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Joan Walsh has been writing about politics longer than I’ve been covering them on a daily basis. When I moved over from the music radio world, Joan was editor at We saw her regularly on MSNBC back in those days, then over on CNN, and we’re now reading her at The Nation. I knew we had a lot in common, but it wasn’t until I read her column in The Nation following the opening night of Bruce Springsteen’s current tour with the E Street Band in Tampa, just two months ago.

I knew she was a fan, but didn’t realize that she’s up there with me in terms of Springsteen fandom. But she is.

And since Bruce is in the middle of what might be the final E Street Band tour (I couldn’t help but shake that feeling after seeing the show here in Hollywood FL a few days after the opener), I invited Joan on my show … to talk Bruce.

Today is the perfect day to do so, as tonight, in New Jersey, they wrap up the first US leg of the tour…. They begin the European leg in Barcelona Spain two weeks from tonight… then back for the second US leg starting at Wrigley Field in Chicago on August 9….

Of course, it’s been a while since Joan Walsh was on my show, and there’s so much happening in the world outside of music, so you know we will go there too.

But first, the governor of Floriduh MoRon DeathSentence signed a 6-week abortion ban into law last night (literally, at 11pm). It’s all sickening. So I’m joined at the top of the show by Nikki Fried, newly elected chair of the Florida Democratic Party!