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Entertaining Daily Politics, Award Winning Long-Form Interviews and Irreverent, Independent Analysis. For more info see Majority.FM








2584 - Can Antitrust Laws Destroy Surveillance Capitalism and Tech Monopolies? w/ Cory Doctorow

Sam and Emma host journalist Cory Doctorow to discuss his new book “How to Destroy Surveillance Capitalism” on the issue of tech monopolies, antitrust laws, and what we can do to reign in Facebook and Google. They explore big tech’s self-portrayal as mind manipulators, how their power comes from a historically cooperative relationship between the government and monopolies, and Doctorow dissects how increased interoperability and expansive antitrust laws can begin to break up this...


2583 - Donald Trump’s Chokehold on Republican Fealty & Chevron’s Criminal Conspiracy w/ Digby & Steven Donziger

Sam and Emma host Heather Parton, columnist at and proprietor of “Digby’s Hullabaloo,” and talk with attorney Steven Donziger about the criminal conspiracy that Chevron has been enacting against him. Heather, Sam, and Emma delve deep into the chokehold Donald Trump has over Republican fealty, and what (and who) this might affect in the coming midterms. Then, Steven Donziger recounts the ongoing attempt to force him into jail as part of a greater conspiracy to continue imperialist...


2582 - What's In Store With a 6-3 Conservative Supreme Court? w/ Ian Millhiser

Sam and Emma host Ian Millhiser, Vox senior correspondent, to discuss his new book, “The Agenda: How a Republican Supreme Court Is Reshaping America,” and how conservative control of the courts could impact democratic government for years to come. They chat about coming out of a decade defined by congressional inaction and judicial activism, how the SCOTUS is seeking to defang congressional delegation abilities and boost (certain) religious exemptions, and how republicans have embedded their...


2581 - How Eugenics Made Modern Virginia w/ Elizabeth Catte

Sam and Emma host Elizabeth Catte, author of Pure America: Eugenics and the Making of Modern Virginia to discuss how Virginia's embrace of eugenics allowed the state government to control its poor white population, land rights, and why we've memory-holed our eugenics past. And in the Fun Half: Anthony Fauci's disingenuous "agnostic" remarks about vaccine intellectual property, Tucker Carlson says the CIA is woke because elites, cats v. dogs, Mark Meadows says Republicans have no choice but...


2580 - Redistricting Battles & The Need to Abolish Student Debt w/ Aaron Kleinman, Astra Taylor & Umme Hoque

Sam and Emma host Aaron Kleinman, Director of Research at the Future Now, to discuss how the 2020 Census data will impact redistricting in the House. Then Astra Taylor and Umme Hoque from the Debt Collective join to discuss how those striking against student debt will escalate their demands now that the Biden Administration has not met their demands. And in the Fun Half: Sam's midterm advice for the Dems: use before you lose it, Mark Warner says we need to lower worker standards for...


2579 - The Persistent Myths and Dangers of Mass Incarceration w/ Victoria Law

Sam and Emma host author and activist Victoria Law to discuss her new book, “Prisons Make Us Safer”: And 20 Other Myths about Mass Incarceration, on how our perception of incarceration has been wrong from the start. We're live at noon ET. Become a member at Join the Majority Report Discord! Get all your MR merch at our store (Merch issues and concerns can be addressed here:...


2578 - GOP Legalizing Vehicular Killing of Protestors & Daily Wire Water Cooler Talk w/ Alex Pareene & Lucie Steiner

Sam and Emma host Alex Pareene, staff writer at the New Republic, to situate us after 100 days of the Biden presidency, exploring how his administration is inviting pressure to force them towards progressive policy, and how we’re still in a grey area in terms of knowing what the Senate is genuinely willing to get done. Then, they chat about Pareene’s pieces on using Cancel Culture to distract the Republican culture war away from substantively evil policy, and the Right’s legislative defense...


2577 - Assessing the Biden Administration's First 100 Days w/ David Dayen

Sam and Emma host David Dayen, Executive Editor at The American Prospect, to assess Biden's first 100 days in office, what he's accomplished, what's been left on the table, and how we should read last night’s address as we move forward. They talk discourse versus policy, how lingering deficit hawkery obfuscates the future benefits of childcare and infrastructure improvements, and why it’s more pressing to provide immediate relief to American families than it is to tax the rich to pay for it....


2576 - How American Suburbanites Came to Fear Everything w/ Kyle Riismandel

Sam and Emma host Kyle Riismandle, senior lecturer at NJIT and author of Neighborhood of Fear: The Suburban Crisis in American Culture, 1975–2001 to discuss how the American suburbs became a place where its inhabitants feared everything that came to it. Riismandle explains how Americans imagined, traversed, and regulated suburban space in the last quarter of the twentieth century. And in the Fun Half: John from San Antonio on the census, the coal miners strike in Alabama, why vaccine...


2575 - The Unbelievable Privilege of the Super-Wealthy & Why It Hurts Society w/ Michael Mechanic

Sam and Emma host Michael Mechanic, senior editor at Mother Jones, to discuss his new book, Jackpot: How the Super-Rich Really Live—and How Their Wealth Harms Us All. Sam, Emma, and Mechanic look at the rarified world of billionaires, how the average American subsidies the wealthiest members of our society, and why Biden's plan to strengthen IRS is the only way to claw back the power held by billionaires. And in the Fun Half: Matt Walsh is surprised people look at him with concern, Rick...


2574 - Is Our Obsession with Rights Tearing Us Apart? w/ Jamal Greene

Sam and Emma host Columbia Law professor Jamal Greene to discuss his new book “How Rights Went Wrong: Why Our Obsession with Rights Is Tearing America Apart.” They delve into the absolutist, legalized view of rights that frames discourse in the US, how it diverges from the Framers original community-shaped vision of rights, and how exploring the rights on all sides of disputes might lead to more productive political conversation both in and out of the courts. Next, Sam and Emma continue...


2573 - How the Filibuster Protects Political Theater & the "Comedy" of 'Gutfeld!' w/ Osita Nwanevu & Andy Kindler

Sam and Emma host Osita Nwanevu, staff writer at the New Republic, and Andy Kindler. With the former, they talk Democrats’ favoring of out-of-touch symbolism over substantive change, Biden’s preemptive deference to the right, and how these elements have come to light through the filibuster and PRO Act charades and were reinforced by responses to the Chauvin trial. Then, a newly confident Andy Kindler shows off his theme song and petite wardrobe, and talks Gutfeld!’s revelatory spin on...


2572 -The Unjust, Unfair And Deadly Vaccine IP Hoarding w/ Ann Neumann

Sam and Emma host journalist and author Ann Neumann to discuss her new piece in the Baffler – “Who Owns Vaccines?" – on the barriers of IP patents and how US vaccine hoarding risks needless COVID deaths abroad. They touch on Bill Gates and the exploitative nature of capitalist philanthropy, how the West has socialized the costs while privatizing the profits of vaccines, and what the Biden Administration would need to do to help. Next, Sam and Emma cover the raging COVID situation in India,...


2571 - Chauvin Verdict & The Next Financial Crisis w/ Ryan Grim

Sam and Emma host Ryan Grim, DC Bureau Chief at The Intercept, to discuss his new bombshell report "The Bigger Short" on how the Wall St housing crisis of 2008 could happen again, this time in commercial real estate. Grim shares foreboding research that shows up to a third of all commercial real estate loans might be fraudulent in their valuation. Ryan details how the Fed might address this potential fraud and what the ripple effects are in the market. And in the Fun Half: Sam unveils the...


2570 - Drug Use for Grown-Ups w/ Dr. Carl Hart

Sam and Emma host Dr. Carl Hart, professor of psychology at Columbia University, to discuss his new book Drug Use for Grown-Ups: Chasing Liberty in the Land of Fear on the culture of drug use and why we should reframe drug use in a more empathetic light. And in the Fun Half: how to enforce meaningful drug reform policies, the Obama era GOP leadership is trying to retcon the GOP before Trump, the insanity of the Florida anti-protest bill, Trump sits down with Hannity, FTV is a patented left...


2569 - How Domestic Slave Traders Shaped America w/ Joshua D. Rothman

Sam and Emma host Joshua D. Rothman, University of Alabama professor of history, to discuss his new book, The Ledger and the Chain: How Domestic Slave Traders Shaped America, the myths around the slave trade industry, the deep ties between slavery and US imperialism, and Racial capitalism’s exploitative innovation. Prof. Rothman walks us through the financialization of the exploitation, and explores how our economy was built on money from the domestic slave trade. Next, Sam and Emma chat...


2568 - The Cycle of Police Violence & Assessing the Afghan Troop Withdrawal w/ Digby & David Feldman

Sam hosts Heather Parton, columnist at and proprietor of the überblog “Digby’s Hullabaloo,” and friend and known pacifist David Feldman. With the former, they chat about the U.S.’s relationship with both domestic and foreign violence, discussing the devastating tragedies of gun violence and police brutality that never seem to cease, and how to get police off the streets, before exploring Biden’s decision to leave Afghanistan by the upcoming anniversary of 9/11, and the failure to...


2567 - The Bessemer Amazon Union Campaign Autopsy w/ Rich Yeselson

Sam and Emma host Richard Yeselson. strategic campaigner and editorial board member at Dissent Magazine, to discuss his recent essay in Jacobin "The Defeat at Amazon and the Union Fights to Come.” They contextualize what happened in Bessemer within broader Union history, explore how the Democrats’ failure to push for Union Card Check has led to a pressing need for the PRO Act, and chat what this means for the future of labor in the U.S. Additionally, Kristen Clarke’s evergreen satire turns...


2566 - Athletes Are Using Their Political Power w/ Dave Zirin

Sam and Emma host Dave Zirin, sports editor at The Nation, to discuss the politics in sports including the MLB pulling the All-Star Game from Atlanta, NCAA athlete pay, and push back on Olympics real estate development in Los Angeles. And in the Fun Half: who will get the windfall of prescription drug savings CMS or ACA, Ted Cruz tries to talk about protests in Minnesota without reminding people of his role in Jan 6 riots, John Boehner sees Trump and the GOP as a force of nature he had no...


2565 - White Evangelical Racism & The Politics of Morality in America w/ Anthea Butler

Sam and Emma host Anthea Butler, religious studies professor at the University of Pennsylvania, to discuss her new book White Evangelical Racism: The Politics of Morality in America and why the evangelical vote is still the strongest and most unified voting bloc in American politics. And in the Fun Half: thoughts on Biden's plans to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan, Tucker Carlson sleight of hand on "replacement theory," Jesse Watters contributes to the American Conservative...