Episode

2/17 Derailment Fallout, GOP Social Security Surrender, Ukraine Endgame w/ Ryan Grim & Matt Christman

February 17, 2023

It’s Casual Friday! Sam and Emma host Ryan Grim, DC Bureau Chief at The Intercept, to round up the week in news. Then, they’re joined by Chapo Trap House’s Matt Christman, to discuss his new podcast project Hell On Earth. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on Senator John Fetterman’s mental health, Rick Scott being forced to retreat his plan for sunsetting Medicare and Social Security, DeWine finally asking for FEMA’s help, the reveal of a brand new GOP fraudster, and medical policy changes in North Dakota (good ones) and Idaho (bad ones), before jumping into the release of new information in Dominion’s lawsuit against Fox, and Ohio’s GOP representatives finally come around to speaking up for their constituents in East Palestine. Ryan Grim then joins as he walks through the coverage of the freight rail chemical spill in East Palestine and the important role of independent media in keeping the story afloat as Norfolk Southern attempted to sweep it under the rug, before tackling the utter failure of Pete Buttigieg’s Department of Transportation in handling this issue and every other one they’ve faced. Next, Ryan, Sam, and Emma parse through the impact of Biden’s State of the Union in getting the GOP to abandon their cuts to Social Security and Medicare, discuss public opinions on the war in Ukraine, both at home and abroad, and dive into the complete defamation debacle that Fox is facing after intra-office messages were leaked flaunting their lies about election fraud. Next, Matt Christman dissects his most recent endeavor “Hell On Earth,” which walks through the evolution from feudalism to capitalism in Europe, first looking at the collision of the 30 Years’ War and a small environmental emergency and how it spurred a complete economic emergency on the continent, while protestant reformation and political realignments saw various alternatives emerge. Christman then looks to the English revolution and the purification of the church with a new understanding of government led by parliament with growing tides of radical democracy, exploring how this realignment in England, despite the empire’s minimal resources, opened the country up to take advantage of early capitalism and settler-colonialism, launching it to the peak of European power and pushing the West to fully embrace capitalism as the economic model. They wrap up the interview by tackling some extra fun tidbits on Fox’s lawsuit with Dominion.

And in the fun Half: Sam and Emma parse through Jimmy Dore’s appearance on Tim Pool’s show to explain why Pfizer is the only real problem in the world to be skeptical about, and shows exactly why his anti-establishment shtick is meaningless. They also tackle Matt Walsh embarrassing himself on the Tennessee House floor, plus, your IMs!

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