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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.


July 26, 2015

July 25, 2015 Show

Last week, Black Lives Matter activists interrupted a forum for Democratic presidential candidates Marton O'Malley and Bernie Sanders at Netroots Nation, the premier gathering of progressive activists in the US. Initially, neither candidate handled it well.

If you're not a fan of social media, and haven't yet begun obsessing over the 2016 race, it's possible that you haven't even heard about this.

But what started as a seemingly containable Squabble has since snowballed into a major conflict between Black Lives Matter Activists and supporters of Bernie Sanders. And that conflict has revealed a larger chasm between black and white progressive activists.

This week, we'll speak to Charles Lenchner, co-founder of People for Bernie Sanders, and Imani Gandy, AKA @AngryBlackLady, who is RH Reality Check's Senior Legal Analyst and a co-host of This Week in Blackness Prime.

Natalie Cole: "L-O-V-E"
Elle King: "Ex's and Oh's"
Blondie: "In the Flesh:"

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July 19, 2015

July 18, 2015 Show

This week, we'll be joined by Mike Tomasky from the Daily Beast to discuss Hillary Clinton's much-ballyhooed speech on the economy, and why primary campaigns are so annoying to cover.

Then we'll speak with Brenda Choresi Carter, director of the Women Donors Network's Reflective Democracy Campaign, about a new study that finds that the overwhelming majority of elected prosecutors and district attorneys are white dudes -- and why that matters.

Finally, we'll talk to Nation contributor Ali Gharib about the Iran deal announced this week -- it's a BFD.

Los Lobos: "Flor de Huevo"
Social Demons: "Reign"
Farinaz: "Khianat"
John Lurie National Orchestra: "Let's Get Ready to Rumba"

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July 12, 2015

July 11, 2015 Show

This week we'll speak with political scientist and Bloomberg View columnist Jonathan Bernstein about how primaries are really decided, and why the easiest way to discern how a candidate will govern is to listen to what they say.

Then we'll be joined by Heather "Digby" Parton to consider whether SCOTUS's decisions on marriage equality and Obamacare -- and the success of the recent campaign to remove the confederate flag from public buildings -- has finally brought us to PEAK WINGNUT.

The Bee Gees: "New York Mining Disaster 1941"
George Baker: "Little Green Bag"
Rickey Nelson: "Lonesome Town"

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