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Air Date 3/29/2022

Today we take a look at the current iteration of the cynical culture wars being waged by conservative Republicans against LGBTQ kids for political gain. The current wave of anti-trans and anti-gay legislation sprouting across the country is not about protecting kids and is absolutely nothing new.

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Ch. 1: Protecting Women and Children Is a Shield for Transphobia - At Liberty - Air Date 3-17-22

This weaponization of white womanhood and femininity has deep roots in this country’s history, and is prompting unprecedented consequences for the trans community. Nikita Shepard joins to discuss the history and what we can do about it.

Ch. 2: Andy Marra on Trans Youth Rights - CounterSpin - Air Date 3-4-22

Texas state leadership is staking a position on that, but humans everywhere are pushing back, and we talk about that with Andy Marra.

Ch. 3: The Anti-Trans Agenda (w/ Gillian Branstetter) - Know Your Enemy - Air Date 3-20-22

Matt and Sam talk to Gillian Branstetter, press secretary for the National Women’s Law Center, about the spate of anti-trans laws sweeping the country.

Ch. 4: Chase Strangio on the GOPs Push in Florida, Texas, Idaho to Eradicate Trans Youth & Trans Lives - Democracy Now! - Air Date 3-9-22

We speak with Chase Strangio of the ACLU about recent anti-LGBTQ legislation in Florida, Texas, and Idaho, and pending bills in other states.

Ch. 5: Protecting Women and Children Is a Shield for Transphobia Part 2 - At Liberty - Air Date 3-17-22

Ch. 6: Don't Say Gay - Today, Explained - Air Date 3-17-22

The furor over Florida’s latest culture-war legislation has Disney, among the state’s largest employers, turning red.

Ch. 7: Behind the Transphobic Hate Campaigns (and Steven Crowder) on College Campuses in Texas (w/ Steven Monacelli) Part 1 - DOOMED - Air Date 3-23-22

Journalist Steven Monacelli joins to discuss how he actually debated Steven Crowder earlier in the day on a college campus in Texas. Why was Crowder there? Because trans people are playing sports.

Ch. 8: Protecting Women and Children Is a Shield for Transphobia Part 3 - At Liberty - Air Date 3-17-22

Ch. 9: Behind the Transphobic Hate Campaigns (and Steven Crowder) on College Campuses in Texas (w/ Steven Monacelli) Part 2 - DOOMED - Air Date 3-23-22

Ch. 10: Andy Marra on Trans Youth Rights Part 2 - CounterSpin - Air Date 3-4-22


Ch. 11: Protecting Women and Children Is a Shield for Transphobia Part 4 - At Liberty - Air Date 3-17-22

Ch. 12: The Anti-Trans Agenda (w/ Gillian Branstetter) Part 2 - Know Your Enemy - Air Date 3-20-22


Ch. 13: Dynamics of our political parties - Craig from Ohio


Ch. 14: Final comments on the divides within American political parties


Contact your Senators to pass the Equality Act via

Join Lambda Legal's #DontEraseUs campaign to fight anti-LGBTQ+ curriculum (especially if you’re a student or teacher).


Read BOTL’s activism segment on the Equality Act from last March (*2021*) for more context 

Lambda Legal Transgender Rights Toolkit (Lambda Legal)

Curated by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman 

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Air Date 3/24/2022

Today we take a look at the desperate state of refugees fleeing war, strife and climate disruption as well as the response of governments around the world that espouse liberal platitudes of humanitarianism while hardening their borders against those seeking refuge.

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Ch. 1: Fortress Europe: Who gets to come in? - The Real Story - Air Date 11-9-21

The European Union is at loggerheads with Belarus over the arrival of thousands of migrants. It alleges that President Lukashenko has created a deliberate crisis by facilitating the migrants' travel into Belarus and onwards to the country's borders

Ch. 2: War in Ukraine - Humane Ukrainians & A Major Refugee Crisis - The Daily Show - Air Date 3-4-22

As Russia's war on Ukraine continues, compassionate Ukrainians come to the aid of Russian soldiers, and Trevor weighs in on the implications of how European countries are welcoming refugees.

Ch. 3: Afghanistan in Freefall: Deadly U.S. Sanctions Blamed for Shocking Humanitarian Crisis - Democracy Now! - Air Date 1-14-22

As Afghanistan faces a dire humanitarian crisis, we look at how more Afghans may die from U.S. sanctions than at the hands of the Taliban. The U.S.'s attempts to block support for the new de facto government have prevented vital funding from flowing

Ch. 4: Resettlement Support and Legislative Challenges Facing Afghan Refugees - The Takeaway - Air Date 2-18-22

It’s been more than six months since the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. Since the withdrawal, more than 76,000 Afghans have resettled across the U.S. We check in on resettlement efforts, the challenges facing Afghan refugees, and more

Ch. 5: Fortress Europe - Declarations: The Human Rights Podcast - Air Date 2-2-22

In this week’s episode, host Maryam Tanwir and panelist Yasmin Homer discuss the role of technology in the securitization of European borders with MEP Patrick Breyer and researcher Ainhoa Ruiz.

Ch. 6: Border walls and the climate crisis w/ Nick Buxton - This Is Hell! - Air Date 11-3-21

The Transnational Institute's Nick Buxton on the report "Global Climate Wall"

Ch. 7: Ilhan Omar on Ending War, Global Refugees, Russia Sanctions & Why More Saudi Oil Is Not the Answer - Democracy Now! - Air Date 3-8-22

As the U.S. considers a ban on importing Russian oil as part of sanctions for its invasion of Ukraine, senior advisers to President Biden are reportedly planning to visit Saudi Arabia to secure more oil to make up the shortfall.


Ch. 9: Border walls and the climate crisis w/ Nick Buxton Part 2 - This Is Hell! - Air Date 11-3-21

Discussing the connection between climate policy and the entities who stand to profit the most by fortifying against climate refugees


Ch. 12: Final comments on small-government conservatives' authoritarian tendencies


New way to help defeat fossil fuel allied politicians, no matter their party: Jane Fonda PAC

Help Refugees Around the World: 

Global Empowerment Mission

International Rescue Committee

Refugees International 

Anera (Middle East focus)

UN Refugee Agency

Doctors Without Borders

House Refugees in Your Home:

Room for Refugees (US, UK, Canada)

Refugees at Home (UK only)


8 Ways to Solve the World's Refugee Crisis (Amnesty International)

The Great Climate Migration Has Begun (NYTimes, 2020)

Climate Change Refugees - the world's forgotten victims (World Economic Forum)

#AfricansinUkraine (Twitter hashtag)

Climate Change and Disaster Displacement (UNHCR)

Refugee Environmental Protection Fund (UNHCR)

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Air Date 3/19/2022

Today we take a look at the details of the planned coup that had its culmination in the form of a violent insurrection at the US Capitol Building on January 6th, 2021 as well as the ongoing efforts to undermine and dismantle the structures of our election system. 

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Ch. 1: January 6th Planning Was WAY More Detailed Than We Thought - The Majority Report - Air Date 2-5-22

In some ways, the attack on the Capitol looked haphazard but the answer is far scarier. There was much more planning by the group involved.

Ch. 2: Columnist Will Bunch: Trump Came Much Closer to Pulling Off a January 6 Coup Than People Realize - Democracy Now! - Air Date 1-5-22

National columnist Will Bunch says there is growing evidence that links Trump and his inner circle to the Capitol attack.

Ch. 3: Pence lawyer at center of Trump pressure tactic spends hours with January 6th Committee - The Rachel Maddow Show - Air Date 2-2-22

Michael Schmidt, Washington correspondent for the New York Times; David Wilson.

Ch. 4: Reform the Insurrection Act: Former Pentagon Adviser Says Trump Almost Used It to Subvert Election - Democracy Now! - Air Date 1-6-22

Former Pentagon adviser Ryan Goodman says former President Trump could have used the Insurrection Act to hold onto power onJanuary 6, 2021.

Ch. 5: Fake Trump electors, Trump White House official receive January 6th Committee subpoenas - The Rachel Maddow Show - Air Date 1-29-22

Rep. Pete Aguilar, member of the January 6th Committee

Ch. 6: Former FL county election chief Ion Sancho on MAGA threats to election officials - The BradCast - Air Date 3-15-22

It took decades to build our system of non-partisan, professional election administration, but the entire system is now under persistent attack by Trump's MAGA Mob.

Ch. 7: Trump flouting of Presidential Records Act leaves National Archives scrambling - The Rachel Maddow Show - Air Date 2-7-22

Michael Schmidt, Washington correspondent for the New York Times

Ch. 8: Trump Facing CRIMINAL Charges Per Trump Riot Committee - David Pakman Show - Air Date 3-3-22

The January 6 Trump riot committee has released a list of possible criminal charges committed by former President Donald Trump.


Ch. 9: Trump flouting of Presidential Records Act leaves National Archives scrambling Part 2 - The Rachel Maddow Show - Air Date 2-7-22

Ch. 10: Former FL county election chief Ion Sancho on MAGA threats to election officials Part 2 - The BradCast - Air Date 3-15-22


Ch. 11: Thoughts on the Ukraine context episode - Alan from Connecticut


Ch. 12: Final comments on our new Discord community server and how to join


Become a Poll Worker or Election Official:


Expert fears partisan actors may replace election workers who quit over threats (PBS News Hour)

1 in 5 local election officials say they're likely to quit before 2024 (NPR)

Researchers warn that Christian nationalists are becoming more radical and are targeting voting (Washington Post)

One in five U.S. election workers may quit amid threats, politics (Reuters)

Local election officials are exhausted, under threat and thinking about quitting (Politico)

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Air Date 3/16/2022

Today we take a look at the dynamics of mis- and disinformation as well as the history of those, primarily Russia, who are actively using it as a weapon of information warfare against the US, The West, and democracies around the world.

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Ch. 1: Are you Disinformed or Misinformed? - Harvard Data Science Review Podcast - Air Date 6-17-21

Harvard Data Science Review digs into the world of disinformation and misinformation, and the difference between them.

Ch. 2: Moving beyond news deserts and misinformation - Democracy Works - Air Date 2-14-22

Victor Pickard is the C. Edwin Baker Professor of Media Policy and Political Economy at the University of Pennsylvania and author of Democracy Without Journalism? 

Ch. 3: Why "Cheap Speech" Threatens Democracy - Amicus With Dahlia Lithwick - Air Date 3-5-22

Dahlia talks to Rick Hasen about his new book Cheap Speech: How Disinformation Poisons Our Politics–and How to Cure It.

Ch. 4: The Firehose of Falsehood Effect - The Propwatch Project - Air Date 4-4-21

Dr. Christopher Paul, senior social scientist of the Pardee RAND Graduate School, discusses his seminal work on the "Firehose of Falsehood" propaganda model.

Ch. 5: The long history of Russian disinformation targeting the U.S. - PBS NewsHour - Air Date 11-22-18

From Pizzagate to George Soros conspiracies, “fake news” has become a noxious presence in public discourse, especially since the 2016 presidential election.

Ch. 6: Post-Truth: Lee C. McIntyre - Future Hindsight - Air Date 5-14-20

Authoritarians use post-truth to corrupt our faith in the truth. The end goal is not to make citizens believe lies, but to make them so cynical and uncertain, they think they can never know the truth.


Ch. 9: Inside Estonia's approach in combating Russian disinformation - PBS NewsHour - Air Date 1-15-22

Russian disinformation is rife in countries formerly ruled from Moscow. Some ex-Soviet states have tried to suppress it altogether by banning Russian television stations and even limiting the use of the Russian language on their own domestic channels.


Ch. 10: Seeking power from the right and left - Alex from Maryland Old


Ch. 12: Final comments on avoiding the nihilism strategy of the Underpants Gnomes


Media Literacy Now - Advocate for U.S. Media Literacy Bills at State Level (See Existing Media Literacy Bills and Laws)

Tools to Fight Disinformation:


List: Tools That Fight Disinformation Online (

InVID - Browser plug in to help identify and verify shared videos and images

Hamilton 2.0 Dashboard - War in Ukraine (Disinformation tracker)

Orgs Fighting Disinformation:

Project Origin

Content Authenticity Initiative

Coalition for Content Provenance and Authenticity

News Literacy Project

Alliance for Securing Democracy


Short Docuseries: Operation InfeKtion (New York Times)

Book: “The Misinformation Age: How False Beliefs Spread” by Calin O’Connor and James Owen Weatherall

Video Series: Crash Course Media Literacy

Training: First Draft News - Training

Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman 

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Original Air Date: 2-8-22
Today, I am talking with Amanda, Erin and Deon. We discuss:
- Tragic Optimism
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- Simulacra and Simulation
- That Funny Feeling
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Air Date 3/11/2022

Today we take a look at the intertwining oil interests that underlie many of the decisions about Russia's invasion of Ukraine and how others are responding to it. It is a tangled mess that the US, Europe and other nations are currently attempting to extract themselves from but it will be a long process.

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Ch. 1: Why Gas Costs So Much: Trump, Saudi Arabia & Putin Exposed! - Thom Hartmann Program - Air Date 3-9-22

Gas prices are going up, but it's not Biden's fault. Thom exposes Trump, Saudi Arabia and Putin's connection to raise gas prices.

Ch. 2: Russian Invasion Shows Risks of Addiction to Fossil Fuels; Will Biden Fund Shift to Renewables - Democracy Now! - Air Date 3-9-22

We speak to energy and climate investigative reporter Antonia Juhasz, author of "The Tyranny of Oil: The World's Most Powerful Industry," about growing calls for a green energy revolution amid the climate crisis and rising prices for fossil fuels.

Ch. 3: Russian oil and gas; Republican election fraud and insurrection Part 1 - The BradCast - Air Date 3-8-22

As the horrors of Russia's war on Ukraine continue, we continue focusing on efforts to counter it. Shell Oil apologizes for getting caught secretly buying cheap Russian oil.

Ch. 4: Joe Biden Can End High US Gas Prices By Nationalizing The Oil Industry - The Majority Report - Air Date 3-9-22

The MR crew discusses how increasing oil production domestically is being talked about as a solution, but no one is talking about the importance of nationalizing energy.

Ch. 5: Russian oil and gas; Republican election fraud and insurrection Part 2 - The BradCast - Air Date 3-8-22

Ch. 6: Banning Russian oil - Today, Explained - Air Date 3-8-22

Gas prices hit a record high in the United States today. Then the White House put an embargo on Russian oil. The Atlantic's Robinson Meyer explains.

Ch. 7: Withdrawing from Afghanistan and the Impact of Global Corruption with Sarah Chayes - Why is This Happening - Air Date 8-17-21

The prolific author has said that kleptocratic actions are an “existential threat facing our generation.”


Ch. 8:  Peak Oil- It's a Crude, Crude World. - Unf*cking The Republic (UNFTR) - Air Date 2-5-22

We tie in good ol’ Milton Friedman again to discuss how trading this ubiquitous fuel went from commodity to casino.


Ch. 9: Final comments on the rising demand for clean energy action in the wake of the invasion of Ukraine


Find Your Local: Chapters

Extinction Rebellion Chapters

Sunrise Movement Chapters

Mothers Out Front* (*not just for mothers) Chapters

League of Conservation Voters Affiliates

Local Politics:

Find Your State Legislators and Write and Call Them

Find out if your local legislators and candidates have taken the “No Fossil Fuel Money” Pledge

Learn how to get your local candidates/legislators to sign the “No Fossil Fuel Money” pledge

National Politics:

Find out Which Members of Congress are Taking Oil and Gas Money via Open Secrets

League of Conservation Voter Environment Scorecard


Newsletter: Heat Pumps for Peace and Freedom (Bill McKibben on Substack)

Editorial: What’s better than a ban on Russian oil imports? Ending our dependence on fossil fuels (LA Times)

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Original Air Date 3/10/2021

Today we take a look at the current goings-on around the world regarding our foreign policy under the new but not-so-new-feeling leadership of Joe Biden. We check in on Iran, Syria, Afghanistan, Yemen, Saudi Arabia and a couple of assorted arms sales to authoritarian leaders who support our foreign policy.

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Ch. 1: Biden Administration Should Strike a Deal with Iran - World Class - Air Date 2-18-21

Abbas Milani — an expert on U.S.-Iran relations — discusses the Iranian economy, the future of Iran’s leadership, and what a potential nuclear deal could mean for the U.S.

Ch. 2: Biden "Illegally" Bombs Iranian-Backed Militias in Syria, Jeopardizing Nuclear Talks with Tehran - Democracy Now! - Air Date 3-1-21

The Biden administration is facing intense criticism from U.S. progressives after carrying out airstrikes on eastern Syria said to be targeting Iranian-backed militia groups.

Ch. 3: Biden's First Act Of War Hits 3 Countries - Empire Files - Air Date 3-3-21

Biden's Feb. 26 strike in Syria was a crime, and risks major war with three countries. Abby Martin explains.

Ch. 4: Whither the Antiwar Left - Empire Has No Clothes - Air Date 2-25-21

This week on Empire Has No Clothes, Kelley, Dan, and I discussed the war in Afghanistan and why it's lost. We also talked with journalist James Carden about the state of the antiwar left and whether Joe Biden might do some good on foreign policy.

Ch. 5: What's Next For The War In Afghanistan - NPR Fresh Air - Air Date 3-4-21

America's 19-year war in Afghanistan may soon be coming to an end. The Trump administration negotiated a deal with the Taliban, in which the U.S. agreed to withdraw all its troops by May 1. But the Afghan government was not included in those talks.

Ch. 6: Can Joe Biden Save Yemen - Empire Has No Clothes - Air Date 2-11-21

This week on Empire Has No Clothes, Kelley, Dan, and I discussed Joe Biden's announcement that he would withdraw all American support for the war in Yemen.

Ch. 7: Did Jen Psaki Just Confirm That Biden's Afraid of MBS - The Majority Report with Sam Seder - Air Date 3-4-21

Joe Biden once vowed to hold Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman responsible for Jamal Khashoggi's murder. Now, it looks like he's letting him off the hook. Emma Vigeland and the Majority Report crew discuss this.


Ch. 8: The future of the US-Saudi relationship (ft. Sen. Chris Murphy) - Worldly - Air Date 3-4-21

Zack, Jenn, and Alex debate whether the US should continue to treat Saudi Arabia as a close partner given its atrocious human rights abuses and the declining US dependence on Middle Eastern oil.

Ch. 9: Biden Sells Missiles to Fascists + US Base Destroys Ancient Coral Reef - Empire Files - Air Date 2-19-21

Abby Martin covers Biden's first arms deals to major human rights abusers Chile & Egypt; another US military base in Okinawa, opposed by a majority of residents, threatens unique biodiversity; militia puts US at crossroads of a new Iraq war

Ch. 10: Can Biden remake Trump's Middle East - The Bunker - Air Date 11-25-20

From Israel to Iran, Donald Trump thought he could reset the Middle East. His fixation on the region defined the last four years of US foreign policy. But what will Biden’s presidency mean for America and the Middle East?


Ch. 11: Introduction to our caste system - Roy from Washington State


Ch. 12: Final comments on Biden attempting to talk about Afghanistan and China


CNN Official interview Joe Biden on Afghanistan 'Making progress' - CNN - Air Date 11-28-10

What Biden Said About Uyghurs - CNN Presidential Town Hall

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Air Date 3/4/2022

Today we take a look at the history of Ukraine as a Soviet state, war-torn state, famished state, westernizing state, energy-exploring state, annexed state, and invaded state. We also look at the role of the west and NATO as well as Putin's history and possible motivations.

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Ch. 1: The real and imagined history of Ukraine - Today Explained - Air Date 2-25-22

Vladimir Putin says Ukraine isn’t a country. He’s wrong.

Ch. 2: Timothy Snyder ─ Ukraine and Russia in a Fracturing Europe - Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs - Air Date 5-3-16

Timothy Snyder is the Bird White Housum Professor of History at Yale University, specializing in the history of central and eastern Europe.

Ch. 3: From spy to president: The rise of Vladimir Putin - Vox - Air Date 3-23-17

Putin’s intent on pushing back against the Western world order... and it appears to be working.

Ch. 4: What Russia And Putin Actually Want With Ukraine - AJ+ - Air Date 2-17-22

Troops are being deployed, harsh words have been said, and there is potential for an all-out war.

Ch. 5: Journalist Andrew Cockburn & Historian Timothy Snyder on Ukraine, Russia, NATO Expansion & Sanctions - Democracy Now - Air Date 3-1-22

Snyder says the focus on NATO ignores the agency of leaders in Ukraine and elsewhere who have the right to seek their own arrangements.

Ch. 6: Is the West to Blame for Russia's Invasion? (no) - TLDR News - Air Date 2-27-22

Some have suggested that the West is the blame for Russia's invasion into Ukraine, we'll explain that argument and why it's fundamentally wrong.

Ch. 7: Why Russia is Invading Ukraine - RealLifeLore - Air Date 2-26-22

Explaining the oil interests in Ukraine that may be a motivating factor to Russia.

Ch. 8: America, Russia, and Ukraine's Far-Right - The Gravel Institute - Air Date 2-18-22

This video is about American funding for the Azov Battalion. It explicitly condemns Russian propaganda that Ukraine is a "neo-Nazi country."

Ch. 9: Putin's Bogus Claim To "Denazify" Ukraine - The Mehdi Hasan Show - Air Date 2-25-22

Steven Pifer, the former ambassador to Ukraine under Bill Clinton, and Jason Stanley, author of “How Fascism Works,” join Mehdi Hasan to discuss the Russian propaganda narrative.


Ch. 10: A Young Country With An Old History - WorldAffairs - Air Date 1-31-22

Historians Katherine Younger and Emily Channell-Justice tell Ray Suarez the story of modern Ukraine, and why embracing Western values has made Ukraine a threat to Vladimir Putin.

Ch. 11: Ukraine: Questions for the Anti-War Movement - Empire Files - Air Date 2-27-22

An analysis of Putin's anti-communist speech

Ch. 12: The Crimean War, Putin, and the War Over Reality - The Muckrake Podcast - Air Date 3-1-22

Jared Yates Sexton traces how the New World Order conspiracy theory led to this mess.


Ch. 13: Final comments on why you should probably listen to all that again


Ways to Help Ukrainians, Protest War, Etc. (*Please always do your own research before giving*): 

CODEPINK Global Day of Action, Sunday, March 6th: "Stop the War in Ukraine. Russian Troops Out. No to NATO expansion." (CODEPINK)

Support Ukraine's Independent Media Organizations and Journalists (Campaign endorsed by The Kyiv Independent)

Here’s How You Can Help LGBTQ+ and Black Ukrainian Refugees (Self)

25 Meaningful Ways You Can Help Ukraine (GlobalCitizen)

Linkt.ree of Resources/Ways to Help Ukrainians Curated by the nonprofit @RazomforUkraine (Razom for Ukraine)

Curated by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman 


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Air Date 3/2/2022

Today we take a look at the not-so-slow transformation of Republicans from a Bush/McCain/Romney party to a Trump/DeSantis/Putin party complete with cultish devotion and a dependence on a near-total dismissal of truth replaced by propaganda.

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Ch. 1: Trump Victim Act Follows Authoritarian Playbook Drawing In Fanatical Supporters - The Rachel Maddow Show - Air Date 1-8-22

Ruth Ben-Ghiat, professor of history at NYU and author of "Strongmen," talks about right-wing assault on democracy in the United States and familiar patterns between the Trump movement and other authoritarian movements around the world an in history.

Ch. 2: Legitimate Political Discourse - Political Gabfest - Air Date 2-10-22

The GOP embrace of Jan. 6 rioters

Ch. 3: The NYT’s Jeremy Peters on How the GOP Went Batshit Crazy - The Al Franken Podcast - Air Date 2-27-22

Explaining the seeming anomaly of Trump in the line of Republican presidential nominees

Ch. 4: Republicans in complete disarray - The Bradcast w/ Brad Friedman - Air Date 2-7-22

Trump's Republican National Committee labeled the violent, deadly Capitol Insurrection 'legitimate political discourse, and censured conservative Rep. Liz Cheney and Rep. Adam Kinzinger for participating in the bipartisan House Jan. 6 Select Committee.

Ch. 5: Rick Scott: The Man With The Plan? - The Mehdi Hasan Show - Air Date 2-23-22

What does the Republican Party really stand for — besides attacking liberals? One Republican senator is giving a masterclass in his plan to save America. David Jolly joins to discuss.

Ch. 6: How Vladimir Putin won Republicans' approval - Vox - Air Date 1-13-17

He's an authoritarian strongman, and he's never been more popular with GOP voters.

Ch. 7: Wagner: Some Republicans Are Uniting Against Biden And Siding With Putin - All In w/ Chris Hayes - Air Date 2-23-22

Alex Wagner: “The shocking thing is when these Republicans look at Russia—its repression and flouting of democratic norms and restriction of essential freedom—when they look at all that they may not see a cautionary tale, but an aspirational one.”


Ch. 8: How Jan 6th Changed Extremism - The Brian Lehrer Show - Air Date 1-5-22

Brandy Zadrozny talks about the landscape of extremism since January 6th and her new investigation that finds some militia and white supremacist groups have shifted tactics, going from protesting to putting energy into local politics and school boards.

Ch. 9: The America We Deserve - In The Thick - Air Date 2-8-22

They get into the latest on the January 6th insurrection, and the connection between voter suppression and anti-Black racism.


Ch. 10: Final comments on sheep-dogging, coalition governments and power dynamics

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