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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.


April 25, 2015

April 25, 2015 Show

This week, we'll speak with pollster Tressa Undem, from Perry-Undem Comminucations, about what we don't know about public attitudes about abortion. It turns out that Undem's colleagues have been asking the wrong questions.

The Tina Dupuy will explain why we need to end the war on deadbeat dads. They're not a popular group, but she says our approach to dealing with them is all wrong.

Finally, we'll be joined by Greenpeace researcher Jesse Coleman to discuss Florida's ban on officials discussing climate change -- and how it relates to the Koch brothers.

Deathray: "Someone After You"
Queen: "Flash Gordon"
A Tribe Called Quest: "Can I Kick It?"
Tito Puente: "Ran Kan Kan"

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April 19, 2015

April 18, 2015 Show

This week, we'll talk Hillary with two really smart Heathers!

First, Heather Hurlburt, director of New America Foundation's New Models of Policy Change program, talks to us about the increasing identification of the Democratic Party with strong female leaders, and the unique challenges that women face as candidates.

Then we'll be joined by Heather "Digby" Parton to talk about the right's reaction to Hillary Clinton's long-anticipated presidential announcement, and how awful the next 18 months of media coverage are likely to be.

Peggy Lee: "Big Spender"
Otis Redding: "Respect"
Amy Winehouse: "You Know I'm No Good"

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April 11, 2015

April 11, 2015 Show

This week, we have a rerun, but it's a good one!

First, 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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April 5, 2015

April 4, 2015 Show

This week, we'll speak with Nation contributor Ali Gharib about the potentially historic framework agreement over Iran's nuclear program that was announced this week.

Then we'll be joined by Sarah Posner, senior editor at Religion Dispatches, to discuss the surprisingly intense controversy over Indiana's "religious liberty" law, which critics call a license to discriminate against Gays and lesbians.

Roger Miller: "Robin Hood and Little John"
Beastie Boys: "Shake Your Rump"
Jacob Miller: "Roman Soldiers of Babylon"

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