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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.

August 21, 2016

August 20, 2016: Private Prisons Can See the Writing on the Wall; Is Obamacare Unraveling?

This week, Joshua Holland considers how much fun Donald Trump's comically dysfunctional campaign would be if only it was certain that he wouldn't become president.

Then we're joined by Keith Rouda from the Progressive Change Campaign Committee to talk Obamacare. News last week that Aetna was pulling out of the exchanges sent shockwaves through the media. Were the gloom and doom predictions about the Affordable Care Act actually coming true, for once? Well, it turns out that there's more to the story.


Finally, Christopher Petrella, a lecturer in American cultural studies at Bates college who studies mass incarceration and the private prison industry, joins us to talk about the DOJ's announcement that it would phase out the use of private prisons, and what that really means, and doesn't mean, for our carceral culture. 


Playlist: 
Cream: "Strange Brew"
Johnny Cash: "Folsom Prison Blues"
Jeff Buckley: "Hallelujah"

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