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Episode 860


Aug 1 2015

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Patrick L. Smith

Obama's incoherent Turkey deal betrays Kurdish allies for short term gains.

Foreign affairs analyst Patrick L. Smith examines President Obama’s recent military alliance with Turkey and finds another victory for American exceptionalism in the Middle East, short term military priorities defeating regional stability, and a colossal betryal of America’s strongest allies in the fight against ISISs – Kurdish fighters now under attack by Turkey.

Patrick wrote the article Our monumental Turkey blunder: Who put the American exceptionalists back in charge? for Salon.



Richard Beck

The texture of fear: Inside the mass hysteria of 1980s child sex abuse scares.

Writer Richard Beck explains how the mass moral panic around day care child abuse reflected America’s anxieties about the changing roles of work, motherhood and family in the 1980s, and the impact of the McMartin trial and similar cases on American society, from psychiatry and law enforcement to the second wave of feminism.

Richard is author of the new book We Believe the Children: A Moral Panic in the 1980s from PublicAffairs.



Steve Horn

How Milwaukee built a stadium deal on cynical politics and corporate welfare.

Investigative journalist Steve Horn digs through a web of paperwork and political deals to explain how the city of Milwaukee engineered a new NBA stadium deal with $400 million in taxpayer money through deceptive numbers, insider relationships and almost no public input.

Steve posted the Truthdig report Gov. Walker and the Democrats’ Dance: Shady Politics Behind the Milwaukee Bucks Arena.



Sarah Jaffe

Politicians are politicians. Politicians are not your friends. Don't forget!

Journalist Sarah Jaffe examines recent moments in Democratic cynicism, from a Bernie Sanders non-moment at Netroots Nation to Andrew Cuomo’s two-faced Fight for $15 victory lap, and explains why we can’t let politicians take credit for the work of activists, organizers, and regular pissed off people pushing for a voice and a vote in American politics.

Sarah wrote the article  Politicians Are Not Our Friends for Dame Magazine.



Henry Giroux

Thoughtless and limitless: Challenging the violent psychology of neoliberalism.

Cultural critic Henry Giroux explains how the harsh, arbitrary nature of life in America is actually a feature of our political and social setting, what distinguishes neoliberalism from classical liberalism and capitalism, and why Donald Trump’s unlikely political success represents a fundamental poison in our society.

Henry is author of the new City Lights Press book Disposable Futures: The Seduction of Violence in the Age of Spectacle.

Interview transcript via Antidote Zine



Jeff Dorchen

On technology, enthusiasm and the bullshit optimism of capitalism.

Jeff Dorchen returns from a tech conference with a look at bleeding edge products, new ideas about wealth, debt, capitalism and bullshit, plus a pocket full of vapor.