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America’s public libraries are facing an epidemic of censorship

Jonathan Friedman of PEN America tells how far-right activists are trying to silence LGBT and progressive authors

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After envisioning themselves as centrists, tech billionaires like Elon Musk have moved to the far right

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Writers Jacob Silverman and Chris Lehmann discuss Twitter, cryptocurrency, and libertarian radicalization


Will defamation lawsuits be the apocalypse of (Alex) Jones?

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Legal analyst Liz Dye discusses how the U.S. legal system is finally holding conspiracy millionaire Alex Jones to account


Many Black Americans don’t actually like Democrats, what does that mean for politics in the long-term?

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Author Brandi Collins-Dexter discusses her book Black Skinhead and the varieties of Black political experience


EWTN, a TV channel founded by a cloistered nun, has quietly become a right-wing media juggernaut

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Slate writer Molly Olmstead on how EWTN and the Catholic right are spending big to shift public opinion


Politics has changed drastically in the past 10 years, why are Democrats still running the same plays?

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New Republic writer Alex Shephard discusses the larger implications of Joe Biden’s low approval ratings


Americans want progressive change, but to be able to deliver it, progressives will need to change first

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Progressive strategist Max Berger on why the American left needs to focus on building institutions and making its case


Extremist groups are targeting state and local officials for harassment and intimidation

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Right-wing extremism researcher David Neiwert discloses how groups are trying to force their viewpoints in cities and schools


Big finance and corporate monopolies have blocked the original promise of the internet

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Technology activist and author Cory Doctorow discusses 30 years of the Worldwide Web


How right-wing media became the glue that holds the Republican party together

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Historian Nicole Hemmer discusses how reactionary media have radicalized millions of Americans since the 1940s


Low-quality pundits are getting rich telling people what they want to hear, inside the economics and psychology of how it works

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‘Decoding the Gurus’ co-host Matthew Browne on how the tools of acquiring knowledge are being used to destroy it


Right-wing comedy isn’t funny, but it sure is effective

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Authors Matt Sienkiewicz and Nick Marx discuss their new book about why lefties need to take right-wing comedy seriously


Will progressive and moderate Christians stand up against extremists politicizing their faith?

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Singer and podcaster Malynda Hale talks about why progressive and moderate Christians need to defend the faith from within


How Pentecostal Christianity is taking over the world of religion, and why it matters

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Author Elle Hardy discusses her book about the history of Pentecostalism and how it’s displacing other faiths across the globe


Latino evangelicals are reshaping American politics, politicians and parties should take notice

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Sociology professor Gerardo Martí discusses how the rapid growth of evangelical faith among Latinos seems to be eroding a traditional Democratic constituency


How far-right media manipulated a father — and a nation

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Jen Senko discusses her book and film, ‘The Brainwashing of My Dad,’ and how to help people escape from conspiracist media


Centrist elites have stalled political change and made room for the reactionary right

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Luke Savage discusses his new book, ‘The Dead Center: Reflections on Liberalism and Democracy After The End Of History’


How much do political party elites know about their own voters?

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Pollster and demographer Daniel Cox discusses why cultural issues often dominate U.S. politics, and how much surveys can actually tell us about public opinion


Do Joe Biden and his team realize who they’re dealing with?

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Salon.com columnist Heather Digby Parton discusses how Democratic leaders seem to think flowery speeches are sufficient against hardcore reactionaries


The January 6th Capitol attack was the inevitable product of the Christian Right’s hatred of America

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Journalist and researcher Bruce Wilson discusses how religious hatred for a ‘fallen nation’ fueled a presidential coup attempt


Charlie Kirk and Turning Point USA are building a reactionary cult for young people, does anyone on the center-left care?

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Rhetoric professor Matthew Boedy describes how a far-right group is radicalizing young Christians, and how little center-left groups are doing in response


 

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