Episodes

Michael Brooks hosts writer Achin Vanaik to discuss his recent piece in Jacobin magazine, “The Escalating Crisis on the India-China Border,” and why each country’s foreign policy deserves blame for the escalation. On today’s show: Biden looking for Cuban and Venezuelan American votes with red baiting anti-Trump ad. Writer Achin Vanaik joins us to discuss his […]

July 2, 2020

Sam hosts historian Federico Finchelstein (@FinchelsteinF) to discuss his new book, A Brief History of Fascist Lies, why fascists regard obvious and often hateful lies as truth, and why so many of their followers have believed the falsehoods. On today’s show: Laura Ingraham says Biden will raise statues of Colin Kaepernick and Stacey Abrams. Sam hosts historian Federico Finchelstein […]

July 1, 2020

Sam hosts Elie Mystal, justice correspondent at the Nation magazine, to discuss this week’s SCOTUS rulings on abortion TRAP laws, executive authority over the CFPB, USAID funding, and the First Amendment, and religious schools receiving taxpayer dollars. Sam and Elie breakdown the recent rulings with the understanding that John Roberts is doing his best to […]

June 30, 2020

Sam hosts Adam Goodman, assistant professor of history at the University of Illinois at Chicago, to discuss his new book, The Deportation Machine: America’s Long History of Expelling Immigrants.  On today’s show: Mike Huckabee says you can only blame Trump for Covid if US mismanaged response and pretended it wasn’t serious. Sam hosts Adam Goodman, assistant professor […]

June 29, 2020

Sam and Digby recap the week’s biggest stories with Digby of Salon and Hullabaloo include the politics behind wearing masks, the state of Trump’s 2020 campaign, and the rising positive COVID case rate across the south. Jon Benjamin joins Sam to discuss their latest t-shit collaboration, “I’m Losing It, Bro!” but the two did not […]

June 26, 2020

Michael Brooks hosts Murtaza Hussain of The Intercept to discuss his new piece, “Two Brooklyn Lawyers Accused of Throwing Molotov Cocktails are the Public Face of Trump Administration’s Crackdown on Dissent,” and how the administration might prosecute protestors. Michael and Murtaza explore federal prosecutors charges against Urooj Rahman and Colinford Mattis for throwing a molotov […]

June 25, 2020

Sam hosts Elie Mystal (@ElieNYC) of The Nation to discuss the SCOTUS term and Bill Barr’s politicization of the Justice Department. Sam then hosts Aaron Kleinman (@BobbyBigWheel), Director of Research at the Future Now Fund and co-creator of Give Smart, to discuss last night primaries in New York, Kentucky, and Virginia. On today’s show: Jamaal Bowman’s […]

June 24, 2020

Sam hosts Garrett Felber, professor of history at the University of Mississippi, to discuss his new book, Those Who Know Don’t Say: The Nation of Islam, the Black Freedom Movement, and the Carceral State. Sam and Felber discuss the organizing tactics used by black nationalists from within the carceral state and the Nation of Islam. Felber’s book […]

June 23, 2020

Sam hosts David Rohde, executive editor of The New Yorker, to discuss his new book In Deep: The FBI, The CIA, And The Truth About America’s ‘Deep State’ and how presidential power has grown since Nixon. On today’s show: Trump supporter at rally not worried about Covid, says death rate is low, hydroxychloroquine is working. David Rohde, executive […]

June 22, 2020

Sam hosts NY-14 congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) to discuss her June 23rd primary and what to expect from the progressive caucus before the next round of Covid-19 relief. Historian Gerald Horne joins Sam to discuss the history of Juneteenth in the age of Trump. On today’s show: AOC’s closing campaign ad pitch for reelection: “A better […]

June 19, 2020