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Learning (or not) the lessons of Hillary’s election loss.

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 15:31:43 +0000

Doug Henwood and Liza Featherstone explain what went wrong with Candidate Hillary. PLUS: Libation of the Week

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America’s obsession with happiness is not making it happier.

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 15:03:56 +0000

Writer Ruth Whippman surveys America’s maddening happiness-industrial complex. Ruth is author of “America the Anxious: How Our Pursuit of Happiness Is Creating a Nation of Nervous Wrecks” from St. Martin’s Press.

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Why the left must capture power, not just protest it / The brain and the butt

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 06:21:05 +0000

Occupy Wall Street co-founder Micah White explains why political power will not be captured in the streets. Micah wrote the essay “Two Paths Forward” at his website, and the op-ed “Protests won’t stop Trump. We need a movement that transforms into a party” for the Guardian. / In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen considers Read more

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On the possibilities of President Trump’s inherited surveillance state.

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 00:06:46 +0000

Journalist Trevor Timm explores the possibilities of President Trump’s inherited surveillance state. Trevor’s most recent Guardian op-eds are Obama has handed a surveillance state and war machine to a maniac and If Donald Trump gets his way, his administration will be disastrous. / PLUS: Question from Hell!

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The politics of disenfranchisement / From an Aleppo ER

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 22:15:00 +0000

Journalist Michelle Chen profiles the millions of Americans who never had a vote. Michelle wrote the article For Millions, the Election was Always Lost for Dissent. / Doctor Zaher Sahloul reports on providing medical care to Syrians under fire in Aleppo. Dr. Sahloul wrote about his experiences in the op-ed I’m a doctor in Chicago. Read more

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Power for the last time: What Trump’s victory means for American politics.

Sat, 19 Nov 2016 21:35:30 +0000

Writer Richard Seymour surveys the wrecked landscape of American politics after Trump. Richard and his fellow editors at Salvage wrote the essay “Saturn devours his young: President Trump.” PLUS: Rotten History

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Episode 926: What Happened (Compilation)

Sat, 12 Nov 2016 13:54:35 +0000

Collected interviews on the failures of the Democratic Party and candidate Clinton: Thomas Frank on the continuing failures of the modern Democratic Party / Marcy Wheeler on the Clinton email server investigation / Steve Fraser on limousine liberalism / Carol Anderson on White rage and Black advancement / Lily Geismer on the Democratic Party’s transformation Read more

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Bonus: Whistle Blowers Compilation

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 19:16:18 +0000

Thomas Drake explains how he blew the whistle on massive waste related to the infamous NSA warrantless wiretapping scandal [2012.09.08] / Colleen Rowley explores massive FBI intelligence failures before 9-11 [2013.06.01 ]/ William Binney reveals what went wrong inside America’s surveillance apparatus. [2014.01.11] / Kirk Wiebe looks beyond Obama’s speech to the future of the Read more

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Episode 925: Feds Watching (Full Broadcast – November 5 2016)

Sun, 06 Nov 2016 17:16:00 +0000

Former CIA officer John Kiriakou analyzes the government’s ongoing war on whistleblowers.

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Stealing the best election money can buy / Drinking the tears of St. Peter

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 02:17:44 +0000

Journalist Greg Palast investigates Crosscheck, a massive Republican vote erasing program. Greg’s latest documentary The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: The Movie is screening in theaters and available online now. / In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen drinks the tears of Saint Peter. If you squint real hard you can sort of see Jeff Read more

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Why the beltway press wrote off the possibility of Bernie Sanders.

Tue, 01 Nov 2016 02:38:55 +0000

Writer Thomas Frank examines the DC media’s coverage of the Sanders campaign, and finds an antagonism driven by the same elitist politics and beltway solipsism that power both the Clinton campaign and Democratic Party leadership.

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Understanding the politics of the new campus activism.

Sun, 30 Oct 2016 19:12:15 +0000

PEN America’s Omar Safadi explores the tension between inclusion and free speech on campus. PEN America released the investigative report “And Campus for All: Diversity, Inclusion, and Free Speech at U.S. Universities.” PLUS: Rotten History

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Episode 923: Rightsighted (Full Broadcast – October 22 2016)

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 13:45:20 +0000

Understanding the American right / Palast’s new documentary

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Chicago police cover up a drug protection racket / Racial reflexology

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 23:08:29 +0000

Invisible Institute’s Jamie Kalven details the mechanisms of silence within the Chicago Police Department. / In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen talks about his one unconscious non-racist reflex.

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The history and future of the Venezuelan commune.

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 23:45:47 +0000

Writer George Ciccariello-Maher explores the past and future of radical politics in Venezuela. PLUS: Question from Hell!

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Revisiting the crime scene of Ayotzinapa / Paraguay’s Student Spring

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 01:51:03 +0000

CIP Americas director Laura Carlsen finds anger and organization two years after the crime of Ayotzinapa. / Political scientist Gustavo Setrini profiles the rising Primavera Estudiantil social movement in Paraguay.

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Doom and boom: On climate change, automation, and a future beyond capitalism.

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 20:30:02 +0000

Sociologist Peter Frase examines the future beyond climate change, capitalism and other disasters. Peter is author of the new book “Four Futures: Life After Capitalism” part of the Jacobin series from Verso Books. PLUS: Rotten History

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Drill, Obama, Drill / Hungary’s anti-migrant vote, via Sacramento

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 03:15:08 +0000

Journalist Steve Horn reports on the Obama administration’s opening of public lands for oil and gas drilling. / Our Man in Budapest, Todd Williams explains what the Hungarian migrant vote means and doesn’t mean.

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When advertisers are publishers and publishers are advertisers.

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 22:02:35 +0000

Media scholar Mara Einstein decodes the corporate hand behind news content on the internet. Mara is author of the new book “Black Ops Advertising: Native Ads, Content Marketing and the Covert World of the Digital Sell” from OR Books. PLUS: Rotten History

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The political and economic dimension of school lunch programs.

Sun, 09 Oct 2016 00:28:20 +0000

Jennifer Rutledge examines the global social policies behind school lunch programs. PLUS: Listener Mailbag.

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