Episode

6/14 TRUMP ARRAIGNED; Doctors Unionize w/ Dr. Titi Afolabi

June 14, 2023

It’s Hump Day! Sam and Emma discuss some of the biggest stories of the week, including (of course) Trump’s arraignment in Miami yesterday. Then, they’re joined by Dr. Titi Afolabi, resident physician in internal medicine at Mass General Brigham (MGB), to discuss the MGB resident physicians recently winning their National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) election. First, Sam and Emma run through today’s biggest headlines, including updates on Fed policy, the GOP’s devious dealings on the debt ceiling, the NLRB’s expansion of the definition of “employee,” and a deal between UPS and their teamsters. Next, Sam and Emma parse through coverage of Donald Trump’s arraignment on the right, including Fox News’ dubbing of Biden as a “Wannabe Dictator,” and the classic “everyone who’s against Trump is a pedophile/commie/CRT-fan” arguments from myriad right-wingers, before looking ahead to the Democratic primaries in 2024 and what role RFK will play amidst his shift towards free-market politics. Dr. Titi Afolabi then dives right into the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on exacerbating the already extreme nature of Mass Gen’s residents’ copious work and low pay, further undercutting the care they could provide their patients. After walking through the particular economic context of this unionization drive, Dr. Afolabi, Sam, and Emma tackle the various cohorts involved at MGB and why the residents are the first to organize, before wrapping up the conversation by analyzing future organizing strategy after the recent NLRB decision, and where they fit into greater Residency organizing.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma tackle Cornel West leaving the People’s Party for the Green Party, and the response from PP, also touching on Dave Rubin’s meeting with Balázs Orbán (no familial relation, yes political relation), and watching Nicholas Carlson, Global EIC of Insider, engage in grassroots union busting. Chris from Albany discusses the importance of Emma’s recent trans-people-in-sports take, Guy from Charlotte dives into the absurdity of certain “civil war” attitudes, and Ryan from Central Florida parses through the state of his state’s politics. John from VA shares a personal story, Charlie Kirk takes on woke condiments, and Sam discusses the evolution of RFK Jr. and his role in the upcoming presidential election, plus, your calls and IMs!

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