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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.


September 27, 2015

September 26, 2015 Show

This week, we speak with Mike Tomasky of the Daily Beast about the Pope's address to Congress and his propensity to twist conservatives into knots.

Then we'll be joined by RH Reality Check Senior Legal Analyst Imani Gandy, AKA the Angry Black Lady, about the legal battles being waged behind the scenes over those Planned Parenthood videos. 

Finally, we'll speak with Frank Hyman, a true blue Southerner who argues that the Confederacy was a "con-job" for all but the most affluent Southerners, and its legacy continues to be one today.

Pomplamoose: "Puttin' on the Ritz"
The Social Demons (with Mike Tomasky): "Warren Zevon's Gonnna Die"
TheRolling Stones: "Ventilator Blues"
David Peel and The Lower East Side: "The Pope Smokes Dope"
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September 20, 2015

September 19, 2015 Show

This week, we'll speak with Reverend Starsky Wilson, co-chair of the Ferguson Commission, which released a report this week on the root causes of last year's unrest -- and recommendations for much-needed reform in the St. Louis area.

Then we'll chat about this week's GOP debate with Heather "Digby" Parton.

Finally, we'll be joined by Harry Stein, the director of fiscal policy at the Center for American Progress, to discuss the right's war on evidence-based policy-making.

The Civil Wars: "Billie Jean"
Jacob Hacker: "Tenement Yard"
The Simpsons cast:  "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida"
Ida Lupino: "Again"

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September 13, 2015

September 12, 2015 Show

This week, we'll speak with Detroit News capital reporter Chad Livengood about the bizarre saga of Michigan state reps. Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat, the tea partying, family values conservatives who hatched a bizarre scheme to cover up their affair -- and who were booted out of the legislature this week by their fellow Republicans.

Then we'll talk to Sarah Posner about her TPM/ Nation Investigative Fund piece about the authoritarian home-schooling cult to which the Duggars turned when they discovered that Josh had molested five young girls. 

Finally, we'll talk about poverty in America with Matt Bruenig, who has been writing up a storm on the subject for Demos' Policy Shop blog.


Postmodern jukebox: "All About the Bass"

Elvis: "Teddy Bear"
Metallica/ SF Symphony Orchestra: "Nothing Else Matters"

Manu Chao: "Dia Luna... Dia Pena"


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