Category Archives: politics

War in Soccer, Not with Iran (e64)

Bolton and Pompeo’s desperate and transparent attempts to go to war with Iran aren’t fooling anyone.  Wall Street feels left out of the student debt crisis, so is shopping around a form of debt called Indentured Servitude Agreements (er, we mean “Income Share Agreements”).  We stan Elizabeth Warren’s “Break Up Big Tech” billboards, debate beating World Cup teams 13-0, and get super gay. Happy Pride! 

Pushing Left with Mike Gravel (e62)

We speak with David Oks, campaign manager for Mike Gravel. Mike Gravel is a former Senator from Alaska who’s running what is arguably the farthest left campaign of the 2020 Democratic primary. And we discuss Abolish ICE, housing, education, prison abolition, war, shifting the overton window, reparations, direct democracy, a tribunal for climate crimes, a new government agency (the “Corporate Harm Prosecution Agency”) to measure and account for negative externalities, and more.

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Mike Gravel’s extensive issues platform (or the google docs version here).

Biden, Autonomy, and Consent (E60)

We speak to Vanessa A. Bee, writer and editor at Current Affairs, about Joe Biden, bodily autonomy, consent, power, Biden’s defenders, floating Stacey Abrams’ name without asking, being a hugger, how easy it is to ask first and change your own behavior.

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How to Stop the Climate Crisis (E59)

We speak to journalist Kate Aronoff about the details and the politics around the Green New Deal, and how avoiding climate crisis requires an ecosocialist reformation.

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With a Green New Deal, Here’s What the World Could Look Like for the Next Generation

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Calmly Discussing 2020 (E58)

Writer, brave human, and opinion columnist for the Guardian Moira Donegan joins Alexis and Kade to discuss the 2020 Democratic primary — in a calm, thoughtful, policy-filled way! We discuss the candidates on housing, healthcare, financial policy, taxation, education, child care, drug policy, reparations, climate, foreign policy, immigration, and decriminalizing sex work (oh my!)

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#not1dollar for immigrant detention (E57)

Why immigrant rights groups are trashing the government funding deal because it will increase immigrant detention. An update on the fight against facial surveillance. How payday lenders bought off Trump. And why Jeff Bezos should Quit his Job.

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You Can’t Leave your Face at Home (E56)

We discuss the end of the Trump/McConnell shutdown, and how it was a victory by workers AND by Pelosi. Alexis discusses her piece Don’t Build the Wall, Build Affordable Housing and makes a pitch to ABOLISH the Clinton-era Faircloth Limit. We delight in AOC owning the right-wing, and Kade updates us on the ACLU’s campaign against facial surveillance.

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Facebook is actually bad (E55)

Kade and Alexis discuss midterm wins, including ballot initiatives, why Chuck Schumer needs to go, the latest Facebook scandal, and a call to action for the new Congress.

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Huafei CFO arrested in Canada at the behest of the US Government

Delay, Deny and Deflect: How Facebook’s Leaders Fought Through Crisis

How to Subpoena Jared Kushner (E54)

We discuss the MIDTERMs, debrief on the hearing with Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and the uprising in support of her, what happens if the Dems Retake the House, and encourage y’all to kick in some money to help Moira Donegan, who created the Shitty Media Men list: https://www.gofundme.com/hz8sxq

Trump violates the Iran Deal (E49)

Trump violates the Iran Deal; the Senate will choose if they want to appoint a torturer to head the CIA, with Gina Haspel’s confirmation hearing coming up; AT&T and Novartis pay hundreds of thousands to Trump’s personal attorney; Ticketmaster wants to use facial recognition at concerts; and an update on the attempt to make discrimination in auto lending easier.

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