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Gaslit Nation provides a deep dive on the news, skipping outrage to deliver analysis, history, context, and sharp insight on global affairs. Hosted by journalist and filmmaker Andrea Chalupa, an expert on authoritarian states who warned America about Russia and election hacking before the 2016 election.

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Gaslit Nation provides a deep dive on the news, skipping outrage to deliver analysis, history, context, and sharp insight on global affairs. Hosted by journalist and filmmaker Andrea Chalupa, an expert on authoritarian states who warned America about Russia and election hacking before the 2016 election.

    Prison Incarceration Rates: The U.S. vs. Russia [TEASER]

    Prison Incarceration Rates: The U.S. vs. Russia [TEASER]

    This week’s bonus show answers questions from our listeners at the Democracy Defender-level and higher, starting with incarceration rates in the U.S. vs. Russia. Spoiler alert: GOP-led states and swing states are as bad or worse than Russia, starting with Mike Johnson’s Louisiana. We look at prison incarceration rates and what they can tell us about the struggle for democracy in America, what we’re up against, and how to overcome it, and more, in this week’s bonus show.
     
    There’s a lot to discuss given the recent news, with new sweeping sanctions against Russia; new DOJ indictments against Russia; Libs of TikTok killing Nex, a trans teen in Oklahoma; Alabama going full Taliban by banning IVF, and more. Join Gaslit Nation and Kremlin File for a live Q&A this Wednesday February 28 at 12pm ET. To our subscribers at the Truth-teller level and higher, look out for a Zoom link on the morning of the Q&A on Wednesday. We hope to see you there! 
     
    A special message to our Gaslit Nation community: Several listeners sent messages about the hate crime that killed Nex, a trans teen in Oklahoma. Nex was targeted and killed by the genocidal far-right echo chamber led by Chaya Raichik of Libs of TikTok, which, in any functional society, would have been banned by now. Erin Reed has written an essential, must-read piece on Nex’s murder, featured in the show notes of this episode. What happened to Nex is authoritarian scapegoating 101. Genocidal movements consolidate around violence to rally the sadists who will serve as the trusted lackeys to carry out a mass purge once in power, turning a former democracy into a prison. Chaya Raichik will undoubtedly be included in the Heritage Foundation’s Project 2025 plan to mass purge our government should Trump win the Electoral College in 2024. Nex’s murder is a tragedy that must be recognized for what it is: a hate crime. It is also an urgent warning as Trump and his supporters consolidate with the desire to carry out genocide against the most vulnerable among us, especially LGBTQ+ people and their families, friends, doctors, teachers, and others in their support networks. 
    Our hearts go out to all those who feel unsafe due to this heinous crime. The Gaslit Nation community is here for you. Look out for an upcoming episode on ways to fight back and protect each other. In the meantime, listen to our spring 2022 interview with Chase Strangio, Deputy Director for Transgender Justice with the ACLU's LGBT & HIV Project, included in our show notes. 
    If you didn’t hear your question answered this week, look out for it next week as our Gaslit Nation Q&A continues! Thank you to everyone who supports the show – we could not make Gaslit Nation without you! 
    Join the conversation with a community of listeners at Patreon.com/Gaslit and get bonus shows, all episodes ad free, submit questions to our regular Q&As, get exclusive invites to live events, and more. 
     
    Show Notes: 
     
    Event: Thursday February 29 at 1pm – Russian-diaspora led roundtable on Russian anti-war activities 
    https://www.facebook.com/events/439307928421886
     
    Chaya Raichik Was Appointed To "Make Schools Safer" In Oklahoma; Now A Trans Teen Is Dead. https://www.erininthemorning.com/p/chaya-raichik-was-appointed-to-make?utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=web
     
    Protect the LGBTQ Community: An Interview with Chase Strangio of the ACLU
    https://www.gaslitnationpod.com/episodes-transcripts-20/2022/5/26/chase-strangio-interview
     
    The Sentencing Project: U.S. Continues to be the World Leader in Rate in Incarceration https://static.prisonpolicy.org/scans/sp/usno1.pdf
     
    Prison Policy Initiative: States of Incarceration: The Global Context 2021
    https://www.prisonpolicy.org/global/2021.html
     
    Justice Department indicts more Russian businessmen, their aides, vowing to keep pressure on Putin
    https://ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/news/2024/02/22/justice-department-arrests-russia-businessmen-putin



    Fani Wi

    • 13 min
    Trump Backers Kill Navalny

    Trump Backers Kill Navalny

    February 20 marks two years since Putin launched his total war in Ukraine. February also marks the assassination of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, gunned down in the shadow of the Kremlin in 2015, on the eve of his anti-war march. And now Alexei Navalny, killed in a Siberian gulag, his body reportedly covered in bruises and kept from his family. 
     
    It may seem like Putin is winning, with Trump sailing into the Republican nomination, and MAGA lackey Mike Johnson deliberately stopping aid to Ukraine in Congress, costing countless lives and helping Russia advance. And the breaking news this week: Republicans in Congress based their impeachment proceeding of Biden on a Russian intelligence op, pulling out all the stops to help Trump steal the White House with the Kremlin’s help, again. One thing is clear: Putin is scared. The reality is that Putin’s fragile house of cards has turned Russia into a powder keg, as Navalny’s widow, Yulia Navalnaya, vows to continue her husband’s work. 
     
    In this special episode, Andrea and Terrell Starr of the Black Diplomats Podcast and Substack discuss the assassintion of Navalny and the work ahead to build a meaningful opposition, the mainstream media continuing to normalize Trump by labeling his 16-week abortion ban as “less restrictive”, and the triumph of Black prosecutors Tish James and Fani Willis in the larger American story of hard-fought progress. 
     
    This week’s bonus show answers questions from our listeners at the Democracy Defender level and higher. (If you haven’t submitted your questions yet, get ‘em in for next week’s Q&A!) Inspired by our listeners, this week’s bonus show covers prison incarceration rates in the U.S. vs. Russia and what that can tell us about our homegrown authoritarian threats in the GOP, whether voting by mail is safe this election (it is!), and more! 
     
    Thank you to everyone who supports the show – we could not make Gaslit Nation without you!
     
    Not a member? Join the conversation with a community of listeners at Patreon.com/Gaslit and get bonus shows, all episodes ad free, submit questions to our regular Q&As, get exclusive invites to live events, and more.



    Show Notes:
     
    Event: Thursday February 29 at 1pm – Russian-diaspora led roundtable on Russian anti-war activities 
    https://www.facebook.com/events/439307928421886
     
    Republicans in Congress initiated an impeachment proceeding of Biden based on a Russian intelligence op: https://twitter.com/rgoodlaw/status/1760122411016421457
     
    Thread:  “JUST IN: Alexander Smirnov told the feds during an interview after his arrest that ‘officials associated with Russian intelligence’ were involved in passing a story about Hunter Biden.” https://twitter.com/alanfeuer/status/1760056078992081166
     
    Hunter Biden says special counsel used Alexander Smirnov’s discredited bribery claims to derail his plea deal
    https://www.cnn.com/2024/02/20/politics/alexander-smirnov-hunter-biden/index.html
     
    Scientology Leader David Miscavige Served With Human Trafficking Lawsuit Miscavige had reportedly evaded process servers 27 times over four months before a judge said he was considered served.
    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/scientology-leader-david-miscavige-served-with-human-trafficking-lawsuit_n_63ee6cb9e4b02c25737b92ca
     
    Donald Trump Tells Allies He Backs 16-Week Abortion Ban GOP frontunner backs less restrictive ban than many in party Biden stepping up attacks on Trump over abortion restrictions https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2024-02-16/trump-tells-allies-he-backs-16-week-abortion-ban?cmpid%3D=socialflow-twitter-politics&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=socialflow-organic&utm_source=twitter&utm_content=politics
     
    “Yulia Navalnaya, the wife of Alexei Navalny, received a standing ovation from the audience as she began a speech to the Munich Security Conference just hours after hearing about the “horrific news” of her husband’s deat

    • 52 min
    Listener Q&A: Exposing Epstein’s Network, Pressuring Garland, and More! [TEASER]

    Listener Q&A: Exposing Epstein’s Network, Pressuring Garland, and More! [TEASER]

    This week’s bonus episode, for our subscribers at the Truth-tell level and higher on Patreon, features our audience Q&A at the live taping with Tristan Snell, a former New York state prosecutor who won the Trump University case, and author of the new book Taking Down Trump. Our discussion includes exposing Jeffery Epstein’s full network, how Trump back in the White House would impact our listeners in Canada, whether it’s time to launch an underground resistance, ways to put pressure on Merrick Garland, and more! 
    Join the conversation with a community of listeners at Patreon.com/Gaslit and get bonus shows, all episodes ad free, submit questions to our regular Q&As, get exclusive invites to live events, and more. 
    Thank you to everyone who supports the show – we could not make Gaslit Nation without you! 
    An urgent request: the Senate passed aid to Ukraine. To put pressure on MAGA, contact your reps in the House with this easy-to-use site made by a Gaslit Nation listener:  helpukrainewin.com. Stay tuned as Gaslit Nation & Friends name and shame members of the Kremlin Kaucus, their staff, and their largest donors. We can’t wait until November – we must stop MAGA now!  
    Show Notes:
    The Cases Against Trump: A Guide Fraud. Hush money. Election subversion. Mar-a-Lago documents. One place to keep track of the presidential candidate’s legal troubles. https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2024/02/donald-trump-legal-cases-charges/675531/
    Taking Down Trump: 12 Rules for Prosecuting Donald Trump by Someone Who Did It Successfully by Tristan Snell https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/756546/taking-down-trump-by-tristan-snell/
    Merrick Garland Must Go https://www.thenation.com/article/archive/merrick-garland-must-go/
    Trump gets access to sealed documents on witness threats in Mar-a-Lago case Prosecutors turn over exhibit on threats made against potential witness to Trump’s lawyers following judge’s order, sources say https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2024/feb/11/trump-mar-a-lago-case-witness-threats-sealed-exhibit
    The Fifth Risk by Michael Lewis https://wwnorton.com/books/The-Fifth-Risk/
    Be sure to check out helpukrainewin.com, made by a Gaslit Nation listener!

    • 6 min
    Will Trump Ever Go to Prison? (A Roy Cohn Horror Story)

    Will Trump Ever Go to Prison? (A Roy Cohn Horror Story)

    “Don't tell me what the law is, tell me who the judge is.” Those are the haunting words of Roy Cohn, Trump’s former longtime mentor and Henry Kissinger’s current roommate in hell. Take Trump's classified Mar-a-Lago case. According to this week’s guest, Tristan Snell, a former New York state prosecutor who won the Trump University case, and author of the new book Taking Down Trump, Jack Smith’s classified Mar-a-Lago charges are a slam dunk. Unfortunately, the judge is Republican Aileen Cannon–appointed by Trump, and it shows in her MAGA-like rulings endangering witnesses. As Cohn would say, mob rules, baby!
    In this special live taping of Gaslit Nation, we discuss how the sausage of elite criminal impunity gets made, what can be done to hold prosecutors accountable and end the revolving door of corruption between public service and powerhouse white collar crime law firms, and, just for fun, take a tour of the criminal cases against Trump and where things stand. Obviously, at Gaslit Nation, we know that real justice comes down to us, which is why this show started in the first place. Grassroots power is the most reliable power we have left, especially when the Attorney General is Merrick Garland. 
    This week’s bonus episode, for our subscribers at the Truth-tell level and higher on Patreon, features our audience Q&A at the live taping, with a discussion that includes exposing Jeffery Epstein’s full network, how Trump back in the White House would impact our listeners in Canada, whether it’s time to launch an underground resistance, and more! Thank you to everyone who supports the show – we could not make Gaslit Nation without you! 
    An urgent request: the Senate passed aid to Ukraine. To put pressure on MAGA, contact your reps in the House with this easy-to-use site made by a Gaslit Nation listener:  helpukrainewin.com. Stay tuned as Gaslit Nation & Friends name and shame members of the Kremlin Kaucus, their staff, and their largest donors. We can’t wait until November – we must stop MAGA now!  
    Show Notes:
    The Cases Against Trump: A Guide Fraud. Hush money. Election subversion. Mar-a-Lago documents. One place to keep track of the presidential candidate’s legal troubles. https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2024/02/donald-trump-legal-cases-charges/675531/
    Taking Down Trump: 12 Rules for Prosecuting Donald Trump by Someone Who Did It Successfully by Tristan Snell https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/756546/taking-down-trump-by-tristan-snell/
    Trump gets access to sealed documents on witness threats in Mar-a-Lago case Prosecutors turn over exhibit on threats made against potential witness to Trump’s lawyers following judge’s order, sources say https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2024/feb/11/trump-mar-a-lago-case-witness-threats-sealed-exhibit
    The Fifth Risk by Michael Lewis https://wwnorton.com/books/The-Fifth-Risk/
    Be sure to check out helpukrainewin.com, made by a Gaslit Nation listener!

    • 51 min
    Is Tucker Carlson an Unregistered Foreign Agent? [TEASER]

    Is Tucker Carlson an Unregistered Foreign Agent? [TEASER]

    Welcome to this Gaslit Nation Emergency Bonus Episode, to cover Walter Duranty’s latest interview with Stalin, as he carries out a genocide. That was over ninety years ago. Today history repeats, with Tucker Carlson releasing a two-hour rant by Putin, presenting what Kellyanne Conway once lovingly referred to as “alternative facts.” Gaslit Nation has the fact-check for you here, and explains why Tucker Carlson, in his traitors paradise in Moscow, visiting Tara Reade, should be investigated for being an unregistered foreign agent. The Dominion lawsuit against Fox News essentially established that Tucker Carlson is not a journalist, and therefore must be investigated for furthering the Kremlin’s agenda.  
    Like longtime Kremlin operative Paul Manafort who he tried to rehabilitate on his Fox News show, Tucker Carlson reeks of FARA (Foreign Agents Registration Act). According to Anton Gerashchenko, a former member of Ukraine’s parliament who has served in various government roles, Russian telegram channels expressed frustration in the Kremlin over Putin and Tucker’s love-in. (Putin sounded like one of those rambling email forwards about Barack HUSSEIN Obama, but the anti-Ukrainian version.) Those reports mention that Tucker was paid a fee. If that’s the case, then he needs to report that and any other perks he received from a foreign adversary. If he doesn’t disclose if and what he was paid for his Kremlin interview, he should face a FARA investigation by the DOJ (Wake up, Merrick Garland!), and an investigation by Democrats in the Senate. 
    Amazingly, this week the Mr. Jones' graphic novel adaptation, In the Shadow of Stalin, was announced by Oni Press – read more about that in the show notes below. The graphic novel includes deleted scenes from the film. A sneak peak of the pages can be seen here: https://aiptcomics.com/2024/02/07/in-the-shadow-of-stalin-the-story-of-mr-jones/  For historical context of Tucker Carlson’s dangerous Putin interview, watch Mr. Jones or read In the Shadow of Stalin, out September 4th, and available for pre-order now. 
    We look forward to seeing you at the special live taping of Gaslit Nation featuring former New York state prosecutor Tristan Snell, author of the new book, Taking Down Trump: 12 Rules for Prosecuting Donald Trump by Someone Who Did It Successfully. To our supporters at the Truth-teller level or higher, look out for a Zoom link sent to your inboxes Monday morning. Ask questions in the chat or in the recorded post-interview audience Q&A.To make sure you have your ticket, sign up at Patreon.com/Gaslit 
    Thank you to everyone who supports the show – we could not make Gaslit Nation without you! 
    Show Notes:
    Opening Clip: https://twitter.com/RonFilipkowski/status/1755757290953515479
    Historical Thriller In the Shadow Of Stalin: The Story of Mr. Jones Out September 4th https://aiptcomics.com/2024/02/07/in-the-shadow-of-stalin-the-story-of-mr-jones/
    Tucker Carlson Releases Putin Interview: https://www.instagram.com/p/C3HTMYXtfQt/
    Congress Removes Foreign Agents Registration Act (“FARA”)-Related Provisions from Final NDAA https://www.insidepoliticallaw.com/2023/12/07/congress-removes-foreign-agents-registration-act-fara-related-provisions-from-final-ndaa/ 

    Berlin Murder Raises Suspicions of Russian Involvement https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/27/world/europe/berlin-murder-russia.html
    Ukraine's Zelenskyy replaces top general in major shake-up at pivotal moment in war with Russia https://www.cbsnews.com/news/ukraine-zelenskyy-replacing-top-general-valerii-zaluzhnyi-to-lead-army/

    • 16 min
    Team Human on Gaslit Nation

    Team Human on Gaslit Nation

    The great Douglas Rushkoff is back on Gaslit Nation! This time we’re featuring Andrea’s interview on Rushkoff’s excellent podcast Team Human, recorded late September, but timely as ever. A filmmaker and observer of techno-fascist bros and their billionaire bunkers they’re building to hide from us, as they destroy the world, Rushkoff is the author of several books, including Team Human and Survival of the Richest. For more on his podcast, the Rushkoff Substack, and Part I and Part II of his appearance on Gaslit Nation, check out the show notes below! 
    Got questions about the  investigations and prosecutions of the Traitor-in-Chief? Join Gaslit Nation for a special live taping on Monday, February 12, at 12 pm ET, featuring Tristan Snell—the prosecutor who led New York State's case against Trump and Trump University, and the author of the new book Taking Down Trump: 12 Rules for Prosecuting Donald Trump by Someone Who Did It Successfully. An event link will be sent to our Patreon community at the Truth-teller level or higher on the day of the event. To join us, sign up at Patreon.com/Gaslit!
    This week’s bonus episode for our supporters at the Truth-teller level and higher on Patreon will be Part II of the Gaslit Nation Social Media Workshop, designed for those who hate social media and miss the old Twitter. Organizer Rachel Brody, who works with various campaigns to help get out the vote and leading brands, joins us to share the landscape of social media today and how to leverage the power of your voice in a world that needs you. Our regular Q&As will return in February, so be sure to send in your questions!
    Thank you to everyone who supports the show – we could not make Gaslit Nation without you!
    Show Notes:
    Team Human Podcast: https://www.teamhuman.fm/
    Douglas Rushkoff Substack: https://rushkoff.substack.com/
    The Douglas Rushkoff Interview - Part I https://www.gaslitnationpod.com/episodes-transcripts-20/2023/07/19/douglas-rushkoff-part-01
    The Douglas Rushkoff Interview - Part II https://www.gaslitnationpod.com/episodes-transcripts-20/2023/07/26/douglas-rushkoff-interview-02
    Team Human by Douglas Rushkoff https://bookshop.org/p/books/team-human-douglas-rushkoff/11200369?ean=9780393541533
    Survival of the Richest by Douglas Rushkoff https://bookshop.org/p/books/survival-of-the-richest-escape-fantasies-of-the-tech-billionaires-douglas-rushkoff/18092436?ean=9780393881066

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Gaslit Nation is Super Informative

Gaslit Nation is a not to be missed podcast. I listen every week and learn more from this podcast by the brilliant Andrea Chalupa than from my daily reading of the NYT, WAPO and WSJ. Listen to Andrea and her many knowledgeable quests and you will stimulate new growth of dendrites in your bran. So do yourself a favor and become a listener and a financial supporter of this cutting edge podcast. With trump threatening the very survival of our democracy this show will offer you hope for our very survival.

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Andrea Chalupa does an excellent job cutting through the noise and focusing on what’s essential. I never miss an episode!
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Just because you’re paranoid does that mean they’re not after you

I have been listening to this since the earliest post-days of the 2016 Election. always sympathetic to the cause, i found them a little alarmist, since these Cassandras thave been proven correct in matter after matter. they know of which they speak, you should fear accordingly b/c if you aren’t afraid, you aren’t paying attention. and read their books!!

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