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In Part II, Dr. Steve Billet discusses the enormity of the Trump-Russia saga and how strong, loud presidential opposition could be America’s new norm, no matter who’s in the Oval Office.
Joe provides a recap of some of the worst political hypocrisy of the week, including senators Lindsey Graham and Ted Cruz.
If Al Franken doesn’t resign on his own, Democrats should demand him to.
Dr. Steve Billet returns to discuss the impact of the 2017 elections, Russia-related indictments, the rigging of the Democratic primary, and more.
On the weekly rundown, Joe discusses his favorite podcaster’s hiatus and why hatred among countrymen is the biggest problem America faces today.
Dr. Steve Billet joins the show to discuss Trump’s comments on the Iran nuclear agreement, the administration’s heavy rhetoric with North Korea and growing fear and dissension within the Republican Party.
Taia Handlin joins Joe to discuss Sheriff Steve Prator’s racist remarks and the Rick and Morty Szechuan sauce debacle.
Katy Collin discusses why Americans should care about the independence referendum in Catalonia.
Katy Collin joins the show to discuss the independence referendum in Catalonia and how it fits into the wave of separatism (and indirectly, populism) sweeping Europe.
Joe fits in a weekly rundown episode to discuss Donald Trump’s battle with the NFL, the patriotism of anthem-kneeling protests, and how the president is intentionally dividing the country along its most significant institutions.
On the Weekly Rundown, Joe discusses his faux-cover letter for Infowars and James Damore’s dumb Twitter poll.
Joe discusses the White House’s reaction to Jemele Hill’s tweets and why it’s problematic for the administration to dictate political speech.
Dr. Steve Billet returns to discuss President Trump’s handling of Hurricanes Harvey & Irma, response to the White House’s DACA decision, talk of tax reform, and more.
Taia and Joe discuss their recent articles about the girl who called an InfoWars reporter “a f*king idiot” and the guy who played a piano in public to get his ex back.
W. Fitzhugh Brundage returns to discuss recent developments in the removal of Confederate statues and monuments nationwide.
Dr. Steve Billet returns to discuss a wild week in politics, including Steve Bannon’s White House departure, Trump’s response to Charlottesville, the plan for the continued Afghanistan war.
Joe addresses rumors of Donald Trump’s resignation, the wave of Confederate statue takedowns, and why he thinks Trump’s campaign slogan isn’t working in a more conscious America.
Joe rambles on about Trump’s threats to North Korea, America’s unstable moral position on nukes, and John Carney’s Statue of Liberty meltdown.
Rich Hanley joins the show to discuss MSNBC’s primetime ratings triumph, Fox News’s ties to the Trump administration, the future of football broadcasting rights, and much more.
Joe discusses the tumultuous week with the Trump administration, including the transgender military ban, failed healthcare vote, and Scaramucci antics.
Dr. Steve Billet returns to discuss the healthcare vote, Trump’s treatment of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and how the transgender military ban doubles as a political distraction.
Joe tackles Sean Spicer’s surprise resignation, Trump’s New York Times interview, presidential pardons, and how Trump might end up impeaching himself.
Dan Ikenson discusses NAFTA renegotiations, the status of the TPP, and the potential consequences of Trump’s presidency in terms of America’s global leadership.
Dan Ikenson returns to discuss President Trump’s impact on America’s global trade and overall leadership.
Joe discusses Donald Trump Jr.’s Russian lawyer meeting, the continued bashing of Hillary Clinton, and the hypocrisy of Trump surrogates.
Dr. Steve Billet returns to discuss expectations and potential outcomes from the G20 summit, as well as President Trump’s ongoing war with the media.
Thalia Gonzalez joins the show to discuss the groundbreaking new study “Girlhood Interrupted,” how perceptions of black girls differ starkly from those of their white peers, and how this problem can be acknowledged and solved.
Joe discusses the outrage over Donald Trump’s recent tweets, why his base loves it, and why ignoring the president’s Twitter feed might be the best way to deal with it.
Dr. Charis Kubrin joins the show to discuss her recent report exploring the link between immigration and crime, why crime rates are lower in immigrant communities, and why immigrants are persistently blamed for crime in America.
Dr. Filippo Menczer joins the show to discuss his recent study exploring the spread of fake news on social media websites, the difficulty of problematic bots, and how people can educate themselves against low-quality information.
BTRtoday’s Taia Handlin joins the show to discuss the encouragement of Pride and discords within the LGBT community. Then, BTR’s Kimberly Ruth calls in to talk about her experience photographing the New York Pride March.
Dr. Steve Billet returns to discuss the special election results, criticism of Nancy Pelosi, the new AHCA, and the removal of cameras from press briefings.
Joe discusses President Trump’s reactions to the weekend’s terror attack in London and how we might think about treating his Twitter feed going forward.
John Cook returns to discuss the impact of the United States’ withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement.
Dr. Steve Billet discusses President Trump’s odd NATO comments, his treatment of longstanding U.S. allies, and the prospects of Robert Mueller leading the Russia investigation.
Dr. Steve Billet returns to discuss comedian Kathy Griffin’s tasteless beheading and our obsessions with President Trump’s Twitter actions.
W. Fitzhugh Brundage believes the discussion around Confederate monuments will continue as he talks about the Southern memory of the Civil War.
W. Fitzhugh Brundage joins the show to discuss the rise in demand to remove Confederate memorials in the South, the practice of historical triage, and why the monuments should be removed but not destroyed.
Benjamin Friedman joins the show to discuss what President Trump’s unpredictability means for our allies and adversaries, the lack of strategy in Syria, and why the president has become more of a traditional hawk.
Joe offers his thoughts on President Trump firing FBI Director James Comey, the appearance of a coverup, and the absurdity of Trump’s lawyer’s statement about the president’s tax returns.
Andrew Lakoff discusses how our normal sites of trust have been undermined in recent months, the need for gatekeepers of consensus, and optimism for future convergence of scientific, political, and social circumstances.
Joe discusses the AHCA passing House and how media coverage of politics mirrors that of sports and changes the way we frame and discuss it.
Darren Samuelsohn is back to discuss Donald Trump’s dogged commitment to campaign promises and the conflicts of interest created by the president’s businesses.
Politico Senior White House Reporter Darren Samuelsohn joins the show to discuss the raucous early days of the Trump administration, continued leaking from White House staffers, palace intrigue in the West Wing, and more.
Joe discusses the current unpredictability of American foreign relations, as well as Donald Trump’s interview with Reuters, where the president admitted he thought the job “would be easier.”
Taia returns to discuss Democratic incompetence in the wake of Donald Trump’s presidential victory, including the potential alienation of the party’s voter base.
Fellow BTRtoday staff writer Taia Handlin joins Joe to discuss Rep. Jason Chaffetz’s impending resignation, acknowledgement of former NSA Michael Flynn’s wrongdoing, and her unhealthy obsession with the Utah pol.
Omer Taspinar discusses the recent referendum in Turkey, division surrounding President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, similarities to Donald Trump, and the rise of nativism throughout Europe and the world.
Joe discusses Trump’s shift in opinion regarding the 100-day standard, why we value such an arbitrary number of days, and whether or not Trump is living up to what we expected, regardless of our political beliefs.
In the second part of our conversation, Dr. Steve Billet discusses the troublesome nature of President Trump’s unpredictability with foreign affairs, his shift toward mainstream Republican foreign policy, and the media’s curious reverence for military intervention.
Dr. Steve Billet is back to discuss the special election in Georgia’s 6th district, positive signs for Democrats, big spending on small races, and districts that could give President Trump some trouble.
Jonathan Bernstein of Bernstein Crisis Management join the show to discuss different aspects of crisis management, United Airlines’ public relations fiasco, and the importance of preparedness in the age of digital recording and live streaming.
Dalia Mogahed joins the show to discuss the rhetorical rise of Islamophobia, her gravest concerns about it, and why some Muslims dislike the term.
Joe discusses the air strikes in Syria, concerns around potential motivations from the Trump administration, and the sobering reality of chemical weaponry.
Fellow BTR writer Taia Handlin joins the show to discuss recent developments with North Carolina’s bathroom bill, the question of individual rights, the proper use of identity politics, and more.
Joe discusses the recent developments surrounding former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, the Russian investigation, and President Trump’s proposed budget.
Our conversation with David Radley continues, as he discusses the slight uptick in premature deaths and attempting to overcome deficiencies with data.
David Radley of the Commonwealth Fund joins the show to discuss the organization’s recently released Scorecard on State Health System Performance, which showed generally positive results and improvement.
Joe discusses his frustration surrounding the American Healthcare Act’s rush to the House floor and mentions why it’s important to ignore at least some of the things President Trump says.
Jan Null joins the show to discuss El Niño, common misconceptions about the weather phenomenon, and how it’s one of many factors in global warming and cooling.
Healthcare reporter Lilo Stainton of NJ Spotlight joins the program to discuss New Jersey’s high rankings on the Commonwealth Fund’s Healthcare Scorecards, how the state’s wealth factors in, and what the potential replacement of Obamacare could change.
Ever forget you had four pounds of weed and accidentally donate it to Goodwill? Well, somebody did.
Joe discusses the glut of hypocrisy in national politics, our need to reckon with it, and Rachel Maddow’s reveal of Donald Trump’s 2005 tax forms.
In part two of our conversation, Jennifer Hochschild discusses the longstanding politicization of science, bipartisan approval of genomics, and whether or not the field will develop similar polarization.
BTR social media director Irina Groushevaia joins the show to discuss covering the ‘A Day Without a Woman’ protests and the issue of whether men can discuss women’s issues.
Dr. Steve Billet is back, this time to discuss issues with the proposed replacement for the Affordable Care Act and the lack of self examination on the part of Democrats.
Joe discusses the conspiracy thinking that has taken over the Trump-Russia issue, and ponders about the future of politics when everyone’s hypocrisy can be pulled up instantly.
Joe discusses the week in news, from the Jeff Sessions controversy to New York’s proposed surveillance oversight bill.
During the second half of our conversation, Jeffrey Sachs discusses his recent opinion piece for the Boston Globe, concerns surrounding Donald Trump, and his faith in millennials.
Renowned economist Jeffrey Sachs joins the show to discuss sustainable development, the current division in our politics, and the problem with our country’s lack of forward planning.
BTRtoday writer and podcaster Taia Handlin joins the show to discuss gender identity, common misconceptions therein, and the recent removal of federal protections of transgender students in schools.
Eila Mell returns for a recap of the Oscars and explains the show’s significance in the fashion world.
Joe discusses Donald Trump’s recent comments about increasing the U.S.’s nuclear arsenal and mass deportations as a “military operation.”
Peter Ross Range returns to discuss the eeriness of Trump’s National Security Council shakeups and the robustness of American democracy in preventing an authoritarian/fascist takeover.
Peter Ross Range joins the show to discuss Hitler’s rise, the psychology of the strongman, and the Trump administration’s delegitimization of the press and how it compares to Hitler’s in Nazi Germany.
Brad Stone is back to discuss corporate activism and social awareness and whether our consumer choices are becoming increasingly political.
Fashion writer Eila Mell joins the show to close out New York Fashion Week, discussing trends and changes in the industry, social media’s effect on fashion, the emergence of bloggers as influencers, and much more.
Alison Désir discusses her 200+ mile run, the appeal of cross country fundraising campaigns, and what the future holds for Run4AllWomen and her activism.
Alison Désir joins the show to discuss the Run4AllWomen project, raising money for Planned Parenthood, and running from New York to Washington, D.C.
Joe offers comments on Michael Flynn’s resignation as National Security Adviser. Then, Taia Handlin of BTR’s Juicy Bits joins the show to discuss her column and podcast.
Joe comments on some of the biggest stories in the news over the past week, from the Patriots improbable comeback in Super Bowl LI, protests and riots at UC Berkeley, and pushback on Trump’s travel ban.
We continue our conversation with Dr. Steve Billet, who discusses Trump’s controversial cabinet picks, Democratic obstructionism, and the use of executive orders.
Joe dispatches his final thoughts on the Women’s March, discusses the lack of faith in the Democratic Party, and reads an excerpt from his piece on BTRtoday.
Joe speaks with Mary Sheehy and discusses Trump’s recent immigration actions with BTRtoday social media director Irina Groushevaia.
Joe speaks with Steve Strauss of the Freedom Socialist Party and reflects on the scope of the Women’s March.
At the Women’s March on Washington, Joe speaks artist Coralina Meyer about her nationwide underwear audit and visible patriot Ian Broverman about the importance of respecting your fellow Americans.
Mother and business owner Hillary Kelbick joins the show to discuss organizing a bus for the Women’s March on Washington, initial concerns about the event’s organization, and the importance of protest.
On a special edition of the Daily Beat, Joe discusses coming changes in the show’s format. Later, BTR editor Zach Schepis joins the show to talk about attending the Women’s March on Washington.
Dr. Steve Billet discusses faith in General James “Mad Dog” Mattis as a Trump-checker and the potential impact of the President-elect’s Twitter behavior.
Dr. Steve Billet joins the show to discuss attitudes toward the inauguration in Washington and growing concerns over President-elect Donald Trump’s potential ties to Russia.
Trent England discusses the origins of the Save Our States project and the importance of educating both legislators and citizens about federalism.
Trent England discusses how the elimination of the Electoral College would affect our political system, including the way campaigns are formed and run.
Robert Hardaway discusses what the American political system might look like without the Electoral College.
Robert Hardaway talks about the lack of understanding about the Electoral College amongst the American public, as well as common arguments made against it.
Robert Hardaway discusses how the Electoral College is intrinsically intertwined with the Constitution, including the existence of the U.S. Senate.
Dr. John C. Eastman discusses arguments against the Electoral College and the odds of moving toward a popular vote electoral system.
Dr. John C. Eastman discusses how the Electoral College was proposed and implemented, its validity in our modern political environment, and the dangers of majority tyranny.
Benjamin Friedman explains the bipartisan foreign policy that has dictated American foreign relations since the end of World War II.
Dr. Zuhdi Jasser discusses the need for Islamic reform and his thoughts on Muslims in Trump’s America.
Dr. Zuhdi Jasser talks about founding the American Islamic Forum for Democracy and the Muslim Reform Movement, and discusses why he believes Islamism is incompatible within a secular society.

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