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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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This week, Joshua Holland and Liz Preza marvel at how quickly the conservative movement fell in line with killing off a few million people to bolster Wall Street's earnings. 
 
Then we're joined by Politico Senior Writer Mike Grunwald, author of The New New Deal: The Hidden Story of Change in The Obama Era, to talk about the $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief package that Congress passed this week, and contrast it with past emergency spending measures.  
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This week, Joshua Holland and Liz Preza talk about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Democratic primaries, and marvel at the levels of Trump sycophancy on display within the conservative media.
 
Then we're joined by Washington Post blogger Greg Sargent to discuss Trump's bumbling response to one-in-a-lifetime public health crisis, and how we might navigate voting safely if the infection rate remains high. 
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This week, Joshua Holland and Liz Preza talk about a perfect storm of narcissism and incompetence that renders Donald Trump uniquely unsuited to manage a public health crisis. 
 
Then we're joined by Democratic strategist Cliff Schecter, who takes some fire for kinda-sorta supporting Mike Bloomberg and argues that the Dems who prioritize beating Trump over other factors are wise to choose Joe Biden over Bernie Sanders. 
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To kick off this week's show, Joshua Holland and Liz Preza recap a wild ride in the Democratic primaries. Just a week ago, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders seemed indomitable, and now a strong night for former Vice President Joe Biden has reversed that narrative. But there's still a long way to go. 

Then we're joined by Terry O'Sullivan, director of the Center for Emergency Management and Homeland Security Policy Research at the University of Akron, to talk about the Coronavirus pandemic. While O'Sullivan cautions that there's no reason to panic, he says that the flow of reliable information from credible public health officials and a strong public health system, both of which are in short supply in this country, are vital to containing an infectious disease outbreak.  

 

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Liz Preza and Joshua Holland kick off this week's show with a discussion of Roger Stone's sentencing and a look at what the pundits are calling the "feistiest" Democratic debate of the 2020 cycle. 
 
Then we're joined by Marquette University political scientist Julia Azari to talk about her proposal to give Democratic Party actors more influence over the Dems' nomination process, and the backlash it elicited. 
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This week, Liz Preza and Joshua Holland marvel at how Attorney General William Barr has proven to be so much more brazen in his corruption of the Department of Justice than his long reputation as a cover-up artist would have suggested. 
 

Then we're joined from Down Under by Michael Mann, director of the Earth System Science Center at Penn State University, to talk about how Australia's disastrous wildfires have led to a sharp decline in science denialism and why some climate models are suddenly running red-hot. 

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To kick off this very hectic week, Joshua Holland looks at a new Trump initiative to rip architectural design from the hands of those liberal elite... architects.
 
Then we're joined by Salon columnist Heather "Digby" Parton to talk about conspiracy theories swirling around the epically screwed up Iowa Caucus results, Trump's renewed campaign to punish his perceived enemies and Mitt Romney growing a spine. 
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This week, Joshua Holland and Liz Preza talk about landmines, Alan Dershowitz's self-debasement and Mike Pompeo employing a strategy against an NPR reporter that's extremely common among bullies who commit domestic violence. 

Then we're joined by Nathan Newman, an attorney and advocate who teaches at CUNY, about what Liz Warren's decades-long crusade to reform our bankruptcy laws says about how she would govern if elected. 

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Joshua Holland kicks off this week's show with a look at the clownish non-defenses Donald Trump's defenders offered at his Senate impeachment trial, and offers a modest rant about the political press instigating pointless intra-Democratic squabbles for clicks and ratings. 

Then we're joined by Jared Holt, a researcher and journalist with Right-Wing Watch, to talk about how QAnon is taking all of this and to report back from this week's big, wingnutty gun rally in Virginia. 

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This week, Liz Preza and Joshua Holland recap the last Democratic debate before Iowa, lament the left forming a circular firing squad and talk about what some folks are overlooking in Lev Parnas explosive revelations this week. 

Then we're joined by John Stoehr, editor of The Editorial Board, who argues that Senate Republicans are going to feel increasing public pressure as the drip-drip-drip of new evidence of Trump's perfidy continues unabated. 

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