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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 some important good news from the frontline in our battle for American democracy--and a warning.

Then we are joined by Dr. William Horne, a post-doctorate fellow at Villanova and the founder and editor of The Activist History Review, to talk about why even talk of another civil war doesn't necessarily capture the worst-case scenario for the United States.

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  • Ramones: "Merry Christmas (I Don't Want to Fight Tonight)"
  • RUN DMC: "Christmas In Hollis"
  • Fascinating Aida: "The Rudest Christmas Song Ever ...?"
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Joshua Holland kicks off this week's show with a look at several efforts to sue the Proud Boys and other violent extremist groups into oblivion. 
 
Then we're joined by former Assistant US Attorney Richard Signorelli to talk about some of the recent revelations about events surrounding MAGA's attempted January 6 coup. Signorelli tells us that he's frustrated that the Department of Justice hasn't already pursued charges against Trump but believes that what we've learned from the House's January 6 Select Commission in the past few weeks makes it likely that Trump and other senior officials in his orbit will be charged and ultimately held accountable for their crimes.
 
Then we speak with Heather "Digby" Parton about the Democrats' struggles to get Joe Biden's agenda into the end zone and whether the media have learned any of the vitally important lessons of the past five years.
 
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Joe Cocker: "Let It Be"
House of Pain: "Jump Around"
Sinéad O'Connor: "All Apologies"
 
 
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Joshua Holland kicks off this week's show with a look at some of the problems that are plaguing the 4,000 bored national guard troops who were sent to the Mexican border by Red State governors to serve as props in the right's propaganda war against the Biden administration. 
 
Then we are joined by David Dayen, the executive editor of The American Prospect, to discuss his in-depth piece on how the pandemic has spurred millions of American workers to say 'enough is enough' and strike, quit their jobs, switch careers or open their own small businesses. Dayen says it's the closest thing to a general strike we've seen in decades.  
 
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Devo: "Working In The Coal Mine"
The Vogues: "Five O'clock World"
Canibus With Biz Markie: "Shove This Jay Oh Bee"
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December 3, 2021

Meet the Real Robed Tyrants

Joshua Holland kicks off this week with some rare good news coming out of Georgia, a state undergoing a dramatic political shift. 
 
Then we are joined by veteran journalist Kaili Joy Gray to recap this week's arguments at The Supreme Court that are almost certain to lead to Roe v Wade being overturned and millions of women being denied access to vital reproductive healthcare because of someone else's religious beliefs. 
 
Finally, University of Maine political scientist Amy Fried talks to us about her new book, At War with Government: How Conservatives Weaponized Distrust from Goldwater to Trump.
 
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Bitter:Sweet: "Dirty Laundry"
The 'Mighty' Maytones: "Money Worries"
Morgan James: "Cecilia"
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