Episodes

Sam and Emma host Daniel Levy, president of the US Middle East Project, and Noah Kulwin, co-creator of the Blowback podcast, to explore two of the US’ messiest and most destructive long-term foreign policy relationships in Israel and Cuba, respectively. Daniel joins to discuss the attacks in Gaza, how commitment to Israeli impunity has undermined […]

May 14, 2021

Sam and Emma host James R. Skillen, professor at Calvin University joins to discuss his new book This Land is My Land: Rebellion in the West on the history of how conservatives have used public lands as a pitch to stoke resentment of federal law and play out their libertarian fantasies. And in the Fun Half: Bari […]

May 13, 2021

Sam and Emma host founder and senior correspondent at the Intercept Jeremy Scahill to discuss his new series Empire Politician on how Biden is the manifestation of US foreign policy over the past 50 years, including Biden’s relationship to the intel community, the on-going apartheid efforts in Israel and more. And in the Fun Half: […]

May 12, 2021

Sam and Emma host legal scholar and human rights activist Noura Erakat to discuss Israel’s latest assault on Palestinians in Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood and the larger colonial apartheid project carried out by Israel since its inception and the United States’s blank check to Israel. And in the Fun Half: Nomiki Konst introduces MR to […]

May 11, 2021

Sam and Emma host journalist Cory Doctorow to discuss his new book “How to Destroy Surveillance Capitalism” on the issue of tech monopolies, antitrust laws, and what we can do to reign in Facebook and Google. They explore big tech’s self-portrayal as mind manipulators, how their power comes from a historically cooperative relationship between the government and monopolies, […]

May 10, 2021

Sam and Emma host Heather Parton, columnist at Salon.com and proprietor of “Digby’s Hullabaloo,” and talk with attorney Steven Donziger about the criminal conspiracy that Chevron has been enacting against him. Heather, Sam, and Emma delve deep into the chokehold Donald Trump has over Republican fealty, and what (and who) this might affect in the […]

May 7, 2021

Sam and Emma host Ian Millhiser, Vox senior correspondent, to discuss his new book, “The Agenda: How a Republican Supreme Court Is Reshaping America,” and how conservative control of the courts could impact democratic government for years to come. They chat about coming out of a decade defined by congressional inaction and judicial activism, how the […]

May 6, 2021

Sam and Emma host Elizabeth Catte, author of Pure America: Eugenics and the Making of Modern Virginia to discuss how Virginia’s embrace of eugenics allowed the state government to control its poor white population, land rights, and why we’ve memory-holed our eugenics past. And in the Fun Half: Anthony Fauci’s disingenuous “agnostic” remarks about vaccine intellectual property, […]

May 5, 2021

Sam and Emma host Aaron Kleinman, Director of Research at the Future Now, to discuss how the 2020 Census data will impact redistricting in the House. Then Astra Taylor and Umme Hoque from the Debt Collective join to discuss how those striking against student debt will escalate their demands now that the Biden Administration has […]

May 4, 2021

Sam and Emma host author and activist Victoria Law to discuss her new book, “Prisons Make Us Safer”: And 20 Other Myths about Mass Incarceration, on how our perception of incarceration has been wrong from the start. Sam, Emma and Victoria explore our carceral state and how racism and social control are the catalysts for mass incarceration and […]

May 3, 2021