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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, Joshua Holland begins with a rant about some ridiculous claims that the Democratic primaries are being rigged. There are lies, damn lies and statistics. 

Then we'll be joined by Manu Saadia, author of Trekonomics: The Economics of Star Trek. It's two nerd tastes that taste great together!

Finally, we'll speak with Stacey Hopkins, a grassroots team leader for Brand New Congress, a new PAC that hopes to move Bernie Sanders' agenda forward after the 2016 campaign. 

Alexander Courage: "Theme from Star Trek"
David Bowie: "Ziggy Stardust"
De La Soul: "Buddy" 
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This week, we speak with Fairleigh Dickinson University political scientist Krista Jenkins, who used a unique database of data from mothers and daughters attending a women's college 30 years apart to offer some insight how their gender socialization and views of politics have changed since the heyday of the women's movement.

Then we're joined by the great Roy Edroso, an O.G. of the lefty blogosphere who writes the Alicublog and does a weekly column diagnosing the disorders of right-bloggers for The Village Voice. We talk Trump, and other stuff.

Last but not least, we'll talk to Harold Pollack, a professor of public policy at the University of Chicago (and also a mensch), to discuss structural racism in the Chicago PD, and the prospects for reform.

Prince: "Let's Go Crazy"
Prince: "Cream"
Prince: "Honky-Tonk Woman"
Prince: "Darling Nikki"

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Hillary Clinton is trying hard to distance herself from some of her husband's more controversial policies, but every time she gets some space he drags her back to the 1990s, often generating bad headlines in the process. What's going on? Is Bill Clinton unconsciously sabotaging his wife's campaign? This week, we kick off with Slate's Michelle Goldberg calling for Hillary to fire Bill. 

The we're joined by Newsweek political correspondent Emily Cadei. Cadei took a deep dive into the congressional records of both Democratic candidates, and found that not only were their voting records very similar -- and not only did they work together on 26 bills during the two years they overlapped in the Senate -- but they also demonstrated similar styles of coalition-building to advance their agendas. She says the two candidates vying for the Democratic nomination are a lot closer than the conventional wisdom suggests. 
Finally, we'll talk to Dr. Arijit Nandi, a scholar at McGill University in Montreal, about how paid family leave is not only vital for achieving work/life balance, but also for infants' health outcomes. 
Merle Haggard: "That's the News"
Amy Winehouse: "To Know Him Is to Love Him"
The Isley Brothers: "It's Your Thing"
Kiddus I: "Graduation in Zion" 
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This week, we're joined by Sharona Coutts, an investigative reporter for Rewire, who brings us one of the most rage-inducing stories in recent memory -- a saga about the kind of intrigue and sleaze that young women have to endure to get abortions in Mississippi.

Then we'll talk politics with Heather Parton, better known as Digby. Heather writes at her own blog, Hullabaloo, and also pens a column for Salon.

Finally, we'll be joined by scientists and science writer Greg Laden to discuss a worrisome new study about our changing climate -- we shouldn't be totally distracted by Donald Trump.

Bitter: Sweet: "Trouble"
Mindless Drug Hoover: "The Reefer Song"
Postmodern Jukebox: "All About That Bass"
Elvis Presley: "In the Ghetto"

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