1/5 On Corruption in America: And What Is at Stake w/ Sarah Chayes

January 5, 2021

Sam hosts Sarah Chayes, prizewinning journalist and internationally recognized expert on corruption in government networks throughout the world, to discuss her new book On Corruption in America: And What Is at Stake. Sam and Chayes take the long view on how corruption has taken hold in society and how money and capital are the sources from which corruption flourishes. Listen in as Chayes explains how trends in contemporary American society mirror the worst corruption of the Gilded Age of the late 19th century.

And in the Fun Half: the situation in Georgia from Nabilah Islam, Jon from San Antonio and Jeff from Georgia, why Brett Raffensperger isn’t your friend, the conservative ethos of “it happened to me,” progressive Gary Chambers announces his campaign for Louisiana-02, Trump threatens his friendship with Mike Pence, the conservative mindset for the Biden era is set, plus your calls and IMs!

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