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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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February 21, 2016

February 20, 2016 Show

This week, we're joined by Michael White, a professor of criminology at Arizona State University, to discus a recent study he co-authored that looked at how Tasers impact the cognitive functions of those who are zapped. 


Then we talk primary politics with Mike Tomasky of The Daily Beast, who's on the ground in Nevada.

Finally, we go back to our archives for a discussion with Chuck Wexler, the executive director of the Police Executive Research Forum, about how we're training police to be hyper-aggressive "warriors."

Playlist: 
Seu Jorge: "Rock 'n' Roll Suicide"
Peter Tosh: "Stepping Razor"
Junior Brown: "Highway Patrol"

George McCrae: "Rock Your Baby"

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February 14, 2016

February 13, 2016 Show

This week, we're joined by Peter Schenkkan, an Austin-based attorney who co-authored a study published last week in the New England Journal of Medicine that measured the impact of Texas law-makers' war on Planned Parenthood. The study is making being met with disbelief among anti-choicers.

Then we'll talk about the cessation of hostilities in Syria that was announced this week with Jared Malsin, Time Magazine's ME Bureau Chief.

Finally, we go back to our archives for an interview with Sally Denton, author of The Plots Against the President: FDR, A Nation in Crisis, and the Rise of the American Right.

Playlist:
Heart: "Barracuda"
Fleetwood Mac: "Never Going Back Again"
Willie Nelson: "What a Wonderful World"
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February 11, 2016

David Karol

We interviewed David Karol on last week's show.

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February 7, 2016

February 6, 2016 Show

This week, we'll be joined by David Karol, a professor of government and politics at the University of Maryland, College Park, and co-author of The Party Decides: Presidential Nominations Before and After Reform. David talks about how the wacky 2016 primary season may or may not fit into political scientists' view of how American politics work.

Then we'll speak to Gary Legum, who is on the ground in New Hampshire covering the primary for Salon.

Finally, we'll speak to Nazita Lajevardi, a researcher at UC San Diego, about a new study she co-authored that finds that Republican voter suppression is far more effective than we thought it was.

Playlist:
DJ  B-Phisto: "Sarah Palin Remix Battle"
Queen Ida and Her Zydeco Band: "Hello Josephine"
Talking Heads: "Totally Nude"
The Clash: "Spanish Bombs"

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