Mon, 30 November 2015
HuffPostLive Host and Producer Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani, explains how Republican rhetoric creates a context for American terrorism. The attacks on Planned Parenthood and the lack of accountability for demonizing women's health providers. Is Turkey backing Isis? The incoherence of the West's Syria policy and what wold coherence look like.
On The Fun Half: Republicans start calling Donald Trump a fascist but still might vote for them. World leaders meet to discuss the climate crisis in Paris and your calls and IMs.
Wed, 25 November 2015
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist for The New York Times, Charlie Savage, discusses his new book Power Wars: Inside Obama's Post-9/11 Presidency. Savage explains how Obama has persued many of the same National Security policies as the Bush Administration all the while putting the policies on a more secure legal footing. Savage also delineates the differing objections to many of the Bush post 9-11 policies and why some on the left feel betrayed by Obama on civil liberties.
And for members only an interview with Senator Bernie Sanders on the Patriot Act from the Air America days in 2005!
Tue, 24 November 2015
Kathryn Olmsted, the Chair of the History Department at the University of California Davis and author of Right Out of California: the 1930s and the Big Business Roots of Modern Conservatism explains the surprising California roots of modern Republican politics. The plutocrat reaction to FDR and how the California agriculture industry helped spread modern conservatism.
On The Fun Half: Donald Trump advisor knows he would get beaten up if he went to a Black Church. CNN takes Muslim baiting to a new extreme. Glenn Greenwald calls out CNN for war mongering and your IMs.
Mon, 23 November 2015
Linsey McGoey, lecturer in Sociology at the University of Essex and author of No Such Thing as a Free Gift: The Gates Foundation and the Price of Philanthropy, explains the hidden history of philanthropy.
The relationship between great wealth and structural reform. Why did Andrew Carnegie and other plutocrats believe in charity. The faulty assumption that wealth isn't supported by government. How much money does the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation actually give? Is philanthropy feeding inequality. When charity becomes R&D. Grants and avoiding taxes. Do companies need charity? And what sort of results are the Gates Foundation having on education and global health.
On The Fun Half: Donald Trump pushes the Muslims in New Jersey cheered conspiracy theory. Why the mainstream media still can't deal with Donald Trump and what he represents. Black Lives Matter protester attacked at a Trump rally. Donald Trump wants water boarding and calls Jeb Bush weak. New Atheists and magical thinking and your IMs.
Fri, 20 November 2015
Cliff Schecter explains the sickening decision of the Republican House's move to block Syrian refugees. The mainstreaming of anti Islamic policies and rhetoric. Donald Trump is a bigot and the Republican frontrunner. Chuck Schumer is a problem. What is Hillary Clinton's foreign policy? Clinton opposes demonizing Islam. The Libyan intervention and learning from foreign policy failures. Bernie Sanders calls out American backed coups. The unfolding crisis in Africa. Bernie Sanders follows in FDR's footsteps and calls for economic freedom and Bernie Sanders explains why we need Medicare for all.
Isabel Gillies talks about menopause, New Kelly is starstruck. When is Isabel's next book coming out? Looking back on Star Wars. Getting your kids into a good high school? And Isabel tells us to watch The Great British Baking Show.
On The Fun Half: Donald Trump proposes fascist style Muslim tracking program. John Kasich Super PAC launches stupid campaign against Donald Trump. Donald Trump destroys Kasich on Twitter and your calls and IMs.
Thu, 19 November 2015
Janeane Garofalo finally watched the Hunger Games. The way to avoid family political fights. What type of Republican is Janeane. Why we should have limited travel for Ben Carson supporters. Is this country less right wing than people think? Why the press is still dumb. Can Bernie Sanders get elected President? President Obama calls out fear mongering on refugees and Ted Cruz is pathetic.
On The Fun Half: We are not bankrupt. Janeane is not interested in debating conservative callers. There is no liberal media in the mainstream. Also your calls and IMs.
Wed, 18 November 2015
Yousef Munayyer the Executive Director of End the Occupation explains the core dynamics that need to be addressed in order to destroy ISIS. The lessons we need to learn from the Iraq invasion. Why endless Occupation does not work. Addressing the Saudi Iran proxy war. The nature of the Assad regime. How the West and Russia are getting pushed together in Syrian policy. Why partition won't work and the regional solution that would secure Syria and Iraq.
On The Fun Half: Jeb Bush knows how to tell who is and isn't Christian. John Kasich wants to create a new government agency that would spread Judeo-Christian propaganda across the world. Ben Carson has no idea what he's talking about. Jeb Bush is so unpopular. Does the left have a "Islam problem" and your calls and IMs.
Tue, 17 November 2015
What are the different types of Islamist politics. Saudi and Iranian politics. The distinctions between Sunni and Shia Islamic movements and the flaws in Western foreign policy.
On The Fun Half: Sam Harris responds to the Paris attacks and we respond to him, Louie Gohmert says that the ISIS leader has a PHD in Islam so he knows what Islam is and your calls and IMs.
Mon, 16 November 2015
How the terrorist attacks in Paris happened. The terror tactics reflect ISIS. The command structure of ISIS and security policy in Europe. Bernie Sanders says he takes a more "conservative" approach to foreign policy than Hillary Clinton. Hillary Clinton says we are not at war with "radical Islam". Martin O'Malley calls out Donald Trump. Bernie Sanders needs to get sharper in the debates. Hillary Clinton's major fail. Hillary Clinton incoherent on free college and Bernie misses another opportunity.
On The Fun Half: Sam speaks with a caller from Paris. Why is Sarah Palin still on national TV! And your calls and IMs.
Fri, 13 November 2015
Cliff Schecter explains how the Koch Brothers created Joni Ernst. How the Koch Brothers money network works. The shadowy world of far right money and the disaster of Citizens United. Why the Republicans are not rational. Will Mitt Romney jump in? Why attitude is what matter in the Republican Primary and the GOP death spiral.
Film Guy Matthew Weiss is on the verge of a big career breakthrough. We debut a freshly discovered Ben Carson diss track. Film Guy Matthew prepares for Tae Kwon Do tournament and he told us all to watch À nos amours.
On The Fun Half: Donald Trump gives a absolutely insane and hilarious speech in Iowa, explains his plan to bomb "the shit out of ISIS", rips into Ben Carson and calls out Marco Rubio. Also your calls and IMs.
Fri, 13 November 2015
Listen along with Sam, Michael and new Matt to full coverage of the Republican Primary debate on November 10th.
Thu, 12 November 2015
MSNBC reporter and co-author of Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg explains where the Notorious RBG meme came from. Why Justice Ginsburg has always been a trailblazer. Overcoming sexism and anti-semitism in the law. How Justice Ginsburg's progressive politics were developed in Sweden in the 1960s. The law and redefining gender norms. Justice Ginsburg's low key approach and hidden radicalism. Where does Justice Ginsburg stand on economic issues. The reasoning behind Roe v. Wade and Ginsburg's future role on the Court.
On the Fun Half: Bill O'Reilly says fascism is creeping across college campuses because of anti racism activism. Bush senior attacks Dick Cheney. Why Republicans want lower wages. Sam's complete guide to superdelegates and your calls and IMs.
Wed, 11 November 2015
Rolling Stone's Matt Taibbi explained why Carly Fiorina got him drunk at his Republican drinking game. How long can Ben Carson go along with saying nothing. Why the Fox News Business debate was a giant nothing burger. Why John Kasich is so depressed. How Jeb Bush is preparing to drop out. Carly Fiorina keeps lying. How far will Donald Trump go and why the press cannot accept how crazy the Republican Party is.
On The Fun Half: Why Hillary Clinton is wrong on raising the minimum wage. Ben Carson talks gibberish on the financial system and your calls and IMs.
Tue, 10 November 2015
Research analyst and journalist Mike LaSusa explains Rudy Giuliani’s history of using “Broken Windows” and “Zero Tolerance” policies in New York City. The stunning level of brutality the NYPD used in enforcing these policies. Rudy Guiliani's consulting work in Mexico, Brazil and Trindad and Tobago. Class, race and violence in Latin America, what actually reduces crime and "Zero Tolerance" and gentrification.
On The Fun Half: The strike for a living wage, debating Israel and Palestine, Ben Carson blames drug addiction on political correctness and your calls and IMs.
Mon, 9 November 2015
Blogger Digby explains the insanity of the modern Republican Party. Why Ben Carson and Donald Trump are the perfect examples of today's Republicanism. Ben Carson willing victim of a practical joke? The mega delusions of Ben Carson. The Donald Trump drop out theory. How the three Democratic Candidates faired in the MSNBC Democratic forum. Why the Democratic Primary is a good thing for the Party and progressives. Corporate Democrats panic. Why Bernie Sanders needs to push further left in order to deepen his challenge to Hillary Clinton and why Bernie needs to get more clear about what his political "revolution" means.
On The Fun Half: Ben Carson freaks out at a press conference. Bill O'Reilly battles George Will. Michele Bachmann is pretty convinced the world is coming to an end. Also your calls and IMs.
Fri, 6 November 2015
Cliff Schecter explains the victory of Matt Bevin in the Kentucky Governors race. Why Democrats are still failing to explain Obamacare. Why Third Way Democrats keep failing. Why Democrats need to run as populists. Why legalizing Marijuana failed in Ohio. Is it over for Ben Carson? The Ben Carson con artist campaign. Jeb Bush continues to sink and Chris Christie sinks to the little kids debate.
Brian Reich the host Sportocracy talks about talking with his kids about sports and injuries. The horror of sports injuries, would Brian let his kids play Football? The ethics of watching sports? What happened to Grantland? Bill Simmons and the real "Gamergate". And Brian tells us to watch The Two Escobars.
On The Fun Half: Fox & Friends struggle with reporting good jobs numbers and your calls and IMs.
Thu, 5 November 2015
Joy-Ann Reid is a national correspondent for MSNBC and the author of the new book Fracture: Barack Obama, the Clintons and the Racial Divide explains the uneasy history between African Americans and the Democratic Party. Jesse Jackson's relationship with the Democratic Party and the changing demographics of American politics. Reaching out to Black voters and alienating white voters. Why President Obama is hesitant to speak directly to African American issues. The differences between the Clintons and Obama when speaking on race. The split between African Americans and the left over Obama. President Obama civil rights leadership and Wall Street.
On The Fun Half: The why of progressive taxation, Ben Carson's campaign releases a rap song, Harry Reid rips Morning Joe for its softball Koch Brother interview and your calls and IMs.
Wed, 4 November 2015
A shock win for a far right extremist in the Kentucky gubernatorial race. The threat to healthcare in Kentucky. Ohio voters reject a controversial Marijuana legalization proposal. Why Marijuana prohibition destroys lives. A user of Medical Marijuana has the state of Ohio take their newborn baby away from them. Houston rejects equal rights. Charter School in Brooklyn has "got to go" list of kids who administrators wanted forced out of the school and the danger of Charter Schools.
On The Fun Half: Caller Greg wants Jordan to absorb all of Palestine. Rafeal Cruz says the country will be destroyed if Hillary Clinton wins, Jeb Bush says sorry to the French and Donald Trump rips Marco Rubio. Also your calls and IMs.
Tue, 3 November 2015
Edward Miller an an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Global Pathways and American Classroom programs at Northeastern University and author of Nut Country: Right-Wing Dallas and the Birth of the Southern Strategy, explains the surprising history of the modern southern strategy. Why JFK coined the term "nut country". Race, class and conservative politics. Texas politics, segregation and racially driven politics. The Howard Hunt media empire, the first Alex Jones and the Republican devolution on Civil Rights.
On The Fun Half: James O'Keefe's sad new pathetic fail. Megyn Kelly mocks the Republican candidate debate demands. Republican debate demands. Donald Trump is amused by the "low energy" Jeb Bush. Lawrence Lessig drops out of the Democratic Primary and your calls and IMs.
Mon, 2 November 2015
Juan Cole of Informed Comment Blog and author of The New Arabs, explains why Turkey's Justice Development Party won big in yesterdays elections. Why President Erdogan is getting more authoritarian and rigid. Why Erdogan is campaigning against the Kurds and the why of Turkey's interventions in Syria.
Comedian Christopher Hamilton says political correctness is hurting comedy.
On The Fun Half: Sam breaks in to debate PC and comedy. Paul Ryan wants Family Leave for him and no one else, terrorists murder a secular publisher in Bangladesh and Bernie Sanders is not sexist. Also your calls and IMs.