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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.


November 23, 2013

November 23, 2013 Show

This week we speak with Gary Ruskin, director of the Center for Corporate Policy on his new report, "Spooky Business: Corporate Espionage Against Nonprofit Organizations." 

Then we'll be joined by Jacob Hacker, the director of Yale's Institution for Social and Policy Studies, to talk about filibuster reform and the Affordable Care Act.

Finally, we'll speak with Michelle Goldberg of The Nation to talk about her recent piece, "Right-wing Author Abandons Cultural Populism, Decries 'White Trash'."

Willie Nelson: "The Time of the Preacher"
Gnarls Barkley: "A Little Better"
Isaac Hayes and Joan Osborne: "I'm Just a Bill"
Eddie Rabbitt: "The Wanderer"

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November 17, 2013

November 16, 2013 Show

This week, we speak with Lisa Graves of the Center for Media and Democracy about a new exposé of a network of state-based right-wing think-tanks devoted to undermining workers' rights, environmental protections and other decent things that her group just released.

Then Jonathan Caverly of Northwester University tells us about a study he conducted which suggests that growing economic inequality may make populations more likely to support military action.

Finally, KC Boyd tells us about the religious underpinnings of the education reform movement.

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November 9, 2013

November 9, 2013 Show

This week, we're joined by Steven Teles, a political scientist at Johns Hopkins, to talk about how complexity may be the defining characteristic of our government -- possibly overshadowing the traditional left/right arguments over size.

Then we welcome Ali Gharib to discuss some remarkable things happening in the Middle East.

Finally, Angry Black Lady Imani Gandy dishes about conservative freak outs over the Affordable Care Act.

Playlist (theme: songs about outer space): 
Emmerson Nogueira: "Rocket Man"
David Bowie: "Starman"
Bob Marley: "Out of Space"
The Beatles: "Across the Universe"

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November 2, 2013

November 2, 2013 Show

This week, we're joined by David Atkins. David's a young Democratic activist and a writer for Digby's Hullabaloo.

Then we'll speak with Irin Carmon of MSNBC about the real-world effect harsh anti-abortion laws have on the citizens of so-called red states.

Finally, we welcome Gordon Lafer, a research associate at the Economic Policy Institute, who has a new report, "The Legislative Attack on American Wages and Labor Standards, 2011–2012."

This week's show is dedicated to Lou Reed. Playlist:

Lou Reed: "Perfect Day"
Lou Reed: "Dirty Boulevard"
Lou Reed: "Satellite of Love"
Lou Reed: "Pale Blue Eyes"
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