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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 laying out why he's ultimately bullish on American democracy--if decent people stay engaged. 
 
Then we're joined by Greg Sargent of the Washington Post to put the slew of vague, sloppily written gag orders that Republicans are passing across the country in order to whitewash history into a larger context.  
 
And then Vice Senior Writer Tess Owen gives us insights from a massive leak of internal texts from the neofascist youth group Patriot Front. It turns out that membership offers routine humiliations and ample opportunities to get fleeced by your leaders.
 
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David Bowie: "I'm Afraid of Americans"
The Blasters: "Dark Night"
Son Little: "O Me O My"
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Joshua Holland kicks off this week's show with a couple of developments in the quest for accountability for the MAGA coup attempt.

Then we are joined by Marquette University political scientist Julia Azari to talk about the unique challenges Joe Biden has faced in the first year of his presidency, and the reasons why the conventional wisdom about the upcoming midterms could prove to be wrong. 

 
Finally, Lee Drutman, a lecturer at Johns Hopkins and fellow at New America, explains why America's system of governance is poorly equipped to support a healthy, multiethnic democracy and argues that there is a way out of our current levels of tribal conflict. 
 

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Alabama Shakes: "I Ain't the Same"
Cat Power: "New York"
Noah and the Whale: "5 years time"

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This week, Joshua Holland kicks off the show with a look at the first sedition charges filed in relation to the January 6 coup attempt, and stunning new charges that Republican officials submitted forged election documents in an attempt to keep Trump in power. 
 

Then we're joined by Justin Pickett, a professor of criminal justice at SUNY Albany, to discuss his new research examining fear of police violence across different communities and how the perception that the cops are a serious danger impacts the lives of people of color.

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Joy Crookes: "Feet Don't Fail Me Now"
Southern Raised: "Ghost Riders in the Sky"

 

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Joshua Holland kicks off this week's show with a look at yet another example of the right-wing-cop-to-conservative-media feedback loop. This time, it's new revelations about the Seattle police.
 
Then we are joined by legal analyst Marcy Wheeler to talk about the sprawling prosecutorial efforts to bring the perpetrators of the January 6 attack, and the attempted coup surrounding it, to justice. Wheeler pushes back on critics who say the Department of Justice is only focused on bringing the MAGA idiots who stormed the Capitol to justice. (See Marcy Wheeler's taxonomy of the January 6 prosecutions.) 
 
And then Jared Holt, a researcher and journalist who covers right-wing extremism, tells us about how the far-right has changed and adapted in the year since the Insurgency of Dunces. (See Jared Holt's new report, "After the Insurrection.")  
 
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The Rolling Stones: "Play With Fire"
Love: "Always See Your Face"
Nirvana: "Lake Of Fire"
 
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