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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 25, 2014

October 25, 2014 Show

This week, we'll speak with Pete Hatemi. Pete is a political scientist at Penn State, and he and his colleagues have conducted a study suggesting that liberals and conservatives literally sniff out like-minded people for long-term relationships.

Then we'll be joined by journalist and radio host Doug Henwood to discuss his cover story in the November issue of Harper's Magazine making the case against Hillary Clinton's nomination in 2016.

Finally, we'll talk about Yemen -- where nobody seems to have noticed we've been at war for several years -- with Washington Post foreign correspondent Ishaan Tharoor.

Brave Combo: "Jeopardy"
The Kinks: "Living on a Thin Line"
Princess Superstar: "Bad Babysitter"

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October 19, 2014

October 18, 2014 Show

This week, we'll talk Ebola with Terry O'Sullivan, a University of Akron political scientist whose research focuses on catastrophic disease outbreaks and disaster preparedness.

Then we'll be joined by National Review correspondent Biran Resnick to discuss his piece, "How Ebola Makes Conservatives More Conservative."

Finally, we'll speak to EPI fellow Richard Rothstein about his report on the discriminatory public policies that made Ferguson, Missouri, a powder keg just waiting for a match.

Metallica: "Nothing Else Matters (Unplugged)"
The Smiths: "Panic"
Deathray: "Scott"
Elvis Presley: "In the Ghetto"

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Terry O'Sullivan is a professor of political science at the University of Akron. His research focuses on "the risk and dynamics of catastrophic infectious diseases threats from naturally occurring infectious disease outbreaks such as influenza and SARS, and from biological terrorism."

In this special podcast, O'Sullivan makes two important points.

First, Ebola poses a minimal threat to a country like the US, with a functional health care system. We may end up with a handful of cases, but because Ebola is difficult to transmit from person to person, it will be contained.

At the same time, there are pathogens lurking out there that can spread through a population like wildfire, and we are woefully unprepared for such threats.

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October 18, 2014

October 11, 2014 Show

This week, we speak with Thomas Hegghammer, director of terrorism research at the Oslo-based Norwegian Defence Research Establishment, about the unusually large number of Westerners going overseas to fight alongside the Islamic State.

Then we're joined by Sarah Posner, a senior correspondent at Religion Dispatches, to talk about the growing rift in the American Jewish community over Israel, in the wake of the latest attacks on Gaza.

Italian Techno: "Mambo Italiano"
Louis Prima: "Buona Sera"
The Wedding Band: "Lonely Hearts"

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October 4, 2014

October 4, 2014 Show

This week, we'll speak with Diana Greene Foster, a demographer at the University of California San Francisco, about her groundbreaking research into what happens when women seeking an abortion are turned away from the clinic. She's been following hundreds of them -- along with women who were almost too late to find a provider -- for years.

Then we'll go back to the archives to a 2013 show with Irin Carmon of MSNBC. Irin wrote about how the women who live in areas where there are no abortion providers are coping.

Foo Fighters: "Breakout"
Stereolab: "Lo Boob Oscillator"
Echo & the Bunnymen: "The Killing Moon"

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