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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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Liz Preza and Joshua Holland kick off this week's show by recoiling in horror at the thought of sexy-time with Rudy Giuliani -- and by wondering if Borat will end up saving the republic. 
 
Then we're joined by Oliver Willis, a senior writer at The American Independent, for a wide-ranging discussion of what a post-Trump GOP might look like, and what Democrats should and definitely not learn from Trump if they manage to regain power in January. (And Joshua continues his tireless campaign lobbying Oliver to get another dog.) 
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This week, Liz Preza and Joshua Holland talk about Rudy Giuliani's clumsy attempt to make an October Surprise out of Hunter Biden's emails and the predictable outrage from the right when the legacy media didn't run with it like they did Uranium One four years ago. 
 
Then we're joined by attorney and CNN columnist Jill Filipovic to discuss Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation hearings and what a 6-3 Court with Neil Gorsuch serving as the median vote might actually look like. 
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This week, Liz Preza and Joshua Holland survey the damage from Wednesday's unpleasant vice presidential debate, and talk about Trump bailing on the second presidential wrangle. 
 
Then we're joined by Greg Sargent from The Washington Post to talk about how Trump contracting Covid has devastated his campaign, why seniors are fleeing the GOP and how Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell may have concluded that Trump is going to lose and is setting up a new Tea Party movement for a Biden presidency.  
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This week, Liz Preza and Joshua Holland kick off the show with a sad, very disappointed look at the nightmarish first -- and in a perfect world, last -- debate between Joe Biden and Donald Trump.
 
Then we're joined by Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Cay Johnston to talk about what we learned from -- and may yet discover in the future -- the New York Times' getting its hands on years of Donald Trump's taxes. 
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This week, Joshua Holland kicks off the show arguing that Trump's relentless attempts to delegitimize the election--and recent refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses--are not only part of a strategy to sow chaos and doubt but also an effort to demoralize Democratic voters and suppress their turnout. 
 
Then we're joined by Jessica Mason Pieklo, senior vice president and executive editor at the Rewire News Group, to talk about the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the GOP's plan to ram through a Trump nominee to replace her and what the future might look like with a 6-3 court. We also discuss how this egregious abuse of power is shifting the conversation about the courts among Democrats.  
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We kick off this week's show with a look at Attorney General Bill Barr's push to prosecute Democratic elected officials and charge protesters with sedition, and his preemptive defense of meddling in criminal cases for corrupt purposes. This is all getting really bad and scary, but there is a path out. 

 
Then we're joined by epidemiologist Eric Feigl-Ding, a senior fellow at the Federation of American Scientists, to talk about where we are in the Covid-19 pandemic, where we could have been, and why it's virtually impossible to expect a vaccine to be widely available anytime soon.  
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This week, Joshua Holland kicks off the show with a discussion of the ripple effects that resulted from Trump lying to the American people about the dangers of Covid-19, and a look at how Bill Barr's DOJ isn't the only federal agency being corrupted to aid Trump's re-election campaign. 
 
Then we're joined by Daniel Nichanian, founding editor of The Appeal: Political Report, to run down the state and local races, judicial contests and referenda that will shape America's political landscape for the next decade to come.  
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Liz Preza and Joshua Holland aren't easily shocked, but the conservatives' vile defenses of police shooting Jacob Blake seven times in the back as his children watched in horror, and then of a 17-year old "militia" member murdering two protesters, did the trick. 
 
Then we're joined by Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic Policy and Research, to talk about the unusually wide divide between the stock market and the real economy, why Americans will get fleeced for a vaccine like the citizens of no other country and the coming crisis of long-term unemployment.
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This week, Elizabeth Preza and Joshua Holland react to Steve Bannon's arrest, the Senate's bipartisan report on Russian election interference and the Democratic National Convention.

Then Joshua speaks to Hannah Fried of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, which participated in "war games" simulating what the country will face in the aftermath of the 2020 election.

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This week, Joshua Holland talks about why the most explicitly racist campaign in memory won't save Trump. Also: the plot to steal the election by sabotaging the postal service. 
 
Then we're joined by Daily Beast contributor Mike Tomasky to talk discuss Biden's pick of Kamala Harris as a running mate, the false hope of a vaccine getting us back to normal anytime soon and how the Trump campaign seems to be mired in its own spin. 
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