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Each week The Intercept’s Washington, D.C. bureau brings you one important or overlooked story from the political world. Bureau Chief Ryan Grim and a rotating cast of journalists, politicians, academics and historians tell you what the rest of the media are missing.
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Each week The Intercept’s Washington, D.C. bureau brings you one important or overlooked story from the political world. Bureau Chief Ryan Grim and a rotating cast of journalists, politicians, academics and historians tell you what the rest of the media are missing.
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    Progressives on Nancy Pelosi’s Taiwan Visit and US-China Policy

    Progressives on Nancy Pelosi’s Taiwan Visit and US-China Policy

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi landed in Taiwan on Tuesday, ending speculation about whether she would visit the island during her tour of east Asia. Political reactions in the U.S. have been divided, particularly among progressives. Tobita Chow of Justice is Global and Matt Duss, foreign policy adviser to Sen. Bernie Sanders, join Intercept reporter Mara Hvistendahl to discuss.
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    • 50 min
    Behind the Manchin Miracle

    Behind the Manchin Miracle

    On Wednesday evening, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., put out a joint statement announcing the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022. The more than 700-page bill the two came to terms on includes $369 billion for “energy security and climate change.” If it passes, that substantial level of investment is projected to reduce carbon emissions in the U.S. by 2030 by 40 percent. “An initial review of the agreement indicates that this will mark a historic direct investment in renewable energy and will unleash hundreds of billions of private investment for moonshot projects,” Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., told Ryan Grim after the deal was announced.
    Khanna has spent months working with Manchin to keep him in talks. The bill also includes a 15 percent corporate minimum tax on companies with profits of more than $1 billion a year; $80 billion over 10 years for IRS tax enforcement; and an expansion of Affordable Care Act subsidies. Khanna joins Grim to discuss the negotiations and the significance of the bill.
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    • 28 min
    What We May Never Know About Jan. 6

    What We May Never Know About Jan. 6

    This week’s hearing of the House Select Committee on the January 6, 2021, attack revealed embarrassing new details about President Donald Trump and his supporters, including footage of Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., fleeing the U.S. Capitol moments after encouraging the rioters. The hearings have undoubtedly been good TV, but what have they added to our substantive understanding of the legal questions surrounding Trump’s conduct? Washington Editor Nausicaa Renner talks with Intercept reporters Ken Klippenstein and Rob Mackey about the hearings.


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    • 39 min
    Vietnam to the Contras: The Life and Journalism of Robert Parry

    Vietnam to the Contras: The Life and Journalism of Robert Parry

    A new collection of work by the late investigative reporter Robert Parry, titled “American Dispatches,” chronicles the late journalist’s career, from his origins as a student activist to his later reporting on corruption and wrongdoing at the highest heights of government. Parry’s son Nat, who edited the book, joins Jon Schwarz to discuss his father’s life and work.
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    • 49 min
    Why Jason Kander Walked Away From Politics

    Why Jason Kander Walked Away From Politics

    Former Missouri Senate candidate Jason Kander was in the middle of a promising run for mayor of Kansas City when he unexpectedly dropped out of the race to seek treatment for mental health problems he was experiencing as a consequence of his time in Afghanistan. In a new book, “Invisible Storm: A Soldier's Memoir of Politics and PTSD,” Kander explains how he finally realized that he needed help — and how that realization led him to a whole new life.
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    • 54 min
    How the Democrats Forgot the New Deal and Paved the Way for Trumpism

    How the Democrats Forgot the New Deal and Paved the Way for Trumpism

    In Robert Kuttner’s new book, “Going Big: FDR’s Legacy, Biden’s New Deal, and the Struggle to Save Democracy,” he explains how we got to our present political inflection point, how high the stakes are, and what comes next. Kuttner — who co-founded the Economic Policy Institute as well as The American Prospect — joins Jon Schwarz to discuss.
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489 Ratings

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Like Mehdi Hasan before him, Ryan Grim is excellent

I tune in to Deconstructed because Ryan Grim gives the big perspective context I rely on to understand the latest headlines. The Intercept provides a critical counterpoint to corporate media… and I’m proud to support them with a few bucks every month. Keep up the good work.

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Politics for non wonky

Brief, long enough to cover the subject and, most importantly, rises the listener’s interest in the subject matters. It saves the listeners all the hours that MSM wants us to spend on TV

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3 cheers from Canada

Great reporting on US politics AND very impressive discussions of International issues. So many American political discussions seem oblivious to the rest of the world other than to cling to “American Exceptionalism” . This podcast works for me as a Canadian.

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