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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.

June 12, 2016

June 11, 2016: Is Hillary Her Worst Enemy?; How the Right Shifted on Mass Incarceration

This week, as Hillary Clinton becomes the presumptive nominee, we'll be joined by Rebecca Traister, who spent days up and close with HRC and wrote a terrific profile for New York Magazine. It's long been said that in small groups Clinton is very different from her public image -- relaxed, smart and funny -- but she's so media-shy that the public image is unlikely to change. 

Then we'll speak to Johns Hopkins political scientist Steven Teles about a new book he co-authored with David Dagan titled, Prison Break: Why Conservatives Turned Against Mass Incarceration. It's a fascinating look at one of the rare examples of a political coalition reversing course on what was a core piece of their agenda -- being "tough on crime." It wasn't quick, and didn't come easy.  

Finally, if a Democratic Platform Committee hearing falls in the forest -- or is broadcast on C-Span -- and nobody hears it, does it make a sound? We have a couple of short highlights of past Politics and Reality guests Larry Mishel and Heather Boushey testifying this week about what we need to do to make the economy work.

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