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Doing the deep dive into what it means to be an American today. What is it that divides us? How can we diffuse the hyper-charged state of vitriol?

Doing the deep dive into what it means to be an American today. What is it that divides us? How can we diffuse the hyper-charged state of vitriol?

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Doing the deep dive into what it means to be an American today. What is it that divides us? How can we diffuse the hyper-charged state of vitriol?

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English


Episodes

The world rallies around Ukraine while shunning Russia

3/8/2022
The horrific and nightmarish scenes playing out in full view of the entire world has brought us to a historic moment. Today we are seeing people and nations around the globe come together to embrace Ukraine and its people while simultaneously condemning Vladimir Putin and Russia. Putin's unprovoked invasion of a sovereign nation, the killing of civilians, and the destruction of one of Eastern Europe's most beautiful and vibrant countries has unified literally billions of people. While...

Duration:00:43:53

Episode 33 - Looking Out for a Hero

1/18/2022
This week, when we remember one of the greatest leaders in our nation's history, serves as a reminder that we once strived for greatness, overcame the most formidable obstacles, and injustice was never a thing we shrank from eradicating. That was then. Another time. When we had heroes occupying the highest offices. Men and women who answered the call to serve for the greater good. As we survey the current political landscape, the vitriol, the intolerance, the rigid adherence to ideology,...

Duration:00:37:01

All is lost...Not So Fast!

12/15/2021
There is a sentiment circulating among Democrats that the end is upon us, that given the historical nature of mid-terms the shift in power in Congress will surely occur and the Great American Experiment will come crashing down. Is there cause for concern? Sure. Is it a foregone conclusion? Not by a long shot. By any stretch of the imagination, these are not normal times. Norms and cycles have been busted wide open. Political pundits are scrambling to make sense of it all during a time when...

Duration:00:40:26

Election Fallout - Some Good, Some Bad

11/9/2021
Democrats were shaken to the core this past Election Day as Republicans turned out in record numbers, driven by a variety of ginned-up tropes about everything from socialism, to the Big Lie, to crime and even to what is being taught in schools. It all got stoked to the boiling point by fearmongering candidates, Republican PAC's and of course Fox News and their ilk. The slap in the face did serve as a wake-up call for Democrats though, as just 48 hours after the stinging rebuke, they passed...

Duration:00:47:38

Is It Too Late To Salvage Democracy?

10/12/2021
The constant assault on reason, logic, facts, science, and reality is taking a toll. The non-stop barrage of nonsense, obfuscation, misdirection, lies, and treachery are undermining the very foundation of the nation we grew up believing in. Are we at a tipping point? Is there a way to put the brakes on this train that is speeding towards the end of the tracks, where democracy goes up in smoke and all that awaits us is autocracy, nihilism, and a country that bears no resemblance to what the...

Duration:00:33:02

Don't Mess With Mah Freedumbs

10/5/2021
Pandemic still raging? Check Anti-vaxxers still raving? Check Infrastructure Bill still languishing? Check America on the edge of default? Check Manchin and Sinema.....? Whatever It's been another period of rough and tumble politics with absolutely nothing to show for it. Lots of name-calling, finger-pointing, blame-hurling, and anything else you can think of. The bottom line is that it's been anything but productive. Welcome to Washington or as Mitch McConnell sees it, Nirvana. This...

Duration:00:36:59

Sometimes You Just Gotta Laugh

9/22/2021
There's no denying the absurdity of the world we live in these days. It feels like each one is filled with intolerance, ignorance, and insanity. It can lead people directly to their local bar, oh wait, it's closed. What's left? Laughter. Over many centuries, humor has diffused tense and fraught situations, which is why we were so delighted to invite the wonderful Wendy Liebman, who has been making people laugh for decades, with her unique style of delightfully disarming and pointedly...

Duration:00:34:03

A Texas-sized Shit Show

9/7/2021
The despicable laws conceived of, passed and signed into law in Texas, are rocking the very foundation of our society. Riding a wave of MINORITY opinion, Greg Abbott signed the most draconian roll-back of women's rights in half a century. Hell, Texas makes the Handmaid's Tale sound like a lighthearted romp. It's all one further example of the fact that our democracy is in crisis. Despite the fact that Democrats control the House, Senate, and the White House, nothing is getting done! With...

Duration:00:40:50

End of an Error

8/30/2021
It took 20 years, cost the lives of thousands of Americans and Afghans along with countless trillions of dollars, but as of today, it is in the rearview mirror. The Endless War has in fact, come to an end. That end came with a torrent of turmoil, angst, fingerpointing, and even more American lives lost as the final hours were being counted down. Debates over how it was handled and who shoulders the blame for all of the miscalculations and deadly decisions will rage for a long time. While...

Duration:00:42:29

Colliding Calamities - Kabul & COVID

8/25/2021
It has been yet another rough week for the man sitting in the Oval Office. As you know, there are no corners to hide in, and that's fine with Joe. He boldly proclaims that the buck stops with him. Of course, Biden didn't create the Afghan mess, nor did he extend it, like his predecessors. He was given a lousy hand and he played it...boldly. There's a lot of dust and plenty of blame to go around, but by next week, this ignominious chapter will mercifully come to a close. What comes next for...

Duration:00:36:49

The torturous end of an era

8/17/2021
As a nation, we watched with a mixture of astonishment and horror, as the Taliban raced across the entirety of Afghanistan in a heartbeat. The suddenness with which they rolled over and laid waste to 20 years of "nation-building" was and is hard to comprehend. The end of the conflict, that Trump negotiated with the Taliban and then left for Biden to oversee, has stirred emotions across the spectrum. From those who served to those who live to point fingers and affix blame. One way or the...

Duration:00:34:11

The deadly Republican Governor variant

8/10/2021
Remember the days before there was a vaccine? Remember the terrifying death tolls reaching into the hundreds of thousands and showing no signs of ending? Then Sherriff Joe came to town and started getting shots in arms and we thought...this is good...we're saved...it's over. If only. If only there wasn't an entire subset of conspiracy-loving nut jobs who put their faith, their lives, and the lives of their families in to the hands of charlatans. People who choose to believe "facts" they find...

Duration:00:38:54

Flying through GOP Turbulence

8/3/2021
The march towards the truth, shedding light and bringing justice to those responsible for the violent attack on our nation's capital has officially begun. Despite some of the most riveting testimony ever given in a committee chamber, Republicans continue trying to obfuscate, lie, distract and point fingers at everyone but themselves and their Dear Leader. Oh and let's not forget that they are also working their miserable asses to the bone to make sure that voting becomes a thing of the past...

Duration:00:43:29

Nancy Is Carrying The Big Stick

7/27/2021
Together with former state representative Jon Hoadley of Kalamazoo, MI, Robin and David dive into the insane lengths the Party of Trump, and the sycophants who do their master's bidding will go to cling to power. Want us to deny what we saw with our own eyes on January 6th? Do you mean those "loving" tourists? Break rules and pass unconstitutional laws? Sure! Subvert both the will of our constituents and the very foundations of our democracy. Done and done! All this while the...

Duration:00:37:22

Is the GOP a Death Cult?

7/20/2021
Robert Patillo, Civil Rights and Criminal Defense Attorney and Executive Director of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition joins Robin and David to discuss how the right-wing message machine seems hell-bent on driving UP the Covid death count! It's clear that they are fine crushing the aspirations and goals of Americans who are desperate to return to normal. And why? Because their worst-case scenario is that Joe Biden gets hailed as the steward who guided us there. So the Dr. Seuss cancel culture line...

Duration:00:39:25

What the Fox?

6/29/2021
Tucker Carlson is desperate to ingratiate himself with the most abhorrent wing of the Republican base but this week he totally went off the rails. The sniveling twit actually called four-star General Mark Milley a pig. Not sure what is worse, that Fox didn't kick him off the air immediately or that his ratings probably rose and Rupert Murdoch most likely gave him a raise. Between right-wing media outrages, the scary rise in the Delta Variant, the botched Infrastructure negotiations, and the...

Duration:00:28:38

Grassroots....The Key To Victory?

6/22/2021
Special guest Melissa Grant, president of Grassroots Democrats HQ, an organization that has grown into one of the most formidable democratic ground game operations in the country, joins Robin and David to discuss how she did it and how you can be a part of what will bring our nation back from the brink. OK, so Juneteeth is an official holiday. That's a good thing. Is it the only thing? Far from it! How about making Election Day a holiday? How about securing voting rights? Oh let's not...

Duration:00:34:27

Vaccine Hesitancy...Come on People!

6/15/2021
It seems inconceivable that we have to lure, entice and cajole people to get vaccinated. No matter what color your hat, we're pretty sure no one wants to relive the past 16 months. This week Robin, David, and special guest Dr. Lettisha Bilbrew dive into what's behind the various states of concern, confusion, and outright rejection of science. Front and center on the world stage, Joe Biden will stride into talks with America's arch-enemy, master evil-doer, and all-around schmuck Vladimir...

Duration:00:31:29

More Manchin Malarky!

6/9/2021
Joe Manchin (D- W. Virginia) is basking in the limelight that he created by being a lynchpin in the US Senate. His antics are a continuing source of frustration for the President and the rest of the Democrats in the Senate. His deluded stubbornness, refusing to be a team player, or perhaps playing for the wrong team is nothing short of maddening. Singlehandedly he is holding up any forward movement of the Biden agenda. Democrats are stymied at every turn. While Manchin acts more like a...

Duration:00:33:47

Mask On/Mask Off, moving to the next phase

5/19/2021
It has been a most trying time, filled with fear, apprehension, confusion, mixed messages, and a whole lot of finger-pointing. That was then, so what exactly is now? That's what we're all trying to figure out as summer nears and vaccinations are reaching critical mass. Are we safe? Can we do this? Can we not do that? There might be more questions than there are answers. One thing is for sure, there does appear to be a light at the end of the tunnel. One place where the light is shrouded in...

Duration:00:37:55