Episode

2/10 Casual Friday! w/ Heather Digby Parton & Judy Gold

February 10, 2023

It’s Casual Friday! Sam and Emma host Heather Digby Parton, contributing writer at Salon.com and proprietor of the blog Hullabaloo, to round up the week in news. Then they are joined by Judy Gold, host of the Kill Me Now podcast! First, Sam and Emma run through updates on the devastating earthquake in Turkey and Syria, Florida’s High School sports board decides not to analyze the menstrual flows of high schoolers, a brand new George Santos story, Elon Musk’s various personal business failures, and Mississippi’s new aim to create a Jackson-specific criminal justice system, before parsing through updates on the horrifying train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, and the anti-labor policy that made it possible. Digby then joins as she dives right into the GOP’s brand new “Throwing Sh*t at the Wall Until it Sticks” committee, walking through Jesse Watters’ proclamation that he just wants to throw someone in jail while the rest of the Five obsess about whether the Right’s special investigation is more or less special than the Left’s. Next, they walk through AOC’s performance at the Subcommittee on Weaponization of Federal Government, highlighting Twitter’s special treatment of the far-right, before wrapping up the interview by parsing through the Republican Party’s complete embrace of minoritarian rule, and where the GOP-led House is going next. Judy Gold then gets right into the renaissance of her political vitriol with the emergence of George Santos, before she dives into her recent work transforming her book “Yes, I Can Say That!” into an Off-Broadway production, exploring the growing prevalence of silenced comedians (be they jailed or canceled) and the importance of judging the intent of a joke rather than claiming entire topics as “off-limits.”

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma expand on the train derailment in Ohio, the labor battle that preceded it, and the legal fight that might follow, before parsing through the footage revealing Atlanta PD’s lies and abuses that were covered up in the murder of Tortaguita in Cop City, and watching Ben Shapiro remind us to NOT BLAME THE BOSSES for going woke. Joe Rogan compares Jews and Money to Italians and Pizza, Ben Shapiro asks if we must judge bigoted political analysts for their bigoted political analysis, and Sam and Emma assess the future of a Democratic Presidential Primary, plus, your IMs!

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