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1 #1356 The Many, Many Problems with Cops and Why Reform is Impossible2020-07-06 20:27:10
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2 #1355 I Can't Breathe, The Three Words That Define an Era2020-06-29 17:43:21
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3 #1354 Police violence and racism are a product of our past (Uprising, Crackdown, Authoritarianism)2020-06-22 19:49:14
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#1354 Police violence and racism are a product of our past (Uprising, Crackdown, Authoritarianism)

Air Date 6/22/2020 Today we take a look at the history of racist policing which flows seamlessly into our present racist policing which itself flows into Trump's authoritarian glee at the opportunity to consolidate violent, racist power in response to protests against violent, racist power. Be part of the show! Leave us a message at 202-999-3991 MEMBERSHIP ON PATREON (Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content) Support us on PodHero Support us on Flattr EPISODE SPONSORS: Clean Choice Energy IF YOU’RE GOING TO SHOP AMAZON: Amazon USA | Amazon CA | Amazon UK SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: American Police - Throughline - Air Date 6-4-20 Black Americans being victimized and killed by the police is an epidemic. A truth many Americans are acknowledging since the murder of George Floyd, as protests have occurred in all fifty states calling for justice on his behalf. Ch. 2: From slavery to George Floyd: The racist history of U.S. policing - Democracy Now - Air Date 6-10-20 Harvard professor Khalil Gibran Muhammad, author of "The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime and the Making of Modern Urban America," walks through the history of policing from the founding of the United States to today. Ch. 3: The Truth: Police Are Lynching Black Americans! w/ Dr. Jhacova Williams, PhD - Thom Hartmann - Air Date 6-10-20 What if lynching never stopped... and the police took over the job? Ch. 4: Unmasking The 'Outside Agitator' Part 1 - Code Switch - Air Date 6-10-20 Whenever a protest boils up, it's a safe bet that public officials will quickly blame any violence or disruption on "outside agitators." But what, exactly, does it mean to be an agitator? And can these mysterious outsiders be a force for good? Ch. 5: "Looting" concerns distract from bureaucratic violence toward Black people - Democracy Now - Air Date 6-6-20 Carol Anderson, a professor of African American Studies at Emory University, discusses the Red Scare of 1919 and the echo of it we're seeing today. Ch. 6: Unmasking The 'Outside Agitator' Part 2 - Code Switch - Air Date 6-10-20 Whenever a protest boils up, it's a safe bet that public officials will quickly blame any violence or disruption on "outside agitators." But what, exactly, does it mean to be an agitator? And can these mysterious outsiders be a force for good? Ch. 7: The Man Who Teaches Our Cops To Kill - Behind the Bastards - Air Date 6-1-20 Robert is joined by Jack O'Brien to discuss David Grossman, director of the Killology Research Group. More than a hundred police departments, and thousands of police officers, have taken Grossman’s courses over more than twenty years. Ch. 8: Protests Sweep Across America and Beyond Part 2 - The Daily Show - Air Date 6-9-20 Police get violent with peaceful protesters. Ch. 9: Systemic Exhaustion - In The Thick - Air Date 6-10-20 As thousands of protestors fill the streets, Maria and Julio talk about the #BlackLivesMatter movement, performative allyship, and what it means to abolish the police with Karen Attiah and Dr. Christina Greer. Ch. 10: The Rebellion in Defense of Black Lives Is Rooted in U.S. History, so Too Is Trump’s Authoritarian Rule. - Intercepted - Air Date 6-3-20 With the threat of widespread military deployment in U.S. cities looming, the president is acting as an authoritarian dictator. Ch. 11: Why Ta-Nehisi Coates is hopeful - The Ezra Klein Show - Air Date 6-4-20 There is now, as there always is amidst protests, a loud call for the protesters to follow the principles of nonviolence. And that call, as Ta-Nehisi Coates says, comes from people who neither practice nor heed nonviolence in their own lives. Ch. 12: Is This Trump’s Reichstag Fire Moment? Part 1 - Deconstructed with Mehdi Hasan - Air Date 6-4-20 President Trump has seized on the nationwide protest movement that followed the death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer to advance his most authoritarian political instincts. Fascism scholar Ruth Ben-Ghiat joins Mehdi Hasan to d Ch. 13: The Military Stands Up To Trump - On the Media - Air Date 6-18-20 It began with the President’s notorious bible photo-op, preceded by a military crackdown north of the White House clearing protesters from Lafayette Square. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff later publicly renounced his role in the incident. Ch. 14: Is This Trump’s Reichstag Fire Moment? Part 2 - Deconstructed with Mehdi Hasan - Air Date 6-4-20 President Trump has seized on the nationwide protest movement that followed the death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer to advance his most authoritarian political instincts. Fascism scholar Ruth Ben-Ghiat joins Mehdi Hasan to d FINAL COMMENTS Ch. 15: Final comments on how things are going these days MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions): Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr  Line Etching - Marble Run On Early Light - Cholate Parade Shoes - Arc and Crecent Weathervane - CloudCover Rapids - Grey River Vittoro - Aeronaut Dirtbike Lovers - Desert Orchard Waterbourne - Algea Fields Santre - K2 Chilvat - Lillehammer A Path Unwinding - K4 Denzel Sprak - CloudCover The Summit - K2 Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent   Produced by Jay! 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4 #1353 Uprising, George Floyd was the spark that ignited the world2020-06-17 20:13:51
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5 #1352 Racism In America, The Last 160 Years, Explained2020-06-10 15:10:21
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6 #1351 The Empire Strikes Up Another Cold War (China and US Empire)2020-06-05 20:48:45
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7 #1029 You can't reignite a fire that never stops burning (Black and Blue Lives) (Repost)2020-06-02 21:07:15
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8 #1350 Reach For The Good Ideas That Are Just Lying Around (Disaster Capitalism)2020-05-21 17:23:47
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9 Bonus Edition #208 Planet of the Humans from Michael Moore, Explained2020-05-15 16:00:00
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10 Bonus Edition #207 Hope springs eternal and tries to kill you2020-05-07 19:58:29
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11 #1349 A Deep Dive on the Dysfunction of Trump and his Followers (Coronavirus)2020-05-04
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12 Bonus Edition #205 A Pandemic of American Myths2020-04-29 15:18:18
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13 #1348 Not the Great Equalizer, the Amplifier of Disparity (Coronavirus)2020-04-22 02:02:40
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14 Bonus Edition #203 The Fog of Work2020-04-16 19:55:17
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15 #1347 Locked in a Petri Dish (Mass Pandemic Incarceration)2020-04-12 16:21:26
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16 Bonus Edition #201 Forget Positive Thinking, Feel Better by Contemplating the Worst2020-04-08 19:25:48
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17 #1346 Pandemic Economics and the Reverse Robin Hood Bailout2020-04-04 14:32:53
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18 Bonus Edition #200 Mental Taxation2020-04-01 19:57:19
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19 #1345 All the Best COVID-19 Coping Mechanisms in One Place2020-03-26 16:00:00
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20 #1344 Everything is Political (Social Safety Net in a Time of Pandemic)2020-03-20 16:00:00
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