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Focusing on issues, not tweets, Raw Story and AlterNet's Joshua Holland and Liz Preza talk politics with academics, newsmakers and progressive journalists.

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Focusing on issues, not tweets, Raw Story and AlterNet's Joshua Holland and Liz Preza talk politics with academics, newsmakers and progressive journalists.

    Imani Gandy on the madness of the ‘cancel culture’ debate during a fascist crackdown on dissent

    Imani Gandy on the madness of the ‘cancel culture’ debate during a fascist crackdown on dissent

    This week, Donald Trump floated the idea of postponing the election. Liz Preza and Joshua Holland kick off the show with some thoughts about his mental health and the politics of distraction. 
     
    Then we're joined by Imani Gandy, Rewire.news's senior editor for law and policy, to talk about the future of the Court, pundits' double-standard when it comes to "overly ambitious" women like Kamala Harris and the moral panic over "cancel culture."

    • 50 min
    Historian Julian Zelizer draws a straight line from Newt Gingrich to the Tea Parties and Donald Trump

    Historian Julian Zelizer draws a straight line from Newt Gingrich to the Tea Parties and Donald Trump

    Elizabeth Preza and Joshua Holland kick off this week's show looking at how a perfect storm of factors unique to 2020 is cursing us with the worst political punditry in memory.
     
    Then we're joined by Princeton University historian Julian Zelizer to discuss his new book, Burning Down The House: Newt Gingrich, The Fall of a Speaker, and The Rise of The New Republican Party. Zelizer details how the career of firebrand former Speaker Newt Gingrich helped usher in the hyperpolarized environment in which a clearly unqualified crackpot like Donald Trump could take over one of America's two major parties. 
     

    • 46 min
    White House arguments for reopening schools fall apart as the pandemic rages

    White House arguments for reopening schools fall apart as the pandemic rages

    This week, Liz Preza and Joshua Holland kick off the show by marveling at the substantive and political madness of the crackpots in the Trump regime attacking their own top infectious disease expert.
     
    Then we're joined by Matt Robison to talk about his AlterNet piece, "Here’s why re-opening schools before next spring will be a disaster." Matt took a hard look at the arguments for re-opening schools and found that they all fall apart on close inspection.

    • 42 min
    David Neiwert: Expect scattered extremist attacks if Trump loses

    David Neiwert: Expect scattered extremist attacks if Trump loses

    This week, Liz Preza and Joshua Holland talk about Trump's Supreme Court appointees standing for the rule of law, and experience some déjà vu over another mind-bogglingly ridiculous debate over re-opening schools in the midst of a raging pandemic. 
     
    Then we're joined by David Neiwert, a Daily Kos contributor and veteran journalist covering the fringe right. David gives us a first-person view of the recently disbanded Seattle occupation known as CHOP, and talks about the Boogaloo Bois and other wingnut militias, and their potential for violence in November. 

    • 50 min
    What Does Defunding the Police Really Look Like?

    What Does Defunding the Police Really Look Like?

    This week, Joshua Holland points out that according to one oft-cited Covid-19 model, we could save 33,000 American lives over the next 14 weeks -- the same number of combat deaths the US suffered over three years of war in Korea -- if we all wore masks when we went outside. But we won't all take that simple, cheap measure to contain the pandemic because masks have become the dumbest front in the culture wars. 
     
    Then we're joined by civil rights lawyer Tahir Duckett, who is writing a book on decarceration and abolishing the police, to sort out what "defunding" and "abolition" mean, and what a society would look like if we thought outside the box about how to address social problems rather than just calling the cops on everything. 

    • 56 min
    Parker Molloy: The conservative media's primary function is to keep older white people scared and angry

    Parker Molloy: The conservative media's primary function is to keep older white people scared and angry

    This week, Liz Preza and Joshua Holland struggle to wrap their heads around the Supreme Court handing down not one but two good decisions rebuking Donald Trump. 
     
    Then we're joined by Media Matters' Senior Editor Parker Molloy to discuss Tucker Carlson's lurch into naked white supremacy, the rise of Trump's new favorite broadcaster--the One America News Network--and the right's cult of victimhood. 
     

    • 49 min

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Pgulvrkn ,

Always really enjoy Josh + Liz!

I love their fresh and funny take on the news, and the guests are smart and insightful. Thanks guys!

J and P Alden ,

Joe Biden gets slack too!

On today’s pod Mr. Holland said he thinks there’s a double standard (in the media?) whereby Biden’s “gaffes” get magnified vs Trump’s daily burst of outrageous lies, hate-speech, etc. I disagree. A bug example this week: Biden’s suggestion that cops shoot “unarmed attackers who might have a knife” in the leg and not the heart was worse than a non sequitur. In the context of mass protests against murder by cop and other less lethal cop violence, it was encouragement to killer cops- for legal, moral and physiological (femoral artery, largest in the body, runs down the front of the leg) reasons. It hasn’t gotten much critical coverage. Vanity Fair called it a “misstep”. Do you think Seth Meyers, Colbert, or Kimmel, who have supported trump he protests strongly, and rightly excoriated Trump, have taken Joe B to task in their monologues this week? I think not. Biden’s the corporate democrats’ and corporate media’s guy. You should go after him on stuff like this, please!

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