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Donald Trump isn't "crazy" — but America might be having a breakdown

9/27/2017
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Allen Frances doesn’t think Donald Trump is "crazy." This is not comforting news. Last winter, the former the chair of the DSM-IV Task Force and the department of psychiatry at Duke University School of Medicine wrote a widely circulated letter to the New York Times affirming that as the man who “wrote the criteria” that define narcissistic personality disorder, Trump doesn’t seem to be suffering from it. Instead, as he suggests in his new book, he’s just “a bad person.” Which is worse. In...

Duration:00:18:57


Tig Notaro on what's next for "One Mississippi"

9/14/2017
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No matter how much comic, writer and director Tig Notaro insists that her Amazon series “One Mississippi” is semi-autobiographical — "75 percent real," she says — her fans still assume that it’s closer to real-life than fiction. The show came out of a time period when everything fell apart in her life — cancer, a breakup, more disease, and the unexpected death of her mom. In season 2, Notaro takes more creative license with the path her character Tig takes. In this episode of "Salon Mix,"...

Duration:00:15:14


"They came for the nerd girls first": The price of ignoring Gamergate

8/16/2017
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Feminist writers and writers of color experienced extreme online harassment during the years leading up to the 2016 election, when the so-called alt-right then turned its efforts to supporting Donald Trump's campaign for the presidency. Writer Laurie Penny, author of the new book of essays "Bitch Doctrine," and Salon's Amanda Marcotte discuss why the pushback to identity politics on the left is misguided, the surge of the so-called alt-right, and why online harassment against feminists and...

Duration:00:12:40


Hip-hop is the number one music genre — now what?

8/2/2017
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It’s official — as of mid-July, hip-hop is the most popular music genre in the United States. This year, for the first time, rap music passed rock to take the number one spot on Nielsen’s industry report. On this episode, Salon's editor at large D. Watkins sits down with Darryl McDaniels of RUN-D.M.C. fame and author and hip-hop artist Toni Blackman, who was the first hip-hop ambassador for the U.S. State Department, to talk about what it all means. They break down hip-hop’s roots and...

Duration:00:15:27


This is awkward: Here's the science behind our minor social deviations

7/19/2017
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What’s so awesome about being awkward? Salon’s Mary Elizabeth Williams talks with Dr. Ty Tashiro about why we should actually embrace our quirks and the things we think are weird about ourselves. Tashiro is a psychologist and interpersonal relationship expert and the author of “AWKWARD: The Science of Why We’re Socially Awkward and Why That’s Awesome.” He shares the story of his own awkward tendencies, how he learned to navigate through them, and what we can all do to embrace the awkward.

Duration:00:18:25


Ani DiFranco's path away from patriarchy

7/5/2017
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Throughout her career, singer/songwriter Ani DiFranco has never shied away from mixing her politics with her art. Since her breakout self-titled 1990 album, she’s become known as much for being outspoken on feminism, reproductive rights and LGBT visibility as for her poetic lyrics and her signature style of staccato style of guitar. DiFranco stopped by our studio to talk with Salon’s Alli Joseph about her politics, her artistic process, and her new album, “Binary.”

Duration:00:15:42


Can video games promote empathy?

6/7/2017
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Can playing a video game teach someone what it's like to live in poverty, or as a transgender woman? Or is that outside of the scope of a game? Salon's Matt Smith and Austin Walker, editor in chief of Vice's Waypoint, debate the limits of art and agency and whether or not video games can make us feel like we understand someone else's life.

Duration:00:11:23


The case for Donald Trump's impeachment

5/23/2017
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American University professor Allan Lichtman has correctly predicted the outcomes of every U.S. presidential election since 1984 — including Donald Trump's. Now, he's predicting Trump will be impeached. Salon's Matthew Rozsa speaks with Lichtman about the history and purpose of impeachment, why Trump fits the bill, and what could happen next.

Duration:00:17:01


Abortion on TV: No longer for Very Special Episodes

5/10/2017
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Although abortion has been legal in the United States since 1973, TV — both scripted and reality — all but ignored the issue for decades. Salon writer Mary Elizabeth Williams talks to sociologist Gretchen Sisson, one of the directors of the Abortion Onscreen Project, about the evolution of abortion on TV, from "Maude" to "Jane the Virgin" and "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend."

Duration:00:13:41


John Waters on what the Trump resistance needs: "Bring back terrorism of humor"

4/26/2017
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Acclaimed filmmaker John Waters delivered a commencement address in 2015 that went viral. Now, his advice for graduates has been published in a new book, "Make Trouble." In this episode of the Salon Mix podcast, John Waters sits down with Amanda Marcotte to talk about dealing with critical family members, how to know you're really on the cutting edge, Donald Trump's bad taste, and how to develop your own talent and style.

Duration:00:11:13


P.J. O'Rourke on Trump's impending doom: Be careful what you wish for

4/11/2017
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Veteran humorist and political pundit P.J. O'Rourke — who's been known to refer to himself as "the only intentionally funny conservative" — talks to Salon's Andrew O'Hehir about Donald Trump, conspiracy theories and his new book about the 2016 election, "How the Hell Did This Happen?"

Duration:00:14:39


RuPaul's life lessons

3/30/2017
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Salon's Alli Joseph sits down with RuPaul to talk about life and how to live it, the power of drag, and the talent behind "RuPaul's Drag Race," now in its ninth season on Vh1.

Duration:00:11:14


Black, female and autistic: Hiding in plain sight

3/14/2017
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Salon's Matthew Rozsa talks to Morénike Giwa Onaiwu of the Autism Women's Network about the intersectional roles gender and race play in autism diagnosis, visibility, and advocacy.

Duration:00:10:17


Cuba's Tourism Boom: Change Is Coming Fast

3/7/2017
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Salon's Alli Joseph talks with travel experts about how Cuba is handling its newfound role as a tourist destination — and what visitors can expect.

Duration:00:10:55


Capturing wildlife on "Planet Earth II": Chadden Hunter

2/28/2017
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In 2006, BBC’s nature documentary series “Planet Earth” dazzled millions of viewers around the globe with indelible images of wildlife that only a few years prior to its debut seemed all but impossible to obtain. Its follow-up, “Planet Earth II,” made its stateside premiere on February 18, and shows how much has changed in the decade since the original series aired. To find out more about the making of this highly-anticipated sequel Salon TV critic Melanie McFarland spoke with Chadden...

Duration:00:14:28


Secrets to Democrats' success in Nevada

1/17/2017
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Salon politics writer Amanda Marcotte talks with veteran Nevada reporter Jon Ralston about the "Harry Reid effect" and why Nevada was so successful in getting Democrats elected in 2016 when other states were not.

Duration:00:12:47


"Luke Cage" and "Westworld" composers talk music

12/21/2016
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Salon talks to "Marvel's Luke Cage" score composers Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Adrian Younge and "Westworld" score composer Ramin Djawadi, who before this show was known to HBO fans as the composer for "Game of Thrones," about how they made their shows' signature sounds

Duration:00:14:54


Female "Ghostbusters" sparked a Donald Trump-sized backlash

12/15/2016
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Amanda Marcotte talks with author Andi Zeisler about the year in feminist pop culture, and the backlash against it that helped Donald Trump win the presidential election. Go to Salon.com to read an article and watch a video on this topic.

Duration:00:15:16


"Lady Dynamite"'s Maria Bamford on TV's Best Year for Mental Illness

12/12/2016
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Salon's Mary Elizabeth Williams spoke to "Lady Dynamite"'s Bamford via Skype to discuss visibility, turning mental illness into creative inspiration, and why psych wards aren’t as nearly fun as they look in the movies.

Duration:00:10:39


How Alex Jones' paranoia became a political force

11/2/2016
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Alex Jones, with his conspiracy theory media empire Infowars, used to be a fringe character, until Donald Trump's paranoia-driven campaign launched him into the national spotlight. Salon's Amanda Marcotte speaks with conspiracy theorist expert Mark Fenster about Jones' unconventional career. See more at salon.com

Duration:00:14:21