Sam is back, and he and Emma break down the biggest headlines of the day. Then they are joined by Trita Parsi, Executive Vice President at the Quincy Institute, to discuss the recent widespread demonstrations in Iran. First, Emma and Sam walk through updates on the upcoming Fed-induced recession, the Secret Service’s secret dealings in the wake of January 6th, and the mass walkouts among Virginia High Schools in opposition to Youngkin’s anti-trans legislation, before diving deeper into the contents of the Continuing Resolution, whether Manchin’s permitting reform will end up on the cutting room floor, and parse through the details of AG Ken Paxton’s great escape from being subpoenaed. Trita Parsi then joins as he situates the current uprising in Iran, beginning with the story of Mahsa Amini, who died in the custody of the regime’s “Morality Police,” why her death struck such a nerve, and touching on the greater economic disaster, general repression, and wide-scale corruption that pushed the population to this point, before walking through the various groups that make up the protests, exploring why the role of young people and the aid of the middle class has been central to the developments of these last few weeks. Next, they discuss where this departs from other large-scale protests in Iran that we’ve seen, between 1979 and 2009, parsing through the absence of a real leadership structure today alongside a regime very unlikely to flee. After a discussion of the failure of the regime to garner the faith of their populace, focusing solely on fear and control, and why the state wants to make the murder of Amini about her Kurdish identity, they wrap up the interview by looking at the differences between how Obama’s Administration reacted in 2009 and how Biden’s has today, and establishing whether or not we could see this effect the future of a nuclear deal.
And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma talk with Sergeant Marx of Atlanta on the suspicious rerelease of Elijah McClain’s autopsy report, why it tries to pin the fault on the paramedics, and what the role of ketamine actually could’ve played. Bernie is confronted with the GOP’s priorities (as listed by Rick Scott), starting with saluting the flag, of course, and the crew watches Fox News hosts rally behind the election of Italian Fascist Giorgia Meloni, with Tucker, Trey Gowdy, and Ben Domenech bringing up points such as “she won an election, that makes her a moderate.” Zach from Illinois talks MAGA-Communism and why fascists are courting kids with leftist tendencies, Stephen Crowder continues his demented tirades on the side of rape culture, and Don Bolduc discusses the difference between his views today, and his views when he declared without a doubt that the 2020 election was stolen, plus, your calls and IMs!
Check out Trita’s piece on Iran here: https://responsiblestatecraft.org/2022/09/22/iranian-regimes-allergy-to-reform-breeds-violence-for-change/
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