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








2611 - Fixing the Planet That Capitalism Broke & Biden's Climate Inaction w/ Kate Aronoff

Sam and Emma host Kate Aronoff, staff writer at the New Republic, to discuss her new book, Overheated: How Capitalism Broke the Planet -- And How We Fight Back, on how we got to this stage in the climate crisis and policy solutions needed to slow climate change in the coming decades. They cover a bit of background, taking on the effect of Right-wing think tanks and oil money on bolstering the role of the fossil fuel industry as a part of the U.S. identity, pushing the “crisis” element to...


2610 - Everyone is "Middle Class" and Everyone is Immiserated w/ David Roediger

Sam and Emma host David Roediger, American Studies professor at the University of Kansas, to discuss his latest book, The Sinking Middle Class: A Political History, on the relatively recent phenomena of centering the middle class in political rhetoric and how both parties use it as a cudgel to beat back progressive policy. They walk through the development of the “middle class” designation as a largely European concept that began to shift in the US as the Cold War developed and the American...


2609 - The Legacies of Slavery Hidden in Plain Sight w/ Clint Smith

Sam and Emma host author Clint Smith, staff writer at the Atlantic, to discuss his new book, How the Word is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America on how the legacy of slavery has been passed down and obscured through generations of storytelling, and the manner in which this manifests in modern society. They walk through the sites that Smith visits in his book – from Monticello, looking at how the stories of Thomas Jefferson perfectly encapsulate the cognitive...


2608 - Progressives Drawing Red Lines on Infastructure & Trippy Libertarian Run-Ins w/ David Sirota & Andrew Callaghan

Sam and Emma host David Sirota, founder of and editor at The Daily Poster, to discuss the tough developments around progressive hopes for the Biden Administration, including bipartisan dead-ends, bad-faith attacks on Ilhan Omar, and the possibilities of filibuster reform in the Senate. Sam, Emma, and David touch on the power of narcissistic spotlight syndrome, and how it presents differently from Manchin to Sinema, before they look into the Manchin human shield theory and how Democrats...


2607 - What It Takes to Remake the World w/ Astra Taylor

Emma hosts Astra Taylor, activist, and member of the Debt Collective, to discuss her new book Remake the World: Essays, Reflections, Rebellions on how we can and must organize around each other to help lift ourselves out of the confining and isolating world that has only been exacerbated by the brutality of 2020. They look into the metaphor of conspiracy, stemming from its original meaning of “to breath together,” and how the U.S. government, since well before the pandemic, has constricted...


2606 - What Will Happen When American Populism, Nationalism, and Growing Socialism Collide? w/ John B. Judis

Sam and Emma host John B. Judis, Editor-at-Large at Talking Points Memo, to discuss his new book 'The Politics of Our Time: Populism, Nationalism, Socialism,' on the political movements in America so far in the 21st century and what conflicts and influences they might have on one another in the coming decades. They walk through the thin ideology of populism as creating a dichotomy between “the people” and “the elite,” how these definitions can (and do) diverge between the Left and Right with...


2605 - Fixing the Cratering US Democracy w/ Henry Farrell

Sam and Emma host Henry Farrell, SNF Agora Professor of International Affairs at Johns Hopkins, to discuss his new paper "Rechanneling Beliefs: How Information Flows Hinder or Help American Democracy," taking on the state of American democracy in historical context, and looking into how our current crisis has developed and what we can do to reverse it. They cover the basics, such as what democracy actually is, and look into how the self-reinforcing elements of democracy have begun to break...


2604 - The Afghanistan Withdrawal & Resisting a NeoCon Disaster Narrative w/ Adam Weinstein

Sam and Emma host Adam Weinstein, Research Fellow at the Quincy Institute, to explore the status of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, and what the region might look like moving forwards. They look into why the Pentagon might want a quick withdrawal now that they are committed to withdrawing at all, and whether or not U.S. contractors will choose to linger beyond the military’s time in the country before Weinstein walks us through the Afghan Security Force’s capacity, and the intelligence...


2603 - Biden's Bipartisan Fetish, King Manchin's Filibuster, & a Static Senate w/ Digby

Sam and Emma host Heather "Digby" Parton, proprietor of the wönderblog Hullabaloo and contributor, to discuss the week's top stories, including Biden's bipartisan fetish President Manchin and the filibuster, and more. They explore the Democrats’ plan to make June the month of failure, using the filibuster as part of their ass-covering project, and Biden’s lack of leverage over Manchin, before moving on to how the Republicans have been mastering the obstructionist blueprint for...


2602 - The Tax System's Role in Perpetuating Inequality in America w/ Dorothy A. Brown

Sam hosts Emory Professor of Law Dorothy A. Brown to discuss her new book, The Whiteness of Wealth: How the Tax System Impoverishes Black Americans – and How We Can Fix It, on the myriad ways in which race is coded into our tax systems, reserving benefits and breaks for white families across the board. Dorothy and Sam discuss the difficulty of tracking racially disparate tax policy when the IRS refuses to track data on race, and how she came to look into race and taxation. They explore how...


2601 - The 2nd Amendment's Anti-Blackness & America's Gun Obsession Rooted in Slavery w/ Carol Anderson

Sam and Emma host professor of African American studies Carol Anderson to discuss her latest book The Second: Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America on how the right to bear arms has been a means to suppress black Americans. Anderson details how black Americans throughout history have organized to defend themselves against state violence and racist uprisings. Anderson notes that black Americans' efforts to arm themselves were constant and well-founded given the violence perpetrated...


2600 - CoupAnon & Texas Dems Block Voting Disenfranchise w/ MR Crew

Sam and Emma are back from their Memorial Day break to discuss the top stories kicking off this week, from the anniversary of the Tulsa Massacre to the Texas Democrats' exit, and what we hope Democrats have learned from the failures of the January 6th commission. They begin by exploring the rising tensions, bolstered by the KKK and SCOTUS decisions, that led up to the 1921 Tulsa Massacre on Black Wall Street, then they look into the culmination of Republicans' decades-long crusade against...


2599 - The Filibuster Remains Undefeated & the MR Guide to Screenwriting w/ Alex Pareene & Matthew Film Guy

Sam hosts Alex Pareene, staff writer at the New Republic and host of The Politics of Everything, to discuss Manchin's stand on the filibuster, the sclerotic senate democrats, and Schumer's plan for filibuster reform all comes down to the June calendar. Matthew Film Guy joins in the second half to discuss Amazon's purchase of MGM, how shows work now in the streaming age, and why Reality Bites is the essential Gen X movie. And in the (Freebie Friday) Fun Half: Marjorie Taylor Greene debuts a...


2598 - GOP Stale Spending Talking Points, Investigating Barr at DOJ, & People Power at Fossil Fuel Companies w/ MR Crew

Sam and Emma discuss the top stories of the week including ongoing infrastructure negotiations, some wins for climate activists, and democrats lining up a legislative agenda post-filibuster. Sam and Emma breakdown the recent memo from Judge Amy Berman Jackson and Bill Barr's role in not charging Trump following the Mueller report, in which Barr's justification of foregoing charges was his own opinion. The two round out the first hour of the show explaining how climate activists are working...


2597 -Not A Riot -America's Untold Black Rebellion History w/ Elizabeth Hinton

Sam and Emma host Yale professor of history Elizabeth Hinton to discuss her new book America on Fire: The Untold History of Police Violence and Black Rebellion Since the 1960s and the importance of recasting what were once considered "riots" as rebellion, and how the original framing of those events helped elected officials stall on civil rights. And in the Fun Half: Dave Rubin continues his identity waltz to oblivion, relitigating the Trump impeachment trial, why the right loves Majorie...


2596 - The Point of Mutual Aid for This Crisis & the Next One w/ Dean Spade

Sam and Emma host trans activist and law professor Dean Spade to discuss his book Mutual Aid: Building Solidarity During This Crisis (and the Next) on what we learned about collective action through the Covid-19 pandemic and how to better prepare for the next one. They explore what mutual aid is, why solidarity, not charity, is necessary to make up for the failures of the system, and how, beyond meeting material needs, mutual aid helps build connections and mobilize communities to work for...


2595 - The Universal Material Price Of Racism w/ Heather McGhee

Sam and Emma host Heather McGhee, a senior fellow at Demos, to discuss her new book The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together on how the legacies of slavery and systemic racism hurt all Americans in material ways. They explore her concept of “drain pool politics,” in which white Americans started to vote away their own public benefits in response to desegregation, and its historical grounding in the white elite breaking up working-class solidarity by targeting...


2593 - How Progressives Embraced Palestinians & What's Really Being Canceled w/ Ben Dixon & Ben Burgis

Sam and Emma host Ben Dixon of the Benjamin Dixon Show to talk about the top stories of the week and shifting tides of leftist activist authority in U.S. politics, then Ben Burgis, author of Canceling Comedians While the World Burns, joins to discuss his critique of the current American left. Ben Dixon explores how the greater activist sway in U.S. politics has totally changed the discourse around Israel’s apartheid regime, helping shift the Biden administration’s stance on ceasefire and...


2592 - New York Helped Keep the Slave Trade Thriving Before the Civil War w/ Jonathan Daniel Wells

Emma hosts today’s Majority Report, featuring an interview Sam recorded with Jonathan Daniel Wells, University of Michigan Professor of History, on his latest book “The Kidnapping Club: Wall Street, Slavery, and Resistance on the Eve of the Civil War.” They explore slavery's deep ties to the financial centers of the North, NYC in particular, even after slavery laws began to change. Centering on the southern ties of Wall Street and Tammany Hall, Jonathan and Sam talk about the horrors of the...


2591- Do Covid Vaccines Work Well Enough to Drop Masks and Return to Regular Life? w/ Dr. MarkAlain Dery

Sam and Emma host epidemiologist Dr. MarkAlain Dery and host of the Covid Noise Filter podcast to discuss the state of the pandemic, including vaccine effectiveness, the new CDC mask guidance and the agency’s litany of failures during the covid pandemic, and why not achieving herd immunity is not the end of the world. And in the Fun Half: inside baseball on rhetoric to convince American Jews on Israel policy, miners striking for the 9th week in Alabama, the media’s cultural level does not...