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Guest, Billy Ray, is an award winning director and writer who has brought (among others) THE HUNGER GAMES, CAPTAIN PHILLIPS, RICHARD JEWELL and SHATTERED GLASS to the screen. Billy's latest chronicles the narrative and controversy around former FBI Director James Comey and his, ulitrmately doomed, relationship with Donald Trump. The two part televi…
 
Mike Davis argues that climate change is bringing “extinction events” to native land cover around the world. Extreme fires are one of the main forces bringing this apocalypse—spurred in places like California by white flight among Trump supporters to high-fire-danger areas. Also: The new Aaron Sorkin film, Trial of the Chicago 7, opened on Netflix …
 
A group of scientists are calling it “The Great Barrington declaration”—a strategy to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic by age-targeted reopening. The advocates call it “focused protection”; they say it would create herd immunity. Gregg Gonsalves argues that it will not—and that “we can do better.” Also: Cell-phone videos of police killing Black peop…
 
When Trump left Walter Reed hospital, he tweeted “don’t be afraid of Covid-19.” Amy Wilentz disagrees, and argues that, while the president got the best medical care in the world—which we would want for any president—at the same time he’s trying to abolish Obamacare, which provides healthcare for tens of millions of Americans. Also: Ari Berman talk…
 
Forbes Senior Editor, Dan Alexander, has a new book called, White House Inc.: How Donald Trump Turned the Presidency Into a Business The book details President Trump’s efforts to make money off of politics, taking us inside his exclusive clubs, luxury hotels, overseas partnerships, commercial properties, and personal mansions. Dan tracks hundreds o…
 
Biden debated Trump on Tuesday night—John Nichols has our analysis, and suggests that it may be the Republicans who pull out of the remaining debates, given the damage their candidate did to his candidacy and the rest of the Republican candidates. Also: Remember the days of the hashtag “Free Melania”? Remember how we said she was a hostage in the W…
 
We need at last two more justices on the Supreme Court—and more would be better—as many as ten more. Elie Mystal explains—he’s the magazine’s justice correspondent. Also: how climate change is forcing migration out of low lying coastal areas: Sonia Shah reports on what happened in the Bahamian island of Abaco after Hurricane Dorian last September—a…
 
Voting by mail in Wisconsin will not be thrown into chaos by the state supreme court—John Nichols reports on a state Trump needs to win, where Biden is ahead. Plus: Refugees—after World War II in Europe, and today. Historian David Nasaw explains—his new book is The Last Million: Europe’s Displaced Persons, from World War to Cold War. Subscribe to T…
 
We are in “one of the most perilous and fraught moments for American democracy since the mid-nineteenth century,” says Chris Hayes; what’s hopeful is that “the movement we’ve seen in the streets is the largest protest movement in American history.” Chris of course hosts “All In” weeknights on MSNBC; he’s also editor-at-large of The Nation, and he s…
 
Trump’s visit to Kenosha on Tuesday was part of a backlash strategy, with right wing militias and their allies encouraged to provoke violence with Black Lives Matter demonstrators, followed by Trump claiming he alone can bring an end to “chaos and looting.” John Nichols was in Kenosha for Trump’s visit – he reports on what happened there, and on th…
 
Columnist, lecturer and political strategist, Richard Greene, takes us through the likely strategy the GOP and Donald Trump will use to win a second term, no matter how big Trump's popular vote loss may be. Here's the link to Richard Greene's latest piece in Medium which lists the 12 ways Trump can, and likely will, win. First, J. Elvis Weinstein a…
 
Rick Perlstein talks about the rise of Reagan, from what seemed like a career-ending defeat in the 1976 GOP primary, to his narrow victory in the popular vote in 1980--and how the darkness of the culture war has shaped the Republican Party that Trump came to dominate. Rick's long-awaited book, 1100 pages long, is "Reaganland: America's Right Turn, …
 
Mark Thompson welcomes back comedian and documentary filmmaker, J. Elvis Weinstein, and the two speak with political analyst, Michael Shure about the Democratic National Convention. Then, after Michael, award winning former journalist and media executive, Joe Ferullo, joins the two and talks about how the use of media in this time of COVID-19 trans…
 
ILSR's Stacy Mitchell and Ron Knox discuss the House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee's recent hearing on monopoly power in online platforms, which featured testimony from the CEOs of Facebook, Apple, Amazon, and Google. The hearing was part of an in-depth, year-long investigation of anti-competitive behavior in these companies — the first time in …
 
In this episode, we are joined by the executive editor of the American Prospect and author of "Monopolized" David Dayen (@ddayen) to discuss Trump's recent executive actions, the potential in a Biden presidency, and the dangers of low water pressure.Dayen At The American Prospect:https://prospect.org/topics/david-dayen/Day One Agenda: https://prosp…
 
A Black Lives Matter leader in LA confronts the LAPD—outside her house. Melina Abdullah is a co-founder of Black Lives Matter-Los Angeles; she’s also professor of Pan-African studies at Cal State Los Angeles—and last week she was on the front page of the paper in LA. We asked her what happened. Plus: Katie Porter, the new member of Congress who fli…
 
When Attorney General Bill Barr told the House Judiciary Committee recently that voting by mail on a large scale presented a “high risk” for “massive voter fraud,” Pramila Jayapal challenged him—with evidence. She’s co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, she represents Seattle, and she talks about the fight against Trump for voting by ma…
 
When it comes to Trump, it's all about money and The Washington Post's David Fahrenthold is one of our favorites when it comes to covering the part of the Trump administration that connects to money. David joins Mark to talk about the strategies that Trump has used on the media and the country and how they reflect those he used at what turned out t…
 
Trump is rushing to develop a vaccine, and declare victory over Covid-19 just before the November election – whether or not the current research, “Operation Warp Speed,” has succeeded. Gregg Gonsalves explains the challenges to the researchers, and the dangers posed by Trump: an ineffective vaccine that will create more resistance and skepticism ab…
 
Senate Republicans introduced their new trillion-dollar economic stimulus bill, which they call “The HEALS Act.” It’s woefully inadequate, says David Dayen—and part of life in the age of corporate power—the subject of David’s new book, Monopolized. Plus: Trump’s unfortunate childhood: Amy Wilentz talks about Donald, Fred Junior, Marianne, Elizabeth…
 
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