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American democracy is being threatened, and *Rick Wilson* knows exactly who is responsible. In each episode, Rick calls out those who are the enemies of democracy and exposes their treachery- because sunlight is the best disinfectant. https://bit.ly/3P82A5g

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American democracy is being threatened, and *Rick Wilson* knows exactly who is responsible. In each episode, Rick calls out those who are the enemies of democracy and exposes their treachery- because sunlight is the best disinfectant. https://bit.ly/3P82A5g

    America's Darkest Corners

    America's Darkest Corners

    The darkest corners of American society are bred on the internet. In this episode Rick is joined by journalist and author Elle Reeve to discuss her new book, "Black Pill: How I Witnessed the Darkest Corners of the Internet Come to Life, Poison Society, and Capture American Politics." They dive into the rise of far-right extremism, the origins and impacts of 4chan and 8chan, and the evolution of white nationalist movements. Elle shares her firsthand experiences and insights into the cultural and political influence of online troll communities, the disturbing realities behind QAnon, and the personal toll on individuals drawn into these extremist ideologies.
    Elle's book, "Black Pill: How I Witnessed the Darkest Corners of the Internet Come to Life, Poison Society, and Capture American Politics," available now.

    Timestamps:
    (00:03:37) Black Pill
    (00:10:22) When did Richard Spencer "hit the wall"?
    (00:16:14) The far right and hyper masculinity 
    (00:20:17) Q Anon

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    • 44 min
    You Might Also Like: Pod Save America

    You Might Also Like: Pod Save America

    Introducing Trump's Shooting Upends 2024 from Pod Save America.
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    After surviving a horrifying assassination attempt, Donald Trump announces J.D. Vance as his VP pick and promises to shift the tone of the Republican convention. Jon, Lovett, Dan, and Tommy talk about the VP selection, whether it's possible to "lower the temperature" of our political discourse, and Joe Biden's testy interview with Lester Holt.
     
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    Nothing Has Changed

    Nothing Has Changed

    In the wake of an assassination attempt, we remain clear and resolute. In this episode we welcome Bakari Sellers, prominent political commentator, former South Carolina House Representative, and author. They dive into a range of pressing topics, including the attempted assassination of Trump, the political climate surrounding the 2024 campaign, and the broader implications for American democracy. Bakari offers insights from his latest book, "The Moment: Thoughts on the Race Reckoning That Wasn't and How We Can All Move Forward," discussing the ongoing challenges of race relations in the U.S. and the missed opportunities for meaningful change. Rick also gives us a clear directive, nothing has changed.
    Bakari's book, The Moment: Thoughts on the Race Reckoning That Wasn't and How We All Can Move Forward Now, available now.

    Timestamps:
    (00:09:25) Bakari Sellers
    (00:17:36) Bakari's new book
    (00:21:58) Where we are? Where we go?
    (00:27:23) The shooter

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    • 40 min
    The Hijacking of American Conservatism

    The Hijacking of American Conservatism

    How did conservatism in America become the bizarre mess it is today? To help us explore this question, Rick welcomes Joe Conason, author of "The Longest Con: How Grifters, Swindlers, and Frauds Hijacked American Conservatism." Together, they explore the historical trajectory of the conservative movement in America, from the professional anti-communists of the 1950s and 60s to the rise of the Tea Party and the ultimate grift of Donald Trump. Conason delves into the intricate scams and deceitful tactics used by key figures and organizations, revealing how political manipulation and financial exploitation have shaped modern conservatism.
    Joe's book, "The Longest Con: How Grifters, Swindlers, and Frauds Hijacked American Conservatism," available now.

    Timestamps:
    (00:01:49) The Longest Con
    (00:07:59) The conservative grift culture
    (00:18:29) The start of the Tea Party movement

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    • 38 min
    A Poisoned Republican Party

    A Poisoned Republican Party

    The old Republican Party is dead. In this episode Rick Wilson welcomes special guest Governor Christine Todd Whitman, former governor of New Jersey, for a discussion on the current state and future of the Republican Party. They dive into the decline of the party’s principles, the rise of the Forward Party, and the impact of the Trump era on American democracy. The conversation touches on critical issues such as the erosion of the rule of law, the importance of civic education, and the repercussions of the Supreme Court’s decisions.

    Timestamps:
    (00:01:16) The decline of the Republican party
    (00:06:23) Do Trump's convictions change the race?
    (00:16:58) Dobbs vs. Jackson

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    The Front Lines of Democracy

    The Front Lines of Democracy

    The front lines in the fight for our democracy is taking place at the state level with a battle for the integrity of a system on the brink. In this episode Rick welcomes Jena Griswold, the Secretary of State of Colorado, for an in-depth discussion about the current state of democracy in the United States. They explore the challenges and successes of election security, the rise of election denialism, and the impact of disinformation and deep fakes on the electoral process. Jena shares insights from her experience in overseeing Colorado's elections, highlighting the importance of maintaining a secure and accessible voting system. She also discusses the ongoing efforts to hold bad actors accountable and the resilience of the American people in defending democratic values.

    Timestamps:
    (00:02:04) Democracy at code red
    (00:06:26) Improving Colorado's electoral system
    (00:09:38) The effects of election fraud
    (00:23:39) The age of disinformation

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    • 36 min

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