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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.


Joshua Holland and Liz Preza kick off this week's show by trying desperately to get into the spirit of Thanksgiving before Fox News turns it into a new culture war. 

Then, in our ongoing quest for a segment with some optimism, we invited Lee Drutman, a New America fellow and author of the forthcoming book, Breaking the Two-Party Doom Loop: The Case for Multiparty Democracy in America, to discuss his recent NYT op-ed, "Why the Searing Politics of the Trump Era Give Me Hope." Drutman says he's been reading more history and less news of late, and it's given him some perspective on this era of contested democracy.

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This week, Joshua Holland watched the 5th Democratic primary debate so that you didn't have to--and he has a take. 

Then we're joined by Paul Waldman. a senior writer at The American Prospect and contributor to The Washington Post to talk about the latest impeachment testimony, how it plays on Fox News and what it all means if the Senate won't convict.


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This week, Liz Preza and Joshua Holland wonder how mainstream journalists could find that gripping testimony from the fourth presidential impeachment in our nation's 232-year history lacks pizzazz, but some obscure story about a college newspaper apologizing to students about its coverage of a protest merits several days in the news cycle. They also look at some stories that might have been overlooked in this week's flood of Trump news.

The we're joined by Joan Walsh, The Nation's national affairs correspondent and a contributor to CNN, to dig into the first impeachment hearings and to talk about why looking back to Watergate to get a handle on what's happening today is a fool's errand.  

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This week, Liz Preza and Joshua Holland talk about whiny billionaires, a bit of light fraud Trump is pulling on his most loyal supporters and how his wacky obsession with buying Greenland sidelined the Ukraine scandal that could bring down his presidency. 

Then we're joined by Thomas Pepinsky, a professor of government at Cornell University, to talk about "regime cleavage"--when democratic polities fight over the legitimacy of government itself. Pepinsky says that while other social divides are manageable, this one can lead to a fundamental breakdown in even a mature democracy. 
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This week, we're joined by Media Matters Senior Fellow Matt Gertz (not to be confused with the infamous Florida representative Matt Gaetz) to talk about how Red State utilized revenge porn to get a Democratic scalp--Katie Hill's--and how CNN's hire of former Rep Sean Duffy discredits their entire model of shouty, panel-based infotainment. 

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