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Episode 948

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Apr 16 2017

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Todd Williams

A report on the politics between Viktor Orban, George Soros, and Central European University.

Live from a BBQ in Novi Sad, Todd Williams reports on protest movements in Serbia and Hungary, why George Soros features in both stories, and why the battle over the Soros-founded Central European University is still largely a fight about CEU itself, but could springboard into a larger electoral contest between Hungary's fractured left, Viktor Orbán's illiberal right, and the far-right Jobbik Party.

[Audio a bit rough at first, maybe use headphones. Worth it!]



Jamie Peck

Why the Democrats berned another progressive and doubled down on centrism.

Writer Jamie Peck reports on the latest chapter in national Democratic Party futility - as the party did nothing to help a Kansas progressive in a winable Senate race, and explains why people looking for a party that challenges conventional politics and establishment economics should move beyond the Democratic Party, and build one with everyone else looking for the same thing.

Jamie wrote the Guardian op-ed The Democratic party is undermining Bernie Sanders-style candidates.



William C. Anderson, Zoe Samudzi

Everything we need is already inside of us: On the anarchism of Blackness.

Writers Zoé Samudzi and William C. Anderson discuss the anarchic nature of the Black experience in America - as political captives to a party and ideological system deeply rooted in White supremacy, as the site of resistance to state oppression and violence, and as a blueprint for a social formation beyond exploitation, towards true liberation.

Zoé and William wrote the essay The Anarchism of Blackness for ROAR Magazine.

Interview transcript via Antidote Zine

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Mary Otto

Dental care is America's most and least visible healthcare crisis.

Journalist Mary Otto examines the state of oral healthcare in America - from the roots of dental care's separation from medical insurance coverage, to an industry-wide shift away from care and prevention, and towards cosmetic procedures - and finds the country's worsening class division and economic inequality present in even the mouths of its citizens.

Mary is author of Teeth: The Story of Beauty, Inequality, and the Struggle for Oral Health in America from The New Press.



Henry Giroux

Trump is the endpoint: On cruelty and isolation in American politics.

Cultural critic Henry Giroux examines the slow, steady rise of cruelty in American culture - as the logic of neoliberalism strips our politics of anything besides self-regard, and the right capitalizes on the anger caused by its own policies - and calls for the left to reclaim a language of liberation, and then get out on the streets and start fighting the war it's been losing for decades.

Henry wrote the article The Culture of Cruelty in Trump's America for Truthout.



Jeff Dorchen

A faker's guide to the true nature of reality.

In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen gets real about reality - little, bald, Jewish, existentialist, non-dualistic reality, filled with suicide bombers and Republicans and grandpa dentists and dying children - and warns that the worst part of reality is accepting that it's all there is.

Read the transcript here