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"The President Stole Your Land"

President Trump announced on Monday that he'll slash the size of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments in Utah by two million acres, the largest rollback of federal protection in the nation’s history. In response, Patagonia – the outdoor clothing and equipment retailer that Igor wishes he had a jacket from – replaced their homepage with a banner reading, “The President Stole Your Land.” Matt Lee Ashley, Senior Fellow with CAP’s Public Lands team and former deputy...

Duration: 00:32:33

Your Internet Access Is At Risk

The Federal Communications Commission (FFC) has released a plan to repeal net neutrality, the law that protects open internet access and stops companies from charging more and blocking certain websites from its consumers. Michele and Igor sit down with FCC Commissioner, Jessica Rosenworcel, one of the five people who will be deciding the fate of net neutrality, to break down the importance of open internet access. Also make sure to listen to the end for a new segment from Michele and Igor!

Duration: 00:23:36

Stuffing The Courts

President Trump has nominated 59 federal and lower court judges, including Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch since taking office. That's more than any president at this point in his tenure for nearly 50 years. To discuss this aggressive strategy, why he’s been able to push so many judges through, and who these judges are (you guessed it: largely white men), we speak with Christopher Kang, Former Deputy Council for President Obama, Kristine Lucius, Vice President for Policy at the...

Duration: 00:31:31

God, Roy Moore, and Faith in the Resistance

Roy Moore: it’s who everyone is talking about. The question this week—how is it possible that a person who has built his career on Christian conservationism can act in this way? Michele and Igor speak with Jack Jenkins, senior religion reporter for ThinkProgress, to get the answer. Jenkins also discusses the “white” factor of Christian nationalism, and the pivotal moment in 2017 that led the progressive movement to embrace faith more than ever before. Also on this week’s episode, E.J....

Duration: 00:35:21

In 2016, White Evangelicals Acted More White Than Evangelical

Best-selling author, Reza Aslan joins Michele Igor to discuss his new book, "God: A Human History." Aslan shares a dire warning about what he believes is a cult-like religious fervor among Trump supporters, and tells us why he's not surprised Trumpism failed in VA and NJ in Tuesday's elections. Then he shares the three reasons he believes white evangelicals votes for Donald Trump(clue: his whiteness and richness are both factors.)

Duration: 00:30:29

Do Progressives Take Communities of Color for Granted?

In this special collaboration with In The Thick, Michele and Igor are joined by Maria Hinojosa, president of the Futuro Media Group and host of NPR's Latino USA, and Julio Ricardo Varela, Futuro's digital media director and founder of Latino Rebels. They discuss Sunday’s mass shooting at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, and the killer’s troubling past. Then, they explore biases in the progressive community, in the media, and offer ideas on how to fix it.

Duration: 00:26:59

Meet The 1%er Who Wants To Pay More Taxes

As we await details of the GOP’s tax plan, Igor and Michele sit down with Seth Hanlon, a senior fellow with CAP’s economic policy team and former tax policy adviser to President Obama. Seth breaks down who the bill helps and who it doesn’t (hint: the middle class). Then, our hosts are joined by Nick Hanauer: entrepreneur, 1%er and fierce advocate in the fight against economic inequality. Nick explains why trickle-down economics simply doesn’t work and how raising the minimum wage has...

Duration: 00:27:58

BONUS EPISODE: Why Robert Mueller is Interested in a $1,034,350 Rug

What a week: Special Counsel Robert Mueller has indicted former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his former business partner Rick Gates. We also learned that George Papadopoulos, a third Trump campaign official, has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI. Matt Miller, a former official with the Department of Justice and partner at Vianovo, joins Michele and Igor to break down the indictments.

Duration: 00:27:20

Jeff Flake, #Me Too and a Strong Steady Voice Against the Trump Agenda

Michele and Igor sit down with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) to discuss #MeToo, the viral hashtag that serves as a rallying cry against sexual misconduct and assault; her meeting with Ivanka Trump; and Administrator Scott Pruitt’s dangerous decisions at the EPA. Michele and Igor also talk about Senator Jeff Flake’s (R-AZ) announcement this week that he will not seek re-election in 2018, making him the latest Congressional Republican who no longer wants to put up with Trump.

Duration: 00:31:13

BONUS EPISODE: What People Don’t Understand About Blackness

Michele and Igor chat with Brittany Packnett—activist, teacher & co-founder of Campaign Zero—about the FBI targeting so-called “black identity extremists,” like the Black Lives Matter movement advocates she worked with during the aftermath of Michael Brown’s killing in Ferguson, Missouri. Packnett also discusses how the whiteness of the Las Vegas shooter colored how the media covered him, how white people can use their privilege to be good allies, code switching, and the worst Dove...

Duration: 00:36:06

Eric Holder on the Rollback of Justice

Michele and Igor chat with Former Attorney General Eric Holder to get his assessment on how Jeff Sessions is running the Department of Justice. They discuss the recent NFL protests, backlash from President Trump and Vice President Pence to players exercising their first amendment rights and the suspension of Jemele Hill. Also, Holder shares his biggest regret from his time as Attorney General.

Duration: 00:29:30

BONUS EPISODE: A Bulwark Against Trump in California

Michele and Igor are joined by California State Senator, Kevin De Leon, Senate President Pro Tempore who discusses California’s role in leading the resistance against Trump, what more progressives in Washington should be doing to fight his agenda and how he helped make California a “sanctuary state” with the most far reaching immigration legislation in the country.

Duration: 00:18:58

Harvey Weinstein, Rocket Man, and the NRA

Harvey Weinstein, Rocket Man, and the NRA by Center for American Progress

Duration: 00:32:25

Hillary Clinton

Michele and Igor speak with Former U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, following the release of her new book, "What Happened," to discuss the tragic mass shooting in Las Vegas on Monday, the President's response to the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria, the regulation of Facebook and the start of the Supreme Court session. Michele also gets her to open up about her faith and how prayer has gotten her through the months since the 2016 election.

Duration: 00:40:12

BONUS EPISODE: “You Will Pay Again and Again and Again” For These Disasters

Michele and Igor talk to Former FEMA Administrator, Craig Fugate who led responses to major disasters including Hurricanes Sandy and Matthew. Fugate discusses why these disasters are getting bigger and more complex, the role of climate change, and the smartest ways to rebuild. He also talks about the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico and the unique challenges for the Island.

Duration: 00:20:02

Hasan Minhaj's Rules For Jokes in the Trump Era

Michele and Igor chat with Hasan Minhaj, Senior Correspondent for the Daily Show, who released his first Netflix special “Homecoming King” in May. Hasan opens up about his reluctance to share his family's immigration story, why he thinks comedian Kathy Griffin went too far and whether he'd consider a career in politics.

Duration: 00:23:55

Obamacare Repeal Bills, Like GoT White Walkers, are Very Difficult to Kill

Michele and Igor speak with Andy Slavitt, Former Acting Administrator at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services under President Obama (and twitter hero) about the latest efforts in Congress to repeal the ACA in the form of the Graham-Cassidy bill. He reminds us why health care is far more personal and significant than partisan politics, and how we can work towards universal coverage.

Duration: 00:29:57

BONUS EPISODE: How I Set Off an International Crisis as a Junior Speechwriter for President Obama

Michele and Igor chat with David Litt, a former speechwriter for then-President Barack Obama and author of “Thanks, Obama: My Hopey Changey White House Years,” released today. Litt discusses his experience as the go-to joke writer for the president, how he embarrassed himself more than once, and a pro-tip about sending angry emails.

Duration: 00:22:46

Social Media is Designed to Sell You to Advertisers

Michele and Igor chat with comedian Baratunde Thurston, author of New York Times Bestseller “How to Be Black” on race in Trump's America and how social media is forcing us all to sell our identities to advertisers....and Michele shares why she is not on Facebook.

Duration: 00:26:52

The Real Story Behind the Dream Act

We sit down with Angela Maria Kelley, former senior advisor for immigration policy in the Obama White House, to get an inside look into the fight thus far for Dreamers. Kelley discusses what it means for nearly 800,000 young immigrants to have only 6 months left under the DACA program--and what Congress could do to fix the inhumane tragedy that Trump has carelessly created.

Duration: 00:28:20

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