Episode

7/30 Trump’s Looming Shadow On Infrastructure w/ Alex Pareene

July 30, 2021

Sam and Emma host Alex Pareene (@pareene), staff writer at The New Republic and co-host of the podcast The Politics of Everything, to wrap up this week’s events before Matthew Film Guy (@langdonboom) drops by afterwards! Alex, Emma, and Sam explore the lingering effects of Donald Trump, starting with the developments on the Jan. 6 commission and touching on the failure of his Texas Senatorial endorsement, before they discuss how the lingering shadow of Trump will help boost Democratic engagement at the polls in 2022, while the lack of him actually running won’t necessarily draw out his full base. They, then, move onto the delays in the Portman-Sinema infrastructure bill, highlighting Sinema’s love for theatrics and a good photo-op, and how her role in bipartisanship, despite her performance, doesn’t have the same security of being a Dem in a red state, like Manchin, or with deep political roots in their state, like Joe Lieberman. Next, they take suggestions from Robert Rector’s piece admitted that just giving money to poor people helps solve poverty, and reflect on the success of the pandemic payments in doing the same. Sam and Emma wrap up the first half with the continued absurd performance of Republican outrage over pandemic protections, and Joe Biden’s response to a question on vaccine mandates.

And in the Fun Half: Matthew Film Guy joins once again to cover the most important topics in film today, from the impact of the pandemic on independent filmmaking (including the release of Black Bear, edited by him!) to drawing more youthful audiences to the theater. He also gives his top cinema recommendations, including, Breaker Morant, Lost Horizon, and Lee Chang-Dong’s Poetry, with Emma, Matt, and Bradley (after Sam drops out) touching on their recent cinema takes and the role of the ever eccentric Nicholas Cage in pop culture. Sam rejoins partway through as Emma covers Alan Dershowitz reminding Laura Ingraham that the constitution, indeed, does not cover anything regarding vaccinations, and Meghan McCain’s discussion on nepotism (definitely not from experience though). Sam and Emma round out the fun half with J**** D***’s continued targeted misogyny, and how his clamor for reactionary views has led him to become a person that should, in his own words, be disqualified from polite society. Plus, your IMs!

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