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Sam hosts economist Mark Blyth (@MkBlyth) to discuss Covid19's economic impact and what elected officials can do to help working people before the next spending bill is passed.

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FRIDAY: Sharing news that White House staff now infected, Trump says it proves testing isn't that great.

Sam hosts economist Mark Blyth (@MkBlyth) to discuss Covid19's economic impact and what elected officials can do to help working people before the next spending bill is passed. How the stock market is different from the economy. When will the crisis impact the stock market? The downsides of a "just-in-time" economy. The myth that we are in a wartime economy. Is there anything that gives Mark hope for the future?

On the fun half: MONDAY: White House trade advisor Peter Navarro says this is not the Great Depression. Peter Navarro meltdown about Disney being open in Shanghai and not California. Kilmeade & Hegseth say we need a "military mindset" to defeat Covid-19 by going back to work. Mnuchin says White House still wants payroll tax cut in next stimulus bill, agrees with McConnell liability. Kilmeade says 2020 election is not Biden v. Trump, it's Obama v. Trump. SATURDAY: Pennsylvania House Speaker says kids can develop herd immunity, teachers need to earn their pay. Ben Shapiro says Michael Flynn did not lie to FBI, he fibbed, a fib is non-material. Fox News is ready to put Obama on trial for Michael Flynn case.

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Sam hosts Alex Pareene (@pareene) of the New Republic and Comedian Andy Kindler (@AndyKindler) to discuss the week's biggest stories. Sam also hosts National Nurses United President Jean Ross to discuss the union's protest in Washington DC and the government's failure to deliver PPE to frontline workers in the fight against Covid19.

On today's show: Trump praises Barr for dropping Flynn case. AG Barr asked about Flynn case, says history is written by the winners.

Alex Pareene (@pareene) of the New Republic joins Sam to discuss the GOP's irresponsible re-opening of the economy and why even the Democrats' progressive caucus has been so bad at passing useful Covid-related legislation. The GOP is killing to kill the hostages; the Dems aren't. How state level austerity will undo any federal stimulus. The disappointment felt by even "normie" Democrats.

National Nurses United President Jean Ross joins Sam to discuss the union's protest in DC and the government's failure to deliver them the supplies they need to fight this pandemic. How the current crisis lays bare "lean production," under-staffing, and more that nurses have been protesting for decades. What listeners can do to help.

Comedian Andy Kindler (@AndyKindler) joins Sam to discuss the art in his house, his mental health problems, and Dennis Miller's last appearance on Sean Hannity. Check out his debut stand-up album, "Hence the Humor."

On the fun half: Asked about his message to America's mothers for Mothers' Day, Trump says the military is great and he's got meetings at Camp David. Trump whines about "artificial" closing of economy as unemployment graphics play on screen. Dave Rubin says he wants some government run healthcare, so long as it's a bunch of private plans competing in the market place. Cops assault men for social distancing concerns in Brooklyn. Jamie on police abolition. How to make the lesser of two evils argument to people who've been hurt by Biden's policies? Plus, your phone calls.

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Michael Brooks hosts former Foreign Minister of Ecuador Guillaume Long (@GuillaumeLong) to discuss the failed coup attempt in Venezuela and the kind of lawfare being used against governments in Latin America during the age of Covid-19.

On today's show: Ahmaud Arbery murdered by racist vigilantes while jogging in Georgia; suspects have ties to local law enforcement.

Former Foreign Minister of Ecuador Guillaume Long (@GuillaumeLong) joins Michael to discuss the latest failed coup attempt in Venezuela and the kind of lawfare being used against governments in Latin America during the age of Covid-19. Silvercorp's pathetic coup attempt and the privatization of military operations. How the US government uses private contractors to distance itself from responsibility. The reasons why open military intervention in Venezuela would be unlikely. How each unsuccessful coup attempt makes Maduro stronger. How the US-controlled Organization of American States (OAS) is returning to its Cold War duties. How "lawfare" (a combination of law and warfare) is being used against former president Rafael Correa to subvert democracy in Ecuador. The influence of China in Latin America. What should be at the top of the agenda for the Latin American left?

On the fun half: Brian Mier explains SilverCorp USA's presence in Brazil during 2018 elections. Flashback: Nancy Pelosi gives standing ovation to Juan Guaido. Wednesday: Trump dismisses nurse who says her New Orleans hospital has PPE troubles. Thursday: Nurses demonstrate outside White House, 88 pairs of shoes for 88 nurse deaths during Covid-19. Kayleigh McEnany says there were supposed to be 2.2 million deaths, moving goal posts. Kayleigh McEnany on Trump's "warriors" statement: he meant Americans are "warriors" because they're staying home and observing social distancing. GOP Rep. Dr. Andy Harris says "we're safer from death if we're not born" in BS defense of no contact tracing measures. Rally for Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia: "We want justice!"

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Sam breaks down the week's biggest headlines with Michael Brooks, including Trump's plans to reopen, GOP disaster austerity and Bay of Pigs Pt. 2: Venezuela.

On today's show: Trump on why he didn't get ahead of pandemic: "I had a lot of things going on." Trump on making people go back to work: says "we have to do it," "there's no win," says he'll create the greatest economy. To follow up question about task force, growing death and infection, Trump says Americans are "warriors." Dennis Prager says Americans can quit their jobs if they feel returning is unsafe, says Covid liability lawsuits show the US is being ruined by the left.

On the fun half: "Sam Seder" leaves mean review of Michael's book. The Democrats have no policy agenda. Greg Gutfeld says reporter's "Mission Accomplished" gotcha question was a reference to Katrina, Gutfeld was not fooled. Ohio Governor Mike Dewine announces budget cuts to education and Medicaid. Should Warren be primaried? Cuomo announces partnership w/ Gates Foundation so they can ruin public education again. Brian Kilmeade says Monroe Doctrine is in play, Cuba needs to watch out. Hannity and Fox & Friends say militias should not stage armed protests at state houses, leave the Nazi flags at home. Wisconsin SCOTUS Judge Rebecca Bradley compares stay-home orders to WWII internment. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Sam hosts historian Sarah Milov to discuss her latest book, The Cigarette: A Political History. Milov and Sam walk through tobacco's role in American culture and the government's role in developing the cigarette market. From WWI to FDR's New Deal and the Marshall plan, tobacco (and cigarettes) played a principal role in American politics, economic growth, and war efforts. The turning point for tobacco's relationship to the federal government was the Surgeon General's 1964, which cited the dangers of smoking, including the rise of lung cancer. Milov and Sam walk through the gradually growing protest against the tobacco lobby, including their fight against television advertising, the Fairness Doctrine, and antismoking advocacy like GASP. Sam and Milov also discuss the cultural conflict between unions, workers' rights, and smokers' rights. What killed the cigarette was a combination of non-smoker entitlement to public spaces and workplace cost-centered restrictions that ended up reducing smoking numbers and drove smoking to the margins and mostly affected the impoverished.  

And in the Fun Half: polling Democrats after Biden denies Tara Reade allegations, Sam and Brian Kilmeade agree for the first time, Kellyanne Conway says the House will waste Fauci's time, Laura Ingraham is now a pro-death epidemiologist, Matt Gaetz wants police departments to stop using Chinese drones--how about all police drones, Q-fan John Ratcliffe's DNI confirmation hearing, plus you IMs!

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Sam hosts New York Magazine writer and author David Wallace-Wells (@dwallacewells) to discuss the state of the Covid-19 pandemic in the US and how it will impact our climate change debate.

On today's show: Larry Kudlow is mad people keep bringing up his "airtight" clip, says he was speaking about facts at the time.

New York Magazine writer and author David Wallace-Wells (@dwallacewells) joins Sam to discuss the state of the Covid-19 pandemic in the US and how it will impact our climate change debate. The rapid changes that have happened over the course of the pandemic and how much we still don't know. The confusion over who people should listen to. Trump's abdication of responsibility. Why haven't international organizations like the WHO been more helpful? Is this pandemic teaching people the value of state bureaucracy? The lethal combination of ideology and corruption driving the WH response. What measures might actually end the pandemic.

On the fun half: Trump hopes the election will be a referendum on his crisis response, claims he's created the world's best health systems. Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves says he will open state because MS is not NY, NJ despite rising Covid cases in MS. Dan Bongino says we live in a police state now that prisoners are being released from jails infected w/ Covid. Fox host says bailouts do not equal redistribution. Dave Rubin says his intellectual movement is the largest growing in the country. NYPD beat up young man and bystander for not having a mask, "flexing." Trump says he's been treated worse than Lincoln. Sam on the George W Bush video. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Sam hosts Digby (@Digby56) and comedian Judy Gold (@JewdyGold) this May Day Friday, and special guest Winsome Pendergrass (@WinsomePenderg4), a tenants' rights organizer in NYC who is leading today's rent strike.

On today's show: Joe Biden denies Tara Reade alleged assault: "it never happened."

Digby (@digby56) joins Sam to discuss the latest on Tara Reade's allegations of sexual assault against Joe Biden and Trump's homicidal response to the Covid-19 crisis. Trump says "Democrat states" want bailouts, suggests GOP states are handling this better, talks about "negotiating position."

Winsome Pendergrass (@WinsomePenderg4), of Housing Justice for All and New York Communities for Change, joins Sam to discuss tenant organizing in New York City. She outlines the pre-existing housing crisis in NYC and Governor Cuomo's negligent handling of it before explaining why Cuomo's "eviction moratorium" is not enough and what people are doing to fight back. Get involved at housingjusticeforall.org and nycommunities.org!

Judy Gold (@JewdyGold) joins us for some catharsis about Mad King Trump and a discussion of her new book, "Yes, I Can Say That: When They Come For The Comedians, We Are All In Trouble." Order it at JudyGold.com.

Larry Hogan has South Korean tests guarded by National Guard at undisclosed location because he fears federal repossession. Armed right-wing protesters at Michigan State House. Jamie analyzes the Biden sexual assault story from a socialist feminist perspective. Dennis Prager says his choice to not wear a mask outside makes him like Rosa Parks, Nazi resistors. Tucker Carlson says Covid "gave our leaders more power" than anyone "in the history of this country." Trump wants to know which DNI official said Covid-19 was not Chinese made. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Michael Brooks hosts Kurt Hackbarth (@KurtHackbarth) of Jacobin to discuss his latest piece, "Never Let a Pandemic Go to Waste," on how Mexican elites have used the pandemic to thwart President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's (AMLO's) efforts to govern as an economic populist.

On today's show: Brian Williams segment on Trump's nervous breakdown gives Trump a nervous breakdown. Trump's "Lyin' Brian Williams" tweet.

Kurt Hackbarth (@KurtHackbarth) of Jacobin joins Michael to discuss his latest piece, "Never Let a Pandemic Go to Waste." After running and winning on an anti-corruption, anti-drug war, economically populist platform, AMLO has faced substantial challenges from right-wing forces both foreign and domestic. Now, in the wake of Covid-19, elites are doing everything they can to use the crisis to discredit and undermine him. Hackbarth provides context for the critiques being made of AMLO's Covid-19 response, as well as what he's done right, and the dirty tricks the corporate media is using to attack him.

On the fun half: Amazon, Instacart and other essential workers planning huge labor action on May 1 (don't cross the picket line!). A national rent strike is also coming; learn more at housingjusticeforall.org. Trump says virus will go away, wants to see the Yankees play at Yankee Stadium with fans. Trump says virus will go away: "It's gonna go." Fox & Friends debate restriction rollbacks and those vulnerable, callous Kilmeade suggests Ainsley is overreacting. Karen Pence explains why Mike Pence didn't wear a mask, says he gets tested often and Mayo Clinic didn't tell him. Secret Marxist Jim Cramer asks Nancy Pelosi what she will do to help people who've lost their jobs, Pelosi emits Biden-esque string of pablum. Andrew Cuomo uses masks sent to Albany to construct art mural instead of distributing them. Ben Shapiro says we're making "actuarial deductions" about Covid, a senior's life is worth less than a child's.

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Sam hosts Dr. Michael Osterholm, Principal Investigator and Director of the Minnesota Center of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance, joins Sam to discuss the Trump administration's current plan for reopening America and what we can expect for the rest of 2020. Dr. Osterholm lays out the risk of opening the economy, overwhelming our healthcare system, and why covid19 is different from previous infectious diseases. Dr. Osterholm says that this virus will march on against any mitigation we offer; therefore, we need to construct the best plan to prepare to return to work. What ways can we bring back society? Things like baseball without crowds could help craft a society that allows us to move with the virus. The lack of federal leadership has been a fundamental problem in the age of covid19. There needs to be a Marshall Plan for testing and PPP, something plaguing our country's response. Sam and Dr. Osterholm conclude their conversation discussing best practices to keep from spreading the virus.

And in the Fun Half: a binary choice between Biden and Trump, Mike Pence is protected by God--but what about the rest of us, Dave Rubin makes a breakthrough, the latest conservative fury over a removed YouTube video from doctors who say covid19 is the flu, an extended discussion on where the left needs to focus its energy, plus your calls and IMs!

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Sam hosts author and Columbia history professor Adam Tooze to discuss the on-going recession and his latest piece in Foreign Policy, "The Normal Economy is Never Coming Back." Sam and Tooze discuss the troubling disconnect between the financial markets and the "real economy" and the strange lack of parity between them. Tooze compares this economic moment to the cartoon roadrunner suspended in midair off the edge of a cliff, spinning its legs before it looks down and crashes. The global economy has never experienced a shock quite like this. It will be a while before debts go unpaid, and the banks' balance sheets become problematic. We're all living on credit right now, which will eventually run out. Businesses with small margins with lower-educated workers will be the first to show damage. Sam and Tooze then move the conversation to the role of banks and who gets saved during the pandemic's economic triage. The two conclude their discussion on ways to build political capital against austerity measures pushed by McConnell, why the national debt is a red herring wielded for political gain, and how Democrats need to spend to help the American people.

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