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Why Obama Should Pardon Snowden: The Nation podcast 8/25

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Amnesty for Edward Snowden: ACLU attorney Ben Wizner argues that President Obama should do the right thing in view of the NSA whistle-blower’s contributions to freedom and democracy.

The power of independent journalism was demonstrated last week when the Justice Department announced the end of privately run prisons in the federal prison system. Seth Freed Wessler explains what it took to uncover dozens of questionable deaths in these corporate, for-profit facilities in his yearlong investigation for The Nation.

Also: Who is Jared Kushner, and why does Donald Trump listen to his advice? Amy Wilentz tells the story of Trump’s influential son-in-law: how his father, Charles Kushner, was sent to prison by then–US Attorney Chris Christie; how the 2007 crash nearly destroyed the family’s real-estate fortune; and how he’s advising the Republican candidate.

 

The Woman Behind Trump: The Nation podcast 8/18

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The most powerful person in Donald Trump’s campaign is not a political professional but rather his own daughter, Ivanka. Amy Wilentz explains how Ivanka got there, and comments on her personal, and political, history.

Also: Rosa Brooks talks about “how everything became war and the military became everything”—the title of her new book.  She worked at the Pentagon; now she’s a law professor at Georgetown University.

Plus: We’re still thinking about the ’60s—and so is Calvin Trillin. He went to Mississippi in 1964 as a young journalist, and in the decades since, he’s written a lot about race in America. His new book is Jackson 1964.

What Trump Got Wrong About Sexual Harassment: The Nation podcast 8/11

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Katha Pollitt explains how women employees’ complaints of sexual harrassment forced out Roger Ailes—and examnes Donald Trump’s comments about it.  Katha’s new book is Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights.

Plus Ari Berman analyses the effect of voting rights victories in court on Trump’s chances in North Carolina and other swing states.  Ari’s book Give Us the Ballot is out now in paperback.

And Dave Zirin reports from the Olympics in Rio – the protests, the displaced people, and the real problem: not the Brazilian government, but the International Olympic Committee.  Dave is the author of Brazil’s Dance with the Devil.

 

Trump Talk: Amy Wilentz on KPFK 8/10

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Trump’s “Second Amendment People”: AMY WILENTZ comments on the candidate and the commentary.

Also: SUSAN FALUDI, author of the feminist classic “Backlash,” has a new book about her father – he got male-to-female sex reassignment surgery when he was 76 – and told her about it afterwards.  The book is “In the Darkroom.”

Plus:  a criminal trial for the sheriff – former LA County Sheriff Lee Baca will go to trial on federal charges of obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice.  It’s one of the most amazing developments in the history of Los Angeles.  CELESTE FREMON of WitnessLA.com will explain.

 

Are Hillary’s Poll Numbers Misleading? TheNation.com 8/7

Political science tells us Hillary Clinton will win the election—the poll numbers are so clearly in her favor. As of this moment, the authoritative FiveThirtyEight “polls only” forecast says Clinton’s chance of beating Trump is 86.6 percent. But polling is an inexact science, and a lot of pundits are asking: Could the polls be wrong this time?
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An Hour Without Trump: The Nation podcast 8/4

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rump is everywhere in the news this week, so we decided to do something different: 60 minutes of political talk that is Trump-free. Guaranteed. Instead:

The fight to limit government surveillance tactics: Ben Wizner talks about what we have won—and what we need to do next. He’s director of the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project and the lawyer for Edward Snowden.

Plus: Susan Faludi tells the story of a transgender woman—her father, who transitioned when she was 76. Susan, of course, is the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women. Now she has a new book out; it’s called In the Darkroom.

And Tom Lutz has been traveling a lot; he went to Lhasa to talk about Tibetan resistance to China; he went to Jordan to talk about Iran and America; and he went to Tehran to talk about the Kurds.
His new book is Drinking Mare’s Milk on the Roof of the World.

Remembering the Sixties: KPFK 8/2

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Clara Bingham
talks about her oral history “Witness to the Revolution: Remembering the Sixties”–she interviewed 100 people–the famous and the unknown.

Calvin Trillin of The Nation and The New Yorker remembers reporting from Mississippi in the sixties: his new book is “Jackson 1964.”

Plus award-winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney has the scary story of the Stuxnet virus and the future of cyber war: his new film is “Zero Days.”

And Amy Wilentz talks about gender in politics today: the masculinity of Donald Trump, the feminism of Ivanka Trump, and all those terrible things they say about Hillary’s voice, smile, and body.

Ivanka & Hillary: Amy Wilentz on TheNation podcast 7/29

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Amy Wilentz looks at gender in politics today: Donald Trump’s brand of masculinity, Ivanka Trump’s brand of femininity, and all those criticisms of Hillary Clinton’s voice, smile, and more.

plus: John Nichols analyzes Hillary Clinton’s big speech and the place of Bernie Sanders supporters in Democrats’ plans to fight Donald Trump.

and D.D. Guttenplan reports on Bernie and the Bernie people at the convention—the battles, the booing, and the work to keep the movement alive after November.

Can Trump Win? The Republicans After Cleveland: The Nation Podcast 7/22

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my Wilentz and I debate Trump’s chances for victory in November: I say he won’t win; Amy says, “Don’t be so sure.”
Plus: John Nichols and D.D. Guttenplan analyze the aura of violence inside the convention hall, and what it says about the Republicans—and the rest of us.
And George Zornick reports on the action in the streets–there wasn’t a lot– and the treatment of demonstrators–and the media–by the Cleveland police.