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News, current events, history, and politics... without the slant of the mainstream. On the Middle Theory podcast, Micah Hanks provides an independent, nonpartisan look at what's happening in the world, and always with a nod to the lessons history can teach us. The tone is often dark, but with a penchant for humor, aimed at creating images in the mind and colors in the listener's ear while diving into the issues of today. Hanks takes an approach that is skeptical and highly caffeinated, asking hard questions about news, politics, cultural trends, historical events, and other relevant topics. Middle Theory is willing to ask questions and address viewpoints that many listeners will disagree with, but also cause them to think critically and challenge their own ideas and ideologies. Join us for a mental foray into the "radical center" on Middle Theory.

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News, current events, history, and politics... without the slant of the mainstream. On the Middle Theory podcast, Micah Hanks provides an independent, nonpartisan look at what's happening in the world, and always with a nod to the lessons history can teach us. The tone is often dark, but with a penchant for humor, aimed at creating images in the mind and colors in the listener's ear while diving into the issues of today. Hanks takes an approach that is skeptical and highly caffeinated, asking hard questions about news, politics, cultural trends, historical events, and other relevant topics. Middle Theory is willing to ask questions and address viewpoints that many listeners will disagree with, but also cause them to think critically and challenge their own ideas and ideologies. Join us for a mental foray into the "radical center" on Middle Theory.

    02.24.21: Cointelpro Confessions

    02.24.21: Cointelpro Confessions

    This week, in addition to news we look at recent developments regarding the assassination of Malcolm X, a deathbed confession, and its alleged relationship to the intelligence community's COINTELPRO operations. 



    As millions of Americans have awaited the arrival of COVID-19 stimulus checks, some people are learning that they won't be able to receive theirs until they file their 2020 taxes. Meanwhile, the discussion of stimulus packages came up during a recent New York Times discussion with Senator Mitt Romney, who dropped the bombshell statement that if he runs in 2024, Donald Trump would be likely to win the GOP nomination. We look at the populist sentiments that Romney says exist on both sides of the political aisle, and what events in recent years led to them.



    Then after the break, we shift our attention over to claims by the surviving family members of Malcolm X, who say that a "deathbed confession" may link the NYPD and FBI to the activist's assassination. If true, it stokes the fires beneath long-held questions about COINTELPRO, and the involvement of intelligence agencies in the deaths of other activists like Fred Hampton over the years. Is there additional information about Malcolm X's death that may exist, but which the government has yet to disclose?



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    SHOW NOTES



    * TAXING SITUATION: Some Americans won’t get a stimulus payment until they file their 2020 taxes

    * THE GREAT EMPATHIZER: Biden leans into empathizer-in-chief role

    * TRUMP 2024: Romney predicts Trump would win the 2024 G.O.P. nomination if he ran for president.

    * AUDIO: Romney says Trump would likely win nomination if he ran in 2024

    * MURDERING MALCOLM: Malcolm X family says letter shows NYPD and FBI conspired in his murder

    * GREENWALLED: The False and Exaggerated Claims Still Being Spread About the Capitol Riot



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    02.17.21. End of an Era

    02.17.21. End of an Era

    This week, with the passing of conservative radio personality Rush Limbaugh, we look at the significance of his career on American politics and the rise and fall of Donald Trump. 



    In recent days, millions of people in the United States are without power as a surprise winter storm rocked the southern United States, straining the power grid and challenging many who are unused to such temperatures. Meanwhile, it was announced on Wednesday that talk radio icon Rush Limbaugh had passed away, marking what many recognize as a significant turning point in American political discourse... and perhaps the veritable "end of an era."



    Although Limbaugh has come up several times in discussion and analysis in recent weeks, we look at the significance of his career on American politics, as well as the rise and fall of Donald Trump, whose recent acquittal added a final sour note to the lasting unrest of the last days of his presidency.



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    * TEXAS SNOW: Another winter storm will bring snow and ice to 100 million people from the South to the East Coast 

    * LIMBAUGH DIES: Rush Limbaugh, conservative talk radio pioneer, dead at 70 

    * THE SPEECH: Trump’s entire "Capitol Seige" speech on YouTube (via PBS News Hour) 

    * Transcript Of Trump's Speech At Rally Before Capitol Riot 

    * Pennsylvania: Mail ballots can't be discarded over signature

    * There were not more votes than voters in Pennsylvania

    * Nine Election Fraud Claims, None Credible

    * ACQUITTED: Trump Acquitted In Impeachment Trial On Capitol Insurrection : Trump Impeachment Aftermath



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    02.10.21. What’s Left For the Right

    02.10.21. What’s Left For the Right

    As a second attempt at the impeachment of Donald Trump leads off, we look at opening arguments and new information about January's siege on the Capitol.



    A recent perusal of the top ten most-searched words at the website of popular online dictionary Merriam Webster revealed a lot about what's on people's minds. At the top of the list at number one was "fascism," followed by "racism," "happy," "pandemic," "love," "beautiful," "coronavirus," "culture," i.e.," and lastly, "socialism." We can't say we're surprised by this list, but as we consider what it reveals about people and what's on their minds, we look at other changes in American politics that indicate how people are feeling right now about the current political climate.



    Then turning our attention to the renewed attempt at the impeachment of former President Donald Trump, as opening remarks were made recently on Capitol Hill, some were confused after Trump's defense team spent most of the time of their opening remarks decrying the siege on the U.S. Capitol Building in January. This might have confused some, but we look at the reasons for their response, which likely had to do with a new 14-minute "master cut" of the violence as it ensued back in January following a rally where then-president Trump appeared to have encouraged the crowd in attendance to take action... which had disastrous consequences.



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    SHOW NOTES



    * YANG: Yang holds commanding lead in mayor’s race: new poll

    * LIMBAUGH LEGACY: Rush Limbaugh is ailing. And so is the conservative talk-radio industry.

    * THE HORROR: Trump's lawyers say he was immediately 'horrified' by the Capitol attack. Here's what his allies and aides said really happened that day.

    * AUDIO: ‘Terrible’ Trump impeachment defense left Senate Republicans ‘stunned’ and ‘perplexed’

    * FOURTEEN MINUTES: Watch 14-minute video Democrats say proves Trump should be convicted

    * CRIMINAL: Georgia Prosecutors Open Criminal ...

    • 53 min
    02.02.21. The Cult of Trump

    02.02.21. The Cult of Trump

    This week we look at upsets within the GOP as Bush-era Republicans announce their departure from the party, which some call the "Cult of Trump."



    Americans continue to suffer sleepless nights as the coronavirus pandemic ensues, but some doctors are now saying many Americans are exhibiting concussion-like symptoms. Murder rates also saw historic highs in 2020, according to a new study, which affects everything from education and films, to Super Bowl Sunday. Meanwhile, all hell broke loose last week when the Robinhood trading app restricted transactions for certain securities after a group of Redditors decided to cause GameStop shares to surge.



    We weigh in on the Robinhood controversy, and then looking at politics this week, there have been shake ups in the GOP in recent days after many Bush-era Republicans have announced they are leaving the GOP after likening it to a "Cult of Trump." Will the Republican Party be able to realign its interests over the next four years, or did Trump's presidency present greater challenges to the party's standards and leadership than many may realize?



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    * ZOMBIES: Zombie Nation: Third Of Adults In Concussion-Like Daze

    * BIG GAME: CBS Promises Most Innovative. Cinematic Super Bowl In Broadcast History

    * MURDER: US murder rate increase in 2020 has 'no modern precedent'

    * ROBIN IN THE HOOD: Robinhood gets $1 billion infusion, signaling cash crunch

    * Robinhood restricts crypto trading ‘due to extraordinary market conditions’

    * VIDEO: Glenn Greenwald on Carlson breaking down the Robinhood scandal

    * CASH GRAB: As Trump raked in cash denying his loss, little went to actual legal fight

    * CULT OF THE DON: Dozens of former Bush officials leave party, calling it 'cult'

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    01.27.21: Executive Hors d’Oeuvres

    01.27.21: Executive Hors d’Oeuvres

    This week we examine the first few days of Joe Biden’s presidency, and the high volume of executive orders it has produced.



    In a recent press statement, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists has argued that we are closer to midnight on the doomsday clock than at any time since 1947. Meanwhile, as the United States continues to feel the ideological aftershocks of the tumult that ensued during the transition between administrations, the Department of Homeland Security has issued a new alert warning about future unrest and potential terrorism… but their concern seems to extend far beyond any single particular ideological group.



    Then turning our attention to presidential administrations past and present, we look at Trump’s record of “draining the swamp” compared with his final days in office, the pardons he issued (and chose not to issue, as with the case of Julian Assange), and his choice in revoking his own executive order on ethics. This, contrasted with President Biden’s first days in office, and the unprecedented number of executive orders it has seen. While many view it as a proportional response to the last administration, do Biden’s executive orders also represent the potential for concern?



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    SHOW NOTES



    * COUNTDOWN TO DOOMSDAY: Press Release—IT IS NOW 100 SECONDS TO MIDNIGHT 

    * REMEMBERANCE: International Holocaust Remembrance Day

    * ALERT: US terrorism alert warns of politically motivated violence

    * SECRET PARDONS: Secret Pardons for Self, Family?

    * ASSANGE: Trump slammed for failing to pardon Assange, Snowden

    * Trump Didn’t Pardon Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange And His Supporters Aren’t Happy

    * SWAMP THE DRAIN: Trump's pardon largesse a boon for well-connected fraudsters

    * Trump Revokes Lobbying Ban After Promising to 'Drain the Swamp'

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    • 56 min
    01.19.21. Last Call

    01.19.21. Last Call

    With less than 24 hours left in Donald J. Trump's presidency, we reflect on the changes that have taken place in the last four years, and what they mean for the future. 



    In the final 24 hours of Donald Trump's presidency, Gallup has released polls detailing that the 45th Commander in Chief of the United States will exit on a low note, with an approval rating of just 39%. Overall, Gallup says Trump never peaked above 50% approval during his single term in office, as other presidents before him had.



    And yet, despite what the numbers say, many of Trump's supporters are frighteningly loyal, as the recent insurgency on the U.S. Capitol building seemed to show. What does this mean for the future of American politics, and how has the Trump Presidency shaped both parties over the last four years? We look at these questions on this week's edition of Middle Theory.



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    SHOW NOTES



    * LINDELL ME YOUR EARS: MyPillow CEO Visits Trump in Oval Office with Notes Proposing Drastic Action

    * DOMINION sends cease and desist to MYPILLOW CEO

    * Retailers Dropping MyPillow Products

    * BLAME GAME: ‘Destroy Trump’: Breitbart Staffers Seethe After Capitol Riot

    * LAST CALL: Trump era's battles over truth will outlast his term, experts say

    * PARDON-SPREE: Trump to issue nearly 100 pardons and commutations Tuesday, sources say

    * GALLUP: Last Trump Job Approval 34%; Average Is Record-Low 41%

    * YOU Q’s, YOU LOSE: QAnon Is Destroying the GOP From Within

    * Alex Jones goes nuts on Q Anon caller



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Customer Reviews

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135 Ratings

~~connie~~ ,

*This* Episode

I always appreciate the way you look at both sides of every issue, and your insights to what happened on 1/6 were realistically raw but provided a hopeful balm at the same time. Every episode is excellent, but this one was especially good!

Jetta J ,

King of white privilege

I’m no Biden (or Trump) supporter, but I fail to see how anyone could think any of his executive orders are bad? You actually think the leaking pipeline is worthy of just 35 permanent jobs? All the Canadian politicians unhappy with Biden’s EO are basically Canadian Trumpers who bet on the pipeline instead of Covid relief or anything else, and lost.

Your white privilege is showing.

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Thank you for an objective take to the News

I can’t trust any other source except Middle Theory.

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