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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.


October 26, 2013

October 25, 2013 Show

This week, we speak with Mother Jones' science writer Chris Mooney about the science of tea party outrage.

The we're joined by Mike Konczal, who argues that the error-plagued rollout of the new healthcare exchanges vindicates old-school New Deal liberalism while meting out a black eye to both conservative and neoliberal approaches to social insurance.

The Cure: "Close to Me"
David Bowie: "Lady Grinning Soul"
Alicia Keyes: "Fallin"
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October 19, 2013

October 19, 2013 Show

Joshua Holland is off this week, so we've put together a Best Of show from the archives, with three segments that are relevant today.

With the shutdown this week, there has been a lot of talk of how the tea parties are like the Confederates of old -- this standof has been called "secession by other means." So we start out with an interview from 2012 with Chuck Thompson, author of Better Off Without 'Em: a Northern Manifesto for Southern Secession.

Then, with Washington turning toward yet another battle over budgets and public spending, we decided to run another segment from 2012: Time Magazine's Michael Grunwald, talking about his book about the 2009 stimulus called, The New New Deal: the Hidden Story of Change in the Obama Era.

Finally, with talk of immigration reform in the papers again, we decided to run an excellent interview with Bill Ong Hing, an expert on the subject at the University of San Francisco School of Law.   

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October 12, 2013

October 12, 2013 Show

This week's show is all about the right-wing going bananas.

First, we're joined by Ed Kilgore of the Washington Monthly to talk about where we are in the latest contrived "crisis."

Then, TF Charlton from Political Research Associates gives us a report from the Value Voters Summit, the biggest convention of hard-right religious fundamentalists in the country.

Finally, AlterNet's Steve Rosenfeld looks at all of this as a kind of rebirth of the old Confederacy.

Frank Sinatra: "That's Life"
Serge Gainsbourg: "Je T'aime Moi Non Plus"
Bobby Darrin: "Somewhere Beyond the Sea"
Dean Martin: "Volare"
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October 5, 2013

October 5, 2013 Show

The two big news items this week are the government shutdown (and debt ceiling fight) and the rollout of the Affordable Care Act. 

To understand the standoff, you have to get into the mindset of the Republican base. We speak withy Erica Seifert, a progressive pollster with Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, about a series of focus groups she and her colleagues conducted with GOP loyalists.

Then we're joined by Paul Waldman, a contributing editor to The American Prospect, to discuss both Obamacare and the shutdown.


The Black Keys: "Tighten Up"
Johnny Cash: "Heart of Gold"
Nightmares on Wax: "You Wish"

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