2717 – Casual Friday w/ Heather Digby Parton & David Roth

It’s Casual Friday! Sam and Emma host Heather Digby Parton, contributing writer at Salon and proprietor of the Hullaballoo blog. Digby, Sam, and Emma jump right into recent news surrounding the January 6th committee, as the infrastructure and reconciliation fights fade into the background. They begin with former Chief of Staff Mark Meadows ignoring his subpoena for criminal contempt of congress, before getting into the recent Trump audio leak regarding “common sense” regard for Pence by the insurrectionists, and the hope that Democrats will finally capitalize on something in the public eye with these hearings, as well as the likelihood that they won’t, especially with Pelosi’s desire to maintain a “strong” Republican party. Next, they jump to the corporatist Dems pushing the “inflation is the new deficit” idea, all while they continue to reject any helpful provisions in reconciliation, and cover whether Biden and Co. will actually put any leverage on Manchin or if they’re still shilling for a right-wing that will never respect them. Lastly, they touch on the continued supply line issues, and get into the Rittenhouse judge’s absurdly explicit political performance.  

In the second half: Sam and Emma are joined by David Roth, co-owner of Defector and host of The Distraction podcast, to discuss his recent piece “I Will Create A Winning Basketball Program At The University Of Austin”, and cover the education institution for a new age, sponsored by every libertarian contrarian that spends too much time on the internet, and how and why Bari Weiss has decided on creating a “university” as her next money-making initiative in her fight against the woke trinity of trans people, Black people, and Palestinians. And in the Fun Half: Emma and Sam dive into Kyle Rittenhouse’s judge taking time in the trial to test out his right-wing tight five with some supply line jokes, before looking deep into Jimmy Dore’s mystery producer who either: A). Jimmy lets run wild in editing, or B). Jimmy encourages to manipulate information. Matt Lech has Stephen Jay Gould walk us through the history of Ben Shapiro’s bell curve nonsense, and the weird fact that IQ is somehow never important in homogenous societies. They also cover Youngkin’s 17-year old son trying to vote… twice, plus, your IMs!

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