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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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This week, we speak with Salon columnist Heather "Digby" Parton about Republicans' alarming embrace of threats and political violence against everyone from their own elected representatives whom they deem insufficiently right-wing to election workers just doing their jobs to count votes. 
 
Then we're joined by Jezebel's Susan Rinkunas, who has a preview of the dystopian anti-abortion laws that prominent anti-choice groups are already pushing ahead of the widely anticipated overturn of Roe v Wade.
 
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Lone Didion: "Andrew Bird"
Lucinda Williams: "Righteously"
First Aid Kit: "King Of The World"
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We kick off this week's show with Brandi Buchman from Daily Kos, who joins us to discuss what we've learned so far from the January 6 Select Committee hearings--and to what end this historic process may be leading.
 
Then we speak with Jeff Hauser, executive director of The Revolving Door Project, about the serious structural obstacles the White House faces in its efforts to cut through the noise and get its message out--and how Joe Biden can leverage the powers of the executive branch to communicate his priorities to the public ahead of the midterms.
 
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Aloe Blacc: "I Need A Dollar"
Caro Emerald: "Pack Up The Louie"
Cee-Lo: "Gettin' Grown"
 
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This week, Joshua Holland offers a few easy predictions for the first hearings of the January 6 Select Committee.
 
Then, if a far-reaching executive order to ramp up America's renewable energy production falls in the forest, does it make a sound? Maya Golden-Krasner, deputy director of the Center for Biological Diversity's Climate Law Institute, tells us all about an encouragingly bold move the Biden administration made this week on climate that barely registered as a news story. 
 
And then we're joined by historian and radio host Thom Hartmann to talk about how a modern fascist government arising in the US might differ from the totalitarian fascist governments of the 20th century. Thom warns us that it could indeed happen here.   
 
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First Aid Kit: "King Of The World"
Alanis Morissette: "King of Pain"
Amy Winehouse: "The Girl From Ipanema"
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This week, Joshua Holland kicks off the show noting that Canadian security experts are becoming nervous about the potential for their big, heavily armed neighbors to the South to experience democratic collapse--and warn that America's conservative media is helping fuel a rise in right-wing extremism that's now dribbling over the border.

Then we speak with Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Will Bunch about what the horrific slaughter of 19 children in a Texas elementary school tells us about the real role of American policing. 

And then we're joined by historian and author Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz to talk about the real history of the 2nd Amendment. Dunbar-Ortiz is the author of Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment.

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  • Black Pumas: "(Sittin' On)the Dock of the Bay"
  • King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard: "Magenta Mountain"
  • Bad Boy: "Marwa Loud"

 

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This week, we're joined by Ari Rabin-Havt, a longtime advisor to Sen. Bernie Sanders--and the progressive firebrand's deputy campaign manager in 2020--to talk about his book, The Fighting Soul: On the Road with Bernie Sanders, and his love of diving with and photographing sharks. (Check out some of Ari's amazing images of these beautiful and misunderstood animals here.) 
 
Then we're joined by Laura Chapin, who has had enough of DC pundits lecturing people who have long been fighting for the right to an abortion about how to talk about the issue. 
 
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Postmodern Jukebox: "Don't Stop Believin'"
Talking Heads: "The Lady Don't Mind"
Gorillaz: "Dracula"
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This week, Joshua Holland kicks off the show with a look at what he argues is the most destructive myth in America: that white people will soon be a minority of the population. 
 
Then we're joined by author and journalist Jeff Sharlet to discuss the latest outbreak of white supremacist violence--this week's terror attack in Buffalo--and why these horrors keep happening.
 
And last but not least, Lindsay Owens, executive director of The Groundwork Collaborative, tells us that while Americans are feeling the squeeze of inflation, a majority of the past year's cost increases are the result of corporate profiteering, a cause that has largely been minimized or ignored by the legacy media. 

 

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Kizz Daniel: "Eh God"
Lost Dogs: "Mad City"
MC STAN: "Regret"

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This week, Joshua Holland kicks off the show with a roundup of recent news from America's thin blue line--and the corrupt police culture those stories reveal. 
 
Then we are joined by Joan Walsh, The Nation's national affairs correspondent, to talk about her latest column, "F*&k Civility!" Joan pushes back on the maddeningly bipartisan effort to paint peaceful pro-choice protesters as a threat to Supreme Court justices' safety.
 
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Durand Jones & The Indications: "Is It Any Wonder?"
Sharon Jones & the Dap-King: "Matter of Time"
Cat Clyde: "Like a Wave"
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As an author, activist and operations director at a women's health clinic in the deep South, Robin Marty knows more about the abortion wars than anyone. She joins us this week to talk about how a maximalist Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v Wade would have far-reaching impacts on people in blue states as well as those living under Republican rule. 
 
Then we speak with Michael Tomasky, the editor of The New Republic, about Democrats' hesitancy to describe the American right's assaults on democracy in plain terms and the legacy media's powerful bias toward reporting on our politics as if these are normal times--a tendency that helps enable the authoritarian far-right. 
 
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The Goo Goo Dolls: "Give A Little Bit"
Gnarls Barkley: "Gone Daddy Gone"
Pitbull: "Fireball ft. John Ryan"
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This week, we speak with the authors of two New York Times opinion pieces, published in the past week, that look at different aspects of the authoritarian far-right in Europe.

 
First, Ilya Yablokov, a lecturer at the University of Sheffield and author of “Fortress Russia: Conspiracy Theories in the Post-Soviet World,” tells us that Vladimir Putin once used propaganda instrumentally to maintain support at home, but he and his inner circle appear to believe their own conspiracy theories now--and explains why that's so dangerous.
 
Then we welcome Rim-Sarah Alouane, a legal scholar at Toulouse Capitole University in France, to talk about what has happened in France over the past 30 or so years to give Marine Le Pen, a smoother but dangerous Trumpian candidate, a mainstream veneer that made last week's French presidential election too close for comfort. Alouane warns that if present trends persist, a xenophobic far-right candidate like her may become president of the French Republic in the near future. 

 

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Dusty Leigh: "Like That"
Breland: "My Truck"
Jelly Roll: "Heaven"

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This week, we take another dive into the fever swamps! 

 

First up, Muckrake Podcast co-host Jared Yates Sexton joins us to talk about Tucker Carlson's bizarre new obsession with America's entirely imaginary "masculinity crisis." Sexton warns that while Carlson's new program, The End of Men, is easy to mock--and indeed, was designed to earn liberal derision--it fits into a long historical pattern of right-wing movements capitalizing on male insecurity to recruit new members and prepare them to commit violence against their perceived enemies. 

 
Then Shauna Siggelkow, Define American’s director of digital storytelling, shares a new report she and her colleagues authored that exposes the network of xenophobic Youtube channels that promote dangerous conspiracy theories about immigrants with their wide reach--and tells us how pro-immigrant advocates should learn from and adapt to their strategies.   
 
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Travis: "Baby One More Time"
Junior Byles: "Fade Away"
Fiona Apple: "Across The Universe"
 
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