Episode

2/28 Casual Friday: Cliff Schecter & Film Guy Matthew Weiss

February 28, 2014

Political maestro Cliff Schecter explains why we are watching history being made for gay rights, why the right is freaking out, the role of culture in social change, why anti gay bigotry is the Alamo of the right, why the Republican establishment opposed the Arizona gay discrimination bill, why Democrats need to find a progressive and populist economic message, why President Obama finally dropped Social Security cuts in his new budget, how Republicans use Democrats pro austerity views against them, President Obama’s terrible new judicial deal and more revelations from Chris Christie’s bridgegate.

Film Guy Matthew Weiss explains to Matt and Michael why he thinks award season is vapid and stupid, why the Academy Awards have always been about propaganda, why Wolf of Wall Street was a mixed film and Philomena was a good one and he suggested that we check out the online streaming site Fandor.com and keep an eye out for the filmsHellaware and It Felt Like Love.

Bill O’Reilly thinks we can solve poverty through President Obama lecturing black children and more on the Bitcoin panic after the fall of MT Gox and your IMs.

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