Adjunct Instructor of Political Science and History at Marquette University, to discuss their work with EWOC and its central mission. First, Sam runs through updates on Biden’s State of the Union speech, the rising death roll in the wake of the earthquake in Turkey and Syria, the Democrats sweeping Pennsylvania’s special election, the Fed continuing their attack on labor, and the House GOP launching their investigation into Hunter Biden’s d*ck pics, before diving into the contrast between Biden’s tack towards bipartisanship and Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ statements that she’s nothing like Joe Biden. Ann Neumann then joins as she walks through the last five years of Ethiopian conflict, beginning with the protests and riots breaking out in 2016 and led to myriad resignations across the Ethiopian government and the assumption of Abiy Ahmed to the Prime Ministership, who immediately stepped in to sign a peace treaty with Isaias Afwerki to end the multi-decade Eritrean-Ethiopian border conflict – a move that would earn Ahmed a Nobel Peace Prize, only for it to become apparent that, as a part of the treaty, there was an agreement to turn against their common enemy of Tigray. After a brief conversation on the role of Tigray and Eritrea in the liberation of Ethiopia from the Derg regime, Neumann parses through the role of the US in propping up various leaders in Eritrea and Ethiopia in the shift towards neocolonialism, with Abiy Ahmed being a particular darling of the west. Wrapping up the interview, Ann walks Sam through the crimes against civilians that have come through Ethiopia’s strict information blockade, from outright violence and violation to the manipulation of food and medicine, and how the information blockade itself developed. Dawn Tefft and Sam Harshner dive right into the creation of the Emergency Workplace Organizing Committee in early 2020 in response to the impact of the pandemic on workplaces, with the DSA joining with United Electorate to help sponsor and strategize labor organizing and the establishment of unions across the US in the fight for safe workplace policy in a pandemic. After briefly touching on EWOC’s work at Marquette University, Dawn and Sam walk through the biggest challenges that faced workplace organizing throughout the pandemic, and how easy it is for workers to unite over mediocre and unsafe working conditions.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and the MR Crew tackle Biden baiting the Right into committing to Social Security and Medicare, Frank Luntz’s response on (s)quack box, and other highlights from Biden’s State of the Union. Nine from Seattle dives into Eritrea’s relationship to colonialism and colonization, Ryan from Ohio dives into the disaster train derailment that has taken his house, and Chad from NYC rants against corporate “charity” as per the development of Box Tops. Donald Trump calls Ron DeSantis a groomer, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Sam and Emma break down the biggest headlines of the day as they count down to what may be Biden’s final State of the Union. Emma and Sam first dive into updates on the growing death toll in Turkey and Syria in the wake of this weekend’s earthquake, the speakers to watch for tonight, the center-right folding on the debt ceiling, the future of abortion rights, and various labor news in the political media sphere. Next, explore Judge Janine Pirro’s takedown of Biden’s first three years in office, and his failure to prove his worth to the voters, despite massive decreases in prescription drug prices (for some), and an incredibly high employment rate. They also walk through Shannon Bream’s discussion with Jared Bernstein, once again, on what Biden has actually accomplished, Kevin McCarthy singling out the national debt as the biggest threat to America, and Matt Gaetz using that tack to turn his sights on the impoverished. Wrapping up the free half, Sam and Emma parse through the Commonwealth Fund’s recent report on the US’ floundering healthcare system, paying more (both from the government and the people’s pockets) for less, worse, and more dysfunctional care than any other country in the OECD, all serving to put the US well behind in life expectancy and other quality-of-life measurements.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma watch Rep. James Comer try to dance away from questions about the GOP-led House’s bogus investigations, discuss various reactionary members of the dumdum “left,” and Charlie Kirk has Kari Lake walk through her plans on running for one political seat while claiming occupation of another. Bobby from Maine dives into the impact of the Medicare/Medicaid debate on actual people, James from Boston takes on the devastating impacts of the “school choice” drive on public education, and Candace Owens claims that history education has completely undermined ahistorical arguments. Valerie from Arizona dives into the defunct relationship between crime and housing, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Sam and Emma host Gary Orfield, professor and co-director of the Civil Rights Project at the University of California, Los Angeles, to discuss his recent book The Walls around Opportunity: The Failure of Colorblind Policy for Higher Education. First, Emma and Sam run through updates on the US shooting down China’s spy balloon, the Democratic base’s low enthusiasm on another Biden presidential run, the DNC overhauling their primary schedule, various GOP-run states figuring out how to crack down on drag shows and the establishments that host them, the Koch brand lining up behind Trump’s primary challengers, and Florida’s focus on teenage periods, before parsing through the destruction wrought in Turkey this weekend with a massive 7.8 earthquake. Professor Gary Orfield then joins as he dives into the evolution of the role of race consciousness in college admissions, beginning in the wake of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which saw the federal government join with students and the general public to push higher education towards integration, employing policies of race consciousness and affirmative action that would actively push against the inherent biases of the admission process, all steering US universities to a near-balance between the demographics of their students and the US population writ large by the end of the 1970s. After exploring how the Reagan Administration and neoliberal shift of the ‘80s heavily undermined poverty-specific policies like the Pell Grants while shifting the tax burden from the public to families as they cut federal funding, Professor Orfield walks through the post-Reagan challenges to affirmative action on the Supreme Court, with three cases between Michigan and UT over the first two decades of the 21st Century, moving into the upcoming cases with Harvard and UNC, which all focus on the same issue of whether active race-conscious admissions are actively conscious about race. Wrapping up the interview, Gary explores the main impacts on higher ed that we could see with an undermining of affirmative action, particularly as policy would move to the states, and tackles the importance of a bottom-up approach to solving the crisis of higher education in the US, ensuring students coming from marginalized communities are provided appropriate collegiate preparation, alongside overhauling the cost of college and university to open them up to lower-income folks, and a readdress the influence of biases in the admissions process.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma cover the right’s clamor over whether ignoring the Chinese War Balloon or shooting it down is more of a sign of a declining American empire, Tom from Columbus talks Ben Rhodes and putting pressure on politicians, Max from Bergen county discusses leveraging the death penalty to reduce traffic violations, and Charlie Kirk takes aim at AOC, calling code-switching, “rhetorical blackface.” Jack from Boston explores pushback on the Supreme Court from legal institutions, and Sam from New College in Sarasota Florida dives into Ron DeSantis’ and Chris Rufo’s attempted infiltration of her college, and the grounding of the attack in bigotry from racism to transphobia. Jack from Louisville walks through LMPD’s stonewalling of any accountability measures, Vato T from Washington takes on education, class, and affirmative action, George Santos moves his grift from Drag Race to Broadway, and Matt Schlapp lashes out at supposed “reporters” for “reporting” on his “reported” abuse, plus, your calls and IMs!

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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 Hamza Syed, co-host of The Trojan Horse Affair podcast, available from the New York Times and Serial. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on Biden leading the US through another strong quarter for labor, Blinken delaying his trip to China amidst the arrival of a “Spy Weather balloon” in the US, George Santos, the removal of Rep Ilhan Omar from the Foreign Affairs Committee, and the Fed continuing their full-on assault on labor, before diving into Fox’s juxtaposition of a strong labor market with Ford failing to meet some of their own revenue expectations. Jamelle Bouie then joins as he dives right into the murder of Tyre Nichols at the hands of the Memphis Police Department’s Scorpion Squad, and the importance of understanding the impact of the hyper-policing of marginalized communities on their relationship to politics and the state writ large. Bouie walks through the work of Joe Soss and Vesla Weaver that paints police as the most direct relationship that marginalized communities have with the state, understanding that their treatment at the hands of police creates a pessimistic view of the state and encourages a removal from the political system entirely. Capping off that conversation, Jamelle, Emma, and Sam walk through marginalized communities’ relationship to crime, understanding their fellow citizens as overpoliced in daily life while under-policed in terms of the actual risks to the community via violent crime, all serving to paint their social role, as understood by the state, as one of developing criminality rather than active citizenship. Next, Jamelle Bouie parses through the nascent stages of the GOP presidential race, why DeSantis and much of the rest of the Right relies on culture war discourse over policy, why the media struggles to handle GOP lies after decades of embracing them, Donald Trump’s role as an outside candidate even in 2024, and the constitutional nature of debt ceiling debates. They also talk with Hamza Syed about his work uncovering the Islamophobic response of the UK Government to obviously false papers covering an Islamic coup of Birmingham’s education system, and the UK Policy Exchange’s and much of the media’s attempt to paint his journalism as an extension of this Islamist project of extremism.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma watch Kevin McCarthy try to defend the removal of Ilhan Omar from the Foreign Affairs Committee as “precedent” following the removal of Marjorie Taylor Greene and Paul Gosar for threats against other sitting congresspeople. They also dive into the recent House vote to denounce socialism and what that means for the future of socialist policies like M4A, with 109 Democrats joining the Right on the vote, Ben Shapiro talks girl pants and why they can never be paired with boy legs, and Donald Trump rags on Ron DeSantis’ whimpering for help ahead of his 2018 race, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Emma hosts Laura Katz Olson, professor of Political Science at Lehigh University, to discuss her recent book Ethically Challenged: Private Equity Storms U.S. Healthcare. First, Emma runs through updates on the Fed approving another interest hike as they continue their push against labor, Biden and McCarthy’s unsurprisingly unproductive debt ceiling meeting, the GOP’s ousting of Ilhan Omar from the Foreign Affairs Committee, the College Board removing myriad Black authors from their AP AfAm syllabus, protests in France and the UK, and the US upping their military presence in the Philippines as they wrap up tensions with China, before diving into the incoming House Budget Chair’s concerning statements on the GOP’s targets for debt ceiling cuts. Professor Laura Katz Olson then joins as she dives right into the deregulation of the 1970s and ’80s which saw a huge influx of money into the junk bond industry, and opened up the economy to much broader investments into private equity and venture capitalism, beginning a period of corporate raiding and butchering by these firms, taking prospering companies, chopping costs to pay off debt, and then selling them off as a shell of their former selves. Professor Katz Olson then walks Emma through the contrast between the perspective we were sold on private equity by the neoliberal pioneers, that they come in and save struggling companies, with their actual practice of relying on the income of prosperous companies to pay off the debt of their own acquisition, before expanding on private equity’s recent entrance into the world of medical care, seeing the vast income in the healthcare industry as the perfect tool to rake up profits from the working class, in a comparable manner to their takeover of the Dental industry in the 1990s. Stepping back, Laura Katz Olson parses through the playbook of private equity and their reliance on Non-Disclosure Agreements and Non-Disparagement clauses to keep their destructive practices under wraps, as their cost-cutting practices inevitably break down the capacity of the company to function by piling more and more responsibility on workers. Wrapping up, Profesor Katz Olson discusses the specific impact this process has on medical care, which works along the lines of life and death, and how venture capitalists are stepping into Medicare and Medicaid-funded care to rip dollars from our taxes. Emma concludes the free half by reflecting on Ilhan Omar’s response to being ousted from the Foreign Affairs Committee, her role as one of the few Representatives willing to question corporations, and what this loss means moving forwards.

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Sam and Emma host Raymond Jackson, President of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 689, to discuss the recent strike by Loudoun County Transit workers in Virginia. Then, they are joined by Helena Bottemiller Evich, founder of the publication Food Fix, to discuss the recent developments within the FDA and the issues surrounding Abbott's baby formula. First, Emma and Sam run through updates on Trump’s pleading of the fifth for the 400th time, the AP African American course updates, Nikki Haley launching her run for the GOP nomination in 2024, Hochul siding with her corporate lobbyists once again, and the previous abuses of the cops that killed Tyre Nichols, before parsing through Biden’s State Department’s refusal to acknowledge the apartheid and oppression faced by Palestinian people. Raymond Jackson then joins as he dives into the context of ATU Local 689’s strike as it reaches its third week, with Keolis taking over Loudoun Transit in 2021 and promptly cutting health benefits and forcing workers into outrageous workloads, all while serving the richest county in the US. After walking through the one-sided bargaining that has taken place in the wake of the takeover, Jackson discusses the other transit strikes inspired by Keolis’s takeovers, before they wrap up the interview by exploring the various ways to support Local 689 both from Virginia and afar. Helena Bottemiller-Evich then dives into the recent announcement of a major reorganization of the FDA amidst intense scrutiny over their food management, tackling the baby-formula drama that put this issue front and center, and why, despite decades of dysfunction, this issue only just came to a breaking point. They discuss the impact of Donald Trump’s takedown of the administrative state, and why it didn’t impact the revolving door of drug-focused administrators, before taking a step back to look at the much greater issues that faced the FDA’s actual attempts to regulate food, particularly in terms of its funding and relationship to the industry it supposedly regulates. Wrapping up, Helena, Sam, and Emma tackle the recent updates to FDA regulation, including taking heavy metals out of baby food, and how to bolster the US’ ability to regulate the food industry.

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Sam speaks with Matthew Johnson, interim director of Beloved Community Ministries, to discuss the demonstrations surrounding Atlanta's "Cop City." Then, Sam and Emma break down the biggest headlines of the day. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on the backlash to the officers responsible for the killing of Tyre Nichols, the lies involved in the initial police report, cooling inflation numbers, George Santos taking a step back from his committees, and the US’ response to political upheaval in Peru, before diving into coverage of Atlanta’s “Stop Cop City” protests which, while driven by peace, has inspired Governor Brian Kemp to call in the National Guard. Matthew Johnson then joins as he dives right into the legislation and development of the Atlanta Police Department’s “Cop City” training center, approved by Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms without knowledge of the City Council in 2021, and aimed at replacing the biggest urban forest in the US with the biggest militarized police training facility in the US. Contextualizing this decision, Johnson then walks through Atlanta’s role as the most surveilled city in the US, the city with the worst racial income disparity, while featuring continuing gentrification and severe environmental racism, with a particular emphasis on the city’s water supply, all of which are factors that would be seriously enflamed by the construction of Cop City over the Atlanta forest. Next, Matthew Johnson and Sam explore the movement defending the forest as a vast coalition that Kemp and the Atlanta PD are attempting to pass off as organized domestic terrorism, slapping serious charges on protesters alongside the typical abuses of police brutality, which culminated with the murder of community member Torta. They wrap up by discussing the importance of supporting places like Defend the Atlanta Forest and the Atlanta Solidarity Fund, and the future of this fight.

And in the Fun Half: Tim Pool blames Defund the Police for fueling police brutality, Hochul continues to try to force herself into Cuomo’s mold of Progressive-hating Democrat, and Dave Rubin dives into his experiences in the hall of the ever-kind and gracious Elon Musk. They also discuss the persistence of anti-vaxxer rhetoric despite the clear signs that the vaccine mitigated COVID-induced myocarditis, and CNBC rails against the Marxism in Joe Biden’s FTC. Will from Nebraska discusses the impacts of the Right’s transphobic fear-mongering, and  Sam and Emma cover updates on Paul Pelosi’s attacker and his conspiracy blogging roots, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Sam and Emma host Jefferson Cowie, Professor of History at Vanderbilt University, to discuss his recent book Freedom's Dominion: A Saga of White Resistance to Federal Power. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on the GOP acting as the House majority, Ronna McDaniels winning the election for RNC Chair, and the murder of Tyre Nichols by the Memphis Police “Scorpion Squad,” before parsing through the lackluster response from the right to yet another example of the overwhelming violence of the US police state. Professor Jefferson Cowie then joins as he dives right into how he came to focus so specifically on the evolution of ideas of “freedom” in Barbour County, Alabama, looking to the southern US’ particular anti-statist and anti-federal view of freedom that favors the freedom to dominate over the freedom from domination. Expanding on this lens, Professor Cowie explores various conceptions of freedom, including personal freedoms (as enshrined in the Bill of Rights), civil freedoms, and sovereign freedom – the freedom to control and dominate – and how the settler-colonial nature of the inception of the US aligns strongly with this latter idea. Beginning in this era, Jefferson walks Sam and Emma through “freedom” as a central political idea in the development of Barbour County, originating with the displacement of the people of the Muscogee Creek nations to clear land for slave labor, isolating them into a New Jersey-sized lock of land under supposed “protection,” and continuing through the white invaders’ insistence on overcoming the tyranny of the government protecting this land, igniting a full war with the Creek peoples, and even forcing the government to step in to fully put down the indigenous rebellion. Moving forwards, Professor Cowie then walks through the reconstruction era and the white supremacist reaction to the election of various Black and freed members of society, launching a full coup on election day 1874 with an attempted massacre of enfranchised free folks, and an establishment of a local regime led by J.W. Comer that exemplified this white freedom to dominate, institutionalizing hardcore prison labor within a system that brought the imprisoned population from 8% African American to over 90%, and launching the county into the modern era of white supremacist institutions. Wrapping up the story portion, Jefferson Cowie dives into the emergence of Alabama Governor George Wallace from Barbour County as the final stage in the development of the southern philosophy of freedom, ingraining his white supremacist attitude within arguments against federal tyranny and faux-populist rhetoric for liberty, before they conclude the interview by assessing how to balance differing conceptions of freedom, and the importance of the federal government in ensuring the greatest freedom for the greatest number of people.

Fun Half: Sam and Emma discuss the Right dismissal of the Tyre Nichols footage and the mass influx in anti-LGBTQ bills across the US, the GOP debates how to trim the woke from the budget, and Ben Shapiro blows the whistle on POLITICO’s puppetry of the American public’s opinion of the debt ceiling. Matt from Denver discusses his relationship to the Republican Party and their agenda, Amir from VA dives into his experiences in Brazil in the leadup to January 8th, Donald Trump’s 2024 strategy begins to unfold from the sky, and Dennis Prager explores the nuances of bullying children, plus, your calls and IMs!

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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, Emma and Sam run through updates on the charging of five Memphis cops over the brutal murder of Tyre Nichols, the right bickering over the next RNC Chair, Adam Schiff entering the race for Feinstein’s seat, and DeSantis bumping 1 million Floridians off of Medicaid, before watching Tyre Nichols’ mother, RowVaugn Wells, reflect on the legacy of her son. Then, David Dayen joins as he dives right into the arrival of Jeffrey Zients as Biden’s new Chief of Staff, parsing through his record as an “efficiency expert” and cost cutter, and his background in consulting as worrying features for the President’s primary day-to-day filter, before reflecting on Democratic establishment media’s defense of Zients as a “nice guy” whose past work you should somewhat ignore. Next, David walks Sam and Emma through Chuck Schumer cutting two massive bills that would have been a step towards breaking up Big Tech, including the American Innovation and Choice online Act – essentially preventing self-preferencing – and the Open Apps Market Act – which would take on the stipend that app monopolies (Google, Apple) take from in-app purchases – as well as exploring why Schumer has acted with such fealty to the Tech regime. Wrapping up, Dayen assesses Biden’s massive 2021 executive order made up of 72 actions pushing government agencies to take on an understanding of economic competition beyond the impact on prices and consumers, discussing which agencies have actually seen the biggest shift in attitude, and the importance of these types of executive action in bolstering the programs of his anti-trust candidates like Lina Khan at the FTC and Jonathan Kanter at the DOJ, before briefly touching on Pete Buttigieg’s floundering at the DOT and whether that will change. David Feldman also joins as he reflects on Sam’s anti-cooperative work ethic, calls out the gated community that is the Majority Report, and check’s in with Sam’s child, Matt Lech.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma discuss the politics behind the Memphis Police’s quick charging of their fellow cops for the murder of Tyre Nichols, Ron DeSantis asks why the hell the RNC is in DC, the nation’s capital, and Matt Gaetz and Geraldo Rivera bring a tepid fight to Hannity over the debt ceiling debate. They also discuss Project Veritas’ honey potting of a no-nothing Pfizer worker, Adam from Virginia talks to this show (of all shows) about day trading, and Garret from Michigan recommends the work of Nick Turse and discusses giving history teachers the freedom to discuss America’s violent past, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Emma hosts Hal Weitzman, executive director for intellectual capital at the University of Chicago Business School, to discuss his recent book What's The Matter With Delaware?: How the First State Has Favored the Rich, Powerful, and Criminal-and How It Costs Us All. Then, Emma is joined by Lee Harris, reporter at The American Prospect, to discuss her most recent piece "Wall Street’s Big Bet on Rewiring America". First, Emma runs through updates on Israel’s continuing violence in the West Bank to start 2023, panic setting in around the debt ceiling, the Supreme Court’s first decision of the term, various states’ attempts to ban transition care up to 26 years old, Peru’s potential impeachment, and DT’s return to FB and IG, before Emma parses through Kevin McCarthy’s attempt to remove Ilhan Omar from the Foreign Affairs Committee and the bigotry behind the process. Hal Weitzman then joins as he dives right into the staggering stats around Delaware’s role as host for LLCs and corporations across the world, acting as the base for two-thirds of Fortune 500s, with thousands of new Limited Liability Corporations being created every day, resulting in a state with 1.8 million corporations to a population of around 1 million people. Next, Weitzman walks Emma through the history behind Delaware’s role as a corporate haven, beginning with Woodrow Wilson’s crackdown on New Jersey’s corporate leniency pushing companies to Delaware, the next closest haven to New York, before they shift the conversation to what makes Delaware so the perfect American version of the Cayman Islands, from its small size (both in population and geography) to its location. Expanding on the conversation, Hal and Emma walk through various elements of this industry known as “the Franchise”, from building an entire legal infrastructure for corporate issues to sponsoring the rapid turnover of entire corporations in a Ponzi-scheme-esque manner and allowing for the anonymous creation of LLCs, all serving to bolster the state’s status-quo – as per “the Delaware Way.” Next, Lee Harris walks through Ithaca’s developing Green New Deal, exploring how Venture Capitalists and Goldman Sachs capitalized on the Inflation Reduction Act’s environmental subsidies by investing in this infrastructure overhaul, taking somewhat legitimate environmental programs and putting the control of profits and energy into the hands of the same for-profit model that created these issues. After discussing the role of Bloc Power, the main Start-Up involved, they walk through the various differences between Ithaca’s Green New Deal (and other small-scale versions) and Bernie Sanders’ original bill, before wrapping up the interview by tackling the various routes through which these corporations are ensuring the infrastructure remains under their control.

And in the Fun Half: Emma is joined by Matt Binder and Brandon Sutton as they discuss Glenn Beck’s takedown of Velma’s new spin on Scooby-Doo, Margaret from PA discusses skullduggery fatigue, and Ben Shapiro compares guns to embezzlement, forgetting that the solution to both is greater regulation and administrative oversight. Nate from NH expands on the gas stove/baby formula debate by walking through the other various unregulated toxins we ingest, and Mark from Buffalo explores the future of America’s two major parties. The A&W Bear has no pants, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Sam hosts Senior Policy Analyst Krista Brown and Senior Fellow Moe Tkacik with the American Economic Liberties Project (AELP), to discuss their recent piece in the American Prospect, "Ticketmaster's Dark History".

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Sam and Emma speak with Ken Klippenstein, investigative reporter at the Intercept, to discuss his coverage of the World Economic Forum summit in Davos, Switzerland for his newsletter on SubStack. Emma and Sam begin by running through updates on yesterday making another mass shooting in a Californian Asian-American community, the Florida Supreme Court cementing the state’s abortion ban, the split within the Blue Dog Caucus, and the DOJ making Google the next anti-trust target, before diving deeper into the EPA struggling to turn it around since the Trump cuts to the agency, and Ruben Gallegos announcing his run against Kyrsten Sinema in Arizona. Ken Klippenstein then joins as he gets right into parsing through the weirdest takes on the Davos conference in Switzerland, from the “everything they say is right” to the “actually, they’re eating babies there,” before walking through how the conference sets up the appropriate networking opportunities to keep the world economies in line with the neoliberal model, espousing the inflation-blaming and anti-worker rhetoric that has dominated the US economic policy over Biden’s reign as a bellwether for the rest of the West ™. After briefly touching on the conference’s meaningless panel on quiet quitting, Ken, Emma, and Sam walk through Chris Coons’ role as a protectionist dove during a conversation about bringing jobs back to the Americas, exploring what “friend-shoring” entails and why it would be good for way more than just the US. Wrapping up the interview Ken takes on the ingratiation of two horrendous political actors (Henry Kissenger and Saudi Arabia) at the conference, and what that says about who Davos is for.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma discuss Bernie’s upcoming return to his hometown of Brooklyn, the Blue Dogs Caucus splitting over their title (despite the existence of countless other “bipartisan” anti-democracy caucuses), and dive into Ron DeSantis dressing his racism in homophobic clothing. They also discuss the Good Liars’ appearance at the March for Life, Jordan Peterson launching the IDW’s newest educational accrediting grift, and Candace Owens asks us to pray for Crowder straying from god. Mark from Buffalo asks about YouTube’s right-wing, Sophia from Atlanta unpacks anti-immigration talking points, and Crowder continues his attack on the Daily Wire, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Sam and Emma host Graham Rayman, criminal justice reporter for The New York Daily News, and Reuven Blau, senior reporter for The City to discuss their recent book Rikers: An Oral History. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on this weekend’s mass shooting at Monterey Park, a former New York FBI agent engaging in money laundering with Russian connections, Biden’s new Chief of Staff, and the GOP’s crackdown on food-based benefits, before diving deeper into the debt ceiling discussion and Joe Manchin’s take on how to undermine social security and medicare without being blamed for it. Then, they’re joined by Graham Rayman and Reuven Blau as they dive right into their work compiling quotes from those within Rikers on every element of life in the detainment center, from those working there to the detainees that are imprisoned, before they step back and explore the institution of Rikers itself, looking at this prison complex as super-detached from the rest of the NY justice system, acting as a pre-trial detention center while playing host to many victims of the justice system that suffer from severe mental health issues, all adding up to Rikers producing higher death rates while also receiving more funding and hosting fewer inmates in comparison to the rest of the New York system. After an in-depth exploration of Rikers jail as a violent quagmire where inmates are stuck for years before they even face trial, Rayman and Blau walk through the last 50 years of Rikers’ development, beginning at the end of the 1970s when the crack epidemic saw New York reinvest in short-term city and state jails on the island, quickly ramping up the population of inmates to around 20 thousand and immediately cementing its role in the New York justice system, despite the infrastructure crumbling within a decade, making the island host to the worst conditions in New York jails which would continue to deteriorate over the next few decades. Wrapping up, they explore the “hidden” role of solitary confinement and the other forms of detainee abuse, and discuss the federal government’s highly critical monitoring of the jail and why it has had little to no impact on its existence.

And in the Fun Half: Sam, Emma, and the MR Crew tackle the arrest of former FBI agent Charles McGonigal, and Sam’s greater half-baked theories of the New York crime world, Tucker goes absolutely ballistic over the idea that conservatives would just be aggrieved for the sake of aggrievement, and Donald Trump’s absurd appearance at Diamond’s memorial (of Diamond and Silk). They also tackle two different Jims struggle with coherent thought, before they’re joined by Kowalski from Nebraska in-studio! Kowalski walks through his first impressions of New York, and the economic developments in the practice of farming over the last half-century, plus, your 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, Sam and Emma run through updates on the Supreme Court finally finalizing their investigation into the Dobbs leak, Hochul continuing her self-immolation tour, Trump coming out against cuts to social security, Florida outlawing AP African American studies, and more, also parsing through the coverage of the recent debt ceiling debate, as Nancy Mace pretends to acknowledge the bipartisan nature of government spending (because that’s literally what government is), before totally misunderstanding what goes into the deficit, and why the government must have debt. Alex Pareene then joins as he dives right into this week’s updates on the Supreme Court investigation into the identity of the Dobbs leaker, following up the recent announcement that they’re “narrowing down” the list of suspects by concluding that the leaker could not be determined. Alex, Sam, and Emma walk through the list of possible suspects, discussing why it seemingly ignored the possibility that it could’ve come from a Justice (despite proof of multiple leaks coming from Justice Alito), and why a culpable conservative justice could essentially hold the institution of the Supreme Court hostage, forcing them to choose between covering this up (and suffering minor damage to institutional trust) or being transparent (and completely undercutting any remaining trust of the Court), before capping the SCOTUS conversation by tackling the role of non-judicial legal institutions (law schools, organizations, etc.) and liberal justices in opening up the conversation to a changing role of the judicial branch. Next, they shift the conversation to Hochul continuing her strut down her self-made carpet of rakes as she officially retains a lawyer to sue her DEMOCRATIC-led State Senate, exploring why she’s acting like she has an electoral mandate despite narrowly winning the governorship and largely undermining down-ballot Democratic races, and what the logic behind turning on women’s rights and labor activists could possibly be. They also discuss the greater ineptitude of the New York State Democratic Machine, why Hakeem Jeffries is standing behind Hochul, and the future of the progressive agenda in New York. Wrapping up the interview, Alex, Sam, and Emma discuss Donald Trump’s campaign against cutting social security, how it will affect the GOP’s platform over the next year, and where it will leave Trump’s standing in the 2024 primaries.

And in the Fun Half: Sam, Emma, and the MR Crew parse through Candace Owen’s statements on women as a distraction in the workplace, before getting into a deep dive into the myriad reveals that have come out of the Daily Wire-Stephen Crowder beef, from the levels of revenue at these conservative publications, to their tactic of trolling in public and keeping the severe bigotry behind the paywall, also debating where Crowder’s outrageously poor strategy came from, the potential of a tampering case coming out of this, Crowder’s content mill, and the serious backlash from Daily Wire employees like Candace Owens and Matt Walsh as they go to bat for their employer like the good little guard dogs they are, plus, a sit down with Ben Burgis and Jason Myles of “Give them an Argument” and “This is Revolution,” respectively, ahead of their live show with Left Reckoning this weekend!

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Emma hosts Adrian Hon, game designer and CEO of Six to Start, to discuss his recent book You've Been Played: How Corporations, Governments, and Schools Use Games to Control Us All. Then, she is joined by Alex Sammon, politics writer at Slate, to discuss the recent controversy surrounding New York Governor Kathy Hochul's nomination of Judge Hector LaSalle to New York's highest court.  Emma begins by running through updates on the debt ceiling’s summer showdown, election deniers overtaking the house oversight committee, and Hochul’s Chief Judgeship nomination failing to make it through the state senate judiciary committee, before diving into Joe Manchin’s recent appearance at the Davos economic forum as he calls out the debt ceiling while completely ignoring the biggest counterweight to government spending (taxes). Adrian Hon then joins as he dives into what “gamification” entails, with the application of game design in non-game circumstances, be it in education, fitness, labor, or whatever, creating a hyper-monitored system of achievements and failure. Parsing through the impact of the “gamification” of the world of labor, Adrian and Emma walk through the major changes we’ve seen alongside it, including an increased level of surveillance and performance feedback coming in the form of intra-workplace competition, and how this allows employers to set up unachievable “goals” for employees to push their labor while avoiding appropriate compensation. After a brief conversation on the relationship between the “gamification” of labor and the gig economy, Hon walks through the evolution of apps in the 2000s and early 2010s that opened up society so fully to gamification, emphasizing arbitrary achievements as proof of value in a perversion of the already corrupt meritocracy we supposedly live it. They wrap up the interview by focusing on a specific realm of “gamified” labor in the trucking industry, as they analyze how gamification and decades of dwindling labor leverage reinforced the increasing insecurity and decreasing solidarity in the workplace, and explore why these arbitrary systems of tracking achievement don’t serve to increase the effectiveness of the institution it’s serving. Alex Sammon and Emma then dive deep into the story behind Gov. Kathy Hochul’s floundering nomination for Chief Judge of the NY Court of Appeals, walking through how he came to be her first choice, why there was immediate pushback to such a selection, and how Hochul could possibly have seen this as an important fight when it undermines not only her constituents but her own party, before wrapping up with an assessment of Hakeem Jeffries hopping on Hochul’s bandwagon despite this court being the very reason his party lost control of the House.

And in the Fun Half: Emma is joined by Brandon Sutton and Matt Binder as they tackle the release of a gritty retake of our favorite perceptive posse in “Velma,” and Binder gives his absurd take on the rankings of animation houses. They also tackle the issues with AI algorithms (and where they could actually help), discuss Tucker’s newest guest of MLK’s extended family, and talk with Alex from NY. Candace Owens shares her feelings on therapy (interesting, no facts involved), for some reason the crew discusses NFTs in 2023, and Kowalski calls in with his fun-half takes. They also run through updates on George Santos’ absurdly villainous origin story, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Sam and Emma host Erika Pinheiro, the Executive Director of the immigrants rights group Al Otro Lado, to discuss the Biden Administration's recent policy updates on immigration into the country. Then, they're joined by Brian Mier, correspondent for teleSUR English and Brasil Wire, to discuss the recent civil unrest in Brazil after Bolsonaro supporters stormed the Brazilian capitol buildings, as well as the presidential residence. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on the game of chicken with the debt ceiling officially starting,  George Santos following up the revelations of his four-figure theft with two committee assignments, the NY State Senate’s fight against Hochul’s anti-choice chief justice nomination, Matt Schlapp’s impending sexual battery case, Maine’s endeavor to protect abortion, and North Dakota’s crackdown on books that discuss anything sex, plus, they parse through Kysten Sinema’ appearance at the Davos World Economic Forum to take on those hyper-partisan fools that are obsessed with democracy. Erika Pinheiro then joins as she dives right into Biden’s supercharging of Title 42, Trump’s COVID immigration policy that shuts off the border to asylum seekers, allowing minimal at-risk migrants through the border over his two years in office. After taking on Title 42 as the only remaining recognition of COVID by the Biden Administration, Sam, Emma, and Erika step back to explore the greater immigration laws surrounding asylum, requiring countries to provide due process and adjudication for any asylum-seeker that sets foot in the country, with the US’ asylum process hinging on a first-come-first-serve structure that largely benefits the wealthier migrants with immediate access to internet and housing. Wrapping up the interview, Pinheiro walks through her thoughts on Mayorkas’ new migrant worker initiative (and the activists that fought for it), the Biden administration’s complete capitulation to far-right pressure on immigration, and why the Democrats haven’t paid a price for this (so far). Brian Mier, Emma, and Sam then parse through the long road that led up to the Brazilian Coup attempt on January 8th, beginning with the DOJ’s 2014 collaboration with a Brazilian District AG in the “Lava Jato” operations that led to the corrupt and illegitimate impeachments and imprisonments of Dilma Rousseff and Lula da Silva, opening the door to the election of Jair Bolsonaro in 2019. Next, they cover Bolsonaro’s presidency, his cooperation with far-right US actors, and his implementation of the GOP’s “Big Lie” blueprint towards the latter end of his reign, leading up to his delay in recognizing Lula’s victory in 2022, his escape from Brazil, and the ultimate invasion in Brasilia earlier this month. After comparing Brazil’s January 8th with the US’ own January 6th and looking at Lula’s much more effective response, Mier walks Sam and Emma through the long-term relationship between the DOJ (and other US institutions) and the Brazilian right wing, with Joe Biden standing against Lula as Vice President, only to do a complete 180 as it became clear that Bolsonaro was a much bigger danger. They wrap up the interview by tackling Brazil’s “Harmony of Human Rights” and how it creates a much different system of rights than we see in the US, Lula’s pitch-perfect response on the day of the coup, and Bolsonaro’s future.

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The MR Crew are back from the long weekend! Sam and Emma host David Enrich, business investigations editor at the New York Times, to discuss his recent book Servants of the Damned: Giant Law Firms, Donald Trump, and the Corruption of Justice. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on the GOP and the debt ceiling, the death toll from Russia’s action in Dnipro, the arrest of a losing GOP candidate in New Mexico, and Israeli protests of Netanyahu’s abuse of the judicial branch, before parsing through why complete different actions by Biden and Trump (involving classified documents) have resulted in different responses from US political institutions. Then, David Enrich joins as he begins to walk through the story of the entrance of lawyers and law firms into the world of advertising in 1977, and how it created the world of financialized, amoral, corporate global law firms that we see today. Stepping back, Enrich then looks to the evolution of the Jones Day law firm as a model of the greater industry, first diving into their work in the 1940s representing a natural gas company in the wake of an explosion in Milwaukee and their emphasis on maintaining integrity and bolstering community trust, rather than fighting tooth and nail to against any reparation as a company would today, before contrasting this with their recent work intimidating and threatening local governments with lawsuits over attempts to ban the sale of flavored tobacco products. Next, David, Emma, and Sam walk through the main justifications for such horrific actions on behalf of corporate behemoths, as these firms hide behind the Constitution’s guarantee of representation for people accused of crimes and shirk claims of greed with pro-bono work, exploring the obvious immorality behind these lawyers’ amoral facade, before taking on two more examples of this growing trend of law firms falling in line with corporate greed, the Texas Two-Step, and Abbott Laboratories’ baby formula disaster. Wrapping up the interview, David walks through the reform he would most like to see, with an emphasis on the ABA, mainstream media’s coverage of law firms, and the exploitative cycle of legal education.

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

Excerpts include:

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

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

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

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

-Walter Cronkite reporting King’s assassination in 1968.

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

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It's Casual Friday! Sam and Emma host Ryan Grim, DC Bureau Chief at The Intercept, to round up the week in news. First, Emma runs through updates on Merrick Garland’s investigation into the President having access to classified documents, the House increasing member compensation, the LAPD’s killing of Keenan Anderson, and the horrific cost of severe weather events in the US, before she and Sam dive into Kevin McCarthy’s debut press conference immediately devolving to back-to-back conflicting statements. Ryan Grim then joins as he gets right into assessing the start of this term of a Republican-led House, walking through the central components of his concessions, beginning with the return to obsessing about the debt ceiling, before touching on the discharge petition, how it opens the door to Democratic legislation, and who’s relevance in Congress it might increase. They also tackle the likelihood of a social security cut, whether Hakeem Jeffries will push a Stock Trading Ban, the Democrats’ role in GOP committees, and the future of anti-trust and anti-inflation policy, before wrapping up the interview by analyzing the upcoming battle for Dianne Feinstein’s seat.

And in the Fun Half: Emma and the MR Crew discuss the bad faith that goes into anti-vaxxers’ arguments on increases to cardiac arrest and myocarditis numbers, Candace Owens’ takes on hunting Fauci and being a black figurehead for white supremacy, and Louis from Palm springs talks movie recs. James from FT Worth discusses arming teachers, Glenn Beck debunks the globalists’ diet, and Hakeem Jeffries goes the Lin-Manuel route of focusing on platitudes over policies. Matt Gaetz fills in for Steve Bannon to talk with George Santos, and it’s just as wild as you’d expect, and Matt from Seattle discusses updates on the Wizards of the Coast’s (Dungeons and Dragons, Magic the Gathering) attempt to crack down on the creative license to their games, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:43pm EDT

Emma is back for her first Thursday show of 2023! She hosts Neil Vallelly, researcher at the University of Otago in New Zealand, to discuss his book Futilitarianism: Neoliberalism and the Production of Uselessness. First, Emma runs through updates on a second set of classified documents being found at Biden’s Wilmington home, House GOP introducing two anti-abortion bills, Kevin McCarthy’s quid pro quo to obtain the speakership, the NYC Nurses’ strike reaching a tentative agreement after three days, and Barbara Lee’s potential run for Senate in Dianne Feinstein’s seat, before Emma parses through updates on Israel’s apartheid expansion as Bibi Netanyahu’s far-right coalition comes into power, and Rashida Tlaib’s statements on the House floor. Neil Vallelly then joins as he dives right into the inspiration for his book coming out of direct exposure to budget slashes at University, and the impacts they have in driving students into specific realms of study more suited to capitalist endeavors, exploring how the humanities and social sciences are painted as indulgent and useless for occasionally challenging capitalism rather than seeking to serve it. This brings Professor Vallelly to the topic of how different things get constructed as “useless” in our world, following how the emphasis on utility in education came alongside a shift towards privatized and debt-driven universities, thus requiring students to shape their own educational path alongside the universities’ economic projects. Next, Neil steps back as he traces the path from Jeremy Bentham’s theories of utilitarianism to contemporary neoliberalism, first exploring how he came to view money as the objective quantifier of utility, justifying the growing capital accumulation in the world and the growing economic theories of the time, with even the anti-utilitarian theories of the 20th Century, namely Keynesian and Hayekian economics, grounding themselves in this concept of maximizing happiness (whether for the masses or individuals). After tackling how the Friedman-Hayek form of anti-utilitarian utilitarianism won out over New Deal economics, Neil and Emma explore neoliberalism’s separation of the market from “democracy, the greater relationship between enfranchisement and utility, and how nihilism can help us analyze it, before wrapping up by walking through more specific examples of utilitarianism’s impact on neoliberal policy.

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Sam and Emma (in her triumphant return!) are joined by Matt Duss, Visiting Scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, to discuss his recent piece in the New Republic co-authored with Steven Wertheim, "A Better Biden Doctrine." Then, they're joined by Sarah Miller, Executive Director and founder of the American Economic Liberties Project, to discuss the Biden Administration's recent decision to limit corporations' abilities to use non-compete clauses on their workers.

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Sam breaks down the biggest headlines of the day. First, Sam runs through updates on the passing of the new rules package, the reveal that current president Biden has classified documents, Lina Khan and the FTC investigation into price discrimination, and environmental updates on California and our planet’s ozone, before diving into Katie Porter’s announcement that she will be running to take over Dianne Feinstein’s empty seat. Sam and the MR Crew then dive into updates on day 2 of the New York City nurses’ strike, as masses gather to support care workers exercising their labor leverage, and discuss perspectives from Representatives Ilhan Omar and Michael Waltz on the GOP’s platform in the wake of finally electing McCarthy speaker, including the ever-important de-wokification of the US military. They wrap up the free half by walking through the upcoming Supreme Court case Glaciers North West v. Teamsters, how the Supreme Court can use it to try and cripple labor action, and why the US loves requiring labor while not requiring the payment for it, before diving into updates to Biden’s student loan relief, and why it would be a lot easier to just wipe it out.

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Sam hosts author Cory Doctorow to discuss his recent book Chokepoint Capitalism: How Big Tech and Big Content Captured Creative Labor Markets and How We'll Win Them Back, co-written with Rebecca Giblin. First, Sam runs through updates on Kevin McCarthy finally overcoming his Freedom Caucus brethren to attain the speakership, the Brazilian coup attempt this weekend as well as the hardline responses to it, NYC’s nurses’ strike, and the striking down of more gun control measures, before diving into the Mike Rogers v. Matt Gaetz matchup from this weekend. Cory Doctorow then joins as he dives right into his examples of chokepoint capitalism, first looking to the wildly exploitative contracts of the 20th Century music industry, with mass monopolies by studios forcing artists into exploitative and debt-riddled contracts, only for the digital age and rise of Spotify to push the industry towards a monopsony, with Spotify as the primary purchaser of music, allowing them to force similarly exploitative deals on the same debt-riddled artists. They then shift to the monopsonistic scam run by Audible, as Amazon’s audiobook offshoot took Spotify’s blueprint and added internal lies and scams to bluff authors out of hundreds of millions in earnings, and wrap up that portion of the interview with the advertising monopolies of social media tyrants like Meta and Google. Cory then shifts the conversation to weakening the power of these capitalist chokepoints, where corporations can use the lack of competition to force horrendous contracts and conditions on laborers, focusing on the obvious elements of anti-trust and broader crackdown on anti-competitive practices, as well as pushing big tech interoperability to improve access for consumers and laborers, before concluding the interview with a discussion on the other massive project required: completely overhauling the US system of copyright laws.

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It's the first Casual Friday of 2023! Sam hosts Heather Digby Parton, contributing writer at Salon.com and proprietor of the blog Hullabaloo, to round up the week in news. Then, Sam is joined by Andy Kindler, host of the Thought Spiral podcast! First, Sam runs through updates on the US’ 50-year unemployment low, South Carolina’s Supreme Court rejecting a 6-week abortion ban, and Kevin McCarthy racking up an even 12 losses for the Speakership since Tuesday, now looking to make it a baker’s dozen. He also touches on the accessibility of the new abortion pill in red states, Biden’s new authoritarian immigration policies, and dives into the importance of disallowing non-compete agreements in the fight for labor control. Digby then joins as they dive a little deeper into Kevin McCarthy’s performance on the House floor this week, from pretending not to care about his repeated losses to not even being able to sell out correctly, and discuss parallels to his rise as John Boehner’s heir apparent. Next, she and Sam get into the role that conservative media has been playing in the issue, and whether the Freedom Caucusers will get what they want (whatever that is) from this standoff. Andy Kindler joins next, as he and Sam talk liquor, Ryan Seacrest, and what it's like to be young guns in the comedy world, before parsing through Dave Rubin’s reflections on DeSantis’ nomination, the revealed abuse by Matt Schlapp, Chair of CPAC.

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Sam hosts Clara Mattei, Assistant Professor of Economics at the New School for Social Research, to discuss her recent book The Capital Order: How Economists Invented Austerity and Paved the Way to Fascism. First, Sam runs through updates on Kevin McCarthy entering day three of House purgatory, the FTC banning non-compete agreements from labor contracts, mass tech layoffs, foreign support for Ukraine’s defense, and January 6th revelations, also diving deeper into the Fox crackdown against the McCarthy dissenters. Clara Mattei then joins as she and Sam dive right into the political nature of all economics, walking through the ingraining of social values through economic policy, and the enormous political implications behind any economic model. Next, Professor Mattei turns specifically to the policy of austerity, parsing through how it came to be viewed as a necessary party of our inevitable system of capitalism, disciplining the labor market into its position of exploitation while undermining the possibility of alternative social models. They then tackle the trinity of austerity policies, outlining fiscal austerity’s dismantling of social welfare, monetary austerity reinforcing reliance on wage labor by taking away credit and employment, and industrial austerity’s emphasis on privatization and deregulation to dismantle labor power. After expanding the discussion of undermining labor as a tactic to protect capital, Professor Mattei walks through the role of World War I in inspiring the political elites’ shift to favor austerity, as belligerent nations had been forced to nationalize in the face of war, incidentally exposing wage-exploitation to be a political choice while highlighting the thriving (if smaller-scale) alternative economies – from guilds to coops and councils – and a post-war clamor to re-legitimize their system of capitalist exploitation. This brings them to the pivotal post-war financial conferences in Brussels and Genoa where the capitalist states brought in economic experts touting this new tactic of austerity, framing taking from the many and giving to the few as a mass sacrifice for mass benefits, taking off in European states like the UK and Italy, and setting the stage for a rising fascism that was legitimized by the liberal establishment, and a deeper and deeper acceptance of capitalism via fiscal, monetary, and industrial austerity. Wrapping up, they tie the revelations of the Great War to the revelations we saw in capitalist societies in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the parallels to the ongoing attempt to use inflation to discipline labor, before Professor Mattei walks through the role of Capital Order in helping us unpack our current political moment.

And in the Fun Half: Sam is joined by Brandon Sutton as they unpack Kevin McCarthy racking up his 7th and 8th Ls since Tuesday, watch Hannity go ballistic on Boebert for obstructing governance, and explore whether the Freedom Caucus 20 actually has any semblance of a plan. They also tackle the state-level influx of anti-trans legislation, particularly looking at Montana’s recent SB99, and watch what happens when Laura Ingraham accidentally invites someone who isn’t a total nutjob onto her show to talk sports, plus, your IMs!

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Sam hosts Sarah Lamdan, Professor of Law at the City University of New York (CUNY), to discuss her recent book Data Cartels: The Companies that Control and Monopolize Our Information.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE! Sam and the MR Crew are back to break down the biggest headlines coming out of the holidays, as well as what's to come in 2023. Sam begins by running through updates on Russia’s expanding drone war in Ukraine, the final releases of the 1/6 Committee, Donald Trump’s tax returns, and the partisan polling behind 2022’s pre-election “Red Wave” narrative, also touching on an insulin cap for medicare. Then, he dives into Brazil’s election of Lula da Silva as President, walking through the mass coalition that elected him (and the countless numbers that showed up for his inauguration), as well as contrasting that with Bolsonaro’s arrival in Florida. Next, Sam and the crew discuss the ongoing House Leadership vote as Kevin McCarthy arrives on the floor, parsing through the various responses to the Freedom Caucus 5’s attempt to disrupt his candidacy and the institutional backlash seen on Fox, also taking on the complete absence of a policy-argument in this challenge, and what the Republican agenda actually is. Wrapping up, they zero in on New York politics, first tackling the continuing revelations around Congressman-elect George Santos, before exploring Gov. Hochul’s nomination of conservative Judge LaSalle, and the coming together of the New York left to collectively reject his nomination.

And in the Fun Half: Sam takes on the continued prevalence of anti-trans issues, even in the wake of this topic’s failure to act as a motivating force over the midterms, discussing Chaiya Raichik’s fear-mongering performance on Tucker Carlson, and tracing her roots back to another fundamentalist cult. Jacob from Alabama discusses the West Rock Paper Mill lockout and the lack of coverage around it, Alan from NC discusses the hypocrisy of the “genital mutilation” talking point, and Tim from Kansas calls in to discuss the COVID-deniers’ heartless response to Damar Hamlin’s shocking accident this weekend. They also tackle the attack on Librarians as a result of the transphobic stochastic terrorism on the right, discuss the ever-prominent fundamentalists and theocrats working for the GOP, and discuss Europe’s place in the movement for trans rights. Ayantu from Massachusetts expands on the recent interview about the Tigray War, the crew gives updates on the vote for Speaker of the House plus, your calls and IMs!

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It's the last day of the Best of 2022! Here Sam and Emma speak with Gary Gerstle, Professor of American History at the University of Cambridge, to discuss his recent book The Rise and Fall of the Neoliberal Order: America and the World in the Free Market Era. Then, the MR Crew revisits the live shows from last year, where Sam speaks with "John from San Antonio" at the Bell House in Brooklyn, and Sam faces off with a local Boston radio host from the Ken Ken & Ken Show at the Wilbur Theater.

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It's Day 5 of the Best of 2022! Here's Sam and Emma speaking with Adolph Reed, professor emeritus of political science at the University of Pennsylvania, to discuss his recent book The South: Jim Crow and Its Afterlives. Then, Sam faces off with Peter McIndoe, the Public Information Officer for independent organization “Birds Aren’t Real,”

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It's Day 4 of the Best of 2022! Here's Emma speaking with Dan Canon, civil rights lawyer and professor at the University of Louisville, to discuss his recent book Pleading Out: How Plea Bargaining Creates a Permanent Criminal Class. Then, David Feldman of The David Feldman Show gives a dispatch to Sam and Emma from London, just after the Queen died!

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It's Day 3 of the Best of 2022! Here's Sam and Emma with Vivek Chibber, professor of sociology at New York University, to discuss his recent book The Class Matrix: Social Theory After the Cultural Turn. Then, Sam and Emma talk with comedian Andy Kindler, host of the Thought Spiral podcast just before his therapy appointment!

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It's Day 2 of the Best of 2022! Here's Sam and Emma speaking with Lily Geismer, professor of history at Claremont McKenna College, to discuss her recent book Left Behind: The Democrats' Failed Attempt to Solve Inequality. Then, Sam has a conversation with his son Saul!

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It's Day 1 of the Best of 2022! Here's Sam speaking with William Forbath, Associate Dean for Research at the University of Texas at Austin Law School, and Joseph Fishkin,  Professor at the UCLA School of Law, to discuss their recent book The Anti-Oligarchy Constitution: Reconstructing the Economic Foundations of Democracy. Then, Sam and Emma chat with John Hodgman and David Rees to discuss their new project "Dicktown" on FXX!

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It's the LAST Casual Friday of 2022! The MR Crew are doing a clips-and-calls show before the holidays, and are also joined by Matthew Film Guy (@langdonboom)to discuss the recent Sight & Sound poll! First, Sam, and Emma run through updates on the final report from the January 6th committee, NY Gov Hochul fitting perfectly into the Cuomo mold, Sam Bankman-Fried paying off his $250 million bond in fiat currency, and Congressman-elect George Santos’ crumbling resume, before diving into the $1.7 trillion spending bill making it through the Senate and House, revamping the GOP leadership debate (and perhaps bringing Steve Scalise into the fold). Then, they take calls with Jay from New Haven on CT’s solar energy policy, Aaron from Madison on fighting back against the Independent State Legislature Theory, and Amy from San Francisco on QAnon Anonymous' deep dive into Tusli Gabbard’s cult. Then, they’re joined by Matthew Film Guy as he dives right into the drama surrounding Sight & Sound’s recent “Greatest Films of All Time” poll where Citizen Kane and Vertigo were finally overtaken for the #1 spot by a WOMAN-DIRECTED movie “Jeanne Dielman, 23 Commerce Quay, 1080 Brussels.” They walk through the anti-woke backlash to this result, as Matthew dives into the difference between an active culture war and the democratization of a poll, with Sight & Sound expanding the number of voters beyond a couple of hundred for the first time in their history, before launching into the beauty and vision of Chantal Akerman’s boundary-pushing work, its long-term rise into mainstream discourse, and the importance of creating art with sensitive visions of life.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma watch AOC tackle the USPS deal and their shift toward Electric Vehicles being undermined by Louis DeJoy putting a scab facility at the center of the production, Drew from Portland Oregon calls in to discuss DeSantis’ alternate health agency and the impact it could have on the Right’s war on trans care, and John from San Antonio walks through the massive boom in union support that we’ve seen in 2022. They also dive deeper into Kathy Hochul’s nomination of a severely conservative judge to New York’s Chief Justice position, and Matt Taibbi’s response to critiques (such as Matt Taibbi from a year ago) of him doing PR for a billionaire. Revis from the Twin Cities reveals a Sam Seder cameo in the Magic Schoolbus, Candace Owens has some thoughts on the Confederate Flag, and Charlie from Washington explores how to push your state to become a safe space for trans folks escaping persecution, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Emma hosts Karen Levy, Assistant Professor of Information Sciences at Cornell University, to discuss her recent book Data Driven: Truckers, Technology, and the New Workplace Surveillance. Emma first runs through updates on Zelesnkyy’s congressional address, Senate Republicans obstructing Biden’s funding bill, and Sean Hannity’s admission under oath that he didn’t buy much of the election-denying shenanigans on his OWN SHOW, also touching on Rep Kevin Brady’s speaking out against holding powerful people to account financially. Karen Levy then joins as she dives right into the supposed “trucker shortage” that the US is facing right now, exploring why there are, in fact, many truckers available, they’re just not getting paid enough to continue work in the industry, before stepping back to analyze the impact of four decades of deregulation of the industry, bringing about dropping wages, raising hours, and falling safety levels. Continuing this analysis, Professor Levy walks Emma through the precipitous decline of the role of unions and teamsters in an industry that was previously known for its labor forces, with the government still proclaiming the work as “essential” while refusing to meet the needs of the workers, from wages to infrastructure and more. Next, Emma and Karen discuss the little bit of trucking regulation that the government has actually stood behind, parsing through their surveillance requirements for digital tracking of truckers, walking through its failure to address the root issue it was supposed to address (worker safety) and how it provided an infrastructure for the corporations to ramp up their own surveillance measures, pushing biometric monitoring and predictive analytics that push their workers to abuse stimulants and push their bodies to the limits. Wrapping up, they tackle potential solutions that Professor Levy sees as possible and that actually target the issue at hand by detaching payment and protections from miles driven or hours worked.

And in the Fun Half: Emma talks with Hamish from Taho on cashews and veganism, and Dr. Phill hosts an anti-teacher-union hack to discuss why public school teachers are swindling the US out of billions (that they refuse to spend on themselves)! Then, she’s joined by Matt Binder and Brandon Sutton as they reflect on Sam Bankman-Fried and Rep. Tom Emmer (R-MN) showering each other in golden thank-yous, and Alex from New York calls in with a few matchups. They also tackle Andrew Callaghan’s killer confrontation with Don Lemon on the fear-mongering motive of the 24-hour news cycle, and Neil deGrasse-Tyson clamors to Elon Musk’s defense. Jay from North Carolina discusses term limits and making a more robust democracy, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Sam and Emma host Dr. MarkAlain Dery, infectious disease specialist at AccessHealth Louisiana and host of the Noise Filter podcast, to discuss the current state of COVID-19 and RSV heading further into the winter season. Then, they are joined by Leo Schwartz, reporter at Fortune Magazine, to discuss the recent congressional committee hearings surrounding FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on the release of Trump’s tax returns, Zelensky’s appearance in DC, Wells Fargo’s multi-billion fraud fine, and the newest iteration of the Twitter Files, before diving into the Right’s response to the embarrassment, harassment, and destruction that can come from the disclosure of tax returns. Then, Dr. MarkAlain Dery joins as he dives right into the crisis of a re-emergence of the flu and RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) coinciding with a renewed public bout with COVID, tackling whether the return of the various repertory and inflammatory viruses has to do with a lack of immunity due to COVID precautions, or if it’s simply a result of increased testing of these types of illness, before diving into the impact of inflammatory diseases in increasing risk of heart attack and stroke. Next, Dr. Dery walks through the evolving COVID policy in China, and the impact that can have on the international stage, before walking through the emerging new variants, vaccine boosting, and the various social comorbidities that we have seen in the US. Leo Schwartz then joins as he tackles what the hell Sam Bankman-Fried’s FTX actually is, how they first expanded the crypto trading world before bending the rules of trade themselves, and wrap up the interview by parsing through the role of SBF and FTX in using Washington connections to help legitimize the role of crypto in US politics writ large.

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Sam and Emma host Alex de Waal, Executive Director of The World Peace Foundation and Professor at Tufts University, to discuss the ongoing civil conflict in Ethiopia and how it is affecting the Tigrayan people. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on the US funding bill, GOP killing cannabis reform, the final DOJ criminal referrals coming out of the 1/6 committee, the USPS’ shift towards electric, and more on George Santos’ resume, before diving deeper into the January 6th committee, and the US’ long history of refusing to hold powerful white men to account. Alex de Waal then calls in as he gets right into walking through the long history of war in Ethiopia, beginning with tensions between the authoritarian leadership of Ethiopia (supported by the West) and the totalitarian regime of Eritrea, and the decades of war that came from it, culminating with the election of Abiy Ahmed as Prime Minister of Ethiopia, a shift away from the Tigrayan party leadership of the last few decades, who pushed for a security pact with Isaias Afwerki’s Eritrea. Parsing through this shift, Alex, Sam, and Emma tackle the progression of regional supremacy from the era of Haile Selassie’s Amhara leadership, through the Tigrayan decades, and into the recent turn against Tigray, as Ahmed and Afwerki used their pact to stamp out the Tigrayan political party that had dominated Ethiopian politics for the last few decades. After tackling the nature of this conflict as a battle for greater global/continental supremacy, de Waal walks through the differing perspectives on Tigray between Ahmed (who is largely taking a political opportunity) and Afwerki (who is seen to hold genocidal intentions), and how this resulted – despite strong defense from Tigrayan forces at first – in an attempt to starve out the Tigrayan people. After running through the massive devastation that came out of this genocidal endeavor between Ethiopia and Eritrea, Alex, Sam, and Emma explore how they got the rest of the African Union, and the world writ large, to look the other way, before wrapping up by tackling the recent treaties signed that put a stop to hostilities in Tigray, and why conflict in the country is not coming to a close despite them.

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Direct download: 12_20_de_Waal_-_pub.mp3
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Sam is back! Him and Emma speak with Nancy Fraser, professor of Political and Social Science at The New School for Social Research, to discuss her recent book Cannibal Capitalism: How Our System Is Devouring Democracy, Care, and the Planet-and What We Can Do About It. Emma and Sam first run through updates on Elon polling his own demise, the continued failures of the New York Democratic Party, referrals from the 1/6 committee, and the complete lack of excitement for either likely nominee in 2024. Nancy Fraser then joins as she parses through the multi-layered general crisis of capitalism that we find ourselves in the midst of today, the deeply irrational nature of capitalism as a social structure, and why a critique of capitalism must extend beyond a solely economic lens. Thus, expanding on a solely Marxist critique of capitalism, Professor Fraser walks through her work on a larger view of capitalism and its crises, first tackling the economic crisis of work and the disappearance of decent paying labor, before also touching on the crisis of care, and the ongoing environmental crisis, all stemming from capitalism’s constant undermining of any regulatory capacities. After walking through the evolution of capitalism from its mercantile inception, through the industrial and fossil fuel revolution, to the downfall of New Deal Capitalism as the West turned to Neoliberalism, Emma, Sam, and Nancy explore the COVID-19 Pandemic as an intersection of the various strands of crises within capitalism, and what we can learn about tracing our society’s myriad failures back to the social structure of capitalism. Wrapping up, Professor Fraser dives into the importance of expanding the anti-capitalist front, exploring what we can learn from the far-left and far-right brands of populism that have come about, and what the role of theory is in this project against capitalism.

And in the Fun Half: Sam parses through his new identity find through cruising, and he and Emma tackle the highlights from this weekend’s Turning Point USA conference, as Kari Lake brings back that whole “deplorables” thing, and Josh Hawley begs his audience to stop jerking off. Cameron from Indianapolis discusses a history of regional public transportation, Mark from LA tells of his harrowing experiences with Jazz Daredevil Whisky Highball, and Richard from Western PA discusses the disrespect for non-romantic partnerships in the debate on the Respect for Marriage act. They also tackle Elon trying to reconcile his desire to be loved with being a tremendous ass who makes the world a worse place, and talk Senate reform with Jay from NC, plus, your calls and IMs!

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It's Casual Friday! Emma hosts Ryan Grim, DC Bureau Chief at The Intercept, to discuss the Intercept's coverage of the White House pressuring Sen. Bernie Sanders to not introduce a war powers resolution on the conflict in Yemen. Then, Emma's joined by Lance of The Serfs TV to discuss their recent publication of old Matt Walsh clips, as well as the "Twitter Files." And, Emma is joined again by MR's own Matt Binder to discuss his recent unceremonious Twitter ban at the hands of Elon Musk! First, Emma runs through updates on Congress’ spending bill, another 45-billion dollar increase to the Military budget, and Starbucks Workers United launching their biggest labor action yet. Ryan Grim then joins as he and Emma dive right into the recent drama behind Senator Bernie Sanders’ war powers resolution, tackling why he delayed introducing it with the recent focus on labor issues, the impetus behind launching this effort after the vague success of his war powers resolution under Trump, and how he learned of Biden’s White House campaigning against him. Next, Ryan dives into what the vetoed war powers resolution under Trump actually accomplished, walking through its restriction of over 90% of US support for the war in Yemen, and the recent ceasefire in the region starting in October. Expanding on this, Grim and Emma explore why the White House saw this war powers resolution as a threat to their preferred relationship with Saudi Arabia, seeing the final ~10% of support surrounding the US’ aid of maintaining infrastructure as necessary to keep Saudi oil fields functioning, before wrapping up the subject by parsing through the history of MBS’ war in Yemen and exploring the role it plays in relation to Russia’ current invasion of Ukraine. They conclude the interview by diving into the PRESS Act that is being introduced to Congress, the conservative pushback from folks like Tom Cotton, and why it’s going to be difficult for them to frame this issue negatively. Lance from the Serfs TV then joins as he talks #FreeBinder, walks through yesterday’s ElonJet fiasco on Twitter, and explores Elon’s authoritarian action drawing critique even from the least respectable of the Free-Speech™ journalism crew, before tackling Lance’s research into Matt Walsh’s history of being a small-scale theocratic creep. Finally, friend of the show Matt Binder joins as he walks through his perspective on Twitter’s crackdown on any Musk-related journalism, the absurdity of banning people on a policy that doesn’t exist yet, and the ridiculous nature of Elon unilaterally employing the exact tactics he was critiquing in his “Twitter Files.”

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In a pre-taped conversation, Sam's joined by Eric Alterman, Professor of English and Journalism at Brooklyn College, writer of the "Altercation" newsletter at The American Prospect, to discuss his recent book We Are Not One: A History of America's Fight Over Israel. Then, Emma speaks with Javier Puente, Associate Professor of Latin American and Latino/a Studies at Smith College, to discuss the recent civil unrest in Peru after former President Pedro Castillo threatened to dissolve the country's legislature and rule by decree before being removed from office.  First, Emma runs through updates on the Fed’s newest interest rate hike, the House pouring more money into American policing, the return of free by-mail covid tests, Pulse Nightclub survivor Brandon Wolf’s statements on Florida’s transphobia, and the continued response to the Respect for Marriage Act. Then Sam and Eric Alterman join to tackle the history of American Jews and Zionism, first jumping back to the start of the 20th Century and the desire of the American Jewery to build America into their homeland, before shifting to the campaigning of Louis Brandeis in the 1920s for American Jews to push for the rights of their European brethren to colonize Palestine and return to Israel. Next, Professor Alterman and Sam tackle the mass shift in the American Jewish perspective on Zionism in the wake of the revelations of the Holocaust, particularly as it came after an era where the US (and its German-Jewish citizens) pushed against the immigration of Eastern European Jews. Moving to the wake of the Holocaust, Sam, and Eric explore the evacuation of the British from Israel leaving a colonial vacuum, and why the US saw it as an opportunity to build their power in the region, even with some conservative pushback from US politicians, before tackling the impact of the Six-Day War in bolstering the support for Israel among US Jews. They wrap up the interview by tackling the growing stratification between an increasingly conservative Israeli youth movement, and a more and more liberal American Jewish constituency, and where the future of Israel lies in US politics. Then Emma is joined by Javier Puente as attempts to contextualize the last week in Peruvian politics for us, from Pedro Castillo’s coup attempt on the 7th to Dina Boluarte replacing him through similarly undemocratic means, before tackling why the hell he attempted the coup in the first place, and where the motivations of the protesters largely stand, feeling both betrayed by Castillo and wanting to push against a return for a far-right Peru.

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Direct download: 12_15_Alterman_Puente_-_pub.mp3
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Emma hosts Jamie McCallum, associate professor of sociology at Middlebury College, to discuss his recent book Essential: How the Pandemic Transformed the Long Fight for Worker Justice. Then, Emma is joined by Gerrit Bruhaug, Ph.D candidate at the University of Rochester and research assistant for the Laboratory of Laser Energetics, to discuss the recent groundbreaking development in fusion energy that could pose a threat to fossil fuel production. First, Emma runs through updates on the passage of the Respect for Marriage Act, a new Fed interest rate hike, Tesla’s falling share prices, the Iranian protests, and Kate Brown’s final acts in office, before diving into Biden pushing Bernie into lockstep in embracing the Saudi proxy war in Yemen. Jamie McCallum then joins as he gets right into reflecting on the beginning of the COVID-19 Pandemic and the designation of our “essential workers” as such, granting those most necessary to our society (which also included Walmart’s greeters) a round of applause and little to no material support, while towns, cities, and states campaigned for special designation to keep the money flowing in. Next, he and Emma tackle this “hero” status, and how it contrasted with the actual heroic action that essential workers took, particularly in terms of disruptive tactics that actually attempted to center health and safety issues, inverting capitalism’s shock doctrine and using a public crisis to force progress in labor rights. Diving deeper into the pandemic’s early labor wave, Emma and Professor McCallum explore the non-unionized nature of much of the labor action in 2020, with workers genuinely taking their (and their community’s) well-being into their own hands, bolstered by rising community action over the court of 2020’s protests around the murder of George Floyd. After tackling the importance of these two movements finding solidarity with each other, they wrap up the interview with a conversation on the massive role unions had in keeping their workplaces and communities safe during COVID, and what else we can learn about labor from the workforce’s reaction to the pandemic. Gerrit Bruhaug then joins as he gets right into parsing through the nuclear fusion-based progress that was made in the US this week, discussing the important shift from fission to fusion, the purpose of this multi-decade project, and the future of this push for renewable energy (and the private challenges it may face).

And in the Fun Half: Emma and the MR Crew tackle Ron DeSantis’ new anti-CDC panel, Rai from Phoenix discusses Arizona’s bi(partisan)-phobia for Kyrsten Sinema, and Ben Shapiro discusses the anti-woke nature of software engineering. Charlie Kirk goes to bat for crypto in December of the year 2022, Matt Walsh touts the Bible’s mediocre sequel, and Mindy calls in to explore the fall of Italian-American comic Sebastian Maniscalco, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Emma speaks with Andy Campbell, senior editor and reporter at the Huffington Post, to discuss his recent book We Are Proud Boys: How a Right-Wing Street Gang Ushered in a New Era of American Extremism. First, Emma runs through updates on inflation, Boebert’s recount victory, another IDF murder of a young Palestinian girl, Peru’s political protests, and Elon dissolving the Twitter Trust and Safety Council, before parsing through a recent Talking Points Memo leak of January 6th texts featuring all of the day’s main characters. Andy Campbell then joins as he dives right into the current moment of the Proud Boys’ political movement, as their leader Enrique Tarrio and others face a Seditious Conspiracy charge for January 6th, with numerous high-level members already pleading guilty and notifying their willingness to testify against their brothers. He also touches on how the group is grappling with the indictment, with founder Gavin McInnes returning to the forefront, before stepping back to examine the story of how McInnes’ middle-aged misogynists’ militia came to be, with McInnes getting pushed out of Vice Media by his cofounders in 2008 due to blatant bigotry, and resigning himself to a solo talk show where he could center himself and his reactionary views. Continuing with this story, Campbell walks through the role of Donald Trump’s 2016 candidacy in lighting a spark in McInnes, particularly as his community of like-minded men continued to grow, shifting his program from a simple talk show to a call-to-action for mediocre incels, pushing his audience to physically fight for Trump’s politics, to the point where violence or arrest remained a base requirement for leadership in his Proud Boys. Finishing up the history portion, Campbell and Emma walk through the continued evolution of the Proud Boys over the ladder half of Trump’s presidency, and its culmination on January 6th, before they shift to a broader discussion of the values the Proud Boys bring to the table, including their view of themselves as a hyper-masculine militaristic brotherhood, before parsing more specifically through how they tackle ingraining themselves in the US political system, winning low-level GOP candidacies and actual seats in government to help legitimize their efforts, while claiming “irony” any time their violence is confronted. Wrapping up, they discuss the future of far-right extremism and aggrievement in politics, and why they’re not likely to go away.

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Emma hosts Timothy Shenk, Co-Editor of Dissent and Assistant Professor of Modern U.S. History at George Washington University, to discuss his recent book Realigners: Partisan Hacks, Political Visionaries, and the Struggle to Rule American Democracy. First, Emma runs through updates on Sinema jumping right back into working with the Right, Kari Lake’s lawsuit against Arizona, and polls revealing that the only thing the public wants less than a Trump candidacy, is a Biden one, before diving deeper into this weekend’s Keystone Pipeline spill, and the complete joke that is letting corporations regulate themselves. Timothy Shenk then joins as he dives right into the inspiration he found in the failure of the US political system leading up to the election of Donald Trump, with the inability of either party to build a durable majority following the collapse of the New Deal Coalition in 1968. Next, Shenk jumps back to the 18th Century as he begins the walk through the major political realignment that set up this coalition-stifling system, first parsing through the aristocratic civil war between Federalists and Jeffersonians in the 1790s that set up the two-party system that centered the ability to sway the electorate (rather than the belief in an aristocracy naturally rising to the top), before moving forwards through the 1800s and Andrew Jackson’s rallying of a populist coalition of his Jacksonian Democrats to bolster this political party machine. Next, Timothy and Emma explore the shift away from the Jacksonian Democrats as Martin Van Buren and the “Radical Republicans” began to take on the institution of slavery, and walk through the impact of changing party politics in the leadup to the Civil War, before shifting to the third realignment under Lincoln and beyond, as reconstruction’s vision of a multiracial democracy began to fall apart. They then discuss the rise of FDR’s New Deal Coalition in the 20th Century, as the Great Depression forced Americans to get over their lingering resentment from the Civil War, and for the first time centered class as the major political divide in the US, before they wrap up the interview by walking through the Right’s various coalition attempts (largely shrouded in a populist veneer) from Phyllis Schlafly to Donald Trump and tackling the failure of Democrats to ever see a return of FDR’s labor coalition.

And in the Fun Half: Emma and the crew bask in the jeers Elon Musk received at Dave Chapelle’s recent SF show, despite Dave’s best efforts, Jesse James from the Hudson Valley dives into reactionaries and pop-culture race swaps, and Sunil from San Jose discusses various elements of Democrats' campaigning strategies. They also tackle Christian Walker refusing to back down to the weirdos on the Right that blame him for his father’s loss, Zack from Missouri discusses the role of religion in various elements of our politics, and Serena from Tucson walks through serious tenants' rights issues going on in her complex, plus, your calls and IMs!

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It's Casual Friday! Sam hosts Osita Nwanevu, contributing editor at the New Republic and columnist at The Guardian, to round up the week in news. Then, Sam's joined in-studio by comedian H. Jon Benjamin to discuss his new Jazz Daredevil Whisky Highball! First, Sam runs through updates on the Respect for Marriage Act, Alito’s role in Supreme Court leaks, and more, before parsing through Sinema’s incredibly unsurprising choice to leave the Democratic party. Osita Nwanevu then joins as he dives right into analyzing whether there will be a material impact on Sinema going independent, before diving into lingering stories from the midterms, including Maricopa county, grappling with a Warnock win alongside an Abrams loss, Trump’s role in the GOP’s losses, and why the Right really should blame their obsession with culture wars. Next, they walk through whether the Right will see a shift back towards an anti-immigrant culture war, what the Democrats (with a majority in the Senate) can do about immigration policy, and why the American public became more liberal on the topic throughout the Trump presidency. Wrapping up, Osita and Sam tackle the state of the Democratic electorate, parse through the future of the Democratic party under their new leadership, and explore why DeSantis isn’t much of an actual departure from what the public dislikes about Trump. Then Sam is joined by alleged comedian and actor H. Jon Benjamin to discuss his educational background and new canned concoction the Jazz Daredevil Whisky Highball!

And in the Fun Half: Sam dives deep into the recent hearing around the 2014 Hobby Lobby leak, parsing through the astonishing news that the various influential far-right political lobbying institutions do indeed influence far-right Supreme Court justices, and whether there will be any repercussions for the multiple Justices involved behind the scenes. He and the crew also tackle Bari Weiss’ Twitter Files pt. 2 as she and the rest of the online right forgo reading comprehension in favor of their reactionary impulses, and discuss Rep. Vicky Hartzler’s harrowing experience grappling with Gay people having rights, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 12_9_Nwanevu_Benjamin-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:31pm EDT

Emma hosts Emily Flitter, finance reporter for the New York Times, to discuss her recent book The White Wall: How Big Finance Bankrupts Black America. First, Emma discusses this morning's news of President Biden announcing that WNBA star Brittney Griner has been released from Russian custody. Then, Emily joins and speaks about the current NYTimes Guild walk outs and what this means for the Times workers fight for better pay and better benefits. Afterwards Emily and Emma dive into her book, starting off with a general primer on the enormous racial wealth gap in the U.S., and how that wealth gap has persisted and even widened over the past 50+ years. She then touches on how banks have attempted to use a narrative of "racial progress" to buttress their social justice bona fides, without acknowledging the massive financial inequities that exist for Black Americans, and especially without acknowledging some significant banks like Citi's direct roots in slavery. Emily then speaks to the large amount of emails between bank tellers of numerous bank branches and how they showed a disproportionate emphasis on scrutinizing black patrons attempting to cash checks. They then turn to algorithms, how banks use them, and how they are utilized to continue to perpetuate the myth that algorithms are race blind and race conscious because they lack the same human error that produces racism, a claim that is blatantly false (algorithms aren't omniscient and don't appear in the world fully formed.) Emily ends the conversation by touching on her reporting on cryptocurrency, specifically FTX and Sam Bankman-Fried's attempts to assist with cities' guaranteed income programs in order to curry favor with Washington politicians, attempting to give impoverished people crypto, being told that poor people shouldn't be given an enormously speculative and unstable asset, agreeing to give them cash, then shuttering before handing over a single cent. Afterwards, Emma discusses further the passage of the Respect For Marriage Act, and Republicans insane reaction to its enshrinement into law.

And, in the fun half, Emma is joined by Matt Binder and Brandon Sutton, where they break down the "next entries" in the so-called "Twitter Files", Jack Dorsey's skepticism of Elon Musk, and Candace Owens claiming she doesn't believe in conspiracy theories, that the term "conspiracy theory" were created by the CIA, then begins to spout the conspiracy theories she believes in. Dave Rubin excitedly announces he tested positive for COVID, Dennis Prager's latest therapy session (his show) involves him thinking good male relationships involve being mean to each other, leading him to believe trans people can't truly become men, + your calls & IM's!

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Sam and Emma host Nahid Siamdoust, Assistant Professor of Middle East and Media Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, to discuss the recent political protests in Iran. Then, they are joined by Eli Friedman, professor at the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations and author of author of The China Question: Toward Left Perspectives, edited with Kevin Lin and Ashley Smith, to discuss the recent protests in China. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on yesterday’s Georgia Primary, Trump Inc.’s fraud charges, today’s Supreme Court case, and more! Then Professor Nahid Siamdoust joins as she dives right into the current strike in Iran, exploring where we are in its broader course, before jumping back to the leadup to the Iranian revolution to explore the role of students – and the trust the Iranian populace has in them – in the country’s culture of revolution. Expanding on this, Prof. Siamdoust walks through the widespread nature of the current protests in Iran, extending well beyond the university to women throughout the nation, and across the massive ethnic patchwork from Kurdistan to Turks and beyond. Next, they jump to the murder of Mahsa Amini by the Iranian morality police, exploring the rising tension between the theocratic regime and its diverse array of citizens, before jumping back to trace the inception of the Morality Police from the wake of the Iranian revolution. Wrapping up, they discuss the remaining social group that has yet to be fully won over by the protestors (the military and police) and what that fight currently looks like. Eli Friedman then joins as he gets right into contextualizing the last couple of weeks in China, and the protest that has risen from their “Zero Covid” policy, tackling the development of the Chinese public opinion for these policies, and the country’s relationship to covid writ large. Next, they tackle China’s history with mass protest movements, outlining the vast differences between these protests and the pro-democracy movement in 1989, and walking through the various current tensions in China’s relationship with Democracy and the West.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma discuss their criticism of CNN’s one-sided rail labor coverage, parse through Warnock’s victory in Georgia and the right’s internal civil war coming to the fore as Herschel’s relationships to Cruz, Graham, and Trump fail to take him to the Senate. Tucker Carlson reminds people that trans folks aren’t their only threat – brown immigrants exist too! Madeline King talks anti-communism, Ben Shapiro discusses the First Amendment right of being a Theocrat that cracks down on First Amendment rights, and Vince from Virginia dives into the lingering issues around the midterms and Supreme Court, plus, your calls and IMs!

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

Sam and Emma host Mark Joseph Stern, senior writer at Slate, to discuss the recent opening arguments that have come in front of the Supreme Court. First, they run through updates on today’s Georgia runoff, Ukraine’s offensive in Russia, another Fed interest hike, the continuing railway labor fight, and more, before diving into Kevin McCarthy exercising his beautifully weak leadership with Laura Ingraham. Mark Joseph Stern then joins as he dives right into 303 Creative v. Elenis, aka Gay Wedding Cake 2.0, exploring how Alliance Defending Freedom back Lorie Smith and 303’s fight to refuse even the possibility of making a website for a same-sex wedding, changing the entire spin of her business to center her argument that allowing the use of one of her templates (not even a personalized website) is the same as a personal endorsement of the marriage. He also dives into the recent debates on the Supreme Court floor, as Alito embarrasses himself attempting to draw a parallel between being queer and being a KKK member. Next, Mark, Sam, and Emma dive into the upcoming Moore v. Harper North Carolina gerrymandering case, outlining who the actors are, how it centers on the radical “Independent State Legislature” theory, and why the GOP is even pretending to think that a state legislature can fully ignore its constitution, courts, and governor when assessing a fair election, before wrapping up with the heartwarming note of why our democracy might come down to a single vote by Amy Coney-Barrett.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma talk with John from San Antonio as he previews today’s Georgia Runoff and reflects on the Democrats’ shortcomings in the Midterms, also tackling Matt Yglesias becoming the millionth person to ask the same “just asking questions” question about trans healthcare, and talking with Marcus on military vaccinations. Hutt from Manhattan parses through the Squad largely voting against freight rail labor, Sean Row from Chicago discusses the platforming of the right, and Candace Owens responds to the Daily Wire infighting. They also briefly discuss Elon trying to keep up the spark from the Twitter files, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Sam and Emma host Adam Hochschild, lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley School of Journalism, to discuss his recent book American Midnight: The Great War, a Violent Peace, and Democracy's Forgotten Crisis. First, Sam and Emma run through this weekend’s updates on the Georgia runoff, the North Carolina power station sabotage, this week’s Supreme Court cases, and more, before watching Pete Buttigieg put his McKinsey training to use in his platitude-laden defense of putting down the freight rail workers. Adam Hochschild then joins as he dives right into the decade leading up to his World War I era of “American Midnight,” parsing through the various arenas of violence that were simmering at the start of the 20th Century, with mass suppression of labor struggles, immigrant movements, and Black communities all boiling over with the start of the War. Next, Hochschild focuses on Woodrow Wilson’s presidency, highlighted by a crackdown on civil liberties alongside an expansion of the federal presence both domestically and internationally, using the War as an opportunity to establish the US as a military power, before parsing more carefully through the role of the Espionage and later Sedition Acts, and the Wilson administration’s attack on public dissidents. Continuing post-war, Adam, Emma, and Sam walk through how the treatment of the Espionage Act evolved, including Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr’s eventual Supreme Court dissent and the reaction to the over 1000 arrests under these laws and their local counterparts, also exploring the impact of this suppression on the socialist and labor movements in the US, before diving into the story of Mitchell Palmer’s anti-immigrant crusade to help bolster a run for the presidency and how he was thwarted. Wrapping up, Hochschild tackles the role of prohibition in the American Midnight, and explores the impact this period had on the American political pendulum moving forwards.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma discuss Biden’s shallow attempt to frame his undermining of the freight rail workers as inevitable, Herschel Walker’s inscrutability, and Jimmy Dore’s argument on why having David Duke is a good presence in discourse, actually. They also parse through Matt Taibbi’s incredible reveal that Hunter Biden has a penis and PR teams exist (incidentally, also employed by the Right), Donald Trump talks about suspending the constitution while Republicans stay in line behind him, plus, your calls and IMs!

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It's Casual Friday! Sam and Emma host Ryan Grim, DC Bureau Chief at the Intercept, to round up the week in news, including discussions on the freight rail labor contract, the progressives’ role in the debate (and the Democratic party writ large), and Biden’s changes to the election cycle – but first, Emma and Sam run through updates on the Fed still losing the fight to booming labor numbers, the Georgia runoff, Boebert’s recount, and the end of free speech on Twitter, before diving into CNN’s recent coverage of the freight railers’ bargaining process. Ryan Grim then joins as he dives right into walking backward through the freight railers’ contract bargaining process, first exploring the corporation-enforced lockout and the companies’ attempt to impose a new contract on their workers, before jumping back to the story of the last few years with these companies cutting a third of the workforce, shifting towards streamlined, just-in-time processes (and really long trains), and creating such a brittle and non-redundant system that they feared would fall apart with a single sick day. Next, Ryan jumps into the leadup to Biden’s role in forcing this contract on the freight railers, following a narrow rejection of a previous version, and how he planned this maneuver around the midterms. Emma, Sam, and Ryan also tackle the progressives’ role in the vote, exploring what about voting to force a contract on workers could be progressive, why a split bill may not have actually hindered the fight very much, and why the Democrats refused to push the GOP into a touch position, before wrapping up with a discussion on Biden’s decision to shift around the primary schedule and the impact it could have.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma break down the court ruling that made Amazon managers in Staten Island read out a court decision to their employees telling them they can't union bust, as well as the state of the Georgia runoffs now that the Georgia Lieutenant Governor refused to vote for Herschel Walker. Then they dive into the Kanye West-Info Wars fiasco, and the right wing's cringe-defensive crouch response. Plus, your calls and IM's!

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Emma hosts, Beatrice Adler-Bolton, co-host of the Death Panel podcast, to discuss her recent book Health Communism, co-authored with Artie Vierkant. First, Emma runs through updates on the US defense budget, the freight rail contract vote heading to the Senate, DC announcing a shift to free bus transport, South Africa facing its first presidential impeachment, and why progressives would ever force a contract on workers, before diving deeper into the far right’s unsurprising push against freight railers. Then Beatrice Adler-Bolton joins as she dives right into using the recent bargaining between freight railers and the regional monopolies they work for to paint a picture of how health and healthcare are used in the US – with even the existence of sick days being employed as a benefit or commodity, forcing workers’ health to fit in with the needs and desires of corporations and the private insurance agencies they work with. Zooming out, Emma and Beatrice then tackle the importance of understanding the value of health finance reform, while understanding that a much larger change is necessary to truly detach health from its hyper-individualized and commodified treatment under capitalism, with policies like Medicare for All certainly providing material benefits, but not actually changing how we relate to central resources like space and education. Next, Adler-Bolton dives into why health and health care are capitalism’s main vulnerability, particularly in its refusal to acknowledge and address greater systemic issues that affect us as a society rather than individuals, and its insistence on manufacturing scarcity, two qualities that don’t mix well with public health, exploring how even in the societies we recognize for their socialized healthcare (Scandinavia, England, etc), their commitment to capitalism actively undermines the power of this care. Wrapping up the interview, they explore the necessity of solidarity and an intersectional perspective in actually addressing public health issues beyond an isolated individual.

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Sam hosts Drs. Noa Nessim & Libby Wetterer, 3rd year family medicine resident physicians and members of the Committee of Interns and Residents (CIR) who, in affiliation with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), are a part of organizing efforts at the Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx. First, Sam runs through updates on NYC’s crackdown on not abusing homeless people, Hakeem Jeffries coming out on top for Democratic minority leader, and more, before diving into Rep. Mary Peltola’s pitch-perfect response to her party’s (Democrats) undermining of Rail labor, centering the needs of workers over the minimal profit of an already booming industry. Then, Drs. Nessim and Wetterer join as they dive right into Montefiore Medical Center’s sudden divestment from the Bronx communities that they have served for ages, shutting down clinics left and right while shifting funding towards regions served by private insurance agencies, before moving to the relationship between Montefiore Medical Center and its employees, walking through the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and social unrest on spurring organizing among residents and interns, and how Montefiore took advantage of the COVID squeeze on the healthcare industry by keeping their demands of doing more with less even as the pandemic eased. Next, they dive into the driving desire of a new moral compass behind the healthcare industry, exploring the networks of Doctors’ and Nurses’ unions across the US, and the impact that successfully unionizing Montefiore Medical Center would have, before wrapping up the interview by tackling McKinsey consultants’ role in spurring this disinvestment from their communities and exploring the best actions for the general public to take moving forwards. Sam also dives deeper into the horrendous mainstream coverage of the labor bargaining between freight rail workers and their employers, with all of the emphasis going to the impact these workers would have on our economy, and none of it on why companies with record-breaking profits are actively sacrificing it.

And in the Fun Half: Sam watches Charlie Kirk grapple with Kari Lake’s defeat as he once again fails to do the one thing he was hired to do (turn the youths conservative), David from Washington speculates on the recent missiles that fell in Poland, and Adam from LA explores how deep the GOP has poisoned the well of discourse around LGBTQ+ people. John from Cleveland discusses Jon Stewart’s interviews and why liberals lend credence to credentials, and Sam dives deep into Stephen Crowder’s incredibly cold open as he tiptoes through addressing the Kanye discourse while still pleasing his white supremacist followers. Sam also talks with Hannah about coverage of the Tigray War and the difficulty of speaking without expertise, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:33pm EDT

Sam and Emma host Kate Aronoff, climate reporter for the New Republic, to discuss the developments coming out of the COP27 conference in Egypt. Then, they are joined by Jonah Furman of Labor Notes and author of the Who Gets The Bird? newsletter on SubStack to discuss the recent labor updates across the country, including the impending U.S. federal rail strike. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on the UC teachers’ strike, the tally of over 400k early voting ballots in GA, Arizona suing an Arizona county over refusing to certify the election because of another Arizona county’s minor shenanigans, the upcoming marriage equality vote, and various Supreme Court ongoings, before parsing through Kevin McCarthy’s analysis of the GOP’s shortcomings during these past midterms. Kate Aranoff then joins as she explores what COP27 actually is, what environmental policy is being discussed, and who the major actors at the conference are – from the actual national delegates to the private companies’ observers. After tackling the particular role of petrol states at the conference, Kate, Emma, and Sam walk through the history of the UN’s climate change conference and the policy it has sponsored, with the US consistently throwing its weight against any compensatory funds for poorer nations or any policy that attempts to hold developed countries responsible for the environmental impact of their climate policy, as seen specifically with the Kyoto Protocols, before diving deeper into how COP27 has seen that begin to change, writing in a loss and damages fund. They wrap up the interview by tackling the actual material impact of these conferences and the US’s obstructionist actions. Next, Jonah Furman walks Sam and Emma through the particular labor obstacles presented for organizing Railway labor action, exploring the early passing of the RLA well before unionization took hold in the US, and how it creates countless federal obstacles to labor action in the industry. They wrap up by tackling the recent action taken by Joe Biden, in lockstep with Schumer and Pelosi, to push forward his rejected contract, and discuss where the workers’ fight can go from here.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma parse through Tim Pool’s recent fiasco of an interview with Kanye, Milo Yiannopoulos, and Nick Fuentes, as they get to the heart of Kanye’s anti-semitism claims, ponder the Jewish vote, and more. Troy from Washington talks about the moderate performance by moderates, Lord McAllister calls into school Sam on the legacy of the Lords of the Scotts, and Joe from Orange County expands on the Established Titles grift. Fox & Friends continue their campaign against education, plus, your calls and IMs!

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

Sam and Emma host 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. First, Sam and Emma dive into updates on the US’ sanctions on Venezuela, Elon Musk’s targeting of left voices on Twitter, the collapse of Manchin’s permitting side deal, and Georgia’s early voting boom, before diving a little deeper into the blooming GOP Presidential race, with Asa Hutchinson addressing some of Trump’s recent associates. Dale Kretz then joins as he dives right into contextualizing the role of federal government in the leadup to the US Civil War, with no income tax or major presence before beginning to change as the South split from the country, pushing the North to set up its “Yankee Leviathan” of state-sponsored expansion Westward alongside mass investments into the mobilization of resources, the aggrandizement of its federal authority, and the set up of a veteran-focused welfare state. Professor Kretz then shifts focus to the visions of emancipation that were present in the US leading up to Lincoln’s proclamation, beginning with the more conservative theories grounded in colonization and imperialism, and the radical visions of abolitionists that focused on the bolstering of civil rights and redistribution of millions of acres of land to those that actually worked it, before diving into the actual program that attempted to bring about reconstruction: the Freedmen’s Bureau. This bureau, as Kretz explores, was essentially set up (as much American bureaucracy is) to undermine its own aims, with focuses on individual cases, means testing, and incredibly minimal funding ensuring the processes would move slowly and help reconstruct the lives of only a handful of the 4 million folks it was created for. Wrapping up, Kretz, Emma, and Sam explore how the populist movements that followed this era fell to the exact enemy that reconstruction failed to address (institutionalized and cultural racism), a problem that still presents itself to working-class solidarity today, and why a progressive left critique of bureaucracy must both emphasize the empowerment of its people as citizens, including serving them en masse and recognizing the stratification of civil rights.

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We hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! The MR Crew are off today, so Sam and Emma are bringing you two pre-recorded conversations from last year that hold some relevance in this current moment: Sam sat down with Karen Hao, China tech and society reporter at the Wall Street Journal, to discuss her piece "How Facebook got addicted to spreading misinformation" that appeared in the MIT Technology Review. Then, Emma speaks with David Vine, professor of political anthropology at American University, to discuss his brief titled "Drawdown: Improving U.S. and Global Security Through Military Base Closures Abroad", published at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft.

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Sam and Emma host Astra Taylor, co-founder of the Debt Collective and author of the recent book Remake the World: Essays, Reflections, Rebellions, to discuss the recent updates on President Biden's student debt forgiveness plan. Then they are joined by Sarah Moran, the U.S. Country Director for GiveDirectly to discuss their work on guaranteed income initiatives. It's our last live show before Thanksgiving, so tune in! First, Sam and Emma run through updates on US mass shootings, GOP leaders’ attempt to stop the SEC investigation into FTX, and Matt Walsh going victim-blaming mode on the mass shooting victims at Club Q. Astra Taylor then joins as she dives right into Biden revitalizing the student loan moratorium now that his debt relief has been put on hold, outlining how the moratorium could come to an end (via Supreme Court action, debt cancelation, or reaching June 30th), and where the Court battle current stands. Expanding on this, Astra, Sam, and Emma walk through why the Supreme Court’s conservatives (like Amy Coney Barrett) and their ideological obsessions might actually save student loan action, and why, despite that, an ideologically inconsistent result isn’t unexpected either. Wrapping up, they tackle the role of the Biden Administration in the future of this battle, walking through where the Debt Collective has been applying pressure, where Joe Biden’s mindset is currently at, and why the President so absolutely does have the authority to cancel this debt. Sarah Moran then jumps right into the work that GiveDirectly has been engaging in over the last decade, exploring the nature of the program as an argument-in-action on why direct cash assistance works, walking through where the over 500mln in cash assistance has gone, and how, no matter the community, the money consistently goes to the primary needs of family and community. Next, she dives into the role of the “multiplier” effect on local economies, as the assistance is returned to the economy 2.6x fold, before they wrap up the interview by tackling GiveDirectly’s work alongside local governments and why it must be a supplement, rather than an alternative, to social welfare systems.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma watch Condoleeza Rice and Hillary Clinton revise that Libyan intervention was good, actually (as, of course, all other US intervention) with Jon Stewart, Hershel Walker takes it from above him in the GA GOP, and talks erections between Lindsay Graham and Ted Cruz. Tucker keeps on going with his stochastic terrorism in the wake of the Club Q shooting, and Matt Walsh stops on the side of the road to yell about the age of consent, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 11_23_Taylor_Moran_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:32pm EDT

Sam and Emma break down the biggest headlines of the day. First, Sam and Emma dive into local responses to the Arizona voting issues, with two counties not named Maricopa refusing to certify results because of what happened in Maricopa, and the massive statement issued by Ehsan Hajsafi, captain of the Iranian soccer team, in the wake of his country’s ongoing political repression. Next, they parse through more updates on the horrors that occurred at Club Q in Colorado Springs this weekend, including the Right’s refusal to acknowledge their rhetoric’s stochastic impact, as they double down on their concerted effort to stoke transphobia and violence, criticizing the victims of the mass shooting and as well as any amount of empathy passed their way, also diving into a recent interview between Chris Rufo and Tucker Carlson that perfectly encapsulates how the GOP has gone about marking transgender and homosexual people as threats to our children while capitalizing on various elements of liberal institutions to legitimize them.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma watch Bret Weinstein grapple with having to debate with someone who thinks he is wrong, dive a little deeper into Kari Lake and Co’s election shenanigans, and discuss the really incredible UAW and education organizing going on across the US. Jack from Brooklyn discusses grappling with news-inflicted depression, CJ from Illinois explores the GOP’s failed midterms bigotry, and Kowalski gives updates on whether vegans get the pass and his general well-being. Sam dives into a new song lyric he heard on the radio and Allison in Rhode Island asks how the poverty caps for social welfare are determined, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 11_22_News_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:51pm EDT

Sam and Emma host writer Raina Lipsitz to discuss her recent book The Rise of a New Left: How Young Radicals Are Shaping the Future of American Politics. First, Emma and Sam run through updates on the tragic terrorist attack in Colorado Springs, ongoing rail union bargaining, Kari Lake’s voter disenfranchisement claims, Russian-forced blackouts across Ukraine, and Mike Pence asking if it’s criminal to follow illegal advice. Raina Lipsitz then joins as she dives right into tracking the emergence of a new left in the US beginning with the Occupy movement in the early 2010s and the dawning of a new era of American class consciousness, before walking back through the previous few years of radicalization and disillusionment under the Obama Administration, as economic struggles continued and policy on the environment, immigration, and reproductive rights fell to the wayside. Next, they parse through the shift from disillusion to action, as people saw the relationship between power as a marginalized person and power as a worker, and got a political place to funnel this passion with Bernie’s campaign in 2016. Raina, Emma, and Sam, then walk through the major divide between the progressive and corporate wings of the Democratic party, both in terms of how mainstream Democratic leadership undermines progressive candidates (Bernie, India Walton, etc), and in where their actual ideology departs on a policy and electoral level. Wrapping up, they tackle the massive resurgence of organized labor over the last few years, with the politically motivating force of labor power pushing the Democrats forward in 2022, giving more depth to their message than “not a fascist,” and explore the future of the progressive wing of US politics.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma parse through this weekend’s tragedy in Colorado Springs, discussing the violation of a necessary space for a queer community facing more and more marginalization, and the greater stochastic terror behind this attack, stemming from the likes of Chaya Raichik and Matt Walsh, before diving into the New York Time’s recent story on the knowledge of Conservative SCOTUS justices’ previous involvement in Court leaks. John from Ohio breaks down the disappointment of Tim Ryan, Chris from Boston discusses COVID coverage today, and Jack from Boston asks for help responding to anti-progressive talking points, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:34pm 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. Then, they are joined by the legendary RM Brown! First, Sam and Emma run through updates on the quite-loud quitting occurring at Twitter, Biden looking to protect Saudi Prince MBS from legal jeopardy, the GOP’s growing House Majority, and the mass Starbucks strikes nationwide, plus, Sam shows neck. Digby then joins as she, Sam, and Emma dive deep into the recent announcements of Democratic leadership – including Pelosi, Hoyer, and Clyburn – stepping down from their positions, while seemingly anointing their moderate successors, exploring how a Hakeem Jeffries leadership in the house presents an even more antagonistic relationship with the progressive wing of the party than even Nancy Pelosi had previously had. This brings them to tackling where progressives go next, having prepared no real challengers to leadership positions, even if the Senate and Presidency remain more progressive than they have in decades. Wrapping up, they explore the Republican nominees for leadership, why a Kevin McCarthy leadership will still be undermined by shadow speaker Marjorie Taylor Greene working behind him, and why all of the GOP plans for the next two years (center Hunter Biden, January 6th, and COVID) will likely help the Democrats more than it will help them. RM Brown then joins as he explores the concept of “big timing,” ponders how the hell Tim Pool can even get away with being so outrageously incorrect and hypocritical, and asks Joe Rogan to explore more of Texas’ local talent.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma parse through the incredible updates on Elon Musk’s Twitter debacle, the spite coming back at him from the company and its (now largely former) employees, and how long the site might survive. They also tackle the corruption behind Qatar’s upcoming World Cup, the EU’s discussion around Amazon’s surveillance practices, and the important updates from the one and only Patriot Awards. Crowder dives into stalking out places to film kids and think about sex, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 11_18_Digby_Brown_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:37pm EDT

Emma hosts Leslie Kern, professor of geography, environment, women's and gender studies at Mount Allison University, to discuss her recent book Gentrification Is Inevitable And Other Lies. Then, she is joined by writer Jacob Silverman to discuss the recent developments surrounding the crypto exchange FTX and its founder, Sam Bankman-Fried. First, Emma runs through updates on the GOP making their House Majority official, Mitch McConnell beating out Rick Scott for Senate Minority leader, same-sex marriage legislation making it past the filibuster, violence in Iran, and a mass Starbucks worker strike in the US, also parsing through the ProPublica leak of a discussion between various anti-choice lobbyists. She’s then joined by Professor Leslie Kern, as she dives right into the nature of the monster of gentrification, first looking at the unnatural forces of modern neoliberalism that make it seem so inevitable today, with local and federal governments removing regulations and smoothing the path for capital and multinational organizations to turn housing into an asset class and use it as such. After diving deeper into this financialization of something necessary for life, taking spaces fundamental to the existence of urban communities and turning them into spaces of speculation and tourism built for outsiders, Professor Kern and Emma explore why the combination of a capitalist land market and mass disinvestment from certain communities will almost always point towards gentrification. Wrapping up, Professor Kern walks through the coining of the term in 1960s London to recognize a process that had been ongoing for a while, looking to explore the cultural drive that pushed certain middle-class homeowners away from suburban sprawl (not to mention the obvious economic elements), before the rise of neoliberalism in the ‘80s began to make urban centers a generally desirable investment for the rest of the middle-class, setting the stage for the third, finance-backed wave of gentrification that we see today. Jacob Silverman and Emma then dive into the rapid rise and fall of Sam Bankman-Fried, founder of a massive crypto empire in the FTX exchange and Alameda Research firm, diving into how his Ponzi scheme turned him into a billionaire on paper, while myriad liberal institutions offered him legitimacy, allowing him to effectively run wild, investing billions in others’ money completely unregulated. Wrapping up that story, Jacob and Emma discuss the echo of the 2008 financial crash that can be seen in the recent Crypto crashes, and the greater implications of SBF effectively disappearing billions of dollars from investors.

And in the Fun Half: Emma is joined by Brandon Sutton and Matt Binder as they tackle Karen Bass’ W in the LA Mayoral race, who could actually beat Trump in a GOP Presidential race, and the culpability of Kirsten Gillibrand as she CONTINUES to campaign for crypto. Herschel Walker soft launches his Letterboxd, Ben Shapiro and Matt Walsh discuss whether marriage is just having a baby, Mitch in Dallas dives deeper into how the crypto crash echos 2008, and Meta continues its mediocre early 2010s VR grift. Nick Adams talks anti-woke NBA stars and Sean Hannity hates on that sweet skunky smell of freedom, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 11_17_Kern_Silverman_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:51pm EDT

Sam hosts Ari Berman, writer at Mother Jones, to discuss his the midterm elections and his recent piece "How Wisconsin Became the GOP’s Laboratory for Dismantling Democracy". Then, Sam is joined by Aaron Kleinman, director of research for the States Project at Future Now, to discuss how Democrats did in the midterms at the state level across the country. First, Sam runs through updates on the missiles fired into Poland yesterday, Donald Trump officially launching his 2024 candidacy, federal and state judiciary ongoings, and more, before walking through Mitch McConnell’s response to Rick Scott challenging his Senate leadership position. Ari Berman then joins, diving right into the severe shift in Wisconsin politics that followed the election of Scott Walker in 2010, as a Koch-backed Republican trifecta launched their case study for attacking democracy on the state level, going after the core of the swing state’s progressive base by undermining unions and voting rights, reforming campaign finance laws, and instituting intense gerrymandering. This brings Ari to parsing through the dichotomy that ensued over the next decade, as Wisconsin’s demos continued to vote narrowly between the two parties while the GOP majorities in the state houses continued to grow, best seen in the 2018 midterms where Democrats won 54% of votes statewide, yet Republicans still held 64% of seats. Next, they tackle the future of gerrymandering as the Supreme Court tiptoes closer and closer to undermining the involvement of either independent commissions or state courts in the matter, before wrapping up the interview by walking through the role of governors in fighting back against gerrymandered legislatures (it’s getting increasingly difficult) and why this will continue to be a major issue until we get a new Supreme Court. Aaron Kleinman and Sam then parse through the various victories by the Democrats at the state level, including flipping both chambers and achieving a trifecta in Michigan, flipping the Senate and retaining the House in Minnesota, and performing incredibly well (with votes still coming in) in Pennsylvania and New Hampshire, also touching on results from Arizona, Colorado, and Maine. After addressing the upcoming Moore v. Harper case and its likely impact on the power of state legislatures, they wrap up the interview by tackling the importance of the 2024 elections and where the States Project’s work is likely going next.

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Direct download: 11_16_Berman_Kleinman_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:23pm EDT

Sam hosts Mark Joseph Stern, senior writer at Slate, to discuss the recent opening arguments that have come in front of the Supreme Court. First, Sam runs through updates on the Democratic victory in Arizona bringing Kari Lake down, the GOP creeping even closer to a House majority, Biden’s attempt to renew the student debt repayments, and Iran detaining minors for protest, before watching the right cope with their disappointing showing last week. Mark Joseph Stern then joins as he dives right into the joint affirmative action case being taken against Harvard and UNC, walking through why – despite it supposedly hinging on the 14th Amendment – the majority of the arguments and discussion has been conservative racial aggrievement about policy, with the legal theory coming from the more liberal judges while still appreciating policy impact. Next, Mark parses through Haaland v. Brackeen, the upcoming Supreme Court case that ostensibly deals with states’ rights to lay claim to native children living on reservations, and the larger impact of weakening the rights of reservations and their laws in the eyes of the US courts, opening it up to exploitation by both the state and corporation, also drawing a parallel to Georgia’s treatment of indigenous peoples in the lead up to the Indian Removal Act. Mark Joseph Stern and Sam also tackle the optimism for the Talevski v. Health and Hospital Corporation case and the future of people’s right to have federal protections enforced, before wrapping up with the continued investigation into the Roe leaks.

And in the Fun Half: Sam dives into the potential overhaul of GOP leadership as Rep. Andy Biggs’ announcement that he will be challenging for Speaker of the House and Rick Scott attempts to hide his disdain for McConnell. Em from Baltimore dives into the success of Michigan’s attempt to address gerrymandering and Zack from Michigan dives into Proposal 3 officially codifying abortion into the state constitution. Sam updates us on Russia allegedly launching missiles into Poland, and Rodney from Omaha critiques Sam’s sense of humor. Dave Rubin almost goes 0-9 in election predictions, plus, your calls and IMs

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

Sam and Emma host Walt Bogdanich and Michael Forsythe, investigative reporters with the New York Times, to discuss their recent book When McKinsey Comes to Town: The Hidden Influence of the World's Most Powerful Consulting Firm. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on the Democrats retaining the Senate (and potentially expanding on it with Georgia), the GOP winning what could be the slimmest House majority ever, and the University of California graduate workers strike, before diving into why Sen. Bill Cassidy’s “We’re not a Cult” shirt raises a lot of questions already answered by the shirt. Then, Walt Bogdanich and Michael Forsythe join as they dive right into their investigative reporting on the massive global management and consulting firm McKinsey & Company, advisors to Fortune 500s, Governments, Dictators, and those all the way down the global power structure with little to no public knowledge of their work. Then, they unpack the “values” of McKinsey, ranging from their primary concern of putting their client’s interests above those of the firm, to the more obscure values of “act with integrity” and “an obligation to dissent,” and how their reporting seemingly undermined these elements. Next, Walt and Michael walk through the greater history of consulting work, with McKinsey’s work with GM beginning in the 1950s and instigating the shift of capitalism towards ephemeral and hyper-financialized practices, bolstering the income of the C-Suite while workers became forced to rely on safety nets, all while the firm acted as a cover for any bad decisions or accountability coming back to hurt the upper echelon of the company. Wrapping up, they unpack the myriad conflicts of interest in McKinsey’s work, including advising Big Pharma, every element of the insurance and medical industry, tobacco companies, and then also the FDA that supposedly regulates them, and explores how anti-trust and other regulation can begin to reign in these monopolists of power.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma cover the mass layoffs coming from two of the richest men on earth (Musk and Bezos), and the greater failures of the existence of Billionaires, Mike from Santa Barbara dives into the future of DACA and immigration, and Joe Rogan says that “everybody knows” that being trans is just a weird fetish – all while the conservative push for abusive transphobic policies likely led to their collapse last Tuesday. Matthew from Philly dives into contract law and the rights of ride-share drivers, and John from San Antonio reflects on the 2022 midterms, and how the remaining votes might get counted, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 11_14_Bogdanic_Forsythe_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:30pm 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 sum up what's happened since Tuesday night's midterm elections. First, Emma and Sam run through updates on Elon’s Twitter, inflation beginning to ease, AOC’s call for Jay Jacobs to resign, and the lingering midterm races, before diving deeper into the recent right-wing media crusade to keep Donald Trump from announcing his candidacy. Then, Alex Pareene joins as he gets right into parsing through the state of the midterms three days out, with the Dems having essentially secured 50 Senate seats, and the loss of the House largely able to be attributed to races in CA and NY. Next, they discuss the state of Roe coming of the elections, as even with the House minority Dems likely have the strength to push for codification, and walk through the recent judicial obstruction to Biden’s student debt relief plan. Alex also gives his perspective on the DeSantis-Trump beef, whether either of them will think twice about running (doubtful), and why – no matter how bright the spotlight – running against Trump is a mistake for GOP politicians. Wrapping up, they tackle the very valid criticisms of New York State Dem leadership by AOC and walk through the likelihood of Twitter declaring bankruptcy and the general destructive force of billionaires.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma discuss the difference between sinking money in an industry-plant campaign (Amy McGrath, Charlie Crist) and doing so on a more grassroots campaign (Beto, Stacey Abrams), Tim Pool has a bunch of people on his show to prove to them he doesn’t understand politics, and more retiring republicans come out against Donald Trump. They also dive into Sean Patrick Maloney’s recent response to AOC’s criticism, and Brian from Dallas explores how the Democratic party consistently fails younger generations, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 11_11_Pareene_-_pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:31pm EDT

Emma hosts Ryan Grim, DC Bureau Chief at The Intercept, to discuss some of his recent coverage of Tuesday's midterm results. First, Emma runs through updates on the Georgia runoff, continuing vote counts in Nevada and Arizona, the massive surge of independent votes to the Dems, and the razor-thin edge of the Boebert race, also diving deeper into Jesse Watters blaming the blame game as he singles out single women and children as the faults of our society. Ryan Grim then joins as he dives right into the mandate to fight for reproductive rights that was delivered by voters this week, walking through how the Roe decision impacted this election (and maybe saved the Senate for the Democrats), and why – even if Republicans win the house – a campaign to codify Roe into law could take advantage of the vulnerable standing of countless House Republicans, not to mention helping bolster the push for centrist Dems like Manchin and Sinema to finally come out against the filibuster. Next, Grim and Emma parse through the impact of the New York Democratic machine on the massive losses felt by the left across the state on Tuesday, highlighted by DCCC chair Sean Patrick Maloney bigfooting progressive Mondaire Jones out of the race only to lose to the GOP, first walking through the impact of Cuomo’s governorship in shaping the NY legislature around a center-left and right-wing alliance, and how Jay Jacobs (Chair of NYS Democratic Committee) has carried the torch. Wrapping up, they discuss the incredible success of the progressive branch of the Democratic party during this election cycle, and discuss where the future of progressive electoral leverage and power lies.

And in the Fun Half: Emma is joined by Brandon Sutton and Matt Binder as they tackle the re-emergence of Donald Trump as the 2024 elections creep ever closer, discussing whether the GA runoff will affect his announcement, and looking at the media coverage of what this election means for Donald and Ron DeSantis. Dave from Trenton asks some questions regarding the Kennedys, Ben Shapiro announces “heads MUST roll,” and L from Long Island discusses Twitter’s ad revenue. Charlie Kirk co-hosts a meltdown with Chris Rufo, and Candace Owens asks why the left chose to censor Kyrie and Amazon, instead of cracking down on Amazon via censorship, plus, your calls and IMs!

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:05pm EDT

Sam, Emma, and the MR Crew reflect on a surprising midterm election and break down some of the biggest results from last night. Then, they're joined by Adam Green, co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC), to discuss the midterm results from the progressives perspective. First, Emma and Sam run through updates on the role of inflation and abortion in yesterday’s election, Democrats gaining full control in all the “M” states (MA, MI, MN, MD), the success of left-wing referendums across the US, and touching on both Meta’s mass layoffs and updates from Ukraine, before diving into New York state as the big Democratic losing ground, and why that was largely set up by its previous Democratic Governor (Cuomo) and Mayor (Adams). Adam Green then joins as he begins by parsing through the mainstream Democrats’ “win or lose, stab progressives in the back” strategy leading up to the midterms, and how that completely fell through with last night’s incredible success for the left, with voting blocks nationwide proving their embrace of left-of-center policy (particularly via referendum) and democracy writ large, with no major progressive loses really occurring. After tackling the upstream fight that faced the Democrats this election cycle (particularly following the centrist stifling of Biden’s entire economic agenda), Adam, Emma, and Sam discuss the likelihood of a runoff in the Georgia Senate race, and wrap up the interview with an extended conversation on where Biden and the Dems should go next.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma admire the various breakdowns from the Right Wing pundit class, exploring Matt Lech’s comments on the failure of Matt Walsh’s tactics, Fox and Friends’ focus on Fetterman’s stances on fracking, and the complete failure of their pivot to crime everywhere other than New York. They tackle the likely return of Donald Trump to the Republican ticket, what that could mean for the GOP, and talk with Felipe from Florida on the state of the Florida Democratic party. Trans and genderqueer folks win big from St. Paul to Oklahoma City, plus, your calls and IMs!

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

Sam and Emma break down the biggest headlines as the midterm elections approach this evening. Plus, they're joined by Amjad Iraqi, editor at 972 Magazine, to give us the state of play of what happened with the Israeli elections. First, Emma and Sam run through updates on Donald Trump’s buildup to another presidential run, midterm early voter suppression attempts and the efforts to fight back, and early talk of potential Zelensky-Russia negotiations, before diving deeper into Tucker’s recent expert coverage on why John Fetterman must die. Amjad Iraqi then joins as he gets right into assessing the recent election of perhaps both the furthest right and most stable government in Israeli history, before he steps back a few years to discuss the developments in Israeli politics that led us here, walking through the last decade of affiliation being defined around one’s support of Netanyahu, despite rampant conservative beliefs even among the anti-Bibi coalition. After tackling the fermentation and growth of far-right Israeli politics – across the spectrum of Zionists –during the Bibi years, they parse through the fracturing of the Joint List alliance of the four Arab-majority parties and the role liberal Zionists played in the issue, as well as assessing the state of the labor and left parties in Israel. Jumping further back, they tackle the lasting reactionary impulses in the wake of the Second Intifada and the bolstered Islamophobia of the aughts and how it set the stage for Bibi’s right to rise, and wrap up by exploring the central role of the Israeli judiciary in the current political moment.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma discuss the Democratic funding of Don Bolduc, Matt Walsh appears on Joe Rogan to show off his expertise (it is neither in queer psychology nor counting), and JR Majewski challenges Tim Ryan and Nancy Pelosi. James from Fort Worth discusses the employment of teachers ON election day, Sam from Youngstown grapples with his pessimism regarding tonight, Hunter from Atlanta discusses felon disenfranchisement, and Mike and Daniel from NY and Austin expand on midterm discussions, plus, your calls and IMs!

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:09pm EDT