Civil Politics (4/8/16):The Panama Conundrum

Tonight we start off speaking about the release of the Panama Papers, and return to speaking about the ongoing primaries. In the second half we continue with the primary process, and end speaking on the “bathroom bills” being approved in various states.

Further Reading:

The Panama Papers: Here’s What We Know

Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron Is Under Fire Over His Father’s Offshore Fund

Mossack Fonseca: inside the firm that helps the super-rich hide their money

No, Bernie Sanders didn’t retroactively win Nevada (contains audio)

Mass. Dems elect delegates Saturday

Bruce Springsteen Cancels Show in North Carolina To Protest ‘Bathroom Bill’

Mississippi RV park owner evicts interracial couple

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Civil Politics (4/1/2016): The Soul of the Parties

 

The conversation revolves around the heart of the political parties in the united states, and how the climate this year might drastically change them.

Further Reading:

How much money is behind each campaign?

How the GOP creates its convention rules

We Expect Women to Have Impostor Syndrome. That’s Why We Can’t Handle Hillary Clinton.

Girl asks Hillary Clinton: ‘As president, will you earn the same as a man?’ – video

Civil Politics (3/11/16): Armed Education

Stefan hops into the moderator chair this week! (for half the show at least!)

We begin reviewing the votes of the last week. The two important topics we cover are violence at Trump rallies against Muslims and people of color, and in the second half we focus on how states are starting to allow guns in classrooms.

Further Reading:

Trump Rally Attendee Charged With Punching Protester In The Face

Silently protesting Muslim woman ejected from Trump rally

Clinton apologizes for calling Nancy Reagan a ‘very effective, low-key’ AIDS advocate

Marijuana campaign sues state over disqualified petition signatures

US presidential elections 2016: State by state results tracker

How Guns on Campus Could Change What Texas Teaches

Civil Politics (2/26/16): The Model of a Modern Major Primary

Topics covered tonight: the first half includes the benefits of the Primary vs. the Caucus model of election and how the parties will act in the upcoming SCOTUS nomination. During the second half we spend time

Further Reading:

A strange but accurate predictor of whether someone supports Donald Trump

Supreme Court Won’t Intervene in North Carolina Election Fight

An article in the New York Times’ ‘The Upshot’ maintained one in five Trump supporters opposed freeing slaves after the Civil War.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich signs bill to cut funding to Planned Parenthood in Ohio

Which Presidential Candidates Are Winning the Money Race

 

Civil Politics (2/12/16): Only 12 People

The NH Primary and the Democratic dominates the conversation, and how this affects the candidates going into South Carolina.

Further Reading:

CNNPolitics – What is a ‘brokered convention’? Here is a (kind of) simple explanation

Wikipedia – Brianna Wu

The Trial of Henry Kissinger by Christopher Hitchens

 

Civil Politics (1/29/15): No Matter What the Evidence…

The show kicks off with a spirited debate over who will drop out first and why people in fact run and remain running for the high office. In the second half we speak about how we use our water, who can and can’t use it, and why we can’t use it in certain ways. Then we move on to… well a grab bag of happy news. (not really happy news)

Further Reading:

AP Fact Check: GOP Claims On Carpet Bombs, Kurds, and Economy
Flint Would Have Saved Money by Sticking with Detroit Water, Memo Says

 

Civil Politics (1/15/16): Poison, Poison, Everywhere, and All That We Can Drink

In the first half of tonight’s show we talk about the State of the Union and the Republican debate with a focus on Obama’s legacy. In the second half we dive into the situation in Flint, Michigan.

Further Reading:

Opinion: Were US sailors ‘spoofed’ into Iranian waters?