Episode

4/1 April Fool’s Day! w/ Ryan Grim

April 1, 2022

Sam and Emma host Ryan Grim, DC Bureau Chief at The Intercept, to round up the week in news. Then in the Fun Half, we have a special April Fool’s Day compilation! Ryan and Sam begin by taking on the incredible work done by Amazon organizers in Staten Island and Bessemer Alabama as the unionization votes trickle in, with the former looking like a raving success, and the latter showing vast improvements over last year’s vote, leading them into a discussion on the stagnation in the National Labor Relations Board, with the Right’s dedication to the war on organized labor building over the last few decades as the Democrats just sort of stand around. This gets Sam and Ryan into a discussion on corporate Dems, Manchin, Sinema, and Kelly, effectively sinking the Biden Administration’s nomination for the Labor Department, and the general anemia of Biden and Democratic leadership. Shifting to the other crumbling party, Ryan and Sam look to the Republicans’ tantrums during the nomination of Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court, spewing talking points about her being “weak on pedophilia” alongside their typical bad faith racist attacks, and the failure of the Democrats on the committee to properly respond to and amplify the absurdity of their opponents. Next, they look to the discussions around Medicare Advantage plans, how good insurance companies are at taking what they know about you and making you pay more because of it, and the connection between Democrats’ refusal to associate with Medicare (despite its popularity) goes hand in hand with Democrats’ refusal to do anything to expand it (despite its efficacy), before they wrap up with a discussion on the pathways of change for the CMS. They wrap up the interview with a discussion on Manchin’s coal corruption and familial fraud, the state of states’ gerrymandering, and Sam dives into the supply line, and gas industry price gouging.

And in the Fun Half: Sam is caught BLUE-handed (because he’s a lib!) by independent journalist and Substacker Ronald Raygun as he openly drinks store-bought apple cider and makes uncannily succinct comments, before Ken, Ken & Ken (no relation to Ken & Ken in the Morning) take on Sam’s estrogen elitism and soyboy stupidity. The show is wrapped up with an incredibly passionate takedown of all things corrupt by fringe genius Danny Bruce and source A. A. Seeman.

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