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Episode 916

Out Of Office Message

Sep 3 2016

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John K. Wilson

The rules don't apply: The politics of Trump's performance.

Author John K. Wilson examines the bizarre, chaotic, highly successful presidential campaign of Donald Trump, and explains how the candidate shifted the stage from the political to the tabloid, turning an election into a reality TV show, and voter anger at the establishment into a faux-populism that promises alternatives to everything, and ultimately benefits nobody but the carnival barker at the center of the crowd.

John is author of the new book Trump Unveiled: Exposing the Bigoted Billionaire from OR Books.



Brian Mier

Democracy has ended: Understanding Brazil's coup.

Live from São Paulo, Brian Mier explains how a judiciary coup removed Dilma Rousseff from power - from Rousseff's bizarre impeachment for non-impeachable offenses (of which she was found innocent) by senators facing corruption charges themselves, to the political repression and economic privatization schemes already underway across the country - and warns that Brazil's right-wing coalition hijacked not only the presidency, but the democratic process itself.

Brian is an editor for Brasilwire and has been reporting on politics in Brazil for This is Hell! since 2014.

Interview transcript via Antidote Zine