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Episode 47: Politics, Discourse and Being Extremely Online

We talk to beloved Twitter poster Krang T. Nelson (@krangtnelson) about how politics and Twitter intersect, what it's like to be extremely online and other very important things. This is part one of a two-part series. The second half of our conversation will be available to Patreon subscribers. Go to to subscribe.

Duration: 01:05:28

Episode 45: St. Louis, Police Brutality and Accountability

Sam, Jake and Jordan discuss the fallout after a judge found former St. Louis Police Officer Jason Stockley not guilty of killing Anthony Smith in 2011. Stockley was captured on film shooting Smith, who was unarmed, five times then planting a weapon on him to frame him. We discuss the implications for this case and how people can get involved on the local level to demand police accountability.

Duration: 00:48:30

Episode 43: Monkey Selfie, PETA and Animal Rights

Jared Goodman, Director of Animal Law at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), joins Jordan to discuss its legal battle over ownership of the viral "monkey selfie," what role this case plays in PETA's larger effort for animal liberation, and how they balance their campaigns and strategies with public pushback. [Note: This was recorded before PETA and the photographer settled. Read more here]

Duration: 00:31:20

Episode 41: Kamala Harris, Sherrod Brown and Single Payer

We talk about the differing views on single payer/universal healthcare from Senators Kamala Harris & Sherrod Brown, and that that means for the Democrats going forward. Also, we talk about Peter Daou's new site, Verrit. Jake has strong feelings here.

Duration: 01:02:55

Episode 40: Confederate Statues, White Supremacy and Black Liberation

Sam Sinyangwe, @SamSwey on Twitter, joins us to talk about the campaign to remove Confederate statues and his crowdfunding effort to construct and erect statues commemorating black liberation in their place. You can contribute to his effort HERE:

Duration: 00:39:43

Episode 37 TEASER: Afghanistan, War and Paul Ryan

For the FULL episode, subscribe to our Patreon at For only $5 a month, you'll gain access to at least one premium episode a week. -- On Monday, Trump announced he's sending more troops to Afghanistan to elongate our already longest war. We discuss the culture of perpetual warfare in America and what is means for people around the world. Later in the show, we break down Paul Ryan's CNN "town hall" and his tepid response to Trump's inadequate response to...

Duration: 00:03:51

Episode 36: Sheetcaking, Trump and Ben Sasse

Brynna Quillin, Director of Outreach at The Opposition and @BrynnaQuillin on Twitter, joins us to break down Tina Fey's "Sheetcaking" skit and be critique the worst takes of the week in another installment of "They Should Have Thought Twice." Also, we draw a winner in our Starbucks gift card giveaway!

Duration: 00:51:10

Episode 35: Kaepernick, Race and Sports

Travon Free, stand-up comic and writer for "Full Frontal with Samantha Bee" joins us to discuss the NFL's blacklisting of quarterback Colin Kaepernick due to his social justice/Black Lives Matter activism.

Duration: 00:36:06

Episode 34: Charlottesville, Trump and the Alt-Left

Reporter Paul Blest joins us to talk about Charlottesville, Trump defending Nazis and how he blamed the Alt-Left, as well as Paul's new piece in The Outline on the division on the left. You can read Paul's piece HERE: Also, Jake's computer was acting wonky at the beginning so he dropped out to address it. That's why he's quiet at the beginning. He wanted us to go on without him like true comrade.

Duration: 00:42:05

Episode 32: Putin, Charlottesville and Donuts

Jake is IN the Washington, DC metro area for our first IN PERSON episode. No better way to break our investigation into Putin's latest tactic. It's called racism, maybe you've heard of it. But really, we talk about the great Democratic donut debate and the horrible alt-right actions and terrorist attack in Charlottesville.

Duration: 00:31:28

Episode 31: What the DSA Stands For

Katy, @Kid_Mao on Twitter, is back with a recap of the sold out Democratic Socialists of America convention. She regales us with a thrilling rundown of the action, informs us of DSA's newly-adopted proposals and how 25,000+ member strong DSA got to this point.

Duration: 00:38:20

Episode 30: Scarborough, Tapper and Harris

Fresh off a weekend of good beer and finally seeing each other in three years, Jake and Jordan rehash Joe Scarborough's pro-war/anti-video game tweets, Jake Tapper's weird Lego Trump tweet, and the hashtag Resistance protecting Kamala Harris from any/all criticism.

Duration: 00:49:19

Episode 29: Democratic Socialism, Capitalism and Shifting Left

Katy, an organizer with the Democratic Socialists of America, joins us to talk about what DSA actually represents, who belongs in its big tent, why we should be concerned about capitalism, and why DSA has seen such a huge boost in support. Katy is @kid_mao on Twitter.

Duration: 00:38:00

Episode 28: Policing the Black Man feat. Prof. Angela Davis

Professor Angela Davis of American University's Washington College of Law joins us to discuss her new book, "Policing the Black Man." In this insightful conversation, Prof. Davis provides an overview of how black men in America are disadvantaged and disenfranchised at every step of the "criminal justice" process. You can purchase a copy of her book HERE:

Duration: 00:43:34

*TEASER* Episode 27: Healthcare, Activism and John McCain

*Go to to subscribe & hear the whole episode* Brynna Quillin, Outreach Director at The Opposition, joins us to discuss the role of activism in the healthcare debate, how and why Trumpcare failed, whether John McCain is actually a hero and what comes next for Democrats on this issue.

Duration: 00:01:42

Episode 26: Dating in DC, Bagel Donuts and the Basement Bitches

Jordan heads to the basement for a special episode with Kate and Nicole, aka the Basement Bitches. We talk obnoxious food trends, dating in DC, politics and review bagel donuts. Also, Nicole's dog threw up but we edited it out.

Duration: 00:59:44

*BONUS* A Better Podcast: Better Hosts, Better Guests, Better Episodes

Eve Peyser, (@evepeyser on Twitter) staff politics writer at, joins Jordan to discuss the Democrat's new slogan, "A Better Deal: Better Jobs, Better Wages, Better Future," and how universal healthcare is conspicuously absent from the messaging. What does this mean for the party's continual shift to the middle. Check out Eve's column on Vice:

Duration: 00:36:36

Episode 24: Youngstown, The Rust Belt and Trump

David Skolnick, Politics Reporter at the Youngstown Vindicator and Dr. Paul Sracic, Chair of the Political Science Department at Youngstown State University, join Jordan for a conversation on Trump's return to Youngstown, Ohio, how and why his message resonated in that largely Democratic area, and what the Democrats need to do to win back the Rust Belt.

Duration: 00:38:53

Episode 23: Healthcare, Single Payer and Medicare for All

Healthcare policy wonk Tim Faust (@crulge on Twitter) joins us to break down the healthcare system in the United States, the current efforts by Senate Republicans to repeal Obamacare, and what a universal healthcare system would look like.

Duration: 00:55:37

Episode 22: DNA Testing, Health Data and Privacy

We interview Ifeoma Ajunwa, J.D., Ph.D. a faculty associate at Harvard's Berkman Klein Center and an Assistant Professor at Cornell University’s Industrial and Labor Relations School (ILR), on the rise in popularity of commercial DNA testing, fitness trackers, health data, workplace wellness programs and what all those mean for your privacy and rights.

Duration: 00:40:58

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