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A Shithole Place Called Racism

Last week, in an oval office meeting to discuss a path forward for Dreamers, Donald Trump made the now infamous comment that he’d like fewer immigrants from African nations, what he described as, “shithole countries.” Obviously, Michele and Igor have a lot to discuss. They take a deep dive into the long history of Trump's racist behavior from discriminating against blacks who wanted to rent his apartments in the 1970s to launching a presidential campaign where he called Mexicans "rapists."...


BONUS EPISODE: Work Hard, Graduate College, Become an MD, Be Deported

The government will shut down at midnight on Friday if Congress cannot pass a spending bill before then. These discussions will involve important negotiations on immigration and the potential for the Dream Act to be included in the bill. On this bonus episode, two Dreamers—both medical students who are close to receiving their medical licenses—share their experiences of being brought to the U.S. as young children; they recount the hard work that got them into prestigious medical programs and...


"A Very Stable Genius"

Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA), ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee joins Michele and Igor to break down the latest developments in the Russia investigation. He also comments on the allegations made in Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury,” that President Trump may not be fit for office and weighs in on whether impeachment or invoking the 25th amendment may be necessary. Max Bergmann—Thinking CAP’s own Russia correspondent—explains the proposed criminal charges against Christopher...


The Surge of Women Candidates

A record number of women are considering a run for office, in particular a record number for governor – 49 Democrats and 30 Republicans. Michele and Igor speak with Karen Tumulty, National Political Correspondent for the Washington Post about who these women are, what roadblocks they will face, and what role the #MeToo reckoning has played in urging more women to step into positions of leadership. Then, they ask her about being a journalist in an era where the president is frequently...


The Year That Was

Michele and Igor are joined by Mike Fuchs, senior fellow with CAP’s National Security team and a former State Department official, and Emily Tisch Sussman, campaign director for CAP and the Center for American Progress Action Fund, to break down 2017. They discuss the year of Trump’s foreign policy, the tweets that riled up North Korea, and the unfolding investigation by Robert Mueller to get to the source of Russian interference in the 2016 election. They also discuss racial tensions and...


5 Years After Sandy Hook, Gun Massacres Are on the Rise

Five years after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, there’s still no sign of comprehensive gun safety legislation out of Congress. With President Donald Trump in office, backed by $30 million of NRA funding, legislative solutions look more and more unlikely. On this episode, Sarah Clements shares her deeply personal experience of the shooting at Sandy Hook, waiting for news about her mother’s fate, and how it propelled her to advocate for gun...


Why Harvey Weinstein and Powerful Men Sexually Abuse

Michele and Igor seek to dive past the headlines of yet another powerful man charged with allegations of assault or sexual misconduct that have been plastering our television screens, finally bringing awareness to this age old problem. In this episode, they examine the social psychology and the systematic structures that have allowed for this disgusting behavior to exist in the first place. They speak with Dr. Dacher Keltner, psychology professor at University of California Berkeley, and...


The Greatest Tax Scam

Congress continues to work at passing a tax bill that will massively cut taxes on corporations and wealthy individuals, and will strip many provisions that help middle class Americans. Michele and Igor discuss with Helaine Olen, contributor to the Washington Post’s Plumline blog and author of “Pound Foolish: Exposing the Dark Side of the Personal Finance Industry,” about what’s up for debate in conference this week, who this bill is for (hint: donors), and who it hurts the most (hint:...


"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...


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!


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...


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....


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.)


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.


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...


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.


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.


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...


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.


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.


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