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The Breach is a powerful weekly examination of the policy and politics rolling in like a thundercloud in and around the Trump administration, and we feature expert guests like Jeet Heer, Zephyr Teachout, and Rick Perlstein. Learn more at

The Breach is a powerful weekly examination of the policy and politics rolling in like a thundercloud in and around the Trump administration, and we feature expert guests like Jeet Heer, Zephyr Teachout, and Rick Perlstein. Learn more at
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The Breach is a powerful weekly examination of the policy and politics rolling in like a thundercloud in and around the Trump administration, and we feature expert guests like Jeet Heer, Zephyr Teachout, and Rick Perlstein. Learn more at








How the United States Is Poisoning Native American Communities

Award-winning journalist Suzette Brewer discusses the issues facing Native American communities in the era of President Donald Trump. At reservations all over the country, water is being poisoned as toxins from mines seep into the local water supplies. And now the Trump administration wants to dramatically increase drilling on public lands, putting even more tribes at risk.


Calculating the Human Cost of the Terrible Tax Bill

Chye-Ching Huang of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities joins host Lindsay Beyerstein to break down exactly how the Senate tax bill will shift massive amounts of wealth from working people to corporations and the rich.


Sarah Kendzior on the ‘Oligarch Envy’ Haunting President Trump

Journalist Sarah Kendzior returns to shine a light on the surprisingly coherent, and wholly anti-democratic, philosophy driving many of the choices of President Donald Trump. Kendzior, who speaks Russian and earned her PhD studying politics and propaganda in post-Soviet republics, also discusses the systemic challenges facing the mainstream media and U.S. intelligence agencies in the current political climate.


The Breach: Rebecca Traister on the ‘Harvey Weinstein Effect’

Rebecca Traister, award-winning journalist and writer at large for New York magazine, joins Lindsay to discuss the righteous anger that has been unleashed by reports of Harvey Weinstein and countless other powerful men perpetrating sexual violence against women.


The Breach: Indicting Trump’s Inner Circle

Andy Wright, a law professor and former associate counsel to President Obama, joins host Lindsay Beyerstein to discuss what the indictment of Paul Manafort and guilty plea of George Papadopoulos reveal about the next steps of Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation into President Donald Trump and his campaign associates.


Voting Rights Are Being Systematically Dismantled

Journalist Ari Berman joins host Lindsay Beyerstein to discuss his jaw-dropping Mother Jones story about Wisconsin voter suppression in 2016 and how that may be the start of a much larger trend.


How the FBI Is Targeting Peaceful Black Activists

The FBI has identified so-called "Black Identity Extremists" as a threat to law enforcement, according to a leaked memo. If you’re wondering what a "Black Identity Extremist" is, you’re not alone. Senior Staff Attorney Nusrat Choudhury of the ACLU’s Racial Equality Program joins Lindsay to explain the FBI’s newest crackpot theory about Black activism and the threat it poses to the people they are targeting.


What Everyone Gets Wrong About the Opioid Crisis

Sanho Tree returns to discuss the bad assumptions underpinning the DEA’s approach to the opioid crisis and explain the latest alarming news from the Philippines.


How Likely Is World War III?

Security journalist Ankit Panda returns to discuss whether Donald Trump’s erratic decisions and aggressive rhetoric will lead to war with North Korea, Iran, or another nation.


How and Why Trump Is Screwing Over Puerto Rico

Medical anthropologist Dr. Adia Benton joins Lindsay Beyerstein to discuss why the government and private donors are treating Puerto Ricans like second-class citizens in the wake of Hurricane Maria.


Trump’s DACA Repeal Is a Ticking Time Bomb

Tina Vasquez, Rewire’s immigration reporter, joins Lindsay to talk about the fate of the 800,000 young people who could face mass deportation now that President Donald Trump has called off the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA. Trump has given Congress six months to fix a legislative problem it has been unable to crack for the last 16 years, and the futures of these young people hang in the balance.


The Symbiosis of Donald Trump and The Worst People in America

Author and professor Jared Yates Sexton joins Lindsay to dissect the way President Donald Trump’s brand of cognitive dissonance and unreality is empowering right-wing extremism across the United States, and how he harnessed those dark cultural and political forces to take the White House.


The Weaponization of 'Fake News'

In the latest episode of The Breach, host Lindsay Beyerstein is joined by award-winning journalist Brooke Binkowski, the managing editor of Snopes, to discuss the ever-evolving "fake news" landscape. As verifiably false stories loosely based on urban legends continue to gain traction on social media and elsewhere, real journalism is increasingly lost in the noise. Binkowski explains how we arrived at our current crisis, what defenders of legitimate news can do to combat it, and the...


Fighting Trump's Efforts to Suppress the Vote

Natasha Merle, a lawyer with the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, joins host Lindsay Beyerstein to discuss how false allegations of voter fraud are being used to suppress the votes of communities of color. Merle and her organization are suing Donald Trump’s handpicked electoral commission for intentional discrimination against Black and Latino voters. Merle explains how voter ID laws have become the modern-day equivalent of poll taxes, imposing undue burdens on vulnerable people...


How Our Looming Constitutional Crisis Could Play Out

Subscribe to The Breach in Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, or Soundcloud. From his hesitation in denouncing Nazis in Charlottesville to his attacks on the free press, Donald Trump is governing like an authoritarian. This approach threatens to bring the President into conflict with Congress, the courts, and even the military. Yascha Mounk, a lecturer on government at Harvard University and a columnist at Slate, joins host Lindsay Beyerstein to explore Mounk’s hypothesis that Trump is...


Trump’s ‘Dream Team’ of Climate Change Deniers Threatens the Planet

The earth is warming rapidly and humans are to blame, but the Trump administration is determined to deny the science and delay policy changes that might cap rising temperatures. Professor Mike Mann is one of the world’s foremost experts on climate science and climate policy. Vanity Fair has dubbed him the "Jon Snow of Climate Change” for his tireless efforts to warn the public about the encroaching ice zombies climate threat. Dr. Mann joins host Lindsay Beyerstein to talk about climate...


Will the Government Protect Abortion Clinic Access In the Era of Trump?

Rewire VP of Law and the Courts Jessica Mason Pieklo joins Lindsay Beyerstein for a special episode on abortion access to mark the launch of Rewire’s first original documentary, “Care in Chaos.” Anti-choice activists are already testing the federal government’s commitment to enforcing the FACE Act, which makes it a federal crime to blockade an abortion clinic. If the federal government won’t defend the rule of law, we could be looking at a return to the tactics of the “Summer of Mercy,”...


Why Trump's Media Vendetta Is Scarier Than Nixon's

Rick Perlstein, bestselling author of Nixonland and historian of the conservative movement, joins host Lindsay Beyerstein for a discussion of Donald Trump’s attacks on the press. Perlstein argues that Trump is the ultimate Richard Nixon Republican, from his love-hate relationship with mass media to his preoccupation with vendettas. While Nixon usually kept his gripes against the media private, Trump has made his battle with the media the signature fight of his administration. His tirades...


Jeff Sessions and His Brutal Vision for the Department of Justice

In our season finale of The Breach, Adam Serwer of the Atlantic joins host Lindsay Beyerstein to discuss Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his radical plans for the Department of Justice, which threaten civil rights enforcement at federal agencies; sentencing reform; bathroom access for transgender students in public schools; and so much more. How will Sessions, who has expressed skepticism about prosecuting hate crimes, contend with rising levels of bias-based attacks? And what does...


Gutting Medicaid to Spite the Poor

President Trump's budget would cut Medicaid spending nearly in half and slash nearly $13 billion from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Medicaid covers more than 70 million Americans, including 40 percent of all children and nearly half of all births. Trump’s budget also calls for an end to all federal funding for Planned Parenthood. Dr. Diane Horvath-Cosper, a fellow at Physicians for Reproductive Health and an abortion provider in Maryland, joins host Lindsay Beyerstein...


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