Episode

5/30 Timothy Snyder: On Tyranny: Lessons from the Twentieth Century

May 30, 2017

Yale historian Timothy Snyder, author of On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century, explains his understanding of totalitarian regimes. How do institutions and democracies fall apart. Trump’s fascist impulse. Terrorism and justification for unrelated things. Differences and similarities and historical examples. What Trump and Hitler share in common. Why we should not obey in advance. The importance of not relying on institutions to protect us. What is providing a check on Trump. Loyalty over law and fascism and how do we get out of the crisis?

On The Fun Half: Fareed Zakaria talks nonsense about conservatives on college campuses. Middle Schoolers don’t want to be seen in a picture with Paul Ryan.Is Trump’s support shrinking? Bernie Sanders interrogates Mick Mulvaney and your calls and IMs.

Cast: Sam Seder @samseder, Michael Brooks @_michaelbrooks, Matt Lech, @mattlech and Kelly Carey, @kellycarey. 

Check out today’s sponsor, Texture! Texture is normally $9.99 a month –But, if you sign up right now, at you get a 14 day FREE trial.

Past Episodes

It's News Day Tuesday! Sam and Emma speak with Elizabeth Pancotti, director of special initiatives at Roosevelt Forward and contributor the Fireside Stacks newsletter on SubStack, to discuss the Kamala Harris's potential economic policy as a presidential candidate. Follow Elizabeth on ...
Happy Monday! Sam and Emma speak with Dave Weigel, author of the "Americana" newsletter at Semafor, to discuss the groundbreaking news from yesterday that President Biden will be dropping out of the presidential race, and endorsing Vice President Harris. First Sam and Emma run through updates ...
It’s Casual Friday! Sam and Emma speak with Jeet Heer, national affairs correspondent for The Nation, to round up yet another crazy week in news. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on the FLOP that was Night 3 of the RNC, Biden’s candidacy, the ICJ’s stunning advisory opinion on Israel, ...