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The international supervillain Sebastian Gorka (James Adomian) calls into the show again, recently hampered by a conspiracy exposing him as a member of the Hungarian fascist Vitézi Rend. Will it stop his plans to push out all other top Trump advisers and achieve global domination?
Then we talk to Alex Pareene about Trump’s Syria strikes, the media’s massive, pathetic war chubby, and his piece this week about the rightwing grift that has overtaken its creators and unraveled reality.
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The number of advertisers boycotting Bill O’Reilly’s Fox News program has increased to at least 52, following revelations that he and the network paid out $13 million to settle lawsuits by five women who accuse O’Reilly of sexual harassment and inappropriate sexual behavior. Meanwhile, a third Fox News employee has joined a lawsuit charging the network with racial discrimination. The employees claim top executives—including former CEO Roger Ailes.
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On Friday, House Republicans failed to muster enough support to pass the GOP healthcare plan, which some call Trumpcare. In response, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has announced he will soon introduce a bill to create a single-payer healthcare system. Several progressive groups are backing a single-payer system, including the Working Families Party, the Progressive Campaign Change Committee, CREDO, Social Security Works and National Nurses United. For more, we speak with Dr. Steffie Woolhandler, co-founder of Physicians for a National Health Program. She is a professor at CUNY-Hunter College and a primary care physician. She is also a lecturer at Harvard Medical School.
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In the fourth installment of our series “Busted: America’s Poverty Myths,” we examine the strengths and shortcomings of our nation’s safety net. Government assistance does help lift millions out of poverty each year — indeed, without it, poverty would be twice as high — but those in the most dire circumstances often slip through the cracks.
Dr. Sebastian Gorka calls in to complain about last week’s show. We talk about a shitty article in the New Republic featuring the lib thought experiment of seceding from Red America, an even worse book by AEI’s Arthur Brooks.
We sign off with a sequel to our Pre-Taped Call-In Show where we answer questions on air. If you wanted to ask a question, you should’ve called last week when we recorded the episode.
Last weekend, the long-time union struggle at the Nissan plant in Canton, Mississippi reached a new peak with a march, led by former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and Hollywood icon and activist Danny Glover. We spoke with Canton plant worker Morris Mock and Glover about the conditions in the plant, the long struggle for union rights in the South, their deep connection to civil rights struggles, and more.
We also check in with Women’s Strikers from around the country and the workers in SeaTac, Washington, and we take a look at the promises and the reality of “Trumpcare.” For “Argh,” we look at a winning labor-environmental campaign in Richmond, CA, and a look back at the entwined history of protest marches and mass strikes.
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Is President Donald Trump’s top counterterrorism adviser, Sebastian Gorka, a member of a Hungarian far-right, Nazi-allied group? We speak with reporter Larry Cohler-Esses, who first reported the allegations in The Forward, a leading Jewish American newspaper. The outlet reports members of the Vitézi Rend elite order confirmed Gorka took a lifelong oath of loyalty to the Hungarian far-right group, which is listed by the U.S. State Department as having been “under the direction of the Nazi Government of Germany” during World War II.
-via Democracy Now
A BBC team of journalists and several tourists had to run for cover after they were caught in the middle of the volcano Mount Etna erupting in Sicily.
Hosts Rania Khalek and Kevin Gosztola are joined by Ben Norton, a journalist for AlterNet’s “Grayzone Project.”
Norton provides a brief overview of the terribly under-covered and mostly ignored war in Yemen. He talks about recent developments involving a CIA-backed warlord in Libya, who banned women under 60 years-old from travel. He sticks around for the latter part of the show to discuss the election of Tom Perez to Democratic National Committee chair with Khalek and Gosztola.
On December 7, 1972, NASA launched Apollo 17, a lunar mission crewed by Eugene Cernan, Ronald Evans and Harrison Schmitt. It would be the last time humans traveled beyond low Earth orbit, the last time man landed on another celestial body, and the last time man went to the moon. The Last Steps uses rare, heart-pounding footage and audio to retrace the record-setting mission. A film by Todd Douglas Miller.
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This is a conversation starter first, a video second. I’d love to hear your thoughts on cities, the future, and this project.
You can find some more thoughts, reading list and featured interviewees here: medium.com/@oscarboyson/the-future-of-cities-ba4e26c807fe#.lrpyoofi4
Thank you to everybody who contributed! Trust me when I say that even if I didn’t get your footage in the cut, we can feel it in the finished product. I want to keep telling urban stories and building on these ideas – hope you do too. Knowledge is Power.
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For 40 years, billy barr has lived alone in small cabin in one of the coldest places in the United States – the ghost town of Gothic, CO. With no goals of proving anything, or even knowledge that the climate was changing, billy started collecting data about snowpack to pass the time in his isolated part of the world.
When climate researchers at the Gothic-based Rocky Mountain Biological Lab discovered billy’s decades of detailed records, they uncovered clear and compelling evidence of climate change.
As someone who has had to learn to survive in such a harsh environment, billy shares some advice about how to move forward on our changing planet.
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-We dissect Trump’s press meltdown with Derek Davison
-Rich creepy Bannon pal to “review” intel agencies
-Manchin votes for another bad nominee
-Trump repeals stream protection rule alongside coal baron
Broadcasted from Washington, DC.
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The Jacobin editor discusses the rising popularity of socialism following the 2016 election.
-Ominous Trump orders follow Jeff Sessions into DOJ
-US-Russia Proxy War in Afghanistan? Again?
-Terrorist label for Iranian military fraught with peril, officials warn Trump
-Another weird Steven Bannon movie idea
Broadcasted from Washington, DC
-DeVos confirmed in a squeaker
-DHS considers asking foreign visitors for passwords (!)
-Trump’s Dodd-Frank repeal faces courtroom slogs
-Congressman Duffy melts down on CNN, when asked about white supremacist violence
Broadcasted from Washington, DC
Music courtesy of Adam Fligsten (adamfligsten.com/)
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Interviews with attendees of The Women’s March in Washington, DC.
January 21, 2017
Interviews: Sam Knight
Shoot and edit: Emre Yagci
Hosts Rania Khalek and Kevin Gosztola are joined by Jamil Dakwar, the director of the ACLU’s Human Rights Program. Dakwar addresses how the Muslim ban signed by President Donald Trump has been applied. He highlights the issues involved in arguing the executive order is discriminatory and unconstitutional. He also outlines how dangerous it is that the Trump administration treats Islam as more of a political ideology than a religion.
The interview was recorded just before a federal judge in Washington issued a restraining order against the ban, the broadest directive yet. It forced the Homeland Security Department and State Department to go back to issuing visas and admitting travelers as they did prior to the ban.
Later in the show, Khalek and Gosztola discuss how the left talks about the Muslim ban, the saber-rattling of the Trump administration against Iran, the kill operation in Yemen that went horribly wrong and killed dozens, and Trump’s Black History Month event.
-Trump limiting feds focus on White Supremacists
-Iran responds to Flynn
-Gruesome details about Trump’s Yemen op
-Cabinet news/cabinet blues
-Milo and his fans got owned in Berkley tho
Broadcasted from Washington, DC.
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