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    2975 - Facebook's Addiction To Misinformation; A Call To Drawdown U.S. Military Bases Abroad w/ Karen Hao & David Vine

    2975 - Facebook's Addiction To Misinformation; A Call To Drawdown U.S. Military Bases Abroad w/ Karen Hao & David Vine

    We hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! The MR Crew are off today, so Sam and Emma are bringing you two pre-recorded conversations from last year that hold some relevance in this current moment: Sam sat down with Karen Hao, China tech and society reporter at the Wall Street Journal, to discuss her piece "How Facebook got addicted to spreading misinformation" that appeared in the MIT Technology Review. Then, Emma speaks with David Vine, professor of political anthropology at American University, to discuss his brief titled "Drawdown: Improving U.S. and Global Security Through Military Base Closures Abroad", published at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft.
    Check out Karen's piece here: https://www.technologyreview.com/2021/03/11/1020600/facebook-responsible-ai-misinformation/
    Check out David's brief here: https://quincyinst.org/report/drawdown-improving-u-s-and-global-security-through-military-base-closures-abroad/
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    2974 - BIDEN EXTENDS STUDENT DEBT PAUSE; Guaranteed Income Programs w/ Astra Taylor & Sarah Moran

    2974 - BIDEN EXTENDS STUDENT DEBT PAUSE; Guaranteed Income Programs w/ Astra Taylor & Sarah Moran

    Sam and Emma host Astra Taylor, co-founder of the Debt Collective and author of the recent book Remake the World: Essays, Reflections, Rebellions, to discuss the recent updates on President Biden's student debt forgiveness plan. Then they are joined by Sarah Moran, the U.S. Country Director for GiveDirectly to discuss their work on guaranteed income initiatives. It's our last live show before Thanksgiving, so tune in! First, Sam and Emma run through updates on US mass shootings, GOP leaders’ attempt to stop the SEC investigation into FTX, and Matt Walsh going victim-blaming mode on the mass shooting victims at Club Q. Astra Taylor then joins as she dives right into Biden revitalizing the student loan moratorium now that his debt relief has been put on hold, outlining how the moratorium could come to an end (via Supreme Court action, debt cancelation, or reaching June 30th), and where the Court battle current stands. Expanding on this, Astra, Sam, and Emma walk through why the Supreme Court’s conservatives (like Amy Coney Barrett) and their ideological obsessions might actually save student loan action, and why, despite that, an ideologically inconsistent result isn’t unexpected either. Wrapping up, they tackle the role of the Biden Administration in the future of this battle, walking through where the Debt Collective has been applying pressure, where Joe Biden’s mindset is currently at, and why the President so absolutely does have the authority to cancel this debt. Sarah Moran then jumps right into the work that GiveDirectly has been engaging in over the last decade, exploring the nature of the program as an argument-in-action on why direct cash assistance works, walking through where the over 500mln in cash assistance has gone, and how, no matter the community, the money consistently goes to the primary needs of family and community. Next, she dives into the role of the “multiplier” effect on local economies, as the assistance is returned to the economy 2.6x fold, before they wrap up the interview by tackling GiveDirectly’s work alongside local governments and why it must be a supplement, rather than an alternative, to social welfare systems.
    And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma watch Condoleeza Rice and Hillary Clinton revise that Libyan intervention was good, actually (as, of course, all other US intervention) with Jon Stewart, Hershel Walker takes it from above him in the GA GOP, and talks erections between Lindsay Graham and Ted Cruz. Tucker keeps on going with his stochastic terrorism in the wake of the Club Q shooting, and Matt Walsh stops on the side of the road to yell about the age of consent, plus, your calls and IMs!
    Check out Debt Collective here: https://debtcollective.org/
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    2973 - The Undeniable Right Wing Hate Machine

    2973 - The Undeniable Right Wing Hate Machine

    Sam and Emma break down the biggest headlines of the day. First, Sam and Emma dive into local responses to the Arizona voting issues, with two counties not named Maricopa refusing to certify results because of what happened in Maricopa, and the massive statement issued by Ehsan Hajsafi, captain of the Iranian soccer team, in the wake of his country’s ongoing political repression. Next, they parse through more updates on the horrors that occurred at Club Q in Colorado Springs this weekend, including the Right’s refusal to acknowledge their rhetoric’s stochastic impact, as they double down on their concerted effort to stoke transphobia and violence, criticizing the victims of the mass shooting and as well as any amount of empathy passed their way, also diving into a recent interview between Chris Rufo and Tucker Carlson that perfectly encapsulates how the GOP has gone about marking transgender and homosexual people as threats to our children while capitalizing on various elements of liberal institutions to legitimize them.
    And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma watch Bret Weinstein grapple with having to debate with someone who thinks he is wrong, dive a little deeper into Kari Lake and Co’s election shenanigans, and discuss the really incredible UAW and education organizing going on across the US. Jack from Brooklyn discusses grappling with news-inflicted depression, CJ from Illinois explores the GOP’s failed midterms bigotry, and Kowalski gives updates on whether vegans get the pass and his general well-being. Sam dives into a new song lyric he heard on the radio and Allison in Rhode Island asks how the poverty caps for social welfare are determined, plus, your calls and IMs!
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    2972 - The Rise of a New Left w/ Raina Lipsitz

    2972 - The Rise of a New Left w/ Raina Lipsitz

    Sam and Emma host writer Raina Lipsitz to discuss her recent book The Rise of a New Left: How Young Radicals Are Shaping the Future of American Politics. First, Emma and Sam run through updates on the tragic terrorist attack in Colorado Springs, ongoing rail union bargaining, Kari Lake’s voter disenfranchisement claims, Russian-forced blackouts across Ukraine, and Mike Pence asking if it’s criminal to follow illegal advice. Raina Lipsitz then joins as she dives right into tracking the emergence of a new left in the US beginning with the Occupy movement in the early 2010s and the dawning of a new era of American class consciousness, before walking back through the previous few years of radicalization and disillusionment under the Obama Administration, as economic struggles continued and policy on the environment, immigration, and reproductive rights fell to the wayside. Next, they parse through the shift from disillusion to action, as people saw the relationship between power as a marginalized person and power as a worker, and got a political place to funnel this passion with Bernie’s campaign in 2016. Raina, Emma, and Sam, then walk through the major divide between the progressive and corporate wings of the Democratic party, both in terms of how mainstream Democratic leadership undermines progressive candidates (Bernie, India Walton, etc), and in where their actual ideology departs on a policy and electoral level. Wrapping up, they tackle the massive resurgence of organized labor over the last few years, with the politically motivating force of labor power pushing the Democrats forward in 2022, giving more depth to their message than “not a fascist,” and explore the future of the progressive wing of US politics.
    And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma parse through this weekend’s tragedy in Colorado Springs, discussing the violation of a necessary space for a queer community facing more and more marginalization, and the greater stochastic terror behind this attack, stemming from the likes of Chaya Raichik and Matt Walsh, before diving into the New York Time’s recent story on the knowledge of Conservative SCOTUS justices’ previous involvement in Court leaks. John from Ohio breaks down the disappointment of Tim Ryan, Chris from Boston discusses COVID coverage today, and Jack from Boston asks for help responding to anti-progressive talking points, plus, your calls and IMs!
    Check out Raina's book here: https://www.versobooks.com/books/3979-the-rise-of-a-new-left
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    2971 - Pelosi Steps Down, As GOP Clown Show Gears Up w/ Heather Digby Parton & RM Brown

    2971 - Pelosi Steps Down, As GOP Clown Show Gears Up w/ Heather Digby Parton & RM Brown

    It's Casual Friday! Sam and Emma host Heather Digby Parton, contributing writer at Salon.com and proprietor of the blog Hullabaloo, to round up the week in news. Then, they are joined by the legendary RM Brown! First, Sam and Emma run through updates on the quite-loud quitting occurring at Twitter, Biden looking to protect Saudi Prince MBS from legal jeopardy, the GOP’s growing House Majority, and the mass Starbucks strikes nationwide, plus, Sam shows neck. Digby then joins as she, Sam, and Emma dive deep into the recent announcements of Democratic leadership – including Pelosi, Hoyer, and Clyburn – stepping down from their positions, while seemingly anointing their moderate successors, exploring how a Hakeem Jeffries leadership in the house presents an even more antagonistic relationship with the progressive wing of the party than even Nancy Pelosi had previously had. This brings them to tackling where progressives go next, having prepared no real challengers to leadership positions, even if the Senate and Presidency remain more progressive than they have in decades. Wrapping up, they explore the Republican nominees for leadership, why a Kevin McCarthy leadership will still be undermined by shadow speaker Marjorie Taylor Greene working behind him, and why all of the GOP plans for the next two years (center Hunter Biden, January 6th, and COVID) will likely help the Democrats more than it will help them. RM Brown then joins as he explores the concept of “big timing,” ponders how the hell Tim Pool can even get away with being so outrageously incorrect and hypocritical, and asks Joe Rogan to explore more of Texas’ local talent.
    And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma parse through the incredible updates on Elon Musk’s Twitter debacle, the spite coming back at him from the company and its (now largely former) employees, and how long the site might survive. They also tackle the corruption behind Qatar’s upcoming World Cup, the EU’s discussion around Amazon’s surveillance practices, and the important updates from the one and only Patriot Awards. Crowder dives into stalking out places to film kids and think about sex, plus, your calls and IMs!
    Check out Digby's work at Salon here: https://www.salon.com/writer/heather_digby_parton
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    • 1 hr 45 min
    2970 - The Myths Around Gentrification; FTX Empire Collapses w/ Leslie Kern & Jacob Silverman

    2970 - The Myths Around Gentrification; FTX Empire Collapses w/ Leslie Kern & Jacob Silverman

    Emma hosts Leslie Kern, professor of geography, environment, women's and gender studies at Mount Allison University, to discuss her recent book Gentrification Is Inevitable And Other Lies. Then, she is joined by writer Jacob Silverman to discuss the recent developments surrounding the crypto exchange FTX and its founder, Sam Bankman-Fried. First, Emma runs through updates on the GOP making their House Majority official, Mitch McConnell beating out Rick Scott for Senate Minority leader, same-sex marriage legislation making it past the filibuster, violence in Iran, and a mass Starbucks worker strike in the US, also parsing through the ProPublica leak of a discussion between various anti-choice lobbyists. She’s then joined by Professor Leslie Kern, as she dives right into the nature of the monster of gentrification, first looking at the unnatural forces of modern neoliberalism that make it seem so inevitable today, with local and federal governments removing regulations and smoothing the path for capital and multinational organizations to turn housing into an asset class and use it as such. After diving deeper into this financialization of something necessary for life, taking spaces fundamental to the existence of urban communities and turning them into spaces of speculation and tourism built for outsiders, Professor Kern and Emma explore why the combination of a capitalist land market and mass disinvestment from certain communities will almost always point towards gentrification. Wrapping up, Professor Kern walks through the coining of the term in 1960s London to recognize a process that had been ongoing for a while, looking to explore the cultural drive that pushed certain middle-class homeowners away from suburban sprawl (not to mention the obvious economic elements), before the rise of neoliberalism in the ‘80s began to make urban centers a generally desirable investment for the rest of the middle-class, setting the stage for the third, finance-backed wave of gentrification that we see today. Jacob Silverman and Emma then dive into the rapid rise and fall of Sam Bankman-Fried, founder of a massive crypto empire in the FTX exchange and Alameda Research firm, diving into how his Ponzi scheme turned him into a billionaire on paper, while myriad liberal institutions offered him legitimacy, allowing him to effectively run wild, investing billions in others’ money completely unregulated. Wrapping up that story, Jacob and Emma discuss the echo of the 2008 financial crash that can be seen in the recent Crypto crashes, and the greater implications of SBF effectively disappearing billions of dollars from investors.

    And in the Fun Half: Emma is joined by Brandon Sutton and Matt Binder as they tackle Karen Bass’ W in the LA Mayoral race, who could actually beat Trump in a GOP Presidential race, and the culpability of Kirsten Gillibrand as she CONTINUES to campaign for crypto. Herschel Walker soft launches his Letterboxd, Ben Shapiro and Matt Walsh discuss whether marriage is just having a baby, Mitch in Dallas dives deeper into how the crypto crash echos 2008, and Meta continues its mediocre early 2010s VR grift. Nick Adams talks anti-woke NBA stars and Sean Hannity hates on that sweet skunky smell of freedom, plus, your calls and IMs!
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