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Uplifting, nonpartisan analysis of politics, trends & democracy, hosted by Joshua Johnson (formerly of NPR's "1A", MSNBC & NBC News). Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/nightlightjoshua/support

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Uplifting, nonpartisan analysis of politics, trends & democracy, hosted by Joshua Johnson (formerly of NPR's "1A", MSNBC & NBC News). Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/nightlightjoshua/support

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    Supreme Court Roundup: abortion access, LGBTQ+ rights, social media & more

    Supreme Court Roundup: abortion access, LGBTQ+ rights, social media & more

    The Supreme Court’s term is nearly over, and as usual we’re getting some big rulings near the end. Bloomberg broke the news of a mistakenly published draft appearing to protect abortion access in Idaho. The Biden Administration got a win from the Court regarding social media. But some big cases are still pending, and next term’s docket is taking shape. We’ll walk through some of the major rulings and look ahead to future cases. Plus, today is the anniversary of a landmark LGBTQ+ case: one that Justice Sonia Sotomayor cited in a dissent over a new ruling about marriage rights.


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    The Trouble with C-Sections: Rachel Somerstein on "Invisible Labor"

    The Trouble with C-Sections: Rachel Somerstein on "Invisible Labor"

    Imagine a C-section without proper anesthesia. Rachel Somerstein found herself so traumatized by that experience that she couldn’t bear to hold her newborn baby. Her new book “Invisible Labor” explores the history and legacy of the world’s most common surgery: one that critics say is performed far too often with far too little care for the mother. If reproductive rights and abortion access are key issues for you, then this should also be on that list. When I read this book I was furious by Page 3. By the end I was shocked, saddened… but still hopeful. My conversation with Somerstein is something everyone considering pregnancy should hear, because there’s still a lot we don’t know to expect when we’re expecting.


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    Book Bans & Campus Racism: Mike Hixenbaugh on the Schools of Southlake, TX

    Book Bans & Campus Racism: Mike Hixenbaugh on the Schools of Southlake, TX

    Few places are as politicized as America’s public schools. NBC’s Mike Hixenbaugh was part of the award-winning team that uncovered deep racial and cultural divides in the Dallas suburb of Southlake, TX. The standoffs seem to have died down, but what did we learn from it all, and what happens now? Hixenbaugh joins me to discuss his new book about Southlake, “They Came for the Schools”.



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    Donald Trump Found Guilty On All 34 Felony Counts

    Donald Trump Found Guilty On All 34 Felony Counts

    For the first time in American history, a U.S. President is now a convicted felon. Today a federal jury convicted Donald Trump of all 34 counts against him connected to hush money payments. Sentencing is set for July 11th, just days before the Republican National Convention. Share your questions & thoughts about the verdict and what it means for the country.


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    Cannabis in America: how far will legalization go?

    Cannabis in America: how far will legalization go?

    A major new study out today shows more Americans use cannabis daily than drink alcohol daily. That may be no surprise in a nation that’s slowly moved past its “Reefer Madness” days toward embracing the bud. Florida will vote this November on legalizing recreational marijuana, and the Biden Administration just released plans to lower cannabis’s federal restrictions under the Controlled Substances Act. I’ll break down what’s at stake and consider what other risks the marijuana industry faces.


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    • 1 hr 23 min
    Cannabis in America: how far will legalization go?

    Cannabis in America: how far will legalization go?

    A major new study out today shows more Americans use cannabis daily than drink alcohol daily. That may be no surprise in a nation that’s slowly moved past its “Reefer Madness” days toward embracing the bud. Florida will vote this November on legalizing recreational marijuana, and the Biden Administration just released plans to lower cannabis’s federal restrictions under the Controlled Substances Act. I’ll break down what’s at stake and consider what other risks the marijuana industry faces.


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    • 1 hr 23 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

Mi-marie ,

Excellent Job!

I was a fan of Joshua Johnson’s show on MSNBC, because I resonated with his diligent & informed approach. This podcast still keeps the same energy, which I appreciate! Keep on keepin on! ✊🏾

Slackferno ,

Because Gullible Ain’t Sexy

Joshua deals in pertinent info, thoughtful analysis, and handy tools for navigating the often choppy waters of current events. Whether he’s doing a 360 view of the gun debate or showing how to access and read the Congressional Record, you’re smarter at the end of every episode. Because like the t-shirt says, “Gullible ain’t sexy.”

DaBigMG ,

Thanks Joshua

Grateful for your work. Miss you on 1A, man.

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