Archive
Time names Obama person of the year, the appalling lack of emotion for Muslims killed in the drone program, and the dangers of relying on terms like “criminal” and “mentally ill” when discussing gun control. Also, you guessed it, awesome listener mail.
Megan McArdle bravely suggests that gun rampage victims to gang-rush the shooter, the media is engaged in a lot of mother-blaming, and some FireDogLake bloggers really don't like how the austerity crisis deal is shaping up.
We spend the hour on the Newtown mass shooting, including Obama's history of failure on gun control and the way we talk about masculinity.
Revisiting the Runaway General, the Michael Hastings story that ended Stanley McCrystal's career as a general, a refresher on drones, and a black Florida teenager is gunned down in his car, allegedly after a confrontation with a middle aged white man. Plus, more listener mail than you can shake a stick at.
Alexis Goldstein joins us to discuss the People's Bailout and the ongoing Rolling Jubilee. Also, slut-shaming in the Petraeus scandal, media worship of the military, and the national security state eats itself alive.
Hurricane Sandy has devastated the Northeast, leaving millions without power, and New York City without subway service for the next several days at least. Molly is stuck in Manhattan, so today is another best-of show. We replay our interview with Greg Palast on his new book Billionaires and Ballot Bandits, and my interview of NYU's Sarah Knuckey on a drone report she co-authored.
Cannibal cop wanted to kidnap, cook, and eat one hundred women, the future of warfare is lethal autonomous robots, and Mitt Romney's comments as Governor about same-sex parents.
Matt Fisher talks about Progressive Insurance providing legal counsel to the driver who killed his sister, and the worldwide response to his story.
Pussy Riot gets 2 years hard labor, London authorities threaten to storm Ecuadorian embassy, Paul Ryan's bad repro-rights rep, and W Kamau Bell.
The Nation's Liliana Segura on Texas' execution of an intellectually disabled man, activists in NYC protest the Spectra pipeline, and another mass shooting.
Anaheim police shot and killed a man, shot at families, Bloomberg calls for police strike, James Holmes, Batman.