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What Trump's actually doing--as opposed to what he's tweeting--plus news about the resistance. Hosted by Jon Wiener, contributing editor at The Nation, and broadcast live at KPFK 90.7FM in LA Thursdays at 3.

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What Trump's actually doing--as opposed to what he's tweeting--plus news about the resistance. Hosted by Jon Wiener, contributing editor at The Nation, and broadcast live at KPFK 90.7FM in LA Thursdays at 3.

    The Coronavirus Spike: David Dayen; Michelle Goodwin: Racism in Mpls.; Ella Taylor: "Babylon Berlin"

    The Coronavirus Spike: David Dayen; Michelle Goodwin: Racism in Mpls.; Ella Taylor: "Babylon Berlin"

    As new cases of Covid-19 continue to climb, the price of the drug Remsidivir, which helps reduce hospital stays, was announced: $3,120. Cost to Gilead Pharmaceuticals of production: $10. David Dayen talks about how Biden could cut the price--he's executive editor of The American Prospect, and writes the daily "Unsanitized" blog.
    Also: UC Irvine law prof Michelle Goodwin talks about her experience of racism in Minneapolis.
    And film critic Ella Taylor discusses "Babylon Berlin," the German series set against the rise of fascism in Germany in 1929, and Kore-Eda's new film "The Truth," starring Catherine Deneuve.

    • 57 min
    Trump After Tulsa: Meyerson; The Police vs. The People: Kelley; Bad Cop Movies: Taylor

    Trump After Tulsa: Meyerson; The Police vs. The People: Kelley; Bad Cop Movies: Taylor

    The Trump campaign said that a million people had requested tickets but the Tulsa arena seated only 17,000, so, they set up a big stage outside for the overflow, but only 6,200 people showed up. Is Trump's base turning away from him, at last? Harold Meyerson of The American Prospect comments.
    Next up: UCLA Historian Robin Kelley on the Police vs. the People and how so many communities continue to suffer under police violence.
    Plus: News you can use -- film critic Ella Taylor on films about bad cops: especially "LA Confidential" and "Serpico."

    • 53 min
    The People vs. The Police: Armour; Ivanka Watch: Wilentz; Spike Lee's "Da Five Bloods": Taylor

    The People vs. The Police: Armour; Ivanka Watch: Wilentz; Spike Lee's "Da Five Bloods": Taylor

    Today's number one topic is the people and the police. The Democrats have unveiled a new law to reform police everywhere. Jody Armour, professor of Law at USC, comments -- his new book is "N*GGA THEORY: RACE, LANGUAGE, UNEQUAL JUSTICE and the LAW" forthcoming in August.
    Next up: Ivanka Watch -- after using pepper balls and flash bang grenades to clear demonstrators for Trump's bible photo-op, the White House said that it was Ivanka's idea -- Amy Wilentz reports.
    Plus, We can't go to the movie theaters but we can stream them at home. Spike Lee's new film "DA 5 BLOODS" is out now -- film critic Ella Taylor comments.

    • 49 min
    Not About Trump, About Us w/Lithwick; America in Revolt w/Mystal; Criterion Virus-time TV w/Taylor

    Not About Trump, About Us w/Lithwick; America in Revolt w/Mystal; Criterion Virus-time TV w/Taylor

    "The best thing about the protests during the last few weeks is that they are NOT about Donald Trump," says Dahlia Lithwick, "they are about us." She writes about courts and the law for Slate and she hosts the podcast "Amicus".
    Next up: Protests against police violence have been met with more police violence -- and Democratic mayors in deep-blue states have failed to stop them -- Elie Mystal comments.
    Plus: The Criterion Collection has taken down its paywall for a series of films by black filmmakers -- Ella Taylor has news you can use with criterion, virus-time TV watching.

    • 47 min
    Protest, Police, Martial Law & Trump w/Meyerson; "Reaganland" w/Perlstein; Virus-Time TV w/Taylor

    Protest, Police, Martial Law & Trump w/Meyerson; "Reaganland" w/Perlstein; Virus-Time TV w/Taylor

    In almost all of our big cities we've seen massive protest against racist police violence after the murder of George Floyd by that Minneapolis cop -- in almost every city the police response to protest against police violence has been more police violence.  For comment we turn to Harold Meyerson of The American Prospect.
    Next up, can Trump do what Nixon did with white backlash -- when it comes to backlash, will America in 2020 be like America in 1968, or Reagan in 1980? We talk with Rick Perlstein, author of "Reaganland: America's Right Turn 1976-1980" out in August of 2020.
    Plus: Virus-time TV with Ella Taylor -- this week, police procedurals with women detectives in the Netflix mini-series "Unbelievable".

    • 50 min
    Tara Reade vs. the Evidence: Katha Pollitt; "Shirley": Ella Taylor; "Kochland": Christopher Leonard

    Tara Reade vs. the Evidence: Katha Pollitt; "Shirley": Ella Taylor; "Kochland": Christopher Leonard

    Did Joe Biden sexually assault Tara Reade in 1993? Katha Pollitt examines the evidence—and concludes that it supports Biden’s denial. Especially significant: the PBS NewsHour interviews with 74 former Biden staffers, of whom 62 were women; none said they had experienced sexual harassment, assault or misconduct by Biden. All said they never heard any rumors or allegations of Biden engaging in sexual misconduct, until the recent assault allegation made by Tara Reade.
    Also: Film critic Ella Taylor has news you can use -- some recommendations about virus-time television. In particular: the new film “Shirley” starring Elisabeth Moss and novelist Shirley Jackson.
    Also: Your Minnesota Moment: today, the secret history of the Koch Brothers: how the key to their empire, and their fortune, is a refinery south of St. Paul. Christopher Leonard has that story—his book is “Kochland.”

    • 48 min

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