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Political talk without the boring parts, featuring the writers, activists and artists who shape the week in news. Hosted by Jon Wiener and presented by The Nation Magazine.

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Political talk without the boring parts, featuring the writers, activists and artists who shape the week in news. Hosted by Jon Wiener and presented by The Nation Magazine.

    Mike Davis: The Coronavirus--Politics vs. Science; plus Rebecca Solnit on Becoming a Feminist

    Mike Davis: The Coronavirus--Politics vs. Science; plus Rebecca Solnit on Becoming a Feminist

    Mike Davis talks about who gets forgotten in a pandemic—and about the political, and economic, obstacles to making faster progress on effective anti-viral medication and a vaccine.  Mike is the author of many books, including City of Quartz and The Monster at Our Door: The Global Threat of Avian Flu.
    Also: Rebecca Solnit talks about how she became a feminist, and a writer—in San Francisco in the eighties, “the queerest city in the world.”  Her new book, a memoir of sorts, is Recollections of My Nonexistence.

    • 36 min
    E.J. Dionne: The Coronavirus and the election; plus Melina Abdullah on Black Lives Matter and Katha Pollitt on "Contagion"

    E.J. Dionne: The Coronavirus and the election; plus Melina Abdullah on Black Lives Matter and Katha Pollitt on "Contagion"

    What’s our strategy for beating Trump in November?  Is the Coronavirus making that easier, or harder?  E.J. Dionne analyzes the effect of the virus on politics – he’s a columnist for the Washington Post, and his new book is Code Red: How Progressives and Moderates can Unite to Save Our Country. 
    Also: How the coronavirus is changing the issues, and the tactics, of Black Lives Matter – a conversation with Melina Abdullah, one of the founders of the LA chapter and a professor of Pan-African Studies at Cal State LA.
    Plus: Katha Pollitt has some recommendations about what to watch, and read, during those days at home: starting with the classics.

    • 37 min
    Paul Krugman: The Coronavirus and the Economic Crisis; plus John Nichols on elections and Amy Wilentz on the Kushners and the Coronavirus

    Paul Krugman: The Coronavirus and the Economic Crisis; plus John Nichols on elections and Amy Wilentz on the Kushners and the Coronavirus

    Paul Krugman, the New York Times columnist and Nobel Prize winning economist, says we don’t have an easy way of responding to the economic threats posed by the coronavirus, and Trump’s preoccupation with the stock market is a big mistake. Krugman’s new book is Arguing with Zombies: Economics, Politics, and the Fight for a Better Future.
    Also: we’ll talk about the Republican senators who say paid sick leave for people with the coronavirus will “make workers lazy”—that’s what Ron Johnson says, he represents Wisconsin, and we’ll talk about that with our man in Madison, John Nichols. John also examines everything that went wrong with Tuesday’s elections, and talks about what we must do to ensure there’s no postponement of the November election.
    And we’ll also talk about the Kushners and the coronavirus: Jared has been working in some unusual ways, and there’s also virus news about Ivanka and Don Junior. Amy Wilentz reports—she’s our Chief Jared Correspondent.
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    • 39 min
    Bernie's Next Steps: John Nichols; plus Steve Phillips on Big Data and Adam Hochschild on a Forgotten Radical

    Bernie's Next Steps: John Nichols; plus Steve Phillips on Big Data and Adam Hochschild on a Forgotten Radical

    Despite Bernie's big losses in Michigan and elsewhere on Tuesday, he's staying in the race to challenge Biden on the issues which Democratic voters support.  John Nichols assesses the situation, and talks about what we need to do now about the coronavirus and the elections.
    also: What Big Data says about beating Trump: Steve Phillips explains -- he wrote New York Times bestselling book Brown Is the New White (https://www.amazon.com/Brown-New-White-Demographic-Revolution/dp/1620971151) and he’s the founder of Democracy in Color.
    Plus:  the story of an immigrant sweatshop worker who became one of the most charismatic radical leaders of the early 20th century.  Rose Pastor Stokes has been forgotten, but now a new book tells her amazing story: “Rebel Cinderella.” Author Adam Hochschild explains.

    • 40 min
    Super Tuesday: The Earthquake--John Nichols and Joan Walsh, plus D.D. Guttenplan with The Nation's Endorsement of Bernie Sanders

    Super Tuesday: The Earthquake--John Nichols and Joan Walsh, plus D.D. Guttenplan with The Nation's Endorsement of Bernie Sanders

    John Nichols analyzes the bad night for Bernie--and the tasks that remain if Biden is going to be defeated in the primaries.
    Plus: Joan Walsh covered the South Carolina primary and saw first-hand the results of Jim Clyburn's endorsement of Joe Biden.
    And D.D. Guttenplan presents the case for Bernie and his movement--The Nation endorsed them this week.
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    • 37 min
    Nominating Bloomberg Would Destroy the Democratic Party: Jeet Heer on politics, plus Rick Perlstein on Bernie and Robert Edelman on Sports

    Nominating Bloomberg Would Destroy the Democratic Party: Jeet Heer on politics, plus Rick Perlstein on Bernie and Robert Edelman on Sports

    Bloomberg can’t win the primaries, but he might try to get the nomination if Bernie doesn’t go to the convention with a majority of delegates.  Jeet Heer argues that nominating Bloomberg would destroy the Democratic Party and assure Trump’s reelection.
    Plus: political pundits are supposed to put forward strong opinions – that’s their job.  The rest of us may be confused and uncertain and anxious, but the pundits are full of convictions and arguments.  Today we depart from that rule and talk to Rick Perlstein – although he has argued for social democracy for decades, he’s got some doubts of his own about Bernie, while he acknowledges all that Bernie has achieved.
    Also: the Cold War was fought in many ways: it was a traditional political and military confrontation, but it was also a cultural contest on a global scale – and one of the most important arenas in the cultural contest was sports. Historian Robert Edelman explains: he’s co-editor of the new book The Whole World Was Watching: Sport in the Cold War.

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

mijo_no ,

Start Making Sense

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nocojt ,

Sometimes good

Biggest complaint is the
poor audio quality of
your guests calling in
by phone...Gary’s calls
are the worst.
I cancelled my Nation
subscription because it was
too New York-centric.
Need to cover the West,
Colorado just really went
blue with first gay governor.
But work on the audio
quality of your phone-in
guests.

bnicklas88 ,

Great podcast/terrible tagline

I love the podcast usually, but the tagline "political talk without the boring parts" is really awful and makes me cringe every time Jon Wiener says it. It wasn't being targeted at nine year olds last time I checked.

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