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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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September 24, 2021

Saving Democracy Isn‘t Sexy

Joshua Holland kicks off this week arguing that getting stressed out by the endless stories about the Democratic agenda teetering on the precipice isn't going to help--and offers some reasons to be optimistic they'll get a big package of good stuff through. 
 
Then we speak with HuffPost Senior Reporter Jennifer Bendery about the Biden Administration's early successes making the federal judiciary more reflective of America after four years of Trump appointing mostly white, male wingnuts to the bench. 
 
Finally, we are joined by Cerin Lindgrensavage, an attorney with the advocacy group Protect Democracy, to talk about how Trump's egregious abuses of executive power may have created a rare opportunity for Congress to wrench some power back from an executive branch that was consolidating it in dangerous ways long before Trump came along. 
 
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Lenka: "Trouble Is A Friend"
Satellite and the Harpoonist: "Satellite Man"
Woody Guthrie: "Jesus Christ"
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Joshua Holland kicks off this week's show with a look at some fresh crime statistics that blow up some of the media's favorite narratives.   
 
Then we're joined by HuffPost reporter Travis Waldron to talk about the growing ties between key figures in the MAGA movement and their allies in Brazil, which is standing up to a very Trumpian threat to its young democracy. 
 
Finally, Democratic strategist Dante Atkins tells us about what lessons we should take away from California Governor Gavin Newsom's landslide victory in this week's recall vote, and what some of the pundits have gotten terribly wrong.

 

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KRS-One: "Sound of da Police"
Cat Clyde: "Like a Wave"
Gangstagrass Tonez: "Long Hard Times to Come"

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This week, Joshua Holland kicks off the show with a report from Portland, where locals argue with their Fox News-loving parents over whether their city has really been burned to the ground -- and fail to convince them that it hasn't.
 
Then we are joined by Will Wilkinson, a senior fellow, at the Progressive Policy Institute, to talk about how America's growing urban-rural divide -- and rural America's embrace of Southern Culture -- are redrawing our ideological battle lines from their traditional North-South axis. 
 
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Gramatik: "The Unfallen Kingdom"
Lil' Troy: "Wanna Be A Baller"
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Believe it or not, Joshua Holland has yet more grievances with the mainstream media's coverage of the Afghanistan withdrawal, and he kicks off this week's show airing them.

Then we are joined by Imani Gandy, Rewire News Group's senior legal editor, to talk about how Texas Republicans are effectively banning abortion. No matter how extreme and ridiculous you thought this new law was, Imani will surprise you with some of the details. A really creative but of wingnuttery. 
 
Then we speak with TruthOrFiction.com Managing Editor Brooke Binkowski, who explains why you might notice the same belligerent right-wing activists shouting about masks and CRT at multiple school board meetings and then protesting against vaccines in a bunch of other locations--and why they represent one element in a much broader attempt to subvert pluralistic democracy. 
 
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Lily Allen: "F You"
N.W.A: "Fuck Tha Police"
Gnarls Barkley: "Gone Daddy Gone"
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