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Sam and Emma host J. David McSwane, reporter at ProPublica, to discuss his recent book Pandemic Inc.: Chasing the Capitalists and Thieves Who Got Rich While We Got Sick, on the fraudulent paths of government money at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. David begins by covering the state of our infrastructure (or lack thereof) at the start of […]
Sam and Emma break down the biggest headlines of the last week, in Sam’s first news day back in studio! They begin by unpacking the fact that over half of Americans, per CDC estimates, have contracted COVID at least once now, discussing the intra-studio experiences with the virus and how vastly it can differ from person […]
Emma hosts journalist William Neuman to discuss his recent book Things Are Never So Bad That They Can’t Get Worse: Inside the Collapse of Venezuela. Then, Emma is joined by Summer Lee, candidate for Congress in Pennsylvania’s 12th District, to give up an update from the campaign trail. William Neuman begins by jumping back to his first move to Venezuela […]
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, Sam and Emma are joined by Matthew Film Guy! Heather, Sam, and Emma dive into the Democratic party’s inability to not react to every single Fox News talking point, no matter how baseless it […]
The MR Crew brings you a Monday news rundown, Bernie Sanders powerful critique of Trump’s Iran war mongering and incompetence and the media’s devotion to war. The humanitarian crisis at the border, the Administration and ICE lawyers defend denying basic care to children at the border. Sanders, very, very good student debt elimination bill.  Fox […]
Trita Parsi calls out William Kristol for his calls to bomb and kill Iranians. Healthcare journalist Suzanne Gordon (@suzannecgordon) : “The Battle for Veterans’ Healthcare: Dispatches from the Frontlines of Policy Making and Patient Car”, explains the importance of VHA’s public scientific health innovation. Why Veterans health is a nationalized public health system.Why public healthcare works […]
On today’s show, The Atlantic’s Julia Ioffe joins us to discuss joins us to discuss her recent article in The Atlantic, What Putin Really Wants. While many Americans view Putin’s government as a powerful, well-oiled machine, Ioffe says it’s more like a messy, corruption-riddled bureaucracy with its various factions not always working together. “The Sopranos” is […]
Fox News tries to pretend last night’s Democratic blowout didn’t happen and Tucker Carelson is depressed. The Washington Post’s Dave Weigel, explains why Democrats performed so well last night. The anti Obama effect. Democrats fears and anxiety. Not every Democrat is Hillary Clinton and why Republicans should be afraid. The results and the block against […]
Steve Bannon brags about destroying healthcare and the Iran deal. Health industry whistleblower and founder of Tarbell.org, Wendell Potter explains what Trump’s new executive order on the insurance exchanges does. Reopening the door to insurance scams. Buying insurance across state lines and lowering standards. Junk plans and why they will be made even worse if […]
On today’s show, Sam discusses a piece in Columbia Journalism Review, ‘What If The Right-Wing Media Wins’ with author McKay Coppins (@McKayCoppins). How the right has shifted from ostensibly wanting to ‘reform’ the media to wanting to destroy journalism. Why the right is fundamentally advantaged in the bankrolling the weaponization of information over the left. […]