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Politics

Focusing on issues, not tweets, Raw Story and AlterNet’s Joshua Holland and Liz Preza talk politics with academics, newsmakers and progressive journalists.

July 23, 2020

Historian Julian Zelizer draws a straight line from Newt Gingrich to the Tea Parties and Donald Trump

Elizabeth Preza and Joshua Holland kick off this week's show looking at how a perfect storm of factors unique to 2020 is cursing us with the worst political punditry in memory.

 

Then we're joined by Princeton University historian Julian Zelizer to discuss his new book, Burning Down The House: Newt Gingrich, The Fall of a Speaker, and The Rise of The New Republican Party. Zelizer details how the career of firebrand former Speaker Newt Gingrich helped usher in the hyperpolarized environment in which a clearly unqualified crackpot like Donald Trump could take over one of America's two major parties. 

 

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