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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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This week, Joshua Holland points out that according to one oft-cited Covid-19 model, we could save 33,000 American lives over the next 14 weeks -- the same number of combat deaths the US suffered over three years of war in Korea -- if we all wore masks when we went outside. But we won't all take that simple, cheap measure to contain the pandemic because masks have become the dumbest front in the culture wars. 
 
Then we're joined by civil rights lawyer Tahir Duckett, who is writing a book on decarceration and abolishing the police, to sort out what "defunding" and "abolition" mean, and what a society would look like if we thought outside the box about how to address social problems rather than just calling the cops on everything. 
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This week, Liz Preza and Joshua Holland struggle to wrap their heads around the Supreme Court handing down not one but two good decisions rebuking Donald Trump. 
 
Then we're joined by Media Matters' Senior Editor Parker Molloy to discuss Tucker Carlson's lurch into naked white supremacy, the rise of Trump's new favorite broadcaster--the One America News Network--and the right's cult of victimhood. 

 

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This week, Joshua Holland discusses Trump's latest deflections strategy: Making the Confederacy Great Again. 

Then Rutger's historian Mark Bray, author of Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook, joins us to separate fact from fiction about anti-fascist activism and the right's latest bogeyman. 
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This week, Liz Preza and Joshua Holland talk about the fact that we've been reduced to counting on the generals to stave off Donald Trump's authoritarianism. 
 
Then we're joined by author and historian Rick Perlstein, arguably the premier chronicler of the right seizing power in the United States. The Nixonland author's phone has been ringing off the hook since Trump leaned into a Nixonian law and order theme for his floundering campaign, but Perlstein sees more differences than similarities between the two men and the eras in which they've governed. 
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