State of the Union

It’s Casual Friday! Sam and Emma host Perry Bacon Jr., columnist for the Washington Post, to discuss his recent pieces “Let’s puncture some myths about Democrats’ struggles” and “Why Ketanji Brown Jackson would be such an upgrade over Breyer.” Then, Sam and Emma are joined by John Hodgman and David Rees to discuss their new project “Dicktown” on FXX! Perry, Sam, and Emma begin by parsing through […]
Emma hosts Alex Sammon, staff writer at The American Prospect, to discuss his recent piece in the New Republic “IKEA’s Race for the Last of Europe’s Old-Growth Forest.” Alex dives right into his surprisingly high-risk coverage of the rampant illegal deforestation going on in Europe’s last old-growth forest in Romania, first situating his research within stories relayed to him […]
Sam and Emma host David Dayen, executive editor at the American Prospect, to discuss Biden’s State of the Union address, as well as David’s recent pieces in the New York Times and the Prospect. They begin by unpacking the popularism woven throughout Biden’s address, looking to the limits of highlighting exclusively popular ideas (especially when you haven’t gotten many of […]
Vermont Senator and progressive champion Bernie Sanders explains what President Obama got right at the State of the Union and why we are in record levels of inequality. The proposals that would help solve the poverty crisis and Why TPP and Fast Track trade authority are problems for inequality and transparency. The beautiful moment when […]
Cliff Schecter explains President Obama’s State of the Union address, how Obama is standing strong on Iran negotiations, why President Obama is so unwilling to draw contrasts with the Republicans, why Obama can clearly hold Republicans responsible without losing his temper, Harry Reid comes out against Fast Track, new movements for reform of drug sentencing […]
Huffington Post Washington bureau chief explains how President Obama dropped the ball on inequality in his State of the Union, what President Obama’s minimum wage executive order does, what President Obama’s myRA plan is and why Obama’s commitment to veto any new sanctions on Iran may be the biggest moment of the speech. On the Fun […]
London School of Economics professor Alan Manning explains where the minimum wage stands in real terms in the United States today, the advantages of higher wages, why raising the minimum wages does not lower employment, how inequality is threatening society, how inequality drags down the entire economy and how raising wages can create more jobs. […]
Blogger and USA Today contributor Atrios (Duncan Black), explained what a true cost of living adjustment for the elderly would look like, the evolution of pension plans, the false promise of retirement plans, new retirees facing poverty, why politicians won’t run on increasing Social Security benefits, the assumption that life should be an eternal struggle, […]