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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.

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Joshua Holland kicks off this week's show with a warning to be very skeptical about the press shoe-horning local races for office into their favorite national political narratives.  

Then we are joined by author and political analyst Jared Yates Sexton to talk about the harrowing early testimony before the House's January 6 Commission, the right's flexibility when it comes to supporting the police and why the MAGA insurrection provided the right with an opportunity to pull back from the brink of authoritarianism--an opportunity that they passed on. 
 
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Soweto Gospel Choir: "In The Name of Love"
Southern Culture On The Skids: "Camel Walk"
Prince Buster: "Earthquake"
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Joshua Holland kicks off this week's show with a look at some troubling polling for the Republican Party--and for American democracy.
 
Then we're joined by Parker Molloy to talk about how the last four years of chaos may have altered the American media landscape--and why the GOP has struggled to get traction for their endless contrived scandals. 
 
And then we speak with Arkansas-based journalist Monica Potts about her piece in The Atlantic, "My Community Refuses to Get Vaccinated. Now Delta Is Here."
 
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Santana: "She's Not There"
Black Pumas: "Strangers (feat. Lucius)"
Angelina Jordan Official: "Bohemian Rhapsody"
 
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This week, Joshua Holland kicks off the show with an important correction to some lazy journalism about inflation--and to the destructive conventional wisdom that it is fuelling.
 
Then we are joined by Seth Hanlon, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and former advisor to Barack Obama, to discuss the $3.5 trillion infrastructure and jobs framework that Senate Democrats agreed to this week. It is, as Joe Biden said of Obamacare, a big f**king deal. 
 
Finally, we speak with journalist Kim Kelly about a major strike that has been going on for almost four months in Alabama that has gotten virtually no coverage in the national media. Kim tells us that in a deep South that is notoriously hostile toward organized labor, workers at Warrior Met's Brookwood coal mine have been the targets of multiple attacks but have so far held firm. 
 
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Marcy Playground: "Sex And Candy"
Heartless Bastards: "Only For You"
Paula Fuga: "Too Hot Mama"
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This week, Joshua Holland kicks off the show with a modest rant about the ludicrous idea that social media companies are stifling conservative voices.
 

Then Billy Corriher, author of Usurpers: How voters stopped the GOP takeover of North Carolina's courts, joins us to discuss how North Carolina became the target of a Trumpian putsch years before Trump arrived on the scene, and how the effort was beaten back by a broad pro-democracy coalition. Corriher explains how other red states are following the North Carolina GOP's playbook, and the forces of good should learn from how it was defeated. 

 
Finally, as the pundits spin former police officer Eric Adams' win in the Democratic primary for New York Mayor, Daniel Nichanian, founder of The Appeal: Political Report, runs down some big wins for candidates running on Judicial reform.
 
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Aaron Frazer: "Can't Leave It Alone"
Durand Jones & The Indications: "Witchoo"
Alessia Cara: "I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues"
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