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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.

    Liz Cheney in the Wyoming Primaries and White Supremacy in Southern California

    Liz Cheney in the Wyoming Primaries and White Supremacy in Southern California

    Liz Cheney is way behind in the polls leading up to next week’s Wyoming primary. John Nichols went to Wyoming to see her in action, and reports that she’s “fighting to outlast and replace Trump as the manager of the right-wing franchise in American politics.”
    Also on this week's show, a deep dive into Orange County, California. Ronald Reagan once called it “the place all good Republicans go to die.”
    But there’s another history of Orange County. LA Times columnist and author of the new book “A People’s Guide to Orange County," Gustavo Arellano explains that, just as there's a history of white supremacy and right wing power, the O.C. also has a history of people –especially immigrants– leading a resistance. 
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    Pramila Jayapal, from Banker to Organizer, plus Eric Foner on the Right to Vote

    Pramila Jayapal, from Banker to Organizer, plus Eric Foner on the Right to Vote

    Pramila Jayapal is head of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and represents Seattle in the House. She will explain how, as a young immigrant from India, she went from being an investment banker to a lifelong organizer. Her book, “Use the Power You Have: A Brown Woman's Guide to Politics and Political Change,” is out now.
    Also historian Eric Foner talks about about voting rights and voter suppression, about who gets to be a citizen, the rights of undocumented immigrants, and about the roots of mass incarceration -- --they all relate to the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments, part of the country’s attempt to redefine citizenship after the end of slavery. His book, “The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution,” is out now in paperback.


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    • 32 min
    Katha Pollitt on Advice for Men and J. Hoberman on Film in the Age of Reagan

    Katha Pollitt on Advice for Men and J. Hoberman on Film in the Age of Reagan

    Jordan Peterson’s books of advice for men have sold five million copies – he says men should work hard, be responsible, demand more of themselves—and make their beds.” Katha Pollitt joins the Start Making Sense podcast to discuss.
    Also: The synergy between politics and popular culture has never been clearer or stronger than in the Age of Reagan. J. Hoberman, author of “Make My Day: Film Culture in the Age of Reagan," explains how this came to be. Hoberman was a legendary film critic for the Village Voice for 30 years and now writes for the New York Review, the New York Times, and The Nation. 
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    Daniel Squadron on How Trump’s Fake Electors Scheme Could Become Law, plus Amy Wilentz on Ivana

    Daniel Squadron on How Trump’s Fake Electors Scheme Could Become Law, plus Amy Wilentz on Ivana

    The Supreme Court next term will take up a case that could make Trump’s fake electors scheme the law of the land. Daniel Squadron explains the situation – and how winning majorities in state legislatures in swing states is the key to preserving democracy in 2024. Squadron is the co-founder and executive director of The States Project.
    Also: Ivana Trump, the mother of Ivanka, Don Junior and Little Eric, died last week – Amy Wilentz comments on her memoir, “Raising Trump,” first broadcast in 2017.
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    John Nichols on the 'Stop the Steal' rally, plus Rebecca Solnit and Thelma Young Lutunatabua on Climate Change

    John Nichols on the 'Stop the Steal' rally, plus Rebecca Solnit and Thelma Young Lutunatabua on Climate Change

    On Tuesday the January 6 committee held yet another dramatic hearing, this one on the origins of the ‘Stop the Steal” rally and the events that provoked that 1:30 am tweet of Trump’s urging supporters to come to Washington, where it “will be wild.” John Nichols has our analysis.
    Also on this week's episode, Rebecca Solnit and Thelma Young Lutunatabua say it’s not too late to act to slow climate change. Their new project, Not Too Late, invites newcomers to join the climate movement, and guides people from despair to possibilities. 
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    • 36 min
    David Cole on What To Do About the Supreme Court, and Sarah Posner on School Prayer

    David Cole on What To Do About the Supreme Court, and Sarah Posner on School Prayer

    What is to be done about The Supreme Court? David Cole, national legal director of the ACLU, and legal affairs correspondent for the Nation, has the best answer: organize, and vote.
    Also: the people who say “America is a Christian Nation” had some big victories at the Supreme Court last week, on school prayer, and on taxpayer funding of religious schools. Sarah Posner comments on the endgame of the Christian Nationalists; she’s the author of Unholy: How White Christian Nationalists Powered the Trump Presidency, and the Devastating Legacy They Left Behind.
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