Download here or click below to play, (or watch the video at the bottom of the page!) It's easy to be down on the Democrats right now. I'm constantly invoking that old adage about Democrats always "snatching defeat from the jaws of victory." I can't help it, it's just their track record. But I got a bit of an awakening in the form of an email on a list I subscribe to, filled with real progressives from a cross-section of backgrounds. The author of that message is Mike Lux, and I invited him to join us today to [...]
Download here or click below to play, (or watch the video at the bottom of the page!) Game of Thrones gave us "bend the knee." Colin Kaepernick showed us the meaning of taking a knee. My favorite sports journalist Dave Zirin has always reported on the intersection of sports and politics, and this is right in his wheelhouse. His new book, The Kaepernick Effect: Taking a Knee, Changing the World examines how Kap's private protest turned into a global cry for justice, pointing a finger directly at the horrific treatment of Black men and women at the hands of [...]
Download here or click below to play, (or watch the video at the bottom of the page!) Nancy Pelosi today rejected two of Kevin McCarthy's pics for the Select Committee on Jan 6, so McCarthy accused her of playing partisan politics and said none of his members would participate. That's the grown-up version of taking ones toys and going home, I guess. In the senate, the Republicans are doing their best to stop any business from getting done, in this case it's the infrastructure bills they're stopping. Who better to try to make sense of the nonsense than a [...]
Download here or click below to play, (or watch the video at the bottom of the page!) Depending on who you ask, Democrats are either looking at disaster in the midterms or they'll wind up with massive majorities in both houses of Congress as the Republican party is killing itself slowly but surely. I finally spoke with famed civil rights attorney Guy Saperstein who these days is a major progressive Democratic donor who believes the next few elections will be huge for the Democrats as the Republican party goes the way of the dodo. We'll follow up that conversation [...]
Download here or click below to play The Democrats introduced an article of impeachment against Trump this morning. They're charging him with inciting a mob of his supporters to carry out a violent attack on the Capitol in a bid to overturn Joe Biden's election victory, also known as insurrection. The incompetence portion of the program today is dedicated to Floriduh, as the Florida Democratic Party has proven itself to be just that. Today, I'm joined by two guests. First, Brendan O'Connor, author of the forthcoming book, Blood Red Lines: How Nativism Fuels the Right. Brendan has a [...]
Download here or click below to play The closer we inch towards January 20 and the end of Trump's reign of terror, the more unhinged the orange man becomes. I'll have the latest news on his scorched earth tactics. Congress is still paralyzed, and the government will officially shut down tonight if they can't come to a funding deal before midnight. Right before showtime, I happened to hear Bernie Sanders on the Senate floor delivering an impassioned speech calling for direct payments of $1200 for every working class American and $500 for children. Here's the video of his [...]
Download here or click below to play As Joe Biden begins naming his staff and cabinet picks, some of us are left wondering whether that elusive Democratic Party unity is even possible in this era. So, Mike Lux, the (progressive) Politics Guy, joins me today to talk about the subject and his latest blog post "What Democratic Unity Would Look Like". On a totally different topic, I'll share a personal memory or three, as my life changed dramatically twenty years ago today as I left Los Angeles, headed for Kazakhstan to adopt my daughter. We got a [...]
Download here or click below to play The Nation magazine's National Affairs correspondent John Nichols has a new book out, The Fight for the Soul of the Democratic Party: The Enduring Legacy of Henry Wallace’s Antifascist, Antiracist Politics . It's a fight we must wage and progressive must win, but it comes as the country is fighting for our future. The events of the past week make me wonder if we have a future at all... today's conversation with John Nichols will be a good one (as they always are). He joins in at the bottom of the hour. [...]
The Intercept's Ryan Grim just released a new book, We’ve Got People: From Jesse Jackson to AOC, the End of Big Money and the Rise of a Movement that lays out the history of the current Democratic party and explains how we got here. It's a fascinating story that has been whitewashed over the years. Oh, and Donald Trump is continuing to trash our nation and destroy the world.
It's a busy Wednesday! Attorney General William Barr is testifying today before the Senate Judiciary Committee about the Mueller Report. We already had political strategist (and Bernie Sanders' biggest critic in 2016) Peter Daou booked for today's interview segment to discuss his evolution and his new book, Digital Civil War: Confronting The Far-Right Menace, when my standing request for an interview with Senator Bernie Sanders came through. So buckle in for a fun ride today!