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Sam hosts Chryl Laird (@chryllaird), Assistant Professor of Political Science at Bowdoin College, to discuss her book Steadfast Democrats: How Social Forces Shape Black Political Behaviorwhich explains why African-Americans are the most unified voting bloc in American history.

On today's show: Trump attacks press and Maggie Habermann in press conference on Covid-19 progress.

Chryl Laird (@chryllaird), Assistant Professor of Political Science at Bowdoin College, joins Sam to discuss her book Steadfast Democrats: How Social Forces Shape Black Political Behavior. Greater social mobility for African-Americans has led to greater political diversity, with a third now identifying as ideologically conservative. But African-American voters remain the most solidly Democratic voting bloc in the US, with 80-90% identifying as Democrats. Laird explicates the factors shaping this reality, with a particular attention to the guardrails put in place by community and social cohesion.

On the fun half: Canadian demonstrates how easy it is to apply for assistance in Canada. Healthcare workers lead counter-protest in Denver against shelter-in-place protestors. How would video games get made in a post-capitalist society? Journalist Weija Jiang asks about travel from China, Trump says he cut it off, but the failure since then is the issue. Asked why he delayed DPA a month when hospitals have been asking for swabs, Trump says DPA is "a big hammer" and that governors could get supplies themselves "very easily." Donald Trump is now a YouTube news show. Newt Gingrich says Pelosi and Schumer probably wouldn't mind if the economy crashed and people suffered. Kevin McCarthy says you can't rule out that Dems are trying to crash the economy to help Biden in November. Judge Jeanine says China will not destroy this country with "a Wuhan virus," says we need to punish China. Judge Jeanine says the models have been off the whole time and people are suffering: "What about the rest of us?" Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Sam hosts Benjamin Dixon of the Benjamin Dixon Show to break down the week's top stories and what's next for Americans as states prepare plans to reopen society.

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Benjamin and Sam discuss the disconnect between the stock market, the real economy, and the corporate consolidation that it will bring. Furthermore, the two explore why the Democrats are offering such a limited set of proposals to help working people during this crisis. Sam posits that this may be part of the Democrats' general election strategy against Trump--offer nothing, make the election a referendum on the Donald Trump presidency. Conservatives are also becoming restless over states' shelter in place orders. The DeVos family has organized protests in critical states like Michigan to show anger at Democratic leaders like Gretchen Whitmer and others. Sam and Benjamin conclude their conversation considering the names floated for a potential Biden administration.

And in the Fun Half: a GMO question from left field, the meatpacking covid19 crisis, our testing apparatus is non-existent, Trump blows off testing, Oprah's fake TV doctors are harming the public health, a look into the mind of a Q member on Gorka's show, Dave Rubin gets pushback from a Fox News commentator, the left's approach to electoral politics, and Ross Perot gives 3rd party advice from heaven, plus your calls and IMs!

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Michael Brooks hosts Djene Bajalan (@djenebajalan), Assistant Professor of Middle East History at Missouri State University, to discuss how Covid-19 is affecting the Middle East and how the virus will leave its mark on geopolitics.

On today's show: Steve Mnuchin says Americans should be able to stretch a $1200 check over 10 weeks.

Djene Bajalan (@djenebajalan), Assistant Professor of Middle East History at Missouri State University, joins us to discuss how Covid-19 is affecting the Middle East and how the virus will leave its mark on geopolitics. How the US is using the Covid-19 crisis to intensify sanctions on Iran and how those sanctions are helping solidify support for the Iranian government, even among its critics. The effect of the pandemic on Saudi Arabia's economy and the war in Yemen. The likely human fallout from Covid in refugee camps. How the virus could preserve the status quo in Syria. How will it affect Erdogan's grift in Turkey?

On the fun half: Laura Ingraham says Americans should be furious that mortality projections are lower than expected. Nancy Pelosi shows off her ice cream collection to James Corden. Prank caller wrecks Sebastian Gorka and his big fat head. Monday: The second wave of Cuban doctors head to Turin, Italy to combat Covid-19. Prime Minister of St. Vincent & the Grenadines Dr. Ralph Gonsalves says Venezuela is being threatened amid Covid-19 pandemic. Bernie talks with Cardi B about endorsing Biden, the state of the nation. Michigan MAGA man cries about not being able to buy paint or lawn fertilizer; woman wants to get her hair and nails done.

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Sam hosts Howard Bryant (@hbryant42), senior writer at ESPN.com and ESPN the Magazine, to discuss his new book, Full Dissidence: Notes from an Uneven Playing Field

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Stimulus checks delayed because Trump wanted his signature on them. Sam called it!

Sam hosts Howard Bryant (@hbryant42), senior writer at ESPN.com and ESPN the Magazine, to discuss his new book, Full Dissidence: Notes from an Uneven Playing FieldWhile many in the Obama era told tales of a "post-racial America," this has never existed, even for black Americans lucky enough to gain some measure of wealth. Examining his own life experiences as well as those of people like Colin Kaepernick and President Obama, Bryant shows why so many black Americans are increasingly pessimistic about our political institutions, including both major political parties. Also: the sinister aspects "the American dream" takes on when black people are incentivized to leave their communities as soon as they become financially successful.

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Sam breaks down the top headlines, including the critical Wisconsin Supreme Court win for Democrats, how Sanders' endorsement will influence Joe Biden's campaign, and Trump's plans and committees to reopen America. With Nomiki Konst (@NomikiKonst) of 'The Nomiki Show' and fun half appearance by Jamie!

On today's show: Trump says he has total authority to reopen the country, governors need him one way or another. Trump says President's "authority is total" to reopen the country after governors say they don’t want to reopen it. Progressive ousts conservative incumbent from WI Supreme Court in surprise upset. CBS reporter relentlessly questions why Trump admin took so long with response to Covid-19. Fauci upset with media trying to get him, says all his work is voluntary, nobody is forcing him to do anything. Florida Surgeon General removed from meeting after saying state should continue social distancing until vaccine is available.

On the fun half: Bernie Sanders endorses Joe Biden. Biden says "we can't build back to the past," the failures of the social safety net have been exposed. Kyle Kulinski tweet about not voting for Biden in general. Bernie Sanders lays out "task forces" between Biden and Sanders campaign staffs. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumpka pushes back against concern that workers won't go back to work because unemployment pays better. Reflecting on his work during Covid-19 shelter in place, Chris Cuomo has decided he hates his work. South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem announces hydroxychloroquine testing on state's Covid-19 cases. Brian Kilmeade, still upset about PPP loan conditions, says workers need owners.

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Sam hosts author Katherine Stewart (@kathsstewart) to discuss her new book, The Power Worshippers: Inside the Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism and why the religious right's network of think tanks, advocacy groups, and pastoral organizations are better organized and funded that we realize.

On today's show: FRIDAY: Trump says he wants to re-open the economy, criteria is in his head.

Author Katherine Stewart (@kathsstewart) joins Sam to discuss her new book, The Power Worshippers: Inside the Dangerous Rise of Religious NationalismWhat is Christian nationalism, or more broadly, religious nationalism? Which came first, the religious doctrine or the drive for power? How Jerry Falwell and the religious right ginned up anger over abortion to protect segregated Christian schools' tax exempt status. The difference between how these operators talk to their base and how they talk to their big donors. How Betsy Devos fits into that lineage.

On the fun half: Bill Bennett says projections show Covid-19 will kill less people than the flu, which means it's no worse than the flu. Dave from Jamaica on why the left shouldn't involve itself in religion, politically. Charlie Kirk says he doesn’t think Dr. Fauci’s testing plan will work because Americans want to go back to work. Creationist Cat flexes on Sam. Fauci explains why White House did not immediately mitigate against Covid-19, said there was a lot of pushback. Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN): "We need to see China as the enemy here and cut funding to WHO and UN Human Rights Council." Greg Gutfeld's interesting 2020 campaign strategy: all the fallout from Covid-19 is socialism! How the “Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act” of 2006 was an effort to destroy the USPS. Andrew Cuomo explains why Di Blasio alone can't decide to cancel school in NYC: metropolitan area needs to work together. Matt Walsh is outraged and upset that nurses filmed a TikTok during Covid-19. NYC cops manhandle a young boy trying to sell candy on the subway.

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Sam hosts Alex Pareene, staff writer at The New Republic and host of "The Politics of Everything," and comedian Andy Kindler to break down the week's most important stories and Dennis Miller's whereabouts.

Sam and Alex begin their discussion with an autopsy of the Democratic primary, Bernie Sanders's decision to suspend his campaign, and the Democratic party's victory over the Sanders left. Pareene explains why high information Democratic voters' inherent trust of corporate news is such an obstacle for progressive insurgent candidates. Looking forward to the general election, Sam posits that the Biden campaign message will mirror the Democrats' 2018 House election message, namely, Stop Trump, with little else to offer voters. Sam and Alex discuss the Democratic party's leadership vacuum, what comes after Pelosi, Schumer, and Biden, and their failure of imagination for this moment of crisis. Finally, Sam and Alex conclude their conversation with Biden's "concessions" to Sanders' supporters, which turn out to be concessions to Biden's core constituents. 

Andy Kindler then joins Sam to discuss Dennis Miller's recent appearance on the Rubin Report, and why Dennis Miller hates himself. 

And in the Fun Half: what not voting for Biden won't do, Don Peebles doesn't understand the flatten the curve principal, when you take on investment risk you have to take the losses, it seems like Brian Kilmeade has a friend with a struggling restaurant, California fast-food workers are striking for working conditions, plus your calls and IMs!

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Michael Brooks hosts Rob Larson  (@IronicProfessor), professor of economics and author of Bit Tyrants: The Political Economy of Silicon Valley, to discuss his piece in Jacobin, "Bill Gates’s Philanthropic Giving Is a Racket" and why billionaire-fueled philanthropic endeavors amount to flashy public relations stunts.

On today's show: Brian Kilmeade fears that Bernie holding onto delegates means socialism will live on.

Michael Brooks hosts Rob Larson  (@IronicProfessor), professor of economics and author of Bit Tyrants: The Political Economy of Silicon Valley, to discuss his piece in Jacobin, "Bill Gates’s Philanthropic Giving Is a Racket." Bill Gates' Jeffrey Epstein connection. How Bill Gates used philanthropy to improve his reputation at a time when he was on trial for monopolistic activities. How bad did you have to be to get the attention of the Clinton Justice Dept? The reasons the super-rich seek to influence public education. Why "philanthropy" in developing nations is not all it's cracked up to be. What steps can we take to democratize the tech industry?

On the fun half: Lula says Bolsonaro must change his dismissive corona virus response.  Tucker Carlson asks if Biden is prepared to run for president. Pompeo says US will reevaluate US funding to WHO. AG Bill Barrl aments Covid-19 partisanship, says media has a "jihad" against hydroxychloroquin. Trump pivots to general election mode, asks "Where is Obama? Why hasn't he endorsed Sleepy Joe?" Jamie and Michael debate the merits of economic protectionism. Paul Broun campaign ad in Georgia says times like these you need your 2A rights, starts an AR15 giveaway.

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Josh Orton (@joshorton), National Policy Director and Senior Advisor to the Bernie Sanders campaign, Michael Brooks (@_michaelbrooks) of 'The Michael Brooks Show' and Nomiki Konst (@NomikiKonst) of 'The Nomiki Show' join Sam to discuss the end of the Bernie Sanders campaign and break down today's headlines. Jamie Peck of 'The Antifada' is also back on mic!

On today's show: Josh Orton, formerly of the Majority Report and more recently of the Bernie Sanders campaign, joins us to discuss the campaign's accomplishments and what we can learn from its trajectory. Michael Brooks, Nomiki Konst, and Jamie Peck also join Sam for a roundtable discussion on why the Sanders campaign was ultimately unsuccessful and where the progressive left should go from here if it wants to build power. The establishment wing of the Democratic Party may have won this round, but changing demographics, emerging grassroots networks, and rising labor unrest point in some exciting directions for the future.

John King on CNN says Bernie should have said more nice things about Biden when conceding. Trump explains all the ways people cheat through mail-in ballots, but it's fine if he does it, "because I'm allowed to." Joe Biden says he should've followed his gut and advocated for moving the WI election two days after dodging the same question. Milwaukee voters waiting in line share stories of how they were denied mail-in ballots. Wisconsin Assembly speaker in full PPE: "It's safe to vote!" Doctor says research may be misleading re: the need to treat Covid-19 with ventilators.

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Sam hosts Mike Konczal, Director of Progressive Thought at the Roosevelt Institute, to discuss the stimulus package and what Congress will do next. John Nichols (@NicholsUprising), National Affairs Correspondent at the Nation magazine, also joins Sam to discuss today's Wisconsin primary amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Illinois Governor JB Pritzker confirms Air Bridge private seller auction process, wherein states (and sometimes countries) bid against each other for medical equipment the federal government provides to private companies.

Mike Konczal, Director of Progressive Thought at the Roosevelt Institute, to discuss the stimulus package and what Congress will do next. Where are economists at with their understanding of the crisis? How the US will suffer without the built-in stabilizers of other countries. The intentional design flaws of the American unemployment system and the impact of Clinton-era welfare reform. What House Democrats should be doing differently. What phase four of the stimulus should focus on.

John Nichols (@NicholsUprising), National Affairs Correspondent at the Nation magazine, joins Sam to discuss today's Wisconsin primary amid the Covid-19 pandemic. How WI went from having good elections and public health to the current state of affairs. How conservative-held courts pushed through WI's elections after the governor tried to postpone them. How shutting down most polling stations will worsen crowding at the ones still open, particularly in cities. How should WI Democrats respond?

On the fun half: Trump says IG HHS report about 300 hospitals' lack of testing supplies: "it's wrong." Shoplifting tips from a caller. Footage from overburdened Milwaukee and Waukesha Wisconsin polling stations. Biden on the Democratic Convention and Wisconsin primary: "trust the science, decisions made by the courts." Sean Hannity calls for an economic task force featuring Art Laffer (of the discredited curve) and Stephen Moore. Tucker Carlson says we're going to regret shelter in place orders, says unless we explain why working is dangerous, we should go back to work. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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