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Find The Helpers w/ Fred Guttenberg

Find The Helpers w/ Fred Guttenberg

January 15, 2021
David has an intimate conversation with activist against gun violence and author, Fred Guttenberg. They discuss his life and inspirational new book, Find The Helpers.
 
Fred Guttenberg began his public life after the murder of his beautiful 14-year-old daughter Jaime in the Parkland school shooting on Feb 14, 2018.  The day after the murder, Fred decided to attend a public vigil in Parkland.  While there, the Mayor asked him to speak.  His words shook a nation and he has not stopped since
 
 
 
 
 
Why Do We Still Have the Electoral College?
“The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump” w/ Bandy X. Lee, M.D., Yale Forensic Psychiatrist

“The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump” w/ Bandy X. Lee, M.D., Yale Forensic Psychiatrist

December 23, 2020
David discusses Trump's mental health with Yale Forensic Psychiatrist, Bandy X. Lee, M.D. Her book, The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump
is a New York Times bestseller! More than two dozen psychiatrists and psychologists offer their consensus view that Trump's mental state presents a clear and present danger to our nation and individual well-being.
 
Bandy Lee is a faculty member of the Law and Psychiatry Division at Yale School of Medicine and Yale University-wide Global Health Studies Program. During her training, she focused on public-sector psychiatry as chief resident and on East Africa as a fellow of the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health. She worked in several maximum-security prisons throughout the United States and consulted with governments on violence prevention programming. She currently teaches students representing asylum seekers and training to become public defenders through Yale Law School and offers a comprehensive course on violence to Yale undergraduate and graduate students. She also served as Director of Research for the Center for the Study of Violence and as speaker to the World Economic Forum.
 
 
 
 

 

Corruption and Complicity: Democracy on the Brink (with Robert Maguire of CREW)

Corruption and Complicity: Democracy on the Brink (with Robert Maguire of CREW)

December 10, 2020
David talks with Robert Maguire of CREW about their new report, Trump, and where our country stands as a democracy.

 

Unconscionable: Trump’s Lame Duck Rush To Execute Inmates w/Liliana Segura of The Intercept

Unconscionable: Trump’s Lame Duck Rush To Execute Inmates w/Liliana Segura of The Intercept

December 4, 2020
Liliana Segura (Investigative Journalist at The Intercept) joins David to discuss the Trump-Barr Lame Duck Rush To Execute Inmates.
 

Liliana Segura is an award-winning investigative journalist covering the U.S. criminal justice system, with a longtime focus on harsh sentencing, the death penalty, and wrongful convictions. She was previously an associate editor at the Nation Magazine, where she edited a number of award-winning stories and earned a 2014 Media for a Just Society Award for her writing on prison profiteering. While at The Intercept, Segura has received the Texas Gavel Award in 2016 and the 2017 Innocence Network Journalism Award for her investigations into convictions in Arizona and Ohio. In 2019 she was honored in the Abolitionist category of the Frederick Douglass 200, a recognition given by the Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives and the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University.

Segura has appeared on NPR, MSNBC, CNN International, Democracy Now!, and numerous other outlets. Her speaking engagements have included public interviews with authors such as Michelle Alexander and Bryan Stevenson. Her writing has appeared in the Washington Post and Colorlines, and has been reprinted in outlets ranging from prison magazines to the anthologies “The Best American Legal Writing” and “Against Equality: Prisons Will Not Protect You.” She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

 
 
Epic Fail: The Trump Legal Team’s  Courtroom Debacles (with Zoe Tillman from BuzzFeed)

Epic Fail: The Trump Legal Team’s Courtroom Debacles (with Zoe Tillman from BuzzFeed)

November 24, 2020

Zoe Tillman, senior reporter @BuzzFeedNews   (courts, justice, and the intersection of law and politics) joins David to discuss the most recent news regarding the legal aspects of the Trump-Biden transition.

https://www.buzzfeed.com/zoetillman

https://twitter.com/zoetillman

http://linkedin.com/in/zoetillman

A Nation in Crisis: American Rule (Jared Yates Sexton)

A Nation in Crisis: American Rule (Jared Yates Sexton)

November 12, 2020
David Oddo invites author and associate professor, Jared Yates Sexton to the podcast for a history lesson, to talk about his new book, American Rule: How a Nation Conquered the World but Failed Its People, and to shine a light on the myths of our country's past, the 2020 election, and the very real threat to our democracy. Whether you voted for or against Trump, this is a conversation you'll want to hear. 
 
 
 
 

ABOUT AMERICAN RULE: How a Nation Conquered the World but Failed Its People (Jared Yates Sexton)

From writer and political analyst Jared Yates Sexton comes a journey through the history of the United States, from the nation’s founding to the twenty-first century, which examines and debunks the American myths we’ve always told ourselves. 

In recent years, Americans have faced a deluge of horrifying developments in politics and culture: stolen elections, fascist rallies, families torn apart and locked away. A common refrain erupts at each new atrocity: This isn’t who we are.

In American Rule, Jared Yates Sexton upends those convenient fictions by laying bare the foundational myths at the heart of our collective American imagination. From the very origins of this nation, Americans in power have abused and subjugated others; enabling that corruption are the many myths of American exceptionalism and steadfast values, which are fed to the public and repeated across generations. Working through each era of American growth and change, Sexton weaves together the origins and perpetuation of these narratives still in the public memory, and the acts we have chosen to forget. 

Stirring, deeply researched, and disturbingly familiar, American Rule is a call to examine our own misconceptions of what it means, and has always meant, to be an American.

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A Nation in Crisis: How We Got Here

A Nation in Crisis: How We Got Here

November 11, 2020
David Oddo invites author and associate professor, Jared Yates Sexton to the podcast for a history lesson, to talk about his new book, American Rule: How a Nation Conquered the World but Failed Its People, and to shine a light on the myths of our country's past, the 2020 election, and the very real threat to our democracy. Whether you voted for or against Trump, this is a conversation you'll want to hear. 
 
 
 
 

ABOUT AMERICAN RULE: How a Nation Conquered the World but Failed Its People (Jared Yates Sexton)

From writer and political analyst Jared Yates Sexton comes a journey through the history of the United States, from the nation’s founding to the twenty-first century, which examines and debunks the American myths we’ve always told ourselves. 

In recent years, Americans have faced a deluge of horrifying developments in politics and culture: stolen elections, fascist rallies, families torn apart and locked away. A common refrain erupts at each new atrocity: This isn’t who we are.

In American Rule, Jared Yates Sexton upends those convenient fictions by laying bare the foundational myths at the heart of our collective American imagination. From the very origins of this nation, Americans in power have abused and subjugated others; enabling that corruption are the many myths of American exceptionalism and steadfast values, which are fed to the public and repeated across generations. Working through each era of American growth and change, Sexton weaves together the origins and perpetuation of these narratives still in the public memory, and the acts we have chosen to forget. 

Stirring, deeply researched, and disturbingly familiar, American Rule is a call to examine our own misconceptions of what it means, and has always meant, to be an American.

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Americans worry about 2020 being another 2000, but the real worry is another 1876

Americans worry about 2020 being another 2000, but the real worry is another 1876

October 26, 2020

Rachel Shelden joins David Oddo to talk about her recent Washington Post article, and why an unclear election outcome in a deeply polarized time might be dangerous.

Rachel Shelden is an associate professor of history at Penn State and director of the George and Ann Richards Civil War Era Center.

On Fascism: 12 Lessons From American History (with Matthew C. MacWilliams)

On Fascism: 12 Lessons From American History (with Matthew C. MacWilliams)

October 1, 2020

David talks with Matthew MacWilliams about his new book, the state of America, and what a President Trump means to our country. 

Order the book here: https://www.matthewmacwilliams.com

Matthew C. MacWilliams is a scholar, an award-winning practitioner of American politics, and a recognized expert on authoritarianism. A respected author, his research on President Donald Trump and authoritarianism sparked international debate and is at the heart of his latest book, On Fascism: 12 Lessons From American History.

https://www.vox.com/2016/3/1/11127424/trump-authoritarianism

 

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