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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'll speak with economist Dean Baker about what's next for the UK, the EU and our IRAs following the UK's surprising move to exit the European Union. We're in uncharted waters, but Dean has some ideas about how all of this might play out. 

Then we'll play an interview we recorded with Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) on Thursday, as he participated in the Dems' unprecedented occupation of the chamber to demand some action on gun violence. Grayson says way too much has been made of one proposal to bar people on the no-fly and selectee lists from buying guns. The Dems were also demanding expanded background checks and that the gunshow and internet loopholes be closed. 

Finally, we're joined by GWU political scientist John Sides. Sides explains how people select candidates and parties, and notes that social identity always plays a major role. We only call it "identity politics" when the identity in question is being a woman or POC or religious minority.

Beastie Boys: "Shake Your Rump"
Johnny Cash: "Don't Take Your Guns to Town"
Richard Cheese: "Stairway to Heaven"
Jeff Buckley: "Hallelujah"
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This week, we have two really good, in-depth discussions of very different topics. 

First up, we speak with journalist David Dayen about his new book, Chain of Title:  How Three Ordinary Americans Uncovered Wall Street's Great Foreclosure Fraud. Dayen tells the story of three victims of the foreclosure crisis who took the unusual step of actually reading their mortgage documents and ended up helping expose what may well be the biggest consumer fraud in history. 

Then we'll be joined by Ali Gharib, contributor to The Nation and Politics and Reality Radio's senior Middle East correspondent. Ali recently co-moderated a forum on the Islamic left for Democracy: a Journal of Ideas, and we discuss the fact that while a larger share of American Muslims identify as liberal than the population overall, Islam is always represented by its hard-right faction in the media. 

The Valentines: "Gun Fever"
Seu Jorge: "Life on Mars"
Atlas Sound: "Walk a Thin Line"

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This week, as Hillary Clinton becomes the presumptive nominee, we'll be joined by Rebecca Traister, who spent days up and close with HRC and wrote a terrific profile for New York Magazine. It's long been said that in small groups Clinton is very different from her public image -- relaxed, smart and funny -- but she's so media-shy that the public image is unlikely to change. 

Then we'll speak to Johns Hopkins political scientist Steven Teles about a new book he co-authored with David Dagan titled, Prison Break: Why Conservatives Turned Against Mass Incarceration. It's a fascinating look at one of the rare examples of a political coalition reversing course on what was a core piece of their agenda -- being "tough on crime." It wasn't quick, and didn't come easy.  

Finally, if a Democratic Platform Committee hearing falls in the forest -- or is broadcast on C-Span -- and nobody hears it, does it make a sound? We have a couple of short highlights of past Politics and Reality guests Larry Mishel and Heather Boushey testifying this week about what we need to do to make the economy work.

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Amy Winehouse: "To Know Him Is to Love Him"
Eek-A-Mouse: "I Love Weed"
Dizzy Gillespie and Arturo Sandoval: "Night in Tunisia"
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This week, we look at Muhammad Ali's black nationalism, his opposition to intermarriage and the backlash he faced from the white establishment after refusing to fight in Vietnam. Of the North Vietnamese, Ali famously said, "They never called me nigger, they never lynched me, they didn't put no dogs on me, they didn't rob me of my nationality, rape and kill my mother and father."

Then we'll be joined by Joe Strupp, a senior reporter at Media Matters, to talk about the media's challenges covering a candidate like Donald Trump -- and their failures so far. Strupp says media outlets are at risk of losing what remains of their credibility by covering him like an entertaining freakshow.

Finally, we'll be joined by Imani Gandy, senior legal analyst at Rewire News and co-host of TWIB Prime, to discuss the right's bizarre fixation on where people pee. She also lays down the law that supports the Department of Education's advisory for schools to let students use the facilities that match their expressed gender. 

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Muhammad Ali: "Stand By Me"
Johnny Wakelin & The Kinshasa Band: "The Black Superman Muhammad Ali"
Prince: "Cream"
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