Rank #1: Immigration, Keystone XL And The CIA Torture Report
Meanwhile, the Senate came one vote shy of approving the Keystone XL pipeline -- all because Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) got the notion that willing the pipeline into existence might rescue her all-but-doomed re-election prospects. HuffPost environmental reporter Kate Sheppard is here with her observations on this strange week in the life of the Keystone debate.
Finally, have you heard about this CIA torture report? This long-awaited investigation of the troubled period in the War On Terror was supposed to be nearing its release. But that's now in doubt as legislators and the White House fight over redactions. We'll find out what secrets we can with HuffPost's national security reporter Ali Watkins. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nov 22 2014
Rank #2: Cuba Relations, North Korea's Sony Hack And The 2014 Year In Review
Meanwhile, a Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy has been cancelled, because North Korea apparently now dictates what movies we watch in our spare time? How did something so simple get so out of hand?
And finally, we're taking a look back at 2014: a great year for garbage monsters. What are our least favorite things about the past year? Well, this is going to take a while. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Dec 19 2014
Rank #3: America, Where Do We Go From Here?
We also sit down with Green Party presidential candidate, Dr. Jill Stein. She lays out her platform for us, and explains why she's unlike Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Jun 17 2016
Rank #4: The Problem With Donald Trump's Current Stance On Abortion
Meanwhile, in some better news for major U.S. corporations, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal defied his party this week in vetoing a religious freedom bill that would have enshrined legal discrimination against the LGBTQ community.
Finally, what is it like to fall into the burning ring of fire produced by Donald Trump's legion of social media fans? Our own Christina Wilkie found out for herself firsthand, and has some of the vile details to share with us. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Mar 31 2016
Rank #5: Is Donald Trump A Fascist?
Is Donald Trump a fascist? Kind of, but we asked a history professor and it turns out he may be closer to Jefferson Davis than Benito Mussolini.
Also, Bernie Sanders is still running for president, even though it's hopeless. We'll explain why. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Mar 24 2016
Rank #6: 2016 Election Post-Mortem
Meanwhile, the polling industry spent the bulk of election night coming to the numbing realization that the mechanics of their enterprise need to be newly recalibrated. We are joined once again by HuffPost Pollster's Ariel Edwards-Levy who will endeavor to explain what went so badly wrong.
Additionally, for every winner there is a loser -- in this case Hillary Clinton, who's political fortunes rose and fell in dramatic fortunes over the course of an evening. We'll take a look at the remarkable circumstances that led to her having to concede this election, and what can be drawn from a speech she never anticipated having to give.
Finally, it's not too soon... For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nov 10 2016
Rank #7: Gloves Off For Hillary And Bernie
Meanwhile, we bring you the best in bank dorkery. We're joined by progressive Democrat and U.S. House of Representatives candidate Zephyr Teachout, who is channeling FDR with her plan to break up big cable monopolies. And speaking of breaking things up, Alexis Goldstein of Americans for Financial reform is here to discuss the frightening new announcement from the Federal Reserve that five big U.S. banks are officially too big to fail. Dum-dum-dum.
Finally, in previous podcasts, Wisconsin Representative and friend of the podcast Reid Ribble has announced that he'll be retiring after this term. But before he goes, he wants to sidle up to... For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Apr 15 2016
Rank #8: What We Talk About When We Talk About Government Shutdowns
The government might shut down next week partly because Donald Trump refuses to help Dreamers without getting his wall or other policy changes -- Elise Foley reports from the Capitol.
The Trump administration wants work requirements for medicaid, so we talked to health policy reporter Jonathan Cohn about dog whistles.
The federal government stood aside as states legalized marijuana under the Obama administration, but Attorney General Jeff Sessions is changing THAT. Nick Wing explains how the Justice Department is re-asserting its authority on weed.
And Jessica Schulberg reports that some clever lawyers are using Donald Trump's foolish statements to try to spring people from GITMO.For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Jan 11 2018
Rank #9: The Long Intertwined History Of Politics And Protests
Meanwhile, we are marking the two-year anniversary of the killing of Michael Brown and the protest movement that emerged shortly thereafter, to consider what effect they've had in changing the conversation on the criminal justice system in Ferguson, Baltimore, and beyond.
Finally, we are pleased to welcome Zephyr Teachout back to the show, now officially the Democratic party nominee for the House of Representatives in New York's 19th district. After a long career in taking on big issues like government corruption and economic justice, we'll ask... For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Aug 11 2016
Rank #10: Donald Trump Has Small Hands But Huge Flip-Flops
But some things never change, including The Democratic Party, which just blew a chance to pick up a House seat in deep-red Kansas. Party leaders -- they actually said this and appear to believe it -- they told reporters they thought the best way to win the election ... would be to not try to win. Amanda Terkel helps us break down why Democrats are still bad at politics.
Speaking of bad, for-profit colleges exploit people desperate for higher education thanks partly to political rhetoric about how college is the only way to have a good life. We interviewed Virginia Commonwealth University Professor Tressie McMillan Cottom about her new book on the great college swindling of America's... For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Apr 13 2017
Rank #11: Senator Bernie Sanders, Rep. Keith Ellison And Some Magic
Jun 18 2015
Rank #12: Big League Lying From The Trump Administration So Far
Meanwhile, Trump has been taking numerous steps to begin the implementation of his policy preferences, including several geared toward the fulfillment of promises he's made about immigration. Naturally, that wall he wants to build, at taxpayer expense, has taken center stage. But there have, in this first week been some curious omissions and at least one surprising addition to his plans, all of which we will break down for you.
Finally, as... For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Jan 26 2017
Rank #13: So That Happened Crashes The Republican National Convention
The other big issue in Cleveland has been the forging of party unity -- a goal of every convention that's proven to be difficult to bring about in Cleveland. Wednesday night, those efforts took a big hit after Texas Senator Ted Cruz took... For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Jul 22 2016
Rank #14: What Happens Now That The President Has Openly Embraced White Supremacists?
Trump's comments drew cascades of condemnation, but we already knew he had white supremacist tendencies. Jamelle Bouie, the chief political correspondent for Slate.com, joins So That Happened to talk about what has really changed, and whether Nazis are now in a real position of power.
Also, HuffPost reporter Christopher Mathias talks to Black Voices editor Lilly Workneh about what he saw reporting from the Charlottesville riot and Paul Blumenthal explains what's going on with Vice President Mike Pence's unprecedented fundraising campaign.
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Aug 17 2017
Rank #15: Are Democrats Still The Party Of The Working Class?
Meanwhile, is the Democratic Party still the party of the working class and the little guy? Our guest, Thomas Frank, says this is not the case, and he joins us to talk about it.
Finally, Wisconsin Representative Reid Ribble is back with us, talking about his plans to travel to Cuba with President Obama. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Mar 17 2016
Rank #16: War On Terror Worries, Super Tuesday Woes, And An Interview With Comedian Anthony Atamaniuk
Meanwhile, we put a spotlight on the War on Terror this week. Joining us is Amal Alderat, whose father and brother, both Libyan-American businessmen, were detained by the United Arab Emirates in 2014, jailed, and brutally tortured. Our big question: Why are two Americans being tortured by a US ally, and what does this portend for our ongoing strategy in Libya?
Finally, we welcome comedian Anthony Atamaniuk who has been touring the country with James Adomian as the two men offer the nation their take on a Trump vs. Bernie debate. We'll talk about what inspired Tony to take up the task of imitating Donald Trump, and his very real fears of a Trump presidency. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Mar 04 2016
Rank #17: Donald Trump Junior Stepped In Deep Doo Doo
Also, the Roosevelt Institute's Mike Konczal joins the podcast to explain a new policy from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that will allow credit card and other financial product customers to sue if they get ripped off -- unless Republicans in Congress stop the agency in its tracks.
And nothing weird happened at the confirmation hearing for Christopher Wray, the totally normal career Justice Department official Trump nominated to replace the FBI director he weirdly fired. Is our Trumps learning? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Jul 13 2017
Rank #18: So Much For That Trump University Degree...
Meanwhile, in New Jersey, we've had the first child born in the continental United States with Zika virus-related microcephaly. This largely symbolic event gives us another opportunity to examine the halting and insufficient way Congress has thus far approached the threat of a wide-spread Zika outbreak and the increasingly desperate warnings from public health professionals about the costs of inaction. Mosquito season, we remind you, is fast approaching.
Speaking of public health, the lead water crisis in Flint, Michigan did grievous harm to the public's trust in institutions that badly failed in their mission. But there's lately been a new... For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Jun 02 2016
Rank #19: Donald Trump Is Thankful For Plausible Deniability
This week, Donald Trump pardoned some turkeys and endorsed Roy Moore. Then: long ago, legendary British economist John Maynard Keynes predicted that in the future, we would only work 15 hours a week. What happened to that? Former co-host and Keynes expert Zach Carter joins to discuss. Finally, what DOES one have to do to get hounded out of Washington in disgrace? According to Huffpost's Eliot Nelson, quite a lot.For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nov 23 2017
Rank #20: Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Strategic Defaulting and Rep. Mark Pocan on TPP
Jun 11 2015