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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.


This week, we're joined by Clare Malone, senior political reporter for FiveThirtyEight, Nate Silver's home for wayward nerds. Malone looked at some of the competing theories for what's behind Trump's rise, and then went and talked to some Trump supporters to see how they matched up.

Then we'll talk to Ali Gharib about the outpouring of rank Islamophobia from the GOP primaries, and how it signals a party that's going off the rails and losing the message. Gharib wrote about that for The Guardian this week.

Finally, we'll speak with Akbar Ahmed, a former Pakistani ambassador in the UK who is now a professor at American University's School of International Service. Ahmed has been studying the differences between American Muslims and Europe's Muslim communities, and his insights go a long way toward explaining the domestic terror problem Europe faces today.

Los Fabulosos Cadillacs: "El Matador"
Kacey Musgraves: "Follow Your Arrow"
Melanie Durrant: "Bang Bang"
Atlas Sound: "Walk a Thin Line"

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March 20, 2016

March 19, 2016 Show

What might be lurking in the tax returns that Republican front-runner Donald Trump refuses to make public? If anyone is in a position to offer an informed theory, it's David Cay Johnston, who won a Pulitzer Prize working the tax beat for the New York Times. He's first up on this week's show.

Then, as Obama embarks on a historic visit to Cuba, we're joined by UT Austin research fellow Julia Sweig, who just returned from Cuba to offer a perspective on what's going on down there that you won't often hear on the evening news.

Finally, we speak to Martin Longman, web editor for The Washington Monthly -- you may know him better as the blogger known as Booman -- about Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court. Some progressives aren't pleased with the pick.

Vintage Jazz Cardigans with Haley Reinhart: "Lovefool"
AronChupa: "I'm an Albatraos"
Love: "Always See Your Face"
Gregory Isaacs: "Slave Master"

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David Cay Johnston has some thoughts on what Donald Trump may be hiding.

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March 6, 2016

March 5, 2016 Show

This week, we'll speak with David Neiwert, a correspondent for SPLC's Hatewatch, about neo-fascism, militias, white supremacists and Donald Trump. Yes, some of that is redundant.

Then we'll be joined by Sarah Posner, who attended CPAC this week. And we'll talk about how attendees at the country's premier gathering of conservative activists are responding to the GOP clown car.

Musical theme this week is tunes from 1970s TV shows!

Lalo Schifrin: "Theme from Mission: Impossible"
Sammy Davis Jr: "Baretta's Theme"
Ja'net Dubois: "We're Moving on up"
John Sebastian: "Welcome Back Kotter"

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