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What Trump's actually doing--as opposed to what he's tweeting--plus news about the resistance. Hosted by Jon Wiener, contributing editor at The Nation, and broadcast live at KPFK 90.7FM in LA Thursdays at 3.

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What Trump's actually doing--as opposed to what he's tweeting--plus news about the resistance. Hosted by Jon Wiener, contributing editor at The Nation, and broadcast live at KPFK 90.7FM in LA Thursdays at 3.

    Bernie v. Eliz. Warren w/Meyerson; Hong Kong Report w/Wasserstrom; "Born Slippy"-Tom Lutz

    Bernie v. Eliz. Warren w/Meyerson; Hong Kong Report w/Wasserstrom; "Born Slippy"-Tom Lutz

    Harold Meyerson talks about how to get past the fight between Bernie and Elizabeth Warren-- and about the upcoming trial in the Senate.
    Next up -- a report from Hong Kong: historian Jeff Wasserstrom talks about the months of demonstrations there and what they mean for the future.
    Plus: Tom Lutz, founding editor of the LA Review of Books, has a novel out: "Born Slippy" from Repeater Books.

    • 56 min
    Trump, Iran, & the Democrats w/ Nichols; Politics in OC w/Arellano; plus Australia on Fire

    Trump, Iran, & the Democrats w/ Nichols; Politics in OC w/Arellano; plus Australia on Fire

    The House votes on the war powers resolution and we are NOT at war with Iran today -- for comment and analysis we turn to John Nichols.
    Next up, progressive politics in the red, purple and blue districts of Orange County -- Gustavo Arellano reports.
    Plus: Fires continue to devastate Australia; Lizzie O'Shea reports from Melbourne. Also, we talk about her new book, 'Future Histories: What Ada Lovelace, Tom Paine, and the Paris Commune Can Teach Us About Digital Technology'.

    • 50 min
    Trump in 2020: Harold Meyerson; plus McKibben on Climate and Perlstein on Impeachment

    Trump in 2020: Harold Meyerson; plus McKibben on Climate and Perlstein on Impeachment

    Historically, a booming economy means the incumbent will be re-elected -- but NOT in 2020, says Harold Meyerson of the American Prospect: 'Trump Trjumps the Economy," and will not be reelected in 2020.
    Next up, we talk with Bill McKibben about the Green New Deal and his new book "FALTER: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?"
    Plus: Rick Perlstein on impeachment -- Nixon's and Trump's.

    • 58 min
    2020 will Bring a Historic Defeat for the GOP: Stan Greenberg, plus Stacey Abrams

    2020 will Bring a Historic Defeat for the GOP: Stan Greenberg, plus Stacey Abrams

    The 2020 election will liberate us from Donald Trump and Republican hegemony. A sweeping Democratic victory will make it possible at last for us to address our most serious problems. That’s what Stan Greenberg says – he’s a longtime pollster and adviser to Democratic presidents from Clinton to Obama. He’s also a bestselling author, with a new book out – it has the wonderful title R.I.P. G.O.P.: how the New America is Dooming the Republicans.
    Plus: Stacey Abrams probably would be governor of Georgia right now if the vote count had been fair and the vote suppression stopped – she’s a remarkable person and a fighter for the right to vote. Her new book is “Lead from the Outside”--it was Number Three on the New York Times bestseller list.
    Also: We look back at some of the big events of 2019, and some of our favorite interviews, starting with the terrorist attacks by white nationalists,
    in El Paso and elsewhere. Historian Kathleen Belew says they are NOT isolated events carried out by loners; in fact they are connected, the work of a movement, with tens of thousands of active members.

    • 58 min
    Does impeachment help the Democratic candidates? Harold Meyerson- plus Azadeh Moaveni on ISIS

    Does impeachment help the Democratic candidates? Harold Meyerson- plus Azadeh Moaveni on ISIS

    Wednesday was the worst day of Trump's life. But does impeachment help the Democratic candidates? Harold Meyerson doesn't think so -- he's editor at large of the American Prospect.
    Also, our segment that has nothing to do with Trump: Thousands of Muslim women left their homes in the US and Europe to travel to Syria to join ISIS, the Islamic State, especially after it declared a Caliphate in 2013. Many of them were educated and successful – Why did they do it? Azadeh Moaveni wanted to find out—she spent years interviewing former ISIS women in camps in Turkey and Kurdistan. Her book is "“Guest House for Young Widows: Among the Women of ISIS.”

    • 34 min
    Lessons for 2020 from the Dems' Victories in Virginia: Joan Walsh, plus Trump and War Criminals

    Lessons for 2020 from the Dems' Victories in Virginia: Joan Walsh, plus Trump and War Criminals

    Last month, Virginia became the first Southern state in the post-civil rights movement era to entirely flip back to Democratic control. How did they do it? And can the Democrats do the same thing in other states in 2020? Joan Walsh comments.
    Also: what Trump is doing about war criminals: maybe you heard that he’s pardoning them--and firing Pentagon officials who object. Jeet Heer has a report, and a political analysis.
    Plus: More workers went on strike in America last year than at any time since 1986, more than 20 years ago. There’s something happening here--we have comment from Bryce Covert.

    • 37 min

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