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Politics

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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March 30, 2014

March 29, 2014 Show

This week, we speak with Kshama Sawant, a Seattle City Councilwoman who is leading the fight for a $15 per hour minimum wage -- and making all the right enemies along the way.

Then we're joined by Paul Waldman, a contributing editor to The American Prospect, to talk Rand Paul, 2016 and the (real) liberal media.

Finally, we speak to Eli Clifton about how Hobby Lobby is funneling tens of millions of dollars into a network of Christian right activist groups seeking to embed special rights for conservatives in the law.

Playlist:
Brave Combo: "Jeopardy"
The SImpsons cast: "In a Gadda Da Vita"
Nappy Roots: "Awnaw"
De La Soul: "Description" 

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March 23, 2014

March 22 Show

We're going back to the archives for a best-of show this week, but it's a good one.

First up, we speak with Thomas Frank, author of Pity the Billionaires, about how zero bankers have been punished for the crash. In fact, many ludicrously blame poor people.

Then we have an interview with Paul Krugman, which we conducted when his book, End This Depression Now! came out. That's obviously still relevant today.

Playlist:

Shaggy: "Oh Carolina"
Fiona Apple: "Not About Love"
The White Stripes: "Hello Operator:
John Lurie National Orchestra: "Let's Get Ready to Rumba"

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March 15, 2014

March 15, 2014 Show

We have two terrific interviews this week -- both deserved a bit more time than usual.

First up, Clair Brown, an economist at UC Berkeley, explains "Buddhist economics," and why well-being is more important than growth.

Then we'll be joined by Dima Khalidi, Director of Palestine Solidarity Legal Support, about universities, under pressure from outside groups, punishing students who engage in Palestinian rights activism.

Playlist:
Clash: "Armagideon Time"
Southern Culture on the Skids: "Pass the Hatchet"
Los Fabulosos Cadillacs: "El Matador"

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March 10, 2014

March 8, 2014 Show

This week, we'll be joined by Mara Kardas-Nelson, who covered CPAC this year for The National Memo.

Then we'll speak with Jonathan Landay, a national security reporter with McClatchy Newspapers' DC office, about allegations that the CIA monitored Congressional staffers preparing a report on the agency's black sites and torture techniques.

Finally, we'll talk to Nelini Stamp, Youth Outreach Director for Working Families, about a new campaign to address the student debt crisis.

Playlist:
David Bowie: "Young Americans"
Carly Simon: "Nobody Does It Bettter"
Frank Sinatra: "Young At Heart"

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March 2, 2014

March 1, 2014 Show

This week, we'll speak with Princeton University political scientist Martin Gilens about why Americans hate welfare.

Then we'll be joined by Theda Skocpol, a political scientist at harvard university – it's an ivy league fest – about the tea party movement as it hits its fifth anniversary. 

Finally we'll talk to Lynn Stuart Parramore from Alternet about Wall Street's long love affair with the deep south.

Playlist:

Blind Gary Davis: "Death Don't Have No Mercy"

Tim Curry: "I Can Make You a Man"

Bad Company: "Shooting Star"

Antônio Carlos Jobim: "The Red Blouse"

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